My Super Bowl: The Good, Bad, and Sublime in Sports

14685101108_ce5fdb33a4_zAs I reflect on the Super Bowl, there are few things in life that I’ve been engaged in more deeply than sports. I’ve never missed watching a Super Bowl game in fifty years.  But my love affair with sports goes way back and like most love affairs there has been a mixture of good, bad, and sublime. I still remember the highs of throwing a long touchdown pass and the agony of a dislocated shoulder when I was driven into the ground. I remember the joy of being chosen on pickup games and the disappointment of being told I was too small and didn’t make the team.

I grew up in the 1950s as an only, and lonely, child in the suburbs of Los Angeles. Listening to college football games on the radio inspired my imagination. Teams with names like Holy Cross, Grambling, The Citadel, and Wake Forrest, created images of exotic lands. I watched quarterbacks Norm Van Brocklin (the Flying Dutchman) and Bob Waterfield throwing to Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch and Tom Fears. I soon got a football and spent hours playing games where I was both quarterback and receiver.

I had a rich imagination and enjoyed listening and watching games and re-enacting them in my mind. But sports took on another level of meaning when I got involved in an afterschool program in the 4th grade. I still remember the lessons I learned from Mr. Squires who quarterbacked for the two pickup football  teams who played every day. Everyone wanted to be the one to catch a pass, but Mr. Squires told us that “first you need to block, then you get a chance to catch a pass.” I learned quickly that the game wasn’t just about the big plays of throwing or catching a touchdown, but the less glamorous work that went on out of sight. It was a good lesson for life.

As a small kid I never thought I would be a star in any sport, but I loved playing football and basketball. I played on my high school basketball team and scrimmaged with a player a year ahead of me named Gail Goodrich who went on to star at UCLA and then the Los Angeles Lakers. For me, sports were a way to get out of my head and into my body. It was a way to make friends with others who loved to play and it offered moments of transcendent glory: [Read more…]

10 Surprising Ways Legalized Marijuana Will Improve the Health of Our Community

legal marijuanaI can’t tell you my perspective about psychoactive drugs without being honest about my own drug use over the years. The first drug I tried was at age seven when my parents served me wine on a Friday night as part of a Jewish Seder. Drinking a little wine as part of a meal was standard practice in our home. In college I tried marijuana. I didn’t like to smoke, since my parents both suffered from smoking cigarettes, so someone made me a marijuana brownie. I got a bit “stoned” and giggled and laughed a lot. I tried LSD a few times after college, which was fun and gave me a mystical experience, but a few times was enough for me. Now, my only psychoactive drug is alcohol in the form of an occasional glass of wine with dinner.

Psychoactive drugs are substances that can change the consciousness, mood, and thoughts of those who take them. They include legal drugs, such as caffeine, tobacco and alcohol; as well as illicit drugs, such as cannabis, amphetamines, ecstasy, cocaine, and heroin. After years of repression most people in the U.S. feel that marijuana should be legalized and regulated. A recent Gallup poll shows that 58% of Americans favor legalization.

Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia currently have laws legalizing marijuana in some form. Four states–Colorado, Washington, Alaska, and Oregon–have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Other states that are expected to pass laws in the near future include California, Nevada, Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont.

I’ve been working in the health field for more than 40 years and have treated thousands of men, women, and children, suffering from the problems associated with the abuse of drugs. I’ve been writing about the benefits of ending drug wars since 1973. A new book by Johann Hari, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, is the best resource I’ve read for understanding our drug wars and how and why they must end. I believe that legalization and regulation will have many health benefits including the following: [Read more…]

What Your Doctor Won’t Tell You About Energy Medicine and Your Health

I drove four hours to see a specialist, waited an hour to see him, and after examining me for one minute he told me he didn’t have any idea why I was losing hearing in one ear and sent me on my way.  I spent half my day trying to get help for a chronic problem that is getting worse and I got nothing in return.  I don’t blame the doctor.  I’m glad he was honest about the limitations of what passes for a health-care system in this country.  Most doctors won’t tell you that they can do little to help with chronic health problems.  But truly, there has to be a better way.  That’s why I wrote the book, MenAlive: Stop Killer Stress with Simple Energy Healing Tools.  As heart-surgeon, Mehmet Oz, M.D. says, “Energy Medicine is the medicine of the future.”

Lynne McTaggart is an investigative journalist and author of numerous books including What Doctors Don’t Tell You:  The Truth About the Dangers of Modern Medicine.  She offers some important insights into the state of our health and what men, and the women who love them, need to do to live long and well.

