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. 

Annual Federal Spending Increased By 16 Percent In 2009

Annual Federal spending increased by 16 percent in 2009The U.S. Census Bureau recently announced that Federal domestic spending increased to $3.2 trillion in 2009, which equals approximately $10,500 per person living in the United States.

This level of spending marked a 16 percent increase from 2008 and it represents the largest spike since the Census Bureau began collecting data in 1983. The annual increase was due in part to the $787 billion stimulus package called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which was signed by President Barack Obama in February 2009.

The Bureau revealed that the state with the highest per capita Federal spending was Alaska with $20,351. The lowest was Nevada with $7,148 per person.

Entitlement programs Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security accounted for about 46 percent, or $1.5 trillion, of the spending. The one-year increase for these programs was $136 billion.

The data shows that salaries and wages for Federal employees totaled nearly $300 billion, with 46 percent of that share going to the Department of Defense.

The government spent about $86 billion on unemployment compensation last year, which was a 115 percent increase from 2008.

Clamping Down On New Technologies

With the advent of new communications technologies like voice-over-Internet and text messaging, the Feds are having a tough time monitoring our conversations. And they aren’t particularly happy about it.

So to better monitor domestic “terrorists” like returning veterans, Ron Paul supporters, small government advocates and Tea Party members — according to the Department of Homeland Security — President Barack Obama will soon propose new legislation to mandate that the U.S. government have access to all forms of communications, “including encrypted email, transmitters like BlackBerry, social networking  Web sites like Facebook and software that allows ‘peer-to-peer’ messaging like Skype,” writes Salon.com’s Glenn Greenwald.

What Obama and his Justice Department goons are looking for is complete and instant access to all communications. Or, as Greenwald writes, “…every communication and all other human transactions must be subject to government surveillance. Nothing may be beyond the reach of spying agencies. There must be no such thing as true privacy from government authorities.”

And don’t think a compliant Congress — even if Republicans gain the majority in one or both Houses — won’t go along. Richard Falkenrath, a top-level Homeland Security official in the George W. Bush administration and now a principal in the private security firm Chertoff Group — led by the serpent-headed former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff — thinks such monitoring is a great idea.

In an op-ed piece that ran in The New York Times Aug. 9, just after media reports came out that United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia were banning the use of BlackBerrys within their borders, Falkenrath wrote, “Among law enforcement investigators and intelligence officers [in the U.S.] the Emirates’ decision met with approval, admiration and perhaps even a touch of envy.”

The last administration drove a stake through the heart of privacy with the passage of the completely unpatriotic USA PATRIOT Act. There were a few howls about the loss of liberty from some Democrats, but Republicans quickly jumped on board.

But this intrusive legislation — coupled with the recently announced intention to require U.S. banks to report all electronic money transfers into and out of the country (as opposed to just those exceeding $10,000) — will end any vestiges of freedom.

And for those of you who spout the pabulum, “I don’t break any laws so I don’t care if they monitor me,” consider this. Greenwald reminds us that Senator Frank Church (D-Idaho), after leading the investigation into the spying abuses of the decades prior to the 1970s and the growing surveillance technologies of the National Security Administration had this to say:

“That capability at any time could be turned on the American people and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything: telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn’t matter. There would be no place to hide.”

He added that if a dictator ever took over, the NSA “could enable it to impose tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back.”

Obama was hypocritical when he criticized UAE and Saudi Arabia for their actions regarding BlackBerry and then turned around and advocated for the same thing. Couple this with his Internet Kill Switch Bill proposal — supported by Senators Joe Lieberman and Jay Rockefeller (who want to give the President the power to turn off the Internet in order to be more like China) — and you see we have a totalitarian regime just one step away from a dictatorship.

Pro-immigration Reform Group Believes GOP’s ‘Pledge’ Is Lacking

Pro-immigration reform group believes GOP's 'Pledge' is lackingA nonprofit organization recently criticized GOP House leaders for failing to address immigration reform in their "Pledge to America."

