Natural Supplements Improve Symptoms Associated With Anxiety

Natural supplements improve symptoms associated with anxietyNearly 40 million adults in the U.S. suffer from anxiety each year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. However, scientists have discovered that some nutritional and herbal supplements could be effective in treating anxiety problems without causing serious side effects.

The research — published in BioMed Central's Nutrition Journal — used more than 2,000 participants throughout 24 studies to find how nutritional supplements can be used in the treatment of anxiety disorders. Of the reviewed studies, 21 were controlled trials.

Researchers discovered that passionflower or kava, along with combinations of L-lysine and L-arginine, were associated with positive effects on the participating subjects.

Although further testing still needs to be completed, Shaheen Lakhan, one of the scientists involved with the study, said that "our review and summary of the literature on herbal remedies" could aid "mental health practitioners in advising their [anxiety] patients and provide insight for future research in this field."

He added that "herbal medicines hold an important place in the history of medicine" and that the majority of future remedies will likely contain natural supplements, such as those from plants.

Pakistan Could Be Obama’s Biggest Blunder

President Barack Obama has been so preoccupied with the November elections that he has shamefully neglected foreign policy. This is especially true with regard to Pakistan — a nuclear nation that could soon tumble into the hands of Muslim extremists who want to buy a one-way ticket to paradise by killing Infidels.

Despite deficits that have mounted into the trillions of dollars, the Obama administration has been downright miserly towards Pakistan. The result is a fractured Pakistan that may yet be swallowed up by jihad.

According to The Express Tribune, “It is an undeniable fact that a revolution is coming in Pakistan.”

The sobering truth points to one thing — Pakistan is at a tipping point. Whether it is an intended strategy or willful neglect by Obama, radical Muslims could soon seize control of this military superpower and its bristling array of nuclear weapons. If you think President Jimmy Carter executed poor foreign policies during his one term, consider this: Pakistan is Iran on steroids and may become bent on our destruction.

This month militants in Pakistan have destroyed several large and desperately needed fuel supplies headed for our embattled troops in Afghanistan.

Worse yet, these attacks come just days after the Pakistani government — our supposed ally — blocked entry into Afghanistan, bringing the American — Pakistan relationship to an all-time low.

Obama’s war against Afghan insurgents is pushing Pakistan towards the brink of civil war, warns Time Magazine’s Robert Baer: "We’re reduced to common sense in figuring out where Pakistan’s breaking point is. The war in Afghanistan has done nothing for Pakistan’s stability, and in fact it’s gotten progressively shakier over the past 10 years.”

Another Islam Misstep By Obama
Pakistan is America’s most important ally against the war on terror. President George W. Bush understood that and provided Islamabad with more than $11 billion after the 9/11 attacks. But under Obama, President Asif Ali Zardari’s government has received just a tiny fraction of that amount.

Zardari admits that he is nearly impotent against the Taliban-led insurgency that began after Obama assumed office. Today the Taliban encircles the capital, Islamabad.

According to Zardari the United States is not providing enough money to deal with the 18,000 madrassas (radical Muslim religious schools) or enough to backstop Pakistan’s security forces including its army.

There is much at stake, admitted Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: “One of our concerns is that if the worst, the unthinkable were to happen, and this advancing Taliban… were to essentially topple the government for failure to beat them back, then they would have the keys to the nuclear arsenal of Pakistan. We can’t even contemplate that.”

Recent catastrophic floods have pushed Pakistan’s economy to the edge. Islamabad’s debt has ballooned to $55 billion and any tax base to fill it has evaporated. One third of Pakistan’s population has fallen below the poverty line.

A disaster of Biblical proportions is pushing the Islamic nation of 170 million people towards economic collapse. Agriculture has been ravaged by floodwaters that have submerged nearly a quarter of the country’s farmland and swept away 70 percent of the roads and bridges. More than 10,000 schools and 500 hospitals have been destroyed or damaged. There are doubts that the land will improve before the autumn wheat planting. If that happens Pakistan faces starvation. Yet Obama pays no heed to Pakistan’s plight.

The Montreal Gazette reports that millions of Pakistanis — who were just surviving before the floodwaters hit — are now homeless and unable to feed themselves. According to Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, losses from the flood could reach $43 billion which is an Obama-like fortune for this Third World country. Western analysts say that the end result could cause 20 percent inflation. All this for a country already mired in a terrible economic depression.

This month eight suspected German nationals were killed in a U.S. launched missile drone strike in north-western Pakistan. The group is called Jihad al Islami and their very existence has sparked a not-so-funny joke.

Question: “Which is worse: German Nazis or Pakistan Jihadists?
Answer: German Jihadists.”

Pakistan’s Nukes Are America’s Worst Nightmare
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, NATO has been unopposed. That is until now. This month container trucks and fuel tankers that supply 80 percent of NATO’s needs in Afghanistan were blocked by Pakistan forces. This may turn into the biggest embargo America and its allies have faced since Stalin sealed off Berlin six decades ago. It demonstrates what a thin string Obama’s policies are hanging by.

When I was a kid my dad actually started digging a bomb shelter during the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Those were crazy times and it left me worried about nuclear war until I was almost 30. Like many of you, I thought that the collapse of Communism had arrested nuclear Armageddon, at least in my lifetime. But Pakistan is the cause of a whole new nightmare. It is a nuke toting nation whose arsenal may fall under the control of Muslim radicals.

According to Zardari, “We are not a failed state yet but we may become one in 10 years.”

