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Scientists long ago discovered that a class of naturally occurring pigments called carotenoids held powerful antioxidant properties that are crucial for your health.

But only recently has one particular carotenoid jumped to the forefront in terms of its status as a “supernutrient,” becoming the focus of a large and growing number of peer-reviewed scientific publications.

This carotenoid is called astaxanthin.
Astaxanthin is produced by the microalgae Haematoccous pluvialis when its water supply dries up, forcing it to protect itself from ultraviolet radiation.

Astaxanthin is leaps and bounds more powerful than beta-carotene, alpha-tocopherol, lycopene and lutein; other members of its chemical family.

Astaxanthin exhibits VERY STRONG free radical scavenging activity, and protects your cells, organs and body tissues from oxidative damage.

What makes astaxanthin so different from other nutritional elements?

And what can it do for your health?

Astaxanthin is in a League of its Own

READ COMPLETE ARTICLE … http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/11/23/astaxanthin-the-eye-antioxidant-550-times-more-powerful-than-vitamin-e.aspx

They give him both barrels… at the same time … That he survived is a miracle …

A Perspective … in the end it’s all about disclosure & transparency

Face it anyone who dares expo$e what corporate America has been able to hide thanks to our U S Corporate Supreme Court …

runs the risk of being smeared when the whistle blower is a high profile like Michael Moore …

They give him both barrels… at the same time …

That he survived is a miracle …

Thank You …Mr. Moore for your efforts …

Exposing the Insurance Industry’s Vast Conspiracy to Smear Michael Moore

By Bill Berkowitz, AlterNet
Posted on November 22, 2010, Printed on November 23, 2010

It is the summer of 2006; Filmmaker Michael Moore is putting the finishing touches on his latest film, Sicko, a documentary that purports to take on the health care system in the United States.

Coming on the heels of the critical and box office successes of Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11, the highest grossing documentary in history, Moore is hot, Hollywood hot. People’s Choice Awards hot — in January of 2005, at the 31st Annual People’s Choice Awards, Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, receives the “Favorite Movie” award. Titans in the insurance and pharmaceutical industries have every reason to be concerned.

No one, other than Moore and his crew know what’s in Sicko, although it appears that health care industry operatives are doing all they can to sniff out the details. Variety reported that when plans for the making of Sicko became public, several large drug companies “mounted plans to combat the doc, including circulating memos to employees warning them not to cooperate with Moore.”

The memos instructed their employees to be on the lookout for “a scruffy guy in a baseball cap” going around asking too many questions. PhRMA (Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America), which represents the country’s leading pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies, had not yet issued any public statements regarding the film.

Fast forward four-plus years: In a recent appearance promoting his news book Deadly Spin, on MSNBC’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” Wendell Potter, a former vice president of corporate communications at CIGNA — one of the United States’ largest health insurance companies — and now a fellow at the Center for Media and Democracy, a corporate watchdog group, talked about how America’s health care industry worked feverishly to defeat President Barack Obama’s health care reform initiatives.

During the course of the interview, Potter mentioned the insurance industry’s plan to discredit Michael Moore prior to the release of Sicko.

“We ran a story in our online newspaper saying Moore is embarking on a documentary — and if you see a scruffy guy in a baseball cap, you’ll know who it is,” Stephen Lederer, a spokesman for Pfizer Global Research and Development, told the Los Angeles Times at the time.

“Moore’s past work has been marked by negativity, so we can only assume it won’t be a fair and balanced portrayal,” said Rachel Bloom, executive director of corporate communications the Delaware-based firm, AstraZeneca. “His movies resemble docudramas more than documentaries.”

Listening to Potter’s revelations, I flashed back to the spring of 2006 when I received a e-mail from an editor of a publication called the Pharmacist (no longer in print) asking me if I was interested in writing a story about the film. Since I had never heard of the publication, and assumed it was an industry-sponsored magazine, I hesitated to take the assignment, although it sounded like it could be a bigger payday than I was accustomed to. (It wasn’t.)

