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Clean Your Air and Brighten Your Day with Houseplants

by Tony Isaacs

(NaturalNews) People have long known about the psychological benefits of brightening their homes and offices with decorative houseplants. What many may be overlooking are the physical health benefits of having plenty of these plants to remove harmful pollutants from the air and replace them with fresh oxygen.

Not long ago, indoor air pollution was not considered a health threat; most homes and public buildings leaked so much that air often was replaced every couple of hours. After energy shortages occurred in the 1970s, more and more people began to insulate their houses and office buildings to conserve energy and lower heating and cooling costs. As a result, indoor air might linger for five hours or more allowing pollutants to accumulate. Moreover, synthetic building materials used in modern construction have been found to produce potential pollutants that remain trapped in unventilated buildings. These trapped pollutants can result in what is often called the Sick Building Syndrome.

In the late 1980s, a study by NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) resulted in excellent news for homeowners and office workers everywhere. The study concluded that common decorative houseplants such as bamboo palms and spider plants not only make indoor spaces more attractive, they also help to purify the air. While it's a well known fact that plants convert carbon dioxide into oxygen through photosynthesis, the NASA/ALCA study showed that many houseplants also remove harmful elements such as trichloroethylene, benzene, and formaldehyde from the air. With our ultra modern homes and offices that are virtually sealed off from the outside environment, this study is just as important now as when it was first published.

The NASA study, Foliage Plants for Removing Indoor Air Pollutants from Energy Efficient Homes, was conducted by Dr. B.C. Wolverton, Anne Johnson, and Keith Bounds in 1989. While it was originally intended to find ways to purify the air for extended stays in orbiting space stations, the study proved to have implications on Earth as well.

Under controlled conditions, NASA and ALCA spent two years testing 19 different common house plants for their ability to remove these common pollutants from the air. Of the 19 plants they studied, 17 are considered true houseplants, and two, Gerbera Daisies and Chrysanthemums, are more commonly used indoors as seasonal decorations.

The advantage that houseplants have over other plants is that they are adapted to tropical areas where they grow beneath dense tropical canopies and must survive in areas of low light. These plants are thus ultra-efficient at capturing light, which also means that they must be very efficient in processing the gasses necessary for photosynthesis. Because of this fact, they have greater potential to absorb other gases, including potentially harmful ones.

NASA found that some of the plants were better than others for absorbing pollutants, with certain houseplants found to remove as much as 87 percent of indoor air pollutants within 24 hours. However, all of the plants had properties that were useful in improving overall indoor air quality. NASA also noted that some plants are better than others in treating certain chemicals. For example, English Ivy worked better than some other plants for treating air contaminated with Benzene. The Peace Lily was very effective in treating Trichloroethylene and the Bamboo Palm worked well for filtering Formaldehyde.

After conducting the study, NASA and ALCA came up with the following list of plants most recommended for treating air pollution. Note that all the plants in the list are easily available from your local nursery.

Heartleaf Philodendron – Philodendron scandens `oxycardium'
Elephant Ear Philodendron – Philodendron domesticum
Cornstalk Dracaena – Dracaena fragrans `Massangeana'
English Ivy – Hedera helix,
Spider Plant – Chlorophytum comosum
Janet Craig Dracaena – Dracaena deremensis `Janet Craig'
Warneck Dracaena – Dracaena deremensis `Warneckii'
Weeping Fig – Ficus Benjamina
Golden Pothos – Epipiremnum aureum
Peace Lily – Spathiphyllum `Mauna Loa'
Selloum Philodendron – Philodendron selloum
Chinese Evergreen – Aglaonema modestum
Bamboo or Reed Palm – Chamaedorea sefritzii
Snake Plant – Sansevieria trifasciata
Red-edged Dracaena – Dracaena marginata

Here is a list of the pollutants NASA tested for and the plants they found that worked the best for each one:

Trichloroethylene (TCE)

Trichloroethylene is primarily used in the metal degreasing and dry cleaning industries; also in printing inks, paints, lacquers, varnishes, adhesives. In 1975 the National Cancer Institute reported that an unusually high incidence of hepatocellular carcinomas was observed in mice given TCE by gastric intubation and now considers this chemical a potent liver carcinogen.

The NASA study found that the best plants for removing trichloroethylene are the Gerbera Daisy, Chrysanthemum, Peace lily, Warneckei, Dracaena marginata


Benzene is a very commonly used solvent and is also present in many common items including inks, oils, paints, dyes, plastics, rubber, dyes, detergents, gasoline, pharmaceutical, tobacco smoke, synthetic fibers. In addition it is used in the manufacture of explosives.

Benzene has long been known to irritate the skin and eyes. In addition, it has been shown to be mutagenic to bacterial cell culture and has shown embryotoxic activity and carcinogenicity in some tests. Evidence also exists that benzene may be a contributing factor in chromosomal aberrations and leukemia in humans. Repeated skin contact with benzene will cause drying, inflammation, blistering and dermatitis.

