Trump says it will be hard to unify country without a ‘major event’

Editor note: A tenet of Luciferians is foreshadowing.

Yamiche Alcindor – PBS January 30, 2018

Hours before his first State of the Union, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he wants to unite the country amid “tremendous divisiveness” and hopes he can do so without a traumatic event affecting Americans.

Trump spoke about creating a more united country during a lunch with a number of television news anchors. Trump said the United States has long been divided, including during the impeachment of former president Bill Clinton. Trump also said that Americans usually come together during times of suffering.

“I would love to be able to bring back our country into a great form of unity,” Trump said. “Without a major event where people pull together, that’s hard to do. But I would like to do it without that major event because usually that major event is not a good thing.”

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Is Germany Awakening?

The AfD nationalist party in Germany has had much to overcome. The lugenpresse smears the AfD as “far-right populists” when being more polite and “neo-Nazis” when in smear mode. In the recent election the AfD polled 12.5% and the Social Democrats 20.5%. This week opinion polls saw the AfD out poll the fading Social Democrats by 16 to 15.5%. And this is still before the renewed European financial crisis I see dead ahead. At that point European Central Banksterism will be exposed. That will upset the apple cart even more. Merkel will have a very difficult time keeping a government together going forward. At the first sign of serious economic crisis she will be removed

Germans are under a barrage of propaganda from birth. In reality they are altruistic-perhaps too much so. They (at least the ones in the west and Bavaria) are my favorite people in Europe. Germans are people who I try to peel back the onion in expressing my so-called right wing views. And once this comes out of my mouth as an American (with one-fourth German ancestry), many Germans light up and nod their heads.

My son and I were in Theresienstadt in Bohemia which served as a detention camp in WWII. At the bus stop were four German college age women. Against the advice of my son I dove right in. They did not recoil and in fact were interested. One gal literally came out of the closet when I said, German politicians are “puppets of the victorious powers in World War II” and “you just went through a propaganda museum.” Her friends kind of looked at her in surprise that she agreed, but there was no push-back. It was as if they were all appreciative that I had the nerve to express it.

You are not going to convince many Germans by dwelling in WWII revisionism. But there is a growing weariness with the endless guilt shaming, and with what’s been perped onto them. For sure there is a nasty leftist element in Germany that has been in ascendency. But the sentiment that Germany can handle migrants, that existed four years ago, has passed. And more importantly the politics of Germany from more quarters is holding those responsible to account.

Germany is more pan-European than I once realized. In Munich I spoke to a Serbian born German who had been there for twenty years and said enough of the non-Christian migration. In fact I believe other European migrants in Germany favor the populist right. The ones from the Balkans are well aware of the problems of multiculturalism. Poles in general want to perserve national or at least pan-European identity. The pundits say that German foreign-born population (which is one in ten) will ensure the Merkel status quo. But that ignores Germany’s European born immigrants.

Secondly I have found very few in Europe who like American influence or Americanism. The stigma from Trump is off the charts.

TNN takeaway:  There are closet German soft nationalists. Like the young woman at the bus stop, they are an unappreciated factor. I had another conversation two years ago on a bus from the airport with a sharp German guy aged 30. He said he was a centrist and once liked Merkel, but was weary of her. He had no intention of supporting Social Democrats. I told him if I was a German I’d support AfD. He wasn’t at all taken back, and agreed on many of my points. With the AfD making a come back since that conversation, would this gentleman vote AfD as a way of expressing a protest to Merkel’s immigration bumbling. What will be his views after the next crisis festers?

 

 

Unconventional Medicine — The Revolution to Reinvent Health Care and Reverse Chronic Disease

By Dr. Mercola

Chris Kresser, L.Ac., an acupuncturist, licensed integrative medicine clinician and codirector of the California Center for Functional Medicine, is widely recognized for his contributions to the ancestral nutrition movement. As many leaders in and promoters of functional medicine, Kresser is a wounded healer, whose interest in alternative disciplines developed because conventional medicine failed him.

“In my early 20s, I took off on an around-the-world trip. I was surfing in Indonesia [when] I got an acute tropical illness — fever, chills, diarrhea, delirium. I don’t really remember much of what happened during those few days. But there was an Australian staying in the little village that I was in who happened to have some antibiotics that brought me back from the brink,” Kresser says.

“That evolved into a decadelong journey back to health … I came home and … proceeded to see probably no fewer than 20 or 25 doctors over the course of the next several years, in three different countries, hoping they would be able to help me. Most of the doctors I saw meant well.

They tried their best to help, but I quickly found out that conventional medicine, while it’s fantastic at dealing with trauma and emergencies, it was really miserable at dealing with the kind of complex chronic illness that I had developed.

Despite everyone’s best efforts, nobody was able to help. I eventually decided there was no one that was more deeply invested in my own healing than myself. I started my own exploration, which eventually led to returning to school to study Chinese medicine and acupuncture.

I chose that because of all the modalities I tried along my journey, that was what has been most helpful to me. But then, even before I graduated from school, I realized I wasn’t going to end up practicing Chinese medicine. I discovered functional medicine and kind of moved in that direction.”

Unconventional Medicine

Kresser has written a number of books, the latest one of which is “Unconventional Medicine: Join the Revolution to Reinvent Healthcare, Reverse Chronic Disease, and Create a Practice You Love.” In the beginning of the book, he discusses the impact of conventional medicine on chronic disease, and why it so rarely works.

When modern medicine as we know it was developed, the primary challenges were acute problems, and this is one of the reasons why conventional medicine lacks the tools and know-how to address the many chronic ailments facing us today.

