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Only 1 TBSP Of Coconut Oil Produces Powerful Health Changes, Study Confirms


A simple tablespoon daily of coconut oil could promote weight loss and improve cardiovascular health, reveals a new clinical study. 

A new study titled, “A coconut extra virgin oil-rich diet increases HDL cholesterol and decreases waist circumference and body mass in coronary artery disease patients,” holds great promise in those suffering from overweight, obesity, and heightened cardiovascular disease risk, and against which pharmaceutical approaches often fail.

Coconut oil was once considered a “bad fat,” as it contains saturated fatty acids which conventional nutritionists did not distinguish from synthetically produced ones such as margarine. We know far better now, and increasingly, natural sources of saturated fats are gaining appreciation as not only “not-bad,” but actually beneficial, particularly for the brain. You can check out the first hand literature on coconut’s helath benefits on the database, or read our article, 13 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Coconut Oil.

The new study evaluated the health effects of a nutritional treatment with extra virgin coconut oil, focusing primarily on how it affects HDL cholesterol and a range of anthropmetric measurements (e.g. body weight, size, circumference).

The average age of the participants was 62.4 ± 7.7 years, with 70% of elderly individuals, and 63.2% of males. All of them were hypertensive and 94.5% had blood lipid profiles indicating “dyslipidemia” and on standard, cholesterol lowering drug treatment.

In the first phase, a three month period, 136 enrollees were put on a standardized diet. From the third month onward, the 116 who completed the first phase were place in two intervention groups: 22 remained on the diet, and 92 were put on the diet + 13 ml (.43 ounces) daily of extra virgin coconut oil, which is equivalent to about 14 grams, or about 1 Tablespoon (15 grams).

The results of the the three-month coconut oil intervention showed that relative to the standard diet, the coconut group saw a decrease in all six of the bodily parameters measured, including:

  • Weight: -.6 kilograms (1.322 pounds)

  • Body Mass Index: – .2 kg/m2

  • Waist Circumference: -2.1 cm

  • Neck Perimeter: -4 cm

  • Systolic Blood Pressure: -3.3 points

  • Diastolic Blood Pressure:  -3.5 points

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Additionally, the coconut oil intervention group saw a 3.1±7.4 mg/dL increase in HDL cholesterol.

The researchers concluded:

“Nonpharmacological interventions are essential for risk factor control in secondary prevention among patients with coronary disease. Our study showed that a diet rich in extra virgin coconut oil seems to favor the reduction of WC and the increase of HDL-C concentrations, aiding with secondary prevention for CAD patients.”


This study is far more powerful than may first meet the eye. For instance, at present, pharmaceutical interventions to raise HDL cholesterol lack solid scientific support. Only yesterday, I reported on a new JAMA review which revealed an astounding number of medical procedures have no benefit, even harm, wherein it was concluded that ,”In patients with low HDL-C levels who are treated with statins, there is no clinical benefit to HDL-C–targeted therapies.” Considering the fact that pharmaceutical interventions to lower HDL cholesterol have a wide range of serious side effects, the new finding that coconut oil may provide a natural alternative with side benefits, is all the more encouraging.

Additionally, midsection fat, also known as abdominal obesity, is a serious risk factor for cardiovascular events and cardiac mortality. In fact, a 2007 study published in the journal Circulation found that of three risk factors evaluated for heart attack, namely, abdominal obesity, abnormal lipids, and smoking, abdominal obesity was the most powerful: 48.5%, versus 40.8% for abnormal lipids, and 38.4% for smoking.

When one considers these two factors, any safe, diet-based lifestyle modification that can safely raise HDL-C cholesterol, and reduce midsection fat and related anthropometric parameters such as BMI and midsection circumference, is a home run.

This is, of course, not the first time we have reported on the powerful health benefits of coconut oil. In fact, it doesn’t take months, or even days, to observe positive changes in certain populations. We reported previously on what can only be described as an amazing study where just one dose of coconut oil derived medium chain triglycerides produced positive cognitive changes in Alzheimer’s patients in only 90 minutes. You can read about it in greater detail here:  MCT Fats Found In Coconut Oil Boost Brain Function In Only One Dose.

For additional research on how to raise HDL cholesterol, take a look at our database on the topic here: Raise HDL Cholesterol Naturally. For reducing abdominal obesity, you can take a look at our database on the topic: Reduce Belly Fat (Abdominal Obesity).

Article Contributed by Sayer Ji, Founder of

Sayer Ji is an author, researcher, lecturer, and advisory board member of the National Health Federation. He founded 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.

An Herb For Thought: Pine



When European settlers came to the continent and were suffering from scurvy due to lack of vitamin C, the Native Americans introduced them to pine needle tea. It is believed that this tree has originated from Austria and Russia and then spread to different parts of the world. Pine needle tea is a centuries-old healing remedy for Native Americans. They filled mattresses with pine needles to repel certain parasites. The tea extracted from pine needles is regularly used by natives, hunters, and explorers in nearly every region around the globe. Pine oil has also been used to treat lung infections.

The healthy fats contained in pine nuts work to balance the lipids inside the blood and in cell formation. These processes both work to lower triglyceride, or fat storage, levels within the body. In turn, both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats help reduce the risk of heart disease by maintaining healthy blood pressure and fat count. One ounce of pine nuts contains nearly 9500 mg of the Omega 6 fatty acids while also containing about 30 mg of Omega 3 fatty acids. This high amount of healthy fats nearly cancels out the mere 1 to 2 grams of saturated fat found in each serving of pine nuts.

Health Benefits of Pine Tea

The tea has a pleasant smell and taste. This tea is so mild and originally sweet that you may not need sugar.
It can be taken with sugar, honey, and even peppermint.

For Cancer

Pine needle tea has strong antimutagenic, antioxidant and antiproliferative properties, which help in preventing cancer producing cells. Along with that, they also have anti-tumor effects on the body. Adding white tea to a diet that includes a wide variety of antioxidant-rich foods may assist in the prevention, occurrence or recurrence of some cancers. Antioxidant power abounds in white teas, including the silver needle variety. Augment the diet with frequent sips of white tea to enhance the immune system. White tea is thought to contain more antioxidants than other teas due to the lack of processing of this tea type.

For Cold

Try pine needle tea to relieve wintertime colds and respiratory infections. Drinking a cup of pine needle tea may help the body expel phlegm causing the congestion of colds or coughs. Pine needles are strongly aromatic and even just inhaling the vapors from the tea may break up mucus in the lungs.

For Scurvy

Its vitamin C content makes it as good a cure for scurvy as citrus fruits. Scurvy often presents itself initially as symptoms of malaise and lethargy, followed by formation of spots on the skin, spongy gums, and bleeding from the mucous membranes. Spots are most abundant on the thighs and legs, and a person with the ailment looks pale, feels depressed, and is partially immobilized. As scurvy advances, there can be open, suppurating wounds, loss of teeth, jaundice, fever and death.

For Sclerosis

Pine Tree Needle Extraction is a traditional remedy that may be used in the treatment of about 80% of human diseases. The remedy is effective for working with the smooth muscles that line the blood vessels and other muscular related diseases such as sclerosis, a condition in which soft tissues inside the body become unusually hard.

For Flu

White pine needles help fight disease. The needles are anti viral because contain high amounts of shikimic acid, from which Tamiflu is derived.

As Digestive Aid

A cup of silver needle white tea during meals can soothe a touchy stomach. It may be just the remedy for those who suffer with minor digestion discomforts. The silver needle tea, sometimes called silver tip white tea, aids the digestive processes. Consult a medical or health practitioner before drinking white tea for digestive disturbances.

Alternative to Caffeine

For those who don’t need or want a strong dose of caffeine to help them wake up, silver needle white tea may be the right alternative. This purest form of the tea family has less caffeine than its green, black and oolong family members. One cup of silver needle white tea contains 1 percent of the caffeine contained in a cup of coffee.

For weight loss

Drinking white tea, including the rare silver needle variety, may well help you trim the fat. A German study published in the May 2009 issue of the “Nutrition and Metabolism” medical journal found that white tea effectively assists the body to better metabolize lipids, or fats.

For Aging

The tea has many benefits; cleans the veins, increases the strength and vitality and helps in reversing or slowing the aging process. Pine needle tea was known to be used by Taoist priests to promote longevity.

For Skin

It also has a healing effect on the endocrine system, and aids the body in cleansing impurities from the skin.
Pine needles contain a high level of Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) which is a natural form of sulfur. This acts in a detoxifying way to the body. Sulfur is also essential to various parts of the body like the skin, hair and nails.

For Bath

Pine needle tea may also be useful as a bath infusion. Pour it in the tub and soak for relief of cramped muscles and sore joints. Sometimes pine needle tea is also recommended in the bath to treat rheumatism and gout. However, there is no conclusive clinical evidence to support using pine needle tea in the bath to treat these conditions.

For Clearness

Pine needle tea brings you clarity and mental clearness when you drink it. Pine hydrosol is an immune-stimulant and body tonic, enhancing overall mental and physical balance.

For Urinary Infections

Pine needles are also antiseptic and may help heal infections in the urinary system.

Relieves Menopause Symptoms

Women who are going through menopause and have consumed this tea have exhibited less fatigue and tiredness.

As a Disinfectant

Pine oil, added to the household cleaner, will disinfect surfaces and help to purify the air.

For other conditions

It is also beneficial to fight ailments like fatigue, allergies, depression, kidney stone, varicose veins, ulcers and headaches. So also, it helps in promoting better eyesight.

How to make pine tea

The type of tree ideal for pine tea is the White Pine. Pick at least 1 cup of fresh, green pine needles. The freshest ones will be bright in color, and will give the best taste to the tea. Rinse them in fresh water to clean off any surface dirt. Chop the pine needles into small pieces. Measure 3 cups of water in a large measuring cup. Pour the water into a saucepan. Place the saucepan on the stove and bring the water to a boil. Place the pine needles on a chopping board. Chop the needles into small pieces. Remove any faded or imperfect needles. Add the chopped pine needles to the water as soon as it comes to a boil. Stir the needles in the water with a wooden spoon. Bring the water to a simmer; let the mixture simmer for 20 minutes. Don’t over boil the tea; doing so will lessen its amount of vitamin C. Steep the tea mixture for an additional 20 minutes. Add the juice squeezed from one lemon to the tea if you like. You may let the tea steep overnight; it will be a deep reddish color and taste stronger if you do. Strain the pine needles out of the tea. Pour into cups and sweeten with a teaspoon of sugar, honey or maple syrup, if desired.

Pine tea – Side effects and cautions

Despite its long history of use, there is no conclusive clinical evidence to support the health benefits of pine needle tea. Do not use it to replace conventional treatments, and talk to the doctor before using any alternative medicines.

Caution: Women who are pregnant, or who could become pregnant, are advised NOT to drink pine needle tea in general for fear it could cause abortion.

Varieties to be avoided

Most conifers are safe to experiment with tea preparations, but there are three you must avoid! There are only a few varieties of pine that are toxic and they are: Norfolk Island Pine, Yew and Ponderosa Pine. Avoid these by researching what they look like before you pick pine needles.

Pine Oil

Pine oil, obtained by extracting essential oils from the needles of pine trees, is a strong medicinal aid. Similar to tea tree and eucalyptus oil, extracts of pine are powerful anti-septic agents. It also holds anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, insecticidal, analgesic, diuretic, aromatic and anti-inflammatory properties.

