Govt ordered to release wiretapping documents

Bush must release documents related to a civil liberties lawsuitThe Bush administration has been ordered by a U.S. district judge to release documents relating to its warrantless wiretapping program.

Following the September 11th 2001 attacks, the government gave the National Security Agency permission to engage in telephone surveillance of suspected terrorists without first obtaining a warrant.

Civil liberties groups have since filed a lawsuit against the NSA, Bush and other members of his administration related to the program.

On Friday, Judge Henry Kennedy said that the government must hand over the documents by November 17th, after which he will review them to determine whether they could be made public without endangering national security.

Commenting on the decision, the Electronic Privacy Information Center’s Marc Rotenberg told the Associated Press that the prospect of making the papers public was "a common sense matter."

"It’s an important decision because up to this point the judge has relied on the government’s assertion that it has done everything properly under the law and that it has disclosed everything it needs to disclose," he added.

Last month, the National Research Council released a report calling for the government to ensure it is takes measures to protect privacy and civil liberties before implementing any surveillance program.

U.S. kids taking more meds than ever

Today's kids are highly medicatedA new study confirms a growing body of evidence suggesting that today’s children are more medicated than any past generation.

The findings indicate that it is increasingly common for American children to be prescribed drugs to address a number of health conditions, from asthma to diabetes.

Research published in the journal Pediatrics show an increase in prescription medications given to children over the years stretching from 2002-05, compared with previous three-year periods.

Dr. Emily R. Rox and colleagues found that prescriptions for medications to treat type 2 diabetes among children aged five to 19 doubled during this period, while those aimed at asthma rose by 46 percent.

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression and high cholesterol were among the other conditions that saw an increase regarding their treatment with prescription drugs.

"Most people who would look at these numbers would indicate that these are worrisome trends" Cox told HealthDay News. "We need to understand what is driving this increase."

Previous research published in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health found that American children are approximately three times more likely than their European counterparts to be prescribed psychotropic drugs.

AARP calls for retirement account withdrawals rule change

AARP has called for a freeze on mandatory withdrawalsOlder Americans could be financially penalized unless the rules governing mandatory retirement account withdrawals are amended, the AARP has warned.

The retiree advocacy group has called for a temporary freeze on these withdrawals, due to the recent state of the U.S. economy.

Under current rules, those who are aged 70 ½ and older must take distributions from their account based on the fair market value of this account on the final day of the previous year.

In a letter to treasury secretary Henry Paulson, AARP CEO Bill Novelli said that many people would find themselves choosing between taking a withdrawal based on higher values than those currently seen or paying a tax penalty of 50 percent for not taking a withdrawal.

"The sudden decline in the economy and plunging stock markets has jeopardized the retirement savings of millions of retired workers," Novelli wrote.

"In addition to steps that are already being taken to stabilize the financial markets, we believe it is also critical to help stabilize individual finances."

Last month, the AARP released a statement supporting Paulson’s proposal of a second economic stimulus package, aimed at providing a boost to Main Street instead of Wall Street.

Student privacy suit settled

Students' data was sold to marketersA New Jersey-based company that operates by collecting information from students will have to allow participants to opt out of their service, following the settlement of a privacy lawsuit.

The settlement, announced by the state’s attorney general Anne Milgram, includes a $200,000 fine for Educational Research Center of America.

ERCA provided surveys to teachers in dozens of U.S. states, offering educators $40 gift cards as an incentive for participation.

Questions about ethnicity, religion, sports, hobbies and school activities were included in the surveys. The firm then sold the junior and senior high school students’ data to third parties to be used for marketing purposes.

The multistate settlement says that the company will be required to clearly show how students can choose to opt out of the survey. It also prohibits the organization from giving out monetary gifts to teachers.

Previously Iowa attorney general Tom Miller – who led the suit – pursued a similar company in 2006 for not letting children or teachers know that it was selling their information, the Des Moines Register reports.

Citizen group find plenty of financial nightmares in Washington

Congress' money management can be frightening, group saysAs another year of Halloween-inspired frights has just passed by, Citizens Against Government Waste has used the opportunity to point out some scary government behavior that has taken place over the past few months.

CAGW calls the $700 bailout bill "the worst trick perpetrated on taxpayers this year," claiming that it is a significant step towards creating a socialist mentality in Washington.

