September 30, 2011
Cell Biology 101
Death by Sprained Ankle
Water – The Essential Nutrient
The 7 Essential Rules of Tyranny
Medicinal Herb Book is AVAILABLE!!
CELL BIOLOGY 101God has made our bodies in a miraculous way. Our heart pumps blood through our veins, arteries, and capillaries to every cell in our body. Imagine that your body is a country and the cells are its citizens. In order for the country to be strong, its citizens must have various jobs, proper tools to perform those jobs, proper nutrition to stay healthy, a transportation system, a communication system, a waste disposal system, a safe place to rest, and protection from toxins who wish to do them harm. Our goal is to provide our cells with all of these requirements. Just like people, our cells come in all shapes and sizes, and they all have different abilities and jobs. But they are all essential to the health of your body. The "trash collector" cells are just as important as the "food server" cells and the "communication" cells. All of our cells are highly structured. At the center of a cell is its nucleus, which is basically the equivalent of a "brain." The nucleus is covered by a plasma membrane. Interestingly, other than red blood cells, all of the cells in our bodies have a nucleus. Extending from the nucleus to the cell membrane (the "skin" of the cell) are cell fibers, which are basically the cell's scaffolding. These cell fibers also serve as the "muscles" of the cells, allowing the cell to contract and expand into different shapes. This ability to change shapes is called pleomorphism. In these cell fibers are embedded organelles, which are like "little organs," since each of them has a specific function. As I mentioned, the cell "skin" is called a membrane which is made of protein molecules. Some of these proteins act like a "name tag" to identify the type of cell, while other proteins act as a "door" to the cell. Healthy cells are aerobic, meaning that they function properly in the presence of sufficient oxygen. Healthy cells metabolize (burn) oxygen and glucose (blood sugar) to produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is the energy "currency" of the cells. This process is referred to as aerobic respiration (or aerobic metabolism). This cycle of creating energy, called the Krebs cycle, takes place in the mitochondria, which are organelles composed of an outer membrane and an inner membrane. The enzymes used to produce energy lie on top of the inner membrane. ATP is composed of three phosphates. The breaking of the bond between the second and third phosphates releases the energy to power virtually all cellular processes. Amazingly, we all generate enough metabolic energy to produce our own body weight in ATP every day just to function! Every second, each of our approximately 60 trillion cells consumes and regenerates 12 million molecules of ATP. To the left is a three-dimensional model of an ATP molecule – carbon atoms are gray, nitrogens are blue, phosphorus are yellow, and oxygen is red. ATP production is the essential core function of every human cell. Without it, basic activities such as cellular repair, and protein, enzyme, hormone, and neurotransmitter synthesis would not occur. DNA repair and cell reproduction would cease. Many factors such as aging, poor diet, improper nutrition, and external toxins can impede this critical energy generation. Negatively charged electrons from hydrogen are the source of the energy needed to generate this staggering amount of ATP. Once the ATP is produced, it is stored in the Golgi bodies of the mitochondria until it is needed by the cells for their activities. The byproduct of this energy making process is carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide, in turn, is responsible for releasing oxygen from hemoglobin (the protein pigment in red blood cells). The oxygen then is burned to produce more ATP with more carbon dioxide byproduct, which is then used to extract the oxygen from hemoglobin. It's a miraculous state of continual perpetuity. The immune system is a collection of cells, chemical messengers, and proteins that work together to protect the body from potentially harmful, infectious microbes such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi; thus, the immune system plays a role in the control of cancer and other diseases. Our remarkable immune system is composed of leukocytes (white blood cells), antibodies (proteins in the blood), the thymus, spleen, and liver. It even has its own network of vessels (the lymphatic system) which drains waste products from tissues and transports it from lymph node to lymph node where macrophages filter out debris. Leukocytes are the body's "first line of defense." When foreign "invaders" enter the body, our immune system comes to the rescue in two ways:
- Leukocytes directly attack the invader.
- Antibodies either damage the invaders directly, or alert leukocytes to mount an attack.
