How to Detect and Treat Hypothyroidism

Seniors especially, take note. Most of you, if asked, would say that you suffer from lack of energy. Almost everyone can make and has made that complaint at one time or another.

But if your fatigue is chronic, and you also experience one or more of these symptoms — depression, weight gain, memory loss, hair loss, muscle cramps, dry skin, decreased libido, cold feet, confusion, delirium or even a failing heart – you should suspect low thyroid function.

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Low thyroid function – hypothyroidism — is the unsuspected illness in America. Estimates are that fully 60 percent of Americans have low thyroid function, making them susceptible to all manner of illness and very low energy.

If you’ve made this complaint to your physician, or your physician has determined you have low thyroid function, you were likely prescribed levothyroxine (brand name Synthroid), especially if your test showed elevated levels of TSH (thyrotropin or thyroid stimulating hormone). Levothyroxine is the most-dispensed prescription drug in America — with 121 million prescriptions annually — and almost one in five Americans is taking it, according to a Johns Hopkins survey.

Trouble is, it doesn’t work.

In a major study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that while levothyroxine lowered the readings of TSH, patients found no improvement in their symptoms related to low thyroid function. They didn’t feel less fatigue; they didn’t feel stronger or more energetic; and they didn’t lose weight.

Why is there so much hypothyroidism? The first part of the answer is xenoestrogens (synthetic estrogen) that dominates in our environment because of agricultural chemicals, household chemicals and prescriptions that either act exactly like estrogen in the body, or are actually prescriptions for estrogen disguised as “menopause” drugs.

Secondly, iodine is no longer found in U.S. soils in any significant amounts, and any iodine we do get is displaced from the body by the fluoride in or drinking water.

Dr. Arnold Jackson of the Mayo and Jackson clinics wrote in The Journal of the American Medical Association, “Hypothyroidism is the most frequent chronic affliction and the most overlooked condition in the United States.”

But standard thyroid function tests used by doctors usually do not show low thyroid function. The basal metabolism test, the blood test, the protein-bound iodine and radioactive iodine uptake test usually are not dependable. And doctors usually take an indifferent attitude toward hypothyroidism, and those who do pay attention insist on biopsies and operations.

Hypothyroidism is very serious whether chronic or mild. Cretinism is a condition occurring in children caused by a deficiency of thyroid secretion and characterized by a stunted and malformed body and arrested mental development. Myxedema is a condition in which the person affected has a less than attentive appearance, an empty or vacant look, slow speech and general dullness of intellect caused by lack of functioning in the thyroid gland. Sounds serious to me!

But even hypothyroidism of a very mild to moderate degree is very often responsible for a wide range of health problems that go a lifetime without relief or cure. Very mild degrees and atypical forms of thyroid deficiency complicate and inhibit achievement in millions of people.

Chances are that most of us have an iodine deficiency. But it doesn’t have to be this way. And since hypothyroidism is so easy to treat, it shouldn’t be a problem in America. Really nothing could be simpler to diagnose and treat.

Anyone can test himself for hypothyroidism or iodine deficiency. Low basal (at rest) body temperature is a prominent indicator of low thyroid function.

Simply take your underarm temperature for three days, before you get out of bed, and take the average. If you are running as much as one degree or more below 98.6 you can suspect hypothyroidism.

You can request an iodine-loading test from your doctor. But I would start my iodine test by just rubbing food grade iodine (Lugol’s) on a small spot, maybe two inches across on my arm. If the iodine disappears overnight, I would take this to mean an iodine deficiency. Even if too much iodine is taken it will be excreted. Iodine has a detoxifying effect on the body.

Iodine is important for the whole body, but it is concentrated in the prostate gland, the thyroid and breast tissue.

According to David Brownstein, M.D., in his excellent book, “Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It,” if a person suffers from iodine deficiency, using thyroid hormone supplementation without first correcting (or simultaneously correcting) the iodine deficit will exacerbate the body’s deficit of iodine.

So iodine and thyroid hormone go together. Thyroid hormones raise the body’s need for iodine. Alternative doctors always recommend Armour Thyroid which is natural thyroid hormone (from pigs) and available from compounding pharmacies.

Points from Dr. Brownstein:

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized that iodine deficiency is the world’s greatest single cause of preventable mental retardation.

Iodine supplementation markedly increases urinary excretion of fluoride and bromide.

Brownstein says that more than 90 percent of his tested patients exhibit laboratory signs of iodine deficiency.

In the brain, iodine concentrates in the substantia nigra, an area of the brain that has been associated with Parkinson’s disease.

Iodine deficiency is one of the main underlying causes of many varied illnesses including thyroid disorders, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, cancer (including cancer of the breast and prostate) and other health issues.

