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Wednesday, February 27, 2013


The Friendly Bacteria

Inside each of us live vast numbers of bacteria without which we could not remain in good health. Before looking at the amazing things they do, reflect on just how many of them we house.
There are several thousand billion in each person (more than all the cells in the body) divided into four hundred species, most of them living in the digestive tract. If they were all placed together the total weight of this "friendly" bacteria would come to nearly four pounds and, in fact, about a third of the fecal matter (water removed) which you pass consists of dead or viable bacteria.
The Role of Friendly Bacteria in Health.
These bacteria are not parasites. They do not just take up residence and do nothing in return, but perform many important functions in the body. We live in true symbiosis with them. As long as we provide them with a reasonable diet and as long as they remain in good health, these bacteria provide excellent service in return.
However, not all of the friendly bacteria perform the same functions, some being far more useful and plentiful than others. These are the ones presented here. Certain bacteria help to maintain good health while others have a definite value in helping us regain health once it has been upset.

Enter the  breakthrough substance Actazin

Actazin has a four-way action on gut health
  1. Prokinetic enzyme activity gently stimulates gut motility and helps normalize bowel transit time

  1. Prebiotics support the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut

  1. Insoluble fiber promotes regularity and softens stools without gas or bloating

  1. Polyphenolics support beneficial bacteria, inhibits cellular adhesion of pathogens and maintain long term digestive health
Actazin is a unique product, as it offers a combination of all 4 of the key elements essential for good digestion – and they are all derived from one natural ingredient, the New Zealand green kiwifruit.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A mother chimpanzee who lived in a Zoo died recently, and one of the Zoo employees took her baby chimp home to care for it.  It never crossed his mind that his dog, who had recently given birth, would adopt the chimp and raise it with her pups.  Judging by the look on her face at times, she is not quite sure why this particular offspring has hands to grab her with, but all the same, this strange little "pup" which has joined her litter has brought out in her - AND her real family - for all the world to see - a portrait of
exactly what unconditional love is all about.

Monday, February 25, 2013

This Ancient Infectious Disease Can be Transmitted to You By Your Pet

By Dr. Becker
Canine leptospirosis, “lepto” for short, is an infection caused by at least four species of Leptospira bacteria, or serovars. We know there are actually over 20 different serovars in existence that could potentially infect dogs and hundreds of non-pathogenic serovars.
Leptospira are found in both domesticated and wild animals, and the main carriers of the bacteria are rats, pigs, raccoons, cattle, fox, skunks and opossums.

More Cases of Leptospirosis are Being Reported

In recent years there has been an increase in canine lepto cases, probably due to better diagnostic testing methods and not necessarily because more infections are occurring.
It’s important to understand that while leptospirosis is not a new disease, the number of cases being reported is likely increasing because humans are encroaching more and more into natural habitats – which means family pets are coming in contact with wildlife known to harbor the bacteria. In addition, we also have better diagnostics these days with which to diagnose the disease.

How the Bacteria is Transmitted

Leptospira bacteria are transmitted through urine that contaminates water sources and can remain infectious in soil for up to six months. Dogs pick up the bacteria through a cut or break in the skin when they come in contact with contaminated water or soil, or when they drink contaminated water.
Dogs most at risk for leptospirosis are those that spend a lot of time in the water or in areas that get rain or snow runoff, as well as dogs that drink from puddles or ponds.

Symptoms of Leptospirosis

Many dogs with mild lepto infections never show any symptoms at all. Generally speaking, young dogs tends tend to get sicker than older dogs.
Clinical signs depend on the age and health of the dog, environmental factors affecting the bacteria, and the virulence of the particular species (serovar) of bacteria that is present.
When symptoms do occur they usually appear between 4 and 12 days after exposure to the bacteria, and can include fever, muscle pain, vomiting and diarrhea, loss of appetite, lethargy, depression, and blood in the urine.
A lepto infection primarily affects the kidneys and liver, so in serious cases, there can be jaundice, which is a yellowing of the skin and mucous membranes. In dogs, it is usually most obvious in the whites of the eyes. Jaundice indicates the presence of hepatitis (liver inflammation) as a result of the destruction of liver cells by the bacteria.
Blood clotting problems can also develop, which can result in blood in the stool and bleeding from the tissues of the mouth. In rare cases, leptospirosis can also cause respiratory distress and acute pulmonary (lung) hemorrhage.

