How To Build A Gluten-Free Pantry On A Budget

How To Build A Gluten-Free Pantry On A Budget

There is an almost epidemic hierarchy of wheat-related ailments in America today. From intolerance that causes gastrointestinal discomfort to a debilitating disease, the number of people who do not consume wheat is multiplying exponentially.

At the pinnacle of this is Celiac disease. Sufferers are highly sensitive to gluten in any form. The Celiac Disease Foundation defines this:

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that can occur in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine.  It is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people worldwide.  Two and one-half million Americans are undiagnosed and are at risk for long-term health complications.

When people with celiac disease eat gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye and barley), their body mounts an immune response that attacks the small intestine. These attacks lead to damage on the villi, small fingerlike projections that line the small intestine, that promote nutrient absorption. When the villi get damaged, nutrients cannot be absorbed properly into the body.

The disorder can cause serious long-term health effects and those with celiac disease should never consume gluten, even in moderation.

Not quite as severe, but still highly uncomfortable, is gluten intolerance. People with gluten intolerance can have anywhere from mild to severe reactions to the consumption of gluten.  Issues can include digestive upset, bloating, aching joints, skin problems, and a host of other symptoms.

Kristen Michaelis explains this intolerance very clearly on the website Food Renegade:

First, let’s be clear about what gluten intolerance is. It isn’t a food allergy. It’s a physical condition in your gut. Basically, undigested gluten proteins (prevalent in wheat and other grains) hang out in your intestines and are treated by your body like a foreign invader, irritating your gut and flattening the microvilli along the small intestine wall. Without those microvilli, you have considerably less surface area with which to absorb the nutrients from your food. This leads sufferers to experience symptoms of malabsorption, including chronic fatigue, neurological disorders, nutrient deficiencies, anemia, nausea, skin rashes, depression, and more.

If you remove gluten from the diet, the gut heals and the myriad of symptoms disappears.  (source)

Gluten intolerance is written off as a fad by many, especially since lots of people pass the test for the anti-gliadin antibodies and are told the issue is all on their heads. However, a recent report by Sarah, the Healthy Home Economist exposed the fact that the issue for many may not be the gluten in the wheat, but the harvesting process:

Standard wheat harvest protocol in the United States is to drench the wheat fields with Roundup several days before the combine harvesters work through the fields as withered, dead wheat plants are less taxing on the farm equipment and allows for an earlier, easier and bigger harvest

Pre-harvest application of the herbicide Roundup and other herbicides containing the deadly active ingredient glyphosate to wheat and barley as a desiccant was suggested as early as 1980.  It has since become routine over the past 15 years and is used as a drying agent 7-10 days before harvest within the conventional farming community.

Many people are cutting back on wheat in sheer disgust about how it is harvested.  If you do choose to continue eating wheat, knowing about the process above makes it even more vital to stick strictly with organic varieties.

Gluten-free eating doesn’t have to be outrageously expensive.

Over the years, most food storage guides have recommended the storage of hundreds of pounds of wheat and flour, and these guidelines have left some gluten-free families flummoxed. Many of us who build large pantries do so for two reasons:

1) The economic savings from buying products in bulk

2) To be better prepared for a wide variety of emergencies or personal economic downturn

Whatever your reason for building a whole-food pantry, it’s obviously vital to have supplies that won’t leave you feeling ill and bloated.

If your family has a member with adverse reactions to gluten or you want to cut out wheat because of your personal preference not to eat herbicide, it might be time to focus your purchasing dollars on grains that are gluten free. like rice, organic corn, quinoa, and oats.  Depending on the level of sensitivity (for example, if a family member suffers from Celiac disease or has an intense reaction to trace amounts of gluten), you may need to purchase these from a gluten-free processing facility.

The problem is, gluten-free food is a billion dollar industry, and at the prices Big Food is charging for these specialty items, it’s easy to see how fast the bills can rack up.

You only need to stroll over to the gluten-free section of your grocery store to see that the cost of eating a diet free of wheat is absolutely outrageous.  A loaf of Udi’s bread at my local market is $6.  And it’s a tiny loaf – with little bitty pieces of bread and a lot fewer slices than a conventional loaf. The Udi’s white and whole grain loaves contain 14 slices.  So, if you have 2 kids and 2 adults and all four of you eat a sandwich for lunch every weekday, you’re looking at a cost of nearly $20 – and that is just for the bread, assuming no one is super-hungry and wants 2 of the mini-sized sandwiches. This also assumes no one wants toast for breakfast or garlic bread with dinner.

And speaking of dinner – have you priced out quinoa pasta lately?  Enough gluten-free pasta for one spaghetti dinner will run you about $4, vs traditional pasta, which would be closer to $1.

Big Food is cashing in on the gluten-free trend, as more and more people discover that wheat is causing health problems and attempt to go gluten free. In 2012, the Huffington Post reported on the billions of dollars being made off those who wanted to omit wheat from their diets.

The gluten-free foods market is expected to hit $4.2 billion this year, according to a new report by market research publisher Packaged Facts.

And at the rate it’s going, by 2017, gluten-free sales could grow to more than $6.6 billion, the report said. (source)

That is simply astronomical, and it doesn’t have to be that way.

The issue is, everyone wants to eat the same diet they’ve always eaten, just without the wheat. And that won’t work, at least not healthfully.

First of all, the gluten-free products are highly processed. In order to give people the familiar textures, lots of additives are necessary to simulate the airiness that results when wheat gluten is combined with a leavening agent. Here’s an ingredients list from a common gluten-free white bread.

TAPIOCA & POTATO STARCH, BROWN RICE FLOUR, MODIFIED TAPIOCA STARCH, WATER, NON-GMO VEGETABLE OIL (CANOLA OR SUNFLOWER OR SAFFLOWER), EGG WHITES, TAPIOCA MALTODEXTRIN, EVAPORATED CANE JUICE, TAPIOCA SYRUP, YEAST, XANTHAN GUM, SALT, BAKING POWDER (SODIUM ACID PYROPHOSPHATE, SODIUM BICARBONATE, CORN STARCH, MONOCALCIUM PHOSPHATE), CULTURED CORN SYRUP SOLIDS (NATURAL MOLD INHIBITOR), ENZYMES.

While this list of ingredients isn’t as bad as the ingredients in a lot of conventional breads, you end up with a highly processed, low nutrition food item.

If you make it yourself, it is cheaper, but the list of ingredients that you need to make a loaf of homemade bread sans the wheat is lengthy, daunting, and still somewhat expensive. Here are the ingredients for one recipe that I found:

  • white rice flour
  • tapioca starch
  • sweet sorghum flour
  • buckwheat flour
  • brown rice flour
  • dry active yeast
  • cane sugar
  • salt
  • guar gum
  • xanthan gum
  • ground ginger (adds flavor and acts as a natural preservative)
  • apple fiber (a dry nutritional supplement, available at health food stores)
  • egg whites, room temperature
  • light olive oil
  • apple cider vinegar
  • lukewarm water

This is more nutritious, but it’s certainly far from “simple”. And life is complicated enough without complicated food.

So what if, instead of buying all of these expensive products, you just switched to real foods that are gluten-free naturally?

