Important message for anyone in pain, or depressed…

You might not like me. You might hate my politics, my points of view, my opinions. That is fine.

I still don’t want to see you in pain. *Err, maybe a few people…lol*

I have essentially been cured from the pain I have been in. Naturally. You have to understand some things here…

I have been depressed for a long time. I have been in pain, from the fibromyalgia, for quite some time. I have been plagued with headaches and various other ailments…chronic fatigue, etc etc. I haven’t been the greatest person in the world.

I have found the answer. It’s a natural cure called 5-hydroxytryptamine, or simply 5-HTP. It has cured me…I have had NO fibromyalgia pain. I sleep well, and soundly. I am not tired at all during the day, and life does not seem like a chore anymore.

I am not a medical doctor. You don’t even have to listen to me. But what do you have to lose by trying it? There are no adverse side affects. Don’t take my word for it, read these links…

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2193835

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serotonin

Tell everyone you can. Tell anyone who has pain, chronic fatigue, headaches or even wants to lose weight (it is highly effective for weight loss.)

It’s not as expensive as conventional “therapy.” It is not riddled with side effects. It is simply the best thing I have ever tried, after trying EVERY known therapy medically.

Thanks for listening.

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President Bush declares a “major disaster” area in Florida on Sunday

*The storm that never ends*

(CNN) — Florida Gov. Charlie Crist warned Sunday that more flooding could be on the way in parts of the state already hard-hit by Tropical Storm Fay, now a tropical depression.

Crist told reporters he would take an aerial tour Sunday of the areas that took the worst of the storm.

Also Sunday, President Bush declared a “major disaster” area in Florida, making the counties of Brevard, Monroe, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie eligible for federal funds.

Fay, the tropical storm that wouldn’t go away, has weakened to a tropical depression, but forecasters warn it could still drop up to a foot of rain along its path over northwest Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.

Fay was marching west-northwestward at 10 mph Sunday morning, and forecasters warned that the storm could spawn isolated tornadoes Sunday in the Florida Panhandle, western Georgia and Alabama.

Fay, which sprang to life eight days ago over the Dominican Republic, caused flooding and at least 10 deaths in Haiti before sweeping over Cuba, the Florida Keys and onto the Florida peninsula.

The storm spent several days circling the central and upper coast of Florida with heavy rain and severe flooding before beginning its current westward track. iReport.com: Send your videos, photos from the storm

Fay is blamed for 11 Florida deaths.

Another storm-related death was reported in Cairo, Georgia — about 35 miles north of Tallahassee — when a teenager playing near a drainage area was swept away in rising waters, the National Weather Service

Fay’s disorganized center was about 60 miles east-northeast of Mobile, Alabama, and about 30 miles north-northeast of Pensacola, Florida, the hurricane center advisory said.

Radar measured Fay’s top sustained winds at about 35 mph late Saturday, and it is expected to gradually weaken over the next two days, the center said.

“Fay is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 6 to 12 inches across the extreme western portion of the northern Florida Peninsula, the Florida Panhandle, southwestern Georgia, the southern and central portions of Mississippi and Alabama and eastern Louisiana,” the hurricane center said.

It also said some areas could get as much as 20 inches of rain.

While all tropical storm warnings and watches have ended, emergency officials along the Gulf Coast are braced.

In New Orleans, a famously low-lying city, the Army Corps of Engineers said its canal flood-watch teams have been activated as a precaution.

In anticipation of the storm’s westward movement, teams will “mobilize to their duty stations 8 a.m. Sunday, and monitor canals and levees in the city,” the Corps said in a written statement Saturday.

Col. Alvin Lee, New Orleans District commander, said the actions were “precautionary measures for the safety of the public.”

“However, we are prepared to close the gates and run the pumps should the need arise,” he said.

The Corps took responsibility after Hurricane Katrina flooded most of New Orleans in 2005 for not having built sufficient levees against flooding.

The National Hurricane Center said isolated areas of eastern Louisiana could have up to 20 inches of rain.

Mobile County, Alabama, opened five shelters and called in swift-water rescue teams in anticipation of flooding, said Steve Huffman, spokesman for the county’s emergency management agency.
“The storm is actually weakening. That’s not to say we’re not going to have rain,” Huffman told CNN. “We’re still expecting some flooding because of this. We’ve got everything on standby — hopefully it won’t come to that.”

http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/08/24/tropical.storm.fay/index.html

Passenger jet crashes in Kyrgyzstan

*I KNEW this was going to happen. I had no specifics, but I have been dreaming of plane crashes. It will happen again soon…notice the synchronicities and cycles.*

MOSCOW, Russia (AP) — A passenger jet heading to Iran with at least 83 people aboard crashed Sunday near the main airport in Kyrgyzstan, Kyrgyz and U.S. officials said.

