Experts offer tips on surviving inflation

Experts offer tips on surviving inflation As economic uncertainty continues and government spending skyrockets, some experts have offered advice on how best to prepare for what they see as an inevitable rise in inflation.

According to the National Inflation Association (NIA), the smartest way to shield one’s net worth from the damaging effects of rising prices is to do away with U.S. bonds, treasuries and other dollar-denominated assets.

Due to uncertainties surrounding the stock and the real estate markets, NIA also suggests precious metals, especially gold and silver, will become an ever more attractive class of assets to invest in, given their liquidity and tradability.

"Gold and silver have been accepted as real money for thousands of years and could replace the U.S. dollar as the ultimate safe haven for Americans to store their money," the association said.

Because inflation leads to rising prices of food, clothing and other necessities, it may also be a good idea to stock up on canned foods, bottled water, medicine, toothpaste and first aid products in case government imposes price controls that would lead to shortages, it says.

In times of economic hardship, some people have moreover benefitted from planting their own gardens or starting a farm.

NIA concludes its inflation warning by saying that those who have debt should try to refinance it into smaller monthly payments over a longer period of time and should not loan money to anybody given that inflation increases the real value of debt.
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Broccoli may prevent stomach cancer

Broccoli may prevent stomach cancerBacterium known as Helicobacter Pylori is a major cause of stomach ulcers which may cause stomach cancer, but new research has found compounds in broccoli sprouts may act to kill the germ.

Scientists in Japan conducted a study of 48 Helicobacter-infected people who were assigned 70 grams of fresh broccoli sprouts daily for eight weeks.

What they found was what researchers around the world long suspected, namely that the phytochemical sulforaphane found in broccoli significantly reduced the bacteria count.

After testing the group which ate broccoli they established H. pylori levels that were significantly lower at eight weeks among those patients who had eaten broccoli sprouts, while remaining the same for patients who had not.

"Broccoli has recently entered the public awareness as a preventive dietary agent," says Dr. Jed Fahey, research associate in the Department of Pharmacology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

"This study supports the emerging evidence that broccoli sprouts may be able to prevent cancer in humans, not just in lab animals," he adds.

This finding adds to the mounting evidence of health benefits associated with broccoli consumption.

An study published earlier this year found that the vegetable may help protect against respiratory inflammation that causes asthma, allergic rhinitis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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You’re Making a Mistake! And You Shouldn’t Leave Home Without It!

Chances are everyone over age 50 is guilty, without exception. Why? Because symptoms of aging are unnoticeable until we get symptoms. As we become seniors we all begin to lose that life-giving and life-preserving substance from our stomachs called hydrochloric acid. The pharmaceuticals make billions and billions of dollars on our ignorance. What’s more, instead of putting hydrochloric acid in, they take it out with antacids until we are sick, or worse—we have stomach cancer.

For some reason the lack of that most vital stomach acid produces symptoms of acid indigestion and heartburn. Bingo! We are set up for advertising deception and huge profits for the drug companies.

The deception is completed when we actually get temporary relief as the advertisements claim. The FDA is silent and the crime goes on. And it gets worse! They even claim that one gets “healing” from these antacids like the "healing purple pill." Nothing could be further from the truth. Would any thinking person reason that he is getting "healing" from a substance that actually shuts down the stomach acid pump?

Ahh, but they put in a disclaimer. "Symptom relief does not rule out other serious stomach conditions." So the public can’t say that they weren’t told. This is criminal and nobody objects because the public gets "relief" from heartburn, acid indigestion and acid reflux, temporarily. But the price is high. What is "temporary relief" to the total breakdown of health?

Just because we may not at this moment be having heartburn, acid reflux or acid indigestion does not indicate that we do not have low stomach acid. Aging guarantees it.

The human stomach is created as an acid machine—not an antacid machine. We need to preserve this acid machine at all costs. It is the very foundation of health and longevity.

While the rest of the body is normal at a pH of about 7.2, we need to keep it slightly alkaline for optimal health. But the stomach is very acid, as low as a pH of 3 or 4, if normal.

The amount of hydrochloric stomach acid we have is directly related to how well we digest and assimilate our food. It follows that food assimilation is basic to health.

As the years pass we silently lose stomach acid. This is the cause: Acid indigestion, heartburn and acid reflux are the symptoms and deteriorating health is the effect. But we never relate the loss of stomach acid to developing health problems.

When we do not digest our food because we are low on stomach acid, we develop putrefaction or rotting food in our stomachs causing organic acids of fermentation and causing the symptoms of heartburn, acid indigestion and acid reflux. Often this translates to stomach or colon cancer. It is very serious!

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My confession: I didn’t leave home without betaine hydrochloric in my wife’s purse, but I always forgot to take it before meals. When overwhelming therapeutic evidence finally prompted me, I developed the habit of taking betaine hydrochloric before every meal and even with my vitamin food supplements. Oh man, what a difference! You’ll see!

