Sea Salt and Psoriatric Arthritis

Dear Bob,

I am writing you a long overdue letter. I used to suffer from psoriatric arthritis in my hands and knuckle joints. My fingers were so swollen they looked like sausages. My knuckles were swollen, red, painful and hot to the touch. If I clenched my fists very tightly my hands would bleed in many places through painful cracks. I had to wear white cotton gloves in order to avoid getting blood on everything I touched. I went to many doctors and dermatologists. No one had an answer, and one even said it was the worst case of psoriatric arthritis he had seen.

Did I say it was painful? So much so the pain would wake me up at night.

Then I read your article in The Bob Livingston Letter about sea salt about two years ago. I bought Redmond Sea Salt, the one mined in Utah. In just 15 days after using it daily the symptoms began to recede. Within a month I was as good as new. To this day I have not had a reoccurrence.

My friend who is my age had similar symptoms but not as severe was amazed and somewhat skeptical when I told him about the sea salt. He tried it and he has had no reoccurrence in a couple of years.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Mike A.

Bob’s Comment: I’m getting more and more reports of simple sea salt (¼ to ½ teaspoon per day) in a glass of water, allegedly curing people of Type II diabetes and various forms of arthritis. I can also say this with certainty: Be sure to give your pet sea salt on a regular basis.

Best Wishes,

For Optimum Omega-3, Poach Or Bake Fish

Bake, poach or boil fish to get all the omega-3 fatty acidsThe American Heart Association advises that fish can be an excellent source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Now, a new study reveals that the way a fish is prepared can affect how many of these good fats an individual consumes.

The study was led by Lixin Meng of the University of Hawaii at Manoa and presented at this year’s AHA Scientific Sessions. Researchers examined the varying omega-3 levels of a large group of individuals living in Los Angeles between 1993 and 1996.

The team tracked their fish consumption by quantifying and measuring the amount of fish consumed and manners in which it was prepared. They also took into account soy products with plant-based omega-3 acids—items like soy, tofu and shoyu.

Men who ate the most omega-3 per day—3.3 grams—decreased their risk of cardiovascular disease by 23 percent. The team also learned that women should avoid salted and dried fish because of its heavy sodium content.

Meng explained that overall "it appears that boiling or baking fish with low-sodium soy sauce (shoyu) and tofu is beneficial, while eating fried, salted or dried fish is not." ADNFCR-1961-ID-19474851-ADNFCR

U.S. Senators Look To Increase Nuclear Energy, Reduce Emissions

U.S. Senators look to increase nuclear energy, reduce emissionsTwo senators have introduced legislation that would double nuclear energy output in the U.S. over the next 20 years.

Democratic Senator Jim Webb of Virginia and Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee unveiled the $20 billion Clean Energy Act of 2009, which hopes to create advances in nuclear technology and other clean technologies, while lowering carbon emissions and other greenhouse gases.

The appropriations will fund a series of carbon-free electricity loan guarantees, nuclear energy training and research, and the development of solar and alternative power technologies.

"By making a concerted investment in nuclear power and other renewable energy technologies, we can effectively address our nation’s energy requirements and also the need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions," said Webb.

The legislation was created in response to the "cap-and-trade" bill that is currently being held up in the Senate, an initiative that Webb and Alexander refuse to vote for in its current form.

Also known as emissions trading, the cap-and-trade bill would set a limit on the amount of pollutants that a company can emit, and would then force that company to purchase credits if they exceed their allotment.

Criticizing the idea of emissions trading, an op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal stated that "once the government creates a scarce new commodity—in this case the right to emit carbon—and then mandates that businesses buy it, the costs would inevitably be passed on to all consumers in the form of higher prices."

Flaxseed Oil To Prevent Osteoporosis?

Flaxseed oil may be a good, natural osteoporosis preventativeRecent animal-based studies indicated that flaxseed oil may be beneficial in reducing the risk of osteoporosis in post-menopausal and diabetic women.

The study was conducted by a team at the National Research Center, in Cairo, Egypt, and its results were recently published in the International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition and Public Health.

Researchers examined 70 rats, 30 of which were without ovaries to represent women after menopause, and a second, smaller group was afflicted with diabetes. All rats, except for those in the control group, were given flaxseed oil.

After a two-month study period the team learned that the rats that consumed flaxseed oil experienced a decrease in the occurrence of specific osteoporosis markers that can be measured in the urine and blood.

