2 foot long “clot” pulled from a living person is the new normal if you are vaccinated

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These odd rubbery clots are now happening on a regular basis in not only the dead, but the living too. For some reason, they are only affecting vaccinated people. Weird huh?

I talked to a nurse with 23 years of experience and she never heard about clots longer than a few inches in her career until the vax came along. Now, we are seeing blood clots in kids as young as 8 -12 years old, but only if they’ve been vaccinated.

Here’s the report I just got today, for example:

Some time ago, I texted you a video called “Died Suddenly”?  It was about finding huge blood clots in people who were in good health but died very suddenly. I sent the same video to a customer of mine. Well this morning I got a phone call from him. His 58 year old brother who lives in Arizona and in decent shape was out running.  All of a sudden his heart stopped. He fell into a bush. Through the grace of God, there was a doctor running by at that exact moment and saw it happen. He started CPR and they got the guy to the hospital. He is still alive. But, they found a 2 foot blood clot in him. The only way to find out if he has more clots is by doing a full body MRI which the hospital is saying he does not need. The guy was vaxxed and boosted three times.

I’m trying to see if this person will talk to me, but so far, for some reason, nobody wants to talk about it nor will they say what the pathology report on the clots returned.

So now we come to an important poll of the day. Please do NOT answer the poll unless you’ve seen one of these clots. I will post the running results to Twitter, but you already know the answer to this one, don’t you? Only something they can inject into you could cause damage like this.

FBI Released Heavily Redacted Files on Sandy Hook Shooter 85-Pound Adam Lanza

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Without notice or fanfare, the FBI on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, posted links to over 1,500 pages of mostly redacted documents from its investigation and subsequent findings on Adam Lanza, the alleged shooter in the Sandy Hook case. We examined the documents and found they are completely lacking in the names of eyewitnesses. There are also surreal and contradictory statements made by interviewees. The report does not note which of these claims have been verified.

FBI Vault Sandy Hook investigation (This is a good link)

This “chronology” was included:

The “gunman was discovered at the scene” by the police as of 1:05 p.m., over three hours after police arrived at the crime scene. How is this late discovery even possible? Cambridge dictionary defines “as of” as “starting from a particular time.”

Timeline (source Wikipedia):

9:40:03 a.m. Last shot heard. Believed to be shooter’s suicide.
9:44:47 a.m. Newtown police officers enter SHES.
9:46:48 a.m. Connecticut State Police enter SHES.

We learn that the elusive 6-foot tall “no-motive” Lanza weighed a mere 85 pounds. The Rambo pip-squeak was suited with a bulletproof vest and booted with a Bushmaster XM15 .223 caliber rifle, a Glock 10 mm handgun and was also in possession of a loaded 9 mm Sig Sauer P226 handgun.

After he’d already fired 154 rounds, Lanza also had more ammunition for the weapons he had on his person, as well as three 30-round magazines for the Bushmaster. However, the FBI report is inconsistent with the other narratives, and states only, “A Bushmaster long gun and one Glock pistol were recovered at the scene.”

Those familiar with the Sandy Hook narrative know that those 27 dead were left laying in the school until removal in the middle of the following night, 18 hours later. No Medi-vac was ever brought in.

In the aftermath of Sandy Hook, the FBI conducted interviews with a number of unidentified neighbors said to live near “Nancy Lanza” in Newtown. The majority said they didn’t know her, nor did they know a boy Adam’s age was living in the house. One neighbor said she hadn’t seen a child in the house for four years prior to the school event. Another said there was a kid wearing all black traversing Yogananda Street “four or five years ago.” Yet another said she never saw people in the house but noted “many empty bottles of water” at curbside recycling.

Appearance straight out of cartoon world

Despite the fact that many neighbors never saw No Motive Lanza, another unnamed individual provided considerable detail about Adam’s hobbies and activities. The redacted person contradicts the shut in narrative and reveals that the elusive Adam regularly loved to walk around town and especially to his “beloved” Sandy Hook Elementary.

Another unnamed person said the elusive Adam was into computers and had a computer repair job briefly, yet had no friends or associates. This person was able to provide detailed information about the guns the Lanzas owned and even detail on Adam’s favorite video games. He claimed Lanza loved board games. Last time I checked board games require other players and tends to be a social activity. He said Adam was never violent nor did he use alcohol and drugs.

Winter Watch finds it odd on its face that the FBI is interviewing so many unnamed people with intimate knowledge of a boy who has no friends or associates- nao combinam.

Another no name source claimed he was a loner, was a vegan recluse who loved to hike and was “weirded out” by Hurricane Sandy. “Source” even stated Lanza was taking private classes in Mandarin Chinese with a professor.

Another unnamed individual claimed Adam Lanza was in “complete denial of his disease” and never took his medication.

Another statement from an unnamed person who “knew of Lanza’s postings online” told the FBI: “Lanza did not consider death to be a negative. He saw it as an escape from his joyless existence.”

According to yet another unnamed person so-called joyless Adam Lanza -between his board games, Chinese, and computers- reportedly played the saxophone and wanted to climb every mountain in New Hampshire.

Neighbors Intimidated

About a half dozen different unidentified neighbors said they received threatening phone calls on Dec. 16, two days after the Sandy Hook event. The caller identified himself as Adam Lanza and made death threats. Another person with a redacted name claimed to encounter someone who was exhibiting copycat behaviors after the Sandy Hook event.

Another unidentified neighbor said she was ordered “by police” to evacuate her residence at 10 a.m. and not to return until early evening.

In the aftermath of the event, subpoenas were issued to dozens of unidentified individuals to appear before a Federal Grand Jury. No details of such testimony were provided in the FBI file release or anywhere else.

