SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

December 30, 2010

Slaying the GMO Dragon

Are you a GMO Dragon Slayer?

Are YOU a GMO Dragon Slayer?

You remember those heroic stories of dragon slayers where the hero was able to vanquish the beast by targeting the one vulnerable spot in its armor? Well, I believe that we are modern dragon slayers and our dragon is GMOs. I know we can vanquish the GMO dragon if we target its most vulnerable spot — consumer rejection.

The non-GMO movement is more fired up in the US than ever before. We have had unprecedented news coverage, high-profile court victories, thousands more products boasting non-GMO labels, and millions of people avoiding GMOs. The signs of a coming tipping point are here.

In January of 1999, GM advocates arrogantly predicted that within just five years they would replace 95% of the world’s commercial seeds with GMOs. But within four months, the tipping point of consumer rejection by Europeans was achieved, and the food companies there committed to stop using GM ingredients. 

Although this derailed their timetable, it hasn’t stopped the biotech industry from pursuing their ultimate goal — a takeover of the world’s food supply. As they’ve raced to push GMOs into more types of food, our movement has worked to fend off each new attempt, stopping GM rice, wheat, and eggplant; creating GM-free zones; winning court cases against GM alfalfa and sugar beets; kicking out GM bovine growth hormone from most dairies; and much more.

Now we’re at a critical crossroads in the US. The biotech industry is pushing hard to re-introduce GM alfalfa, to resuscitate GM sugar beets, and to feed us all GM fish. They are lobbying again to promote GM wheat and rice, and they have hundreds of other GM foods ready and waiting in laboratories. They want to put their plans of replacing nature back on track.

Someone overheard an executive at a recent biotech conference say, “The one person we really have to do something about is that Jeffrey Smith.”

Why would they be worried about little ol’ me? Because it’s not really me they’re concerned about, it’s us — and the tipping point against GMOs that we are going to collectively achieve.

We are preparing bold new dragon-slaying actions for 2011, but need your help.

Please invest in a non-GMO future.
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Our collective work to stop GMOs ultimately influences every person on earth, the entire ecosystem, and all future generations. We have a lot on the line.

Help us slay the GMO Dragon by donating at this important time.

Thank you for making your donation today!

Best wishes and Happy New Year!

Jeffrey Smith

December 29, 2010

BetterWorld Books (on sale)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jan Turner @ 1:18 am

(This is me kicking myself!  Got this email many days ago, but just got around to making a purchase today.  Expires soon. I have bought books from them several times.  For a bargain hunter – it can’t be beat.  You can read their particulars below, for now I just wanted to tell you that the prices are almost unbelievable and the shipping is free.  With a couple of million in stock, chances are good you can benefit.   Your time is short, so look it over soon.   They aren’t going away, it’s  just the special pricing I’m referring to.   Happy hunting    Jan)

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Swarming to Beekeeping

Filed under: We Love our Bees — Jan Turner @ 12:29 am
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A HONEY  OF A HOBBY

JOHN FLAVELL THE DAILY INDEPENDENT (ASHLAND, KY.)    Honeybees enter and leave the hive in an orderly manner through a slot door near ground level.

By Kristina Shevory      NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

As more city dwellers swarm to beekeeping, their efforts benefit the environment and the insects
By Kristina Shevory | NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

Mike Barrett doesn’t have much of a yard at his two-story row house in the Astoria neighborhood of the New York borough of Queens.  But that fact hasn’t kept him from his new hobby of beekeeping. He put the hive on his roof.  When fall harvest time arrived, he just tied ropes around each of the two honey-filled boxes in the hive and lowered them to the ground.

Then Barrett hauled the boxes to a commercial kitchen in the borough of Brooklyn. There, along with other members of the New York City Beekeeping club, he extracted his honey, eventually lugging home 40 pounds of the stuff.  He was happy with his successful harvest, but he also reaped something he didn’t expect.  “I was surprised how much I really care about the bees,” said Barrett, 49, a systems administrator for New York University   “You start to think about the ways to make their lives better.”

Until last spring, Barrett would have been breaking the law and risking a $2,000 fine for engaging in his sticky new hobby. But in March, New York made beekeeping legal, and in so doing it has joined a long list of other municipalities, from Denver and Milwaukee to Minneapolis and Salt Lake City, that have also lifted beekeeping bans during the past two years.    All central Ohio municipalities allow beekeeping — although some, such as Grandview Heights, require city approval, which is largely a formality, said Barry Conrad, the past president and current treasurer of the Central Ohio Beekeepers Association.      Conrad said the organization has members throughout central Ohio, including urban settings such as the Clintonville neighborhood and Bexley.

For 20 years, Barbara Bloetscher kept up to eight hives in her Eastland-area home without incident. She recently moved to Grand-view Heights and plans to move two of the hives with her in the spring. She doesn’t expect any problems there, either, even though each hive hosts an average of 50,000 bees.    “They are very docile, and only a third of them fly,” said Bloetscher, the state apiarist (bee specialist) for the Ohio Department of Agriculture.      Bloetscher knows a few tricks of urban beekeeping:

  • Position the hives so the bees’ spiral landing pattern doesn’t regularly cross into the neighbors’ yards;
  • place the hive behind a bush or other obstacle so the bees rise when they leave the hive;
  • keep plenty of water in the yard so they don’t fly off looking for a drink;
  • and make sure there are plenty of nearby crops — fruits, vegetables, flowering trees and wildflowers — for the bees to feed upon.

“The beekeeper needs to be responsible and conscientious,” Bloetscher said. “There are things the keeper needs to do to keep them from swarming.”    Nationwide, hives are being tucked into small backyards and set alongside driveways; even the White House has installed some.   Beekeeping classes are filling up quickly, and new beekeeping clubs are forming as established ones are reporting large jumps in membership.

At Barrett’s Queens club, membership has more than doubled — to about 900 — in the past year. The central Ohio association has grown from about 100 members a   few years ago to 350 today, Conrad said.    One force behind this rise of beekeeping is the growing desire for homegrown and organic food. Another is the urge to stem the worrisome decline in the nation’s bee population.

FRED SQUILLANTE DISPATCH    A purchased queen comes in a cage with attendants.

ERIC BRADY THE ROANOKE (VA.) TIMES    A beekeeper surveys a frame of honeycomb.

The number of bees has been falling since the end of World War II, when farmers stopped rotating crops with clover — a good pollen source for bees — and started using fertilizers. Pesticides and herbicides became common as well. In cities, native plants were ripped out in favor of exotics that aren’t good for bees.

