Gun rights activists criticize Supreme Court nominee

Gun rights activists criticize Supreme Court nominee As Sonia Sotomayor continues through her confirmation hearings before Congress, gun rights groups have made it clear they oppose her candidacy for the nation’s highest court.

Those groups include Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and Second Amendment Foundation who wrote a letter that was hand-delivered to every member of the U.S. Senate earlier this month.

"The Supreme Court is almost certain to decide next year whether the Second Amendment applies to states and local governments, as it does to the federal government,” they wrote.

However, they sought to remind lawmakers that "while on the Second Circuit, Judge Sotomayor revealed her views on the right to keep and bear arms in Maloney v. Cuomo."

In that case, which was decided in January the Second Circut Court panel said that the Second Amendment does not apply to the states.

Speaking on Tuesday, Sotomayor said she accepted the highest court’s ruling from last year guaranteeing an individual’s right to own guns and added she would keep "an open mind" on the issue.

The Senate vote on the nomination is expected before the end of July, and commentators widely expect Sotomayor to be confirmed as the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice.


HRT elevates ovarian cancer risk, study says

HRT elevates ovarian cancer risk, study says Post-menopausal women who have used hormone replacement therapy (HRT) appear to be at an increased risk of ovarian cancer, according to researchers.

What is more, this seems to hold true regardless of the duration of use, the formulation, estrogen dose, regimen or route of administration.

Danish scientists from Copenhangen University analyzed data from 909,946 women aged 50 through 79 years and concentrated on their pattern of HRT use.

After eight years, a total of 3,068 women were diagnosed with ovarian cancers. However, current users had a 38 percent higher risk of the developing the disease compared with those who never used HRT.

The relative risk of epithelial ovarian cancer, a sub-category of the disease, among current HRT users was 44 percent higher, while previous users had a 15 percent increased risk compared with women who had never used HRT.

The study also found that the risk of both types of cancer did not significantly increase with longer duration of HRT, however it did decline over time after the therapy was discontinued.

In light of such studies, some women have opted for alternative approaches to relieving menopausal symptoms including diet, exercise and nutritional supplements as well as massages and reflexology treatments.

Senate healthcare proposal includes mandates, public option

Senate healthcare proposal includes mandates, public option The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voted 13-10 along party lines on Wednesday to approve a $615 billion healthcare reform proposal.

It requires businesses with at least 25 employees to offer health insurance or pay a penalty, and contains provisions requiring individuals to obtain coverage, according to

The bill also includes a government-run public option that would compete with private insurers, a provision opposed by congressional Republicans and groups such as the National Federation of Independent Business.

Senator Chris Dodd, a Connecticut Democrat, who presided over the committee vote, said it was more important to get what he believes is the right bill than to get GOP votes.

"There is a value in achieving bipartisanship but I will not sacrifice a good bill for that," he stated, quoted by the Associated Press.
The Democrats may indeed not need the GOP support as together with two independents they have at least 60 seats – the absolute majority – in the Senate.

On Thursday, it was House Democrats turn to work on their version of the legislation, which reportedly seeks to provide coverage to nearly all Americans by subsidizing the poor and penalizing individuals and employers who do not purchase health insurance.

Meanwhile, the National Center for Policy Analysis has called the bill a "1,018-page nightmare" that will force as many as 119 million people to lose their private health insurance and be forced into a Medicare-like plan.

Scientists: Combination of DHEA and vitamin D enhances bone health

Combination of DHEA and vitamin D enhances bone healthResearch presented in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests supplements containing DHEA combined with vitamin D and calcium may increase bone density in older women.

DHEA is a natural steroid hormone produced in the adrenal gland, gonads and brain, and doctors believe those who have low levels of the hormone may suffer from lower bone density, which in turn makes them susceptible to fractures.

The study was conducted by scientists from Saint Louis University and Washington University who divided women aged 65-75 into two groups.

