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Greetings
Lots to tell.

New Recipes
Lots of new recipes using the Medicine Plant of the Philippines: the coconut.

Diamond V XPC Update
We just got this year's batch in for our baby chicks arriving in June. This year, we ordered the new ORGANIC version, Diamond V XPC Green

The Freebie Fraud - Acai and Diet Scams
They've been in the news, on CNN, but we published our research over a month previous to these scams hitting the airways. We even purchased products to see how easy (or difficult) it was to get our money back. Do not expect to get your money back.

Hype Busting
We talked previously about this pamphlet, but one reader REALLY wanted to know the answers to the hyped up questions. 

Heart Food, Brain Food; Carnitine for Better Health
Meet our latest Researcher/Writer: Melanie Blanzer.

Another Success Story ― Spurred Me On To Update Some Pages
We reviewed this story from a "health care" professional whose life had been saved by a clinic in the Bahamas. She found our page on the man who invented this particular therapy and wanted to know why it wasn't listed in our Alternative Cancer Therapies article. Duh....my bad.

Is Real Change Upon Us?
This past election was all about change, but will it really come? IT WILL IF WE ALL GET INVOLVED!

Will the New HR875 Bill in Congress Outlaw Organic Farming?
Here is the latest internet myth that every Tom, Dick, and Mary has jumped on. We've debunked it, but still, we cannot support the bill as it currently stands.  

Bye Bye Monster®
We've found the cutest darn web site in Minnesota. They help parents help their kids get over nighttime fears. 

How to Keep Your Brain from Shrinking with Age
Meet Dr Frank Shallenberger; he's got a newsletter we really like.

The boy with 11 tumours who was sent home to die... and survives after grandparents' alternative therapy treatments
Another success story from England. Using therapies deemed worthless and quackery by conventional medicine, the boy is alive today after conventional medicine gave up on him.

Three Reviews
The Rise and Fall of a Scientific Genius: The Forgotten Story of Royal Raymond Rife (double DVD set); Virgin Coconut Oil, Money Driven Medicine (read it free online). Just click the title link to read the review.

Buying and Using CoQ10
We all need it, Statin drugs keep the body from making it, and most of the time what we take isn't absorbed by the body.

Irate Letter from a Reader Grabs My Attention
Ask Boy was this guy mad at me.

Two Freebies from Purity Products
After I've just warned you about free offers, I go ahead and promote a free offer. Why? The stuff is just good. And you can cancel at any time, easily.

10 Things We Didn't Know About Food
How the authors of the new Rough Guide to Food lost their appetites for the food industry.

Selenium Update
If you want to know how little you know about something, just publish what you know. Readers often times send us "the rest of the story."

Home Remedies: Cures or Myths?
Melanie Banzer sets out to debunk an email that we will all receive at least twice in our lifetime.

African tribal men eat cows' menstrual matter and grow huge testicles
Really?

Tidbits
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...

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Greetings
Spring is on the way!
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It's been a rough winter for some, and it's going to be a rough spring for others. Living in Minnesota we're getting daily updates on the flooding in the Red River Valley.

There are going to be some changes here. First, we've gotten a lot of new volunteers helping out. Some are writing, some researching, others are proofing. And many other are just helping out.

The most important change we're adopting is to become more political.

Our first directory contained the tagline: Healing the individual, the community, and the world.

Thinking globally and acting locally might be a nice theme, but to put it bluntly, the health of our country and the health of our communities are in crisis. Grassroots politics is the only thing that works, or as they said in the sixties, "If you're not part of the solution, then you're part of the problem."

In Minnesota, our legislatures have just held an ad hoc meeting in which testimony was heard concerning crooked judges. Thomas Jefferson disliked the judicial branch because it had so little oversight. In Minnesota, the judges have passed laws protecting themselves, and even allowing small bribes. We're supposed to elect our Supreme Court Justices here in MN, but for years, the Governor has gotten away with appointing them. One recent appointment was asked about this situation, and he responded that he had no opinion on it since he'd never served as a judge previously; that he'd only been a practicing attorney.

So, expect a lot of politics and ideas on how each of us can get involved.

NEW NEWSLETTER SEARCH!

God Bless Google! In the past we maintained an index manually to all our newsletters. Google has a new specific search that allows our readers to search ONLY our previous newsletters. The only drawback we see is that it might take a month or two before the most previous newsletter is included in the search.

Simply look at the top menu of our newsletter and where it says Subject Index, just click there. You'll be brought to a search page and you can type in anything you want. If it's in our newsletters, it will pop up on the results page.

While you are on the search page, you can see that above, in the drop down menu, you'll see under the heading Newsletter, Search Newsletter Index. That choice will also bring you to the Newsletter Search Page.

One more special search feature we have will be found in the cancer and cardiovascular wellness articles. You can search ONLY the cancer articles or ONLY the cardiovascular articles for your particular terms. This is a wonderful new feature. 

Diamond V XPC Update

As many of you know, the makers of Diamond V XPC created EpiCor a powerful immune booster and I’ve been using Diamond V XPC on my chickens rather than fill them with antibiotics.

Well, it’s spring time again, and my chickens will be arriving next month, and my shipment of Diamond V XPC has arrived, only this year, I’ve ordered the ORGANIC form, Diamond V XPC Green.

If anyone wants a bag of this sent to them, I ask for a donation to the Wellness Directory, as we are still paying our legal bills.

The Wellness Directory is NOT selling this; the bag of Diamond V XPC is “mine” and I will send out bags to people who donate to our cause.

Click here: Diamond V XPC Green.

Ron Sally has developed a new cream we are currently testing. It's a pain cream that works on arthritis pain, tendonitis, and carpal tunnel. It doesn't seem to work on lower back pain, though. Interestingly enough, it also seems to clear up psoriasis. One person who had psoriasis at a location where he'd also had arthritis was in shock to find out that it cleared up his psoriasis. It also seems to work well on a variety of eczema conditions. If you would like more information on this, and perhaps a chance to try it at a special test price (before it goes on sale retail) just write to me: Send Me More On Ron's New Cream.

Speaking of Psoriasis, THIS JUST IN:

Deadly Psoriasis Drug Pulled from US Market

After being tied to at least 3 deaths (from a fatal brain infection called PML, which Jenny Thompson told you about in the e-Alert back on March 30), popular psoriasis drug Raptiva has been -- or rather, will be -- yanked from the market by Genentech. According to the FDA, by June 8, 2009, the drug will be completely unavailable…at least in the U.S.

Don't wait 'til June to stop taking this deadly drug! Call your doctor right away about tapering off Raptiva -- stopping cold turkey can cause serious health problems -- and finding a better way to keep your psoriasis under control. But beware the other commonly prescribed treatments…

Like methotrexate, which has been linked with severe liver damage. Or cyclosporine, which can increase your risk of hypertension and kidney problems. And let's not forget the other immunosuppressants -- drugs like Enbrel, Amevive, and Remicade -- all of which do exactly what they're supposed to…suppress your immune system, potentially setting you up for a whole host of deadly infections.

Bottom line: Get off Raptiva quickly but safely. But don't let your doctor switch you to an equally dangerous drug. Ask him about ALL the options for treating your psoriasis – and check the HSI e-alert archives for information about much safer natural choices. [http://www.hsibaltimore.com/]

Simply the Best is having a secret/unpublished Two for One sale on iFlora for Women (probiotics that fight yeast overgrowth) and iFlora Sinus. You have to write them either before or right after your purchase, and whatever you have ordered will be doubled. Write them at this link: Simply the Best.

Finally, we're creating more and more recipes. Let your food be your medicine. We're also breaking up our recipes to one per page. The pages were just getting too darn big, and since we have the largest newsletter on the Internet already, we'll keep that claim to fame but make our other pages smaller so they load quicker.

Oh, if you like blue cheese, you'll love the healthy Beet & Blue Cheese Salad, with creamy goodness supplied by Coconut Milk.

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The Freebie Fraud - Acai and Diet Scams
We posted this over a month ago.

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Hitting the news lately are stories all about the Acai Diet Scam frauds on the internet.

As an investigative reporter, I personally checked out a bunch of diet scams online and wrote up my results in an article we published over a month ago right here: The Freebie Fraud - Acai and Diet Scams.


Hype Busting
Our second article on this.

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Having mentioned a heavily hyped "pamphlet" called Stop Cancer Before it Starts, we thought we were through with this one, but NOPE, a reader asked me to bust all the hype in the online advertisement. So...I did; right here: Hype Busting. 


Heart Food, Brain Food; Carnitine for Better Health
By Melanie Banzer

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Editor's Note: We want you all to meet Melanie Banzer, our latest volunteer researcher/writer at this site. When I put out a call for volunteers, Melanie responded and went right to work. We're very proud to have her with us.

For sufferers of hyperthyroidism, heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, Alzheimer’s, ADHD, memory problems, chronic fatigue syndrome, and a whole host of other conditions, the supplement carnitine has promising potential for healing. 

Carnitine, a substance derived from amino acids, is an important ingredient in many of the body’s cells. After it is produced in the liver and kidneys, it is then delivered throughout cells in the brain, heart, muscles, and even male sperm, where it helps to convert fatty acids into energy. By metabolizing fats into energy, it optimizes the functions of all of the body parts it serves. Carnitine is found primarily in animal meat, but is also absorbed in lesser amounts through nuts, dairy and asparagus.[1]  As the main source of L-Carnitine is red meat, which is unhealthy in abundant amounts (due to antibiotic contamination, fat content, genetic modification, etc.), supplementation is highly recommended for its absorption. Even with a well-balanced diet, it is felt that achieving an adequate amount of carnitine can be challenging without supplementation.[2] 

As supplements, carnitine can be purchased as either L-Carnitine or Acetyl-L-Carnitine, depending on the desired result. L-Carnitine is derived from the amino acids lysine and methione and is well-known for its ability to battle heart disease. While more commonly known as L-Carnitine, this word is actually an abbreviation for levocarnitine.  It got its name due to a levorotation (or counterclockwise rotation) of it its molecular configuration.[3]  This rotational pattern plays an important role in the behavior and function of the supplement.  Without its left-handed molecules, it wouldn’t have so much to offer.

On top of its protective impact in the hearts of people with congestive heart failure and angina, it can even be used immediately after a heart attack to prevent cardiac complications and decrease the likelihood of a later heart attack.[4] Studies suggest that L-Carnitine assists in reversing the effects of alcohol damage on the liver, repairing damaged kidneys, increasing sperm count (and therefore treating male infertility), treating shock (from blood loss, infection, or heart attack), and minimizing the symptoms of hyperthyroidism. Some doctors report that it even increases athletic performance and encourages weight loss.[5] Being such an important tool for the metabolism of fatty acids in every cell, a deficiency of L-Carnitine can be responsible for a variety of malfunctioning systems in the body. 

As if all of that isn’t enough of a contribution to the human body, L-Carnitine can be acetylated into a form called Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALC), where it can then cross the blood-brain barrier and offer neural support. For neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Down Syndrome, depression, or memory problems, ALC can be used to improve nerve damage, therefore increasing neural performance.[6] Given to patients who had suffered strokes, ALC successfully improved cognition and memory.[7] Due to increased memory and depression problems with age, ALC is a very helpful supplement in the field of geriatrics.

The usefulness of ALC, however, is by no means limited to benefiting the elderly. Even in children as young as 6 years old who were diagnosed with ADHD, ALC has proven to reduce hyperactivity.[8] In laboratory experiments, adolescent rats given ALC showed a great reduction in behavioral impulsivity, a characteristic feature of ADHD.[9] With the increasing behavioral disorders of today’s youth, ALC may be a beneficial alternative to dangerous amphetamine drugs. Atypical levels of carnitine in the prefrontal cortex of the brain have also been linked to chronic fatigue syndrome.[10] Basically, Acetyl-L-Carnitine does for the brain what L-Carnitine does for the heart: boosts its functions.

For those suffering from heart disease or other metabolic breakdowns of the body, L-Carnitine is worth exploring. For those suffering from memory failure or other cognitive problems, Acetyl-L-Carnitine may restore the mind you feel you’ve lost. Those taking ACL will still experience some of the positive effects of carnitine on the heart and those taking L-Carnitine should still notice some improvement on mood and memory, but the form you choose should depend on which conditions you intend to treat primarily.[11] The positive effects of carnitine encompass such a large variety of disease that its deficiency can result in an aching, degenerating, suffering body. Its replenishment can make you feel young all over again, repairing damaged organs and preventing high risk illnesses. In addition to proper fatty acid metabolism, carnitine nourishes the body with powerful antioxidants.[12] By ensuring that your body has an appropriate amount of L-Carnitine and Acetyl-L-Carnitine, especially in combination with other vitamins, you can fight the diseases that creep up on people as they get older and their metabolisms slow down. 


