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Bananas, herbs may help prevent HIV transmission

(NaturalNews) A study published in the March 19, 2010, situation of The Journal of Biological Chemistry observed that banana lectins, the proteins that bind to sugars, also bind to HIV-infected cells and avoid their replication and transmission. And a number of other studies have discovered comparable anti-HIV effects from different herbs and plants like the hyssop herb, pine cone seed extracts, “pokeweed” extracts, Reishi mushrooms and even cannabis (marijuana).

Researchers from the University of Michigan (UM) identified in a laboratory study that banana lectins bind to HIV-infected cells and basically envelop them so that they can’t reproduce. So scientists are now working on a very-concentrated extract of these lectins known as “Ban Tec” that they say could 1 day be widely used to avoid HIV transmission.

Pine cone seeds include a high lignan extract that has been shown not only to inhibit HIV transmission, but also reverse the harm caused to the physique by HIV-infected white blood cells. The “pokeweed” plant and at least three other North American prairie plants have shown HIV-preventive effects as effectively. And plant sterols in general seem to safeguard wholesome cells from becoming invaded by HIV. These and other details came from a latest report by FOX News.

For treating HIV-related signs and symptoms like “wasting syndrome” and neuropathy, cannabis, also known as marijuana, has verified itself to be highly efficient. Cannabis spurs appetite in those with “wasting syndrome”, helping them to eat more and gain weight, and it also reduces or totally eliminates the severe pain related with neuropathy.

And the Reishi mushroom, which is identified for its powerful immune-boosting activity, is also a favorite amongst Chinese herbalists treating HIV simply because it can support improve general condition and even potentially help reverse the disease altogether.

Sources for this story contain:

http://www.jbc.org/content/285/12/8646.abstract

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/01/11/bananas-herbs-avoid-transmission-hiv/
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Why most natural disasters aren’t natural at all

(NaturalNews) From the point of view of a lot of humans, the term “natural disaster” is a handy scapegoat due to the fact it enable a person (or a whole nation) to blame nature for their own poor planning. Wherever we come across so-referred to as “natural disasters” about the world (such as Brazil at the second), we also typically locate a big group of individuals who have cut down the forests that buffer rainfall, paved over the grasslands that allow rain to soak into the soil, and constructed their homes right in the middle of gullies and natural drainage channels. When the floods come, they appear to the sky and curse Mother Nature, shouting, “We got hit by a natural disaster!”

Of course, in some circumstances it genuinely is a natural disaster. When a volcano blows and causes widespread destruction beyond what any person could have reasonably foreseen — such as Mt St Helens in the 1980’s — that’s a legitimate natural disaster. When an under-the-ocean earthquake causes a fifty-foot tsunami that wipes out a beach town, that’s a legitimate natural disaster, too. When a significant meteorite slams into the planet with the force of millions of atomic bombs, laying waste to an whole era of exclusive lifeforms (the dinosaurs, for instance), that’s a natural disaster.

But acquiring wiped out by a flood since you built your property appropriate in the flood path of a local river is not a natural disaster. That’s a man-made disaster. Or, more accurately, it’s just poor planning on the element of quick-sighted humans. And when it comes to disasters, there’s plenty of quick-sightedness to go about these days.

Poor planning
When I lived in Ecuador, I witnessed all sorts of homes becoming built correct in the drainage pathways and low-lying flood zones of rivers with a identified history of flooding. Even back in the United States, the federal government in fact encourages individuals to construct homes in flood zones and hurricane zones by providing “federal flood insurance” which is for the most component a way for the taxpayers to subsidize the danger of those who live in houses that in no way ought to have been built in these places in the very first place.

The entire fiasco of rebuilding the low-lying regions of New Orleans right after Hurricane Katrina is a perfect instance of mankind just begging to be hit with yet another “natural disaster.” It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that some time in the next 50 years, a category five hurricane is going to strike New Orleans yet again and reclaim the extremely exact same regions that technically belong beneath water as component of the Gulf of Mexico. (This is in no way meant to disparage the men and women of New Orleans, by the way, who are some of the most joyful and creative people you’ll ever meet. Fantastic folks. Sad geologic scenario, nonetheless. You can’t fight geology for extended…)

Forest fires should by no means be a surprise
The most striking example of so-named “natural disasters” is when men and women construct their homes in a giant forest, surrounded by trees, and then they appear surprised when these trees catch on fire and burn their houses to the ground. Did they really believe that trees by no means burn? Do folks honestly purchase multi-million dollar homes in California and assume that their homes will somehow be magically immune to the forest fires that inevitably sweep by way of all forests?

I do not imply to make light of the loss of property and the human suffering that occurs throughout such events, but wouldn’t all that loss have been prevented if they believed much more cautiously about the situation in the very first location?

Even the news gets it wrong. They’ll report issues like, “The fire induced over $ 200 million in property damage…” Nicely, not precisely. The forest fire burned exactly where it has usually burned, each couple of decades, for possibly tens of thousands of years. Fires are, in truth, critical for the wholesome functioning of forest ecosystems. And till humans started developing houses in forest fire zones, those fires never caused any so-called “property harm.” So why is the fire to blame for destroying properties? Since individuals constructed their homes proper exactly where the fires burn each few decades!

As soon as you comprehend that, you can’t really blame the fire for destroying the homes. It’s not the fault of the fire. Folks shouldn’t develop properties in forest fire zones.

See, when I look at a forest as a prospective home internet site, the really 1st issue that comes to my mind is, “Sooner or later, these trees are going to burn.” It’s a natural cycle triggered by lightning combined with a dry season that follows a wet growing season that produces lots of underbrush “fuel.” All it requires is 1 lightning strike to light it up, and from there the laws of chemistry take over.

When poor planning collides with natural repeating cycles
Most “natural” disasters are truly triggered by poor human planning. Normally speaking, individuals do not have a really extended-term view of items. They do not take into account that the small creek running behind their new property could quite simply wind up meandering through their living room after record rainfall. The cattle rancher who buys 500 acres of forest and then clear-cuts the trees to make room for cattle grazing (Brazil, any person?) doesn’t generally consider the fact that they have now eliminated the rainfall / water buffer zone that protected their lands from floods and erosion.

Even professional city engineers frequently aren’t really vibrant about all this: They’ll style cities with huge locations of pavement and roads, all even though failing to appropriately think about the reality that what utilised to be dirt which once absorbed water is now concrete that channels water someplace else. It doesn’t take significantly rain for a city of pavement to grow to be a flash flood nightmare.

Quit blaming nature for poor human planning
It is inappropriate for individuals to use the term “natural disaster” to refer to poor planning on the part of humans. Instead of blaming themselves for building their homes proper in the middle of a flash flood zone, too a lot of individuals blame nature (or God). “Why does God punish us by destroying our house?” they cry. Perhaps God was truly sending them an essential message: “Don’t build your home in a flood zone.”

Not all floods are the fault of the folks affected by them, of course. There are massive floods occurring right now in Brisbane, Australia. I haven’t studied the underlying cause of these floods, but they appear entirely out of character for the region there. In that case, it indicates the victims of the floods in Brisbane are suffering via no fault of their personal but rather as a result of some destructive global influences on the planet’s climate systems.

Nonetheless, now that Brisbane has observed the prospective for flooding, watch in amazement over the subsequent twelve months as several Australians rebuild homes appropriate back in the very same precise areas devastated by this flood. It is not a characteristic of excellent planning. (And it’s not distinctive to Australians, of course. This happens everywhere in the world, it seems, exactly where men and women reside.)

What “natural disasters” are coming subsequent due to poor human planning?
Here are some of the “natural disasters” I predict will strike our world in the close to future. They’ll be blamed on nature, but the real trigger is discovered in human behavior:

• It won’t be too extended before our food crops endure a genetic pollution disaster due to the widespread use of GMOs. Amid global starvation, the GMO scientists will exclaim, “There’s no way we could have foreseen this!” Oh yeah? We warned ya!

• The huge life extinction event occurring appropriate now on our planet will ultimately be traced largely to the mass chemical contamination of the globe with pharmaceuticals, industrial chemicals, food additives and synthetic chemicals in client products. Already, the bird and fish die-offs are being named “natural” by conventional scientists who don’t see what’s truly happening.

• The next wonderful dust bowl will strike inside twenty years as abused, over-farmed soils continue to erode, transforming several food-producing regions of the globe into food deserts (deserts as in sand, not desserts as in cherry pie). Instead of blaming destructive farming practices, scientists will blame the weather.