Connecticut State Police says they received a call from an unidentified woman whose son was playing the video game “Call to Duty” with another unidentified kid who ominously said, “Watch the news tomorrow.”

Another no-name witness provides the following account about how Adam Lanza hacked into a government computer, which prompted a visit from the FBI or CIA (Nancy Lanza didn’t know which).

Adam had made it through the second level of security and when he tried to breach the third level, the screen went black and the authorities showed up at the Lanza’s door,” the FBI document reads. “Nancy had to convince the authorities that her son was just very intelligent … the authorities told Nancy that if her son was that smart he could have a job with them someday.”

Yet other no named individuals describe Lanza as retarded and learning disabled.

Is Colonoscopy Your Best Bet to Avoid Colorectal Cancer?

effects of colonoscopy

  • Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S., and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths for both sexes combined. Despite the fact that there are multiple screening methods, most doctors simply recommend colonoscopy, which is one of the riskier methods

  • Research shows that while colonoscopies can lower your risk of a colorectal cancer diagnosis, they do not significantly reduce your risk of dying from colorectal cancer

  • Recent research concluded that about 25% of all colonoscopies performed are unnecessary

  • A systematic review and meta-analysis published in 2017 concluded that regular aspirin use was as effective for preventing colorectal cancer incidence and death thereof as screening with flexible sigmoidoscopy or fecal occult blood test. And, when it came to preventing death from cancer in the proximal colon, aspirin was more effective than either of these screens

  • About 80% of endoscopes are cleaned using Cidex (glutaraldehyde), which fails to properly sterilize these tools, potentially allowing for the transfer of infectious material from one patient into another. If you must get a colonoscopy, make sure the hospital or clinic uses peracetic acid to disinfect their endoscopes. This will minimize your likelihood of contracting an infection from a previous patient

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Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths for both sexes combined.1

In 2022, an estimated 106,180 Americans were diagnosed with colon cancer and another 44,850 with rectal cancer. Of those, 52,580 died.2 The average lifetime risk of colorectal cancer is about 1 in 23 (4.3%) for men and 1 in 25 (4%) for women.3

Men and women over the age of 50 with average risk of colorectal cancer are typically recommended to get tested either by:4

  • Stool-based tests:

    • Annual fecal immunochemical test (FIT)

    • Annual fecal occult blood test (FOBT)

    • Multi-targeted stool DNA test (mt-sDNA) once every three years

  • Structural exams:

    • CT (virtual colonoscopy) once every five years

    • Flexible sigmoidoscopy (FSIG) once every five years

    • Colonoscopy once every 10 years after age 50 until age 755

Despite the fact that there are multiple screening methods, most doctors simply recommend colonoscopy, and researchers have found that in most instances, doctors completely fail to review all the options and the benefits and drawbacks of each with their patients. In essence, most doctors simply choose for their patients without going through the steps of informed consent, and most often they go straight to colonoscopy.

The idea behind cancer screening is that by catching it early enough, your risk of dying will be lessened. However, recent research published in The New England Journal of Medicine6 suggests the benefits of colonoscopies may be overestimated.

While colonoscopies were found to lower a person’s risk of a colorectal cancer diagnosis by 18% at 10 years when performed in healthy people between the ages of 55 and 64, the risk of actually dying from colorectal cancer was not significantly reduced, and the all-cause mortality was barely affected at all.

Let me rephrase this to make sure you understand this important point: Colonoscopies only increase the diagnosis of the cancer by 18%, but do absolutely nothing to decrease your risk of dying. As reported by the authors:7

“In intention-to-screen analyses, the risk of colorectal cancer at 10 years was 0.98% in the invited group and 1.20% in the usual-care group, a risk reduction of 18% (risk ratio, 0.82; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.70 to 0.93).

The risk of death from colorectal cancer was 0.28% in the invited group and 0.31% in the usual-care group (risk ratio, 0.90; 95% CI, 0.64 to 1.16). The number needed to invite to undergo screening to prevent one case of colorectal cancer was 455 (95% CI, 270 to 1429).

The risk of death from any cause was 11.03% in the invited group and 11.04% in the usual-care group (risk ratio, 0.99; 95% CI, 0.96 to 1.04).”

Other recent research8 found as many as one-quarter of all colonoscopies are unnecessary. As reported by the Lown Institute:9

“… many people are screened for cancer even though they are unlikely to benefit. Nursing homes often screen very old people for cancer, even though they are likely to be harmed by surgery or treatment if cancer was found.

In one 2014 study,10 among older patients with very high mortality risk, 40% were screened for colorectal cancer. In another large survey,11 more than half of people over the recommended screening age reported being screened for colorectal cancer.

How often do we give patients colonoscopies who are too young, too old, or had another screening too recently …? In the first systematic review12 of screening colonoscopy overuse, researchers … provide an estimate.

They examined six studies which included about 250,000 screening colonoscopies. Overall, the rate of overuse among these studies ranged from 17% to 25.7%.

With 6.3 million screening colonoscopies performed in the US each year (before COVID), at least one million — and as many as 1.6 million — are unnecessary. This means many people are at unnecessary risk of harm from potential colonoscopy complications such as bleeding, perforated bowels, and even death.”

The elderly are the most vulnerable when it comes to the misuse of colonoscopies. They benefit the least from the screening and have the highest risk of adverse events, yet they’re also among the most heavily targeted groups for screening.

It’s important to realize that colonoscopy is not a risk-free procedure. Examples of adverse events associated with colonoscopies include:

  • Infection from poorly disinfected instruments — An estimated 80% of colonoscopy instruments are improperly sterilized, which can transfer infection from one patient to another. (See section below for more information.)

