Great Year
We've gotten a lot of support.
 

Every year we try to update our readers on how well, or badly, we're doing here, with our finances. Well, last year we brought in over $10,000.00. Our biggest supporter was Wilderness Family Naturals. These people supply us and our readers with all our coconut products. Next, you, the reader were our best supporters. We can't thank you enough. And in third place, because of a large order Ron Salley got from South Korea, Ron donated half the sale to us. His creams and healing lotions are still the best thing we've ever found, and for the pharmacist in Korea, they are the same. We're publishing a letter he wrote to Ron after he'd tried his products.

Now for the not so good news. We spent a little over $12,000.00.  I swore we'd NOT go into debt again, but that's how it worked out. With Ron Salley's donation we were able to purchase the software we need to help people find physicians, naturopaths, homeopaths, nutritionists, etc. to help them. We also need this software to produce our directories. The software costs over $1,000.00. Additionally, we had a terrible computer crash last year. First our backup drive went out, and less than two days later the main drive went out. So, we fixed that (yup, cost a bunch), got another computer for video and photography, and now we're back up and running.

To bring in more money to pay the bills for this organization, I'll be doing some wedding photography this summer as well as senior photos for high school seniors. Hopefully that will bring us back into the black by the end of the year.

One more thing. It seems that a few readers (three) are not happy with my political choices or posting my views at this site. Well, that's too bad. I'm 80K in debt doing this, I'm a disable Vietnam Veteran, and health care and the care of our planet is VERY political. If you don't agree with me, then thank me for fighting to protect your right to disagree. We've kept this organization a non profit and NOT a charity just so we CAN be political.

"The penalty that good men pay for not being interested in politics is to be governed by men worse than themselves." Abraham Lincoln

Be Careful


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

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As promised, I’ve completed two reviews of two very important programs, along with an introduction to the reviews that explains the whys and hows.

Just to refresh your memory, because of my interest in photography, I’ve received hundreds of letters asking me about the programs I use. Additionally, because of my interests in software and photography, I’ve become a bit of a movie nut and I’ve started collecting software for a variety of purposes from video editing to DVD creation.

The page of the reviews is here: Software Reviews. We thank the Vertical Moon for sending us a free copy of Text-Osterone, the software used to create the wonderful text animations at the top of the Reviews page.

The introduction is here: Introduction to Digital Software Reviews.

The two reviews that are completed are ACDsee, photo Manager software, and TMPGEnc MPEG Editor, the simplest MPEG editor I’ve ever found, and very inexpensive.

More will be added over the next few months.

Oh, and one more thing, my photo Golden Girl has taken top awards at the 2008 Veteran’s Art Show and is onto the nationals now.


Steroids: in Baseball Bad, in Milk Good!
Crazy Right Wing Politix! We all know corporations are more important than people.

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Most Utah consumers want to know what's in their food and how it is produced. Some prefer vegetables and fruit that are grown without pesticides, and milk and meat that are produced with no growth hormones.

Enter Republican representative Kerry Gibson from Utah, who is actively fighting against producers being able to identify whether the milk you drink is from steroid-free cows.

An op-ed piece from Utah sums it up well:

That's not to say non-organic food is unsafe or inferior. The two are simply produced differently, and consumers have a fundamental right to make a choice. To do that, they have to have the information contained on food labels. But a Utah House member who is also a non-organic dairy farmer wants to restrict labeling for organic foods, keeping important information out of the hands of consumers.

Rep. Kerry Gibson, R-Ogden, says that labeling milk as having been produced without the use of the bovine growth hormone rBST is "misleading" and implies that non-organic products are not as safe as those labeled organic.

That's bunk. And self-serving bunk at that.

Gibson and others, including Monsanto, the company that produces rBST and makes a lot of money selling it to farmers, are proposing a Utah Agriculture Department rule change. The new rule would prohibit milk being labeled "rBST-free" or any food labels or ads that make any claim, true or otherwise, that can't be proven by an "analytical test."

That's bunk, too.

The label "Made in Utah" would be prohibited, since such a claim cannot be verified by an analytical test. A sentence on a soup can reading "just the right herbs and spices in a flavorful broth" would have to be verified by an analytical test.

The rule would allow milk to be labeled "rBST-free" as long as the label also stated that "no significant difference has been shown between milk derived from cows treated with artificial growth hormones and cows not treated with artificial hormones."

That would require organic-dairy owners to make a judgment for consumers about a chemical product that they have chosen not to use and about which the jury is still out. It would make more sense to require milk containing the growth hormone to be labeled as such.

The Utah Agriculture Department should consider the source of this rule-change proposal and act in the best interest of Utah consumers by rejecting it.  

As we get ready to publish this newsletter, Monsanto, that great company that has invented all sorts of new ways to get cancer, is putting pressure on Missouri to quit labeling milk from farms using BGH.

Buyer beware. If this passes, you won’t know which milk is which. You won’t be able to make an informed decision. If you live in Missouri, you might want to contact your state senator:

Tell your Missouri Senator to stop this foolishness and vote NO on SB 1279.

Editor's Note: Many farmers choose not to inject steroids into their cows, and some because of the bad experiences when they did use steroids. 

Noted side effects include (this is not a complete list):

  • weight loss

  • infertility

  • increased susceptibility to disease

  • cystic ovaries

  • uterine disorders

  • decreased gestation length

  • lower birth weight in calves

  • increased twinning rates

  • retained placenta

  • mastitis (inflammation of the udder)

The line "no significant difference has been shown between milk derived from cows treated with artificial growth hormones and cows not treated with artificial hormones" is a patent lie. For one thing, if the cow has mastitis, there will be puss in the milk. I'm pretty sure that most consumers don't want to drink cow puss.

Additionally, rBGH in cows stimulates production of another hormone called Insulin-Like Growth Factor 1 (IGF-1), which in turn increases the levels of IGF-1 in the cow's milk. In humans, IGF-1 causes cells to divide, leading some scientists to believe that this could lead to "uncontrolled cell division and growth in humans" (cancer). [Rachel's Environment and Health Weekly, No.454, August]

Are we going to let corporations determine what we put in our bodies? Are we going to let the FDA protect corporations and not the consumer?

Get angry. Write your congressperson; write your senators: http://www.webslingerz.com/jhoffman/congress-email.html

Call them today: 800-828-0498, 800-614-2803 and 877-851-6437. These people are NOT leaders. They are our "representatives."


 

Money Talks: Profits Before Patient Safety
Wins Prestigious ALA Award

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http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001w_uVu_gol6RG0W7VjSlA-vC0itGovg2K9iNsS9QqjJm4hdz7j9eySVmeMMferGkoxnMc-mijdW1AEahJ6-VYDNj83h-XQaDltx8Qy-az39v0QzM35c3Ol1o7aEWj5gasviSCmaVCvuQ=The American Library Association recently voted Money Talks among the top 15 "Notable DVDs of 2008".  Money Talks shared this recognition with the likes of Spike Lee's When the Levees Broke, and other great films including Maxed Out, Jesus Camp, and Salud.
Here's what Meghann Matwhichuk, an ALA Video Round Table Committee member and judge, said about Money Talks.

Money Talks presents a wealth of unsettling information and forward-looking ideas about one of the most urgent issues facing our country today. This film should be required viewing for anyone concerned about the complexities and failings of the American health care system.

To order Money Talks (or Side Effects) Click Here


FDA Warns Tamiflu Shots Can be Fatal
Ask your doctor if death is right for you.
 

If you should visit the FDA’s web site, you might be surprised to discover that the most commonly administered flu vaccination, known as Tamiflu, can kill you.

The drug, owned in part by Donald Rumsfeld (one of the architects of our highly successful invasion of Iraq) can cause hallucinations and delirium (or abnormal behavior), and, oh yes, death.

All of these discoveries have come from physicians administering the drug. How widespread this problem is has yet to be discerned. But Tamiflu’s manufacturer, Roche, has written a letter to practitioners in the US about these “new” reactions, and everyone has been told to change the warnings on the information sheet patients get when receiving the vaccination.

Tamiflu has been sent to the orient to protect against the Avian flu. Is it successful? Is it dangerous? We’ll have to wait for the results to come floating across the oceans with the boat people, I guess.

In the meanwhile, we can all rest assured that this past year, the flu shot was a waste of time, as it did not match the circulating viruses. So, what is the stand Public Health officials are taking: Next year more people should get a flu shot.

I don’t understand the logic here, unless what they’re saying is that if more people get the flu shot the odds of someone actually being protected from the flu will increase, but then the damage done by the flu shot will be even more disastrous. Let’s take a quick look at the damage done in 2007 by the flu shot:

  • 203 deaths
  • 797 life-threatening events
  • 260 permanent disabilities
  • 2,980 hospitalizations
  • 405 prolonged hospitalizations [HSI e-Alert - Trying to Reason With Flu Season 3/13/2008]

Hey, that’s some record! 