[1]  National Institute of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements; http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/carnitine.asp

[2] Ray Sahelian, M.D., http://www.raysahelian.com/

[3] The Free Dictionary, http://www.thefreedictionary.com/levorotation

[4]   University of Maryland, Medical Reference, http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/carnitine-l-000291.htm

[5] Robert L. Pastore, Ph.D., CNC, CN, Senior Nutritionist at Metabolism.com, http://www.metabolism.com/2008/08/23/lcarnitine-work-speed-weight-loss-evidence-works/

[6]  Gary Null, Ph.D., http://www.garynull.com/

[7]  Gary Null, Ph.D., http://www.garynull.com/

[9] Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2004 May 8, from website of Ray Sahelian, M.D.,
http://www.raysahelian.com/adhd.html

[10] Psychosom Med. 2004 Mar-Apr;66(2):276-82, from website of Ray Sahelian, M.D., .http://www.raysahelian.com/chronicfatiguesyndrome.html

[11] Gary Null, Ph. D., http://www.garynull.com/

[12] Ray Sahelian, M.D., http://www.raysahelian.com/


Another Success Story ― Spurred Me On To Update Some Pages
 
 

In 1984, at age 41, I was diagnosed with a very small (3 mm.) infiltrating ductal breast cancer. It was found by accident following pathology on a larger area of fibrocystic tissue that had been removed from the tail of my breast. I was advised to have a wider area of tissue removed along with some lymph nodes to determine if I needed radiation and/or chemotherapy. I refused this and went to the Immuno-Technologies Cancer Clinic (its present name) in Freeport, Bahamas. The treatment I began is called Immuno-Augmentative Therapy (IAT) as developed by the clinic's founder, Lawrence Burton, PhD. Dr. Burton died in l993, but this very individualized immune therapy is still available at the Freeport clinic as of March 2009 when I am writing this.

I remained on IAT for 5 years and then Dr. Burton suggested that I could go off the therapy as he thought my immune system was strong enough to keep me healthy on its own. But within one year of going off the treatment, I developed another breast cancer which was visible on the skin at the same location as the first surgery. I had another limited surgery done (a lumpectomy) and this revealed five microscopic cancers in the removed tissue as well as the visible one which was 1.5 cm. I was now advised to do a mastectomy as well as lymph node removal and chemotherapy. I again rejected these options and chose to return to the Freeport clinic. I have remained on IAT since then. It is now 25 years since I began taking IAT and I remain in good health with no side effects from the treatment. I believe that the cancer is still "in my system" and it is controlled with IAT treatments. I hope to have this available for the rest of my life.

NF
Florida


Because of this letter, we have updated a few pages here that you may want to peruse.

Dr Burton has passed away (we did his bio a short time ago) and Neil Riordan has taken over his clinic in the Bahamas. They continue to supply Dr Burton's therapy IAT, and have added their own that were developed at the Aidan Clinic in Arizona.

We've updated our Alternative Cancer Therapies section by putting IAT and Dr Sam Chachoua's Induced Remission Therapy. Additionally, we updated our article on the immune system, since these therapies too fit those pages.

So, next month we'll update the second page in the immune system, but for now, you can check out: Your Immune System.
 


Is Real Change Upon Us?

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Obama ran on the platform of change. His first 100 days, not quite over yet, have been pretty much about change: closing Gitmo, funding stem cell research, forming complete sentences.

We’re told that his administration wants input, and they have set up a site where you can give em your two cents.

But still, is real change going to happen or just some minor changes. Is the FDA still going to run a protection racket for the wealthy Pharm interests? Are Doctors going to continue practicing medicine without ever learning the basis of health? Are we going to keep poisoning our planet and our people till all our immune systems are completely compromised?

Our infrastructure is way overdue for an overhaul. This should have been done during Reagan’s administration.

One problem with change is that not all change need be any good. If we’re going in the wrong direction, and change direction, is it necessarily the right direction.

Well, let me tell you how simple the answers to this are.

Your representatives, your senators, even your local representatives and local state senators all have people working for them called advisors. It is their advisor’s jobs to collect information and form policy. There is an advisor for infrastructure, one for health care, and one for the environment.

Where do they get their information? FROM YOU!

We are the government. We the people. It is up to US to supply our representatives with new ideas to improve our country.

It is the job of the government to improve the quality of life in the US and guarantee our freedoms and our liberties.

So far, the last eight years have shown that the government can improve life only for the top wealthiest people in the country while destroying the middle class.

Personally, I am in contact with my representatives weekly. I know many in their offices. And when I send them something, I make sure at least five to ten others send them approximately the same thing. Just to show them we’re serious.

If we want real change in medicine, we must demand Rational Medicine. Write your representative and send them this link: http://www.mnwelldir.org/docs/editorial/rational_medicine.htm

The President says he wants a cure to cancer. Dr Sam Chachoua presented his first paper on cancer at the age of 18. His theory has been tested and shown to be 85% effective against cancer. His AIDS therapy has shown to be 99% effective.

If they REALLY want to cure cancer, send them the story of Dr Sam.

Our infrastructure needs rebuilding and that includes our sewage and water treatment plants. We KNOW chlorine is killing us. It causes cancer and cardiovascular illness. Write your representatives and tell them it’s time to get rid of chlorine. Send them this article on UV light, and tell them that in Canada they are cleaning their water with UV light.

Since the water must then travel miles and miles through pipelines that could be filled with bacteria, each house will have to have a UV system built into it to treat the water that arrives at home. Imagine the number of jobs this system would create: designing, building, installing, repairing UV systems to clean up the water in our homes.

Please. GET INVOLVED. Write your reps. Call them. Send them articles.

Here is a list of articles that just from this site that can set real change in motion:

Health Care for Dummies – How the Rich Got Richer While the Sick Got Sicker: http://www.mnwelldir.org/docs/history/health_care.htm

The Story of Dr Sam: http://www.mnwelldir.org/docs/cancer1/sam.htm

Rational Medicine: http://www.mnwelldir.org/docs/editorial/rational_medicine.htm

UV Light vs Chlorine: http://www.mnwelldir.org/docs/uv_light/uv_light2.htm

And here is where you can find your reps’ email addresses: Congressional Email Addresses

Write the President, tell him your vision: http://change.gov/page/s/yourvision

SIGN THIS PETITION to demand health care for all Americans (Dr Howard Dean will personally deliver this to congress when the number of signatures reaches 250,000: Sign Petition - Stand With Dean.

Let’s work together for a better America. The America we grew up in, the America our children and their children will grow up in, the America so many soldiers have fought to preserve. The America we can all be proud to be a part of again.

Thank you.

THIS JUST IN

WASHINGTON—Industries from health care to agribusiness to mining that stand to lose under President Barack Obama's policy agenda are ramping up lobbying campaigns to derail or modify his plans...

These are the people who have, in the past, profited by poisoning our food, water, and air supply, and then not only passed the bill to us in our taxes, but sent us to a "health care" system that profits only by our illness and not by our wellness.

Science is the enemy of the far right, with economics running a close second. History is up there too, so I guess you could say that Reality is the enemy of the far right, for as Steven Colbert pointed out, "We all know reality has a liberal bias."

This administration "seems to be" willing to listen to the people of America. This administration "seems to know" that it governs by the will of the American people. Ain't Jeffersonian democracy sumpin?

Right now your representatives will be hearing from lobbyists more than they will be hearing from us. So it's time to start signing the petitions.

EMAIL PETITIONS ARE WORTHLESS.

Always go to a site to sign the petition. If it comes in an email, please respond to the sender that they are working against the process. Email petitions are worthless (too many duplicates).

NEXT PETITON

Reform the FDA. Good lord, it's about time. They can't do the job they've been assigned, they protect the industry they were designed to oversee, and they can't keep up with the changing world.

NEXT PETITION

Health Revolution Petition. Ask the new administration to re-think health care. Ancient methods are on the return. Let your food be your medicine. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Knock the profit out of health care so that the bottom line will be health care.  


Will the New HR875 Bill in Congress Outlaw Organic Farming?

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The latest Internet Myth to circulate is a scary video and related story that the new Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 will ban Organic Farming.

All the whackos are out in number screaming, threatening, and stomping their feet.

You can read what the mainstream media has to say about the bill here: http://www.campaignforliberty.com/wire.php?view=3369

You can read the protester’s version here: http://www.prisonplanet.com/bill-to-ban-organic-farming.html

You can read the bill here:  H. R. 875

The Wellness Directory is NOT in favor of the bill, but we also must tell you that it does not ban organic farming. It’s a one size fits all bill that allows the Feds to trample all over state’s rights.

The bill must be changed and that’s where you come in.

We need food safety. Since the advent of Ronald Reagan brand Deregulationism, our food safety has declined. Right after Bush II took office, his administration further deregulated the food industry resulting in an outbreak of Lysteria, a food born illness that killed over seventy people.

Deregulating capitalism is like deregulating football. It just doesn’t work.

One of the best films I’ve seen in a long time that has a minor focus on deregulation is called The World According to Monsanto. You can see this (and download it for free) at the Free Documentary Site.

From the movie: When Monsanto was actively creating new Frankenfoods, Vice President George H Bush visited. The bigwigs discussed with Bush the problems of getting their seeds into circulation, and Bush responded, “Just come see us. We’re in the dereg business,” and the fast tracking of untested Frankenfoods is now just a footnote in history.

Our food is now being tested by private industry. The privatization of regulation is one great way to get around regulations and allow the outbreaks we’re currently witnessing.

We need real food safety, but this bill goes a bit too far, and here are the reasons we at the Wellness Directory do not support the bill:

First off, the bill is sponsored by Rose DeLauro. Her husband is a lobbyist for Monsanto. When you read the guts of the bill, you’ll see a conflict of interest here. For Ms DeLauro to submit such a bill tainted with ethical violations should result in her being tossed out of congress on her ear. We should all be outraged at this behavior. These people are supposed to represent our interests, not their own. This sort of behavior has to be quashed and DeLauro should be made an example to all other representatives.

This is up to the people in the third district of Connecticut. If you know someone there, tell them all about this little problem. Get this woman tossed as far out of the system as possible.

The bill itself has a few problems. These are the ones we see:

1.     The bill requires all food producers to pre-register. This means that any person or small farmer who attends a farmer’s market, or who sells his produce from his farm (pick your own strawberries) must pre-register.

2.     The FSA (Food Standards Agency) can outsource the job of sampling and testing foods. Who will get these contracts? Monsanto, ADM, Dow Chemical, etc. In other words, they’re putting the fox in charge of the henhouse.

3.     Each infraction can be fined up to a million dollars. These funds will be used to look for more infractions.

4.     The bill points out that there is a growing population of immune compromised consumers. Thus our food supply must be controlled.

This bill gives the Feds too much power. States rights will suffer. The fact that all farmers must pre-register shows that this bill has gone too far. It’s the local, community farmer whose food has been protecting us. Outbreaks of salmonella, lysteria, or e-coli just do not occur on small farms at the rates they occur on factory farms. It’s the huge processors who have these problems too, not the folding table at your local farmers market. Organic farming has even fewer problems.

Here is the Organic Consumer’s Association’s write-up concerning this bill:

Tell Congress to Improve Food Safety by Stopping Factory Farming 

HR 875, the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009, is a limited-vision attempt by moderate Democrats and Republicans to craft food safety legislation to address the out-of-control filth and contamination that are inherent in our industrialized, now globalized, "profit-at-any-cost" food system. This being said, OCA does not support HR 875 in its present form, given the fact that, if the bill's regulations were applied in a one-size-fits-all manner to certified organic and farm-to-consumer operations, it could have a devastating impact on small farmers, especially raw milk producers who are already unfairly targeted by state food-safety regulators. Although the OCA deems this bill vaguely well-intentioned, we are calling on Congress to focus its attention on the real threats to food safety: globalized food sourcing from nations such as China where food safety is a travesty and domestic industrial-scale and factory farms whose collateral damage includes pesticide and antibiotic-tainted food, mad cow disease, E. coli contamination and salmonella poisoning. And, of course, Congress and the Obama Administration need to support a massive transition to organic farming practices.

