Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Kwanza!
I have been working day and night to get this out in time for the holidays.
We’ve got an update on health care, a short update on the H1N1 and its vaccine.
We also have some testimonials on the products we’ve researched here; I thank you all for keeping me informed of your progress.
We have some great gift suggestions, and please don’t forget our soldiers. The holidays are really tough for them.
Our policy in the past has always been to advertize only those things we here like and use. However, we're not having a good year (sound familiar) and we've been spending more than we've been making. So, I truly apologize for the "As Seen on TV" ads we've placed here, though I've chosen things that did strike my interest. We're not asking for your help yet. We feel that we'll all make it through this period. We've got one super purchase to make soon: the purchase of the phone database DVD that allows us to find you physicians who can give you hope when your regular doctor has run out of medicine. It's price is $1,200.00 per yea
And though not ALL ads here make us money, most do. If you want to support us, just get what you need by using our ads. Thank you.
I finally broke down and bought Canon’s most powerful, professional camera and am going into debt for the rest of my life. You can take a look at it here: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III SLR Digital Camera. It’s a good investment, because as the economy begins to pick up, more people will be buying things beyond staples and gasoline. Art sales have been slow, but they are improving.
I’ve not been taking too many photos lately, however, I did a photoshoot with a model this fall that resulted is this photo (it’s rated G):
Finally, I want to tell you all that in our next newsletter, we are going to publish a web exclusive. I have chased this story down for nearly 15 years; I’ve found so many dead ends and have been duped by a few people along the way, but finally, I’ve got the story. And the story will rip apart many web sites promoting something they know nothing about. This story is big.
So, have a great holiday, and the moment this story is written, we will publish a short version of our newsletter just to get it out.
ONE QUICK NOTE:
Our site has been hacked. A few pages have terrible errors in them, text missing, etc. If you find something screwy while visiting our site, please send me a link to the bad page, or send me the page. It's not like I have nothing better to do, but, someone has to do it.
|The Health Care
My President went to China and all I got was this watered down public option (with an opt-out clause) that might go into effect only after 200,000 Americans have died.
As it stands right now, the current health care bill is the worst piece of crap ever proposed in Washington. It is the result of right wing obstructionism, left wing spineless compromise, and the influence of real money (trillions) on government.
If lying to the people were against the law, two thirds of congress would be doing life.
It just fries my hiney to see Rep Boehner tell me that the people do not want health care reform. I want him thrown in prison for lying to the American people.
None Dare Call it Class Warfare
The moment someone brings up class warfare, murmuring begins and terms like communism, socialism, Marxism and the rest flood out all rational talk. But to be perfectly honest, that is exactly what we are seeing play out in the battle for health care reform: class warfare.
In any class war, the moneyed class has the advantage. First off, they already have the backing of a good number of nuts. In every society, something like 30% of the population are just nuts. I remember an interesting fact from back in 2000 when I learned that 30% of Russians felt that Stalin was the best thing that ever happened to their country. So, right off the bat, the moneyed class has the backing of a good sized cluster of nuts.
Next, the moneyed class can spend and spend and spend and pull the weak thinkers and self-righteous to their side. Sadly, the historical truism that you can always pay half the poor to kill the other half comes from this influence of the moneyed on the poor.
So, what we have here is a crazed bunch of majestically uninformed humans working against their own self interests and supporting their own downfall.
Irony: while a throng of whackos were out protesting health care reform in Washington, one fell to the ground and had to be rescued, resuscitated and revived by health care providers of the health care system he was protesting.
All of us are witnessing first hand the influence of money on Washington, while 80% of us believe that every American deserves the right the same health care our representatives get.
It’s money that stands in the way. That every democrat in Congress did NOT support the health care bill; that all sorts of compromises had to be brokered (including selling out all women with the Stupak Amendment), that every Republican can only block everything offered and have nothing to offer on their own, is a tribute to the power of money in Washington.
However, YOU can stop this. You can put an end to this. You can help drive money out of the system.
Don’t try to tell me that it can’t be done. With 45,000 dying yearly from lack of health care, a million families a year filing bankruptcy over health care bills, and health care rates climbing for the rest of us, we have the support of a majority of Americans.
Interestingly enough, we have nearly complete support of our younger generation, those of college age right now. They are suffering more right now than ever in our history, with jobless rates never seen before, and when the far right wingnuts try to scare them with that boogeyman SOCIALISM, they respond with an overwhelming, “Whatever.” The far right might as well try to convince them that Elvis is the King, when these kids hardly knew Michael Jackson. This generation doesn’t fear socialism. They’ve seen in their lives only the results of endless greed, and they’re tired of it.
We have the support. We have the people. What we need is the will.
This is no time to get cynical.
Go here and see how your representative in the House voted: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2009/roll887.xml
If s/he voted against it, start looking for a replacement. Get involved. Contact your local party headquarters and find out who’s running. Find out if the person is for or against single payer (it’s all about Single Payer; we deserve nothing less) and for or against public financing of campaigns.
Next, go take a look at the roll call vote to start debate on health care: Roll Call. You will see that ONLY the Republicans stood in the way. These clowns have no solutions (except tax cuts for the wealthy) and no new ideas. They are all bought and paid for (and soon we’ll discover which Democrats and Independents are bought and paid for) by corporate money.
We MUST take the money out of the system.
Money is what health care is all about. Hell, the drug companies promised the president that they would reduce their costs, but what did they do first? They raised them (just like the banks did): Drug Makers Raise Prices in Face of Health Care Reform.
Start paying attention. Watch your representatives like hawks when they talk about health care. Any argument against health care is an argument against each and every American citizen and FOR corporate interests.
We’ve all seen what greed can do. Our collapse was caused by run-away greed aided and abetted by a government that cared more for the wealthy few than the rest of us. Pure and simple class warfare.
I get a kick out of those on the right who tell us that the government doesn’t work; that all it can do is fail, and then they get elected and prove it.
The government IS the solution, but first we need good government. If your rep is against good government, universal health care, and publicly financed campaigns, help her/him retire.
If this bill goes through with the weak public option it contains right now, and turns out to be welfare for the insurance companies, we have to all write, fax, email, call the president and tell him to VETO the health care bill.
Before that, we have to keep in contact with our senators to build in a strong public option and toss out the Stupak amendment. This amendment is designed to kill Roe v. Wade. Apparently, if you want your health care insurance to cover an abortion, you have to go work for the Republican National Committee. These hypocrites do cover their workers’ abortions. So, go here: Stop Stupak, and have your voice counted.
Once health care reform with a “strong” public option passes we can work on getting single payer.
What we have now is a tragedy. It’s so weak and flimsy that it does nothing. The insurance companies have four years to lobby all the states and get them to turn it down. Money doesn’t talk, it screams.
So, unless there are major changes in this bill, ask the president to veto it and force the house to make a better bill.
Our goal must be universal health care for all.
We live in a “we” society, not a “me” society. Far too often we hear “I’ve got mine, screw the rest.”
All Americans, rich and poor, deserve health care.
And who in the world will ever broach the subject of Dental Care? We all need that too.
Oh, I should mention, there is a little ray of light in this health care debacle. You can see it below in an article entitled: A Ray of Light in the Dark: Integrative Healthcare Included in Senate Healthcare Bill's Language.
A Recent Letter from Chris Dodd:
We had a meeting of the Senate
Democratic Caucus yesterday, and I wanted to send you a
quick update about the health care reform bill.
First of all, we had big news Monday when the Congressional Budget Office released its report on the cost of the reform bill to consumers. The CBO confirmed that our bill would lower health care premiums for almost everyone in America. Whether you have insurance through your job or purchase your own coverage, your premiums will likely go down under the current bill.
This was a watershed moment in this debate, because Republicans are making the cost of premiums one of their primary talking points. They insist that premiums would go up for middle-class Americans, and tout studies by their friends in the insurance industry to make their point. But the unbiased, nonpartisan CBO provides the definitive answer to questions about pending legislation, and its report shows once and for all that the vast majority of Americans will see their premiums go down.
Does this mean the Republicans will stop fighting our health care reform efforts? Of course not. In our Democratic Caucus meeting yesterday, we discussed the ongoing efforts by Republicans to delay, obstruct, and kill this bill using every means at their disposal. Their latest weapon of choice is the politically motivated poison pill amendment.
They are going to try to force Democrats to make politically difficult votes, votes that if they succeed would end our chances for passing a reform bill. In the Caucus meeting, we discussed the importance of maintaining the unity needed to beat back these efforts from the Republicans.
While they are working to kill this bill, Democrats are working to make it even stronger. A great example is an amendment, proposed by my friend Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, which would protect women's health services.
There's a long debate ahead of us, and the continuing support that you have shown our reform efforts are helping us face the relentless attacks from the Republicans. Thank you so much.
December 3, 2009
The idea of a Medicare for All type, single-payer healthcare system will be heard on the Senate floor. Late last evening, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont filed Senate Amendment No. 2837, and there are two additional original co-sponsors of this amendment, Senator Roland Burris of Illinois and Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio.
The idea that healthcare is a basic human right that could and should be delivered to each and every person in this nation is not a new one. Our President knows that; our Congress knows that. But this struggle to reform the broken, profit-driven system has carried us a very long way from finally extending that basic human right to all.
We’ve drifted off to talking about excise taxes and insurance exchanges and bending the cost curves. Amendment 2837 brings us back to the basics.
What’s in a number? 45,000 people die every year in this nation without access to healthcare.
Medicare has its flaws, but overall it has provided seniors and the disabled with the best access to care that this nation could offer since the 1960s.
What’s in a number? Poverty among seniors has dropped more than 60 percent since the adoption of Medicare.
The healthcare reform effort has largely ignored the single-payer solution because the powerful profit-based insurance and health industry interests that stand to gain so very much by expanding and entrenching their hold over the U.S. healthcare system have muted the discussion.
What’s in a number? Millions of Americans file for personal bankruptcy--one every 12 seconds--because medical crisis hit them too hard. And of those bankrupt folks, two-thirds had health insurance.
We will not get to the point of granting healthcare to all during this legislative cycle. We just won’t. Our elected officials were less powerful than the profit-takers this time around. And we did not make our demands loud enough and clear enough. But we will find out in the Senate who stands for all of us and who stands for those who would profit from our continued suffering. And we will find that out by watching and listening as Senate Amendment 2837 is considered and debated--and voted upon.
