Candidate Trump: ‘I Love Wikileaks.’ President Trump: ‘Arrest Assange!’

Candidate Trump: ‘I Love Wikileaks.’ President Trump: ‘Arrest Assange!’ | donald-trump4 | Politics Special Interests Trump Whistle Blowers

By: Ron Paul |

“I love Wikileaks,” candidate Donald Trump said on October 10th on the campaign trail. He praised the organization for reporting on the darker side of the Hillary Clinton campaign. It was information likely leaked by a whistleblower from within the Clinton campaign to Wikileaks.

Back then he praised Wikileaks for promoting transparency, but candidate Trump looks less like President Trump every day. The candidate praised whistleblowers and Wikileaks often on the campaign trail. In fact, candidate Trump loved Wikileaks so much he mentioned the organization more than 140 times in the final month of the campaign alone! Now, as President, it seems Trump wants Wikileaks founder Julian Assange sent to prison.

Last week CNN reported, citing anonymous “intelligence community” sources, that the Trump Administration’s Justice Department was seeking the arrest of Assange and had found a way to charge the Wikileaks founder for publishing classified information without charging other media outlets such as the New York Times and Washington Post for publishing the same information.

It might have been tempting to write off the CNN report as “fake news,” as is much of their reporting, but for the fact President Trump said in an interview on Friday that issuing an arrest warrant for Julian Assange would be, “OK with me.”

Trump’s condemnation of Wikileaks came just a day after his CIA Director, Michael Pompeo, attacked Wikileaks as a “hostile intelligence service.” Pompeo accused Assange of being “a fraud — a coward hiding behind a screen.”

Pompeo’s word choice was no accident. By accusing Wikileaks of being a “hostile intelligence service” rather than a publisher of information on illegal and abusive government practices leaked by whistleblowers, he signaled that the organization has no First Amendment rights. Like many in Washington, he does not understand that the First Amendment is a limitation on government rather than a granting of rights to citizens. Pompeo was declaring war on Wikileaks.

But not that long ago Pompeo also cited Wikileaks as an important source of information. In July he drew attention to the Wikileaks release of information damaging to the Clinton campaign, writing, “Need further proof that the fix was in from President Obama on down?”

There is a word for this sudden about-face on Wikileaks and the transparency it provides us into the operations of the prominent and powerful: hypocrisy.

The Trump Administration’s declaration of war on whistleblowers and Wikileaks is one of the greatest disappointments in these first 100 days. Donald Trump rode into the White House with promises that he would “drain the swamp,” meaning that he would overturn the apple carts of Washington’s vested interests. By unleashing those same vested interests on those who hold them in check – the whistleblowers and those who publish their revelations – he has turned his back on those who elected him.

Julian Assange, along with the whistleblowers who reveal to us the evil that is being done in our name, are heroes. They deserve our respect and admiration, not a prison cell. If we allow this president to declare war on those who tell the truth, we have only ourselves to blame.

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How Vaccinated Kids Infect The Non-Vaccinated

How Vaccinated Kids Infect The Non-Vaccinated | infected_vaccines_transmit | Medical & Health Sleuth Journal Special Interests Vaccines

With the thousands of mainstream media articles blaming the non-vaccinated for disease outbreaks, this article will provide a necessary counterbalance by showing the vaccinated can (and do) infect the non-vaccinated… 

A groundbreaking study published in 2013 in the journal Vaccine titled, “Comparison of virus shedding after lived attenuated and ​pentavalent reassortant rotavirus vaccine,” referenced the fact that rotavirus vaccines contain live viruses capable of causing infection, shedding and even transmission to non-vaccinated subjects:

“In fact, transmission of these two rotavirus vaccines or vaccine-reassortment strains to unvaccinated contacts has been detected [9–13][1], even in the absence of symptoms.”

One of the five studies referenced in the passage above confirming that the vaccinated can infect the non-vaccinated, “Sibling transmission of vaccine-derived rotavirus (RotaTeq) associated with rotavirus gastroenteritis,” published in 2009, is the first report in the literature to identify the transmission of rotavirus vaccine-derived virus to unvaccinated contacts resulting in symptomatic rotavirus gastroenteritis requiring emergency medical attention:

“We document here the occurrence of vaccine-derived rotavirus (RotaTeq [Merck and Co, Whitehouse Station, NJ]) transmission from a vaccinated infant to an older, unvaccinated sibling, resulting in symptomatic rotavirus gastroenteritis that required emergency department care.”

The study also indicated that two of the five strains of rotavirus within the Rotateq reassorted to produce a more harmful virus either within the vaccinated infant or within the subsequently infected unvaccinated sibling:

“Results of our investigation suggest that reassortment between vaccine component strains of genotypes P7[5]G1 and P1A[8]G6 occurred during replication either in the vaccinated infant or in the older sibling, raising the possibility that this reassortment may have increased the virulence of the vaccine-derived virus.”

This phenomenon of Rotateq vaccine strain ​reassortment and subsequent gastoenteritis infection in vaccine recipients was also observed in a 2012 study in 61 infants.[2] Additionally, A Nicaraguan study published in 2012 found “the widespread use of the RotaTeq vaccine has led to the introduction of vaccine genes into circulating human RVs.,” revealing that the widespread introduction of the vaccine strain has altered the genetic makeup of wild-type rotavirus that now infects exposed populations.[3]

It has been estimated that between 80-100% of infants shed rotavirus at some point during 25-28 days after vaccination.[4] [5] This reveals that the vaccinated, contrary to widespread assumptions about the the risks represented by the non-vaccinated, pose a clear risk of infecting the non-vaccinated, and may be producing the ideal virological conditions for the recombination of diverse rotavirus strains into vaccine-resistant ‘super viruses.’

Another case study, reported on in the National Vaccine Information Center’s document on vaccine viral shedding:

“In 2010, a case report was published in Pediatrics describing a 30-month old healthy boy who had never received rotavirus vaccine and was infected with vaccine strain rotavirus. 237 He ended up in the emergency room with severe gastroenteritis 10 days after his healthy two-month old brother was given a dose of Merck’s RotaTeq vaccine. A stool sample was taken in the emergency room and came back positive for RotaTeq vaccine derived strains after RT-PCR testing.”

The authors of the case report noted that “transmission of RotaTeq strains to unvaccinated contacts was not evaluated in the pivotal [pre-licensure] clinical trials.” They added that  both RotaTeq and Rotarix [GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals] vaccines have “the potential for vaccine-virus transmission to contacts.”

