Our returning vets
from Iraq have to wait months and months for benefits.
This is a sin. And many PTSD programs have nothing to
offer. So, this is my gift to the men and women who have
given so much of themselves.
Yours truly uses
this product faithfully. Scan your computer and you'll be
amazed at how many little problems it finds.
Did you know
that almost 100 million pounds of Monsanto's best selling
herbicide, RoundUp, are applied to gardens and lawns each
year, accounting for $1 billion dollars in sales? Home
Depot is the United States and Canada's largest home
improvement chain and a major vendor of RoundUp.
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As corn prices
are going up, large scale factory farm operations are
looking for cheaper foods to feed cattle. Cost-cutting
measures like mixing reject M&Ms and potato chips with corn
feed are no longer uncommon. Of course, compared to the
dangerous but routine practice of feeding slaughterhouse
waste, blood, and manure to feedlot animals, M&Ms and potato
chips don't sound that bad. In the meantime, cattle ranchers
raising grass-fed beef are struggling to stay in business,
as more people are buying the cheap stuff. The Wall Street
Journal recently released a news video on the issue:
recommendation is to avoid drugs that have not been on
market for three years or more. Otherwise, you are a guinea
pig, testing the new drug along with everyone else who's
using it." Marcia Angell, MD, senior lecturer in the
department of social medicine at Harvard Medical School.
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Over and over
people admit that stress is killing them. Does it every end?
Nope. The secret to conquering stress is not eliminating it,
but learning to manage it.
refused to ban genetically modified sugar from its products
in America. Since the long-term effects of Monsanto's "franken-foods"
are unknown, it would be wise to avoid them. Kellogg states
that American consumers don't care about genetically
modified foods, whereas European consumers have taken a
stand against them, so that Kellogg will not be using GE
sugar in their European distribution. This may be because
American consumers do not have the benefit of an informative
press that is independent of Monsanto's influence.
A new study shows that
pregnant women who use flea and tick shampoos on pets may
double the risk of autism in their children.
This finding comes from the Childhood Autism Risks from
Genetics and the Environment study (CHARGE) – a case-control
study from the University of California Davis. The ongoing
research follows 2,000 children – some with autism, some
with developmental delay, and some with typical development
– and compares individual genetic patterns with exposure to
medications, chemicals, food products, and other
The authors (who stress the findings are preliminary)
believe that insecticide chemicals called pyrethrins may
play a role in triggering autism in certain kids.
Pyrethrins are extracted from Chrysanthemum flowers and are
regarded as low in toxicity. In fact, the USDA considers
pyrethrum formulas to be safe to use in food preparation
areas. Pyrethrins are widely used in insect foggers (to kill
flies, mosquitoes, and cockroaches) and are also found in
some lice-control shampoos for humans.
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"No drug is completely safe and it is
not possible for the FDA or the manufacturer to know
everything about the safety and effectiveness of a drug at
the time it is approved. Even drugs that have been marketed
for years or decades can be found to have unexpected safety
issues." John Jenkins, MD, director of the Office of New
Drugs at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER)
at the FDA.
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"Not every wrong, or even every violation of the law, is a
crime.” Attorney General Michael Mukasey
Teach your body to burn
calories while you rest.
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Every year, your government gives away
to the wealthy more than enough money to pay for health care
for every person who goes without it, and more, much much
more. Every American must read this book. David Kay Johnston
is a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist.
Have you ever
lost a password to a file? Did you sit for hours trying to
remember it? Did you type in every password you've ever used
and yet nothing worked? I had that problem. I found the
solution here (and no, we are not affiliates of this site):
Ahhhgggg. Ok: I’m retired. Remember? But still, I do
work on this thing nearly every day, even when I’m off
doing things that seem unrelated.
instance, I’ve been out shooting lots of pictures, from
the north woods of Minnesota to the Badlands of North
Dakota. And after years of trying to get a pregnant
mother to model for me, this year I had six come
forward. I’ve taken well over 7,000 photos this year.
(Not to worry, I won’t bore you with each one. Like most
pros, I keep less than two percent of my shots.)
Though seemingly unrelated, we’ve discovered from our
web site stats that we get more visitors because of my
photography than from Google. So you can bet we’re going
to keep a heavy focus (sorry bout the pun) on the
photography, as it does bring in the funding to keep us
up and running.
allow me to share some of the photos and photoshows I’ve
captured this year.
First of all, I should tell you that my photo
Golden Girl took first place in the National VA Art
Show, photography category. Because of this they are
sending me to California for a week of workshops and
other goodies. Since I don’t fly (I was once a pilot),
I’ll be taking my time getting to California and take
some photos along the way in the deserts of New Mexico
and Arizona. I'll be back by the second week of
December, so do not expect much of a Christmas
newsletter this year.
We’ve had to create a new web site for the photography.
It seems that this web provider can’t give us enough
“bandwidth” for people to view all the photos and
photoshows, and our site went down a dozen times in the
past month because of “too much traffic.”
new site is
www.davidphotoart.org. All the pages will link to
this web site
and all proceeds from anything at that site will go to
this organization. (The site is hardly functional right
now, but they do link to all the photos and shows we
currently have on the web…loosely.)
was up in Ely, Minnesota hoping to capture some wild
cats and bear, but
instead, I found deer and a bird I’d never seen before.
The bird happened to be an Evening Grosbeak. A week
later this photo took grand reserved champion at our
local county fair. (Please excuse the watermark on some
of these pictures, but we've discovered a lot of sites
stealing our artwork when all they had to do was ask.)
deer we found had her head in the water eating sea
veggies. When she pulled it out, we saw another reason
for her head there: the horse flies were all over her.
It took her a few minutes to realize we were photoing
found a family of swans living near me and created a
photoshow of them.
My neighbor’s daughter, Brooklyn, had the biggest eyes
I’ve every seen in a child and I just had to capture her
portrait. Those too can be seen in a photoshow. All the
photoshows can be found at this link: David’s PhotoShows.
There are two folders, just click on them to open.
compiled shows of my portraits (men just won’t sit for
me), and a special show of Birds of Minnesota, each
bird’s call played along with it’s photos (so have your
Those of you familiar with my work know that I do some
of the most tasteful nudes found anywhere and have won
acclaim from far and wide; more and more people who come
across my work volunteer to model for me just because
the work is sensitive and universal. I like to think of
my work as being classical, but I’ve gained most of my
fame with my “flashlight” photography, which is more
experimental than “classical.”
You’ll find a compilation of seven years of my photos,
along with my lovely pregnant model enjoying herself in
a field of daisies. I’ve left behind the
Hollywood/Madison Avenue concepts of youth and beauty in
two photoshoots: Mature Beauty and Kathryn (this one
takes 15 minutes). You’ll not see airbrushed perfection,
but a celebration of life.
There are more, and more to come, and I’ll soon be
reviewing the software I’ve used to create these shows.
I’m thinking of perhaps selling DVDs of these shows, but
since we use copyrighted music, we’d have to pay a
copyright fee and after sending out 13 emails to those
who would know, we’ve not received a single response
yet. If any of our readers know about how to pay for
copyrights and to whom to pay, please
Reviews: Photo Programs,
Presentation Software, Video Editing,
I am still busy writing reviews of two of my favorite
programs: ProShow Producer (the most versatile and most
powerful slide show available) and
Studio 12 (the best
video editor available for home users), I have completed
a review of my second favorite DVD creator: DVDit.
As a journalist, I get many, many leads that go nowhere.
Sometimes I get that occasional lead (thanx Tony!) that
ends in a gold mine like when we scooped America on a
scam (the crooks at cancercure.com) resulting in prison
terms for all involved. (See past newsletter.)
When I began my quest to build a directory of
practitioners here in Minnesota, I got many leads. Some
of the leads led me to individuals who overflowed with
information on the history of medicine. I sat down to
coffee with one such person and he told me about a man
who could have cured AIDS with a ray of light. That was
when I began researching Royal Rife. I also met a man
who told me about energetic water that could wipe out
fungus, mold, bacteria, and even viruses. Yes, even
This man knew about energy. He gave martial arts
demonstrations: on the stage were piled 15 bricks
straight up; a person from the audience came forward and
pointed to one of the bricks. That brick was marked with
an X using a magic marker. This man then focused and
gave the top of the bricks a karate chop. The brick
marked with an X fell to pieces; the bricks above and
below it were undamaged.
This man knew energy.
I began a quest for this energetic
I’ve written about water at this site, and a lot of what
I wrote turned out to be wrong, myth, or just
misleading. Even I have been duped, but, from the
beginning of this web site, I’ve been up front: if I
make a mistake, I’ll fix it.
My interest in water is very basic. Biologically we are
more than 80% waters. You can go weeks without food, but
hardly a few days without water. Hydration is one secret
to anti-aging. If our cells are properly hydrated, we
I was very interested in things that made water wetter.
I discovered a product created by a genius named Patrick
Flanagan, MD, PhD. It was called Crystal Energy® and
consisted of microscopic particles that helped to “pull”
water into the cells of your body. He had also invented
what was considered the best antioxidant in the world:
Microhydrin®. However, nobody seems to have ever tested
this very thoroughly, and Flanagan’s only proof of its
ability was that it lowered the surface pressure on
water. The theory behind this stuff is amazing. Does it
work? Personally I’d like to see it independently
Then I discovered Willard Water, a surfactant. It seems
that Dr Willard was trying to create a cleaning
solution, when one day he burned himself, and quickly
plopped his burnt hand into the solution, and to his
surprise, the pain began to vanish and the wound healed
quickly with new pink skin, another accidental
discovery, like antibiotics. Adding Willard Water to
your drinking water just hydrates your body quicker than
There are many water products on the market. I’ve tried
them all. Most are flops. I’m not sure if the science
supposedly behind them is real science or just hoopla.
One of my favorite waters is Electrolyzed Water. Someone
came to me with it, and I was absolutely amazed at what
it did. It increased absorption and alkalized the body
at the same time. The acidic form was a great cleaner,
killing bacteria and viruses alike. I’d seen someone put
it on her lip when she felt a herpes coming on, and it
never showed. I created anal/vaginal/baby wipes with it
that worked wonderfully. However, one day I came across
an older jar I’d created and put away in the drawer. I
opened it to discover mold growing on the cotton wipes.
We had been told by the man supplying this product that
he had stabilized the water, that it held its pH
indefinitely. Then I began to find others who’d been
taken by this same character, and realized that I’d been
duped myself. No one has ever stabilized electrolyzed
water. It eventually returns to a normal pH.
Then there was this character who claimed that he had
the Miracle Water I’d been searching for. We’ll call him
Bob sent me the video from the Belize AIDS/HIV
experiment. In the video the doctor in charge plainly
states that this substance was a cure for AIDS.
Bob sent me some of his miracle water and I tried it on
my chickens. A few had come down with a virus that
paralyzed them. It was spreading thru my flock quickly.
The water stopped the spread of the virus. I was
I offered to do a double blind study of his water with
people who read our newsletter. The results were less
than spectacular. It was then that Bob told me that the
concentrate was deactivated if frozen. We had performed
our study in the middle of winter. Water had been
shipped to us UPS Ground. Duh.
Bob couldn’t guarantee that any shipment wasn’t frozen.
Bob told us about putting the screws to some ex-business
associates. Bob’s word suddenly meant nothing as things
began to fall apart in his organization and we split
company. His business is gone now.
I knew that eventually we’d find our water. We’d read
and written enough to the point where one of our readers
would have to come across it and send us a lead. And
that’s what happened.
A reader came to me saying that he had formed a business
connection to people making the water that killed the
AIDS virus in Belize, Central America.
So now we had TWO people claiming to have this water. I
However, so was the reader who wrote to me. He told me
that there were many sites trying to sell this product,
but that they didn’t have the product. He told me that
the manufacturers had to go into hiding due to death
threats. He told me he could get me some to test.
Bob (remember him?) had posted a lot of studies at his
web site. It seems the water used in those studies was
this new water that my reader brought to my attention.
Bob had stolen the reports and posted them at his site.
So I too began searching for these same studies on the
web and sure enough, a lot of “water” sites promote
their product using the studies. Do they all have the
same product? I doubt it.
It was then that I began to think that I had finally
found the Miracle Water I’d been seeking for years.
I asked for samples. I immediately stopped my
supplementation program (Diamond V XPC) and visited my
neighbors nightly, ate there, watched TV with them.
They’ve always shared their contagious diseases with me.
And sure enough, a few days later I awoke with diarrhea,
a throat that felt like the Indy 500 had taken place in
it, nose stuffed, head stuffed, lungs stuffed.
I took the water and drank down nearly two cups…about
11-12 ounces. I took about 10 Grams of Vitamin C, three
droppers-full of Echinacea, and five capsules of
Six hours later and I was healed.
I drank a cup at night before bed just in case.
So, now I’m impressed. Both of my dogs have been
diagnosed with anaplasmosis, a disease like Lyme
disease, with the same symptoms. It comes from the same
deer tick. I’ve got them on the water. I’ll be retesting
them soon to see if their numbers are going down. (The
numbers are in! Read about it by clicking on the
Covalent Silver Solution link below.)
I have sent out bottles to others to test. Their
stories, their miraculous stories, are already coming
For now, I’ve published the story of the product
(rewritten from the original found all over the web) and
a bit of research behind it:
Additionally, we’ll be publishing a lot of new pages on
water in the near future. So, stick around.
I truly apologize to my readers who’ve been waiting for
these pages for a long time, but when I found out we’d
been duped, we stripped the web site of ALL our papers
on water and decided to begin all over again.
Recent research has shown that courses in antibiotics
hardly touch sinus infections. It seems that our sinuses
are inhabited by colonies of bacteria, that are
impenetrable to most antibiotics. With no medicinal or
natural enemies, these colonies overflow causing
Swiss researchers discovered that certain strains of
probiotics are natural enemies to these colonies of
bacteria, and that maintaining high levels of these
probiotics will keep the pathogenic bacteria in check.
