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The importance of mutual support

Remedial health care folks are physicians, surgeons, dentists, physiotherapists, nurses, technicians, hospital administrators, etc. who have vested interests in people being sick.

The health-care folks make lots of money when people/patients buy into the delusion that the remedial health-care folks can fix what people/patients have let go wrong with themselves.

Other than for accidents and inherited disorders, some authorities estimate that at least 80 percent of patients in our health-care systems have let themselves get sick because they wrongly think the health-care system can remediate their health status.

Each of us must be proactive and look after ourselves. Either that or become victims of the health-care system full of endless referrals, lineups, hospital stays and prescriptions like we have no other life and as if the public purse is bottomless.

The H1N1 flu pandemic scare is an excellent example of the need for each person to be proactive about their own personal health care. Each of us needs to make sure that we make our own personal fitness a priority so that when illness, injury, emergency or in this case a pandemic strikes, our bodies are equipped and prepared to fight.

In this vein of thinking, a priority first step is to immediately institute quality and compulsory daily physical education and health programs in schools, and to have such programs headed by degreed physical education and health-care educators. Parents and students should be hounding educational leaders including school trustees, administrators and the ministry of education officials in this regard.

The Saskatchewan Party’s Brad Wall and Bill Boyd continue trying to convince Saskatchewan people to go nuclear. Not satisfied with the way people supported studying all forms of energy, with emphasis on renewable energy, they’re now holding more meetings in our major cities.

Will they rely on voices of the Chamber of Commerce, business representatives, nuclear industry and John Gormley’s negative media rhetoric to silence the voices of the people? …

Winona La Duke, a U.S. rural development economist, told the hundreds of people gathered at Vimy Ridge Memorial in Delta-Bessborough Park (in Saskatoon) Oct. 4, that 90,000 shipments of radioactive wastes are stockpiled south of the U.S. border for shipment to a waste dump site. The Uranium Development Partnership wants this site to be in northern Saskatchewan. …

Saskatchewan folk need to continue to stand up and speak up against railroading techniques employed by the current government.

If we follow their wishes regarding nuclear reactors, we’ll be loading costs and problems of nuclear reactor maintenance, decommissioning and waste disposal on taxpayers and children of future generations.

Saskatoon, Sask.

I see some farmers still adhere to the principle that genetically modified plants and animals are somehow evil. In a recent letter to the editor that appeared in this paper, one writer referred to the mixing of genetically modified flax with other varieties as, and I quote, “contamination.”

Why does our society show such little respect for the scientists and biologists who work hard at developing better food and plants for our overcrowded planet?

The people who are instilling fear against genetic engineering are the same people who have instilled into us the fear of global warming, nuclear power, the H1N1 immunization serum and a host of other scientific achievements.

(They are) mostly people who are quick to discount anything they don’t understand, instead of researching the topic and discovering how it all works.

To understand genetics, one only has to look at a wild sunflower that grows along the edges of grid roads and compare it with a domestic variety, some that grow in excess of 12 feet high. Take a look at a coyote or a wolf and compare it to a Chihuahua or a bulldog and try and imagine they all come from a common gene pool.

GM plants will mean the elimination of most herbicides and pesticides in the future. In the United States, farmers are now growing cotton plants that have a gene that kills the boll weevil the moment it contacts the plant. Glyphosate friendly wheat with powerful winter resistance could change the economy of northern areas considerably. We need to get educated, and eliminate negative thinking before it’s too late.

Gravelbourg, Sask.

Re: Hog transition program extends deadline, WP, Nov. 5.

Karl Kynoch, Manitoba Pork Council chairman, says there will be a lot of producers looking at this as a permanent exit strategy (and that) a lot of barns that take this will never open up again.

So the big question now is how much more is it going to cost Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the rest of Canadian taxpayers to decommission the manure storage lagoons, both outside and those inside these abandoned barns, and who is liable for this cleanup?

When (Stan) Struthers was responsible for the Manitoba Conservation portfolio, he was quoted as supporting the polluter pay principle. Would that still be his policy? …

Was this overzealous hog industry a good investment for the provinces and Manitobans? Think about it.

Virden, Man.

Here we are at the start of November, getting ready for winter. But many farmers across Saskatchewan are in dire straits, having more crop than ever still in the field.

The latest provincial government reports say that 20 percent of the crop is still not harvested. Other reports suggest up to 30 percent. Many farmers will now be leaving their crops until April or May.

Income will be a long time coming, and when it does, I can’t imagine it will cover our bills. On top of our regular annual costs, next spring we will have to face huge bills for drying our seed.

Brad Wall’s Saskatchewan Party government waxes on about its commitment to rural Saskatchewan and agriculture, but we haven’t seen any of his empty promises turn into tangible results.

How does the Wall government expect our province’s farmers to sustain themselves? The only result of their so-called “commitment to moving forward” was cutting $20 million from the agriculture budget Oct. 16.

If Brad Wall really wants Saskatchewan’s farmers to survive, we need a real commitment to our province’s rural communities and agricultural producers, and we need it now.

Saskatoon, Sask.

I heard that a colleague in rural ministry had to leave his remote pastoral charge because of a recurring bout of cancer. Then I found his name on a church bulletin board on the edge of the city.

The church secretary told me he was now their minister and would be taking part in a covenanting service the end of the month.

Indeed, she said there were major concerns for his health and she directed me to the website, which allowed family, friends and congregants to read his blog and stay in touch.

While the journey through endless weeks of further chemotherapy and tests will not be easy, it is wonderful to see the way people are validating his calling, and he and they are able to offer each other mutual support.

Arrangements are being made for provisional replacement, but it is evident my friend will not be left alone to face what lies ahead. His ministry, and that of his congregation, continues.

It reminds me of the gospel story about the paralyzed man who couldn’t get to Jesus on his own. His friends lifted some roof tiles so they could lower him into the room where he could talk with Jesus.

Wouldn’t you have loved overhearing that conversation? Jesus took time to try to understand.

When interacting with someone with an illness, it’s not about descending on that person with our prescription for “getting better.” It is listening to what our friend might want to say.

While I don’t really understand blogs and Facebook, I have come to appreciate how both of these tools can help deepen our understanding of important matters.


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