Voight Is Unafraid

*One actor is not afraid to speak out. Did you hear about the open letter actor Jon Voight sent President Barack Obama a few weeks ago? Most Hollywood actors would never dare buck the liberal line; it’s usually a death sentence for a career.

So a tip of the hat to Voight, who spoke “truth to power” like few of his colleagues would dare. Here’s part of that letter; you can go to Google to read the whole thing.

“You will be the first American President that lied to the Jewish people, and the American people as well, when you said that you would defend Israel, the only democratic state in the Middle East, against their enemies. You have done just the opposite….

“You have brought to Arizona a civil war, once again defending the criminals and illegals, creating a meltdown for good, loyal, law-abiding citizens. Your destruction of this country may never be remedied and we may never recover.

“I pray to God you stop, and I hope the people in this country realize your agenda is not for the betterment of mankind, but for the betterment of your politics.

“With heartfelt and deep concern for America and Israel, Jon Voight.”

Jon, I enjoyed you as a villain on “24.” But I admire you even more as an outspoken patriot. Thank you for speaking out so forcefully.

— Chip Wood

The Federal Reserve’s War On The Dollar

Hark! What’s that sound we hear? Why it’s the U.S. cavalry, in the form of 60 new conservative Congressmen riding to our rescue. Just wait until they get to Washington and start changing things.

Oh, wait! There’s another sound coming over the horizon. What is that? Why, it’s dozens of black helicopters, getting reading to fulfill Ben Bernanke’s prediction that he would drop money from the sky, if necessary, to get our sagging economy going again. Watch out! Some $850 billion will start cascading down on our heads.

But enough of the metaphors: Let me make my point as simply and directly as I can. The French have a phrase that applies here: plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. It means “the more things change, the more they stay the same.”

I wish I could tell you that the elections 10 days ago will transform Washington into a place that never spends more money than it takes in; that never tries to bend the Constitution to permit government to do something our Founding Fathers would abhor; that never tries to wheel and deal for another piece of pork.

Folks, if you think that day has arrived, I’ve got some swampland in Florida I want to sell you. It could become your own beachfront paradise. Sure it could.

A few days before the election, I had the privilege of interviewing former Majority Leader Dick Armey. I have admired him for more than two decades. The first time I introduced him at a conference, he was a freshman Congressman who was sleeping on a cot in his office three nights a week; he flew home to Texas the other four nights.

Dick Armey gave up his powerful post in Congress because he was tired of government growing ever bigger and more wasteful, no matter what he did. He describes a “politics of corruption” fueled by billions (and now trillions) of your tax dollars. But while he’s left Congress, he hasn’t left the battle. He currently serves as chairman of FreedomWorks, one of the inspirations behind the Tea Party movement that led to many dramatic victories on Nov. 2.

“When I came to Washington back in the ’80s,” Armey told me, “entitlements came to 15 percent of the Federal budget. All the rest — some 85 percent — was discretionary spending we could argue about changing.”

Ah, but how different things are now. Today, he said, “85 percent of the Federal budget is entitlements — things that are set in law and can’t be changed, except to go higher.”

His next statement stopped me cold: “If we eliminated every single item that is discretionary today — cut all of them to zero — we would still run a deficit.”

Even if Congress wanted to, it will be almost impossible to roll back Federal spending to where it was before Barack Obama took office. But getting back to the pre-George Bush days is a pipe dream. It won’t happen.

Yes, it is true that every spending bill must originate in the House of Representatives, as I said last week. It is the House, not the Senate or the President, that must authorize every single dollar the Federal government spends. If the House says “no mas,” the money won’t be available. It’s as simple as that.

At the same conference where I interviewed Armey, I also had the opportunity to hear Fox News commentator and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer. And let me tell you, if you think he appears smart on TV, he is even more brilliant in person. The crowd was hanging on his every word.

During a Q&A afterwards, I asked Krauthammer if it wasn’t true the House controlled the Federal government’s purse strings. And that if it refused to authorize an expenditure, it couldn’t happen. Period.

While he agreed with my understanding of what the Constitution says, he made it clear that he disagreed with my suggestion. He thought it would be disastrous if the new deficit hawks in the House simply cut off Federal spending for unpopular measures.

He reminded the audience of the time when the then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich shut down the government during the Bill Clinton Administration. “Republicans lost that battle,” Krauthammer said. “I’d hate to see them try it again.”

I’m not convinced they shouldn’t try. I’d love to see some battles rage over some of the most outrageous Federal expenditures. But I wouldn’t expect to win many of them. Consider: If the House does try to roll back spending, what happens next? The bill goes to the Senate, which will still be under the control of liberal Democrats.

In fact, here’s an interesting footnote to all the conservative victories on Nov. 2: The Democrats who won included some of the staunchest leftists in either branch of Congress. It was mostly the more conservative Democrats who lost.

Yes, while the Republican side of the House will be more conservative than it’s been in decades, the Democrat side of the aisle will be even more liberal. Hard to believe? Just wait and see.

But let’s say enough Democrats can be found in the Senate to join their Republican colleagues in taking a slice or two out of gargantuan government. It hasn’t happened in the past — even the funding for the ludicrous “bridge to nowhere” got 82 votes. But let’s say it happens this time. Then what?

Do you honestly believe that Obama won’t veto that bill so quickly you’ll need a high-speed camera to record it? While our spender-in-chief has apologized profusely for the “shellacking” his party got a week ago Tuesday, have you heard him mutter even one word of regret that it was his policies the electorate was rejecting? Me neither. All I’ve heard is his rather extraordinary defense that the majority of voters were too stupid and too scared to appreciate all that his administration has done for them.

So now what? Well, not only will Federal spending remain at astronomical levels, the Federal Reserve is piling on more — a lot more. Bernanke’s “quantitative easing” is nothing more than “creating money out of thin air.” Just how much will the Fed create? Some $600 billion in new credits, plus another $250-300 billion rolled over from last year.

