Office of Poofness 9-3-17… “One Day” (or, “Holy Crap, another Poofness??”)

Yes, I felt like posting this new Poofness / Susan / Zap report, as a) I felt some alignments here, and b) it’s short. There are various “RV” type posts all over the place, which (as has happened often before) imply “we are close to the end”, so it is possible this Poof may be right.

Music lyrics and video link is at the end.

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[Poof] “This a great day for renewal! The clogged arteries of both on-site and off- site communication is breaking up. The energies have changed and this is great hope and good news. The shifting energies are from the eclipse and the storms and the devastation and the means whereby the massive undertakings of many are going to be readied for action.”

[Susan] “It is my understanding unsung heroes, that the activities behind the curtain have heated up to a blazing fire of expectation. Please get your paperwork in order and your exit plan shored up. There is strong suggestion that the blast off is being activated…”

[ZAP] “WHATEVER YOU DO, DO IT WITH PASSION… THIS ESPECIALLY APPLIES TO PROJECTS. WHEN YOU PICK A PROJECT, MAKE SURE IT IS SOMETHING THAT TICKLES YOU, AND YOU WOULD ENJOY DOING.

“THE ELDERS ARE RELEASING LARGE FUNDS INTO THE ECONOMIES. WHY NOW? AND FOR WHAT REASON? THE ANSWER IS VERY SIMPLISTIC BUT IT ESCAPES SOME. THE REASON WHY, IS BECAUSE IT IS TIME TO RAISE OUR HUMANITY FROM POVERTY, WHICH IS COUNTERPRODUCTIVE, TO PROSPERITY, WHICH ALLOWS FOR TREMENDOUS GROWTH.

“THE ELDERS… HAVE OPTED TO TIME THINGS FOR THE RELEASES SO IT DOES NOT FUEL WAR, BUT FOSTERS PEACE. ONLY IN SUCH AN ENVIRONMENT, AND IN THE DEPLOYMENT OF MANY GLOBAL PROJECTS, CAN GROWTH BE ABSOLUTELY INCONCEIVABLE RIGHT NOW.

“…THE LESSON HERE IS SIMPLE. TURN ON THE TAPS ON MONEY FLOW AND WE GET PROSPERITY. THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THE ELDERS ARE DOING, THEY ARE TURNING ON THE MONEY FLOW THROUGH SEVERAL INGENIOUS METHODS THAT CAN NO LONGER BE STOPPED. ONE IS THE CURRENCY RV, AND THE NEXT IS THE HISTORIC ASSETS.

“I WANT TO SAY SO MUCH MORE AT THIS POINT, AND CAN NOT BECAUSE IF I DO, IT WILL BE A DETRIMENT TO WHAT IS ABOUT TO TAKE PLACE. JUST REST ASSURED THERE ARE MANY OUT THERE WORKING FOR YOU AND OUR BEAUTIFUL PLANET. THEY HAVE YOUR WELFARE AND BEST INTERESTS AT HEART…”

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Greetings and Salutations:

POOF SAID:

“Greetings and Salutations, This a great day for renewal! The clogged arteries of both on-site and off- site communication is breaking up. The energies have changed and this is great hope and good news.

The shifting energies are from the eclipse and the storms and the devastation and the means whereby the massive undertakings of many are going to be readied for action. There is a consensus developing that catastrophic activities are not over and the means to shift the level of attention has to be acknowledged. Just be aware of the forces at work for the betterment of all. We are hearing good comments, which allow us to provide you with reason for the fact that changes are in the offing.

Make the best choices for yourselves that are practical, worth doing and prepare for the coming news…P..”


SUSAN SAYS: Dear Community,

Lao Tzu: ‘Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.’

Our Strength and Courage has been tested at every crossroads of this journey. Each one of us has been challenged time after time. Many reading this have been on this path for 20 plus years, still holding the faith of completion as our realty. We are the unsung heroes…

It is my understanding unsung heroes, that the activities behind the curtain have heated up to a blazing fire of expectation. Please get your paperwork in order and your exit plan shored up. There is strong suggestion that the blast off is being activated ….. May It Be So!!! …

Namaste, Susan..

ZAP SAYS:

HI ALL

IF YOU HAVE A JOB, WHY DID YOU GET IT? DID YOU DO IT BECAUSE IT WAS FUN? OR DID YOU DO IT BECAUSE IT WAS OUT OF NECESSITY, NOT FUN? THE OLD ADAGE OF “Where’s the fun it that” REALLY APPLIES WHEN YOU SEEK A JOB. IF YOU LIKE DOING WHAT YOU DO, IT IS FUN. IF IT AIN’T, THEN YOU ARE SURE TO BE MISERABLE, RIGHT?

WHATEVER YOU DO, DO IT WITH PASSION. FIND SOMETHING THAT TICKLES YOU AND DO IT. IF YOU DO SOMETHING YOU ENJOY, THEN BY DEFINITION IT IS FUN.

THIS ESPECIALLY APPLIES TO PROJECTS. WHEN YOU PICK A PROJECT, MAKE SURE IT IS SOMETHING THAT TICKLES YOU, AND YOU WOULD ENJOY DOING.

THE ELDERS ARE RELEASING LARGE FUNDS INTO THE ECONOMIES. WHY NOW? AND FOR WHAT REASON?

THE ANSWER IS VERY SIMPLISTIC BUT IT ESCAPES SOME. THE REASON WHY, IS BECAUSE IT IS TIME TO RAISE OUR HUMANITY FROM POVERTY, WHICH IS COUNTERPRODUCTIVE, TO PROSPERITY, WHICH ALLOWS FOR TREMENDOUS GROWTH. WAR CAN DO THAT AS WITNESSED BY THE LAST TWO WORLD WARS, AND THE INCREDIBLE SPURT OF ECONOMIC GROWTH.

BUT, AND THIS IS THE BIG BUT, WAR ITSELF DOES NOT FURNISH THE SUSTAINED GROWTH THAT PEACE DOES. IT JUST ALLOWS FOR MONEY TO FLOW THAT CREATES THE MEDIUM FOR GROWTH. SO WAS IN AND OF ITSELF DOES NOTHING, AS IT IS THE FLOW OF MONEY THAT DOES THAT.

THE ELDERS UNDERSTAND THIS, AND HAVE OPTED TO TIME THINGS FOR THE RELEASES SO IT DOES NOT FUEL WAR, BUT FOSTERS PEACE. ONLY IN SUCH AN ENVIRONMENT, AND IN THE DEPLOYMENT OF MANY GLOBAL PROJECTS, CAN GROWTH BE ABSOLUTELY INCONCEIVABLE RIGHT NOW.