SHANE GEIGER: DEATH BY SPRAINED ANKLE
by: Thomas CorriherSpraining an ankle should never be a death sentence, and historically it was not cause for funeral arrangements. It now sometimes is, along-side heart-disease, blood pressure, diabetes, and the long montage of other medically-induced conditions. Spraining an ankle was a death sentence for Shane Geiger. Neither Sarah nor I were given much opportunity to get close to him before his life was lost. He was an up-and-coming member of Sarah’s elite ‘Web Team’ (network engineering) for AE911Truth.org. It appears that he was previously a staff member of Prison Planet, and his pointed questions at official governmental press conferences about the Trade Center attacks were known to leave the cronie spokesmen virtually running to get away. We watched a video in which Shane left a N.I.S.T. representative stuttering and making an early departure. In this information war, we were proud to call him an ally. He was known for being a bit paranoid, but in retrospect and in light of his bizarre death, it seems that his paranoia was well justified. The biggest mistake that Shane ever made was visiting a doctor about a sprained ankle. Most people would expect for such a visit not to become a fatal encounter. We are certain that Shane never expected to die from it. The whole fiasco began about a month ago, while walking his dog. We do not know if the dog or Shane was more to blame, but on that fateful walk, Shane’s ankle got sprained. For about a month, Shane waited for his ankle to heal itself, and for the swelling to subside. Shane was not satisfied with the apparent slowness of progress: meaning that he likely had a damaged nerve or other secondary injury at play. So he did something that is becoming increasingly foolish in this era. He visited (or revisited) a doctor. Soon after, his sprained ankle turned into “blood clots”. They will never admit what really happened. The most astounding aspect is that his close family and friends never questioned any of this insanity. The level of brainwashing is astounding. What if we had given him a drug, and suddenly he died of “blood clots”? We’d be in prison now, and Shane would be undergoing a thorough autopsy for evidence of manslaughter or murder. The doctors are legally immune, and you can be sure that no investigation will ever take place. This is normal! This is routine! A young and healthy man is dead, and everybody is too afraid of looking crazy to question what really is crazy. Blood clots are not caused by sprained ankles, and they never have been. They are caused by the potassium altering medications that are routinely given by doctors, and I’d bet everything that I own that they were giving him exactly these type of drugs “to reduce swelling”. This class of drugs is documented to cause heart failure, but you can count on your doctor to call it “blood clots”; to make it your body’s fault, instead of theirs’. You can’t argue when your dead anyway, right? We are disturbed by the fact that we could have helped him, if only he had asked. With the right combination of herbs, joint supporting supplementation, and nerve supporting supplementation, we could have had him back to normal in a matter of days. Instead, he made the mistake of opting for “real medicine”, and the results speak for themselves. How many times do we have to yell it before everyone realizes that the emperor has no clothes? We can promise that some of those who will witness his burial will soon thereafter mindlessly spew platitudes about “the miracles” of modern medicine yet again. It is sickening, and it is disrespectful to those who were killed in vain. There is little hope of history teaching us anything when the masses are so brainwashed that they cannot even see what is unfolding before their eyes in the present. Remember Shane Geiger, the next time that you are tempted to visit a doctor, and remember that we warned you about their “miracles”. SOURCE
GOT GINSENG?Ginseng is perhaps the most well-known Chinese herb and the most widely recognized plant used in traditional medicine. The life-extending properties of ginseng were first described around 500 AD in a Chinese medical textbook by Shennong, and various forms of ginseng have been used in medicine for thousands of years. The two most common types of ginseng are "panax pseudoginseng" or "tienchi" (aka Asian, Korean or Chinese ginseng) and "panax quinquefolium" (aka American, Canadian, or North American ginseng). The word "panax" is derived from the Greek word "panacea" which means "all healing," and the benefits of ginseng are recognized as such. Tienchi is known for its ability to stop bleeding, both internally and externally. It is used as part of medical kits routinely issued to Chinese and North Korean troops in their medical kits to stop bleeding from wounds. It also has the ability to