• The global use of fossil water — especially in India — will soon meet a geologic limit, causing widespread drought and desertification. This, too, will be blamed on a “natural” disaster (dry spells).

• The enormous loss of food pollinators will accelerate, ultimately leading to emergency shortages of pollinators and a detrimental impact on the global food supply. Instead of blaming this on the most probably culprits (GMOs and pesticides), conventional scientists will try to blame viruses or weather events.

… and this list goes on… and on… whilst humans continue to blame nature instead of seeking at the actual source of these troubles: Ignorant “scientific” progress and boundless human expansion!

Possibly instead of blaming floods, fires and crop failures on Mother Nature (or God), human beings ought to take responsibility for the influence of their personal actions, each individually and collectively.

How to stop numerous so-called natural disasters
So how can we avoid these “natural disasters” on a individual level? It’s easier than you assume:

Be mindful of the globe about you.

Be conscious of your impact on the globe about you and the fact that you are connected with the planet about you. Every thing we do to globe about us, regardless of whether destructive or creative, will eventually be reflected in that world.

And particularly be wary of contaminating the planet, destroying natural habitat or attempting to alter the natural cycles of nature. The greatest way to prevent natural disasters is to understand to reside in greater harmony with the nature world, respecting its natural cycles of “destruction” which are really essential to life on Earth.

As one much more swift example, think about big hydroelectric dams and the concern of flooding. Arrogant scientists and engineers promised that such dams would finish floods downstream, create clean power and lead to a healthier planet. They were incorrect: By stopping the floods, dams straight interfere with the normal life cycle of virtually all the animals that reside downstream. And by halting flooding, they deny the croplands on the banks of the rivers the nutritional replenishment they will need to grow healthful, mineral-wealthy crops.

Much the exact same is accurate with forest fires. Humans desperately and ignorantly try to extinguish such fires, thereby preserving the forest floor “fuel” that one day ignites into a a lot stronger blaze that, instead of invigorating the forest, kills it dead. Just appear at the history of Yellowstone National Park. It was all the decades of extinguishing fires there that led to the devastating, tree-killing fire of 1988.

Human arrogance at function yet again, thinking that each and every time a fire or flood happens, it is a “natural disaster” that ought to be halted through human intervention.

The upshot is that a lot of “natural disasters” are really only disasters from the point of view of individuals who do not respect nature in the first place.
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Urgent action needed to help stop fluoridation of New York City and San Diego

(NaturalNews) There’s excellent news on the fluoride front in New York City this week, but your aid is required there (and also in San Diego). Councilor Peter Vallone is introducing a bill to the New York City Council that would end fluoridation in NYC. We require assist from all our New York City readers to support this effort to safeguard the safety of the NYC water supply and get rid of this toxic chemical from the tap water there.

If you reside in NYC, please sign this petition from the Fluoride Action Network:
http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/2477/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=5443

Fluoride is a poison
As you may already know, the fluoride that’s dumped into the water supplies in cities like NYC is actually derived from the toxic byproducts of the phosphate mining industry. Twenty-4 studies have now been publishing linking fluoride to low IQs in children, like a current study that showed water fluoridation strongly correlated to a statistically significant reduction in children’s IQs (http://www.prisonplanet.com/fluoride-in-water-linked-to-lower-iq-in-children.html).

Also, if fluoridated tap water is used to create infant formula, this can trigger a toxic overdose of fluoride in infants, delivering up to 200 instances the fluoride level of breast milk and causing fluoride poisoning (http://www.naturalnews.com/030123_fluoride_babies.html). This can lead to cancer, tooth discoloration and neurological harm, amongst other side effects.

Oppose fluoride in San Diego
The city of San Diego is right now threatening to add fluoride chemicals to another section of the city, affecting 1.four million residents there. If you live in San Diego, please help us oppose this fluoridation strategy by taking action now with this petition (urgent deadline, please act these days):

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/2477/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=5403

Stay informed
These petitions are being organized by the Fluoride Action Network (www.FluorideAlert.org), exactly where the executive director professor Paul Connett leads a science-based effort to eradicate fluoride chemicals from our water and thereby defend the health of our households and youngsters.

He’s the author of The Case Against Fluoride – How Hazardous Waste Ended Up in Our Drinking Water and the Poor Science and Potent Politics That Maintain It There (http://www.amazon.com/Case-Against-Fluoride-Hazardous-Drinking/dp/1603582878).

This book is packed with details, citations and the scientific evidence on why fluoride is very dangerous for humans to ingest in the quantities at present becoming used in municipal water supplies. Extremely recommended reading.

Watch for a lot more news about fluoride here on NaturalNews.com, where we are working to assistance grassroots efforts to stop the chemicals that are poisoning our globe and harming our individuals: GMOs, fluoride, mercury fillings, pharmaceuticals, chemotherapy, vaccines and far more.
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Personal health transformation video contest launched at NaturalNews.TV

(NaturalNews) NaturalNews.TV is giving away $ 1,800 in cash and wellness product prizes as component of our new “Private Wellness Transformation Video Contest!” The contest is open to everybody, and entering the contest is as straightforward as uploading your video to NaturalNews.TV. The contest ends on February 7 at which point the videos with the most votes from users win the cash (total $ 1,000 in cash) plus the item prizes (see below)!

Basically develop a video about your personal personal health transformation to qualify. This can be a video about how you overcame a health condition (or disease), how you lost weight, how you improved your health in some essential way, or some other comparable accurate story involving natural medicine, nutrition or healing therapies.

The most compelling stories will include particulars on HOW you used natural therapies to overcome disease. You could show your juicing recipes, or which superfoods you take, or what therapies you employed, what your physical exercise plan may possibly be, and so on.

Your video story must be about YOU (not somebody else) and must invoke the use of a natural therapy or self-healing action.

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Florida professor arrested after carrying suspicious bagel on airplane

(NaturalNews) If you carry bagels or other food items with you on an airplane these days, you’d far better paint them red white and blue just to make positive all the passengers about you know you’re genuinely an American. Otherwise, they just may turn you in. In but yet another case of air passengers turning into in-flight SS troops, a Florida professor was arrested, handcuffed and removed from a plane when his fellow passengers reported he had a “suspicious-searching bag” in his hands.

The contents of that suspicious-looking bag turned out to be a bagel with cream cheese, a set of keys and a hat.

But in America’s ultra-paranoid atmosphere exactly where the U.S. government really encourages individuals to spy on every single other (http://www.naturalnews.com/030648_Wal-Mart_suspicious_activity.html), apparently just about anything can set off the suspicions of the citizens’ secret police. Possibly you talk funny, or walk funny or just appear funny. Possibly your skin isn’t white. Possibly you speak with some sort of foreign accent which, as all Americans already know, implies you must be a terrorist.

Possibly you pay with money instead of a credit card. What? Only a terrorist would carry money! Or maybe you are just “suspiciously minding your own business” and not chatting it up with all the other men and women around you. That makes you a potential terrorist, too, didn’t you know?

I can’t wait to see how speedily I’ll be arrested on my next flight. I bring superfood powders and a Blender Bottle with that springy metal mixer inside. So in the course of the flight, I’m sitting there mixing water and powders like some sort of mad chemist. Some nutritional noob sitting nearby would no doubt have no clue what was genuinely going on and almost certainly call the flight attendant to report, in secretive tones, “There’s a strange man sitting over there mixing up a bomb!”

And that’s all it would take. The FBI’s anti-terrorism unit would be known as out, the plane would be diverted to the nearest landing strip, the on-board Air Marshall would pull a gun on me, and I’d be arrested upon landing, then interrogated for 48 hours beneath the U.S. Patriot Act (no far more Bill of Rights, see?) for the mere act of drinking superfoods on a flight.

Obama becomes Bush
This is no exaggeration, by the way. The paranoia has reached precisely such a level on airplanes crossing the skies of America today. This is all due to government-sponsored paranoia and the notion that folks ought to all spy on every single other. Just today, the Obama administration, which was elected primarily to oppose the secret prisons and fear-mongering of the Bush administration, has now announced that federal agencies ought to all spy on their employees to stop future Wikileaks incidents (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40916433/ns/us_news-wikileaks_in_security).

