Lawsuit challenges denial of right to bear arms

Lawsuit challenges denial of right to bear armsThe Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), The Calguns Foundation (CF) and three private citizens have filed a lawsuit against arbitrary state infringement of the right to bear arms in California.

They challenge the policies of two sheriffs in Sacramento and Yolo counties, who refuse to issue law-abiding people gun permits while criminals continue to carry guns without police permission, according to the SAF.

One of the plaintiffs believes her sexual orientation and small stature makes her an appealing target for criminals but she has been unable to obtain a gun permit.

"The California licensing system is being abused by some officials who are hostile to self-defense rights," says Donald Kilmer, co-counsel representing the plaintiffs in this case.

He adds, "Complete deprivation of the right to bear arms is not an option under our constitution."

Founded in 1974, SAF is the nation’s oldest and largest education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the constitutional right to privately own and possess firearms. It has more than 600,000 members and conducts programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.

CF is a non-profit legal defense fund for California gun owners and works to educate government and the public and protect the rights of individuals to own and lawfully use firearms in California.
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Cherries shown to counteract arthritis inflammation

Cherries shown to counteract arthritis inflammationLifestyle and dietary changes, like regular consumption of cherries, may help manage the inflammation, stiffness and pain related to arthritis.

There is evidence that tart cherries may play a role in reducing the pain of arthritis, based on a review of studies published over the years in scientific publications such as Texas Reports on Biology and Medicine, Journal of Nutrition and Behavioral Brain Research.

Compounds called anthocyanins – which are responsible for cherries’ red color – are believed to promote this anti-inflammatory benefit.

Leslie Bonci, director of Sports Nutrition in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, says her clients frequently ask about ways of managing arthritis without pharmacological drugs.

"For many arthritis sufferers, what they eat may help dramatically reduce their arthritis-related pain," she stresses.

That is why she suggests eating cherries as well as other red foods rich in anthocyanins and including omega-3 fatty acids in the diet.

In addition to that, the expert recommends staying properly hydrated and practicing gentle stretching that may increase comfort and lessen pain and stiffness.
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Contaminated food victims call for better safety system

Contaminated food victims call for better safety system More than 20 victims of foodborne illnesses gathered in Washington DC to call for better consumer protection.

According to the Make Our Food Safe Campaign, some 5,000 Americans die annually from food-related illness, but the food safety system is based on laws enacted in 1906 that are outdated and fail to protect food supply.

"These victims, their families and their stories must serve as the final wake-up call," said Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, a Connecticut Democrat and chairwoman of the House Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations.

She added, "We must act now to make it happen, transform the FDA, and begin a new movement that puts public health first."

DeLauro has introduced the Food Safety Modernization Act to separate food safety regulation from drug and device approvals.

Meanwhile, major consumer and food safety groups have launched the Make Our Food Safe Campaign to push for reforms of the nation’s food regulatory system.

It calls for risk-based inspections, science-based standards for foods and requirements that food companies test for harmful contaminants and report any result showing contamination to the government.

Steps to ensure that imported food products meet safety standards, enhanced enforcement tools, like mandatory recall authority, and structural changes in HHS are also among the campaign’s demands.
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Obama’s First 100 Mistakes

If you’re as tired as I am of all the hoorays and hallelujahs an adoring press has bestowed on Barack Obama for his first 100 days in office, here’s a welcome respite.

To help counter all that saccharine applause, one of the left’s sharpest critics in Washington, D.C. prepared a different sort of list. Gary Bauer, who heads the Campaign for Working Families, compiled a list of Obama’s 100 mistakes, misstatements, and missteps since he assumed our nation’s highest office.

Granted, not every one of the items listed below threatens the foundations of our Republic. But taken together, they reveal that we are witnessing the transformation of a limited, Constitutional government into a socialist morass.

Gary has divided his list into four categories, starting with values and going to national security, free enterprise, and personnel. See if you don’t agree that it’s quite a litany.

Undermining Our Values

1. Calling for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act on the White House website.

2. Calling on the White House website for the expansion of federal hate crimes to include homosexual behavior.

3. Calling on the White House website for policies like the “Fairness Doctrine” that could silence conservative and Christian talk radio.

4. Repealing limitations on taxpayer-funding of human embryonic stem cell research.

5. Repealing limitations on taxpayer-funding of abortions overseas.

6. Pledging $50 million to the United Nation’s Population Fund, which supports China’s draconian one-child policy.

7. Proposing new rules to gut conscience clause protections for pro-life doctors and other medical personnel who don’t want to be forced to perform abortions or other procedures that violate their values.

8. Proposing increased funding for the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood.

9. Calling on the White House website for “a goal that all middle and high school students do 50 hours of community service a year,” (mandatory volunteerism).

