My Illnesses & Pills: Strengthening the Immune System–One Way to Battle the COVID-19/Coronavirus Pandemic, by J. D. Meyer (2nd Edition)

Dang, I’ve been feeling good for four years! But I fit the stereotype of someone that ought to be “fixin’ to get sick”—lungs illness, namely COPD (since 2005) and asthma (since 1986). I got on the combination of SSDI, Medicare, and Medicaid by 2012. I’m writing this article about my illnesses and pills because medical professionals may find clues to finding a way to battle the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic. Dealing with the pandemic takes three routes in the medical community: building the immune system, finding antibodies, and discovering a vaccination. My article represents the way for educated laymen to contribute.

I take at least 15 pills per day (11 different pills)—a motley mix of prescription drugs, vitamins/minerals, and OTC drugs. I have more health issues than Asthma-COPD Overlap Syndrome (ACOS). Quitting cigarettes was important as was quitting snuff tobacco. Nowadays, I occasionally indulge with Smoky Mountain Herbal Snuff (Wintergreen Flavor). It’s made from corn husks and molasses; it’s made in Sandy Hook, CT.

Here are the rest of my diagnoses: Mixed hyperlipidemia E 78.2, Essential (primary) hypertension I10, atherosclerosis heart disease of native coronary artery without angina pectoris I25.10, and macular degeneration. Furthermore, I get monthly allergy shots for Bermuda and Johnson grass, and I have sleep apnea.

Now let’s check out my daily pills. Prescriptions: Daliresp, Montelukast, Dilacor (DILT), Omega 3 Acid Ethyl Esters (4, Take two twice daily), and Prednisone. Vitamins/Minerals: Magnesium, CoQ10, Vitamin D (2), Ocuvite (Vision Health). That last pill is a mix of Vitamins A, C, E and Zinc, Selenium, Copper, and Lutein. Over the Counter Medicine (OTC): Vitamin B-Complex with C (general health)& Loratadine (non-drowsy generic pill for allergies).

Here are the drugs that I inhale. Obviously, I have a rescue inhaler, and it’s Combivent (albuterol + ipratropium). I graduated from the albuterol inhalers a while back. But my nebulizer fluid is albuterol only. Then I take Advair twice daily, an anti-inflammatory.

Here are the occasional OTC drugs and vitamins/minerals: Sudafed (nasal congestion), Mucinex–aka. Guaifenesin (chest congestion/bronchitis). , Milk Thistle (liver health) and rarest of all—Turmeric Curcumin (anti-inflammation). Before I got health insurance, Mucinex and Sudafed were very frequent companions. I’ve become a member of the Chris Cuomo Fan Club and explained the joy of Mucinex on his website.

Let’s hope that my list of medicines and illnesses helps medical researchers during our pandemic crisis. I was invited to join the local Community Health Workers (CHW) coalition several years ago because of my explanation of lung health issues for the layman. I used to be a teacher–mostly Developmental English/Writing (college level), ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)for all levels, and all-level/ most subjects substitute teacher.

Some of those drugs and whatnot represent a journey! Magnesium is a new friend. First I was put on statins and developed heart issues. Then I found CoQ10 and that helped. Then I had a phase of Red Yeast Rice–a more organic, mellow statin. Then I read a couple of journal articles against it and stumbled onto Magnesium. Magnesium is the super mineral. It’s good for excess fat, arthritis, COPD, and even more issues!

My most recent drug is prednisone—previously som’n just for acute attacks. I passed a recent chest X-ray, but my pulmonologist felt that I needed prednisone. After all, I’ve had a low moderate Forced Exhale Volume (FEV) for years. I may be 6’2” and 61 years old, but my FEV is comparable to a short elderly lady’s lungs, or just one lung, or a very short child’s lungs. Stop smoking, stay indoors, or wear a mask/bandanna when shopping.

