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June 29, 2013

OH Fracking Law in Q

Environment

State law on fracking chemicals not legal?

U.S. EPA suggests federal law trumps Ohio reporting limits

By Spencer Hunt THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

An Ohio law that allows oil and gas companies to shield information about fracking chemicals from emergency-management officials and first responders violates federal law, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The state law, passed in 2001, requires that drilling companies share information about hazardous chemicals only with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, which is supposed to keep the information available for local officials.

  • But federal EPA officials take a different view. A letter mailed in May to state emergency officials and environmental activist Teresa Mills states that the Right-to-Know Act of 1986 supersedes the Ohio law.

The Right-to-Know Act requires companies to share a hazardous-chemical inventory with local officials.

Mills, an Ohio organizer with the Center for Health, Environment and Justice, demanded yesterday that the state revoke its law.

  • Mills said local officials need to know which chemicals are used in fracking wells in case they have to respond to a fire, spill or other emergency.
  • “Citizens have a right to full information regarding chemicals in their communities,” Mills said at a news conference. “We cannot allow any state agency to serve as a smoke screen, cloaking our right to know.”

Ohio EPA spokesman Chris Abbruzzese said the agency is reviewing the U.S. EPA’s letter.

Abbruzzese also said that the Ohio EPA’s State Emergency Response Commission will contact oil and gas companies “to make sure everyone is in compliance with their reporting obligations under state and federal law.”

Tom Stewart, vice president of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association, said he doesn’t think the state has violated federal law. He said there aren’t enough chemicals used in oil and gas wells to trigger the federal reporting requirements.

Regardless, he said, fire departments can access a Natural Resources website that is supposed to contain information on fracking chemicals.

“(Before 2001), everyone was filing these paper reports on individual wells. They were storing them in boxes in firehouses,” Stewart said. “Is a firefighter supposed to rummage around in a box or go to an emergency?”

ODNR officials did not explain how the website works or whether first responders can access chemical data from the site.

It’s not clear whether Ohio EPA officials will ask legislators to change the 2001 law. Abbruzzese said that’s part of the agency’s review of the U.S. EPA’s letter. shunt@dispatch.com

@CDEnvironment

Uninformed or Diseased?

(My comment to follow on this “Major Sellout” by our leaders to the insatiable, greedy Medical Establishment.  Jan)

  Is Obesity Really aDisease?

“As the American Medical Association (AMA) declares obesity a disease, leading nutritional experts reveal practical solutions with proven results that do not require expensive medical intervention.”

By James Colquhoun, Laurentine ten Bosch and Jill Mangino

Santa Monica, CA (June 20, 2013) – The American Medical Association (AMA) has just yesterday adopted a new policy that declares obesity a disease. The group says that now obesity is a disease it will require a range of medical interventions to advance treatment and prevention. Over 35 percent of U.S. adults and 17 percent of children and teens are now categorized as having the “disease” of obesity.

A new documentary film and book, Hungry for Change reveals that obesity is curable and preventable without medical intervention and enlists the world’s leading nutritional experts and physicians to support this claim.

“The AMA’s move to label obesity a disease is a step forward in awareness but we’re still way off the mark when it comes to treatment”, states Hungry for Change filmmaker and co-author James Colquhoun.

“This new AMA policy could lead people to seek traditional means of addressing the symptoms of obesity via lap band surgery, prescription medications and radical fad diets. However, we need to address all the underlying causes of obesity including nutritional deficiencies, toxicity, stress and emotional trauma; education not medication is critical in providing a lasting solution, ” added Colquhoun.

Andrew Pollack of The New York Times reported that “medicalizing” obesity would define one-third of Americans as being ill and could lead to more reliance on costly drugs and surgery rather than lifestyle changes.

According to research in Hungry For Change, obesity can be treated easily but the  shocking truth remains that current mainstream approaches are proving inefficient. 

In the US, $60 billion dollars is spent annually on diet and weight loss related products yet UCLA research shows that up to two-thirds of people who go on a diet fail and regain more weight then when they started.

Leading expert contributors in the film including Dr. Christiane Northurp MD, Dr. Alejandro Junger MD, Dr. Joseph Mercola and others postulate that the answer is simple. These experts reveal practical solutions with proven results including: stress reduction techniques, adding in whole foods, moving our bodies daily and green vegetable juices to detoxify the body.

They further add that obesity is very often the result of childhood trauma drawing on research from the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study by Vincent J. Felitti, MD at Kaiser Permanente. Their suggestions are that we look into mind body solutions including visualization and affirmations to shift peoples approach to their body and the foods they gravitate towards.

Hungry for Change  experts reveals that our health is in our hands and that we can escape the diet trap forever. Experts from the field of medicine and nutrition plus transformational, real life. success stories from those who know what’s it like to be sick and overweight offer substantive proof to empower consumers take control of their health and win the war on obesity once and for all;  naturally, effectively and affordably.

Source: http://online.wsj.com/article…

(My comment:  

This is but one more giant leap forward by the ‘stranglehold’ which the Medical Establishment has on our way of life as the world in general and our country in particular is functioning – much to the detriment of those who people the planet.   Between the mandatory immunizations, the  periodic vaccinations scheduled throughout our lives,  compounded by the unwieldy costs we are subjected to (mostly against our better judgement and our very will)   –  – we are being hybridized (just like the genetically engineered plants)  even as we occupy our bodies and think of them as our own.  But are they?  When did we cede control over to “big brother” and the medical complex? 

Well the answer is there to see.  This kind of thing  happens when  we choose the easier path,   give up our own responsibility, find it easier to pass life’s ‘heavy lifting’ to others.  .  .  .   by not using the gray matter between our ears to serve what should be important to us – – OUR OWN NEEDS!  That is the truth of it.   But it isn’t as simple as one, two three.   Indeed, you and I have inherited this  situation that we find ourselves living in today.

Medicine was not always what we see today – a maniacally driven structure there to serve it’s own ravenous appetite of power and greed rather than the call to ease pain and heal the sick.   Healing predates recorded history and the beginnings of so-called ‘medicine’.  As long as the earth has been populated, there have been ‘healers’ who tended the sick and disabled.  Today’s medicine started with noble intentions;  ‘first, do no harm’  and ‘let food be thy medicine’.  But it has declined by what the world has come to know as  “Progress thru Industrialization”  wherein all living forms are being trivialized, hybridized, brutalized and otherwise destroyed.   

