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About Myew

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  • Birthday 11/25/1988

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    Alex
  • Relationship Status
    Doubting my ability to cope with human contact.
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    Treetop Terrace, Spider Plains of Missouri
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  • Baptized
    Yes

How I Found the Truth

  • How I found the Truth
    I was raised by Witness parents from infancy. I developed several chronic debilitating illnesses around puberty, and felt stumbled by others causing me pain. I listened to the meetings from home for around 15 years, during which my faith steadily declined without any positive association. (Pr 18:1) I eventually hit rock bottom, having no reason to live and always wishing for death. I finally came to realize that Jehovah was never the source of my suffering, and that I had to return to Him with all of my strength if I ever wanted to be happy. It took many years to rebuild my body and my faith from square one, but Jehovah is helping me to endure with 'more than superabundantly beyond' any undeserved kindnesses that I could have imagined.

My Hobbies & Interests

  • My Interests
    I am a religious Cat-holic*. (Addicted to all things feline. Thanks, Toxoplasmosis!)
    Some of my favorite things include computers, technology, gaming, pixel and line art, storytelling, tiny homes, and the inconceivably vast cosmic universe.
  • My favorite books
    I particularly enjoy campy, humorous and satirical writing, comics such as Calvin and Hobbes are my favorite. Your typical Sci-fi/Space Opera fare: Dr Who, Hitchhiker's Guide, Star Trek, Star Wars, War of the Worlds. I'm also partial to stories of tragedy and hope about common people, Ruth is my favorite book in the scriptures. Aside from the Bible, I haven't read any physical books in many years. I don't have the focus or patience anymore, so audiobooks if at all.
  • My favorite music
    Background music, scores and soundtracks, especially classic video game composers. More traditional styles I prefer are alternative, ambient, downtempo, epic orchestral, techno, and world music. Kingdom dirges, Blue Man Group, John Williams, Jake Kaufman, Manami Matsumae, Hiroki Kikuta, Yoko Kanno.
  • My favorite movies
    Humor, tragedy, and science fiction. The Princess Bride, Cast Away, Jurassic Park, Star Wars.
  • My favorite quotes
    "You have two options. Either let this world drive you mad, or /choose/ to be insane." - Myew
    "Yes, I am just a little broken."
    "As you wish."

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  1. I think anything from Job chapters 33 through 41 are great reads. https://tv.jw.org/#en/mediaitems/pub-jwbcov_201605_7_VIDEO https://tv.jw.org/#en/mediaitems/pub-jwbcov_201605_6_VIDEO
  2. (Micah 4:11, 12) Now many nations will be gathered against you; They will say, ‘Let her be defiled, And let our eyes see this happen to Zion.’ 12 But they do not know the thoughts of Jehovah, They do not understand his purpose; For he will gather them like a row of newly cut grain to the threshing floor... Exciting times.
  3. Myew#5663 has joined.
  4. The Universe Should Not Exist

    (Genesis 1:2) God’s active force was moving about over the surface of the waters.
  5. I owe thanks to everyone here for your encouragement and counsel. I took the plunge today. Got dunked. Baptized. I'm going to go pass out now.

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    2. cerebral ecstasy

      cerebral ecstasy

      Maybe we could add a thread here about what our baptism day was like. You mention it feels like a blur, and I know how that feels. It's good to reflect on.  I remember also feeling like I wanted to run from the little pen lol...skittish lamb.  Plus I later learned the newspaper was there and they got a photo of us baptismal candidates!

    3. Omoyeme

      Omoyeme

      Please do Sharon since it's your idea...that would be a good topic of reflection.

    4. Alexa

      Alexa

      Congrats brother Alex :)