COVID-19/Coronavirus Annotated Link Page, by J.D. Meyer (2nd Edition)

1. Q & A on Coronavirus (COVID-19) by WHO (World Health Organization). Answers to 23 questions, two information links, subscribe to WHO newsletter. https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses?fbclid=IwAR0cSHcLD8YtFmTG8sq-w8E3p4BVui6L41CieOoR0C1fu_9fbROHjcUcaHQ

2. Oxford COVID-19 Evidence Service. By Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine. Updates began on March 17, 2020. Click for Questions under Review. Top 3 Most Viewed: COVID-19 Signs & Symptoms Tracker, Assessing dyspnea, Global Covid-19 Case Fatality Rates, TRIP database COVID-19 updates. https://www.cebm.net/oxford-covid-19/

3. How the Novel Coronavirus and the Flu are Alike…and Different
Symptoms, Transmission, Degree of Mild vs. Severe Cases, Length of Hospitalization, What % of the Population Will Get Each Virus, Death Rate, Treatment, Vaccines, Impact of Seasonal Weather. https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/03/20/815408287/how-the-novel-coronavirus-and-the-flu-are-alike-and-different?utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR0-_S-NHB2OHGoJs6EHu-OBPDp8Qh6xYB6BPxB11ePdN_519YgFeIheNCE

4. Why ‘Death Rates’ from Coronavirus Can Be Deceiving. “The answer involves how many people are tested, the age of an infected population and factors such as whether the health care system is overwhelmed, scientists say.”
https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/03/27/821958435/why-death-rates-from-coronavirus-can-be-deceiving?utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR1P6Dzb5ug-mG-CAY3rfsrl2dJ1c-1YPu2KitdIXl9e4ruNHVP858JqAfE

5. Can a Supplement Protect Me Against the New Coronavirus? “Doctors say there’s limited evidence on how any supplements may or may not affect coronavirus spread and the resulting disease. Here’s what we know right now.” The following supplements are analyzed: elderberry, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, apple cider vinegar, turmeric. https://www.everydayhealth.com/infectious-diseases/can-a-supplement-protect-me-against-the-new-coronavirus/

6. Faces of Coronavirus: One Woman’s Road to Recovery. “…the first signs that she had the disease caused by the novel coronavirus were some aches and a dry cough. Her symptoms quickly escalated to difficulty breathing and fever.” This interview was reviewed by an M.D. https://www.everydayhealth.com/coronavirus/faces-of-coronavirus-one-womans-road-to-recovery/

7. Loss of smell and taste could be the strongest symptom of Coronavirus, experts believe. Loss of smell and taste are stronger predictors than fever and cough—triple other symptoms. The Covid Symptom Tracker App has created a model that also lists new continuous cough, fever, fatigue, diarrhea, abdominal pain and loss of appetite. https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/uk-news/loss-smell-taste-could-strongest-18019703

8. COVID-19, Asthma, Allergies: You’ve Got Questions….(Video with Transcript). “Allergy & Asthma Network compiled a list of questions regarding COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) that people asked during our “Distinguishing the Difference: COVID-19 vs. Allergies vs. Flu” webinar on March 17. The webinar was hosted by Allergy & Asthma Network President and CEO Tonya Winders and board-certified allergist and immunologist Purvi Parikh, MD.” https://www.allergyasthmanetwork.org/covid-asthma-and-allergies-frequently-asked-questions/ General Questions (25), Asthma Management Questions (13), School Questions (3).

9. COVID-19 COMPARISON: Coronavirus vs. Cold vs. Flu vs. Allergies (Chart comparing 12 symptoms among 4 Illnesses) https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov/sites/g/files/gmc786/f/fb-covid-comparison-8.5×11-eng.jpg

10. Coronavirus is not the flu. It’s worse. This 6 ½ minute YouTube video is from the CDC (Center for Disease Control). Twice as contagious , longer incubation period, no shot or immunity, 25% hospitalized > 2%. At least 10 times the fatality rate. Older and compromised people are more vulnerable. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVIGhz3uwuQ&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR2oMqPwP76ZMdL_U8GTRjXy4LNaONjc-c_6oHaZ9XnkKOJykpZDo8UnOH4

What Do You Tell People Who Are Scared About the Coronavirus/COVID19 Outbreak? By J.D. Meyer

I will be encouraging. We have many medical professionals working on the Coronavirus/COVID19 crisis throughout the nation and world. The two most visible national officials rising to the occasion are Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY), and immunologist, Dr. Anthony Fauci (Director of the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases). In his inspiring Saturday morning address, Gov. Cuomo asserted, “We are all first responders.” We could help or inspire somebody, but we could also get somebody sick or depressed.

For me, sharing health information on Twitter, Facebook, and Word Press would be my main way to inform and inspire. I taught for 20 years—mostly Developmental English/Writing (a college course), English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) to all ages, and an “All Grades/Most Subjects” substitute teacher. I just hit the 39K tweet mark—starting in October 2011.

