Everything wrong with the “System” (Educate yourself)
In the Movie “Catch me if you can,” Leonardo
DiCaprio’s character plays the role of Frank
Abagnale – a fugitive who is running from
Tom Hanks’ character, an FBI agent.
There is one scene where Tom Hanks finally
gets to the hotel where Leonardo DiCaprio
is staying, and instead of running, Dicaprio
pretends to be a secret service agent who
actually just caught Frank Abagnale.
Hanks doesn’t believe him at first but DiCaprio
confidently hands him his wallet as proof
that he is indeed a secret service agent.
Tom Hanks accepts the wallet and takes it
as reason enough to believe DiCaprio.
After a while he decides to actually open
the wallet and he sees it’s just filled
with random soft drink and condiment labels.
What this channel is is an invitation to open
up the wallet.
And to explain what I mean by that and what
this has to do with taking the time to research
things by yourself, let me tell you the story
As per conventional practice, Jeff’s life
starts out with his mother lying on her back
attempting to give birth to him.
The position she’s in makes it harder to
push Jeff out so she’s having a lot of difficulty
with the birth, is in a lot of pain and an
epidural is recommended.
The epidural relieves her pain but makes it
even harder to actually give birth.
It’s getting pretty late in the day and
this whole process is taking far too long
so a C-Section is recommended.
The surgery is completed without complications,
and Jeff comes out a healthy baby boy.
A little while after the birth, he is to be
circumcized, and since you can’t give a
baby anaesthetic, Jeff has his first taste
of sugar in the form of a pacifier dipped
in a concentrated sugar solution called “sweet
ease” . This activates Jeff’s endogenous
opioid system, providing an analgesic effect
and the procedure is completed without too
At home, Jeff’s mother takes great care
of him, and after 6 months puts him on Nestle’s
good start baby formula.
When he begins to eat solid foods, his Mom
makes sure it’s a low fat diet with plenty
of heart healthy whole grains as recommended
by the USDA.
His usual breakfast before school would be
maybe an egg, some toast, yogurt, cereal (but
not the sweet cereal), and a glass of orange
juice- which Jeff will get refills on.
While Jeff is a pretty good kid at home, he
can’t quite behave and focus properly in
school so his teacher tells his Mom that he
may have ADHD.
They have all these commercials for Ambien,
Celebrex, Lamisil, Mirapex, Zoloft, Wellbutrin,
Paxil, Rozerem and Crestor that all end with
“Ask your doctor about…”
[Ask your doctor, ask your doctor, ask your
doctor, ask your doctor, ask your doctor today,
ask your doctor, ask your doctor] so she decided
to ask her doctor about Jeff’s ADHD, and
he gave her a prescription for him.
At the pharmacy she picks up adderall for
Jeff and some Oxycontin for her back pain.
Thanks to the adderrall, Jeff’s behavior
and grades improve and he quickly develops
a skill for rote memorization and keeping
information in his head just long enough to
pass the standardized tests.
Come senior year of high school he is told
he needs to decide on what he will be majoring
He’s informed that this decision will ultimately
determine the path of his entire adult life
so he needs to consider it thoroughly.
This is a little bewildering considering he
spent the past 10 years learning that disobedience
means punishment, and that authority figures
should make the important decisions for him.
So during 3rd period, he raises his hand to
ask permission to go to the bathroom and think
about this in private.
After high school, the cost of college is
steep but he needs an education to get a good
job, so he takes out some loans, gets a part
time job and he even got a grant, so it works
Although he is kind of pissed that half of
his classes require the newest edition of
each textbook which cost more than a hundred
There’s barely any difference between the
newest one and the 4 preceding editions which
are less than half the price, but the class
requires the new edition.
College was tough but he got through it and
he even landed a reasonable job.
Adult life isn’t too bad, he’s making
enough money to handle his student loans and
He meets a great girl, saves up for an engagement
ring and proposes to her.
Now that he got that step out of the way,
he has to figure out how to finance the wedding.
He doesn’t quite understand why it has to
be so expensive, but it’s a very special
occasion so he tries to make it as extravagant
as he can.
“Meet Vicki Howard – she’s the author of Brides
Incorporated and an expert in wedding commercialization.
Weddings used to be simple affairs but then
bridal magazines encouraged brides to marry
like the wealthy.
It was the birth of an entire industry and
now the cost of weddings keeps sky rocketing.
The wedding industry systematically overcharges
young couples, just because they can.
One study found that a majority of flower
shops, photographers charged more for a wedding
than they did for a birthday party of the
Over time Jeff gains a bit of weight so he
starts counting calories, makes sure to reduce
the fat in his diet and he even picks up jogging.
He had been hearing that he should reduce
his sugar consumption, so he avoids sodas
“Much of the sugar we eat is hidden in foods
we don’t necessarily think of as sweet.
This oatmeal, 3 and 3 quarter teaspoons of
sugar a bowl.
You can find sugar added to bread, soup, all
kinds of condiments, hot dogs…”
He loses a little bit of weight, but he feels
hungry and tired all the time.
He sticks to it, but isn’t losing weight
as fast as he’d like so just in case, he
checks with his doctor about any health risks
coming from his weight.
Jeff’s cholesterol is not super high but
his doctor recommends he take a statin just
Jeff says “Yea sure doc, give me the Lipitor”
“all of the long term data on the statins
show that you will die sooner if your cholesterol
is lower, particularly if you are over 55
if you are female or male.
There is no benefit to the drugs.
The sickest people I have ever seen in my
32 years of practice were people who’s cholsterol
was too low.
Without enough cholesterol in your system,
your immune system can’t work properly.”
A couple weeks later his wife complains about
his performance in the bedroom so he gets
some viagra for that.