  6. What John said. https://www.howtogeek.com/260506/how-to-set-automatic-quiet-times-in-android-with-do-no-disturb/ My android phone's touch sensor has been broken for a few months and I've been using a $20 Windows phone. I hate it. It's too small and slow to use JW Library effectively.
  7. I need advice regarding a potential health emergency. I've been having more than the usual trouble sleeping this week, waking up all throughout the night. I was really looking forward to sleeping tonight, but everything I did today seems to have pushed me too far and now I have a sinus? infection. I usually only get sick about once a year, typically in the fall/winter, and haven't really seen a doctor in 2 years. It's bad enough enough that I spent 2+ hours in bed trying to fall asleep, thinking that perhaps it was near morning, only to realize that I'd been awake the entire time when I had to get up for the bathroom because of just how complete the nasal congestion -> inflammation -> severe headache is along with a now completely raw throat. I did everything right regarding cognitive behavioral therapy towards sleep, and was avoiding all lights before bed and so on. So I can't sleep due to the pain, and if I can't sleep in the daylight or within the next day, I may have some severe health issues crop up and start to go completely mental. I probably can't go anywhere or contact anyone until the morning. Any home remedies for clearing the sinuses or headaches? Neti pot/sinus rinse is no help at all. Hot shower didn't work. I may just have to endure sleep deprivation for a couple of days or until I become exhausted enough to pass out, but it feels like I'll lose my sanity before then.

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    2. Myew

      Myew

      My pain was almost back to normally tolerable levels after getting 12 hours of sleep and waking up on Saturday. I'm feeling pretty good the past couple days, I just have to be really careful not to push it too hard and relapse. I'm likely still contagious, occasionally coughing up phlegm and blowing biofilm out of my sinuses.

      I admit that I'm a bit afraid to try and mess with the potatos, because I feel that I've had autoimmune issues with nightshades in the past. :unsure: They would make me hungry, too... but I probably should try some form of warm compress. My body hasn't been able to decongest the sinuses on its own very well.

    3. ChocoBro

      ChocoBro

      Best leave it then.

    4. shali

      shali

      If you have a full blown sinus infection, nothing "natural" will likely help.  There is nothing like a sinus headache, nothing relieves it.  All you want to do is lie down and get some rest, but lying down makes your head hurt worse. Sinus's get "impacted" with infection (it's chalky and green and you also get blood) so nothing moves!  You need antibiotics usually to start things going in the right direction. 