(Just found a great video on vaccnations: www.InLiesWeTrust.com)

Vacinations: The Double Edged Sword

I’ve been researching this one for a long long time (approximately 4 years), and I was nearly ready to write up my findings when I came across a great article written by a friend of this organization, Dr Russell L. Blaylock (we’ve referenced his work quite a bit in the past).

So, I’ll continue researching this very interesting subject, and you can read Dr Blaylock’s article: Vaccinations.

Book Review: Iodine — Why You Need It; Why You Can’t Live Without It
by Dr David Brownstein, MD

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We are WAY behind in our book reviews. Our computers were down for six months (while we scrambled about to find enough money to upgrade them) and so we didn’t do much work here. However, we’ve talked about Iodine so much at this site, we just had to get you this article.

The articles on Iodine (there are even more in recent newsletters) at this site are the following:

The History of Iodine

Review of Automidine

How to Make Atomidine

Atomidine

Autism page

Our review of Dr Brownstein’s book (filled with still more information on this powerful nutrient) is found here: Iodine — Why You Need It; Why You Can’t Live Without It.

Alternative Cancer Therapy Updates

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While we were down most of last year due to computer crashes (and no money to fix them), we collected a lot of new information on cancer since we are planning to rewrite our cancer book. So, instead of putting this info into the upcoming book, we put it right here at our site first for our dedicated readers. (Be advised, we will be adding to our Alternative Therapies pages in the near future. We’ve saved up a lot of research and only need the time to put it all together.)

Sutherlandia OPC

We’ve finally added Marc Swanepoel’s Sutherlandia OPC. He’s just finishing up his PhD and has been working with Africans suffering from HIV/AIDS and cancer. Go here to read about it and/or order it: Sutherlandia OPC.

GEIPE update

The non-invasive form has bombed. It’s a pity. Click here to read about it: GEIPE.

Hoxsey Update

Ok, Hosxey didn’t get the formula from his grandfather, but then again George Washington didn’t chop down that cherry tree. Click here to read about the Hoxsey therapy and just how successful it really was: Hoxsey.

Intravenous Vitamin C Update

New research from Canada and the National Institutes of Health show that IV C kills cancer cells leaving healthy cells alone. Click here to read more about IV C, and learn a bit more about your immune system: Intravenous Vitamin C.


Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus 

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MRSA has been around longer than we think. It was first discovered in the early sixties, just about two years after methicillin was introduced.

Staphylococcus is a bacterium. Antibiotics kill bacteria. However, MRSA was one among the first bugs shown to be antibiotic resistant. Interestingly enough, the first antibiotic resistant bug was discovered within two years of the introduction of antibiotics.

Today, strains of MRSA are resistant to more than just methicillin, and part of the treatment involves labs testing your infection for antibiotics to which your infection has not yet built resistance.

Like most staph infections, we pick up MRSA in schools, gyms, health care facilities (hospitals, clinics, care homes), institutional settings, and any place with concentrated human populations. You can catch it directly from a person carrying it or from something an infected person touched.

MRSA appears with similar symptoms to boils, abscesses, cellulitis, sties, impetigo, and carbuncles.

Let’s go over these, one by one.

  • A boil is a pus-filled infection in the skin, usually at the location of a hair follicle. It begins as a small red, itchy lump and grows to a pus-filled head.

  • An abscess is a collection of pus under the skin.

  • Cellulitis is an infection of the fatty tissues just below the outer layer of skin (skin has six layers). It usually begins with small red bumps appearing on the epidermis (outer layer of skin).

  • A sty is an infection in the eyelid (where tiny glands are found).

  • A carbuncle is like an abscess but usually much larger with several openings to the skin.

  • Impetigo is a skin infection with pus-filled blisters on top.

Now that we’ve got past that, let me tell you about my infection.

I play tennis. In the winter, we have to play indoors. So, I guess that’s where I got it.

One day I felt an itch while watching a movie, and I lightly scratched my arm and discovered a lump under the skin. I knew that wasn’t right.

The next morning, I noticed little blisters beginning on top. And it itched.

I called my doctor at the VA and when I told her the symptoms, she said: “You get in here immediately!”

Well, I live in Minnesota. When I have to get up at 5:00 to play tennis, I plug my car in the night previous. People down south don’t understand this concept. But up here, if you don’t have a heated garage, you’d better have a block heater.

It was sixteen below zero and I had not plugged in my car. So, a trip to the hospital was off.

However, I never go anywhere without a bottle of HealonPF, so I applied that three times that day, washing the spot each time with Miracle II soap and Listerine®.  By the next morning, the infection had shrunk about 40%. I called my doc (the car was ready to go) and told her, and she said, “It’s probably not MRSA, so just continue what you are doing.”

My doctor doesn’t believe in alternatives. She doesn’t like me treating myself and always wants to put me on drugs. She refuses to believe that an herbal remedy could possibly be antibiotic. However, from testimonials, we’ve seen that HealonPF is both antibiotic and antiviral.

My infection is gone now. Took less than a week. I used the HealonPF twice a day, and watched it slowly go away. I’m always impressed with this stuff. However, at tennis, I no longer shake hands after a match. I wave.

Additionally, if you work out at a health club, be sure to shower before you leave. Using an antibiotic soap is recommended, but I prefer Miracle II and I take a little bottle of it when away from home.

So, do yourself a favor, and do ME a favor and get some HealonPF. One for your first aid kit, one in the car, one in the boat, and one or two at home. You can’t use it if you don’t have it.

And yes, this is very selfish on my part. I want the maker of HealonPF to make a lot of money and stay in business. I don’t know what I would do if I could not get my HealonPF and Sugar Foot. I love these products and don’t want to see them go away.

This Just In

U.S. HOSPITALS PLAGUED BY TEN TIMES MORE MRSA SUPERBUG INFECTIONS THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT

Nearly five percent of patients in U.S. hospitals may have acquired a particular antibiotic resistant staph infection. The majority of the infections originated within the medical facility; 67 percent arose in patients being treated for general medical conditions (such as diabetes or pulmonary or cardiovascular problems) and not in intensive care patients.  http://healthy.net/scr/news.asp?Id=9611


Happy Birthday Rachel Carson
She just turned 100.

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Rachel Carson turned 100 last year. We would have written about it then if our computers had been up and running, but as most of you know, they crashed, and I went fishing instead.

Well, I finally got around to writing a comprehensive biography on this brilliant and sensitive writer.

Take a look: Rachel Carson, and keep your eye out for the surprise at the end of the article.


Wellness Cartoons

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Ok, it’s taken us over 10 years to finally find a cartoonist. No, she’s not a volunteer; she’s a single mom who has to earn a living. Her name is Bambi, and she loves her work.

You saw one of her cartoons above in the article on Bovine Growth Hormone. She created us another one in our History of Medicine in America series. It’s our take on the death of our first president.

And if you read the full article above on Rachel Carson (above), you discovered Bambi's first cartoon for us at the end.

She’s now promised to do any cartoon for us at a rate of $75.00 per cartoon. We have created a page which will link to every cartoon Bambi has created for us, and you too can chip in to help create more and more wellness cartoons.

Save this link and check back often: Wellness Cartoons.


When Advertizing Kills
Ask your doctor if you blowing up your *#!*%$! TV is right for you!

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Advertising has been called “legalized lying” by both H.G. Wells and Mark Twain.

Vilhjalmur Stefansson asks, “What is the difference between unethical and ethical advertising? Unethical advertising uses falsehoods to deceive the public; ethical advertising uses truth to deceive the public.”

Legalized lying has had a colorful history in America, and the most colorful of all products ever advertized are drugs, nostrums, and patent medicines, or as we lovingly know them today: Pharmaceuticals.

Prior to the 20th Century, before radio and television advertising, patent medicines were advertised in newspapers, magazines, in catalogs (such as Sears), on billboards, on posters in stores, on shelves of stores, in hand outs, and hawked on the streets (as seen in many popular westerns).

These medicines promised fabulous cures for every ailment: scrofula, kidney disease, balding and falling hair, dyspepsia, worms, catarrh, and nerve disorders. These were times in which there was little access to physicians or good health information, and prescription medicines were much more expensive than any of these that were sold over the counter or off the wagon.

“The only reason I made a commercial for American Express was to pay for my American Express bill.” Peter Ustinov

Most contained a lot of alcohol, and many were mixed with opiates, the wonder drug of the 19th century. Laudanum was a favorite of the time. An article out of the 1972 Penthouse called “Grandma Was a Junkie” describes the machinations of the author’s grandmother around the turn of the century in her quest to satisfy her addiction to laudanum. Local pharmacies knew she was addicted and refused to supply her with it, so she was forced to go to different sections of the town to get her fix.   

