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Why Is This Newsletter So Late?
Well, I've been busy.

Reviews: Photo Programs, Presentation Software, Video Editing, DVD Creation
We’ve reviewed a very powerful DVD creation program.

Miracle Water
I've been chasing this stuff down for nearly 20 years now. I've finally found it and this time, I'm sure of it.

iFlora Nasal
Probiotics for your sinuses and upper respiratory system.

Depression and Nutrition
The original article was written nearly ten years ago, but since then we've found even more nutritional keys to a healthy attitude.

Take these two supplements to beat depression
Following on the heals of the article above, here are still two more nutrients that have been recently tested successfully.  

The Government CANNOT Run Medicine
Surprise surprise!

Small Companies Fight Back
And we want you to support them; let's face it, they're fighting for your freedoms too.

FDA Issues Warnings on Cipro and Other Antibiotics
And they still tell us that herbs and nutrition are dangerous.

MRSA Udate
This time documented with pictures.

Chia Review
Some of you may know it as Salba, but you're paying double for nearly the same thing. Oh...and we have recipes.

Book Review: Money Driven Medicine
And you thought altruism was the foundation?

Healing PTSD
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.

Book Review: The End of All Disease
A very strange book, but well worth the time.

Whole Food Signatures
I can't believe the crap they publish on the Internet.

New Tests That Could Make Mammograms Obsolete
You can bet the radiologists don't like this.

Another Great Vitamin B Raid?
Will it ever stop? Drugs are killing us, but the FDA goes after vitamins.

Overall Success Rate for Chemotherapy
Someone sent this to me and I just had to publish it.

Scientists: Watermelon Yields Viagra-like Effects
However, the watermelon has seeds.

Three New Books by Dr Bruce Fife
We've reviewed his books in the past. He's one darn good naturopath.

Trial Intensifies Concerns About Safety of Vytorin
When good drugs go bad.

Resveratrol Another Look
We've focused on this nutrient in the past, and in our alternative cancer therapies, but recent studies show that there is much, much more to resveratrol.

5 Keys to Fat Loss Success
By the author of Crack the Fat Loss Code.

Cholesterol drugs recommended for some 8-year-olds
Stop the insanity. Has anyone noticed that the average lifespan of Americans is actually dropping?

Many sent to us by our readers and an update from the Organic Consumer's Association.

Lafter is the Best Medicine
So a monk, a pirate, and a rabbi go into a bar...

Diamond V XPC (the EpiCor alternative)
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Did you know that Monsanto contributes hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to elected officials and spends millions in lobbying? Contact your legislators and tell them to say NO to Monsanto's Dirty Money







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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.

Sign OCA's petition to Home Depot. Tell Home Depot's CEO Frank Blake: Do the Right Thing, Dump Monsanto!

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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:

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"My 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.












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.








Kellogg has 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 environmental factors.

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.

"Pyrethrin Chemicals in Pet Shampoo May Increase Autism Risk" Mark Henderson, The Times of London, 5/15/08,  The CHARGE Study, 





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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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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.


















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Why Is This Newsletter So Late?
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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.

For 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.

So 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.”

The new site is 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.)

I 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.)

One 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 her.

I 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.

I’ve 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 speakers on).

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 contact me.

Reviews: Photo Programs, Presentation Software, Video Editing, DVD Creation.


While 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.

To read the review, click here: DVDit.

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Miracle Water


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 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 HIV/AIDS.

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 water.

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 age slower.

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 tested.

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 plain water.

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.”

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 impressed.

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 was skeptical.

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 medicinal mushrooms.

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 in.

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: Miracle Water.

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.

Read all about this amazing water: Covalent Silver Solution.

iFlora Nasal
New Product from Sedona Labs


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 sinusitis.

In 2003, 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 billion).

Sedona Labs has taken this research to create their latest product, iFlora Nasal. They’ve also added one of my favorite supplements to their 22 Billion cells of nasal specific probiotics: NAC.

NAC (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.

To 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: Probiotics.)

One 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 Covalent Silver Solution and a drop or two of Magnascent

Here 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 use.

I 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 article on 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.

I 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.

All 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.

Depression and Nutrition


I love it when people tell me that their depression is caused by a "chemical imbalance."

Q: Where do these "chemicals" come from?

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 Depression and 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 EPA, period.

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 two weeks.

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 it though.

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 digestive tract.

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 the probiotics.

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.

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The Government CANNOT Run Medicine!
Because it has been, and it’s a total flop.