I used to be naïve enough to believe that the primary job of a nation’s central bank was to defend its country’s currency. Everyone in Washington used to pay lip service to this idea, even though it was an open secret that the Fed was doing no such thing. The Fed was an active participant with the U.S. Treasury in the plot to devalue the dollar. But now it’s not even a secret — Bernanke openly boasts about what the Fed is doing.

Helicopter Ben says the Fed wants to push inflation higher. I have no doubt it will succeed. When it does, what will that mean for the dollar? Its value will fall like a brick dropped off the roof. It makes us want to shout, “Watch out below!”

Yes, watch out. Watch out for the falling dollar. Watch out for the purchasing power of every dollar-denominated asset you own shrinking even more. And watch out for the minuscule interest you’ll earn on your savings.

By the way, we can’t blame Obama for foisting Bernanke on us. Remember who first made him chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers? And later appointed him to the Federal Reserve?

It was none other than Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush. It makes me want to say, “Thanks a bunch, George. Thanks for opening the floodgates to the most destructive wave of government spending history has ever seen.”

That’s enough of the financial wars for today. We’ll return to the political wars next week.

Until then, remember to keep some powder dry.

— Chip Wood

Pelosi Announces Bid To Become Minority Leader In Republican-Led Congress

Pelosi announces bid to become Minority Leader in Republican-led CongressThe outgoing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has announced that she will run for the chamber's Democratic leadership position.

According to media reports, Pelosi released a letter on Nov. 5 that revealed her desire to become the Minority Leader when the Republicans gain control of the House in January. In the statement, Pelosi said that numerous experts have called the current legislative session the most productive in the last 50 years.

She added that while the Democrats' role in the 112th Congress will change, she pledged to not allow "our great achievements to be rolled back." Pelosi's bid will likely be challenged by current Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). The Associated Press reports that Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) may run for the position because he believes the party needs a more moderate leader.

Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) has expressed his support for Pelosi as the next Minority Leader, saying that she is one of the most effective Speakers of all time. However, the news provider reports that some Democrats will not back Pelosi. For example, Representative John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) told a Louisville TV station last week that Pelosi is not the right leader to take the party forward.

According to the news source, some Republicans were happy about Pelosi's announcement. Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele put his hands over his head and applauded upon hearing about Pelosi's intentions.

"My breath is taken away by that announcement," he said with a grin, according to AP.

Eat Little, Drink Little, Sleep Little And Think Much

As new House Republicans meet to divide the spoils of their victory over the Democrats and elect leaders to run the House of Representatives the next two years, some divisions between the old guard and those representing the new Tea Party wing have emerged.

It appears that John Boehner of Ohio is set as Speaker, and Eric Cantor of Virginia seems to be a lock for Majority Leader. But a battle is brewing between Tea Party favorite Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota and Jeb Hensarling of Texas, who both want the job of Caucus Chair.

The old guard of the GOP — while happy with the victories that gave it a majority — is not content to let the Tea Party waltz in and take over. So it’s going to be difficult sledding for Tea Party-backed candidates to obtain leadership positions.

If that’s the case, they need to turn to the example set by Samuel Adams during the first Continental Congress.

Adams lived modestly by choice. His figure wasn’t imposing. He wasn’t considered a grandiloquent speaker. But his writings inspired and he was great at forming coalitions.

Writing to his friends, Joseph Galloway — a delegate to the Congress from Pennsylvania who left in disgust after the Assembly denied his request to withdraw from a defiant stand against Great Britain — said of Adams, “Samuel Adams eats little, drinks little, sleeps little and thinks much. He is most decisive and indefatigable in the pursuit of his object. He is the man who, by his superior application, manages at once the faction in Philadelphia and the factions of New England.”

When Galloway — a friend of Britain — wrote it, he wasn’t writing to compliment Adams. But Adams’ tireless work before, during and after the Congress kept the liberty movement alive.

It may be that Tea Party-backed candidates aren’t able to lead the parade from the front. But if they emulate Adams with their work behind the scenes, they can steer the GOP in the right direction and move America toward greater liberty.

Olive Oil Helps To Protect Against Oxidative Stress

Olive oil helps to protect against oxidative stressWhile previous research has found that olive oil contains many healthy benefits, such as helping to reduce the risk for coronary heart disease, a new study suggests that it may also help the body protect against other damage.

Researchers from the University of Monastir and King Saud University in Saudi Arabia noted that some toxic herbicides, such as 2,4 Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, are known to deplete antioxidants, which ultimately leads to oxidative stress. Oxidative stress contributes to many health problems, including chronic fatigue syndrome, heart failure or Parkinson's disease.

The scientists fed olive oil to rats that were exhibiting signs of liver damage due to exposure to these toxins. In their findings, the investigators discovered that the olive oil helped to induce an increase in antioxidative activity,which in turn decreased the markers of liver damage.

Mohamed Hammami, one of the scientists involved with the study, said that while more detailed research needs to be conducted, "the hydrophilic fraction of olive oil seems to be the effective one in reducing toxin-induced oxidative stress."

To lead a healthier lifestyle and help protect the body against potential damage, individuals could consider cooking with extra virgin olive oil.

George W. Bush Admits He Approved Torture Of Suspected Terrorists

George W. Bush admits he approved torture of suspected terroristsGeorge W. Bush has revealed several new tidbits about his presidency in his memoirs Decision Points, which was released on Nov. 9. Among other things, Bush admits that he considered dumping Dick Cheney in 2004 as his Vice President and that he was deeply affected by Kanye West's accusations following Hurricane Katrina that the President was a racist.

In addition, Bush affirms that he told CIA officials that they could torture a suspected 9/11 mastermind. According to media reports, Khalid Sheik Mohammed supposedly had knowledge of terrorist plots against the United States, and Bush had little reservation about using waterboarding — the act of simulated drowning to extract information from a detainee.

President Barack Obama and the current Justice Deparment have condemned waterboarding, saying that it is prohibited by international law. The Obama administration has, however, shown little willingness to pursue action against Bush and his administration for approving the interrogation tactic.

John Hayward, of HumanEvents.com, defended the former President's statements and said there has been a "fundamental childishness" associated with the battle over enhanced interrogation techniques.

