Monday, May 30, 2011

Monday quotes

Sometimes you just have to take the leap, and build your wings on the way down.

Always know in your heart that you are far bigger than anything that can happen to you.
- Dan Zadra

A half truth is a whole lie.
- Yiddish proverb

There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first. When you learn to live for others, they will live for you.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Such is human psychology that if we don't express our joy, we soon cease to feel it.
- Lin YĆ¼-tang

It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.
- Zig Ziglar

An authentically empowered person lives their life in love and trust.
- Gary Zukav

A bad day only comes in your own hands.
- Christopher Acedillo

Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
- Joseph Addison

You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.
- Leo Aikman

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Friday, May 27, 2011

weekly roundup

this week's adventures in celebrity substance
abuse from;

Lindsay Lohan Placed Under House Arrest
Actress Lindsay Lohan violated her probation on a DUI charge, stole a $2,500 necklace from a Venice Beach jewelry store and still managed to avoid jail time. The former Disney star was fitted with an ankle bracelet tracking device and placed under house arrest after showing up three weeks early to begin serving her so-called 120 days in jail sentence.

Oscar De La Hoya Enters Rehab
Friends said former boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya was battling cocaine and alcohol problems before checking himself into a California rehab facility. Friends told reporters the boxer's substance abuse problems began after having fidelity problems in his marriage.

Pete Doherty Jailed for Cocaine Possession
Just before he was scheduled to perform a concert in Scotland, Pete Doherty was sentenced to six months in jail for cocaine possession. The Babyshambles frontman has a long history of drug abuse problems.

Estella Warren Tries to Escape DUI Arrest
"Planet of the Apes" and "Kangaroo Jack" actress Estella Warren has been arrested for felony drunk driving after crashing her car into three parked cars and then trying to flee from police custody. The former Victoria's Secret model wiggled out of her handcuffs, kicked a policeman and tried to run out of the police station.

ESPN's Jalen Rose Pleads Guilty to DUI
Former University of Michigan and NBA basketball star Jalen Rose has pleaded guilty in a Michigan court to driving under the influence. The ESPN analyst was arrested March 11 after crashing his Escalade in Detroit.

DUI Charges Against Braves' Derek Lowe Dropped
Drunken driving and reckless driving charges have been dropped against Atlanta Braves pitcher Derek Lowe after prosecutors said the arresting officer "jumped to a conclusion and made a lot of mistakes."

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Monday quotes

Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength. - Corrie TenBoom

The truth is like ice water, it shocks you when it hits you, but no one's ever died from it.

People who are wrapped up in themselves make very small packages.

Don't cry because its over, smile because it happened.

Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers. - Voltaire

Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody is looking. - H. L. Mencken

Live simply so that others may simply live... - Gandhi

Children will soon forget your presents, they will always remember your presence. - Dobson
It's all right to hold a conversation, but you should let go of it now and then. - Richard Armour

You can't get ahead while getting even. - Dick Armey

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Monday quotes

"God may give you seeds but he won't plant them for you"

It takes both sunshine and rain to make a rainbow.

You can't change the past, but you can ruin the present by worrying over the future.

Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.

You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind.

You can't make footprints in the sands of time by sitting on your tush.

If it is not right, do not do it; if it is not true, do not say it.
--Marcus Aurelius

Anyone can enjoy good days; those who find ways to enjoy bad days have something going for them!

It's not what you've got, it's what you use that makes a difference.

To make mistakes is human; to stumble is commonplace; to be able to laugh at yourself is maturity.

Your talent is God's gift to you. How you use it is your gift to God.

