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Posted by Benjamin Fulford
October 20, 2014

Multiple sources are reporting that as of October 17th, 2014, the Dragon family has taken over control of the international operations of the Federal Reserve Board and that as a result, the cabal’s ISIS and ebola campaigns, which were negotiating tactics, will be wound down. Under the deal, the United States, Europe and England, respectively, will be issuing their own domestic currencies. However, the world’s reserve currency will no longer be controlled by the families that used to own the Fed, the sources, including pentagon and CIA officials, said.

A Chinese government source was unable to confirm that a deal had been reached. Nonetheless, he did note that China, Indonesia and Japan had been printing dollars of their own under the old regime but that all new creation of dollars world-wide will stop in October. This implies that any new currency issued internationally will be something other than dollars; most likely a basket of currencies centered on the Chinese yuan.

A British MI5 source, for his part, says “Europe is in no condition to make any agreements based on the future use of the Euro. Italy, France and Germany all need to expedite the issuance of domestic currency and this is now a recognized fact.”

Moreover, there are still major power groups, notably in the Middle East and the US, that are unwilling to accept this deal, dragon family sources say. As a result, geopolitical turbulence is expected to continue until the final resistance groups are subdued and controlled. A dragon family member says they will push for complete cabal defeat by the Chinese lunar New Year , which falls on February 19th in 2015.

A high level “G7 source” independently confirmed that as a result of the new deal, “The New Economic System will be developed founded on the truth namely that there is Abundance of resources, not scarcity.”

If a deal has been reached at the highest levels of Eastern and Western esoteric power, then there will be many public signs appearing. For one thing many world leaders, including US corporate president Barack Obama, Japanese slave Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, UN head Ban Ki Moon and Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu will be removed from office.

Certainly things are not looking good for Japan’s Abe. Two of the ministers of his just reshuffled cabinet, Trade and Industry Minister Yuko Obuchi and Justice Minister Midori Matsuhima resigned this Monday. The ministers resigned over supposed misuse of political funds but this was just an excuse for public consumption. Both ministers were disciples of top CIA Japan handler Gerald Curtis who is no longer the top Japan handler. Sources in the Japanese imperial family say that the removal of Abe and his secret handlers such as Richard Armitage and Michael Green was part of the deal made between the dragon family and the Western leaders.

Veteran politician Ichiro Ozawa has been proposed by Japanese right wingers as an interim figure to preside over Japan until a truly independent government can be formed, the sources said. Two other names put forth as possible Abe replacements are former Osaka mayor Toru Hashimoto and former Miyazaki Prefectural governor Hideo Higashikokubaru.

There is also a strong push by the imperial family and others to merge Japan with North and South Korea to create Kopan, which would be an economic powerhouse with a population of 200 million. In such a scenario the Okinawan archipelago would become an independent kingdom and US forces in Japan and Korea would be stationed there to act as regional peace keepers.

The Chinese government source said that while in principle China supported maintaining existing borders, “the creation of such a state would contribute to stability in North East Asia.”

The North Korean regime, in particular, is very close to Japan. After Japan’s defeat in World War 2, an imperial Japanese military officer by the name of Osamu Hatanaka, with secret help from the imperial family, set out to recreate pre-war Japan on the Korean peninsula, the imperial family sources said. Hatanaka was a graduate of the elite Nakano military school and he put Kim Il Sung in power.

Also, Megumi Yokota, the mother of current North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was brought over to North Korea at age 13 because she had both Japanese and Korean Li dynasty royal blood.

Furthermore, in a very unusual move, it was the CIA that helped Kim Jong Un purge Jang Song Thaek and his faction in order to prevent North Korea from falling under Chinese control, the Japanese royal family members said.

Kim Jong Un disappeared from sight recently because of over indulgence, the Chinese government source said. He is now recovering from ankle surgery, he said. General O Kuk Ryol, who serves as his regent, is ensuring the stability of the Kim Dynasty, he said.

South Korean government agents also contacted the White Dragon Society last week saying their government was being blackmailed with nuclear terror in order to prevent it from improving its relations with Japan and North Korea. The WDS promised that South Korea would be safe from nuclear attack because the cabal submarines that were to be used for the attack had already been sunk.

In any case, both the Chinese and the Japanese sources say they want UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to be removed from power and arrested because he was placed in his post without proper consultation and they do not trust him.

The other cabal controlled Korean the Asians do not trust is World Bank Head Jim Yong Kim, who runs a US controlled institution whose Bretton Woods mandate has expired, as is the case with the IMF.

If we see changes at the UN, the World Bank and the IMF over the coming months, we will know for sure that a high level deal has been reached.

Many sources and reports are also claiming that US president Barack Obama has been replaced with a military government headed by General Carter Ham. If this is really true then it should be on every television screen in the nation. Until you see that, take this information with a grain of salt.

However, pentagon sources did say, as mentioned at the top of this article, that both the ebola and ISIS campaigns were being wound down now because a deal had been reached with the dragon family.

The ebola campaign was a negotiating tactic intended to pressure the Asians by threatening to use the fake pandemic as an excuse to cut off all global trade and travel. The ISIS campaign was an implied threat to cut off the flow of Middle Eastern Oil.

If a deal has been reached, expect to see both ISIS and ebola fade from the corporate news.

Speaking about ebola, the Rockefeller family contacted this writer via the Japanese royal family to say that Richard Rockefeller, the son of David Rockefeller who recently died in a plane crash, was killed by the cabal in order to silence him because he was planning to blow the whistle on the ebola campaign.

Finally, after the mention of the black sun in last week’s issue, British intelligence sent the following link to this writer:

The paintings are by Jean Cocteau who some claim to be one of the Grandmasters of the Priority of Sion (as in Sionism). Note the black sun.

