Sunday, August 4, 2019


Article by: Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, August 4, 2019

The news this week has been horrible.  First there was the shooting at the Garlic Festival, then the shooting at a Wal-Mart in El Paso and that was followed by a shooting at a bar in Dayton and as if that were not enough it was just announced that there was another mass shooting at a “playground” in Chicago.  I put playground in parenthesis because I am unable to tell if it was truly a playground given the ages of the people involved in the shooting, late teens early 20s.  At least 3 of the shootings involved multiple deaths and many wounded.

While watching the coverage today I listened to an official with the State of Texas and he said something that really struck a nerve.  He said to imagine being an Emergency Room Doctor/Team looking down on an unconscious patient who had just been shot or severely injured.  You don’t know their name.  You don’t know their medical history.  You don’t know what medications they are currently taking.  You don’t know what medications they may be allergic to.  In fact, you know very little about the person whose life is now in your hands.  That is what happens following shootings like the ones listed above.

There is not much that you and I can do about any future mass shootings.  They represent evil deeds conducted by evil people and could involve weapons other than just guns.  But there is something I have already done and you can as well to possibly save your life.  As the title to the Nugget suggests, there are oftentimes only seconds between Life and Death.  Those seconds can be significantly extended when the emergency team has information on the patient available to them.

I started wearing an EPIC_ID Medical Alert Bracelet shortly after I had a heart attack as well as other medical issues at that time.  I was concerned that there may come a time when I might be found unconscious and no one would know who I am if I were found without my wallet which could happen if I had been robbed and beaten.  I am in my mid-70s and health is always a concern.  But this is where these shootings opened my eyes.  Most of the deaths and wounded were NOT in their late 70s or beyond; they were young and the medical emergency team working to save their lives knew little to nothing about them unless they were conscious enough to tell them.

That is when I thought about the real value of a medical alert bracelet for everyone but not just a bracelet that might tell someone the person has Diabetes or a Heart Condition, like the ones we have seen for years.  The EPIC_ID Bracelet gives the medical emergency team THREE PAGES OF YOUR HEALTH INFORMATION stored on a USB drive that is part of the bracelet and clasp.  There may be other similar bracelets available on the market but the EPIC_ID Bracelet is the one I use and am familiar with.  You have no idea how impressed the people at the hospital have been when I show them how it works.  I DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT!

Here is a true situation that happened to me.  I found a need to go to the emergency room and I did NOT have access to any of my medical records when I went.  I take a considerable number of medications and correct me if I am wrong but I can’t even pronounce them let alone remember them.  When they asked what medications I was taking, I simply handed them my EPIC_ID Bracelet.  All the medications, the dosage and the physicians who ordered them were all listed on my bracelet.

The bracelet is far more than just a list of medications.  It contains a photo ID, emergency contact information, brief family history of diseases, list of regular physicians seen, prior surgical procedures, plus space to add additional information you consider important that may not have fit in the spaces provided or items such as the presence of a living will.

Anyone could find themselves unconscious or in an Emergency Room at any time in their lives, regardless of their age, and most would be there without this type of information at their fingertips.  Sickness, auto accidents, travel accidents, sporting accidents, violent crimes and yes mass shootings all come to mind after watching today’s news.  The importance of having this information affixed to your wrist available to any medical emergency personnel who have access to a computer cannot be over stated.  IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE OR THE LIFE OF ONE OR MORE OF YOUR LOVED ONES.

This is what they look like:

This is where the USB is concealed and protected in the clasp:

This is where you can find additional information:

Note:  If you think this information could save someone’s life, please share it.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

My Thoughts and Prayers

By Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, July 4, 2019

How many times have we seen in the comment sections of Facebook and other social media sites posts that a friend or family member or even themselves are having difficulties and is in need of everyone’s support.  Then we see the comments, “My thoughts and prayers are with you.”  Is that true?  Are the posting individuals’ thoughts and prayers really with the person of concern?  Or has the phrase, “my thoughts and prayers” become a standard response that contains little more meaning than the “sincerely” at the end of a letter?

People ARE in need of our thoughts and prayers of this I am certain.  IF you are going to tell them your thoughts and prayers are with them, do as you say! 

I am asking for your “thoughts and prayers” for a sick friend of mine – America.  I grew up in the 1950s and 1960s.  I just missed the free drugs and sex at the end of the 60s and I am so grateful I did.  During my youth, all was well in America in spite of ducking for cover beneath our school desks practicing for the day someone would drop a Nuclear Bomb on America.  Most of us managed to also escape the ravages of Polio and the photos of children lying in the “iron lung”.   So even though it was all well and good we did have our concerns.

