Striving-For-7 Lowers Heart Attack Risk

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, (UPI) —  A diet high in total antioxidants — from fruit and vegetables — is associated with lower risk of myocardial infarction in women, researchers in Sweden say.

Lead investigator Alicja Wolk of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, tracked 32,561 Swedish women ages 49-83 from September 1997 through December 2007.

The women completed a food-frequency questionnaire in which they were asked how often, on average, they consumed each type of food or beverage during the last year.

The investigators calculated estimates of total antioxidant capacity from a database that measures the oxygen radical absorption capacity of the most common foods in the United States because no equivalent database of Swedish foods exists, Wolk said.

The women were categorized into five groups of total antioxidant capacity of diet.

“Our study was the first to look at the effect of all dietary antioxidants in relation to myocardial infarction,” Wolk said in a statement. “Total antioxidant capacity measures in a single value all antioxidants present in diet and the synergistic effects between them.”

The study, published in The American Journal of Medicine, found with the highest total antioxidant capacity had a 20 percent lower risk, and they consumed almost seven servings per day of fruit and vegetables, which was nearly three times more than the women with the least antioxidant capacity, who on average consumed 2.4 servings.

Dog Treat Recalled Due To Salmonella Risk

DENVER, (UPI) —  A Denver company says it is voluntarily recalling its dog treat Boots & Barkley 5-inch American Beef Bully Sticks, due to Salmonella risk.

“Salmonella can sicken animals that eat these products and humans are at risk for salmonella poisoning from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the pet products or any surfaces exposed to these products,” officials of Kasel Associated Industries in Denver said in a statement.

“Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. In rare cases, Salmonella could result in arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms.”

Pets with Salmonella might be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting, but some pets would have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain, company officials said.

“Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans,” Kasel officials said. “If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has any of these signs, please contact your veterinarian.”

The product sold nationwide in Target retail stores from April through September came in a clear plastic bag containing six bully sticks marked with bar code number 647263899189. Kasel Industries with the lot numbers: BESTBY20APR2014DEN, BESTBY01JUN2014DEN, BESTBY23JUN2014DEN and BESTBY23SEP2014DEN.

No illnesses have been reported to date in animals or humans in connection with this problem and no other products made by Kasel Associated Industries were included in the recall, Kasel said.

For more information contact Kasel Associated Industries at 1-800-218-4417 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. MDT.

Sesame, Rice Bran Oil Cuts Blood Pressure

WASHINGTON, (UPI) —  Cooking with a blend of sesame and rice bran oils may reduce blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels, researchers in Japan say.

Dr. Devarajan Sankar, a research scientist in the Department of Cardiovascular Diseaseat Fukuoka University Chikushi Hospital in Chikushino, Japan, said rice bran oil, like sesame oil, is low in saturated fat and appears to improve a patient’s cholesterol profile.

The study involved 300 equal men and women in New Delhi average age 57 with mild to moderately high blood pressure who were divided into three groups.

One group was treated with the blood pressure lowering medication calcium-channel blocker, or nifedipine. The second group was given 1 ounce of oil blend and told to use it each day in their meals. The third group received the calcium channel blocker and the oil blend.

Systolic blood pressure dropped an average of 14 points for those using only the oil blend and 16 points for those taking medication, but those using both oil blend and medication saw a 36-point drop.

Diastolic blood pressure — the bottom number — also dropped significantly: 11 points for those eating the oil, 12 for those on medication and 24 for those using both.

Those using the oils saw a 26 percent drop in their low-density lipoprotein, the “bad,” cholesterol and a 9.5 percent increase in the high-density lipoprotein, the “good” cholesterol. There were no changes in cholesterol for those taking the medication and those taking both had a 27 percent drop in LDL levels and a 10.9 percent increase in the HDL.

The findings were presented at the American Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure Research Scientific Sessions in Washington.

Burger Grease Weighs Heavy On SoCal Air

RIVERSIDE, Calif., (UPI) —  Commercial charbroilers emit more particulate matter into the air than diesel truck engines, researchers at the University of California, Riverside, said.

Commercial cooking equipment is the second-largest source of particulate matter in Southern California’s South Coast Air Basin. Researchers co-funded by the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District are evaluating potential controls.