First of all, I told the editor, I didn’t know anything more about the film than anyone else. Second, I was a fan of Moore’s work, having written about him previously, and I was not about to do an industry-funded hit piece on him.

In the course of my investigation of the Pharmacist I discovered that it was a publication for pharmacists, published by a West Chester, Pennsylvania-based organization called Result Media, LLC. It had an un-developed Web site that didn’t bother to upload any of the magazine’s content. I also found out that it tackled issues rarely dealt with in your basic trade publication. In the same issue my piece ran, the cover story was headlined “Does Sex sell Rx? Pharma Sales Reps Talk.”
I accepted the assignment, telling my editor I would write a piece, not about what was in the film, but about the pre-premiere hubbub.

During the course of writing the piece I interviewed John Stauber, founder and then executive director of the Center for Media and Democracy, who is an expert on corporate shenanigans and corporate spin. I also interviewed Michael Wilson, the writer/producer/director of the documentary Michael Moore Hates America (the title pretty much defined his views).

As I sought comments from industry representatives, I called and e-mailed (identifying myself as a reporter working on a piece for the Pharmacist) the public relations departments of five major pharmaceutical companies, three of which — Johnson & Johnson, Eli Lilly and Pfizer — did not return calls or e-mail. Two other companies — Abbott and Bristol Meyers — had no comment, but both referred me to PhRMA.

Arturo Silva, a PhRMA media spokesperson, was kind enough to send along a statement from PhRMA senior vice-president Ken Johnson, dated July 20, 2006. It was the first (I was told) public statement on Sicko issued by PhRMA.

My article, titled “‘Sicko’: Should the Pharmaceutical Industry Be Concerned About Michael Moore?” appeared in the August 2006 edition of the Pharmacist. The piece did not appear online, and as per my contract, I could not republish it anywhere else.

I wrote then (I hope the statute of limitations has passed):
Johnson pointed out that, given Moore’s previous work, he seemed incapable of providing a “balanced, thoughtful and well-researched” document about the health care system. He called Sicko Moore’s “latest escapade” in “finding new ways to advance his political agenda.” Johnson went on to tout “one of PhRMA’s public service partnerships, the Partnership for Prescription Awareness (PPA)” and presciently claimed that he doubted you would “hear about the PPA from Michael Moore on his Web site or new film.

I concluded my piece by asking whether the release of Sicko would “bring America’s health care crisis out of the shadows of such critical issues as the war in Iraq, the war on terrorism, or immigration? While Moore and his supporters are busy publicizing the film and defending it against attacks from both conservatives and Big Pharma, will people go to the theaters, watch the film and be motivated to get involved in the public policy debate? We’ll know the answers to these questions sometime next year.”

Now, four years later, we know:
• The public went to see Sicko; a 2009 listing of the “Top Grossing Documentary Films” had Sicko in third place, behind Fahrenheit 9/11 and March of the Penguins;
• The insurance and pharmaceutical industries were worried enough to do their best to discredit both Moore and the film;
• Barack Obama was elected in 2008 and his administration offered up severely limited health care reform legislation that contained no public option;
• The people that were most motivated to speak out during the public debate over health care reform were Tea Party folks — supported by huge donations from industry-sponsored operations — who opposed health care reform.

Thanks to the tireless work of Wendell Potter and his new book Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans, we now know a lot more of the sordid details. On his Web site, Potter points out that “Since I walked away as head of communications at a top health insurance company in May of 2008, I’ve worked tirelessly as an outspoken critic of corporate PR and the distortion and fear manufactured by America’s health insurance industry.