Many of these favorites of yesteryear are illegal today or prescribed minimally:

  • Chloral hydrate — a sedative and hypnotic drug, often slipped into an alcoholic drink to make a “Mickey Finn”
  • Paregoric — a camphorated tincture of opium
  • Heroin — another opiate marketed from 1898 to 1910 as a “non additive” cough medicine for children. Bayer marketed heroin as a cure for morphine addiction.
  • Codeine — first isolated in 1830, an opiate that was marketed in cold syrups right up till recently, and are still mixed with acetaminophen as a pain killer, even though studies show that codeine is practically worthless.
  • Morphine — first isolated in 1804 in Germany, its popularity never caught on till the invention of the hypodermic needle in 1853. It was used as a cure for opium and alcohol addiction until we figured out that it was much more addictive than both of them. Morphine is carried by soldiers on maneuvers in an “autoinjector.”
  • Laudanum — an alcoholic tincture of opium that is still available by prescription for extreme diarrhea that hasn’t responded to therapy. Famous fans of Laudanum are John Keats, Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Todd Lincoln, Meriwether Lewis, and George Washington.

Many medicines contained dangerous chemicals. We've written about the Rockefellers discovering oil; how they quickly bottled it and marketed it as a cancer cure.

It wasn’t until a series of articles published in Collier’s Weekly called “The Great American Fraud” that the American public got a wakeup call to what they’d been putting in their bodies. Congress was pressed into action and, viola, out popped the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906.

“It is a most extraordinary thing, but I never read a patent medicine advertisement without being impelled to the conclusion that I am suffering from the particular disease therein dealt with in its most virulent form.”  Jerome K Jerome

Today the FTC, Federal Trade Commission handles advertising while the FDA handles specifically food, supplement, herbal, and drug advertizing. The FTC will oftentimes get into the picture too for these listed products.

There has been legislation in recent years, calling for side effects to be listed for print, radio, and television advertising, but still consumer groups fight on because these billion dollar drug companies still get away with… well… murder.

We’ve updated our article on Chronic Therapy adding Anthocyanins LINK which are water-soluble flavonoids found in fruits and vegetables that inhibit the inflammatory COX 1 and 2 enzymes. Cherries (and chokecherries) are among the most potent fruits in this category.

Even though there are literally hundreds of studies that show cherries (especially the tart ones) to help fight the inflammation of arthritis, the FDA has come down hard on the cherry industry not allowing them to advertize this feature.

On the OTHER hand, Honey/Nut Cheerios and other breakfast cereals with way too much sugar (the Honey/Nut Cheerios contains three types of sugar) and way too many carbs get to advertise heavily how heart healthy they are. Because studies show that eating oat fiber can lower cholesterol levels, General Mills has launched huge promotional campaigns that make ridiculously outrageous health claims.

Legal Lie: You need a car that is fun to drive, and that car is shown on the open road, all alone, buzzing along, taking curves, speeding up on the straightaways.

The Reality: You commute to work in traffic, you commute home in traffic, and whenever you get out on the open road, there’s a truck in front of you that is impossible to pass on that beautiful, scenic, curvy road.

Since when do oats, processed till there is hardly anything left resembling an oats, coated in sugar, with artificial flavors and artificial colors get to advertise that they’ll lower your cholesterol better than aged garlic.

And if aged garlic (or organic whole foods) attempted to advertise health benefits, FDA storm troopers would be called out while their expensive attorneys piled up lists of charges.

This Just In:

Why the FDA doesn't want you to know about this painkiller

Did you know that eating 20 cherries has the same anti-inflammatory effect as popping aspirin or a cox-2 inhibiting drug? If not, you can blame the FDA.

Several years ago, U.S. Department of Agriculture studies proved that cherries have powerful anti-inflammatory properties. When the cherry growers used the studies to promote their fruit, the FDA went on a witch hunt and told them to stop. The FDA ruled that the cherry growers could not use the evidence to make these claims.

Why? Because the FDA requires food manufacturers and growers to satisfy the agency's unobtainable standard of proof before promoting health claims of their products. However, the cost is so prohibitive to do so that most companies and organizations simply can't meet the standard.

But guess who can? The drug companies. The current FDA rules give the drug companies an unfair advantage in the marketplace. As a result, the cherry growers can't tell you about the anti-inflammatory properties of their cherries. But the drug makers can make claims about their drugs all day long - even though they both have the same abilities. And guess which one has killed over 20,000 people? It isn't the cherries, but the FDA isn't concerned about that.

This unhindered access to the FDA has given the drug companies tremendous power. So much, in fact, that no one is willing to stand up to them - until now.

Congressman, medical doctor, and presidential candidate Ron Paul recently said, "enough is enough" and is standing up to the Big Pharma bullies who run the FDA. Dr. Paul has introduced H.R. 2117 (the Health Freedom Protection Act) into the House. It will effectively stop the FDA from censoring truthful claims about the health benefits of dietary supplements and other foods.

The goal of H.R. 2117 is to put an end to the federal bureaucrats' meddling with your right to choose healthy alternatives over harmful and deadly drugs. Dr. Paul believes the FDA should not prevent Americans from learning about simple ways to improve their health.

Dr. Paul's bill will put the burden of proof where it belongs, on the FDA/FTC when it comes to determining if an ad is false or misleading. This makes sense, as you're always innocent until proven guilty in this country. But the FDA considers you guilty until you can bribe your way into innocence.

Big Pharma has the FDA firmly in pocket. Censoring vital information, as it did with the cherry growers, is their only way to stay in business! Perhaps bill H.R. 2117 can get enough traction to stick if enough of us stand firmly behind it. I urge you to contact your elected officials to get HR 2117 moving. It is currently stuck in committee and it needs your help. The easiest way to do that is to visit the website
www.house.gov/writerep/. Once you're at the site, simply follow the instructions on the screen and you can send your representatives a note on this very important bill. Please do so today! Your health depends on it.

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

Ref: LewRockwell.com May 16, 2007.
Get Dr Rowen's newsletter at: http://www.secondopinionnewsletter.com

Conclusion? The FDA allows blatant false advertising for huge corporations but disallows this same advertising for small companies making healthy food and supplements.

Will Congress step in and investigate? Of course!

False and misleading advertising irks our congress. Just recently, Congress formed a committee to investigate misleading advertising in the drug industry. Horray for the little guy!

Well, not really. Congress wanted to know if Dr Robert Jarvik (a medical doctor who is not licensed to practice medicine and does not specialize in cardiology, but did invent an artificial heart) actually knows how to row a boat.

Apparently the ad agency hired a stunt double for the sculling scenes. Dr Jarvik is not an outdoorsman. Boy did he piss off Congress.

Sadly, congress forgot to investigate if Lipitor actually saves lives (no, it does not significantly lowered heart attack rates) or if it does more damage to the human body (every cell in your body needs cholesterol) by stopping the body’s production of CoQ10 (which the heart DOES need). The list of side effects is remarkable.

Legal Lie: …part of a healthy breakfast.

The Reality: You’ve just consumed more sugar, chemicals, and empty calories than if you’d had a candy bar.

Congress did NOT investigate if cholesterol actually causes heart disease.

Congress did not discover that your overall cholesterol numbers have no connection to your chances of heart attack or stroke, but that recent studies have shown conclusively that your chances of having a heart attack or stroke decrease as the ratio of HDL to LDL goes up. The more HDL (good cholesterol), the better your chances of a heart disease free life.

Congress did not investigate that statin drugs can cause heart failure, memory problems, and cancers.

Congress did not investigate that cholesterol lowering drugs lower both good and bad cholesterol.

Congress did not investigate that there is no such thing as bad cholesterol. Congress did not discover that the so called bad cholesterol’s job is to patch arteries that have injuries from cardiovascular disease. Nor did they discover that good cholesterol should be called Preventive Cholesterol while so-called bad cholesterol should be called Reparative Cholesterol (it’s job is to repair a problem caused by heart disease; it does not cause heart disease).

Congress investigated Dr Robert Jarvik’s ability to row a boat.

The stunt double wrote an article that was subtitled: “My Brief Career as a Drug Pusher.” Jarvik contracted to fake, or make, these commercials for over a million dollars.

With the pharm industry under close scrutiny to never again use a stunt double when advertising questionable drugs, Merck/Shering pulled their latest television advertising on Zetia and Vytorin. Some advertising industry sources were shocked because on careful examination of their ads, they found that no stunt doubles were used.

Apparently, Zetia and Vytorin ads were dropped BECASE THEY WILL KILL YOU.

Oh?

The print ads continued a bit longer, but are now pulled. Zetia will lower your cholesterol, but does nothing to stop it from gathering on your arteries. In fact, it seemed to increase the amount of cholesterol found on your arteries, thus, it can be concluded that Zetia caused heart disease.

Zetia, however, did not kill as many people as Vioxx. Vioxx is now not allowed to advertise, but doctors can still prescribe it.

Legal Lie: Aspirin will protect you from a heart attack.

The Reality: Magnesium, garlic, vitamin C, and fish oils will protect you from a heart attack. Aspirin will increase your chances of hemorrhagic stroke some 40%.

