What will Planet Earth be like when it becomes devoid of marine, land, and avian wildlife after even more die-offs?
Has anyone taken note of the numerous wildlife die-offs that have been reported over the past few years? If you think that may be an “off-the-wall” exaggeration question or statement, well, there’s an online website that painstakingly chronicles what’s been going on, which I’d like to introduce to you.
It’s the End Times Prophecy – Earth’s Final Warning, which very concernedly has prepared lists chronicling the following:
Additionally, there have been 970 million butterflies – the exquisite Monarchs, in particular – that have been killed since 1990, apparently from pesticides and herbicides. Are GMO farming practices to blame?
What’s causing this: “The Ocean is Dying”?
We need to become better stewards of flora, fauna, and soil, I truly believe, and not poison everything with chemicals.
What will Planet Earth be like when it becomes devoid of marine, land, and avian wildlife? Think about that, especially as you begin the new gardening season for 2016 and any temptations to use toxic chemicals for gardening, pest control, or whatever.
If you want a nutrient-rich vegetable garden, you need healthy soil to grow nutritious crops. The more worms in your garden, the healthier the soil is , I feel. For many years, I used to purchase Lady Bugs and Praying Mantises at garden centers, and then let them loose in a few areas of my garden.
I always included plants that would attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Here’s a resource of plants to grow that invite those lovely visitors to your garden. These plants attract beautiful song birds, especially Gold Finches! They love to feast on Echinacea flower heads.
Do we really need all those lawn chemicals, chemical fertilizers and plant enhancements?
How about pest control chemicals? What about buzzing, stinging insects and the numerous pesticides to deal with them?
To help readers get out from under toxic garden chemicals, I’ve prepared a beginner’s list to point you in a more Earth-friendly direction, which I hope can start you on the path to chemical-free gardening. Mother Earth will appreciate that, and so will your pets and kiddies, too.
Here’s a resource for dealing with ant infestations. “13 natural remedies for ant invasion”
Got termites? No problem! See “How to Kill Termites Naturally: 7 Effective Methods”
To deal with buzzing, stinging insects like mosquitoes, here are several resources:
5 Easy to Grow Mosquito-Repelling Plants
6 Kinds of Natural Mosquito Repellents
Stopping Stink Bugs
Homemade Organic Pesticide for Fruit Trees
10 Organic Homemade Pesticides
This list provides organic-approved pesticides
This is an interesting site http://www.organicpowerproducts.com/organicpestcontrol/?gclid=CMbw7LSI08wCFQ9ZhgodjMAKJA that may provide something a little different.
6 Homemade herbicides: Kill the weeds without killing the earth
Organic Weed Killer Recipe
Dealing with Rabbits, Squirrels, and Deer in Flower Beds and Gardens
Personally, I’m exasperated with all of the above, who play havoc with my front and back patio gardens. What really works at keeping them out of the garden are two things: Dried Blood Meal and Dried Bone Meal.
I sprinkle both around the perimeter of the flower beds and then sprinkle a little in the center.
However, after a few days of rain, I need to reapply the blood meal, which keeps the deer off my hostas. I even sprinkle a little blood meal into the large patio planters and pots filled with plants. That keeps the squirrels from tearing plants out of their pots. Plus, both act as organic plant supplements too.
Want to become a beekeeper, even in the city? Here’s how to go about it. In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a hotel restaurant has rooftop gardens, which include beehives  too!
We and the planet can’t afford to lose our food crop pollinators: the bees, butterflies, and bird populations, or other wildlife. Nothing pleases me more than to sit on my back patio and see the deer on the back common or either the red or gray fox saunter by. Wildlife is a gift from above, so is the Earth below our feet.
One of the great saints of Christianity, St. Francis of Assisi, composed an exquisite canticle to Nature—The Canticle of the Sun,  in which he refers to the varied features of Nature, e.g., sun, moon, stars, wind, air, etc., as his sisters and brothers. What a lovely way of thinking about Nature, especially when Nature is being assaulted on all sides by technology and chemicals.
Oh! to see a crystal clear blue sky again!
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Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting.
Catherine’s latest book, published October 4, 2013, is Vaccination Voodoo, What YOU Don’t Know About Vaccines, available on Amazon.com.
Her 2012 book A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments, is available on Amazon.com and as a Kindle eBook.
Two of Catherine’s more recent books on Amazon.com are Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) and Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008)
Catherine’s NEW book: Eat To Beat Disease, Foods Medicinal Qualities ©2016 Catherine J Frompovich coming in Summer 2016
This development is a huge hurdle for the neocons to overcome.
May 12, 2016
Iran has announced that it has deployed Russian-supplied S-300 air defence systems at one of its military bases.
The long-range S-300 system was placed at Iran’s Khatam al-Anbia Air Defence Base.
