Wednesday, November 6, 2013
A few days ago at my local drugstore, I noticed the appearance of John F Kennedy memorial magazines. But a quick glance confirmed the truth. Nobody knows. It's official. But it's OK, we can still sell magazines. We don't have free press, but we can pretend. We can print lots of "beautiful pictures" and happy stories.
November 22, 2013 will be the 50th anniversary of the death of President John Kennedy. It's official. Nobody knows what happened. You can be sure someone knows. You can be certain that several people know what happened. But you don't know. The news media doesn't know, or doesn't dare. Fifty years later and the best we can do is, as Wiki, the new authority, reports "Lee Harvey Oswald was accused of the crime and arrested that evening, but Jack Ruby shot and killed him two days later, before a trial could take place."
To be perfectly honest, we don't even know if the President was assassinated.
The FBI officially maintains that Oswald was the lone assassin.
The Warren Commission officially concluded that Oswald was the lone assassin.
United States House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) concluded that those investigations were flawed and that Kennedy was probably assassinated as the result of a conspiracy. Note: Probably comes before 'assassinated'.
Officially, we don't know. Why don't we know? Because some organizations, some community or group of communities, doesn't want us to know. According to a Fox News poll conducted in 2004, 74% of Americans thought there was a cover-up. The other 26 percent are simply not paying attention.
Almost fifty years later, on November 3, 2013, the Washington Post published this headline: "5 decades later, some JFK assassination files still sealed; researchers demand ‘transparency’" The documents are still 'covered up'. The cover-up is written into law.
Where are the Julian Assanges and Edward Snowdens of the Kennedy assassination?
There are many who claim that Julian Assange and Edward Snowden are criminals, who released secret information, creating danger to the public. What about those who create danger to the public by hiding information?
The first key to freedom is information. The first key to healthy communities, healthy organizations, is information. Can "Freedom of Speech" exist when it's illegal to speak the truth.
The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business" author Patrick Lencioni articulates some key components of organizations: integrity, clarity, minimal politics, minimal confusion.
Where is the integrity fifty years after the death of a president? Where is the clarity? All we have is the remnants of a politically tense, confused time.
In 1914, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis wrote "Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman." Almost one hundred years later - we still live under the misconception that secrecy benefits society.
When Julian Assange and Eric Snowden make information public, they make our communities, our organizations, our governments, healthier. Like many 'healthy' actions, there may be some pain, but in the long term, we all gain. When will we learn the truth about John Kennedy?
History has shown us, that although the information freed by Julian Assange was top secret, was HUGE in quantity, and clearly demonstrated that some of our communities - our diplomats, our soldiers, our political figures, are conducting themselves in a dishonest, illegal, unhealthy fashion, the world did not end. We ate the forbidden fruit. And we're still here. When Eric Snowden told us, in no uncertain terms, that many of our government organizations are breaking our laws, taking away our the rights declared in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights who suffered? Only Eric Snowden.
Eric Snowden and Julian Assange and others like them, work to improve the healthiness of our communities. Community healthiness starts with information. We need more than freedom to speak 'our political opinion'. We need the freedom to speak the truth. That's the true test of free speech.
The top layer of the Hierarchy of Healthicine is communities. Our communities range from our friends and families to churches, corporations, associations and governments. If we want to impove our healthiness, we need to address the health of our communities. What did John F. Kennedy have to say on this?
“The very word ‘secrecy’ is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings.” John Fitzgerald Kennedy
When I was eleven, I was a child. Today, I try to maintain some of my childhood innocence - and the frankness that comes with it. I love the quote by Pablo Picasso: “It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”
I hope that someday soon, some child, maybe a 70 or 80 year old child, will tell us what really happened to President John F Kennedy. He wants us to know the truth.
to your health, tracy
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
I am working on my book project, Healthicine: The Arts and Sciences of Health and Healthiness. As a result, I haven't posted much on this site, or on Healthicine.org. Writing a book gives me a chance to collect and align many of the ideas I have explored in the past few years.
I'm immersed in looking from a 'health' perspective, which is very different from our normal 'illness' viewpoint. Sometimes, as I work, something very new and interesting comes up. This post gives a preview of some of the new ideas to be found in the book.
They're missing the next layer: Community.
They're missing the next layer: Community.
The Hierarchy of Healthicine begins with genetics and nutrients and rises through the layers of cells, tissues, organs, systems, body, minds, spirits, to the top layer: communities. There are five general entry points to improving healthiness: nutrition, physical exercise, mental exercise, spiritual exercise and community involvement. We've always known that nutrition, or diet is a large factor in healthiness. Nutrition has been studied extensively - although mostly with regards to illness rather than healthiness.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Friday, May 17, 2013
The world seems to be divided on medicines... There are the medicines your doctor recommends, and 'alternative' medicines. Doctors typically recommend 'patent' medicines (although they might not use that name). Some doctors promote 'natural medicines', others prefer 'Chinese medicines', others like 'traditional' medicines. It seems there are many different types of medicine.
What are Alternative medicines?
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
When many people go to the doctor, they get a verbal diagnosis "it seems you've got mumble mumble", and a verbal treatment recommendation "I'm going to put you on mumble mumble, take n pills a day until it runs out and we'll see what happens." You get a written prescription, which you may, or may not be able to read.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Today, many people quote this phrase. But it is no longer true.
When did it stop being true? Why?
It is illegal for food to be medicine.
Sunday, March 31, 2013
I decided to learn to ride a motorbike, and enrolled in a 'motorcycle safety course' provided, in part, by the local police force.
We were taught the technique of 'counter-steering'. You can click the link if you want to learn more about how it works.
However, when I enthusiastically tried to discuss counter-steering with my friend, he denied ever using it. "I don't counter-steer", he said, "I don't need to, I just lean. I learned to ride the bike when I was very young and I know how it works."
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
No one is perfectly healthy. Healthiness is about balance - thousands of balances, constantly changing, shifting, adjusting, re-balancing.
Healthiness is a measure of your health. When individual measurements of healthiness are mapped to a percentage scale - the inverse is the level of unhealthiness. If your heart is 80 percent healthy, it follows that it is 20 percent unhealthy.