Vioxx is no longer advertised for the same reason that no prescription drug should be advertised: patients will ask for it and it will be over prescribed.

Vioxx had been created to treat inflammation in people at risk for gastro-intestinal issues while using things like aspirin. You would think that it would have been prescribed to only patients with a high risk of GI problems. However, it is estimated that nearly 90% of of Vioxx users did not need the drug. Just over 10% of those patients prescribed Vioxx needed the drug. Why were so many people over prescribed this drug?

Vioxx was heavily advertised. Heavy advertising means hefty sales. Patients go to their doctors and ask for Vioxx. Doctors prescribe Vioxx because of perks from drug companies for prescribing their drugs. Suddenly we have nearly half a million people on Vioxx, only 10 - 12% actually need it and a few years later we find that 139,000 people have been injured by Vioxx. http://www.msnbc.msn.com:80/id/6782229/ and over 60,000 dead from heart attacks.

To end this discussion, I’d like to quote one of my favorite PBS programs that is no longer on the air, NOW:

It is hardly a secret that direct-to-consumer drug advertising is big business. In December 2004 the New York Times reported that a recent study by advertising revenue tracker TNS Media Intelligence/CMR found that prescription medicine ads aired during ABC, CBS and NBC's nightly news accounted for nearly 29 percent, or $110 million, of all ad revenue from January through September of 2004. Vioxx's makers had spent $78 million on direct-to-consumer ads last year and other products have tallies just as high.

Call your representatives, ask them how much money s/he received from the Pharmaceutical Industry, and then ask him/her if that amount of money would affect whether s/he votes to outlaw prescription drug advertising. Over and over and over it has been demonstrated that television advertising of prescription drugs leads to overprescribing these drugs. Here are a few free numbers to the DC offices (that we’ve checked out): 800-828-0498, 800-614-2803 and 877-851-6437. Just ask for your representative’s office.


Drugs in Our Drinking Water
Déjà Vue all over again.

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Recently there’s been a lot in the news about drugs in our drinking water supply. There’s a big flap in Washington. Readers write to me telling me to focus on this issue. The sky is falling.

Well, some readers might remember that we wrote about this about two years ago. I recall stating something like: We have so many antidepressants in our ten thousand Minnesota lakes that the fish just don’t care if they’re caught.

You can read about it here: Drugs in our Drinking Water.

I will say just one or two more things about these drugs.

  1. With few exceptions, no one should be permanently on any drug therapy. If you are on a drug for the rest of your life, ask yourself why. Drugs are a stop gap. They’re intended to save your life and stabilize a condition. If you can’t find a nutritional cure, you’re not looking. Only modern quackery supported by conventional “wrong” thinking could keep people drugged up without seeking nutritional therapies.

  2. The difference between herbals and pharmaceuticals is that herbs are food. Food does not pass through our systems unchanged. We digest them, pull from them the things we need and pass the remainder. Drugs are morbid substances that, for the most part, do not break down in our bodies. What we take in, we pass into our water supply.

  3. Dispose of drugs properly. Pretend they are hazardous substances and dispose of them accordingly.


Island Sunburn Lotion—Another Miracle from Miracle Skin

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When Ron Salley makes something new, you’ll hear about it here first. I get lots of letters thanking us for promoting his products, and a few letters from skeptics who think we must be lying. Ron Salley is an amazing herbalist. His Miracle Skin products, the ones that make it to market (yes, he’s had some failures; lets face it, if you expect to succeed big, expect a few big failures along the way) are simply the best we’ve ever used. If you don’t believe us, there’s a money back guarantee on everything he sells.

Here is one letter from a recent customer:

Thank you so much for this wonderful product [HealonPF]!  I have had problem skin my whole life.  When I was a teenager, I went through 2 cycles of accutane (wonder if that's why I got cancer....).  I was blessedly pimple free for a long time.  When I started chemotherapy I started breaking out again.  As if losing my hair wasn't bad enough!    I went to the dermatologist- nothing worked.  A friend told me about the Wellness Directory of Minnesota.  I received a free sample and was instantly hooked.  Not only does it clear up my face, but it keeps me from any more breakouts!  Anyone with huge cystic acne knows how embarrassing it is, but thanks to you people I'm not ashamed to show my face.  Thank you again.

Ron’s new customer in South Korea, a pharmacist, has sent us a letter. Please excuse his English, but we didn’t want to edit it in any way.

The satisfaction of people is increasing greatly.

Personally I think the Healon™ that you made is a gift from heaven.

The girl whose lower half of body was paralyzed fully recovered in one month and 26 days. I heard that not only did her wound heal up but it became stronger.
And the woman whose leg part beneath the knee was corroding has not recovered completely but the wound has healed about 2/3. She is now using it for three months, and she has great faith in Healon™. But inconveniently I don't think she's following the way you proposed. It was also used in a cancer patient's skin ulcer, and the patient was sentenced a time-limited life of 3 months.  The family is using it so the patient can pass away cleanly but I haven't received any contact about the results yet. Amazing effects are appearing in the case of diabetic bedsore. The patient is a 59 year old female who used to be hospitalized one year due to diabetic bedsore, but she fully recovered just by Healon PF™.

And this time a veterinary hospital bought three of these.  This veterinarian is a specialist who cuts dogs' ears. He said he'd like to try it as there were many cases which the cut part did not heal up for over a month. I think I will receive contact from him soon.

And for the goods you sent this time, I'm planning to provide them as samples to burn special hospital and plastic surgery.

I thank you greatly for all the help and advice you gave me. Though my start is small now I believe I will be able to obtain great results. I would be thankful if you would watch with patience though it may take some time. I am prepared for a new start in 2008 and I will show you better performance than 2007.

I always wish you a healthy life and happiness.

So now, Ron has created a Sunburn Lotion, and flight stewards who head for sunny climes, swear they will not go without it.

I haven’t been in the sun yet this year, mainly because I live in the frozen tundra of the Minnesota. However, I did find two people who burned themselves under a sun lamp, and here are their letters.

David, I couldn’t believe how fast that cream worked. I swear, the moment you put it on by back the pain was gone. When I got home I stripped down and put it on my backside and legs. The pain was just gone. I had to make one more application the next day, and that was it. Oh, and like you said, I didn’t peal. And that foot cream? [Sugar Foot]. I put that over the cracks in my toes and they were gone the next day. I’m going to order more!

And this one:

Boy was that fast. My husband put it on my back while I was in bed and the pain was gone before I turned over. The next day he put some more on me just one more time and that was it. I couldn’t believe it. It’s been six days now, and I’ve not pealed. I’ve never seen anything like this. I thank you so much for giving me that bottle. Now, where can I get more?

So, with summer coming up, click here to get your Island Sunburn Lotion. If you have a family of four or more, get two. Get another to give your neighbor when they get burned during your barbecue. You can’t use it if you don’t have it. You’ll thank me.

One more thing. We are taking all our articles that focused on Ron Salley’s superb creams and lotions and compile them into one page. So, keep your eyes open, and take a look our list of Articles (or Table of Contents) page in the next month or so.


Attention Massage Therapists
and Their Clients

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If you are on a massage table in the prone position, your face is usually cradled by some sort of cushioning. When I give a massage, I use body cushions. They’ve always been enough, that is, until a friend sent me a new invention: The Face Cradle Insert.

Such a wonderful, simple invention, it goes over any face cradle, is soft, comfortable, and washable. There are a few different types, one made of leather, and even a carrying bag that can be used in the laundry to keep your Face Cradle Insert from picking up lint.

So, if you are a massage therapist, or you have a massage therapist, tell everyone about this new enhancement at facecradleinsert.com.


“Pimpin’ Pappy” Sold False Cancer Cures

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Our old friend is in the news again. As some of you know, we published an exclusive investigative report on this guy a month and a half before Fox News picked it up. Fox News took full credit for the story, but when the Feds indicted Vanmoor and his 3 partners, Vanmoor sued us for a million dollars. We had the lawsuit tossed out of court, and now we have the “rest of the story.”

Posted on Monday, 21 of January , 2008 at 11:04 pm

Go to original: http://www.northcountrygazette.org/news/2008/01/21/false_cancer_cures

MIAMI—Arthur Vanmoor is facing 20 years or more in federal prison after being convicted of selling false cures for cancer, migraines, the flu and cramps over the Internet.

Vanmoor, 48,  was convicted of 19 counts, including charges of mail fraud and wire fraud, violations of the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA), and conspiracy to commit these offenses.

The evidence at trial revealed Vanmoor hired individuals to create and write content for websites with names such as “www.cancercure.org” and “www.migrainemiracle.com.” to promote his products, “Cancer Control” and “Migraine Miracle,” by falsely claiming that the products were FDA-approved drugs guaranteed to cure numerous forms of cancer and migraine headaches.

Vanmoor further arranged for the websites to contain fake articles from doctors with pictures of people dressed like doctors holding the products as well as phony patient testimonials recommending the products.