Their study used two groups, one that got a specific
probiotic mixture and the other got yogurt. The control
group showed no improvement, while there was a 19%
reduction in pathogenic bacteria (measured in parts per
Sedona Labs has taken this research to create their
iFlora Nasal. They’ve also added one of my favorite
supplements to their 22 Billion cells of nasal specific
(N-Acetyl-Cysteine) is immuno-supportive. It is a
precursor of the body’s most powerful natural
antioxidant, glutathione. NAC is something you want to
take daily. It also turns harmful carcinogens (nitrates
and nitrites) into harmless chemicals.
test the product, I sent out 12 bottles to people with
chronic sinusitis. Only four reported no results. If you
take into consideration that many people drink
chlorinated water, and have life styles that are
detrimental to probiotics, this might explain their lack
of success. (For a list of things detrimental to
probiotics’ health, go here:
person reported back to me immediately that he’d felt
relief right away. Another said her migraines had
vanished. Many doctors feel that some migraine headaches
are the result of sinus problems. Another took a trip
out of the country and used her family as the control
group while she took the iFlora Nasal. She reported back
that it was very successful.
Personally, I’ve found that my sinus headaches are fewer
in number and much less potent. I’ve added a weekly neti
pot cleaning to my regimen, using
Solution and a drop or two of
is the best testimonial on the iFlora Nasal:
I received the
iflora 2 days ago. So far the results have been
phenomenal and beyond my highest hopes. For as
long as I can remember, Every time I lay down,
my nose jams up on the side I lay on. Turning to
the other side, left or right. The stopped up
section moves. Well that hasn't happen for the
past 2 nights. I strongly believe the chest
congestion will cease. Also I haven't noticed
any side effects. Unbelievable for only 2 days
should also tell you that after our first review of
iFlora products, I got an angry letter from a reader
telling me that he went to the
Consumer Labs web site
and did not find the results that we’d reported in our
Probiotics. He said that they must have paid us to
lie for them, and that he’d never trust another word we
wrote because we were on the take.
had to laugh. I love people who jump to conclusions. You
see, Sedona Labs makes their products under two names,
one for retail outlets: Flora Source, and one for web
sites: iFlora. They are the same product.
the iFlora products (and Sedona Labs Digestive Enzymes)
are carried by
Simply the Best. Remember, Simply the Best hires the
handicapped and sells at the lowest price possible.
I love it when people tell me that
their depression is caused by a "chemical imbalance."
Q: Where do these "chemicals" come
A: They begin on the end of your fork.
If you are not getting the nutrition
to support your body's ability to manufacture the
"chemicals" you need, then you will have a chemical
imbalance. Always keep in mind that 80% serotonin is
made in your gut.
If you are getting the nutritional
support you need, but your digestion is lousy, then you
will have a chemical imbalance.
We've updated our page
Nutrition with new research we've found. One of the most
obvious flaws in America's nutrition is a lack of
Essential Fatty Acids. New research on EPA (one of the
components of fish oils) shows that EPA not only fights
depression, but reverses and protects against macular
degeneration, and prevents memory loss. Your brain need
Probiotics prevent depression. Along
with your liver, probiotics convert essential oils (from
Chia and Flax) into DHA and EPA.
If your digestive process is weak,
you've got a leaky gut, heartburn, bloating and gas,
then you need to first do a colon cleanse, a liver
cleanse, and then read our two article discussion on
digestion: Digestion Part One, Digestion Part Two.
As we get ready to publish this
newsletter, I just found the next very relevant article.
Take these two supplements to beat depression
EPA and Probiotics.
If you or a loved one struggles with
depression, even major depression, there are
two supplements you must take to feel
better. New evidence suggests these
supplements can greatly enhance your mood
and sense of well being.
With the first supplement, researchers
studied 60 subjects with major depression.
Each had a score of 15 or more on the
17-item Hamilton Depression Rating scale.
Doctors commonly use it to assess the
severity of a patient's depression.
The researchers randomly assigned the
subjects to three groups. They gave the
first group 1,000 mg of the omega-3 fatty
acid eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). They gave
Group 2 the drug fluoxetin (commonly known
as Prozac®). And they gave Group 3 a
combination of both. The study lasted eight
weeks and they evaluated the subjects every
Now get this. The EPA alone reduced symptoms
by 56%, beating the drug's improvement of
50%. However, in the group taking both,
symptoms improved by a whopping 81%.
It's not surprising that EPA beat Prozac.
We've known for years that omega-3s are very
effective for mood disorders. But I was
surprised to see that both of them together
gave far superior results. What's sad,
though, is that you won't ever hear Big
Pharma touting the latter. It would be too
threatening to reveal that a nutrient could
make their chemical more effective.
What this tells you is that depression is
indeed a chemical disorder. I'm sure that
with a little research, we might find out
what other natural nutrients we can combine
with omega-3 to totally replace Prozac.
Could it be something as simple as
tryptophan, the amino acid that gets
converted to serotonin, the neurotransmitter
enhanced by Prozac? Don't count on
government or Pharma ever telling you about
The other supplement that can help your
depression surprised me when I first heard
about it. But it makes sense. It's
probiotics. You know them as the beneficial
germs (like acidophilus) that help your
It turns out that they can help your mood as
well as your gut. A study on 124 adults
(mean age 62 years) found that drinking a
probiotic-laden milk improved their mood.
Those in the bottom of the "happy" scale
were much higher on the scale after taking
If you have depression, consider taking
omega-3s and a probiotic. Omega-3s have many
health benefits in addition to improving
mood disorders. And beneficial organisms
provide some beneficial nutrients. More
importantly, they modulate your immune
system, which is literally an extension of
your brain. So it makes sense that they can
help your mood.
Yes, you can get probiotics from dairy. But
this is one area where I definitely prefer
supplements over the food. Most milk today
isn't a whole food. It's pasteurized and
homogenized, and many of the cows receive
hormones and antibiotics that get passed
through to their milk. And these can cause
their own health problems for many. So find
a good probiotic to boost your mood. My
favorite is the one offered by Advanced
Bionutritionals. It's very powerful and
fairly inexpensive. You can order it by
following this link.
Yours for better health and medical freedom,
Robert Jay Rowen, MD
Ref: Aust N Z J Psychiatry. 2008
Mar;42(3):192-8; Eur J Clin Nutr,
2007; 61(3): 355-61.
Editor's Note: We've done
your homework for you and found the best of the best.
Super EPA by NOW Foods is the cheapest of the best, a
brand I can afford and you can't afford not to have. The
Primadophilus (for adults and kids) just got the highest
rating at Consumer Labs. We still like the iFlora line
(it's still one of the highest in variety and count for
probiotic cultures, and the cultures are
microencapsulated). iFlora can be purchased thru
Simply the Best.
The Government CANNOT Run Medicine!
Because it has been, and it’s a total flop.
would not believe the number of letters I get trashing
socialized medicine, telling me how people in Canada are
flocking to America to get specialized testing they’d
have to wait for months to get back home, or how many
tell me that we need LESS government.
According to the Pulitzer Prize winning investigative
reporter, David Cay Johnston in his latest book Free Lunch, yes, we do need smaller government. We need
one that won’t fork over billions to the wealthy.
you know that while the oil companies are raking in
their greatest profits ever, they still get 12 billion
dollars a year in subsidies from our government?
After reading Free Lunch, I too am of the belief
that the government shouldn’t run medicine. Why? Because
it has been running medicine, and that’s why we have the
most expensive medical system in the world, but only
second (or third, or twenty-fourth) rate care.
his chapter entitled, “Less For More,” Johnston points
out that (as Michael Moore did in SiCKO) Richard
Nixon instituted the Health Maintenance Organizations
(Paul Elwood, an official in Nixon’s administration
coined the term) and promised us more care for less
However, Nixon knew he was lying. We were getting less
for more. HMO’s began as non profit organizations.
However, that doesn’t keep the CEO’s from raking in
millions. The American Cancer Society is a non profit,
and their CEO collects two six digit salaries. One from
the company he runs and the other from the ACS. Isn’t
Moore and Johnston both quote Erlichman’s and Nixon’s
Erlichman: “… the less care they give them, the more money
While the people were screaming for universal health
care, the far right used the GOPSpeak term, Socialized
Medicine, equating universal health care with Russian
we got were HMO’s and sadly, YOU paid for them. Hundreds
of millions of dollars of taxpayer money built the HMO
system, insuring not our health, but the wealth of those
at the top of this pyramid.
the nineties, our government allowed the HMOs to turn a
profit. Since then, and because of the laws our elected
representatives have passed (remember, the government is
running health care), we’ve gotten a “health care system
whose costs grow faster than the overall economy every
year.” [Free Lunch]
Health insurance companies are not created to insure
your health. They exist to make a profit. To help them
reach this attainable goal, our government lavishes them
with subsidies. As Johnston points out: “No other modern
country regards health care as an insurance business.”
Being a business, insurance companies determine who gets
care and who doesn’t. In fact, they determine who lives
and who dies. Those who support the “Right to Life”
movement don’t seem to find it ironic that children are
allowed to die through neglect. Euthanasia by neglect
occurs daily in this country.
Imagine a day at the beach. Your child swims out too far
and begins struggling. You rush to the lifeguard and he
demands to see your Swimming Insurance papers. If you’re
not paid up, your child drowns. Luckily, the life saving
services at our beaches are socialized.
government passed the Health Insurance Portability and
Accountability Act of 1996. This supposedly stops
employers from excluding employees from coverage due to
preexisting conditions. This act additionally limited
the number of days an employee can go jobless (while
searching for a new job) without suddenly losing his
health care rights. His preexisting conditions suddenly
come into play, and bingo, he’s not covered.
Johnston points out that Europeans, Canadians,
Australians, and more need not worry about this. They
can go where their talents are best needed never
worrying about health care coverage. Finding the right
job creates happy workers. Following one’s bliss
improves an individual’s quality of life. Our health
care policies keep us tied to a dead end job. This is
your government at work.
need less government? We need better government. Welfare
for the wealthy has made plundering public assets
profitable, while the “public welfare” as stated in the
Preamble to the United States Constitution is
Finally, there is Medicare Part D (teachers feel it got
the grade it deserved). I read a story about a man who
took off a few months to help his parents work their way
through the paperwork and get their meds. He happened to
be one of the bureaucrats who helped design Medicare
Medicare Part D is an affront to the American people. It
looked out first for the interests of insurance
companies and drug manufacturers. It prohibited the
government from negotiating prices of drugs. Our VA
system negotiates for the lowest prices on drugs. Could
this be the reason some wish to privatize the VA
Hospital system? It works, so let’s make a profit from
government cannot run medicine. This should be evident.
The government does not run the VA health care system.
It finances it. The doctors and nurses run the VA health
care system. They have to work within the restrictions
of their budget, there is a bit of bureaucracy, and
there are some drastic failures (as we saw recently at
Walter Reed Army Medical Center). However, at my VA, my
doctor sees me on time. When I went in complaining of
chest pains, I was seen immediately, sent to get blood
tests, and EKG, and an x-ray, and when I returned to the
front desk, I was ushered into see my physician who
looked up and said: It’s heartburn. This all took less
than ten minutes. This is socialized medicine at its
However, what we have in the US is a drastic failure.
It’s been run by the government for the shareholders and
a few hot cats who make out like bandits (the theft and
corruption in the system is rampant).
Johnston sums it up thusly:
In short, our government’s blind faith in the wisdom of the
market has created the most expensive inefficient health
care system in the world without making us healthier.
There should be a copy of Free Lunch
home in America. It will open your eyes to the simple
fact that top down economics works only for the wealthy
and is destroying the middle class bye heaping the tax
burden on our backs.
Welfare for the wealthy is just plain wrong, but then,
those 37,000 lobbyists in Washington aren’t there to make
Small Companies Fight Back When, in the course of
of you might know this, but there are two reasons we
don’t sell anything here at the Wellness Directory:
1.Conflict of interest: people thank us for our
objective research. We’ve felt from the beginning that
people deserved straight talk from an organization that
does not profit from the products we review. Yes, we
have a lot of affiliates, but we often tell you when we
are receiving a percentage and everyone has the option
of purchasing these products without using our links.
Let’s face it, when you’re 80K in debt, cash flow is
2.If you sell it, you cannot talk about it: The FTC
says that any statements about an herb or supplement’s
medical benefits must be approved by them. We are an
informational site. We can say anything we want.
April 1st, April Fools Day, one small herb
company in New Mexico received a letter from the FTC
demanding they remove information from their website
that cited medicinal properties of certain herbs. The
information cited was from government sponsored studies.
letter demanded that they sign a consent agreement or
the FTC would shut them down and seize their assets. In
other words, destroy them and bankrupt them.
and Marianne Hershiser, co-owners of Native Essence Herb
Company refused to sign the agreement and instead filed
a lawsuit against the FTC citing violations of their
First Amendment Rights. They are seeking a permanent
injunction to stop the FTC’s censorship.
complete absence of due process is typical of the FTC’s
behavior. Their action is tantamount to extortion.
Obviously the stand of our government, which supposedly
protects the consumer, protects the moneyed interests of
conventional medicine by destroying all competition.
people realize that the Boston Tea Party was not just
because of an illegal tax, but because King George had
attempted to protect big money interests by putting a
tax on the tea made by the little guys.
Revolutionary War, our constitution, especially Sections
9 and 10, specifically restricted the government from interfering in
commerce. Most of today’s laws affecting health care are
constitutionally illegal, from licensing of physicians
to the protectionism enforced by the FDA and FTC. (See
also our articles on the history of medicine:
History of Quackery,
Health Care for
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time to fight back is now. Native Essence Herb Company’s
attorney, Richard A. Jaffe, has stated: “This is a
precedent-setting case. The issue has never been
litigated; it not only affects the Hershisers, but all
companies which sell herbal products.”
Instead of asking (pleading, begging, imploring,
beseeching, soliciting) for donations in this issue of
our newsletter, we ask all those who support us, this
time, support the lawsuit of Native Essence Herb Company
by donating to their Legal Defense Fund. Just go here:
http://www.herbmed.com. Remember, they are not just
fighting for their rights, but for yours.
One More Story:
Utopia Silver's Fight for Health Freedom,
by Tony Isaacs. (Tony is the author of
Natural Enemy, the complete book on using Oleander
to defeat your cancer.)
the past five years the Utopia
Silver Supplement Company, has been waging a battle
for health freedom against the giants of the State of
Texas and the FDA - one which may have major
implications for all of us regarding the freedom of
access to natural health supplements.