Alternative therapies may benefit children as well

Alternative therapies may benefit children as wellDoctors increasingly believe that children can benefit from safe and effective complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies.

Alternative medicine has been shown to be effective when OTC medications were not. Doctors now increasingly recommend natural remedies such as honey to treat common colds or cough in children over the age of one.

"There is a huge place for complementary and alternative medicine in pediatrics," says Dr. Dolores Mendelow, clinical assistant professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases at the University of Michigan Medical School.

She also stresses that CAM therapies are safe and effective if conducted under the supervision of a physician.

Dr. Mendelow further points to acupuncture, nutritional supplements and herbal or botanical therapies as being most promising for the treatment of a range of common childhood illnesses.

In addition to that, therapies such as yoga, with its deep breathing techniques, have been show to relieve symptoms in asthmatic patients and reduce stress in teens and adolescents.

According to a survey by the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 40 percent of adults and more than 10 percent of children sought alternative medicine help in 2007.

Some have suggested that the increasingly dysfunctional healthcare system that excludes millions of Americans and frequently provides insufficient coverage for those who have insurance has also contributed to the growing popularity of alternative medicine.
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House Committee holds ‘kangaroo court’ hearing

House Committee holds 'kangaroo court' hearingThe National Center for Public Policy Research has accused U.S. lawmakers of holding one-sided hearings on the consequences of the California drought.

The hearing was held on March 31 by the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources and focused on climate change as the main culprit of the critical water shortage while glossing over the role of activist-inspired environmental policies.

In addition to that, only representatives of government agencies were permitted to testify.

"At the height of a California drought and during a serious recession with massive unemployment in California’s Central Valley, one would hope that the committee cared enough about agricultural workers and minorities to invite as witnesses actual unemployed farm workers," said R.J. Smith, a senior fellow at The National Center.

"Let’s have an open committee hearing and hear real people discussing the impacts on their lives from government regulations and massive job losses – instead of more government bureaucrats who are only causing the problem," he added.

According to University of California at Davis, 80,000 jobs could be lost in the Central Valley. The state risks agricultural losses of over $2 billion for the upcoming season and $3 billion in total economic losses in 2009 as a result of the drought.
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Advocacy group: Tax system ‘hurts the economy’

Tax system 'hurts the economy,' says advocacy group.As the deadline for filing income tax returns approaches, an organization dedicated to promoting a fairer tax system has said the present tax law confuses taxpayers and damages the economy.

According to Ken Hoagland, national communications director of FairTax.org, taxpayers nationwide become victims of the complex and "indecipherable" rules and regulations each year resulting in millions of dollars spent on tax expert services.

However, the impact on the economy is far greater, he suggests.

"American job growth has all but disappeared, [yet] we continue to tax every hiring decision by requiring employers to pay half of Social Security and Medicare taxes," he wrote in a statement, adding, "Our tax system drives American jobs offshore and undermines American competitiveness."

To remedy the situation, FairTax.org proposes a shift in federal taxation from earnings to consumption and giving the middle class significant relief.

It also blasts the "billion dollar a year, recession-proof lobbying business in Washington" that pushes for special interests loopholes as well as the "industry" of advocates, scholars and specialized publications that has grown around them.

FairTax.org is a grassroots campaign to win a progressive national retail sales tax to replace the income tax system.
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It’s Time for Some New Tea Parties

Come April 15th, a lot of Americans will be taking the opportunity this Tax Day to tell their elected officials that they’re T.E.A.’d off. That is, that they’re Taxed Enough Already.

Good for them! May their numbers multiply. And may more politicians in Washington and the state capitols start to listen to them.

If you remember your history, the original Tea Party took place on December 16, 1773 in Boston, in what was then the British crown colony of Massachusetts. Earlier that year, the British Parliament had passed the Tea Act, imposing new taxes on the outraged colonists. Remember the “no taxation without representation” battle cry? (Look how bad it’s gotten with representation.)

When officials in Boston, acting on orders from the Royal Governor, refused to return the tea to England, a group of colonists, some disguised as Indians, boarded the ships and tossed the cargo into Boston Harbor.

The Boston Tea Party, as it came to be known, led Parliament to clamp down on the colonists even further. In 1774, it passed the Coercive Acts, which closed Boston’s wharfs until the British East India Company had been paid for the destroyed tea. Colonial resistance hardened, leading to the First Continental Congress and ultimately open rebellion. A year later, the war for American independence had begun.

This time, no one is suggesting tossing anything (or anyone) into the water, more’s the pity. Instead, patriotic Americans are gathering in cities and towns across the country to protest the Obama Administration’s plans to tax us even more. And who can blame them?