There seemingly is no stone left unturned whereby the medical complex with all it’s clever acumen can’t make another fortune off it.  The Human Genome sequencing is such a heartbreak to me.  How quickly they were able to turn this into one more financial avenue of a cash-cow.  It took the Supreme Court to yank the thing back to sanity declaring that they could not patent that which (God) nature had fashioned, [or words to that effect].  Indeed, the way it was going, it was almost unavailable to science to do useful stuff with the Genome since one company or another had patented important parts of it.  Yeah.  Meanwhile, some of the most prominent, leading personalities known today had surgically altered their bodies due to the information being used and or perhaps, the way it was being used.  Fear is a powerful thing.  

Fear is a powerful thing.

Which brings me to the thrust of this article.  By declaring Obesity a Disease,  the medical complex is being handed one more hammer to use over people for the purpose of enhancing their own coffers – not the public interest!   

Medicine has already shown us that they are totally inept in combating obesity.  Doctors know little of nutrition and all it’s ramifications.  Obesity is nothing more than a matter of improper care of the human body.  Barring organic mal-function, it is quite simply diet and movement, in other words – – what nutritive stuff goes into the body,  plus (the elimination of empty calories and toxic stuff,)  and then using the body so that functional, useful and pleasurable activities are being experienced.   It is fairly simple, but people don’t know, apparently.  Their doctors can’t tell or advise them – many of them are also rotund – (has anyone noticed?)   Let’s not forget, their years in med school do not teach health and nutrition – – they teach disease and pharmaceuticals, and you know what they say – – “what goes around, comes around”. . .yeah!  

Then with our kids  this last few years with all the austerities in the governmental financial circles;  you know the cut-backs on everything?  ?  ?. .  .  they have cut sports and all the good things kids need to let off steam and use those bodies!  just sayin’.  .  .   .   

So at a bare minimum, at least 1/3 of our population is overweight or obese. – – that could equate to a whole lot of lap-bands and surgeries,  and just think of all those dietary counseling sessions, where they have pretty much learned what the doctors know since they were trained by the same people.   Sad really.   Most people aren’t running to the internet trying to find a blog like “smokinchoices’  to find out how to get well or lose weight. We all need to get those thinking caps on because this is a real problem begging for a solution.  I AM OPPOSED TO THIS NEW CLASSIFICATION OF “DISEASE” FOR OBESITY.     It is not going to help our people.   Grassroots and community participation is probably going to be needed.

What people need as we have seen so often is good counseling, for sure, from either a nutritionist or a wonderful physician such as the many great people who have graced this blog (see FIND IT). It truly isn’t hard to do, just pick someone, or buy a book written by any of them and give it an honest go.  Don’t read five authors at once, stick to one and give it a shot.  Check stuff out at the library – – don’t have to spend a lot of money.  If one wants to do this, one can.  Just take personal responsibility for that precious body of yours.  Love it and treat it right, it’ll serve you so well.     

Just do it!   You’re worth it    Jan)

June 25, 2013

June 2013 Full-Moon

Filed under: June 23 Full Super-Moon — Jan Turner @ 8:49 am
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(As I walked Heidi last night in the cool night air after another hot day,  I was
  struck by the beauty of this enormous Moon hanging overhead.  So I wound
up knocking on a few doors and dragging folks out to see this spectacular sight
which they would have missed – – none were annoyed with me. It was amazing!  Jan)        

See the Supermoon!

Awesome photos of the June 2013 Full-Moon

Thank you for your photos! They’re awesome!

This weekend, people all over the world looked up at the big, glamorous June 22-23 supermoon shining in the night sky. Thank you to our EarthSky friends who shared their images with us .. so many great and fantastic shots. Here are some. Enjoy!

What is a supermoon?

Does a supermoon have a super effect on us?

Looking further into the future, the perigee full moon will come closer than 356,500 kilometers for the first time in the 21st century on November 25, 2034 (356,446 km). The closest full moon of the 21st century will fall on December 6, 2052 (356,425 km).

For the moon to come closer than 356,400 kilometers (221,457 miles) is quite a feat. In fact, this won’t happen at all in the 21st century (2001-2100) or the 22nd century (2101-2200). The last time the full moon perigee swung this close to Earth was on January 14, 1930 (356,397 km), and the next time won’t be till January 1, 2257 (356,371 km).

Will the tides be higher than usual? Yes, all full moons bring higher-than-usual tides, and perigee full moons bring the highest (and lowest) tides of all. Each month, on the day of the full moon, the moon, Earth and sun are aligned, with Earth in between. This line up creates wide-ranging tides, known as spring tides. High spring tides climb up especially high, and on the same day low tides plunge especially low.

Today’s extra-close full moon accentuates these monthly (full moon) spring tides all the more.

If you live along a coastline, watch for high tides caused by the June 23 perigee full moon – or supermoon – over the next several days. Will the high tides cause flooding? Probably not, unless a strong weather system moves into the coastline where you are. Still, keep an eye on the weather, because storms do have a large potential to accentuate high spring tides.

As a result, if you live near a coast, you’ll want to be on the lookout for higher-than-usual tides.

That's how our SuperMoon looked like. In the Sultanate of Oman .. Soft n Delicate against the rugged n craggy mountains of this desert region. Photo credit: Priya Kumar

“That’s how our SuperMoon looked like. In the Sultanate of Oman .. Soft n Delicate against the rugged n craggy mountains of this desert region.” Photo credit: Priya Kumar

“Super moon over Chester, SC last night.” Photo credit: Ann Thomas Grant

“2013 SuperMoon and the Basilica of Superga (Turin, Italy)” Photo credit: Stefano de Rosa

As close and big as it will get for the east coast of the US - 545am moon sets in coastal North Carolina. Photo credit: Greg Diesel.

Photo credit: Greg Diesel. He writes, “As close and big as it will get for the east coast of the US – 545am moon sets in coastal North Carolina.”

