The Wide-Ranging Influence of Gut Microbes on Your Mental and Physical Health



Boggers Comment: You may want to read another of our posts called “I Have a Gut Feeling” after reading this article. It ties in quite nicely with this article!

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By Dr. Mercola

There are 100 trillion cells in your body, but 90% of the genetic material is not yours. It is from the bacteria, fungi, viruses and other microorganisms, i.e. your microflora. Gut microbes are big in the news lately, as researchers continue to discover the important roles these tiny organisms play in your overall health and well-being. We now know that your microflora influence your:

  • Genetic expression
  • Immune system
  • Weight, and
  • Risk of numerous chronic and acute diseases, from diabetes to cancer

Most recently, research has shown that a certain set of these microbes may actually influence the activity of genes in your brain – and the parts they play are not small parts. They may work to manipulate your behavior, and your memory as well.

Microbes Manipulate Your Mind

According to a recent article in The Guardian1, certain species of gut bacteria have been found to influence gene activity in your brain. Some of this research was published in 2011.2 Mice lacking gut bacteria were found to engage in “high-risk behavior,” and this altered behavior was accompanied by neurochemical changes in the mouse brain.

According to the authors, microbiota (your gut flora) may play a role in the communication between your gut and your brain, and:

“Acquisition of intestinal microbiota in the immediate postnatal period has a defining impact on the development and function of the gastrointestinal, immune, neuroendocrine and metabolic systems. For example, the presence of gut microbiota regulates the set point for hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis activity.”

But they also discovered other differences between the mice with normal gut flora and those lacking gut bacteria. When examining the animals’ brains, they discovered a number of genetic alterations in the germ-free mice. According toThe Guardian:

“Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) was significantly up-regulated, and the 5HT1A serotonin receptor sub-type down-regulated, in the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus. The gene encoding the NR2B subunit of the NMDA receptor was also down-regulated in the amygdala.

All three genes have previously been implicated in emotion and anxiety-like behaviors.

BDNF is a growth factor that is essential for proper brain development, and a recent study showed that deleting the BDNF receptor TrkB alters the way in which newborn neurons integrate into hippocampal circuitry and increases anxiety-like behaviors in mice. Serotonin receptors, which are distributed widely throughout the brain, are well known to be involved in mood, and compounds that activate the 5HT1A subtype also produce anxiety-like behaviors.

The finding that the NR2B subunit of the NMDA receptor down-regulated in the amygdala is particularly interesting. NMDA receptors are composed of multiple subunits, but those made up of only NR2B subunits are known to be critical for the development and function of the amygdala, which has a well established role in fear and other emotions, and in learning and memory. Drugs that block these receptors have been shown to block the formation of fearful memories and to reduce the anxiety associated with alcohol withdrawal in rodents.”

Your Gut Bacteria Are Under Constant Assault

Your lifestyle can and does influence your gut flora on a daily basis. For example, your gut bacteria are extremely sensitive to:

  • Antibiotics
  • Chlorinated water
  • Antibacterial soap
  • Agricultural chemicals
  • Pollution

All of these common exposures can wreak havoc on the makeup of bacteria in your gut, but researchers are now increasingly looking at the cascading ill effects of antibiotics in particular.

Not only are antibiotics overused in medicine, the vast majority of these drugs enter you via livestock – you consume antibiotics every time you eat meat from an animal raised in a confined animal feeding operation (CAFO). In fact, about 80 percent of all the antibiotics produced are used in agriculture3 – not only to fight infection, but to promote unhealthy (though profitable) weight gain in the animals.

Early Use of Antibiotics Also Linked to Obesity

With that in mind, is it any wonder that researchers are now finding that antibiotics are associated with weight gain in humans as well?

“For many years now, farmers have known that antibiotics are great at producing heavier cows for market,” Dr. Jan Blustein, MD, PhD, professor of population health and medicine told in a recent article.4 “While we need more research to confirm our findings, this carefully conducted study suggests that antibiotics influence weight gain in humans, and especially children…”

According to The Washington Post:5

“The use of antibiotics in young children might lead to a higher risk of obesity, and two new studies, one on mice and one on humans, conclude that changes of the intestinal bacteria caused by antibiotics could be responsible. Taken together, the New York University researchers conclude that it might be necessary to broaden our concept of the causes of obesity and urge more caution in using antibiotics.”