Instead thinking that you must have either wheat products or pretend wheat products, forget about those foods you’ve been eating. For starters, what are your favorite meals that don’t contain wheat products? What about a stir-fry over rice? Or a delicious salad? Or a steak with a baked potato? Why not hit the farmer’s market and get some delicious in-season produce while supporting local agriculture? (You can find a local farm or market HERE.)

By changing your meal plan around and omitting these products altogether, you can eat nutritiously on a tight budget. We greatly limit our consumption of wheat and have shifted our long-term food supply to reflect that.

If you can’t find it, grind it.

That doesn’t just apply to poorly driving a vehicle with a manual transmission.

Gluten-free specialty products are pricey, but they don’t have to be. By purchasing grains that are not yet ground, you get several benefits. First, the shelf-life is often longer. Secondly, you can save a fortune from the cost of the specialty flours by grinding them yourself.  I have both an electric grinder and an off-grid, manual grinder.

By purchasing grains that are not yet ground, you get several benefits. First, the shelf-life is often longer. Secondly, you can save a fortune from the cost of the specialty flours by grinding them yourself.  I have both an electric grinder and an off-grid, manual grinder.  If you are committed to gluten-free eating, you’ll recoup your grinder investment fairly quickly.  Don’t skimp on quality – grinding grains is tough work. The WonderMill is a good choice because it comes with a lifetime warranty.

It doesn’t save you money if you must continuously replace flimsy grinders. On that same note, from someone who learned the hard way: don’t try to use your blender or food processer for this unless it is specifically rated to grind grains, like this attachment for your Kitchen-Aid Mixer.

Buy it here:

Electric Grain Mill

Manual Grain Mill

You don’t have to be a prepper to build a wheat-free stockpile of grains.

A full pantry isn’t just for preppers. Buying in bulk quantities will get you the best bang for your buck, which is very important when going gluten-free. Below, you can find some reasonably priced options for building a gluten-free pantry.  The products linked to are NOT from gluten-free facilities unless specifically noted:

Rice

More than 3 billion people across the world eat rice every day. Rice has long been at the top of the hierarchy in the prepper’s pantry.  It’s inexpensive, a source of energy-boosting carbohydrates and can extend one humble serving of meat to turn it into a meal for an entire hungry family.

Conventionally grown rice has a very high pesticide load. PANNA (Pesticide Action Network of North America) identified more than 40 different pesticides on rice grown in California, with 15 of those pesticides on their “bad actors” list – which means that the pesticides have been proven in multiple studies to have negative effects on human beings and/or groundwater systems.

The website “What’s On My Food?” noted that the pesticides included those which were known to be carcinogenic, bee toxins, human reproductive and developmental toxins, neurotoxins and suspected hormone disruptors.

Rice that has been grown organically is not soaked in pesticides and fungicides from seed to package, like conventional rice.  This is a vast improvement for the purity and nutritional value of a bulk rice purchase.  White rice, when stored properly, has a far longer shelf life than brown rice, which is far more nutritious (and many find it much tastier as well).

Unfortunately, though, even organic rice is not the best thing to serve on a regular basis.  Recent studies have shown that all rice, organic and conventional, has a high level of naturally occurring arsenic.

Arsenic is a metallic element that is toxic to multi-cellular life forms. There are two types of arsenic: inorganic and organic. Inorganic arsenic has not bonded with carbon, and is a known carcinogen.  Organic arsenic is found in seafood and is generally considered to be non-toxic.  It is excreted through urine within about 48 hours of consumption.

Arsenic is taken into the rice from the soil, through the roots of the plant.  Arsenic can get into the soil in many different ways, including the use of arsenic-containing pesticides.  These pesticides can remain in the soil for up to 45 years after they were sprayed. Another source of arsenic in the soil is fertilizer made from chicken droppings – commercial chicken feed has been found to have high levels of the toxin. When rice fields are deliberately flooded, the water soluble arsenic in the soil is delivered to the roots of the plants.

Brown rice contains more arsenic than white rice – the arsenic accumulates in the hull, which is stripped during processing.  The hull, however, contains most of the nutrients in the rice.

Arsenic can be toxic in both the short-term and the long-term.  Everyone is familiar with the use of arsenic as a poison. According to the Mayo Clinic:

“Arsenic is perhaps the best known of the metal toxins, having gained notoriety from its extensive use by Renaissance nobility as an antisyphilitic agent…A wide range of signs and symptoms may be seen in acute arsenic poisoning including headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, hypotension, fever, hemolysis, seizures, and mental status changes. Symptoms of chronic poisoning, also called arseniasis, are mostly insidious and nonspecific. The gastrointestinal tract, skin, and central nervous system are usually involved. Nausea, epigastric pain, colic abdominal pain, diarrhea, and paresthesias of the hands and feet can occur.”

Rice can still be important part of your pantry, but it should not be consumed on a daily basis, lest a build-up of this toxic heavy metal occur in your body.

Please, please don’t buy rice from China.  While it might be dirt cheap, their food standards are very low. You do NOT want your stockpile to be made up of food like that.  If you can’t afford organic or eco-farmed (this means there was no use of chemical pesticides but it isn’t certified organic), please buy American-grown rice.

Buy it here:

25 pounds of organic brown rice

25 pounds of eco-farmed white rice

Oats  

Oats can be used to add extra fiber to baked goods, in place of bread crumbs in meatballs and meatloaf, and as a hot cereal. They are also a staple ingredient in granola, and of course, the much beloved oatmeal cookie!  Oats can be purchased in bulk quantities and then repackaged for long shelf life.

When oats are grown, they look similar to wheat. Little kernels called “groats” are removed from the hulls and then, most of the time, are minimally processed in a mill to ready them for human consumption.

Oats are milled in several different ways:

Whole Groats: These little kernels look similar to rice. They take a very long time to cook, about an hour and a half, so they may not be the best choice for emergency food. They are the least processed of all of the oat varieties and have a slight nutty flavor. Groats can be used in place of rice or pasta, or as a hot cereal.

Steel-cut oats: Steel cut oats are groats chopped into just a few pieces with (big shock) a steel blade. They take about a half an hour to cook, have a chewier texture than more processed oats, and are known for their more complex flavor.

Rolled OatsRolled oats are a bit more processed. Groats are steamed to soften then, then rolled into flakes. This process actually stabilizes the naturally-occurring oils in the oats, which makes them more shelf-stable than steel-cut oats or groats. Rolled oats only take about 5 minutes to cook.

Quick-cooking oats: Quick oats are simply rolled oats, but thinner. Because they are thinner, they cook extremely quickly – they can be ready in about 1 minute. This is a definite perk in a down-grid scenario,  since you won’t have to waste precious fuel during a long cooking time. The downside of quick oats is that they don’t maintain their texture as well as rolled or steel-cut oats.

Buy it here:

7.25 pounds of whole groats

25 pounds of steel-cut oats

50 pounds of thick rolled oats

50 pounds of quick-cooking oats

Quinoa  

This delicious little kernel is the highest protein grain around.   Quinoa (pronounced keen’-wah) was held sacred by the Incas, who called it the “mother of all grains.”  This ancient grain has had a recent resurgence in popularity because of its excellent nutritional profile, easy preparation, and versatile nutty taste. Quinoa is more expensive than most other grains, but the high quality nutrients make it a great investment. Quinoa contains significant amounts of thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B6, niacin, Vitamin E, and folate , as well as minerals like iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc.Quinoa is used as a grain, but is actually a seed that is closely related to beetroot, spinach, and tumbleweeds. Weird, huh? It contains complete protein, including amino acids. Make sure the quinoa you purchase for your stockpile has been processed to remove the bitter coating (called saponin). In an emergency situation, you don’t want to have to use your precious water storage to wash your grains. Not only does the saponin taste terrible, it can also cause gastrointestinal distress.

