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Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Happy New Year
Yes we can, yes we did, yes we will. Get involved, we're all in this together.

This Will Be Our Best Year Ever
God Bless you, Anthony Fucaloro.

Second Annual Evidence-based CAM for Cancer Advocates
Annie Appleseed has been battling for decades for our right to have non toxic approaches studied and the studies brought to the attention of the people.

Attention Health Freedom Fighters
For some crazy reason, the only fighting is infighting. Boy, that's positive.

Christmas Gift Suggestions
Give the gift of health, happiness, and laughter without leaving home.

Flu Shots in the News
They just don't work as advertized.

Alternative Cancer Therapy Updates
We’ve got even more we’re researching right now, but you’ll hear about them first in our newsletter.

Sugar is the New Heroin
Our piece, Cancer Loves Sugar has been republished all over the web. Now we find it's addictive.

The Science of Prevention
From a Disease Care system, to a Health Care system.

Healthy Reasons to Have Sex
Shouldn't they all be?

Attacking Alzheimer's with Red Wine and Marijuana
Gives a whole new meaning to that public service announcement that states: This is your brain on drugs.

Broccoli Compound Fights Cancer Growth

Mammography Update
Yes, they don't save lives.

Attention Massage Therapists
and Their Clients

Neat little invention just adds to the comfort of a massage.

Are Your Christmas Toys Toxic?
Better than a fifty/fifty chance. Plus a note from Dr Sears on unsafe plastics.

Hair Loss
A natural solution found at the US Patent Office.

Vitamin D Update
The more we look at Vitamin D, the more benefits we find.

Leftover Turkey? Make Jook!
A healthy recipe from the Orient.

Painless Cancer Cures
A book review.

Antioxidant/Supplement Update
A few things I've read about but have not had the time to test.

Covalent Silver Solution Update
It's not a silver bullet, but it is one of our best discoveries.

How Washington Hospitals Unleashed an MRSA Epidemic
More Americans die yearly from MRSA than from AIDS.

Cancer Drug Aids in Tumor Growth
What will they think of next?

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I just finished a psychology class and one of the things I learned is that there are two kinds of people... rational thinkers and emotional thinkers... skeptics and believers... democrats and republicans... whatever you want to call them. The main difference is that one will reassess their opinions when new information is presented and revise their thinking.  The other will disregard any information that interferes with their cognitions.  They simply refuse to change their minds.  They'll listen to what confirms their biases and disregard the rest.  Conservatism truly is a mental condition.


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First off, here is a link that can all use to thank a vet: Click here: Let's Say Thanks. Too many of our finest young men and women are not here with us to celebrate the holidays. We need to let them know we’re thinking of them. I know they’re thinking of us.  

As many of you know, I’ve been on the road for over a month, taking photos, visiting friends and relatives, and receiving an award for my photography at the National VA Creative Arts Festival.

This newsletter is here thanks to everyone who sent me articles. You’ll not find much originally produced by yours truly but you will find some good info, and lots and lots of Holiday gift ideas.

The Future of this Newsletter

I have a slight memory disorder that is beginning to frustrate me. I write articles that I lose, then take a few weeks to find again. I find articles that I store away and then lose them too, only to find them while looking for something else I've lost. I once wrote, or thought I had written, a review of the book Painless Cancer Cures that never made its way to this site, and now I can’t find it and had to rewrite it.

I have lost all my proofreaders. They get bored, I guess.

And I’m spending much more time on my photography hoping to get cash flow for this wellness project.

All in all, I’m not sure how much longer I can continue writing a newsletter (which is very time consuming) especially without help.

If anyone out there is a web programmer, or a writer, or a proofreader, you can really help make this job a lot easier. Yes, I’m retired and I have the time to do most things I set out to do, but other things are now taking my focus off the work here. Oh, and boy am I in need of a volunteer who has experience with JavaScript programming.

What many do not know is that some articles here have taken up to 4, 5, or 6 years to research and write. For example, I’m working on an article on Osteoporosis that has taken over three years, and I’ve not even written one word on it yet. Still doing the research.

So, I’m not sure about the future of this newsletter, but if anyone wants to help/contribute, just write here: Hey, Whatcha need?

This Will Be Our Best Year Ever
God bless you Anthony Fucaloro

About 9 or 10 years ago, a man wrote to me that he'd been diagnosed with cancer, and that his oncologist had told him that they could extend his life maybe a year, a year and a half, with chemotherapy. He was in his sixties and he was not looking forward to the ordeal of chemotherapy and its effects. He asked me a few questions about where to start.

As per usual, I told him that I am not a doctor, but a journalist. I cannot give recommendations, but I can tell him what I would do were I in his shoes and pass onto him all that I'd researched.

I sent him a few links to articles at this site. I heard back from him a few days later telling me that my pages wouldn't print out. He did not have a word processor (it's best to copy the text into a word processor and go from there), so I put the pages all together, created a PDF file, and emailed it to him.

He said thank you, and that was the last I'd heard from him.

Until a few weeks ago, that is. I got a call from his attorney. He's passed away at age seventy four (outliving his oncologist's prognosis by 8 or 9 years). They told me that he'd remembered us in his will. That put a smile on my face. We can always use a couple hundred dollars here.

I've just received the check. It was made out for $10,000.00. I was in shock. His attorney called us again to make sure that we fill out all the forms and get them back as soon as possible. She also told us that of all his charities, ours was his favorite and that we'd gotten more than all the rest. That made my millennium.

Looking at the check, my first thought was, Boy, we can get that new camera now. But, sadly, I've actually matured in this lifetime, and it will go to pay off our credit card debt and take a chunk out of our legal costs (remember, it cost us over 25K to battle a frivolous law suit).

Readers tell us all the time how grateful they are for our site. We get millions of hits every month now (according to one of our sponsors who called me to say that they've always wanted an affiliate partner with as much traffic as we get and one that's consistently at the top of search results).

One reason many readers like our site, they tell me, is that we are as objective as possible, and they realize that no one here earns a dime (although I do get some great perks in the form of products sent to me to review). They tell me it's a bonus to find someone who's not in it for the money.

However, we do have bills to pay.

The company is 80K in debt. The good news is that over 50K of that is owed me (and a few silent partners). Yes, out of my military entitlement checks, I've been paying the bills for the past 18 years. We only owe our creditors some 30K, and now, after this wonderful gift, we'll owe much less, and be able to purchase the special $1,100.00 DVD that allows us to find practitioners for those who modern medicine has given up on. (Find Practitioner)

Please keep in mind, to perform this service is expensive. We received only $165.00 this year for this service, but the DVD costs $1,100.00 each year. If we do not purchase it just once, the price jumps to $1,900.00. So, we need your support.

We ask you all to purchase from our links on this site. Our affiliate programs are our main source of income. However, if you do NOT want to support us, you can always circumvent our links and find the products on your own.

One thing you can be sure of: I personally use every product we link to. I would never recommend anything that I've not tried.

And if you want to re-order, come back here, find the link and use it.

Additionally, putting us in your will takes five minutes. Go here to get our address: Who We Are; then call your attorney and add us to your will. It's that simple. Know that we will be paying off our bills long after I'm gone.

Someday I will created a page full of our affiliate programs that will allow you to simply go there and order whatever you want whenever you want, and in doing so support this site. But for now, just come back to the newsletter, or article you've read, and keep ordering from there.

Thank you.

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Second Annual Evidence-based CAM for Cancer Advocates
January 8-10, 2009
West Palm Beach, FL
Palm Beach Airport Hilton

Top and studies show that 60-80% of people with cancer are either interested in, or using, complementary and alternative (CAM) approaches. And while the oncology community response to patient interest is growing, it continues to lag far behind the need.

The Second Annual Evidence-based CAM for Cancer Advocates Conference, sponsored by The Annie Appleseed Project, brings together advocates from many communities, as well as those with information on studies in CAM to strategize, network, and more, that would greatly benefit those with cancer.

This two and one-half-day education conference, held in West Palm Beach, FL, will focus on a multi-disciplinary approach, and will address issues such as nutrition, dietary supplements, mind-body-spirit relaxation techniques, exercise, hands-on therapies and much more.

The many conference speakers include:

  • Ann E. Fonfa, Patient Advocate, The Annie Appleseed Project
  • Keith Block, MD, Integrative oncologist, Block Medical Center, Evanston, IL
  •  Lynne Farrow, Patient Advocate, AMAZON Group and Breast Cancer Choices  'Iodine Investigation Project
  •  Ralph W. Moss, author, editor of Cancer Decisions
  • Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO, President, Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians
  • Susan Silberstein, Ph.D.,Exec Director, Center for Advancement in Cancer Education - national speaker on Nutrition
  • Alicia Sirkin, B.F.R.P.The Sirkin Creative Living Center, LLC,Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner,Quantum Emotional Clearing Cert. Pract.
  • Georgia M. Decker, APRN-BC, ANP, CN, AOCN
  • Susan J. Luck, RN, MA, HNC, CCN, Director, Earthrose Institute for Environmental Health
  • Charlotte Louise, Patient Advocate, Director, Cancer Survival Resource Center
  • Frank Ervolino, Acupuncture Physician, with Julia Chiapetta, author
  • Carol A. Zarycki, Advocate, Yoga, Chi Gong
  • Gwen Stritter, MD, Clinical Patient Advocate
  • Penny Block, PhD, Block Medical Center

We have exhibit tables too, and a conference journal.

NURSES please note: Currently pending approval:

“Application for approval of continuing nursing education contact hours has been submitted to the American Holistic Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation”

"Approval for contact hours through the AHNA is based on an assessment of the educational merit of this program and does not constitute endorsement of the use of any specific modality in the care of clients."

DIETITIANS please note: Currently pending approval for CEUs.

SOCIAL WORKERS please note: Currently pending approval.

Spaces are limited, so for more information including hotel reservations (Hilton Hotel direct reservation link) and conference registration NOW OPEN visit:

Ann F. (for the board of directors) (see this article on us) We are ALL volunteers at this 501(c)3 corporation.
President, The Annie Appleseed Project

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The information provided is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or treat any health condition and is not a replacement for treatment by a healthcare provider.

Attention Health Freedom Fighters
Infighting is tearing up the movement.


I am on a lot of mailing lists. Many focus on health freedom. You have the Alliance for Natural Health, the Dr Rath Health Foundation, Natural Solutions Foundation, Health Freedom Foundation, and International Advocates for Health Freedom. Oh, there are more.

These organizations are not free of controversy. Most feel that the Natural Solutions Foundation is a “controlled opposition group” in that they appear to be fighting for health freedom when in fact, they are doing the opposite. I’ve read Dr Rath’s take on this, and much more, and I have found the Natural Solutions Foundation promulgating a lot of false information, forcing me to remove an article from our site that they had authored. However, I still get their newsletters and pass them on, especially when they supply a link to write to the FDA or our federal representatives.

Why? Because writing the FDA, my senators, or my congressman about health freedom concerns is never wrong.

I always try to write my own letter rather than the prepared letters. And I never include the name of the organization that created the letter if it is already in their prepared letter.

It is never wrong to stand up for your rights and be heard.

After sending out one letter from the Natural Solutions Foundation, I got a letter back from the person who heads up the International Advocates for Health Freedom telling me that unless I called him (or checked out a few links he’d sent me) concerning the NSF, “I won't have any other choice than to dismiss you as a lightweight and a nobody in this movement.” He went onto tell me that if I did not call him, he would contact my internet provider and have my account closed for spamming him (even though he had requested to join my mailing list).

I could care less what this man thinks of me. I wrote him back and told him what he could do with his empty threats. That evening he called me and told me that he’d gotten my internet account cancelled. I laughed and hung up on him. As you can guess, I’ve still got my internet accounts. I’m never surprised by the size of anyone’s overblown image of his own self importance.

The petty in-fighting has to stop. All of these organizations should just do their jobs and let the others do theirs. If people support an organization that is out to undermine the work of other similar organizations, it doesn’t mean those people they support that agenda. Besides, it’s been said, keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.  

As for the individual heading up the IAHF, nothing I do, or anyone does, will stop him from being petty. I cancelled his newsletter a few years back because his writing is a chore to read. Most of the time, he wasted his readers’ time by first issuing a slough of directionless diatribes before actually getting to the point. I often had to read that point a few times to actually figure out that this was actually his point. His writing is sometimes less cogent than our beloved President’s explanation (at a town-hall meeting) of Medicare Part D. He needs a proof reader who can write succinctly while giving the reader clear instructions on what the reader can do.

