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Margaret Mead quoted in “Hippocrates and Medicine in the Third Millenium”

The following excerpt is from HIPPOCRATES AND MEDICINE IN THE THIRD MILLENNIUM, by Dr. John Patrick, an Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Pediatrics at the University of Ottawa.

It is published by the Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada and deserves a wide audience.

Sanctity of Life

The main reason for the modern dismissal of the Oath of Hippocrates by those who know its content is its commitment to the absolute sanctity of life. Neither abortion nor mercy killing find any place in the thought of Hippocrates.

Why was this commitment so central?

Margaret Mead, the libertarian anthropologist, clearly understood, when she wrote;

For the first time in our tradition there was a complete separation between killing and curing. Throughout the primitive world, the doctor and the sorcerer tended to be the same person.

[Doctor and sorcerer] with power to kill had power to cure. . . .

With the Greeks, the distinction was made clear.  One profession, the followers of Asclepius, were to be dedicated completely to life under all circumstances, regardless of rank, age, or intellect – the life of a slave, the life of the Emperor, the life of a foreign man, the life of a defective child. . . .

[T]his is a priceless possession which we cannot afford to tarnish, but society always is attempting to make the physician into a killer – to kill the defective child at birth, to leave the sleeping pills beside the bed of the cancer patient. . . . [I]t is the duty of society to protect the physician from such requests.


Today, the abortion clinician is both physician and sorcerer in the same person.

Originally published by Jack Yoest: December 18, 2012



Mead M. quoted in Marker R et al.  Euthanasia: a historical overview. Maryland J Contemporary Legal Issues. 1991;2:257-298.

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Three Beauties on the Exorcist Stairs in Your Nation’s Capital

Exorcist Stairs 317

Sarah and Helena top

Hannah below


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Mind Gym,
An Athlete’s Guide to Inner Excellence
Selected Quotes

Mind Gym, Selected Quotes: An Athlete’s Guide to Inner Excellence, by Gary Mack with David Casstevens, Forward by Alex Rodriguez, published by McGraw-Hill in 2001, Selected Quotes

Begins with pull quotes,

Ninety percent of the game is half mental, Yogi Berra, p. 3

You have to train your mind like you train your body, Bruce Jenner, p 3

Under Pressure you can perform fifteen percent better or worse. Scott Hamilton, p 18

When you have fun, it changes all the pressure into pleasure. Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. p 18

“Sports Illustrated described [Sarah Hughes] performance as “uninhibited joy.” [winning Gold in the 2002 Winter Games]” p 22

“Sports psychology doesn’t create talent. It only can help release it.” p 36

“Ozzie Smith said, ” Show me a guy who is afraid of looking bad and I can beat him every time.”" p 43

“Perfectionism [is self-defeating] Self-critical, negative perfectionist can never do enough. Their mind-set often is fueled by a fear of failure.” p 43

“”You never stop learning in this game,” said Randy Johnson, ace of the Arizona Diamondback’s pitching staff.”

“ACT, A stands for accept your present state…C stands for create your desired state. T stands for take action steps to get you there.” p 59

“If you are of legal age and drink alcohol, follow Knute Rockne’s rule: Drink the first, sip the second and refuse the third.” p 75

“Motivation is a popular word, especially in sports. It comes from a Latin word meaning “to move.”" p 88

“Playing sports as a kid should be an enjoyable, positive and rewarding experience.” p 90

“Arnold Schwarzenegger also had a mission. His vision created what he called “want power.”" p 90

“Someone said that people who have no fear either are in mental institutions or on special teams.” 93

“Talent being equal, players with a positive, optimistic attitude will outperform those with a negative, pessimistic one.” 100

An athlete is “one play away from being the starter…stay involved and ready…a good attitude…work hard…is coachable…a real team player.” p 106

“Ted Williams offered some sage advice: “If you don’t think too good, then don’t think too much.”" p 117

Learn to control your emotions or they will control you. Edgar Martinez, p 119

“Breathe and Focus…growing anxious, breathe in energy. Breathe out negativity. Breathe in relaxation. Breathe out stress.” 133

“Lou Piniella said, “be comfortable with being uncomfortable.” p 133′

“Pitcher Orel Hershiser: “Once my catcher and I determine the pitch, that’s all there is. There’s nobody standing there then…There’s only the next pitch. It’s the only job I have.” p 152

“What do you think is the most important part of the mental game?…Confidence.” p 156

“Confidence is the emotional knowing that you are prepared, mind, body and spirit for anything.” p 156

“Doubts cause intellectual confusion.” p 165

“Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax of the Dodgers said it is better to throw a poor pitch wholeheartedly than to throw the so-called right pitch with a feeling of doubt.” p 165

“”Chance” Louis Pasteur said , “favors the prepared mind.” p 157

To succeed in baseball, as in life, you must make adjustments
. Ken Griffey Sr. p 180

“Athletes require rest and recovery time. Without it they become stale, burned out and more susceptible to injuries.” p 182

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender
, Vince Lombardi, p 182

My baseball career was a long, long initiation into a single secret: At the heart of all things is love. Sadaharu Oh

A hero is no braver than the ordinary person. He is just braver five minutes longer. Ralph Waldo Emerson. p 197

“Sports is more than a contest of physical ability. As the ancient Greeks knew, sports also test courage, which comes from the Latin word meaning heart. ” p 197

“For a performer, love is the most basic ingredient for success.” p 215


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Support Jill’s House: Hannah & Helena
Train for the Marine Corps Marathon

Hannah and Helena are raising money for Jill’s House a home for children with special needs. They are fund raising with a team from McLean Bible Church running the Marine Corps Marathon.

Only a few days left to donate before the Big Race this weekend.

Donate here.

Please visit this link for Hannah’s Donation Page and Helena’s Donation Page

Marathon Training with the Worlds Best Grandfather

Marathon Training Day 9/10 Luau Dancing


Marathon Training Day 8: Triathlon in Georgia. Hannah and Helena place 1st and 2nd in respective age groups.

Marathon Training Day 7: 5k, Inside secret of Helena’s race strategy

Marathon Training Day 6: Cock-a-doodle-do

Marathon Training Week 2: Lochte Appreciation Day, Swimmer’s Gold

Day Five. Road Trip

Day Four. Monsoon and Double Rainbow

Day Three. On Track with Bikinis

Day Two. Lost in Georgia, Angels watching over us…

Day One. Training in Rome…Georgia


From the Jill’s House web site,

Jill’s House provides respite for children with intellectual disabilities and their families in the Greater Washington, DC area. We serve boys and girls, ages six through seventeen, with intellectual disabilities without regard to race, religion, or ethnicity. Our mission is to be a safe haven to which parents can entrust their children, allowing the parents a time of rest. To ensure that parents and caregivers get a real break, typical siblings are welcome to stay at Jill’s House.

We believe that parents of children with intellectual disabilities need more support. Our hope is that our model will help change the way communities address the needs of families with children with special needs.


Be sure to follow Hannah @ParadisePort; Helen @GibbyYoest; and @JackYoest

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Bending an Oar

“There are two things in life you can’t have enough of: love, and bend on the oar.” Olympian Kady Glessner quoting crew coach Dave O’Neill

Hannah Yoest bending her oar in stroke


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