Research organization: Health insurance costs rising

Health insurance costs rising, research organization. As the supporters and opponents of the public option in the healthcare reform continue to fiercely debate the merits of their positions, the Kaiser Family Foundation has published a new report that suggests health insurance costs for Americans are escalating.

The 2009 Employer Health Benefits Survey says premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance increased by 5 percent from last year—to $13,375 annually for family coverage—even though the rate of inflation fell by 0.7 percent in the same period.

The study was released jointly with the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET).

Kaiser President and CEO Drew Altman says the reason the country is engaged in the health reform debate is because when costs continue to rise faster than inflation in the context of a severe recession, both workers and employers feel the pain.

Many employers deal with the rising costs by offering high-deductible plans, and the number of employees covered by such plans is growing. According to the survey, a total of 22 percent of covered workers have to pay at least $1,000 out of pocket this year before their plan kicks in.

This represents an increase of 18 percent from last year.

During the past 10 years, the cost of premiums rose by 131 percent, more than three times faster than worker wages and four times general inflation, the study also found.

"[Our] survey results demonstrate the need for comprehensive, meaningful reform," says Maulik S. Joshi, president of HRET.

He adds, "Our nation faces a unique opportunity to achieve reform and build a better healthcare system that improves care for patients and provides coverage for all at an affordable cost."
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October 2008 Economic Crash Planned?

Dear Bob,

Speaking of the October 2008 (economic) crash, from your writing I would guess that you would think that it was probably planned.

A: Yes, it very well could have been because the people ruling the U.S. and the rest of the world are capable of almost anything. They can pull it off and very few ever figure it out. There is indeed the disguised possibility that the meltdown was engineered by insiders/elite/mega bankers to bring down prices by busting companies so that they can buy banks, companies, property and so forth at fire sale prices. Harry Schultz suggested this in his Oct. 19, 2008, HSL (International Harry Schultz Letter), and I don’t think it is wide of the mark.

Best Wishes,
Bob

Vaccination 101: Why vaccines are useless, inefficient and dangerous

One of the most reported topics of the last several months is the predicted pandemic of H1N1, also known as swine flu. Government bureaucrats from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) are almost gushing over the estimates of deaths to come from the disease.

Meanwhile, promises are made by U.S. Government spokespeople of a vaccine against swine flu that, they say, will help us to weather the coming storm. But vaccines aren’t the panacea Big Government would have you believe. Here are the facts:

Vaccines are useless because…

  • Natural microbes (yeasts, mycobacteria, bacteria, viruses) are not enemies, but allies. They help restore our body’s health during the repair phase of a disease (Hamer’s German New Medicine).
  • We create our own microbes using the smallest particles of living matter that exist inside our bodies. These bear various names—microzyma (Bechamp), bions (Reich) and somatids (Naessens).

Vaccines are ineffective because…

  • They contain only artificial microbes that have been weakened and/or genetically modified that cannot prevent any disease.
  • They shock and exhaust the immune system and stimulate the explosion of degenerative diseases such as AIDS and cancer. They systematically destroy human health.
  • The efficacy of vaccines has never been proven scientifically. Their ineffectiveness becomes obvious with the need for repetitive inoculations and the appearance of diseases that vaccines were meant to prevent.

Vaccines are dangerous because…

  • Vaccinations stimulate and maintain individuals in a state of fear. In fact, we do not die of a disease, but from fear and exhaustion. The fear of microbes and illness knocks people out and vaccines finish them off.
  • Vaccines are extremely harmful. Innumerable complications go from minor problems (allergies, eczema, otitis, asthma, behavior and learning disabilities) to major disorders (autism, epilepsy, diabetes, arthritis, paralysis, leukemia, encephalitis, chronic fatigue, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s, Ebola, foetal malformations, Gulf War syndrome, Guillain Barre syndrome, Spanish flu, etc.) or even to death: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
  • Receiving a vaccine is always devastating for the body. In fact, a vaccine is a witch’s brew made up of three types of ingredients: 1) A cocktail of microbes that have been artificially modified and often genetically recombined. 2) A purulent culture fluid composed of animal cells (chicken, mouse, sheep, monkey, cow) and human cells (blood, aborted fetuses) that are cancerous and contaminated (viruses, prions). 3) Preservatives and adjuvants that are in fact lethal poisons: Thimerosal (50 percent mercury), aluminum, formaldehyde, squalene, monosodium glutamate (MSG), aspartame, silicone, polysorbates, sorbitol and a long list of extremely harmful substances known for their brain and nerve toxicity.
  • The content of vaccines is “Top Secret” and depends upon decisions taken by the military-industrial complex. The Ministry of Health of any country, the medical staff recommending and injecting them and the person receiving them cannot find out their exact composition or their true purpose. In fact, they serve as biological weapons of mass destruction for targeted populations—blacks, Asians, the poor, American Indians, handicapped, homosexuals and inhabitants of territories with valuable resources. They have been developed as perfect eugenic (killing undesirables) and mind control tools.