decrease abnormal clotting, hence it is an adaptogen, meaning it normalizes physical functioning depending on what the individual needs. For example, it will lower high blood pressure, but it will raise low blood pressure. Ginseng is also effective in combating cancer, diabetes, stress, and fatigue. These effects of ginseng are mainly attributed to a group of compounds called "ginsenosides." According to Dr. Michael Farley, “I have routinely used it in practice to stop the bleeding from wounds by simply filling the wound with tienchi and using butterfly bandages to keep it closed. I have never had an infection and most heal with little to no scarring.” In a study conducted by Dr. Taik-Koo Yun (and colleagues) published in the June 1998 International Journal of Epidemiology, consumption of ginseng resulted in a 67% decreased risk for stomach cancer and 70% for lung cancer. Animal studies have shown that ginseng stimulates the production of interferons and increases NK ("natural killer") cell activity. According to a report published in the Chinese Medicine Journal, the genisenosides in ginseng fight cancer by preventing angiogenesis (creation of new blood vessels), inducing apoptosis (normal cell death), and preventing metastasis (spreading) and proliferation of cancer. www.cmjournal.org/content/2/1/6 Other Chinese studies indicated that ginsenosides also increase protein synthesis and activity of neurotransmitters in the brain, thus ginseng is used to restore memory and enhance concentration and cognitive abilities. Additional research has shown specific effects that support the central nervous system, liver function, lung function, and circulatory system.
WATER – THE ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTPhysicians rarely promote the curative properties of water, but the late Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, M.D. (aka "Dr. Batman") studied water's effect on the human body and found it to be one of the best pain relievers and preventative therapies. His pioneering work shows that Unintentional Chronic Dehydration (UCD) contributes and even produces pain and many degenerative diseases which can be prevented and treated by increasing water intake. Dr. Batman was born in Iran in 1931, and he practiced medicine in the UK before returning to Iran where he played a key role in the development of hospitals and medical centers. When the Iranian Revolution broke out in 1979, Dr. Batman was placed in the infamous Evin Prison as a political prisoner for thirty-one months. It was there he discovered the healing powers of water. One night, Dr. Batman had to treat a fellow prisoner with crippling peptic ulcer pain. With no medications at his disposal, Dr. Batman gave him two glasses of water. Within several minutes, his pain completely disappeared. He was instructed to drink two glasses of water every three hours and became absolutely pain free for his four remaining months in the prison. While in prison, Dr. Batman successfully treated over three thousand fellow prisoners suffering from stress-induced peptic ulcer disease with water alone. While in prison he conducted extensive research into the medicinal effects of water in preventing and relieving many painful degenerative diseases. Evin Prison proved an ideal "stress laboratory," and despite his being offered an earlier release, Dr. Batman chose to stay an extra four months in prison to complete his research into the relationship of dehydration and bleeding peptic ulcer disease. The report of his findings was published as the editorial of the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology in June 1983. On his release from prison in 1982, Dr. Batman escaped from Iran and came to America. He wrote his ground-breaking book Your Body's Many Cries for Water in 1992, which has been translated into fifteen languages and continues to inspire readers worldwide. In his book, he stated that a dry mouth is not a reliable indicator of dehydration. The body signals its water shortage by producing pain. Dehydration actually produces pain and many degenerative diseases, including asthma, arthritis, hypertension, angina, adult-onset diabetes, lupus, and multiple sclerosis. Dr. Batman's message to the world was, "You are not sick, you are thirsty. Don't treat thirst with medication." I believe that is excellent advice from Dr. Batman. You see, without food, most humans will die in a month. Without water, we're dead in less than ten days. Water makes up over 70% of the body, around 90% of the blood, and about 85% of the brain. What would you do if you couldn't get clean drinking water? This is a question that you really need to consider. My family has been using Berkey Water Filters for the past 5 years and we love them. They will purify pond water, if you come to a situation where you need to drink it. We never have, thank God, but it's