Regenerative Farming: Restoring Soil Health and Saving Americans From Cancer, Chronic Disease

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The featured film, “Farmer’s Footprint / Regeneration: The Beginning,” highlights the failure of our chemical-dependent food and farming system, and how it degrades our soils, pollutes our air and water, and is the main driver of soaring cancer rates and chronic disease in America.

The film, however, offers a solution: regenerative agriculture, a return to what organic was originally all about, namely the protection and rebuilding of topsoil and ecological biodiversity.

The documentary features renowned soil health and holistic grazing consultant Allen Williams, Ph.D., of Soil Health Consultants LLC, and Dr. Zach Bush, a triple board-certified physician with expertise in internal medicine, endocrinology and metabolism and hospice/palliative care.1

Both are pioneers in the field of regenerative agriculture practices, which aim to rebuild soil health, restore ecosystems and promote human health through the growing of nutrient-dense food, and that provide farmers with economic and financial stability.

In the film, Bush names glyphosate, the key active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller, as the culprit in an explosion of cancer cases that sprouted up in the U.S. in a single decade. Bush says the epidemic of cancer and chronic disease is so severe, it’s comparable to the environmental nuclear catastrophe that occurred at Chernobyl.

Grass Fed Beef Champion Teaches Farmers How to Go Regenerative

The film begins with Williams recounting how when he was growing up, 90% of what they ate came from the farm. Over time, with pressure from conventional agriculture, his family began to change the way they farmed. They found themselves needing things they never needed before, such as an increase in agrochemicals, synthetic fertilizers and pharmaceutical drugs for livestock, including antibiotics and feed supplements.

“I was convinced I had to keep up with the times,” says Williams. But as things progressed, he realized his farm was having more and more problems. In spite of all the research, the implementation of new crop chemicals, fertilizers and livestock drugs, things on the farm were degenerating, he says. Instead of solving their problems, Williams realized industrial farming practices were constantly putting a tiny bandage on a gushing wound.

Williams is a sixth-generation farmer turned regenerative agriculture consultant. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in animal science from Clemson University and a Ph.D. in livestock genetics from Louisiana State University.

Williams has written more than 400 scientific articles as well as consulted with more than 4,200 farmers and ranchers in the U.S. on topics such as soil health, cover-cropping, livestock integration, adaptive forage, grazing management and pasture-based meat production.2

A champion of grass fed beef, Williams helps farmers implement grazing techniques that build healthy soil for better water retention, reduced runoff, increased productivity, healthier food and enhanced plant and wildlife biodiversity. He also developed many of the original techniques now adapted by the grass fed sector.3

Suicide Rates Soar Among American Farmers

The featured film touches on the hardships of farming, noting unusually high suicide rates within the occupation. An article published by The Guardian in December 2018 reported that the suicide rate for farmers is more than double that of veterans.4

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which published the data, has since retracted the information, stating their numbers “might be inaccurate” as a result of coding errors.5 Still, it remains certain that farmer suicide is a burgeoning issue not only in the U.S. but around the world. The Guardian reports:

“The U.S. farmer suicide crisis echoes a much larger farmer suicide crisis happening globally: an Australian farmer dies by suicide every four days; in the U.K., one farmer a week takes his or her own life; in France, one farmer dies by suicide every two days; in India, more than 270,000 farmers have died by suicide since 1995.”

American farmers are struggling to make a living. They are struggling to maintain equity and have a viable business that they can pass down to their children and grandchildren, says Williams. Annual operating loans keep many farmers in an endless cycle of debt, and the Farm Bill is largely to blame. It forces farmers to grow crops the government will insure. This took diversity out of farming, he says.

Data from the Chicago Federal Reserve found that 7% of farm borrowers in the Chicago Fed district, which consists of all of Iowa and most of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin, were struggling to repay operating loans that help buy seed, pay rent and fund equipment.6

One of the biggest fears among farmers is that they will be the generation who failed and lost the farm, says Williams, adding that at one time his own family farm, a multigenerational tradition, was at risk of collapse.

Fortunately, there’s a solution in regenerative agriculture, and the best part is that farmers can start implementing practices at no cost that offer big benefits, such as relieving financial burdens, particularly in the form of chemical inputs, and will increase productivity within the first year, explains Williams.

Cover Cropping: The Road to Regeneration

The Breitkreutzes are one of many examples of family farms that are leading the way in the transition to regenerative agriculture. “Farmer’s Footprint” highlights the journey of how they kicked chemicals to the curb and transitioned from conventional farming to regenerative agriculture.

Together, Grant, Dawn and their daughter Carly farm their land in Redwood Falls, Minnesota. “We basically went back to the way my dad’s grandfather used to farm,” says Carly. The family provides a clear example of how to escape the burdens of annual operating loans.

One of the first steps they took to transition to regenerative agriculture was to convert a monoculture cover crop into a highly complex and diverse cover crop. It was a game-changer. Almost overnight, the family went from having cover crop failures to cover crop success.

Cover crops and other regenerative practices, such as no-till and purposeful livestock grazing, help build healthy soil. Planting cover crops is an important first step, as the average conventional farmer is losing between 3 and 4 tons of topsoil per acre each year, notes the film.

Gail Fuller, a regenerative farmer from Kansas, found that from 1981 to 2003, his farmland experienced 5 tons of soil erosion each year — or a loss of 145,000 tons of topsoil, according to data from the state’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. He estimates the loss to have cost him $2.9 million.7

The rule of thumb for cover crops is to have no bare ground. Keeping the soil covered promotes soil microorganisms, such as nematodes, protozoa and mycorrhizal fungi, and leads to fewer inputs and more productive soils.

Healthy Soil Equals Healthy People

Healthy soil means healthy food, and that translates to healthy people. When the soil is full of life, we are full of life. This is due to a highly diverse and complex ecosystem known as the soil microbiome. Did you know there are more microorganisms in a teaspoon of healthy soil than there are people on this planet?8

That’s a lot of microbes, many of which and their functions are not yet fully understood. But what we do know is that the human microbiome, made up of trillions of microbes such as bacteria, fungi and protozoa, is often referred to as our “second brain,” as it regulates a number of important bodily processes including digestion, immune system function and brain function.9 

The human microbiome and the soil microbiome function similarly. As organic farming pioneer Patrick Holden of the Sustainable Food Trust puts it, soil is essentially the stomach of the plant. He wrote in a blog in 2015:10

“The layer of healthy topsoil, thriving with microorganisms, which covers much of the land’s surface, is in effect a vast digestive system — the collective stomach of all plants, breaking down soil nutrients into bio-available forms that plants can absorb.