“Last night SUPERMOON JUNE 23 2013 rising behind the old abandoned pizza house at Oton Iloilo City Philippines.” Photo credit: Zhean Peter Nacionales

Supermoon taken at Zaton Mali, Croatia 23:00 Saturday 22nd June Photo credit: Kathy Andrew

“Supermoon taken at Zaton Mali, Croatia
23:00 Saturday 22nd June”
Photo credit: Kathy Andrew

Good-bye Super Moon. Last night's Full Moon sets in the West early this morning just before the Sunrise. Schoharie County, New York Photo credit: Pat Quinn

“Good-bye Super Moon. Last night’s Full Moon sets in the West early this morning just before the Sunrise.
Schoharie County, New York”
Photo credit: Pat Quinn

The supermoon last night - it made the coolest design with the leaves of the Jerusalem thorn tree.  Photo credit: Kathy Carson Newman

“The supermoon last night – it made the coolest design with the leaves of the Jerusalem thorn tree.” Photo credit: Kathy Carson Newman

Super Moon (Waxing gibbous 96.7%) over Punta Manara, Sestri Levante Italy.  Photo credit: Maranathi.it Photograpy

“Super Moon (Waxing gibbous 96.7%) over Punta Manara, Sestri Levante Italy.”
Photo credit: Maranathi.it Photograpy

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Mother and sons watch the 2013 Supermoon rise through the cloud cover at Tempe Town Lake. Photo credit: Kathleen Kingma

Photo credit: Rui Lopes

“Taken in Portugal, near my house in a village called Coja in Coimbra region.” Photo credit: Rui Lopes

Supermoon rising over Annapolis, MD. 6/22/13.  Photo credit: Kathi D Overton

“Supermoon rising over Annapolis, MD. 6/22/13.” Photo credit: Kathi D Overton

Super Moon Jun. 22 2013 P. Dos Recifes V.V ES Brazil Photo credit: Irenilda Mota

“Super Moon
Jun. 22 2013
P. Dos Recifes V.V ES Brazil”
Photo credit: Irenilda Mota

Tonights Super Moon rising over Highland Ca. 6/22/13 Photo credit: Lyle Evans

“Tonights Super Moon rising over Highland Ca. 6/22/13″
Photo credit: Lyle Evans

This picture wws taken from my home at Singapore this evening at 8.00 pm Singapore time. it was a spectacular scene. Photo credit: kannan A

“This picture wws taken from my home at Singapore this evening at 8.00 pm Singapore time. it was a spectacular scene.”
Photo credit: kannan A

The Perigee Full Moon rising over Oakhurst, CA last night. Photo credit:  Steve Montalto

“The Perigee Full Moon rising over Oakhurst, CA last night.” Photo credit: Steve Montalto

June 23, 2013

Alternate care – Cardio, HBP

Cardiovascular Disease Kills

Who of us doesn’t know this?

In this post, lets look a bit at the mystery of heart disease, the condition which claims the lives of more people each year than the next 8 leading causes of death combined!  This annual number exceeds the total of losses we experienced in World Wars One and Two combined.  These figures continue to grow –  they aren’t getting better.

Science and Medicine keeps working on all this.  While much has undoubtedly been gained, it has not translated into benefits which better the experience of the population, beyond the pharmaceutical manipulation of our symptoms.  People trust their doctors and follow their advice.  We continue to weaken and die, so what really has changed?   Doctors knows their medications, but what about the health of the people and what it takes to help the heart?  Having spent a few years under cardiac care with a wonderful cardiologist with whom I was pleased,  I do know how  unsettling, somewhat frightening and  expensive it can be.  Have been grateful for Medicare and what it was able to provide for me.  Stuff  changes. (insurance, doctor, care – quit meds etc.)

A-Fib returned with all it’s attending disruptions and worries. When the meds stopped, all the symptomology was back with a vengeance.  It was  clear to me that the meds had cured nothing;   had  only been forcing the body’s compliance  with regard to the symptoms.  My thinking may seem  radical and perhaps considered unstable.    I still have Medicare.  The government hasn’t broken completely and, would cover all again.   But I had already concluded – – no more.   No more procedures, no more exorbitantly priced meds and God willing – – never, never to be in the hospital again for anything.

Because I am somewhat aged,  it might seem logical to accept  – – this is just the way stuff has to be.  Its what happens when one grows old.  But so  long as I remain,  I’ll continue to learn and grow and give it my best shot.  Why on earth not?  Been re-looking into everything I could find.   There really are a lot of wonderful doctors out there, quite a few of which have graced the pages here at “smokinchoices”  As many of you know,  I have helped myself enormously with the “organic, mostly raw” thing.   It’s labor intensive, but I’m worth it!   Grew “wheat-grass” again, so I’ll do a tray or so of that.  Have already learned it is best on occasion – not an  ongoing daily thing – – too much. . . but so good for the heart.  I’ve dropped about 30 pounds over the last couple of years- all helps.   I indulge grass fed beef and free range chicken as  I can  (and enjoy it).

My blood pressure has not been controlled  or corrected in the 12 – 15 years while  doctors have treated me.   Some have wanted me  to take multiple meds which I won’t do.

Since my problems started in 1995,  no doctor has thought to discuss  with me what I eat or you know, come at this from a more natural perspective.  Apparently, this part of the equation is not even in the running.  Isn’t that strange?  I mean considering what Hippocrates, the father of Medicine is so often quoted as saying ” Let food be thy medicine.”    Boy have things gone wrong.

My Point – –  and I DO have one!

Going over papers which Ron Pelligrini of Vital Nutrients  sent me over the years (pack-rat that I am),     I came across what sounded like just what I needed.  This was a report from Dr Blaylock dated June-July of 2009.  I’m not sure I would have got the point  then.  But I was ready for it now.  So finally, I have arrived at the point of the post.  I want to share what I perceive to be valid information which can be helpful to those who like me, could be doing everything you know how to do while dealing with blood pressure and or heart/cardiac issues and sadly, realizing that not enough is changing.  Feel the downward slide and truly need help that works.

Dr Russell Blaylock has a newsletter called the Blaylock Wellness Report and what I want to reference is his 2 – part  report of New Heart Revelations.  It is very large with many pages.  If this interests any of you , you may want to try to access it yourself online or subscribe if you choose.  It is too large for me to try to input it and I don’t think it would even be ethical.  What I wanted to touch on are a couple of his recommendations which I am finding to be helpful.

This is the first time that anything I have ingested has had a beneficial influence on my blood pressure.  It is not dramatic to be sure, but for me – it  is headed in the correct direction – South!.  My A-Fib has stopped bothering me.  You can imagine how complex it is to express my gratitude for this result.  I am purely delighted.  This alone has brought my stress levels down.    I am interested to take my blood pressure reading now because if arrhythmia is present the indicator so advises me – – since I started these supplements, it has not appeared.    Of course,  that doesn’t mean that I am out of the woods.  This is however, very encouraging.