Several years ago, I was invited to join the local Community Health Workers (CHW) group—the Northeast Texas CHW Coalition, for I’d written some articles about my health issues for the layman. I’ve been on SSDI for COPD for a decade! I have a special interest in magnesium since it has really helped improve my health for the past two years—cholesterol, arthritis, and COPD. CoQ10 was another relatively recent find for me, and it helps heart health.

Furthermore, I can share academic or entertaining information on a broader scale. After all, plenty of students are going to be studying online. Maybe I could publicize my love of Tejano music improving my Spanish to friends’ kids? The other day, I brought a spare Brookshire’s cooking magazine and a brief bio-sketch on Sriracha Hot Sauce by Huy Fong foods to a young mom and her depressed 2nd-grade daughter, who was stuck with her in the kitchen of a nearby service station.

I’m continuing to offer relevant follow-up articles of mine to the Tyler First 2020 Open House leaders. It was a great event just before the Coronavirus shutdown at the Rose Garden city’s convention building with plenty of posters, handouts, and websites. Urban studies have been a hobby of mine for many years—even longer than health.

As for being entertaining, I asked Facebook associates if they would like to share information on interior decorating accomplishments during the shutdown. Besides lots of counter and table dusting and paper sorting and trashing, I rearranged some decorative bar stools. I did receive several responses–including some photos from someone who rearranged some heavy tools in his garage!

Wish us luck in being informative, entertaining, and persuasive.  There’s a new Facebook group called, “Support Our Local Tyler Businesses During COVID-19.” Hopefully, politics will take more of a back seat with me in the near future.

 

 

 

Riding Yellow SE from Wal-Mart/Troup to Bergfeld Center during Reduced Schedule, by J.D. Meyer

Due to the Coronavirus crisis, Tyler Transit has temporarily ended the Green & Purple Lines while reducing times for the other three lines: Red, Yellow, and Blue. Update: The Red Line will follow the Purple North pathway after leaving Bergfeld Center; thus, it will go down Beckham AV and the two hospitals.

Since I need to catch the nearest Yellow SE to Bergfeld Center—Tyler Transit’s second bus hub–I need to work out a schedule.  I’m going to list the times for stops at the Yellow SE line.  Meanwhile, I‘ll acknowledge the gap of time when the Yellow line is in the Southwest.

6:00 am — 8:53 am.

11:22 am – 1:00 pm

3:22 pm – 5:45 pm.

https://www.cityoftyler.org/home/showdocument?id=1484   Yellow Line: Complete Map with Schedule & All Stops.

Reduced Yellow SE Line Schedule

6:00 am – 8:53 am

Yellow SW from 6:00 am – 6:52 am

6:52 Wal-Mart/ Troup

6:50 Golden/VA Clinic

7:08 UT-Tyler

7:18 Reach Bergfeld Center

8:14 Leave Bergfeld Center

8:19 Green Acres Shopping Center

8:29 Wal-Mart/Troup

8:37 Golden/VA Clinic

8:43 UT-Tyler

8:53 Reach Bergfeld Center

No Bus Until 11:22, Leave Bergfeld Center

11:22 am – 1:00 pm

11:22 Leave Bergfeld Center

11:27 Green Acres Shopping Center

11:37 Wal-Mart/Troup

11:45 Golden/VA Clinic

11:57 UT-Tyler

12:07 Reach Bergfeld Center (Go SW)

Yellow SW from 12:07 pm—1:00 pm

No Bus from 1:00 pm — 3:22 pm

Yellow SW from 3:22 pm – 4:10 pm.

3:22 pm – 5:45 pm

4:13 Leave Bergfeld Center

4:18 Green Acres Shopping Center

4:28 Wal-Mart/Troup

4:36 Golden/VA Clinic

4:42 UT-Tyler

4:52 Reach Bergfeld Center

Yellow SW from 4:52 pm – 5:45 pm

KUPAS COLUMN: Confucius Chinese New Year and Jokowi’s Promise? By Kris Tan, MA. Indonesian Young Confucians Founder (GEMAKU) …Translated from Indonesian with Google Translate

Found and Posted by Kris Tan

This paper is written using a question mark, so that those who read it can conclude their own memermai this paper with their respective perspectives, can be negative or positive, depending on which angle to look.

This year the Matakin Chinese New Year will be held on February 2, 2020 in Jakarta. During his reign, President Jokowi was never willing to attend though.
This is a matter of the Matakin National Imlek (Supreme Council of Confucian Religion) which is always held from year to year after the reformation. The Imlek held by Matakin nationally is always attended by the President of Indonesia from year to year, starting with an Indonesian Confucian hero named Abdurahman Wahid (Gus Dur) who declared the Chinese New Year as a facultative holiday for celebrating Confucians.