There is also an Asian group known as the Red Swastika Society that claims contact with alien beings. This writer visited one of their shrines in Ginza, Tokyo and can testify that it was filled with thick, solid gold altars covered in some sort of alien looking symbols. General Douglas MacArthur was closely associated with this group, according to Japanese right wing sources.
Mon, October 20, 2014 - 11:30 AM — permalink - 0 comments - add a comment

The Case Against HIV Causing AIDS, Collated by Henry Bauer



October 2013
(Last updated August 2014)

Collated by Henry Bauer

That HIV causes AIDS has been the officially sanctioned view for about 3 decades, believed almost universally but questioned openly by thousands of people, some of whom are expert in relevant sciences 1,2,3. These dissidents point out that a comprehensive reading of the mainstream literature together with analysis of mainstream data demonstrates conclusively that HIV is neither a necessary nor a sufficient cause of AIDS.

An annotated bibliography of dissident books and other writings was published in 1993 ; dissident books not listed there or published since that time include Bauer , Bialy , Crewdson , Culshaw , De Harven , Duesberg , Farber , Fiala , Hodgkinson , Konotey , Kremer , Lauritsen , Lauritsen & Young , Leitner , Maggiore , Root-Bernstein , Shenton .

The Immunity Resource Foundation (IRF) offers important archival material including many documentary films and videos; many issues of Continuum magazine; many links to other AIDS-Rethinking or HIV-Skeptical websites; and a blog and newspage. The 2013 award-winning film, “Positively False — Birth of a Heresy” can be rented or bought at the IRF website. Another award-winning documentary is "House of Numbers."

At first sight, that HIV does not cause AIDS must seem unbelievable in light of the officially promulgated view that has so thoroughly pervaded the media and the public sphere. How could medical science be so wrong for so long about something so important? Moreover, haven’t the miracle antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) saved countless lives and changed AIDS from an invariably fatal death sentence into a chronic, manageable, condition? Aren’t Africans dying in hordes from AIDS only because they can’t get enough of those drugs?

Those questions can all be answered, but not in any brief way. The comprehensive case against HIV has to be made along several mutually reinforcing lines:

Questions to which the officially sanctioned view has no answer.
HIV does not cause AIDS.
The plain evidence about AIDS.
The plain evidence about HIV.
Failings of HIV/AIDS theory.
What antiretroviral drugs do.
Damage done by HIV/AIDS theory and practice.
Hindrances to making the case against HIV.
How could such a massive blunder come about and persist?
FAQs: Questions — sometimes rhetorical only — posed by adherents to HIV/AIDS theory.

Just how inconceivable most people find it, that HIV/AIDS theory could be so wrong, that official medicine and science could be so wrong in this day and age, may be illustrated by my own experience . I had read enough — many of the books listed above — to become open to the possibility, but it took my own digging into “HIV” epidemiology to convince me p.7 & chapter 1 in 5, and that was about 10 years after I first became aware that there exist dissidents from orthodox HIV/AIDS belief. And it has taken me further years to understand that “HIV” may not even exist, and that “HIV” tests are perhaps the central issue in the whole business. My long-standing interest in Loch Ness Monsters and the like testifies that I am significantly more open to unorthodox views than are most people, so my own difficulty in recognizing the errors of HIV/AIDS theory might serve as a warning, that the task of bringing others to that understanding is an extraordinarily difficult one.

(The Footnotes include many URLs. Those beginning with “” refer to the blog by Henry Bauer at; the blog posts include further citations to the mainstream literature. URLs that were not active when this document was drafted show the date when that URL was last accessed directly; such broken links can often still be found indirectly via the Wayback Machine , or sometimes a copy of the source can be found via a Google search on the article’s title.)

See also: The Great AIDS Hoax
Mon, October 20, 2014 - 9:07 AM — permalink - 0 comments - add a comment

Ebola, AIDS Manufactured by Western Pharmaceuticals, US DoD?


Dear World Citizens:

I have read a number of articles from your Internet outreach as well as articles from other sources about the casualties in Liberia and other West African countries about the human devastation caused by the Ebola virus. About a week ago, I read an article published in the Internet news summary publication of the Friends of Liberia that said that there was an agreement that the initiation of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was due to the contact of a two-year old child with bats that had flown in from the Congo. That report made me disconcerted with the reporting about Ebola, and it stimulated a response to the “Friends of Liberia,” saying that African people are not ignorant and gullible, as is being implicated. A response from Dr. Verlon Stone said that the article was not theirs, and that “Friends of Liberia” was simply providing a service. He then asked if he could publish my letter in their Internet forum. I gave my permission, but I have not seen it published. Because of the widespread loss of life, fear, physiological trauma, and despair among Liberians and other West African citizens, it is incumbent that I make a contribution to the resolution of this devastating situation, which may continue to recur, if it is not properly and adequately confronted. I will address the situation in five (5) points:


Horowitz (1998) was deliberate and unambiguous when he explained the threat of new diseases in his text, Emerging Viruses: AIDS and Ebola - Nature, Accident or Intentional. In his interview with Dr. Robert Strecker in Chapter 7, the discussion, in the early 1970s, made it obvious that the war was between countries that hosted the KGB and the CIA, and the ‘manufacture’ of ‘AIDS-Like Viruses’ was clearly directed at the other. In passing during the Interview, mention was made of Fort Detrick, “the Ebola Building,” and ‘a lot of problems with strange illnesses’ in “Frederick [Maryland].” By Chapter 12 in his text, he had confirmed the existence of an American Military-Medical-Industry that conducts biological weapons tests under the guise of administering vaccinations to control diseases and improve the health of “black Africans overseas.” The book is an excellent text, and all leaders plus anyone who has interest in science, health, people, and intrigue should study it. I am amazed that African leaders are making no acknowledgements or reference to these documents.


I am now reading The Hot Zone, a novel, by Richard Preston (copyrighted 1989 and 1994); it is heart-rending. The prolific and prominent writer, Steven King, is quoted as saying that the book is “One of the most horrifying things I have ever read. What a remarkable piece of work.” As a New York Times bestseller, The Hot Zone is presented as “A terrifying true story.” Terrifying, yes, because the pathological description of what was found in animals killed by the Ebola virus is what the virus has been doing to citizens of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia in its most recent outbreak: Ebola virus destroys peoples’ internal organs and the body deteriorates rapidly after death. It softens and the tissues turn into jelly, even if it is refrigerated to keep it cold. Spontaneous liquefaction is what happens to the body of people killed by the Ebola virus! The author noted in Point 1, Dr. Horowitz, chides The Hot Zone for writing to be politically correct; I understand because his book makes every effort to be very factual. The 1976 Ebola incident in Zaire, during President Mobutu Sese Seko, was the introduction of the GMO Ebola to Africa.