The first study, published in the journal Nature6, found that young mice treated with low doses of common antibiotics gained 10-15 percent more fat than the untreated controls. After surveying the gut bacteria in the mice, they found that mice treated with antibiotics had a different composition of gut bacteria compared to the untreated mice. Specifically, certain species of bacteria previously shown to be associated with obesity were found in higher concentrations in the treated mice. Furthermore, after genetic analysis of the bacteria’s metabolism, they discovered that genes responsible for fat synthesis had greater levels of activity in the treated mice.

According to lead author Martin Blaser:7

“The rise of obesity around the world is coincident with widespread antibiotic use, and our studies provide an experimental linkage. It is possible that early exposure to antibiotics primes children for obesity later in life.”

The co-author Dr Ilseung Cho added:8

“By using antibiotics, we found we can actually manipulate the population of bacteria and alter how they metabolize certain nutrients. Ultimately, we were able to affect body composition and development in young mice by changing their gut microbiome through this exposure.”

The second study, published in the International Journal of Obesity9, aimed to corroborate these findings in human subjects. The study, which included more than 10,000 children, found that treating babies with antibiotics before the age of six months old appears to predispose them to being overweight in childhood. Children exposed to antibiotics between the ages of six to 14 months did not have significantly higher body mass than unexposed children.

While this study does not prove causation between antibiotic use in infancy and later obesity, it does show a correlation, and the mechanism appears to be related to the way antibiotics alter your child’s gut flora. However, excess weight is not the only, or the worst problem that such imbalance can create. As previously explained by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, children with imbalanced gut flora are more prone to develop neurological disorders, such as ADD/ADHD and various learning disorders. These children are also more prone to vaccine damage.

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Prebiotics Research Highlighted at American Chemical Society Meeting

Increasingly, researchers are finding that proper nutrition is not just about getting the right kind and amount of nutrients needed for biological processes. You also need to nourish these non-human cells in your body, i.e. your gut microflora. This issue was recently raised at the 244th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society. According to a recent article in NewHope360:10

“‘Just as people need food to thrive, so do the billions of healthful bacteria that live in our guts, our gastrointestinal tract,’ [Robert] Rastall [Phd] explained. ‘There’s a large and expanding body of scientific evidence that bacteria in the gut play a role in health and disease. Prebiotics are foods that contain nutrients that support the growth and activity of these friendly bacteria.’

Rastall contrasted prebiotics to the more familiar probiotics, already being promoted on the labels of food like yogurt and some dietary supplements.

Probiotic foods actually contain friendly bacteria like Lactobacillus acidophilus believed to release healthful substances as they grow in the GI tract. Prebiotics are indigestible food ingredients that provide no nutrition to people. Their purpose is to nourish the friendly bacteria among the estimated 100 trillion microbes living inside the human GI tract.”

While raised awareness about the importance of prebiotics and probiotics is good news, it comes with the territory that researchers are also working on ways to produce prebiotics that can easily be added to processed foods. Pre- and probiotics are very sensitive to heat, and excessive heat-treatment is a hallmark of most processed foods. It therefore stands to reason that any prebiotic inventions they come up with for the processed foods market will inevitably be of inferior quality, and I strongly recommend avoiding any and all processed foods that proclaim to contain prebiotics or probiotics, and stick with the real thing, i.e. traditionally fermented foods for healthful probiotics, and unprocessed whole foods for prebiotics, such as onions and garlic.

Study Finds “Clear Link” Between Inflammation, Bacterial Communities and Cancer

Demonstrating just how far-reaching the health impact of the bacterial balance in your gut can be, another recent study claims the key factor behind cancer appears to be ecological rather than genetic.11

Published in the journal Science12, the study suggests cancer may be due to a chain reaction that starts with inflammation that disrupts your gut ecosystems, allowing pathogens, such as E.coli, to invade your gut and cause cellular damage. The presence of E.coli was increased by a factor of 100 by inflammation, and 80 percent of germ-free mice infected with E.coli developed colorectal cancer, while germ-free mice inoculated with another common gut bacterium remained cancer-free, although these mice, like the others, did develop severe colitis (gut inflammation).