Overall, the researchers felt that the "n-3 fatty acids" found in flaxseed oil helped the subjects retain higher bone mineral densities.

According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, 10 million Americans already suffer from the condition. Around 80 percent of those with osteoporosis are women.

In addition, women are at the highest risk for osteoporosis. Between five and seven years after menopause, a woman can lose up to 20 percent of her bone density. ADNFCR-1961-ID-19474839-ADNFCR

Wise Men (and Wise Women) Still Give the Gift of Gold

Wise Men (and Wise Women) Still Give the Gift of Gold

Two millennia ago, three wise men arrived in Bethlehem bearing gifts for the Christ Child. A famous Christmas carol celebrates how Caspar, Balthazar and Melchior brought with them the most valuable items of their day—gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Back then, an ounce or two of each one was worth more than a peasant could earn in a lifetime. Today, frankincense and myrrh are no longer as rare, or as valued, as they were back then. But gold—the first gift of the Magi—is still as highly regarded as it was 2,000 years ago… or 3,000 years before that.

This Christmas let me suggest that you do as a Wise Man did 2,000 years ago; give the gift of gold to someone who is special to you.

A good friend of mine told me that he is going to put a 1-ounce gold coin in his granddaughter’s stocking this year. Since she’s only 1 year old, he’ll let her play with the bright shiny object for an hour or so. Then he’ll ask her parents to put it away for safe-keeping for several years.

“This is how I’m going to start her college fund,” he said. “I’ll do this every Christmas. By the time she’s ready for college, I expect two things will have happened. One, her gold coins will be worth a heck of a lot more than I paid for them in paper dollars. And two, as their number and value increases over the years; I hope she’ll appreciate the tremendous difference between something of real, permanent, lasting value—gold—compared to paper fiat currencies, which governments can inflate at will.”

That’s one smart grandpa. May I be so bold as to suggest that you go thou and do likewise? If a 1-ounce gold coin is over your budget this year, remember that the U.S. Eagle—made by the U.S. Mint from gold mined right here in the U.S.A.—comes in 1/10th-ounce, 1/4th-ounce, and 1/2-ounce versions.

In addition to the Eagle, the U.S. Mint currently produces a 1-ounce coin in .9999 pure gold that I recommend to your attention. It is the gold Buffalo, which I wrote about here.

Today’s gold Buffalo is modeled after one of the most popular coins in American history—the 5-cent Buffalo piece, or nickel, that first appeared in 1913. As you can imagine, today’s Buffalo costs a lot more than that. As of early Friday the spot price of gold was $1,159. Because of fabrication and distribution costs, expect to pay 6 percent to 8 percent over spot for each uncirculated gold Buffalo you buy.

If this is a lot more than you planned to spend on anyone this Christmas, let me recommend a much more modest investment—one that will only cost you $25 or so. It is the remarkably lovely silver Eagle from the U.S. Mint.

This genuine silver Eagle (each coin contains one ounce of 99.9% fine silver) is as lovely as it is historic. One side features “Walking Liberty,” first designed by the noted sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens when Theodore Roosevelt was president.

Many people are not aware that the Mint still produces silver coins every year, so it makes quite an impressive gift. Who wouldn’t rather receive one in their stocking, instead of a lump of coal?

Any coin dealer will be able to provide you with gold and silver Eagles from the U.S. Mint. Check your yellow pages under “coins” for a list of retail outlets in your area. Or go to the U.S. Mint’s website,, and click on their list of approved dealers. I’m proud to say that my firm, Asset Strategies International, has been on that list since it was first created a dozen years ago.

Another way to give the gift of gold is through jewelry. Most jewelry store offerings are a very expensive way to acquire the Midas metal. The necklaces and bracelets they offer are usually not pure gold—a 14-karat necklace contains only 58 percent gold. And yet this machine-made jewelry is often priced at three to five times its gold content, or more.

A much better deal is a collection of .9999 pure gold jewelry which my company offers in partnership with another firm. It’s called The Heirloom Collection and you can check it out by clicking here. Every link in every chain in The Heirloom Collection is hand-crafted by artisans who have been making these exquisite pieces all their lives. In some cases, they are the second or third generation of their family doing this.

Let me also mention that these pure-gold works of art come in exact weights, from 1 ounce to 5 ounces. They are an incredibly portable form of wealth. You can take them anywhere in the world and, if need be, sell them any place that buys gold. (It’s worth noting that when FDR ordered the confiscation of all bullion and gold coins in America back in the 1933, gold jewelry was exempt.)