Much like the Alamo defenders in days gone by, this
small Texas company and its supporters of health freedom
are pitted against a corrupt giant determined to impose
it's will and stifle freedom - and, just like the Alamo
and the struggles that followed, the outcome may effect
the freedom and future of millions.
conflict began as result of an FDA complaint five years
ago that seeks to set a precedent for how much control
the FDA has over all natural supplement companies and
specifically the manufacture and sale of colloidal
While the Texas Attorney General's office may try to
contend that this is merely a state action "to insure
the safety of the citizens of the State of Texas", the
truth is that in Texas the state attorney generals are
commissioned as officers of the FDA and there is no
denying that the investigation into Utopia Silver began
as a result of an FDA complaint. Therefore, this is
really a Federal action by proxy and it has pitted
Utopia Silver Supplements, a small supplement company
and maker of colloidal silver which I consult to,
against the Goliath of the FDA and the World Pharma
lords the FDA serves.
The persecution of Utopia Silver began five years or so
ago, about the same time that the FDA began renewed
targeting of colloidal silver because of it's
effectiveness as a natural anti-biotic and rising
popularity - and not coincidentally as a threat to the
profits of Big Pharma and mainstream medicine - the FDA
sent an email to the Texas Department of State Health
Services (TDSHS ) essentially complaining that Utopia
Silver was making medical claims which, in the eyes of
the FDA turned their supplements into drugs. The TDSHS
then brought the `complaint' to the Office of the Texas
Attorney General (TAG).
It has since been determined that among the targeted
objections are: having `disease' terms such as cancer,
hepatitis, diabetes, etc., posted anywhere on the
website; having any `disease' terms in a search engine,
and the posting of testimonials from customers who had
used Utopia Silver products and defeated or improved any
Such restrictions appear to be clear violation of the
First Amendment (Freedom of Speech) of the Constitution
of the United States of America, especially the supposed
prohibition against posting testimonials and speaking
the truth about how people believe that dietary
supplements have helped them. If the FDA is to have
their way, they will stifle a supplement company's
constitutionally protected freedom of speech to the
extent that a person seeking a natural dietary
supplement for any medical condition would not be able
to go to any website which offered vitamins, minerals,
natural supplements or any other alternatives to
mainstream medicine and be able to find that term in a
search of the site or mentioned anywhere in the site.
Neither would they be able to find testimonials/customer
opinion from anyone who had used an alternative to FDA
approved drugs and medical procedures.
It is no secret that the FDA has targeted colloidal
silver, which is a safe, effective, natural and
inexpensive pathogen destroyer - four common traits of
dietary supplements that represent competition to the
approved drugs of Big Pharma and which frequently come
under FDA attack. It is worth noting that that the FDA
at one time had approved 34 different prescribed and OTC
medications containing silver, but withdrew approval at
about the same time antibiotics came on the market and
superior methods of making colloidal silver commercially
and at home were devised.
The state hearings and likely trial are purportedly
about licensing and inspections, but the FDA complaint
was centered around the publication of customer
testimonials which the FDA considers to be health claims
that enable them to label Colloidal Silver and other
Utopia Silver dietary supplements as drugs, and that too
is part of the legal proceedings.
Although the State of Texas maintains that they are
acting alone, Utopia Silver has obtained copies of
individual certificates which show that the state health
and AG employees are also "Commissioned Officers" of the
FDA - in apparent conflict with the separation of state
and federal powers. It is Utopia Silver's contention
that the actions to restrict them are unconstitutional
restraints on the freedom of commercial speech (as borne
out by previous Supreme Court decisions) and further
contends that there is no constitutional jurisdiction
for the state agencies, who are actually for-profit
corporations (and they are listed as such by Dun and
Bradstreet) disguised as constitutional entities.
Utopia Silver believes, as do many others including
legal scholars, that much of the country's court system
and agencies operate outside the Constitution as
corporate entities, having no real jurisdiction until
defendants unwittingly submit to the jurisdiction by
entering into a "contract" with the courts and agencies
through such measures as appearing before a court,
entering a motion, applying for a license, etc. Such
scholars and observers point to the yellow fringed
admiralty flags flying in most of our courts as clear
symbols that the courts are not constitutional courts
but rather administrative corporate courts operating
under the "color of law".
In the case against Utopia Silver, Taylor contends that
there is no constitutionally mandated requirement for
them to submit to what amounts to a commercial contract
with the STATE OF TEXAS, a corporation acting under the
color of law but not under the state or federal
constitutions, and not in accordance with the God-given
unalienable rights clearly declared by our forefathers
when this country was founded.
So far the Texas Attorney General's Office (TAG), has
given no indication of making a fair or reasonable
settlement - although in the Spring of 2007, the
Assistant Texas Attorney General in charge of the case,
Raul Noriega, first agreed and then reneged on an oral
agreement that would have settled the case. When asked
why, Noriega's response was that he was told by higher
ups to proceed to trial despite the prior agreement to
Last summer, TDSHS employees paid three separate visits
to the Utopia Silver offices and demanded with a bogus
warrant to make inspections. The first time, two TDSHS
officers paid a visit. One identified himself as an
"inspector" and the other as an "investigator". The
owner of Utopia Silver, Ben Taylor, asked to see
credentials so he could make copies. When they refused
he ordered them to leave his offices.
The next day they returned, accompanied by two Texas
State Troopers, and said they had a warrant. When Taylor
demanded to see a supporting affidavit, they refused,
saying he could go to Austin if he wanted to see it and
threatening to arrest Taylor if he did not comply. At
that point, Taylor began placing a phone call to the
local sheriff, and the TDSHS employees and State
Troopers beat a hasty retreat. It was later determined
that no properly executed affidavit ever existed.
Two days later the TDSHS employees returned for a third
time, just ahead of a Sheriff's Deputy. Taylor told them
that since he was expecting the deputy to be there that
morning to take statements about their previous visits,
he would talk to them after he spoke to the deputy. He
told the two TDSHS/FDA `officers' to wait outside until
the deputy took statements from four employees who had
witnessed what had transpired the previous days.
"In the middle of the first statement," said Taylor,
"the investigator came in asked to speak to the deputy.
The deputy followed him to the lobby and I followed
right behind. The TDSHS/FDA officer asked if I was going
to comply with the warrant for an inspection. I again
told him that I would talk to him when I finished with
"He then proceeded to say that since I was refusing his
inspection," Taylor continued, "would I sign a document
stating that I refused inspection, and I said no and
they meekly left. After that, we finished giving our
statements to the Sheriff's deputy and so far they have
not been back."
Since then, they continued to stonewall and refused to
answer questions or otherwise attempt to make
clarifications requested by Ben Taylor in accordance
with the presiding judge's request for both sides to
work together to try to work out an agreement. When
Utopia Silver asked why they were being singled out for
such actions and nothing was happening to similar
companies, Assistant Attorney General Noriega said that
it had been decided to make Utopia Silver a test case.
After he made the statement, he was interrupted by the
TDSHS officer, who, according to Taylor "proceeded to
hem and haw on that point, obviously not comfortable
with that statement having been made by the Assistant
While the Texas Attorney General's office may try to
contend that this is merely a state action "to insure
the safety of the citizens of the State of Texas", the
truth is that in Texas the state attorney generals are
commissioned as officers of the FDA, something Taylor
discovered during his defense of the case, and there is
no denying that the investigation into Utopia Silver
began as a result of an FDA complaint. Therefore, it
appears clear that the entire case is really a Federal
action by proxy.
At a subsequent meeting before a judge in Austin, the
judge threatened to set a trial date and tried to first
intimidate and then coerce Ben Taylor to agree to a
trial. Mr. Taylor refused to agree, since in doing so he
would be in effect entering into a contract to agree to
the court's jurisdiction. At one point a deputy was
summoned with the clear implication that Mr. Taylor
might be arrested if he failed to agree. Taylor, after
various other tactics of intimidation by the judge,
stated that, "The court might have the power to force me
into a trial, but I will never agree to any a trial date
and will attend only "in propria persona" (in one's own
proper person) by "special appearance" in order to
defend my God-given Rights." (Note: an appearance may be
either general or special; the former is a simple
unqualified or unrestricted submission to the
jurisdiction of the court where the defendant waives
defects of service, the latter is for the purpose of
objecting to the sufficiency of service or the
jurisdiction of the court over a defendant without
submitting to such jurisdiction).
The judge later commented in his chambers to Mr. Taylor,
"This system operates on fear, you have no fear and
that's a problem for us."
Instead of setting a trial, a hearing was set before a
new judge to determine a date for interrogatories and
discovery as well as inspections and sanctions - all of
which are slippery grounds and another step towards a
trial. At the subsequent hearing, Taylor again stated
his objections to the jurisdiction and a new hearing was
ordered to determine jurisdiction. When the new hearing
was held and both sides presented their arguments, the
judge rendered no immediate verdict and said she would
take it under advisement and render a subsequent
As expected, when the judge made her decision she either
dismissed or ignored all arguments by Taylor and
co-defendant Adask, however she failed to do so pursuant
to your Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, first sending an
email of her ruling and then sending a letter of the
ruling, without it being properly entered into the
record as required. Some observers believe that such
failure was yet another in a string of ploys intended to
trap Taylor, Adask and other defendants into unwittingly
submitting to the court's jurisdiction. Instead of
accepting the improper notice, Taylor sent his own
notice of insufficient service to the court along with a
demand to cease and desist the fraudulent actions
Taylor's notice was sent on November 30th of last year -
and since it was filed, a silence has descended upon the
case. As Taylor reports, "We haven't heard anything from
the Texas Attorney General or the courts since late
November of last year (about 230 days). At that time,
the "judge" issued (by email initially) a court order
denying my and Al Adask's (Anti-Shyster publisher and
Texas State Supreme Court Libertarian Party candidate)
special appearance." (As noted previously, a "special
appearance" is one in which is made without submitting
to the jurisdiction of the court).
Many who have followed the case feel that the FDA and
their state servants bit off much more than they
realized when they decided to take on Taylor and Utopia
Silver. Those who know Taylor will tell you that he is a
super patriot who deeply believes in freedom and
liberty; one who has never backed down from a fight for
what he believes is right and one who is determined to
carry this fight to the very end no matter what the
personal cost. Instead of finding a small company and a
man they could bully, they have instead been fought to a
standstill and have found themselves facing not only an
opponent who refused to knuckle under, but also some
very thorny issues they do not wish to face - such as
the FDA commissioning state officers, the FDA and other
such agencies' true constitutional powers, freedom of
commercial speech, the issue of God-given unalienable
rights and the entire corporate "color of law"
administrative system of courts and agencies.
This is the notice sent to the court by Ben Taylor:
RETURN OF PURPORTED COURT ORDER FOR INSUFFICIENT PROCESS
AND DEMAND THAT FRAUDULENT ACTIONS CEASE, attached
C.M.R.R. 7003 0500 0000 9039 8675, dated November 30,
Reference: Cause No. D-1-GV-04-000268 (GV 400268)
IN THE DISTRICT COURT
OF TRAVIS COUNTY
201ST JUDICIAL DISTRICT
THE STATE OF TEXAS, et. al.
UTOPIA SILVER, INC., et. al.
Defendants & Alleged Defendants
RETURN OF PURPORTED COURT ORDER FOR INSUFFICIENT PROCESS
AND DEMAND THAT FRAUDULENT ACTIONS CEASE
NOTICE TO THE COURT:
Ben Taylor, in my proper person (in propria persona) as
a Man with certain God-given unalienable and
non-negotiable Rights and by right of Special
Visitation, hereby return the purported ORDER DENYING
SPECIAL APPEARANCES, which was placed in a containment
designated as Post Office Box 444, Utopia, a
geographical location within the boundaries of The State
of Texas on or about November 28, 2007 and addressed to
a non-existent "Ben Taylor, pro se", as insufficient
process pursuant to your Texas Rules of Civil Procedure,
Part II, Section 1, Rule 15 & Rule 16, Writs and
Process, to wit:
TEXAS RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE
PART II - RULES OF PRACTICE IN DISTRICT AND COUNTY
SECTION 1. GENERAL RULES
RULE 15. WRITS AND PROCESS
The style of all writs and process shall be "The State
of Texas;" and unless otherwise specially provided by
law or these rules every such writ and process shall be
directed to any sheriff or any constable within the
State of Texas, shall be made returnable on the Monday
next after expiration of twenty days from the date of
service thereof, and shall be dated and attested by the
clerk with the seal of the court impressed thereon; and
the date of issuance shall be noted thereon.
RULE 16. SHALL ENDORSE ALL PROCESS
Every officer or authorized person shall endorse on all
process and precepts coming to his hand the day and hour
on which he received them, the manner in which he
executed them, and the time and place the process was
served and shall sign the returns officially.
Further, I demand that this court, Plaintiff's, and
Plaintiff's attorneys immediately cease and desist with
all of their fraudulent actions and attempts to entice,
trick and otherwise force me into a jurisdiction that
has no dominion or authority over me and my business,
whether in the presence of my proper person or through
the United States Postal Service, via electronic mail,
or by any other means of communication.
and with a Reservation
of All God-given unalienable Rights,
Within The organic State of Texas,
The United States of America
Ben Taylor, a Man
c/o P.O. Box 444
Within The organic State of Texas,
The United States of America
Taylor reports, "This Notice seems to have
short-circuited the Plaintiff's intention to set another
court hearing date for Motions for a court ordered
interrogatories and depositions under oath, as well as a
restraining order to prevent my selling of colloidal
silver (which they say is a drug because of customer
testimonials) and silver generators (which they call a
"Also filed by us into evidence was a number of other
things, including, but not limited to, The Organic Laws
of The United States of America, The Common Law
(specifically The Herbalist Charter), The Food, Drug and
Cosmetic Act of 1933, which limits the FDA's
jurisdiction/authority to Washington, DC and the
territories (supported by the 18th and 21st Amendments)
except in the regulating (organizing for efficient flow)
of interstate commerce (transportation across State
lines - there is no FDA authority to control the sale
and manufacturing of anything that I can find.), the
case of Lopez v. United States, Dun & Bradstreet
documents showing that the Texas Courts and government
`agencies' are "corporations for profit", the United
States Code 28 Sec. 3002 showing that the "United
States" is a federal corporation (which is a fictitious
rather than an organic entity- our God-given Rights are
recognized only by the organic United States of
America)and numerous other Supreme cases that establish
that God-given Rights cannot be statutorily converted
Has Taylor and health freedom triumphed over a system
that is corrupt and unconstitutional? Time may tell
otherwise, but so far the silence has been deafening,
and, should the state choose to take further action,
Taylor promised that he and his co-defendants will then
"go on the offensive by filing suit against key
officials (in their individual capacities) who have
conspired to violate our Constitutionally secured
Rights. Public servants/government officials lose their
"official immunity" if they overstep their authority as
granted (and limited) by the Organic Laws of the USA."