Three Jumbo Jets Crashing

“I want to emphasize that I am not anti-medicine,” says McTaggart.  “If a building falls on me tomorrow I want the best of jazzy, gee-whizz equipment to glue me back together again. In life-or-death emergencies, high-tech Western medicine is without parallel in the world.  But when it comes to chronic diseases – arthritis, heart disease, even cancer – modern medicine is not doing so well.”

Not long ago, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the official organ of the primary organization representing physicians in the U.S., publicly admitted that illness created by correctly prescribed medication – is the third leading cause of death in America, responsible for a quarter of a million deaths per year.

To put the magnitude of the problem into perspective, as one study also in JAMA, described it some years ago, the death rate from modern medicine in America alone is the “equivalent of three jumbo-jet crashes every two days.”

If any airline maintained this appalling track record, there would be public outcry, Parliamentary and congressional investigation and swift adoption of new laws. When it comes to modern medicine there is not even the airing of debate.

Conspiracy of Silence

“This has largely to do with the fact that modern medicine is not simply a conspiracy of faith but also a conspiracy of silence,” McTaggart continues.   In the medical literature, where many modern treatments are subjected to scrutiny and criticism, doctors carry on a private conversation — by doctors for doctors.

Publicly they will urge you to take your medicine, to have that test or procedure. In the literature, they sometimes admit their failures and in some instances, just throw up their hands or lament the fact that studies that have been spin-doctored by pharmaceutical industry PR.  “I’m also not a doctor basher,” says McTaggart.  “In my view, most doctors are highly competent, extremely hardworking and well-intended.”

The Problem Isn’t The Carpenter. It’s The Tools.

“The first problem is the paradigm itself, the idea that the body is a simple machine that can be repaired by drugs. Modern medicine, as my husband is fond of saying, exists mainly as a drug-delivery mechanism.”

The second failing is that the tools are being supplied by one of the most profitable businesses in the world, where commerce has entirely replaced any shred of moral concern for getting people well.

The solution is a system that emphasizes prevention and alternative treatment for chronic illness.

Like McTaggart, I’m glad we have a system in the U.S. for dealing with acute, catastrophic problems.  When I found I had a rare, life-threatening, adrenal tumor a number of years ago, I was glad I could go to a teaching hospital like U.C. San Francisco and have emergency surgery.  When I discovered I had a large blood clot in my leg, I was thankful for ambulance ride to the hospital to have it removed and the follow-up medications that will keep my blood thin and hopefully avoid problems in the future.

For the few catastrophic problems that we face in our lives, we need this kind of care.  But for the 99 and 44/100% of the rest of our problems we need a health-care system based on wellness and prevention.  Don Ardell, Ph.D. has been advocating for this kind of health-care since the 1970’s.  His first book, a best-seller titled High Level Wellness:  An Alternative to Doctors, Drugs, and Disease, is still one I re-read often.  He’s still going strong and continues to write a regular Wellness Report.

In my book, our health-care system should be about 5% focused on catastrophic care, 40% focused on alternative treatments for chronic care, and 55% focused on wellness.  If that is the case then Dr. Oz’s statement about the future of medicine being energy medicine may prove to be true.

What do you think?

If you enjoyed this post you may like Four Energy Healing Secrets.

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MenAlive Partner / Affiliate Program

My goal over the last 40 years has been to help men, and the women who love them, to live well throughout their lives.  Most of us know that men die sooner and live sicker than women, but I was surprised by the research from the University of Michigan showing that “if we could reduce men’s death rate to the same level as women’s we would do more good than curing cancer.”  Specifically it showed that we could save the lives of 330,000 men a year.  That seemed to me a worthy goal, so I made a commitment to do everything I could to Keep a Million Men Alive (KAMMA) over the next three years.

If you resonate with this goal, I’d like you to join me in the MenAlive Partnership Program.

If life were like a baseball game, we’re losing men at three places along the base paths.  Many of our young men don’t even make it to  first base.  Too many mid-life men fail to make the turn at second and end up alone in left field.  Many older men don’t make it around third and end up dead in the dugout.   Like a successful baseball game, my goal is to help men get around all three bases, make it home, and then help coach others.

My latest book, MenAlive:  Stop Killer Stress with Simple Energy Healing Tools, has recently been published and brings together the work I have been doing for more than four decades.  I strongly believe that the information it contains can help keep men alive and well and I want to get the book to a million men and their families.  I also have put together my best e-books, white papers, and audio programs into a Diamond package to supplement the material in the book.

