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Meet the Next Big Thing in Human Health!

Always in our modern history the human world has continued to pursue anything and everything that helps us live longer and better.  Way back in 1870 Louis Pasteur established the germ theory of disease widening the door to both treatment and prevention.  Twenty years later Emil von Behring discovers antitoxins used to develop tetanus and diphtheria vaccines.  By 1952 Jonas Salk revolutionized the world by developing an effective polio vaccine.  Then in 1998 James Thompson developed stem cell therapy creating yet another major step forward in beating disease.  Now there is something coming together that could easily be a giant leap forward in effectively treating a deadly disease, cancer. 

Just a few weeks ago I had the distinct privilege of attending a meeting at the prestigious John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, California.  The meeting had been arranged by Therapeutic Solutions International, Inc. an extremely exciting and very unique emerging public company in the health care field.  [TSOI:OTC]  Therapeutic Solutions International, Inc. is comprised of four diverse human health care companies each with its own vision and track.  Each one of these related companies, Emvolio, Inc., OmniBiome, Inc., Sandbox Dental Labs, Inc. and its Nutraceutical Division are bringing amazing and powerful advancements in the realm of human health.  Anyone of these entities could on its own make Therapeutic Solutions International, Inc. a huge commercial success but when taken together the potential for this company is nothing short of staggering. 

Yet I must confess a bias with a total engagement in the work of Emvolio, Inc.  No entity is better than its leadership and the leadership of Emvolio, Inc. is proven, strong, powerful and extremely effective.  Dr. Thomas E. Ichim is Chief Executive Officer, Gerry B. Berg is Chief Financial Officer and Director, Timothy G. Dixon is President and Chairman and the Scientific Advisory Board is led by Santosh Kesari, MD, PhD.  This company is developing products that can be used together to attack cancer at different levels as well as to be used either alone or in conjunction with existing therapies.  They currently have patented products that have so far shown astonishing effectiveness.  But yes further clinical trials are necessary to establish efficacy to the levels required by the FDA but they are on their way.  As a cancer survivor myself what I heard and saw at this meeting was nothing short of pure beauty.  I am not at liberty to discuss in this forum every detail but I can and will make these two suggestions with absolute total conviction.

Do go to their website http://therapeuticsolutionsint.com/ and explore it fully.  Then I would unequivocally recommend that you very seriously consider investing in this company which today is trading right around a penny, I see the upside potential here as nothing less than staggering.  No guarantees ever, of course, but with my personal experience ranging over more than 50 years I will say without exception I have never seen anything with a stronger upside potential.  Better health and a real strong potential for greater wealth, now that is what I call a real win win situation. 

Anyone wishing to comment about his article may do so by simply sending me an email to:  helloronirwin@gmail.com.  If you have any questions about Therapeutic Solutions International, Inc. I will certainly forward them on your behalf. 

 


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‘Fixed’ premieres in Los Angeles.

Wow!  I couldn’t quite believe what I was seeing.  It reached down deep within me and brought back powerful memories from over a half century ago and now here it was on stage in Los Angeles.  Way back when the dinosaurs roamed I was a young Marine traveling throughout much of South East Asia.  What many of us found rather frequently were a number of very pretty young women who weren’t – women that is.  They were what we came to understand as “Lady Boys” and we soon understood what others meant when they told us that in Asia some of the most beautiful women weren’t. 

The whole vide and life style is by any measure extraordinary and playwright Boni B. Alvarez has done a masterful job of the portraying the often weird and bizarre yet at the same time unavoidably compelling world of Lady Boys and massage parlors where the customers usual enjoy a happy ending.  Presenting this world takes enormous delicacy and finesse which Boni B. Alvarez demonstrates extremely well.  Failing such skill it would be far too easy to merely dismiss the world of the Lady Boys and those around them as nothing more than weirdos, but that misses the greater point.  Bizarre that world is but it is also brimming with passion and joy and pain on many levels and all of that comes through in “Fixed.” 

“Fixed” is in the end a tragic love story of a relationship that never had a chance but which was nevertheless a powerful motivator for Miracles [played by Chris Aguila].  Her or his love interest is Mariano [Wade Allain-Marcus] the wild brother of a successful politician who is very conflicted.  How the relationship plays out is the central theme of the show and while tragic it is also unforgettable. 

It is focused on Filipino massage parlor in Los Angeles and not in Olongapo, Philippines or Bangkok, Thailand or even Singapore but the same dynamics are in play regardless of location.  Screenwriter Boni B. Alvarez is perfect in his presentation Gigi the manager or in some places known as the mamasan of the establishment. 

But enough of the details, this is a show extremely well presented and most who see it will be deeply impressed.  However I do caution that some people may find it offensive and it is definitely not for children, If you want to be exposed to very real element within the greater human experience do get over the Echo Theatre Company at the Atwater Village Theatre and get your imagination and curiosity fixed. 