Then it was inaugurated as a national holiday by President Megawati and of course Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono who during his ten years of government was always present in the Matakin National Imlek with all gradual concrete improvements for Confucians, starting with equality of civil rights and religious rights for Confucians.

In Jokowi’s time? Even though the president for all the people of Indonesia never even wanted to attend the Matakin National Lunar New Year. What’s wrong? Why is the reason too? Until now nobody knows? What is wrong with Indonesian Confucians to President Jokowi? Also no one can answer that.

Jokowi’s attitude by never wanting to attend the National Imlek Matakin several times was also shown by his insensitive and “indifferent” attitude.
Promise Joni vs Promise Jokowi

For example, on February 25, 2018, he preferred to watch the film Dilan in the cinema rather than attending the National Imlek Matakin on the same day. Though he had promised to Matakin to be present at the Matakin National Lunar New Year at that time. What a promise he made a false promise to Confucians.

No one is forbidding him to watch the film Dilan, but it would be wise if he could arrange the time to watch it so that it would not clash with the Matakin National Lunar program which ideally must be attended by him as a president of all the people of Indonesia without exception the Chinese New Year Confucians.

Maybe President Jokowi needs to watch Janji Joni film besides Dilan. Janji Joni tells the story of Joni (Nicholas Saputra), an introduction to roll film who has never been late in delivering inter-cinema roll films. Joni, who has worked as a delivery for generations, is determined to be on time and reliable.

President Jokowi must be like Joni who can be relied on by all Indonesian people even though there are only a few. Because he is the president of all Indonesian people without exception.

The words of a leader are like gold, but gold has never existed until now. How is it possible for a great leader to easily make promises but never keep them.

He proved the proof of being present at the National Christmas, National Vesak, strangely why even though during his reign he was not even willing to attend the Matakin National Lunar New Year?

Isn’t President Jokowi one of the most “cool” presidents on earth? He can suddenly suddenly set his own time to go to the mall whenever he wants, he can also suddenly suddenly ride a motorcycle on the highway with the time he wants? Ideally in the writer’s logic, if the president wants to attend the Matakin National Lunar New Year then it is not a big problem for him to set the time.

It’s just that it seems that he has never been willing and wants to attend the Matakin National Chinese New Year for reasons that only President Jokowi and God knows.

Chinese New Year for Confucians is something sacred and holy, Chinese New Year is a moment of self-purification and self-improvement, praying to God and ancestors, although for some Chinese who are no longer adherents of Confucius, the Chinese New Year is only like an ordinary celebration and family gathering.

This is the same when Christmas is also just an ordinary holiday for Japanese people who celebrate winter there, Japanese people are generally Shinto but they celebrate Christmas as an ordinary holiday without sacred religious rituals especially sacred.

In Indonesia the history of the Chinese New Year and Confucius certainly cannot be compared to the history of the Chinese New Year in China or other parts of the world. In Indonesia from the era of President Sukarno, the Chinese New Year holiday is clearly a valuable appreciation for the Confucians of Indonesia as a sacred and holy religious holiday.

Chinese New Year is one of the facultative holidays besides Khong Hu Cu and Cheng Beng’s Day of Birth & Death as outlined in Government Decree No.02 / OEM / 1946, regarding Chinese holidays, because according to Gus Dur before the issuance of Inpres 14/1967 all Chinese people were adherents Confucius.

The presence of a president of the Republic of Indonesia for the Chinese New Year celebration National Matakin becomes very important and meaningful because it is a symbol of the state which must always be present in every religious momentum of all its people.

The absence of the president at the Chinese New Year Confucian community is an ironic and sad ambiguous attitude. This can be considered as a president’s discriminatory attitude towards his people who happen to be also the most “minority” in Indonesia.

The Confucius people always send letters to the president to attend the Matakin National Lunar New Year, always trying to have an audience with President Jokowi in various ways, but what power is always ignored, always never received, always ignored. But what might President Jokowi never seem to want to listen to the Confucians longing for his presence.

Sad indeed, but yes that’s the attitude of President Jokowi towards Confucians, side by side and tends to hurt the Confucians who long for his presence.

However, like the “Punguk missed Bulan” the Confucians always look forward to President Jokowi in their midst to celebrate the sacredness of the Chinese New Year with gratitude and the best prayers for our beloved Indonesia.

Hopefully President Jokowi reads this article. While praying and thankful, Confucians hope Jokowi keeps his promise.

