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October 3, 2010


Hope you are doing well. I read a quote recently, which I’ll paste below, that really struck a chord in me. A d major, which happens to be the dominant chord /note in my life at present,  at that.

“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
Jiddu Krishnamurti

It gave me a precious new perspective from which to see my comfort zones for what they really are.

Because you see, it is no measure of health (which I read as wellness/ease/comfort) to be adjusted to a profoundly sick society, which, for ANYONE who is actually awake, is obviously very, very sick.

It’s been an old theme for me, this re-cognization of the direction of the trend and it’s qualitative expression in our lives.  It’s down and out, in my eyes.

One has to be living a rather compromised and compartmentalized existance to be able to be at ease in todays profoundly sick society. And remember he said this decades ago. I’d say we’ve got a bit sicker since, wouldn’t you say?

Then this…

What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.
Jiddu Krishnamurti

Something to ponder for sure.

And since I’ve quoted him twice, I should add his most devastating, at least to the majority of humanity…

Your belief in God is merely an escape from your monotonous, stupid and cruel life.
Jiddu Krishnamurti



Onto lighter, whiter things…

The second thing is toothpaste. Not sure how many people have paid attention to the poison control warning on their toothpaste?


Don’t Swallow Your Toothpaste

As of April 7th, 1997, the United States FDA (Food & Drug Administration) has required that all fluoride toothpastes sold in the U.S. carry a poison warning on the label. The warning cautions toothpaste users to:

“WARNING: Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age. If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek professional help or contact a poison control center immediately.”

Why the Need for a Warning?

One of the little-known facts about fluoride toothpaste, is that each tube of toothpaste – even those specifically marketed for children – contains enough fluoride to kill a child.

As detailed below, most “Colgate for Kids” toothpastes – with flavors ranging from bubble gum to watermelon – contain 143 milligrams (mg) of fluoride in each tube. This dose of fluoride is more than double the dose (60 mg) that could kill the average-weighing 2 year old child. It is also greater than the dose capable of killing all average weighing children under the age of 9.

Fortunately, however, toothpaste-induced fatalities have been rarely reported in the US. In a review of Poison Center Control reports between 1989 and 1994, 12,571 reports were found from people who had ingested excess toothpaste. Of these calls, 2 people – probably both children – experienced “major medical outcomes”, defined as “signs or symptoms that are life-threatening or result in significant residual disability or disfigurement” (SOURCE: Shulman 1997).


Go HERE for the rest of this story…

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm…… That is what lead me to my no brushing experiment (almost  18 months) but it cost me a molar and a root canal. Well worth the price though! 🙂

But really, we need to pay attention, eh?

To the the last thing and trust me, not by a wide margin the least this… SMOKING!

SMOKING! Sorry, it’s such a stigmatized word, I felt the urge to  CAPITASLIZE!


I’ve been a smoker for the better part of 26 years now and spent the first 15 or so in great anguish. The daily attempt to quit, giving away packets, cigarettes, fighting prejudices from parents, girls and then later women and now children. Marlboro man’s ultimate limp -ness was a defining moment in the public’s changed perception of smoking. No longer was it either sexy or macho. It was dumb…

A quick fall in deed, from this:

to this:


Now I’m a life-long contrarian, not for contrariannesses sake, but out of innate mal-adjustedness to society. When the herd goes one way, I light up.

And then one day, I found this article, linked below, and it was all I needed to justify the habit. It rang true to me, like a 5 metal bell made by a master craftsman…

It tied things together for me, anecdotally, experientially and observationally (I am a constant self and life observer).

Read it at your peril. Becoming a smoking advocate will not win you many friends. 😉

God bless Joe Vialls.

Be well, the lessons are going to start to get harder for the un-prepared. And less and less time to prepare. Paying attention to the contracting of time is key now. Always with the flow, aikido style…

Be well and stay sharp. Don’t b flat!


