UV Light
Rediscovering the healing power of the sun.
 

You have been warned: wear hats, slather your skin with sun screens, the stronger the better, and don't forget to wear your sunglasses to protect your eyes.

Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

We debunk these myths, show you how important the sun is to proper health, show you how water borne illnesses are wiped out by UV Light, and go on to show you a safe and effective therapy using UV Light. We've talked about this therapy previously, Photoluminescence, but this time we go into it even deeper and we list even more locations that offer it. Additionally, we now have an American company making the equipment. Tell your physician. It's safe, legal, and more powerful than antibiotics and it boosts immune function.

UV Light - Introduction

UV Light - Versus Chlorination

UV Light - Photoluminescence Therapy


Our Apology
To Those Who've Sent Us Products to Review

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We have been busy looking for funds to keep this site free and open. A day does not go by when someone doesn't write to us thanking us for the wealth of information they found at our site.

We are in debt, and there's nothing illegal about dying owing money. In fact, my will reads: Being of sound mind and body, I spent everything I had while I was alive.

However, it does cost a lot to keep this web site running, to write/print our books, and to fight frivolous lawsuits.

So, in the next newsletter, we will review ALL the products and books that have been sent to us.

In the meanwhile, you might consider donating to our cause:

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And you might want to check out a book that has really moved me. If you want to know where cancer comes from, you must read
The China Study


Healing Through Cancer
A new blog from Germany you might wish to check out.

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My name is Jeannine Walston and I’m a 33-year-old dealing with a brain tumor recurrence. I am currently receiving immunotherapy treatments at the Medical Center of Cologne in Germany.

 

I am a professional writer and have been crafting “Blogs from Germany” about my medical treatments and healing journey. “Blogs from Germany” is an informative, moving, and even shocking expose highlighting divergent health care models, and what comprises healing.

 

I invite you to view “Blogs from Germany” at http://www.healingfocus.org/germany.html. Because I want to help educate others through my story, I would be most grateful if you would consider sharing my blogs with people who might benefit from reading them.

 

Thank you,

Jeannine Walston

www.healingfocus.org 


Friends for Life: An Emerging Biology of Emotional Healing
Published: October 10, 2006

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A dear friend has been battling cancer for a decade or more. Through a grinding mix of chemotherapy, radiation and all the other necessary indignities of oncology, he has lived on, despite dire prognoses to the contrary.
 
My friend was the sort of college professor students remember fondly: not just inspiring in class but taking a genuine interest in them — in their studies, their progress through life, their fears and hopes. A wide circle of former students count themselves among his lifelong friends; he and his wife have always welcomed a steady stream of visitors to their home.

Though no one could ever prove it, I suspect that one of many ingredients in his longevity has been this flow of people who love him.

Research on the link between relationships and physical health has established that people with rich personal networks — who are married, have close family and friends, are active in social and religious groups — recover more quickly from disease and live longer. But now the emerging field of social neuroscience, the study of how people’s brains entrain as they interact, adds a missing piece to that data.

The most significant finding was the discovery of “mirror neurons,” a widely dispersed class of brain cells that operate like neural WiFi. Mirror neurons track the emotional flow, movement and even intentions of the person we are with, and replicate this sensed state in our own brain by stirring in our brain the same areas active in the other person.

Mirror neurons offer a neural mechanism that explains emotional contagion, the tendency of one person to catch the feelings of another, particularly if strongly expressed. This brain-to-brain link may also account for feelings of rapport, which research finds depend in part on extremely rapid synchronization of people’s posture, vocal pacing and movements as they interact. In short, these brain cells seem to allow the interpersonal orchestration of shifts in physiology.

Such coordination of emotions, cardiovascular reactions or brain states between two people has been studied in mothers with their infants, marital partners arguing and even among people in meetings. Reviewing decades of such data, Lisa M. Diamond and Lisa G. Aspinwall, psychologists at the University of Utah, offer the infelicitous term “a mutually regulating psychobiological unit” to describe the merging of two discrete physiologies into a connected circuit. To the degree that this occurs, Dr. Diamond and Dr. Aspinwall argue, emotional closeness allows the biology of one person to influence that of the other.

John T. Cacioppo, director of the Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience at the University of Chicago, makes a parallel proposal: the emotional status of our main relationships has a significant impact on our overall pattern of cardiovascular and neuroendocrine activity. This radically expands the scope of biology and neuroscience from focusing on a single body or brain to looking at the interplay between two at a time. In short, my hostility bumps up your blood pressure, your nurturing love lowers mine. Potentially, we are each other’s biological enemies or allies.

Even remotely suggesting health benefits from these interconnections will, no doubt, raise hackles in medical circles. No one can claim solid data showing a medically significant effect from the intermingling of physiologies.

At the same time, there is now no doubt that this same connectivity can offer a biologically grounded emotional solace. Physical suffering aside, a healing presence can relieve emotional suffering. A case in point is a functional magnetic resonance imaging study of women awaiting an electric shock. When the women endured their apprehension alone, activity in neural regions that incite stress hormones and anxiety was heightened. As James A. Coan reported last year in an article in Psychophysiology, when a stranger held the subject’s hand as she waited, she found little relief. When her husband held her hand, she not only felt calm, but her brain circuitry quieted, revealing the biology of emotional rescue.

But as all too many people with severe chronic diseases know, loved ones can disappear, leaving them to bear their difficulties in lonely isolation. Social rejection activates the very zones of the brain that generate, among other things, the sting of physical pain. Matthew D. Lieberman and Naomi Eisenberg of U.C.L.A. (writing in a chapter in “Social Neuroscience: People Thinking About People,” M.I.T. Press, 2005) have proposed that the brain’s pain centers may have taken on a hypersensitivity to social banishment because exclusion was a death sentence in human prehistory. They note that in many languages the words that describe a “broken heart” from rejection borrow the lexicon of physical hurt.

So when the people who care about a patient fail to show up, it may be a double blow: the pain of rejection and the deprivation of the benefits of loving contact. Sheldon Cohen, a psychologist at Carnegie-Mellon University who studies the effects of personal connections on health, emphasizes that a hospital patient’s family and friends help just by visiting, whether or not they quite know what to say.

My friend has reached that point where doctors see nothing else to try. On my last visit, he and his wife told me that he was starting hospice care.

One challenge, he told me, will be channeling the river of people who want to visit into the narrow range of hours in a week when he still has the energy to engage them.

As he said this, I felt myself tearing up, and responded: “You know, at least it’s better to have this problem. So many people go through this all alone.”

He was silent for a moment, thoughtful. Then he answered softly, “You’re right.”

Daniel Goleman is the author of “Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships.”

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Organic Sulphur
by Patrick McGean
 

The health of the citizens of Salt Lake County, the State of Utah, the United States of America and the entire world is affected by this issue. Oxygen is essential to healthy cellular metabolism (aerobic.) The oxygen which our cells utilize for this aerobic metabolism is enabled by bio available sulfur for transport across the cell membrane. Sulfur, selenium and tellurium are the only three oxygen transport minerals and sulfur has not been bio available since 1954.

The mechanism is remarkably simple. Organic sulfur is the mineral which enables the transport of oxygen across the cell membrane by keeping that membrane pliable. No virus can replicate in cells with adequate intracellular oxygen. This is a fact of biology, not a theory. Our theory is that the use of chemical fertilizers has broken the sulfur cycle thus making the cell membrane impermeable to oxygen. Without oxygen our cellular metabolism becomes anaerobic by definition and the result is diseased cells and degenerative disease.

