How Your Daily Activities Aggravate Your Health

People generally describe the signs and symptoms of their pain, illness or health concerns in terms that they think the healthcare provider in front of them wants to hear.

For example, when facing their primary care physician they tell a story about issues related to the body like pain, itching, rashes and/or congestion. When meeting with their psychologist they may describe the same issue in terms of stress, anxiety, worries and how those things are connected. If meeting with a dietician they may try to relate a connection between what they are eating and drinking and the quality and level of their health concerns.

The one thing I always try to impress upon people is that wellness issues like pain, illness and disease cannot be divorced from every aspect of the person. Wellness must be addressed utilizing a systems view of health. In other words, it must be addressed with the understanding that the whole of one’s life is greater than the sum of its parts and that a change in one part affects every other part.

Therefore, limiting the description of a health concern to a small area that is of interest to a particular healthcare practitioner will derive a “management method” aimed at helping that one small area. Yet, when one considers that every aspect of their life affects their health—thoughts, sleep, diet, exercise, stress, habits, etc.—then in no way will addressing one piece change all the pieces responsible for causing the issue.

Everything is important when considering the triggers for ill health and for addressing a method of care, reversal and ultimately prevention.

When speaking to a specialist, many important things that can and do affect the patient’s health in the course of their activities in daily living (ADL) are omitted from the dialogue. The problem with this is that, in order to better understand and treat the patient, the doctor/therapist/chiropractor should know about all of the things one does and feels and thinks is related to their health concern.

We all want fast and effective relief from our body pains and illnesses. The way to go about finding the right approach toward relief—or even a cure—is to identify those things that do or may trigger, relieve or aggravate the pain and illnesses and then communicate these to every healthcare professional sought for treatment.

You may think there is no correlation between feelings of depression and the carpel tunnel you have from typing all day. Yet studies show that chronic body pain can lead to depression. In such a case, the best course of treatment for that depression may not be therapy or psycho-pharma drugs, but physical therapy or bodywork.

You may see a chiropractor or massage therapist and tell them of your excruciating low back pain. Their therapies may offer symptomatic relief. Yet, the problem persists because it may, in fact, be caused by dehydration.

Your work life may find you seated all day and drinking four or five cups of coffee to stay alert and keep working, then enjoying a few drinks at happy hour with co-workers to burn off steam. Both the coffee and alcohol are diuretics causing dehydration, and this may be the cause of the back pain. In such cases only reduction of diuretic beverages and increase in water consumption will relieve and prevent the back pain.

If you are suffering from acute or chronic conditions that affect your activities in daily living (ADL), then it just may be the ADL themselves that are causing the problem. There is no way to know this for sure, or to see how your ADL may play a role in your health and wellness, unless you speak of them to your healthcare provider when describing your symptoms. Some daily activities that are known to cause body pain and health concerns include:

  • Irregular sleeping patterns.
  • Skipping of meals.
  • Sitting for long periods of time.
  • Playing sports without warming up or cooling down.
  • Talking with the phone held between ear and shoulder
  • Repetitive motions of hands (typing, factory work, playing piano).
  • Cracking your own neck and knuckles.
  • Engaging in too much or too little sex.
  • Engaging in too much or too little exercise.
  • Sitting with one leg crossed over another.
  • Not washing fruits and vegetables before consuming them.
  • Having arguments with co-workers or loved ones.
  • Worrying night and day about things you have no control over.

While the above list is brief, it offers insight into some of the most basic things that one does during the course of their daily life that can, may or does in fact cause or aggravate their health conditions. It is therefore important to paint a complete picture of your life when speaking of your health issues.

With this information, your healthcare provider can better determine the best course of treatment… or refer you to another provider who can.

–Dr. Mark Wiley

Firearms Trade Group Carries Messages To Nation’s Capital

Firearms trade group carries messages to nation's capitalA prominent trade association for the firearms industry will launch an educational advertising campaign this week to coincide with its annual "fly-in" event in Washington, DC.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), which was formed 50 years ago, has arranged meetings between business executives and Congressional leaders to address several issues threatening the firearms industry. The NSSF has a membership of more than 6,000 manufacturers, distributors, retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers.

In addition, the group's advertising campaign will highlight the gun industry's influence on the economy. According to the NSSF, more than 183,500 jobs have been created by firearms and ammunition providers, which has an overall economic impact of $27.8 billion per year.

"The economic growth of America's firearms and ammunition industry continues to be a bright spot in our country's still ailing economy," said NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel Lawrence G. Keane. "Our ads will help remind America's lawmakers of this important fact."

During their "fly-in" sessions with legislators, executives will cover a variety of topics, such as maintaining the rights of sportsmen to use traditional ammunition and modernizing the United States' export control system to bolster national security.

Obama Makes His 2012 Bid Official

Obama makes his 2012 bid officialTo no one's surprise, President Barack Obama has announced that he will run for re-election in 2012.

The commander-in-chief revealed his intentions on April 4 via a short video on his website. He also sent out an email message to supporters, saying that it is time "to begin mobilizing for 2012."

Obama's re-election bid was announced earlier than is typical for an incumbent, according to media reports. Considering that the 2012 race is expected to attract a host of Republican challengers, the President's team wanted to make his candidacy official and start fundraising as soon as possible.

FOX News reports that Obama will raise up to $1 billion in campaign funds, which would shatter previous records. In 2008, he accrued approximately $750 million on his way to victory over GOP challenger John McCain (R-Ariz.).

The President's Gallup Poll approval rating is currently 45 percent, according to MSNBC. It is the lowest approval rating of an incumbent at this point in a Presidency since Ronald Reagan, who had a 42 percent rating in April 1983. However, Reagan recovered and earned a second term in the 1984 election.

In contrast, George H.W. Bush had a 79 percent approval rating in April 1991, but he was defeated by Democrat Bill Clinton the following year. 