ONE ONLY HAS TO LOOK TAT THE AMERICAN DEPRESSION. AT THAT TIME, MONEY WAS SCARCE BECAUSE HE BANKERS SHUT OFF THE FLOW DELIBERATELY. THE RESULT WAS MOST LOST THEIR HOMES AND FARMS TO FORECLOSURE. THE BANKS PICKED THEM UP ON DEFAULT AND GOT REALLY REALLY RICH. THEY HAVE DONE THIS SINCE AS WELL IN VARIOUS GUISES, AND THAT PROMPTED THE FARM CLAIMS AND NESARA.

BUT WHAT HAPPENED WHEN THE MONEY FLOW WAS TURNED BACK ON….NEVER MIND THE FACT THAT WHAT SPURRED THE MONEY FLOW WAS THE WORLD WAR. WELL, PROSPERITY HAPPENED.

SO THE LESSON HERE IS SIMPLE. TURN ON THE TAPS ON MONEY FLOW AND WE GET PROSPERITY. THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THE ELDERS ARE DOING, THEY ARE TURNING ON THE MONEY FLOW THROUGH SEVERAL INGENIOUS METHODS THAT CAN NO LONGER BE STOPPED.

ONE IS THE CURRENCY RV, AND THE NEXT IS THE HISTORIC ASSETS. I CAN NOT SAY MUCH ON THE THIRD ONE BUT IT IS THERE AS WELL FOR US.

ST GERMAIN IN HIS WISDOM AND LOVE FOR THIS PLANET OF OURS, CRAFTED THE PLAN FOR THESE TIMES. AS A FINANCIAL ARCHITECT, HE HAS NO EQUAL AND HIS LOVE FOR US MADE SURE THAT WHAT HE DID WOULD STAND THE TEST OF TIME, AND ALL EFFORTS TO DESTROY WHAT HE WISHED FOR HUMANITY. NOW WE ARE LOOKING AT THE BEACHHEAD OF THAT PLAN.

I WANT TO SAY SO MUCH MORE AT THIS POINT, AND CAN NOT BECAUSE IF I DO, IT WILL BE A DETRIMENT TO WHAT IS ABOUT TO TAKE PLACE. JUST REST ASSURED THERE ARE MANY OUT THERE WORKING FOR YOU AND OUR BEAUTIFUL PLANET. THEY HAVE YOUR WELFARE AND BEST INTERESTS AT HEART, AND MANY HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES FOR YOU BUT WE DO NOT KNOW ABOUT THAT. THEY DID AND THEY DESERVE OUR HEARTS AND THOUGHTS FOR THAT.

MANY TOO ARE AWAKENING TO THEMSELVES. THE “I AM” THAT IS SPOKEN TO SO MANY TIMES IS THE BEST ATTAINMENT OF YOU AND YOUR ABILITIES YOU CAN DO. THE NOBILITY OF THE HUMAN IS THEIR ABILITY TO RISE ABOVE THEMSELVES AND DO SOMETHING OUTSIDE THE BOX FOR THEIR NEIGHBOR. TRUE NOBILITY IS BEING SUPERIOR TO YOUR FORMER SELF.

THIS IS MY ONLY MESSAGE THIS WEEK. IT IS SIMPLE AND STRAIGHTFORWARD. WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER, AND IT IS UP TO US TO BE THE CHANGE WE WANT. WE WILL HAVE THE RESOURCES TO CARRY THIS TO A MAGNIFICENT FRUITION, BUT IT BEGINS WITH THE REALIZATION THAT EACH ONE OF US IS NECESSARY TO DO IT. NO ONE GETS LEFT BEHIND HERE. ESPECIALLY THE FAMOUS FLYING PURPLE PIGS THAT STARTED THIS.

GOD BLESS

IN SWEEPING GRATITUDE.

LOVE AND LIGHT
IN OUR SERVICE
ZAP
“GOD IS; I AM; WE ARE”
“BE GOOD, BE LEGAL, TELL TRUTH”
SEPTEMBER 3, 2017
COPYRIGHT ZAP 2013-2017

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“One Day You Will”

Lady Antebellum

You feel like you’re falling backwards

Like you’re slippin’ through the cracks
Like no one would even notice
If you left this town and never came back
You walk outside and all you see is rain
You look inside and all you feel is pain
And you can’t see it now

[Chorus]
But down the road the sun is shining
In every cloud there’s a silver lining
Just keep holding on (just keep holding on)
And every heartache makes you stronger
But it won’t be much longer
You’ll find love, you’ll find peace
And the you you’re meant to be
I know right now that’s not the way you feel
But one day you will

You wake up every morning and ask yourself
What am I doing here anyway
With the weight of all those disappointments
Whispering in your ear
You’re just barely hanging by a thread
You wanna scream but you’re down to your last breath
And you don’t know it yet

[Repeat Chorus]

Find the strength to rise above
You will
Find just what you’re made of, you’re made of

[Repeat Chorus]

One day you will
Oh one day you will

You wake up every morning and ask yourself
What am I doing here anyway
With the weight of all those disappointments
Whispering in your ear
You’re just barely hanging by a thread
You wanna scream but you’re down to your last breath
But you don’t know it yet
But down the road the sun is shining
In every cloud there’s a silver lining
Just keep holding on (just keep holding on)
And every heartache makes you stronger
But it won’t be much longer
You’ll find love, you’ll find peace
And the you you’re meant to be
I know right now that’s not the way you feel
But one day you will

Find the strength to rise above
You will
Find just what you’re made of, you’re made of
But down the road the sun is shining
In every cloud there’s a silver lining
Just keep holding on (just keep holding on)
And every heartache makes you stronger
But it won’t be much longer
You’ll find love, you’ll find peace
And the you you’re meant to be
I know right now that’s not the way you feel
But one day you will
One day you will
Oh one day you will

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1DJ_iQhVFw

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Russian & Chinese energy companies ink deals at BRICS Summit

Russian oil giant Rosneft will increase direct supplies of crude oil to China [XInhua]

On the sidelines of the BRICS Summit in China, Rosneft, Russia’s largest oil producer, and Chinese energy investor CEFC China Energy Company have inked a cooperation agreement for joint energy exploration in Siberia.

“The Agreement also provides for a joint activity in such areas as refining, petrochemicals and crude and product trading,” according to a statement from Rosneft.