Four years ago, honeybee colonies started mysteriously to die around the country — a problem called colony collapse disorder.    “We don’t know the primary cause, but we know the combination of poor nutrition, heavy pesticide use and bee diseases have put bees into a tailspin,” said Marla Spivak, an entomology professor at the   University of Minnesota and a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant for her work on honeybee health.    Whatever the cause of colony collapse disorder, “People want to feel that they are doing something to help,” said Dave Mendes, president of the American Beekeeping Federation in Atlanta. “Having a few beehives in your backyard can make you feel better.”

Helen Hoffelt of Clintonville has been keeping bees for five or six years, rotating them between her home and her sister’s place nearby.      She started keeping the bees in part because she wanted the wax to use in art installations. Now, though, she has grown so fond of the bees that she leaves the wax alone.    “I can’t even take all the honey from my bees,” she said.

But beekeeping is forbidden in many places.    Some of the bans arose   after World War II. Cities, seeking to eradicate any traces of agriculture within their limits to show they were full-fledged municipalities, forbade the raising of livestock, chickens and other creatures used in food production.

Another wave of prohibitions came 20 years ago with the arrival of “killer bees” from Mexico. Fortunately, the bees turned out not to be the threat that people feared. Nurturing flowers, fruits and vegetables is another factor in the rise in beekeeping, and it ranks high for Marygael Meister, who runs the Denver Beekeepers Association. In 2008, when Meister took a beekeeping class and set up two hives in her backyard in Denver, her goal was to help her more than 300 rosebushes thrive.      Meister said she had initially called the city information line and had been told it was legal to keep bees. The information was incorrect, and she received a cease-and-desist order when a neighbor complained about her hives. But instead of giving up, Meister decided to fight.

“I really enjoyed my bees, and it was not like I was keeping a mountain lion in my backyard,” Meister said. “It was absurd to me that the city was perpetuating the idea that Denver is so green and we’re not.”    Meister spent the next five months urging city officials to legalize beekeeping. In November 2008,   the Denver City Council did so, and shortly thereafter Meister started the city’s first beekeeping club.    But legalization doesn’t give beekeepers free rein. Cities often impose conditions on beekeepers — an annual fee, a permit, a minimum required distance between hives and nearby structures.

The city of Minneapolis, which legalized beekeeping last year, has set particularly stringent restrictions. Besides paying a $100 annual fee per hive, beekeepers there must obtain signed permission from all the neighbors within a 100-foot radius of the hives and, for neighbors within a 300-foot radius, they need 80 percent of the signatures.      For Jacquelynn Goessling, getting her neighbors to sign off on her hives was hardly a problem. People in her Minneapolis neighborhood of Kingfield were so supportive that some wanted to host one of her hives in their own yards, or to help by planting their gardens with the kinds of flowers preferred by bees.    “Power to the bees” became a rallying cry for many of her friends. A year later, she has 12 hives citywide.

Max Wong, a Los Angeles beekeeper, hopes to wield some of the same political techniques in a legalization push in her city. Beekeeping rules there are a patchwork, with the hobby legal on one side of a street and illegal on the other.    “We’re in trouble and the bees are in trouble,” said Wong, 42, a member of the Backwards Beekeepers   club. “We need to do something.”    Wong, a film producer who started keeping bees a year ago, wants to legalize bees not just to help out hobbyists such as herself, but to help feed and employ others. She sees bees as the best way to increase vegetable pollination in community gardens and thinks that some people, such as a few members of her club, could even become professional beekeepers.    But — like Barrett from Queens and other new beekeepers — Wong is developing a close relationship with her bees, and she wants to ensure that others can enjoy the hobby as   much as she does.    “It’s like having 35,000 pets,” Wong said. “I’m hyperactive, so anything that shuts down my brain is a good thing. When I’m working at a hive, I’m quiet and meditative.”    Dispatch Reporter Jim Weiker contributed to this story.

MARIA STENZEL NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY    Beekeepers such as these in California wear veils and protective gear as they transfer bees from strong hives to weaker ones.

To learn more

Those interested in learning how to keep bees can enroll in the bee school sponsored by the Central Ohio Beekeepers Association.    The association will hold two classes, each consisting of four sessions.    One class will take place at Ohio State University’s Waterman Farm from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on four consecutive   Tuesdays beginning Feb. 8.    The other class will be held at the Franklin Park Conservatory from 6:30 to 9 p.m. the first four Wednesdays in March.    Classes cost $50, which includes textbooks and a year’s membership in the beekeepers association.    To enroll or for additional details, call 614-837-3899 or visit  www.centralohio    beekeepers.org  .

December 27, 2010

Amsterdam’s Wintry Scene

Filed under: Blustery winter scene — Jan Turner @ 2:41 pm
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Wintry scene

Snow covers bicycles on a bridge in Amsterdam’s city center as most schools in the Netherlands closed their doors for two   weeks for the Christmas holiday. Heavy snowfall disrupted air travel across western Europe yesterday, forcing more than 800 flight cancellations and leading to major delays in Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

PETER DEJONG ASSOCIATED PRESS

(This is a REALLY cool shot. . .brrr – don’t you love it?     I do – big time.  Just wanted to share.  Hope everyone is enjoying the frosty weather.    Carry on, no story here – – hey, why don’t you come up with your own story?   Good idea?     Write it any way you want – YOU are the creator!          Jan)

Utah Landmark burns

Filed under: LDS Tabernacle in Provo burns — Jan Turner @ 12:57 am
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COLUMBUS DISPATCH,  December 18, 2010

Utah landmark

The LDS Tabernacle in Provo, Utah, is ablaze as firefighters battle hot spots. The cause of the fire that began the night   before last is unknown. The fire collapsed the roof and damaged the walls, gables and spires of the 19th century landmark of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

JEFFREY D. ALLRED DESERET NEWS (SALT LAKE CITY)

(This happened on the 18th of December (I think), and to me, it is so tragic. . .I didn’t really want to run it because it is very upsetting.  In retrospect, I’m sorry I didn’t as we could ALL have sent them good wishes and a prayer or two for their recovery.