“Emissions from commercial charbroilers are a very significant uncontrolled source of particulate matter … more than twice the contribution by all of the heavy-duty diesel trucks,” Bill Welch, principal development engineer for the study at UC Riverside’s Center for Environmental Research and Technology said Wednesday in a university release. “For comparison, an 18-wheeler diesel-engine truck would have to drive 143 miles on the freeway to put out the same mass of particles as a single charbroiled hamburger patty.”

Genes Give Clues To Cheetah’s Spots

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., (UPI) —  The gene that helps give tigers their stripes has been identified by researchers with ties to Stanford and Alabama’s HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology.

The researchers say new genetic findings help explain why cheetahs have spots and tabby cats have stripes.

“Until now, there’s been no obvious biological explanation for cheetah spots or the stripes on tigers, zebras or even the ordinary house cat,” Dr. Gregory Barsh, faculty investigator at HudsonAlpha and emeritus professor of genetics at Stanford University, said in a statement Friday.

Sequence differences between striped and blotched domestic cats pointed to a gene researchers named Taqpep.

Researchers said their examination of genes expressed in dark versus light hair cells revealed patterned markings are due to variations in another gene, Edn3, being expressed at high levels in the darkly colored hair cells.

“The researchers thus suggest that the Taqpep gene helps to establish either a periodic pattern for stripes or a spotted or blotched pattern, by determining the level of Edn3 expressed in each skin area at an early stage of the cat’s development,” HudsonAlpha’s release said.

Barsh said discovery of new genetic pathways and mechanisms is the foundation for understanding the blueprint encoded in any genome, including humans.

“Uncovering new biologic principles in animals that are more closely related to humans, like cats, dogs and laboratory mice, may reveal unexpected insights with far-reaching implications for human biology and disease,” he said.

The findings are published in the Sept. 21 issue of Science.

NASA: Dragon Prepared For Space Flight

HOUSTON, (UPI) —  NASA says the first contracted cargo resupply flight to the International Space Station is targeted for early next month in Florida.

NASA and Space Exploration Technologies Corp. said the Falcon 9 rocket and its Dragon cargo spacecraft are ready for the SpaceX CRS-1 mission Oct. 7 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. A backup launch opportunity is available Oct. 8.

“The launch of the Dragon spacecraft will be the first of 12 contracted flights by SpaceX to resupply the space station and marks the second trip by a Dragon to the station, following a successful demonstration mission in May,” NASA said Thursday in a release. “SpaceX services under the [Commercial Resupply Services] contract will restore an American capability to deliver and return significant amounts of cargo, including science experiments, to the orbiting laboratory — a feat not achievable since the retirement of the space shuttle.”

NASA said the Dragon will be filled with about 1,000 pounds of supplies and will return with about 734 pounds of scientific materials, as well as about 504 pounds of space station hardware.

Dragon is scheduled to return in late October for a parachute-assisted splashdown in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Southern California.

Election Predicted In Unusual Ways

WASHINGTON, (UPI) —  U.S. Halloween mask sales thus far predict President Barack Obama will win a second term, while a pair of Colorado professors picked challenger Mitt Romney.

Halloween mask sales, which have correctly predicted the outcomes of the last four presidential elections, indicate the Democratic president will have another four years in office after sales of his Halloween mask outpaced sales of masks in the likeness of the Republican challenger by 30 percent on BuyCostumes.com, ABC News reported Monday.

Meanwhile, University of Colorado Professor Michael Berry and a colleague said their complex political science model, which takes state and national unemployment rates and changes in per capita income into account, said their model has correctly predicted the outcomes of the past 8 elections and they now believe Romney will take the White House in November’s election.

“Certainly, most of the polling data projects Obama is likely to win, but we don’t account for any polling or public opinion,” Berry said. “I would still bet that Romney wins.”

However, online gambling numbers, which have predicted the correct outcomes of the past two elections, overwhelmingly predict an Obama victory, with website Intrade giving a 70 percent likelihood of a second term for Obama.

NYC Schools Offer Birth Control Options

NEW YORK, (UPI) —  A program at New York City high schools offering students different forms of birth control has met little resistance from parents, officials said.

The pilot program — called the Catch program, or Connecting Adolescents to Comprehensive Healthcare — has been started in 14 New York City high schools since January 2011, the New York Post reported Sunday.

Through the program, students have access to condoms, birth control pills and the emergency contraceptive Plan B, without the knowledge of their parents.

Parents at the 14 schools were sent letters informing them about CATCH and had the option of signing and returning an opt-out statement, The New York Times reported.

Only one or two percent of parents returned the opt-out form, health department officials said.

