Category Archives: Positraction

Interesting way to start the week



A Stranger Knocked on Her Door and, Without Saying a Word, Handed Her a Life-Changing Envelope That Made Her ‘Collapse’
Jul. 16, 2014 8:01pm Jason Howerton

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To put it bluntly, she is dying.

Suffering from systemic scleroderma, a critical autoimmune disease that is causing her skin, arteries, veins, and internal organs to harden, 48-year-old single mother Stephanie Headley, of Ottawa, Canada, is still in dire need of very expensive, potentially life-saving treatment. Her condition has been deteriorating over the last few years.

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What a gift.

That’s really “walking the walk”!

I’m humbled by such charity.

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POSITRACTION: Are we hardwired with instinctive empathy


10 Weird Ways Your Brain Is Tricking You

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#4 Sympathetic Pain

Have you ever heard seen someone slam their foot in the door and winced in pain even though nothing happened to you? Or just heard a story of someone getting hurt and had the same experience? That’s sympathetic pain. The researchers who studied this used MRI machines to test how subjects’ brains reacted when looking at faces with certain expressions, and when making those expressions. What they found is that the brain displays the same activity in either case. The part of the brain responsible for this is called the “mirror area” and scientists believe we have something called “mirror neurons,” which are responsible for creating a sympathetic response. Essentially, humans are hardwired to think we are feeling the same things as other people—essentially a very strong version of instinctive empathy.

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Is this akin to husbands getting morning sickness or cravings?

Could it be that the Creator or the Universe has hardcoded empathy into our DNA?

Perhaps, humanity if free from all the incorrect paradigms and memes that we’ve accumulated over the eons could be amazing. Or have those errors been “bred” into us. Like the learned “weakness” of the huge elephant bound by a slender rope.

What do we really know? And we don’t know what we don’t know even though we think we know.

Too much for this fat old white guy injineer to know.


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POSITRACTION: The babies can be safe


Some stunning news from China.

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China ‘baby hatch’ inundated with abandoned, disabled children
By Connie Young, for CNN
updated 7:56 AM EDT, Mon June 30, 2014

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Jinan, China (CNN) — Along a winding Chinese mountain road dotted with inns and restaurants is Jinan Orphanage, a place of refuge and site for troubled parents to dump unwanted children.

The government-run orphanage in eastern China opened its first baby hatch on June 1, International Children’s Day, as a symbolic step to show the country’s commitment to improving child welfare.

However, it since proved so popular that authorities have had to introduce new rules to limit the number of babies and children being abandoned.

In just 11 days, 106 children, all with disabilities or medical conditions, were dropped off at the Jinan facility, according to local state media. That is more than the 85 orphans the city accepted the entire previous year.

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It’s a positive that the babies can be safe.

It’s a negative in that human life is so little valued.

Sadly, that parents find themselves in such desperate circumstances.

And, sad, that people who want children can’t adopt. 

Yes, the human race has a long way to go.

A side note, a co-worker said that “they should provide free healthcare to parents”. To which I responded: “tanstafl”. We’re going thru “free healthcare” here. Nothing so expensive as free. 

And, if you have a “right”, then someone has a “duty to provide”.

That’s not going to work out so well.

Sadly, humans keep messing up with “social engineering”.

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POSITRACTION: Living repositories of centuries of therapeutic wisdom


Medicine Men, Machetes and Centuries of Healing (Op-Ed)
Mark Plotkin, President, Amazon Conservation Team | April 08, 2014 02:43am ET

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What’s wrong with your foot?” asked the medicine man as I ducked into his grass hut to escape the tropical downpour. He could see that I walked with a slight limp.

Like many an aging athlete, I had injured myself while training for a hike. I knew I had to condition myself to be able to walk 50 miles carrying a backpack at 9,000 feet. So strenuous was the training that I hurt my foot and had to hobble into the offices of physicians, orthopedists and chiropractors — in short, anyone who might heal my affliction. I tried massage, ice packs, heating pads and whirlpool baths. I took aspirin, ibuprofen, anti-inflammatories, prescription pain pills and a cortisone injection in search of relief. The pain was reduced to the point where it became bearable, and I completed the hike. But I felt my injury every step of the way. In the ongoing debate over the enormous health-care costs in the United States, Americans can learn much by looking southward at the tropical American countries where shamans reside and practice their healing.

Like physicians, shamans are not infallible and vary in abilities. I knew this shaman — Amasina of the Trio tribe in southern Suriname — to be a master of his craft. He looked up from a fire he was stoking, over which he was boiling local herbs in a battered old aluminum pot. The smell of the plant potion filled the dwelling as I entered. Amasina wasted no time on pleasantries, even though he had not seen me for almost a year.

“Take off your shoe,” he ordered, and I complied. He examined my foot carefully, and then issued another order: “Give me your machete!”

I removed the machete from my belt and passed it to him. With one clean stroke, he sliced a fuzzy fern off the bark of a nearby palm tree, carried it back to the hut and threw it directly into the flames. After less than a minute, the shaman snatched the fern from the fire and applied it to the base of my foot, causing me to howl with pain.

When both my foot and the fern had cooled, however, the pain had disappeared. He then threw the fern in another pot of water, warmed it over the fire, and had me drink the entire potion.

The pain in my foot went away. And for seven months, there was no pain. Then I returned to the jungle for another successful treatment.