 

 

Affordable Housing & Increased Interest in Downtown Revitalization in Tyler, Texas by J.D. Meyer

“Affordable housing in Tyler: What do you want to know?The Tyler Loop, an in-depth digital magazine, and the Tyler Morning Telegraph, Tyler’s daily newspaper, are teaming up to help our community better understand a topic that’s on a lot of people’s minds.” My editorial will provide some answers to two of the five questions. “What does affordable housing in Tyler look like today? Where is it?” https://thetylerloop.com/what-do-you-want-to-know-about-affordable-housing-in-tyler-were-reporting-together-to-answer-your-questions/ Furthermore, I will address the “increased interest in downtown revitalization” too.

As a former teacher, who has a HUD-subsidized apartment, I feel compelled to provide information and maybe some commentary. Furthermore, I have been volunteering with the East Texas Human Needs Network (ETHNN) for several years, and their Housing Committee provides these findings. http://www.ethnn.org/housing.html

The WorldPopulationReview.com http://worldpopulationreview.com/us-cities/tyler-tx-population/cites the census for its statistics on average income and rent. The Tyler Texas 2019 population estimate is 105,729. Tyler median household income is $46,463/year, and the median rent is $864/month. https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/  Spending no more than 30% of your income on rent is acceptable; this figure is only 22.21% on rent. Yet the average earnings are only $31, 414/year. According to this figure, we spend an average of 33% on rent. Poverty is 20.21%.

Section 42 Internal Revenue Code makes apartments affordable through cooperation of private industry and the federal government. Even if I wasn’t on HUD, there’s a smaller discount for those looking for affordable apartments. My complex has the plaque on an office wall. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low-Income_Housing_Tax_Credit

Here’s a list of 20 Low Income apartments in Tyler. Our listings include:
  1. HUD apartments
  2. Section 8 apartments
  3. Public Housing apartments
  4. Non-profit senior and family low income apartments
  5. Low income tax credit apartments (LIHTC)

https://www.lowincomehousing.us/TX/tyler.html

This should represent a good start for a study of affordable housing in Tyler. Tyler attracts a wide age range through its three colleges, and it is a senior welcoming city. Healthcare, with its two large hospitals and many different types of doctors, is the leading employment field of the city. https://livability.com/tx/tyler Cities like Tyler are nicknamed “Eds & Meds” economies.

Now let’s look at Downtown Tyler and the interest in continued revitalization. It began with the Heart of Tyler https://www.heartoftyler.org in 1987. It became a Main Street program in 1990. The Main Street 4-Point Approach is Organization, Promotion, Economic Restructuring, and Design. Tyler Center is Houston ST on the south, Beckham AV on the east, Palace on the west, and Bow on the north by https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/tx/tyler/city-center.   This website analyzes the real estate situation. Nearly 1/3 of rental properties are small 2, 3, or 4 unit apartment buildings—higher than 95% of the USA. Median real estate price is $73, 655—less expensive than 90.5% of Texas. Rental price is $953/month, better than 81.7% of Texas. The majority of the Tyler Central population is low income—more than almost 94% of the USA! More people are moving to Downtown Tyler, as almost 98% didn’t live there five years ago. At 25.6%, the real estate vacancy is higher than 91.5% of the USA.  To conclude, Central Tyler should continue to draw in more residents.

This analysis of Downtown Revitalization could have focused on a variety of factors—such as the Art Gallery, restaurants, murals, etc. However, I chose to analyze who actually lives there and why you could move there too.

Alternatives to the Environmental & Economic Damage by the Border Wall Joffre (J.D.) Meyer @bohemiotx

“This Twitter moment offers alternatives (technology & more) to the environmental & economic destruction–including ecotourism–by the proposed border wall. Executive Order 12898 (1994) is Environmental Justice in Minority & Low Income Populations.”

1. Environmental & Ecotourism Impact of the Proposed Border Wall by @bohemiotx https://soapboxie.com/social-issues/Environmental-Ecotourism-Impact-of-the-Proposed-Border-Wall … #environment #SouthTX #ecotourism #EconomicJustice

2. Environmental & Ecotourism Impact of the Proposed Border Wall, Part Two: Smart Walls with Technology, by J.D. Meyer https://bohemiotx.wordpress.com/2019/03/20/environmental-ecotourism-impact-of-the-proposed-border-wall-part-two-smart-walls-with-technology-by-j-d-meyer/ … via @bohemiotx #Technology #BorderWall #Environment #Texas

