(Natural News) Your food supply is crucial for your survival when SHTF. By learning how to store your supplies the same way the pioneers did, you can extend the shelf life of various food items. (h/t to PreppersWill.com) American pioneers preserved and stored as much produce as they could to ensure that they had access to…
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Research published today in Nature Medicine by scientists at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has described a new immunotherapy approach, which led to a complete disappearance of tumors in a woman with advanced metastatic breast cancer who only had months to live.
The findings show how naturally-occurring tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) were extracted from the patient's tumor, grown outside of her body to boost their numbers and injected back into the patient to tackle the cancer.
The patient had previously received several treatments including hormone therapies and chemotherapy, but nothing had stopped the cancer progressing. After the treatment, all of the patient’s tumors disappeared and 22 months later, she is still in remission.
Researchers are particularly enthusiastic about the potential of TILs to treat a group of cancers termed ‘common epithelial cancers’, which include those of the colon, rectum, pancreas, breast and lung, together accounting for 90% of all deaths due to cancer in the U.S, around 540,000 people annually, most of these from metastatic disease.
T-cells extracted from a tumor, expanded and then re-introduced into the body have resulted in the disappearance of tumors in a woman with metastatic breast cancer
This is likely something that will continue to come up as the telescope corporation tries to get its equipment up the Mauna. I just noticed this and felt the desire to post it. OHA = Office of Hawaiian Affairs, which (sort of) represents Hawaiian interests. “Sort of”, because they are a State of Hawaii office. But it does represent some type of “push back” against what they are attempting to do on the Mauna.
As I walked by a newspaper dispenser yesterday, West Hawaii Today had a headline and a big picture of the proposed telescope on the front page. This is (in my view) an example of the years and years of predictive programming propaganda that the msm in Hawaii have been putting out. And if you look at the poll below (that says 95% support starting the telescope construction), it is only 1000 people, and very likely most are not at all connected to the Mauna like those who are currently up there protecting it. And so many are commenting from the “3D only” perspective, which never includes the Higher Energetics of the situation.
HONOLULU (July 13, 2019) – OHA Chair Colette Machado and OHA Trustee Dan Ahuna call on Gov. David Ige to halt all planned construction activities for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) to avoid harm to Native Hawaiians and others until four material steps are taken to ensure public safety.
OHA Chair Colette Machado and Trustee Dan Ahuna, chair of the OHA Board’s Ad Hoc Committee on Mauna Kea, sent a letter late yesterday to Gov. Ige noting that TMT construction is moving forward without the state sufficiently addressing the Native Hawaiian community’s longstanding opposition to the state’s decades-long pattern of mismanagement of Maunakea, one of our island’s most sacred spaces.
[I]n light of the ongoing neglect and mismanagement of Maunakea, the clear and unwarranted bias against those concerned for this sacred space, and the continued and reaffirmed commitment of many Native Hawaiians and others to protest the TMT unless and until their ongoing concerns have been addressed, it is highly likely and clearly foreseeable that the commencement of construction activities for the TMT will result in bodily harm and psychological trauma to OHA’s beneficiaries and others at the hands of the State. In the interests of peace, justice, and public safety, we therefore implore you to place a halt on all TMT construction activities pending the identification of solutions to more meaningfully respect the cultural beliefs and well-founded concerns of Native Hawaiians and others, and ensure the safety of those wishing to practice their culture and express their concerns.
Chair Machado and Trustee Ahuna’s letter demands a halt to TMT construction until the following steps are taken by government officials to protect Native Hawaiians and the public:
Condemn and prohibit, unconditionally, any further government action to provoke or intimidate Native Hawaiian cultural practitioners or Protectors, including through the dismantling of culturally or spiritually significant structures or the issuance of unfounded allegations or statements that mischaracterize or dismiss cultural and environmental concerns;
Coordinate with all relevant state and county agencies, UH officials, OHA representatives, and Native Hawaiian community members to meaningfully alleviate tensions within the Native Hawaiian community and recognize and respect all cultural beliefs regarding the sacred Mauna, as necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of OHA’s beneficiaries;
Prohibit, unconditionally, the use of any and all unwarranted force against nonviolent protestors and Protectors, including the use of any Long Range Acoustic Devices (LRAD) or “less-than-lethal” weapons and crowd control devices capable of inflicting bodily or psychological harm; and
Ensure the safety of all who wish to exercise their cultural practices and right to peaceful expression and opposition, including through the mutually agreed-upon establishment of sufficient spaces where Protectors and practitioners may safely assemble, rest, monitor, and voice their opposition to any government-sanctioned activities that may occur on Maunakea, including near or on its summit and near any cultural features or sites.