The Rotateq Vaccine: Shot Through with Conflict of Interest

The Rotateq rotavirus vaccine was co-created by Dr. Paul Offit, widely recognized as the vaccine industry’s leading promoter and apologist. He is the co-patent holder of one of two live rotavirus vaccines the FDA has approved, and which the CDC recommends should be administered to infants in 3 doses at ages 2 months, 4 months, and 6 months.

Historically incapable of self-recusal, despite his glaring conflicts of interest, Offit regularly positions himself as an expert on vaccines, even though he personally gains from presenting his product (and the CDC’s vaccine schedule as a whole) as safe and effective.  Case in point, in one notorious interview in Parenting magazine he claimed a child can receive 10,000 vaccines simultaneously without harm (corrected from 100,000 which he suggested in a previous interview).

The Rotavirus Vaccine Was Dirty from the Start

The first rotavirus vaccine – Rotashield – comprised of four reassorted rhesus-human rotaviruses was approved in 1999, only to be withdrawn from the market by the FDA nine months later when it was found to increase the risk for a deadly form of bowel obstruction known as intussusception in a small subset of highly vulnerable children.[6]

Offit’s Rotateq, which consists of 5 reassorted human-bovine retroviruses (yes, that means GMO), was believed to be a safer alternative when it was approved by the FDA in 2006, but newly published research reveals his vaccine suffers from the same exact deadly problems.

Published this month in Vaccine and titled, “Intussusception risk after RotaTeq vaccination: Evaluation from worldwide spontaneous reporting data using a self-controlled case series approach“, the study evaluated worldwide reports to the manufacturer of Rotateq up to May 2014, adjusting for the phenomenon of under-reporting.  The study found that the relative risk of intussception associated with the administration of Rotateq vaccine increases “3-7 days following vaccination, mainly after the first dose and marginally after the second and third doses.”  The increase in relative risk reached 3.45 fold in the period 3-to-7 days after the first dose, relative to the 15-30-day period control period.

Another study linking Rotateq to intussusception was published last year in the New England Journal of Medicine finding approximately 1.5 (95% CI, 0.2 to 3.2) excess cases of intussusception per 100,000 recipients of the first dose.[7]

Live Vaccines: A Pandora’s Box of Adventitious Viruses  

Death or debilitation by bowel obstruction rapidly following Rotateq vaccination is an acute adverse effect that is unlikely to be overlooked or ignored. This is why the Vaccine Adverse Effects Reporting System (VAERS): a passive, vaccine post-marketing surveillance system, has found it to be a significant side effect.  VAERS, however, is believed to capture as little as less than 1% of the actual damage being done by vaccines, indicating that the extent of harm of the Rotateq is several orders of magnitude than presently indicated by this report.

Exposure to Rotateq therefore suffers – like many live vaccines – from a darker side, as far as adverse effects go, which may take months, years, or decades to manifest as part of the multifactorial smog cloud of modern day toxicities and exposures that eventually make their way into the bottleneck of a classical diagnosis.

Rotateq, for instance, has been identified to be contaminated with a number of adventitious viruses; that is to say, viruses that contaminated the live cells and/or biological components involved in the original vaccine manufacturing process. These surreptitious agents, unknown to the manufacturers and regulatory agencies that approved them, infected the vaccines the children given them. These viruses include:

  • Porcine Circovirus 1 (PCV-1): In 2010 the FDA suspended the Rotarix vaccine due to the discovery that it was contaminated with PCV-1 virus, a pig virus, the implications of which as far as human exposure are still unknown. Considered less a risk than PCV-2, known to cause a debilitating wasting disease in piglets, the FDA determined, after review, that PCV-1 does not represent a risk to the millions of children exposed to it.
  • Porcine Circovirus 2 (PCV-2): A 2014 study conducted by CDC researchers and published in Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutcs titled, “Detection of PCV-2 DNA in stool samples from infants vaccinated with RotaTeq®,” found for the first time that PCV-2 is shed in the stool of those vaccinated with Rotateq. They found “A total of 235 (28.5%) samples from 59 vaccine recipients were positive for PCV-2 DNA by one or more assays used in this study.” Additionally, “Twenty-two of the 102 vaccine recipients (21.6%) shed RotaTeq® vaccine strain and 10 of these vaccinees (9.8%) were shedding both PCV DNA and rotavirus vaccine RNA.”  In pigs, PCV-2 has been linked to serious health problems including, “PCV2-associated pneumonia, PCV2-associated enteritis, PCV2-associated reproductive failure, and Porcine Dermatitis and Nephropathy Syndrome (PDNS).” [source]. In 2010, The FDA ruled, against the precautionary principle, that neither “PCV1 or PCV2 are known to infect or cause illness in humans, however PCV2 may cause illness in pigs.”
  • Baboon endogenous strain 7 retrovirus DNAa 2014 study published in Advances in Virology titled, “Screening of Viral Pathogens from Pediatric Ileal Tissue Samples after Vaccination,” found evidence of contamination with a baboon retrovirus.
  • Class D Simian Retovirusa 2010 study published in Journal of Virology revealed that the Rotateq vaccine contains  simian retrovirus DNA (with a 96% match of certainty), which Judy Mikovits, PhD, confirms may contribute to adverse health effects, regardless of whether it is a self-replicating virus or not.

Because live vaccines are manufactured through co-culturing cells and biological fluids from various different species, there is plenty of opportunity for viruses to adapt to, and  recombine to produce infectious agents capable of far greater virulence. Rotateq is just one of many vaccines in the CDC’s immunization schedule that contain live viruses capable of infecting those given it, including retroviruses, which have been called a modern-day Plague owing to the fact that they are capable of infecting the host as non-HIV acquire immunodeficiency viruses. For more information read Dr. Judy Mikovits and Kent Heckenlively’s new book Plague or listen to my interview of Dr. Mikovits on Fearless Parent Radio.

Clearly, given the evidence revealing the potential unintended, adverse effects of the Rotateq vaccine, especially the potential for it to infect those exposed to it with adventitious viruses, the implementation of the precautionary principle requires the immediate suspension of its use until proper toxicological reevaluations can be made. Anyone who questions the safety of the present CDC immunization schedule should be able to point to the Rotateq as a perfect example of why the schedule is not at all evidence based but rather founded in a mythological belief in the safety and effectiveness of products that have never been proven sound.


