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Breath of Life

March 22nd, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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I am a “Nervous Nellie.” That’s just the way I’m made. I worry about everything and my natural state is not that of being loose and relaxed, but rather tense and anxious.  The best way to combat stress and anxiety is through breathing exercises. Trust me – it works, but you have to practice several times a day AND most importantly stick with it. It’s going to take time to retrain your body.

One of the most popular breathing exercises is the 4 fours. Which is simply: Breathe in for a count of 4, hold for a count of 4, breathe out for a count of 4. And repeat 4 times. The problem is everyone is different and everybody has different breathing patterns and rhythms, so you’re going to have to work it out for yourself – what works for you. I personally – inhale for a count of 4, hold for a count of 6, and breathe out for a count of 6 and then repeat. I do this for as long as I need to, in order to get relaxed.

Good Luck! So WhaDaYaThink? What do you think? Keep practicing and stay calm. As Bob Marley says, “Be Happy.”

P.S. – I just now wrapped up a breathing session. So, this is what I actually do: inhale through my nose for 4, hold for 6, exhale through my mouth for 6, then pause or breath naturally for 2. Repeat. I feel like a new man! Another thing to keep in mind, is it’s all about gaining control of your physiology; make sure your breathing is smooth, slow, and not choppy.

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The Odds of Being Alive in This Life

March 22nd, 2017 by Michael Tabor

 

Have you ever wondered what this thing called life – is? Have you ever wondered what the odds are that you are you and alive right now. Check this video out: Caveat – it will blow your mind!!!

 

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Emotions MUST Go!

March 22nd, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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This is going to sound appalling, but if we really want to become super – human and actually be cyborgs, emotions must go. Yes, we are (some of us) are very rational but it’s the emotions (jealousy, anger, envy, pride, sadness, etc.) that trip us up – every single time!!! If we are going to make progress, the emotions must go – it’s the only way to make progress.

I’m not advocating the eradication of emotions, after all that’s what makes homo sapiens human, but our progress to utopia and to a bliss state will just be impossible with stupid things like jealousy and pride. And here’s the worst of the worst – “The Ego”. Every Zen Master going back thousands of years ago knew that the ego was the biggest hindrance and ultimate source of all pain.

So WhaDaYaThink? What do you think? Again, I personally don’t want this to happen, but brace yourselves, because it’s coming – for SURE!!! People my age will probably be dead and gone, but your children may be around.

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What’s Going On in Florida?

March 21st, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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I haven’t been in Florida for over 2 decades, but I can see and read what’s happening there. Florida is perhaps the strangest, most regressive state in the country (yep, even weirder than Texas). I have a good friend who lives in Florida. I speak with him on the phone all the time and I love him to death, but he’s a STRANGE cat indeed (don’t get mad at me –bro- lol). All the residents of Florida are strange in fact. + they have all those insanely weird critters e.g. alligators, spiders, snakes. bugs, etc. And it’s ungodly HOT and Humid- suffocatingly so.

Florida is populated with Senior citizens, and some “normal” people, but most of the people are bonkers: misfits, extreme right-wing hate groups, outcasts, bikers, rednecks, hillbillies, white trash, black trash….. and politically, nobody knows for sure where the hell they stand.

So WhaDaYaThink? What do you think? Floridians don’t get mad, I love you anyway, but you people are definitely creepy.

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Healer or Dealer

March 21st, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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I was going to do a ‘Mike at The Movies’ review on the documentary film, ‘Dr. Feelgood’. Instead, I’ve decided to write a simple blog piece of the film and my opinion and the catch-22 of it all.

I suffer from a debilitating and crippling disorder. For 3 years now I have had to endure agonizing pain 24/7/365. To date I’ve elected not to take any narcotics, opiates, or painkillers. When I’m at the point where the pain is so intense and I can’t move at all, I’ll take a couple of Aleve tabs – but that’s it. Today, I’m basically just trying to deal with it and pray that someday I’ll be cured. Some patients who suffer as I do have actually committed suicide. These people had decided that their quality of life was so bad that it just wasn’t worth going on. SAD!

About 7 years ago, while practicing Mixed Martial Arts, I suffered a serious injury involving my eye and my lower leg. I had immediate surgery and afterwards was prescribed Percocet for pain. I was on it for about 3 months, and after that was prescribed the “so-called” antidote for uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms – Suboxone. My quack Dr. said that it was the new miracle drug, it was no more dangerous than aspirin, and that I could quit anytime I wanted to without any side effects. WRONG! I stayed on Suboxone for 5 years, taking it 3 times a day – every day and I found that my life was becoming ever more unmanageable dealing with this horrible addiction, not to mention the expense.

Long story short (I won’t go into all the details) I was forced into a rehab facility, they took me off the Suboxine cold turkey, as a result I went almost out of my mind and attempted suicide. I jumped off an embankment 23 feet high onto cement. I landed on my butt on my left side and I ended up fracturing my lumbar spine in 3 places. And to boot I completely shattered my elbow (the bone was sticking out of my skin). Again, surgery and then a morphine drip. They stupidly transferred me to the psychiatric ward, because I had attempted suicide. Yep, we have asinine laws on the books, which say that your life is not yours after all – it belongs to the state.

At the ward they fed me with ungodly amounts of drugs (basically everything under the sun) until I was at the point where I was hallucinating for a solid 3 weeks.

