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How Many like the Wizard Of Oz? Did you know L. Frank Baum Advocated Extermination Of Native Americans?


wizard-of-oz-Lisa-ChristiansenHow Many like the Wizard Of Oz? Did you know L. Frank Baum Advocated Extermination Of Native Americans? Don’t judge a book by it’s cover, literally… Lyman Frank Baum, known as L. Frank Baum, was an American author of children’s books, best known for writing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. I learned something new tonight and I am deeply saddened by a heart so disturbed and pray father forgive them for they know not what they do…

L. Frank Baum Advocated Extermination Of Native Americans

Finding out that childhood heroes have feet of clay is nothing new. Sometimes it can actually be reassuring in an odd way, that they too are human. But then you stumble across something like this and you have to completely re-evaluate everything you thought you know about someone.

L. Frank Baum, before he wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ran a newspaper in South Dakota. This was in the early 1890’s during the Indian Wars. When Baum heard of the killing of Sitting Bull and the massacre at Wounded Knee, he wrote editorials calling for killing each and every last Native American.

From his Sitting Bull editorial: Aberdeen Saturday Pioneer, December 20, 1890

“The proud spirit of the original owners of these vast prairies inherited through centuries of fierce and bloody wars for their possession, lingered last in the bosom of Sitting Bull. With his fall the nobility of the Redskin is extinguished, and what few are left are a pack of whining curs who lick the hand that smites them. The Whites, by law of conquest, by justice of civilization, are masters of the American continent, and the best safety of the frontier settlements will be secured by the total annihilation of the few remaining Indians. Why not annihilation? Their glory has fled, their spirit broken, their manhood effaced; better that they die than live the miserable wretches that they are. ~L. Frank Baum”

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Angels Among Us: Irena Sendler


Irena Sendler

Died: May 12, 2008 (aged 98) Warsaw , Poland During WWII,

Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist. She had an ulterior motive, Irena smuggled Jewish infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried. She also carried a burlap sack in the back of her truck for larger children. Irena kept a dog in the back of her truck that she had trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers, of course, wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking which covered the kids/infants noises.

During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants.

Ultimately, she was caught, however, and the Nazi’s broke both of her legs and arms and beat her severely.

Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she had smuggled out in a glass jar that she buried under a tree in her back yard. After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived and tried to reunite the family. Most had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted.

In 2007 Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize.
She was not selected.
Al Gore won, for a slide show on Global Warming.

Later, another politician, Barack Obama, won for his work as a community organizer for ACORN.

In MEMORIAM – 65 YEARS LATER:
I’m doing my small part by posting this message. I hope you’ll consider doing the same. It is now more than 67 years since the Second World War in Europe ended.

This is posted in memory of the six million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians and 1,900 Catholic priests who were murdered, massacred, raped, burned, starved and humiliated!

Now, more than ever, with Iran , and others, claiming the HOLOCAUST to be ‘a myth’, it’s imperative to make sure the world never forgets, because there are others who would like to do it again.

Irena always insisted that when her story was told, it must be stressed that the real heroes were the parents and grandparents who gave up their children so they could be saved. Please remember the courage and sacrifice of this inspirational person who gave so much for the lives of so many.

What is Our Purpose?
The Bible is clear that our purpose on earth is to bring glory to God. This theme is repeated again and again, in both the Old and New Testaments: 1 Chronicles 16:29; Psalm 34:3; Psalm 86:9; Psalm 96:8; Matthew 5:16; Romans 15:6; Romans 15:9; 1 Peter 2:12

While Irena Sendler lived out a noble and moving purpose, saving the lives of innocent children, our purpose as Christians is even more important – I would submit it is FAR more important. While it is a beautiful and honorable thing to save human lives, consider how much more meaningful it is to save eternal souls from separation with God. Certainly the Lord commanded us to love others while we are here on earth through the “Great Commandment,” Matthew 22:35-40. But He also commanded us to evangelize and disciple the entire world, through the “Great Commission,” Matthew 28:18-20.

This is a call for an examination of our hearts. What is the primary focus of your life? Are you prepared to live solely for God’s purposes? Where do you stand on your spiritual journey? You may long for a life-changing experience – but when it happens, are you really ready for your life to change?