  8. Firefox Vs. Chrome

    Someone ressed an ancient thread. Firefox was always my favorite, but I switched to Chrome due to android phone/tablet use, Google docs, and Firefox slowdown with age. Mozilla just released Firefox Quantum however, and I've heard good things. Worth another try if I ever work up the effort to port everything back over again... It's called Net Neutrality. It's all political - we must remain neutral as Christians and not get involved. Basically, the major Cable/Data/ISP companies are lobbying to take control of the (USA?) internet and will have to right to force individual websites and people into low bandwidth/speed unless they pay additional fees in order to force out competition. It's the cable monopolies trying to use their money to once again force their way back into profit rather than fixing the infrastructure or ceasing to exist. If the internet was determined to be a neutral, necessary resource/utility, then all data would be treated equally rather than being charged more to access certain types of data or websites.
  9. Even if you charged $5, I really don't think anyone who enjoys reading your books would complain. If $3 is the difference between you getting .20, .60 or 2.10, then that's a much nicer balance and actually starts looking meaningful, so long as enough people purchase it. It's just a matter of people's priorities, 'make sure of the more important things'. I'm on a fixed low income (disability/ssi) but have no trouble purchasing things like this time to time because I very strictly budget everything; I don't pay for car insurance/vehicle loan, don't eat at restaurants, use housing assistance/food stamps, etc. I'm sure many people would rather support you directly if that were possible, but like me go for the Amazon/Kindle version because it's simply the most comfortable and practical version to read. I can understand why you might not want a donation feature on your blog, although some people prefer to read it there first and want to donate once they decide that they enjoy it. Making the Kindle price closer to a 'suggested donation' makes sense in that aspect too.
  10. Regarding the original topic of abortion in animals: I have not seen any articles on it, but there are two about pets under Euthenasia. https://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/1200272023 https://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/2003407#h=1:0-9:487 https://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/102004122#h=24:239-25:488 Personally, I would think it would be kinder to just let them have the babies and find homes or another way to take care of them. My opinion is to simply prevent the situation from happening in the first place.
  11. Huh. While I would certainly not feed a pet food that has had any form of blood added, infused or transfused into it after being extracted from another, some of this information is 'new' to me despite it's age and has me feeling very conflicted. I've advocated that people feed their pets a 'biologically appropriate raw food' diet, whatever Jehovah designed them to eat in their natural state. Say you are feeding your pet such as a cat, dog, ferret, snake, etc a whole, dead animal such as a baby mouse or chick, which has been gassed with CO2, passes out and dies painlessly, and is then flash frozen. It contains blood, but is it now a manmade product, no longer a natural whole food? It is not intended for man's consumption, and has not had blood added to it. It is blood which has not been poured out. However, wasn't the command for blood to be poured out only given to humans who slaughtered animals for their own consumption. and not to the animals? Has he not given animals the right to eat blood as he gave them flesh for food, as this is necessary for their health and survival as things are? Genesis 9 contrasts man and animals, where Jehovah put the fear of man into animals. He allowed man to eat animals for food, but man must not eat blood. He held both man and animal accountable for shedding man's blood. (Genesis 9:2-6) A fear of you and a terror of you will continue upon every living creature of the earth and upon every flying creature of the heavens, upon everything that moves on the ground and upon all the fish of the sea. They are now given into your hand. 3 Every moving animal that is alive may serve as food for you. Just as I gave you the green vegetation, I give them all to you. 4 Only flesh with its life—its blood—you must not eat. 5 Besides that, I will demand an accounting for your lifeblood. I will demand an accounting from every living creature; and from each man I will demand an accounting for the life of his brother. 6 Anyone shedding man’s blood, by man will his own blood be shed, for in God’s image He made man. (Deuteronomy 12:15, 16) “But whenever you desire it* (*Or “in all the desire of your soul.”), you may slaughter and eat meat, according to the blessing that Jehovah your God has given you in all your cities. The unclean person and the clean person may eat it, as you would eat a gazelle or a deer. 16 But you must not eat the blood; you should pour it out on the ground like water. (Leviticus 17:10) “‘If any man of the house of Israel or any foreigner who is residing in your midst eats any sort of blood, I will certainly set my face against the one who is eating the blood, and I will cut him off from among his people. (Exodus 22:31) “You should prove yourselves holy people to me, and you must not eat the flesh of anything in the field that has been torn by a wild animal. You should throw it to the dogs. It used to be that people would only ever feed their pets raw or live food, the Israelites included. It worries me if this article is actually saying that it's wrong to give an animal a dead animal for food? My mom's cat is an aged but still active hunter who brings home bloody birds, mice, and rabbit carcasses... I'm happy that she's much healthier eating some actual food rather than only kibble. However, there is much more risk to the pet itself from bite infections or transmitting parasites to humans (especially toxoplasmosis). She doesn't take well to raw meat that she hasn't hunted, things like chicken hearts or livers which have been bled for human consumption. I don't know how to feel about this. :< BTW: The WoL has some good articles on pets... https://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/102004120 https://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/1200274429
  12. Moms are the best

    Applesauce & Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Pineapple Filled Cookies, Rolled/Twisted Anise Sugar Cookies, Apple Crisp, Apple Pie, Dutch Apple Pie, French Apple Pie, Pineapple Upside-Down Cake, Pineapple Pie, Lemon Bars, all kinds of Spice Cakes, Fruit Bars, Brownies, Fudge, Jello, and anything else in the vintage 1950s Betty Crocker Cookbook... oh wait, we're not just talking about desserts? My mother's homemade Italian sauce with lamb meatballs, Parmesan & Romano cheese and baked pasta or homemade German Spaetzel, Lasagna, Stuffed Ravioli, Enchiladas, Mediterranean Stir Fry, even just Garlic Bread or Roasted Carrots & Parsnips... sigh... you can't ask me to choose, I can't even remember most of them. :< Maybe I'll be able to eat some of it again in the new system when the current agricultural system stops causing Intestinal Permeability. We've had to completely change our diets in the past 5-6 years. Mom's cooking always showed how much effort she went to to make us smile.
  13. Does anyone know?!...