Treating Leptospirosis

Some dogs exposed to lepto recover without medical treatment because they never show overt symptoms. Unfortunately, an untreated dog who recovers from the infection can become a carrier and shed the bacteria in urine for up to a year. The risk here is that lepto can be zoonotic – meaning humans who come in contact with infected dog urine are at risk of acquiring the infection.
In most cases, a lepto infection causes symptoms, and hopefully, those symptoms will prompt the dog’s owner to get him to a veterinarian. Dogs that become seriously ill with leptospirosis must be hospitalized to receive antibiotics and appropriate supportive care to control vomiting and diarrhea, and to provide hydration and nutrition.
Dogs with milder infections can be managed at home as long as the owner takes appropriate hygiene precautions when cleaning up urine. If your dog has lepto and anyone in your family develops flu-like symptoms, it’s important that you inform your family physician that a leptospirosis infection is a possibility.

Minimizing Your Pet’s Risk of Infection … and When to Call the Vet

Leptospira bacteria love warm humid climates and are often found in stagnant water. As I mentioned earlier, wild animals can also harbor the bacteria, so dogs exposed to potentially contaminated water sources or wild animals are at much greater risk of developing an infection than city dogs. Infection is most common in the summer months, the early fall, and during periods of flooding.
At home you can reduce the risk of infection by safely controlling the rodent population in and around your home. If you happen to live where lepto infections are very common, it’s important to keep your pet away from ponds, slow moving water, and standing or stagnant water.
That being said, I have a warm, stagnant cesspool of a pond that wildlife love to come and visit, and my dogs love to swim in every day during the summer. I’m pretty sure my own pack has been exposed to lepto bacteria, but because I keep their immune systems healthy and stay very alert for any symptoms of infection, I’m not overly concerned. This is also the advice I give to my clients.
If you have a very healthy dog who suddenly has a fever, grows lethargic, perhaps is urinating excessively or is urinating bright fresh blood, you need to call your veterinarian immediately and get your pet in for a lepto test. Leptospirosis is a totally treatable bacterial infection -- it’s only when a diagnosis isn’t made early enough that dogs suffer unnecessarily.

Should You Vaccinate Against Leptospirosis?

There is a vaccine for leptospirosis, but I absolutely don’t recommend it and I don’t offer it at my clinic. It’s a relatively weak bacterial vaccine that is short acting and can’t protect against all 20 serovars of the Leptospira bacteria. In fact, it’s actually ineffective for the current serovar that’s causing the majority of infections in my area close to Chicago.
The leptospirosis vaccine is a bacterin -- a vaccine made from killed bacteria, which in and of itself won’t prompt an immune response to make antibodies, so a powerful adjuvant is added that elicits a strong immune system response. Because of this, it also carries a significantly greater risk for adverse reactions. Information has recently emerged that the vaccine can actually cause the disease in dogs, and it has also been linked to early kidney failure in older animals.
I feel that because my profession is testing for this ancient endemic infection more frequently, we’re finding more positive animals. As a result, we’re fostering a tremendous amount of fear and anxiety in pet owners over a bacterium that is far from a “new risk” for dogs. In fact, it’s been in the environment since the beginning of time. And dogs who don’t live in rural areas have little risk of exposure.
Unfortunately, many vets are still promoting repeated vaccinations for all pets, despite the significant risks. As I mentioned earlier, a leptospirosis infection is entirely treatable. So, my question is, why vaccinate for something that’s one hundred percent treatable? I’ve handled about a dozen cases of lepto in my career and have never had a dog experience any lingering problems from the infection. I recommend you skip the leptospirosis vaccine.
If you live in an endemic area like I do, make sure your dog’s immune system is strong, and you can certainly go the extra mile by taking precautions to insure your pet doesn’t have an opportunity to be exposed to the lepto bacteria.
Now, if you’re like me, you let your dog live a free and happy existence playing in every pond he finds, or in mucky creeks, and simply recognize that it’s your job as a pet owner to stay alert for signs of infection. Certainly, if your pet begins exhibiting symptoms of an infection, you’ll want to promptly address those symptoms with the help of your vet.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Astragaloside IV Called The Lazarus Cure

