Happily Married Men Have Lower Stroke Risk

A happy marriage may help avoid risk of having a fatal stroke, according to a new studyA large study has found that being happily married may actually be good for physical health—at least when it comes to the risk of having a fatal stroke.

The study presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2010 found that single or unhappily married men may have an elevated risk of fatal stroke in the coming decades.

The results were based on findings from 10,059 civil servants and municipal workers with an average age of 49 who participated in the Israeli Ischemic Heart Disease Study in 1963. Using the national death registry and other records, researchers tracked the fate of the men through 1997.

Researchers found that both single men and men who reported dissatisfaction with their marriage had a 64 percent higher risk of dying from a stroke than men who considered their marriages very successful.

The research team admits there are several limitations to their study, including a lack of data on nonfatal versus fatal strokes and information on participants’ medical treatment after the first five years of the initial study. Women also weren’t included.

Among the best ways to prevent strokes are controlling hypertension, avoiding smoking, eating a healthy, low-fat diet and exercising, according to the National Stroke Association.ADNFCR-2035-ID-19646711-ADNFCR

U.S. Physician Shortage May Worsen Following Healthcare Overhaul

U.S. physician shortage may worsen following healthcare overhaulAlthough democrats claim healthcare reform will provide millions of Americans with medical insurance, there is no guarantee that there will be enough doctors to treat the sudden influx of new patients.

Over the past decade the United States has seen the number of students training to become primary care physicians and registered nurses dwindle rapidly, and the recently passed healthcare bill is bound to only exacerbate the issue.

According to the Associated Press (AP), several recently published reports have predicted a shortfall of approximately 400,000 primary care physicians over the next 10 years due to other career paths and medical specialties having better pay, improved hours and a higher profile.

"I think you have a real supply issue," said Fred Earley, the president of Mountain State Blue Cross Blue Shield, quoted by the Charleston Daily Mail.

"I think we have a real concern over whether we have the number of physicians or primary care providers to provide the care for all these additional people that are going to be accessing the health care system," he added.

The federal government has estimated that 65 million people currently reside in areas that are experiencing a shortage of local doctors. In Massachusetts alone, approximately 40 percent of family and general practitioners are not accepting new patients, a record number for the state that is only expected to increase over the next few years.

Sarah Palin Appears At A Tea Party Rally In Nevada To Persuade Voters To Oust Harry Reid

Sarah Palin appears at a Tea Party rally in Nevada to persuade voters to oust Harry ReidAfter campaigning with her former presidential running mate John McCain, Sarah Palin energized a Tea Party crowd in Nevada on Saturday, urging them to "take back America."

The choice of state was not accidental, as Nevada is the home state of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat. In fact, Palin stressed Reid will have to explain his voting record when he comes back to the state to campaign for reelection this fall.

The former Alaska governor also expressed hope that the big government politics and the big spending promoted by this Congress will come to an end in November.

"You’re fired!" Palin told a cheering crowd of some 9,000 Tea Party activists gathered in a small former mining town south of Las Vegas.

Some polls are showing Reid may be losing ground in the Silver State, due in part to a persistently high unemployment rate. However, Democrats hope that if the healthcare reform proves popular, he and other Democrats who currently appear vulnerable will be able to hold on to their seats.

To that end, President Obama was in Iowa City last week trying to convince Americans that the enacted reform will benefit them and their businesses in the long run.

Pennsylvania Governor Latest Politician To Offer Help Defending Healthcare Act In Court

Pennsylvania governor latest politician to offer help defending healthcare act in courtDespite the fact that dozens of state attorneys general filed a lawsuit last week to overturn the recently passed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, there are many politicians, mainly on the Left, who have vowed to defend the healthcare bill.

Among them is Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell, who signed a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, in which he and the governors of Washington, Michigan and Colorado offer to do just that.

"We believe the legal efforts [of those who seek to overturn the bill] will fail in court, unnecessarily delay the urgent need to get our citizens access to healthcare and waste our state tax dollars," Rendell and others wrote.

"As you prepare and deliver your defense of this landmark legislation, you have our commitment to work with you, at your request, to assist in this effort," they added.

The act was passed by the House of Representatives on March 21, and signed by President Obama two days later, although there was another vote after the Senate failed to pass two amendments to the reconciliation package. To date, at least 14 state attorneys general joined the lawsuit filed in a federal court in Florida by that state’s chief prosecutor Attorney General Bill McCollum. ADNFCR-1961-ID-19695445-ADNFCR

The Sellout of America: Why Our Enemies are Thriving

The Russians are coming. No, T-72 tanks are not plowing through Poland headed for Paris. There is no need for that outdated Soviet doctrine. Not when Russia can patrol near our coastal waters and harvest our most strategic resource—petroleum.

