30 April 2010

Man Shall Not Live By Bread Alone...

Can a person live on breath alone? That would seem to defy common sense and common science. But here is a man who claims he hasn't had a meal in 70 years! Could this be true? We may soon have a clue. He is in a high tech medical facility to be studied to see if he can survive on nothing.
Caution: don't try this at home!
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Man claims to have had no food or drink for 70 years

Indian military scientists are studying an 82-year-old who claims he has not had any food or drink for 70 years.

Indian military scientists are studying an 82-year-old who claims he has not had any food or drink for 70 years.
Indian patient Prahlad Jani (Mataji), who claims he has survived without food and water for more than seven decades Photo: AFP

Prahlad Jani is being held in isolation in a hospital in Ahmedabad, Gurjarat, where he is being closely monitored by India's defence research organization, who believe he may have a genuine quality which could help save lives.

He has now spent six days without food or water under strict observation and doctors say his body has not yet shown any adverse effects from hunger or dehydration.

Mr Jani, who claims to have left home aged seven and lived as a wandering sadhu or holy man in Rajasthan, is regarded as a 'breatharian' who can live on a 'spiritual life-force' alone. He believes he is sustained by a goddess who pours an 'elixir' through a hole in his palate. His claims have been supported by an Indian doctor who specializes in studies of people who claim supernatural abilities, but he has also been dismissed by others as a "village fraud."

India's Defence Research Development Organisation, whose scientists develop drone aircraft, intercontinental ballistic missiles and new types of bombs. They believe Mr Prahlad could teach them to help soldiers survive longer without food, or disaster victims to hang on until help arrives.

"If his claims are verified, it will be a breakthrough in medical science," said Dr G Ilavazhagan, director of the Defence Institute of Physiology & Allied Sciences.

"We will be able to help save human lives during natural disasters, high altitude, sea journeys and other natural and human extremities. We can educate people about the survival techniques in adverse conditions with little food and water or nothing at all."

So far, Mr Prahlad appears to be standing up to scrutiny. He has not eaten or drunk any fluids in six days, and similarly has not passed urine or a stool in that time. He remains fit and healthy and shows no sign of lethargy. Doctors will continue observing him for 15 days in which time they would expect to see some muscle wastage, serious dehydration, weight loss,and fatigue followed by organ failure.

It is common in India for Jains and Hindus to fast, sometimes for up to eight days, without any adverse affects, as part of their religious worship. Most humans cannot survive without food for 50 days. The longest hunger strike recorded is 74 days.

According to Dr Sudhir Shah, who examined him in 2003, he went without food or water for ten days in which urine appeared to be reabsorbed by his body after forming in his bladder. Doubts were expressed about his claim after his weight fell slightly at the end of the trial.

28 April 2010

Congress to Outlaw Supplements

Here's some bad news - Congress is about to outlaw supplements as we have known them. We can still stop them if we act now. The Senate still has to act to make it official. Read the two articles here to get the details.

Obscure Anti-Supplement Measure
Passed By The House!

Alliance For Natural Health USA
The Pulse of Natural Health

April 27, 2010

Congressman Waxman Slips Obscure Anti-Supplement Measure into Wall St. "Reform" Bill Passed by the House; Please Take Action to Prevent Same Thing Happening in the Senate!

This "sneak" legislative provision, going far beyond finance, provides a back door way to bypass the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), the legislation that governs dietary supplements. Please do not delay. We may have only a few days to stop this in the Senate.

Vermont "Vitamin Tax" on Dietary Supplements Defeated
Our Vermont supporters and others defeated the "Vitamin Tax" in Vermont last week--a significant victory for consumers of dietary supplements.

Wisconsin Dietary Licensing Bill Defeated
The American Dietetic Association (ADA) sponsored legislation that threatened to give Registered Dieticians a monopoly on nutrition services in Wisconsin. With your help this was defeated.

Further Update on our Story - Supplements Gain Exemption From Codex Language in Senate Food Safety Bill
Our account was 100% accurate. Here's why.

Deborah A. Ray, MT (ASCP), Editor
Stuart Kellog, Deputy Editor
Craig Smith, Deputy Editor

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

House and Senate Ramming Through Secret Bill Add-Ons to Block Supplements

Congressman Waxman Slips Obscure Anti-Supplement Measure into Wall St. “Reform” Bill Passed by the House; Please Take Action to Prevent Same Thing Happening in the Senate!

Posted By ANH-USA On April 27, 2010 @ 6:34 pm In Attacks on Integrative Medicine, Food Safety, The Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) | No Comments

[1]The American public is becoming fed up with “sneak” provisions tacked onto largely unrelated bills that are likely to pass. A glaring recent example was tacking onto the Healthcare bill a complete change to student loans. Often the “sneak” provision is so buried that hardly anyone is aware of it.

The Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009 (H.R. 4173), recently passed in the House of Representatives, includes language going far beyond finance inserted by Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA). This language could be used for an end run around the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), the legislation that governs dietary supplement regulation by the FDA.

The Senate is expected to vote on its finance “reform” bill as early as this weekend. We need your help to ensure that it is not amended to include a similar provision going far beyond finance that could be used against supplements. Please take action now. TAKE ACTION [2]

Congressman Waxman is well known as an opponent of the dietary supplement industry. This is somewhat ironic: his district includes Hollywood and presumably many of his closest supporters are health store shoppers and supplement users. Most of these people simply don’t know what Waxman is doing in this area.