Federation for Immigration Reform (FAIR) expressed its concern that the issue was ignored in the 45-page document, which was written and released by Republicans last month. The pledge included a three-pronged approach to immigration reform: establishing operational control of American borders, working with state and local law enforcement to implement immigration laws and strengthening visa security.

FAIR said that the three points mentioned in the pledge were important, but the group believes that Republicans failed to include certain "vital ingredients" in their proposal.

"The 'Pledge to America' major themes are economic growth and jobs creation. If House Republican leadership is serious about that, then it cannot ignore the impact millions of illegal aliens have on jobs and wages or ignore the need to dry up the jobs magnet with more vigorous enforcement," said Dan Stein, president of FAIR.

According to KeenNewsService.com, Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) introduced an immigration bill on Oct. 1. In a press release, Menendez said the bill addresses strengthening border security and requiring the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants to register with the government, pay their taxes and learn English.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Improve Diabetics’ Symptoms

Omega-3 fatty acids may improve diabetics' symptomsIndividuals who suffer from diabetes may want to consider adding nutritional supplements to their diet as researchers have found that omega-3 fatty acids could reduce inflammation and insulin resistance.

Scientists at the University of California, San Diego used mice to conduct their research and looked at cell molecules which respond to fatty acids. By focusing on a G-protein receptor (GPR120), the researchers discovered that GPR120 is only found in mature fat cells located on pro-inflammatory macrophages — white blood cells in the immune system.

When GPR120 is not working, inflammation can occur. However, when this protein is exposed to omega-3 fatty acids it activates, creating a strong anti-inflammatory response.

Jerold Olefsky, one of the researchers involved with the study, said that the findings could mean there is a "possible way to [treat] the serious problems of inflammation in obesity and in conditions like diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease through simple dietary supplementation."

The American Diabetes Association reports that more than 23 million adults in the U.S. suffer from diabetes. Nutritional supplements, such as omega-3 fatty acids, may allow these individuals to lead a healthier lifestyle.

Running Away, Outside The Main, HIIC And Gold

*Running from the president.  When I lived in Georgia, Governor Roy Barnes was not my favorite politician. He was too much of good-ol’-boy power broker/dealer for my taste. But I’d take 100 of him over Jimmy Carter, I must add. And he just went up a notch in my regard: When Barack Obama visited the Peach State, Roy (who is running for governor again) wouldn’t get within 100 miles of him. And he’s the Democrat nominee. Wonder how many other Democratic contenders are doing the same thing?

*The far left of the so-called “mainstream.”  The latest smear campaign from the left-hand side of the political spectrum is that those nasty Tea Party candidates are “outside the mainstream” of American politics. Right. The same folks who will spend us into bankruptcy and welcome avowed communists to their rallies claim that these libertarian/conservatives are just “too radical.”  I wish John Adams or Patrick Henry were around to show what being a radical really looks like.

*Are we becoming a hick nation?  Oops, sorry, the acronym isn’t HICK, it’s HIIC. And it stands for Heavily Indebted Industrialized Countries. In case you didn’t guess, it’s not a good thing. According to many analysts, the U.S., Europe, Japan and Great Britain are becoming very poor credit risks. And that ain’t good. Speaking as a concerned American, what’s to become this HIIC nation from becoming a HICK? I suspect we’ll know more come Nov. 3.

*Could you price that in gold, please?  Just as I was putting the finishing touches on today’s Straight Talk, a friend sent me this fascinating factoid: Ten years ago it took 498 ounces of gold to buy the typical home in the U.S. Today, that same house will cost you 138 ounces. Would anyone like to argue that houses have dropped in value by 72.3 percent in the past 10 years? Or maybe the problem is with our yardstick — that is, how we measure how much things cost.