The thyroid gland and the breast primarily utilize iodine. The prostate gland concentrates iodine. Breast cysts have been treated with iodine for more than 50 years. Iodine deficiency is a causative factor in breast cancer and fibrocystic breast disease.

The relationship between hypothyroidism and breast cancer has been reported for more than 100 years.

Thyroid hormone is essential for normal brain development.

In children, iodine deficiency can result in mental retardation as well as goiter.

Research has found an almost 50 percent increase in perinatal mortality due to iodine deficiency.

Many studies have shown that children who live in iodine-deficient areas have lower IQs as compared to children living in iodine sufficient areas.

If your doctor determines you need additional thyroid hormone, insist on natural thyroid hormone and not synthroid (levothyroxine). He/she will start you out on a very low dosage of about 1/4 grain daily, no matter your condition.

The dosage will be gradually stepped up over a year or more (up to two grains daily or more.) Your body temperature will gradually rise to normal, raising your metabolic rate. There is no risk of excessive thyroid dosage as long as you start with a very low dosage and step up very gradually and as long as basal (at rest) body temperature does not exceed 98.6 degrees.

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This Is What Musical Notes Actually Look Like

A few months ago, I sat poolside with friends in Palm Springs. Amid the quiet desert sublime, we reminisced about all the live music we’ve experienced over the years, just about every big and small act since the mid-80s: Prince, David Bowie, Guns ‘n Roses, Bruce Springsteen, and the Yeah Yeahs Yeahs among the them. But My Bloody Valentine, we decided, was the ultimate experience. The group is reportedly among the top-10 loudest bands of all time, louder than Black Sabbath or Metallica, but still quieter than the Who. My Bloody Valentine’s beautiful, shoegaze noise rolls off the stage and over the crowd like invisible boulders.

Pharmakon, whose performance I recently attended, wasn’t anything like this. Pharmakon is a lone woman, Margaret Chardiet, who tortures tones and pulses out of mixers, loops, and other assorted electronics, and she also screeches into the mic. It wasn’t exactly music to me, more a physical experience. At the climax of her performance at Gray Area, a space dedicated to art and technology in San Francisco’s Mission district, she pulled out an A/V cord, taped it up her forearm, slapped her head and slid her arm all over her body, making staccato crashes that sounded like marching band equipment being thrown into a dumpster. Pharmakon vibrated the walls, the floors bounced, and anywhere I stood or sat, I was shaken by the air that was quaking from her amp’s vibrations. I loved it.

While My Bloody Valentine and Pharmakon may test the limits of music’s loudness and strangeness, other artists experiment with music in ways that are quieter and perhaps more scientific. Resonantia, released last year by artists Jeff Louviere and Vanessa Brown, for example, explores the phenomenon of cymatics—the patterns that sound waves induce in physical objects (Jack White’s “High Ball Stepper” music video is a good example of the phenomenon). Louviere was struck by the idea that each note produces a particular shape in liquid. To investigate these patterns, he rigged up a contraption involving a frequency generator on his laptop, a rebuilt amp with a speaker pointing upward into a plastic vitrine filled with ink-black water, and a guitar tuner.

 

The Resonantia album from Saint Roch Recordings.Courtesy Jeff Louviere and Vanessa Brown

Louviere vibrated the water with the amp by adjusting the generator’s frequency. As he did so, he used his tuner to seek out the frequency of each of the 12 notes—A, B, C through G, plus the five halftones. While Louviere dialed the knobs, Brown stood on a ladder above the contraption illuminating the water with a ring light, her camera in hand. When the tuner registered a note—reading 220 hertz, the frequency that produces an A, for instance—Louviere stopped adjusting. As each note’s unique vibration induced its characteristic pattern into the water, Brown captured it with her camera. The pair worked together to obtain a “portrait” of each of the 12 notes.

In each, Louviere and Brown saw a distinct image: G looks like a devil, C# is the tree in the Garden of Eden, and F is something like the underbelly of a frog. If you were to repeat this experiment, you would get the same designs.

G appears to have a demonic face.Courtesy of Jeff Louviere and Vanessa Brown
C# seems to show the tree and snake from the Garden of Eden.Courtesy Jeff Louviere and Vanessa Brown
F looks like the underbelly of a frog.Courtesy Jeff Louviere and Vanessa Brown

Pressing further their idea that “sight can be seen and images can be heard,” Louviere turned the 12 sound-induced patterns back into sound using Photo Sounder, a program that assigns sounds to the black and white values it scans along the x and y axes of an image. After applying the program to the 12 portraits, Louviere had 12 very distinct, “odd and bleepy” sound files, which he mixed together into a final soundscape born from the visuals of all 12 notes.

