Palin Calls Federal Government ‘Intrusive,’ Blasts McCain Campaign For Giving Up On Michigan

Palin calls federal government 'intrusive,' blasts McCain campaign for giving up on Michigan While speaking at an anti-tax forum in Clarkston, Mich., May 1, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin warned nearly 1,400 residents about the unprecedented growth of the Federal government, and conveyed her hope to repeal healthcare reform legislation and reign in Federal spending, according to the Associated Press (AP).

As the keynote speaker at the Michigan Defending the American Dream Summit, Palin also took the opportunity to chastise her former running mate John McCain and his campaign staff for pulling out of Michigan during the 2008 presidential election.

"The rest of us will not abandon Michigan," she told the crowd. "You deserve much better than the kind of leadership you’re getting from Washington, D.C. If we’re going to get America back on track, we have to get back to some time-tested truth."

Palin told the audience that she was shocked when she found out that the McCain campaign would leave Michigan early, and that her disgust with the decision was what made the Arizona senator’s brain trust assume she was going "rogue," the Michigan Capitol Confidential reports.

The former governor also pointed to Federal bailouts and healthcare reform as all-too-common examples of the government’s "intrusive" nature.
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Fraud Always Has A Pretty Face

Fraud always operates under the color of law. Look for fraud anywhere. You will find it in government, in politics, in religion, in money and finance and absolutely in organized medicine. Being alert for fraud is not paranoia but survival.

Fraud and deceit has carried teeming millions to an early grave. Just think of the millions of young boys and men who have died in phony wars camouflaged with propaganda.

And just think of the millions who have suffered a living hell and then were sent to an early grave at the hands of “orthodox medicine.”

Yes, orthodox or organized medicine has the prettiest face of all and is almost untouchable. In fact, organized medicine, which should be called “organized promotion of sickness and death,” persecutes and prosecutes truth in healing with all the police power of government.

Orthodox medicine is modern medicine that promotes “treatment” but denies healing.

Money is in treating but never in curing. So-called “medical research” is hunting but never finding. This is the cloak of modern medicine.

We succumb to this deception and fraud because we are too trusting and too lazy to question establishment medicine. The price is high.

In this instance, we have on our mind the millions of men, dead and alive, who have been victims of what Dr. David Williams calls “The Billion-Dollar Scam.” Dr. Williams, in his June 2009 Alternatives health newsletter, called vivid attention to the prostate cancer scam which is actually an industry under the color of conventional and orthodox medicine, sanctioned by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the force of law.

Yes, the force of law. Just try an alternative cure and see what happens to you.

Whereas Nazism was a crude and aggressive physical force draped in symbols (Swastika and SS) and iron discipline, modern fascism poses as a “constitutional democracy” that is a totalitarian state as much as Germany’s National Socialism. The difference is that modern so-called democracy pretends to be guided by the rule of law. International gangsterism is concealed beneath a benevolent aura of totalitarianism.

Things that are equal to each other are equal to the same thing. Evil is evil, no matter the pretense. Does it matter by what name we call the death of human liberty?

Dr. Williams calls prostate treatment “The Billion-Dollar Scam.” It is indeed.

The pattern of American conventional medicine is to use “diagnostic tests” to loop the unsuspecting public into the esoteric “medical treatment.” The average doctor is drunk on the propaganda of the pharmaceutical system and he follows the “test” protocol dutifully and blindly.

In men’s prostate health the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test is the gold standard and the public has committed the “PSA test” to memory. It has “evolved” that a high PSA test equals prostate cancer.

The high PSA leads most men straight to biopsies and straight to the operating table and straight to incontinence and impotence. It has happened millions of times and will happen millions more. It is an industry of fraud feeding on public ignorance.

I had a prostate examination once. The doctor said that I was fine. In a day or two, he called me himself to tell me that I needed a biopsy. I asked “Why, did you find something?”

He answered, “No, but you need a biopsy and I will connect you with my secretary for an appointment.” I hung up the phone. I am still living some 20 years later without the biopsy and without prostate cancer.

Well, the biopsy or the prostate operation can cause a dormant cancer to spread through the rest of the body. This will almost guarantee that you will expire as another cancer statistic. And it will guarantee thousands of dollars for your doctor and the medical establishment. You will have volunteered your body for the cancer industry.

Dr. Williams says that a high PSA reading does not indicate cancer. Instead it indicates that something is going on to inflame the prostate. That something could indeed be cancer, but it is much more likely that a high reading is due to a recent infection or a completely benign enlargement of the prostate gland.

The literature claims that many or most men age 50 and older have dormant prostate cancer and that most never become active.

