Everything you knew about cholesterol could change
Here we go again. Experts are changing their recommendations about what we should and shouldn’t eat. A government advisory panel has decided Americans shouldn’t worry about too much cholesterol in their diets.
The USDA and Department of Health and Human Services will use the advisory committee’s report to write the final version of updated dietary guidelines by the end of this year.
The panel says cholesterol is no longer a “nutrient of concern.” But that does not mean you can start eating all those fatty, high cholesterol foods again, says CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr Jon LaPook.
“There’s never a free lunch or dinner. Because it turns out the foods that are high in cholesterol are also high in other bad things like saturated fats, trans fats, refined sugars, things like that,” LaPook said.
The updated guidelines are based on a better scientific understanding of how cholesterol works.
“The amount of cholesterol in your blood is still important,” LaPook explained. “So the higher the cholesterol — the bad cholesterol — the higher the risk of heart attack and other problems like that. But what the committee found was that the amount of cholesterol in your food doesn’t necessarily translate into a higher level of cholesterol in your blood.” Full story
After needlessly killing hundreds of thousands due to the scare tactics medical journals and doctors (most doctors are no longer educated as well as they used to be. Ironically the drug industry plays a big role in determining what medical schools teach their students) used to push people into taking drugs to control their cholesterol this supposedly new research reveals that it might not be all that bad. Your liver produces roughly 75% of the cholesterol in your body. It is highly unlikely that your body would go out of its way to producing something wrong. The whole cholesterol hoax is based on a very faulty experiment conducted by a Russian Scientist who fed rabbit’s cholesterol as opposed to their usual plant-based diet. So when the rabbit’s arteries showed the assumption was that cholesterol was bad. Rabbits eat veggies if you force fed them something they cannot metabolise the result is bound to be bad. This scientist recanted this claim; he (Anichkov) found out that animals that could metabolise cholesterol did not show the same response as the rabbits.
Here is the problem. Cholesterol is only found in animal products. Rabbits are herbivores, meaning their bodies are designed to eat only plant products. So when Anichkov fed animal products to the rabbits, no wonder their systems could not handle it. When you feed any animal food that is not part of its optimal diet, you can expect bad stuff to happen. On an interesting side note, when Anichkov conducted the same experiments on rats and guinea pigs (both meat eaters), there was no effect on their arteries. Unfortunately, these subsequent studies were not well publicised, and the rabbit study set the stage for the vilification of cholesterol. http://fdnselfcare.com/cholesterol-confusion/
However, the Drug companies had found a way to make money, and so they pushed this flawed argument, and there are many brain dead doctors today who still buy this crap and scare the hell out of their patients and force them to take dangerous drugs to control something that does not need regulating.
Years later they will finally admit they were full of it and spewed utter rubbish when they scared people into believing that cholesterol was bad and wholeheartedly stated that it was a marker for cardiovascular disease. Low thyroid is the best marker for CVD; read Dr Broda Barnes book.
Testing finds many herbal supplements don’t contain what the label says; fillers, not herbs
A man leaves a GNC store, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, in New York. Numerous store brand supplements aren’t what their labels claim to be, an ongoing investigation of popular herbal supplements subjected to DNA testing has found, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Tuesday. GNC, Target, Walmart and Walgreen Co. sold supplements that either couldn’t be verified to contain the labelled substance or that contained ingredients not listed on the label, according to Schneiderman’s office. “We stand by the quality, purity and potency of all ingredients listed on the labels of our private label products,” said GNC spokeswoman Laura Brophy. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Bottles of Walmart-brand Echinacea, a herb said to ward off colds, were found to contain no echinacea at all. GNC-brand bottles of St. John’s wort, touted as a cure for depression, held rice, garlic, and a tropical houseplant, but not a trace of the herb. In fact, DNA testing on hundreds of bottles of store-brand herbal supplements sold as treatments for everything from memory loss to prostate trouble found that four out of five contained none of the herbs on the label. Instead, they were packed with cheap fillers such as wheat, rice, beans or houseplants.
Based on the testing commissioned by his office, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Tuesday he had sent letters to the four major store chains involved — GNC, Target, Walmart and Walgreens — demanding that they immediately stop selling adulterated or mislabeled dietary supplements. Schneiderman said the supplements pose serious risks. People who have allergies or are taking certain medications can suffer dangerous reactions from herbal concoctions that contain substances not listed on the label, he said. Full story
Further confirmation that the drug and pharmaceutical industry are sharing the same bed and blanket; we are almost positive that someone new of these shenanigans a long time ago. There is no better substitute for good food, little stress and pure basic nutrients that you can, for the most part, obtain from healthy sources of food. If you eat right you feel quite satisfied; if you eat wrong, you are forever dissatisfied and looking for more. Some vitamins are good, but they should be obtained in bulk with as little fillers as possible. The fillers are the ones that render a good supplement useless because many of these fillers are inflammatory agents. One good source of bulk vitamins is purebulk.com. We are not health practitioners or doctors so follow up with your research.