The World Health Organization (WHO) and several other UN Agencies have been implicated in selecting and enticing African countries to participate in the testing events, promoting vaccinations, but pursuing various testing regiments. The August 2, 2014 article, West Africa: What are US Biological Warfare Researchers Doing in the Ebola Zone? by Jon Rappoport of Global Research pinpoints the problem that is facing African governments.

Obvious in this and other reports are, among others:

(a) The US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), a well-known centre for bio-war research, located at Fort Detrick, Maryland;

(b) Tulane University, in New Orleans, USA, winner of research grants, including a grant of more than $7 million the National Institute of Health (NIH) to fund research with the Lassa viral hemorrhagic fever;

(c) the US Center for Disease Control (CDC);

(d) Doctors Without Borders (also known by its French name, Medicins Sans Frontiers);

(e) Tekmira, a Canadian pharmaceutical company;

(f) The UK’s GlaxoSmithKline; and

(g) the Kenema Government Hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone.

Reports narrate stories of the US Department of Defense (DoD) funding Ebola trials on humans, trials which started just weeks before the Ebola outbreak in Guinea and Sierra Leone. The reports continue and state that the DoD gave a contract worth $140 million dollars to Tekmira, a Canadian pharmaceutical company, to conduct Ebola research. This research work involved injecting and infusing healthy humans with the deadly Ebola virus. Hence, the DoD is listed as a collaborator in a “First in Human” Ebola clinical trial (NCT02041715, which started in January 2014 shortly before an Ebola epidemic was declared in West Africa in March. Disturbingly, many reports also conclude that the US government has a viral fever bioterrorism research laboratory in Kenema, a town at the epicentre of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The only relevant positive and ethical olive-branch seen in all of my reading is that reported, “The US government funding of Ebola trials on healthy humans comes amid warnings by top scientists in Harvard and Yale that such virus experiments risk triggering a worldwide pandemic.” That threat still persists.


The U. S., Canada, France, and the U. K. are all implicated in the detestable and devilish deeds that these Ebola tests are. There is the need to pursue criminal and civil redress for damages, and African countries and people should secure legal representation to seek damages from these countries, some corporations, and the United Nations. Evidence seems abundant against Tulane University, and suits should start there. Yoichi Shimatsu’s article, The Ebola Breakout Coincided with UN Vaccine Campaigns, as published on August 18, 2014, in the Liberty Beacon.


Africa must not relegate the Continent to become the locality for disposal and the deposition of hazardous chemicals, dangerous drugs, and chemical or biological agents of emerging diseases. There is urgent need for affirmative action in protecting the less affluent of poorer countries, especially African citizens, whose countries are not as scientifically and industrially endowed as the United States and most Western countries, sources of most viral or bacterial GMOs that are strategically designed as biological weapons. It is most disturbing that the U. S. Government has been operating a viral hemorrhagic fever bioterrorism research laboratory in Sierra Leone. Are there others? Wherever they exist, it is time to terminate them. If any other sites exist, it is advisable to follow the delayed but essential step: Sierra Leone closed the US bioweapons lab and stopped Tulane University for further testing.

The world must be alarmed. All Africans, Americans, Europeans, Middle Easterners, Asians, and people from every conclave on Earth should be astonished. African people, notably citizens more particularly of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone are victimized and are dying every day. Listen to the people who distrust the hospitals, who cannot shake hands, hug their relatives and friends. Innocent people are dying, and they need our help. The countries are poor and cannot afford the whole lot of personal protection equipment (PPE) that the situation requires. The threat is real, and it is larger than a few African countries. The challenge is global, and we request assistance from everywhere, including China, Japan, Australia, India, Germany, Italy, and even kind-hearted people in the U.S., France, the U.K., Russia, Korea, Saudi Arabia, and anywhere else whose desire is to help. The situation is bleaker than we on the outside can imagine, and we must provide assistance however we can. To ensure a future that has less of this kind of drama, it is important that we now demand that our leaders and governments be honest, transparent, fair, and productively engaged. They must answer to the people. Please stand up to stop Ebola testing and the spread of this dastardly disease.

Thank you very much.


Dr. Cyril E. Broderick, Sr.

About the Author:

Dr. Broderick is a former professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Liberia’s College of Agriculture and Forestry. He is also the former Observer Farmer in the 1980s. It was from this column in our newspaper, the Daily Observer, that Firestone spotted him and offered him the position of Director of Research in the late 1980s. In addition, he is a scientist, who has taught for many years at the Agricultural College of the University of Delaware.
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California becomes first US state to ban plastic bags


Reuters / Mike Blake

California has become the first American state to ban the use of plastic bags for environmental reasons – but critics argue the policy will cost jobs.

Under the new law, plastic bags will be banned in phases. Grocery stores and pharmacies will be required to stop handing out disposable bags by July 1, 2015. Afterwards, customers will be charged 10 cents for paper bags or reusable plastic bags. By 2016, convenience stores and liquor stores will have to do the same.

“This bill is a step in the right direction – it reduces the torrent of plastic polluting our beaches, parks, and even the vast ocean itself,” said California Governor Jerry Brown on signing the milestone bill into law. “We’re the first to ban these bags, and we won’t be the last.”

The law allows exceptions for the purchase of meats, fruits and vegetables, and authorizes local governments to impose fines of up to $5,000 on businesses that violate the rule.

Environmental advocates claim that single plastic bags pollute rivers, oceans, parks, and beaches, adding that they are dangerous to animal life and don’t easily decompose. They also clog city storm drains, costing municipalities millions of dollars to clean up.

READ MORE: NYC stages world's ‘biggest ever’ climate change march (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

While the ban was supported by the majority of lawmakers and environmentalists, there were dissenters too.

“It was a backroom deal between grocers and union bosses to scam California consumers out of billions of dollars without providing any public benefit, all under the guise of environmentalism,” said Lee Califf, executive director of American Progressive Bag Alliance, a coalition of plastic bag manufacturers.