The sulfur cycle originates in the ocean from the sulfur vents, which are volcanic magna flows, directly into salt water. Mineral sulfur is made when this same volcanic activity occurs into the atmosphere. The crystal "Organic Sulfur," which is the subject of the Live Blood Study, is derived from sulfur stored as lignin in pine trees, a bi-product of the pulp industry and its chemical name is methysulfonyl-methane.

The Live Blood Study has been researching the ability of Organic Sulfur to enable intracellular oxygen since 1999. The Study has been impressed that viral entities including West Nile Virus and common flu viruses appear to be addressed by sulfur. Viral entities whose symptoms are "treated" by the medical profession respond to sulfur and promote cellular regeneration. In the case of West Nile Virus mosquitoes do not even like the taste of those who take sulfur both man and beast. With other disease entities healthy cellular regeneration is allowed to continue to produce new healthy cells and stop the disease processes.

Cancer, though not thought of as a virus, follows the same etiology, and Otto Warburg received a Noble Prize for proving that cancer is anaerobic in 1931. Cancer is subject to the same mechanism as viruses. Cellular regeneration is either healthy or not depending upon intracellular oxygen. The research of the Study believes that cellular regeneration is a function of sulfur and the reason for a lack of sulfur is modern corporate farming methods with no crop rotation, the use of chemical fertilizers, and the chemical preservatives allowed in our foods.

Our soil is the key. Almost 60 years after U.S. Senate Report 264 (dating from 1936) reported that the soil of the U.S. was "worn out," The 1992 Earth Summit Report corroborated and confirmed these earlier findings. The Earth Summit Report concluded that soils subjected to chemical fertilizers had become deficient in minerals, including sulfur. Following ancient, even Biblical principles of farming, such as allowing the land to rest and crop rotation, should be given serious attention, but the modern-day application of chemical fertilizers is perhaps the most sinister culprit of all. The state of our soil is unabashedly reflected in the state of our health. Can we afford to continue to ignore the facts that have brought us to our current health situation?

Epidemiology, the study of who died and why, demonstrates that there is a connection between these farming methods and our increased disease rates. Finland is an interesting proof. The Finns banned the use of chemical fertilizers in 1985 when their disease rates were similar to ours in the US and now they have one tenth of ours after only 20 years.

Organic Sulfur could be a tool the State could use to improve the health of the citizens by providing a source for their missing sulfur. Current medical modalities including surgery ( liver transplants), certain drug therapy ( i.e. Vioxx ) and vaccines ( i.e. the link to Autism ) have demonstrated adverse side effects as well as death. Organic sulfur has not been reported to harm anyone or cause any adverse side effects since it was first described in China in the 10th century.

The Study's 1100 members have surprised the observers with their reports of increased well being and improved heath. Also after three weeks of taking Organic Sulfur many of the members have voluntarily ceased taking most all of the drugs which are advertised directly to the public in the media. Unless the Study is in error these drugs may be the lion's share of the money that the County and the State spends on its health care programs. The drug companies reported a $200 billion net profit for 2004, somebody is paying.

Therefore, besides improved health, less pain, and cellular regeneration for the populace, the State and the County could decrease the outlay of money to the pharmaceutical industry. To some it appears that the drug companies are only interested in making drug addicts of us all. That is not their intention, they and doctors are not evil but they seem unconcerned about the causes of disease. Every disease has a cause. We are what we eat! And we believe that that which we eat no longer includes sulfur. When one becomes acquainted with the Periodic Table of Elements sulfur, selenium and tellurium appear to be very important for the oxygen we need

Sulfur is described as the fourth most abundant mineral in all living organisms. But somewhere along the road to our health, it seems the scientific, medical, and the economic communities failed to see the what mineral deficiencies are doing to us. Even the medical community is egregiously out of touch with the facts: 620 doctors were asked about sulfur and they all said that we get all the sulfur we need in the food we eat. Linus Pauling said "Mineral deficiencies are the root cause of all disease" in 1990. ( Provo Herald.)

We in the Study realize that the use of chemical fertilizers in not going to stop in the near future, so what can we humans do to get the minerals we need, that is the issue. We in the Study see this as a primary health issue for the citizens of the US, and for that matter the entire world. What we feed our food determines what we eat. That food is being adversely effected by what man does to it; both how we grow our food without the necessary nutrients and minerals and the chemical additives which are added only to prevent spoilage, i.e. preservatives for shelf life not for our improved health. One mortician told me we are preserving ourselves so effectively that now he uses much less embalming fluid.

Man is a fragile race. We are comprised of billion upon billions of cells which must regenerate in a healthy manor or we become diseased and possibly die. The diseases we have and the drugs recommended to treat them do not address the cellular biology of the body human. The Live Blood Study believes that making Organic Sulfur available to those citizens who are less than satisfied with their current regime could provide some very interesting solutions to their pain, disabilities, breathing disorders, viral infections, and over all general well being.

The Study would suggest doing a parallel study of those state supported patients for which the medical community has no more suggestions, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's included. Add to those anyone with Hep C, cancer patients (especially those undergoing chemotherapy or who are afraid to go through it again.) Lupus, Chrones, all allergies, obesity and morbid weight problems (especially in children.) ADD and ADHD depression, psoriasis and other skin conditions, cardiovascular concerns including high blood pressure and stroke, arthritis, asthma, chronic constipation, pain from inflammation even pain that requires morphine, lung dysfunction including emphysema, glaucoma, and indigestion which is how this researcher became aware of what sulfur can do.

Sulfur is a mineral that is absolutely necessary for the health of our cells, and the health of our cells determines the health of the body human. Any mineral deficiency can cause disease but a sulfur deficiency the Study believes is a major cause of many of our disease entities because of its intimate relation to the oxygen which allow our cells to regenerate into healthy new cells.

We regenerate all of cells every seven years, when healthy.

Patrick McGean
Director Live Blood Study
801-263-9486
19 October 2006


Former FDA commissioner Crawford to plead guilty after charged with lying about conflicts of interest
Tuesday, October 17, 2006 by: Jessica Fraser

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Former U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner Lester Crawford is set to plead guilty today to charges of filing false financial disclosure forms and conflicts of interest, according to court papers filed yesterday by the Justice Department.

The government charges that Crawford and his wife owned stock in several companies that fell under FDA regulation, and failed to fully disclose that information as required by federal law. The court papers also charge that Crawford assured federal ethics officers that he and his wife had sold stock in those companies, when they had not.

Crawford's attorney, Barbara Van Gelder, said that under a plea agreement, her client would not dispute the government's charges, and would likely face fines and a possible prison term of up to two years.

"At the end of the day, he owned these stocks and he will admit he owned them while he was at the FDA and he will take responsibility for that," Van Gelder said.

The Justice Department found that Crawford and his wife owned stock in Pepsico Inc., Sysco Corp., Kimberly-Clark Corp., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and other companies regulated by the FDA. At one point, Crawford -- who owned at least $140,000 of stock in soda maker Pepsico and food distributor Sysco -- acted as chairman of an FDA panel charged with studying the obesity problem. Crawford's decision on that panel would have affected both companies.

The court papers also charge that Crawford did not disclose his income from exercising stock options in agricultural biotechnology company Embrex Inc., for which he had been a member of the board of directors.

Crawford -- a food safety expert and veterinarian -- unexpectedly resigned from his position as head of the FDA in September 2005 without giving reason. He'd officially held the position for two months, though he had been acting head of the agency for more than a year.

FDA critic Mike Adams, author of "Grocery Warning," calls the FDA a "criminal organization" and claims it puts pharmaceutical and food industry profits ahead of public safety. Adams called the charges against Crawford "yet another serious blow to the illusion of FDA credibility.