— Chip Wood

Ad Campaign Blasts Lack Of Decision On Taxes, Gathers Signatures For Petition To Congress

Ad campaign blasts lack of decision on taxes, gathers signatures for petition to CongressCongress may have adjourned until after the November midterm elections without making a decision on next year's taxation policy, but that hasn't stopped tax cuts proponents from launching an intense ad campaign.

The nationwide initiative — sponsored by Liberty Central, a nonprofit organization that helps citizens fight for liberty — appears on a range of conservative websites, including Rush Limbaugh's. It aims to gather 100,000 signatures for a petition against the tax hikes that will result if Congress fails to extend the cuts passed by the George W. Bush administration 10 years ago.

The ads also blast the decision not to vote on the issue until the lame-duck session of Congress after the elections.

"It's frightening to think how little restraint Congress will exercise after its members are no longer campaigning," said Sarah Field, Liberty Central COO and general counsel.

"They've already demonstrated time and time again that they're willing to cast aside their constituents in pursuit of a narrowly-defined political agenda," she added.

The campaign is part of the "October is Mobilization Month" initiative, through which Liberty Central works to get out the vote in the run-up to the elections. 

CAPS Continues To Ring Immigration Alarm For California

CPS continues to ring immigration alarm for CaliforniaCalifornia is the most populous state in the nation and the biggest destination for illegal aliens, two facts that an immigration reform nonprofit believes are putting the Golden State in grave danger. 

Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) has just revealed the results of a new analysis, which found that many of the state's ills — including environmental devastation, multibillion-dollar budget deficit and poor performance of public schools — can be traced back to uncontrollable immigrant population growth.

Among the issues highlighted by Sustainable California: the Unmentionable Problem of Population is the fact that the Golden State has a higher population density than Europe and the measure is set to exceed that of China by the middle of the century. By 2040, the state's population is expected to swell from 39 million to 54 million.

California is also the least-educated in the nation, as measured by the percentage of workers with a high school diploma, and spends nearly $22 billion on benefits for illegal aliens while facing an estimated $14.4 billion budget deficit in 2010–11.

The organization's representatives have expressed frustration with politicians who have failed to push through a comprehensive immigration reform out of fear for electoral backlash.

"Politicians, by their nature, focus on short-term issues and choose to ignore the long-term crisis of population growth that lies beneath so many problems," said Marilyn DeYoung, chairwoman of the board of CAPS.

She added that "with this report, we hope to make it a little harder for all of California's political candidates to disregard the issue." 

A Trillion Reasons to Buy Gold Now

I can already hear some of you saying, “Now Chip really has lost his mind. Doesn’t he know gold is the most expensive it’s ever been? It’s been hitting new highs day after day for weeks.  Why on earth would he tell us to buy some now?”

I can answer that objection in one sentence: If you don’t own any gold, you need to. The sooner the better. Yes, gold may come down in price a bit. In fact, I’d be surprised if it doesn’t. But not far. And not for long.

If you’re waiting to buy when gold is back under $1,000, you’d better put some money in your will. Then tell your great-grandchildren to buy some with it. Because I don’t believe you’ll see that price again in your lifetime.

What makes me so certain? Refer back to the headline above. I’m talking about the trillions of paper dollars that will be cranked out non-stop by the U.S. Treasury and the Federal Reserve over the next decade. The lowest estimates for our deficits over the next 10 years come to $10 trillion.

The more dollars that flood into the economy, the less each one will buy. You see it in higher prices for everything. Why is a loaf of bread or a bottle of milk 20 times more expensive than when your parents were young? Because our government has caused the dollar to lose 93 percent of its value in the past 100 years. I’ll save the lecture on Keynesian economics for another day, but many of you know the quotation by John “Candy” Keynes that explains what’s happening.

And please don’t count on Congress to solve the problem. Sorry to put any die-hard Republicans on the spot, but can you tell me how much Federal spending was reduced under Ronald Reagan? Let me hear a chorus of “Zero!”  Right you are. How much did the two Bushes cut spending? Can you say “they goosed it to the moon?” Right again.

