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December 13, 2008

Honey and Cinnamon Remedies

Filed under: Health, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — Joe De Luca @ 9:09 pm

Honey and Cinnamon seem to be the remedy for everything. They are the Batman and Robin of the natural cures world. Some of the things that they cure are: hair loss, hearing loss, halitosis, heart disease, pimples, bladder infections, heart disease, insect bites, arthritis, tooth ache, infertility, upset stomach, gas, indigestion, fatigue, cancer, colds, influenza, etc.. And they also help with longevity, the immune system, and weight loss.

Note that the honey has to be raw, unfiltered and unpasteurized.

Ceylon Cinnamon is the true cinnamon. Its botanical name is Cinnamomum zeylanicum.

October 18, 2008

Story of Stuff

Must-see twenty minute video. Story of Stuff.

October 17, 2008

Mainstream Media Lies about Vitamin D Deficiency and Parkinson’s with Deceptive Headlines

Filed under: Health — Tags: — Joe De Luca @ 1:33 pm

by: Mike Adams, NaturalNews.com

Following the release of a new study strongly correlating vitamin D deficiency with Parkinson’s disease, the mainstream media (MSM) has once again gone out of its way to intentionally distort the findings of the study and mislead readers about vitamin D. The study was conducted by Emory University, the same university that has just had $9.3 million in NIH grants frozen because of undisclosed ties between its researchers and the drug companies (http://www.naturalnews.com/News_000362_…). Thus, from the start, we already know that Emory University researchers are working for Big Pharma and likely have a financial stake in promoting pharmaceuticals or discrediting natural alternatives.

Nevertheless, the study — which was published in Archives of Neurology — examined 300 people: 100 with Parkinson’s, 100 with Alzheimer’s and another 100 they called “healthy” (which, by modern medicine standards, could have been seriously diseased but not yet diagnosed with disease). The study found that 90% of the healthy people had sufficient vitamin D levels in their blood. In the Alzheimer’s group, the number was lower: 84%. And in the Parkinson’s group, it was lower still: 77%.

What the study showed was a statistically significant correlation between low vitamin D levels and higher risk of Parkinson’s disease.

Why vitamin D is a miracle nutrient for the brain

To anyone who knows even a little bit about vitamin D, these results are not surprising. Vitamin D is essential for proper functioning of the nervous system. The protective effects of vitamin D on cognitive function are well known and well documented. You can see a sampling of the thousands of clinical studies on vitamin D and brain function here: http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/science/…

Thus, it is no surprise that patients who lacked sufficient levels of vitamin D would suffer poor brain function and eventually be diagnosed with neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s, both of which are entirely preventable through nutrition.

But the relationship between vitamin D and neurological function remains a great mystery to those in the mainstream media (or so they want you to believe). In fact, they’ve gone to great lengths to misrepresent these clinical findings and try to twist the story around to imply that vitamin D causes Parkinson’s!

The false headlines

Today’s BBC health headline declares, “Parkinson’s linked to vitamin D.”

The implication, of course, is that vitamin D causes Parkinson’s. There’s a word conveniently missing from this BBC headline: “deficiency.” The correct headline should be, “Parkinson’s linked to vitamin D deficiency,” right? But no, that would tell the truth. Instead, BBC editors have decided to remove the word “deficiency” and, in doing so, completely flip the meaning of the headline, making readers believe that taking too much vitamin D might cause Parkinson’s disease. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/76667…)

Not to be outdone by the BBC, The Press Association parroted the same loopy logic in their own headline: “Vitamin D ‘link’ to Parkinson’s” (http://ukpress.google.com/article/ALeqM…). Just like the BBC headline, this carefully-phrased headline also implies that vitamin D causes Parkinson’s.

The Craegmoor Healthcare news website in the UK went even further, declaring that sunshine is linked to Parkinson’s! Here’s their headline: “Sunshine linked to Parkinson’s” (http://www.craegmoor.co.uk/news/industr…)

Do they really think readers are so stupid as to believe sunshine exposure causes Parkinson’s disease? They’re apparently willing to print the false headlines and find out.

Composing such obviously-false headlines requires an incredible leap of really bad logic (or a sinister agenda). But mainstream media journalists have had a lot of practice over the years, reporting lies about 9/11, the War on Iraq, vaccines and just about every other contentious topic gullible news consumers have swallowed without a single moment of critical thinking. To become a mainstream media journalist, the first thing you have to do is leave your brain at home. It’s far better to arrive at work with a hollow head that can be filled with nefarious agendas and false facts.