If all of that isn’t enough reason to interest you in these wonderful examples of an artisans’ skill, let me mention one more: Your wife or significant other will be thrilled beyond words to receive one of these exquisite creations as a gift this holiday season. Better yet, give her a matching bracelet and necklace set and watch her face glow in appreciation.

Giving the gift of gold (or silver) is a wonderful way to remind your lucky recipients of your principles and your generosity. What a marvelous way to give them many years of pride, pleasure and positive memories of you.

Sure, stocks and bonds and CDs are all very nice. But this holiday season; why not give a gift of lasting value? There is nothing that preserves wealth better than gold. That was true 2,000 years ago. It’s true today. And I expect it to be true for the next two millennia as well.


Michael Checkan

Under Republican Criticism, Democrats Torn On Healthcare Bill

Under Republican criticism, Democrats torn on healthcare bill After failing to block the debate on the Senate healthcare reform legislation, the Republicans have singled out three Democrats who they say betrayed their principles and electoral pledges by voting to break the filibuster.

The moderate Democrats who all expressed reservations about the bill but ultimately voted in favor of debate were Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas and Ben Nelson of Nebraska.

In particular, Nelson has gone on record as telling ABC’s This Week, "I don’t want a big-government, Washington-run operation that undermines the private insurance that 200 million Americans now have," according to media reports.

This prompted Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele to issue a statement following last weekend’s vote accusing the lawmakers in question of "[sacrificing] their principles to bring America dangerously closer to government-run health care."

Steele summed up their affirmative vote by saying, "Nelson sold out his conscience and voted in favor of federally funded abortions. Lincoln sold out her principles by voting in favor of a government-run insurance plan, something she previously said she opposed. And Landrieu simply sold her vote to the highest bidder after Harry Reid added a $300 million earmark just for Louisiana."

The Senate voted 60-39 on Saturday to break the Republican filibuster, and the bill is expected to move to the floor for debate after Thanksgiving.

Over GOP Objections, Senate Votes To Open Debate On Healthcare Bill

Over GOP objections, Senate votes to open debate on healthcare bill The Senate voted along party lines 60-39 to open debate on the Senate healthcare reform bill, but after scoring that victory the Democrats are admitting they will have to compromise in order to gather enough votes to pass the legislation.

In addition to most Republicans—such as Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas who called the measure "a disaster" for the nation—independent Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut stated his opposition to the current version, telling NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday that he will join a Republican filibuster if the bill includes a publically run insurance option which he called "radical."

Among those Democrats who have entered the debate phase emphasizing the need for a realistic and practical approach is Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, the second-ranking Democrat in the upper chamber. He said he was open to changing the government-run health insurance option provision that is widely favored by the left, if it means the bill will have a greater chance of passing.

Democrats also admitted that some conservative members of their party have expressed misgivings about the bill’s potentially burdensome fiscal provisions, including the plan to tax those earning more than $200,000 a year as well as insurers providing expensive health plans.

The Senate is expected to begin debate after the Thanksgiving break.

Racism, the Rich, Record Debt and More Biased Reporting

*Are you a racist? According to Jesse Jackson, if you oppose Obama’s plan for socialized medicine in the United States, you are. And you’re a racist even if you’re black! Yes, incredible as it may seem, the premier race-baiter in America, the so-called “Reverend” Jesse Jackson, told a crowd at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation that “You can’t vote against healthcare and call yourself a black man.” His remarks were aimed at Rep. Artur Davis, a black congressman from Alabama who voted against the measure. Good for you, Artur. Please stand up to that loud-mouthed bully.

*Are you an American? Here’s an amazing quote from an Associated Press (AP) story distributed Nov. 17: “Americans don’t want to shoulder the cost of President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul themselves. They think the rich should pay for it.” Isn’t that something? According to the AP, if you’re rich, you’re not even an American. Just a goose to be plucked, I guess.

*The National Debt sets another record. Did you realize that the National Debt set another record high last week? Yep, it hit $12 trillion. This is the second time the debt has set a record since Barack Obama became president. In March, it hit the $11 trillion mark for the first. And I’m afraid the big spenders in Washington are just warming up. Maybe the new SOS should be Stop Obama’s Spending!

