Is My Vision Loss Normal?

You may be one of thousands of Americans experiencing vision problems as you age. Blurred vision… difficulty seeing at night… double vision… and problems distinguishing colors are some common symptoms.

But other symptoms may indicate a more serious condition called age-related macular degeneration (AMD). According to Michael Cutler, M.D., there are two forms of AMD—dry and wet. Wet AMD is the leading cause of blindness in the United States for people 55 and older.

Dry macular degeneration usually develops slowly over time with slow-progressing symptoms. But wet AMD usually develops quickly, leaving people with sudden central vision loss. If left untreated both forms of AMD can damage your eye and cause you to develop a blind spot.

You should see your eye doctor for a referral to a retina specialist if you experience:

  • A need for brighter light when working close to an item
  • Difficulty adapting to low light levels
  • Blurry print when reading (e.g. newspapers, books)
  • Difficulty driving
  • Problems with colors appearing less bright
  • Difficulty recognizing faces
  • Overall vision haziness
  • A blind spot in the center of your vision

With early diagnosis and proper treatment you may be able to delay the progression of AMD. And the earlier it is detected the better your chances of saving your sight!

American Diet Moving Steadily Away From Omega-3 Fatty Acids

The ratio of omega-3 fats to omega-6 fats has been moving in favor of omega-6s for years in the American diet. My reading tells me that this imbalance of the omega-3s and omega-6s is dominant in the American diet, leading to general and specific deterioration in American health. Domination of omega-6s appears to be specific to inflammation, and inflammation seems to be associated with serious health problems including heart disease and cancer.

To help rebalance the omegas, eat more fish, especially salmon.

Recently I’ve done considerable research on krill oil. This product is truly amazing and far superior to fish oil supplements in both safety and efficacy.

I firmly believe that as more and more studies are done on krill oil you’ll see it revolutionize the supplement market for boosting cardiovascular health and lowering inflammation.

In krill we may have the most basic nutrition possible. When we consume krill and krill oil we are at the very beginning of the marine food chain. This is our guarantee of purity and peak nutrition.

Krill oil’s bioavailability means peak absorption. The key is the phytoplankton diet of the tiny krill. The smaller the marine life, the shorter its life span and the lesser the chance of contamination. The smaller the sea life the less mercury and other toxins. In fact, phytoplankton is grown abundantly in oceans around the world and is the foundation of the marine life food chain. Krill’s food source is phytoplankton.

Since phytoplankton contains the pigment chlorophyll, which gives them their greenish color, its food source comes from photosynthesis in which sunlight is the energy source. Through photosynthesis, phytoplankton are also responsible for much of the oxygen present in the earth’s atmosphere. What better energy food source than sunlight?

Besides photosynthesis, phytoplankton are crucially dependent on ocean minerals. These are primarily macronutrients such as nitrate, phosphate or silicic acid. This means that through krill we are getting the macronutrients and microorganisms in aquatic food webs of the ocean, as well as in sea salt, which we have come to accept as a miracle for human health.

Krill Oil is an Excellent Source of Omega-3
A major health issue in the United States today is obesity, caused in large part by our diet heavy in omega-6. In early human history the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats was one to one. In America today our dietary ratio is as high as 50 to one in favor of omega-6 fats. The lower our ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 the better—with the ideal ratio being one to one.

Many scientists believe that a major reason for our high incidence of heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, premature aging and some forms of cancer is the profound imbalance of our consumption of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids.

The large food processors, in their drive for mass marketing and shelf life, have loaded us with omega-6 fatty acids. They have given us easy living and early death.

There are more oils on the market to avoid than there are we should eat. Commercial oils to avoid are sunflower oil, corn oil, soy, safflower and canola oil. Also avoid hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats, margarine, vegetable oils and shortening. All these are chock full of omega-6 fats and have worsened our ratio of good/bad fats.

Grain-fed beef is very high in bad fats.

Oils that are good are high-quality virgin olive oil and coconut oil. Avocados and organic butter from grass-fed cows are also healthy.