Russia’s Interfax news agency quoted an unidentified airport official as saying there were casualties, but that could not immediately be confirmed.

The Boeing 737 crashed near the Bishkek airport, Maj. Damian Pickart, public affairs officer for the Manas U.S. air base, told The Associated Press. The U.S. air base is at Bishkek’s airport. Pickart said there were 83 people aboard.

An airport official said the crash occurred after the crew reported a technical problem on board about 10 minutes into the flight to Tehran, Iran, and said they were returning to the airport. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to give her name.

Kyrgyz Interior Minister Maldomusa Kongatiyev told the AP there were seven crew members on board in addition to the 83 passengers. He said the plane went down 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the airport.
Interfax quoted Kyrgyz Emergency Situations Minister Kamchibek Tashiyev as saying the plane crashed about 5 kilometers (3 miles) from the airport and that it had 123 people on board.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/08/24/jet.crash.ap/index.html

McCain: Foot Soldier in New World Order

*Rest assured, there are NO discernable differences between these two candidates! The words liberal and conservative no longer mean ANYTHING. These people are just lackeys for the puppetmasters…and if you believe that they can fix this country, that is EXACTLY what you are, as well. I will bold what I consider important in this article.*

Since the stinging defeat of the McCain-Kennedy comprehensive ‘amnesty’ bill, Senator McCain has begrudgingly paid lip service on the campaign trail to Americans concerned about illegal immigration. Chanting his new mantra that ‘he gets it’ and ‘we must secure the borders first,’ he has avoided discussing his plans for amnesty. His dubious promises on border security have clearly been intended to manipulate conservative voters, the same voters he treats with obvious disdain and condescension. Mocking Ronald Reagan’s conservatism, McCain has even declared himself a ‘foot soldier in the Reagan revolution,’ a reference surely prompting our fortieth president to turn over in his grave!

McCain’s World Affairs speech must rightfully be considered his ‘coming out’ speech in which he unflinchingly revealed his true globalist nature and his mission as a ‘foot soldier in the New World Order’. Thanks to his arrogance, which likely propelled him to openly disclose his One World vision, we have been given a chance to reconsider McCain as the Republican nominee and possible President of the United States. We can only hope that his words will be his undoing.

McCain boldly declared, ‘We have to strengthen our global alliances as the core of a new global compact — a League of Democracies’..’ and ‘we must also lead by’ creating the new international institutions necessary to advance the peace and freedoms we cherish.’ [1] The obvious question is – haven’t we had enough of the massively corrupt United Nations and other international institutions trampling on U.S. sovereignty, interfering in American policy, and draining the life-blood from our country? What has the U.N. accomplished in its 60-year existence other than the largest theft in world history with the oil-for-food program and turning its back on the Darfur, Rwandan and other genocides? With moral leadership, why can’t the U.S. be an upstanding citizen of our world without becoming ensnared in new international treaties that would forever alter the guardian of our republic, the Constitution?

Even more frightening is what McCain has in store for America right here at home. As president, McCain will be in a position to fulfill his directives for dissolving America’s sovereignty. ‘With globalization, our hemisphere has grown closer, more integrated, and more interdependent’.. Americans north and south share a common geography and a common destiny. The countries of Latin America are the natural partners of the United States, and our northern neighbor Canada’.Relations with our southern neighbors must be governed by mutual respect, not by an imperial impulse or by anti-American demagoguery. The promise of North, Central, and South American life is too great for that. I believe the Americas can and must be the model for a new 21st century relationship between North and South. Ours can be the first completely democratic hemisphere, where trade is free across all borders, where the rule of law and the power of free markets advance the security and prosperity of all.’ [1]

Common destiny? Are we to accept Senator McCain’s 21st century utopian desire to join the U.S. with our neighbor to the south, Mexico, one of the most corrupt, crime-ridden and lawless nations on the planet? [2,3] While we may share a common border, we absolutely do not share a common culture, nor do we share a common destiny.

Make no mistake. If granted the power of the presidency, McCain will strive to dismantle the sovereignty of the United States of America. This ‘unashamed and unabashed defender of NAFTA’ [4] will follow in the footsteps of previous administrations to further the integration of the U.S., Canada and Mexico under the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) into a homogenized North American hemisphere, complete with a North American Parliament and court system. This plan is being openly promoted by many such as former U.S. Congressman David Bonior [5-7], former Mexican President Vicente Fox [8], academics [9-12], and numerous think-tanks [9, 13, 14].

The end results will be the wiping out of national borders and our self-determination, and ultimately the subordination of our precious Constitution, the guarantor of our liberties, to a North American superstate similar to the European Union (EU). Ask the Brits or French how they like being voiceless citizens of the EU, ruled by unelected bureaucrats, their national heritage and history drowned out by a sea of third world immigrants, and having the ‘Reform Treaty,’ [15] a.k.a., the ‘EU Constitution,’ shoved down their collective throats without national referenda . Will we allow the same to happen here under a President McCain?

