DID YOU KNOW THAT FLORIDA NOW HAS A LAW THAT STATES THEY CAN FORCE VACCINATE?

Has the tightening of laws under the lockdown led to an inevitable and unavoidable vaccine trap for so many of us?

In latest revelations it has now been discovered by residents of Florida that they actually ALREADY HAVE a mandate on Vaccines and that it is now legal to enforce vaccinate everyone in the state.

IF YOU LIVE IN FLORIDA YOU NEED TO BE AWARE OF THIS ISSUE

This is a huge concern for not only residents of Florida, but for everyone in the Western hemisphere. Whilst the headlines led the eye elsewhere, laws have been changed and passed that have a huge effect on the health of the entire world.

According to FL Freedom Keepers:

“There’s a shocking law on Florida’s books that could allow the State Health Officer to force you to get vaccinated for diseases against your will. The law even allows the State Health Officers to cause a law enforcement officer to give you the shot. Possibly without the need for a qualified medical professional to even attend.

Join FL Freedom Keepers with special guests, LAWYERS LOUIS LEO IV and R. SHAWN MCBRIDE as they dive into understanding this law and how it effects our families. 

The lawyers will explain the law and why constitutional defenses, or rights to decline treatment may not work in the case of this law.

They will also discuss what can be done about the law and how we can work together to do more. 

Join us and invite your friends and family so we can raise awareness.”

With mainstream media still banging the Covid drum, some states are also seeing a surge in reported “cases”. With so much controversy over the numbers, this could of course mean anything.

Whilst the buried silver lining is that the number of deaths has reportedly declined in the last two weeks. So they cannot even fool us with that one anymore.

According to the morbid media machine Florida, apparently saw more than 4,000 new cases on Saturday, with the governor saying that the average age is now 37 for newly diagnosed cases – compared to the reported average age of 65 in March.

This is obviously intended to keep the fear factor high and leads us all down a certain road of inevitable vaccine pushing on both the young and the old.

Please read here as to why vaccines cause a dangerous immune response.

Please see this section for more on vaccines.

According to Future Done Right website in an article named: “Forced Vaccination? For Adults? Does Your State Require It”

Don’t be so quick to assume

Can you, as an adult, be forced to take a vaccine? Even if you don’t want it?

Don’t be so quick to assume you know the answer.

The shocking truth is you might be required to under your state laws.

As we have been investigating the issues a surprising number of states have forced vaccine laws on their books but they are rarely publicized.

What states have them?

We’ve found a few and we are still researching others (more on that later).

Our Journey Started With Florida

With the growth of the spread of Coronavirus Florida started paying attention to out of state visitors. In some cases these visitors had to fill out a form and quarantine themselves.

At the bottom of the form the State Of Florida declares its ability to force vaccines and cites the law.

That led me and my lawyer friends to look at Florida Statutes 381.00315 and see what the power of the state is in these situations.

The Power Of The State Is Broad

Under Florida Statutes 381.00315 the State Health Officer can — if they believe there aren’t other means of controlling the virus — force anyone to take a vaccine.

Further the State Health Officer can use law enforcement officers to make that happen.

Medical, religious and other exemptions available for childhood vaccines are not written into the Florida law.

Most people in Florida that I have spoken to are shocked by this law.

Quite clearly most citizens don’t know this law is there or the power the State of Florida has claimed. And all the power is vested in one State Health Officer.

How Is This Constitutional?

You might wonder if such power is unconstitutional. At first blush it seems that it would be a clear “no”. Especially with a line of US Supreme Court cases empowering medical choice over your body.

But in 1905 the US Supreme Court ruled that vaccines could be forced by townships in Massachusetts. And that opinion remains on the books today. And the line of cases on public health have not been overruled by the individual medical liberty cases.

Legal experts, like Alan Dershowitz, believe that this is good law and vaccines can be forced. We truly wouldn’t know until a case was developed and sent to the Supreme Court and that might be years — and many forced vaccines — in the future.

Other States Are In On This Too

After looking at Florida we wondered if other states had similar laws.

A Maryland lawyer pointed me to a similar law in Maryland. Under the Maryland law the governor can order vaccines. Maryland goes a step farther than Florida and allows the governor to also force a health care personnel to give the vaccine to the forced individual.

So far we have uncovered forced vaccine laws in Georgia and Virginia too. And Masscheuttes still has the law that was the foundation of the 1905 US Supreme Court case on its books too.

If you know of a law like this in your state please let me know so we can continue to collect the information. Our team is researching as fast as we can (and we’d love more volunteers).

Perfect Storm Of Laws And Situation

Of course we need to look at the interaction of other laws with the forced vaccine laws.

Under federal law vaccine manufactures have little or no liability for their products under National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 and Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (commonly called the PREP Act).

So we are looking at a situation where the government may be buying vaccines in large quantities, forcing them on individuals and then the drug companies have no real liability for the damages that happen from the use of the drugs.

The Big Concern

For those of us concerned about the law a big issue is the lack of choice.

Add to it that the Coronavirus vaccine is being rushed through testing and production and we potentially have the states forcing a lot of people to get vaccines that have been completely untested with no liability for anyone if the vaccine turns out to be bad for humans.