This is a very “old” Landmark building with so much history.   I am reminded “what doesn’t destroy us, makes us stronger”  Let us hope this is so.          Jan)

December 25, 2010

Brain help with Coconut Oil

(Dr Mercola’s post in his newsletter of December 13, 2010 has a hugely interesting and important message regarding the use of Coconut Oil in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.  The subject is well covered and scientifically addressed by Dr. Mary Newport in her efforts to help her own husband who has been afflicted with this disease.   She was endeavoring to get him into clinical trials, but he was unable to gain entry due to his advanced stage.  Determined, she pursued with Coconut Oil and by upping the daily dosage to 4 Tablespoons daily, was rewarded to learn that the reputed advantage of this oil was  in fact, valid.   Overjoyed, he improved so much that he was allowed into the trials.   This is very encouraging news indeed.  Please go to Dr Mercola’s site and watch and listen to this specific post.  It is very large, so I have only excerpted it here.

I have used this for years as it is versatile and delicious with many known advantages.    Jan.)

“Brain Starvation” is a Hallmark of Alzheimer’s Disease

One of the primary fuels your brain needs is glucose, which is converted into energy.

The mechanism for glucose uptake in your brain has only recently begun to be studied, and what has been learned is that your brain actually manufactures its own insulin to convert glucose in your blood stream into the food it needs to survive.

As you may already know, diabetes is the condition where your body’s response to insulin is weakened until your body eventually stops producing the insulin necessary to regulate blood sugar, and your body’s ability to regulate (or process) blood sugar into energy becomes essentially broken.

Now, when your brain’s production of insulin decreases, your brain literally begins to starve, as it’s deprived of the glucose-converted energy it needs to function normally.    This is what happens to Alzheimer’s patients — portions of their brain start to atrophy, or starve, leading to impaired functioning and eventual loss of memory, speech, movement and personality.

In effect, your brain can begin to atrophy from starvation if it becomes insulin resistant and loses its ability to convert glucose into energy.    It is now also known that diabetics have a 65 percent increased risk of also being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and there appears to be a potent link between the two diseases, even though the exact mechanisms have yet to be determined.     It seems quite clear however that both are related to insulin resistance – in your body, and in your brain.

Alternate Brain Food Can Stop Brain Atrophy in its Tracks

Fortunately, your brain is able to run on more than one type of energy supply, and this is where coconut oil enters the picture.

There’s another substance that can feed your brain and prevent brain atrophy. It may even restore and renew neuron and nerve function in your brain after damage has set in.    The substance in question is called ketone bodies, or ketoacids.

Ketones are what your body produces when it converts fat (as opposed to glucose) into energy. And a primary source of ketone bodies are the medium chain triglycerides (MCT) found in coconut oil!    Coconut oil contains about 66 percent MCTs.    The benefits of ketone bodies may also extend to a number of other health conditions, according to Dr. Newport:

“Further, this is a potential treatment for Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis and amyotrophic lateral sclero­sis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease), drug resistant epilepsy, brittle type I diabetes, and diabetes type II, where there is insulin resistance.

Ketone bodies may help the brain recover after a loss of oxygen in newborns through adults, may help the heart re­cover after an acute attack, and may shrink cancer­ous tumors.”

Medium chain triglycerides (MCT) are fats that are not processed by your body in the same manner as long chain triglycerides. Normally, a fat taken into your body must be mixed with bile released from your gallbladder before it can be broken down in your digestive system.

But medium chain triglycerides go directly to your liver, which naturally converts the oil into ketones, bypassing the bile entirely. Your liver then immediately releases the ketones into your bloodstream where they are transported to your brain to be used as fuel.

In fact, ketones appear to be the preferred source of brain food in patients affected by diabetes or Alzheimer’s.

“In Alzheimer’s disease, the neurons in certain areas of the brain are un­able to take in glucose due to insulin resistance and slowly die off, a process that appears to happen one or more decades before the symptoms become apparent,” Dr. Newport states in her article.

“If these cells had access to ketone bod­ies, they could potentially stay alive and continue to function.”

The Ketonic Diet – Why Avoiding Grains Also Protects against Neurodegeneration

Another way to increase ketone production in your body is by restricting carbohydrates.

This is what happens when you go on a high fat, high protein, low carbohydrate diet: Your body begins to run on fats instead of carbohydrates, and the name for this is ketosis.

This is also why you don’t starve to death when you restrict food for weeks at a time, because your body is able to convert stored fat into ketones that are used as fuel instead of glucose.

Consuming medium chain triglycerides such as coconut oil is a better option, however, because the ketones produced by ketosis are not concentrated in your bloodstream, but are instead mostly excreted in your urine.

(Dr Mercola goes on to explain why, what and how this happens. . . .the parts he has recommendations on and a few cautions as well.    This is well worth your time. )

Comeback Kid 2

Filed under: Barack Obama — Jan Turner @ 1:25 am
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Obama’s comeback was even more impressive than Clinton’s

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER

If Barack Obama wins re-election in 2012, as is now more likely than not, historians will mark his comeback as beginning on Dec. 6, the day of the Great Tax Cut Deal of 2010.

Obama had a   bad November. Self-confessedly shellacked in the midterm election, he fled the scene to Asia and various unsuccessful meetings, only to return to a sad-sack lame-duck Congress with ghostly dozens of defeated Democrats   wandering the halls.    Now, with his stunning tax deal, Obama is back. Holding no high cards, he nonetheless managed to resurface suddenly not just as a player but as orchestrator, deal-maker and central actor in a high  $1 trillion drama.

Compare this with Bill Clinton, greatest of all comeback kids, who, at a news conference a full five months after his shellacking in 1994, was reduced to plaintively protesting that “the president is relevant here.” He had been so humiliatingly sidelined that he did not really recover until late 1995 when he outmaneuvered Newt Gingrich in the government-shutdown showdown.

Remember the question after Election Day: Can Obama move to the center to win back the independents who had abandoned the party in November? And if so, how long would it take? Answer: Five weeks. An indoor record.    Obama’s repositioning to the center was first symbolized by his joint appearance with Clinton, the quintessential centrist Democrat, and followed days later by the overwhelming 81-19 Senate majority that supported the deal. That bipartisan   margin will go a long way toward erasing the partisan stigma of Obama’s first two years, marked by Stimulus I that passed without a single House Republican and a health-care bill that garnered no congressional Republicans at all.

Despite this, some on the right are gloating that Obama had been maneuvered into forfeiting his liberal base. Nonsense. He will never lose his base. Where do they go? Liberals will never have a president as ideologically kindred — and they know it. For the left, Obama is as good as it gets in a country that is barely 20 percent liberal.