Astragalus Membranaceus is a herb that has traditionally been used in a wide variety of herbal blends and 'natural' remedies in Asiatic medicine, such as Dang-gui buxue tang (Astragalus paired with Angelicae Sinensis; also known as DBT). It has recently been investigated more into due to its heart healthy (cardioprotective) effects, its anti-inflammatory effects, and the potential for Astragalus extract to enhance longevity and lifespan. Interestingly, the traditional chinese preparation method of DBT was shown to be a very effective way of extracting the main ingredients from the plant.
There does actually appear to be a ton of synergism between Astragalus Membranceus and Angelicae Sinensis, so it may be prudent to use the latter if deciding to get the former.
It has a variety of active ingredients, and the 'main' component tends to be seen as Astragaloside IV (which has been extracted, isolated, and patented as TA-65; marketed as a life enhancer). However, the bioavailability of this compound is fairly low and not much may get into circulation. Any effect attributed to Astragaloside IV would have to be one at low concentrations, which may be it's cardioprotective effects.
The flavonoid content may also contribute to cardioprotection, as flavonoids tend to possess this mechanism, and the polysacccharide content can also aid this by being a potent anti-inflammatory agent and reducing cholesterol levels in a manner similar to psyllium husk (a fiber).
Astragaloside IV, as well as a putative component only known as HDTIC (two isomers) have been shown to actually reduce the phenotype associated with aging. High dose Astragaloside IV orally (via TA-65) can reduce metabolic complications of aging. However, studies on TA-65 are problematic as they are all from persons who can profit. HDTIC is currently in preliminary stages, and although it shows promise in reversing or attenuating aging of skin cells it has only one rat study to date with topical administration.
No studies have, at this time, shown Astragalus to enhance the length of life. It can indeed preserve telomere length, but this does not seem to enhance the lifespan in the one study that measured both.
Astragalus Membranceus appears to be quite a healthy compound for longevity but may not actually promote longer life. It, like Resveratrol, appears to be a compound that gives life to your years rather than years to your life.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

When Last Have You Been Accountable For Your Own Actions?

My Role


Six Pillars of Self-Esteem, by Nathaniel Branden

Having responsibility is the duty or obligation to act. Taking responsibility is acknowledging and accepting the choices you have made, the actions you have taken, and the results they have led to. True autonomy leads to both having responsibility and taking responsibility. Taking responsibly is fulfilling your role in life. Responsibility is an essential element of integrity; it is the congruence of what you think, what you say, and what you do. Responsibility is essential for reciprocitytrust, and for maintaining symmetric relationships


  1. Having a duty or obligation to act
  2. Acknowledging and accepting the choices you have made, the actions you have taken, and the results they have led to.
  3. Able to meet commitments made to yourself and others
  4. Keeping the promises you make.
  5. Doing everything you say you will do, or have lead others to expect from you. Do what you say!

Responsibility is a Choice

Responsibility without choice is torment. This is the tragic curse suffered by scapegoats and other innocent people falsely accused and wrongly blamed. Choice without responsibility is greed. This is the selfish attempt to get something for nothing that is the wasteful and harmful excess of cheaters, playboys, egotists, and tyrants. Escaping responsibility is at the root of the tragedy of the commons. Taking responsibility for our choices provides the symmetry of reciprocal exchange and the basis for trust. Responsibility is a congruence between the actions we choose and our values.Read on...

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Will the next pope be black? Ghanaian and Nigerian cardinals lead race for Vatican

  • Ghana’s Cardinal Peter Turkson and Nigeria's Cardinal Francis Arinze in the frame for Roman Catholicism's highest honour
  • Other non-Europeans include cardinals from Canada and Argentina
  • But church may want an Italian leader to follow Pole and German popes

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by now you are aware of the extraordinary events this week at the Vatican where Pope Ratzinger has announced his resignation as leader of the Roman Catholic Church a the end of this month.
This has huge significance because the prophecy of St Malachy is now on full trial.
Furthermore the prophecy of St Malachy makes reference to the very last Pope being a black pope and it is significant that there is a monumental chance that the next pope will be from Africa or Latin America.
Malachy's Prophecies - The Last 10 Popes
Known to Catholics as St. Malachy (1094-1148)
Born in 1094 A.D. at Armagh, Ireland, Saint Malachy is also known as: Maolmhaodhog ua Morgair; Maol Maedoc; and Malachy O'Morgair. He died as he himself predicted, on November 2, 1148 at Clairvaux, France.  Malachy was canonized the first Irish Saint in the Catholic Church by Pope Clement III in 1190 A.D.
The correspondence between the prophecies of Saint Malachy and the Mayan Calendar (whose 'long count' ends in 2012) are alarming, to put it mildly. Why did the ancient Mayan or pre-Maya choose December 21st, 2012 A.D., as the end of their Long Count calendar?
Saint Malachy was a 12th century Irish monk, who, while on a visit to Rome had a vision of all the popes who would ever reign.  Malachy "saw"-and committed to paper- a series of Latin phrases describing the popes to come. He catalogued each one with an epigrammatic verse, such as 'the tears of the sun'.  Malachy made the prophecy in 1139.  Reportedly it was entrusted to Pope Innocent II in 1140.  But for some reason it was "lost" in the Vatican for 400 years, only to be "discovered" in 1595 A.D. Malachy s predictions reputedly were made in 1139 while he was on a pilgrimage to the Vatican, where he was appointed papal legate for Ireland.  On his last trek to the holy see in Rome, in 1148, Malachy accurately predicted the place and time of his own death: Clairvaux, France, on All Souls Day, November 2, of that same year.
The Malachy Prophecies were first published in 1595, by a Benedictine monk & historian named Arnold de Wyon, who found them 5 years earlier in the Vatican archives. Arnold recorded them in his book, entitled: 'Lignum Vitæ'.