Can We Just Eat Fish?
We can just eat fish and over time we can begin to reverse our omega ratio, especially if we greatly diminish our intake of omega-6 and increase our intake of omega-3.

Krill oil is the perfect way to restore proper omega-3/omega-6 balance, as it contains 10 times more of the healthier omega-3 fatty acids than omega-6. This is more than enough to help offset the dangers of the high omega-6 American diet and will greatly help you reduce inflammation.

Krill oil is purely formulated from tiny Antarctic krill which feed on the powerful phytoplankton sea diet.

In the past we have discussed the huge problem of sludging blood in seniors. Our blood thickens with age, evidently leading to a stroke or heart attack. Omega-3 deficiency is known to compromise the blood-brain barrier that normally protects the brain from unwanted matter gaining access to the brain. Omega-3 deficiency can also decrease normal blood flow in the brain.

Just for the record, clinical studies are conclusive that omega-3s improve heart health, improve memory, slow aging and support the brain and nervous system.

Krill oil contains phospholipids that closely resemble the ones in the human brain and this makes krill oil very easy for the body to assimilate and use. Contrary to this, regular fish oil contains triglycerides, which the body has to break down and convert before assimilation.

I’ve been a long-time advocate of supplementing diets with fish oil. However, I firmly believe that krill oil is a remarkable discovery and will totally revolutionize the fish oil and omega-3 market as we know it. In every head-to-head scientific study between fish oil and krill oil, krill has been proven far superior in its healthy benefits. It’s definitely made a believer out of me.

I take the Health Resources™ brand of krill oil (Super Krill-Omega3, 1-800-471-4007) and like it far better than the fish oil I’ve been taking and recommending for decades.

I need more research on the balance of the omegas. Do you readers know of any, including a book(s)? Also I need more material on the cause of inflammation.

I have found that readers, particularly those who are hard core involved in alternative health, have serious information that is hard to uncover. Please share with me.

Minor Health Problems

Dear Bob,

My child has minor health problems. How can I be sure he has the proper diet and receives the nutrition he needs?

A: My bet is that your child’s diet lacks omega-3 fats and is not on a low carbohydrate diet. Most children are on excess grain and sugar diets along with soft drinks and sugary fruit juices.

And most children who are vaccinated are exposed to toxins like mercury in vaccines. The answer to diet for all children is the Ketogenic Diet.

I most highly recommend the movie, First Do No Harm, starring Meryl Streep and Fred Ward. This is a moving and educational movie. It’s about a mother, (Streep) who had to fight her brainwashed doctor to get her misdiagnosed child help. This is the story of a serious illness that only needed the proper diet instead of drugs. It should be available in DVD or VHS format.

Best Wishes,
Bob

Give! Give!

As if Americans aren’t already taxed enough, the healthcare reform bill—or Obamacare bill—being discussed by the Senate contains dozens of new taxes and creates 111 new bureaucracies.

Among the new taxes:

  • a 40 percent excise tax on health coverage in excess of $8,500 (individuals)/$23,000 (families).
  • an additional half percent Medicare (Hospital Insurance) tax on wages in excess of $200,000 ($250,000 for joint filers) beginning in 2013.
  • an annual fee on manufacturers and importers of branded drugs beginning in 2010.
  • an annual fee on manufacturers and importers of certain medical devices beginning in 2010.
  • a reduction by half (to $500,000) the amount of an executive’s compensation that a health plan can deduct from its corporate income taxes beginning in 2013 and a 5 percent excise tax on cosmetic surgery and similar procedures beginning in 2010. (source: Openmarket.org)

The anti-federalist Brutus, thought by most scholars to be Robert Yates, warned in his essay No. 6 about Congress having too much power under Article 1, Section 8 (…power to lay and collect taxes, imposts, duties, and excises, according to the discretion of the legislature…) and eventually taking all authority from the states.