All vaccines are useless, inefficient and dangerous, without exception!

Key Points Concerning Vaccination (From Ghis, author of The Medical Mafia)

  1. The impending massive vaccination (2009) is the direct result of a pseudo-pandemic of swine flu (A-H1N1) officially declared by the United Nations (U.N.). The long-term ploy of the global elite is to reduce the world population to 500 million. The new vaccines contain an extremely vicious cocktail of avian, swine and human influenza viruses.
  2. Liquid crystals and nano-sized microchips may have been included into the vaccines to facilitate mind control at a distance.
  3. Vaccination is not a medical but a political decision. Its purpose is global population control. Vaccines can be used to eliminate undesirable individuals by repetitively weakening their health or by brutally killing them. The World Health Organization (WHO) makes all vaccine-related decisions. They are the U.N.’s Ministry of Health. Its decisions are imposed by force to all governments through the use of propaganda, harassment and threat.
  4. Vaccines are biological weapons of mass destruction. That is why research on vaccination first takes place in military laboratories. The first human guinea pigs are often soldiers and their families who are unconscious of being used as expendable test subjects.
  5. Qui bono? (Who benefits?) Vaccination brings in colossal profits to pharmaceutical companies and international banks. To vaccinate their populations, governments must borrow huge sums. The public debt skyrockets while the international bankers increase their grip on all valuable resources.
  6. The basic theory on microbes is false. Louis Pasteur was an impostor, a cheat and a liar. His experiments were falsified. The many scientists who have proven the beneficial role of microbes were ridiculed and punished. Any proof that went against the world elite’s best interests was systematically crushed. This situation is still going on today.
  7. There is an undeniable link between vaccine inoculation and the manifestation of an illness, even if it is difficult to prove. Doctors refuse to admit this link because they are afraid of retaliation.
  8. Vaccines induce permanent and hereditary modifications to the human genetic code. Short-term consequences are numerous (genetic malformations) while long-term effects are difficult to evaluate.
  9. Because of their neurotoxic effects, vaccines produce psychopaths, generating social violence and crime. This situation causes political unrest and the reinforcement of military and police control. It opens the door to the full implementation of an already legalized martial law.
  10. With the use of vaccination, the real sociopolitical problems remain hidden while techno-scientific pseudo-solutions are proposed. These are so complicated that most people are unable to understand the faulty assumptions on which they rest. Most people react by trusting the authorities and submitting without question.
  11. Vaccination keeps people powerless and dependent upon external authorities. As long as I behave as a sheep, there will be a shepherd to abuse me. The role of any government has always been that of a shepherd with his flock. His only purpose is to shear the sheep until there is no more wool, and then to lead them to the slaughterhouse, while pretending that it is for their own good.

“In reality, I am omnipotent and immortal. I need no vaccines, no doctors, nor governments. Compulsory vaccination is a gift that forces me to take the decision to get out of fear, disease and death once and for all.” Ghis (author of the book The Medical Mafia) www.personocratia.com

Pine bark found to prevent inflammation

Pine bark found to prevent inflammation According to new research, the extract from the bark of the French maritime pine tree appears to have inflammation-fighting properties and relieve pain.

Scientists from the National Research Institute on Food and Nutrition in Rome found the antioxidant compound, called Pycnogenol, inhibits the generation of COX-2 and 5-LOX, which are naturally occurring mediators associated with inflammatory responses.

The researchers tested volunteers aged 35-50, who took Pycnogenol pills for five consecutive mornings before breakfast. Blood sample analysis before and after supplementation showed that while the participants’ immune cells rapidly initiated production of COX-2 and 5-LOX in response to pro-inflammatory stimulation, taking Pycnogenol almost entirely suppressed them in the immune cells.