“It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret.” ~Jackie Joyner-Kersee
We as humans have an incredible ability to help each other in times of need. When things get rough and life gets hard, we tend to come together, step up to the challenge, and provide assistance. Our selflessness shows, and it’s amazing to see everyone work in harmony.
Need proof? Just look at any natural or man-made disaster in this world, and you’ll see it. We are a species that shows calculated compassion, unlike any other living creature on Earth.
But as much as we come to help one another, we rarely extend that same compassion toward ourselves. This is especially true when crisis hits us internally; we find it nearly impossible to show ourselves compassion.
Why is that? Why do we have such a hard time with it? It’s a hard question to answer, but I believe it stems from one simple thing: We have really high expectations for ourselves, and it’s almost impossible to live up to them.
When someone looks at us from the outside, they can only judge us on our actions. But from our own internal perspective, we judge ourselves based on our thoughts.
There’s no better example of this than when you fail to take action on something you’ve been wanting to do for a long time. You let fear, uncertainty, comfort, and excuses talk you out of doing it. And looking back, it eats you up inside.
And naturally, you get upset. I can already see the internal dialogue: “How could you let that happen? You idiot! Why didn’t you do it? Ugh, come on.”
Then, and without fail, something else happens: Regret creeps in. This is the moment you start asking yourself hypothetical questions. “What if I had done that? Where would I be right now? What would my life look like?” I know what this is like because I’ve been there. And to this day, it can still be a struggle for me.
I question my abilities at times, and my lack of action. At its worst, it feels like my life has been defined by my inability to take action. Almost like a chain reaction of missed opportunities, one after the other. As a result, I’ve wasted a lot of energy regretting a lot of things.
Don’t Waste The Limited Energy You Have
It’s not any kind of breaking news that time flies. We know this. There’s even a popular quote that conveys this sentiment: “The days are long but the years are short.”
Yet we don’t really understand just how true it is, until the time’s gone. In fact, as I sit here right now, it’s crazy to think just how fast the last decade has flown by. Yes, even when most days seemed really long. Funny how that works. I’m sure you can agree with me here.
So there you sit, thinking about the eighty-five things you regret not taking action on over the last twenty years of your life. Maybe it goes back even further. Maybe, if you’re lucky, you only regret some things you didn’t try in the last few years.
Either way, you let the regret stew like a pot of beef that’s been slowly simmering in a Michelin star-rated chef’s kitchen. That’s the best way I can describe my regrets. Hey, if anyone needs a great recipe for regret, let me know: I’ve become a master in letting it stew in the crockpot for months, even years. You’re probably with me on that one.
But here’s the problem: We only have so much energy every day to put toward our growth. In other words, it’s a finite amount. Every morning, we start with a defined energy level. A lot of it has to go toward running our daily lives; things like work, family, and daily responsibilities drain us of a large amount from our tank.
After all of what daily life has to take, you’ve got just a bit of energy left. Unfortunately, some of the leftovers have to go toward unexpected things in life on occasion. Things like minor crises, a change of plans, a mild argument with someone, you name it. So now, you’ve got even less left in your tank. This is the crucial area where it can go one of two ways:
We use that small amount of remaining energy fulfilling our passions and growth, or
We use that small amount fighting things we can’t change.
I’ve experienced extremes on both ends, and I can tell you right now the latter does you absolutely zero good.
As I round into my mid thirties, I can tell you a number of occasions where I put myself in hot water with regret. I’ve said things I shouldn’t have. I’ve taken steps that, looking back, were obviously not good ones (but helped my growth). I’ve been in the wrong relationships, wasting time (but gaining invaluable insight into who I am).