"If Americans were ever to learn that a large-scale plot had succeeded because captured terrorists had been treated with the full array of rights reserved to lawful combatants, they would howl for the blood of those responsible," Hayward wrote. "Very few critics of waterboarding would hesitate to use it to save their loved ones."

Arizona And Oklahoma Voters Reject Obamacare Insurance Requirement

Arizona and Oklahoma voters reject Obamacare insurance requirementResults of the Nov. 2 midterm elections pose serious obstacles for President Barack Obama's healthcare bill. Republicans heading to Capitol Hill have expressed their desire to repeal aspects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was passed by Congress earlier this year.

In some states, Obamacare has already been rejected. Voters in Oklahoma and Arizona approved amendments that prohibit any law from requiring individuals to have health insurance. They join Virginia, Idaho, Georgia, Louisiana and Missouri as states that have passed The Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act (FCHCA). The act was rejected by voters in Colorado on election day.

Members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which drew up FCHCA, said the election results reflect the American people's frustration with Federally mandated healthcare.

"I hope Washington will listen to these results and that more states will vote to retain their Constitutional right to freedom of choice in healthcare," said U.S. Representative Linda Upmeyer (R-Iowa).

According to Reuters, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) recently called on GOP lawmakers to deny funds for implementation of the healthcare law. McConnell wants a straight-up repeal of Obamacare, but he acknowledged that any such measure would likely be vetoed by the President or blocked by Democrats in the Senate. 

NO SOUP FOR YOU!

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of Americans. More than 1.1 million Americans will have a heart attack this year. A quarter of us who shuffle off this mortal coil each year will be felled by heart disease, often due to a high-sodium diet. High blood pressure, Heart Attacks, STROKES — WHO WILL SAVE US?

Have no fear, beefy brothers and stout sisters! The mighty Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City, is on the case even as we speak. Fresh off a victory against the scourge of public smoking, he’s fixed a new target in his sights — one of the truly diabolical demons of the dietary dominion:

Soup.

It appears the elevated levels of sodium in some canned foods have incited His Honor into action. The City of New York is embarking on a taxpayer-funded, $500,000 campaign to demonstrate to the denizens of the Big Apple that eating soup is… bad. Subway walls will be festooned with posters depicting cans of Bean ‘n Bacon machine-gunning customers outside the Carnegie Deli. Actually, the posters will depict soup cans overflowing with geysers of salt. It’s more of a kinder, gentler, patronizing tone.

And patronizing is the operative word here. This is a half million dollars which could have sent a couple of kids to college, to the store for a decade’s worth of groceries or even to a Yankees home game (obstructed view seats).

Let’s assume that Bloomberg’s heart is in an appropriately low-sodium place. He’s going to plaster the walls of the electric sewer with posters warning Noo Yawkezz to lay off the salt. Wouldn’t the half million be better spent simply having Bloomberg run around Central Park pelting passerby with broccoli florets? In a city renowned the world over for culinary excess — e.g. those curbside carts where broccoli is most decidedly NOT served — at least Bloomberg would give his loyal constituents a laugh. Remember kiddies: happy = healthy! At the very least, the Mayor himself would be safer. Just imagine this unfortunate exchange:

Bloomberg: See here, Paulie! Unhand that minestrone! It’s full of sodium!

Paulie: Yo, Nico! Get duh sim-ment. Hizzahnna’s goin’ fuh a swim.”

Mr. Mayor — put down the roughage, and back slowly away.

Paulie’s steady diet of cured meats will likely have him swimming with the fishes ahead of schedule, presuming he doesn’t die of — ahem — lead poisoning first. But $500,000 to convince Paulie and the crew that high-sodium diets are bad for you?

Imagine instead of working in “second-hand plumbing supplies,” Paulie is a chef at Teodora. Are we to believe that he’s going to serve up the finest linguine con vongole on the Eastern Seaboard, but dine on cauliflower in the kitchen? Does Paulie play football in Flatbush on Saturday afternoons? He could get hurt. How about $500,000 to convince him to take up knitting? Those needles can be pretty sharp. Better we just take the half million and wrap Paulie and his pals in foam rubber.

Come to think of it, when we consider all the ills which may befall us, perhaps the Federal government could step in. Instead of $500,000, it could be $500 BILLION. We’ll wrap everyone in foam rubber. We’ll spend the rest of the cash on organic vegetable farming. Of course, we’ll be wrapped in foam rubber, so we’ll have to import labor to do the actual farming, get the veggies to the market, to our houses, to our plates and even our mouths. But then, the farmers and feeders will want benefits; and that means more foam rubber.

We’re going to have to take our chances. Despite Bloomberg’s crusade against the Campbell’s Kids, along with similar nanny-state efforts against smoking, carbon emissions and even light bulbs, some people drive their hybrids to the co-op to buy candles, and others pick up the Fatty-Fatty-Fat-Fat Platter at the Stop’n’Gorge after installing new halogens on the F-350. And some are going to grab their chests at 55, and others will check out much later.

Take some advice from Dr. Mark Wiley and Bob Livingston at the Personal Liberty Digest: Try to live a reasonably healthy lifestyle. Although I could use a little improvement in a few areas, I don’t require the Federal government or Bloomberg to spend your money and mine to do it. (Dr. Wiley’s advice is free!) Even McDonald’s doesn’t tell you that the All-Big-Mac diet is going to prolong your life.

Eat healthier. And avoid socializing with “used plumbing supply salesmen.”

Of course, you still might get hit by a car, a bus or someone aiming at Paulie. Memo to Bloomberg:

This is going to cost a lot more than $500,000.

Boehner: Americans Want Obama To Change Course

Boehner: Americans want Obama to change courseRepresentative John Boehner (R-Ohio) is expected to succeed Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as the Speaker of the House when Republicans gain majority in January.

Following a resounding victory for GOP candidates in the midterm elections, which represents the largest turnover in Congress since 1948, Boehner was so overcome with emotion that he shed tears during his victory speech. The following day, he and Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who is expected to be the next House majority leader, addressed the media and spoke about a new direction in Washington.