We know Congress will not get to the point of passing a single-payer system this time around. But we also know they can begin setting the benchmarks for what we should do going forward. And with a yes vote on this amendment, Senators send us the message that they heard us, that they will keep fighting with us until the day when this nation no longer leaves the weak, the sick and the poor behind in the delivery of its most basic human rights.
The time draws short to weigh in clearly with your Senators. Call your Senators. Tell them you want them to vote for Senators Sanders, Burris and Brown’s amendment number 2837. Call today. Call now. Insist on a vote for moral and fiscal sanity. Find their contact info here.
What’s in a number? Everything. Senate Amendment No. 2837. Everyone in, nobody out.
Co-chair PDA Healthcare NOT Warfare Campaign
P.S. The text of Sanders single-payer amendment is not yet available online. Check here for the text. The floor debate could happen as early as tomorrow—please start making your calls immediately.
|H1N1 and the Vaccine
For those of you who missed our previous newsletter, we published some 20 years of my research (a collection of articles) on vaccines and added a lot on this latest vaccine. During the gap between the last newsletter and this one, we continued to add links to those articles as I found them (and as you, the readers sent them to us).
Here is the beginning article on Vaccines: Vaccinations.
It is there that you will find links to other articles at our site and at other sites. One of the most interesting links is to the patent information that was filed before the H1N1 existed: H1N1 Vaccine Patent. Interesting, eh?
To add to this, we have a video from CBS news that tells us that the H1N1 pandemic was a bit exaggerated…
Watch CBS News Videos Online
…and we have a video that explains the science behind the dangers of our vaccines (the study was actually outsourced to a country that outlawed mercury in vaccines years ago). It’s quite long, but oh so interesting.
Again we find that the information we are fed and the recommendations we receive are often tainted by the fact that the bottom line of health care in America is the almighty dollar.
|Gift Ideas - Don't Forget Our Soldiers|
send gifts to soldiers in Afganistan/Iraq
by Alexa Steele
Go To Original: http://www.helium.com/items/1397743-treats-for-troops
Support our Troops! That phrase is inscribed on bumper stickers, posted in yards and has headlined news reports. But how can mindful Americans make their backing of our military more than mere rhetoric? What is the best way to let a soldier know you are praying for their safe return? Or to send a gift to a loved one serving abroad? The website TreatsforTroops.com makes this not only possible but effortless.
Founded in 2003 by business woman Deborah Crane, Treats for Troops allows friends, family, organizations and individuals to sponsor American soldiers at home and abroad. The idea for Treats for Troops started when Ms. Crane learned that the "Any Service Member" programs, which had previously made it possible to send mail and care packages to service members, had been cancelled for security reasons after the anthrax scare in 2001.
How It Works
Treats for Troops provides an online gift shop filled with products in demand by men and women serving in our military. Packages can be sent to someone you know simply entering their address into the space provided. Alternately, you can shop for registered service members using the Foster-A-Soldier feature.
Once the package recipient has been designated shopping for your soldier is as easy as using any of the large retail websites. Choose either a pre-designed gift basket or create your own from the wide selection of goodies available in the gift shop. Choices include cookies, snacks, personal care items, phone cards, useful gadgets and travel-sized games. Just load up your shopping cart and check out. The site even allows you to craft a personalized note to include with your gift.
The Foster-A-Soldier program makes it possible for everyone to contribute even if you do not personally know anyone in military service. Soldiers are registered for free by family, friends, unit chaplains or even themselves via the website. Once registered soldiers are eligible to receive gifts from anonymous sponsors. Individuals can select a soldier to sponsor based on military branch, home state, area of deployment or gender. If no such criteria are designated then the system will automatically select the soldier who has been waiting the longest for a package.
Treats for Troops has customizable programs to fit every level of support. Beyond the Foster-A-Soldier program there are Corporate Sponsorships, Group Gifts, Unit Support programs, and a Monthly Smiles program that allows you to send a package on a monthly basis. Birthdays and holidays are also celebrated with appropriately tailored selections.
It's Truly Appreciated
Whether you believe the War On Terror is patriotic or misguided, the brave men and women who put their lives on the line deserve both respect and admiration. All doubt about the benefit of sending a care package is removed once you read some of the thank you notes written by soldiers for their sponsors. If you, too, would like to support our troops with more than a just catch phrase, stop by and send your package today.
Some organizations you might wish to support:
First Response: supporting wounded soldiers.
Soldier’s Angels: supporting our soldiers, their families.
Heartbeat, serving wounded warriors.
Trees for Troops, serves soldiers everywhere; gets them a Christmas tree.
Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pet, an ALL volunteer 501c3 nonprofit public charity formed in January 2005 after learning that military service members across the country had pets that needed a caring, loving, and safe home to care for them during the pet owner's deployment to fight the global war on terrorism (combat or peace keeping missions), but had been unable to find someone to care for them. This left the military pet owners with only one option, which was to relinquish their beloved pets and pet ownership rights to a humane society, animal shelter, or animal rescue group never to see their pets again, know if they were placed in a new home, or ended up being euthanized.
And finally, don’t forget the USO, these people support our soldiers all over the world. www.uso.org/. When I was in the service, these people were everywhere, in every airport, always with a smile, a cookie, and a cup of coffee for a soldier.
Gift Ideas For the Rest of Us
Ok all you movie nuts, I've got some weird and whacky suggestions. First off is a DVD I ordered this summer. It contains a cartoon you will NEVER see on television again because of the racial stereotypes. In fact, it contains TWO that you will never see.
One cartoon has a scene created by the famous Tex Avery that was later lifted by Bob Clampett in his last cartoon he created for Warner Brothers. And by lifting, I mean lifting. He took the character in the scene and simply drew Elmer Fudd over that character.
One of the gifts I'm giving this Christmas is a movie that won the Oscar for best foreign film (in the early nineties). If you are a film buff, then you have to have this. It's the story of a kid who grew up during WWII watching movies in the town's only movie theater. He builds a friendship with the man who runs the projector; a father figure since his own father never returns from the war. Later in life, he leaves his poor city, becomes a big shot making movies, but one day gets a phone call from his mother that the old man has died.
The story is about his love of film, his love of the old man, and a lost love in his early youth. It will bring smiles and tears to your eyes. Cinema Paradiso.
|Tin Drum (movie
One of my favorite books was written by a post WWII German author, Günter Grass. It is the story of a boy who is told at birth by his mother, that when he turns three, she'll give him a toy drum.
When he turns three, he gets his tin drum, and then he decides never to grow. He's determined to stay three years old.
One more thing: he has the ability to break glass with his voice. We learn this when his father tries to take away the tin drum.
However, this is hardly the story. This is an antiwar movie that is very subtle in its message. It's also an allegory, with the boy representing Germany.
The movie is just fascinating, and probably captures the "feeling" of the book better than any movie in history. But the movie ends in the middle of the book, so, I would suggest that you get the book too.
Günter Grass won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1999. The link here is to all his works sold at Amazon.
Heinrich Boll is another post WWII German author, and a Nobel Laureate. I first began to read his work while living in Israel. I was very much moved by his work. Like Grass, Boll is antiwar. Nobody hates war more than those who've had to live through one. It's those who've never fought in war who love starting them. Boll's works are touching, startling, shocking, and revealing. He wasn't given the Noblel prize for literature for nuttin. That's for sure. Just click his name above and that will take you to his books on Amazon.
Another book I discovered while living in Israel was One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (another Nobel Laureate). I began reading it in Hebrew, but quickly realized that Hebrew, a very primitive language, was not doing the book justice. When I found an English copy, I soon realized that the translator should have won a prize too.
The book is like no other, except perhaps, the Bible. In a way, it is Biblical in scope, for it is the story of a beginning, a struggle and a quest, and the development of a society, and how suddenly the banana corporations showed up and chaos engendered: Genesis, Exodus, and onward.
Marquez's two most famous books are listed below:
There is another web site that is a bit like ours called Alternative Cancer Treatments. They too count on donations and minor sales to keep going. So, this time, if you buy their book, you'll be supporting them, not us.
Just Go Straight You Can’t Miss It was written and compiled by Paul Winter, the person also responsible for the web site.
He sent us a copy, and I had a chance to look it over, and get a few laughs.
So, this Giving Season, when you give this book to someone, you're also giving to Paul and his project to keep people suffering from this horrible disease cancer free.
Oh, the jokes are, for the most part, very tasteful. In fact, I'll give you one joke here that is the limit to bad taste in his book:
One man sits down next to another at the airport.
“Boy, that was embarrassing.”
“Well, you know how sometimes things just slip out that you didn't mean to say.”
“Well it just happened to me when I was on line for a transfer.”
I was in line at the ticket counter and the woman in front of me had the tightest pants and biggest tits I have ever seen. Even the woman behind the counter noticed and when I asked for my tickets it just slipped out.”
“What was that?”
“I said, I’d like a pantsfer to Titsburg.”
“Well, I understand exactly how that can happen. Just this morning I was having breakfast with my wife and I meant to say pass the sugar and I actually said ‘you stupid bitch, you ruined my life."
That's very simple. I promoted nearly this same camera last year. It's changed a bit, and the price has come down.
Here is what comes in the entire kit: Nikon D3000 10MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens & 55-200mm VR Zoom Lens with 16GB Card + (2x) EN-EL9a Battery + UV Filters + 2 Nikon School DVDs + Cleaning Kit
See? comes with TWO lenses, and TWO UV Filters. Every lens I have has a filter over it. It's easy to scratch a lens, but it's cheaper to scratch a filter.
This camera will allow even the most inexperienced beginner to take some whopping photos. The DVDs offer great instruction, and a lot of advice on how to use the camera.
If I were a beginner, I'd have one of these. I started with a Sony 8MP, and I was not impressed. This camera is impressive, and the shots it takes are just as impressive.
Just click the link below and you'll make someone on your gift list a very happy camper:
First off, I just want to brag. We get a lot of letters. Many simply keep us fired up to keep going. This is one we got just a while back
I just want to tell you what a wonderful, wonderful website www.mnwelldir.org is. I have had Rheumatoid Arthritis and under the care of a Rheumatologist since age 19. I am now 63 yrs of age. I have been reading and researching my whole life trying to find answers and solutions. Your organization without a doubt, provides the most expansive, concentrated, and understandable information of any book, document, or website I have ever seen. Thank you, Thank you for the great work your organization provides to the public. I will continue to support this web site.
And now back to our purpose.