This bill is not about food safety, but rather “food control.” He who controls our food, controls the people. It’s that simple.

Number three above echoes the theme of our drug wars: we make busts to collect money to make more busts. If the purpose of this bill is food safety, then lets make it about food safety and not busting little Billy’s Lemonade Stand.

Yes, we have a population of immune compromised consumers. They are immune compromised because of the factory farmed foods laced with chemicals produced by the companies who will benefit from this bill? Oh please. This bill must make the FSA an independent and objective agency. Any favoritism should be punished, hopefully like China punishes its agencies’ heads who practice favoritism.

What You Can Do

Contact your senators and representatives (Congressional Email Directory) and tell them we need food safety. Thank them for recognizing this. Tell them to leave the little guy alone, let the states handle the small, local farmers. Tell them we need to be focusing on huge factory farms, on safer foods, that the FDA needs restructuring to eliminate conflicts in interest, and that Frankenfoods must be tested thoroughly. Tell them the FSA must remain objective and independent; that outsourcing the inspections of our foods to huge corporations is like putting the fox in charge of the hen house.

Tell them we need food safety, inspected by government workers who represent the needs of the people.

Then go here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/ and write the president and tell him the same.

Write, call, visit them in person. We’ve learned that grassroots politics works, so let us never forget this. We are the government. If we don’t do our duties as citizens, then don’t expect your representatives to do theirs.

Finally, I'm not sure how much impact this will have, but here is a petition you might want to sign. As we say about battling cancer, "Everything works when you do everything." The Petition Site.

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Bye Bye Monster®
Comforting kids from things that go bump in the night.

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I have discovered one of the cutest companies in the universe, right here in Minnesota.

Millions of kids experience night-time fears. Some parents keep a nightlight on for them, but studies show that this light can ruin their kids' vision over a period of time.

Well, this site has a complete kit to allay all your child's nighttime fears. You get a book, Bye Bye Monster Storybook, an organic Bye Bye Monster Room Spray, and even a nice stuffed Monster called Barley the Stuffed Monster.

I was just blown away by this site. It's so darn cute.

I want you all to go there (www.byebyemonstershop.com) and take a look, and at least read the PDF file:

Six Tips for Parents to Help Children Deal with Nighttime Fears.


How to Keep Your Brain from Shrinking with Age
By Dr Frank Shallenberger, RealCures Health Alert.

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Editor's Note: We've discovered another great newsletter. I've been reading Dr Shallenberger's newsletter for six months now, and it's pretty darn good. To get his newsletter, please go here: www.RealCuresLetter.com

Did you know that your brain is going to shrink as you get older? Conventional medicine says it's just a fact of life. But your brain doesn't have to shrink — at least not at the "normal" rate. A recent study has shown that you can reduce the rate of brain-cell loss by more than six times. And all you have to do is take one vitamin.

The study looked at 107 volunteers between the ages of 61 and 87 years. None of the participants had any signs of memory or cognitive impairment. The volunteers received a physical examination every year along with a battery of memory and cognition testing. The researchers collected blood every year and evaluated it for vitamin B12 status. In addition, they determined the participants' brain size by an annual MRI scan. The study ran for five years. Here's what they found:

All of the patients lost some brain mass in the five-year period. But when the researchers compared the amount of brain loss to their vitamin B12 levels, an amazing fact became apparent. The researchers divided the group into three different groups depending on their vitamin B12 status. The group whose B12 status was in the lowest one-third had 6.17 times more brain loss than those in the upper one-third.

The authors said that lower levels of vitamin B12, even low levels within the so-called "normal" range, can cause brain atrophy and memory problems.

This study clearly demonstrates the importance of maintaining optimal B12 status. The lower your status, even if it's in the normal range, the faster your brain will shrink. And notice I said "status," not levels. There's a difference.

"Status" refers to the level of active B12 in your blood, not your overall level of B12. Serum (blood) B12 tests can tell you only how much B12 you have. They can't tell you how much of that B12 is active. In order to determine your B12 status, you also have to test for homocysteine (high homocysteine levels are a sign of low active B12 levels) and methylmalonic acid (also high when active B12 is low). Both of these are actually more accurate tests of B12 than the blood tests.

However, there's one other test you have to do as well. You also have to measure the amount of holotranscobalamin (holo-TC) in the bloodstream. Vitamin B12 in the bloodstream is bound to two proteins. One is called haptocorrin and the other transcobalamin. When it is bound to transcobalamin the resulting molecule is holo-TC.

When the standard test for B12 measures your blood level, it is measuring both the B12 bound to haptocorrin and holo-TC. But holo-TC is the only form of B12 that is biologically active. The cells are not able to actively use the B12 that is bound to haptocorrin. And less than 1/4 of the total amount of B12 in the blood exists as holo-TC. So when a B12 blood level is measured, only 1/4 of the B12 it is measuring is the active form of the vitamin. And that's why it can be so misleading.

The authors of this study used all four tests. Interestingly enough, although the total B12 in the blood and the holo-TC both showed the increase in brain atrophy, the MMA and homocysteine levels did not. So I recommend that just to be sure, when evaluating B12 status, doctors should check all four tests.

If you want to maintain normal brain function throughout your life, ask your doctor to perform these four tests for vitamin B12. You may have to find an integrative physician from ACAM (www.acam.org) to perform these tests. If your B12 status is low, your doctor should give you a vitamin B12 injection. You'll also want to eat plenty of foods with B12. These include meat and dairy products.

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Editor's Note: Those of you who are regulars know that my favorite B12 is the one made with Methylcobalamin. As we age, many of us have issues with stomach acid, and for B12 to be absorbed in the stomach, we need stomach acid and a few other factors, thus, to avoid any problems with absorption, I take a Methyl B-12 Lozenge (1000mcg). Just plop it into your mouth, under your tongue, and take it up right there.

Additionally, a raw egg yoke in organic grape juice seems to be as effective as a booster shot of B12.


The boy with 11 tumours who was sent home to die... and survives after grandparents' alternative therapy treatments
By Daniel Martin

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Last updated at 10:42 AM on 09th February 2009

After he developed an aggressive form of childhood cancer in 2006, Connah Broom's body came under relentless attack from the disease.

Eleven tumours spread from his neck to his knees and his case appeared hopeless.

In 2007, doctors told his family there was nothing more they could do. They said they should take him home to enjoy his final months.

But Connah's family refused to give up hope. His grandparents began treating him with alternative therapies and, remarkably, he survived.

Latest scans on Connah, now aged seven, show that ten of his 11 tumours are shrinking, have no blood flow and may be dead.

The family are preparing for new scans which they hope will reveal the last tumour is also in retreat.

His grandparents are convinced their treatments, including a strict organic diet and a daily sauna, are helping him beat his disease.

But cancer experts are more sceptical, warning that the tumours could return at any moment.

Last night they cast doubt on whether the alternative therapies had made any difference.

Connah lives with his father Chris, 27, and his grandparents Debbie, 53, and Jim, 56, in Gronant, North Wales.

Debbie Broom said: 'There are times when we've broken down and thought "Why Connah?" and wanted to lash out at someone. But we've coped by turning our frustration into positive energy to help him.'

The family's nightmare began in August 2006 when Connah was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma at Alder Hey children's hospital in Liverpool.

Neuroblastoma is a cancer of the nervous system that can spread round the entire body. Doctors found tumours stretching from his neck, through his chest near his heart, in his stomach close to several organs including the kidney and intestine, and down his left leg.



Grandmother Debbie gives Connah ultrasound: It is claimed the treatment kills cancer cells

Mrs Broom said: 'They told us Connah had 11 tumours which were at the most advanced and aggressive stage. It was like a bolt out from the blue.
'Connah had been suffering sharp pains in his stomach now and again for about a year. But our local surgery could not find anything wrong. We never expected something like this.'

He was put on chemotherapy for seven months, and doctors considered surgery. But they concluded the cancer was too widespread and close to vital organs for it to be successful.

Mrs Broom said: 'A doctor told us to take Connah home and enjoy our remaining time with him.'

They were given the option of putting Connah on an experimental drug called Tapotecan – but were told it could damage his kidneys and heart, meaning he would have only a 50 per cent chance of surviving the treatment.

The Brooms decided the risks were too high. Instead, they turned to alternative therapy.


Connah undergoes light therapy while his Grandad Jim reads to him: Few studies have been carried out to show it works and it is not available in the UK or US

After surfing the internet they decided on an organic diet and filtering his water, after reading it would help reduce harmful toxins in his body.

The results, according to Mrs Broom, were amazing. 'Once we did this, Connah stopped becoming ill,' she said.

However, experts say levels of toxins in food and drink are unlikely to be high enough to cause cancer.

The next alternative treatment the Brooms deployed was reiki. The family had set up a website for the 'Connah Appeal' and among those who sent messages of support was a man who described himself as a reiki healer.

It is claimed that this Japanese healing works by focusing electromagnetic energy at the frequency needed to destroy cancer cells. However, no trials have shown it can reduce tumours, although in some people it can help reduce stress and pain.


Connah has his daily sauna: It is believed dangerous toxins are sweated out but experts say the body can detoxify itself naturally

The healer now carries out weekly sessions at the Broom family home. Connah's retired grandfather went back to work for an oil company to help his son, a chef, raise money.

They also sold some property to raise funds. The thousands raised have largely been spent on trips to Poland to have scans not available on the NHS.

They also went to a cancer clinic in Mexico which offers a sound and light therapy not available in the UK or even the U.S.

Sono Photo-Dynamic Therapy is a controversial technique, which is rejected by mainstream medical science. It involves Connah swallowing a capsule containing algae.

He is then placed under light of a certain wavelength, which apparently 'activates' the algae to create a powerful oxidant which can kill the cancer.

After visiting Mexico, they rebuilt the equipment at home and now repeat the technique every night.

Mrs Broom also uses an ultrasound machine she got in Mexico to rub over the affected areas after she was told this would also help.

This is followed by laser therapy, which is meant to act like a low dose of radiotherapy.


Debbie gives Connah laser treatment: It is believed the laser traces the skin round the tumour areas to act like a low dose of radiotherapy

Then Connah has a sauna, to 'sweat out' the toxins. The entire procedure takes two and a half hours.

Mrs Broom said: 'We're not under any illusions and we know that all this could change at any time. Each day is like the turn of a card. You don't know what hand you're going to be dealt.

'The Power Above has been watching over Connah and we just pray every day that his good health will continue and he will keep getting better. We can't pinpoint exactly which part of what we are doing is making Connah so well, so we'll just keep doing it all.

'If what we're doing stops working, then we'll look for another treatment. We'll never give up doing everything in the world to help our little boy.'

But experts are sceptical that the alternative therapies have had much effect. They say cancers often go into remission for unexplained reasons – and can come back.

Dr Julie Sharp, of Cancer Research UK, said: 'Two thirds of children with neuroblastoma can be successfully treated but unfortunately some types of the disease are more difficult to treat.

'Some parents of children that don't respond well to treatment decide to seek alternative therapies and often these are still in an experimental stage.

'It's important to remember that all proven treatments for neuroblastoma are available in this country and that the standard treatment here is equal to anywhere else in the world.'

Connah's GP Dr Eamon Jessop said: 'The thing with this cancer is that it can suddenly flare up again and when it comes back, it can come back rapidly.

'The family are aware of this and, if it does happen, we will have to look again at whether traditional medical treatments should be considered.'

But he added: 'When it was decided two years ago that his tumours were inoperable, we would have expected just a short time before he became very ill.

'But sometimes unexplainable things happen that we have to call a miracle. The excellent care given to Connah by his grandparents can only have helped him. They really are amazing people.'
 


Buying and Using CoQ10
Not all brands are absorbed properly.

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We found the following at the Consumer Reports:

Research in animals suggests that only a small amount of CoQ10 in its pure form is actually absorbed, although it can still significantly increase CoQ10 blood levels. CoQ10, especially the dry dosage form (tablet or capsule), may be best absorbed when fats or oils are present in the gastrointestinal tract, such as during a meal. Softgels may improve absorption as may the addition of an oil as an ingredient (as with the ingredient sold as“CoQsol”). Even greater absorption may be achieved with CoQ10 that has been solubilized (sold as “Q-Gel”) or formulated as water-soluble beadlets (sold as “All-Q”).   Bioavailability tests in people with softgels containing Q-Gel, for example, showed that it achieved CoQ10 blood levels more than twice that of softgels containing CoQ10 in oil, capsules containing CoQ10 powder, or tablets made with CoQ10 powder. Another human bioavailability test showed All-Q to be nearly equal to Q-Gel but both to be superior to Q-Sorb (which is not a solubilized formula). CoQ10 in a cyclodextrin complex (sold as “Chew-Q” and “Hydro-Q-Sorb”) or in a liposomal solution (sold as “Li-Q-Sorb”) have also been associated with increased absorption in laboratory models. 