You 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.

Did 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.

In 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 money.

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 “giving” rewarding?

Moore and Johnston both quote Erlichman’s and Nixon’s taped conversation:

Erlichman: “… the less care they give them, the more money they make.”

Nixon: “Fine.”

While the people were screaming for universal health care, the far right used the GOPSpeak term, Socialized Medicine, equating universal health care with Russian fascism.

What 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.

In 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.

Our 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.

We 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 diminished.

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 Part D.

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 it.

The 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 best.

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 in every 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 friends.

Small Companies Fight Back
When, in the course of human events....


Some 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 pretty important.

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.

On 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.

The 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.

Mark 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.

The 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.

Few 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.

After the 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 Dummies.)

Join the Revolution

The 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: 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 Cancer’s 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.

The 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 silver supplements.

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 `disease' condition.

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 settle.

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 the deputy"

"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 Attorney General."

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 decision.

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 against them.

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:


C.M.R.R. 7003 0500 0000 9039 8675, dated November 30, 2007

Reference: Cause No. D-1-GV-04-000268 (GV 400268)


Defendants & Alleged Defendants



I, 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:


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.

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.

Without Prejudice,
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
Utopia [78884]
Within The organic State of Texas,
The United States of America

As 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 medical device).

"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 into privileges."

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."

FDA Issues Warnings on Cipro and Other Antibiotics
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press Writer Tue Jul 8, 11:25 AM ET


Go go Original.

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.

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday ordered makers of flouroquinolone drugs — a potent class of antibiotics — to add a 'black box' warning to their products, which include Cipro, Levaquin, Floxin and other medications.

Patients should immediately stop taking the medications if they develop any tendon pain, swelling or inflammation.

MRSA Update
Healon PF to the rescue...again.


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 patients.

The 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 four.

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 Salley's Healon PF, and this time it is documented in pictures. 

Ron has 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.

Ron's Healon PF and Sugar Foot can be purchased only thru Simply the Best.

Chia Review (Salba)
What you’ll want to know.


Chia 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 fatty acids.

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.

Now, 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 Europe.

So 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.

Chia: Rediscovering a Forgotten Crop of the Aztecs is a thoroughly researched historical document full of facts about this amazing grain.

For 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 you.

One 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.

One 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.

Now 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.

One 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 antioxidant.

Because of the protein content, chia contains all the important amino acids. 

The 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.

I’ve 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 chia.

So, 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.

As always, we've added this product to our recipes: Better than Budwig―Chia Recipes.

Here are some links to the people who have helped us with our recipes and research:

Book Review
Money Driven Medicine


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 Got Sicker).

I 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.

The book we’ll talk about today is the one by Maggie Mahar.

One 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.

The 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 facility).

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.

She 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.

Drug 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.

When 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.

The 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 so well.

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 without.

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.

Healing PTSD
It isn't easy, but it is impossible if you don't try.


This web site and our publishing company originally focused on cancer and the immune system. By the turn of the century, we’d done well over 18 years of research into cancer.

We get a lot of letters about cancer, but the one subject about which we get the most letters is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Our 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 themselves.

One thing I promised years ago when writing the article was that I would follow up with an article on healing PTSD.

This 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 VA Hospitals.

If you know of someone suffering from PTSD, you might consider sending them the full article: Healing PTSD.

Book Review
The End of All Disease
By R E Payne


This has been one of the hardest books to review we've ever received. It's better than a Hitchcock murder mystery, and it's just as unbelievable, except The End of All Disease is non fiction.

As I write in the first sentence of the review: This was the strangest book I’ve ever read. I’ve read it three times now. It’s good enough to keep your attention, but it’s just strange.

Click on the book cover to read the review.

Whole Food Signatures
Where do they get this crap?


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:

A 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 eyes.

What amazes me mostly is that people don't really read the stuff they get, or otherwise they would

  • never forward it on

  • write back to the sender: Do you really take me for an idiot?

For your enjoyment, we debunk this piece that is floating about the internet as if it were all just so perfectly true: Debunking Whole Food Signatures.

New Tests That Could Make Mammograms Obsolete
But first the bad news: neither of these tests has been approved by our FDA.


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.  

The first 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.

Again, 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.

Another Great Vitamin B Raid?
Will they never end?


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Newspapers in 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. rolling_vitamin_c.jpg

No charges were ever filed against Dr. Wright (details available in the December 17, 2007 December 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 Under Assault

Recently, Medicure 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 natural form.