At times I like to focus on the things I love best from all my research. Since it’s Christmas season once again, what better to give than the gift of healing?
The best way to tell you about something, is to let others tell you about their experiences. Yes, these are anecdotal and what works for one might not work for another. However, I get a lot of letters asking me if anyone has used this for that condition and does it work?
So, here are some testimonials, along with links to where you can find these products. Always keep in mind that many of the links are to our affiliate programs, and purchasing from them supports our work. As always, if you do not wish to support our work, you may google the products and purchase them on your own.
Thank you again, David, for introducing me to iFlora Nasal. They have been helping me survive the allergy season.
My husband doesn't believe in alternative medicines, always doubting me whenever I recommend anything natural, calling it all "snake oil." When we were camping, he got a bad sinus headache. I gave him two iFlora Nasal capsules and told him to not ask any questions, just take them. For a change, he did. He later told some friends at the campground that he had never had a sinus headache clear up that quickly! The first natural medicine he learned to believe in was when a friend put arnica extract on his arthritic, extremely painful knee, and it relieved the pain within a few minutes. If this keeps happening, one of these days he might accept the fact that nature provides healing.
And here’s another about the iFlora Nasal with a little more about one of our latest discoveries Del-Immune V™.
Dave, My son and I have recovered from H1N1. We were only actually sick for 2 days which is much less than what I am seeing with my neighbors. We used Del-Immune and Nano Silver and that was all except for chicken soup and fresh juice. However, we were told to stay at home for 7 days and that was the worst part! Sort of like house arrest! Your advice worked great, I highly recommend these products. I also use I-Flora as I have seasonal allergies that cause frequent sinus infection. I don't notice anything until I run out of it, I-Flora is also a terrific product as it keeps trouble with my sinus at bay. Thank you for discovering these great products and for all your advice on staying well! Beth Trexler
Both iFlora Nasal (and all of Sedona Lab’s digestive aids) and Del-Immune V™ can be found at Simply the Best.
Interestingly enough, Beth wrote me later telling me all about her boyfriend who caught the flu and decided to follow his doctor’s advice. He suffered for two weeks.
Oh, and when Beth finally took the Del-Immune V™ (the link is to our article on the product), she and her son had had the flu for one full day already. This is just ONE of about 20 testimonials we got from people using the Del-Immune V™, and all of those said the same thing: when they took it right away, the flu was gone in 8 hours; if someone took it a day or two later; it took longer to beat it off.
Simply the Best sold out right away, and within a month, they discovered that over half their sales were to customers who’d purchased Del-Immune V™ before.
Now for my favorite product (and according to Simply the Best, the one product that consistently outsells all others, Omegasentials.
I get hundreds of testimonials; many like the following:
Your information is very useful. It has helped my family in battling cancer.
Simply the Best forwarded me this comment:
Please send as soon as possible as we are out and it makes a major difference.
I got this one just last week:
My husband has lung cancer and we were doing the Budwig program, but he suddenly couldn’t take the combination of flax and cottage cheese anymore, it upset his stomach. We started him on the Omegasentials, and we’re back on track. He takes about six to eight tablespoons per day and the tumor has stopped growing.
Here’s one of my favorites:
A day without my Omegasentials just sucks! I just feel better all day long!
And here is one I’ve been saving for you:
My name is Matthew Miller, and I am a 37 y/o colon cancer patient. I would like to share my story with you, as I believe your product, OMEGASENTIALS™, has done the impossible for me. I was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in November 2001, and underwent surgery to remove a “golf ball” sized tumor in my large intestine. The pathology report that followed, showed that indeed the cancer had spread to my lymph nodes, and I would require chemotherapy. My sister, who is a cancer researcher at Ohio State University, was able to get me in at the nationally known MD Anderson Cancer Center in Orlando, FL. At MD Anderson, I was able get into a powerful chemotherapy (Oxyciliplatin) clinical trial, as well as a standard chemo (5-FU), which was given weekly for 6 months. At the time, I was convinced that the chemo was all I needed, and since the tumor was removed, I was cured. One year later, a CAT scan showed that my cancer had returned with a metastisis to the lungs. Unfortunately, the prognosis was not good, several inoperable tumors, my doctors informed me that I was now a terminal patient. After a few more months of unsuccessful chemo, I gave up on conventional medicine and found an alternative cancer website “The Minnesota Wellness Directory.” I read about your product and decided to order a case as all the research conducted by Dr. Budwig had made sense. Anyway, 3 months after taking 4 tbs. a day of OMEGASENTIALS™, I had a PET scan, which shows active cancer in the body. I was amazed to find out that my scan was completely clear. My oncologist at MD Anderson was equally amazed and cancelled further therapy, and to continue on my alternative regimen of a healthy diet and OMEGASENTIALS™. I would like to thank you for producing such an amazing product, as now I can look forward to live a healthy, long life!
We need omega-3s in our diets. Recent research shows we need more than previously thought. Omega-3s are needed every cell in our body, fight and prevent cancer, fight and prevent heart disease, and fight and prevent inflammation. Omegasentials is one of the best forms you’ll find. I never go a day without them. They are water soluble, stabilized, and DHA and EPA have been added. Oh…and they’re tasty. You can find them at Simply the Best.
Here are more forms of Omega-3s that I personally use (again, we just cannot get enough of these essential nutrients)…..LINKS
Udo's DHA Blend
"Fish Type Oils" that Vegans can consume! Made from algae. Click here to see our recipes using Udo's DHA.
NOW Foods Red Yeast Rice with CoQ10 (30mg) and Omega-3 Fish Oils.
EPA is another essential fatty acid in fish oils, and is great brain food.
Fish Oil With A Unique Ratio Of EPA/DHA!
I never go a day without this.
NOW's most potent Fish Oils.
And don’t forget to check out our recipes that use these oils: LINK
The next testimonial is from a study done by a good friend of this site by the name of Dr Marc Swanpool, ND. He created a formula3
My name is Thulani Mncwango. I'm a 37 year old male. In the year 2001 I was first diagnosed with HIV. For the following years I felt fine until I contracted TB in 2005. I went for treatment for 6 months and was eventually discharged with a clean bill of health.
Then again at the beginning of 2007 I felt very sick. I couldn't walk. My feet started swelling up and I had to use crutches to aid my walking. I could barely walk 5 meters without running short of breath and getting tired.
Around June 2007 I was invited to take part in a study at a Johannesburg clinic to test the effectiveness of a herbal supplement on CD4 count. I volunteered in this study
Shortly after taking the herbal supplement on a daily basis, I could actually feel a difference compared to how I felt when I started, and after two months I was back to my old self. For the last ten months I have been completely healthy. I have never felt better in my entire life.
Apart from the herbal supplement, I have not used any other medication.
This testimonial is about a product (Sutherlandia OPC) that can be purchased online, but you have to order it from Africa. Marc has created a whole new product from Oleander that can be found here in the US: Utopia Naturals Rose Laurel OPC Plus.
Sometime this past summer, I got an email from a woman who told me that her husband was on blood pressure meds that weren’t working (fact: about 50% of the time blood pressure meds do not work), and that he had a blockage in his neck that the doctors wanted to operate on.
I told her to read up on oral chelation (EDTA), grape juice, pomegranate juice, and Sp-Zyme. I sent her a copy of our book: Bypassing Bypass LINKS. And then I mentioned in passing that I was researching a new product called Ecklonia Cava Extract (this link is to our research). I told her that it was available from Canada only in the bulk form, but that pills would be out soon, and I included a link.
I’d all but forgotten about her when just a couple of weeks ago I get this letter:
Thank you so much for your help! We both read your book and it gave us a lot of hope. We ordered Dr Gary Gordons’s Beyond Chelation formula and Sp-zyme, and both of us started each day with a glass of promegranate juice and each night had a glass of grape juice. I contacted Nando in Canda and ordered 500 grams of Eklonia cava. It cost us nearly $900 but six months of his meds cost more than that, and we weren’t about to continue them.
I tried to get him to take the powder at first, but he hated it. That didn’t stop me. I put nearly half a teaspoon in all his meals. Mashed potatoes, chili, soups, mixed veggies, smoothies, and we even started making stir-frys like the one you posted in your recipes. He got at least an eighth of a teaspoon per day, sometimes more. So when he went to the doctor for a checkup and scan prior to surgery, his blood pressure was almost normal and the doc said that the blockage was nearly gone. Imagine that. The doc said that the first scan must have been wrong. We laughed all the way home. Thank you for all you do!!!!
Simply the Best carries Alogoran FS, a pill form of ECE with a few additives, and just started carrying the ECE in bulk. They sell it by the ounce, and at 33% less than their distributor charges. Personally I love the bulk form, because when I add just an eight of a tablespoon to a recipe, I'm adding 5 to 7 servings of veggies. Check it out: ECE.
Oh, and while we're on the subject of letters, I got three letters from readers asking me the difference between ECE and Modifilan.
Here is the answer: Both ECE and Modifilan are species of brown algae, but with different properties. Modifilan is a concentrated extract of Laminaria Japonica. Modifilan is not as concentrated as ECE. Modifilan's main active ingredients are Fucoxanthin, Iodine, Fucoidan, Laminarin, and Alginates. ECE's main components are Polyphenols, Eckol, Fucoidan and Alginates. ECE is a stronger antioxidant and much more concentrated.
Thank you for the article in your newsletter regarding serrapeptase. Due to chronic lower back and neck pain caused by various car accidents and osteoarthritis, I had been taking a minimum of 4 ibuprofen every day for many years.
Last summer I spent two months in the hospital after a brain aneurysm burst. After lying on my back that long, the pain was intolerable; however, due to the aneurysm, I was not allowed to take ibuprofen, so I began relying on other pain medications. After returning home and rebuilding my muscles, the pain became somewhat tolerable, so I was able to take the pain medications less often, but nevertheless the pain was always there. After reading the article about serrapeptase, I began taking SP-Zyme, which helped immensely! I no longer have chronic pain! I only take one tablet per day.
Thanks again David, for making my life much more pain-free!
PegThe following letter is addressed to Ron Salley, the master herbalist who developed his Miracle Skin products (which I happen to love). The writer stumbled upon our site (mistakenly calls it Ron’s site). When she wrote to us, we forwarded her letter to Ron.