The conservative gloaters were simply fooled again by the flapping and squawking that liberals ritually engage in before folding at Obama’s feet. House liberals did it with Obamacare; they did it with the tax deal.    And Obama pulled this off at his lowest political ebb. After the shambles of the election and with no  bargaining power — the Republicans could have gotten everything they wanted on the Bush tax cuts retroactively in January without fear of an Obama veto — he walks away with what even Paul Ryan admits was $313 billion in superfluous spending.    Including a $6 billion subsidy for ethanol. Why, just a few weeks ago Al Gore, the Earth King, finally confessed that ethanol subsidies were a mistake. There is not a single economic or environmental rationale left for this boondoggle that has induced American farmers to dedicate an amazing 40 percent of the U.S. corn crop — for burning! And the Republicans have just revived it.

Even as they were near unanimously voting for this monstrosity, Republicans began righteously protesting $8.3 billion of earmarks in Harry Reid’s omnibus spending bill. They seem not to understand how ridiculous this looks after having agreed to a Stimulus II that even by their own generous reckoning has 38 times as much spending as all these earmarks combined.

The greatest mistake Ronald Reagan’s opponents ever made — and they made it over and over again — was to underestimate him. Same with Obama. The difference is that Reagan was so deeply self-assured that he invited underestimation — low expectations are a priceless political asset — whereas Obama’s vanity makes him always needing to appear the smartest guy in the room. Hence that display of prickliness in his disastrous post-deal news conference.    But don’t be fooled by defensive style or thin-skinned temperament. The president is a very smart man. How smart? His comeback is already a year ahead of Clinton’s.

Charles Krauthammer writes for the Washington Post Writers Group.  letters@charleskrauthammer.com

December 23, 2010

Can’t “co-exist” with Monsanto

Filed under: GE and GMO's - Hell NO!,Organic Consumers Assoc — Jan Turner @ 6:10 pm
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USDA Recommends “Coexistence” with Monsanto: We Say Hell No! by Ronnie Cummins

“If you put a label on genetically engineered food you might as well put a skull and crossbones on it.” – Norman Braksick, president of Asgrow Seed Co., a subsidiary of Monsanto, quoted in the Kansas City Star, March 7, 1994

“Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA’s job.” – Phil Angell, Monsanto’s director of corporate communications, quoted in the New York Times, October 25, 1998

After 16 years of non-stop biotech bullying and force-feeding Genetically Engineered or Modified (GE or GM) crops to farm animals and “Frankenfoods” to unwitting consumers, Monsanto has a big problem, or rather several big problems. A growing number of published scientific studies indicate that GE foods pose serious human health threats.  The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) recently stated that “Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food,” including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. The AAEM advises consumers to avoid GM foods. Before the FDA arbitrarily decided to allow Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) into food products in 1994, FDA scientists had repeatedly warned that GM foods can set off serious, hard-to-detect side effects, including allergies, toxins, new diseases, and nutritional problems. They urged long-term safety studies, but were ignored. http://www.responsibletechnology.org

Federal judges are finally starting to acknowledge what organic farmers and consumers have said all along: uncontrollable and unpredictable GMO crops such as alfalfa and sugar beets spread their mutant genes onto organic farms and into non-GMO varieties and plant relatives, and should be halted.  http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_22173.cfm

An appeals court recently ruled that consumers have the right to know whether the dairy products they are purchasing are derived from cows injected with Monsanto’s (now Elanco’s) controversial recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH), linked to serious animal health problems and increased cancer risk for humans.

Monsanto’s Roundup, the agro-toxic companion herbicide for millions of acres of GM soybeans, corn, cotton, alfalfa, canola, and sugar beets, is losing market share. Its overuse has spawned a new generation of superweeds that can only be killed with super-toxic herbicides such as 2,4, D and paraquat. Moreover, patented “Roundup Ready” crops require massive amounts of climate destabilizing nitrate fertilizer. Compounding Monsanto’s damage to the environment and climate, rampant Roundup use is literally killing the soil, destroying essential soil microorganisms, degrading the living soil’s ability to capture and sequester CO2, and spreading deadly plant diseases. http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_21039.cfm

In just one year, Monsanto has moved from being Forbes’ “Company of the Year” to the Worst Stock of the Year. The Biotech Bully of St. Louis has become one of the most hated corporations on Earth. http://www.organicconsumers.org/monlink.cfm

Monsanto and their agro-toxic allies are now turning to Obama’s pro-biotech USDA for assistance. They want the organic community to stop suing them and boycotting their products. They want food activists and the OCA to mute our criticisms and stop tarnishing the image of their brands, their seeds, and companies. They want us to resign ourselves to the fact that one-third of U.S. croplands, and one-tenth of global cultivated acreage, are already contaminated with GMOs. That’s why Monsanto recently hired the notorious mercenary firm, Blackwater, to spy on us. That’s why Monsanto has teamed up with the Gates Foundation to bribe government officials and scientists and spread GMOs throughout Africa and the developing world.  That’s why the biotech bullies and the Farm Bureau have joined hands with the Obama Administration to preach their new doctrine of “coexistence.”

“Coexistence” or Cooptation?

The Agriculture Department is dutifully drafting a comprehensive “coexistence policy” that supposedly will diffuse tensions between conventional (chemical but non-GMO), biotech, and organic farmers. Earlier this week industry and Administration officials met in Washington, D.C. to talk about coexistence. Even though the Organic Consumers Association tried to get into the meeting, we were told we weren’t welcome. The powers that be claim that the OCA doesn’t meet their criteria of being “stakeholders.” The unifying theme in these closed-door meetings is apparently that Monsanto and the other biotech companies will set aside a “compensation” fund to reimburse organic farmers whose crops or fields get contaminated. That way we’ll all be happy. Monsanto, Bayer, Syngenta, Dow, and Dupont will continue planting their hazardous crops and force-feeding animals and consumers with GMOs. Organic farmers and companies willing to cooperate will get a little compensation or “hush money.” But of course our response to Monsanto and the USDA’s plan, as you might have guessed, is hell no!

There can be no such thing as “coexistence” with a reckless and monopolistic industry that harms human health, destroys biodiversity, damages the environment, tortures and poisons animals, destabilizes the climate, and economically devastates the world’s 1.5 billion seed-saving small farmers.  Enough talk of coexistence. We need a new regime that empowers consumers, small farmers, and the organic community. We need a new set of rules, based on “truth-in-labeling” and the “precautionary principle” – consumer and farmer-friendly regulations that are basically already in place in the European Union – so that “we the people” can regain control over Monsanto, indentured politicians, and the presently out-of-control technology of genetic engineering.