What To Do Now

If you are concerned about this here are some concrete action steps you can take now:

  1. Based on the Jacobson Supreme Court case this is largely a matter of state law. Is there a law like this in your state? Start asking around and researching. Once you know you can make a plan.
  2. Let your neighbors know this is an issue. If your state allows forced vaccines the citizens should know. If they don’t make sure your state legislature knows your wishes. There is a move afoot in New York to create a law for forced adult vaccines for Coronavirus as soon as a vaccine is available.
  3. Come to our live event online on June 24, 2020 at 8 pm Eastern. We’ll be discussing the Florida forced vaccine law and it’s legal underpinnings. The issues should be similar for other states and can be used as a starting point for analysis in your state.

It will be on YouTube Live — here’s the link (replay available after at the same link, but we want as many people live as possible for interaction and Q&A):

 

  1. Volunteer to help us spread awareness. Reach out to me (LinkedIn is good) and let me know you can help let more people know about these laws.
  2. Volunteer to help us with research. Reach out to me (LinkedIn is good) and let me know you can help do some research that will help with awareness on these issues.

Just as we reported back in March, the war of attrition on our legal rights had truly begun. For it is now the age of the medical police state. Residence of the United Kingdom must also be aware that changes to an already existing law called the Control of Diseases Act 1984, this is actually a  huge change for personal rights and personal choice. Why was it never made public that such rapid erosion of medical freedom was happening?

As already it seems, the British authorities are legally entitled to force vaccinate every British citizen should they choose, otherwise face imprisonment, or ruin. This was written into law at the end of April 2020.

NOTE: Legal issues are discussed generally. This is not legal advice. Consult your own attorney before taking action or refraining from taking any action based on this content.

 Source: Future Done Right, FL Freedom Keepers

FOSSIL GAS: PART OF THE PROBLEM AND NEVER THE ANSWER

Global Witness is working to end government support for fossil gas and accelerate a global transition to genuinely sustainable energy sources.

Gas is a fossil fuel. And its use is growing at a rate faster than any other on the planet. Since 2016 fossil gas has been responsible for more than half of the increase in global greenhouse gas emissions. In the European Union carbon dioxide emissions from fossil gas are now projected to have exceeded those from coal.

Just like coal and oil, fossil gas is worsening the climate crisis. But with the world having woken up to the dangers posed by other fossil fuels, the industry is looking increasingly to gas to continue to reap huge profits – but this would come at the expense of both people and planet. We cannot let that happen. If gas continues to be produced at the current rate, even the complete phasing out of coal and oil wouldn’t be enough to avoid the worst impacts of climate breakdown.

Our 2019 report “Overexposed” revealed just how serious this problem is. It found that all production from new oil and gas fields – beyond those already in production or development – is incompatible with the Paris Agreement goal of keeping warming under 1.5°C. A goal climate scientists have warned must be achieved to curb the threat of climate change. Achieving this target requires gas production and consumption to drop by 40 percent worldwide over the next decade.

What’s more the fossil gas industry leaks methane into the atmosphere at almost every step in the supply chain. Methane is a greenhouse gas that is, in the short term, 86 times more potent than carbon dioxide and has also driven more than a quarter of global warming to date.

THE MYTH OF DECARBONISATION

Decarbonisation is a term you will increasingly hear from gas companies in response to their critics. They argue that existing gas infrastructure can be converted to transport “renewable or low carbon gases” – a term that covers a whole range of technologies such as making hydrogen out of fossil gas, or gas from crops or agricultural wastes. .

But there’s just one problem – many of these ideas are unproven, eye-wateringly expensive and may only be able to provide a tiny amount of the energy that fossil gas currently does. The industry is justifying its actions now using distant promises that may never come true.

The biggest risk of this promise of ‘decarbonised gas’ is that it justifies more and more investment in fossil gas infrastructure like import terminals and pipelines. This then risks locking economies into reliance on fossil gas, with the promised future shift to ‘renewable gas’ never being realised. The damage caused by gas emissions until that hypothetical future moment would be irreparable.

DIFFERENT FUEL, SAME TACTICS

Many of the same old faces in the energy industry, like BP and Shell, are at the forefront of driving gas forward as a “clean alternative”. In 2019 Global Witness successfully forced one major energy company to backtrack on their claims that gas is low carbon.

And often these companies are using heavy influence to maintain their presence in the energy sector. Our latest report Pipe Down reveals how a group of gas companies are influencing the distribution of EU public money for their own climate-wrecking projects. Although the EU recently committed to net zero emissions, this legally enshrined influence by gas companies, combined with its role as the world’s biggest gas importer, seriously undermines the EU’s green credentials.

Meanwhile, more than half of all the new gas production in the world over the next decade is set to come from the US, more than four times more than the next largest producer.  This huge growth in new gas production, largely driven by the fracking boom, threatens the world’s climate goals. This huge growth in gas expansion is driven by the pursuit of new export markets for US gas, with US gas exports set to rise by 80% over the next decade, to become the second largest gas exporter in the world.