Califf claimed the law will lead to people losing their jobs, and higher charges for consumers.

The coalition has promised to overturn the law by referendum, a process which will require them to gather 500,000 signatures in three months to put the issue on the November ballot for voters to decide, according to The Weather Channel.

READ MORE: Bee studies feel sting of pesticide manufacturers – MPs

However, with a third of Californians already living under city ordinances and laws banning plastic bags, anti-pollution advocates argue people will adjust to the statewide ban, adding that they don’t anticipate the referendum to be successful.

“The more the public sees the policy, the more they like,” Mark Murray, executive director of Californians Against Waste, told the Sacramento Bee. “Once it’s implemented in your community, your support for it grows.”

About 100 California cities and counties already have partial or full prohibitions on plastic bags, with San Francisco being the first city to issue a ban in 2007. Cities in the rest of the US are starting to follow suit as well – Austin, Chicago, and Seattle have implemented partial bans – and similar measures are being considered by lawmakers in Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island. Hawaii could be the next state to move forward with a total ban.
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Keep HIV-Positive Migrants out of Britain, Says Ukip’s Nigel Farage

I have no doubt this will prove to be a very pricy remark for Mister Farage in the end! And I once had such great respect for him as an alternative leader who's willing to stand up to the mainstream political twits and call out the insanity that IS the European Union! Are there no heroes left in the world?


Nigel Farage was accused of stooping to a “new level of ignorance” after he called for people who have tested positive for HIV to be banned from migrating to Britain as a “good start” in controlling the UK’s borders.

Britain’s oldest HIV/Aids charity, the Terrence Higgins Trust, said the Ukip leader should feel “truly ashamed” of himself after showing “an outrageous lack of understanding” over such a sensitive issue.

Farage made his remarks in an interview with Newsweek Europe, published as polls closed in the Clacton and Heywood and Middleton byelections. When asked what sort of people should be allowed to migrate to Britain, he said: “People who do not have HIV, to be frank. That’s a good start. And people with a skill.”

Farage’s remarks appeared to hark back to the era of panic over HIV/Aids in the 1980s when the US imposed an almost blanket ban on people with HIV entering the country. This lasted from 1987 until 2009 when it was rescinded by Barack Obama.

The Ukip leader may have referred to people with the virus because 38% of new HIV diagnoses in 2013 were of people born outside the UK, according to Public Health England. But the numbers are small in relative terms. There were 58,440 diagnoses of HIV of people born outside the UK between 2001 and 2013. There are 7.5 million people living in the UK who were born outside the country.

Responding to the controversy on Radio 4’s Today Programme he said a similar ban operated in the US, and that the NHS could not afford to treat people with life threatening diseases.

“We should do what America does, what Australia does, what every country in the world does. We want people who have trade and skills. But we do not want people with criminal records and we cannot afford to have people with life threatening diseases,” he said.

“We have leading cancer experts in Britain saying the burden now of treating overseas people is leading to huge shortages in the system. I do not think those (immigrants) with life threatening diseases should be treated by NHS”.

Farage also said that he would ban anyone with a murder conviction from migrating to Britain after Arnis Zalkans, the Latvian builder who was jailed in his home country for the murder of his wife in 1998, emerged as the prime suspect in the murder of the teenage Londoner Alice Gross. His badly decomposed body was found a few days after Alice’s body was recovered from the river Brent.

Farage said: “It’s simple. That Latvian convicted murderer shouldn’t have been allowed here.”

Dr Rosemary Gillespie, chief executive of the Terrence Higgins Trust, condemned Farage for bracketing people who had tested positive for HIV with murderers. She said: “The idea that having HIV should be used as a black mark against someone’s name is ridiculous and shows an outrageous lack of understanding of the issue.

“It is to the UK’s credit that for more than three decades successive governments, no matter their political stamp, have refused to put in place border controls against people living with HIV.

“Major international organisations, including the United Nations, agree that such draconian measures would have no impact on the epidemic.

“In bracketing those living with the condition with murderers, and suggesting there is no place for them in his vision of Britain, Mr Farage has stooped to a new level of ignorance. He should be truly ashamed.”

Challenged by Newsweek Europe about his belief that only electricians, merchant bankers and people without HIV should be admitted to Britain, Farage said: “There are 190 countries in the world that operate like that. That is what Britain should do.

“I have never said that we should not take refugees. We have a proud record of accepting refugees.”

Henry Smith, a Conservative MP, said: “It’s official – Nigel Farage doesn’t care about the long-term future of our country. All he’s interested in is the next publicity stunt.

“With offensive gimmicks like this he’s shown he has no credible plan to tackle the uncontrolled mess that Labour left our immigration system in.”

The Ukip leader also said that he would like to be appointed minister for Europe after next year’s general election.

Farage said he would like the post, which would have to be in a coalition government, to allow him to negotiate Britain’s exit from the EU.

In his interview with Newsweek Europe, Farage said Britain’s main problem with immigration stemmed from its “open door” policy with the rest of the EU.

He said this had ended up preventing skilled migrants from outside the EU moving to the UK because the government had imposed restrictions in its unsuccessful attempt to keep net migration down to the tens of thousands.

The Ukip leader said: “They [skilled non-EU citizens] are discriminated against because we have an open door into Europe. Today, if you’re an Indian engineer, say, your chances of admission are limited. Ukip want to control the quantity and quality of people who come.”

Farage made his remarks about HIV after his interviewer, Robert Chalmers, asked a provocative question about Zimbabweans travelling to Britain. Chalmers suggested that a Zimbabwean with the wrong skills, “the wrong colour skin” and perhaps with HIV would not be welcomed to Britain by Ukip.

Farage described the leaders of the UK’s three main parties as “truly appalling” people, “as dull as bloody ditchwater”. He went on to say he would like to negotiate Britain’s withdrawal from the EU as Europe minister.

He said: “If things go well next spring, I would like to be minister for Europe. I mean that quite seriously. I would like to be the person who goes to Brussels and says: ‘We want to trade with you. We want reciprocal relationships.