Truth-in-Labeling: Monsanto and the Biotech Industry’s Greatest Fear

In practical terms coexistence between GMOs and organics in the European Union, the largest agricultural market in the world, is a non-issue. Why? Because there are almost no GMO crops under cultivation, nor consumer food products on supermarket shelves, in the EU, period. And why is this? There are almost no GMOs in Europe, because under EU law, as demanded by consumers, all foods containing GMOs or GMO ingredients must be labeled. Consumers have the freedom to choose or not to consume GMOs, while farmers, food processors, and retailers have (at least legally) the right to lace foods with GMOs, as long as they are labeled. Of course consumers, for the most part, do not want to consume GM Frankenfoods. European farmers and food companies, even junk food purveyors like McDonald’s and Wal-Mart, understand quite well the axiom expressed by the Monsanto executive at the beginning of this article: “If you put a label on genetically engineered food you might as well put a skull and crossbones on it.”

The biotech industry and Food Inc. are acutely aware of the fact that North American consumers, like their European counterparts, are wary and suspicious of GMO foods. Even without a PhD, consumers understand you don’t want to be part of an involuntary food safety experiment. You don’t want your food safety or environmental sustainability decisions to be made by profit-at-any-cost chemical companies like Monsanto, Dow, or Dupont-the same people who brought you toxic pesticides, Agent Orange, PCBs, and now global warming. Industry leaders are acutely aware of the fact that every single industry or government poll over the last 16 years has shown that 85-95% of American consumers want mandatory labels on GMO foods. Why? So that we can avoid buying them. GMO foods have absolutely no benefits for consumers or the environment, only hazards. This is why Monsanto and their friends in the Bush, Clinton, and Obama administrations have prevented consumer GMO truth-in-labeling laws from getting a public discussion in Congress, much less allowing such legislation to be put up for a vote. Obama (and Hilary Clinton) campaign operatives in 2008 claimed that Obama supported mandatory labels for GMOs, but we haven’t heard a word from the White House on this topic since Inauguration Day.

Although Congressman Dennis Kucinich (Democrat, Ohio) introduces a bill in every Congress calling for mandatory labeling and safety testing for GMOs, don’t hold your breath for Congress to take a stand for truth-in-labeling and consumers’ right to know what’s in their food. Especially since the 2010 Supreme Court decision in the so-called “Citizens United” case gave big corporations and billionaires the right to spend unlimited amounts of money (and remain anonymous, as they do so) to buy elections, our chances of passing federal GMO labeling laws against the wishes of Monsanto and Food Inc. are all but non-existent.

Therefore we need to shift our focus and go local. We’ve got to concentrate our forces where our leverage and power lie, in the marketplace, at the retail level; pressuring retail food stores to voluntarily label their products; while on the legislative front we must organize a broad coalition to pass mandatory GMO (and CAFO) labeling laws, at the city, county, and state levels.

Millions Against Monsanto: Launching a Nationwide Truth-in-Labeling Campaign, Starting with Local City Council Ordinances or Ballot Initiatives

Early in 2011 the Organic Consumers Association, joined by our consumer, farmer, environmental, and labor allies, plans to launch a nationwide campaign to stop Monsanto and the Biotech Bullies from force-feeding unlabeled GMOs to animals and humans. Utilizing scientific data, legal precedent, and consumer power the OCA and our local coalitions will educate and mobilize at the grassroots level to pressure retailers to implement “truth-in-labeling” practices; while simultaneously organizing a critical mass to pass mandatory local and state truth-in-labeling ordinances or ballot initiatives similar to labeling laws already in effect for country of origin, irradiated food, allergens, and carcinogens. If local government bodies refuse to take action, wherever possible we will gather petition signatures and place these truth-in-labeling initiatives directly on the ballot in 2011 or 2012. Stay tuned for details, but please send an email to: information@organicconsumers.org if you’re interesting in helping organize a truth-in-labeling campaign in your local community. Millions Against Monsanto. Power to the people! ___________________________________________________________________

Ronnie Cummins is the International Director of the Organic Consumers Association.

December 22, 2010

Increase safety w/username and PW

(This is such worthwhile information and needed by all of us, if we wish to stay whole.  I was fortunate when a credit card clued me in immediately when I was invaded  only recently.  We can never be too careful.  The advice here is good.  Jan)

Data breaches highlight password negligence

By Gregory Karp CHICAGO TRIBUNE

CHICAGO — Customer information collected by three companies, including such household names as McDonald’s Corp. and Walgreen Co., has been compromised in recent days.    The incidents highlight the issue of how vulnerable that information is, especially when consumers, overwhelmed with the number of online logins they need, use “dumb” passwords for their accounts, experts say.    Recent breaches contained such information as names and e-mail addresses. They did not involve crucial personal information, such as Social Security, bank account and credit-card numbers, the companies said.

In Walgreen’s case, medical prescription information was not stolen, the company said.    Last week, McDonald’s notified some customers that information they provided on the fast-food company’s website or in promotions “was improperly accessed by an unauthorized third party.” Information might have included name, mobile phone number, postal address and e-mail address. McDonald’s said it hired Arc Worldwide to coordinate its e-mail promotions. Arc, the marketing services arm of Chicago-based Leo Burnett, then hired another company to manage  the e-mail list. It was that company, which Arc and McDonald’s would not name, that sustained the breach.

Gawker Media, operator of numerous websites, said its registered users’ usernames and passwords were hacked on the weekend of Dec. 11. Though passwords were encrypted, they’re still vulnerable and should be changed, the company said. The danger comes if people used the same logins for a Gawker site as they do for all their accounts, including financial accounts. Gawker operates the websites Gawker, Gizmodo, Jalopnik, Jezebel, Kotaku, Lifehacker, Deadspin, io9 and Fleshbot. The Gawker breach led to spam postings using some victims’ Twitter accounts.

Walgreen on Friday said customers subscribing to the drugstore chain’s e-mail distribution list should be on the lookout for spam directing them to another site and then asking for personal data. That was because of “unauthorized access” to its e-mail list. Only e-mail addresses were compromised, not names, said a Walgreen spokesman, who declined to provide further details of the breach.