The landscape of health and disease has changed rather dramatically, and acute care medicine doesn’t work well for chronic problems. In 1900, the top three causes of death were all acute infectious diseases: typhoid, tuberculosis and pneumonia. Other common reasons for medical visits included broken limbs, gallbladder attacks, appendicitis and similar problems.

“The treatment for those problems was relatively straightforward. You put the arm in a cast or remove the gallbladder,” Kresser says. “It was one doctor, one problem, one treatment and that was the end of the story.”

Today, 7 of the 10 top causes of death are chronic diseases rather than acute diseases and, unlike acute problems, chronic diseases tend to be complex, difficult to manage, and often last a lifetime. In short, the model of care that was developed for treating acute problems doesn’t work for chronic disease. As noted by Kresser, “That explains why 1 in 2 Americans now has a chronic disease, and 1 in 4 has multiple chronic diseases, including almost 30 percent of kids. We’ve just been using the wrong tool for the job.”

Chronic Disease Has Become an Existential Threat

This is also why the health care debate, which is really focused on the availability of insurance, is completely missing the point.

“If we don’t get a handle on chronic disease, there’s no method of paying for health care that will be sufficient,” he says. “A simple thought experiment will show this. It costs $14,000 a year to treat the average patient with Type 2 diabetes. The most recent statistics by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that 100 million Americans now either have prediabetes or full-fledged Type 2 diabetes. You don’t have to be a math genius to multiply 100 million times $14,000. You get a number so big that it’s absolutely impossible to generate the money we would need to cover that.”

The situation is actually far worse than that, because insulin resistance likely affects upward of 250 million Americans, and insulin resistance is a foundational core of prediabetes and diabetes. Work by the late Dr. Joseph Kraft, author of “Diabetes Epidemic and You: Should Everyone Be Tested?” suggests that 80 percent — 8 out of 10 — of Americans are insulin resistant.1,2

Statistics also reveal opioid overdoses are now a leading cause of death among Americans under the age of 50, and two separate studies have confirmed that conventional medical care is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. As noted by Kresser:

“It’s not an exaggeration to say that chronic disease is an existential threat to society and humanity at the same level as nuclear weapons, warfare and other things that we typically worry about and concern ourselves with. I don’t think that chronic disease gets the attention that it should get as a threat to our health, well-being and longevity as a species.”

Doctors Are Victims of the System Too

Doctors are also hogtied by a medical system that doesn’t allow them to really invest sufficient time. Most physicians  genuinely want to help people. But how much can you really accomplish in mere minutes? The average primary care visit is eight to 12 minutes. Most primary care doctors have 2,500 patients on their roster and see an average of 25 patients a day.

The incentives for physicians are based on how many patients they’re seeing each day, and with an average debt of $200,000 for medical school, doctors have to play this numbers game to pay off their debt and still make a living. Add to those pressures the interests and incentives of the drug and insurance industries, which rarely align with the best interest of patients or even doctors.

“You end up reimbursement-based medicine, where the treatment chosen is based on what will be reimbursed by the insurance company, not on what the evidence suggests is the best option. You’ve got all these misaligned incentives, which almost guarantee that the type of care that’s offered to patients is not in their best interest,” Kresser says.

“To clarify, there are three issues here. 1) There’s a mismatch between what our bodies are hardwired for and the way that we’re living now. 2) The medical paradigm is totally mismatched with what we need for chronic disease, and 3) The way care is delivered is mismatched [to our true needs] …

If we recognize that diet and lifestyle is a primary driver of chronic disease … then we need to acknowledge that changing our behavior, our diet and our lifestyle, is one of the most important steps we can take to prevent and reverse chronic disease. And yet our medical system just pays the briefest lip service to that. It’s not at all set up to actually deliver that kind of care.”

The ADAPT Framework

Kresser has developed a program called the ADAPT Framework, referring to the need for adaptation to our environment (which has dramatically changed from what it was for most of our evolutionary history), adaptation of our medical paradigm to one suited for the prevention and treatment of chronic disease, and adaptation of our health care delivery methods.

“Those are really the three separate elements of the framework: realigning our diet, behavior and lifestyle with what our bodies are hardwired for; changing the medical paradigm to one that prevents and reverses chronic disease instead of just trying to manage it for the whole patient’s life; and updating the way we deliver care, so it supports the most important interventions which, again, are diet, lifestyle and behavior changes,” Kresser says.

Case Sample: Prediabetes 

As a hypothetical example, take an individual who is diagnosed with prediabetes, meaning he has a fasting glucose level above 100 milligrams per deciliter but not high enough to qualify as diabetes. The current medical paradigm has nothing to offer at this point, because his glucose level is not high enough to start prescribing medication. In essence, the patient is simply told to wait until full-blown Type 2 diabetes develops, at which point treatment can commence.

“What could happen in that situation would look something like this: ‘The good news is we’ve discovered that your blood sugar is high. It’s not full-fledged Type 2 diabetes yet, and the earlier we intervene, the better prognosis you’re going to have, the more chances that we have of preventing or reversing it,’” Kresser says.

“To do that, we need to address your diet and your lifestyle, because we know that’s the primary driver of this condition. So, we’re going to set you up with a health coach, who is going to come to your house and do a pantry cleanout. They’re going to take you shopping.

They’re going to give you recipes and meal plans. They’re going to work intensively with you to adopt this diet, because we know that information is not enough to change behavior. If it was, we wouldn’t be in the situation that we’re in now. I can’t just tell you to eat well. I have to actually give you some support in order to do that.

Then we’re going to set you up with a personal trainer at the gym. They’re going to get you on an exercise and physical activity program that’s going to also support these efforts.