  • Perforation of the colon and/or gastrointestinal bleeding13 A 2016 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force technical review14 estimated the risk of perforation is 4 per 10,000 and the risk of major hemorrhage 8 per 10,000. People at higher risk include those with diverticulitis, diseases of the colon, and adhesions from pelvic surgery.

  • Dysbiosis and other gut imbalances,15 caused by the process of flushing out your intestinal tract before the procedure with harsh laxatives.

  • Increased risk of stroke, heart attack and pulmonary embolism, weeks later16 These side effects are thought to be a side effect of the anesthesia, which can trigger blood clots. Many experts agree you should opt for the lightest level of sedation possible, or none at all, as full anesthesia increases risks.

  • False results17 False positives lead to unnecessary treatments that are nearly always harmful, in addition to the anxiety a cancer diagnosis brings.

    False negatives, on the other hand, create a false sense of security. One 2006 study18 warned that doctors who rush through the exam can miss even late-stage cancer, so avoid super-busy doctors who perform dozens of colonoscopies a day.

The primary tools used to screen for colon cancer are sigmoidoscopes and colonoscopes. These devices are not disposable, so they must be sterilized between each use. This, it turns out, poses a very significant problem that most patients are not aware of.

According to Dr. David Lewis, a retired whistleblower microbiologist with the Environmental Protection Agency, about 80% of endoscopes are cleaned using Cidex (glutaraldehyde), which fails to properly sterilize these tools, potentially allowing for the transfer of infectious material from one patient into another.

Flexible endoscopes have several basic components. One is a long, flexible tube with a tiny camera at the end, which allows the doctor to view the inside of your colon. There are also two internal channels in this tube, a biopsy channel and an air/water channel.

When the physician sees evidence of a tumor, he or she can insert a little claw through the endoscope, into the patient, and grab a piece of tissue and pull it back out through the biopsy channel. The air/water channel allows the doctor to clean the lens of the camera, which frequently gets covered with blood and other patient material.

The air/water channel is much smaller in diameter than the biopsy channel, and this is where the greatest risk of contamination originates, because while the biopsy channel is large enough to be scrubbed clean with a long brush, the air/water channel is too small to accommodate a brush.

About 80% of the time, flexible endoscopes are simply submerged in a 2% glutaraldehyde solution (Cidex) for 10 to 15 minutes to disinfect them between patients, and this simply isn’t sufficient to clean out the air/water channel that’s been contaminated with tissue, blood and feces. As a result, this material can get flushed out into subsequent patients.

What’s worse, glutaraldehyde works like formaldehyde (it’s just a smaller molecule) so it basically preserves the tissue, allowing the trapped material to build up over time.

The problem, in a nutshell, is that doctors are reusing devices that are impossible to properly clean. There is a safer cleaning alternative, however, and knowing this could very well save your life.

“If you’re compelled to get a colonoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy, contact the office before the procedure and make sure they are properly decontaminating the scope using peracetic acid.”

About 20% of flexible endoscopes in the U.S. are cleaned with peracetic acid between patients rather than Cidex. Peracetic acid (which is similar to vinegar) is used in organic chemistry labs to dissolve proteins, and it does a far better job than glutaraldehyde.

So, if for whatever reason you are compelled to get a colonoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy, then it is IMPERATIVE that you contact the office before the procedure to make sure they are properly decontaminating the scope using peracetic acid.

The reason most clinics use Cidex is because it’s cheaper. Even pennies per procedure add up when you’re doing them by the thousands each year, and hospitals are under pressure to save money wherever they can. However, when your health and life are at stake, saving pennies becomes inconsequential, and you’d be wise to forgo any hospital that still uses Cidex to clean their equipment.

How will you know how any given facility cleans their scopes? You have to ask. If you’re having a colonoscopy or any other procedure using a flexible endoscope done, be sure to ask:

  • How is the endoscope cleaned between patients?

  • Specifically, which cleaning agent is used?

  • How many of your colonoscopy patients have had to be hospitalized due to infections?

If the hospital or clinic uses peracetic acid, your likelihood of contracting an infection from a previous patient is slim. If the answer is glutaraldehyde, or the brand name Cidex, cancel your appointment and go elsewhere. As for the third and last question, the answer you want is zero.

Interestingly, research has shown colonoscopies may be unnecessary if you’re taking daily aspirin. While this may sound too good to be true, researchers found that aspirin can, in fact, eliminate certain cancerous tumors, such as liver tumors.19

A systematic review and meta-analysis published in 201720 21 also concluded that aspirin was as effective for preventing colorectal cancer incidence and death thereof as screening with flexible sigmoidoscopy or FOBT, and aspirin was actually more effective for preventing death from cancer in the proximal colon. As reported by the authors of that analysis:22

“The effect of aspirin on colorectal cancer mortality was similar to FOBT and flexible sigmoidoscopy. Aspirin was more effective than FOBT and flexible sigmoidoscopy in preventing death from or cancer in the proximal colon. Aspirin was equally effective as screening in reducing colorectal cancer incidence, while flexible sigmoidoscopy was superior to FOBT.

Conclusions: Low-dose aspirin seems to be equally effective as flexible sigmoidoscopy or guaiac FOBT screening to reduce colorectal cancer incidence and mortality, and more effective for cancers in the proximal colon. A randomized comparative effectiveness trial of aspirin vs. screening is warranted.”

There is even a study23 of over 600,000 men and women in which aspirin use at least 16 times per month was associated with a 40% reduced risk of colon cancer mortality over the six-year study period.