As long as the FDA runs a protection racket that serves the industry they are supposed to regulate, our health freedom will always be under attack. None of the infighting, name calling, and empty threats does anything to protect our freedoms.

So, what can you do? Get on some mailing lists. Read up and keep current. Then stand up and demand your rights and freedoms. Simply ignore the BS. The truth will out.  

Christmas Gift Suggestions


Ron Salley is having a two for one sale on HealonPF to the first 48 people to order (from Simply the Best). As you can guess, two of my friends have already taken advantage of it.

Simply the Best sells four moisturizers (Ron Sally's SugarFoot, Anti Wrinkle Formula, and Dr Burzynski's AminoCare Lotion and Cream). None of these contain one toxic ingredient or carcinogen.

A reader sent me a link to EstÉE Lauder Idealist Skin Refinisher wanting to know if it was any good. Here are the ingredients.

Purified Water, Dimethicone, Polysilocone-11, Cyclomethicone, Sodium Lactobionate, Isopentyldiol, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldie-thyltaurate Copolymer, Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis) Extract, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Wheat (Triticum Vulgare) Germ Extract, Barely (Hordeum Vulgare) Extract, Sodium Glycyrrhetinate, Modified Polysaccharides, Sclareolide, Whey Protein (Lactis Proteinum), Saxifraga Sarmentose Extract, Grape (Vitis Vinifera) Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Mulberry (Morus Nigra) Root Extract, Cholesterol, Caffeine, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Acetyl Glycosamine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pantethine, Acryldimethyltauramide Copolymer, Phenyl Trimethicone, Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia), Glycerin, Soidum Carbomer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Grapefruit California (Citrus Grandis), Polyethylene, Polysorbate 20, Soidum Acrylodimethyl Taurate, Squalane, Butylene Glycol, Floralozone, Polysorbate 80, Methyldihydrojasmonate, Isohexadecane, Coriander (Coriandrum Sativum), Phenoxyethanol, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, MICA, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499) {ILN17378}.

I wrote back that I had quickly spotted two known carcinogens and one suspected, plus a few more that mess with the system, neurotoxic.

Here are the ingredients to Ron Salley's SugarFoot:

Distilled Water, Avocado Oil, Almond Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Echinacea Purpurea, Pau D'Arco, Melaleuca Alternifolia, Boric Acid, Stearic Acid, Olive Oil, Garlic Oil, d-alpha Tocopherol, (Vitamin E), Beeswax, Coconut Oil, Vitamin C.

Additionally, all ingredients are extracted or distilled according to Ron's instructions.

SugarFoot is the most healing moisturizer I've ever found. It can heal a painful crack your skin over night. Surgical nurses, who wash their hands continually during the day just love it.


While on our Transatlantic Cruise last month, I got some real rough places
on both my elbows. It thought to myself. I guess I am getting Psoriasis from
eating so good on the cruise ship. I was actually picking at the scales like
my friend with Psoriasis.

Well, I had the SugarFoot traveling samples you gave me and I applied to
both my elbows and I would not have believed it had I not have it happen to
me, but the roughness disappeared with one application.  I had tried to
scrub it off in the shower before and couldn't.

I know you would be proud of that.

Now--one application. Well it happened. If I get any roughness again, I will
have to take a picture before and after. I just didn't think it would work
with only one application.

Dr. Joe Reynolds

As for HealonPF. We've discussed this product so much, I'll just put a link here listing all the articles on Google: HealonPF. Though I have found another use for it, if you're interested. Interested? Click.

One product Ron Salley makes that Simply the Best does finally sells, is Advanced Skin Care or ASC. I used it to clear up a solar keratosis. I use it on any zit that pops up. It is powerful stuff, everything dries up overnight. I even gave away my little bottle while on the road. I’ve received a bunch of letters from users. Only one person found it did not work. A couple said it was just too strong for their skin. The rest (over a dozen testimonials) raved about it. Two people have told us that it dries up a herpes sore overnight.

How much do I like it? I have a bottle that would retail for $400.00. I wash the affected area, shake the bottle well, put a drop in one hand and apply lightly to the problem area. Most of the time it's cleared up over night.

To order your HealonPF (two for one for the first 48 people to respond), just click here: Ron Salley’s Amazing Creams.

Or, you could get something from a local (Minnesota) company, Purple Prairie Botanicals. I found a rose skin cream online and asked her if she had anything like it, only with fewer toxins. She sent me some bottles of her Carrot Rose Cream. I gave them to four women with problem skin, and some crow’s feet. Within just days, they contacted me telling me how great their skin felt, how the wrinkles were beginning to vanish. All of her products are natural, safe, and effective. She’s advertising some Holiday Specials right now. And as always, I urge you to support small businesses.

Last year at this time we presented you with a bunch of DVDs from Amazon dot com. Since then, I’ve received a ton of thank-yous from readers who purchased them. One bought two four-set DVDs of Loony Toons Cartoons for their kids, but wound up watching them together late at night while the kids were in bed. These cartoons were not written for kids. The extras are spectacular as you meet all the geniuses behind the scenes: animators, writers, directors, voice actors, and even some of the technical people.

Another wrote me that the Charlie Chaplin recommendation was something they’d never expected, even telling me (I already knew) that the Austin Powers series had lifted a few ideas from one film, The Idle Class.

Instead of putting them all back in this newsletter, here is a link: Christmas Suggestions. And yes, you are supporting us by purchasing through those links.

Flu Shots in the News

To get the full story, go here:

If you're a regular here, you'll remember how the FDA reported that the Tamaflu vaccine could be deadly.

Well, today the news is this: They hardly protect you against the flu, and do NOT protect you against pneumonia.

Current television ads tell us that the flu vaccine will protect you against the flu and pneumonia. In a recent cohort study (where patients are interviewed) at the Group Health Center for Health Studies in Seattle, WA, researches examined the effectiveness of the flu vaccine in seniors. They compared medical records of those treated (during the years 2000, 2001, and 2002) for pneumonia with those who had received the flu shot.

The findings were simple: the flu vaccine did not prevent pneumonia.

I’m told the flu vaccine is harmless. I don’t believe it. For those of you who want to beat the cold and flu season naturally, boosting your immune systems naturally, you should check out: How to Beat the Cold and Flu Season.

The article How to Beat the Cold and Flu Season has been updated with many, many more things you can use to keep you and your family healthy through the winter months.

Alternative Cancer Therapy Updates



There is a piece circulating the web, with no name attached, and few references that I've had next to me for a few months. I decided to start googling to find if any studies could back it up. Sure enough, asparagus fights cancer. So we posted the original article in our Alternative Cancer Therapies: Asparagus.

In our Coconut Recipes, we've had an Asparagus Soup recipe for some time now, so this December I've added an Asparagus and Crab soup recipe.


Here is where my memory disorder really stands tall. I've been writing about Iodine for about four years now, from its history, to its benefits, and I've even reviewed a number of different forms of it (Magnascent being my personal favorite). We've told you how it has been used successfully in treating breast cancer, prostate cancer, and benign cysts. Did I ever post it in our Alternative Cancer Therapy section? Apparently not.

We've now posted an article originally published by the wonderful people at Breast Cancer Choices. We highly recommend their site for women with breast cancer. You can also purchase Iodoral, the form of iodine used in cancer studies (Magnascent does not contain enough iodine to be used against cancer). I now take Iodoral daily, and I purchase it from these people fighting for your right to be breast cancer free. And you can read their article here: Iodine.

Sugar Is the New Heroin
By Tom Jacobs, Posted December 12, 2008.


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New research shows sugar addiction is real. Lab rats coming off it exhibit some of the same behavior as junkies in need of a fix.

This story appeared first on

Chocoholism may no longer be a joke. A Princeton University psychologist yesterday presented new evidence that sugar can be physically addictive.

Bart Hoebel, whose research focuses on behavior patterns, addiction and the functioning of the nervous system, has been studying the addictive power of sugar in rats for several years. His previous studies have demonstrated in the rodents one of commonly understood component of addiction: a pattern of increased intake followed by signs of withdrawal.

In his latest studies, Hoebel and his colleagues at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute have identified another essential part of the addictive cycle: craving and relapse.

In his most recent experiments, lab rats were allowed to binge on sugar, then denied the sweet substance for a prolonged period. When it was reintroduced into their diet, they ate more sugar than they had before – behavior that will sound familiar to many dieters.

Ominously, the rats increased their consumption of alcohol after their sugar fix was cut off. They also showed extreme sensitivity to a tiny dose of amphetamine. Both findings suggest their bingeing changed the way their brains function – and not in a good way.

“Craving and relapse are critical components of addiction, and we have been able to demonstrate these behaviors in sugar-bingeing rats in a number of ways,” said Hoebel, who is presenting his findings at the annual meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmcology in Scottsdale, Ariz. “We have the first set of comprehensive studies showing the strong suggestion of sugar addiction in rats and a mechanism that might underlie it.”

Hoedel’s data is in a paper that has been submitted to the Journal of Nutrition.

His previous research has found that rats that binge on sugar provoke a surge of dopamine in their brains. After about a month, however, their brains begin to adapt to the increased dopamine levels by producing fewer of a certain type of receptor. Thus the animal had to ingest increasing amounts of sugar to get the same feeling of reward or satisfaction – a similar process to that seen in the brains of rats addicted to cocaine and heroin.

If that sounds alarmist, consider that the rats suffering from sugar withdrawal exhibited some of the same behavior as junkies in need of a fix. These include chattering teeth and a tendency to stay in a small tunnel rather than explore their maze, which Hoedel considers a sign of anxiety.

As usual, the research comes with a caveat that it’s too early to fully understand its implications for humans. Our relationship to food – which is simultaneously physical and emotional – is highly complex. Nevertheless, Hoedel notes that “It seems possible that the brain adaptations and behavioral signs seen in rats may occur in some individuals with binge-eating disorder or bulimia.”

In any event, the research is enough to give one pause before reaching for that plate of holiday cookies.

The Science of Prevention
A piece written by another health freedom  organization.


Go to original.

A recent Wall Street Journal article told the story of a group of 600 volunteers at Emory University who underwent an exhaustive predictive health assessment in order to prescribe lifestyle changes. Emory plans to use the data to help identify areas for intervention, assigning half the participants to health coaches to determine their effectiveness.

While the article related that many of the tests utilized at Emory—carotid artery ultrasound, CRP measurement, and determination of oxidative status—are not standard predictive tests, conventional medicine may be undergoing a paradigm shift regarding preventive screening.

A one-size-fits-all approach to preventive care—e.g., colonoscopy screening every five years after age 50, annual mammogram screening after age 35, PSA screening each year after age 50—has recently been put to the scientific test and has been found lacking. PSA screening has been termed by Stanford clinicians to be “clinically useless.” Routine cancer screening for colon and breast cancer did not help individuals to live longer or better, according to Dartmouth’s Gilbert Welch, MD, in his book Should I Be Tested for Cancer? Maybe Not and Here’s Why.

The best chance of truly preventing disease, as revealed by years of scientific research, is to make lifestyle choices based on one’s own genetic profile. Over 90% of cancer is related to the lifestyle choices we make each day, according to research cited in Dr. Bruce Lipton’s book The Biology of Belief. Less than 10% of breast and prostate cancer is determined by genetics. And if we are genetically predisposed to breast or to prostate cancer, we can adopt lifestyle choices that can help prevent the expression of that genetic tendency. If one has a family history of prostate cancer, for example, one might consider the dietary program designed by Dean Ornish, M.D., which has been shown to arrest prostate cancer cell growth and lower PSA .

Looking at and listening to the patient using functional testing rather than the structural diagnostic approach often adopted by conventional medicine is key. Dr. Peter Libby of Brigham Womens’ Hospital in Boston spends time educating his patients that heart disease is not a structural plumbing problem as medicine and consumers have been conditioned to think.

AAHF’s mission to protect the right of the practitioner to practice is reflected in the story of Dr. Robban Sica, who ran afoul of the medical establishment simply for offering her patients chelation therapy.

