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And, if the Market had turned in my favor or the Economy had delivered me a job I would never had seen my network act as a trampoline. This story is about a rebound anchored by two friends one from the 1970s the other from the 1980s. They do not know each other and, yet, they collaborated to create an ongoing Miracle.
Early on, in the 21st century, I thought that Mayans were as extinct as Babylonians; that only Chinese people were “barefoot doctors”; that Bank of America could not fall any further, and, that if I kept waiting just a li-i-ittle bit longer projects would surely find me like they always had.
Wrong on all counts.
It turns out that Mayans are very much alive and, moreover, they enjoy Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). And, if the Market had turned in my favor or the Economy had delivered me a job I would never had seen my network act as a trampoline. This story is about a rebound anchored by two friends one from the 1970s the other from the 1980s. They do not know each other and, yet, they collaborated to create an ongoing Miracle.
In July 2010, I was most definitely not enjoying the space of Miracles; I was, in fact, in quite a dark state when I messaged, a very old friend, Juan. I told him that I needed to do something and didn’t much care if the activity was a suicide mission. Would he send me to that place where he brings his medical missions?
Since 2008, it had become clear that this sixty-plus year old couldn’t afford to live in the USA. And, I was wincing through the seething summer of the Deep Water Horizon disaster unable to stop watching the damn robots failing to cap the well. It was too hot, I was upset and it was crunch time. I left Baltimore and began visiting around the country secretly “saying goodbyes”– All the while casting about for any worthy domestic “project” that I could afford to take on and stay. Nope.
I needed to expatriate. But, what would I do? For sure, I would need to learn a new language. Asia was immediately out because both the language and the alphabet would be too unfamiliar plus the airfare was four digits. Europe was out for the same reason as the USA.
Back in 1970, I met Juan. He was eight and I was barely twenty a hippy hitchhiking from Los Angeles to wherever. He and his brothers and sisters were living next door to the Dallas crash pad I had landed in. He and his siblings liked to hang with us, and were delighted when I took them to get library cards. We would drive “top down and collars up” in a Mustang Convertible that belonged to one of the other guests. Each child could get three books a Saturday. By Tuesday Juan would pester me to get three more books. When some New Jersey guys with a car rolled in, I decided to leave with them and head for New York City. On the last day, I hugged the kids and told Juan to go to Yale never expecting to see any of them again.
Juan received full scholarships through his Masters Degree at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. He became a very rich man dealing in distressed assets in South America. To “pay back” his high school, he created a program where juniors and seniors, who want to go into Medicine, volunteer for a mission trip assisting five medical doctors and accompanied by a few faculty members. By the end, the young men knew if they wanted to go into medicine and had earned substantial community service credits.
Me: Do you think they will notice that I don’t speak Spanish?
Juan: I don’t know.
Me: OK. Please set me up with the NGO.
Juan assured me I would like the place. “There’s lots of ex-pats from all over.”
So, forty-eight hours later, there I was at Lake Atitlan with everything I owned in a roll-about and a backpack desperate for the new “later on.” …whatever that meant.
And, yes, my lack of Spanish was a major problem for the medical NGO, because the indigenous Mayans speak their own languages but Castillano is the lingua Franca. Obviously, one needs to be exact in healthcare. So, it was time to refocus. It took only a few conversations to find some textile-related NGOs that needed an English speaker’s help.
The weavers of these NGOs were astonishing, friendly and, it turns out, once you can understand them, they are very funny. So in that first rainy season, I found my footing working for Guatemalan, Canadian and USA-based organizations. This was perfect. The NGOs briefed me on healthcare, education, disaster planning, women’s rights and the history of the Civil War. Some of these cooperatives distributed food, others did trainings. And, so, soon enough, I was adopted by an Aldea (small village).
A local leader invited me to teach a gaggle of Patanatic’s kids on Saturdays. So, we studied Sacred Geometry and traveled to the Mayan ruins, learned how to draw and throw water balloons. In this way, the fitful, frustrating years of pigeon Spanish would pass. A couple of babies would even be named after me. Word has it that most of the original dozen, from 2011-12, finished High School – And two Saturday players surprised us all by studying pre-architecture. Useful, welcome and included, I have become as “at home” as ever in Guatemala.
In 2011, my friend, Joan Boccino, D.A.O.M., L. Ac., was volunteering with a medical mission in a nearby district. As an Acupuncturist and professor, she had come to treat and train Indigenous women in modalities of TCM. Along with massage and moxibustion, she thought it would be wise, cost effective and easy to teach to the largely illiterate population NADA Protocol. [i]
Would I be interested in the project?