Study author Dr. Raffaella Canali explained that common NSAID medications lower the pain by reducing the production of prostaglandins by COX enzymes.

"In contrast, Pycnogenol turns to the root of the problem, completely stopping the production of COX-2 in inflammation. Thus far, the compound seems to be a unique tool for modulating inflammatory processes," she adds.

Natural Health Science, a supplements distributor, says Pycnogenol is available in more than 700 nutritional supplements worldwide.
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Proper nutrition may help you survive the flu season

Proper nutrition may help you survive the flu season While hand-washing and cough-covering is very important, experts are saying there is a range of flu-fighting foods that may help vulnerable individuals get throughout the difficult season.

"[While it is] important to eat a variety of healthy foods from all food groups throughout the year, adding flu-fighting [items] like yogurt, garlic, citrus and chicken to your diet [during flu season] can boost your body’s immune system and help you to avoid getting sick," stresses Andrea Garen, a registered dietitian.

She says yogurt and other cultured milk products contain probiotics – beneficial bacterial strains that have been shown to boost the immune system and promote digestive health.

In addition to live cultures, dairy products are also rich in vitamin D, which has similar immune benefits, and recent research has found many Americans are deficient in the vitamin, which may be linked to a seasonal increase in colds and flu and a higher incidence of respiratory infections.

Crushing garlic cloves before adding them to food to release the garlic juice will also allow one to reap the immune-enhancing benefits of that herb.

Finally, any immunity-boosting diet should include citrus fruits that are rich in vitamin C as well as chicken, meat and peanuts that contain zinc.

For those who are too busy to regularly consume immunity-enhancing foods there are nutritional supplements with vitamins C and D that can lower the risk of getting the flu.

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Organization lists tax hikes proposed in healthcare reform plan

Organization lists tax hikes proposed in healthcare reform plan Only two days have passed since the Senate Finance Committee unveiled its healthcare bill proposal, and Americans for Tax Reform (ATF), an organization that opposes all tax increases, has prepared a list of tax hikes that could be enforced if the bill passes.

Because the plan includes a mandate for all Americans to obtain insurance coverage, ATF says workers who do not sign up will have to pay a tax of between $750 and $3,500 depending on their status and income.

In addition, employers will be taxed at the rate of $400 per employee if they do not offer health coverage.

The plan also provides for a 35 percent excise tax on high-cost health insurance plans, meaning those whose premiums exceed $21,000 for families and $8,000 for singles. Moreover, it would eliminate tax breaks such as the deduction for employer-provided retirement prescription drug coverage in coordination with Medicare Part D.

In recent months, ATF has been focusing on exposing President Obama’s apparent failure to keep his campaign promise not to raise any taxes on Americans making less than $250,000 a year.
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Chastising a Dictator, the Irreligious, AARP and a Rising Federal Payroll

*Congress rebukes Obama for dictatorial claim. It wasn’t the biggest issue to come before Congress in a long time. But as a straw in the wind, it could be significant. On July 9, the U.S. House voted overwhelmingly (429 to 2) to tell President Obama he has to obey the law. The previous month, when he signed a supplemental appropriations bill, the President said he could ignore stipulations in it he didn’t like, such as how new funding for the International Monetary Fund could be used. Even Rep. Barney Frank criticized Obama, saying that “there is a kind of unilateralism, in an undemocratic, unreachable way, to these signing statements.”

*Where to find the least religious Americans. Recently, the Gallup Poll asked a cross-section of Americans if religion is an “important part” of their lives. Among those who answered “no,” you probably won’t be surprised to learn that New England had six of the top 10 states. Vermont led the way, with New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts following in second, third and fourth place.

*AARP demands more COLA. The American Association for Retired Persons (AARP), which never met a government subsidy for seniors that it didn’t want made larger, is outraged that there will be no increase in Social Security checks next year. Seems that the folks who calculate cost-of-living expenses found that the index actually dropped 2.3 percent so far this year. Because prices kept rising for much of last year, seniors enjoyed an additional 5.8 percent in their Social Security checks this year. But of course, that’s not enough to satisfy the AARP.

*But federal paychecks keep rising. Now here’s a statistic that will frost your cookies. The pay gap between what employees earn in private industry versus those who work for the federal government is the largest in history. The average annual salary paid people in the civilian workforce is $49,935, while those who collect a paycheck from Uncle Sam pocket 58 percent more—a rather hefty $79,197 per year. Anyone want to argue that’s because they work so much harder or are so much smarter?

