Japan Leads the Way in Child Health: No Compulsory Vaccines. Banned Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) Vaccine
Last June (2019) I was privileged to experience this little adventure with friends in northern Greece.
The Biggest Little Farm is inspiring, hopeful, suspenseful, emotional, and beautifully crafted. It demonstrates what is possible when we work with nature instead of trying to conquer it.
Five elder women in one of the highest-cost urban areas in the United States are banding together to build the intentional retirement community of their dreams.
San Francisco Bay Area residents Mary McDonald, Barbara Reusch, Alisa Foster, Harriet Tubman Wright, and Ina Clausen were all concerned about where they would be living in 10 or 20 years, who would be helping to care for them as they aged, and how they could achieve their desire to age in an intentional community — especially given soaring housing costs. Hibiscus Commons, which is slated to be the first elder cooperative created in partnership with the Bay Area Community Land Trust, was born out of their conversations.
“If you are a homeowner, you may have the luxury of aging in your own home, but this isn’t the case for a lot of lower-income elders who have never been homeowners,” said co-founder Mary McDonald. “Even for those lucky enough to stay in their own homes, it can be lonely and isolating to age on your own, and expensive to get in-home care.”
Aging with security and dignity can be difficult or even impossible for some seniors. The fastest-growing segment of the homeless population is people older than 55, and that cohort is likely to keep growing as the U.S. ages. The number of Americans aged 64 or older will nearly double by 2030 from 20 years earlier, to 70 million. In the expensive East Bay, the problem is acute. “Almost half of the Oakland homeless population became homeless after the age of 50,” said Harriet Wright.
Hibiscus Commons, a self-managed elder cooperative and intentional community, addresses all of these things: the isolation that comes with aging, the insecurity of housing and living on a fixed income in an area with one of the highest costs of living in the U.S., and accessing the care needed as one grows older.
Here’s a clever Malaysian adaptation of the 1975 Queen hit, Bohemian Rhapsody.
I don’t much trust the drug companies (or the medical establishment for that matter) and I take no prescription drugs. I’m especially suspicious of drugs that are advertised on TV.
I eat right, get exercise, and I trust my body to know what it needs and to use it’s built-in mechanisms to stay well. I make occasional exceptions after I’ve exhausted all other approaches and I’ve done my research. The last one was 4 years ago when I took antibiotics and anti fungal meds to deal with a severe digestion problem.
Everyone ought to read the new book, Do You Really Need That Pill?: How to Avoid Side Effects, Interactions, and Other Dangers of Overmedication by Jennifer Jacobs, MD. I happen to know her personally, as she is one of my bridge friends.
And watch this 60 Minutes expose on how drug companies and their minions in government put profits ahead of the public’s health and welfare: Ex-DEA agent: Opioid crisis fueled by drug industry and Congress.
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