Russia and Iran signed a contract to supply the S-300 systems in 2007, but were forced to cancel the order after Iran was falsely accused by several nations of covertly developing nuclear weapons.
The single most important aspect of this development is the fact that both the US and Israel are known to be concerned that the Russian weapons will prevent a surprise airstrike on Iranian nuclear facilities.
It is understood that the delay in the shipment has actually been of benefit to Iran, as now Russia has shipped a more advanced version of the S-300 than was originally scheduled due to technological advancements during the delay period.
With neocons in both Israel and the US wanting to attack Iran, this significant development just made that goal a whole lot harder to achieve successfully.
GET THE FULL STORY ON THE IRAN DEAL: 21st Century Wire Iran Files
May 12, 2016
Delegates from all across the world have arrived in Britain for a major anti-corruption summit in London. But the event has already been marred by remarks – not supposed to reach the public’s ears – made by UK Prime Minister Cameron earlier this week in his conversation with the Queen and Speaker of the House John Bercow. Cameron was accidently caught on camera saying that Nigeria and Afghanistan are “fantastically corrupt.”
RT: David Cameron has voiced these comments even before the summit started. Do you think that might have an impact on the conference?
John Wight: I don’t think that will have an impact on the conference itself, but it will certainly have an impact on people’s perceptions and understanding of the nature of global power. What we have been treated to with these unguarded, indiscreet comments is a rare insight into the mindset of a British ruling class that remains in the 19th century with regard to its disrespect towards countries such as Nigeria, China and Afghanistan. These people treat these countries as if they are of lower culture, as if they are unfit to rule themselves. And I am sure they would much prefer… if they were still ruled directly by Britain. So this is a very, very rare insight into a mindset of a ruling class which has been responsible for much of the corruption in places such as Nigeria and Afghanistan through its history of colonialism.
RT: Apparently the prime minister didn’t want these comments to be heard. Is it a blow to his reputation?
JW: I don’t think David Cameron’s reputation could get any lower than it already is. We’ve already had the revelations surrounding the Panama Papers with his father and family connected to the huge corruption that was revealed in those. We’ve already had the role of his government in whipping up a frenzy of anti-Semitic charges against Labour Party members and politicians and so forth. So I think the general public knows the history of the Tories and David Cameron is only the latest in the long line of discredited, dishonorable Tory prime ministers.
RT: The president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, rebuffed the accusations and in fact said his country’s assets had been stolen by officials who fled to London. What would you make of those allegations?
JW: Mr. Buhari’s comments are entirely accurate. Britain, and London in particular, has become the favorite second home of assorted international criminals, whether they are taking money and resources of Russia, post the collapse of the Soviet Union, or of Nigeria, or other countries in the global south. London is the go-to place. The City of London has benefited from this huge influx of wealth, which it has then re-invested and through its greed come close to crushing the world economy, or played a key role in that regard in 2008. What we’re seeing is an excess of corruption that starts in London and ends in London.
The history of colonialism and its role today as a second home of international criminals from places such as Nigeria and Afghanistan… This is the truth of the matter. And every single statue in the center of London – Downing Street, Westminster, everywhere you go – all these statues and monuments are monuments to a history of colonialism, raping, devastation, and super-exploitation of countries such as Nigeria. When we talk about foreign aid – that is an insult to countries such as Nigeria. We should be talking about reparation for those countries, for that history of colonialism, which has done so much to keep these countries mired in underdevelopment.
The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.
Once again, the US shows what a bully it really is. What are you doing in Romania USA? Have you eejit politicians been in Detroit lately? Your infrastructure is crumbling, you have about 50 million Americans relying on food stamps, yet you find these obscene amounts of money to patrol the other side of the world? Pathetic.
“We have been saying right from when this story started that our experts are convinced that the deployment of the ABM system poses a certain threat to the Russian Federation,” presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday.
“Measures are being taken to ensure the necessary level of security for Russia. The president himself (Vladimir Putin), let me remind you, has repeatedly asked who the system will work against?”, Peskov said.
The response comes after NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg reiterated the site is not a threat to Russia.
“This system is directed against threats coming from outside the Euro Atlantic space,” he said at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the remote Deveselu airbase in southern Romania.
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said the system was “purely defensive, not directed against any nations and cannot be used in an offensive operation.”
On Friday, the US will start construction work on an ABM site in Poland due to be ready by late 2018.
The US and NATO have been arguing for decades that the plans to deploy an anti-missile shield in Europe would not compromise Russian security. The AEGIS Ashore system deployed in Romania is a less ambitious incarnation of the ABM system, which replaced the initial project envisioned by the Bush administration. The shield is designed to protect Europe from a possible missile attack by Iran, the alliance says.
Russia remains unconvinced. While it doesn’t dispute that its strategic nuclear arsenal would not be compromised by the Romanian site if a global nuclear war were to happen, Moscow says it would be a significant factor in a smaller-scale conflict that doesn’t involve hundreds of missiles fired by each side.