Now, the mere act of not being a “happy” federal employee makes you a suspicious target for becoming spied on, too. This just gets far more and more like 1984 all the time, doesn’t it?

Be sure to watch my “report suspicious behavior at Wal-Mart” video at: http://www.naturalnews.tv/v.asp?v=5A4B5D4B84344D5D9CBD262A53D8B071

Oh, and don’t bring a bagel on any flights. Your typical corn-fed American thinks a bagel is “foreign food” and it instantly raises red flags that you may be a terrorist. Identical story with hummous. Actually, hummous is even more suspicious and can earn you a trip to Guantanamo Bay just for mentioning it, due to the fact your typical TSA moron can’t differentiate in between “hummous” and “Hamas.” They feel “hummous” is a terrorist group.

The whole factor is so sadly laughable. Instead of addressing the genuine threats to America (such as the Federal Reserve and the FDA), the U.S. government turns the citizenry into a network of secret spies who now accuse each other of being terrorists for issues like going to the bathroom too numerous instances throughout a flight. (I drank some watermelon juice, okay?)

If you really want to guard the safety of the American individuals, just dismantle the FDA and end the government-protected monopolies for Big Pharma and conventional medicine. You would save upwards of various hundred thousand lives a year just from the lower in deaths brought on by the medical business.

Large Pharma’s FDA-approved drugs, just by themselves, kill roughly 30 times the amount of Americans killed in 9/11 — every year! That’s why the FDA is far far more hazardous than any terrorism group (http://www.naturalnews.com/009278.html).

In truth, the most suspicious person on an airplane these days should be a drug company CEO. There’s a terrorist if I ever saw 1. An individual call 911.

Sources for this story incorporate:
http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/nearby-beat/Florida-Professor-Arrested-for-Having-aSuspicious-Bagel-on-a-Plane-112825029.html
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Oil of oregano fights harmful bacteria, cancer

(NaturalNews) A new report out of the University of Arizona (UofA) says that oil of oregano is a effective nutrient for fighting dangerous bacteria and preventing cancer. Sadhana Ravishankar, a foods microbiologist at UofA, discovered that carvacrol, a phenol of oregano oil, exhibits potent antioxidant and antimicrobial activity, not only when consumed but also when applied to foods.

Ravishankar’s lab at UofA had previously recognized oregano oil as a strong antibacterial in lab testing, but she and her crew determined to test the oil on meals to see how it fared. They discovered that when applied floor beef, oregano oil truly prevented the formation of up to 78 percent of the cancer-causing molecules that typically arrive about when meat is cooked at high temperatures.

“The idea that something in a plant can inactivate all this bacteria is really fascinating to me,” Ravishankar told reporters from The Arizona Daily Star.

Printed in the Journal of Agricultural and Meals Chemistry, the findings have immense implications for foods security, as oregano oil could be applied to numerous meals preparations to ward off the formation of harmful microbes and other contaminants that threaten human health. Rather than resort to irradiation, chemical substances or other unnatural interventions, oregano oil just may be a viable, normal option.

The group says that additional testing is necessary to recognize just how oregano oil performs its effective operate. But there is no questioning the fact that it does, and researchers hope that the breakthrough discovery will eventually end result in improved foods security.

Oil of oregano is a powerful weapon in opposition to intestinal parasites and yeast overgrowth as well. A single study observed that 77 % of enteric parasite sufferers who took oregano oil for six weeks ended up parasite-free of charge. And oil of oregano also helps stave off Candida albicans, a yeast overgrowth that can severely debilitate quality of life (http://www.naturalnews.com/027333_oregano_parasites.html).

Resources for this story contain:

http://www.lef.org/information/LefDailyNews.htm?NewsID=10562&Section=Diet
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Charlotte Gerson to reveal advanced solutions for diabetes, obesity, heart disease and cancer in live webcast event

(NaturalNews) With the exact same passion she has brought to her eye-opening discussions about natural cancer cures, Charlotte Gerson is spearheading a reside video webcast this coming Tuesday, December 28, that offers advanced options for cancer, obesity, diabetes and heart disease. The event is hosted by Jonathan Landsman, host of the NaturalNews Speak Hour, and also features Howard Straus, a wellness freedom and natural cures advocate who says “The quantity one killer of Americans is the American medical program.”

The full video webcast event is being streamed on the web in genuine time. It runs this Tuesday at 6pm (PST) / 9pm (EST) and enables participants to submit questions for Charlotte Gerson to answer. A restricted amount of seats are accessible. Find out much more at: http://www.naturalnews.com/Charlotte-Gerson-Event.html

For those who can’t make the scheduled time on Tuesday, unlimited replays of the whole event are supplied by means of January 28. This also allows webcast participants to review the material, watch it a second time, or even play the webcast for a buddy or household member who requirements to expand their information of well being.

Advanced options for the world’s most deadly diseases
In this webcast event, Charlotte Gerson tackles the greatest diseases threatening America and the western world right now: Cancer, diabetes, heart disease and obesity. She told NaturalNews she plans to supply guidelines for lifelong weight loss (based on genuine nutrition, not gimmicks), how to boost your immunity employing the natural medicine discovered in genuine foods, why the cancer industry is incapable of solving the cancer pandemic, confirmed methods to reverse diabetes by “reconfiguring” your body’s metabolism to function in a a lot more healthful way, how to activate your inner healing potential and other similar topics.

Charlotte Gerson is one of the most well-informed, outspoken and widely loved specialists on healing cancer, nutritional cleansing and self healing. Her range of knowledge on the subject is truly astounding, and her educational efforts have impacted millions of folks and helped save countless lives from not just cancer but also the cancer industry (which kills much more individuals than cancer itself).

Join in this live event Tuesday to see Charlotte Reside, in real time, providing the most up-to-date solutions on healing cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Here’s the link to reserve your spot:

http://www.naturalnews.com/Charlotte-Gerson-Event.html

You can watch this event from anywhere in the globe, by the way. As extended as you have bandwidth, you’ll be able to tune in from any Mac or PC.

This event is becoming coordinated with NaturalNews and earns our highest recommendation for those looking for genuine answers to life-threatening disease. If you’ve already tried the conventional medical method and have been poisoned instead of healed — or if you are just searching for a fully natural strategy to stopping illness — this live event with Charlotte Gerson may possibly be one of the most life-altering experiences you’ll ever have.

The info Charlotte has to provide in this event is the sort of healing wisdom that could save America from sick-care bankruptcy if it were universally embraced, but the established medical method merely generates too significantly profit from sickness and illness to allow these options to be widely recognized. Nonetheless, YOU can find out these health-restoring secrets on your own, regardless of the sick-care industry and its profit agenda that would prefer nobody knows these answers.

Remain informed and remain properly. Your body knows how to prevent disease, and Charlotte Gerson knows how to activate your body’s healing systems!

Watch the total event by registering nowadays:
http://www.naturalnews.com/Charlotte-Gerson-Event.html

I’ll be watching the event, too, simply because I often find out some thing new with Charlotte Gerson is speaking!
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Group urges NIH to require public disclosure of medical researchers’ industry connections

(NaturalNews) Industry-funded investigators and researchers that are also on the payroll of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) often go unnoticed because no rule exists requiring them to make such information public. But in an effort to increase transparency, honesty, and full disclosure within the medical community, the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) is urging the NIH to include public disclosure requirements in its Final Rule on the issue.

Recent reports exposing connections between medical professionals and the drug industry have revealed that the entire medical industry is largely tainted with bias and major conflicts of interest. Examples include drug companies paying ghostwriters to forge write-ups in medical journals (http://www.naturalnews.com/029696_drug_companies_ghostwriting.html), doctors to promote drugs to their patients (http://www.naturalnews.com/030111_drug_companies_illegal.html), and medical researchers to influence study findings (http://www.naturalnews.com/028491_medical_research_corruption.html).

NaturalNews covered POGO’s efforts back in March to get the attention of NIH Director Francis Collins concerning the fact that its researchers were secretly on drug company payrolls. Collins agreed with POGO’s proposal that such industry connections need to be disclosed publicly, but nothing much has happened since that time to address the problem.

In a more recent letter to Collins, POGO is again urging Collins and the NIH to require that medical researchers’ connections with the drug industry be publicly disclosed on searchable databases that can be easily accessed by the public. The group is also requesting that if medical researchers lie about such connections, that they be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Since Collins has already verbally expressed support for the proposal — and even submitted comments to the New England Journal of Medicine that helped further spark public interest in the idea — it is now only a matter of prodding him and the agency to actually make it happen.