Warnings on Cipro and Other Antibiotics By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR,
Associated Press Writer Tue
Jul 8, 11:25 AM ET
WASHINGTON - Federal
drug safety officials have imposed the government's most
urgent warning on Cipro and similar antibiotics, citing
risks that they can cause tendon ruptures, a serious
injury that leaves some patients incapacitated.
Food and Drug Administration
on Tuesday ordered makers of
flouroquinolone drugs — a potent
class of antibiotics — to add a
box' warning to their
products, which include Cipro,
Levaquin, Floxin and other
immediately stop taking the
medications if they develop any
tendon pain, swelling or
Ron Salley just got some photos from a
physician who came down with a MRSA infection. He even
quit his practice so he wouldn't spread it to his
photos are just gross, so I'm only going to post two of
them. The first one is one week after starting to use
Ron Salley's Healon PF™, the second photo is from week
Just click on
the photo to enlarge, if you really want to.
MRSA does NOT
respond to antibiotics, and this is just one more case
of MRSA that has been successfully treated with Ron
and this time it is documented in
hundreds of testimonials from people who've successfully
treated their diabetic wounds after the doctor told them
surgery was the only solution.
I sent Ron
some Covalent Silver Solution and he's just made up a
batch of Sugar Foot using the Covalent Silver instead of
water. Expect future batches of Sugar Foot to contain
Covalent Silver Solution.
PF™ and Sugar Foot™ can be purchased only thru
was one of the four basic foods of pre-Columbian peoples
in Central America. It is high in fiber, high in
protein, and the highest food in your omega-3 essential
Lately it’s been popularized by the trademarked name,
Salba®. If you buy Salba® you’re paying for the hype.
We’ll get into that later.
why haven’t you heard about chia? You’re heard of the
Chia Pet®, and yes, it’s the same chia, but because
there were pagan rituals surrounding the use of chia by
the peoples of Central America, the Catholic
Conquistadores from Spain tried to eliminate it. Wayne
Coates PhD, also theorizes that another possible reason
was that it would not grow well in the climates of
for some 500 years this superfood was hidden way in
obscurity, surviving in small cultivated patches in the
mountains of southern Mexico and Guatemala, that is:
…until a research and development program called the
Northwestern Argentina Regional Project began in
1991. Under this project, growers, commercial entities
as well as technical and scientific personnel from
Argentina, Columbia, Bolivia, Peru, and the USA began
collaborating in the production of chia. The idea behind
the project was not only to provide growers with
alternative crops, but also to improve human health by
reintroducing chia to western diets as a source of
omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and fiber. A number of
technical papers and reports that came from this project
as well as subsequent studies are referred to in other
pages of this web site. These provide additional
information on chia, its composition and its uses.
Wayne sent me a copy of his book, Chia: Rediscovering a Forgotten Crop of the Aztecs. It’s an amazing
book, but it’s not for everyone. Wayne and his co-author
Ricardo Ayerza Jr did a very thorough job of research
for this thing. Historical records right down to
translating hieroglyphics were poured through so
thoroughly that I doubt anyone could write another word
about the history of this super grain.
me, it was the last few chapters that made me sit up.
The nutritional information on Chia was what I was
looking for and I’m going to pass a bit of this onto
hundred grams of Chia seeds (just over 3.5 ounces) has
714 mg calcium, 700 mg potassium, 390 mg magnesium, and
1,067 phosphorous. This same amount of chia seeds has
6.13 mg niacin, .18 mg thiamin, .14 mg riboflavin, and
44 IU vitamin A.
hundred grams of chia sees is 20.70% protein, 30.4%
lipids (fats), and 27.5% fiber, and only 40.29%
carbohydrates. It is the highest grain in protein, fats,
and fiber. Why would we want that much fat in our diet?
Chia contains the most omega-3 essential fatty acids of
any seed in the world.
here is the important part: the oils in chia are more
stable than fish or flax seed. This makes it easier to
cook with and you don’t have to worry about it going
rancid at room temperature as fast as flax.
reason why the oils are more stable are the antioxidants
in chia. The advertisements tell us that chia has more
antioxidant power than blueberries. That’s something.
Chia gets its antioxidant activity from chlorogenic acid
and caffeic acid, supported by the bioflavonoids
myricetin, quercetin, and kaempferol. Together these are
more powerful than vitamin C and vitamin E, and don’t
forget that chia has a bit of vitamin A, another
Because of the protein content, chia contains all the
important amino acids.
world is presently advertising Salba®. Salba is the
white chia seed. The price is very high. Are there
nutritional differences? Yes. Are they worth exaggerated
price difference? No.
just googled Salba®: a 16 ounce bottle (one pound) of
Salba costs 24.95. A pound and a half (24 oz) bag of
chia costs 19.95. Salba is nearly twice as expensive as
there you have it: a high fiber, low carb, high protein,
antioxidant and nutrient charged grain with more
omega-3s than any other, which happen to be more stabile
than other omega-3s from other sources.
We’ve discussed many reasons why medicine is so darn
expensive in America. One reason, an illegal monopoly,
was discussed in the article
Health Care for
Dummies (or How the Rich Got Richer While the Sick
get a lot of books to review. I’m way behind in reviews
and still have at least 20 on my reading list. One book
that looked very interesting that arrived in my mailbox
one day was called: Money Driven Medicine. It
must be a hot topic since I got another book just a few
months later called Money Driven Medicine.
book we’ll talk about today is the one by Maggie Mahar.
of Mahar’s theses is that in profit driven medicine,
supply drives demand more than any other market. One
study she quotes shows that where you live determines
how much care you get. If you live in an area filled
with specialists, hospitals, clinics, new technology,
you’re going to get more referrals, more testing, and
more visits to these machines.
. . . the likelihood of a doctor sending you for a
gallbladder-removal operation varies 270 percent,
depending on what city you live in, for a hip
replacement 450 percent.
study also showed that, sadly, with the increase of care
your odds of survival decrease as you are subjected to
more possible errors and nosocomial infections
(infections you pick up by treatment in a health care
Supply creates demand. Take the High-Speed CT Scanner: a
hospital gets this new technology and suddenly doctors
are prescribing it and everyone is lined up for it, yet
oftentimes a simple ankle/arm index (taking blood
pressure in both parts and comparing them) would work
just as well.
Mahar points out that, where Adam Smith’s view of
competition would normally keep prices down, the
traditional laws of economics fall apart in medicine and
competition keeps prices climbing.
interviewed doctors, nurses, administrators, patients,
and corporate executives. Their conclusion is simple:
It’s all out war. Everyone vies for their share of the
market, with no long term collective goals. Money is
invested in cutting-edge (but untested) medical
technologies, with little being invested in information
technologies that would, in the long run, reduce errors,
contain costs, and result in preventive solutions.
makers, device makers see patients as “customers,” while
consumers (patients) see their doctors as retailers,
overpaid at that and Mahar makes a very logical and
thoughtful suggestion: empower doctors to practice
patient-centered medicine baste up on the best
scientific research. File this one under: Duh.
Ironically, Mahar found that writing an exposé on the
medical industry to be quite easy in that everyone was
ready to “blow the whistle” if only someone would
listen. Everyone, not just patients, are sick of our
health care system.
profit is the bottom line health goes out the window. We
already know how insurance companies maintain their
bottom line (See SiCKO). We know how drug
companies maintain their bottom line by getting the FDA
to run a protection racket (according to Mahar, senior
administrators at the FDA refer to the pharmaceutical
industry as their “clients” rather than the American
people who they are supposed to be serving). Mahar
points out that doctors too must focus on profits and
that they will give you more and more and more
treatments to pad your bill, rather than less.
Sometimes this book is not for the squeamish. Money
Driven Medicine is not a pretty site. People die
from being over cared for, their quality of life
depreciates, and many die of euthanasia by neglect.
lesson she passes to us is quite simple: profit driven
medicine is careless, calloused, unfeeling, and deadly.
Mahar concludes that we have created the most expensive
and most profitable health care system on the planet,
which deals out extremely poor health care, destroys the
lives of far too many, yet much of the profits from this
system are funneled to Washington DC to convince them
that we must preserve the free-market because it works
Mahar seems to believe, or I just inferred it, that this
problem with medicine is recent. It’s never been worse,
but in our articles on the History of Medicine, money
has always been a bottom line, from hunting out
competition by calling it quackery to forming alliances
to crush the competition.
Money Driven Medicine
rakes in nearly two trillion dollars yearly while
medical care continues to suffer, while thousands to
Much of US medical care, particularly the everyday business
of preventing and treating routine illnesses, is
inferior in quality, wastefully dispensed, and
inequitably financed . . . .
Somebody is getting rich while many suffer and die. A
spoon full of sugar won’t make Money Driven Medicine
go down any easier.
PTSD It isn't easy, but it
is impossible if you don't try.
article on PTSD has seen more hits than any page on this
site. PhDs have written us praising the article. Many
believe it is the best paper on the web on this subject
because it is both personal and scholarly.
After publishing the PTSD page, most of the mail we got
was from women who had been in abusive relationships.
However, today most of the writers are wives, families,
and parents of soldiers who have served (and are still
serving) in Iraq, not to mention the soldiers
thing I promised years ago when writing the article was
that I would follow up with an article on healing PTSD.
is what I have done. I’m sure many will disagree with
some of it. Some of the therapies discussed are labeled
“quackery” by many, even though they are used at various
you know of someone suffering from PTSD, you might
consider sending them the full article:
If you have an email account (and I'm
assuming you all do), you've received internet hoaxes,
urban legends, and a ton of
glurge (great word made up specifically because of
the stuff we get in our in-boxes).
I'm sure many of you have received
an email about the Whole Food Signatures that begins:
sliced Carrot looks like the human eye. The
pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the
human eye...and YES science now shows that carrots
greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the
What amazes me mostly is that people
don't really read the stuff they get, or otherwise they
never forward it
write back to
the sender: Do you really take me for an idiot?
For women who
want to avoid having their breasts flattened, which, by
the way, can tear open tissues, (if you do have a tumor,
it can burst that too causing it to spread) we have two
new tests on the horizon for breast cancer.
Did you know
that in medical school they actually teach doctors to
handle breast lumps gingerly to avoid spreading any
possible cancers, while in radiology school they seem to
teach the exact opposite?
So, a new
test that avoids the possible tearing of tissues is
something you’d think would be received very well by
both medicine and by women, and you’d be right. The
mammogram industry, however, because our medicine is
profit driven, is not going down without a fight.
test involves saliva. According to Dr Charles Streckfus
at the University of Texas (Dental Branch at Houston),
“Breast cancer triggers a change in the type and amount
of proteins in the secretions from the salivary
glands.” Thus scientists have now identified 49
different proteins in saliva that can separate healthy
women from those with benign breast tumors and from
those with malignant breast tumors.
We are told
it could take at least five years for the FDA to approve
this test, or perhaps even longer depending on how well
the radiology industry lobbies the FDA to drag its feet.
The next test
we’ve found comes from Norway. It’s a blood test from a
company called DiaGenic. Again we’re dealing with
specific proteins in the blood that this test uncovers.
You see, the presence of cancer turns on certain genes,
which in turn signal cells to create a specific set of
proteins. A test that finds these proteins is far
superior to one that looks for genetic mutations.
however, DiaGenic is seeking FDA approval and you know
how long that could take. If you happen to live in the
United Kingdom, you’re a bit luckier because it is now
available there, through Opaldia, the largest cancer
center in the UK.
1992 proclaimed it The Great B Vitamin
Raid. Armed agents stormed into the
office of Jonathan Wright, MD taking
hostage the clinic’s supply of Vitamin
B-12 and B-complex along with the
clinic’s computers, books, files,
mailing list, and office equipment.
No charges were ever
filed against Dr. Wright (details
available in the
17, 2007 issue of AAHF Pulse
of Health Freedom). But the FDA’s action
to retaliate against him was telling in
three ways. First, the FDA admitted it
did not have the evidence required for a
search warrant. Second, the raid was
clearly in retaliation for a suit filed
by Wright after an earlier raid
targeting the common amino acid
l-tryptophan at Wright’s facility. And
third, the FDA’s bias against
supplements and in favor of the
prescription drug industry continues to
this day. This bias is what connects the
dots in a variety of recent FDA actions
that might otherwise seem unrelated.
Vitamin B-6 Now
Pharma submitted a citizen’s petition to
the FDA asserting the all dietary
supplements containing pyridoxal
5’-phosphate (the natural bioactive form
of Vitamin B6 known as P5P supplements)
should be banned. As discussed in the
July 7, 2008 issue of AAHF Pulse of
Freedom, Medicure Pharma wanted to see
this natural form of Vitamin B-6 banned
from the dietary supplement industry in
order to ensure the exclusivity of its
drug product, MC-1.
There are prescription
forms of various natural nutrients
including potassium, coenzyme Q-10, and
bromelain, among others. But this hasn’t
been used as justification to ban the
B vitamins -- some of
our most basic vitamins -- seem
especially at risk at the moment. The
law states clearly that natural
substances may not be patented. But
Merck holds a patent on a natural form
of folate (vitamin B-3), the calcium
salt of 5-methyl tetrahydrofolate,
considered by many to be the best
natural form of folate.
Dr. Steven W. Bailey,
a researcher, was able to get five
patents issued on the basis of his work
with this form of folate. Merck Eprova
acquired license to more than one patent
covering the use of 5-methyl
tetrahydrofolate, selling it under the
trade name Metafolin.