A 2016 study24 in JAMA Oncology also found aspirin use staved off colorectal cancer. This study included nearly 136,000 people who were followed for 32 years. Taking either a 325 mg tablet or an 81 mg tablet at least twice a week reduced overall cancer incidence by 3%, the risk for gastrointestinal cancer by 15% and colorectal cancer by 19%.

What might explain these findings? Well, there are several potential mechanisms by which aspirin can be helpful against cancer, including the following:

  • Aspirin is a prostaglandin inhibitor, so it can help address hormone imbalances that contribute to colorectal cancer development

  • It lowers your iron, which is another potential cancer contributor

  • It has anti-inflammatory effects

  • It has anti-lipolytic effects, so it inhibits insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes, both of which are risk factors for cancer

If you decide to implement this recommendation it is likely that taking one regular aspirin a day, preferably with your largest meal to avoid any gastrointestinal damage, would be the best strategy. If you are taking blood thinners, are very sick, or are on multiple medications, using willow bark would likely be a safer option.

I’m 68 and I’ve never had a colonoscopy and have no plans of ever getting one. While I believe they can be valuable in some circumstances, I feel confident that with my rigid avoidance of omega-6 LA and lifestyle it’s highly unlikely I would ever develop any cancer, let alone colon cancer. For those at high risk, however, colonoscopies may be useful.

Another alternative is to get tested by flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years. It’s similar to a colonoscopy, but uses a shorter and smaller scope, so it cannot see as far up into your colon. It’s associated with far fewer complications, but you still need to check with the hospital or clinic to make sure they’re using peracetic acid to clean the device.

Overall, visual inspection is the most reliable way to check for colon cancer, and this is what the colonoscopy allows your doctor to do. If polyps are found in their early stages, your doctor can simply snip them off right then and there. So, a colonoscopy is not only a diagnostic tool, it can also serve as a surgical intervention. They take a picture of the polyp, clip it, capture it, and send it to biopsy. So, it could save your life, and it’s definitely something to consider.

However, you do not want to risk complications or infections by having the procedure done with a contaminated piece of equipment! So, please remember to make sure they’re using the proper cleaning solution. It could save your life.

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3 Top Micronutrients for Cardiovascular Health

top micronutrients for heart health

  • Brown University researchers conducted a study to determine which micronutrients are best for your heart

  • They unveiled an up-to-date evidence-based map that quantifies the impact of micronutrients on cardiovascular outcomes

  • Out of 27 micronutrients, three — omega-3 fats, folate and coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) — came out on top

  • Omega-3 fats decreased mortality from cardiovascular disease, while also reducing heart attacks and coronary heart disease events

  • Folic acid, the synthetic version of folate, or vitamin B9, reduced stroke risk, while CoQ10 decreased all-cause mortality events

  • Most, but not all, of the micronutrients studied showed “moderate- to high-quality evidence” of reducing risk factors for cardiovascular disease

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Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S., killing one person every 34 seconds.1 Your diet plays a prominent role in your heart health, but the role of individual micronutrients continues to be debated. Brown University researchers conducted a study to determine which micronutrients are best for your heart.2

They unveiled an up-to-date evidence-based map that quantifies the impact of micronutrients on cardiovascular outcomes. Out of 27 micronutrients, three — omega-3 fats, folate and coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) — came out on top.

Micronutrients are vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function optimally. Deficiencies in micronutrients can lead to a range of acute and chronic conditions. In terms of heart health, Brown University researchers conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis involving 884 trials. The study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, evaluated 27 types of micronutrients used by 883,627 participants.3

“For the first time, we developed a comprehensive, evidence-based integrative map to characterize and quantify micronutrient supplements’ potential effects on cardiometabolic outcomes,” study author Dr. Simin Liu, professor of epidemiology and medicine at Brown University, said in a news release. “Our study highlights the importance of micronutrient diversity and the balance of health benefits and risks.”4

Most, but not all, of the micronutrients showed “moderate- to high-quality evidence” of reducing risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Those that were beneficial included:5

  • Omega-3 fats

  • Omega-6 fats

  • L-arginine

  • L-citrulline

  • Folic acid (folate)

  • Vitamin D

  • Magnesium

  • Zinc

  • Alpha-lipoic acid

  • Coenzyme Q10

  • Melatonin

  • Catechin

  • Curcumin

  • Flavanol

  • Genistein

  • Quercetin

The study was unique in that it took a comprehensive look at micronutrient supplementation, including phytochemicals and antioxidants. Liu explained:6

“Research on micronutrient supplementation has mainly focused on the health effects of a single or a few vitamins and minerals. We decided to take a comprehensive and systematic approach to evaluate all the publicly available and accessible studies reporting all micronutrients, including phytochemicals and antioxidant supplements and their effects on cardiovascular risk factors as well as multiple cardiovascular diseases.”

While beta carotene supplementation increased all-cause mortality, omega-3 fats, folate and CoQ10 were highly protective. Here are more details about how these important micronutrients affect your heart health.

  1. Omega-3s — The study found omega-3 fats decreased mortality from cardiovascular disease, while also reducing heart attacks and coronary heart disease events.7 This mirrors previous studies, which have also found beneficial effects of omega-3s on heart health. Omega-3 fats derived from krill oil, for instance, have been found to reduce triglyceride levels and help reduce cardiovascular risk.8

    Further, people with Type 2 diabetes who used omega-3 supplements had a lower incidence of hospitalization with heart failure — a form of heart disease in which the heart experiences ventricular dysfunction — in another study.9

    An omega-3 index test is one of the most important annual health screens that everyone needs, and it’s a more important predictor of your heart disease risk than your cholesterol levels. Even research supported by the National Institutes of Health suggests an omega-3 test is a good predictor of overall health and all-cause mortality.10 11

    That study measured the omega-3 index in 2,500 participants and found those with the highest omega-3 index had lower risks of heart problems and lower total mortality. The omega-3 index measures of the amount of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in the membranes of your red blood cells (RBC). Your index is expressed as a percent of your total RBC fatty acids.