This power, exercised without limitation, will introduce itself into every comer of the city, and country—It will wait upon the ladies at their toilett, and will not leave them in any of their domestic concerns; it will accompany them to the ball, the play, and the assembly; it will go with them when they visit, and will, on all occasions, sit beside them in their carriages, nor will it desert them even at church; it will enter the house of every gentleman, watch over his cellar, wait upon his cook in the kitchen, follow the servants into the parlour, preside over the table, and note down all he eats or drinks; it will attend him to his bed-chamber, and watch him while he sleeps; it will take cognizance of the professional man in his office, or his study; it will watch the merchant in the counting-house, or in his store; it will follow the mechanic to his shop, and in his work, and will haunt him in his family, and in his bed; it will be a constant companion of the industrious farmer in all his labour, it will be with him in the house, and in the field, observe the toil of his hands, and the sweat of his brow; it will penetrate into the most obscure cottage; and finally, it will light upon the head of every person in the United States. To all these different classes of people, and in all these circumstances, in which it will attend them, the language in which it will address them, will be GIVE! GIVE!

Now government is trying to follow Americans into their sick beds. And just as Brutus predicted, when Congress addresses the American people it is with a common refrain: GIVE, GIVE!

Sea Water and Sea Salt

When I get near sea water I always bring two gallons home. Here is why:

These are major components of sea water (salts) according to the order of magnitude of these elements:

Natural chlorine55.2 percent
Sodium30.4 percent
Sulphur as SO47.7 percent
Magnesium3.7 percent
Potassium1.1 percent
Carbon as carbonic acid0.35 percent
Bromine0.19 percent
Boron0.07 percent
Strontium0.04 percent

There are 40 more minor elements in sea water, which no doubt contain every known or unknown trace element of nutritional significance. (From Dr. Royal Lee, The Significance of Sea Salt)

A small amount of sea water in the diet is beneficial. I take a tablespoon each day in a glass of water.

The Senate’s Christmas Gift

Senate Democrats are working overtime to get an Obamacare bill passed before Christmas. They no longer even pretend to be doing it to reform healthcare. Now they’re just doing whatever it takes to get a bill passed, even if it costs somewhere between $848 billion and $2.1 trillion, depending on which math you use.

Never mind that the Realclearpolitics.com average of polls shows that Americans oppose the Democrat’s healthcare bill by a 54.2 percent to 39.7 percent margin. Democrats have gone all in, as the saying goes, and nothing is going to stop them.

As an unnamed Democratic strategist told Byron York of The Washington Examiner, “Once you’ve gone this far, what is the cost of failure?”

Comparing Democrats to bank robbers—how appropriate—who have gone past the point of no return, the strategist said, “They’re in the bank, they’ve got their guns out. They can run outside with no money, or they can stick it out, go through the gunfight, and get away with the money.”

Of course, money is what it’s all about. Not saving it mind you, but stealing yours.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D.-Ill.) told The Hill that Democrats will have the 60 votes needed to pass a bill this week. They’re buying off reluctant Democrats left and right.

For Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu the price was $300 million in federal aid to her state. As columnist Charles Krauthammer said on Fox News, if Landrieu got $300 million, Sen. Ben Nelson (D.-Neb.)—said to be holding out for removal of a provision in the bill that allows federal funding to pay for abortions—gets a Caribbean island, or two. Or, if some news reports are correct, a threat to close a military base in his state if he doesn’t join in.

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I.-Conn.) is back on board. We don’t yet know what he got in return, aside from a lot of face time on television. In an effort to get one or more Republicans to sign on so the bill can be cast as bi-partisan, Maine Republican Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe are being courted as well. Look for Maine to get a bundle of cash for snow plows or something.

Meanwhile, Joe and Jane Citizen only get dunned. If you are a family with an annual income above $88,200 and your employer doesn’t provide coverage, prepare to fork out $15,200 a year for a federally-mandated insurance fee, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) as reported by CNSNews.com. And few employers are going to provide coverage for their employees once the plan kicks in.

Why? There is an incentive not to. If employers don’t pay their share of their employees’ premiums they’ll have to pay $750 per employee fine. That’s much less than the employer contribution on a complete health plan.

What’s more, there are tax increases in the bill. Lots of them. According to the Heritage Foundation, Medicare taxes increase from 2.9 percent to 3.4 percent, the top marginal tax rate goes from 35 percent to 39.6 percent and, in the House version of the bill, a surtax of 5.4 percent is put on incomes above $500,000.

