12-21-12 End of World? Nahhh!

Posted in Blog on December 19th, 2012 by admin

By James J. Gormley

This whole Mayan prophecy hogwash reminds me of the Y2K panic around the world in 1999 before the clocks changed to 00, although the fears then at least had a technological basis. In the spirit of doomsday predictions that have and will come to naught, here is a shortened version of a commentary I wrote in Better Nutrition magazine in January 1999 that was entitled: “Y2K—Why to Worry?”

There’s a fever gripping the world about a big event with a tiny abbreviation: Y2K.

Also called the Year 2000, the Big One, the New Millennium, and a few other things, what’s getting people worked up is the upcoming tick of the world’s clocks, which will move from 11:59 pm (and 59 seconds), December 31, 1999 to 12:00 am (on the nose), 2000.

The world’s millennial anxiety seems to focus on two digits: “00.” Unless “fixed,” the world’s computers might not know if the “00″ digits refer to the year 1900 or to the year 2000. If software and embedded microchips aren’t able to recognize the date, they could generate “messed up” data, malfunction or crash.

According to a September 1998 meeting of the Subcommittee on Government Management, Information and Technology headed by U.S. Representative Stephen Horn (R-Calif.): “The Year 2000 problem could result in a stunning array of technological failures.”

Then again, maybe not.

U.S. Y2K tsar, Sen. Robert Bennett (R-Utah), chairman of the Senate’s Special Committee on the Year 2000 Technology Problem, is hardly panic-stricken: “In the United States, our major power systems will work. But there will be brownouts and distribution problems.”

What seems to be the best approach? Call me crazy, but having grown up in the Cold War, with vivid recollections of Air Raid drills, I look upon the fact that human civilization appears extremely likely to even make it to the dawn of a new age as cause for immense joy, not panic or anxiety.

That being said, stocking up on a week’s worth of bottled water and all-natural canned food (including soups) seems like a good idea in general. Some “survival” supplies wouldn’t be bad either.

Still, I personally expect that the biggest problem associated with the start of the year 2000 will be picking up confetti.

Y2K—why to worry!

Words of Health Wisdom: Ellen G. White; “Education in Health”

Posted in Blog on July 29th, 2012 by admin

Compiled by James J. Gormley
(courtesy of Ellen G. White’s Ministry of Healing via Food for Thought)

Timeless words of wisdom that apply as well today as they did in 1905.

“Education in health principles was never more needed than now. Notwithstanding the wonderful progress in so many lines relating to the comforts and conveniences of life, even to sanitary matters and to the treatment of disease, the decline in physical vigor and power of endurance is alarming. It demands the attention of all who have at heart the well-being of their fellow men.”

Health at Gunpoint: The FDA’s Silent War Against Health Freedom

Posted in Articles, Blog on July 28th, 2012 by admin

2. health at gunpointBy James J. Gormley

What forces and interests direct the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and why is this out-of-control law enforcement agency working so hard to take dietary supplements out of our hands?

These are the central questions explored in Health at Gunpoint: The FDA’s Silent War Against Health Freedom, what I hope you will consider to be a groundbreaking book that brings into clear focus the silent war now being waged by the FDA against all of us: American consumers.

The FDA was established in 1906 to protect the U.S. public from misbranded and adulterated foods, drinks and drugs. While the original intent may have been honorable, over the years the execution of this mission has become tainted by lobbyists and money.

In Health at Gunpoint, I present a history of both the natural foods movement and of this over-reaching Federal agency and examine how the agency has changed over the years. I then look at the FDA’s most controversial decisions and the troubling reasons behind them.

Why did the FDA try to shut down the supplements industry by getting most supplements classified as drugs? Why did the FDA drag its feet on folic acid fortification while thousands of babies were born with devastating birth defects? Why did the FDA try to get life stages (such as pregancy and aging) and normal discomforts (such as headaches) classified as diseases? Why are irradiated and genetically-altered food not labeled as such? Why does the FDA favor synthetic additives and dangerous drugs over natural ingredients and dietary supplements? Why did the FDA propose a guidance that would cripple the health food industry as we know it today?

Today, as in the past, the FDA is poised to make decisions that would have a major impact on the health of all Americans. Health at Gunpoint not only sheds light on what is happening, but also explains what you can do about it.