The good news is your insurance company is going to cover all of that, because they recognize they could save potentially half a million dollars over the course of your lifetime just by preventing you from getting this one single disease. They’re going to spend a few thousand dollars now to save a half-million dollars over the course of your lifetime.

That’s just one small example of how this model could work, because it’s actually focusing on preventing the disease before it happens or reversing it once it started to progress. Nothing that I just said is not possible, given our current technology, resources, and even the system as it currently exists. This could happen tomorrow if it was the way we decided to offer care.”

A Collaborative Practice Model

To facilitate this kind of switchover, Kresser has developed a powerful collaborative practice model that embraces streamlined operation and reduced overhead bureaucracy, and that really cuts to the core of what needs to be done to address chronic illness. One of the key changes is allowing for more time with each patient. You simply cannot cover diet, exercise, sleep and stress management in a 10-minute appointment. For that, we really need a team-based approach.

Patients need support to implement diet and lifestyle changes. They need medical experts to help them understand the significance of their test results.

Kresser’s collaborative practice model integrates physicians and other licensed providers such as nurse practitioners, physician assistants, health or wellness coaches and nutritionists trained in functional medicine, who can provide specific guidance related to diet and lifestyle changes. “Ultimately, I would say the proper ratio of health coaches to doctors would be probably five or six [per] doctor in each practice, depending on the patient load,” Kresser says.

This model also requires the elimination of red tape bureaucracy and bloated, inefficient electronic medical record systems that simply get in the way. Technology should be used to automate things that create more time for what should never be automated — the face-to-face direct patient care. Community can also be built around online and in-person classes, video meetings and group care, where people with similar condition get together and actually connect with and support each other.  

“There are some electric medical records that are actually designed for this type of medicine that we’re talking about. They strip out all of the stuff that you don’t really need. They focus on only what you do need. The one that we use has features that make it really easy to quickly enter what you need to enter so that I can focus on the patient. But I also have a nurse practitioner with me, and she does all the note taking.

I can just work and maintain eye contact with the patient and do what I need to do. That’s part of this team-based approach to care as well,” Kresser says. “We’re moving toward [this] program at our clinic. When the patient comes in, they work intensively with the health coach and nutritionist for several months before they even see the doctor.

Now, of course, you can’t make hard and fast rules. Some people need to see the doctor right away if they have a more serious issue that needs to be dealt with.

But in general, if someone has what we could call a lifestyle disease, which is most chronic diseases, and they haven’t yet taken the steps to address their diet and lifestyle, what’s the point of them even working with the doctor until they get that stuff under control? In many cases, if once they get that stuff under control, they may never even need to see the doctor.”

New Payment Models Are Also Needed

Naturally, someone’s going to have to pay for this care model. Health coaches typically bill by the hour, and few insurance companies presently offer reimbursement for this kind of care. There are signs of change, however. Iora Health,3 for example, a Denver-based primary care facility, is currently addressing Type 2 diabetes using health coaches.

“They use something called capitated payments, where they go to the insurance companies and say, ‘Give us your patients with Type 2 diabetes. We will reverse Type 2 diabetes … or at least get your diabetics back to prediabetes. We’re going to do this mostly with health coaches. If we are successful, you pay us this much. If we’re not successful, you pay us less. If we are more successful than we said we would be, pay us more.’ That’s an attempt to realign incentives.

It’s actually performance-based compensation instead of the way it usually works in medicine, where the compensation happens no matter what. That system has been pretty successful. I think it’s a good proof of concept that that could actually work, even within our current system.

But this is just one company in one area. That will need to roll out on a wider scale for it to be successful. Whether or not that happens goes back to that other question: Is it going to happen voluntarily, or is it going to happen because it has to happen?”

The National Board of Medical Examiners also recently teamed up with the International Consortium for Health and Wellness Coaching (ICHWC) to create standards for health coaches. This too is a step in the right direction in terms of legitimizing health coaching in the eyes of medical professionals, with the goal of incorporating them into the health care system and provide reimbursement for their services.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is not known as a particularly progressive organization, has also publicly recognized the need for health coaching. “Even without the full collapse of our health care system, I think we will see more integration of health coaching in the next decade,” Kresser says. “Whether we can get all the way to where we need to get to is another question.”

The Importance of the Basics

It’s hard to overstate the importance of basic lifestyle strategies when it comes to protecting and optimizing your health. Take sleep for example. One-third of Americans get less than six hours of sleep per night. Fifty-five years ago, that number was only 2 percent. This upshot of sleep deprivation is undoubtedly having an impact on public health these days, as lack of sleep has been linked to weight gain, diabetes, cognitive impairment and reduced immune function, just to name a few.

For example, most obesity researchers now agree that sleep is the second most important factor beyond diet for maintaining healthy body weight. Even a single night of sleep deprivation has been shown to cause insulin resistance in healthy people with no pre-existing insulin resistance. “Sleep is where we rejuvenate and regenerate our mind, our body and our spirit. If we don’t get enough sleep, that doesn’t happen. We basically start to fall apart in every area of our life,” Kresser says.

Electromagnetic field (EMF) exposures, especially electrical fields generated by electrical wiring, is a related issue, as these fields have been shown to impair biological function and disrupt sleep. For most people, it would therefore be wise to shut down the electrical circuit in your bedroom at night, to allow your body to recuperate and regenerate optimally.

More Information

At present, the ADAPT Program has trained over 400 clinicians, and in June the ADAPT Health Coach Training Program will be launched. The training has been submitted for approval by the ICHWC. If approved, anyone who graduates from the Health Coach Training Program and completes the requirements will be eligible to sit for the ICHWC accreditation, which will be internationally recognized.