According to a press release by the University of North Carolina:13

“In a series of experiments conducted with mice prone to intestinal inflammation, the researchers found that inflammation itself causes significant simplification in diverse communities of gut microbes and allows new bacterial populations to establish major footholds. Among the bacterial taxa invading the disturbed intestinal ecosystem, the research team found a greatly increased presence of E. coli and related bacteria.

By putting E. coli bacteria into mice that were raised under sterile conditions, the team also found that the presence of E. coli promoted tumor formation. When regions of the E. coli genome known to be involved in DNA damage were removed, the ability of the E. coli to cause tumors was substantially decreased.

The researchers noted that the mouse results may have implications for human health as well, as they also found an E. coli variant with the suspect genes in high percentages of human patients with colorectal cancer and irritable bowel disease.

…’As is usual in human studies, we didn’t have cause and effect,’ Fodor noted. ‘We don’t know if microbes are somehow causing conditions to shift in the gut that would cause cancer or if there are conditions that are associated with cancer that would increase the openness of the gut to particular microbes. A shift in the microbial community is associated with inflammation… It is interesting that the microbial community is actually changing with the disease state, which indicates that it is either responding to or contributing to the disease state.'”

Like Bacteria, Cancer Cells Rely on Communication and Cooperation

In related news, an article published in Trends in Microbiology14 examines the shared traits of cancer cells and bacteria. Bacteria and cancer cells both use sophisticated communication to gain supremacy within the host. As reported by Medical News Today:15

“Inspired by the social and survival tactics of bacteria, the team presents a new picture of cancer as a meta-community of smart communicating cells possessing special traits for cooperative behavior. Using intricate communication, cancer cells can distribute tasks, share resources, differentiate, and make decisions. Before sending cells to colonize organs and tissues throughout the body (metastasis), ‘spying cells’ explore the body and return the cancer’s origin. Only then do metastatic cells leave the primary tumor and navigate to new posts.

Also like bacteria, cancer cells change their own environment. They induce genetic changes and enslave surrounding normal cells, forcing them to do the disease’s bidding – providing physical support, protecting them from the immune system, and more.”

Three years ago, I posted a TED video featuring Bonnie Bassler, in which she discusses how bacteria “talk” to each otherusing a chemical language that lets them coordinate defense and mount attacks. Cancer cells, as it turns out, employ similar forms of communication, and as discussed by Bassler, these discoveries pave the way for the development of drugs aimed at shutting down or altering cell-to-cell communication.

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According to Medical News Today:

“The team also suggests further research into cancer ‘cannibalism,’ when cancer cells may consume their peers when they run out of resources. The idea is to send signals which trigger cancer cells to kill each other, which can be done with bacteria. Other researchers have demonstrated that injected bacteria can ‘outsmart cancer.’ Bacteria can be used to induce gap junctions between the cancer cells and immune cells, ‘teaching’ the immune system to recognize and kill the tumor cells.”

The Phenomenal Health Benefits of Fermented Vegetables

Cultured or fermented foods have a very long history in virtually all native diets, and have always been highly prized for their health benefits. The advent of processed foods dramatically altered the human diet, and we’re now reaping the results in the form of rapidly rising chronic health problems. I believe the shunning of traditionally fermented foods has a lot to do with this.

The culturing process produces beneficial microbes that are extremely important for your health as they help balance your intestinal flora. If you do not regularly consume the traditionally fermented foods below, a high-quality probiotic supplement will provide similar benefits:

  • Fermented vegetables
  • Lassi (an Indian yoghurt drink, traditionally enjoyed before dinner)
  • Fermented milk, such as kefir (a quart of unpasteurized kefir has far more active bacteria than you can possibly purchase in any probiotics supplement)
  • Natto (fermented soy)

When choosing fermented foods, steer clear of pasteurized versions, as pasteurization will destroy many of the naturally occurring probiotics. This includes most of the “probiotic” yogurts you find in every grocery store these days; since they’re pasteurized, they will be associated with all of the problems of pasteurized milk products and they typically contain added sugars, high fructose corn syrup, artificial coloring, or artificial sweeteners, all of which will only worsen your health.