In many European countries, nutritional supplements are now available by prescription only. If you don’t think harmonization-friendly, anti-consumer, restrictions can be put in place here, you may be in for a rude awakening.

Health at Gunpoint will help prepare you for the coming fight.

Words of Liberty: John F. Kennedy

Posted in Blog on July 12th, 2012 by admin

By James J. Gormley

Here is a quote from John F. Kennedy in The Notes: Ronald Reagan’s Private Collection of Stories and Wisdom:

“The scarlet thread running through the thoughts and actions of people all over the world is the delegation of great problems to the all-absorbing leviathan—the state . . . Every time that we try to lift a problem to the government, to the same extent we are sacrificing the liberties of the people.”

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Words of Liberty: Ronald Reagan

Posted in Blog on May 28th, 2012 by admin

By James J. Gormley

On Memorial Day, it is worthwhile to remember what our veterans fought for. Here are excerpts from Ronald Reagan’s Second Inaugural Address of January 21, 1985:

government, the people said, was not our master, it is our servant; its only power that which we the people allow it to have. That system has never failed us, but, for a time, we failed the system. We asked things of government that government was not equipped to give. We yielded authority to the National Government that properly belonged to States or to local governments or to the people themselves”

“With one heart and hand, let us stand as one today: One people under God determined that our future shall be worthy of our past. As we do, we must not repeat the well-intentioned errors of our past.”

We must never again abuse the trust of working men and women by sending their earnings on a futile chase after the spiraling demands of a bloated Federal establishment.”

“We must simplify our tax system, make it more fair, and bring the rates down for all who work and earn.”

“A dynamic economy, with more citizens working and paying taxes, will be our strongest tool to bring down budget deficits. But an almost 50 years of deficit spending has finally brought us to a time of reckoning. We have come to a turning point, a moment for hard decisions. I have asked the Cabinet and my staff a question, and now I put the same question to all of you: If not us, who? And if not now, when? It must be done by all of us going forward with a program aimed at reaching a balanced budget. We can then begin reducing the national debt.”

“I will shortly submit a budget to Congress aimed at freezing government program spending for the next year. Beyond that, we must take further steps to permanently control Government’s power to tax and spend.”

“We must act now to protect future generations from Government’s desire to spend its citizens’ money and tax them into servitude when the bills come due. Let us make it unconstitutional for the Federal Government to spend more than the Federal Government takes in.”

Now, almost 30 years since those clear words for spoken by that great man, and we still don’t have a strong (or any) Balanced Budget Amendment?

Let’s make sure that whatever candidates we choose for the Senate or for the presidency, have this has one of their top 5 pledges; it will be up to us to make sure they honor it.

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Words of Liberty: George Washington

Posted in Blog on May 22nd, 2012 by admin

By James J. Gormley

From George Washington’s First Inaugural Address of April 30, 1789, where General Washington noted:

“…..a reverence for the characteristic rights of freemen, and a regard for the public harmony, will sufficiently influence your deliberations on the question how far the former can be more impregnably fortified, or the latter be safely and advantageously promoted.”

I haven’t seen much regard of late for the rights of citizens.

Welcome to my site!

Posted in Blog on November 6th, 2009 by admin

Hello again world!

Hi, and thanks so much for visiting my site.

So, how did I get here—and how did you get to this here? Well, I can take a stab at the first question, at least!

From 1984 through 1989, I worked in hospitals and medical center public affairs. From 1989 through 1994, I was an allied health/medical book editor (for companies like Appleton & Lange and Plenum) — where I had a chance to shepherd and develop a couple of really cool books (including Cultural Diversity in Health and Illness) — and a managing editor for The American Journal of Medicine and The American Journal of Surgery.

Although I did some fun stuff along the way—such as doing horror book reviews for Publishers Weekly , helping to organize the Bram Stoker Awards and developing a Writer’s Digest book for the Horror Writer’s Association called Writing Horror — it wasn’t until 1995 that I became a full-time journalist.

That was when I had the chance to serve as editor-in-chief of Better Nutrition magazine until 2002.

Since then, I have worked as a regulatory and scientific affairs officer for Nutrition 21, editorial director for VRM Inc., and editor for SanovaWorks.

So whether you are here from my health blogs or my horror blogs, I hope my website will answer your questions or at least provide an easy way to contact me.

I invite you to enjoy the site, the blog, the links and the shop!

In good health,

James Gormley