Thursday, May 26, 2011

Cell Phone Numbers Go Public this month!

Now is the time to do this if you haven’t already. 
Starting later this month, you’ll start getting calls from telemarketing companies.
You need to get your mobile number on a do not call list to stop this from happening.
It is very simple to do, just call 888-382-1222 from your mobile phone.
It’s the National DO NOT CALL list.
It will only  take a minute of your time and it will block your mobile number for five (5) years.
Remember, you'll have to call from the mobile phone number you want to have blocked.  
You can’t call from a different phone number.

HELP OTHERS BY PASSING THIS ON …  It only takes about 20 seconds and you’ll save minutes and money by doing so.

To learn more you can go to this website.

All the best,
Lou & Debbie

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

4YourHealthToday: The Hidden Link Between Stress, Aging and Caffeine...

4YourHealthToday: The Hidden Link Between Stress, Aging and Caffeine...: "Greetings, Have you ever really thought about that cup of coffee you have every morning? We’ve been hearing for years how bad it is for ..."

The Hidden Link Between Stress, Aging and Caffeine

Have you ever really thought about that cup of coffee you have every morning?  
We’ve been hearing for years how bad it is for our health, right? 
There are always two sides of the coin.
So, which side do you fall on?  This is one side. 
Let us know what you think. 
Look for another post we’re going to put up that  is the flip side, so check back again.
All the best,
Lou & Debbie.