Don’t bet that Zardari isn’t being overly optimistic. His wife — the charismatic Benazir Bhutto — was perhaps the country’s last legitimate national leader before she was brutally assassinated. Since her death the Taliban have launched hundreds of terrorist attacks across Pakistan. The situation has become so bad that Zardari is now a captive of a bunker that more resembles Adolf Hitler’s Wolfsschanze military headquarters than it does a presidential palace in a democratic society.

Things have gotten so bad the Obama administration is attacking the enemy within Pakistan’s borders. If you don’t think that is an alliance in crisis imagine American B-17s bombing England on D-Day.

The Guardian newspaper says the Obama administration has lost patience with Islamabad. This should be worrisome to the world. After all, Zardari’s teetering government is all that stands between us and a Jihad armed with 100 nuclear weapons. Last week in OpEdNews, Michael Payne wrote: “The probability that this scenario (involving Pakistan) could explode into a war like no other in history grows greater every day.”

While Obama’s domestic policies have been atrocious, his lasting legacy may be his failure to deal with Islam and Pakistan. And frankly, I am too old to start digging a bomb shelter.

Yours for real wealth and good health,

John Myers
Myers’ Energy and Gold

Survey Reveals What Americans Like And Dislike About Their Country

Survey reveals what Americans like and dislike about their countryAs voters are preparing to cast their ballots in November, a recent opinion poll set out to find out what — in the average person's view — are some of the most enduring American institutions.

The survey was conducted by Harris Poll and revealed that the Constitution, colleges and universities as well as pop culture are among the most popular, at 70 percent, 65 percent and 62 percent, respectively.

Majorities have also ranked civil rights (58 percent), living standard (56 percent) and equal opportunity (52 percent) in a positive light.

By contrast, the healthcare system, public education and the political system have scored the lowest on Americans' approval scale. Only 33 percent approve of the medical care system while public schools and politics can count on 32 percent and 23 percent support, respectively.

The study also analyzed attitudes from the point of view of respondents' ideological affiliation. It found that Republicans value America's civil rights more than Democrats do (70 percent to 53 percent). Meanwhile, a total of 43 percent of Republicans hold a favorable view of the healthcare system while only 30 percent of Democrats agree with this position. 

“Girl Crazy” Included Many Stars

On Oct. 14, 1930, "Girl Crazy," a new musical by George and Ira Gershwin, premiered at the Alvin Theater on Broadway. The show made stars of Ginger Rogers (who sang "Embraceable You") and Ethel Merman (who belted out "I Got Rhythm," among other numbers).

But the real cavalcade of stars appeared not on stage, but under it, where George Gershwin conducted an orchestra that included such future greats as Benny Goodman (then 21) on clarinet, Jimmy Dorsey (26) on sax, Gene Krupa (21) on drums and Tommy Dorsey (24) and Glenn Miller (26) on trombone.

"Girl Crazy" would run for 272 performances. It contained more hit songs than any other Gershwin musical. Other hits from the stage show and movie included "Bidin’ My Time," "But Not for Me," and such forgotten gems as "Goldfarb, That’s I’m!" and "(When It’s) Cactus Time in Arizona."

"Girl Crazy" was also the only Gershwin musical comedy to be turned into a movie three times, including 1992’s "Crazy for You" and a 1943 version starring Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland. In the 1943 movie, Garland’s role combined the parts — and songs — performed by Rogers and Merman on Broadway.

To show you how much things have changed, back then you could have gotten a balcony seat for a Saturday matinee for 50 cents. Today, a decent seat on Broadway can set you back one hundred bucks or more.

— Chip Wood

Report Blasts Obama Administration For BP Oil Spill Handling

Report blasts Obama administration for BP oil spill handlingA bipartisan report has criticized President Barack Obama and his administration for their response to the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, which consists of Obama-appointed members, determined through its investigation that the government withheld information from the public. The commission said that the White House Office of Management and Budget did not reveal the worst-case estimates of the spill, according to media reports

In addition, the group criticized the Obama administration for failing to accurately report the amount of oil that was dispersed by biodegradation, which is a method of oil breakdown through the use of chemicals.

"By initially underestimating the amount of oil flow and then, at the end of the summer, appearing to underestimate the amount of oil remaining in the Gulf, the Federal government created the impression that it was either not fully competent to handle the spill or not fully candid with the American people about the scope of the problem," the report stated.

A Democratic candidate for Senate has also panned Obama for his response to the April 20 oil rig explosion, which killed 11 workers, injured 17 others and caused the worst environmental disaster in United States history. During a television ad in support of Louisiana State Representative Charlie Melancon (D-Napoleonville), the President is criticized for placing a moratorium on deepwater drilling, according to the Huffington Post.

The suspension of drilling raised the ire of Louisiana officials who said the halt would further harm coastal economies. The drilling freeze was lifted by Louisiana court rulings less than a month after the White House announced the moratorium, and then reinstituted by the Obama administration.

As Dollar Value Plunges, NIA Warns Against Inflation And Recommends Buying Gold

As dollar value plunges, NIA warns against inflation and recommends buying goldAfter the Bank of Japan left its interest rates close to zero earlier this week, financial analysts have been expecting monetary easing across major economies, including the United States. 

This has sent the value of the dollar down and prompted the National Inflation Association (NIA) to announce that it may be forced to change its warning of hyperinflation onset from 2014-2015 to as soon as 2012.

"Inflation never creates wealth, but instead misallocates resources that would have [gone] towards productive purposes if the free market was allowed to operate," the organization said in a statement.

