May 30, 2014 - 2:11 am
Blue Berries, Popcorn, and Baking Soda – My rant
My neighbor is convinced that he is going to find the cure for cancer. He believes that all cancers must have a common link, and that by reading enough junk science nutrition books, he will find the answer.
My response: GRRRRRR!
He has taken an essential oils class, given by a local Shaman. Muhahahahaaaa (My attempt at an evil scientist response.) The lady he is taking the class from is a mid 60's Caucasian hippie type that sells over priced herbs in very small quantities. That must give her all of the qualifications to treat every disease on earth. She has recipes to cure every thing with essential oils. At the very best she creates a lot of good smells. (She does do that well.)
My neighbor and friend really verbally attacked me on how I need to be open minded on how these concoctions can really help me. (Now you have to stay with me here.) He has a book that tells about the various frequencies of the plants and how made into essential oils changes those plant frequencies to be beneficial for healing cancer. (What, What, What????) He told me this was the most intelligent thing he has read in his life. (He must not read the daily Garfield in the paper.) I asked how would one measure the frequency of a plant? Luckily the book has a chapter on that. The author measured the plants frequency with an oscilloscope. I told him being an Audio Engineer I have an $8K version of one in my shop. If he could measure a frequency of a plant leaf I would give him a $100. (I can measure down to .000000001 of a second. (1 Billionth of a second) We should be able to see something.) The usual response of foul berating came. If you do not believe in science from people outside the establishment..... OK, Tiger the reason they are outside of the establishment is because none of this makes any sense! Zero! The reason this author can not explain his results is that he was never able to achieve any of his measurements.
Whew, we switched subject. Now he is showing me a book on foods that defeat cancer. If you just ate Blue Berries, Popcorn, and Baking Soda.......
GRRRRRRRRR I told him I will talk to him in a few days.
Do people really think they are being helpful?
We did not tell family and only three friends that I had cancer for the first 3 1/2 years of my treatment. We had heard from to many of them when someone else got diagnosed with cancer, how God must be punishing them. The evil thoughts that came out of their mouths about a friend or relative that was suffering from cancer was shocking.
We finally could not hide my disease any more. It is difficult to explain why I am in the hospital for two weeks at a time. Why we are avoiding picnics and family dinners.
We also told everyone with 100% understanding if we ever here God is punishing us or that I deserved to get cancer, we would 100% not ever speak with you again. These terms are 100% non negotiable. We also told the family we were no longer financially supporting any one. If they needed emotional support great, money no more. All of this worked! We are invited to family gatherings and felt welcomed. My sister's youngest son just got married. We traveled across the country and got asked to run a lot of errands for the wedding. We did all that was needed. My sister thanked us in front of both families for getting the jobs done that no one else wanted to do. (We basically drove all over Houston to pick things up. I arranged those trips to see friends from High School and College and had lunch with friends.) After the wedding I even put in a new electrical panel at my sister's house. They saved a fortune, and we had a nice BBQ that Laurie fixed after the job was done. We told them, it is not that we do not want to help when we can. It is that we can no longer be responsible for any one else's expenses. A day of labor when I am retired is not an expense.
We did have the one relative whom asked if I would rewire their home, and install a new electrical panel for them. After I had a hardy laugh, I said not a chance. (I am supposed to pay for a plane trip, three weeks of hotel room, and rent a car to save them money????? Is this family that loves me or what!) The expense of a cross country plane trip to evaluate their house, then 3 weeks to supervise workers, if I could find competent workers locally in a rush for time. Plus, I need to be getting Chemo every two weeks. To many expenses and variables to even think about it. I did give them a ball park price for the size of their house and type of construction for what costs to expect. If someone came in these numbers, probably an honest guy. If they were much higher, probably you should shop around.
Dodged a bullet. lol
Sometimes I do wonder what relationships are worth keeping. We all need to be surrounded by people whom care, empathize, and support us. We all need emotional well being. We all need to be around people that can make us laugh and hug us when we cry. It does seem like believing in mankind should be easier. Instead we have to watch out for the parasites that are looking for the easy score.
My Rant is over. Hopefully I got some laughs and made a few points.
Best Always, mike
PS No Blue Berries, Popcorn or Baking Soda was hurt during this rant.