Some of those journalists work at HealthDay news, of course, where today’s headline in the Washington Post hilariously declares, “Parkinson’s Patients More Prone to Vitamin D Deficiency.” (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co…)

In case you missed that, this HealthDay headline implies that Parkinson’s disease causes vitamin D deficiency! Wow. The idiocy of it would be hilarious if it weren’t being reprinted in a news source read by so many people. I suppose scurvy causes vitamin C deficiency, too, and cancer causes vitamin D deficiency. Maybe osteoporosis causes calcium and magnesium deficiencies. It is a worrisome sign of the times when the mainstream media engaged in such blatant logic reversals and prints them as fact.

If it all sounds familiar, it should: George Orwell’s 1984 book provided the template for such newspeak:

War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.

And vitamin D causes Parkinson’s disease, if you believe HealthDay news.

I’ve found HealthDay news, by the way, to be the very worst agenda-driven health news misinformation organization in America. HealthDay editors have famously authored some of the most intellectually-challenged stories I’ve ever seen, including one that claims people can lose weight by chugging sodas and eating ice cream and pizza (http://www.naturalnews.com/022453.html).

HealthDay editors have also authored insanely stupid stories on vaccines (http://www.naturalnews.com/022479.html) and even a story that claims lip balm defies the laws of physics and bends light rays (http://www.naturalnews.com/023122.html).

Where does HealthDay find these people? And what do they make them smoke before they start work in the morning? Given how incredibly retarded some of the news reports are that come out of HealthDay, it’s no surprise that they’ve achieved global distribution with CNN, the Washington Post, Yahoo, Business Week, Forbes, MSN and even iVillage. What these organizations do is copy and paste the misinformation from HealthDay and run it as their own stories. This is how health lies get spread through the mainstream media.

Today, HealthDay’s home page declares, “Smoking Makes You Old Before Your Time.” Gee, really? That might have actually been news in 1973, too.

Not all the MSM journalists are complete idiots

A few mainstream media sources actually got the vitamin D story right. Astonishingly, even WebMD managed to state the correct headline: “Low Vitamin D Level Tied to Parkinson’s.” (http://www.webmd.com/parkinsons-disease…)

The Telegraph (in the U.K.) also got the story headline correct. It reported, “Lack of sunshine linked to Parkinson’s” (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstop…)

Kudos to the Telegraph’s medical editor, Rebecca Smith, who apparently has a far greater grasp of logic than, say, certain editors at HealthDay. Then again, the Telegraph is a far smarter newspaper to begin with.

But if you want to find really smart news sources, you’ve got to turn to the alternative press. Check out www.Alternet.org or www.OrganicConsumers.org or www.PRwatch.org

NaturalNews, of course, remains the most trusted online destination for honest news about natural health. We don’t take money from any advertisers at all (other than Google, whose ads we don’t choose). Our only “agenda” is to empower the People with honest, independent information they can use to prevent ALL disease (cancer, diabetes, Parkinson’s, you name it…) and enhance the quality of their lives.

Far too often, the agenda of the mainstream media is to distort the truth, and in doing so, intentionally mislead readers with harmful disinformation. A careful review of mainstream newspapers, magazines and news websites reveals a clear, intentional pattern of news distortion that just happens to benefit the drug companies that fund so much of their advertising.

by: Mike Adams, NaturalNews.com

September 14, 2008

Why Is This Happening To Me…Again?!

Filed under: Health, Religion, Society, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Joe De Luca @ 2:58 pm

Why Is This Happening To Me…Again?!…and What You Can Do About It! – by Michael Ryce

Why isn’t this book required reading?

The mind, aka “the great deceiver”, let’s us see and experience what we unconsciously believe. In other words, our realities, or perceived realities, are based on our ingrained belief systems. The good news is that we control our own thoughts, and thus can re-program those beliefs and hence our realities.

I recommend this book to everyone. It’s an easy, quick, must read.

March 12, 2008

Gomorrah

Filed under: Ecology, Economy, Health, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , — Joe De Luca @ 2:29 pm

Gomorrah, by Roberto Saviano, is an excellent read for anyone who would like to better understand the intricacies of the camorra. You will see how the camorra controls the economy and influences politics at the local and international level. I applaud the author for his courage and integrity. The last chapter of the book “Land of Fires” covers the neopalitan waste management racket.