    The omega-3 index has been validated as a stable, long-term marker of your omega-3 status, and it reflects your tissue levels of EPA and DHA. An omega-3 index over 8% is associated with the lowest risk of death from heart disease, while an index below 4% places you at the highest risk of heart disease-related mortality.

    The ideal sources for EPA and DHA include cold-water fatty fish, like wild-caught Alaskan salmon, sardines, herring and anchovies. If you do not eat these fish on a regular basis, consider taking a krill oil supplement.

    In addition, be aware that your omega-6 to omega-3 ratio should be about 1-to-1 or possibly up to 4-to-1, but most Americans consume far too many omega-6 fats and not enough omega-3. For optimal heart health, in addition to increasing your omega-3, it’s important to cut down on industrially processed seeds oils, often referred to as “vegetable oils,” found in most processed foods.

  2. Folate — The Journal of the American College of Cardiology study revealed that folic acid reduced stroke risk.12 Folic acid is the synthetic version of folate, or vitamin B9, and it’s the most important dietary determinant of homocysteine. Elevated levels of homocysteine (Hcy) are a risk factor for coronary artery disease and are found in most patients with vascular disease.13 According to a literature review published in Advances in Therapy:14

    “Several mechanisms have been proposed for Hcy’s pathogenesis related to vascular disease. Hcy can cause endothelial injury, dysfunction of DNA, proliferation of smooth muscle cells, oxidative stress, decreased function of glutathione peroxidase, impaired nitric oxide synthase, and inflammation.”

    Evidence suggests that daily folic acid supplementation lowers homocysteine levels. “In fact, it has been shown that folic acid supplementation of 0.5 to 5.0 mg can lower Hcy levels by 25% and, thus, may decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease … Given that folic acid is cheap and effective, this should be a viable option for patients with high risk for cardiovascular adverse events,” the researchers explained.15

    In an animal study, folic acid was also found to prevent age-related structure changes and dysfunction of the heart that may lead to heart failure.16 It reduced cellular senescence, a hallmark of aging. The best way to increase your levels of this important micronutrient is to eat foods rich in natural folate, such as asparagus, avocados, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and spinach.

  3. CoQ10 — CoQ10 decreased all-cause mortality events, according to the Journal of the American College of Cardiology study.17

    Ubiquinol — the reduced, electron-rich form of CoQ10 that your body produces naturally — plays an important role in the electron transport chain of your mitochondria, where it facilitates the conversion of energy substrates and oxygen into the biological energy (adenosine triphosphate, or ATP) needed by your cells for life, repair and regeneration.

    It’s a fat-soluble antioxidant, meaning it works in the fat portions of your body, such as your cell membranes, where it mops up potentially harmful byproducts of metabolism known as reactive oxygen species (ROS). As such, ubiquinol and CoQ10 supplements help protect your mitochondrial membranes from oxidative damage.

    Many conditions, including heart disease, appear to be rooted in mitochondrial dysfunction.18 CoQ10 is used by every cell in your body, but especially your heart cells. Cardiac muscle cells have about 5,000 mitochondria per cell.19 For further comparison, mitochondria make up about 35% of the volume of cardiac tissue and only 3% to 8% of the volume of skeletal muscle tissue.20

    In other research, CoQ10 has been found to help improve atrial fibrillation (AFib).21 AFib is an abnormal, often rapid, heart rhythm that occurs when the atria, your heart’s upper chambers, beat out of sync with the ventricles, the heart’s lower chambers. It’s a common symptom in those with heart failure or heart disease. In addition, CoQ10 influences several other aspects of heart health, including:

    • High blood pressure — CoQ10 acts directly on your endothelium, dilating your blood vessels and lowering blood pressure.22 23 CoQ10 also decreases aldosterone, a hormone that makes you retain salt and water.24 25 When aldosterone goes down, excess salt and water are excreted through your kidneys, often causing your blood pressure to go down.

    • Systemic inflammation — Supplementing with 60 milligrams (mg) to 500 mg of CoQ10 for eight to 12 weeks can significantly reduce tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), IL-6 and C-reactive protein (CRP);26 27 three measures of widespread inflammation.

    • Stroke — Systemic inflammation, oxidative stress and nerve cell damage play a role in the development of stroke. Research suggests supplementing with CoQ10 can reduce ischemic lesions and improve outcomes in patients who have been treated with a statin drug after having a stroke (statins reduce CoQ10 levels in your body).28

    Your body can naturally make CoQ10, but genetic alterations in metabolism, poor diet, oxidative stress, chronic conditions and aging can all interfere with CoQ10 production and lead to CoQ10 deficiency. Statin drugs can also deplete CoQ10.

    Ubiquinol production ramps up from early childhood until your mid- to late 20s. By the time you hit 30, it begins to decline.29 Young people are able to use CoQ10 supplements quite well, but older people do better with ubiquinol, as it’s more readily absorbed.

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to supporting your heart health. Indeed, the featured study researchers noted that “an optimal nutritional strategy to promote cardiometabolic health will likely involve personalized combinations of these nutrients.”30

However, healthy diet, exercise, stress reduction and heart-based connections — i.e., strong and positive relationships — are key to heart and overall health. As mentioned, I also believe an omega-3 index test is one of the most important annual health screenings you can receive.