Recently, media reports have quoted Federal Reserve officials as saying that the central bank may be willing to start buying U.S. government debt, a move that the Fed believes would lower interest rates and spur economic growth. However, it would also drive the currency lower and boost price inflation.

Given these circumstances, NIA and many financial analysts have been recommending investments in gold as a way to protect assets and wealth from depreciation. In recent months, gold prices have been at their record high levels. 

Nutritional Supplements Could Help Prevent Further Health Problems For Orthopaedic Patients

Nutritional supplements could help prevent further health problems for orthopaedic patientsThe National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that vitamin D is essential for helping the body to retain calcium so that bones can grow and strengthen. However, low levels of vitamin D could cause bones to break, as they may become brittle and thin.

In fact, new research shows that a high percentage of patients who are scheduled to undergo orthopaedic surgery do not consume enough vitamin D.

Joseph M. Lane, one of the researchers involved with the study, said that "given the importance of vitamin D in musculoskeletal health and its role in bone healing following orthopaedic procedures, low levels may negatively impact patient outcomes."

According to the study, which was published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, the researchers used 723 patients who were to have surgery in various service areas. This included knee and hip replacement, hand fractures, foot and ankle, trauma, sports medicine and vertebral compression fractures.

The scientists concluded that 28 percent of the participants had insufficient levels of vitamin D, while another 15 percent had a clinical deficiency.

Overall, two out of five patients were at risk for developing metabolic bone disease as a result of low levels of vitamin D.

You Don’t Want To Be A Billionaire

After three years of working to keep inflation in check, the Federal Reserve is now changing course and setting out a policy to raise inflation above its current target of around 2 percent.

Well guess what? Inflation is already here. Just ask anyone buying groceries. And this inflation is a direct result of Federal Reserve polices of quantitative easing (QE) — in other words, printing money.

Last week William Dudley, president of the New York Federal Reserve, said current levels of inflation are a problem because, “it means slower nominal income growth.” So be prepared for Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke to fire up the presses and begin QE in earnest.

What will be the result? Everyone will become billionaires. But that isn’t good. Just look back at Weimar Germany and see what holding billion dollar notes got them.

The money creators are desperate, but things have gotten out of control. They’re flailing, and the economy is failing.

Tea Party Candidates Struggle To Get Ahead In The Polls, But Marco Rubio Is Holding Strong

Tea Party candidates struggle to get ahead in the polls, but Marco Rubio is holding strongTea Party-backed candidates in this year's midterms may be struggling in some states, but it appears that Marco Rubio's Senate bid in Florida is currently safe.

According to a recent poll, Rubio leads his opponents Governor Charlie Crist, an Independent, and Democrat representative Kendrick Meek by some 20 points, at 56 percent.

The survey released by United Faculty of Miami Dade College found that Crist and Meek are 26.6 and 25.7 percent, respectively, with only 1.4 percent of voters still undecided.

"Rubio is riding the current state of deep discontent among voters," said Barry Greenberg, professor emeritus of educational and psychological studies at Florida International University in Miami, adding that "he has become well known and well-liked by his followers."

Meanwhile, Nevada Tea Party-supported candidate Sharron Angle's lead over Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is within the statistical error, while Alaska's Joe Miller is facing a serious threat from the write-in candidate and current GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). The latest CNN/Opinion Research poll puts them at 38 and 36 percent, respectively. 

Is ‘Bad Blood’ the Cause of Your Pain?

You know blood circulates in your body and that without it you could not live. What you may not know, however, is that aside from being a vital nutritive substance blood can also be a cause of pain. In fact, many forms of pain, illness and disease can be linked to, or are caused by, what I refer to as “bad blood.”

Bad blood is when blood is in a state that can harm the body. These states are found in the form of “excesses” (e.g., too many toxins), “stagnations” (e.g., trigger points), and “deficiencies” (e.g., low levels of oxygen). The following list of common ailments related to the quality of blood paints a picture of how many different issues are related to the quality of our blood.

  • 25.1 million Americans live with heart disease
  • 32 percent of Americans suffer hypertension
  • 12 percent of females over age 20 are deficient in iron
  • 16 percent of adults have high-cholesterol
  • One in six Americans contract arthritis
  • 26 million Americans, between ages 20 and 64, suffer back pain

Pain is among the top reported reasons patients visit their primary care physicians. In fact, 150 million Americans suffer chronic pain annually. The chronic experience of pain is responsible for the billion-dollar nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) industry. (These are pain relievers like aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen.)

There are many causes of pain including stress, injury, tight or pulled muscles, a sedentary lifestyle, inflammation, acid/alkaline imbalance and trigger points. All of these affect the quality and motility (or spontaneous movement) of blood and/or can be caused by bad blood.

Blood is an essential body fluid that serves two purposes. It rejuvenates cells by bringing to them substances like oxygen and nutrients and it cleans cells by carrying away their toxic waste products. When body processes are hindered by incorrect diet, lack of water, stress, high acidity levels, trauma or disease, then blood’s role in maintaining homeostasis (body balance) is hindered… and pain, including back pain, is the result.

Food is such an important piece of the good blood equation. Blood plasma is a liquid component of blood that contains sugars, proteins, minerals and other substances. A diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables and high in whole grains will do much to provide depth of nutrients to build blood. But blood also needs soluble fiber to clean it and insoluble fiber to remove toxins from the body through the stools.  A nutrient deficient diet can cause bad blood which then can cause back pain.

Water is also an important component of good blood because plasma, which is 90 percent water by volume, actually comprises 55 percent of the blood fluid. Drinking plenty of fluids is a holistic way of relieving and preventing back pain.