“But this European treaty doesn’t work for us and so we are breaking it.’ I would like to be remembered as the man who reclaimed our independence and democracy.”

Farage’s remarks about becoming a minister in a Tory-Ukip coalition showed his confidence as the polls closed in the two byelections.

The Clacton byelection was caused by the defection of the former Tory MP Douglas Carswell, who is standing as the Ukip candidate. Carswell had a majority of 12,068 in 2010. The Heywood and Middleton byelection was caused by the death of the Labour MP Jim Dobbin who had a majority of 5,971 in 2010.
Mon, October 20, 2014 - 8:11 AM — permalink - 0 comments - add a comment

Juicing: One of the Best Tools for Improving Your Health


By Dr. Mercola

Vegetable juice is an enormously helpful tool for improving your health. Dr. Andrew Saul, who's been a guest here many times before, is a lifelong juicer.

His book, Vegetable Juicing for Everyone: How to Get Your Family Healthier and Happier, Faster!, is a fantastic resource, offering lots of practical tips for integrating juicing into your life, and having fun doing it.

"My father juiced and my children were raised on juice. By the way, that's what the book is about. The whole sordid story of what it's like to raise your kids with juicing when the neighbors think you're crazy and your relatives are sure," Dr. Saul says.

"In the 39 years that I've been working with folks and teaching in the natural health arena, the one thing that's helped more people more consistently is vegetable juicing."

Dr. Max Gerson was one of the pioneers of juicing. He suffered terrible migraine headaches, which he eventually resolved by drinking vegetable juice.

Once word spread, patients started coming in to be relieved of their migraines and ended up improving their health in other ways as well. Eventually, Dr. Gerson realized that vegetable juice is a metabolic therapy, capable of combating virtually any disease.

"The advantage of the juicer is, first of all, it reduces [large amounts of] vegetables into a few manageable glasses. That means you get a nice, easy-to-take, and quick food concentrate," Dr. Saul says.

"It has zero cholesterol, practically zero fat, lots of fiber, lots of minerals, and lots of vitamins...

The juicer also does a good job of making the nutrients available. [W]hen you juice, you break down the cell walls and you release these nutrients and liquid solution. When you drink that, you absorb it."

Juicing really is for everyone. Even people with irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, and other kinds of gastrointestinal problems can usually handle vegetable juice, whereas they may not be able to eat a lot of raw food.

The Importance of High-Quality Produce

Using organic produce is very important when juicing. The price of organic produce can be a challenge for some. One alternative is to grow your own, making sure not to use synthetic pesticides and optimizing your soil by adding mulch or wood chips, which will promote beneficial soil microbes.

"Just say no to GMOs. Make sure that you grow as much as you can. If you really want to make an impact on this world, the answer is self-reliant production of your own food," Dr. Saul notes.

If the juice doesn't taste good, you're not going to want to drink it. Children are even more finicky than adults. But organic vegetables have a lot of flavor, and when picked straight from your own garden and juiced within minutes, the flavor is going to be at its peak. This is also true for the nutrient content.

Interestingly, one of the things I found in my own juicing experience is that some of the healthiest vegetables to juice are also some of the most bitter. This includes collards and mustard greens.

When using those, you'll want to add them in smaller quantities and balance the bitterness with other ingredients. My favorite is lime, but you can also use cranberries or occasionally an apple.

"People say to me, 'What should I juice?' My answer is anything you can eat raw. Play around with it. Have some fun. Just try everything," Dr. Saul suggests.

"I have a Facebook site called The Megavitamin Man. People go on there, and they talk about the different things that they're juicing. I find it extremely entertaining because they're so creative...

Cabbage juice is fantastic for the gastrointestinal tract, and beet juice is a good blood builder. [B]eet juice... is remarkably sweet. Now, it looks awful but it tastes great."

Juice Fasting for General Health

Even if you don't juice every day, Dr. Saul recommends getting into the habit of doing a juice fast about once a month, where you drink nothing but vegetable juices for three to seven days. It's a great detox. Others have found new life by juicing every single day.

Experts typically recommend drinking eight to 10 glasses of water each day. I believe the key is to drink enough fluids so that your urine is light yellow. If it's dark, you're not drinking enough. But when it comes to water, purity is really important. This is yet another benefit of vegetable juice.

It actually qualifies as water, and it is some of the absolute best water you can get. The reason is because it's structured water—essentially high-quality living water. It's actually different from regular water. It's not H₂O; it's H3O2. And vegetables make magnificent structured water; far better than drinking filtered tap water.

Different Types of Juicers

There are three basic types of juicers:

Centrifugal type juicers that separate the juice from the fiber through a spinning process. These are the least expensive and the most common
Auger or masticating types of juicers that chew up the vegetables and push them through a strainer. They work very well and tend to give you more juice than a centrifugal juicer. Dr. Saul estimates you could get 20-25 percent more juice from a masticating juicer, which makes it a sensible choice even if you're paying a little bit more for it. Over time, it'll save you money as you can get by with fewer vegetables. They're also quieter than other models, and tend to be easy to clean and assemble
Grind-and-press juicers that work like an apple cider mill. These are quite expensive and therefore generally not as popular
There are also blenders, which are different from juicers. A powerful blender will give you juice along with all the fibrous material from the vegetables. This can work well for the elderly, or people who have trouble chewing for whatever reason. But it also has drawbacks. The “juice” doesn’t taste as good and remember if it doesn’t taste good you won’t drink it. The other downside of blending is that it limits the amount of vegetables you can eat. And while fiber is certainly good, the nutrients in the juice are more important.

"There's much to be said for that because nothing is lost, nothing is thrown away. And there is every value in having the complete food and just pulverizing it. The problem with that is not everybody likes it that way. It's kind of a thick, baby food-like consistency," Dr. Saul says.

Time Saving Tips, and a Warning About Storage

Provided you're using organic veggies, a great way to save time when juicing is to clean them with a brush rather than peeling them. One exception is beets, which have a rather foul tasting skin. If you're using non-organic vegetables, your best bet is to peel them, to avoid juicing pesticide residues. This is particularly important for fruits and vegetables that have been waxed, as this seals in pesticides.