It is a PR juggernaut that is bankrolled by millions of dollars, rivaling lobbying budgets and underwriting many ‘non-partisan’ and ‘grassroots’ organizations.”
Writing about Potter’s book, Publishers Week pointed out that “The disinformation campaigns with which health insurance companies hide misdeeds and manipulate public policy are laid bare in this searing j’accuse by one of their own. Potter … whose whistle-blowing congressional testimony made a splash, takes us into the war rooms where he and his fellow flacks battled bad publicity — their counterattack against the documentary Sicko included employee training in how to weather a Michael Moore ambush — and fought to stymie health-care legislation. (He helped formulate the rhetoric of socialism and death panels that thundered from Republican podiums.)

“He exposes the PR pros’ propaganda tricks — fake grass-roots organizations, bogus scientific studies — and recounts his shame-faced repentance. But he also trenchantly critiques the failure of America’s for-profit health-insurance system: the underhanded methods insurers use to ‘dump the sick’; the skyrocketing premiums and deductibles that put health care beyond the reach of millions; the obscene salaries executives rake in while denying benefits to patients.

    These criticisms aren’t new, but Potter’s street cred and deep knowledge of the industry make his indictment unusually vivid and compelling.”

at best it’s a band-aid and not a solution ……..

A Perspective … in the end it’s all about disclosure & transparency

The solution appears to still require X-Ray imagery which builds up in the human body … at best it’s a band-aid and not a solution ……..

Scientists say they have solution to TSA scanner objections

Read complete article … http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/21/AR2010112104456.html?wpisrc=nl_pmtech

By Ashley Halsey III ..Washington Post Staff Writer …Monday, November 22, 2010; 12:57 AM

A cheap and simple fix in the computer software of new airport scanners could silence the uproar from travelers who object to the so-called virtual strip search, according to a scientist who helped develop the program at one of the federal government’s most prestigious institutes.

The researcher, associated with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, said he was rebuffed when he offered the concept to Department of Homeland Security officials four years ago.
The fix would distort the images captured on full-body scanners so they look like reflections in a fun-house mirror, but any potentially dangerous objects would be clearly revealed, said Willard “Bill” Wattenburg, a former nuclear weapons designer at the Livermore lab.

The scanners normally produce real-time outlines of the naked human body, and the Transportation Security Administration has been embroiled in controversy since installation of the new scanners began last month.

“Why not just distort the image into something grotesque so that there isn’t anything titillating or exciting about it?” Wattenburg said.

TSA spokesman Nick Kimball said he could not immediately confirm Wattenburg’s 2006 conversation with federal officials. “That was another administration,” Kimball said.

But Obama administration officials made an effort over the weekend to address travelers’ complaints.

People who object to the scanners are given the option of an “enhanced” pat-down by TSA agents that includes the touching of clothed genital areas. For many, that option is even less palatable; opponents have likened the process to sexual assault.

President Obama said in Lisbon on Saturday that he had asked TSA officials whether there’s a less intrusive way to ensure travel safety.

“I understand people’s frustrations,” he said, adding that he had told the TSA that “you have to constantly refine and measure whether what we’re doing is the only way to assure the American people’s safety.”
Transportation Security Administration head John Pistole reiterated in a statement Sunday that the agency would make screening methods “as minimally invasive as possible.”

Last week Pistole defended the body scanners and “enhanced pat-downs” in the face of questions from two Senate committees.

On CBS’s “Face The Nation,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who isn’t subject to the screening, said she understands “how difficult it is and how offensive it must be for the people who are going through it.”
But terrorists are “getting more creative about what they do to hide explosives in, you know, crazy things like underwear,” she said. “So, clearly, there is a need.”

A Simple, Inexpensive Trick to Cure a Cold

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Posted By Dr. Mercola … November 22 2010

A Simple, Inexpensive Trick to Cure a Cold

Each year Americans catch more than one billion colds, making the cold virus the most common infectious disease in the United States.

It accounts for more school absences and missed work than any other illness, and it’s the number one reason people visit their physicians — even though most physicians have little to offer in the form of treatment.

It’s a widespread misconception that colds are caused by bacteria. Colds are actually triggered by a virus, which means if your physician prescribes you an antibiotic, it will be absolutely useless.

