Study: Anti-aging Supplements Most Beneficial When Taken Earlier In Life

Study: Anti-aging supplements most beneficial when taken earlier in lifeResults of a new University of Florida College of Medicine study suggest anti-aging supplements are most effective when taken before the onset of old age.

Using an animal model, lead author Christiaan Leeuwenburgh and his colleagues tested a mixture of anti-aging supplements on a group of middle-aged and late-aged subjects. The supplements contained antioxidant coenzyme Q10, creatine and ginseng.

After six weeks, the younger subjects—whose age corresponded to 50-year-old to 65-year-old humans—improved their grip strength by 12 percent and their neurological function by 66 percent compared to a cohort of control group participants.

In contrast, older subjects—whose age was comparable to 65-year-old to 80-year-old men and women—experienced no statistically relevant improvement in physical or cognitive function.

"It is possible that there is a window during which these compounds will work, and if the intervention is given after that time it won’t work," said researcher Jinze Xu.

However, older subjects who were given the supplements did lower their levels of oxidative stress and improve their energy levels.

Report: Justice Department Unprepared For A WMD Attack

Report: Justice Department unprepared for a WMD attack In a new report, the Justice Department’s inspector general concludes that the majority of the nation’s law enforcement agencies are unprepared for an attack involving a weapon of mass destruction (WMD).

The 61-page review, authored by inspector general Glenn Fine, found that none of the law enforcement agencies under the Justice Department’s control—with the exception of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)—have developed operational response plans to deal with an attack, The New York Times reports. It also found that the department, as a whole, is "uncoordinated and fragmented" in terms of their oversight management.

According to Fine, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the United States Marshall Service does not provide training to their employees for responding to a WMD attack.

"We found the response planning among all the components…to be inconsistent and not well coordinated," he wrote in the report.

Meanwhile, a bipartisan commission in January gave the Obama administration an "F" for its ability to respond to a biological attack, according to The Los Angeles Times.

How To Change Human Liberty To Fascism Without Anyone Knowing It

“There is nothing to fear except the persistent refusal to find out the truth, the persistent refusal to analyze the cause of happening.” —Dorothy Thompson

There is absolutely no need for military conquest. Changing human liberty to fascism is done gradually… even if it takes 100 years. Here’s how:

  • Change the monetary system to fiat, i.e., paper money.
  • Transfer wealth with fiat to the State via inflation and depreciation of the currency. Have a graduated income tax.
  • Create wars.
  • Keep race stirred up with class warfare.
  • Destroy the family—put the wife to work.
  • Promote homosexuality. Glorify it.
  • Create government schools under the name of free public education. Dumb the people down so they can’t think.
  • Unisex and/or transgender.
  • Promote “brotherly love”—altruism.
  • Denigrate women.
  • Glorify sex, promote perversion.
  • Hold and maintain all the historic freedom-sounding names like constitution, privacy rights, private property, American flag, voting rights, democracy, elected representatives, free press, etc.
  • Use very elite and refined propaganda to sway the public on all issues.
  • Keep the public ignorant on gold (real money). Erase it from memory.
  • Gun control through gradualism. Cultivate the public to fear guns by promoting the idea that guns are dangerous. Inflate gun accidents and gun incidents on nationwide media. Sensationalize the negative.
  • Keep the trusted gang in power no matter who is president.
  • Manipulate government statistics.
  • Promote peace and manufacture arms for export. Be the world’s number one arms manufacturer.
  • Harass people with “foreign bank accounts” while having the largest tax haven in the world with and through U.S. banks within the U.S.
  • Enslave the world with fiat called euphemistically a reserve currency. Don’t allow the gold standard anywhere in the world.
  • Call it private property but have perpetual and increasing property taxes.
  • Confuse the terms liberal, conservative, socialist, communist, fascist, democrat, republican.

One Of The Greatest Deceptions
Persuade the public that there is a “national debt” and “deficit spending.” This ruse implies legitimate accounting. The public must not know and must never know that a fiat system implies default from its inception. How, my friends, can there be debt when everybody knows that fiat is created to infinity at no cost?

Same Principle
The bank “loans” you “borrowed” money on your home and calls it your debt, but is it? The bank just created the fiat. It cost the bank nothing, but the bank calls it your debt or your mortgage and you believe that you have debt. The bank invests in you without risk. If you are unable to pay your mortgage the bank forecloses. It has taken from you what is yours under the guise of you having defaulted on the loan without putting a dime of its own money at risk. Is this economic slavery? This is our system.