    Pure speculation based off of comments, not having watched any news but the one linked news clip mentioning how her phone was left there: Some attention or thrill seekers hire professional kidnappers to abduct and torture them. Who knows, this world is sick and there's a black market for everything. http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/extreme-kidnapping-business-paying-experience-abduction-cross-line-18921706
  14. I've seen similar issues in Amazon reviews for Gluten Free Oats.. some people have said that they still trigger their celiac. Another reason why I now say.. it's easier to just avoid them all. It really frustrates me that despite the fact that I do everything possible, I'm probably still getting some cross contamination. However, I don't even know what from because I don't have celiac and I'm not spewing my guts out. I almost wish I was. ._. My thyroid issues aren't letting up, but there are likely other factors involved there such as flouride and chlorine molecules in my water replacing the iodine molecules in the formation of thyroid hormone causing it to be nonfunctional... sigh. I just get miffed because #1 A diet which is free of gluten isn't terrible. However, a diet consisting only of "Gluten-Free" packaged/processed foods certainly is. #2 There is no myth surrounding gluten. If people want to believe in whatever they read on social media, either for or against something, especially when it comes to them in the form of advertising, then they're essentially choosing not to choose. I base my decisions on digging through research related to my issues as well as anecdotal evidence. There comes a tipping point when you can't just disregard that anymore. There are scientific studies which prove that these proteins can trigger immune reactions with gut tissue, thyroid tissue, and systemic inflammation. All of our blood is filtered through our thyroid about once an hour. If it's allowed to get into your blood, sooner or later you will likely develop some problems. Some people have relatively few problems overall healthwise, ironically many who are older and grew up with better biological and cognitive development, and they can just deal with it and keep on going. The majority of people who are able to avoid grains, stay off them long term, and replace the nutrients with others, often feel better. This is not always the case, there are many exceptions due to how many varieties of permanent disease there are, but generally speaking it's true in today's society. There are hundreds of thousands of people switching to so-called 'paleolithic' or ketogenic diet templates who have realized this and come to agree with this revelation. Many top athletes with their nutrition counselors have done so and seen improvements. Thousands of books, documentaries, podcasts, videos showing what is wrong with our current system of food and healthcare and how some people are able to do better by making diet and habit changes. Will these fix all of our problems? Certainly not. All diets have their risks, such as fanatic ketogenics going overboard with long term fasting and running the risk of malnutrition, it is better used cyclically or for those suffering epilepsy or obesity. The key to everything is balance and research. You are your own best health advocate. No other human knows your body or how you feel better than you do. I'm not dogmatic about macronutrients such as carbs, proteins, fats. It's the microtoxins and malnutrition that cause me to suffer and become as insane as I am. Everyone has a different body somatotype, their ratios depend on what regulates their body at a stable, optimal body weight and how it makes them feel. Most people have lost that connection with their own body and aren't listening to what it is telling them anymore. Symptoms or health issues are a signal our body is giving us to let us know that there is an imbalance. Typically we are either not getting the right nutrients, or foreign invaders are stealing our nutrients or attacking our cells. Long term symptoms almost always result in permanent organ damage. It's become systemic as our children are born with human caused DNA damage and toxins. Jehovah designed us to be able to recognize many of our internal issues and get the treatment we need before it becomes serious, but much traditional knowledge on natural treatment has been lost to time and most are not able to grow or raise their own food anymore. The majority of people do not have access to the functional medicine approach of analysis, lab testing and understanding our unique microbiome that science should be affording us. Our only responsibility left then is to pray for holy spirit and wisdom in knowing how to make our earthen vessel the healthiest and strongest it can be for Jehovah's glory and service. (1 Thessalonians 4:4) Each one of you should know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, (Romans 12:1) Therefore, I appeal to you by the compassions of God, brothers, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, a sacred service with your power of reason. (Romans 14:1-3) Welcome the man having weaknesses in his faith, but do not pass judgment on differing opinions. 2 One man has faith to eat everything, but the man who is weak eats only vegetables. 3 Let the one eating not look down on the one not eating, and let the one not eating not judge the one eating, for God has welcomed him. (1 Corinthians 9:23-27) But I do all things for the sake of the good news, in order to share it with others. 24 Do you not know that the runners in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it. 25 Now everyone competing in a contest exercises self-control in all things. Of course, they do it to receive a crown that can perish, but we, one that does not perish. 