Merck has since only
sold this supplement in large bulk
quantities and imposed stringent
restrictions of the use of Metafolin in
dietary supplements that include what
formulas and dosages can and cannot be
used. Bristol Myers Squibb also
obtained a patent in 1999 for the
treatment of Alzheimer’s disease using
Means For All Of Us
B vitamins are
essential nutrients. Dr. Kilmer McCully
showed us that key B-vitamin nutrients
help control the enzyme homocysteine, a
known risk factor for heart disease as
well as other conditions.
There is another
reason why all of us need vitamins and
other supplements and why it is
essential to be able to buy them at
normal prices, not patented drug prices.
A British study by physician Dr. Dave
Thomas (using The Chemical Composition
of Food in the years 1940 through 1990)
showed that most if not all fruits and
vegetables have had declining nutrients
over that 50-year span. Recent USDA
research confirms this fact.
Factory farming has
changed the nutrient composition of soil
and brought unripened products to the
marketplace. The emphasis now is on
size, appearance, and a longer
shelf-life to sell the product, not on
This analysis was
triggered by a British physician’s
curiosity. His patients had a myriad of
chronic diseases yet all claimed to ‘eat
well.’ Indeed, government analyses in
the US continue to confirm that there is
a correlation between a nutrient poor
diet and chronic degenerative disease.
Americans are well
fed, and in many cases overfed, yet
undernourished. Arizona university
research has revealed that most American
children get key nutrients only from
their morning breakfast cereal.
Additional Arizona university research
has shown that most Americans get their
daily vitamin C from their morning
Fewer than ten percent
of Americans get the right amount of
fruits and vegetables, key sources of
nutrients. And a growing number of
academia-based experts indicate it is
impossible to get the nutrients we need
from diet alone. Under these
circumstances, supplementation is
May 2005 research
published in the Journal of the American
Medical Association (as analyzed by
Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D. in the Functional
Medicine Monthly) notes the fact that
78% of our nation’s health care dollars
go to the treatment of chronic diseases.
A diet rich in processed foods, nutrient
depleted foods, and a sedentary
lifestyle are correlated with our
nation’s alarming rates of type II
diabetes, heart disease, asthma,
allergies, and a host of other chronic
Combine this with the
concept of drug-induced nutrient
depletion. For example, oral
contraceptives result in lower levels of
vitamins that include B-6 as well as
other B-vitamins. Steroids deplete the
body of more nutrients than any other
single classification of drugs.
is widespread thanks to the generous use
of certain heart disease related
medications including diuretics for high
blood pressure and congestive heart
failure. According to some, we are now
in the midst of a potential crisis of
coenzyme Q-10 deficiency because statin
drugs deplete this vital nutrient and
statin drug use is at an all time high.
Most recently, pediatricians have been
told by medical authorities to give
statins to children as young as age 8.
The sale of statins
has also led to the demonization of
cholesterol, a substance that our bodies
and especially our brains need, and an
effort by drug companies to redefine
normal levels of total cholesterol down.
At time when Americans
get far too little of key nutrients such
as folic acid (B-3) because of their
consumption of processed grain products,
we cannot afford to ignore the move by
drug companies either to ban natural
vitamins or to patent them. This will
restrict our use of these key nutrients
and raise the costs of healthcare at a
time when those costs have already
spiraled out of control, in part because
of drug prices. Protecting our access
to key natural nutrients is good
medicine, for you and me and for this
I found this and
thought that you would like to see it.
Below is a table:
Impact of cyotoxic chemotherapy on 5-year survival
in American Adults.
of physicians refuse to do chemotherapy.
“The majority of the
cancer patients in this country die because of
chemotherapy, which does not cure breast, colon or
lung cancer. This has been documented for over a
decade and nevertheless doctors still utilize
chemotherapy to fight these tumors.” Dr. Allen
Levin, MD, author of The Healing of Cancer.
About the table:
Published in the journal Clinical Oncology in
December 2004, the results of this study were
astounding, showing that chemotherapy has an average
5-year survival success rate of just over 2 percent
for all cancers.
of watermelon is shown at the Gutierrez
Produce stand at the Dallas Farmers
Market, Tuesday, July 1, 2008, in
Dallas. Watermelons contain an
ingredient called citrulline that can
trigger production of a compound that
helps relax the body's blood vessels,
similar to what happens when a man takes
Viagra, said scientists in Texas. (AP
Photo/Tony Gutierrez) (Tony Gutierrez -
By BETSY BLANEY
The Associated Press
Thursday, July 3, 2008; 5:48 PM
LUBBOCK, Texas -- A
slice of cool, fresh watermelon is a juicy way to
top off a Fourth of July cookout and one that
researchers say has effects similar to Viagra _ but
don't necessarily expect it to keep the fireworks
going all night long.
contain an ingredient called citrulline that can
trigger production of a compound that helps
relax the body's blood vessels, similar to what
happens when a man takes Viagra, said scientists
in Texas, one of the nation's top producers of
the seedless variety.
Found in the
flesh and rind of watermelons, citrulline reacts
with the body's enzymes when consumed in large
quantities and is changed into arginine, an
amino acid that benefits the heart and the
circulatory and immune systems.
nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels, the
same basic effect that Viagra has, to treat
erectile dysfunction and maybe even prevent it,"
said Bhimu Patil, a researcher and director of
Texas A&M's Fruit and Vegetable Improvement
Center. "Watermelon may not be as organ-specific
as Viagra, but it's a great way to relax blood
vessels without any drug side effects."
Todd Wehner, who
studies watermelon breeding at North Carolina
State University, said anyone taking Viagra
shouldn't expect the same result from
"It sounds like
it would be an effect that would be interesting
but not a substitute for any medical treatment,"
The nitric oxide
can also help with angina, high blood pressure
and other cardiovascular problems, according to
the study, which was paid for by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture.
_ about 60 percent _ is found in watermelon rind
than in the flesh, Patil said, but that can
vary. But scientists may be able to find ways to
boost the concentrations in the flesh, he said.
found in all colors of watermelon and is highest
in the yellow-fleshed types, said Penelope
Perkins-Veazie, a USDA researcher in Lane, Okla.
She said Patil's
research is valid, but with a caveat: One would
need to eat about six cups of watermelon to get
enough citrulline to boost the body's arginine
"The problem you
have when you eat a lot of watermelon is you
tend to run to the bathroom more," Perkins-Veazie
Watermelon is a
diuretic and was a homeopathic treatment for
kidney patients before dialysis became
Another issue is
the amount of sugar that much watermelon would
spill into the bloodstream _ a jolt that could
cause cramping, Perkins-Veazie said.
Patil said he
would like to do future studies on how to reduce
the sugar content in watermelon.
between citrulline and arginine might also prove
helpful to those
who are obese or suffer from type-2 diabetes.
The beneficial effects, among them the ability
to relax blood vessels, much like Viagra
does,are beginning to be revealed in research.
Citrulline is present in other curcubits, like
cucumbers and cantaloupe, at very low levels,
and in the milk protein casein. The highest
concentrations of citrulline are found in walnut
seedlings, Perkins-Veazie said.
"But they're bitter and most people don't want to
eat them," she said.
Editor's Note: According to my physician, you'd
better like a lot of watermelon, since you'll
have to eat at least five cups of watermelon to
get the effects of one pill of Viagra.
Books by Dr Bruce
loved all his books.
clinical trial, the
cholesterol-lowering drug Vytorin did not help
people with heart-valve disease avoid further heart
problems but did appear to increase their risk of
cancer, scientists reported Monday.
scientists who reported on the trial, called Seas,
cautioned against panicking over the cancer
findings, saying that even well-designed clinical
trials sometimes produce chance results. A review of
two other, much larger trials did not find a similar
risk, they said.
and Zetia, a companion drug, are prescribed each
month to almost three million people worldwide and
are among the world’s top-selling medicines.
cardiologists and epidemiologists said that the
cancer risk could not be so easily dismissed.
findings of the Seas trial will heighten concerns
about Vytorin’s safety and effectiveness, said Dr.
Steven Nissen, a former president of the American
College of Cardiology and a longtime critic of
Vytorin. Six months ago, a fourth clinical trial,
called Enhance, also failed to show that Vytorin
benefited patients, leading a panel of top
cardiologists to recommend using Vytorin and Zetia
only as a last resort.
that recommendation, Vytorin and Zetia
prescriptions have plunged, though the drugs
remain among the largest sellers for
Schering- Plough, which jointly sell them. The
drugs had combined sales of $5 billion last year.
Merck and Schering skidded Monday after the Seas
trial results were reported, with Merck shares down
6 percent and Schering down 12 percent. After the
close of trading, both companies reported
second-quarter earnings that were slightly ahead of
is a single pill that combines two
cholesterol-lowering medicines —
Zocor, or simvastatin, and Zetia, or ezetimibe.
Both Zocor and Zetia are also available as single
pills. Zocor is a statin. Because two decades of
research have proven that statins reduce the risk of
heart attacks and do not raise the risk of cancer,
the new safety concerns center around ezetimibe. In
the United States, about two million prescriptions a
month are written for ezetimibe, either
independently as Zetia or in the Vytorin combination
Seas trial, which involved nearly 1,900 patients
whose heart valves were partially blocked,
participants were given either Vytorin or a placebo
pill that contained no medicine. Scientists hoped
that the trial would show that patients taking
Vytorin would have a lower risk of needing
valve replacement surgery or having
heart failure. But the drug did not show those
significant difference was observed between the
treatment groups for the combined primary endpoint,”
Dr. Terje Pedersen, the principal investigator for
the study and a professor medicine at Ulleval
University Hospital in Norway, said. The primary
endpoint is the result that scientists hope to prove
when they conduct a clinical trial.
patients taking Vytorin in the Seas trial did have a
sharply higher risk of developing and dying from
cancer. In the trial 102 patients taking Vytorin
developed cancer, compared with 67 taking the
placebo. Of those, 39 people taking Vytorin died
from their cancer, compared with 23 taking placebo.
absolute numbers of cancer cases were relatively
small. But they reached statistical significance,
meaning the odds were less than 5 percent that they
were the result of chance.
evaluate the cancer findings, Richard Peto,
professor of medical statistics and epidemiology at
the University of Oxford, examined the interim
results of two other clinical trials of Vytorin —
called Sharp and Improve-It. The University of
Oxford is leading the Sharp trial, which is
sponsored by Merck and Schering-Plough but run
independently by the university’s Clinical Trial
Sharp and Improve-It are comparing Vytorin with
simvastatin — Zocor — alone.
trial has yet been completed, but the two trials
combined have about 20,000 patients, nearly 10 times
as many as the Seas trial.
about the same number of patients taking Vytorin in
Sharp and Improve-It have developed cancer as those
taking simvastatin alone, Mr. Peto said in London on
Monday. That fact strongly suggests that the finding
in Seas is due to chance, Mr. Peto said.
we should not be diverted by fears of cancer,” he
also noted that the increase in cancers was not
clustered around a single type of malignancy, but
occurred widely. If ezetimibe did cause cancer, it
would be more likely to cause a single type than
many types, he said.
doctors said the data from Improve-It and Sharp were
not definitive. The patients in those trials have
generally been followed for one to two years, while
the Seas trial followed patients for four years.
Because cancer generally takes years to develop, it
may take some time for Vytorin’s risks — if they are
real — to become evident in patients.
know that you have much information about the cancer
risk from the other two trials,” said Dr. Bruce
Psaty, professor of epidemiology at the
University of Washington.
addition, the other two trials contain a puzzling
finding. While the number of cancer cases is similar
in those trials among patients taking Vytorin and
those who were not, the number of cancer deaths is
approximately one-third higher among those taking
Vytorin. In all, 136 people taking Vytorin have died
of cancer in the three trials, compared with 95
taking other medicines or a sugar placebo pill.
Califf, the director of the Duke Translational
Medicine Institute and the co-chairman of
Improve-It, the largest of the clinical trials
examining Vytorin, said that stopping the trials
early would be a mistake, since there was no proof
that ezetimibe — either in the form of Vytorin or
Zetia — caused cancer.
accept nonevidence as evidence is a worse mistake
than to finish the trial and get the data one way or
the other,” Dr. Califf said. However, patients
outside the trials, who can choose to take other
cholesterol-lowering drugs, should discuss the
findings with their doctors, he said. In general,
patients who can tolerate statins should take them
and not ezetimibe, he said.
Some call it the Fountain of Youth.
While driving home from a photoshoot in northern
Minnesota, I heard a story on the radio about a doctor
at a VA hospital in Illinois had reversed an aging
process (measured by changes in the eye of patients)
is the original story from the AP (found after I arrived
Seattle (June 27, 2008)- Using a high-output camera to film the
back of the human eye, for the first time researchers
have shown that a nutraceutical matrix can effectively
remove cellular debris from the human eye that
accumulates with advancing age and correlated this with
significant improvement in visual acuity and night
vision in an 80-year old man.
The accumulation of cellular debris in the retina is believed to
be the first sign of age-related macular degeneration,
an eye disease that robs senior adults of their central
vision used for reading or driving, for which there is
Dr. Stuart Richer OD, PhD, Chief, Optometry Section at the Veterans
Medical Center in North Chicago, speaking at the 111th
annual American Academy of Optometry meeting in Seattle,
says this may be the first time an intervention has been
shown to reverse aging changes in the retina.
The patient, an 80-year-old male, came to the eye clinic
complaining of loss of night vision. Commonly prescribed
nutriceuticals, such as lutein, vitamin E and fish oil
were employed with no positive result.