This powerful Congressman, chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee (which includes health as a subcommittee), would appear to want supplements regulated like drugs, a step that would effectively eliminate them. He is determined and has stated: “One enduring truth about Washington is that no issue is ever settled for good.”

ANH-USA has been on alert to see how Waxman would use his committee chairmanship to strike at DSHEA. He is very clever and we knew a covert attack was a possibility.

A direct attack on supplements would take the form of an amendment to DSHEA, since that legislation governs FDA regulation of supplements. In this case, Waxman has left DSHEA alone, and has instead inserted language in the Wall St. “reform” bill that gives the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) important new powers that could be used to circumvent key supplement protections in DSHEA. TAKE ACTION [2]

To see how this would work, let’s see how the FTC operates today. Its chief mission is to combat commercial fraud. It has full authority to pursue companies making fraudulent claims. But the FTC can’t go beyond that, can’t set other regulatory requirements, without advance approval of Congress. The FTC once had this regulatory “rule-making” authority. It lost it in the 1980’s because Congress thought the Agency was abusing it.

At the present time, if the FTC moves against a dietary supplement company for false or misleading advertising, the FTC typically requires the company, as part of a consent decree agreed to by both parties, to back up its claims by undertaking at least two random controlled human trials. This is done on a case-by-case basis and is legal because the targeted company has agreed to it.

If the FTC had general rulemaking authority, which Waxman’s language reinstates, the Agency would be expected to create a new legal requirement for all supplement companies. Such companies would have to perform at least two of these human studies before making any claims for their products.

Why should we care whether supplement companies are required to perform two random controlled human trials for each product? Because such trials take a long time and would be beyond the financial means of most supplement companies. Even if the companies could find the money, the FTC could require more and more costly versions of these studies, or more of these studies. At each stage, fewer supplements would be available, and those available would cost more and more, until they became as costly as drugs.TAKE ACTION [2]

Supplements are not drugs. In most cases, drugs are non-natural and therefore patentable substances. Why patentable? Because no company will spend a billion dollars on studies and FDA approval trials without the monopoly provided by the patent. To insist that supplements be treated like drugs is really to sound the death knell for the supplement industry, something that drug companies would be delighted to see, because they know that supplements are their chief potential competition, are often more effective than drugs, are often less toxic, and are always much less expensive.

Supplements are already regulated by the FDA under DSHEA. If the Waxman provision is included in the final Wall St “reform” bill, the FTC will gain the power to override the limited protections for supplements that already exist under DSHEA. The FDA would still have to respect DSHEA, but the FTC would not be so constrained.

Five unelected FTC commissioners would issue binding regulations in a wide range of areas, including the regulation of dietary supplements. And companies that did not comply with the new FTC rules could effectively be put out of business.

According to renowned constitutional attorney Jonathan Emord, “The provision removing the ban on FTC rulemaking without Congressional preapproval contained in H.R. 4173 invites the very same irresponsible over-regulation of the commercial marketplace that led Congress to enact the ban in the 1980s. FTC has no shortage of power to regulate deceptive advertising; this bill gives it far more discretionary power than it needs, inviting greater abuse and mischief from an agency that suffers virtually no check on its discretion.”

The bottom line is that FTC would be given power to regulate areas they don’t understand, and their first order of business would likely be to regulate supplements, an area far outside their area of expertise.

The Senate Wall St “reform” bill, the Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010 (S. 3217), doesn’t contain the Waxman provision yet. But we know that Senator Rockefeller (D-WV) may offer an amendment including Waxman’s language. Please help us stop this. Please take action now to help us maintain access to low cost, high quality supplements. Tell your senators not to support any amendments that give FTC unchecked power to over-regulate areas they don’t understand, including dietary supplements.


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26 April 2010

Corporations Pressure Congress to Make Real Food Illegal

Having just returned from Growing Power in Milwaukee where I am taking a 5 month course in Commercial Urban Agriculture, it is shocking to the system to read the following article which indicates that Congress may be taking away one of the most basic of human rights - the right to have good food. The big corporations are trying to outlaw what they can never provide - good food, real food that is produced locally. All they can offer is fake food products that do not nourish and which are not sustainable. So the battle lines are drawn: people vs the corporations. Let's get ready to rumble! Our very survival is at stake.

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Goodbye farmers markets, CSAs, and roadside stands

By Linn Cohen-Cole

The "food safety" bills in Congress were written by Monsanto, Cargill, Tysons, ADM, etc. All are associated with the opposite of food safety. What is this all about then?

In the simplest terms, organic food and a rebirth of farming were winning. Not in absolute numbers but in a deep and growing shift by the public toward understanding the connection between their food and their health, between good food and true social pleasures, between their own involvement in food and the improvement in their lives in general, between local food and a burgeoning local economy.

Slow Food was right - limit your food to what comes from your region and from real farmers, and slow down to cook it and linger over it with friends and family, and the world begins to change for the better.

And as we face an unprecedented economic crisis, and it is hard to be sure what has value, one thing that always does is food. Which is why the corporations are after absolute control over it. But what obstacles to a complete lock on food do they face? All the people in this country who are "banking" on organic farming and urban gardens and most of all, everyone's deepening pleasure in and increasing involvement with everything about food.

Farmers markets. Local farmers. Real milk. Fresh eggs. Vegetable stands.

Those are things we not only all want, but things we are actively getting involved in, and things we very much need. And where they are truly good, they are growing.

The international financial corporations which have wreaked havoc around the world with astounding nonsensical "solutions" that are destructive of everyone but them, are brothers to the international agribusiness giants (Monsanto, Cargill, Tysons, ADM, etc.) which are just as aggressively after their own form of "taking." Just seeds, animals, water, land.