Dr Blaylock lays out the case on this disease process;  how the heart and related systems are working and why and what the stressors are which bring about these complications.   Lays it out pretty well and understandably.   He goes on to show the natural elements which are lacking;  speaks of dosages and body needs.   Describes numerous studies which have been done here and abroad.   I had not heard of much of it but it sounded right to me – so I called Ron in Chicago  (I have spoken of him before and he should be in my blog-roll),  and spent hours in dialogue.

Got comfortable, then ordered.  Ron, unlike  most vitamin and supplement online sources, is a walking encyclopedia of the stuff I need to know and have over the years, trusted him.  He like anyone, can get anything, but prefers  the higher end, pristinely  formulated end product without the fillers, excipients or cheaper renditions over the purer, body recognizable elements.  Also, he offers a 25% discount to seniors like me.

What I am taking

New to me are a couple of Enzymes   which  I thought  were just products that athletes used to strengthen their muscles and so on.    The first one is :

L-Carnitine.  The heart uses fatty acids for energy production primarily (and secondarily – carbs).   With heart frailty or failure, fatty acids can’t get into the mitochondria where they get turned into energy and as a result, they become toxic.  L-carnitine’s main function is moving fatty acids  into the mitochondria of the heart’s cells.  It also improves the  heart’s use of carbohydrates and prevents oxidation of the heart muscle proteins and the resultant damage.

L-carnitine also improves arterial blood flow,  lowers elevated blood pressure and prevents arrhythmia.  The particular type of of L-carnitine Dr Blaylock spoke of is the form of “propionyl” and this helps  in long term treatment  to even improve maximum exercise duration in heart-failure patients.  Even patients undergoing dialysis were found to have L-carnitine depletion and that supplementation could actually restore normal heart function.

When my order arrived, I started with one capsule in morning and one with my evening supplements.  I noticed the benefits kicking in immediately.   But for 2 or 3 nights, I wasn’t  sleeping well even though I had been very tired.  Further reading showed me that I should take 2 in morning and 1 or 2 mid-day.  But not to take later as could interfere with sleeping.    When I took the three capsules, it was too much for me or my organism to tolerate.  I felt everything was over-working.  So the positive results are from the 2 capsule first thing in morning. One can increase as necessary as body becomes acclimated. I am using “Doctor’s Best,”  strength is  855 mg.

When one is plagued with a condition over an extended period of time, it is easy to  become a bit jaded, less trusting while simultaneously, wanting to believe and accept.   So here I am with a “natural enzyme” bringing relief to my heart and actually beginning to lower my HBP.  It takes a little getting used to.  I am oh so grateful.   But this wasn’t even the first thing which Dr Blaylock began with.   There are a number of other necessary ingredients that as we pile on the years, gradually go into deficit areas and they must be corrected But let me finish with the  enzymes.

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Taurine: is a sulfur containing Amino acid which protects the heart against damage; acting as an anti-oxidant, modulating heart muscle calcium, lowers blood pressure, reduces risk of atherosclerosis, improves heart muscle strength and prevents arrhythmias . Using  “Jarrow” 1000mg, 1 capsule in am.

Dr Blaylock discussed nutrient depletion as a main factor which can be corrected.  Also, inflammation as one of the most serious contributors.  Among a few other suggestions, he started off with the importance of CoQ10 and stressing that Ubiquinol is the preferred form as it is more easily and quickly bioavailable to the body.  I had been taking One  100 mg softgel, whereas  2 is necessary if one wants to actually improve.  So I now take one twice a day.  Really serious cases can ingest quite a bit more.  (really should try to access this great letter. )

Aside from the improving symptomology, I must confess that for whatever reason,  I am doing much better, getting through my days better with more energy.  I’m a happy camper.  Any one who might want to reach Ron Pelligrini at Vital Nutrients, the number is (877) 747-9139.

June 22, 2013

Ways to stop NSA spying on U

Five ways to stop the NSA from spying on you

By Timothy B. Lee THE WASHINGTON POST

If recent reports are to be believed, the National Security Agency has broad powers to capture private information about Americans. But there are still ways to thwart the agency’s snooping. Here are five.

1. Browse anonymously with Tor

Tor lets you use the Internet without revealing your IP address or other identifying information .  It works by bouncing your traffic among several randomly selected proxy computers before sending it on to its real destination. You can go to http://www.torproject.org   and download the Tor Browser Bundle.

2. Keep your chats private with OTR

If you use a conventional instant-messaging service, logs of your chats may be accessible to the NSA through the PRISM program. But a chat extension called OTR (for “off the record”) offers “end-to-end” encryption. The server only sees the encrypted version of your conversations.

3. Make secure calls with Silent Circle

The conventional telephone network is vulnerable to government wiretapping. And many Internet-based telephony applications, including Skype, are thought to be vulnerable as well. But an Internet telephony application called Silent Circle is believed to be impervious to wiretapping. Like OTR, it offers “end-to-end” encryption.

4. Make secure calls with Redphone

Redphone is another application that makes phone calls with end-to-end encryption. It was developed with financial support from U.S. taxpayers courtesy of the Open Technology Fund. The government hopes to support dissidents in repressive regimes overseas. But the only way to build an application that people will trust is to make it impervious to snooping by any government, including ours.

5. Remove your cellphone battery to thwart tracking

The NSA phone records program revealed by The Guardian collects not only information about what numbers we call, but also the location of the nearest cellphone tower when we make calls. If you don’t want the NSA to know where you’ve been, you need to turn off your cell phone. Or take out the battery or leave your phone at home.

Barefoot is ‘cool’

From Dr Joseph Mercola.  This is a very relevant, helpful and informative article.  I highly endorse the overall concept completely as the whole “Grounding” thing has been widely proven.  Through my own youth I knew such wild, carefree abandon while I investigated every nook and cranny I could find – – barefoot!  Won’t deny that I stepped on a few nails and often broke skin, had quite a few stitches  – – but I never – ever broke anything! The price of freedom perhaps.     These days, I only don shoes if I’m leaving the house to shop.    Jan

Grounding: The Potent Antioxidant That Few Know About… And It’s Free

Running

Story at-a-glance

  • Emerging evidence suggests running shoes may alter your gait, causing you to strike the ground heel-first, increasing your collision force with the ground and increasing the risk of injury
  • Barefoot running encourages you to strike the ground with the cushioned fore-foot, which is a more natural gait
  • Humans have been running barefoot, or close to it, since the beginning of time; running shoes were only invented in the 1970s
  • Going barefoot also allows you to “ground” with the Earth and absorb negative electrons from the Earth through the soles of your feet; this grounding effect is one of the most potent antioxidants we know of and may have an anti-inflammatory effect on your body

The Potent Antioxidant That Few Know About… And It’s Free
It may be one of the most powerful antioxidants on the planet and may have an anti-inflammatory effect on your body, too. It can potentially normalize your daily cortisol rhythm and improve your sleep, and help reduce pain and inflammation. Best of all… it’s available to you at little or no cost

June 19, 2013

Web courses R coming

Trends

Area colleges slowly add Web courses

By Joshua Jamerson THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

  • Matthew Stoltzfus teaches chemistry to more than 117,000 students at a time.