10. Inviting homosexual families to the White House Easter Egg Roll.

11. Allowing his attorney general to call for the reinstatement of Clinton-era restrictions on the Second Amendment.

12. Breaking his promise not to appoint lobbyists to his administration. He hired 17 in his first two weeks.

13. Breaking his promise to sign legislation only after a five-day period of public comments.

14. Asking that the monogram for Jesus Christ be covered up during a televised speech at a Catholic university in which Obama quotes the Sermon on the Mount.

Undermining Our National Security

15. Apologizing for America in Europe and Latin America.

16. Bowing before the Muslim king of Saudi Arabia.

17. Pledging to base America’s foreign policy toward Iran on “mutual respect” in a video to the Iranian people and Iran’s Holocaust-denying dictator.

18. Returning the bust of Winston Churchill given to George Bush after 9/11 by our British allies.

19. Giving British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the leader of America’s most loyal ally, a box of DVDs that don’t work in British DVD players.

20. Ordering Guantanamo Bay closed without any idea of where to send the terrorist suspects held there.

21. Suggesting that some of those terrorists now at GITMO may kill again, but may also be released onto U.S. soil and set up with welfare benefits.

22. Caving to communist Cuba by relaxing travel restrictions and remittances for Cuban Americans before any Cuban political prisoners have been released.

23. Shaking hands with Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez.

24. Sitting silently though a 50-minute anti-American diatribe by Nicaragua’s communist president, Daniel Ortega.

25. Releasing Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who is suspected of masterminding the 2000 suicide bombing of the U.S.S. Cole.

26. Releasing classified CIA memos outlining our interrogation techniques.

27. Telling our CIA agents not to be discouraged when he acknowledges their “mistakes.”

28. Declaring a new openness to “truth commissions” and prosecuting intelligence officials involved in enhanced interrogations of terrorists.

29. Proposing to send a $900 million foreign aid package to Palestinians in Gaza.

30. Asking Congress to relax the law so that some of that money could go to the terrorist organization Hamas.

31. Calling for the U.S. to eliminate its nuclear weapons.

32. Telling Russian President Demitri Medvedev that America’s commitment to missile defense is negotiable.

33. Dropping the term “enemy combatants” for GITMO detainees.

34. Dropping the term “terrorism” for “man-made disaster.”

35. Dropping the term “Global War on Terror” for “overseas contingency operations.”

36. Giving his first interview as president to the Arab language network Al-Arabiya.

37. Telling the Muslim world that his “job” was to communicate “that the Americans are not your enemy,” when it’s Muslim extremists who have declared war on us.

38. Proposing that military veterans use private insurance for the cost of a service-related injury before they would be eligible for coverage through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Undermining Free Enterprise

39. Signing the trillion-dollar plus so-called “stimulus” bill, which the Congressional Budget Office said would actually hurt long-term economic growth.

40. Saying Caterpillar wouldn’t lay off workers if his trillion-dollar stimulus bill passed Congress. Obama signed the bill on Feb. 17th. On March 17th, Caterpillar laid off nearly 2,500 workers.

41. Hosting a “Fiscal Responsibility Summit” one week after signing the trillion-dollar “stimulus” bill.

42. Railing against “outrageous recklessness and greed” of AIG bonuses that were legally protected in the so-called “stimulus” bill he signed four days after it passed, not five as he promised.

43. Breaking his promise on earmark reform by signing the $410 billion “omnibus” spending bill with billions in earmarks.

44. Proposing a $3.6 trillion budget that doubles the national debt in five years and triples it in ten years.

45. Proposing a “carbon cap and trade” scheme that will raise energy taxes by hundreds of billions, even trillions, of dollars.

46. Burning more than 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to fly to Iowa for Earth Day to promote “wind power.”

47. Proposing $634 billion in higher taxes for socialized health care.

48. Proposing to raise taxes on small business owners.

49. Saying the White House is open to the idea of taxing employer-sponsored health care benefits as income.

50. Signing a massive expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, calling it “a down payment on my commitment to cover every single American.”

51. Establishing the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research to give bureaucrats the power to ration health care and tell your doctors what care you can and cannot have.

52. Signing the 2009 Omnibus Public Land Management Act, which the Sierra Club praised specifically because it “will safeguard millions of acres … from oil and gas leasing.”

53. Suggesting he has found $1.5 trillion in bogus “savings” by not spending money in Iraq that we were not planning to spend years from now.

54. Ordering his Cabinet to “cut” $100 million in spending in 90 days, after proposing nearly $5 trillion in spending in his first 90 days.

55. Proposing to limit tax deductions for home mortgage interest.

56. Proposing to limit tax deductions for charitable donations.

57. Refusing to allow banks to repay TARP money.

58. Bailing out AMTRAK with a 10% increase in its taxpayer subsidies.

59. Bailing out the United Auto Workers Union with billions of taxpayer dollars to GM and Chrysler.

60. Bailing out the United Auto Workers by giving it a majority ownership stake in Chrysler. Yes, the union will own the company.

61. Bailing out Big Labor by issuing an executive order mandating that infrastructure projects paid for with “stimulus” funds must use union labor, guaranteeing higher costs for the taxpayer.

