What do “we” want the reality to be …?


clip_image002… Tuesday … 12 July 11 …

Today’s radio … internet … TV news casts are alive with prognostication of impending dire consequences on or about 3 Aug 11 as they report the American treasury will not have funds to print checks for social security … military … or other social services …

Notably absent however was any such doom and gloom for any current or former member of Congre$$ or payment to any provider to the military-industrial-Congressional-Presidential-conspiritorial-complex …

It’s fear for the sake of fear … It can happen only because and when “we” (the people) allow it to happen …

What do “we” want the reality to be …?



But … what … somehow Klein’s act is forgivable and understandable…?


image… Could there be any correlation between Senator Lori Klein’s action with her “cute” gun and what we choose to describe as deranged acts of one Jared Lougher…? image

Both pointed a loaded gun at an unarmed innocent human being…?

But … what … somehow Klein’s  act is forgivable and understandable…?

This is but the tip of the iceberg demonstrative of current Arizona leadership…!

 Lori Klein, Arizona State Senator, Pointed Loaded Gun at Reporter Richard Ruelas’s Chest

Arizona State Sen. Lori Klein (Republican from Anthem), a gun-rights champion, keeps a loaded raspberry-pink handgun in her purse, and during an interview with Arizona Republic reporter Richard Ruelas, she took it out and pointed it at him.


"Oh, it’s so cute," Klein said, before aiming the gun at Ruelas’s chest to show off the red beam of the laser sight. Klein’s gun, a .380 Ruger, has no safety, but the senator assured Ruelas that he wasn’t in danger.  "I just didn’t have my hand on the trigger," she said.  Klein told the Arizona Republic that she owns a number of guns and has had "informal" training sessions on each of them, and that she was taught gun safety by her father.


Local gun activists have criticized Klein for pointing her gun at Ruelas, however.  Rob Mermelstein, the range master of the Phoenix Rod and Gun Club, told the Arizona Guardian, that Klein’s actions were "unconscionable."  "Whoever would do something like that needs to have a better grounding in gun safety before ever laying a hand on a firearm," he said.


The shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) on January 8 has reignited the national debate over gun control. President Barack Obama called for stronger gun laws in the wake of the shooting, and HuffPost’s Sam Stein reported last week that the Obama administration is preparing to release a series of reforms in the near future.


According to the Daily Beast the changes will include:

– A national electronic system designed to make background checks for handgun buyers simpler and faster, leaving an electronic paper trail under a law named for Ronald Reagan’s press secretary James Brady, who was wounded in the 1981 assassination attempt.

– A new reporting requirement that federally licensed gun shops report any person who tries to buy two long-arm weapons near the Mexican border over a five-day period.

– Tougher sentencing guidelines for straw buyers that Holder’s department pushed through procedural hoops at the U.S. Sentencing Commission earlier this year.


In Arizona, Klein’s handgun has become a symbol of the gun control debate, and while she supports those who want the right to carry guns, she says it’s a personal choice that she isn’t forcing on anyone.

"I don’t like chocolate ice cream," she told the Arizona Republic. "Am I going to force you not to have any?"

Sen. Klein changing story; journo she pointed gun at sticks by his

By Dennis WelchThe Arizona Guardian

Sen. Lori Klein is changing her story, but the journalist she reportedly aimed her loaded gun at during an interview last month is sticking by his.

In a statement released to several media organizations Monday, the Republican lawmaker never denies intentionally pointing her .380 Rugar at a newspaper reporter.

That statement is different from an earlier version first released on a conservative-leaning political blog in which she blames the reporter or stepping in front of her handgun.

In that statement, Klein claimed she took the gun out of her purse because the reporter wanted to take pictures of it.

"The photographer, who was behind me at the time, asked me to show him the laser sight and I did so, turning it on and shining it on the wall in front of me (away from the photographer)," Klein wrote in a statement on the Sonoran Alliance website.