Fermented foods are also some of the best chelators and detox agents available, meaning they can help rid your body of a wide variety of toxins, including heavy metals.

When you first start out, you’ll want to start small, adding as little as half a tablespoon of fermented vegetables to each meal, and gradually working your way up to about a quarter to half a cup (2 oz to 4 oz) of fermented vegetables or other cultured food with one to three meals per day. Since cultured foods are efficient detoxifiers, you may experience detox symptoms, or a “healing crisis,” if you introduce too many at once.

Learn to Make Your Own Fermented Vegetables

Fermented vegetables are easy to make on your own. It’s also the most cost-effective way to get high amounts of healthful probiotics in your diet. To learn how, review the following interview with Caroline Barringer, a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) and an expert in the preparation of the foods prescribed in Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride’s Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) Nutritional Program. In addition to the wealth of information shared in this interview, I highly recommend getting the book Gut and Psychology Syndrome, which provides all the necessary details for Dr. McBride’s GAPS protocol.

Although you can use the native bacteria on cabbage and other vegetables, it is typically easier to get consistent results by using a starter culture. Caroline prepares hundreds of quarts of fermented vegetables a week and has found that she gets great results by using three to four high quality probiotic capsules to jump start the fermentation process.

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Caroline prepares the vegetables commercially and I used hers for a month before I started making my own. So, if you just want to put your toe in the water and see if you like them, you can order a jar or two and try them out. You can find her products on or

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By Jan Heman 7/5/2012

A Perspective In Which to Frame the Following Article

How many egregious and deadly moves can these so called helpful government agencies and departments (that are supposed to protect the people of this country) make before the people of this country and the world wake up and demand a stop to it!


People, there is more and more evidence surfacing that point to many of these governmental departments, agencies and multinational corporations working together at the top levels to promote and direct the agenda that is and will be even more destructive to the quality of human life, life itself and definitely damaging (to put it mildly) to the freedoms we have enjoyed, but have been taken away from us piece by piece in recent years.

Many of these corrupt organizations are under our federal governmental jurisdiction and control. It doesn’t matter that our federal government is overseeing their actions any more now that our government has been usurped by the people behind the major banks and multinational corporations which are controlled and financed by the ones behind the United Nations and the agenda of the New World Order

One of the agenda of the United Nation’s charter is a eugenics driven depopulation program with a goal of 80% reduction of human life on earth to obtain “sustainability”. Have you ever heard that word before? “Sustainability” is a word coined by this earth first, human life last, monsters.

To obtain their goal of “sustainability” these evil power hungry [power brokers have many agencies and organizations posing as helpful entities disguised to help and protect the people of the United States (at one point they were helpful, but have since been coopted by these One Worlders) and of the world when in fact these agencies are being used in a manner that serves their agenda and not ours at all (enough good is done to deceive the people, but only to deceive us).


Again, I am talking of the highest on the food chain in these organizations that understand this end game agenda. Many of these top people with in the major international corporations will head up (or they think they will head up) the various departments of the New World Governance when the Corporations are done away with and replaced with governmental agencies.


Note: The corporate structure was designed as a temporary infrastructure to allow for the take over and monopolization of certain needed industries under the guise of competitive capitalism (to BS us into working and financing these major international corps) and free markets, while destroying the real free markets to ensure the merger of government and industry successfully under the radar, to dominate and control the world’s energy, food and human population. 

The infection of this agenda is so broad and far reaching within our governmental and corporate systems now, it is almost impossible to stop it at this late stage of development.

Their evil agenda has become ours (unbeknownst to us) buried deep within our culture and most of us have no idea we are being deceived and taken advantage of. The saddest part of the story is most Americans don’t even want to hear about it or simply believe it can’t be possible.

