Study: Drinking Blueberry Juice May Improve Memory In Seniors

Study: Drinking blueberry juice may improve memory in seniorsA recent study suggests that the consumption of blueberries can improve memory in older adults and may offer an alternative treatment for cognitive decline.

Blueberries, which contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory phytochemicals known as anthocyanins, have long been thought to boost memory in the aged. However, this is one of the first studies to examine the fruit’s memory-enhancing effect on humans.

Scientists at the University of Cincinnati and the U.S. Department of Agriculture studied a group of volunteers with a median age of 70 who were suffering from early stage cognitive decline.

Study participants drank the equivalent of two cups of commercially available blueberry juice each day for a two-month period, while a control group consumed a placebo beverage.

Researchers found that patients who drank the fruit juice on a daily basis showed significant improvement on memory and learning tests as well as evidence of enhanced neuronal signaling.

"These preliminary memory findings are encouraging and suggest that consistent supplementation with blueberries may offer an approach to forestall or mitigate neurodegeneration," concluded the authors of the study.

The researchers added that more comprehensive human trials need to be conducted to study the preventative potential of blueberries.
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Obama Draws Criticism For Lack Of Specifics On Immigration In State Of The Union Address

Obama draws criticism for lack of specifics on immigration in State of the Union address Last Wednesday’s State of the Union speech was more than an hour long, but President Obama devoted only one sentence to immigration, promising to fix a "broken" system by securing borders and enforcing the laws. For both opponents and proponents of immigration, this was not nearly enough.

In a commentary written for CNN, Ruben Navarrette Jr. stated that he was "disappointed" that Obama did not lay a more detailed plan for a comprehensive immigration reform that would give illegal immigrants a chance to regulate their status and would define the role of guest workers.

However, Navarette acknowledged that immigration reform "was always going to be an especially tough issue for Democrats since it splits the liberal coalition with Latinos on one side and organized labor on the other."

Meanwhile, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), a conservative group, has attacked the president for putting emphasis on the need to create jobs while disregarding the fact that some 8 million jobs are currently held by illegal immigrants that could go to U.S. citizens.

"These jobs could be immediately transferred to American workers if the administration were to vigorously enforce laws against employers who hire illegal aliens and remove those workers from the country," said Dan Stein, president of FAIR.

Stein also chastised the government for allegedly abandoning worksite enforcement efforts.
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Conservative Activists Arrested Over Alleged Infiltration Of Senator Mary Landrieu’s Office

Conservative activists arrested over alleged infiltration of Senator Mary Landrieu's office Four men have been arrested and charged by the FBI with trying to wiretap the phones in the New Orleans office of Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu, according to media reports.

Identified as James O’Keefe, Stan Dai, Robert Flanagan and Joseph Basel, all in their 20s, the men are known for their GOP ties. O’Keefe gained notoriety last year for making undercover videos of the liberal community-organizing group ACORN.

On January 25, the four allegedly attempted to gain access to Landrieu’s office while posing as telephone repairmen, and the event has already been dubbed "Louisiana’s Watergate."

"The individuals responsible have been charged with entering federal property under false pretenses for the purposes of committing a felony," Landrieu stated.

She added, "I am as interested as everyone else about their motives and purpose, which I hope will become clear as the investigation moves forward."

On account of some of the men’s ties to Republican Senator David Vitter, the latter has been called upon to denounce their actions, but the lawmaker refused, citing pending investigation.

"We’re blessed with an extremely competent U.S. attorney’s office in New Orleans, and I know they’ll handle this as aggressively as they have other serious cases," according to his official statement.

The men posted a $10,000 unsecured bond and were released. Their next court date is expected to be on February 12, CNN reported.

If convicted, the men would each face a possible maximum penalty of a $250,000 fine and 10 years in prison.
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Michelle Bachmann And Marsha Blackburn Will Not Attend Tea Party Convention

Michelle Bachmann and Marsha Blackburn will not attend Tea Party convention Just days before the first-ever convention of the Tea Party movement, some high profile participants have announced they will withdraw from the conference.

On January 28, Republican Representatives Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota and Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee said they will not be attending due to a review by the congressional ethics committee.

According to a statement from the Tea Party Nation, the committee could not authorize them to speak because of the for-profit nature of the event.

