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great whitepsychiatrist interviews

Mother Nature lover/advocate amigo Jerry Weinstock, M.D., Psychiatry, replied to yesterday’s humanity is going to hell, or already is there – Key West observation outpost post at goodmorningkeywest.com:

Sloan;;glad you are making plans –perhaps a better– (with Luck )—-place will turn        up   for you –hope  hope.!!
Cynthia our favorite waitress at Bistro-Cafe
lives one room and kitchen –with a little beach –sparkling canal water and fish– she lives up the Keys –No car –bus service has been reliable —she is in a bubble
and loves it up there.–not all the expensive..
 
Yes–our species is in for serious suffering—and CHAOS–galore—humanity is are on a suicidal plunge;
NO QUESTION–(-we will  be out of it ) —-Key West lacks empathy sensitivity and understanding — nothing is
going to halt the delicious , lascivious—course –and ingrained corruption–a rich dessert –capitalism
unchecked —by social concerns —and wisdom —OVER THE EDGE>  as clear as the water over the reef
used to be—– like liquid air–mesmerizing–lots of sensitive souls become addicted to something–I have a multiplicity
of addictions–.  no time for drugs –yet.  My boat well equipped —2 top of the lines —sonars–took
10 months but got it—–working.   best tackle around —-book always there  to work on–I could play the piano
forever–improving  –finances to look after –CME medical education mandatory –have to take out time to breathe
Research never ends –on and on–some fun–re-creation !!;   .have to laugh sometimes—-!! 
warm Hi to Kari —-all my best to you–Jerry.
 
I replied today:  

Morning, Jerry – 

 
Addictions come in many forms, I used to be a fishing addict, loved it.
 
A heap of stuff happened yesterday regarding Kari. We spent a lot of time talking, and I spent a while crying. 
 
Kari’s probation officer (PO) called Kari to say she had scored 1.5 on her last urine test, and so now that had to be taken before the judge, as a condition of Kari’s probation is she not drink. Kari said she was surprised it wasn’t 2.0, and once, when she checked into the Guidance Clinic and blew into the machine there, she blew 4.0. 
 
Finger’s crossed, Kari heard from her PO this morning that she wants to try to get Kari into a special six months program in the jail, which, if Kari does that and passes the course, will fulfill her probation and free her from any hold Monroe County and the State of Florida have on her. Kari will emerge dry, sober. Looks to me like her best chance.
 
Before Kari heard that from her PO this morning, I read Kari some passages out of a novel I’m reading about a drunk Irish detective, which caused Kari to laugh hard. [The Guards, Ken Bruen]
 
“An alcoholic’s greatest defect is a complete unwillingness to learn from the past. What I knew from mine was if I drank, chaos reigned. I was no longer under any illusion. Yet I’d have given anything to crack the seal on a bottle of Scotch and fly. Or even, a feast of pints. Close my eyes and there was a table. Wooden, of course, Dozens of creamy Guinness lined up in greeting. The head … ahhh, just perfect.”
 
“I’d come across some books by Keith Ablow. A practising psychiatrist with a specialty in forensics, he wrote, 
You need a drink. That’s how it starts. You need. And the need was real, always is. because I did need something. I needed the courage to face what I had to do next. And I didn’t have it. The booze makes you forget that you’re a coward, for a while. Until a while runs out. Whatever you need to face has grown claws and become a monster you don’t ever want to meet. Then the monster starts pissing out booze faster than you can pour it in.”
 
Lead into one chapter:
 
Remember the primary laws of physics: every force has and equal and opposite force. If you perform and act of grace, you leave the system. It’s like throwing down the gauntlet to Satan. All kinds of hell can come looking for you.
 
“Years ago I’d read where a man asks, How come, no matter how long since I’ve seen the family or how much distance I put between us, they can always push my buttons? The answer: Because they installed them.”
 
In today’s Citizen, Jerry, is a lovely article in which the cat finally official gets out of the bag. Yep, Walmart has its sights set on the new shopping center across from the Navy base just up US 1 from your and Donna’s home. I think that’s a great thing, totally in keeping with how the Florida Keys and Key West think and are headed :-).
 
Hardly coincidence, Kari lived in Columbia, Missouri, when the first super Wal-Mart was built, there. Sam Walton would come into down in an old pickup truck, wearing coveralls and go into that store, and few knew who he was. He was nice man, Kari said. 
 
Sam’s daughter, Barbara, had a horse farm just across the street from the Wal-Mart. She and Kari rode horses together. The father of the man Barbara married was Kari’s pick up man. That is a horse race lady cowboy’s do. The cowgirl races her horse from one end of the arena to the other, where her pick up man waits beside a barrel. As she turns the horse, he jumps up behind her and she races the horse back to the start. Fastest time wins.
 
Kari had already told me that she was the Missouri barrel racing champion one year. That’s when cowgirls race their horses around barrels, the fastest time wins, if they don’t knock over a barrel. I asked Kari this morning, if she was the state pick up man race champion, too? Probably, she was best cowgirl rider in those days, she said. 
 