In the 2011-12 school year, some 567 students received emergency contraception and 580 received the birth-control pill Reclipsen through the city program, officials said.

“In New York City, over 7,000 young women become pregnant by age 17 — 90 percent of which are unplanned,” Alexandra Waldhorn, a health department spokeswoman, said. “We are committed to trying new approaches, like this pilot program in place since January 2011, to improve a situation that can have lifelong consequences.”

U.S. Approval At 20 Percent In Arab World

WASHINGTON, (UPI) —  Just one-in-five adults in the Middle East and North Africa approves of U.S. leaders’ job performance, a new Gallup poll reports.

By far, the United States is most popular in Libya, where 54 percent of people approve of U.S. leadership. It is the only one of 12 nations surveyed where a majority of the population rates America positively. Conversely, America is least popular in Iran, where just 8 percent approves of the U.S. and more than two-in-three adults there disapprove of American leaders, the survey found.

Other countries included in the survey were: Algeria (36 percent approve/61 percent disapprove); Turkey (26 percent approve/55 percent disapprove); Syria (24 percent approve/45 percent disapprove); Yemen (24 percent approve/48 percent disapprove); Morocco (23 percent approve/33 percent disapprove); Iraq (22 percent approve/60 percent disapprove); Lebanon (21 percent approve/62 percent disapprove); Palestinian Territories (18 percent approve/73 percent disapprove); Egypt (16 percent approve/66 percent disapprove); and Tunisia (13 percent approve/60 percent disapprove).

The poll, which puts U.S. approval at 20 percent, notes a 5 percent decrease in that rate over the four years Barack Obama has been president, but a 5 percent increase from the 15 percent approval rating during President George W. Bush’s final year in office.

The survey is based on between 1,000 and 5,000 face-to-face interviews done in each nation over the first six months of 2012. The sampling error is within 3.3 percent and 3.8 percent.

Shelter Looking For Housing For 42 Pound Cat

RICHARDSON, Texas, (UPI) —  Employees at an animal shelter in Texas say they are trying to find a good home for a 42-pound stray cat.

The cat, a female tabby named Skinny, was found in the backyard of a Richardson resident last week and was later picked up by animal services and brought to the Richardson Animal Shelter, The Dallas Morning News reported Friday.

Because of Skinny’s size, veterinarians said she needs to spend some time at another shelter so she can safely lose weight.

“With cats you have to be more careful with dieting, as too-rapid weight loss can have adverse affects,” said Yvette Pedroza, a veterinarian at the East Dallas Veterinary Clinic. “The cat can suffer from diseases such as hepatic lipidosis [fatty liver syndrome]. … Usually we recommend a weight loss of 1 percent per week.”

Skinny “can’t even get into a normal litter box,” said Dennis Wooten, manager at the shelter.

Wooten said his shelter has received hundreds of phone calls from people eager to adopt Skinny, but fears many of the callers wished to adopt her merely for the novelty of her size.

“The cat will be placed with an animal shelter so [she] gets proper care,” Wooten said. “There are going to be some long-term expenses involved in taking care of this cat.”

Until then, Skinny has been placed on a low-calorie diet and is getting some exercise, KDFW-TV, Dallas/Fort Worth reported.

“Be cognizant that you don’t overfeed your pets,” Wooten said.

Subway Employee Throws Food At Robbers

NEW YORK, (UPI) —  A teenager working at a New York City Subway fast food restaurant said she fended off three would-be robbers by throwing food at them.

The robbery attempt began around 8 p.m. Wednesday when one thief asked 17-year-old Tiffany Hobbins for a free cup, the New York Post reported.

“I told him, ‘No, it’s against corporate rules,'” Hobbins said. “Then another guy was wandering around, he asked me for a turkey and cheese sandwich. I asked him if he knew the other guy and he said no.”

“When I was making the sandwich another guy with a red jacket and a black ski mask said, ‘This is a robbery. Give me the cash from the register,'” she recounted.

Hobbins said at first she thought the three men were joking, but then one of the thieves tried to cut her with what she later learned was a USB port.

Then, “I started fighting back,” she said.

“I started throwing stuff at them, food and the lids we have behind the counter,” Hobbins said.

Hobbins said she has been working at the store since February and has no intentions of quitting after the incident.

“I’m not quitting. Why would I quit?” she said.

Dad Allegedly Calls 911 In Beer Dispute

SEMINOLE, Fla., (UPI) —  A Florida man has been charged with making a false report to police for allegedly calling 911 and saying his daughter was hitting him.