You can express support for requiring full, public disclosure of NIH medical researchers’ industry connections by writing to:
Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD
Director
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland 20892

You can also email Collins directly at:
Francis.Collins@nih.hhs.gov

Sources for this story include:

http://www.pogo.org/pogo-files/letters/public-health/ph-iis-20101119.html
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Health freedom attorney Jonathan Emord speaks out about Obama health care, the US Constitution, and the Supreme Court

(NaturalNews) Following the recent court decision of U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson, who ruled that a key provision of Obama’s health care plan is unconstitutional, I spoke with health freedom attorney Jonathan Emord about the implications of this important ruling.

Jonathan Emord is currently representing clients in a related court case in Ohio where he is also arguing to protect the rights of private citizens against overreaching government requirements that interfere with individual choice.

“This is a very important decision because the district court Judge here carefully analyzed the law and identified its two principal weaknesses,” Emord told NaturalNews. “The law includes this individual mandate which requires millions of Americans to purchase health insurance even against their will. And if they do not purchase health insurance in 2014, they would be subject to a tax penalty.”

You can listen to the full interview on NaturalNews.TV:
http://www.naturalnews.tv/v.asp?v=5001210B1D257403E6F8220280D03CD6

Emord goes on to state, “Never before in American history has the government of the United States compelled a private party to purchase a commercially available good.”

U.S. Supreme Court likely to hear the case
As you’ll hear in this interview, Emord anticipates this case eventually escalating to the U.S. Supreme Court. If this law stands and is ruled constitutional, it would open the doors for the U.S. government to mandate citizens to purchase all sorts of products or services that the government wishes to favor or protect, warns Emord.

For example, the U.S. government could theoretically require all citizens to purchase an American-made electric car in order to indirectly bail out a Detroit car manufacturer. Anyone who does not wish to purchase an electric car would be fined by the IRS, potentially to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars.

This is a very important interview on the crucial subject of health freedom. To listen to the full interview, visit NaturalNews.TV at: http://www.naturalnews.tv/v.asp?v=5001210B1D257403E6F8220280D03CD6

Following the interview, I offer several minutes of commentary and analysis about health freedom, the limits of the federal government, and why forcing Americans to purchase a product against their will is bad government.
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Ovarian cancer screenings are essentially useless

(NaturalNews) A new study published in the peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society (ACS) Cancer has found that current ovarian cancer screening technologies do virtually nothing to decrease the overall death rate from the disease. Laura Havrilesky, MD, MHSc, and her team from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, discovered that in many cases, ovarian cancer progresses so fast that screenings are unable to detect a problem until it is too late.

“If we assume ovarian cancers grow and spread at different rates, the best screening strategy available will only reduce the number of women dying from this cancer by 11 percent,” Havrilesky is quoted as saying. “This is partially because the slower growing cancers are more likely to be caught by a screening test.”

So the team has concluded that the best way to deal with ovarian cancer is to try harder to prevent it, and develop better methods of treating it. Because there is really one no way to determine the nature of ovarian cancer from patient to patient, there is also no single conventional method that effectively recognizes each unique type and its eventual progression rate.

Fortunately, there are many natural ways to fight ovarian cancer, and prevent it from occurring in the first place. The Agaricus Blazei Murrill mushroom (ABM mushroom), for instance, is a powerful cancer-fighting mushroom that studies out of both the U.K. and Japan have identified as such. The ABM mushroom contains high levels of powerful beta glucans that stimulate the immune system and promote the mechanisms that fight and prevent cancer cells from being able to take hold (http://www.naturalnews.com/025402_cancer_ovarian_natural.html).

Other ovarian cancer fighters include bindweed (convolulus arvensis), selenium, turmeric (curcumin), vitamin K, quercetin, astragalus, espinheira santa, green tea and carotenoids.

Sources for this story include:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-12/w-ocs120810.php
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Sunscreen chemicals absorbed into body, found in 85 percent of human milk samples

(NaturalNews) Before you apply creams, lotions, cosmetics and sunscreens to your skin, it might be a good idea to find out what’s really in them. What’s more, you need to know those ingredients aren’t necessarily just coating the outside layers of your skin. For example, as NaturalNews previously reported, UCLA scientists have recently discovered nanoparticles in cosmetics and sunscreens can enter and wander throughout the body, potentially disrupting body functions on a sub-cellular level (http://www.naturalnews.com/027603_nanoparticles_cosmetics.html). And now, for the first time, a study just published in the international science journal Chemospherehas shown that a group of chemicals known as UV (for ultraviolet radiation) filters are turning up in humans internally — and the phenomenon is widespread.

In fact, the investigation, conducted by a Swiss National Research Program called Endocrine Disrupters: Relevance to Humans, Animals and Ecosystems, found UV filters, which are common in cosmetics and sunscreens, were present in 85 percent of human milk samples tested. What does this mean for adults, much less babies taking in this contaminated milk? The alarming truth is, no one knows.

For the study, during the fall and summer of 2004, 2005 and 2006, human milk was sampled from mothers who had given birth at the University Women’s Hospital in Basel, Switzerland. The research participants also answered detailed questionnaires in order to document their use of different types of cosmetic products and sunscreens.

When the women’s breast milk was analyzed, tests revealed the milk samples contained a huge list of chemicals including persistent organic pollutants (POPs), synthetic musk fragrances, pesticides, phthalates, parabens, flame retardants (polybrominated diphenylethers), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) — and cosmetic UV filters. What’s more, the UV filter chemicals were surprisingly widespread; they were comparable in concentrations to PCBs, which have long been known to contaminate the environment.

“Research on the effects of endocrine disrupters (chemicals interfering with hormone actions) has shown that it is of utmost importance to obtain information on simultaneous exposure of humans to different types of chemicals because endocrine active chemicals can act in concert. Information on exposure is particularly important for the developing organism at its most sensitive early life stages. Human milk was chosen because it provides direct information on exposure of the suckling infant and indirect information on exposure of the mother during pregnancy,” research team leaders Margret Schlumpf and Walter Lichtensteiger said in a media statement.

The analyzed data of the milk samples obtained from individual mothers were then compared with the information collected through the questionnaire about cosmetic and sunscreen use. While exposure patterns differed between individuals, Dr. Schlumpf, who is a scientist at the University of Zurich, pointed out that the total reported use of products containing UV filters was significantly correlated with the presence of those chemicals in breast milk.

In all, a total daily intake of each individual chemical found in the breast milk tests was calculated for each baby who was fed with breast milk. The results showed some infants were taking in daily amounts of PCBs and several pesticides that were far above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reference for supposed “acceptable” levels. Little is known about the health significance of babies drinking in UV filters through their mothers’ milk.

In a statement to the media, the scientists noted that information on the relationship between the exposure of human populations to ingredients in cosmetics and sunscreens and the presence of these constituents in the human body has been sorely limited. And before the new Swiss research findings, the data on UV filters being present inside the human body was virtually non-existent.

“This study once again emphasizes the importance of global research on the impact of contaminants in the human environment and the need for continuous critical assessment of our priorities in environmental health and consumer habits. I am sure that this investigation will also spark debate at the upcoming first Environmental Health conference in Brazil, February 2011”, Gert-Jan Geraeds, Executive Publisher of Chemosphere said in a press statement.

For more information:
http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/authored_newsitem.cws_home/companynews05_01729
http://www.naturalnews.com/sunscreen.html
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In pushing Obama health care, Nancy Pelosi dismisses authority of US Constitution

(NaturalNews) Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson ruled that a key provision in Obama’s health care plan violates the US Constitution. The “minimum essential coverage provision,” Judge Hudson ruled, would force American consumers to buy a government-mandated insurance product whether they wish to buy it or not. There is no provision in the US Constitution that grants Congress the power to force consumers to buy into such a monopoly — the very idea seems ludicrous.

But not to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She believes that her power to force Americans to purchase whatever products and services the government wants them to buy is somehow granted by the Constitution.

In what is now seen as a curiously instructive question-and-answer exchange, one year ago Nancy Pelosi engaged in the following dialog with CNS News:

CNSNews.com: “Madam Speaker, where specifically does the Constitution grant Congress the authority to enact an individual health insurance mandate?

Pelosi: “Are you serious? Are you serious?”