The alleged defensive nature of the system is under debate as well. Long-range radar, part of the AEGIS antimissile system, can be used to spy on missile tests and aircraft in Russian airspace, providing the US with additional intelligence.
Moreover, the system uses a vertical launching system to fire missile interceptors, which was derived from the naval version of AEGIS. The same launchers are used to fire Tomahawk cruise missiles from US guided-missile destroyers. Moscow says the Romanian site could easily and secretly be converted into a cruise missile base that can attack targets on Russian soil.
The Romanian deployment is perceived by the Russian military as a violation of the spirit of Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which Moscow and Washington signed in 1987. The US under President George W Bush unilaterally withdrew from another Cold War treaty, which banned it from developing a national antiballistic missile in the first place, so Moscow is suspicious of American intentions.
Russia has suggested on many occasions signing a legally-binding deal, which would address Moscow’s concerns with US antimissile plans in Europe, but Washington has rejected the idea.
What the hell is wrong with you USA? You let Ron Paul slip away, and he possibly was the only decent choice you ever had for president of your barbaric country.
Yankees go home indeed! Mind your own business, and fix your own problems before you open your mouth on the world stage. Pathetic war mongers, liars and hypocrites, that’s what you are made of USA!
Oh, and China is no better. I shudder to think what will happen when it becomes the next superpower.
May 11, 2016
For the third time in seven months, the US has sent a warship to challenge China in territorial waters it claims in the South China Sea. The US claims its purpose is to keep shipping lanes open, while China arguably benefits as much as anyone from trade going in and out of the region. Similar to US military operations off the Baltic coast, this latest clash in the South China Sea resulted in military jets being dispatched to send a message. With its interventionist policies toward both Russia and China, is the US opening itself up to the unintended consequences of pushing Russia and China closer together in opposition to the US empire? Can the countries in the region not better solve these disputes without US involvement?
PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Intuition is all one needs to understand that stress in early childhood can create lifelong psychological troubles, but scientists have only begun to explain how those emerge in the brain. They have observed, for example, that stress incurred early in life attenuates neural growth. Now a study in male mice exposed to stress shows that a particular region, the hippocampus, hits many developmental milestones early — essentially maturing faster in response to stress.
The findings, the first to track and report signs of stress-related early maturation in a brain region throughout mouse development, may lend some neuroscientific credence to the expression that children facing early adversity have to “grow up too fast.”
Lead author Kevin Bath, assistant professor of cognitive, linguistic and psychological sciences at Brown University, said he became curious about whether some brain regions were maturing faster because he and other researchers had made observations in humans and rodents all suggesting that certain traits — such as fear-driven learning and memory, sexual development and neural connectivity among some brain regions — were accelerated, rather than stunted, after early life stress (ELS). Some of these qualities, particularly memory and emotion regulation, involve the hippocampus.
“There were a number of different indicators that [early maturation] might be happening,” Bath said. “We wanted to carefully assess this and look at a number of different markers of not only growth, but also maturation of these animals, and to measure it not only at the behavioral level but also at the neuromolecular level.”
The study, co-authored by Brown graduate students Gabriela Manzano-Nieves and Haley Goodwill, appears online in the journal Hormones and Behavior.
Experiment in early life
The experimental stress introduced to the mice in the study was a period of fragmented maternal care — a condition comparable to one that might affect a child growing up in an economically challenged, single-parent household, for example.
At four days of age, pups and their mothers were moved from standard cages to ones where the materials available to the mother for nest building were inadequate. Food and water remained plentiful, but the mother responded anxiously and would frequently depart to search for anything that might work as nesting material. Pups therefore received less consistent and attentive care from their harried and distracted mothers than experimental controls who were never moved from standard cages. After just a week of exposure to this manipulation (a significant span of time for mice who mature from birth to adulthood in just eight weeks), the mice returned to cages with everything they needed.
By then, however, the effects of the ELS were underway. Bath and his co-authors made several measurements in mice aged four to 50 days (when mice reach young adulthood) to track how development in the hippocampus varied between mice with ELS and the unstressed controls.
What they found — from counting specific populations of cells, to measuring behavior, to gene expression — was that the hippocampus appeared to mature significantly faster in the ELS mice during their seven weeks from birth to early adulthood.
Based upon measures of gene expression and counting cells, the team saw that parvalbumin interneurons developed about a week early, attaining an abundance by day 21 in ELS mice that was not seen in control mice until day 28. In other measurements, the teams saw that developmental changes in synaptic receptor subunits that are important for developmental changes in learning occurred about nine days ahead of schedule. They also found that myelination, a key developmental process for neural communication, also started more than a week early.