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Life in Venezuela is a Daily Battle

Life in Venezuela is a Daily Battle | venezuela-protests-1024x684 | Special Interests World News

Youths prepare to throw Molotov cocktails as riot police used tear gas and rubber bullets against crowds protesting the government of President Nicolas Maduro. (MERIDITH KOHUT / The New York Times)

(The Real Agenda News) One thing is true about Venezuela: Life is not easy and society is sharply divided. This reality is easy to see everyday as those who support the current regime go to the streets in large numbers to show support for the current administration, while opponents, strongly funded by foreign actors also protest the precarious state of affairs.

People never go to the streets the way they go in Venezuela, especially if things are going in the right direction and in many places, such as so-called first world nations, the disadvantaged do not have the strength to do that either.

The crisis in Venezuela stems from a combination of issues as opposed to only one or a few. It all began as any other theoretical utopia does, with empty promises of a panacea which, according to demagogues, is within reach if everyone would just line up and obediently follow the commands of a leader who knows better than everyone else.

In the case of the South American country, though, the crisis has dug the lives of people deeper than perhaps any other country in the continent. The most recent episode of Venezuelan life can be summed up as a daily battle that is strongly influenced by rationing, shortage of medicines, insecurity and political polarization.

The best description in most metropolitan areas in Venezuela is that of a roller coaster. Crossing the Venezuelan capital, the scene of three weeks of opposition protests that demand elections to the government of Nicolas Maduro, is a journey through parallel worlds, opposing visions of reality and dysfunctions that illustrate the daily life of many Venezuelans.

People have gone from not having toilet paper to not having food. Many Venezuelans have had to travel to neighbouring countries such as Colombia and Brazil to buy supplies.

Despite its natural wealth, Venezuela sells its people the most expensive fuel in the southern area. It is a bit like what happens in Brazil, where the abundance of crude oil reserves and its availability has no positive effect on the cost to the consumer.

People in urban areas, such as Petare, one of the most humble and insecure neighborhoods in the country, arrive to the markets in the middle of the morning to buy fruit and some vegetables.

In front of the most well-stocked food stores, protected with strong security bars, queues are usually long to buy bread and other basic products.

A bag of rice today costs 4,700 bolivars, about a dollar, a price that is multiplied in the illegal resale known as bachaqueo. At a service station, 20 liters of gas cost cents on the dollar.

Venezuela, a country that produces oil and whose economy depends on its value, is also hit by a dramatic hyperinflationary trend. The IMF estimates that prices will rise more than 1,700% in two years.

While the shopping center of Tolón, in the Las Mercedes urbanization, exhibits shops of European firms where a blouse is worth more than three minimum salaries – of 40,000 bolivars, less than 10 dollars, people in Caracas cannot find medicines or diapers in the pharmacies.

“People are starving,” says Ismael Garcia, a veteran politician who supported former President Hugo Chávez and is now deputy to the Democratic Unity Table (MUD). “We must fight for the Venezuelans to express themselves.”

Maduro’s government intervened in the market with the so-called CLAP. These are local sourcing and production committees that administer regulated commodities such as flour or milk powder, which Henrique Capriles, leader of the Primero Justicia Party, considers a “blackmail” system that generates dependence on the ruling party.

Something similar was done while Chávez was in power but in the health field with the missions Barrio Adentro. This primary care project implemented with the support of Cuba remains in place after more than a decade, although its operation has been affected by other of the crucial problems of Venezuela: violence in the streets.

This is confirmed by Carlos Villegas, who has been directing the Comprehensive Diagnosis Center Rio de Janeiro for the last three years. The center helps about 60 patients a day. He believes that this model works but warns:

“Insecurity is the biggest problem.”

Last year there were, according to the NGO Observatorio Venezolano de Violencia, 28,479 murders in a country with a population of 30 million inhabitants.

In the streets, however, few uniformed policemen are seen, except before the demonstrations.

Barricades, clashes with security forces, vandalism, looting and fist battles are common every night.

Authorities denounced an attempted attack on a children’s hospital by armed gangs. Three people were shot dead and nine electrocuted during the assault on the La Mayer bakery.

“The war against Venezuela is inside and outside Venezuela,” adds a neighbour in reference to the classic accusation from Chavistas, who attribute the impetus of the protests to the support of the United States and the Organization of American States.

Ana González warns:

“They want to get us fighting with ourselves. We are all worried about the same, with food, with medicines, with health, with everything that is happening, whether it is Chavista or not Chavista, we are all going hungry. “

“I’m a pro-government official, but what happened here was not rational opposition or government,” Angie Barrio, a 38-year-old Metro worker, said about the riots.

The daily life in Venezuela is marked by high polarization. But that does not mean that all opponents or those who demonstrate against the Government are strictly in agreement with the ideals of the forces that make up the MUD.

Not that all who defend Chavismo do so because they applaud that model, but rather because they prefer the conservation of order, the idea that everything remains in place.

Chavez also managed to install in the collective imagination a concept of sovereignty and national pride that persists in several sectors and that assimilates the notion of country to a political option.

“We cannot allow them to invade us, we have to defend the revolution,” explains Yilson Rodrigues. Meanwhile, year after year, Venezuela grows more and more divided; a situation is good for both the Chavismo and the foreign actors that fund and support the opposition, but that is deadly for those who live in the middle of two strongly opposed ideologies.


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Will War Follow Another North Korea Nuclear Test?

Will War Follow Another North Korea Nuclear Test? | Kim-Jong-un-North-Korea-missile-Japan-America-682568 | War Propaganda World News

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On Monday, Xi Jinping and Trump spoke for the second time by phone on North Korea since the Chinese president’s visit to Mar-a-Lago earlier this month.

Instead of stressing peaceful resolution of the issue alone, Xi said all parties must “shoulder their due responsibilities and meet each other halfway.”

Yet he called for “restraint,” avoiding “provocative actions,” and strictly observing Security Council resolutions to resolve things.

Both leaders want the Korean peninsula denuclearized, Beijing justifiably concerned if conflict erupts, its national security will be threatened.

Preventing it by pressuring Pyongyang to halt further nuclear and ICBM tests appears to be China’s red line. It’s the only country able to get concessions from the DPRK – whether on its nuclear and missile programs remains a test for its leadership.

Separately, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said his country will not be swayed by the various statements (made by parties involved), and will not renounce its due responsibility.”

“China will continue maintaining dialogue and consultation with all sides and continue playing a constructive role in solving the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula.”

Last week, Beijing endorsed a US-proposed Security Council statement, condemning Pyongyang’s failed April 16 ballistic missile test.