Despite the influence of powerful gas companies Global Witness is fighting back. We will be working to end government’s financial and policy support for the fossil gas industry and accelerate a global transition away from gas to genuinely sustainable energy sources.

KEY STATS

– 30 percent: Amount by which Europe must reduce gas consumption by 2030 to meet the EU’s current climate targets.

– 40 percent: Amount by which global gas production and consumption must drop to achieve the Paris Agreement goal of keeping warming under 1.5°C , according to Global Witness’ 2019 investigation Overexposed.

– 50 percent: Portion of the increase in greenhouse gas emissions for which gas is responsible since 2016.

– More than half of all the new gas production in the world over the next decade is set to come from the US, more than four times more than the next largest producer, according to Rystad Energy.

– US gas exports are set to rise by 80% over the next decade, which would make the US the second largest gas exporter in the world, according to Rystad Energy.


Banner image credit: Sébastien Thibault/Global Witness. 

Revealed: millions of Americans can’t afford water as bills rise 80% in a decade

Millions of ordinary Americans are facing rising and unaffordable bills for running water, and risk being disconnected or losing their homes if they cannot pay, a landmark Guardian investigation has found.

Exclusive analysis of 12 US cities shows the combined price of water and sewage increased by an average of 80% between 2010 and 2018, with more than two-fifths of residents in some cities living in neighbourhoods with unaffordable bills.

In the first nationwide research of its kind, our findings reveal the painful impact of America’s expanding water poverty crisis as aging infrastructure, environmental clean-ups, changing demographics and the climate emergency fuel exponential price hikes in almost every corner of the US.

America’s growing water affordability crisis comes as the Covid-19 pandemic underlines the importance of access to clean water. The research shows that rising bills are not just hurting the poorest but also, increasingly, working Americans.

“More people are in trouble, and the poorest of the poor are in big trouble,” said Roger Colton, a leading utilities analyst, who was commissioned by the Guardian to analyse water poverty. “The data shows that we’ve got an affordability problem in an overwhelming number of cities nationwide that didn’t exist a decade ago, or even two or three years ago in some cities.”

Water bills exceeding 4% of household income are considered unaffordable.

Colton’s 88-page report is published today at the launch of a major project on America’s water emergency by the Guardian, Consumer Reports and other partners.

Our research found that between 2010 and 2018 water bills rose by at least 27%, while the highest increase was a staggering 154% in Austin, Texas, where the average annual bill rose from $566 in 2010 to $1,435 in 2018 – despite drought mitigation efforts leading to reduced water usage.

Meanwhile, federal aid to public water utilities, which serve around 87% of people, has plummeted while maintenance, environmental and health threats, climate shocks and other expenditures have skyrocketed.

In Washington, 90 lawmakers from across the country – all Democrats – are pushing for comprehensive funding reforms to guarantee access to clean, affordable running water for every American.

The Guardian’s investigation shows that the water poverty crisis is likely to get much worse, with bills in many cities becoming unaffordable for the majority of America’s poor over the next decade.

In AustinTexas,if prices in the city continue to go up at the current rate, more than four-fifths of low income residents – defined as people living under 200% of the federal poverty line (FPL) – could face unaffordable bills by 2030.

In Tucson, Arizona, another drought affected city, the number of low income residents facing unaffordable bills doubled to 46% between 2010 and 2018 – as the average bill increased by 119% to $869.

Rising costs are disproportionately impacting poor Americans. In New Orleans, Santa Fe and Cleveland, about three-quarters of low income residents live in neighbourhoods where average water and sewage bills are unaffordable.

Amid rising costs and diminishing federal dollars, the use of punitive measures – shutoffs and liens (a legal claim on the house linked to a debt which can lead to foreclosure) – is widespread. Just like mortgage foreclosures, water shutoffs and liens can force affected households to abandon their homes.

Jarome Montgomery from Cleveland has paid over $30,000 to the water utility company but remains indebted
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 Jarome Montgomery from Cleveland has paid over $30,000 to the water utility company but remains indebted. Photograph: Jarome Montgomery

Jarome Montgomery, 48, a truck driver from Warrensville Heights in Cleveland, has borrowed from his partner, mother, grandmother and sisters to repay more than $30,000 to the water department since 2013, and avoid his home being auctioned off at a tax sale. Despite this, he still owes more than $5,000 in water and sewer charges including penalties and interest.

“I’ve done two payment plans, but I’m still in foreclosure, it’s like they’re trying to make me homeless,” said Montgomery. “There is no way I’m using the amount of water they’re charging me for but I’m in a no-win situation, I don’t want to lose my home so I have to keep finding the money.”

Residents in Austin faced the highest rise in water bills in our analysis between 2010 and 2018.
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 Residents in Austin faced the highest rise in water bills in our analysis between 2010 and 2018. Photograph: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

In San Diego, the average bill was $1,416 in 2018: 62% of low income people live in neighbourhoods where the average bill was unaffordable, representing almost one in five of the city’s total population. Among the poor, one in seven faced average water bills upward of 12% of the total household income in 2018.