Therapy
Be as active as possible. At least walk as much as possible. But in my view nutrition is basic to prostate health. Zinc, selenium and lycopene (found in cooked tomatoes) are very important minerals. A handful of pumpkin seeds daily is basic. I read about pumpkin seed for the prostate 30 years ago in Prevention magazine.

I rely on Pros-Food™ from Health Resources™ (1-800-471-4007). Pros-Food™ contains 10 of the best nutrients for prostate health that I know of, including: zinc, copper, selenium, saw palmetto, stinging nettle, pumpkin seed, pygeum, beta sitosterol, red clover and lycopene. I’ve been taking this Pros-Food™ formulation for years.

Also fatty acids—as in standard process cataplex F—are reliable for prostate support.

Some of this prostate information was published in the June 2009 issue of Alternatives newsletter by Dr. David Williams. You can purchase a subscription for $69.99 per year by contacting Mountain Home Publishing at 7811 Montrose Road, Potomac, MD 20854.

They Own It All (Including You) By Means of Toxic Currency by Ronald MacDonald and Robert Rowen, M.D.

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“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark on their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Revelation 13:17-18

If you can get past the name of one of the authors and the religious reference to the beast and its mark as mentioned in the Bible, there is a lot of profundity in this book. Authors Ronald MacDonald and Robert Rowen, M.D., have researched their topic well and laid it out in a manner that is easy to follow.

They posit that the beast mentioned in the Bible is actually alive and well today and it is the international banking cartel (including the Federal Reserve) that spits out the fiat currency we use today.

Their beast is not religious in nature; it’s economic. And it should better be represented as the bea$t. But it still holds sway over economic transactions and everyone who has used fiat currency bears its mark, they say.

The authors build their case by citing Biblical references and old law dictionaries to show how words have changed their meanings in ever-so nuanced ways, and through those changes we have moved from being ruled under common law to maritime law. This change has drastically affected the rights we hold as individuals.

Using easy-to-understand examples they explain the concept of debt and how the bea$t now controls all currency. They also provide legal definitions of common, everyday words and how certain legal cases and the change to maritime law have affected what those words really mean.

And it started, they say, when the United States ceased using dollars backed by gold and silver and went to a fiat currency in 1933, when Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) stole the gold of Americans.

“…the Double-stroke Dollar Sign (dollars) that were used until 1933 had both form and substance. A subtle change that few would take heed of sometime after 1933 was the substitution of Current Dollar Sign for Double-stroke Dollar Sign. The former has form only. A Jell-O mold has form, but without the Jell-O it lacks substance or real value. Seeing the mold at a distance, and unable to see that it lacked substance, you could be tricked,” they write.

Quoting from Modern Money Mechanics, the Federal Reserve’s own publication, they prove their point:

“In the United States neither paper currency nor deposits have value as commodities. Intrinsically, a dollar bill is just a piece of paper, deposits merely book entries. Coins do have some intrinsic value as metal, but generally far less than their face value.

“What, then, makes these instruments—checks, paper money, and coins—acceptable at face value in payment of all debts and for other monetary uses? Mainly, it is the confidence people have that they will be able to exchange such money for other financial assets and for real goods and services whenever they choose to do so.”

The authors write: “When you seek information directly from the bea$t (the international banking cartel of which the Federal Reserve is key), you discover that the ‘commodities’ of paper currency and demand deposits have no value other than the ‘confidence’ that someone else will accept it in trade.”

Because of this system of debased currency, everyone who touches or has touched fiat currency has received the mark of the bea$t. And you can no longer buy or sell without using the instruments of the beast, as the Revelation prophecy predicted.

Finally, they write that you yourself have become mere chattel, the property of the government. As chattel you possess no sovereign rights, but only privileges that are granted.

“You have been compelled out of the honest common law and your unalienable rights,” MacDonald and Rowen write. “In the latter, you were Sovereign. You have been cast into a jurisdiction of the Bea$t. Greed is ‘the Bea$t.’ In that jurisdiction, the Bea$t can forcibly take from you at will by hearsay accusation only. Yet when you present written claim to your property, like a gold certificate for your gold coin, the Bea$t confiscates it under threat of force. The Bea$t has it both ways. This matches the prophesy, word for word. It has come to pass, via illusion, beguilement and trickery. Honorable competition has ended. In this physical world, all material wealth (and You) belongs to Them (the International Bank$ters).”

MacDonald and Rowen believe there is no remedy in fleeing to another country because almost every other country in the world uses fraudulent liened bank notes, and hence the Bea$t’s money. The only recourse is to take whatever steps necessary to end the Federal Reserve and return to real dollars backed by gold and silver.

