Lifestyle Changes Can Help Prevent Eye Disease

More than 2 million people suffer from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and experts expect that number to double by 2020. Luckily there are some lifestyle and dietary changes you can make to help avoid this serious eye disorder. If you smoke, quit now… try to add more dark green vegetables into your diet… exercise and lose those unwanted pounds… and be sure to get regular eye exams. All these healthful tips can help you retain your vision well into your golden years.

The Drumbeats For War Grow Louder

Boom. Boom. Boom.

Can you hear it?

It’s the drumbeat for war. And it’s beating louder by the day.

Boom. Boom. Boom.

Eleven United States and one Israeli warships pass through the Suez Canal.

Boom. Boom. Boom.

Former CIA Chief Michael Hayden says a United States military strike against Iran “seems inexorable” because diplomacy is failing.

Boom. Boom. Boom.

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen says the U.S. military has a plan to attack Iran.

Boom. Boom. Boom.

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives last week introduced Resolution 1553 which would give Israel the go-ahead to attack Iran. The resolution grants support for Israel to “…confront nuclear threats posed by the Islamic Republic of Iran, including the use of military force…”

The neocons have never seen a war they couldn’t support, no matter the President’s party affiliation.

Boom. Boom. Boom.

The end is near—so President Barack Obama tells us—for former President George Bush’s incursion into Iraq. He said last week that America’s combat mission in Iraq will end by Aug. 31. But that doesn’t mean all troops will come home. There will still be 50,000 there as August turns into September. And it’s going to be 18 more months before they all come home… if he sticks to his timeline.

We can only hope 50,000 troops are enough to prevent that governmentless nation from descending further into chaos.

For those troops that do come home, it appears they will only be home long enough to change their underwear and restock their ammunition belts before heading off to another Mideast hellhole to die… for what?

To blow up suspected nuclear sites, even though a 2007 U.S National Intelligence Estimate said that Iran had halted work on developing a nuclear warhead in 2003. Meanwhile, an unclassified military report submitted to Congress in April concluded, “Iran is developing technological capabilities applicable to nuclear weapons and, at a minimum, is keeping the option to develop nuclear weapons,” as The Washington Post reported.

A May report by the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Iran hasn’t sufficiently cooperated to allow the agency to determine if Iraq’s nuclear activities are solely for peaceful activities.

Conflicting stories of weapons of mass destruction: Haven’t we heard this before… during the lead up to the invasion of Iraq?

If HR 1553 were to pass and Israel does strike at Iran’s nuclear reactors and nuclear sites, what then? If Iran strikes back—which President Mahmoud Ahmadenijad has said they would—and is joined by Syria, Lebanon and Hezbollah, would the U.S. then be obligated to intervene?

It would seem so. And what would be the result of such a conflagration?

Obama has pledged America’s undying support of Israel no matter what… even if he did treat Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu badly during his visit to the White House earlier this year. And Israel maintains it is convinced that Iran is working to acquire nuclear weapons.

Much of the international community also seems convinced Iran is trying to build a nuclear weapon. The feckless U.N. Security Council has been trying to agree on sanctions against Iran for some time. China and Russia continue to hold out.

But aren’t Americans growing sick of war? Apparently the political class isn’t.

Nine years later we remain in Afghanistan, NATO allies are abandoning us and more and more of our troops are dying. Obama, with no clear-cut strategy to fight what he considers the good war, vows to continue fighting on, and any timelines he may mention mean little.

Seven years later we are still in Iraq, and at least a few thousand troops will remain there for the foreseeable future. Nineteen years later we’re still in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, even though the first Persian Gulf War supposedly ended with a good outcome.

Sixty-four years later we still have troops stationed throughout Eastern Europe and in Japan. Fifty-seven years later we still have troops stationed in South Korea. That war has not ended—no official peace treaty ever signed—and there have even been some drumbeats sounding from there. Just not as loud… yet.