But not all fluids are created equal. Beverages like coffee, tea, energy drinks and sodas are loaded with caffeine, sugars and chemicals that not only act as diuretics (transporting too much fluid from the blood) but are also high in toxins. These toxins, if they remain in the blood, cause bad blood — stagnations in blood motility (movement rate) via inflammation while also causing blood to become too acidic.

Indeed, maintaining the proper acid/alkaline equation (or pH balance) in the blood is an essential component to the blood/back pain connection. When blood acid levels are too high, muscle contractions can result. When muscles contract they cause limited range of motion and put pressure on nerves, prevent fresh blood, oxygen and nutrients to enter the tissue and prevent the efficient removal of carbon dioxide and other toxic substance from it. All of this causes pain.

If blood alkaline is raised and acid reduced, then muscle relaxation occurs. This allows for pain relief through the proper absorption of nutrients and transportation of waste products from the blood and tissues. Maintaining a blood pH of 7.4 is an essential component of pain-free living.

The negative effects of stress are also a leading cause of bad blood in pain. Stress constricts muscles in the body, lowers the amount of oxygen and increases acidity levels in the blood and tissues in the body. Deep breathing relaxation techniques not only reduce stress levels but also control pH. Stress causes shallow breathing and limited respiration, thus causing pain. Breathing exercises reverse this process.

Many chronic pain sufferers are fast to grab over-the-counter NSAIDs for temporary relief; and doctors advise their use. Yet these actually cause more long-term harm than short-term good. NSAIDs leave toxins in the blood, causing bad blood. They can also cause intestinal bleeding and are harmful to those suffering high blood pressure and kidney disease. Other painkillers, like acetaminophen, are harmful to the liver (which cleanses the blood) and the kidneys (which help move toxins out of the body) and do not reduce inflammation — three reasons to avoid taking it.

So what are the solutions to correcting bad blood in those suffering pain? The answer is found in a comprehensive overhaul of diet (food and water), breathing exercises for stress relief and oxygenation of blood and regular exercise to stimulate blood flow and removal of toxins. Along the way, safe temporary relief can be found by visiting massage therapists, acupuncturists and other bodywork practitioners, as well as engaging in yoga, tai chi and meditation. In the end, keeping your blood clean and moving in the tissues are positive steps toward back pain relief and prevention.

— Dr. Mark Wiley

A Word To The Wise…

While Democrats prepare for the winter of their discontent, Republicans are practicing their best end zone dance moves. As a student of history, I thought I might offer a Santayana-style caveat. Presuming November produces the electoral Waterloo the Democrats deserve, the GOP needs to remember the lessons of the past. 

Let’s step into Mr. Livingston’s “Way Back” machine:

November, 1994. 

Led by an emergent Newt Gingrich, the Republican Party wrested control of Congress from the Democrat machine after 40 years of hegemony. Two years after a previously unknown governor from a previously politically unremarkable state wrested control of the White House after 12 years of Republican dominance, the GOP returned the favor.

Oh, what heady days for the right. Two years of Woodstock-in-the-White-House policies; and finally someone who wasn’t governing by acid flashback-induced hallucinations got a hand on the throttle —  as opposed to a hand on a plump intern. 

But the Republicans underestimated Bill Clinton’s resiliency. Unlike President Obama, Clinton wasn’t blinded by starry-eyed obedience to the teachings of Frank M. Davis, Saul Alinsky and John McKnight. Instead, Clinton was the consummate trial-lawyer/politician, interested only in winning. Following his party’s electoral stumble, Clinton and his advisors formulated a new plan: Co-opting Republican ideas and employing a supplicant media to give Clinton credit. Bolstered by sudden media interest in Clinton’s participation in the supposedly “centrist” Democrat Leadership Council, Clinton gambled on leaving his base support in the dust for “moderate” status (“moderate” in the liberal lexicon meaning: doesn’t wear old “Che” t-shirts while jogging). The Democrats traded “you wouldn’t spend it right,” and imposing taxes on imputed rental income (they actually tried it) for “I think I raised (your taxes) too much.”

The ploy – nicknamed “triangulation” by Clinton’s cronies – worked well, and two years after the Republican Revolution, Clinton squeezed through the Oval Office door — albeit without a majority of the vote against a moribund Bob Dole — for four more years. 

October, 2010. 

4 years after the Democrats regained control of the House of Representatives, voters are again restless for a House Cleaning. Speaker Pelosi and her minions, voted into the majority with promises of “draining” the so-called “swamp,” have proved to be averse to their own word. Congressional corruption, tyrannical decrees and oblivious incompetence are the rules of the day. Working in concert with the hopelessly inept President Barack Obama, Democrats have forced fond memories of 1994. 

Unemployment has skyrocketed into double-digits. Democrat responses to economic woes have involved disastrously harebrained schemes including propping up the union-ruined American auto industry, bailing out democrat-friendly Wall Street necktie pirates like Goldman Sachs, and protecting liberal sugar daddies through the passage of the DISCLOSE Act. However, before running back to their districts to try and save their jobs, they did manage to put a stop to one of the most fearsome threats to our national peace of mind: loud television commercials.

 The stage is set for a 1994-kind of historic election day. And despite their increasingly shrill assaults on Tea Party conservatives and increasingly desperate exoneration — or willful ignorance – of their own fellow travelers’ failures, liberals are worried about a new threat:  President Obama may lurch to the right “Clinton ’94” style. 