It looked like it would bloom… if cultivated. And, there existed (and still are) systemic obstacles to fruiting. For starts, Acupuncture, a complementary medical modality, is not legally recognized (therefore, not formally taught) nor certified in any form in Guatemala. So mainstreaming TCM through government health structures was kind of, shall we say, impossible. But, Joan agreed to bring supplies, colleagues and students twice a year while I set about creating the logistics for a more permanent mission. The biannual five-day ‘Medical Tourism’ missions were fun and got better once the 501(c)3, The Integrative Health Project, (IHP) was formed.
Then, suddenly (for me) and after long deliberation, Joan decided to go for her Doctorate. The several years long Capstone process would lead to the design and clinical testing of a protocol for patients with Type 2 Diabetes
In the spring of 2015, twenty-eight local patients with diabetes agreed to be the subjects for a four-week trial, here in Panajachel. It would have been enough if this ‘demonstration of professional competence’ lead to her receiving the title of “Doctor”. But, the study actually succeeded! The statistician and Joan’s oversight committee were so delighted with #BoccinoProtocol that she received an ovation for her Defense.
Citing the results of the study, I approached the local health department, and requested a space to open a weekly Pain/Stress/Diabetes clinic. The Health Department agreed to give us temporary space for a two hour clinic on Thursdays. During the entire first month of August 2015 twenty-five patients came. In 2016, excluding the 3,000 plus treatments given during the medical missions, and including three volunteer acupuncturists, IHP-Guatemala treated over 3,400 patients in four weekly, two-hour clinics. Two are hosted by the First Lady’s senior centers SOSEP – Anos Dorado. – About thirty percent are patients with diabeties..
IHP-Guatemala is currently providing Acupuncture for the Federal Government. Next steps are to take meetings in the Capital with Medical Universities and with the Federal Government to discuss changing the law and introducing the curriculum. Recently, The Prenza Libre headlined and praised ‘NATURAL MEDICINES’ confirming that we are in the perfect position and aligned for support of this development.
My clear intention in the quest for the new (better) later-on was to find some kind of project to keep me useful and it did not have to be easy. The Miracle was the long chance-chain that connects Juan, Joan and me to the people in Guatemala. Simply by being here, the perfect project ‘came to me.’ The Diabetes Study is making the Public Health component of the project very possible, especially with a full year of good statistics. And, I am enjoying discovering and treating people with diabetes. There is something miraculous about bringing down their blood sugar with ten needles in their ear. IHP is saving the government money because the patients need less medicine to maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
The sequence to any later on exists in ‘No Time;’ you are holding the elements of it right now. Living in “economic exile” may not look like a life full of miracles… but on the streets of this little town, patients, who feel better, give me Saludos, smiles and hugs and I experience why I always wanted to be a doctor.
 BoccinoProtocol #earaccupuncture
#PIZZAGATE is a profane conversation struggling to emerge above the noise and detritus of the U.S. Elections.
Because Julian Assange, the King of White Operations is entirely muffled, I feel bound to write somethibg to keep #pizzagate trending until it is fully exposed
In Fall 2016 WIKILEAKS began the first #DNCleaks, then, the #PodestaEmails and Phase III is still to come. (There are, however, concerns about this final batch’s integrity because Assange was not only cut off from internet in early October but may be dead.) #PodestaEmails are the lens to #Pizzagate. The tame office email exchanges display Podesta’s interlinking relationships. The WIKILEAKS Podesta collection shows us that associates also “play” together. The #Pizzagate leak bears witnesses to hardcore pedophilia. Meme Streak link
The Podesta brothers, John and Tony, are sons of Capital insiders and have served Clinton and Obama Administrations through their elite lobbying firm, Podesta Group for decades. Their business is to know everybody and everybody else’s business. To do this they do the NYC-WASH party scene, fervently, furtively hosting and attending.