GrassrootsHealth makes testing easy through its D*Action+Omega-3 consumer-sponsored research project.31 You can find the GrassrootsHealth omega-3 index test kit on the GrassrootsHealth website.32

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This Type of Therapy Can Save Your Eyes

light therapy can save your eyes

  • Blue light damages retinal cells responsible for vision color and clarity, but red and near infrared light help recharge retinal mitochondria and improve sight

  • The retina has the highest energy demand of any part of the body. A lack of red and near infrared light from the sun and overexposure to blue light from LED and digital devices can speed retinal aging

  • Artificial light at the wrong time of the day also impacts sleep quality, which is associated with obesity, heart attack, high blood pressure and depression

  • You can lower your exposure to blue light at home by replacing LED with incandescent bulbs and turning down the blue light in your digital devices at 7 p.m. when the sun naturally sets

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Vision is one of your five senses and protecting it has an impact on your overall physical and mental health. Your eye is a complex organ that takes in light bouncing off objects in the environment. Structures in the eye bend and change shape so your brain can interpret your surroundings.

Light first enters through the cornea, which is a clear covering over the eye.1 This functions to protect the eye and to bend the light so it can pass through the dark pupil at the center of your iris, the colored part of the eye. The iris gets larger or smaller, which makes the pupil look smaller or larger, to regulate the amount of light.

Light passes through the lens, which also bends the rays to focus them on the retina at the back of the eye. This structure has tiny light-sensitive nerve cells called cones and rods. The cones are sensitive to color and are in the center of the retina, near the macula.

The rods are sensitive to light intensity and don’t register color.2 They are located outside the macula, extending to the edge of the retina. The cones and rods convert the light into electrical impulses and send them to the brain where your brain perceives an image.

Visual loss or impairment has an impact on a person’s mental and physical well-being. The American Academy of Ophthalmology writes that those with a visual impairment experience a higher risk of some conditions such as depression, social withdrawal and accidents.3

People with vision loss may also experience a higher risk of chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney failure, hearing loss and arthritis.4 As the population ages, the number who have visual impairment or blindness also rises.

The primary causes of visual impairment appear to increase with age. These include cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.5 Loss of vision at night may not get as much attention as other eye conditions, but it is commonly found in those who are older.

In some, difficulty seeing at night starts around age 40 and may be associated with older individuals who are involved in car crashes.6 There are several reasons people may have impaired night vision, including age-related changes and eye disease:7 8

  • Smaller pupils — With aging the muscles that control the pupil, the area that allows light into the eye, do not react as quickly or may not be as strong. If the pupil doesn’t dilate enough, you don’t have enough light to see. This makes adapting to seeing out the windshield and back to a brightly-lit car dashboard difficult.

  • Eye lens — With age, the lens of the eye stiffens and may get less transparent. This doesn’t let enough light pass through, which you experience especially at night.

  • Rods — The rods in the retina are necessary for sight but may be lost with aging.

  • Nearsightedness — This may make it hard to see down the road at night while driving.

  • Medications — Some can slow your pupil’s ability to adapt to changing light conditions.

  • Nutritional deficiency — A vitamin A deficiency can impair your night vision.

  • Retinitis pigmentosa — This is a hereditary disease that causes permanent impairment of night vision and peripheral vision. Eventually it can cause significant visual loss in normal light conditions.

In the first-of-its-kind research in humans, a team from University College London led by Glen Jeffery was able to improve declining eyesight using simple light therapy.9 In this short video he describes the interaction between red light and mitochondria, which is the basis for sight improvement.

The researchers were aiming at improving the vision of the large number of seniors who suffer from physical decline and impaired eyesight. In 2020, the team wrote there were 12 million people in the U.K. over age 65, which is expected to increase by another 8 million by 2050.

They estimate all will experience some degree of impairment from aging of the cones and rods in the retina. In the video, Jeffery explains the retina of the eye has a greater energy demand and more mitochondria than other tissues in the body, including the heart. As reported in a press release, he said:10

“As you age your visual system declines significantly, particularly once over 40. Your retinal sensitivity and your colour vision are both gradually undermined, and with an ageing population, this is an increasingly important issue. To try to stem or reverse this decline, we sought to reboot the retina’s ageing cells with short bursts of longwave light.”

The team recruited 24 people ages 28 to 72 years. Each of them was given a device that emitted a red light at 670 nanometers. As Jeffery commented, the mitochondria have the ability to absorb light in longer wavelengths, from 650 nm to 1,000 nm to raise energy production.

However, when the wavelength is above 670 the light is difficult for the human eye to see, which could potentially impact compliance. As a result of the high energy demands, the mitochondria in the retina age faster than other areas of the body. This causes a significant reduction in function.11 The participants took a device home, which they used for three minutes each day for two weeks.

Their rod and cone sensitivity were tested before and after the intervention. They found participants younger than 40 exhibited no difference in sensitivity. However, those older than 40 showed some significant improvement in color contrast and the ability to see in low light. Jeffery concluded:12

“Our study shows that it is possible to significantly improve vision that has declined in aged individuals using simple brief exposures to light wavelengths that recharge the energy system that has declined in the retina cells, rather like re-charging a battery.

The technology is simple and very safe, using a deep red light of a specific wavelength, that is absorbed by mitochondria in the retina that supply energy for cellular function. Our devices cost about £12 to make, so the technology is highly accessible to members of the public.”