On Saturday, one of the “diarists” riding the Dailykos.com intellectual short bus began shrieking:

“No matter what happens this November, we know what will be at least one aspect of the corporate media’s response: they will tell us that President Obama and the Democrats must move more to the center…”

He needn’t worry his 750cc cranium. Even if Obama wanted to emulate the Democrat-still-most-likely-to-grope-an-intern and “triangulate,” his math just isn’t good enough. Obama is a cult member, a wide-eyed aficionado of far-left Kool-Aid who’s been spoon fed by liberal sommeliers like Alinsky for decades. 

They’re worried about the “corporate media” pushing Obama to the right?  Which media might this be?  I somehow doubt Obama is going to log onto Mr. Livingston’s Letter and suddenly realize the Reverend Wright has it wrong. 

But there’s the rub. While the Democrats may not have to moonwalk backwards from an electoral Barbarossa come November, they’re going to feel the sting. And while Obama’s incompetence increasingly rivals former-worst-president-in-modern-history Jimmy Carter, I urge you to forget 1994, and consider 1980, and 2012. 

In 1980, faced with the thunderous approach of Ronald Reagan, Carter barely survived an intramural coup. In 2012, the Democrats will certainly consider sending Obama to the ash heap for someone they consider a winner. And this time around, Reagan is a bittersweet memory for conservatives.

Santayana was right:  “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."  A word to the wise should be sufficient.

Poll: Americans Support Super-majority Vote In Congress To Create Entitlement Programs

Poll: Americans support super-majority vote in Congress to create entitlement programs A recent survey revealed that a majority of Americans would like to make it harder for Congress to enact entitlement programs.

According to a poll by PreserveOurFuture.org, a nonpartisan public welfare organization, approximately 70 percent of those surveyed support the requirement of a two-thirds super-majority vote in Congress to create such programs. Nearly 60 percent believe that Congress should pass a Constitutional amendment that necessitates the two-thirds vote.

The organization's founder, David Manns, said that the overwhelming support for a Constitutional amendment reflects these programs' detrimental impact on taxpayers during tough economic times.

Several Republican candidates for Senate have presented their ideas for reducing Social Security costs for Americans. During a recent debate on Fox News, Rand Paul of Kentucky suggested changes in the prerequisites for government services.

"You're going to have to have eligibility changes for the younger people," Paul said.

Marco Rubio of Florida told the news provider that he does not support privatizing Social Security benefits, which some Republicans have suggested, but he does believe the retirement age should be raised.

"That's got to be part of the solution, the retirement age gradually increases for people of my generation," said Rubio, who is 39 years old. 

Multivitamins Could Reduce Heart Attack Risk In Women

Multivitamins could reduce heart attack risk in womenThe National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that approximately 1 million Americans have a heart attack each year. But researchers in Sweden have discovered that women without cardiovascular disease can reduce their heart attack risk by taking multivitamins, according to Reuters.

The scientists studied 31,671 women who had no history of heart disease, along with 2,262 of those who did suffer from this problem for approximately 10 years. Nearly 60 percent of the women in both groups were also using various forms of dietary supplements.

Investigators observed that 3.4 percent of the subjects that did not take any dietary supplements had heart attacks. Meanwhile, 2.6 percent of those who added multivitamins into their diet had heart attacks, according to the news provider.

As a result, women that were not previously diagnosed with heart disease who took multivitamins for five years reduced their heart attack risk by 18 percent. The same subjects that used vitamins for at least 10 years were able to decrease their risk by 41 percent, the news source reports.

Report Shows That U.S. Bucks Worldwide Trend In Immigration Policies

Report shows that U.S. bucks worldwide trend in immigration policiesResearch of global immigration laws has revealed that the United States is an exception to a worldwide trend of tighter policies. A report from a legal policy analyst states that the U.S. is one of only 30 countries in the world that grants automatic birthright citizenship for children of illegal immigrants.

Jon Feere of the Center for Immigration Studies authored the report Birthright Citizenship: A Global Comparison, which focused on the American policy that grants automatic birthright citizenship. Feere discovered that the U.S. and Canada are the only countries with advanced economies that offer birthright citizenship.

The report also states that the Citizenship Clause in the 14th Amendment was never intended to benefit illegal aliens.

According to a Quinnipiac University poll released last month, 48 percent of American voters believe that birthright citizenship laws should be changed, compared to 45 percent who support the status quo. Approximately 67 percent of Republican voters want to see the current practice changed.

The Los Angeles Times recently published a report by the Pew Hispanic Center that shows that about one of every 13 babies born in the U.S. have at least one parent who is an illegal immigrant.

Add Heart-Healthy Foods To Your Diet

Heart-healthy foods can be easy to incorporate into your meals if you know what to add. Try to include several servings of fruits and vegetables — like spinach, carrots, peaches and assorted berries — during the day. Swap your fattening white flour products for whole foods like oats, grain bread and brown rice. Also try to limit your saturated fats and look for leaner meats or tofu… fish like tuna, salmon and mackerel… and healthy unsaturated fats like olive, canola, corn or sunflower oils.

Cancer Patients Could Consider Incorporating Reiki Therapy Into Their Treatment

Cancer patients could consider incorporating Reiki therapy into their treatmentIndividuals who undergo chemotherapy treatment may experience unwanted side effects. However, these patients could incorporate Reiki therapy and other forms of massage which may reduce these symptoms.

The Billerica Minuteman reports that Gen Lopez, from Billerica, Mass., was being treated with chemotherapy after she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Lopez felt weak and turned to Reiki therapy.

