Archive for October 2011
There is simply no escaping the fact that the fate of the Constitution is in our hands—as voters, representatives, justices. If we allow ourselves to abuse the tradition of higher lawmaking, the very idea that the Constitution can be viewed as the culminating expression of a mo- bilized citizenry will disintegrate. After all, the American Republic is no more eternal than the Roman—and it will come to an end when American citizens betray their Constitution‘s fundamental ideals and aspirations so thoroughly that existing institutions merely parody the public meanings they formerly conveyed.
(NaturalNews) For the last several decades, iron supplements have been routinely handed out like candy. Because iron is a basic requirement for cell growth and longevity, it is often assumed that people should supplement with extra iron. However, this faulty belief may carry serious health risks.
High Iron Linked to Heart Attack Risk and More
In one Finnish study of more than 2,000 individuals, researchers found that stored iron was more strongly linked to heart attack risk than either high blood pressure or high cholesterol. It is believed that women who menstruate regularly are less likely to experience heart attacks because iron levels are reduced by the loss of blood each month. The same line of logic explains why men who donate blood regularly also experience fewer heart attacks.
High levels of iron are linked to more than just heart attack risk:
– One study showed that iron supplementation disrupted the balance of gut flora in children. Children who were given iron supplements showed an increase in harmful bacteria and a decrease in beneficial bacteria.
– Research indicates that lower levels of iron can actually be protective against infectious disease, leukemia and lymphatic cancers.
– Other studies demonstrate that iron produces free radicals which accelerate the aging process.
It is easy to see why high iron is a common problem these days, when you consider that the modern diet is heavy in muscle meats and countless foods which contain added iron. Typical staples in the American diet – such as breads, pastas and cereals – are required by federal law to be enriched with added iron. In addition, iron is also present in many multivitamin and mineral supplements.
A common misconception is that anemia is directly linked to iron deficiency, so iron supplements are often the first line of defense when anemia is suspected. However, anemia can be caused by other factors as well, such as reduced thyroid function and vitamin B12 deficiency. Supplementing iron in these cases is unnecessary and can exacerbate the problem by not treating the true underlying issue.
It is far more logical to recommend iron supplementation only when tests show an actual deficiency in iron. Using hemoglobin or red blood cell tests to determine iron deficiency may not only be inaccurate, but could be harmful if iron supplementation is given when it is not needed. Even when a true iron deficiency exists, it is safer to eat foods naturally high in iron than rely on supplements.
Learn more: Natural News
DHS, Tennessee State Troopers set up Halloween checkpoints to ‘keep roadways safe for trick-or-treaters’
Posted October 31, 2011on:
(NaturalNews) The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), a modern-day Nazi occupying force in America, is on a clear mission to destroy all that remains of the nation’s Constitution and Bill of Rights. And it is having a lot of success in the State of Tennessee, where reports indicate that US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials are teaming up with State Troopers to set up warrantless security checkpoints for Halloween.
Just last week, TSA announced that it would be setting up Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) checkpoints on interstate highways throughout Tennessee, which are to include not only the random search of vehicles, but also the active recruitment of truckers and other motorists to become spies in the DHS “If you see something, say something” campaign (http://www.naturalnews.com/033961_T…).
Now, the Volunteer State is planning to set up random checkpoints in other places as well — and presumably near more highly-populated areas — in order to allegedly keep kids safe on Halloween. After all, who really needs their Fourth Amendment protections when children’s safety is potentially on the line, right?
“State Troopers will be conducting safety checkpoints, sobriety roadblocks, saturation patrols and other enforcement techniques to look for aggressive or impaired drivers,” said DHS Commissioner Bill Gibbons who is actively involved in the agency’s “terrorism prevention” program. And the reason for all this is to “keep roadways safe for trick-or-treaters,” they say.
So Tennesseans that decide to drive anywhere within their home state this Halloween could face an unwarranted vehicle search and potentially even a full-body pat down just for traveling. The mere act of traveling, after all, automatically makes you a suspect of terrorism in the new American police state.