For Bronchial Infections

Studies have shown the usefulness of pine oil in relieving bronchial infections. As a powerful antibacterial agent and antiseptic, it can help the body fight off infections. As an aromatherapy tool, it may be used to help prevent lower respiratory infections like bronchitis. Research collections from the University of Maryland Medical Center have demonstrated that its use for respiratory tract infections is solid and effective. Research also shows that use of pine oil may fight off sinus infections and colds when used as a steam inhalation.

As An Anti-inflammatory

Because of its potent analgesic properties, pine oil acts as an anti-inflammatory for people with joint pain, arthritis and rheumatism. Used topically, it may also help relieve general muscular aches and pains. Add to a hot bath, or to a base massage oil, such as almond or coconut.

As an Expectorant

Essential pine oil may also help relieve congestion and acts as an expectorant, aiding the body to break up mucus and remove it from the lungs. It also helps reduce the incidence of sinus infections.

For Skin Care

Pine oil may be useful with a variety of skin conditions due to its strong antiseptic capacities. This includes psoriasis, acne, boils, Athlete’s foot, eczema and itching. Applied topically, it can also be used for a remedy of the scalp, especially in cases of dryness and dandruff.

The most important health benefit of pine essential oil is in treating various skin problems. Dermatologists often prescribe the oil in treating psoriasis, itching, pimples, eczema, skin diseases, poor skin, scabies, sores, and fleas. It gives you a balanced, smooth, renewed and shinny skin.

For Stress Disorder

The health benefits of pine oil also include some emotional benefits. It gives an energizing feeling and hence it is effective in removing mental stress. It is also used as a medicine for removing adrenal fatigue and refreshes the spirits as it is an excellent mood elevator. Regular massage with pine essential oil gives you mental clarity. It removes anxiety and nervous tension, and is useful for people suffering from loss of concentration and loss of memory.

For Aromatherapy

Pine oil stimulates the body and mind, and has an energizing effect on the overall person. As an aromatherapy agent, it has been used to support adrenal fatigue and mild depression. The numerous health benefits of pine essential oil have made it one of the most important essential oils used in aromatherapy. Pine essential oil blends well with many other oils including cedarwood, rosemary, lavender, sage, laudanum, juniper, etc., and hence can be widely used in making numerous aromatherapy preparations.

As an Anti-oxidant

Through neutralizing free-radicals, pine oil helps us slow the process of cellular deterioration, thus slowing the process of aging. Anti-oxidants aid in protecting us from, eye-diseases, muscle degeneration, as well as many nervous-system disorders.

For Protection from infection

With regular use, pine oil may help protect us against many types of fungal infections. It also holds anti-bacterial properties. This essential oil may aid in the prevention of common bacterial infections, including urinary tract infections and skin infections.

As an Anti-Viral Agent

Pine nut oil may also aid in protecting us against the common cold and flu. Following a balanced diet, and plenty of foods high in vitamin c is also a great way to prevent colds.

Increases Metabolism

Pine essential oil also increases metabolism and thus boosts the activity levels. It is also helpful in purifying the body due to its ability to treat intestinal problems. It is diuretic and helps in removing water from the body. It is also used in case of food poisoning.

For Gall Stones

Pine essential oil is effective in reducing the inflammation of gall bladder and incidence of gallstones.

In Cosmetics

Pine essential oil also has a mesmerizing essence and hence gives a sweet aroma to the cosmetics it is used in. It is also used in making perfumes and scents. It is also used in removing lice from hair. Pine essential oil is widely used as massage oil and bath oil. Hence it is used in soap making. Pine oil is also added in many household products due to its aroma. These include room sprays, volatile liquids and room fresheners.

As a Disinfectant

It is a great cleaning agent, and can be added to sprays and room-fresheners for a cleansing and brightening effect. Pine oil disinfectants have been shown to be effective in killing off many household germs, including mildew, yeast spores and E. coli.

For Injuries

Pine essential oil is antiseptic and hence it is used in treating boils, cuts, sports injuries, and athletes foot.

Usage of Pine Oil

Add 4-6 drops of undiluted pine essential oil to warm bath water or dilute at 50/50 ratio with organic coconut oil or olive oil and apply to chest for respiratory distress. You can also put it in an aromatherapy diffuser.

Cautions & Side Effects of Pine Oil

Essential pine oil should be used with care, as it is very powerful. If left undiluted, it may irritate skin and mucous membranes. Internal consumption may be hazardous to human health and can be dangerous as there is a possibility of kidney damage. It should also not be given to people who are suffering from kidney disorders. Further, pine essential oil can cause irritations on highly sensitive skin. Hence it must be used in diluted form. Children and elderly people should not be given pine essential oil as it may cause hypertension.

It’s The Sugar, Stupid


Sugar makes us (and our kids) fat. But even when it doesn’t, it still makes us sick.

So says a study in the journal Obesity. According to the study, children didn’t used to commonly suffer from chronic diseases such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and type 2 diabetes. Nor did they exhibit risk factors for cardiovascular disease. But these diseases and risk factors are now prevalent in children.

Some of the kids who suffer from these diseases and risk factors are overweight or obese. But some of them aren’t. For those who aren’t overweight, sugar may still be to blame for their poor health. Because as it turns out, sugar causes health problems, even when it doesn’t lead to weight gain.

So when Kellogg’s defends its Frosted Flakes because one serving “with skim milk has just 150 calories” but fails to tell you that the second ingredient in its “Tony the Tiger” cereal is sugar, the cereal company is missing (obscuring?) the point. It’s the sugar itself, not just the calories, we should be concerned about.

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Extreme Raw-Fooding: The Final Word On Food As Medicine

By: Noah James Hittner |
© 2014 Personal Training on the Net—Republished with permission by Personal Training on the Net:


Defining: “Optimal Physical Health”

Regardless of whether our discussion is about athletics and fitness, or health and wellness, the undeniable fact of the matter is this:

Our bodies are—and can only be—made-up of what we consume.
We are built out of the food we eat.
It’s that simple.

The profound nature of this fact is matched only by its simplicity. And, it begs a question:

How high quality of a heart, or a lung, or a quadricep, or a transverse abdominis, or a brain, or blood, ligament or tendon can a body produce when fed a steady diet of Coca-Cola, Doritos, McDonald’s and Miller Lite?

Think about it. Everything we consume is involved in the creation of our bodies…everything. High quality in—high quality out. Action—reaction.

Choice—consequence. It is basic physics. In short: As the quality of our food increases/decreases, so increases/decreases the quality of our bodies.

And so, it really just makes sense that as the food we eat becomes more and more refined—we become less and less hardy. In turn, we develop all manner of disease.
What does not make sense, however, is that rather than looking to the building blocks (i.e. our nutrition) as the general cause of our physical state, we have blamed a few mysterious dark forces, such as our genetics/family history (EX: Cancer is in my genes), or a thing called “the germ” (EX: I caught my disease from someone else).

The body is literally programmed for success. So let’s be honest with ourselves…would we use Silly Putty to create the foundation of a skyscraper? As ridiculous of an over-exaggeration as that may sound, it’s not far off. Why are so many people so sick? Think about your circle of people…really think about it. Do you really believe it is supposed to be this way?

Of course there are other factors at play here, such as our environment and physical activity—both of which have profound effects on our health. But this article will focus primarily on the nutritional aspect to optimal physical health, as my experience has shown me that a vast majority of people have never been presented with the kind of information that I’ll be sharing here; making it, in my humble opinion, paramount.

Speaking of which, just what does “optimal physical health” mean anyway? It’s fairly easy to assume we all have the same meaning for that phrase. Yet, in my experience, it’s very likely that we do not. Thus, I think that it’s crucially important to mention that before we can agree on what circumstances create optimal physical health (the target)—we must first agree on what it means in the first place (the location of the target).

For the sake of this article, I will define optimal physical heath, and a few other terms here:

Optimal Physical Health: A physically disease-free state.

Raw Food: A food in whole form and not subjected to extreme temps/heating/cooking, pasteurization, homogenization, irradiation, freezing, chemical processing, and the like.

Extreme: Not commonly held or accepted as normal by societal standards.

Now, obviously that definition of optimal physical health is a tall order—a near impossible one by my estimation—as even healing requires the presence of some disease. Thus, to reiterate, this definition serves only as a basis for communication—so that all of you understand my agenda as you read on. The definition above does not imply that you or I ever achieve it. It only communicates an intention so that the dialogue can be as free of assumption(s) as possible.


The Basics of “Extreme” Raw-Fooding

Look, it’s pretty simple: Cooking, pasteurizing, irradiating, freezing, and the adding of chemicals—denatures food, period. (This includes the processing of “nutritional supplements.”) Once food is denatured, it is vastly inferior from a nutritional perspective. “The following analogy applies to many nutrients, including fats and minerals that are destroyed by cooking and other food-treatments: Clay is malleable, pliable, and able to foster growth of bacteria and plants. When fired, clay becomes hardened and life-deprived. When cooked, nutrients in food become hardened and life-deprived.”(2)

Thus, the processing and subsequent consumption of our once fresh, raw foods—whether we are dealing with meat, vegetables, dairy products, or what have you—inevitably leads to disease in two all-encompassing ways:

1. Consuming cooked foods weakens the body via the creation and buildup of toxic residues.
2. But perhaps more profoundly, cooked foods simply do not contain the adequate nutritional value needed for our bodies to mitigate the rampant ground, water and air pollution that we face every day. Without the right kinds of live, raw nutrition present to deal with that pollution, our bodies become collectors of it.

The two factors above lead to the diseases of today: diabetes, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, cancer, heart disease and countless others. What it boils down to is that raw foods are more bio-available. In fact, the nutrients in the ideal raw foods are 100% bioavailable. Meaning: All of the nutrients are utilizable. They have more life to offer, more energy…more “value,” if you will. That said, it could be suggested that, relatively speaking, where chronic disease is present, overall food value has been low.

So just what are we getting into here? Right about now, your mind is probably asking one or both of these two questions:

1. Is this about Vegetarianism? And/or…
2. What about germs & bacteria?

Both are very reasonable trains of thought. For now, I’ll simply address question #1: This article is absolutely not about vegetarianism. Yup, we’re taking about raw meat, with no exceptions. Question #2 will be addressed a bit later.


Raw Meat

First, let’s briefly discuss the consumption of meat, in general. It has been found that we—as a species—have the digestive juices most resembling that of a carnivore’s. It is a scientific fact that we—as a species—do not have the intestines or gizzards of herbivores. “Our Intestines are 2 ½ times shorter than most herbivores. We have only one stomach, while herbivores have 2-4 stomachs. Herbivores have nearly 60,000 times more enzymes than we have to disassemble cellulose (plant fiber) to obtain the fat and proteins from vegetation and grain. Vegetable fiber passes through an herbivore’s digestive system in about 48 hours. In our digestive tracts, vegetables complete their journey in 24 hours. Only a fraction of the cellulose is digested. Sixty-five percent of the protein and fat are undigested.”(2)

You see, it seems that humans are designed to eat meat. This observation is not made to discredit any ethical or moral argument. It is simply an observation of scientific fact. And, that said, we can choose from there. Yet, if our agenda is indeed optimal physical health (as defined above), then eating meat takes on a new degree of relevance.

