Dobbs For President In 2012?

Dobbs for president in 2012?Former CNN host Lou Dobbs, whose abrupt resignation earlier this month sent shockwaves throughout the media world, further fueled speculation of a potential career in politics last week.

When asked on former Republican Senator Fred Thompson’s radio show if he might make a run at the White House in 2012, Dobbs responded matter-of-factly, "yes is the answer."

Dobbs’ political future, however, remains uncertain. The former anchorman’s spokesman, Robert Dilenschneider, told The New York Times that Dobbs might make a 2012 run at a Senate seat in his home state of New Jersey before entertaining a bid for the White House.

Dilenschneider also hinted to the news source that Dobbs, who is affectionately known to fans as "Mr. Independent," would at least leave the possibility open of returning to the Republican Party.

"It’s just too early to come to a conclusion on that," he quoted Dobbs as saying.

Meanwhile, Dobbs seems to be softening his controversial stance on illegal immigration, stating the he now supports a plan to legalize millions of undocumented workers, The Wall Street Journal reports.

In an interview with the Spanish language network Telemundo, Dobbs said, "I can tell you right now that I am one of your greatest friends and I mean for us to work together. In this national debate, we should turn [toward] a solution rather than a continuing debate and factional contest."

Telemundo anchor Maria Celeste was open to the idea, but warned, "trust me, in the Hispanic world, you are viewed by many people as a No. 1 enemy, maybe because of the many inflammatory and misleading statements about undocumented immigrants that you’ve made throughout the years," quoted the news source.

A New Paradigm

I have written lately about the stealth system and law and order in an effort to spark a thought process that goes below the surface, beyond the conventional.

A few understand, but most don’t. It’s obvious from many of the comments posted that people continue to look only for us versus them, Obama versus Bush, Republican versus Democrat.

Facts are dismissed outright if they don’t conform to the reader’s perception, formed through 12 or more years of government-controlled education, years of listening to the government propaganda-spreading media and from toeing the party line.

No legitimate criticism of Obama policies can be made without a Bush derangement syndrome-like “but Bush…” response. No legitimate criticism of Republican ideas can be made without a corresponding “Obama is a non-American socialist because…” response. If this is what you do you are caught in their trap.

The argument is not about Democrat versus Republican. It’s about freedom- and liberty-loving American patriots versus the control-seeking, socialist elected class.

People ask, “They’re spending money like there is no tomorrow. How can they be so dumb?” Or, “They’re passing this bill that can’t be constitutional. Don’t they read the constitution?”

The answers: They aren’t dumb, and they may or may not have read the constitution. But it doesn’t matter. They don’t care what it says.

Their efforts are directed toward total control. They seek your compliance and nothing more. Dissent? Not tolerated.

Consider the response of the elected class to the Taxed Enough Already (TEA) Party protests. They showed their disdain, calling a group of people exercising their right to petition government names like un-American, Nazi or terrorists.

In town hall meetings they tried to show the people they represented who was boss. As Rep. Baron Hill (D-Ind.) told a constituent in explanation for why the congressman’s remarks couldn’t be videotaped, “This is my town hall meeting. Let me repeat that one more time; this is my town hall meeting for you and you’re not going to tell me how to run my congressional office.”


How do they control the people?

By stealing their wealth—A fiat money system, in which dollars can be created by a keystroke on a computer, puts more money in the system thereby making the dollars worth less. This is combined with a system of taxation where they take ever-increasing amounts of money from the highest achievers while exempting a growing number of lower wage earners, all the while convincing an ignorant public it’s done for the public good—or will be saved for retirement (Social Security).

By feeding them propaganda—A complicit state-run media that feeds off the government and willingly passes along government messages in order to remain relevant and to gain access to those in power. An example: ABC will have Oprah Winfrey interview Barack Obama for a Christmas special to be aired Dec. 13. Expect probing questions from Oprah, the Obama sycophant.

By keeping them sick—We don’t have a healthcare system in America, we have a sickness care system. It’s the most sophisticated killing machine that demented minds can create. Modern medicine is now the third largest cause of death. This is a Malthusian dream to reduce the population under the pretense of doctoring for sickness and disease. Modern medicine implies sickness is a drug deficit. Modern medicine pushes harmful vaccines to keep the people sick and provide a sop for big pharmaceuticals. And now it pushes toward a socialized healthcare system of Obamacare. A review of socialized healthcare programs in Canada, the U.K. and Europe reveals Sarah Palin’s “death panels” were no exaggeration: Government bureaucrats in those countries routinely deny healthcare based on abstract determinations of “quality of life,” rather than of medical necessity.