CoQ10 found in most supplements is in the oxidized state (ubiquinone), but once in the body it readily goes into the reduced state (ubiquinol), which is its active, anti-oxidant form.  Ubiquinol predominates in body. You can purchase supplements in which CoQ10 is already in the active ubiquinol state. Ubiquinol is sometimes referred to as CoQH-10 or CoQH2-10 and is marketed by a major supplier as “QH.”  Research is not clear that it provides an advantage. Ubiquinol is also sold by one company in solubilized and stabilized forms as “Q-Nol,” “Li-Q-Nol,” and “Quinogel.”

Naturally formed CoQ10 is 100% in the "trans" isomer form. Synthetically formed material is also predominantly in the "trans" form with a small amount in the "cis" form. Since the fermentation process using bacteria or yeast is much cheaper than chemical synthesis and provides 100% natural (trans) CoQ10, most, but not all, CoQ10 found in the marketplace today is made by a fermentation process.

CoQ10, as we mentioned in the past, is made by the liver. However, statin drugs actually stop the creation of CoQ10 and early literature on statins told doctors to also prescribe CoQ10 along with statins. None of my readers taking statins have written to me that their doctors prescribed CoQ10, and all who wrote to me said that their doctor never even brought it up. One reader told us he even questioned his doctor on this and his doctor had no knowledge of CoQ10 and statins, showing that the doctor had not read the literature on the drugs he was prescribing.NOW Chewable CoQ10 200mg + Lecithin, 90 Lozenges

There is a wafer form from NOW Foods that I've taken, but with meals that have oil, since, as stated above, CoQ10 is an oil soluble nutrient. It comes with natural vitamin E and soy lecithin.

And then you have Solanova's brand of CoQ10, the Rolls Royce of CoQ10 that has been clinically tested and proven to be the most readily absorbed from available.

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Irate Letter from a Reader Grabs My Attention

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It's not nice to be called a liar, especially if you're working hard to uncover the truth (when you could be out fishing!).

A reader wrote to me that he want to Consumer Labs and searched for the results of the probiotic study I'd quoted in my article on probiotics, and touted Sedona Labs' products as standing head and shoulders above all other brands.

He said that Sedona Labs was not even mentioned in the study. That I had probably been paid off by Sedona Labs, and that he'd never again read another article at my site because obviously I was a liar and on the take.

Ouch.

I went back to the Consumer Labs site and sought for the term "Sedona Labs" and sure enough, nothing came up. Then I realized that the products I've been reviewing came from two different companies. Sedona Labs was created to market their products through the web, while Flora Source is the name of the company marketing through retail stores. Same products, different company names.

And sure enough, the Flora Source products in the study stood head and shoulders over the others.

However, and here's the bad news, the latest study published at Consumer Labs has panned the Flora Source product. Why? The product did NOT contain the number of bacteria shown on the label.

This, actually, is a marketing problem, not a quality control problem.

You see, the bottles are marked with the number of bacteria per capsule "at the time of manufacture." With time, that number starts to go down. These are live creatures. With heat, light, and time, they'll start to die.

One problem with Consumer Labs is that they did NOT publish the amounts that the Flora Source products DID contain during the tests. I had to call, sit on hold for 10 minutes, find the right person, sit on hold for 5 more minutes before I found out that the number they did find STILL stood head and shoulders above all the other products. Sheesh.

So, first of all, I recommend you all join Consumer Labs. Since the government does not test or regulate supplements (and we believe it should be kept that way to keep the gov't off our supplements) we do need to police the industry. Buyer Beware! Learn all you can.

Secondly, Simply the Best is having an UNPUBLISHED 2 for 1 sale that will stop without notice.

iFlora Nasal normally sells for $30.00. We've received rave reviews about it. With continued use, people report their sinuses hardly acting up. Get two for one now: iFlora Nasal.

iFlora for Women, sells for the same price. This was once called iFlora Yeast, but the FDA did not like that name. The probiotics are specifically chosen that attack and combat yeast, and yeast is not just a woman's problem. Get two for one now: iFlora for Women.


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10 Things We Didn't Know About Food
How the authors of the new Rough Guide to Food lost their appetites for the food industry.
by George Miller and Katharine Reeve

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A surprise consequence of writing a book about food was that we lost our appetite. A month in, we realised [the author is British....they spell things differently] we had underestimated just how devastating the effects of our industrial food systems are on our health, animal welfare, climate change and the earth's resources.

Thankfully, a few trips to some farmers markets with their good news story of artisan baking, handmade cheeses and fresh-from-the-ground veg offered the escapism we needed and helped provide a sense of perspective.

Food, lies and red tape

Overwhelmingly we found that most of us simply don't know much about food, having grown up knowing only supermarkets. In our confusion we are at the mercy of food manufacturers' aggressive marketing campaigns, especially for highly profitable "healthy" foods.

The Food Standards Agency and the EU are now challenging manufacturers' health claims. Yakult, we discovered, is essentially overpriced sweetened water with added bacteria marketed as a probiotic health drink (check the label: we naively assumed it was diluted live yoghurt!). Why spend your money on foods that are not all they're cracked up to be? Become a label checker and edit your shopping list: a good rule of thumb is the fewer and simpler the ingredients the better.

Ducks

We knew animals had a pretty bad time in order to provide us with ever cheaper meat; but we were shocked that their lives were literally not worth living. Despite our national attachment to Jemima Puddleduck, 98 per cent of the duck we eat comes from mass-produced, often mutilated animals which are packed into vast sheds and only see the light of day on their way to the slaughterhouse. Ducks have nowhere to swim.

Beware of misleading labels implying "freedom"; only the Soil Association accreditation offers any real guarantee of a decent standard of animal care. Top supermarkets for animal welfare are Waitrose and M&S - see Compassion in World Farming's annual welfare league tables.

Food giants

We set out believing supermarkets were where power was concentrated in the food system, so it was a surprise to learn about the handful of mega-powerful transnational corporations which control most of the links in the food chain. Giant among giants is Cargill, whose $120bn turnover in 2008 was bigger than the GDP of two-thirds of the world's nations. Cargill controls almost half of all the world's grain trade and has, in the words of one commentator, "its tentacles in every aspect of the global food system" from meat and sugar to animal feed and fertiliser. This is worrying because it gives them incredible power over what we eat and our future food supplies.

Bitter chocolate

The extent of child labour in the cocoa industry came as a shock. It's especially prevalent in the world's leading producers in West Africa. C�te d'Ivoire, the biggest grower, has more than 100,000 child workers often enduring slave labour conditions involving the use of dangerous pesticides and machetes. There's also cross-border child trafficking. The multi-billion-pound "Big Chocolate" industry hasn't shown much interest in cleaning up its supply chain. Another good reason to choose Fairtrade.

Industry insiders

Reading The Grocer magazine regularly has been a bit like eavesdropping on the food industry's private conversation. It was eye-opening to witness its determination to flog us syrupy drinks and salty snacks backed by seven-figure marketing campaigns. A cynic might quickly form the view that the industry's ideal consumer never cooks, never reads the back of a packet and instead relies on it big processors' corn, soya and sugar alchemy to cater for all their "meal and snack occasion" needs.

Our daily bread

As a nation we munch our way through 11 billion sandwiches a year (that's 200 each). But popularity is no guarantee of quality. Glance at most bread wrappers and you'll find a gruesome list of emulsifiers, preservatives, sweeteners and fats. These ingredients make for depressing spongy loaves with long shelf lives, even if they've got fancy French or Italian labels. One of the greatest pleasures of writing the book was discovering artisanal bakers who achieve miracles with nothing more mysterious than good flour, water and yeast - plus skill.

Fairtrade

Before writing this book our engagement with Fairtrade food was pretty half-hearted: a tendency to Divine chocolate and easily available bananas. Harriet Lamb, Director of the Fairtrade Foundation changed all that. She encouraged us to avoid out-of-season, air freighted green beans arguing that in comparison with the Kenyan bean farmer, who creates about 0.9 tonnes CO2 emissions per annum, our carbon footprint (at an average of 9.8 tonnes p.a.) was through the roof and that the free healthcare and education we take for granted has to be paid for in Kenya. Soberingly, it is the developed world's predilection for meat and dairy products which accounts for half the carbon emissions associated with food.

Plenty more fish in the sea?

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation estimates that half of the world's fish stocks are already being exploited to the hilt and a further quarter are now fished beyond maximum sustainable levels. But fish are tricky to monitor. Sustainability can depend on where and how a fish was caught as well as its species. Enough to induce paralysis at the fish counter. Fortunately, the Marine Stewardship Council's certification scheme takes into account the full environmental impact of fishing. Look for their "tick-mark" logo on the fish, or even better, ask your fishmonger if you are lucky enough to still have one.

Fat futures

The UK has the highest obesity levels in Europe with more than 60 per cent of us now officially overweight or obese. But obesity is rather euphemistic, isn't it? What we're really talking about is people consuming far too much overprocessed foods and soft drinks: we can't find the "off" switch. Thirty years of artificial sweeteners have not helped; in fact they're part of the problem, creating ever-sweeter foods and encouraging cravings. It's not just airline seats and hospital beds that are feeling the strain; health service budgets are threatened by the costs of a heavier and sicker nation as a result of obesity.

The upside of the credit crunch

The food landscape changed dramatically while writing this book: organic purchasing levelled out after high year-on-year increases; many are finding Farmers' Markets and vegetable box schemes such as Riverford's are cheaper ways of shopping and less stressful too; growing your own and cooking from scratch increasingly look like good ways to save money and rediscover the pleasures of food.

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Selenium Update
Boy, in just a few weeks we're learned so much more.

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We've recently received two emails concerning selenium. One repeated something we'd mentioned in an earlier newsletter, that two Brazil nuts supply all the selenium you need for a day. However, the next email we got reported that studies showed that human uptake of selenium isn’t all that good. That we can eat six brazil nuts and not get enough selenium.

Then the reader went on to inform me about another form of selenium we’d never heard of. We’d touted our favorite form, L-selenomethionine in an earlier newsletter, but the reader told us of an even better form, methyselenocysteine.

Needless to add, we started researching these things and found some interesting information.

Selenomethionine was the most efficient form of selenium at increasing selenium tissue levels (as well as glutathione peroxidase activity), but had no anticancer activity. The inorganic form of selenium, sodium selenite, was quite effective at fighting cancer. This is where methyselenocysteine comes in. It’s an organic form of selenium found in leeks, garlic, and onions, which has been found to be highly toxic to cancer cells, and rather than infecting cancer cells, causes cancer cells to self-destruct through apoptosis (cell death) which does not provoke inflammation (as opposed to the necrosis caused by the inorganic form of selenium).

Selenium is incorporated into proteins which make selenoproteins, important antioxidant enzymes while regulating thyroid function, boosting the immune system, repairing DNA damage, and detoxicating heavy metals.

We’ve learned that high doses of vitamin C can reduce the absorption of selenium, thus you should take selenium one hour before taking vitamin C or 20 minutes after. 

Recommended doses of methylselenocysteine are 200 – 400 mcg for cancer prevention, and 900 to 2, 000 mcg as part of a comprehensive cancer treatment protocol.

Beware of drug interactions, so check with your pharmacist or physician before taking large doses of selenium.

Here is the form that I'm now taking:

Se-methylselenocysteine (SeMC), 200 mcg 100 capsules

References and Further Reading:

http://www.advance-health.com/selenium.html

http://carcin.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/22/4/559


Home Remedies: Cures or Myths?
By Melanie Banzer

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The Internet is a gold mine of information, its booming success allowing for the first truly free press the world has seen. Its open accessibility to everyone, however, means that researchers must weed through scores of urban legends and gibberish to uncover the facts. Unfortunately, bogus “home remedies” leak on websites or circulate through e-mails and when their artificiality surfaces, even the world of proven holistic medicine loses its validity through association. It is important to differentiate the phony myths from the valuable facts, for the sake of those with a thirst for truth concerning holistic remedies and self healing. 