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 folate.

What This 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 nutritional content.

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 orange juice.

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 essential.

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 diseases.

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.

Magnesium deficiency 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 nation.

Overall Success Rate for Chemotherapy


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.

Seventy-five percent 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.

Just click on the image below:

Scientists: Watermelon Yields Viagra-like Effects



A slice 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)

A slice 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 - AP)


The Associated Press
Thursday, July 3, 2008; 5:48 PM

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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.

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, 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.

"Arginine boosts 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 watermelon.

"It sounds like it would be an effect that would be interesting but not a substitute for any medical treatment," Wehner said.

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.

More citrulline _ 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.

Citrulline is 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 level.

"The problem you have when you eat a lot of watermelon is you tend to run to the bathroom more," Perkins-Veazie said.

Watermelon is a diuretic and was a homeopathic treatment for kidney patients before dialysis became widespread.

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.

The relationship 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.

Three New Books by Dr Bruce Fife
We've loved all his books.


I've just received three new books by Dr Fife. They will soon be available through our friends at Wilderness Family Naturals.

The reviews are posted separately.

Coconut Water for Health and Healing

Oil Pulling Therapy: Detoxifying and Healing the Body through Oral Cleansing

The Palm Oil Miracle

Trial Intensifies Concerns About Safety of Vytorin


July 22, 2008

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In a 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.

The 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.

Vytorin and Zetia, a companion drug, are prescribed each month to almost three million people worldwide and are among the world’s top-selling medicines.

But other cardiologists and epidemiologists said that the cancer risk could not be so easily dismissed.

The 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.

Since that recommendation, Vytorin and Zetia prescriptions have plunged, though the drugs remain among the largest sellers for Merck and Schering- Plough, which jointly sell them. The drugs had combined sales of $5 billion last year.

Shares of 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 analysts’ estimates.

Vytorin 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 pill.

In the 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 benefits.

“No 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.

However, 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.

The 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.

To 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 Service Unit.

The Improve-It trial is being led by investigators by Harvard and Duke University.

Both Sharp and Improve-It are comparing Vytorin with simvastatin — Zocor — alone.

Neither trial has yet been completed, but the two trials combined have about 20,000 patients, nearly 10 times as many as the Seas trial.

So far, 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.

“I think we should not be diverted by fears of cancer,” he said.

Mr. Peto 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.

But other 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.

“I don’t 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.

In 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.

Dr. Rob 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.

“To 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.

Resveratrol―Another Look
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) using resveratrol.

Here is the original story from the AP (found after I arrived home):

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 no cure.

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."

We list resveratrol in our Alternative Cancer Therapies. but since posting this article, much more research has come forward on this super bioflavonoid.

Some of the hype I’ve come across calls resveratrol the “fountain of youth” referring to Harvard studies that showed that resveratrol

·        cleans your arteries of plaque making them smooth and youthful

·        gives you a boost of energy, helping to burn more calories

·        boosts the immune system

·        and might even reverse the damage from a lousy diet and lifestyle

In 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).

This group of mice all died prematurely.

The 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.

The 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.

The 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 normal group.

Another related study showed that mice on resveratrol were able to run twice as far as normal, healthy mice not taking resveratrol.

We 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.

That 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:

·        Researchers at the University of Missouri show resveratrol reduces oxidative stress in nerve cells and may protect against age-related nerve changes.

·        At Wright State University School of Medicine, researchers show resveratrol inhibited an enzyme that may lead to less-than-optimal artery function.

·        Researchers in Japan show that rats consuming wine compounds for eight weeks maintained healthy blood pressure.

·        One study shows resveratrol did a better job than Pepto-Bismol in combating three strains of bacteria that cause diarrhea.

·        Resveratrol 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.

·        Early laboratory research has shown that resveratrol, a common dietary supplement, suppresses the abnormal cell formation that leads to most types of breast cancer.

·        Very low 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).

·        Resveratrol 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 seems to inhibit the growth of skin cancers and decreases damage done by UVB light. []

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 grape leaves:

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 cardiovascular system.

Once 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 rates. NOW Natural Resveratrol, 200mg/60 Vcaps

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 supplement.

5 Keys to Fat Loss Success
SBy Wendy 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 forever:
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 wayside.

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?

