*I will return to this, it was meant as a retraction or update to clarify that the U.S. Army does not recommend the guide for the purpose of the 25th Amendment. 
    I've been organizing my notes and thoughts on the topic of attachment styles and politics.  - The organizing job seems to never be quite complete but a prototype is now launched - a site with many older blogs organized with additional information and more recent research. See effectivecare.info. The site is a template for what might be worth thinking about when writing policy.


Politics is about policy - a plan of action that a group or administrator has designated as the strategy to be followed. Politics is not just about campaign rallies and catchy slogans. Brevity is memorable but it is worth asking what the slogan represents. A list of bullet points are usually summaries for larger amounts of information. 


Omitting needless words is advice for editing from the classic Elements of Style by William Strunk, however what if too many words are omitted? The website I launched is not meant to be the last word on anything, but more the initial draft for collaboration and use by others as they find helpful.


What does effective health care mean to me - the website is just volume one - recognition that restoring functional health is cost effective and just plain effective - self care and how to's are begun regarding a few issues but effective health care is a big topic.


Regarding the question of fitness for duty - the short story is simply that I already have the equivalent of an "Section VIII," an older term for a psychiatric discharge from the army, so any question of my fitness for duty is more of a question of whether my skills are unique and helpful enough to make accommodating my special needs worthwhile. My personal health issues combined with my professional experiences have led me to a position of where I might be just what the nation and individuals need to help turn around the chronic illness epidemic.


I have struggled with computer difficulties and social issues because I care so strongly about quality of life and reducing pain and suffering. It hurts and it costs time and money.


There are plenty of reasons to not support an individual with health issues as a candidate or as a leader, however if those very health issues are also what helped provide the potential leader with the potential solutions then trust may be needed of supporters, at least until more evidence of the value of the potential solutions is available. The website is just a template to suggest what is happening and what might be possible directions to take into the future. Plan first and be willing to adapt as you go. We live in a rapidly changing world and plans that are too rigid are more likely to have problems. 


Vote for a potential  solution for resolving chronic illness - is not a question of voting for me, even if an independent candidate had a chance, no, sharing ideas is because many candidates are needed who all support the goal of a paradigm shift towards not for profit types of health care services. Maybe just a preventative care and triage type walk in care facility could be not-for-profit and help reduce the burden of minor health issues from taking the time of physicians and other specialists.


For me personally, my current health makes it difficult for me to travel, or eat typical food. My diagnoses include several mental health and physical health issues. Personal characteristics include open views about sexuality and religion and use of medical marijuana - I would not be a standard candidate. However genetic discrimination against the endogenous cannabinoid system is part of what makes my personal experiences well suited to the current needs of the nation. Cannabis, if rescheduled as having medical benefit, could help stop the opioid overdose epidemic as it may be actually a craving for cannabinoids that is due to a genetic inability to make them internally as in typical health.



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*Fit for Duty?, continued,

The U.S. Army has not suggested their Leader Development Field Manual for use in evaluating the fitness of a potential or seated President, however it seems applicable to me as the President of the United States is considered the Commander in Chief of all of the U.S. military forces.


I've consolidated the notes into one reference section as the list of attributes and competencies are useful to refer to in the discussion of moral or core values and the differences between conservative and liberal voters and political parties. 


The summary point from the first page of Fit for Duty? is that I do not consider myself "Fit for Duty."  However if a job needs to be done then whoever recognizes that and gets the job done would ultimately have been "fit enough for the duty." So I keep trying to improve my skills, and my understanding of current events and social sciences, as well as continuing to work on preventative health care research.  - a leader "prepares self, develops others, and stewards the profession."



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​See the website effectivecare.info for more information on attachment styles. 


My own early childhood likely left me with a mixture of styles. Inconsistency was sometimes an issue which work in the area of attachment styles suggests can be more emotionally difficult for the child than learning how to survive in a negative environment that is consistently negative - except in the case of severe abuse.

  1. Secure attachment typically occurs when the caregiver is available when the child is fearful but who isn't overly protective or controlling when the child is happily playing or exploring.
  2. Avoidant attachment may occur when a main caregiver doesn't respond to the child's verbal cues or body language - smiles are ignored instead of being returned.
  3. Anxious attachment may occur when a main caregiver allows little freedom for the child to explore without being stopped or cautioned in some way. [For more information.]


Cognitive therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy can be helpful for trying to learn more secure attitudes and become more trusting if anxious or avoidant attachment styles are interfering with coping as an adult.  

     Dialetical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a strategy in the field of mental health care that was first developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D. in 1993.
     The goals for the therapy are to help individuals gain better understanding and acceptance of their non-verbal and verbal thoughts, motives, and behaviors; and to develop more effective strategies for coping  with strong emotions; and for improving communication with others & with oneself.
     It can be difficult to let others know what your concerns are if you aren't able to describe your own feelings.  

  • 1997: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for  Borderline Personality Disorder. [1]
  • 2001: Dialectical Behavior Therapy in a Nutshell, by Linda Dimeff and Marsha Linehan, PhD.  [2]
  • Workbooks are available based on the DBT techniques which can be used individually or with a trained clinician; one example is: "The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook: Practical DBT Exercises for Learning Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation & Distress Tolerance," by Matthew McKay, Ph.D, Jeffrey C. Wood, Psy. D, and Jeffrey Brantley, MD, (New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 2007, Oakland, CA).  [3]

Why doesn't the USDA Nutrient Database include information for food sources of iodine? The database included the information in 2010.

20 Science Questions

that U.S. presidential candidates were asked in 2016

Disclaimer: this information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use.  Please seek a health care provider for individual health care needs.


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