Sunday, November 29, 2009

first video chat

history is made. i had my first video chat just moments ago with Baby Noa.
ain't technology somethin'?!
what a wonderful time to be alive.
sweet dreams Baby Noa.
great uncle frank

Thursday, November 19, 2009


i am in such shock and awe and pain right now i have no idea how this will turn out, but here goes anyway.
yesterday i had my yearly eye exam. it had been three years since my last one. when all was said and done, my eyes are fine, my vision has not gotten that much worse, even though the eye doctor recommends a new prescription.
if i keep the frames i've been wearing comfortably for the last three years, i only have to pay for the two lenses that fit into them. that would cost $837.
if i bought a brand new pair of frames, then my total cost, for brand new frames, and brand new lenses would be $750.
something is very wrong here.
needless to say, i am unable to find a brand new pair of frames that i like. needless to say i am NOT paying $837 for new lenses to be put in my old frames.
i obviously do NOT understand what's going on here, even though it was explained to me about ten times by three different people.
today i am going to other eye glass stores to see what they will charge me for these new lenses.
i was told yesterday by the people who want $837 that other stores don't have what i need. i can only get those $837 lenses from them, and that their product quality is superior. apparently, according to them, these type of lenses can only be made by them, because of an exclusive contract (with El Diablo no doubt). if i "could" have them made someplace else, they would be even more expensive, because the $837 is a special discounted price.
at this point my head had already exploded three times.
by the way, where i went yesterday was a company that recently settled a huge class-action lawsuit of which i was a party to. my settlement amounted to a $25-off coupon.
something just isn't right here. something really smells rotten. it may be me. if i don't understand something, THAT is my responsibility. i know i do not understand why glasses have to cost $837.
in the meantime, i will comparison shop. stay tuned. i have no insurance that covers eye glasses. donations are gladly accepted.
$837. just thinking about this gives me a headache. i must stop now and go meditate and clear my mind before my head explodes for the fourth time.
hang in there!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Ills Of Pills

The Ills Of Pills

At some point in our lives, we must visit a doctor. For some of us, it’s just once a year.
For others, it’s every six months. And for still others it may be every month or more often.

Chances are the doctor may be the last person you see in this life, which is why I always carry photos of my loved ones with me, just in case I wanna look at them one last time.

I saw the doctor the other day, unfortunately in his office, and the doctor asks me:
“So, what prescription medications are you currently on, Frank?”
I answer:
“Atorvastatin, for my high cholesterol.”
And the doctor says:
“And what else?”
“That’s it”, I say.
The doctor gives me an odd, bewildered look and says:
“Hm, most men your age are on more than one prescription medication by now. Congratulations, you must be pretty healthy.”
And I say:
“I guess I am. I feel pretty healthy, most of the time, except when I feast on the casino all-you-can-eat buffet!”
And he says:
“I know what you mean.”

Now I suppose I could lower my cholesterol by becoming a strict and devout vegan. I might even go with ONLY raw foods, because “they” say cooking destroys all the natural nutrients in food. I don’t know about that, but I do know you cannot beat lox and cream cheese and onion and tomato, on a toasted bagel. And I do know I will NEVER be a strict and devout vegan.

That established, I currently take one prescription medication, (atorvastatin, for high cholesterol), and the following over-the-counter supplements, which may or may not be doing a damn thing for me.

1 – a prostate formula for a healthy prostate
2 – fish oil, because “they” say it’s good for me
3 – fiber, because “they” say it’s good for me, and I must properly and thoroughly cleanse my colon, for some reason
4 – a multiple vitamin, again because “they” say it’s good for me, and it’s nearly impossible to consume all those fruits, vegetables, proteins, and nutrients “they” say I am supposed to eat each and every day
5 – spirulina, again because “they” say it’s good for me
6 – ginkgo biloba, because, you know…
7 – CoQ10, because, you know…

These days, if you have something wrong with you, there’s a pill for it.

In the good ol’ days if you were anemic, or had really bad diarrhea, or had the flu, etc…etc…, you had a good chance of dying from it.

Not today. There’s a pill for that. There’s no question that in 2009/2010 we’re living healthier lives. Yes, this is open to debate and opinion. Overall our life expectancy is longer.
Our quality of life is better too. And we do have a lot of pills that treat and/or cure illness.

That said, perhaps taking too many pills is not good for us? I’m no doctor or research scientist, I just know when I’m hurting, I have to take a pill, and count my blessings that it’s not every day, and it’s not a prescription pain killer. As of this piece, I count my lucky stars, and then some, I am only on atorvastatin.

Stay tuned.

Peace, love, namaste, shalom, heal the world, be the change, and whatever. Yada, yada, yada…

Frank Landfield
November, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

interesting facts and stats

according to my research, Taiwan has the best health care system on this planet.
are you happy with your health care coverage?
do you think there is room for improvement?
do you think we should do something? or nothing?
i think we should have the same system that Taiwan has.
that, for what it is worth, is my opinion.
what's yours?
heal the world.
be the change.
make a difference.
good luck.