He is a lecturer at Ohio State University, and his iPad appbased course is open — at no charge — to anyone anywhere with a Wi-Fi signal.

It’s available on iTunes U, where tech giant Apple offers college courses to the masses. Universities in central Ohio have slowly started to put resources behind iTunes U and other systems that offer what have come to be called Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs.

San Jose State University became the first this year to offer some credit for such courses, and that sparked debate in the higher-education world about the role of college professors.

  • San Jose State’s psychology department denounced the move in an open letter. “Let’s not kid ourselves; administrators at the (California State University system) are beginning a process of replacing faculty with cheap online education ,” the letter reads.
  • Some local professors also have doubts about offering credit for MOOCs.

“They’re not held to the same accreditation standards as traditional online or lecture courses, so they do not provide an equivalent experience,” said Shawn Casey, an English professor at Columbus State Community College who tries to stay away from teaching online courses.

Columbus State doesn’t offer a complete MOOC yet but has started experimenting with iTunes U. The university will expand to other formats, said Tom Erney, the dean of Distance Education and Instructional Support.

  • “MOOCs are transforming the future,” he said.

Stoltzfus said some professors at Ohio State have their doubts about online courses in general.

“You’re like, ‘Oh, man, … is my job on the line?’ ” he said. “But you still need people. A computer can’t do my job without me.”

In addition to iTunes U, the format Stoltzfus uses, Ohio State has free, not-for-credit courses on Coursera, another free online platform that professors use to reach masses.

The university is creating two courses in the fall with Coursera, but it doesn’t plan to offer credit for MOOCs, said Mike Hofherr, associate vice president for distance education and eLearning.

“They’re just too new for us,” he said. “And in the end, if we’re going to continue with this venture, we’re going to have to make it viable.”

Hofherr was referring to the fact that the university doesn’t make any money off its Coursera courses. Having such courses is more about marketing and brand recognition at this point, he said.

More than 130,000 people have enrolled in OSU’s Coursera courses since the school started offering them this year. Since 2012, the university has enrolled 400,000 in its iTunes U courses.

But even marketing opportunities aren’t enough to lure Capital University. Terry Lahm, associate provost, said Capital is staying away from MOOCs and iTunes U and is putting its energy behind for-credit courses that are part online and part lecture.

“We need to preserve our identity of who we are,” Lahm said. “We believe that there’s more to education than what they’re giving away for free.” jjamerson@dispatch.com

@JoshJame

(Jan’s Comment:  

With today’s climate being what it is for our hopeful, but desperate college-bound students,  I say – – whatever works!  These kids deserve all the help they can manage to find.  So Happy hunting. . . . .    .   .   one can only hope this will be a spark for someone out there.  

So many other countries are managing to insure their future citizens are well educated  “and for free, frequently”  .   .   .   only in “Profit-driven” America is it so hard.   For a country of   “values”, there is definitely something wrong here [in my opinion].     just sayin’.     .)

Rights of Choice and Truth

Wisconsin Aims to Jail Amish Farmer

Amish Farmer

Story at-a-glance

  • Wisconsin dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger provides raw milk to members of a private buying club; he was charged with four criminal misdemeanors and acquitted of three of them
  • The Wisconsin Department of Justice filed a motion to revoke Hershberger’s bail and instead send him to jail; fortunately he was sentenced to pay a $1,000 fine and avoided jail time
  • Regulators claim they are trying to protect public health, but properly produced raw milk is a safe, healthful food
  • The fight over raw milk stands as a symbol of the much larger fight for food freedom. Who gets to decide what you eat? You? Or your state and federal regulators?

Wisconsin Aims to Jail Amish Farmer
This Big Dairy-friendly state is trying to jail a small farmer for supplying fresh foods to willing buyers – even after a jury acquitted him

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(From my saved references, I now want to include a relevant clipping, something we’ve all seen,   but most of us aren’t fully informed about.   It matters to me. . .perhaps it will to you as well.  Jan)

GOT “MILK”  ?

The Hype

    Most of us have seen the “milk” mustache commercials, which successfully promoted a fallacy to trusting consumers.  Pasteurized and homogenized “milk” has been and is being promoted as the near “perfect food” for humans, especially, for children.    Most parents have been conditioned to believe that the proper growth of their children’s bones and general health is dependent on the consumption of processed cow’s milk.  Unfortunately, “milk”  isn’t milk anymore.  There has been practically none available in the United States for about 50 years (except in some health food stores or directly from a farm).   The only thing unprocessed real milk has in common with commercial milk is the white color.

The Pasteurization process

    The pasteurization  process of milk alters the proteins and fatsreduces the vitamin content by over 50%, and lays waste to the enzymes.  The enzyme “phosphatase” – – which is essential for the absorption of calcium  – – is completely destroyed.  Thousands of blood tests have shown that those who drink 3 or 4 glasses of commercial milk a day had the lowest levels of blood calcium.

    Raw milk contains beneficial bacteria such as lactobacillus acidolphilus which holds the putrefactive bacteria in check.  This is why raw milk will curdle and sour if allowed to sit at room temperature.    Pasteurization extends the shelf life of milk from five days to several weeks, and will eventually rot.  It enables farmers to maintain low standards of cleanliness.  Calves  fed pasteurized milk usually die within 60 days, as shown by numerous experiments. 

The many results of  “Milk” 

Homogenized milk has been linked to the rise in arteriosclerosis and heart disease.  The culprit is an enzyme called xanthine oxidase (XO) which partly survives pasteurization.  When the cream in milk is in its natural state, the fat globules are too large to go through the intestinal wall and into the blood stream.  Homogenization changes that by straining the fat through miniscule pores under immense pressure.  XO attaches to the fat molecules (reduced in size but greatly increased in number) which are now small enough to get through the intestinal wall and into the blood stream to do its damage.