Finally, Purposefully Keep The Populace Unhealthy
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), an arm of the Federal government, has long sought to deny you the information you need to stay healthy and control what you eat.

In 2006, the FDA declared war on cherry producers and threatened them with legal action over claims that the antioxidants and anthocyanins in cherries provided healthful benefits. This despite the fact that another arm of the government, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), had produced studies showing cherries contained antioxidants and anthocyanins, and there is medical proof they are beneficial in protecting against the onset of cancer, as pain relievers and to help ease the symptoms of gout and arthritis.

Now the FDA is doing the same thing to walnut growers. Walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which help to lower cholesterol, protect against heart disease, stroke and some cancers, ease arthritis and other inflammatory diseases and fight depression and other mental illnesses.

The FDA has decided that cherries and walnuts are drugs that must be regulated. In its letter to walnut distributor Diamond Foods, Inc., the FDA wrote: “[b]ecause of these intended uses, your walnut products are drugs… they are not generally recognized as safe and effective for the above referenced conditions.” It goes on to say that, “they may not be legally marketed with the above claims in the United States without an approved new drug application.”

Yet Frito-Lay is allowed to make all kinds of ridiculous claims about the “heart-healthy” benefits of its processed snack foods. (

The FDA is at war with healthful, organic and beneficial natural foods and has no interest in keeping you healthy.

Are Harry Reid’s Fortunes Changing In Nevada?

Are Harry Reid's fortunes changing in Nevada?Due to many Americans’ disappointment with the Democrats’ policies, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was expected to have a difficult time holding on to his seat in November. However, there are signs that this may be changing.

The government’s bailout of big banks and healthcare reform have outraged proponents of small government, causing Reid to sink in the polls for many months. However, he was instrumental in passing financial regulatory reform, which is popular with Nevadans, and he convinced the administration to cut all funding to Yucca Mountain, a project to house spent nuclear fuel in the state, which was opposed by most residents, according to Time magazine.

Reid’s numbers in the polls are in the low 40s, but the news source reports that the disarray in the state’s GOP race may give him a further advantage. The party’s representative Sue Lowden, who suggested that people might barter chickens for medical care, is trailing Sharron Angle, who is supported by the Tea Party groups, in the polls. Moreover, state party leaders, such as Senator John Ensign (R-Nev.), have been involved in sex scandals.

Still, Reid faces an uphill battle, and his opponents have some powerful names on their side, including former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Earlier this spring, she campaigned in Reid’s hometown of Searchlight saying she hoped that the big government politics and the big spending promoted by the Democrats will come to an end in November, and that Nevada voters will "fire" Reid. ADNFCR-1961-ID-19811642-ADNFCR

Hillary Clinton: The Rich Should Pay More In Taxes

Hillary Clinton: The rich should pay more in taxes While giving a speech last week concerning the administration’s national security strategy, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton conveyed her personal opinion that America’s wealthiest citizens are not being taxed enough.

The former first lady said during a discussion at the Brookings Institution that she regrets the previous administration’s decision to abandon a taxation formula that helps "pull people out of poverty."

"The rich are not paying their fair share in any nation that is facing the kind of employment issues" as the United States is, "whether it is individual, corporate, whatever the taxation forms are," said Clinton.

"Brazil has the highest tax-to-GDP rate in the Western Hemisphere and guess what—it’s growing like crazy…and the rich are getting richer," she added.

Before steering the conversation toward "one of the biggest international problems we have" today, Clinton carefully noted that she was expressing her own personal opinions, and not those of the Obama administration, The New York Times reports.

Late last month, Vice President Joe Biden offered a similar opinion, stating that the nation’s tax system is unfair because the top 1 percent of earners receive 22 percent of U.S. income, according to The Heritage Foundation.

Eating Certain Cheeses May Help Boost Immunity Among The Elderly

Eating certain cheeses may help boost immunity among the elderly Elderly individuals may be able to enhance their immune systems by consuming moderate daily amounts of cheese containing probiotic bacteria, according to a new Finnish study.

"The increase in the proportion of aged individuals in modern society makes finding innovative ways to thwart the deterioration of the immune system a priority," said lead author Fandi Ibrahim.

"The intake of probiotic bacteria has been reported to enhance the immune response through other products, and now we have discovered that cheese can be a carrier of the same bacteria," he added.

Ibrahim and his colleagues sought to discover whether the consumption of cheeses containing probiotic bacteria could successfully confront immunosenescence—the age-related deterioration of the immune system.