The first received the DHEA supplement, vitamin D and calcium for two years. The control group received a placebo, vitamin D and calcium for the first year and then the DHEA supplement the second year.

At the end of the second year, women who initially took the placebo experienced an approximate 2 percent increase in spinal bone density, while those receiving DHEA supplement from the start showed around a 4 increase.

The researchers believe vitamin D and calcium supplements, which were given to both groups, could be responsible for the increase in bone density.

Dr Edward Weiss, associate professor of nutrition and dietetics at Saint Louis University, says, "DHEA replacement may have other benefits including improvements in risk factors for diabetes and heart disease, improvements in immune function and improvements in psychological health." ADNFCR-1961-ID-19267592-ADNFCR

Can an herb prevent obesity?

Can an herb prevent obesity?Scientists believe that turmeric, an aromatic spice, may help prevent weight gain.

To arrive at their conclusions, scientists from the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University fed high-fat diets to two groups of mice for 12 weeks. One of the groups also received supplementation of 500 mg of curcumin, a polyphenol found in turmeric, per 1 kg of food.

The researchers found that the mice whose diet was enriched with curcumin did not gain as much weight as the control animals.

Dr. Mohsen Meydani, director of the Vascular Biology Laboratory at the USDA HNRCA, and the study’s senior author, says weight gain is possible through the formation of new blood vessels (angiogenesis) that in turns allows for the expansion of fat tissue.

He says, "Based on our data, curcumin appears to suppress angiogenic activity in the fat tissue of mice fed high-fat diets."

Turmeric is a perennial herb related to ginger, and native to tropical South Asia. It has been known for centuries in natural medicine for its antiseptic and antibacterial properties.

The study was published in a recent issue of the Journal of Nutrition. ADNFCR-1961-ID-19267589-ADNFCR

Second Amendment, race dominate Supreme Court confirmation hearing

Second Amendment, race dominate Supreme Court confirmation hearing Sonia Sotomayor started her congressional confirmation hearings earlier this week, and hot-button issues such as gun rights and her alleged activism have dominated the proceedings so far.

The Republicans have pressed Sotomoyor to explain her "wise Latina" remark that had been interpreted by some as suggesting Latinos with a certain background had better judgment than white people who have not lived those experiences.

Sotomayor stated that it was an "unfortunate rhetorical flourish," and sought to clarify she does not believe that any "ethnic, racial or gender group has an advantage in sound judgment."

The panel also asked questions about her judicial philosophy, given her 2008 opinion supporting the city of New Haven’s decision to annul the results of a firefighter promotion exam because almost no minorities qualified. The Supreme Court recently overturned that decision.

In response, the nominee vowed to base her rulings on law, rather than racial considerations and emphasized her record of 17 years as a judge demonstrates her commitment to applying the law rather than making it.

With regards to gun rights, Sotomayor said she accepted a Supreme Court ruling from last year guaranteeing an individual’s right to own guns and said she would keep "an open mind" on the issue.

The Senate vote on the nomination will likely take place before the end of July, and if confirmed Sotomayor will be the first Hispanic and the third woman to serve on the highest court.

Powerful Tips For Your Health

Seniors, Take Note—Cholesterol is in your favor after about age 75. The higher your cholesterol, the longer you will live, so say studies. Cholesterol drugs are commerce in my opinion. Cod liver oil and fish oil are the naturals for blood thinners and very, very essential omega-3s. Beware though, if you bite through a fish oil capsule and it tastes fishy—don’t take it because it’s rancid.

There is nothing better than fish oil and cod liver oil for men’s prostate. Herbal supplements help, but the fish oil is basic.

High Insulin—It equals more fat and more inflammation because the more obese we are, the more insulin we are making and the more inflammation we are generating. This is what we call compounding in reverse. Again, long-chain omega-3 fatty acids have profound anti-inflammatory effects. Cod liver oil is all grandma had and she lived to be 91! Eat sardines every time you can. She did.

