What Was The True Intent Of The 2nd Amendment Of The US Constitution?

The Second Amendment states:“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Merriam-Webster defines Militia as:

  • a group of people who are not part of the armed forces of a country but are trained like soldiers
  • a part of the organized armed forces of a country liable to call only in emergency
  • a body of citizens organized for military service

In my humble opinion, our forefathers and the founders of the US, wrote the second amendment so American citizens could rally together, using their personal weapons, in order to defend our country and maintain our freedom.

I am not a historian or governmental scholar. I am simply a US citizen who is tired of the personal agendas, especially of people in power, forcing their beliefs, views and opinions on others. I believe the second amendment is actually quite clear and has been exploited especially in the past several decades.

In no way does the second amendment suggest the “right to bear arms” means a person can have arms for hunting or sport. Nor does it suggest personal arms are intended as a means for personal, familial or property defense.

The second amendment was written in a time when the US military was minimal, at best. Therefore, if we were under attack, we could call on our citizens, using their own “arms”, to help fight together, as a Militia, to defend our freedom. Period.

Any other argument to “bear arms” is moot.

Given US citizens have not rallied together, as a Militia, in more than 100 years and the advanced state of our military, I would venture to say there is no longer a need for any citizen to “bear arms”. To that end, it may even be time to remove the second amendment from the Bill of Rights.

I seriously doubt that will happen so perhaps a new amendment should be written that accurately reflects the state of our country. I’d be happy to help and participate in that committee.

-Kevin S.

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Loneliness And Social Isolation Are Just As Deadly As Obesity, Study Finds

More and more research is showing how critically important connection is to overall health and well-being, even beyond physical health but also mental health, emotional well-being and social wellness. Here is some of the most recent research. And to help improve your connection with family and/or friends, try http://www.FamilyeJournal.com – designed to strengthen relationships with ease.

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social-isolation-2Social media—from Facebook to Twitter—have made us more densely networked than ever. Yet for all this connectivity, a growing body of research suggests that we have never been lonelier —and that this loneliness is making us mentally and physically ill. Now, a new study indicates that the health effects of loneliness and social isolation may be even deadlier than obesity.

“The public is very aware of common physical health indicators and risk factors,” said Dr. Tim Smith, professor of counseling psychology and one of the study’s authors. “Everyone understands that diet, exercise, smoking, alcohol use and obesity pose risks. Well, it turns out social isolation is just as predictive of death.”

In earlier research, Dr. Smith and the study’s lead author, Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad, associate professor of psychology, found that loneliness poses a substantial risk of death — similar to smoking 15 cigarettes a day or being alcoholic. The new…

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Everyone Struggles With Mental Health – Let’s End The Stigma Forever

It’s hard to believe we (i.e. society) still think less of someone who is dealing with a mental illness. We stigmatize those with mental health issues. In contrast, a physical ailment is somehow acceptable. The only reason I have come up with is that a physical ailment is viewed as “not your fault” nor a reflection of you as a person while a mental health issue is something you have the power and control to avoid. To that I say, “Really?”

In reality, the opposite may be true. A “classic” mental disorder such as schizophrenia or bipolar may be an uncontrollable chemical imbalance in the brain. On the other hand, lung cancer, heart disease and obesity can be significantly improved with personal lifestyle changes.

Perhaps the reason stigma exists around mental illness is because those suffering may act or behave differently than most people. Once again, just because someone is different does not mean they are “bad”. Sadly, mistreating someone because they are different than you is still commonplace around the world. In the words of the late Rodney King, “Why can’t we all just get along?”.

Another reason mental health stigmas may exist could be because when the general public thinks of mental illness they think schizophrenia, psychopathic, obsessive-compulsive, bipolar and multiple personalities. These disorders obviously exist but in far less numbers (less than 6% of US) than one might think and definitely far less than the mental health issues every person deals with every day.

Did you catch that? Every person on the planet is dealing with mental health issues every single day. If we accept the fact that we all deal with mental health issues everyday then the stigma can end because we’ll all have it. If you must maintain physical health daily then you must maintain mental health daily as well… and we don’t.

Have you ever felt stressed? Have you ever been anxious or worried about an upcoming event or an event that has already passed? Have you ever felt down, depressed, alone or lost even for a brief time? These feelings affect your mental health and are a natural part of life. Similarly, heart and lung health, ear, nose and throat, weight, skin and more factor into your physical health.

So what is society doing and what are you doing to improve your mental health? In recent years there has been a significant push toward physical health and wellness. Fitness and nutrition programs and apps have become well-accepted in today’s culture. But, what resources are available to improve mental health short of seeking counseling? Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of counseling but it seems that resource is only called upon when a crisis is at-hand.