Commenting on this new “Show me your papers!” attitude of government officials towards US Citizens, former presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin recently wrote a column explaining how the USA Patriot Act is responsible for enabling this tyranny. The Act essentially gutted the Fourth and Fifth Amendments to the US Constitution, as well as the Posse Comitatus Act, which prohibit the type of Soviet-style checkpoints that TSA is now implementing (http://chuckbaldwinlive.com/home/?p…).
“Back in the days of Free America, checkpoints were synonymous with Red Russia and Red China,” writes Baldwin. “We could never have imaged — or tolerated — those kinds of practices going on in these United States. Now, they are part of everyday life in Occupied America, and standard operating procedure in the State of Tennessee and elsewhere.”
Learn more: Natural News
Abbey, Edward (author, 1927-1989) – The tank, the B-52, the fighter-bomber, the state controlled police and the military are the weapons of dicta- torship. The rifle is the weapon of democracy… If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the mili- tary, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government—and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws.
In late 2010 Pete and I were in the mist of our second tour around the country doing LibertyOnTour.com. It was during that time we started shooting Uncle Sam videos. The idea for these videos is, if “Uncle Sam” – the government – was a real person what would he be like? Would he have any friends? Would people voluntarily hand over their hard earned money to this asshole?
He’s been hiding out for most of this year but Uncle Sam was recently spotted in New York City at Occupy Wall Street. He was attempting to strengthen his relationship with ‘the few’ upset protestors. As you’ll see in the video below Uncle Sam doesn’t do very well with the public. Uncle Sam doesn’t understand that you can’t use money and/or force to solve problems. Yet, alot of protestors were willing to give Uncle Sam more of their freedom and money in exchange for just that.
Video and full article at: Copblock.org
By Dr. Mercola
A great deal of progress has been made this year toward ridding the dental industry of dangerous mercury-containing amalgams.
For example, Consumers for Dental Choice recently reported that:
“On October 10, the City Council of Malibu, California passed a resolution supporting “national and worldwide efforts to reduce anthropogenic [man-made] sources of mercury to the environment.”
Specifically, the city endorsed “efforts by UNEP [the United Nations Environmental Programme] to adopt an international treaty to phase out each of the above five major mercury pollutants”: batteries, electric switches and relays, measuring devices, mercury-containing lamps…and dental amalgam.
Malibu is the third California city to call for the phase-out of dental amalgam, following the resolution of the city council of Costa Mesa and the proclamation by the Mayor of Santa Ana.”
According to Consumers for Dental Choice, the World Health Organization (“WHO”) also just released its long-awaited updated and finalized report on dental amalgam. In Future Use of Materials for Dental Restoration, WHO urges “a switch in use of dental materials” away from amalgam, stating that:
“[F]or many reasons, restorative materials alternative to dental amalgam are desirable.”
But that’s not all!
As a result of enormous public pressure from dentists, health professionals and consumers, the FDA has also promised to make an announcement by year’s end of its decision about whether or not to warn the public of the dangers of dental amalgam, and possibly even restrict its use.
A series of town meetings in three states this year, hosted by the FDA’s Center for Devices, has resulted in the FDA’s reconsideration of its appalling 2009 amalgam rule.
Thanks to Consumers for Dental Choice, town meetings previously attended mostly by industry representatives pleading with the FDA to “go easier on them” are now instead being dominated by consumer advocates demanding government accountability. Their greatest hope is to see mercury amalgams banned altogether, but short of that, the Consumers for Dental Choice hopes the FDA will at least make all consumers aware that amalgams are more than 50 percent mercury. The American Dental Association (ADA) has historically covered up that fact, while taking money from Coca-Cola and other companies whose products promote the formation of cavities.
Fifty percent of dentists are now mercury-free; you can help abolish the use of mercury fillings by supporting one of them. We are on the brink of prompting real change in the fight for mercury-free dentistry, but your voice is needed in order to bring about permanent change.
First Base: Dallas, Texas on March 10
The first of the town meetings occurred in a suburb of Dallas, Texas, in March 2011. According to Charlie Brown (former attorney general and president of the World Alliance for Mercury Free Dentistry), the Texas town meeting generated a surge of long-overdue press coverage about dental amalgam on major Dallas television stations and newspapers.
Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, the presiding FDA official in the dental amalgam issue, was presented with testimony from, among others, Dr. Bill Glaros, the former president of the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine. In response, Dr. Shuren acknowledged the FDA scientific panel’s conclusion that certain populations, such as pregnant women and young children, might be “more sensitive” than others to the adverse effects of dental amalgam. The following statement certainly indicates the door is open, but whether or not the FDA will actually walk through it remains to be seen Dr. Shuren stated:
“We may decide to change our current regulation, and that could include changing the status of dental amalgam, which means it comes off the market or has other controls on it, or we may decide to leave things as they are.”
Second Base: Orlando, Florida on May 5
Floridians continued the momentum by turning out en masse for the next town meeting, outraged over the FDA’s failure to protect children from mercury fillings. The event generated front-page news from coast to coast, even prompting an article from the Los Angeles Times.
As in Texas, with the press in his face, Dr. Shuren was compelled to answer to the FDA’s inaction on amalgam. After all, it is far easier to evade questions about the health hazards of amalgams when behind the protective walls of a government office than it is in front of television cameras. Dr. Shuren told the Orlando Sentinel that he would like the FDA to make a decision this year, but it (FDA) would have to reconsider the scientific and legal issues.
It was hardly the promise of regulatory overhaul, but it was more than the FDA had been willing to say in Washington. Consumers two… amalgams one. But consumers would soon advance their cause even further as dentists turned up in droves for the third town meeting, this time in San Francisco.
Third Base: San Francisco, California on September 22
The highlight of the California meeting was testimony by Anita Vasquez Tibau, grassroots director of Consumers for Dental Choice, who detailed amalgam’s devastating impact on the Spanish-speaking community. Vasquez Tibau assailed Shuren with his own words. In an exchange with the European Union regarding device regulation last February, Shuren sparked an international scrap when he commented that European patients may be “guinea pigs” for medical devices due to inadequate government oversight, and added, “We don’t use our people as guinea pigs in the U.S.”
Oops… except, we do—a point that Anita Vasquez Tibau was quick to bring up.
While holding up a photograph of a Latino kindergartner whose smile showed the tragedy of a mouthful of mercury fillings, Vazquez Tibau reminded Shuren that the FDA itself admits amalgam can cause neurological damage in young children as their immature systems are more sensitive to the neurotoxic effects of mercury vapor. She also reminded him of the FDA’s statement about the lack of evidence of amalgam’s safety for children under age six, and then asked him to stop treating Latino children like “guinea pigs.” Dr. Shuren responded that he intended to make an announcement of the FDA’s position by the end of the year. So the clock is ticking.
Now it’s Your Turn
We need to keep the momentum going between now and year’s end. You must urge the FDA to heed the advice convened by its own scientists in December 2010. To voice your opinion, contact Dr. Shuren at:
Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, Director
Center for Devices, U.S. Food & Drug Administration
10903 New Hampshire Ave.
WO66-5431, Room 5442
Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002
Fax: 301-847-8149 or 301-847-8109
The following are Charlie Brown’s recommended talking points for this contact:
Thank Dr. Shuren for agreeing to act on amalgam fillings this year.
Please end the use of amalgam immediately for children, pregnant women, and hypersensitive adults (as a minimum).
Please make sure every parent knows amalgam is mercury, not silver, by making warnings mandatory. Every consumer should be told the truth about what’s going into their mouths, and their children’s mouths.
Kicking the can down the road is not acceptable. It is time for a decision now, NOT an announcement that the FDA’s decision will be postponed. We have irrefutable scientific evidence about the dangers of mercury amalgams. Your children are being subjected to harm now—they can’t wait another year.
I also urge you to contribute to Consumers for Dental Choice. I strongly believe in their mission and their commitment to the Campaign for Mercury-Free Dentistry. They rely on public donations to complete this important mission. (Consumers for Dental Choice is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to advocating mercury-free dentistry. Contributions are tax-deductible in the U.S.)
Donations can be made online or through the mail:
Online donations: http://www.toxicteeth.org/donate.cfm
Checks can be mailed to
Consumers for Dental Choice
316 F St., N.E., Suite 210
Washington DC 20002
Also, for timely updates and information, please join Consumers for Dental Choice on Facebook.
Thank you for your help in keeping the ball rolling—help make 2011 a landmark year for your dental health!