The one thing we can all do to help expose this corruption is to educate ourselves on the issues at hand, and a good place to start is looking into the United Nations program called “Agenda 21”.

This monster program called “Agenda 21” has infiltrated our government even at the lowest levels at the local level, and many of our governmental officials instituting the steps of this agenda don’t even know it is part of this evil U.N. agenda.

The reason most government officials don’t know how far reaching and evil this is, is because the policies and directives have been chopped up and have been renamed and repackaged to fit the various “Green” movements for each scenario and municipality, deceiving the well-meaning individuals that believe these steps are actually necessary and good to “Save the Planet” and to simply make our environment better and safer. This agenda according to Agenda 21 really is to only serve these evil “powers that be” and to build the perfect world for them and that means no America as we know it and no free “thinking” people. They don’t like thinkers unless those thinkers are all for their agenda.

Many of the programs instituted appear to be harmless and benign but when executed the steps taken are just the beginning of what will become the usurpation of the freedoms that we as individuals’ value here in America, like property rights, the right to eat what we want from where we want for example.

To cut to the chase…Eventually the goal of Agenda 21 is to reduce the human population by 80%, set up urban “Human Zones” where people will be housed in multi-story buildings where they will work, eat and sleep to produce the goods and services to sustain what is left of the regular “worker bee” human population and its rulers.

The higher level multinational corporate heads and governmental leaders are now vying for positions in this New World Order governance as I type and as you read this horrible news.

Yes, the beautiful properties we and our ancestors have fought and died for and the very homes and land that we work so hard to obtain and own in the suburbs and rural areas will eventually be confiscate and will be deemed to be “Nature Preserves” where humans can no longer enter.

This is no sick joke and is being implemented like I said at the lowest levels of government today. But the good news is, a few of the municipalities that are educating themselves on this “agenda” are beginning to realize this is actually happening, are reversing decisions and are spreading the word as well.

God bless our founders and their wisdom to structure our country in the way they did, to make it very difficult for a takeover of the states by the Federal Government and even with this incredible structure, they are moving their agenda along rather effortlessly outside the legal system, relying on the good nature and hearts of the educated with in the green movement to move it forward with gusto. They are using us to take us over. Get it?

Join all of us that care to rid our wonderful country and world of this cancer called Agenda 21.

This is a good starting point in turning our country around if you want to leave for your children’s children a country with the same freedoms and opportunities we once enjoyed.

Do your own research and spread the word to others, and again a good place to start is by Googling “Agenda 21” and go from there. Go to You Tube and type in “Agenda 21”.  There are some great videos on the subject.

There are organizations that are fighting this agenda located or can be accessed on the internet as well if you would like more information.




The information in the following article is just one of many examples of this agenda being carried out.This should turn your stomach, but may be the very thing that will get you fired up to become involved, even if it is just spreading the word about it..



Posted by Jan Heman  7/5/2012



By Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum.

Mission Possible International

9270 River Club Parkway

Duluth, Georgia 30097

Telephone: 770-242-2599


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Posted: 19 August 2011

Updated: 01 September 2011


When Michael Delaney of the FDA called Dr. Betty Martini at 2:45 AM she was amazed. She confronted Delaney, and demanded: “FDA hasn’t answered my ‘Imminent Health Hazard’ petition on aspartame, and people are sick and dying all over the world.”

Delaney replied with a shocking admission of a government cover-up of its covert clandestine Depopulation Agenda, and brazenly exclaimed: “So What?!! We have to Depopulate!!”

This is a shocking direct statement by an FDA agent! It has been well known by natural healing doctors and activists that there is a planned and orchestrated agenda to depopulate planet Earth. United States citizens are not exempted from the international depopulation agenda. It is an integral part of, Mr. Obama’s Health Care Plan. Michael Delaney’s offhand remark is clear revelation of FDA’s active participation in a program to eliminate “unnecessary eaters” as they call us.

The Citizens Petition for ban of aspartame was written in 2002. Law requires FDA to answer within 180 days. FDA on two occasions, first after the petition was received, and again recently, excused their failure as being “due to competing priorities”. For 9 years they’ve had more important things to do than save lives. People sick and dying do not concern FDA.