"Crawford's guilty plea now establishes as indisputable fact what myself and other FDA critics have been saying for years: The agency is headed by white-collar criminals who deliberately make regulatory decisions that are in the best interests of drug companies and junk food giants, rather than protecting the health of the public," Adams said.

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Bayer Admits Withholding Drug Info
What they don't tell you can kill you.

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Trasylol is the only FDA approved drug that reduces blood loss during bypass surgery. What Bayer forgot to report to the FDA was that it could kill the patient.

Apparently they withheld data that showed Trasylol caused kidney damage, heart failure, and strokes.

You can read the entire story here: Bayer Admits Withholding Drug Info

Now...read this (you can take action).

Have you heard the latest 'oops, we did it again' from the pharmaceutical industry?

It has just been revealed that Bayer failed to disclose a study of their widely used heart surgery drug, Trasylol, which shows the drug could increase the risk of death, kidney failure and stroke. And Bayer's response: it made a “mistake” in not mentioning the study to the FDA or the advisory panel deciding the drug's safety for the market.

Bayer's actions have revealed how weak our drug safety system really is. But there is hope! There is legislation in Congress that would work to stop the drug industry from playing games with our health!

Raise awareness of the importance of fixing our drug safety system in your community by writing a letter to the editor of your local paper! Your Representatives read the letters pages to get a sense of their constituents' concerns in the district. 

Bayer's actions should be no surprise to anyone. Only after tens of thousands of people suffered serious injuries from Vioxx and Paxil did we find out the drug companies knew about those serious side effects and delayed getting this information to the public. The secrecy has to stop; we need to protect your safety now! 

Drug companies are lobbying hard to defeat any reform, that's why legislators and the public need to hear from you now! If you have personal experience with drug side effects, it would be great to write about that!

And when you are done writing your letter, please forward this email to 5 family members and friends.

Thank you for your help!
Earl Lui
Prescription for Change
A project of Consumers Union
1535 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103-2512


Why People Who Eat This Spice Don’t Get Parkinson’s
By Dr Robert Rowan (Please...go get his newsletter)

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In my last health alert, I showed you how statins can cause Parkinson’s disease. Now I’ve got a great way to protect your brain. It probably can’t overcome the damage done by statins. But it can help with other factors that lead to Parkinson’s.

I’ve been touting curcumin, the yellow pigment in curry, for some time. It protects the cells of your body and it’s emerging as a premier anti-inflammatory. Now a new Italian study shows that curcumin nourished certain brain cells that help detoxify your brain.

The researchers gave rats curcumin and studied its effect on brain cells called astrocytes. These are star-shaped cells that are critical for protecting the brain. They help make up the blood-brain barrier and also protect other cells in the brain from injury. When astrocyte cells are injured or weakened in any way, they can’t protect your brain as effectively.

The team of researchers found that curcumin increased two protective enzymes. These enzymes spare the astrocytes from free radical damage, keeping them healthy, and protecting your brain.

By the way, curcumin also increases the levels of glutathione, your body’s leading detoxifier. Why is this important? Because Parkinson’s has been linked to pesticides, heavy metals, and other toxins. And one of the best ways to flush those toxins out of your system is to increase glutathione.

The best way to get curcumin in your diet is by eating curry. But you can also buy it in supplemental form (consider 500 mg twice daily) at your local health food store.

Yours for better health and medical freedom,
Robert Jay Rowen, MD

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Ref: Scapagnini, G., C. Colombrita, et al. “Curcumin activates defensive genes and protects neurons against oxidative stress,” Antioxidants and Redox Signaling, 2006; 8(3-4): 395-403.
 


Drug Maker Eli Lilly Takes Unethical Marketing Practices to a Whole New Level and Gets Spanked by the NIH
 

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According to a whistleblower report in the New England Journal of Medicine, drug maker Eli Lilly & Co. initiated false reports of a shortage of Xigris (used to fight blood infections) to boost sales of the drug.

A public-relations firm hired by Eli Lilly spread the word that the very expensive drug was being "rationed," the report says. It also included descriptions of physicians being "systematically forced" to decide who would live and who would die.

Designed to fight sepsis, a condition that kills more than 200,000 Americans annually, Lilly hoped Xigris would be a blockbuster, with sales of at least a billion dollars a year. After five years on the market, however, sales are only $200 million.

According to Dr. Robert Danner, an infectious-disease expert at the National Institutes of Health, this poor performance led the company to take unusual steps to increase its profitability.

(Unusual? I’d say.)

Read Alex Berenson’s article in the October 19th NYT here.

Listen to or read Richard Knox’s commentary on the October 18th edition of All Things Considered here.

And here is a personal story you can check out.


Article taken from Mo Productions - http://www.mo-info.com/wordpress


Book Review - Fight for Your Health

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Fight for Your Health is a stunning exposé into the secret world of the FDA, Wall Street, and drug companies. At stake is the health and well-being of all Americans. Adverse reactions, even deaths, are hidden while dangerous drugs are pushed on Americans, especially children—simply for profit. The FDA is actively attacking health freedom and seeking to eliminate natural health options. Arm yourself with invaluable information that will help you take charge of your health:

Fight for Your Health documents the scope and severity of prescription-drug fraud in America. It explains, for the first time, how Americans are prescribed billions of dollars' worth of drugs that have serious health consequences. It exposes the inappropriate and detrimental uses of bone drugs, brain drugs, and cholesterol-lowering medication.

Using drugs for prevention and to regulate behavior in children is a medical disaster, undermining the health of our nation. Medical doctors, under the influence of pervasive pharmaceutical marketing, rely on drug-based care for disease prevention and the treatment of people with dubious behavioral diagnoses. Our children are especially at risk: They are being exposed to a national clinical drug trial--an experiment with their brains that will have lifelong consequences.

The FDA has put into mothballs its federal mandate to protect the public. In order to foster drug sales, the FDA hides important medical data from the public and from doctors, including the risks of heart attacks, suicide, seizures, and serious mental-health debility. Even worse, the FDA has changed sides. They are actively undermining the rights of citizens to claim damages if injured by drugs. And they are seeking to remove safety barriers to drug testing. They are planning to expose many individuals to unproven drugs, a new form of human experiment.

President Bush has filled the top positions at the FDA with major promoters of drug sales. The priority of these men is to rush unproven drugs to market, for the financial benefit of Wall Street and Big Pharm.

The FDA is now actively involved in the drug-design business, using sophisticated software to assist pharmaceutical companies in drug development.

The FDA is utterly incompetent to monitor the safety of existing drugs on the market. They ignore the numerous adverse side effects that are reported from toxic drugs used for prevention. They are not able to inform the consumer public of the true risks or possible problems associated with almost any medication.

An example, detailed in Fight for Your Health, is the wide-spread use of statins for lowering cholesterol. These medications are portrayed to the public as safe and effective, when in fact they are among the most dangerous and health-deteriorating drugs that exist. Virtually all adverse side effects of statins, except severe muscle damage and death, are ignored by the FDA. Instead, the FDA promotes seriously toxic use of these these drugs—even for prevention.

At the same time that the FDA is fostering drug development and drug sales, they are actively working to suppress natural-health options which hold tremendous health-care potential, especially for prevention of serious problems. In fact, the FDA assists international efforts to ban the use of helpful nutritional options in America. They continue this effort, even though the majority of Americans fully support natural-health options. The FDA has become an aberrant police force, working against health, rather than protecting us.

Learn the details—empower yourself to Fight for Your Health.