Currently, tech hub Seattle has the lowest poverty rate of the cities analysed, and only 13% of Seattleites struggle to afford water – even though bills rose to $1,254 in 2018 in order to help fund earthquake and climate change resilience improvements. Nevertheless, by 2030, three-quarters of low income residents could be living in neighbourhoods with unaffordable bills.

Nationwide, water bills were almost universally unaffordable for the poorest poor in 2018. In 11 of the 12 cities, 100% of the population with incomes below 50% of the federal poverty level lived in neighbourhoods with unaffordable water bills, with the 12th city, Fresno, reaching 99.9%.

Federal neglect

Federal funding for water systems has fallen by 77% in real terms since its peak in 1977 – leaving local utilities to raise the money that is needed to upgrade infrastructure, comply with safety standards for toxic contaminants like PFAS, lead and algae blooms, and adapt to extreme weather conditions like drought and floods linked to global heating.

For years, maintenance and clean-up projects were deferred by utilities, which has contributed to the current infrastructure and toxic water crisis. . This helps explain why more than $6bn worth of water is lost annually to leaks, according to industry analysts Bluefield Research.

“High-cost low-quality water is a national issue … the federal government is clearly not playing the role it needs to play,” said Howard Neukrug, director of the water centre at the University of Pennsylvania and former head of Philadelphia’s water department.

“The bottom line is that assuming there’s no federal helicopter with $1tn, rates are going to go up dramatically to pay for infrastructure and quality issues,” he added.

At least $35bn every year for 20 years – that’s how much investment the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says is needed just to comply with federal safety regulations for water, sewage and storm water.

Part of the problem is that for years, maintenance and clean-up projects were deferred by utilities, without squirreling away money or planning for the climate crisis. It’s led to a massive backlog, for instance, More than $6bn worth of water is lost annually to leaks, according to industry analysts Bluefield Research.

Putting off improvements is no longer an option, so cities must now borrow the money to invest in infrastructure programmes and/or hike up prices in order to deliver safe, clean water.

Nationwide, the rising cost of water has significantly outstripped the consumer price index over the past decade.

The US is the only country in the industrialized world without a regulatory system – like Ofwat in the UK – responsible for monitoring rates and performance, according to Stephen Gasteyer, professor of sociology at Michigan State University.

He said: “Water rates have gone up dramatically – mostly in places where people are also struggling with food, housing and other basic services. It’s a symptom of the inequalities and segregation problems we have in the US, where poor people are agglomerated in particular places and local governments are shouldered with the responsibility for raising revenue for services.”

There are federal programmes to help low income households afford energy and telecoms bills, but nothing for water. There is however, legislation proposed to fund the infrastructure shortfall and create a water affordability fund.

The water act was first introduced in 2016, and has gained momentum since it was reintroduced last year by Brenda Lawrence, Democratic congresswoman representing Michigan, and co-sponsored by Bernie Sanders in the Senate.

“Access to water has never been a priority in the country, because it’s been a poor person’s issue. We need to transform that mindset and make sure every American has clean running water,” said Lawrence.

Punitive measures

As many as one in 20 homes are disconnected for unpaid bills annually, according to the only national study. No one knows how many eventually catch up on payments or have to learn to survive without water to flush the toilet, shower and cook. There’s no national watchdog and most census questions about water access and poverty have been eliminated since the 1980s.

The Covid-19 pandemic exposed the plight of people like Deborah O’Barr, 62, from GoodspringTennessee, and her husband, Bobby, 63, who’ve lived without running water since 2016 as they don’t have the money or correct paperwork to get a new meter.

“It feels like nobody cares. We must be the lowest of the low as far as the water company is concerned. We just don’t matter, not even during a pandemic,” said O’Barr, who relies on a local spring, rainwater and her son to fill containers.

As the virus spread, leaving tens of thousand dead and millions jobless, Detroit became the first city to suspend shutoffs and pledge to reconnect households disconnected in the previous year. In 2014, shortly after filing the largest municipal bankruptcy in US history, the city launched a massive shutoff programme and has since disconnected at least 141,000 households, according to records obtained by news website Bridge.

The UN said the debt collection scheme violated human rights and condemned the disproportionate impact on African Americans, who account for about 80% of the city’s population.

As the virus spread, hundreds of localities and 13 states eventually issued moratoriums, though only a fraction agreed to reconnect those without running water because of unpaid bills.

This included New OrleansLouisiana, where the water department has one of the country’s harshest shutoff programmes, disconnecting almost one in five households in 2016.

In New Orleans, our research found 79% of low income residents living in neighbourhoods with an unaffordable water burden – which could rise to 93% by 2030 if rates keep climbing. Bills have already doubled over the past decade, to $1,268 in 2018 – in a city where many rely on bottled water due to concerns about toxins – which means the poorest simply cannot afford to pay.

In 2018, about 30% of poor residents lived in areas where the average bill cost more than 12% of household income.

In total, almost a third of all water customers in New Orleans are considered “delinquent” and together owe well over $50m.

“It is difficult to argue with a conclusion that New Orleans is in the worst shape of the 12 cities studied,” according to Colton, when considering the depth and breadth of the water affordability crisis residents face.