Malachy's Prophecies - The Last 10 Popes
1. The Burning FirePIUS X. 1903-1914. This Pope showed a burning passion for spiritual renewal in the Church.
2. Religion Laid Waste (Religio Depopulata)BENEDICT XV. 1914-1922. Unfortunately, this was true.  During this Pope's reign saw Communism move into Russia where religious life was laid waste, and World War I with the death of millions of Christians who were carnage in Flanders Field and elsewhere.
3. Unshaken FaithPIUS XI. 1922-1939. This Pope faced tremendous pressure from fascist and sinister powers in Germany and Italy, but he was an outspoken critic of Communism and Fascism which enraged Hitler.
4. An Angelic ShepherdPIUS XII. 1939-1958. This Pope had an affinity for the spiritual world and received visions which have not been made public. Peter Bander says Pius XII "has emerged as one of the great Popes of all time," and he "was in the truest sense of the word an Angelic Pastor to the flock..."
5. Pastor and MarinerJOHN XXIII. 1958-1963. " Pastor et Nauta" or "Pastor and sailor". John was a pastor to the world, much beloved, and the Patriarch of Venice. The connection to "mariner" is thus remarkable. According Peter Bander in The Prophecies of Malachy (TAN Books and Publisher, 1969) during the conclave which was to elect John XXIII in 1958, a certain Cardinal from the United States, (Cardinal Spellman of New York) evidently having taken Malachy's forecast that the next pope would be "pastor and mariner" literally, rented a boat, filled it with sheep and sailed up and down the Tiber.
6. Flower of Flowers. "Flos Florum" PAUL VI. 1963-1978. Paul's coat-of-arms depicts three fleurs-de-lis, corresponding to Malachy's prophecy. His coat of arms included three fleurs-de-lis (iris blossoms).  At the popular and controversial site of Garabandal in Spain, a seer named Conchita Gonzalez once noted: “The Blessed Virgin said in 1962 that there will only be two more popes after Paul VI.”
7. Of the Half Moon. "De Medietate Lanae," or "from the half moon" JOHN PAUL I. 1978-1978. John Paul I was elected Pope on August 26, 1978, when there was a half moon. He reigned 33 days, that is, about one month, when he died, although many think he was murdered. He was the 109th Pope - is "De Medietate Lunae" (Of the Half Moon). The corresponding pope was John Paul I (1978-78), who was born in the diocese of Belluno (beautiful moon) and was baptized Albino Luciani which means white light, such as that given off by the half-moon in Malachy s prophecy. He became pope on August 26, 1978, when the moon appeared exactly half full. It was in its waning phase. He died the following month, soon after an eclipse of the moon.
8. The Labor of the Son. "De Medietate Lunae" JOHN PAUL II. 1978-2005
Pope John Paul II
Amazingly, Pope John Paul II was the only pope who was both born the day of an eclipse of the sun, and entombed the day the sun was eclipsed.
One of Malachy's strangest predictions concerned the pope who would follow 'De Medietate Lunae'. He is designated as 'De Labore Solis', or 'from the toil of the sun'. Applied to John Paul II, this phrase reveals nothing less than a double prophecy. John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla), the first non-Italian elected in 456 years, was a native of Krakow, Poland. Krakow is the city where, in the 15th and 16th centuries, Copernicus 'toiled'; for years to prove his heretical theory that the earth revolved around the sun. Many of Malachy s interpreters also suggested that the 'sun' reference indicated a young pope. Fifty-eight years old at the time of his election, John Paul II was the youngest pope in over a century.John Paul II was the most traveled Pope in history. He has circled the globe numerous times, preaching to huge audiences everywhere he goes. Even though he was once shot, he has not seemed to slow down. He has recently written a book which has enjoyed a large circulation.
Like the sun which never ceases to labor and provides light daily, this Pope has been incessant. John Paul compared abortion to the Holocaust and denounced gay marriages as part of 'a new ideology of evil'. He argued that same-sex marriages threaten society by undermining the traditional family.
Johan Paul II
Late Pope John Paul II
John Paul II was born on May 18, 1920. On that date in the morning there was a near total eclipse of the sun over Europe. Prophecy - The 110th Pope is 'De Labore Solis' (Of the Solar Eclipse, or, From the Toil of the Sun). The corresponding pope is John Paul II (1978-2005). Karol Wojtyla (John Paul II) was born on May 18, 1920 during an eclipse of the sun. Like the sun he came out of the East (Poland). Like the sun he has visited countries all around the globe while doing his work. Karol was the first non-Italian pope in 456 years. He was ordained on November 1, 1946 and earned a doctorate in ethics at the Angelicum University in Rome. He was made auxiliary bishop in 1958 and Archbishop in 1964 of Krakow and Cardinal in 1967. He was elected the first Polish pope on October 1978. He spoke eight languages and he traveled more than any other pope in history. John Paul II died at the Vatican on Saturday, April 2, 2005, the same day as a partial eclipse, visible in the Americas.
John Paul II lying in the Vatican
John Paul II may also be connected to the revelation of Saint Faustina Kowalska of Poland (quoting Jesus), "I bear a special love for Poland and if she will be obedient to My Will, I will exalt her in might and holiness. From her will come forth the spark that will prepare the world for My final coming" (Diary "Divine Mercy in My Soul").