By drawing them into a political party—There’s no difference between the two main parties. Oh, yes, there are differences in the platforms on some issues: abortion, taxation, foreign policy, etc. But those are just clever ploys to draw people in and get them to conform. “I’m a Republican” or “I’m a Democrat” gets people arguing among themselves over minor issues while both parties continue to push toward socialism. Don’t believe it? Think back over the last few years about how government has grown when one party is in power. And look at the legislative process. When one party introduces a bad bill, rather than kill it, the other party tries to amend it. A pig doesn’t become a cow if you glue on a set of horns and udders. Likewise, an amended bad bill remains a bad bill, and the march toward socialism ebbs and flows. Republicans or Democrats—no difference. But you argue amongst yourselves believing there is a difference.

So, again, it’s time for a new paradigm.

Protect yourself against the fiat money system—Gold or silver, and stocks in companies that mine gold and silver, are your protection. Keep your savings in the fiat money system and you might as well be setting your paper dollars on fire one at a time.

Reject the propaganda—Divest yourself of the mainstream media. Understand that what they are feeding, you don’t need. Search out the alternative media. Read books and publications that enlighten and challenge conventional wisdom. Some of them can be found in Personal Liberty Digest under the link: Latest Book Reviews. Others have been mentioned from time to time in my previous writings here and in my newsletter, The Bob Livingston Letter. They include: The Fat Resistance Diet by Dr. Leo Galland; How to Hide Anything by Michael Connor; Trust Us, We’re Experts (about how industry manipulates science and gambles with your future) by Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber; Propaganda by Edward Bernays; Manufacturing Consent by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky; Good-bye Germ Theory by Dr.William P.Trebing; Rethinking Pasteur’s Germ Theory by Nancy Appleton; and The Miracle of Magnesium by Carolyn Dean M.D., N.D. Read with an open mind. Only then will the wisdom sink in. Then, share with others what you’ve learned.

Take charge of your health—True healthcare is in the foods you eat and in understanding that there are alternative treatment options for your ailments. Conventional medicine pushes drugs and the cut-and-burn method to treat disease and cancer. It treats the symptoms but not the cause. True health lies in prevention through diet and treatment through diet and non-conventional means. Reject the move toward socialized medicine. The elected class claims it’s good for you but they have rejected every effort to have them included in the Obamacare system. But you can’t opt out. If you decide it’s not for you then you face a fine and jail term.

Ignore the party line—The parties are only interested in building their power base and collecting your money. They are two heads of the same dragon. The Democrats currently in power push for a take-over of industry, socialized medicine, huge stimulus bills and talk of coming tax increases. Before them, Republicans in power pushed a huge stimulus bill, a huge war bill and power-grabbing anti-liberty legislation in the USA PATRIOT Act. Government grew under Republicans, it’s growing exponentially under Democrats. Don’t believe they’re the same? See: Arlen Specter (Democrat to Republican to Democrat), Joe Leiberman (Democrat to Independent to ?), Dede Scozzafava (Republican to Democrat), Newt Gingrich (Republican who has supported Specter and Scozzafava and sided with Nancy Pelosi in the global warming hoax), George W. Bush (supported Specter, joined with Edward M. Kennedy on No Child Left Behind), John McCain (beyond supporting amnesty to illegals, prohibiting more oil drilling and supportive of cap and tax, who knows from one day to the next where he stands?), Lindsey Graham (supports amnesty, working on cap and tax bill, says Republican Party is not party of Ron Paul).

Overturning years of an entrenched line of thought is difficult, but you now know there is another direction. There is another paradigm.

Vigorous Exercise May Help Prevent Stroke

Getting a workout might help prevent strokeA new study reveals that if men want to decrease their stroke risk, they would benefit from a few intense workout sessions each week.

Recently published in the American Academy of Neurology’s journal, Neurology, the study followed 3,298 Manhattan residents over the course of nine years. The average age of the participants was 69.

The study’s author, Dr. Joshua Z. Willey, of Columbia University Medical Center, determined that men were 63 percent less likely to suffer from a stroke if they were able to get moderate to intense exercise on a regular basis.