Pop Goes America

Regular visitors to the Personal Liberty Digest™ have likely noted my tendency to reference popular culture. Although I feel like the day was wasted if I missed an opportunity to use “J-Woww” or “Snooki” in a sentence, many of my fellow Bob Livingstonians waver between head-scratching confusion and outright disgust that such pathetic personas garner even mocking attention.

The truth is: I agree wholeheartedly with those of you who find the mere mention of such soft-underbelly-of-society types as those fine ladies demeaning to Mr. Livingston’s august endeavor; if not absolutely nauseating. Nonetheless, personalities created from whole cloth by MTV (or MSNBC, which carries slightly less prestige) not only exist, they’re enormously popular despite lacking talent, intellect or—in the case of the cast of “The Jersey Shore”—a vocabulary of more than about 50 words.

There’s a lesson in the meteoric rise of such marginal individuals; and it’s a lesson which Americans have failed to grasp despite more than a century of instruction: We like to watch stupid people behaving stupidly, strange people behaving strangely and awful people behaving awfully. The only difference between “The Situation” and P.T. Barnum’s sideshow freaks—as an exemplar—is the immediacy of their availability to us.

Hundreds of channels, thousands of websites and an endless number of media outlets great and small saturate our consciousness with images of the obscene, the horrific… and Rachel Maddow. Against that parade of grotesqueries, real knowledge, real information and issues of real import fade into the background; obfuscated by the sound and fury—none of which signifies much. And I, being of sound mind and body, wholeheartedly encourage the transmission and availability of every last bit of it.

Late last week, the Parents Television Council announced an effort to lay siege to Comcast over NBCUniversal’s production of a pilot entitled “The Playboy Club.” Evidently, this latest shlock includes contractual obligations that the actors included therein agree to appear in even less clothing than one of the fine ladies of “The Jersey Shore.” Although “The Playboy Club” is merely a pilot, and may never be seen outside some studio screening room, the PTC is concerned that should it make to the small screen, it will further damage the intellectual progression of the nation.

It may well do precisely that. But I would posit that “The Playboy Club,” like “The Jersey Shore” before it, the “Jerry Springer Show” before that and their progenitors like Mr. Barnum’s gathering of the gauche are merely as impactful as we allow them to be.

I have always been uncomfortable with the idea of limiting the production of even repulsive forms of entertainment in the name of protecting the fragile minds of our fragile children. My discomfort stems not from some misplaced allegiance to lowbrow entertainment, nor the cheap thrills evinced by watching scantily-clad morons do things people used to have pay to see. While I certainly object to most of the programming described herein, I object more stringently to the idea of anyone elevating themselves to the position of cultural policemen.

As much as I agree with the PTC that “The Playboy Club” is undoubtedly offal, I prefer the idea of allowing those who seek a path of righteous intelligence to find it amidst the endless cacophony of crap which is most of what passes for culture.

An old professor of mine used to wax rhapsodic about the “limitless availability of the accumulated wisdom of the tribe.” It’s out there, hiding in plain sight amongst the sitcoms, the webcast-rantings of Charlie Sheen and the mendacious babble of Ed Schultz. Should people allow their children to watch “The Playboy Club,” or Lawrence O’Donnell, then they deserve no better than the ultimate product of their folly. I have no interest in listening to the complaints of people who employ television as an ersatz nanny, and are subsequently appalled by the upbringing television (or music or film) provides.

Sixty years ago, many Americans shuddered at the thought of Elvis Presley swivel-hipping his way into their homes. The nation survived, as it can now. Consider this: As the bulk of our population sinks into the swamp of stupidity, the cream will rise to the top. For every episode of “The Playboy Club”, every fakeumentary vomited up by Michael Moore, every op-ed spewed by The New York Times, there are inspired and intelligent ideas from Mr. Livingston, Chip Wood, Robert Ringer, John Myers and Dr. Mark Wiley, among others.

Despite rumors to contrary, the revolution will NOT be televised.

Throw Away Those Drugs While Your Memory’s Still Intact

Reports that previously indicated non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) could help with the symptoms of dementia have been proven inaccurate. In fact… these pills could cause you to LOSE your mind!

Patients who use NSAIDs did not have lower rates of cognitive decline or dementia, but actually had a 66 percent higher risk toward developing the memory-robbing condition. The Group Health patients were studied for 12 years.

Based on these results, researchers continue to evaluate the effect of inflammation in the development of Alzheimer’s, and look into alternative early detection methods and improved biomarkers.

Maple Syrup May Be A Healthy Sugar Alternative

Maple syrup may be a healthy sugar alternativePure maple syrup contains double the amount of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds than food scientists previously thought, according to researchers at the University of Rhode Island.

Furthermore, they found that the sweet condiment contains phenolics that are beneficial in the management of type 2 diabetes, a discovery that the authors noted came as a stroke of irony.

"I can guarantee you that few, if any, other natural sweeteners have this antioxidant cocktail of beneficial compounds. It has some of the beneficial compounds that are found in berries, some that are found in tea and some that are found in flaxseed," said lead researcher Navindra Seeram.

Foods with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties have been shown to reduce the risk of several illnesses, including cancer, cardiovascular disease and neurological disorders.

A compound dubbed Quebecol — named for the maple-growing province in Canada — was among the new discoveries. Authors noted that the compound is a byproduct of the sap-boiling process required to make maple syrup.

The researchers said the discovery should not prompt anyone to consume mass quantities of the product, but rather it is meant to inform them that the sweetener is a healthier alternative to high fructose corn syrup-based products.  

Female Student In Illinois Gets Green Light On Tuxedo

Female student in Illinois gets green light on tuxedoAt the behest of civil rights advocates, a female student in Illinois has been granted permission to wear a tuxedo to her high school prom.

Belinda Sanchez, a senior at Proviso East High School, met with Principal Milton Patch last month to discuss her desired attire. According to Sanchez, a lesbian, Patch denied her request and said that he didn't want the prom to become a "sideshow."

