The Vitamin D Cure by James E. Dowd, M.D., and Diane Stafford

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The average American is Vitamin D deficient and that deficiency is behind many of the diseases and ailments suffered by people of all ages, according to James E. Dowd, M.D., and Diane Stafford in their book, The Vitamin D Cure.

The book is written in simple prose and printed using large print, which makes it an easy read. And Dr. Dowd backs his hypothesis with real-life examples from his medical practice.

After treating his patients for years for the symptoms of muscle and joint pain, back pain, sleep disturbances, severe fatigue, muscle cramps and headaches, Dr. Dowd found himself dealing with some of those symptoms himself. As he began to try and diagnose the cause of his problems, he realized they began three years after he moved from Texas to Michigan.

He had gone from a sunny climate to a darker one. His diet had also changed as he had begun to eat foods richer in salt, pasta, bread, cereal and cheese. He had reduced the amount of exercise he was getting and had hired a gardener so he wouldn’t have to spend his off days doing yard work.

He asked himself if lifestyle changes could be behind his problems. The answer? Yes.

He improved his eating habits and began taking Vitamin D supplements and his symptoms disappeared after just a few months. He then added an exercise routine which eliminated the neck and back pain.

The result led him to do more research on the importance of Vitamin D.

He learned that if a person is suffering from the symptoms of: fatigue, joint pain and/or swelling, muscle pain, cramping and/or weakness, uncontrolled weight gain, high blood pressure, restless sleep, poor concentration and memory, headaches, bowel problems (constipation, diarrhea or both) or bladder problems (urgency, frequency or both), a lack of Vitamin D may be the culprit.

And if a person is suffering from the diseases of: depression (including seasonal affective disorder [SAD]), fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, gum disease and tooth loss, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, autoimmune diseases (multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus, erythematosis, and cancer) an increase in Vitamin D levels will help.

Dr. Dowd explains that the urban lifestyle that has forced most Americans indoors to fulfill the duties of their occupation has deprived them of enough sun exposure for their bodies to produce sufficient Vitamin D naturally. This has led to an increase in the occurrence of the listed maladies. About the only people who now have enough naturally occurring Vitamin D are those who use tanning beds three times a week, according to Dr. Dowd.

The book contains a chart to help you determine how much Vitamin D supplement you should take depending on your skin type, weight, age and geographic location. It also contains a diet and exercise program to follow to help make sure your body has the proper nutrients to produce and use Vitamin D for maximum benefit.

If you or a loved one is suffering from any of the conditions or maladies Dr. Dowd has identified as resulting from a Vitamin D deficiency, you must read this book and learn whether his simple solution—Vitamin D—can provide the needed relief.

Alzheimer’s Disease—The Curse of Modern Medicine

Alzheimer’s disease is the curse of modern medicine.

In general, Alzheimer’s is beta-amyloid accumulations in the brain tissue. Amyloid is a microscopic protein fragment of a larger protein called amyloid precursor, or protein normally found throughout the body. In Alzheimer’s disease, this protein is processed improperly, creating a substance called beta-amyloid, which is toxic to brain cells. In a healthy brain, no problem—but in Alzheimer’s disease these beta-amyloid protein fragments accumulate to form insoluble plaques.

The mechanical breakdown of cognitive function is caused by malfunction of acetylcholine, the brain’s messenger molecule.

Acetylcholine is simply a brain neurotransmitter that is responsible for numerous functions including cognition and memory. An imbalance in acetylcholine affects negatively the nerve impulse that is transmitted between nerve cells.

Trouble is, the medical people don’t have a clue as far as therapy.

We place our confidence in natural nutrition that feeds and keeps the blood thin as we age, supplements such as ginkgo biloba, garlic, niacin, EDTA and nattokinase. An extra word about ginkgo biloba; this well-known and widely used herb is not only an excellent blood thinner, it is an anti-inflammatory because of its excellent circulation capacity. These are age-old blood thinners and nutrients. They are known quantities—just like the Biblical teaching that life is in the blood. "For the life of the flesh is in the blood…the life of all flesh is in the blood." Lev. 17 11:14. Life does not begin until blood becomes present in the embryo.