According to the news provider, Reiki is healing that is channeled through the hands of those performing the therapy. Although Lopez did not feel completely better, she was able to function and go to work as a result of this treatment. She told the news source that Reiki took away the pain she had been feeling from chemotherapy.

Each person who undergoes Reiki has a different outcome. Some may feel relaxed while others feel energy running through their body. Kathy Lynch, a nutrition consultant, told the news source that this therapy can be helpful in fighting disease because it keeps "the body's energy level high." She added that healthy foods, such as vegetables, which are rich in vitamin C, also allow cancer patients to combat side effects as it can lower the sugar levels in their bodies.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, up to 4 out of every 100 women who are age 60 or older will be diagnosed with breast cancer. These individuals could add Reiki therapy into their treatment as it may help alleviate their pain.

Prepare Your Own Personal Home Grocery Store And Pharmacy

 “Food in the basement is better than money in the bank.”

There are many reasons for stockpiling a one-year supply of food. The value of food commodities generally increases at the same rate as inflation. Money in the bank doesn’t do that. Investing in 500 cans of tuna fish in your basement or dehydrated food that will last five to 10 years is a better bet than putting $350 in the bank.

The most important reason to store food is that it comes in very handy in a crisis of any kind. Whether it be a large emergency such as an earthquake, flood, volcano eruption, war, strike or economic crash, or something as personal as being laid off work, moving or helping other family members that are down and out or when cash is short, it is comforting to know that you can use your home grocery store to help buffer lean money times. If you had to live on what you had in your basement for an extended period of time, you would wish you had a well-rounded supply of food.

In general, most households do not have more than a one-week supply of food. Let’s face it, as a nation, we rely almost totally on the supermarket and fast food restaurants. An average family of four spends $750 or more per month on food. As the children grow up, the price increases. That is double the amount spent 10 years ago. In the past five years inflation on food has risen more than anything else has. Your best investment right now is FOOD!

If you ask any supermarket chain manager to tell you how long it would take to empty the shelves in any store in the event of a crises, the answer would be approximately three days. They just don’t keep that much in their warehouses. And if there were a trucking problem it would be less. People would storm the grocery stores and buy anything they could get. The water is the first thing that goes.

I strongly suggest that you find a place in your home, either in a basement, spare bedroom, closet, junk room, under the stairway or heated garage, and go to work turning it into your own home grocery store and pharmacy. Somehow get shelves in there, build them, have them built or buy them pre-built. Whatever works best for you. Just do it, now.

This “home grocery store” will be to you and your family as the ark was to Noah and his family. It will contain all the necessary food, water, bedding and medical supplies to sustain life for a minimum of three months to one year.

So what are the best kinds of food to stock pile? It is recommended that you “store what you eat and eat what you store” otherwise you might get sick. A crisis is not the time to change your family’s diet.

Appetite fatigue is a very serious condition. Food storage experiments have been conducted where people had mock disasters and lived on their basic food storage for extended periods of time.

If you are suddenly thrown into a diet that you are not used to, especially one with a lot of wheat, beans, corn, honey, powdered milk and dehydrated food, you will have a double crisis. One thing we do not need in an emergency is a sickness caused by a drastic change in our diet.

It is best to incorporate these foods into your diet gradually. These are the foods that store well for long term and, to rehydrate them, you just need to add water, so they are good to have in your storage along with any canned goods that you like. The shelf life on canned goods is approximately two years and dehydrated food up to 10 years.

There is nothing wrong with storing wheat, beans, rice, powdered milk and honey, if that is what you are used to and prefer. Some people have allergies to wheat and they learn this when they change their diet. Store a variety of wheat and other grains, along with flour, oatmeal, rice, noodles, evaporated milk, beans, peas, lentils, legumes, canned meats, tuna fish, canned salmon, soup of all kinds, tomatoes, sauces of all kinds, all baking items, shortening, oils, peanut butter, jams, syrups, salad dressings, mayonnaise, Jell-O, cocoa, bottled fruits and vegetables and many other dehydrated products.

Nothing should be kept for more than two years without rotating except the following: wheat, grains, beans, sugar, salt and any product that is nitrogen packed for long term storage and has a low oxygen content.

If people store what they eat and eat what they store, the rotation will automatically take care of itself. Rotating your food so your family gets accustomed to eating the grains, beans, honey and dehydrated products is very important.

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Shelves built to accommodate buckets of bulk food.

Always replace each item as it is used up so you can maintain your stockpile. Purchase cases of items when they come on sale. Our hometown grocery store has case lot sales about four times a year. The best prices are when items are in season. I buy wet pack corn and beans in the fall when they are two cans for $1. When tuna fish comes on sale I buy three or four cases. It’s an excellent source of protein and I save a lot of money by purchasing in bulk.

A sample formula for knowing how much food to store is to keep track of what you eat for a two-week period of time. Surprisingly most families repeat meals every few days. Multiply the basic ingredients by six to calculate a three-month supply, 13 for a six-month supply and 26 to calculate a year’s supply. Separate menus can be calculated for summer and winter taking into consideration gardening and seasonal foods available. Build your own stockpile slowly, over a six-month period of time.

A hint that has helped me to obtain extra food items: Every time I go to the grocery store I get two of each item that I normally buy, such as ketchup, barbecue sauce, pickles, olives, cream soups, mayonnaise, salad dressing, spaghetti sauces, mixes, etc. I put one away and use the other. It’s a good idea to keep adding more and more of a variety of items to your home grocery store, so your diet won’t be so bland.