More on this shortly, but before I delve into simple prevention and treatment strategies it’s important you know how colds are contracted in the first place.

How Do You Catch a Cold?

The most common way cold viruses are spread is not from being around coughing or sneezing, or walking barefoot in the rain, but rather from hand-to-hand contact. For instance, someone with a cold blows their nose then shakes your hand or touches surfaces that you also touch.

Cold viruses can live on pens, computer keyboards, coffee mugs and other objects for hours, so it’s easy to come into contact with such viruses during daily life.

However, the key to remember is that just being exposed to a cold virus does not have to mean that you’ll catch a cold. If your immune system is operating at its peak, it should actually be quite easy for you to fend off the virus without ever getting sick.

If your immune system is impaired, on the other hand, it’s akin to having an open-door policy for viruses; they’ll easily take hold in your body. So the simple and short answer is, you catch a cold due to impairment in your immune system. There are many ways this can result, but the more common contributing factors are:
1. Eating too much sugar and too many grains
2. Not getting enough rest
3. Using insufficient strategies to address emotional stressors in your life
4. Vitamin D deficiency, as discussed below
5. Any combination of the above
Vitamin D Deficiency:

Another Reason You May “Catch” a Cold
It’s estimated that the average U.S. adult typically has two to four colds each year, while children may have up to 12! One reason for the widespread prevalence may be that vitamin D deficiency is incredibly common in the United States, especially during the winter months when cold (and flu) viruses are at their peak.

Research has confirmed that “catching” colds and flu may actually be a symptom of an underlying vitamin D deficiency. Less than optimal vitamin D levels will significantly impair your immune response and make you far more susceptible to contracting colds, influenza, and other respiratory infections.

In the largest and most nationally representative study of its kind to date, involving about 19,000 Americans, people with the lowest vitamin D levels reported having significantly more recent colds or cases of the flu — and the risk was even greater for those with chronic respiratory disorders like asthma.

It’s not surprising, then, that the average American gets so many colds each year, as current guidelines for optimal intake and normal vitamin D levels are far too low — and since most people do not get adequate sun exposure on a daily basis (which is what produces vitamin D in your skin) many are deficient.

I strongly believe you could avoid colds and influenza entirely by maintaining your vitamin D level in the optimal range.

How Long Do Colds Last … and How Can You Make Your Cold Go Away Faster?

Most uncomplicated colds last between eight and nine days, but about 25 percent last two weeks, and 5-10 percent last three weeks.

Even the most stubborn colds will typically resolve in a few weeks’ time; this is actually one of the ways you can distinguish a cold from allergies.

A cold will last, at most, a few weeks, but allergy symptoms can last all season.

How quickly you bounce back is typically defined by you and your collective lifestyle habits — and this does not mean popping over-the-counter cough and cold remedies or fever reducers.

In fact, as long as your temperature remains below 102 degrees Fahrenheit (38.9 degrees Celsius) there is no need to lower it.

Cold viruses do not reproduce at higher body temperatures, so a slight fever should help you get rid of the virus quicker and help you to feel better much sooner.

You should avoid taking over-the-counter pain-relief medications as well, as a study showed that people who take aspirin and Tylenol (acetaminophen) suppress their body’s ability to produce antibodies to destroy the cold virus. Aspirin has even been linked to lung complications including pulmonary edema, an abnormal build up of fluid in your lungs, when taken in excess.

You should only use these medications when absolutely necessary, such as if you have a temperature greater than 105 degrees F (40.5 degrees C), severe muscle aches or weakness.

Hydrogen Peroxide: A Simple Trick to Beat a Cold
I don’t advise over-the-counter medications, but one simple treatment you can try that is surprisingly effective against upper respiratory infections is hydrogen peroxide.

Many have had remarkable results in curing colds and flu within 12 to 14 hours when administering a few drops of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) into each ear. You will hear some bubbling, which is completely normal, and possibly feel a slight stinging sensation.