And you might want to sign this petition: Congressional Oversight Needed to STOP FDA's "Trilateral Cooperation Charter" Petition


The China Study
 

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In The China Study, T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., details the connection between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes and cancer. The report also examines the source of nutritional confusion produced by powerful lobbies, government entities, and opportunistic scientists. The New York Times has recognized the study (China-Oxford-Cornell Diet and Health Project) as the “Grand Prix of epidemiology” and the “most comprehensive large study ever undertaken of the relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease.”

Find out why The China Study is sweeping America. In your copy you’ll find information that turns the health and medical world upside down.

A sampling of the thoroughly researched findings include:

I decided to start an in-depth laboratory program that would investigate the role of nutrition, especially protein, in the development of cancer. What we found was shocking. Low-protein diets inhibited the initiation of cancer by aflatoxin, regardless of how much of the carcinogen was administered to theses animals. After cancer initiation was completed, low-protein diets also dramatically blocked subsequent cancer growth. In other words, the cancer-producing effects of this highly carcinogenic chemical were rendered insignificant by a low-protein diet. In fact, dietary protein proved to be so powerful in its effect that we could turn on and off cancer growth simply by changing the levels consumed.

Furthermore, the amounts of protein being fed were those that we humans routinely consume. We didn’t use extraordinary levels, as is so often the case in carcinogen studies. But that’s not all. We found that not all proteins had this effect. What protein consistently and strongly promoted cancer? Casein, which makes up 87% of cow’s milk protein, promoted all stages of the cancer process. What type of protein did not promote cancer, even at high levels of intake? The safe proteins were from plants, including wheat and soy. As this picture came into view, it began to challenge and then to shatter some of my most cherished assumptions.

Why is it called The China Study?

I went on to direct the most comprehensive study of diet, lifestyle and disease ever done with humans in the history of biomedical research. It was a massive undertaking jointly arranged through Cornell University, Oxford University and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine. The New York Times called it the “Grand Prix of Epidemiology.” The project surveyed a vast range of diseases and diet and lifestyle factors in rural China and, more recently, in Taiwan. More commonly known as the China Study, this project eventually produced more than 8,000 statistically significant associations between various dietary factors and disease!

These findings - the contents of Part II of this book - show that heart disease, diabetes and obesity can be reversed by a healthy diet. Other research shows that various cancers, autoimmune diseases, bone health, kidney health, vision and brain disorders in old age (like cognitive dysfunction and Alzheimer's) are convincingly influenced by diet. Most importantly, the diet that has time and again been shown to reverse and/or prevent these diseases is the same whole foods, plant-based diet that I had found to promote optimal health in my laboratory research and in the China Study.

The findings are consistent.


Honey & Cinnamon
It's all over the web, and we've yet to find any misinformation in it...so, we pass it onto you.

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Rumor has it a mixture of Honey and Cinnamon cures most diseases. However, I'm not so sure all of these are entirely valid. I've sent a few people out to debunk these, but no one has gotten back to me. So, if you CAN debunk any of these, we will publish the debunking next to the paragraph for which it applies and give YOU, the debunker, full credit.

If you know that these don't work or you want to try one, please keep us informed. I'm very skeptical about all of these, since I've mixed a few of them together, and I cannot believe anyone would continually drink this stuff. The concoction "really gets old" after a few sips.

So...help us debunk these "cures."

Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also accept honey as a "Ram Ban" (very effective) medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without any side effects for any kind of diseases. Today's science says that even though honey is sweet, if taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm diabetic patients.

Weekly World News, a magazine in Canada, on its issue dated 17 January, 1995, has given the following list of diseases that can be cured by Honey and Cinnamon as researched by western scientists:

HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply on bread, instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from heart attack. Also those who already have had an attack, if they do this process daily, they are kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of the above process relieves loss of breath and strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as you age, the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and veins.

ARTHRITIS: Arthritis patients may take daily, morning and night, one cup of hot water with two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. If taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured (allegedly). In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week, out of the 200 people so treated, practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain and within a month, mostly all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis started walking without pain.

BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it.It destroys the germs in the bladder.

TOOTHACHE: Make a paste of one teaspoon of cinnamon powder and five teaspoons of honey and apply on the aching tooth. This may be applied 3 times a day till the tooth stops aching.

CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water, given to a cholesterol patient, was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10% within 2 hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, if taken 3 times a day, any chronic cholesterol is cured. According to information received in the said journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.

COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for 3 days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold and clear the sinuses.
UPSET STOMACH: Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also clears stomach ulcers from the root.

GAS: According to the studies done in India & Japan, it is revealed that if honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacteria and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles to fight bacteria and viral diseases.

INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food, relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.

INFLUENZA: A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural ingredient which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

LONGEVITY: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Take 4 spoons of honey, 1 spoon of cinnamon powder and 3 cups of water and boil to make like tea. Drink 1/4 cup, 3 to 4 times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans also increases and even a 100 year old, starts performing the chores of a 20-year-old.

PIMPLES: Three tablespoons of Honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water. If done daily for two weeks, it removes pimples from the root.

SKIN INFECTIONS: Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections.

WEIGHT LOSS: Daily in the morning 1/2 hour before breakfast on an empty stomach and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one-cup water. If taken regularly it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking of this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.

CANCER: Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully (allegedly). Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder for one month 3 times a day.

FATIGUE: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens, who take honey and cinnamon power in equal parts, are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 p.m. when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, increases the vitality of the body within a week.

BAD BREATH: People of South America, first thing in the morning gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water, so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

HEARING LOSS: Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restore hearing. This is all so they say!


New Test Could Detect Breast Cancer Early
 

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A new study in the Journal of Proteome Research suggests that a blood test may detect breast cancer at its earliest stage. The test was able to diagnose 95 percent of cancers in 345 women. Around 500,000 people succumb to breast cancer each year and it is crucial to detect it early.

The new test measures some proteins in order to get a cancer fingerprint. Existing tests depend on breast examinations, mammograms and biopsies in order to diagnose cancer. However by the time it is accurately diagnosed, it may be too late.

The new test detects very small changes in concentrations of proteins in the blood. Some proteins are specifically found in breast tissue, the test detects these. The researchers suggest that by switching around proteins, other cancers may be detected as well.

"Our pilot studies show that using blood samples, breast cancer and several other types of epithelial cancers can be detected with much better sensitivity and specificity," said Professor Jasminka Godovac-Zimmermann of UCL. "This may allow new, less intrusive, safer and much less expensive approaches for the early diagnosis of cancer, for distinguishing malignant and benign cancers, and for monitoring cancer therapy."

Stephen Duffy, Cancer Research UK's professor of screening said the test looked interesting. "These are very interesting results which may have far-reaching implications for diagnosing breast cancer in the long term," he added. "Further research involving an independent group of patients and healthy volunteers is needed to validate these results, and to find out if the test is equally accurate for diagnosing early breast cancer as well as advanced disease."


Ultraviolet B (UVB) Radiation Reduces Risk of 16 Types of Cancer in U.S.
One of the studies mentioned in our articles on UV Light.

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A study published this week in Anticancer Research confirms that solar UVB irradiance is associated with reduced risk of 16 sites of cancer, apparently through production of vitamin D. These cancers include 6 sites of gastrointestinal cancers, 3 cancers of female sites, 3 urogenital cancers, 2 types of lymphomas, and 2 upper aerodigestive tract cancers.  

The analysis examined age-adjusted mortality rate data from 49 states plus the District of Columbia for two periods: 1950-69 and 1970-94. Other cancer risk-modifying factors were included in the analysis. A proxy indicator of smoking was associated with risk at 10 cancer sites, alcohol consumption with 9 sites, urban residence with 7, and Hispanic heritage with 6.  