Investigators say the daughter had only refused to get her drunken father another beer, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

Sheriff’s deputies who responded Thursday night to Robert Hagerman’s home in Seminole said the 56-year-old was obviously drunk. A report called him “very intoxicated and uncooperative.”

Hagerman had made a 911 call to report his daughter was on drugs and was physically attacking him. Police said the daughter secretly recorded threats he had made, to make false charges against her because she would not get him more beer.

Oktoberfest Off And Running In Munich

MUNICH, Germany, (UPI) —  The mayor of Munich, Germany, Saturday declared the annual Oktoberfest open, tapping the first of many kegs of beer to be drained in the next two weeks.

Christian Ude performed the ceremony for the this year’s edition of the world-famous beer blast, which will draw millions of tourists and locals to the Theresienwiese fairgrounds.

Oktoberfest coincides with the autumnal equinox. It was established in 1810 as a celebration of the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese.

It has been canceled 24 times in its history due to wars and epidemics.

Oktoberfest has morphed into a celebration of beer itself. The event’s centerpiece is a tent that can hold 10,000 people.

The International Business Times said Oktoberfest has been a cause for celebration by local businesses as well. The event fills Munich’s restaurants and beer halls and provides 12,000 temporary jobs.

Last year, nearly 7.5 million liters (1.9 million gallons) of beer were sold even though the price for a stein has gone up 43 percent in the last 10 years, the Times said.

GOP: Romney Will KO Obama In Debates

WASHINGTON, (UPI) —  A Republican U.S. senator predicted Sunday that presidential candidate Mitt Romney would break the campaign open in the upcoming debates with President Obama.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Obama would be in the uncomfortable position of defending his record without the luxury of raising distraction issues.

“We have talked about Mitt Romney’s tax return; we’ve talked about the tape of his speech at a campaign fundraiser and we’ve talked about his dog being on top of the car, but they are not talking about what they have done,” said Graham.

Graham said the stage was set for Romney to break away from Obama in the race for undecided voters. He said the sluggish economy and the historical trend of independents rejecting an incumbent played in the Republicans’ favor.

“During the debates, we’re about to focus on four years of Barack Obama, not everything just about what Mitt Romney may have said or putting his dog on the car,” Graham predicted.

Graham’s prediction was countered by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who told CNN the president was already attracting more independents before the debates begin. “We’re not taking it for granted, but we do have momentum coming out of the convention,” Durbin said. “Some of the problems and mistakes of the Romney campaign have given the president more traction in the battleground states with working families.”

Two Jailed In Chicago For Obama HQ Theft

CHICAGO, (UPI) —  Two suspects were in jail this weekend for allegedly stealing checks from President Obama’s campaign headquarters in Chicago, prosecutors said.

The pair allegedly pinched two checks made out to legitimate vendors and deposited them in bank accounts they had opened under the vendors’ names.

Cook County prosecutors alleged Jessie Adams and Willard Elam allegedly stole around $50,000 earlier this month before they were tripped up when the vendors complained about not being paid.

A campaign spokesman told the Chicago Sun-Times that three checks had been stolen. “We’re pleased that they (police) are dealing with the issue swiftly, and don’t expect this to have any impact upon the campaign,” said spokesman Ben Finkenbinder.

Prosecutors said Adams worked for a general contractor and Elam was a laborer. They allegedly gained access to the campaign offices along with a third suspect who was still at large, by posing as the owners of companies that do business with the campaign organization.

Prosecutors said Adams allegedly instructed Elam and the third suspect to open the illegitimate bank accounts at separate bank branches in the suburbs, the Chicago Tribune said.

Houston Police Kill Wheelchair-Bound Man

HOUSTON, (UPI) —  Houston police shot and killed a mentally troubled, wheelchair-bound double amputee Saturday, authorities said.

Police said Brian Claunch, described as a schizophrenic in his 40s, was waving a writing pen when he was fatally shot about 2 a.m. at a personal care residence, the Houston Chronicle reported.

John Garcia, owner of the home, said Claunch had become upset when his caretaker wouldn’t give him a soda and a cigarette, the newspaper said.

When officers arrived at the home, Claunch allegedly acted aggressively, made threats and ignored their commands, Garcia said his caretaker told him. Authorities said Claunch then trapped one officer in a corner.

“He was attempting to stab them with what is now found to be a pen,” police spokeswoman Jodi Silva said.