Wait until the bubbling and stinging subside (usually 5 to 10 minutes), then drain onto a tissue and repeat with the other ear. A bottle of hydrogen peroxide in 3 percent solution is available at any drug store for a couple of dollars or less. It is simply amazing how many people respond to this simple, inexpensive treatment.

So What Else Can You do to Recover From a Cold, Quicker … and Prevent One in the First Place?
As I said above, the number one way to conquer a cold (or flu) is vitamin D. Vitamin D is an amazingly effective antimicrobial agent, producing 200 to 300 different antimicrobial peptides in your body that kill bacteria, viruses and fungi. So optimizing your levels will not only help send a cold virus packing … it will help ward off cold viruses in the first place.

The best source for vitamin D is direct sun exposure. But for many of us, this just isn’t practical during the winter. The next best option to sunlight is the use of a safe indoor tanning device. If neither natural nor artificial sunlight is an option, then using oral vitamin D3 supplements is your best bet.

Based on the latest research, many experts now agree you need about 35 IU’s of vitamin D per pound of body weight. This recommendation also includes children, the elderly and pregnant women.

However, keep in mind that vitamin D requirements are highly individual, as your vitamin D status is dependent on numerous factors, such as the color of your skin, your location, and how much sunshine you’re exposed to on a regular basis.

So, although these recommendations may put you closer to the ballpark of what most people likely need, it is simply impossible to make a blanket recommendation that will cover everyone’s needs.

The only way to determine your optimal dose is to get your blood tested. Ideally, you’ll want to maintain a vitamin D level of 50-65 ng/ml year-round.

For an in-depth explanation of everything you need to know before you get tested, please read my latest updates in Test Values and Treatment for Vitamin D Deficiency.
Dietary Strategies to Kick a Cold

If you feel yourself coming down with a cold or flu, this is NOT the time to be eating ANY sugar, artificial sweeteners or processed foods.

Sugar is particularly damaging to your immune system — which needs to be ramped up, not suppressed, in order to combat an emerging infection.

So if you are fighting a cold, you’ll want to avoid all sugar like the plague, and this includes sugar in the form of fruit juice and even grains (which break down as sugar in your body).

Ideally, you must address nutrition, sleep, exercise and stress issues the moment you first feel yourself getting a bug. This is when immune-enhancing strategies will be most effective.

So when you’re coming down with a cold, it’s time to address ALL of the contributing factors immediately, which includes tweaking your diet in favor of foods that will strengthen your immune response.

Good choices include:
• Raw, grass-fed organic milk, and/or high-quality whey protein
• Fermented foods such as raw kefir, kimchee, miso, pickles, sauerkraut, etc, which are rich in probiotics, or good bacteria.

80 percent of your immune system resides inside your digestive tract, so eating probiotic-rich foods, or taking a high-quality probiotic, will help support your immune system health.
• Raw, organic eggs from free-ranging, preferably local, chickens
• Grass-fed beef
• Coconuts and coconut oil
• Animal-based omega-3 fats, such as krill oil
• Locally grown fruits and vegetables, appropriate for your nutritional type
• Mushrooms, especially Reishi, Shiitake, and Maitake, which contain beta glucans (which have immune-enhancing properties)
• Garlic, a potent antimicrobial that kills bacteria, viruses and fungi. Ideally this should be in fresh form, eaten raw and crushed with a spoon just before eating.
• Herbs and spices with high ORAC scores: Turmeric, oregano, cinnamon, cloves (for more on ORAC, visit http://www.oracvalues.com)
• Make sure you are drinking plenty of fresh, pure water. Water is essential for the optimal function of every system in your body and will help with nose stuffiness and loosening secretions. You should drink enough water so that your urine is a light, pale yellow.

And what about the old wives’ tale of chicken soup for your cold?

Chicken soup can help reduce your symptoms. Chicken contains a natural amino acid called cysteine, which can thin the mucus in your lungs and make it less sticky so you can expel it more easily.

Processed, canned soups won’t work as well as the homemade version, however.