Healthy Reasons to Have Sex
As if we really needed them.


(Taken from 34 Reasons To Have Sex)

One 30-minute roll in the hay burns about 200 calories.

Researchers at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania found that having sex once or twice a week boosts the immune system by 30 percent.

Neurophysiologist David Weeks, M.D., of Scotland's Royal Edinburgh Hospital, writes: "An active sex life slows the aging process."

A little sensual massage followed by some dancing in the sheets releases sleep-inducing endorphins.

Post-romp, you'll experience a surge in the hormone prolactin, which develops new neurons in the brain's olfactory bulb, improving your sense of smell.

Sex tones the pelvic muscles that support your uterus, bladder, and bowel, meaning better pee control.

Right after your big O, you'll be practically swimming in oxytocin (we're talking a seriously intense surge). The overload releases endorphins, which help alleviate pain from arthritis and -- hallelujah! -- menstrual cramps. Additionally oxytocin helps detox the body.

Rhode Island-based relationship expert Scott Haltzman, M.D., says that women absorb some of the testosterone men secrete in their ejaculate. The payoff: "The increased testosterone can have energy-boosting effects in women."

Regular shagging can tighten your tummy...and firm your bum.

Endocrinologists at Columbia and Stanford universities found that women who have sex at least once a week have more-regular menstrual cycles than those who do it once in a blue moon.

Sex is an easier (and cheaper) way to make up after a fight.

Speaking up about what's working (or not) in the sack can help you express yourself in other parts of your life.

Sex can trigger the onset of labor when you're at term. "Semen contains prostaglandins," Resh says. "When they're against the cervix, prostaglandins help it dilate and induce natural labor."

Regular sex improves your flexibility.

Recent studies have shown that doing the horizontal hustle can bring temporary headache relief.

Says marriage therapist Michele Weiner Davis, author of The Sex-Starved Wife: "The more you have sex, the more likely you'll be to continue to produce testosterone, one of the primary hormones responsible for sexual desire."

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, the more he ejaculates, the more he drains his prostate, the less likely he is to develop prostate cancer. (Only if he's not had a vasectomy.)

"When things go well in the bed and you're pleasing your partner," says San Francisco sex therapist Sandor Gardos, Ph.D., founder of, "you feel more confident and powerful in other parts of your life."

"Your sensitivities are heightened after sexual intercourse," Gardos says. "That bottle of wine or chocolate bar will taste even better."

Attacking Alzheimer's with Red Wine and Marijuana
By Tom Jacobs,


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Two new studies suggest that substances usually associated with dulling the mind -- marijuana and red wine -- may help ward off Alzheimer's disease and other forms of age-related memory loss. Their addition comes as another study dethrones folk remedy ginkgo biloba as proof against the disease.

At a November meeting of the Society of Neuroscience in Washington, D.C., researchers from Ohio State University reported that THC, the main psychoactive substance in the cannabis plant, may reduce inflammation in the brain and even stimulate the formation of new brain cells.

Meanwhile, in the Nov. 21 issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry, neurologist David Teplow of the University of California, Los Angeles reported that polyphenols -- naturally occurring components of red wine -- block the formation of proteins that build the toxic plaques thought to destroy brain cells. In addition, these substances can reduce the toxicity of existing plaques, thus reducing cognitive deterioration.

Together, the studies suggest scientists are gaining a clearer understanding of the mechanics of memory deterioration and discovering some promising approaches to prevention.

Previous research has suggested that polyphenols -- which are found in high concentrations in tea, nuts and berries, as well as cabernets and merlots -- may inhibit or prevent the buildup of toxic fibers in the brain. These fibers, which are primarily composed of two specific proteins, form the plaques that have long been associated with Alzheimer's disease.

UCLA's Teplow and his colleagues monitored how these proteins folded up and stuck to each other to produce aggregates that killed nerve cells in mice. They then treated the proteins with a polyphenol compound extracted from grape seeds. They discovered the polyphenols blocked the formation of the toxic aggregates.

"What we found is pretty straightforward," Teplow declared. "If the amyloid beta proteins can't assemble, toxic aggregates can't form, and, thus, there is no toxicity." If this also proves true in human brains, it means administration of the compound to Alzheimer's patients could "prevent disease development and also ameliorate existing disease," he said. Human clinical trials are upcoming.

At Ohio State, researchers led by psychologist Gary Wenk are studying the protective effects of tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly known as THC. They found that administering a THC-like synthetic drug to older rats performed better at a memory test than a control group of non-medicated elderly rodents.

In some of the rats, the drug apparently lowered inflammation in the hippocampus -- the region of the brain responsible for short-term memory. It also seems to have stimulated the generation of new brain cells.

"When we're young, we reproduce neurons and our memory works fine," said co-author Yannick Marchalant, another Ohio State psychologist. "When we age, the process slows down, so we have a decrease in new cell formation in normal aging. You need those cells to come back and help form new memories, and we found that this THC-like agent can influence creation of those cells."

Wenk added two cautionary notes to his report. First, to be effective, any such treatment along these lines would have to take place before memory loss is obvious. Second, the researchers still have much work to do.

"We need to find exactly which receptors are most crucial" to the generation of new brain cells, he said. This discovery would "ideally lead to the development of drugs that specifically activate those receptors."

In the meantime, should aging baby boomers who are worried about old-age mental impairment light up a joint? Wenk was cautious in his answer, no doubt because marijuana is suspected to be harmful to health in other ways.

"Could people smoke marijuana to prevent Alzheimer's disease if the disease is in the family? We're not saying that, but it might actually work," he said. "What we are saying is it appears that a safe, legal substance that mimics those important properties of marijuana can work on receptors in the brain to prevent memory impairments in aging. So that's really hopeful."

Editor's Note: Stay Tuned! We've found a ton of research that marijuana can cure cancer. Another good reason to keep it illegal. 

Broccoli Compound Fights Cancer Growth
Published in DUH! Magazine.


Broccoli Compound Fights Cancer Growth

I once heard that if something is currently in the mainstream media, it's already ten years old.

We've talked about indole-3-carbinol all over this web site, and have it listed in our Alternative Cancer Therapies. Some studies have shown IC3s to be 600 times more powerful at killing cancer cells than Herceptin.

Now I'm going to tell you something about I3C that you probably do not know.

Acrylamide, has been linked to cancer in laboratory animals. Acrylamide is found in tobacco smoke. Recently, however, it's also been found in starchy foods that have been cooked at high temperatures.

Freedom fries, French fries; a fry by any name still contains Acrylamide. If you think really hard, I'm sure you'll find other starchy foods that are cooked at high temps. Like donuts.

Acrylamide has been studied by the National Cancer Institute, and they have proven that it can cause DNA changes that lead to cancers and DNA adduct formation (chemicals that hook onto your DNA and affect the process by which your cells split).

It's also been found that IC# protects against Acrylamide and the damage itNOW Indole-3-Carbinol, 200mg/60 Vcaps performs.

So, when you have fries, makes sure you're having some indo-3-carbinol.

They are found in Cruciferous vegetables: broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts; kale, turnips, and Chinese vegetables: Chinese cabbage and bok choi. Additionally, you can take a supplement form. As you can probably guess, my favorite is made by NOW food.

Mammography Update
One recent study shows they cause cancer.


We told you that mammography might not be the preventive procedure modern medical hype it's all cracked up to be in one of our first newsletters some 9 years ago (before we archived them).

We've updated our article on Mammograms with a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association's Archives of Internal Medicine (Arch Intern Med. 2008;168[21]:2302-2303) in which it was discovered that breast cancer rates increased significantly in four Norwegian counties after women began getting mammograms every two years. The study also pointed out that start of screening mammography programs throughout Europe has been associated with increased incidence of breast cancers.

Here is a link to a page we published years ago: Arriving soon in your mailbox. You'll find a link there to our updated version of Mammography.

Are Your Christmas Toys Toxic?


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Out shopping for toys for those special kiddies in your life who have been nice (and even naughty)? Be careful: some of those would-be stocking stuffers may be toxic. The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Public Citizen yesterday sued the feds to force them to order stores to remove tot's toys and child care products that contain toxic plastics called phthalates from their shelves pronto.

The watchdog groups charge in the complaint filed in Manhattan Federal Court that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is flouting "the will of Congress'' by allowing retailers to stockpile and continue to sell products from dolls to rubber ducks containing the chemicals after Feb. 10—the date a federally mandated ban on their production and sale is set to take effect—as long as they were manufactured before the deadline.

"Overwhelming evidence led Congress to ban these toys, a ban that some retailers have already started to adopt. The CPSC decision completely undermines those efforts by allowing banned toys to sit on the same shelves as the safe ones," NRDC scientist Sarah Janssen said in a statement. "Parents want to know that the toys they're purchasing are safe. It's not too much to ask."
Phthalates are chemicals used to soften plastics in toys and many other common consumer products, including some teething rings. Exposure to them has been linked to decreased production of sperm and the male hormone testosterone as well as to malformed genitals in newborn boys.

Pres. Bush signed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act into law in August. The measure, which sailed through the House and Senate, bars the sale and production of toys and childcare products containing certain phthalates and lead (which causes brain damage) after Feb. 10. The same phthalates were outlawed in European toys nearly a decade ago and other countries, including Argentina, Japan, Israel and Mexico, have since followed suit, according to NRDC and Public Citizen. Several major retailers announced they would stop selling toys containing the chemicals by the end of this year.

The suit was filed just days after the CSPC reportedly agreed to a request from lawyers for unidentified biz clients to ban production but not the sale of toys with phthalates after Feb. 10. By interpreting the law that way, the consumer watchdogs complain, the commission is allowing manufacturers to churn out toxic toys right up until the deadline – and then sell them to unwitting consumers as long as supplies last.

"It is horrifying that the federal agency charged with protecting consumers," said David Arkush, director of Public Citizen's Congress Watch, "is telling the industry it can dump chemical waste on toy-store shelves. It's not only immoral—it's illegal."

Editor's Note: Our president, as one final salute to us all, extended the date for manufacturers to cease making phthalates.

Below we have something appropriate from Dr Sears' newsletter:

How the FDA Went Bad

There’s a good chance you have this chemical in your blood right now…

The chemical is called bisphenol A (BPA). It’s used to make plastics. It’s at the center of a huge controversy. Scientists say it’s dangerous. Big business – and the FDA – says, “don’t worry… there’s no risk… don’t ask questions…”

But there’s cause for concern. I just read another new study showing a strong link between bisphenol A and a number of chronic diseases, like heart disease and diabetes.

This chemical is bad news. It looks like the hormone estrogen. And when it gets into your blood stream, you’re in trouble. Extra estrogen will make you fat, slow and tired. It can even wipe out your sex life. If it stays in your blood long term it can trigger cancer or other diseases.

The test results were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association 1,2 (JAMA). I don’t always agree with their conclusions, but there was a convincing editorial in the issue that published the BPA study.

Most doctors and scientists are in agreement. The threat of bisphenol A is real.

The researchers found a powerful link between bisphenol A blood levels and a host of serious health problems, including:

  • Heart disease
  • Obesity
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Liver damage
  • Brain damage
  • Inflammation
  • Reproductive cancers and abnormalities
  • Metabolic disruptions
  • Decreased antioxidant activity
  • Low-birth weight babies and other fetal abnormalities

Exposing you to this chemical is another experiment with your health. An experiment you never consented to… And there’s more: When the National Institutes of Health did random blood tests, nearly every American had BPA in their blood.

Worldwide production of BPA has reached 7 billion pounds per year.3 The author of the study concluded: “Higher BPA exposure, reflected in higher urinary concentrations of BPA, may be associated with avoidable morbidity in the community-dwelling adult population.”

Translated into plain English, this means that BPA is responsible for deaths that could have been avoided.

Don’t wait for the government to protect you. They won't. You can help yourself and your family by taking a few simple steps:

  • When possible, choose glass instead of plastic.
  • Eliminate pesticides from your water: I recommend drinking only purified water.  
  • Wash your vegetables and fruits before you eat them.
  • Cut off any visible fat from meat before cooking, since chemicals and hormones from the feed collect in the fat.
  • Avoid processed meats, because they have fat ground in.
  • Avoid processed carbohydrates like bread, cereals, and pasta. They make your body release excess insulin, which builds fat and stimulates feminizing estrogen.
  • Eat vegetables high in fiber to keep yourself regular. When stool remains in your bowel for a longer time, more estrogen is absorbed.
  • Eat more cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage. They help you excrete excess estrogen.
  • Eat hormone-free food and free range animals whenever possible.