I found your website by "accident" in early January 2008 and immediately contacted you by e-mail to inquire about your products for use by my 87 year old mother, who had been diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure last year. Due to the poor circulation in her legs, she had developed numerous sores that would not heal with any of the treatments that the medical community offered. I described the condition of her legs and you recommended two of your products, Healon PF and Sugar Foot. and then you sent me samples of both to use, with instructions and testimonies of other people's success with using them. You requested before and after pictures, which I was glad to provide.
I gave the products to my parents in mid-January, telling them to use the Healon PF on her legs several times per day, but they seemed to have trouble remembering to apply it often enough to completely heal the sores. The legs seemed to improve somewhat, with the limited use, but still not as much as hoped. Three months went by and I continued to ask them to use the Healon more often, to no avail. Finally, about two weeks ago I suggested to Mom to apply the Sugar Foot before bed each night, which she did. In those two weeks, the skin on her legs has completely healed, the sores have stopped forming,
I want to thank you for your generosity, encouragement and wonderful products, Ron. I doubt it was an "accident" that lead me to your website that day. I hope others gain encouragement from our testimony and commit to being consistent in the application of your miracle products to achieve similar results.
I love Ron’s creams. I’ve told you this before. And I always tell you to support his work for selfish reasons: I want his company to survive so I don’t run out of his products. In our last newsletter we published reports of his LAM cream (Like a Miracle) that relieves both arthritis pain and tendonitis and clears up stubborn skin disorders like eczema and psoriasis. In fact, Ron has quit making his Psoriasis Formula. If you order it, you’ll get the LAM™ cream instead. Go take a look at Ron’s creams; they make the perfect gift for anyone anytime of the year: Ron Salley’s Miracle Skin Products.
I owe you a testimonial and you’re gonna get one! As usual, I’m a day late and a dollar short, but not unappreciative. You listened when I told you about my ear problems and came to the rescue with something my doctors couldn’t even help fix.
In April 2009 I developed a severe ear problem. Not only could I not hear anything but muffled sounds, but I was in pain too. After finally getting in for an exam, it was learned I had a lot of fluid in my ears, and it was treated with several prescriptions, steroid nasal sprays, and other OTC products to relieve sinus congestion. I have already been totally deaf in my left ear my entire life, so this was serious to me! I wanted it fixed….and NOW! Well, after two rounds of antibiotics (including a Z Pack and another drug that I can take with all my antibiotic allergies) I was still dealing with fluid, and couldn’t hear. It was pretty bad, and I was ready to call specialists in Billings to see what damage I was dealing with, until……..
When I called you, you responded simply, "I'm not a doctor, but if I were in your condition, I'd be using Magnascent and Healon PF in both ears...." and then you went on. You even followed up with a letter so I wouldn't forget.
I started with a couple of drops of Magnascent in my ears, followed by Ron Salley’s Healon PF which really soothed the itchiness. Then I upped my Vitamin C to 4000mg daily, added some Del-Immune, i-Flora for nasal health, and NAC ... well, things started to get better!
When I went to see the specialist (after symptoms had started clearing up on this daily regimen) all tests showed HEALTHY ear drum tissue, and no additional hearing loss due to this recent infection….plus no sign of fluid anymore!
Thanks for helping me through this, and with things that are GOOD for my system. I’m really leery of all the chemicals they like to prescribe because some cause other symptoms or maladies to surface. This was definitely a success story, in my opinion!
Thanks again for your help, David….you've saved my hearing!
Before discovering Del-Immune V™, I’d already known that when you are hit with “anything,” you have to increase your vitamin C levels. I remember showing up at the VA Hospital with all the symptoms of being hit by the Nile Virus. The doctor did all the tests, but they couldn’t determine what it was because they found no damage in my kidneys or liver (the first place to show viral damage). The reason was that I was taking 100 grams (100,000 mgs) of vitamin C daily.
Adding a little NAC (N-AcetylCysteine) is always helpful because it boosts your levels of glutathione, a tripeptide and highly potent antioxidant that makes your immune system function at its best. Studies show it helps the immune system to fight even cancer and turns carcinogenic chemicals into harmless chemicals. Glutathione is the only antioxidant found in every cell in your body and the only one that exists within your cells.
What most do not know, is that to truly synthesize enough glutathione for maximum protection, you need a tad over 2,000 mg daily. The average dosage is 600 mg daily.
For earaches, I've heard great stories from people about using either John Brookshire's Magnascent (a form of Iodine designed by Edgar Cayce) or Ron Salley's Healon PF™. Since Dawn was in such pain for such a long time, I told her if I were her, I'd be using both. And they worked.
I love both products. Magnascent is currently being used in Africa for Malaria and I take five drops a day in water. I always have a bottle around for minor cuts and bruises. The same goes for Healon PF™; I don't go anywhere without this stuff, and those of you out there whom I've met on my road trips know this.
Below are links to the supplements talked about above, the ones I take, from the same places I buy them. Again, these are affiliate links and when you support them, you are supporting us.
100 Tablets, Ester-C with Bioflavanoids
90 Tablets of Ester-C with Bioflavanoids
180 Caps of C-Complex
250 Capsules NAC 600mgs
|Weight Loss Secrets, Even Over the Holidays|
The one consistent question I get in my inbox is if I know anything about losing and keeping off weight.
Everyone wants to take the easiest route for this one, but if you’re going to keep it off, you have to make some lifestyle changes.
“The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear.” Herbert Sebastien Agar
However, the good news is that recent changes in thinking have created some new methods of losing weight and staying healthy that completely break with common thought of the past.
First of all, we have to realize that our bodies were designed to be hunter/gatherers. This is a really important key to maintaining our health and wellness and keeping our weight under control.
The first big weight loss secret is "keeping full" (eating little meals all day long) so we can reduce cravings.
Next we have one more important rule: avoid the one combination of food that packs on the weight: carbs and fats. You can eat carbs and you can eat fats. But eating them at the same time is a no-no.
Put those two together, and you’ve got insulin problems leading to type two diabetes (especially since the most common fats we eat are not the healthiest of fats).
What I’ve got here for you has cost us over $900.00. That’s what we have spent purchasing programs, reading them, and testing them.
Personally, I have a weight problem that doesn’t go away because I keep injuring myself. I’m a very active person, and being active, very active, I’m constantly getting hurt. When I get hurt, I can’t be active and I get depressed and eat the deadly combination above (fats and carbs).
Additionally, the worst carb I eat (drink) is a light beer. They call it “lite” but it weighs heavily on the hips and belly. Why? Because we beer drinkers eat a lot of salty fatty foods (makes drinking beer even better). The fat/carb combo here is the culprit.
Ironically those who drink wine and beer live longer than teetotaler. But to lose that weight, you’ll have to cut out the alcohol. Keep in mind this one rule of wellness: it’s not what you do on Saturday night that counts, but what you do all week long.
So, save your alcohol for the weekend; or use it as a reward for doing great all week.
No longer a parlor trick, hypnosis has been accepted by medical associations all over the world.
We published an ad for this program a few newsletters back: July 2009
A few wrote asking what "I" thought of this CD set. Well, yup, I've got this set and I'm using it too. Every night I fall asleep to one of her sessions.
This program is really worth checking into.
Would you like a few more secrets? Ok, here’s a little gift I got you. It’s a little booklet called Seven Secrets of Permanent Fat Loss and Fitness. To get it, simply RIGHT click on the link below, and SAVE TARGET AS; find a place to put it (I put important things right on my desktop) and save it. If you just click the link, it will open in Acrobat Reader, and then you can save it by clicking on the floppy disk icon.
Seven Secrets of Permanent Fat Loss and Fitness
I’m pretty sure that this new wave of weight loss and fat burning concepts began with Dr Mark Hyman’s book: Ultra Metabolism. He wasn’t the first to outline this concept, but he was the best. He gathered a huge mass of followers, and now, instead of this being iconoclastic, has become the mainstream.
The next phase to come along involves the proper exercise. Common myths had to be blown up, like the idea that jogging for hours is the best way to burn fat and build lung capacity. In fact, lung capacity shrinks and instead of burning fat, this kind of workout actually helps you maintain your “current” weight. And as for heart healthy, well, joggers are dropping dead of cardiovascular events all over the place.
This is where Dr Alan Sear’s Pace Program comes in. We learn that exercising right will translate to doing it less but getting more out of your workouts. Just 12 minutes a day, every other day, will do more than jogging five miles every day for the rest of your life (which might come a lot sooner than expected).
When we work out, we must get our antioxidants. That is rule number one for maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system. Run short of antioxidants and you'll start corroding and clogging your arteries.
Next you will need supplements to help you burn of that fat.
And there you have it, everything you need. So let’s go over it one more time:
1. Get the proper nutrition; learn to eat to burn fat.
2. Exercise right.
3. Protect your heart with antioxidants.
4. Assist your fat burning with proper supplements.
So, first, let’s learn how to eat. Here are the programs I’ve purchased and studied. And again, keep in mind that you can go find these on your own if you do not want to support our work, but for the rest of you, these programs support our work when you support them.
This is the book that started it all. It could easily be titled: Everything You Know About Dieting is Wrong. You're in for a real education with this little gem, and once you get started, you can read Dr Hyman's other works to help you along. He's got a quick start program, some recipes, and a web site with updates, newsletters, and videos.
Dr Hyman is an integrative physician. He believes that the first rule of medicine is do nor harm and that we should let our food be our medicine.
You'll enjoy this guy. I know I have.
Cheat Your Way Thin
Yup, this is exactly what it sounds like. You will learn even more on how to eat to burn fat. The secret is to eat, not to starve. Starving kicks your metabolism into the starvation mode and you'll cling to ever drop of fat in your body, because your body thinks it's going to starve to death.
The only thing I don't like about this program is they keep trying to sell you more and more and more. I'm not big on hype, as you know.
Cheat Your Way Thin
Dr Sears' Pace Program
This little book was an eye-opener. I've gotten letters from people using this who are watching the pounds just fall away. You can get the book in an ebook form, or in hard copy, or even on DVD. Personally, I got all three forms. Repetition is the one key to learning.
Order the ebook or the Hardcopy.
Order the Pace DVD.
Dr Sears' Pace Program for Women
Dr Sears' Combination Program.
Personally, I love this book. It's about a lot more than just weight loss.
|Shop at Dr Sears' Web Site|
Zero to Hero Fitness - Fat Burning Furnace System
This program is an all in one program that uses the theories from both Dr Sears and Dr Hyman to burn fat and build muscle. Again, only one complaint: they continually try to sell me more and more.