Disturbing about Pope John Paul II is that no other Pope in history ever has called for a "New World Order", and this pope waited until he had sat on the Throne of Peter for over 25 years!  Why would Pope John Paul II wait for 25 long years before announcing his affinity for the New World Order?  A "New World Order" is known in the esoteric realm as "the kingdom of the Christ" -- but thought by many in the Bible as an Antichrist (or Antichrist system). Was it because John Paul was senile or carried away with his own desire for ecumenicalism/friendship? 
Other things John Paul II did while very old were: he also kissed the pagan Qur'an and said that Islam and Christians had the same God.  Would the God of the Bible agree to tell the lies about Jesus that Islam does?  Islam lies that Jesus never even died on a cross, and Islam also says that Jesus is not divine.
9. The Glory of the Olive. The Order of St. Benedict has said this Pope will come from their order. It is interesting that Jesus gave his apocalyptic prophecy about the end of time from the Mount of Olives. This Pope will reign during the beginning of the tribulation Jesus spoke of. The 111th prophesy is "Gloria Olivae" (The Glory of the Olive). The Order of Saint Benedict has claimed that this pope will come from their ranks. Saint Benedict himself prophesied that before the end of the world his Order, known also as the Olivetans, will triumphantly lead the Catholic Church in its fight against evil.  Traditionally, the olive branch has been associated with peace, but in both the Old and New Testaments it also serves as an emblem for the Jews. Putting the two together, some commentators believe that the reign of this pope will be a peaceful one during which the prophesied conversion of the Jews will take placeSeveral ex-Jews are said to be highly placed in the Catholic Church now.  And, it is noteworthy that the previous Benedict (XV) was a pope obsessed with peace. Some others say, he will lead all faithful followers of the Lord Jesus to martyrdom and others say that he will tear down the walls of the Vatican, auctioning off all the objects within, in order to feed and enlighten those in the 3rd World who have not yet heard the Gospel of Christ. 
Bible Probe Comment:  The Order of Saint Benedict has claimed that this pope will come from their ranks. Saint Benedict himself prophesied that before the end of the world his Order, known also as the Olivetans, will triumphantly lead the Catholic Church in its fight against evil.
LOOK at the above again. The next pope will have something to do with OLIVE --not necessarily or even probably a Benedictine.
Malachy DID NOT prophesize it would be a Benedictine! Someone in the Benedictine Order said they think the next pope will come from the Benedictines. GET THAT STRAIGHT! 
Also, St Benedict prophesized: before the end of the world his Order, known also as the Olivetans, will triumphantly lead the Catholic Church in its fight against evil. NOTHING was mentioned as leading as a pope!
Pope Benedict XVI (16th) was not a Benedictine priest, yet he chose the name of Benedict, the founder of the Order of Saint Benedict, which also is known as the Olivetans. Benedict the 16th also said he also selected the name Benedict in part as a homage to Pope Benedict XV (15th), who guided the church through World War I, and within days of being named pope - decrying what he saw as "Cafeteria Catholicism" — in which churchgoers obey only the parts of the Church canon they find appealing.
10. PETER THE ROMAN - The 112th prophesy states: "In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign Petrus Romanus, who will feed his flock amid many tribulations; after which the seven-hilled city will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people. The End."  The last pope may just cut Catholics loose from unity and the papacy, causing total disruption and confusion. See Saint Francis of Assissi's 13th century prophecy below.  It is believed the next pope will
Will "The Glory of the Olive" be the last Pope?
The problem with the prophecies as listed in The Prophecies of St. Malachy, published by the Thomas A. Nelson, a Catholic Publishing House, is that Malachy's original works listed only 111 Popesnot 112, as given in the TAN version of the prophecies. Sometime between the first and subsequent printings the 112th, Petrus Romanus, was added to Malachy's prophecy. It was added after the 1820 publication of the prophecies.
On April 19th, 2005 Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected Pope Benedict XVI, the 265th Pope.  The name Benedict means "blessing". Does this name automatically fulfill this prophecy?
April 21, 2005 - Mary Jo Anderson, a Catholic scholar and writer, says the Pope's choice of his name is not related to the prophecy of St. Malachy. Instead, she thinks the new pope chose his moniker as a reference to sixth-century St. Benedict and his quest to protect Rome from invading German pagans...claiming the pontiff hopes to protect the modern-day Church from destructive philosophies that originated in Germany.   Source:WorldNetDaily
Of note: Benedict XV — who reigned from 1914 to 1922 — was a moderate following Pius X, who had implemented a sharp crackdown against doctrinal "modernism."
Will the papacy of this 78 year old pope be short lived?  Is this the beginning of Tribulation?  Will the next pope be the last pope?  Will the next pope be a Roman and choose the name Peter?  The Or, will Tribulation begin AFTER the Anti-Christ has shown himself as a person of peace and already made peace with Israel's enemies for seven years?  Can we read anything into Putin's recent visit to Israel?
"King of the North" visits Israel
putin visits israel
Putin reviews Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) 4/28/05
The first Kremlin leader ever to visit Israel while in office
Russian and Israeli relations have been strained over Russia's sale of SA-18 shoulder fired rocket launchers to Syria, nuclear technology to Iran, and past & proposed arms and equipment sales to the PA.