Willey also believes that vigorous exercise decreases the risk of stroke more efficiently than lighter exercise, such as walking or playing golf. "Taking part in moderate-to-heavy intensity physical activity may be an important factor in preventing stroke," he said.

However, any exercise can benefit heart health, as can taking some supplements like vitamin E. According to the National Institutes of Health, several studies indicate that including vitamin E in one’s diet may help prevent heart disease and other complications.

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Try Crystal Therapy For Balance And Rejuvenation

Crystal therapy may also aid relaxation - like yogaIf the holidays have you a little stressed out, new reports indicate that crystal therapy might be a good alternative treatment. This natural therapy may have a wide range of benefits, from aiding relaxation to being an alternative healing therapy.

The New York Times recently drew readers’ attention to how crystals can be used for healing. Some use warmed jade as part of a body massage. Others, particularly in Asia, reportedly use crystal "wands" to promote healthy skin and positive energy.

Crystal therapy has even made its way to Hollywood, according to InStyle magazine. Sienna Miller reportedly enjoys a massage by Neom Organics because it incorporates crystal therapy into a massage treatment that uses organic products along with aromatherapy practices.

According to the site, crystals can be used for a range of therapeutic purposes. They are believed to have a certain kind of power, and this is then transferred to the sick individual. He or she is "healed" by the crystal’s energy.

Energy in a crystal can be replenished when the object is cleaned. For example, the news source explains that to "clean" agate, it must be rinsed and "cleared" under warm water and placed in the sun to absorb this energy.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19477433-ADNFCR

Presidential Deal-making

On Dec. 1, 1824, the United States Presidential election was thrown into the House of Representatives for the first time. With four candidates running for President that year, no candidate won a majority of votes or enough delegates to win in the Electoral College.

Andrew Jackson won more popular votes, more electoral votes and more states than any other candidate, but it didn’t matter. According to the Constitution, it was up to the House to pick the winner. And the fix was in.

Henry Clay, the fourth-place candidate, agreed to throw his support to John Quincy Adams, who came in second. As a result, Adams got a majority of votes in the House and later reciprocated by naming Clay his Secretary of State. Interesting how often political deals determine who sits in the White House, isn’t it?

"Old Hickory," the hero of the Battle of New Orleans, got his revenge four years later. Jackson was elected President in 1828 and went on to serve for two terms. But his real claim to fame is that his stern visage appears on the $20 bill.

—Chip Wood

Remain Naturally Slender This Holiday Season

Watch your waistline with these holiday tipsAs the holidays approach, some people worry about how they can best stick to their diets. With so much temptation around, you might be looking for a little extra help on how to keep your waistline.

Those who attend many holiday parties might want to consider snacking wisely and sticking to a normal eating routine, HealthDay advises. Take a balanced sample from any holiday buffet, and add some kind of vegetable, protein and complex carbohydrates to your meal.

Another way to stay lean is to try sipping green tea instead of eggnog. This all-natural beverage may promote weight loss and help people maintain their weight. If you don’t enjoy the taste, consider taking a look at green tea vitamin supplements.

Concerned about holiday party foods? Try to bring your own healthy dishes where possible and stick to the simpliest foods on offer. While it may not be the season for salads, pickled veggies and casseroles can be hearty and low calorie.

A recent National Institutes of Health (NIH) study indicates that vinegar may aid feelings of satiety and help stabilize blood sugar levels. This may help avoid the blood sugar crash—and subsequent desire to eat more. For those who don’t like a vinegary taste, look for supplements or pills instead. ADNFCR-1961-ID-19477403-ADNFCR

Cheney Blasts Decision To Try 9/11 Suspects In Civilian Court

Cheney blasts decision to try 9/11 suspects in civilian courtFormer Vice-President Dick Cheney heavily criticized the Obama administration and Attorney General Eric Holder last week over their handling of the five alleged 9/11 conspirators who are set to be tried in a civilian court in New York City, according to

Cheney referred to the decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-confessed architect of the 9/11 attacks, in civilian court as a "big mistake" and accused the administration of treating the acts of terror as "law enforcement problems."

"We had 3,000 dead Americans that day," Cheney said in an interview with talk radio host Scott Hennen on WFZN. "That is not a law enforcement problem. That’s an act of war. And you need to treat it as an act of war," Cheney added, quoted by the news source.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama has taken additional criticism for his strong defense of the decision to try the suspects in such a venue.