“We’re really excited about that. I view that as the next step in this collaborative practice model, because we’re training the practitioners and we’re training them on why they need health coaches and nutritionists, and then we’re training the nutritionists and the health coaches on how to work effectively with licensed clinicians,” Kresser explains. “We really want to create that synergy, all under this ADAPT Framework umbrella …

Part of what differentiates our program from most others is its emphasis on practical application. You can’t learn to be a good coach by reading books or watching PowerPoint presentations. The ADAPT program focuses heavily on skills development, mentor coaching and supervision, and practice coaching sessions with real clients to ensure that our students are well-prepared when they graduate.”

To learn more, and to sign up for the ADAPT training for clinicians and health coaches, please visit KresserInstitute.com. There you can also find a list of providers who have finished the training program. Also be sure to pick up a copy of Kresser’s book, “Unconventional Medicine: Join the Revolution to Reinvent Healthcare, Reverse Chronic Disease, and Create a Practice You Love.”

Satisfyingly Light Vietnamese Pho Recipe

Recipe by Dr. Mercola

 

If there’s a dish that Vietnamese cuisine is most known for, it’s a steaming and comforting bowl of pho (pronounced as “fuh”). Considered Vietnam’s national dish,[i] pho begins with tender rice noodles and thinly sliced raw beef. Hot and flavorful broth is poured over these ingredients, cooking the beef.[ii] Finishing touches include herbs, bean sprouts, scallions, chili peppers, lime wedges and other garnishes.[iii]

 

If you want to bring the flavors of Vietnam into your home, try making this Satisfyingly Light Vietnamese Pho Recipe. The harmony between savory, sweet and spicy flavors makes this a very unique dish that’s perfect for sharing or as an individual serving. Plus, instead of rice noodles, it uses healthier and lighter shirataki noodles.

 

Ingredients:

 

3 to 4 beef soup bones

1 large onion, halved and charred

3 to 4 slices of fresh ginger

1/2 Tbsp. Dr. Mercola’s Himalayan salt

2 Tbsp. fish sauce

1 pod star anise

1 cinnamon stick

1 tsp. coriander seeds

3 whole cloves

 

Assembly ingredients for 1 serving:

 

Shirataki noodles, drained and rinsed

1/4 lb. raw, grass fed flank steak, thinly sliced

1 cup bean sprouts

2 Tbsp. scallions, sliced

3 Thai basil leaves (optional)

3 to 4 slices of jalapeno (optional)

 

Procedure for Cooking:

 

  1. Place beef bones in large pot and cover with 4 quarts of cold filtered water. Cook on high heat and bring it to a boil. Boil for 3 to 4 minutes. During this time, foam (or scum) will be released and rise to the top.
  2. Drain the bones, discard the water and rinse the bones with warm water. Scrub your stockpot to remove any residue that was left behind.
  3. Add the bones back to the stockpot and cover with 4 quarts of cold filtered water. Bring to a boil and then lower to a gentle simmer.
  4. Place halved onions and sliced ginger on baking sheet and broil on high for 10 to 15 minutes, turning occasionally so they can brown or char on all sides.
  5. Add star anise, cinnamon stick, coriander seeds and whole cloves to a dry frying pan. Place onto low heat and cook until fragrant. Stir occasionally to prevent burning. Place toasted spices into an herb sachet or cheesecloth then tie with twine to seal.
  6. Add salt, fish sauces, sachet of spices, charred onion and ginger to the stockpot.
  7. Continue to simmer broth uncovered for 6 hours. If at any time foam or scum rises to the surface, skim it out with a spoon.
  8. Carefully remove bones, sachet of spices, onion and ginger from the broth. Then strain the broth through a fine mesh strainer.
  9. The broth will have a layer of fat. You can either skim the surface of the broth using a spoon or you can refrigerate the broth overnight and as the broth cools, the fat will solidify on the surface, making it easy to remove.

 

Procedure for Assembly:

 

  1. Place broth over medium heat and bring to a gentle simmer.
  2. Arrange shirataki noodles and raw meat into the bowls, then top with hot broth.
  3. Let the noodles and beef sit in the hot broth for 1 to 2 minutes, until the raw meat is no longer pink and the noodles are cooked.
  4. Add bean sprouts, Thai basil, jalapeno slices and scallions, and enjoy!

 

A Simply Pho-nemonal Vietnamese Pho Recipe (Pun Intended)

 

If you’re trying Southeast Asian food for the first time, this Satisfyingly Light Vietnamese Pho Recipe is an excellent introduction. Not only is a warm bowl of pho delicious, but you can also reap many nutrients that may boost your wellbeing.

 

Add your own twist to this recipe by using grass fed chicken bones instead of beef to make pho broth,[iv] or by adding grass fed chicken breast and/or unpasteurized eggs as garnishes. Take a cue from stalls in Vietnam nowadays that offer a variety of pho choices, so you shouldn’t feel bad if your finished product isn’t as “traditional.”[v]

 

Shirataki Noodles Spell Good News for Your Health

 

What makes this pho unique is the use of shirataki noodles instead of traditional rice noodles. Also called konjac noodles or miracle noodles, shirataki noodles are long, white and translucent, and are made from the glucomannan fiber from the konjac plant’s root.

