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Predicting declining health in the Older Population

telomeres, aging, baby boomers, chronic illness, older population, anti-aging, functional medicine

For the first time in modern medicine history the scientific community is able to predict biological age in humans with great accuracy by measuring telomere length. The latest scientific article in Nature February 2011, explains this underlying premise.

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Hear Dr. Bergman on 'The Dark Side of Charles Darwin', March 8th

Creation Science / Intelligent Design, Special events, Religion

College professor Dr. Jerry Bergman will present a 2 part talk The Dark Side of Charles Darwin at the Creation Science Society of Milwaukee's monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 8th, at 7:15pm. This month's meeting will be hosted by Grace Ev. Lutheran Church, 3030 W. Oklahoma Ave, in Milwaukee.

The first part deals with some of the dark details of Darwin's life such as:
Charles Darwin’s major goal in developing his theory was religious, he wanted to "murder" god (his words).
•He was active in "converting" all he could to his theory of origins.
•Darwin plagiarized most of his major ideas.
•Darwin was a racist of the worst kind and believed the lower races (the blacks) would go extinct.
•Darwin was opposed to helping the sick, but realized this idea would not go over well.

In Part 2, Dr. Bergman will explain "Atheism as it is found in the teachings of science", and "why the creation view of Origins is so important in this day when the media and public education disallows any view other than evolution to explain how all life has come about in this world of ours."
It is well known and well recognized that evolution is the doorway to Atheism.
•A major reason given to become an Atheist was evolution.
•The whole point of the evolution creation account is to demolish the theistic creation account.
•It takes more faith to be an Atheist than a Creationist.
•Dr. Bergman will cover the Atheist creation story as developed by Hawking and others to document this.

It isn't often that we have a speaker with his level of experience. Dr. Bergman "has taught biology, genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, anthropology, geology, and microbiology at the college level for over 30 years. He has 9 degrees, including 7 graduate degrees, and has authored over 800 publications" including a book by the same title The Dark Side of Charles Darwin".

Interestingly, though once an Atheist*, "[Dr. Bergman's] examination of the scientific evidence for evolution led to ... Christ! ", which is why "case studies show clear evidence that many university officials and faculty are deeply afraid of intellectual freedom on this subject".

I am looking forward to hearing Dr. Bergman speak on this subject. If you are interested in Origins and Charles Darwin, I urge you to attend too.

*Like so many other Creationists who originally were Atheists, questioning the evidence for Evolution also led author, Kitty Foth-Regner, to Christianity: From Feminist Atheism to Biblical Truth.

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"STATUS" of the Unpolished

 

LIVING THE LIFE

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"Hippie" Days are here again in Madison

WISCONSIN

Last April, I was privileged to visit my representatives after the April 15th Tea Party rally in Madison. It was my first time at our State Capitol (inside or out), and I was impressed by the artistry--its classic design, stonework, woodwork, sculpture, gilding, and murals.



Now to hear about the several million (now thought to be under a million)* dollars worth of damage from protesters taping protest signs on the Mankato limestone walls and marble trim, and to the floors from camping out, is heartbreaking. Marble and limestone are considered to be soft, porous stone, easily damaged by acids (spilled Coke is very acidic), staining, and glues. No wonder they have a "NO TAPING ON THE MARBLE" rule!






Take a look at the damage. (About half way through the news story.)

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"STATUS" of Budget Gardening

 

LIVING THE LIFE

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Dr. Mark Hyman: 7 Tips to Fix Your Cholesterol

functional medicine, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, milwaukee center longevity medicine

The singular focus on treating cholesterol as a means to prevent heart attacks is leading to the deaths of millions of people because the real underlying cause of the majority of heart disease is not being diagnosed or treated by most physicians.

For example, I recently saw a patient named Jim who had "normal" cholesterol levels yet was taking the most powerful statin on the market, Crestor. Despite this aggressive pharmaceutical treatment, this man was headed for a serious heart attack. Jim's doctors had missed his real disease risks by focusing on and treating his cholesterol levels. All the while they were ignoring the most important condition that put him at dramatically higher risk of heart attacks, diabetes, cancer and dementia. In a moment I will explain what this condition is and what you can do about it.

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Don't laugh, this is serious, Rand Paul is pro-choice on toilets!