They also looked at a behavioral trait controlled by the hippocampus. Mice can be conditioned to associate shocks with a particular location, such that they will freeze in fear when they come back to that place. But for about a week during the maturation of the hippocampus, that freezing behavior temporarily disappears, Bath has found. In the new study, he saw that this was still the case, but the temporary suspension of the fear response happened a week earlier in ELS mice than in control mice.
Also, in their study, the team confirmed the findings of previous researchers showing overall reduced neural growth.
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by: Harold Shaw
March 10, 2016
Everyone says you are what you eat, but, for some reason, the majority of the world’s population seems completely oblivious to this fact. Yet pure science and simple experiments have managed to definitively prove what naturopaths have been saying for centuries: What you eat changes you, down to your very DNA. As it turns out, our diet can influence what genes are more active or suppressed. Basically, it can determine whether genes associated with conditions like obesity, type 2 diabetes or heart disease are hyperactive or functioning within parameters.
It’s particularly easy to ignore that our diets directly affect our health when the foods around us taste so good. General practitioners who don’t take food into consideration when treating their patients certainly don’t make it any easier. In this context, new studies that point to the relevance of food in connection to our DNA are an essential step forward.
The nutrients that the human body receives in utero, as well as the ones it feeds on after being born, invariably affect our genes. The prevalent opinion is that our genes determine how nutrients are broken down and then absorbed by cells. Scientists thought that all information other than the pure genome is deleted when a new embryo is formed. However, in 2013, when the human DNA was completely mapped, a lot of variables were still missing. This much was clear because the genome on its own could not explain all of the physiological processes we are currently familiar with.
Obviously, more things were going on with our genome than we were able to see. Until now, the separate field of epigenetics was associated with the changes that our DNA undergoes as a result of outside forces, i.e. our diet or the environment we live in. The separation of the fields was necessary because scientists thought that the genome itself does not change – only its surroundings do. Now, evidence shows that the characteristics of these surroundings, chemicals and enzymes, can irrevocably affect our bodies as they develop.
For instance, in mice, the risk for chronic diseases and radical differences in weight and metabolism are greatly affected by the mother’s diet during pregnancy. A study conducted in 2006 concluded that, even if the mother is obese and has an increased chance of developing certain diseases, such as diabetes or cancer, the majority of her offspring are born healthy and with normal health risks, provided that her nutrition is appropriate during gestation. Thus, almost no disposition for chronic diseases or body constitution was inherited as a result of her DNA but rather as a result of eating habits during pregnancy. In human beings, a well-balanced diet has a definitive impact upon our genetic disposition to certain diseases.
Recent studies have proven that an unbalanced diet has a domino-like effect upon the health of the entire organism. In order to maintain ourselves as disease-free as possible, it’s imperative that we have a diet with equal intakes of carbohydrates, protein and fat, according to researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. When either of these categories dominates over the other, the nutrients we get from food become the prevalent chemicals our DNA has in its surroundings. A good example is that of a diet that contains 60% or more carbs. Lab research has found that, in these circumstances, the genes associated with cardiovascular diseases and diabetes start to speed up their processes.
Sometimes, the changes that occur as a result of eating habits are simply astounding. Dr. Markus Ralser, a biochemist from the University of Cambridge, indicates that almost all of a cell’s genes are directly influenced by the nutrients it has access to. All it takes is for a few substances to go missing, and the regular metabolic profile becomes altered in a significant way. Although researchers have yet to exactly pinpoint which food does what, experienced nutritionists have formed a few hypotheses based on the amount of nutrients each food item has.
It’s never been this obvious that current medical practice has a lot to integrate in the fields of nutrition and genetics. Until things change for the better, it’s up to the people who stay informed to take action and ensure that their health, along with that of their families, is headed in the right direction.
As the saying goes, you are what you eat. But new evidence suggests that the same may also be true for the microbes in your gut.
“What we are really excited about is we and others have shown in animal models that diet can rapidly have major effects on the microbes that are in the gut,” said Peter Turnbaugh, a Bauer Fellow at the Center for Systems Biology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. He is senior author of the paper, which appeared in Dec. 11 edition of the journal Nature.
“But it still wasn’t clear how fast the microbes in the human gut respond to changes in diet, and to what degree those changes would be similar in different people. This study is really the first time we’ve seen that, over the course of days, a new diet can reshape the microbial community, and that those changes are consistent and reversible.”
As evidence mounts that the gut microbiome not only plays a role in digestion but may also affect overall health, Lawrence David, the paper’s first author and a former junior fellow at Harvard’s Society of Fellows who was recently appointed an assistant professor at Duke University, said the ability to manipulate those populations may offer new avenues for treating certain conditions.
“That’s part of the excitement of this work: that the gut microbiome in humans responds to changes in diet on a much shorter timescale than people thought,” David said. “That suggests it’s at least feasible to—through host action—alter the gut microbiome, so we see this as establishing the dynamic range for those changes, and the amount of latitude individuals have in potentially altering it.”