—Chip Wood

Who’s the Liar Now, Mr. Obama?

It isn’t easy to upstage the President of the United States when he’s delivering a speech to a joint session of Congress. But Rep. Joe Wilson managed the feat 10 days ago, when he blurted out, “You lie!” during President Barack Obama’s pitch for his healthcare proposals.

Legislators from both sides of the aisle were quick to jump all over the Republican congressman from South Carolina for his rudeness. Katon Dawson, the former head of the Republican Party in South Carolina, opined, “If Joe’s mother or father were alive, they’d take him to the woodshed and whip him for bad manners.”

Before the night was out, Wilson had been pressured to call the White House to apologize. Not content that Rep. Wilson apologized directly to the White House, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her cronies demanded he also apologize on the House floor. When he refused, they voted 240-179 to "disapprove" his actions. Ah well, at least it distracted them from spending a few billion more of your tax dollars for a day or two.

By the end of the day last Thursday, Rob Miller, his opponent in last year’s election, reported that he had received some $400,000 in contributions from 11,000 donors to help him defeat Wilson next time around. Wilson promptly announced that he too had received a big chunk of moola from patriots who want him to stay in Washington. Looks like next year’s election in that district will be mighty interesting.

Lost in all of the hullabaloo were two things worth mentioning: First, Wilson’s outburst paled in comparison to the treatment President George W. Bush received on numerous occasions from his Democrat opponents. There were times during George W.’s State of the Union speech in 2005 when there were so many jeers, cat-calls, mutterings and murmurings it was difficult to hear what he was saying. Anyone remember the liberal media expressing its outrage then?

But my second point is far more important: For all of his impoliteness, Wilson was telling the truth. Obama wasn’t.

Wilson’s outburst was in response to the president’s claim that nothing in the Democrats’ proposals would lead to federal funding of healthcare for illegal immigrants. Wilson knows something most Americans don’t: Liberals in Congress have defeated every single attempt by Republicans to put such provisions into law. Of more than 20 such amendments that were introduced in the past year, not a single one has been allowed out of committee.

No wonder Wilson was so upset. He knows what’s really been going on behind those closed committee doors. He knows Obama was playing fast and loose with the truth. And so did everyone else in the House chamber that night.

I wasn’t surprised by all the blatant falsehoods in Obama’s speech. For me, the tone was set in the first five minutes, when the president told the assembled lawmakers, “I am not the first president to take up this cause. But I am determined to be the last.”

That may have been great rhetoric. The assembled Democrats obviously thought so, because they gave the president an enthusiastic standing ovation.

Yes, it might have sounded good. But it wasn’t the truth. And everyone listening to the president knew it.

Is there anyone anywhere who honestly believes that the government’s role in providing healthcare for the public will no longer be an issue when President Obama leaves office? That no one on either side of the aisle—Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative—will ever introduce new legislation to “improve” whatever system Congress agrees to during Obama’s tenure?

Give me a break. This debate will continue until long after your great-grandchildren have collected their last Social Security check. Obama knows that. So does every member of the House and Senate who sat through his speech that night. And to pretend otherwise is nothing short of political duplicity. (That’s a more polite way of saying, “He lies!”)

Another obvious fantasy in the president’s address was his claim, “I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits, either now or in the future—period.”

Let me see if I’ve got this right. Under ObamaCare, some 40 million Americans who currently do not have health insurance will suddenly get coverage … and it won’t cost taxpayers a dime? Does anyone believe this?

I was amused to hear the president say that one reason his plan would be more efficient is that the government-run program, unlike private insurance, wouldn’t have to make a profit. Nor would it have to pay all those expensive executive salaries.

Has anyone anywhere found one example of a government-run program that is more efficient than private enterprise? Anyone? Anyone?

It’s hard for me to believe that any adult American could be so gullible as to believe this. What I do believe is that a majority of Congress will pretend to believe it, knowing that a bunch of their constituents want it to be true. (Or, far more likely, don’t care if it is or not, so long as they get all those “free” benefits they’ve been promised.)

Another misleading remark in Obama’s address was his claim that “no federal funds will be used to fund abortions.” Did you notice that not a single pro-abortion legislator (who as a group are probably the most outspoken extremists in Congress) said anything in opposition to this part of Obama’s speech?