Close behind are Cleveland, Ohio, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Santa Fe saw the smallest increase but the highest bill in 2018 at $1,845. By 2030, 99% of low income residents will live in neighbourhoods with unaffordable bills.

Nationwide, nobody knows how many Americans were without water at the start of the pandemic – nor how many were disconnected during. What is known is that financial aid to help families and utilities keep taps running was excluded from federal rescue packages.

Is affordable water possible?

In Philadelphia, advocates working in a predominantly low-income black and brown neighbourhood in 2014 came across people who had been without running water for decades – forced to use plastic bags for the toilet and bottled water to wash their hands. “It was widespread, and clearly a human rights issue,” said Rachel Lopez, director of the west Philadelphia legal clinic. “A manmade drought disproportionately affecting low-income people of colour.”

Some people were denied a water account because their names weren’t on the deeds or lease – so-called tangled titles, which are fairly common among low income communities. Others were shutoff after accumulating large debts, sometimes inherited, often exacerbated by fines, and some simply couldn’t afford to pay for a replacement pipe or meter.

Residents in Kelly Drive, Philadelphia, where steps on water debt forgiveness have been welcomed by advocates
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 Residents in Kelly Drive, Philadelphia, where steps on water debt forgiveness have been welcomed by advocates Photograph: Matt Rourke/AP

Colton worked with the city to create the tiered assistance programme (TAP) after it emerged that in 2017 around 40% of water customers were behind on their bills – amounting to $242m in uncollected revenue.

The premise is pretty simple: the most effective way to improve compliance – and maximise revenue – is to make bills affordable, in other words based on a person’s ability to pay, like the energy sector has been doing for years.

The programme has made an impact: about 15,000 people are currently enrolled, though this is still far short of the 60,000 households estimated to be eligible even before the current economic disaster.

But, the city continues to convert water debt into tax liens, and once a month, these properties are auctioned off at a sheriff’s tax sale.

“Water debts are clustered in communities of colour which disproportionately devalue their homes and neighbourhoods,” said attorney Robert Ballenger from Community Legal Services.

In a move welcomed by advocates, city officials recently agreed to introduce debt forgiveness, which should mean that TAP enrollees will see their water debts wiped – no matter how big – after two years of compliance.

This could be a game changer, as currently water debt is a burden passed down through generations.

Earlier this year, Cheryl Gregg, 50, returned from the hospital after being admitted with high blood pressure and respiratory problems, to find that the water had been disconnected – this time because of a leaking pipe. “I had to take an Uber to my daughter’s house to wash and buy bottled water, it’s expensive. I have no income,” Greg said from her hospital bed, after being readmitted a few days later.

This was not the first time, according to daughter Amber, 28, who recalls months camped out at relatives’ houses because they couldn’t afford the water bill. “My mom and grandma had a lot of health problems and couldn’t work, we got cut off so many times. We never knew what we’d find after school every day, no lights or no water, it was so stressful,” she said.

The water debt, which includes interest and penalties, is over $26,000.

Greg is now on TAP and the family hope the debt will be forgiven. Amber, who works two jobs at a parking company and a burger joint, said: “I make sure my mom pays every month so we don’t lose the house.”

Water industry response

Responding to the Guardian’s research, Kail said there was no “silver bullet” to solve affordability but said “significant progress” had been made, citing the AWWA’s research last year that more than 80% of large water utilities have a capital assistance program, up from 60% a year earlier.

Cleveland Water did not comment on Montgomery’s case but said it was committed to building a “more equitable water future”.

 

Source: https://www.theguardian.com

Coconut Water Reduces Body Weight and Blood Sugar

Fresh coconut water is a staple in many diets around the world, including those of India and other tropical countries. But it goes beyond being a refreshing, thirst-quenching drink. Here’s a rundown of its research-backed benefits, such as decreased blood glucose and body weight for improved health

Coconut water is nature’s gift in one complete package. It’s the liquid found in the center of a young, green coconut, helping nourish the fruit. Its wide range of applications is justified by its unique chemical composition of sugars, vitamins, minerals and amino acids, as well as phytohormones.[i]

The average green coconut offers about one-half to 1 cup of coconut water. One cup contains 46 calories along with 9 grams (g) of carbohydrates, 3 g of fiber, 2 g of protein, 11% of the recommended daily intake (RDI) of sodium and 17% of the RDI of potassium.[ii]

Coconut is known to be an excellent alternative to sports drinks, a natural refreshing beverage that could be used for whole-body rehydration post-exercise.[iii] Nature also filters coconut water through an intensive purification process, eliminating safety issues commonly tied with municipal water systems and even sports beverages comprising synthetic ingredients.

Let’s recap some of the whole-body benefits of consuming fresh coconut water, starting with a 2018 study looking into its effects on body weight and glucose levels.

Slashing Blood Glucose and Excess Pounds Naturally

A group of researchers sought to compare the effects of higher saturated fatty acid and fiber intake, as provided by fresh coconut, and monounsaturated fatty acid (MUFA) and fiber intake via a combination of groundnut oil and groundnuts.[iv]They then measured indicators such as blood insulin and glucose levels, along with blood pressure, in healthy adults.