Even if the Republicans gain control of both branches of Congress this November, there isn’t much they can do to slow down the spending spree. Almost every entitlement is not only written into law, increases in those same entitlements are also written into law.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I do believe there will be a political solution to our country’s runaway spending. There has to be, because there are only two other possibilities: a total economic collapse or an armed revolt. And frankly, I don’t want to be around for either one.

Solving the economic mess that the Democrats and Republicans have created won’t take place overnight. It will be like turning around a giant ocean liner.  First you have to slow it down and then you have to start very gradually moving in the opposite direction. Depending on how far you’ve gone, it can take you a long time to get back to port.

Folks, it’s going to take a long time to get back to Constitutional government. Heck, it took the socialist schemers more than 150 years to get us to this point. How could we possibly believe we can undo everything they’ve done in one election? It can’t happen.

But we can get started. We can put a freeze on new government hiring; we can eliminate hundreds of programs and put limits on thousands more. We can stop acting like the world’s policeman (or in the eyes of many, like the world’s bully), close scores of overseas bases, and bring thousands of our boys and girls home.

Even more important, we can stop killing the goose that lays the golden eggs. Stop taxing producers to death. It’s that simple. We can encourage new businesses to open, new investments to be made and new jobs to be created. We can encourage the same thing that’s worked dozens of times before in our history: Get government out of the way so free people will go to work and solve our problems.

A robust economy will mean more money for almost everyone — definitely including the ones who collect it for Uncle Sam. We won’t have to borrow more; we won’t have to flood the country with worthless specie. We can pay our bills and start reducing our deficits by doing things that get the economy growing again.

And yes, I’m simple-minded enough to believe that lowering taxes, slowing spending, reducing regulation and letting free enterprise work will do all of this… and more.

But in the meantime, I urge you to own an asset that can protect your purchasing power against both inflation and deflation. My earnest recommendation is that you own some of the world’s best and oldest money — gold and silver. People have trusted it for more than 5,000 years as a way to protect their wealth. Can you think of anything else that has worked as well or lasted as long?

While there are many ways to exchange some of your depreciating dollars for non-depreciating assets like gold and silver, let me mention two of my favorites. Go to the Internet and you’ll find many, many more:

  1. For gold, I prefer the coins issued by the U.S. Mint. The gold Eagles are, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful coins ever made. There is no such thing as owning too many of them. But also consider the Buffalo, another one-ounce coin from the U.S. Mint. This is one of the world’s few 24-karat gold coins, which means it is .9999 pure, without a bit of alloy added to it.
  2. For silver, while the silver Eagles from the U.S. Mint are also lovely, the bags of so-called “junk silver” are a much better value. These are circulated dimes, quarters and half-dollars made by the U.S. Mint before 1965. These 90 percent silver coins come in bags of $100 or $1000 face value. They are instantly recognized, impossible to counterfeit and, unlike gold coins, have never been confiscated. And they happen to make an unmistakable “clink” when dropped on a wooden table.

The “spot” price of gold and silver changes throughout the day; so do the premiums various dealers charge. That is why it is important to shop around for the best deal. When you do, make sure you’re comparing apples to apples, not apples to kumquats. Unless you’re picking up your purchases locally, they should come to you via insured, registered U.S. Mail with a return receipt requested. Know all of these costs before you buy.

There are thousands of dealers around the country who will be happy to sell you all of the gold and silver you want. You probably have some in your own town or city. Here are four national dealers I know and trust. All of them have been in business for years and have excellent reputations.

*Asset Strategies International is a boutique precious-metals firm based in Rockville, Md. They’ve been around for 28 years and are known for good prices and even better service. Find them at www.assetstrategies.com or call 800-831-0007 or 301-881-8600.

*Camino Coin Company was founded by Burt Blumert, one of my personal heroes in the battle for liberty. His successors are doing a wonderful job of maintaining the same high standards and low costs for which he was famous. They’re in Burlingame, Calif., at www.caminocompany.com. Phone 800-348-8001 or 650-348-3000.