Following is a list from the Heritage Foundation of other tax increases currently in either the House or Senate bill or proposed by the Barack Obama administration to “pay” for healthcare reform:

  • An excise tax on high-cost "Cadillac" health insurance plans that cost more than $8,500 a year for individuals or $23,000 for families.
  • An excise tax on medical devices such as wheelchairs, breast pumps and syringes used by diabetics for insulin injections.
  • A cap on the exclusion of employer-provided health insurance without offsetting tax cuts.
  • A limit on itemized deductions for taxpayers with a top income tax rate greater than 28 percent.
  • A windfall profits tax on health insurance companies.
  • A value-added tax, which would tax the value added to a product at each stage of production.
  • An excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages including non-diet soda and sports drinks.
  • Higher taxes on alcoholic beverages including beer, wine and spirits.
  • A limit on contributions to health savings accounts.
  • An 8 percent tax on all wages paid by employers that do not provide their employees health insurance that satisfies the requirements defined by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
  • A limit on contributions to flexible spending arrangements.
  • Elimination of the deduction for expenses associated with Medicare Part D subsidies.
  • An increase in taxes on international businesses.
  • Elimination of the tax credits paper companies take for biofuels they create in their production process—the so-called “Black Liquor credit.”
  • Fees on insured and self-insured health plans.
  • A limit or repeal of the itemized deduction for medical expenses.
  • A limit on the Qualified Medical Expense definition.
  • An increase in the payroll taxes on students.
  • An extension of the Medicare payroll tax to all state and local government employees.
  • An increase in taxes on hospitals.
  • An increase in the estate tax.
  • Increased efforts to close the mythical “tax gap.”
  • A 5 percent tax on cosmetic surgery and similar procedures such as Botox treatments, tummy tucks and face lifts.
  • A tax on drug companies.
  • An increase in the corporate tax on providers of health insurance.
  • A $500,000 deduction limitation for the compensation paid by health insurance companies to their officers, employees and directors.

And the kicker is the taxes go into effect immediately after Obama signs the bill. The healthcare benefits don’t start until 2014.

All the taxes are designed to confiscate the wealth of Mr. and Mrs. Citizen and drive them into a public option—even as Senate Democrats say the bill doesn’t include one, yet.

On Dec. 16 the president went on television and said if Congress doesn’t pass a healthcare bill the Federal government will go bankrupt. Poppycock. If a healthcare bill is passed it’s Mr. and Mrs. Citizen that go belly up.

The spend-and-tax policies of Obama and the Democrats—stimulus bills, TARP bill, healthcare bill, etc.—are what is pushing us toward economic collapse.

Face it. The healthcare reform plan Democrats are ramming through is nothing more than the greatest transfer of wealth and most massive power grab in the history of the world.

Frankly, I don’t consider that much of a Christmas present.

End the Fed by Ron Paul

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During a Republican primary campaign rally at the University of Michigan in October, 2007, Rep. Ron Paul was greeted by supporters who began shouting “End the Fed, end the Fed,” as he began talking about monetary policy.

The cry resonated, and soon the whole crowd had taken up the cheer and some were holding burning dollar bills as if sending a message to the central bank. Almost a year later, at Paul’s counterconvention in Minneapolis, 12,000 people started the chant before Paul even mentioned the Federal Reserve. With that, the title for Paul’s latest book, End the Fed, was written.

Paul is an 11-term congressman from Texas, and a sound monetary policy has been one of his major policy aims. He currently has a bill before Congress that would lead to an audit of the Federal Reserve. The bill has 317 co-sponsors in the 435-member House of Representatives.

The response of his supporters during his campaign and the subsequent support of his fellow members of Congress have encouraged Paul that Americans are beginning to understand the devastating effects the Federal Reserve has had on America’s economy.

End the Fed begins with Paul laying out the argument for why people should care about and question the basis for the Federal Reserve. He writes:

“…the Fed has one power that is unique to it alone: it enables the creation of money out of thin air. Sometimes it makes vast new amounts. Sometimes it makes lesser amounts. The money takes a variety of forms and enters the system in various ways. And the Fed does this through techniques such as open-market operations, changing reserve ratios, and manipulating interest rates, operations that all result in money creation.