It demanded halting all activities in violation of SC resolutions. The DPRK responded by threatening “catastrophic consequence” if Beijing sides with Washington on these issues.

Last Friday, the Beijing-linked Global Times (GT) called for a “realistic solution (to) the NK nuke issue” – expecting another nuclear and ICBM test, warning of an “emergency situation” if they’re conducted.

China’s situation is delicate. So far, it’s unsuccessfully tried getting Pyongyang to halt its tests in return for Washington and South Korea calling off or suspending their joint large-scale military exercises – ones the DPRK believes is preparation for war.

According to GT, “the only remaining option for Beijing is to take only one step first, and then look around before taking another. Beijing will do what it should do, instead of doing something it does not want to do, or is unable to do.”

Above all, China wants war prevented, potentially catastrophic if erupts, especially pitting two nuclear powers against each other on Beijing’s border.

China opposes Pyongyang’s nuclear and ICBM programs – short of resolving the situation militarily.

On Tuesday,  GT asked if Pyongyang will wisely step back from the brink. If not, a “point of no return may be crossed,” it said, risking another Korean peninsula war, the North suffering most of all.

A best case scenario under dire conditions is stiffer sanctions, including by China, short of crippling ones. If Washington launches attacks, Pyongyang “will be forced to make a life-or-death decision,” said GT.

Failure to retaliate will let America take whatever steps it wishes, knowing the DPRK alone will pay the price. If it launches its own attacks, possible nuclear war could follow.

The stakes are huge. Once the die is cast, there may be no turning back, the entire region paying a price.

Washington wants Beijing to constrain Pyongyang. China can do only so much. It can’t satisfy everyone. It’s going all-out to avoid potentially catastrophic war.

North Korea has every right to protect its national security short of conflict risking the lives of millions of its people.

Diplomatic solutions to tough issues aren’t easy, the payoff huge if accomplished.

Are Pyongyang and Washington wise enough to see war isn’t the answer?

Things could come to a head quickly in the coming days. Will madness of war no one can win get both sides to step back from the brink?


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When a Prepper Relocates: Finding and Moving to the Perfect Survival Retreat

When a Prepper Relocates: Finding and Moving to the Perfect Survival Retreat | mountain-home-survival-retreat | PreparednessSurvival

It is hard to believe that a little over a year ago I decided to pull up stakes and search for the perfect survival retreat.  More than a retreat, I wanted to find a forever home.  It has been quite the journey and now that I am within days of fully moving into my new home, it is time to come clean on the how-to’s of moving, prepper-style.

Before starting, let me just say this.  Planning and executing a move is going to take over every free moment for up to a year.  There are more moving pieces than you can imagine, especially if moving more than 300 miles from your home base.  At times, you will want to give up.  It is a lot of work, and it can be lonely.

Step One: Define the Criteria for Your New Home

Something I did up front was to define a punch list of items that were a priority at my new location.  Here is a summary of the list I shared last year.  I called it my survival retreat bucket list.

Minimum of 1/3 acre and preferably more.
Sunny space for a garden. Existing fruit trees a bonus.
Trees in the general vicinity to provide wood and biomass for heating and cooking.
Local source of water such as streams, ponds, or lakes.  Bonus if a well can be dug.
Abundant wildlife for hunting as a food source.
Favorable tax environment.
Sufficient storage space for a two year food supply.
Gun-friendly.
Zoning that allows for water catchment systems and auxiliary fuel/propane tanks.
History that shows area is relatively free from wild fires and floods.
Moderate climate 20F low to 90F high.
Proximity to health care within a 20 mile radius.
Very good to excellent cell phone service.
Availability of high speed internet (for as long as it lasts).
Peace, quiet, and no tourist activity.

Mind you, this list was generated before I knew exactly where I was going to relocate.  At the time, I had a good idea of the state where I was headed but nothing was cast in stone.  Because I did not want to get my hopes up for a quick sale, I did not research precise geographical locations until my existing home sold.   I did that because there were some unique characteristics to my San Juan Island home that limited its appeal to a specialized buyer. It could take a year or possibly longer to sell.

We were lucky to have a seasoned real estate agent who specialized in our type of property.  He set realistic, priced-to-sell expectations, and coached us on what we needed to do to attract a buyer.  As it happened, our home sold quickly but closing took forever.  We did not start looking for our survival retreat until the money was in the bank.

You may approach things differently but at this stage in my life, I did not want to set myself up for disappointment.  That becomes my first tip: do not set yourself up for disappointment by setting unrealistic expectations.  Much like prepping itself, when it comes to moving, prepare for the worst but hope the best.

Be Mindful of the Cost of Moving – Especially Your Food Storage

One of the more shocking parts of moving is the cost.  When planning a move, be realistic about what it is going to cost to move both your household items and prepping supplies.  This includes food storage which can be heavy!

In our case, the cost came to about one dollar a pound.  Half of that was getting our stuff back to the mainland.

Think about that.  It makes sense to pay to have furniture moved but those cases of canned foods?  Not a chance.  We gave away hundreds of pounds of food because it was too bulky or heavy to transport.  Some of it no one wanted because the canned items were out of date.  That was a shame because as we all know, the expiration on canned goods is mostly a myth.

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When Elvis left the building, he dragged a Uhaul full of preps.

We did rent a U-haul to transport our freeze dried foods and some of our food buckets.  I admit that the movers also transported food buckets full of cheap beans and cheap rice but after accounting for the convenience of having it packaged and ready to go at my new location, it was worth it.

A question I am frequently asked is whether I paid to have my furniture moved.  The answer is yes and here is why.  Although the buyers of our home were interested in our furniture, to start all over would have been disruptive and expensive.  While not new, our furniture was of good quality and comfortable.  I ran the numbers and by my own estimate, it would have cost over $40,000 to replace my furniture, and most likely a lot more than that.

Thank you very much but I will keep my used furniture.

Be Prepared to Compromise

Something I learned a long time ago is that life is a compromise.  And so it was with moving.  Although I had 40 years of memories invested in my stuff, much of it had not been touched in years.  Perfectly good items, no matter how precious, were donated to the local thrift store.

Chances are we could have raised a nice pile of cash by holding a garage or estate-type sale rather than giving things away.  This is where compromise stepped in.  In order to maintain my privacy, I gave things away instead.