CNSNews.com: “Yes, yes I am.”

CNS News goes on to report: (http://cnsnews.com/news/article/flashback-when-asked-where-constitution)

Pelosi then shook her head before taking a question from another reporter. Her press spokesman, Nadeam Elshami, then told CNSNews.com that asking the speaker of the House where the Constitution authorized Congress to mandated that individual Americans buy health insurance as not a “serious question.”

“You can put this on the record,” said Elshami. “That is not a serious question. That is not a serious question.”

Absolute power need not explain itself
What’s clear from this exchange is that Nancy Pelosi believes Congress has absolute power over the people to simply invent whatever mandates, requirements or restrictions it wants, regardless of what powers were actually granted to the Congress under the US Constitution.

It is the Constitution, after all, to which Congress owes its existence in the first place. Certain, specific powers are granted to the Congress under the Constitution, with the remainder of powers being reserved to the People or the States. Nowhere in the Constitution do the founding fathers of our nation grant Congress the power to force the American people to spend their money on government-favored monopoly service providers — and that’s precisely what Obamacare mandates.

The question of where Congress gets its authority to enact such mandates is an intelligent and reasonable question that any lawmaker should be willing to answer. But instead of answering this question, Nancy Pelosi simply dismisses it as ridiculous.

Her aide says, “That is not a serious question.” But I disagree. I believe it is the most serious question of all. Because if the US Congress is now acting outside its limited powers and simply rewriting the Constitution to match whatever political whims it fancies at the moment, then the freedom of our Republic is lost and we already live under tyrannical rule.

Tyrants do not answer pesky questions from the little people
Time and time again, we now see modern bureaucrats dismissing the very notion that even asking about the source of their authority is a legitimate question. To question the authority of Congress now seems to be regarded as something of an act of terrorism. How dare you question your King?

Remember, it is the duty of all free citizens to slap the hands of government when it threatens to overreach its limited authority. With yesterday’s ruling, U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson slapped the hands of both Nancy Pelosi and President Obama, sending them a clear message that you cannot simply steamroll over the Constitution and mandate whatever laws and rules you’d like to see realized in your own megalomaniacal fantasies.

There are protections in the Constitution that were put there precisely to protect the People from tyrants. That is, in fact, the primary purpose of the Bill of Rights — to protect the People from the inevitably expansion of power by bureaucrats who always seek to control more, regulate more, and accumulate more power in taking over more and more areas of everyday life that should be left up to free people.

Your decision of what kind of doctor you wish to choose — conventional versus naturopathic or complementary, for example — is your decision, not the government’s decision. For Big Government to mandate that all people must spend thousands of dollars a year to support a failed, disastrously harmful conventional medical system that actually kills over half a million Americans a year is extremely unethical if not downright illegal.

And yet that’s exactly what Obama’s health care law attempts to do. It seeks to force you to participate in a government-protected sick-care monopoly. And if you choose not to participate, you’ll get a little visit from IRS agents who will simply extract the required money from your bank account… by force if necessary.

That such a scheme could be advocated by Nancy Pelosi and other bureaucrats in Washington tells you just how far they’ve already marched down the seductive path of government tyranny.

It is up to people like you and me to resist this tyranny and stand up for our Constitutional protections so that we may live as free citizens, with our free choice intact, and without the government forcing us to participate in a failed health care system that, statistically speaking, harms far more people than it helps.

Let us hope that the US Supreme Court will also have the wisdom to recognize the constitutional violations in this health care legislation and strike it down.

We’ll keep you updated on this story here at NaturalNews.com, where the US Constitution remains alive and well in our minds, hearts and souls. We will defend liberty here on NaturalNews, even if we’re the last ones left standing who dare to question the King.

Sources for this story include:
http://www.naturalnews.com/030716_Obamacare_unconstitutional.html
http://cnsnews.com/news/article/flashback-when-asked-where-constitution
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California judge orders illegal GMO sugar beet crops destroyed

(NaturalNews) For the first time in history, a judge has ruled that an illegally-planted, genetically-modified (GM) crop be destroyed. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White of California ruled back in August that all future plantings of GM sugar beets cease until the U.S. Department of Agriculture conducts a valid environmental impact statement (EIS) proving the crop’s safety. However, the USDA recently violated this ruling and permitted Monsanto to plant the crops anyway, spurring Judge White to order that they be destroyed.

Last month, Monsanto threw a temper tantrum over the ban, spewing propaganda about how the entire sugar beet industry would supposedly fold if GM sugar beets were not permitted to be grown. The biotechnology giant even went so far as to petition the court to allow the plantings so that the company could avoid the loss of the money it spent on researching and developing the technology (http://www.naturalnews.com/030377_Monsanto_GMO_sugar_beets.html).

Judge White held his ground and did the right thing, though, citing myriad evidence about the unknown contamination and other dangers posed by the “Frankencrop”, mainly the “irreparable” consequences of cross-contamination. He also challenged the USDA’s decision to flagrantly violate his ruling — and the law — by permitting Monsanto to plant GM sugar beet seedlings, ordering that they all be uprooted and destroyed.

George Kimbrell, an attorney for the Center for Food Safety, is quoted in a Raw Story piece as saying that Judge White’s bold move is a “groundbreaking victory for farmers and the environment,” and that “[t]his is the first time ever a federal court ordered an illegal biotech crop destroyed.”

You can submit comments on the issue to the USDA at the following link:

http://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2010/11/04/2010-27970/monsanto-company-and-kws-saat-ag-availability-of-an-environmental-assessment-for-supplemental

Be sure to remind the agency that telling Monsanto it could plant GM sugar beets in spite of the court ruling is a violation of the law. The agency will accept comments on the issue until December 6, 2010.

Sources for this story include:

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/12/judge-orders-removal-sugar-beet-seed-plants/
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Health care bankrupting California as Schwarzenegger declares fiscal emergency

(NaturalNews) Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a fiscal emergency in California today, then immediately called for $ 9.9 billion in spending cuts; mostly from health benefits and health-related services. Gov. Schwarzenegger has come to realize what NaturalNews has been warning readers for years: Our current system of drugs-and-surgery conventional medicine will bankrupt any state or nation foolish enough to depend on it.

Today it’s California. Tomorrow it’s going to be the entire nation — if not the entire western world. Faced with the desperate double-whammy of 1) A diseased population, and 2) Out-of-control sick-care costs, no nation that bets its future of pharmaceuticals and chemotherapy is going to win that bet. They will all collapse in the end because you can’t create a healthy nation by drugging your population into a state of health.

Good health doesn’t make money for the corporations
As long as Big Pharma dominates health care — and it currently runs the medical journals, medical schools, hospitals and even the FDA — you will never have a health care system that has any interest whatsoever in teaching people how to be healthy. When profits come from sickness, the corporations always find new ways to keep people sick.

Traditionally, people have been kept sick through processed foods and food ingredients that promote disease such as aspartame, MSG, sodium nitrite and partially-hydrogenated oils. But increasingly, the sick-care corporations are finding new ways to keep people immunosuppressed and trapped in a cycle of degenerative disease. They’re now accomplishing this through widespread vaccination programs, mass food irradiation schemes and the suppression of natural cures. The federal government is helping out by keeping people in a chronic state of nutritional deficiency so that they develop degenerative disease more quickly (http://www.naturalnews.com/030598_vitamin_D_Institute_of_Medicine.html).

You see, it’s always in the interests of the sick-care corporations to maximize the number of people suffering from chronic disease. And yet this corporate goal is sadly the same recipe that will destroy a nation. It’s destroying California as we speak, draining the state of the resources it should be investing in schools and health education programs. Instead, the state is spending billions on state-run disease management (Medi-Cal) with no end in sight.

That’s why Schwarzenegger’s $ 9.9 billion in cuts include eliminating vision coverage from the state’s “Healthy Families” program, limiting the use of prescription drugs and even capping physician visits to sick Californians. Schwarzenegger is facing the cold, hard reality that sickness doesn’t pay off for any state or nation even if it does temporarily swell the coffers of the drug companies, vaccine manufacturers, surgeons and cancer industry quacks who dominate the sick-care landscape today.

There’s never enough money to pay for disease
The simple truth of the matter is that there isn’t enough money on the whole planet to pay for the sick-care costs of a population that is poisoned every day by processed foods, chemical food additives, cancer-causing personal care products and even highly toxic laundry products (with their scented fabric softener poisons). California consumers poison themselves a hundred times a day with toxic food products, home products and personal care products (not to mention toxic medications), and instead of addressing this root cause of the problem, the state tries to negotiate reducing sick-care coverage of this who are already poisoned.