Rosneft also signed a contract with CEFC for Russia to increase direct supplies of crude oil to China.

The documents were signed by Igor Sechin, Rosneft Chief Executive Officer, and Chan Chauto, CEFC China President.

“The agreements signed today fully reflect the Company’s strategy, whose priorities includes strengthening relations with the Asia Pacific countries and, in particular, with China,” Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin said in a statement.

“In addition, we are planning joint investments in the strategically important projects in the Russian oil and gas sector,” Chan Chauto, CEFC China President said.

TBP

The Strange Connection Between Vision Loss and Alzheimer’s

By Dr. Mercola

Alzheimer’s disease, a severe form of dementia, affects an estimated 5.2 million Americans;1 200,000 of which are under the age of 65. According to recent data, Alzheimer’s disease kills more than half a million Americans per year,2 making Alzheimer’s the third leading killer in the U.S., right behind heart disease and cancer.

Since there’s no conventional cure, it’s really important to take prevention seriously. There are also few if any successful medical treatments available once Alzheimer’s sets in. For example, memantine (sold under the brand name Namenda) is approved for moderate to severe cases of Alzheimer’s, but doctors also prescribe it off-label for mild cases. Unfortunately, the drug has been found to be practically useless for mild to moderate Alzheimer’s.3

Other go-to drugs for the treatment of Alzheimer’s include cholinesterase inhibitor drugs such as Aricept, Exelon and Reminyl. These too may do more harm than good as they provoke slower heart rates, significantly increasing your chances of getting a permanent pacemaker. They also raise your risk of hip fracture.

Surprising Link Between Vision Loss and Alzheimer’s

Interestingly, recent research4 shows loss of vision is associated with a higher risk for certain subtypes of Alzheimer’s. As reported by Reuters:5

“Based on data from two large studies of older Americans … [t]he research team found that having distance vision worse than 20/40 and even the perception of having bothersome vision problems were associated with almost threefold higher odds of cognitive impairment.

Near-vision problems were less associated with higher odds of dementia or cognitive impairment … Regular vision screening of older Americans could help to catch people at greater risk of cognitive problems and dementia, the study team writes …”

This isn’t the first time this link has been made. Two papers6,7 published last year also concluded that ocular changes could be used as biomarkers for Alzheimer’s, suggesting noninvasive retinal imaging and visual testing could help with earlier diagnosis. In the first of these papers, the authors present a hypothesis for the link between declining vision and dementia:

“Alzheimer’s disease … has multiple cognitive subtypes. These are usually broken down into memory, language, executive, attention and visuospatial functioning. The variant of AD in which visual symptoms are prominent due to the localized pathology in the parieto-occipital region is often referred to as visual variant Alzheimer’s disease …

The interconnection between eye and brain suggests that it is reasonable to look for ocular manifestations of neurodegenerative disease and regard the eye as an extension of the [central nervous system] CNS. In embryological development, the eyes and brain have a similar origin. The eyes are formed from the anterior neural tube, an area that later gives rise to the forebrain.

Ocular development occurs through specification of the eye field post-neural induction. This process involves specific transcription factors that are also conserved in brain development. One such factor, a ‘master regulator’ gene of the development of the eye field, Pax6, plays an essential role in neural development. When expressed ectopically, Pax6 can induce ocular formation in other parts of the body, whereas its impairment or knockout disrupts neurogenesis in the cortex.”

The Role of Amyloid Beta in Vision Loss and Dementia

Amyloid beta also plays an important role in both conditions. One of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease is the buildup of amyloid beta protein in the brain. The subsequent formation of brain plaque leads to progressive decline in cognitive and social functioning. Research has also linked amyloid beta deposition to neurodegeneration in the retina.8

For example, amyloid beta has been found in retinal drusen9 (yellow-colored fatty protein deposits beneath the retina) and is a hallmark of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most common cause of blindness among the elderly. As noted in a 2015 study:10 “Multiple studies now link amyloid beta with key stages of AMD progression, which is both exciting and potentially insightful, as this identifies a well-established toxic agent that aggressively targets cells in degenerative brains.”

Peripheral drusen has also been linked to a higher risk for Alzheimer’s.11 In short, researchers suggest that by analyzing the presence of amyloid in the eye, one may be able to predict amyloid buildup in the brain with a fair degree of accuracy. As noted in the second paper published last year:12

“Kerbage et al. suggested using a florescent amyloid binding ligand in order to maximize the chances of detecting A? [amyloid beta] in the lens.

By compounding the ligand substance (aftobetin hydrochloride) into a sterile ophthalmic ointment suitable for topical application; in combination with an in vivo pulsed laser fluorescent spectroscopy in a group of 20 AD [Alzheimer’s disease] and 20 healthy controls the authors were able to detect supranuclear amyloid in the lens of most AD patients with a sensitivity of 85 percent and specificity of 95 percent …

The authors found a correlation between fluorescence uptake values in the lens with amyloid burden in the brain detected quantified using PET.”

Zinc and Antioxidants Help Protect Against Vision Loss and Alzheimer’s

Health conditions that have similar or identical causes can typically benefit from identical treatments. When it comes to vision loss and dementia, both are heavily influenced by nutrition. Zinc, in particular, appears to be a very important component. Previous research13 suggests abnormal zinc mobilization in cells plays a role in the development of Alzheimer’s. According to this study:

“Zinc, copper and iron have recently been reported to be concentrated to 0.5 to 1 mmol/L in amyloid plaque. In vitro, rapid Abeta [amyloid beta] aggregation is mediated by [zinc],14 promoted by the alpha-helical structure of Abeta, and is reversible with chelation. In addition, Abeta produces hydrogen peroxide in a [copper/iron]-dependent manner, and the hydrogen peroxide formation is quenched by [zinc]. Moreover, zinc preserves the nontoxic properties of Abeta.15

Although the zinc-binding proteins apolipoprotein E epsilon4 allele and alpha(2)-macroglobulin have been characterized as two genetic risk factors for AD, zinc exposure as a risk factor for AD has not been rigorously studied. Based on our findings, we envisage that zinc may serve twin roles by both initiating amyloid deposition and then being involved in mechanisms attempting to quench oxidative stress and neurotoxicity derived from the amyloid mass.”

Studies have also shown that supplementation with antioxidants plus zinc and copper helps slow the progression of the wet version of AMD.16 The study in question looked at two different antioxidant formulations. The first contained vitamins C and E, beta carotene. The second contained lutein and zeaxanthin in lieu of beta carotene. Both were effective against early-stage AMD.