Why is the Fed easing again?
In the course of December and January, the balance sheet of the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) expanded by $186.7 billion to a total of $4.02 trillion. That policy reversal came after an impressive $244.6 billion liquidity withdrawal between August and November of last year.
Interestingly, the Fed’s apparently puzzling return to aggressive asset purchases continued in an environment of mounting concerns about much-feared and presumably fast-approaching interest rate increases in the United States. One wonders, therefore, about what the Fed watchers are looking at because there can be no doubt here about the policy intent: The balance sheet (aka the monetary base) is directly controlled by the U.S. monetary authorities. And so is the effective federal funds rate, which finished trading last Friday at 0.07 percent — within a basis point of where it was a year earlier.
What lies behind this important policy change? Full Story
Good question, perhaps they have nothing better to do or maybe they are doubling on the “devalue or die” syndrome that is plaguing the world. However, these guys started this game, and they are not going to be the ones to stop. There is nowhere to go; the economy recovery is a joke, so the only way to maintain it and to make sure the currency does not get too strong is to devalue forever or until some force puts you out of business.
China spending to build 40,000 miles of global high-speed rail compared to Obamacare or US War Costs
Thirty-eight countries and regions worldwide plan to build high-speed rail lines and work mostly with China on the construction of those high-speed rail lines. A global (across Asia, Europe, Middle east and Africa) high-speed rail network with a total length of 93,000 kilometres (58000 miles), or 8.5 times the total length of high-speed railways operating in China is planned. It was forecast that by the year 2030, 60% of the planned rail lines (40,000 miles) would be completed. China plans to build 34,600 km of high-speed railways in the country. The Chinese government has also negotiated agreements to build 34,700 km of high-speed railways for other countries, including 26,300 km allocated for the “Silk Road Economic Belt” and “21st Century Maritime Silk Road” initiatives.
The potential market for Chinese high-speed railway construction companies is approximately 69,400 km [43000 miles) in overall high speed track length, or 15 trillion yuan (US$2.4 trillion) in total investment, of which, train sales account for 1-1.5 trillion yuan (US$160-$240 billion). Full Story
While we spend on useless wars, stupid so-called universal health care programs and try to force other nations to do our bidding, China with several other key players is planning to build a new silk route. Very smart strategy indeed, if you can create a new transportation network, you completely knock the old master out (USA) and in effect ensure that your economy and those of your partners prospers. The Chinese are not going to throw their hard earned money into stupid wars; they are thinking strategically as is Russia. Will they succeed with this venture? Well, put it this way, even if they succeed in doing half of what the original plan aims for, it will be a huge success. Europe and the west are optional targets. If they create a network linking Russia, the Middle East, and many Asian hubs together, they will have scored a major Coup. It seems that the Europeans are aware of this so we think they will do their best to help push the development of this route, for it is in their interests also to knock out the big bad bully.
WikiLeaks cable exposes NATO war plan against Russia
US State Department cables released by WikiLeaks have unveiled secret NATO plans for a US-led war against Russia over the Baltic states. The cables, first reported by the Guardian newspaper Tuesday and posted on the WikiLeaks site, underscore the growing geo-strategic tensions between the US and Russia even as the Obama administration has emphasized a “reset” in relations that was supposed to overcome the conflicts left over from the Bush administration.
The secret plans spell out preparations for a full-scale war with Russia that would see the immediate deployment of nine divisions of US, British, German and Polish troops in the event of any Russian incursion into the former Soviet Baltic republics. The plans also specify German and Polish ports that would be used to receive naval assault units and US and British warships destined for battle with Russian forces.
Despite these details, there is no indication in the cables of the potentially catastrophic implications of such an armed clash between the world’s two largest nuclear powers. While some analysts in Moscow insisted that Russian intelligence was well aware of the contingency plans, their public exposure by WikiLeaks prompted statements of protest by Russian officials and demands for an explanation from NATO.
The contingency plans that would send US troops into combat against Russian forces were developed in the wake of the Russian-Georgian clash of August 2008 that followed Georgia’s unsuccessful attempt to overrun the breakaway territory of South Ossetia.As the cables spell out, the governments of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania, which were brought into the NATO alliance in 2004, began to lobby US officials for the development of a NATO strategy for the defence of their territories against a Russian attack.