The rhizosphere, or root ball, is the gut of the plant and the zone where plant roots and soil organisms interact in a whole variety of biotic, symbiotic and pathogenic relationships to enable these organisms to do their work. Without the presence of microorganisms, the mechanics of the digestive system can still function to a certain degree.

Purging our intestines of microorganisms through antibiotic use will not stop us from digesting food, just as bypassing the soil ecosystem through using chemical fertilisers or hydroponics will still stimulate plant growth. However, the long-term vitality and health of plants, animals and people is centrally dependent on the presence and diversity of microorganisms, in the soil and gut respectively.”

Glyphosate and GMOs: The Smoking Gun

The featured film introduces Bush, who left behind a career of treating patients in clinics to go into the field and provide education and raise awareness about our degenerative food and farming system, which he says is the root cause of soaring rates of cancer and chronic disease in the U.S.

Between 1996 and 2007, there was a complete reversal of the U.S. cancer map, says Bush. “To see an entire population respond in a single decade to a sudden explosion of cancer suggests that we did something similar to Chernobyl — that some massive environmental injury is likely to have led to this explosive rise in cancer,” he says.

Upon taking a closer look, Bush and his team identified the introduction of Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller on food crops as the event that may have triggered the rise in cancer rates.

He first compared the glyphosate spraying maps to the cancer death maps, but they didn’t superimpose. However, once he added in the tributaries of the Mississippi River, and saw that up to 85% of all the glyphosate sprayed in the U.S. was draining into a single water system, a lightbulb went off.

“If this is the most prevalent antibiotic in our environment that’s decimating the microbiome in our soils, then maybe we had a smoking gun, maybe this is the event that really transformed public health,” he says.

Glyphosate and the Destruction of the Family Farm

It wasn’t until 1996, when genetically modified crops were first introduced, that glyphosate became a commodity in agriculture. Prior to that, the weedkiller was used by farmers and homeowners alike, but much more sparingly due to the fact that it kills everything it touches. Things changed with the release of Roundup Ready crops, which led to the use of glyphosate as a crop treatment, says Bush. Since then, glyphosate use has risen almost fifteenfold. According to the Detox Project:11

“Enough glyphosate was applied in 2014 to spray over three-quarters of a pound of glyphosate active ingredient on every harvested acre of cropland in the U.S., and remarkably, almost one-half pound per acre on all cropland worldwide (0.53 kilogram/hectare).”

The more chemicals that are used, the more degraded our soil becomes. This is bad news for farmers. The inability to produce healthy food that also brings a profit, is putting immense pressure on our nation’s farmers. According to Bush:

“We’re looking at the end of this family farm tradition. As they collapse, we open ourselves up to vulnerability because it’s these multinational organizations that move in with money from China, South America or Russia.

They’re coming in to buy up massive swaths of the most fertile areas and they’re owning our own land, which means it’s no longer owned by Americans, let alone the farmers themselves.

It makes absolutely no sense from any stance of homeland security or national safety. And if we look at this ever-expanding dependence and machine of mega-farming scale, we become very prone to catastrophic failures of the delivery system.

‘It Takes a Mega Industry to Screw Up That Big’

Bush points to the 12 million pounds of beef that were recalled in 2018 due to Salmonella contamination.12 “These invasive bacteria are a symptom of the collapse of the greater microbiome in cows,” says Bush, adding:

“It takes a mega industry to screw up that big, to make us that vulnerable. As the scale grows of the farm, we should not be deluded that [it] means safety. It means danger. It means an extreme dependence on an extremely tenuous situation.”

The good news is that through regenerative agriculture, which is growing in popularity, we can turn all of this around. Farmers have an opportunity to overcome the fear, transform their soils, and reclaim their right to grow healthy food, says Bush.13

Nobody knows better than a good farmer that we are simply the tip of the iceberg of biology when it comes to life on this planet, he says. A farmer knows that their cattle, their livestock and their plants have an interdependence that stems deep within the soil.

It is for this reason that farmers hold the key to restoring public health and eliminating our epidemic of cancer and chronic disease. If we destroy our soils, then we destroy ourselves. Bush said it best in a recent post on his Facebook page:

“Regenerative agriculture is not just a soil issue, it is a human health issue. With the loss of our soil ecosystems, our food lacks nutrients that our bodies need for healthy function. Every consumer, family, farm, and business need to reorient priorities to consider the soil first. It’s our health that is at stake.”

“Farmer’s Footprint” is aiming to regenerate 5 million acres of farmland by 2025. Check out their Facebook page to learn more.

Turmeric Tea May Help Relieve Inflammation and More

Both belonging to the Zingiberaceae family,1 ginger and turmeric are usually either compared or wrongly interchanged with each other. However, the popularity of turmeric as a superfood has been snowballing through the years, with numerous scientific studies focusing on the active compounds the root contains.

This spice has been used since ancient times, dating as far back as 4,000 years ago. It was primarily utilized to combat different conditions brought on by inflammation.2 Nowadays, turmeric is widely available in stores and health shops, whether fresh or incorporated into numerous products, one of the most popular being turmeric tea.

Turmeric tea may be used to alleviate numerous conditions and assist in the treatment of many others. To learn more about this tea, its benefits, nutrition facts and correct storage, continue reading this article.

What Is Turmeric Tea?

You’ve probably seen the bright yellow-orange powder during one of your trips to the grocery store. With its striking color, it’s hard to miss this spice. But aside from its eye-catching appearance, the reasons you should be attracted to this spice shouldn’t stop there.

Turmeric, dubbed as “the golden spice,”3 is one of the most beneficial spices in the culinary world, which is largely due to the astounding amounts of curcumin it contains, its principal bioactive component.4 According to a 2017 study published in the journal Foods, curcumin contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that may assist in alleviating arthritis, metabolic syndrome and hyperlipidemia.5

This spice can be added to numerous recipes to boost both the flavor and the nutritional content, but one of the easiest ways to add turmeric into your diet is by brewing turmeric tea. Turmeric is available in the market as fresh root, turmeric tea bags or as powder, all of which can be used to brew tea. Opting for fresh turmeric root allows you to extract as many nutrients as you can.

