Stimulus package provisions for retirees

Stimulus package contains provisions that retirees can benefit from In the current economic conditions almost everyone could use an economic stimulus, and analysts have identified provisions that can benefit America’s retirees.

They include a one-time $250 tax-free payment, regardless of income, to Social Security recipients or an equivalent tax credit for those who do not receive benefits such as retired government workers.

Retirees (and others) may also be able to deduct sales or excise taxes on the first $49,500 of the sales price of most motor vehicles purchase before the end of the current year.

The analysis conducted by also points out some novel provisions that reward energy conservation. Consumers may obtain tax credits for a range of eco-friendly home improvements such as solar-energy heating systems, geothermal heat pumps and wind energy systems.

Moreover, retirees who want to take courses at local colleges may be eligible for education credits, and high-income seniors in particular could benefit from a provision that shields more taxpayers from the alternative minimum tax (AMT).

Such benefits are especially timely given that a slew of recent reports has painted a pessimistic picture of the state of American retirement funds.

According to a recent survey by Pensions & Investment, the 1,000 largest plans lost almost $1 trillion in the year ended September 2008, their worst decline in 30 years.

Study finds calcium may prevent cancer in women

Study finds calcium may prevent cancer in women In addition to supporting healthy bones, especially in menopausal women, a calcium-rich diet may also lower their risk of developing many types of cancer.

Scientist from the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, analyzed data from 198,903 women focusing in particular on their dairy and calcium supplement consumption. They concluded that women decreased their risk of cancer with a daily intake of up to 1,300 milligrams of calcium.

Moreover, the researchers found that both men and women whose diet is rich in calcium have lower risks of cancers of the digestive system, especially colorectal tumors.

The authors explain this by pointing out that calcium, along with vitamin D and conjugated linoleic acid, all found in dairy products or available in the form of dietary supplements, are potentially anticarcinogenic.

Specifically, it has been demonstrated that calcium induces normal turnover among cells in the gastrointestinal tract and breast and reduces abnormal growth. It also binds to bile and fatty acids, potentially shielding the mucous membrane of the large intestine from damage.

The research results were published in the February 23 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.

Study describes role of omega-3 acids in obesity management

New study has detailed the role of omega-3 acids in obesity management While their overall beneficial effects on human health have been well documented, omega-3 fatty acids’ role in obesity treatment and management are only now being properly explored.

Obesity is frequently accompanied by liver problems and scientists now believe that the compounds play a significant role in protecting this vital organ from damage.

Consequently, doctors and dieticians are even more likely to recommend switching to omega-3-rich foods such as fish, flaxseed oil or meat and dairy products from grass-fed animals to people with a particular risk of dangerous liver complications and those who struggle to lose weight.

"Doctors are always looking for simple and easy ways to counter the harmful effects of obesity," says Dr. Gerald Weissmann, editor-in-chief of the Federation of the American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal, adding that "the great thing about this study is that the information can be used at dinner tonight."

The journal published the study results in its online issue on February 23.

According to the National Institutes of Health, obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S. and is responsible for devastating and costly health problems including cancer, heart and liver diseases as well as muscoskeletal complications.

Long-Term Effects of Immunizations

A vaccination is a method by which diluted disease agents are introduced into the system by avoiding the natural defense mechanisms of the body. They are in a sense, parachuted behind enemy lines. Without any means to expel these agents (pathogens), they (the viruses) are eventually incorporated into the cells of the body.

This creates a profound confusion throughout the entire organism as to what is actually the organism (self) which is to be protected, and what is foreign (nonself), which is to be expelled. At some point the immune system will begin to attack cells within the body to rid the organism of the foreign substance. This results in chronic auto-immune disease.

It is no mystery how much autoimmune disease there is in America today.

The "people" who perpetrate the "immunization" crimes are well versed in psychological warfare. Mass crimes are created under the altruistic phrase "for the greater good." You who read my articles are able to translate "for the greater good" to always mean a transfer of more power to the corporate state.

They know that there are several years between the "immunization" shots and the appearance of autoimmune diseases. This is the perfect crime based on confusion of cause and effect.

Nazi Germany started mass compulsory immunization in 1940. The number of cases of diphtheria increased from 40,000 to 250,000 by 1945, virtually all among immunized children.

Bottom line for you: Mass inoculation and immunization is nothing more nor less than commerce via an alliance between big government and big pharmaceuticals. Further, this is an assault upon the people under a medical pretense.

Reference: "DPT; A Shot in the Dark" by Harris Coulter.

The literature states that homeopathic physicians can antidote vaccinations. See "The Case Against Immunizations" by Richard Moskowitz M.D.

Major multinationals among finalists of green company contest

British Airways, Coca Cola, Ikea, Verizon, Wal-mart and Whole Foods among the finalists for Green Choice Awards A popular healthy lifestyle magazine is set to honor the top green companies of 2008 in its May 2009 issue.

The Natural Health Green Choice Awards will celebrate multinational companies which have implemented significant green initiatives and have served as an inspiration to their peers.