But the recent U.S.-South Korea joint air and sea military exercises in the Sea of Japan intended to send a message to a recalcitrant North Korea—who has been accused of torpedoing a South Korean ship—antagonized China. And who can blame them?

What would we think if China or Russia conducted military exercises in the Gulf of Mexico or off the coast of New York or San Francisco? Either Obama and the Pentagon were naive to the implications of conducting war games in the area, or they conducted them intending to raise tensions in the area.

Boom. Boom.

According to the think tank Foreign Policy In Focus, there were 865 Pentagon-confirmed U.S. troop base sites located off U.S. soil in 2009. But this number doesn’t include all of the bases being used in Iraq and Afghanistan—as many as 150 more.

There are 268 bases in Germany, 124 in Japan and 87 in Korea. Others are scattered around the globe in Aruba, Australia, Bulgaria, Bahrain, Colombia, Greece, Djibouti, Egypt, Qatar, Romania, Singapore and Cuba, to name just a few.

The bases are draining our economy of billions of dollars a year. Isn’t it time we ended Empire America? Isn’t it time we brought our troops home?

There would still be work for them to do. Our border with Mexico is under assault.

But the military-industrial complex might not be as happy about that. Stopping Mexican paramilitary units and drug cartel thugs isn’t as lucrative as dropping bunker busters on Iran and North Korea… and maybe China.

BOOM. BOOM. BOOM.

Does the new healthcare bill include a hidden tax on the sale of a person’s home?

Dear Bob,

I have been trying to find out if Obama’s healthcare bill has a hidden tax on the sale of a person’s home, beginning in 2014, after the presidential elections. There’s an email floating around saying this tax is in the new healthcare bill. If it is hidden in this bill, can you send me the information I need to prove it to be true or false. I have checked with snopes.com and it says it is only partly true. Please help me out. There are far to many things in this bill that the American people do not know about. I believe the Obama-Pelosi healthcare bill, to be nothing more than a cover sheet for the real purpose of the bill. ” Obama’s new tax agenda.”

Larry Swicegood

Dear Larry,
The email is partially correct. The hidden tax provisions on the home are found in the Cap and Trade bill (energy reform bill) that passed the House, but currently appears dead in the Senate. It would require your home meet certain environmental requirements before it could be sold. A government inspector would have to first approve the house has sufficient insulation, proper windows and doors and meets yet-to-be-decided parameters. If it doesn’t, the house would have to be upgraded before the sale could take place.

Best Wishes,
Bob

Children, Beware The Food Police

Most every child has sought to fulfill their entrepreneurial spirit by opening a sidewalk lemonade stand. It’s as American as hotdogs, apple pie and… lemonade.

And as 7-year-old Julie Murphy of Oregon made plans do the same thing millions of kids have done before her—during an art fair held the last Thursday of each month on the streets of Northeast Portland and conveniently called Last Thursday—she never dreamed she’d be violating a government regulation.

Well, little Julie has now had her first experience with our boot-on-the-throat authorities. The local food police shut her down.

Julie and her mom toted gallons of bottled water, packets of Kool-Aid, bags of ice and some plastic gloves to a spot on the sidewalk July 29 and Julie set about selling lemonade to the hot and sweaty patrons and vendors. Then a “woman with a clipboard” walked up and asked to see her $120 temporary restaurant license.

“What? No license?,” asked the lady in the clipboard, who turned out to be county health inspector. “Well pack up or we’ll fine you $500.”

Well Oregonians tend to be prickly lot, and as Julie and her mom began packing, up nearby vendors and patrons suggested they stay, telling them the regulation-happy clipboard lady had no right to run them off. They suggested Julie offer her lemonade for free and accept donations. And business picked up.

But it wasn’t long until clipboard lady came back with help. Julie started crying, and patrons and vendors confronted the government thugs, creating quite a scene, as Julie’s mom told the local paper.

Multnomah County Health Department Supervisor Jon Kawaguchi told The Oregonian that, “…we still need to put the public’s health first.”