Immunosenescene is known to make the body more vulnerable to infectious diseases, inflammation disorders and all forms of cancer.

During the study, volunteers between the ages of 72 and 103 were randomly assigned to eat one slice of probiotic Gouda cheese or a placebo with their breakfast for four weeks. At the point of follow-up, the researchers performed blood tests and found that patients in the study group improved their immunity and increased their phagocytic activity.

When All Hell Breaks Loose(Stuff You Need To Survive When Disaster Strikes) by Cody Lundin

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Cody Lundin wants you to be prepared, not scared. It’s with that philosophy that he wrote When All Breaks Loose (Stuff You Need To Survive When Disaster Strikes), and it’s why this is not your typical survival manual.

Lundin is the founder of the Aboriginal Living Skills School, an adjunct faculty member of Yavapai College and a faculty member at the Ecosa Institute, a frequent guest on television programs and the go-to guy as a survival expert. He teaches the things he has lived.

Whether you think your crisis will come as a result of a natural disaster, collapse of the government or something else, Lundin wants you to be prepared. And with this book he prepares you for survival in both an urban and rural setting.

This is not the type of book that you can leave on your shelf until disaster strikes. To be useful, it must be read beforehand. Because in it, Lundin covers every aspect of a survival scenario from mental or psychological preparedness to storing food and water to obtaining shelter to bugging out if necessary.

And the methods he teaches are tried and true. They are methods he developed himself after living in a Spartan-like manner in extreme conditions.

Of course he covers all the obvious survival subjects like food and water storage, water purification, shelter, emergency lighting, first aid and food preparation. But he delves deeper and gives you many real-life tips and suggestions you don’t get anywhere else.

By the same token, he doesn’t spend too much time covering some of the basics such as what foods to store, how much and how to store it. What he does do is introduce a new perspective on eating for survival and shedding the taboos that make you avoid certain foods that can keep you alive (including providing a couple of recipes for rat).

What Lundin accomplishes with this book is to prepare the reader for a long-term survival scenario. And he does it with humor and helpful cartoon characters interspersed throughout the book that provide you with what you need to stay alive when times get really tough.

When All Breaks Loose is an excellent survival manual and great companion book to Lundin’s 98.6 Degrees: The Art Of Keeping Your Ass Alive.

Poll Shows Anti-incumbency Sentiment But Tea Party May Split The Vote

Poll shows anti-incumbency sentiment but Tea Party may split the voteThe United States is entering the crucial stretch of the electoral process, with Congress members returning to their home districts to campaign, but polls show a strong anti-incumbency feeling. On the other hand, some surveys find that Americans are ambivalent about the Tea Party movement, and that the movement might end up splitting the conservative vote.

For example, a new poll from Harris Interactive found that nearly half of Americans (49 percent) say that almost everyone in Congress, including their representative, should be voted out in November.

On the other hand, while almost 40 percent say they support the Tea Party movement, only 10 percent describe themselves as a member.

Tea Party groups’ popularity may also act to the Democrats’ advantage, as the survey showed that in a two-party contest more than one-third of Americans (35 percent) would vote for the Democratic candidate while 28 percent would vote for the Republican.

However, when given the option of a Tea Party candidate on the ballot, a total of 35 percent of likely voters would choose the Democratic candidate, 19 percent would vote for the Republican candidate and 12 percent would opt for the Tea Party candidate.

The Harris Poll was conducted in mid-May among 2,503 adults aged 18 and over. ADNFCR-1961-ID-19811648-ADNFCR

North Korea—Brace For Another Phony War

“What difference does it make if it’s true? If it’s a story and it breaks, they’re gonna run with it.”Wag the Dog

Upset by the Energizer Oil Spill, the healthcare bill or our economic ills? Don’t worry; you might not have to fret much longer. Not because anybody is going to fix these problems. Rather because President Barack Obama might be seeding a much bigger problem.

Last week Obama announced United States troops stationed in the Korean Peninsula were going to a war footing. The move came as South Korea announced it was cutting off all trade with the North in retaliation for what it claims is the deliberate sinking of its warship the Cheonan in March. The government in Seoul vowed “immediate” retaliation if North Korea attempted further provocations.

According to White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, “U.S. support for South Korea’s defense is unequivocal, and the President has directed his military commanders to coordinate closely with their [South Korean] counterparts to ensure readiness and to deter future aggression.”

It has even been “leaked” that because of the urgency of the “crisis”, the U.S. has deployed its most advanced air-superiority fighter, the Raptor F-22, to the Korean Peninsula.