The exercises aren't that tough. You can do them walking, or stair stepping, or jumping rope. And the nutritional advice is adequate. I'd like to see more emphasis on organic and chemically free meats.
Zero to Hero Fitness
Antioxidants To Protect Your Heart
We've already pointed you to the best values in Vitamin C (above), so we're going to point you to the rest of our recommendations. These are the best on the market for the best price. They are not the Rolls Royce of supplements (those have to be purchased from your physician or chiropractor). These will give you the biggest bang for your buck. And again, these are the supplements I use, and supporting them you are supporting us through their affiliate programs.
This is the best OPC product on the market.
Ecklonia Cava Extract
Potent Antioxidant and heart protection.
NOW Tru-E BioComplex, 60 Softgels
Probably the best, Truest E Complex available.
500 mgs of Pure Acai
One Amazing Antioxidant.
Also helps burn fat.
Pomegranate, Grape Seed Extract, and Resveratrol. Potent combo.
400 mgs of PURE Resveratrol and polyphenols. Great heart protection.
Hydrogen Rich Water Stick
Recharge Your Antioxidants While You Work Out.
Ecklonia Cava Extract
Antioxidant and Anti-Aging
And don't forget NAC. If you are exercising, NAC (up to 2,000 mgs per day) and Vitamin C (the more you exercise, the more you need) are both an absolute must!
Supplements to Help You Lose Weight
We've talked about a few of these in previous newsletters. The following supplements are considered by the experts to be the best in helping to raise your metabolism naturally, control hormones, or handle blood sugar more efficiently.
Taken with Alpha Lipoic Acid
Keeps Metabolism Up.
You need nutritional Fats to burn fat.
With Chromium; Supports Healthy Glucose Metabolism
Irvingia gabonensis is an herb from Africa that many have been using for weight loss by balancing your hormones. In studies, Irvingia gabonensis brought HDL and LDL into a healthier balance, lowered C-reactive Protein (an indication of inflammation and one of the main culprits behind cardiovascular disease), and lowered their blood sugar rates.
Algoran FS, like the Irvingia gabonensis, helps kick in your metabolism while protecting your heart.
Ecklonia Cava Extract
Main Ingredient in Algoran FS
Now Acai 500mgs
I get a tablespoon of this in my yogurt daily.
This last product is one of Dr Sears' called Primal Lean, a combination of Irvingia gabonensis and another herb he found in his research. Just read this:
The Closest You'll Get to Effortless Weight Loss
Suppose you could drop all of your unwanted fat … without going to the gym or forcing yourself to eat rice cakes and tofu burgers?
A new clinical study says it’s possible.
It may be the most successful weight loss compound ever tested.
The people in this study – which was published in the medical journal Lipids in Health and Disease – lost an average of 28 pounds and 6 inches off their belly. And they didn’t change their diet or exercise habits.
Click here to find out how they did it ...
Finally, since many of you, along with myself and close friends, will be working our butts off this winter to lose all those pounds we've slowly collected, I'll give you three little secrets that all nutritionists know, but few pass on.
Three Secrets to FAST Fat Loss
Eat nothing that is white.
This means white sugar, white salt, white flour, white
potatoes, and milk or cream. (Actually butter is ok,
some cheeses, and definitely Yogurt is good). Don't
worry about cauliflower (in fact, cauliflower can be
mashed up instead of potatoes).
water, NOTHING else. How about coffee? Just to keep any
possible withdrawal headaches at bay, one small cup of
organic black coffee is ok, and you might want to take
some Magnesium Citrate tabs. Green tea, white tea, and
herbal teas are ok (they are mostly water) but NO sugar
(use lemon and a bit of
Stevia). Don't eat
anything with the word WHEAT in the ingredients list.
What if it's whole wheat? NO exceptions. Good luck! Keep in touch. I want to hear your stories:
David, here's my story! One
response, the funniest of all, was spouted by right wingnuts
claiming that this was part of the Obama health care reform
movement, designed to kill women. That
this became quickly political shouldn’t come as a surprise;
this is what right wingnuts do. That
this study was begun under the Bush/Cheney administration
makes the political response even more humorous. However,
the three key agencies to come out immediately against the
recommendations were The American College of Radiology (ACR),
American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Susan G. Komen
these three organizations really concerned with women’s
really. If they were, they’d accept that the task force
discovered that too much radiation too soon causes more
deaths than mammograms can save. The
problem is simple: Mammograms are a $4 Billion a year
cancer is a very emotional issue because we all know someone
who has had breast cancer. And
we all know someone who will
jump up and say: If I didn’t get a mammogram when I was 40
(something), I’d be dead right now. One
reason modern medicine flourishes today is that we all know
someone who was saved by modern medicine. We just seem to
forget those who were harmed, injured, or killed by it. But
believe me, it's about the money.
These three agencies came out
against the recommendations because of one simple reason,
the lowest common denominator: $$$$$$$. The
National Cancer Institute has been taken over by
radiologists. Radiologist money supports the ACS and the
Susan G Komen foundation. If
radiologists lose money, all those organizations lose money. But
studies don't care about money. Recent studies from Denmark
that reviewed the screenings of over half a million people
every 2,000 women receiving mammograms over a 10 year
period, only 1 would have her life prolonged, but 10
would be harmed.
mammograms can actually increase a woman's risk of
developing breast cancer by 3% each year. Irwin
Bross discovered that there are three types of cancers;
malignant, benign, and another form that is benign until
it is irradiated, and then it turns malignant.
saddest part of these recommendations is that NO ONE in ANY
government study has come out against Mammography in favor
of safer testing. There are saliva tests, enzyme tests, and
even urine tests that are more accurate than mammography.
Then there is Thermography which finds tumors earlier, has
fewer false positives, and is not invasive (and doesn’t fill
your breasts with enough radiation to light up the
Whitehouse’s Christmas tree). It’s all
about the money. Many of you are just learning this; many of
you have known it for years. Again, all we need is the will
and we can change this. Together. In the
mean time, you might want to read our article on the Myths
of Mammography with a directory of sites using Thermography:
Myths of Mammography.
We all hate this terrible
A Ray of Light The American
Association for Health Freedom (soon to be The Alliance for
Natural Health-USA thanks to our merger with The Alliance for
Natural Health) has worked for months to gain recognition
for integrated healthcare in President Obama’s Comparative
Effectiveness Research (CER) plan (part of the stimulus bill)
and in multiple iterations of healthcare reform legislation.
We have been assisted by many friends on the Hill ranging from
Senator Harkin, a Democrat, to Congressmen Ron Paul, a Republican.
We are now very grateful to Senators Mikulski and Conrad, who
at our urging worked with other senators to modify the current
senate healthcare bill to include representation for the integrative
medicine community. The CER
Commission established by the bill would determine areas of
national medical priority and commission research to evaluate
the clinical effectiveness of various treatments for particular
conditions. The stated intent is to determine the best
treatments and then provide this information to policymakers,
clinicians, healthcare payers, and the public to better inform
healthcare decision making. First established
in the stimulus bill, CER is controversial for good reason.
Any such government body will very likely be captured by special
interests such as drug companies, medical equipment manufacturers,
or the AMA. It may also lead to a one-size fits all system of
medicine. Knowing that the CER program is a non-negotiable
item for both President Obama and Congress, we have been working
to ensure that any system created to fund and evaluate medical
treatments will at the very least provide an even playing field
for integrative medicine. In a best case, CER would also fund
research about non-patentable and thus largely ignored natural
treatments. Thanks to
Senators Mikulski and Conrad, along with other friends, the
senate healthcare bill now requires that the CER board include
at least one integrative healthcare practitioner along with
healthcare consumers, physicians, private payers, and pharmaceutical
and diagnostic manufacturers. It also includes, as appropriate,
experts in integrative health and primary prevention strategies
on the CER advisory panel. This marks the first inclusion
of integrative medicine in any federally designed program.
While we have miles to go, these are powerful first steps. Other important
provisions in the senate healthcare bill include the following:
Inclusion of a
“Sense of the Senate” that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
should restructure their scoring of integrative medicine.
Currently, when scoring legislation to determine the cost of
a bill, the CBO assumes the cost of preventive services are
realized initially and are not offset by later savings. For
example, nutritional counseling is seen solely as a cost, not
as a way to prevent and control diabetes, thereby saving billions.
Although Sense of the Senate expresses the Senate’s opinion
rather than creating law, this is a strong statement about the
need to restructure CBO accounting, and one we hope the CBO
will seriously consider.
a National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council
to develop a national preventive and integrative healthcare
strategy. The council will be advised by a group of experts
required to include diverse health professionals including integrative
health practitioners who have expertise in preventive medicine.
The national plan also mandates a list of national priorities
on health promotion to address lifestyle behavior modification
including proper nutrition. Again, the senate has mandated
the inclusion of integrative health practitioners in yet another
program that, should the bill pass in this form, will strongly
influence the direction of our health system. We are also
pleased to see true prevention, such as nutrition, included
in the list of priorities.
Group health plans
and issuers offering group or individual health insurance coverage
are required to report on whether coverage benefits under healthcare
plans includes wellness and health promotion activities.
The bill states that wellness programs may include personalized
services that may be geared toward smoking cessation, weight
management, stress management, physical fitness, heart disease
prevention, healthy lifestyle support, and diabetes prevention.
While there is no requirement these preventive services be covered
by healthcare insurance, the suggested areas of inclusion within
wellness coverage is a step in the right direction.
these provisions were all there is to talk about in the Senate
bill. Despite the victory described above, there are still many
really bad features of the bill, features that we have discussed
records – All qualified health-benefits plans are required to
use electronic health records set up in such a way as to gut
your privacy and jeopardize doctors’ use of integrative therapies.
The plan also includes unique health plan identifiers - each
of us will have a cradle to grave unique ID number that will
track medical history. Thanks to the electronic health
records mandate, this information will be available with the
click of a mouse.
prohibited for preventive services. A strict reading of the
definition of “cost-sharing” may prevent out-of-pocket payment
for medical services that are supposedly “available” under qualifying
health insurance. This means that you may not be able to pay
privately for what you want but is not specifically covered
under the policy. This kind of restriction already exists with
Medicare. If you want more than Medicare provides, it is illegal
for your Medicare doctor to provide it.
coverage – You can no longer choose the healthcare options that
work best for you. You must now purchase coverage that
is defined by the government. Individuals who do not have
or buy this qualifying coverage will be taxed on their annual
tax return. And, of course, those that fail to pay their
taxes will go to jail.
similar packages will no longer be available to anyone over
the age of 30. These packages have enabled people to buy natural
healthcare on their own while still being covered for major
medical. This vital option will disappear for many of us.