Incorporate more estrogen-inhibiting foods into your diet. Some of the best and tastiest sources are squash, onions, green beans, cabbage, berries, citrus, pineapples, pears, grapes, figs, melons, sesame seeds, and pumpkin seeds.

Hair Loss
Disclosure of Invention


Sent to me by a reader:

The present invention is a topical composition for improving the regrowth of hair when topically applied to the hair and scalp of mammals such as humans. The composition comprises L-carnitine, ascorbic acid, and niacin in a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier for topical application. A preferred composition contains ascorbic acid and L-carnitine in a weight/weight ratio of about 3:2. The present invention also relates to a method of using the composition to improve hair regrowth.

Best Mode(s) for Carrying Out the Invention The present invention is a topical composition effective for improving the regrowth of hair when topically applied to the hair and scalp of mammals, and especially humans. The composition comprises- L-carnitine, ascorbic acid and niacin in a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier
(DMSO, or hyaluronic acid) for topical application.

L-carnitine, also known as y-tri methylami no-6-hydroxybutyrate or Vitamin By, is an effective agent for alleviating certain skin disorders. For a brief description of the metabolic activity of L-carnitine and the effectiveness of L-carnitine therapy for treatment of various skin disorders, reference is again made to U.S. Patent No. 4,839,159. While L-carnitine has been known to improve skin disorders, it has now been found that L-carnitine in conjunction with ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) and niacin improves the regrowth of hair when applied topically to the hair and scalp in a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier.


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Now's Ascorbic Acid Fine Powder Vegetarian 8oz
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Vitamin D Update


Here is something from of a piece I got in my email:

"Chronic vitamin D deficiency may be a culprit in heart disease, high blood pressure and metabolic syndrome," study author Sue Penckofer, a professor at the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing at Loyola University in Chicago, said in a university news release.

She and her colleagues reviewed a number of studies that linked vitamin D deficiency to heart disease. The studies said rates of severe heart disease or death may be 30 percent to 50 percent higher in sun-deprived heart disease patients. [Vitamin D Deficiency]

When was the last time your doctor ordered a test to determine if you were Vitamin D deficient? Has he ever ordered this test?

Vitamin D deficiency is rampant in America. We’ve written a lot about it, but still I’m finding more and more research on ailments that can be alleviated by supplementing with Vitamin D.

A report published in the January 8, 2007 issue of Circulation: A Journal of the American Heart Association revealed the discovery of Framingham Heart Study researchers that having deficient levels of vitamin D is associated with double the risk of experiencing a cardiovascular event, including heart attack, heart failure or stroke, within a five year period compared to individuals with normal levels. [Framingham researchers find heart disease linked to vitamin D deficiency]

How about arthritis?

We know how Vitamin D can help strengthen bones, but it seems to also aid in halting the loss of cartilage, prevents thinning of joint tissues, reduces pain and improves mobility. [Women’s Health Letter]


Two studies, presented in April 2006, at a meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research confirm vitamin D’s cancer protective role. In the first, high levels of vitamin D translated to a 50 percent lower risk of breast cancer. Even modestly higher levels resulted in 10 percent less risk, which would translate to 5,000 fewer cases a year if it were true for all British women. [Vitamin D: The Cancer Fighter]

Conversely, German studies have shown that low levels of Vitamin D significantly raise breast cancer risks. []

Dr Robert J Rowen sent us this tid bit: if you are using over 25,000 units of Vitamin A daily (contra indicated for pregnant mothers), you’ll have to up your Vitamin D to 4,000-8,000 IU because there are reports that Vitamin A can interfere with some of the functions of Vitamin D.

Dr Rowen also informed us that Vitamin D protects your eyesight (studies show that vitamin D may cut the risk of early age-related macular degeneration by reducing inflammation or preventing blood vessel growth in the retina) and can help prevent the flu. (Get some zinc too.)  

Vitamin D deficiency can lead to: Too little of the vitamin can lead to muscle weakness, fractures, autoimmune diseases, infectious diseases, and cardiovascular diseases.  It can also play a role in the development of type 1 diabetes.   

You can get some vitamin D through your diet. You need to eat oily fish, such as salmon, liver, shrimp, and eggs. Fifteen minutes in the sun, without sun glasses is optimal, but in the winter, we just don’t go sunbathing (at least not in Minnesota).

I’ve heard recommendations of 4,000 – 12,000 IU of Vitamin D. The RDA (ridiculous daily amount) is inconsequential and will result in deficiencies. Personally, I take 4,000 – 5, 000 IU daily. Of course, I choose NOW Foods.

 NOW Vitamin D-3, 1000 IU/180 Softgels
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Leftover Turkey? Make Jook!
A secret little recipe from China.


Leftover Turkey? Make Jook!

Jook is extremely easy to make. Mix one cup of rice (brown rice is healthiest) with eight cups of water and allow the mixture to cook for seven or eight hours in a crock pot or slow cooker. This will turn your rice into a mush.

In the morning add a bit of grated raw ginger, cooked turkey (shred it), carrots and a raw egg, along with soy sauce and butter. Stir and serve.

For a more substantial lunch or dinner jook, mix in chopped Swiss chard, spinach or other flavorful greens, squash cubes, leftover turkey, and often other vegetables or leftovers as well. Heat and serve.

Turkey-based jook starts with the carcass ―make a stock with the bones. Use the stock in place of water to mix with the rice and when the jook porridge (mush) is ready, add cooked turkey and a variety of vegetables. Before serving, season with salt and pepper, soy sauce, and/or sesame oil and serve with condiments such as green onions, raw peanuts or cashews, and shredded lettuce. Thickness can be adjusted based on the amount of water used.

One variation I’ve experimented with is substituting quinoa (pronounced KEEN whah) for the rice. However, quinoa turns to mush very quickly. You need not let it slow cook for hours. The quinoa makes this recipe a very high protein dish.

Quinoa is hard to find. Not all supermarkets carry it, though you can find it at health food stores. You can go to the Quinoa Corporation to find a seller near you, or an online dealer. You’ll definitely find a lot more information on Quinoa and lots of suggestions.

Besides being high in protein, quinoa is high in magnesium which benefits your cardiovascular system. It is also high in manganese, iron, copper, tryptophan, and phosphorous.

And remember to wash your quinoa thoroughly in a fine mesh strainer, using your hands. Every once in a while taste one of seeds for bitterness. The bitterness is caused by “saponins” which is why you wash it thoroughly. Wash all the saponins off and then boil it using one measurement of quinoa to two measurements of water.

Painless Cancer Cures by Deanna K Loftis, RN, BBA
Book Review


Deanna came to us a few years ago praising our site. She said she was writing a book and that our site was one of her starting points.

Our site contains secondary research. Deanna used our research to find the original research and expound upon it. Her book is well researched and much, much thicker than what you can find at our site.

Deanna also interviewed people who’ve used the variety of therapies she discusses. The stories make her work come alive. When Hollywood takes on cancer with alternatives, the patient eventually dies. I’ve not found one Hollywood movie that matches the stories in Deanna’s book. All of the people she’s interviewed had a successful battle with their cancers, coming out the victor.

She’s even won a few accolades for her work.

Deanna spent a lot of time uncovering therapies we’ve yet to cover (but have been well researched) and even found a few new ones that I’ve never heard of. She’s very thorough.

She spends a lot of time focusing on nutrition too. So often we think we’ve found a silver bullet and then ignore our diets which tend to feed our cancers when a few simple changes, as Deanna points out, can help to build our immune systems and aid whatever therapies we’ve chosen.

For anyone with a diagnosis of cancer, or who’ve been told to go home and get their papers together, I recommend Painless Cancer Cures.

Antioxidant/Supplement Update


I've found a few products in my research that sounded promising (such as Resveratrol [see previous newsletter].

Well, here are a few that I've not yet had the chance to try, but thought I'd pass them onto you. I've had green tea, but never a concentrated extract.

If you have good luck with them, please write me: [email protected]

The text supplied with the product comes from the manufacturer.


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NOW Food's Green Tea

Provides potent antioxidant protection, guarding healthy cells from free radical damage. Supports heart and immune health, and may help with weight management. Prepared from the dried leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, green tea is an ancient beverage that's enjoyed for both its simple, soothing taste and for its traditional health benefits. Used in China, Japan, India and Thailand for thousands of years, green tea is one of the most popular beverages in the world. Green tea is produced by lightly steaming and then immediately drying the tea leaves. This process prevents oxidation and preserves active constituents in the herb. Green tea is a rich source of polyphenols, particularly the catechin, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) which provides powerful antioxidant protection, guarding healthy cells from the damaging effects of free radical molecules caused by toxins, pollution, smoke and UV sun rays. Green tea may also assist with weight management by helping to boost your metabolism. Other potential benefits of green tea include supporting healthy cholesterol and blood sugar levels along with promoting liver health

NOW Natural Resveratrol, 200mg/60 Vcaps


Antioxidant supplement that may provide total-body protection from cell-damaging free radicals. Promotes cardiovascular and neurological health, healthy cholesterol, healthy blood pressure, and more! Resveratrol, found in the skin and seeds of red grapes as well as in wine, berries and some plants, is a substance produced by plants in response to injury or fungal infection. It's believed to protect their delicate tissues from peroxidative stress and other damage that might result from illness, UV sun radiation or exposure to toxic substances. As an antioxidant, resveratrol is believed to provide similar protective benefits for humans. Its antioxidant activity, or ability to neutralize free radicals (unstable molecules that attack healthy cells and damage membranes and DNA), may account for its beneficial effects. Resveratrol also appears to promote healthy blood composition and circulation, and may also have anti-inflammatory properties. A recent landmark study from Harvard Medical School, published in the medical journal Nature, found that ultra-high doses of resveratrol allowed obese mice to eat a high fat diet and still live a long and healthy life¹. Researchers discovered that the liver and other systems in obese mice remained healthy, despite their poor health, and fat-related deaths dropped 31 percent, for those taking a resveratrol supplement. Another recent study showed that resveratrol was able to protect mice from weight gain while also boosting physical endurance². After three weeks of supplementing with high doses of resveratrol, mice fed a high-fat diet weighed only 20% more than those eating a standard diet. Those who didn't take resveratrol weighed 60% more than the control mice.


NOW Hyaluronic Acid - Double Strength, 100mg/60 Vcaps

A potent combination to protect joints, skin, eyes and more. Retains water in molecules to provide maximum elasticity and flexibility!  Hyaluronic acid is present in every tissue of the body, with the highest concentrations occurring in connective tissues like skin and cartilage. Hyaluronic acid has been shown to hold on to more water than any other molecule in the body, which is vital in the production/maintenance of collagen and cartilage. Our skin is made up of 70% water, and hyaluronic acid promotes cellular renewal and structure. This nutrient is ideal for supporting the more aqueous parts of the body. 

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Covalent Silver Solution Update
One of the best things we've found, but it's not a silver bullet, and there are many clones out there.


We’ve received letters and letters about peoples’ experiences using Covalent Silver Solution (click here to read the original article).

It must be working, because many are re-ordering.

However, we’ve found that it is NO silver bullet. To use it properly, you should be drinking 3oz per day. It seems to work in conjunction with the immune system, and works best when built up over a period of time. Then, if anything happens, such as being hit by a flu bug, the 12-13 oz per day should help you get past it quickly. I’ve seen it kill a flu bug in 8 to 12 hours. I’m amazed, as are those who have written us.

We have a great testimonial and success story from Bob DiStefano who is the reader who hooked us up with the inventor and manufacturers of Covalent Silver Water, and who helped supply it to Simply the Best.

Click here to read his amazing story of recovery: Success Story!

Again, I must emphasize that CSS is not a silver bullet. Here is my story:

On the road, I came down with the sniffles and sneezes in New Mexico. Friends there told me that this happens to nearly everyone who visits. Something in the air, from the trees or grasses, or something creates an allergic reaction. I started taking 11 ounces of CSS. Then 11 ounces twice daily. At the end of the fourth day, I was really angry because it had developed nearly into a full blown cold. I did the Vitamin C and Echinacea and mushrooms (See How to Beat the Cold and Flu Season).