Sanchez contacted the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Illinois, which then contacted the school district and said the dress code policy was an example of "gender discrimination." In addition, the group said that Sanchez's freedom to wear a tuxedo is protected by the 1st Amendment's guarantee of free expression.

On March 30, Proviso officials confirmed that Sanchez's request has been granted.

"It's a 1st Amendment right, a free speech right, and that includes her right to send a message through wearing male clothing that she doesn't think women should be restricted to traditional female clothing," said John Knight, director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Project at the ACLU, quoted by The Chicago Tribune.

Last year, officials at a Mississippi school district agreed to pay more than $116,000 in legal damages after denying Constance McMillan's request to wear a tuxedo to prom and attend the event with her girlfriend. The district also agreed to adopt a new policy that prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation. 

When Will The People Of Walmart Wake Up To Inflation?

Serious price inflation will come this summer.

Although I have warned readers for some time that hyperinflation is coming, this is not me saying it, but Walmart CEO Bill Simon. Last week he told USA Today that inflation is “going to be serious” in the coming months.

“We’re seeing cost increases starting to come through at a pretty rapid rate,” he said.

Of course, back in October 2010, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke promised that inflation was his goal. “For the first time in many decades, [the Fed] had to take seriously the possibility that inflation can be too low as well as too high,” he said.

“Every single retailer has and is paying more for the items they sell, and retailers will be passing some of these costs along,” John Long, retail strategist at Kurt Salmon told USA Today. Along with steep increases in raw material costs, labor costs in China and fuel costs for transportation are weighing heavily on retailers, he said.

The National Inflation Association reported in February that commodity prices have risen significantly since the fall. Wheat is up 52 percent, cotton is up 177 percent, corn is up 72 percent, soybeans are up 49 percent, coffee is up 86 percent, orange juice is up 37 percent and sugar is up 86 percent—all since Oct. 30, 2010. The price of oil is at a 30-month high—the highest price ever in the month of March.  Gas prices have doubled since President Barack Obama took office.

Higher fuel prices only compound the inflation problem. Factor in the result of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the subsequent radiological contamination of food around the globe and you can see we are in Red Alert territory as far as inflation is concerned.

The elites and Keynesians love inflation because it allows the government to steal the wealth of its subjects without the subjects realizing it. As Alan Greenspan said a 1966 essay, inflation is a “scheme for the hidden confiscation of wealth.”

As Peter Schiff wrote in his book, Crash Proof, inflation makes the national debt more manageable because it can be repaid in cheaper dollars, it allows for easier financing of social programs without raising taxes, can be confused with economic growth and causes nominal asset prices to rise (like stocks and real estate) which creates the illusion of wealth creation.

But rising prices makes it more difficult for people to buy the products they need and want.

Conversely, the elites and Keynesians don’t like lower prices, which they mistakenly—or nefariously—term deflation. But falling prices is not deflation. Just as inflation is an increase in the money supply, deflation is a decrease in the money supply. A decrease in the money supply makes the green slips of paper the public holds more valuable. Deflation benefits the saver and hurts the borrower.

Keynesians make the fallacious argument that when prices are falling, consumers will not buy because they will instead wait for the prices to fall further. Of course, that has not happened in the case of personal computers, flat screen televisions and other electronics that have seen prices fall as more competitors enter the market with comparable—or superior—products.

As I wrote in U.S. Exporting Runaway Inflation Across The Entire World With Its Reckless Money Printing, the unrest in the Middle East began as riots over the high cost and shortage of food.

The United States has thus far avoided such riots by paying off the masses. How so, you ask? More than 44 million Americans are now on food stamps. That’s 14 percent of the U.S. population. Unemployment benefits last for 99 weeks. These factors have prevented American streets from looking like the streets in Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Iran, Syria and Libya.

In Wisconsin, the government cut back on its gifts to the public employee unions and riots ensued. In Ohio, the same thing happened.

People don’t like to have things taken away, though they have allowed the government to steal their wealth for 100 years. It seems they’re becoming tired of it. Many of them just aren’t yet sure where to vent their anger.

Those protesting in Wisconsin and Ohio are venting at their governors and legislators, claiming they just want to break the unions. But States, unlike the Federal government, must balance their budgets. So cuts have to be made somewhere. States can’t unleash another round of quantitative easing (money printing) as the Fed can.

Unfortunately, the people who shop at Walmart are too busy watching “American Idol” and gossiping about Charlie Sheen through their Twitter accounts to understand what’s happening. They will see higher prices and they’ll blame the nameless and faceless “they,” sure that the store manager or his boss or his boss is responsible. But most, if not all, will not know what’s happening until it is too late for them. They are headed for rough times.

If the Federal government had to live within its means, many so-called entitlements would have to go away. But the government is a Ponzi scheme. Bernie Madoff was sent to jail forever for his Ponzi scheme, which pales in comparison to the Feds’.

But it doesn’t. When it needs money, the Fed prints more and distributes it to Wall Street and the banksters who get to use it first, before it’s diluted. The rest of us get it later, when it’s worth less—or worthless.

To understand, imagine a glass of milk. The Fed, Wall Street and the banksters get to drink the fresh milk. Then imagine pouring water into the milk. We get to drink after more and more water is poured into the milk, after it is more water than milk.

For those millions on Social Security and other entitlement programs, the money won’t go away. But the dollars you get from them will not buy a loaf of bread. Your checks will remain the same while it takes wheelbarrow loads of cash just to buy bread, as it did in Weimar Germany in the early 1920s.

That’s why we have encouraged you to buy silver and gold. If you have silver and gold in your possession you will still be able to buy food and necessities while others paper their walls with their worthless dollar bills.

And it is time, and almost past time, to store food and water. They will only get more expensive from here.

There is still time buy gold and silver. As the Fed destroys the dollar, you will look back at how cheap gold and silver are now.

How long do we have? It appears to me that we are very close to economic and social collapse. But times can yet wobble along for months or even a few years. It is a certainty that it will get visibly worse in many ways, especially now that the endgame is here.