Is there any correspondence to the sound of G and its ghoulish portrait? Not likely. However, notes do seem to have personalities and have gained reputations over the centuries. According to Daniel J. Levitin in This is Your Brain on Music, the medieval Catholic Church banned the playing of an “augmented fourth, the distance between C and F-sharp and also known as a tritone,” naming the powerful dissonance Diabolus in musica.* In A History of Key Characteristics in the Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries, the musicologist Rita Steblin suggests that G major is not ghoulish at all; rather, it sounds like “every calm and satisfied passion, every tender gratitude for true friendship and faithful love.” C major has the air of “innocence, simplicity.” Meanwhile, G minor sounds like “discontent,” and C minor is the “sighing of the love sick soul.”

Now, we can see all of these notes for ourselves.

This Is What Americans Spent The Most Money On In The First Quarter

As discussed earlier, it was an abysmal quarter for the US, pressured by what is traditionally the strongest segment of the economy, responsible for 70% of GDP growth: US consumer spending. At 0.23% annualized, this was the worst print going back to 2009.

But that doesn’t mean that Americans stopped spending completely, quite the contrary. According to the BEA’s “goalseeked” models, even as retail sales tumbled, as Obamacare continued to drain disposable income away from other discretionary purchases, Americans – who spent far less on cars, clothing and housing in the first quarter than in Q4 – were scrambling to buy… recreational vehicles!?

Incidentally, this won’t be the first time Americans splurged on RVs. The last time they did this? Exactly one year ago.

To be sure, the ongoing surge in RV purchases sure would explain why the housing recovery, overdue by about 5 years, still fails to materialize.

And another observation: if it wasn’t for spending on RVs, consumption would have posted its first contraction since the financial crisis.

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Will China Force the Saudis to Dump the Dollar?

Should we welcome closer ties between Saudi Arabia and China? As the Asia Times writes, “China’s slow intertwining with Saudi Arabia complements the Sino-Russo alliance. Primarily, its benefits could lead to a realistic threat to the petrodollar.”

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While we’d prefer Saudi Arabia to disappear entirely, if it has to exist — and from a pragmatic standpoint, it probably isn’t going anywhere — it would greatly benefit the world if Riyadh dumped the dollar and adopted the yuan.

It’s not as crazy as it sounds.

Russia became one of China’s leading energy partners by cutting deals in yaun. In March, Russia once again beat Saudi Arabia as China’s top crude oiler exporter.

Last month, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman oversaw the signing of deals worth as much as $65 billion on the first day of a visit to Beijing.

As Reuters reports, “Saudi Arabia has sought to boost oil sales to China, the world’s second-largest oil market, after losing market share to Russia last year, by working mostly with China’s top three state oil firms.”

What if the Saudis decide to dump the dollar and euro and go with the yuan — or even gold?

This excellent analysis by Andrew Brennan at Asia Times explains why China is a major threat to the petrodollar, and how the Saudis are likely to react. An excerpt:


The Russian Central Bank opened its first overseas office in Beijing as an early step in phasing in a gold-backed standard of trade. This would be done by finalizing the issuance of the first federal loan bonds denominated in Chinese yuan and to allow gold imports from Russia.

The Chinese government wishes to internationalize the yuan, and conduct trade in yuan as it has been doing, and is beginning to increase trade with Russia. They’ve been taking these steps with bilateral trading, native trading systems and so on. However, when Russia and China agreed on their bilateral US$400 billion pipeline deal, China wished to, and did, pay for the pipeline with yuan treasury bonds, and then later for Russian oil in yuan.

This evasion of, and unprecedented breakaway from, the reign of the US dollar monetary system is taking many forms, but one of the most threatening is the Russians trading Chinese yuan for gold. The Russians are already taking Chinese yuan, made from the sales of their oil to China, back to the Shanghai Gold Exchange to then buy gold with yuan-denominated gold futures contracts – basically a barter system or trade.

The Chinese are hoping that by starting to assimilate the yuan futures contract for oil, facilitating the payment of oil in yuan, the hedging of which will be done in Shanghai, it will allow the yuan to be perceived as a primary currency for trading oil. The world’s top importer (China) and exporter (Russia) are taking steps to convert payments into gold. This is known. So, who would be the greatest asset to lure into trading oil for yuan? The Saudis, of course.

All the Chinese need is for the Saudis to sell China oil in exchange for yuan. If the House of Saud decides to pursue that exchange, the Gulf petro-monarchies will follow suit, and then Nigeria, and so on. This will fundamentally threaten the petrodollar.