Quinoa is used as a grain, but is actually a seed that is closely related to beetroot, spinach, and tumbleweeds. Weird, huh? It contains complete protein, including amino acids. Make sure the quinoa you purchase for your stockpile has been processed to remove the bitter coating (called saponin). In an emergency situation, you don’t want to have to use your precious water storage to wash your grains. Not only does the saponin taste terrible, it can also cause gastrointestinal distress.

Buy it here:

25 pounds of organic quinoa

10 pounds of organic red quinoa

Cornmeal

I strongly recommend seeking organic options for all things “corn” as more than 80% of corn in North America is genetically modified, making it a poor choice for your food storage pantry at a time when you need reliable and non-toxic nutrition.

Cornmeal is finely ground. I purchase very coarsely ground cornmeal, also known as grits or polenta. You can run this through your grinder to make it finer for baking.

Buy it here:

25 pounds of organic corn meal

18 pounds of organic grits

Buckwheat

Despite the name, buckwheat is not actually wheat at all, or even a grain. It’s considered biologically to be part of the fruit family and is related to sorrel and rhubarb. The part we consume is the seed, which is dried and ground into a flour substitute. It doesn’t contain gluten, so won’t rise like flour that contains gluten. However, buckwheat makes delightful pancakes that don’t require all sorts of gums and magical ingredients and a chant to give them a nice texture like most gluten-free pancakes. Buckwheat can be served as a substitute for rice or as a hot breakfast cereal.

Buckwheat is sold either roasted or unroasted. The roasted variety is called “kasha” in Eastern Europe, where it is traditionally served over pasta (opt for gluten-free, of course) topped with onions and brown gravy in a dish called Kashe varnishkes. You can find the recipe HERE. I recommend purchasing the whole buckwheat groats and then grinding them as needed into flour or roasting them lightly.

Buy it here:

25 pounds of raw buckwheat

Amaranth

Amaranth is a high-quality protein that is similar to quinoa, so it serves double duty in the pantry.  The part of the plant consumed is the seeds. It can be served as a pilaf, ground and used as a baking ingredient, or made into a hot breakfast cereal. It’s very gentle on the system and easily digestible, making it a perfect food for someone who is recovering from an illness. Here’s how to cook it, from Dr. Weil.

In Mexico, amaranth seeds are popped like popcorn, and then tossed in honey, chocolate, or molasses. This is sweet treat is called “alegria”.  You can click HERE for a recipe.

Buy it here:

25 pounds of amaranth

For Canadian readers:

Many of these products won’t be available to be shipped to Canada.  When I lived in Ontario, my favorite resource was this:

Oak Manor Farms

They did not offer free shipping, but the prices were very reasonable and the quality was fantastic.


Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor who lives in a small village in the Pacific Northwestern area of the United States. She is the author of The Pantry Primer: How to Build a One Year Food Supply in Three Months. On her website, The Organic Prepper, Daisy writes about healthy prepping, homesteading adventures, and the pursuit of liberty and food freedom. Daisy is a co-founder of the website Nutritional Anarchy, which focuses on resistance through food self-sufficiency. Daisy’s articles are widely republished throughout alternative media. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter, and you can email her at daisy@theorganicprepper.ca

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Heal Lips Naturally With This Soothing Lip Balm

Heal Lips Naturally With This Soothing Lip Balm

Your lips are one of the most exposed areas of the body. With only a thin layer of skin to protect them, the cold, dry air can wreak havoc. When every ounce of moisture counts, we have to take steps to protect them. For convenience sake, many of us run down to the local market to pick up our favorite brand of pre-made chapstick.

As convenient as this is, some of the ingredients in these brand name products can do more harm than good. Certain ingredients in pre-made lip balms dry your lips out, which in turn makes you apply more, and then it starts an addicting habit that isn’t doing you, or your lips, any favors.

The sad part is, the cosmetic industry already knows this and regulates itself so they have no one to answer to. This means you need to be on the ball and do your own research so you’re aware of the toxic ingredients. Moreover, these no-no ingredients can also have harmful side effects such as skin irritations, allergic reactions and, in some cases kidney and liver damage. Before you purchase lip balm at the store, make sure they do not have any of these ingredients. Chances are, most of them will.

 Avoid these lip balm ingredients altogether:

  1. Vaseline – Vaseline is an extremely effective and non-irritating lip moisturizer. As well, because it is derived from oil, it may contain carcinogens and cause allergic reactions.
  2. Fragrances and artificial colors – Simply put, these added artificial ingredients can cause lip irritation.
  3. Menthol, camphor and phenol – these ingredients are what causes that cooling sensation on the lips, but can also dry your lips out further, thus causing your body to need more of the product. As well, they have a tendency to produce redness and swelling. Some of these ingredients are even toxic to the point of causing kidney and liver damage.
  4. Parabens –  This is used as a preservative in some cosmetic products, but so-called “long-chained” parabens can act as estrogens and disrupt hormone signaling. You want to ensure that your chapstick does not have this ingredient. Note: A very popular lip balm at the store has this harmful ingredient.
  5. Salicylic acid is used to exfoliate dry skin and relieves pain but it also has a tendency to irritate skin, leading to inflammation and dryness. Note: Salicylic acid contains the same anti-inflammatory ingredients as aspirin. This product should be avoided if you are allergic to aspirin.

Feel confident knowing there is an alternative – a natural alternative

Homemade lip balm is far more gentle on your sensitive, chapped lips. Making lip balm is also one of the easiest homemade products you can make and is a great project to get the kids involved. This homemade lip balm recipe is soothing, moisturizing and will help heal chapped, sensitive lips.

Soothing Lip Balm

  1. In a double broiler, on low heat, melt the beeswax until it has almost liquified.
  2. Next, add the coconut oil and honey when about half of the beeswax is no longer solid.
  3. After the oils are liquified, remove from heat, add vitamin E oil and essential oils and stir well.
  4. Transfer to a small container and let set for 3 hours (or until completely set).

You can purchase different types of lip balm containers at Amazon. These are the ones that I use.

Lip balm can not only be used for chapped lips, but can be used on chapped skin. Gently rubbing lip balm onto dry skin such as the hands, knuckles or even on the heels of the feet can do wonders. Here are 6 emergency uses for lip balm that may come in handy.

Stop using store-bought lip balms and make your own! It’s one of the easiest projects and your lips will stay moistened much longer.


Tess Pennington is the editor for ReadyNutrition.com. After joining the Dallas chapter of the American Red Cross in 1999, Tess worked as an Armed Forces Emergency Services Center specialist and is well versed in emergency and disaster management and response. Tess is the author of The Prepper’s Cookbook: 300 Recipes to Turn Your Emergency Food into Nutritious, Delicious, Life-Saving Meals. When a catastrophic collapse cripples society, grocery store shelves will empty within days. But by following Tess’s tips for stocking, organizing, and maintaining a proper emergency food supply, your family will have plenty to eat for weeks, months, or even years.