Cap on Flex-Spending
Account (FSA) contributions at $2,500 - Currently, the contribution
level is unlimited. This is another way to make natural medicine
more expensive for consumers.
Tax - Americans would no longer be able to purchase over-the-counter
medicines with their FSA, Health Savings Account (HSA) or Health
Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA).
Increase in the
non-qualified HSA distribution penalty from 10 percent to 20
percent. This makes HSAs less attractive and paves the
way for HSA pre-verification.
elimination of HSAs – The Senate bill is confusing about HSAs,
possibly intentionally so. The real intent may be for them to
disappear completely because they won’t be able to comply with
mandated policy requirements. The Senate
bill also uses various “smoke and mirrors” ways of appearing
to pay for itself, but we will leave that part of the story
for the financial experts. The U.S.
Senate is scheduled to begin debate on the merged healthcare
bill this week. As always, we’ll keep you updated with
the latest developments and opportunities to take action and
make your voice heard in the healthcare debate! Visit us
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study has linked phthalates, a substance used in some shampoos,
lotions, air fresheners and children’s toys, with attention-deficit
hyperactivity disorder. Although research on the health effects
of phthalates (pronounced “thalates”) has been somewhat inconsistent,
the latest study, published in Biological Psychiatry,
adds to troubling findings about the chemical. One
question most nutritional geeks will ask is: how can ham
ever be healthy? It’s all
a question of degree. First,
how was it raised? Humanely? With good food? Free of
how was it processed? Cured in nitrates? Not good.
ham out there that is not cured in nitrates. Nitrate cured
meats are heavily responsible for human cancers. Next,
what are the other ingredients? Are they organic? Healthy?
let’s see. This is
a bachelor recipe (no measuring), so let’s go: Ingredients:
Mammogram Guidelines Light a Short Fuse
Women's groups around the US in an uproar.
Ray of Light in the Dark: Integrative Healthcare
Included in Senate Healthcare Bill's Language
Personal care ingredient
linked to ADHD
Published: Monday, November 30, 2009
“These data represent the first documented association between phthalate exposure and ADHD symptoms in school-aged children,” Yun-Chul Hong, MD, PhD, senior author of the study, said in a statement. He and his colleagues came to their conclusions after measuring urine phthalate concentrations and evaluating ADHD symptoms in 261 Korean children, age 8 to 11 years. They found that the higher the concentration of phthalate metabolites in the urine, the worse the ADHD symptoms.
Some studies to date on phthalates have linked the chemical to hormone disruptions, birth defects, asthma and reproductive problems. Other studies have found no significant association between phthalate exposure and health risks.
In July 2008, the U.S. Congress passed legislation banning certain phthalates from children’s toys. But according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which regulates the cosmetics industry, the organization “does not have compelling evidence that phthalates, as used in cosmetics, pose a safety risk.”
Currently, consumers can not definitively determine whether phthalates are present in certain products. The Fair Packaging and Labeling Act, which requires ingredient declarations on cosmetics sold at retailers, does not apply to individual fragrances or products used at salons, according to the FDA. The Household Product Labeling Act, introduced in September by Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., would, if passed by Congress, require cleaning supply manufacturers to fully disclose all ingredients on their product labels.
Companies that have signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics have agreed to post a full list of product ingredients. In addition, the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Database offers listings of product ingredients.
Recipe: Healthy Ham Salad
Healthy ham salad?
Eat nothing that is white. This means white sugar, white salt, white flour, white potatoes, and milk or cream. (Actually butter is ok, some cheeses, and definitely Yogurt is good). Don't worry about cauliflower (in fact, cauliflower can be mashed up instead of potatoes).
Drink only water, NOTHING else. How about coffee? Just to keep any possible withdrawal headaches at bay, one small cup of organic black coffee is ok, and you might want to take some Magnesium Citrate tabs. Green tea, white tea, and herbal teas are ok (they are mostly water) but NO sugar (use lemon and a bit of Stevia).
Don't eat anything with the word WHEAT in the ingredients list. What if it's whole wheat? NO exceptions.
Good luck! Keep in touch. I want to hear your stories: David, here's my story!
One response, the funniest of all, was spouted by right wingnuts claiming that this was part of the Obama health care reform movement, designed to kill women.
That this became quickly political shouldn’t come as a surprise; this is what right wingnuts do.
That this study was begun under the Bush/Cheney administration makes the political response even more humorous.
However, the three key agencies to come out immediately against the recommendations were The American College of Radiology (ACR), American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Are these three organizations really concerned with women’s health?
Not really. If they were, they’d accept that the task force discovered that too much radiation too soon causes more deaths than mammograms can save.
The problem is simple: Mammograms are a $4 Billion a year industry.
Breast cancer is a very emotional issue because we all know someone who has had breast cancer. And we all know someone who will jump up and say: If I didn’t get a mammogram when I was 40 (something), I’d be dead right now.
One reason modern medicine flourishes today is that we all know someone who was saved by modern medicine. We just seem to forget those who were harmed, injured, or killed by it.
But believe me, it's about the money. These three agencies came out against the recommendations because of one simple reason, the lowest common denominator: $$$$$$$.
The National Cancer Institute has been taken over by radiologists. Radiologist money supports the ACS and the Susan G Komen foundation.
If radiologists lose money, all those organizations lose money.
But studies don't care about money. Recent studies from Denmark that reviewed the screenings of over half a million people concluded:
for every 2,000 women receiving mammograms over a 10 year period, only 1 would have her life prolonged, but 10 would be harmed.
mammograms can actually increase a woman's risk of developing breast cancer by 3% each year.
Irwin Bross discovered that there are three types of cancers; malignant, benign, and another form that is benign until it is irradiated, and then it turns malignant.
And the saddest part of these recommendations is that NO ONE in ANY government study has come out against Mammography in favor of safer testing. There are saliva tests, enzyme tests, and even urine tests that are more accurate than mammography. Then there is Thermography which finds tumors earlier, has fewer false positives, and is not invasive (and doesn’t fill your breasts with enough radiation to light up the Whitehouse’s Christmas tree).
It’s all about the money. Many of you are just learning this; many of you have known it for years. Again, all we need is the will and we can change this. Together.
In the mean time, you might want to read our article on the Myths of Mammography with a directory of sites using Thermography: Myths of Mammography.
We all hate this terrible disease..
Go To Original: A Ray of Light
The American Association for Health Freedom (soon to be The Alliance for Natural Health-USA thanks to our merger with The Alliance for Natural Health) has worked for months to gain recognition for integrated healthcare in President Obama’s Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) plan (part of the stimulus bill) and in multiple iterations of healthcare reform legislation. We have been assisted by many friends on the Hill ranging from Senator Harkin, a Democrat, to Congressmen Ron Paul, a Republican. We are now very grateful to Senators Mikulski and Conrad, who at our urging worked with other senators to modify the current senate healthcare bill to include representation for the integrative medicine community.
The CER Commission established by the bill would determine areas of national medical priority and commission research to evaluate the clinical effectiveness of various treatments for particular conditions. The stated intent is to determine the best treatments and then provide this information to policymakers, clinicians, healthcare payers, and the public to better inform healthcare decision making.
First established in the stimulus bill, CER is controversial for good reason. Any such government body will very likely be captured by special interests such as drug companies, medical equipment manufacturers, or the AMA. It may also lead to a one-size fits all system of medicine. Knowing that the CER program is a non-negotiable item for both President Obama and Congress, we have been working to ensure that any system created to fund and evaluate medical treatments will at the very least provide an even playing field for integrative medicine. In a best case, CER would also fund research about non-patentable and thus largely ignored natural treatments.
Thanks to Senators Mikulski and Conrad, along with other friends, the senate healthcare bill now requires that the CER board include at least one integrative healthcare practitioner along with healthcare consumers, physicians, private payers, and pharmaceutical and diagnostic manufacturers. It also includes, as appropriate, experts in integrative health and primary prevention strategies on the CER advisory panel. This marks the first inclusion of integrative medicine in any federally designed program. While we have miles to go, these are powerful first steps.
Other important provisions in the senate healthcare bill include the following:
· Inclusion of a “Sense of the Senate” that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) should restructure their scoring of integrative medicine. Currently, when scoring legislation to determine the cost of a bill, the CBO assumes the cost of preventive services are realized initially and are not offset by later savings. For example, nutritional counseling is seen solely as a cost, not as a way to prevent and control diabetes, thereby saving billions. Although Sense of the Senate expresses the Senate’s opinion rather than creating law, this is a strong statement about the need to restructure CBO accounting, and one we hope the CBO will seriously consider.
· Establishment of a National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council to develop a national preventive and integrative healthcare strategy. The council will be advised by a group of experts required to include diverse health professionals including integrative health practitioners who have expertise in preventive medicine. The national plan also mandates a list of national priorities on health promotion to address lifestyle behavior modification including proper nutrition. Again, the senate has mandated the inclusion of integrative health practitioners in yet another program that, should the bill pass in this form, will strongly influence the direction of our health system. We are also pleased to see true prevention, such as nutrition, included in the list of priorities.
· Group health plans and issuers offering group or individual health insurance coverage are required to report on whether coverage benefits under healthcare plans includes wellness and health promotion activities. The bill states that wellness programs may include personalized services that may be geared toward smoking cessation, weight management, stress management, physical fitness, heart disease prevention, healthy lifestyle support, and diabetes prevention. While there is no requirement these preventive services be covered by healthcare insurance, the suggested areas of inclusion within wellness coverage is a step in the right direction.
We wish these provisions were all there is to talk about in the Senate bill. Despite the victory described above, there are still many really bad features of the bill, features that we have discussed before, including:
· Electronic health records – All qualified health-benefits plans are required to use electronic health records set up in such a way as to gut your privacy and jeopardize doctors’ use of integrative therapies. The plan also includes unique health plan identifiers - each of us will have a cradle to grave unique ID number that will track medical history. Thanks to the electronic health records mandate, this information will be available with the click of a mouse.
· Cost-Sharing is prohibited for preventive services. A strict reading of the definition of “cost-sharing” may prevent out-of-pocket payment for medical services that are supposedly “available” under qualifying health insurance. This means that you may not be able to pay privately for what you want but is not specifically covered under the policy. This kind of restriction already exists with Medicare. If you want more than Medicare provides, it is illegal for your Medicare doctor to provide it.