The myth of “the Germ:”

The most obvious concern with raw meat consumption is the scare of food poisoning by way of “the germ.” Again, a reasonable concern. But just what is this villain? Think about it for a moment. We’re talking about bacteria, right? Unfortunately, there is big money to be made in “Germ Warfare.” Which means it is very profitable for the conventional medical/pharmaceutical establishment to have the masses believe that bacteria (and other so-called “germs,” such as virus and fungus), are the creators and causes of all manner of illness. Quite literally, the opposite is true. And, I’ll not only offer a bit of research, but also some of my own practical application and experience to prove that to you…once and for all.

Excerpted from Vonderplanitz’s book, The Recipe for Living Without Disease, consider the following passage about Louis Pasteur and Dr. Antoine Bechamp’s conflicting contentions about microbes and disease…

In the 1870’s, Louis Pasteur proved that heat-processing slowed food spoilage and lengthened the shelf life of mold-damaged wine. He saved vineyard owners from financial loss and ruin, but he condemned wine drinkers to seasons of toxic wine produced from unhealthy crops of grapes.

Pasteur presumed that fungus and bacteria caused disease. He failed to realize that an unhealthy crop succumbed to fungus and molds. Rather than looking to enrich the soil to generate healthy grapes, he attacked the fungus and mold that were symptoms of the unhealthy crop. Diseases, he surmised, originate from constant types of microbes attacking the body from outside.

Contrary to Pasteur, his contemporary, Dr. Antoine Bechamp, 1816-1908, claimed that disease originates from within the body because of the destruction of cellular integrity by toxic food and pollution. He contended that all microbes were beneficial, some for cleansing, some for maintenance and others for regeneration, but that none were responsible for causing disease.

I suppose that because we are a warring society, we ignored Bechamp and embraced Pasteur. Maybe it was easier for us to believe that we could recognize and battle invading forces rather than consider changing our life styles. Regardless, modern medicine’s justification for microbial wars is based on speculation, fear and pseudoscience.

Louis Pasteur made the “germ theory” famous but he killed it on his deathbed. Many reports said that some of his dying words were:

Pathogens are not the problem. The environment in which and on which pathogens feed is the problem of disease.

That means that the cause of disease is the quality of our air, food and all substances with which we come in contact.(2)

Essentially, what this all means is that the advertised contention of the conventional modern-medical machine that microbes cause disease by attacking the body from the outside is motivated absolutely by profit margins—not by science, nor a promise of health and wellness. You see, if suddenly we were all generally and independently well, an enormous economic flux would quickly ensue.

The reality here, is that bacteria are essential for digestion, as it has been found that 80-90% of digestion is bacterial!(4) And yet, modern medicine continues to wage a war on them!

But perhaps a more profound consideration is this: Bacteria, fungus, virus and others act as the body’s janitors. And let’s REALLY GET THIS POINT HERE… These little creatures CLEAN HOUSE. They perform the vital task of removing dead and toxic garbage from the body via colds, flus, and the like. They are symbionts, working with us—not against us—for the mutual benefit and betterment of the organism as a whole…our body. “They appear as a response, not as the cause. ‘Pathogens’ respond to decay within the body, reversing or preventing disease that is more serious. They are the first stage of the cure, the cleansing stage. Eliminating pathogens, such as salmonella, campylobacter and E. coli, and parasites forces decaying tissue to remain in the body, endangering the inner body environment. Our bodies gradually get sicker.”(2)

To blame these little critters for creating some kind of disease could be likened to this analogy: When I was a kid in school, every now and then a student would get sick and, unable to reach the restroom in time, would inevitably vomit in the hallway. Well, shortly thereafter, we would all hear that familiar “ding” noise over the PA, which was a signal to the janitor to come and clean the mess. Basically, blaming microbes for disease in the body would be like coming out into that hallway, and upon observing that janitor cleaning the mess, promptly blaming him for it. It quite literally makes no sense.

But, like most things in life, the proof is in the pudding. So here’s your proof: I’ve been involved with this brand of raw fooding for over six years now. Part of my own personal journey toward optimum physical health has involved the consumption of what I like to call raw “cultured” meat as a natural and powerfully effective probiotic. Let me be frank with you about what this means: I regularly consume carefully, intentionally rotted-raw meats (also known as “High Meat”), as a potent means to build and maintain a healthy bacterial flora in my body. This has involved the consumption of 9-month-old raw high-chicken, and my current batch of 2 ½ -YEAR-old raw high-beef. Never, let me repeat, never have I experienced any type of food poisoning…only the benefit of cleaner, clearer digestion and a more clearly focused mind.

A quick word about Food-Poisoning:

What it boils down to is, “the belief that raw food causes bacterial food-poisoning is nonscientific myth and hysteria. All epidemic food-poisoning that has occurred was caused by bacteria feeding on cooked food. The bacteria feeding on cooked and/or chemically treated food develops disease and mutates. The mutant/diseased bacteria excrete volatile toxins that cause poisoning…”(1) Thus, with a sense of irony, it seems that even bacteria get sick when they eat cooked food.

How does it taste?

So, all emotion and squeamishness aside, it makes sense, does it not? Being 100% bioavailable, raw meat provides awesome, live nutrition with which the body can thwart disease and build robust health. Yet, at the end of the day, perhaps the biggest concern is taste…right? I can say with great confidence that there are endless recipe options specifically for raw meat eaters, that when combined with appropriate/natural marination, offer delicious flavor and pleasant texture. (For more information about the consumption of raw meat, raw meat recipes, as well as more information on germ theory, see references 1 and 2 below.)


Raw Fat

The low-fat craze that has seemed to endure for so long is founded in nothing connected to the reality of optimal physical health. In this man’s humble opinion, this notion—that fat is generally unhealthy—is once again, nothing more than a product of stigma, marketing and economy…nothing more.

Raw fats—such as those found in raw dairy (butter, cream, milk, cheese), raw meats, raw eggs, and raw avocados—are absolutely essential to optimal physical health. Above all, on our highly polluted planet, raw fats are the primary macronutrient that protects us from toxicity by binding with—and escorting—toxins from the body. “In an ideal healthy world, we would not need such an abundance of fat. In our civilized, polluted, disease-ridden world, we need an abundance of fat.”(2)
Fats also lubricate the body and provide an efficient source of energy. For this, and other reasons, raw fat is arguably the most important nutrient—the most necessary nutrient—that we consume.

A quick word about Raw Dairy:

The debate about dairy has gone on long enough. The only debate that really needs to take place concerns dairy processing. Once again, the equation is simple: UNprocessed, NON-homogenized, NON-pasteurized milk, cream, cheese, and butter from healthy cows provides profound, vital nutrition with which the human body can strengthen, fuel, protect and rejuvenate itself (with rare exceptions to those who are sensitive to even raw dairy). I was unable to drink pasteurized milk when I was young. It would upset my digestive system, sometimes sending me urgently to the restroom. Now, years later, I consume gallons of whole, full-fat, organic, raw milk every month, experiencing only an increasingly hardy brand of health. (For more information about the consumption of raw fats and dairy, see references 1 & 2 below.)


Raw Vegetable Juice

Eating whole, raw vegetables on a primarily cooked-food diet has been found to prevent constipation by countering the putrefaction that can occur with cooked foods in our digestive tract. That said, as stated in Part 1, we simply do not have the kind of digestive system that can make good, efficient use of plant-based food. Furthermore, on a raw diet, frequent consumption of raw vegetables hinders the body’s digestive abilities by creating an over-alkaline state.

Therefore, the best way to receive/supplement the beneficial enzymes, vitamins and minerals from vegetation is via juicing. Juicing has become necessary in regards to achieving optimal physical health because these nutrients are often lost or damaged in foods due to depleted soils and food transport, as well as being drained from our bodies after years of eating cooked foods.

I consume roughly 16 ounces of vegetable juice daily, first thing in the morning. On days when I don’t consume the juice, I notice fluctuations in what is normally smooth and consistent energy. (For more information on vegetable juicing, as well as specifics on what/how to juice, please see references 1 & 2 below.)



Raw fooding in the manner described in this article naturally hydrates the body because, “raw food contains from 55% to 92% H20 that is 92-100% cellularly utilizable. Water that is not in raw food has no active ions, electrolytes nor minerals bound with nutrients. It must have all 3 properties or it is only 10% cellularly utilizable.”(2) In terms of optimal physical health, eating/consuming raw foods like raw milk, raw vegetable juices and raw tomatoes provide the fats, minerals, enzymes, vitamins and electrolytes that the body needs in order to hydrate properly.

Furthermore, in cases of severe thirst, raw fats like raw butter/cream have been found to be very effective; suggesting that, “rather than dehydrated, we are delipidated. That means we are deficient in the raw fats that can properly lubricate us. Our thirst is more for raw fat than for H2O.”(2) Remember what was said in Section 3: “…raw fat is arguably the most important nutrient—the most necessary nutrient—that we consume.” (For more information on water and hydration, as well as hydration formula recipes, please see references 1 & 2 below.)


A Nutritional Revolution

Why hasn’t EVERYONE heard about this!?

This question alone could have an article many times this size dedicated to it. The simple answer is: Follow the money. If everyone on the planet suddenly embraced their health in this radically independent manner, the economies of the conventional medical establishment, the current healthcare systems, the pharmaceutical companies, and others…would collapse, quickly. Those financial interests are being protected by not revealing this kind of healthcare information to the masses. Combine that with the knowledge that most medical doctors have studied only 0-16 hours of nutrition in their medical schooling(2), and the picture that’s painted quickly becomes one of self-reliance.

But here’s the good news: Now, you know.

Anything is possible:

What this nutritional revolution seems to be suggesting is this: Generally speaking, there may be no diseases by conventional standards (i.e. occurring by way of random, chaotic chance, or poor genes). Perhaps, there are only the consequences of a certain series of choices. And, that said, my own education as well as over six years of practical application with this nutritional technology has led me to believe, quite literally, that anything is possible—anything can be healed.

Prior to passing away this past August, nutritional pioneer, Aajonus Vonderplanitz had absolutely incredible success treating terminal cancer patients (and so many other serious, chronic illnesses), with nothing more than raw foods. His success rate with all but two types of cancer was around 90%! That’s correct, I said 90%! That means no pills, no shots, no supplements, no radiation…just raw whole foods, in the right combinations and quantities, as generally described in his two books shown as references 1 and 2 below.

Imagine the implications that a diet this rich in fresh, live, energy-giving, disease-thwarting nutrients could have on one’s average workday, or on an athlete’s performance, or on someone’s fitness goals, or on our ability to be involved parents and partners! The implications are endless, and limited only by the choices we make.

In over six years of this style of “extreme” raw fooding I’ve eliminated my hay fever allergy, vastly improved my eyesight, naturally dissolved a tumor in my left leg, seen the end of seasonal depression, resolved my chronic low back pain, and experienced an increase in my mental focus so profound that I’ve been able to write and self-publish 3 books (working on a 4th now), self-record/produce 3 musical albums, perform in front of hundreds, launch and maintain a website, travel across the world, and do it all while, at times, working as much as 60-80 hours/week. People…this is real.

On a quick side note, it’s crucial to mention that consuming raw foods that are also organic (or better), greatly supports our journey toward optimal physical health because they are typically produced without the use of many chemicals that cause great toxicity/disease in the body (pesticides, herbicides, etc.).