“The McDonald’s, Walgreens and Gawker incidents should be a wake-up call for everyone,” said Rob Fitzgerald, president of the Lorenzi Group, a digital forensics company.    Andrew Storms, director of security operations for nCircle, a network security and compliance auditing firm, said data breaches are on the rise. “Unfortunately, consumers don’t pay much attention   to breach disclosures, even for large brands, because there are so many of them,” he said.    In fact, 63 percent of organizations reported experiencing at least one security incident or breach during the past 12 months, according to the Global Information Security Trends study by the nonprofit trade group Computing Technology Industry Association.

“More troubling is the feeling that the severity level of breaches has increased over the last several years,” said Steven Ostrowski, spokesman for the association. “Attacks that in the past that may have been done for sport or notoriety are now being done more frequently with criminal intent or financial gain in mind.”    For consumers, one danger of stolen names and e-mail addresses is “phishing .” Thieves can create and send e-mails that look like they are from legitimate businesses, such as a bank, and contain your name, trying to trick you into divulging more personal information, which can be used for more-serious frauds.    Ultimately, the biggest problem is that people are too trusting and offer too much personal information, said Mike Meikle, chief executive of the Hawkthorne Group, a security consulting firm.  “The weakest link is the person using the device or piece of software,” he said. “It’s just about having a healthy skepticism. It’s kind of a sad situation, but you have to kind of give everyone the eye. It’s just the way it is.”

And so many people use the same or similar usernames and passwords for all   their accounts that they’re easy to hack, said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for information security firm Sophos and operator of the Naked Security blog.    “People choose dumb passwords, like ‘password’ or ‘letmein’ or the brand of monitor they’re looking at,” Cluley said. Instead, they should use a random password for each site, rather than words in the dictionary that are easily hacked.    Because it’s unwieldy to manage those, consumers should use password storage software. There are many examples, but free programs include LastPass and KeePass, he said.    “People really should be using those,” Cluley said. “And these organizations have to start learning their lessons as well. … It’s alarming that these organizations aren’t encrypting the data.”

Password tips

• Create safe passwords. Use strong passwords that aren’t real words. You might use a mnemonic device taking the first letter of a favorite phrase, lyric or poem, said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for information security firm Sophos. A Civil War buff might use the Gettysburg Address, “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth,” which becomes 4sa7yaofb4th.

• Use password keepers. Generate random passwords with software that remembers them for you. Read the privacy policies of any password    Source: Chicago Tribune   software you use.

• Don’t use an obvious pattern to your passwords. For example, if your Yahoo account password is “Yahoo,” and your Google account password is “Google,” then it follows that your Walgreens password might be “Walgreens,” said Andrew Storms, director of security operations for nCircle, a network security and compliance auditing firm.

• Don’t divulge your passwords.   E-mails appearing to be from companies requesting your password are probably fraudulent.

December 21, 2010

Mercola/Truth about Bones

(Well done Dr Mercola.  I have talked all around so many of these issues (including Sally Field), but you have masterfully put it all together in a beautiful, cohesive way.  No one could have put it better.  I thank you from me to you and on behalf of so many of my visitors here who may not subscribe to your newsworthy blog.  So timely – – thanks!    Jan)
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The “Calcium Lie” Every Woman Should Know About

Posted By Dr. Mercola | December 21 2010 | 58,147 views

by Dr. Mercola

osteoporosisOsteoporosis is a disease characterized by porous and fragile bones. It affects 44 million Americans, striking 1 in 3 women, and 1 in 5 men. Those with osteoporosis are at increased risk of height loss, fractures of the hips, wrists and vertebrae, and chronic pain.

If you’ve been led to believe that the key to preventing osteoporosis is increasing your calcium intake and starting on a regimen of pharmaceutical drugs, you’re not alone.

I’m here to lead you past all of the confusing and conflicting information about osteoporosis and down a safer, more effective road to preventing bone loss and osteoporosis.

Read on to learn the truth about osteoporosis and calcium deficiency, what vitamins can make a real difference, and the surprising connection between bone loss and Alzheimer’s disease.

The Truth about Osteoporosis and Calcium Deficiency

I’m sure you’ve heard that the cause of osteoporosis and the key to its prevention revolve around calcium, right?

Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth.

Dr. Robert Thompson, M.D., wrote an entire book on this subject called, The Calcium Lie, which explains that bone is comprised of at least a dozen minerals and the exclusive focus on calcium supplementation is likely to worsen bone density and increase your risk of developing osteoporosis!

As mentioned in this previous article, Dr. Thompson recommends the use of unprocessed salt as a far healthier alternative to calcium supplementation.

I recommend using Himalayan salt as it is an excellent way to feed your body the trace minerals it needs to function optimally.

Why Sally Field Could be Setting Herself Up for Osteoporosis with Boniva

If you’ve been prescribed an osteoporosis drug such as Fosamax, Actonel or Boniva, it is very important that you understand how these drugs work before putting them into your body.

Web MD describes biphosphonate drugs as:

“…antiresorptive medicines, which means they slow or stop the natural process that dissolves bone tissue, resulting in maintained or increased bone density and strength.”

I’m sorry to say, you’re only getting half the story here. Using these types of pharmaceutical drugs is the worst way to attempt to treat or prevent osteoporosis and I’ll tell you why.

Even though they will increase your bone density, these drugs are poison!

They work by killing off certain cells in your bones called osteoclasts. Osteoclasts destroy the bone as part of the natural bone regeneration process. Killing off these cells means you are left with only osteoblasts, which will increase bone density but not bone strength.

As a result, your bones lose their natural ability to build new bone and readjust to the constantly changing forces applied.

Now you have thicker bones with less strength, which actually increases your risk of bone fractures. Additionally, these drugs have been linked to some terrible side effects, including increased risk of ulcers and:

Another disturbing fact?

Fosomax is in the same chemical class (phosphonate) as the soap scum cleaner you use in your bathroom! I’m sorry to say, it isn’t surprising that the pharmaceutical companies have never put that little tidbit of information on your prescription drug label.

Steer Clear of Steroids

According to a study done at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, there is a strong link between osteoporosis and the use of steroids:

“High-dose cortisone is the second most common cause of osteoporosis, and we currently have no real treatment for this serious side effect,” says senior author Steven L. Teitelbaum, M.D., Messing Professor of Pathology and Immunology.

“Given how frequently these drugs are used to treat many different conditions, that’s a major clinical problem.”

