SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

November 30, 2011

Monsanto proudly “spreading”

Monsanto spreads roots into modified produce

Company plans to dominate market with altered seeds just as it has done with corn, soybean crops for farmers

By P.J. Huffstutter LOS ANGELES TIMES
P.J. HUFFSTUTTER LOS ANGELES TIMES

Martin Stoecker is one of the many Monsanto scientists working on modified crops. He specializes in corn at a     center in Chesterfield, Mo.

CREVE COEUR, Mo. — Monsanto Co., whose genetically modified corn and soybeans have reshaped America’s heartland and rallied a nation of fast-food foes, wants to revolutionize the produce aisle.

The agribusiness giant already has stepped quietly into the marketplace with produce grown from its seeds.    Grocery customers are chopping its onions that produce fewer tears, stir-frying its broccoli that decreases cholesterol and biting into tiny orange tomatoes that last longer on the shelf.

Soon, people will be thumping melons bred to be a single serving and shucking sweet corn genetically modified to enable farmers to spray the fields with the company’s weed killer, Roundup.    To do this, it’s marrying conventional breeding methods with its vast technological resources to bring about changes in fruits and vegetables in months or years, rather than in decades.

  • Monsanto’s goal: to dominate today’s $3 billion global market for produce seeds, much as it already has done with corn and soybeans.   

“This isn’t a hobby. … We’re serious about it,” said Monsanto Chief Executive Hugh Grant, who expects the company’s vegetable-seed revenue to rival its $1.5 billion soybean business in the next decade.

The move has raised the hackles of some environmental and organic-farming groups that fear Monsanto ultimately will squeeze out smaller, independent vegetable-seed companies.    They also worry that Monsanto will use technology to introduce revolutionary new genes into vegetable plants, just as its scientists have done in corn, soybeans and cotton.

“Clearly, the company wants to keep its options open,” said Doug Gurian-Sherman, senior scientist with the food and environmental program at Union of Concerned Scientists. “But I think they understand it’s a dicey proposition to move into (genetically engineered) foods that are widely consumed, rather than foods that are highly processed or used as animal feed.”  

Monsanto officials said the opportunities for growth in the vegetable-seed market were too good to ignore. They said there were plenty of ways to use technology to design better-tasting vegetables, yet avoid the financial and consumer hurdles that inevitably would come with rolling out genetically engineered produce for a grocery store.

The amount of arable land worldwide is dwindling, while the world’s population is forecast to jump to more than 9 billion by 2050 from 7 billion today.  Shifts in weather patterns have caused recent slumps in key crops.    All this, in turn, has water-strapped countries eager to establish secure food supplies .   Fast-growing economies, such as those in India and China, also are stepping up food imports to feed a burgeoning middle class.

Given these factors, Monsanto is making a multibillion-dollar bet that global farming conditions are going to get tougher, and farmers are going to clamor for their vegetable and fruit seeds.    Revenue from Monsanto’s vegetable-seed business totaled $895 million in the company’s fiscal year that ended on Aug. 31. That’s 8 percent of its annual revenue, a figure the company hopes to grow steadily.

Monsanto moved aggressively into the vegetable business in 2005 when it bought seed powerhouse Seminis Inc.   Since then, it has acquired four other vegetable-seed companies, opened 57 research centers worldwide and hired a slew of seed geneticists and agricultural researchers.    Monsanto officials are quick to stress that they are not creating genetically modified crops. To create its Roundup Ready soybeans, for example, Monsanto developed seedlings with genes from a soil bacterium to help the plant to survive being sprayed with its herbicide.   

For vegetables, scientists are looking for answers in the same, or similar, varieties of plants. So a trait in one pepper, such as flavor, might be meshed with the DNA of another pepper.    But some scientists say this is genetic modification — just a different type.    “What they really are doing is creating something where the probability is very low that it would have happened in nature without human intervention,” said R. Paul Thompson, director of graduate studies at the University of Toronto’s department of ecology and evolutionary biology.

(Not meaning to ruin anybody’s day here.  But  I must confess, I was slightly slack-jawed when I saw how brazenly blatant Monsanto is being in their outright affront to the American people.    It is no secret that most of us do not want genetically modified “ANYTHING”   for our tables.  We regard this as an overt show of power and one-up-man-ship!  We keep signing bills and advisisng our elected officials that we do not want this.  Yet – – here it is!
There is no question that Monsanto etal have the power to keep on keeping on.    They have stuffed the pockets of most elected officials to insure that things go their way.  They have ensconced ex-officials within their own Corps into high positions within government agencies.  They have some of the wealthiest of people like Bill and Melinda Gates with their mega-rich foundations joining in the overt plans to feed the world, while at the same time, making all -out efforts to inoculate the world  with every imaginable vaccination including the HPV which is maiming and killing our   young people.   Noble  goals to be sure – – but it ain’t workin’   There is still so much work to be done.
We must be vigilant, keep our heads up,   and not lose hope.  We are after all,  still endowed with brains, rights and mouths which can be used for speaking out to make our wishes known.    Just look at our numbers.   Jan)
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November 29, 2011

Dr Clark’s book-chart

(Retrieved this email from David Amrein at Dr Clark’s. Seemed it might be rather helpful to many of you especially after the earlier post on EFT for Herpes in which Valerie speaks of using the chart at the rear of Dr Clark’s book showing the frequencies of various illness and diseases. This is remarkable and valuable. So here it is Jan)

——————————————————————Dear Guest of www.drclark.com!
by David P. Amrein
I would like to take this opportunity to emphasize the value of information. You find this below as a theme going through most of the articles. Dr. Clark’s approach of Self Health only works if we do our homework and find out what our truth is and how we keep ourselves healthy. We can’t rely on “society” telling us. Much of the information out there is true, much is false, and a large portion of it is irrelevant.