While the Obama administration seems bent on banning offshore oil drilling on the outer continental shelf, Russia is filling the vacuum, building its energy wealth and stretching its strategic reach all the way to Cuba and the vast oil pools that lay inside the Gulf of Mexico.

The Kremlin’s aim to be the world’s dominant power hasn’t changed since the Soviets tried to smuggle first-strike nuclear warheads onto the island of Cuba. But unlike First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev, today’s supreme leader Vladimir Putin is not gunning to win the arms race. He is out to win the energy race. So far it has been no contest.

Last year marked a milestone for the United States. For the first time since World War II, we pumped less than 5 million barrels of oil per day. We pumped almost twice that much oil 30 years ago when Jimmy Carter was president.

While Carter handed over the Panama Canal, Obama’s mistakes will be far more devastating to the U.S.

“Over the last 25 years, opportunities to head off the current crisis were ignored, missed or deliberately blocked, according to analysts, politicians and veterans of the oil and automobile industries,” wrote The New York Times.

“What’s more, for all the surprise at just how high oil prices have climbed, and fears for the future, this is one crisis we were warned about. Ever since the oil shortages of the 1970s, one report after another has cautioned against America’s oil addiction.”

Yet the Obama administration has blindly ignored the warnings. The president continues to tout clean energy over offshore oil, even though seven out of 10 Americans want to drill for it.

Obama’s position on offshore drilling is as cloudy as the deep warm waters of the Gulf. As a senator he opposed it. As a candidate, Obama seemed to support it. But as president, Obama has stifled efforts to expand it.

This month The Washington Post said it now knows the president’s true intentions: “Hidden deep within the president’s budget proposal released on Feb. 1 are numbers that reveal his true intentions. The budget shows that revenues collected from new offshore leasing will decline over the next five years—from $1.5 billion in 2009, to only $413 million in fiscal 2015. If the president planned on expanding offshore drilling, revenues would be increasing, not decreasing. This budget clearly indicates that he has no intention of opening additional areas to drilling off our nation’s coast.”

Enter Russia—a nuclear mega power with a growing choke-hold on fossil fuel supplies. Last summer Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin signed four contracts securing exploration rights in Cuba’s economic zone in the Gulf.

Havana says there may be 20 billion barrels of oil along its coast. That’s the total remaining conventional oil reserves of the U.S.

The Cuban deal will cement the Kremlin as the dominant petroleum power in the world. Russia already has three times more oil reserves than the U.S. Russia also has the largest natural gas reserves in the world—four times more than Canada and eight times more than Saudi Arabia.

“Vladimir Putin’s Russia is assembling an economic machine powerful enough to force Europe, the U.S. and Asia to their knees,” wrote The First Post. “It does not involve uranium, explosives or suicide bombers, but the natural resources that power the global economy. Russia will soon exert such sway over the supply of oil and natural gas that the OPEC crisis of the mid-1970s could seem trivial.”

Half of Russia’s state revenues and more than one-third its exports are derived from petroleum. Clearly Putin isn’t worried about cleaning up the environment (just one reason world carbon reduction agreements are useless and dangerous), but in projecting power. To that end Russia has surpassed Saudi Arabia as the world’s number one oil producer. The Kremlin also has its hands on the kill-switch to critical natural gas supply lines to Europe and Asia.

Meanwhile America’s dependence on oil is growing just as its availability is shrinking. The last time the U.S. produced such little oil Truman was President. And I can’t find one oilman in 100 that thinks the decline in American oil production is going to be arrested. As one Canadian oil company president said to me: “U.S. production in the lower 48 is falling into a black hole.”

What the Kremlin understands and what the White House doesn’t is that there is nothing on the horizon to replace petroleum. In fact, every four years, the U.S. consumes a cubic mile of oil. This has the energy equivalent of:

  • Four of the giant Three Gorges dams, cranking at full capacity for 50 years.
  • More than 30,000 1.65-megawatt wind turbines, cranking for 50 years.
  • A whopping 100,000 1-megawatt coal-fired electric plants, going full-bore for 50 years.
  • Fifty-two giant nuclear electric plants, running at 100 percent capacity for 50 years.

There aren’t in enough windmills or solar panels now or in 20 years from now that will significantly offset this demand.

What It Means
America is headed for an unmitigated disaster. Russia is bent on becoming the dominant petro-power of the world. Putin has gone so far as to say his country is an “energy superpower” and he has repeatedly demonstrated he will use his nation’s growing energy wealth as a blunt instrument of Kremlin foreign policy.

While Obama fetters away opportunities to drill for more oil, Putin is busy outflanking America on all sides. Russia is busy building closer relations with Iran and Pakistan, America’s key enemy and ally on the War on Terror. And in our own hemisphere Putin is about to meet with Venezuelan President and Uncle Sam hater, Hugo Chavez.

As for Cuba and its oil, it is just the latest energy domino to fall. There will be many more as Russia aims to dominate America, not with armies but with oil.