Three Potential Health Benefits You May Get From Turmeric Tea

Aside from being a soothing drink, turmeric tea offers numerous healthy components and nutrients. Drinking turmeric tea will provide you with a plethora of health benefits, some of which include:

Helps alleviate symptoms of osteoarthritis — According to a 2017 study from the Journal Of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, turmeric-containing products were found to significantly improve pain, stiffness and functionality difficulties in patients with osteoarthritis.6

A 2016 study from Drug Design, Development and Therapy showed that curcuminoids and curcumin extracts helped alleviate pain and improved both physical function and quality of life.7

May help improve behavioral symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia — A 2012 study from Ayu found that the daily administration of turmeric to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia patients helped reduce irritability, agitation, anxiety, apathy and other Alzheimer’s disease symptoms.8

Provides an immune system boost — According to a 2018 study from the Journal of Cellular Physiology, curcumin affects numerous immune cells, including natural killer cells and B lymphocytes, supporting the body against immune system-related diseases.9

Caffeine Content in Turmeric Tea

If you’re sensitive to caffeine, the good news is that turmeric tea does not contain any.10 In fact, drinking turmeric tea may even help alleviate symptoms of sleep deprivation. A 2008 animal study published in Phytomedicine showed that curcumin extracts helped shield mice from oxidative damage and behavior alterations brought on by sleep deprivation.11

Here’s How You Can Make Your Own Turmeric Tea

If you want to reap the benefits of turmeric tea, here’s how you can brew it at home:

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons ground, grated or powdered turmeric

Procedure

  1. Add ground turmeric to boiling water.
  2. Simmer the mixture for about 10 minutes.
  3. Strain the tea into a teapot. Allow it to cool for five minutes. Serve.

(Recipe from Medical News Today12)

You can also try a tea combination of ginger and turmeric to benefit from the nutritional components of both of these roots. Here’s a recipe you can follow:

Turmeric-Ginger Tea

Ingredient

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Splash of grass fed organic milk
  • Raw honey, to taste

Procedure

  1. Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan.
  2. Add the turmeric and ginger.
  3. Reduce heat and let simmer for about 10 minutes.
  4. Stir in milk. Strain tea into a cup.
  5. Add raw honey to taste. Serve hot.

(Recipe adapted from The Kitchn13)

How to Correctly Store Turmeric Tea

Turmeric tea is usually brewed using turmeric powder, which is made from ground dried turmeric root. The powder is widely available, and may be bought from numerous grocery stores and health food shops.

To correctly store turmeric powder without the risk of it clumping together or becoming stale, make sure that you keep it in an airtight, sealed container. Keep the container in a cool, dark place, away from direct sunlight or heat to keep it potent for a longer time.14

Side Effects of Turmeric Tea You Should Look Out For

While turmeric tea may help maintain good health, note that it can also cause detrimental side effects. These include the following:15

Upset stomach — While turmeric tea or other turmeric products may assist digestion, it may also cause discomfort or problems by promoting gastric juice production. Large amounts of turmeric may also trigger gastrointestinal irritation.

Blood thinning effects — Turmeric has blood-thinning properties, which may heighten your risk of bleeding. If you’re currently on blood thinners or you’re drinking other herbs with blood-thinning capabilities, consult with your doctor to ensure that adding turmeric tea into your diet is safe.

Miscarriage — Pregnant women should avoid drinking turmeric tea as it may increase their risk of preterm birth or miscarriages. Consumption of turmeric may stimulate the uterus or promote a menstrual period.16

If you’re planning on drinking turmeric tea or adding turmeric as a spice to your dishes, it’s highly recommended that you consult a physician before doing so. This will help you avoid endangering either you or your child.

Take a Sip of Turmeric Tea and Enjoy Its Many Benefits

As a spice, turmeric offers some of the most impressive health components, and the increasing availability of it in the market is making it easier for people to reap its benefits. Hence, it’s no surprise that turmeric tea offers the same health advantages.

If you’re trying to live a healthier life, adding turmeric tea to your daily routine would be a great idea. Just make sure that you take all the factors into consideration to avoid its potential side effects.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Turmeric Tea

Q: Where can I buy turmeric tea?

A: You can buy turmeric tea from numerous health food stores and online shops.17 The availability of this tea has been increasing in the market, as more and more people are finding out about turmeric’s health benefits. While numerous countries require pesticide residue testing for turmeric to safeguard quality, it would still be best that you choose organic turmeric when loading up your supply.18

Q: How often should I drink turmeric tea?

A: It’s important to note that turmeric tea is a potent drink. According to Organic Facts, limiting your intake to one cup each day may help you avoid its potential side effects.19 If you want to increase the amount, make sure that you consult a medical practitioner.

Q: Can I put plain turmeric powder in my tea?

A: Yes. There are numerous ways that you can add turmeric to your everyday drinks. You can add it to tea, coffee, milk or even shakes.20

Q: Can I use fresh turmeric for brewing tea?

A: You have the option of using turmeric powder, tea bags or raw, grated turmeric. The amount you use depends on your tea strength preference.21


What Are the Potential Risks and Benefits of Nitroglycerin?

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. and was responsible for 840,768 deaths in 2016.1 According to the American College of Cardiology,2 these numbers decreased by 18.6% between 2006 and 2016. However, the annual financial cost continues to be high, estimated at $351.2 billion in 2014-2015.

The World Health Organization3 estimates 17.9 million people die every year from cardiovascular disease and it is responsible for 31% of all deaths worldwide. Of these deaths, 85% are due to heart attacks and stroke.

The American Heart Association4 reports health behaviors affecting heart disease include tobacco use, physical inactivity, poor nutrition and excess weight. Other risk factors include high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome and kidney disease.

Nitroglycerin is a medication prescribed for sudden chest pain, in the hope of alleviating a heart attack. Before discussing the risks and benefits of the medication, it’s helpful to understand why it’s prescribed and how it works.

How the Heart Works

Your heart is a muscular organ at the center of your circulatory system, which consists of a network of blood vessels carrying blood, nutrients and oxygen around your body5 This hard-working muscle beats 100,000 times each day, 35 million times every year and delivers 6 quarts of blood every minute throughout your body.6

In different terms, the heart pumps 2,000 gallons of blood every day or enough to fill more than three supertankers in your lifetime. Your heart is located under your rib cage toward the center of your chest and the size will vary depending upon your age and the condition of your heart. Normally an adult heart is the size of an average clenched adult fist.7

Your heart is divided into four chambers, two stacked on top of two more. There is a partition wall between the right and left side known as the septum. Each side is divided into an upper and lower chamber. The upper chamber on both sides is known as the atrium and the lower chamber is referred to as the ventricle.8

The right side of the heart, which includes the right atrium and right ventricle, pumps blood to the lungs, where the blood picks up oxygen and is then returned to the left side of the heart. The blood enters the left atrium, flows into the left ventricle and is then pumped out to the rest of the body.