It’s important to remember that not all light is the same. In fact, artificial light at the wrong time of the day can significantly impact sleep quality. It’s called light pollution and it can result in sleep deprivation that ultimately affects your immune system. There is a steep cost to sleep deprivation, including obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack and depression.13

One of the side effects of spending hours indoors is a lack of exposure to the sun. The bright light emitted by LED lights and streetlamps is not full-spectrum: Full-spectrum light comes from the sun.14

Hormones and bodily functions operate on a circadian rhythm, which is attached to a 24-hour day-night cycle and light. Your hormones that regulate digestion, metabolism and sleep are affected by your circadian rhythm.15 Ultimately, your circadian rhythm is affected by exposure to sunlight.

For example, the hormone melatonin should rise at night to encourage quality sleep.16 Exposure to bright sunlight in the morning helps regulate the release of melatonin and affects your sleep cycle. In a recent preprint paper, researchers suggest that lockdowns instigated by COVID-19 have mitigated the protective role of ultraviolet light from the sun by up to 95%.17

There is a link between blue light and circadian rhythms.18 The sun provides a full spectrum of light, and thus includes blue light. A reduction in the intensity of sunlight during the winter months may suppress melatonin and result in feelings of listlessness, sleepiness and in some, depression.

As well as reducing your exposure to full spectrum light, including infrared light from 650 nm to 1000 nm, spending hours indoors increases your exposure to blue light. Although blue light in the early hours of the day helps shut off melatonin production, continued exposure after sunset has deleterious effects on health.

With the production and distribution of energy-efficient LED lights, many are exposed for longer hours to blue light without a balance of red or near-infrared light. For this reason, incandescent lights are safer as they emit the longer wavelength red and near-infrared light and only emit a bit of blue.19

The damage blue light does to the retina has been known for years. In one study published in 1995, researchers wrote, “Exposure of the eye to intense light, particularly blue light, can cause irreversible, oxygen dependent damage to the retina.”20

More recently, data from a study involving animals has suggested that blue light increases retinal damage and apoptotic cell death. In this study, the damage induced greater cone cell death than rod cell death.21 The blue light emitted by LED lights is the main component scientists are concerned with regarding vision and the health of the retina.

Experts find that the blue light component in energy-efficient LED lights is “the major cause of retinal damage,” inducing “oxidative stress and retinal injury” as well as “photoreceptor death by necrosis and apoptosis.”22

Researchers from Oregon State University in collaboration with The Ohio State University found prolonged exposure to blue light may also affect your brain, even when blue light is not shining through your eyes.23

There are some important steps you can take to protect your eyesight and overall health. While it’s important to get blue light first thing in the morning to shut off melatonin production, it’s just as important to reduce exposure after 7 p.m. when the sun naturally begins to set.

There are several ways to accomplish this, depending on your personal preferences. Many digital devices have software that can reduce the blue light emitted by the screen. When you do this on all electronic devices and you replace all LED lights with incandescent bulbs, you won’t need blue blocking sunglasses indoors.

However, if you don’t have control over lighting, then it’s important to strongly consider using blue-blocking glasses after 7 p.m. This will help regulate your internal clock and reduce damage to your eyes.

Outdoor street lighting and alarm clocks are other ways you’re exposed to light after dark. The quality of sleep you get is linked to resting in total darkness. Consider removing all light-emitting devices and using a sleep mask and room-darkening blinds.

On the other hand, during the daylight hours, it’s important to get sensible sun exposure for eye health and to help raise your vitamin D production. If you find it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep, you may need to make a few more changes using strategies I suggest in “Top 33 Tips to Optimize Your Sleep Routine.”

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Rat Watch Pay-Dirt and The Dirty Little Secret