This book does an excellent job of taking the reader through the course of events that have stolen the liberty and our wealth of Americans. The simple examples and illustrations are easy to understand. It is a book that you should read if you want to know what is taking place in your country and why.

Senate Immigration Proposal Draws Praise, Ire

Senate immigration proposal draws praise, ire The recently released outline of a comprehensive immigration reform, put forward by leading Democratic United States Senators, has garnered mixed initial reviews.

Among the strongest supporters is the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, whose representatives said that the proposal was "a good framework for reform," and added that USHCC was looking forward to participating in further negotiations on the bill.

"[For years we have advocated for] reforms that include a path to residency for undocumented immigrants, a temporary worker program for future immigrants and a preservation of the principle of family reunification while also strengthening our ability to attract talented individuals to add to the prosperity of our nation," said Javier Palomarez, the organization’s president and CEO.

Catholic bishops have also expressed a positive opinion, calling the outline "an important first step." However, they cautioned against forging a bill that would would permit same-sex couples to receive immigration benefits equal to married couples.

However, opponents of the proposal were very vocal, with The Federation for American Immigration Reform calling it "yet another attempt to reward illegal aliens and cheap labor employers at the expense of the American public."

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As Press Freedoms Erode, National Press Club Urges Congress To Act On First Amendment Rights

As press freedoms erode, National Press Club urges Congress to act on First Amendment rights A new poll from Freedom House—an independent watchdog organization—has found that press freedoms around the world continued to erode in 2009, and the trend has not spared the United States.

Among Western democracies Italy and the UK have been singled out for harshest criticism, the latter for its expansive libel laws that can be used to stifle critics. This has led to what observers call "libel tourism," whereby plaintiffs sue foreigners, including Americans, in British courts.

The organization also stated that the United States lacked adequate Federal protection-of-sources legislation, and media diversity was threatened by the news industry’s economic troubles.

In a related development, The National Press Club (NPC) urged the U.S. Congress to enact legislation that would discourage foreign lawsuits that limit American authors’ and journalists’ First Amendment rights.

According to the NPC, the legislation in Congress discourages the practice by making it clear that foreign libel judgments must meet American defamation standards to be recognized in the U.S.

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Study: 4,000 IU Of Vitamin D Recommended For Pregnant Women

Study: 4,000 IU of vitamin D recommended for pregnant women According to a new University of South Carolina study, pregnant women who take vitamin D supplements can safely lower their risk of infection and preterm labor and can improve the bone health and immune function of their child.

For the study, lead author Carol Wagner and her colleagues looked to determine the optimal dose of vitamin D supplements for expectant women. They recruited 494 pregnant women at 12-16 weeks gestation and assigned them to take 400, 2,000 or 4,000 International Units (IU) of the nutrient each day until delivery.

The research team then analyzed the affects that vitamin D had on the incidences of preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, infections and preterm labor and birth.

"No adverse events related to vitamin D dosing were found in any of the three arms of the study," said Wagner. "The spectacular part was it showed women replete in vitamin D had lower rates of preterm labor and preterm birth and lower rates of infection."

After analyzing each patient group, the researcher concluded that women who took 4,000 IU of vitamin D each day received the greatest benefit.
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A Crude Coincidence—The Gulf Oil Spill Works Out Well For The Greens

"The end justifies the means.”Machiavelli
 
Fact: Deep water oil platforms don’t just blow up. As the centerpieces of projects that cost billions of dollars, they are designed not to.

Fact: Just before 10 a.m. on April 20 a Transocean rig called the Deepwater Horizon 40 miles south of Venice, La., exploded and caught fire as it was working a well for BP.

Fact: Two weeks later as much as 300,000 barrels of crude oil have spread into the Gulf of Mexico, the bulk of it hitting the shores of Louisiana. More than 2 million barrels could spill out before the well is finally capped making this disaster worse than the Exxon Valdez catastrophe which spilled 400,000 barrels of oil into Alaska’s Prince William Sound in 1989.

Fact: This giant gulf oil spill happened less than three weeks after President Barack Obama announced he would allow offshore drilling.

Fact: Few in the mainstream media or in the federal government are putting a spotlight on to what caused the explosion that killed 11 men. Rather, their focus has been on what it will do to the environment.

Fact: The Greens have all the ammunition they need to permanently suspend future offshore oil production as well as drilling in environmentally sensitive areas, such as the oil-rich Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

On April 30 Obama suspended plans to expand offshore oil drilling. That same day, during the PBS talk show, The McLaughlin Group, Eleanor Clift made this prediction: “The catastrophic oil spill in the gulf will silence Sarah Palin’s, ‘Drill, Baby, Drill.’”

