Monday, September 18, 2017

Global warming and humans


In the backdrop of recent drastic weather patterns worldwide, it is vital to realize that most people (including presidents and heads of states) agree that global warming is happening. The point in contention, however, is whether humans are causing it. I don't think they are.
 
My view is, humans are insignificant in the bigger scheme of things (volcanoes, earthquakes, land/oceanic gas releases, forest fires, solar flares, cosmic radiations, meteor strikes, etc).
 
As such, claiming humans cause global warming is like claiming the sea becomes saltier when humans pee in it.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Ok (for Trump) to tweet

Our president’s use of Twitter to bypass the mostly biased mainstream media is brilliant. It is an excellent example of operating outside the box in the 21st century.
 
Dictionary definition of a tweet is a chirping note. In the context of Twitter, however, a tweet does not necessarily have to mean it lacks substance or is trivial.
 
I would rather hear from the horse’s mouth, even if in the form of a tweet, than hear the mainstream media’s version of what was said.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Mother of all questions for Muslims, moderate or not

Can Islam genuinely embrace the West especially if doing so would, effectively, imply that Allah bless people who eat pork, drink beer, and let their women wear bikinis (all of which are considered taboo in Islam)?

Answer to that question, in my view, explains why most Muslims, moderate or not, are reluctant to say or write “Allah bless America” and mean it.

That would be the day when "Allah bless America" signs will be conspicuously displayed outside the gates of the numerous mosques in the United States - why not?

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Sense, but no cents

Scientific studies have apparently shown that birth control pills are perfectly safe. Now there is a push toward making their use more widespread by making them available over-the-counter to teenagers. Notably, birth control pills contain artificial hormones that prevent pregnancy by stopping ovulation.  Worse, for the pills to be effective, they have to be taken every day. Common sense tells me that the pills are too invasive and just can’t be good for the taker in the long term.
 
Along those lines, all living beings and cells possess the instinct to survive, which is the basis of evolution in the long term. Cancer occurs when that instinct to survive at the cellular level goes haywire after the body is subjected to cancer causing factors. The tainted survival instinct in the affected (i.e., cancerous) cells makes them spread into surrounding tissues, to the detriment of the rest of the body. While it may seem like the cancer industry is running for the cure, it may actually be running away from the cause. That’s because there is money to be made and careers to be sustained in the perpetual pursuit of finding the cure.
  
What’s prudent is a shift from “finding the cure for cancer” to “preventing cancer”, most of which can be accomplished simply by focusing on lifestyle changes like exercising and eating sensibly. For the sake of curtailing cancer, shift in focus from “cure” to “prevention” makes sense and should be pursued, even though it may not make cents for the multi-billion dollar cancer industry.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Perpetual pursuit of cure for cancer

All living beings and body cells possess the instinct to survive, which is the basis of evolution in the long term. In the most basic sense, cancer occurs when that instinct to survive at the cellular level goes haywire after the body is or had previously been subjected to cancer causing factors. The tainted survival instinct in the affected (i.e., cancerous) cells makes them compete with normal cells by dividing without stopping and spreading into surrounding tissues, to the detriment of the rest of the body.
 
In that sense, despite extensive ongoing cancer research and what the multi-billion dollar cancer industry would like us to hope, I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for a cancer-cure magic pill. While it may seem like the cancer industry is running for the cure, it may actually be running away from the cause. That’s because there is money to be made and careers to be sustained in the perpetual pursuit of finding the cure.
  
What’s prudent is a shift from “finding the cure for cancer” to “preventing cancer”, most of which can be accomplished simply by focusing on lifestyle changes like losing weight, exercising, eating sensibly and moderately, minimizing stress, abstaining from smoking, minimizing or abstaining from alcohol consumption, getting enough sleep, minimizing consumption of food additives and preservatives, minimizing intake of medicines and vitamins, avoiding tanning booths and excessive sun exposure, minimizing consumption of processed food, sugar, salt, etc.
 
For the sake of curtailing cancer, the suggested shift in focus from “cure” to “prevention” makes sense and should be pursued, even though it may not make cents for the multi-billion dollar cancer industry.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Why are so many obsessed with possessing guns?

 
Granted, the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution gives the right to bear arms. Still, it is interesting to ponder why many in the general public are obsessed with exercising that right. Some may think that questioning such obsession with guns is foolish or naive, but I don’t. After all, if such obsession is rooted in mistrust of the government, it is unfounded because the kind and amount of arms that the government (military and law enforcement) bears are far superior than those that the general public bears.
 
If such obsession is based on the perceived need to defend oneself and one’s property from robbers, assaulters, etc., or if it is rooted in the sense of enjoyment from hunting and target practicing, it is crucial to realize that pulling the trigger is easy but its consequences can be drastic. Most of us have likely heard of numerous instances in which use of guns resulted in horrendous consequences, whether intended or not, and regardless of whether the shooters were trigger-happy.
 
Just to make my point, I consider it is better for the society if nobody (vice all) in the general public bore arms. Understandably, the gun lobby, the multi-billion dollar gun industry, and those that are obsessed with the right to bear arms will not agree with me – which is ok. But notably, my point is in line with considering the world to be a safer place if no country (vice all countries) possessed nuclear bombs.

Cancer equals survival instinct gone haywire



All living beings and body cells possess the instinct to survive, which is the basis of evolution in the long term. I think cancer occurs when that instinct to survive at the cellular level goes haywire after the body is subjected to known cancer causing sources like certain chemicals, radiations, and unhealthy lifestyles. The tainted survival instinct in the affected (i.e., cancerous) cells makes them compete with normal cells by dividing without stopping and spreading into surrounding tissues, to the detriment of the rest of the body.

The situation is similar to when seagulls at many boardwalks are fed food that is unnatural to them, like fries and burgers that many visitors throw at them in good faith. Chances are, the seagulls’ bodies react and eventually, their instinct to survive at the cellular level goes haywire, signifying the onset of cancer.

In that sense, despite extensive on-going cancer research, I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for a cancer-cure magic pill. After all, in my strictly common sense view, cancer is a result of survival instinct related reaction by the body due to its mistreatment by way of e.g., smoking and drinking excessively.
  
For cancer treatment to be meaningful, it should be focused more on how to right the wrong that was done to the body, than on how to find a cancer-cure magic pill. That is, an effective approach for cancer treatment needs to look inside rather than outside us and should be focused more on prevention than on cure.