An imminent health hazard notice must be answered immediately. Delaney said: “It ain’t going to happen!”, admitting they refuse to operate within the law, and consider themselves above the law, taking a dictatorship position. Meanwhile FDA persecutes food manufacturers such as cherry and walnut companies by declaring that since these natural foods have health benefits they’re drugs.

Nevertheless FDA permits aspartame to be marketed even though they have received more consumer complaints against it than any other additive. In fact aspartame is an addictive, excitoneurotoxic, carcinogenic, genetically engineered drug and adjuvant that damages the mitochondria and interacts with drugs and vaccines. Countless books, articles and scientific reports verify this ugly fact. For example the medical text, Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic by H. J. Roberts, M.D. gives over 1,000 pages of symptoms, diseases and victim case histories triggered/precipitated by this chemical poison.

For over a quarter of a century the FDA has known aspartame is an adulterant, and therefore illegal. Interstate Commerce prohibits the shipment of an adulterated product for sale. In 1985 an FDA toxicologist, Dr. Adrian Gross, told Congress aspartame violates the Delaney Amendment, which forbids anything in food that causes cancer. Aspartame caused brain tumors and cancer in original studies. Dr. Gross final words cannot be forgotten: “And if the FDA violates its own laws who is left to protect the public.”

It is believed that the FDA refuses to answer citizens petitions for ban because they know it is illegal and they can’t erase FDA’s own public records. Other petitions for aspartame bans remain, such as the one by Dr. Ken Stoller and twelve toxicologists. The brain tumor issue is detailed in Dr. Roberts text, above, and neurosurgeon Dr. Russell Blaylock’s book “Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills”,

Dr. Morando Soffritti, of the world famous Ramazzini Institute, has completed three independent peer-reviewed multi-year studies with thousands of rats proving beyond the shadow of a doubt that aspartame is a “multipotential carcinogen”. Rather than removing aspartame, FDA confirmed its loyalty to aspartame manufacturers.

Its own toxicologists declared FDA’s full knowledge of aspartame carcinogenicity. The late Jerome Bressler told Dr. Martini that the original manufacturer, G. D. Searle Co., deleted the cancers in their reports submitted to FDA to get aspartame approved. Rumsfeld was CEO of Searle.

Three recent certified letters to the FDA are ignored. Their only correspondence to a fax on the toxicity of aspartame and free methyl alcohol it releases simply gave corporate misinformation.

According to Jim McDonald of the UK Aspartame Awareness Campaign, the level of methanol from aspartame is 35 times too high in the UK and 44 times too high in the US. Consumers die of methanol poisoning such as Charles Fleming. Aspartame also interacted with the creatine he used. His wife was then prosecuted for murdering him. She passed three lie detector tests, and the detective who investigated told Dr. Martini that “Diane Fleming is innocent”, yet this Sunday School Teacher was convicted without evidence and has languished in prison for nine years. She has 21 more years to serve for a murder committed by the aspartame makers. The DVD documentary “Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World” tells her tragic story. .

Now a woman in New York has died of methanol poisoning, a heavy user of aspartame, and her husband has been indicted. FDA ignores the issue and never did a NOAEL (No Observable Adverse Effect Level) on methanol, which is required.

Merry Kay Protheroe of Wichita, Kansas an aspartame victim who daily drank 12 Fresca with aspartame was murdered by it, but she lived long enough to tell the police who were planning to prosecute her husband that it was aspartame, and to leave him alone.

Dr. Maria Alemany in Barcelona did the Trocho Study that proved the formaldehyde converted from the free methyl alcohol embalms living tissue and damages DNA. The aspartame industry’s response was character assassination.