· Mandated healthcare coverage – You can no longer choose the healthcare options that work best for you. You must now purchase coverage that is defined by the government. Individuals who do not have or buy this qualifying coverage will be taxed on their annual tax return. And, of course, those that fail to pay their taxes will go to jail.
· Catastrophic and similar packages will no longer be available to anyone over the age of 30. These packages have enabled people to buy natural healthcare on their own while still being covered for major medical. This vital option will disappear for many of us.
· Cap on Flex-Spending Account (FSA) contributions at $2,500 - Currently, the contribution level is unlimited. This is another way to make natural medicine more expensive for consumers.
· Medicine Cabinet Tax - Americans would no longer be able to purchase over-the-counter medicines with their FSA, Health Savings Account (HSA) or Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA).
· Increase in the non-qualified HSA distribution penalty from 10 percent to 20 percent. This makes HSAs less attractive and paves the way for HSA pre-verification.
· Likely long-run elimination of HSAs – The Senate bill is confusing about HSAs, possibly intentionally so. The real intent may be for them to disappear completely because they won’t be able to comply with mandated policy requirements.
The Senate bill also uses various “smoke and mirrors” ways of appearing to pay for itself, but we will leave that part of the story for the financial experts.
The U.S. Senate is scheduled to begin debate on the merged healthcare bill this week. As always, we’ll keep you updated with the latest developments and opportunities to take action and make your voice heard in the healthcare debate!
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Natural Food Merchandiser
study has linked phthalates, a substance used in some shampoos,
lotions, air fresheners and children’s toys, with attention-deficit
hyperactivity disorder. Although research on the health effects
of phthalates (pronounced “thalates”) has been somewhat inconsistent,
the latest study, published in Biological Psychiatry,
adds to troubling findings about the chemical.
One question most nutritional geeks will ask is: how can ham ever be healthy?
It’s all a question of degree.
First, how was it raised? Humanely? With good food? Free of antibiotics?
Next, how was it processed? Cured in nitrates? Not good.
There is ham out there that is not cured in nitrates. Nitrate cured meats are heavily responsible for human cancers.
Next, what are the other ingredients? Are they organic? Healthy?
Well, let’s see.
This is a bachelor recipe (no measuring), so let’s go:
Sharp Cheddar Cheese (organic)
Monterey Jack Cheese (organic) (with peppers is a plus)
Pickled Hot Peppers (best if YOU pickled them using our recipe, because the brine is made from apple cider vinegar and Celtic Sea Salt salt.
Mayo/Miracle Whip® (best, again if you use OUR Mayo/Miracle Whip® clone)
Cut up the ham into quarter inch square chunks (at the largest). Grate both the cheeses into a bowl.
Cut up some hot peppers (the crunchier the better) and then mince them into a pile.
Now, mix all the ingredients together with our guilt free HEALTHY mayo, and then add the secret ingredient: pour in some juice from the peppers.
This recipe has won a blue ribbon in a county fair. Whenever I serve it (on a variety of breads, toasted is best), it’s gobbled up quickly with huge smiles. It’s surprisingly good, and with a lot of you serving ham over the holidays, just what you need for leftovers.
This is something I never take.
Since we've talked about the dangers of Tylenol® at this site previously, this is an update. It kills over 120 people yearly who take it according to the instructions, and does damage to peoples' livers. Over 30,000 people are hospitalized from over the counter NSAIDS, and many of those from Tylenol®. If you like a good glass of wine daily, or a cold beer, steer clear of Tylenol®. Alcohol and Tylenol® do not mix.
But now we have even more evidence of still more dangers of using Tylenol®.
From Dr Nan Kathryn Fuchs who edits Women’s Health Letter we found that Tylenol® is responsible for depleting glutathione, which besides keeping your immune system in high gear, is also responsible for keeping your brain and memory “razor sharp.”
Glutathione protects the brain in two ways, first protecting the brain cells against free radicals and secondly by helping to detox heavy metals which, if not detoxed can result in inflammation. And here is the Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s connection, the inflammation caused by heavy metals.
From the University of British Columbia in Vancouver we learned that Tylenol® has been linked to asthma.
After re-analyzing 19 studies involving over 425,000 people who had developed asthma or wheezing, they discovered a link to Tylenol®. Many had used Tylenol® within a year of the start of the asthma, and they also discovered that mothers who used the drug while pregnant were more likely to have a child who later developed the disease.
Viagra meets its
match: Sex pills for the female libido are on their
By Jonathan Berr
Go to original: Viagra meets its match- Sex pills for the female libido are on ...
The pharmaceutical industry has discovered the female libido. German biotech company Boehringer Ingelheim is "putting the finishing touches on a pill designed to reawaken desire by blunting female inhibitions," according to Bloomberg News, which scientists will discuss next week in Lyon, France.
The drug has nothing to do with George Clooney, or getting male spouses to help more around the house. Turns out women's sex drives are centered in the brain. Who knew? (Not most guys, probably.)
Viagra for Women?
The Boehringer pill could do for women what Pfizer's (PFE) Viagra did for men. U.S. sales for pills boosting the female libido could top the $2 billion spent on erectile dysfunction treatments, Bloomberg estimates, because women report more sexual problems than men.
Decreased sexual desire is a serious problem for women. A Boehringer survey of 31,000 U.S. women 18 and over found that one in 10 expressed distress over diminished sex drive.
Is that a medical problem? The answer isn't so clear-cut. A man's erection is a physical response that can be treated with medicine, but a woman's sexual dissatisfaction is a complex psychological issue. (Pfizer abandoned efforts years ago to create a Viagra for women.) And as Boehringer's scientists note, there's no definitive answer of what constitutes a normal sex drive. A lack of sexual desire is often tied to a woman's relationship with her partner.
A Marketing Challenge
Still, Boehringer may be onto something. Pfizer's marketing playbook for Viagra includes always avoiding the word "impotence"; "erectile dysfunction" has a nicer ring to it, no? Similarly, Boehringer avoids "frigidity" and refers to "hypoactive sexual desire disorder," or HSDD, according to Bloomberg.
Media companies are no doubt as excited about the research as Boehringer. The creative juices on Madison Avenue must be flowing. I have visions of Boehringer ads blanketing shows aimed at women -- soap operas, Oprah, Lifetime movies. Somewhere in Hollywood today, there's surely a hack banging out a comic screenplay about a goofy guy who spikes the cocktails of his bored dates.
Unfortunately, Big Pharma hasn't come up with a drug that solves people's personal problems for them. Now, there's a drug that would be a best-seller.
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Kiva's missionis to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty.
Kiva is the world's first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend to unique entrepreneurs around the globe.
The people you see on Kiva's site are real individuals. When you browse entrepreneurs' profiles on Kiva, choose someone to lend to, and then make a loan, you are helping a real person make great strides towards economic independence and improve life for themselves, their family, and their community. Throughout the course of the loan (usually 6-12 months), you can receive email journal updates and track repayments. Then, when you get your loan money back, you can relend to someone else.
Kiva partners with existing microfinance institutions. In doing so, we gain access to entrepreneurs from communities world-wide. Our partners are experts in choosing qualified entrepreneurs. That said, they are usually short on funds. Through Kiva, our partners upload their entrepreneur profiles directly to the site so you can lend to them. When you do, not only do you get a unique experience connecting to a specific entrepreneur on the other side of the planet, but our microfinance partners can do more of what they do, more efficiently.
Kiva provides a data-rich, transparent lending platform. We are constantly working to make the system more transparent to show how money flows throughout the entire cycle, and what effect it has on the people and institutions lending it, borrowing it, and managing it along the way. To do this, we are using the power of the internet to facilitate one-to-one connections that were previously prohibitively expensive. Kiva creates an interpersonal connection at low costs due to the instant, inexpensive nature of internet delivery.
This holiday season, you can make the world a better place by giving a loan to a small business .... somewhere in this world.
Wed Jun 26, 2:52 PM ET
DAVID KRAVETS, Associated Press Writer
Go to original: http://www.commondreams.org/headlines02/0626-08.htm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - For the first time ever, a federal appeals court declared the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional Wednesday because of the words "under God" added by Congress in 1954.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ( news - web sites) said the phrase amounts to a government endorsement of religion in violation of the Constitution's Establishment Clause, which requires a separation of church and state.
"A profession that we are a nation `under God' is identical, for Establishment Clause purposes, to a profession that we are a nation `under Jesus,' a nation `under Vishnu,' a nation `under Zeus,' or a nation `under no god,' because none of these professions can be neutral with respect to religion," Judge Alfred T. Goodwin wrote for the three-judge panel.
The appeals said that when President Eisenhower signed the legislation inserting "under God" after the words "one nation," he wrote that "millions of our schoolchildren will daily proclaim in every city and town, every village and rural schoolhouse, the dedication of our nation and our people to the Almighty."
The court noted that the U.S. Supreme Court ( news - web sites) has said students cannot hold religious invocations at graduations and cannot be compelled to recite the pledge. But when the pledge is recited in a classroom, a student who objects is confronted with an "unacceptable choice between participating and protesting," the appeals court said.
"Although students cannot be forced to participate in recitation of the pledge, the school district is nonetheless conveying a message of state endorsement of a religious belief when it requires public school teachers to recite, and lead the recitation of, the current form of the pledge," the court said.
The case was brought by Michael A. Newdow, a Sacramento atheist who objected because his second-grade daughter was required to recite the pledge at the Elk Grove school district. A federal judge dismissed his lawsuit, but the 9th Circuit ordered that the case proceed to trial.
"I'm an American citizen. I don't like my rights infringed upon by my government," he said in an interview. Newdow called the pledge a "religious idea that certain people don't agree with."
The government had argued that the religious content of "one nation under God" is minimal.
But the appeals court said that an atheist or a holder of certain non-Judeo-Christian beliefs could see it as an attempt to "enforce a `religious orthodoxy' of monotheism."
the I Shit You Not File: Business Aims to Relax Bans on
Products Made with Child & Slave Labor
by: David Sirota
Go to Original: Child and Slave Labor
We've seen corporations use "free trade" agreements to quietly camouflage their push for exploitable labor in broader arguments about globalization. What we haven't seen is corporate special interests openly push for U.S. regulators to openly allow companies to sell goods made with child and slave labor...until now.