"We regret that they are unable to attend, however we do not want them to be challenged by the committee or the Democrat led Congress," commented one of the movement’s representatives, adding that both lawmakers expressed their support and well wishes for the convention.

As both women were expected to speak at the event, it has been announced that conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart will replace Blackburn, while the replacement for Bachmann has not yet been announced.

The convention will take place from February 4-6 in Nashville, Tennessee, with former Alaska Governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin delivering the keynote speech.
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Vigorous Exercise Increases Risk of Heart Disease

In my search for the best in holistic medicine I have traveled the globe and spent time with healers of all types: shamans, psychic surgeons, qigong masters, faith healers, herbalists, bone setters… you name it.

While studying a method of qigong known as zhan zhuang (pile standing) in Asia, my teacher told me something very strange. He said: “This qigong exercises forces you to stand still and not move for a long time. Because of this, your energy will increase, your body will warm, and your muscles will strengthen. But you will not damage your joints from excessive movement, nor tax your heart through robust movement, nor damage the lungs through too rapid respiration.”

I have to say that I had trouble swallowing this last part and for the past 15 years I have been trying to reason out in my mind: why not increase heart rate and respiration? After all, isn’t the entire fitness industry in the Western world based on elevating heart rate, increasing lung capacity and burning calories from sweating and muscle strength development? Well, like with so many other things, it looks like the ancient Chinese knew what they were talking about.

Recent research coming out of New York University Medical Center suggests that the more often one engages in vigorous exercise the greater their risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AF). AF is a condition characterized by irregular, rapid heart rate, which affects people in many ways from simple fainting to heart failure and stroke.

But isn’t this always the way? First something is bad for you, then good for you, then bad for you again. Don’t raise the heart rate doing vigorous exercise, said the ancient Daoist masters. Train hard and break a sweat and elevate the heart, said the masters of sport science. Sweating and elevated heart rate lead to heart disease, now say the academics—but with more tangible and less metaphoric examples for the whys of it.

Odd thing is; there are always two sides to every coin. It’s not always so easy as good vs. bad, but the degree of good vs. bad on a continuum depending on who you are and where your health condition is. For relatively healthy people with no serious biological health issues, exercise has been proven time and again to balance the body and stave off potentially life-threatening diseases, like obesity and diabetes. However, if on the other hand you do have unrecognized heart disease, then exercise may cause you to die from sudden heart attack. And the leading cause of exercise-related death among high-level athletes is coronary heart disease!

Before you decide that you do or don’t have heart disease, there’s more to the study that is important for you to know. In the study there were exercise and non-exercise groups. Men who exercised long or hard enough to break a sweat five to seven days per week actually increased their chances of developing AF by an enormous 20 percent! And the non-exercise control group? No increase in their propensity for AF.

The big surprise is this: the participants who were in the “break a sweat” group were deemed to be “healthy,” and made up of men under the age of 50 who run on a regular basis. Common sense would say the opposite results should be the case. But no, the study clearly shows that the incidence of atrial fibrillation in men who jog increased by a massive 50 percent! And it was up by 74 percent in young men who break a sweat on a regular basis!

By now you may be worried about your own condition. However, it seems that AF is common and even expected in so-called healthy athletes. This is the case because cardiomegaly (enlargement of the heart) is so common in athletes that doctors don’t even tell athletes they have a condition that can lead to heart disease. Yes, in normal, non-athletic people, if their electrocardiograms showed these same signs the docs would be very concerned and let them know.

The long and short is this: the essence of the study indicates that breaking a sweat on a regular basis is bad for your heart. And history shows that marathoners and other top athletes die at a young age as a result of heart disease. And in China, where tai chi and qigong are practiced by millions, the rate of heart disease and young heart-related deaths is among the world’s lowest.

No wonder slow-burn exercises like walking, yoga, tai chi and qigong are considered as the safest and most effective exercises around the world. And the world is a whole lot bigger than the “experts” in the United States that get all the press.

—Dr. Mark Wiley

Boehner Vows To Prevent Terrorist Trials In NYC

Boehner vows to prevent terrorist trials in NYCHouse Minority Leader John Boehner said last week that Republican leaders are determined to prevent suspected terrorists from being tried in a civilian court in New York City.

"There is not going to be a trial in New York, I guarantee it," said the Ohio Representative, quoted by Fox News. "There is no appetite for the trials in Congress."