May God bless you as you seek His will for your life.

It will only take you a minute to pass this along.

Throughout the history of His interaction with mankind, He has acted with great determination. Make no mistake about this: His mission is to make Himself known to us and to foster a relationship of love with us.

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The Male Menopause: Andropause


pic2Although, the male andropause has not been widely recognized, increased medical research has turned attention to the gradual hormone decline in males which generally presents with symptoms in the mid 40’s to 50’s. A recent World Health Organization (WHO) report, states that the male hormone, testosterone, drops about 10 percent every decade starting around age 30. It is estimated that by age 50, 30 percent of men have testosterone levels low enough to cause symptoms and put them at risk.

 

Hormonal decline is not limited to just testosterone. Other natural hormonal levels can be deficient in Andropause. These hormones can include Human Growth Hormone (HGH or IGF-1), DHEA, thyroid hormone, melatonin and others. Although, declining hormones are a normal part of aging, they are accompanied by a gradual and undesired decline in sexuality, mood and overall energy. Declining hormones also increase the risk of more serious medical conditions (such as cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis). Similar to Menopause in women, Andropause in males begins at a time when life often offers some of its greatest rewards.

What are the symptoms?

By the time men are between the ages of 40 and 55, the drop in hormone levels gradually (unlike the sudden changes in menopause) produce changes in attitude, mood, confidence, memory, energy level, sex drive, muscle tone, muscle mass, muscle strength, abdominal fat and physical agility. Psychological stress, alcohol, injuries, surgery, medications, and obesity can contribute to its onset.

More over, studies show that a decline in testosterone and growth hormone actually contributes to the risk of health problems like heart disease, osteoporosis and weak muscles leading to fraility. Since all this happens at a time of life when many men begin to question their values, accomplishments and direction in life, it’s often not recognized that the changes are related to a silent decline in hormones.

What are the risks of hormone deficiencies?

Since all cells in the body have receptors for hormones, declining hormones are a major contributor to deterioration of the brain, muscle, skin, bone, joints, vessels, heart and the quality of life. Each hormone has specific roles in the normal bodily functions. Specifically, testosterone builds protein and is essential for normal sexual behavior and producing erections. Additionally, each hormone affects numerous metabolic activities such as the production of blood cells in the bone marrow, bone formation, lipid metabolism, carbohydrate metabolism, liver function, brain function, prostate gland growth. Therefore, in addition to the symptoms described, declining hormones increase the risk of deterioration of organs , osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease.

Andropause and Osteoporosis Osteoporosis is not just a disease of women. In men, lifestyle, nutrition and hormones such as testosterone and growth hormone play critical roles in the maintenance of bones. As these decline, between the ages of 40 and 70 years, male bone density falls by up to 15 percent. What’s more, approximately one in eight men over age 50 actually have osteoporosis, increasing fractures of the hip, wrist and spine. Therefore, the incidence of hip fractures rises exponentially in ageing men, as it does in women, but starting about 5 to 10 years later.. After a hip fracture, up to one third of patients never regain full mobility.

Andropause and Cardiovascular risk It is now well accepted that women’s risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and cardiac events increases after menopause. New evidence suggests that a similar phenomenon occurs in men as their testosterone levels diminish with age. Research thus far point to a strong association between low-testosterone levels and an increase in cardiovascular risk in men.

How do you know if you are in Andropause?

Although, Andropause was first described in medical literature in the 1940’s, it is generally under diagnosed and under treated since sensitive tests are new. Under diagnosis is also due to often vague symptoms which can vary a lot among individuals. Some men find it difficult to admit that there’s even a problem. And often physicians do not think of low hormone levels as a possible culprit, attributing symptoms to medical conditions and normal aging.

Accurate diagnosis and treatment requires a thorough clinical history, physical evaluation and lab work to measure hormone levels.

How do you treat Andropause ?

Of course, any strategy to reduce the symptoms and risks of Andropause should be based on lifestyle approaches such as optimal diet, regular exercise, nutritional replacement, stress-management and the reduction of tobacco and alcohol intake. These critical factors affect hormone levels and effects.