Excuse this writer for thinking it all sounds a bit too much like the movie Wag the Dog. In that film a spin doctor sees his President’s polls falling so he employs a Hollywood director to construct a fake war with Albania. It is all an attempt to distract the media and the people.

Of course what is happening in Korea may have nothing to do with growing dissatisfaction over Obama’s handling of the oil spill, the recent 10 percent decline in the Dow Jones Industrial Average or the European debt crisis. North Korea may in fact be a clear and present danger to our national security. But we should consider that the “crisis” with North Korea is a diversion from growing success for the Tea Party and growing criticism of the President. In fact there is precedent.

Gulf Of Tonkin
Pyongyang has denied it torpedoed the Cheonan near the Korean maritime border killing 46 sailors. And it has accused South Korea of trespassing in its waters, saying that the South has sent “dozens of warships” into its waters these past few weeks in "a deliberate provocation aimed to spark off another military conflict."

I am not stupid enough to believe what comes from this reckless government and its midget dictator Kim Jong-il. Then again I am not stupid enough to believe everything the Federal government tells me either. If you are my age or older you might remember President Johnson and the Gulf of Tonkin.

That military crisis was ushered to an unsuspecting public on Aug. 5, 1964, with a headline in The Washington Post that read: “American Planes Hit North Vietnam After Second Attack on Our Destroyers; Move Taken to Halt New Aggression.” That same day The New York Times reported: “President Johnson has ordered retaliatory action against gunboats and ‘certain supporting facilities in North Vietnam’ after renewed attacks against American destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin.”

According to Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, There never was a “second attack” by North Vietnam. No “renewed attacks against American destroyers.” Instead these official lies told from the President on down took hold and opened the floodgates for the bloody and useless Vietnam war; a conflict that originally had a huge backing by the American public and swept LBJ into office with the greatest percentage of the total popular vote (61 percent) ever attained by a Presidential candidate.

The same LBJ who just three months before the election had ordered U.S. bombers to "retaliate" for a North Vietnamese torpedo attack; and attack that never happened. In fact a year later LBJ joked: “For all I know, our Navy was shooting at whales out there.” All very funny except for the terrible cost in blood and money that the Vietnam conflict inflicted. You notice I don’t use the word “war” because the U.S.  didn’t declare war, not then and not in the nearly half century since.

Instead Congress passed the Southeast Asia Resolution (the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution) backing the President in taking “all necessary measures to repel any armed attack against the forces of the United States and to prevent further aggression.” On Aug. 10—less than a week after the fabricated fight—Johnson signed the resolution. There were only two dissenting votes in the Senate and not one in the House.

The Uncensored War, a book by Daniel Hallin, indicts the press over Vietnam.* Hallin points out that the media had “a great deal of information available which contradicted the official account of Tonkin Gulf events; it simply wasn’t used.” Just the day before the first incident Hanoi had protested the attacks on its territory by Laotian aircraft and South Vietnamese gunboats.

What’s more, wrote Hallin, “It was generally known that ‘covert’ operations against North Vietnam, carried out by South Vietnamese forces with U.S. support and direction, had been going on for some time.”

Ancient history you say? Not if you count Saddam Hussein and those weapons of mass destruction that never did turn up. That fairy tale gave us $1 trillion conflict with Iraq and a resounding re-election of another incumbent President.

The bottom line is I won’t be surprised if this fearless President stirs the nation into action and gets many of us ready at the ramparts in the face of a foreign horde. It is what General Douglas MacArthur warned us of.

“Talk of imminent threat to our national security through the application of external force is pure nonsense,” said the General in 1951 adding: “Our threat is from the insidious forces working from within which have already so drastically altered the character of our free institutions—those institutions we proudly called the American way of life.”

MacArthur knew what it took to wage and win a real war. He also learned the hard way the politics and economics involved in a modern “conflict”… the kind of conflicts the U.S. invariably falls into when the nation’s economic or political woes grow out of control.

Yours for real wealth and good health,

John Myers
Myers’ Energy and Gold Report

*Footnote: The Uncensored War: The Media and Vietnam, Daniel C. Hallin, New York, Oxford University Press, 1986.

Technology And The Census

On June 1, 1890, some 45,000 census workers set out to count every person then living in the United States. And for the first time they had modern technology to help in their efforts.

Seems 30-year-old Herman Hollerith had invented a counting machine that worked faster than any method previously tried. It worked by punching holes in designated places on a card—just like a train conductor punches a ticket. The cards were then “read” by a tabulating machine.

