My Brother “Tommy” Has Passed On

UPDATE 1/2/2018: New photo added (amid text) of Tom at age 53.

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.

Tom DrLic. pic at 53

Tom at 53 – from driver’s license

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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The 4 M’s – Morbid, Mistaken, Malevolent, Maudlin – Animal Research

The 3 R’s versus the 4 M’s

Alliance for Animals - Jeremy Beckham's work (University of Wisconsin)

Alliance for Animals – Jeremy Beckham’s work (University of Wisconsin)

We have the old “3 R’s” (Refine, Reduce, Replace) which has been gladly tossed about in the world of animal testing for decades, while vivisection continues raking in even more funding and torturing countless more animals in a fruitless quest for knowledge and cures.

Speaking of the “4 M’s,” most people have heard the old, warbled, almost teary-eyed (thus the “maudlin”), “But if we don’t use animals, people will die!” But animals are not our models; each species has its own special physiological makeup, requirements, etc., which even vary somewhat among individuals of same species. So using one species as a stand-in for another is glaringly unscientific. People are regularly injured and even die due to that core mistake.

1950 - Group of Animal Vivisectors, National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill, London, England

1950 – Group of Animal Vivisectors, National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill, London, England

A Word on Morality and Fates

3c7f25c8770b91043761b75de6da40d5This world is random, cruel and unjust. This may well be a purgatory, where we’re all dumped and abandoned, given free will among billions of other lives, and where as human beings our eternal fate is determined by our full life’s actions, learning, improvements, etc., all weighed out at the end, to our ending up in a “heaven” or “hell,” forever. This judgment would be due to our special, moral knowledge, which innocent animals do not possess.

Treatment of animals would be a significant test of our characters. The animals themselves may be souls past who were human but borderline “bad people” deemed appropriate to serve as now “purified,” innocent animals, to test us in a most important way, and after their sentence as animals they all go on to some heaven to be free of suffering and death forever.

Ivan Pavlov, Russian dog torturer from the late 1800s, famous for "his dogs," put through hell for his curiosity.

Ivan Pavlov, Russian dog torturer from the late 1800s, famous for “his dogs,” put through hell for his curiosity.

This brings us back to the subject of vivisection (a.k.a. animal experimentation), which deserves special mention, for the immense, unspeakable suffering it has caused for countless innocent beings. From vivisection’s practitioners, to their obedient believers, to their aggressive supporters… they are among the most ruthless, blindly selfish, and just plain WRONG that humanity has to offer.

I believe the die-hard practitioners (those who do not change their minds or reverse course and compensate somehow) are bound for a “hell” after this life, and that their die-hard supporters come back as animals. Same for all of humanity’s accepted forms of exploiting, abusing and killing animals, such as animal farming and slaughter, puppy mills, etc., etc., to the point of nausea. I may be crazy for believing that. (But maybe not.)

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Following are some thoughts on vivisection from noted people:

Animal studies are done for legal reasons and not for scientific reasons. The predictive value of such studies for men is meaningless. ~ Dr. James D. Gallagher (Eminent Cardiologist)

During the last 80+ years, scientists experimenting on trillions of animals, came up with 900 ways of causing cancer in a mouse…BUT NO CURE TO HUMANS! ~ J. F. Brailsford, M.D. (1888-1961) – Radiologist and world authority on diseases of bones & joints)

Galen Pig Vivisection around 500 B.C.

Galen Pig Vivisection around 500 B.C.

Results from animal tests are not transferable between species, and therefore cannot guarantee product safety for humans…In reality these tests do not provide protection for consumers from unsafe products, but rather they are used to protect corporations from legal liability. ~ Herbert Gundersheimer, M.D.

55f2eae91e8372d603dd9ca2bc1a8563Science that fails to embrace all living beings is far more dangerous than any virus! ~ Steve Simmons (Environmental Scientist)

The American public has been trained to accept anything that sails under the flag of science. ~ Hans Ruesch (Author & Medical Historian, “Slaughter of the Innocent” 1978)

You are not handling a lump of plastic. You are handling animals with central nervous systems that feel pain and suffering. ~ Janice Swanson, Ph.D., with the AVMA (who ironically works in animal agriculture etc. to  endow animal exploitation/killing with an air of “humaneness”)

We sacrificed daily from one to three dogs, besides rabbits and other animals, and after four years experience, I am of the opinion that not one of these experiments on animals was justified or necessary. ~ Dr. George Hoggan (1875) who became a leading and ardent anti-vivisectionist after having been a student of Claude Bernard, M.D.

Claude Bernard, Monster Extraordinaire

Claude Bernard, Monster Extraordinaire

Claude Bernard (1813-1878) was France’s most famous (& infamous) physiologist, noted for his coldhearted sadistic acts upon animals. He asserted that progress in medicine was not possible without physiological research using animals. He taught that the researcher must be hardhearted and not at all affected by the cries and desperate struggles of the animal subjects. Read all about him and his madness in Hans Ruesch’s Slaughter of the Innocent: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0961001607/ref=x_gr_w_bb_sout?ie=UTF8 Sample pages can be read here: http://malpractice2.oneminutesite.it/files/2015/02/26/7-PSTCBDL_TRCB.pdf

Painting by Joseph Write of Derby (1768) - Torturous experiment on a bird in an air pump.