To accomplish this work consistently, your heart muscle also requires blood, nutrients and oxygen, which are delivered through the coronary arteries. There are two main coronary arteries feeding the left and right side of the heart, which divide into two more arteries and continue to divide in order to feed the heart muscle.9

If you suffer from coronary artery disease, it may have serious implications to the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the heart muscle. When the heart muscle loses oxygen supply while working it triggers pain, called angina.

If left unchecked it may lead to a heart attack and possibly death. The most common form of coronary artery disease is atherosclerosis, a buildup of plaque on the inner lining of the artery reducing the size of the area in the artery blood may move, essentially blocking blood flow.10

Nitroglycerin Alleviates Angina by Relaxing Your Arteries

Nitroglycerin is the oldest and most commonly used short-acting agent to treat angina (chest pain). It may be prescribed to treat episodes of chest pain when you suffer coronary artery disease, or narrowing of the blood vessels supplying blood to the heart.11

In some cases, individuals may use nitroglycerin before undertaking activities they believe may trigger an episode of angina, in order to prevent it from occurring and potentially avert a heart attack.12

Nitroglycerin falls under a class of medication called vasodilators as they work by relaxing the blood vessels, reducing the workload on the heart, reducing the oxygen demand, and opening the coronary arteries to allow more oxygen delivery to the heart. Nitroglycerin was discovered more than 150 years ago and belongs to a group of drugs known as nitrates.13

Organic nitrates, such as nitroglycerin, may be rapidly absorbed into the body. The compound is a prodrug metabolized to produce an active metabolite, nitric oxide.14 Nitric oxide then triggers vasodilation through an effect on the vascular smooth muscle cells and impairs platelet activation.

Nitroglycerin may also trigger vasodilation by other indirect mechanisms, such as the regulation of organic nitrate-induced smooth muscle cell relaxation or the increase of the activity of histone acetylases.15

Life-Saving Drug Also Has Some Risk

As you might imagine, the release of nitric oxide in the body is not limited to the coronary arteries. Nitroglycerin is the first line treatment for angina or acute myocardial infarction as vasodilation reduces ischemic damage and increases blood flow to the myocardium.

However, as some use nitroglycerin preventatively, continuous delivery may result in an increased tolerance, which then limits the usefulness of the drug. Tolerance is due in part to inactivation of an enzyme — aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 (ALDH2) — responsible for converting nitroglycerin to nitric oxide.16

Additionally, sustained treatment may affect the myocardial cells’ ability to remain viable following ischemia and therefore result in a larger infarct size during a myocardial infarction, or heart attack. Scientists have found administration of alda-1, an activator of ALDH2, along with nitroglycerin improved metabolism and prevented induced cardiac dysfunction following infarction in an animal study.17

Although nitroglycerin is widely used, the American Heart Association finds tachycardia (rapid heart rate) is a contraindication for administration. Research published in Prehospital Emergency Care18 sought to understand whether nitroglycerin administered for chest pain was a predictor of low blood pressure (hypotension) in those suffering tachycardia, as there has been limited evidence.

They used a retrospective cohort study of patient care reports by Basic Life Support (BLS) providers in a Canadian EMS system over two years. Data showed patients experiencing hypotension before hospitalization while being treated by BLS providers was infrequent.

However, while the risk was low, those patients with tachycardia treated with nitroglycerin had a significant increase in the relative risk of hypotension. It occurred most frequently in those with lower blood pressure before nitroglycerin administration, which the researchers suggest may be included in guidelines for future use.19

Use Nitroglycerin Responsibly

Short-acting nitroglycerin may complement other antianginal therapy in those suffering refractory or recurrent angina, with or without myocardial revascularization. Researchers have found20 administration prophylactically increases walking time during treadmill testing and suppresses or delays ST-segment depression.

This increase in exercise tolerance improves quality of life. When someone experiences intense chest pain, it is crucial to resolve the symptom as quickly as possible. While nitroglycerin does not cure atherosclerosis or other coronary artery disease, it will restore oxygen to the myocardium and reduce the potential for a myocardial infarction and heart cell death.21

There are several formulations of nitroglycerin available in fast-acting forms.22 An aerosol spray or pump spray is a device used to spray fluid under the tongue as an individual experiences angina. Care should be taken the individual does not inhale the spray.

A sublingual packet contains 400 micrograms of powder, which should be dissolved under the tongue at the onset of angina. Tablets may be placed under the tongue or between the gum and cheek, and will dissolve and absorb through the tissues of the mouth. Those who have dry mouth may benefit from nitroglycerin spray instead.

None of these formulations should be swallowed or inhaled. Nitroglycerin will absorb quickly through mouth tissue and provide faster relief than being swallowed and absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract. Once administered, avoid any rinsing or spitting for at least five minutes to ensure all the medication is been absorbed.

Nitroglycerin may be taken at five-minute intervals; however, if no relief is experienced after three doses, seek immediate medical attention.23 Nitroglycerin patches provide continuous treatment, usually delivered at 0.8 mg per hour. The patches are used in 12 hour increments. Most use the patch during the day and remove it at night.

Nitroglycerin ointment is also available but should be applied using a dose measuring applicator and not with bare hands as this increases the amount of the medication absorbed. Although primarily used for angina, nitroglycerin also comes as a rectal ointment for the treatment of anal fissures.24 The drug increases blood flow to the area and speeds healing.

Blocked Arteries Are One Symptom of a Diffuse Systemic Disease

It is important to remember when atherosclerosis appears in the coronary arteries, it’s likely also building in other areas of the body. Blockage in the coronary arteries is just one manifestation of a larger and more diffuse systemic disease process.

According to the American Heart Association,25 coronary heart disease develops as plaque blocks the coronary arteries and triggers ischemia. Traditional risk factors include high blood pressure, family history, diabetes and smoking. Being postmenopausal (for women) and obese may also be risk factors.

The risk factors for cardiovascular disease, affecting your coronary arteries, peripheral arteries and risk of stroke and heart attack, are the same.26 While many consider high cholesterol a culprit in cardiovascular disease, I believe the issue is not as simple as looking at one number in your cholesterol panel.