"I don’t think it will be offensive at all when he’s convicted and when the death penalty is applied to him," the president said in an interview with NBC, quoted by the Daily Telegraph.

Charles Stinton, a lawyer and former Pentagon official, believes that the president’s words could backfire and adversely affect the government’s case.

"The defense will file a pre-trial motion seeking to have the charges dismissed," Stinton told the news source. "It will say ‘what juror is not going to want to now fulfill the president’s and the attorney general’s desire?’"

Chamber Of Commerce Pushes Hard For Free Trade Agreements

Chamber of Commerce pushes hard for free trade agreements Last week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the largest business lobby group in the country, urged the Obama administration to advance three free trade agreements that have been pending since the president took office earlier this year, Reuters reports.

The organization said that trade agreements with Panama, South Korea and Colombia, which were all negotiated by former President George W. Bush’s administration, have been left on the table for the past year.

John Murphy, the chamber’s vice president of international affairs, said that failing to move forward on these agreements would put approximately 500,000 jobs at risk, the news source reports.

President Obama has planned a job creation forum for next week that the chamber hopes will lead to more trade talks and the possibility of getting agreements in front of Congress.

"We are absolutely convinced that on all three of the trade agreements, the votes would be there. We just need to have the chance to hold that vote," Murphy said.

The president recently visited Seoul and reopened trade talks with South Korea President Lee Myung-bak.

The sticking point on a possible agreement continues to be the auto industry’s demand for wider access to the South Korean marketplace, but Presidents Obama and Myung-bak both agreed to continue talks.

South Korea signed an agreement with the European Union last month that would make 99 percent of commerce duty-free in the next five years, leaving the U.S. at risk of losing market share, reports.

Research Suggests Herbal Supplement May Shield Liver From Damage

Research suggests herbal supplement may shield liver from damage Certain drugs, even if they are sold over-the-counter, may cause liver damage and lead to organ transplantation, but a new study suggests a common Eastern medicine may help patients avoid that outcome.

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine found that a molecule called S-methylmethionine (SMM), which is sold as an herbal medicine known as Vitamin U for treatment of the digestive system, can be converted into glutathione which deactivates harmful byproducts of acetaminophen and protects liver from damage.

The compound can be found in abundance in many plants, including cabbage and wheat.

"By administering SMM, which is found in every flowering plant and vegetable, we were able to prevent a lot of the drug’s toxic effect," says Dr. Gary Peltz, professor of anesthesiology at SUSM.

He added that acetaminophen overdose is a significant public health problem, especially for parents who often do not realize that it is present in a wide variety of pediatric medicines. Some studies have found severe damage can occur at even two to three times the recommended dose.

The study was published earlier this month in the online version of Genome Research.

Interesting Days Ahead For The Dollar And Gold

Almost daily the price of gold is reaching new heights. So where are we headed from here?

To answer this question, we need to recognize that there are still reasons to be cautious, in the near-term, for gold. The market really had gotten overbought, and the correction of late October probably didn’t release much of this pressure.

In addition, the greenback’s fall had gotten to the point where our trading partners were beginning to scream bloody murder. With a growing international consensus forming to abandon the dollar as a reserve currency, even the Obama administration must have been forced to pay it a bit of attention. So, despite the fact that a lower dollar is desirable in Washington (both as a supposed lubricant for the economy and as a payoff to various political constituencies), I wouldn’t doubt that the October respite in the dollar’s decline was orchestrated by official sources.

If so, the current dollar nosedive could lead to some sort of interventioneven mere jawboningthat might breathe some life back into the greenback and send gold tumbling.

And it wouldn’t take much movement in the dollar to knock the snot out of gold, because the yellow metal not only responds inversely to the dollar’s moves, it leverages those moves in the opposite direction. That’s why a very mild rally in the dollar in October led to a much greater decline in gold, on a percentage basis.

The new Kitco Gold Index, featured near the top of their home page, is a great tool for illustrating this effect. For any change in the gold price upwards or downwards, it shows the amount of change that relates to the percentage change in the U.S. dollar index. The balance of the change in gold is due to, as Kitco calls it, “predominant buying” (or “selling”).

This tool also shows how the leverage cuts both ways. On some recent days a fall in the dollar index of around a half of a percent would vault gold up nearly 2 percent.