3. Republican Congressman: Trump’s Border Crisis Is a ‘Myth’ https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/will-hurd-border-wall-myth-781204/ … via @RollingStone #NorthernTriangle #LiDAR #NoBorderWall #SmartWall #ambassadors

4. Marines commandant protests US border deployments, wall https://news.yahoo.com/marines-commandant-protests-us-border-deployments-wall-232037037.html?soc_src=hl-viewer&soc_trk=tw … via @YahooNews #military #NoBorderWall

5. The Texas-Mexico Border Wall Comes with a Dangerous, Costly Side Effect: Flooding https://www.texasobserver.org/the-texas-mexico-border-wall-comes-with-a-dangerous-costly-side-effect-flooding … #BorderWall #floods #environment

6. Forget Trump’s Border Wall. Let’s Build F.D.R.’s International Park. https://nyti.ms/2JcYIl1 #BigBend #environment #Texas

7. New alternative to Trump’s wall would create jobs, renewable energy, and increase border security [solar, wind, natural gas and desalination facilities along the entirety of the border]. #GreenEnergy #Border #economics https://bigthink.com/politics-current-affairs/build-the-energy-wall?fbclid=IwAR3ed6Ai1UhYyC7Kz0Xt8mOeJrnBNsWMIhxwKo-3uR5t0LoacuoH2eYj1GQ

8. Future Energy, Water, Industry and Education Park (FEWIEP) https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2019/Q1/USMexico-Border-Proposal_WHITEPAPER-2019.pdf … #FEWIEP #environment #RenewableEnergy

Replying to @amyklobuchar @keithellison
9. Could Executive Order 12898–Environmental Justice in Minority & Low Income Populations (1994) help in the fight against the #BorderWall? #ecotourism #SouthTX

10. Christina McNearney @tmcnearney1 • Mar 16
We stand strong as one progressive movement against our president’s anti-immigrant, anti-environment agenda. #NoBorderWall https://addup.sierraclub.org/campaigns/stand-with-immigrants–border-communities-for-environmental–social-justice-no-beds-no-boots-no?promoid=7010Z0000027Wv5QAE&utm_medium=recruit&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=addup&tc=false

Blood Cancer Research Annotated Link Page—Including Eastern & Natural Medicine By J.D. Meyer

1. http://www.hematology.org/Patients/Cancers/ Three Kinds of Blood Cancer: (1) Leukemia, (2) Lymphoma, and (3) Myeloma.

2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25136372 “Treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia from traditional Chinese medicine.” Highlights from Abstract: “Methotrexate (MTX) is a drug used in the treatment of various cancer and autoimmune diseases……Therefore, MTX can inhibit the synthesis of DNA. However, MTX has cytotoxicity and neurotoxin may cause multiple organ injury and is potentially lethal…..Our results show that the TCM compounds adenosine triphosphate, manninotriose, raffinose, and stachyose could have potential to improve the side effects of MTX for ALL treatment.”

3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adenosine_triphosphate “ATP is a complex organic chemical that provides energy to drive many processes in living cells, e.g. muscle contraction, nerve impulse propagation, chemical synthesis. Found in all forms of life, ATP is often referred to as the “molecular unit of currency” of intracellular energy transfer.[1] When consumed in metabolic processes, it converts either to adenosine diphosphate (ADP) or to adenosine monophosphate (AMP). Other processes regenerate ATP so that the human body recycles its own body weight equivalent in ATP each day.[2] It is also a precursor to DNA and RNA, and is used as a coenzyme.”

4. http://www.itmonline.org/arts/leukemia.htm TREATMENT OF LEUKEMIA USING INTEGRATED CHINESE AND WESTERN MEDICINE, by Subhuti Dharmananda, Ph.D., Director, Institute for Traditional Medicine, Portland, Oregon. Highlight: “While specific nutritional approaches have not been developed for leukemia, certain general methods can be applied:
a. Make sure the individual is receiving adequate basic dietary nutrients, such as proteins, fats (preferably unsaturated), and carbohydrates. Monitor body weight and muscle strength, and take further action if there is not improvement, including recommending easy-to-use concentrated nutrition sources.
b. Provide additional nutrients and a high level of antioxidants using supplements (11). General anticancer substances may be tried, including flavonoids (quercetin, genestein, tea polyphenols), minerals (selenium), and vitamins (high dose vitamins A, C, and E). Even if these fail to produce a cancer-inhibiting action, they may provide other benefits for persons in the age group that suffers from chronic leukemia.
c. When possible, use Oriental dietary techniques to match the dietary components to the symptom/sign pattern (12). For example, use cooling foods for fevers, astringent foods for sweating, yin-nourishing foods for yin deficiency patterns, etc. Make sure the suggestions include using foods that can reasonably be obtained and prepared.”