She told me once of throwing a race, but didn’t ever let on she had done it, so another cowgirl could win, who had tried so hard to win but never had. Kari said she had won so many races, it didn’t matter to her if she won another one, and she wanted that other cowgirl to win. Kari said she won good sportsmanship awards in high school. She was president of her senior class. 
 
Another thing Kari told me. 
 
When she and David Dangler were getting a divorce up on Plantation Key, Judge Shea got the case. Shea was my 2nd wife’s last name, my wife when I practiced law in Birmingham, Alabama. 
 
It was alleged by David Dangler that Kari was a drunk, and she was sent to rehab, which she completed and was attending AA meetings. At one meeting she chaired, Judge Shea came in an took a seat. Judge Shea retired, perhaps for health reasons, and Judge Garcia was assigned the Dangler divorce case.
 
A mental health professional interviewed David and Kari’s young daughter, who told the mental health professional that she took showers with her father, and touched his penis. This was part of the evidence in the child custody part of the divorce case. Judge Garcia gave custody of the child to David Dangler, because of Kari’s drinking history. Kari came unglued.
 
The case that got Kari on probation was presided over by Judge Ptomey, on Plantation Key. 
 
After Kari was released from the jail, on probation, she wrote to Judge Ptomey, asking for modification of her probation, because she was living on the street, could not get work, and could not pay back the costs she owed the local criminal justice system. Friends drove her up to Plantation Key for that hearing, and Judge Ptomey was not there. Judge Fowler from Key West handled the case. 
 
Unknown to Kari, her PO had sent in a violation of probation finding, and Judge Fowler had Kari put in shackles and taken to jail on Stock Island, where she resided a while, before being released again, homeless, in Key West. 
 
Jerry, I don’t have to tell you what it would do to a mother, to have her young daughter and only child taken away from her, and given to a man who was taking showers with that child.
 
Sloan

P.S.

As for my moving today, I found out yesterday that it would cost $200, or more, to rent a SUV for one day. My friend, Todd German, said he would be in Key West this afternoon, for a  Citizen Editorial Board meeting, and would come by where I stay after that and we could load my stuff into his SUV and head for his home on Cudjoe Key. 

 
It’s only temporary, and it will be different, since I don’t have a car and will have to use buses to get around, mostly, or hitchhike, which I don’t mind and actually have enjoyed in the past, even if it’s against the law in the Keys. Maybe I will get put in jail for hitchhiking. Be nearer to Kari.
 
I’ll miss the city commission meeting tonight. No tears being shed here over that. 
 
I wonder what the angels really have up their sleeves?
 
Ciao 

P.P.S.Gander this MRSA treatment just arrived in my in box from Nashville J.
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Sloan:
 
Thought you would find this of interest !
 
1,000-year-old onion and garlic eye remedy kills MRSA
Bald's Leechbook

An eye salve from Anglo-Saxon manuscript Bald’s Leechbook was found to kill MRSA
A 1,000-year-old treatment for eye infections could hold the key to killing antibiotic-resistant superbugs, experts have said.
Scientists recreated a 9th Century Anglo-Saxon remedy using onion, garlic and part of a cow’s stomach.
They were “astonished” to find it almost completely wiped out methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, otherwise known as MRSA.
Their findings will be presented at a national microbiology conference.
The remedy was found in Bald’s Leechbook – an old English manuscript containing instructions on various treatments held in the British Library.
Anglo-Saxon expert Dr Christina Lee, from the University of Nottingham, translated the recipe for an “eye salve”, which includes garlic, onion or leeks, wine and cow bile.
Experts from the university’s microbiology team recreated the remedy and then tested it on large cultures of MRSA.

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Analysis
Tom Feilden, science editor Today Programme
The leechbook is one of the earliest examples of what might loosely be called a medical textbook
It seems Anglo-Saxon physicians may actually have practised something pretty close to the modern scientific method, with its emphasis on observation and experimentation.
Bald’s Leechbook could hold some important lessons for our modern day battle with anti-microbial resistance.

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In each case, they tested the individual ingredients against the bacteria, as well as the remedy and a control solution.
They found the remedy killed up to 90% of MRSA bacteria and believe it is the effect of the recipe rather than one single ingredient.
Dr Freya Harrison said the team thought the eye salve might show a “small amount of antibiotic activity”.
“But we were absolutely blown away by just how effective the combination of ingredients was,” she said.
Dr Lee said there are many similar medieval books with treatments for what appear to be bacterial infections.
She said this could suggest people were carrying out detailed scientific studies centuries before bacteria were discovered.
The team’s findings will be presented at the Annual Conference of the Society for General Microbiology, in Birmingham.

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Bald’s eye salve

Bald's eyesalve

Equal amounts of garlic and another allium (onion or leek), finely chopped and crushed in a mortar for two minutes.
Add 25ml (0.87 fl oz) of English wine – taken from a historic vineyard near Glastonbury.
Dissolve bovine salts in distilled water, add and then keep chilled for nine days at 4C.
 
Every diver and doctor in the Florida Keys knows, if you have a cut or nick on your skin and go into the sea here, you have a good chance of catching MRSA, which is fatal, if not treated, and modern medicine has a very tough time treating it, because the flesh-eating bacteria has mutated, and continues to mutate.
 
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