Now the argument is that if China does this it will put a slam on Chinese exports, but China is undergoing an intentional metamorphosis from a producer and exporter to a service and consumer economy of internal products. Look to China’s technology sector, e-commerce sector, and other domestic sectors that will provide a large market for sustainable service and growth.

A second argument against this train of thought is that maybe China doesn’t want the yuan to be a world reserve currency but just have a strong currency; a gold-backed yuan currency. Having a gold trade note may not hurt Chinese exports as it transforms its economy and its future exports.

Beijing may also have thought that if Saudi Arabia is persuaded to trade in yuan or gold-backed yuan, etc, South Korea and Japan may follow suit, as both have been looking to detach from the US dollar.

China and Iran were the first to initiate bypassing the dollar, followed by Russia circumventing the SWIFT system and then India beginning to move away from the US dollar and starting bilateral trade deals. China and Japan made moves to trade directly, as did Japan with India, bypassing the dollar.

The use of alternative payment systems like gold, yuan, rupees, rubles and other monies, fiat and not, to evade the potential of sanctions and seizures of the US dollar, or its decline, are seen as favorable.

What decline?

Well, we can look at the historic East-West cycle, the baby-boom demographic in the West, the growing inequality in the wealth distribution cycle, the ratio of household debt as a percentage of disposable income, and for you history buffs, the Kondratiev wave are all peaking and are descending into a deflationary wave.

Wait, what?

Okay, all of those mentioned cycles are economic swings of wealth. Everything is pointing towards a declining West and a rising East. But we can equally blame central bankers’ quantitative easing policies of printing to prosperity. The idea is a falsity that also has only benefited the wealthier classes, and can’t beat back cyclical pressure. A shift in world monetary systems is occurring.

The Chinese economy has begun an economic restructuring and focus on domestic production and services. The Trump administration thinks weakening the US dollar will help American exports and likewise respectfully grow the US economy (or “grow” within the confines of the current monetary system). However, the overvalued dollar has subsidized the cherished “American standard of living,” and any weakening will now have detrimental effects.

The US needs to also restructure its economy to one that is based on production. It can no longer continue to run a debt-serviced economy that imports all goods it doesn’t produce. It’s unsustainable, and the continuous mistake of many. The wealth of the world is shifting eastwards.

 The petrodollar is the last vestige of that “American standard of living” middle America cherishes, and if the gold trade bonds fly and yuan changes hands as the oil flows, the US is going to get a shock when Saudi Arabia likes the look of red paper as much as green, or worse yet, yellow metal, a lot of which is moving east.

Russian senator: Israel risks being ‘wiped off the map with nuclear counterstrike’

 Israel, which recently said it could launch a preemptive nuclear strike “in the most extreme circumstances,” runs the risk of being “wiped off the face of the Earth,”Frantz Klintsevich  the deputy head of a Russian upper house committee said.

“The statement made by Israel’s Defense Minister calls for a harsh response and I’m not afraid of going too far. At best this statement may be seen as an element of a psychological war, which looks especially revolting in this context”.

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“There is a quite natural question then: what country could be preemptively targeted by Israel?” the deputy head of the Federation Council’s Committee for Defense and Security said.

In case Israel strikes a nuclear power, then “Israel, which doesn’t have vast territory, will be literally wiped off from the face of the earth with a counterstrike,” Klintsevich said.

In the event of targeting a non-nuclear country, this will remind of the US nuclear attack on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, he added.

Klintsevich’s comment comes after Israel’s Defense Minister on Monday said that Israel is prepared to carry out a preemptive nuclear strike against any enemies, even if Israel is not under attack.

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“In the most extreme circumstances we have made it very clear that you can’t rule out the use of nuclear weapons as a first strike”

“The whole point about the deterrent is that you have got to leave uncertainty in the mind of anyone who might be thinking of using weapons against this country,” he said.

A recent report by the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) showed that the threat of a “nuclear weapon detonation event,” accidental or deliberate, is “arguably at its highest in the 26 years since the collapse of the Soviet Union,” as relations between nuclear powers continue to deteriorate.

Military Secret Lethal Weapon Activated

The ultimate covert weapon, that the military’s secret research branch DARPA has been developing for decades, that the Federal Drug Administration approved for use on United States soil, has been quietly deployed across the nation. This weapon is the ultimate means for remotely torturing targeted individuals for “targeted assassinations,” as approved and signed into law by President Barack Obama, inherited by President Donald Trump. Critics say this weapon is the ultimate secret silent weapon for the demise of the human family, humanity.
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Military Mind Control Shocking Breakthrough: Implanting Neural Dust to Remotely Abuse Targets

Radio-Frequency IDentification, (RFID) is a small electronic device consisting of a small chip and an antenna. The RFID chip, also called a spy chip, is capable of carrying 2,000 bytes of data. The antenna, contrary to popular belief, both emits and receives information, even when embedded in the human body. Many chipped targeted individuals experience receiving both injurious psychological messages that are self-destructing and physical attacks that amount to torture due.