“The American people spoke and I think it’s pretty clear the Obama-Pelosi agenda is being rejected by the American people,” said Boehner, quoted by Politico.com. “They want the President to change course and I think change course we will.”

Boehner said that the biggest issues that need to be addressed are government spending, healthcare and job creation. He added that "groundwork" needs to be laid before Congress can begin repealing President Barack Obama's healthcare legislation.

According to media reports, Obama has announced that he will meet with top Congressional leaders on Nov. 18. The President said that the session will allow officials from both parties to develop a better working relationship.

Along with Boehner, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Nancy Pelosi are expected to meet with Obama later this month.

It’s Time To Get Heart Healthy

According to the American Heart Association, someone in America has a heart attack every 29 seconds — and someone dies from heart failure every single minute. And the odds get even worse as you get older.

Half of the men and 63  percent of the women who have died of a heart attack had no warning prior to their fatal event. While orthodox medical experts estimate that up to 30  percent of fatal attacks (and many follow-up surgeries) could be avoided with healthy lifestyle changes, I am now convinced that nearly all heart attacks can be prevented by implementing the healthy lifestyle principles of true health. Sadly, two-thirds of patients who have already suffered a heart attack don’t make the necessary lifestyle shift to prevent another one.

The first step to preventing a heart attack is understanding what triggers one. Heart attacks are caused by a blockage of the arteries that provide blood and oxygen to your heart muscle. This narrowing of these arteries, or atherosclerosis, is caused by deposits of calcified fatty materials that develop over many years.

Certain physical characteristics and lifestyle activities make these heart blockages more likely.

Understand Your Risk Factors
Unfortunately, there are a few factors you can’t do much about. These include a family history of coronary heart disease, aging and female menopause. But don’t worry — many of these risk factors can be dramatically improved or even eliminated.

Here are some risk factors you CAN do something about:

  • Tobacco smoking, which doubles your risk of a heart attack.
  • Obesity. It’s disastrous for your health, and puts an added burden on your heart.
  • High blood pressure. This can be caused by smoking, obesity, stress, inflammatory foods or a sedentary lifestyle.
  • Diabetes is chronic high blood sugar, which damages small blood vessels and the coronary arteries.
  • Cholesterol. You should be worried if your total cholesterol is above 200, your “bad” cholesterol is above 100 or your “good” cholesterol is below 45.
  • Inflammation. More important than your cholesterol levels because inflammation causes dangerous plaque to stick to your arteries.
  • Lack of physical activity or exercise. Exercise helps you prevent heart disease and heart attack.
  • Stress, anger and depression. Hostility is the “Achilles’ heel” of the heart, which is also negatively affected by stress and frustration.
  • High homocysteine levels create “sticky” blood and cause free radical damage inside your arteries.

The more you improve these conditions, the more you protect yourself from a heart attack. And there’s another way to assess your risk category for a heart disaster.

Get Your Blood Work Done
There are certain heart markers in your blood that can tell you if your arteries are already hardening. If your doctor finds the following in your blood results, you should take serious preventive action now:

  • High fibrinogen, which means your blood could be clotting too much. 
  • High C-reactive protein, which means acute inflammation is occurring somewhere in your body, perhaps inside your blood vessels.
  • High glucose, which can cause a heart attack indirectly by the weakening of blood vessels, a well-known phenomenon of long-standing diabetes.  
  • High insulin, which occurs with Type 2 diabetes.
  • High iron, which indicates problems with your liver. 
  • High triglycerides, which are tied to high insulin levels and high sugar intake over time. It’s also one of the markers of early metabolic syndrome (see below).
  • Low testosterone, which is a marker of losing youth hormones through aging.
  • Metabolic syndrome. It’s estimated one in four people over 30 already have this syndrome, which is characterized primarily by high insulin levels.

Many internal factors can affect your heart negatively. But that’s not all you need to consider. .

Avoid Toxins and Pollutants
You’re constantly exposed to toxic substances… They all put stress on your heart, but just knowing about them can help reduce your risk.

Here are some “outside influences” you should definitely be aware of:

  • Radiation exposure can make “bad” cholesterol stick to your vessel walls.
  • Chronic heavy metal exposure. The metals mercury and antimony are found in fresh water and farm-raised fish.
  • Electromagnetic Frequencies (EMFs). Cell phones, televisions, microwave ovens and even hair dryers emit low intensity EMFs, which could damage human cells.
  • Pesticides and insecticides. Household, garden and farm insecticides can be highly toxic to both animals and humans.
  • Hormones and antibiotics. These are routinely used to maximize livestock growth and increase profitability.
  • Prescription medications. The statin drugs used to lower heart attack risk and lower cholesterol or high blood pressure medications can weaken your heart.

And as if this weren’t bad enough, Americans insist on eating foods that destroy our overall health, including our heart muscle. It makes the chance of a heart attack even greater!

The Real Secret is Prevention
But as you probably know already, mainstream medicine can make it difficult to focus on prevention. Traditional doctors are often more interested in just treating the symptoms, which can make your health even worse. The well-known article found online called Death by Medicine, by Gary Null, Ph.D.; Carolyn Dean M.D., N.D.; Martin Feldman, M.D.; Debora Rasio, M.D.; and Dorothy Smith, Ph.D. describes just how “out of whack” the medical establishment has become:

“U.S. health care spending reached $1.6 trillion in 2003, representing 14% of the nation’s gross national product. Considering this enormous expenditure, we should have the best medicine in the world. We should be preventing and reversing disease, and doing minimal harm. Careful and objective review, however, this shows we are doing the opposite.”

The bottom line is you can’t count on mainstream medicine to take care of you. You should always increase your own knowledge of prevention — and take responsibility for your own health. And here at Easy Health Options™, we’re committed to helping you every single step of the way!

You can take matters into your own hands to protect your health and ward off a heart attack. Because when it comes to heart health, prevention is the key.