Antioxidants have also been investigated for the prevention and/or treatment of Alzheimer’s. One such study,17 published earlier this year, found that cryptocapsin, cryptocapsin-5,6-epoxide (a carotenoid found in ripe red mamey18) and zeaxanthin effectively inhibited the aggregation of amyloid beta. According to the authors, “Our studies provided evidence that cryptocapsin, cryptocapsin-5,6-epoxide and zeaxanthin have anti-amyloidogenic potential and could be used for prevention and treatment of AD.”

The Role of Iron in Alzheimer’s

Iron also plays a role in Alzheimer’s, but in this case, excessive iron is the problem. As explained in an article published by the University of Melbourne,19 “Iron has a special property that allows it to exchange electrons, which is crucial in allowing our bodies to generate energy from oxygen and fuels such as sugars. But it can also damage neurons in the same way that iron metal rusts in the presence of oxygen.”

Using magnetic resonance imaging, the researchers measured iron levels in the brain, finding that people who had high levels of both iron and amyloid experienced a rapid decline in cognition over the course of six years. Memory loss was particularly pronounced when the iron buildup was located in the hippocampus, which controls short-term memory. Similarly, when the iron was primarily located in the temporal and front lobes — associated with language processing — language skills rapidly declined. 

Those with high levels of amyloid but low levels of iron, on the other hand, remained stable. Interestingly, the amount of iron found in the brain does not clearly correlate with the amount of iron a person ingests or the level found in blood. Hence, serum level of iron cannot be used as an indicator of Alzheimer’s risk.

That said, I’ve often stressed that high iron is a significant risk factor for chronic disease, and recommend getting your iron tested annually to make sure it’s not too high. People with hemochromatosis, a genetic disease that results in chronically elevated iron, also appear to be at increased risk for Alzheimer’s, according to some research.20 So, the link between iron and dementia is definitely worth considering.

Ideally, your serum ferritin should be somewhere between 20 and 80 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL), certainly no higher than that. As a general rule, somewhere between 40 and 60 ng/mL is the sweet spot for adult men and non-menstruating women.

Here, antioxidants may again be helpful. For example, astaxanthin has been shown to upregulate heme oxygenase-1 expression (a protein produced in response to stress, including oxidative stress), thereby protecting against beta-amyloid-induced cytotoxicity and inhibiting amyloid beta-mediated production of harmful ROS.21 Previous research has also shown astaxanthin helps improve cognitive function in seniors complaining of age-related forgetfulness.

Astaxanthin — A Potent Brain Food That May Protect Against Dementia

This natural pigment, a cousin of beta-carotene (albeit a far more powerful one) has also been found to reduce the accumulation of phospholipid hydroperoxidases, better known as PLOOH — compounds known to accumulate in the red blood cells of people who suffer from dementia22 — and some scientists believe astaxanthin could help prevent dementia, including Alzheimer’s.

As a fat-soluble nutrient, astaxanthin readily crosses your blood-brain barrier. One study23 found it may help prevent neurodegeneration associated with oxidative stress, as well as make a potent natural “brain food.” According to yet another article in the Alternative Medicine Review:24

“Astaxanthin improved cognition in a small clinical trial and boosted proliferation and differentiation of cultured nerve stem cells … Astaxanthin’s clinical success extends beyond protection against oxidative stress and inflammation, to demonstrable promise for slowing age-related functional decline.”

The human diet does not contain very high amounts of astaxanthin, unless you eat loads of microalgae and sea creatures that consume the algae (such as salmon, shellfish, red trout and krill).

The typical dose of astaxanthin when taken in supplement form is 2 to 4 milligrams (mg), but emerging evidence suggests you may need a lot more, depending on your health status. Dr. Robert Corish, author of “A Guide to Men’s Health: Easy Tips for a Long and Healthy Life,” believes 12 mg may be an optimal dose for brain and heart health.

Mitochondrial Dysfunction Is at the Heart of Alzheimer’s


I recently interviewed Dr. Dale Bredesen, director of neurodegenerative disease research at the UCLA School of Medicine, and author of “The End of Alzheimer’s: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline.” If you missed it, I highly recommend viewing it now (for the full interview, see the original article, linked above).

Bredesen has identified more than four dozen variables that can have a significant influence on Alzheimer’s, but at the heart of it all is mitochondrial dysfunction. This makes logical sense when you consider that your mitochondria are instrumental in producing the energy currency in your body, and without energy, nothing will work properly.

Your mitochondria are also where a majority of free radicals are generated, so when your lifestyle choices produce higher amounts of free radicals, dysfunctions in mitochondria are to be expected.

The accumulation of mutations in mitochondrial DNA are also a primary driver of age-related decline. Importantly, Bredesen’s work sheds light on why amyloid is created in the first place. Amyloid production is actually a protective response to different types of insults, each of which is related to a specific subtype of Alzheimer’s. As Bredesen explains:

“If you’ve got inflammation going on, you are making the amyloid because … it is a very effective endogenous antimicrobial. [I]n that case, it’s not really a disease … [It’s] a falling apart of the system. You’re making amyloid because you’re fighting microbes, because you’re … inflamed, because you are decreased in your trophic support (insulin resistance, and so on) or because [you’re toxic].

Guess what amyloid does beautifully? It binds toxins like metals, mercury and copper. It’s very clear you’re making [amyloid] to protect yourself. It’s all well and good if you want to remove it, but make sure to remove the inducer of it before you remove it. Otherwise, you’re putting yourself at risk.”

The program Bredesen developed is a comprehensive approach that addresses the many variables of Alzheimer’s at their roots. Interestingly, if you have the ApoE4 gene, which increases your risk for Alzheimer’s, you would be wise to implement intermittent fasting or do longer fasts every now and then.

In fact, this gene appears to be a strong clinical indication that you need to fast on a regular basis to avoid Alzheimer’s. The reason for this is because the ApoE4 gene helps your body survive famine. Unfortunately, it also promotes inflammation. Fasting appears to help cancel out this inflammatory proclivity.

Alzheimer’s Screening Tests

Bredesen also recommends a number of screening tests to help tailor a personalized treatment protocol. For example, if you have insulin resistance, you want to improve your insulin sensitivity. If you have inflammation, then you’ll work on removing the source of the pro-inflammatory effect. If your iron is elevated, you’ll want to donate blood to lower it, and so on.