 

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Move Over, Abe Lincoln? Now An AI System Can Write Halfway-Decent Political Speeches

Move Over, Abe Lincoln? Now An AI System Can Write Halfway-Decent Political Speeches

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Forget Lincoln and Churchill: Now even a machine can produce a convincing political speech, and this may be bad news for human speechwriters. Researchers have found a way to get AI programs to write speeches by analyzing thousands of previous ones.

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst built a machine that can learn from 4,000 segments of political speeches from 53 US Congressional floor debates.

“In this report we present a system that can generate political speeches for a desired political party,”researcher Valentin Kassarnig wrote in a recent publication.

“Furthermore, the system allows to specify whether a speech should hold a supportive or opposing opinion.”

After trying various techniques to analyze the data, he decided to use “n-grams” – an approach made famous by Google studying historical word frequecy– that looks for sequences of “n” words of phrases to make sense of a text. It analyzes parts of speech and tags words based on their grammatical role, like verb, noun or adjective.

The program used this method to sift through 50,000 sentences, each with an average of 23 words. Every sentence was tagged with a political allegiance, specifying whether the one giving the speech was endorsing or opposing the subject that they were talking about. Speeches were further divided by the team based on whether the person making it was a Democrat or a Republican.

The machine produces original text using just a random five-word seed of a speech and then putting one word after another by finding the words that has the highest probability of appearing there based on the topic. From there, the entire speech is automatically constructed.

“That allows us to determine very quickly all words which can occur after the previous five ones and how likely each of them is,”Kassarnig said.

Here’s an example of what the AI is capable of:

“Mr. Speaker, for years, honest but unfortunate consumers have had the ability to plead their case to come under bankruptcy protection and have their reasonable and valid debts discharged. The way the system is supposed to work, the bankruptcy court evaluates various factors including income, assets and debt to determine what debts can be paid and how consumers can get back on their feet. Stand up for growth and opportunity. Pass this legislation.”

Well, Gettysburg Address it ain’t. But it’s getting there.

Source: RT

Americans Really, Really Hate The Government

Americans Really, Really Hate The Government

If there is one thing that Americans can agree on these days, it is the fact that most of us don’t like the government.  CBS News has just released an article entitled “Americans hate the U.S. government more than ever“, and an average of recent surveys calculated by Real Clear Politics found that 63 percent of all Americans believe the country is heading in the wrong direction and only 28 percent of all Americans believe that the country is heading in the right direction.  In just a few days the first real ballots of the 2016 election will be cast in Iowa, and up to this point the big story of this cycle has been the rise of “outsider” candidates that many of the pundits had assumed would never have a legitimate chance.  Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders have all been beneficiaries of the overwhelming disgust that the American people feel regarding what has been going on in Washington.

And it isn’t just Barack Obama or members of Congress that Americans are disgusted with.  According to the CBS News article that I referenced above, our satisfaction with various federal agencies has fallen to an eight year low…

A handful of industries are those “love to hate” types of businesses, such as cable-television companies and Internet service providers.

The federal government has joined the ranks of the bottom-of-the-barrel industries, according to a new survey from the American Customer Satisfaction Index. Americans’ satisfaction level in dealing with federal agencies –everything from Treasury to Homeland Security — has fallen for a third consecutive year, reaching an eight-year low.

So if we are all so fed up with the way that things are running, it should be easy to fix right?

Unfortunately, things are not so simple.

In America today, we are more divided as a nation than ever.  If you ask 100 different people how we should fix this country, you are going to get 100 very different answers.  We no longer have a single shared set of values or principles that unites us, and therefore it is going to be nearly impossible for us to come together on specific solutions.

You would think that the principles enshrined in the U.S. Constitution should be able to unite us, but sadly those days are long gone.  In fact, the word “constitutionalist” has become almost synonymous with “terrorist” in our nation.  If you go around calling yourself a “constitutionalist” in America today, there is a good chance that you will be dismissed as a radical right-wing wacko that probably needs to be locked up.

The increasing division in our nation can be seen very clearly during this election season.  On the left, an admitted socialist is generating the most enthusiasm of any of the candidates.  Among many Democrats today, Hillary Clinton is simply “not liberal enough” and no longer represents their values.

On the other end of the spectrum, a lot of Republican voters are gravitating toward either Donald Trump or Ted Cruz.  Both of those candidates represent a complete break from how establishment Republicans have been doing things in recent years.

Now don’t get me wrong – I am certainly not suggesting that we need to meet in the middle.  My point is that there is absolutely no national consensus about what we should do.  On the far left, they want to take us into full-blown socialism.  Those that support Donald Trump or Ted Cruz want to take us in a more conservative direction.  But even among Republicans there are vast disagreements about how to fix this country.  Establishment Republicans greatly dislike both Trump and Cruz, and they are quite determined to do whatever it takes to keep either of them from getting the nomination.  The elite have grown very accustomed to anointing the nominee from each party every four years, and so the popularity of Trump and Cruz is making them quite uneasy this time around.  The following comes from the New York Times

The members of the party establishment are growing impatient as they watch Mr. Trump and Mr. Cruz dominate the field heading into the Iowa caucuses next Monday and the New Hampshire primary about a week later.

The party elders had hoped that one of their preferred candidates, such as Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, would be rising above the others by now and becoming a contender to rally around.

The global elite gathered in Davos, Switzerland are also greatly displeased with Trump.  Just check out some of the words that they are using to describe him

Unbelievable“, “embarrassing” even “dangerous” are some of the words the financial elite gathered at the World Economic Forum conference in the Swiss resort of Davos have been using to describe U.S. Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump.

Although some said they still expected his campaign to founder before his party picks its nominee for the November election many said it was no longer unthinkable that he could be the Republican candidate.

The truth is that the Republican Party represents somewhere less than half the population in the United States, and today it is at war with itself.  Supporters of Trump have a significantly different vision of the future than supporters of Cruz, and the establishment wing wants nothing to do with either candidate.

A lot of people seem to assume that since Trump is leading in the polls that he will almost certainly get the nomination.

That is not exactly a safe bet.

It is my contention that the establishment will pull out every trick in the book to keep either him or Cruz from getting the nomination.  And in order to lock up the nomination before the Republican convention, a candidate will need to have secured slightly more than 60 percent of all of the delegates during the caucuses and the primaries.

The following is an excerpt from one of my previous articles in which I discussed the difficult delegate math that the Republican candidates are facing this time around…

It is going to be much more difficult for Donald Trump to win the Republican nomination than most people think.  In order to win the nomination, a candidate must secure at least 1,237 of the 2,472 delegates that are up for grabs.  But not all of them will be won during the state-by-state series of caucuses and primaries that will take place during the first half of 2016.  Of the total of 2,472 Republican delegates, 437 of them are unpledged delegates – and 168 of those are members of the Republican National Committee.  And unless you have been hiding under a rock somewhere, you already know that the Republican National Committee is not a fan of Donald Trump.  In order to win the Republican nomination without any of the unpledged delegates, Trump would need to win 60.78 percent of the delegates that are up for grabs during the caucuses and primaries.  And considering that his poll support is hovering around 30 percent right now, that is a very tall order.