Boehner added that Obama does not have the necessary votes to change the law to move Guantanamo Bay detainees to U.S. soil or to spend the $500 million necessary to upgrade the Thompson prison in Illinois, the facility to which the administration plans to move all Gitmo prisoners in the near future.

"The Justice Department is confident that it can safely prosecute this case in the Southern District of New York while minimizing disruptions to the community to the greatest extent possible, consistent with security needs," said department spokesman Dean Boyd.

Meanwhile, many conservatives have heavily criticized the administration’s treatment of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the suspected Christmas Day airline bomber, who is currently being prosecuted in a criminal court instead of being held in military custody.
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John McCain Rejects Obama’s State Of The Union Proposal To Abolish ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

John McCain rejects Obama's State of the Union proposal to abolish 'don't ask, don't tell' During his first State of the Union address on Jan. 27, President Obama said he will push for overturning the ban on openly gay people serving in the military. But his former rival John McCain criticized the proposal.

Obama called for abolishing the 1993 "don’t ask, don’t tell" law, saying that "this year, I will work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are."

The president’s words echoed his campaign promises from 2008, although he came under criticism from gay rights groups during his first year in office for not pushing the issue. In fact, many were not satisfied with last night’s reference, either, as Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, said that "the next time the president speaks about our community, we expect him to provide a concrete blueprint."

On the other end of the opinion spectrum, Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) said he believed the law should remain in place.

"At a time when our armed forces are fighting and sacrificing on the battlefield, now is not the time to abandon the policy," he told reporters after the speech.
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South Carolina’s Andre Bauer Takes Heat Over Welfare Remarks

South Carolina's Andre Bauer takes heat over welfare remarks South Carolina’s lieutenant governor Andre Bauer, a Republican, has been heavily criticized for his remarks in which he compared welfare recipients to stray animals and called on the state to stop providing welfare services to them.

At a town hall meeting last week, Bauer said, “My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals. You know why? Because they breed. You’re facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don’t think too much further than that. And so what you’ve got to do is you’ve got to curtail that type of behavior. They don’t know any better.” (Reported by Greenville News)

Democratic State Senator Vincent Sheheen has called the remarks "immoral," and said he felt "disgusted."

"They show an unbelievable lack of compassion toward the unemployed workers in our state who are hurting during these hard times," Sheheen stated.

As the criticism mounted, the lieutenant governor took to the airwaves to salvage his image. In an interview with CNN, he stated that he regretted his comments, saying "I wish I had used a different metaphor."

However, Bauer went on to say that he would like to see "the culture of dependency" created by government assistance come to an end, as it takes away the incentive to be responsible.

"If some of these people who are currently on welfare were put to work you wouldn’t have an immigration problem," he said, quoted by the news source. "The welfare system is so entrenched that nobody wants to do manual labor jobs."

Bauer is running for governor to replace the incumbent Mark Sanford who has been involved in a sex scandal.
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Yoga May Help Prevent Stress And Age-related Inflammation

Yoga may help prevent stress and age-related inflammation According to a recent study, women who regularly practice yoga can reduce inflammation that is commonly associated with normal aging and stress.

The research, conducted at Ohio State University, showed that women who practiced restorative yoga at least twice a week had lower amounts of cytokine interleukin-6 (IL-6) in their blood. IL-6 is a key part of the body’s inflammatory response and has been linked to stroke, heart disease, diabetes and many other age-related diseases.

Respondents who regularly did yoga also showed less inflammation after stressful periods than women of the same age who did not participate in the meditative exercise.

"Hopefully, this means that people can eventually learn to respond less strongly to stressors in their everyday lives by using yoga and other stress-reducing modalities," said lead author Janice Kiecolt-Glaser.

The study also found that "expert" practitioners had healthier levels of IL-6 than respondents who described themselves as "novice" yoga participants.

"People need to be educated about this," said Bill Malarkey, co-author of the study. "They need to be taking responsibility for their health and how they live. Doing yoga and similar activities can make a difference."
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Is The Tea Party Movement Being Weakened By Internal Strife?

Is the Tea Party movement being weakened by internal strife? As Tea Party activists prepare to hold their first convention in Nashville, Tenn., in early February, concerns have emerged about the cohesion of the movement that rose to prominence on its outrage directed at Washington and Wall Street elites.