The Hidden Link Between Stress, Aging and Caffeine

It’s the common complaint you hear 
uttered by friends, family and co-workers throughout the day. “I just can’t get going without my cup of coffee!” What happened to the days of childhood when we used to bound out of bed with plenty of energy and we kept going at an energetic pace until night? Most people assume that age causes diminished energy supply, but the latest research is shedding new light on lifestyle practices that ultimately lead to fatigue. 
Although we reach for the coffee or teacup hoping to boost our energy, studies show that we are actually inducing a state of stress. Caffeine drives the adrenal glands to produce stress hormones that can remain in the blood stream up to 18 hours after consumption. These hormones produce the “fight or flight” response nature designed to help save our lives when every bit of energy was required to survive an impending disaster such as an attack by a foe. In today’s world, where we are more often sitting at a desk, driving in our car, or eating a meal, caffeine can put us into a chronic state of stress with no way for our body to burn off the extra fuel and hormones. Caffeine-induced stress can produce mood swings and insomnia, increase muscle tension, impair digestion and nutrition, restrict blood circulation to the brain, elevate blood pressure, create blood sugar swings, and accelerate heart rate. Yet the lines at the local coffee bar are still stretching out the door with people desperate for their next caffeine fix. 
Caffeine addiction is rampant in our society. Caffeine is the only unregulated drug in our food supply. There are no requirements for the quantity of caffeine to be labeled on foods or soft drinks. Most people don't know that their coffee flavored ice cream or yogurt may be supplying a hefty dose of caffeine just when they want to relax at the end of a hectic day. Mothers don't suspect that the root beer and orange soda they are giving their children may also contain caffeine. Students studying late at night don't realize that caffeine restricts the oxygen flow to their brain up to 30% and impairs memory retention. Under the guise of alertness, caffeine has fooled them into thinking they will be better prepared for their exams in the morning. 
While the adrenals are busy pumping out cortisol to send energy to the muscles and divert energy from the digestive and immune systems, there is a very important hormone they aren't making: DHEA. It turns out that the adrenals have to reduce their production of the most important anti-aging hormone your body requires for youth and longevity in order to produce the stress hormones that ultimately weaken your immune system and impair your health. DHEA is the mother hormone for all the sex hormones such as estrogen and testosterone as well as it increases your brain's serotonin levels naturally. So if you've been feeling down in the dumps and your lover no longer interests you, check out how much caffeine you are consuming daily in that coffee mug of yours!
The caffeine industry created a nice deception to make you think you're not drinking that much caffeine. It turns out that a cup of coffee is not your normal 8 oz cup, but a mere 5 oz cup. So when you read that a couple of cups of coffee a day shouldn't be any problem to your health, think of one 10 oz mug because that is what they are actually talking about. When you add to that the statistics for caffeine content in a cup of coffee brewed at popular coffee bars, you'll find out that you can expect up to 300 mg in that 10 oz cup, not the 150 mg you might find in a cup of coffee from your own coffee maker. 
Decaf coffee drinkers who think they have  witched to a healthier choice will be surprised to find out that a Stanford University study showed that decaf coffee raises the cholesterol higher and faster than regular coffee. A cup of decaf coffee still contains around 7 mg of caffeine. Plus, the beans chosen for decaf coffee have a higher acidic content than regular coffee to compensate for flavor loss during the decaffeination process. Since antacids are the top selling over-the-counter drug in America, it is evident that many people suffer from the acidity of coffee! 
With all this bad news about our favorite legal drug habit, you may be wondering what is my alternative? Stephen Cherniske M.S., the author of Caffeine Blues (Warner 1998) recommends switching to caffeine-free herbal coffee. Herbal coffee, made from carob, chicory, barley, dates, figs and almonds, can be brewed right in your same coffee maker. It contains significant amounts of potassium to give you a natural energy lift. Potassium is added to sports recovery beverages because it helps your muscles and brain recover from fatigue. Herbal coffee is also alkaline for your system unlike coffee and tea which are highly acidic. Plus, chicory has high levels of inulin that is food for your digestive flora. Inulin will help establish a healthy colony of bifidus bacteria in the colon where they create B vitamins, help you absorb your minerals like calcium and iron, and enhance your immune system. If you depend on caffeine to drive your elimination, bifidus bacteria will help you become regular without dependency on stimulants. 
Kicking the Caffeine Habit
Caffeine withdrawal headaches can be incapacitating. Often they are accompanied by fatigue as your body starts to recuperate from its former caffeine-driven pace. But it is not as hard as you may think to ease yourself off of caffeine if you use a two week weaning program. By slowly reducing the amount of caffeine you consume daily, you can avoid those withdrawal headaches and help your adrenal glands recover. You may be surprised to find in 2 to 3 months that you feel better than you've felt since you were a child and once again, you have an abundance of energy and enthusiasm for life! 
It may interest you to know why you get a headache when you skip your morning cup. Caffeine acts a as powerful vasoconstrictor in the brain. That is, it constricts blood vessels in the brain and decreases circulation and oxygen supply by up to 30%! When caffeine is not present, the sudden increased circulation causes headaches. While this keeps millions of people addicted to the caffeine habit, the good news is that you can avoid this pitfall by slowly weaning yourself off caffeine over a two to three week period. 
Start by mixing your normal coffee 3/4 to 1/4 caffeine-free herbal coffee. Gradually reduce the percentage of your coffee over a two-three week period until you are drinking 100% herbal coffee. You should be able to avoid the headaches and also gradually adjust your body to less reliance on stimulants. 
Try these herbal tonics to help rebuild adrenal health and detoxify the body: 
Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus
Panax Ginseng (Panax ginseng or quinquefolius
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra
Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus
Ashwaganda (Withania somnifera
Milk thistle (Silybum marianum)

Some heavy coffee drinkers experience "brain fog" in the first month or so of quitting caffeine. Good nutrition along with a bioenergetic supplement coupled with some herbal extracts including gotu kola and gingko biloba will help you clear that fog and restore your normal brain clarity. 
Beware of products parading as energy uppers that simply contain more harmful stimulants. Many of them depend on caffeine from lesser known sources such as guarana, kola nut, and yerba matĂ©, or ephedrine from Ma Huang. 

Caroline MacDougall is an herbalist with 25 years of expertise designing caffeine-free herbal beverages. She has designed herbal beverages for The Republic of Tea, Yogi Tea, Uncle Lee's Tea, Seelect Teas, and Teeccino Caffé.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Which drugs should MI survivors avoid?