A list of 18 remedies has been making its rounds around the Internet, both as an e-mail and on various websites. The title of the list varies from such simple headings as “Home Remedies” to more heartfelt ones like “Grandma’s Cures.” Some of the information is outright wrong while some has elements of truth, even if a bit misleading. No references are included. It would be interesting to track the original source of this list, as many of the remedies very suspiciously involve specific products. In a marketing world where product placement is frequently found in television media, music, and the Internet, it isn’t unreasonable to question the emergence of a widely distributed article that explicitly mentions certain companies. Not only are products mentioned (and their names underlined), but they are also pictured colorfully next to the remedy descriptions. The facts that the article’s author is anonymous and no sources are cited should be enough to stir up skepticism. The original article will be posted below and the remedies will then be discussed one by one. 

 

Home Remedies 

Eliminate ear mites. All it takes is a few drops of Wesson corn oil in your cat's ear...Massage it in, then clean with a cotton ball. Repeat daily for 3 days. The oil soothes the cat's skin, smothers the mites, and accelerates healing. 
 

Kills fleas instantly...Dawn dishwashing liquid does the trick. Add a few drops to your dog's bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid skin irritations. Good-bye fleas.

Rainy day cure for dog odor Next time your dog comes in from the rain, simply wipe down the animal with Bounce or any dryer sheet, instantly making your dog smell springtime fresh. 


 Did You Know that drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional 'pain relievers.' 



 Did you know that Colgate toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns.

Before you head to the drugstore for a high-priced inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of curiously strong Altoids peppermints. They'll clear up your stuffed nose.

 
Achy muscles from a bout of the flu?   Mix 1 Tablespoon of horseradish in 1 cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as massage oil, for instant relief for aching muscles.

   
Sore throat? Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1 tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria. 

 Cure urinary tract infections with Alka-Seltzer. Just dissolve two tablets in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins eliminating urinary tract infections almost instantly-- even though the product was never advertised for this use. 

  Honey remedy for skin blemishes Cover the blemish with a dab of honey and place a Band-Aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile, and speeds healing. Works overnight. 

 Listerine therapy for toenail fungus. Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toenails looking healthy again. 

 Easy eyeglass protection... To prevent the screws in eyeglasses from loosening, apply a small drop of Maybelline Crystal Clear nail polish to the threads of the screws before tightening them. 

 Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer .. If menacing bees, wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets get in your home and you can't find the insecticide, try a spray of Formula 409. Insects drop to the ground instantly. 

 Smart splinter remover. Just pour a drop of Elmer's Glue-All over the splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the dried glue. 


 Hunt's tomato paste boil curecover the boil with Hunt's tomato paste as a compress. The acids from the tomatoes soothe the pain and bring the boil to a head. 

 Balm for broken blisters... To disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few drops of Listerine, a powerful antiseptic.



 Vinegar to heal bruises ... Soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the healing process.

 Quaker Oats for fast pain relief. It's not for breakfast any more! Mix 2 cups of Quaker Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for 1 minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain. 

 

“Eliminate ear mites. All it takes is a few drops of Wesson corn oil in your cat's ear...Massage it in, then clean with a cotton ball. Repeat daily for 3 days. The oil soothes the cat's skin, smothers the mites, and accelerates healing.”

The use of vegetable oils on parasites very well may drown a few of the pests, but ensuring total elimination cannot possibly be guaranteed. Wesson corn oil should not be singled out, as all corn oil should function similarly. This remedy is listed as a 3 day process, but an ear mite egg does not hatch for up to 4 days.[1] Even if it worked in smothering all of the mites, the newly hatched eggs would continue the infestation. Occasionally, ear mites can penetrate the ear drum and go deeper into the ear[2] where corn oil should definitely not be poured due to health risks on the animal. Corn oil is a polyunsaturated fat,[3] a trans fat that is not healthy for consumption. It is curious that not only corn oil is specified in this treatment, but the brand Wesson. The use of oil to smother parasites (from ear mites to lice) can be found in old remedy books, but all vegetable oils are included and product names are certainly not mentioned. Because of the life cycle of the mite egg, the use of oil on pet ears may just cause unnecessary build-up or skin irritation if the pet has a corn allergy.[4]

 

“Kills fleas instantly... Dawn dishwashing liquid does the trick. Add a few drops to your dog's bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid skin irritations. Good-bye fleas.”

Similarly to the corn oil, it would not be surprising if Dawn dishwashing detergent succeeded in smothering a few adult fleas, but would it be able to also kill the eggs, which sometimes take up to two weeks to hatch?[5] Additionally, the chemical components of the soap may be harsh, especially on animals with sensitive skin. The process of getting rid of fleas is a much bigger job than a quick shampoo (or dishwashing detergent) bath, as larvae and eggs are often infesting the environment the animal lives in and can be found in bedding, carpet, and furniture.[6] Cleaning the environment is essential and if it’s not done, pets will most likely be infested again in short order. Shampoos lathered directly on beloved pets should be made with natural ingredients, as any harsh chemicals can be absorbed through the skin.

 

“Rainy day cure for dog odor.  Next time your dog comes in from the rain, simply wipe down the animal with Bounce or any dryer sheet, instantly making your dog smell springtime fresh.”

According to the Material Safety Data Sheet on Bounce dryer sheets from The Proctor & Gamble Company, there are both acute and chronic health hazards for Bounce dryer sheets that may result from skin contact.[7] Not only can prolonged skin and eye contact produce unwanted irritations, but “oral ingestion may result in mild gastrointestinal irritation with nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.”[8] Considering the tendencies pets have to groom themselves, it should be assumed that they may ingest any chemicals used on their bodies. In fact, right off of the box of Bounce dryer sheets, a warning reads, “Keep out of reach of toddlers and pets to avoid accidental ingestion.”[9] The perfume used for scent can promote topical and nasal allergies. Bounce dryer sheets also have a slight flammability rating,[10] which is a dangerous trade-off for a dog that smells ‘springtime fresh.’ It is probably best to stick with the advice on the box and keep this product as far away from pets as possible. 

 

“Did You Know that drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional 'pain relievers.'”

What this claim is referring to is Gatorade’s ability to assist a dehydrated body, which reveals itself with many symptoms including headaches.[11] Headaches are one of the most common symptoms of dehydration. Gatorade helps to hydrate a thirsty body due to its water content and to replenish electrolytes with its salt content, but the same desired result can be achieved with water and a salty snack. In fact, in the case of dehydration, there is no better remedy than water itself.[12] Gatorade contains harmful ingredients such as processed sugars (sucrose syrup and glucose-fructose syrup), artificial flavors, and artificial colors (such as yellow 5).[13] For ideal health, artificial additives and colors should be avoided. Headaches caused by dehydration can be cured safely by drinking distilled water as opposed to Gatorade, which cures dehydration but with unnecessary artificial additives. Furthermore, headaches caused by other factors (medication, chemicals, lack of sleep, lack of nutrition, stress, head injuries, hormonal changes, television, smoking, allergies, etc.[14]) are unlikely to be affected by Gatorade. Dehydration is likely to be the main cause for most headaches, but for those that arise because of something else, the source of the problem must be addressed to relieve symptoms. 

 

“ Did you know that Colgate toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns.”

According to Dr. Baumann, the myth that toothpaste (not Colgate specifically) can decrease inflammation on the skin goes back to times when toothpaste regularly contained zinc.[15] Zinc assists in the healing process of wounded skin[16] and is actually found in most diaper rash creams. Since zinc is no longer a main ingredient of toothpaste, the claim that Colgate can work as a salve for burns is outdated and no longer true. On top of that, fluoride is added to toothpaste and this chemical is a proven irritant which can damage tooth enamel permanently in a condition known as dental fluorosis.[17] Fluoride should not be used even on teeth, and definitely not directly on injured skin. Rather than treating burnt skin with harsh chemicals, it would be better to run cool water over the burn and use an aloe vera cream throughout the healing process.

 

Before you head to the drugstore for a high-priced inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of curiously strong Altoids peppermints. They'll clear up your stuffed nose.

Peppermint can be used for a variety of medicinal purposes including clearing a stuffy nose[18], but why go for the Altoid brand which is laden with artificial flavors and processed sugars[19] when you can go straight for the pure peppermint extract, which won’t harm your health in other ways? As with several of these claims, the actual ingredient that can be used medicinally is not mentioned, but a product that includes that ingredient is (and it always also includes several other unwanted ingredients). Before you head to a drugstore for a box of Altoids filled with unnecessary additives, why not consider buying the pure essential peppermint oil itself?  It would be a worthwhile addition to any medicine cabinet, as its uses go even beyond treating nasal congestion.  Peppermint aides in digestion, muscle relaxation, circulation, stress relief, and as a stimulating air freshener.[20] It is also more effective in its natural form than it would be after being processed into a breath mint. Stuffy noses can also be cleared with nasal salines (homemade with distilled water and sea salt), spicy food, and humidifiers.[21]

 

Achy muscles from a bout of the flu?   Mix 1 Tablespoon of horseradish in 1 cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as massage oil, for instant relief for aching muscles.

There are not very many remedies on this list that have absolutely no mention of a product, but this is one of them. Ironically enough, it is also one of the only ones that may be worth trying at home. The healing properties of both horseradish and extra virgin olive oil are so extensive, that it is reasonable to believe that the combination would assist in aching muscles. Because of olive oil’s soothing effects on the skin, it has long been combined with other herbs such as chamomile as a healing soak. Researchers have identified a compound in extra virgin olive oil called oleocanthal, which has anti-inflammatory properties.[22] Its effect on pain is similar to ibuprofen, but on a smaller scale. Unlike ibuprofen, extra virgin olive oil contains no questionable chemicals and its long term use supports overall health. Horseradish used topically increases circulation to the area where it’s applied and can help lessen joint and muscle pains.[23] When taken orally, its medicinal uses cover digestive problems, respiratory problems, and rheumatism.[24] A combination of extra virgin olive oil and horseradish can be a soothing remedy, especially if used routinely on aching muscles. If results are not immediate enough, a hot bath with Epsom salts may offer relief. Topical application of castor oil also alleviates muscles aches.[25]

 

Sore throat? Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1 tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria.

Although this doesn’t mention the name of a product, it does quite suspiciously include a picture of the brand Aunt Sue’s Honey. Perhaps this was done intentionally.  Whatever the case, raw honey in general (and not a specific brand) has been long used as a treatment for sore throats.[26] Because of the antioxidants found in raw honey, its use can alleviate the symptoms of an inflamed throat. Its popularity has gone beyond the realm of holistic health and its use has even made it to mainstream cough drops (similarly to how peppermint found its way into Altoids). Apple cider vinegar has also been found to have healing effects and the combination of apple cider vinegar with honey is a powerful elixir for health that has been passed down for many generations.[27] Because many of the health ailments people face are rooted in the acidic environment of their bodies, the combination of these two alkalizing cures can help with everything from arthritis to high blood pressure by neutralizing body acid.[28] By bringing the body’s pH level to a more alkaline state, the growth of diseases (many of which thrive on acidity) is discouraged.[29] The potion is also beneficial for detoxification and fighting bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Because it attacks the virus that causes the sore throat, it aims to cure the source rather than just the symptom (although the honey also soothes the symptoms). For optimal results buy unpasteurized, organic apple cider vinegar and raw organic honey. Dilute the mixture with water to avoid teeth enamel erosion.[30]

 

Cure urinary tract infections with Alka-Seltzer. Just dissolve two tablets in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins eliminating urinary tract infections almost instantly-- even though the product has never been advertised for this use.

Alka-Seltzer is mainly made up of aspirin and baking soda.[31] Aspirin has been linked with increased risk of cancers, stomach ulcers, and kidney damage.[32]  Alka-Seltzer is such a powerful drug that its use is not at all recommended for children because it has been linked to a fatal disease called Reye’s Disease, which causes the failure of multiple organs (this is also true of aspirin). [33] The other ingredient of Alka-Seltzer, baking soda has been used holistically to neutralize urinary tract infections by raising the pH of acidic urine.[34] Why pollute your body with the harmful aspirin found in Alka-Seltzer when it is actually the baking soda that’s doing the trick? The apple cider vinegar and raw honey concoction mentioned above would also serve the same function if used for this problem. Cranberry juice is antibacterial and because a urinary tract infection is caused by bacteria, drinking plenty of cranberry juice is one of the best cures for clearing the infection. Supplementing with probiotics would also assist your body’s defense against harmful bacteria.