The bottom line, both in the short and long term, is that the dollar will continue to drive gold, as well as the U.S. stock market. And, as a corollary to this, any positive economic news for the American economy will send the dollar tumbling… and those other two asset classes soaring.

Why? Because, as I’ve noted recently, there is a huge flood of liquidity, in the form of credit, currency and excess bank reserves, overhanging the economy, waiting to be put into effect.

Think of it as the contents of the Pacific Ocean, suspended above us in an enormous balloon. Any sign of sustained economic growthgrowth that can unlock the still-frozen credit marketswill serve as the pin that pricks this balloon.

When that happens, all this newly authorized money that has been hidden behind the scenes will suddenly pop into existence as new dollars and new liquidity. The end result, which the market clearly sees, is that the value of all currently existing dollars will be substantially diluted.

So, at least over the long term, any view of gold’s future must be intimately tied to the prospects for the U.S. dollar.

And, given the trillions in new deficits and debt… the prospects for an unleashing of unprecedented, pent-up liquidity… and the clear intent of the regime in Washington to continue expanding the role and expense of the Federal government, is there anyone who can be bullish on the dollar?

The Past Points To The Future
Assuming, as we clearly must, that the long-term trend for the dollar is down, where can that scenario put gold in terms of price?

The past may help guide us. As I noted in my speech at the recent New
Orleans Investment Conference, gold’s impressive breakout over $1,000 appeared to be very similar to previous rallies in 2005 and 2007. Both of those previous breakouts occurred after significant corrections marked by very similar patterns in their price trend lines and moving averages.

Most importantly, as you can see from the accompanying “analog” chart produced by our good friend Ron Griess of, the 2005 and 2007 rallies took the gold price up 75 percent and 57 percent, respectively. In 2005, the rally lasted about 240 trading days, while the run in 2007 was shorter, at about 180 trading days.

If you mark the beginning of all three rallies to the day each broke out of their consolidation triangles, then the current run in gold is about 90 trading days old, from its breakout on Aug. 17.

Again, assuming that the future will at least rhyme with the past, if not repeat it, then gold would have from 90 to 150 trading days left in its current rally. If the rallies are growing shorter, as our two-datapoint trend might indicate, then the rally may be of even shorter duration.

As to the degree of the rally, let’s project that it could take gold from 40 percent to 75 percent higher (again, assuming we see a performance similar to the 2005 and 2007 breakouts). From the Aug. 17 close of $937.30, that would translate to a gold price in the range of $1,312 to $1,640.

For this to happen, however, I’m convinced we would need an associated fall in the dollar. But, given gold’s leverage to the greenback, a fall of only 10 percent to 15 percent in the dollar index would likely yield the types of gains we’re talking about for gold.

So, a fun little exercise in math. Let’s hope it works out. In the meantime, suffice to say that I’m bullish on gold for the next few months, but a bit concerned about volatility along the way.

Foods for Pain and Inflammation

Pain comes in many forms and from many sources. There are sprains, strains, tears, breaks, fractures, pulls, spasms… you name it. And the sources range from imbalanced activities in daily living, stress, poor posture, muscle imbalances, physical trauma, falls, allergies, mental anguish and… FOOD! One of the secrets to pain-free living is found in a diet based in prevention and reduction of self-induced pain.

Before we delve into the food aspect of pain, let’s first understand the mechanism of inflammation.

The Inflammation Story
Pain is generally felt as a reaction to swelling or inflammation in the body. This efferent signal is the body’s way of telling you something is wrong and in need of change. Inflammation, then, is both a sign and a symptom of pain.

The term "inflammation” generally evokes thoughts of painful joints and muscles, swelling and loss of mobility. While these are the obvious markers of inflammation, research also shows that chronic inflammation, if left untreated, can actually lead to serious diseases including diabetes, heart disease, some cancers and Alzheimer’s!

The amount of inflammation in your body varies and depends on a number of factorsincluding your activity level, the amount of sleep you get, the degree of stress in your life, and yes… even the food you eat. What you have to realize is that these factors are cumulative; they build up over time. And the more that any or all of these factors become out of control your risk for disease increases.

