My Brother “Tommy” Has Passed On

My younger brother, Tom, had suffered with type 2 diabetes for a long time. He’d kept it a secret from everyone until late 2015 when he could no longer ignore and neglect it. Well, just this November 19, Sunday at 11:00 pm, diabetes finally took his life.

Courtesy of the CDC

Cardiac arrest explained

His death came as a result of cardiac arrest, a.k.a. sudden cardiac death. One of the problems he developed due to the diabetes was heart failure with tachycardia (rapid heartbeat). Tachycardia is a great risk factor for cardiac arrest, where the heart’s electrical system goes bad, the heart starts quivering instead of beating, the brain is quickly devoid of blood, and the person feels faint, blacks out, falls down and stops breathing. Essentially dead. Unless someone can work a miracle by doing chest compressions and CPR. But the real remedy is to quickly apply defibrillators to the person’s chest to electrically stun the heart back into beating and pumping blood. Only about 10% of people who have cardiac arrest survive without defibrillation within about four minutes from blacking out. About 30% of them survive after defibrillation is done promptly. So cardiac arrest is seriously deadly unless one is very lucky.

When saving someone’s life is not merciful

In Tom’s case, bringing him back to that terribly sick and suffering body would have been a dreadful disservice to him. But the paramedics tried and tried for about half an hour. They got no response. Cardiac arrest was a merciful death for someone so sick for so long. He started getting medical treatment very late in the disease, got the usual tests and prescriptions and their side effects, and some natural and herbal remedies he was trying, but he just couldn’t seem to get a handle on the situation and his body kept on getting worse. He had short bouts of improvement where he was getting better, then severe setbacks which took over in the end. He got the best results by far when eating nothing but vegetables, mostly raw, along with some supplements. He had not yet been told to take insulin shots.

His having high blood sugar for so long had wreaked havoc on everything. He even lost most of his teeth, which diabetics are prone to. He had serious edema and ascites—where the abdomen fills with “water” (protein fluid) and just keeps on getting bigger. He was likely headed for amputations due to tissue death in the extremities (starting with toes usually), was having vision problems (many diabetics go blind or partially so). Then there was the nerve pain, terrible shooting pains from nerve damage due to the disease. He had a chronic cough partly due to the ace inhibitor he was taking to “protect his kidneys” and often was out of breath. Couldn’t wear shoes other than too-big flip flops due to chronic edema (swelling). The list could go on (infections and such). I mean, wow, he really suffered in the final stages, full-time for two plus years.

See here for a basic explanation of diabetes: https://www.webmd.com/diabetes/tc/type-2-diabetes-topic-overview#1

When all hope is lost

Tom’s doctor had urged him to get to a cardiologist, but he’d refused. I don’t know how much good that would have done; it seems medical treatment is so often sadly disappointing, only leading to more and more and deeper and deeper, every “remedy” causing further problems. Some people are fortunate to have a reasonable quality of life after intensive medical treatments, like pacemakers to control the heart beat, which may have done Tom some good. But in his condition, he couldn’t even work up the desire to try, and he couldn’t be forced. It was so hard for him to get around at all; he hadn’t gone upstairs (or even one step up) at the house for many months.

Of course I and my brother would have helped him and taken him anywhere, been there for him, but he had given up hope. He could have had a procedure called “paracentesis” where they drain the ascitic fluid from the abdomen, and had even gotten his doctor’s approval; but then was warned by one who does the procedure that diabetics are not well advised to do it because of their high risk of infection (peritonitis). So he was discouraged from that, and just went on suffering with a hugely bloated abdomen. And without dealing with the underlying cause (the heart failure), paracentesis would have been only a temporary solution. So, what hope was there?

My poor dear brother “Tommy.” (I use quotes because he didn’t like “Tommy,” preferred Tom or Thomas, but I use “Tommy” affectionately, remembering him as an adorable toddler.)

A message from the other side

Tom’s gone from this world and I’m not sure where he is now. I’d asked him the next day (Monday) out loud, to send me a signal if he was now happy, in a good place, safe, protected, that loved ones can be together again in some all-new and beautiful existence. The following morning as I was awake lying in bed I heard a 3-beat “wooden wind chime” noise from the living room. It startled me because I have nothing set up anywhere to use that tone, and anyways, there was no alert tone set up anywhere in the house (I don’t even do that).