*Gainesville Coins in Tampa, Fla., also comes highly recommended. Although I’ve never been a customer, I have many friends who are. They all speak very highly of the staff and the service they receive. Check the firm out at www.gainesvillecoins.com or call 813-482-9300.

*Kitco is a giant operation based in Toronto, Canada. I’m told their website gets more than a million hits a day — in large part because they’re one of the best places in the world to find stock and metals prices. I know some people who go there two or three times an hour. The company is busy and so is their landing page. But their prices and service are also good. See for yourself at www.kitco.com or call 877-775-4826 or 514-876-4202.

And to anticipate an accusation I know that some of my liberal readers are just itching to make: No, I do not make a penny on any of your purchases from any of these people. I wrote this piece because I believe, like the Wise Men of old, you should own some gold.

But this time, don’t give it away or let it be taken from you. Put some of your depreciating dollars into real wealth. Put it into gold and silver. Then start enjoying the “sleep at night” comfort that comes from knowing you have some wealth that rust can’t corrode and politicians can’t inflate.

Until next time, keep some powder dry.

— Chip Wood

The True Story of The Bilderberg Group by Daniel Estulin

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A shadow government made up of a select group of powerful political and wealthy elites meets annually to chart the course of world affairs. This group — which today includes many familiar names like Rockefeller, Kissinger, Clinton, Bush, Ford and Greenspan — advocates for a single world government in which they hold all the power.

Named for the opulent hotel in which the first group of the world’s elites and power brokers met in Oosterbeek, Netherlands in 1954 — the Hotel De Bilderberg — the Bilderberg group operated clandestinely for many years. But a few intrepid reporters, alarmed by the group’s growing influence in world affairs and driven by a love for the truth and a passion for freedom, have managed to pierce the veil and peer inside their secret enclave.

Daniel Estulin is one of them. At great hazard to himself, Estulin has become a thorn in the sides of the world’s most powerful people. And he has documented what has uncovered in his international bestseller, The True Story of The Bilderberg Group.

The book begins like a spy novel with Estulin describing an encounter he had while covering a Bilderberg meeting in Toronto in 1996. It was at this meeting that the Bilderberg group received its first significant media coverage.

One of Canada’s most widely read newspapers, the Toronto Star, had a large headline that day that read: “Black Plays Host To World Leaders.” The story chronicled how Canadian publisher Conrad Black had offered $295 million to gain control of Canada’s largest newspaper chain and survived a week’s worth of annual meetings for his Hollinger, Inc., but was also hosting a “four-day, closely guarded meeting of world leaders and royalty just north of Toronto.”

The story named about 100 of the attendees. That same day the Toronto Sun noted the group was meeting and it (Bilderbergers) was unhappy that suggestions were being made that the private event was part of a system of secret government.

Estulin and other part-time Bilderberg chasers celebrated. And then Estulin left to meet one of his contacts who had meeting information for him.

After meeting with the contact and receiving some handwritten notes about the proceedings, Estulin was about to step into the elevator to leave the building when the contact shouted, grabbed his arm and pulled him back. The floor of the elevator was missing and Estulin had almost plunged 800 feet down an elevator shaft.

This is just one of several instances of danger and intrigue Estulin has experienced since he began covering the Bilderberg group. Most were not this frightening, but all go to show that he is operating in a world with different rules.

In The True Story of The Bilderberg Group, Estulin shows the relationship that the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations have with the Bilderberg group. He names the members and attendees of these organizations, and you’ll be astonished at how almost all of the higher ups in government and the CEOs of large corporations are a part of shadow government.

And they do make up a shadow government that forces world events — sometimes slowly, sometimes quickly — in a direction that will allow them to achieve the goals of a One World Government. One in which they hold all the power and all the wealth and those who aren’t part of their “select” society are mere vassals of one large state.