 

These noodles contain 97 percent water, 3 percent fiber, virtually no calories or digestible carbs, plus numerous health benefits your body will thank you for. Glucomannan fiber, which is the base of the noodles, has been linked to various health benefits:

 

  • Weight loss: Studies show that consuming this fiber before eating a high-carb meal can lower the body’s levels of ghrelin, or hunger hormone. Glucomannan was also revealed to help reduce fasting levels when taken daily for a month.
  • Reduced cholesterol levels: This is done by raising the amount of cholesterol excreted in the stool, leaving less cholesterol to be absorbed in the bloodstream.
  • Lowered blood sugar and insulin levels
  • Constipation relief and improved bowel movements

 

Glucomannan fiber is a viscous fiber that can absorb up to 50 times its weight in water. As a result, shirataki noodles can move through your digestive system slowly, allowing you to feel full and delaying nutrient absorption into the bloodstream.[vi]

 

Shirataki noodles are considered resistant starches, because these are soluble and can act as prebiotics that feed the healthy bacteria in your gut. You can also eat more of them without feeling discomfort and gassiness, as the noodles are fermented very slowly. Resistant starches are also able to:[vii]

 

  • Add significant bulk to stools and help maintain regular bowel movements
  • Prevent blood sugar spikes, since they’re not digested
  • Improve insulin regulation, resulting in a lowered risk of insulin resistance

 

You can eat shirataki noodles either cold or hot. If you’re eating them cold, drain, rinse (to remove most of the slightly fishy konjac root odor) and dress with your preferred seasoning.

 

On the other hand, for hot noodles, add them to a pot of homemade broth to let the noodles soak up the flavor. For a more regular noodle texture, heat in an ungreased skillet for a few minutes. This will allow some of the water in the noodles to evaporate, removing some of that mushy and gel-like texture.

 

Bank on Grass Fed Beef for Meaty Goodness

 

Adding tender grass fed beef slices to your pho provides extra savory flavor. Whether used in pho or your other favorite dishes, this is the best type of beef that you should use.

 

Unlike meat from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) that are most likely to be contaminated with harmful bacteria strains and contain traces of artificial ingredients, growth hormones and artificial drugs, grass fed beef is not only safer, but delivers these nutrients, too:

 

Heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids

Minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium

Vitamin E and B vitamins

Beta-carotene

Vaccenic acid

Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)

 

Ideally, purchase grass fed beef from local organic farmers and ranchers. These people often run small biodynamic farms that tend to be cleaner, since the animals aren’t crammed in massive feedlots. Plus, animals raised in these environments have a lower possibility of harboring harmful pathogens. Cows in these farms, because they have access to grass (a staple in their natural diet), also tend to have better health and meat quality.

 

If there are no organic farmers and ranchers in your area, you can buy from grocery chains, too, but make sure to check for these labels first:

 

  • 100% USDA Organic: No antibiotics were used at any stage of production
  • “No antibiotics administered” and other similar labels: Especially when accompanied with a “USDA Process Verified” shield, having these labels means that antibiotics weren’t used at any stage of production
  • “Grass fed” label alongside the USDA Organic label: No antibiotics were used at all, although if the grass fed label appears alone, antibiotics may have been used.
  • “American Grassfed” and “Food Alliance” Grass fed labels: Animals were both fed grass and did not receive antibiotics. Although this is the best among all these labels, it’s still in its early stages of development so it’s not as widespread yet.

 

These Spices in Your Pho Are Simply Fantastic

 

Whether they’re added to the soup broth or used as a garnish, these spices are double-duty, providing impeccable flavors and important health benefits:

 

  • Ginger: This popular root crop has shown to help relieve nausea, morning sickness and motion sickness. Studies also associate regular ginger intake with helping reduce muscle soreness and swelling (like knee pain[viii]) and boosting agility and movement. Other research also indicates that ginger can help decrease fasting blood sugar levels among diabetics[ix] and boost attention and cognitive processing capabilities.[x]

     

  • Cloves: These can enhance digestion by stimulating secretion of digestive enzymes, boost the immune system and provide the organs, especially the liver, with a potent defense against free radicals.[xi]

     

    Cloves also help control blood sugar levels, preserve density and mineral content in bones and treat gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis. Lastly, cloves have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-carcinogenic and anti-mutagenic properties.

     

  • Jalapeno: Chili peppers like jalapeno were found to help fight inflammation, enhance immunity, protect the heart, lower insulin levels, prevent sinusitis and relieve congestion.[xii] A compound called capsaicin in chili peppers may be beneficial for weight loss, since it can aid in reducing calorie intake and shrinking fat tissue.[xiii]

 

Capsaicin also contributes to the peppers’ pain-relieving abilities, especially against arthritis and neuropathic pain, and among dermatologic conditions that can trigger painful itching.[xiv] Research has shown that capsaicin may help prevent the growth of breast cancer cells as well.[xv]



[iii] See ref. 2

[iv] See ref. 2

[xv] Weiler, “Spicy Molecule Inhibits Growth of Breast Cancer Cells,” Ruhr-Universität Bochum, December 20, 2016

 

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Do You Wake Up At The Same Time Every Night? According To Chinese Traditional Medicine, Here’s Why

Many of us have trouble sleeping, whether that be difficulty falling asleep, not getting enough of it, or waking up in the middle of the night. The longer you suffer from one or more of these symptoms, the more you start to define a new “normal” for yourself and forget what a healthy sleeping pattern actually looks like. At least, that’s what I have experienced. Even though I don’t have any trouble going to sleep, every so often I’ll wake up in the middle of the night at the same time, and then have no issues falling back asleep again. To my surprise, there is a perfectly logical explanation for why this happens and how I can overcome this problem. The solution lies within Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and it has to do with your “body clock.”

What is a TCM “body clock”?