Seems like every time we turn around, we read about one wonder drug or another that's been on the market, and it's killing us, have you noticed?
We need to always seek out natural treatments instead of always reaching for a drug.
All the best,
Lou & Debbie
Even short-term use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for myocardial infarction (MI) survivors can increase the risk of a subsequent MI, according to a study in Circulation.
Researchers analyzed data from 83,675 first-time MI patients, of which about 42% Ibuprofen was taken most often, but patients also frequently used diclofenac, celecoxib and naproxen. 

Over the next five years, 35,257 of those patients experienced another MI.  Individuals who took NSAIDs for one week were 45% more likely to have another MI or die, and taking them for more than three months increased the risk for a second MI by 55%.
No increased risk was associated with taking naproxen.
Even short-term treatment with most NSAIDs was associated with increased risk of death and recurrent MI in patients with prior MI. Neither short- nor long-term treatment with NSAIDs is advised in this population, and any NSAID use should be limited from a cardiovascular safety point of view

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Health of U.S. workforce declining


Why does this not surprise me?  We are working more and not 
taking  care of ourselves, and is it a wonder that we are less healthy? 
When money gets tight we quit going to health clubs and stop taking 
vitamins and supplements.  
Think about what we  "do and don't" spend our money, 
always try to put your health first!
All the best,
Lou & Debbie

Health of U.S. workforce declining


The overall health of U.S. workers with employer-sponsored 
health coverage declined by 2% between 2005 and 2009,
and each worker costs employers about $670 in health care
costs annually,according to Thomson Reuters

The index examined employee wellness by looking at six risk 
factors: body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, blood glucose 
level, cholesterol, and tobacco and alcohol use. 
The study found that about 14% of incremental direct health 
care costs were linked to these six factors. 

High BMI cost  
employers about $400 per worker, while high blood glucose 
levels accounted for $150 per worker. The findings indicated 
that cholesterol, alcohol use and blood pressure did not 
affect health care costs, but tobacco use cost about $100. 
The costs were associated only with medical and prescription 
drug costs, and not missed work or disabilities 

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Chilling News about a Vaccine You Almost Certainly had as a Child… Does It Have a Secret Cancer Connection?

This is a long post but I hope you take the time to read it.
I grew up in one of the states that had a high exposure rate!
Just yesterday, I heard about the government has just got caught  paying out very large setelments to parents who have children with austism.
Please do your own reasearch on the dangers that have been associated with vaccines.
All the best,
Lou & Debbie

Chilling News about a Vaccine You Almost Certainly had as a Child…
Does It Have a Secret Cancer Connection?

What does a 12-year-old have in common with a 70-year-old?

Potential exposure to a virus that turns normal cells into cancerous ones...

Certain evidence points to a strong link between a vaccine you had as a child, and cancer… and the infection mysteriously extends to your children and grandchildren.

Mass vaccination campaigns of the 1950s and 1960s are now suspected in thousands of deaths per year via a cancer-causing virus contained in the early polio vaccines. But this doesn't mean you'll get cancer for sure. Keep reading and I'll explain. . 

Researchers discovered this deadly vaccine tragedy in 1994 — when Dr. Michele Carbone found the SV40 virus in 60% of lung cancers (mesotheliomas) studied, 33% of osteosarcoma bone cancers, 40% of other bone cancers…

This is no monkey business!

Known as SV40, this virus came from dead monkeys whose kidney cells were used to culture polio vaccines. Over 98 million people in the U.S., plus more in other countries, were exposed to the contaminated vaccine.

And it appears there's a link to you, even if YOU were not vaccinated.

It turned out to be: medical marvel with a deadly glitch

Polio virus has been around forever — yet paralysis-causing epidemics have only existed since the late 1800s. In fact, 95% of polio cases occur without symptoms. Most victims just get a mild fever. But in a tiny fraction of 1% of victims, it penetrated the blood-brain barrier to cause paralysis or death… which naturally aroused much fear.

At the height of the polio epidemic in the early 1950s, the first polio vaccines were cultured in monkey tissue. The vaccine was rushed to market and made mandatory because of government panic and public hysteria about the disease.