In my newly released book, Nature’s Simple Solutions for Avoiding Heart Disease and How NOT to Become a Statistic, I’ll show you a safe and natural way to prevent (even reverse) this savage killer that doesn’t involve expensive and often ineffective traditional therapies.  I’ll also expose the misconceptions, half truths and outright lies perpetrated by Big Pharma, the medical big wigs and other health charlatans.

Plus, you’ll get hundreds of facts, discoveries and remedies for avoiding and even reversing heart disease without dangerous drugs and deadly surgeries.

And best of all, I want to give you my new book absolutely free! 

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Michael Cutler M.D.
Medical Advisor, Easy Health Options™

Tea Party Movement Makes Strides With Elections Of Paul, Rubio And Johnson

Tea Party movement makes strides with elections of Paul, Rubio and JohnsonThe Tea Party scored several major victories on Nov. 2, including the election of Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Mark Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) in Senate races.

In other key wins for the conservative/libertarian movement, Republican Nikki Haley was elected governor of South Carolina and more than a dozen Tea Party-backed candidates won seats in the House of Representatives.

"We've come to take our government back," said Paul, the son of U.S. Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas), quoted by The Associated Press.

JennyBeth Martin, a co-founder of the organization Tea Party Patriots, said that activists will host a meeting for newly elected lawmakers on Nov. 14 in order to remind them of the core values that led to the movement's emergence. She told the news provider that her group will make sure Tea Party-backed candidates do not break the promises they made on the campaign trail.

In a television interview on NBC's Today Show, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he watched Paul's victory speech and he has "no problem with him at all." Reid, who earned his re-election by defeating Tea Party candidate Sharron Angle, said he's ready to work with Republicans in Congress.

"Legislation's the art of compromise," he said during the interview. 

Blowback Against TSA Grows

The blowback against the increasingly invasive Transportation Security Administration porn show/grope fest at airports is growing — finally.

First it was a lone pilot who objected. ExpressJet Airlines pilot Michael Roberts chose to go home rather than be subjected to a full body scan or TSA sexual assault-like “enhanced body pat-down.”

Now the president of the Allied Pilots Association, which represents 11,500 pilots, has urged members of the union to revolt against the use of backscatter radiation machines. In a letter published in the Atlantic, Association President Captain Dave Bates writes that “…the practice of airport security screening of airline pilots has spun out of control and does nothing to improve national security. It’s long past time that policymakers take the steps necessary to exempt commercial pilots from airport security screening…”

Bates noted health risks that pilots face from increased radiation exposure. He wrote that a typical Atlantic crossing during a solar flare can expose pilots to the radiation equivalent of 100 chest X-rays per hour and that requiring pilots to pass through the backscatter radiation devices exposes them to even more radiation.

He also addressed the enhanced pat-down procedure that pilots and passengers are subjected to if they choose not to have a naked body image made of them for leering TSA perverts. With the new procedure, TSA agents are cupping women’s breasts and sliding their hands inside the crotch area. And it’s no longer restricted to males searching males and females searching females. Even children are subjected to the search, which if done by anyone other than a person wearing a uniform would be considered sexual assault that would result in jail time for the offender.

“There is absolutely no denying that the enhanced pat-down is a demeaning experience. In my view, it is unacceptable to submit to one in public while wearing the uniform of a professional airline pilot. I recommend that all pilots insist that such screening is performed in an out-of-view area to protect their privacy and dignity,” he wrote.

Others are joining in. The International Air Transport Association, the U.S. Travel Association and British Airways are complaining about the procedures. It’s estimated that so many foreign travelers have chosen to avoid flying to the United States because of the security procedures that the U.S. travel industry is losing about $60 million a year.

There is no question that any exposure to radiation is harmful. But, thanks to the TSA’s new enhanced pat-down, your choices are limited to radiation exposure and nude photos, or sexual assault — for you and your children.

Hat Tip: Infowars.com

Fed To Pump Billions Into The Economy In A Bid To Stimulate Demand

Fed to pump billions into the economy in a bid to stimulate demandThe Federal Reserve announced on Nov. 3 that it will buy long-term Treasury bonds over the next several months in order to stimulate the faltering economy. 

The central bank hopes that pumping as much as $600 billion — but potentially even more than that — into the economy will increase the pace of output recovery and job creation. The general consensus has it that the previous rounds of monetary loosening in the form of interest rate cuts have failed to do the job. The rates are now close to zero.

However, not everyone shares the Fed's belief that the move will resuscitate the economy. In fact, some people have expressed concerns about the possibility of a runaway inflation that may result from flooding the market with excess money.

Paul Ashworth, senior U.S. economist with Capitol Economics, told CNN that he didn't believe the decision will make any difference at all.

"This is a slippery slope. Once you're on it, it's very hard to get off," he added.

In response to the announcement, the stock market had a choppy session on Nov. 3, followed by an early rally on Nov. 4, further underscoring the nation's economic and financial volatility.

Due to these persistent uncertainties, some experts have suggested buying gold as way to protect assets from depreciation. 

Christian Group Appalled By Obama’s Arrogance After Midterm Elections

Christian group appalled by Obama's 'arrogance' after midterm electionsA Christian organization claims that President Barack Obama showed "arrogance" by pushing for the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" a day after voters resoundingly expressed their disagreement with his policies.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, took exception with Obama's post-election speech on Nov. 3, when he urged Congress to pass the defense budget during the upcoming lame-duck session. If passed, the bill would revoke a ban that prevents openly gay individuals from serving in the military.

Democrats hold the majority in both chambers of Congress until Republicans regain control of the House of Representatives in January. The GOP picked up at least 60 seats in the midterm elections, which is the biggest turnover in the House since 1948.

According to The National Journal, Obama said that the Pentagon will complete its review of "don't ask, don't tell" in early December, which will give Congress time to consider the issue before the end of the legislative session.

"The study itself is likely to have problems, and the next natural step would be to have the new 112th Congress hold hearings on the issue," said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council. "To force such a drastic change on our military in the middle of fighting two wars is disrespectful of our troops, and should not be tolerated." 