Did you know that personal connection can significantly improve your overall mental health? Relationships and a personal connection with someone is a basic human need. The bond between a parent and child is an obvious place to find connection. But also think about that teacher or coach you had as a child. Perhaps you had a best friend or group of friends that served as your deepest support network. It doesn’t matter where you find connection as long as you have found somebody and they have found you.

The key is, connection requires a two-way sharing of personal information. I’m not talking about deep dark secrets but I am talking about what you’re thinking and feeling. No, not what you post on social media, such as “I’m having the best margarita of my life!”. But something you’d share with only your best friend, such as, “I’m applying for a promotion at work and if I get it I can really help take our company to a new level.”

When you feel connected and supported it can lift your spirits on a tough day and give you the strength to move forward. Having a connection can give you the confidence to try something new because if it works out, you can celebrate together. If it doesn’t work, that person is there to help you through it. “Everybody needs somebody,” sings Bryan Adams and it’s true.

Easing the stress of life’s greatest and hardest moments and having someone who is there for you and you for them helps reduce the work our brains have to manage. In doing so we are improving our state of mental health.

Few programs exist for the masses to help improve their overall mental and emotional wellness. Fortunately, one called FamilyeJournal.com improves wellness by helping you improve your communication and connection. It’s free to use and great for ages 7+. FamilyeJournal is a fun and super simple way to have fun conversation with those closest to you. It only takes about 5 minutes to use so give it a try for a few weeks.

I began by discussing the stigma of mental health and I hope I’ve shown you why the stigma is unfounded because we all deal with our own mental health every day. I then explained how having a personal connection can ease the stress on your mental health system. Finally, I offered a program that’s free and can help you build those connections no matter what your age or where you live.

13 Step Nutritional Plan Anyone Can Follow: What Mainstream Media and Dieticians Still Don’t Understand

“Eating right” is an obsession of the American culture. We try so hard and follow what the government recommends on food labels, we watch every segment on every talk show and news program and we read and even hire dieticians as consultants. Yet we continue to struggle with our waistline and it gets worse every year. Why is this?!?!

While I may offend a lot of people, the simple answer is that most everything we’re being taught in the mainstream is WRONG starting with how we look at nutrition as a whole. We are human beings – animals. So, we have basic needs. For that reason, there IS a nutritional plan that EVERYONE can follow albeit a slight tweak here and there to accommodate your on specific needs, allergies and sensitivities.

Here we go:

All humans have basic needs and those are the macronutrients. In other words, try thinking about ALL of your meals in terms of proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Let me break it down for you and give you a plan you can stick with forever.

 Eat a protein (P), a carbohydrate (C) and a fat (F) at EVERY meal.

  1. Aim for single-ingredient foods. The fewer the ingredients, the better. Less than four is a great goal but one is best. It’s ok to mix single-ingredient foods. For example, in my oatmeal I add almonds, ground flax seeds, chia seeds, nutmeg, cinnamon and brown sugar (I’m not perfect, I admit it. Also, I drink a scoop of protein powder in water to balance my macronutrients for the meal.)
  2. Live by the ratio. To simplify your macronutrients, whichever macronutrient is in the majority then treat that as the primary source and the others as bonus. For example, if there are 3x as many carbs as protein then that food is a carbohydrate source. Period.
    1. This is where the “authorities” really get it WRONG. Look at the labels for quinoa, beans, nuts and read more about them below.
  3. Read labels and know what you’re reading.
    1. Focus on the items from #1 – macronutrients
    2. Understand that RDA (recommended daily allowances) are not based on any real science… nor are recommended calories.
  4. Protein source examples: Beef, chicken, fish, pork, tofu and the various protein powders (animal or vegetable based)
  5. Carbohydrate source examples: vegetables, fruits, grains, pastas, breads, potatoes, etc.
  6. Fat source examples: avocado, nuts and nut butters, cheese, oils-EVOO, coconut, safflower, flaxseed
  7. Don’t worry about calorie counting, per se, but portion your meals to achieve your desired weight goals
  8. I can’t stress this enough…
    1. Myth: beans, quinoa, nuts are great sources of protein.
    2. Facts: Beans have 3x the carbs as protein, quinoa has 4.5x the carbs as protein and nuts have 2x the fats as protein. While these foods have protein, they are not a “good” source!
  9. Another major error in what we’re told…
    1. Myth: protein fills you up. (Thank you Dr. Atkins for this inaccuracy.)
    2. Fact: Fats are what satiate (i.e. satisfy) your appetite and give you that “full” feeling. Try this dinner experiment for yourself and see how you feel until morning:

                  i.      Dinner 1 – One whole avocado (medium sized) and 16 oz. of water (P-3g, C-12g, F-21g, Calories-234)

                  ii.     Dinner 2 – One 6 oz. steak and 16 oz. of water (P-46g, C-0g, F-10g, Calories-296)

                  iii.     Dinner 3 – Macaroni (3 oz. dry) and 16 oz. of water (P-10.5 g, C-64.5 g, F-1.5 g, Calories-318)