“What is one of the major side effects of
cholesterol lowering drugs?
Impotence is one of the things that is complained
about most frequently.
Well guess what the same manufacturer’s number
2 selling drug is that makes lipitor?
He’s also feeling a little foggy in the
head so he consults his doctor and his doc
reassures him he’s just getting a little
older and probably just under stress.
The doctor finds out Jeff used to have ADHD
as a kid, so he recommends Jeff to get back
on some ADHD medication.
He gives Jeff a prescription for the ADHD
and a painkiller for some pain in his back
from slipping on the stairs the other day.
Jeff swings by the pharmacy to pick up his
ADHD medication, the oxycontin, a refill of
lipitor and some Listerine for his Halitosis.
Jeff was then getting a lot of relief from
the pain killer, but he started to worry about
becoming dependent on it.
On the weekend he met up with his friend Tony
who said he got off the Oxycontin and started
using Marijuana to treat his pain instead.
Jeff was very wary of illegal drugs, courtesy
of Nancy Reagan “say no to drugs.”
and the 1987 egg in a frying pan commercial.
“this is your brain on drugs, any questions?”
When Tony started talking about how Oxycontin
is essentially legal heroin and substances
like Marijuana only became illegal to benefit
Richard Nixon’s political campaign, Jeff
politely changed the subject.
“He said quote: The Nixon campaign in 1968
and the Nixon White House after that, had
two enemies: The antiwar left and black people.
We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be
either against the war or black.
But by getting the public to associate the
hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin,
and then criminalizing both heavily, we could
disrupt those communities.
Did we know we were lying about the drugs?
Of course we did.”
Later Jeff and his wife have a beautiful son
Jack, who has an upbringing similar to Jeff’s.
In primary school, Jack’s teacher tells
Jeff that his son has trouble focusing so
medical attention may be necessary.
Jeff recently had gone off the ADHD medication
and the Oxycontin because it was making him
feel weird and he didn’t want his son to
have to go through that.
He starts doing some research and learns that
Jack’s ADHD may stem from a couple things,
one of them being Jack having been delivered
Apparently the procedure doesn’t allow the
healthy bacteria in his mother’s vaginal
canal to be transferred to the baby, making
it hard for Jack to develop a healthy gastrointestinal
This sounded a little cooky to Jeff but it
would explain his own difficulties with ADHD
as a child.
Considering the recommended treatment to improve
Jack’s GI microbiome was just to make some
changes in his diet like adding fermented
foods and probiotics, he figures it’s worth
trying before giving his kid prescription
“The drugs that the doctors are giving us
are the same as the drugs being sold on the
Take adderrall and ritalin which are made
from the same stuff as meth.
So basically, those pills that you have your
children popping are street legal meth.”
A while after changing Jack’s diet, Jack’s
teacher mentions to Jeff that his focus had
They continued Jack on the diet and he kept
getting better little by little without any
bad effects at all.
At this point Jack is kind of pissed off that
he didn’t learn things like this earlier
as it could have saved him a lot of trouble
He starts to question other things like whether
or not he really needs to be on the statin.
Some articles he read suggest that his low
fat diet and the sugar in all these things
he’s been consuming virtually ever since
birth could be causing his weight troubles
and some other health problems.
The calories in calories out thing never really
quite worked for him so he gives that low
carb thing a shot even though he’s worried
about heart disease.
Then he starts to lose weight without feeling
like crap and his bloodwork actually shows
He starts to think that all these potential
diseases linked to being overweight are certainly
not prevented by and could even be caused
by the USDA dietary guidelines.
Later, his son Jack seems to be frustrated
with school despite having good grades.
After seeing the kind of homework he has to
do, Jeff starts to think he might as well
save his kid 10 years and a just teach him
how to use an Encyclopedia.
Then he finds out he doesn’t technically
have to have Jack in public school and there
are other school systems like ISD’s or Montessori
School or Sudbury schools or Charter Schools
that are actually more conducive to creativity,
critical thinking and better financial achievement
later in life.
What Jeff realizes is that more often than
not, organizations don’t always have the
best methods, and are just saying and doing
whatever best suits their interests and their
“In 1971, then president Richard Nixon began
the war on drugs.
Since then, the war on drugs has cost the
US over 1 TRILLION dollars.
And the prison population has risen over 700%.”
“But in 1996, a company called Purdue Pharma
released a new drug: OxyContin.
Purdue spent hundreds of millions of dollars
to convince doctors that OxyContin was safe
and not addictive.”
“Just yes or no, do you believe nicotine is
I believe nicotine is not addictive, yes.
I don’t believe that nicotine or our products
I believe nicotine is not addictive.
I believe that nicotine is not addictive.
I believe that nicotine is not addictive.
And I too believe that nicotine is not addictive.”
“You know, there were imminent scientists
of the time saying this is nonsense, there
is no good scientific evidence that either
fat or cholesterol y’know is at the root of
And I have pleaded in my report and will plead
again orally here for more research on the
problem before we make announcements to the
I would only argue that senators don’t have
the luxury that a research scientist does
of waiting until every last shred of evidence
“Does the money that students put into their
tuition, do they actually get it back?
A lot of this extra money that students pay
for tuition is not going into the classroom
to improve their education but is going for
Back to Catch me if you can.
In that scene, Tom Hanks could have looked
inside the wallet DiCaprio gave him much earlier,
found that it was filled with a bunch of garbage
and catch Frank Abagnale on the spot.
So this is what I am encouraging people to
do: be like Jeff.
Take the time to look inside the standard
systems, conventional practices and mainstream
products we’ve been asked to buy into, because
you may start to find that most of them are
filled with random soft drink and condiment