Finally, I created a triple strength solution of CSS, and drank 11 ounces of that. In two days, it had finally passed, but the nose was stuffy for another week.

So, CSS is not a silver bullet. It won’t work against allergies (or possibly a cold—I assure you, as soon as we get a testimonial on this, I’ll post it) as it does against the flu, and others have written me that the triple strength formula is simply what is needed at times.

Next, try to keep your diluted mixture from freezing. The people making it claims that the consistency changes, and you might have to shake it before using it should it freeze.

And watch out for the clones on the market. As soon as studies on CSS were released (showing the power of silver in an atomic form), everyone and their brother started making clones. One is called NanoSilver, another Bionaid. I have been testing these (on my neighbors) and they just don’t produce the same results. We were told this by the manufacturers of CSS, but since I’ve been fooled in the past, I just have to make sure on my own.

Covalent Silver Solution is the original Nano Silver. Until something better comes along, you can bet I’ll not run out of it in my home.

Special link exclusive to OUR readers (you'll not find it cheaper): Simply the Best Covalent Silver Solution.

Further Reading:

Nano Silver kills microbes — EPA up in Arms

Nano silver fights infections

Nano Technology―The Full Story

How Washington Hospitals Unleashed an MRSA Epidemic.


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Over the past decade, the number of Washington hospital patients infected with a frightening, antibiotic-resistant germ called MRSA has skyrocketed from about 140 a year to more than 4,700. But these numbers, revealed by a Seattle Times investigation, don't appear in public documents. Washington regulators don't track the germ or its victims, and Washington hospitals do not have to reveal infection rates.

MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is spread by touch or contact. Six out of seven people infected with MRSA contract it at a health-care facility. Many people first learned about the germ in 2007 when the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that invasive MRSA infections claim at least 18,000 lives a year, more than AIDS.

But MRSA has been quietly killing for decades, and the entire time, there has been a simple diagnostic test that could have saved countless lives. However, not a single community hospital in Washington screens every patient for the pathogen.


Editor's note: A physician sent us photos of his bout with MRSA. HealonPF cleared it up. See article.

Dr. Mercola's Comments:

The issue of antibiotic-resistant disease is a very serious one. It actually exacts a greater death toll than “modern plagues” like AIDS.

Compounding the problem is that not only are potent antibiotics over-prescribed in modern medicine, they are also widely over-used in agriculture – a fact that is grossly overlooked. In fact, agricultural antibiotic use is a MAJOR source of human antibiotic consumption, which contributes to the rise of antibiotic resistant “superbugs” like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

According to a study published in October, 2007 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), there were close to 100,000 cases of invasive MRSA infections in the United States in 2005, which lead to more than 18,600 deaths.

To put that number into perspective, HIV/AIDS killed 17,000 people that year.

The numbers are even more staggering when you include ALL hospital infections, not just MRSA, as approximately 1.7 million Americans contracted infections during hospital stays in 2007, and a subsequent 100,000 people perished from these diseases, according to the U.S. Center of Disease Control (CDC).

MRSA is a Man-Made Plague

In order to effectively combat this epidemic problem, it’s important to realize that antibiotic-resistant disease is a man-made problem, caused by overuse of antibiotics. It makes little sense to blame the problem solely on lack of testing, hygiene, or proper disinfection techniques, although all those things are essential to stop it from spreading once it’s in circulation.

Hospitals are notorious for being hotbeds for dangerous germs such as MRSA, which spread via contact with contaminated surfaces, including the patient’s own skin if they carried it in with them.

The average human hand harbors about 150 different species of bacteria, and a swab of your forearm may reveal more than 180 species of bacteria, according to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Many of these bacteria are good and essential for your very survival. Others, like MRSA, can kill you, especially if your immune function is low or if it enters your internal organs or blood stream, as can happen during surgery.

But hospitals are by no means the only place where you can contract bugs like MRSA.

About 30 percent of people carry MRSA on their skin without any noticeable side effects whatsoever, and outbreaks have occurred that stemmed from places like schools and public gyms. Your house and even your pets are also places that can harbor and spread this dangerous bacteria.

Fortunately, protecting yourself from the devastating effects of this kind of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is still possible, by implementing some commonsense approaches.

Commonsense, All-Natural Approaches to Protect Yourself From MRSA

Aside from avoiding antibiotics as much as possible -- which is an issue that must be addressed on a large scale both within modern medicine and agriculture -- there are ways you can help reduce the spread of infectious disease.

    Wash your hands -- The most important of which is to adhere to proper hygiene, such as washing your hands with soap and water. Handwashing, which is one of the oldest and most powerful antibacterial treatments, may be the key to preventing MRSA (staph infections).

According to a Johns Hopkins study, the best way for patients to avoid such infections is for doctors and nurses to simply wash their hands before touching a patient. This is the most common violation in hospitals. According to findings by The Times, in the worst cases, as few as 40 percent of staff members comply with hand-washing standards, with doctors being the worst offenders.

But even the best hospitals typically boast no better than 90 percent compliance — which means one out of 10 practitioners may have contaminated hands.

Guidelines to proper handwashing include:

  • Wash your hands for 10 to 15 seconds with warm water
  • Use plain soap
  • Clean all the nooks and crannies of your hands, including under fingernails
  • Rinse thoroughly under running water
  • Use a paper towel to open the door as a protection from germs that harbor on handles

Remember to AVOID using antibacterial soaps. These soaps are completely unnecessary and could easily do more harm than good. As a matter of fact, the antibacterial compounds found in most of these soaps are another likely contributing factor to the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

    Invest in copper -- Making door handles, taps and light switches from copper could also help defeat antibiotic-resistant superbugs, according to scientists. Researchers have discovered that copper fittings rapidly kill bugs in hospital wards, succeeding where other infection control measures fail.

Lab tests show that the metal can effectively kill off both the deadly MRSA and C difficile superbugs. It also kills other dangerous germs, including the flu virus and the E coli food poisoning bug.

In tests sponsored by the Copper Development Association Inc. (the Latin-American arm of the International Copper Association), a grouping of 100 million MSRA bacterium atrophied and died in a mere 90 minutes when placed on a copper surface at room temperature. The same number of MSRA bacteria on steel and aluminum surfaces actually increased over time.

It is likely that by installing copper faucets, light switches, toilet seats and push plates in germ infested areas, hospitals and nursing homes could quite literally save thousands of lives each year.

You could also consider taking the same measures in your own home, especially if you care for someone with chronically poor immune function.

    Use natural disinfectants – As with antibacterial hand soaps, antibacterial house cleaners are also best avoided. A natural all-purpose cleanser that works great for kitchen counters, cutting boards and bathrooms is 3% hydrogen peroxide and vinegar. Just put each liquid into a separate spray bottle, then spray the surface with one, followed by the other.

    Eat garlic – Researchers have found that allicin, the active compound in garlic, is an effective, natural “antibiotic” that can eradicate even antibiotic-resistant bugs like MRSA. An added boon is that the bacteria appear incapable of developing a resistance to the compound.

However, it is important to note that the garlic must be fresh. The active ingredient is destroyed within one hour of smashing the garlic. Garlic pills are virtually worthless and should not be used.

Instead, compress the garlic with a spoon prior to swallowing it if you are not going to juice it. If you swallow the clove intact you will not convert the allicin to its active ingredient.

Cancer Drug Aids in Tumor Growth
Oh boy, what will modern science think of nex?


Just as we were ready to publish this newsletter, a friend sent me an article about a recent study showing that the cancer drug Avastin (and drugs like it) were causing tumors to actually grow.

A quotation from one of the physicians running the study goes like this:

We've discovered that when anti-angiogenesis drugs are used to lower the level of VEGF within a tumor, it's not so much a reduction in the endothelial cells and losing blood vessels as it is an activation of the tumor blood vessels supporting cells. It appears that the drugs, in shutting down VEGF activity, are actively maturing blood vessels, causing them to become stable and more normal, as opposed to reducing blood vessels.

The first thoughts that passed through my mind after reading that sentence concerned my friend Kathy. I’d met her online in a cancer support room. She wrote to me this very sad letter explaining how the chemo and radiation wasn’t working, and that her only hope was the new anti-angiogenesis drug.

The next letter I got was from her husband telling me she’d passed away.

Sadly, these studies never seem to include anti-angiogenesis herbs already in use by some clinics. C-Statin is one of them.

How many more of our friends will have to die before we have an honest, not for profit medical system?

In Upcoming Newsletters
Don't hold your breath...we publish every three months, maybe.


In the next newsletter we will review Pinnacle Studio’s Ultimate. This is a video editing program that I’ve been using for around 8 years now. It is the easiest program you’ll find, affordable, and very powerful. There are independent films that have been edited using Studio.

It is also very affordable.

Pinnacle Studio Ultimate Version 12

The next step up is Avid Liquid. Newsrooms around the US use this one. It’s a bit more complex, and costs around a thousand dollars. It comes with a piece of hardware allowing you to read in your videos using any number of devices. If you’re putting all your videos on DVD, you’ll need this.

Avid makes the programs that Hollywood uses to edit their films today, though the word film is really archaic since much of Hollywood is going strictly digital. These programs cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.


I will FINALLY review the best, most powerful Slide Show Program every created: Photodex’s ProShow Producer. Everyone wants to know the program I use to create my slide shows. This is it. It’s so powerful, that if you can think of an effect you want, you can get it. You can even place video between your slides.

Have you ever gotten a video off the web, but when you put it onto a DVD it was grainy and out of focus because the file was made to originally be played at a smaller resolution? Well, you can bring it into ProShow Producer shrink it down, then output it to a DVD, and on your TV screen it will be crisp and clear, albeit smaller than your screen, but at the resolution it was made for.

We are NOT affiliates of this company because they do not have an affiliate program. We could get rich with the number of copies of this program people have purchased and will purchase because of my slide shows. I’ve received more letters asking me what program I used than any other subject.

Version 4 just came out this month, I’ve just finished looking at it and it just keeps getting better and better.

If you have a camera, you’re going to want this program, or at least its little brother: ProShow Gold.

When friends stop by, I never bore them with my slides; I THRILL them.

What else?

I’ll be reviewing…let’s see…some thirty books. I’ve gotten behind in my reading, so over the cold months I’ll be gobbling up lots of books I’ve been sent to review.

I’m working on an article on Osteoporosis, and all that I have left to do is find a middle aged, female, weight lifter for photos. Since I’m a photographer, you’d think that I could do some photo-journalism. Just hard to find models. I nearly got booted out of my health club for asking someone to model for this article. Boy, those people are really touchy.

We've got at least a dozen new (to us) alternative cancer therapies to finish researching and publish here. You'll hear about them first in this newsletter.

My photography site ( will begin to grow as I find the time to work on it. My photoshows will be larger (higher resolution), and many of my photos will go on sale. They are collector pieces with a very short run. I do not write on my photos I sell, but I will write on the back (1 of 10, and my John Hancock) and will enclose certification of authenticity. The option to purchase photos framed will be available, however, you will have to tell me how much you’re willing to pay to have them framed. Personally, I have spent well over $400.00 to get some framed. The glass used blocks UV light and keeps the photos from fading. And as always, the proceeds from sales will go directly to Minnesota Wellness Publications, Inc. I don’t make a dime from my photography either.

Oh, and one more thing. If you have friends in MN who are getting married, but can’t afford a photographer, have them give me a call. I’m currently advertising that if a wedding will cost less than $1,000.00, I will do their wedding photography free. Why not? I’m an inveterate volunteer, and poor people need photos too.

Many sent to us by our readers.


Tax, Baby, Tax!

According to Barry Ritholtz, the author of Bailout Nation, if you adjust for inflation the costs of the Marshal Plan, the Louisiana Purchase, the race to the moon, the S&L crisis, the Korean War, the New Deal, the Iraq War, the Vietnam War, and the lifetime budget of NASA, add them together, the amount you’ll get doesn’t quite pay for our current financial crisis.

If it is not obvious yet that Reaganomics (top down economics, trickle down economics, supply side economics) doesn’t work, you are either extremely wealthy or not very bright.