According to ancient knowledge within TCM, our bodies run on a “clock” that is reflected through our energy meridians. Meridians are essentially energy highways that hold and transport Qi, blood, and fluids throughout the body. Qi is believed to be everywhere on Earth; when you’re healthy, Qi is flowing freely through you, whereas when you’re unhealthy, you either have a blockage from Qi or your “Qi tank” is low.

Qi moves in two-hour intervals throughout the organ system. During the two-hour period that an organ is reaching its peak, the organ at the opposite side of the clock (12 hours later) is at its lowest function, often referred to as its “ebb” (source). For example, during the period of time between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m., the liver is approaching its peak by cleansing the blood, whereas the small intestine on the opposite side of the clock is at its lowest point. The small intestine is responsible for the absorption of many nutrients, which explains the ill effects we experience when we indulge in late night snacking. When we eat late at night, our small intestines are functioning at their lowest point and have trouble absorbing the nutrients from our food, making it more difficult for our livers to detoxify our bodies.

Each organ is also associated with an element as it peaks, representing Yin (receiving energy) and Yang (expressing energy) of an element (Earth, Metal, Water, Wood, and Fire).

The elements can be used to categorize general emotions:

  • Earth: empathy, sympathy, balanced giving and receiving
  • Metal: grief and loss
  • Water: fear and anxiety
  • Wood: rage, frustration, and resentment
  • Fire: love, hate, and happiness (source)

How the body clock works

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11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Heart: An excellent time to nap or eat lunch and avoid raising your heart rate. If out of balance, you may feel sadness.

1 – 3 p.m. Small Intestine: The body is digesting food during this time. If out of balance, you may experience indigestion, pain or bloating.

3 – 5 p.m. – Urinary Bladder: Salty foods, miso, and vegetable broth strengthen this organ. If out of balance, you may feel timid or experience burning sensations.

5 – 7 p.m. – Kidney: This is the optimal timeframe to eat dinner. If out of balance, you may feel fear or exhaustion.

7 – 9 p.m. – Pericardium/Sex Circulation: Represents the best time to socialize or conceive/have sex. If out of balance, you may have intense food cravings.

9 – 11 p.m. – Thyroid/Adrenal/Triple Warmer: Great time to wind down before bed as the blood vessels repair. If out of balance, you may experience headaches.

11 p.m. – 1 a.m. – Gall Bladder: Ideal to go to bed at this time. If out of balance, you may have gall stones, poor self-esteem, or resentment.

1 – 3 a.m. – Liver: Should be deeply sleeping and dreaming. If out of balance, you may feel anger and frustration, which you will need to resolve to restore your sleep to normal.

3 – 5 a.m. – Lungs: You should still be sleeping at this time. If out of balance, you may cough, indicating you may have excess mucus and a poor diet.

5 – 7 a.m. – Large IntestineIdeal time to wake up and have a bowel movement. If out of balance, you may experience constipation and need to drink more water.

7 – 9 a.m. – Stomach: Best time to eat breakfast. If out of balance, you may experience acid reflux or need to consume more warm foods.

9 – 11 a.m. – Spleen: Also a great time to eat breakfast or foods such as yams, dates, and cinnamon. If out of balance, you may experience worrying. (sources 12 and 3)

How the body clock relates to our sleeping patterns

It is said that as we sleep, Qi is drawn inward in order to recharge our bodies. The events taking place in our lives often impact our sleep and our organs’ ability to function optimally. By using the body clock, we can analyze why our sleep is disrupted at a particular time and determine how to regulate our sleeping pattern.

If you wake up between:

11 p.m. and 1 a.m. – Your gall bladder, which is associated with emotional disappointment, bitterness and/or resentment, is active. This indicates you need to implement greater self-acceptance and forgiveness toward others.

1 a.m. and 3 a.m. – Your liver, which is related to feelings of anger, holding grudges, and greater yang energy, is peaking. You can balance your energies by accepting responsibility for fuelling your rage and drinking cold water.

3 a.m. and 5 a.m. – Your lungs, which are connected to sadness and grief, are at their peak. Waking up at this time is a sign that you need to let go of these feelings and connect with your Higher Self. This may also be a sign that you are experiencing a spiritual awakening and that you’re discovering your higher purpose.

5 a.m. and 7 a.m. – Qi energy has moved to your large intestine, which is linked to emotional blockages, guilt, and feeling “stuck.” Drinking water, stretching, using the restroom, and addressing these emotions can help to regulate your sleep cycle. (source)

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Song Lyrics That Tell the Story….