Check out this report from Inside U.S. Trade (no link- subscription required) - it's straight from the I Shit You Not File:
Business groups are worried by the potential effects of provisions banning the import of all goods made with convict labor, forced labor, or forced or indentured child labor that were included in a customs bill sponsored by Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and Ranking Member Charles Grassley (R-IA)...
These groups are examining the ramifications of the bill's provisions, especially in light of the bill's requirements that a newly created office in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) annually report to Congress on the volume and value of goods made with child labor, forced labor or convict labor that have been stopped at the border.
Business sources say this reporting requirement could cause DHS to more actively seek out imported products made with child labor, forced labor or convict labor...
One source did expect a push from lobbyists closer to the Finance Committee markup of the bill, and speculated that U.S. industry groups and foreign governments could form ad hoc coalitions to help send a united message.
Those of us pushing for serious trade policy reform have argued for years that businesses are aiming to create global economic policies that allow them to troll the world for the most exploitable forms of labor. As General Electric CEO Jack Welch famously said, corporations want laws that allow them to "have every plant you own on a barge" - one that can move from country to country looking for the worst conditions to exploit. Such an international economic regime would (and now does) allow the world's worst governments to create artificial comparative economic advantages through bad/immoral policies.
This is an important concept: Whereas comparative advantage used to be about natural advantages (ie. one country has optimal soil for grapes, another country has optimal soil for corn), "free trade" encourages countries to create comparative advantage through man-made laws. Some countries, for instance, creates a comparative advantage by letting factories pollute as much as they want, thus encouraging companies to move their factories there from other countries where pollution controls are more serious. Other countries create a comparative advantage by permitting children to be enslaved, thus encouraging companies operating in countries with more expensive non-slave labor to shift operations to a place where they can make products with all but free labor.
The way to stop this is for the world's largest economies to establish basic rules which everyone else will inevitably follow as a price of admission to those economies' markets. If the United States says companies cannot sell products in our market made with child slave labor, most companies will cease making products with child slave labor fearing the loss of access to our market which would destroy their business.
Of course, that's why business has opposed every effort to put basic labor, environmental and human rights standards into our international trade agreements - and why business groups are now preparing to try to weaken the laws barring products made with child slave labor. They know that the less rules that exist in the American market, the more cost-cutting exploitation they can engage in.
That corporations' advocacy for deregulation has now become so brazen that they are effectively pushing the U.S. government to endorse child slave labor is predictable. This is what their globalization agenda has always been all about. The only thing surprising about it is that in a Washington so overtly dominated by Big Money, it has taken them this long to be this blatant about their objectives.
Al Franken And The Not Anti-Rape Republicans
Go to Original: Al Franken
Two months ago 30 Republican Senators voted against an amendment offered by Minnesota Senator Al Franken designed to keep federal dollars from funding contractors who prevent employees from pursuing allegations of rape against co-workers. They took a beating in the press and are now blaming Franken for refusing to come to their defense.
"I think it would be helpful for Sen. Franken to come forward and say, 'I’m not suggesting that anybody who votes for my amendment is indifferent to crimes against women or anybody else'."
That was Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who opposed the amendment, asking Franken to defend his callous disregard for the safety of female employees working under government contractors.
In October, Franken sponsored an amendment to the Pentagon spending bill that barred federal contracts to defense contractors who force employees into an arbitration process for claims of sexual assault. The measure passed with the support of 10 of the 40 Senate Republicans.
The bill was inspired by the story of former KBR employee Jamie Leigh Jones, who was drugged, beaten and gang-raped at age 19 when stationed in Baghdad. Her contract with KBR would have forced her into a “private, secret tribunal chosen by the company"—and kept her from filing a lawsuit against KBR, or even telling her story. Jones was so badly beaten that she is permanently disfigured, but the Department of Justice has declined to investigate. The men who raped her were not fired, much less prosecuted.
That said, stories like that of Jamie Leigh Jones were not enough to convince 30 Republicans that reform was necessary and liberal commentators like Rachel Maddow, Keith Olbermann and our own Megan Carpentier slammed them for siding with corporate interests. Now, those 30 Republicans aren’t happy about being portrayed for what they are: soulless shills willing to trade the safety of American citizens working abroad at the behest of their corporate backers.
Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) attempted to defend their position in a co-written op-ed in a local newspaper. Franken confronted each senator separately to dispute the article. According to Politico, Franken’s meeting with one of the Senators was tense: “People familiar with the Corker exchange say it was heated and ended abruptly.”
Other Republicans are complaining that the amendment is being grossly mischaracterized, citing websites like RepublicansforRape.org. But mostly they blame Franken for failing to consider their feelings when drafting legislation aimed at preventing rape.
“I don’t know what his motivation was for taking us on, but I would hope that we won’t see a lot of Daily Kos-inspired amendments in the future coming from him,” said South Dakota Sen. John Thune.
Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO), said, “from what I know of” Franken, he “expected” such tactics.
“It was partisan — and he knew it,” said Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK). “That’s exactly what I’d expect.”
Translation: “Please stop making us look bad.”
But Franken has had nothing to do with the media attacks aimed at Republicans and has even declined offers from liberal cable news shows to make appearances to condemn the GOP’s callousness.
As for the 30 Republicans who voted against the Franken amendment, one has to wonder what they might have been thinking when they voted against a measure that clearly should have had bipartisan support, if for no other reason than to avoid being painted as a rape sympathizer.
Luckily, retribution may soon come for Jamie Leigh Jones. She fought the arbitration clause in her contract and in September a U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in her favor, allowing her to tell her story in court.
KBR is fighting the ruling.
WASHINGTON, December 2 -- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
today placed a hold on the nomination of Ben Bernanke for a
second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve.
"The American people overwhelmingly voted last year for a change in our national priorities to put the interests of ordinary people ahead of the greed of Wall Street and the wealthy few," Sanders said. "What the American people did not bargain for was another four years for one of the key architects of the Bush economy."
As head of the central bank since 2006, Bernanke could have demanded that Wall Street provide adequate credit to small and medium-sized businesses to create decent-paying jobs in a productive economy, but he did not.
He could have insisted that large bailed-out banks end the usurious practice of charging interest rates of 30 percent or more on credit cards, but he did not.
He could have broken up too-big-to-fail financial institutions that took Federal Reserve assistance, but he did not.
He could have revealed which banks took more than $2 trillion in taxpayer-backed secret loans, but he did not.
"The American people want a new direction on Wall Street and at the Fed. They do not want as chairman someone who has been part of the problem and who has been responsible for many of the enormous difficulties that we are now experiencing," Sanders said. "It's time for a change at the Fed."
The Federal Reserve has four main responsibilities: to conduct monetary policy in a way that leads to maximum employment and stable prices; to maintain the safety and soundness of financial institutions; to contain systemic risk in financial markets; and to protect consumers against deceptive and unfair financial products.
Since Bernanke took over as Fed chairman in 2006, unemployment has more than doubled and, today, 17.5 percent of the American workforce is either unemployed or underemployed.
Not since the Great Depression has the financial system been as unsafe, unsound, and unstable as it has been during Mr. Bernanke's tenure. More than 120 banks have failed since he became chairman.
Under Bernanke's watch, the value of risky derivatives held at our nation's top commercial banks grew from $110 trillion to more than $290 trillion, 95 percent of which are concentrated in just five financial institutions.
Bernanke failed to prevent banks from issuing deceptive and unfair financial products to consumers. Under his leadership, mortgage lenders were allowed to issue predatory loans they knew consumers could not afford to repay. This risky practice was allowed to continue long after the FBI warned in 2004 of an "epidemic" in mortgage fraud.
After the financial crisis hit, Bernanke's response was to provide trillions of dollars in virtually zero-interest loans and other taxpayer assistance to some of the largest financial institutions in the world. Adding insult to injury, Bernanke refused to tell the American people the names of the institutions that received this handout or the terms involved.
"Mr. Bernanke has failed at all four core responsibilities of the Federal Reserve," Sanders concluded. "It's time for him to go."
Somehow a top official from CropLife-- the powerful chemical industry trade group that went after Michelle Obama's organic garden -- has been nominated to serve as America's chief agricultural negotiator for international trade. If confirmed by the Senate, Isi Siddiqui, who has spent the last several years of his career fighting various restrictions and bans on environmentally hazardous pesticides, would bring that inappropriately aggressive stance on broadening pesticide use to the White House and influence trade negotiations with Europe and the developing world.
The Odd Lies Of Sarah Palin: A Summary Before The Next Round
Jobs Not War
(Come on now, is there really a military solution to the problems of Afghanistan?)
Welcome to the Hypocrisy Hall of Fame! These Republicans have been caught trying to celebrate the benefits of projects they opposed in President Obama's recovery bill, the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations bill, and the Omnibus Public Land Management Act.
"With the economy showing early signs of recovery, it's no wonder that more and more House Republicans are scrambling to take credit for the benefits they opposed," said Ryan Rudominer, National Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "Times are tough. Hardworking Americans need solutions, not more hypocrisy from the Republican Party of No."
House GOP Hypocrisy Hall Of Fame
Read the list…
Lafter is the Best Medicine
Yup, they're already out and circulating the Internet.
Tiger Woods jokes in wake of his accident
Tiger’s new movie is out: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Hydrant.
Apparently the police asked Tiger’s wife how many times she hit him. She
said “I don’t know exactly… but put me down for a 5.”
Tiger Woods is so rich that he owns lots of expensive cars. Now he has a
hole in one.
What’s the difference between a car and a golf ball? Tiger can drive a
ball 400 yards.
What were Tiger Woods and his wife doing out at 2.30 in the morning? They
Tiger Woods crashed into a fire hydrant and a tree. He couldn’t decide
between a wood and an iron.
Phil Mickelson contacted Tiger’s wife to pick up some tips on how to beat
Obama will address the nation tonight about military force and outline his
exit strategy in Afghanistan and Iraq. In similar news, Tiger Woods will
outline in a press statement his exit strategy out of interviews with the
What did Tiger Woods’ wife do with the leftover turkey from Thanksgiving
dinner? She made him a club sandwich.
Barack Obama is reportedly going to send an additional fighting force of
35,000 to Afghanistan. But one source says Obama could change his mind and
send 20,000 troops plus Tiger Woods’ wife.
Tiger Woods was injured in a car accident as he pulled out of his driveway
early Friday morning. It was Woods’ shortest drive since an errant tee
shot at the US Open.
And last but not least: If only Tiger
had been raised by a Jewish mother; she'd have warned him
he'd get into trouble because of his putts.