Despite the demagogic cry that the “rich” need to pay “their fair share,” the truth is that the top five percent of U.S. taxpayers already pay 60% of U.S. income taxes. While the bottom 40% pay no income taxes at all. When President Obama talks about “lowering” their taxes, what he really means is that he’s going to take more money from those who earn it and give it to those who don’t. This is not a “tax reduction” — it is a blatant example of a Marxist redistribution of wealth.

At the same time he’s promising more give-aways to the poor, Barack Obama wants to raise the top income-tax rate from 35% to 39.6%. Plus, he intends to reduce the deduction the so-called rich can take on their charitable contributions, mortgage interest, and other taxes they pay. Slash the amount of those deductions by 20% and you’re effectively raised their tax rate by another 7.9%.

In other words, if your income stays the same, better get ready to see your after-tax dollars shrink … a lot.

So what can you do about it? It’s a little late to vote the rascals out of office — although we’ll get another chance at the polls in 18 months. And while I’d never discourage anyone from writing your congressman, the sad truth is that Congress today — especially the House of Representatives, where by law all spending bills must originate — is solidly in the hands of the liberal left. What are the chances that enough constituent correspondence would cause Nancy Pelosi to change course? About the same as the odds of an ice storm in the Sahara Desert.

That’s why I was glad to hear about the Tax Day Tea Parties being organized across the country. Newt Gingrich, the best-selling author and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, has become one of the chief promoters of the protests. Here’s how he describes what’s happening:

“In outrage against the billions of our dollars being used to pay for the irresponsible behavior of others — and the trillions more in the Obama budget that will be used to expand government even further into our lives — the Reagan coalition of the faithful and the fiscally conservative is reassembling.”

And Newt adds,

“There’s no super-rich sugar daddy like George Soros pulling the strings. There’s no special-interest group like Moveon.org creating the illusion of a grassroots movement. And it’s not a taxpayer-funded ‘protest’ group like ACORN. It’s just ordinary Americans who believe in preserving American values and principles, like faith, freedom, and smaller government.”

If that sounds like you, I encourage you to contact one of the sponsors of the Tax Day Tea Parties and make plans now to spend part of next Wednesday, April 15th, at the meeting nearest you. According to the latest reports, there are more than 250 such gatherings planned in all 50 states.

Go on the website www.TaxDayTeaParty.com or www.TeaPartyDay.com to find the location nearest you. The first is a coalition of various conservative and patriotic groups; the second is a joint effort by Renewing American Leadership and the American Family Association, which say they already have more than 10,000 people of faith signed up.

Also, Newt’s own organization, American Solutions, is offering a “Tea Party Tool Kit.” To get yours, go to his website, www.AmericanSolutions.com.

Radiation exposure ‘greatly increased’ since early 1980s.

Radiation exposure 'greatly increased' since early 1980s.In 2006, Americans were exposed to more than seven times as much ionizing radiation from medical procedures, such as CT scans, as was the case in the early 1980s, according to a new report.

The report was released by the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements at its annual meeting in Maryland.

It also found that as of 2006, medical exposure constituted nearly half of the total radiation exposure of the U.S. population.

Other sources included background radiation that comes from soil, rocks, space and the radon gas which penetrates into buildings.

Hence, it is good to keep in mind a few suggestions about protection against radiation.

For day-to-day protection against radon, a cancer-causing natural radioactive gas, it may be a good idea to have the home tested. If the radon level is 4 pCi/L or more, the home needs to be fixed.

In case of an emergency, it is important to keep in mind that the amount of radiation exposure increases with the time people spend near the source and decreaes with the distance from it.

Shielding also plays an important part. A thin piece of light material, such as paper, provides protection against alpha particles. However, there is no protection against inhaled or ingested alpha emitters.

Heavy clothing is necessary to protect against beta particles because some of them can penetrate and burn the skin while only thick shielding, such as lead, can provide adequate protection against gamma rays.
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Pension plan performance improves in March

Pension plan performance improves in March The funding status of an average U.S. corporate pension plan improved by 6.4 percentage points in March, according to new statistics.

The estimate, published by the Bank of New York (BNY) Mellon Asset Management, credited a strong stock market rally and wider spreads for corporate bonds with the much-needed boost.

"This was, by far, the best month for pension plans since the funding status of these plans began deteriorating in May 2008," said Peter Austin, executive director of BNY Mellon Pension Services.

In addition to the stock market rebound, long AA corporate bond yields rose 60 basis points in March, contributing to an increase in the AA corporate rate from 6.84 percent to 7.19 percent and driving down the value of liabilities, he added.

According to the BNY Mellon Pension Liability Index, assets for a typical moderate risk portfolio increased 5.6 percent, while liabilities fell 3.5 percent during the month. For the year to date, the funding ratio for the average plan is up 5.7 percentage points.

However, the experts caution that plans face the threat of narrowing spreads and lower yields as corporate bond yields are significantly over their historic levels.
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