The result? Americans learned that there were precisely 62,622,249 of their follow citizens living in the U.S. in 1890. That was an increase of almost 25 percent from the tally 10 years earlier.

Hollerith went on to found the Tabulating Machine Company in 1896. After a series of mergers and reorganizations the company was renamed the International Business Machine Company. Today it is better known as “Big Blue,” or IBM. And it makes machines that can count a heck of a lot faster than anything Hollerith ever dreamed of.

Oh, and one interesting footnote: While we have five times as many people in this country than we did in 1890, it’s going to take 33 times more census workers to count all of them. Seems there are some things technology can’t make better.

—Chip Wood

Congress Takes First Steps Towards Repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Congress takes first steps towards repealing 'don't ask, don't tell'Late on May 27, the United States Congress conducted the first series of votes that might lead to repealing the policy that bans openly gay Americans from serving in the military.

The Senate Armed Services Committee and the full House approved measures to overturn the 1993 law, which marks a significant victory for President Barack Obama who has supported ending the policy.

The move was also praised by gay rights organizations, with Joe Salomonese, president of Human Rights Campaign, saying that "lawmakers today stood on the right side of history," quoted by The Associated Press (AP).

Moreover, there are signs that the measure has broad support from the American public.

A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey found that 78 percent of the public supports allowing openly gay people to serve in the military, with one in five (20 percent) opposed.

Conservative Family Research Council (FRC) is among those opponents, and it has staged a series of events in Washington in recent weeks to prevent the change from taking place. After the vote, its president Tony Perkins issued a statement saying that "among the casualties of forcing homosexuality on the military will be the religious freedom of those who serve."

The 234-194 House vote was an amendment to a defense spending bill.

Shooting Of Chicago Robber Strengthens Pro-gun Lawsuit, Says Second Amendment Foundation

Shooting of Chicago robber strengthens pro-gun lawsuit, says Second Amendment FoundationLast week an 80-year-old Chicago man killed a home intruder, reigniting the debate on the merits of a landmark gun rights case that is about to be decided by the United States Supreme Court.

McDonald v. City of Chicago, brought by four Chicago residents, the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and the Illinois State Rifle Association, seeks to strike down a decades-old law that bans handguns and requires the annual taxation of firearms.

"We filed our lawsuit two years ago to protect the self-defense rights of Chicago citizens just like this man," said SAF executive vice president Alan Gottlieb.

"They have been unconscionably disarmed, and left in as much fear of being arrested and jailed for having a gun as they are afraid of being robbed and murdered by armed thugs who have ignored the gun ban," he stressed.

Meanwhile, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley said that he understood the frustration that led to the shooting—which is still under police investigation—but that in his view access to guns kills more people than it saves, according to Chicago Sun-Times.

"Criminals have more access to guns today than in the history of this country and that is frightening to America," he said, quoted by the news provider.

"We have to do something about it. You cannot have America as the Wild West," Daley added. ADNFCR-1961-ID-19808080-ADNFCR

Obama: Troop Deployment Has Nothing To Do With Immigration Law

Obama: Troop deployment has nothing to do with immigration law President Obama said last week that his recent decision to deploy 1,200 National Guard troops to the Mexican border was not a response to Arizona’s controversial immigration law. In fact, the president indicated that the administration began planning the initiative late last year.

Obama also noted that the role of the troops will not be to combat illegal immigration, but rather to assist border guards in their intelligence efforts concerning drug and human trafficking, Fox News reports.

State Department spokesman Philip Crowley reiterated the president’s thoughts, stating that the troop deployment and additional funding are meant to slow the illegal weapons and narcotics trade, and are "not about immigration."

After being asked a question regarding Arizona’s new law, Obama again expressed his concern about the statute, stating that it may create a "patchwork of 50 different immigration laws around the country in an area that is inherently the job of the Federal government."

He said that Republicans only need to meet him "a quarter of the way" to help him push through a comprehensive Federal immigration policy, according to CBS News.

Meanwhile, Senator John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) proposal to increase the number of troops deployed to 6,000 did not garner the 60 votes necessary to be considered by the Senate.

Report: Yoga Safe For Pregnant Women

Report: Yoga safe for pregnant womenAccording to a recent report issued by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), the benefits of yoga can considerably outweigh the risks for pregnant women who take part in the fitness alternative under proper supervision.