Richard Nixon’s First Retirement

It was 48 years ago this week that a very disgruntled politician told a California press conference that "you won’t have Dick Nixon to kick around anymore." Nixon had just failed in his bid to become Governor of California. He announced that he was retiring from politics.

Not quite. Exactly 10 years later, on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 1972, Richard Nixon was re-elected to a second term as President of the U.S. He won a landslide victory over George McGovern, carrying every state in the union, except Massachusetts.

Nixon’s life of dramatic ups and downs continued, as two years later he became the first person in history to resign the presidency. Remember Watergate?

— Chip Wood

And The Band Played On

Another election is over and the sweet promise of more change in two short years is wistfully blowing. It looks like it will be a humdinger of a Thanksgiving for Republicans.

While I will be giving thanks, I won’t be celebrating. The new Congress, packed with what Bob Livingston correctly calls the Ruling Elite, will be rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.*

Some think the nation took a turn for the worse with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. I disagree. What came after FDR was total victory over Hitler and Tōjō as well as immense new wealth. By the late 1950s America was rich, stable and could call on the most dominant army ever assembled.

From the ashes of World War II the United States was the only major power that became richer rather than poorer. By the early 1950s the U.S. was the world’s largest creditor and was posting unprecedented trade and budget surpluses. America’s immense agriculture base and mineral wealth were just beginning to be exploited, and the country was the number one producer and exporter of crude oil.

Writing for Benjamin M. Rowland’s 1977 book, Balance of Power or Hegemony: The Interwar Monetary System, Charles P. Kindleberger said that in 1950 Washington possessed $20 billion in gold reserves or almost two-thirds of the world’s total of $33 billion.

In 1950 America’s per capita gross domestic product was seven times that of Japan’s and was almost double that of Great Britain’s. Today Japan and Great Britain have per capita GDPs that measure more than three-quarters of America’s. In fact Ireland, home to one of the worst famines of the post-Industrial Revolution, has a higher per capita GDP than does the United States.

America’s economy was also a dynamo that just kept spinning faster. Measured in constant dollars, the nation’s GDP rose tenfold between 1940 and 1969.

A half century later the U.S. was the largest borrower in history, the biggest buyer of fossil fuels and was posting staggering deficits. And by the dawn of the 21st Century the U.S. held slightly more than 25 percent of the world’s official gold reserves, or about $355 billion worth. That won’t even pay down 4 percent of the $13 trillion in U.S. Federal debt.

The onset of the massive decline began in the 1960s under President Lyndon Baines Johnson. It is worth noting that that Democratic President’s agenda was similar to President Barack Obama’s. Both set out to redistribute America’s wealth and both sent young men to fight and die in a losing war halfway around the world.

America was on the brink of revolt following Johnson’s election in 1964. It is worth remembering that things did not get much better after his successor — the deeply conservative President Richard Nixon — was elected four years later. Over the next decade American’s fortunes became progressively worse, and the nation has continued in a state of decline that persists to this day.

It all adds up to America’s grand decline, declared National Affairs earlier this year in an article with the headline, “Complexity and Collapse: Empires on the Edge of Chaos.

“Imperial collapse may come much more suddenly than many historians imagine,” is the summation of that article written by Niall Ferguson. “A combination of fiscal deficits and military overstretch suggests that the U.S. may be the next empire on the precipice.” You can read the article here.

Ferguson cites two troubling trends in America’s decline:

First, that America’s public debt may skyrocket from 44 percent of GDP before the 2008 financial crisis to more than double that figure within a generation.

Second, China will have a larger economy than America in 17 years and India’s GDP will exceed America’s in less than 40 years. If so, the U.S. could soon be a third rate power.

Ferguson is not the first historian to point out that America is an empire in decline. In 1987, Paul Kennedy’s book, The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers: Economic Change and Military Conflict From 1500 to 2000 traced the decline of dominant nations beginning 500 years ago.

Kennedy’s conclusion is that all great powers have a natural progression that starts with a rise to prominence and then an inevitable decline. This erosion of wealth and influence has affected every leading power including Spain, the Habsburgs and Britannia.

“Imperial expansion carries the seeds of future decline,” wrote Kennedy. "If a state overextends itself strategically… it runs the risk that the potential benefits from external expansion may be outweighed by the great expense of it all.”

This phenomenon of "imperial overstretch," says Kennedy, is common throughout history.

Even America’s own regression has long been understood. In the 1960s, Arkansas Senator William Fulbright, the Democratic chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, wrote the book, The Arrogance of Power. He was highly critical of overspending and the Vietnam War. The title became something of a slogan for the antiwar protests of the 1960s.

In the 1980s I started doing my own research into America’s decline. I found that in the 1950s one out of every three cars made worldwide was built by General Motors. At that time, GM sold more than one out of every two cars made in America. By the late 1980s, GM’s share of the domestic market had fallen to around 35 percent, and today it stands at less than 20 percent.

At the height of American power, General Motors President Charles Wilson said, “What’s good for General Motors is good for the country.” I think the converse could also be argued. America’s Ruling Elite seem as arrogant as Charles Wilson and Henry Ford II and if that is the case the nation itself is headed for bankruptcy. The only difference is that General Motors could count on Washington to bail it out. But who can bail out America?

Yes, we have elected a new Congress. And yes, in two years we might have a new President. But how much of a difference will it make? Not much. Consider that America has been in a state of decline for more than four decades. The nation’s multitude of problems — the war in Afghanistan, the energy and debt crisis, illegal immigration and spread of immorality — cannot be cured over the next few years.

My friends, the die is cast for America just as it was for all the great empires. Consider Spain. In the late 16th Century it was the most dominant power in the world. One hundred years later the plague, corruption and sweeping emigration had reduced Spain’s population from 8 million to 7 million. By then it hardly mattered who carried the crown once worn by the laudable Charles V.

A more contemporary example is England. After compiling huge debts and barely surviving the onslaught of Nazi Germany, did it much matter if Conservative candidate Winston Churchill or his opponent, Labour’s Clement Attlee, formed the Government that was elected in 1945? Of course it didn’t; not in the long run. And neither will it much matter who we elected last week or whom we elect two years from now.