good to know that we have several filters that we can use and all we need to do is walk down to the creek and bring some buckets of water to the house, if it ever comes to a point where water is not available. And even if you do have access to the public water supply, it is likely laced with chlorine, fluoride, lead, high levels of harmful bacteria, and other unwanted chemicals and contaminants. Even bottled water (which many times originates from a municipal source) can contain these same contaminants, and moreover it is very expensive and likely contains Bisphenol A (BPA) in the plastic, which is a terrible toxin. Berkey Water Filters don't contain any BPA, by the way. Everyone who is thinking ahead should have at least 2 gravity water filters (like the Berkey shown above to the right) just in case water becomes scarce…or contaminated…
THE 7 ESSENTIAL RULES OF TYRANNY
by: Brandon SmithAs we look back on the horrors of the dictatorships and autocracies of the past, one particular question consistently arises; how was it possible for the common men of these eras to NOT notice what was happening around them? How could they have stood as statues unaware or uncaring as their cultures were overrun by fascism, communism, collectivism, and elitism? Of course, we have the advantage of hindsight, and are able to research and examine the misdeeds of the past at our leisure. Unfortunately, such hindsight does not necessarily shield us from the long cast shadow of tyranny in our own day. For that, the increasingly uncommon gift of foresight is required... At bottom, the success of despotic governments and Big Brother societies hinges upon a certain number of political, financial, and cultural developments. The first of which is an unwillingness in the general populace to secure and defend their own freedoms, making them completely reliant on corrupt establishment leadership. For totalitarianism to take hold, the masses must not only neglect the plight of their country, and the plight of others, but also be completely uninformed of the inherent indirect threats to their personal safety. They must abandon all responsibility for their destinies, and lose all respect for their own humanity. They must, indeed, become domesticated and mindless herd animals without regard for anything except their fleeting momentary desires for entertainment and short term survival. For a lumbering bloodthirsty behemoth to actually sneak up on you, you have to be pretty damnably oblivious. The prevalence of apathy and ignorance sets the stage for the slow and highly deliberate process of centralization. Once dishonest governments accomplish an atmosphere of inaction and condition a sense of frailty within the citizenry, the sky is truly the limit. However, a murderous power-monger's day is never quite done. In my recent article ‘The Essential Rules of Liberty' we explored the fundamentally unassailable actions and mental preparations required to ensure the continuance of a free society. In this article, let's examine the frequently wielded tools of tyrants in their invariably insane quests for total control...
Rule #1: Keep Them AfraidPeople who are easily frightened are easily dominated. This is not just a law of political will, but a law of nature. Many wrongly assume that a tyrant's power comes purely from the application of force. In fact, despotic regimes that rely solely on extreme violence are often very unsuccessful, and easily overthrown. Brute strength is calculable. It can be analyzed, and thus, eventually confronted and defeated. Thriving tyrants instead utilize not just harm, but the imminent THREAT of harm. They instill apprehension in the public; a fear of the unknown, or a fear of the possible consequences for standing against the state. They let our imaginations run wild until we see death around every corner, whether it's actually there or not. When the masses are so blinded by the fear of reprisal that they forget their fear of slavery, and take no action whatsoever to undo it, then they have been sufficiently culled. In other cases, our fear is evoked and directed towards engineered enemies. Another race, another religion, another political ideology, a "hidden" and ominous villain created out of thin air. Autocrats assert that we "need them" in order to remain safe and secure from these illusory monsters bent on our destruction. As always, this development is followed by the claim that all steps taken, even those that dissolve our freedoms, are "for the greater good". Frightened people tend to shirk their sense of independence and run towards the comfort of the collective, even if that collective is built on immoral and unconscionable foundations. Once a society takes on a hive-mind mentality almost any evil can be rationalized, and any injustice against the individual is simply overlooked for the sake of the group.