Yours for real wealth and good health,

John Myers
Myers’ Energy and Gold Report

The Remarkable Pony Express

The “help wanted” ad in the newspaper didn’t mince words:

“Wanted. Young, skinny, wiry fellows. Not over 18. Must be expert riders. Willing to risk death daily. Orphans preferred.”

Through this and similar advertisements, several hundred riders were recruited for a remarkable venture that began 150 years ago this week. On April 3, 1860, the Pony Express began delivering mail and other vital documents from St. Joseph, Mo., to San Francisco. The service charged $5 to carry a half-ounce letter across the continent, a price that was later reduced to $1.

The logistics were impressive. Relay stations—190 in all—were established an average of 10 miles apart across the West. Ten miles is the most a horse can gallop without pause. Riders, who could not weigh more than 125 pounds, were permitted 20 pounds of personal gear (most of it water, plus a rifle and pistol) and carried 20 pounds of mail.

The riders raced all-out to the next station, changed mounts on the run, and continued on for nine more stations, or another 90 miles. It took nearly 100 horses and a dozen riders to cover the 1,966 miles from the Missouri River to the Pacific Ocean. But with the advent of the Pony Express, mail delivery that previously took 25 days by stagecoach (and prior to that, nearly six months by ship) took just 10 days.

A mere 19 months after the Pony Express began, it ceased to exist. It was forced out of business when telegraph wires linked California with the East. As a result, messages could be transmitted for pennies instead of dollars and arrive in minutes instead of days. The Pony Express name and facilities were sold to Wells Fargo, a bank that used the symbol for most of the next century.

In the 19 months that it existed, the Pony Express suffered the loss of only one rider and one mail pouch. But the achievements of those incredibly brave riders became a legendary part of the settlement of the West.

—Chip Wood

The Color of Your Food and Drink Makes a Difference

A simple change in the color of your foods and beverages could make a big impact on your health, according to dietician Julie Upton. “The pigments that give plants their color also provide the antioxidants that protect against heart disease, inflammation and certain cancers.”

Try swapping your white grapefruit juice for pink. Or eat more dark green veggies like spinach and kale instead of light-colored lettuce. Other options include 100 percent whole grain black rice instead of white varieties, or black beans—which contain more fiber and antioxidants compared to light-colored beans.

Study: Omega-3s may lower the risk of developing endometriosis

Study: Omega-3s may lower the risk of developing endometriosis Consuming foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids can significantly reduce a woman’s risk of developing endometriosis, a painful condition that causes sections of the womb lining to grow outside of the uterus, a new study has found.

Endometriosis, which has no cure, is a debilitating disease that affects approximately 10 percent of women over the age of 18 and often leads to infertility.

In the study, lead investigator Stacey Missmer, an assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School, analyzed the diets of more than 70,000 women who took part in the U.S. Nurse’s Health Study. After 12 years of follow-up, the researchers discovered that 1,199 women had been diagnosed with endometriosis.

After comparing the subjects’ dietary questionnaires to the incidence of endometriosis, Missmer found that women who ate foods with the highest levels of omega-3s had a 22 percent lower risk of developing the condition than those who consumed minimal amounts of the nutrient.

Meanwhile, the research team also discovered that women who consumed high levels of trans fats had a 48 percent increased risk of endometriosis.

Foods rich in omega-3s include tuna, salmon and many vegetables. Fish oils and related compounds are also available in the form of nutritional supplements.

Paper Money Syndrome: What is it?

As the crescendo toward the climax builds the paper money syndrome becomes more evident and vulgar.

Let me explain. The dictionary definition of syndrome is: “A group of related or coincident things, events, actions, etc. There is also a pattern of symptoms that characterize or indicate a particular social condition.”

A syndrome involves everything known about a phenomenon.

The paper money syndrome specifically refers to the evolved psyche of the people in all human relationships since the beginning of the fiat regime in 1913 in the United States, especially since 1971 when President Richard M. Nixon closed the gold window. This is the year that the United States went on 100 percent pure fiat and took the rest of the world on the same non-system.

The opposite of the paper money regime would be the 100 years before 1913 when the U.S. was most of the time on the gold standard.

Can we become conscious of the fiat money system and recognize it? I think that we can, and the sooner the better.

When governments enter upon a paper money fiat regime the whole psyche of the population begins to change along with mythical finance and the diminishing store of value of the currency.

It’s as if we are on solid ground and suddenly we come upon quicksand. We become unstable and gradually begin to lose our orientation. We begin a journey in a ship of society without a rudder. It is so gradual that few recognize the change. After all, we still have our legal system, our “representative” government, our flag, our pledge of allegiance, “freedom of religion,” our Constitution and all the symbols that define America.

The “feel good” psyche of expanded fiat and credit fools all but a very few.