Each tiny chip, some now the size of nano particles, can be swallowed or inhaled. They immediately connect the unwitting human through the antenna to electromagnetic energy beamed at it from a reader device – yes, invisibly “beamed.”

In 2013, after DARPA, the secretive research arm of the Department of Defense after had spent decades experimenting on humans to develop and refine RFIDs for human use, and as America’s Federal Drug Administration processed approving RFID chips for Americans, Harvard graduate Dr. Katherine Albrecht, RFID expert, Genesis Communications Network Radio Host and Author of “Spychips,” discussed with Steve Vasquez the Real Id and Enhanced Drivers license. Albrecht explained underlying legislation for eventual total human tracking and control by using RFID chips. (Watch video below)

When an RFID chip picks up electromagnetic energy, the chip sends back its unique identification number to the reader device, allowing the item or individual to be remotely identified, monitored – and stalked or spied upon. These spy chips can beam back information anywhere – from a couple of inches to up to 20 or 30 feet or more away.

Transnational corporations, some of the world’s largest product manufacturers, have been plotting behind closed doors since 1999 to develop and commercialize RFID technology to replace the bar code, while the military has already begun implanting soldiers with chips. RFID tags are not an “improved bar code” as proponents espouse, nor or they to simply help soldiers heal from battlefield brain injuries, as the military espouses.

In 2013, the FDA approved RFID tags for human use.

RFID technology differs from bar codes four ways:

1. Today’s bar code technology on every Coke can is the same bar code number as every other Coke can in the world. Today’s RFID enables each and every Coke to have a unique ID number, one potentially linked to the person buying it when the can is scanned and a credit card or frequent shopper card is used. This is part of an “item registration system.”

2. A bar code must be read close distance. A chip can be read from long distance, straight through clothes, wallet or purse — without the owner’s knowledge or consent — by anybody with the right reader device. It gives strangers x-ray vision powers to stalk, spy on, identify both the individual person, what that individual is wearing and carrying. (This is only one reason the stalking crime is exploding, according to stalking specialists: technology.)

3. A bar code has no health impact. RFIDs are hazardous to health in a world where RFID reader devices are everywhere – stores, in floors, on doorways, on airplanes, in refrigerators, in home medicine cabinets, etc — each one continually bombarding electromagnetic energy at the human body. Long-term health effects of chronic exposure to energy emitted by these devices can be lethal, as surviving self-identified Targeted Individuals are experiencing and reporting.

4. A bard code cannot emit no-touch torture. Because RFID chips do not only emit information and instead, also receive information or energy, energy can be sent to inflict torture – invisible, “no-touch torture.” Thousands of innocent targeted individuals experience physical and mental injury from assaults with secret chip technology, a top secret weapon covertly deployed in unsuspecting communities globally.

The U.S. military has been secretly brain-chipping soldiers. Even worse, believe it or not, most Americans have been chipped tiny nanodust without their knowledge or consent, according to private investigator William Taylor in a discussion with Deborah Dupré.

God’s Fingerprints are Everywhere

In “A Big Bang in a Little Room,” Zeeya Merali describes the consensus among science’s biggest brains: “The notion that a god made our universe is several rungs on the wackiness ladder above the idea that it was made by aliens.” Nevertheless, Merali describes herself as both a believer in God and the holder of an Ivy League Ph.D. in theoretical physics, so she asks a good question: If God desired to send us a message, how would He do it?

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Thirty-two years ago Carl Sagan’s novel “Contact” included speculation about finding a code in the digits of pi, which starts out 3.14159 and keeps going forever — but no one’s found it. Others said God might encode a message within the human genome — but that would be useful only for creatures on this planet. Merali suggests a message embedded in background radiation, so any sufficiently advanced creatures anywhere in the universe could perceive it. (Astronomers learn about distant galaxies and galaxy clusters by mapping tiny radiation wrinkles.)

The time to engrave such a message in the sky would be at the moment of creation, Merali writes: “Think of it like drawing a smiley face in marker on a balloon straight out of the package. Blow up the balloon and the picture stretches with the rubber. In the same way, as the cosmos rapidly inflated, its creator’s message would shine out across the whole sky.” She says no one has found such a message thus far, thus disappointing those who believe in God.

No such message? With respect for Merali, who writes charmingly, I think she’s wrong, for three reasons.