5. https://blog.yinyanghouse.com/posts/one-more-reason-to-eat-your-veggies-significant-leukemia-risk-reduction Highlight: “Their analysis found that there was a significant decrease in leukemia risk as the vegetable intake was increased. Interestingly, they did not see a significant raised risk from red meat, poultry, fish, or fruits. The primary factors in elevating the risk were frequent intakes of “fat, deep-fried, and smoked” foods. They concluded that “diets rich in vegetables and adequate amount of milk reduce the risk of adult leukemia.

6. http://www.a-healthy-body.com/the-top-10-health-benefits-of-turmeric-plus-how-to-use-it-in-everything/#comment-92 “The Top 10 Health Benefits of Turmeric (Plus, How To Use It In Everything).” The most relevant benefits vs. cancer are probably #3 “Turmeric helps boost your immune system” & #5. “Turmeric can help treat and prevent cancer.”

FOOTNOTE (Initial Reaction): “I’m sorry to hear of your father’s illness. If my health research turns up anything, I’ll let you know. CoQ10 is great for cardiovascular diseases, and Dr. Peter Langsjoen of Tyler is one of the major authorities on CoQ10 in the world! But that may not apply for cancer.”

The Liberal Islam of Indonesia–Jaringan, by J.D. Meyer, mainly based on Ulil Abshar-Abdalla

Now it’s time to look at the liberal Islam of Indonesia at http://www.islamlib.com, also known as Jaringan Islam. What could be a better religious antidote to fanatic Muslim extremism than a faction of Islam that values reason?

Ulil Abshar-Abdalla read, “Upheaval in Islamic Thinking,” the journal of Ahmad Wahib, another Indonesian. Ahmad stated, “God is not a land forbidden to thought. God exists not in order for his existence to be un-thought. God takes shape not in order to hide from the light of the critique. He doesn’t want to be fixed in one place.” “Religion is a living organism that makes us feel enthusiasm.” Doesn’t that remind you of process theology? The Sufi go as far as to say that God created humans so he could be recognized.

The Mu’tazilah is a branch of Islam as major as the vastly better-known Sunni and Shiite. The Mu’tazilah asserts that through reason we can determine the limits of good and evil , undertake our own evolution and grow to be mature. Human reason is an active participant in interpreting the divine notions. We don’t have a brutish world; furthermore, revelation is not cruel but life-restoring.

A liberal Islam woman named Nong read the works of Fatima Mernissi, a Moroccan Muslim feminist. Fatima believed the wearing of the veil nowadays simply serves the political interests of men. But long ago, the tradition was necessary because Muslim women were harassed just to both Mohammed himself. Fatima and Nong feel that this veil tradition is outdated. Fatima feels that Moslem women should simply wear modest clothes that don’t attract attention. Turkey’s founder, Attaturk, forbade the veil tradition as he wanted some distance between religion and state.

A physicist, Imanuddin Abdurrahim, asserted, “If Moslems want to progress, they can’t depend only on religious texts produced in a certain social and historical context. Social law is not static.” If you don’t install lightning rods on a mosque, natural law could hurt you.

Ulil sees the roots of Moslem fundamentalism as born from a sense of desperation and disappointment. Muslims once knew a golden age, and now they feel degraded. Political fragmentation has hurt; they’ve been left behind in science and economics. They’re spectators of injustice by the West. The Muslim fundamentalist question can be, “Has God left us out?” A pretty shocking theory, but haven’t we seen people behave in a fashion that reminds us of the football proverb, “The best defense is a strong offense”? There’s no religion for those without reason, according to Ulil.

What is a Liberal Muslim description of sin? Sin incites the twitchy and turmoil in your heart, and you don’t like other people see you do it.
So what can religion do for us when our civilization has declined? It should uplift the humanitarian dignity more than worship of a fixed object.

This paragraph comes from Muhammad Ali, not the boxer. Extremists want to see a clash, so religious leaders ordained and lay need to build dialogue. The interrelatedness of sacred texts in the three Abrahamaic religions forms a starting point. Unequal power relations make it difficult. The West appears insensitive and arrogant while the Muslim world seems insecure and defensive. Constructive criticism leads to accountability. Yet the boundary leaders, those who operate on the borders of their community by reaching out to others, need support since it’s psychologically taxing. Ali warns of biblioidolatry, when one worships a religious text taken out of its historical context.