From the beginning there were cries of "foul", accusations of poor manufacturing controls, and questionable efficacy.1

Then in the late '50s the monkey tissue was found to be contaminated with a virus that could be linked to cancer and other serious diseases… after it was too late and millions had received it.

Bernice Eddy, PhD, National Institutes of Health (NIH), discovered that a staggeringly high 70% of hamsters injected with kidney cell cultures containing SV virus died without apparent cause. She later discovered that tumors could be passed easily from one animal to another over a long time period while remaining cancerous.2

It was dubbed SV40 -- the fortieth simian virus found in monkeys' kidney cells.

"The Great Polio Vaccine Cover-Up"…

Eddy went public with this news — which enraged her boss at the NIH to no small degree. He tried everything he could to marginalize and discredit her — viewing her discovery as a direct threat to his career and a public health policy he staunchly supported.3

In June 1961, a letter from a colleague to the surgeon general detailed how Eddy's work was muzzled and repressed.4

Meanwhile by 1960, the Salk vaccine had been administered by injection to half the American public.

But there was a rival vaccine — the oral vaccine developed by Sabin. By mid-1960, sixty million Russians had received Sabin's oral vaccine (OPV) in field trials. It was pronounced a resounding success.

A group of Merck scientists led by Dr. Maurice Hilleman eventually proved both the Salk and Sabin forms were contaminated with SV40.

But the government purposefully kept this under wraps, warning neither doctors nor the public… while the vaccines continued to be given for years.

Eventually word leaked out… on July 25, 1961 the New York Times ran a story on page 26, quoting directly from the government's official press release.5

One news outlet opted against silence… On August 6th, 1961 the National Enquirer carried the year's most complete SV40 story, in an article entitled, "The Great Polio Vaccine Cancer Cover-Up…" running three pages long. Despite its tabloid status, the article contained amazing scientific quotes and an accurate recounting of Eddy's hamster experiments.6

The SV40 was so virulent, it became a popular tool of cancer researchers awed by its ability to transform healthy animal cells into tumor cells in test tubes. This tiny but mighty life form could completely disrupt cells, cause them to lose control of themselves, and to reproduce wildly.

Finally in 1994 Dr. Michele Carbone autopsied dead research animals to make a shocking discovery… SV40 was linked tothe rare malignant mesothelioma — as well as to brain cancer and osteosarcoma (bone cancer).

Carbone's research found that SV40 causes mesothelial cells to become malignant 1,000 times faster than fibroblasts.7

Between 1997 and 2003, 25 new published studies showed presence of SV40 in mesotheliomas… 16 others found SV40 in brain, bone, and other cancers.8

In fact, one study showed the presence of SV40 infections in children born after 1982 — decades after the polio vaccine was supposedly cleaned up9,10. Why SV40 is apparently still spreading is a mystery.

SHOCKING revelations from a vaccine maker…

Initially, no one could fathom how SV40 was transmitted to humans.

That is… until Dr. Maurice Hilleman — head of Merck's vaccine program, developer of more than 36 vaccines, and recipient of a special lifetime achievement award from the World Health Organization — made shocking revelations before he died about Merck's responsibility in unleashing the SV40, as well as the AIDS virus.11

He also testified that the government kept SV40 contamination a secret to avoid public hysteria.

What we NOW know about SV40…

Disturbing new insights:

Documents now conclusively prove that SV40 was never removed from the vaccine stocks after 1963… SV40 tainted seeds were never thrown away — they were used in OPV (oral polio vaccine) for millions of children for nearly four decades12.
SV40 appears in 61% of all new cancer patients — including patients too young to have received the vaccine 40 years ago!13
Nearly 70% of mesothelioma cases test positive for SV40.
SV40 was found in 23% of blood samples and 45% of semen of normal individuals.14
SV40 can be transmitted sexually and through blood transfusions.15
Ten percent of those never exposed directly to tainted vaccines test SV40-positive.
Lancet published clear evidence that tainted polio vaccine is responsible for nearly half of the 55,000 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma cases per year.16
People from states receiving high-SV40 OPV now get osteosarcoma tumors at ten times the rate of those with SV40-free lot numbers.17

Are YOU from a high-exposure state?