62. Bailing out Big Labor again by repealing regulations requiring the disclosure of how union dues are spent. So much for “transparency.”

63. Saying, “The United States government has no interest in running GM, “then vowing that the government will back auto warranties.

64. Saying, “The United States government has no interest in running GM, “then firing the CEO of General Motors.

65. Allowing states to set their own fuel efficiency and emissions standards, making it harder for struggling auto makers to compete.

Personnel Is Policy

66. Nominating Timothy “The Turbo Tax Evader” Geithner as Treasury Secretary to oversee the IRS.

67. Nominating as attorney general Eric Holder, who urged Bill Clinton to pardon tax evader Marc Rich and 8 FALN terrorists.

68. Nominating David Ogden, a prominent attorney for the pornography industry, to be Deputy Attorney General.

69. Nominating Tom Daschle, who owed more than $140,000 in back taxes, as Health and Human Services Secretary.

70. Nominating Kathleen Sebelius, who is ardently pro-abortion and owed $8,000 in back taxes, to be HHS Secretary.

71. Nominating Janet Napolitano, who said, “crossing the border is not a crime per se,” as Homeland Security Secretary.

72. Nominating Steven Chu as Energy Secretary. Last September, Chu said, “Somehow, we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,” which at that time were roughly $8.00 a gallon.

73. Nominating Ron Kirk, who owed more than $6,000 in back taxes, as Trade Representative.

74. Nominating Bill Richardson, who was embroiled in an ethics scandal, as Secretary of Commerce.

75. Nominating Nancy Killefer, who also owed back taxes, to be the government’s “Efficiency Czar.”

76. Nominating Rosa Brooks, a leftwing acolyte of George Soros, as an advisor to the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy.

77. Nominating Harold Koh, an ardent supporter of using international law in the interpretation of our Constitution, to be the top legal advisor to the State Department.

78. Nominating Carol Browner, who was a member of the Socialist International, to be “Climate and Energy Czar.”

79. Nominating John Holdren, an environmental extremist and advocate of population control, as the White House Science Advisor.

80. Nominating Dawn Johnsen, who is so pro-abortion she once compared pregnancy to slavery, to direct the Office of Legal Counsel at the Justice Department.

81. Nominating Charles Freeman, an anti-Israel, pro-Arab apologist, to be head of the National Intelligence Council.

82. Nominating Tony West, who represented American Taliban John Walker Lindh and exposed the Bush Administration’s terrorist surveillance program, to the Justice Department’s Civil Division.

83. Nominating Annette Nazareth to be Deputy Treasury Secretary, who withdrew after a month-long probe into her taxes.

84. Trying to nominate pro-abortion Catholics to be ambassador to the Vatican, a move even John Kerry opposed.

85. Appointing Ellen Moran of the pro-abortion group Emily’s List as his White House communications director.

86. Appointing Melody Barnes, a board member of Emily’s List and Planned Parenthood, as his director of the Domestic Policy Council.

87. Appointing Harry Knox of the Human Rights Campaign (the largest homosexual rights lobbying group) to the White House’s Faith Based Advisory Council.

88. Appointing Adolfo Carrion as Director of White House Office of Urban Affairs, even though he is under investigation for kickbacks in a scandal nearly identical to one that cost GOP Senator Ted Stevens his election.

89. Nominating David Hamilton as his first appointment to a federal appeals court. Judge Hamilton has issued a number of controversial rulings, including prohibiting the Indiana House of Representatives from opening sessions with prayers in the name of Jesus.

Other Obama Outrages

90. Telling congressional Republicans to stop listening to Rush Limbaugh.

91. Coordinating attacks on Rush Limbaugh, Rick Santelli and Jim Cramer out of the White House.

92. Hosting weekly parties at the White House, serving up $100-a-pound Waygu beef during what Obama called, “the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.”

93. Laughing it up on 60 Minutes as the country is mired in a recession.

94. Allowing Air Force One to buzz the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan, creating panic in New York City.

95. Disparaging Special Olympians on the Tonight Show.

96. Allowing his Department of Homeland Security to issue a report accusing pro-life, smaller government conservatives and returning Iraq/Afghanistan veterans of being “rightwing extremists.”

97. Promising to push for comprehensive immigration reform, i.e., amnesty.

98. Killing the school voucher program in the District of Columbia, while sending his two daughters to an elite private school, rather than D.C.’s public schools.

99. Moving the Census out of the Department of Commerce and into the White House.

100. Relying too much on his teleprompter.

Thanks, Gary, for reminding us of many of the things an adoring press has already swept into the dustbin of history.

If you’d like to receive Gary Bauer’s insightful and sometimes biting commentaries each day, go to http://www.cwfpac.com/cwf_eod_request.php. As he says there, his Campaign for Working Families is unapologetically pro-family, pro-life, and pro-growth. He is definitely (and sometimes defiantly) on the Right side of the issues of the day.