last 10 popes
Is this the Pope of Peace (olive)?
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger holds olive (palm) branches during Palm Sunday mass in Saint Peter Square at the Vatican March 20, 2005.  Many Cardinals also held olive branches that day.

pope benedict pictures
On Monday, 11 February 2013 - Pope Benedict XVI (16th) said he would resign/abdicate by the end of the month, citing failing health reasons.

Pope Benedict XVI (Joseph Ratzinger) took the position of pope as one of the fiercest storms the Catholic Church has faced in decades - the scandal of child sex abuse by priests - was breaking.
Of interest, there is one leading candidate to replace the frail Pope Benedict. That is Italy's Cardinal Tarcisio Pietro Evasio Bertone, who is the Cardinal Secretary of State. Cardinal Bertone was born in Romano, Italy. With the name Pietro (Peter), and being from Romano - could this be 'Peter the Roman'? Of interest is the fact that in the interim (known as 'sede vacante') between the resignation/abdication of Benedict and the appointment of the next pope (by Easter?), it will be Cardinal Bertone who will be called upon as 'Camerlengo' to serve as the head of the Roman Catholic Church. Some say Benedict favored Bertone as his successor...
lightning strikes st peters basilica
The lightning touched the roof of St. Peter's Basilica, one of the holiest Catholic churches, hours after Benedict XVI's shock announcement. This striking image was captured by photographer Filippo Monteforte. Filippo said “I took the picture from St. Peter’s Square while sheltered by the columns. It was icy cold and the rain was falling in sheets. When the storm started, I thought that lightning might strike the rod, so I decided it was worth seeing whether – if it DID strike – I could get the shot at exactly the right moment.” Armed with a 50mm lens, Filippo waited. And waited. More than two hours. And then it happened. Twice. “The first bolt was huge and lit up the sky, but unfortunately I missed it. I had better luck the second time, and was able to snap a couple of images of the dome illuminated by the bolt.”

Malachy's final words:
In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign Peter the Roman, who will feed his flock among many tribulations; after which the seven-hilled city (Rome, the seat of the Vatican) will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people.
It is striking that at least one pope had a similar mystical vision:

In 1909, while granting an audience, pope Pius X leaned back and closed his eyes. Suddenly he "awoke" and cried out: "What I see is terrifying. Will it be myself? Will it be my successor? What is certain is that the pope will quit Rome, and in leaving the Vatican, he will have to walk over the dead bodies of his priests."
Pius's prophecy was fulfilled neither in his own time nor in that of the next pontiff. According to Malachy's vision of the Church's "tribulation," it applies to the successor of Gloria Olivae-the next pope but one. Read on...