26 Therefore, the way I am running is not aimlessly; the way I am aiming my blows is so as not to be striking the air; 27 but I *strictly discipline my body and lead it as a slave, so that after I have preached to others, I myself should not become disapproved somehow. (1 Corinthians 10:31) Therefore, whether you are eating or drinking or doing anything else, do all things for God’s glory. (2 Corinthians 4:7, 8) However, we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the power beyond what is normal may be God’s and not from us. 8 We are hard-pressed in every way, but not cramped beyond movement; we are perplexed, but not absolutely with no way out; (2 Corinthians 4:16-18) Therefore, we do not give up, but even if the man we are outside is wasting away, certainly the man we are inside is being renewed from day to day. 17 For though the tribulation is momentary and light, it works out for us a glory that is of more and more surpassing greatness and is everlasting; 18 while we keep our eyes, not on the things seen, but on the things unseen. For the things seen are temporary, but the things unseen are everlasting. (2 Corinthians 6:3-5) In no way are we giving any cause for stumbling, so that no fault may be found with our ministry; 4 but in every way we recommend ourselves as God’s ministers, by the endurance of much, by tribulations, by times of need, by difficulties, 5 by beatings, by imprisonments, by riots, by hard work, by sleepless nights, by times without food; (2 Corinthians 7:1) Therefore, since we have these promises, beloved ones, let us cleanse ourselves of every defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. (2 Corinthians 12:9, 10) But he said to me: “My undeserved kindness is sufficient for you, for my power is being made perfect in weakness.” Most gladly, then, I will boast about my weaknesses, in order that the power of the Christ may remain over me like a tent. 10 So I take pleasure in weaknesses, in insults, in times of need, in persecutions and difficulties, for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am powerful. (Philippians 4:12, 13) I know how to be low on provisions and how to have an abundance. In everything and in all circumstances I have learned the secret of both how to be full and how to hunger, both how to have an abundance and how to do without. 13 For all things I have the strength through the one who gives me power. I've said too much.
  15. The gluten by itself wouldn't really be much of an issue if not for the pollution that is highest in said grains. The inflammation caused by glyphosate and other herbicides, pesticides, etc is the primarily cause of damage to the microbiome and lining of the gut as well as the blood-brain barrier. If the proteins weren't able to get into the blood, then the immune system wouldn't be causing systemic inflammation, organ and DNA damage which gets passed on to successive generations. http://www.mdpi.com/1099-4300/15/4/1416/htm I appreciated this article's points: Gluten-Free Diet: Benefits & Risks (LiveScience) "People who only eat foods that are inherently gluten-free, like fruits, vegetables, gluten-free whole grains, lean protein, healthy fats, then gluten-free can be a healthy diet." "Addressing the claims by people without celiac disease that following a gluten-free diet makes them feel better, Tallmadge wrote, "… the feeling of wellness that many attribute to the removal of gluten from their diets is more likely due to the absence of the refined carb- and sugar-laden snacks and desserts that happen to contain the protein. But why not simply cut out those refined foods and keep the healthy gluten-containing foods?" Between the pollution, malnutrients and carbohydrates, there are just so many downsides to grains with how they are produced en masse, I don't see the purpose of people constantly tempting themselves with them. Carbohydrates such as glucose and fructose can be a good short term energy source for building and refueling spent muscles. They are not very good at giving long term slow burn energy like fat. Kindling vs Logs. Carbohydrates cause your blood glucose to rise, signalling insulin hormone to be produced, causing your cells to switch to fat storing rather than fat burning mode. Because you need to keep eating carbohydrates to constantly keep your blood sugar up and the majority of them are in addictive refined forms, people run into insulin resistance where their body needs to keep producing higher and higher levels of insulin in order for your cells to listen and pull the glucose out of your blood. This results in so many people becoming overweight, obese, diabetes, etc. They never feel full or satiated. There are people who can tolerate some whole grains well when they properly ferment, sprout, and soak them to reduce the phytic acid which chelates minerals like iron out of your body, introduces beneficial microflora and increases bioavailability. (Phytic acid may have some benefits such as chelating heavy metals, but when you can't properly digest nutrients in the first place...) However, that is very difficult and takes time. The majority of those who choose to eat some grains and not others almost inevitably fall off the wagon and make themselves overweight or sick eating too much or the wrong kind and end up back where they started healthwise. It becomes an addiction, a constant craving for what other people have. Most people have an emotional attachment to food, especially in family/social settings. It's so much easier for most people to just get rid of it completely in order to become healthier. I see it as: (Matthew 5:28, 29) But I say to you that everyone who keeps on looking at a food so as to have a passion for it has already masticated it in his heart. 29 If, now, your right eye is making you stumble, tear it out and throw it away from you. For it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to be pitched into Ge·henʹna.
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