A product called phosphatidylserine (PS for short) can help reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s, as reported by James F. Balch, M.D., in his newsletter, Prescription for Healthy Living.

He writes that, "As long as you have plenty of PS in your bloodstream, your body automatically builds thousands of vibrant, healthy new brain cells at any age. In fact, PS is already reversing Alzheimer’s symptoms—not just in a few individual cases, but in scores of scientific studies by major institutions involving tens-of-thousands of patients."

PS can be ordered from a company that sells nutritional supplements, such as Health Resources (www.healthresources.net).

Dr. Johanna Budwig—the late German pharmacologist, chemist and physicist—discovered that the blood of a seriously ill cancer patient is deficient in certain substances and nutrients. It is lack of these nutrients that allows cancer cells to grow wild and out of control. The magic formula given in her classic book, Fats and Oils, is linseed (flax) oil mixed in a base of low-fat cottage cheese (sulphur-based proteins).

Since the brain is high fat we need balanced fat as in Dr. Budwig’s balanced fat of flax oil and low-fat cottage cheese.

Disturbance in fat metabolism (good fats) is the basis of all disease. This directly applies to heart disease and its attendant symptom of shortness of breath, according to Dr. Budwig. It is a documented fact that many people (especially heart patients) suffer from an oxygen shortage simply because they are deficient in oxygen-active lipids. Remember also that as outlined previously here, here, and here, a body slightly alkalized has much stronger oxygen carrying potential.

Bio-oxidation (oxygen sufficiency) of the cell is seriously inhibited in a malignant tumor. As bio-oxidation decreases, fermentation metabolism of the cancerous cell increases. Dr. Budwig wrote that virgin linseed oil (flax—cold-processed, unrefined, and additive-free) actually stimulates the bio-oxidation of cells and tissues and normalizes the important oxygenation processes throughout the organism. This would include the brain.

So we need the essential proteins (essential fatty acids) and the essential amino acids (proteins) which are present in low-fat cottage cheese.

Why the combination of both essential fatty acids and essential amino acids? The answer is that lipids (good fats) are only water-soluble and free-flowing when bound to protein, thus forming an electric counter pole to their protein carriers. This vitally important type of fat contains accumulated energy in its electron clouds.

The balancing of essential fats and proteins is essential to brain health as well as the entire body. For more information, read Dr. Budwig’s classic Fats and Oils.

Why don’t the rating agencies downgrade U.S. debt?

Dear Bob,

Why don’t the rating agencies downgrade U.S. debt?

A: The simple answer is that if the rating agencies even hint of downgrading U.S. debt they will feel the strong arm of the U.S. political establishment and they (the rating agencies) will bite the dirt. It is all a hoax as we have just witnessed in the crash of Enron, Lehman Brothers and so forth. The so-called rating agencies failed miserably, since they were in the hire of the people they were rating. It is like putting Dracula in charge of the blood bank. Come on!!!

Best Wishes,
Bob

The Myth of Taxpayers’ Money

Taxpayers’ money is the definition of an overworked term. We could teach Goebels a thing or two!

When ALL the writers refer to "taxpayers’ money," they think that our taxes are "taxpayers’ money" and they are trying to tell the public that the government "wastes taxpayers’ money" and they actually believe this nonsense.

Now to set this illusion in concrete, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) does reduce the numbers (money) in our checking accounts when we authorize them to do so via our 1040 tax return.

But no one ever asks where the numbers (money) go when deleted from our checking accounts. These numbers (money) do not go to Washington as taxes to pay anything. They go into the cyberspace of the IRS computers.

All this is Orwellian doublethink.

Facts:  The dollar is a myth. Oh, I know that we have green strips of paper in our pockets that we believe are dollars. The numbers on the green strips of paper are our "dollars." So what we "spend" every day are the numbers or the symbols on our green strips of paper.