“This study provides important additional support for the vitamin D/cancer hypothesis” according to William Grant. This new study shows that the approach used, a statistical comparison of cancer mortality rates by state according to several cancer risk factors, is likely to be reliable since the results for known factors other than UVB agreed well with the results in the literature. In addition, the new study replicates many of the links between higher levels of vitamin D and lower risk of cancer that were identified in earlier studies that had less control for risk factors other than vitamin D or UVB deficiency."  

“The mechanisms whereby vitamin D reduces the risk of cancer are well known, and include effects on intercellular adhesion, apoptosis (programmed cellular death), the inhibition of angiogenesis around tumors, and the inhibition of metastasis.”  

According to co-author Cedric Garland, Dr.P.H., “Enhancing vitamin D status appears to be the single most important single simple thing that people can do to reduce their risk of cancer, apart from avoiding tobacco and moderation in intake of alcohol. While solar ultraviolet B is not always available or convenient for synthesis of vitamin D and entails a possible small increase in risk of nonmelanoma skin cancer, vitamin D supplements are readily available and nontoxic in the preventive range of 1,000-1,500 IU/day.”  

According to William Grant, Ph.D. “Other recent studies recently found that it takes 1000 to 1500 International Units (I.U.) of vitamin D per day to reduce the risk of cancer incidence and death by 30-50%. In the U.S., dietary sources provide only 250 to 300 I.U. per day. People with fair skin living in the sunnier regions of the country can make 1500 I.U. of vitamin D in about 20 minutes near solar noon with 10-20% of their body exposed, i.e., arms and back in women and back or chest in men. Those with darker skin require 2-4 times as much time or body exposed for the same vitamin D production. This may help explain why black Americans have higher cancer incidence and mortality rates than white Americans, which was described recently in the Journal of the National Medical Association.”  

Cedric Garland added, “Briefly exposing a large enough area of skin for adequate vitamin D synthesis is more effective than increasing the amount of time spent in the sun. Protracted exposures to the sun are counterproductive after the 20-30 minutes at most when vitamin D synthesis for the day is complete. People of all ages should wear a hat whenever spending more than a few minutes in the sun, and should spend the time walking or otherwise in motion.”  

William Grant added “The public receives a steady barrage of public service messages to avoid the sun and wear sunscreens in order to reduce the risk of skin cancer and melanoma. Unfortunately, such messages do not mention that these risks are counterbalanced to a substantial degree by the advantages of producing vitamin D from solar UVB irradiance. Insufficient UVB irradiance and vitamin D costs society about 10 times what excess solar UVB does, and excess UVB irradiance is not required for optimal vitamin D production.” Cedric Garland said “vitamin D in the appropriate dose is giving society new hope in the fight to prevent cancer.”

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Processed Meats Up Stomach Cancer Risk

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Swedish researchers have found that there is a direct link between the consumption of processed meat and stomach cancer. Bacon, salami, sausage, hot dogs, ham, and smoked or cured meat are some examples of processed meats.

Researchers analyzed 15 studies between 1996 and 2003 containing 4,700 people. They found that consuming 30 extra grams of processed meat every day increased the risk of stomach cancer by 15 to 38 percent. The study is published in the "Journal of the National Cancer Institute."

"Our results... show very clearly that there is an association between increased consumption of processed meat products and stomach cancer," said lead researcher Susanna Larsson of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. Processed meat contains nitrates that are added to give a longer shelf life to the products, but these chemicals may initiate stomach cancer.  

"We hope that further studies will clarify the interaction between the consumption of processed meats and other factors, such as dietary factors and the effects of different bacteria on the incidence of stomach cancer," Larsson said.

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Medicine, Worms and Dirt
by Darrel Crain, DC

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Your prescription is ready Mrs. Jones, fresh intestinal whipworm eggs straight from the pig!

This type of medicine may sound rather unorthodox, but scientists testing this unusual treatment on six human patients with inflammatory bowel disease found that it helped every one of them.

Take two tablespoons of dirt and call me in the morning. That may sound like a bit of a stretch, but then again, mud pies may one day be squeezed into the five food groups. The hygiene hypothesis is gaining ground, folks, so if you think your health is worth fighting for, get ready to fight dirty!

Modern medicine has always held that we get sick because of something we catch, or something we ate, inhaled, or were exposed to in some other way.

Of course, this is the popular germ theory which states that germs cause disease. Those of us brought up on the germ theory know to constantly wage war on germs. Kill everything! Disinfect! Sanitize! Good. Now go wash your hands.

American industry answered our war cries by inventing at least 739 bazillion ways to massacre germs using antibacterial soaps, lotions, cleansers, sprays, toys, mattresses and even computer screens. Warnings in the medical literature that these products do nothing to reduce infection, but only contribute to new and scary strains of drug-resistant bacteria, have been lost in the germ war frenzy.

The hygiene hypothesis is a fairly new school of thought that turns the fear of germs on its proverbial head. We should, instead, get friendly with microbes and let them go up our collective noses, in this approach.

This view argues that early exposure to a wide variety of microbes is a good thing, permitting a growing child’s immune system to develop and build up immune response “muscle.”

If the germ theory leads down a white, sterilized hallway, the hygiene hypothesis seems to lead down a dusty old dirt road.

Researchers have long noticed an important difference in children who attend daycare at a very young age, as well as children who live with many brothers and sisters, or on a farm. All of them develop less asthma, hay fever, allergies, eczema, and other atopic diseases than do other children.

“Sickness is the vengeance of nature for the violation of her laws,” wrote Charles Simmons.

But a lack of exposure to germs is only half the problem, leaving as it does, one leg of our immune system without enough to do, while the other leg gets too much stimulation. This chronically triggers an inappropriate response of the immune system to produce all the allergy stuff, such as histamines, mucus floods and inflammation.

Tragically, several common medical practices seem to be substantial contributors to this problem. Antibiotics, antipyretics (fever-lowering drugs), and even some vaccines have been shown to significantly raise the risk of asthma and the other atopic disorders.

Autoimmune responses, such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and even Type I diabetes are on the list of disorders that may be caused, at least in part, by exposure to common medical interventions.

A recent study from Sweden published in the medical journal Lancet found that children in the families they studied who avoid antibiotics and vaccinations have fewer allergies than do other children.

“Half the modern drugs could well be thrown out the window, except that the birds might eat them,” wrote Martin Fischer.

In our zeal to treat acute symptoms, we have become effective at suppressing robust expression of immune responses to normal childhood illness, including all the uncomfortable but productive symptoms of a healing crisis that would otherwise yield permanent immunity.

The hygiene hypothesis leads to some intriguing, perhaps shocking conclusions. Do you suppose nature intended all those kids to get all those colds at daycare and have all those fevers?

One might conclude that Mother Nature herself wants us all to have a bout of chicken pox, the measles, and yes, even the mumps while we’re still young. In return we get permanent and non-toxic immunity. We also get to pump up our immune muscles and promote appropriate immune responses.

I have personally observed the scraped knee of a three-year-old heal just as quickly and well as the knee of a Harvard-trained medical practitioner with 42 years of practice under his belt. It comes as no surprise to me that nature’s plan for our immune systems avoids many of the pitfalls unintentionally created with manmade medical interventions.

“Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run,” wrote Mark Twain.

The hygiene hypothesis forces us to face an important question never asked by medicine. Namely, “Which is preferable, expression, or suppression?” This basic question needs to be asked of every medical intervention, given the knowledge that many standard medical practices may come with a hefty price tag of chronic health disorders.

Perhaps the current outbreak of mumps in highly vaccinated adult populations is an opportunity to ask these kinds of hard questions. It wouldn’t be the first time we needed to bury accepted standards of medical care in the compost heap of history after their underlying theories crumbled to dust.