Finally, it should also be noted that this article represents an extremely over-simplified version of the full raw-food picture. The references below represent over 40 years of study and application. For anyone interested in the version of optimal physical health portrayed in this article—I highly recommend the two books below (references 1 and 2), as a great starting point.


1. Vonderplanitz, A. (2005). We Want to Live—The Primal Diet (Expanded and revised in 2005). Los Angeles, CA: Carnelian Bay Castle Press, LLC. Pg. 229-30.
2. Vonderplanitz, A. (2002). The Recipe for Living Without Disease. Los Angeles, CA: Carnelian Bay Castle Press, LLC. Pg. 21, 34, 35, 151, 156, 162-3, 164, 179.
3. Vonderplanitz, A. (2 May 2009) Live Lecture.
4. Vonderplanitz, A. (24 April 2010) Live Lecture.
5. Aajonus Vonderplanitz’s website:

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Busted: 6 Modern Nutritional Myths


Nutritional myths are still in large supply, even in today’s scientific age where so many things can be observed, tested and experimented upon. It seems we are still learning the basics of health and nutrition. Once a (false) idea gains traction in people’s heads, it can be very hard to remove, and gets propagated by repetition without investigation. Watch out for the 6 modern nutritional myths blow, which may be affecting your dietary and food shopping choices.

Nutritional Myths #1: Fish Oil Supplements Are Good For You

The idea that fish oil supplementation is good for you is an entrenched modern nutritional myth.

The idea that fish oil supplementation is good for you is an entrenched modern nutritional myth.

Omega 3 fats have been all the rage for awhile. This is understandable, since they do offer health benefits for your heart and brain, and prevent inflammation and diseases like arthritis, Crohn’s, ADHD and cancer. However, as I covered in the article The Ideal Ratio of Omega 6:3 Fats – And How Both Can Stop Cancer, omega 6 fats play a far more important role in the body. Health expert Professor Brian Peskin coined a new term regarding this issue: “Parent Essential Oils” or PEOs, which describe the 2 true essential fatty acids which are the foundations of the others (linoleic acid – LA – omega 6 and alpha-linoleic acid – ALA – omega 3). Too many omega 3s distort the best ratio of omega 6:3, which is around 10:1.

In light of this, people need to be wary of fish oil supplements. Omega 3 rich fish oil is extremely reactive, and quickly goes rancid (this is not surprising, given it used to be in the body of fish at cold ocean temperatures, rather than at room temperature on land). The human body is composed of far, far more omega 6 fats than omega 3 fats. It is more beneficial to focus on getting high quality omega 6 fats (e.g. cold-pressed olive oil) – not hydrogenated fats or trans fats – and getting omega 3s naturally in your diet by eating chia seeds, hemp seeds/oil, flax seeds/oil and fish, without any supplementation.

Nutritional Myths #2: Everyone Must Avoid Gluten At All Costs

Gluten has everyone scared, but in the large majority of cases, a little is not going cause any problem whatsoever.

Gluten has everyone scared, but in the large majority of cases, a little is not going cause any problem whatsoever.

The gluten-free movement has reached all corners of the world. It is now a pervasive nutritional myth that gluten must be avoided at all costs by everyone. However, for the overwhelming majority of people, a little gluten is not going to cause any problems. As I covered in more depth in the article Gluten-Free: “Fad” or Not? Studies Suggest Most Gluten Sensitivity Is Imagined, people are throwing the baby out with the bathwater by demonizing wheat. The problem isn’t wheat itself, but rather the fact that most non-organic wheat is doused with Monsanto’s carcinogenic glyphosate before harvest, and also that most people are eating refined, processed wheat, rather than organic whole wheat in a form like sourdough bread.

Nutritional Myths #3: The Paleo Diet is the Best Diet

The Paleo Diet, to its detriment, excludes complex carbohydrates / whole grains from its protocol. It’s also a meat-based not a plant-based diet – not good for longevity.

The Paleo Diet, to its detriment, excludes complex carbohydrates / whole grains from its protocol. It’s also a meat-based not a plant-based diet – not good for longevity.

While the Paleo Diet (which includes meat, fish, nuts, fruits and vegetables, and excludes grains, legumes and dairy) may offer benefits to some, especially to those who seem to thrive on eating meat, it has some major drawbacks. Centering the diet on animal products rather than plants means you’re going to be giving your body a whole lot of fat and protein – probably more than you need – all the while contributing to the problem of 150 billion animal deaths per year. Many of the healthiest cultures in the world, including those whose members have the greatest longevity, use plant-based not animal-based diets. Additionally, the Paleo Diet rejects healthy complex carbohydrates (in the form of whole grains) from its protocol. Complex carbohydrates offer many health benefits, offering the body a slow and steady source of energy. This means nutritious foods like brown rice, oats, whole wheat and others are excluded. As this article states:

“The foods that Paleo enthusiasts object to have been staples of the human diet for millennia. The modern epidemic of diet and lifestyle-related disease, on the other hand, has emerged within the last hundred years. Perhaps the problem isn’t that we started eating dairy and wheat, but that we started making Cheetos and Frosted Flakes out of them.”

Nutritional Myths #4: Saturated Fat and Cholesterol Are Bad For You

Saturated fat in moderate amounts is actually good for you and necessary for good health. Likewise, cholesterol is an important fat molecule in the body which performs a variety of functions.

Saturated fat in moderate amounts is actually good for you and necessary for good health. Likewise, cholesterol is an important fat molecule in the body which performs a variety of functions.

Ever since the chemical companies started branching out their activities to get into food production, there has been a conspiracy afoot to convince people to choose adulterated trans fat products like margarine (“plastic fats”) instead of natural saturated fat products (like butter). As I covered in the article Plastic Oils vs. Saturated Fats: Busting the Propaganda, Dr. Ancel Keys was the “scientific expert” used to brainwash the public into thinking that saturated fat caused heart disease.

Saturated fat is a crucial component of our body. It is essential to animal life. It forms 60% of our brains, coats and protects our organs, traps toxins, keeps us warm, provides a stored supply of energy for hard times and yields a steady source of energy (with more calories per gram) than proteins or carbohydrates. Likewise, cholesterol is a essential fat molecule which is synthesized by all animals. It is a crucial structural component of our cells, helping with respiratory and gastrointestinal problems, creating vitamin D and forming part of the healing mechanism of the body.

Nutritional Myths #5: Calcium Supplements Are Good For You

Calcium supplements are normally made from inorganic (non-food based) calcium, such as from rocks or fossils. Putting that stuff in your body is toxic!

Calcium supplements are normally made from inorganic (non-food based) calcium, such as from rocks or fossils. Putting that stuff in your body is toxic!

Another pervasive nutritional myth is that calcium supplements are good for you. Almost all calcium supplements on the market are not derived from food (organic), but rather are made from inorganic forms of calcium, meaning rocks, dirt, bones and other fossilized material. The human body was not designed to digest and assimilate this stuff. By ingesting inorganic calcium supplements, you are actually increasing the likelihood of calcification in your body, which is a precursor to death.

Dirt, rocks, ground minerals and inorganic matter are not good for the human body to ingest. We need to eat organic matter. We need to eat plants which have already eaten inorganic matter and transformed it. We need to feed minerals to our plants and then eat the plants.

Nutritional Myths #6: Synthetic Supplements are Just as Good as Natural, Food-Derived Supplements

The Big-Pharma sponsored nutritional myth: there’s no difference between synthetic and natural forms of vitamins or supplements. Which would you prefer?

The Big-Pharma sponsored nutritional myth: there’s no difference between synthetic and natural forms of vitamins or supplements. Which would you prefer?

Finally, the last of the modern nutritional myths to be looked at here is the notion that synthetic nutrients made in a lab are just as good for you as natural, food-derived nutrients. Did you know that around 99% of vitamins on the market are synthetic? Corporations deceptively claim their synthetic supplements are “natural” when in fact they are petroleum (coal tar) derivatives processed with hydrochloric acid, acetone or even formaldehyde (for more on the background to this read Western Medicine is Rockefeller Medicine – All The Way). Many synthetic vitamins are derived from corn, processed with acetone, isolated and made crystalline. As outlined above, other supplements (such as calcium) are nothing more than ground-up rocks with added acid and very harmful to the body. Just as sodium fluoride is industrial waste from the aluminum mining industry, so do many other industrial waste ingredients end up in synthetic vitamins.

Synthetic vitamins were only developed because they were cheaper and easier to standardize; they can’t compare to the bioavailability of natural vitamins derived from living whole foods, which are far superior. Natural vitamins derived from food contain the cofactors necessary for the body to recognize the vitamin as food, and to properly digest and assimilate it, whereas synthetic vitamins lack these cofactors. Synthetic vitamins, in the long run, promote the deficiency they are trying to correct, by robbing the body of other nutrients.

Conclusion: Make Health and Nutrition Choices Based on Sound Principles

One way to navigate through all the conflicting health information is to make nutrition choices based on sound principles, which can act as solid guidelines and beacons when you are confronted with all sorts of varying opinions. Here are 3 which work well:

The best and healthiest food comes from a farm or field, not from a factory. Do you want to eat plastic food or plastic oils? Avoid any synthetic ingredient or supplement, period.

Eat food in its whole form as much as possible. So much of our food is overly processed and refined. Important nutrients and phytochemicals get stripped away in the process, transforming food that was once healthy (e.g. whole wheat, sugar cane juice) into junk food (white flour-laden breads and pastries crammed with sugar). Nature has its own wisdom. Sometimes a plant contains certain nutrients to counterbalance other nutrients which are present; if you isolate and separate components, you will miss this balancing effect and end up causing imbalance (disease) in your body.

Eat food in its raw form as much as possible. The raw food diet is not for everyone, but nonetheless, almost everyone can benefit from including more raw and fermented foods in their diet. It connects you more closely with Nature and offers the biggest range of vitamins and other cofactors in food untouched by processing or heat. Remember, the bacterial cells in our body outnumber the human cells at a ratio of around 10:1. Eating raw and fermented food introduces micro biomes (bacterial flora) into your system to help achieve the best balance for optimal health.




Makia Freeman is the editor of The Freedom Articles and senior researcher at, writing on many aspects of the global conspiracy, from vaccines to Zionism to false flag operations and more, and also including info on natural health, sovereignty and higher consciousness.

Is Vitamin C Really As Effective As Exercise?


Exercise is an inexpensive, natural preventative approach that you can implement into your daily schedule at your own pace. Hundreds of health benefits are associated with physical activity, ranging from weight loss to mood support. Even if you are eating a 100% organic, raw vegan diet, without exercise you’re missing an integral piece of the puzzle. A recent study presented at the American Physiological Society Conference is suggesting that taking vitamin C could promote similar heart effects as seen with exercise. [1] Those that shun exercise, however, may want to hold off their rejoicing.

Is Vitamin C as Effective as Exercise?

While certainly optimistic, the recent research comparing vitamin C supplementation to the benefits received from exercise are by no means conclusive. Researchers showed that while vitamin C could produce some cardiovascular benefits that are seen during and after exercise, it doesn’t offer the same metabolism-boosting, mind-supporting, and immune-boosting benefits that physical activity provides. Yes, vitamin C may produce these effects to some degree, but it’s exercise that shows a more noticeable shift toward these benefits. In fact, the combination of exercise plus a healthy diet maximizes the positive health effects.