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Monday quotes

Reality is the leading cause of stress -- for those in touch with it.
- Jane Wagner

Losers make promises they often break. Winners make commitments they always keep.
- Denis Waitley

Your life work is a statement of who you are. If it is not, then why are you doing it?
- Neale Donald Walsch

Flatter me, and I may not believe you.
Criticize me, and I may not like you.
Ignore me, and I may not forgive you.
Encourage me, and I may not forget you.
- William Arthur Ward

The most popular persons are those who take the world as it is, who find the least fault.
- Charles Dudley Warner

Success is not measured by th position one has reached in life, rather by the obstacles overcome while trying to succeed.
- Booker T. Washington

To live with fear and not be afraid is the final test of maturity.
- Edward Weeks

The crisis of today is the joke of tomorrow.
- H. G. Wells

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
- Edith Wharton

I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.
- William Allen White

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

disease concept origins

The "recovery" community's adoption of the disease concept began with an early AA member named Marty Mann. Her efforts, combined with a somewhat dubious scientist named E.M. Jellinek, began national acceptance of the disease concept.

It was Jellinek's "scientific" study that opened the door for the medical communities' support. E.M. Jellinek's study was funded by the efforts of Marty Mann. And, like so many other circumstances involving Jellinek and Marty Mann, the study was bogus if not outright fraudulent.

The surveys he based his conclusions on were from a hand picked group of alcoholics. There were 158 questionnaires handed out and 60 of them were suspiciously not included. His conclusion was based on less than 100 hand picked alcoholics chosen by Marty Mann.

Mrs. Mann, of course, had a personal agenda to remove the stigma about the homeless and dirty alcoholic or "bowery drunk" in order to gain financial support from the wealthy. By removing the stigma, the problem becomes one of the general population, which would then include the wealthy.

The first step was Jellinek publishing his findings in his book "The Stages of Alcoholism." Later, E.M. Jellinek was asked by Yale University to refute his own findings. He complied. E.M. Jellinek's Stages of Alcoholism did not stand up to scientific scrutiny.

Earlier in this century, the validity of the disease concept was often debated in medical circles.

However, in 1956 the American Medical Association (AMA) proclaimed alcoholism an "illness." Then, in 1966, the AMA proclaimed alcoholism a disease.

The decision was wrapped in controversy. Historically, Marty Mann had her hand in much of this and manipulated information and doctors into agreeing with the disease concept. Marty Mann used her position as founder of the NCA (National Counsel for Alcoholism) to promote the disease concept through Jellinek and a somewhat clandestine relationship with the founder of the NIAAA (National Institute for Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse) whose founder worked with Marty Mann during the institute's early development.

The founder of NIAAA (Smithers) was a major contributor to and promoter of the disease concept. It was his money that funded Jellinek's work at Yale. Smithers was also responsible for gaining insurance coverage for patients in treatment (hence the 28 day program).

Smithers was certainly not altruistic in his efforts. At that time he had already launched a treatment program for which he was lobbying for insurance payments.

Acceptance by the medical community was the only way this could happen; alcoholism had to be a medical problem in order for medical insurance to pay for programs. We can see the influence of these "advances" everyday in treatment programs. Today the treatment industry is a multi-billion dollar industry, with insurance paying the lion's share of the costs.

While it can be argued that Smithers's efforts played an important role, it was Jellinek's study that was such a monumental turning point for the supporters of the disease concept it.

The current disease paradigm was, in part, developed and promulgated by Jellinek and various other partial participants with personal agendas.

Nonetheless, it was Jellinek's "Stages of the Alcoholic" that led to diagnosing alcoholism as a disease and eventually to the medical acceptance of alcoholism as a disease. Astoundingly, the inception of the current disease and treatment paradigm is based on fraud.

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Monday quotes

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.
- Jim Valvano

It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn't.
- Martin Van Buren

He who is calm disturbs neither himself nor others.
- The Vatican Sayings, Epicurus

Any man who has been a teacher retains something of a student within him.
- Alfred de Vigny

There can be no rainbow without a storm and a cloud.
- F.H. Vincent

The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The meaning of life is to give it away.
- David Viscott

Losers make promises they often break. Winners make commitments they always keep.
- Denis Waitley

The best philosophy is to do one's duties, to take the world as it comes, submit respectfully to one's lot, and bless the goodness that has given us so much happiness with it, whatever it is.
- Horace Walpole

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.
- William Arthur Ward

Success is not measured by th position one has reached in life, rather by the obstacles overcome while trying to succeed.
- Booker T. Washington

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

the day in pictures...

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