I guess everything eventually goes back to the dirt. As the old saying goes, “Eat right, exercise regularly, die anyway.” However, I believe that Mark Twain had the last word about all health opinions that get published, including those in newspapers: “Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.”

Dr. Darrel Crain
Family Chiropractor
Natural Health Writer
President, CCA San Diego County District
619-445-0100

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Infant Mortality

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The United States has one of the highest rates of infant mortality in the industrialized world, with sub-Saharan African countries among the worst overall.

The report issued Tuesday by the Save the Children organization said U.S. newborn death rates are highest among minorities, even when mothers have early and equal access to prenatal care.

The odds of newborn infants dying, after all other risk factors were taken into account, were 3.4 times higher in blacks, 1.5 times higher in Hispanics and 1.9 times higher for races other than whites.

In the developing world, about half of newborn deaths are due to infection, tetanus and diarrhea, the report said. In the industrialized world, these problems are almost non-existent and newborn deaths are most likely to result from babies being born too small or too early.

Of the 125 countries listed, Sweden ranked first, or safest, followed by Denmark, Finland, Austria, Germany, Norway, Australia, Netherlands, Canada, United States and Britain.

The west African state of Niger is at the bottom, with nine other African countries filling the 10 last positions.

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Do you know what is in your body?

Please visit: Pollution in People and see what chemicals they discovered in Washingtonians: Study Results.

Then take a look at what they are finding in newborns: http://www.ewg.org/reports/bodyburden2/execsumm.php

Or you can find out what chemicals they found in Bill Moyers: http://www.pbs.org/tradesecrets/problem/bodyburden.html#


We Become Silent
How our rights concerning our own choices about health care are diminishing.
This is a long movie.


Staying the Course Right Over the Cliff
editorial by George Lakoff


Keeping America Safe Scared
(large download)


Sarah McLachlan - World On Fire
Amazing video well worth watching.


Canadian Man Tortured by Lack of Apology

Excess Death in Iraq

How Sad is This?

No Pet Left Behind

Congress's Shameful Retreat From American Values

Spy Agencies Say Iraq War Worsens Terror Threat

Facing Facts on Iraq

The President is ALWAYS Right

Was the 2004 Election Stolen?


CRANKS AND KOOKS: KERRY WON IN '04 ... HEAR ONE OF THEM--LARRY DAVID--TELL YOU THE STONE-COLD EVIDENCE THAT, YEP, GEORGE BUSH STOLE IT IN 2004. AGAIN.
From Armed Madhouse, the new book by Greg Palast
Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Hear Larry David, auteur of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm," and principal writer of the "Seinfeld" series reading Palast's new book, Armed Madhouse, Chapter 4: The Con-Kerry Won at www.GregPalast.com 

Read the excerpt here:

THE CON

Kerry Won. Now Get Over It . . .

...because they're putting '08 in their pocket. Republicans just seem to have that winning spirit. They also have caging lists, felons of the future, rotting ballots, snuffed canaries, and a lock on the votes of Kissinger-Americans and the undead.

WARNING! There are cranks and kooks and crazies out there on the Internet who say that George Bush lost the 2004 election, like one titled, "Kerry Won" published on the TomPaine.com web site two days after the election. I wrote it.

On November 11, a week after TomPaine.com published it, I received an e-mail from The New York Times Washington Bureau. Hot on the investigation of the veracity of the vote, The Times reporter asked me pointed questions:

Question #1: Are you a "sore loser"?

Question #2: Are you a "conspiracy nut"?

There was no third question. Investigation of the vote was, for The Times at any rate, complete. The next day, the paper's thorough analysis of the evidence yielded this front-page story, "VOTE FRAUD THEORIES, SPREAD BY BLOGS, ARE QUICKLY BURIED."

As America's self-proclaimed Paper of Record had no space for the facts, I thought I'd share some with you here.

"Kerry Won" was not a two-day inquiry à la Times. It was the latest in a series of investigative reports coming out of a four-year team examination, begun for BBC Television's Newsnight, Britain's Guardian papers and Harper's Magazine, dissecting that greasy sausage called American electoral democracy.

And, by the way, the answer to Question #1: I didn't lose, so I'm not sore. This investigation isn't about John Kerry. As a journalist, I don't give a toss which rich white kid won the game. But I'm not so blasé that I don't care about the disappearance of American democracy. And I really wanted to know how the Bushes swallowed the sausage.

How'd they do it? Again. And how will they do it in '08? The answer arrived just after midnight on October 8, 2004, three weeks before the official voting, in a series of extraordinary e-mails. The e-mails were intended for the chieftains of the President's re-election campaign in Washington. Strangely enough, they were misaddressed and ended up in my mailbox. Such things happen.

NIGHT OF THE UNCOUNTED:
How to Disappear Three Million Votes

But the e-mails and their technical attachments won't mean a thing unless you understand some arcane facts about elections American-style.

First, consider CNN's Ohio exit polls broadcast just after midnight after the voting ended on Election Day. They show John Kerry defeated George Bush among women voters by 53% to 47%. And among men voters, Kerry defeated Bush 51% to 49%.

So here's your question, class: What third sex put George Bush over the top in Ohio and gave him the White House?

Answer: The Uncounted.

In Ohio, there were 153,237 ballots simply thrown away, more than the Bush "victory" margin. In New Mexico the uncounted vote was fives times the Bush alleged victory margin of 5,988. In Iowa, Bush's triumph of 13,498 was overwhelmed by 36,811 votes rejected. In all, over three million votes were cast but never counted in the 2004 presidential election. The official number is bad enough-1,855,827 ballots cast not counted, reported to the federal government's Election's Assistance Commission. But the feds are missing data from several cities and entire states too embarrassed to report the votes they failed to count. Correcting for the under-reporting of the undercount, the number of ballots cast but never counted goes to 3,600,380. And there are certainly more we couldn't locate to tote up.

Why doesn't your government tell you this? Hey, they do. It's right there in black-and-white on a U.S. Census Bureau announcement released seven months after the election -- in a footnote to the report on voter turn -- out. The Census tabulation of voters voting "differs," from ballots tallied by the Clerk of the House of Representatives for the 2004 presidential race by 3.4 million votes.

This is the hidden presidential count which, excepting the Census' whispered footnote, has not been reported.

Unfortunately, that's not all. In addition to the 3 million ballots uncounted due to technical "glitches," millions more were lost because the voters were prevented from casting their ballots in the first place. This group of un-votes includes voters illegally denied registration or wrongly purged from the registries.

In the voting biz, most of these lost votes are called "spoilage." Spoilage, not the voters, picked our president for us.

Joe Stalin, the story goes, said, "It's not the people who vote that count; it's the people who count the votes." That may have been true in the old Soviet Union, but in the U.S.A, the game is much, much subtler: He who makes sure votes don't get counted decides our winners.

In the lead-up to the 2004 race, millions of Americans were, not unreasonably, panicked about computer voting machines, "black boxes," that could flip your vote from John Kerry to George Bush. Images abounded of an evil hacker-genius in Dick Cheney's bunker rewriting code and zapping the totals. But that's not how it went down. The computer scare was the McGuffin, the fake detail used by magicians to keep your eye off their hands. The new black boxes played their role, albeit minor, but the principal means of the election heist-voiding ballots, overwhelmingly of the poor and Black-went unexposed, unreported and most importantly, uncorrected and ready to roll out on a grander scale in 2008.