Homogenization also destroys the enzyme “lipase” which is used for fat digestion as well as “galactase” which s needed for sugar digestion.  The Pathology Department of the University of Washington compared the incidents of heart attacks of ulcer patients who were on a homogenized “milk” diet as ulcer therapy with those who were not.  They found a 3-fold number of heart attacks among those who had consumed homogenized “milk”.  The number was 6-fold  in a similar English study.  Millions believe that they are avoiding hardening of the arteries by drinking low fat or skim “milk”.    Autopsies revealed that commercial skim milk fed to animals had caused severe hardening of the arteries and calcification of the soft tissues.  The use of  rBGH / rBST, antibiotics pesticides and the “stabilization” of milk all render the “most perfect food” even more toxic.

Many scientific studies and articles confirm that processed milk is not healthy. It has been linked to a wide range of disorders and diseases.  They include:    asthma,  allergies,  acne,  arthritis,  anemia,   arteriosclerosis,  cramps,  constipation,  cataracts,  cold and flu,  diarrhea,  diabetes,   ear infection,  heart disease,  headache, obesity,   osteoporosis,    sinusitis,  skin rashes,  tooth decay,   and other maladies.  U. S. Government statistics show that milk consumers are  2.5 times more likely to contract food borne illness from pasteurized milk than from free-range raw cow’s milk.    For sources of real non-toxic organic milk visit:  http://www.realmilk.com/where2.html#me.

Commercial milk is one of the  most dangerous junk foods being peddled to the brainwashed American people as being “healthy”/   Got “milk” ?  Hopefully not!    America, it’s time to wipe off your “milk” mustache.  You’ve been had!

Suggested reading:  MILK – THE DEADLY POISON  by Robert Cohen.

June 17, 2013

KALE, glad I “finally” know ye

(This fabulous piece is from the BulletProof Executive – –  Dave Asprey, at:

http://www.bulletproofexec.com/the-kale-shake-is-awesome-so-upgrade-it/

and I came upon it from the  Paleo Lifestyle magazine which I shared with you a month or so ago.  Hope you guys subscribed to this wonderful, free online magazine.  So far, their guest writers, actually, the whole thing is truly splendid.  Gotta say that I learned a lot about Kale that I have never heard before and I’m so glad I did, but I wish I had known all this long ago.  Jan)

The Kale Shake is Awesome – So Upgrade It

May 27, 2013 ·

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The Mighty Mighty Kale Shake

Kale shakes are popular for    breakfast, due in large part to
Joe Rogan, who has one every morning with his Bulletproof® Coffee. Kale has nutrients that make people feel healthier, lose weight, and just kick more ass. It’s a huge upgrade over toxic sugar-filled cereal, muffins, and yogurt commonly known as “breakfast.”

People turn to raw kale shakes because they want to start their day with a massive dose of nutrients and a revved up digestive system. But what if kale had a dark side, and knowing about it could make your kale shake even better, with more health and performance benefits?

Believe it or not, there are some long-term problems that come with daily raw kale shakes. I learned about them when I was a raw vegan with a daily blender full of kale, before I discovered the Bulletproof® Diet.

The good news is that you can totally bulletproof your kale shake by removing kale’s natural self-defense mechanisms and increasing your vitamin absorption from it. Biohacking your kale shake will blow up the nutritional benefits and send your energy level through the roof.

A raw kale shake is easy to make – just blend together some raw kale and whatever other raw fruits (aka high fructose wet candy) or other vegetables you like. This common formula raises a few biohackers red flags in terms of optimizing health and human performance. As nutritious as kale is, it has a much darker side. That’s why I hacked the recipe to overcome the problems and upgrade your kale to seriously bulletproof your body and mind!

The Dark and Light Side of Raw Kale

What Oxalates in Raw Kale Do to You

Raw Kale’s Dark Side

  • Kale’s oxalic acid can cause muscle weakness
  • Raw kale can cause painful sex
  • Kidney stone risk
  • Gout risk
  • Lowered thyroid function (goitrogenic)

Raw Kale’s Light Side

  • 180% RDA of vitamin A
  • 1000% RDA of vitamin K
  • High concentration of antioxidants
  • Sulphur-based nutrients
  • Carotenoids and flavonoids
  • Lutein and zeaxanthin for your eyes

Oxalic acid forms in kale to protect kale from predation by animals, insects, and fungi. Animals that eat too much of it die unpleasantly unless they have well-developed oxalic acid detoxifying systems. Oxalic acid is also a mycotoxin – a toxin produced by the fungus aspergillus and the common yeast candida. Candida is the cause of most yeast infections and some gut problems.1

Oxalic acid crystals can form anywhere in your body when oxalic acid binds to calcium to form crystals, causing muscle pain. It’s very similar to the way uric acid crystals form in joints in cases of gout. I suspect that many people with diagnosed gout, especially at a young age, also have oxalic acid problems. Oxalic acid also causes most kidney stones when it binds to calcium in the kidney. Low-grade fungal infections happen quite often in relatively healthy people, and they increase your oxalic acid burden.2

It sounds hard to believe, but oxalates also cause painful sex in some women when oxalic acid crystals form in the vagina. Before my wife Lana went Bulletproof, she suffered greatly from an oxalic acid related condition called vulvodynia.2 She had lived in a water-damaged home with oxalic-acid-raising mold, and added to her burden with ate a lot of raw spinach and kale, and had fertility problems. She’s fine now, but doesn’t eat raw kale or spinach anymore. Vulvodynia is a “mystery condition” in Western medicine with links to yeast problems, antibiotic use, and emotions.

Unfortunately oxalates are not just in kale. Other high sources of oxalate are, from highest to lowest, – buckwheat, black pepper, parsley, poppy seed, rhubarb, amaranth, spinach, chard, beets, chocolate, most nuts, most berries, and beans. (Yes, chocolate. That’s why my chocolate is from low-fungus crops that naturally produce less oxalic acid. I’ll get my oxalic acid – and way more antioxidants – from chocolate, not kale, thank you very much!)

In short, oxalic acid is something you should minimize no matter where it comes from.

Symptoms of oxalate poisoning are muscle weakness, burning in the mouth, eyes, ears, nose, and throat, and in the gastrointestinal system, it causes abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.2 Oxalate poisoning does not sound pretty, but you’re unlikely to get acute oxalate poisoning, unless your chronic (daily) consumption of oxalates is so high that your body fails to clear it.