In the past, it was easier for a front-runner to pile up delegates in “winner take all” states, but for this election cycle the Republicans have changed quite a few things.  In 2016, all states that hold caucuses or primaries before March 15th must award their delegates proportionally.  So when Trump wins any of those early states, he won’t receive all of the delegates.  Instead, he will just get a portion of them based on the percentage of the vote that he received.

In 2016, more delegates will be allocated on a proportional basis by the Republicans than ever before, and with such a crowded field that makes it quite likely that no candidate will have secured enough delegates for the nomination by the time the Republican convention rolls around.

If no candidate has more than 60 percent of the delegates by the end of the process, then it is quite likely that we will see the first true “brokered convention” in decades.

If we do see a “brokered convention”, that would almost surely result in an establishment candidate coming away with the nomination.  That list of names would include Bush, Rubio, Christie and Kasich.

And if by some incredible miracle either Trump or Cruz does get the nomination, the elite will move heaven and earth to make sure that Hillary Clinton ends up in the White House.

For decades, it has seemed like nothing ever really changes no matter which political party is in power, and that is exactly how the elite like it.

Our two major political parties are really just two sides of the same coin, and they are both leading this nation right down the toilet.


Michael T. Snyder is a graduate of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and has a law degree and an LLM from the University of Florida Law School. He is an attorney that has worked for some of the largest and most prominent law firms in Washington D.C. and who now spends his time researching and writing and trying to wake the American people up. You can follow his work on The Economic Collapse blog, The Most Important News, End of the American Dream and The Truth Wins. His new novel entitled “The Beginning Of The End” is now available on Amazon.com.

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Monsanto Sues Over Action To Classify Glyphosate As Carcinogen (VIDEO)

Monsanto Sues Over Action To Classify Glyphosate As Carcinogen (VIDEO)

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(pressfortruth.ca) Monsanto has decided to move forward with suing California over the listing of a particular herbicide ingredient as a carcinogen. The company is allegedly seeking to prevent the main ingredient of their Roundup product from being added to the state’s list of known carcinogens and they’ve filed a lawsuit against the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA). They are allegedly working to keep their ingredient glyphosate off the Proposition 65 list of chemicals that are known to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm.

Last year, the OEHHA said that it had the intention to add glyphosate to the list of carcinogens after the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) effectively classified the ingredient as a probable human carcinogen. Monsanto doesn’t agree with the allegations or assessment, they continue to claim that the chemical is safe and that it is unlikely to cause cancer. Glyphosate is one of the most commonly used agricultural chemicals in the United States. If this chemical does make it onto the list, then Monsanto and other companies who use it would need to start warning their customers that the chemical is known to cause cancer.

If glyphosate does end-up on the Prop. 65 list, then the use of any product containing it would also be limited; as many municipalities look to avoid and even prohibit the use of chemicals on the Prop. 65 list.  Monsanto says that this move will damage their reputation and negatively impact their sales. Just in 2015 alone, Roundup earned Monsanto over $4 billion in revenue. The Vice President of regulator affairs at Monsanto, Phil Miller, maintains that glyphosate is “an efficient, effective, and safe tool for weed control.”

Despite the glowing reassurance from Monsanto officials that there is nothing to worry about when it comes to their company or its products, an increasing number of countries have been turning to avoid using GMO products from biotech companies like Monsanto. Now that technology has made it easier than ever for consumers to research and find out the truth behind various products and companies in the market, and to share that knowledge with others around the world, there remains an increasing consumer awareness trend that isn’t showing much affection for Monsanto and the products that it puts out.

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State-Sponsored Murders At Guantanamo

State-Sponsored Murders At Guantanamo

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Guantanamo is one of numerous US global black sites operating extrajudicially – torture and other forms of abuse still ongoing, major media entirely silent.

Obama could have closed all US torture prisons by executive order on day one in office. He chose to keep them operating.

His pledge to close Guantanamo during his first year in office was deliberate deception. The evidence speaks for itself.

Washington operates solely by its own rules. International, constitutional and US statute laws don’t matter.

Former Guantanamo guard Joseph Hickman believes Guantanamo officials wanted prisoners causing “problems for the command” by leading hunger strikes or other forms of resistance silenced. More on him below.

Law Professor Mark Denbeaux published numerous “GTMO Reports,” including profiles of detainees held, allegations against them, and disturbing discrepancies in government accounts, explaining reasons for reported deaths.

His earlier “Death in Camp Delta” report covered three simultaneous deaths in maximum security Alpha Block. Yassar Talal Al Zahrani, Mani Shaman Turki Al Habardi Al Tabi, and Ali Abdullah Ahmed were found dead shortly after midnight on June 10, 2006.

The Pentagon said they were found hanging in their cells, claiming a short note found on each body indicated coordinated resistance against confinement.

Denbeaux’s report found “dramatic flaws in the government’s investigation. (It) raise(s) serious questions about the security of the Camp (and) derelictions of duty by officials of multiple defense and intelligence agencies,” he said.

Most likely they killed them, then whitewashed the investigation to suppress cold-blooded murder. Autopsy reports said the three men were hanging unobserved for at least two hours – despite constant round-the-clock surveillance by guards and video cameras recording everything.

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) at Guantanamo require guards observe each detainee at least once every 10 minutes. Were they ordered to stay away from their cells the night of their deaths? Questions about what happened remain unanswered.

What was the time and precise means of death?

How did the three men braid nooses with torn sheets and/or clothing unobserved?

How did they make mannequins, making it look like they were asleep in bed?

Why did they stuff rags down their throats to choke?

How were they able to hang sheets to obstruct views into their cells?

How did they manage to bind their hands and feet?

How was a noose hung from the cell wall metal mesh or ceiling?

The Pentagon claimed they climbed on a sink, placed nooses around their necks, then released their weight and were strangled to death.

How did all three follow precisely the same procedure? Their cells were separated from each other. They had no direct contact. How could they have cooperatively planned anything?

How did they manage to do everything explained above unobserved for two or more hours? One victim was scheduled for release in 19 days. Why would he kill himself?

No prisoner cries were heard or unusual activity detected indicating possible suicide attempts.

Why was no serious investigation conducted? The three men in maximum security confinement died with no credible explanation why.

Were cold-blooded murders committed, whitewashed as suicides? Draw your own conclusions.

Hickman said he saw hunger strike leaders brought to a secret CIA “black site” at Guantanamo, accusing the agency of staging suicides to eliminate them.

The Defense Department claimed the three victims “killed themselves in an apparent suicide pact,” despite no credible evidence proving it.

Hickman noticed unusual activity on the night in question. “I witnessed a van. We used to call it paddy wagon. It was a detainee transport van,” he said.

It “came into the gate, backed up to Camp 1 and took a detainee out of Camp 1 Alpha Block and put him into the paddy wagon and drove” off.

The same procedure repeated two more times. “I got suspicious because there were no military commissions going on. They were taking detainees outside of Camp America,” Hickman explained.

“I was suspicious of why they were doing it and where they were going.” Vans headed for “a facility which we called Camp No” – a secret Guantanamo CIA black site.

“All three of those detainees (sent to the) CIA black site that night were (hunger strike) leaders. There were constant hunger strikes…causing a lot of problems for the command.”

At least one victim, Yassar Talal Al Zahrani, wrote his father before his death, saying camp authorities wanted to get rid of him.