Going Green, Conservatives, Product safety, Just for fun!, Legislation

I think we could all use a little comic relief, so when I saw this caption on the Drudge Report, I had to snicker: Paul wants government hands off his toilet.

That's right. Newly elected Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky (Rep. Ron Paul's son) asked, "If the federal government can support abortion rights, why can't it also support light bulb choice."

I don't mean to diminish the serious side of Rand's inquiry, but it is a good question.

If you have shopped for incandescent light bulbs lately, you probably noticed that some higher wattage models are becoming scarce. (My personal favorite is the 150w large white globe bulb. It gives a nice even bright light for open ceiling fixtures, and because of its large size, the filament doesn't overheat--it lasts a long time. I can only find them at my trusty Elliot's Ace Hardware store.)

The article went on to suggest it was better not to "get [Paul] started about his toilet".

Rand Paul said, “'Light bulbs, refrigerators, toilets, you name it. You can’t go around your house without being told what to buy. You restrict my purchases. You don’t care about my choices. You don’t care about the consumer.''' (I would add phosphate dish-washing detergent to that list--you know, the kind that actually works.)

“'Frankly, my toilets don’t work in my house, and I blame you and people like you who want to tell me what I can install in my house,' Paul said."
 

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No 2011-12 Elmbrook Contract Approval yet

I just returned late last evening from a warm 10 day vacation in sunny Arizona. This morning my blood ran cold when I read that the Elmbrook School Board has a contract all ready for approval for the 2011-12 school year. As a candidate for the Elmbrook School Board in the April election, it gave me a real jolt.. Given the turmoil in Madison and the looming deficit of  about $8 million next year, no one has the slightest idea where the dollars will fall. Ironically the Board has appointed a citizens committee to study moving central administration out of the Hope Ave. building. The building is mold -infested, sits partially on a flood plain which makes it virtually worthless,  is an energy hog and looks like it will be around for another winter. It should be sold as soon as possible. It seems the Board can decide on a teachers contract without thinking, yet spend years trying to decide what to do with a dilapidated building. Sell it and rent office space! Sources tell me rental space would be the cheapest option. The Elmbrook School Board should, under no circumstances approve the teachers contracts. The new board will have to deal with this when sstate aid has been determined, which may be many months from now. Resist the pressure from the teacher union. Many of our past contracts have been approved a year or more after the contract year commences.

Want ObamaCare defunded? Call Congress to sign VOTE NO pledge on Continuing Resolution

Alert, Conservatives, Legislation, Health care, Government / Bureaucracy, President Obama

Many newly elected Republican Congressmen ran on a pledge to defund ObamaCare; reelected Republican Congressmen voted against ObamaCare over a year ago. On January 19th of this year, all of the House Republicans (plus 3 Democrats) voted to overturn ObamaCare.* However, unless these Republican Congressmen sign a pledge to vote NO on the Continuing Resolution up for a vote next Wed., March 17th, ObamaCare's implementation will be funded and next to impossible to repeal or defund in the future.

You see, $105 Billion was stuck here and there within the bill to fund ObamaCare's implementation WITHOUT Congressional Appropriation! In other words, this money ensured ObamaCare would proceed regardless of who won the November elections.

This is why it is essential that we call Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and Chair Rogers and tell them to VOTE NO on the Continuing Resolution vote that includes this ObamaCare funding. Tell your Congressman to sign the pledge to VOTE NO on the Continuing Resolution if it contains ObamaCare funding. If enough Republicans sign that pledge, Boehner will have to take that ObamaCare funding out. (Congressional contact numbers below)

Last month, Congressman Michele Bachmann blew the whistle on the $105 Billion dollars to fund implementation tucked in the ObamaCare bill, which passed in early 2010. (No wonder Speaker Nancy Pelosi said we have to pass to bill to find out what is in it!)

Last "[Wednesday] former Congressman Ernest Istook testified before the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee about the $105 billion slush fund in advance appropriations liberals tucked inside Obamacare. The $105 billion bypasses the traditional yearly budgeting process and is spread throughout the 2,700 page legislation. It took the Congressional Research Service (CRS) seven months to identify all the disparate funds and it was not until February (11 months after the bill passed) that all of the funds could be totaled up."