First, we live on a Goldilocks “just right” planet within a Goldilocks universe. The “RTB Design Compendium” at reasons.org lists nearly 1,500 features of the universe and Earth that must fall within narrow ranges to allow for the possibility of life, and then advanced life. For example: We need a particular composition of the Earth’s core and atmosphere, a particular Earth axis tilt and rotation speed, particular capillary action and surface tension, and so on.

We exist because of things most of us know nothing about: cosmic ray protons, intergalactic hydrogen gas clouds, molecular hydrogen formed by supernova eruptions, etc. If one loose definition of miracle is “a highly improbable or extraordinary event,” look at the likelihood of simple bacteria being able to survive anywhere in the universe apart from divine action: 1 chance in 10 followed by 556 zeros. What about the likelihood of advanced life? One chance in 10 followed by 1,054 zeros.

In February’s Super Bowl the New England Patriots trailed by 25 points with 17 minutes and 7 seconds left in the game. They managed to tie the game and win it in overtime: Headlines proclaimed “a miracle comeback.” But what if the Patriots had trailed by 8,216 points and needed to score one touchdown (plus two extra points) in every one of those 1,027 seconds left in the game? That gives us a sense of the unlikeliness of our existence purely through material causes — and we’d have to multiply that physical improbability/impossibility by about a trillion. (That’s why some atheistic scientists grab on to the wacky multiverse theory.)

The second proof of God’s existence: 20th-century theodicy. Decisions by three atheists — Mao, Stalin, and Hitler — led to 100 million deaths. Some people say that shows a merciful God does not exist, but we should flip the surmise: Atheism kills, and we’ve seen since the 1930s what happens when we worship human gods. (Yes, some “Christians” have also murdered, in smaller quantities, but they also claimed godlike status.) God warns us throughout the Bible that sin has consequences: Should we consider Him a liar because He tells the truth?

Why don’t we wake up every morning and realize our existence is miraculous? Maybe because so much noise surrounds us. But here’s a third reason to believe in God: I’ve met some men in their 20s whose thinking as teens was so destructive that it looked as if they would soon be dead, imprisoned, or traitorous. I was one of them. But “the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end” — and the Bible tells me so.

God has sent a message, not in background radiation but in our existence, our history, and in what should be our daily reading.

‘Broken by US power machine’: Trump’s 100 days prove his maverick image was fake

Donald Trump’s election strategy relied to a degree on the image of an anti-establishment billionaire who could fix a broken DC. Instead, his actions in office have been aligned with the policies of the same special interests he used to speak out against.

Some of Trump’s critics say he was dishonest from the start. Others, like Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, believe he has been “broken” by the US establishment, which would not tolerate a president that wanted to improve relations with Moscow or stop America’s perpetual wars.

Either way, the 45th US president has proven himself consistently inconsistent during his first 100 days in office. Here are some of the issues Trump has done a 180 flip-flop on since taking the Oval Office.

NATO

The trans-Atlantic military bloc was an early target of Trump’s ire. During the election campaign, he branded the alliance “obsolete” and complained that its European members were benefiting from America’s protection, while failing to pay for it. Some British media outlets have even reported that he had handed German Chancellor Angela Merkel a multibillion dollar bill for services rendered. Both governments have denied this, however.

Skipping forward, Trump now says NATO is a “bulwark of international peace and security.” So it may be just a matter of time before the US calls on its allies to bomb some country’s government out of power, regardless of what goes on in the UN Security Council, just as it did in Iraq in 2003.

China

China played the boogeyman in Trump’s campaign. It was blamed for lost US jobs and other maladies affecting of the American worker. Candidate Trump repeatedly accused Beijing of manipulating its currency, saying he would not allow it “to rape our country.” Moreover, he called the US’ decades-old “one China policy” into question, while complaining about China failing to reign in North Korea.

Now, he claims that he and Chinese President Xi Jinping developed a wonderful relationship during a meeting at the Mar-a-Lago resort over “the most beautiful chocolate cake.” However, the evening’s menu didn’t include a Big Mac, which Trump promised he would offer Xi before sitting down to work when he was a candidate. The Chinese media has been mocking the US leader’s U-turn.

‘Policeman of the world’

During the presidential campaign, Trump insisted that the US “cannot be the policeman of the world,” but now the president is apparently quite comfortable in that very position. Although he certainly didn’t shy away from sending Navy SEALS to raid Yemeni villages supposedly held by Al Qaeda shortly after his inauguration, it was the barrage of Tomahawk missiles he launched on a Syrian military airfield that set things straight on this issue.

The White House said its act of international aggression was a response to an alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government – which is yet to be properly investigated. Ironically, that chemical incident came just days after senior members of the Trump administration had stated that deposing the government in Damascus was no longer a goal for Washington.