Adding to your oxalic acid burden by eating raw kale regularly is a bad idea. There’s no reason to burden your body with oxalic acid without getting a large benefit at the same time.

Try “Calcium Loading” with Kale

The bulletproof perspective on calcium is that most people have too much of it compared to magnesium, so supplementing it is not recommended for most people. But for kale fans, we change the rules. Supplementing is still a bad idea, but adding it, along with magnesium, to your blender with kale is a great idea.

Because oxalic acid binds vital minerals in the gut, long-term consumption of foods high in oxalic acid can lead to nutrient deficiencies. When calcium supplements are taken with foods high in oxalic acid, the oxalic acid actually precipitates in the gut and drastically reduces the levels of oxalate absorbed by the body. Some cases show as much as a 97% decrease in oxalate levels.2

Additionally, a 1997 study showed that “mineral water containing calcium and magnesium deserves to be considered as a possible therapeutic or prophylactic agent in calcium oxalate kidney stone disease” I suspect the study used my favorite water, San Pellegrino, but the study just says “French mineral water containing calcium (202 ppm) and magnesium (36 ppm)” Each of 80 subjects provided 24-hour urine collection samples daily for the study, and drank mineral water for 3 days, then tap water for 3 days. The water with minerals improved nine risk factors for kidney stones.3

The best way to calcium load is not to take pills or drink water, but to toss your calcium carbonate and magnesium oxide supplements in the blender with your kale. Let the harmful oxalic acid precipitate out in the blender, so your body can filter it out when you drink it. If you allow free oxalic acid into your body without minerals at the exact same time, it will absorb into your body, then, depending on your genetics, infections, history, and your oxalate load, it can form crystals in your muscle tissue, kidneys, or vagina.

Raw Kale is a Goitrogenic Food that Disrupts Thyroid Function

Kale and other cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, etc. can block production of thyroid hormones. Basically, goitrogens inhibit uptake of iodine into the thyroid gland, which slows the production of thyroid hormones.4

Disrupting thyroid hormones is so NOT the way to be Bulletproof – it’s essentially anti-bulletproof. Thyroid hormones such as T3 and T4 play an incredibly important roll in regulating your metabolism. If thyroid production slows down, your metabolism slows down, and your fat burning ability slows way down. Being Bulletproof is all about minimizing the things that sabotage your hormone system and maximizing the things that rebalance your hormone levels.

Not only do goitrogens disrupt the thyroid, they may also increase your risk for thyroid cancer. Studies show that high consumption of raw cruciferous vegetables paired with iron deficiencies may contribute to higher incidences of thyroid cancer,4 even while the sulforaphane compounds in them fight other cancer types.

Goitrogens are no joke. Reducing the amount of uncooked cruciferous vegetables (i.e. kale) you eat will reduce the amount of goitrogens you let in your body. But there is a safe way to get the good stuff from kale. Read on…

Kale’s Light Side – What Kale Nutrients do for You

With kale’s dark side in focus, it’s also important to acknowledge kale’s light side. Steamed kale provides a wealth of vitamins to support good health and performance.

Most of kale’s health benefits are linked to high concentrations of antioxidant vitamins A, C, and K. Just one cup of chopped steam kale contains 885 mcg of vitamin A (exceeds recommended dietary allowance for women and almost completely meets it for men) and 10,652 mcg of beta-carotene (a phytonutrient necessary for vitamin A production). Vitamin A and beta-carotene promote healthy eyesight, tissue growth, and skin and hair repair. It also helps protect against infection from pathogenic organisms.

The vitamin C found in kale facilitates tissue repair, boosts the immune system, and provides antioxidant protection against pathogens and toxins. Except, well, one vitamin C capsule will kick your kale’s ass. So add some ascorbic acid (vitamin C) powder to your smoothie too.

Kale is incredibly rich in vitamin K. Studies in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition say that vitamin K can reduce the overall risk of developing or dying from cancer.5 Vitamin K is necessary for a wide variety of bodily functions, including normal blood clotting, antioxidant activity, and bone health.

Because kale contains an abundance of health and performance optimizing vitamins, you should view it as a Bulletproof food – BUT only if you take action against its built-in problems.

Eat Kale with Fat for Optimal Absorption of Vitamins

Many vitamins and micronutrients are fat-soluble, meaning they are not well absorbed without the presence of adequate fat. One study showed that people who consume salads with fat-free salad dressing absorbed far less of the helpful phytonutrients and vitamins from spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, and carrots than those who consumed their salads with salad dressing containing fat.5

Another study of over 1.700 Swedish men showed that consumption of fruits and vegetables was associated with a decreased risk of heart disease, but only when combined with full-fat consumption like full fat butter.6 Recommendations from this study include adding 1-2 tablespoons of butter to all freshly cooked vegetables.

People always tell their kids to eat their vegetables but few parents realize that children also need to consume an adequate amount of fats with vegetables to fully support proper physical and mental development. Without adequate fat in the diet, children are literally starved of the nutrients necessary for development. My kids would be horrified at steamed vegetables NOT dipped in butter.

Bottom line – Add some sort of fat (i.e. grass-fed butter, Upgraded™ MCT oil) to your kale and all other vegetables for that matter so your body can use them all the way. If you still eat raw kale after reading this far, you can put Upgraded™ MCT oil in the smoothie.

Steam Your Kale to Reduce Oxalates and Goitrogens

In 2007, a study found that a half-cup of steamed kale is medium oxalate, while a half-cup of steamed and drained kale is low oxalate.1 With all the potential damage high oxalates in the body can cause – steam and drain your kale!

Lightly steaming kale and other cruciferous vegetables for up to 30 minutes (far less helps) also significantly reduces the amount of goitrogens and nitriles.6 Reducing goitrogens in your kale reduces the likelihood of disruption to your thyroid and risk of thyroid cancer.

Lightly cooking vegetables also helps break down the cellular structures to increase the digestibility and nutrient absorption of nutrients in the vegetables. Nutrient absorption is also important in terms of the amount of energy your body is actually getting from the food you eat. Studies also show that women who predominantly eat raw food have lower energy intake and higher rates menstrual irregularities than those eating predominantly cooked food.8

After going over all the abundance of vitamins kale has to offer, it is definitely smart to better your chances of absorbing them all by simply steaming your kale.