Additionally, hormone replacement (i.e. testosterone, growth hormone, thyroid hormone, melatonin) should be considered for those who are experiencing clinical symptoms of hormone deficiency. No patient is too old to start hormone replacement therapy if it is indicated. As for any medication, hormones should be taken under a physician’s care, with appropriate follow-up evaluations. They are dispensed by injection, creams, gels, patches and oral capsules. If you have an established prostate tumor or breast cancer you would not be a suitable candidate for testosterone replacement therapy.

What is the role of Viagra/ Cialis in Andropause?

Testosterone replacement therapy works differently from Viagra or Cialis, which act on the penis only to maintain an erection. Testosterone works on the whole body, brain and all aspects of the sexual response including erectile quality and sexual desire.

What are the benefits of hormone replacement?

Clinical studies support the use of exercise, nutritional replacement, testosterone and growth hormone to treat the symptoms and prevent disease. Hormone replacement with testosterone and growth hormone has been shown to significantly improve sexual performance, libido, energy, mood, memory, brain function, heart disease, vessel disease, muscle strength, muscle tone, muscle mass, abdominal fat, bone density and overall sense of well-being. These effects are usually noted within just a few weeks.

What are the risks of hormone replacement?

A recent 2004 study in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that there were no long term risks of replacement therapy which aims to restore normal hormone levels. Historically, testosterone use has been associated with aggression and hypersexuality. These effects stem from the use of testosterone by men with normal testosterone levels who took testosterone at doses which were much higher than supplementation doses that are used in men going through Andropause.

In conclusion, correction of nutritional and hormonal deficiencies is important for the treatment of andropause symptoms and the prevention of degenerative diseases such as osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease.

Benefits

Testosterone improves cognitive function, memory. Alzheimer’s ( Aging Male 2003, J Clin Metab 2002, J Clin Endocrin 1999)

T protects against atherosclerosis and plaque rupture. J Endocrin 2003, J CLin Endocrin 1999

GH protects against beta-amyloid plaques. J Neuroscience 2001

Testosterone protects against CV disease. NEJM 2004

Testosterone improves mood and erections. Androl 1992

Testosterone improves depression. Am J Psychiatry 2003

Testosterone reduces angina Circulation 2000, reduces atherosclerosis. J Endocrin2003.

Testosterone improves CHF. Heart 2003

Testosterone improves strength and body composition. Mayo Clin Proc 200

Testosterone improves DM. Aging Male 2003

Testosterone increase coronary blood flow circulation 1999

GH increases bone density

GH decreases abdominal obesity in men

GH decreases fatigue

Increases energy, vitality, well being, self control decreases anxiety, depression

No evidence of increased cancer or CV disease. NEJM 2004

Body composition improves with GH.

  1. Improvement in mood and sense of well-being
  2. Increased mental and physical energy
  3. Decreased anger, irritability, sadness, tiredness, nervousness
  4. Improved quality of sleep
  5. Improved libido and sexual performance
  6. An increase in lean body mass, a decline in fat mass
  7. An increase in muscle strength (hand grip, upper and lower extremities)
  8. Potentially, a decrease in the risk of heart disease

Understanding Risks

There are several conditions in which you should never use testosterone replacement therapy. These include:

  1. Breast cancer (in males)
  2. Prostate cancer

In some other cases testosterone replacement therapy may not be right for you. If one of the conditions below is applicable to you, your doctor will decide whether (in your specific case) testosterone replacement therapy is the right solution.

  1. Liver disease
  2. Heart or blood vessel disease
  3. Edema (swelling of face, hands, feet, or lower legs)
  4. Enlarged prostate
  5. Kidney disease
  6. Diabetes mellitus

To help your doctor determine your best treatment plan, you should also discuss the following:

  1. If you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to androgens or anabolic steroids.
  2. If you are an adult male who plans to have children; high doses of androgens may cause infertility.
  3. If you are bedridden.
  4. If you are now taking any other prescription or nonprescription (OTC) medicine, especially anticoagulants (blood thinners).

Treatment for Andropause consists of replacing lost hormones with natural hormones that are molecularly equal or bio-identical to those produced naturally within the body. By choosing hormones from sources that are bio-identical to our own bodies naturally produced hormones, one can receive the optimal benefits of therapy while reducing the risks associated with chemical agents.

 

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