That’s the aim of the Greens. Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club,said on Saturday: “Taking a temporary break from offshore drilling is an important step, but it’s not enough. We need to stop new offshore drilling for good, now. And then we need an aggressive plan to wean America from dirty fossil fuels in the next two decades.”

What My Deep Throat Says About This Deep Disaster
While I have been around plenty of oil rigs in my life I am hardly an expert. But I have friends who are. One of them is Ryan who is an oil field technician for one of the original Seven Sisters here in Calgary. I met with him last Friday to talk about the Transocean accident and what might have triggered the explosion.

“It probably comes down to one of two things,” said Ryan. “The blowout preventer failed to operate and seal the well. With the computers they have on deep ocean wells that shouldn’t happen; there is always the possibility of human error.” He looked around the room and then confided: “And of course it could be sabotage.”

The blowout preventer is a set of valves that connects the pipe from underground to the surface and it is used to control excessive pressure that might go further up the line. Valves can burst from either high-pressure oil, or oil mixed with gas which travels to the surface unexpectedly. That can start a catastrophic fire if sparked by the electrical gear on the platform. It should be noted that oil services contractor Halliburton is denying that its workers might have caused the accident.

It has already been alleged that Halliburton improperly cemented the well. Cementing is a process used to fill the gap between the drilled hole and the casing that brings oil and gas up out of the ground.

There has been speculation on whether the sealing process had been completed before the blast occurred. Yet the company insists that its workers had finished the cementing operation 20 hours before the rig went up in flames.

Perhaps It Was Just A Coincidence
The Wall Street Journal wrote on Friday: “Concerns about the cementing process—and about whether rigs have enough safeguards to prevent blowouts—raise questions about whether the industry can safely drill in deep water and whether regulators are up to the task of monitoring them.” To its credit, the WSJ is one of the few to report on the question of what caused the explosion.

While the Exxon Valdez accident immediately focused on the cause of the spill and the role that ship’s captain Joseph Jeffrey Hazelwood played, there is so far scant information and inquiry into what triggered the explosion on board the Deepwater Horizon.

The Greens were furious with Obama for allowing offshore drilling. It may be a happenstance that the Deepwater Horizon blew up three weeks later. But given the history of the Green movement I think it is worth considering that environmental extremists could have had a hand in this accident.

I had been thinking along these lines this past Friday when I got an email from my editor asking if I thought something was fishy and would I like to write about it.

I said yes, even though I was a bit apprehensive that you folks might consider me a reactionary or even a nut. And while I am not a big listener of Rush Limbaugh, I was encouraged when I read he was thinking along the same lines.

"Obviously the regime (the Obama Administration) is open to the idea that this is not an accident,” said Limbaugh. "The original Earth Day 40 years ago was inspired by the river in Cleveland catching fire. Forty years later, the day before Earth Day this year, the gulf is on fire. Coincidence? The jury is still out."

Love him or loathe him, what Limbaugh says is backed up by the actions of the White House which sent Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to the site. Napolitano has declared this is “an incident of national significance." Then on Sunday Obama visited the Gulf Coast to bolster efforts to control the spill.

The Dark Side Of The Greens
Of course I don’t know that eco-terrorists sparked this catastrophe. But I do know you don’t call a cop unless you think there might have been a crime. And some extremists in the Green movement are most certainly criminals.

The Federal government considers eco-terrorism a greater threat to America than Osama bin Laden and his organization al Qaida. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): “Eco-terrorism is the use or threatened use of violence of a criminal nature against innocent victims or property by an environmentally oriented, sub-national group for environmental-political reasons, or aimed at an audience beyond the target, often of a symbolic nature."

Guilty or not I have no doubt that the extremists in the environmental movement must be celebrating the Gulf Coast crisis. A recent poll by the WSJ asked: “Have your views on offshore drilling changed after the oil spill off the Louisiana coast?” The response by its conservative readership was a resounding, yes.

We may never know what caused the explosion that sunk the Deepwater Horizon. What we do know is that 11 men lost their lives and there is going to be untold suffering to the wildlife and on the people of America’s Gulf Coast. We can also expect this catastrophe will do to deep water oil exploration what Chernobyl did to nuclear energy. I expect new offshore drilling to cease for years, perhaps even decades. That sets up a future of greater dependence on Arab oil imports and higher energy prices.

Action To Take: Expect plenty of blame to go around and three companies are going to get hammered: BP (NYSE: BP, $52.15), Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG, $72.32) and Halliburton Co. (NYSE: HAL, $30.65). If you own shares in these stocks liquidate them immediately. If you own energy mutual funds make sure that part of your fund does not own these three stocks. If they do, sell the fund. What is ironic is that over the past few years BP has bragged that its name no longer stands for British Petroleum but rather Beyond Petroleum. It looks as if they might turn out to be right.