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Sen. Lori Klein open to possible felony charges

By Dennis Welch …The Arizona Guardian

Sen. Lori Klein could face possible felony charges for reportedly pointing a loaded gun at a reporter during a recent interview at the Capitol, according to at least one veteran criminal defense attorney.

Robert Kavanagh, a Chandler-based lawyer, said in most cases state law prohibits anyone from aiming a loaded weapon at someone..

"Generally speaking," Kavanagh said, "when a person points a gun at someone that’s considered an aggravated assault."

There are some circumstances in which he says a gun owner can legally take aim. For example, self-defnese or if there was a mutual agreement, Kavanagh said.

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State Sen Lori Klein points "cute" loaded gun at reporter’s chest

Posted: 11 Jul 2011 05:08 PM PDTby David Safier

This makes three Arizona GOP gun stories in as many days. First there was the "Shoot with the Sheriff" story. Then came Gosar staffer Blake Schritter’s tweets, which included this one: "The line at the post office is moving at a glacial pace. I’m ready to open fire with a handgun to get some damn service!”

Now it’s freshman state Senator Lori Klein, who, in fun, pointed her loaded gun at a reporter’s chest while they were sitting in a lounge in the Capitol.

According to the story in the Republic, it was two days after Giffords was shot, when Klein was packing a pink .380 Ruger at the Capitol. (Though this is clearly illegal, Senate President Russell "Rule of Law" Pearce says he exercises a Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy towards firearms in the Senate).

Klein wanted to show her gun off to the press while sitting in the lounge.

"Oh, it’s so cute," Klein said, as she unzipped the loaded Ruger from its carrying case to show a reporter and photographer. She was sitting on a leather couch in a lounge, just outside the Senate chamber.

She showed off the laser sighting by pointing the red beam at the reporter’s chest. The gun has no safety, she said, but there was no need to worry.

"I just didn’t have my hand on the trigger," she said.

Senator Klein, your cute little gun can kill people, especially at point blank range, especially when it’s aimed at someone’s chest. I’m assuming you’ve taken a gun safety course, though in Arizona, that’s a questionable assumption. My understanding is, in those classes you are taught to always act as if your gun is loaded and will go off. You are never, ever to point a gun at anything unless you plan to shoot.

I have read too many tragic stories in the news about people who didn’t know the gun was loaded, who didn’t mean to pull the trigger, who were sure their finger wasn’t on the trigger, and on and on.

Legislator denies pointing loaded gun at reporter
07-11-2011  •  Arizona Republic
An article about a state senator who aimed her loaded handgun at a reporter’s chest in the course of an interview about gun laws has sparked national attention and highlighted debate about gun safety. Sen. Lori Klein, R-Anthem, trained the laser  

… Current Arizona political system protects its own … just ask Russell Pearce … Jan Brewer … Joe Arpaio … “freeway-brawler” Az State Senator Scott Bundgaard …

Don’t hold your breath … Arizona remains steadfast linked to its wild west roots … Shoot first ask questions later … if they live that is …


…America’s CIA and ETHICS an absolute oxymoron…!


…America’s CIA and ETHICS

an absolute oxymoron…!

It can now be revealed that through a secret CIA program, the U.S. government ran fake vaccination schemes in Pakistan in order to harvest DNA from innocent civilians, in complete violation of medical ethics and international law.

It was all part of an effort to "get Bin Laden" by tracking him down through his genetic relatives. Read more in this astonishing report:


Murdoch … just ain’t going to happen


…Thank You for the disclosure … but … I’ll hold any bet anyone wants to place on whether the USA actually takes anything anyone can even remotely label as “threatening” against Rupert Murdoch … just ain’t going to happen … he’s in the good-ole-boys-club … got it …

Rupertgate scandal grows exponentially, may threaten News Corp.