“Fixed” runs now through October 22nd at the Atwater Theatre, 3269 Casitas Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90039. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30 p.m., Sundays at 4:00 p.m. and Mondays at 8:30 p.m.  Reservations and ticketing are available by calling 310-307-3753 or online at:  www.EchoTheatreCompany.com. 

 

 


‘Walking to Buchenwald’ a journey into extreme.

Currently on stage at the Atwater Village Theatre the Open Fist Theatre Company presents “Walking to Buchenwald” written by Tom Jacobson.  It is a fairly short two act show with a superb cast who do an excellent job of creating an abundance of humor while concurrently stimulating deeper thought as they first prepare and then embark on a trip throughout much of Europe.  It is on that trip we learn from the playwrights perspective the world vision of America has turned very negative. 

What begins as a very humorous family tale soon evolves into a severely partisan and often wildly misstatement of world history.  Oh it starts out rather funny with the older lady proclaiming that they, she and her husband, are the only two democrats in Oklahoma.  But as the show progresses the hate and contempt they hold apparently for President Donald Trump and gigantic misstatements of historical fact emerge.

At one point there is a discussion of the Peace Memorials in both Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  I never visited the memorial in Nagasaki but as a young United States Marine I had the honor of visiting the peace memorial in Hiroshima and was forever moved but what I saw.  Yes, it was a horrific moment in world history and it was and remains for now at least true that the United States of America is the only nation to have ever used a nuclear weapon against another nation and its people.  Given that reality I quickly formed and still hold to the opinion that no major political leader on earth should be allowed to hold office until such time has he or she visits the peace memorial at Hiroshima.  That will never happen, of course, but it is my dream. 

But to say that those attacks were unjustified because Japan was just about ready to surrender is absolutely contrary to the reality of that time.  The leadership of Japan in 1945 was totally committed to continuing the fight.  So when then President Harry S. Truman, a democrat by the way, made his decision to launch two nuclear attacks on Japan that decision weighed those horrible deaths of thousands against the very real probability that were the war to continue the death toll could easily have gone into the hundreds of thousands or even into the millions of both Japanese and American people.  It was not an easy decision for President Truman but based on then available facts it was in his opinion the best of two very ugly choices. 

Throughout our history our nation and for that matter every nation has had leadership not always enjoyed by the people it served.  No one now or throughout history has been loved by everyone.  Our nation has for a long time been controlled by a mix of the two main political parties, the Republicans and the Democrats.  But throughout my life in the end all people were first and foremost Americans and their political party was second.  I saw an elegant example of that truth when I had the honor one day to be a guest of Senator Everett Dirksen who at the time was the leader of the Republican party in the Senate.  As we were talking by the door to the Senate chamber another man came off of the Senate floor to say hello.  He was a very prominent Democrat by the name of John Kennedy.  Both men greeted each other warmly despite their political differences. 

But now in “Walking to Buchenwald” we get to experience the elderly woman claiming to feel so much more freedom in Europe than back home in America.  She is so disgusted with the current President and so imbued with a whole new sense of power that she celebrates the moment by advocating the assignation of the President.  NOTE to writer Tom Jacobson, your actress was not in France at the time, she was in California, USA where it is a very serious felony to advocate the killing of any American President of any political persuasion.  May I suggest Ton that one should always at least attempt to disagree but without becoming disagreeable and I just happen to be of the opinion that advocating the murder of a sitting President of any political persuasion to be extremely disagreeable as well as felonious. 

If you enjoy political extremism you will love “Walking to Buchenwald.”  It is at the Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Avenue, Los Angeles, California Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 7:00 p.m.  Reservations may be made and tickets purchase by calling 323-882-6912. 

PHOTO Ben Martin & Laura James    CREDIT  Darrell Sanders

 


'Lost in Yonkers' powerful and hilarious.          

The Group Rep at the Lonny Chapman Theatre has a long and noble history of presenting truly outstanding performances and their latest offering of Neil Simon’s multi award winning comedic drama “Lost in Yonkers” continues that grand tradition with gusto. 

It begins with two teenaged brothers in the living room at their grandmother’s home in Yonkers.   The tension is hypnotic because they have no idea why their father arranged this meeting with their grandmother well known within their family as a somewhat mean curmudgeon.  Both the tension and the comedic element soars as dad keeps slipping back and forth between grandma’s room and the living room. 

Gradually other characters get involved including a sweet but clearly challenged aunt Bella and eventually even Uncle Louie who seems to be mob connected.  As the characters interrelate the comedic value and the drama keep on getting stronger.   Finally we learn that this entire meeting with grandma is an attempt get her take in the two teen boys while dad goes across the country on a new job that requires travel but will also give dad enough money to resolve a large debt from a loan shark. 

