Daily Archives: July 22, 2016


IMG_3254You can do anything you want, say anything you want, and people will still follow you. Trump is running for president, who would have thought such a thing was possible? This man who was a laughingstock of the world, somehow found a base who will support him, enough to be one of the candidates for the presidential election. It boggles my mind, totally!

David Duke the head of the KKK is running for Louisiana’s Senate seat! Really? What is the world coming to? And what will happen if he wins?

Of course, the police are shooting people and have been targeted in return.

There was a shooting in Munich, Germany, which the authorities these are labeling a terrorist attack.

Turkey is being purged of, most likely, all intelligent and able civil servants, by the dictator named Erdogan.

Three names I wish I’d never heard: Trump, Duke, Erdogan.

Unfortunately, as I said in my last two posts, there is nothing much I can do about any of this, so I’m going to make dinner for my son. Maybe that’ll take my mind off things that are outside of my control, heinous as they are.

The Best Medicine

I haven’t seen my friend, Dee, for a few months as she was busy and/or I wasn’t well enough to meet up. Since the physical distance between us increased when we moved several years ago and I don’t get to … Continue reading

Alcohol is the Direct Cause of Seven Cancers!

Whoa! This is pretty incredible. According to the study below, alcohol directly caused seven different types of cancer, if not more! This is related to dose, but even people having moderate to low amounts of alcohol are affected. They recommend alcohol free days. 

Goodness, who knew? Until now, we heard about the cardio protective effects of alcohol, and now this!

Alcohol causes seven forms of cancer, and people consuming even low to moderate amounts are at risk, according to new analysis.
Health experts endorsed the findings and said they showed that ministers should initiate more education campaigns in order to tackle widespread public ignorance about how closely alcohol and cancer are connected. The study sparked renewed calls for regular drinkers to be encouraged to take alcohol-free days, and for alcohol packaging to carry warning labels. Fresh analysis of evidence accumulated over recent years implicates alcohol in the development of breast, colon, liver and other types of cancer.
The study, published in the scientific journal Addiction, concludes that there is more than simply a link or statistical association between alcohol and cancer that could be explained by something else. There is now enough credible evidence to say conclusively that drinking is a direct cause of the disease, according to Jennie Connor, of the preventive and social medicine department at Otago University in New Zealand.
“There is strong evidence that alcohol causes cancer at seven sites in the body and probably others,” Connor said. “Even without complete knowledge of biological mechanisms [of how alcohol causes cancer], the epidemiological evidence can support the judgment that alcohol causes cancer of the oropharynx, larynx, oesophagus, liver, colon, rectum and breast.”
Growing evidence suggested that alcohol was also likely to cause skin, prostate and pancreatic cancer, she added. Emphasising that a drinker’s risk increased in relation to the amount consumed, Connor said: “For all these there is a dose-response relationship.” Connor arrived at her conclusions after studying reviews undertaken over the past 10 years by the World Cancer Research Fund, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the World Health Organisation’s cancer body, and other authoritative bodies.
“The highest risks are associated with the heaviest drinking but a considerable burden is experienced by drinkers with low to moderate consumption, due to the distribution of drinking in the population,” Connor said. Campaigns to reduce alcohol consumption should therefore try to encourage everyone to cut down, as targeting only heavy drinkers had “limited potential” to reduce alcohol-related cancer, she added.
In February Prof Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer for England, caused a stir by warning women that drinking alcohol could cause breast cancer. She told a parliamentary hearing: “Do as I do when I reach for my glass of wine. Think: do I want the glass of wine or do I want to raise my own risk of breast cancer? I take a decision each time I have a glass.”
Davies played a key role in drawing up new government guidelines on safe drinking limits, published in January, which recommended that men reduce their maximum weekly intake of alcohol from 21 to 14 units, or seven pints of beer a week, which is the longstanding threshold that women are advised not to exceed.
The growing evidence of alcohol’s role in causing cancer, underlined by a report by the UK Committee on Carcinogenicity, was a key reason behind Davies and her counterparts in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland issuing advice that some said was impractical and would be ignored. Sticking to the new guidelines would help keep drinkers’ risk of cancer low, the proponents said.
Dr Jana Witt, Cancer Research UK’s health information officer, said: “We know that nine in 10 people aren’t aware of the link between alcohol and cancer. And this review is a stark reminder that there’s strong evidence linking the two.” A recent CRUK study found that when people were shown a list of different cancers, only one in five of them knew that breast cancer could be caused by drinking, compared to four out of five people who knew that alcohol could cause liver cancer.
“Having some alcohol-free days each week is a good way to cut down on the amount you’re drinking,” Witt said. “Also, try swapping every other alcoholic drink for a soft drink, choosing smaller servings or less alcoholic versions of drinks, and not keeping a stock of booze at home.”
Alan Boobis, professor of biochemical pharmacology at Imperial College London, said the science showing alcohol’s role in cancer was well established. “The main difficulty is communicating effectively with the public,” he said.
Connor’s study also found that people who smoke and drink are at even greater risk of developing cancer.
More positively, there was some evidence that drinkers who gave up alcohol could reverse their risk of laryngeal, pharyngeal and liver cancer, and that their risk reduced the longer they avoided alcohol, Connor’s research found.
Elaine Hindal, chief executive of Drinkaware, the alcohol industry-funded education charity, agreed that drinking and cancer risk were closely linked.
“Regularly drinking more than the government’s low-risk guidelines puts you at increased risk of some types of cancer, and can also increase your risk of heart and liver disease, strokes and pancreatitis,” she said. “Smoking and drinking together increases your risk of developing throat and mouth cancer more than doing either on their own.”
People drinking more than the recommended limits should cut down in order to safeguard their future health, she added