Unemployment Rate Continues To Fall

Unemployment rate continues to fallThe United States economy gained 216,000 jobs in March, pushing the national unemployment rate to its lowest level in two years.

On April 1, the Labor Department reported that the jobless rate fell to 8.8 percent in March, which means that the figure has dropped a full percentage point in the last four months. It is the largest improvement in a four-month period since 1984, CNN reported.

Approximately 68 percent of industries have added jobs so far in 2011, the first year Republicans have controlled a Congressional chamber since 2006.

"The unemployment rate has broken through the sound barrier and is continuing to decline," Sung Won Sohn, economics professor at Cal State-Channel Islands, told the media outlet. "The recovery in employment is here to stay."

In Maine, Republican lawmakers have proposed new legislation in an effort to encourage employers to hire more young workers. According to The Huffington Post, the state's House of Representatives has introduced legislation that would lower the minimum wage for new employees under the age of 20 to $5.25 per hour. In addition, it would eliminate the maximum number of hours 16- and 17-year olds can work on a school day, and allow minors under 16 to work up to four hours on a school day.

The state Senate is considering a measure that would allow 16- and 17-year olds to work until 11 p.m. on school nights, which would add an hour to the current law. Furthermore, teens would be able to work 24 hours per week, four more than the current mandate, the news source reported.

Obama Aide: GOP Budget Would Kill 70,000 Kids

Obama aide: GOP budget would kill 70,000 kidsNothing gets people talking like the fear of dead babies, and that appears to be the goal of President Barack Obama's administration heading into a showdown over Federal spending.

According to media reports, Rajiv Shah, the administrator of the Agency for International Development, recently claimed that the GOP's budget proposal for the remainder of 2011 would lead to the deaths of at least 70,000 children. While addressing a House Appropriations subcommittee on March 30, Shah said that the House Republicans' continuing resolution, which cuts $61 billion from the Federal budget, would devastate international programs that aid sick children.

He estimated that at least 30,000 would die from a lack of malaria control programs, 40,000 from a shortage of immunizations and 16,000 from a lack of skilled attendants at birth. The GOP's budget, which was approved by the House last month, would slash 16 percent from Obama's request for international relief. Shah claimed that these cuts would put about 800,000 Darfurians at risk for disease, famine and further oppression.

Republicans have accused the Obama administration of employing scare tactics in an attempt to gain support for its overabundant spending proposal. Representative Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.) told FOX News that Republicans will not debate "what might happen based on speculation and hype."

"Nearly every administration witness appearing before the Appropriations Committee has put forward nightmare scenarios and dire numbers to argue why we should not be reducing spending in any program," Lewis told the media outlet.

If lawmakers do not pass a continuing budget by April 8, the Federal government will be forced to shut down.

Growing A Backyard Organic Garden Is Good For Your Health

One of the best ways to get organic fruits and vegetables is to grow your own backyard garden. It becomes a very personal and sometimes even a spiritual experience.

One of the best ways to stay healthy year round is to eat in the season there of. This simply means that when certain foods are in season, you eat as much of them as you can and preserve the excess by canning, dehydrating and freezing.

Have you ever noticed that you crave seasonal fruits and vegetables? That is because our bodies need the nutrients that we get from the different foods that are grown in those seasons.

If you don’t grow a garden you can shop the local farmers markets and purchase the most organic foods you can find. This is the best way to avoid sprays, chemicals, pesticides, additives and preservatives and you will be able to save money on your food bill each month. Locally grown produce is better for you because it hasn’t been picked while still green and shipped thousands of miles to get to your local supermarket.

Even if you live in the city you can take advantage of the farmers markets and other organic produce when it is in season.  Most farmers sell off their abundant harvest at bulk rates. You can bottle or put up the excess food. This will ensure that you will have seasonal foods rear round. This is much more nutritious and it will keep you out of the grocery store and help you avoid impulse buying.

During and after World War II, the concept of the Victory Garden was introduced to the nation.  Individual backyard gardeners and farmers produced the same amount of food as did the entire commercial farming industry. It was a great success, and every family that participated felt a sense of accomplishment by doing it.

The economic crisis of 2011 is demanding the return of the backyard gardens as a way to ensure that each and every family is self-sufficient in hard economic times. Saving your own seeds from your personal harvest is a way to lower your cost of living. Eating the food that you have grown is the best nutrition that you can get. (Source: Heirloom-organics.com, Victory Gardens of WW II)

Getting Started Growing A Garden

  1. First you prepare a plot of flat ground that gets full sun during the day. Figure out how much growing space you have. Turn the soil over with a shovel and add compost or other organic material. Till it with a hand or motorized tiller to mix it up. Rake it to level it out.
  2. Plan out the garden plots and plant accordingly. A garden planned in advance will save you a lot of headaches in the future. Lettuce can be grown in tight quarters, but tomatoes need to be spaced about 2 feet apart. Growing and spacing requirements are provided on seed packets, in catalogs, and on nursery tags.
  3. You can grow vegetables in containers or in pots on a patio or porch. Lettuce is a great pot plant. Certain varieties of tomatoes will grow well in a hanging basket. Plants that climb and have vines, such as cucumbers and pole beans, can be trained up a metal fence, chain link or a trellis to take up less room.
  4. Grow the vegetables you enjoy eating. Some examples of vegetables to plant are beans, peas, tomatoes, sweet corn, onions, carrots, broccoli, potatoes, zucchini squash, cucumbers, radishes, lettuce, spinach, melons and strawberries.
  5. If you are a beginner, you can purchase books on growing vegetables and gardening. Don’t be afraid to try growing something.
  6. Herbs such as parsley, thyme, basil, chives and oregano, and any other herbs you like to cook with, can be planted between flower beds.
  7. There are two planting seasons. Cool weather, as in the spring, and hot weather, as in the summer and early fall. The most common cool season crops include beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, lettuce, onions, peas, potatoes, radishes, spinach and turnips. Warm season crops include beans, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, melons, peppers, pumpkins, zucchini and other squash and tomatoes.
  8. Starting your own seedlings in the spring and transplanting them in the summer is the least expensive way to get plants. However, you can purchase seedlings that are already started at any nursery.
  9. If you are going to purchase plants from a nursery, then these are the best ones to get: eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. These plants tend to do better when started in a greenhouse and transplanted in the garden later.
  10. The following seeds are best started right in the ground. Beans, beets, carrots, chard, corn, cucumbers, lettuce, melons, peas, pumpkins, zucchini and other squash and turnips.
  11. Squash and cucumbers are two of the ones that you can plant as either seeds or seedlings. I have had better results with them by planting the seeds right in the ground. It seems that the plants go into shock and take as long to grow as the seeds do.
  12. Seed packets do have a shelf life. Look for the seeds that have been packed for the current year.
  13. Purchase seedlings when your soil is ready to plant. Keep them watered and don’t let them sit around for more than a few days. Buy healthy-looking seedlings. They should stand up straight and be stocky, with green and not yellow leaves or any bug damage.