But, Eric Pippert, the food-borne illness prevention manager of the state’s public health division got to the heart of the matter when he said that technically, any lemonade stand—even one on your front lawn—must be licensed under state law, but inspectors are unlikely to go after kids selling lemonade, unless you’re on Alberta Street during Last Thursday. In other words, if you stand to make real money.

And then he made this telling statement: “When you go to a public event and set up shop, you’re suddenly engaging in commerce.” And government bureaucrats were afraid it was commerce outside their control.

After a week’s worth of hue and cry from the Portland masses, Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen gave a reprieve to Julie and her fellow child-entrepreneurs. Cogan said he directed county health department workers to use “professional discretion” in doing their job.

“A lemonade stand is a classic, iconic American kid thing to do,” Cogen told The Oregonian. “I don’t want them to be in the business of shutting that down.” He also called Julie’s mom and apologized.

So, sanity is temporarily restored in Portland.  But not so in Los Angeles, where four armed food-police thugs raided a natural market with guns drawn last month, ordering store workers to drop their mashed coconut cream and step away from the nuts, as The Los Angeles Times reported. Original story and video here.

It seems those dastardly marketers at Rawesome Foods were selling raw cow and goat milk and blocks of unpasteurized goat cheese. Oh, the horrors.

“This is about control and profit, not our health,” Rawsome Foods co-founder Aajonus Vonderplanitz told The Times. “How can we not have the freedom to choose what we eat?”

Because that freedom was taken away by our fascist Big Government at the behest of Big Food corporations like Monsanto and Archer Daniels Midland who spend Big Bucks to elect politicians and write laws ensuring they maintain a monopoly on food production while keeping the populace as unhealthy as possible so Big Pharma can continue to drug us into a stupor.

Janet Napolitano Lied

Back in January, as we were covering the increasingly Orwellian security apparatus springing up in the wake of the Christmas Day false flag bombing attack on an airliner headed for Detroit, we documented how the Department of Homeland Security insisted their new naked body scanners weren’t capable of storing images of passengers. This despite the fact that the specifications for the machines clearly mentioned the need to store and transmit images.

At the time we were… skeptical. Actually, we said it stretched credulity.

Now we learn that the U.S. Marshals Service has admitted to surreptitiously saving tens of thousands of images recorded at a courthouse in Florida. In other words, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano lied when she said the machines couldn’t store images.

The images are easily manipulated to make full color photographs of passengers—and that includes pre-teenagers who are now subject to the scans in airports. To see what can be done with the images, (Caution: these images may not be suitable for viewing at work or on a monitored computer) click here.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center has filed a lawsuit asking a Federal judge to grant an immediate injunction to halt the use of the scanners. Hopefully the Federal judge will recognize the DHS effort to install these scanners in every major airport for just what it is: an assault on our 4th Amendment rights and a further effort to monitor and control our daily lives and turn us all into passive sheeple content to be herded about in the name of safety.

You can read more about the dangers, capabilities and shortcomings of naked body scanners by clicking here, here and here.

Beating Cancer With Nutrition by Patrick Quillin, Ph.D., RD, CNS

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The human body is made up of trillions of cells that divide and replicate billions of times each day. With so much going on in the body it’s inevitable that mistakes are going to occur. But about six times in each person’s lifetime, those mistake cells turn into cancer cells.

Mostly those cancer cells are eliminated by the body’s immune system. But sometimes the immune system fails to eliminate them and they begin to grow and spread. That means that about 42 percent of Americans will contract cancer and find themselves in a cancer treatment center.

It doesn’t have to be that way, and you can lower your chances of contracting the life-altering, life-threatening disease by bolstering your immune system.

And if you are currently fighting that dreaded disease, improved nutrition—and consequently an improved immune system—can help you improve your quality of life and maybe better your odds of winning the fight.

Author Patrick Quillin is a nutritionist who has worked for many years with cancer patients. He holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in nutrition, is a registered and licensed dietitian and is a Certified Nutrition Specialist with the American College of Nutrition.