Painting by Joseph Write of Derby (1768) – Torturous experiment on a bird in an air pump.

During my medical education – I found vivisection horrible, barbarous and above all unnecessary. ~ Carl Jung, M.D. (1875 -1961), Founder of Analytical Psychology. His break with Freud altered psychoanalytic thought. Jung stressed the human psyche’s quest for spiritual and individual meaning, versus Freud’s concentrating on sex and aggression.

Harry Harlow, infamous baby monkey torturer from the 1950s-60s supposedly "studying mother love."

Harry Harlow, infamous baby monkey torturer from the 1950s-60s supposedly “studying mother love.”

Rene Descartes, French philosopher responsible for the animals-are-soulless-machines mindset.

Rene Descartes, French philosopher responsible for the animals-are-soulless-machines mindset.

Vivisection has done little for the art of the doctor at the bedside, but it has done immeasurable harm to the character and mind of the rising generation of doctors. ~ Dr. Rudolph Hammer, LLD (1909) (LLD = Doctor of Laws, Academic & Science)

I abhor vivisection’. I know of no achievement through vivisection, no scientific discovery that could not have been obtained without such barbarism and cruelty. The whole thing is evil. ~ Charles W. Mayo, M.D. (1961), son of the co-founder of the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Charles W. Mayo (1898–1968). The Mayo Clinic is consistently ranked among the top three U.S. hospitals.
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At present it is a rare person that emerges from medical training with his or her humanity intact.
~ Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 261, p. 2011, (1989)

Everyone’s Favorite Friendly Topic – Vaccines – Yay!

UPDATES AT BOTTOM – New link (doctors’ vaccine safety guarantee), etc., and blurb about correlation ≠ causation.

Just sharing some information here, please check it all out. Although I strongly disagree with Levi Quackenboss (his blog linked below) about diet, and about childless people not empathizing with parents of vaccine-damaged children and our supposedly being pro-vaccine because we don’t have kids. Wow, quite the erroneous blanket statement there. Speaking from my own perspective, not only do we empathize completely, we worry about mandatory vaccines coming our way too, with the ratchet effect of such laws being quite obvious. Other than that, a wealth of information can be found in all of the following:

Please, really listen to and watch this family’s story, every bit of it…quite revealing and chilling:

See all this man’s articles, not a boring one in the bunch and quite informative…except for his dietary advice which is absolute BS…he sounds like a meat-addicted nutjob in that area:

https://leviquackenboss.wordpress.com

And, from the belly of the beast itself, have a look at all the package inserts (in large enough type where you can actually READ them) for all of today’s vaccines:

http://www.immunize.org/packageinserts/

ADDED 9/6/16:

Try to get any doctor to sign the form linked below before shooting vaccines into you or your children, lotsa luck…but why should they have any problem with it?

https://therefusers.com/if-your-doctor-insists-that-vaccines-are-safe-then-have-them-sign-this-form-dr-dave-mihalovic/

NOTE: I’m not one to tell people to vaccinate or not, I’m saying it should be our own decision based on objective evidence (we don’t get that from the industry or their cohorts). What we allow in our bodies should not be anyone else’s decision, never by force. I will never take a vaccine voluntarily and would never have voluntarily allowed children to be vaccinated if I’d had any, which I didn’t. I do feel sorry for parents of today with all that’s going on…49+ vaccine doses from birth to age 6, all the autism, the fatal allergies requiring EpiPen use, and so on. Life is rough…to have to deal with governmental/medical tyrants on top of that is just obscene.

ADDED 9/8/16:

“Correlation doesn’t equal causation”…

…say the vaccine pushers in authoritatively proclaiming vaccines don’t cause autism, etc.. Yet strangely enough, any time someone doesn’t contract a disease after being vaccinated for it…even though unvaccinated people also do not contract the disease, and vaccinated people still get the disease(!)…the vaccine is loudly proclaimed to be THE definite cause of any supposed immunity. Yes, vaccinated people can and do contract the diseases, as with last years 85% of whooping cough victims having been fully vaccinated. That’s always excused away by bad vaccine batches, their not being 100% effective, the unvaccinated gave them the disease, etc., etc.

FYI: Any insidious dolt who questions any of the industry’s knowledge is a luddite scourge!

So, evidently the pros absolutely LOVE and rely fully upon correlation as causation when it suits their own vested interests. Funny, that. Yet when serious damages immediately follow vaccinations in family after family after family, the cause is said to be anything OTHER than the vaccines. Hard to wrap your head around that one, unless you understand the mysterious ways of Medical Science…so unless you’re a Scientist, just shut up and don’t worry your little head about these things. Trust the experts and take your shots! How dare you not; how dare you endanger the population with your grubby unvaxxed self?!

Oh, what a diseased place the human mind can be.