That is why I am packing a free book into our Thanksgiving special. That is why I want to get the Cure Yourself video to you. That is why we need Health Freedom and that is why we need to learn to interpret information like the anti-vitamin scare correctly. No one will relieve us from the burden to reach our own conclusions. Dr. Clark was never dogmatic about her protocol. In the Cure Yourself video she makes it clear that these are her interpretations of her observations and that she would like others to repeat her work and find out whether they make the same observations and reach the same or different conclusions.

So, bottom line: let’s keep reading.

In this issue:

  • Thanksgiving Specials only until November 30 (VariZapper and VariGamma Complete Package)
  • The Cure Yourself Video: Interview with Dr. Hulda Clark
  • Good and Bad News from the Health Freedom Front
Dr.<br /> Hulda Clark Research Association

1. Thanksgiving Specials only until November 30 (VariZapper and VariGamma Complete Package)

Only until the end of this month we offer a complete VariZapper and VariGamma package at more than 20% off.

The zapper and the frequency generator are a basic part of Dr. Clark’s protocol. So you can fully make use of them, we make a special offer over the holidays for a Complete VariZapper Package and a Complete VariGamma Package.

The special includes:

  • VariZapper or VariGamma
  • Carrying case with belt clip
  • 2 rechargeable 9V batteries
  • battery charger
  • 6 additional pairs of gel electrodes
  • 3 Program Drivers (please indicate which ones in the comment field before sending off your order, find the list here: http://62.12.149.248/redirect/products_keys.php — a complete list with all frequencies can be requested from our office at customerservice@drclark.com)
  • PLUS a free Clark book “Cure for All Diseases” and a DVD “The Cure”.

Go to http://www.drclark.com and click on “Sale” in the menu on the left to find the two offers.

This offer is only valid until the end of the month (Nov 30, 2011). You can make use of it as often as you like, but it can’t be cumulated with other offers.

2. The Cure Yourself Video: Interview with Dr. Hulda Clark

Many of you know “The Cure” video, which is available for free at http://www.drclark.net (if you do not already have it, order it there). The Cure video is an interview with Dr. Hulda Clark, but also with other doctors and practitioners, some patients and finally explains some parts of the Clark protocol.

Documentarian Chris Patton who directed The Cure video did a follow-up interview with Dr. Clark which goes more into the depths of her protocol. At the time at which this interview was shot, Dr. Clark made her most important discoveries, and all in a very short amount of time. Much of that information can be found in her book “The Cure for All Advanced Cancers”. But here in the interview you can hear it “straight from the horse’s mouth”, so to speak.

The video, some years ago, was available on VHS and some have watched it (what is VHS?, many of you will now ask). But it did not find the attention it deserved. Now I have some good news: I have purchased the rights to this video, one of only few filmed interviews with Dr. Clark, and will be able to make it available for download. It will take a few weeks to put it into the correct file format, but here is a glimpse of what it covers:

  • Dr. Clark explains what is special about cancer research and why she has focused on that. She also explains her research method.
  • At the time the interview was shot, Dr. Clark had discovered a lot of information about the cause of malignancy, tumor formation and many other related topics. She explains how parasites can bring bacteria into our bodies or harbor them within our bodies, and she speaks of the importance of Clostridium bacteria for tumors. Clostridium bacteria are routinely found in dental infections, which emphasized the importance of the dental clean-up.
  • Dr. Clark explains the Syncrometer and some of the newer testing procedures.
  • Dr. Clark in the video also demonstrates Plate Zapping, a technique of zapping she had developed which was more targeted than standard zapping.
  • The video goes on to detail the steps of the 21 Day Program, which is part of the Advanced Cancer Book.
  • Dr. Clark also explains some of her latest research about immunity, especially how certain toxins (such as PCBs and lanthanide metals) can cause low immunity in humans.

I will let you know as soon as the video can be downloaded. Until then, make sure to order The Cure video on http://www.drclark.com or watch that again if you already have it, to fully understand the Cure Yourself video which could be said to be the sequel of The Cure video.

EFT for Herpes (Shingles)

Using EFT for Herpes (Shingles)

Hi Everyone,

Here we have a fascinating account regarding EFT and Herpes from Valerie Mortensen.  Valerie is a client of my dear friend and long time EFT’er Sandi Radomski.   Sandi, as many of you know, is a leading authority in the field of allergies and substance sensitivities.

In Sandi’s experience, many illnesses can be treated with EFT as if they were allergies to bacteria or viruses.  This is a finding with major potential for the healing field and thus I urge you to study this account.

As you will see, Valerie has frequent bouts with herpes blisters whereby they occur 7-10 days apart for as long as 2 months at a time.  By using the detailed protocol outlined in her article, she has had only one beginning outbreak in the last 7 months and quickly “tapped that one away” in it’s early stages.

Hugs, Gary

P.S. Sandi has an extensive write-up regarding her procedures on the EFT Cousins section of our web site.  See http://www.emofree.com/cousins/radomski.htm.  Her contact info is there as well.   (This is something I have saved for several years, so of course, this locational address will no longer work since emofree is no longer up and running. . . but is now EFTUniverse (Dawson Church’s renaming.)  They do still archive the enormous history of all those letters Gary received – as far as I know, plus many more which they have added.  Check it out    Jan)

By Valerie Mortensen

I had what appeared to be miraculous recoveries from two kinds of Herpes using a different EFT method on each one (thanks to Sandi Radomski, Silva Hartman, Alister Bredee, Hulda Clark and Gary Craig!)