The biggest compromise, however, had to do with seeking a new place to call home.  As much as I wanted to find the perfect prepper palace, I knew that my age and budget would restrict where I ultimately landed. Transcending our dream into reality meant we had to give up on our hope of having a flock of chickens, and enough raised beds to grow at least half of our own food.  It simply was not going to happen so I let it go.

I reminded myself that I was going to homestead in place on a property I would want to maintain for the next twenty years and until I was well into my senior years. That meant a two-story farmhouse was out, as was grass and brush that needed to be mowed weekly.

I chose instead to compromise with a beautiful and serene environment and a home I could fill with creature comforts with plenty of room to cook, can, and pursue crafts and other amusements.

Where Am I Going to Put All of that Stuff?

Something every prepper needs is space for all of their stuff.  Most of us have backup cooking facilities, backup water and water filtering devices, backup fuel, backup food and backup everything else.  This all takes space not only for storage but for organized storage!  Oh my!

While house hunting, I found a number of delightful properties that lacked storage.  There was no garage, no pantry, and no spare closets.  Where would the food storage go?  What about the manually operated tools? And what about the ammo and other items of defense that need to be hidden away, free from prying eyes?

These are factors that should be considered before you make an offer and not after.  Don’t let your judgment be clouded by clever staging.  Look for closets, attics, crawl spaces, and rooms that can be converted to meet your storage needs.  This may seem obvious, but believe me, it is easy to fall in love with a property only to find those things lacking when you look a bit closer.

Remember, sellers are going to try to tempt you with glitz and glamour.  Look beyond it.

Finding the Right Community, Or Not

How close do you want to be to your neighbors?  Do you want paved roads to your retreat or are dirt roads okay?  What about the driveway?  Will a steep hill pose a problem for you or for emergency responders, heaven forbid?

I believe the most important assessment to make when it comes to a community is to determine whether you wish to keep your prepping lifestyle private or whether you wish to join others in a like-minded community.  Regardless of your choice, I suggest attending some community or church events to get a feel for the social milieu. Visit the local hardware store and look around.  Chat up the clerks.  You will be surprised at how much information you can glean by simply observing and listening.

In our case, we visited one particular local hangout two times and were so put off we crossed that particular community off the list.

You are a prepper.  You have good instincts. Use them.

How Did I Do?

For the curious, we purchased a home in the Mogollon Rim area of Arizona.  The elevation is 5,000 feet and the climate is moderate.  We spent a lot more money than we planned but less than we realized from our Washington State home so we were happy.

I call our new home “The Cabin” and it is as close to perfect as I could get.  With just a few exceptions, all of my requirements were met.  Let me run quickly run through the list for you.

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Minimum of 1/3 acre and preferably more:  We have one acre surrounded by 18 other one-acre parcels.  It is like an oasis.

Sunny space for a garden. Existing fruit trees a bonus:  The property is lightly wooded and backs to undeveloped forest.  We have had clearings made to expose more sun.  Alas, there are no fruit trees and given that the elk make frequent runs through the property, we will like need to compromise in this area.

Trees in the general vicinity to provide wood and biomass for heating and cooking:  Definitely.

Local source of water such as streams, ponds, or lakes.  Bonus if a well can be dug:  There are plenty of water sources in the area but none are within walking distance. Although that is a concern, we are planning to store extra water in multiple 160 gallon tanks, plus a series of rain barrels.

Abundant wildlife for hunting as a food source.: Elk and rabbits roam the the property and fishing is close by.

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Mr. Elk comes to visit from time to time and brings his buddies with him.

Favorable tax environment:  Good enough.  Local government seems non-invasive and the taxes seem fair.

Sufficient storage space for a two year food supply:  YES YES YES!

Gun-friendly:  This is Arizona.  The previous owners had a huge gun safe and our neighbors own firearms.  That is all I will say about that.

Zoning that allows for water catchment systems and auxiliary fuel/propane tanks:  There are restrictions that we will need to take into consideration relative to above ground water catchment systems and propane tanks.  I am satisfied that we will find a suitable alternative.

History that shows area is relatively free from wild fires and floods: There is a fire risk; this is the national forest after all.  Still, we are in a Firewise community and have had our property cleared of low growing brush that would potentially put our home at risk.

Moderate climate 20F low to 90F high:  Check, although summers can reach the high 90s.

Proximity to health care within a 20 mile radius:  Although we are in the middle of the woods, there is a hospital less than 10 miles away.

Very good to excellent cell phone service:  Yes

Availability of high speed internet (for as long as it lasts): Yes!!

Peace, quiet, and no tourist activity.  Being on our own acre surrounded by forest in a community with no major industry translates into serenity,  The only noise we hear comes from the birds and the animals.  That said, it is a short drive into town for as much activity as I can handle given my interests and needs.

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All in all, I am thrilled with my survival retreat.  The home itself needed a lot of cosmetic work inside and the outside needed to be tidied but the bones are good and the property is exceptional.  The biggest challenge will be transporting water from off-site if our tap water ever stops running.  Purifying compromised water I can deal with in five or six different ways so that is not a concern.

Moving Can Be Lonely So Be Prepared to Get Social

Moving away from friends and family is pretty scary when it comes to settling in a strange location where you know no one.  For many, that will be fine and I applaud you for your ability to adapt to total isolation. I am not that person.

Although I am not particularly social, I do occasionally enjoy face to face contact with the outside world.  If this describes you, then know that you will need to put yourself out there.  Walk your neighborhood and meet the neighbors.  Chat with the lady behind the counter at the post office.  Shop the local merchants and tell them you are new to the area.

In a very short period of time, Shelly and I have a found handful of new acquaintances to share an evening BBQ and to shoot the breeze about this and that.  The goal is to establish a base of trust and to identify those that will be there to watch our backs as we watch theirs.

The Final Word

When we crossed the Columbia River last October, I announced that Elvis has left the building.  It was time for a new life and a new adventure.  Now that I am within days of moving to my survival retreat (aka The Cabin),  I have a renewed outlook when it comes to my chances to survive should the worse happen.

Yes, I gave up an abundant source of water but, on the other hand, I gained a whole lot more.  Mostly I hope to have gained the ability to grow food, fish, and hunt and enjoy the serenity that comes from living in the woods.

As you seek refuge in our own survival retreat, whether at your existing location or elsewhere, I hope you are as blessed as I have become.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


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Want to Lose Weight? Drink a Smoothie!

Want to Lose Weight? Drink a Smoothie! | smoothie | General Health Special Interests

If you’re trying to lose weight (and even if you’re not), it’s imperative your diet is in check. That means lots of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables are a must and making smoothies can be a great way to ingest them.