Alzheimer’s Screening Tests

Test Recommended range

Test: Ferritin

Recommended range: 40 to 60 ng/mL

Test: GGT

Recommended range: Less than 16 U/L for men and less than 9 U/L for women

Test: 25-hydroxy vitamin D

Recommended range: 40 to 60 ng/mL
You can get test here

Test: High-sensitivity CRP

Recommended range: Less than 0.9 mg/L (the lower the better)

Test: Fasting Insulin

Recommended range: Less than 4.5 mg/dL (the lower the better)

Test: Omega-3 index and omega 6:3 ratio

Recommended range: Omega-3 index should be above 8 percent and your omega 6-to-3 ratio between 0.5 and 3.0
You can get the omega-3 index test here

Test: TNF alpha

Recommended range: Less than 6.0

Test: TSH

Recommended range: Less than 2.0 microunits/mL

Test: Free T3

Recommended range: 3.2-4.2 pg/mL

Test: Reverse T3

Recommended range: Less than 20 ng/mL

Test: Free T4

Recommended range: 1.3-1.8 ng/mL

Test: Serum copper and zinc ratio

Recommended range: 0.8-1.2

Test: Serum selenium

Recommended range: 110-150 ng/mL

Test: Glutathione

Recommended range: 5.0-5.5 ?m

Test: Vitamin E (alpha tocopherol)

Recommended range: 12-20 mcg/mL

Test: Body mass index (which you can calculate yourself)

Recommended range: 18-25

Test: ApoE4 (DNA test)

Recommended range: See how many alleles you have: 0, 1 or 2

Test: Vitamin B12

Recommended range: 500-1,500

Test: Hemoglobin A1c

Recommended range: Less than 5.5 (the lower the better)

Test: Homocysteine

Recommended range: 4.4-10.8 mcmol/L

EMFs — A Wildly Underestimated Contributor to Alzheimer’s


Last year, Dr. Martin Pall published a review25 in the Journal of Neuroanatomy showing how microwave radiation from cell phones, Wi-Fi routers and computers and tablets not in airplane mode is clearly associated with many neuropsychiatric disorders, including Alzheimer’s. My interview with him was published yesterday.

What Pall discovered is that microwaves emitted from devices such as these increase intracellular calcium through voltage gated calcium channels (VGCCs), and the tissue with the highest density of VGCCs is your brain. Once these VGCCs are stimulated they trigger the release of neurotransmitters, neuroendocrine hormones and highly damaging reactive oxygen species (ROS), significantly raising your risk for anxiety and depression and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and brain cancer.

Based on this mechanism, it seems clear that chronic exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) can play a significant role in dementia and that as a society, we need to take this very seriously. On a personal level, be sure to limit your exposure to wireless technology. Simple measures include turning your Wi-Fi off at night, not carrying your cellphone on your body and not keeping portable phones, cellphones and other electric devices in your bedroom.

Educate Yourself About Alzheimer’s Prevention

I’ve written many articles on the prevention of Alzheimer’s. The evidence suggests there are many helpful strategies available once you veer off the conventional path. For a list of lifestyle strategies that can help lower your risk, please see “Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts.” If you missed my interview with Dr. Lew Lim, be sure to review it. In it, he explains how near-infrared light therapy can help treat Alzheimer’s.

Of course, my 2013 interview with neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter is a now-classic article, in which he explains the dietary roots of Alzheimer’s. In a follow-up interview that aired this past March, Perlmutter expanded on his recommendations, presenting a more comprehensive, holistic Alzheimer’s prevention plan that includes exercise, sleep, stress reduction, sun exposure and social interaction.

In addition to these sources, I highly recommend reviewing yesterday’s interview with Pall, in which he explains the pernicious influence of EMFs from wireless technology and how it affects your risk for disease, especially neurological dysfunction. Alzheimer’s is preventable — even if you have genetic risk factors — but you have to be proactive.

Cinnamon Health Benefits Proven

By Dr. Mercola

Even if you rarely cook or bake, if you have anything in your cupboard in the way of spices, cinnamon is probably one of them. The warming, fragrant powder harvested from the bark of a tropical evergreen bush not only is tasty in a plethora of dishes both sweet and savory, but has a long history of use as a medicinal. Ayurvedic medicine originated in India more than 3,000 years ago.

Maharishi Ayurveda Products International (MAPI) notes that cinnamon is often used for Ayurvedic recipes to enhance the bioavailability of other herbs while combining a delicious mixture of sweet, pungent and bitter tastes, and to spice desserts and sweet dishes in the West. In Indian cooking, however, it’s more often used to spice rich rice and vegetable dishes.1

There are around 250 different species of the plant, and they’re scattered across the entire planet. Cinnamon bark is the most often-used source, but twigs and leaves from the tree are also incorporated. Healthline2 notes there are two main types of cinnamon.

  • There’s“true” cinnamon, aka Ceylon cinnamon, from the Cinnamomum verum tree, native to Sri Lanka and southern India. It’s described as tan-to-brown in color with many tight sticks, a highly desirable quality and texture, mildly sweet and good for cooking and desserts. Less common and more expensive, the oil contains 50 percent to 63 percent cinnamaldehyde.
  • The more common dollar-store variety, called cassia, comes from the Cinnamomum cassia tree, or Cinnamomum aromaticum, which originated in Southern China but is now grown across Eastern and Southern Asia. It’s the variety found in most stores and is comparatively less expensive, with 95 percent of its oil being cinnamaldehyde.

Cassia cinnamon has been shown to contain high amounts of coumarin, which can cause liver damage. In fact, one study showed 63 times more coumarin in cassia cinnamon than the Ceylon variety in powder form, and 18 times more than in Ceylon sticks. That’s another reason why Ceylon is recommended above cassia, CNN noted.3

The Impressive Power of Cinnamon

Being one of the most studied herbs on the planet, cinnamon has been found to impart some seriously advantageous health benefits that resonate throughout your body. An in-depth review4 in 2014 listed several of the conditions cinnamon can help improve, also noting that it exhibits antimicrobial activity, such as against E. coli:5

? Diabetes6

? Parkinson’s disease

? Memory, ability to learn7

? Colorectal and cervical cancers

? Inflammation8

? Neurological disorders9

? Dementia

? Cardiovascular health

? Optimized cholesterol

? Tooth decay and plaque10

Scientists stress that many aspects of how cinnamon is cultivated in regard to soil quality and growing conditions, stored and dried can affect its effectiveness and potency, making it somewhat of an unknown quantity, which makes it difficult to create drugs or supplements from the powder. In research, Lauri Wright, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics notes:

“The doses have varied greatly among the studies, from less than 1 gram to levels that would be toxic in humans. The duration of taking the capsules has also varied greatly. That’s the problem with translation of all of this work. Even when we find positive results, how do we come up with the correct compounding and dosage for maximum safety?”11

Active Ingredients That Give Cinnamon Its Strength

Cinnamaldehyde, cinnamic acid and cinnamate are three of the most fundamental oils in this fragrant spice, which has an impressively wide range of capabilities. Besides being an antioxidant,12 cinnamon is also useful in the fight against chronic diseases. According to one study:

“An … anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic, antimicrobial, anticancer, lipid-lowering and cardiovascular-disease-lowering compound, cinnamon has also been reported to have activities against neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.”13

The same study notes additional compounds in cinnamon that release powerful effects against disease:

? Eugenol

? Borneol

? Caryophyllene oxide

? Caryophyllene

? Bornyl acetate

? Nerolidol

? ?-cubebene

? ?-terpineol

? terpinolene

? ?-thujene

As for its antioxidant properties, among 26 spices tested, cinnamon showed the greatest potential for antioxidant activity, the study noting: “Antioxidants have been considered the most important drivers in the progress and existence of humans, as they respond to free radicals and damage in metabolic diseases and age-related syndromes of humans and other animals.”14

Cinnamon also contains procyanidins and catechins, and is known to kill human parasites (nematicidal)15 as well as resist termite infestation,16 kill mosquito larvae (larvicidal) and three different mosquito species, and also protect certain woods from decay (antifungal), which is useful for any wood manufacturing industry.17

Food production finds extracts from cinnamon to be useful for diminishing the browning that occurs on mushrooms, fruit and vegetables when they’re exposed to oxygen, making cinnamon an antityrosinase agent and tyrosinase inhibitor that’s also valuable in skin health, cosmetics and agriculture.18

Traditional Healing and Prevention Echoed in Modern Studies

Many centuries before Ayurvedic approaches emerged, and as an example of its strong, pleasant fragrance, Egyptians used cinnamon to mask the smell during the embalming process, and the Romans’ funeral pyres required it for covering the acrid smell of burning flesh. Dark brown Cassia bark oil, extracted from the same tree, is robust with combined woody, sweet and balsamic notes, and beneficial for treating colds, fevers and flu symptoms using vapor therapy.

Powdered cassia bark itself helps improve digestive issues, including diarrhea, flatulence and colic. Over centuries and all the way to the present, cinnamon has been used as a spice for food, perfume and medicine, but some of these uses cross over to having two or more uses, such as the spice uses for the refreshing flavor of chewing gum and to remedy bad breath.

MAPI notes that cinnamon was traditionally useful to aid digestion and soothe stomach problems. Further, a number of powerful polyphenols, such as rutin, catechin, quercetin, kaempferol and isorhamnetin, a more obscure metabolite of quercetin that Phytochemicals says “may reduce the risk of cancer, improve heart health and ease diabetes complications,” are also found in cinnamon.19

Cinnamon Improves Glucose and Lipids of People With Type 2 Diabetes

Wright said she believes one of the most dramatic advantages cinnamon consumption demonstrates is in the way it helps control blood sugar, as it helps diabetics deal with insulin sensitivity and glucose transport, and at the same time decreases inflammation.

In one study, 18 people with Type 2 diabetes participated in a 12-week trial, in which half the group took 1,000 milligrams (mg) of cassia cinnamon supplements and the other half a placebo. According to the study conclusion, all the subjects in the cinnamon group had a statistically significant decrease in their blood sugar levels (comparable to oral medications available for diabetes), while the placebo group had less positive results.20 Registered dietitian and nutrition writer Lisa Drayer observed:

“I like the fact that the amount that showed benefits for blood sugar and cholesterol in that study was 1 to 6 grams, which is the range of half-teaspoon to 3 teaspoons, or one tablespoon, so it’s easy to sprinkle on … yogurt or use in recipes.”21

To test the premise of cinnamon’s effectiveness for diabetes, Melinda Maryniuk, a registered dietitian on the professional practice committee for the American Diabetes Association, recommends that diabetics do a self-test — paired blood glucose testing by eating half a teaspoon of cinnamon in the morning (perhaps in coffee) to see if there’s any difference in your blood sugar levels before and after you eat.

Check again two to three hours later. Meanwhile, though, she advises at-home researchers to work with their doctor if they opt for experimentation, especially if you’re taking diabetes medications, “as it might drop your blood sugars too low.”22

Studies Reveal the Healing Power of Cinnamon Against Cancer

Cancer, notably colorectal cancer, has been examined by scientists using cinnamic compounds as a method of chemoprevention through a pathway known as Nrf2/Keap1-ARE, which Science Direct describes as capable of preventing “cancer initiation and progression in normal and premalignant tissues.”23 In the study,24 cinnamaldeyde was found to “represent an underappreciated chemopreventive dietary factor targeting colorectal carcinogenesis.”

In addition, it, along with an extract made from Cinnamomum cassia bark, induce upregulation of cellular glutathione (the super-antioxidant) levels in human colon cancer cells. It’s also been shown to suppress tumor progression by curbing angiogenesis, or the development of new blood vessels,25 kill tumor cells in a clinical setting26 and, in another study, was proven to be useful as a potent chemopreventive drug in cervical cancer, as well as for restraining tumor cell growth and enhancing tumor cell apoptosis.27

However you choose to use cinnamon, it’s a good idea to make friends with it and find new ways of getting it into your diet — particularly Ceylon cinnamon — as it can offer you immense advantages that scientists are clear will enhance and improve your health.

Vitamin C Stops Cancer

By Dr. Mercola

There are continual advances in science (as well as always some controversy), but new research supporting vitamin C’s potential in preventing the advancement of several forms of cancer is some of the most promising and remarkable that’s emerged in a while.

More specifically, vitamin C may stop leukemia stem cells from multiplying, which could prevent certain forms of blood cancer from advancing, the journal Cell reveals,1 along with pancreatic, colon, liver and ovarian cancers, according to several other notable medical journals and scientific reports.