Yours for real wealth and good health,

John Myers
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Unions: Arizona Immigration Law Prompts Hispanics To Look To Organized Labor

Arizona immigration law prompts Hispanics to look to organized labor, union representatives say On May 1, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), a major labor union, rallied against Arizona’s new immigrant law during protests held across the country.

The rallies were held from California to Chicago to Washington, D.C., and the unionists—joined by faith, business and civil rights leaders—also called for a comprehensive Federal immigration reform.

"SEIU members will be marching on Saturday to remind politicians and citizens that comprehensive immigration reform is good for our economy and good for America," the organization said in a statement issued the day before.

Meanwhile, reports suggest that union representatives have been seeing a surge in inquiries from Hispanic workers in Arizona who worry that the law will lead to more police raids in their workplaces, according to The Business Journal.

"They want some protection to be able to counteract some of this stuff," said Scott Washburn, state director of the SEIU, quoted by the news provider.

"The more downward pressure you put on workers, the more likely they are to join a union," added Rebekah Friend, state director of AFL-CIO, another labor union.

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U.S. Senators Put Forward Outline Of Comprehensive Immigration Reform

U.S. senators put forward outline of comprehensive immigration reform In response to the law recently passed in Arizona, Federal lawmakers presented a framework for launching negotiations toward a bipartisan immigration reform bill.

Developed by Senators Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), and endorsed by Senate leadership, the bill makes "zero tolerance" for immigrants trying to enter the country illegally its center point. It proposes to achieve this by tightening border enforcement and by barring undocumented foreigners from taking jobs in the United States, according to media reports.

Other elements of the bill include issuing biometric Social Security cards for all workers—including American citizens—which employers would be required to verify. The proposal also carves a path for more than 10 million immigrants to become legal, including permanent-resident status to every foreigner with an advanced degree in science or technology from an American university.

Senate Democrats made no secret of the fact that the tough new Arizona immigration law prompted the unveiling of the federal proposal.

Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the Senate’s number two Democrat, quoted the Arizona association of the chiefs of police who said that "we strongly urge the U.S. Congress to immediately initiate the necessary steps to begin the process of comprehensively addressing the immigration issue, to provide solutions that are fair, logical and equitable," quoted by the National Public Radio. ADNFCR-1961-ID-19755454-ADNFCR

The History Of Cinco de Mayo

Before you head out to enjoy a margarita or two (or maybe a cerveza) to help celebrate Cinco de Mayo, I thought you might be interested in knowing a little background about this popular holiday.

It was on May 5, 1862, when a badly outnumbered and under-supplied Mexican army, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza, defeated a French army that was attempting to capture Puebla de Los Angeles. No, not the city in southern California, but a small town in east central Mexico. The battle lasted from daybreak until early evening. By the time the French retreated they had lost nearly 500 soldiers, compared to less than 100 for the Mexicans.

Although the town itself was of little strategic importance, the battle represented a great moral victory for the Mexicans. It proved that the country could successfully defend itself against a powerful foreigner. To this day, Mexicans credit the battle—and honor the day—as the beginning of their war of independence. Happy Cinco de Mayo.

—Chip Wood

Arizona Passes New Bill Aimed At Curbing School Programs That Promote ‘Ethnic Chauvinism’

Arizona passes new bill aimed at curbing school programs that promote 'ethnic chauvinism'Just a week after passing a controversial and historically aggressive immigration law, the Arizona State Legislature passed a bill April 2 that its critics say is simply a veiled attempt to quash one of the school districts’ Mexican-American studies programs.

Under the legislation, which passed the state House and Senate on consecutive days, schools will be stripped of state funding if they offer courses that "promote the overthrow of the United States government, promote resentment of a particular race or class of people, are designed primarily for students of a particular ethnic group or advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals."

Tom Horne, state superintendent for public instruction, said the bill is aimed at preventing new and existing programs that "are designed to promote ethnic chauvinism."

Opponents of the legislation argue that the bill will affect the way that educators teach history, and that state lawmakers should not be involved in creating and monitoring curriculum, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

In response to the measure, State Senator Linda Lopez, an open critic of the legislation, proposed that schools also stop teaching the attack on Pearl Harbor and the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, as they promote resentment toward Japanese and Arab Americans. Lopez noted that she was not seriously pushing the amendment, but was just trying to make a point.