Now if the government "wastes our tax dollars," what do they waste? Do they waste the numbers or computer symbols called dollars? How is it possible in the realm of reality to spend or waste numbers that can be created to infinity? What absurd nonsense!

Please, we should memorize this! Anything that can be created to infinity cannot be "spent” or “wasted." To spend or to waste implies to exhaust or use up. These money symbols (numbers) that we think of every day as money have no substance in reality. We as individuals do "spend" numbers, but ours are limited. Therefore, we can use the term spend or debt as it relates to anything except the Federal Government and their symbiotic partners, the banks.

So what does the IRS do? They reduce our consumption by reducing the numbers in our checking accounts. It is a system of economic regulation to conceal the fraud that modern money is numbers created without limit by government/bankers.

What else does this Orwellian system do? It transfers wealth to the "money creators." How does a government make war on its own people? We said that modern money is numbers or symbols which can be created to infinity. Hold on to your hat! Theft through fiat occurs when the VOLUME of numbers (money) exceeds the production of goods and services. This is called inflation. So, the government makes war on its own people by increasing the volume of money.

Individuals, cities, counties and states cannot increase their money supply (more numbers) by creating more. Only the Federal Government in symbiotic relationship with the banks has this monopolistic power. When this monopoly creates inflation it reduces the exchange value of all "dollars" in savings and circulation. Where does this reduction in savings and dollar assets go? It goes to the money creators, the people who increased the volume of money (numbers) into the system. Nobody controls the VOLUME of money except the money creators.

How do they get away with this? The answer is the ignorance of the people. Through the manipulation of economic classes and racial conflict and the military industrial complex, the money creators generate a constant clamor for higher volumes of money, small percentages of which are dispensed back to the poorer classes. The poor people get a crumb and they are happy.

Social Security and Medicare are created with excess money (numbers) volume. They are Ponzi schemes.

What makes this system work even for a day? It’s a confidence system. Most people still believe that it is honest and that it will last even though their store of value and the purchasing power of their "money" decrease constantly.

The other reason that the system of fiat works for periods of time is that the VOLUME of money is regulated through taxation. Estate taxes, income taxes and all other taxes reduce the volume of money which extends the system. When the volume of money is expanded, there must be a serious way to keep reducing the volume. Taxes and wars extinguish the excess volume of money. Do we have taxes? Do we have perpetual wars? Wars don’t cost money; they extinguish surplus volumes of money. Wars would not be possible without fiat.

Modern money is witchcraft, but it can be understood in terms of volume whether it is gold or fiat.

President James A. Garfield said, "Whoever controls the volume of money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce."

What is the so-called medical cartel that you have mentioned in your writing?

Dear Bob,

What is the so-called medical cartel that you have mentioned in your writing?

A: All so-called medicine in the United States is controlled by the pharmaceuticals. We hear much about medical research. Research in America is about looking and never finding. They would not dare find cures because it is not economically feasible. And they would prosecute anybody who does.

Best Wishes,
Bob

The Secret History of American Empire: The Truth About Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and How to Change the World by John Perkins

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American democracy paints a pretty portrait of the United States as a peace-loving, democracy-spreading, benevolent benefactor to freedom-loving nations and people around the globe.

But what goes on in the shadows is quite different. It’s actually an ever-growing leviathan that employs bribery, coercion, extortion and even, at times, assassination as billion dollar corporations and people acting under authority of the U.S. government—the corporatocracy—work to spread U.S. empire.

In The Secret History of American Empire, author John Perkins continues what he started when he first came out of the shadows with his book, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, in 2004. In that book he introduced us to the nefarious world of corporatocracy—a cadre of multinational corporations, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), government diplomats and agents from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)—with his own stories of working as an economic hit man (EHM) to enrich himself and the entities he represented at the expense of other countries.

In The Secret History…, Perkins tells some more of his own stories and introduces us to other, unnamed EHMs and jackals who have shared their stories with him.