And freedom.

Because human beings are by in large good and by in large incredibly resilient and clever, and left to their own devices - that is, free - they would handle this gargantuan financial stupidity the corporations brought us with NAFTA, CAFTA, GATT and all other globalized schemes (which they hope to eventually top off with CODEX). How? By being productive in real ways and locally. And farming is the solid ground under that. Farmers produce something of real value (something we used to take for granted), and from that base, businesses grow up. Local markets, local food processors, local seed companies, local tool and supply companies, local stores ... and an economy based on reality and something truly good for us, too, begins to grow.

So, look again at what has been exciting us - Farmers markets. Local farmers. Real milk. Fresh eggs. Vegetable stands. - and realize that they are not only wonderfully healthy but fun and naturally community building. And more, they are a real economy and deeply democratic - and just at a time we need something that works economically, that supports our democratic rebirth, and that protects food itself and our easy access to it.

And it is all those things that threaten the corporations ... which is why we now have these massive "fake food safety" bills in Congress. Everything is going under thanks to these fools, and they wish to be there like vultures to make sure that every drop of blood that can be sucked out of our resources and us, is theirs. To wit, they must get rid of such good and innocent things and yet truly powerful things as:

Farmers markets. Local farmers. Real milk. Fresh eggs. Vegetable stands.

And how will those who contaminate our country's food with pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and more, do that? Why, by setting standards for "food safety" that are so grotesquely and inappropriately and even cruelly applied to a local, independent farmers and ranchers that there is no way they can manage. Imagine your being faced with a 100 page IRS form and facing a million dollar a day penalty for screwing up. That would be in the ball park of the impossible complexity mixed with threat facing our farmers. Imagine having the government and corporations deciding every single thing you can do and must do in your kitchen and backing that up with the threat of 10 years in prison for screwing up - though you have never made anyone sick, and those corporations have. Imagine being surveilled 24 hours a day by GPS tracking devices that feed into ... a corporate data bank, one they have now moved out of the country so no one here can have legal access to see what is in it.

Imagine the devil himself - or a whole boardrooms of them, dressed in suits - defining the only safe and healthy food in this country as dangerous and burdening hard working farmers with more work then anyone could bear, while his own, their own, food is so dangerous at this point that in the last 10 years alone, diabetes has gone up 90%.

And how did they get this far with such a scheme to apply insane industrial standards to every farm in the country? Through fear of diseases and of outbreaks of food borne illnesses, both of which they cause themselves.

How it works: Tyson helps Bill Clinton get into office. Bill Clinton immediately and significantly lowers contamination standards for poultry as a thank you. And it is such contaminated waste from transnational poultry factories which is now implicated as the source of bird flu. Then fortunes on made on that fear. And then poultry industry uses the crisis they created to push out small farmers and take greater control than ever. Their mantra? Biodiversity not only be damned but be eliminated. And get rid of those damn farmers who protect it while we're at it.

The bills would require such a burdensome complexity of rules, inspections, licensing, fees, and penalties for each farmer who wishes to sell locally - a fruit stand, at a farmers market - no one could manage it. And THAT is the point. The whole dirty tricks point. The whole "be in tight control of everything needed for survival because it'll be worth a fortune" point.

So, if you like farmers markets, local farmers, fresh milk, fresh eggs, vegetables stands, and freedom, let your friends know that it's all on the line right now with those "fake food safety" bills brought to us with well-planned evil and more of it to come, by Monsanto, Cargill, Tysons, ADM, etc.

Slow Food reminds us of just where we need to be (and notice how much would help any local economy):

  • Forming and sustaining seed banks to preserve heirloom varieties in cooperation with local food systems;
  • Developing an "Ark of Taste" for each ecoregion, where local culinary traditions and foods are celebrated;
  • Preserving and promoting local and traditional food products, along with their lore and preparation;
  • Organizing small-scale processing (including facilities for slaughtering and short run products);
  • Organizing celebrations of local cuisine within regions (for example, the Feast of Fields held in some cities in Canada);
  • Promoting "taste education;"
  • Educating consumers about the risks of fast food;
  • Educating citizens about the drawbacks of commercial agribusiness and factory farms;
  • Educating citizens about the risks of monoculture and reliance on too few genomes or varieties;
  • Developing various political programs to preserve family farms;
  • Lobbying for the inclusion of organic farming concerns within agricultural policy;
  • Lobbying against government funding of genetic engineering;
  • Lobbying against the use of pesticides;
  • Teaching gardening skills to students and prisoners; and
  • Encouraging ethical buying in local marketplaces.

  • But we need to stop these bills first or we are left with no money from the financial bailout and no food from the food stealout.

    We need millions to be fighting this. Contact Eli Pariser at MoveOn moveon-help@list.moveon.org to tell him MoveOn is badly needed.

    And below, where Oped News offers a means of writing your local newspaper, take advantage of a chance to vent.

    Author's Bio: Met libertarian and conservative farmers and learned an incredible amount about farming and nature and science, as well as about government violations against them and against us all. The other side of the fence is nothing like what we've been taught to assume but great people with immense decency.

    Pneumonia and Influenza Deaths Spike

    Don't lower your guard. It ain't over yet.
    While the 'phony swine flu pandemic' is out of the news, something else is taking place in America. Influenza and pneumonia are nearly at epidemic levels, but not being reported in the media.
    Keep all safe guards to your health in place - especially Vitamin D supplementation. It is not clear which way things will develop.
    Look for yourself at the following graph and article. The danger is real.