Posted: 11 Jul 2011 03:41 PM PDT  Posted by AzBlueMeanie:

Some of the headlines from Britain and the U.S. today show that the Rupertgate scandal is growing exponentially and has expanded to the U.S. Legal liability could threaten News Corp. It looks as if the "Watergate" media feeding frenzy has begun. I’ll try to do a quick summary.

Britain’s Daily Mirror newspaper reported on Monday that News of the World journalists had offered to pay a New York police officer to retrieve the private phone records of victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks. NOTW reporters tried to access 9/11 phone data: report | Reuters.

The Guardian and Independent newspapers reported on their websites earlier on Monday that journalists from Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers repeatedly tried to hack into Brown’s voicemails when he was finance minister and prime minister. The Guardian said News International reporters had repeatedly targeted Brown, trying to access his voicemail and obtaining information from his bank account, his legal file and his family’s medical records. Ex-UK PM Brown may have been phone hacking victim | Reuters. It also said Brown’s London lawyers had been tricked into handing over details from his file by a conman who, it said, worked for the Sunday Times. In addition, and perhaps most damaging, a Guardian investigation found that details from Brown’s infant son’s medical records may have been obtained by the mass-market Sun.

Rupert Murdoch and the British government tried to draw the financial and political sting from a newspaper phone-hacking scandal by referring his $14-billion media takeover to regulators, even as police said former prime minister Gordon Brown appeared to have been a hacking target. By referring News Corp’s bid for the highly profitable pay-tv operator BSkyB to a lengthy competition probe, the government hoped to shield it from a tide of outrage over allegations that News of the World reporters accessed the voicemails of murder and bomb victims, among others. Murdoch delays BSkyB bid; Brown a hacking target | Reuters. Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron has come under fire for his closeness to Murdoch’s media empire; he is a friend of Rebekah Brooks, the News International chief executive who was editor at the News of the World during much of the alleged hacking; and he chose another former News of the World editor, Andy Coulson, as his communications chief. . . Other allegations emerged on Monday that News of the World had bought contact details for the British royal family from a policeman and tried to buy private phone records of victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks in the United States. Police declined comment. . . Piling the pressure on Murdoch, who flew to London on Sunday to limit damage to his media empire, U.S. News Corp shareholders suing over the purchase of a business run by Murdoch’s daughter filed a revised complaint, saying the British phone hacking scandal reflected how the company’s board fails to do its job.

A powerful group of News Corp’s shareholders have accused Rupert Murdoch of "egregious" behaviour and treating his media empire like a "family candy jar." The shareholder group, which includes banks and pension funds, accused Murdoch of "rampant nepotism" and using News Corp resources for "his own personal and political objectives." News Corp shareholders attack Murdoch | The Guardian. The institutional shareholders, led by the Amalgamated Bank, said it was "inconceivable" that Murdoch would not have been aware of rampant phone hacking at the News of the World. "It is inconceivable that [James] Murdoch and his fellow board members would not have been aware of the illicit news gathering practices. And yet, the board took no real action to investigate the allegations until 7 July 2011, when Murdoch selected two of his co-directors to deal with the imbroglio," the shareholders said in a legal filing in Delaware, where News Corp is registered. "[They] show a culture run amuck within News Corp and a board that provides no effective review or oversight."

The quickly developing scandal has moved far beyond the now-defunct News of the World, with the U.K’s Guardian reporting that journalists from across the News International newspaper group, owned by NewsCorp, “repeatedly targeted” the liberal Brown for more than 10 years while he served as Chancellor of the Exchequer and then Prime Minister. Murdoch’s Company Improperly Targeted PM Gordon Brown, Could Face Criminal Prosecution In U.S. | ThinkProgress. Brown joins other members of his Labour Party, members of the royal family, victims of terrorism, murder, and their family members in being targeted with shady or allegedly illegal practices by the newspapers. Journalist Carl Bernstein, whose investigation into the Watergate break in helped bring down President Nixon, has dubbed the rapidly expanding scandal “Murdoch’s Watergate.”