Reduce Calories—I don’t want to hear it, but my study more and more says that to slow down the aging process, reduce calories. Our body works itself to death processing food.

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)—The number one alternative to HRT is Black Cohosh, which is excellent for hot flashes.

There are bad studies by people who don’t like herbs, but they are nonsense. Take 100 to 500 mgs of Black Cohosh daily as your needs demand. And yes, you need quality herbs from Western Europe and Australia where a strict code of pharmaceutical good manufacturing practices is applied by law to herbal products.

CoQ10 to Prevent Strokes—Yes, 100 to 400 mg per day says Dr. James Balch. If you are taking cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins), you had absolutely better take CoQ10.

Blood Sugar—To lower blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides and to cleanse the liver, take milk thistle.

Allergic Reaction—If serious but not yet an emergency requiring a trip to the hospital, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) stirred in water and drunk as rapidly as possible can bring the reaction under control in quick time. Why does it work? It works because acute allergic reactions bring on a rapid acidification of the bloodstream. Baking soda neutralizes the acidity quickly and can usually reverse the allergic reaction.

Immunizations and vaccinations made with live viruses have increased dramatically in the last 25 years. Immune systems, especially in children, can’t handle the load. So allergic reactions go up and up. Immunizations of innocent children is an assault by the state upon their person.

Stomach acid—Activates pepsin, an enzyme secreted by the stomach lining to digest proteins into amino acids and peptides.

Many seniors are starving to death because they are not digesting proteins for lack of stomach acid. Lots of chronic illness and death originates from low stomach acid. TV commercials doctor us with antacids. This should be exposed as murder. It never will be. The simple answer is betaine hydrochloride which you can get from a supplement company.

Constipation—Use any one or any two:

  • Olive oil—4 ounces of extra virgin olive oil with a juice.
  • Ascorbic Acid—Commonly known as vitamin C. This will flush you in a hurry. If too acidic, get sodium ascorbate.
  • Magnesium—One gram, three times a day.

Most people only need one of these. All are good for you. I know that you need the magnesium, whoever you are. The research is mind-boggling! Over 90 percent of the American people are low in magnesium.

Why are only 10 percent of the French obese, while in England 22 percent are fat, and in the U.S. 33 percent are fat? The answer is the French eat animal fat, raw butter, cream, steak and duck. Americans eat sugar in large amounts.

Have you noticed that establishment medicine and media blame smoking and cholesterol for most of our health problems? They never, never mention SUGAR—the actual killer. The Sugar Trust won’t let them.

Yes, it is very difficult to eat in America without sugar. Food processors see to this.

Most diseases in America are really just one disease—the Sugar Disease.

Prostate Cancer Witchcraft—Above I mentioned how important omega-3 fatty acids are. Add to this testosterone. You know how establishment medicine tries to reduce testosterone with what they call androgen-blockade. Their foolish theory is that testosterone causes prostate cancer, so they attempt to cut testosterone off in prostate cancer patients so it won’t "drive tumor growth."

Men who get prostate cancer usually have very low testosterone. This is age related. Young men have peak testosterone and most (almost none) have prostate cancer. According to this, don’t the medical people have all this backwards?

Incidentally, their success rate is near zero. If you survive their witchcraft, you would have anyway.

Your urologist may not agree, but men, your first line of defense against prostate cancer may be a high blood level of testosterone.

Says Dr. William Douglas in Real Health Breakthroughs, that testosterone is very protective, as well as an anti-aging hormone for men. We should strive to maintain a testosterone blood level of the average 20-year-old man. You can get 5 percent testosterone cream by prescription from your compounding pharmacy or get the same effect with a homeopathic compound.

Zinc Deficiency & Cancer—Zinc deficiency in the U.S. is common since soils are progressively more depleted—plus it is removed from processed foods. Zinc deficiency causes the overuse of salt and loss of sense of taste.