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

These 3 Odd Foods WILL Drop Off The Kilos And Keep Them Off

Contrary to what marketers want you to believe, there's no fancy piece of exercise equipment, shoes, belts, or body wraps that help you spot reduce (isolate, flush or evaporate).

Just the same, there aren't any herbs, spices, or supplements that will melt the pounds away.

But these 3 super foods WILL help lose fat and keep it off for good. We've had a ton of interest after the video presentation we released on Foods You Can Overeat that burn Fat. 

1. Raspberries: First, these little super-berries are an excellent source of Vitamin C - offering 54% of your recommended daily allowance in just ONE serving! Why is this so important?. . .

In addition to cancer-fighting antioxidants, Vitamin C promotes the production of Carnitine, which oxidizes fatty acids (breaks them down or "burns fat").

Second, raspberries have more fiber than any other fruit - 8 grams per serving! This is VERY important because fiber helps control blood sugar levels and keeps you feeling full longer.

Foods high in fiber are also less "energy dense," meaning they have fewer calories for the same volume of food. Get this -- there are only 64 calories in one full cup of raspberries!

2. Lentils: also have 8 grams of fiber per serving and are an great substitute for pasta. Your body burns twice as many calories breaking down whole, natural foods (such as lentils) than processed foods (such as pasta).

Lentils also have 9 grams of protein per 1/2 cup serving! The protein and fiber in lentils keeps insulin levels low after you eat. This is a good thing because spikes in insulin send a signal to the body that it's time to start storing fat. . .

And in order to stockpile fat, your body has to slow down your metabolism, causing you to burn fewer calories. But since lentils break down slowly in the stomach, it causes FAR less of a spike in insulin levels than processed foods like pasta.

3. Turkey: Do you struggle with sugar cravings? When you get this craving, what your body really wants is chromium and tryptophan, not sugar.

Chromium helps regulate blood sugar and fights insulin resistance, while tryptophan helps repair lean muscle tissue, thereby improving your metabolism.

Turkey is loaded with chromium and tryptophan and together they combine to fight sugar cravings -- making fat loss a whole lot easier.

What's more, turkey contains 20 grams of protein per serving and just 85 calories! Plus, protein has a "thermogenic effect," which means it takes more energy to digest than it does carbohydrates or fat. In fact, you burn almost 30% of the calories during the digestion of protein! To discover the TRUTH about...

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This bad news is... your personal "diet killer" has been hiding in YOUR tummy. The GOOD NEWS is that the "diet solution" is in FOOD... it will set you free.

Monday, February 11, 2013


Is this a real alternative to the LAW OF ATTRACTION made famous by the Best selling book THE SECRET?

Thursday, February 7, 2013

This Kitchen Herb Improves Memory

Mortar and Pestle with Herbs and Spices
Apparently the key to boosting your memory is right in your kitchen. Even better, you don’t need to take a supplement or massive doses of it to get the full benefit. In fact, that’s exactly what you don’t want to do…
Researchers out of Maryland published a study in theJournal of Medicinal Food that followed 28 adults.1 Their average age was 75. Scientists gave them four different doses of this herb and a placebo.
Researchers found that the lowest dose (750 mg) of the herb had a significant impact on cognitive performance in just a few hours compared to the placebo. The highest dosage, 6,000 mg, had an impairing effect and inconsistent results. The low dosage is closest to what’s typically used for culinary purposes, only proving to be all the more valuable. Less is better!
But what’s even more interesting…
Other studies have shown that you don’t even have to consume the herb to reap the benefits.
Researchers from Northumbria University in the United Kingdom found that just smelling the herb improved memory.2
Researchers exposed 20 people to its aroma. The adults then took speed, accuracy and mood tests. Sure enough, just a whiff of the herb had a positive effect. Researchers discovered that a chemical found in the herb improved brain performance. And after doing blood tests, scientists found that the more of this chemical that entered the bloodstream, the better the subject did on the speed and accuracy tests.
What is this culinary turned medicinal herb?
You probably already use it. It’s that common.read on...