A second officer, identified as five-year department veteran Matthew Marin, feared for the safety of his partner and himself and shot Claunch at least once, Silva said. He died at the scene.

Marin was placed on desk duty while the shooting is investigated.

Garcia said Claunch had told him he lost his right leg above the knee and his right arm when he was hit by a train.

Curing Anything

Dear Mr. Livingston,

You mentioned “neuropathy” on page eight of the September 2012 issue (of The Bob Livingston Letter™) and I am hoping that you can provide a bit more information on how you were able to cure your neuropathy in a future issue. I have one set of Dr. Fuhrman’s DVDs and I’ll order the “Forks Over Knives” this week. For years, I have been optimizing the factors of exercise, rest and nutrition but my neuropathy (The VA claims that is from exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam) continues.

I attend the Money Show in Orlando every February and have enjoyed an interesting pitch from the Caye Bank in Belize. Do you know anything about the bank or Belize as a safe haven?

Sincerely,
William M.

Dear William,

The diet has to change to cure neuropathy — or anything, for that matter. Get off the Standard American Diet and change to the nutritarian diet that Joel Fuhrman, M.D., promotes www.drfuhrman.com. You have to give it time to work, maybe a year to change your biochemistry.

The Standard American Diet is very high in calories and very low in nutrition. The nutritarian diet is the opposite of the SAD, i.e., very high in nutrition and very low in calories.

I would not consider Belize a safe haven at all. Think Switzerland, if possible.

Best wishes,
Bob

Propagandizing The Masses

Propaganda is the use of words and messages to mold the public mind to accept falsehoods as truths and divert the attention of the masses away from important subjects and toward those with little or no significance. The basis of mind control, propaganda leads to the acceptance of subtle or overt force and collectivism and directs the public to act against its self-interest.

The whole political realm is propaganda. The “truth” is what the handlers and spinmeisters and message crafters and their presstitute media mouthpieces say it is. The recent dustup involving the secret Mitt Romney video is case in point.

The media and President Barack Obama’s campaign message handlers made hay with Romney’s words about “not working for” 47 percent of the electorate. Never mind that Romney was speaking a truth. Almost half of Americans are on some kind of government program. Half of Americans don’t pay income taxes. Romney’s message — whether true or not — of smaller, limited government will not resonate with most of them. If he expends resources on attempts to woo them, he is wasting his time and money.

As usual, rather than focusing on the important takeaway of the story, the mainstream media blew the ancillary issues out of proportion in another feat of linguistic legerdemain. Lost in the hue and cry and Obama’s appearance on “The David Letterman Show,” as well as the subsequent faux outrage of the right’s media mouthpieces when it was revealed that a couple of minutes of tape was missing, was the information Romney revealed about the spinmeisters and message crafters behind the campaign.

They are professional propagandists. They travel the world working for campaigns. Their core value, if they have any, is only to get the candidate elected who bid the highest for their services. As Romney said in a rare moment of political candor that you only get if you’re part of the 1 percent:

I have a very good team of extraordinarily experienced, highly successful consultants, a couple of people in particular who have done races around the world. I didn’t realize it. These guys in the U.S.—the Karl Rove equivalents—they do races all over the world: in Armenia, in Africa, in Israel. I mean, they work for Bibi Netanyahu in his race. So they do these races and they see which ads work, and which processes work best, and we have ideas about what we do over the course of the campaign. I’d tell them to you, but I’d have to shoot you.

How do they determine which processes work best? Romney told the audience:

We speak with voters across the country about their perceptions. Those people I told you—the 5 to 6 or 7 percent that we have to bring onto our side—they all voted for Barack Obama four years ago. So, and by the way, when you say to them, “Do you think Barack Obama is a failure?” they overwhelmingly say no. They like him. But when you say, “Are you disappointed that his policies haven’t worked?” they say yes. And because they voted for him, they don’t want to be told that they were wrong, that he’s a bad guy, that he did bad things, that he’s corrupt. Those people that we have to get, they want to believe they did the right thing, but he just wasn’t up to the task. They love the phrase that he’s “over his head.”

Hence, Romney’s message is that Obama is “over his head.” Giving the 5 percent to 7 percent of the Nation’s undecided and disengaged simpletons the truth — that Obama is a collectivist who believes in redistribution and is intentionally trying to crash the Nation’s economy in order to “fundamentally transform” the country — is unacceptable because they don’t want to hear it. They probably wouldn’t understand it anyway.