NAFTA

Among the latest things Trump has backtracked on is the free trade deal between the US, Canada, and Mexico, better known as NAFTA. On the campaign trail, he called it the “single worst trade deal ever” and a “killer” of US jobs, but, on Thursday, the White House said the treaty would remain in place.

The Trump administration had reportedly been considering withdrawing from the deal via an executive order the same way it quashed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in January.

Russia

Trump, who repeatedly promised during his campaign that he would improve America’s relations with Russia, saying that “it would be great,” doesn’t sound very committed anymore. Maybe it has something to do with US comedy shows lampooning him as a weakling blackmailed by the Kremlin or some vocal members of the media still crushed by Hillary’s loss, who constantly excoriate him for having ‘Russia ties’, regardless of whether they have any proof or not.

Or, maybe, America’s elusive ‘Deep State’, which so many in the US say doesn’t exist, is more powerful than the most powerful man in the world, as the person sitting in the Oval Office is often described. One can now wonder where the US and Russia will be after Trump’s four years and whether that place would have been any different if Hillary Clinton had been at America’s helm.

Curcumin from Turmeric Inhibits Zika, HIV, Herpes and Other Viruses

The turmeric compound curcumin has been found to inhibit a number of significant viruses, including zika virus, hepatitis, herpes, chikungunya virus, influenza-A, HIV and HPV.

Turmeric has been used as a medicinal food for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine. I have discussed its ability to slow cancer growthhelp prevent Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’shelp resolve Lichen Panus, and reduce type-2 diabetes.

Curcumin from Turmeric Inhibits Zika, HIV, Herpes and Other Viruses

More recently, research has confirmed that the central medicinal compound in turmeric – curcumin – blocks the growth of the zika virus, hepatitis, herpes, chikungunya virus, influenza-A, HIV and HPV.

These are all serious viruses. Collectively, they affect hundreds of millions of people around the world.

Some of these viruses are transmitted by mosquitoes. For example, zika and the chikungunya viruses are transmitted by the Aedes species of mosquito.  Last year, researchers found that zika is linked with birth defects such as microcephaly. Zika virus has recently spread from South and Central America into Southern states in the U.S., including Texas and Florida.

The chikungunya virus is also spreading in South and Central America. This virus will cause joint pain, high fevers, rashes and sometimes even death.

There are no vaccines for either zika or chikungunya viruses. There are also no real treatments either.

One of the problems with these viruses is due to the viral cell being enveloped. They have glycoprotein shells that make them more durable and difficult to breakdown by the body’s immune system.

Are there any natural strategies for protection?

As far as mosquito-related viruses: There are a number of natural mosquito repellents to consider. Especially if you live or are traveling to a location that has zika or chikungunya or any number of other mosquito-transmitted diseases. A 2017 study from the University Malaya found that essential oils including some of the below were as effective as DEET (N,N-Diethyl-3-methylbenzamide) in deterring mosquito bites. Here is a list of natural mosquito repellents:
• Citronella oil
Tea tree oil
• Eucalyptus oil
• Neem oil
• Thyme oil
• Cinnamon oil
• Lavender oil
• Garlic (internal and external)
• Rosemary oil
• Clove oil
• Castor oil
• Citrus oil

As far as fighting these types of enveloped viruses: We have also discussed research on several antiviral herbs:
• Shatterstone herb
• Lectins
• Thyme
• Ginger
• Andrographis

Turmeric extract inhibits enveloped viruses

To this list we can now add turmeric as a potent antiviral herb. Research has found that turmeric’s central extracted compound, curcumin, blocks the growth of zika and chikungunya and other enveloped viruses.

Researchers from France’s prestigious Pasteur Institute researched the ability of curcumin to inhibit these viruses. They found that not only does curcumin inhibit the viruses, but it interfered with the virus’ ability to continue infecting cells.

Curcumin also accomplished this in a dose-dependent manner. This means that the larger the dose, the more inhibition was exerted and vice versa. This is considered the gold standard in determining effectiveness of a compound.

Furthermore, the researchers found that the curcumin interfered with the virus’ ability to bind to cells. A virus must bind to a cell in order to infect it. This binding also helps the virus transmit itself to other parts of the body. The virus will often utilize the cell’s organs and even DNA to help it spread.

Turmeric’s central compound circumin blocks these by blocking the virus’ ability to bind to cells in the first place.

The researchers confirmed their findings:

“We observed that direct treatment of virus with curcumin reduced infectivity of virus in a dose- and time-dependent manner for these enveloped viruses, as well as vesicular stomatitis virus.”

The vesicular stomatitis virus belongs in the same family as rabies. It is also an enveloped virus and it has been particularly hard to prevent its spread among animals.