If you have pain due to inflammation, you may choose to take the traditional medical path, which includes non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), steroids and even go so far as to have joint-replacement surgery. But none of these “big guns” may be necessary. You should especially avoid long-term use of prescription and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory painkillers. These have been proven to cause liver dysfunction, kidney failure, stomach bleeding and ulcers… all causes of additional inflammation.

Sure, inflammation is a necessary part of the healing process. It brings fluid, nutrients, blood, oxygen and healing biochemicals to the injured area. However, if left to linger, inflammation poses greater threat to your health, arrests the healing process and can turn your pain from acute to chronic.

Foods That Cause Inflammation
Food is a critical piece of the puzzle when it comes to controlling inflammation. There are dozens of foods that create inflammation in our bodies, and there are dozens of foods that reduce and/or prevent inflammation in our bodies. Consuming the right mix of these throughout the day, weeks and months is essential toward living pain free. And in times of injury or pain suffering, the foods you consume may be what keep the inflammation active well past its usefulness, and send your pain into chronic territory. This is unacceptable.

The typical American diet consists of too much fat, tons of sugar, loads of red meat and a frightening amount of processed foods. Each and every one of these items is shown to increase inflammation and contribute to obesity, which is simply massive inflammation of adipose tissue. By switching to an anti-inflammatory diet consisting of healthy whole foods you can actually decrease inflammation and ease the pain and discomfort associated with it.

Before we dive into the good food list, let’s take a look at the bad food list. Each of these nine categories of bad foods should be avoided if you suffer pain or have inflammation.

Animal Milk Products: Milk, cream, ice cream, cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt.

Hydrogenated Oils: Non-dairy creamer, crackers, cookies, chips, snack bars.

Nitrates: Hot dogs, cold cuts, pepperoni, sausage, bacon, liverwurst.

Processed Sugars: Candy, soda, bread, bottled fruit juice, cookies, snack bars.

Night Shade Vegetables: Potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant.

Fast Foods: French fries, onion rings, loaded baked potatoes, fatty burgers, Mexican food, pizza, calzones, strambolis.

Caffeine: Coffee, black tea, soda, chocolate.

Saturated Fats: Marbleized beef, chuck ground beef, deep fried foods, chicken skin.

Processed White Foods: Flour, bread, pasta, sugar, artificial sweeteners.

Surprised? As you can see, most of the items on this list are actually the staple American diet! Is it any wonder Americans are among the most obese and pain suffering peoples in the world? If you look closely at this list and pay attention, you will notice these ingredients are found in just about every snack, frozen dinner, bread and even so-called ‘healthy’ foods. Whatever you do, don’t believe the marketing. Read the labels instead!

Do yourself an easy, no-cost favor: Stop eating foods from the above list if you are in pain!

Merely eliminating these items from your diet will help stop the inflammation cycle when its natural course has been run. By eating these foods you are increasing the longevity of the inflammation, and thus self-inducing your own chronic pain.

Foods That Reduce Inflammation
Now that you know which foods actually cause inflammation or make it worse, let’s look at those foods that can help reduce and even prevent inflammation.

To begin, it is essential to any healthful dietespecially a pain free dietthat you consume as much fresh, organic, whole foods as possible. Eating foods in or as close to their original state is one of the keys to being healthy, preventing self-induced diet-based inflammation and reducing the inflammation you are experiencing as a result of an external problem (posture, physical stress, trauma).

Here is a list of the best foods known to prevent and help reduce inflammation, and thus reduce pain. These should be eaten throughout the day as part of balanced wholesome meals.

Inflammation-Reducing Foods: Wild Atlantic salmon, fresh whole fruits, bright-colored vegetables (except night shades), green or white tea, purified or distilled water, olive oil, lean poultry (skinless), lean beef (filets), nuts, legumes and seeds, dark green leafy vegetables, organic oatmeal (regular, not instant), aromatic spices (turmeric, ginger, cloves, garlic, onion, coriander, ground mustard seed, cayenne pepper).

As you can see, a diet high in fiber and whole foods, low in preservatives and fat and infused with blood-invigorating aromatic spices is the key to diet-based pain relief. But specifically, the above-mentioned foods actually work to reduce pain and inflammation.

—Dr. Mark Wiley

Bishop Asks Kennedy To Refrain From Taking Communion

Bishop asks Kennedy to refrain from taking communionA request by a Roman Catholic bishop that Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) not take Holy Communion because of his pro-abortion stance has sparked a heated debate about the boundaries between church and state.