I went to sleep election night with the exit polls showing Kerry ahead in swing states. But between 1:05 am and 6:41 am the next morning, goblins went to work. By dawn, the network's exit poll for Ohio showed Kerry dead even with Bush among women, and down by five percentage points among men.

What happened? Were thousands of Bush voters locked in the voting booths, released at 2am, then queried about their choices? Not quite. The network's polling company applied a fancy "algorithm," a mathematical magic wand, to slowly transform the exit polls to match the official count.

And that's bad. By deliberately contaminating the exit polls, the networks snuffed the canary that would signal that something was deeply wrong about the vote count.

Hunting for a Democrat to defend the Twilight Zone between the exit polls and the "official" polls, media grabbed on Dick Morris, Bill Clinton's old advisor. An expert at walking that fine line between minor criminality and psychopathic ambition, Morris knows which way his next client's wind blows.

Morris said:

"Exit polls are almost never wrong. So reliable are the surveys that actually tap voters as they leave the polling places that they're used as guides to the relative honesty of elections in Third World Countries. To screw up one exit poll is unheard of. To miss six of them is incredible."

His opening was promising, but then he switches into full Morris:
"It boggles the imagination how pollsters could be that incompetent and invites speculation that more than honest error was at play here."

So, Dick, you're telling us there was an evil cabal among six pollsters, competitors who don't even like each other, conspiring one dark night to make George Bush look like a vote thief.

There's another explanation: Kerry won.

We've got the body (the wounded elections), we've got the bullet holes (the missing votes), now where are the smoking guns? How does the GOP disappear the vote? And why do Democratic ballots spoil so much more readily than Republican ballots? How's it done?

But that little Bill O'Reilly in your head is screaming, Get over it; let's move on already. What they tested in 2000 and practiced in 2004, they are preparing to roll out in 2008 big time.

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Get the rest of the nasty truth about the election of 2004 and the program to steal '08 -- from Republican "caging lists," the "disappearing Democrats of Area 51," 50 illustrations and even weirder stuff in ARMED MADHOUSE: WHOSE AFRAID OF OSAMA WOLF?, CHINA FLOATS BUSH SINKS, THE SCHEME TO STEAL 2008, NO CHILD'S BEHIND LEFT AND OTHER DISPATCHES FROM THE FRONT LINES OF THE CLASS WAR, Greg Palast's newest exposé of war, oil, elections and class.

Or get the 5 CD ARMED MADHOUSE audio book: Read by Larry David, Randi Rhodes, Janeane Garofalo, Randy Credico, Brad Friedman, Mark Crispin Miller, Jerry Quickley , Amy Goodman, Ed Asner, Brod Bagert, Medea Benjamin, Kevin Danaher, Jim Hightower, and Shiva Rose.

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Defending marriage


Bob Dole - divorced the mother of his child, who had nursed him through the long recovery from his war wounds.

Newt Gingrich - divorced his wife who was dying of cancer.

Dick Armey - House Majority Leader - divorced

Sen. Phil Gramm of Texas - divorced

Gov. John Engler of Michigan - divorced

Gov. Pete Wilson of California - divorced

George Will - divorced

Sen. Lauch Faircloth - divorced

Rush Limbaugh - Rush and his current wife Marta have six marriages and four divorces between them.

Rep. Bob Barr of Georgia - Barr, not yet 50 years old, has been married three times.  Barr had the audacity to author and push the "Defense of Marriage Act." The current joke making the rounds on Capitol Hill is "Bob Barr...WHICH marriage are you defending?!?

Sen. Alfonse D'Amato of New York - divorced

Sen. John Warner of Virginia - divorced (once married to Liz Taylor.)

Gov. George Allen of Virginia - divorced

Ronald Reagan - divorced the mother of two of his children to marry Nancy Reagan, who bore him a daughter only 7 months after the marriage.

Henry Kissinger - divorced

Rep. Helen Chenoweth of Idaho - divorced

Sen. John McCain of Arizona - divorced

Rep. John Kasich of Ohio - divorced
 
Rep. Susan Molinari of New York - Republican National Convention Keynote Speaker - divorced

So homosexuals are going to destroy the institution of marriage?  Wait a minute, it seems the Christian Heterosexual Republicans are doing a fine job without anyone's help.


The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away:

My wife just got under the wire, signing up for Medicare drug coverage a few days before the May 15 deadline. Her coverage kicked in June 1.

We signed with United Healthcare, the contractor for the AARP plan.  We did this even knowing that United is under scrutiny because its president backdated some stock options to gain an illegal tax advantage for himself.

Since June 1, when the plan kicked in, she has had three prescriptions filled.  On one, there was a $5 co-pay, and on the second, a $28 co-pay.  This would put us about even for the month, even calculating in the $28 a month she pays for the plan.

Today, though, she filled a third prescription.  The COST (not co-pay) was $35.  I inquired why of the pharmacist, since that was full retail price, and we thought it was covered under the plan for a $5 co-pay. Surprise!  United Health has dropped this product from its coverage, without notice to us.  The pharmacist told us a lot of the various drug plans have dropped a lot of drugs from coverage.

For the balance of 2006, the insurance companies cannot raise their rates.  But by dropping coverage, they accomplish the same thing.  They can't lose, but we can. And you can bet the cost of coverage will go up at the end of 2006.

When you want to pass new laws against bank robbery, you don't call in the bank robbers to ask what kind of laws they'd like.  But the Bush administration called in the lobbyists for the insurance companies to write a Medicare drugs plan.  Just as they called in the oil companies for an energy plan -- and look what happened to oil prices.  They called in Wall Street for advice on privatizing Social Security.

Oh well, at least Bush is now gonna try to outlaw flag burning.  That'll take some of the starch out of the Chinese, who make all our flags now. ~ Pappy.


If Your Fingerprints Aren't Down You're Not Coming In
UK Government wants to control where citizens go to get drunk. Will people start caring more about the liberty crushing surveillance society now?

Steve Watson / Infowars.net | October 23 2006

The drinks are on Big Brother.

The British government has announced that it wishes to send nationwide a previously localized program of mandatory fingerprint scanners at the entrance of every pub and club in major UK cities. Under such rules If you want to have a drink in the trendiest places in the UK you will have to be fingerprinted.

As usual this is being sold as a way to reduce alcohol related crime and weed out troublemakers. We're all suspects now, we're all possible criminals and we all need to be scanned and catalogued in order to save civilized society. The young hoodlums are taking over and we must all be considered dangerous in order to stop them.

The move to introduce the scanners is being sold to club and bar owners with the promise that they can stay open longer if they implement it. If they refuse that nice little earner they will simply be shut down as new licenses stipulate that a landlord who doesn't install fingerprint security and fails to show a "considerable" reduction in alcohol-related violence, will be put on report by the police and have their licenses revoked.

What's more, reports detail the fact that all clubs and bars that have this forced upon them, or choose to willingly use it, will be hooked up to a centralized database in order to easily share the biometric information. Access to this database will also be granted to the police and the government.

We have previously been told that it is just a matter of time before the fingerprint replaces cash and credit cards.

As a citizen of the UK I have not known a time when civil liberties have been under attack from so many angles at the same time. In the name of the war on crime, the war on terror, the war on drugs, the war on binge drinking, the war on anything the government can't be bothered to attempt to get to the real cause of, we have to relinquish our privacy.

Big Brother Is watching... And listening and shouting and scanning and taking your fingerprints and swabbing your DNA. Lets take a snapshot of a typical day in Britain should all these things be fully implemented.

You get up to go to work and walking down your residential street you are picked up by multiple cameras within minutes of leaving your house. Before you board the tube or the train you may have to relent to going through the high-tech body screener for detecting would-be terrorists. Place your hands above your head and wait for the machine to produce a naked picture of you on a screen.