A middle class is not a natural phenomenon. The natural order of things, without rules and regulations, is for a very large class of poor to develop alongside a very small wealthy class (who, by the way, happen to be the rulers who make the rules that keep this system from ever changing).

The economic paradigms that have led us to the collapse of our economy began with Ronald Reagan. He believed that if we let the wealthy class keep most of their money through lower taxation, and allow them to make money hand over fist through deregulation, wealth would trickle down to the rest of us.

If this had worked, our middle class would have grown. However, poverty in America has grown, the middle class has shrunk, and each of us has been hit by what some economists call the “greatest hidden tax ever:” a shrinking dollar. We are all working harder for less.

It was under Reagan that the Savings and Loans were deregulated, which quickly led to a debacle that cost every man, woman, and child in this country over $30,000.00.

It has been said that if we don’t learn from history, we’re bound to repeat it.

It is incumbent upon each of us to examine history objectively and determine those economic policies that have created a strong middle class.

I have a conservative friend who consistently tells me that when a Democrat is in office, he makes more money, but he votes for Republicans because it’s best for the country. Really?

Even a cursory shrift of modern history shows us a few simple facts, the first being that tax cuts (especially to the wealthy) are followed by a bubble, then a crash.

Black Monday, October 19, 1987 saw the largest drop in the stock market in our history. Thomas Wofe’s The Bonfire of the Vanities, published right after the collapse, described a world of “greed and excess” (many of you have heard this phrase lately) that epitomized the economic world of Reaganomics.

When Reagan took office, we'd had a 12% inflation rate and unemployment rate of 7.1%. Reagan cut government spending and gave huge tax breaks to the wealthy. This spawned an economic revival that was unprecedented. Our GDP grew at a rate of 3.4%, inflation and unemployment were cut in half, and the Dow Jones average grew at an annual average rate of 17%.

This was the “bubble.” Then came the crash on Black Monday.

The secret to a strong economy is balance. When the top gets too heavy, we crash.

A second historical economic truth is when wealth is taxed, the middle class is strongest. Taxing wealth is constantly labeled socialism. The wealthy want us to believe this and fear it. They’ve convinced many who would never be affected by this sort of tax, who would actually benefit from it, to believe that taxing wealth is bad for the nation.

We heard the term socialism bandied about quite a bit during this past election. People seem to fear socialism, even though, ironically, we’ve all benefitted from it. We all drive on roads, highways, and bridges that were built through socialism. The police and fire departments are socialistic. Our public schools are the product of socialism. Yet, this term strikes fear in Americans.

The progressive tax (one in which the more you make, the greater the percentage of tax you pay) is, to many, socialism. Why? Because it harkens back to Marx’s saying, “From each according to his means.”

You had to be deaf not to hear how our democracy would end if Obama were elected because he was a socialist.

But where did the progressive income tax begin?

Ancient Greece.

You see, Greece had had a flat tax: everyone paid the same amount. If you couldn’t pay your tax, you were marched to the gates of the city and tossed out on your ear. Beyond the gates of the city was certain death.

However, after following this rule for a while, their civilization began to break down, for it was from the ranks of the poor that built their military. The poor provided the wealthy their best workers.

So the Greeks, famous for their thinking, got together to mull over this problem. The question foremost in their thinking was: What is the most important facet of a society?

The answer they came up with was quite simple: Society was the most important facet of a society. Without society, one could not gather and maintain wealth because someone would come and take it away. Without society, anyone could take your life.

They thus concluded that those who get the most from a society, owe the most back to that society. The progressive tax was born.

And did they become rampant Communists? Actually, it was out of this so-called socialism that the first democracy on the planet developed.

Democracy and socialism are not mutually exclusive. Our country has always been an admixture of philosophies just as it has been an admixture of religions and nationalities.

There is no such thing as “free market capitalism” in the world. Free market capitalism works only in theory. In reality, it creates the “greed and excess” that leads us to financial unrest.

Capitalism needs regulations just as football needs regulations. No one would ever suggest that we pull the referees and officials off the football field. Human nature just tends to devolve into chaos when unregulated.

There are those who will tell you that Hoover raised taxes causing a crash. In the same breath, they tell you that the recovery during Roosevelt’s term was precipitated by Hoover’s policies.

Hoover’s crash was coming no matter what he did. In economics there is always a delayed effect. Much of the recession that hit the Bush administration had been caused by the last of the Clinton years. Clinton  (known to some as the best Republican president in recent years) cut welfare, gave tax breaks to companies moving their operations off-shore, and doled out greater tax cuts than the second Bush. Cutting welfare took a lot of money out of circulation; so did the tax cuts. We had a slight bubble, and then the recession after Bush had taken over.

The rule of holes goes like this: when you’re in one, stop digging.

However, this is not what the Bush administration has done; every hole they dug was fixed by digging deeper. And now we have the results.

The Bush administration was the first government in the history of the world to give tax breaks during a war. I asked my conservative friend what the heck is up with this. His response? “Leadership.”

Sure, the leadership of the head lemming approaching a cliff.

The economic mess we are in will not be solved in the two terms of Barak Obama. Our economic structure is so out of balance, it will take at least ten years to rebalance it, according to many economists.

No matter what he does, you can expect a President Obama to be dogged every step of the way. This is simply the way of the conservative right. When they can’t get their way, they block progress.

The wealthy don’t give up power very easily, even though the end result of Reaganomics has left them with less. Yes, with the economy the way it is, the wealthy are a bit less wealthy. Every time we borrow from China, their wealth is worth a little less.

"If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich."  John F. Kennedy

Supporting policies that favor the wealthy are those who hate the poor so fervently, they will go to the polls and vote against their own self-interests. They simply hate the fact that some poor person will get one dime he hasn’t earned. So, instead, they vote to give their tax dollars to the rich. Except they don’t realize that their tax dollars are going to the rich because they are so dreadfully uninformed.

If you don’t believe your taxes are going to the wealthy, then you must also believe that the 37,000 lobbyists in Washington are there to make friends, and it’s time you read the book, Free Lunch by Donald Kay Johnston.

Funny how we hate those who don’t work, but dream of garnering billions in wealth, just so we will never have to work again.

Eisenhower taxed wealth by more than 90%. He built the infrastructure of this country and in doing so, built the strongest middle class in our history.

Ironically, when the wealthy are taxed heavily, their money is “worth” more. The dollar is stronger.

How can anyone gain real wealth when the masses have little? Isn’t it the masses with money to spend who grease the wheels of the economy?

You’ll hear over the next eight years a lot of screaming for “smaller government.”

Conservatives tell us that government doesn’t work, and then they get elected and prove it.

What we need is “better” government. This means that all of us, yes you too, must get out there on the playing field and get involved. Stay in contact with your representatives, state, local, and federal. Stay on their backs. Question their voting records. Pat them on the back when they’ve done well. Keep them honest. And when one is caught with his fingers in the cookie jar, boot his/her butt out.

Keep in mind the two historical economic truths:

·        Tax breaks to the wealthy are followed by a bubble, then a crash.

·        Taxing wealth creates a strong middle class and strengthens the dollar

So contact your representatives and tell them to Tax Here, Tax Now, Tax Baby Tax. Because it is time to repair our collapsing infrastructure; it’s time to once again show how a rising tide raises ALL boats.

Those who get the most from a society owe the most back to that society. This is plain and simple horse sense.

Further Reading:

Progressive Taxation: Not so Bad for Business After All

Is it Time for a Progressive Corporate Income Tax?

Roll Back the Reagan Tax Cuts

Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class - And What We Can Do about It (BK Currents (Paperback))

Here is something special for my readers.

No matter what your political bent, this article should not only be read by every literate American citizen, but should be immediately published in history books.

As a child, I was told by my father about the great depression. It sounded terrible. I asked my father if he felt we'd every have another depression like that, and he said, "No. The government created enough safeguards ever to have one again.

Well, those safeguards no longer exist. As if those in power had forgotten why they were there in the first place. And again, we see that they refused to learn from history, and now are condemned to repeat it.

The article is written by Joseph E Stiglitz, a professor of economics at Columbia University and Nobel Laureate, who is known as the most often quoted economist in history.

This is the most concise and thorough article I've yet to find that makes it perfectly clear how our economy collapsed.

Capitalist Fools

Behind the debate over remaking U.S. financial policy will be a debate over who’s to blame. It’s crucial to get the history right, writes a Nobel laureate economist, identifying five key mistakes—under Reagan, Clinton, and Bush II—and one national delusion.

By Joseph E. Stiglitz
December 11, 2008 “Vanity Fair 

There will come a moment when the most urgent threats posed by the credit crisis have eased and the larger task before us will be to chart a direction for the economic steps ahead. This will be a dangerous moment. Behind the debates over future policy is a debate over history—a debate over the causes of our current situation. The battle for the past will determine the battle for the present. So it’s crucial to get the history straight.

What were the critical decisions that led to the crisis? Mistakes were made at every fork in the road-we had what engineers call a “system failure,” when not a single decision but a cascade of decisions produce a tragic result. Let’s look at five key moments.

No. 1: Firing the Chairman

In 1987 the Reagan administration decided to remove Paul Volcker as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board and appoint Alan Greenspan in his place. Volcker had done what central bankers are supposed to do. On his watch, inflation had been brought down from more than 11 percent to under 4 percent. In the world of central banking, that should have earned him a grade of A+++ and assured his re-appointment. But Volcker also understood that financial markets need to be regulated. Reagan wanted someone who did not believe any such thing, and he found him in a devotee of the objectivist philosopher and free-market zealot Ayn Rand.

Greenspan played a double role. The Fed controls the money spigot, and in the early years of this decade, he turned it on full force. But the Fed is also a regulator. If you appoint an anti-regulator as your enforcer, you know what kind of enforcement you’ll get. A flood of liquidity combined with the failed levees of regulation proved disastrous.

Greenspan presided over not one but two financial bubbles. After the high-tech bubble popped, in 2000-2001, he helped inflate the housing bubble. The first responsibility of a central bank should be to maintain the stability of the financial system. If banks lend on the basis of artificially high asset prices, the result can be a meltdown—as we are seeing now, and as Greenspan should have known. He had many of the tools he needed to cope with the situation. To deal with the high-tech bubble, he could have increased margin requirements (the amount of cash people need to put down to buy stock). To deflate the housing bubble, he could have curbed predatory lending to low-income households and prohibited other insidious practices (the no-documentation—or “liar”—loans, the interest-only loans, and so on). This would have gone a long way toward protecting us. If he didn’t have the tools, he could have gone to Congress and asked for them.

Of course, the current problems with our financial system are not solely the result of bad lending. The banks have made mega-bets with one another through complicated instruments such as derivatives, credit-default swaps, and so forth. With these, one party pays another if certain events happen—for instance, if Bear Stearns goes bankrupt, or if the dollar soars. These instruments were originally created to help manage risk—but they can also be used to gamble. Thus, if you felt confident that the dollar was going to fall, you could make a big bet accordingly, and if the dollar indeed fell, your profits would soar. The problem is that, with this complicated intertwining of bets of great magnitude, no one could be sure of the financial position of anyone else—or even of one’s own position. Not surprisingly, the credit markets froze.

Here too Greenspan played a role. When I was chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, during the Clinton administration, I served on a committee of all the major federal financial regulators, a group that included Greenspan and Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin. Even then, it was clear that derivatives posed a danger. We didn’t put it as memorably as Warren Buffett—who saw derivatives as “financial weapons of mass destruction”—but we took his point. And yet, for all the risk, the deregulators in charge of the financial system—at the Fed, at the Securities and Exchange Commission, and elsewhere—decided to do nothing, worried that any action might interfere with “innovation” in the financial system. But innovation, like “change,” has no inherent value. It can be bad (the “liar” loans are a good example) as well as good.

No. 2: Tearing Down the Walls

The deregulation philosophy would pay unwelcome dividends for years to come. In November 1999, Congress repealed the Glass-Steagall Act—the culmination of a $300 million lobbying effort by the banking and financial-services industries, and spearheaded in Congress by Senator Phil Gramm. Glass-Steagall had long separated commercial banks (which lend money) and investment banks (which organize the sale of bonds and equities); it had been enacted in the aftermath of the Great Depression and was meant to curb the excesses of that era, including grave conflicts of interest. For instance, without separation, if a company whose shares had been issued by an investment bank, with its strong endorsement, got into trouble, wouldn’t its commercial arm, if it had one, feel pressure to lend it money, perhaps unwisely? An ensuing spiral of bad judgment is not hard to foresee. I had opposed repeal of Glass-Steagall. The proponents said, in effect, Trust us: we will create Chinese walls to make sure that the problems of the past do not recur. As an economist, I certainly possessed a healthy degree of trust, trust in the power of economic incentives to bend human behavior toward self-interest—toward short-term self-interest, at any rate, rather than Tocqueville’s “self interest rightly understood.”