I’ve also regretted not making some things a reality. One of the biggest regrets was not moving to a different state when things were easier. What do I mean by “easier”? Well, I had my entire family residing in the same city I was in, including my parents. I had a good job, but one I could easily take elsewhere. I had a bunch of friends, but I had no big responsibilities tying me down.
The problem? I was also scared, so I talked myself out of it. I was happy to be close to family, friends, and continue at my job. Time went on, and as much as I still thought about it, I didn’t make any big moves.
Then, my dad passed away, leaving my mom, his partner of over fifty years, alone. And just like that, I suddenly became the only man around. I took on a bunch of responsibilities to help where I could, including being a rock for my mother. Am I glad I was able to provide that assistance? Of course. With absolutely no regrets.
But did I regret not getting a chance to explore and live in a different city, years prior to him passing? You bet. But anytime it creeps up, I realize one important thing: the best time was twenty years ago, the next best time is now.
It’s never too late to try something you’ve always wanted to. There’s never a perfect time for it, either. I foolishly tried to have 356 puzzle pieces all fitting together before I made any kind of step. Unfortunately, this is pretty normal. We as humans want to make sure things are lined up perfectly before we make any kind of bigger move.
But I’m here to tell you it’ll never line up quite like how you want it. If things are in pretty good order in your life, take the action you’ve always wanted.
Let Go Of Your Past
More importantly, stop wasting your time regretting your past. Maybe you haven’t (yet) done something you’ve always wanted to do. Maybe you have done something you wanted, but it didn’t work out like you wanted and you wish you could go back and do things a little differently.
In either case, it’s important to understand the past is just that, the past. There’s a reason your car windshield is so large in comparison to the rear view mirror. You have to be looking forward to drive, and only on occasion do you look backward, before focusing again on what’s in front of you.
All of us, no matter what our backgrounds and our current situation, are here to learn. And learning happens through failures. Sometimes, failures are inaction. Sometimes, failures are action-gone-wrong. What’s more important than the result is learning from the situation and knowing things can always change going forward. Always.
Remember, you have a finite amount of energy every day, and you want to use the little bit you have leftover on yourself, not others. This could go one of two ways: beating yourself up, or putting it toward your future and self-growth.
I would personally choose the self-growth route. Getting mad at yourself is a fruitless endeavor. Instead, use that energy to make the moves you crave. The moves you know you want. The ones you know you need (hello, gut!).
It’s never, ever too late to experience things and learn from your past. A new city. A new career. A new partner. A new outlook on life itself. Regret won’t get you there. But realization will.
Adam Bergen is the founder of Monday Views, a movement dedicated to showing that with focus and self-discipline, your potential is limitless in today’s world of instant gratification and distractions. Give your focus (and mindset) a kick-start by improving your morning routines through this free detailed guide. You can find Adam at mondayviews.com, and on Medium, Instagram, and Quora.
How Americas Most Powerful News Media Worked Hand in Glove with the Central Intelligence Agency and Why the Church Committee Covered It Up
After leaving The Washington Post in 1977, Carl Bernstein spent six months looking at the relationship of the CIA and the press during the Cold War years. His 25,000-word cover story, published in Rolling Stone on October 20, 1977, is reprinted below.
In 1953, Joseph Alsop, then one of America’s leading syndicated columnists, went to the Philippines to cover an election. He did not go because he was asked to do so by his syndicate. He did not go because he was asked to do so by the newspapers that printed his column. He went at the request of the CIA.
Alsop is one of more than 400 American journalists who in the past twenty?five years have secretly carried out assignments for the Central Intelligence Agency, according to documents on file at CIA headquarters. Some of these journalists’ relationships with the Agency were tacit; some were explicit.
Maybe you bought a blood sugar meter because you’ve been given a concerning diagnosis of pre-diabetes or diabetes. Or maybe one of these conditions runs in your family. Perhaps you are just curious to know what food does to your blood sugar levels and are willing to sacrifice a few drops of blood to find out. If you are new to testing your blood sugar, be assured that it is simple to do.