  1. How much water should you drink per day?
    1. Myth: drink eight 8 oz. glasses of water per day.
    2. Fact: Does this make sense? What was it based on? Does a 100 lb. woman and a 250 lb. man both need the same amount of water per day? A better rule to follow is drink 2/3 of your weight (lbs) in oz. of water per day. If you weigh 100 lbs, drink 66 oz. of water per day. If you weigh 200 lbs, drink 132 oz. of water per day. Yes, it sounds like a lot but you’ll feel A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!
  2. The key to losing (or gaining) weight is a 300 calorie difference, per day. You can achieve this difference by either a) adjusting your food intake or b) adjusting your activity level.
    1. You didn’t gain all of that weight in a week so why do you think you can lose it that quickly? In fact, it’s harder to take weight off than put it on… and that’s the TRUTH!
  3. Foods to avoid
    1. Anything with a list of ingredients especially those you cannot pronounce.
    2. Sugars (a.k.a. simple carbohydrates – even honey, agave, syrup, stevia, etc. Or, try to use as sparingly as possible. Remember, you don’t need sugar to survive. Our culture is addicted just like any illegal drug and you will suffer from withdrawal when you stop using. The good news is you won’t die and once you’re off sugar, your life will change for the better.
    3. Breakfast cereal – this food group is a complete waste and has no real nutritional value. It is sugar in a fancy and fortified package. Then, adding milk is like adding sugar-water. You’re better off eating eggs, bacon and whole grain toast with peanut butter (no sugar added). And orange juice is just more sugar!
    4. Alcohol – how many bodybuilders or fitness models (with the “perfect” physique) drink alcohol? Exactly. But, if you must have your drink, simply accept the fact that you’ll need to balance those calories and the toxins with a healthy activity like a 45 minute brisk walk or more.

Well, there you have it. I hope you give this approach a try and see for yourself how easy it is and how is it is to maintain, forever. Obviously you can adjust it to suit your needs but the basic foundation is there for you to build from.

How did I learn all of this? Well, it’s taken me many years and I’m still learning every day. I’m a regular guy with a passion for nutrition, fitness and overall wellness. In fact, my day job is running a website called FamilyeJournal that improves communication and connection between people which is actually far more important to your overall health than any nutrition or fitness plan. (This is supported by research.)

I used to be the guy who needed to gel packet before a 45 minute spin class. Then I learned the right way to train and eat and I’m a successful 12 year Ironman triathlete and coach.  If you stick with the basics, as I’ve outlined above, you too can live healthier and stop wasting your time listening and reading all of the misinformation in the media.

Good luck and let me know how you’re doing.

Kevin

And so it begins… iMindstream

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While I’m not a religious man, this picture represents Calmness of Thought.

How does one pick a blog name these days? It seems like most every title is taken but luckily I could adapt to a previously used term. iMindstream basically translates to “My Continuum of Awareness” which has roots in Buddhist Philosophy. This phrase really seems to capture the essence of what I hope this blog will be because I actually don’t want to think heavily about each post but just speak from my mind and type as the thoughts come to me “moment-to-moment”.

Anyone who knows me in the “real world” knows me to be rather opinionated but let it be known that any opinion I have can be changed with a solid argument. I like to think I have an open mind and I respond to facts and logic so I welcome any educated comment to this blog.

What I also like about the title of my new blog is that I’m able to take advantage of the “i” world. While I’m not an Apple groupie, and own no iPhone, iPad or anything of the like, I’m more than happy to take advantage of their “branding”. Hopefully there are no trademarks I’m infringing on. If I am, I apologize now and please don’t shut down my blog before it even gets started.

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This logo simply takes me back to my early teenage years when we used to play with the first Apple Computers.

Changing gears once more, what will topics will I cover in my posts? Well, it really could be anything and isn’t that the beauty of blogging? Thoughts and ideas constantly pop into my head and iMindstream will be my medium for expressing them. Earlier today I was thinking I’d post on Phone Use in While Driving. I’m sure this topic has been well covered but perhaps it’s my turn now. I’m also a big fan of psychology and human behavior and I can see myself posting a lot on those subjects. My whole life I’ve been a “walking commercial” for any product I love so that opens many doors. And I certainly can’t forget to post about everything I’ve learned about the sport, and myself, through triathlon, backpacking and rock climbing.

In summary, welcome to my blog. I can’t wait to see where it takes me… and you.