In Beating Cancer With Nutrition, Quillin discusses how cancers often form as a result of an inadequate immune system weakened by the thousands of toxins people are exposed to through the environment and the foods they eat and by eating processed and chemically-enhanced foods.

If you don’t already have cancer it’s probably because your immune system has so far managed to beat back and eliminate cancer cells. By improving your nutrition—Quillin recommends eating only foods that will either sprout or rot—you can drastically improve your odds of resisting it.

But if you have contracted cancer, Quillin gives you the information you need to augment your cancer treatment regimen by eating foods that will help you to change the environment inside you body. Because without that change the underlying cause of your cancer will remain. Merely cutting out the cancer and treating it with chemotherapy and/or radiation won’t end your cancer if you don’t change the underlying cause of the disease.

Quillin’s views on nutrition are not shared by all oncologists. But he provides plenty of research to back up his claims. And he presents case studies showing the benefits patients—many of whom were given only months to live—received by changing their eating habits and improving their immune systems.

Quillin shows that one of the effects of cancer—and cancer-treating drugs—is a suppression of the appetite even as the body’s metabolism increases. This leads to malnutrition in the cancer patient. This malnutrition hastens the death of the cancer sufferer.

He also demonstrates how cancer is a sugar junky, and for a cancer patient consuming sugar is a death knell.

The book is written in a conversational style and is easy to read for the most part. There are sections that get a little too scientific for the average reader, but there are sidebars that help to explain what the scientific jargon is saying.

One great feature of the book is the section of recipes for the cancer patient. The dishes seem mostly simple to make and would appear to make eating correctly an enjoyable experience, even for someone with low appetite or unable to taste food due to the effects of the treatment regimen.

If you or a loved one is suffering from cancer—even if it’s in the latter stages—there is evidence that following the plan Quillin lays out could be beneficial.

Lunacy From The Department Of Nobody Gets Ahead

There are few clearer examples of a fascist system’s views of exceptionalism and innovation than one pointed out by The Washington Examiner’s Byron York in a column yesterday.

It seems that last year Princeton, Arizona State and Case Western Reserve universities undertook an experiment to see if e-book readers would be more convenient and less costly than traditional textbooks. The idea also made sense from an environmental standpoint as the green-leaning educators felt it would reduce the huge amount of paper students use to print files from their laptops, not to mention the need to kill trees to make paper for textbooks.

So the universities set aside a couple of courses under a pilot program with a limited number of students and gave them the OPTION of using the Amazon Kindle. Amazon supplied the Kindle DX for the student’s use. But if the students chose to they could opt out and use a standard textbook.

That idea didn’t sit well with President Barack Obama’s radical Department of Justice Civil Rights Division head Thomas Perez, who sued the universities for violating the Americans With Disabilities Act. Why? Although the Kindle has a text-to-speech feature that can read a book aloud, it requires sight to operate the menu functions. So Perez assumed the courses were discriminatory to the visually impaired.

“We acted swiftly to respond to complaints we received about the use of the Amazon Kindle,” Perez recently told a House committee. “We must remain vigilant to ensure that as new devices are introduced, people with disabilities are not left behind.”

The Civil Rights Division ordered the universities stop distributing the Kindle because if blind students couldn’t use the device, then nobody could.

Never mind that no visually impaired students had registered for the classes. Never mind that the idea makes economic and environmental sense. Never mind that the technology was evolving quickly and the text-to-speech capabilities were improving. All Perez could see was that someone might be left behind.

The problem with that school of thought is, when you are so intent on making sure no one is left behind you also ensure that no one gets ahead. But isn’t that the goal of totalitarian regimes?

Tips For Saving Calories

For those of you wanting to watch your fat and calorie intake during meals, give this a try. Instead of pouring tons of fat and calories on your salad from unhealthy dressings, serve the dressing on the side. By dipping your fork in the dressing and then stabbing your greens or fruits, you could save hundreds of calories. To save even more squeeze a little lime juice and olive oil for taste, instead of creamy dressings.