    US Pneumonia & Influenza Deaths Spike To Epidemic Threshold

    Recombinomics Commentary 21:37
    April 20, 2010

    The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza (P&I) was at the epidemic threshold. No states reported widespread or regional influenza activity. Four states reported local influenza activity.

    The above comments from the CDC week 15 report on influenza in the United States once again highlights the discordance between reported/confirmed pH1N1 cases and Pneumonia and Influenza death rate reported in 122 cities in the United States. The graph of P&I deaths for the past three years clearly shows a change beginning about 11 months ago, following pH1N1 confirmation in the United States. Those cases created a new peak in pediatric deaths and pushed the P&I rate above baseline. It has been above baseline ever since, which is not seen in previous years.

    Normally, the P&I rate is at or below baseline for most of the season, and it moves above baseline at the peak of seasonal flu in February or March. In contrast, the P&I rate for the past 11 months has been above baseline for almost every week. Occasionally it briefly falls below baseline, but then spikes higher, as it did for week 15, when it rose to the epidemic threshold, 7.6%. Week 15 is dramatic because the level of reported pH1N1 is so low. In week 15 no state is reported widespread or regional activity. Only four are reporting local activity, and the rest are reporting sporadic or no activity (the week 15 report is displaying the week 14 map).

    These data once again raise concerns that fatal pH1N1 pneumonia cases are not being reported/confirmed. P&I deaths do not require lab confirmation, so fatal pneumonia cases which are not tested or test negative for pH1N1 are still reported by the 122 cities.

    Testing for pH1N1 is abysmal. Media and journal reports have described case after case which was pH1N1 confirmed at autopsy. These cases repeatedly tested negative for the rapid test as well as PCR because the pH1N1 had already been cleared from the upper respiratory tract and was growing exclusively in the lower respiratory tract (so throat or nasopharyngeal swabs are negative).

    Countries worldwide have reported an increase in D225G/D225N cases, which are almost exclusively found in fatal or severe cases. D225G is frequently found at higher levels in the lower respiratory tract, leading to false negatives when the upper respiratory tract is tested.

    The CDC has failed to explain the discrepancy. In January, media reports quoted the agency as speculating that the spike in deaths then were due to pneumonia caused by something other than pH1N1. However, the movement of the P&I above baseline began shortly after pH1N1 was confirmed in the spring of 2009 and reflects deaths that are markedly higher than the estimated influenza deaths of 36,000, which is based on the P&I data.

    Moreover, the number of tested samples has been minimal. Only 23 samples were tested for low reactor status in the past week, and the one positive raised the total to 6, which appears to be limited to detection of changes at position 159. The CDC no longer reports changes at position 158 as low reactors.

    Thus, not only has the CDC failed to explain the high P&I levels and lower sensitivity for detection of low reactors, they have not addressed the gap between their estimate of 12,000 pH1N1 deaths, and the 36,000 average for seasonal flu, since pH1N1 deaths are clearly much higher than an average season based on excessive P&I deaths, which is the criteria for seasonal flu death estimates.

    The clear explanation for the cause of the excessive P&I deaths is long overdue.

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    25 April 2010

    The Great American Die-Off. Part 2

    What does FEMA need with millions of burial boxes? What do they have planned?

    Vitamin D Makes You Smart

    Vitamin D prevents the flu.
    Vitamin D cures asthma.

    Now it seems, vitamin D makes you smart!
    Want to prevent or improve mental decline? Try vitamin D. The following study shows a clear cut association between cognitive decline and vitamin D levels. The lower the vitamin D, the lower the cognitive ability.
    Vitamin D, the 'sunshine vitamin', tends be be very deficient in darker skinned people. Studies show a vast majority of blacks in the US are vitamin D deficient. Could this be why blacks tend to score lower on tests of mental ability?
    Could it really be related to vitamin D?
    Could it really be so simple? Poor nutrition makes you dumb. Wow!

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    Low Vitamin D Level Tied to Cognitive Decline
    Study Shows Elderly People With Higher Vitamin D Levels Performed Better on Mental Tests
    Charlene LainoWebMD Health News
    Reviewed by
    Louise Chang, MD
    April 16, 2010 (Toronto) -- Two new studies add to evidence that older people with low levels of vitamin D may be more likely to suffer from cognitive impairment.
    The hope is that vitamin D
    supplements may be able to slow mental decline -- an intervention that one research team plans to put to the test this summer.
    Vitamin D is best known for helping the body absorb
    calcium, which restores and strengthens bone, protecting against fracture.
    But vitamin D also seems to have anti-inflammatory effects that may help keep blood vessels healthy, ensuring nutrient- and oxygen-rich blood flow to brain cells, says Amie Peterson, MD, of Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.
    In addition, the presence of vitamin D receptors throughout the brain suggests that it may directly affect brain tissue, she tells WebMD.
    Testing Cognitive Impairment
    Still, whether vitamin D has a role in memory and cognition is unclear at this point, Peterson says, and studies have had conflicting results.
    To help answer the question, Peterson and colleagues studied about 150 people aged 70 and older living on their own. Their average age was 85, and about three-fourths were women.
    Participants' vitamin D levels ranged from 9 to 90 nanograms per milliliter of blood. Levels of 30 or higher are considered normal, according to Peterson.
    All participants were given a standard 30-point test that is used to screen for cognitive impairment.
    Results showed that the lower their score on the test, the lower their vitamin D levels.
    The average vitamin D level was 42.8 for the 42 participants with a perfect score of 30 on the test; 36.7 for the 89 participants who scored between 27 and 29 ("still normal but lower," says Peterson), and 34.8 for the 21 people with scores of 22 to 26 ("mild cognitive impairment").
    The study also showed that lower vitamin D levels were associated with a greater risk of falling.
    This summer, Peterson and colleagues plan to embark on a study of people with
    Parkinson's disease to look at the effect of vitamin D supplementation on cognition, balance, and gait. Still to be tested is whether the intervention will help older people who are otherwise healthy.
    Vitamin D Deficiency Common in Elderly
    The second study involved 752 women, aged 75 and older, in France.
    A total of 129 of the women had vitamin D levels that were below 10 nanograms per milliliter, suggesting
    vitamin D deficiency, which is common among older women, says Cédric Annweiler, MD, of Angers University Hospital.
    Compared to women with higher vitamin D levels, those with levels below 10 were about twice as likely to have cognitive impairment, as measured by a standard test of cognitive skills, he tells WebMD.
    The researchers plan to follow the women for seven years to see whether those with low vitamin D levels are more likely to develop
    Alzheimer's disease or other dementia, Annweiler says.
    Studies like that are needed to answer the question of which comes first: vitamin D deficiency or cognitive impairment, says David Knopman, MD, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who was not involved with the new work.
    "People with dementia or cognitive impairment tend to become socially isolated and less physically active, so they’re less likely to get outside" to get the benefits of the sun's vitamin-D-producing ultraviolet light, he tells WebMD.
    The studies were presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology.
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    23 April 2010