Planned menus can eliminate the panic feeling you get when you know you should store food and you don’t know where to begin. I have included a chart in my book, Food Storage 101. Where do I begin?, to plan menus for two weeks. It asks you to list every ingredient to make sure you have each item on hand.

If you plan your food storage program out carefully you can avoid impulse or panic buying which will save you a lot of money and grief. Anticipate your needs for a three-month period of time. Buy bulk food in larger quantities and store them in plastic food grade buckets that have airtight lids. Do not use paint buckets or any other container that has been used for chemicals. Do not use garbage bags, as they are treated with pesticides. A food grade Mylar liner inside a plastic bucket works very well with an oxygen absorber vacuum packed and sealed.

A No. 10 (1 gallon) can is the best way to store smaller quantities. (We will be discussing the different methods of storing bulk food in an upcoming article.)

Store your food in a cool, dry place away from sunlight and in a place that stays a constant temperature of around 40-60 degrees Fahrenheit. Hot or cold fluctuations in temperatures can destroy the nutritive value of the food and shorten its shelf life. A basement or cold storage area is ideal. I realize that some people don’t have a basement, that’s why it is so important to plan a space that can stay cooler than the rest of the house.

Always label every can, bottle or bucket with what is in each container, the date of purchase, shelf life, and the date to be used by.

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A Three Month Well Rounded Food Storage Plan
A three-month well-rounded supply of food storage is much better than a year’s supply of wheat, beans, honey and powdered milk. The basics are important, but it is just the beginning.

I have created a plan of action and divided it into six steps. Each month you can work on one step and after six months you will have a three month or more supply of food storage, vitamins, minerals, clothing, bedding, fuel, medical supplies and non-food items to sustain your family in a crisis.

I will be writing two articles per month. In these articles I will cover all six steps, and if you are serious about getting prepared, you can make it a goal to follow this plan. Then you will quickly have your own three-month supply of the essentials and receive the peace of mind of knowing that you are not dependant on the government or anyone else.

Next time we will begin with step one of my six-step plan for storing food. I will be discussing one or two steps per month and breaking it down into bite sized steps so it isn’t overwhelming and can be done in a timely manner.

The goal is to acquire a three-month, well rounded stock of food so you will be prepared for any situation where you may need to use it.

This information came from my books Food Storage 101. Where do I begin? and Emergency Food Storage and Survival Guide. For more about the books I have written go to my website and click on Peggy’s books.

—Peggy Layton

Audio Recording Captures GOP Senate Candidate Criticizing Republicans, Urging Tea Party Rival To Drop Out

Audio recording captures GOP Senate candidate criticizing Republicans, urging Tea Party rival to drop outAn audio tape has revealed U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle of Nevada criticizing her own party and attempting to persuade third-party candidate and Tea Party member Scott Ashjian to pull out of the race.

According to CNN, the recorded session includes audio of the GOP candidate urging Ashjian to drop out of the race in order to bolster Angle's chances of defeating incumbent Harry Reid (D-Nev.), the Senate majority leader in Congress.

"Anything I can deliver personally, I am glad to," Angle allegedly told Ashjian during the meeting that was recorded.

The audio tape also captures Angle denouncing the Republican Party for offering reluctant support to her candidacy. She added that the GOP leaders have "lost their principles."

Ashjian confirmed to the news provider that he recorded the session without Angle's knowledge or consent. He said that he recorded the conversation just in case there were any misrepresentations of their meeting.

According to last week's Pulse Opinion Research poll for FOX News, 49 percent of Nevada voters said they would vote for Angle compared to Reid's 46 percent. Two weeks ago, approximately 10 percent of Angle supporters said they could change their minds before November's election. Last week, that number dropped to 4 percent.

The Ghosts Of Big Pharma

When you have an ailment and go to the doctor you expect that if he or she prescribes medicine for your treatment that the choice of medicine would be made based on proven results for your disease. But that is probably not the case.

Physicians may think so, and you may think so, but the fact is that the information physicians get — even from some publications that are purported to be peer-reviewed — is often just a product of Big Pharma’s marketing arm. This is because Big Pharma is using ghostwriters to draft articles for publications and getting top-flight physicians to sign on as the “author” even though all they do is read the articles and suggest changes.

This fact came to light in late 2008 when Congress began to take an interest, and then surfaced again in 2009. It was in 2009 that The New York Times and The Public Library of Science (PLoS) gained access to documents used in a court case filed by more than 14,000 plaintiffs who developed breast cancer while taking the menopausal hormone therapy drug Prempro.

The drug was manufactured by the pharmaceutical company Wyeth (since bought by Phizer). Wyeth hired a marketing company named DesignWrite to produce articles and solicit big-named physicians to endorse them as authors.

According to a report in PLoS Medicine, the journal of PLoS, hormone therapy first began in 1942. It was then that the drug Premarin (Prempro’s forerunner) became the first Food and Drug Administration-approved treatment for hot flashes. Promotional efforts implied that estrogen could preserve youth and health. By the 1970s physicians, under the mistaken impression that menopause was an endocrine disease similar to hypothyroidism, were prescribing estrogen to millions of asymptomatic women. By 1975 the incidence of endometrial cancer in women who were using estrogen had increased 800 percent.

To counteract the endometrial cancer, progestin was added to the hormone replacement therapy. This was touted through the 1990s as a preventative for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, colon cancer, tooth loss and macular degeneration. However, by 2002 studies showed that hormone therapy failed to prevent cardiovascular disease and increased the risk of breast cancer, stroke, dementia and incontinence.