It is impossible to know what the candidates will do based on their campaign speeches and slogans and advertisements (see George W. Bush 2000 and Obama 2008). The words they use and messages they convey are selected based on focus groups made up of those who claim to be independents or moderates who are malleable, indecisive and disconnected from important issues. Every political utterance is closely scripted and, as even the media now admits, censored by the campaigns, thanks to a complicit presstitute media.

Both Democrats and Republicans use propaganda for their benefit. Their aim is to draft a message based not on what they believe or what is Constitutional or what is good for the country, but to make the targeted audience take the desired action. One dare not speak the truth.

But the propaganda that gets the parties’ rank and file agitated continues unabated. The spinmeisters and propaganda mouthpieces seize on “hot button” issues in order to create division among the populace and to keep the public’s focus away from the Federal Reserve’s money printing and assault on the wealth of Americans, American imperialism and the resulting slaughter of innocents abroad, the exploding Federal regulatory bureaucracy, and the crony capitalism that benefits large multinational corporations that, in turn, benefits the political elites.

The propaganda hides the similarities in the candidates and the parties’ elite: that both are slaves to the military-industrial complex and will continue to wage perpetual war around the globe at the behest of their globalist masters, both are owned by the banksters and will do their bidding, both believe in the imperial Presidency and the ability to govern by fiat executive order, both believe it’s the proper role of the President to incarcerate Americans without due process and hold them indefinitely without trial, both approve of the fear-based burgeoning homeland-security apparatus that violates Americans’ rights with unlawful searches and seizures and is stockpiling weaponry and ammunition as if building up for war, and both are approved by the world’s elites — Obama in 2007 and Romney in 2012 (which may indicate that elites have kicked Obama to the curb).

The propaganda works well.

Party rank and file (that is, the workers in the trenches and party-specific voters) buy the lie that their candidates are going to abide by the party platform — which the elites ignore — and keep the promises their messagers told them to make to whatever audience they happen to be standing before at the time.

When it comes time to govern, those promises are shoved down the memory hole, and the political elites do the will of their corporate and globalist masters. Government grows, liberty is lost and tyranny prevails — regardless of which political party holds power.

The 12 Most Important Food Items To Stockpile

Building a comprehensive food stockpile is a daunting task, to say the least. For that reason, I recommend you begin stocking your home grocery store with basic foods that will enable you to survive during a relatively short-term (two weeks to three months) emergency and then gradually expand your inventory to enable you to survive a long-term emergency (one year or longer) that includes a full array of food and non-food items necessary and tailored to your family’s needs and likes.

When considering what to store, keep in mind young children, babies, elderly family members and your pets. Keep special needs items on hand also such as baby food, formula and pet food. Don’t forget the toilet paper.

The following 12 categories of food items (stored somewhere in your home) could very well save your life and the lives of many others in an emergency situation.

1) Garden Seeds

I suggest you purchase non-hybrid garden seeds. The seed can be harvested from your own garden and saved from year to year. If we have a situation where garden seeds are not available, you will have your own. Garden seeds are a great barter Item. Garden seeds have a shelf life, so check the package for the expiration date.

Basic garden seeds to have on hand that will grow in most climates are: asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, beets, cabbage, cantaloupe, cucumbers, eggplant, endive, green onions, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, melons, mustard greens, okra, pole or bush beans, parsley, parsnips, peas, peppers, pumpkin, radish, rutabaga, spinach, squash, sweet corn, Swiss chard, tomatoes, turnips, and watermelon.

Alfalfa Sprouting2) Sprouting Seeds

Many different whole grains, beans and legumes, as well as seeds, will sprout when soaked overnight. When you sprout these foods, they provide an excellent source of enzymes and nutrients that you would normally eat if you had fresh vegetables. After sprouting these seeds, grains and legumes, their vitamins and minerals increase by 75 percent. Sprouts can be used in place of salads and in stir-frying.

The most common seeds and legumes for sprouting are alfalfa; broccoli; lentils; radish; red clover; salad blends; sprouting peas; sunflower; wheat; and legumes such as adzuki, garbanzo, kidney, mung, pinto, red, beans and soybeans.

3) Grains

Wheat is the most common grain and the main constituent of bread. In many cultures, whole grain bread is considered the staff of life.

If you are allergic to wheat, there are other grains that you can use such as barley, buckwheat, amaranth, Kamut®, millet, quinoa, rye, spelt, triticale corn, farina, germade, oats and rice.