    Are You a Knee-Jerk?

    The value of the following article is that it brings to the surface deeply embedded ideas and beliefs that are commonly a part of the thought structure of many Americans as it relates to health and well-being. These unspoken, unchallenged assumptions then unconsciously guide health related behavior and decisions. Alternative approaches to healing, or even the notion of healing itself, may make some people extremely uncomfortable due to the presence of these unconscious 'lies' so deeply embedded that we don't realize that they are there. But then when we speak, or decide to take action, there they are silently guiding our every word and deed. We find ourselves ensnared and don't know why. Read through these 'lies' about health and health care and see what your reactions are. Are you free yet, or do these ideas still provoke a knee-jerk reaction in you?
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    The Top Ten Lies About Your Health NaturalNews) Mainstream health care isn't based on "health" or "caring." It's actually based on an ingrained system of medical mythology that's practiced -- and defended -- by those who profit from the continuation of sickness and disease. This system of medical mythology might also simply be called "lies", and today I'm sharing with NaturalNews readers the top ten lies that are still followed and promoted under mainstream health care in America today.

    Lie #1) Vaccines make you healthy

    Vaccines have emerged as the greatest and most insidious mythology yet fabricated by western medicine. The idea that vaccines protect you from infectious disease is blatantly false in the long term because this year's flu shot actually makes you more susceptible to next year's influenza (http://www.naturalnews.com/028538_s...). On top of that, even the theoretical short-term effectiveness of vaccines is dwarfed by the far more effective protection offered by vitamin D and other immune-modulating nutrients. (http://www.naturalnews.com/027385_V...)

    Lie #2) Pharmaceuticals prevent disease

    The big push by Big Pharma is now focused on treating healthy people with drugs as if pharmaceuticals were nutrients that could somehow prevent disease. This is the new push with cholesterol drugs: Give 'em to everyone, whether they have high cholesterol or not! But pharmaceuticals don't prevent disease, and medications are not vitamins. Your body has no biological need for any pharmaceuticals at all. People who believe they need pharmaceuticals have simply been the victims of "fabricated consent" engineered by Big Pharma's clever advertising and P.R. spin.

    Lie #3) Doctors are experts in health

    Doctors don't even study health; they study disease. Modern doctors are taught virtually nothing about nutrition, wellness or disease prevention. Expecting a doctor to guide you on health issues is sort of like expecting your accountant to pilot a jet airliner -- it's simply not something he or she has ever been trained in. That's not to say doctors aren't intelligent people. Most of them have high Iqs. But even a genius can't teach you something they know nothing about.

    Lie #4) You have no role in your own healing

    Doctors, drug companies and health authorities all want you to believe that your health is determined by their interventions. If you believe them, you have virtually no role in your own health or healing -- it's all managed by their drugs, their screening, their surgeries and their interventions.

    Lie #5) Disease is a matter of bad luck or bad genes

    Western medicine wants you to believe in the mythology of spontaneous disease -- disease that strikes without cause. This is equivalent to saying that disease is some sort of voodoo black magic and that patients have no way to prevent disease through their own diets or lifestyle choices. It's funny, actually: Western medicine claims to be driven by scientific, rational thinking, and yet the entire industry still fails to acknowledge that chronic disease always has a cause and that most of the time, that cause has everything to do with nutritional deficiencies, exposure to toxic chemicals and a lack of exercise. Disease is almost never a matter of bad luck or bad genes.

    Lie #6) Screening equals prevention

    Western medicine doesn't believe in disease prevention. Rather, the industry believes in screening while calling it prevention. But screening isn't prevention by even the wildest stretch of the imagination. In fact, virtually all the popular screening methodologies actually promote diseases. Mammography, for example, emits so much radiation that it causes breast cancer in tens of thousands of women each year (http://www.naturalnews.com/027558_m...). Imaging dyes used in radiological scans can cause horrific side effects, and psychiatric "disorder" screening is little more than a thinly-disguised patient recruitment scheme disguised as medicine. Real prevention of disease must involve disease prevention through nutrition, patient education about the causes of disease and lifelong changes in eating habits. Yet western medicine teaches absolutely none of these things. Heck, it doesn't even believe in such ideas.