Allergy sufferers may benefit from folic acid

Allergy sufferers may benefit from folic acidFolic acid, also known as vitamin B9, may suppress allergic reactions and alleviate the severity of allergy and asthma symptoms, according to a new study.

Scientists from the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center arrived at this conclusion after reviewing the medical records of more than 8,000 people aged two to 85 and tracking the effects of folate levels on respiratory and allergic symptoms.

They also looked closely the levels of IgE antibodies which rise in response to an allergen.

The researchers found people with higher blood levels of folate had fewer IgE antibodies, fewer reported allergies, less wheezing and lower likelihood of asthma.

Lead investigator Dr. Elizabeth Matsui, a pediatric allergist at Hopkins Children’s says the findings indicated that folic acid may help regulate immune response to allergens and reduce allergy and asthma symptoms.

They furthermore add to mounting evidence that folate can help regulate inflammation.

Folic acid is also essential for red blood cell health and has long been known to reduce the risk of spinal birth defects.

According to the CDC, asthma affects more than 7 percent of adults and children in the U.S. is the most common chronic condition among children.
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Organization ‘Disappointed’ As Governor Vetoes Embryonic Research Bill

Organization 'disappointed' as governor vetoes embryonic research bill Americans United for Life (AUL) has expressed its disappointment with the decision of the Oklahoma governor to veto a bill which would have banned destructive embryonic research.

Last month, Governor Brad Henry vetoed Oklahoma House Bill 1326, which would have also made it illegal to conduct research that would subject an unborn child to a substantial risk of death or injury.

Although the veto was subsequently overridden by the state House of Representatives, the Senate failed to do the same.

"This life-saving bill was vital to keeping Oklahoma a leader in the pro-life movement," says Maressa Treat, AUL director for Oklahoma.

"The veto is disappointing to all who support life issues, such as banning embryonic stem cell research," she added.

Upon assuming office last January, President Obama lifted the ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research saying such research offers hope for finding a cure for a range of diseases and conditions, including Alzheimer’s and spinal cord injuries.

Founded in 1971, AUL is a nonprofit, public-interest organization committed to defending human life through judicial, legislative, and educational efforts at both the federal and state levels.

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Inventories running low as Americans stock up on ammunition

Inventories running low as Americans stock up on ammunitionIn the face of an uncertain economy, and the government’s efforts to tighten gun control, gun and ammunition sales are rising.

CNN has recently reported gun shops across the country are running out of ammunition as people worry the Obama administration will increase taxes on bullets or introduce new gun-control measures.

"People are buying cases or whatever they can get their hands on and putting it away," says Richard Taylor, manager of The Firing Line, a gun shop and shooting range in the Denver area, quoted by the news organization.

He added " it’s gotten very, very difficult to find ammunition" in the last two months.

Meanwhile, according to a recent article in Time Magazine, the nation is also seeing a boom in gun sales. Quoting SportsOneSource, a research firm that tracks the sporting goods industry, it says firearms sales in large retail outlets have increased by 39 percent this year

This also comes at a time when fewer Americans support gun control laws.

A recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll found that while in 2001 some 54 percent favored stricter regulations, the number has fallen to 39 percent today.

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What Would We Be Without Memory?

Loss of memory is equated with dementia or Alzheimer’s. This is enough to terrify any soul.

My mother used to say that she could face anything but dementia. The way she would put it was that she didn’t want to lose her mind.

As little as we think about it, loss of memory will cut you off from life even though you may be physically healthy. So mental health is a serious private concern. In fact, it is paramount—and loss of memory is a tell-tale indicator that our world is changing. Figuratively, we are leaving flesh and blood and headed toward a vegetable. Love and affection will be gone. All of us know someone who has gone through this.

Dementia primarily hits men over age 65 and women over age 50. Commonly found in dementia suffers are deficiencies in thyroid hormones, growth hormones and sex hormones. Sex hormones are estrogen and progesterone in women and testosterone in men.

I hope everyone who reads this The Bob Livingston Letter and Personal Liberty Alerts who uses hormones, uses natural hormones. The natural thyroid hormone is Armour dessicated thyroid from the pig. Only alternative doctors prescribe natural thyroid as well as other natural hormones.

A word here about natural Armour thyroid hormone: One of my favorite researchers is the late Broda Barnes, M.D. His clinical work was greatly based on the thyroid. See his book Hypothyroidism: The Unsuspected Illness. Also, David Brownstein, M.D., in his book, The Miracle of Natural Hormones, established that natural hormone therapy is a miracle for many clinical health problems.

I have always been particularly intrigued with the direct connection of low thyroid function and heart disease. Since 40 percent to 50 percent of the population has low thyroid function, is it any wonder that so many people die of heart attacks?

Specifically, the researchers listed above discovered that improved thyroid function via natural thyroid hormone lowered and controlled cholesterol levels. But you know that big pharma wants you to focus on the symptom, cholesterol—not the cause, low thyroid function.