If you have a diagnosis of diabetes, you’ve probably been tracking your blood sugar for years. But if you’ve recently decided to try a low-carb or ketogenic diet, you may need to understand your results in the context of your new dietary pattern.
Whether you’re experienced at it or not, testing your blood sugar can help you better identify what dietary patterns lower your blood sugar over time. It can also help you identify specific foods that trigger blood sugar spikes.
1. Getting started
Many different blood sugar meters (a.k.a. glucose meters or glucometers) are available, and most of them are fairly inexpensive. However, make sure that you check that test strips for your meter are affordable and available. The real cost of blood-sugar testing lies in the cost of the strips, which can only be used once and which do expire after a certain date.
In addition to a meter and strips, you will need a lancet, which contains a short, small needle that will prick your finger quickly and (almost) painlessly. These needles are very inexpensive and are discarded after each use. Most blood sugar meters come with a lancet and a dozen or so replacement needles.
How to measure blood sugar
You should read the directions that come with your blood sugar meter and follow those carefully. For most meters, the general procedure goes like this:
With clean hands, place a test strip in your blood sugar meter.
Prick the side of a finger with the lancet to draw a drop of blood.
Place the tip of the test strip on the drop of blood.
After a few seconds, the blood sugar meter will give you a reading.
Many blood sugar meters will keep track of your blood sugar readings for a number of days or weeks. Even if your meter stores these readings, it may be a good idea to record the date, time, and other information to share with your healthcare provider or for your own purposes. Use a notebook, a computer spreadsheet program, or an app like this one to keep track of your readings.
When to measure blood sugar
If your healthcare provider has given you specific instructions about when to test your blood sugar, you should follow those instructions.
Many people check their blood sugar first thing in the morning, before eating. Because this means you have not eaten for 8-10 hours, a blood sugar measurement at this time of day is called a “fasting blood sugar.” It is good to check this at the same time in the morning every day.
You can also check your blood sugar right before eating (called a pre-meal or preprandial level) or after a meal (post-meal or postprandial level). If you have been instructed to check your blood sugars at a certain time interval after a meal, you should begin timing when you begin eating.
2. What is a normal blood sugar?
Ideas about “normal” blood sugar levels are based on individuals eating a standard American diet. This type of diet usually contains about 50% of calories from carbohydrate, the nutrient that tends to raise blood sugar the most. If your intake of carbohydrate is much lower than this, you may have a different “normal.” You can jump to “How a low-carb diet affects blood sugar measurements” for more information.
Fasting blood sugar levels
Normal fasting blood sugar level in someone who does not have diabetes is generally between 70 and 100 mg/dL (3.9 to 5.6 mmol/L).
If your fasting blood sugar consistently falls in the range of 100 to 125 mg/dL (5.6 to 6.9 mmol/L), you may have prediabetes, which is also referred to as impaired fasting glucose.
If your fasting blood sugar is above 126 mg/dL (7.0 mmol/l) on two separate occasions, then it is likely that you have diabetes. If you are concerned about the measurements you’re getting, especially if you are already on a low-carbohydrate diet, see “How a low-carb diet affects blood sugar measurements.” A few blood sugar measurements may not always provide an accurate picture of your health.
Post-meal blood sugar levels
If your healthcare provider has not given you specific instructions regarding when to test post-meal blood sugars, you may want to try measuring your blood sugar at 1 hour and/or at 2 hours after you begin eating. Whichever reading is the highest is the one that you should to pay attention to because blood sugar levels are likely to peak at different times.
When your blood sugar peaks can depend on a number of factors, but a lot depends on your body’s ability to handle the carbohydrate foods that you may eat during a meal. The carbohydrate content of a meal contributes much more to post-meal blood sugar levels than the fat and protein content.2
For people who do not have diabetes, blood sugar levels typically peak around an hour after the start of a meal.3
In people with type 2 diabetes, a blood sugar reading taken two hours after the beginning of a meal is most frequently used as a post-meal measure.