Herpes simplex 1:  I had recurring fever blisters on my upper lip since high school and had tried many methods to get rid of them.  I found several products that would quickly heal a blister, yet a new one emerged as the old was healing.  And I continued to feel the viral draggy feeling and insomnia, falling into a cycle of new blisters every 7 to 10 days as long as 2 months at a time.  Then 2 – 6 months might pass blister-free.

Last November, one day into the fourth blister in four weeks, I was following links from and read an article on Sandi Radomski’s book “Allergy Antidotes.”  She found success using EFT to treat allergies and that some illnesses could be treated as if they were allergies to bacteria or viruses.  I called to order her book and asked if I could use this for Herpes.  She said yes.  I was amazed and skeptical but followed her instructions.

1.  Surround the dragon  (approach it from as many directions as you can think of)

2.  Do it every 15 minutes until you see results.

It was 5 pm and I had to cook and eat to be at a 7 pm dance rehearsal.  I managed to go through the following process by 6:30 departure time and by 7 pm I noticed I felt more clear-headed and happy.  The viral draggy feeling had let up and the hotness and swelling was gone from my lip!  By morning I felt significantly more relaxed, rested and upbeat.  The blister and I had clear sailing for a long time though  you bet I repeated the EFT protocol any time I felt the slightest tingle or even imagined I might feel a tingle.  3 months later (in February) I woke up with a blister that had just started while I was asleep.  I tapped immediately and it receded and healed without the skin breaking.  Now its June and still all clear.

Here’s the protocol Sandi coached me with:

1. Even tho I have an allergy to this _______,  I deeply and profoundly love and accept myself.

Hold your saliva or urine in a vial or kleenex and say “this virus” where the blank is in the above Set Up Statement.  Do a similar procedure with the following phrases.

b. Write the words “herpes simplex” on a piece of paper (and say it)

c. “itchy tingly nerve in my lip”

d. Touch or point to the blister and say “this fever blister”

Also, even though I have an infection causing this fever blister (could describe symptoms),  I deeply love and . . .

2.  Even though I tried this remedy and it didn’t work (hold old remedy),  I deeply and profoundly love and accept myself.

3.  Play inner movies of the first time you ever had a fever blister.  Even though I had a fever blister when I _______, I deeply and profoundly love and accept myself.

4.  Even though my immune system didn’t recognize the Herpes virus soon enough, I deeply and profoundly love and accept myself.

5.  Even though my immune system missed whatever is making this come back, I deeply and profoundly love and accept myself.

6.  I choose for my body to heal.  I choose to have a beautiful face.  (Can do EFT on any of your movies that make you feel ugly or shame for beauty)  Or whatever comes up for you.

Herpes Zoster (shingles):      Interestingly enough, 5 months later  (on April 14) I got similar blisters along nerves in both my big toes that felt like walking on broken glass.  On 4/16 a health practitioner diagnosed them as shingles and on 4/20 I finally got around to tapping when I was passenger on a car trip.

By then I had read a series of emails from Don Elium’s  “eToxResearch”  (reading Allergy Antidotes qualifies you to join this email list) where Silva Hartman described success using EFT to raise her metabolism  and then Alister Bredee (from Ireland) surmised from that, one might raise one’s vibratory rate.  He based his experiments on the research and discoveries of  Dr. Hulda Clark N.D. (The Cure for All Diseases)  and the phenomenon of bio-radiation (organisms give off specific frequencies).

Dr Hulda Clark said that two things cause disease:  parasites and pollutants.  She had found she could kill parasites, bacteria and viruses by generating a specific frequency for each organism using an electronic frequency generator machine for three minutes.   Alister Bredee found he could use EFT to set up the same frequencies in the body and thus kill the problem organisms!  You can look up the specific frequency in the list in the back of the Cure for All Diseases.

I used his set -up phrasing after looking up the proper frequency:

“Even though I have shingles (Herpes zoster virus),  my body now sets up a frequency of 418 KHZ because I now choose to rid myself of them and I deserve much better health and more energy, don’t I?”

Alister says,  “The tapping spot for the set-up is GV 27 (above upper lip)  Do a round of tapping whilst repeating “418KHZ”  I found you have to tap all points, including the ring finger, and the procedure needs to last for approximately three minutes.”

Dr Hulda Clark said for certain organism like parasites, it would be necessary to repeat the procedure on a weekly basis to maintain the all clear.  I only did it once (for three minutes) and the shingles blisters were noticeably diminished by the next day and my toes healed back to healthy over the next few days.

  • The amazing implications of this discovery are that we can use EFT to “Zap”  whatever organism is bothering us.  You can look up diseases in Hulda Clark’s “The Cure for All Diseases” and find what parasite she found associated with it (e.g. cancer, HIV, diabetes, autism, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, etc.) and then “zap”  it without the need for a machine.

Another approach to herpes (nutrition absorption):  I have continued to take L-lysine as it was recommended years ago for protection against Herpes.  I wondered about whether or not to continue with it.  Sandi said alternatively I could muscle test to see if I was absorbing L-Lysine from my foods and if not to do EFT with something like:

“Even though I haven’t been absorbing L-Lysine from my foods, I deeply and completely accept myself”  thus improving absorption. (See Sandi Radomski’s Allergy Antidotes).