 

Honey remedy for skin blemishes. Cover the blemish with a dab of honey and place a Band-Aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile, and speeds healing. Works overnight.

Raw honey indeed works wonders on the skin and can open pores and serve as an antibacterial cleanse for damaged skin.[35] The healing properties of raw honey are widely studied and acknowledged as fact. It’s interesting that in this list of remedies, the product “Band-Aid” is not only mentioned, but underlined and pictured. The use of a bandage is not necessary to elicit the wonders of honey, and the use of Band-Aid brand specifically definitely should merit no place on a list of “Grandma’s Cures.” Acne is caused by clogged pores,[36] so rather than covering up blemishes with smothering bandages, it would be much more sensible to keep them clean and oxygenated. Rather than covering up the blemish with a bandage, it would be more effective to leave the honey on as a face mask for 30 minutes and then rinse it off. 

 

Listerine therapy for toenail fungus. Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toenails looking healthy again.

In fact, Listerine has a very strong antifungal property, but it is unfortunately combined with harsh chemicals and alcohol, making it a hazard to the body. A toxic by-product of alcohol called acetaldehyde is suspected to be a carcinogen which can build up in the mouth, leading to oral cancers.[37] Listerine and all alcoholic mouthwashes are therefore unsafe for people conscientious of the accumulation of carcinogens in their bodies. Fortunately, one of the primary fungicides in Listerine comes from a natural antiseptic called thymol which can also be found in oil of oregano.[38] Another natural antiseptic commonly used for toenail fungus is tea tree oil.[39] These topical applications can be combined with antifungal foods taken orally like garlic, to fight the problem from the inside as well. By seeking natural fungicides, the unwanted growths can be removed safely without the erosive and carcinogenic effects of a Listerine soak. All products with carcinogens should be avoided, even if the use is temporary, because chemicals build up and stagnate in the body over time.

 

Easy eyeglass protection... To prevent the screws in eyeglasses from loosening, apply a small drop of Maybelline Crystal Clear nail polish to the threads of the screws before tightening them.

Due to the adhesive effect of nail polish, it is reasonable to assume that a drop used on a small screw could help dry the piece in place.[40] It is not clear why in this massively produced list of remedies, the brand Maybelline Crystal Clear is specified for use, as the hardening effect of nail polish can certainly be found in a variety of brands.

 

Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer .. If menacing bees, wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets get in your home and you can't find the insecticide, try a spray of Formula 409. Insects drop to the ground instantly.

 Formula 409 contains ethylene oxide, which is a suspected carcinogen for humans and a verified carcinogen for animals.[41] Of course it would kill insects; it is a poison across the animal kingdom! In houses of people who have pets or of people who are concerned about the chemicals to which they expose their families, Formula 409 is highly discouraged for use in any way. It is not a product that should even be kept in the house, especially when there are natural household cleaners like vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice.[42] The chemicals in household cleaners can be inhaled and act as respiratory allergens, increasing the risk of bronchial ailments like asthma in both children and adults. The fact that ethylene oxide is a confirmed carcinogen for animals means that the use of Formula 409 is unsafe around cats, dogs, birds and most likely even humans. Most insecticides also contain an array of poisons and dangerous chemicals. The best solution to this problem would be to guide the insect out the door or window and avoid unnecessary killing all together.

 

Smart splinter remover. Just pour a drop of Elmer's Glue-All over the splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the dried glue.

This is a clever trick for removing a splinter, but once again, why Elmer’s Glue? According to the Material Safety Data Sheet for Elmer’s Glue-All, it can irritate skin, eyes, and lungs (if inhaled).[43] Even though the risk is slight, exposure to all chemicals should be kept as minimal as possible. Would this technique work? If wood glue specifically is used and enough of the splinter is exposed, it very well may create a strong enough adhesion to pull it out.[44] If the splinter is too deep inside the skin, however, the glue may not be able to stick to enough of the wood to grab a hold of it. Only if enough of the splinter is exposed will the glue adhere, but if enough of it is exposed, it might as well be tweezed. If the splinter is too deep in the skin, thin layers of skin will need to be peeled by a needle or other pointed object in order to pull the splinter out with a pair of tweezers. 

 

Hunt's tomato paste boil cure. Cover the boil with Hunt's tomato paste as a compress. The acids from the tomatoes soothe the pain and bring the boil to a head.

To treat boils, a daily moist heat compress may hasten the healing process while garlic and onion juice may help draw it to a head.[45] Like garlic and onions, tomatoes are acidic and would also encourage the healing process. Tomato paste is rich in lycopene, which contains vitamin A and vitamin C, both of which assist in healing damaged skin.[46] As is important to note in almost every one of these remedies, the brand Hunt’s Tomato Paste does not hold any special powers that aren’t offered by all tomatoes. Because boils are caused by a bacterium called Staphylococcus aureus,[47], it would be helpful to eat garlic and take probiotics to fight the infection from the inside out. Castor oil has also been known to draw out infection and detoxify the body. A daily heat compress over castor oil will help draw out the pus.

 

Balm for broken blisters... To disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few drops of Listerine a powerful antiseptic.

As mentioned before, the use of mouthwash has been linked with oral cancers and tooth erosion.[48] While it may work as an antiseptic for cold sores and other broken blisters, it disrupts the pH balance of your mouth. Applied on broken skin, its alcohol content might cause burning. According to a study from the Southern California University of Health Sciences, an amino acid called lysine has proven to reduce cold sores (blisters caused by the herpes simplex virus). [49]  Topical ointments of lysine would be much more agreeable to sensitive skin than the burning alcohol in Listerine, and without the carcinogenic build-up.

 

Vinegar to heal bruises ... Soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the healing process

This is only the second remedy on the list that makes absolutely no mention of a specific brand. It, too, is worth trying at home. Vinegar is among the oldest of home remedy alternatives and has been used for a variety of purposes. Apple cider vinegar is especially useful with its rich vitamin and mineral content, but white vinegar also has its medicinal uses (and is easier on the skin). [50] White vinegar can treat skin abrasions, insect bites, burns, and itchy skin.[51] It is also proven to help with blood stagnation, a condition which is present when the skin is bruised.[52] 

 

Quaker Oats for fast pain relief. It's not for breakfast any more! Mix 2 cups of Quaker Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for 1 minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain. 

Once again, it is peculiar that this list specifies the brand Quaker Oats as a remedy instead of discussing the oats themselves. The health benefits of including oats in your diet are abundant. Topical application has been cited for everything from beauty tips to itch relief. Oats contain manganese, a chemical that has been associated with relief of arthritis pain.[53] Direct soaks are an excellent way to absorb nutrients through the pores of the skin. For body aches or all-over itching, hot oatmeal baths are an excellent and calming activity that can produce desirable results. It isn’t even necessary to use a specific brand! Concerning microwaving oats in a bowl for one minute, a better plan would be to avoid irradiating your food at all. Microwaves damage nutrients with their strong electric field,[54] rendering the healing effects of oatmeal useless and risking negative health effects. It would be better to heat water for oats on a stove than it would be to use a microwave.

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While this list does indeed contain a few kernels of wisdom, it also contains several half-truths, or truths that don’t quite take the bigger picture into consideration. Rather than crediting specific ingredients that heal, it leads readers to specific products that contain those ingredients (water and electrolytes in Gatorade, peppermint in Altoids, baking soda in Alka Seltzer, oats in Quaker Oats, etc.). Furthermore, it includes some remedies that have incomplete information (Wesson Corn Oil for mites, Dawn for fleas, Colgate for burns) and others that are potentially hazardous (Bounce on stinking pets, Listerine for toenail fungus and blisters, Formula 409 for insects). Instead of calling for fingernail polish or glue, it goes out of the way to mention Maybelline or Elmer’s Glue. There are unnecessary mentions of brands throughout the list (like Aunt Sue’s and Band-Aid for raw honey cures). In fact, the entire article reads like a giant advertisement.

There are home remedies everywhere you look on the Internet, some valid and others complete fabrications. Of course there are tried products that combine a healing cocktail of ingredients, but unless those ingredients are explained, there’s reason to be suspicious. Without first researching products for the chemicals and additives they contain, there is no reason to believe that they are beneficial. As there are many claims of home remedies on the Internet, it is important for readers to do their own research and be skeptical of information that does not include cited sources. 


[1] “Ear Mites in Cats and Dogs,” at ThePetCenter.com, http://www.thepetcenter.com/gen/em.html

[2] “Ear Mites in Cats and Dogs,” at ThePetCenter.com, http://www.thepetcenter.com/gen/em.html

[3] “Fatal and Vital Foods,” on NaturalNews.com, http://www.naturalnews.com/022608.html

[7] Material Safety Data Sheet for Bounce Dryer Sheets” from The Proctor & Gamble Company,  http://whatsinproducts.com/msds/16003626%20MSDS%20Bounce.pdf?PHPSESSID=e798472f63822bb4cd030c2412a27f84

[8]Material Safety Data Sheet for Bounce Dryer Sheets” from The Proctor & Gamble Company,   http://whatsinproducts.com/msds/16003626%20MSDS%20Bounce.pdf?PHPSESSID=e798472f63822bb4cd030c2412a27f84

[9] Bounce Dryer Sheets (actual product)

[10]Material Data Safety Sheet for Bounce Dryer Sheets” from The Proctor & Gamble Company,    http://whatsinproducts.com/msds/16003626%20MSDS%20Bounce.pdf?PHPSESSID=e798472f63822bb4cd030c2412a27f84

[15] “The Skin Guru’s Health Blog,” Dr. Leslie Baumann, http://health.yahoo.com/experts/skintype/

[22] “Oleocanthal,” on Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oleocanthal

[24] “Healing with Horseradish,” on Suite101.com, http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/herbalism/79641

[25] “Castor Oil Compress,” on LifeEvents.org, http://www.lifeevents.org/castor-oil-compress.htm

[26] “The healing power of honey: from burns to weak bones, raw honey can help,” by Kelly Joyce Neff, http://www.naturalnews.com/021506.html

[28] “Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey Remedy,” on Benefits-of-Honey.com, http://www.benefits-of-honey.com/vinegar-and-honey.html

[29] “pH Balance,” on NaturalHealthSchool.com, http://www.naturalhealthschool.com/acid-alkaline.html

[30] “Questions about Apple Cider Vinegar,” on BellaOnline.com, http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art44020.asp

[32] Aspirin articles on NaturalNews.com, http://www.naturalnews.com/aspirin.html

[33] “Alka-Seltzer,” on Wikipedia.org, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alka-seltzer

[34] “Urinary Tract Infections,” on MotherNature.com, http://www.mothernature.com/Library/Bookshelf/Books/19/234.cfm

[35] “A Potent Make-It-Yourself Mask for Radiant Skin,” on NaturalNews.com, http://www.naturalnews.com/024612.html

[36] “Acne-vulgaris,” on Wikipedia.org, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acne_vulgaris

[37] “Mouthwash Linked To Cancer,” on The Daily Telegraph, http://www.news.com.au//dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,24896583-5001021,00.html

[38] “Oil of Oregano: A Powerhouse for the Alternative Medicine Cabinet,” on NaturalNews.com, http://www.naturalnews.com/024685.html

[39] “For Healthy Nails – Nail Fungus Once and For All,” on NaturalNews.com, http://www.naturalnews.com/022975.html

[40] “How To Repair a Broken Eyeglass Frame,” on eHow.com, http://www.ehow.com/how_116185_repair-broken-eyeglass.html

[41] “Material Safety Data Sheet for Formula 409 Cleaner,” on Ohio State University website, http://www.biosci.ohio-state.edu/safety/MSDS/FORMULA%20409%20CLEANER.htm

[42] “Clean and Green: Natural Homemade Household Cleaners,” http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Prairie/8088/clngrn.html

[43] “Material Safety Data Sheet for Elmer’s Glue All” on Elmers.com, http://www.elmers.com/msds/me375_c.htm

[44] “How To Remove Splinters with Glue,” on eHow.com, http://www.ehow.com/how_4559199_remove-splinters-glue.html

[45] “Heal and Prevent Boils Naturally,” on NaturalNews.com, http://www.naturalnews.com/025219.html

[46] “Tomatoes make a healthy summer treat,” on NaturalNews.com, http://www.naturalnews.com/009836.html

[47] “Boil,” on Wikipedia.org, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boil

[48] “Mouthwash Linked to Oral Cancer, Erosion of Tooth Enamel,” http://www.naturalnews.com/024591.html

[49] “Cold Sore Time and Symptoms Significantly Reduced with Lysine-Based Topical Ointment,” http://www.naturalnews.com/009241.html

[52] “Vinegar,” on HealingFoodReference.com, http://www.healingfoodreference.com/vinegar.html

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African tribal men eat cows' menstrual matter and grow huge testicles
WTF? 