The bill will now head to the desk of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer for her signature.
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Low Vitamin D Levels Linked To Poorer Cognitive Function In MS Patients

Low vitamin D levels linked to poorer cognitive function in MS patients According to a new study presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting earlier this month, insufficient blood levels of vitamin D may be linked to increased cognitive impairment and more advanced physical disability in patients suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS).

For the study, researchers from the University at Buffalo recruited 208 patients diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS and 28 with the more destructive, secondary progressive form of the disease.

After analyzing each patient’s blood serum samples and their MRI scans, the research team found that only 7 percent of participants with the more serious form of MS had sufficient levels of vitamin D. In contrast, nearly 20 percent of patients with the relapsing-remitting form of the disease had adequate blood levels of the nutrient.

Furthermore, the investigators discovered a link between extremely low vitamin D levels and poor neuropsychological assessments.

"Results showed that MS patients who were impaired on tests of executive function—critical reasoning and abstract thinking—and the ability to plan and organize, were more likely to be deficient in vitamin D," said lead author Sarah Morrow.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19755055-ADNFCR

Transcendental Meditation A Safe, Effective Therapy Option For Depressed Seniors

Transcendental meditation a safe, effective therapy option for depressed seniors Results of a recent study presented at the 31st Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine suggest that transcendental meditation may be an effective alternative remedy for people suffering from depression.

For the study, a research team from the Charles Drew University in Los Angeles and University of Hawaii in Kohala recruited a large group of adult patients over the age of 55 who were at high risk for heart disease, and had them undergo a clinical test for depression.

Respondents were then randomly assigned to participate in transcendental meditation classes or health education courses for a period of nine to 12 months.

At the time of follow-up, patients who showed indications of clinically significant depression decreased their symptoms by an average of 48 percent compared to those enrolled in the control group.

"The importance of reducing depression in the elderly at risk for heart disease cannot be overestimated," said Gary Kaplan, clinical associate professor of neurology at the NYU School of Medicine. "Any technique not involving extra medication in this population is a welcome addition."
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Legal Challenge To Arizona Immigration Law Mounting

Legal challenge to Arizona immigration law mountingAs the controversy surrounding the new Arizona immigration law continues, more individuals and organizations are threatening to sue the state over the provision they consider unconstitutional.

On April 29, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Arizona and the National Immigration Law Center held a news conference in Phoenix to announce a legal challenge to the recently signed SB1070.

"A vigorous and sophisticated legal challenge will be mounted, in advance of SB1070’s implementation, seeking to prevent this unconstitutional and discriminatory law from ever taking effect," said MALDEF president and general counsel Thomas A. Saenz.

The announcement came as a Tucson, Ariz. police officer Martin H. Escobar asked that local law enforcement be exempt from enforcing the new immigration law in a lawsuit filed in Federal court on April 29, according to CNN.

Escobar was quoted by the news provider as saying that the bill will "seriously impede law enforcement investigations and facilitate the successful commission of crimes."

The law’s opponents allege that by making it a state misdemeanor for foreign nationals not to register and carry their documents with them, and by allowing police to inquire as to the immigration status of persons they consider "reasonably suspicious," the law opens up doors for racial profiling of ethnic minorities. ADNFCR-1961-ID-19753798-ADNFCR

The Tongue Tells All

The tongue is an amazing body part. It helps us speak, eat, keeps the mouth and lips moist and, by its condition, tells us our state of health. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), examining the tongue is one of the primary diagnostic tools. Yet in Western medicine it is largely ignored, with the physician using a depressor to hold it down to look past the tongue and at the throat.

The tongue offers TCM practitioners an unusual keyhole into which they can learn various things about the state of your organs, blood and interior body. It displays clues on its surface that reflect various things, such as relative degrees of blood movement, qi (energy) strength, dampness, heat, toxicity and so on.

These things manifest on the tongue precisely because the tongue first comes into contact with the food we eat, and this food changes our bodies on daily basis. The tongue, according to TCM theory, is also “the outlet of the heart.” As such the color of the tongue is related to the state of the blood. For example, a pale-colored tongue can indicate a basic blood deficiency or anemia.

When a TCM practitioner examines the tongue they are looking at such things as body color, texture, coating, cracks, lines, teeth marks and relative moisture or lack there of.

Following are examples of 10 different syndromes and the tongues they manifest, what they mean and what symptoms may be present.

Which Tongue Are you?

Normal—A normal tongue is pink in color, is moist, has no deep cracks or lines and perhaps a thin white coat or no coating at all.

Blood Stasis—A person experiencing blood stasis may experience such symptoms as cold limbs, varicose veins, painful legs, headaches, chest pain and liver spots and their skin may lack its normal luster. Their tongue body color will be purple and may have black spots on it.