The researchers divided the 80 healthy subjects they recruited into two randomized groups, consuming a standardized diet along with either 100 g of fresh coconut or an equal amount of groundnuts and groundnut oil for 90 days.

The results showed that fasting blood sugar in both groups was significantly reduced. Yet they also observed a significant reduction in body weight in the coconut group, along with a notable increase in diastolic pressure in the groundnut group.

The researchers noted, “Fresh coconut-added diet helps reduce blood glucose levels and body weight in normal healthy individuals.” This supports previous studies that vouch for the blood-sugar lowering action of the natural drink, offering potential anti-diabetes benefits despite its naturally sweet taste.[v]

Interestingly, while groundnut intake reflected an increase in diastolic pressure, coconut was shown in previous research to push down systolic and diastolic pressures in hypertensive subjects.[vi] Additional animal research shows coconut water prevents and reverses fructose feeding-induced high blood pressure, along with reducing oxidative stress and insulin resistance.[vii]

Coconut water vinegar, too, has been promoted as a food ingredient with potential anti-obesity and anti-inflammatory effects, thanks to alterations in the gut microbiota due to increased populations of Bacteroides and Akkermansia genera bacteria.[viii]

Other Wondrous Health Benefits of Coconut

  • Anti-ulcer properties: Both coconut water and coconut milk demonstrate strong anti-ulcer activity against chemicals such as indomethacin, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).[ix]
  • Lipid-lowering action: Coconut water has a lipid-modulating effect similar to the drug lovastatin in rats fed a fat- and cholesterol-enriched diet.[x]
  • Alzheimer’s disease protection: In a novel study, young coconut juice showed positive future implications in the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease in menopausal women.[xi]
  • Sperm preservation: A coconut water-based extender, ACP-116c, along with 20% egg yolk and 3% glycerol, was effective for the cryopreservation of semen.[xii]
  • Antibacterial benefits: Three peptides were purified and identified from green coconut water, exhibiting remarkable antimicrobial action against pathogenic bacteria.[xiii]
  • Kidney stone fighter: In a study on rats with kidney stones, coconut water barred crystals from sticking to the kidneys and other parts of the urinary tract. In addition, it slashed the number of crystals formed in the urine.[xiv]

While pure, clear water remains the beverage of choice to stay cool and hydrated, some ice-cold natural coconut water can be a sound option, replacing electrolytes lost from sweating without the added sugar. Its close kin, coconut oil, is equally celebrated for its own set of healing and nourishing benefits.


References

[i] Yong JW et al “The chemical composition and biological properties of coconut (Cocos nucifera L.) water” Molecules. 2009 Dec 9;14(12):5144-64.

[ii] SELF Nutrition Data https://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/nut-and-seed-products/3115/2

[iii] Mohamed S et al “Rehydration after exercise with fresh young coconut water, carbohydrate-electrolyte beverage and plain water” J Physiol Anthropol Appl Human Sci. 2002 Mar;21(2):93-104.

[iv] Venogupal V et al “Diet Enriched With Fresh Coconut Decreases Blood Glucose Levels and Body Weight in Normal Adults” J Complement Integr Med. 2018 Feb 20;15(3).

[v] “Hypoglycemic and antioxidant potential of coconut water in experimental diabetes” Food Funct. 2012 Jul;3(7):753-7

[vi] T Alleyne et al “The control of hypertension by use of coconut water and mauby: two tropical food drinks” West Indian Med J. 2005 Jan;54(1):3-8.

[vii] Therapeutic effects of tender coconut water on oxidative stress in fructose fed insulin resistant hypertensive rats. act Source: Asian Pac J Trop Med. 2012 Apr ;5(4):270-6.

[viii] Nurul Elyani et al “Dietary coconut water vinegar for improvement of obesity-associated inflammation in high-fat-diet-treated mice” Food Nutr Res. 2017 ;61(1):1368322. Epub 2017 Sep 21.

[ix] R O Nneli et al “Antiulcerogenic effects of coconut (Cocos nucifera) extract in rats” Phytother Res. 2008 Jul;22(7):970-2.

[x] V G Sandhya et al “Comparative evaluation of the hypolipidemic effects of coconut water and lovastatin in rats fed fat-cholesterol enriched diet” Food Chem Toxicol. 2008 Dec;46(12):3586-92. Epub 2008 Sep 3.

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Business Uncertainty About Sales Goes Haywire

These Charts Show What Mess Businesses Face Going Forward.

By Wolf Richter,

I’m going to show you a chart based on data that the Atlanta Fed released today. We’ll dissect it in a moment. The chart would be funny, if it weren’t so serious. At first, just look at the chart superficially. These results are based on surveys of businesses of a wide variety of sizes, spread across all sectors of the economy (except agriculture and government), in all regions of the US. They’re asked about their own businesses, in terms of sales, employment, and capital investment over the next 12 months. And the chart also shows how uncertain the participants are about their own expectations.

So this is about expectations for their own businesses, and about the uncertainty of their own expectations. For now, just look at the chart without analyzing it: It shows better than just about anything else what mess businesses face going forward: Their world has gone haywire.