February 4, 2008

Super Duper Tuesday: Vote for Ron Paul, the Real Change

Tomorrow twenty-four states will hold either primaries or caucuses for at least one party. Whatever you do, vote for the presidential candidate that best represents your beliefs. Don’t be swayed by polls, the media, or whether your state is historically considered a blue or red state, or by people telling you that your candidate has no chance of winning.

Do not vote for your typical, cookie cutter, status quo politician. Vote for real change, vote for a cultural revolution. Vote for Ron Paul!

If you are for peace, for life, against big government, against forced vaccinations, there is only one choice. Ron Paul!

The two issues that are perpetually raised, by presidential candidates and the media, are the Iraq War and the Economy. First all all, let’s remember that the U.S. military is not just in Iraq but all over the world, whether fighting an undeclared war or acting as “peace keeper”. Ron Paul will stop the Empire building. As a result, fewer lives will be lost and terrorist threats will decrease, if not stop all together.

As far as the economy, the U.S. military is one of the biggest expenses that we have. It’s very simple: no wars = no debt. We could finally balance the budget and put an end to the slumping economy, this just by stop being the bully of the world.

Let’s vote for good change, not bad change. We cannot allow another George W. Bush to be put in office.

And as a final note, I would encourage everyone to use a paper ballot. That will increase the chances of your vote being counted.


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January 19, 2008

Visual Pollution of Naples, Italy

Filed under: Ecology, Health, Politics, Society — Tags: , , , , , — Joe De Luca @ 3:56 pm


Napoli has a rubbish collection problem

Originally uploaded by chrisjohnbeckett

The Naples garbage collection saga continues. This is just one of many pictures and videos that are on the internet that show the visual and environmental pollution of the city and surrounding areas. Note that this picture is from June 2007. Garbage strikes are nothing new to this city. For that matter, strikes of any kind, are nothing new to the whole Italian peninsula.

January 11, 2008

Naples Garbage Crisis is a Complete Mess

The Naples garbage crisis revives the expression “Vedi Napoli e Poi Muori”…”See Naples and Then Die”. The expression can be taken quite literally if we take a look at the cancer rates in the surrounding areas, and the stench of rot. The current situation is a complete mess. Of course this is not something that happened overnight. It was a problem that was ready to spill at any moment for quite some time, and now it did spill…all over the streets.

Who will resolve this mess? Politicians? Citizens? I’m not quite sure, but they better get their act together and stop pointing fingers, before this turns into more of a sanitation nightmare than it already is.

My humble, and common sense, suggestions would be for the citizens to start composting their organic waste. Non-organic waste does not emit nasty odors. Stop buying unnecessary things. Reusing materials. Take responsibility for your own actions. And stop the violent-anarchical maneuvers. The situation will be resolved much faster if everyone behaves in a civilized manner.

This garbage logistical dilemma is a simple result of ignorance, and over-consumptionism, sprinkled by a “little” corruption via the camorra and some no-good politicians.

December 15, 2007

Substance Abuse in Sports

It’s been a couple days since the Mitchell Report was released, and I’ve been doing some thinking. What can we, as a society, do to solve the substance abuse problem in professional sports? The pessimistic answer is that as long as there is money involved there will be corruption, period. In sports that translates into cheating. So in other words, no matter what penalties are imposed, or what tests are given, some athletes will continue to cheat, and some of them will find a way to beat the system.

The optimistic answer is that we can make a difference. One of the best measures of being heard is by boycotting. Simply stop going to games, stop watching games on tv, stop purchasing apparel and other merchandise of your drugged-up heroes, aka cheaters. This not only goes for baseball, but for all professional sports.

Sport is about fairness. Athletes who take artificial substances, besides ruining their health, are creating an uneven playing field. It is not fair for the honest, hard-working, clean athletes. Cheaters, whether they ingest, inject, or inhale any artificial agent or substance should be thrown out of their respective league. They should also be ineligible for the Hall-of-Fame. (by the way let’s put Pete Rose in the Hall…but that’s a whole different post).

December 5, 2007

Razoo.com for the Common Good

Filed under: Health, Politics, Religion, Society, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Joe De Luca @ 12:19 pm

Visit razoo.com to make a difference in the world. Razoo is a brand new social networking website that connects people who are interested in the same cause. Don’t see your cause? No problem. After signing up you can create your own. You can also join an existing group, or create your own, whether it be local or global.

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