Doctors (allopathic doctors) are not trained to inquire into thyroid function or test for it. When they do test, their T4 blood test gives a distorted picture—most of the time failing to diagnose low thyroid function.

Somebody in the inner sanctums of "orthodox medicine" knows the direct connection of low thyroid function and heart disease, but the statin drug business is far more profitable.

But back to dementia: My belief is that a diet devoid of breads and sugars is important as we age. I especially believe in keeping the blood thin. Thin blood circulates and keeps oxygen supplied to the brain. You know that the blood naturally sludges as we get older and we need to keep it thin. I use garlic, gingko biloba, nattokinase and cod liver oil daily for blood thinners.

Well, what else? I put a lot of faith in phosphatidylserine, and my wife says that my amazing memory is hard to believe.

If you know that your memory may be slipping, then consider adding Piracetam, a derivitave of the amino acid GABA, which is one of the most important neurotransmitters in the brain.

Piracetam is classed as a drug even though it is more like a food supplement. Sound familiar? It is safe and non-toxic with no side effects. Piracetam is a proven memory enhancer. The literature says that it helps people to recover from strokes. It improves blood circulation and oxygen delivery to the brain—the very cause of dementia. Combined with phosphatidylserine (PS), it is powerful. The amount of Piracetam you take would depend on your doctor and your experience. It can be bought from a compounding pharmacy with prescription. Or you can get it at International Anti-Aging Systems. I am sure that I have gotten it from Europe without a prescription.

Economic survival or how to manage your credit cards

Economic survival or how to manage your credit cards As the recession continues, it may be useful to review a few steps that may help protect individuals’ financial assets during this difficult time.

According to experts from the Illinois CPA Society, one of the key elements of financial well-being is taking control of one’s credit cards.

In that vein, they provide simple suggestions to keep in mind when reviewing one’s credit card activities.

It all begins with reading the fine print and all correspondence from your credit card companies, they say. Reviewing statements for suspicious charges and interest rate hikes is also a good idea.

It is furthermore important to keep an eye on the annual percentage rate and be skeptical of low rates offered only for the first three to six months.

Related to that is the importance of shopping around and comparing the terms offered by several different credit cards.

Perhaps the key to getting your credit card bills under control, say the society’s experts, is reducing the number of cards, keeping low limits and paying as much as possible each month, or at least more than the minimum.

Finally, every credit card holder can enhance the protection of their credit history by requesting a free copy of their credit report at least once a year.
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Poll: Catholics divided on Obama

Catholics divided on ObamaNew research has shown that most Catholics who have heard about the issue support President Obama’s visit to Notre Dame, but significant divisions exist between the most-observant Catholics and those who are less observant.

The Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life poll has also found the two groups are divided on their assessment of Obama’s job performance after 100 days in office.

Specifically, white non-Hispanic Catholics who attend services at least once a week express much higher levels of disapproval of Obama’s participation in the Notre Dame commencement ceremony, with 45 percent of the people in that group saying the university was wrong to invite him.

Meanwhile, 56 percent of less-observant Catholics take the opposite view.

The poll noted a similar pattern in the assessment of Obama’s job performance as president. Currently, as much as 45 percent of observant Catholics disapprove of the job Obama is doing, and the negative ratings among this group have risen from 20 percent in February.

Conservative groups across the country have criticized the University of Notre Dame’s decision to give Obama an honorary degree at their May 17 commencement given his support for legalized abortion and embryonic stem cell research.
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Alternative therapy relieves anesthesia-induced nausea

Alternative therapy relieves anesthesia-induced nauseaAcupuncture may offer hope to some 80 percent of the people who receive general anesthesia and experience severe nausea as a result, according to a new study.

The study, based on a review of 40 studies including 4,858 patients and conducted by Anna Lee of the Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, found evidence that stimulation of an acupoint in the wrists can help reduce nausea symptoms.

Specifically, stimulation of the Pericardium (P6) point in the wrist prevents nausea and vomiting as it activates a nerve signal which prompts the brain to release neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, dopamine or endorphins, explains Lixing Lao, from the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

"[These neurotransmitters] block the other chemicals that cause the sickness in the central [nervous] system [so] the patient won’t feel that sick or nauseated," the expert adds.

The importance of the finding stems from the fact that traditional anti-emetic medications are expensive and they may have unpleasant side effects.

Stimulating the P6 point can occur by several methods such as acupuncture or acupressure. Acupuncture involves penetrating the skin with thin needles at defined points and is one of the main medical treatments in traditional Chinese medicine dating back more than 2,000 years.

One type of acupressure involves wearing a wristband that presses down on the P6 point.
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Acupuncture helps chemotherapy patients

Acupuncture helps chemotherapy patientsPatients treated with radiation for head and neck cancer often experience severe dry mouth (xerostomia), but new research shows biweekly acupuncture may bring relief.