After 5 months on the dietary supplement regimen, five measurable
parameters of vision improved to varying but significant
degrees including night (contrast) vision, visual
acuity, color and side vision. Upon testing, it was also
found the patient's mental capacity had improved. The
patient said, "My
night vision and thinking have gotten much better."
of the hype I’ve come across calls resveratrol the
“fountain of youth” referring to Harvard studies that
showed that resveratrol
arteries of plaque making them smooth and youthful
·gives you a
boost of energy, helping to burn more calories
even reverse the damage from a lousy diet and lifestyle
one study, researchers took a group of middle aged mice
and separated them into two groups. One group they put
on a junk food diet, high in trans fats. This group
quickly developed the same symptoms of humans who ate
this same diet: an overloaded liver, insulin resistant
diabetes, a host of cardiovascular issues, and a strange
desire to prefer 24 hours infotainment to cold, hard
journalism (just kidding).
group of mice all died prematurely.
other group of mice got the same exact diet, but they
were also given resveratrol. The mice gained weight but
were much healthier than the other group in that their
organs functioned normally and they even looked
healthier. In the end, this latter group of mice lived
15% longer than normal.
study didn’t stop there. The researchers decided to put
these overweight mice through endurance tests and
compare the results to normal mice, on normal diets, but
not using resveratrol.
overweight mice, using resveratrol, beat the normal
group in performance, stamina, and agility. In fact,
this group had twice the stamina and agility as the
Another related study showed that mice on resveratrol
were able to run twice as far as normal, healthy mice
not taking resveratrol.
now know that resveratrol helps to increase mitochondria
production. Mitochondria are the furnaces in our cells
that convert fats to energy. As we age, mitochondria
begin to deteriorate. This is why our metabolism slows
as we age. However, research now shows that resveratrol
might just be that fountain of youth that we’ve
searched for since the beginning of time.
study I heard about at the VA hospital where one doctor
had actually reversed an aging process with resveratrol,
is just the beginning. More and more studies are coming
forth with this same result. From a special publication
of Dr Robert Rowan’s, we got the following:
at the University of Missouri show resveratrol reduces
oxidative stress in nerve cells and may protect against
age-related nerve changes.
State University School of Medicine, researchers show
resveratrol inhibited an enzyme that may lead to
less-than-optimal artery function.
in Japan show that rats consuming wine compounds for
eight weeks maintained healthy blood pressure.
shows resveratrol did a better job than Pepto-Bismol in
combating three strains of bacteria that cause diarrhea.
is antifungal. It protects the grape plant (vine and
grapes) from mold and bacterial infection, and has been
found to do the same in humans.
laboratory research has shown that resveratrol, a common
dietary supplement, suppresses the abnormal cell
formation that leads to most types of breast cancer.
doses of resveratrol have been shown to stop the
formation of these DNA adducts (atomic bonding to DNA
that can affect cell growth and proliferation).
cuts the incidence of cataracts (taken in the form of
red wine). [Gunnlaugsdoitter, E., et al., "Prevalence
and causes of visual impairment and blindness in
Icelanders aged 50 years and older: the Reykjavik Eye
Study," Acta Opthamol, 2008 May 30.]
Resveratrol, as we all should know by now, is found in
the skins of grapes, in berries, and of course, in red
wine. However, resveratrol is also found in grape
leaves. Here’s something I found on the web concerning
Throughout the ages, the grapevine has come to
represent fertility and prosperity. A luxuriant blooming
vineyard was associated with times of peace and
prosperity. A desolate vineyard, choked with weeds and
strewn with broken vines, was symbolic of the ravages of
war. For many, the grape vine was not just the bounty of
the fruitfulness of the land; it was a gift from God.
Today, scientists are increasingly pointing to grape
leaves for its numerous health benefits. As a powerful
antioxidant it helps keep the free radicals in our
bodies in check so that they don't promote too much
oxidation, which can harm the walls and structure of
cells, damage the genetic material inside a cell, and
cause many serious diseases. An astringent, in ancient
days grape leaves were used as a remedy for diarrhea and
throat infections. The leaves are said to be rich in an
a compound that is helps fight arthritis and cancer.
Grape leaves contain resveratrol, a stress metabolite
that inhibits the formation of fatty deposits in the
liver. They are also a source of vinifern, an antifungal
that works with resveratrol to protect the heart and
again, we learn a secret to the Mediterranean diet and
why the Greeks have much fewer cardiovascular problems
than we of the Western diet, not to mention lower cancer
Resveratrol is found in berries, peanuts, eucalyptus,
grapes, pomegranates, and grape leaves.
However, if you want to get resveratrol in a powerful
dose, you’ll have to
5 Keys to Fat Loss Success
Chant, Author of Crack the Fat Loss Code
When it comes to losing fat, success
doesn't happen overnight. Sometimes it doesn't even
happen over a few weeks, a few months or a few years.
Don't rush it, don't crash and don't expect too much of
yourself too soon. Life is for the living; for the
making of mistakes and learning from them. Below I have
outlined my 5 Keys to Fat Loss Success so
that you can not only lose fat but keep it off
1. Set realistic short-term goals: The best way
to think of these is as "mini-goals." When I was
actively training in road racing I didn't start out
running a marathon. I first started with smaller mileage
races and each time I would try to better my time
and better my distance
until I was running a competitive marathon. There is no
way to reach such a huge long-term goal without a few
mini-goals along the way. What are your mini-goals?
2. Short-term goals should lead you to long-term
goals: Allow for occasional setbacks along the way,
but regard them as learning experiences. That's the
beauty of short-term, or mini, goals. You can make a few
missteps along the way and still reach your ultimate
goal, as long as you simply learn from your misstep and
get back on track.
3. Set a training schedule and stick to it: It
helps to have a contract with yourself; how formal a
"contract" is up to you. Some clients put the schedule
in writing; others tack it to their fridge or keep a
sticky-note in their wallets. Some keep it in their
heads, but all do one thing in common: stick to it.
4. Listen to Your Body: If I've taught you one thing
in this book it's to listen to your body. We talked
about not eating too much, stuffing, and not eating too
little, starving. Your body sends you signals when it's
too full or too empty; listening to them is one way to
stay in balance. Your exercise should be the same.
Fatigue is a sign to take a break, and it's OK to do so.
The old adage of "no pain, no gain" has gone by the
5. Constantly challenge yourself: Life is meant
to be a challenge. We strive to meet challenges and move
beyond them. If we don't learn, we can't grow. Success
is like a muscle; it doesn't grow if it isn't stretched.
How far can you stretch today?
CHICAGO - For the first time, an influential doctors
group is recommending that some children as young as 8
be given cholesterol-fighting drugs to ward off future
is the strongest guidance ever given on the issue by the
American Academy of Pediatrics, which released its new
guidelines Monday. The academy also recommends low-fat
milk for 1-year-olds and wider cholesterol testing.
Stephen Daniels, of the academy's nutrition committee,
says the new advice is based on mounting evidence
showing that damage leading to heart disease, the
nation's leading killer, begins early in life.
also stems from recent research showing that
cholesterol-fighting drugs are generally safe for
children, Daniels said.
Several of these drugs are approved for use in children
and data show that increasing numbers are using them.
we are more aggressive about this in childhood, I think
we can have an impact on what happens later in life ...
and avoid some of these heart attacks and strokes in
adulthood," Daniels said. He has worked as a consultant
to Abbott Laboratories and Merck & Co., but not on
matters involving their cholesterol drugs.
treatment would generally be targeted for kids at least
8 years old who have too much LDL, the "bad"
cholesterol, along with other risky conditions,
including obesity and high blood pressure.
overweight children with too little HDL, the "good"
cholesterol, the first course of action should be weight
loss, more physical activity and nutritional counseling,
the academy says.
Pediatricians should routinely check the cholesterol of
children with a family history of inherited cholesterol
disease or with parents or grandparents who developed
heart disease at an early age, the recommendations say.
Screening also is advised for kids whose family history
isn't known and those who are overweight, obese or have
other heart disease risk factors.
Screening is recommended sometime after age 2 but no
later than age 10, at routine checkups.
academy's earlier advice said cholesterol drugs should
only be considered in children older than 10 after they
fail to lose weight. Its previous cholesterol screening
recommendations also were less specific and did not
include targeted ages for beginning testing.
Because obesity is a risk factor for heart disease and
often is accompanied by cholesterol problems, the
academy recommendations say low-fat milk is appropriate
for 1-year-olds "for whom overweight or obesity is a
Daniels, a pediatrician in the Denver area, agreed that
could include virtually all children. But he said
doctors may choose to offer the new milk advice only to
1-year-olds who are already overweight or have a family
history of heart problems.
academy has long recommended against reduced-fat milk
for children up to age 2 because saturated fats are
needed for brain development.
now we have the obesity epidemic and people are thinking
maybe this isn't such a good idea," said Dr. Frank Greer
of the University of Wisconsin, co-author of the
guidelines report, which appears in the July edition of
Pediatrics, the group's medical journal.
young children are increasingly getting fats from
sources other than milk and Greer said the updated
advice is based on recent research showing no harm from
reduced-fat milk in these youngsters.
one-third of U.S. children overweight and about 17
percent obese, the new recommendations are important,
said Dr. Jennifer Li, a Duke University children's heart
need to do something to stem the tide of childhood
obesity," Li said.
said that 15 years ago most of her patients with
cholesterol problems had an inherited form of
cholesterol disease not connected to obesity.
now they're really outnumbered" by overweight kids with
cholesterol problems and high blood pressure, she said.
Elena Fuentes-Afflick, a pediatrics professor at the
University of California at San Francisco, also praised
the new advice but said some parents think their kids
will outgrow obesity and cholesterol problems, and might
not take it seriously.
"It's hard for people to really understand" that those
problems in childhood can lead to serious health
consequences in adulthood, Fuentes-Afflick said.
It's hard for people to really understand
that starting children on a lifetime of drugs can lead
to serious health consequences in adulthood.
Dishing out cholesterol lowering drugs to
children is taking medical fraud to a new, ridiculous
level. Cholesterol does NOT cause heart disease. Heart
disease causes cholesterol to lay a coating over the
artery in effect, bandaging the diseased spot.
Some nut and shill of the pharmaceutical
industry (whose name will not be mentioned here because
he's lawsuit-happy) has declared that many kids
diagnosed with ADD and ADHD are actually Bipolar and
need a whole new regimen of drug therapies.
FIGHT BACK. Know the truth. Do your
homework. Tell your drug-pushing doctor where to get
off. Read The Cholesterol Myths, or any of the
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again we're closing the barn door after the horse is
out and gone. In Washington, the Federal Reserve has
finally acted to stop some of the predatory lending
that exploited people's need for money. And like Rip
Van Winkle, Congress is finally waking up from a
long doze under the warm sun of laissez-faire
economics. That's French for turning off the alarm
until the burglars have made their getaway.
Philosophy is one
reason we do this to ourselves; when you worship
market forces as if they were the gods of Olympus,
then the gods can do no wrong - until, of course,
they prove to be human. Then we realize we should
have listened to our inner agnostic and not been so
reverent in the first place.
But we also get into
these terrible dilemmas - where the big guys step
all over everyone else and the victims are required
to pay the hospital bills - because we refuse to
recognize the connection between money and politics.
This is the great denial in democracy that may
ultimately mean our ruin. We just don't seem able to
see or accept the fact that money drives policy.
It's no wonder that Congress and the White House
have been looking the other way as the predators
picked the pockets of unsuspecting debtors. Mega
banking and investment firms have been some of the
biggest providers of the cash vital to keeping
incumbents in office. There isn't much appetite for
biting - or regulating - the manicured hand that
Guess who gave the
most money to candidates in this 2007-08 federal
election cycle? That's right, the financial services
and real estate industries. They stuffed nearly $250
million into the candidate coffers. The
about-to-be-bailed-out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
together are responsible for about half the
country's $12 trillion mortgage debt. Lisa Lerer of
Politico.com reports that over the past decade, the
two financial giants with the down-home names have
spent nearly $200 million on campaign contributions
and lobbying. According to Lerer, "They've stacked
their payrolls with top Washington power brokers of
all political stripes, including Republican John
McCain's presidential campaign manager, Rick Davis;
Democrat Barack Obama's original vice presidential
vetter, Jim Johnson, and scores of others now
working for the two rivals for the White House."
Last Sunday's New
York Times put it as bluntly as anyone ever has: "In
Washington, Fannie and Freddie's sprawling lobbying
machine hired family and friends of politicians in
their efforts to quickly sideline any regulations
that might slow their growth or invite greater
oversight of their business practices. Indeed, their
rapid expansion was, at least in part, the result of
such artful lobbying over the years."
What a beautiful
term: "artful lobbying." It means honest graft. Look
at any of the important issues bogged down in the
swampland along the Potomac and you don't have to
scrape away the muck too deeply to find that
campaign cash is at the core of virtually every
impasse. We're spending more than six percent of our
salaries on gasoline, and global warming keeps
temperatures rising, but the climate bill was killed
last month and President Bush just got rid of his
daddy's longtime ban on offshore drilling. Only in a
fairy tale would anyone believe it's just
coincidence that the oil and gas industries have
donated more than $18 million to federal candidates
this year, three-quarters of it going to
Republicans. They've spent more than $26 million
lobbying this year - that's seven times more than
environmental groups have spent.
Follow the money -
it goes from your gas tank to the wine bars and
steak houses of DC, where the payoffs happen. Or
ponder that FISA surveillance legislation that just
passed the Senate. It let the big telecommunications
companies off the hook for helping the government
wiretap our phones and laptops without warrants.
Over the years those telecom companies have given
Republicans in the House and Senate $63 million and
Democrats $49 million. No wonder that when their
lobbyists reach out and place a call to Congress,
they never get a busy signal. Do the same without
making a big contribution, and you'll be put on
"hold" until the embalmer shows up to claim your
The late journalist
Meg Greenfield once wrote that trying to get money
out of politics is akin to the quest for a
squirrel-proof birdfeeder. No matter how clever and
ingenious the design, the squirrels are always one
mouthful ahead of you. Here's an example.
Corporations are limited in how much they can
contribute to candidates' campaigns, right? But
someone's always figuring out how to open another
back door. So Democrats have turned to Steve Farber.
He's using the resources of his big K Street law and
lobbying factory to help raise $40 million for the
Democratic National Convention. Half a dozen of his
clients have signed up, including AT&T, Comcast,
Western Union and Google. Their presence at the
convention will offer lots of opportunities to curry
favors at private parties while ordinary delegates
wander Denver looking for the nearest Wendy's. By
the way, just as you pay at the gas pump for those
energy lobbyists to wine and dine your
representatives in Washington, you'll pay on April
15 for Denver - corporations can deduct their
Another back door -
one quite familiar to Steve Farber and his ilk -
leads to presidential libraries. Bill Clinton's in
Arkansas required serious political bucks, and we're
not talking penny ante fines for overdue books.