EHMs, according to Perkins, are people representing large corporations and U.S. government interests who go to other—usually developing—nations to exploit the natural resources of those countries. To do this they find the power players and leaders who control the wealth and natural resources and make them financial offers they can’t refuse, typically using the resources of the World Bank or IMF.

If they do refuse, the jackals show up. They are people who use threats of violence and intimidation to win over the leaders. Failing that, jackals even resort to assassination.

In his prologue, Perkins writes this description of what he and other EHMs have done:

(The World Bank’s) mission soon became synonymous with proving that the capitalist system was superior to that of the Soviet Union. To further this role, its employees cultivated cozy relationships with capitalism’s main proponents, multinational corporations. This opened the door for me and other EHMs to mount a multitrillion-dollar scam. We channeled funds from the Bank and its sister organizations into schemes that appeared to serve the poor while primarily benefitting a few wealthy people. Under the most common of these, we would identify a developing country that possessed resources our corporations coveted (such as oil), and arrange a huge loan for that country, and then direct most of the money to our own engineering and construction companies—and a few collaborators in the developing country. Infrastructure projects, such as power plants, airports, and industrial parks, sprang up; however they seldom helped the poor, who were not connected to electrical grids, never used airports, and lacked the skills required for employment in industrial parks. At some point we EHMs returned to the indebted country and demanded our pound of flesh: cheap oil, votes on critical United Nations issues, or troops to support ours someplace in the world, like Iraq.

The book is divided into the major spheres of influence, as Perkins sees them, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. In them he relates actual stories of intrigue, bribery, sex and violence that have been involved in growing American empire.

He uses names and events right out of today’s headlines that bring the stories close to home and cause the reader to think: “Yeah. I can see how that happened now.”

For instance, during the late 1950s and early 1960s in Iraq, EHM efforts failed to persuade that country’s president, Abdul Karim Qasim, to continue working with the U.S. When he began demanding that foreign oil companies share their Iraqi oil profits with his people and began threatening to nationalize them if they didn’t, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) sent in an assassination team. One of the team’s members was a young Saddam Hussein.

The team opened fire, riddling Qasim’s car with bullets but only wounding him. Hussein was shot in the leg and fled to Syria.

In 1963 President John F. Kennedy ordered the CIA to join Great Britian’s intelligence agency M16 on a mission to finish the job started by the assassins. Qasim was executed by firing squad. A few years later Hussein was installed as head of state security and his second cousin was installed as president.

Later, when he was president, Hussein was visited by EHMs who wanted him to accept a deal to be Washington’s bulwark against Iran. Washington supported Saddam’s war on Iran by building chemical plants, jets, tanks and missiles. The Saudis and Kuwaitis were encouraged by EHMs to loan him $50 billion.

Although more than a million people died in the war and both nations were left economically devastated, corporatocracy had won again. Military suppliers and contractors profited handsomely.

When Hussein refused to continue dealing with EHMs, jackals were sent to solve the problem. But Hussein was wise to the ways of the jackals, having been one himself, and the jackals failed.

So President George H.W. Bush sent in the U.S. military.

After the first Gulf War, first EHMs and then jackals were sent in. Again the jackals failed, and so the second President Bush sent in the military, which succeeded in locating Hussein and then having him executed.

There are other examples in the book of intimidation and assassinations that have shaped global events, and much of the book reads like it comes right out of a fiction “thriller.” But the stories, Perkins insists, are real.

Late in his EMH days, Perkins began to realize the things he had done to benefit corporatocracy had devastated the poor people and environment many countries, and he began to look for ways to make amends.

His books have been cathartic for him. But he has also begun to work for non-profit “green” and anti-capitalistic organizations. And he believes he’s come up with some solutions to the problems of growing corporatocracy and devastation of the planet.

Whether Perkins’ solutions are the best ones for America and the world are subject to debate. But one thing is certain; Perkins’ stories of American empire are fascinating.