Instead, it is important to remember cholesterol is necessary for the production of hormones,27 vitamin D28 and the manufacture of cell membranes;29 75% of the cholesterol found in your body is made by your liver and 25% of it is found in your brain.30

Better indicators of heart disease are your high-density lipoprotein (HDL)-to-cholesterol ratio and your triglyceride-to-HDL ratio. To determine your HDL to cholesterol ratio, divide your HDL level by your total cholesterol. Ideally, the percentage should be 24% and above. Levels registering 10% and below indicate a significant heart disease risk.

Your triglyceride-to-HDL ratio is achieved by dividing your triglycerides by your HDL level and should ideally measure below 2. Additional factors that have a great influence on your cardiovascular health are your iron level, insulin resistance and chronic inflammation. High iron and insulin resistance both trigger chronic inflammatory processes in your body.

An excess amount of iron causes damage to mitochondria when the iron reacts with hydrogen peroxide, a normal part of energy production, forming hydroxyl free radicals. Elevated iron is also linked to dysfunctional glucose metabolism,31 raising your risk of diabetes at a magnitude similar to obesity.32

High iron levels raise your risk of metabolic syndrome,33 a condition associated with an increased risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.34 In other words, a high iron level increases your risk of mitochondrial dysfunction, obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure, all of which are linked to cardiovascular disease and coronary artery disease.

Unfortunately, high iron is a vastly overlooked factor in heart disease, which is why I recommend keeping an eye on your iron level by getting it measured annually. To learn more, see “Top 4 Reasons to Check Your Iron Level, Not Your Cholesterol.”

18 Ways Julian Assange Changed the World

Julian Assange and WikiLeaks revealed the American military’s war crimes, the American government’s corruption and the American corporate media’s pathetic servile flattery to the power elite.

A supporter of Julian Assange, with a poster of the WikiLeaks founder, joins other protesters to block a major road in front of Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Thursday, May 2, 2019. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is facing court over a U.S. request to extradite him for alleged computer hacking. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

By Lee Camp,

Julian Assange is a dick. It’s important you understand that.

Assange and WikiLeaks revealed the American military’s war crimes, the American government’s corruption and the American corporate media’s pathetic servile flattery to the power elite. So, if you’re a member of our ruling class, you would view those as textbook examples of dickery.

In a moment I’m going to list all the ways Julian Assange changed the world by being a dick.

In an evolved and fully realized society, the oligarchy would see Assange as a dangerous criminal (which they do), and the average working men and women would view him as justice personified (which they don’t). We would celebrate him even as the mass media told us to hope for his downfall—like a Batman or a Robin Hood or an Ozzy Osbourne (the early years, not the cleaning-dog-turds-off-his-carpet years).

But we are not evolved and this is not Gotham City and average Americans don’t root for the truth. Many Americans cheer for Assange’s imprisonment. They believe the corporate plutocratic talking points and yearn for the days when we no longer have to hear about our country’s crimes against humanity or our bankers’ crimes against the economy. Subconsciously they must believe that a life in which we’re tirelessly exploited by rich villains and know all about it thanks to the exhaustive efforts of an eccentric Australian is worse than one in which we’re tirelessly exploited by rich villains yet know nothing about it.

“Ignorance is bliss” is the meditative mantra of the United States of America.

Julian Assange has been arrested and is now locked away in British custody. The U.S. government wants to extradite him, regardless of the official version, for the crime of revealing our government’s crimes. Nearly every government on our third rock from the sun despises the man for bringing transparency to the process of ruling the unwashed masses. (The level of wash has, however, increased thanks to aggressive marketing campaigns from a variety of shampoo brands.)

It is politically inconvenient at this time for the screaming corporate news to remind our entire citizenry what exactly WikiLeaks has done for us. So you won’t see the following list of WikiLeaks’ accomplishments anywhere on your corporate airwaves—in the same way the mainstream media did not begin every report about Chelsea Manning’s trial with a rundown of the war crimes she helped reveal.

And Chelsea Manning’s most famous leak is arguably also WikiLeaks’ most famous leak, so it’ll top this list:

1) That would be the notorious Collateral Murder video, showing U.S. air crew gunning down unarmed Iraqi civilians with an enthusiasm that couldn’t be matched by an eight year-old winning a five-foot-tall stuffed animal at the county fair. They murdered between 12 and 18 innocent people, two of them Reuters journalists.

Zero people have been arrested for the collateral murders. Yet Julian Assange has been arrested for revealing them.

2) WikiLeaks brought us the Guantanamo Bay “Camp Delta Standard Operating Procedures—showing that many of the prisoners held on the U.S. military detention facility were completely innocent, and that some were hidden from Red Cross officials. (Because when you’re torturing innocent people, you kinda want to do that in peace and quiet, away from prying eyes. It’s very easy to get distracted, and then you lose your place and have to start all over again.)

None of the soldiers torturing innocent people at Gitmo have been arrested for it. Yet Julian Assange has been arrested for revealing it.

3) Not content with revealing only war crimes, WikiLeaks in 2008 came out with the secret bibles of Scientology, which showed that aliens, um, run the world or … aliens are inside all of us or … aliens give us indigestion. I can’t really remember.

But no one has ever been arrested for perpetrating that nutbag cult. Yet Julian Assange has for revealing it.

Many people believe WikiLeaks has unveiled only crimes of the American government, but that’s completely false. The U.S. corporate media doesn’t want average Americans to understand that WikiLeaks has upped the level of transparency around the world.

4–9) WikiLeaks posted videos of Tibetan dissidents in China fighting back, videos which were not allowed to be viewed in China. They revealed the Peru oil scandal, and that Russia was spying on its citizens’ cell phones, and the Minton Report on toxic dumping in Africa, and the Syria Files—showing the inner workings of the Syrian government. And WikiLeaks displayed to the global audience a secret Australian supreme court gag order that stopped the Australian press from reporting on a huge bribery scandal that involved the central bank and international leaders.

Assange is hated by governments around the world. As much as they may like transparency, when it comes to other countries (specifically the United States), they don’t want their own particular pile of shit on full display. It’s kinda like when most people laugh heartily after an up-skirt photo of a celebrity is published in the tabloids, but at the same time, none of us want up-skirt photos of us all over the web. (I know I don’t because I haven’t shaved up there since Carter was in office.)