The conclusion of the study revealed that although the steroid cortisone appears to inhibit the ability of osteoclasts to dismantle old bones in genetically normal mice, the inability of the skeletal structure to renew itself may cause bones to weaken dramatically from aging and stress.

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On the other hand there is one steroid hormone that will likely help build bone and that is progesterone. Many pre and post menopausal women are deficient in this important hormone.

Gluten Intolerance and Bone Loss

Is your stomach often upset?

Chronic gas, nausea, bloating, diarrhea, constipation and brain fog could all be signs of an undiagnosed gluten intolerance.

Gluten is a protein found in grains such as wheat, rye and barley. According to statistics from the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center, an average of one out of every 133 otherwise healthy people in the United States suffer from celiac disease (CD) but previous studies have found this number could be as high as 1 in 33 in at-risk populations.

Those with undiagnosed gluten intolerance often have malabsorption of nutrients due to chronic intestinal damage. This means that your body is unable to optimally take nutrients from food and distribute them throughout your body.

This malabsorption of nutrients can lead to osteoporosis.

If you often experience the above-mentioned symptoms, a gluten free diet may be the key you need to experience great health, perhaps for the first time in your life.

My book, The No Grain Diet, explains, in detail, the damaging health effects of sugars and grains, even to those who do not have a gluten intolerance.

Other Foods that Lead to Bone Loss

Processed and fast foods are the worst stuff you can put into your body. In order for your body to function optimally, it needs the type of balanced diet that I suggest in the next section.

Processed foods such as potato chips, french fries, microwaveable “meals”, soda and candy contain very little nutrients and are chock full of undigestible fats and dangerous additives such as high fructose corn syrup, aspartame and preservatives.

If you think switching from a mainly processed food diet to a healthy, nutritious one will be next to impossible, I’m here to tell you it’s easier than you think. In my previous article, I explain how to wean yourself off processed foods in 7 easy steps and how to give your body what it’s really craving.

When cooking, I advise you to avoid most all omega-6 based oils such as corn, safflower or soy oil. These oils are loaded with highly processed, damaged omega 6 fats, which contribute to inflammation in your body.

Instead, I recommend using healthful olive- and coconut oils. For more information, see my video on the health benefits of these oils.

Foods that Prevent Bone Loss

I recommend eating a wide variety of organic, preferably locally grown vegetables to get a proper balance of essential vitamins and minerals into your body. An easy way to increase the amount of vegetables in your diet is vegetable juicing.

It is a highly effective way to obtain the most potent nutrition and it’s easy for your body to digest and absorb.

Remember, it is important that you eat according to your nutritional type because the diet that works for one person may not work for another. Take a moment to take my FREE nutritional typing test to help determine your nutritional type, and the type of foods that are ideal for your personal biochemistry. We used to charge $29 to take this test but it was so important we decided to now offer it at no charge.

One important food that has been shown to help decrease bone loss and osteoporosis is onions. As I mentioned in my previous article, a study done on the effect of onions on laboratory rats proved promising.

Prevent Bone Loss with Appropriate Sunshine Exposure

The health benefits of vitamin D cannot be overstressed. An alarming number of people in the United States are vitamin D deficient, and vitamin D deficiency can lead to a host of health problems, including osteoporosis.

Despite what you may have heard, appropriate sunshine exposure is not bad for you. It is healthy and necessary. Just 15 to 20 minutes of sun exposure per day can make a dramatic improvement in your health, and appropriate sun exposure is the ideal way to maintain your vitamin D levels in the optimal range. Alternatively, you can use a safe tanning bed.

However, if neither of those options are available to you, the next option is to take an oral vitamin D3 supplement. Typical adult doses for vitamin D range from 5 to 10,000 units per day.

Keep in mind that it is very important to get your vitamin D levels checked by a qualified lab (I recommend LabCorp) to avoid under- or overdosing.

An optimal blood level of vitamin D for a healthy adult is between 50-70 ng/ml.

The Importance of Omega-3 for Strong, Healthy Bones

Omega 3 is another essential nutrient your body needs in order to prevent both physical and mental illness, inflammation and osteoporosis. As I mentioned in a previous article, The British Journal of Nutrition recently published a study stating that the Omega fat, DHA appears to constitute marrow and enhance bone mineral content.

Unfortunately, omega-3 deficiency is on the rise and has been revealed as the sixth biggest killer of Americans. It has been reported to increase risk of death from ALL causes and accelerate cognitive decline.

While plant-based omega-3 fats such as those found in flax seed are highly beneficial, on account of their high alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) content, animal-based omega-3 fats contain two crucial ingredients you are not getting from plants: docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).

Ideally, you would receive all the animal based omega-3’s you would need from eating sea food. Unfortunately, industrial pollution has changed the landscape, turning most of the world’s waters more or less toxic. Fish are now loaded with mercury, industrial toxins, PCBs and PDEs. The same goes for most of the oil that is made from these fish.

Thankfully, there is a sustainable source of animal-based omega-3 fats available, namely krill oil. Krill are very tiny shrimp-like creatures that exceed the number of all animals (including humans) in the world! Krill oil is also more readily absorbed than fish oil because krill fat is attached to phosphates. This means you need far less krill oil than you would fish.

Another bonus?

Krill oil contains antioxidants called astaxanthin that protect DHA and EPA fats until they are consumed.

These factors make krill oil the optimal choice to meet your omega-3 needs.

Vitamin K2 is CRUCIAL in Preventing Osteoporosis

Vitamin K can be classified as either K1 or K2:

  1. Vitamin K1: Found in green vegetables, K1 goes directly to your liver and helps you maintain a healthy blood clotting system. (This is the kind of K that infants need to help prevent a serious bleeding disorder.) It is also vitamin K1 that keeps your own blood vessels from calcifying, and helps your bones retain calcium and develop the right crystalline structure.
  2. Vitamin K2: Bacteria produce this type of vitamin K. It is present in high quantities in your gut, but unfortunately is not absorbed from there and passes out in your stool. K2 goes straight to vessel walls, bones, and tissues other than your liver. It is present in fermented foods, particularly cheese and the Japanese food natto, which is by far the richest source of K2.

Vitamin K2 can convert to K1 in your body, but there are some problems with this, which I will discuss shortly. As a supplement, K1 is less expensive, which is why it’s the form used for neonates.

Making matters even more complex, there are several different forms of vitamin K2.