This quote, attributed to David Rockefeller in 1991 at the Bilderberg meeting in Baden-Baden, Germany by several sources, speaks volumes about the goals of the Bilderberg group:

“We are grateful to the Washington Post, The New York Times, Time magazine and other great publications, whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.”

As Estulin points out, the mainstream media have for years been represented at Bilderberg meetings but have pointedly abstained from providing the meetings with any coverage. This is by design, he writes, and he lays in great detail how most of the major media corporations are essentially controlled, through Chase Manhattan Bank, by the Rockefellers.

If not, they are controlled by other Bilderbergers: The aforementioned Conrad Black who once owned more than 440 media publications around the world, from The Jerusalem Post to Canada’s The National Post; Rupert Murdoch, who owns the Fox News and Sports channels other cable channels, The Weekly Standard, the New York Post and dozens of other newspapers around the world and Direct TV; and Sumner Redstone, CEO of Viacom, an international media conglomerate that touches virtually every major segment of the media industry.

Estulin explains how and why many of the events in American politics are orchestrated by the Bilderberger group. For instance, how did an unknown governor of Arkansas rise to prominence, gain the presidency and push through the North American Free Trade Agreement. One answer: The Bilderberg group.

Clinton was “anointed” for the presidency during the 1991 Bilderberg Conference in Baden-Baden. While there it was suggested he take a trip to Moscow, which he did immediately upon leaving Baden-Baden. There he met for 90 minutes with Soviet Interior Minister Vadim Bakatin, a cabinet official for President Mikhail Gorbachev. Gorbachev was in the midst of a hotly-contested Presidential election which he lost just six days later to Boris Yeltsin. But Yeltsin appointed Bakatin to his cabinet.

“It appears,” Estulin writes, “that President Clinton was sent by the Bilderbergers directly to Moscow to get his KGB student-era, anti-Vietnam War files ‘buried’ before he announced his candidacy for the U.S. Presidency, which occurred some two-and-a-half months later.”

It’s reported that Clinton promised Yeltsin that, in exchange for the “burial” Russian warships would be given full refueling and other port privileges at all U.S. Navy bases — a promise that was kept more than once.

But Clinton was neither the first nor the last U.S. President owing an allegiance to the Bilderberg group. Estulin notes that since 1928 all sitting U.S Presidents have been CFR or TC members or Bilderbergers or have had their staffs filled with them (in the case of Lyndon Johnson and George W. Bush).

Estulin has done a marvelous job of peeling back the layers to expose the Bilderbergers — with photos and documentation secreted out of the annual meetings — and explain how the shadow government directs world affairs. He lays out in great detail the designs of the Bilderbergers using their own words.

This book is a must-have for anyone who wants to truly understand who is making decisions and framing the message that affects the world today, and who wants to learn exactly what the ultimate goal is of those individuals.

Watchdog Group Challenges Google To Debate Its Privacy Policy

Watchdog group challenges Google to debate its privacy policyLibertarians have long been concerned about the government's intrusion on citizens' privacy through wiretaps and other surveillance methods. However, there may be another threat on the horizon.

Corporate efforts to track individuals' habits and preferences have apparently been underestimated, which has prompted Consumer Watchdog (CW) to express concerns over Google's failure to engage in a public debate over its policy on consumers' online privacy.

The non-profit organization is running a digital advertisement in New York City's Times Square with a caption reading "Why won't Google debate your privacy with Consumer Watchdog?"

"Google's executives are discussing new frontiers of ad exploitation and sponsoring political discussions at Washington events, but they won't engage in a meaningful discussion of the company's most fundamental issue: online privacy," complained the organization's president, Jamie Court.

Among the biggest concerns are issues such as tracking people's Internet activity, including sites visited and purchases made online. As such, CW hopes its campaign will attract support for "Do Not Track Me" legislation to protect online consumers.

It also sponsored a national poll which showed that 86 percent of Americans are in favor of privacy protections that would require Internet providers to offer an option for consumers to choose to make their online activities anonymous.