Some commentators suggested that the lavish nature of the event—which is set at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center and rumored to include steak and lobster dinner with Sarah Palin as the keynote speaker—is at odds with the basic principles of the movement.

"I’m hoping for the best, but I’m prepared for the worst—that it descends into infighting and that the passionate activists who attend end up leaving disenchanted," Red State blogger Erick Erickson told Politico.com.

Others noted potential problems that may stem from trying to hold together a fractious coalition of groups distrustful of authority and pursuing conflicting agendas. For example, the goal of the convention is to develop a mainstream organization, even though the movement was built around grassroots actions and appeals to an audience that is suspicious of top-down management, according to a blog on the website of the Los Angeles Times.

"The idea that there’s one person, one event, that can somehow be the Tea Party spokesperson is inaccurate and counter to the movement of free-thinking individuals that want less government intervention," says John O’Hara, author of A New American Tea Party, quoted by The Christian Science Monitor .
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Government is Stealing Your Wealth and Planning For More

If you watched the State of the Union speech last week you saw the hypocrisy of Barack Obama laid out in plain view.

He chided those who are already campaigning while having run a perpetual campaign for the last year. He called on Republicans to participate in the process while having locked them out for a full year. He played the American people for fools, saying they were against Obamacare because he had not talked about it enough and therefore the poor, unwashed masses just didn’t understand it. And he vowed to freeze spending while proposing more boondoggle projects that’ll require the Federal Government to print more money to pay for them. And then he did what he does best:  He blamed George W. Bush.

After that, he vowed to go full steam ahead with what he’s done for the past year. That’s a prescription for disaster for the American people.

You would think that the political system would do everything possible to protect, above all, the producers and savers of wealth. Yet they are attacked from all sides. Obama and company are sharpening their knives now for a big roundup on the cattle farm.

Like Bush and presidents before him—and Congresses before this one—they steal the world with paper money that costs them nothing, yet they transfer guilt and heap ever more taxes on the people. They love the words “tax cheats” and “illegal foreign bank accounts.”

Yes, the foxes are in charge of the hen house. The people are pacified with propaganda, bread and circus. Why swallow all this hypocrisy and insult? The answer is that the people don’t know, and they don’t know that they don’t know. They are fed pacifism in their churches and pablum in their schools and they never ask questions.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) now wants 1,000 new agents to enforce more tax collections.

How can a minority criminal element make perpetual war on the majority? The answer is that they have propaganda and they have the guns. And don’t forget they have the printing presses to spew out fiat.

Do you know that it is a crime to try to keep what you earn and save? Just try to hold onto what “Uncle Sam” claims you owe.

I cannot believe the downright ignorance of even the most “educated” people about the nature of fiat paper money and how governments enslave the whole world with their hoax.

Think now! The American people strive to get education, they work their entire lives as professionals or non-professionals and they never so much as ask a question about paper money and how it transfers their labor and wealth to the government.

They don’t know that when they go to a commercial bank to get a loan that the bank doesn’t loan them money that it has in its vaults. It just writes you a check. The bank “makes a loan” with non-substance that costs it nothing, requiring you to use real collateral.

You have to give up or risk something for nothing. This is slavery, even though it has a pretty face. Bankers don’t look and act like crooks in the community. In fact they don’t even know what they are doing. They never question the system.

Is Obama forcing an exodus? Yes, companies and individuals will go elsewhere. Watch!

Well known tax attorney Marshall Langer says Obama plans a value added tax (VAT) like Europe has. Once started it will get higher and higher. These humanoids never tire of hypocrisy. Can you believe it? Yes, I believe they will implement the VAT. This will be a tax on everybody.

When you read nonsense like the government has new debt of $1.7 trillion, just consider it default. Fiat implies default the day it is created. What is wrong with us?

Regardless of what we want to think there is no such thing as government debt. He who prints the money has no debt. Yes, everybody else owes debt, except the Federal Government with the printing presses.

They call it a financial crisis, but what it is is a new war on savers who have found that they are now too poor to retire. They may have decided that their pension-fund managers deserved to be jailed.

Already many people have come to realize that they will have to work until they are 75 to 80. Governments are going to tax the living hell out of Americans as they inflate their own “liabilities” away.

There is no way to win in a rigged regime of paper money. It’s a perpetual treadmill.