The pandemic has hit businesses differently. Some businesses have reported booms in demand because of the shifts cause by the lockdowns and other factors, and they have trouble keeping up. Other businesses are in a state of collapse or have filed for bankruptcy. And then there’s every business in between. And these results are the averages of the pandemic’s winners and losers combined.

Expectations of Growth and the Uncertainty of those Expectations.

There are two factors here in the Atlanta Fed/Chicago Booth/Stanford Survey of Business Uncertainty: These companies’ expectations; and their uncertainty about their own expectations.

Business expectations.

Expectations of sales growth over the next 12 months (red line in the chart below has been trending down since November 2018 (high of 128.5). This was later borne out by the slowing economy. Those expectations were already low before the pandemic hit in December 2019 (86.7), indicating a further slowdown of the economy for 2020, and remained roughly in that range in January and February.

The collapse of those expectations commenced in March (53.6), and carried through April (0) and May (-36.6). In June, they ticked up but remained terribly low (-28.9).

Expectations about growth for capital investment (green line) and employment (black line) over the next 12 months declined in March, April, and May, but didn’t collapse. And both ticked up in June.

Each of the indices captures the direction and magnitude of how these companies expect sales, employment, and capital investment to change over the next 12 months. The indices have been set with a mean of 100 from January 2015 through December 2018.

Uncertainty about of those expectations.

But businesses face a wall of uncertainty, and consequently, have become very uncertain about their own expectations – particularly about their expectations of sales growth. The uncertainty index tracks the gap between each company’s “lowest” and “highest” sales growth scenarios, or when the company assigns a higher probability to their “lowest” and “highest” case scenarios.

The uncertainty index for sales expectations (red line in the chart below) began spiking in March, but unlike sales expectations, the uncertainty about them continued to spike in June.

In comparison, the uncertainty about their employment expectations remained relatively low, but nevertheless ticked up in June the highest level in the data series. Uncertainty about investment remained range-bound:

So, plotting on the same chart the businesses’ expectations of sales growth and their uncertainty about their own expectations of sales growth shows the environment that companies find themselves in. While expectations of sales growth for this coming year plunged, the businesses are totally uncertain about those expectations, and they assign high probabilities to both extreme scenarios – a strong recovery in their sales or continued misery in their sales.

What these businesses are saying is this: They took a big hit in sales and in June still expected those sales to remain at low levels for the next 12 months, but they have no visibility over those 12 months, and have no clue how this will turn out, and lack any kind of confidence in their own expectations of where sales might go.

Practically by definition, a business decision maker has to expect sales growth, and has to figure out how to make it happen. That’s part of the job.

But unless visibility increases and certainty about their own expectations increases, it’s going to be tough to plan and make long-term decisions with confidence. From a business point of view, this is a mess.

 

Source: WOLF STREET.

30% Of Americans Didn’t Make Their Housing Payment In June

By Tyler Durden,

A stunning 30% of Americans didn’t make their housing payment for June – a figure that is likely going to ripple through the housing industry in coming months. According to a new survey by Apartment List, the rate is similar to May and shows that even though other industries are rebounding, the situation has not yet improved meaningfully in housing.

These figures stood at 24% in April and 31% in May, before falling slightly to 30% in June. One third of the 30% in June made a partial payment, while two thirds made no payment at all.

“Missed payment rates are highest for renters (32 percent), households earning less than $25,000 per year (40 percent), adults under the age of 30 (40 percent), and those living in high-density urban areas (35 percent). While the missed payment rate for mortgaged homeowners is just 3 percentage points lower than renters,” the survey showed.

Despite the trend of missing payments at the beginning of the month, households have been able to play catch-up later in the month and “narrow the gap” by making payments in the middle of the month. This was the case in May, where the missed payment rate “dropped from 31 percent at the beginning of the month to 11 percent at the end.”

We’ll see how long people can play catch up. 

Meanwhile, as the survey notes, delayed payments in one month are a strong indicator for coming months. 83% of those who paid on time in May did so in June. Meanwhile, only 30% of those who were late in May have made their payment in full for June.

This means the data for the beginning of July is likely to be just as ugly as June. 

And, rightfully so, there continues to be concern over eviction notices in the coming months. The survey found that: “over one-third of renters are at least ‘somewhat concerned’ that they will be served an eviction notice in the coming six months.”

The number rises to 56% when polled just among those who have not yet paid their full rent for June.

Recall, just days ago we wrote that Americans had already skipped payments on more than 100 million loans while, at the same time, job losses continue to accelerate.

“The number of Americans that filed new claims for unemployment benefits last week was much higher than expected,” we noted.

To put this in perspective, let me once again remind my readers that prior to this year the all-time record for a single week was just 695,000.  So even though more than 44 million Americans had already filed initial claims for unemployment benefits before this latest report, there were still enough new people losing jobs to more than double that old record from 1982.

That is just astounding.  We were told that the economy would be regaining huge amounts of jobs by now, but instead job losses remain at a catastrophic level that is unlike anything that we have ever seen before in all of U.S. history.