Researchers recruited 11 volunteers for the study, which began by collecting baseline data on each participant’s gut microbiome. For four days, they ate their normal diets and kept logs detailing everything they consumed.
Following the baseline period, each spent five days eating a vegetarian diet that consisted of granola, meals made with rice, onions, tomatoes, squash, garlic, peas, and lentils, with banana, mango, and papaya as snacks.
966 roads, 90 fiber optic cables, 39 gas pipes and 141 power lines could be impacted.
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The director of the Southern California Earthquake Center, Thomas Jordan, made an announcement recently that would have sent a chill down the spine of every Californian: that the San Andreas fault appears to be in a critical state and as such, could generate a large earthquake imminently. Of course, the reiteration of the seismic hazard to Californians will be nothing surprising, but what is new is the warning that the southern portion of the fault “looks like it’s locked, loaded and ready to go.”
Why is this eminent seismologist making these alarming statements? Well, the fact is that there has not been a major release of stresses in the southern portion of the San Andreas fault system since 1857. In simple terms, the San Andreas is one of many fault systems roughly marking the border between the Pacific and North American tectonic plates. Both plates are moving in an approximately northerly direction but the Pacific plate is moving faster than its North American counterpart, meaning that stresses between the plates are constantly building up.
In 1906, some of these stresses were catastrophically released in the San Francisco Bay area in a 7.8 magnitude event and again, in northern California, during the 6.9 magnitude 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Events of these magnitudes, however, have not occurred along the San Andreas fault in the south of the state—the 1994 Northridge event was associated with a nearby, but separate, fault system—leading to the suggestion that one is imminent and, given the amount of stress that might actually have accumulated, when it arrives it will be the “Big One.”
How Big Is “Big”?
So just how big could this potential earthquake be and is it possible that the destruction demonstrated in the film San Andreas could actually come to fruition?
In short, Californians will be (reasonably) pleased with the answers to these questions. In the film, the San Andreas fault produces an earthquake with a magnitude of 9.0. While not unheard of globally, earthquakes of this size are generally confined to regions of the earth where subduction—where one tectonic plate is being forced below another—is happening, for example in Chile and Japan. The tectonic situation in California is different. Here, two plates are sliding past each other.
As such, recent predictions limit the possible maximum earthquake magnitude along the San Andreas fault system to 8.0, although with a 7 percent probability estimate that such an event could occur in Southern California in the next 30 years; over the same period, there is a 75 percent chance of a magnitude 7.0 event. While magnitudes of 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0 might sound negligibly different, the energy that such events would unleash varies significantly, with a magnitude 9.0 event releasing 32 times more energy than a magnitude 8.0 and 1,000 times more energy than a magnitude 7.0.
Obviously, however, be it a 7.0 or an 8.0, damage is inevitable, but the whole sequence of events, as depicted in the film, is unlikely. For example, the San Andreas fault is not beneath the ocean and as such, any slippage along it could not displace water to the extent that a tsunami would be generated. The opening up of a massive chasm is also from the land of fantasy, as the plates are sliding relative to each other, not away from each other.
What is realistic, however, is that a great amount of destruction is likely. While the building codes in California are stringent, recommending retrofitting of seismic protection measures to older buildings and preventing the construction of new buildings near to known fault lines, there is no way to make a building 100 percent safe.
In an attempt to understand the effects of a large, southern San Andreas earthquake, the U.S. Geological Survey modelled a 7.8 magnitude event, with slippage of 2-7 metres, to represent the stresses that have built up in the area since the last large event.
From this model, it was found that damage would be most severe to constructions straddling the fault. Fortunately, constructions of this sort are few and far between following the 1972 Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zoning Act. What would be affected by this slippage, however, are the 966 roads, 90 fiber optic cables, 39 gas pipes and 141 power lines that cross the fault zone.
The total cost of damage to buildings was estimated at $33 billion, with modern buildings faring well but older buildings being particularly susceptible. Fires would rage—as they did following the Northridge earthquake—as gas mains, and mains water pipes, become severed; in fact, the damage from resulting fires is estimated as more costly than that resulting from the initial shaking.
The overall death toll is estimated at 1,800. And just when things don’t look like they can get any worse, the main event will have destabilised the tectonics of the region to such an extent that a series of potentially powerful aftershocks will begin. For example, in 2011, Christchurch, New Zealand was struck by a 6.2 magnitude event and since then the city and surrounding region have experienced more than 10,000 aftershocks.
Fortunately, the film San Andreas is pure fiction, featuring the levels of exaggeration we are all used to from film makers who are, ironically, also based in southern California.
Even so, in all probability, the San Andreas is likely to generate a significant earthquake in the not too distant future. When it arrives, the damage will be significant and southern California will be massively affected. But Californians are no strangers to these events and the infrastructure of the state, in recent times, has been designed with earthquake protection in mind.