Valerie Mortensen

November 27, 2011

From waste to Value-Beauty

Waste product mined for luxurious decor

By Kim Palmer STAR TRIBUNE (MINNEAPOLIS)

ACCENT ELEGANCE    This centerpiece, which sells for $457, is made from taconite, a waste product from mining.

Looking for a distinctive luxury item for your home?    Consider taconite tailings.

You read that right. The Minnesota mine waste product is being melted and turned into artwork and tabletops.

A father-daughter duo from the Minneapolis area cooked up the idea.    Len Frame owns a company that supplies systems for melting down waste products.   Susan Frame is an artist.    “We started talking about it — ‘What can we use this for?’” Susan said.    “We experimented and came up with this fantastically gorgeous material.    It’s black, obsidianlike and glossy, with some iridescence.”

The two, with a mosaic artist, have formed Accent Elegance  (http://www.accentelegance.com),   a company that works with artisans to incorporate what they have dubbed PlazmaStone into accent tables, sculptures, centerpiece platters and other accessories.

“It’s very unique, with interesting shapes and colors,” said Ron Zamansky, who bought a tray as a gift for his wife. “I like the fact that it was from Minnesota and comes from the earth.    “You don’t really have much opportunity to see a piece of taconite become decorative.”

Pieces from the 9-by-9-inch Centerpiece collection sell for $457.   Custom accent tables sell for $2,600 or more.

PlazmaStone is just the first of their recycled products, Susan said.    So what landfill candidate will they rescue next?

“It’s a secret.”

Coconut Water – impressive!

The Blessings of Coconut Water

(My always over-full inbox had a fine article from Dr Mercola on the remarkable properties of the “real stuff” – the water from Green coconuts.   I must admit,  I’ve never attempted to open a coconut.  It doesn’t look easy by what I learned before – so I never even tried.   I recommend you go to Mercola.com and see the article for your self.  I chose instead to use one of his references to bring this news to you because I liked their approach of due diligence and reporting facts. . .and that they had – at the bottom a video you can select to watch on how to open a GREEN COCONUT   I like what I’m seeing enough tio give it a go.  Enjoy.    Jan)
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WHAT IT IS: Liquid from the interior of immature (green) coconuts.
WHY IT’S DIFFERENT: The terms “coconut water” and “coconut juice” are used interchangeably for a watery liquid that is about 46 calories a cup (varies by brand; flavored waters are higher). Much higher-calorie products are coconut nectar, a sap from the tree (analogous to maple syrup); coconut milk, pressed from the dried meat of the mature coconut; and coconut cream, a thicker version of coconut milk (less moisture).
WHY WE LOVE IT: Another option for a refreshing drink that’s low in calories and high in vitamins and minerals.
WHERE TO BUY IT: At retailers nationwide.

 

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Page 3: Coconut Water Health Benefits

Nutritiondata.com lists 252 mg of sodium, 57.6 mg of calcium, 60 mg of magnesium, 48 mg of phosphorus, and 600 mg of potassium in one cup of coconut water.

  • These figures differ significantly between brands. Most of the coconut waters I saw contained much less sodium, for starters.
  • If these measures are accurate, though, based on recommended daily allowances for adults 18 and over, coconut water could be a good source of magnesium, potassium and sodium, depending upon varying needs.

Be sure to check out the important section on electrolytes on the bottom half of the page.

What About All The Health Claims?

As is typical of an “of the moment” food or beverage these days, coconut water is being touted for its many health benefits. And more than a few of them are not backed by any medical studies or FDA endorsements.

  • More Hydrating Than Water? The O.N.E. website states that “coconut water…has been proven more effective than hydrating with plain water,” and that “coconut water contains all five of the essential electrolytes (calcium, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium and sodium) needed for effective rehydration.” Zico calls coconut water “the ultimate rehydration drink” and notes that it’s lower in acidity than sports drinks and juices.
  • Boosts Your Immune System? Taste Nirvana goes even further, claiming that coconut water boosts your immune system, balances your pH, raises your metabolism, boosts circulation, promotes weight loss and cleanses your digestive tract, among other attributes.
  • Removes Wrinkles? More than one coconut water source states that the product gets rid of wrinkles. One book on the topic cites the curing of cataracts.
  • Hangover Cure? My favorite claim, one I’ve seen all over the internet, is that coconut water is an unequaled hangover cure. (No, I will not be testing that claim in this article.)

Are any of these claims meaningful? As is often the case in this Age of [Too Much] Information, the answers are going to depend on your source. And then, you have to believe your source.

What To Believe?

The worst half-truth I’ve seen about coconut water is declared boldly on a number of websites I deem both irresponsible and unreliable. I don’t know who first put this online, but if you look around you can find this:

“..the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States has approved coconut water to carry the claim that it may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke.”

This is NOT true, period! The FDA has NOT reviewed or approved coconut water to carry this claim.

But I think I know how it got started.

Continued below. If you don’t want to drill down into this discussion, continue to the next page, coconut water nutrition and calories.

INDEX OF REVIEW

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November 26, 2011

EFT for Pain (Knee)

(Thought I’d share a few letters here and there from the files I gathered while Gary Craig ran EFT.  His hundreds and perhaps even thousands of practitioners were always glad to share their stories with Gary.  This one is from     C J Puotinen, EFT-ADV [an EFT Advanced practitioner].