The eventual resolution will likely surprise you as it concurrently warms your heart.  “Lost in Yonkers” is a perfect blend of comedy and drama splendidly brought to life by a true five star cast.

“The best play Simon ever wrote” according to the New York Post.  Since I have never read all of Neil Simon’s work nor have seen all of it on stage I can’t confirm their position but I won’t disagree.  This is an extremely well-constructed theatrical piece brought to life by a richly talented cast directed by Larry Eisenberg and produced for the Group Rep by Doug Haverty.

I have been blessed with an opportunity see and review literally hundreds, maybe even thousands of plays from Broadway to London’s West End and throughout Los Angeles from the largest to the smallest venues and I have never seen any other theatrical group with a consistent and lasting history of presenting great shows.  So yes absolutely I recommend this latest offering of Neil Simon’s “Lost in Yonkers” but you might also want to consider becoming a subscriber because I am positive you will not be disappointed.  

“Lost in Yonkers” is at the Lonny Chapman Theatres, 10900 Burbank Boulevard, North Hollywood, California now through October 22nd.  Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.  Ticketing and reservations are available at www.thegroup reo.com or by calling 818-763-5990.

Brent Anthony, Bennett Satzman and Van Boudreux

Photo Credit

Doug Engalla


Legal Age is Bizarre

It is generally accepted throughout the United States that to lawfully drive a vehicle on public streets and roads you must be at least 16 years of age.  But upon reaching 16 years and passing both a written and practical test you may legally take out on public streets and roads a one ton vehicle often capable of speeds in excess of one hundred miles per hour and often in close proximity to scores of other people at any given time.  So clearly those who declared that sixteen year olds were capable of handling such responsibilities were than willing to accept significant risk.

But sixteen year olds cannot legally enter a binding contract, although in some states they may actually get married which has many binding elements to it.  Nope to enter a binding contract one must be at least eighteen years of age.  Age 18 is a pivotal age in America because not only may you enter into legally binding contracts you can also vote which means that any American citizen age 18 or older can actually help decide on who shall be President and in the Congress.  That is pretty heady stuff because an 18 year old can help put a President in office but he or she cannot become President.  To assume that office one must be at least 35 years of age presumably because our wise leaders thought that one must have at least 35 years of experience in life in order to possess the wisdom essential for running the office of the President.  And even though 18 year olds can help elect Congressmen and Senators they cannot hold either of those offices either because one must be at least 30 years of age to be a U.S. Senator and at least 25 years of age to become a Congressman.  So what this says is any 18 year old is wise enough to help decide who holds those important offices but clearly lacking adequate maturity to hold any of them his or herself?  Please tell me how does that make any sense? 

Also 18 year old American citizens can, subject to meeting a few other requirements join the U.S. military and go off to some foreign land and possibly get killed.  So 18 years olds can drive, they can vote, they help elect senior positions in the government and they can even voluntarily go get killed.  But what no 18 year old cannot legally do in the United States of America is enjoy a glass of wine with his or her dinner.  Nor can any 18 year old in America legally have a beer at the baseball stadium.  Nope to be able to handle that one must be at least 21 years of age.  Now tell me please how does any of this make any sense whatsoever?  Any American 18 year old can legally jump in his hot rod, scream over to the polling place and help get someone elected President or to the Congress, can sign legally binding contracts and then speed off to a recruiting office and volunteer for foreign duty as an infantryman go off and get killed and that is fine.  But don’t give that 18, 19 or even 20 year old a glass of wine or you are breaking the law. 

Now let’s consider a few changes to return sanity to the system. 

The insurance rates for automotive liability insurance speak loudly to just how much we really trust 16 year old drivers – we don’t.  Even so there are many good arguments for allowing 16 year olds to get licensed to drive.  So I would keep the age the same but double down on required training, both book training and even more mandatory behind the wheel training with qualified instructors and not only mom and dad.  Yes there would be some additional expense, but far less than the cost of just one unfortunate collision.  Driving is not a right it is a privilege and those who seek to exercise that privilege must be genuinely qualified so some extra training seems reasonable. 

Now as for the 18 year olds being able to sign contracts, vote, get married, join the military much of that came in reaction to the Vietnam War.  It was before previously deemed that 18 year old females were adults but men did not qualify as adults until age 21.  Huh!  Why that is sex discrimination!  You bet but with some justification because there is abundant evidence to suggest that girls do mature overall more quickly than boys.  Consequently there was plenty of evidence to suggest that an 18 year old female was about equal to a 21 year old male in matters of basic maturity.  But along came the Vietnam war and the big argument was if men could be drafted and sent off to an awful war at age 18 then they should also have some say in who runs the government at age 18 plus it eliminated the clear sexual discrimination.  Sounds rational and in some applications it is fine, local government, school boards, even state and county elections arguably 18 is adequate but I don’t believe it applies to the federal government. 