*How’s this for biased reporting? Sarah Palin’s new book, Going Rogue: An American Life, is setting sales records all over the place. Wherever she holds a book signing, the crowds begin lining up 24 hours ahead of time. So naturally the left is going absolutely berserk. At least the reviewer for The Washington Post admitted she hadn’t even read all of the book before she wrote her scathing comments. But Ana Marie Cox thought that was fine. “(I)f I didn’t read it all, neither can Sarah Palin claim to have completely written it,” she said.

—Chip Wood

Aromatherapy Might Ease Holiday Stress

Try aromatherapy for a less stressful holiday seasonThe holidays can be a stressful time for many, and some combat these unpleasant feelings by overindulging. However, one possible solution may be to try aromatherapy and essential oils before gathering around the buffet table.

Clinical psychologist Dr. Denise Lamothe offers some tips on how aromatherapy can help prevent emotional eating by relaxing individuals before a stressful gathering.

She suggests that individuals try to carry self-motivating cards with them if they are concerned about temptation and losing control around food. Aromatherapy can also help, Lamothe says, because she feels that certain scents can enhance positive, calm feelings.

In fact, according to, aromatherapy may "enable a person to come to terms with psychological issues," and emotional overeating can be considered to be one of these conditions. The relaxing scents take the user’s mind away from the stress and situation of the moment.

According to the website, lavender might have a relaxing effect on individuals, and is therefore also useful for easing sleeping disorders. Juniper can also help decrease anxiety and anger, which might be perfect for use before entering a conflicted situation or taxing event. ADNFCR-1961-ID-19474849-ADNFCR

Ron Paul on "End the Fed" (The Campaign and the Book)

I’ll admit I’m prejudiced. I think Ron Paul, the maverick Republican/Libertarian congressman from Texas, is the best friend we taxpayers have had in Washington for, oh, the past 100 years or so.

So when Ron agreed to grant an exclusive interview on his efforts to abolish the Federal Reserve, I jumped at the chance. We spoke for 30 minutes on a wide range of subjects. Because of space limitations, I’ll only be able to cover part of them in today’s column. Look for part two a week from today.

If you’ve never heard Ron speak before, you might be surprised at his delivery. He is no fiery orator. He delivers his remarks in a calm, almost professorial manner. But if his manner is mild, his content most assuredly is not. What he has to say is far more radical, even revolutionary, than anything the average American is used to hearing today.

Ron Paul would actually enforce the U.S. Constitution!

Since he (rightly) regards the overwhelming majority of things Big Government does today as unconstitutional, that means he has never met a spending bill he likes. Or, for that matter, intervention in a foreign land without a congressional declaration of war either. There is a good reason that, among both friends and foes in Washington, Ron is known as “Dr. No.” (In his private life, he is an obstetrician who has delivered thousands of babies.)

After years of toiling in obscurity, in the past couple of years Ron’s message of limited government and unlimited freedom has really caught fire. When he decided to run for president in the Republican primaries last year, even he was startled by the size and enthusiasm of the crowds he attracted.

“Yes, I admit I was pleasantly surprised by the response to my message,” he said. “I think something has been rumbling in the country for a long time, and I happened along just when people were waiting to hear this message.”

And then he made an extremely important point: “I think we’re a lot further along in the freedom movement than some of us have realized. We’re seeing a major shift in the attitude of many people. I think this is happening for two reasons: First, a lot of people have been exposed to free-market economics and the principles of freedom. Second, they are being confronted with dramatic evidence that the current system isn’t working. So whether you’re on the receiving end of government giveaways, or you’re one of the ones whose wealth is being taken, both sides are starting to realize, hey, there’s something wrong!”

Ron’s message has found especially fertile ground among young people. When I introduced him at a conference in Las Vegas a year ago I was astounded by the numbers, the energy and the enthusiasm of most of his supporters, many of whom were high school students. The average age of the crowd was probably around 25, which certainly gave new inspiration to all of us oldsters who were there.

And by the way, I want to offer a few words of praise and encouragement to my fellow seniors who’ve been preaching the message of freedom for many, many years. I know we’ve all-too-often despaired that our message was falling on deaf ears. Not true, my friends! Young people have been listening, they’ve been reading and they’ve been asking some tough questions. And believe me; they are no longer satisfied with the reassuring platitudes they get from today’s politicians.

As Ron put it when we spoke, “Young people in particular grasp our message. They feel as though they’re going to be—if they’re not already—victimized. Whether it’s foreign policy or an attack on their personal liberties and personal choices, they’re very concerned. They’re worried about jobs and how they’re going to pay their bills; about Social Security indebtedness and all of those things.