From the beginning we have fiat wars on credit. This kills millions but the people focus on the resulting materialism. The State justifies wars and uses patriotism to appeal to the people.

The purpose of fiat paper money is a tax on the population which doesn’t have to be collected or enforced. The state simply has to inflate the currency by printing more paper money. The people are slow to realize the sinister purpose of inflating the currency.

Inflation or depreciation of the currency is a monetary plague that attacks the spenders and the savers. Your wealth is taken without a gun to your head and the crowd even clamors for inflation, while the politicians use inflation to buy votes and political power.

The people don’t understand printing press money but the politicians and the government bureaucrats do. They can promise the people everything without taxes and still have their wars, too.

How then do we recognize the fiat paper money syndrome? Fiat money is more than a monetary phenomenon. It affects the whole mental condition of the people.

The gold standard brings everything in a society into balance and stability, including the spirit of a people, while a fiat paper money regime causes a quicksand-like unbalanced mentality.

The fiat system begins deterioration of society immediately and finally ends in economic collapse through hyperinflation. The finality is the destruction of the middle class and indeed the impoverishment of all who trust paper money.

Many financial businesses enrich themselves with fiat. The life insurance business collects trillions of nominal dollars promising savings and death benefits. If they pay back at all the money is highly inflated (depreciated) so that policyholders take huge losses and, in the latter stages, are all wiped out completely.

So what does the fiat person look like? What is his mental condition? What is his morality? What is the outlook of society? What is the work ethic?

What happens to the family and the institution of marriage? What about the increase of perversion and free love? What about violence and the rule of law? What is public education?

The fiat paper regime is in reality a non-system, fickle and floating without substance, whereas the “rule of law” is what a Federal judge says it is.

Society clings to symbols and standards of the past, grasping and clawing for human liberty that has become elusive and deceptive.

Life in the fading years of the fiat regime is characterized by a Ponzi and fragmented mentality entertained with “bread and circus.”

There is no accountability or individual responsibility since citizens have become vassals of the State. Fiat forces more and more dependency upon the State and with dependency comes more and more control.

Fiat means the massive growth of government with increasing human control.

As fiat completely loses its store of value in the public mind, more and more paper money is never enough. This creates a gambling public. Greed overwhelms restraint. Financial innovation is organized and sanctioned fraud upon the public.

Government employees are bought off with fiat.

The public is easily persuaded to support military adventurism and supply their sons and daughters for cannon fodder. The pretexts are creative as long as the public still believes the politicians and bureaucrats.

The family deteriorates in the latter days of the fiat regime into free love. Wives must work to pay debts and support more and more materialism.

Not one in a million suspects that fiat and the depreciating currency is at the root of the collapse of the social and moral order.

The legal and accounting professions are creations and creatures of fiat. They act as parasites upon the misfortunes of the people caused by the fiat system.

The fiat system promotes altruism with slogans like, “For the greater good.” Translated this means give of your substance so that we can all be equally poor on the animal farm.

Work ethic deteriorates because fiat creates the hopelessness of “what’s the use, there is never enough money.”

There is an increase of perversion and free love in the latter days of fiat. Ugly immorality and base human nature comes out of the closet.

The fiat system presumes to condemn violence but promotes it with a court system that is easy on crime and criminals.

“Public education” is a dumbing down system which promotes dependency on government.

Fiat creates greed and greed destroys morality and undermines the rule of law.

All the above is reversed under the gold standard.

Even though hyperinflation is—in many ways—a complex economic problem… the process of protecting yourself is simpler than you might think. In fact, there are two primary things you must do: 1) Get your assets to safety, and 2) Make sure you take care of your basic needs (and those of your family).

As Democrats celebrate healthcare victory, Republicans vow to fight against the bill

As Democrats celebrate healthcare victory, Republicans vow to fight against the bill The healthcare bill received the final endorsement from the House of Representatives last week, and President Obama set out to promote the proposal among the American people, but many conservatives continue to vow to push for its repeal.

Among them is David Larsen, Republican candidate for the 7th Congressional District in New Jersey this November, who said that the Democrats’ celebration is premature as he will oppose the individual mandate if sent to Washington, based on his belief that it is intrusive and will lead to inefficiencies.

"Washington just handed another whopping tax to business and the average American better get used to waiting in lines [to get medical care]," he said.

Attorney General Henry McMaster of South Carolina, who joined a lawsuit against the federal government, echoed Larsen’s concerns, saying that the individual mandate is "unconstitutional and a violation of state sovereignty and individual liberty," according to CNN.

Meanwhile, President Obama was in Iowa City on March 26 to promote the bill, which he called "a historic step" that would give 32 million more Americans access to affordable healthcare.

He also challenged his Republican opponents to repeal the law, saying "go for it," The Washington Post reported.

"If they want to have that fight, we can have it," he added, quoted by the news provider.