As far as I know, none of the political figures involved in these scandals have gone to prison for participating in them. Yet Julian Assange has for revealing them.

10)  Let’s not forget the Iraq War logs—hundreds of thousands of documents relating to America’s illegal invasion of Iraq, which we called a “war,” but I think a war needs to have two sides. Iraq’s elite Republican guard turned out to be three guys and a donkey … and the donkey didn’t even have good aim.

So far as I can tell, no one committing the war crimes evidenced in the Iraq War logs has been locked up for them. Yet Julian Assange has for revealing them.

11) WikiLeaks showed us the highly secretive Bilderberg Group meeting reports. The Bilderberg Group is made up of incredibly powerful men and women who get together and decide how to rule over all of us street people, all the while sitting on thrones made from the bones of the babies of nonbelievers. They’re often accused of being lizard people, but really they’re just regular ol’ sociopaths with lizard skin they purchased from a plastic surgeon in Malibu for half a million dollars.

I don’t think anyone from the Bilderberg Group is being tortured in solitary confinement right now. Yet Julian Assange is for revealing who they are.

12) The Barclays Bank tax avoidance scheme netted Barclays one billion pounds a year.

While it was ordered to pay 500 million pounds in lost taxes, no one was arrested for that theft from citizens. Yet Julian Assange was for revealing it.

13) The Afghan War Diaries consisted of 92,000 documents related to our destruction of Afghanistan. They detailed friendly fire incidents and civilian casualties. According to WikiLeaks, the diaries showed that “When reporting their own activities U.S. Units are inclined to classify civilian kills as insurgent kills, downplay the number of people killed or otherwise make excuses for themselves.”

It’s tough to read this without being floored at the comedy routine that our military actions have become. I picture this scenario happening every day in Afghanistan:

U.S. Soldier #1: This guy we just killed was an insurgent.
U.S. Soldier #2: How do you know?
U.S. Soldier #1: Because we killed him.
U.S. Soldier #2: Why’d we kill him?
U.S. Soldier #1: Because he’s an insurgent.
U.S. Soldier #2: How do you know?
U.S. Soldier #1: Because we killed him.

(Repeat until lightheaded.)

I am unaware of anyone locked away for these war crimes. Yet Julian Assange is locked away—for revealing them.

14) WikiLeaks also unveiled hundreds of thousands of U.S. State Department cables that showed more clearly than ever how our secretive government rules its empire with little to no input from the American people. Among many other things, the cables revealed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered diplomats to spy on French, British, Russian and Chinese delegations at the U.N. Security Council. It also showed that Arab nations urged the U.S. to strike Iran, and much more.

Our ruling elite of course view this as a massive breach of national security. That’s understandable. But that world view comes into play only if you think the elites are the only ones who should know how our nation is run. To answer this question for yourself, do the following experiment. Pull up a photo of Donald Trump—a really close-up image of his blister-colored, bulbous face. Now, look at it intensely for five minutes. … After you’ve done that, tell me you want the ruling elite to be the only ones who know what the fuck is going on. Go ahead and try it—I’ll wait.

Ostensibly, the concept of our government was that the ruling class would be accountable to us, the average Americans. To you and me. To the workers and the number crunchers. To the single moms and the cashiers and the street sweepers and the fluffers on the porn sets. We’re supposed to vote based on our knowledge of how our government is functioning. But if the entirety of our representatives’ criminal behavior is labeled top secret for national security purposes, then we aren’t really an informed populace, are we?

So for all that was unveiled in the State Department cables, no one has been locked up. But Julian Assange has been for revealing them.

15) The Stratfor emails—this was millions of emails that showed how a private intelligence agency was used by its U.S. corporate and government clients to target activists and protesters.

No one at Stratfor is currently locked away. But Julian Assange is for revealing the truth.

16) Then there’s the trade deals. TPP, TISA and TTIP—all three amount to one of the largest attempts at corporate takeover ever conceived. All three were more secretive than Donald Trump’s taxes. Government officials and corporate lawyers and lobbyists wrote every word in private. Not even Congress saw the Trans-Pacific Partnership until very late in the process. The only organization to show the American citizens (and European citizens) some of those documents before they were made into law? WikiLeaks.

WikiLeaks made us aware of the corporate restraints that were about to be placed on us, and that’s what allowed activists to pressure Trump to pull out of the TPP.

None of those secretive corporate titans are imprisoned for their attempted power grab, but Julian Assange is for revealing it.

17)  The DNC emails. I’ll explain for those of you who have been living in a cave that is itself inside a yellow-and-blue-makes-green sealed Tupperware container. The Democratic National Committee’s emails gave us proof concerning just how rigged the Democratic primaries really are. They proved the media was in bed with Hillary Clinton’s campaign. They even showed that Obama’s entire first-term cabinet was selected by Citibank. Yes, Citibank. (I would find it less offensive if his cabinet had been decided by a rabid raccoon, or the pus oozing out of Darth Vader’s face or Vince McMahon’s concussed frontal lobe.)

Whatever election integrity movement exists right now, it owes a lot to these revelations by WikiLeaks. After being sued over this matter, the DNC’s lawyers admitted in court that the DNC has no obligation to have a fair primary election. It’s their right to rig it.

But don’t try to get angry about this, because if you do, the CIA has a myriad ways to fuck up your life.

18) In 2017 WikiLeaks posted a trove of CIA documents called “Vault 7.” It detailed their capabilities, including remotely taking over cars, smart TVs, web browsers and smartphones.

After I found out about that, for a solid two weeks I thought, “Screw it. I’m going full Amish. One hundred percent. Let’s see the CIA hack my butter churn. Are they going to use backdoor software to get inside my rustic wooden bow-saw? Even if they could, what are they going to listen to—my conversation about how mee bobblin fraa redd up for rutschin’ ’round. Say no more! Schmunzla wunderbar!”

So is anybody at the CIA chained up for violating our privacy in every way possible? No, but Julian Assange is for revealing it.

By thrusting the truth upon the people of earth, WikiLeaks helped create movements worldwide like the Arab Spring and Occupy. And don’t forget, at first WikiLeaks and Assange were celebrated for their amazing work. In 2011 even Amnesty International hailed WikiLeaks as one of the Arab Spring catalysts. The Guardian said: “The year 2010 may well be remembered as a watershed year when activists and journalists used new technology to speak truth to power and, in so doing, pushed for greater respect for human rights. … It is also the year when repressive governments faced the real possibility that their days were numbered.”