According to the American Diabetes Association, a normal post-meal blood sugar reading at one or two hours after beginning a meal is below 140 mg/dL (7.8 mmol/L).4
Some clinicians and individuals are more cautious about high blood sugars and prefer dietary patterns that keep post-meal blood sugar levels lower — around 120 mg/dl – than what is defined in the medical literature.
If your blood sugar is consistently 140 mg/dL (7.8 mmol/L) or more, but less than 200 mg/dL (11.1 mmol/L) when it is measured two hours after beginning a meal, you may have prediabetes or impaired glucose tolerance.5
If you measure your blood sugar two hours after the beginning of a meal, and it is consistently 200 mg/dL (11.1 mmol/L) or above, you may have diabetes.
If your blood sugar levels, either fasting or post-meal, are consistently higher or lower than normal, you may have a medical condition that requires a visit to a healthcare provider. However, if your blood sugar levels suddenly go from “normal” to “not normal” when you get a new meter or a new container of test strips, you may want to check your meter and strips to ensure that they are taking accurate measurements. When a result is very different than expected, take three measurements and use the average of the three.
Blood glucose chart
Each measure should be done on at least two separate occasions before you suspect that your blood sugars are too high or too low. See your healthcare provider about any concerns you may have about your blood sugar readings
Fasting blood sugar
2-3 hours after eating
100 mg/dL (5.6 mmol/L) or lower
120 mg/dL (6.7 mmol/L) or lower
100 mg/dL (5.6 mmol/L) or lower
140 mg/dL (7.8 mmol/L) or lower
100 to 125 mg/dL (5.6 to 6.9 mmol/L)
141 to 199 mg/dL (7.8 to 11.0 mmol/L)
126 mg/dL (7.0 mmol/L) or higher
200 mg/dL (11.1 mmol/L) or higher
3. What to do if your blood sugar levels are lower than normal
Blood sugar levels that are consistently below 70 mg/dL (3.9 mmol/L) often cause other symptoms such as feeling lightheaded, jittery, irritable, fatigued, or sweaty.
Low fasting blood sugar levels can occur if you have diabetes and your medication does not match your carbohydrate intake. Since dietary carbohydrate is not necessary for adequate nutrition, instead of increasing your carbohydrate intake, your healthcare provider can adjust your medication to match a lower intake of carbohydrate.
Low fasting blood sugar levels can also occur in people who do not have diabetes and can be the result of a serious underlying medical condition such as an eating disorder or a tumor. If you have low fasting blood sugar levels and do not take diabetes medications, you should see your healthcare provider.
Very low post-meal blood sugar levels are often called reactive hypoglycemia. This condition can occur in people with diabetes and in those with normal fasting blood sugars. How this should be treated depends on what the underlying cause is. Reactive hypoglycemia can be a symptom of polycystic ovary syndrome, which in some cases can be successfully treated with a low-carbohydrate diet.
4. What to do if your blood sugar levels are higher than normal
If your fasting or post-meal blood sugar readings are consistently higher than normal, you may have prediabetes or diabetes. If you suspect you have diabetes or prediabetes, you should see your healthcare provider as soon as possible.
Symptoms of diabetes, beyond elevated blood sugars, may include increased thirst and urination, severe fatigue and excessive hunger. For more details see the guide below.
5. Personalizing your diet based on blood sugar response
In addition to seeing your healthcare provider, there are steps you can take to reduce your blood sugar levels. If you check your blood sugar after meals and keep track of those measurements, along with what foods were eaten and in what amounts, you may be able to see what foods cause a spike.
Often blood sugar spikes will be caused by foods that are high in carbohydrate, but all carbohydrate foods are not the same when it comes to raising blood sugar. Because starchy foods digest down to glucose — otherwise known as sugar — very quickly, some starchy foods may end up having a much greater impact on blood sugar than you might think. Although a banana may seem sweeter than a baked potato, the potato may actually have a bigger impact on blood sugar.7
Because foods that contain a lot of carbohydrate have the biggest impact on what your blood sugar levels are, no matter what diet you are on, it makes sense to reduce them, even if it is just a little bit at a time. Our guide, “Eating better: six steps down carb mountain,” can help you improve your diet, one step at a time.