Did you think that you would see this? General Electric and Berkshire Hathaway have lost their triple-A credit ratings. Is this the world that we live in?

Yes, expect anything but prepare for inflation (a crashing dollar and serious depreciation of purchasing power). Prepare for more taxes and more bureaucratic oppression. You may see troops and armored cars in more places. You will hear the words “hoarders” and “speculators.”

But you know the meaning of the whole thing. It will be the rumblings and death rattle of a terminal regime trying to hold on.

Still, you should be buying gold coins and pre-1964 U.S. silver coins. You should be storing food. You should still get some money out of the U.S. while it is still legal.

Exchange your paper money now for much more paper money later, plus survival. Depreciation of the currency is going on now!

Cindy McCain Raises Eyebrows With Same-sex Marriage Ad

Cindy McCain raises eyebrows with same-sex marriage adThe wife of former presidential candidate John McCain surprised many when she appeared in an ad supporting gay marriage rights.

Cindy McCain is featured on the website of NoH8Campaign.com—which advocates against California’s Proposition 8, a ballot initiative that bans gay marriage—with a piece of silver duct tape over her mouth and the slogan "No H8" written on her cheek.

"The McCains are one of the most well-known Republican families in recent history, and for Mrs. McCain to have reached out to us to offer her support truly means a lot," wrote Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley, owners of the site.

They added that her appearance sends the message that same-sex marriage is not a Republican or Democratic issue, but it is an issue of human and civil rights.

Mrs. McCain is not the only member of the Arizona senator’s family that has spoken in support of marriage equality. Her daughter Meghan has appeared in a similar ad on the website and is widely known to have distanced herself from her father’s views on the issue.

According to Yahoo News, Cindy McCain joins a long list of politician’s wives from both sides of the political scene—including Elizabeth Edwards, Michelle Obama and Laura Bush—who have publically expressed views on this issue that are different from those of their husbands.
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Hillary Clinton Defends Troop Deployments In Haiti

Hillary Clinton defends troop deployments in HaitiIn response to criticism from some Latin American leaders regarding the thousands of United States troops that have been sent to Haiti following the devastating earthquake on Jan. 12, the Secretary of State has dismissed the verbal attacks and stressed that the soldiers are performing humanitarian missions.

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez joined forces with leaders from Nicaragua, Bolivia and Cuba in accusing the U.S. of using the earthquake in Haiti as a pretext to occupy the country.

"There is not a shortage of guns there … doctors, medicine, fuel, field hospitals, that’s what the U.S. should send," said Chavez, who also promised to provide oil for electricity generation and transport purposes.

In Washington, Clinton stated that the more than 15,400 troops sent to Haiti acted to deliver the much needed humanitarian aid. "I deeply resent those who attack our country, the generosity of our people and the leadership of our president in trying to respond to historically disastrous conditions after the earthquake," she stressed.

Criticism of the U.S. role in Haiti has also come from Italy’s top disaster expert who pointed to a lack of organization and the reliance on soldiers with no training in humanitarian operations, although the Italian government has distanced itself from these remarks, according to Reuters.
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Senators Push Obama To Hand Over Christmas Day Bomber To The DOD

Senators push Obama to hand over Christmas Day bomber to the DODThe chairman and the top ranking Republican on the Senate Homeland Security Committee have demanded that the Obama administration transfer Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to military custody.

In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Adviser John Brennan, Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT.) and Susan Collins (R-ME.) wrote that Abdulmutallab, the suspect in the failed Christmas Day airline bombing, needs to be treated as an unprivileged enemy belligerent (UEB) and charged accordingly.

Although President Obama "has said repeatedly that we are at war, it does not appear to us that the president’s words are reflected in the actions of some in the executive branch, including some at the Department of Justice, responsible for fighting that war," the senators stated in the letter.

They added that the decision to charge him in criminal court "almost certainly prevented the military and the intelligence community from obtaining information that would have been critical to learning more about how our enemy operates and to preventing future attacks."

Lieberman and Collins also heavily criticized the decision to read Abdulmutallab his Miranda rights, as he was openly talking about details regarding the attack when first confronted by law enforcement. After being read his civilian rights, Abdulmutallab subsequently obtained a lawyer.

The two senators urged the Obama administration to "reverse this error" by transferring the suspect to the custody of the Department of Defense.
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