Incidentally, the EFTUniverse is continuing on with this tradition – – they have the letters and sharing – it’s all still there, I’m told.      Jan)

Dear Gary,

As you know, most people with chronic pain are willing to experiment with EFT without reservation – – they’re sufficiently desperate to try anything, even things that are weirder than tapping.  When their pain disappears after a round or two, they just relax and enjoy the relief.

But for some, a doctor’s pronouncement or the patient’s own belief about a condition can be a stumbling block.

I recently taught an “Introduction to EFT” demonstration to 60 people at an assisted living home in New Jersey.  All were of a mature age and all had various aches and pains.

After the first two or three rounds of tapping to reduce pain and improve their range of motion, all but seven or eight reported significant relief or improvement.   This is in keeping with your estimate that EFT usually works for about 80 percent of those who try it.  After another few rounds, even most of those who didn’t respond at first said they felt better.

But one woman looked troubled.  When I asked her to describe her pain, she said, “It’s my left knee.  I hurt it when I was a kid and it’s always been a week spot for me.  It hurts so much that for the past few years, I haven’t been able to get up from a chair without pushing myself up first.”  She demonstrated by pressing hard against the chair to lift herself up.

“The reason this won’t work for me,” she explained, “is that the pain in my knee is real.  I mean, it has a real cause.  My doctor showed me the x-rays.  He showed me the calcification around my knee and said it’s osteoarthritis.  Its not an imaginary condition.  It won’t get better.  That’s why my knee still hurts.”

I said, “OK, lets all tap together with this lady for her knee.”  Soon everyone was tapping on their karate chop points and chanting with me,  “Even though my knee hurts. I fully and completely accept myself.  Even though it hurts because I injured it when I was a kid,  I completely accept and forgive myself, and I forgive my knee.  Even though my knee will never get better because it’s a real injury complicated by real osteoarthritis and calcification, I fully and completely love and accept my knee.  Even though my doctor showed me the x-rays and said my knee will never get better,  I love and accept my knee, and I love and accept my doctor.  He’s an expert.  I believe him.  Even though this is a real condition, it isn’t imaginary, I fully and completely accept and love my knee and everything else in my body.  I forgive my knee,  the calcification, the osteoarthritis, the x-rays, my doctor and anything that has contributed in any way to my knee’s condition.  I choose to be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to let all this go,  to let the pain go,  to let all the reasons for the pain go, to say goodby to the pain, and to kiss the pain in my knee goodbye.  Goodbye Pain!”

We all blew a goodbye kiss to the pain.  Then, when I asked the woman how much her knee hurt, a look of surprise crossed her face.  “Why,  I don’t know,” she exclaimed.  “I don’t know where it went.”

“Well, let’s see if you can find it.” I said, holding out my hand  “Can you reach  your arms out straight ahead?”  She did.  “Now, keeping your arms in front of you, can you stand?”

She started to move, then looked frightened and sat back.

“Are you afraid of falling?” I asked.

She nodded.

“OK,” I said, “let’s all tap on that.  Even though I’m afraid of falling, I fully and completely accept myself.  Even thought the thought of standing without any support from my hands makes me dizzy,  I completely accept and love myself.  Even though I can’t believe my knee has stopped hurting, and that confuses me, I love and accept myself and my knee.  Even though  standing up without holding on to something is dangerous, and I feel dizzy, and my doctor said my knee will never get better, I choose to be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to set those beliefs aside and let them go.   I choose to br pleasantly surprised at how easy and normal if feels to just stand up.  In fact, I’m going to do that right now.”

After one quick round of tapping, that’s what she did.  She held her hands straight in front of her and rose straight up out of her chair to a standing position.

Four other women said after the demonstration that they too had come into the room with serious knee pain that lingered through the first rounds of tapping but disappeared when we tapped about doctors and medical diagnosis.

I’ve worked with a number of people who are uncomfortable saying anything that contradicts their doctors’ pronouncements, but in each case, incorporating the medical diagnosis and it’s seriousness into the setup phrase has resulted in rapid improvement.

Thanks again for developing EFT!

C J

“Science” on Avastin

Got to follow the science on Avastin

JOE NOCERA of New York Times

In 1998, The New York Times published a front-page article suggesting that two new drugs, angiostatin and endostatin, might finally win the war on cancer.

Though not yet tested in humans, the drugs had “eradicated” cancer in mice, the article said; and while some researchers were cautious, others could barely contain themselves. Dr. Richard Klausner, then the director of the National Cancer Institute, called the drugs “the single most exciting thing on the horizon.”

In the subsequent 13 years, oncologists have come to the sobering realization these new drugs are not the holy grail, after all. Usually used in conjunction with chemotherapy, they extend life and suppress tumor growth — but only by months, not years.   Sometimes they do less than that — with serious side effects. As a breast-cancer therapy, alas, the angiostatin Avastin falls in the latter category.

This is not to say that Avastin doesn’t help cancer patients.  For lung-cancer patients, Avastin plus chemotherapy extends life by an average of two months longer than chemotherapy alone. For renal-cancer patients, Avastin gives the average patient an additional 4.8 months of what’s called “progression-free survival” — meaning that the tumors don’t grow and the cancer doesn’t spread for that amount of time.

But for breast-cancer patients, Avastin neither suppresses tumor growth to any significant degree nor extends life. Although a 2007 study showed Avastin adding 5.5 months to progression-free survival, subsequent studies have failed to replicate that result.