Previously, on Dec. 22, 2005, the U.S. Attorney’s Office obtained a temporary restraining order against Vanmoor and others prohibiting the continued promotion, advertisement, production, shipment, and/or sale of “Cancer Control,” “Migraine Miracle,” “Flu Fighter,” and any other non-FDA-approved drugs in interstate commerce. Evidence at trial showed that Vanmoor nevertheless continued to maintain his websites and calling lines after the entry of the temporary restraining order.

The conspiracy count carries a maximum statutory term of imprisonment of five  years and a maximum statutory fine of $250,000. The maximum statutory term of imprisonment and fine for each of the mail and wire fraud counts is 20 years and $250,000, respectively. The maximum statutory term of imprisonment and fine for each FDCA violation is three years and $250,000, respectively.

Vanmoor, also known as Big Pimpin’ Pappy, was previously convicted and jailed for 18 months for racketeering related to a prostitution ring in Florida.  He was deported in 2004 after serving his sentence.  According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, his South Florida enterprise had “accounted for up to 90 percent of the escort service listings in Broward County’s 2002 Yellow Pages”. http://www.onpointnews.com/docs/escort4.pdf   1-20-08


Quit Smoking With Chantix
It works.

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We review Chantix, the latest weapon in your arsenal to quit smoking. If you smoke, there is nothing you will do in your life that is better than quitting smoking. Nothing.

Chantix is a drug. It does have side effects. But if you use it with the techniques we’ve listed in our article on How to Quit Smoking, you cannot fail.

So, check it out: How to Quit Smoking.


The Six Components of the 2008 Quackbuster Operation
Opinion by Consumer Advocate  Tim Bolen 

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Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Do not, for even a second, think that the US "Quackbuster" operation, a plot to stop anyone, and everyone, from changing the broken US health care system, is run, or even maintained, by delicensed MD Stephen Barrett out of his 2421 West Greenleaf Street, Allentown, Pennsylvania address, or his condo at 287 Stoneview, Pittsboro, North Carolina.  It would be foolish to assume that this bitter, nasty, old man, who stumbles through life, tripping from one professional failure to another, is running a cleverly set up plot.  He's just the "front man."  The one they want you to focus on.  He's ill.  He'll die soon, and someone else will take his place as the frontispiece.

So, who really is running it?  And why?  And, how is it being done?  Keep reading, and all will be revealed (click the link below).

 


EpiCor Update
Learn from my mistake.

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I’ve been using Diamond V XPC now for three months. When I met someone with a bug (cold or flu) who said, “Stay away from me,” I’d grab them, and hug them, and if female, I’d plant a big kiss on her face.

I was invulnerable to anything and everything. I took two size “OO” capsules daily and nothing could touch me.

Then, because I tend to forget things, I decided to make the Diamond V XPC (the father of EpiCor) part of my morning routine.

In the morning, I take 10 drops of Magnascent (Edgar Cayce’s Iodine), and a supplement for my prostate (that has to be taken on an empty stomach). I decided to add the Diamond V XPC so that I wouldn’t forget to take it during the day.

Big mistake. I went to the VA Hospital for a check up (hospitals are the best place to visit if you want to catch something) and the next day, I began coughing. It lasted 3 weeks. My lungs were filled with so much crap, and it was frustrating because I was not able to clear them by coughing.

So, if you are using EpiCor or filling your own capsules with Diamond V XPC, TAKE WITH FOOD.

When I gave it to my chickens, I added it to their food. It’s a food additive.

So, learn from my mistake and always take with food.

To learn how to get some Diamond V XPC and support our work here, Click Here.  


Protect Your Heart and Boost Your Metabolism
As we age, this is how to get more out of life.

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Sometimes I just want to tell people if you’re stupid enough to believe the crap they feed you on TV, if you’re stupid enough to believe profit driven medicine’s claims, then you deserve what happens to you.

People without a clue who chauvinistically cling to our modern medical system tell me: longevity improves in this country every year.

They love to display their ignorance telling me that primitive man didn’t live longer than 30 or 40 years. We know from Dr Weston Price’s research that primitive humans probably lived longer and healthier lives than we do today. We know that primitive man didn’t have to suffer thru an hour of Fox News.

Well, to all those who feel that our hypersuperfluous profit driven medical sciences we’ve got some really bad news for you. Our longevity here in the US has just dropped.

Yup, for the first time in our modern history, we’re going backwards.

If you still want to believe in modern medicine, if you still want to believe that an aspirin is better for your heart than nutrition, and if you still what to take your aspirin, then fine, take your aspirin.

The rest of us will take a little extra vitamin c, our fish and flax oils, coconut oil, fresh fruit and berries, cherries, garlic, our mixed tocopherols and mixed tocotrienols, a bit of arganine, and of course, CoQ10.

We’ve published Dr Rath’s healing heart supplements in our cardiovascular section.

But now I want to tell you a little more about CoQ10.

Statin drugs stop the production of CoQ10 in your liver. Every cell in your body needs CoQ10, and the cells in your heart need it even more. In fact, should you have a heart attack while on statin drugs, you have just ensured that the heart muscle will be damaged.

You see, it has been theorized that CoQ10 protects the heart muscles. Now, a recent study published in Biochemistry ["Chronic administration of coenzyme Q(10) limits postinfarct myocardial remodeling in rats," Kalenikova EI, Gorodetskaya EA, et al, Biochemistry, 2007; 72(3): 332-338] has shown that if you take CoQ10 on a regular basis and you have a heart attack, you can limit the damage done to the heart muscle. The study also showed that after a heart attack, the hearts of the rats taking CoQ10 did not increase in size from the damage.

There was a definite correlation between supplementing with CoQ10 and reduced damage after a heart attack.

So not only does CoQ10 strengthen the heart, but should an attack occur, it will protect the heart from further damage caused by the heart attack. CoQ10 does not protect against a heart attack. The supplements we mentioned above can. CoQ10’s job is to keep the muscle in proper working condition.

Absorption

Just because you’ve put something in your mouth doesn’t mean it gets into your bloodstream. CoQ10 is a fat soluble supplement. In a lozenge (chewable form) you’re going to get better absorption. The best form is liquid under the tongue, but a chewable form is can be just as good as the liquid form, if you add L-Carnitine.

My favorite form of L-Carnitine is Acetyl L-Carnitine. Why? Because it is the only supplement to protect our bodies against a specific carcinogen (cancer causing agent) that is found in starches that are cooked at high temperatures (deep fried anything (that has a coating on it), french-fries, potato chips, taco chips, etc.)

Additionally, for those of you who purchased Dr Mark Hyman’s

 UltraMetabolism, you know that two important supplements in his plan are L-Carnitine and Alpha Lipoic Acid, an amazingly powerful antioxidant that increases production of glutathione (a powerful immune stimulant), which helps the liver dissolve toxins.

So, to strengthen your heart, strengthen your immune system, and boost your metabolism, find a chewable form of CoQ10, and add L-Carnitine and Alpha Lipoic Acid. We were not able to find all three of these together, but we did find Acetyl L-Carnitine and ALA in one form from a great company, Jarrow.

Note that this Jarrow combination adds L-Arginine. This triple combination supermetabolizes fats into energy by the mitochondria. The formula is patented.

Jarrow sent us germanium to test, and we’ll have our review of that in the next newsletter. But for now, here’s what we’ve found, for your heart, your metabolism, and for your overall health.

Phytopharmica's COQ10 Chewable Orange Flavor 100 mg 30 wafer and Jarrow's Acetyl L-Carnitine+Ala 100Caps. And don’t forget my personal favorite, NOW Foods. They are the best of the most inexpensive, bar none.

Phytopharmica's COQ10 Chewable Orange Flavor 100 mg 30 wafer
Chewable Orange Flavor 100 mg 30 wafer
$29.95
Jarrow's Acetyl L-Carnitine+Ala 100Caps
Acetyl-L-Carnitine Arginate (ALCA™) and Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)
$39.95
NOW Chewable CoQ10 200mg + Lecithin, 90 Lozenges
90 200mg Chewable Lozenges
$44.95
NOW Chewable CoQ10 200mg + Lecithin, 30 Lozenges
30 200mg Chewable Lozenges
$19.89

All of our medical advisors recommend 200mg to 400mg of CoQ10 for people with heart disease (its an expensive supplement) and 100mg if you are pretty healthy and want to stay that way.

And should you hear about a really absorbable efficient form of CoQ10, well, you’ve got it here with this combination.


The health of your back can be a sign of your overall health!
Does your back hurt?  You may need a lifestyle adjustment.
By Dr. Todd Sinett

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Losing weight, changing dietary and exercise habits, and reducing stress may not seem like common prescriptions for treating those aches and pains that may ail your back -- but these things often go hand in hand with successful treatment for back pain.   This is why successful treatment for back pain means a patient often ends up with benefits way beyond simply a healthier back!  