Action To Take
It is important to note that when all empires collapse so, too, do their currencies. I believe the dollar is doomed and don’t see much hope for the euro either. Keep the bulk of your assets in physical gold with a sprinkling of silver and only a select group of natural resource stocks.

Yours for real wealth and good health,
John Myers
Myers’ Energy and Gold

* Footnote: The origin of this quotation is The Washington Post, May 16, 1976, when Rogers Morton, an American public relations officer, told the newspaper: "I’m not going to rearrange the furniture on the deck of the Titanic."

Sugary Drinks Increase Risk For Metabolic Syndrome And Type 2 Diabetes

Sugary drinks increase risk for metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetesIndividuals could consider reducing their soda intake to improve their health. Recently, scientists from the Harvard School of Public Health discovered that soda and other sugary beverages play a key role in the risk for developing type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, which is a combination of conditions that include high blood pressure and the risk of coronary artery disease.

Vasanti Malik, lead author of the study, said that, although previous studies have shown that there is a connection between sugary beverages and diabetes, the new findings provide "an overall picture of the magnitude of the risk and the consistency of the evidence."

The researchers discovered that drinking one to two sugary beverages each day increased the risk for developing type 2 diabetes by 26 percent compared to those who consumed less than one of these drinks per month. The risk for metabolic syndrome increased by 20 percent under these same conditions. Drinking one 12-ounce serving of a sugary beverage per day increased the risk of type 2 diabetes by approximately 15 percent.

As a result, the scientists suggested that reducing the intake of sugar-sweetened drinks will likely decrease the risk for developing conditions like metabolic syndrome or type 2 diabetes. Malik said that people should replace sugary beverages like soda with healthy alternatives like water.

Olbermann Returns To MSNBC After Suspension Over Political Contributions

Olbermann returns to MSNBC after suspension over political contributionsMSNBC's Keith Olbermann returned on air on Nov. 9 following a two-show suspension for political contributions he had made without the network's approval.

The Huffington Post reports that MSNBC President Phil Griffin suspended Olbermann last week after discovering that the host of "Countown" had donated $7,500 to three Democrats running for Federal office. The network's policy prohibits any NBC News employee from taking part in activities that could jeopardize his or her standing as an impartial journalist.

Olbermann missed the Nov. 5 and Nov. 8 broadcasts of "Countdown," which Griffin called an "appropriate punishment," according to the news provider. Olbermann, a liberal political commentator, has received support from several media outlets, including the neoconservative magazine The Weekly Standard.

William Kristol, of The Standard, said that Olbermann hosts an opinion show and has the right to put his money behind what he believes. Kristol suggested that General Electric, the company which owns NBC networks, is trying to appeal to the soon-to-be Republican majority in the House of Representatives by suspending a popular liberal voice.

The Wall Street Journal reports that FOX News doesn't prohibit its hosts of opinion shows from making political contributions. For example, Federal Election Commission records reveal that Sean Hannity donated $5,000 to MichelePAC, the committee of Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.).

Smoking Could Contribute To The Development Of Other Disease Later In Life

Smoking could contribute to the development of other disease later in lifeLeading a healthy lifestyle may be one way for individuals to improve their overall health. In contrast, people who smoke may be increasing their risk to develop disorders such as Alzheimer's disease or dementia, according to a new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

In research conducted at the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital in Finland, scientists analyzed data from more than 21,000 people who had been previously surveyed between 1978 and 1985. The participants were all between 50 and 60 years old.

The development of dementia and Alzheimer's disease was tracked for more than a decade, beginning in 1994 until 2008.

More than 25 percent of the subjects developed dementia during this time, including 1,136 who were diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Approximately 416 of the participants also developed vascular dementia. The diagnosis of these disorders was compared between the smoking and non-smoking individuals.

Researchers indicated that those who had smoked more than two packs each day during their middle-aged years were more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's later in life.

The End of “Olbermania”

With the exception of the occasional troll who bumbles onto our message boards, liberals are few and far between here in the enlightened empire of the Personal Liberty Digest. Therefore, something tells me the number of Bob Livingstonians who bemoaned the indefinite suspension (which NBC has since announced would end today) of MSNBC’s reigning rant-meister Keith Olbermann is lower than the number of transgender census takers working the northwestern Montana survivalist compounds.

As a result, something tells me an NFL-sized crowd is going to object when I say:

MSNBC was wrong to give Keith Olbermann the hook.

To be sure: Olbermann is a supercilious, simpering sleazebag. From his first steps on the national stage as Dan Patrick’s gal Friday on ESPN, to his now-toes-up tenure as the Democrat Party’s high priest of hate on GE’s liberal propaganda outlet, Olbermann has never risen above the minimal standards expected of the shrieking lunatics infesting the mainstream media.

But when did that become a source of concern for MSNBC?

Just days after National Public Radio — the Democrat party’s radio division — gave Juan Williams his walking papers for expressing his opinion, MSNBC announced they were suspending Olbermann indefinitely for donating money to political campaigns in violation of NBC policy. In fact, Olbermann gave the $2,400 maximum to Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) the same day Grijalva appeared as a guest on his Countdown program.

Olbermann evidently failed to report his donations to management, a clear violation of that policy. But Olbermann has been spewing Democrat talking points for seven years; it seems odd that NBC would suddenly decide ethics are important at a network which employs not only a tinfoil hat brigadier like Olbermann, but Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow and Ed Schultz, none of whom possessed journalistic integrity from the start. As for the donations, Olbermann has been the most partisan commentator on cable news for more than half of the last decade. What has the aggregate monetary value of his shameless shilling for liberals been during that period?

To be fair, Olbermann’s financial largesse merely reminded us that he’s a hypocrite. Of course, he’s a liberal commentator, so calling him a hypocrite is like saying the earth is round, or that Joy Behar is an idiot.       

According to the free-market economic principles most sincerely NOT espoused by the journalism school factory seconds on MSNBC, the network has the right to send Olbermann packing for violations of his contract, common sense or even common decency.