 By Anna Von Reitz

I had a man ask me recently, “Why aren’t we taught any of this stuff in school?” He was quite distraught.  
Why, indeed?  
It should be as simple as rain falling: you live in a country, you are taught its history and customs, you have a firm knowledge of its laws, you know how the government functions and what services it is supposed to deliver, you keep control of those costs, and that’s that.  
If you think that is the way things have been working in The United States, you have been out of touch with reality for about fifty years. 
Government is supposed to protect the people and the people’s property.
The Government really has no other valid function, but the Government gets bored and greedy; soon the Government is scheming up new services they can charge service fees for, they are trying to palm off their revenue-raising legislative acts and misapplying them indiscriminately to everyone in sight, they are scrounging up every old con game they can find to justify stealing more money and raising more credit collateral from their hapless Employers: the General Public. 
The Government is supposed to protect you from “all Enemies, both foreign and domestic” — that means, by the way, domestic with respect to them, their citizenry, their legislative bodies, their corporate executives, are the “domestic enemies” they need to be catching and prosecuting. 
But somehow, that doesn’t happen, does it?  
“My Lor….” the man’s voice trailed off into silence as he looked at the graph I’d just drawn for him.  It was a simple chart. 
The States and State Assemblies giving rise to three Instrumentalities: The Union, The Federation, and the Confederation; the American Federal Republic being run by the Confederation, the British Territorial United States riding herd on our Territories and Possessions, the Municipal United States Government providing postal service and maintaining the neutrality of the Federal Capitol. 
“Any school child should know this,” he intoned. I agreed. “Why, why, why….didn’t anyone teach us this?”
I thought about it as fragments of sentences formed in my mind: “because the truth would be embarrassing to the rats”, “because it would make people mad if they knew how far off course we are”, “because it doesn’t fit their narrative about the sainted George Washington and others”, but most of all, “because it’s the government’s dirty secret that they make money on war, while the people always pay the price for it.” 
This last explanation really is the clencher. 
The Government(s) make money on war, while the people (that they are supposed to be protecting) pay the price for it. 
In a nutshell.  
We pay the price to them for their wars, both coming and going.  
We pay the price in lost time and lost energy and lost resources up front (with the cost for all that going directly into the war-monger’s pockets and into the pockets of their industrialist cronies) and then we pay it in lost lives and maimed bodies and long term injury costs, and then we pay it again when we pay them for all the goods and services involved in demolishing and clearing away and rebuilding what they’ve destroyed as “war reparations”.  
No wonder Uncle Joe had his hand on Zelensky’s rump, giving the Ukrainian Slime a little love-pat during Zelensky’s recent break from madcap Christmas shopping with his wife in all the best boutiques in Paris. 
They’ve been trying and trying and trying to get a war going. They didn’t care where in the world or with whom, so long as it was a big enough “potential conflict” to spend Big Bucks—  really Big Bucks—  on it.  
And, during Rat Watch 2022, just in time for Christmas, they passed the Gawd-Awful Omnibus Act  to spend those Big Bucks without even reading it; actually, with no human possibility of reading the almost 5,000 pages of this Pork Barrel incarnate within the time frame alloted. 
Senator Rand Paul held a press conference together with other dissenting members of the Dishonorable Rump Congress and had the Omnibus Bill carted out on stage so people could see the enormity of ten reams of paper filled to the margins with legal gobbledygook compiled by unaccountable lawyers and junior department bureaucrats, tied up with a bow and signed off on by equally unaccountable “representatives” who didn’t read it and will never read it, until it gets paraded past their noses by outraged “constituents” who will be forced to read it as the consequences of it come home to Main Street America.  
The truth is that as Americans, this Omnibus Bill should have no effect on us.  The only ones responsible for paying it in fact are the denizens of the Municipality of Washington, DC, and the Territorial Citizenry of the District of Columbia.  
The rest of us can thumb our noses, because their budget isn’t our budget — so long as we know that for a fact and can defend our position.
Still, the problem is that millions of Americans are still in the dark, still letting themselves be mischaracterized as Municipal citizens of the United States simply because they don’t know what is being alleged about them behind their backs by their own self-interested Employees. So, millions of us are getting stuck with the tab. 
Imagine yourself at a swank restaurant with your wife, hoping to have a nice anniversary dinner.  Unfortunately, there’s a table full of party animals nearby and they are doing what party animals do, talking loudly, banging into chairs, bantering with the waiter, complaining about their food, etc., and you are left rolling your eyes toward the ceiling.  
You endure the whole scene, eat your meal in comparative silence, and just as you and your wife are slinking toward home feeling defeated, the waiter runs up to you with the bill for the other table. 
“Excuse me, Sir, uh… they said you were paying for everyone in your party — your table and theirs?”  
Of course, they are long gone.  The young waiter looks confused and distraught.  Right behind him comes the restaurant Maitre D’, and, not insignificantly,  the restaurant’s Security Guards at a jog trot.  
You stare at the bill being waved in front of your face.  It’s astronomical.  Half the cost of a new car.  
And it had nothing to do with a retired Marine and wife trying to have a peaceful anniversary dinner, but you’re stuck for it, anyway.  You don’t know their names or where they live.  You’re tired from working all your life.  You don’t have the time and money to fight the Playboy Club. It briefly crosses your mind that this group and the restaurant are probably in cahoots and choose a new victim every day of the week.  
And you’d be right…. 
Instead, you and your wife max out all four of your credit cards so that you can go home, pull the sheets over your heads, hold hands, and cry. 
And why is this, really?  
Because you aren’t paying attention to who these rats are and you aren’t paying attention to what they are doing and saying behind your back.  You aren’t communicating with the Waiter and the Maitre D’ and the Restaurant Security Personnel.  You aren’t keeping that restaurant under surveillance for the next time this happens to some poor schmuck, to get the proof that it was a set up.  
But most of all, it’s because the Government makes money, huge money, off of war, and oddly enough, they make money whether you win or lose. 
So they really don’t care if you lose the farm and your Son and your Niece and a Grandson, too.  
They don’t care if your business goes under and your town burns. Forget about natural disaster assistance or relief.
They don’t care how much you have to pay for mortgages or property taxes and other taxes and fees that you actually don’t owe, because you aren’t part of their “dinner party”.  They just made themselves part of yours.  
They expect that you are  going to take it, too, play the goat, pay the bill.
Heck, six generations of Americans before you did that, too, because they thought it was their bill and their duty. 
The Vermin from the next table over think that they’ll continue to scarf escargot, and complain about the quality, on your ticket, while you are reduced to eating sardines (or insects) and being grateful for it. 
Well, is that true?  Just suck it up, Silent Majority?  
Now that you know the Dirty Little Secret and the reasons behind what they do, even though what they do is objectively insane, saddle up, Buttercups. 
Don’t bother with any protests in Washington, DC. They will just say that you are in insurrection against their clandestine foreign government, and because you don’t know who they are or what they are doing, you won’t stand a chance against their claims.  And because it’s their bought and paid for court (using your money, of course) it’s all useless theater, anyway. 
The only way to “protest” this is to expose it to every single American you can, every clerk, mayor, town fool and librarian.  The only way to beat it is to remember who you are, assemble your own State Assembly, and introduce yourself.  “Hello, Rats. I’m your long-lost Employer.” 
PS — the Omnibus Bill, beside outrageous dollops of your money to Zelensky, includes millions of dollars in support of LGBTQ and every other letter in the libertine alphabet.  Why?  Because it’s thought (erroneously, by the way) that homosexuals don’t produce families and have children, so they are allies in the effort to reduce world population. 
The simpler solution is that everyone who is concerned about overpopulation should follow their convictions and take a nice cheap cyanide pill.  It might not do much to change the world’s population, but it would help end one more pseudo-scientific argument, and save the rest of us from considerable annoyance.   

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