• December 31, 2019

Due Process of Law

The public is supposed to maintain their primary authority in our republic through due process of law, which is also called the rule of law. The Bill of Rights says that we cannot be deprived of life, liberty or property except by due process of law. But few people know what that is supposed to mean.Returning to the idea that the people in government are employees or public servants, how do the public retain control over their servants? If you had a security guard watching over your property, does…

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  • December 23, 2019

The Endocannabinoid System

This is the second article on cannabis and CBD, which will be part of my forthcoming book on the subject. It's also next month's member topic (January 2020).

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  • December 15, 2019

A Republic, Not a Democracy

In this chapter, I explain the difference between a republic and a democracy and why it's so important that we don't lose our republic to the mob rule of democracy.

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  • December 14, 2019

What's Your Excuse

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “Practice what you preach.” Well, I’ve modified this saying a little. I like to “Teach what I practice.” I’ve adopted this saying for two reasons. First, I prefer teaching to preaching because I don’t like the “holier than thou” attitude preaching assumes. Second, and more importantly, I think that we can’t help anyone achieve something we haven’t worked on ourselves. Because of this, in the past, I didn't stress the importance of physical…

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  • November 19, 2019

Punishment versus Restitution

There is one way in which the American system fails to uphold the common law. That is we punish people rather than requiring them to make restitution. Most people firmly believe that we teach people to be moral by rewarding them for being “good” and punishing them for being “bad.” I assume that most people reading this were raised by parents who used rewards and punishments to discipline them, so it’s natural for us to believe that this is the only way to “make” people be good.I was…

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  • November 13, 2019

Justice and the Law of the Harvest

Just as the golden rule is prevalent in many different spiritual philosophies around the world, so is the principle is known as the law of the harvest in Christianity, the law of karma in Eastern religions, and the Old Testament as “an eye for an eye.”  This principle is even found in physics, which tells us that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. This is the law of cause and effect, which we’ll refer to as the law of the harvest. Any farmer or gardener knows…

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  • November 11, 2019

Medicinal Mushrooms

Most of us think of mushrooms as food. If you grew up in the sixties, you might even think of “shrooms” as a way to get high. But few people recognize what powerful medicines mushrooms (also known as fungi) can be.  Yet, mushrooms have been used for healing for thousands of years, most notably in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Today, scientific research has confirmed that more than 270 species of fungi have therapeutic value.Fungi are not plants. They are more closely related to animals…

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  • November 7, 2019

Crime is Trespass

Once we understand the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and property and that these rights are God-given gifts to each individual, we have established the understanding of crime. A crime is a trespass against the unalienable rights of another individual. In fact, this was the original, constitutional definition of crime.In a course I took on American common law, I learned that the original law dictionary of the United States defined crime as “a deliberate and willful trespass against the life,…

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  • November 6, 2019

The Amazing Benefits of Berberine

For thousands of years Western and Oriental herbalists have prized certain plants for fighting infections and fevers.  It turns out that these herbs all contain a yellow alkaloid known as berberine.  Among these plants are many popular Western botanical remedies like goldenseal, Oregon grape and barberry, as well as important Oriental herbs like Chinese golden thread (aka coptis) and amur cork tree (aka Phellodendron).Researchers have conducted over 2,800 studies on berberine, and nearly…

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  • November 5, 2019

Defining Liberty

A desire to be free exists deep within the human soul. Children start expressing this around age two as they start saying “no” to parental instructions. Teenagers express it when they rebellion against family rules. Couples express it when they fight about their partner’s demands for behavioral change. It expresses itself in the political landscape as individuals and party affiliates fiercely disagree about social issues.Our desire to be free is counterbalanced by our social nature. Children…

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