But why start now? If NBC’s reasoning is that Olbermann’s high-volume vituperation is detrimental to MSNBC’s flat-lining ratings, then I would counter that Olbermann has been chained to the network’s stern since 2003. On many nights, the entirety of the MSNBC primetime sideshow can’t equal the ratings for a single episode of Olbermann’s nemesis, Bill O’Reilly on Fox News.

If their concern is a lack of credibility, then they should lock all four of their primetime anchors in the clown car and push it down to the Daily Kos parking lot. Matthews’s election night “interview” with Michelle Bachmann was so overtly partisan and hostile that it embarrassed even Maddow.

Maddow recently slandered former Rep. Steve Stockman, falsely claiming he had advance knowledge of the Oklahoma City bombing. When she was caught in the lie, she offered the weakly transparent excuse of “an editing error.” She lied — and her excuse was thinner than the poor guy behind Schultz in the line at the MSNBC commissary. As for Schultz himself; in the run-up to Scott Brown’s victory in January’s Massachusetts Senatorial special election, Schultz offered his take:

“…if I lived in Massachusetts I’d try to vote 10 times…Yeah, that’s right. I’d cheat to keep these bastards out. I would…”

And the powers that be at America’s least-watched cable news network are concerned about their ethics? If the indefinite suspension of Olbermann is an effort by MSNBC to reclaim journalistic integrity, I’d say that they’re national debt-late and Janet Napolitano-short. And now that Olbermann’s science project, the ridiculous Maddow, is the de facto face of the network, the effort to boost MSNBC out of “fat kid at the Olympic trials” position in the news ratings is deader than Olbermann’s career.

MSNBC decided to snuggle up with liberalism’s lunatic fringe long ago. It was their right to terminate their own credibility, just like it’s my right to watch something more compelling — like “Not Without My Daughter IV — Sharia’s Revenge” on Lifetime.

While I — and everyone with an IQ higher than Play-Doh — recognize that Olbermann and his MSNBC mouth-breathers for the intellectual dandruff they are, allow me to make a suggestion: Keep Olbermann on MSNBC. Then change the channel.

What Type is Your Pain?

Pain is no joking matter… but neither is it something to describe vaguely.

If I had to name the first reason that some people experience faster pain relief than others, I would say it’s because of “specifics.” By this I mean how specifically one is able to describe their pain or condition to a practitioner — or to themselves.

Challenges for healthcare practitioners and take-charge pain relief seekers arise when non-specific words are used to describe symptoms of their condition. Specifics are always what are needed to lead one in the right direction for relief or cure. This is derived in part from an extensive physical examination and patient consultation.

Part of this health history and health assessment is based on types of sensations felt in the body, either as constant pain, throbbing or distension, etc. And each of these holds different meaning in our understanding of the problem and formation of a diagnosis.

Thus, general adjectives like “painful” and “hurting” just don’t give enough insight into what you may actually be suffering. And the type of pain points the way to the type of treatment best used to alleviate it.

For faster results, you must come to know your pain by “examining” it. Take some time to “feel” it or “listen” to it or “fully experience” it without a distracted mind. Of course, there are many types and causes of pain and stiffness. To give you a hand, let me describe seven of the most common. I sincerely hope this list will better help you understand your own pain… and thus be better equipped to find a reliable therapy.

Inflammation: This generally occurs around the joints and involves stasis (a slowing or stoppage) of fluids (water retention) or reaction to stimuli (sprain or strain). Inflammation can be caused by heat syndromes, blood count changes and fluid deficiencies.

Swelling:  This generally occurs around the ankles or wrists, but can also occur on the face or any part of the body. Its symptom is stasis, or collection of fluids leading to puffiness. The area may be either hot and reddish or cold and whitish… depending on whether the swelling is due to heat or cold. 

Numbness and Tingling: This is caused by a lack of circulation in the body. It will occur when blood flow is deficient either from an external obstruction, or from some anemic or biological blood deficiency. External causes can be from compressed nerves in the spine, from holding a limb in a fixed position too long or from sleeping on or resting against a limb for an extended period of time.

Heaviness and Stiffness: These are characterized by a dull and nagging sensation in the body. It’s an achy feeling that is made worse by cold and damp weather and when circulation in slow… such as in the morning hours. It mostly affects the joints, neck and back, and is often temporarily relieved by hot showers or baths, where blood is able to circulate better.

Distending and Throbbing Pain: These types of pain are like something is pushing from the inside out. It’s a pressing and exploding pain that tends to beat in tandem with the pulse. It is mostly caused by qi or energy stagnation, wherein energy is moving but going nowhere — except up and down in one location. Thus, you get a fixed pain that throbs and causes distension of an area.

Stabbing Pain: This type of pain is caused either by blood stasis or both qi (energy) and blood stasis (sluggishness). Since blood promotes energy and energy is the motive force behind blood, stabbing pain generally includes problems with both. Think about a muscle spasm in the neck or shoulders that feel worse with pressure.

Dull, Lingering Pain: This type of pain is not so severe, yet it doesn’t seem to go away. Migraine sufferers and sciatica sufferers generally describe a dull pain that lingers after their acute symptoms have subsided. Dull pains tend to become worse with exhaustion and when hunger is present, as the body is weakening and the pain tolerance system is low. Dull pain is caused by a general deficiency of energy and/or blood, such as follows a lingering illness or injury.

I hope these descriptions of pain types and their general causes will be useful the next time you try to understand your own trouble and need to find a product or program to help it, or when attempting to describe your condition as specifically as possible to your health care provider.

So now it’s up to you. For your own sake, no more vague generalities. Leave those to the poets and the artists!

— Dr. Mark Wiley

For Added Nutrition, Cook Your Carrots Whole

To help retain more flavor and possibly more health benefits, researchers from Newcastle University in Great Britain advocate cooking carrots whole rather than chopped in pieces. This method will help lock in nutrients and the natural sugars. Besides vitamins and minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium and vitamins A, B1, B6, C, D, E and K, carrots contain the cancer-fighting nutrient falcarinol.