Product uses acupressure principles to deliver allergy relief

Product uses acupressure principles to deliver allergy reliefAllergy-stricken readers will be relieved to learn there is an alternative to antihistamine medications, with their unpleasant side effects, in the form of a hayfever-fighting product based on acupressure points.

The Qu-Chi acupressure band, developed by acupuncturist Andrew Broch, works by applying pressure to the Qu-Chi point, also known as Large Intestine 11 (Li-11), on the arm.

A recent trial, which led to the band’s certification as a Class 1 medical device in the U.K., has found it is fast acting, does not cause drowsiness, is suitable for people of all ages and can be worn at night.

It can also be used all year to aid the treatment of non-hayfever allergic rhinitis.

Broch says he is thrilled to be able to offer a side effects-free solution to the problems affecting millions of hayfever and allergic rhinitis sufferers every year, and which include sneezing, coughing, watery eyes and running nose.

Allergy patients looking for natural relief methods may also consider using herbal supplements such as those containing quercetin.

A plant-derived bioflavonoid, quercetin helps stabilize mast cells and prevents them from releasing histamine, according to

Law to allow death penalty without trial?

Law to allow death penalty without trial?Media reports have suggested the Obama administration is considering a law which would permit detainees to plead guilty in death penalty cases without full trial.

According to the New York Times, the law would apply to military commissions at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba.

It further adds the provision could permit military prosecutors to avoid details of controversial interrogations techniques that have been officially banned since President Obama took office earlier this year.

Predictably, the proposal, which has not been officially announced, has drawn criticism from legal experts.

"This unfortunately strikes me as an effort to get rid of the problem in the easiest way possible, which is to have those people plead guilty and presumably be executed," said David Glazier, an associate professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, quoted by the NYT.

The administration has so far declined to answer questions about whether any decisions have been made.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs has only commented that the President’s goal has been to improve the military commissions to ensure due process as well as "swift and certain" justice, the AP has reported.

Gun rights activist blasts Obama

Gun rights activist blasts ObamaA newly promoted senior gun rights activist has said the administration’s actions conflict with traditional American attitudes on life and the right to possess arms.

John M. Snyder who was recently named senior rights activist in Washington by Shotgun News, has pointed to Obama’s poor public record on personal gun rights and criticized his Supreme Court nomination saying Judge Sonia Sotomayor is "on record" stating the Second Amendment rights do not apply to states.

"[T]he Sotomayor nomination is just the latest Obama action to undermine Americans’ gun rights, and he hasn’t yet been president for even five months," says Snyder.

"Earlier, he indicated he was going to push for Senate ratification of what is really an anti-American gun owner treaty," he adds.

Snyder is referring to the Inter-American Convention Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials (CIFTA) which, among other things, bans production of arms which do not comply with the convention’s regulations, and which the U.S. signed in 1997.

He therefore calls on Americans to contact their representatives or senators to complain about Obama’s actions.

In recent months, Attorney General Eric Holder has also omade statements suggesting the government will push for stricter gun control, including banning semi-automatic rifles and enforcing the federal law against firearm purchases by non-resident American citizens.

Ayurvedic tradition may help improve digestion

Ayurvedic tradition may help improve digestionThose who suffer from digestive problems but do not want to take medications that may lead to unpleaseant side effect may find relief from an Ayurvedic herbal mix based on the Indian healing tradition.

Ayurveda was developed as much as 5,000 years ago and offers holistic cures for common intestinal and digestive problems, using natural herbal remedies and essential oils to help restore the body to a balanced state.

A mixture that is based on one such ancient formula designed for maintaining proper digestive health is Triphala, a blend containing equal proportions of three different fruits Emblica officinalis, Terminalia chebula and Terminalia bellirica.

"Faulty digestion is the number one cause of disease and the preparation helps restore digestion by strengthening the liver function, cleansing the gall bladder, normalizing stomach acids, strengthening the peristaltic action of the GI musculature and alleviating constipation," says Pamela D. Palmer, CEO of ElanVeda, the maker of Triphala.

Other health benefits of Ayurveda include stress relief, as it has been shown that a specialized treatment called Ayurvedic Panchakarma has beneficial effects on the nervous system.

China’s Gold Purchases Another Wild Card in Market

It wasn’t long ago that I was noting how the Federal Reserve’s sudden embrace of quantitative easing, combined with the orgy of spending in Washington and international calls for the usurpation of the dollar as the world’s reserve currency, had sent gold soaring.

In more recent days, the trend has accelerated. This time, Washington’s increasing involvement in the economy, and the politicization of American business, has sent overseas investors fleeing the dollar. Capital goes where it is safe and well-treated, and right now there are safer alternatives than the U.S. for foreign capital.

In short, investor sentiment has shifted from fear of financial collapse to fear of rampaging inflation and a dollar collapse. And gold has been the beneficiary, as it has taken off on a dizzying rally back toward $1,000.