The pilot study – conducted by a team from the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, which included an acupuncturist from the Center’s Integrative Medicine Program – treated 12 patients with xerostomia who had completed radiation therapy at least four weeks earlier.

They were given two acupuncture treatments each week for four weeks on the ears, chin, index finger, forearm and lateral surface of the leg, and the researchers noted highly statistically significant improvements in symptoms.

Dr. Mark S. Chambers, a professor in the Department of Dental Oncology and the study’s senior author, says radiation-induced xerostomia impacts the quality of life by preventing patients from being able to speak or eat properly. He adds that none of the conventional treatments provide long-lasting relief.

However, "patients with severe xerostomia who underwent acupuncture showed improvements in physical well-being and in subjective symptoms," says Chambers.

Acupuncture is based on the ancient Chinese practice of inserting and manipulating very thin needles at precise points on the body to relieve pain and restore health.

Traditionally, stimulating these points is believed to improve the flow of vital energy through the body.

Contemporary theories about acupuncture’s benefits suggest needle manipulation stimulates natural substances that dilate blood vessels and increase blood flow to different areas of the body.

The results of the study appeared online in the journal Head & Neck.
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Pajamas TV: TEA Party turnout exceeded one million

TEA Party turnout exceeded one million, according to Pajamas TVWith over 77 percent of events reporting, Pajamas TV has announced 935,000 people attended the nationwide tax day tea party protests.

The conservative online TV company has also estimated the total turnout could range from 1,014,000 to 1,071,000. Thus far, Texas has reported the highest turnout, followed by California, Florida, Ohio, Tennessee and New York.

"The size of the tea party protests indicates that a significant number of Americans are not happy with the economic direction of the country and took the time to make their voices heard," says Roger L. Simon, CEO of Pajamas Media.

On April 15, conservatives from coast to coast expressed their dissatisfaction with the course of Obama’s economic policies by attending the National TEA Party Day, which stands for "taxed enough already."

The organizers called on citizens to march against politicians who "are spending trillions of borrowed dollars, leaving a debt our great-grandchildren will be paying" and want to redistribute hard-earned wealth.

Meanwhile, organizations such as the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and Americans for Tax Reform have criticized the government for imposing limits on tax deductions for charitable donations.

They say this will make wealthy people give less to charity at a time when such donations are more needed than ever.

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Bank not giving up on offshore opportunities

Bank not giving up on offshore opportunities A Swiss bank at the center of U.S. tax authorities’ investigation into secret offshore accounts has asked a U.S. court to reject demands by the IRS for confidential information about its American clients.

UBS plans to argue before a federal court in Florida that such a disclosure would violate Switzerland’s bank secrecy laws, according to media reports.

"Despite the clear historical record, the IRS now asks this court to force a Swiss financial institution and its employees, over the express objection of the Swiss government, to violate Swiss law by producing a massive quantity of confidential account information located exclusively in Switzerland," UBS said in its filing.

According to Reuters, under a 1996 treaty, Switzerland may turn over account data only on a reasonable suspicion of tax fraud. However, Swiss law does not view tax evasion as a crime.

The IRS is pursuing a civil lawsuit against UBS seeking access to data on 52,000 wealthy Americans it claims are hiding nearly $15 billion of assets in Swiss bank accounts.

The U.S. government’s crackdown on what it sees as tax havens was prompted by the financial crisis and the costly stimulus bill as well as several rounds of bailouts that need to be paid for.

It gathered steam after last month’s G20 summit in London where global leaders pledged cooperation in pursuing the matter.

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Connecting the Dots on Unrelated Subjects

Nationalized health care.

President Barack Obama fires GM CEO Richard Wagoner.

British food inspectors.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Government bailouts.

These five seemingly unrelated subjects actually have a lot in common, and I will connect the dots.

First, Obama and Congressional Democrats are seeking to nationalize health care. What they say they want to do is make healthcare affordable for everyone. They say that the plan is to offer alternatives to the existing health insurance structure, thereby giving consumers a choice in their healthcare providers.

Have insurance through your employer you’re happy with? Fine, you can keep it. Just be prepared as a taxpayer to subsidize someone else’s healthcare.

In other words, the government is going to take your hard-earned money away from you and tell you it is to pay for someone else to see a doctor. You pay your own premiums, through withholdings from your employer or direct payment if you’re self-employed, while someone else gets healthcare through the government, thanks to your tax dollars.

In March, Obama forced out General Motors CEO Richard Wagoner. Why? Obama wasn’t satisfied with the way Wagoner was proceeding in his quest to turn General Motors’ finances around. How can the president force out the CEO of a private company?

It’s no longer private. GM took a government handout—rather, bailout—and the president became the company’s largest stakeholder. That essentially made Obama chairman of the board of GM and gave him control over the company’s direction.