Since this study merely looked at a single marker responsible for vascular health in obese people, it doesn’t show the wide-ranging metabolic benefits associated with vitamin C supplementation. Therefore, it’s highly unlikely that vitamin C can produce substantial weight loss benefits as seen in exercise, nor should vitamin C be seen as a substitute for physical activity. Researchers also didn’t examine the effects of vitamin C on blood pressure or cholesterol, two things that are naturally regulated by exercise. [2] Vitamin supplementation is a great insurance plan for your health but should never be seen as a replacement for anything a healthy diet and exercise routine can provide.

The Best Exercises for Heart Health

All exercise that increases your heart rate is going to benefit heart health, but walking, sprinting, and yoga are excellent heart-strengthening exercises you can enjoy regardless of your fitness level. Stress reduction is another “exercise” that you should practice daily in order to reap benefits for heart health. Since stress impacts the heart dramatically, it’s important to practice meditation or any other stress-management technique. Also, be sure you’re getting plenty of sleep and are exercising out in the sun to gain vitamin D-producing benefits. Vitamin D is another excellent vitamin that may protect the heart.

What are your thoughts about using supplements as a replacement for exercise and/or a healthy lifestyle? Give us your two cents in the comments.


  1. American Physiological Society. Vitamin C: The Exercise Replacement? The American Physiological Society Press Release.
  2. Fagard RH, Cornelissen VA. Effect of exercise on blood pressure control in hypertensive patients. Eur J Cardiovasc Prev Rehabil. 2007 Feb;14(1):12-7.

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Neonicotinoid’s Devastating Effects Are Far More Reaching Than You May Know (VIDEO)

Neonicotinoids, the pesticides linked to the mass die-off of bees, are now found in stream and well samples across the U.S.. These widely used pesticides aren’t just killing the bees and butterflies. They’re also killing insects, which are critical to the food chain. But what are they doing to us? U.S. regulatory agencies have set what they say are “safe” limits for neonic residues on our food, including baby foods. But as Scott Hoffman Black, executive director of The Xerces Society, points out, no one is studying the long-term, potentially carcinogenic effect, neonics have on humans.


Scott Hoffman Black, Executive Director of The Xerces Society, speaks about the impact of neonicotinoid pesticides on the environment. “We believe because they’re so toxic, they’re so long-lived, they’re found inside plants but readily move into water, that we could really see big ecosystem changes because of these chemicals,” he says. He says that neonicotinoids, now found in stream and well samples across the United States, are not only affecting pollinators like bees and butterflies but killing insects — the underpinning of the food chain. And that affects birds, fish, and other wildlife. “The chemical companies are really running the show here,” Black says. He questions whether a chemical closely related to nicotine – a known carcinogen – should be so widely used on food crops until further safety studies are done. “It’s not just about the environment. It’s that we are not taking care of humans.”

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Good Medicine: Do As Much Nothing As Possible


”The delivery of good medical care is to do as much nothing as possible”

~ Samuel Shem, The House of God

Medicine is undergoing an existential crisis today. Its core value proposition – to help and not hurt — is failing to manifest. Patients are suffering. Doctors are suffering. The only exuberant party on the battlefield against disease is the pharmaceutical industry. An industry whose annual causalities far exceed the death total from our two decade long involvement in the Vietnam war.

The entire system is on the precipice of a collapse, if not for economic reasons alone, then certainly for ethical and intellectual ones. The irony is that the system has become so ineffective and dangerous that avoiding medical treatment (excluding perhaps emergency care) has become one of if not the best healthcare strategy you can implement to protect your health and well-being.

Nowhere is this clearer than in the realm of cancer. Over the past few decades, billions have been spent on screening asymptomatic populations to “prevent cancer,” with the result that millions have been assigned with questionable diagnoses (e.g.,”early stage-” or “stage zero-cancers”) and then shepherded into chemo, radiation and surgery treatments as if watchful waiting, or better yet, making significant nutritional and lifestyle modifications, would be a suicidal approach vis-à-vis the inexorability and presumed lethality of genetically-determined cancer.

We needn’t detail the misery this approach has produced, but suffice it to say that despite the industry’s claims of thousands of “lives saved” from the detection of “early cancers,” breast and prostate cancer specific mortality has at best stayed the same, and may have actually increased in some cases. In light of the fact that the financial costs of misapplied treatment in some cases is so high that the uninsured, their families, and society as a whole, face bankruptcy, the situation is dire indeed.

Even after the cat was let out of the bag in 2013, and a National Cancer Institute commissioned expert panel concluded that labeling screening detected lesions known as ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and high-grade intraepithelial neoplastic hyperplasia (HG-PIN) (colloquially labeled as “breast cancer” and “prostate cancer,” respectively) as carcinomas (“cancer”) is no longer justified. Instead they opted for redefining what were previously considered potentially lethal cancers as “benign or indolent lesions of epithelial origin.” Yet, you hear virtually no mention of this change anywhere. Tens of thousands are still being diagnosed with the same “cancers” and being cut, poisoned and burned, without informed consent.

The lack of acknowledgment and discussion about these tremendous diagnostic “errors” is less surprising when you consider that about 1.3 million U.S. women were wrongly treated for breast cancer in the past 30 years, with prostate and lung cancer representing two additional icebergs upon which the Titanic cancer industry is presently running itself aground upon, regardless of whether the medical establishment will accept responsibility. Ignoring the truth that millions suffered needlessly, it would seem, is less painful than admitting wrong, and dealing with the psychological and financial fallout that inevitably follows. But is it possible to stem the tide much longer against the inevitable transformations brewing?

If you check the statistics, interest in “overtreatment” and “overdiagnosis” has grown exponentially from only a few decades ago, when the terms were rarely mentioned. A new editorial, titled,  “It Is Overtreatment, Not Overdiagnosis,” points out the real issue behind the epidemic of cancer overdiagnoses:

The most widely accepted definition of ”overdiagnosis” is ”diagnosing a person without symptoms with a disease that will (ultimately) never cause symptoms or death during the person’s lifetime” (2). It should not be confused with misdiagnosis or false-positive findings, which are completely different entities and outside the scope of this commentary. As the generally accepted definition encapsulates downstream effects (ie, ”would otherwise not go on to cause symptoms or death”, the real issue lies with ”overtreatment” of these accurate diagnoses rather than overdiagnosis itself.

Overtreament does not happen in a vacuum. The very industries that produce the treatments also create and supports the “awareness campaigns” that not only use fear to corral the population into screening, but also “pinkwash” away their true causes, i.e. breast cancer awareness month talks about needing a cure but not the causes right under our noses (i.e. carcinogens). Therefore, the more diagnoses that are generated, the more treatments will be “recommended,” resulting in greater revenue and profit – an economic growth model that itself can only be described as a malignant process at least as violent, if not more, than the disease it is claiming to treat and manage.

The editorial concluded:

“The effects of treating inconsequential lesions, rather than their diagnosis per se, result in increased morbidity and cost without added benefit. Society as a whole should strive to treat individuals who should be treated and not those who would not benefit. The 13th law of Shem, true in 1978, remains true today.”

Essentially, modern medicine has become our most Orwellian institution, with “detecting cancer early” the biomedical equivalent of the Thought Police detecting crime before it happens. The prognosticating itself,  is a highly toxic process (nocebo: e.g., “You have cancer and 6 months to live.”) that can contribute to evoking cancer-promoting physiological reactions, as well as inflicting real psychospiritual wounds that have been determined to dramatically increase the risk of heart-related deaths and suicides. Medicine has also adopted the metaphorics of another powerful global force: the military industrial complex, with the cancer “prevention” being equated to “striking first,” eerily similar to the Bush doctrine of preemptive war to secure peace. Here, the precautionary principle is co-opted and inverted from its true meaning. Instead of “doing no harm,” unnecessary medical intervention is considered the only non-violent solution even when the collateral damage is so great that the patient often dies from the violence of “treatment” with weapons-of-mass-destruction grade radioisotopes and chemicals and not the condition.

We need to completely rethink medicine’s role in healing. What happens when we return to the fundamentals of an entity – the human, soul and body together — whose self-healing capabilities are so powerful that even the suggestion through sugar pill or kind word of a health practitioner that a disease can attenuate or disappear actually causes significant improvement? What if given the right conditions – clean air, water, food and a healthy environment, physically and emotionally – the conditions for disease were suddenly removed, and replaced with an opposite environs promoting health? If medicine makes it through the birth process of its own existential crises, these principles will invoke an entirely new medical model where the placebo effect is not to be “controlled for,” but liberated and expanded by educating the patient to the fact that they can and do heal themselves, mainly by avoiding medical treatment and doing the right amount of nothing.

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Why Are So Many People Freaking Out About A Stock Market Crash In The Fall Of 2015?


Is the stock market going to crash by the end of 2015?  Of course stock market crashes are already happening in 23 different nations around the planet, but most Americans don’t really care about those markets.  The truth is that what matters to people in this country is the health of their own stock portfolios and retirement accounts.  There are a lot of people out there that are very afraid of what could happen if the money that they have worked so hard to save gets wiped out in a sudden financial collapse.  And right now there is an unprecedented amount of buzz about the potential for a giant stock market crash by the end of this calendar year.  In fact, I don’t think that I have ever seen more experts come out with bold predictions that a stock market crash will happen within a very specific period of time.

The following is a sampling of some of the experts that have made very bold proclamations about the rest of this year over the past few weeks.  Many of these individuals are putting their credibility on the line by proclaiming that a stock market crash is just around the corner…

-Tom McClellan says that we are heading for an “ugly decline” and that there will be “nothing good for bulls for the rest of the year”

Tom McClellan loves doing what financial advisers tell you not to do. He tries to time the financial markets — to the exact day, if his charts align just right.

At the moment, they are telling him to be bullish on the stock market for all of his trading time frames, including those that trade every few days, weeks and months. But bulls should be ready to flee, as soon as this week.

That’s because McClellan said his timing models suggest “THE” top in stocks will be hit some time between Aug. 20 and Aug. 26. He expects “nothing good for the bulls for the rest of the year,” he said in a phone interview with MarketWatch.

McClellan doesn’t have a strong view on how far stocks could fall, just that it will probably be an “ugly decline” lasting into early 2016.

-Harry Dent recently stated that we are just “weeks away” from a “global financial collapse“.

-Gerald Celente says that “the global economy has collapsed” and he is “predicting that we are going to see a global stock market crash before the end of the year“.

-Larry Edelson insists that he is “100% confident” that a global financial crisis will be triggered “within the next few months”…

On October 7, 2015, the first economic supercycle since 1929 will trigger a global financial crisis of epic proportions. It will bring Europe, Japan and the United States to their knees, sending nearly one billion human beings on a roller-coaster ride through hell for the next five years. A ride like no generation has ever seen. I am 100% confident it will hit within the next few months.”

-Jeff Berwick, the editor of the Dollar Vigilante, says that there is “enough going on in September to have me incredibly curious and concerned about what’s going to happen“.

-Egon von Greyerz recently explained that he fears “that this coming September – October all hell will break loose in the world economy and markets“.

-Even the mainstream media is issuing ominous warnings now.  Just a few days ago, one of the most important newspapers in the entire world published a major story about the coming crisis under this headline: “Doomsday clock for global market crash strikes one minute to midnight as central banks lose control“.