It would make a lot more sense, it seems, to address the root cause of why people are so diseased and then find ways to halt that process. California, for example, could require perfumes, shampoos, cosmetics and laundry products to list all their chemical ingredients right on product labels. That would end the sales of such products virtually overnight (once people realized what’s actually in them).

California could ban High-Fructose Corn Syrup, aspartame, MSG and sodium nitrite chemicals from foods. It could tax processed foods and subsidize fresh produce. Taken to an extreme, processed foods could be raised to ten times the current price while fresh produce is given away for ten cents a pound (I’m not an advocate of government intervention in free market prices like this; it’s just an example).

If you really wanted to save billions of dollars in health care costs in California, why not take the astonishing step of legalizing free speech about nutritional supplements and natural remedies so that products could be sold with accurate descriptions of their health benefits? Many natural products prevent cancer and other serious diseases. Vitamin D alone can prevent 77 percent of all cancers (http://www.naturalnews.com/021892.html).

Legalize healing in California and you save the state from financial collapse. Free all the naturopaths, chiropractors, herbal medicine practitioners and other advanced medicine advocates from the tyrannical control of the state medical board and you unleash an unstoppable ripple effect of good health and disease prevention.

California recently voted on whether to legalize marijuana. Why not legalize healing?

End the medical monopoly currently held by conventional doctors and their drug-pushing pharmaceutical reps. Make healing legal instead of criminalizing it, and you solve the budget problem.

California could become a Mecca of health freedom. It could become the hub of natural health medical tourism in North America. Legalize the alternative cancer clinics. Recognize the value of Gerson therapy! You’d have people from all over the world coming to California to get healthy. Talk about jobs creation… this is the solution!

But don’t expect such a healing miracle to occur in California. The state suffers from the same fiscal cancer as every other state in America: It has been enslaved by conventional medicine and its citizens are being kept ignorant by the FDA and other agencies that censor the truth about natural health. If huge changes aren’t made, the long-term result of all this will be the financial collapse of California, followed by the collapse of America a few years later.

Conventional medicine, you see, is a cancer. And this cancer will prove to be terminal unless we find a way to terminate it first.

The only way to save California — and America — from certain financial collapse under a sick-care monopoly is to overthrow the conventional medical racket that has dominated America for nearly 100 years while thriving on sickness and disease.
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S 510 Food Safety bill now dead in the water due to blue slip mistake

(NaturalNews) It is now being revealed that US Senators slipped up in a big way when passing the Food Safety Modernization Act on Tuesday: They added what are effectively “new taxes” into the bill, and according to the U.S. Constitution, only the House of Representatives can initiate legislation requiring new taxes.

Thus, the House is now obliged to give this food safety legislation the so-called “blue slip,” meaning that it rejects the law and sends it back to the Senate for yet another vote. This would take time and effort, of course, and the Democrats have very little of either remaining in their lame duck session.

As explained on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_slip):

“This blue-slipping procedure, done by an order of the House, is routinely completed to enforce its interpretation that the House is the sole body to introduce revenue or appropriations legislation. The failure of the House to consider the legislation means it cannot become a law. This tactic has historically proven to be of great use to the House and, as a practical matter, the Senate does not introduce tax or revenue measures to avoid a blue slip.”

In other words, the House wants to remain the sole originator of all new taxes and will therefore need to “blue slip” S.510 in order to slap the hands of Senators who are trying to enact their own new taxes under the bill.

S.510 may be dead in the water
The upshot of this is that this fight is not yet over. Unless the House makes an unprecedented exception to this blue slip rule, this legislation will apparently need to go back to the Senate floor for another vote.

This story was first reported by RollCall.com (http://www.rollcall.com/news/-201012-1.html) which says, “The debacle could prove to be a major embarrassment for Senate Democrats, who sought Tuesday to make the relatively unknown bill a major political issue by sending out numerous news releases trumpeting its passage.” (http://www.rollcall.com/news/-201012-1.html)

According to Roll Call, “The blue slip could lead to one of two likely outcomes. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) could simply drop the issue and let the next session of Congress start from scratch…”

“Or he could try to force the issue in the Senate after the House passes a new version of the bill. But in order to do that and still tackle the other issues, he would need a unanimous consent agreement to limit debate.”

But unanimous consent is impossible thanks to the heroic efforts of Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla) who has stood firm on his belief that this bill is too large, too expensive and puts too much of a burden on American farmers.

If this assessment is correct, it looks like S.510 is now dead in the water and cannot be resurrected until the next session of Congress in which there will be far fewer Democrats (there was not a single Democrat in the US Senate who opposed the bill). (http://www.naturalnews.com/030577_Senate_Bill_510_voting_record.html)
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US Senator caught admitting that lame duck session is ‘rigged’

(NaturalNews) The recent passage of Senate Bill 510, the so-called “Food Safety Modernization Act” took place during the Senate’s “lame duck” session — the time after the fall elections, but before the new members of Congress have been installed, where Congress reconvenes to discuss various business matters and pending legislation. And Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) was recently caught on tape admitting that the lame duck session is rigged, and that the Congress has no idea what will be discussed prior to having it brought before them.

Since many of the Congressmen participating in the lame duck session have already been voted out — but have yet to be replaced by their successors — interesting things often happen because they can essentially vote however they want without repercussions. They also apparently rig the sessions in order to advance various agendas.

“There’s nothing about — because it’s all rigged,” Bennet was recorded as saying. “I mean, the whole conversation is rigged. The fact that we don’t get to a discussion before the break about what we’re going to do in the lame duck — is just rigged. This stuff’s rigged.”

Of course, Bennet had no idea that he was in front of a live microphone when he said this. And once he realized it, he quickly shut it off. But interestingly enough, the comments came during the proceedings about S. 510, the controversial “food safety” bill that was just passed by the lame duck Senate. And the statements give credence to widely-held notions that Congressional hearings are not conducted properly or fairly, and that there is likely much foul play occurring throughout the entire process.

Bennet later attempted to whitewash his statements by generalizing them into nothing more than “disappoint[ment] in partisan politics and political games that prevent progress.” Unfortunately for him, though, the cat is already out of the bag.

Sources for this story include:

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2010/11/30/senator_on_lame_duck_session_its_all_rigged.html
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Industry bought Congressional votes to pass S. 510 food safety bill

(NaturalNews) Despite an incredible outpouring of public opposition to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) “Food Safety Modernization Act”, or S. 510, the Senate voted 73 to 25 to pass the bill anyway. And data presented by Maplight.org, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization, shows that big industry groups and large food producers spent millions of dollars buying off Congressmen to garner support for it.

According to the site, Senators that ended up supporting the bill received nearly $ 10 million in political contributions from interest groups that also supported the bill. This amount was more than four times as much as groups opposed to the bill spent on overall contributions.

Some of the supporters of S. 510 that made these significant monetary contributions in order to buy support for the bill include Kraft Foods North America, the American Beverage Association, General Mills, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, and the Snack Food Association.

Interestingly, the top four receivers of contributions from groups that supported the bill actually voted against it, most likely because they are all Republicans and the bill was authored by Democrat Richard Durbin. Even so, these include Sens. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) who received $ 503,700, Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who received $ 415,899, Jon Kyl (R-AZ) who received $ 335,377, and Richard Burr (R-NC) who received $ 317,086.

The top receivers of contributions from groups that supported the bill, and who ended up voting in favor of it, include Sens. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) who received $ 301,776, Ben Nelson (D-NE) who received $ 245,906, Charles Schumer (D-NY) who received $ 179,435, and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) who received $ 149,278.

To see a full list of the Senators who supported S. 510, visit:
http://www.naturalnews.com/030577_Senate_Bill_510_voting_record.html

Sources for this story include:

http://maplight.org/us-congress/bill/111-s-510/880093/total-contributions
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Ten food safety lies they didn’t tell you about with Senate Bill 510

(NaturalNews) The Food Safety Modernization Act looks like it’s headed to become law. It’s being hailed as a “breakthrough” achievement in food safety, and it would hand vast new powers and funding to the FDA so that it can clean up the food supply and protect all Americans from food-borne pathogens.