An invitation from the Podestas might be prized by political new comers. So, say, a freshman Senator attends a #SpiritCooking event, she mixes, mingles, perhaps drinks a bit too much. And, around midnight, out comes some bloody event. Cellphones capture the unsavory moment This way the aspiring guest has (perhaps, unwillingly ) become an insider. She probably finds a copy of the compromising photo to confirm her status in her inbox next morning. Related video
Just because it Reads like a tabloid Doesn’t mean it isn’t so. REDIT summary
Podesta has flown with Jeffry – Lolita Express- Epstein a convicted pedophile. Anthony Weiner is a recovering pedophile – checked in somewhere for treatment before election. . Weiner is, also, Podesta pal as well as being the estranged husband of HRC aide, Huma Abaden so both have spousal immunity. His laptop was in NYPD custody for months when someone leaked that it had the HRC 30,000 deleted emails and, incidentally evidence of an ultra elite child traffing ring. This embarrassing squawk caused the FBI to reopen Servergate in the last month of the Presidential campaign only to summarily close it after a few days of scrutinizing. –Compare this abrieviated snoop to the months long grind out of the Clinton emails in the original investigation. Yes, the one closed by James Comey in July 2016.
¿Could the Weiner laptop contents have been the bargaining chip that gave Trump the election? Was there a deal cut not to implicate or prosecute insiders in exchange for “rigging” the Electoral College in favor of him? We will soon see if the new President moves towards reopening the matter.
The important part is that as of now the investigation seems to have been called off and #pizzagate is being smothered.
By way of background, Assange and WIKILEAKS famously published Chelsea Manning’s leak of a U.S. gunship mowing down journalists – a war crime. Manning is currently serving a hard sentence of 35 years for her part as whistleblower. SInce then Assange has been charged with sexual misconduct in Sweden and because this was a human rights issue, after all, the publisher obtained diplomatic protection from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. GUNSHIP VIDEO.
Julian Assange of WIKILEAKS has long assured his readers that his goal is to “open governments.” This current trove of 2016 documents, alone, could bring down several governments around the world. Clinton’s defeat is one case.
And, there is no media coverage – no overt investigations coming out.
Why not? -> very graphic.
Instead, The documents are wanly dismissed as if being hacked by Russians demoted the Content to no more than “stolen goods.” However ill gotten, whatever the source, provenance in no way dilutes the authenticity of the content we are seeing. We cannot let this crime go.
This Election is the first to have been won and lost on Social Media. Twitter ultimately became the forum for WIKILEAKS and during the primaries I chose it as a refuge from friends who had morphed into insistant/strident HilBots on Facebook and who would never understand my fear and loathing of the Secretary.
This Election is the first in the U.S. to have been won and lost on Social Media. Many “channels” like Redit and 4chan informed us. But, Twitter ultimately became a very popular discovery forum for WIKILEAKS.
I was there because I could not adequately express my fear & loathing of the Secretary on FB. So, Twitter became a play area and then, wild infotainment. What unfolded over several weeks is displayed in this series of screen shots. I can hardly curate my emotions watching the 2016 election cycle as an expat, as a news junkie, as a registered Democrat.. On youtube H.A.GOODMAN, Tim Black, Abby Martin and Lee Camp and MarketWatch delighted but all news was reframed by thousands of chatty likeminded Tweeters –including Trumpers.
What began to tumble out of WIKILEAKS into the Twittersphere sat the readers square into a truly unguarded conversation. There were almost endearing exchanges where writers fussed over Hillarys truth telling, “suboptimal instincts”and, of course, the Servergate exposure. Neera Tanden wondered why the person who gave Hillary the go-ahead on the server was not already “drawn and quartered.” –Spoiler alert: It was probably Cheryl Mills– In a later email, Tanden would dryly opine that Hillary distroyed email evidence “so she could get away with it.” I.e., FOIA evasion, Clinton Foundation shenanigans etc
Until the kiddy porn slithered into the memos, this could have been just the millions of us eavesdropping at any organization. But, after pedophile’s vocabulary was decoded –everything shifted. The most contrived performance featuring Marina Abramovic’s faux corpses, ritual slayings and self mutilation took on still darker meanings when we learned these wer regular events. Theme parties like these were hosted by John Podesta’s and his brother. Tony, aside from being an operative for Saudi Arabia, had a 4×5 meter bunker (slash) performance space/ “torture chamber” sunken under his suburban D.C. Home.
Ultimately, these memes and leaks are compiled in this on-going scrapbook that became and continues to become quite horrifying. In the aftermath of the Elections, watching the streets and people in RAGE (fuled by Soros?)I have to wonder if Nostradamus was right. Will the country devolve into a hot civil war Right vs Left?
Did we change so much over this Election?
Bernie gets ousted in the Primary and the news that Debbi Wasserman-Schultz, DNC chairperson, had not been neutral – as required by the Party By Laws, is so infuriating, I find Lawyer and join Class Action Suit to clawback my contribution.. Later leaks will show Donna Brazile passed debate questions to Ms.Clinton.