-The Bank for International Settlements and the IMF have jumped on the prediction bandwagon as well.  The following comes from a recent piece by Brandon Smith

The BIS warns that the world is currently defenseless against the next market crisis. I would point out that the BIS has a record of predicting economic crashes, including back in 2007 just before the derivatives and credit crisis began. This ability to foresee fiscal disasters is far more likely due to the fact that the BIS is the dominant force in global central banking and is the cause of crisis, rather than merely a predictor of crisis. That is to say, it is easy to predict disasters you yourself are about to initiate.

It is no mistake that the warnings from the BIS and the IMF tend to come too little too late, or that they are beginning to compose cautionary press releases today that sound much like what alternative analysts were saying a few years ago. The goal of these globalist organizations is not to help people prepare, only to set themselves up as Johnny-come-lately prognosticators so that after a collapse they can claim they warned us all, which can then be used as a rationalization for why they are the best people to administrate the economies of the planet as a whole.

So why are so many prominent voices now warning that a global financial crisis is imminent?

The answer is actually very simple.

A global financial crisis is imminent.

Back on June 25th, I issued a red alert for the last six months of 2015 before any of these other guys issued their warnings.

When I first issued my alert, things were still seemingly very calm in the financial world, and a lot of people out there thought that I was nuts.

Well, here we are just a couple of months later and all hell is breaking loose.  23 global stock markets are crashing, the price of oil has been imploding, a new currency war has erupted, industrial commodities are plunging just like they did prior to the market crash of 2008, a full-blown financial crisis has gripped South America with fear, and junk bonds are sending some very ominous signals.

In the U.S., things are beginning to slowly unravel.  The Dow was down another 162 points on Wednesday, and overall we are now down almost 1000 points from the peak of the market.  At this point, it isn’t going to take much to push us into a bear market.

So enjoy what is left of August.

September is right around the corner, and if the experts that I mentioned above are correct, then it is likely to be one wild month.

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, End of the American Dream and The Truth Wins. His new novel entitled “The Beginning Of The End” is now available on

Suboptimal Nutrition Significantly Contributes To Epidemic Of Mental Illness (VIDEO)


(The Real Agenda) The rates of psychiatric illness in children has doubled over the last five years. There has been a three-fold in ADHD, a twenty-fold increase in autism and a forty-fold increase in bipolar disorder.

There is no such a thing as cheap food. The price is always paid by someone else, and more often than not, it is paid by those who believe that cheap food is an option. Few people stop and think how much their health is worth, and most people only understand how valuable health is once they’ve lost it.

Study after study has shown that the western diet, composed of eating habits that include mostly cheap food, does not play any role in supporting good health. However, the same studies prove that a diet rich in organic, nutritionally charged foods is directly responsible for good health, disease prevention and even in the treatment of physical and mental health illnesses.

The ingestion and absorption of food rich in micro-nutrients has a dramatic role in promoting and maintaining good health. Dr. Julia Rucklidge is a clinical psychologist who has  dedicated over a decade of her life to the study of how micro-nutrients benefit health and help prevent mental disease.

What she and other experts have found is that when taken in significant amounts, vitamins and minerals not only treat mental disorders and in most cases are capable of curing conditions such as ADHD, autism, bipolar disorder, anxiety, stress and PTSD.

The results of her research grew out of her desire to find out why poor children suffered from significant psychiatric illness despite receiving conventional treatments for their conditions. What Ms. Rucklidge discovered is that conventional treatment only shows good results in the short term, but not in the long term.

People treated with dangerous pharmaceutical drugs only saw temporary improvement, while people treated through dietary supplements with high levels of raw micro-nutrients not only showed improvement in the short term, but also in the long term. Many of the subjects who participated in the studies even saw their mental disease disappear.

In the following presentation, Dr. Rucklidge explains how study after study continues to reinforce the idea that conventional medicine fails in the treatment of disease, especially mental disorders, while patients treated with micro-nutrients continue to get better.

Luis R. Miranda is an award-winning journalist and the founder and editor-in-chief at The Real Agenda. His career spans over 18 years and almost every form of news media. His articles include subjects such as environmentalism, Agenda 21, climate change, geopolitics, globalisation, health, vaccines, food safety, corporate control of governments, immigration and banking cartels, among others. Luis has worked as a news reporter, on-air personality for Live and Live-to-tape news programs. He has also worked as a script writer, producer and co-producer on broadcast news. Read more about Luis.

How Probiotics Affect Your Health


Your gut is where digestion begins, it’s connected to your brain, and it’s at least 70% of your immune system. The bottom line — you can’t be healthy if your gut isn’t healthy. A diet free of refined sugar and artificial ingredients are part of the equation in promoting a healthy gut environment. Achieving a positive balance of bacteria is the other. Within your gut live colonies of friendly bacteria known as probiotics. When you have healthy, established colonies, it has positive effects on your health.

7 Ways Probiotics Affect Your Health

You’ve probably heard a lot about how probiotics help digestion. But probiotics, the bacteria that lives in your gut, affect much more than digestion. In fact, they have far-reaching effects for your health, and there are probably many more benefits to these good bacteria that we have yet to discover. Here’s a quick snapshot of 7 ways probiotics affect your health.

  1. Soothes IBS

Nothing’s worse than enjoying a delicious meal and suffering from bloating, gas, or abdominal pain. It turns out altered gut bacteria, or “microbiota,” contributes to several forms of IBS. [1] Probiotics corrects the balance of gut bacteria you need for proper digestion. A study of 1,793 IBS sufferers found those who regularly consumed probiotics experienced less pain and fewer IBS symptoms than those who didn’t supplement with the bacteria. [2] Bacteria like L. acidophilus and Bifidobacterium breve reduce the effects of digestive disorders like IBS, so make sure any probiotic you take contains these.

  1. Encourages a Balanced Mood

The food-mood connection is very real, and you’ve probably experienced this on some occasions. If you’re not getting the right balance of vitamins, minerals, and protein, your mood suffers. One study found those who took probiotics responded better to a ‘sad mood’ and were able to stay more positive. [3] Another found those who ate yogurt with live cultures experienced less anxiety and stress than those who ate conventional yogurts that don’t have them. [4] When buying yogurt, make sure it states it contains live cultures; if it doesn’t, don’t waste your time.

  1. Keeps your Brain Working Right

Your gastrointestinal tract and your brain are directly linked by the vagus nerve. When your gut isn’t working right, neither’s your brain. You need digestion to provide you essential fatty acids, B vitamins, and other minerals needed to keep your brain working right. Research does show probiotics could support focus, concentration, and even mental health, so be sure to incorporate this crucial supplement if you find you need help in these areas.

  1. Diabetes

Lactobacillus probiotic bacteria convert starches and sugars into usable energy. Studies show this reduces the impact of sugars and starches on your blood glucose levels, liver, and reduces your risk for developing metabolic syndrome. [5]

  1. Contributes to Healthy Skin

Your body has a few ways to expel wastes: through your lower digestive tract, your urinary tract, your breath, and your skin. Probiotics process many toxins that make their way into your digestive tract and help your body expel the ones already there. This allows your body to remove them through your lower GI tract than through the skin, as in the form of acne.

  1. Tempers Allergic Responses

Many allergies have been linked to digestive disorders and altered gut bacteria. Researchers have found kids who take probiotics experience allergic conditions, such as atopic dermatitis, at a much reduced rate compared to those who don’t. [6] Lactobacillus proved very effective against atopic dermatitis in children ages 1-18, even four months after ending the probiotic regimen. [7] Eczema in babies and infants also showed improvement when mothers took probiotics in the final trimester of their pregnancies. [8]

  1. Protects Your Heart

Many probiotic bacteria produce vitamins we need to stay healthy, like biotin and vitamin B12. Vitamin K2 is another important one produced by bacteria in the colon. It’s essential for calcium distribution in the bones of your body. Low levels of K2 lead to calcification of the arteries and heart disease, so to keep your heart going strong, make sure you’re regularly eating probiotic-rich foods.

Your Health and Probiotics

You can get probiotics a couple of ways: through foods like yogurt, natto, sauerkraut, and from probiotic supplements. Of course, probiotics aren’t the only way to keep your digestive system happy and healthy. You can also try enzymes and periodic colon and liver cleansing.


  1. Bennet SM1, Ohman L1, Simren M1. Gut microbiota as potential orchestrators of irritable bowel syndrome. Gut Liver. 2015 May 23;9(3):318-31. doi: 10.5009/gnl14344.
  2. Didari T1, Mozaffari S1, Nikfar S1. Abdollahi M1.Effectiveness of probiotics in irritable bowel syndrome. World J Gastroenterol. 2015 Mar 14;21(10):3072-84. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v21.i10.3072.
  3. Steenbergen L1, Sellaro R2, van Hemert S3, Bosch JA4, Colzato LS5. A randomized controlled trial to test the effect of multispecies probiotics on cognitive reactivity to sad mood. Brain Behav Immun. 2015 Apr 7. pii: S0889-1591(15)00088-4. doi: 10.1016/j.bbi.2015.04.003.
  4. Mohammadi AA, Jazayeri S, Khosravi-Darani K, Solati Z, Mohammadpour N, Asemi Z, Adab Z, Djalali M, Tehrani-Doost M, Hosseini M, Eghtesadi S. The effects of probiotics on mental health and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in petrochemical workers. Nutr Neurosci. 2015 Apr 16.
  5. Razmpoosh E1, Javadi M1, Ejtahed HS2,3, Mirmiran P2. Probiotics as beneficial agents on the management of diabetes mellitus: a systematic review. Diabetes Metab Res Rev. 2015 May 11. doi: 10.1002/dmrr.2665.
  6. Cao L1, Wang L, Yang L, Tao S, Xia R, Fan W. Long-term effect of early-life supplementation with probiotics on preventing atopic dermatitis: A meta-analysis. J Dermatolog Treat. 2015 May 5:1-4.
  7. Wang IJ1, Wang JY. Children with atopic dermatitis show clinical improvement after Lactobacillus exposure. Clin Exp Allergy. 2015 Apr;45(4):779-87. doi: 10.1111/cea.12489.
  8. Cuello-Garcia CA1, Bro?ek JL2, Fiocchi A3, Pawankar R4, Yepes-Nuñez JJ5, Terracciano L6, Gandhi S7, Agarwal A7, Zhang Y8, Schünemann HJ9. Probiotics for the prevention of allergy: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2015 Jun 1. pii: S0091-6749(15)00636-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2015.04.031.

Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

New Innovation In Telomere Extension


Telomeres are the caps at the end of human DNA strands known as chromosomes that protect the DNA code of the genome. As humans age, telomeres begin to decrease in size, causing cellular aging. After telomeres reach a certain length, the cell is no longer able to divide and will die. This process has been associated with disease, aging, and death. Antioxidants are often credited as providing nutritional support that can help protect normal telomere size and function.

Telomere Extension: Is It Possible?

Studies have shown that a healthy lifestyle and stress reduction can have a huge impact on telomeres, causing them to grow longer, potentially even lengthening lifespan. Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine have recently uncovered a new procedure for quickly increasing the length of telomeres in the laboratory. [1]

Scientists discovered that cells treated with this type of procedure acted as though they were much younger than untreated cells. Cells that had their telomeres lengthened by the treatment multiplied up to 40 times more quickly than untreated cells. By increasing the number of times cells are able to divide, the procedure essentially turns back the aging clock in cultured cells.

While the procedure causes telomeres to lengthen initially, the effect is only temporary. After 48 hours, telomeres resume shortening regularly as cells divide. The temporary nature of this new technique is key to the procedure’s potential for success, since infinitely dividing cells could create a risk of cancer if used in humans.