The most important consequence of the repeal of Glass-Steagall was indirect—it lay in the way repeal changed an entire culture. Commercial banks are not supposed to be high-risk ventures; they are supposed to manage other people’s money very conservatively. It is with this understanding that the government agrees to pick up the tab should they fail. Investment banks, on the other hand, have traditionally managed rich people’s money—people who can take bigger risks in order to get bigger returns. When repeal of Glass-Steagall brought investment and commercial banks together, the investment bank culture came out on top. There was a demand for the kind of high returns that could be obtained only through high leverage and big risktaking.

There were other important steps down the deregulatory path. One was the decision in April 2004 by the Securities and Exchange Commission, at a meeting attended by virtually no one and largely overlooked at the time, to allow big investment banks to increase their debt-to-capital ratio (from 12:1 to 30:1, or higher) so that they could buy more mortgage-backed securities, inflating the housing bubble in the process. In agreeing to this measure, the S.E.C. argued for the virtues of self-regulation: the peculiar notion that banks can effectively police themselves. Self-regulation is preposterous, as even Alan Greenspan now concedes, and as a practical matter it can’t, in any case, identify systemic risks—the kinds of risks that arise when, for instance, the models used by each of the banks to manage their portfolios tell all the banks to sell some security all at once.

As we stripped back the old regulations, we did nothing to address the new challenges posed by 21st century markets. The most important challenge was that posed by derivatives. In 1998 the head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Brooksley Born, had called for such regulation—a concern that took on urgency after the Fed, in that same year, engineered the bailout of Long-Term Capital Management, a hedge fund whose trillion-dollar-plus failure threatened global financial markets. But Secretary of the Treasury Robert Rubin, his deputy, Larry Summers, and Greenspan were adamant—and successful—in their opposition. Nothing was done.

No. 3: Applying the Leeches

Then along came the Bush tax cuts, enacted first on June 7, 2001, with a follow-on installment two years later. The president and his advisers seemed to believe that tax cuts, especially for upper-income Americans and corporations, were a cure-all for any economic disease—the modern-day equivalent of leeches. The tax cuts played a pivotal role in shaping the background conditions of the current crisis. Because they did very little to stimulate the economy, real stimulation was left to the Fed, which took up the task with unprecedented low-interest rates and liquidity. The war in Iraq made matters worse, because it led to soaring oil prices. With America so dependent on oil imports, we had to spend several hundred billion more to purchase oil-money that otherwise would have been spent on American goods. Normally this would have led to an economic slowdown, as it had in the 1970s. But the Fed met the challenge in the most myopic way imaginable. The flood of liquidity made money readily available in mortgage markets, even to those who would normally not be able to borrow. And, yes, this succeeded in forestalling an economic downturn; America’s household saving rate plummeted to zero. But it should have been clear that we were living on borrowed money and borrowed time.

The cut in the tax rate on capital gains contributed to the crisis in another way. It was a decision that turned on values: those who speculated (read: gambled) and won were taxed more lightly than wage earners who simply worked hard. But more than that, the decision encouraged leveraging, because interest was tax-deductible. If, for instance, you borrowed a million to buy a home or took a $100,000 home-equity loan to buy stock, the interest would be fully deductible every year. Any capital gains you made were taxed lightly—and at some possibly remote day in the future. The Bush administration was providing an open invitation to excessive borrowing and lending—not that American consumers needed any more encouragement.

No. 4: Faking the Numbers

Meanwhile, on July 30, 2002, in the wake of a series of major scandals—notably the collapse of WorldCom and Enron—Congress passed the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The scandals had involved every major American accounting firm, most of our banks, and some of our premier companies, and made it clear that we had serious problems with our accounting system. Accounting is a sleep-inducing topic for most people, but if you can’t have faith in a company’s numbers, then you can’t have faith in anything about a company at all. Unfortunately, in the negotiations over what became Sarbanes-Oxley, a decision was made not to deal with what many, including the respected former head of the S.E.C. Arthur Levitt, believed to be a fundamental underlying problem: stock options. Stock options have been defended as providing healthy incentives toward good management, but in fact they are “incentive pay” in name only. If a company does well, the C.E.O. gets great rewards in the form of stock options; if a company does poorly, the compensation is almost as substantial but is bestowed in other ways. This is bad enough. But a collateral problem with stock options is that they provide incentives for bad accounting: top management has every incentive to provide distorted information in order to pump up share prices.

The incentive structure of the rating agencies also proved perverse. Agencies such as Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s are paid by the very people they are supposed to grade. As a result, they’ve had every reason to give companies high ratings, in a financial version of what college professors know as grade inflation. The rating agencies, like the investment banks that were paying them, believed in financial alchemy—that F-rated toxic mortgages could be converted into products that were safe enough to be held by commercial banks and pension funds. We had seen this same failure of the rating agencies during the East Asia crisis of the 1990s: high ratings facilitated a rush of money into the region, and then a sudden reversal in the ratings brought devastation. But the financial overseers paid no attention.

No. 5: Letting It Bleed

The final turning point came with the passage of a bailout package on October 3, 2008—that is, with the administration’s response to the crisis itself. We will be feeling the consequences for years to come. Both the administration and the Fed had long been driven by wishful thinking, hoping that the bad news was just a blip, and that a return to growth was just around the corner. As America’s banks faced collapse, the administration veered from one course of action to another. Some institutions (Bear Stearns, A.I.G., Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac) were bailed out. Lehman Brothers was not. Some shareholders got something back. Others did not.

The original proposal by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, a three-page document that would have provided $700 billion for the secretary to spend at his sole discretion, without oversight or judicial review, was an act of extraordinary arrogance. He sold the program as necessary to restore confidence. But it didn’t address the underlying reasons for the loss of confidence. The banks had made too many bad loans. There were big holes in their balance sheets. No one knew what was truth and what was fiction. The bailout package was like a massive transfusion to a patient suffering from internal bleeding—and nothing was being done about the source of the problem, namely all those foreclosures. Valuable time was wasted as Paulson pushed his own plan, “cash for trash,” buying up the bad assets and putting the risk onto American taxpayers. When he finally abandoned it, providing banks with money they needed, he did it in a way that not only cheated America’s taxpayers but failed to ensure that the banks would use the money to re-start lending. He even allowed the banks to pour out money to their shareholders as taxpayers were pouring money into the banks.

The other problem not addressed involved the looming weaknesses in the economy. The economy had been sustained by excessive borrowing. That game was up. As consumption contracted, exports kept the economy going, but with the dollar strengthening and Europe and the rest of the world declining, it was hard to see how that could continue. Meanwhile, states faced massive drop-offs in revenues—they would have to cut back on expenditures. Without quick action by government, the economy faced a downturn. And even if banks had lent wisely—which they hadn’t—the downturn was sure to mean an increase in bad debts, further weakening the struggling financial sector.

The administration talked about confidence building, but what it delivered was actually a confidence trick. If the administration had really wanted to restore confidence in the financial system, it would have begun by addressing the underlying problems—the flawed incentive structures and the inadequate regulatory system.

Was there any single decision which, had it been reversed, would have changed the course of history? Every decision—including decisions not to do something, as many of our bad economic decisions have been—is a consequence of prior decisions, an interlinked web stretching from the distant past into the future. You’ll hear some on the right point to certain actions by the government itself—such as the Community Reinvestment Act, which requires banks to make mortgage money available in low-income neighborhoods. (Defaults on C.R.A. lending were actually much lower than on other lending.) There has been much finger-pointing at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two huge mortgage lenders, which were originally government-owned. But in fact they came late to the subprime game, and their problem was similar to that of the private sector: their C.E.O.’s had the same perverse incentive to indulge in gambling.

The truth is most of the individual mistakes boil down to just one: a belief that markets are self-adjusting and that the role of government should be minimal. Looking back at that belief during hearings this fall on Capitol Hill, Alan Greenspan said out loud, “I have found a flaw.” Congressman Henry Waxman pushed him, responding, “In other words, you found that your view of the world, your ideology, was not right; it was not working.” “Absolutely, precisely,” Greenspan said. The embrace by America—and much of the rest of the world—of this flawed economic philosophy made it inevitable that we would eventually arrive at the place we are today.


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The Rip-off in Iraq: You Will Not Believe How Low the War Profiteers Have Gone

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Q: Why are many coin banks shaped like pigs? 
A: Long ago, dishes and cookware in Europe were made of a dense orange clay called 'pygg'.  When people saved coins in jars made of this clay, the jars became known as 'pygg banks.' When an English potter misunderstood the word, he made a bank that resembled a pig.  And it caught on. 
Q: Did you ever wonder why dimes, quarters and half dollars have notches, while pennies and nickels do not? 
A: The US Mint began putting notches on the edges of coins containing gold and silver to discourage holders from shaving off small quantities of the precious metals Dimes, quarters and half dollars are notched because they used to contain silver.  Pennies and nickels aren't notched because the metals they contain are not valuable enough to shave.. 
Q: Why do men's clothes have buttons on the right while women's clothes have buttons on the left? 
A: When buttons were invented, they were very expensive and worn primarily by the rich.  Because wealthy women were dressed by maids, dressmakers put the buttons on the maid's right.  Since most people are right-handed, it is easier to push buttons on the right through holes on the left.  And that's where women's buttons have remained since. 
Q: Why do X's at the end of a letter signify kisses? 
A: In the Middle Ages, when many people were unable to read or write, documents were often signed using an X.  Kissing the X represented an oath to fulfill obligations specified in the document.  The X and the kiss eventually became synonymous. 
Q: Why is shifting responsibility to someone else called 'passing the buck'? 
A: In card games, it was once customary to pass an item, called a buck, from player to player to indicate whose turn it was to deal.  If a player did not wish to assume the responsibility, he would 'pass the buck' to the next player. 
Q: Why do people clink their glasses before drinking a toast? 
A: It used to be common for someone to try to kill an enemy by offering him a poisoned drink.  To prove to a guest that a drink was safe, it became customary for a guest to pour a small amount of his drink into the glass of the host.  Both men would drink it simultaneously.  When a guest trusted his host, he would then just touch or clink the host's glass with his own. 
Q: Why are people in the public eye said to be 'in the limelight'? 
A: Invented in 1825, limelight was used in lighthouses and stage lighting by burning a cylinder of lime which produced a brilliant light.  In the theatre, performers on stage 'in the limelight' were seen by the audience to be the center of attention. 
Q: Why do ships and aircraft in trouble use 'mayday' as their call for help? 
A: This comes from the French word m'aidez -meaning 'help me' -- and is pronounced 'mayday,'
Q: Why is someone who is feeling great 'on cloud nine'? 
A: Types of clouds are numbered according to the altitudes they attain, with nine being the highest cloud If someone is said to be on cloud nine, that person is floating well above worldly cares.. 
Q: Why are zero scores in tennis called 'love'? 
A: In France , where tennis first became popular, a big, round zero on scoreboard looked like an egg and was called 'l'oeuf,' which is French for 'egg.' When tennis was introduced in the US , Americans pronounced it 'love.'
Q: In golf, where did the term 'Caddie' come from? 
 A.  When Mary, later Queen of Scots, went to France as a young girl (for education & survival), Louis, King of France, learned that she loved the Scot game 'golf.' So he had the first golf course outside of Scotland built for her enjoyment.  To make sure she was properly chaperoned (and guarded) while she played, Louis hired cadets from a military school to accompany her.  Mary liked this a lot and when she returned to Scotland (not a very good idea in the long run), she took the practice with her.  In French, the word cadet is pronounced 'ca-day' and the Scots changed it into 'caddie.'