I can’t reach a million men by myself.  Here’s where you come in.  We all have our own social networks of friends, colleagues, and followers. If you would like to join me and become a KAMMA partner, I believe we can make a real difference in the world.  I’m not doing this to get rich.  I just want to help men and their families and make a living to keep my own family alive and well.  I assume you would like that as well.

Read my post about Why I’d Rather Partner with You on my Book than with a Big Publisher.

You may know about “affiliate” programs, like Amazon where you encourage people in your network to buy a product and you receive a subsidiary payment.  I’d rather have partners than affiliates, so my plan is to share revenues with you in a more equal way.  I’ll keep 1/3 for me.  1/3 will go to my marketing partner Ian Fitzpatrick to organize and run the program.  And 1/3 will go to you for all sales related to the project.  Sign up and you’ll receive resources and tools to assist you in your effort.

For now we’re selling the book for $19.95  (the cost to print it and have it shipped to me is $6), so the net profit on the book is basically $14.  Split three ways, we’d each get $4.67.  So for every 100 we get in the hands of a family who needs it, we would earn $467.  My complete set of support materials to supplement the book is $159, so we’d each get $53 per sale or $5300 for each 100 we sold.

I feel confident that the materials I’ve developed can help save lives.  But I know that other people have life-saving resources as well.  We’ll also be reaching out and finding other books and support materials that can make a significant contribution to keeping a million men alive.

If you know of ones that you feel are valuable, please tell us.  I believe this project is a win/win/win.  The biggest win is helping to save the lives of a million men and enhance the lives of their families.  I win by getting the satisfaction of helping others and bringing in a  steady income stream to support me and my family and you win in the same way.

So, if that makes sense to you, here’s how to sign up.  Ian can answer questions.  You can email him at Ian@MenAlive.com.  He will send you information to make it easy to let others know about what we’re doing.

Thanks for joining me in the KAMMA partnership.

Best wishes,

Jed

Why I’d Rather Partner with You on My Book Than With a Big Publisher

I’m pleased to announce that my 10th book, MenAlive:  Stop Killer Stress with Simple Energy Healing Tools will be available on Sunday July 1st!  My previous books have been done with major publishers.  The advantage of publishing with a big company is that they offer an “advance” on royalties to help cover the costs of cutting back on my counseling practice for the two years it takes to write a book and get it out in the world.  They also pay all the costs to create the book, i.e. editing, formatting, cover design, and printing.  Plus, they promote the book and get it in the book stores.  They also take the risk of putting out a book that only a few people will want, thus losing the money they invest.

For doing all of that, they take most of the money on the sales generated.  On a $20 book, I may get $1.50 to $2.00 for each book sold if I publish with a big publisher.

But times are changing.  Publishers are doing less and less for writers and we are doing more and more for ourselves, but the publishers still take a lot of the profits.

So, I decided to reach out to you and ask my tribe to help support my book.  Many of you gave me some of the initial money I needed to do a good edit and I put up the rest of the money to have a nice cover designed, have the book formatted, printed, and shipped.

With your help, we did it!  Starting Sunday, people can get the book and you have some options of where to order.  Each option means a different amount that comes to me, hopefully to help pay back some of what it cost to create the book.  I don’t write in order to get rich or even make much money.  I write because I have a passion to help people.

MenAlive is the culmination of my work up to now and I’m convinced it can help save millions of lives. In fact, I’ve made a commitment to do what I can to get the book into the hands of a million men.  I know if they use the tools in the book they will reduce stress and ultimately live longer and more healthy lives.  And I’m hoping you’ll want to help me do it.

So, I’m more concerned about getting the book in your hands than how much money I make on it.  But I wanted to let you know the financial aspects of publishing.

If you buy the book in your local bookstore (and I support our independent local bookstores), I’ll make $4.00 on each book you buy.

If you buy the book on Amazon, I’ll make $6.00.

If you buy the book directly from me, I’ll make $12.00.  Plus, I’ll send you a personally autographed copy.  With the money I make I’ll be able to stay afloat and reach out to more people.

As a special treat if you are on my email list, I will send out a special link on Sunday where I’m giving out 250 free copies of the book. All I ask in return is that you help share the word of the launch via your social media.

So make a choice that works for you, but help me get this book out to the people who need it.  Once you’ve read it, please give me a “star” rating on Amazon.  I hope to get 100 “5 star” ratings.  Also if you choose, leave a comment about the value MenAlive has made in your life.  That allows people who don’t know my work to feel more inclined to take the risk to read the book.

A big publisher might publish 300 or 400 books a year.  They are not as committed as we are to getting MenAlive in the hands of a million men.  Thank you for helping me to help men and the women who love them.  Together we can save lives and bring about a better world.