Republicans have the position of strength here--the upper hand. The Continuing Resolution must be passed if we are to keep funding the Federal Government and avoid a shut down on March 18th. Instead of always negotiating weakly from a position of strength, like they did with extending the Bush Tax cuts, urge them to stand strong here? Ask them to honor their pledge to repeal and defund ObamaCare. Tell them to sign the pledge.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
House Switchboard (202) 224-3121

Speaker John Boehner (202) 225-0600
Majority Leader Eric Cantor
(202) 225-4000
Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (202) 225-5101
Find your Congressman


H/T Conservative Mark Levin spoke with Congressmen Michele Bachmann and Steven King last night from about 19 minutes to 30 minutes into the broadcast. Listen.

Mark Levin surge: Call Congress, Vote NO on Continuing Resolution

Call your member of Congress and say, "Vote No On the Continuing Resolution because it doesn't cut funding for Obamacare!" 202.224.3121

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An Introduction

As I watched the events of the past few years unfold, and observed how divided we have become as a nation, I felt compelled to join the fray of writers who publicly offer their viewpoint via, "the blog". I hope to inspire spirited debate and intelligent discussion with my take on news events, politics and general observations. Politically correct I am not. My style is without remorse, and my opinions are based on facts, personal experience, and hatred for pop culture. If you think I am misinformed, mean,or just plain wrong, let me know. Opposing viewpoints are always welcome  and encouraged.

My goal is to keep the content fresh, so I will do my best to provide something new each week. I am working on my first article, so stay tuned...

No Correction or Retraction re. Teachers Contract Nec.

My statement that the School Board board offered 2011-12 contracts to teachers and nurses was clearly printed in the March 10,2011 issue of BrookfieldNow, page 4 under GOVERNMENT WATCH. The article states in part : "School Board Offers contracts to teachers, nurses". "Elmbrook School Board on Tuesdaty offered contracts to 466 full-time teachers and Nurses and 25 part-time teachers  for the 2011-12 school year." I've read the article over and over trying to get a different meaning. The message is the same; teachers and nurses were offered a contract.! Period. The School District needs to do some serious damage control and owes owes the community an apology

About Radiation, Nutrients and Food

radiation, prevention, free radicals, wellness, japan nuclear crisis

Is there something we can do to protect ourselves from radiation poisoning ?

The nuclear blasts in Japan have all of us concerned about radiation poisoning. However World Health Organization officials say “health risk is small” for those of us not living near the power plants. 

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Write-In Nancy Kormanik files for Elmbrook School Board Election April 5

4-K, Elections, Elmbrook

April 5th's Elmbrook School Board election just got more interesting: Nancy Kormanik filed as a Write-In candidate on Tuesday for the At Large position on the board.

Nancy Kormanik will run against Pro 4K Sandra Schultz and incumbent Kathryn Wilson. (Kathryn was against 4K in last year's election, then a month ago stated Pro 4K support, reversing her previous position. On March 4, she indicated her vote would probably be no 4K for now.) All of this public support of 4K occurred AFTER the candidate filing deadline, hence, the Nancy Kormanik Write-In campaign.

You may recall I mentioned Nancy Kormanik before. She spoke at the February 22 School Board meeting against implementing 4K: "Nancy Kormanik, spoke against 4K, saying that taxpayers shouldn't have to pay for a program that isn't mandatory. Kormanik, I found out, was a teacher at MATC."

I made a point to speak with Nancy Kormanik after that meeting and found that we have very similar views. She is someone who won't waffle on her 4K position; she is solidly against it.

Nancy Kormanik is also an educator, which I think is a valuable perspective to have on the School Board. She is fiscally conservative.

So Conservatives, you now have a real choice....Write-In Nancy Kormanik.

I will be posting more information about Kormanik in the days to come. In the meantime, if you have a question for Nancy Kormanik, you may contact her directly at  NANCY.KORMANIK@gmail.com or email me directly at PracticallySpeaking@gmail.com

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Relief Efforts in Japan Tsunami Disaster- How you can help

japan crisis, japan tsunami, relief efforts

At Milwaukee Center for Longevity Medicine, we think the scope of the disaster is so great, that the charities that are already involved, and those that will become involved, will play a vital role in the relief effort. There will be significant costs associated with those efforts.

If you are interested in assisting with the relief efforts and donating to charities that are providing assistance to Japan, I have included links to several organizations that meet the BBB Wise Giving Alliance’s Standards for Charity Accountability. 