An enzyme known as Tet methylcytosine dioxygenase 2 (TET2) has the ability to make stem cells “morph” into mature, normal blood cells that will eventually expire like normal cells. Stem cells, the study explains, are “undifferentiated cells that have not yet gained a specific identity and function.”2

This ability helps patients with some blood cancers, including acute and chronic leukemia, because their stem cells haven’t been directed to mature, per se. The cancer cells can regenerate and “self-renew” over and over, subsequently blocking the body’s ability to produce normal white blood cells, which everyone needs in their immune systems to fight infection; some scientists call them “faulty” cells.3

Scientists found that a 50 percent decrease in TET2 activity can be enough to induce cancer, but it must remain low for the disease to keep advancing. New Scientist says mutations in TET2 are involved in around 42,500 cancers in the U.S. a year.4 About 13,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with myeloid dysplastic syndrome (MDS, sometimes referred to as preleukemia) and about 20,000 are diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) every year.5

Lead author Luisa Cimmino, Ph.D. assistant professor in the department of pathology at New York University’s Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center, explained that some leukemia patients have a genetic mutation that decreases the TET2 enzyme in their bodies, to varying percentages:

  • AML — 10 percent
  • MDS — 30 percent
  • Chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CML) — 50 percent

How Did Scientists Approach Testing Vitamin C as a Leukemia Remedy?

The above statistics, as well as previous research, sparked Cimmino and her cohorts to see if they could stimulate the TET2 enzyme genetically using vitamin C. According to Medical News Today:

“The researchers genetically engineered mice to lack the enzyme, having designed mouse models with the TET2 gene ‘switched on’ and ‘off.’ When the gene was off, the researchers found that stem cells started to malfunction. When the researchers turned the gene back on, these malfunctions were reversed.

It was known to the researchers that, in leukemia and other blood diseases that depend on TET2 genetic malfunctions, only one of the two copies of the TET2 gene is altered. So, they hypothesized that a high dose of vitamin C administered intravenously might compensate for the faulty copy of the gene by amplifying the action of the copy that still functions normally.”6

When very high doses of vitamin C were added every day for 24 weeks, the progression of leukemia slowed down. In short, it worked. In fact, pathologist Iannis Aifantis noted, “We saw that that stops the growth.”7 The vitamin C treatment also had an effect on leukemic stem cells that resembled DNA damage, Cimmino added.8 By the end of the mice injection portion of the study, the control group that got no vitamin C injections had three times the number of white blood cells, indicating pre-leukemia. New Scientist further explained:

[Dr. Benjamin] Neel, [director of the Perlmutter Cancer Center,] hopes that high doses of vitamin C will eventually be incorporated into cancer therapies. People who have acute myeloid leukemia are often of advanced age, and may die from chemotherapy. Vitamin C in combination with cancer drugs may provide an alternative approach.”9

They discovered high-dose vitamin C had the ability to stimulate a genetic mechanism to activate TET2 function via another mechanism called DNA demethylation, which kick-starts the genes that inform stem cells to mature and die as they should. A similar study even described high doses of vitamin C as “compensating” for TET2 mutations and restoring normal function, which is remarkable because transformation of normal cells into leukemic cells is usually irreversible.

Researchers: ‘Where Do We Go From Here?’

For leukemia patients with the abovementioned genetic mutations, this research offers hope that intravenous treatment with vitamin C will be a key to unlock DNA demethylation, especially since in simultaneous clinical trials, the same therapy successfully stopped leukemia cancer stem cells the researchers transplanted to mice from human patients from growing in the mice. The researchers didn’t stop there. They went on to find out if combining vitamin C with a class of anticancer drugs would boost its effectiveness.

The cancer drugs are called PARP inhibitors, a drug type that Cimmino explained is known to cause cancer cell death, aka apoptosis, by blocking the repair of DNA damage and is already approved for treating some ovarian cancer patients. When they implemented the combo therapy of vitamin C with the PARP inhibitors, they found that the effectiveness of the vitamin C actually increased, which further inhibited leukemia cells from being able to multiply. Neel further explained:

“Our results suggest that high-dose vitamin C — and it’s important to note that this means doses that have to be administered intravenously — might have therapeutic benefit in TET2-mutant myelodysplastic syndrome, either alone or in combination with current demethylating therapies and/or PARP inhibitors.”10

Neel added that clinical trials may also indicate that vitamin C with or without PARP inhibitors might also be helpful for patients with acute myeloid leukemia, also known as “TET2 mutant” leukemia and, in addition, another colleague planned vitamin C testing for acute myeloid leukemia cases considered intermediate and high risk.

Beyond that, some of the team members are said to be planning further research into vitamin C therapies combined with PARP inhibitors in additional models of acute myeloid leukemia for both preclinical studies and for primary patient samples, as well as other agents that might be synergetic with vitamin C.

Danish Research Into Vitamin C for Cancer Treatments

In mid-2016, scientists at Van Andel Research Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan, reported that a similar therapy using vitamin C in combination with another drug, decitabine, “enhanced the drug’s ability to impede cancer cell growth and trigger cellular self-destruction in cancer cell lines,” according to Science Daily.11 The study was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.12

Additionally, at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, Denmark, a pilot clinical trial based on the above findings is underway, with the help of adult patients suffering from MDS or AML. The trial is combining vitamin C with azacitidine, a similar drug that doctors assert is the “standard of care therapy.” As Science Daily put it, “Many cancer patients are deficient in vitamin C; the proposed approach seeks to correct this deficiency rather than overload patients with the vitamin.”13

Co-senior study author Peter Jones, Ph.D., also scientific officer at Van Andel Research Institute and co-leader of the Van Andel Research Institute-Stand Up To Cancer Epigenetics Dream Team, said that if the pilot is successful, the scientists plan to implement a larger trial to investigate the potential of the vitamin C strategy, not only because it’s “straightforward” but also because it’s a cost-effective strategy for improving existing AML and MDS therapy.

Jones noted, however, that caution would be necessary because there’s no evidence a similar approach would work for other types of cancer or chemotherapy. However, other studies contend  that combined with nutritional ketosis and fasting prior to administering chemo, vitamin C radically improves the effectiveness of chemotherapy. Science Daily went on to explain that such combination therapies are becoming more common:

“Particularly when it comes to epigenetic approaches, which target the mechanisms that control whether genes are switched ‘on’ or ‘off.’ In cancer, these switches inappropriately activate or silence important genes, such as those that regulate cell growth and life cycle, ultimately leading to tumors.