There’s just one problem with all this: It’s all a big lie.

Here are the ten biggest lies that have been promoted about S.510 by the U.S. Congress, the food industry giants and the mainstream media:

Lie #1 – Most deaths from food poisoning are caused by fresh produce
Here’s a whopper the mainstream media won’t dare report: Out of the 1,809 people who die in America every year from food-borne pathogens (CDC estimate), only a fraction die from the manufacturer’s contamination of fresh produce. By far the majority of food poisoning is caused by the consumption of spoiled processed foods, dead foods and animal-human transmission of pathogens.

For example, one of the largest food-borne killers according to the CDC is Toxoplasma gondii, a disease that people acquire from cat feces coming into contact with their food, which can happen right in their own homes (http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/eid/Vol5no5/mead.htm#Table%203). Salmonella poisoning accounts for 553 deaths a year. As a reference for relative risk, over 42,000 people die each year from road accidents in the USA, meaning driving a car has a roughly 7600% higher chance of killing you than eating fresh produce. (http://www.driveandstayalive.com/info%20section/statistics/stats-multicountry-percapita-2003.htm)

In terms of food-borne illness, many of the deaths come from things like spoiled tomato sauce, spoiled canned foods and spoiled pasteurized milk. S 510, of course, does absolutely nothing to address these food contamination deaths, since those foods are considered “sterilized” at the time of sale.

Lie #2 – Under S.510, the FDA would only recall products it knows to be contaminated
Not true. S.510 merely requires the FDA to have “reason to believe” a food is contaminated. So right there, that means all raw milk will be targeted by the FDA because even without conducting any scientific tests at all, the FDA can say it has “reason to believe” the milk is contaminated merely because it is raw.

In other words, the FDA no longer needs science to outlaw a food product. It merely needs an opinion.

Is this “reason to believe” section really true? Yep, and here’s how it was amended:

SEC. 208. ADMINISTRATIVE DETENTION OF FOOD.
23 (a) IN GENERAL. – Section 304(h)(1)(A) (21 U.S.C.24 334(h)(1)(A)) is amended by
(1) striking ”credible evidence or information indicating” and inserting ”reason to believe”;
(http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_cong_bills&docid=f:s510rs.txt.pdf)

In other words, in negotiating this bill, the U.S. Senate removed the requirement that the FDA needed “credible evidence” in order to recall a product and, instead, replaced that with the FDA only needing “reason to believe.”

It is utterly amazing that the U.S. Congress would give the FDA to conduct large-scale product recalls and even imprison people based entirely on what the agency “has reason to believe.”

Last time I checked, the FDA held some pretty bizarre (if not downright moronic) beliefs, including this jaw-dropping whopper: The FDA literally believes that there is no food, no herb, no vitamin or supplement that has any ability to prevent disease of any kind. They don’t even believe limes can prevent scurvy, and you’d have to nutritionally illiterate to believe that.

The FDA believes foods are inert and that all the amazing phytonutrients in those foods (carotenoids, antioxidants, therapeutic fats like omega-3 and so on) are utterly useless for human biology.

This belief, held by the FDA that has now been put in charge of the food supply, is the belief system of an insane government agency that has completely lost touch with reality while abandoning nutritional science.

Lie #3 – They didn’t tell you that nearly 70% of grocery store chickens are contaminated with salmonella every day
Yep, it’s true: Amid all the fear-mongering over salmonella, everybody forgot to notice that the vast majority of fresh chickens sold at grocery stores every single day are widely contaminated with salmonella (http://www.naturalnews.com/028661_chickens_salmonella.html). Yet S 510 does absolutely nothing to address this. It’s not even mentioned in the bill.

In fact, it is these contaminated chickens that end up cross-contaminating the fresh produce in many kitchens across America. So the so-called “food poisoning” that’s often blamed on spinach or onions often originates with the contaminated chicken meat people bring home and slice on their kitchen cutting boards.

Lie #4 – S.510 will exclude and protect small farmers
The Tester Amendment, which was finally included in S.510, excludes farmers who sell less than $ 500,000 worth of food each year from the more onerous paperwork and compliance burdens described in the bill. But this dollar amount is not indexed to inflation, meaning that as the U.S. dollar continues to lose value due to the Federal Reserve counterfeiting machine running at full speed (more “quantitative easing,” anyone?), food prices will continue to skyrocket — and this will shift even small family farms into the $ 500,000 sales range within just a few years.

In fact, a single-family farm with just four people could easily sell $ 500,000 worth of fresh produce a year right now, even before inflation. Remember, $ 500,000 is not their profit, but rather the gross sales amount. The profits on that might be only $ 50,000 or even less.

Furthermore, this $ 500,000 threshold means that small, successful farms that are doing well and would like to expand will refuse to hire more people or expand their operations. To avoid the tyranny of S 510, small farms will try to stay small, and that means avoiding the kind of business expansion that would create new jobs.

Lie #5 – The FDA needs more power to enforce food safety
The FDA already has the power to effectively recall foods by publicly announcing a product has been found to be contaminated. The FDA already has the power to confiscate “misbranded” products, too, and it could easily use this power to halt the sale of contaminated food items.

But the FDA simply refuses to enforce the laws already on the books and, instead, has sought to expand its power by hyping up the e.coli food scares. The ploy apparently worked: Now in a reaction to the food scare-mongering, the FDA is being handed not just new powers, but more funding, too! And you can bet it will find creative new ways to put this power to work suppressing the health freedoms and food freedoms of the American people.

Lie #6 – Fresh produce is contaminated because of a lack of paperwork
There is no evidence that requiring farms to fill out more paperwork will make their food safer. The real cause of produce contamination is the existence of factory animal farms whose effluent output (huge rivers of cow feces, basically), end up in the water supply, soils and equipment that comes into contact with fresh produce.

The food contamination problem is an UPSTREAM problem where you’ve got to reform the factory animal operations that now dominate the American meat industry. S.510, however, does absolutely nothing to address this. Factory animal farms aren’t even addressed in the bill!

Lie #7 – The American people are dying in droves from unsafe fresh food
The truth is that Americans are dying from processed food laced with toxic chemical additives, not from fresh, raw produce. Partially-hydrogenated oils, white sugar, aspartame, MSG and artificial food colors almost certainly kill far more people than bacterial contaminations.

The American public is also dying from pharmaceuticals — anywhere from 100,000 to 240,000 people a year are killed by FDA-approved drugs (http://www.naturalnews.com/001894.html), most of which have been approved under the guise of blatantly fraudulent science and drug company trickery. The FDA doesn’t seem to mind. In fact, it has been a willful co-conspirator in the scientific fraud carried out by Big Pharma in the name of “medicine.” (http://www.naturalnews.com/027851_health_news_Big_Pharma.html)

To think that the FDA — the very same agency responsible for the Big Pharma death machine — is now going to “save us” by controlling food safety is highly irrational.

Lie #8 – The FDA just wants to make food “safer”
Actually, the FDA wants to make the food more DEAD. Both the FDA and the USDA are vocal opponents of live food. They think that the only safe food is sterilized food, which is why they’ve supported the fumigation, pasteurization and irradiation efforts that have been pushed over the last few years.

California almond growers, for example, must now either chemically fumigate or pasteurize their almonds before selling them (http://www.naturalnews.com/021776.html). This has destroyed the incomes of U.S. almond farmers and forced U.S. food companies to buy raw almonds from Spain and other countries.

Lie #9 – Food smuggling is a huge problem in America
One of the main sections of S.510 addresses “food smuggling.” Yep — people smuggling food across the country. If you’ve never heard of this problem that’s because it’s not actually a problem.

Not yet anyway.

But there’s a reason why they put this into the bill: Because they’re probably planning on criminalizing fresh produce and then arresting people for transporting broccoli with the “intent to distribute.”

Yep, farmers bringing fresh produce to sell at the weekend farmer’s market could soon be arrested and imprisoned as if they were drug smugglers. Hence the need for the “food smuggling” provisions of S.510.

Soon, we will all have to meet in secret locations just to trade carrots for cash.

Lie #10 – S.510 will make America’s food supply the safest in the world
Actually, even with S.510 in place, America’s food supply is among the most chemically contaminated in the world, second only to China. You can find mercury in the seafood, BPA in the canned soup, yeast extract (MSG) in the “natural” potato chips, and artificial petrochemical coloring agents in children’s foods.