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The Love Stories Are Gone
Inter Press Service
By Ali al-Fadhily and Dahr Jamail*
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BAGHDAD, Jun 14 (IPS) - As statistics go, at least 655,000 Iraqis have died as a result of the occupation, now in its fifth year. Every one of them has left behind once loved ones to mourn the loss and to think of what might have been.

This is the land of the Arabian Nights, and of love stories that became fables far and wide. In these stories, in the traditions of which they were born, the lover thought nothing of giving up his life for a beloved. But no one thought death would come to this land under the present circumstances.

All who have died had their own love stories, if not all romantic ones. And that must be a million of them. The figure of 655,000 – of Iraqis who died as a result of the U.S.-led invasion and occupation -- came from the British medical journal Lancet based on a study in July last year. The number would have risen significantly after one of the bloodiest years of the occupation.

The deaths are not the only tragedies to have fallen upon Iraq's love stories.

"We were engaged to be married after the end of the war," Hussam Abdulla, a 28-year-old engineer from Baghdad told IPS. "We thought the war would not last more than a month, and so we planned our marriage for May 2003. But everything went wrong. I was detained for two years, and my fiancée's family had to flee to Egypt because her father was a senior army officer whose life was threatened first by occupation forces and later by death squads."

Abdulla's engagement never led to marriage.

And it was the lucky ones who fled the country early. Others stayed on to face death, detention, or a living hell at home. Army officers, doctors, journalists and artists came particularly to be targeted by death squads.

"I thought the man I loved simply dumped me," a 25-year-old woman, who asked to be called Arwa, told IPS. "He told me he will call me as soon as he finds a job in Jordan, but he just disappeared. His family told me they did not know where he is."

Much later, she was told he had been detained by U.S. forces near the Jordanian border. "The U.S. authorities said his name did not exist on their files. But I will wait for him, even if I have to wait all my life."

Tens of thousands of detained Iraqis have never been found on any U.S. military records. Their families still do not know whether they are dead or alive.

"I told my fiancée to find herself someone else for a husband," 32-year-old Khalik Obeidy, who was visiting Baghdad from Fallujah, told IPS. "I lost my job as an army officer, and my family house was blasted during the U.S. siege of Fallujah, so our marriage seems to be next to impossible.

"But also, getting married in such a situation will only mean more agony. And bringing up children is more than difficult. My fiancée still says things will improve, she says she will wait. She's crazy."

Stories of broken engagements and marriages are everywhere in Baghdad.

"In 2006, I sent my wife and two daughters to Jordan for work, and I was supposed to follow them after selling the car and the furniture," 40-year-old teacher Tariq Khalaf from Baghdad told IPS. "But my father died, and I had to stay here to look after the rest of the family. Now I don't know whether to bring them back to this Iraqi hell, or just stay separated."

Jassim Alwan, who recently made the dangerous trip to Baghdad from Samarra, 90km north of the capital city, tells the story of 23-year-old Abdullah that everyone in Samarra seems to know.

"He has a scruffy beard, and he keeps wandering the streets," Alwan told IPS. "Abdullah is now better known than the mayor of the city. He was a wonderful guy. And then his bride was shot by U.S. and Iraqi soldiers at a checkpoint. The poor guy could not stand the shock."

This is the kind of love story Iraqis tell nowadays. "The country of the Arabian Nights and of wonderful poetry is no longer good for love," Maki al-Nazzal, political analyst and poet, told IPS. "All Iraqi poetry under occupation is now about death and separation."

(*Ali, our correspondent in Baghdad, works in close collaboration with Dahr Jamail, our U.S.-based specialist writer on Iraq who travels extensively in the region.)

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"President-elect Barack Obama is still looking g g

for a White House dog.  In fact, he has spent

more time selecting a dog than John McCain

did selecting a running mate."

 - Jay Leno

"Americans are the first people to drive
to the poorhouse in automobiles."
                                      - Will Rogers, 1932
"Detroit auto execs fly private jets to
Washington to beg for money."
                                      - ABC News, 2008

If you've ever worked for a boss that reacts before getting the facts
and thinking things through, you will love this!

A  large company, feeling it was time for a shakeup, hired a new CEO. The new boss was determined to rid the company of all slackers.

On  a tour of the facilities, the CEO noticed a guy leaning on a wall. The  room was full of workers and he wanted to let them know that he meant business.

He walked up to the guy leaning against the wall and  asked, "How much money do you make a week?"

A  little surprised, the young man looked at him and replied, "I make $400  a week. Why?"

The CEO then handed the guy $1,600 in cash and  screamed, "Here's four weeks' pay, now GET OUT and don't come back."

Feeling pretty good about himself, the CEO looked around the  room and asked, "Does any one want to tell me what that goof-ball did  here?"

From across the room came a voice, "Pizza delivery guy  from Domino's."

Helicopter pilot lessons learned during Vietnam but still true today.

1. Once you are in the fight, it is way too late to wonder if it was a good idea.

2. There is no such thing as a "fun" hot LZ.

3. It is a fact that helicopter tail rotors are instinctively drawn toward trees, stumps, rocks, etc. While it may be possible to ward off this natural event some of the time, it cannot, despite the best efforts of the crew, always be prevented. It's just what they do.

4. NEVER get into a fight without more ammunition than the other guy.

5. The engine RPM, and the rotor RPM, must BOTH be kept in the GREEN. Failure to heed this commandment can affect the morale of the crew.

6. There are only two kinds of helicopter pilots: those that have crashed, and those who are going to.

7. Cover your Buddy, so he can be around to cover you.

8. Letters from home are not always great.

9. The madness of war can extract a heavy toll. Please have exact change.

10. Always remember that helicopters are different from airplanes. Helicopters are thousands of pounds of parts all flying in loose formation often in opposition to each other, and unlike airplanes, they fly by beating the air into submission.

11. Decisions made by someone over your head will seldom be in your best interest.

12. The terms "Protective Armor" and "Helicopter" are mutually exclusive terms.

13. The further away you are from your friends, the less likely it is that they can help you when you really need them the most.

14. Being good and lucky is not enough, there is always payback.

15. "Chicken Plates" are not something you order in a restaurant.

16. If everything is as clear as a bell, and everything is going exactly as planned, you're about to be surprised.

17. The B.S.R. (Bang, Stare, Read) Theory states that the louder the sudden bang in the helicopter, the quicker your eyes will be drawn to the gauges.

18. The longer you stare at the gauges, the less time it takes them to move from green to red.

19. The sole purpose of our helicopters is to support our grunts. Anyone who forgets that has forgotten the mission.

20. No matter what you do, the bullet with your name on it will get you. So too can the ones addressed "To Whom It May Concern".

21. Gravity may not be fair, but it is the law.

22. If the rear echelon troops are really happy, the front line troops probably do not have what they need.

23. If you are wearing body armor, the incoming will probably miss that part.

24. It hurts less to die with a uniform on than to die in a hospital bed.

25. Happiness is a belt-fed weapon.

26. If something hasn't broken on your helicopter, it's about to.

27. Eat when you can. Sleep when you can. Visit the head when you can. The next opportunity may not come around for a long time, if ever.

28. Combat pay is a flawed concept.

29. Having all your body parts intact and functioning at the end of the day beats the alternative.

30. Air superiority is NOT a luxury.
31. It is always a bad thing to run out of airspeed, altitude, and ideas all at the same time.

32. Nothing is as useless as altitude above you and runway behind you.

33. While the rest of the crew may be in the same predicament, it's almost always the pilot's job to arrive at the crash site first.

34. When you shoot your weapon, clean it the first chance you get.

35. Loud sudden noises in a helicopter WILL get your undivided attention.

36. Hot garrison chow is better than hot C-rations, which, in turn is better than cold C-rations, which is better than no food at all. All of these, however, are preferable to cold rice balls even if they do have the little pieces of fish in them.

37. WHAT is often more important than WHY.

38. If you find yourself in a fair fight, your tactics suck.

39. Girlfriends are fair game. Wives are not.

40. Everybody's a hero on the ground in the officers club and after the fourth drink.

41. There is no such thing as a small firefight.

42. A free-fire zone has nothing to do with economics.

43. The farther you fly into the mountains (or over water), the louder the strange engine noises become.

44. Medals are OK, but having your body and all your friends in one piece at the end of the day is a whole lot better.

45. The only medal you really want to be awarded is the Longevity Medal.

46. Thousands of Vietnam Veterans earned medals for bravery every day. A few were even awarded.

47. In helicopters, there is no such thing as "a good vibration."

48. Running out of pedal, fore or aft cyclic, or collective are all bad ideas. Any combination of these can be deadly.

49. Nomex is NOT fire proof.

50. There is only one rule in war: When you win, you get to make up the Rules.

51. Living and dying can both hurt a lot.

53. While a Super Bomb could be considered one of the four essential building blocks of life, powdered eggs cannot.

54. C-4 can make a dull day fun.

55. Cocoa Powder is neither.

56. There is no such thing as a fair fight, only ones where you win or lose.

57. If you win the battle you are entitled to the spoils. If you lose you don't care.

58. Nobody cares what you did yesterday or what you are going to do tomorrow. What is important is what you are doing NOW to solve our problem.

59. If you have extra, share it quickly.

60. Always make sure someone has a P-38.

61. A sucking chest wound may be God's way of telling you it's time to go home.

62. Prayer may not help . . . but it can't hurt.

63. Flying is better than walking. Walking is better than running. Running is better than crawling. All of these however, are better than extraction by a Med-Evac, even if this is technically a form of flying.

64. If everyone does not come home, none of the rest of us can ever fully come home.

65. Do not fear the enemy, for your enemy can only take your life. It is far better that you fear the media, for they will steal your HONOR.

66. A grunt is the true reason for the existence of the helicopter. Every helicopter flown in Vietnam had one real purpose: To help the grunt. It is unfortunate that many helicopters never had the opportunity to fulfill their one true mission in life simply because someone forgot this fact.


On Marriage

You have two choices in life: You can stay single and be miserable, or get married and wish you were dead.

At a cocktail party, one woman said to another, "Aren't you wearing your wedding ring on the wrong finger?"
"Yes, I am. I married the wrong man."
A lady inserted an ad in the classifieds: "Husband Wanted".
Next day she received a hundred letters. They all said the same thing: "You can have mine."

When a woman steals your husband, there is no better revenge than to let her keep him.

A woman is incomplete until she is married. Then she is finished .

A little boy asked his father, "Daddy, how much does it cost to get married?"
Father replied, "I don't know son, I'm still paying."
A young son asked, "Is it true Dad, that in some parts of Africa a man doesn't know his wife until he marries her?"
Dad replied, "That happens in every country, son."

Then there was a woman who said, "I never knew what real happiness was until I got married, and by then, it was too late."
Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.

If you want your spouse to listen and pay strict attention to every word you say -- talk in your sleep.
Just think, if it weren't for marriage, men would go through life thinking they had no faults at all.

First guy says, "My wife's an angel!"
Second guy remarks, "You're lucky, mine's still alive."
"A Woman's Prayer:
Dear Lord, I pray for: Wisdom, To understand a man , to Love and to forgive him , and for patience, For his moods. Because Lord, if I pray for Strength I'll just beat him to death"

* * *

Husband and wife are waiting at the bus stop with their nine children. A blind man joins them after a few minutes. When the bus arrives, they find it overloaded and only the wife and the nine kids are able to fit onto the bus.

So the husband and the blind man decide to walk. After a while, the husband gets irritated by the ticking of the stick of the blind man as he taps it on the sidewalk, and says to him, "Why don't you put a piece of rubber at the end of your stick? That ticking sound is driving me crazy."

The blind man replies, "If you had put a rubber at the end of YOUR stick, we'd be riding the bus, so shut the hell up."

Proud to be a golfer

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

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

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

Kind of makes you proud.

A tired-looking dog wandered into the yard. I could tell from her collar and well-fed belly that he had a home.

She followed me into the house, down the hall, and fell asleep on some beanbag chairs in our son's playroom.

An hour later, she went to the door, and I let her out.

The next day she was back, resumed her position in the playroom, and slept for an hour. This continued for several weeks.

Curious, I pinned a note to her collar: "Every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap."

The next day she arrived with a different note pinned to her collar: "She lives in a home with ten children―she's just trying to catch up on her sleep. Can I come with her tomorrow?"

Did you hear about the thief who hijacked a truckload of Viagra?
The judge called him a hardened criminal.

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