The connection between health and back pain

It’s always interesting to look at the statistics between other areas of health and back pain. Eighty five percent of Americans do not exercise regularly.  Eighty five percent of Americans also suffer from back pain.  The truth is, back pain is almost always multi-factorial, and not addressing all pieces of the puzzle means managing back pain rather than treating it!  There are three main causes of back pain.  They are structural: (muscles and bones), nutritional (diet and hormones), and emotional, (stress, anger, resentment, etc.)  This dynamic triad is in constant flux.  If one side gets thrown off balance, the other sides will be affected as well.  

In treating back pain, I always make sure to address each of these areas because they almost always overlap.  For example, overweight people tend to have more back pain because of the pressure on their spine (a structural problem).  Even though changes in eating habits, such as reducing refined sugars and caffeine, can have their own positive effects on back pain, these healthy dietary changes can also lead to weight loss.  And that weight loss alleviates the structural problem of too much pressure, as well.   A similar situation is found in smokers.  Smoking cigarettes actually causes a structural problem within the back by dehydrating the spinal discs, resulting in serious pain.  However, many smokers also lead less healthful lifestyles, including drinking more caffeine and exercising less. 

Additionally, high stress levels (emotional) can cause a rise in a hormone called cortisol, leading to inflammation in the body and increased back pain.  Combine this with a tendency to eat foods high in sugar caffeine while stressed and you’re just adding more fuel to the  fire. 

The back door approach

The great thing about a multi-factorial approach is that you can usually work on one aspect of back pain by taking care of another part of the triad – and wind up solving multiple problems at once.  This approach of treating the root cause rather than just the symptom is referred to as the “back door approach”.  In other words, it’s not always what hurts that is what needs to be fixed!  If someone is suffering from back pain from emotional causes, you can use the back door approach and treat the emotional stress to relieve the back pain without ever touching the back.  For example, exercise and stretching is a proven stress reliever.  So even though exercise might not seem like the best cure for back pain, in this case it might just do the trick.  The results are then cyclic -- as you reduce stress, back pain becomes lessened, mood improves, you’re less likely to eat sugary foods or reach for caffeine, and so on. 

On the same note, someone who has great difficulty changing their diet might fare better by first focusing on structure and stress reduction.  When this happens, their cravings for sugary foods are diminished because the body is in better balance.  Once again, an effect of the back door approach – by impacting one aspect of back pain you solved the other two. 

Patients often ask me for my favorite strategies for managing back pain.  Here are the three things that I tell them: 

1.       Keep stress levels under control.  This means effectively juggling work, family, and personal needs.  Over time I have learned that this is one of the areas that most people neglect most.  Finding the right ways to deal with stress (which can be different for everyone) is one of the healthiest things that you do for yourself.  And remember, if you don’t take care of yourself, it’s more difficult to take care of the people who depend on you. 

2.      Maintain dietary balance and decrease overall portion size: Eat a variety of healthful foods, avoid most processed foods, and choose organic whenever possible.  I definitely still enjoy an occasional bowl of ice cream, dessert, or potato chips, but always aim for moderation.  You’ll find that filling your body with healthful foods leaves little room for the not so healthy stuff!   Overeating the wrong, or even the right, foods causes fluctuations in blood sugar and digestive irritation/overload.  Unstable blood sugar can cause irregular moods, which leads to stress and inflammation in the body.  Digestive irritation and inflammation causes stomach upset, muscles cramps, body aches, and back pain. 

3.      Take care of your structure:  Get treated once a week by a chiropractor, stretch and exercise regularly, and see a massage therapist about once a month. 

I’d like to leave you with this:  If you have back pain, embrace the pain and figure out what your body is telling you.  You may not like the message, but you can be sure that if you work on the emotional, chemical, and physical aspects of your health, it will be more than your back that feels better! 

Author Bio
Dr. Todd Sinett is the owner of the Midtown Chiropractic Health and Wellness practice in New York City (www.midtownchiro.com), which provides chiropractic care and applied kinesiology, nutritional and supportive counseling, and physical and massage therapy to thousands of individuals, including noted sports figures and celebrities. The center hosts weekend wellness programs and corporate informational seminars and publishes a periodic online newsletter, Balance in the Body (www.balanceinthebody.com). Sinett has appeared as clinical expert on many television programs including The View, FoxMD, and Good Day New York. Visit his website at www.drsinett.com.

For more than forty years, Dr. Sheldon Sinett was a leading chiropractor and pioneer in combining chiropractic medicine with a variety of cutting-edge, holistic practices.

For more information, visit www.thetruthaboutbackpainbook.com.


Tidbits
Many sent to us by our readers.

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Saudi Paper: Prepare for radioactive fallout.

by Jim P
Mon Mar 24, 2008 at 11:57:23 PM PDT
Go To Original.

According to Chris Floyd at Empire Burlesque,

... the Saudi government is now preparing plans to deal with "any sudden nuclear and radioactive hazards" that may arise from an attack on Iran's nuclear reactors. This was reported by a top Saudi newspaper, Okaz, and relayed by a leading German news service, dpa -- one day after Dick Cheney paid a visit to the kingdom. As we noted, no one knows exactly what was said at that confab of allied authoritarians -- but something sure lit a fire under the Saudis, and convinced them that urgent action is needed to brace for the lethal overspill from a strike on Iran.

Floyd points out that nothing in Saudi Arabia becomes the top news story without government approval. That such a story should be released the day after Cheney's visit, sends a message to everyone about what is on Cheney's mind.

Combined with the dismissal of Fallon, Petreus' claim to have evidence (which he doesn't produce) that Iran was responsible for the recent shelling of the Green Zone, and the Egyptian report that a nuclear sub has been ordered by Bush into the Gulf, the bleak picture in both Pakistan and Afghanistan (accelerating collapse of Musharraf's power and strategy, the coming spring offensive in the Taliban's announced drive for Kabu), ...

plus the oft-stated desire of Bush and Cheney to attack Iran, and, as noted by former mideast policy official William K. Polk at Juan Cole's site just a few days ago, the last time Cheney visited the nations he visited this time was right before the Iraq attack.

plus, only a moron would deny that Bush and Dick have nothing but contempt for the will of the people, congress and the courts, and crave war like a junkie craves his fix,

AND

the coming Presidential election

well, add all that together...

Polk's essay linked above is a very compelling assembly of all the reasons it looks like an Iran attack is in the making and will soon be launched. I can only hope the Saudi King looked at Dick Cheney and said "Go f* yourself.' Not that that would change any of his plans.

Should it happen, remember that any release of nuclear materials, or use of nuclear weapons will be an attack not only on Iran, but the entire region with fallout reaching even the US eventually.

Which of our candidates, who among our Democratic leadership, will speak out strongly to stop this coming nightmare?

Filed under: Don’t Worry, It’s Only a Theory: Antarctica's Wilkins Ice Shelf Risks Collapse, U.K. Group Says


Rush Limbaugh Implicated In Vote Fraud Scheme



 

 

Click here: CIA - The World Factbook 
So....Tax Cuts work, eh?
The current-account balance summarizes a country's current transactions with the rest of the world, which include trade, income from international investments, and transfers. After rising briefly to be roughly in balance in 1991, the U.S. current account returned to a deficit soon afterwards. After 1997, the balance began to fall markedly, reaching a record deficit of 4.8 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2003, considerably larger than the pre-1990s record deficit of 3.4 percent of GDP in 1987.


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If you were to give your "last lecture," what would you say? Take a look at this: The Last Lecture.

 

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The Profile of a Third World Country

How Bush Destroyed the Dollar

By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS

It is difficult to know where Bush has accomplished the most destruction, the Iraqi economy or the US economy.

In the current issue of Manufacturing & Technology News, Washington economist Charles McMillion observes that seven years of Bush has seen the federal debt increase by two-thirds while US household debt doubled.

This massive Keynesian stimulus produced pitiful economic results. Median real income has declined. The labor force participation rate has declined. Job growth has been pathetic, with 28% of the new jobs being in the government sector. All the new private sector jobs are accounted for by private education and health care bureaucracies, bars and restaurants. Three and a quarter million manufacturing jobs and a half million supervisory jobs were lost. The number of manufacturing jobs has fallen to the level of 65 years ago.

This is the profile of a third world economy.

The "new economy" has been running a trade deficit in advanced technology products since 2002. The US trade deficit in manufactured goods dwarfs the US trade deficit in oil. The US does not earn enough to pay its import bill, and it doesn't save enough to finance the government's budget deficit.

To finance its deficits, America looks to the kindness of foreigners to continue to accept the outpouring of dollars and dollar-denominated debt.

The dollars are accepted, because the dollar is the world's reserve currency.

At the meeting of the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, this week, billionaire currency trader George Soros warned that the dollar's reserve currency role was drawing to an end: "The current crisis is not only the bust that follows the housing boom, it's basically the end of a 60-year period of continuing credit expansion based on the dollar as the reserve currency. Now the rest of the world is increasingly unwilling to accumulate dollars."