The discovery offers numerous potential benefits for humans, paving the path to treating and preventing aging diseases and other conditions associated with shortening telomeres. By developing telomere extension therapies, scientists can improve existing cell therapies and possibly treat aging conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes, or target types of muscle cells in cases of muscular dystrophy. The procedure may also increase the amount of cells available for research and studies like disease modeling and drug testing.

Ways You Can Protect Telomeres

Currently, researchers are testing the procedure on different cell types. By working to understand and overcome the differences among cell types, scientists hope they can make the procedure more universally useful. Things that you can do to protect telomeres from shortening prematurely include eating a diet rich in antioxidants, reducing stress, exercising, increasing vitamin D production, and improving the quality of your sleep. Some research has also shown that tea drinkers have longer telomeres than non-tea drinkers. [2]

What are your anti-aging protocols? We’d love to hear about your suggestions and opinions in the comments!


  1. Ramunas J, Yakubov E, Brady JJ, et al. Transient delivery of modified mRNA encoding TERT rapidly extends telomeres in human cells. FASEB J. 2015 Jan 22. pii: fj.14-259531.
  2. Sheng R, Gu ZL, Xie ML. Epigallocatechin gallate, the major component of polyphenols in green tea, inhibits telomere attrition mediated cariomyocyte apoptosis in cardiac hypertrophy. Int J Cardiol. 2013 Jan 20;162(3):199-209. doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2011.07.083.

Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

Leaked TPP Trade Bill Healthcare Annex

Proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade legislation and its companion Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)  are anti-consumer stealth corporate coup d’etat freedom and ecosystem-destroying measures – nightmarish by any standard.

They let corporate predators establish unrestricted supranational global trade rules overriding national sovereignty and domestic laws.

They serve investor rights at the expense of public ones. They permit anything goes for profit. They create a world more unfit to live in than already.

On June 10, WikiLeaks published the draft TPP Healthcare Annex (so-called Annex on Transparency and Procedural Fairness for Pharmaceutical Products and Medical Devices).

It establishes pharmaceutical and medical device procurement and reimbursement rules government healthcare authorities must follow.

Vague language creates opportunities for drug and medical device companies to challenge Medicare and healthcare program procedures of the 12 TPP-bloc countries.

Consumer friendly policy reforms would be constrained – including the ability of governments to contain rising prices making them unaffordable for millions.

Big Pharma wants profits protected over public health, said WikiLeaks. It wants them maximized.

An earlier Healthcare Annex was released in 2011. Some harmful provisions were removed in the latest version. Global Trade Watch (GTW) says serious questions remain unanswered – vital for people to know, including:

“What guarantees are there that the TPP’s requirements would not override existing procedures for Medicare?”

The US Trade Representative’s Office (USTR) claims Medicare fully complies with TPP provisions.

“Yet (their) ambiguous language…leaves our domestic healthcare policies vulnerable to attack by drug and (medical) device manufacturers,” said GTW.

Could companies use Healthcare Annex provisions to cover expensive products “without a corresponding benefit to public health,” GTW asked?

Medicare reimburses for “reasonable and necessary” products and treatment. TPP “recognize(s) the value (of drugs and medical devices through the) operation of competitive markets (or their) objectively demonstrated therapeutic significance” – regardless of effectiveness or affordability.

Medicare permits limited reimbursement appeals only. Companies might argue TPP rules permit unrestricted reviews.

“Would the TPP constrain pharmaceutical reform efforts in the US,” asked GTW? Healthcare Annex provisions apply to future coverage determinations as well as current ones.

Healthcare reform advocates want soaring drug prices curtailed by establishing a “national formulary” enabling the government to get substantial discounts passed on to consumers. TPP won’t allow it.

“Could the inclusion of this Annex in the TPP bolster the case of a pharmaceutical company that is suing the United States,” asked GTW?

Investor-State Dispute Settlement procedures have been included in US trade agreements since the 1990s. Foreign companies may challenge government policies – claiming they potentially curtail future profits. In return, they demand “unlimited sums in taxpayer compensation.”

GTW asked if the Healthcare Annex boosts their case – at the expense of the public interest. Companies could claim government policies compromised their profit expectations and demand compensating reimbursement at taxpayers’ expense.

Much about TPP remains secret – vital information people have a right to know. If enacted, Washington wants it extended to all Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) members – about 40% of the world’s population.

Attorney Judit Rius Sanjuan for Doctors Without Borders says TPP “will increase the cost of medicines worldwide, starting with the 12 countries that are negotiating” TPP.

Hugely profitable drug companies want unconstrained rights to charge whatever the market will bear. They claim high prices are needed to compensate for billions of dollars spent for research – without acknowledging how much governments in America and elsewhere pay for, passing on scientific research information to drug companies cost-free.

GTW director Lori Wallach calls the Healthcare Annex leak “the latest example of why fast-tracking the TPP would undermine the health of Americans and the other countries and cost our government more, all to the benefit of pharma’s profits.”

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. Visit his blog site at

Hospitals Are Blatantly Ripping Us Off

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Most Americans are deathly afraid to go to the hospital these days – and it is because of the immense pain that it will cause to their wallets.  If you want to get on a path that will lead you to bankruptcy, just start going to the hospital a lot.  In America today, hospitals and doctors are blatantly ripping us off and they aren’t making any apologies for it.  As you will read about below, some hospitals mark up treatments by 1,000 percent.  In other instances, basic medical supplies are being billed out at hundreds of times what they cost providers.  For example, it has been reported that some hospitals are charging up to 30 dollars for a single aspirin pill.  It would be difficult to argue that the extreme greed that we see in the medical system is even matched by the crooks on Wall Street.  These medical predators get their hands on us when we are at our most vulnerable.  They know that in our lowest moments we are willing to pay just about anything to get better or to make the pain go away.  And so they very quietly have us sign a bunch of forms without ever telling us how much everything is going to cost.  Eventually when the bills come in the mail, it is too late to do anything about it.

How would you feel if someone sold you something for ten times the amount that it was worth?

Would you feel ripped off?

Well, that is what hospitals all over the country are doing every single day.  Just check out what one brand new study has discovered

Some hospitals are marking up treatments by as much as 1,000 percent, a new study finds, and the average U.S. hospital charges uninsured patients three times what Medicare allows.

Twenty of the hospitals in the top 50 when it comes to marking up charges are in Florida, the researchers write in the journal Health Affairs. And three-quarters of them are operated by two Tennessee-based for-profit hospital systems: Community Health Systems and Hospital Corporation of America.

“We just want to raise public awareness of the problem,” said Ge Bai of Washington & Lee University in Virginia, an accounting professor who wrote the study along with Gerard Anderson of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Does reading that make you angry?

It should.

They are greedily taking advantage of all of us.

Other studies have come up with similar results.  Here is one example

According to National Nurses United, U.S. hospital charges continue to soar with a handful of them, such as Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center in Secaucus, N.J., going as far as charging more than ten times the total cost — or almost $1,200 per $100 of the cost of care. Meanwhile, the hundred priciest hospitals in the nation were found to have this cost ratio begin at 765 percent, which is more than twice the national average of 331 percent.

Much of the time, we are being overcharged for tests, services and procedures that we don’t even need.

It has been estimated that the amount of truly wasteful spending in the U.S. medical system comes to a grand total of about $600 billion to $700 billion annually.  That means that wasteful medical spending in the U.S. each year is greater than the GDP of the entire country of Sweden.

And of course almost everyone has a story about an absolutely ridiculous medical bill that they have received.  In fact, if you have one that you would like to share, please feel free to share it at the end of this article.  The following are just a few examples that were shared in an editorial in a local newspaper

Have you heard about the little girl who required three stitches over her right eye? The emergency room sent her parents a bill for $1,500 — $500 per stitch (NY Times, Dec. 3). My neighbor recently spent six hours in the emergency room with bleeding from the mouth. He was on a blood thinner, needed several blood tests, and his heart was monitored. His hospital bill came to $22,000. A California man diagnosed with lung cancer chose to fight his cancer aggressively. Eleven months later his widow received a bill exceeding $900,000.

One of the most disturbing trends that we are witnessing all over the nation is something called “drive by doctoring”.  That is where an extra doctor that isn’t even necessary “pops in” to visit patients that are not his or “assists” with a surgery in order to stick the patient with a big, fat extra bill.  The following is from a New York Times article about this disgusting practice…

Before his three-hour neck surgery for herniated disks in December, Peter Drier, 37, signed a pile of consent forms. A bank technology manager who had researched his insurance coverage, Mr. Drier was prepared when the bills started arriving: $56,000 from Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, $4,300 from the anesthesiologist and even $133,000 from his orthopedist, who he knew would accept a fraction of that fee.

He was blindsided, though, by a bill of about $117,000 from an “assistant surgeon,” a Queens-based neurosurgeon whom Mr. Drier did not recall meeting.

How would you like to receive a bill for $117,000 from a doctor that you had never met and that you did not know would be at your surgery?

This is how broken our medical system has become.

And of course this type of abuse is not just happening in New York.  It is literally happening all over the nation

In operating rooms and on hospital wards across the country, physicians and other health providers typically help one another in patient care. But in an increasingly common practice that some medical experts call drive-by doctoring, assistants, consultants and other hospital employees are charging patients or their insurers hefty fees. They may be called in when the need for them is questionable. And patients usually do not realize they have been involved or are charging until the bill arrives.

If you or a close family member has been to the hospital recently, you probably know how astronomical some of these bills can be.

And if you have a chronic, life threatening disease, you can very rapidly end up hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt.

If you doubt this, just check out the following excerpt from an article that appeared in Time Magazine.  One cancer patient out in California ran up nearly a million dollars in hospital bills before he finally died…

By the time Steven D. died at his home in Northern California the following November, he had lived for an additional 11 months. And Alice had collected bills totaling $902,452. The family’s first bill — for $348,000 — which arrived when Steven got home from the Seton Medical Center in Daly City, Calif., was full of all the usual chargemaster profit grabs: $18 each for 88 diabetes-test strips that Amazon sells in boxes of 50 for $27.85; $24 each for 19 niacin pills that are sold in drugstores for about a nickel apiece. There were also four boxes of sterile gauze pads for $77 each. None of that was considered part of what was provided in return for Seton’s facility charge for the intensive-care unit for two days at $13,225 a day, 12 days in the critical unit at $7,315 a day and one day in a standard room (all of which totaled $120,116 over 15 days). There was also $20,886 for CT scans and $24,251 for lab work.

The sad truth is that the U.S. health care system has become all about the money.

A select few are becoming exceedingly wealthy while millions go broke.  One very disturbing study discovered that approximately 41 percent of all working age Americans either have medical bill problems or are currently paying off medical debt.  And collection agencies seek to collect unpaid medical bills from approximately 30 million Americans every single year.

Once upon a time, going into the medical profession was a sacrifice and you did it because you wanted to help people.

Today, it is considered to be a path to riches.

If the U.S. health care system was a separate country, it would actually be the 6th largest economy on the entire planet.  Even though our system is deeply broken, nobody wants to rock the boat because trillions of dollars are at stake.  If it was up to me, I would tear the entire thing down and rebuild it from scratch.