As a result of that first, optimistic study, the Food and Drug Administration gave the drug “accelerated approval,” meaning it could be marketed as a breast-cancer therapy while further studies were conducted. Those follow-up studies are what caused a panel of FDA experts to then withdraw that approval. That decision, you may recall, was made this summer, after a heated two-day meeting that included pleas from breast-cancer victims and enormous pushback from Genentech, which markets the drug and reaps around $7 billion in annual Avastin sales. After weighing the evidence, the FDA panel voted 6-0 against Avastin.

After Genentech appealed, Dr. Margaret Hamburg, the FDA commissioner, affirmed the decision on Friday in a ruling that would seem, on its face, unassailable. She essentially said that FDA decisions had to be driven by science, and the science wasn’t there to support Genentech’s desire to market Avastin as a breast-cancer drug.

Yet there was an immediate outcry.  Some breast-cancer patients, convinced that the drug was helping them stay alive, condemned the ruling.  That’s certainly understandable.   Less understandable was the reaction from conservatives, who cast the FDA decision as an example of the nanny state making decisions that more properly belonged to doctors and their patients.   The Wall Street Journal editorial page called Hamburg’s decision a “blunt assertion of regulatory power” and described Avastin as “potentially life-saving,” which it most certainly is not.

The strangest reaction, though, has come from the nation’s health insurers and the administrators of Medicare.

  • Despite the clear evidence of Avastin’s lack of efficacy in treating breast cancer, they have mostly agreed to continue paying whenever doctors prescribe it “off label” for breast-cancer patients. Avastin, by the way, costs nearly $90,000 a year.

The reason they are doing so is obvious: The science notwithstanding, no company wants to be cast as so heartless that it would deprive a seriously ill cancer patient of a drug that might offer hope, however slim. In October, when The Times reported that California Blue Shield no longer would pay for Avastin as a breast-cancer therapy, the company was immediately inundated with calls from elected officials, reporters and patient advocates. Although the furor appeared to be orchestrated by Genentech’s lobbyists, the insurance company quickly put out a statement making it clear that it would, in certain cases, continue to pay for Avastin.

  • As for Medicare, it is, by statute, guided in such decisions not by the FDA but by various compendia of drug use put together by such groups as the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. The network’s 32-member breast cancer panel is made up almost entirely of breast-cancer specialists, nine of whom have financial ties to Genentech. The last time the panel voted on Avastin, it voted unanimously in favor of continuing to recommend it as a breast-cancer therapy.

We talk, as a society, of our need to get health-care costs under control.

Conservatives, in particular, insist that Medicare must be reformed.

Here is an enormously expensive drug that largely doesn’t work, has serious side effects and can no longer be marketed as a breast-cancer therapy. Yet insurers, including Medicare, will continue to cover it.

If we’re not willing to say no to a drug like Avastin, then what drug will we say no to?

Joe Nocera writes for The New York Times.

(This literally staggers the mind.  Is there no chance for honest endeavor  in any area of this catastrophic mess?  

When the FDA tries to do something right – look at the criticism it receives.  This is so blatantly the power of  the Medical Complex from BIG PhRMA to the AMA and most of the doctors, highly placed – in-between.   And let us not forget,  the pockets of rather a large majority of elected officials from the top on down.    Jan)

Taste buds shaped prenatally?

Moms may shape prenatal palates

By Lena H. Sun THE WASHINGTON POST

What if a mother could predispose her child to like broccoli or Brussels sprouts — or at least not make a face and spit it out — by what she ate during pregnancy?

Some health-care practitioners are suggesting that if mothers include a wide range of foods in their diet during pregnancy, they can shape their children’s food preferences later in life. Those choices, researchers say, have the potential to reduce the risks of diabetes and obesity.

The concept is called prenatal flavor learning.

The flavor and odors of what mothers eat show up in the amniotic fluid, which is swallowed by the fetus, and in breast milk. There is evidence that fetal taste buds are mature in utero by 13 to 15 weeks, with taste-receptor cells appearing at 16 weeks, researchers say.

“With flavor learning, you can train a baby’s palate with repetitive exposure,” said Kim Trout, director of the nurse midwifery/women’s health nurse-practitioner program at Georgetown University.

Trout recently co-wrote a paper that reviews the evidence on prenatal flavor learning and its implications for controlling childhood obesity and diabetes, among the country’s most-pressing health problems. She is incorporating the concept into the curriculum of George-town’s two-year midwifery master’s degree program. Starting in January, the reproductive health course for first-year students will include that concept in the section on prenatal care and nutrition, she said.

As a practicing midwife, she also advises patients who want to know what else they can do to maximize their baby’s health.

“I tell them there is good evidence that their babies could develop flavor preferences based on what they’re eating, and I also tell their partners if they are doing the cooking,” said Trout, who commutes between Washington and Philadelphia, where she sees patients at a private OB-GYN practice that is part of the University of Pennsylvania medical school and health system.

Some expectant mothers say the concept makes sense, and for those who already enjoy eating a variety of food, all the better.

“I’m not a picky eater. I love all foods,” said Elizabeth Hooks, 29, of Philadelphia, who is one of Trout’s patients. Nineteen weeks pregnant, Hooks said she does not want her child to grow up and “be a member of the fast-food nation.” She added: “If I can start now, that’s wonderful.”

  • The concept of prenatal flavor learning is not widely known among the general population or among health-care professionals who take care of pregnant women.

But even those who aren’t familiar with the research say they don’t see a downside if the science can be used to encourage healthy eating.

“It’s a new one on me,” said Cynthia Bullock Flynn, a nurse-midwife and general director of the Family Health and Birth Center in Washing-ton. “It sounds very interesting. We certainly counsel moms to eat their vegetables when they’re pregnant.”