While the long-term picture for gold remains very bright as the global supply of fiat currency is multiplied over the coming months and years, there has been another recent development with important implications not only for gold, but the entire world. To wit: China has announced that it has been secretly buying gold since 2003.

In an interview published by the official Xinhua news agency, Hu Xiaolian, head of the State Administration of Foreign Exchange, revealed that China had purchased 454 tonnes of gold since 2003, raising its gold reserves by about 75 percent, from 600 tonnes to 1,054 tonnes.

That ranks China fifth in official gold holdings among nations, although the IMF and the SPDR Gold Trust ETF (GLD) still hold more than the Middle Kingdom.

The gold bulls seized upon China’s revelation as having tremendous bullish implications for the metal.

After all, the nation increased its gold holdings by three-quarters, siphoning hundreds of tonnes from the market. But the gold bears were quick to assert that China’s gold purchases weren’t a big deal, since their foreign currency reserves grew at about the same pace. As a percentage of its overall foreign reserves, gold stayed virtually constant from 2003 to today, averaging around 1.6 percent to 1.7 percent.

I think both sides are missing the point here. The significance of China’s purchases is more bullish than the bears would admit, and less dramatic than the bulls would like. In short, the importance of China’s admission isn’t what it has done, but what it can now and likely will do in terms of gold purchases.

Prior to this announcement, analysts could only guess as to China’s intentions as far as gold purchases. Many bulls hoped the nation was buying, many bears dismissed the idea… but no one simply assumed that China’s inscrutable leaders were accumulating gold along with U.S. dollars.

Now that they’ve come clean, the outlook for global gold supply and demand is fundamentally changed, for a number of reasons.

First off, when you take this announcement in context with the recent, repeated calls by China’s leadership for the ouster of the dollar as the global reserve currency, it seems likely that the stage is being set for a reduction of their dollar reserves in preference for, well, gold.

The upside posed by such a development is significant, but not earth shattering. It’s true that Western nations hold an average of 15 percent of their reserves in gold, and an increase in China’s gold allocation to that level would set the market afire. But, from a practical standpoint, that just won’t happen, at least not in anything short of a glacial time frame.

China simply couldn’t buy gold in the quantities, or at the prices, appropriate to lift gold to 15 percent of their reserves. Still, it appears that China’s leadership is quite motivated to reduce their dependency upon the U.S. dollar, and increase their holdings of gold and other tangibles.

In fact, if there is any open secret regarding official Chinese purchases recently, it is their stockpiling of strategic commodities, particularly copper. Copper prices have benefited greatly from China’s aggressive purchases this year.

One can rightly ask, is gold next on the shopping list? And has the official chatter regarding gold and the dollar simply been Beijing’s warning to Washington and the rest of the world of what is coming?

Good questions. And we’ll get the answers when China wants us to get them, and not before. You can bet any announcement will come after their major purchases are done.

A second interesting point regarding China’s purchases is that all of the supply/demand analyses of the past six years have been wrong. Because China’s purchases were unknown, and therefore couldn’t be credited to that nation or official purchases in general, other demand categories were credited with the 454 tonnes China was buying.

Hu stated that the purchases came from domestic production, but it seems likely that some significant percentage had to come from outside the local market. Regardless, assuming that aggregate global supply and demand figures over the time period are accurate, then it makes no difference whether the purchases came from gold inside or outside China’s borders.

So we can assume that global jewelry and investment demand totals since 2003 weren’t as high as originally envisioned — because we can subtract 454 tonnes, in some mix, from these categories.

One can argue that this is bearish. I’ll take a more optimistic viewpoint: It shows that these demand sources have been less significant so far, and therefore have more room to grow.

And if China’s purchasing program accelerates, or even if it remains constant, then increases in other demand categories will have a much more pronounced effect on the overall market.

All in all, it has to be encouraging that China has been buying gold, and is likely to continue doing so, while the nation publicly bashes the dollar.

Hydrochloric Acid—God’s Natural Antiseptic

Pharmaceuticals persuade the public to buy antacids for what their advertising calls "over-acid stomach."

There has never been an over-acid stomach with natural acid. All the "heartburn" and "acid indigestion" symptoms are created because of low stomach acid which causes incomplete digestion. Incomplete digestion causes fermentation and organic acids of fermentation. This produces gas and reflux.

The only acid the body makes is hydrochloric acid with pepsin. Other acids that produce symptoms of acid reflux come from the fermentation process which is entirely different from natural stomach acid originating in the stomach.

The fermentation process comes from undigested food because of lack of—or low—stomach acid. Antacids don’t know the difference between natural stomach hydrochloric acid and organic acids of fermentation from undigested food. They attack all acids. This is why they provide only temporary relief. As long as stomach acid is low or insufficient the digestive process is incomplete and fermentation continues. We are suppressing the all-important digestive process with antacids.  The only solution is to build stomach acid with Betaine Hydrochloride by supplement with each meal.