Blood Deficiency—A person experiencing blood deficiency may experience symptoms such as dizziness, fatigue, palpitations, poor concentration and memory, insomnia and women’s health issues. Their tongue will be pale and have very little, if any, coating.

Qi Deficiency—A person who is experiencing qi deficiency may have such symptoms as fatigue, poor appetite, spontaneous sweating, shortness of breath, over-thinking or worrying. Their tongue body will be pale, have a few red dots on it, a thin white coating and have teeth marks on its edges.

Qi Stagnation—A person experiencing qi stagnation may be stressed, have a tendency to be depressed or upset, have a general unstable emotional state and experience premenstrual tension syndrome. Their tongue will have a thin white coating and its tip will be red.

Damp Retention—A person experiencing damp retention may have such symptoms as bloating, feeling of fullness in the chest, abdominal fullness and a feeling of being heavy or lethargic. Their tongue will be pink and swollen and the center will have a greasy white coating.

Heat—A person experiencing heat will feel hot, sweat easily, be thirsty, constipated, irritable, bad tempered and have skin problems. Their tongue body will be red and they will have a thin yellow coating on it.

Damp Heat—A person experiencing damp heat will usually have skin problems, urinary tract infections, clammy skin and be angry and uncomfortable. Their tongue will be red with a greasy yellow coating.

Yang Deficiency—A person with yang deficiency may easily feel cold, tend to need warming up, have a pale complexion, back pain, may panic easily, have low emotional feelings and possibly be impotence or infertile.

Yin Deficiency—A person experiencing a yin deficiency may have hot flashes, night sweats (as in menopause), insomnia, irritability, ringing in the ears and irregular menstruation. Their tongue will be red, have many cracks in it and have little or no coating at all.

Now that you have a basic idea of the ways in which various health issues manifest on your tongue, have a look at it. I examine mine in a mirror every morning to decide how my body is doing and what I should eat for breakfast and lunch.

My tongue tells me a lot about myself. What does yours say about your health?

—Dr. Mark Wiley

Look To Soybeans For Protein Needs

Soybeans are a great source of lean protein. Natural sources can be found in soymilk, edamame—or baby soybean pods—and organic tofu. Another popular soy product is tempeh, or fermented soybeans prepared in a cake form. Tempeh can be a great substitute in meat dishes because of its firm texture and strong flavor. Plus, it’s loaded with fiber and B vitamins!

Republicans Relent, Allow Debate On Financial Overhaul To Begin

Republicans relent, allow debate on financial overhaul to beginAfter voting for three consecutive days to block financial reform legislation from reaching the floor, Senate Republicans finally relented last week and agreed to allow floor deliberations to begin.

GOP leaders decided to move forward with debate after Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), the top Republican on the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, said he received assurances from Democrats that they were willing to adjust the bill to alleviate concerns that it perpetuates bailouts, the Associated Press (AP) reports.

However, some political pundits believe the decision was made in response to the mounting political pressure applied by Democrats, who have cast Republicans as uncooperative and obstructive.

"It’s very difficult for me to comprehend senators, Republican senators, coming to the floor and nitpicking this bill," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). "All the talk of the Republicans, about wanting to do something about this bill before it gets on the floor, is really anti-Senate, and anti-American."

While Republicans disagree with several aspects of the bill, they seem most perturbed with its aggressive and strict consumer protection language. Senator Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.), who authored the legislation, indicated his willingness to adjust the bill, but said he will not "weaken consumer protections given the enormous abuses we have seen."

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ISRA Criticizes Chicago Mayor Over Gun Regulations As New Coalition Plans To Close Gun Show Loophole

ISRA criticizes Chicago mayor over gun regulations as new coalition plans to close gun show loopholeEarlier this month, when Chicago Mayor Richard Daley recommended that an international court take up his petition to shut down U.S. firearm retailers, Illinois State Rifle Association suggested that he "take a couple of weeks off."

ISRA representatives stated that the city’s soaring crime rate, sinking economy as well as suggestions from some members of the Obama administration that the mayor step aside, have taken their toll on "Daley’s sensibilities."

"What Mayor Daley is suggesting is that we voluntarily nullify the U.S. Constitution and cede our sovereignty to a hostile world body," commented ISRA executive director, Richard Pearson.

"[He] should ponder well the sacrifices made by millions of young American men and women to protect and preserve the freedoms that he is so eager to give away," Pearson added.

Meanwhile, the bi-partisan coalition of Mayors Against Illegal Guns today announced the launch of a new national campaign to close the gun show loophole.

The loophole is a gap in federal law that enables individuals to buy weapons at gun shows without undergoing a background check.