People with zinc deficiency are at increased risk for getting esophageal and oral cancers. Zinc deficiency creates damage in the genes that leads to cancer in many ways. According to studies, referenced by Dr. Sherry Rogers, correcting zinc deficiency reversed cancers.

Coughing, Codeine & Cocoa—Theobromine in cocoa is 30 percent more effective for stopping a persistent cough than codeine. It has to be cocoa, not just chocolate. I am told that Hershey’s does have a pure chocolate product labeled "Hershey’s Cocoa".

Salt, You Have to Have It—Dietary sodium only causes elevated blood pressure in 5 to 10 percent of salt-sensitive people. Please don’t use refined salt (sodium chloride). Get sea salt from The Grain and Salt Society.

Garlic and Echinaccea can greatly help to reduce bacteria in the gut such as E. Coli.

Is Your Food "natural," "free range" or "organic"? Who knows. My best guess is that these captions more than anything else bring higher prices.

Report: Fatty acids may help prevent colon cancer

Fatty acids may help prevent colon cancerA research review published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology has summarized a study on the potential role of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), such as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), in lowering the risk of colon tumors.

DHA is an omega 3 essential fatty acid that can be found in fish oil and algae.

The international study focused on the impact of n-3 and n-6 PUFA on PGE2, a key factor in the development of colorectal cancer.

Researchers from the Charite University Hospital in Berlin led by Jing X. Kang from the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston found that adding DHA to a colon cancer cell line reduced cell growth and viability during the incubation period.

They also showed that the n-3 PUFA DHA can directly suppress PGE2-induced colon cancer cell growth.

The results appear to support the calls for dietary supplementation with DHA as a powerful tool to counteract PGE2-promoted colon cancer growth that is associated with the Western diet. This type of diet tends to be rich in red meat and deficient in fresh produce, and in addition to being blamed for an increased rate of cancers, it has also been linked to cardiovascular diseases.

According to American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer among Americans. Some 150,000 new cases are diagnosed and nearly 50,000 people die from the disease each year.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19265495-ADNFCR

Swiss offshore case may near settlement

Swiss offshore case may near settlement Media reports have suggested UBS, a major Swiss bank, as well as the U.S. and Swiss governments may be about to strike a deal that would help them avoid drawn out court proceedings.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service has filed a lawsuit against the bank in an effort to force it to disclose the identities of thousands of American citizens it suspects of hiding assets in Switzerland and tax evasion.

The bank has already provided the names of about 250 clients and paid the U.S. $780 million in fines related to offshore tax havens, according to

Now, the three parties had asked a federal court in Miami to postpone a hearing scheduled for July 13 so they can continue settlement talks.

The Justice Department has said any deal "would necessarily include a provision requiring UBS to provide the Internal Revenue Service information on a significant number of individuals with UBS 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 the G20 summit in London in April where global leaders pledged cooperation in pursuing the matter.

It’s official: Federal deficit exceeds one trillion

Federal deficit exceeds one trillionThe government has presented new figures for the federal budget deficit which suggest it has increased in June by another $94.3 billion to reach $1.09 trillion so far this fiscal year.

It was the largest budget shortfall the government has recorded in the month of June, media reports have said.

The Treasury Department has blamed a "double whammy" of escalating expenditures and tax revenue collapse for the deficit.

The government has spent trillions trying to revive the economy which continues to show few signs of recovering from the recession.

In fact, recent Labor Department figures show unemployment continues to climb – with the average rate reaching 9.4 percent last month – which further constrains government revenues as tax receipts have fallen.

The estimated decrease in revenue derived from taxes imposed on individuals amounted to 22 percent so far this fiscal year, while corporate tax receipts fell by a staggering 57 percent in the same period.

Budgetary projections for the coming months say expenses will continue to outweigh income into 2010.

The government expects the deficit to hit $1.84 trillion by the end of this fiscal year, which concludes in September.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19265488-ADNFCR