By Anna Von Reitz

“Welcome to the Hotel California… you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave…..”
Zombie-like damned souls check into the “hotel” and are trapped there forever. Sound and feel familiar? There’s a reason. That’s your condition prior to waking up and figuring out what the advertising agencies and your public servants have been up to behind your backs.
They’ve checked you into the Hotel California and left you there with the television on, indoctrinating you with “need the government” and “be afraid” and “eat more” and “buy more” propaganda on all channels 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There’s also a bar and a 24-hour pharmacy, and you are cordially invited to just stay there forever and drink and drug yourselves into a pile of mindless mush, so subject to your behavioral conditioning that you salivate like Pavlov’s dog when you see a hamburger on the TV screen.
Cure? Turn the television off. Make conscious choices about what you watch and what you listen to and become critical of the “news” you are being fed.
Do the TV Test if you don’t believe me. Divide a piece of paper into four columns. Label the top of each column with these words: Sex, Death, Sex & Death, and Other Useless Stuff. Then listen to the “Evening News” and make a hatch mark after each story you hear in the column that best describes the content.
What you will soon discover is that most of what masquerades as news falls in the first three categories, and also, that most of it has no possible practical connection to your life, so is of no use to you. So why are you listening to the crap? Do you enjoy feeling depressed, afraid, and helpless? Because that is what this “programming” is designed to do—literally.
Let’s see, there’s an earthquake in Ecuador….mindless madmen beheading children in the Mideast….a new wave of Bird Flue…a new giant dinosaur footprint discovered….Prince Harry set a date….bimbos for hire make accusations against Trump apparently because they are bimbos for hire….
So— death, death, death, useless, useless and sex. And none of it that you can do anything about or profit from at all.
There are a lot of bloated, ugly, foreign criminals making Big Bucks off of you and your appetite for this mental equivalent of a Diet Coke and Pork Rinds with Extra Salt. Their advertisers are making you yearn after 18 year-old models (which is silly) and after fast cars that cost more than a decent house (which you most likely can’t afford and certainly don’t need) and after fast food (that gives your heart disease, cancer, diabetes….).
“So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains….and we never even know we hold the key…..” — The Eagles, “Already Gone”.
I turned off the Evil Box in 1987 and let the dust settle, put a potted cactus on top of the cabinet, and use it to (infrequently) watch DVD’s of my choosing.
I figured that if anything really important happened, somebody would call me up or say something. And I was right, too.
You can leave The Hotel California any time you please, but if you want to be a mindless, helpless, booze and drug and “news” dependent Zombie living in fear and depression in your own country, behaving like a well-trained dog, buying stuff you don’t need, eating 10,000 calories a day, and feeling paranoid— just be aware that it is your choice and you DO hold the key.
In this case, it’s usually labeled: “On/Off”.

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Alaska Assembling


By Anna Von Reitz

Thank you for the kind words of support.  It is often a lonely battle at the start when you set out to “change the world”— but very gradually, over the course of many years, others begin to see what you see, and as they do, it’s like the process of wood catching fire….. first a spark, then an ember, and then a flame.  


What my blessing has been is first of all to have been lucky enough to have good teachers in school and out; without them, I wouldn’t have been able to grasp the evidence and find the material.  The second great blessing has been the many older researchers who were on this path before me— Howard Freeman, Jean Keating, the Informer, Mary Croft, Lysander Spooner, Douglas MacArthur—–so many, many great Americans who “saw part of the elephant” and described it from one or more perspectives, so that I, coming along a few years or decades later, was able to piece together the whole picture and actually describe the Great Fraud in a logical and documented way. 

It’s the logic of it as much as the documentation that gets people in the end.  They begin to see what is in front of their faces and also what isn’t there that should be, if what they are being told in the public schools is true, complete, and correct.  

Sometimes it is just a single thing that sets them off and sends them down the rabbit trail.  

I know that my journey began with just such a single incident and I still remember precisely what it was.  I was home from school for some reason, probably had the flu, and I was watching the confirmation hearings of Nelson D. Rockefeller as Gerald Ford’s Vice- President on television.   Nelson D. was asked how much money he made the prior year?  He answered something outrageous like four hundred and eighty million in personal income.  Then he was asked how much money he paid in federal taxes?  And he answered—-none.  After some gasping, the question was rephrased and asked again— are we to understand that you had 480 million in personal income and you paid no federal income taxes?  Nelson D. bridled up and said something like, that’s correct. None. 

And then they just went on as if nothing had happened, but something had happened.  A teenager in the Midwest had had a glimpse of the underbelly of federal fraud and a question had arisen in my mind —- what did Nelson D. Rockefeller know that I didn’t?  It was the pursuit and the long, long trail to get that answer that has led to all the rest. 

Other people have other questions unique to their lives that sends them hopping down the bunny trail.  Tragically, it’s often during or after a stint in a federal or federated “state” court or prison that they wake up and realize, hey, something is drastically wrong….and they start searching, but not always finding.  In fact, seldom finding.  It has taken many years and many sacrifices by many people to dissect and nail down the Great Fraud.  It’s probably twenty years since I first realized that it began with the so-called Civil War (thank you, Lysander Spooner and Ulysses S. Grant and Jefferson Davis and Mark Twain!) and all the time since has been spent ferreting out the details and developing processes to unravel the spider’s web all the way to the present day. 

Perhaps the hardest thing for people to grasp is that the National Government that is supposed to be their instrumentality internationally, and under their control, has been mothballed and “held in abeyance” for 150 years, and that we have been deceitfully “represented” in the meantime by a British (and more recently French) Territorial Government hired to perform certain essential government services for us, instead. That’s why their infamous Pledge of Allegiance says, “and to the Republic for which it stands”.  Why would our Republic need anything to stand for it? 

It’s also hard for Americans to grasp the fact that the Territorial United States and Municipal United States are literally foreign, in the same sense that Spain or Germany, are foreign, with respect to them and their country.  And it is almost impossible at the beginning to make them stop thinking and saying that they are “citizens” and re-train them to say that they are “non-citizen nationals”.  

I am having some luck explaining it to them in terms of them being conscripted into the French Foreign Legion.  You have been shanghaied and press-ganged.  One morning you were an honest American Tradesman living on the land and soil of Kentucky, the next morning you woke up as a Foreign Situs Trust in the State of Kentucky. 
This has the same effect as waking up on a tramp steamer bound for Morocco.  Suddenly, you are a French soldier, obligated to serve the interests of France, wear their uniform, salute their officers, follow every jot of their military code….. In our case, we were conscripted to serve in the British Merchant Marines and never told a word about it, which has the same effect.  Suddenly, we were considered subjects of the Queen, obligated to obey British Territorial law, etc., etc., etc., 

The European powers have had quite a go of it, jerking us around, pillaging our people, stealing the value of our labor, controlling our public policies, conscripting us and sending us as gun fodder in their wars for profit, and increasingly, depriving us of the guarantees and material interests that are rightfully our inheritance. 