If the world is unwilling to continue to accumulate dollars, the US will not be able to finance its trade deficit or its budget deficit. As both are seriously out of balance, the implication is for yet more decline in the dollar's exchange value and a sharp rise in prices.

Economists have romanticized globalism, taking delight in the myriad of foreign components in US brand name products. This is fine for a country whose trade is in balance or whose currency has the reserve currency role. It is a terrible dependency for a country such as the US that has been busy at work offshoring its economy while destroying the exchange value of its currency.

As the dollar sheds value and loses its privileged position as reserve currency, US living standards will take a serious knock.

If the US government cannot balance its budget by cutting its spending or by raising taxes, the day when it can no longer borrow will see the government paying its bills by printing money like a third world banana republic. Inflation and more exchange rate depreciation will be the order of the day.

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page and Contributing Editor of National Review. He is coauthor of The Tyranny of Good Intentions.He can be reached at: PaulCraigRoberts@yahoo.com


From the 50  Most Loathsome People in America, at The BEAST: America's Best Fiend

YOU!

Charges: You believe in freedom of speech, until someone says something that offends you. You suddenly give a damn about border integrity, because the automated voice system at your pharmacy asked you to press 9 for Spanish. You cling to every scrap of bullshit you can find to support your ludicrous belief system, and reject all empirical evidence to the contrary. You know the difference between patriotism and nationalism -- it's nationalism when foreigners do it. You hate anyone who seems smarter than you. You care more about zygotes than actual people. You love to blame people for their misfortunes, even if it means screwing yourself over. You still think Republicans favor limited government. Your knowledge of politics and government are dwarfed by your concern for Britney Spears' children. You think buying Chinese goods stimulates our economy. You think you're going to get universal health care. You tolerate the phrase "enhanced interrogation techniques." You think the government is actually trying to improve education. You think watching CNN makes you smarter. You think two parties is enough. You can't spell. You think $9 trillion in debt is manageable. You believe in an afterlife for the sole reason that you don't want to die. You think lowering taxes raises revenue. You think the economy's doing well. You're an idiot.

Exhibit A: You couldn't get enough Anna Nicole Smith coverage.

Sentence: A gradual decline into abject poverty as you continue to vote against your own self-interest. Death by an easily treated disorder that your health insurance doesn't cover. You deserve it, chump.


All Iraqi Groups Blame U.S. Invasion for Discord, Study Shows

Go to Origial.

Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 19, 2007; Page A14

Iraqis of all sectarian and ethnic groups believe that the U.S. military invasion is the primary root of the violent differences among them, and see the departure of "occupying forces" as the key to national reconciliation, according to focus groups conducted for the U.S. military last month.

That is good news, according to a military analysis of the results. At the very least, analysts optimistically concluded, the findings indicate that Iraqis hold some "shared beliefs" that may eventually allow them to surmount the divisions that have led to a civil war.

Conducting the focus groups, in 19 separate sessions organized by outside contractors in five cities, is among the ways in which Multi-National Force-Iraq assesses conditions in the country beyond counting insurgent attacks, casualties and weapons caches. The command, led by Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, devotes more time and resources than any other government or independent entity to measuring various matters, including electricity, satisfaction with trash collection and what Iraqis think it will take for them to get along.

The results are analyzed and presented to Petraeus as part of the daily Battle Update Assessment or BUA (pronounced boo-ah). Some of the news has been unarguably good, including the sharply reduced number of roadside bombings and attacks on civilians. But bad news is often presented with a bright side, such as the focus-group results and a November poll, which found that 25 percent of Baghdad residents were satisfied with their local government and that 15 percent said they had enough fuel for heating and cooking.

The good news? Those numbers were higher than the figures of the previous month (18 percent and 9 percent, respectively).

And Iraqi complaints about matters other than security are seen as progress. Early this year, Maj. Fred Garcia, an MNF-I analyst, said that "a very large percentage of people would answer questions about security by saying 'I don't know.' Now, we get more griping because people feel freer."

Iraqi political reconciliation, quality-of-life issues and the economy are largely the responsibility of the State Department. But the military, to the occasional consternation of U.S. diplomats who feel vastly outnumbered, has its own "mirror agencies" in many areas. Officers in charge of civil-military operations, said senior Petraeus adviser Army Col. William E. Rapp, "can tell you how many markets are open in Baghdad, how many shops, how many banks are open. . . . We have a lot more people" on the ground.

On Iraqi politics, "we have four to six slides almost every morning on 'Where does the Iraqi government stand on de-Baathification legislation?' All these things are embassy things," Rapp said. But Petraeus is interested in "his 'feel' for a situation, and he gets that from a bunch of different data points," he added.

Even though members of the military "understand the limitations" of polling data, Rapp said, "subjective measures" are an important part of the mix. In July, the military signed a contract with Gallup for four public opinion polls a month in Iraq: three nationwide and one in Baghdad. Lincoln Group, which has conducted surveys for the military since shortly after the invasion, received a year-long contract in January to conduct focus groups.

Outside of the military, some of the most widespread polling in Iraq has been done by D3 Systems, a Virginia-based company that maintains offices in each of Iraq's 18 provinces. Its most recent publicly released surveys, conducted in September for several news media organizations, showed the same widespread Iraqi belief voiced by the military's focus groups: that a U.S. departure will make things better. A State Department poll in September 2006 reported a similar finding.

Matthew Warshaw, a senior research manager at D3, said that despite security improvements, polling in Iraq remains difficult. "While violence has gone down, one of the ways it has been achieved is by effectively separating people. That means mobility is limited, with roadblocks by the U.S. and Iraqi military or local militias," Warshaw said in an interview.

Most of the recent survey results he has seen about political reconciliation, Warshaw said, are "more about [Iraqis] reconciling with the United States within their own particular territory, like in Anbar. . . . But it doesn't say anything about how Sunni groups feel about Shiite groups in Baghdad."

Warshaw added: "In Iraq, I just don't hear statements that come from any of the Sunni, Shiite or Kurdish groups that say 'We recognize that we need to share power with the others, that we can't truly dominate.' "

According to a summary report of the focus-group findings obtained by The Washington Post, Iraqis have a number of "shared beliefs" about the current situation that cut across sectarian lines. Participants, in separate groups of men and women, were interviewed in Ramadi, Najaf, Irbil, Abu Ghraib and in Sunni and Shiite neighborhoods in Baghdad. The report does not mention how the participants were selected.

Dated December 2007, the report notes that "the Iraqi government has still made no significant progress toward its fundamental goal of national reconciliation." Asked to describe "the current situation in Iraq to a foreign visitor," some groups focused on positive aspects of the recent security improvements. But "most would describe the negative elements of life in Iraq beginning with the 'U.S. occupation' in March 2003," the report says.

Some participants also blamed Iranian meddling for Iraq's problems. While the United States was said to want to control Iraq's oil, Iran was seen as seeking to extend its political and religious agendas.

Few mentioned Saddam Hussein as a cause of their problems, which the report described as an important finding implying that "the current strife in Iraq seems to have totally eclipsed any agonies or grievances many Iraqis would have incurred from the past regime, which lasted for nearly four decades -- as opposed to the current conflict, which has lasted for five years."

Overall, the report said that "these findings may be expected to conclude that national reconciliation is neither anticipated nor possible. In reality, this survey provides very strong evidence that the opposite is true." A sense of "optimistic possibility permeated all focus groups . . . and far more commonalities than differences are found among these seemingly diverse groups of Iraqis."


An interview with Dr Zbigniew Brzezinski.


Whether or not you read the full text of Barack Obama's speech in Philadelphia, you really should hear it "live" on YouTube.
 
Click the link below, and once the video begins, click the box in the lower right corner of the video to see it full-screen.
 
It runs 37 minutes, but what else do you really have to do that is more important?
 


 

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Freedom the Eagle

 

Freedom and I have been together 10 years this summer.

She came in as a baby in 1998 with two broken wings. Her left wing doesn't open all the way even after surgery, it was broken in 4 places. She's my baby.

When Freedom came in she could not stand.  Both wings were broken, her left wing in 4 places. She was emaciated and covered in lice. We made the decision to give her a chance at life, so I took her to the vet's office.  From then on, I was always around her. We had her in a huge dog carrier with the top off, and it was loaded up with shredded newspaper for her to lay in. I used to sit and talk to her, urging her to live, to fight; and she would lay there looking at me with those big brown eyes. We also had to tube feed her for weeks.

This went on for 4-6 weeks, and by then she still couldn't stand. It got to the point where the decision was made to euthanize her if she couldn't stand in a week. You know you don't want to cross that line between torture and rehab, and it looked like death was winning. She was going to be put down that Friday, and I was supposed to come in on that Thursday afternoon. I didn't want to go to the center that Thursday, because I couldn't bear the thought of her being euthanized; but I went anyway, and when I walked in everyone was grinning from ear to ear. I went immediately back to her dowl cage; and there she was, standing on her own, a big beautiful eagle.  She was ready to live. I was just about in tears by then. That was a very good day.