Rule #2: Keep Them IsolatedIn the past, elitist governments would often legislate and enforce severe penalties for public gatherings, because defusing the ability of the citizenry to organize or to communicate was paramount to control. In our technological era, such isolation is still used, but in far more advanced forms. The bread and circus lifestyle of the average westerner alone is enough to distract us from connecting with each other in any meaningful fashion, but people still sometimes find ways to seek out organized forms of activism. Through co-option, modern day tyrants can direct and manipulate opposition movements. By creating and administrating groups which oppose each other, elites can then micromanage all aspects of a nation on the verge of revolution. These "false paradigms" give us the illusion of proactive organization, and the false hope of changing the system, while at the same time preventing us from seeking understanding in one another. All our energies are then muted and dispersed into meaningless battles over "left and right", or "Democrat versus Republican", for example. Only movements that cast aside such empty labels and concern themselves with the ultimate truth of their country, regardless of what that truth might reveal, are able to enact real solutions to the disasters wrought by tyranny. In more advanced forms of despotism, even fake organizations are disbanded. Curfews are enforced. Normal communications are diminished or monitored. Compulsory paperwork is required. Checkpoints are instituted. Free speech is punished. Existing groups are influenced to distrust each other or to disintegrate entirely out of dread of being discovered. All of these measures are taken by tyrants primarily to prevent ANY citizens from gathering and finding mutual support. People who work together and organize of their own volition are unpredictable, and therefore, a potential risk to the state.
Rule #3: Keep Them DesperateYou'll find in nearly every instance of cultural descent into autocracy, the offending government gained favor after the onset of economic collapse. Make the necessities of root survival an uncertainty, and people without knowledge of self-sustainability and without solid core principles will gladly hand over their freedom, even for mere scraps from the tables of the same men who unleashed famine upon them. Financial calamities are not dangerous because of the poverty they leave in their wake; they are dangerous because of the doors to malevolence that they leave open. Destitution leads not just to hunger, but also to crime (private and government). Crime leads to anger, hatred, and fear. Fear leads to desperation. Desperation leads to the acceptance of anything resembling a solution, even despotism. Autocracies pretend to cut through the dilemmas of economic dysfunction (usually while demanding liberties be relinquished), however, behind the scenes they actually seek to maintain a proscribed level of indigence and deprivation. The constant peril of homelessness and starvation keeps the masses thoroughly distracted from such things as protest or dissent, while simultaneously chaining them to the idea that their only chance is to cling to the very government out to end them.
Rule #4: Send Out The JackbootsThis is the main symptom often associated with totalitarianism. So much so that our preconceived notions of what a fascist government looks like prevent us from seeing other forms of tyranny right under our noses. Some Americans believe that if the jackbooted thugs are not knocking on every door, then we MUST still live in a free country. Obviously, this is a rather naÃ¯ve position. Admittedly, though, goon squads and secret police do eventually become prominent in every failed nation, usually while the public is mesmerized by visions of war, depression, hyperinflation, terrorism, etc. When law enforcement officials are no longer servants of the people, but agents of a government concerned only with its own supremacy, serious crises emerge. Checks and balances are removed. The guidelines that once reigned in police disappear, and suddenly, a philosophy of superiority emerges; an arrogant exclusivity that breeds separation between law enforcement and the rest of the public. Finally, police no longer see themselves as protectors of citizens, but prison guards out to keep us subdued and docile. As tyranny grows, this behavior is encouraged. Good men are filtered out of the system, and small (minded and hearted) men are promoted. At its pinnacle, a police state will hide the identities of most of its agents and officers, behind masks or behind red tape, because their crimes in the name of the state become so numerous and so sadistic that personal vengeance on the part of their victims will become a daily concern.
Rule #5: Blame Everything On The Truth SeekersTyrants are generally men who have squelched their own consciences. They have no reservations in using any means at their disposal to wipe out opposition. But, in the early stages of their ascent to power, they must give the populace a reason for their ruthlessness, or risk being exposed, and instigating even more dissent. The propaganda machine thus goes into overdrive, and any person or group that dares to question the authority or the validity of the state is demonized in the minds of the masses. All disasters, all violent crimes, all the ills of the world, are hoisted upon the shoulders of activist groups and political rivals. They are falsely associated with fringe elements already disliked by society (racists, terrorists, etc). A bogus consensus is created through puppet media in an attempt to make the public believe that "everyone else" must have the same exact views, and those who express contrary positions must be "crazy", or "extremist". Events are even engineered by the corrupt system and pinned on those demanding transparency and liberty. The goal is to drive anti-totalitarian organizations into self-censorship. That is to say, instead of silencing them directly, the state causes activists to silence themselves. Tyrannical power structures cannot function without scapegoats. There must always be an elusive boogie man under the bed of every citizen, otherwise, those citizens may turn their attention, and their anger, towards the real culprit behind their troubles. By scapegoating stewards of the truth, such governments are able to kill two birds with one stone.