For example, in 1958 the divorce rate was 21% and we thought that was high.  Compare that to 1866-1980 when the rate was over 50%. Check the Divorce Rate Chart.  The chart on this link only goes up to 1999 when the rate was slightly lower at 41%.  Later numbers indicate that the divorce rate in America is between 40% and 50%.  Check this out here!

Using simple math, you can easily see that if you were born into a marriage you would have about a 50% chance of growing up with two parents or looking at it another way, you would have a 50% chance of growing up with only 1 parent.  Why is this important?  That has to be one of the dumbest questions of all time.  Raising children is no easy task for two people let alone just one especially when the ONE must also work AND provide for a home.  If you want to read some startling statistics, check out the information provided here.

If you want to know why America is in trouble it can be boiled down to just 3 areas of concern.

  • It takes 2.1 births per woman to sustain a race or civilization.  In America it is 1.8.  I don’t know if the statistics consider a baby born but then aborted. 
  • Children have a 50% chance of growing up and being disciplined and taught what is considered morally right, morally wrong and what is considered acceptable civilized behavior by only one parent.
  • Children are learning more in schools than they are at home.  That would not be an issue if the schools stuck to Reading, Writing and Arithmetic but they aren’t.

You don’t have to be a Rocket Scientist to understand that if there is only one parent in a family, there is only one versus two people providing the training necessary to grow up with a sense of family, a sense of right and wrong and a sense of civility. 

If a child is NOT learning in the home, what they are learning occurs in the schools.  Now consider this said by Vladimir Lenin: “Give me just one generation of youth, and I’ll transform the whole world.”

Does that scare you?  It does me.  If you are a parent that does not maintain constant surveillance of what your child is being taught in our schools, it is quite possible YOUR child may be learning something you would prefer they NOT to learn.  Who determines the curriculum in our schools?  Do you know?  I can assure you that the government and the teachers’ union determine almost everything taught in our schools and this typically happens without the parent’s knowledge.
Here’s another very scary thought to consider provided by Joseph Stalin himself, “If I can control Hollywood, I can control the world.”
Do you know what happened in 1962?  Prayer was removed from our schools as if it represented something to horrible to learn.  Do you know what happened in the years following the removal of prayer from our schools?

Look for yourself at these charts and you decide if and when the collateral damage to America began and why:

Here’s the defining question.  If a child is not learning about the difference between right and wrong, interpersonal relationships, civility, etc. at home, exactly where are they learning it if at all?  Now look at the charts.  Prayer was removed in 1962.  In a perfect society all the numbers that should be on the rise began to fall in 1962.  All the numbers that should have fallen, began to rise in 1962.

There ARE underlining forces at work that most people are totally ignorant of.  The goal is to take down the one country standing in the way of a one-world-government which is supported by the United Nations.  Here are some Google links that I highly recommend you research to understand what a free people are up against.

The BEST information comes in the form of two documentaries, Agenda, Grinding America Down and Agenda2, Masters of Deceit.  These two documentaries clearly lay out a very unwelcomed picture of what is currently happening in America to take the country down from within and the U. S. Citizens have become the “useful idiots” described by Marx to make it happen.  Hopefully you are not one of them.  Here are two links on YouTube to these two documentaries.  Please, please, please watch them and then you decide if you are or are not a “useful idiot.”

As I was writing this it was announced by Nike® that they were going to withdraw from the market their latest athletic shoes featuring a Betsy Ross version of the American Flag because of a complaint by just one man, Colin Kaepernick.  Millions upon millions of Americans have become a pawn of just one man and Nike® took the bait.  What you may not know is that the Governor of Arizona where Nike® was to be provided with millions of dollars of tax breaks had the offer rescinded.  Thank you Governor Doug Ducey.  This is how you attack the forces causing America to become ill by uncaring individuals.

Some give Thomas Jefferson credit for saying this, others say there is no proof he ever said it.  Really doesn’t matter, it was said by someone who fully understood what the founding fathers feared the most.  "Democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51% of the people may take away the rights of the other 49%"   That works in both directions but the one that is most scary occurs when 51% of the citizens who pay no federal taxes and therefore reap the benefits from the government funded by the 49%.  When that occurs, more and more people will prefer to be in the majority of those citizens receiving their very livelihood in the form of government benefits.  That will be the beginning of the end for America.  It is also called a “tipping point.”  We are nearing the tipping point for America as we know it.

On this 4th of July 2019, IF you truly mean that your thoughts and prayers are with a sick patient, then I hope you consider America to be as sick as I believe it to be and seriously give America your “thoughts and prayers” and mean it.  If you don’t believe in “thoughts and prayers” and if you hate America as so many Americans seem to do, then none of what I have written about actually will matter to you and you are quite possibly one of the “useful idiots” Marx described.