So why have so many outlets and people turned against Assange and WikiLeaks? Because it turned out he wasn’t revealing only repressive Arab regimes. He also revealed U.S.-backed coups and war crimes around the world. He exposed the criminality and villainy of the American ruling elite.

Nothing published on WikiLeaks has ever been proven untrue. Compare that record to CNN, MSNBC, Fox News or any mainstream outlet. Assange has been nominated for multiple Nobel Peace Prizes, and nearly every respected media outlet has used source material from WikiLeaks in their reporting. Yet after all this and after seven years in captivity, the man who laid bare our criminal leaders and showed each one of us our chains is not receiving parades and accolades. He and those who helped him reveal the truth are the only ones endlessly punished.

We are all Julian Assange. As long as he’s imprisoned, we can never be free.

Feature photo | A supporter of Julian Assange, with a poster of the WikiLeaks founder, joins other protesters to block a major road in front of Westminster Magistrates Court in London, May 2, 2019. Frank Augstein | AP

Lee Camp is an American stand-up comedian, writer, actor and activist. Camp is the host of the weekly comedy news TV show “Redacted Tonight With Lee Camp” on RT America. He is a former comedy writer for the Onion and the Huffington Post and has been a touring stand-up comic for 20 years.

 

STDs Still Skyrocketing – and Becoming Untreatable

By Dr. Joseph Mercola,

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) continue to rise steeply in the U.S., and 2017 marked the fourth year in a row that this has been the case.

In fact, the number of STDs in the U.S. in 2017 surpassed the previous record set in 2016 by more than 200,000 cases, such that close to 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were diagnosed, the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed.1

Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director of the CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention, noted that “we are sliding backward,” as cases of STDs in the U.S. were in decline until the 1970s, at which point the trend reversed.2 “It is evident the systems that identify, treat and ultimately prevent STDs are strained to near-breaking point,” he said.3

It’s especially curious that STD rates are rising, as separate research suggests Americans are having less sex overall.4 A study in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, published in November 2017, suggested American adults had sex about nine fewer times per year in the early 2010s compared to the late 1990s.5

If this trend has continued, then what’s behind the rising rates of STDs? Likely, according to Gail Bolan, director of the CDC’s Division of STD Prevention, a rise in riskier sex practices, like not using condoms, along with high-risk sex associated with opioid use and addiction.6

Others suggest lack of funding for federal STD prevention programs and STD clinics is partly to blame, as people may be less likely to seek STD screening and treatment in a private setting (their physician’s office).7 Whatever the cause, what’s clear is that multiple populations may be threatened by these rising infection rates, especially as more cases turn out to be untreatable due to drug-resistance.

Gonorrhea, Syphilis and Chlamydia Increase Sharply

From 2013 to 2017, the three common STDs that follow showed striking increases:

Gonorrhea:

Cases increased 67 percent during the study period, rising to 555,608 cases in 2017. Diagnoses among men nearly doubled, although cases among women are also increasing. Gonorrhea often causes no symptoms, but in men it may lead to a burning sensation when urinating, discharge (white, yellow or green) from the penis or painful or swollen testicles. Rarely, it may lead to infertility.

In women, gonorrhea may cause vaginal bleeding or discharge or painful urination, but often causes no symptoms at all. Left untreated, the infection can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which can cause infertility, ectopic pregnancy and pelvic or abdominal pain.

Untreated gonorrhea can also increase your risk of HIV infection.8 In pregnant women, gonorrhea can be transmitted to their baby during delivery, leading to blindness, joint infection or a life-threatening blood infection in the baby.9 Rectal infections with gonorrhea may lead to anal discharge, itching, soreness and bleeding or painful bowel movements.

Syphilis: 

Cases increased 76 percent from 2013 to 2017, with men who have sex with men making up nearly 70 percent of the cases in which the gender of the sex partner was known. These numbers account for both primary and secondary syphilis cases, which are the most infectious stages of the disease.

During primary syphilis, a painless sore (or sores) occur at the site of infection, typically on the genitals, around the anus or in the mouth. In the secondary phase, symptoms including rash, swollen lymph nodes and fever, but may be so mild that you don’t notice.

The initial sore will typically disappear in three to six weeks, and the infection can enter a latent stage for years without any symptoms.

Syphilis can also be transmitted to a baby during pregnancy. In rare cases, if left untreated, 10 to 30 years after the initial infection, syphilis can enter the tertiary stage that causes internal organ damage and possibly death. It can also lead to neurosyphilis or ocular syphilis, in which your brain, nervous system and eyes can be damaged.10

Chlamydia:

Chlamydia was the most common STD reported to the CDC, with more than 1.7 million cases diagnosed in 2017. Forty-five percent of cases occurred among 15- to 24-year-old females. Chlamydia often causes no symptoms. When it does, it may lead to abnormal vaginal discharge or burning during urination in women or, for men, discharge from the penis, burning during urination and painful or swollen testicles.

If left untreated, chlamydia can lead to PID, causing damage to a woman’s reproductive system leading to infertility or ectopic pregnancy. It can also be transmitted to your baby during childbirth. Untreated chlamydia may also increase your risk of HIV.

As for whether or not the trend will continue, Dr. Edward Hook, endowed professor of infectious disease translational research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Medicine, told CNN, “It’s important to remember that while these are preliminary data, and the data are eight months out of date, there’s absolutely no reason to think that the increases that are being described by the CDC haven’t continued into 2018.”11

Drug-Resistant STDs are Rising

For now, chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis can be treated with antibiotics, provided a person realizes they’re infected and seeks treatment. However, this may not be the case for long, as drug-resistant infections are becoming more common. This is particularly true with gonorrhea, which has become resistant to virtually every class of antibiotics available, except for ceftriaxone.

The CDC recommends a dual therapy approach consisting of an injection of ceftriaxone followed by an oral dose of azithromycin to treat gonorrhea, which is intended to keep ceftriaxone working against the infection as long as possible.

However, the CDC now found that gonorrhea may be developing resistance to azithromycin. Azithromycin-resistant gonorrhea increased from 1 percent in 2013 to more than 4 percent in 2017. According to the report:12

“The finding adds concerns that azithromycin-resistant genes in some gonorrhea could crossover into strains of gonorrhea with reduced susceptibility to ceftriaxone — and that a strain of gonorrhea may someday surface that does not respond to ceftriaxone.