Yet, despite definitive scientific data to the contrary, many gynecologists continue to believe the benefits of hormone therapy outweigh the risks. This non-evidence-based perception may be the result of decades of carefully orchestrated corporate influence on medical literature, writes Plos Medicine.

Plos Medicine tells us that between 1996 (when Prempro was first marketed) and 2004, Wyeth worked with several medical education and communication companies — but mostly with DesignWrite — to market the Premarin family of products. In its communications with Wyeth, DesignWrite noted that “Research shows high clinician reliance on journal articles for credible product information.” So, in addition to “full-length review articles,” DesignWrite recommended that the publication plan for Premarin products should include mini-reviews, case reports, editorials, letters and comments.

DesignWrite suggested that short pieces could be published quickly and were an efficient “means of placing important information about the therapeutic profile of an agent into the hands of influential physicians.” The company also explained that it would help Wyeth decide what data to present, recruit “authors,” choose journals, create abstracts and posters for medical meetings and “Position the product appropriately to influence subscribers.”

DesignWrite then drafted the articles — casting the drug in the best possible light — and submitted them to physicians for review. The reviewing physicians then became “authors.”

PLoS Medicine reports that there is no evidence the “authors” were paid for the use of their name. There is also little evidence that authors did much more than review the article and occasionally make an editing suggestion.

It is illegal for pharmaceutical companies to promote a marketed drug for a use other than those which are approved by the FDA. But articles in medical journals, newsletters and magazines are not considered promotional and the FDA considers them free speech and doesn’t regulate them. (However, try to get that past the FDA if you are touting the benefits of a natural supplement… or even natural foods.)

PLoS Medicine writes that, in the absence of data (or in the presence of data adverse to marketing goals), review articles in medical journals are crucial vehicles for encouraging off-label uses, promoting unproven benefits and for downplaying harms. In other words, Big Pharma can say anything it wants about the benefits of a drug or completely ignore known harmful side-effects as long these articles are run in medical journals, newsletters and magazines.

This excerpt from “Medical Papers by Ghostwriters Pushed Therapy,” in the Aug. 4, 2009 issue of The Times, demonstrates how the process worked:

Sometime in 2003, a DesignWrite employee wrote a 14-page outline of [an] article; the author was listed as “TBD” — to be decided. In July 2003, DesignWrite sent the outline to Dr. Gloria Bachmann, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center.

Dr. Bachmann responded in an email message to DesignWrite: “Outline is excellent as written.” In September 2003, DesignWrite emailed Dr. Bachmann the first draft of the article. She also pronounced that “excellent” and added, “I only had one correction which I highlighted in red.”

The article, a nearly verbatim copy of the DesignWrite draft, appeared in 2005 in The Journal of Reproductive Medicine, with Dr. Bachmann listed as the primary author. It described hormone drugs as the “gold standard” for treating hot flashes and was less enthusiastic about other therapies.

The acknowledgments thanked several medical writers for their “editorial assistance,” not disclosing that those writers worked for DesignWrite, which charged Wyeth $25,000 to generate the article.

Dr. Bachmann, who has 30 years of research and clinical experience in menopause, said she played a major role in the publication by lending her expertise. Her email messages do not reflect contributions she may have made during phone calls and in-person meetings, she said.

“There was a need for a review article and I said ‘Yes, I will review the draft and make sure it is accurate,’ ” Dr. Bachmann said in an interview Tuesday. “This is my work, this is what I believe, this is reflective of my view.”

In response to a query from a reporter, Michael Platt, the president of DesignWrite, wrote that the company “has not, and will not, participate in the publication of any material in which it does not have complete confidence in the scientific validity of the content, based upon the best available data.”

But, as PLoS Medicine reports, DesignWrite had a specific agenda as a paid marketing agent of Wyeth. That was:

  • Mitigate perceived risks of hormone-associated breast cancer.
  • Promote unproven, off-label uses, including prevention of dementia, Parkinson’s disease and visual impairment.
  • Raise questions about the safety and efficacy of competing therapies (competitive messaging).
  • Defend cardiovascular benefits, despite lack of benefit in randomized controlled trials.
  • Position low-dose hormone therapy.

Unfortunately for more than 14,000 women, DesignWrite did their job well. So now you must ask yourself: Did my physician choose the drug I’m taking because of a well-written marketing piece? Probably so. Because it’s articles like these that drive physicians’ decisions about prescribing drugs for the patients.

Gold Prices Reach Record Highs As Japan’s Interest Rates And Currency Fall

Gold prices reach record highs as Japan's interest rates and currency fallGrappling with a still-weak global economy, governments around the world are lowering interest rates in hopes of spurring growth. This has sent gold prices to record highs, offering new investment and asset protection options. 

On Oct. 4, the Bank of Japan announced that it would keep its overnight lending rate near zero, buy government bonds, real estate trusts and commercial papers in a bid to push longer-term interest rates lower, according to media reports.

This has caused the stock market to go up, and gold prices climbed to $1,333.80 an ounce in mid-morning trading, as commentators expected other nations' central banks to follow Japan's example. Silver prices also rose to a 30-year high.

Paul McCulley, of Pacific Investment Management Co., wrote in a note on his company's website that "U.S. growth trajectory [is] so slow you'd nearly call it stalled."

He added that this makes a new round of interest rates cuts likely.

Given that this type of approach tends to weaken the currency, individuals who would like to protect their wealth from the ravages of inflation may consider investing their assets in precious metals.