In January, Great Britain announced that a group of inspectors will be hired and trained to visit British homes and offer advice to homeowners on what foods to eat and what to throw away. They’ll be handing out guidance literature on optimum portion sizes and what to do with leftovers, as well as explaining the difference between “best before,” “use by,” and “sell by” dates.

Essentially, according to an article in the Daily Mail, the British government is going to send out its agents to go through the refrigerators and pantries of British subjects and judge whether they are eating well and properly managing their food.

Meanwhile, Justice Ginsburg told a group gathering at Ohio State University that she believed U.S. judges were justified in using precedent established in foreign courts when handing down decisions on U.S. matters, according to a recent article in the New York Times.

“Why shouldn’t we look to the wisdom of a judge from abroad with at least as much ease as we would read a law review article written by a professor?” the Times quoted her as asking.

Regarding the bailouts, where does the money that went to GM, Chrysler and the financial institutions come from? If you are a working American it is taken from you (through income tax) by threat of force. It then goes into the government coffers where it is dispersed at the direction of the Treasury Secretary, who was appointed by the president.

Now to connect the dots: When healthcare is nationalized the government is going to be overseeing the type of care you receive and whether—because of age or state of health—a certain treatment is authorized.

A healthy populace is less expensive than an unhealthy one. So the government will seek to modify people’s behavior in order to ensure their health and keep healthcare costs low. That means the government will have a say over what you eat and how you live, as well as whether you even qualify for certain treaments.

Obama, in control of GM, fired the CEO. He justified it by claiming to represent the interests of taxpayers. Obama, in charge of healthcare because taxpayer dollars are used to fund it, can make you eat correctly in order to ensure your health.

To enforce government’s idea of a healthy diet, food police will regularly inspect your refrigerator and pantry to make sure you are eating properly. If food police agents deem you have too much “unapproved” food in your house, expect fines and punishment. You can’t be fired, as Wagoner was. But the government has ways to punish wrongdoers.

Don’t want to let inspectors into your house? Sorry, the government now owns you through healthcare. Want to appeal the punishment for unauthorized food? You won’t get very far. Once a judge in Great Britain rules it’s okay for them, no American law will help you. So says Justice Ginsburg.

Organization blasts healthcare reform fast-track deal

Organization blasts healthcare reform fast-track deal Congressional Democrats have struck a deal to use a fast-track budget process to speed up President Obama’s healthcare reforms, in a move that was compared to a "declaration of war" by one Republican senator.

Republicans, and even some Democrats, have warned against trying to implement such a major reform without bipartisan support, but Democrats now hope they will be able to push it through as early as this summer, according to CNN.com.

One of the organizations that criticized the move, which it sees as "muzzling" any meaningful debate, is Grassfire.org., an organizing center for activists for traditional and conservative values.

"Once again statist politicians have carved out a deal in darkness and silenced opposition debate," says Steve Elliott, president of the alliance.

"A shift this monumental needs to be debated in clear view of the public, not hidden behind a closed door on Capitol Hill," he adds.

The organization has also called on citizens to flood Congress with faxes and phone calls opposing the fast-track provision.

Conservative groups have also been outraged about the recent nomination of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Sebelius, known for her pro-abortion views, has been accused of failing to disclose how much money she had received from a controversial provider of late-term abortions.
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At 100 days Obama gets mixed reviews

At 100 days Obama gets mixed reviewsAs the new president marks 100 days in office, critics and supporters are fiercely debating the merits of his policies.

Barack Obama has been praised by some commentators for his dynamic tackling of the ongoing economic crisis, closing the Guantanamo Bay prison, setting clear goals for Iraq and Afghanistan and for stressing the need to develop a new energy policy.

The president’s foreign policy has also received high marks, in particular for his efforts to reach out to leaders with whom previous administrations refused to talk.

However, criticism of Obama has also been vocal and, in some cases, focused on the same issues as those singled out by his supporters.

The economic stimulus package and the recently passed $3.4 trillion budget, as well as the proposed healthcare reform, have been blasted by the critics as marking the largest expansion of federal government in decades.

It is also setting the stage for a crushing debt which will be inherited by future generations, they say.

Conservatives are also increasingly worried about what appears to be an erosion of the system of checks and balances in Washington.

In particular, the recent move by Pennsylvania senior senator, Arlen Specter, to join the Democratic Party has brought the latter a step closer to the filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.

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Varicose veins sufferers may benefit from natural therapies

Varicose veins sufferers may benefit from natural therapiesVaricose veins, which affect some 12 million people in America, can lead to health complications and often present aesthetic challenges. However, many health practitioners have suggested natural remedies have beneficial effects and may help avoid surgery.

Natural therapies work by strengthening veins thereby reducing leakage from vessel walls.

In particular, moderate muscle-toning exercise or yoga help veins preserve their natural shape, while the cholesterol-lowering effects of exercise may act to boost vein health from within.

Herbal supplements, such as horse chestnut extract are also commonly used to treat varicose veins.

Studies have shown the active component in horse chestnut called aescin appears to block the release of enzymes that damage capillary walls, according to the alternative health section of About.com, an informational website.