    Lie #7) Health insurance will keep you healthy

    This is a favorite lie of those who recently pushed for the Big Pharma-sponsored health care reform that has swept across America. The lie supposes that merely having health insurance will provide some sort of magical protection against disease. But in reality, health insurance doesn't make you healthy! It is only YOU and your choices about foods, exposures to toxic chemicals, pursuit of exercise and time in nature that can make you healthy. Health insurance is, in effect, a wager that you will get sick. How does gambling on your sickness provide any protection whatsoever for your health? It doesn't. Personally, I'd rather bet on health than sickness, and the way to do that is to invest in nutritional supplements, organic produce, superfoods, physical fitness and non-toxic personal care products.

    Lie #8) Hospitals are places of health and healing

    If you want to stay healthy or get healthy, a hospital is the very last place you want to find yourself: They are unhappy, unhealthy places that are infested with antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Hospitals usually serve disease-promoting foods and lack health-enhancing sunlight, and potentially deadly mistakes with pharmaceuticals or surgical procedures now appear to be frighteningly common in U.S. hospitals. Certainly, emergency rooms in hospitals play an important role in urgent care for injuries and accidents -- and emergency room physicians do an amazing job saving lives -- but for people with chronic, degenerative disease, a hospital is a very dangerous place to be. Unless you really need immediate critical care, try to avoid hospitals.

    Lie #9) Conventional medicine is "advanced" state-of-the-art medicine

    Even though doctors and health authorities try to pass off western medicine as being "advanced" or "modern," the whole system is actually pathetically outdated and stuck in the germ theory of disease. Western medicine has yet to even acknowledge the role of nutrition in preventing disease -- something that has been scientifically documented for at least the last several decades. Western medicine fails to acknowledge mind-body medicine and hilariously believes the mind plays virtually no role in healing. Neither does western medicine acknowledge the bio energy field of living systems, nor that organ transplants carry memories, nor that living food is qualitatively different from dead food. Seriously: Conventional doctors still believe that dead food is exactly the same as living food! (And the USDA food pyramid still makes no distinction between the two...) "Modern" medicine isn't so modern, it turns out. It is, in fact, hopelessly outdated and desperately needs to upgrade its approach to health and wellness if it hopes to survive the next hundred years.

    Lie #10) More research is needed to find "cures"

    This lie is especially hilarious because western medicine does not believe in any "cure" for any disease. They aren't even looking for cures! This lie has been repeated since the 1960's, when cancer scientists claimed they were only a few years away from curing cancer. Today, four decades later, can you think of a single major disease that western medicine has cured? There aren't any. That's because drug companies make money from sick people, not cured people. A patient cured is a patient lost. It is far more profitable to keep patients sick and pretend to "manage" their disease through a lifetime of pharmaceuticals. So when drug companies and disease non-profits claim to be searching for a "cure," what they're really doing is taking your money to fund more drug research to patent more medications that don't actually cure anything. Remember this the next time you're asked to donate to some search for "the cure." The cures already exist in nutrition, herbal remedies and naturopathic medicine, but Big Pharma and the conventional medicine cartel isn't interested in real cures -- they only want to promote the idea of a cure while pumping patients full of drugs that don't cure anything.

    Beyond the ten lies

    When it comes to western health care, there are more than 10 lies, of course, but these big 10 lies are perhaps the most relevant to your own health decisions. By avoiding being suckered in by these lies, you can take charge of your own health and avoid the health care scam by staying healthy! Staying healthy isn't as difficult as you think, and it doesn't require health insurance or disease screening. It only requires making informed, intelligent decisions about what to eat, what to put on your skin and how to get more sunshine and physical exercise. Once you do these basic things, you'll find that you are no longer held victim by a western medicine health care system based on lies and outdated medical mythology. It's time for a revolution in medicine... A revolution that finally advances past the mental roadblock of a system of medical mythology stuck in the 1940's. Don't get me wrong, 1940's medicine was great in the 1940's. But this is no longer the 1940's, and the germ theory of disease is hopelessly outdated when it comes to the primary diseases that are striking the population today. Yet the profiteers of our dishonest, outmoded health care system are doing everything in their power to keep us all stranded in the past, a past based on treating the body like a chemical battleground and attacking every disease with a patented pharmaceutical. That whole approach to health care is so far outdated that it's hilarious it can still be pushed with a straight face. No wonder doctors only spend an average of two minutes with patients these days. That's the limit of how long they can hold their faces without breaking out in laughter at how stupid this whole "treat the symptoms and forget the causes" approach to health care really is. Even they know it! That's why most doctors actually eat superfoods and take vitamins themselves, even if they never dare suggest it to patients. True fact: It is illegal in every U.S. state for a doctor to recommend any vitamin, nutrient or food for the prevention or treatment of any disease. Doing so can cause a doctor to have his medical license permanently revoked. How crazy and outdated is that?
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    22 April 2010

    Raw Milk Interveiw: Mercola and McAfee (video)

    Organic Pastures is perhaps the largest producer of raw milk in the country. Here is a very informative interview by Dr Mercola with Organic Pastures dairy farmer Mark McAfee. Check it out. You will learn a lot. Let's duplicate what Organic Pastures is doing.