For best results, make up a fresh batch yourself (or ask a friend or family member to do so) and make the soup hot and spicy with plenty of pepper. The spices will trigger a sudden release of watery fluids in your mouth, throat, and lungs, which will help thin down the respiratory mucus so it’s easier to cough up and expel.

Three Cold-Busting Lifestyle Strategies
Vitamin D, check! Hydrogen peroxide, check! Healthy diet, check! We’ve covered several of the primary “weapons” you should have in your cold-fighting arsenal, but there are others, too.
1. High-Quality Sleep, and Plenty of It
Pay attention to how you are sleeping. If you aren’t getting enough sleep, or enough restorative sleep, you’ll be at increased risk for a hostile viral takeover. Your immune system is also the most effective when you’re not sleep-deprived, so the more rested you are the quicker you’ll recover.
2. Regular Exercise
Regular exercise is a crucial strategy for increasing your resistance to illness. There is evidence that regular, moderate exercise can reduce your risk for respiratory illness by boosting your immune system. In fact, one study found that people who exercised regularly (five or more days a week) cut their risk of having a cold by close to 50 percent. And, in the event they did catch a cold, their symptoms were much less severe than among those who did not exercise.

However, if you’re already feeling sick don’t overdo it. Over-exercising can actually place more stress on your body, which can suppress your immune system — and you don’t want that either. You might just go for a walk if you are coming down with a cold, or simply tone down your regular workout.
Any rise in body temperature will be an unwelcome climate for a viral invader, though, so some exercise is likely to be beneficial.

3. Address Your Emotional Stress
l stressors can also predispose you to an infection while making cold symptoms worse. Finding ways to manage daily stress as well as your reactions to circumstances beyond your control will contribute to a strong and resilient immune system.
My favorite tool for this is the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), a system that helps balance your body’s subtle energies and repair emotional “short-circuits.” EFT may even help you overcome cold symptoms.

Supplements That Send Pathogens Packin’
Supplements can be beneficial for colds, but they should be used only as an adjunct to the lifestyle measures already discussed.
Some of the more helpful options for cold (and flu) — above and beyond vitamin D — are:
• Vitamin C: A very potent antioxidant; use a natural form such as acerola, which contains associated micronutrients. You can take several grams every hour till you are better unless you start developing loose stools
• Oregano Oil: The higher the carvacrol concentration, the more effective it is. Carvacrol is the most active antimicrobial agent in oregano oil.
• Propolis: A bee resin and one of the most broad-spectrum antimicrobial compounds in the world; propolis is also the richest source of caffeic acid and apigenin, two very important compounds that aid in immune response and even fight cancer.
• A tea made from a combination of elderflower, yarrow, boneset, linden, peppermint and ginger; drink it hot and often for combating a cold or flu. It causes you to sweat, which is helpful for eradicating a virus from your system.
• Olive leaf extract: Ancient Egyptians and Mediterranean cultures used it for a variety of health-promoting uses and it is widely known as a natural, non-toxic immune system builder.

Remember This Tip: Wash Your Hands Sensibly

Washing your hands frequently is one of the easiest ways to wipe out germs and viruses and reduce your chances of becoming sickened by them. Thorough hand-washing truly is an important step, as you are at far greater risk of passing on an infection by shaking someone’s hand than even by sharing a kiss.

One report even found that regular hand washing may be more effective than drugs in preventing the spread of respiratory viruses such as influenza.

When you wash up, plain soap and water will do. Do not make the mistake of using antibacterial cleansers, as their widespread use is leading to strains of resistant bacteria, or “superbugs,” which cause the ingredients to lose effectiveness for the times when they really are needed, such as for surgeons prior to surgery.

Further, the active ingredient in most antibacterial products is triclosan, an antibacterial agent that kills bacteria and inhibits bacterial growth. But not only does triclosan kill bacteria, it also has been shown to kill human cells.