Forget tsunamis and deep chasms opening up, but do expect violent shaking, building damage, fires and widespread economic impacts as the region is out of action for potentially a long period of time
The study, published in March in the Journal of Internal Medicine, found that the avoidance of direct sun could actually be as harmful to a person as smoking.
by: J. D. Heyes
May 12, 2016
(NaturalNews) A substantial new study has found that women who received more “active sunlight exposure” were at far less risk for cardiovascular disease, meaning they are likely to liver longer, healthier lives.
As reported by Wake Up World, the study was conducted by Swedish researchers who studied 30,000 women, assessing the differences in sun exposure as a risk factor for all-cause mortality. The 20-year study involved the Melanoma in Southern Sweden (MISS) sampling of women aged 25–64, and recruited into the study from 1990 to 1992.
When sun exposure habits were analyzed using modern survival statistics, researchers made two major observations:
— Women with active sun exposure habits were mainly at a lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and noncancer/non-CVD death as compared to those who avoided sun exposure; and
— As a result of their increased survival, the relative contribution of cancer death increased in these women.
Cancer risk tends to increase with biological age, and as such, the longer a person lives, the higher their cancer risk. “Therefore,” Wake Up World noted, “because increased sunlight exposure actually increases your longevity, it will also appear to increase your risk of cancer. But this does not necessarily mean that sunlight is intrinsically ‘carcinogenic,’ which is commonly assumed.”
Researchers have long known that heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S. and the rest of the developed world. Since sunlight appears to reduce this most common cause of premature death – even if it increases the risk of the second-most common cause of death, cancer – the overall net affect, according to this latest research, is that a person tends to live longer. That puts the “increased cancer risk” in context.
Also, as we at Natural News have previously noted, cancer misdiagnoses in particular are rampant in the U.S. and developed world. Quoting Medscape:
“The practice of oncology in the United States is in need of a host of reforms and initiatives to mitigate the problem of overdiagnosis and overtreatment of cancer, according to a working group sanctioned by the National Cancer Institute.
“Perhaps most dramatically, the group says that a number of premalignant conditions, including ductal carcinoma in situ and high-grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia, should no longer be called ‘cancer.'”
In October 2015, Natural News editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, noted that the costs associated with the cancer treatment industry had exploded, and that expensive cancer treatments like chemotherapy were being prescribed for fake diagnoses:
“With $100 billion a year now being spent on toxic chemotherapy treatments that damage patients and cause ‘chemo brain’ side effects, a panel of cancer experts commissioned by the National Cancer Institute publicly admitted two years ago that tens of millions of ‘cancer cases’ aren’t cancer at all.
“Tens of millions of people who have been diagnosed with ‘cancer’ by crooked oncologists — and scared into medically unjustified but extremely profitable chemotherapy treatments — never had any sort of life-threatening condition to begin with, scientists have confirmed.”
Meanwhile, Adams also noted – way back in 2005 – that sunlight was found to have helped prevent non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, but medical education did not teach that (and still doesn’t).
“Researchers in Australia have discovered that exposure to natural sunlight reduces the incidence of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL). The researchers were trying to find out if exposure to the sun really does cause this type of cancer; instead, they found that it actually protects people from the disease,” Adams noted.
The latest study showing that more sunlight, not less, enhances one’s life may not be earth-shattering to Adams and others who have long known of such benefits, but these findings are likely to be very useful to anyone hearing them for the first time. And perhaps they will help you get outside more this summer.
by Arjun Walia
May 11, 2016
How often do we take time out during the day to take a step back and really look at what we, as a whole, are doing on this planet? Most of us are solely concerned with the immediacy of our own lives — going to school, finding a job, and figuring out how we are going to pay bills, feed ourselves, and support the ones we love. And we aren’t to blame for doing so; we have been forced into this way of life. We are taught how the world works and what we need to do in order to survive in it from an early age. As such, we don’t question the wisdom of this path, and are considered strange, even subversive if we choose to stay from it. The sad reality is that we need little pieces of paper representing figurative value in order to survive here. We must pay for our lives.
What’s even worse is that it doesn’t have to be this way. Imagine living on a planet where everybody had their basic needs met: it might seem beyond our gasp, but our species has both the potential and the resources to create this type of existence. However, we need to change as human beings, from the inside out, in order for this to happen. We also have to tackle the monopoly of the corporations and the big banks, who use our elected officials as puppets and as entertainment; we must take away their control over our world.
While we struggle with this conditioned servitude, we are also brainwashed on a daily basis through mass marketing. Corporations today literally dictate what we think we want and need. They control our thoughts and desires, and as a result we continue to consume and they continue to expand, through globalization, at an alarming rate. They wield a tremendous amount of power; they can essentially program us like robots.