Caption This Winners

Our celebrity judges this week were the entire cast of The View. The deliberations were long, and were made longer with Joy Behar’s incessant need to be funny and Whoopie rudely interrupting the rest of the hosts. It was grueling, but we were finally able to determine a winner. The Winner The winner of this […]

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I got three more rejections yesterday.  A lot of doors slammed in my face.  I am really taking it as signal that I need to concentrate on new work and learning everything I can in my workshop classes about revision.  I sent out a post to Defying Shadows, the Canadian blog I write for.  It’s scheduled to appear the 28th.   It’s about what a day in my brain is like.  I hope I explained myself well enough.  I felt good about going ahead and writing it when it would have been so easy to give up.

The youngest one goes to camp this weekend and is gone until Wednesday. I hope she has a good time.  She’s all packed up and ready.  The oldest is also going off for the day to New Orleans with some church friends and hopefully will have a good time there.

So please keep thinking about me as I try to do new work and learn more in my c lasses.

When Parents & Executive Directors Suck: A Mama Bear Speaks Out!

I promised to write about what triggered me last week, and here it is. I apologize if you find this post boring, especially since I quote email exchanges to explain what happened. But I wanted to keep my promise!  Most importantly, I wanted to read your comments to see if you have any insights you wish to … Continue reading When Parents & Executive Directors Suck: A Mama Bear Speaks Out!


img_0120In my last post (https://bipolar1blog.com/2016/07/20/depression-or-lithium-dullness/) I described how dull, blank and lethargic I had been feeling of late, and I hoped it would change. Well today, it seems to have changed, however not in the direction I had hoped it would. Ah yes, isn’t that the way it usually happens… Instead of feeling bright and energetic like I’d wished I would, I actually feel quite anxious and a bit restless and don’t really know what to do with myself.😦 There is a sort of nauseous feeling in the pit of my stomach, and just a feeling of unease. I am still in Buffalo, with my son, who is studying for his Bar exam. So many disquieting things happening these days. And there is nothing I can do about any of them. Whether my son passes the bar or not, nothing I can do about it. I’m here, helping him as much as I can, but that is the extent of what I can do, the rest is up to him…

Whether, and this my nightmare!!! Trump gets elected or not, nothing I can do about it. Move to Canada? Yes that would really be my preference, but seriously, I don’t think that’s going to happen.

Whether Turkey, under the dictatorship of that awful Erdogan, becomes more and more Islamist, nothing I can do about it. I am absolutely a Kemalist, a follower of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. And this Erdogan has literally, actively ruined this beautiful, once modern and prosperous country, my adopted country, and there’s nothing I can do about it. Did I mention there are 50 nuclear warheads in the NATO base in Incirlik, Turkey, these are now under the control of this vile Erdogan. And yes, there’s nothing I can do about it.

Just all disquietude and anxiety. Is it my state of mind? Is it due to my illness? Or is it due to what’s happening in the world? All of the above? I don’t know, but yesterday’s blankness would be welcome right about now.

The Weight of Secrets

Staring into the mirror
Glassied eyes blue
Wondering which hat to wear
To protect me from you
True it may only cover my eyes
But this way you can’t see through
To the real me
Cowering and afraid
The real me who can’t handle
The emotions of today
As the waves keep coming
My tears never give way
The all encapsulating sadness
The questions of who I am
The real me kept hidden
So you don’t see the fall
There is no grace in this broken body
No refinement in this tangled mind
Dancing around the devil
Constantly Trying to run and hide
Let’s add a feather boa
Pretend glamour is one step behind
Not too bright but enough to catch your eye
You fancy it, long for the touch
Yet, I wear it as a barrier
That grows heavier over time
My footsteps narrow
My breath more shallow
The weight of my secrets
Bring me to my knees
I lay down under my hat
Layered in my boa
Soft words whispered above
Glassy eyes closed


I woke up today and I don’t know how I feel other than  very unmotivated and fidgety . I can’t sit still long enough to get into any TV shows and I have no motivation to do anything that requires movement.

I also do not feel like writing my blog today.  I don’t feel like doing anything.

My brain is all wrapped up in all the negative things going on in America right now. I’m feeling afraid and lost. All I keep thinking is that we are so fucking screwed.

However I am realizing as I write this listening to music, that the music is doing something wonderful. It’s distracting my brain. Enough that I can breathe a little. Really makes me miss my weed though. Nothing is better than getting stoned and just laying back listening to some upbeat dance music (or whatever you like).  It’s so wonderful feeling. The music is good on it’s own of course, I love music.

It actually makes me want to start moving my tushy and dance around as opposed to sitting here and doing this.. So I am going to go and dance while I am in the mood to do something. *shakes booty*