Antibacterial soaps are also no more effective than regular soaps. One study found people who used antibacterial soaps and cleansers developed a cough, runny nose, sore throat, fever, vomiting, diarrhea and other symptoms just as often as people who used products that did not contain antibacterial ingredients. So please avoid making the mistake of using antibacterial liquids and soaps.

Too Much Hand-Washing Can Backfire …
There is another important caveat to remember, and that is your skin is actually your primary defense against bacteria — not the soap.
So resist the urge to become obsessive about washing your hands. If you wash them too frequently you can actually extract many of the protective oils in your skin, which can cause your skin to crack and bleed.
It is rare for a germ on your skin to cause a problem — it is typically only an issue when you transfer that to your nose, mouth or an open wound like cracked skin. So obsessive-compulsive washing can actually increase your risk of getting sick by providing an entryway for potentially dangerous pathogens.

So mild to moderate washing is wise, but excessive washing, especially with harsh soaps, will actually be highly counterproductive.

Avoid the Antibiotics! More than 300 different viruses can cause colds, so each time you have a cold it is caused by a distinct virus (i.e. adenovirus, rhinovirus, parainfluenza virus, coronavirus). A virus is much smaller than a bacteria; it is a tiny cluster of genetic material surrounded by a protein wrapper.

There are currently NO drugs available that can kill these viruses. Antibiotics, including penicillin, do not have any effect on viruses, but unfortunately have been vastly over-prescribed for this very (useless) purpose. That, coupled with the excessive use of antibiotics in agriculture, has contributed to a steep rise in antibiotic-resistant diseases.

Antibiotic-resistant infections now claim more lives each year than the “modern plague” of AIDS, and cost the American health care system some $20 billion a year!
Further, according to one meta-analysis, the health risk from over-use of antibiotics is also a very personal one, as opposed to simply raising the occurrence of antibiotic resistance in the general population over time.

Whenever you use an antibiotic, you’re increasing your susceptibility to developing infections with resistance to that antibiotic — and you can become the carrier of this resistant bug, and spread it to others.
So please, if you have a simple cold remember that an antibiotic will do far more harm than good.

When Should You Call Your Physician?
Sinus, ear and lung infections (bronchitis and pneumonia) are examples of bacterial infections that do respond to antibiotics. If you develop any of the following symptoms, these are signs you may be suffering from a bacterial infection rather than a cold virus, and you should call your physician’s office:
• Fever over 102 degrees Fahrenheit (38.9 degrees Celsius)
• Ear pain
• Pain around your eyes, especially with a green nasal discharge
• Shortness of breath or a persistent uncontrollable cough
• Persistently coughing up green and yellow sputum

Generally speaking, however, if you have a cold medical care is not necessary. Rest and attention to the lifestyle factors noted above will help you to recover quickly and, if you stick to them, will significantly reduce your chances of catching another one anytime soon.

This “ponzi” scheme only works because “we” (that’s you & me) choose to allow it to …

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This “ponzi” scheme only works because “we” (that’s you & me) choose to allow it to …

“We” … can STOP it … all it takes is backbone …

Matt Taibbi: Courts Helping Banks Screw Over Homeowners
Retired judges are rushing through complex cases to speed foreclosures in Florida

The foreclosure lawyers down in Jacksonville had warned me, but I was skeptical. They told me the state of Florida had created a special super-high-speed housing court with a specific mandate to rubber-stamp the legally dicey foreclosures by corporate mortgage pushers like Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan Chase.

This “rocket docket,” as it is called in town, is presided over by retired judges who seem to have no clue about the insanely complex financial instruments they are ruling on — securitized mortgages and laby¬rinthine derivative deals of a type that didn’t even exist when most of them were active members of the bench.

Their stated mission isn’t to decide right and wrong, but to clear cases and blast human beings out of their homes with ultimate velocity.