“Ulil’s (Abshar-Abdalla) Controversial Article in English”
We’ll close our survey of the Liberal Islam of Indonesia with a summary of Ulil Abshar-Abdalla’s article in English. Ulil begins by declaring, “Islam is first and foremost a living organism, a religion that evolves in accordance with the pulse of humankind’s development. The tendency to make an unchanging monument of Islam is very prominent at present and the time has come to combat this tendency.”

Ulil fashions a very structured article, starting with four key points: (1) Islam shouldn’t be literalistic; it needs to stay in step with an ever-changing civilization. (2) Local culture must be separate from values; we’re not obligated to follow Arab culture. (3) Muslims shouldn’t view themselves as cut off from other groups. The Quran never banned interreligious marriage. People are on the same level regardless of religion. (4) Social structure needs to distinguish between political power and religious power. Religion is a private matter while the ordering of public life is through the community reaching agreement through democratic deliberation. Now isn’t it refreshing to hear a statement in favor of democracy from a Moslem thinker?

Islamic law should protect the values of “religious freedom, reason, property, the family and honor.” “How these are translated into any given historical and social context is something the Muslims must work out for themselves through “ijtihad” (intellectual endeavor).

Muhammad (Peace be unto Him.) is “a historical figure that should be the object of critical study” and “not just an always-admired mythological figure by ignoring his human qualities and possible weaknesses.” Yet still he must be a model to be followed. Muhammad’s success at Medina was a negotiation between universal values and the social constraints at Medina.

Yet all works of human creativity regardless of religion have something to offer Moslems. Value can be concealed behind the form, according to Ulil. That reminds me of problems with office politics or the tension between the establishment and avant-garde. The enemy of all religions is injustice. Justice is not just a sermon but must be realized in the rules of the game, law, and deeds, according to Ulil.
Moslems must develop the capacity to face problems rationally. Muhammad said whoever wants to overcome the problems of the world and attain happiness should do it with science. Each field has its own principles and rules, but justice is paramount. Claiming the law of God appears as laziness and a form of escapism to Ulil, as well as the reason for the decline of Islam.

Dogmatism is the most dangerous enemy of Islam because it ignores civilization as an “accumulation of achievements supported by all nations.” Dogmatism builds a wall between them and us. The truth of God is greater than the Quran. Islam is better regarded as process more than institution. The prime criteria of goodness in religion should be the benefit of humankind.

Midtown Pantry: Convenience Store/Valero Gas Station Finally Re-Opens in Tyler, Texas–by J.D. Meyer

The Midtown convenience store/Valero gas station re-opened on at 720 S. Fleishel Ave; Tyler, TX 75701 on Sunday, April 22nd. Located on the southeast corner of S. Fleishel & E. Dawson, it’s called Midtown Pantry by White Oak Pantry—a company based largely in Arkansas. It’s across the street from the new Christus Trinity Mother Francis 6-story parking garage.

The store went through extensive repairs after closing many months ago—including its sewers. Now it’s a snack grocery store (lots of chips) with a taco restaurant that sells beer and wine too. The beer selection is extensive with budget beers along with higher-priced beers. Midtown Pantry sells the strongest alcohol beverages for take-out in Tyler—Wild Irish Rose wine (various flavors) and some simulated liquor drinks—all at 17% alcohol.

Your soft tacos can be on corn or flour tortillas. The meat filling choices are coarse ground beef, chopped pork, and chopped chicken and coarse ground sausage— all mildly seasoned. The topping is a blend of sautéed sliced bell peppers and onions. Red and green salsa is available too. I bought four fried jalapenos stuffed with melted cheddar cheese for $1. Thanks to their first Taco Tuesday, my beef taco on a corn tortilla with bell peppers and onions was free! But they’ll be $1.99 from now on.

Midtown (The Hospital District) now has a wonderful new store that’s really close to both hospitals–Christus Trinity Mother Francis (TMF) & UT Health East Texas—formerly known as East Texas Medical Center (ETMC), as well as Pulmonary Specialists of Tyler, also on Fleishel. The Midtown Pantry and its location exemplify the “Eds & Meds” economy of Tyler, Texas. Cities with dominant industries of colleges and hospitals attract restaurants. Furthermore, the population of Tyler is just over 100K, but it swells to 250K during the day from those living in nearby rural towns coming to work or to see the doctor. I will return, and you should check it out too.