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Scanty nourishment and the permanent lack of microelements and vitamins made people of the Bubal tribe ask their only wealth - cows - for help. The tribers learned that eating the menstrual matter of cows helps them fight such diseases as rachitis, scurvy and leukemia.

The mysterious tribe and their cows roam on the border between Kenya and Somalia. This is the only nation in the world, which practices a very unusual tradition: their children eat cows' menstrual matter until they get married. The Bubals believe that the licking of cow's vagina makes would-be warriors strong and courageous. Italian scientists have recently discovered that the menstrual matter of cows is a source of such vitamins as B6, B12, E and D. In addition, it makes up the deficiency of iron, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium and potassium. That is why, scientists think, cows protect the tribe from the most horrible disease of the region - anemia (the lack of haemoglobin). The most interesting thing happens afterwards, though. Hormone changes become extremely conspicuous with all males of the African tribe, after they reach puberty: their testicles grow up to 70-80 centimeters in diameter. The "miracle of nature" happens on account of the untraditional nourishment that tribal individuals practice in their adolescence. The hormone-rich menstrual secretion of the cattle causes irreversible hormone changes with humans. It is noteworthy, that such giant testicles do not exert any negative influence on the reproductive function, although they do cause many other obvious problems. Tourists from all over the world are ready to pay huge money to take a look at giant testicles. Tourists' money help the tribal nation improve the quality of their meals. It is not ruled out that the next generation of Bubals will have nothing to boast with. Express Gazeta


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Welfare, Socialism, and Spooky Ghosts

We got a number of letters from our last newsletter’s leading Tidbits stories on “Tax Here, Tax Now” and Stiglitz’s paper on how the empire collapsed.

Most letters were in support of the articles, one asked to be taken off our mailing list, and a handful echoed the same sentiment: “I hate paying my hard earned money to some scum who doesn’t want to work.”

I too can understand this sentiment, so I thought I’d do a little research and find out exactly how much of the average taxpayer’s taxes go to paying “scum who refuse to work.”

The figures I have here come from the Office of Management and Budget.

Let’s say you are an average family of 4 making $50,000.00. Your federal taxes, as of last year, were $6,225.00. Of that $465.00 went to welfare.

What exactly does welfare cover? Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, veterans’ pensions, health care for children, child care entitlement, supplemental security income (SSI), family support assistance (AFDC), temporary assistance to needy families, foster care and adoption assistance, and more.

This means that 13.3 cents of every dollar you paid in Federal taxes did all that.

And since we all know there are people out there who take advantage of the system and refuse to work (actually, some of them, in truth, work harder at not working than most people do actually working), then how much goes to them?

Less than a penny from every dollar goes to pay the “scum,” as some put it.

In our last newsletter, we talked about the book Free Lunch, and how much of our taxes go to benefit the wealthy.

So we still haven’t answered the question: how much of our taxes go to the wealthy?

Some estimates are 17% of our taxes, but it’s hard to estimate since the wealthy get money from a vast network of programs furnished by our tax dollars. One thing we do know is that the poor and the middle class are NOT getting any of the bailout. Definitely the bailout is going to the rich, and how much does that cost American families?

The bailout cost all American families $6, 500.00.

Truly, if you take all this into consideration and still you are focused on some guy who’s cheating the system and costing you just pennies, well then, the big guys who are cheating the system win.

This is classic “misdirection” as practiced by magicians. The wealthy want you to focus on the left hand (the little cheat) while the right hand picks your pocket.

But you really should know something about that money you send to welfare programs: it generates economic activity. When economic activity is generated, that helps us all.

Last July, an economist, Mark M. Zandi, from Moody’s Economy (dot com) testified before congress. He’d done his homework and presented them with a table of actions the Feds take and the economic activity generated by those actions. So far there have been a lot of people coming out against his figures, but no one has been able to supply better figures, just friction.

Here is the table:

Action                                                      Economic Activity Generated
High “Bang for the Buck”

Temporarily increase food stamps

$1.73

   Extend unemployment benefits

$1.64

   Provide general aid to state governments

$1.36

 

 

Lower “Bang for the Buck”

 

   Extend Alternative Minimum Tax patch

$0.48

   Make dividend and capital gains tax cuts
   permanent

$0.37

   Cut corporate tax rate

$0.30

   Make Bush income tax cuts permanent

$0.29

So, as you can see, giving money to the poor, even those scumbags who refuse to work, actually helps our entire economy and keeps jobs available.

And what have we learned from all this? Trickle Down Economics is dead. R.I.P. It has never worked, will never work, and has helped lead us to financial meltdown.

Now, if only someone can explain to me how a CEO can pay himself half a billion dollars while the company goes belly up. This just doesn’t seem to be the capitalism I was raised to believe in.


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. 


Worlds Fastest Electric Car


Is Jon Stewart America's most trusted financial voice?

Jon Stewart vs. Jim Cramer: The fool wins


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Media Matters - Myths and falsehoods about the purported link between affordable housing initiatives and the financial crisis..


Click here: Law.com - Obama Administration Releases Secret Bush Anti-Terror Memos


The banking bailout makes most Americans, including me, throw up.  It looks like a reward for bad management and greed.  Still, it is the only alternative:  if the system fails, we will end up with a total meltdown of the economy -- and a repeat of the Great Depression.

There has been a lot of talk lately about "nationalization" of the banks.  Neo-cons call it socialism, as if it were something new.

In fact, the government in effect temporarily nationalized most banks during the Great Depression.  Once they were on their feet, ownership was returned to private enterprise.

The same thing happened again in the early 1980's with the  Savings and Loan crisis.  And it happens once a week or so, year in and year out, with smaller banks that are beneath the radar of the national media.

The FDIC takes over a failing bank (socialism), and either merges it with a stronger bank, or pays off the insured deposits and then sells any assets.  The socialism is always temporary.

What happened in the dying days of the previous administration is that money was pumped into major national banks, without any strings.  The Obama administration is changing that, and may well take over the huge Citibank in the coming weeks.

This cartoon makes fun of the non-nationalization approach:

 

by Pappy Ken


What a catch! The amazing deep-sea fish with a transparent head

By Wil Longbottom

This amazing barreleye fish really does have eyes in the back of his head.

Accustomed to living in the pitch-black of the deep sea, the animal has developed this unique and incredibly useful ability to spot predators trying to sneak up on it, as well as potential food.

The discovery came when the fish was filmed by marine biologists trying to solve the 50-year-old mystery of how it uses its eyes.

For years scientists believed its eyes were fixed and it only provided a view of what was directly above its head.

However it now emerges that over time the Macropinna microstoma has evolved so its eyes are able to look out in different directions from within a transparent shield.

 
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Eyes front: The barreleye fish has developed the unique ability to move its eyes inside its head so it can spot predators and food in pitch-black seas

While its body is mostly dark, the top part of its head is transparent, and its eyes are clearly visible.

According to evolutionary biologists, it developed such a powerful sense of sight as a result of the harsh environment it lives in.

The fish, which is only a few inches long, lives at great depths just below the line at which sunlight can penetrate the water. The marine biologists also found that it uses its large, flat fins to remain motionless in the water.

This means that creatures around it cannot see it clearly. Predators lurking above it cannot spot it either, however it can look upwards to hunt for the small fish and plankton it lives off.

When a suitable morsel is identified, the barrelfish attacks out of the darkness and swiftly engulfs its prey.

To avoid looking at the sun when it moves into shallower waters, the creature's eyes can rotate to look forward so it can see where it is swimming.

Its amazing eyes glow a bright-green and researchers believe it may have developed a form of light filter which allows it to ignore the sunlight and spot the bioluminescence of small fish and jellyfish - it's favourite food.

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Unique: The creature lurks at depths of up to 2,600ft where the sun cannot penetrate and when it spots smaller fish or plankton it attacks from the dark and swiftly engulfs its prey

The two holes which look like eyes on the front of the fish are in fact nales, olfactory organs similar to human nostrils.

The barrelfish has a crystal-clear liquid over its eyes, held in place by a tiny membrane.

If that was to break, its eyes would become exposed to the sea and the pressure that exists at its natural depths of between 2,000ft and 2,600ft would instantly kill it.

Bruce Robison and Kim Reisenbichler of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute used videos from the institute's remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to study the barreleyes off Central California.

.See the VIDEO version at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1155505/What-catch-The-amazing-deep-sea-fish-transparent-head.html


Talking Heads, by Pappy Ken

After President Obama's speech to congress last night, and the Republican reply by Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, I flipped between CNN and MSNBC to see what the talking heads had to say.

Rachel Maddow of MSNBC, like Jindal a former Rhodes scholar, was asked what she thought of Jindal's speech.  "I make my living talking," she said, "but after that I am just too stunned to say anything."

Keith Olberman added, "His bringing up FEMA's slow and disorganized response to Hurricane Katrina reminds me of when Franklin Roosevelt responded to an opponent's charge that his economic policies would bring on a depression:  

'I would like to offer the Republicans some advice along the line of never mentioning rope in the house of a man who was hanged:  if I were a Republican -- and I am not -- I would nevah, EVAH, mention depression.'

Chris Matthews commented, "If people like Jindal really believe states can handle crises better than Washington, they should remain at the state level."  (Jindal was a Republican member of Congress at the time of Hurricane Katrina)

On CNN, David Broder said, "Jindal took pride in Louisiana's rebuilding effort after the hurricane, but while he was cutting state income tax, Washington pumped $167 billion into the state."


Quotations We Might Want to Remember

Q:  Why do you think Barack Obama agreed to have dinner with 10 conservative pundits, including yourself?

 Peggy Noonan:  because he's an adult.

 &

Comedian Chris Rock:  George Bush has screwed up this country so bad, he's made it almost impossible to elect a white man as president.


The has to be the BEST video on the web. You will NOT believe your eyes. And, if you are an animal lover (dog lover), this will just amaze you.

Shepherds with too much time on their hands.



Survival Thinking


Do You Want to Learn About Law?

If we are going to take back our government, we are going to have to understand the law. I've recently joined forces with a very powerful person who battles for justice daily and has won some very impressive victories.

She has created a three part lecture series on Google Video that is well worth watching.

Foundations ― Instructions for Citizens and Tools for Court

Foundations Part One Natural, Common, Ecclesiastical and Civil Law; Law of Nations; Rule of Jurisdiction; Maxims of Law; Constitutions; Citizenship; Statutes.

Foundations Part Two Court Rules; Jury Trial; Equity vs. At Law; Summons and Complaint; Motions; Hearings; Due Process; Notice; Attorney Relationships; Objections; Appeals.

Foundations Part Three Sixteen Ways to Break a Person; Questions and Answers; Keynote by Rep. Dan Severson

In Minnesota we elect our supreme court justices. But there's a slight problem; we've not elected one since we elected Alan Page, an ex member of the of the Minnesota Vikings famous Purple People Eaters. We elected him in 1993. Since then, our judges, in cahoots with our governor, have found ways to get around elections, and get judges appointed. One recent appointee had this to say about the system (paraphrasing): I can't really talk about it since I've never been a judge.

Nancy is taking on the system.

Did you know that people, ordinary people can form a grand jury IF they get the assistance from ONE judge. However, when you are taking on judges, one judge willing to buck the system is hard to find. Even so called LIBERAL judges just don't want to rock the boat. Anyone who is among them, who stands up to them, will feel the wrath of the system.

Nancy, however, had finally gotten our legislators to do something, and last month they created an ad hoc committee to listen to the complaints from citizens concerning corrupt judges.

Thomas Jefferson disliked the Judicial Branch of the government least because it had the least amount of oversight.

Here is a link to the pages focusing on this effort to rein in our corrupt judges: Judicial Corruption in Minnesota.

People: if you want your government back, then it is up to all of us to get involved.


Western internet censorship: The beginning of the end or the end of the beginning?
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March 29, 2009

EDITORIAL (WikiLeaks)

We're arresting you for speeding.

What's the speed limit, officer?

The speed limit is secret.

http://wikileaks.org/wiki/Image:Wilcox_dentist.jpg
Cartoon by Cathy Wilcox

Shortly after 9pm on Tuesday March 24, Wikileaks related buildings in Dresden and Jena, were raided by 11 plain clothes German police.