"Women who are expecting can benefit greatly from exercise, especially yoga—they just need to be aware of their limitations," said orthopaedic surgeon Rachel Rohde. "A pregnant woman’s body goes through a lot of changes that will alter the way she practices yoga, whether she is a veteran or a beginner."

The AAOS recommends that expectant women consult their personal care physician before participating in yoga or any other specific fitness routine. The organization also urges pregnant women to work with a credentialed yoga instructor and to concentrate more on the breathing exercises rather than the stretching routines.

Furthermore, Rohde and her colleagues highly recommend that expectant mothers avoid participating in Bikram or "hot yoga," as it can lead to an unsafely elevated body temperature.

If executed properly, yoga can safely offer pregnant women an outlet for exercise while allowing them to practice controlled breathing, the researchers report.

Libertarian Leader: We Do Not Support Rand Paul

Libertarian leader: We do not support Rand PaulThe vice chairman of the Libertarian Party of Kentucky said last week that he strongly condemns the views of GOP candidate Rand Paul and suggested that the conservative group may run a competing candidate in the state’s upcoming Senatorial election.

Joshua Koch said that Paul—son of former Libertarian presidential candidate Ron Paul— boasts views that drastically differ from the fiscal conservative party’s ideology, including his opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage, The Associated Press (AP) reports. Koch also took issue with Paul’s criticism of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

"The reason why we would even consider running somebody in this race is because we’re not going to let Rand determine what a Libertarian stands for," he said. "I’m here to say Rand does not have the Libertarian ideology."

Meanwhile, Ken Moellman, chairman of the Libertarian Party of Kentucky, disavowed on Thursday the statements made by Koch, stating that they were "not an official communication or an official stance," according to

David Adams, Paul’s campaign spokesman, said that he is not concerned with the possibility of the GOP nominee having to face a second challenger.

"If someone wants to split up Kentucky’s non-conservative vote more than it already is, that’s okay with me," he told the AP.

Obama: Federal Government ‘In Charge’ Of Oil Spill Recovery Efforts

Obama: Federal government 'in charge' of oil spill recovery efforts President Obama has aggressively defended the administration’s response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, rejecting critics’ claims that the Federal government has been sitting on the "sidelines" during the recovery period.

"The American people should know that from the moment this disaster began, the Federal government has been in charge of the response effort," he said. "BP is operating at our direction. Every key decision and action they take must be approved by us in advance."

Obama indicated that BP will be held fully accountable for the cleanup efforts, noting that the oil giant will pay "every dime" for the devastation that the spill has caused local communities. He also confirmed that he will extend the moratorium on offshore drilling for another six months.

Meanwhile, a scientific team of experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported last week that the initial oil flow into the Gulf is now being estimated at 12,000 to 19,000 barrels per day, according to ABC News. Earlier BP and the United States Coast Guard approximated a 5,000 barrel-per-day loss.

How “Chinese” Organs Are Different

Back in the 1970s my father, who is a retired osteopathic physician, took acupuncture classes at Tai Sophia University—the oldest school of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in the United States. It was books on acupuncture on his shelves that I saw as a child that inspired me to study this esoteric medicine.

When I asked him why he did not pursue studies in this field he told me that he couldn’t “reconcile the opposing theories of the body (when compared with allopathic medicine) that TCM espoused.” Indeed, the majority of people brought up in the West cannot, either.

To this day I find it interesting when I describe TCM and its patterns of disharmony to people. Most people give me blank stares or uncertain nods. My patients try to understand what I am describing to them, and often have to ask a series of questions until they are able to grasp the general concepts of health I am attempting to get across. Yet these theories are thousands of years old and are continually applied to billions of people in Asia. And the Asian culture is not suffering for it…

Several of my patients are physicians, psychologists or chemists and their doubting stares are plentiful. I know ahead of time that when we get to the lecture part of their consultation I will have to work hard at convincing them of TCM’s concepts of the body. And I do. In some of my articles I also get feedback from readers who cannot fathom what I am sharing, thinking I am ignorant of basic anatomy and physiology. Quite the opposite is true.

The issue is that TCM does not hold the exact same views of the organs and their functions as Western medicine does. This is where the confusion arises in those whose understanding of the body is grounded in Western ideas of biology, anatomy and physiology. Can there really be a different view of the organs even though science has proven them to be a certain way? Indeed there can, when a broader view of the body is taken.