More than a million American heroes have lost their lives to keep America free. They surely did not die for a North American Union!

In McCain’s 25-year tenure in the United States House and Senate, he has shown little or no respect for the Constitutional rights and freedoms of Americans. Instead, he has teamed up with America-hating globalists like George Soros to squash our first amendment right to free speech via McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform [16], and attempted to destroy our second amendment rights through the McCain-Lieberman Gun Show Control bill [17]. Neither has McCain shown any commitment to preserve American sovereignty or to protect American taxpayers. Instead, he continues to be a proponent of amnesty for illegal aliens, going so far as to enlist to his campaign Juan Hernandez, former Mexican government cabinet member and amnesty and open borders advocate, for the purpose of carrying McCain’s message to the Hispanic population as his Hispanic Outreach Director [18]. While trumpeting fiscal conservatism and earmark reform, McCain has remained mute on the budget-busting price tag for amnesty, projected to be at least $2.6 trillion for entitlement, health care and other programs required to support 12 million illegal aliens [19]. Can you say endless tax increases? Meanwhile, border security has been barely a blip on the radar screen of this self-appointed national security expert, despite repeated Mexican military incursions onto U.S. soil, virtually unchecked human trafficking and drug smuggling, and escalating violence and kidnappings of his own Arizona constituents along our border with Mexico.

Since the SPP was launched in 2005 by President Bush, President Fox of Mexico and Prime Minister Martin of Canada [20], McCain, together with Senators on both sides of the aisle, has sponsored multiple pieces of amnesty and border legislation [21]. Had these bills passed, a little-known provision would have initiated ‘binational health care infrastructure and health insurance’ with Mexico. A second provision would have mandated the securing of Mexico’s southern border, not ours, thus implementing a ‘common North American security perimeter,’ a critical goal outlined in the Council on Foreign Relations task force report, Building a North American Community [9]. Following the failure of this provision to be made law, the Merida Initiative, a $1.4 billion aid package to Mexico rumored to include the securing of Mexico’s southern border, was announced by President Bush but has not received Congressional approval to date [22].

In this presidential race, there is no ‘lesser of the evils.’ We are being presented with a triple threat and each choice is equally dangerous. Yet, Congressional gridlock seems more probable with a Democrat as President, while Republicans in Congress would likely roll over for John McCain. Regardless, a McCain Presidency would be an unmitigated disaster for our country. With no hope for the top of the ticket, Americans must carefully choose Senators and Congressmen who will have the courage to stop the next President from advancing a dangerous agenda.

Knowing McCain’s dark history, his desire for power, and his vision for the destruction of America he so boldly revealed, will patriotic Americans make this devout ‘foot soldier in the New World Order’ the next Commander-In-Chief? If McCain swears to uphold the Constitution of the United States in his oath of office with his hand upon the Bible, will his words be nothing more than bald-faced lies?

*NO…this article is NOT from the Progressive, or some other liberal magazine…*

http://www.theconservativevoice.com/article/31728.html

The Murky World of High-Fructose Corn Syrup

*I am CONVINCED this is why the USA and Canada have exploding obesity rates…try to avoid HFCS, if you can. I like Jones soda, read cane sugar ;)*

Think of sugar and you think of sugar cane or beets. Extraction of sugar from sugar cane spurred the colonization of the New World. Extraction of sugar from beets was developed during the time of Napoleon so that the French could have sugar in spite of the English trading blockade.

Nobody thinks of sugar when they see a field of corn. Most of us would be surprised to learn that the larger percentage of sweeteners used in processed food comes from corn, not sugar cane or beets.

The process for making the sweetener high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) out of corn was developed in the 1970s. Use of HFCS grew rapidly, from less than three million short tons in 1980 to almost 8 million short tons in 1995. During the late 1990s, use of sugar actually declined as it was eclipsed by HFCS. Today Americans consume more HFCS than sugar.

High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is produced by processing corn starch to yield glucose, and then processing the glucose to produce a high percentage of fructose. It all sounds rather simple–white cornstarch is turned into crystal clear syrup. However, the process is actually very complicated. Three different enzymes are needed to break down cornstarch, which is composed of chains of glucose molecules of almost infinite length, into the simple sugars glucose and fructose.

First, cornstarch is treated with alpha-amylase to produce shorter chains of sugars called polysaccharides. Alpha-amylase is industrially produced by a bacterium, usually Bacillus sp. It is purified and then shipped to HFCS manufacturers.