What are Smoothies?

Smoothies usually contain blended or puréed fruits and/or vegetables. Sometimes ice cubes are added and milk or yogurt is common too. Smoothies have a consistency similar to a milk shake but, if made properly, offer way more nutritional value and can be just as tasty. The liquid nature of smoothies makes them highly digestible and because fruits and vegetables are the best sources of nutrition, smoothies can provide a tremendously dense shot of highly absorbable nutrients. Unlike processed junk food, empty calories just don’t exist with fruit and vegetable juice smoothies, it’s all good stuff.

In Contrast to Juices

It takes virtually no energy to digest juices and you’re more likely to still feel “hungry” when drinking pure juice because it does not fill your stomach the way solid food (fiber) does. The sugar in fruit juice is not a red flag but is something to be mindful of. Orange juice is good, but drinking a gallon of it at once would be an ultra hefty serving of sugar.

Whereas juices are the extracted liquid components of fruits or vegetables, smoothies are the actual fruit or vegetable in a puréed form, basically to the point of a thick liquid. Smoothies supply the same nutrients as organic juice cocktails offer and require only a little more energy to digest because although their ingredients are puréed to the point that they are almost liquefied, it is still contains fiber (potentially a lot) to make you feel “full” after you consuming.

Smoothie Ingredients

Since childhood we have all been taught to eat our vegetables, all of them, and this is a constant that never changes no matter what diet we adopt for ourselves, and no matter how natural and organic a lifestyle we live. It’s so simple but often gets overlooked for a bag of chips. Vegetables are an essential food group we cannot neglect. It ought go without that the most nutritious smoothies for weight loss are going to consist of the same organic vegetables Global Healing Center recommends throughout the website; there is so much versatility in options. To keep sugars low, try to maintain a 50/50 ratio with fruit juices.

Why a Complete Smoothie Contains Vegetables AND Fruit

Aside from the obvious improvements fruit offers to flavor, there are practical reasons for blending vegetables and fruits as well. Vegetables consist of non-soluble fibers, which do not blend completely with distilled water. A smoothie made only from vegetables is essentially tiny shreds of plant fiber floating in water. Not only does it lack flavor, but it also has too much of a grainy texture to go down smoothly.

Adding fruits to your smoothies for weight loss creates not only more flavor, but a texture that is easier to swallow. Fruits contain soluble fibers that blend into a creamy mixture when puréed with water. You can experiment with various combinations of organic vegetables and fruits listed in the recommended reading list at the end of this article until you strike the right balance between nutrition, palatability, and metabolic fat burning.

A well-planned fruit and vegetable combination fill the spaces of a super nutrient spectrum.

When to Drink Them

Starting the day with a smoothie is an easy and nutritious breakfast that can supply your body with energy and help curb your appetite throughout the day. This makes the morning the most important time to drink smoothies for weight loss. If you have a bad habit of snacking on refined sugars and processed foods, be ready to make a smoothie during the times you cheat so as to provide a better option.


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Hanover Police Department Obtains FAA Authorization to Fly Surveillance Drone

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The small town of Hanover, Massachusetts, population ~13,000, has become the first in the state to obtain a license from the FAA to fly a surveillance drone. According to media reports, the police and fire department plan to use it.

I’m curious to learn why the Hanover police department wants a drone, and how it plans to deploy it. Do the cops have a privacy policy describing what will happen to data produced by the drone? Will they get warrants before using it? I filed a public records request to find out.

A variety of proposals to regulate drones are currently before the Massachusetts state legislature. The Drone Privacy Act, sponsored by Representative Colleen Garry, would require a warrant for law enforcement use of drones for surveillance purposes. Similar legislation in the Senate, sponsored by Senator Michael Moore, would also require a warrant for drone surveillance. Currently, no state statute requires law enforcement to obtain a warrant to use a drone.


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The Deep State Transcends Sovereign Law – John Titus (VIDEO)

The Deep State Transcends Sovereign Law – John Titus (VIDEO) | deep-state | Civil Rights Government Government Control Government Corruption Multimedia Sleuth Journal Special Interests Tyranny & Police State

The ultimate form of political and economic power is the power to commit crimes with impunity.  – John Titus

The Shadow of Truth is pleased to present a preview of, “All The Plenary’s Men,” the new film by John Titus (Best Evidence videos / Bailout Films). The term “plenary” in this context is defined as, “complete in every respect;” as in, “plenary power,” meaning, “absolute power.”

In his spectacularly prophetic dystopian novel, “1984,” George Orwell offered the following observation about power:

Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.

The quiet revolution occurring behind the facade that is called “Washington, DC” for several decades has led to the complete hijacking of the U.S. Government by an entity nefariously known as, “The Deep State.” Those who warned about The Deep State previously were labelled conspiracy theorists. Now, with the help of Wikileaks, the idea of the Deep State is openly discussed even in the mainstream media. The Deep State is Orwell’s Big Brother.

The ultimate power is the power to commit crimes with impunity, meaning that the entity committing the crime does so free from fear of punishment. We saw this with the Iraq invasion in several respects. The invasion was never sanctioned by the UN Security Council or in accordance with the UN’s founding Charter. It was an illegal war waged by what has become the world’s most dangerous terrorist: The U.S. Deep State. Big oil is
part of the Deep State. Therefore, when Halliburton was caught charging the U.S. taxpayer $10/gallon for gasoline being sold to the military in Iraq, Halliburton was never punished.

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Even more horrifying was watching the Too Big To Fail banks break every major securities law in the rule book leading up to the financial collapse of 2008 and escape free from any form of prosecution. Not only were these banks allowed to trample all over the law, but the Government used $800 billion of taxpayer money to keep the banks from collapsing and to enable the banks to pay large bonuses that year.

The primary theme underlying John Titus,’ “All The Plenary’s Men,” is that any entity that can commit crimes with impunity has risen above a nation’s sovereign law. In fact, that entity IS the sovereign authority. Thus, The Deep State is the sovereign authority standing behind the U.S. Government. The Deep State is comprised of not just the NSA, CIA and Pentagon, but also Big Oil, Big Banks, Big Healthcare and Big Technology.

“We’ve been swirling down the toilet as a nation since 2007” (John Titus). The Shadow Truth chatted with John about his upcoming film, for which he provided a thoroughly engrossing, if not chilling, trailer:

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Tillerson Vows Forever Sanctions on Russia

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According to acting State Department spokesman Mark Toner, Tillerson spoke to (illegitimate US-installed putschist) Ukraine (puppet) president Petro Poroshenko on Monday.