After leaving Guantanamo, Hickman “went to the Justice Department once. (T)hey squashed the story because I was revealing the CIA black site and they did not want that information out,” he explained.

Human rights attorney Scott Horton’s Harper’s magazine report, titled “The Guantanamo ‘Suicides’ – A Camp Delta sergeant blows the whistle” discussed Hickman’s revelations in detail.

Nothing changed. His own book is due out in February, titled “Murder at Camp Delta” telling his  firsthand account of things with hindsight.

The victims in question “did not commit suicide,” he said. Their deaths haunted him “until (he) came forward.”


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.

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Parts Of California Are Actually Falling Into The Ocean

Parts Of California Are Actually Falling Into The Ocean

Why would anyone want to live in the state of California at this point? Not only do you have to deal with unbearable traffic, insane politicians and unchecked illegal immigration, but now the weather itself seems to be going crazy. A very strong El Nino has been sending destructive storm after destructive storm barreling into the west coast, and this is causing tremendous flooding, dangerous landslides and unprecedented erosion in coastal communities all over the state. As I mentioned the other day, a state of emergency has just been declared in the coastal city of Pacifica due to the incredible amount of erosion that is happening there. Now, incredible footage has been released that actually shows the coastline crumbling. Small parts of California really are falling into the ocean, and meteorologists are warning that the worst may be yet to come.

When I was younger, I always dreamed of owning a home on a cliff overlooking the ocean. It was part of my “California dream”, but now that dream is turning into a nightmare for many that live along the California coast. In Pacifica, many homes that directly overlook the ocean are being hastily evacuated due to the extreme erosion caused by these storms…

Several homes and apartment complexes in Pacifica, California, have been deemed uninhabitable due to rapidly eroding cliffsides creeping closer to the dwellings.

The residences, just a few miles from San Francisco, are teetering on the edge of the cliffs and most have already lost their backyards to erosion blamed on storms from El Niño, authorities said.

Pacifica city officials have declared a state of emergency and have asked residents of three apartment complexes to evacuate. The most recent evacuation came Monday, with 20 residents being told to leave.

You can view some stunning footage of this erosion right here. At this point some of the apartments are in so much danger that the police are actually forcing people out of their homes. The following comes from Fox News

Police fanned out to post yellow tags on 20 apartment doors, giving residents access to move their belongings out.

“That’s scary,” Pacifica Police Chief Daniel Steidle told KTVU, referring to the eroding cliffs out the apartment windows. “I wouldn’t want to be in those buildings right now. It’s very scary to look at that.”

But when most people see a headline like I put on this article, what do they think about?

Of course they think about the day when large chunks of the state of California will fall into the ocean due to some sort of major catastrophe.

You probably already know that the coastline of California sits directly on the “Ring of Fire” which runs roughly along the outer perimeter of the Pacific Ocean. Approximately 81 percent of all large earthquakes occur along the Ring of Fire, and virtually all scientists agree that the state is way overdue for a major quake.

And without a doubt, we have seen activity heat up in almost every other area along the Ring of Fire in recent years. In fact, there was a 7.1-magnitude earthquake in Alaska just a few days ago.

Even more unsettling is what has been happening just north of the California coast. A very alarming series of “slow earthquakes” started hitting the Cascadia Subduction Zone beginning on December 22nd

The tremors are once again on their migration south.

The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network reports hundreds of tremors were reported in the Puget Sound region as recently as Sunday.

Also known as “slow earthquakes,” the tremors are a phenomenon that occur along the Cascadia Subduction Zone every 12-15 months. The latest began Dec. 22, 2015, according to the seismic network. They subsided for a time, but resumed in the past several days.

There are many people that have moved away from the west coast entirely because they are fully convinced that seismic activity will one day cause a catastrophe of unprecedented magnitude. There are even some that believe that we will actually see large portions of California fall into the ocean.

So what do the scientists say about this?

Most of them tell us that this is impossible, although they do admit that Los Angeles and San Francisco will be directly next to one another someday. The following comes from the official website of the U.S. Geological Service

Will California eventually fall into the ocean?

No. The San Andreas Fault System, which crosses California from the Salton Sea in the south to Cape Mendocino in the north, is the boundary between the Pacific Plate and North American Plate. The Pacific Plate is moving northwest with respect to the North American Plate at approximately 46 millimeters per year (the rate your fingernails grow). The strike-slip earthquakes on the San Andreas Fault are a result of this plate motion. The plates are moving horizontally past one another, so California is not going to fall into the ocean. However, Los Angeles and San Francisco will one day be adjacent to one another!

Of course the “experts” have been wrong many times before. They told us that the tsunami that hit Indonesia in 2004 was impossible, and they also told us that the tsunami that hit Japan in 2011 was impossible.

Personally, I expect the shaking of our planet to continue to increase, and I believe that we will eventually see seismic activity on the west coast that will shock the entire world.

So what do you think?

Please feel free to share your thoughts by posting a comment below…


Michael T. Snyder is a graduate of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and has a law degree and an LLM from the University of Florida Law School. He is an attorney that has worked for some of the largest and most prominent law firms in Washington D.C. and who now spends his time researching and writing and trying to wake the American people up. You can follow his work on The Economic Collapse blog, The Most Important News, End of the American Dream and The Truth Wins. His new novel entitled “The Beginning Of The End” is now available on Amazon.com.

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‘Fck The Cows: Birds Lives Matter!’ (VIDEO)

‘Fck The Cows: Birds Lives Matter!’ (VIDEO)

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Now that the Oregon refuge militia standoff is coming to an end it is important to put the actions of the federal government and their violence into the proper context.

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Waldemar Perez is a Mechanical Engineer who worked for the Department of Defense and a military contractor. He is an independent researcher, political atheist and an on-line activist living in the Pacific Northwest. His interests include, finance, secret human experimentation, modern day eugenics, covert medicine, geopolitics, false flag operations, mainstream media as a weapon of war, high-tech propaganda tactics (like the use of actors and staged massacres to manipulate public opinion), 9/11, police militarization and other conspiracies of the shadow government and the elite. As an activist his passion includes exposing the lies and deceptions of the deep state and educating the public on key historical facts not well advertised to the public like Operation Northwoods. His Youtube channel Verify Events Research covers a wide variety of subjects.

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Noni Leaf Extract Superior To Chemotherapy For Lung Cancer (Preclinical Study)

Noni Leaf Extract Superior To Chemotherapy For Lung Cancer (Preclinical Study)

Tragically, 1.4 million die from lung cancer each year, with 1.6 million newly diagnosed. Could this humble leaf extract beat a drug that can cost over 100,000 dollars to improve lung cancer survival only a few months?

A promising new study published in the journal Food & Function titled, “Morinda citrifolia edible leaf extract enhanced immune response against lung cancer,” has found that an alcohol-based leaf extract of the noni tree (Morinda Citrifolia) was more effective than a commonly used chemotherapy drug in treating lung cancer in an animal model.

In the new study, a team of Malaysian researchers tested the relative effectiveness of the drug erlotinib (trade name Tarceva), a so-called epidemal growth factor receptor inhibitor (EGFR inhibitor), to a noni leaf extract, in lung tumor-induced albino house mice (BALB/c), and found that 21 days of treatment with a 300 mg kg-1 body weight of leaf extract was more effective suppressing lung tumour growth than a 50 mg kg-1 body weight erlotinib treatment.