Be aware that it can be difficult to discern if a vegetable has been waxed or not, because it can be applied in a very thin non-glossy layer. According to Dr. Saul, eggplant, turnips, cucumbers, and tomatoes are almost always waxed. Zucchini and squash are usually waxed but not always. Carrots are never waxed. Ideally, you'll want to drink the juice right away. The longer it sits, the more nutrients are destroyed through the contact with air, which oxidizes them. You also lose taste.

"Can you do all your juicing in the morning, take it with you to work, and drink juice all day? The answer is you can. But you will lose quality and you will lose taste. That's the number one reason I think people should have all their juice at once. But if you don't want to do that, you can certainly juice in advance. Generally speaking, the masticating juicer will introduce less air into the juice than the centrifugal. People have told me that they get longer storage when they use a masticating or chewing juicer and not the centrifugal type.

The next trick is to fill the container all the way to the top. Don't leave any airspace. My little trick is to add vitamin C as ascorbic acid at the top because it's an antioxidant. You cap it up, and you're good to go for a number of hours. You can take this with you."

A helpful device that can prolong the life of your juice is called the FoodSaver. It vacuums out air from plastic bags that you then seal. But it also has an attachment that will suck out the air from the top of a Ball jar, essentially creating a vacuum seal to further limits the problem of oxidation, which is what destroys nutrients. You still need to keep the juice refrigerated, and you'll want to drink it all that day. As noted by Dr. Saul:

"Whenever you have an oxygen low or oxygen-free atmosphere like that, there is a risk of botulism. We don't want that. The way to avoid that is to simply drink the juice that day. Don't think you can put it in your fridge all sealed up and leave it for two weeks. That's not going to work."

Storage of fresh juice also allows methanol to dissociate and increase over time, which is another reason to drink it as soon as possible. The human body is not adapted to detoxify methanol, which is why it can cause so many problems. For example, it can convert into formaldehyde that can then wind its way into your brain.

Methanol toxicity, which is primarily associated with the artificial sweetener aspartame, has been linked to Alzheimer's and other health problems. Methanol is not a problem in fresh produce because the methanol is bound to pectin, which allows it to safely pass through your system, but the processing and storing of it could allow it to build up. So make sure you discard any left-over juice the next day.

More Information

As stated by Dr. Saul, in order to get and stay healthy, we need to get back to basics. It's not very complicated when it really comes down to it, but if you listen to the pharmaceutical industry and the medical profession, they all seem to make their living complicating things.

"We have been taught that the simple is not scientific. It's not effective. It's really not a viable alternative," Dr. Saul says, "Yes, it is! The simple solution is usually the best one. When we're looking at our health, it's just amazing how many people ask me, 'What vitamin should I take?' They are eating a lousy diet, are overweight, don't exercise, and they eat a lot of junk. Now, it's good if they take the vitamins, but you still have to eat right. That means it's got to come out of the dirt. It's got to be good dirt, good seed, and you need a good quantity of it.

We need to get back to the land. It sounds kind of hippie-like, but the fact is, truth is truth. It's always been a good idea to follow nature. We're way off that. We need to turn around, look at the animal kingdom, and take the knowledge that we see in healthy animals. What can we do to improve our life? It's very simple... 'No junk.'"

If you’re looking for an entertaining book to get you juicing, whether you’re ready to try it out for the first time, or want to pick the habit back up, I highly recommend Dr. Saul’s book, Vegetable Juicing for Everyone, which he co-wrote with his daughter Helen Saul Case.
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Truth About a 40-Year Long Cover-Up of Laetrile Cancer Treatment


By Dr. Mercola

If you are old enough, you might recall a controversy in the early 1970s regarding the compound Laetrile, purported to prevent the spread of cancer. New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center was ground zero in that firestorm.

In the early 1970s, America’s war on cancer was in full force, and Sloan Kettering was regarded as one of the world’s leading cancer research centers.

But Sloan Kettering’s Board of Directors swept positive findings about Laetrile under the rug when it became unprofitable and publicly unpopular for them to support it.

Their Laetrile research was done under their own roof by one of the world’s most respected cancer researchers of the day—Dr. Kanematsu Sugiura. One person—and only one—has come forward with the truth about what turned out to be one of the most reprehensible cover-ups in the history of cancer research.

In 1974, young science writer Ralph Moss had just netted his first big-time job in Sloan Kettering’s public relations department, but he soon found himself smack dab in the middle of the Laetrile fiasco.

In July 1977, Moss was no longer willing to lie on behalf of his employer, so he exposed the truth about Sloan Kettering’s conduct at a highly publicized press conference. The next business day he was fired and swiftly escorted to the door by armed guards.

This story is personally recounted in a new documentary Second Opinion: Laetrile at Sloan Kettering,1, in which Moss reveals the full extent of the Laetrile cover-up, in its entirety, as an insider. He’s also written a book about it, called Doctored Results.

Eric Merola is an award winning documentarian whose prior work includes Burzynski: The Movie and Burzynski—Cancer is Serious Business, Part II. The experience was life changing for Ralph Moss, who has since devoted his career to independently evaluating the claims of conventional and nonconventional cancer treatments.

The fact that mainstream media has embraced this documentary with positive reviews is rather astonishing, and perhaps a sign of changing times.

“Though a documentary, it’s dramatic enough to be reminiscent of ‘The Insider,’ the whistleblowing thriller about Big Tobacco.”
—Graham Fuller, New York Daily News, August 28, 2014

What Is Laetrile?

Laetrile is the patented drug made from the natural compound amygdalin, found in the seeds of many fruits, such as apricot, plum and peach pits, apple seeds, and quince, as well as in almonds. Laetrile is also known as Amigdalina B-17 or vitamin B17, although there is very little evidence it warrants classification as a vitamin.

Amygdalin contains glucose, benzaldehyde, and cyanide. Cyanide is believed to be the active cancer-toxic ingredient in Laetrile. However, cyanide is toxic to all cells, so Laetrile’s overall toxicity is a concern.