If our forefathers who did a heck of a lot right with our constitution firmly believed that no one should be allowed to serve in Congress until reaching at least age 25 or the Senate until at least 30 or as President until at least age 35 then doesn’t it also make sense that no one can vote for candidates seeking those positions until such time as they have attained the required age to serve?  Want to vote for a Congressional candidate then you must be 25 to vote for a Congressman, 30 for a Senator and 35 for President.  Why should anyone deemed not yet fit to hold an office be allowed in determining who can be elected to that office? 

So summing it all up I propose keeping the driving age 16 but requiring some further training prior to being granted a license.  Age 18 is young but reasonable for most adult activities including legal responsibility and to vote in many but not all elections.  Whenever a particular office has a legal mandated age minimum those voting for such candidates should also have attained that same age before they can vote for any candidate seeking that office.  And as for the wine…..

Do we as a nation or do we not hold to the principal that every American citizen is entitled to enjoy maximum individual freedom of expression and their personal pursuit of happiness?  If that is true, then is not each individual’s very own body theirs and only theirs to be enjoyed fully and freely without governmental interference?  Yes, absolutely whenever anyone’s action causes pain, damage or even death to another then the person causing such damage should and must be held accountable for their wrong doing and the damage it brings to others.  If that is true then how is it even possible that an 18 year old person in America can be denied access to wine or another beverage for that matter?  If a father or mother or brother or sister wants to go out for dinner to celebrate some wonderful family event, why can’t everyone enjoy a glass of champagne it they wish without governmental interference?  Sure they can and probably often do simply celebrate how they want in the privacy of their home but why is that necessary? 

And yes overindulgence is a bad thing in many ways including some of the very bad things that can happen when someone decides to drive while intoxicated.  But that is true of a person at age 80 as well as someone at age 16.  It is the risk to others that is properly protected by severe legal consequences for drunk driving.  So why have a particular age restriction on the consumption of alcohol?  With proper parental guidance the risk of any significant damage to anyone can be reduced to very near zero. 

So let’s all be real adults now and restore some level of sensibility to who and how we get to do what when and how based currently based almost entirely on very irrational ages.  Sure there have to be rules and lines but to be most effective they also have to make sense and serve the greater good while currently offering the greatest amount of personal freedom. 


‘The Marvelous and more Wonderettes.’  Zany passion

 The year is 1958 and the location is Springfield High School or pretty much any high school in Anytown USA and it is senior prom night.  The entertainment is being provided by four lovely young ladies calling themselves “The Marvelous Wonderettes.”  Not just “The Wonderettes” mind you but “The Marvelous Wonderettes.”  A pleasing plethora of mid 1950’s era pop music flows with sweet harmony from the stage as “The Marvelous Wonderettes” Cindy Lou [Kelsey Boze], Suzy [Kelly Klopocinski] Betty Jean [Kate Ponzio] and Missy [Afton Quast] exquisitely deliver a medley of period pop songs such as “All I Have to do is Dream, Born Too Late, Goodnight Sweetheart” and “Dream Lover” plus many more.  No rap, just real music aimed mainly at the teen population where most of us have been at least once.  But then there is the drama and some sassy humor.

The prom queen has yet to be crowned and all four girls on stage and one who is absent are in the race prompting a wild ride of jibs and jabs by and between the girls as they compete against each other for the crown.  The four actors fully engage the audience as they, the audience, are invited to cast their ballots for prom Queen.  By the time act one concludes we have a winner and it is time for the four “Wonderettes” to move on with their post high school lives. 

So in act two the “Wonderettes” are reunited at a tenth high school reunion.  What happened to each of them as their post high school lives provide another serving of drama, humor and 1960’s era music.

All in all “The Marvelous Wonderettes” is a truly excellent serving of humor and a reminder of  the many quirks and oddities of high school life in particular and for that matter life in general.  Virtually everyone who sees the show will connect with at least some of the behaviors and many of the songs even if they weren’t on the “Top 40” during your life.  “The Marvelous Wonderettes” does a great job of generating warm feelings, lots of giggles and most likely more than a few fond memories.  While not precisely accurate I thought that in many ways “The Marvelous Wonderettes” is the prequel to “American Graffiti.”  But however you define this show it is absolutely deserving of your time.

“The Marvelous Wonderettes” is playing now at the perfect venue the Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Boulevard, Sierra Madre, California now through August 26th.  Show dates and times are    Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.  There will also be three Saturday matinees at 2:30 p.m. August 12, 19 and 26.  Make your reservation by calling:  626-355-4318 and tickets may be purchased online at:  www.sierramadreplayhouse.org.  There is abundant free parking available and several great choices for dining nearby the theatre.  But despite the lyrics of the song you really do need to do a little bit more than dream, you need to see the show to get fully immersed in its magic. 

PHOTO CREDIT:  Gina Long