Sowing vegetable seedsChoose The Best Garden Seeds

Non-hybrid seeds: The best seeds to purchase are the Heirloom open-pollinated type or non-hybrid. Saving seeds is only possible with open-pollinated seeds. These seeds are also called Heritage seeds. These are the best kind of seeds to buy. You can save the seeds from year to year and dry them out, then plant them the next season and they will grow the exact same fruit, vegetable, or grain. Open-pollinated varieties display certain horticultural traits, such as: fruit color, leaf shape, flower color, etc. This means they are stable within the variety and seeds saved from these plants will be the same as the parent plant in subsequent plantings. The variety will not be cross-pollinated with any other plants of species.

Hybrid seeds: These seeds have been genetically modified to only produce one crop that is true to form. The following generations of plants cannot be counted on to produce the same variety. The hybrid is definitely cross-pollinated with another similar species that might have a different trait. The offspring will be genetically different than the parent plant. The scientists that cross-pollinate these plants are trying to come up with a better, more hardy plant, however the seeds can only be used once and that could possibly create a shortage of seeds. If you save the seed and plant them the next season, you might get some strange fruit that you don’t recognize. Most seeds purchased from a nursery or store is the hybrid type. If you are stocking up on these seeds, you will need to purchase them every year.

The Advantages Of Stockpiling Non-Hybrid Garden Seeds

Better Nutrition: Seed varieties are being bred for many reasons, but typically for disease and pest resistance, their look, transportability and other commercial reasons. Nutritional content is not one of the reasons, but profit is. When you grow open pollinated (non-hybrid) varieties you are growing original strains with much higher nutritional content than varieties that have been bred for color, storability, portability, etc. Growing your own garden ensures that the food you produce is much more nutritious than commercially-grown produce. When food is grown in Mexico or other countries, we do not have any control over how it is grown, what chemicals are used, what fertilizers and minerals are—or are not—in the soil. We also cannot control whether or how much radiation is used to kill the bacteria. The food
is picked before it has ripened and it is shipped hundreds, even thousands of miles before we purchase it. The plants are sprayed to keep them from ripening too fast in transit, then sprayed again to get them to ripen. Have you ever noticed that the vegetables in the grocery store taste blander rather than rich in flavor like their home grown cousins?

Variety: We can participate in saving many original varieties of seeds. Once the food supply has been genetically altered to the point that there are no more original strains of vegetables left, we will be at the mercy of the genetically altered seed companies like Monsanto. This won’t happen with non-hybrid seeds because we can save many varieties of our own seeds from year to year and we will be in control of these seeds.

Self-sufficiency: In hard times, recessions and depressions, FOOD IS SECURITY. You will be able to take care of your family and even friends if you have the skills to grow food. You will have better health because you will be ensured the highest nutrition available. You can save foods like potatoes, carrots, onions, apples and squash in a cool, dry garage and they will keep all winter as long as it doesn’t freeze.

Shortages of food: If food supplies are challenged and the food cannot be trucked for thousands of miles, home gardening is a way to ensure that your family will have the food to sustain them in a crisis. It can also be looked at as food insurance. The economic crisis facing the United States and the world right now is causing the price of fresh produce to go up. When an economic downturn drives inflation up, the cost of real goods, like groceries, skyrockets. It becomes unmanageable very quickly, with items like a loaf of bread costing 10 times more than normal. It sounds unbelievable but this has actually happened many times throughout history.  I have heard a prediction for years that when times get tough and our economy fails, it will take a wheelbarrow full of money to buy one loaf of bread.

Trade or barter: For a self-sufficient person to be truly prepared he must have plenty of non-hybrid seeds available for personal use, storage and bartering. Seeds are an excellent alternative investment to paper money, as well as gold and silver. You can’t eat money or precious metals, which means food is the best investment. Growing your own food is a skill that is invaluable. Organic open-pollinated seeds must be in the hands of the organic backyard farmers. There is a huge movement sweeping the country right now. The small organic farmers are banding together to collect, save, sell or trade their seeds. It is called seed exchange. This movement is preserving the hundreds of heirloom seeds so they are not genetically altered or cross pollinated and lost.

Emergency Food Storage and Survival HandbookPeggy Layton is the author of seven books on the subject of food storage and preparedness. She and her husband grow a backyard garden every year and live off the land during the growing season.

Peggy bottles and dehydrates excess produce. Peggy and her husband keep winter vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, squash, onions and apples in a root cellar that they built. During the winter, when produce is less plentiful, they grow food in their year-round growing dome greenhouse, and they gather fresh eggs daily from their chickens. Provident living is a way of life in their home.

To purchase a variety of heirloom garden seeds that can be grown from year-to-year with seeds that can be saved, go to my website, www.peggylayton.com, and click on the “Garden Seeds Non-Hybrid” link on the left sidebar.

I have been testing out emergency food storage meals that have a 15-year shelf life. These meals are packaged in Mylar® pouches, serve four people and are ready to just add water and cook. I find them delicious, convenient, and easy. For more information or to order go to www.peggylayton.efoodsglobal.com.