It’s also difficult to make most Americans understand the gravity of the situation we are in right now.  With both foreign Territorial and Municipal “Government” corporations in bankruptcy, we would have been left at the mercy of international Bankruptcy Trustees named by Secondary Creditors—international banks.  We are the actual Priority Creditors, but we were asleep and they counted on us staying asleep.  The Secondary Creditors, the same international banks that engineered this circumstance coming out of the so-called Civil War, planned to take our entire country as abandoned trust property— chattel to pay the debts of the Territorial and Municipal United States Government corporations.  

We objected and we stood up in the nick of time and it is still a pitched battle.  

There were, if I recall correctly, 37 states enrolled as members of The United States of America (Unincorporated) as of 1860.  All the rest of the states created since then have been what I called “states-in-waiting”—- which, unfortunately, includes Alaska.  These Western States had their land rolled into state trusts, for example, the Alaska State (Trust) under the control of the [Territorial] State of Alaska.  We were promised all the rights and prerogatives of a State, but because there was no competent Natioinal Congress operating after 1860, we — like Nevada, Utah, Idaho….et alia — couldn’t actually be enrolled as states in the actual Union.  This places us in a very odd and dependent quasi-statehood category in terms of international law. 

Over the last few years, many thousands of Russians have immigrated to Alaska.  You see them everywhere.  That is because Russia made a claim to take back Alaska as Russian property, based on the supposed “abandonment” of our land jurisdiction and the fact that our lawful government (so far as they knew) hadn’t been heard from since 1860.  They said that they were the only sovereign government having claim to Alaska, and they would have made that stick, except for the Athabascan Chief objecting, and for us, asserting my husband’s hereditary office as Head of State of The United States of America (Unincorporated).  So the danger of being swallowed up by Russia thanks to legal chicanery has been narrowly averted, but that does not resolve our quasi-statehood status.  

Resolving that requires that a majority of the 37 actual states of the Union assemble themselves into a viable National Congress and officially enroll the Western States as States of the Union.  At that point, our local assemblies kick into full force and effect and we finally achieve the status we thought we had in 1959! 

Now, some Alaskans will think that this is the moment to declare Alaska as a separate country, but believe me, it is not.  We just narrowly avoided the necessity of taking Russian language courses.  This is not the time to push any luck or do anything but get ourselves organized and properly claiming our birthright political status and heritage—ready to participate in our restored national-level government, and fully educated and informed about what has gone on for the last 150 years in America and worldwide. 

I am attaching some helpful learning documents.  The first one diagrams what happened when FDR shanghaied and redefined our Trade Names as Territorial Foreign Situs Trusts, which were then considered “missing” from the public records and “presumed lost at sea”.   All the resulting NAMES are attached to specific legal fiction PERSONS, that the rats have operated “in our names” for their own profit.  This is how they hypothecated debt against us and our assets without our knowledge or consent.  Unraveling their fraud requires correcting the public records concerning us, reclaiming our “missing” Trade Name and all the derivative NAMES, and returning them to the land and soil of our actual birth state.  

The actual states are called Wisconsin, Missouri, Florida, Ohio —– they are not “States of” anything.  And many Alaskans, including myself, were lucky enough to be born in these states, so that we can immediately reclaim our Trade Names and birthright political status without questions.  However, for those born in Alaska or one of the Western States that are still states-in-waiting, it is necessary to (1) take reference to an ancestor — parents or grandparents– who were born in one of the actual states, or (2) go ahead and claim the land and soil of Alaska as your permanent domicile and wait for the actual statehood declaration to be complete and the enrollment finished. 

The next helpful visual aid is a series of three charts that shows how the government is supposed to be organized and how it morphed over time into what it is.  You will note that there is exactly one (1) entity that straddles the interface between the green LAND jurisdiction and the blue SEA jurisdiction —- The United States of America (Unincorporated).  This organization was formed September 9, 1776 to be the agent and instrumentality of the colonies and later, the states.  It is the first union formed and it is still standing and is still the lawful government of this country.  It holds our side of the treaties and service contracts made via the constitution process—and when a “federal” contractor fails, the powers delegated to it revert back to The United States of America (Unincorporated).  

This is how and why we have been able to protect the states and the people despite the National level of our international service providers being mothballed and despite the bankruptcies of both the Territorial and Municipal Government corporations.  The United States of America (Unincorporated) re-issued its Sovereign Letters Patent and named new “federal” service providers in 2015.  We also successfully demonstrated that we have, as a result, a viable militia and that our American Silver Dollars are still in circulation and still viable money.  

The third helpful attachment is a pdf copy of the monograph I wrote for President Trump to being him up to speed.  People need to read it in “sound bites” as intended.  These are short “blasts” of information that you need to take in and internalize, then let those pieces take form like a jig-saw puzzle in your mind.  Most people can do this, some cannot.  For those that can organize information in this manner, this is the fastest way to gain a handle on the whole situation.  

Finally, I am including the promised simple map of the counties of Alaska, which we have re-populated and which you are in the process of assembling.  

Good luck and godspeed.  Every Alaskan needs to be fully informed and motivated to get involved in the effort to restore the lawful government and nail down the official ownership of the land and soil of Alaska for Alaskans.   I could say the same thing for every Utahan, every Idahoan, every Nevadan…..  and as for the rest of the states, we all need them to get themselves back in order and assembled, so that they can welcome us home, too. 

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