Other natural remedies include grape seed and pine bark extracts which contain antioxidant complexes that appear to strengthen the connective tissue of blood vessels and reduce inflammation.

Meanwhile, Holistic Online, a natural health website, recommends eating fresh fruits, whole grains especially buckwheat and millet, as well as garlic, onions, ginger, cayenne pepper and fish.

Those suffering from varicose veins are also well advised to avoid red meat, fats and refined carbohydrates as well as sugar, salt, alcohol, cheeses and ice cream.

Finally, oriental medicine techniques such as acupuncture and acupressure can help prevent varicose veins form getting worse, while reflexology and massage may alleviate discomfort associated with the condition.
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It’s All About Sugar

Well, it’s sugar—but we measure it as blood sugar or insulin in the body. Sugar, that sweet and dangerous toxin, is basic to the American diet. No wonder we are born dying!

Here is the point: When our sugar consumption pushes over fasting 10 IU/ml, we begin to become sugar burners instead of fat burners—and weight and health problems begin. This includes most of us.

Low insulin stops our bodies from burning sugar and switches us to burning fat. We can forget weight loss as long as we are burning sugar and not fat, no matter which plan we are on.

"One of the earliest effects of excess insulin is weight gain, as insulin stimulates the storage of fat and the burning of sugar. Excess insulin (sugar) lowers cellular levels of magnesium, a mineral that relaxes the arteries and improves blood flow. Insulin also increases accumulations of sodium, causing fluid retention, resulting in high blood pressure. Elevated insulin also increases inflammatory compounds in the blood that damage the arteries and promote the formation of blood clots that may cause a heart attack. It stimulates spasms in the arteries and arrhythmia in the heart. Furthermore, it causes abnormalities in blood fats, including reductions in protective HDL cholesterol and elevations in triglycerides and small, dense LDL cholesterol. All this translates into a significant increase in risk of heart disease." (The Rosedale Diet.)

Bottom line is—don’t eat sugar and refined carbohydrates. This is difficult because the food processors have us all addicted. There just isn’t much left that doesn’t have fructose corn syrup in it. We have to read every label.

Now every time we see an overweight person, we know that there goes a sugar burner for fuel.

High blood sugar levels is a hallmark of aging and disease. The reverse of this is to say that low blood sugar and low insulin is a hallmark of health and longevity.

If we decide that low blood sugar is the basis of longevity and health, then we must be saying that our medical doctors are doctoring symptoms. Our M.D., should be telling their patients, "I can’t help you until you get your insulin (blood sugar) down and then you won’t need me." He wouldn’t dare!

If what we are saying here is true, most medical practitioners would have no patients. Instead of prescribing Lipitor® etc., they should be trying to get us to lower our blood sugar or insulin. High cholesterol and low insulin don’t go together. They repel.

If modern medicine didn’t have symptoms they wouldn’t have a reason to "practice" medicine. For medicine is primarily symptomology.

What causes high insulin? It is sugar in any form. Oh, you know that. But do you know that any carbohydrate in any form other than fiber is eventually metabolized by the body into sugar? Refined carbohydrates is a basic food in America.

Yes, and the worst carbohydrate offenders are breads, grains, cereals, pastas and starchy vegetables. You can eat these seemingly good foods every day and eventually become a diabetic. When these foods are eaten, insulin levels soar. If sugar is available and the body is given a choice between burning fat and burning sugar, it burns mostly sugar and stores the fat.

What happens to extra sugar that isn’t burned? It gets made into saturated fat, which is resistant to burning. What happens to all that stored extra fat? It produces even more insulin in response to sugar which worsens insulin resistance. This deep fat won’t burn. Deep fat (visceral fat) causes serious health problems.

The fatter we get, any weight loss diet or health concern which does not deal with high insulin will fail. And before there is any benefit, insulin levels must fall.

Horrors! If our body is in a sugar burning mode and we don’t eat, our body will break down the protein in lean tissues, including muscle and bone, into sugar.

The key and the secret is to become a fat burner by eating good fats like fish and chicken. An excellent fat is coconut oil. Good fat is good to eat. It will help you burn fat. Fat burns fat if it is good fat.

The "low fat phobia" in America has created a mind-set in the medical community and in the whole population that borders on insanity.

The body runs best when it can burn fat as fuel. Eating good fat is not what makes us fat. It is the inability to burn fat that makes us fat. And the body won’t burn fat until we eat good fats that switch the body from sugar burning to fat burning.

Overweight people are sugar burners. They need to change their bodies to fat burners.

The food industry reaps the greatest profits from starchy carbohydrates (pasta, bread, cereals), which are the sugar burning foods that cause high insulin. Far less money is required to preserve them than foods high in fat such as meat and fish, which require refrigeration during transport and in grocery stores. Far more money is spent to advertise and promote low-cost starchy foods. And think what it does for the medical establishment!