©2008 Wendy Chant

Author Bio
Wendy Chant, MPT, SPN, 
is a certified personal trainer and a specialist in performance nutrition. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in medical sciences and nutrition science. A champion body builder, she opened her own training center, ForeverFit®, in 1998.  Her book, Crack the Fat Loss Code, is available now from McGraw-Hill.

Cholesterol drugs recommended for some 8-year-olds
By LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer Mon Jul 7, 7:26 AM ET


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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 heart problems.

It 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.

Dr. 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.

It 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.

"If 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.

Drug 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.

For 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.

The 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 concern."

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.

The academy has long recommended against reduced-fat milk for children up to age 2 because saturated fats are needed for brain development.

"But 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.

Very 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.

With 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 specialist.

"We need to do something to stem the tide of childhood obesity," Li said.

Li said that 15 years ago most of her patients with cholesterol problems had an inherited form of cholesterol disease not connected to obesity.

"But now they're really outnumbered" by overweight kids with cholesterol problems and high blood pressure, she said.

Dr. 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.

Editor's Note!

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.

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by: Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, t r u t h o u t | Perspective

    Once 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 feeds them.

    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 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 cold corpse.

    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 contributions.

    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.

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President Bush, Will You Please Shut Up?"

By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS (a Reagan former top executive, Assistant Treasury Secretary )

The 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 Soviet Union. 

The NED was also used to dismember the former Yugoslavia with its interventions in Slovakia, Serbia, and Montenegro. 

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 Washington.

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 secessionist threat.

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 West."  

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 cease immediately."

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 civilians.  

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 overreached. 

Certainly Russia now recognizes that the US is determined to exert hegemony over Russia and is Russia's worst enemy.  

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 Europe.

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 whatsoever.  

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 Moscow?

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 energy.  

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 hegemony.  

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 Party.

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 to fall. 

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 Pravda:

"President Bush,

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 Ossetian civilians

"President Bush,

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.

"President Bush,

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.

"President Bush,

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 Georgian casualties?

"President Bush,

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 CIA operatives? 

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?

"President Bush,

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 nuclear weapons. 

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 The Tyranny of Good Intentions.He can be reached at: [email protected]

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Napoleon was considering a replacement for one
of his generals who had died.  A staff member
was pushing a particular man.


The staff member went through a long list of
the candidate's qualifications. 


Napoleon thought a moment, then asked, "But
is he lucky?"


It appears that one of Barack Obama's principal
assets is good luck.  Consider this:


1.  Obama supports withdrawing American troops
from Iraq on a timetable, ending in 2010.  He
recommends direct talks with Iran over its
nuclear program.


These stands are severely criticized by John McCain
and by President Bush.


2.  John 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 visit
Iraq, McCain attacks him for it.


3.  Before Obama leaves for Iraq, the Iraqi president
calls for American troop withdrawal in an interview
with a German publication.  The White House says
there must have been a mistranslation of what he said.


4.  While Obama is in Iraq, the Iraqi premier confirms
that he wants American troops out by 2010 -- the exact
date Obama had recommended.  The White House,
which once said Americans would leave Iraq "when the
Iraqis want us to leave," now says it advocates a
"time horizon" for American departure.


5.  While all this is happening, John McCain says in an
interview with Katy Couric of CBS News, "Obama was
opposed to the surge, but the surge has worked.  It
brought about the Sunni Awakening, whereby the Sunnis
kicked Al Quaida out of their area."


Fact check:  the Sunni Awakening began in August of
2006.  The surge wasn't announced until the following
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 Awakening.


So is Obama lucky, or what?

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You've been waiting for them, so without further ado here are the 2008 Darwin awards.

Eighth Place

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.

Seventh Place

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.

Sixth Place

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.

Fifth Place

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.

Fourth Place

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.

Third Place

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 was hurt.


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 closed.


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 never located.


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.


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Speaking of Viagra...

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?

The doctor looks up and asks, "Why? I've not heard of any bad interactions."

"Well," says 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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Q. What is an Economic Stimulus Payment?

A. It is money that the federal government will send to taxpayers.

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.

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Questions 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 water.

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. Come naked.

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? (USA)
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 trees. (USA)
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 walking.

Q: I have developed a new product that is the fountain of youth. Can you tell me where I can sell it in Australia? (USA)
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? (Italy)
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? (USA)
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 the congregation.

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."

True Story?

A 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...

I have a neighbor who has seven kids.  I asked him why he had so many.

"I keep hoping that when they grow up, at least one of them will be able to solve the problem of overpopulation."

A sweet 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 proctologist.

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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