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, either type 1 or type 2, this food guide can help you choose foods that may reduce your need for blood sugar control medications:
Although carbohydrate raises blood sugar levels more than other types of nutrients, sometimes eating large amounts of protein, found in foods like meat, can cause blood sugar levels to rise more than you might expect. Our protein guide can help you find the right amount of protein foods to eat, while keeping your blood sugar levels in check.
Other foods that may be low in carbohydrate content can cause blood sugar levels to spike. One study has shown that caffeinated coffee impairs the body’s ability to manage dietary glucose, resulting in higher blood sugar levels.8
If a food or beverage seems to be causing a blood sugar spike, you can always try leaving it out of your diet for a few days to see if you notice a difference.
6. Other ways to measure blood sugar
Checking your blood sugar levels with a glucometer is not the only way to measure blood sugar. Other tests that your healthcare provider might use to check your blood sugar levels are hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) and oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT). If you are really lucky, you may have access to a continuous glucose monitor (CGM).
HbA1c provides an estimate of your average blood sugar levels over time, giving you a sense of your average levels over the last two or three months. A HbA1c test is the most common measurement used for diagnosing type 2 diabetes.9
However, HbA1c tests and blood sugar tests often do not agree. Using HbA1c levels to diagnose diabetes often fails to identify individuals who would otherwise be diagnosed with diabetes using blood sugar levels.10
Your HbA1c is normal if it is below 5.7%. You may have prediabetes if your HbA1c is 5.7% or more, but less than 6.5%. You may have diabetes is your HbA1c is 6.5% or over.
less than 5.7% (38.8 mmol/mol)
5.7% to 6.4% (38.8 to 46.4 mmol/mol)
6.5% (47.5 mmol/mol) or higher
Less than 5.4 % (36.0 mmol/mol)
To learn more about HbA1c measurements and how they relate to blood sugar levels you record with your glucometer, see our full guide:
An oral glucose tolerance test (sometimes referred to by its initials, OGTT) can be more accurate in terms of diagnosing prediabetes or diabetes.11
It measures your blood sugar two hours after you drink 75 g of a solution of sugar (glucose). Because it requires drinking a large sugar solution, an OGTT may not be a useful test for a person on a long-term low-carb or ketogenic diet.
A continuous glucose monitor (CMG) is a wearable device that, as the name says, continuously measures blood glucose levels. Although they are expensive and usually only approved by insurance for type 1 diabetes, they are a very accurate way to measure your blood sugar throughout the day. This allows you to easily see post meal variations and get an average blood sugar level for the day.
7. How a low-carb diet affects blood sugar measurements
If you are on a low-carbohydrate diet, you may find that some ways of measuring blood sugar will not provide you with “normal” levels.
For individuals on a low-carb diet, fasting blood sugar levels may be slightly above normal. This is due to “adaptive glucose sparing” and “the dawn phenomenon.” Your fasting blood sugar levels are elevated because your liver is making extra glucose to prepare your body for the day. If you are concerned about these levels, have your HbA1c, a longer-term measure of blood sugar level, checked (more on this below). If you are on a low-carb diet, your HbA1c will be lower than your fasting blood sugar levels would predict.
For people who have been on a low-carb diet for a long time, an OGTT may misdiagnose you as having diabetes. Because your body is fat adapted and no longer sugar adapted, you may fail the test and be given a diabetes diagnosis when you actually do not have the condition. If your doctor orders an OGTT test and you want to take it, start consuming carbs and sugar about three days before the test.
Conversely, if you are on a ketogenic diet and have elevated ketones, your blood sugar may naturally be below 70. In this case, because ketones are fueling your body, you would likely not have typical symptoms of hypoglycemia, such as shakiness or lightheadedness.
Checking your blood sugar can be a simple way to keep track of the effects that various foods have on your body. However, it is important to remember that your blood sugar level, like your weight, is just a number. Panicking when your fasting blood sugar is 102 mg/dL one morning adds extra stress to your day, which is not necessarily beneficial to your health! Use your glucometer wisely, as another tool in your toolbox on your health journey.