Among the critics of the move by Bishop Tobin of Providence, R.I., was Democratic Representative Patrick Murphy, who is also a pro-abortion Catholic and who said that "we don’t legislate at the orders of the Vatican" but based on what is good for the country.

Similarly, the group Catholics for Choice expressed support of the Rhode Island representative, saying "he is one of many Catholic politicians who stand by both the courage of their convictions and their consciences to support women’s reproductive choices."

However, Peter Roff, a senior fellow at the Institute for Liberty, has defended the decision in an opinion piece published on the website of Fox News in which he stated that in the church there is no place for free thinking about doctrinal issues "and not all things are relative or left to the discretion of the believer."

According to RTE News, the conversation took place in 2007, but it came into the spotlight recently as Kennedy criticized the church for threatening to oppose the healthcare reform unless it included tighter restrictions on abortion.

Should We Drink Red Wine For Health?

I think so. Some research shows that red wine revs up metabolism to make muscles burn more energy—which is good for obesity and diabetes and improving human endurance.

The essential ingredient of red wine is resveratrol which works by increasing the activity of an enzyme known as SIRTI, boosting the number and activity of structures inside cells called mitochondria. If you don’t want to drink red wine, you can buy the essential ingredient resveratrol.

Study: Vitamin D Makes For A Strong Heart

Study: Vitamin D makes for a strong heart A recent study, conducted at the Heart Institute at Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City, suggests that vitamin D contributes to a healthy heart, and that an inadequate amount of the vitamin can lead to stroke or heart disease.

Researchers found that patients with extremely low levels of vitamin D were 45 percent more likely to develop coronary artery disease and 78 percent more likely to have a stroke than those with normal levels of the vitamin.

"This is important because vitamin D deficiency is easily treated," said Heidi May, one of the authors of the study. "If increasing levels of vitamin D can decrease some risk associated with these cardiovascular diseases, it could have a significant public health impact," she added.

Recent studies have also linked vitamin D to the regulation of blood pressure, glucose control and inflammation—three important risk factors related to heart disease.

The Office of Dietary Supplements says that very few natural foods contain vitamin D. The best known sources can be found in the flesh of salmon, tuna and mackerel as well as milk.

White House: Obama To Announce Afghanistan War Strategy

Obama to announce Afghanistan war strategy 'soon,' White House saysPresident Obama met with his national security team last week, and his office said he will announce today whether he will send more troops to Afghanistan.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said the president received all the information from his advisors he needs to make a decision soon, according to

Meanwhile, Obama has set the stage for the announcement by saying that "once the American people hear a clear rationale for what we’re doing there and how we intend to achieve our goals, they will be supportive."

He was also quoted as saying that he intended to "finish the job."

Earlier this year, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan General Stanley McChrystal requested between 30,000 and 40,000 more troops to be sent to stabilize the volatile country in which militant violence has been escalating.

According to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corp poll, Americans are almost equally split on the issue of sending more soldiers, with half of them supporting the idea and 49 percent opposing it.

However, only 45 percent of the survey’s respondents back the continuing engagement in Afghanistan.

Broccoli is Loaded With Vital Nutrients, Anti-cancer Compounds

Study: Broccoli loaded with vital nutrients, anti-cancer compoundsBroccoli contains more vital nutrients than any other member of the cabbage family, according to a study conducted by the United States Dept. of Agriculture and the University of Tennessee’s plant research department.

The research study confirmed that broccoli heads contain an abundant amount of lutein, an antioxidant considered to be capable of protecting humans from age-related macular degeneration, cancer and heart disease.

Other carotenoids, or fat soluble plant compounds, like beta-carotene, violaxanthin and antheraxanthin were also found in broccoli heads.

Researchers discovered that when it comes to breeding broccoli, lutein levels are directly associated with the genetics of the plant, rather than the environment in which the vegetable is grown.

Authors of the study stated that "ultimately this research indicates that breeding [broccoli] with increased levels of this particular carotenoid may be feasible."

In a separate study, researchers at the Linus Pauling Institute (LPI) at Oregon State University found that sulforaphane, a compound found in broccoli, has strong anti-cancer properties.

"I would say if you’re at all worried about cancer or at high risk of cancer, especially of prostate or colon cancer, then increasing your dietary intake of broccoli…could be a good idea," said LPI researcher Emily Ho.