Some Laetrile proponents claim that it’s more toxic to cancer cells than to normal cells. Getting cyanide poisoning from apple seeds or almonds is extremely unlikely.

In 1924, Laetrile was synthesized from amygdalin and promoted as a cancer treatment. By 1978, it was estimated that more than 70,000 Americans had tried it—despite its being banned in the US since 1963. Most people obtain Laetrile from Tijuana clinics, as the agent is still legal in Mexico.

Dr. Sugiura’s Research

Dr. Kanematsu Sugiura spent most of his career at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, authoring more than 250 papers and receiving numerous awards, including the highest honors from the Japan Medical Association for outstanding contributions in cancer research.

While studying Laetrile, which was previously written off as “quack medicine,” Dr. Sugiura discovered Laetrile to have very positive effects in preventing the spread of malignant lung tumors in laboratory mice.

In control groups, which received only plain saline, the lung tumors spread in 80 to 90 percent of the animals. But in those given Laetrile, the tumors spread in only 10 to 20 percent.

Then, the Cover-Up

By 1974, the findings were so positive that Sloan Kettering had signed off on clinical trials—but suddenly everything changed. The center began shifting their Laetrile experiments away from Dr. Sugiura to other scientists. But every time new experiments even hinted at a positive outcome, the research was scrapped, for ridiculous reasons.

Even the scientists at Sloan Kettering who had previously been supportive of Sugiura’s studies began to characterize Laetrile as a fraud—yet nothing had changed scientifically to negate Sugiura’s findings. Despite the opposition, Dr. Sugiura stood firmly by his work.

Ralph Moss had befriended Dr. Sugiura from the beginning of his employment at Sloan Kettering, and Sugiura had excitedly shared his findings about Laetrile with Moss. When things went south, Moss was suddenly caught in a dilemma.

His only choices were to lie, in order to support his employer, or tell the truth and sacrifice his job and potentially his career. He tried leaking the documents of Sugiura’s work to the editor of the New York Times, but they never saw the light of day.

Ultimately, Moss chose to come clean at a press conference in July 1977, which ended up being the final day of his employment at Sloan Kettering. He was admonished to never set foot in the facility again. What happened to cause this sudden, drastic shift about Laetrile?

Embarrassment Over Patchwork Mice

Just prior to the Laetrile controversy, Sloan Kettering was already reeling in embarrassment from research fraud, courtesy of dermatologist William T. Summerlin. In 1974, Summerlin was supposedly studying transplantation immunology and claimed to have successfully performed the first skin transplant from a black mouse onto a white mouse—quite a scientific feat, as they were genetically unrelated animals.

Shortly thereafter, technicians noticed that the black “pigmentation” on the white mice wiped off with a cotton swab, tipping them off that Summerlin had merely colored the skin patch with a black permanent marker. Further investigation revealed that many of Summerlin’s prior studies were equally bogus.

Sloan Kettering did not want to be in the spotlight for anything else even remotely resembling quackery, and Laetrile was considered too controversial. The problem was compounded by the fact that the pro-Laetrile movement had been commandeered by the extreme right wing John Birch Society, with whom the center did not want to be associated. And then, you must consider the individuals comprising Sloan Kettering’s Board of Directors.

Sloan Kettering’s Board Included Drug and Petrochemical Industry Big-Wigs

According to Ralph Moss, the Laetrile cover-up really only makes sense when viewed through the lens of “the politics of cancer.” According to Moss: “The individuals on Sloan Kettering’s Board of Directors were a ‘Who's Who’ of investors in petrochemical and other polluting industries. In other words, the hospital was being run by people who made their wealth by investing in the worst cancer-causing things on the planet.”

The Board was dominated by CEOs from top pharmaceutical companies that produce cancer drugs, whose interest was in promoting chemotherapy and undermining natural therapies. For example, both the Chairman and Vice President of Bristol-Myers Squibb (the world’s leading manufacturer of chemotherapy drugs) occupied high positions on the Board. Of the nine members of the hospital’s powerful Institutional Policy Committee, seven had ties to the pharmaceutical industry. Even the hospital itself invested in stock of these drug companies. The Board also included directors of the biggest tobacco companies in the US—Phillip Morris and RJR Nabisco. Moss writes:

“With this background in mind, it should come as no surprise to learn that Sugiura’s findings did not please his employer. What goes on inside the laboratories is generally of little interest to board members. It is assumed that, whatever it is, it will result in a new patented drug that will keep the cash flow moving in their direction. They were slow to pick up on the implications of Sugiura’s work, but when they did, all hell broke loose in the board room. If a cure for cancer were to be found in an extract from the lowly apricot seed, it would be a terrible economic blow to the cancer-drug industry.”

Related to this is one very telling quote that comes near the end of the film, attributed to William W. Vodra, the former Associate Chief Counsel for Drugs at the USFDA: “Nobody is going to pay $70,000 for a new cancer drug if they can buy Laetrile for 75 cents.” The Sloan Kettering Board likely realized that Laetrile offered no hope as a profitable cancer treatment—so it had to be squelched.

Corporate Greed Knows No Bounds

The Laetrile story is not unlike the Stanislaw Burzynski and Nicholas Gonzalez stories, where potentially powerful cancer treatments are silenced by those whose real agenda is to protect corporate bank accounts. The cancer paradigm is based on toxic drugs, dangerous surgeries, and expensive machines. There's an enormous amount of money to be made in this system, and those who threaten to overturn it will pay a steep price.

Conventional medicine purports to be beholden to science-based medicine, yet it resists and denies solid science-based evidence again and again. Things have not changed much since the 1974 Laetrile cover-up—in fact, they may getting worse. “Science” may not be as trustworthy as we would all like to believe. We continue to see one case after another of shocking medical science fraud, particularly in the extremely profitable cancer industry.

Our current medical system has been masterfully orchestrated by the drug companies to create a system that gives the perception of science based medicine when it is really a heavily manipulated process designed to boost their profits, and more accurately labeled science biased medicine. One review of retracted biomedical and life-science research found that only 21 percent of retractions were due to errors—the rest were due to misconduct, fraud, or plagiarism.