The US embassy in Latvia began by informing Washington about the concerns of the government in Riga even as the fighting was going on in South Ossetia. An August 15, 2008, message cited discussions with Latvian leaders who expressed the sentiment that “this could easily be them” and reported, “Latvians are beginning to worry if membership in (NATO) provides them with the assurances of their security that they had hoped for.” Full Story
It is interesting how many of the so-called top newspapers talk about all the terrible things Russia is doing; No one points out that there were plans made in advance to provoke Russia as indicated by these cables and other sources (Google the right topic and it’s amazing what you can find). It appears that the US is and was determined to goad Russia into a situation that would provide them with the excuse to attempt to liberate the Russian people via another silly named revolution. The Arab Spring revolution died in Egypt and Syria, what most do not know is that the Muslim Brotherhood was backed by the USA. However, the Muslim brotherhood did not last long and was soon removed from power.
The Obama administration conducted an assessment of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2010 and 2011, beginning even before the events known as the “Arab Spring” erupted in Tunisia and Egypt.
The President personally issued Presidential Study Directive 11 (PSD-11) in 2010, ordering an assessment of the Muslim Brotherhood and other “political Islamist” movements, including the ruling AKP in Turkey, ultimately concluding that the United States should shift from its longstanding policy of supporting “stability” in the Middle East and North Africa (that is, support for “stable regimes” even if they were authoritarian), to a policy of backing “moderate” Islamic political movements.
To this day, PSD-11 remains classified, in part because it reveals an embarrassingly naïve and uninformed view of trends in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region. Full story
If Russia and China did not step in, Syria would have gone down the same path as Libya, which is now a hell hole. Unfortunately for the warmongers, almost all the NGO’s in Russia whose sole function is to create friction have been sent home. We are also pretty sure that the US would never send troops to engage Russia directly. Russia has never lost a ground war in over 1000 years on its home ground, and Ukraine can indirectly be termed home ground as it was once part of the USSR.
Hail to the Thief: The New York Times Defends Mikhail Khodorkovsky
On October 25, 2003, Khodorkovsky (below called MK) was arrested for tax evasion and corruption, dating from when the Soviet Union dissolved and state privatizations followed. “Behind every great fortune lies a great crime,” explained Honore de Balzac. Billionaire Russian oligarchs, like MK, illegitimately amassed great wealth, avoiding prosecution during Yeltsin’s tenure (1991 – 1999). Beginning in 1991, various socio-economic measures were implemented without public discussion or parliamentary approval. Most important were Yeltsin’s personal directives, creating a billionaire aristocracy handed the economy’s most important, profitable sectors, free of charge – literally a license to loot.
Changes began slowly under Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev, though not easily. The rot is so widespread and deep. Oligarchs like Boris Berezovsky fled to London, Moscow2, taking with them great fortunes. Others staying behind wish they’d gone after Medvedev announced during an October 2008 Council to Combat Corruption session that: “Corruption in our nation has not simply become wide-scale. It has become a common, everyday phenomenon which characterizes the very life of our society. We are not simply talking about commonplace bribery. We are talking about a severe illness which is corroding the economy and corrupting all society.”
As a result, prosecutions followed. Some 2009 examples against bureaucrats included:
— Nevelsk Mayor Vladimir Pak’s suspension and charge of embezzling 56 million rubles ($1.5 million);
— two Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD) Main Directorate officers detained on suspicion of accepting over $100,000 in bribes; and
— MVD Lt. Col. Dmitry Luzgin charged with extorting $1 million from Russian Real Estate House management.
According to MVD figures, annual Russian corruption ranges from $20 – $40 billion. In 2006, Alexander Buksman, deputy general prosecutor first deputy, estimated annual corruption at $240 billion, involving business and bureaucrats. However, a combination of legal loopholes and close private-public alliances lets most offenses go unpunished.
Major Media Defend MK
On October 29, (four days after his arrest), a New York Times editorial headlined, “Putin’s Old-Style KGB Tactics,” saying:
“After laboring to project the image of a rational, law-abiding statesman, President Vladimir Putin of Russia has reverted to the vengeful violence of his old employer….(Arresting MK) was a serious mistake,” citing market plunges “on the fear that the Kremlin was showing its true authoritarian colors.”
An earlier August 13, 2003, Times editorial headlined, “Moscow Machinations,” saying:
“….nobody knows for sure whether President Vladimir Putin is personally behind the sudden crackdown on the giant oil company Yukos….What is clear is that the Kremlin’s strong-arm tactics have little to do with battling economic crime and a lot to do with power and the coming elections in Russia.”