That’s because they know the fix is in. Despite repeated efforts by pro-life legislators, not a single proposal to put this into law has been approved in Washington. No matter what Obama says now, the pro-abortion crowd is confident that whatever legislation is finally approved, it will include a provision requiring that so-called “public option” health insurance covers abortions.

Finally, let me say a few words about the part of Obama’s speech I found the most offensive. That was his “my way or the highway” attitude. He accused talk radio hosts, cable news and conservative leaders of deliberately spreading falsehoods. He wants you to believe that everyone who opposes his plan to nationalize medical care is lying.

There was not a word of criticism for the attack dogs on the left, such as House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who called opponents of these plans “un-American.” Or Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who labeled those who disagree with him as “evil mongers.”

After denouncing virtually everyone who has disagreed with him, the president then said, “Now is when we must bring the best ideas of both parties together.” The amazing thing to me is that no one laughed out loud at the hypocrisy of such a statement.

As every conservative on Capitol Hill knows, there has been absolutely no effort to include them in this debate. Their ideas are not welcome—and neither are they.

To say that conservatives and libertarians have never offered any constructive suggestions about healthcare is a flat-out lie. Anyone who cares can check out proposals on “How to Insure Every American” by Republican Representatives John Shadegg and Pete Hoekstra. Or the very sensible ideas for health-care reform by John Mackey, the founder and CEO of Whole Foods. Or the detailed analyses and proposals from the Cato Institute, Reason magazine, the Heritage Foundation and a dozen others.

Republicans haven’t been included in negotiations on Capitol Hill for months. House Speaker Pelosi has shown nothing but disdain for those who disagree with her. Nor is it any different at the White House, where conservatives have been locked out of discussions on healthcare since early spring.

While he says he wants bipartisanship, Obama means he wants opponents to sit down, shut up and go along with his proposals. He seems determined to use the Democrat majority he enjoys in the House and the Senate to ram through the most drastic reorganization of healthcare this country has ever seen.

He doesn’t want to debate, he wants to dictate. We’re about to find out if a majority in Congress will let him.

Until next time, keep some powder dry.

Chip Wood

Diet may prevent Alzheimer’s disease, study finds

Diet may prevent Alzheimer's disease, study finds A Mediterranean-style diet may become a new weapon for those who would like to reduce their risk of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) as a new study has found that when combined with physical fitness, it lowers the odds of developing neurodegenerative conditions.

Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center studied two groups of 1,880 elderly New Yorkers without dementia at the start of the study, measured their dietary habits and physical activity and then followed up with them for an average of 5.4 years. During that period, a total of 282 people developed Alzheimer’s disease.

The scientists found statistical evidence that both physical activity and a Mediterranean diet adherence were significantly associated with AD incidence, the research report says.

In a recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association the scientists wrote that compared with control individuals, high physical activity plus high diet adherence was associated with a 35 percent to 44 percent relative risk reduction.

The research also concurs with a recent study conducted in France that found that the diet was associated with slower cognitive decline.
The hallmarks of the Mediterranean diet include high consumption of fresh produce, especially fruits, vegetables and legumes, as well as cereal and fish, and low intake of red meat and poultry.
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NIA criticizes Tea Party protest for neglecting inflation

NIA criticizes Tea Party protest for neglecting inflation Last weekend, tens of thousands or, by some estimates, more than a million people descended on Washington to protest against high spending and the federal government’s expansion, but the National Inflation Association says few participants called on Washington to address the threat of inflation.

The protesters marched to the Capitol chanting slogans and waving posters that voiced a range of grievances against the government and some of its leaders, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Obama.

Organizations involved in sponsoring the march included the National Taxpayers Union, GrassFire.org, Tea Party Patriots, the Campaign for Liberty and FreedomWorks. The latter, a conservative organization led by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, organized several groups from across the country.

FoxNews quoted one protester, a 57-year-old Vietnam War veteran and former Teamster, who said that although healthcare reform is needed, Obama’s approach was not the way to go.

"My grandkids are going to be paying for this. It’s going to cost too much money that we don’t have," he said.

Echoing his sentiments, NIA said it was disappointed none of the speakers at the rally mentioned the monetary inflation that is taking place and that it is says threatens to destroy the wealth of most Americans.

"We need to wake up America and help everybody become aware of how we will pay for and feel the consequences of the government’s destructive actions, and it will be through hyperinflation," it says.
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