And the programs they create do not merely motivate and perpetuate our desire for material wealth, but also govern our perception of what is happening on our planet. This has been going on for decades, and represents one significant reason why our planet is in such a desperate condition. Why do we all desire the same things? Why are these ‘things’ seen as symbols of necessity and success? Why do we need to consume more and more, and why do some feel like outsiders when they cannot (or will not) do so?
“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.”
– Edward Bernays (“the father of public relations”), Propaganda, 1928
Is this what we’ve really become? A race of people wanting things? Whether it’s a house, a car, or other material goods, our desire for ‘stuff’ has consumed our lives to the point where we have stopped paying attention to the planet, and what’s actually happening to it. As a result, we have become collectively ignorant, without any clue of what’s going on behind the scenes and little desire to know, because that would force us to accept uncomfortable truths — and perhaps even step outside our comfort zones and change.
“There are essentially only two drugs that Western civilization tolerates: Caffeine from Monday to Friday to energize you enough to make you a productive member of society, and alcohol from Friday to Monday to keep you too stupid to figure out the prison that you are living in.”
– Bill Hicks
The video below illustrates what happens with these material goods, over and over. It seems like it never stops. It was done but Steve Cuts, who has some great images and videos on his Facebook page that we encourage you to check out.
There is a reason why the most widely accessed article in the history of the Public Library of Science (PLoS) is entitled, Why Most Published Research Findings Are False. In the report, researchers stated that most current published research findings are false, and this was more than 10 years.
We don’t have to look for the most recent example, a study that was just published in the British Medical Journal by researchers at the Nordic Cochrane Center in Copenhagen showed that pharmaceutical companies were not disclosing all information regarding the results of their drug trials. Researchers looked at documents from 70 different double-blind, placebo-controlled trials of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) and serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRI) and found that the full extent of serious harm in clinical study reports went unreported. These are the reports sent to major health authorities like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (source)
This echoes the words of Dr. Richard Horton, the current Editor-In-Chief of one of the most reputable reviewed medical journals in the world, The Lancet:
The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness. (source)
Another former Editor in Chief of the New England Medical journal,which is also considered to be one of the best in the world, Marcia Angell (the author of “The Truth About Drugs”) has made similar assertions:
It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgement of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of the New England Journal of Medicine. (source)
The list of evidence and statements literally goes on and on. Prescription drugs are the 4th leading cause of death in the world. If that’s not enough to make you shriek, I’m not sure what will.
The pharmaceutical industry is committing a silent holocaust around the globe. It works like this: People are sick because they aren’t getting proper nutritients. Then they are covering up their sickness with a doctor-prescribed pill. But this is causing some serious side effects, leading their doctors to prescribe more pills to conceal those side effects.
The following is a list of the 7 most dangerous and heavily promoted prescription drugs with some natural alternatives.
What’s the deal? Used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, asthma, allergies and many other conditions. Corticosteroids mimic the effects of hormones your body produces naturally in your adrenal glands, which sit on top of your kidneys. When prescribed in doses that exceed your body’s usual levels, corticosteroids suppress inflammation.
What are the side effects?
Alternatives: Raw whole food diet. Read about Maya’s story HERE.
What’s the deal? For the most part, Methotrexate is used alone or together with other medicines to treat several types of cancer such as breast, head and neck, lung, blood, bone, lymph node and uterus cancers.
What are the side effects?
Alternatives: Read more HERE.
What’s the deal? Anticoagulant (blood thinner) which prevents the formation and migration of blood clots.
What are the side effects?
What’s the deal? There are multiple types. Some of these drugs (Atromid and Lopid) work by absorbing bile acids which are produced from cholesterol in the intestinal tract and cause them to be excreted, thereby lowering the levels of cholesterol circulating in the blood. Statin drugs reduce production of cholesterol in the liver and alter the way in which LDL cholesterol enters the cells.
What are the side effects?
Alternatives: Fish, whole foods – oats, nuts, beans, spinach, avocado.
The Oaks homeless shelter in Ottawa Canada, relies on a Managed Alcohol Program that involves giving alcoholics small quantities of alcohol at regular intervals.
Quitting cold turkey is one of the toughest things to do, which is why this homeless shelter in Ottawa is helping chronic alcoholics by handing out measured quantities of alcohol by the hour. Miraculously, the Managed Alcohol Program (MAP) has not only improved the overall health of its participants, but also reduced their average alcohol intake and helped them refrain from criminal activity.
The existence of the MAP is a miracle in itself, given that most other homeless shelters have a strict no-alcohol policy. But at the Oaks shelter for the homeless, five ounces of white wine are handed out in coffee cups every hour between 7.30 am and 9.30 pm, seven days a week. That’s a calculated amount, just enough for each resident to be able to shake off the symptoms of alcohol deprivation. No alcohol is handed out to anyone who comes in intoxicated. The routine began in the early 2000s, and continues to this day, with several residents lining up every single day for their share.