If your 're lucky enough not to have to go through one of these you will certainly be picked up by the the face scanning cameras which are programmed to sound an alarm when they spot suspicious behaviour, such as waiting somewhere for a prolonged period of time or just walking in a suspicious way.

Should you drop some litter or act out of turn the cameras may even start shouting at you in order to publicly humiliate you and let everyone else around you know what you've done. This way you might be shamed into never stepping out of line in that way again.

You swipe your electronic travel card over the reader and a unit of travel credit is deducted. This sends a signal to the central database reporting your whereabouts. You could still use cash but the fare has been raised so high for cash users that it seems ludicrous to opt for that.

Those who are lucky enough to work out of the big cities or those who drive to work will have their movements and personal behaviour monitored by traffic cameras all over the country. They will also be tracked at all times by the black box locator within their vehicles.

Once you get to work you are continuously monitored from the moment you enter the building until you leave.

After work you may go for a drink. Once you have had your fingerprints scanned to enter you may also have to undergo a DNA swab test for drug use. If you refuse you are recorded as suspicious and may even be arrested at which point your DNA will be forcibly taken anyway.

This will be added to the national DNA database which is also hooked up to the central UK citizens database which eventually will contain the DNA of everyone no matter whether or not they have committed a crime. You will not have access to this information but the government will. They may even sell the information to private companies should they wish to. The Information will be stored on the database forever.

If you do manage to get in the pub for a drink you will be able to pay for it much more quickly and easily if you have an implanted microchip. Just wave your arm over a reader and it will pick up the chip's signal and deduct a beverage credit accordingly. A chip may also eliminate the need for an ID card, travel card, medical card and the like. No need to carry cumbersome wallets or handbags anymore!

Perhaps you will not have worked hard enough this week to earn enough beverage credits though. Oh well never mind time to go home. When you get back remember to put out the trash. Make sure the bag is not too heavy though or more refuse credits will be deducted from your allowance. And don't forget to recycle or you could get some jail time.

Just before you turn in check your personalized cctv channel and report any suspicious activity in your neighbourhood. You can then go to sleep safe in the knowledge that you are 'secure beneath the watchful eyes' of Big Brother.

In the UK we are the most observed population outside of North Korea. Britain is the surveillance bench mark, the rest of the Western world is a close second. As Henry Porter Commented in last week's London Observer, It's time to wake up to what we have become and stop allowing limits to be put on our liberty. It's now or never.


Detachment is....
 
Ability to allow people, places, or things
the freedom to be themselves.

Holding back from the need to rescue,
save, or fix another person from being
sick,
dysfunctional, or irrational.

Giving another person "the space'' to be
him or herself.

Disengaging from an over-enmeshed or
dependent relationship with people.

Willingness to accept that you cannot
change or control a person, place, or
thing.

Developing and maintaining of a safe,
emotional distance from someone whom
you have previously given a lot of power
to affect your emotional outlook on life.

Establishing of emotional boundaries
between you and those people you have
become overly enmeshed or dependent
with in order that all of you might be
able to develop your own sense of
autonomy and independence.

Process by which you are free to feel
your own feelings when you see another
person falter and fail and not be led by
guilt to feel responsible for their failure
or faltering.

Ability to maintain an emotional bond of
love, concern, and caring without the
negative results of rescuing, enabling,
fixing, or controlling.

Placing of all things in life into a healthy,
rational perspective and recognizing that
there is a need to back away from the
uncontrollable and unchangeable realities
of life.

Ability to exercise emotional self-protection
and prevention so as not to experience
greater emotional devastation from having
hung on beyond a reasonable and rational
point.


Ability to let people you love and care for
accept personal responsibility for their own
actions and to practice tough love and not
give in when they come to you to bail
them out when their actions lead to failure
or trouble for them


Ability to allow people to be who they
"really are'' rather than who you "want
them to be.''

Ability to avoid being hurt, abused, taken
advantage of by people who in the past
have been overly dependent or enmeshed
with you.

What are the negative
effects not detaching?

If you are unable to detach from people,
places, or things, then you:

Will have people, places, or things which
become over-dependent on you.

Run the risk of being manipulated to do
things for people, at places, or with things,
which you do not really want to do.

Can become an obsessive ``fix it'' who
needs to fix everything you perceive to
be imperfect.

Run the risk of performing tasks because
of the intimidation you experience from
people, places, or things.

Will most probably become powerless in
the face of the demands of the people,
places, or things whom you have given
the power to control you.

Will be blind to the reality that the people,
places, or things which control you are the
uncontrollables and unchangeables you need
to let go of if you are to become a fully
healthy, coping individual.

Will be easily influenced by the perception
of helplessness which these people, places,
or things project.

Might become caught up with your idealistic
need to make everything perfect for
people, places, or things important to you
even if it means your own life becomes
unhealthy.

Run the risk of becoming out of control of
yourself and experience greater low
self-esteem as a result.

Will most probably put off making a
decision and following through on it, if
you rationally recognize your relationship
with a person, place, or thing is unhealthy
and the only recourse left is to get out of
the relationship.

Will be so driven by guilt and emotional
dependence that the sickness in the
relationship will worsen.

Run the risk of losing your autonomy and
independence and derive your value or
worth solely from the unhealthy relationship
you continue in with the unhealthy person,
place, or thing.

Lafter is the Best Medicine

Top

Nutritional studies show that vegetables such as broccoli, brussels sprouts and watercress can help kill cancer cells, while a recent study showed that spinach can kill the entire the person.

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After being caught with over a pound of marijuana, singer Willy Nelson announced: “It's a good thing I had a bag of Marijuana instead of a bag of spinach. I'd be dead by now.”

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 Stick a Yellow Ribbon on Your SUV
for adults.

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"Top Ten Reasons I Don't Date Republicans"
by Linda Sanchez
10. The only time they believe in fiscal restraint is when the dinner bill comes.

9. His idea of getting to second base is fondling my stock portfolio.

8. He thinks that Emily's List is a call girl service.

7. His idea of oral stimulation is getting me to recite the Contract with America.

6. He thinks that white pantyhose and pearls are sexy--and you should see what he wants me to wear.

5. Because when Republicans say that they want to create opportunities for minorities, that means they want to date me and [her sister] Loretta.

4. Despite all the hype, I still can't find his weapon of mass destruction.

3. His pending prison term for political corruption is just another excuse for him to be emotionally unavailable.

2. Republicans are only interested in screwing the poor.

1. Because they make love like they make war: they lie to get in and don't have a plan for what to do once they get there.

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An Al Quaeda member was lost in the desert, desperate for water, when he came across a Jewish merchant selling neckties.

"Do you have water?" he asked.

"No," replied the merchant, "but would you like to buy a necktie? I have the best ones at a great discount."

"You Jewish fool," the Al Quaeda man replied, "I don't need a tie, I need water!"

The merchant replied, "Well, if you continue down that ridge, in about two miles you will come to a restaurant. They have water."

The man left, and two hours later came back, looking more parched than ever.

He told the merchant, "Your brother wouldn't let me in without a tie!"

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A husband and wife are on the 9th green when suddenly the wife collapses from a heart attack.  "Help me dear," she groans to her husband.  The husband runs off to find a doctor, and soon returns.  He picks up his putter, and lines up his shot.

His wife raises her head off the green and stares at him.  "I'm DYING over here and you're PUTTING?"

"Don't worry dear," says the husband.  "I found a doctor on the second hole and he's coming to help you!"

"How long will it take?" she asks gasps.

"No time at all." says her husband, putting the ball.  "Everyone agreed to let him play through."

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