It points to government intervention in the cases of Bear Stearns, AIG, and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as additional examples of how taxpayers are forced to foot the bill for Wall Street’s missteps.

CAGW is also highly critical of the way that Congress is managing (or mismanaging) the federal budget, which reached $455 billion in the fiscal year 2008.

The group says that spending over the course of the year has risen by 9.1 percent, which is the highest increase seen since 1990, while revenue fell by 1.2 percent.

"Congress’ reaction to the bad news is to propose spending increases and a $400 billion stimulus bill instead of taking a Texas-sized chainsaw to the plethora of federal government programs that are outdated and wasteful," CAGW states.

Meanwhile, in related news, Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke has recently called for indefinite government backing of consumer mortgages.

Strong concerns raised about diabetes drug risk

Avandia has been linked to liver and heart problemsAn advocacy group has called for the Food and Drug Administration to immediately ban the diabetes drug Avandia, due to serious health concerns.

According to Public Citizen, the drug – manufactured by pharmaceutical company Glaxo-SmithKline – can cause liver failure and other life-threatening conditions.

The group has published a statement in Diabetes Care which cites 14 cases of liver failure that can apparently be linked to Avandia. In 12 instances, the condition resulted in death.

In addition to liver toxicity, the group warns that the medication has been linked to an increased risk of heart attacks, heart failure, bone fractures and complications from vision problems.

"The scientific consensus against Avandia is overwhelming," commented Public Citizen’s Dr. Sidney Wolfe.

"The timing of these findings should give the FDA the momentum it needs to act swiftly to prevent further needless deaths and health damage by banning this drug."

In May 2007, the FDA issued an alert about the heart attack risks associated with Avandia, saying that it would continue to assess its potential dangers.ADNFCR-1961-ID-18856655-ADNFCR

Men’s Hormone for the Heart

Everyone knows about the epidemic of heart and vascular disease. Few realize that the risk of heart disease grows with age. Research dating back more than half a century has tied heart disease to male menopause and the reduction of androgens (testosterone).

  • Testosterone is a primary factor in the health of the heart and blood vessels.
  • Testosterone levels decline with age.
  • Restoring testosterone—and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)—to youthful levels can yield significant health benefits, including protection against the various manifestations of atherosclerotic disease.

Women do need testosterone, but only one-tenth as much as men. We are talking about natural testosterone.

Most physicians completely ignore the role of testosterone and other hormones in maintaining men’s cardiovascular health.

German researchers before World War II found that testosterone treatment using testosterone esters could normalize faulty glucose metabolism, a major co-existing condition with cardiovascular disease. They found that testosterone treatment over several months would relieve angina and improve leg pain in men suffering from intermittent claudication (leg pain).

Dr. Jens Moller, M.D. (1904-1989) medical researcher and practitioner, found that testosterone replacement fell into three general categories:

  1. Complete healing of gangrene of the upper and lower extremities.
  2. Improvement of impaired carbohydrate metabolism and circulation.
  3. Milder and fewer angina pectoris attacks, as well as normalized EKG findings.

“In Dr. Moller’s view, conventional medicine sees cardiovascular disease (CVD) as primarily a plumbing problem. The aim is to keep the pipes clear and the pump working. The focus is on symptoms of the disease—high cholesterol, hypertension, atherosclerosis, thrombosis (clot formation), intermittent claudication, angina and other familiar manifestations—but not on what is really causing the symptoms.” (From Maximize Your Vitality and Potency For Men Over 40, by Jonathan V. Wright, M.D. and Lane Lenard, Ph.D.)

Dr. Moller’s view was that protein is the substance on which all the biochemical and physiological activity of life is based. And testosterone is the hormone whose major role is to build up this core substance.

Of course the treatment of symptoms is the foundation of the pharmaceutical business. It is the core training in U.S. medical schools. Translated, this makes most United States doctors drug salesmen. And this makes the public victims of “medical” assault under the guise of medical treatment. This is one of the most thorough systems of brainwash in history proving that a professional education system is a training ground for esoteric hidden control. Not one doctor in 10,000 is suspicious of his education and professional shackles.

Following the trail of the serpent, it’s the fraud of paper money that creates such a colossus of fraud and deceit. The medical system is government paper money dependent. If not for this system, there would not be more than 2 percent of the present number of doctors.

Transdermal (rub on) testosterone cream is a highly effective delivery method. This can be bought from a compounding pharmacy with a prescription.