Sumi Sexton, a family-medicine physician in Arlington, Va., and an assistant professor at Georgetown’s medical school, said practitioners already encourage mothers-to-be to eat healthy foods as a way to model that behavior later for their children.

“If the science supports it and the baby is getting an acquired taste through the amniotic fluid and breast milk, great,” she said. “It’s only reinforcing what I’m telling you to do anyway.”

Of course, that’s not saying that this approach will somehow lead to kids reaching for another helping of broccoli over chocolate cake.

Children’s preference for sweets most likely evolved because sweet-tasting foods are high in energy, according to research, and their preference for salty tastes is related to the need for necessary minerals. Their rejection of bitter tastes most likely evolved because most poisonous compounds taste bitter.

Researchers think that exposing fetuses to the somewhat bitter flavor of vegetables, for example, could make those vegetables more palatable when they are offered as solid foods.

Obviously, there are other factors that determine what people like to eat. And it’s very possible that a child will never learn to like broccoli no matter how much mom ate it while pregnant, Trout said.

She said when she was pregnant with her daughter, she adhered to a strict nutritional plan that she taped to her refrigerator. Her daughter now has a good diet and is a great cook, she said.

Her son prefers fast food like chicken wings, the kind of foods Trout ate while working as an intern.

November 25, 2011

Message from Bernie

Defend “3-Pillars of the Great Society”

Here is something we all can agree on: Federal deficits are a serious problem.

Here is something no one seriously disputes: Today’s big deficits were caused mainly by big tax cuts for the wealthy, two unpaid-for wars, a horrible recession caused by Wall Street greed, and an expensive prescription drug program rigged to favor pharmaceutical companies.

Here is something we should not agree to do: Cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits.

There is surprisingly broad consensus among Americans (except inside the corporate-dominated D.C. beltway) on what to do about deficits. In poll after poll, strong majorities favor making the wealthiest Americans, who, in many cases, have never had it so good, share the sacrifice and pay a little more in taxes. Increasing taxes on the wealthy is overwhelmingly supported by Democrats and independents. A majority of Republicans and people in the Tea Party movement also support taxing millionaires to help bring down deficits. Even many millionaires say they should be paying higher taxes. At a time when many profitable corporations pay nothing in federal income taxes, there also is widespread support for closing corporate tax loopholes. Taking a hard look at mushrooming defense spending also enjoys widespread support.

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For far too long, the Washington agenda has been set by powerful corporate interests and a right wing that do not represent the needs and aspirations of most Americans. For too long, the Democrats have gone along with Republican demands and caved in to these powerful special interests. Enough is enough!  The Democrats must stand tall and continue to resist Republican demands to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, while leaving the wealthiest people and largest corporations in this country exempt from shouldering their fair share of the tax burden.

In December — when Democrats controlled the Senate, the House and the White House — Congress and President Obama not only extended Bush-era tax breaks for the wealthy but also gave new breaks to heirs of the super-rich.

In April — with a Democrat in the White House and Democrats still in the majority in the Senate — Republicans threatened to shut down the government and delay the processing of new Social Security benefits for senior citizens unless their demands were met. Democrats went along with $78 billion in cuts from the president’s budget request.

In August, in an outrageous display of unprincipled gamesmanship, Republicans put the United States on the brink of bankruptcy. Instead of invoking clear 14th Amendment powers to honor our nation’s debts, the president and most Democrats agreed to a $2.5 trillion deficit-reduction package.

That’s how we got to where we are today.

Incredibly, throughout all of these negotiations — in December, in April, in August and again today — the wealthiest Americans and the country’s major corporations have not yet been asked to contribute one penny toward deficit reduction. That is despite huge cuts in life-and-death programs for working families.

The American people have had it. The Occupy Wall Street movement is growing, and energizing young people in particular in a way that we have not seen for many years. A virtual popular uprising forced Bank of America to drop an unpopular $5 monthly debit card fee. On Election Day 2011, in Ohio and many other states the American people said NO to right-wing extremism and corporate greed.

The American people are very clear. They do not want Democrats to reach another ‘grand bargain’ with representatives of the rich and powerful that eviscerates the most successful and popular social programs in the history of this country. They want Democrats to stand up for the 99 percent, not the 1 percent.

If the president and Democrats on the Super Committee go along with cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, the three pillars of the New Deal and the Great Society, and permanently extend the Bush tax breaks for the wealthiest 2 percent, the American people will shake their heads in disbelief. They will arrive at the reasonably valid conclusion that there are no significant differences between the two parties controlled by corporate interests.

Organic Natto for the Heart

. . .furthermore,  on Nattokinase

(There still seems to be confusion around the taking of Nattokinase.  Let me say that one must do some due diligence.  Investigate online – there is much out there.  My personal experience with allopathic physicians, sadly did not help me at all.  Since it wasn’t endorsed by BIG PhRMA,  it was not even on the screen of possibilities.  They had never heard of it.  This is not “chemical” – it is a “natural,”  organic, food-based product and as such, not worthy of notice by BIG PhRMA.  It’s the sort of thing one hears about via alternative physicians.  They have often been trained the conventional way and then studied further to learn  additional methods and incorporated the tools into their practices. 