You see, when TCM developed in ancient China, no autopsies were carried out for fear of disrespecting the deceased ancestors. So what is known about each organ was discovered through thousands of years of clinical observation. As a result, the functions of one specific organ in TCM may include the functions of several organs in terms of Western medicine. And the functions of one specific organ in Western medicine may be contained in the functions of several organs in TCM. It’s a matter of terminology, since names like “kidney” and “spleen” were not used when TCM was developed, yet are now imposed on its ideas to help people understand and reconcile TCM and allopathic theories of wellness.

In a nutshell, organs are not only viewed as individual units in TCM, but also as concepts of physiology and pathology. This can all be explained through the concepts of zang-fu organ pairing, the meridian complex, the diurnal flow of qi (energy) and the five element theory. Let’s look at each briefly.

Zang-Fu Organ Pairing
TCM divides the internal organs into zang (nurturing, yin) and fu (transporting, yang) groups. The five Zang organs include the heart, liver, spleen, lungs and kidneys. Preserving vital substances is their common characteristic.

The six fu organs consist of the gallbladder, stomach, large intestine, small intestine, urinary bladder and so-called ‘triple energizer’ (the combined thoracic, abdominal and pelvic cavities). Transmitting and digesting water and food is their shared characteristic.

The theory of zang-fu organs is concerned with both the physiological functions and the pathological changes of the organs, as well as the interrelationships between them. And these functions and relationships are rooted in the pairing of the zang-fu into the following yin/yang groups: lung and large intestines, stomach and spleen, heart and small intestines, urinary bladder and kidneys, pericardium and triple energizer and gallbladder and liver.

Thus, problems with one organ may affect its partner. A simplified example is when someone has fear or anxiety about public speaking and experiences shallow breathing. Soon they also experience intestinal cramps. In Western terms we say these two things are a result of stress. While stress may be the cause, the relationship between the lungs and large intestines is exemplified.

The Meridian Complex
The meridian energy channels are the pathways in human body through which qi (vital energy) and blood circulate. They form a specific network that communicates with the internal organs and the limbs and connects the upper body to the lower body and the exterior to the interior portions of the body.

Since the meridians are distributed over the entire body, they are what link the zang-fu organs, the orifices, the skin, the muscles and the bones. That is, they bring the body into an organic whole that allows it to carry on and coordinate its systematic activities.

Each organ has a specific meridian that stems from it and connects it with its paired organ and to various parts of the body. This explains why the heart is seen to not only pump blood but also to affect mental functions (the heart meridian goes into the brain).

The Diurnal Flow of Qi
Qi is the vital energy of the body and each organ produces Qi that affects certain activities in the body. This energy moves through the body via the meridian complex. And the energy in each organ meridian is said to be at “high tide” for a two-hour period in a 24 hour cycle, before moving into the meridian of its paired organ.

The lung meridian is most active from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. The large intestines (its paired organ) are most active from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m., and so on. This explains why people with certain respiratory diseases tend to awaken and wheeze or cough between the hours of 3 a.m. and 5 a.m.

Most of my patients who wake up with headaches between those hours find that it is due to oxygen deprivation caused either by sinus congestion or from sleeping with their nose buried in their pillows. In other words the headaches are caused by oxygen deprivation when the lungs most need oxygen while at high tide.

The Five Element Theory
The theory of the five elements holds that the world is made up of five basic substances: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. All things and phenomena in nature—as well as in the organs, tissues, physiology and pathology of the human body—can be classified into one of the five elements.

Among the five elements exists the relations of promotion and restriction. The element that promotes is called the mother, while the element that is promoted is called the child.

Since earth produces metal it is called the mother of metal. Since earth is produced by fire it is also called the child of fire. Earth organs are the spleen and stomach, metal organs are the lungs and large intestines and fire organs are the heart and small intestines.

Restriction refers to bringing something under control or restraining it. For example, the element restricting earth is wood (fallen trees cover earth), and the element that is restricted by earth is water (earth absorbs water). This in part explains why excess anger, frustration or obsessions which affect the liver (wood) can cause digestive upset which, in TCM, is the domain of the spleen (earth).

Promotion and restriction are inter-dependant. Without promotion there would be no birth and development. Without restriction, excessive growth would result in harm and damage. When TCM views organs, not only are their pairs important, but so is their element designation and how they play on other organs.

There’s More Than Meets The Microscope
When understood and taken as a comprehensive system, the TCM concepts of the meridian complex, zang-fu organ pairing, diurnal cycle of qi flow, and the five element theory can explain why the organs as viewed in Chinese medicine hold more functions than can be “proven” by biomedicine, where their functions are reduced to individual micro units. I offer two examples.