He reiterated Washington’s firm commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity – saying sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns control of the Crimean peninsula to Ukraine and fully implements its Minsk agreement commitments.

Fact: The Republic of Crimea is sovereign Russian Federation territory. The overwhelming will of its people by national referendum wants it no other way.

Fact: In February, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said “Crimea…belong(s) to the Russian Federation. We don’t give back our own territory.”

Fact: Russia and Donbass freedom fighters alone observe Minsk terms. Kiev putschists consistently violate them unaccountably.

Fact: As ExxonMobil CEO, Tillerson opposed sanctions, calling them counterproductive and ineffective.

On Monday after meeting with Sergey Lavrov, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini called Russian and EU strategic partnership “surreal” with sanctions in place.

The “full implementation of the Minsk Agreements by all sides” is a precondition for lifting them, she said – a pretext for maintaining them. Kiev is a serial violator.

Lavrov blasted its regime, saying “(t)he apparent sabotage by (its) leadership of everything that is written in the Minsk agreements should meet some (responsible) reaction from those who patronize this” rogue state.

Kiev ignores its responsibility under Minsk, pursuing its own agenda – with support and encouragement from Washington and key European nations.

Why is Russia sanctioned for observing Minsk, not Kiev despite its daily violations, Lavrov asked?

EU states are subservient to US imperial interests – maintaining a permanent state of war in multiple theaters, supporting putschists running Ukraine.


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How Too Much Calcium Can Break Your Bones

How Too Much Calcium Can Break Your Bones | bones-xray | General Health Special Interests

Did you know that most calcium supplements on the market today are basically limestone? Yes, that’s chalk. Conceal it within a capsule, a slickly glazed tablet, or in the form of a silky smooth liquid, and it is magically transformed into a “calcium supplement”: easy to swallow, “good for the bones” and a very profitable commodity for both the dietary supplement and mining industries. After all, a sizable portion of the Earth’s crust is composed of the stuff.

Calcium carbonate comes very cheap. But does it work?  A review published in Osteoporosis International Aug. 2008 concluded that calcium monotherapy (without vitamin d) actually increases the rate of fracture in women.  If we believe the results of this study, it would appear that calcium alone may do nothing to prevent bone fracture or the loss of bone quality. Were this the end of the story, we might write off the $100 or more we spend on calcium supplements every year as a loss, and start drinking more milk. Not so quick!

In the Harvard Nurses’ Health Study, a review tracking 78,000 nurses for 12 years found that the more cow’s milk they consumed, the higher rate of bone fracture they experienced; in the study, the relative risk of hip fracture was 45% higher in those women who drank two or more glasses of milk per day versus those who drank one glass or less.

In fact, in countries where both dairy consumption and overall calcium levels in the diet are the lowest, bone fracture rates are also the lowest; conversely, in cultures like the United States where calcium consumption is among the highest in the world, so too are the fracture rates among the highest (see: The China Study).

Osteoporosis, after all, is a complex disease process, involving lack of strenuous exercise, chronic inflammation, multiple mineral and vitamin deficiencies, inadequate production of steroid hormones, dietary incompatibilites and many other known and unknown factors, the least of which is in any probability related to a lack of elemental calcium in the diet. Also, osteoporosis, as defined by X-ray analysis, e.g. Dual-emission X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scans, can only directly measure bone mineral density and not structural integrity/strength, which is the real-world indicator of whether your bone will resist breaking when under the trauma, say, of a serious fall.

If we rule out drug (e.g. steroids, synthroid, acid-blockers) and hyperparathyroidism-induced osteoporosis, arguably the two main contributing factors associated with lower-than-normal bone mineral density are:

1) Dietary Acidosis: caused by the excessive consumption of acid forming foods like starchy grains, dairy (excluding goat’s milk) and meat, all of which result in the leaching of the alkaline mineral stores in our bones. (Additionally, the consumption of highly acidic substances like coffee, alcohol, sugar, over the counter and prescribed drugs, and even the metabolic byproducts of chronic stress can all put the acid/alkaline balance beyond the tipping point).  The flip-side is the under-consumption of alkalinizing fruits and vegetables, which disburden the mineral stores within the skeletal system of their sacrificial, acid-neutralizing role.

2) Malabsorption Syndrome: caused in large part by the excessive consumption of wheat, cow’s milk products, soy (non-fermented) and corn.* All four of these foods, in fact, can be used to produce industrial adhesives, e.g .wheat = book binding glue, cow’s milk protein (casein) = Elmer’s glue, soy = plywood glue, corn = cardboard glue, and while not a problem for everyone, for many, their ingestion leads to a disruption of the absorptive capacity of the villi in the intestines by producing a “gluey coating,” contributing to inflammation and atrophy of the villi. Other causes include dysbiosis, an overgrowth of unfriendly and undergrowth of friendly bacteria in the alimentary canal, as well as acute and/or chronic stress which depletes the glutamine without which the intestinal villi die (villi cell turnover occurs within 2 days, indicating even acute bouts of stress of short duration can cause profound damage). You don’t see a lack of calcium or Boniva in this picture, do you?

Fortunately these two factors are completely preventable and treatable through dietary and lifestyle changes. It is increasingly clear that osteoporosis is not caused by a lack of calcium; to the contrary, it appears that excessive calcium intake may actually cause greater bone fracture rates, especially later in life! After all, the traditional Chinese peasant diet, based as it is on eating a calcium-poor, plant-based diet, included approximately 250 mg of food calcium a day – not the 1200 mg (or more!) a day the National Osteoporosis Foundation claims is necessary for women and men over 40 to maintain strong bones.

Paradoxically, not only does the aforementioned hypothetical Chinese peasant have less dense bones than your average Westerner, but s(he) also has incomparably stronger bones. In fact, the Chinese have no traditional word for osteoporosis, and this is at least a 3,000 year old language!

These facts beg for a scientific explanation. A Dutch researcher by the name of Thijs Klompmaker, in his 2000 article “Excessive Calcium Causes Osteoporosis,” provides a brilliant explanation as to why too much calcium interferes with bone health. According to Klompmaker’s analysis, the consumption of excessive calcium introduced through diary products and mineral supplementation may be making our bones weaker.