“The most exciting part for me has been seeing their interest in monetary policy. They’re actually shouting out their support for abolishing the Federal Reserve! That’s been amazing to me.”

Ron told me the story of how his “End the Fed” campaign began. “This followed a debate in Detroit during the primaries. We were talking about the economy and I was claiming we were already in the middle of a recession. Well, my Republican opponents didn’t want to hear that.

“Afterwards, I went to a rally at the University of Michigan. This was early in the campaign and I didn’t expect very much, to be frank. But there were 4,000 or 5,000 young people there. During my speech, they started to chant: ‘End the Fed! End the Fed!’ Some of them even began pulling Federal Reserve notes (you know them as dollar bills) from their pockets and lighting them on fire.

“I could never forget the image of that happening. So of course it became part of my campaign. When it came to picking a title for my book that was an easy choice to make.”

(Quick commercial plug: Ron’s book, End the Fed, climbed to the top of the New York Times’ bestseller list and stayed there for many weeks. It’s dropped a bit recently, which is good news for you if you don’t already own a copy. Because it means you can find them at Barnes & Noble or for a substantial discount off the $21.99 cover price. Get ‘em while you can. And think about what a great Christmas present they would make for all of the students on your list.)

To be honest, I don’t think it’s necessary to read every word of every chapter of Ron’s book. Unless you’re simply amused by mumble-jumble and government jargon, you can pretty much skip chapters six and seven (“Conversations with Greenspan” and “Conversations with Bernanke”).

But please pay careful attention to chapter 10, “Why End the Fed?” Here’s how it begins:

“The Federal Reserve should be abolished because it is immoral, unconstitutional, impractical, promotes bad economics and undermines liberty. Its destructive nature makes it a tool of tyrannical government.”

So of course I had to ask him, “Other than that, Ron, what’s wrong with it?”

“Bad government destroys liberty” was his succinct reply. “And the Federal Reserve leads to bad government and bad monetary policy. Not only did they cause the present economic crisis, they’re perpetuating the problem.”

Ron has introduced legislation to audit the Federal Reserve every year for the past dozen or so years. And every year it gets bottled up in committee and never sees the light of day. But this year is different.

When we spoke, Ron already had 301 co-sponsors for the legislation. That is every Republican member of the House of Representatives and a bunch of Democrats, too. So it’s a shoe-in to pass, right?

Wrong. Although Ron has gained some surprising support for the measure, including Massachusetts’ very liberal (but very powerful) congressman, Barney Frank, the powers-that-be are dead-set against the measure. He expects House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to do everything possible to prevent a floor vote.

But at least the measure has been voted out of committee. In an email to me after that action, Ron wrote, “I was pleased last week when we won a vote in the Financial Services Committee to include language from the Audit the Fed bill HR1207 in the upcoming financial regulatory reform bill. As it stands now, if HR 3996 passes, because of this action, the Federal Reserve’s entire balance sheet will be opened up to a GAO audit. We will at last have a chance to find out what happened to the trillions of dollars the Fed has been giving out.”

Does either of us expect an easy victory in Congress this year? Of course not! And even if his measure did pass, despite everything Nancy Pelosi and her cohorts did to stop it, the chances that it will be approved in the Senate and signed by the president are just about zero.

And even when the bill does get signed into law, expect the manipulators of our money system to do everything in their power to protect their trillion-dollar benefactor.

No, folks, this will not be a quick or an easy fight. Ron expects the battle for honest money and limited government to last the rest of his life and beyond. Frankly, so do I.

But rejoice that the battle has been joined! The enemy has been identified! And the weapons we need to win—truth in the hands of an informed public—are all we need, and all we have.

Let me end today’s column as Ron concludes his book. Here are the last three paragraphs of End the Fed:

We have a natural, God-given right to our lives, our liberties, and the fruits of our labor. Protecting those rights is the only role that government ought to have in a free society. To restrain the government from doing more requires a morally determined people willing to assume self-responsibility, rejecting dependence on government force to mold the economy, society, or individual behavior. If the freedom movement continues to grow as it has these past two years, I would say there’s plenty of room for optimism. Freedom and central banking are incompatible. It is freedom we seek, and when that precious goal is achieved, the chant ‘End the Fed’ will become a reality.

Amen to that. Until next time, keep some powder dry.

And remember to look for part two of our interview with Ron Paul next Friday in Personal Liberty Alert.

—Chip Wood