The researchers also mentioned that this latest study adds to the list of viruses that curcumin has been found to inhibit:

“Together, these results expand the family of viruses sensitive to curcumin and provide a mechanism of action for curcumin’s effect on these enveloped viruses.”

Let’s discuss some of these other viruses inhibited by curcumin.

Curcumin inhibits hepatitis

A study published in Lancet, the British Journal of Medicine, found that turmeric’s curcumin blocks the entry of hepatitis C virus into human liver cells. This is a critical issue because hepatitis C infects the liver and liver cells.

This study found that curcumin disturbed the outer envelop of the viral cells. The researchers stated:

“Membrane fluidity experiments indicated that curcumin affected the fluidity of the HCV envelope resulting in impairment of viral binding and fusion.”

The researchers also concluded:

“Turmeric curcumin inhibits HCV entry independently of the genotype and in primary human hepatocytes by affecting membrane fluidity thereby impairing virus binding and fusion.”

A study from Israel’s The Institute of Gastroenterology and Liver Disease at the Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center studied curcumin and the hepatitis B virus. They found that that curcumin inhibits hepatitis B by stopping replication gene expression.

The Israeli researchers commented:

“We suggest curcumin as a host targeted therapy for HBV infection that may complement current virus-specific therapies.”

Curcumin inhibits influenza-A virus

Research from Taiwan’s Graduate Institute of Microbiology and Public Health at the National Chung Hsing University studied turmeric and curcumin on influenza type A. They found that curcumin inhibits this influenza – one of the major flu viruses.

The researchers found that it interferes with the virus’ haemagglutination activity. This means that it blocks the virus’ ability to bind onto red blood cells.

Curcumin inhibits HIV-1 virus

As far back as 1995, researchers discovered that curcumin somehow inhibited the HIV virus. Since then dozens of studies have confirmed this ability. Newer research has also determined that curcumin will prevent the virus’ infection at the site. Researchers from Canada’s McMaster University found that applying curcumin onto genital skin cells prevented infection from HIV across the mucosal membranes.

Researchers from India’s National Institute of Immunology found that curcumin inhibited HIV-1 production by infected cells – preventing the infection from spreading. They also found that curcumin breaks down a protein that binds with the virus – leaving the virus unable to be viable.

Clinical research on curcumin and HIV is limited. A 1995 study of 40 AIDS patients didn’t find decreased viral loads, but the patients said they felt better after 8 weeks of taking the curcumin. Researchers since have noted that curcumin’s effects may be more subtle and take longer to see reduced viral loads.

Meanwhile, other studies have since concluded curcumin inhibits HIV infection and replication.

Curcumin inhibits herpes

Researchers from Michigan State University studied curcumin and herpes simplex-1. They found that curcumin blocked the virus by interfering in the virus’ early gene expression. This gene expression is required in order for the virus to replicate among cells. The researchers concluded:

“Curcumin is a potent compound with various biological properties. We have shown that curcumin significantly affects HSV-1 IE gene expression which thereby diminishes the ability of the virus to launch the lytic infectious cycle.”

McMaster University researchers also found that curcumin blocked the spread of herpes simplex-1 and herpes simplex-2 viruses. The research found that curcumin prevented replication of the herpes viruses among infected T-cells.

Human papillomavirus

Research from India’s Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute studied 287 women who were HPV-positive. The researchers randomly divided the women into four groups. One group was given vaginal basant cream containing curcumin. Another group was treated with vaginal placebo cream. Another group was treated with curcumin vaginal capsules. The fourth group was given placebo capsules.

The researchers found that 87 percent of the women treated with the basant-curcumin cream were cleared of HPV. The curcumin capsule-treated women experienced a 81 percent HPV clearance rate.

Curcumin’s mysterious nature

As evidenced above, many studies have confirmed that curcumin has the ability to help remediate symptoms among patients infected with viral conditions. This adds to the many other benefits of curcumin.

The ability of curcumin to affect so many conditions has been a mystery among clinical researchers:

“How a single agent can possess these diverse effects has been an enigma over the years, both for basic scientists and clinicians.”

How much curcumin does turmeric contain?

We should note that all of the above research has tested curcumin and not turmeric per se. A pure turmeric powder made from turmeric roots (Curcuma longa) contains only a small fraction of curcumin. Furthermore, turmeric is an ingredient of curry powder. So curry powder will contain even less curcumin.

Turmeric contains about 2 to 4 percent curcumin. A 2006 study from Jordan’s Hashemite University analyzed 28 products that were labeled either as turmeric or curry powder.

The researchers found that pure turmeric powder had the highest curcumin content. The average curcumin content among the different turmeric powders was 3.14 percent by weight.