Remarkably, the noni leaf extract was observed to positively modulate a wide range of biological pathways, without discernable adverse effects:

  • Increasing blood lymphocyte counts

  • Increasing spleen tissue B cells

  • Increasing T cells

  • Increasing natural killer cells

  • Reduced epidemal growth factor receptor (EGFR)

  • Suppressed cyclooxgenase 2 (COX2) inflammatory markers

  • Enhanced the tumor suppressor gene (phosphatase and tensin homolog, PTEN)

  • Inhibited the tumour growth cellular genes transformed mouse 3T3 cell double minute 2 (MDM2) and V-raf-leukemia viral oncogene 1 (RAF1)

  • Inhibited the mechanistic target of rapamycin (MTOR)) mRNA expression in the tumors.

The study provided background on present-day lung cancer statistics, and dismal conventional treatment outcomes:

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide, with 1.6 million new cases and 1.4 million deaths per year. Non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) accounts for approximately 85% of all lung cancer cases, with a 5-year survival rate of only 16%.  Chemotherapy is relatively ineffective for patients with advanced NSCLC and the response rate is only 20% to 35% with a median survival of 10 to 12 months.  In a phase III study, the use of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) drugs, such as erlotinib, significantly improved the overall survival rate relative to supportive care for refractory stage IIIB/IV NSCLC. However, erlotinib use is limited because of several serious side effects3 and the emergence of cancer mutations which confer drug resistance. The common erlotinib side effects are weakness, diarrhoea, rashes, shortness of breath, coughing, loss of appetite, fatigue (feeling tired), and nausea. Erlotinib may cause more serious side effects such as lung problems (shortness of breath, coughing, and fever); interstitial lung disease and liver and kidney problems; blistering and skin peeling; gastrointestinal perforation; bleeding and clotting problems which may lead to heart attacks, strokes, dry eyes, unusual eyelash growth, or swelling of the corneas; harm to unborn babies and even death.”

Not mentioned in the study, but highly relevant to the topic at hand, is the extraordinarily high cost of chemotherapy drugs like erlotinib, despite the relatively small gains they produce.

A 2010 Medscape article reported that erlotinib, which has been the standard of care for advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in the U.S. in Canada ever since the NCIC Clinical Trials Group BR.21 trial showed a 2 month improvement in overall survival when added to supportive care in patients who had failed all of their previous chemotherapy options. The article also calculated how much these seemingly minor gains cost in dollar-per-survival year terms:

The investigators determined that the specific cost of erlotinib treatment was $94,638 (in 2007 Canadian dollars) per life-year gained (95% confidence interval [CI], $59,359 to $429,148).”

Clearly, if the results of this latest animal study are found to extend to human lung cancer, as well, noni leaf extract could provide an ideal alternative, and could be produced at a much lower cost (A quick internet search yielded a price of about $50 for 12 ounces).

Noni leaf, unlike conventional chemotherapy drugs, is an exceedingly complex biological material, containing hundreds of different naturally occurring, and ‘intelligently interwoven’ phytochemicals. The sheer complexity and density of gene- and physiology-regulating information in a natural substance like noni leaf vis-à-vis synthetically produced, mono-chemical chemotherapy drugs, is astounding. The article listed an immense, though still non-exhaustive array of biomolecules identified within noni leaf which could, together, account for the remarkable therapeutic effects the study observed:

Scopoletin, Δ5 sterol β-sitosterol, Δ5,7 sterol campesta-5,7,22-trien-3β-ol, (+)-catechin, α-ionone, β-carotene, β-ionone, β-sitosterol, 1,2-dihydro-1,1,6-trimethyl- naphthalene, 1,5,15-trimethylmorindol, 2,6,10,14,18,22-tetra- cosahexaene, 2-methyl- 3,5,6-trihydroxyanthraquinone,2-methyl-3,5,6-trihydroxyanthraquinone-6-O-β-D- xylopyranosyl- (1–6)-β-D-glucopyranoside, 3-hydroxymorindone, 3-hydroxymorindone 6-O-β-D-xylopyranosyl-(1–6)-β-D-glucopyranoside, 3-O- acetylpomolic acid, 4-(3′(R)-hydroxybutyl )-3,5,5-trimethyl-cyclo- hex-2-en-1-one, 5,6-dihydroxylucidin, 5,6-dihydorxylucidin 3-O- β-D-xylopyranosyl-(1–6)-β-D-glucopyranoside, 5,15-dimethyl- morindol, 5,15-DMM, 5-methylfurfural, 5-benzofuran car- boxylic acid-6-formyl methyl ester, 6,10,14-trimethyl-2- pentadecanone, 13-epi-phaeophorbide a methyl ester, 13- hydroxy-9,11,15-octadecatrienoic acid, 132(R)-hydroxypheo- phorbide a methyl ester, 13(S)-hydroxypheophorbide a methyl ester, 151(R)-hydroxypurpurin-7 lactone dimethyl ester, 15(S)- hydroxypurpurin-7 lactone dimethyl ester, alanine, arginine, aspartic acid, asperuloside, asperulosidic acid, aucubin, barbi- nervic acid, benzaldehyde, benzeneacetaldehyde, campesta-5,7,22-trien-3β-ol, campesterol, citrifolinin A, citrifolinin A-1, citrifolinin Ba, citrifolinin Bb, citrifolinoside A, citrifolinoside B, citrifoside, clethric acid, cycloartenol, cysteine, cystine, de-acetyl asperuloside, deacetylasperulosidic acid (DAA), E-phytol, epicatechin, geranyl acetone, glutamic acid, glycine, hedera- genin, histidine, isoleucine, kaempferol, kaempferol-3-O-α-L- rhamnopyranosyl-(1–6)-β-D-glucopyranoside kaempferol 3-O- β-D-glucopyranosyl-(1→2)-α-lrhamnopyranosyl-(1→6)-β-D-galac- topyranoside, ketosteroid stigmasta-4-en-3-one, leucine, lino- leic acid, lucidin, lucidin 3-O-β-dxylopyranosyl-(1–6)- β-D-glucopyranoside, methionine, methyl oleate, methyl pheo- phorbide a, methyl pheophorbide b, methyl plamitate, nicoti- floroside, oleanolic acid, oxalic acid, palmitic acid, peucedanocoumarin III, phenylalanine, pheophorbide a, phytic acid, phytol, proline, pteryxin, quercetin, quercetin-3-O- α-L-rhamnopyranosyl-(1→6)- β-D-glucopyranoside, quercetin 3-O-β-D-glucopyranoside, quercetin 3-O-β-D-glucopyranosyl- (1→2)-α-lrhamnopyranosyl-(1→6)-β-D-galactopyranoside, roseo- side II, rotungenic acid, rutin, scopoletin, serine, stigmasta- 4–22-dien-3-one, stigmasta-4-en-3-one, stigmasterol, tannic acid, threonine, triterpene cycloartenol, tryptophan, tyrosine, ursolic acid, and valine.