Just how important is it to have sufficient natural hydrochloric stomach acid? The answer is something no doctor will ever tell you because most don’t know.

Adequate hydrochloric acid in the stomach or induced into the tissues by mouth, vein or muscle acts chiefly in clearing out the poisonous waste acids created by insufficient digestion and fermentation. Hydrochloric stomach acid increases the elimination of carbon dioxide (CO2), decreases to normal the pH reaction and desensitizes the tissues to disease proteins.

Natural stomach hydrochloric acid stimulates phagocytes. Its presence is essential to all glandular and cellular activity. Hydrochloric acid intravenously injected will significantly raise the oxygen content of the blood. Hydrochloric acid (HCl) stimulates all the forces of resistance.

Adequate stomach acid stops all the fermentation and putrefactive processes. Antacids increase the alkalinity, fermentation and putrefaction. This sets the stage for malnutrition because of incomplete digestion, and consequent failure of assimilation must occur.

Adequate hydrochloric acid (HCl) sterilizes the whole body system even to the natural purging of parasites.

Antacids compound the destruction of natural stomach HCl, making way for a septic process of the tissues and organs. Pyorrhea, symptoms of indigestion, nephritis, appendicitis, abscesses and pneumonia begin to appear. Deficiency of normal acid leads to stagnation of organs like the gall bladder and the pancreas—causing diabetes and gallstones—and leads the way to all forms of degenerative disease.

Normal HCl is nature’s true antiseptic, which is clearly demonstrated in the difference between HCl in a dog and man. Normal gastric juice is far stronger in dogs. Unlike humans, healthy dogs can eat septic meat and if its stomach is opened one half hour later, the foul, odorous meat will be found sterile. This shows the power of HCl in the process of digestion and health.

With sufficient and normal HCl, all waste acids along with fermentation disappear. It follows that all "heartburn" and gastritis are symptoms of low HCl—not high acid as the pharmaceutical sales pitches claim.

When antacids are taken, the contents of the stomach become alkaline. This masks the symptoms of the fermentation process, but at the same time the putrefactive (rot) processes are present in the stomach. Excess alkalinity promotes putrefaction and tends to diminish HCl. HCl deficiency is a large factor in the etiology of degenerative disease.

The crime of alkalizing the stomach runs deeper. The epidemic of cancer may be directly related. But the antacid people have a ruse called confusion of cause and effect. This is only one more example of the system, which we call benevolent totalitarianism—manipulating the people against their best interest with sales propaganda.

Can silver prevent blood clots?

Can silver prevent blood clots?Silver nanoparticles injected into the bloodstream may protect against blood clots in coronary artery disease, heart attack and stroke, according to new research.

The news was reported by the American Chemical Society which said laboratory experiments indicate small amounts of the nanosilver injected intravenously reduce the ability of platelets to clump together – which forms the basis of life-threatening clots – by as much as 40 percent.

It also said the procedure shows no apparent harmful side effects.

Writing in the journal ACS Nano the researchers stated, "Nanosilver appears to possess dual significant properties critically helpful to the health of mankind – antibacterial and antiplatelet – which together can have unique utilities, for example in coronary stents."

If confirmed, the results may represent a breakthrough in the treatment and prevention of blood clots, giving patients a natural alternative to aspirin and anticoagulant drugs, some of which have caused serious side effects such as bleeding.

Among other natural blood-thinning substances are foods and herbs high in salicylates, including dried fruits and nuts as well as spices such as curry powder, ginger, thyme, cinnamon, oregano, licorice and peppermint, according to the Connective Tissue Disorder website.

The source adds that in Ayurvedic (traditional Indian) medicine many of these spices are known as "warming spices" as they tend to increase blood circulation, which in turn speeds up the metabolism and makes a person feel warmer.

Rights groups to Obama: Release abuse photos

Release abuse photosA group of dozens of leading human rights groups has called on President Obama to release photos depicting the alleged abuse of detainees by U.S. personnel overseas.

The letter signed by the American Civil Liberties Union, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch states that in an open society even embarrassing information is disclosed so that those responsible for wrongdoing can be brought to justice.

"As disturbing as [the photos] may be, it is critical that the American people know the full truth about the abuse that occurred in their name," says Amrit Singh, staff attorney with the ACLU.

"The government’s decision to suppress them is fundamentally
inconsistent with President Obama’s own promise of transparency and accountability," he adds.

After taking office on January 20, Obama signed an executive order to close the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and prohibit the use of torture.

However, last week he announced he would not authorize the release of the photos some say document instances of torture and abuse of terrorist suspects held in detention by the U.S after 9/11.