But Murdoch may soon have bigger problems on his hands. Legal experts told the AP today that his company could face criminal prosecution in the U.S. for his U.K. papers’ alleged bribery of British police officers, which would be a violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). According to the the Department of Justice, “The FCPA prohibits payments made in order to assist the firm in obtaining or retaining business.” Thus the papers’ use of bribery to obtain information which helped sell newspapers could fall under the act’s purview. And even though the bribery occurred entirely in Britian, NewsCorp is an American company, incorporated in Delaware, and held accountable for its foreign subsidiary’s actions. Even if the corporation wasn’t directly involved in bribery, it could be found in violation of the law for turning a “blind eye.”

The legal experts told the AP they would be surprised if the Securities and Exchange Commission and the DoJ have not already opened investigations into the matter and said the decision to shutter News of the World was potentially an attempt to limit Murdoch and NewsCorp’s legal exposure.

NewsCorp is also the parent company of the Wall Street Journal and Fox News, which have largely ignored the scandal.

 Murdoch’s Company Improperly Targeted PM Gordon Brown, Could Face Criminal Prosecution In U.S. | ThinkProgress.

Shortly after Scotland Yard began its initial criminal inquiry of phone hacking by The News of the World in 2006, five senior police investigators discovered that their own mobile phone messages had been targeted by the tabloid and had most likely been listened to. The disclosure, based on interviews with former and current officials knowledgeable about the investigation, raises the question of whether senior criminal investigators had concerns that if they aggressively investigated The News of the World, they would be punished with splashy stories about their secrets, some of which were tabloid-ready. British Tabloid Targeted Investigators’ Phone Messages – NYTimes.com.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on Monday became the most senior official to publicly urge Rupert Murdoch to drop a $12 billion bid by his embattled News Corporation for Britain’s most lucrative satellite broadcast company, British Sky Broadcasting, as the government sought advice on possible regulatory proceedings. A Top British Leader Urges Murdoch to Drop TV Deal – NYTimes.com.

David Carr on media at the New York Times writes A Tabloid Shame, Exposed by Earnest Rivals – NYTimes.com. Logic and fairness would suggest that it was folly to concentrate so much power in the hands of someone who already controlled many national media assets. So where was the outrage? Well, check who owns the megaphone. The News Corporation has historically used its four newspapers — it also owns The Sun, The Times of London, and The Sunday Times — to shape and quash public debate, routinely helping to elect prime ministers with timely endorsements while punishing enemies at every turn. . . The global implications for the News Corporation are tougher to discern. Will the damage jump the pond and hurt the company’s American operations or just be seen as a Piccadilly sideshow?

In truth, a kind of British Spring is under way, now that the News Corporation’s tidy system of punishment and reward has crumbled. Members of Parliament, no longer fearful of retribution in Mr. Murdoch’s tabloids, are speaking their minds and giving voice to the anger of their constituents. Meanwhile, social media has roamed wild and free across the story, punching a hole in the tiny clubhouse that had been running the country. Democracy, aided by sunlight, has broken out in Britain.

Rupert Murdoch built an empire on sleazy journalism and political influence and corruption. Hopefully justice will finally catch up to this sleazebag and his family.


… ASTAXANTHIN … what is it …?.

  ASTAXANTHIN … what is it …?.

The Silent Inflammation That Afflicts 3 Out of 4 Americans

Posted By Dr. Mercola | July 12 2011  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/07/12/astaxanthin-the-antiinflammatory-nutrient.aspx


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

Carotenoids are the compounds in your foods that give you that vibrant cornucopia of color—from green grasses to red beets, to the spectacular yellows and oranges of bell peppers—as well as all of the beautiful flowers in your garden.

There are more than 700 naturally occurring carotenoids, but most people are familiar with only a few. Right now, you probably have about ten different carotenoids circulating through your bloodstream.

Only recently has one particular carotenoid jumped to the front of the line in terms of its status as a "supernutrient," becoming the focus of a large and growing number of peer-reviewed scientific studies.