Where did you spend your 1950s and 60s? Per NIH, these states had high SV40 vaccine exposure18:

Washington DC
New York
Rhode Island
New Hampshire

Low exposure states:

New Mexico
North Dakota
West Virginia

Remaining states are theoretically SV40-free. But, cancer rates are also high in the United Kingdom and Italy, all of which had huge mass vaccination programs.

Scientific integrity or government cover-up?

Not to sound like a conspiracy theorist here — but consider…

When research went public in 1999, NCI declared there's "no evidence of human cancer linked to SV40". But other researchers contend that SV40 had already shown up in a wide variety of tumors — the highest rates in those receiving tainted OPV. Maybe that's not proof it's the cause but it certainly qualifies as a statistical "link"! And, in the science of identifying causes of cancer, correlations like this have long been considered evidence of probable cause.
The government and NIH have denied requests for grants to study SV40. Why?
Government denies a cancer link because of "those who are too young to have received the vaccine in the 1950s" — ignoring the potential of transmission via "shedding" (passing the virus to non-vaccinated people)… something the vaccine was specifically designed to do!
According to NIH, "the NCI is continuing to evaluate the possible link between SV40 infection and human cancers."19

But some in the scientific community question whether this "continuing evaluation" is being performed with total scientific integrity.
One article by an attorney, published in a peer reviewed scientific journal, accuses NCI of deliberately compromising a study that would have shown a link between SV40 and mesothelioma.20

Despite the government's foot dragging...

SV40 is one of the most widely studied viruses in all of microbiology

For forty years, SV40 has been widely studied and well understood. Over 3,400 scientific articles name SV40 in the title… over 15,000 articles mention SV40.

SV40 was routinely used to create human cancers in the lab, to test cancer therapies.21

Moreover, it is now known how this virus causes cancer on a molecular level. SV40 oncogenesis is mediated by the viral large tumor antigen (T-ag) — which inactivates the tumor suppressor proteins p53 and pRb.22

Experts in SV40 research finally announced SV40 is a class 2A human carcinogen.23

Good news: Not EVERYONE
who received SV40 will get cancer...

There is hope. Nearly every Baby Boomer received these vaccines forty or fifty years ago, and sadly, we can't turn back the clock for a do-over.

However, even Carbone, a leading SV40 expert, says, "… you need many different carcinogens, because different carcinogens do different things. Cancer is a multifactorial process."

No one factor can create cancer all by itself. Instead, your cells require numerous "hits" (insults) from various carcinogens.

But Carbone does consider SV40 one of the most potent human carcinogens.

He also goes on to state that cellular changes in your body (unlike a test tube) are influenced by the status of your immune system. A healthy immune system generally seeks and destroys invading viruses.

So, mitigate your personal risk by engaging in strategies known to enhance your immune system, such as:

Eating a mostly raw, organic, high-enzyme diet rich in vegetables… free of sugar, artificial sweeteners, and carbs.
Reduce calories, lose weight, exercise daily…
Control stress.
Give thanks for your daily blessings.
Detoxify yourself, your home, yard, and life as much as possible…

It does appear there's damaging evidence about polio vaccines, but we may never be 100% sure.

All the same, what's done is done. Move forward confidently with strategies known to reduce your risk. And at the same time, be wary and don't repeat the mistakes of the past.