‘We expect gonorrhea will eventually wear down our last highly effective antibiotic, and additional treatment options are urgently needed,’ said Gail Bolan, M.D., director of CDC’s Division of STD Prevention. ‘We can’t let our defenses down — we must continue reinforcing efforts to rapidly detect and prevent resistance as long as possible.’”

Syphilis is also resistant to azithromycin, the second drug of choice for this infection, and research looking at syphilis samples from the U.S., South America, Europe, Africa and Australasia found both of the two main strains of syphilis have developed antibiotic resistance.

Super Gonorrhea Already Exists Worldwide

It’s likely only a matter of time before “super gonorrhea” appears in the U.S. In the U.K., for instance, the first case of gonorrhea that’s resistant to both ceftriaxone and azithromycin has already been reported.13 The man was diagnosed in early 2018, and it’s believed he contracted the infection via sexual activity with a person in Southeast Asia about a month prior.

Dr. Gwenda Hughes, consultant scientist and head of the sexually transmitted infection section at Public Health England (PHE), said in a statement, “[The infection] … is very resistant to the recommended first-line treatment … This is the first time a case has displayed such high-level resistance to both of these drugs and to most other commonly used antibiotics.”14

The patient was treated with an intravenous antibiotic called ertapenem, which is related to ceftriaxone.15 Further, in a study of 77 countries, WHO reported widespread resistance to ciprofloxacin, with 97 percent of countries reporting drug-resistant strains, and increasing resistance to azithromycin, with 81 percent of countries reporting resistance.

Overall, 66 percent of countries had seen gonorrhea strains resistant to extended-spectrum cephalosporins (ESCs), oral cefixime or injectable ceftriaxone, the current last-resort treatments.

According to WHO, “Currently, in most countries, ESCs are the only single antibiotic that remain effective for treating gonorrhea. But resistance to cefixime — and more rarely to ceftriaxone — has now been reported in more than 50 countries.”16

Are Dating Apps a Contributor to Rising STD Rates?

Most talks of rising STD rates focus the blame on political issues (lack of funding), rising addiction rates (including to opioids) or less use of condoms, perhaps because fears of HIV/AIDs have dwindled in recent years. However, popular dating apps could also be playing a role, according to the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV, by encouraging people to change partners frequently.17

In one area in South Wales, cases of syphilis increased by fivefold over a four-month period, and the health board believed it could be due to more people using dating apps to meet up for unprotected sex. Because users often delete their partners’ profiles after meeting them, it’s also difficult to provide warnings if an STD is later diagnosed.18

Ultimately, it’s not the apps that are the problem, but the unprotected sex that may result from the meetings. If you use such apps responsibly and use condoms consistently with any new or casual partners, it can reduce your risk of STDs considerably, although condom use does not protect against every STD.

Being in a mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who does not have an STD will reduce your risk further, as will getting tested (both partners) prior to sexual intercourse with a new partner. Getting screened regularly is also important so you can get treatment promptly if an STD is diagnosed.

A Comprehensive Plan for Warding Off Antibiotic-Resistant Disease

Practicing safe sex practices is essential for avoiding STDs, but you can also bolster your immune defenses using the tips below so that, in the event you’re exposed to an antibiotic-resistant microbe of any kind, your body has a better chance of fighting it off:

Optimize your diet:

Avoid foods that tax your immune system such as synthetic trans fats, fried foods, processed foods, sugar and grains; reduce net carbohydrates (sugar, grains, fructose) and protein, replacing them with high-quality fats.

Most of your diet should be fresh, whole foods, like organic vegetables and grass fed meats and dairy, and beneficial fats, such as raw, grass fed butter and fermented dairy from grass-pastured animals, cheese, egg yolks and avocados. A great portion of your immune system resides in your GI tract, which depends on a healthy, balanced gut flora.

One of the best ways to support this is by incorporating naturally fermented foods into your diet, You can take a high-quality probiotic supplement, but the actual fermented foods offer the greatest benefit. You may also want to consider a ketogenic diet.

Exercise regularly:

Exercise improves the circulation of immune cells in your blood. The better these cells circulate, the more efficient your immune system is at locating and eliminating pathogens in your body.

Make sure your fitness plan incorporates weight training, high-intensity interval exercises, stretching and core work, and get plenty of nonexercise movement daily (strive to sit for fewer than three hours a day).

Get plenty of restorative sleep:

Sleep deprivation has the same effect on your immune system as physical stress or disease,19 which is why you may feel ill after a sleepless night.

Have good stress-busting outlets:

High levels of stress hormones can diminish your immunity, so be sure you’re implementing some sort of stress management. Meditation, prayer, yoga, and the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) are all excellent strategies for managing stress. (See: 10 Fun Ways To Reduce Your Cortisol Levels.)

Optimize your vitamin D levels:

Studies have shown that inadequate vitamin D can increase your risk for MRSA and other infections. Your best source of vitamin D is through exposing your skin to the sun. Monitor your vitamin D levels to confirm they’re in the therapeutic range, 60 to 80 ng/ml.

If you can’t get regular sunlight exposure, consider taking an oral vitamin D3 supplement. Just keep in mind that if you take high-dose vitamin D, you may also need to increase your intake of calcium, magnesium and vitamin K2 for proper balance.

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Don’t Be Too Quick to Believe the FBI’s Smear Attacks on Martin Luther King

Don’t be too quick to believe the FBI’s smear attacks on Martin Luther King… haven’t we already learned the FBI fabricates everything?

Over the last several days, conservative media outlets have been leaping on a report that claims FBI agents told each other that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had 40 extra-marital affairs and even stood by and laughed while his friend raped a woman.

In hearing these allegations, we must all remember that the FBI has zero credibility and took part in the attempted treason against President Trump via the Russia collusion hoax.

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Did the Sumerians Predict the End of the World?

People have been predicting the end of the world almost as long as the world has existed. Whether they thought the world would end far in the future or the very next day, there are a plethora of doomsday predictions to be found when studying ancient civilizations. One huge question is whether the Sumerians predicted the end of the world or not.

Many of those old prophecies have sparked modern intrigue. People connecting the old signs and interpreting possible dates to lead to the present or near future. In today’s day and age, we’ve all lived through the “end of the world” several times.

Some of these world-ending predictions are biblical, foretelling the rapture. Then there are other theories, like the widespread worry that the world would end in 2012 when the Mayan calendar ran out. The turn of the millennium, too, seems to spark some anxiety.

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