The contest asked candidates to submit information about their company’s alternative energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, water use, recycling, carbon footprint and LEED certifications. The 25 finalists include companies such as British Airways, Coca Cola, Ikea, Verizon, Wal-mart and Whole Foods.

The awards will be presented to ten winners by actor and environmental activist Ed Begley, Jr., during a cocktail reception at Tavern on the Green in New York City on May 5, 2009.

The magazine’s editor-in-chief Mary Bolster expressed her excitement with Begley’s participation by saying that "[he] has been the embodiment of green living and green ideas for the past 38 years and as the owner of Begley’s Best, a line of non-toxic household cleaners, [and therefore] he’s the perfect person to help us choose the best green companies of 2008."

Natural Health was founded in 1971 and covers a wide range of topics including fitness, health, wellness, beauty, travel, style and home.

Ideas for managing wealth in a tough economy

Council says diversification is still the best investment strategyDuring the current recession everyone can benefit from a piece of sound economic advice, and one industry group is offering its own insights into managing wealth during turbulent times.

Dow Jones Wealth Management Advisory Council said that the optimal portfolio mix in the current conditions focuses on opportunities in liabilities instead of assets and makes allocations for the long term. As always, keeping the portfolios diversified is the best strategy.

"Our clients are making sure that their long-term risk tolerance is in line with their asset allocation," said Patricia Bell, senior vice president of investments for Merrill Lynch. "Where there is a disconnect there needs to be discussions."

Council members are also advising their clients to reduce exposure to risky investments and to focus on simple financial instruments. According to Mike Sawyer, managing director of investments at Citi Smith Barney, now is a good time to invest in fixed income, high-dividend blue chip stocks, well-managed funds and appropriate deposit vehicles.

The council is a group of top wealth managers dedicated to promoting the practice of wealth management, facilitating industry discussion and representing the needs and concerns of the profession.

FDA lax on medical device safety, report says

Report claims that FDA has poor oversight of quality standards at laboratories which develop medical devicesA non-profit organization has released a report which details the FDA’s alleged lack of oversight of quality standards at laboratories which develop medical devices.

The FDA’s Deadly Gamble with the Safety of Medical Devices report was released by the Project on Government Oversight on February 18, and singles out the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), a part of FDA, as the main culprit.

In particular, the report alleges that senior CDRH officials have not been enforcing the Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) regulation from 1979 that prohibits manufacturers from setting their own standards of laboratory testing. As a result, manufacturers are free to monitor their own compliance with the regulation.

"There are many insiders who are deeply concerned that real harm is being done," says Danielle Brian, executive director of POGO, adding "Such a decision affecting public health should not have been made behind closed doors."

In conclusion, the organization recommends that Congress or the Department of Health and Human Services investigate the FDA officials’ decision to ignore the GLP regulation and audit records that contain evidence of manufactures’ compliance with the regulation.

Consumer watchdog tackles autism coverage denials

Consumer Watchdog has called on the Californian HMO regulator to disclose information related to insurance companies' denial of autism treatment coverageConsumer Watchdog has called on the Californian HMO regulator to make public its communications with insurance companies relating to cases of coverage denials for autism treatment.

Citing the Public Records Act, the organization wants the California Department of Managed Health Care to disclose the information. It claims that many insurers refuse to pay for autism treatment, known as applied behavioral analysis, even though such coverage is required by law.

"Children who need treatment for autism can’t afford to wait while insurance companies refuse coverage," says Jerry Flanagan of Consumer Watchdog, adding that it is the regulators’ responsibility to help families get the care they need, rather than "helping the insurance companies think up new excuses for denying coverage."

Flanagan also stated, "Access to information concerning the public’s business is an essential check against the exercise of official government power to benefit political supporters."

Consumer Watchdog is concerned that the officials have been influenced by insurance companies seeking to avoid paying for autism treatment.

According to the group, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who appointed the current director of the Department of Managed Health Care, has received more than $1 million in campaign contributions from health insurance companies and HMOs.

Supplements may reduce risk of vision loss

Scientists believe that vitamins B, 12 and folic acid may reduce the risk of age-related vision lossScientists believe that vitamin B and folic acid may be helpful in mitigating the risk of vision loss in older people.

A report published in the February 23 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, says that a diet supplemented by a combination of vitamins B6 and B12 and folic acid appeared to decrease the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in women.

AMD is believed to be related to high blood levels of amino acid called homocysteine which causes dysfunction of the blood vessel lining. Vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid appear to reduce homocysteine levels and may reverse this process.

"The trial findings … are the strongest evidence to date in support of a possible beneficial effect of folic acid and B vitamin supplements in AMD prevention," the authors write.

The add, "From a public health perspective, this is particularly important because persons with early AMD are at increased risk of developing advanced AMD, the leading cause of severe, irreversible vision loss."

According to the National Institutes of Health, AMD is a leading cause of vision loss in Americans 60 years of age and older.