Eating the “Standard American Diet” is probably the single most harmful thing a person can do for their health. It’s the fastest way to get cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Every nation in the world that begins to consume the American diet starts to show record rates of degenerative disease within one generation. This is the “safe food” that the U.S. Senate is now pushing on everyone.

Remember, with S.510, SAFE = DEAD. And the FDA says it wants to keep everybody safe.

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List of U.S. Senators who voted for S 510 Food Safety Act

(NaturalNews) Senate Bill S 510 – the “Food Safety Modernization Act” – was passed by the U.S. Senate today (http://www.naturalnews.com/030576_Food_Safety_S_510.html). If signed into law, it would unleash a new era of FDA tyranny over farmers, food producers and even small family farms, many of which already exceed the “small farms exclusion” written into the bill.

Here’s the list of US Senators who voted to approve final passage of S.510. Remember these names when the next election comes around:

Akaka (D-HI)
Alexander (R-TN)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bayh (D-IN)
Begich (D-AK)
Bennet (D-CO)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Brown (R-MA)
Burr (R-NC)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Collins (R-ME)
Conrad (D-ND)
Coons (D-DE)
Dodd (D-CT)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Durbin (D-IL)
Enzi (R-WY)
Feingold (D-WI)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Franken (D-MN)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hagan (D-NC)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Johanns (R-NE)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kerry (D-MA)
Kirk (R-IL)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Kohl (D-WI)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
LeMieux (R-FL)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
Lugar (R-IN)
Manchin (D-WV)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schumer (D-NY)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Snowe (R-ME)
Specter (D-PA)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Udall (D-CO)
Udall (D-NM)
Vitter (R-LA)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Warner (D-VA)
Webb (D-VA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wyden (D-OR)

Additional commentary about the vote
Notably, there was not a single Democrat who opposed the bill. This bill was also supported by Food, Inc. authors Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser, who have become the favored food commentators of the left. It’s now clear why: In supporting this bill, they have aligned themselves against Constitutional freedoms and in favor of increased Big Government (FDA) authority over food, seeds and farmers.

Change.org also strongly supported S.510, although its online petition pitifully attracted only 1,662 signatures. The Libertarian groups who opposed the bill, in contrast, generated hundreds of thousands of emails and phone calls to U.S. Senate offices. These Libertarian-minded groups include NaturalNews, the Alliance for Natural Health (www.ANH-USA.org) and the Natural Solutions Foundation (www.HealthFreedomUSA.org), among others.

As you well know, I personally don’t trust Democrats nor Republicans, but this fight over S.510 has shown yet again that, to the left, Big Government is always thought to be the solution, even if it means stripping away the Constitutional rights of Americans.

The difference between Republicans and Democrats is that Republicans will take away your rights and money as an excuse to take care of the rich people. Democrats, on the other hand, will take away your rights and money as an excuse to take care of everybody.

Remember: Republicans gave us the Patriot Act. And now Democrats have given us the Food Safety bill. Both laws are unconstitutional expansions of government power that the American people will come to regret.
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Despite massive protests, US Senate passes S 510 Food Safety Bill

(NaturalNews) The new Food Tyranny Act — called the “Food Safety Modernization Act” in the U.S. Senate — has been passed by the senate today. It would give the FDA vast new powers to criminalize and imprison farmers and food producers while doing absolutely nothing to address to real root of the food contamination problem: Factory animal farm operations (which are regulated under the USDA, not the FDA).

The bill passed 73 to 25, with Sen Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) emerging as the greatest “voice of reason” in the debate. His last-ditch amendment to reduce the scale of the bill was defeated this morning.

Here’s the official vote record: http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=2&vote=00257

Notably, there wasn’t a single Democrat who opposed the bill.

This bill, as originally written, would have outlawed most nutritional supplements through “harmonization” with European laws. It also would have authorized ten-year prison sentences for farmers selling raw milk to their neighbors. Both of those provisions were eventually stripped out of the bill thanks to some last-minute amendments, but it gives you an idea of the outright police state mentality of the original bill authors who attempted to put in place complete government control over food, gardens, raw milk and more.

To give you an idea of how clueless U.S. Senators are about food, the New York Times is reporting that when Senate staff members met to discuss this bill, they would eat Starburst candies and jellybeans. As the NYT reports, “In the midst of negotiations, the negotiators — nearly all women — took a field trip to a nearby food market so that a Republican staff member could teach the Democrats how to buy high-quality steaks.”

So what we have here is a new food tyranny law that was essentially negotiated by a group of women who eat dead foods, animals products and candy.

No wonder they still don’t get it. The contamination of lettuce and other fresh produce is caused by factory animals farms, not by produce farms. (E.coli can only thrive in the digestive tracts of animals, not plants.)

The “small farms” exclusion will soon be meaningless
The Tester Amendment of the bill did manage to exclude some smaller farmers from the more tyrannical provisions of the bill. As currently stated, this would exclude small farms that sell less than $ 500,000 worth of food and which sell most of their food locally.

However, Senators failed to consider what’s going to happen when the Federal Reserve keeps printing counterfeit money, devaluing the dollar and causing massive food price inflation. A farm that right now produces merely $ 100,000 worth of food (which could be a small, two-person farm) will soon find itself producing $ 500,000 worth of food (or more) due to the rapidly falling value of the U.S. dollar.

This is how the Federal Reserve’s money counterfeiting actions will further destroy America and place small family farms under the tyranny of the FDA.

What’s next: Defeat the bill in committee
The Senate version of the bill must now be reconciled with the House version that was passed last year. This reconciliation committee must hammer out the differences between the two bills.

Democrats are urgently rushing to do this during their “lame duck” session in order to avoid more Republicans getting involved who would seek to scale back the power and size of the federal government.

Some House Democrats are even suggesting they would support passing the Senate version of the bill as it is written, without requiring any changes whatsoever, just to rush it through before the end of the year. NaturalNews and other health freedom organizations intend to fight this effort, hoping to stall the bill until the new Congress can enter the picture and hopefully interject some common sense into the negotiations.

Please don’t feed the monster
If signed into law by the President (who is sure to sign it), this Food Safety Bill would provide yet more power and funding to one of the most dangerous monsters our nation has ever known: The FDA. This is the agency responsible for the death of more Americans than all the wars our nation has ever been involved with — combined! (http://www.naturalnews.com/030461_Senate_Bill_510_Food_Safety.html)

The idea that we’re going to save a few lives from food poisoning while subjecting everyone to yet another layer of Big Government tyranny is so abhorrent and downright evil that if our country’s founding fathers saw all this going on, they would be stunned into silence that it’s happening in “the land of the free.” Fresh milk being criminalized? You’ve got to be kidding…

Only they’re not kidding. The FDA is the agency that has raided vitamin companies (http://www.naturalnews.com/021791.html), arrested nutritional supplement manufacturers and ordered the destruction of books containing stevia recipes. This is the agency that censors the scientific truth about natural foods like cherries and walnuts (http://www.naturalnews.com/029698_censorship_FDA.html) while promoting the outright fraud and quackery of the pharmaceutical industry.

And now the FDA is to be rewarded for its malfeasance with yet MORE power and authority?

This is how Washington works, folks. The government always thinks it’s here to save you, and the Democrats want Big Government to be your nanny and “take care of you.” (The Republicans, for their part, just want to bail out the wealthy banksters with your money.) And yet, when it all comes down to it, these people are just tyrants who have forgotten American history and abandoned the Constitution and its founding principles.

Mark my words: Five years down the road, when the FDA’s armed “food police” are running rampant across America, arresting farmers and imprisoning lettuce growers, people will be appalled, and they’ll wonder, “How could we have let this happen!?” The answer is right here: You let it happen because you allowed Big Government to rule over the food supply. And if there’s one thing we know about Big Government, it’s that it always wants to get bigger.

It always wants more power. More authority. More funding. And more excuses to function as a dictatorship that rules over the American people.

The Food Safety Modernization Act is to the food supply what the Patriot Act is to the Bill of Rights. We must make every effort to prevent this from becoming law, lest we find ourselves living under a food dictatorship where only dead, fumigated or irradiated food will be allowed to be sold to the public. The “food irradiation plot” has been the plan from the very beginning of all this (http://www.naturalnews.com/023015_food_foods_USDA.html).

Of course, once the real food is all criminalized and outlawed, there’s always soylent green. That might not be too far off, come to think of it.
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