This carotenoid is called natural astaxanthin.

Synthetic (laboratory-made) astaxanthin is now commonly used worldwide to supplement fish feed lots in order to help them obtain the desired pinkish to orange-red color. You really should avoid synthetic astaxanthin because it’s made from petrochemicals.

Not only does natural astaxanthin carry potent antioxidant abilities, but as it turns out, it is also a powerful anti-inflammatory, which will be the focus of this article. Other carotenoids are easily obtainable through a good diet rich in fresh organic produce. However, this powerful carotenoid is harder to come by.

Astaxanthin is in a League of its Own  Astaxanthin is produced only by the microalgae Haematoccous pluvialis when its water supply dries up, forcing it to protect itself from ultraviolet radiation. It’s the algae’s survival mechanism—Astaxanthin serves as a "force field" to protect the algae from lack of nutrition and/or intense sunlight.

There are only two main sources of astaxanthin—the microalgae that produce it, and the sea creatures that consume the algae (such as salmon, shellfish, and krill).

Astaxanthin is now thought to be the most powerful antioxidant found in nature.

This pigment is the most commonly occurring red carotenoid in marine and aquatic animals and is what gives salmon their characteristic pink color. Astaxanthin is leaps and bounds more powerful than beta-carotene, alpha-tocopherol, lycopene and lutein, other members of its chemical family. It exhibits VERY STRONG free radical scavenging activity and helps protect your cells, organs and body tissues from oxidative damage and inflammation.

What Makes Astaxanthin Special?  There are many properties that make this carotenoid unique. Here are the main differences:

·         Astaxanthin is by far the most powerful carotenoid antioxidant when it comes to free radical scavenging: astaxanthin is 65 times more powerful than vitamin C, 54 times more powerful than beta-carotene, and 14 times more powerful than vitamin E.

·         Astaxanthin is far more effective than other carotenoids at "singlet oxygen quenching," which is a particular type of oxidation. The damaging effects of sunlight and various organic materials are caused by this less-stable form of oxygen. Astaxanthin is 550 times more powerful than vitamin E and 11 times more powerful than beta-carotene at neutralizing singlet oxygen.

·         Astaxanthin crosses the blood-brain barrier AND the blood-retinal barrier (beta carotene and lycopene do not), which brings antioxidant and anti-inflammatory protection to your eyes, brain and central nervous system and reducing your risk for cataracts, macular degeneration, blindness, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

·         Astaxanthin is soluble in lipids, so it incorporates into cell membranes.

·         It’s a potent UVB absorber and reduces DNA damage.

·         It’s a very potent natural anti-inflammatory.

And how about some more great news?

There have been no adverse reactions found for people taking astaxanthin. Before I go into how astaxanthin works as an anti-inflammatory, let’s review what inflammation is and how it can cause devastating disease.

What You Need to Know About Inflammation    Inflammation is actually a necessary and important biological process that allows you to survive. It’s your body’s response to fighting infection and repairing damaged tissues—in other words, it’s part of your natural healing process. If you didn’t have inflammation, you’d never heal from any infection or injury.

When a foreign bacterium or virus enters your body, your inflammatory body kicks in to eliminate it. If you sprain your ankle, your inflammatory system activates to begin repairing damaged tissues.

There are five classic signs and symptoms of inflammation:

1.   Redness

2.   Pain

3.   Warmth

4.   Swelling

5.   Loss of function

Even sunburn is a sign of inflammation—when UV rays begin to damage your skin cells, the inflammatory "machine" turns on, making your skin red and warm. Mast cells are the key initiators of inflammation, activating potent "mediators." The mediators attract white blood cells, and activate cells that produce additional mediators.

Mediators come in many forms, including:

·         Histamines

·         Tumor necrosis factor-alpha

·         Nitric oxide

·         Hydrogen peroxide

·         Interleukins

·         Prostaglandins (produced from arachidonic acid and the COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes)

Although having a red, swollen and painful sprained ankle is a clear sign you are experiencing inflammation, you may have an undercurrent of inflammation in your body and not even be aware. And silence can be deadly.