Epigenetic therapies are thought to work in two ways to fix these errors in cancer cells — by correcting the ‘position’ of the gene switches and by making the cell appear as though it’s infected by a virus, triggering the immune system.”14

More to Consider Regarding Vitamin C for Cancer Studies

The Stem Cellar (the California Stem Cell Agency’s official blog) refers to a study conducted at UT Southwestern and published in Nature15 when quoting San Diego Tribune’s science reporter Bradley Fikes, who outlined the study’s finding:

“[H]uman and mouse hematopoietic stem cells absorb unusually large amounts of vitamin C. When the cells were depleted of vitamin C, they were more likely to turn into leukemia cells.”16

Sean Morrison, principal author of the Nature study, learned two interesting things: One, that in mice, “super doses” of vitamin C didn’t help further reduce leukemia risk, so finding the right dosage is important. Second, vitamin C is a limiting factor in the function of TET2, because “people have two copies of the gene, one from each parent. When one of the genes is disabled, it’s important to take the full recommended dose of vitamin C so the remaining gene can exert its full tumor-suppressing effect.”17

Morrison added that while not all cancers grow or multiply when vitamin C is depleted, they’re fairly certain that certain leukemias do. But it’s something researchers are still exploring.

Scientists: Eating a Lot of Oranges Won’t Have the Same Effect

Neel specified that eating a lot of oranges is not going to have the same effects on blood cancers that this therapy will it won’t prevent everyone from getting cancer and high doses of vitamin C for humans will “most likely [be given] in combination with other targeted therapies.”18 He explained:

“The mice were given 100 milligrams of vitamin C in each injection, the equivalent of about two oranges. But the average person weighs about 3,000 times as much as a mouse. Because the body stops taking in the vitamin after around 500 milligrams, any therapies would need to supply vitamin C intravenously.”19

However, as I’ve said before, vitamin C is a very useful supplement that should be part of most cancer treatment protocols. While the only way to get the extremely high amounts of vitamin C into your blood as these studies describe is via intravenous application — which results in blood levels up to 500 times higher than what you can achieve through the oral route — eating foods high in vitamin C and taking liposomal vitamin C supplementation may help.

It should be noted that while oranges are the foods most people think of first as having the highest amount of vitamin C, that’s not actually the case. Here are other foods that will prime your body with even more healthy amounts of this vitamin, according to Health.com20:

? Chili peppers

? Mango

? Green bell peppers

? Kale

? Broccoli

? Kiwi

? Pineapple

? Papaya

? Red bell peppers

? Strawberries

? Cauliflower

? Brussels sprouts

Need to amplify voice of emerging economies: Xi at BRICS plenary meet

BRICS leaders pose for the family photo in Xiamen, China on 4 September 2017 [Xinhua]

The BRICS summit in Xiamen, China is going to dominate the political agenda of the five countries with Presidents Putin, Xi, Zuma, Temer and Prime Minister Modi at one table.

BRICS leaders meet to forge a consensus on trade, protectionism, North Korea, the fight against terrorism and climate change on Monday.

At the plenary session of the BRICS Summit, Chinese President Xi Jinping said the five countries must expand converging interests in trade.

“We need to seek practical results in our (BRICS) economic cooperation, we have not fully tapped potential of BRICS yet,” Xi said.

“We must speak with one voice for issues concerning international peace… We need to amplify voice of emerging markets and developing countries,” he added.

Xi announced that China will launch the BRICS Economic & Technical Cooperation plan with 500 million yuan ($76.4 million) for the first term.

He also said that China is allocating $4 million to aid a business operation facility at the BRICS Bank.

At the plenary meet on Monday, Brazilian President Michel Temer proposed the creation of a BRICS intelligence forum to combat terrorism.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushed for the early creation of a BRICS rating agency to “cater to financing needs of sovereign & corporate entities of developing countries”.

“Our Central Banks must further strengthen their capabilities & promote co-operation between the Contingent Reserve Arrangement and the IMF,” he added.

The $100 billion BRICS Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA) became fully operational following the inaugural meetings of the BRICS CRA Board of Governors and the Standing Committee in the Turkish capital of Ankara in 2015.

The BRICS countries have launched new financial institutions like the $100 billion BRICS Bank, the China-led Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank, and a $100 billion BRICS currency reserve fund.

In Xiamen on Monday, the five leaders are holding closed-door discussions following the plenary meet.

 

TBP

Republicans Think White Supremacists Are Less Dangerous Than the News Media

By Jason Le Miere | 31 August 2017

NEWSWEEK — By an overwhelming margin, Republicans say the news media poses a greater threat to the United States than white supremacists. In a Fox News poll released Wednesday, 69 percent of Republicans said the news media is a bigger danger to society, compared with just 18 percent who responded that white supremacists are more of a problem.

The survey was conducted between August 27 and August 29, two weeks after violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, led to a counterprotestor being killed when a car was driven into a crowd of demonstrators. In the days following, President Donald Trump attributed blame to both sides, earning widespread condemnation, including from many in his own Republican Party.

Still, Republicans in the poll largely agreed with Trump, with only 23 percent saying that the white supremacists, who came to Charlottesville—in many cases armed with weapons—to protest the removal of a Confederate statue, were more to blame for the unrest. In comparison, 30 percent said counterprotesters bore more responsibility, the same number who said either, both or neither carried more blame.

On both questions, there was a huge partisan split. By a margin of 78 percent to 6 percent, Democrats said white supremacists were more responsible than counterprotesters for the deadly violence in Charlottesville. And, by a similar margin, Democrats said white supremacists, rather than the news media, were a greater problem in the United States. […]

What Theodore Roosevelt Said About Immigrants

THOUGHTCO. — Circulating online, a viral quote in which Teddy Roosevelt says that every immigrant must become “an American, and nothing but an American,” forsaking their native language for English and all other flags for the American flag.

Description: Viral quote
Circulating since: October 2005
Status: Authentic / Erroneously dated

Example:
Email contributed by Alan H., Oct. 29, 2005:

Theodore Roosevelt on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN

Are we “SLOW LEARNERS” or what?

Theodore Roosevelt on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN

“In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man’s becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile…We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language…and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”

Theodore Roosevelt 1907

Analysis: Theodore Roosevelt indeed wrote these words, but not in 1907 while he was still President of the United States. The passages were culled from a letter he wrote to the president of the American Defense Society on January 3, 1919, three days before Roosevelt died (he served as president from 1901 to 1909).

“Americanization” was a favorite theme of Roosevelt’s during his later years, when he railed repeatedly against “hyphenated Americans” and the prospect of a nation “brought to ruins” by a “tangle of squabbling nationalities.”

He advocated the compulsory learning of English by every naturalized citizen. “Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or to leave the country,” he said in a statement to the Kansas City Star in 1918. “English should be the only language taught or used in the public schools.” […]