5 Comments leave one →
  1. D a r i n a JOY permalink
    October 4, 2010 4:36 am


    It is becoming a good habit now – to witness so many synchronicities on an hourly basis…

    I encountered that first Krishnamurti quote you shared 3 times the last few days from several online friends, one of whom shared it with a link to the trailer of an interesting, supposedly EU banned movie, called “The Green Beautiful”

    It DID give me a new perspective and strengthened my reason to get out of the inertia and comfort zone again esp. when it comes to health and wellness.

    Even if your smoking experience comes as a surprise to me, thank you for sharing these fascinating facts and reasons for the lung and skin cancer, related and non-related to cancer. In that same archive by Joe Vialls I found another even more interesting article for me, related to B-17 and cancer “Is Cancer merely a Vitamin Deficiency Disease?”, which I intend to share widely as well.

    I knew about Laetrile and have even experimented with it with my mother and myself and I know from direct experience its power and dangers and it is good to be reminded again of its pervasiveness & possibility for massive cancer intervention on a global scale.

    Last but not least, when I found about the fluoride damage in toothpaste 6 years ago I just stopped using one, then shifted back to the few fluoride free natural brands available here like Tom’s of Maine. I am still amazed how pushy the big majority of dentists still are in convincing us how beneficial fluoride is in the toothpastes and even in the water system…

    Great topics, links and sharings again! Keep them coming & stay curiocontrarian 🙂 D

    • October 4, 2010 7:46 am

      🙂 Yep, the smoking thing comes as a surprise to most people who get to know me through something other than physical contact first.

      My curiocontrarian self can probably find appropriate just-I-fications for what-ever I do. 🙂 But seriously, tobacco is deamonized so much, it seems suspicious. I mean it is the same people (CDC/FDA et. al.) who say smoking bad, fluoride in your paste and water good? Oh and not to mention Aspartame/Olean/High Fructose corn syrup/RBGH……. the list is long and ugly….

      Hmmmmmm….. I rest my case!

  2. Stephen Baze permalink
    April 18, 2011 7:37 am

    Yes, double standards are the norm, especially from our govs. All excellent points and quotes. And yes, this world/social fabric is a mess and it is good to be different!

  3. Jojo permalink
    July 5, 2012 3:39 am

    Hey Slick – Did you somehow lose this comment last time I submitted it to be posted here? Or did it strike too close to home for you? And what’s up with that Aikido photo? Did you steal that from someone? That’s not you in that photo, is it? Because anyone who practices martial arts should have the discipline to be able to stop sucking on the filthy tobacco weed. Yes?


    Sorry dude, what a load of BS about smoking. I smoked for 42 years and now I have emphysema and breathing difficulties. There is nothing good about smoking. Want to relax? Try meditation and deep breathing. Much healthier.

    Smoking has nothing to do with being a contrarian. Plain and simple, you are a drug addict, physically and mentally addicted to your tobacco habit just as a heroin addict is addicted to heroin.

    Smokers stink – literally! You REEK. Breath mints and perfume/cologne DO NOT help. Ride an elevator with someone who has been smoking outside and the elevator still stinks when the smoker has exited. Your clothes, you hair, your body and the air space for about a 5 foot radius around you reeks from the smell of stale tobacco smoke. Your teeth are yellow, your skin is sallow, your eyes are red and irritated all the time from the smoke they are exposed to.

    Whatever the state of your health as a smoker, it would be 20-50% better if you stopped smoking.

    But oh, you think you look cool smoking. Maybe you think you are sexy smoking. Stop trying to rationalize your addiction with dumb rationalizations like you are a contrarian of some sort and instead gather the willpower to end your dependence on tobacco. Just do it…

    • July 6, 2012 9:22 am

      Dude, do you usually come and spit in someone’s living room and then expect them to treat you graciously?

      The medium may give a sense of separation, but that is not how I function. We can argue, I can even help with your lung problems by the way, but this is no way to start. You even hide your e-mail ID, as if your privacy is something that shelters you while you spit.

      And such a sense of entitlement…tch…

      i wish you well though, there are ways to get beyond the harm caused by smoking the white, machine made cancer sticks. Google hydrogen Peroxide Inhalation and be well.

      No thanks to you for sharing though jojo. Are you a man who thinks he is a loner?

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