To some, the term “shaman” may conjure up images of tricksters more than healers. But authentic shamans are masters of a sacred craft, living repositories of centuries of therapeutic wisdom.

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Would you say that the “First World” suffers from the hubris of thinking we know it all?

How little we do know!

I watched my late wife suffer and die while the “modern medic men” had no clue.

One of the docs has the humility to say to me after she passed: “Case like Ev’s, remind me how little I know.”

And, I realized we don’t know what we don’t know. 

I ofter cite the JoHari window. So when I face a problem with someone, I first seek to find out what they “see” and then wonder what is in Quadrant Four — the stuff that neither of us “sees”.

One wonders how much these shamans know that could help and save.

Humbles me to think of that.

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POSITRACTION: 3D Printers for Medical Use


3D Printers for Medical Use

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[JR: I’m “coaching” a young lady at work in the late stages of getting her Masters degree. She had to make a short video — less than five minutes — for her “technology class”. Together we arrived at the astonishing work being done in 3D printing. As you’d expect, once she start to “dig into”, she was launched. I’m astonished that: (a) the life saving technology that “God wrought”; and (b) that the FDA gave approval. Any way, this week’s positive presentation is her class video. Amazing technology. Amazing story. Amazing results.]

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POSITRACTION: Turf turning


A Group Of Young Men Spotted An Old Farmer On The Road.
What They Did Next Was Shocking.
June 4, 2014

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A bus for a Gaelic soccer team from Donegal was driving through Ireland recently when they made a pit stop that no one expected. Most people assume that athletes are burly, self-centered jerks who are the jock archetype from high school. That’s just not the case.

The Naomh Columba team spotted a 60 year-old farmer, Tomás Lydon, tending his land on their way to Corrib Village in Galway city. He was turning turf and having a hard time, so the players had the bus pull over.

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It was great that they helped.

More importantly, why does turf have to be turned?

And, what happens when it has to be turned back?


Kudos to these young men.

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POSITRACTION: He was just walking down a street …


A 1 Year Old Child Fell To What Should’ve Been Certain Death. But Watch THIS…OMG.
May 24, 2014

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Our society focuses on fictional superheroes because we’re drawn to the seemingly impossible. Lines of people will wait to see a new Ironman or Captain America movie… but probably don’t give a second’s thought to the real heroes out there. There are thousands of men and woman that save the lives of others, but no one knows that they are doing it.

Take, for example, this man in China. He was just walking down a street when he noticed tragedy in the making… and then stopped to help. Most passers by kept on going, but he and another man stopped to save a life.

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Hope I would have such an opportunity and measure up!

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POSITRACTION: 3-D Printing = Baby Breathes


Doctors Use 3-D Printing To Help A Baby Breathe
by ROB STEINMarch 17, 2014 4:17 AM ET

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So the Petersons contacted Dr. Glenn Green at the University of Michigan, who specializes in conditions like Garrett’s. He teamed up with Scott Hollister, a biomedical engineer who runs the university’s 3-D Printing Lab, to create a remarkable solution to Garrett’s problem — a device that will hold open Garrett’s windpipe until it’s strong enough to work on its own.

Instead of shooting ink onto a flat page to print words or pictures, 3-D printers use other material, such as plastic or metal, to create three-dimensional objects.

“You build up layers until you have the complete 3-D structure,” Hollister says.

3-D printers have been used to build jewelry, art and even guns. But Hollister is using the technology to create medical devices. He uses a 3-D printer that melts particles of plastic dust with a laser. He has already built a jawbone for a patient in Italy and has helped another baby with a condition similar to Garrett’s. But Garrett is a lot of sicker and his condition is a lot more complicated.

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I won’t spoil the ending.

It’s amazing what technology can do.

Makes me sad.

I think of all the babies aborted.


How stupid are we as a species?

But joy that we are smart enough to save some.

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POSITRACTION: A beautiful little bench


This Mother Sold Her Stillborn Baby’s Crib At A Garage Sale. What Happened Next Made Me Cry.
May 9, 2014

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He did it all out of the kindness of his heart. Hopefully the beautiful little bench will remind Valarie of the boy she didn’t get to meet, but someday will in heaven. We hope that her healing will begin and he pain of her son’s passing will be less severe in time. Share Gerald’s wonderful act of kindness with others by sharing this article.

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The kindness of strangers. 

Hope I can emulate that.

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POSITRACTION: Friends support friends


Touching Reason These Teens Wore Surgical Masks to Prom
By Eliza Murphy | ABC News Blogs

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Hill, 18, has been battling testicular cancer since last September. His chemotherapy treatments have weakened his immune system to that of a 2-year-old’s, which means when he’s in large public spaces, wearing a surgical mask is necessary to avoid exposure to germs.

Obviously Jarrell’s prom was one of those circumstances, just as it was the week prior when the two attended Hill’s prom for his high school. This time around, however, the happy couple wouldn’t be the only two donning the masks.

“I was talking to my friend Deanna one day about it during class, saying that he and I wore the masks to his prom and she said, ‘Wow that’s so cool, we should get our whole group to wear them,'” Jarrell recalled.

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We hear so much about “Mean Girls”, but never when young adults demonstrate “kool”.

Hope the young man win his battle. With friends like this, he’s got his “army”.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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