Chronic Inflammation: Silence is Deadly …Inflammation comes and goes in your body as part of the normal healing process. However, prolonged inflammation can be devastating. Many people are experiencing ongoing, low-level inflammation without even knowing it—and this is a crucial factor behind chronic disease.

This systemic or "silent" inflammation is the evil twin of oxidation, and where you find one, you nearly always find the other. But this type of inflammation doesn’t cause you any pain—it lives "under the radar," quietly lingering for years and even decades, where it silently injures your heart, brain and immune system.

Left unchecked, systemic inflammation can lead to anything from asthma to rheumatoid arthritis to Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, the number of diseases linked to chronic inflammation is staggering:

·         Heart disease, atherosclerosis and stroke

·         Diabetes

·         Alzheimer’s disease

·         Parkinson’s disease

·         Multiple sclerosis

·         Rheumatoid arthritis

·         Ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and colon cancer

·         Allergies

There are many, many more. Unfortunately, Americans have the highest levels of silent inflammation in the world, with over 75 percent of people afflicted.

Why?    Two words: diet and lifestyle. Some of the largest contributors to chronic inflammation are smoking; a diet high in sugar, fried foods and trans fats; inadequate exercise; stress; and vitamin D deficiency. There are a couple of ways to measure how much inflammation is silently occurring in your body.

One blood test measures a substance called C-reactive protein (CRP), which might actually be a better predictor of your heart attack risk than lipids. Another test is called Sed Rate (or ESR for "erythrocyte sedimentation rate"), which is especially helpful in monitoring rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases.

CRP is produced in your liver and coronary arteries, then released into your bloodstream when your body is fighting inflammation. Inone study, natural astaxanthin was found to reduce CRP levels by 20 percent in just eight weeks. Another study found astaxanthin caused 43 percent of people with high CRP levels to drop into the average-risk range.

Clearly, this powerful agent has a remarkable ability to cool down the inflammatory process, thereby decreasing your body’s need to produce CRP.

By decreasing inflammation, astaxanthin can help prevent, and treat, a number of problems that result directly from inflammation, including rheumatoid arthritis, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive stress injuries, which I will talk more about shortly.

Anti-Inflammatory Drugs are Definitely NOT the Answer

Anti-inflammatories have gotten a bad reputation. This is due to the fact that most of the compounds people commonly recognize as anti-inflammatories are DRUGS, rather than natural agents. Natural anti-inflammatories, on the other hand, can be very beneficial and lack the adverse side effects of anti-inflammatory drugs.

As a quick review, let’s review the truth about some anti-inflammatory drugs:

·         Aspirin can cause your stomach to bleed (acts on both COX-1 and COX-2)

·         Tylenol (acetaminophen) can damage your liver

·         Vioxx and Celebrex (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, or NSAIDS) can cause heart problems (act strongly on COX-2 only)

In 1999, the New England Journal of Medicine stated that NSAIDS have caused as many deaths as AIDS. Vioxx alone has killed more than 60,000 people! I urge you to avoid these dangerous anti-inflammatory drugs since they have the potential to cause very serious side effects and even death. But astaxanthin is a different story and will not harm you.

Astaxanthin affects a wide range of mediators, but in a gentler, less concentrated manner and without the negative side effects. And it works for a high percentage of people. In one study, more than 80 percent of arthritis sufferers improved with astaxanthin.

Folks, that is four out of five people, that is impressive.

How Astaxanthin Tells Your Inflammation to "Chill"

A great deal of research has been done into how astaxanthin reduces inflammation. As is true for many antioxidants, its anti-inflammatory properties are related to its powerful antioxidant activity.

Astaxanthin suppresses a variety of inflammatory mediators—including tumor necrosis factor alpha, a major prostaglandin and a major interleukin, nitric oxide, COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes. It takes longer to produce effects than NSAIDS, but this means it doesn’t result in the dangerous side effects.