White rice stores much longer, but brown rice is much more nutritious. Brown rice can be stored in the freezer to extend the shelf life.

4) Beans And Legumes

A wide variety of beans are available, such as black beans, great northern beans, lentils, navy beans, pinto beans, or dried split or whole peas. Beans are a great source of protein. When combined with rice, they become a complete protein. They can be cooked whole in soups, stews or by themselves. They can also be sprouted. Beans can be ground into flour and used to make refried beans or thicken soups. Dried beans and legumes last at least 15 years if kept sealed and in a cool storage area.

5) Spices And Bouillons

With grains, rice, beans, pasta and other staples, you will need spices to make the bland food more palatable. Dried or granulated bouillons, gravy mixes and dried soup bases are very important and can be mixed with canned meat to flavor any rice or pasta dish.

6) Canned And Dried Soups

Canned soups that your family enjoys should be part of your emergency food. These soups are easy to fix and ready to eat. Canned soups can be great starters for a larger pot of soup or stew. Cream-based soups can be used as a gravy or sauce. Purchase soups you normally eat and rotate them.

Dried soup mixes will last much longer than canned soup. They are very important to store. And let’s face it: In a stressful situation, anything that’s easy to fix will be great.

Butter Powder7) Dried Eggs And Dairy Products

Dehydrated eggs are considered a protein food. Dried eggs are great for long-term storage because you can add a small amount of water to the powder and it reconstitutes into the equivalent of fresh eggs. They can be used in scrambled eggs and omelets or in any recipe calling for fresh eggs.

Dried dairy products are also great to store because they last a minimum of five years and can be reconstituted to the equivalent of fresh milk, chocolate milk, butter, buttermilk, sour cream and cheese similar to mac and cheese sauce. Dried dairy products last a minimum of five to 15 years if kept cool.

Tomato Powder8) Canned Or Dehydrated Fruits And Vegetables

I suggest you store dehydrated, freeze-dried and commercially canned fruits and vegetables.

Dehydrated food weighs less and is much easier to store than wet-pack food. It requires far less space than wet-pack canned food. Dehydrated food will yield at least double and triple its dry weight and is less expensive. Add water to restore it to its natural state. The taste is still great, and the food value is excellent. Dehydrated foods store from five to 20 years, depending on the product. Dried fruits and vegetables are great for snacks. These dehydrated or dried foods are available here.

9) Protein Foods And Canned Meats

Protein foods are one of the most important foods to stockpile. Canned meats are an excellent food to store. I suggest you store tuna, salmon, Spam, beef dices, beef stew, chicken dices, beef, ham and sausage. Canned meats with a canned cream soup for the sauce are great over any rice or pasta dish. I stockpile canned ham so I can add it to my beans along with some dehydrated vegetables. It makes a great ham and bean dish.

Freeze-dried meats are available on the market and come in gallon-sized cans as well. They can be rehydrated and used in any dish calling for meat.

10) Baking Ingredients

Basic ingredients for baking include things like wheat for grinding into flour, powdered milk, whole dried eggs, baking powder, soda, salt and yeast. Sweeteners include sugar, honey, maple syrup and stevia. Fats and oils include butter powder, shortening, olive and vegetable oil.

11) Fun Foods

Fun Foods are foods such as canned juices, drink mixes, jams, jellies, condiments, olives, pickles, popcorn, pudding, salad dressings and anything else that would be considered extras. You might not consider putting these items in your storage, but they are a nice supplement to the food you already have. It makes a meal more interesting if you have some fun foods on hand. I keep several gallons of popcorn in my food storage.

3-Chees Alfredo with Chicken12) Pre-Made Meals (Just Add Water)

I’ve been testing a line of nutritious fast-and-easy gourmet meals by GoFoods Global that will store for a minimum of 15 years. You just add water, cook for 15 minutes and eat. It reminds me of the pre-packaged food from the grocery store like soup mixes, Hamburger Helper® and Rice-A-Roni®.

Some of the features of GoFoods pre-packaged meals are:

  • The food is dehydrated from premium-grade, fresh raw fruits, vegetables, dairy products, grains, beans and legumes.
  • All meals are complete with everything in them. All you do is add water.
  • These meals can be used every day for fast, convenient and healthy food.
  • There are no genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in GoFoods.
  • There is no added monosodium glutamate (MSG).
  • No ingredients are imported from countries using illegal fertilizers and insecticides.
  • They contain no hydrogenated oils.
  • They are packaged for long-term storage in Mylar® pouches.