The more respected or influential the journal was, the more likely its retractions were attributed to fraud or suspected fraud! Even the prestigious Mayo Clinic is not immune to this type of scandal, retracting 19 papers from nine research journals due to shady research a few years back. Ralph Moss was very clear in saying he’s not an advocate for Laetrile, but rather an advocate for truth in medical science. An interesting aside is that another laetrile researcher, Dr. Harold Manner, was head of the biology department at Loyola University in the late 70s. Two of his graduate students, Dr. Tom Michalson and Dr. Steve Disanti, were in my medical school class and their Laetrile stories confirmed the details in this story.

Contemporary Laetrile Studies Confirm Sugiura’s Work—But an Apology from Sloan Kettering Is Nowhere to Be Found

The research into Laetrile did not stop just because Sloan Kettering buried it 40 years ago. Many recent studies confirm Dr. Sugiura’s work, supporting his conclusion that Laetrile shows potential in reducing the spread of cancer, although it’s not a cure. Laetrile and amygdalin may also have benefits for other medical issues, such as kidney disease. Here are just a few of the more recent studies that substantiate Dr. Sugiura’s work:

August 2014: In a new German study, amygdalin dose-dependently reduced growth and proliferation of bladder cancer
May 2013: Amygdalin inhibits renal fibrosis in chronic kidney disease; researchers conclude it is a “potent antifibrotic agent that may have therapeutic potential for patients with fibrotic kidney diseases”
February 2013: Amygdalin induces apoptosis in human cervical cancer cells; authors conclude it may offer a new therapeutic option for cervical cancer patients
August 2006: Amygdalin also induces apoptosis in human prostate cancer cells
February 2003: Amygdalin from Prunus persica seeds (peach pits) shows anti-tumor effects comparable to epigallocatechin gallate in green tea
Despite contemporary research findings, you will find no retraction (or apology) by Sloan Kettering, and sadly, the vast majority of cancer information sites claim that Laetrile is useless as a cancer treatment. Laetrile was a lost opportunity. This type of misinformation is rampant in the industry, and the people who really suffer are those battling cancer and denied access to treatments that could potentially save them or extend their lives. The facts show that Dr. Sugiura was both competent and honest, but instead of accolades, he received nothing but grief because he just happened to step into the middle of a political hornets’ nest.

Sign the Petition Now!

Ralph Moss’s organization Second Opinion has a petition urging Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to acknowledge its positive results about Laetrile from the 1970s. You can sign that petition here. Since being fired by Sloan Kettering in 1975, Ralph Moss has written or edited 12 books and three film documentaries about issues related to cancer research and treatment. He currently directs The Moss Reports, an up-to-date library of detailed reports on more than 200 types of cancer. You can obtain further information about Dr. Moss and his work on his website.

If you liked this documentary, you can support this project by renting or buying the entire package which also includes an additional 74 minutes of 'extras' exploring many other parts to this story here.

Or purchase the DVD or Blu-ray at a reduced price here.
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Astrophotographers Capture Dramatic Photos of Comet Siding Spring Approaching Mars


[Comet Siding Spring approaches within a degree of Mars at 5:07 a.m. CDT today October 19. Closest approach happens around 1:28 p.m. CDT (18:28 UT) when the comet will brush about 83,240 miles from the planet's surface. Image copyright SEN / Damian Peach]

Astrophotographer Damian Peach shares this spectacular image of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring approaching Mars taken just hours ago. The faint comet shows a small, condensed coma and bent tail against the glaring orange glow of the brilliant planet. Most photos of comets passing by a planet or deep sky object are lucky line-of-sight pairings with the comet in the foreground and object light years away in the background. Not this one. Both Siding Spring and Mars lie at nearly the identical distance from Earth of 151 million miles (243 million km).

When closest to Mars this afternoon, Siding Spring is expected to shine at around magnitude -5 or about twice as bright as Venus. Mind you, that estimate considers the entire comet crunched down into a dot. But for those who remember, Comet Hale-Bopp remained at zero magnitude, 100 times fainter than Siding Spring, and made for one of the most impressive naked eye sights on spring evenings in 1997.

More recently, Comet McNaught climaxed at magnitude -5 in the daytime sky near the Sun in January 2007. It was plainly visible in binoculars and telescopes in a blue sky if you knew exactly where to look and took care to avoid the Sun. Would-be Martians are far more fortunate, with Siding Spring appearing high overhead in a dark sky from some locations, including that of NASA’s Curiosity Rover.

Right on time for today’s encounter, the folks at have rolled out an interactive simulation of Comet Siding Spring’s appearance in the sky above Curiosity. Just click the play button on the control panel above to run it live. Seen from Mars, the comet bobs along Eridanus the River southwest of Orion, passing high in the southern sky overnight. What a sight!

The comet nucleus is only about 0.4 miles (700 meters) across, but the coma or atmosphere fluffs out to around 12,000 miles (19,300 km). Seen from the ground, Siding Spring would span about 8°of sky or 16 full Moons from head to tail. Moving at 1.5° per minute, we could watch crawl across the heavens in real time with the naked eye. Wish I zoom to Mars for a look, but the rovers and orbiters will be our eyes as they study and photograph the comet during its brief flyby. As soon as those pictures become available, we’ll publish them here. Can’t wait!
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Comet Siding Spring's Rare Mars Flyby October 19, 2014: Full Coverage


By Staff | October 18, 2014 09:00am ET

See also: Comet Siding Spring’s near-miss of Mars is this weekend!
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[Image: "Inula helenium 003" by H. Zell - Own work. - Licensed under CC SA 3.0]

1. Elecampane root is a specific medicine for chronic, persistent respiratory complaints, especially those that involve coughs with abundant thick mucus.

2. The same pungent, warm, drying property that allows the root to break up and dry mucus also makes it carminative, which means that it aids digestion. Better digestion means less mucus overall!

3. Elecampane is used to treat stomach ulcers. In this indication it has hemostatic and antiparasitic properties.

4. If you want a relaxing expectorant don't look at elecampane; this herb is stimulating, meaning that it can bust up and vaporize stuck phlegm, making it easier to bring up.

5. The Chinese use the flower for nausea and vomiting.
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