So what about you?  How would you fix our broken health care system?  Please feel free to share your ideas 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, End of the American Dream and The Truth Wins. His new novel entitled “The Beginning Of The End” is now available on

Are Your Candles Emitting Toxins?

candle flameCandles are great for encouraging relaxation and creating a calm, serene environment. A candle’s aroma and soft, warm glow sets a nice tone for romance, sophistication, and tranquility. Most candles today feature a variety of aromas. While refreshing they may be, the chemicals used to produce a candle’s fragrance can be toxic and can contribute to air pollution. Fortunately, there are safe options, and it’s just a matter of being conscious during your purchasing decisions.

The Health Dangers of Candles

Let’s take a quick look at the components of many candles, and how each component may be contributing to a toxic environment.

The Health Dangers of Candle Wicks

One of the main concerns over candles, besides the scents, is the wick. Different wicks are used for different purposes and they can be divided into two main categories: cored and non-cored wicks. Non-cored wicks are usually made of a braided or twisted cotton and considered the safest to burn.

Cored wicks are usually made of cotton around a paper or metal core. Zinc, tin, and lead are standard compounds used in its composition. Burning candles with lead-cored wicks is now known to cause lead poisoning, and there are similar concerns about zinc-cored wicks. In 1974, the National Candle Association of the U.S. voluntarily stopped using lead-cored wicks because of risks with airborne lead. [1] Unfortunately, many countries outside of North America still produce candles using dangerous wicks.

In 2000, the Public Citizen’s Health Research Group published a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association that indicated candles with wicks containing lead were available at 12 different stores in the Washington-Baltimore area. [2] Testing showed that the candle containing the least lead would, during three hours of burning time, produce enough air lead concentration so that a normally active six-year old would exceed the recommended daily lead limit for children in 45 minutes. The authors concluded that there is no reliable method to distinguish lead-containing wicks from other metal-cored wicks.

The Health Dangers of Candle Wax

The type of wax the candle is made of and and how the candle is burned significantly affects air quality. A candle burned in a draft with a smokey, guttering flame will be emitting particulate matter in every direction. If you prefer a candle that has a metal-cored wick, ask the manufacturer what metal is in the wick. If they can’t or won’t tell you, for safety’s sake, choose another candle.

The Health Dangers of Artificial Fragrances

Beeswax and bayberry wax both contain natural scents, beeswax offering the sweet smell of honey and bayberry a spicy, fresh aroma. Scents added to wax vary in their source and composition. Originally, perfumes came from animal and vegetable sources. In the late 1800s, the first synthetic fragrances were produced and were quickly adopted as a cheaper source of aromas. Many people today are sensitive to artificial scents from perfume, candles, and even air fresheners.

Fragrance oils are specially made for particular uses, such as scenting candles, soaps, cosmetics, and potpourris. They are usually synthetic. Exact formulas for fragrances fall under the trade secrets act in the U.S., but manufacturers of the oils will normally be able to produce a Materials Safety Data Sheet which will cover the physical characteristics of the oil, physical or health hazards, and first aid treatment in case of an accident. Candle scents contain stabilizers and fixatives which allow the oils to mix with wax and give off an aroma when heated.

Essential oils are naturally-occurring oils that are extracted mainly from botanical sources. They are usually more expensive than synthetic fragrances, and may not blend well with candle wax. Natural essential oils are more volatile than synthetics and most of them are difficult to use in candles unless they have added stabilizers or fixatives.

Other Additives

Stearic acid was once the only additive available for paraffin candles and is derived from either animal fat or palm oil. It is now often replaced with Vybar, a polymer which raises the melting point of paraffin, allows scents and colors to blend evenly in the wax, and gives the paraffin some of the qualities of more expensive waxes, allowing candle makers to charge more for a cheap candle.

Microcrystallines are a group of substances derived from petroleum that are added to candles to change the texture of the wax, add gloss, increase opacity, etc. Polyethylenes are produced from natural gas. They add gloss, luster, or clear crystals to wax.

The Bottom Line on Candle Safety

When candles are lit, they emit these chemicals into the air, the air we breathe. Our bodies take the burden of this indoor air pollution with unknown toxic effects. The American Lung Association even warns people from burning scented or slow-burning candles that contain artificial ingredients. In addition, they suggest burning beeswax candles instead with metal in the wick, or candles that are greasy to the touch.

Choosing Safe Candles

Buy candles from trusted countries. Imported candles often come from countries where they employ chemicals no longer used in North America because of health concerns. Find out what the wick is made of. If your vendor can’t tell you, don’t buy it. Cotton or hemp wicks are considered to be the safest. Choose candles made from beeswax or soy wax. Avoid paraffin.

Be aware that many candle manufacturers make claims for their candles or waxes that can’t be substantiated or are untrue. No candle is “soot-free” because combustion causes soot; however, beeswax and soy wax don’t produce sticky, black, petroleum-based soot.

Do you have a safe candle recommendation? Leave a comment below and share it with us.


  1. National Candle Association. FAQs. National Candle Association.
  2. Public Citizen. Millions of Dangerous Candles Sold Throughout U.S. Public Citizen.

Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

New Report Ranks U.S. Poorly For Maternal Health

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According to a new report conducted by the State of the World Mother’s, the United States ranks 33 out of 179 countries surveyed for maternal health. [1] Just last year, the U.S. was at 31. How can a country so developed be drastically behind other countries in taking care of mothers and their newborns? Could it be the medical establishment in the country that is driving the maternal health crisis, or something far more hidden and obscure?

Maternal Health Even Worse in United States

One out of 1,800 women each year dies during or following childbirth, representing the worst maternal death rate of any developed nation. The U.S. also ranked 42 out of 179 for children’s wellbeing, and 89 out of 179 for political status. Washington, D.C., seems to have the highest rate of infant mortality at about 7.9 deaths per 1,000 live births. To put this into a comparable perspective, cities like Oslo and Stockholm rank below 2.0 deaths per 1,000.

Could a Simple Nutritional Factor Be the Culprit?

The requirement for iodine increases over 50% for pregnant mothers, but many still fail to receive enough through food. [2] Even physicians may overlook this crucial nutrient need. We know, based upon current meta analyses, that iodine deficiency increases infant mortality. [3] Research also shows that low iodine intake during pregnancy may also harm a baby’s IQ. [4] These findings suggest that, if we increase our awareness around iodine in medicine and the media, we may perhaps see a drop in infant mortality and increase in maternal health.

Were you aware of the state of maternal health in America? What do you think, other than iodine supplementation, could help improve it? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments!


  1. Eliana Dockterman. U.S. Ranks Worst Developed Country for Maternal Health. TIME.
  2. Zimmermann MB. The effects of iodine deficiency in pregnancy and infancy. Paediatr Pernat Epidemiol. 2012 Jul;26 Suppl 1:108-17. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3016.2012.01275.x.
  3. Paolo Vitti, MD. Iodine deficiency disorders. UpToDate.
  4. Sarah C. Bath, PhD, Colin D Steer, MSc, Prof Jean Golding, FMedSci, Pauline Emmett, PhD, Prof Margaret P Rayman, DPhil. Effect of inadequate iodine status in UK pregnant women on cognitive outcomes in their children: results from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC). The Lancet. Volume 382, No. 9889, p331-337, 27 July 2013.

Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

5 Ways Sleep Apnea Affects Your Health

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With over 25 million sufferers, sleep apnea is on the rise in the U.S. [1] The disease can put you at risk for many health issues, so it’s crucial you keep it in check. Some people who suffer from sleep apnea don’t even know they have it; it’s only when health concerns pop up do most people learn they’re suffering from this far-too-common sleep disorder.

5 Ways Sleep Apnea Affects Your Health

Sleep apnea is a serious condition that may be associated with obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and even hearing loss. If you catch it early, you could be saving yourself from a host of medical issues later on. Here are 5 reasons to take action now if you’re suffering from sleep apnea.

  1. Sleep Apnea Leads to Hearing Loss

A recent study suggests there could be a link between sleep apnea and hearing loss. [2] Most of the participants were not under treatment for sleep apnea, so make sure you’re on top of a plan to control it. If your ears could talk, they might just thank you.

  1. Sleep Apnea Weakens Your Bones

Bone turnover is a process that replaces old bone with new growth, essential for maintaining bone health. Normally with this process there aren’t any problems, but when bone mass is lost, osteoporosis can occur. Sleep apnea, according to recent research, could be a missing link in some causes of osteoporosis. [3] While it sounds farfetched, the idea is catching on. It could be because “sleep duration and quality, oxygen levels, inflammation” and other health issues impact bone metabolism.

  1. Sleep Apnea Affects Your Fitness Levels

Sleep apnea could even be making it more difficult to do the fitness activities you love. A recent study suggests “predicted peak oxygen uptake, a measure of aerobic physical fitness, was significantly lower in people with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea.” [4] Since exercising for weight loss is one thing that can help sleep apnea, this news is troubling, to say the least. [5]

  1. Sleep Apnea Speeds Up Kidney Disease

Many sleep apnea sufferers also have type 2 diabetes, a disease marked by too much sugar in the blood. [6] Sometimes, those with type 2 diabetes can develop chronic kidney disease (CKD), which means the kidneys aren’t working as well. In the case of CKD, sleep apnea could even “accelerate kidney function decline,” leading to weaker and weaker kidneys. [7]

  1. Sleep Apnea Raises Blood Pressure

Because sleep apnea can increase your risk for heart disease and stroke, this one’s very important. [8] One recent study suggests sleep apnea could raise your blood pressure even if taking blood pressure medications. [9] If you have high blood pressure and think you might have sleep apnea, make it a point to talk with your doctor.

One Final Thought

An important thing to remember is that the disease can also have a mental toll, weakening blood flow to the brain and possibly leading to brain damage. [10] Again, if sleep apnea is affecting you, don’t ignore it. Get a sleep study done, and, if deemed appropriate, consider a CPAP machine. There’s recent evidence that suggests airway pressure therapy (usually a CPAP machine) over time can actually reverse the brain damage caused by sleep apnea. [11]

What do you currently do for your sleep apnea? Tell us about it in the comments.


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  2. American Thoracic Society. Sleep Apnea Tied to Hearing Loss in Large Study. ScienceDaily.
  3. Swanson, C. M. et al. Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Metabolic Bone Disease: Insights Into the Relationship Between Bone and Sleep. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. 30 (2).
  4. Beitler, J. R. et al. Obstructive Sleep Apnea Is Associated with Impaired Exercise Capacity: A Cross-Sectional Study. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. 10 (11).
  5. Dobrosielski, D. A. et al. Effects of exercise and weight loss in older adults with obstructive sleep apnea. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 47 (1).
  6. Investigación y Desarrollo. Poor sleep causes weight gain, susceptibility to diabetes. ScienceDaily.
  7. American Society of Nephrology. Sleep apnea may contribute to kidney disease progression. ScienceDaily.
  8. Walia, H. K. et al. Association of Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Elevated Blood Pressure Despite Antihypertensive Medication Use. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. 10 (8).
  9. Marshall, N. S. et al. Sleep Apnea and 20-Year Follow-Up for All-Cause Mortality, Stroke, and Cancer Incidence and Mortality in the Busselton Health Study Cohort. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. 10 (4).
  10. Macey, P. M. et al. Global Brain Blood-Oxygen Level Responses to Autonomic Challenges in Obstructive Sleep Apnea. PLoS ONE. 9 (8).
  11. Castronovo, V. et al. White Matter Integrity in Obstructive Sleep Apnea before and after Treatment. SLEEP.

Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.