Why?

Over the last two years, Wikileaks has exposed detailed secret government censorship lists or plans for over eight countries, including Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, Australia, and Germany.

Although Wikileaks' main site has been censored by the Chinese Public Security Bureau since early 2007, last week saw the site placed onto a secret list of sites "forbidden" by the Australian Media and Communications Authority, or ACMA.

The pro-censorship governments exposed by Wikileaks can be divided into three broad categories:

1.     Countries with a mandatory censorship system in place: Thailand, the UAE, and Lebanon (films).

2.     Countries proposing a mandatory censorship system: Australia and Germany.

3.     Countries in which the internet censorship system is an unregulated agreement between several large ISPs and the police: Norway, Denmark and Finland.

Australia and Germany are the only liberal democracies proposing a mandatory internet censorship regime.

All of the schemes operate, or are proposed to operate, through multi-million dollar national networks of censorship machines.

The machines spy on the nation as each citizen attempts to read on the internet, and compares requested pages to those listed on a secret government "blacklist".

If the page is on the blacklist, the government forcibly prevents the citizen from viewing the information by intercepting his or her internet communication and diverting it to a machine controlled by the censorship system. This machine is often configured to record the identity of the person attempting to access the forbidden information. If the page is not on the blacklist, the government grants permission for the citizen to view the page.

Although originally marketed, in all countries, as a way of combating child pornography, the blacklists obtained by Wikileaks show that the systems have already been corrupted into censoring other content, including political content.

For instance, the secret blacklist for Thailand censors thousands of sites per year deemed to be critical of the Thai Monarchy, from academic books and YouTube to the Economist magazine and Wikileaks itself.

Similarly, the blacklist for Australia contains an anti-abortion site, fringe religions, a dentist clinic, gay sites, gambling sites, islamist [sic.] sites, euthanasia activist sites, an astrologer's blog, misclassified material, and, like Thailand, Wikileaks itself. Even the Australian government's "Minister for censorship", Senator Stephen Conroy, has admitted that fully half of the sites on the secret list are unrelated to child pornography.

As newspapers and other publications migrate to an exclusive life on the internet, such totalizing censorship systems are able to instantly snatch "pages" from the laps of citizens across an entire nation, interdicting communications between publisher and reader, and the new civil discourse between readers and each other. The scale, speed and potential impact of this centralized intervention has no historical precedent.

Secret national censorship systems are dangerous and unaccountable. They are an affront to natural justice, due process and the balancing power of the fourth estate. They must be, and will be, stopped.

The Australian Government has stated it plans to increase the size of its blacklist list by 10 fold, from roughly 1,200 blocked pages to over 10,000, although the plan is now seems unlikely to pass the Australian Senate after the revelations of the last month.

* * * * *

To make what has happened clear to those who understand traditional book censorship, we provide the following simple analogy:

Within the libraries and book catalogues of Germany and Australia there are books (web pages) forbidden by the state.

The government of Australia has compiled a secret list of books it forbids. About 1,200 books are on the list.

Not even authors or publishers whose books are placed on the list are told their book has been banned.

Germany plans to adopt and expand a version of the Australian scheme.

Under the plans of the German and Australian governments, every attempt to borrow a book (read a web page) will be checked against the secret "forbidden books" (forbidden web pages) list.

If a book is on the list, the attempt to borrow it is noted down in another secret list and permission is refused. If the book is not on the blacklist, permission is granted.

The list of forbidden books (the blacklist) is a forbidden book.

The lists of books forbidden in other countries are also forbidden books.

Any book that mentions the title (URL) of a forbidden book is itself a forbidden book.

An international investigative newspaper (Wikileaks) reveals key internal documents on the censorship expansion plans for Germany, Australia and other countries. For Australia this expose includes the lists of forbidden books and the presence of clearly political books on the list. The newspaper warns that Australia is acting like a "democratic backwater" and risks following the censorship path of Thailand.

The article and lists, and then the entire newspaper secretly added to the list of publications banned by Australia.

The Australian "Minister for censorship", Senator Stephen Conroy, states "Any citizen who distributes [the blacklist] is at serious risk of criminal prosecution". The Minister threatens to refer the leak to the Australian Federal Police.

That same week, the newspaper releases three more articles on censorship and updates the lists of forbidden books.

Two buildings related to the newspaper in Germany are then raided by 11 plain clothed police. The police demand the keys (passwords) to a protected room (server) containing the newspaper's printing press so they can disable it. The newspaper staff refuse to comply--both the keys and the press itself have been sent to Sweden, a country with stronger legal protections for journalists.

The German police then seize what they believe to be the newspaper's archives (a hardrive) and a typewriter (laptop) "for evidence".

* * * * *

The story might end there, but 12 hours after the police raid, on Wednesday the 25th of March, the German Cabinet announced the completion of a proposed law for a nationwide, mandatory censorship system--to be pushed through before national elections in September, 2009.

For every noble human desire, in this case, the strong protective feelings most adults have towards children, opportunists such as Senator Conroy and his German equivalent, CDU Minister Ursula von der Leyen, stand ready to exploit these feelings for their own power and position.

Von der Leyen apparently hopes to raise her profile before a national election by promoting a national censorship "solution" to child pornography.

But forcibly preventing the average parent from seeing evidence of what may be an abuse against a child is not the same as stopping abuses against children. Absense of evidence is not evidence of absense.

Censoring the evidence promotes abuses by driving them underground, where they are difficult to track. Such schemes divert resources and political will away from proven policing solutions which target producers and consumers.

Children depend, even more than their parents, on the quality and viability of government. An assault against those systems and ideals which keep government honest and accountable - public oversight, natural justice, and protection from state censorship - is not just an affront to Enlightment ideals, but an assult on the long term interests of children and adults alike.

The March 24th raid is not the first time the German state has attempted to censor Wikileaks; back in December 2008, Ernst Uhrlau, former police chief and current head of the BND, Germany's equivalent to the CIA, threatened to prosecute the site unless it removed a BND dossier on corrupt officials in Kosovo and other information. The dossier was not removed. There is no evidence that the police action and the BND incident are related, but the situation, together with a recent Bundestag inquiry documenting illegal BND spying on the German press, does not paint a flattering picture of the state of German government.

Source documents

See also


Read about the original raid.
 

 


Lafter IS the Best Medicine

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On the first day of college, the Dean addressed the students:

"The female dormitory is out-of-bounds for all male students, and the male dormitory to the female students.  Anybody caught breaking this rule will be fined $20 the first time.  The second time you will be fined $60. A third time will cost you a fine of $180.  Are there any questions?"

A male student inquired, "How much for a season pass?"

 



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Head Lice Going Around the Senate


"The same people who drove the economy into a ditch are now complaining about the size of the tow truck." James McGovern, D. Massachusetts


The pastor asked if anyone in the congregation would like to express praise for answered prayers. A lady stood and walked to the podium.

She said, "I have a praise. Two months ago, my husband, Tom, had a terrible bicycle wreck and his scrotum was completely crushed. The pain was excruciating and the doctors didn't know if they could help him."

You could hear a muffled gasp from the men in the congregation as they imagined the pain that poor Tom must have experienced.

"Tom was unable to hold me or the children," she went on, "and every move caused him terrible pain. We prayed as the doctors performed a delicate operation, and it turned out they were able to piece together the crushed remnants of Tom's scrotum, and wrap wire around it to hold it in place."

Again, the men in the congregation were unnerved and squirmed uncomfortably as they imagined the horrible surgery performed on Tom.

"Now," she announced in a quavering voice, "thank the Lord, Tom is out of the hospital and the doctors say that with time, his scrotum should recover completely."

All the men sighed with relief. The pastor rose and tentatively asked if anyone else had something to say.

A man stood up and walked slowly to the podium.

He said, "I'm Tom."

The entire congregation held its breath.

"I just want to tell my wife that the word is sternum."

 


True Story
Some of the true stories we get in our email are far from true. However, we checked this one out, and it's true alright. Feel free to pass it on.

FBI agents conducted a "search and seizure" at the Southwood Psychiatric Hospital in San Diego, which was under investigation for medical insurance fraud.  After hours of poring over many rooms of financial records, some sixty FBI agents worked up quite an appetite. The case agent in charge of the investigation called a local pizza parlor with delivery service to order a quick dinner for his colleagues.

The following telephone conversation took place:

Agent: Hello. I would like to order nineteen large pizzas and sixty-seven cans of soda.

Pizza man: And where would you like them delivered?

Agent: To the Southwood Psychiatric Hospital.

Pizza man: To the psychiatric hospital?

Agent: That's right. I'm an FBI agent.

Pizza man: You're an FBI agent?

Agent: That's correct. Just about everybody here is.

Pizza man: And you're at the psychiatric hospital?

Agent: That's correct. And make sure you don't go through the front doors. We have them locked. You'll have to go around to the back to the service entrance to deliver the pizzas.   

Pizza man: And you say you're all FBI agents?

Agent: That's right. How soon can you have them here?

Pizza man: And you're over at Southwood?

Agent: That's right. How soon can you have them here?

Pizza man: And everyone at Southwood is an FBI agent?

Agent: That's right. We've been here all day and we're starving.

Pizza man: How are you going to pay for this?

Agent: I have my check book right here.

Pizza man: And you are all FBI agents?

Agent: That's right, everyone here is an FBI agent. Can you remember to bring the pizzas and sodas to the service entrance in the rear? We have the front doors locked.

Pizza man: I don't think so.
 


Eric and Jenny are only 10 years old, but they know they are in love.  One day they decide that they want to get married, so Eric goes to Jenny's father to ask him for her hand.
 
Eric bravely walks up to him and says, 'Mr. Smith, me and Jenny are in love and I want to ask you for her hand in marriage.'
 
Thinking that this was just the cutest thing, Mr. Smith replies, 'Well Eric, you are only 10.

Where will you two live?'
 
Without even taking a moment to think about it, Eric replies, 'In Jenny's room.  It's bigger than mine and we can both fit there nicely.'
 
Still thinking this is just adorable, Mr. Smith says with a huge grin, 'Okay then how will you live?

You're not old enough to get a job.  You'll need to support Jenny.'
 
Again, Eric instantly replies, 'Our allowance.  Jenny makes five bucks a week and I make 10 bucks a week.  That's about 60 bucks a month and that should do us just fine.'
 
Mr. Smith is impressed Eric has put so much thought into this.. 
 
'Well Eric, it seems like you have everything figured out.  I just have one more question..

What will you do if the two of you should have little ones of your own?'
 
Eric just shrugs his shoulders and says, 'Well, we've been lucky so far.'
 
Mr. Smith no longer thinks the little s**t is so adorable.


A man and a woman were having dinner in a fine restaurant. Their waitress, taking another order at a table a few paces away noticed that the man was slowly sliding down his chair and under the table, with the woman acting unconcerned.

The waitress watched as the man slid all the way down his chair and out of sight under the table. Still, the woman dining across from him appeared calm and unruffled, apparently unaware that her dining companion had disappeared.

After the waitress finished taking the order, she came over to the table and said to the woman, "Pardon me, ma'am, but I think your husband just slid under the table."

The woman calmly looked up at her and replied firmly, "No he didn’t. He just walked in the door." 


Proud to be a golfer

A recent study found the average American golfer, walks about 900
miles a year.

Another study found American golfers drink, on  average, 22 gallons of
alcohol a year.

That means, on average, American golfers get about  41 miles to the
gallon.

Kind of makes you proud.


Cindi is 5 and learning to read.

She points at a picture in a zoo book and says,

"Look Mama! It's a frickin' Elephant!"

Mama takes a deep breath ... "What did you call it?"

"It's a frickin' Elephant, Mama!

It says so right on the picture!"

And so it does ..

"A f r i c a n Elephant "

Hooked on Phonics strikes again!

 


In a small town, a vacant storefront was being remodeled into a tavern.

The local Baptist church started a prayer campaign to keep the bar from opening.

The night before the pub was to open, lightning struck the building and burned it down.


The church folks were rather smug in their outlook after that, till the bar owner sued the church on the grounds that the church was responsible for the destruction of his building.

The church vehemently denied all responsibility or any connection to the lightning strike.

When the case came to court, the judge said, "I don't know how I'm going to decide this, but as it appears we have a bar owner that believes in the power of prayer, and an entire church congregation that doesn't."


Solanova

 

 

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