“Given that money is one half of every commercial transaction and that whole civilizations literally rise and fall based on the quality of their money, we are talking about an awesome power, one that flies under cover of night. It is the power to weave illusions that appear real as long as they last. That is the very core of the Fed’s power.”

Paul writes that some like the illusion and just want to get back to the time when everything was good. But those “good times” were a mirage—a creation of the appearance of wealth by the Fed.

The book gives a brief history lesson of the origins of the central bank in general in the United States, and the Federal Reserve in particular. The book is also partly autobiographical, as Paul describes boyhood lessons and influences that piqued his interest in money and monetary policy.

While it was formed under the idea that it would be able to protect the monetary and financial system against inflation and violent swings in market activity, the Fed has done just the opposite. Paul quoted a statement from the Comptroller of the Currency in 1914: “…under the operation of this law such financial and commercial crisis, or ‘panics,’ as the country experienced in 1873, in 1893, and again in 1907, with the attendant misfortunes and prostrations, seem to be mathematically impossible.”

Yet Paul points out that the National Bureau of Economic Research says there were recessions in each of the following years in the 20th Century: 1918-1919, 1920-1921, 1923-1924, 1926-1927, 1929-1933, 1937-1938, 1945, 1948-1949, 1953-1954, 1957-1958, 1960-1961, 1969-1970, 1973-1975, 1980, 1981-1982, 1990-1991, 2001 and 2007, which is the current panic of which there is no end yet in sight.

And the Fed has devastated the purchasing power of the dollar, Paul writes. The goods and services you could buy in 1913 for $1 now cost nearly $21. Put another way, the 1913 dollar is now worth less than five cents. We might say the government has stolen 95 cents of every dollar, according to Paul.

Central banks such as the Federal Reserve, Paul writes, prove useful for governments wishing to fund wars. The elastic money supply of a system based on central banking allows governments to pay for their wars without worrying about where the money will come from. Without central banks, governments were forced to economize their resources and they often found diplomatic solutions to their disputes. If wars actually started, countries sought to end them as quickly as possible.

But for European governments in the late 19th Century, fiscal limits were removed because of central banks. Now, governments were free to print what they needed and governments were more willing to pick fights and pull the trigger.

“Might a diplomatic solution have been found for the struggles that led to World War I had the Germans and English not had recourse to the printing press and a lender of last resort?” Paul asks.

After laying historical groundwork of the devastation the Federal Reserve has caused to the American economy and about discussions he has had with Federal Reserve chairmen Alan Greenspan and Ben Bernanke, Paul begins making the case for abolition of the Fed.

He makes his arguments on philosophical, Constitutional, economic and libertarian grounds. He then explains the consequences and provides a roadmap for the way out of the mess.

End the Fed provides an excellent overview of the nature, origin and result of a central banking system and also opens the doors on Paul’s fiscal views. Anyone interested in economics and monetary policy of the U.S. would benefit from reading this book.

Eggs, Butter, Whole Raw Milk, Cheese and Fatty Meats

The cholesterol myth has led the public to reject foods like eggs, butter, whole raw milk, cheese and fatty meats, and that myth is the foundation for the multi-billion dollar cholesterol (statin drug) industry. The ploy is to create a crisis and give a profitable solution.
 
The public is told that these foods are the major sources of cholesterol. What the public is not told is that these foods also carry the best antidote for cholesterol. The phospholipids and lecithins are always naturally associated with cholesterol. The loss of these phospholipids, by omitting the above foods, is more certain to cause serious trouble than any excess of cholesterol. You must have a balance of good high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol for optimum heart and brain function.

The natural phospholipids in natural food which include lecithins are a part of the vitamin E complex. The E complex loses as much as 99 percent of its potency if the associated phospholipids are removed as is done with synthetic and manufactured foods.

Cholesterol is not a health issue and is not a marker for heart disease or cancer if natural foods such as those listed above are eaten. They carry their own antidote phospholipids and lecithins.