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Winter Social Raises Over $20,000 to Benefit Elmbrook Students and Schools

Approximately 250 guests and volunteers attended the Winter Social at the Wilson Center to benefit Elmbrook students and schools.  The event had a tropical theme and featured live music, casino games, a jewelry dig, raffles, heavy hors d'oeuvres, dessert, coffee bar and more!!!!!   
 
The Foundation strives to complement and extend the private support provided through the PTOs and booster clubs in each of Elmbrook's 11 schools. 

"We are so appreciative of all of those who attend our events, donate to our raffle/auctions, volunteer their time and provide financial support to our events, campaigns and programs.  We are lucky to live in a community that places such a high value on the quality of its public schools!", says David Frank (EEF President).  
 

This event raised over $20,000.  The event planning committee included (back row) Amy Hodges, Jain Apple, Wendy Huml, Mardi Kemp, Jennifer Morales (event chair), Jodi Ells; (front row) Kim Rogne, Kelly Frank, Laura Schmidt, Rachel Lyon; (not pictured) Carrie Matteson, Jill Wightman, Jody Warren, Kristin Urban, and Shelly Botchek. 

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Nancy Kormanik to participate in Elmbrook Candidate Forum, Monday, March 21, 7pm

4-K, Elmbrook, Elections, TAXES, Special events

Just a reminder here, Monday, March 21st, at 7pm, there will be an Elmbrook Board of Education Candidate Forum, at the Central Administrative Offices at 13780 Hope Street in Brookfield.

What you might not know, is that Nancy Kormanik, the Write-In candidate for the At-Large position, will participate in that school board candidate forum, along with the other 5 candidates running for the 3 seats.

I encourage you to be there and get to know the views of each candidate.

The election is April 5th. All Elmbrook residents vote for ALL 3 BOARD POSITIONS: Area 1, 3, and At-Large, regardless of what area of the district we live in.

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Come out and play at the Midwest Gaming Classic, March 26 & 27

Brookfield, Family, Just for fun!, Special events

It's that time of year again, the Midwest Gaming Classic comes to Brookfield's Sheraton Hotel, 375 South Moorland Road this weekend. Pay one fee and play all day: $20 Admission on Saturday, March 26th, 10am - 8pm, and $10 Admission on Family Day, Sunday, March 27th, 10am - 5pm. Children 12 and under are FREE if accompanied by an adult with paid admission.

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Midwest Classic. Billed as "The largest all-encompassing electronics gaming trade show", it has grown quite a bit since its early days.  They are also offering a bus tour to the Stern Pinball factory in Illinois for $95 on Friday, March 25th. (Stern is the last of the pinball manufacturers in the US.)

There are tournaments, $5,000 in prizes, speakers, vendors, 100s of games to play, vintage games and computers museum section, and games to purchase. If it plugs in and has buttons, it probably will be at the Classic! The weather this weekend returns to the low 30s, so I would think attendance would be up. Check out the Event Guide for specifics.

Have fun!

Past Posts: Midwest Gaming Classic weekend, play pinball, arcade games & more!
Play pinball and arcade games at Midwest Gaming Classic .

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Where

Where Oh where Did Tommy Go?

Governor Thompson ruled longer than any governor of the state of Wisconsin. Tommy liked working with everyone including the Democrats and always embraced the people. Above all, he accomplished major projects when many Republicans called him "TommyThe Taxer". He got things done inspiring the will of the people. Finally, he served our country with distinction in the federal government for four years

Here we have Mr. Walker who has not proposed one thing that the average taxpayer could get excited  about. He has sparked controversey unheard of in peoples' memory  He appears on news conferences in his unemotional , expressionless monotone, and never speaking about anything but employee benefits when the state is far from broke and there are no new jobs in sight and some are trickling away. Now the court has ordered an injunction and the AG claims the law is legal . Let's hope for something better.

Lighthouse Grant Extends Community Support to Complete Document Camera Implementation K-5

Earlier this year, the Foundation kicked off a campaign to implement a SMART Document Camera in every K-5 classroom district-wide to support large group instruction for Elmbrook's youngest learners. 

The Foundation's initial plans provided for a 3 year campaign.  However, due to community support and a $50,000 Lighthouse grant from the Wisconsin Technology Initiative, this campaign is now complete.  All K-5 classrooms including special areas (i.e. Art, Music) received a SMART Document Camera in January.  Staff training on how to use the new systems and integrate them into daily instruction is being provided by the District. 

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