In terms of TCM, the liver stores blood, regulates the flow of blood in the body, controls the tendons, connects to the nails and opens into the eyes. Thus, the Chinese concept of “liver” refers to an entire energetic system, not merely to the organ itself. And this is why excess, deficiency and stagnation associated with the liver can effect blood circulation, the brain and nervous system, the digestive system, the endocrine system, the muscles and the tendons.

The spleen is another good example of differences, since in the West it is not seen as having much use to the body. However, the Chinese concept of the spleen holds a seat of great importance to health. In TCM, the spleen is responsible for transformation of food energy into qi and blood, and the transportation and absorption of water and nutrients through the body. It also insures that blood is held in the vessels and that organs do not become prolapsed.

Thus, the spleen covers the entire digestive system, water metabolism, blood circulation, up-bearing of clear energy to the brain, as well as controlling the muscles and limbs.

In Summary
From the above concepts we can see how a problem with one organ can influence another or several others in ways not normally associated with the organs specifically. And this is why TCM doesn’t reduce signs and symptoms to specific diagnoses based on biological function. Terms like bi-polar disorder and migraine headache and cirrhosis of the liver are not used in TCM. Rather, we use concepts like “liver qi stagnation” or “heart blood deficiency” to describe and explain a syndrome or pattern of disharmony in the body that has many causes and effects… and therefore needs a broader view and approach to heal.

While wellness is viewed in more generalized and metaphoric terms in TCM, it is precisely these concepts that allow its practitioners to construct a holistic view of the body, its illnesses and to treat the whole as opposed to the part. Understanding a new concept of long-held beliefs is difficult, but can also be quite rewarding.

—Dr. Mark Wiley

Be Skeptical Of PSA Tests

Prostate cancer kills many more men than it should. Like lemmings to the sea, men by the millions line up for prostate specific antigen (PSA) tests and biopsies because this is what doctors tell them to do.

Most men who skip prostate treatment altogether live to a ripe old age and eventually die of something else.

Remember men that the purpose of PSA tests and biopsies is to channel you into surgery and drugs. When the doctor says “we need to test,” he is selling you to support the medical system. We would be a lot richer and live a lot longer if we had good healthy skepticism. Just ask questions.

Men, you need fatty acids as in Cataplex F for your prostate. Cataplex F will also stop leg cramps within a few minutes. I also take Pros-Food™ from Health Resources™.

Rasmussen Poll Shows Americans Want ‘Obamacare’ Overhaul

Rasmussen poll shows Americans want 'ObamaCare' overhaulA majority of Americans remain unhappy with the healthcare legislation passed in March and would like to see the bill repealed, according to recent polls.

In fact, a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey has found that 63 percent of United States voters now favor repeal of the reform bill passed by congressional Democrats and signed into law by President Obama in March.

These results have spurred Revere America—an organization that advocates public policies rooted in the traditions of freedom and free markets, and chaired by former Republican New York Governor George Pataki—to highlight its national petition drive.

The initiative aims to collect 1 million signatures of people who want to repeal and replace the healthcare reform bill. It was launched in Boston on April 18, the 235th Anniversary of Paul Revere’s Ride, and has since traveled to 10 cities with more stops planned in the months ahead.

"Rasmussen’s new poll shows beyond any doubt the depth of opposition to the government takeover of healthcare," Pataki said, adding that "it’s not enough to just tell a pollster that you oppose ObamaCare and hope that out of touch politicians in Washington will pay attention."ADNFCR-1961-ID-19804777-ADNFCR

Low-fat Diet May Help Temper Asthma Symptoms

Low-fat diet may help temper asthma symptoms Individuals suffering from asthma may be able to naturally improve their condition by eliminating heavy, high-fat foods from their diets, according to a new Australian study.

Lisa Wood, research fellow of the University of Newcastle, and her colleagues found that asthmatic patients experienced diminished lung function and responded less favorably to medication after eating a high-fat, high-calorie meal.

For the study, a research team recruited 40 asthma sufferers and randomly assigned them to eat either a 1,000 calorie, fast-food-style lunch, or a reduced fat meal consisting of yogurt and fruit. They conducted lung examinations and took blood samples both before and after the meal.

At the conclusion of the study, participants who consumed the high-fat meal experienced significantly increased airway inflammation and responded poorly to albuterol, a common asthma medication.

"This is the first study to show that a high fat meal increases airway inflammation, so this is a very important finding," said Wood. "The observation that a high-fat meal changes the asthmatic response to albuterol was unexpected as we hadn’t considered the possibility that this would occur."