Following my recent injury,  the doctor I saw was savvy enough to immediately remove Warfarin from usage for me as it was compounding the damage my falls had caused.  I was grateful to be free of it for I had always been opposed to it.  I knew that I would replace it with nattokinase within a short period of time.  One does not take both at the same time.   Coumadin or Warfarin does not leave the system swiftly.  There has been a build up and it remains a week or two.  Since I had halved my dosage (intuitively) already, I felt it was okay to start with Nattokinase within a week – so I did.    I would like to add one further suggestion – if you have HBP it might be a good idea for you to monitor the reading more frequently, as nattokinase will ultimately affect the entire cardio system – – improving all as it works.  You may find lower dosage in order.  This is a good thing.  A healthy desire would be to get off all drugs of any nature.

For those of you who feel I might have gone over the edge – – let me say – “To each his own.”   I am an admitted rebel who thinks for herself.  I am a difficult patient.  Unless a doctor is willing to give the extra time to satisfy my mind showing valid reason behind decisions, I won’t comply or go along.   The only exception was the Coumadin my cardiologist insisted that I use.  It was a question of accommodating this wonderful doctor’s demands in whom I had great trust, and I realized I was not going to be able to change his mind.

We are not all alike.  My interest in the way the body works has always been high.  This is not true for all. My belief that you are what you eat is run-of-the-mill trite, but for me – it starts there.   No human has ever died for lack of chemicals,  but we perish for lack of nourishment.  And the disease we see everywhere, with everyone, is due largely to the unnatural world we humans have created for ourselves.  Pollution pervades all. . .fowled waters,  chemical-laden air,  sterilized soil growing genetically engineered produce is not my idea of a path to health.  The last thing we need is more chemicals pumped into us by any means – vaccination, medications and so on. 

We can’t afford to be negligent about our body. .  .  .  or pass the responsibility for it on to anyone else – doctor, government , etc.,.  Our body will never matter to anyone else the way it does to us personally.  If you aren’t willing to get tough and learn about enough in order to take care of it, who the heck will? . . . just sayin’. . .Jan)

.(NaturalNews) Natto is a fermented cheese-like food that has been used in Asia for over 1000 years. These native cultures used this dish as breakfast food, and it was known as a remedy for heart and vascular diseases. Research has found both vitamin K2 and a powerful enzyme nattokinase within this food. Nattokinase and vitamin K2 have extraordinary cardiovascular protective qualities.

  • The unfermented soybean is a very challenging food to digest properly due to the high amount of phytic acids. These phytates bind to major minerals such as zinc, calcium, & magnesium and pull them out of our body. Unfermented soy also has enzyme inhibitors and goitrogens that challenge the body’s enzymatic and thyroid hormone systems.

Soy can be deeply fermented with various microorganisms to remove the phytates, enzyme inhibitors and goitrogens. This fermentation process makes it more bioavailable and loaded with live enzymes and healthy microorganisms. Tempeh, miso, & natto are prime examples of fermented soy.

Natto is made from small soybeans as this speeds up the fermentation process. The beans are soaked in water for 12-20 hours to remove phytic acids. The beans are steamed or pressure cooked. The beans are then mixed with the Bacillus natto (natto-kin in Japanese) bacterium. The mixture is fermented at 40 degrees for up to 24 hours. Natto is then cooled and aged in the refrigerator for up to a week to allow optimal development. The aging period allows the bacilli to develop spores and the nattokinase enzyme to break down the protein into a more bioavailable form.

Natto is the only form of fermented soy that utilizes the bacillus natto species. The byproduct of this fermentation is the powerful proteolytic enzyme, nattokinase. This enzyme is known to be a very strong fibrinolytic (anti-clotting), anti-inflammatory and blood thinner. It is comparative to aspirin without the dangerous side effects. Additionally, nattokinase has been shown effective in destroying the toxic amyloid fibrils associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Japanese researcher Dr. Hiroyuki Sumi tested many traditional Japanese foods looking for a natural thrombolytic agent that could break down blood clots and arterial plaque. After testing more than 173 natural foods, Sumi found what he was looking for in 1980 with nattokinase. He dropped natto into an artificial thrombus in a petri dish and allowed it to sit at body temperature. Over the next 18 hours, the plaque completely dissolved. Dr. Sumi isolated the active enzyme and named it nattokinase. Researchers have acknowledged that nattokinase has a potency matched by no other enzyme.

Nattokinase works so effectively because it dissolves existing blood clots & fibrin while enhancing the body’s production of plasmin and other fibrinolytic agents like urokinase. Researchers agree that nattokinase is 4 times as potent as plasmin and is significantly better than any prescription medication. It works for longer periods of time without any of the dangerous side effects associated with pharmaceuticals.

Organic natto is also one of the best forms of vitamin K2, which is very important for binding calcium in proteins. K2 is especially important for both bone and cardiovascular health. Vitamin K1 is easier to come by as it can be found in seaweed & dark green leafy veggies. Vitamin K2 is found in fermented foods such as raw cheese, miso, & Natto.

Vitamin K2 activates a key hormone called osteocalcin that is produced by osteoblasts. This hormone is needed to bind calcium into the bone matrix. Osteocalcin also prevents calcium from being deposited into the arteries. Without adequate vitamin K2 an individual cannot effectively get calcium into the bone matrix and will instead deposit it into arterial endothelium creating plaque deposits.

Sources for this article include:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natt%C5%8D
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nattok…
http://www.smart-publications.com/a…
http://dallasnaturaldoctor.com/2011…

About the author:
Dr. David Jockers owns and operates Exodus Health Center in Kennesaw, Ga. He is a Maximized Living doctor. His expertise is in weight loss, customized nutrition & exercise, & structural corrective chiropractic care.

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