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Study: One In Three Chronic Pain Sufferers Use Alternative Therapies

Study: One in three chronic pain sufferers use alternative therapiesAccording to a new University of Michigan Health System study, more than one-third of adult patients who experience chronic pain are utilizing complementary and alternative medicine therapies to help alleviate the symptoms.

For the study, lead author Carmen Green, professor of health management and policy at the university, and her colleagues monitored 5,750 adults who were being treated for chronic pain over a six-year period. They found that 35 percent of respondents reported having used at least one form of complementary and alternative medicine therapy, with manipulation techniques, biofeedback and acupuncture being the most popular.

The research team also discovered that race and age played a large role in the utilization of alternative therapies. The techniques were most commonly used by older, more educated Caucasians with higher income levels. However, the study’s authors admitted that this disparity may be due to the differences in insurance coverage.

Green concluded that complementary and alternative medicine therapies are helpful, but should always be signed off on by a physician before being employed.

"Unfortunately patients are often reluctant to share information regarding alternative therapy usage with healthcare providers, but discussions and awareness of alternative therapy use in pain patients may improve the quality of pain care and patient safety," she noted.
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Oil Spill May Affect Obama’s Offshore Drilling Plan

Oil spill may affect Obama's offshore drilling plan Last week’s oil rig explosion off the Louisiana coast—which killed 11 workers and resulted in tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil being dumped into the Gulf of Mexico—could not have come at worse time for President Obama.

Just a month after rolling out a proposal to increase offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean and in parts of Alaska, Obama is being asked to scrap his plan in light of the tragedy.

Senators Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) called for the president to rescind his plan on Thursday, and asked the Interior Department to provide Congress with a detailed report concerning the multitude of accidents that have occurred over the last decade, Fox News reports.

"Big Oil has perpetuated a dangerous myth that coastline drilling is a completely safe endeavor, but accidents like this are a sober reminder just how far that is from the truth," the senators wrote in a statement.

Whitehouse Press Secretary Robert Gibbs conceded on Thursday that the administration’s plan concerning offshore drilling could be modified depending on the specifics of last week’s accident, which may cost as much as $1 billion to clean up.

"Today, we don’t know what the cause is," said Gibbs. "If we’re saying that [United States officials] came to the president and said, here’s what caused it, would that possibly change his viewpoint? Well, of course."
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With No Federal Plan In Place, State Lawmakers Look To Implement Aggressive Immigration Reform

With no federal plan in place, state lawmakers look to implement aggressive immigration reformOn the heels of the recent passage of Arizona’s historic and controversial new immigration law, lawmakers in at least five other states are calling for their legislatures to implement similar measures.

With a federal plan nowhere near complete, political leaders from Utah, Texas, Georgia, Ohio and Maryland are pushing for aggressive state laws to help curb illegal immigration, CBS News reports.

Texas State Representative Debbie Riddle said that she will introduce a similar bill to the one recently passed in Arizona during Texas’ next legislative session in January, Newsmax reports.

Riddle added that "if [the] Federal government did their job, then Arizona wouldn’t have to take this action, and neither would Texas."

Meanwhile, illegal immigration is expected to be a major issue of concern in the upcoming midterm elections. In Georgia, Republican gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal is already beginning his push for stricter state regulations concerning immigration.

"I agree with the Arizona governor and legislature that the Federal government has failed miserably at protecting our borders and enacting sensible solutions that would protect our states, counties and cities from bearing the enormous costs associated with illegal immigration," Deal said on Tuesday. "As governor of Georgia, I’d work to pass and sign similar legislation."
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Vitamin D Deficiency Associated With Chronic Fatigue In Brain Injury Patients

Vitamin D deficiency associated with chronic fatigue in brain injury patients European researchers have reportedly found that a vitamin D deficiency is closely linked with chronic fatigue among patients who suffered a traumatic brain injury.

For the study, a research team led by Jessica Schnieders from Rijnstate Hospital in Arnham, The Netherlands, recruited 90 patients with brain injuries, half of whom reported being chronically fatigued.

After evaluating each patient’s pituitary hormones and behavioral factors such as sleep, daily activity, emotional well-being and quality of life, the investigators found that the biggest commonality among fatigued patients was their low vitamin D levels.

In fact, a total of 80 percent of those suffering from chronic fatigue had a vitamin deficiency, compared to only 40 percent of those in the control group. Schnieders noted that all patients who were found to have a nutrient deficiency were given nutritional supplements, and many reported feeling better after treatment, according to Med Page Today.

"This is early work, so we need to confirm that vitamin D is the cause of this fatigue, and if so to see if taking vitamin D, perhaps coupled with improved sleep patterns, can alleviate some of the symptoms," said Schnieders.
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