As G. Cole, UCLA Professor of Medicine and Neurology, reported to Newsweek Magazine in a Special Summer Issue in 2005 (pages 26-28):

"While anti-inflammatory drugs usually block a single target molecule and reduce its activity dramatically, natural anti-inflammatories gently tweak a broader range of inflammatory compounds. You’ll get greater safety and efficacy reducing five inflammatory mediators by 30 percent than by reducing one by 100 percent."

So, what sorts of conditions can astaxanthin treat?

Astaxanthin May Help You be an Athlete Extraordinaire or Weekend Warrior

The evidence is very positive for astaxanthin’s effects on a variety of inflammatory disorders. Let’s take a look at the human clinical studies related to four common inflammatory complaints: tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, rheumatoid arthritis, and exercise-related joint soreness.

1.   Tennis elbow (tendonitis): Caused by inflamed tendons, tennis elbow results in pain and decreased grip strength when gripping something with your hand. 

A study by the Health Research and Studies Center involved giving tennis elbow sufferers an eight-week course of astaxanthin. The treatment group showed a 93 percent improvement in grip strength, as well as decreased pain.

2.   Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), aka "repetitive stress injury": CTS is a debilitating disease of the wrist that manifests as numbness, pain, and even paralysis.

A study by the above group found eight weeks of astaxanthin supplementation resulted in significant pain reduction, both in terms of severity and duration, leaving researchers concluding that astaxanthin might be a viable alternative to surgery.

3.   Rheumatoid arthritis: RA is a painful and disfiguring autoimmune disorder.

After receiving astaxanthin for only eight weeks, RA sufferers showed a 35 percent improvement in pain levels, as well as a 40 percent improvement in their ability to perform daily activities. [Journal of the American College of Nutrition. 21(5):Oct, 2002.]

4.   Post-exercise joint soreness: Can astaxanthin be of benefit to you if you are healthy and have no disease or affliction?

In 2001, Dr. Andrew Fry of the University of Memphis studied the effects of astaxanthin on healthy people who trained with weights and who would typically experience exercise-induced joint soreness. He gave young male subjects astaxanthin for three weeks, while they performed strenuous workouts, and then evaluated them for knee pain.

The placebo group experienced post-training knee soreness, lasting up to 48 hours after their workouts. But the treatment group showed no increase whatsoever in knee joint soreness following workouts. [Fry, A. (2001) "Astaxanthin Clinical Trial for Delayed Onset Muscular Soreness." Human Performance Laboratories, The University of Memphis, Report 1, August 16, 2001.]

So it appears that this amazing nutrient can help you, whether you are a top athlete or a weekend warrior, whether you have mild overuse symptoms or a major inflammatory illness—it truly seems to have benefits for anyone and everyone!

Make Sure Your Astaxanthin is the Natural Variety from Marine Algae—NOT Synthetic

Some aquaculture companies are beginning to use natural astaxanthin instead of synthetic, even though it costs more, because it’s better for the health of the animals, and it’s far superior for pigmentation. Animals fed fish food with natural astaxanthin have higher survival rates, better growth rates, better immunity, fertility and reproduction. Unfortunately, synthetic astaxanthin still dominates the farmed salmon industry worldwide.

If your salmon label does not read "wild" or "naturally colored," you’re probably going to be eating a coloring agent somewhat closer to motor oil than antioxidant. Natural astaxanthin is more than 20 times stronger as an antioxidant than synthetic astaxanthin.

Wild salmon are 400 percent higher in astaxanthin than farmed salmon, and 100 percent of their pigment is natural astaxanthin, rather than synthetic. Plus, wild salmon have much higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids than the farmed version.

But even if you are successful in purchasing genuine wild salmon, there is the problem with high levels of mercury and other unwanted toxins, not to mention the skyrocketing prices.