The horse race narrative is very depressing
so FBI Act 1 gets going and just as #Podestaemails start leaking the Embassy turns off Julian’s internet. For a while it looks like he is dead.
King O Sweden eh? Isn’t Sweden the Country charging Assange with Sex Crimes??
Soon enough I am navigating to Redit and discover 4Chan (the pink meme) and realized we were headed for rough terrains.
b>HOT LINK came out NOVEMBER 1. 2016. 4 minutes STEVE PIECZENIK calls himself “gatekeeper of ‘the second revolution'” plausible *******
It is now five days after the election. My question about the riots is why they did not begin on election night it was clear by midnight in NYC the Trump was ahead and the Dow Futures had dropped 400 and in steps down 700 before leveling out.
Looks like the Saudis are not doing well when the pay to play flopped …Chapter 11 2020
And what of Hillary? where is her voice to still the crowds shedding blood and tears in her name?
In spite of their challenging terrain and vastness of their reach, the varieties in their languages and the serial interventions of conquistadors and modern opportunists, the Mayans keep their spirit, arts of fabric and design enriched and undiluted.
“Maya” is the common name for the massive cultural complex that once spanned almost 8 degrees of latitude and that after 3,000 years, still distinguishes itself in Mesoamerica. The indigenous Mayans live in linguistic bands from the South Mexico to the Yucatan coast.
There are more than 28 Mayan languages still spoken in the lands between Mexico and Honduras. Much of the linguistic pattern has been revealed since the 1960’s Like archeologists and anthropologists with their image libraries, comparative linguists study data bases of current structures and ancient origins of living languages.
The late arriving Uto-Aztecan language, Nahuatl, is said to have migrated south from the deserts of North America around the 7th century. After a few generations, this arty lingua franca became popular with singers and poets in the cosmopolitan, warring and continuously dominating Teotithuacan. This city grew to become the largest in the Americas (and impressed the European invaders, too) by around 1200. The official home to the Aztecs/Mixtecs, today it is mostly buried under Mexico City’s metroplex.
At the time of the conquest. Nahuatl was spoken by Toltecs as far away as Yucatan and by Maya in the present day Quiche District of Guatemalan highlands. The words must have eased trading and, eventually might have brought the loose alliances of MesoAmerica into a working unit– But, Nahuatl was too “foreign” to be used for local affairs and since there was no common currency –except, maybe, the Cocoa bean, even if it were desired, overt unification would never have been possible .
Still, since preclassical times, disparate cities shared a remarkably uniform sense of time and place. People knew the names for stars, planets and some contellations and that they had a pantheon of angry gods – some of whom could only be appeased by human sacrifices. This cast of deity-characters adorned temples and public spaces and reified the mysterious force behind the ritual cycles.
By the Classical period, kings and nobles, were about identifying themselves as priests, ballplayers and warriors and are seen all over walls and pottery from The Valley of Mexico to as far south as Copan…. These depictions displayed fundamental references to ancient mythological gods and creatures and sometimes referenced historical figures – like King Pakal of Palenque. Pottery survives better than bark books and can be traced. One Teotitucan style took about twenty years before it was seen in far flung grave sites. The remains of architecture and art are used to date times when a technology or cosmogony was accepted into an area. But, What special goods or stories tipped a group from a customer base into a temple buddies? Was it the ballgame with rubber from the Olmecs, predictive astronomy, improved agriculture, fancy warrior symbols or hallucinagenic plants or something else that moved the people to practice trade expansion, war and human sacrifice??
One theory for the distribution of complete “memes” was that the proto Maya were seafaring. After all, the Vera Cruz Olmecs had both rubber and cloth. — Could they not have made water resistant sails or caulked portable “canvas” canoes and just taken off? Maybe the Mayas at Izapa invented the early calendar because they could see the Zenith Passage from their about 15° Latitude. Somehow, that homegrown knowledge was useful enough for traders to talk about. It is possible that farmer’s knowledge of this unique viewpoint allowed the Maya to calculate how to produce two harvests a year with 120 day corn? Agricultural surplus ushered in social stratification, then Kingship and Priests.
In spite of their challenging terrain and vastness of their reach, the varieties in their languages and the serial interventions of conquistadors and modern opportunists, the Mayans keep their spirit, producing fiber arts and built design — rich and undiluted.