They certainly have no incentive to penetrate the profound criminal mysteries of the great American mortgage bubble of the 2000s, perhaps the most complex Ponzi scheme in human history — an epic mountain range of corporate fraud in which Wall Street megabanks conspired first to collect huge numbers of subprime mortgages, then to unload them on unsuspecting third parties like pensions, trade unions and insurance companies (and, ultimately, you and me, as taxpayers) in the guise of AAA-rated investments.

Selling lead as gold, shit as Chanel No. 5, was the essence of the booming international fraud scheme that created most all of these now-failing home mortgages.

The rocket docket wasn’t created to investigate any of that. It exists to launder the crime and bury the evidence by speeding thousands of fraudulent and predatory loans to the ends of their life cycles, so that the houses attached to them can be sold again with clean paperwork.

The judges, in fact, openly admit that their primary mission is not justice but speed. One Jacksonville judge, the Honorable A.C. Soud, even told a local newspaper that his goal is to resolve 25 cases per hour.

Given the way the system is rigged, that means His Honor could well be throwing one ass on the street every 2.4 minutes.

Foreclosure lawyers told me one other thing about the rocket docket. The hearings, they said, aren’t exactly public. “The judges might give you a hard time about watching,” one lawyer warned. “They’re not exactly anxious for people to know about this stuff.” Inwardly, I laughed at this — it sounded like typical activist paranoia.

The notion that a judge would try to prevent any citizen, much less a member of the media, from watching an open civil hearing sounded ridiculous. Fucked-up as everyone knows the state of Florida is, it couldn’t be that bad. It isn’t Indonesia. Right?

By Matt Taibbi … Nov 10, 2010 2:35 PM EST … Read complete article …. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/17390/232611


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Why did Bernie Madoff go to prison…?

To make it simple, he talked people into investing with him. Trouble was, he didn’t invest their money. As time rolled on he simply took the money from the new investors to pay off the old investors. Finally there were too many old investors and not enough money from new investors coming in to keep the payments going.

Next thing you know Madoff is one of the most hated men in America and he is off to jail.

Some of you know this. But not enough of you. Madoff did to his investors what the government has been doing to us for over 70 years with Social Security. There is no meaningful difference between the two schemes, except that one was operated by a private individual who is now in jail, and the other is operated by politicians who enjoy perks, privileges and status in spite of their actions.

Do you need a side-by-side comparison here? Well here’s a nifty little chart.

BERNIE MADOFF .. Takes money from investors with the promise that the money will be invested and made available to them later.
SOCIAL SECURITY…Takes money from wage earners with the promise that the money will be invested in a “Trust Fund” (Lock Box) and made available later.

BERNIE MADOFF …Instead of investing the money Madoff spends it on nice homes in the Hamptons and yachts.
SOCIAL SECURITY …Instead of depositing money in a Trust Fund the politicians transfer it to the General Revenue Fund and use it for general spending and vote buying.

BERNIE MADOFF …When the time comes to pay the investors back Madoff simply uses some of the new funds from newer investors to pay back the older investors.
SOCIAL SECURITY …When benefits for older investors become due the politicians pay them with money taken from younger and newer wage earners to pay the older geezers.

BERNIE MADOFF …When Madoff’s scheme is discovered all hell breaks loose. New investors won’t give him any more cash.
SOCIAL SECURITY …When Social Security runs out of money the politicians try to force the taxpayers to send them some more; or they cancel S/S to all those who paid into it.

BERNIE MADOFF …Bernie Madoff is in jail.
SOCIAL SECURITY …Politicians remain in Washington .. with fat medical and retirement benefits.

‘The taxpayer: That’s someone who works for the federal government but doesn’t have to take the civil service examination.’ … Ronald Reagan

“If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert , in five years there’d be a shortage of sand.” … Milton Friedman


Where’s the next Erin Brockovich…?

A Perspective … in the end it’s all about disclosure & transparency

There’s no common cause because “we” do not want to make the time, nor spend the funds to find it …
Moreover … who controls the system … Corporate America … get real … you want answers just follow the damn money it’s that simple …

Where’s the next Erin Brockovich…??