Located in Carlington, a working-class neighborhood on the west side of Ottawa, the Oaks is run by the Shepherd’s of Good Hope, a Catholic social services organisation. New residents at the shelter tend to make the most of the program, consuming the maximum amount of alcohol every hour. And they also show up drunk, having consumed whatever alcohol they can get their hands on while roaming the city streets. But over time, they stop drinking outside, ask for only a few ounces, and even end up skipping a few rouns. One resident, it seems, gave up alcohol entirely and switched to hourly pours of grape juice instead.
The MAP and its success proved so intriguing that a small, peer-reviewed study of the program was conducted in 2006, by the Inner City Health and the University of Ottawa. The results, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, showed that in 17 participants, the average alcohol consumption had reduced from 48 drinks a day to eight. Researchers also found that the average monthly police encounters had fallen from 18.1 to 8.8, and the number of visits to the emergency room had also reduced.
One of the biggest success stories back in 2006 was of Ron Kirkpatrick, who had lived on Ottawa’s streets for 30 years before joining the program in 2004. Although he drank over a dozen cups of wine a day after joining the MAP, it was nothing compared to the his usual daily consumption of seven or eight bottles. He got healthier, putting on 26 pounds in two years, and didn’t get in a single fight during that time. “I’m not in jail, I’m not being chased all the time,” he had said. “I can sit down and relax and have a cigarette and drink without being bothered. You couldn’t ask for a better living than what I got now.”
Today, 39-year-old Irwin Windsor stands as a testament to the program’s success. Having taken to alcohol ten years ago after the death of his step-father and grandmother, he lost his job, his apartment, and completely lost touch with his family. He had nowhere to live, and couldn’t get rid of his shakes, dry heaves, and sweats until he took his first drink of the day. On most days, he would continue to drink until he lost consciousness. But ever since he joined the program, things changed for the better. Although he continues to drink outside the building on Saturdays, he is sober for the most part and even plans to get his old job back.
Why is the ‘pour’ system so successful? Well, for starters, it provides a controlled solution to the residents’ most primary problem of ‘where can I get a drink?’ Secondly, it helps provide a sustainable method to quit drinking. As it turns out, most of the Oaks’ residents had tried to stop many times in the past, but had always failed. Alcoholism had them kicked out of and banned from several other shelters in Ottawa before they were accepted at the Oaks. Some of them were so desperate for a drink that they had even taken to consuming hand sanitizer from public dispensers. A more practical program was required to help the alcoholic homeless, and the MAP did that beautifully.
“They are so dependent on alcohol that it’s their most basic need,” explained Kim van Herk, a psychiatric nurse with Ottawa Inner City Health. “If that need is not being met, nothing else matters for them. It’s hard for other people to get their minds around how severe their addiction is – they feel like they’re going to die. But once that need is met for them, they can start looking at other parts of their life.”
And that’s what makes the pour so effective – it creates trust by understanding and catering to the needs of the Oaks’ residents. It gives them a safe place to enjoy a small drink, and loosens them from destructive drinking habits with their friends on the outside. It keeps them away from unsafe sources of alcohol like hand sanitizer or Listerine. Inside the Oaks, they have access to doctors, real food, mental health workers, and they even get help in reestablishing contact with family members.
“At the end of the day in this environment, we’re able to minimize the amount of alcohol they use, reduce the harm they experience related to their alcohol, and reduce the harm society experiences because of their alcohol abuse: having these people in the emergency department, involved with the police on drunk-and-disorderly charges,” explained Dr. Jeff Turnbull, chairman of the department of medicine at the Ottawa Hospital.
So as crazy as it sounds to give out free alcohol to an alcoholic, this decades-long practice has silently been saving Ottawa’s homeless, and giving them a second chance at life.
Photos: Shepherds of Good Hope
May 11, 2016
The enormous bundle of 11.5 million documents exposing hundreds of thousands of companies and individuals is online as a searchable database with interactive visualization depicting links between persons, companies and countries.
According to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), an organization which, until today, had sole access to the documents, the database reveals the names of the real owners of many shell companies.
The website opens with a disclaimer, noting that there not all people and organizations on the list use tax havens illegally. The statement also mentions that many people have similar names, and recommends diligent ID validation.
© REUTERS/ Yves Herman
The documents, revealing some 360,000 names of companies and people, were extracted and leaked by an unknown source from a database owned by the Mossack Fonseca law firm. The firm, which has chosen to continue practicing, claims it was hacked.
Mossack Fonseca issued a cease-and-desist order on Thursday to the journalist group, claiming that revealing the information publicly is a violation of attorney-client privilege. The ICIJ, however, published the information, claiming it is acting in the ‘public interest.’
Tax havens, of which Panama is widely known, are often used to conceal wealth and, of course, evade taxes. Reporting based on the documents caused swift fall-out for some of the prominent clients around the globe — including the resignation of Iceland’s prime minister.