    21 April 2010

    Jamie's Food Revolution

    I don't watch a lot of TV, but this past week end, while traveling in Dallas, I was urged to watch Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution. I must say, it was very entertaining and was a very light-hearted but effective boost in the right direction toward better eating habits for Americans. While with TV one never can tell truth from fiction, allegedly he got 1000 people to come by Jamie's Kitchen to learn how to stir-fry some healthy food in order to win a bet with a skeptical local radio jock. Needless to say Jamie won the bet, but in the process educated a lot of people about better eating and even won over his arch critic to win the bet. Maybe popular culture can be used to push things in a positive direction. We'll see. Mykudos to Jamie!

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    Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution a hit in US
    Jamie Oliver's programme Food Revolution, in which the celebrity chef tries to persuade America's unhealthiest city to change its eating habits, has become one of the most popular shows in the US.

    21 Apr 2010

    An estimated 7.5 million viewers tuned in to the programme. The programme, which reduced Oliver to tears at one stage, was the joint most popular programme in America last Friday - and the No 1 alone in its 9pm time-slot.
    As well as proving a hit with viewers, American TV critics have also warmed to Oliver's passion for food.

    The Los Angeles Times said: "Oliver is eminently and instantly likable. He may in fact wind up being reality TV's most engaging star, equally comfortable talking to people and the camera."
    The New York Times review said Oliver's stunts had resulted in "entertaining" and "engrossing television".
    An estimated 7.5 million viewers tuned in to the programme, aired on the ABC channel.
    But the road to success in the US has not been easy for Oliver, 34.
    In one scene, he was reduced to tears as the residents of Huntington, West Virginia, ignored his healthy eating message.
    But a host of American celebrities including Ryan Seacrest, Justin Bieber, Ricky Gervais and P Diddy have signed his petition for change.
    He also made an appearance on The Oprah Show to promote the show.

    19 April 2010

    The Great American Die-Off

    If the following article is true, then we are in the midst of a major die-off of the human population on the planet, starting with the United States. According to the article, a Russian report finds that 2 million Americans may have already died due to a mysterious lung disease caused by a mutant "crossover plant viral disease" linked to genetically modified corn and other foods. Even the possibility of this being true is cause for concern and demands further research into the true nature and consequences of the GMO "foods" promoted by Monsanto and their toy, the FDA. On the surface, on first hearing, this may sound impossible, but can we be sure? How can we find out for certain whether or not this is true? If "GMO" was required to be on labels, that would help. At least we would have a free choice to indulge in the GMO gamble or not. Read and decide for yourself what you think is best for you and your family. If we grew our own, would we have these worries?
    When is enough enough?

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    [The]most chilling report circulating in the Kremlin today prepared by the Russian Academy of Medical and Technical Science for Prime Minister Putin states that a “mysterious die-off” in the United States has claimed over 2,000,000 lives since 2008 and is “more than likely” linked to a “crossover” plant disease linked to genetically modified grains and foods.
    According to these reports this mysterious, and as yet unidentified, lung disease responsible for this mass die-off began during the spring of 2008 in the US agricultural State of Iowa where (very ironically)
    at least 36 people attending a Lung Association event at the Governors mansion were stricken.
    Important to note about Iowa is that it is one of the
    largest corn producing regions in the World harvesting over 2 billon bushels of this valuable grain farmed on nearly 32 million acres of its farmland, over 99% of which are genetically modified varieties made by the US agricultural giant Monsanto and idententifeid by their trade names of Mon 863, insecticide-producing Mon 810, and Roundup® herbicide-absorbing NK 603.
    Not reported to the American people about these genetically modified corn varieties made by Monsanto was the
    study released by the International Journal of Biological Sciences warning that they were linked to organ damage. Monsanto quickly responded to this study, stating that the research was “based on faulty analytical methods and reasoning and do not call into question the safety findings for these products.”
    Russian scientists in these reports, however, call Monsanto’s claim of their genetically modified Mon 863 corn as being safe for human or animal consumption “totally without validation”, a finding supported by the French biomolecular engineering commission, the Commission du Génie Biomoléculaire (CGB) who stated in their report, “with the present data it cannot be concluded that GM corn MON 863 is a safe product.
    Further supporting the findings of Russian scientists was
    Greenpeace International, who in their report titled “MON 863: A chronicle of systematic deception” warned that the campaign to unearth and evaluate data about this most dangerous of genetically modified grains demonstrates, beyond all doubt, that MON863 is unfit for consumption.
    Most unfortunately for the American people though, all of these warnings have been ignored by their government masters who have allowed the mass planting of these genetically modified crops to such an extent that in the United States today fully
    80% of their corn and 93% of their soybeans are of these dangerous varieties and leading one Russian scientist in these reports to warn that our World is now on the verge of experiencing an ecological disaster of “Biblical proportions”.
    And according to these reports this ecological disaster is well underway in the United States and supported by American death statistics showing that of the nearly
    2.5 million deaths reported by them each year the number of “sudden deaths” has increased to 40% equaling out to over 2 million “mysterious and unexplained” deaths from early 2008 to March, 2010.
    Now of these “mysterious and unexplained” American deaths, these reports continue, nearly all of them are lung related and being erroneously documented as being caused by influenza and pneumonia type diseases so as not to panic these peoples, but have, instead, been caused by as an yet unidentified plant virus that has successfully jumped the species barrier to human beings.
    Supporting Russian scientists in these conclusions is new research being conducted by the Didier Raoult of the University of the Mediterranean in Marseilles, France, where for the
    first time in human history a plant virus has been found to cause problems in people.
    Russian scientists further claim in these reports that the United States mass vaccination of their population this past year for the supposed H1N1 Swine Flu epidemic was instead a “very clumsy attempt” to stop the spreading of this mysterious lung disease by injecting into these peoples a DNA “fix” to this genetically modified corn, and which by all the evidence available, they state, appears to have failed.
    For those wondering how the United States government could ever allow such a monstrous outrage to be committed on their citizens one only need know that over the past 10 years Monsanto has paid over $500 million in bribing those American officials responsible for food safety while at the same time has joined US corporate giants
    General Electric and Exxon Mobil in not paying any taxes despite the billions in profits they have reaped.
    And for those Americans believing that President Obama will protect them from these outrages they couldn’t be more mistaken, and as we can read as reported by the Huffington Post News Service in their article titled “
    You’re Appointing Who? Please Obama, Say It’s Not So!” and which, in part, says:
    “The person who may be responsible for more food-related illness and death than anyone in history has just been made the US food safety czar. This is no joke.
    Here’s the back story.
    When FDA scientists were asked to weigh in on what was to become the most radical and potentially dangerous change in our food supply — the introduction of genetically modified (GM) foods — secret documents now reveal that the experts were very concerned. Memo after memo described toxins, new diseases, nutritional deficiencies, and hard-to-detect allergens. They were adamant that the technology carried “serious health hazards,” and required careful, long-term research, including human studies, before any genetically modified organisms (GMOs) could be safely released into the food supply.
    But the biotech industry had rigged the game so that neither science nor scientists would stand in their way. They had placed their own man in charge of FDA policy and he wasn’t going to be swayed by feeble arguments related to food safety. No, he was going to do what corporations had done for decades to get past these types of pesky concerns. He was going to lie.”
    Even worse for these American people are those believing they will be able to change their government in the upcoming National elections to be held in the United States this coming November, but which new reports are showing that Obama is also preparing for with a special military unit called the “Consequence Management Response Force” said ready to deploy during these elections at his command from his White House fortress the Washington Post writes has now become more like “Soviet-era Moscow” then the house of the people it used to be should these Americans begin to rise up against the growing corporate-run police state surrounding them.
    New reports from America are also warning that Obama’s growing police state government is further moving against its own citizens by ordering their Internet giants to turn over all emails written by every citizen in their country, an insidious move Yahoo, for one,
    has vowed to fight.
    To the final outcome of all of these events it is not in our knowing, other than to note that in the same week that one of Obama’s Federal Courts has
    outlawed all Americans from celebrating their National Prayer Day, and Obama has vowed to rid the United States of all of its nuclear weapons, President Putin, on the other hand, stated that Russia’s internal and external security depends upon two things – “its traditional religions and its nuclear forces”…and leaving no doubt whatsoever that our World has, indeed, turned upside down as the US descends into tyranny and Russia moves toward freedom.
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    10 Responses to " Russia Reports Over 2 Million Dead In US As Mysterious Die-Off Accelerates