Again, there's no limit to the amount donors can
give and no obligation to reveal their names.
Clinton's cost $165 million and we still don't know
the identities of everyone who put up the dough,
even though four years ago a reporter stumbled on a
list that included Arab businessmen, Saudi royals,
Hollywood celebs and the governments of Dubai,
Kuwait, Qatar, Brunei and Taiwan. Hmmm ...
Once George W. is
out of the White House, he, too, plans what one
newspaper described as a "legacy polishing"
institute - a presidential library and think tank at
Southern Methodist University in Dallas costing half
a billion dollars. Last Sunday, The Times of London
released a remarkable video of one of the
president's buddies and fund raisers - Stephen
Payne, a political appointee named to the Homeland
Security Advisory Council.
The Times set him up
in a video sting, and taped a conversation in which
Payne offers an exiled leader of Kyrgyzstan meetings
with such White House luminaries as Vice President
Cheney and Condoleezza Rice - provided he makes a
whopping contribution to the Bush Library, and an
even bigger payment to Payne's lobbying firm. Payne
tells him, "It will be somewhere between $600,000
and $750,000, with about a third of it going
directly to the Bush Library.... That's gonna be a
show of 'we're interested, we're your friends, we're
still your friends.'" The White House denies any
connection between library contributions and access
to officials, and harrumphed at the preposterous
idea that Payne had a close relationship with the
president. Unfortunately, there's at least one photo
of Payne with the president, cutting brush at Bush's
Crawford ranch. There's also one of Payne
demonstrating more guts than common sense, on a
rifle range with Deadeye Dick Cheney.
Payne, who now is
supporting John McCain, says he's done nothing
wrong, but a Congressional investigation intends to
find out. So, from the financial meltdown brought on
by predatory lending to global warming to tax breaks
and other favors, the late California politician
Jesse "Big Daddy" Unruh got it right: Money is the
mother's milk of politics. He knew what he was
talking about, because Big Daddy swigged it by the
gallon. Now it has curdled into a witch's brew.
(a Reagan former top executive, Assistant Treasury
neoconned Bush Regime and the Israeli-occupied American
media are heading the innocent world toward nuclear war.
Back in the Reagan years the National Endowment for
Democracy was created as a cold war tool. Today the NED
is a neocon-controlled agent for US world hegemony. Its
main function is to pour US money and election-rigging
into former constituent parts of the Soviet Union in
order to ring Russia with American puppet states.
The neoconservative Bush Regime used the NED to
intervene in Ukrainian and Georgian internal affairs in
keeping with the neoconservative plan to establish
US-friendly and Russia-hostile political regimes in
these two former constituent parts of Russia and the
The NED was also used to dismember the former Yugoslavia
with its interventions in Slovakia, Serbia, and
Allen Weinstein, who helped draft the legislation
establishing NED, told the Washington Post in 1991 that
much of what the NED does "today was done covertly 25
years ago by the CIA."
The Bush Regime, having established a puppet, Mikhail
Saakashvili, as president of Georgia, tried to bring
Georgia into NATO.
For readers too young to know, the North Atlantic Treaty
Organization was a military alliance between the US and
Western European countries to resist any Soviet move
into Western Europe [and to ensure European countries
lined up behind the US, and bought its weapons systems.
Editors] . There has been no reason for NATO since the
Soviet Union's internal political collapse almost two
decades ago. The neocons turned NATO into another tool,
like the NED, for US world hegemony. Subsequent US
administrations violated the understandings that
President Reagan had reached with Mikhail Gorbachev, the
last Soviet leader, and have incorporated former parts
of the Soviet empire into NATO. The neocon goal of
ringing Russia with a hostile military alliance has been
proclaimed many times.
Western European members of NATO balked at the admission
of Georgia, as they understood it as a provocative
affront to Russia, on whom Western Europe is dependent
for natural gas. Western Europeans are also disturbed
at the Bush Regime's intentions to install ballistic
missile defenses in Poland and the Czech Republic as the
consequence will be Russian nuclear cruise missiles
targeted on European capitals. Europeans don't see the
advantage of helping the US block Russian nuclear
retaliation against the US at the expense of their own
existence. Ballistic missile defenses are not useful
against cruise missiles.
Every country is tired of war except for the US. War,
including nuclear war, is the neoconservative strategy
for world hegemony.
The entire world, except for Americans, knows that the
outbreak of armed conflict between Russian and Georgian
forces in South Ossetia was entirely due to the US and
its Georgia puppet, Saakashvili. Americans, alone in
the world, are unaware that the hostilities were
initiated by Saakashvili, because Bush, Cheney and the
Israeli-occupied American media have again lied to them.
Everyone else in the world knows that the unstable and
corrupt Saakashvili, who proclaims democracy and runs a
police state, would not have taken on Russia by
attacking South Ossetia unless given the go-ahead by
The purpose of the Georgian attack on the Russian
population of South Ossetia is twofold:
To convince Europeans that their action in delaying
Georgia's NATO membership is the cause of "the Russian
aggression" and that to save Georgia from conquest
Georgia must be given NATO membership.
To ethnically cleanse South Ossetia of its Russian
population. Two thousand Russian civilians were
targeted and killed by the US-equipped and trained
Georgian Army, and tens of thousands fled into Russia.
Having achieved this goal, Saakashvili and his
puppet-masters in Washington quickly called for a cease
fire and a halt to "the Russian invasion." The hope is
that the Russian population will be afraid to return or
can be prevented from returning, thus removing the
No doubt the Bush Regime can con the American
population, just as it did with Iraqi weapons of mass
destruction, Iranian nukes, and 9/11 itself, but the
rest of the world is not buying it, not even America's
bought-and-paid-for European allies.
Writing in the Asia Times, Ambassador M. K. Bhadrakumar,
a former career diplomat in the Indian Foreign Service,
notes the disinformation that is being peddled by the
Bush Regime and the US media and reports that "at the
outbreak of violence, Russia had tried to have the
United Nations Security Council issue a statement
calling on Georgia and South Ossetia to immediately lay
down weapons. However, Washington was disinterested."
Amb. Bhadrakumar notes that the American and Georgian
resort to violence and propaganda has brought an end to
the Russian government's belief that diplomacy and good
will can bring about a settlement of the South Ossetia
issue. If Russia wished, Russia could terminate
Georgia's existence as a separate country at will, and
there is nothing the US could do about it.
It is certain that the Georgian invasion of South
Ossetia was a Bush Regime orchestrated event. The
American media and the neocon think tanks were ready
with their propaganda blitzes. Neocons had ready a Wall
Street Journal editorial page article for Saakashvili
that declares "the war in Georgia is a war for the
Faced with the collapse of his army when Russia sent in
troops to protect South Ossetians from the Georgian
troops, Saakashvili declared: "This is not about Georgia
any more. It is about America, its values."
The neocon Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.,
quickly called a conference hosted by warmonger Ariel
Cohen, "Urgent! Event: Russian-Georgian War: A Challenge
for the U.S. and the World."
The Washington Post hosted neocon Robert Kagen's war
drums, "Putin Makes His Move."
Only a fool like Kagen could think that if Putin
intended to invade Georgia he would do so from Beijing,
or that after sending the American-trained Georgian army
in flight, he would not continue and conquer all of
Georgia in order to put an end to American machinations
on Russia's most sensitive border, machinations that are
likely to eventually end in nuclear war.
The New York Tiimes hosted Billy Kristol's rant, "Will
Russia Get Away With It?" Kristol thunders against
"dictatorial and aggressive and fanatical regimes" that
"seem happy to work together to weaken the influence of
the United States and its democratic allies." Kristol
presents a new axis of evil--Russia, China, North Korea
and Iran--and warns against "delay and irresolution"
that "simply invite future threats and graver dangers."
In other words, "attack Russia now."
Dick Cheney, the insane American Vice President
telephoned Saakashvili to express US solidarity with
Georgia in the conflict with Russia and declared:
"Russian aggression must not go unanswered. Only an
idiot would tell Saakashvili anything other than "to
What must be the effect on US Intelligence services and
the US military of Cheney's propagandistic and
irresponsible statement of US support for Georgia's war
crimes? Does anyone really believe that the CIA or any
US intelligence service told the vice president that
Russia opened the conflict with an invasion? Russian
troops arrived in South Ossetia after thousands of
Ossetians had been killed by the Georgian attack and
after tens of thousands of Ossetians had fled into
Russia to escape the Georgian attack. According to news
reports, Russian forces have captured Americans who were
with the Georgian troops directing their attack on
The US military certainly has no resources for a war
against Russia on top of lost wars in Iraq and
Afghanistan and a planned war with Iran.
With its Georgian venture, the Bush Regime is guilty of
a new round of war crimes. What will be the consequence?
Many will reply that having got away with 9/11,
Afghanistan, Iraq, and with its preparations for
attacking Iran, the Bush Regime will get away with its
Georgian venture as well.
Possibly, however, this time the Bush Regime has
Certainly Russia now recognizes that the US is
determined to exert hegemony over Russia and is Russia's
China realizes the US threat to its own energy supply
and, thereby, economy.
Even America's European allies, chafing under their role
of supplying troops for America's Empire, must now
realize that being an American ally is dangerous and has
no benefits. If Georgia becomes a NATO member and
renews its attack on South Ossetia, it must drag Europe
into a war with Russia, a main supplier of energy to
Moreover, if Russian troops are sent across European
frontiers, there is nothing to stop them.
What does America offer Europe, aside from the millions
of dollars it pays to buy off Europe's political leaders
to insure that they betray their own peoples? Nothing
The only military threat that Europe faces comes from
being dragged into America's wars for American hegemony.
The US is financially bankrupt, with budget and trade
deficits that exceed the combined deficits of the rest
of the world together. The dollar has wilted. The
American consumer market is dying from the offshoring of
American jobs and, thereby, incomes, and from the wealth
effect of the real estate and derivatives collapses.
The US has nothing to offer Europe. Indeed, American
economic decline is killing European exports by driving
up the value of the euro.
America long ago lost the moral high ground. Hypocrisy
has become America's best known hallmark. Bush, the
invader of Afghanistan and Iraq on the basis of lies and
deception, thunders at Russia for coming to the defense
of its peacekeepers and Russian citizens in South
Ossetia. Bush who ripped Kosovo out of Serbia's heart
and handed it to the Muslims, has taken an adamant stand
against other separatist movements, especially the South
Ossetians who wish to be part of the Russian Federation.
The neoconned Bush Regime is furious that the Russian
bear was not intimidated by the US supported aggression
of the American puppet state, Georgia. Instead of
accepting the act of American hegemony that the neocon
script called for, Russia sent the Americanized Georgian
army fleeing in fear.
Having failed with weapons, the Bush Regime now
unleashes the rhetoric. The White House is warning
Russia that failure to acquiesce to US hegemony could
have a "significant, long-term impact on relations
between Washington and Moscow."
Do the morons who comprise the Bush Regime really not
understand that short of a surprise nuclear attack on
Russia there is nothing whatsoever the US can do to
The Bush Regime owns no Russian currency that it can
dump. The Russians own US dollars.
The Bush Regime owns no Russian bonds that it can dump.
The Russians own US bonds.
The US can cut Russia off from no energy supplies.
Russia can cut America's European allies off from
President Reagan negotiated the end of the cold
war with Soviet President Gorbachev.,The
neoconservatives, whom Reagan fired and drove from his
administration, were furious. The neocons had hoped to
win the cold war, thereby establishing American
The Republican Establishment reestablished its hegemony
under Bush 1st that it had lost to Ronald Reagan. With
this feat, intelligence was driven from the Republican
The neocons engineered their comeback with the First
Gulf War and their propaganda, pure lies, that Iraqi
troops bayoneted Kuwait babies in hospitals.
The neocons made a further comeback with President
Clinton, whom they convinced to bomb Serbia in order to
permit separatist movements to become independent states
dependent on America.
With Bush 2nd, the neocons took over. Their agenda,
American world hegemony, includes Israeli hegemony in
the Middle East.
So far the schemes of these ignorant and dangerous
ideologues have come a cropper. Iraq, formerly in the
hands of secular Sunnis who were a check on Iran, is,
after the American invasion and occupation, in the hands
of religious Shi'ites allied with Iran.
In Afghanistan, the Taliban are resurgent, and a large
NATO/US army there is unable to control the situation.
One consequence of the neocons' Afghan war has been the
loss of power of the American puppet president of
Pakistan, a Muslim country armed with nuclear weapons.
The puppet president now faces impeachment, and the
Pakistani military has informed the Americans to stop
conducting military operations in Pakistani territory.
The American puppets in Egypt and Jordan might be next
In Iraq, the Shi'ites, having completed their ethnic
cleansing of Sunnis from neighborhoods, have declared a
cease fire in order to contradict the US propaganda that
American withdrawal would lead to a blood bath.
Negotiations on withdrawal dates are now underway
between the Americans and the Iraqi government, which is
no longer behaving like a puppet.
Last year Hugo Chavez ridiculed Bush before the UN.
Russia's Putin ridiculed Bush as Comrade Wolf.
On August 12, 2008, Pravda ridiculed Bush, "Bush: Why
don't you shut up."
Americans may think they are a superpower before whose
presence the world trembles. But not the Russians.
Those Americans stupid enough to think that America's
"superpower" insures its citizens from danger need to
read the total contempt shown for President Bush in
Why don't you shut up? In your statement on Monday
regarding the legitimate actions of the Russian
Federation in Georgia, you failed to mention the
war crimes perpetrated by Georgian military forces,
which American advisors support, against Russian and
Why don't you shut up? Your faithful ally, Mikhail
Saakashvili, was announcing a ceasefire deal while
his troops, with your advisors, were massing on
Ossetia's border, which they crossed under cover of
night and destroyed Tskhinvali, targeting civilian
structures just like your forces did in Iraq.
Why don't you shut up? Your American transport
aircraft gave a ride home to thousands of Georgian
soldiers from Iraq directly into the combat zone.