MK8 and MK9 come primarily from dairy products. MK4 and MK7 are the two most significant forms of K2, and act very differently in your body:

  • MK4 is a synthetic product, very similar to vitamin K1, and your body is capable of converting K1 into MK4. However, MK4 has a very short half-life of about one hour, making it a poor candidate as a dietary supplement. After reaching your intestines, it remains mostly in your liver, where it is useful in synthesizing blood-clotting factors.
  • MK7 is a newer agent with more practical applications because it stays in your body longer; its half-life is three days, meaning you have a much better chance of building up a consistent blood level, compared to MK4 or K1.MK7 is extracted from the Japanese fermented soy product called natto. You could actually get loads of MK7 from consuming natto as it is relatively inexpensive, and is available in most Asian food markets. Few people, however, care for it’s smell and slimy texture and find it difficult to tolerate.

The evidence suggests that vitamin K2 is essential for your bone health, but it is a nutrient the vast majority of you do not get in adequate amounts from your diet.

How does vitamin K lead to bone health?

Osteocalcin is a protein produced by your osteoblasts (cells responsible for bone formation), and is utilized within the bone as an integral part of the bone-forming process. However, osteocalcin must be “carboxylated” before it can be effective. Vitamin K functions as a cofactor for the enzyme that catalyzes the carboxylation of osteocalcin.

Vitamin K2 has been found to be a far more effective “activator” of osteocalcin than K1.

There has been some remarkable research about the protective effects of vitamin K2 against osteoporosis:

  • A number of Japanese trials have shown that vitamin K2 completely reverses bone loss and in some cases even increases bone mass in people with osteoporosis .
  • The pooled evidence of seven Japanese trials show that vitamin K2 supplementation produces a 60 percent reduction in vertebral fractures and an 80 percent reduction in hip and other non-vertebral fractures .
  • Researchers in the Netherlands showed that vitamin K2 is three times more effective than vitamin K1 in raising osteocalcin, which controls the building of bone.

Although your body can convert K1 into K2, studies show that the amount of K2 produced by this process alone is insufficient. Even if you are consuming enough K1, your body uses most of it to make clotting factors, leaving little remaining for your bones.

In other words, your liver preferentially uses vitamin K1 to activate clotting factors, while most of your other tissues preferentially use K2.

Vitamin K2 has also been found to offer you other benefits—besides your bones!

Vitamin K2 is the biological glue that plugs calcium into your bone matrix. Dietary sources of K2 can be found in traditionally fermented foods such as tempeh, miso, natto and soy sauce..

Are You Getting Enough Vitamin K from Your Diet?

Eating lots of green vegetables will increase your vitamin K1 levels naturally, especially:

  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Collard greens
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts

You can obtain all the K2 you’ll need (about 200 micrograms) by eating 15 grams of natto daily, which is half an ounce. However, natto is generally not pleasing to the Westerner’s palate, so the next best thing is a vitamin K2 supplement.

But remember, you must always take your vitamin K supplement with fat since it is fat-soluble and won’t be absorbed without it.

Although the exact dosing is yet to be determined, Dr. Vermeer recommends between 45 mcg and 185 mcg daily for adults. You must use caution on the higher doses if you take anticoagulants, but if you are generally healthy and not on these types of medications, I suggest 150 mcg daily.

Fortunately, you don’t need to worry about overdosing on K2—people have been given a thousand-fold “overdose” over the course of three years, showing no adverse reactions (i.e., no increased clotting tendencies).

Exercise to Prevent Bone Loss

Remember that bone is living tissue that requires regular physical activity in order to renew and rebuild itself.

Peak bone mass is achieved in adulthood and then begins a slow decline. Exercise is very important in maintaining healthy bone mass. Weight-bearing exercise is one of the most effective remedies against osteoporosis. The last thing you want to consider is to take a drug to improve your bone density, as without question, that is more likely to cause long-term harm than benefit.

Your bones are actually very porous and soft, and as you get older, your bones can easily become less dense and hence, more brittle. Especially if you are inactive.

Resistance training can combat this effect because as you put more tension on your muscles it puts more pressure on your bones, which then respond by continuously creating fresh, new bone.

In addition, as you build more muscle, and make the muscle that you already have stronger, you also put more constant pressure on your bones.

A good weight bearing exercise to incorporate into your routine (depending on your current level of fitness, of course) is a walking lunge, as it helps build bone density in your hips, even without any additional weights. However there is newer technology as discussed below that may even be better.

Discover Acceleration Training

Acceleration training exercise is based on Rhythmic Neuromuscular Stimulation (RNS) dating back to the 1960s when Professor W. Biermann, from the former East German Republic, described ‘cyclical vibrations’ capable of improving the condition of your joints relatively quickly.

As the theories of acceleration training exercise developed, Russian ballet dancers with minor muscle injuries such as Achilles tendonitis discovered that vibration aided the healing process. They also found that their muscular strength and jump height increased with only a quarter of the effort or time required by traditional training methods.

Since then many athletes have discovered the benefits of acceleration training exercise.

These results can be achieved now by using the ‘Power Plate’, which combines a series of exercises and stretches with cyclical vibrations designed to prevent mineral bone loss by adding mechanical load to the bone via the muscle and tendons.

Osteoporosis in Men

Here is something about osteoporosis in men you may not have realized: Men over the age of 50 are at greater risk for developing osteoporosis than prostate cancer. Men develop this disease because of a condition called hypogonadism, which may lead to shrinking by several inches. Risk factors in men include:

  • Alcoholism
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Lack of sunlight exposure

Men with pre-existing conditions such as asthma, emphysema, Crohn’s disease, herniated disks, and autoimmune disease taking steroids such as prednisone or cortisone are increasing their risk of developing osteoporosis that much further.

The Surprising Link Between Alzheimer’s Disease and Bone Loss

As I mentioned in a previous article, low bone mass has a surprising connection to Alzheimer’s disease.

In the study, researchers recorded bone mass measurements for 987 men and women with an average age of 76 years. They then followed them for up to 13 years and tracked who developed Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Results showed that women with the lowest bone mass measurements were more than twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s or dementia as women with stronger bones.

If a woman of 70 years of age has lower bone mass, it means her exposure to estrogen may not have been as high as it should. Therefore, it seems estrogen loss plays a critical role in the development of osteoporosis as well as Alzheimer’s disease.

It’s Far Easier to Prevent Bone Loss than to Treat It

It’s true what Benjamin Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Now that you’re armed with the knowledge you need to make informed decisions about the prevention and healing of osteoporosis, you’re ready to take control of your health!

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