The company lets you try before you buy; simply go to www.peggylayton.mygofoods.com. Click on “sample” to receive three packages of sample meals that will feed two to four people per package. All you pay is $9.95 for shipping.

Emergency Food Storage & Survival HandbookMeals include soups like cheddar broccoli, Italian chicken, vegetable beef, tortilla, corn chowder, minestrone, chicken noodle, chili and potato cheddar. Entrées and other baking items include chicken pasta Alfredo, cheesy chicken rice casserole, beef stroganoff, au gratin potatoes, instant seasoned potatoes, pancake mix, corn muffin mix, cornmeal dumplings, granola, powdered milk, wheat bread mix and buttermilk biscuit mix. Check it out at www.peggylayton.mygofoods.com or email me at splayton@sisna.com.

This information came from the book Emergency Food Storage and Survival Handbook. To purchase any of my seven books or other products including dehydrated food, water storage, water purification and preparedness products, go to www.peggylayton.com.

–Peggy Layton

Ventura: Obama, Romney Putting On A Show

In an interview with RT last week, former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura summed up the upcoming Presidential election in his own words as one that leaves voters without a choice.

Ventura, who recently suggested that he may begin preparing for a 2016 Presidential bid, says that he doesn’t feel there is much difference between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney because the two are simply putting on a show for voters. Behind the scenes, Ventura suggested, it’s simply all business between the two.

Ventura, a former professional wrestler, had this to say about the election campaign:

I think what you are seeing is them finally rising up to the level of professional wrestling. In Pro Wrestling, in front of the cameras, we all hate each other. Behind the scenes, it is a business.

And it is the same way it is for them. It is a sham.

In front of the cameras and the public, they hate each other and they are on different sides of the fences. Behind the scenes, they are going out to dinner together. They are ensuring their two-party dictatorship maintains its power.

There is no difference between these two. Don’t kid yourselves.

Ventura, a Navy veteran and former SEAL reservist, also decried the Federal government’s penchant for claiming to peddle democracy in the Mideast while quashing various forms of democratic protest at home.

Is Obama Using Nixon Tactics?

Representative Darrel Issa (R-Calif.) likened President Barack Obama to former notoriously paranoid President Richard Nixon last week because Obama reportedly keeps an “enemies list.”

“Not since Richard Nixon have we seen a president who puts together an enemies list and has a whole team pursuing it,” Issa told the cast of “Fox and Friends.” “That’s what’s happened in this administration. It’s sad. It’s not the America I want to see going forward. I sincerely hope that after the election, regardless, the American people will have made a statement that they won’t tolerate this.”

Issa was referencing collusion between the left-wing political advocacy group Media Matters and the Obama Administration’s Department of Justice. The Daily Caller brought the relationship to light earlier this month reporting that Attorney General Eric Holder’s communications staff has collaborated with Media Matters for America “in an attempt to quell news stories about scandals plaguing Holder and America’s top law enforcement agency.”

The publication provided dozens of emails between Justice and Media Matters to support its revelation.

As of deadline of this article, Media Matters and Justice were both mum on the issue. There is a possibility, however, that the House Committee on Oversight and Government reform, which Issa chairs, will probe the relationship.

“I think the important point is, these people represent the culture that President Obama brought into Washington, a culture of division, a culture that embraces the concept of, the 1 percent is evil and somehow the rest of America just needs to…punish the 1 percent,” Issa said. “I guess I’m part of the 1 percent for purposes of their attack. So are you.”

New Jersey Bans ‘Big’ Smiles

If you go to get your driver’s license in New Jersey, put on your sad face. The State has banned “big” smiles, saying they interfere with facial-recognition technology.

The policy has been in effect all year, but it has not been talked about much. That is, until Velvet McNeil spoke to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

She told the newspaper that she stormed out when she was told not to smile, but not given a reason.

“Your picture means a lot,” she said. “It’s who you are.”

But the smile police are a little lenient. Raymond Martinez, commission of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, says a “neutral smile” is OK.

Elyse Coffey, a spokesperson for the Motor Vehicle Commion, said that a slight smile is acceptable, but people should not smile as if they won a lottery.

“The digital photos allow us to conduct a facial recognition scrub, which allows us to check the photos of our 19 million faces to make sure each driver has only one driving record and you are who you say you are,” Coffey said. “We’re asking customers not to make exaggerated facial expressions.”