The noise obviously came from my cell phone, so I went through it and listened to all the message alerts and there it was, number 6 in the list, titled “message 3.” I believe the tone had sounded at 7:32am. All that is significant for the number 3, since Tom knew I had a superstitious “thing” about the number 3 as being good, my “lucky number,” all that. Now, I’d never used that tone in my cell phone (or anywhere else) for anything. And there was no reason for that sound (or any other) to have come from the phone. No reason at all…other than my brother’s spirit answering my question from the previous day with a “YES” in a way I would “get it.”

People can believe that or not, think I’m nutty (true enough), or whatever they want to think or say. But I know what happened. And I’m trusting that my brother’s spirit is indeed in a wonderful new existence free of all pain, suffering and death, only experiencing bliss and great adventures throughout the universe and maybe even beyond. Free to travel as the wind and be wherever he wants to be, with only loved ones for company whenever those spirits desire company.

Had I forced Tom to be vegan, and thereby caused his death?

Tom wasn’t vegan or even vegetarian, in case anyone reading is thinking, “Aha, veganism is deadly just like we say!” Or other such nonsense. Tom had a lifelong struggle with food addiction and obesity, and was into Atkins and “paleo” type dieting which he’d believed the hype about from a young age. I often tried to convince him to be vegan or at least mostly so. He tried once in awhile but could not give up the meat, eggs, dairy, along with all the rich treat foods like desserts and such. An eating addiction is a terrible thing. Chronic overeating, especially of animal fats is the cause of type 2 diabetes: https://www.riseofthevegan.com/blog/diabetes-reversal-with-plant-based-diet, aside from the obesity it causes. Tom’s addictive nature was something I wished he could’ve overcome. But he couldn’t. And he suffered badly for it. I truly believe he suffered far more than enough to atone for his wrongs in life.

In closing

I miss him so; even miss bickering with him, his sarcasm and sharp mind. He had a great compassionate side which was sparingly revealed. I love him always and only wish we could have done more together, communicated better, etc., etc. But we did our best, considering our family history (which I won’t go into).

If you have someone you love and they’re suffering with overeating and obesity, do beware of this disease, diabetes. I once had the overeating and obesity problem too. Big appetites, obesity and diabetes run in our family. Thankfully, veganism has pretty much solved that problem for me. The body can only take so much abuse from too much fatty or rich, taxing food over years and years. The pancreas can only do so much producing of insulin and secreting it into the bloodstream, regulating the body’s blood sugar level. Once the pancreas is shot…or the insulin it produces is stopped by fat from getting the sugar into the cells, so the sugar remains and builds up in the blood…it is a hell of a thing to deal with.

Food addiction took our little brother away from us at only 55 years of age. Try not to let anything like that happen to you.

Below are some images of Tom from when he was young, in loving tribute…

Tommy at 3 all dressed up

Tommy at 1 yr. and me in goofy Hawaiian dance show garb

Tommy at about 3 with Santa

Tom and best buddy Mark at about 4 yrs old

Tom (age 5), me and our aunt on Easter Sunday 1967

Tom at 12 after he’d lost a bunch of weight and feeling great

Sigh… 💧

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To the Countless (possible) Cannibals Among Us

WARNING – Adult/disturbing material, read with caution.

In a nasty, cruel, murderous world, certain conventional restauranteurs would have it made. Think about it. What better way to dispose of human bodies than to serve the meat to hungry customers, disguised as “pork” or other meats?

Joseph Roy Metheny

Serving people to people is exactly what Joseph Roy Metheny did, with two “crack whores” (as he called them) in the 1990s. Customers at his roadside BBQ stand loved the “special meat,” as he called it. Those two women were among about ten people in all that he viciously murdered, strictly for the fun of it, and the power. To quote him: “I had real roast beef and pork sandwiches and why not they were very good… The human body tastes was very similar to pork. If you mix it together no one can tell the difference.” He was found dead in his Maryland prison cell at 62 this August (2017). Maryland is of course one of the US states.

Joe Metheny

Food establishments and their shady cronies, ah yes, what a convenient body disposal method that would be for them. But no, that can’t be true, can it?