Anyway, that’s my nightmare in a nutshell. ‘Dr. Feelgood’ portrays other people’s horror stories of dealing with disease and chronic pain AND the catch-22 position the doctors are in terms of what to do with these unfortunate patients. “Should I prescribe painkillers to relive their suffering and allow them to lead a normal life?” Or should I just deny them and allow them to live in unbearable agony (some commit suicide as I said earlier). There is another aspect to the chronic pain dilemma. Doctors are afraid to prescribe opioids for fear that a patient may overdose. The Dr. could lose his or her license and even go to jail. The other problem doctors face, is really all self-interest, but nevertheless the doctors know if they don’t prescribe want the patient wants or needs, they will just go somewhere else. No more patients. No more beach house in the Hamptons.

So, there you have it. Prodigiously difficult quandary. WhaDaYaThink? What do you think. Please watch the documentary – it’s extraordinary. And let me just end with a note about addiction. If you don’t believe there is any such thing as SATAN, get hooked on oxy’s and then suddenly stop – you’ll go through withdrawal and yes, you will meet SATAN. It’s that hellish!!!

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My Health Issues

March 20th, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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I’ve been inundated with people asking about my health. I wrote this out and mistakenly put it on Facebook. Definitely not the right place – those Trump supporters don’t give a SHIT about you. So here it is on MY blog.

I was debating on whether or not I should publicly post the details of my disability. Since I got such amazingly beneficial and good advice regarding my chronic ringing in the ears(tinnitus) I’ve decided to do just that. Thanks for all the love everyone !!! Lets all help each other out – that’s what the internet is all about – CONNECTION.

Hello everyone,
My name is Michael Tabor and I’m 53 years old. Though I have not been definitively diagnosed with ALS, I nonetheless fear the worst. As of today the neurological medical professionals at Columbia are in the long process of ruling out possible diseases, disorders, and syndromes I may have. Here is a list of tests and procedures I’ve undergone and the results of which I’ve received thus far:
. MRI – brain – no indication of any lesions or other abnormalities.
. MRI – cervical spine – some mild arthritic degenerative changes with some minimal narrowing.
. MRI – lumbar spine – some degenerative changes and a narrowing in the area out of which the nerves come particularly between L5 and S1. No indication of any sort of spinal cord compression.
. Muscle biopsy – some muscle fibers are abnormally small – atrophy.
EMG and nerve conduction studies – both arms indicate some disruption with the ulnar nerve. everywhere else is clean.
. Extensive blood work – everything is normal.
Here are my symptoms:
My body feels very heavy like I’m wearing a full body suit made of lead. Blurred vision and pressure on my face and behind my eyes. Chronic tinnitus – ringing in the ears (2 years now). Pain in my neck, left shoulder and shooting pain up and down my spine. I have spasticity and a lack of coordination (dropping things and trouble walking). My muscles feel either stiff, rigid and tight or incredibly loose and floppy like a rag-doll. – I also have zero resting muscle tone. There also seems to be some sort of dystonia e.g. face contorts, although I can control the trigger mechanism.
I am terrified and unspeakably uncomfortable. Please tell me there is hope. What is wrong with me ?
Thank you all

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Legalize Marijuana

March 20th, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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If the government is really in the business of protecting us from dangerous substances, then let’s draft 3 bills and pass 3 laws tomorrow:
1. Illegalize all alcohol – 88,009 people die each year + 9,967 driving fatalities.
2. Illegalize all tobacco products – 480,000 deaths per year.
3. Legalize marijuana in all 50 states & federally – deaths per year – 0
Btw, it cost approx.. $10 billion annually enforcing illegal marijuana laws not to mention the 693,000 people who get arrested for weed.

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The Human Animal – Who are we?

March 20th, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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I am utterly fascinated with us – human beings. I am interested in who we are, our intentions, motivations, our behavior, etc. In a nutshell what makes you-you and why do you do the things you do. Do you have freewill? Watch this endlessly engrossing lecture by one of my intellectual heroes – Robert Sapolsky from Stanford. Sapolsky compartmentalizes human behavior into what he calls buckets e.g. 1. Genetics 2. pre-natal events 3. Evolution 4. Environment 5 hormonal – endocrinology & more. This is a gem watch the whole lecture it will stick with you forever.

Introduction to Human Behavioral Biology

Professor Sapolsky provides an overview of the course curriculum. Also, he awards a bagel with cream cheese to a fellow New Yorker.

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 http://www.robertsapolskyrocks.com/intro-to-human-behavioral-biology.html

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Solipsism – Is it Possible?

March 20th, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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Much to my wife’s dismay (just the idea itself is terrifying to her), I talk a lot about this very interesting philosophical concept -SOLIPSISM – philosophy.The theory that only the self exists, or can be proved to exist. Just think about that for a moment or two. Just imagine that YOU are the only person/thing (whatever you want to call the self) that exists in the entire universe. Let me expound a bit, just think of YOU -YOURSELF. Now imagine that everything you see, feel, hear, touch, smell is your world and if solipsism is true, it’s the whole world too. There are no other people, things,animals, etc. just YOU and your magnificent brain creating this world. Your wife isn’t an other, it’s your brain creating a world in itself. Fascinating philosophy, but definitely creepy. Enjoy – hey you’re truly the only entity that exists.

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My YouTube Channel Coming Soon

March 20th, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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Well, I know it takes patience to build a platform, but unfortunately, blogs are being supplanted by YouTube videos. So, although I’ll continue to blog here at whadawethink.com, I am in the process of setting up a YouTube channel. Good News!!!

I haven’t shared this with everyone, but I’ve been suffering from a debilitating chronic condition. I am in agonizing pain 24/7 but am hopeful that I’ll get past this. Working out, writing, reading books (I know I’m one of those weird guys who still reads books – lol) , listening to great podcasts, and just living life. I still don’t physically look the way I should, so until my body heals and I look good (or okay anyway) I’m sort of reluctant to get my YouTube channel running. Hopefully [sic] soon.

So WhaDaYaThink? What do you think?

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