We knew she could never fly, so the director asked me to glove train her. I got her used to the glove, and then to jesses, and we started doing education programs for schools in western Washington. We wound up in the newspapers, radio (believe it or not) and some TV.  Miracle Pets even did a show about us.

In the spring of 2000, I was diagnosed with non-hodgkins lymphoma. I had stage 3, which is not good (one major organ plus everywhere), so I wound up doing 8 months of chemo. Lost the hair - the whole bit. I missed a lot of work.  When I felt good enough, I would go to Sarvey and take Freedom out for walks. Freedom would also come to me in my dreams and help me fight the cancer.  This happened time and time again.

Fast forward to November 2000, the day after Thanksgiving, I went in for my last checkup. I was told that if the cancer was not all gone after 8 rounds of chemo, then my last option was a stem cell transplant.  Anyway, they did the tests; and I had to come back Monday for the results. I went in Monday, and I was told that all the cancer was gone.  Yahoo!

So the first thing I did was get up to Sarvey and take the big girl out for a walk.. It was misty and cold. I went to her flight and jessed her up, and we went out front to the top of the hill. I hadn't said a word to Freedom, but somehow she knew. She looked at me and wrapped both her wings around me to where I could feel them pressing in on my back (I was engulfed in eagle wings), and she touched my nose with her beak and stared into my eyes, and we just stood there like that for I don't know how long. That was a magic moment. We have been soul mates ever since she came in. This is a very special bird.

On a side note:  I have had people who were sick come up to us when we are out, and Freedom has some kind of hold on them. I once had a guy who was terminal come up to us and I let him hold her. His knees just about buckled and he swore he could feel her power course through his body. I have so many stories like that.

 I never forget the honor I have of being so close to such a magnificent spirit as Freedom's.

Hope you enjoy this.
Jeff


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Bush Reveals Tap Water as Prescription Drug Plan

Hopes Doped Water Will Be His Legacy, President Says


On a day when millions Americans were reeling from the news that there were trace amounts of prescription drugs in their drinking water, President George W. Bush made a stunning announcement at the White House.

“I am responsible for this,” Mr. Bush told reporters. “This is my idea of a prescription drug plan.”

Standing before a banner reading “Prescription Accomplished,” the president said that he hoped providing Americans with free medications via their tap water would prove to be “the finest legacy” of his Administration.

Mr. Bush indicated that America’s drug-laced waters could boost tourism in the U.S., adding that English rocker Pete Doherty was “getting on the next plane over here.”

Across the country, the announcement that President Bush had doped America’s drinking water with dozens of prescription medications drew a variety of reactions.

“It makes me proud to be an American,” said pitching great Roger Clemens.

Responding to the news that she had been imbibing anti-anxiety drugs in her water, New York resident Carol Foyler said, “I’m not worried about it, but come to think of it, I’m not worried about anything anymore.”

But Atlanta’s Tracy Klujian said that he believes all drinking water in the U.S. should come with a warning label indicating possible side effects.

“I had a glass of water yesterday and I had an erection lasting more than four hours,” he said.

Elsewhere, shuttle astronauts planned to assemble the first robot in outer space, despite warnings that the robot would kill them and take over the ship.
 

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A woman came up to Barack Obama after he'd delivered a speech and said,
 
"All the thinking people are voting for you."
 
He replied, "That's not enough.  I need a majority."


Three gentlemen are sipping coffee together at an outdoor coffee shop. One finally breaks the silence.

“Sixty years old,” he says, “That’s the worst age to be. You have to pee, you go to the bathroom, you can’t pee. You just stand there. Nothing comes out.”

The gentleman to his right says, “Nope, it’s seventy years old. That’s the worst age. You eat fiber till it’s coming out your ears, you go to the bathroom, and nothing. Nothing comes out. Maybe a fart, but nothing.”

The third gentleman looked up at both of them, shook his head and says, “You’re both wrong. Eighty is the worst age,” and went back to sipping his coffee.

The first gentleman asks him, “Well, can you pee?”

He replies, “At 7:05 every morning, just like clockwork.”

The second gentleman asks him, “Well, can you poop?”

He replies, “At 7:10 every morning, just like clockwork.”

The other two look at each other, shake their heads, and the first one asks, “So what’s so bad about being eighty?”

“I get up at 7:30.”


Once upon a time in a village, a man appeared and announced to the villagers that he would buy monkeys for $10 each.

The villagers seeing that there were many monkeys around, went out to the forest, and started catching them. The man bought thousands at $10 and as supply started to diminish, the villagers stopped their effort. He further announced that he would now buy at $20. This renewed the efforts of the villagers and they started catching monkeys again.

Soon the supply diminished even further and people started going back to their farms. The offer increased to $25 each and the supply of monkeys became so little that it was an effort to even see a monkey, let alone catch it!

The man now announced that he would buy monkeys at $50 ! However, since he had to go to the city on some business, his assistant would now buy on behalf of him.

In the absence of the man, the assistant told the villagers. "Look at all these monkeys in the big cage that the man has collected . I will sell them to you at $35 and when the man returns from the city, you can sell them to him for $50 each."

The villagers rounded up with all their savings and bought all the monkeys. Then they never again saw the man nor his assistant, nor their money. Just monkeys everywhere!

Now you have a better understanding of how the stock market works.


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.


New Rule: Conservatives have to stop rolling their eyes every time they hear the word, "France." Like just calling something "French" is the ultimate argument winner. As if to say, "What can you say about a country that was too stupid to get on board with our wonderfully-conceived and brilliantly-executed war in Iraq?"

And, yet, an American politician could not survive if he uttered the simple, true statement, "France has a better health care system than we do, and we should steal it." Because here, simply dismissing an idea as French passes for an argument. "John Kerry? Couldn't vote for him; he looked
French." Yeah, as opposed to the other guy who just looked stupid.

Now, last week, France had an election, and people over there approach an election differently. They vote. Eighty-five percent of them turned out. You couldn't get 85% of Americans to get off the couch if there was an election between "Tits" and "Bigger Tits," and they were handing out free samples!

Now, maybe the high turnout has something to do with the fact that the French candidates are never asked where they stand on evolution, prayer in school, abortion, stem cell research or gay marriage. And if the candidate knows about a character in a book other than Jesus, it's not a drawback.

The electorate doesn't vote for the guy they want to have a croissant with; nor do they care about private lives. In the current race, Ségolène Royal has four kids, but she never got married. And she's a Socialist. In America, if a Democrat even thinks you're calling him "liberal," he grabs an orange vest and a rifle and heads into the woods to kill something!

Madame Royal's opponent is married, but they live apart and lead separate lives. And the people are okay with that for the same reason they're okay with nude beaches; because they're not a nation of six-year-olds who scream and giggle if they see pee-pee parts!

They have weird ideas about privacy. They think it should be private. In France, even the mistresses have mistresses. To not have a lady on the side says to the voters, "I'm no good at multi-tasking."

Now, like any country, France has its faults, like all that ridiculous accordion music. But, their health care is the best in the industrialized world. As is their poverty rate. And they're completely independent of Mid East oil. And they're the greenest country. And they're not fat. And they have public intellectuals in France. We have Dr. Phil!

They invented sex during the day, lingerie and the tongue. Can't we admit we could learn something from them?

So, from now on, all you high-ranking Bush Administration officials, because the French are righter than you on most things, when France comes up in conversation, you are not allowed to roll your eyes.

Our apologies to Bill Maher for censoring his last paragraph.


True Story:

At a high school in Montana a group of students played a prank.

They let three goats loose in the school. Before they let them go they painted numbers on the sides of the goats .... 1, 2, and 4. 

School administrators spent most of the day looking for #3.


Man's best friend... 

  
A dog is truly a man's best friend.   

If you don't believe it, just try this experiment.  

Put your dog and your wife (or girlfriend) in the trunk of your car and leave them there for an hour. 
 
When you open the trunk, which one is really happy to see you?


A woman goes to the doctor for her yearly physical. The nurse starts with certain basic items.

"How much do you weigh?" she asks.

"115," she says.

The nurse puts her on the scale. It turns out her weight is 140.

The nurse asks, "Your height?"

"5 foot 8," she says.

The nurse checks and sees that she only measures 5' 5".

The nurse then takes her blood pressure And tells the woman it is very high.

"Of course it's high!" she screams, "When I came in here I was tall and slender! Now I'm short and fat!"


FOUR RELIGIOUS TRUTHS

During these serious times people of all  faiths should remember these four religious truths:

1. Muslims do not recognize Jews as God's chosen people

2. Jews do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah

3. Protestants do not recognize the Pope as the leader of the Christian world.

4. Baptists do not recognize each other at Hooters.


 

 

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