Kindest regards,

Lee Euler,


1 Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 163 No. 2, Jan. 12, 1957.
2 Bookchin, Debbie & Schumacher, Jim, The Virus and the Vaccine. St. Martin's Press, New York, NY, 2004. p. 61-62.
3 Bookchin, Debbie & Schumacher, Jim, The Virus and the Vaccine. St. Martin's Press, New York, NY, 2004. p. 65-66.
4 Bookchin, Debbie & Schumacher, Jim, The Virus and the Vaccine. St. Martin's Press, New York, NY, 2004. p. 82-83.
5 Bookchin, Debbie & Schumacher, Jim, The Virus and the Vaccine. St. Martin's Press, New York, NY, 2004. p. 103-104.
6 Bookchin, Debbie & Schumacher, Jim, The Virus and the Vaccine. St. Martin's Press, New York, NY, 2004. p. 104.
7 Bookchin, Debbie & Schumacher, Jim, The Virus and the Vaccine. St. Martin's Press, New York, NY, 2004. p. 207.
8 Bookchin, Debbie & Schumacher, Jim, The Virus and the Vaccine. St. Martin's Press, New York, NY, 2004. p. 215.
9 Butel JS, et al., Molecular Evidence of simian virus 40 infections in children. J Infect Dis. 1999 Sep; 180(3):884-7.
10 Bookchin, Debbie & Schumacher, Jim, The Virus and the Vaccine. St. Martin's Press, New York, NY, 2004. p. 185.
13 Fuentes, Geraldo, SV40: A Deadly Cure?
14 Fuentes, Geraldo, SV40: A Deadly Cure?
15 Fuentes, Geraldo, SV40: A Deadly Cure?
16 Comment in: Lancet. 2002 Mar 9;359(9309):812-3, Lancet. 2003 Jan 4;361(9351):88-9, Lancet. 2002 Jun 29;359(9325):2281.
17 Fuentes, Geraldo, SV40: A Deadly Cure?
18 National Institutes of Health, 1950's Contaminated Polio Vaccines — A Deadly Cure By Geraldo Fuentes 9-16-00
19 National Cancer Institute, Simian Virus 40 and Human Cancer (2003) athttp://cancerweb.ncl, (last visited May 15, 2003).
20 Donald S. MacLachlan, SV40 in Human Tumors: New Documents Shed Light on the Apparent Controversy, 22 Anticancer Res. 3495, 3495-99 (2002).
21 E. Fanning, Introduction to Simian Virus 40: Getting by with More than a Little Help from its Host Cell, in Simian Virus 40 (SV40): A Possible Human Polyomavirus, supra note 28, at 3-8.
22 Butel JS, Vilchez RA, Jorgensen JL, Kozinetz CA. Association between SV40 and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Leuk Lymphoma. 2003;44 Suppl 3:S33-9.
23 Gazdar AF, Butel JS, Carbone M., SV40 and Human Tumours: Myth, Association or Causality?, 2 Nat. Rev. Cancer 957, 957-64 (2002).

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The 7 Tricks Restaurants Play to Separate You From Your Money

I often wondered about marketing, that being what I have done for most of my life, as it pertains to restaurants.   I found this and it explains why we do what we do.  We have to remember that everything we are exposed to is designed for a reason.  Next time your at a restaurant, maybe you’ll think about this.
All the Best
Lou & Debbie

The 7 Tricks Restaurants Play to Separate You From Your Money

Menu engineering is used by restaurants to steer you to order high-profit items. Yahoo finance has collected a list of some common menu ploys:
1.            First in show. You are more likely to order the first item on a list in a given section of the menu (such as the "chicken" or "beef" section.) That's where many restaurants place the most profitable dish of that type.
2.            Menu Siberia. Unprofitable dishes, on the other hand, tend to get banished to a corner that's less noticeable.
3.            Visual aids. Many menus box off something they want to promote, because if you draw a line around it, people will order it. Photos also sell dishes.
4.            Package deals. Even if only a small percentage of the McDonald's customers spend some extra dollars on a meal package that translates to millions in additional revenue.
5.            Dollar-sign avoidance. Some menus avoid dollar signs and decimals -- keeping money abstract makes spending less threatening.
6.            The small plate-large plate conundrum. A restaurant may offer two sizes of the same dish; that price differential is almost pure profit.
7.        Ingredient embroidery. If the menu makes each ingredient   
       sound ultra-special, it will sell better; it may be the same dish 
       you would get anywhere else, but you'll start to think you can 
       only get it there.