Don’t Eat Curly Kale or Battered Kale

Dinosaur kale is much lower oxalate than curly kale.1 So eat that variety in your morning kale dose. Battered kale is not a new recipe…it’s what happens to kale that is roughly treated in the field. Kale that is stressed by the environment – insect predation, fungal infestation, or draught and heat problems – will create more toxins, including oxalic acid. So pick the prettiest dinosaur kale you can find.

Summary: How to Upgrade Your Kale to be Bulletproof

  • Dinosaur KaleChoose the right species (dino kale, not curly kale) – Dino kale is much lower oxalate than curly kale.1
  • Cook it – Cooking it and throwing out the water reduces kale’s oxalate levels by 2/3.2
  • Curly KaleAdd fat – Grass-fed butter is a great source of fat to optimize the absorption of vitamins in kale while also boosting cognitive function and gut health. Upgraded™ MCT oil is also another premium sources of fat to add to your kale because it improves the body’s absorption and use of Vitamin E, calcium, and magnesium. It also works directly in cells to give you an extra boost to maximize your performance.
  • Calcium load – Add about a gram of calcium carbonate and 500mg-1000mg of magnesium oxide to your blender to reduce your absorption of oxalates. Or at least swallow a capsule as you are eating it.

Upgraded Kale Recipe to Supercharge Your Body and Brain

Biohackers know cooking is one of the variables that leads to better personal performance. It’s not just the quality of your food, it’s how it’s prepared.

This upgraded kale recipe shows you how to serve your kale shake warm, not cold. It tastes amazing without any sugar or fruit, carries protein well, and fuels your body and mind to levels of performance beyond what you probably believe you’re capable of. I eat this recipe regularly, and it is in Upgraded™ Chef, but without calcium loading.

Ingredients (serves 1):

    *optional ingredients

  • 1 bunch of steamed dinosaur kale
  • 2-4 Tbs grass-fed butter
  • 1-2 Tbs of Upgraded™ MCT Oil
  • 1 tsp or a lot more Onnit Himalayan salt*
  • 2 Tbs (more or less) of high quality heat stable protein (I recommend Upgraded™ Collagen)
  • 1-4 tsp Apple Cider vinegar to taste
  • Herbs of choice (oregano rocks!)
  • Calcium-Magnesium 1:1

Directions:

  1. Steam kale with about a cup or so of water until cooked (about 5-7 minutes).
  2. Drain water. Add more fresh hot water if you want a thinner consistency.
  3. Blend drained kale with cal:mag, salt, herbs, vinegar, grass-fed butter and Upgraded MCT oil until super creamy.
  4. Lastly, for added protein, add Upgraded Collagen or other heat stable protein to the mixture and lightly blend until the protein is mixed in. Or just add pastured raw eggs!
    (NOTE: Be sure to add the protein last and only slightly blend – you don’t want to mechanically damage that expensive protein. You’ll ruin it!)

NOTE: Using a high-speed blender (e.g. Blendtec) is best, you’ll be happy with this functional, time-reducing, texture-enhancing investment.

For this upgraded kale recipe there is no need to add sugar, fruit, or other carbs for it to taste great and make you feel BETTER than a fruit/kale smoothie.

In fact, this recipe can either be eaten as a quick shake to fuel up for the day or add some ground grass fed beef or lamb to make it as a hot soup to share for lunch or dinner. Either way, this low-toxin and high-nutrient upgraded kale shake or soup recipe will leave you feeling satisfied, nourished, and energized! This recipe is adapted from my book, Upgraded™ Chef: 12 Core Recipes to Supercharge Your Body & Brain

If there’s a way to get more out of something, then why not?!

June 15, 2013

Unpaid Internships, new ruling

Court ruling

Ruling may affect unpaid internships

By Sam Hananel ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON — Unpaid internships have long been a path of opportunity for students and recent grads looking to get a foot in the door in entertainment, publishing and other prominent industries, even if it takes a generous subsidy from Mom and Dad.

ALEX BRANDON ASSOCIATED PRESS    Eric Glatt, a Black Swan intern, sued Fox Searchlight Pictures for not paying interns.

But those days of working for free could be numbered after a federal judge in New York ruled this week that Fox Searchlight Pictures violated minimum-wage and overtime laws by not paying interns who worked on production of the 2010 movie Black Swan.

The decision by U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III might lead some companies to rethink whether it’s worth the legal risk to hire interns to work without pay. For many young people struggling to find jobs in a tough economy, unpaid internships have become a rite of passage essential for padding resumes and gaining practical experience.

“I’m sure this is causing a lot of discussions to be held in human-resource offices and internship programs across the country,” said David Yamada, professor of law at Suffolk University in Boston.

There are up to 1 million unpaid internships offered in the United States every year, said Ross Eisenbrey, vice president of the Economic Policy Institute, a liberal-leaning research group. He said the number of internships has grown as the economy tumbled, and he blames them for exploiting young workers and driving down wages.

  • “The return on a college investment has fallen, students are facing higher and higher debt burdens, and the reaction of employers is to make matters worse for them by hiring more and more people without paying them,” Eisenbrey said.
  • In the ruling, Pauley said Fox should have paid the two interns who filed the lawsuit because they did the same work as regular employees, provided value to the company and performed low-level tasks that didn’t require any specialized training.

The interns, Eric Glatt and Alexander Footman, performed basic administrative work such as organizing filing cabinets, tracking purchase orders, making copies, drafting cover letters and running errands.

“Undoubtedly Mr. Glatt and Mr. Footman received some benefits from their internships, such as resume listings, job references and an understanding of how a production office works,” Pauley wrote. “But those benefits were incidental to working in the office like any other employees and were not the result of internships intentionally structured to benefit them.”

Chris Petrikin, a spokesman for 20th Century Fox, said the company plans to appeal.

(My Comment:

 There should be much approval in the land over this ruling.  It has gone on much too long.   The rules have always been there, but largely ignored – – so much so that people actually thought this was all   ‘just the way it was’!  Well, Judge Pauley has laid it out and I daresay, there will probably much more activity to follow. 

This program is clear in specifics,  there must be  benefit which has been structured  precisely for the intern.  In this case, the interns were doing ordinary work that all the employees do. . . . therefore, they must be paid in the same manner as all employees are paid.  That the program has been growing in abuse at a time when jobs are scarce, money is tight and student loan indebtedness is high, is a clear abuse of the system.  Finally, someone with the courage to take action.  Jan)

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