Knowledge Buffet

Right now we are in a "crisis of reality." Critical Thinking used to be optional. Not anymore. Being unable to tell what is real is no longer viable. This is painful for people because the general trend is to avoid reality. The media and scores of others are taking advantage of the fact that most people will believe anything. Every year it gets harder to tell what is true and what is fake.

The human genome is 3.2 billion pairs of DNA strands. The genome of a the corn plant is three times larger than the human genome.

In the future the DNA of marijuana, cocoa, and poppies will provide way to create new drugs in the Laboratory. Plant based drugs will be too much trouble.

British researchers found a way to use the storage algorithm that human DNA uses. They backward engineered it and tried it out.
They used it to store information "organically." It is still too unwieldy but it gets better each year. This storage methodology requires no electricity or refrigeration and will last for 10,000 years. Using this storage method every film and TV show ever made could fit in a coffee cup. The entire internet could fit in a thimble.

Doctors prescribe medicine of which they know little, to cure disease of which they know less, in human beings of which they know nothing.
- Dr. Eric Topol [Scripps]

Reformers have “enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order.”
- Machiavelli

Your greatest enemy is the element of surprise. To defeat that enemy don't be surprised.
- Bruce Lee

Q: How Do You Have A Healthy Lifestyle In A Modern World?
A: You Don't.

We complain about healthcare but we do nothing about the Food Chain. We want free healthcare for all but we ignore the CDC: Almost half (45%) of American adults have a chronic disease, these are, the main cause of, of illness, disability, and death, and account for most (75%) of health care expenditure in the US.  The bulk of this is preventable. 

Many things in our food chain start out as good or at least pure products with good intentions. After they get homogenized, hydrogenated, and "refined" slapped with deceptive Labels and marketing its hard to tell what's going on. All manner of processing gone wild. The industry isn't in a big hurry to help you figure it all out. The public is in no hurry to do the right thing. If everyone ate correctly starting tomorrow morning the economy would collapse. 

Eating is one of the most illogical things we do in a modern society. We throw away 30-40% of our food every year. We treat eating more like a "activity" than a important FUEL for your body that influences practically everything about your health. You wouldn't put the wrong fuel in your car so why would you do it to your body? Same concept. It's because the majority of eating is not biologically driven. More than most eating is a direct result of thoughts/cognition, hedonic and emotions based on illogical assumptions. As opposed to EATING IN RESPONSE TO COGNITION. Cognition of relevance to eating include awareness of the "real reasons" for consuming. Highly cognitively controlled eaters use critical thinking. Low cognitively controlled eaters just eat whatever the foink is in front of them at any time day or night. Your body is not your friend contrary to popular belief. If you don't take charge, it will kill you. You have to pay attention to what your body actually really needs, as opposed to what it wants! Of course there is a practical balancing act there so don't be silly.

Outsource your temptations

Its a full time job to go super scientific on food properties. Scientists often have conflicting claims and fuel unscrupulous marketing. Whatever you can learn helps you build your Health Account. Get ahead whenever you can, because you know trouble is coming every day. Here are some tips just to get started:

• Use V-8 juice. I hate the taste, but it's a great deposit in your health account.
• Use sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes. Bigger bang for the buck.
• Use Tempah instead of hash browns (start out mixing the two).
• Use Olive and Coconut Oil to reduce some of your butter intake.
• Use plain Yogurt and add your own Fruit, Nuts or flavors.
• Use something to remind you to drink more water if you're not already.
• Use a slow cooker. It's perfect for adjusting your meat/vegetable ratio.
• Remember "Out of Sight=Out of Mind." Don't have bad stuff in your house.
• "Hunger" is, 50% the time, not hunger, its illusion in need of a diversion.
• Apples! One of the best things to divert those unauthorized hunger pangs.
• The days of your health being something you don't have to pay attention to, are coming to an end. Your own health is now a business, your business, your an entrepreneur.

Jeet Kune DO

Pricing Your HealthCare

America is the only country in the world that doesn't regulate medical prices. Everyone needs electricity, utilities, we regulate it, but medical prices can be whatever anybody says they are. That would be A-Ok if things were transparent, if you were free to go to another location, if we were told it's just like buying a used car. The way we've let our healthcare system get monetized it's become too big to fail. Today your health is more about which type of payment, your lack of knowledge, your location, and your employment, rather than about your well being situation.

You walk into a doctor or dentist office, they won't give you any prices until you tell them whether its Employer Insurance, private insurance, no insurance, credit, cash, BitCoin or trinkets. You're under the mistaken impression that Insurance is just a different form of the same payment. This couldn't be farther from the truth. Insurance provides a smoke screen for all kinds of monkey business.

A Colonoscopy ranges ANYWHERE from $200 to $3700. Depending on Insurance, Co-Pay, Cash,. A Circumcision for your newborn is anywhere from $200 to $2,200. Hospitals and Clinics win some and lose some so they depend on the ability to charge whatever they can get. With the secret pricing system they have more options than a Used Car Dealer. I couldn't believe the Co-Pay charges I was getting! Your only hope is to know you CAN BARGAIN AND HAGGLE and fight back with Information. That's exactly what Insurance companies do. They've been keeping this hidden. The cat is out of the bag now. They use business, while you've been using emotion. They deserve to make as much money as they can, but let us in on it!

Hospitals and doctors are a business. Ok. There's nothing illegal about not telling you the actual costs. If you paid full MSRP List for a new car, that's your problem not the Car Dealer. You need to protect yourself. Knowledge is your REAL currency in this fight for healthcare. The politicians arguing on TV, that's about emotion. It's all nonsense. Political theater designed to make you think Health Care is a Democrat vs Republican issue. It's intended to protect their status quo, not your health. Okay fine but let us in on it!

Unfortunately you can no longer trust your Health Care to an unknown financial rube Goldberg equation, a convoluted billing Food Chain hidden behind a doctor or hospital. I tried to get a Price List of medical procedures. It's impossible. Every procedure has 8 different prices. The rural prices are different than the city prices. Each state is different. You can get price lists but that doesn't mean anybody follows it. With this much latitude its no wonder politicians have chosen sides to defend turf. This is all nonsense, we either have to declare healthcare a "business" or not. We all know how a "business" works, and its not like this! This is a quasi-business scheme of sort sort. The only way you stand a chance is to be informed. To be informed you need to be, Digitally Literate. Hospitals, doctors, clinics, give the Insurance companies a discount price and they to try to charge you full price. A tooth filling is anywhere from $100 to $300. A teeth cleaning is $125 to $450.

CRAZY PRICE RANGES DEPENDING ON WHERE YOU GO

Breathing problem with ventilator
$23,044 - $120,888

COPD lung disease
$11,900 - $62,346

Cellulitis
$7,905 - $40,596

Chest pain
$5,639 - $32,970

Esophagitis and digestive disorders
$7,107 - $37,750

Heart failure Major complications
$13,960 - $75,197

Kidney failure Major complications
$16,366 - $80,919

Kidney and urinary tract infections
$7,422 - $40,335

Major lower joint replacement
$21,231 - $88,235

Pneumonia With complications
$9,727 - $51,726

SOURCE: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MEDPAR) inpatient data for 2011.