    Chance says:
    18/04/2010 at 10:49 pm
    Thank you for this information. I believe every word of it.
    a few years back Monsanto was involved and tried to hide the fact that it was injecting hormones into cows to make them produce more milk. Two investigators of their own were assigned to do a “goodwill” story on it. However, they found out that the hormones produced cancer and that Monsanto knew about it and did not inform the public.
    The investigators would not write the report they were told to by Monsanto and both were fired even after Monsanto made them change their story 80, yes eighty times and then fired them anyway. The reporters then brought the story to the public.
    There also was controversey and outcry by Americans about the GMO’s. The result was codex, alimentarius. Nothing produced by the US can even be trusted anymore.
    I too, shutter to think about our new food czar.
    Americans are waking up and fighting back on all levels.
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    Roger says:
    19/04/2010 at 12:04 am
    The American people are being turned into slaves and they don’t realize how close they are to loosing all of their freedoms, because of an illegal election. They are about to wake up to find that they are going to live under a dictator not a president. America as we knew it is dead. We are the laughing stock of the rest of the world now.
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    Truth says:
    19/04/2010 at 4:46 am
    It’s not the corn, it’s the chemtrails.
    OldSchool says:
    19/04/2010 at 4:56 am
    Monsanto has a primary goal of controlling the world food supply. And since they cannot control organic agriculture, they chose to usurp it with GMO crops, whose pollen affects every other crop around you. More than likely, monsanto is responsible for the vast die-off of honeybees, due to the pesticides they push on their ‘customers’. All them trace elements in the pollen are carried back to the hive where it accumulates and kills the bees. There are plenty of monsanto goons that need some good ol’ American Country Justice..
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    Peter Pan says:
    19/04/2010 at 7:16 am
    Everyone, please watch “Food Inc.” Your hair will stand up.
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    CalDre says:
    19/04/2010 at 9:09 am
    I’m not sure I’ve ever heard such a tall tail – OK, Paul Bunyon. Where can I read this supposed report?
    Where is there any evidence of any “mysterious die-off”? 2 million people? The fact that some people actually believe this lunacy is troubling at best ….
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    eileen says:
    19/04/2010 at 11:21 am
    Eventually genetically modified food will be identified as the number one killer of Americans.
    It only took rats a few months to be affected and die miserably from GMO corn. Are we next?… and how effective will staying off GMO products be, even if you try?
    How can anyone be sure 100% that what you eat, even organic, hasn’t been contaminated?
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    Piotr says:
    19/04/2010 at 4:01 pm
    OMG! This is such a bullshit. I stumbled over this website and it’s entertaining, yes but nothing of this news about 2 millions dead in the US is true.
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