Disturbing Numbers

Worldwide as of 2013, over the previous 20 years, 4,432,880 people had gone missing, never to return. In the US, close to 500,000 children are reported missing each year, with only about 20% of them being found. Most are runaways or taken by relatives or acquaintances; only a small percentage are taken by complete strangers, something like 60 per year (very rough estimate). Some of those 500,000 are repeat runaways, so the actual number of missing children isn’t so high. Still, each year in the US, something like 300,000 (very rough estimate) missing children are never found. Even I have a hard time believing that 500,000 reported yearly, but here’s the source: https://www.missingkids.org/KeyFacts

With always a few people like Joe Metheny and Nathaniel Bar-Jonah (see below) out there, you have to wonder where some of those missing people might have ended up. I’m not trying to be crude or funny here, but I have to wonder how many meat lovers have likely dined on human meat in restaurants and elsewhere? I wonder how many people’s flesh I might have eaten back when I ate burgers, sliced meat sandwiches, cold cuts, and other processed meats like hot dogs, etc.

I’m ever disgusted and guilty over the fact that I very likely ate dog or cat meat once, in 1984 at a group lunch at a Korean restaurant. I was not vegetarian back then and ordered the “healthy soup.” It was revolting, a big bowl of murky orangish fluid with chunks and strands of stuff floating in it, among them an octopus’s tentacle, some mushy vegetables and some long slices of pink-brown mystery meat that looked and tasted strange. I left most of the soup untouched after that. Not long after that I went vegetarian/vegan.

That mystery meat was probably the most persuasive dietary catalyst for me. So, what of the possible human meat being served up out there, for all those great people people we hear boasting about how much they enjoy life and love people? Those who “put people first!” Or, do they also love people – tasty, tasty people? Like some say about animals on their bumper stickers. Real comedians those people are.

Vegans are said to be anti-human and to value animals as much or more so than we do humans. Well, at least we don’t eat people, like meat lovers possibly do. The cannibalism wouldn’t be deliberate of course, but vegans are constantly blamed for unintentional acts of harm simply by our existing, so…have a bit of your own medicine, you, who know who you are. Eating people unintentionally does seem a lot worse than anything vegans might do, doesn’t it?

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Surely someone would come up with, “Well, those fake meats could have people in them too!” But that’s far less likely. Makers of veggie meats do not deal in carcasses, so, no dead bodies = no meat. But if the occasional murderer did manage to get some human meat into the veggie meat mix on some rare occasion, it wouldn’t really concern me, since I don’t eat much fake meat. Anyway, I have a fair amount of trust in makers of vegan foods to assure their ingredients are what they claim. Meat processors on the other hand, who enjoy killing animals, I don’t trust.

Nathaniel Bar-Jonah

Nathaniel Bar-Jonah mugshot

He was another cannibal, from Massachusetts. In prison, he was witnessed by guards to indulge in one of his favorite childhood treats, sucking at and eating his own scabs. He was seen to be “having sex” while chewing and relishing a scab. He’d snatched countless children away from their lives, took them to isolated areas, tortured and raped them, and murdered some, let others live. Several of his victims were never found. He’s said to have  served meat from some of his victims to guests at his cookouts in the form of burgers, chili, meat pies, casseroles, etc. He too died in his prison cell, of a heart attack in 2008.

Soylent Green

The meat industry’s animal abuse should be enough to make anyone go vegan. But how many people are so hopelessly addicted to meats that the possibility of eating people, even innocent murdered children, wouldn’t phase them?

Anti-vegans enjoy saying things like, Soylent green…it’s people! whenever some vegan mock meat is being promoted. But it seems the sad laugh is on them, doesn’t it? I mean, they’re the ones almost certainly eating people on occasion, and it would be the meat of innocent murder victims to boot.

I say that eating any meat is cannibalism…they’re our fellow Earthlings and as such, their lives are as precious to them as yours is to you, and their dead bodies are as much off-limits to me as human meat is. Although still far from perfect, I take my humanity very seriously after a lifetime struggle to reach this level of of conscience. So corpses of the abused and slaughtered, and stolen body fluids (eggs & milk), are simply not food. There’s so much else that’s great to eat, and that we don’t have to make up crazy excuses for.

Well, in closing, for those of you who find me and other vegans ridiculous, or whatever disparaging term you prefer…

Meet some other cannibals and see how they describe human flesh: https://listverse.com/2015/07/01/10-reviews-of-human-flesh-by-real-cannibals/

Boom: the Clintons, US uranium, Putin, and the FBI – Oct 23 – by Jon Rappoport

It becomes even more evident that Putin feigned support for Trump for US President in order to help Hillary win, but it wasn’t quite enough of a boost.

Good informative read, just click on link below…

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Hillary Clinton by Ranan Lurie – Source

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https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2017/10/23/boom-the-clintons-us-uranium-putin-and-the-fbi/