Rule #6: Encourage Citizen SpiesUltimately, the life of a totalitarian government is not prolonged by the government itself, but by the very people it subjugates. Citizen spies are the glue of any police state, and our propensity for sticking our noses into other people's business is highly valued by Big Brother bureaucracies around the globe. There are a number of reasons why people participate in this repulsive activity. Some are addicted to the feeling of being a part of the collective, and "service" to this collective, sadly, is the only way they are able to give their pathetic lives meaning. Some are vindictive, cold, and soulless, and actually get enjoyment from ruining others. And still, like elites, some long for power, even petty power, and are willing to do anything to fulfill their vile need to dictate the destinies of perfect strangers. Citizen spying is almost always branded as a civic duty; an act of heroism and bravery. Citizen spies are offered accolades and awards, and showered with praise from the upper echelons of their communities. People who lean towards citizen spying are often outwardly and inwardly unimpressive; physically and mentally inept. For the average moral and emotional weakling with persistent feelings of inadequacy, the allure of finally being given fifteen minutes of fame and a hero's status (even if that status is based on a lie) is simply too much to resist. They begin to see "extremists" and "terrorists" everywhere. Soon, people afraid of open ears everywhere start to watch what they say at the supermarket, in their own backyards, or even to family members. Free speech is effectively neutralized.
Rule #7: Make Them Accept The UnacceptableIn the end, it is not enough for a government fueled by the putrid sludge of iniquity to lord over us. At some point, it must also influence us to forsake our most valued principles. Tyrannies are less concerned with dominating how we live, so much as dominating how we think. If they can mold our very morality, they can exist unopposed indefinitely. Of course, the elements of conscience are inborn, and not subject to environmental duress as long as a man is self-aware. However, conscience can be manipulated if a person has no sense of identity, and has never put in the effort to explore his own strengths and failings. There are many people like this in America today. Lies become "necessary" in protecting the safety of the state. War becomes a tool for "peace". Torture becomes an ugly but "useful" method for gleaning important information. Police brutality is sold as a "natural reaction" to increased crime. Rendition becomes normal, but only for those labeled as "terrorists". Assassination is justified as a means for "saving lives". Genocide is done discretely, but most everyone knows it is taking place. They simply don't discuss it. All tyrannical systems depend on the apathy and moral relativism of the inhabitants within their borders. Without the cooperation of the public, these systems cannot function. The real question is, how many of the above steps will be taken before we finally refuse to conform? At what point will each man and woman decide to break free from the dark path blazed before us and take measures to ensure their independence? Who will have the courage to develop their own communities, their own alternative economies, their own organizations for mutual defense outside of establishment constructs, and who will break under the pressure to bow like cowards? How many will hold the line, and how many will flee? For every American, for every human being across the planet who chooses to stand immovable in the face of the very worst in mankind, we come that much closer to breathing life once again into the very best in us all. SOURCE
MEDICINAL HERB BOOK – NOW AVAILABLE!Herbal medicine is the oldest form of healthcare known to mankind. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 4 billion people (almost 80% percent of the world population) use herbal medicine for some aspect of primary health care. Herbal medicine is a major component in all indigenous peoples' traditional medicine and a common element in Ayurvedic, homeopathic, naturopathic, traditional oriental, and Native American Indian medicine. As you know, over the past several months I've been working closely with Dr. Michael Farley on our herbal medicine book. I'm happy to announce that it's finally finished! The title of the book is "A Guide to Understanding Herbal Medicines and Surviving the Coming Pharmaceutical Monopoly" and the website is www.SurvivalHerbs.com. I highly recommend that you purchase this book and study it thoroughly. In all honesty, with the current state of the healthcare system and modern medicine coupled with the government's efforts to make natural supplements illegal, this knowledge may actually be the difference between life and death in the not too distant future. Here is a video of myself and Dr. Farley discussing the book.
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