–Peggy Layton

How can someone on a fixed income stockpile food and supplies?

Dear Bob,
I thank God and you for the opportunity to learn many of the things you have notified us of, but most of the solutions involve investing money or buying "something."

With those of us who are low income, who probably could not even afford to pay for your [Personal Liberty Digest™] newsletter, if there were a charge (thank you, there is not). I mean it seems that we low income or "poor" people (I am on disability, not much of an income!) we have no chance of survival. Can you comment on this?!?!?

Rich

Dear Rich,

Yes, living on a fixed income is difficult. I do not know your situation, however, I believe if you think outside the box a bit you might find you have more resources than you suspect. To increase your stockpile of food you could frequent a “scratch and dent” store. In fact, you can shop there for all your canned and boxed goods and save yourself some money.

Perhaps there is something you could find to do to augment your income. The Internet opens up all sorts of opportunities for people who want to work at home: proofreading, typing, etc.

With any savings or extra income you accumulate you can purchase silver bit by bit. A silver dollar is currently selling for about $38. Many—myself included—expect the price to more than double in the coming months and it will be invaluable once hyperinflation kicks in later this decade.

Best Wishes,
Bob

Safe Shelter Provides Best Protection Against Tornadoes

Safe shelter provides best protection against tornadoesA suspected tornado has injured seven people and temporarily trapped a handful of residents in Florida.

Gusts reached up to 90 miles per hour on April 1 in Tampa, according to ABC News. Although no major injuries were reported, the incident served as a reminder that tornado season is in full swing. Around this time each year, many Americans take precautions to ensure self-survival in the event of a twister.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reports that tornadoes can strike quickly and with little warning. Although they can form at any time, they are most likely to occur between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.

During a tornado, FEMA advises that people should ideally have a pre-designated shelter area, such as a basement or storm cellar. However, if homeowners do not have access to these locations, the agency said that the center of an interior room, such as a closet, on the lowest building level is the safest place to be.

If an individual is in a vehicle, trailer or mobile home, he or she should get out immediately and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building or storm shelter, FEMA suggests. Cars and mobile homes can be displaced and severely damaged by tornadoes.

If a person is outside when a tornado hits and has no access to safe shelter, FEMA says that lying flat in nearby ditch or depression is the best bet to avoid being struck by debris. However, one should be aware of the potential for flooding. 

Stink Bugs Making Their Way Across The U.S.

Stink Bugs Making Their Way Across The U.S.They bite, they eat your plants, they invade your homes and they emit a horrible smell when crushed or smashed—and they’re showing up all across the United States. They’re the brown marmorated stink bug, and they’ve been reported in 33 states already this year, according to news reports.

The bugs came to the U.S. from China, Japan and Korea and began showing up in 1998 in Pennsylvania. Since then they’ve been spotted in all across the country, except for the Rockies and Plains States, and most recently they’ve made their way into Washington, Arizona, Georgia, Vermont, Wisconsin Minnesota and Michigan.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the brown marmorated stink bug feeds on a variety of plants, including fruit trees, ornamentals and some crops. But the real problems come when they find their way into homes, which they do by flattening themselves out and squeezing under doors and windows or by hitchhiking on clothing and bags.

"I would say people now regard them as an out-of-control pest,” Kime Hoelmer, a research entomologist at the USDA in Newark, Del., told USA Today.

Experts say that if they find their way into your home the best way to get rid of them is to pick them up in a tissue and flush them down the toilet. If found inside in large numbers, experts say a vacuum cleaner is the best method to remove them from the house, but the vacuum bag should be disposed of immediately to reduce the chance of the smell getting into the vacuum cleaner.

The bugs are susceptible to poisons, but when poisons are put out the bugs just avoid the area until conditions improve enough for them to return, according to entomologists.

Arizona Republicans In Favor Of Removing Inscriptions From 9/11 Memorial

Arizona Republicans in favor of removing inscriptions from 9/11 memorialA State Senate committee in Arizona has advanced a bill that calls for the removal of inscription panels from a Sept. 11 memorial.

The legislation, if approved, would eliminate 11 inscriptions from a steel visor that partially circles the memorial located near Arizona's State Capitol, according to The Associated Press. Among the messages in question are panels that read "foreign-born Americans afraid," "Must bomb back" and "you don't win battles of terrorism with more battles."

On March 29, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted 8-4 to send the measure to the full Senate. The panel voted along party lines as Republicans supported the bill.

"This is a memorial. This is like a gravestone. It shouldn't have controversy," said State Representative John Kavanagh (R-Fountain Hills), quoted by the news source. "It divides us and it needs to be put to an end."

The memorial was dedicated in 2006, on the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks. In 2008, the House passed legislation to remove all of the inscriptions and replace them with a timeline of events that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001. It failed in the Senate.

According to the Yuma Sun, State Senator Al Melvin (R-Tucson), said that controversial inscriptions take away from the purpose of the memorial, adding that it should contain only "patriotic, pro-American words."
 

Food Scientists Discover New Source Of Beneficial Fatty Acids

Food scientists discover new source of beneficial fatty acidsRats that ate a diet supplemented with oil extracted from the seeds of the Sterculia foetida tree not only lost belly fat but exhibited a decreased chance of developing diabetes, according to researchers at the University of Missouri. 

The team of scientists believes that the healthy fatty acids found in the sterculic oil were responsible for the benefits as they appear to prevent insulin resistance, and may lead to less abdominal fat in addition to promoting normal blood sugar levels.

"This research paves the way for potential use in humans," said lead author James Perfield. "Reducing belly fat is a key to reducing the incidence of serious disease, and this oil could have a future as a nutritional supplement."

For the purposes of this study, researchers administered amounts of sterculic oil that would be equivalent to a 250-pound individual taking a 3-gram dose.

They noted that while the oil shares many characteristics with fats that people already consume regularly, further testing is needed to examine its effects on humans before it can be considered a safe supplement.  