Next, an enzyme called glucoamylase breaks the sugar chains down even further to yield the simple sugar glucose. Unlike alpha-amylase, glucoamylase is produced by Aspergillus, a fungus, in a fermentation vat where one would likely see little balls of Aspergillus floating on the top.

The third enzyme, glucose-isomerase, is very expensive. It converts glucose to a mixture of about 42 percent fructose and 50-52 percent glucose with some other sugars mixed in. While alpha-amylase and glucoamylase are added directly to the slurry, pricey glucose-isomerase is packed into columns and the sugar mixture is then passed over it. Inexpensive alpha-amylase and glucoamylase are used only once, glucose-isomerase is reused until it loses most of its activity.

There are two more steps involved. First is a liquid chromatography step that takes the mixture to 90 percent fructose. Finally, this is back-blended with the original mixture to yield a final concentration of about 55 percent fructose–what the industry calls high fructose corn syrup.

HFCS has the exact same sweetness and taste as an equal amount of sucrose from cane or beet sugar but it is obviously much more complicated to make, involving vats of murky fermenting liquid, fungus and chemical tweaking, all of which take place in one of 16 chemical plants located in the Corn Belt. Yet in spite of all the special enzymes required, HFCS is actually cheaper than sugar. It is also very easy to transport–it’s just piped into tanker trucks. This translates into lower costs and higher profits for food producers.

The development of the HFCS process came at an opportune time for corn growers. Refinements of the partial hydrogenation process had made it possible to get better shortenings and margarines out of soybeans than corn. HFCS took up the slack as demand for corn oil margarine declined. Lysine, an amino acid, can be produced from the corn residue after the glucose is removed. This is the modus operandi of the food conglomerates–break down commodities into their basic components and then put them back together again as processed food.

Today HFCS is used to sweeten jams, condiments like ketchup, and soft drinks. It is also a favorite ingredient in many so-called health foods. Four companies control 85 percent of the $2.6 billion business–Archer Daniels Midland, Cargill, Staley Manufacturing Co. and CPC International. In the mid-1990s, ADM was the object of an FBI probe into price fixing of three products–HFCS, citric acid and lysine–and consumers got a glimpse of the murky world of corporate manipulation.

There’s a couple of other murky things that consumers should know about HFCS. According to a food technology expert, two of the enzymes used, alpha-amylase and glucose-isomerase, are genetically modified to make them more stable. Enzymes are actually very large proteins and through genetic modification specific amino acids in the enzymes are changed or replaced so the enzyme’s “backbone” won’t break down or unfold. This allows the industry to get the enzymes to higher temperatures before they become unstable.

Consumers trying to avoid genetically modified foods should avoid HFCS. It is almost certainly made from genetically modified corn and then it is processed with genetically modified enzymes. I’ve seen some estimates claiming that virtually everything–almost 80 percent–of what we eat today has been genetically modified at some point. Since the use of HFCS is so prevalent in processed foods, those figures may be right.

But there’s another reason to avoid HFCS. Consumers may think that because it contains fructose–which they associate with fruit, which is a natural food–that it is healthier than sugar. A team of investigators at the USDA, led by Dr. Meira Field, has discovered that this just ain’t so.

Sucrose is composed of glucose and fructose. When sugar is given to rats in high amounts, the rats develop multiple health problems, especially when the rats were deficient in certain nutrients, such as copper. The researchers wanted to know whether it was the fructose or the glucose moiety that was causing the problems. So they repeated their studies with two groups of rats, one given high amounts of glucose and one given high amounts of fructose. The glucose group was unaffected but the fructose group had disastrous results. The male rats did not reach adulthood. They had anemia, high cholesterol and heart hypertrophy–that means that their hearts enlarged until they exploded. They also had delayed testicular development. Dr. Field explains that fructose in combination with copper deficiency in the growing animal interferes with collagen production. (Copper deficiency, by the way, is widespread in America.) In a nutshell, the little bodies of the rats just fell apart. The females were not so affected, but they were unable to produce live young.

“The medical profession thinks fructose is better for diabetics than sugar,” says Dr. Field, “but every cell in the body can metabolize glucose. However, all fructose must be metabolized in the liver. The livers of the rats on the high fructose diet looked like the livers of alcoholics, plugged with fat and cirrhotic.”

HFCS contains more fructose than sugar and this fructose is more immediately available because it is not bound up in sucrose. Since the effects of fructose are most severe in the growing organism, we need to think carefully about what kind of sweeteners we give to our children. Fruit juices should be strictly avoided–they are very high in fructose–but so should anything with HFCS.

Interestingly, although HFCS is used in many products aimed at children, it is not used in baby formula, even though it would probably save the manufactueres a few pennies for each can. Do the formula makers know something they aren’t telling us? Pretty murky!

http://www.westonaprice.org/motherlinda/cornsyrup.html