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Monday, August 25, 2014

"ALS, Robin Williams and the ice bucket challenge..." 'James "Kimo" Rosen' (Kimo's world #29)

James “Kimo” Rosen is a retired professional photographer living in
  Kapa'a Hawai'i with his best friend Obama Da Dog, Rosen also blogs as a hobby

Kimo's world #29

ALS, Robin Williams and the ice bucket challenge

There has been a viral phenomena happening the last few weeks called the ALS ice bucket challenge.

My question is how many of the movie stars, athletes or your neighbors partaking in the ice bucket challenge even know what "ALS" stands for? Are they only doing this for narcissistic reasons, showing off on social media?

It's alleged purpose is to bring awareness to ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)disease, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. How many are actually donating money or just having fun dousing themselves in ice water?  Is this challenge really raising awareness? Most these people do not even know what  ALS stand or  what happens symptomatically to people with ALS?

 ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.
 A deadly disease that destroys your nervous system and muscle activities leaving it's victims pretty much helpless, inoperable and eventually with paralysis and not being able to control bodily functions or even  feed themselves.

ALS stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. The ice bucket challenge  seems like a waste of good clean drinking water.Donate money instead of dousing oneself in ice water, but remember even when donating money many times 90% or more of your donation to non profits go towards CEO's salaries, rents etc. 

I am going to tie this in with the recent  alleged suicide of actor and comedian Robin Williams. You have a so called physically healthy person at least during the time of his demise and you have  ALS patients clinging on to life with every last effort.

I have a theory  and spin that I have not heard  anywhere else. Could it be Robin William's suicide was framed? He was a known drug abuser. Could he had been in trouble with the wrong crowd, could someone actually had staged his suicide?

A man as in love with life  and  laughter  as Robin does not commit suicide no matter what all the shrinks have been telling us. Laughter is healing. Robin may have been depressed,  but killing himself? Maybe, maybe not?He was best-fiends with actor Christopher Reeves who played superman and was paralyzed from the neck down from a horse back riding accident.

There is a story that while Christopher Reeves was  still in the hospital  trying to face his new life of paralysis and depression. Robin Williams came to visit his friend dressed in blue scrubs. He made Reeves laugh for the first time in months, at that point Reeves decided life was still worth living.

Imagine if  Robin Williams with some sort of Hollywood magic could had given his health to a person with advance ALS. Imagine if suicidal people could give  their lives to people fighting for their lives. We know that's not possible, however I believe Williams would had done  just that.

The state of Oregon has  legalized assisted suicide, for some suicide is a means to an end. Who would want to be totally paralyzed, not able to control bodily functions and never even feed oneself? Suicide for some is better than suffering through a horrendous terminal illness. 

Maybe I am the ultimate conspiracy therapist, but I do not believe Robin William committed suicide and I do believe that patients with ALS should have the right to commit suicide in their later stage of the disease if that's their choice.

If  you  believe dumping a bucket of ice water on yourself will find a cure for ALS,  then start dousing yourselves for the cures of every disease including all cancers and mental illnesses.

Ice water is not going to find the cure for any disease. Vodka and ice, maybe?

A local man has created the trash bucket challenge!  Great concept!
Check it out!


Former president George W. Bush  challenges Bill Clinton to the 'ALS 'ice bucket challenge.  Check it pout!;

Hana Hou, (Encore) Shared from Facebook...


Christine Muscarella Frost said...

Via Facebook;
"If people didn't know what ALS is, they surely do now, since the "ice bucket challenge" is all over the Internet. To date, last I heard, there have been donations well over 45 MILLION dollars. I'd say the challenge and social media have done a great job of making everyone aware...."

Christine Muscarella Frost said...

Via Facebook;

"I cannot agree with your theory about Robin Williams. Sorry. Unless you have suffered the pains of depression, there really just is no way to make anyone understand it. It pains me to believe that Robin Williams took his own life, and as sad as it is because he was the world's funny man, depression can sink you into a place so deep there is no pulling yourself up..."

KimoRosen said...

I get it about depression, at one point in my life I was on anti-depressants myself. I totally get it, just giving it a different spin on Williams..

Christine Muscarella Frost said...

Interesting spin. I have to say. I have depression, so I know better than some how it can take a hold and pull you down. Thank goodness for help and the wisdom to get it. ;-)

KimoRosen said...

Actually my doctor wants me on anti-depressants, I refuse them because they make me somewhat brain dead, I cannot think on them and lose my creative edge. I smile a lot and stare into space, don't like that feeling....BTW I have tried about 5 different ones... If anything try The herb St. John's wart works the best...

Christine Muscarella Frost said...

That's good to know, Jim. Thanks. I often wondered about that herb. Exercise helps also! Not that I do enough of that often enough anymore, but man...when I had a trainer and worked out 7 days a week, I was never depressed.

Harmony Bentosino said...

Your ideas are REALLY far-fetched this time, Kimo, but you did give me an idea. Maybe, physically healthy people who choose suicide should arrange to donate their organs first. But that alludes to the fact that the majority of physically healthy people who commit suicide are not mentally healthy, & do mentally unhealthy people have it within themselves to donate their organs? What do you think?

KimoRosen said...

Yes, exercise! it release serotonin on your brain. I go for long walks everyday. Wish I could still run...

KimoRosen said...

Great idea Harmony!

KimoRosen said...

local man uses trash in lieu of water, check it out!


KimoRosen said...

The guy has A Facebook page devoted to it! Be part of the Trash bucket challenge!


Harmony Bentosino said...

I saw that on the news & thought it was pretty cool & deserving of more publicity

Harmony Bentosino said...

I saw that on the news & thought it was pretty cool & deserving of more publicity

KimoRosen said...

Harmony, do the trash Bucket challenge instead!

Harmony Bentosino said...

I'm glad the trash bucket challenge does not involve dumping it on your head!

KimoRosen said...

that's funny!

Anonymous said...

who is going to do the TRASH Challenge???

Anonymous said...

ice does not stop ALS‏

ice does not stop ALS
Jean Bornell 6:56 AM
To: Kimo Rosen

The Environmental Protection Agency says an average cruise ship with 3,000 passengers and crew produces about 21,000 gallons of sewage a day -- enough to fill 10 backyard swimming pools in a week. That adds up to more than 1 billion gallons a year for the industry -- a conservative estimate, since some new ships carry as many as 8,000 passengers and crew and the report card doesn't include the entire worldwide fleet. In addition, each ship generates and dumps about eight times that much "graywater" from sinks, showers and baths, which can contain many of the same pollutants as sewage and significantly affects water quality.

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JB said...

go to library - check out latest ESQUIRE

be your own person
even the ice bucket you HAD to tie it
in with celebrity WORSHIP

eck a BUSH…
he did a terrible thing to education with

no child left behind

now tell me HOW TO PREVENT

same ol same ol

Stephanie Lum (Hawaii News now) said...

via Facebook;;

"THANKS for sharing Kimo."