Six Senators Smear Rand Paul

If you live in Florida, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania or Rhode Island there is something I hope you will do. Call or write your Senator and ask him or her why he/she helped launch a vicious anti-Semitic smear of the new junior Senator from Kentucky, Rand Paul.

This is not an April fool’s joke. I wish it were. Here is what happened:

In February, the six Senators I’m talking about—Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Robert Casey (D-Penn.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)—sent an open letter to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers lambasting Paul for daring to suggest that the United States “halt all foreign aid, including its financial aid, to Israel.” The Senators were shocked, shocked I tell you, that the freshman Senator would have the unmitigated gall to suggest such a thing.

You will probably not be surprised to learn that the Senators’ letter was a massive distortion of what Paul actually said. Nor should you be surprised to learn that the mainstream media quoted their scolding with undisguised glee. And of course, totally ignored the truth of what the libertarian Senator actually said. So let me give it to you straight.

First, did Paul advocate cutting off foreign aid to Israel? Absolutely! From the very first moment he began campaigning for a seat in the U.S. Senate, he said that he would work to halt all foreign aid to everyone. Paul never singled out Israel, as the anti-anti-Semites in the Senate pretend. He believes that it is almost insane for this country to borrow money from China so we can give it away to half of the world—and in many cases to countries that use our aid to suppress their own population and/or kill their neighbors.

In his actual statement, which the mainstream media pretend does not exist, Paul pointed out that the U.S. sends four times more aid to Israel’s enemies than we do to that poor beleaguered country.

Well, strike “poor” from the above sentence. Israel has become such a technological and agricultural phenomenon that its citizens enjoy one of the highest per capita incomes in the world. Sure, some of the oil-rich countries have more wealth. But almost all of their money is concentrated in the hands of a few ruling sheiks and their families. The average male in most Muslim countries lives in abject poverty, no matter how many billions his rulers have. And the average female is even worse off.

Israel, on the other hand, is one of the most egalitarian countries in the world. Even the Muslims who live there enjoy more rights than in any of the Arab states that surround Israel.

This whole brouhaha began on Jan. 26, when CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked Paul whether he believed the United States should “end all foreign aid, including foreign aid to Israel.” You will not be surprised to learn that Paul gave an immediate and emphatic yes.

He then continued, “When you send foreign aid, you actually send quite a bit to Israel’s enemies. Islamic nations around Israel get quite a bit of foreign aid, too. So really, you have to ask yourself, are we funding an arms race on both sides?”

Paul went on to declare that he has “a lot of sympathy and respect for Israel, as a democratic nation, as a fountain of peace and a fountain of democracy within the Middle East. But at the same time, I don’t [believe in] funding both sides of the arms race, particularly when we have to borrow money from China to send it to someone else. We just can’t do it anymore.”

Can anyone with enough sense to come in out of the rain disagree with anything in that statement?

As it turns out, many Israelis are on Paul’s side in this debate. Yuval Levin of the Jerusalem-based Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies is the author of a study called American Aid to the Middle East. In it he says that American aid to Israel is “a tragedy of good intentions.”

He goes on to explain, “Analysis of the economic consequences of aid must conclude that aid slows growth, stifles economic activity, encourages inefficiency and keeps alive Israel’s socialist system. It is profoundly counterproductive for the Jewish state.”

I suspect a lot of Israelis agree with Levin. And let me mention another issue that is almost never addressed in the U.S. media but is of deep and abiding concern to many citizens in Israel. That is the economic and political blackmail their leaders must pay whenever U.S. leaders decide to throw their weight around.

There is a “mentality of dependence” in Israel many Jews detest. Their leaders are too subservient to the United States, even when U.S. policy is harmful to their country.

Need proof? Our government forced Israel to accept the creation of the Palestinian Authority, which immediately became the captive of terrorists from Hamas and Fatah. But not only did we force them to accept it, we also demanded they stand meekly by while we used foreign aid to arm its members.

Abu Yousef, a senior official of the Palestine Authority and an admitted terrorist, once boasted, “I do not think the operations of the Palestine resistance would have been so successful and would have killed more than 1,000 Israelis since 2000 and defeated Israel in Gaza” without such assistance from America.

That’s sure something to be proud of, isn’t it? Our aid helped terrorists kill 1,000 Israelis. And yet six U.S. Senators try to smear Paul for trying to call a halt to such madness.

I know many of my conservative colleagues disagree with me on this. Gary Bauer, a Washington analyst and activist I’ve admired for a long time, has staunchly defended American aid to Israel. In his daily blog, he argued, “The U.S. gives billions of dollars a year to foreign countries that hate us and regularly vote against us at the United Nations. But Israel votes with the U.S. 97% of the time. They are a loyal ally that shares our values. The aid they receive is used to buy military equipment from U.S. companies, so the money comes back to us.”

That may all be true. But so what? If all foreign aid to the Middle East were stopped, wouldn’t Israel be a lot better off? And besides, knowing how fanatical many Jews in the U.S. are about supporting Israel, don’t you think that their private contributions would more than make up for any loss of official government aid?

As my friend Doug Casey puts it, most of the time foreign aid means taking money from poor people in this country who really need it and giving it to rich people in other countries, who merely steal it.

I say, stop it all. If you agree, tell your Senators and Representative. Let’s end the madness this year.

Until next time, keep some powder dry.

–Chip Wood

John Cleese And The Terror Threat Level Of Nations

*The British response to terrorist threats. Many thanks to my favorite funny Englishman, John Cleese, for the following:

The English are concerned about the recent increase in terrorist activities, and have therefore raised their security level from “miffed” to “peeved.” If the threats continue to grow, the security levels may be raised to “irritated” or even “a bit cross.” (The English have not seen “a bit cross” since the blitz in 1940, when tea supplies nearly ran out.)

Terrorists have been recategorized from “tiresome” to “a bloody nuisance.” The last time Britain issued “a bloody nuisance” warning was in 1588, when Spain launched the Spanish Armada.