 

Source: https://www.zerohedge.com

Why People Have Always Held Gold

By David H. Smith
The current phase of the gold bull market, which started last year, is – we believe – the third and final wave of the secular bull run tracking back to 2001.

It’s going to create a tidal bore of immense size and power. A wave that those who hold the metal (and silver) can ride as insurance against state-sponsored value-destruction of a country’s currency, and as real money that cannot and has not ever gone to zero in recorded history.

It could last 3 or 4 years, until the end of this decade… or beyond.

Yes, the time will come when we want to be mostly out of gold and silver, with one marker to watch being the Dow/Gold Ratio, but that time is a number of years in the future.

In any event, diverse energies (and rationales) are building around the globe, which should make this a run for the record books – a ride you really don’t want to miss!

This time, gold will break out – possibly by the end of 2020 and rise to a number that most investors can’t begin to imagine. The price will be a function of how long it takes for higher rates of inflation to kick in from the stagflation environment similar to what took place in the late 1970’s.

As a paper currency-only holder these days, “Do you feel lucky?”

A “from-the-heart” talk about what holding gold really means to people…

The following accounts about what gold means on a personal level came to me unsolicited and fairly close to each other time wise. The first is from a commercial airline pilot with deep prior life experiences in Europe and the Middle East. He wrote:

Gold does not deteriorate or tarnish. These traits give it an ability to last forever, and transcend through different dimensions of time. Humanity is acutely aware of both its own mortality and the short time we get to exist in this universe. In our collective view there is only one who is immortal, transcending time and space, God… Who never dies. Lives forever, changing only in form and dimension.

Gold comes very close to duplicating these traits, but without the imaginary human abilities that religion has assigned to a supreme being. I think people instinctively want to be close to immortality – capable of being in hope, appreciation, and envy for (gold’s) ability to last indefinitely.

By holding a gold coin in your hand, you are interacting with an immortal substance. If we could construct a human made of gold, she/he would live forever, but that’s another story…

The second comment comes from a colleague in the United Kingdom:

Hi David, I listened and reflected last week for many hours to a multitude of views on the future of gold and silver. At the end, in a state of confusion, I remembered what my Dad had said to me many a time:

1) One can never have enough physical gold.

2) I have NEVER sold a milligram of gold EVER. I only bought, and then bought some more.

3) There is no such thing as cheap or expensive gold, only gold that is available or not. And when it’s unavailable, it is too late.

4) Don’t try to outfox the market, just buy when you have funds. Protect yourself against yourself. Don’t waste time and energy. Simply buy and squirrel it away.

Beware the summer doldrums…

As Jim Rickards says:

Right now, even though the gold market is relatively quiet, in a broad sideways to higher trend on the charts, in this perceived calm – traditional summer doldrums not withstanding – precious metals can be set off by a number of unexpected events.

A driver is panic buying in response to a new disaster. This could take the form of a ‘second wave’ of infections from the Wuhan virus, a failure of a gold ETF or the COMEX to honor physical delivery requirements, or a victory by Joe Biden in the presidential election.

Right now, the gold market is not priced for any of these outcomes. It won’t take all three events to drive gold higher. Any one (of them) would do just fine. But none of the three can be ruled out.

We have gold in our cells…

Recently I learned something new from a book titled, Why Gold is a Better Way, by Adam Barrata. He wrote:

96% of the human body is composed of Oxygen, Carbon, Hydrogen and Nitrogen. The other 4% consists of other elements. We absorb small amounts of gold from our environment, and gold is present in our cells at birth. The average person’s body weight is 154 pounds. It contains 0.229 milligrams of gold…

Many people look up at the stars in the sky and feel small because the Universe is so vast. I look at the Universe in a different way. I understand that the Universe was created from an incredible explosion of matter. We, as human beings are a part of that matter.

When I look at the Universe I realize that the stars and the elements that make up its matter are inside of me, and rather than feel small, I feel vast.

Big buyer U.S. money is now flooding into gold.

My Conclusion: It’s time to start feeling – and being financially – “more vast.”

Hopefully, this essay has got you thinking about why humankind is more connected to gold than you ever thought possible.

Maybe it’s why every time I’ve seen someone – whether it was a centa-millionaire or just “regular” folks like us – hold a gold coin or bar in their hand… they started to smile. We may think we understand why they react this way, but now you know just how deep it goes. Yes – you and I are truly golden beings!

The gold we were born with – those 0.229 grams – is only worth about $14. That value is likely to go up quite a bit in the coming years as physical gold makes new all-time highs. But it’s going to be difficult for you to “cash in” with it!

Why not pick up some “hold in your hand” gold soon. Before summer wanes. While the metals and miners are backing and filling on the charts. This could be a golden opportunity for you in more ways than one, perhaps the last best one for a long time.


David H. Smith is Senior Analyst for TheMorganReport.com, a regular contributor to MoneyMetals.com as well as the LODE Cryptographic Silver Monetary System Project. He has investigated precious metals’ mines and exploration sites in Argentina, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Bolivia, China, Canada and the U.S. He shares resource sector observations with readers, the media, and North American investment conference attendees.