An October 28 Washington Post editorial claimed “no one is safe from arbitrary prosecution, or from the political whims of the Kremlin, and the US State Department suggested that MK’s arrest involved “selective prosecution,” adding that “We are concerned about the rule of law, about maintaining the basic freedom of Russians.”
In fact, MK was summoned for questioning. At the time he headed Yukos and was Russia’s richest oligarch, ranking 16th on Forbes billionaires list. Today, he faces years more in prison. More on that below.
The Times railed about “masked agents” arresting him instead of pursuing him in court. In fact, he defied a court order to appear before prosecutors. Only then did arrest follow. Other allegations suggested Yukos involvement in murders or attempted ones, targeting bureaucrats or business competitors who interfered with company operations. One was committed on MK’s birthday, apparently a gift to the boss.
He began as a Stalinist bureaucrat. In 1987, he used his Komsomol district committee control to organize Menatep, a commercial enterprise to promote inventions and industrial innovations. It later became one of Russia’s largest banks. In the 1990s, through ties with Kremlin bureaucrats, he used funds stolen from the state and unwary investors to amass huge holdings in formerly state-owned enterprises at a fraction of their value. In 1995 he bought Yukos assets for $300 million. In 2003, its market value was $30 billion, a 100-fold ill-gotten gain.Full story
Read the full article for it truly makes for an interesting read.
And in the Good old USA once again top newspapers and media outlets attempt to portray this king of crooks as a good man who was wronged. Most of those chaps that have been sent to the gulags deserved it. Again Google the right subject and you will be amazed and what you will stumble upon. Then all you have to is a little research. The problem is that most people are so brain dead they cannot even make an effort to try to find out if there is another side to the story, even when they have found that these so-called good sources have lied to them in the past. This is Pavlovian training at its best; they want instant gratification even if it means that the satisfaction is short-lived and, in the long run, provides them with a mega dose of pain and suffering.
The same principle applies to food, medicine, and your body. People believe whatever nonsense the food industry spews out, whatever garbage their doctors, health experts, herbalists and nutritionist dish out, and then they ask the silly question Oh my-my what happened to me? There is no polite way to answer that question so we will take the least impolite route. The sad truth Mr or Mrs Brain surgeon is that you got exactly what you asked for. The world is not a fair playing ground; most individuals could give two hoots about your health and well-being because for the most part, you do not care about what is going on around you. At the end of the day you are nothing but a statistic, a random number; you know this because you see evidence all around you indicating this to be true. And yet despite knowing all this, you expect corporations and governments to care about you. The bottom line in this world 90%-95% of the institutions and individuals don’t care about you. This is why if you have a good friend, treasure that friend because that person is more valuable than Gold. You might feel like saying we are trying to be mean. However, take a deep breath and look around and if you still think everyone cares about you, we have a beautiful bridge to nowhere we would love to sell to you.
We always stated that selfishness was good and that being a Good Samaritan was akin to be a corpse eventually. The idea behind this is simple. The term greed is used regarding looking after yourself first, and not going out and being vindictive For example, the word team player is retarded. How can you be a team player if you do not know how to be a good solo, player? So they ask you to be a good team, player. This is not possible because first, you need to know yourself before you attempt to work with others and try to gauge what their needs are.
The same principle applies to individuals who are always trying to help others. How can you help anyone if you cannot help yourself? Have you noticed that most doctors look like death itself and yet people listen to these chaps? How can Mr Death give you advice on how to be healthy? The first rule should be to look at your doctor. If you doctor looks healthy, then that is a good sign. Another example most mechanics have cars that are in terrible shape. We typically ask to see the mechanics car; if the vehicle is in good condition, it means that the mechanic, for the most part, knows what he is doing. Another example; you are told to love your neighbour and treat him or her with respect, etc., etc. Well, if you do not love yourself and treat yourself with respect how can you ever hope to treat another human being with respect.
We could go on and on and on. The point is that you need to know who you are, respect yourself and love yourself and then only can you move to the stage of where you can help others and respect others. So when we talk about being selfish, we talk about it in the context of getting to know yourself and taking care of yourself first. Most people that try to help others without helping themselves first are far more selfish than they let on; try to show them a little ingratitude for what they did for you and see how soon they lose their cool and remind of all the right things they did for you. This old saying is truly valuable for it supports what we have just said “no good deed goes unpunished” or “the road to hell is paved with good intentions”.
We are talking in general terms; there are always exceptions to the rules. For example, there are some incredibly good doctors out there (in fact brilliant would be the right word) that care about their patients well being, but these chaps are not easy to find. There are also some incredibly good people, but the majority do not fall into this category.
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