The Scots have raised their threat level from “pis*ed off” to “let’s go get the bas*ards.” They don’t have any other levels—which is why they have been placed on the front lines of the British Army for the last 300 years.

The French government announced that it has raised its terror alert from “run” to “hide.” The only two higher levels in France are “collaborate” and “surrender.”

Meanwhile, the Spanish are excited to see that their new submarines are ready to deploy.  These beautiful new vessels have glass bottoms, so the Spanish sailors can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.

Down under, Australia has raised its security level from “no worries, mate” to “she’ll be all right.” The next escalation would be “we may need to cancel the barbie this weekend.” The final level is “Crikey! The barbie is cancelled.” Australia has never faced a crisis so severe that it merited this highest level.

Thank you to John Cleese, British writer, actor and very tall person with a funny walk, for today’s laugh.

–Chip Wood

The U.S. Government Wants To Take You Down With It

Have you ever wondered why the State of the Union speech involves so much pomp and posing?

You don’t have to be an astute political analyst to realize the whole charade is propaganda designed to make people feel good about the government. But why bother?

Why risk embarrassing yourself on Jon Stewart’s "Daily Show" program by saying something stupid… or something that’s exactly the opposite of what you promised last year?

For example, in 2009, President Barack Obama said, "Done right, earmarks have given legislators the opportunity to direct Federal money to worthy projects that benefit people in their districts and that’s why I’ve opposed their outright elimination."

But this year, the same President, standing in the very same room, talking to essentially the same audience, said exactly the opposite. He was grandstanding to the new political mood and scolded the assembled lawmakers. He issued a "warning" that he would veto any bill that contained so much as a single earmark.

What a phony. What a liar. Why go on national TV and prove it? 

If Obama doesn’t want to, who’s going to force him? His government is the world’s only superpower, with troops in more than 100 countries. It listens to every phone call that’s dialed. It reads every email that’s sent. It watches every road. It looks at every financial transaction.

Our government is so powerful it can borrow 40 cents of every dollar it spends while demanding the rest of the world use its paper money. Its own courts are afraid of ruling against it, to the point of ignoring the plain language of its own Constitution.

So… why bother with this charade?

The most important element to a stable society is the idea (the lie, mostly) that the government is legitimate. Government is violence and coercion. Government is force. And for that force to be tolerated by millions, it must appear to be legitimate.

Any information or argument that the government is corrupt or inept is dangerous because it threatens its legitimacy. That’s why there’s such a tremendous fight over the obvious corruption between state employee unions and elected officials. That’s why no one wants to explain to the American people that our Federal government is bankrupt. We’re printing money because it’s better to steal from our creditors than admit our government is inept.

And that’s why the State of the Union is such a spectacle. See The State in all its glory…

But remember this: Our State, as powerful as it is, relies on an assumption that’s made collectively by millions of Americans.

We must believe the people we saw on TV listening to the President are fundamentally good and honest people. We must never come to doubt the character of those people or the process they used to gain power.

If that happens, our State, even though it’s the most powerful in the world, could quickly collapse. It is nothing without the consent of the governed. And our consent depends entirely on its legitimacy.

I believe our government is in imminent danger of losing its legitimacy. Why?

Our Federal government is bankrupt and threatening to bankrupt several generations of Americans. At some point—one that is rapidly approaching—Americans will repudiate these debts and the legitimacy of the government that incurred them.

Unaffordable foreign debts and the obvious perfidy of "quantitative easing" will soon render our currency worthless. It is a shame upon the honor of our country that we would even consider using the printing press to finance our debts… It is a high crime that we have done so. The world will long remember the way we have treated our creditors.

Over the last 50 years, the government became a socialist tool. It steals assets from responsible, hard-working citizens and distributes them to others, mainly on the basis of political patronage. At some point, these policies become self-destructive. So many people end up on the dole; the government has no way to finance their needs. We have reached that point. Today, more than half of all voters pay zero Federal income taxes.

Our aggressive foreign policy has created billions of enemies overseas while propping up regimes that would disgust most Americans—like the Saudis.

Most critically… our government is for sale. As the price of influence in Washington continues to escalate, it will become impossible to deny the patently obvious truth: Government policy is awarded to the highest bidder and our "free" elections are essentially rigged by the massive sums spent on advertising for candidates.

While I look forward to the day my fellow citizens begin to see their government as it really is, I also fear that day… for it will surely mark the beginning of an "interesting" moment in history.

The leadership of the United States is pretending this day of reckoning will never occur… that Ben Bernanke can successfully paper over these debts along with however many trillions of additional dollars are necessary. This is the absolute height of ignorance. The destruction of our currency and our country’s standing in the world’s economy is certain.

We are already at the point where our government’s debt cannot be financed at any legitimate rate of interest… and yet our leaders show zero interest in doing anything to prevent this unmitigated financial disaster.

As many of you know, I’ve produced a video about these real problems and my suggestions for dealing with them. If you haven’t watched it yet, I strongly encourage you to do so.

Regards,

Porter Stansberry

–Porter Stansberry

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Nitric Oxide Therapies May Promote Vascular Health

Nitric oxide therapies may promote vascular healthWhile it's long been known that diets rich in leafy greens may lead to better health, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have explained what exactly the nitric oxide (NO) contained within the vegetables does for the body.

The team of scientists found that NO has the ability to maintain healthy, flexible vascular smooth muscle cells, which helps improve blood flow. They noted that problems with the vascular system have often been linked to a deficiency in the molecule.

In a rat study, the researchers discovered that when a vessel is damaged, the usual pathway for NO synthesis is shut down. However, the body responds by activating a secondary avenue for NO generation, suggesting that the molecule is integral to vessel repair.

Moreover, it was observed that rats with vascular damage that were supplemented with NO experienced fewer complications than rodents that were deprived of the compound.

Researchers from Stanford University warned that oversupplementation of NO may lead to the formation of carcinogenic molecules, so individuals should stick to vegetables like kale and collard greens.