Shore Up Your Brain’s Defenses the Aftermath of Stroke

Natural Defense Against Stroke

The after effects of a stroke can be devastating. Simple daily tasks, including communication, can become impossible. But there may be hope for stroke survivors.
A study published in Stroke shows that a common herb may be useful in preventing permanent damage.
Researchers at John Hopkins University studied the effects of the herb on the brains of mice.1 The scientists divided the mice into two groups. They gave one group the herbal supplement for seven days. The other group of mice received nothing.
Researchers then induced all the mice with a stroke and after looked at brain function and brain damage.
The group of mice that took the herb showed impressive results. Free radical damage inside the brain was reduced by 48 percent. During a stroke free radicals kill cells inside the brain—causing brain damage that results in paralysis and memory loss. Even after the clot is cleared brain damage can continue to cause additional damage.
But the study showed the mice that got the herb had nearly 51 percent less neurological damage. And they showed limited paralysis and loss of limb strength.
If you are at risk of having a stroke, the authors of this study strongly suggest supplementation.
What was the herb that allowed a better quality of life?
Ginkgo biloba.
I’m sure you've heard of it. Ginkgo is a popular supplement to support memory brain function.
“Our results suggest that some element or elements in ginkgo actually protect brain cells during stroke,” said lead researcher Sylvain Doré. “Now we have a possible understanding for how ginkgo actually works to protect neurons from damage.”
Another study out of Iraq looked at the role ginkgo biloba plays after a stroke.2 Researchers studied the effects of oxidative stress and inflammation in stroke victims. Reducing both is vital for prevent further nerve damage or even another stroke.read on...

Nature’s Fruity Staten Helps Clean Out Your Arteries

Research continues to mount showing how a piece of fruit can naturally unclog your arteries in no time.
Without side effects.
In one study, researchers found that drinking this fruit juice reduced arterial plaque by up to 30 percent.1
For the study, Israeli scientists followed 19 subjects for three years. Patients were between the ages of 65 and 75. They were all non-smokers but had severe arterial buildup. So severe that their blood flowed at only 10 to 30 percent capacity.
Researchers gave 10 subjects this juice to drink daily. The other nine received a placebo. At baseline all subjects had similar levels for glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure.
Diet and lifestyle practices remained constant throughout the test.
After just three months scientists noticed a difference. Thickness in the juice drinkers’ arteries decreased by 13 percent. And even better… After a year, plaque decreased by 30 percent. But in the placebo group, plaque increased by nine percent.Read on...


More and more research confirms what we've been saying all along… The foods you eat can—quite simply—make you or break you.  A recent study on one specific fruit is the perfect example…

black raspberries fight colon cancer
Chicago researchers tested this fruit on mice. They published their findings in Cancer Prevention Research.1Researchers divided mice into two groups and induced them with forms of colon cancer. They fed both groups a high-risk diet with one key difference… Researchers supplemented some of the diets with this fruit for 12 weeks.
The mice that ate the fruit had fewer tumors. Mice with tumors in their small intestine showed a decrease in tumor size by 45 percent. And the total number of tumors decreased by 60 percent.
The mice induced with cancer in their large intestines had a 50 percent reduction of tumor development. The fruit also reduced inflammation. That’s vital when it comes to stopping cancer cells.
All they had to do was eat one type of berry. But it’s not your average berry…
Black raspberries. Not to be confused with blackberries.
And make no mistake. This news is pretty huge. Colon cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths.2 But if caught early it can be treated and cured. Read on...

Sprinkle This on Your Meals to Help Shed Pounds

Dieting is not fun. The worst part? The laundry list of things you aren’t supposed to eat.
But what about the things you should add to your diet?
Researchers have discovered a simple addition to your meals can help. That’s right, something you can eat more of!
A study out of Japan showed a common table spice reduced fat levels in the bloodstream.1
For the study, researchers fed mice a high-fat, high-sugar diet supplemented with this common cooking spice. After just four weeks, scientists found that visceral fat declined in the mice fed diets that contained just 0.03 and 0.05 percent of this spice.
And even better…
The more spice they ate, the bigger the loss of body weight and visceral fat.2
The fact that this spice decreased visceral fat makes it all that more important. Visceral fat is dangerous “hidden fat.”3 It’s the fat that surrounds your organs and can cause an array of serious health problems.
In another study, Korean scientists Soo-Jong Um and Ji-Cheon Jeong also set out to discover the weight-loss properties of this spice.4 For their study, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, they used laboratory studies and computer models.
Again, results showed that the natural ingredient interferes with the activity of genes that control the formation of new fat cells. Simply put…it stopped the creation of fat cells!
And this anti-fat spice is so common that you probably already have some in your pantry.
So what is it?
Black pepper.
Black pepper comes from pepper vines that are native to South India and other tropical climates.5Pepper vines bear fruit – small berries called peppercorns that are dried. It’s the outer layer of the peppercorn that stimulates the breakdown of fat cells.
When peppercorns are ground they become the fresh pepper that you are familiar with having on your table.

But wha

t about black pepper blocks fat?