Due to the fact that excess calcium can deposit into soft tissues, leading to osteoarthritis, muscle cramping, insomnia, constipation, kidney stones, and increased rates of breast and prostate cancers (note: calcium crystals like hydroxylapatite (bone meal) can be mitogenic, stimulating proliferation of cells, and are responsible for th  e screen detectability), the body prevents “calcium overload” by shunting the extra calcium into the bone, where it is stored until it can be safely excreted.

This can be a life-saving mechanisms because excess calcium in the blood can lead to the accumulation and destabilization of plaque in the arteries, can exert a hypertensive effect on the heart muscle, and may even induce cardiac arrest. In fact, according to two meta-analyses published in the British Journal of Medicine last year, 500 mg of supplemental elemental calcium a day increases the risk of heart attack by at least 24%!

There is a price to be paid for having to continually sequester excess calcium into the bone, which is that it stimulates the accelerated replication of osteoblasts (bone-building cells), and when osteoblasts replicate approximately 60-70% die as they become part of the new bone mineral matrix they lay down.  Because there are only a fixed number of progenitor cells and replication cycles available to each cell, in a given lifetime, the osteoblasts become prematurely senescent and incapable of replicating at a rate rapid enough to keep up with the osteoclasts, which break down bad bone.

These osteocasts are still much younger and active than the osteoblasts, which tips the scales in favor of increased bone turnover, resulting in a rapid decline in bone mineral density and bone quality later in life. This explains why Asians eating their traditional calcium-poor diet, for instance, have lower bone mineral density throughout their life, but reach peak bone mass later, showing slower declines than Westerners while experiencing their golden years.

Sadly, conventional medicine pays far too little, if any attention to the link between dietary and tissue acidosis/malabsorption syndrome and osteoporosis in particular, and the obvious causal link between diet and disease processes, in general. Moreover, with its questionable bias towards viewing disease as genetically predetermined and treatable with chemical therapies, the true causes of suffering are rarely perceived, treated and resolved.

In fact today a popular first-line treatment for osteoporosis is the use of bisphosphonates, a class of “bone-building” drugs (e.g. Fosomax, Actonel, Boniva, Reclast), which are made from a class of chemicals first employed to soften water in irrigation systems used in orange groves. The same toxic substance once used to prevent corrosion and scaling on industrial equipment is being given to millions of Americans to “treat” their weakening bones.

These chemicals are highly toxic, and are known to poison the group of bone-building cells known as the osteoclasts, which break down weak bone, making room for new, stronger bone that the osteoblasts put in its place. This unnatural intervention causes weak bone to accumulate beneath the new strong bone, resulting in an increase in bone density at the expense of bone quality. Three to five years into taking these drugs, though bone density usually increases, bone fracture rates may increase as well.

The side effects of taking these drugs can be life-threatening, e.g. perforation of the intestines, ulceration of the stomach and intestines, liver and kidney damage, atrial fibrillation, spontaneous bone fractures and an irreversible degeneration of the jawbone known as osteonecrosis. (View all 39 adverse effects here). To make matters worse, there is a systematic trend to label over 18 million Americans with a “disease” known as “osteopenia,” when in fact this is not a clinically relevant, evidence-based term at all, based on a completely arbitrary standard that highly favors overdiagnosis and overtreatment…

Osteopenia does not describe a disease state, nor is it an accurate predictor of future bone fracture rates. Technically speaking, “osteopenia” is defined having a T score -1 to -2 standard deviations from an arbitrarily defined norm, which is the approximate age in the human life cycle for peak bone mass: 25 years of age. The Z score, were it to be emphasized, would take into the age of the person being evaluated (along with other variables such as well as sex, ethnicity, etc).

The Z-score, because it is age-mediated, takes into account that as one ages the bone naturally becomes less dense. The use of the T-score generates the illusion that older men and women who are experiencing the natural gradual decline in bone density called aging are not going through a normal process but rather a disease process. This is all the more disturbing when we take into account that higher bone density later in life has been correlated with far higher (300% or higher!) rates of malignant breast cancer.

Ultimately the present T-score based bone density scoring system provides justification for prescribing unnecessary and extraordinarily dangerous medications. Bone health has everything to do with things we control, such as our ability to stay active, and what we do or do not ingest.  Vision and gait disorders, in fact, are at least as important as low bone mineral density in contributing to increased bone fracture rates. We should not allow ourselves to be convinced that swallowing limestone supplements or metabolic poisons will in any way fill the void that a lack of genuine nutrition and exercise left there.

Here are a few tips that should help you go a long way in preventing or reversing bone loss:

1) Eat high-quality protein and vitamin C rich fruits and vegetables! All bone begins as collagen, a substance whose intricate triple helix structure is formed through the Vitamin C driven hydroxlation of the essential amino acids L-lysine and L-proline. Focusing on selecting a diet closer to our hunter and gathered predecessors (not too distant from where we are now, in biological time) appears to be a key factor in preserving both bone density and bone strength.

And remember: Vitamin C is not the same thing as ascorbic acid. Szent-Gyorgyi, who received the Nobel Prize for its discovery in 1937, himself concluded that we need a whole food source of this vitamin, e.g. paprika or adrenal extract, and not the synthetic crystals we now carelessly identify with this life-giving food factor in food in order to prevent scurvy.

2) Get sunlight! Vitamin D supplements are to sunlight, what ascorbic acid crystals are to the Vitamin C activity found in whole, raw food.  3) Vitamin K works with vitamin D, preventing hypercalcemia and ectopic calcification, as well as strengthening the bone, without altering bone mineral density. It is is found in wonderfully nutrient-dense foods like kale, and as a by-product of the metabolic activity of friendly bacteria in our gut or in cultured foods.

3) Eliminate Wheat & Gluten from your diet. No grain is more harmful to human health, with wheat having over 120 documented adverse health effects culled directly from the National Library of Medicine.

4) Incorporate bone-building/strengthening substances into your diet. For a list of over 200 carefully reviewed natural substances with value, use the GreenMedInfo.com Osteoporosis resource page.

*While soy protein and flours, consumed excessively, will contribute to intestinal issues, including malabsorption of nutrients, in moderate quantities — and treated as a medicine, not a food — soy has profound therapeutic properties. The byproduct of soy fermentation will generate a phytoestrogen known as genistein, for instance, which is probably one of the most powerful, evidence-based bone-strength and density preserving substances in nature.

Additional Research

Sayer Ji’s Lecture: The Shocking Truth About Bone Scans & Breast Screenings

Part 1

Part 2

 


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