Aspartame also causes sudden cardiac death. Should a deadly drug masquerading as an additive proven to embalm consumers and cause death be on the market? Other aspartame problems such as ALS, infertility, birth defects, MS, lupus, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, bipolar, seizures and drug interactions and many others rage throughout the world. FDA published a list of 92 reactions to aspartame from over 10,000 consumer complaints. Included were 4 types of seizures and death. Now they deny such a list ever existed. It can be read on their stationery on

One Freedom of Information (FOIA) letter asks if they allowed aspartame in yogurt and dairy products unlabeled after this was petitioned by the National Yogurt Assn. This is against the law. If they did commit this crime don’t the people have the right to know. Why won’t they answer? Martini also asked if Neotame, a more potent aspartame, is permitted unlabeled.

To contact Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum., email Be sure to request the aspartame resource guide and find out how Don Rumsfeld was able to get aspartame marketed after the FDA’s Board of Inquiry had revoked the petition for approval. Additional contact information is below.

Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum.

Founder, Mission Possible World Health International

9270 River Club Parkway

Duluth, Georgia 30097



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Colorado wildfires: How prepared a parent would you be? (+video)

The Colorado wildfires – like every disaster from earthquakes to hurricanes – make a parents’ preparedness antennas bristle. How prepared a parent are you? How prepared do you need to be?

By Stephanie Hanes, Correspondent / June 28, 2012

There are a number of news topics that I read differently now that I am a parent. War stories that involve children are unbearable. Tidbits about work-life balance get extra attention, as opposed to (I’ll admit it) the occasional eye rolls of pre-baby life. And natural disasters of the sort that we’re seeing in Colorado, where fires have displaced tens of thousands of people, are of extra concern – and a bit guilt inducing.

Why guilt-inducing?

Because I’m an American mom, that’s why. And when I start thinking about what I would do if disaster struck, well, I’m afraid FEMA would give me an F.

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The other day, inspired by the wildfires of Colorado (and imagining parents trying to frantically pack up clothes and children and loveys and diapers, not to mention cell phones and vital documents and flashlights that actually have working batteries) I Googled “emergency preparation for families.”

There is no shortage of information on this subject, I tell you.

And none of it made me feel any better.

See, according to everyone from Red Cross to the Centers for Disease Control to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, my family should have an emergency action plan. What if we’re not all in the same place when disaster strikes? What if communication systems are down? How will we find each other?

You need to work this stuff out ahead of time.

I mentioned this to Husband and he looked at me strangely.

We live in Massachusetts, he said.

Yes, but we have a river behind our house that everyone in town says floods once ever few years. And there was that tornado that hit the central part of the state. And there was the Hurricane Irene last fall. And snow – goodness knows there will be snow.

Besides, when you go to the FEMA website, there are all sorts of options for disasters, not just wildfires. Not in the least. No, you should be prepared for hurricanes,

thunderstorms (we totally have those, I pointed out), earthquakes, tsunamis, and space weather.

And everyone should be worried about space weather, right?

He looked at me strangely again.

The next step, apparently, is to have a kit. Officials recommend having enough supplies – and that includes food and water – for 72 hours. The items, from canned food to diapers, should be kept in airtight plastic bags and then all stored in an easy-to-grab container like a camping backpack or unused trashcan.

Families should maintain these kits, making sure food doesn’t go bad and updating them to reflect a family’s changing needs. (Bigger diapers, say.) Batteries should be in working order, and you should have items to help you survive if there are no public systems, such as electricity, working.

(Did I mention that the last time we needed to find a AA battery for – I don’t know, I think it was the grill – we ended up dismembering one of the baby’s favorite toys to get one?)

There are many other tips for preparing your family for an emergency, but I feel that I have some work to do before I get to the “be a preparedness leader” level.

No, for now, I am going to focus on plans and kits – dubious glances of other family members aside. And really, the websites are worth a read.

Meanwhile, thoughts and prayers to the parents of Colorado.

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Survive and Thrive Outfitters | Heart Surgeon Speaks Out On What Really Causes Heart Disease — Health & Wellness —

Dr. Dwight Lundell


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We physicians with all our training, knowledge and authority often acquire a rather large ego that tends to make it difficult to admit we are wrong. So, here it is. I freely admit to being wrong. As a heart surgeon with 25 years experience, having performed over 5,000 open-heart surgeries, today is my day to right the wrong with medical and scientific fact.I trained for many years with other prominent physicians labelled “opinion makers.” Bombarded with scientific literature, continually attending education seminars, we opinion makers insisted heart disease resulted from the simple fact of elevated blood cholesterol.The only accepted therapy was prescribing medications to lower cholesterol and a diet that severely restricted fat intake. The latter of course we insisted would lower cholesterol and heart disease. Deviations from these recommendations were considered heresy and could quite possibly result in malpractice.It Is Not Working!