The study concluded:

The evidence demonstrated that the epicatechin and scopoletin rich M. citrifolia leaf extract may be used as a functional food and complementary therapy to suppress lung cancer by stimulating the immune responses and modulating multiple cancer cell gene signaling pathways against cancer cell proliferation and towards apoptosis, without producing detectable undesirable effects. The extract suppressed key inflammatory markers and inhibited various molecular and cellular markers involved in proliferation and angiogenesis, suggesting a mode of action targeting, as proposed in Fig. 6. The epicatechin and scopoletin rich M. citrifolia leaves may be used as a complementary/adjunct therapy or functional food to help fight lung cancer or adenocarcinoma”.

Incidentally, this was not the first study to investigate the potential anti-lung cancer properties of a noni tree component. There are several others, including:

  • In 2012, the Indian Journal of Molecular Medicine published a study which found that noni fruit juice down-regulated an inflammatory process within human lung cancer cells, indicating it might play a therapeutic role in inflammation-associated lung pathologies, including but not limited to lung cancer.

  • In 2001, the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences published a study that found noni fruit juice was capable of preventing carcinogenic DMBA-DNA adduct formation in the lungs of mice, indicating its likely cancer preventive properties.

  • In 1999, the journal Phytotherapeutic Research published a study which found that the fruit juice of noni had antitumor activity in a mouse model of Lewis lung cancer.

It should be emphasized that the noni tree is certainly not the only natural substance that has been studied to provide natural chemopreventive and chemotherapeutic activity against lung cancer. Indeed, we have indexed 129 additional natural substances, many of which are foods, that have demonstrable anti-lung cancer activity. Curcumin, since it is able to target the cancer stem cells at the heart of lung cancer malignancy, may be the most promising of them all.

Learn more about cancer stem cells, how chemotherapy and radiation can actually enrich them, and curcumin’s cancer stem cell targeting properties.

For additional research on the health benefits of noni, view our research database on the topic: Noni health benefits research.

Lastly, consider that lung cancer is one of the most commonly overdiagnosed and overtreated cancers in existence today, as identified in an important 2013 JAMA report commissioned by the National Cancer Institute. So, please always get a second opinion and do your own research so you can make as much of an informed choice as possible.


Article Contributed by Sayer Ji, Founder of GreenMedInfo.com.

Sayer Ji is an author, researcher, lecturer, and advisory board member of the National Health Federation. He founded Greenmedinfo.com in 2008 in order to provide the world an open access, evidence-based resource supporting natural and integrative modalities. It is internationally recognized as the largest and most widely referenced health resource of its kind.

Driverless Vehicles Powered By Artificial Intelligence

Driverless Vehicles Powered By Artificial Intelligence

The joy of driving was once an important part of the American Dream. Take to the open roads meant freedom and adventure. The utilitarian objective of moving from one place to another just does not seem to possess the same romance. As with all reminiscences of the past, the lingering memories like to keep the good times close and block out the troubles when possible. This same trait can be applied to the distinctly national love affair with the auto. But as with all things, times move on and many in the tech community believe that the next advancement in land travel will come from an AI revolution.

Motor vehicle manufacturers and the oil industry that fuels them became a large part of creating the Big Business model. Money was to be made. Names like Ford and Firestone rubbed shoulders with the likes of Rockefeller. Today, the stable of electric and hybrids appeal less to the muscle power consumers who value horsepower, than to the save the planet believers, who are less concerned about cost per mile.

Such a dilemma is being transformed by the programming of software that is being designed to take the thinking out of driving. Some may say that there is very little aptitude in the passing lane at this point anyways and that the promise of an autobahn with a Google hangouts plugin would enhance the gaming experience in transit.

Well, so much for controlling the direction where the rubber meets the road, the jumbo tech giants smell money all over this twenty-first century bonanza. When the Washington Post reported, in Google’s artificial intelligence breakthrough may have a huge impact on self-driving cars and much more; “Google researchers have created an algorithm that has a human-like ability to learn, marking a significant breakthrough in the field of artificial intelligence”, the part timers over at Uber were just given notice.

“A more appealing solution for Google would be for the car to develop a level of intelligence that’s so high, it wouldn’t need those preloaded maps. It could simply scan roads in front of it, and teach itself how to drive anywhere.”

In another account, this from Breitbart, Artificial Intelligence Breakthroughs in 2015, the Singularity by 2030.,”Several companies are testing self-driving cars, and they’re expected to be available commercially by 2020.” That’s just around the corner and it looks you will not have to stop to make a “right” turn.

So what are the economics from this brave new world?

It’s No Myth: Robots and Artificial Intelligence Will Erase Jobs in Nearly Every Industry, predicts that “Manufacturing will be returning to U.S. shores with robots doing the job of Chinese workers; American carmakers will be mass-producing self-driving electric vehicles”, but will also bring about “The first large wave of unemployment will be caused by self-driving cars. These will provide tremendous benefit by eliminating traffic accidents and congestion, making commuting time more productive, and reducing energy usage. But they will eliminate the jobs of millions of taxi and truck drivers and delivery people.”

Xconomy, from the San Francisco Bay area offers this analysis.

“So far most conversations around self-driving cars focus on personal vehicles. It’s unlikely we’ll take a fully autonomous car for our daily commute for quite a few years, but commercial trucking will see self-driving vehicles emerge far sooner. One company, Peloton, is already making this a reality. Long haul trucking is an easier technical challenge because interstates are generally straight lines, well-marked, digitally mapped in high definition, and generally free of pedestrians, bicycles, and other random obstacles; and the economic productivity of trucks can justify substantial investment in sophisticated cameras, sensors, and computers needed for autopilot systems. The economic need for autonomous trucks is huge due to the high cost and shortage of drivers, regulatory limits on driving time, and the fuel efficiency gained from convoys travelling close together in peloton formation.”

Lastly, from the respective McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm – Ten ways autonomous driving could redefine the automotive world. The entire descriptions can be read on their site.

  1. Industrial fleets lead the way
  2. Car OEMs face a decision
  3. New mobility models emerge
  4. The car-service landscape changes
  5. Car insurers might shift their business model
  6. Companies could reshape their supply chains
  7. Drivers have more time for everything
  8. Parking becomes easier
  9. Accident rates drop
  10. AVs accelerate robotics development for consumer applications

The economic dislocations can be earth shattering. However, the buggy makers in this round of the transpiration technology interchange just does not seem to promise the same employment uplifting that Henry Ford’s accomplished with hisTHE FIVE-DOLLAR DAY—JUMP-STARTING THE MIDDLE CLASS.

Well, when in doubt just go to a Starbucks and order an iced caramel macchiato. You might even get change. Is this the kind of benefit consumers could expect from having “more time for everything”?

Control of the transport market may bear an Apple logo, using a Microsoft operating system, built by Toyota, delivered by Bezos drones and sold through Musk marketing “programming” commercials, carried in Google ads. As for the displaced UAW workers, just chat and text from your smart devices, your unemployment benefits just ran out.

The future of truck stops on the nations’ interstates might need to convert to electric plug in stations for all those dependable green renewals and become rest areas for the travelling porn circuit, since such engagements may be the only services that AI cannot replace. Some even argue that may not be true.

The merchant economy is the only alternative to this Metropolis Melodrama induced society that is destroying the financial futures of most households. The billionaire ranks swell, while the consumers starve. Trading in your Ferrari sports car for a dependable Argentine Criollos steed may not be practical or appealing for most. However, compared to navigating the highways as cargo in an artificial intelligence environment; taking a greyhound bus looks more attractive than ever.


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