Why don't you shut up? How do you account for the
fact that among the Georgian soldiers fleeing the
fighting yesterday you could clearly hear officers
using American English giving orders to "Get back
inside" and how do you account for the fact that
there are reports of American soldiers among the
Why don't you shut up? Do you really think anyone
gives any importance whatsoever to your words after
8 years of your criminal and murderous regime and
policies? Do you really believe you have any moral
ground whatsoever and do you really imagine there is
a single human being anywhere on this planet who
does not stick up his middle finger every time you
appear on a TV screen?
Do you really believe you have the right to give any
opinion or advice after Abu Ghraib? After
Guantanamo? After the massacre of hundreds of
thousands of Iraqi citizens? After the torture by
Do you really believe you have any right to make a
statement on any point of international law after
your trumped-up charges against Iraq and the
subsequent criminal invasion?
Why don't you shut up? Suppose Russia for instance
declares that Georgia has weapons of mass
destruction? And that Russia knows where these WMD
are, namely in Tblisi and Poti and north, south,
east and west of there? And that it must be true
because there is 'magnificent foreign intelligenc'
such as satellite photos of milk powder factories
and baby cereals producing chemical weapons and
which are currently being 'driven around the country
in vehicles'? Suppose Russia declares for instance
that 'Saakashvili stiffed the world' and it is 'time
for regime change'?
Nice and simple, isn't it, President Bush?
"So, why don't you shut up? Oh and by the way, send some
more of your military advisors to Georgia, they are
doing a sterling job. And they look all funny down the
night sight, all green."
The US is not a superpower. It is a bankrupt farce run
by imbeciles who were installed by stolen elections
arranged by Karl Rove and Diebold. It is a laughing
stock, that ignorantly affronts and attempts to bully an
enormous country equipped with tens of thousands of
Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant
Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration.
He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal
editorial page and Contributing Editor of National
Review. He is coauthor of
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was considering a replacement for one
of his generals who had died. A staff
was pushing a particular man.
staff member went through a long list of
the candidate's qualifications.
thought a moment, then asked, "But
is he lucky?"
appears that one of Barack Obama's principal
assets is good luck. Consider this:
Obama supports withdrawing American troops
from Iraq on a timetable, ending in 2010.
recommends direct talks with Iran over its
stands are severely criticized by John
and by President Bush.
McCain points out that Obama hadn't been to
Iraq in two years and didn't know the
situation on the
ground. When Obama announces he intends to
Iraq, McCain attacks him for it.
Before Obama leaves for Iraq, the Iraqi
calls for American troop withdrawal in an
with a German publication. The White House
there must have been a mistranslation of
what he said.
While Obama is in Iraq, the Iraqi premier
that he wants American troops out by 2010 --
date Obama had recommended. The White
which once said Americans would leave Iraq
Iraqis want us to leave," now says it
"time horizon" for American departure.
While all this is happening, John McCain
says in an
interview with Katy Couric of CBS News,
opposed to the surge, but the surge has
brought about the Sunni Awakening, whereby
kicked Al Quaida out of their area."
check: the Sunni Awakening began in August
2006. The surge wasn't announced until the
December, and didn't begin until March of
2007. By the
time American troops were at full surge
strength in Iraq,
11 months had passed since the Sunni
in Berlin, the shouts from the
audience were so loud
they were heard as far away as
In fact, the French were so
concerned that they
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been waiting for them, so without further ado here are
the 2008 Darwin awards.
In Detroit , a 41-year-old man got stuck and drowned in
two feet of water after squeezing head first through an
18-inch-wide sewer grate to retrieve his car keys.
A 49-year-old San Francisco stockbroker, who 'totally
zoned when he ran,' accidentally, jogged off a 100-foot
high cliff on his daily run.
While at the beach, Daniel Jones, 21, dug an 8 foot hole
for protection from the wind and had been sitting in a
beach chair at the bottom when it t collapsed, burying
him beneath 5 feet of sand. People on the beach used
their hands and shovels trying to get him out but could
not reach him. It took rescue workers using heavy
equipment almost an hour to free him. Jones was
pronounced dead at a hospital.
Santiago Alvarado, 24, was killed as he fell through the
ceiling of a bicycle shop he was burglarizing. Death was
caused when the long flashlight he had placed in his
mouth to keep his hands free rammed into the base of his
skull as he hit the floor.
Sylvester Briddell, Jr., 26, was killed as he won a bet
with friends who said he would not put a revolver loaded
with four bullets into his mouth and pull the trigger.
After stepping around a marked police patrol car parked
at the front door, a man walked into H&J Leather &
Firearms intent on robbing the store. The shop was full
of customers and a uniformed officer was standing at the
counter. Upon seeing the officer, the would-be robber
announced a hold-up, and fired a few wild shots from a
target pistol. The officer and a clerk promptly returned
fire, and several customers also drew their guns and
fired. The robber was pronounced dead at the scene by
Paramedics. Crime scene investigators located 47
expended cartridge cases in the shop. The subsequent
autopsy revealed 23 gunshot wounds. Ballistics
identified rounds from 7 different weapons. No one else
Paul Stiller, 47, and his wife Bonnie were bored just
driving around at 2 A.M. so they lit a quarter stick of
dynamite to toss out the window to see what would
happen. Apparently they failed to notice the window was
Kerry Bingham had been drinking with several friends
when one of them said they knew a person who had
bungee-jumped from a local bridge in the middle of
traffic. The conversation grew more heated and at least
10 men trooped along the walkway of the bridge at 4:30
AM. Upon arrival at the midpoint of the bridge they
discovered that no one had brought a bungee rope.
Bingham, who had continued
drinking, volunteered and pointed out that a coil of
lineman's cable, lay near by. They secured one end
around Bingham's leg and then tied the other to the
bridge. His fall lasted 40 feet before the cable
tightened and tore his foot off at the ankle. He
miraculously survived his fall into the icy water and
was rescued by two nearby fishermen. Bingham's foot was
AND THE WINNER IS...
Zookeeper Friedrich Riesfeldt ( Paderborn , Germany )
fed his constipated elephant 22 doses of animal laxative
and more than a bushel of berries, figs and prunes
before the plugged-up pachyderm finally got relief.
Investigators say ill-fated
Friedrich, 46, was attempting to give the ailing
elephant an olive oil enema when the relieved beast
unloaded. The sheer force of the elephant's unexpected
defecation knocked Mr. Riesfeldt to the ground where he
struck his head on a rock as the elephant continued to
evacuate 200 pounds of dung on top of him.
THEY WALK AMOUNG US....
IT ALWAYS SEEMS IMPORTANT TO THANK THESE PEOPLE FOR
REMOVING THEMSELVES FROM THE GENE POOL.
Light Switch in a Physician's Men's
This guy goes
to see his doctor and immediately tells him that he
shouldn't prescribe both Viagra and Chantix to his
patients at the same time?
looks up and asks, "Why? I've not heard of any bad
the patient, "the Viagra works; I can still get it up,
but then it just stubs itself out in an ashtray."
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Bush. Like a Rock. Only Dumber.
You Can't Be Pro-War And Pro-Life At The Same Time
If You Can Read This, You're Not the President
Of Course It Hurts: You're Getting Screwed by an
Hey, Bush Supporters: Embarrassed Yet?
George Bush: Creating the Terrorists Our Kids Will Have
Impeachment: It's Not Just for Sex Anymore
America : One Nation, Under Surveillance
They Call Him "W" So He Can Spell It
Jail to the Chief
No, Seriously, Why Did We Invade?
Bush: God's Way of Proving Intelligent Design is Full Of
Bad president! No Banana.
We Need a President Who's Fluent In At Least
We're Making Enemies Faster Than We Can Kill Them
Is It Vietnam Yet?
You Elected Him. You Deserve Him.
When Bush Took Office, Gas Was $1.46
The Republican Party: Our Bridge to the 11th Century
GOP: Putting Clueless White People in the White House
GOP: When are you idiots going to vote us out of office?
GOP: Give us one more chance. We promise not to f***k it
up this time.
Q. What is an Economic Stimulus Payment?
A. It is money that the federal government will send to
Q. Where will the government get this money?
A. From taxpayers.
Q. So the government is giving me back my own money?
A. Only a smidgen.
Q. What is the purpose of this payment?
A. The plan is that you will use the money to purchase a
high-definition TV set, thus stimulating the economy.
Q. But isn't that stimulating the economy of China?
A. Shut up.
sent to an Australian travel agent from prospective
visitors ... and answers:
Q: Does it ever get windy in Australia? I have never
seen it rain on TV, how do the plants grow? (UK).
A: We import all plants fully grown and then just sit
around watching them die.
Q: Will I be able to see kangaroos in the street? (USA)
A: Depends how much you've been drinking.
Q: I want to walk from Perth to Sydney - can I follow
the railroad tracks? (Sweden)
A: Sure, it's only three thousand miles, take lots of
Q: Are there any ATMs (cash machines) in Australia ? Can
you send me a list of them in Brisbane, Cairns
,Townsville and Hervey Bay? (UK)
A: What did your last slave die of?
Q: Can you give me some information about hippo racing
in Australia? ( USA)
A: A-fri-ca is the big triangle shaped continent south
of Europe. Aus-tra-lia is that big island in the middle
of the Pacific which does not ... oh forget it. Sure,
the hippo racing is every Tuesday night in Kings Cross.
Q: Which direction is North in Australia? (USA)
A: Face south and then turn 180 degrees. Contact us when
you get here and we'll send the rest of the directions.
Q: Can I bring cutlery into Australia? (UK)
A: Why? Just use your fingers like we do.
Q: Can you send me the Vienna Boys' Choir schedule?
A: Aus-tri-a is that quaint little country bordering
Ger-man-y, which is .... oh forget it. Sure, the Vienna
Boys Choir plays every Tuesday night in Kings Cross,
straight after the hippo races. Come naked.
Q: Can I wear high heels in Australia ? ( UK )
A: You are a British politician, right?
Q: Are there supermarkets in Sydney and is milk
available all year round? (Germany)
A: No, we are a peaceful civilization of vegan
hunter/gatherers. Milk is illegal.
Q: Please send a list of all doctors in Australia who
can dispense rattlesnake serum. (USA)
A: Rattlesnakes live in A-meri-ca which is where YOU
come from. All Australian snakes are perfectly harmless,
can be safely handled and make good pets.
Q: I have a question about a famous animal in Australia,
but I forget its name. It's a kind of bear and lives in
A: It's called a Drop Bear. They are so called because
they drop out of Gum trees and eat the brains of anyone
walking underneath them. You can scare them off by
spraying yourself with human urine before you go out
Q: I have developed a new product that is the fountain
of youth. Can you tell me where I can sell it in
A: Anywhere significant numbers of Americans gather.
Q: Can you tell me the regions in Tasmania where the
female population is smaller than the male population?
A: Yes, gay night clubs.
Q: Do you celebrate Christmas in Australia? ( France )
A: Only at Christmas.
Q: I was in Australia in 1969 on R+R, and I want to
contact the Girl I dated while I was staying in Kings
Cross. Can you help? (USA)
A: Yes, and you will still have to pay her by the hour.
Q: Will I be able to speak English most places I go?
A: Yes, but you'll have to learn it first
There was a preacher whose wife was expecting a baby so
he went before the congregation and asked for a raise.
After much discussion, they passed a rule that whenever
the preacher's family expanded, so would his paycheck.
After 6 children, this started to get expensive and the
congregation decided to hold another meeting to discuss
the preacher's salary. There was much yelling and
bickering about how much the clergyman's additional
children were costing the church. Finally, the Preacher
got up and spoke to the crowd.
"Children are a gift from God," he said. Silence fell on
In the back pew, a little old lady stood up and in her
frail voice said, "Rain is also a gift from God, but
when we get too much of it, we wear rubbers."
And the congregation said, "Amen."
photographer for CNN was assigned to cover southern
California's wildfires. He wanted picture s of the
heroic work the
firefighters were doing as they battled the blazes. When
the photographer arrived on the scene, he realized the
smoke was so thick it would seriously impede, or even
make impossible, his getting good photographs from the
ground level. He requested permission from his boss to
rent a plane and take photos from the air. His request
was approved, and he used his cell phone to call the
local county airport to charter a flight. He was told a
single engine plane
would be waiting for him at the airport.
Arriving at the
airfield, he spotted a plane warming up outside a
hanger. He jumped in with his bag, slammed the door
shut, and shouted, "Let's go!" The pilot taxied out,
swung the plane into the wind and roared down the
runway. Once airborne, the photographer said to the
pilot, "Fly over the valley, make two or three low
passes so I can take some photos of the fires on the
hillsides." "Why?" asked the pilot. "Because I'm a
photographer for CNN," he responded. "And, I need to get
some close-up shots." The pilot was strangely silent for
a moment, finally he stammered, "So, you're telling me
you're not the flight instructor...
have a neighbor who has seven kids. I asked
him why he had so many.
keep hoping that when they grow up, at least
one of them will be able to solve the
problem of overpopulation."
grandmother telephoned St. Joseph's Hospital. She
timidly asked, "Is it possible to speak to someone who
can tell me how a patient is doing?"
The operator said, "I'll be glad to help, dear. What's
the name and room number?"
The grandmother in her weak, tremulous voice said,
"Norma Findlay, Room 302."
The operator replied, "Let me place you on hold while I
check with her nurse."
After a few minutes, the operator returned to the phone
and said, "Oh, I have good news. Her nurse just
told me that Norma is doing very well. Her blood
pressure is fine; her blood work just came back as
normal, and her physician, Dr. Cohen, has scheduled her
to be discharged on Tuesday."
The grandmother said, "Thank you. That's wonderful! I
was so worried! God bless you for the good news."
The operator replied, "You're more than welcome. Is
Norma your daughter?"
The grandmother said, "No, I'm Norma Findlay in 302. No
one tells me shit."
During the Charles Gibson interview,
Gubernatrix Palin claimed to be an expert in foreign
policy because she could see Russia from Alaska. The
next day someone mooned her, and she's now a
Who says Today's Kids
aren't smart ??
I wish I'd thought of this...
At a high School in Montana a group of high
schoolers played a prank on the school. They let
three goats loose in the school.
Before they let them go they painted numbers on the
sides of the goats.. 1,2,4.
Local school administrators spent most of the day
looking for #3
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