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Jan Heman 5/3/12

Have you ever thought about the details of what you would grab on the fly if you had to leave your home in an emergency?

Especially if your life was on the line and your home was most likely going to be destroyed along with your belongings?

What about your financial and other critical documents?

The following article will give you very important tips you have probably never thought of.

Enjoy the article!


Building Your Financial Bug Out Bag

by Jim Wang

It’s the middle of the night and you’re dreaming of a weekend in Paris when your peaceful dream is abruptly interrupted by the screech of a fire alarm. It takes you a second to smell it in the air but it’s unmistakable, something is burning. Now. You drop the floor and crawl to the door, as you were taught in elementary school, and slowly make your way down the stairs and out of your house.

That’s what you imagine you’d do in the event of a house fire (adjust for checking on family members) but chances are, in a minor fire, you’d probably try to save something and, while that would be a mistake, wouldn’t be unreasonable. You’d grab your cell phone, probably your wallet if it was nearby, and then run out the door. If you had more time, next on the list would probably be important financial documents like your birth certificates, social security cards, passports, etc.

That package is your financial bug out bag. A year ago, I called it a financial snatch file but the idea is the same. If you experience an emergency that gives you a few extra minutes to escape, such as your neighbor’s house being on fire (if it’s yours, just get out… you can replace those documents, you can’t replace your life), you want to be able to get out with important documents. This is what you need to do.

A typical bug-out bag is a kit you can grab that has all the items you’d need to survive for 72 hours. It’s sometimes called a GO Bag or a 72-hour kit but the idea is that when you really really really need to go, you don’t have time to pack what you need. Well, we’re here to extend that idea to your finances because second to actual survival is financial survival.

Your bug-out bag should have two major types of items:

  • Financial supplies – These are items that you’ll need in the next 72 hours such as emergency cash, paper currency and coins, as well as spare credit cards and other financial instruments.
  • Financial and identity records – These are items that you will want to keep because leaving them behind may leave you financial vulnerable. These would include your passports, your birth certificates, car and home deeds, etc.

The first step in constructing your financial bug-out bag has nothing to do with the bag itself.

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So Long, US Dollar / Survive and Thrive Outfitters | Casey Research

There’s a major shift under way, one the US mainstream media has left largely untouched even though it will send the United States into an economic maelstrom and dramatically reduce the country’s importance in the world: the demise of the US dollar as the world’s reserve currency.

For decades the US dollar has been absolutely dominant in international trade, especially in the oil markets. This role has created immense demand for US dollars, and that international demand constitutes a huge part of the dollar’s valuation. Not only did the global-currency role add massive value to the dollar, it also created an almost endless pool of demand for US Treasuries as countries around the world sought to maintain stores of petrodollars. The availability of all this credit, denominated in a dollar supported by nothing less than the entirety of global trade, enabled the American federal government to borrow without limit and spend with abandon.

The dominance of the dollar gave the United States incredible power and influence around the world… but the times they are a-changing. As the world’s emerging economies gain ever more prominence, the US is losing hold of its position as the world’s superpower. Many on the long list of nations that dislike America are pondering ways to reduce American influence in their affairs. Ditching the dollar is a very good start.

In fact, they are doing more than pondering. Over the past few years China and other emerging powers such as Russia have been quietly making agreements to move away from the US dollar in international trade. Several major oil-producing nations have begun selling oil in currencies other than the dollar, and both the United Nations and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have issued reports arguing for the need to create a new global reserve currency independent of the dollar.

The supremacy of the dollar is not nearly as solid as most Americans believe …

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Survive and Thrive Outfitters | So Long, US Dollar / Casey Research.