Acute inhalation of high levels of benzene has been reported to cause dizziness, weakness, euphoria, headache, nausea, blurred vision, respiratory diseases, tremors, irregular heartbeat, liver and kidney damage, paralysis and unconsciousness. In animal tests inhalation of benzene led to cataract formation and diseases of the blood and lymphatic systems. Chronic exposure to even relatively low levels causes headaches, loss of appetite, drowsiness, nervousness, psychological disturbances and diseases of the blood system, including anemia and bone marrow diseases.

The best plants for removing benzene were determined to be English Ivy, Dracaena marginata, Janet Craig, Warneckei, Chrysanthemum, Gerbera Daisy, Peace lily


Formaldehyde is a ubiquitous chemical found in virtually all indoor environments. The major sources which have been reported and publicized include urea-formaldehyde foam insulation (UFFI) and particle board or pressed wood products used in manufacturing of the office furniture bought today. It is used in consumer paper products which have been treated with UF resins, including grocery bags, waxed papers, facial tissues and paper towels. Many common household cleaning agents contain formaldehyde. UF resins are used as stiffeners, wrinkle resisters, water repellents, fire retardants and adhesive binders in floor coverings, carpet backings and permanent-press clothes. Other sources of formaldehyde include heating and cooking fuels like natural gas, kerosene, and cigarette smoke.

Formaldehyde irritates the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose and throat. It is also a highly reactive chemical which combines with protein and can cause allergic contact dermatitis. The most widely reported symptoms from exposure to high levels of this chemical include irritation of the eyes and headaches. Until recently, the most serious of the diseases attributed to formaldehyde exposure was asthma. However, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently conducted research which has caused formaldehyde to be strongly suspected of causing a rare type of throat cancer in long-term occupants of mobile homes, where particle board and other sources of formaldehyde are used extensively.

When it comes to removing formaldehyde, the best plant choices are Azalea, Philodendron, Spider plant, Golden Pothos, Bamboo palm, Corn plant, Chrysanthemum, Mother-in-law's tongue.

Many people feel that the use of houseplants is not needed if they are using an air purifier. However, research has shown that even if you use a HEPA air filter or an ionic air purifier, there is a lot of difference that can still be made by many common house plants, which act as a living air purifier. With the exception of an activated carbon filter, common indoor air filters, such as HEPA or ionizers, will totally miss the toxic household gases, such as carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and volatile organic gases (VOG).

According to NASA, one plant should be used for every 100 to 120 square feet of office or living space and the plants should be in at least six inch containers with nothing covering the potting soil. In addition to removing pollutants in your home or office, plants also make for a more pleasant place to live and work – where people feel better, perform better, and enjoy life more. Here are some of the other benefits from having indoor plants:

Plants are a Source of Oxygen – Plants take in carbon dioxide and produce oxygen through the process known as photosynthesis. The more plants you have, the more oxygen you will receive.

Plants Make You Happy – House plants make people feel calmer and more optimistic, says Bruno Cortis, M.D., a Chicago cardiologist. Interestingly, he says that studies have shown that hospital patients who face a window with a garden view recovered more quickly than those who had to look at a wall.

Plants Fight Fatigue and Colds – According to a University of Agriculture in Norway study, indoor plants can reduce fatigue, coughs, sore throats and other cold-related illnesses by more than 30 percent, partially by increasing humidity levels and decreasing dust.

Plants at the Office – Major corporations and work environments are beginning to catch on that adding plants indoors does wonders for employee health and morale. According to one study published in Rehabilitation Literature, a manufacturing company integrated plants into its office so that no employee would be more than 45 feet from greenery. The result? Company administrators said they noticed enhanced creativity and increased productivity in employees. One popular plant to use in offices is the Dragon Tree plant. Besides being one of the most effective in removing harmful impurities from the air, it's exotic looks adds character to any room.

It is important to note though that not all plants are good as indoor air cleaners and that some plants are poisonous and should be handled with care, or not at all if you have small children. Some examples of toxic plants include: Nightshade, Creeping Charlie, Foxglove, Oleander, Sago Plant, Privet, Rhododendron, Umbrella Plant, Ivy, Ripple ivy, Sweet Pea, Vinca, Spider Mum, and Poinsettia. Consumers looking for houseplants that purify air should probably steer away from the above named plants if they have young children and indoor pets, as these plants can sometimes be fatal if consumed.

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Stay Home and Treat Your Cold the Natural Way

by Elizabeth Walling

(NaturalNews) You know cold season is hitting its peak when crumpled tissues start piling up next to bottles of cough syrup and antibiotics. It seems the moment someone gets the sniffles they feel compelled to visit their doctor, and more often than not, they leave their appointment with multiple prescriptions in hand. You have to wonder: is all this medication necessary?

The answer is no. Home treatment for colds can be even more effective than medications, and without the harmful side effects. Old-fashioned cold remedies can often be made with what you already have in your pantry, and the cost is much less prohibitive than the expense of a doctor`s visit and several prescriptions. Next time you feel a cold coming on, try some of these simple remedies to alleviate your symptoms and shorten the duration of your cold.

Avoid Over-the-Counter Drugs

Although these medications claim to be helpful, they can turn your cold into a nightmare. A runny nose may be irritating, but drying up nasal passages with decongestants is a surefire way to encourage the build-up of bacteria. Instead, keep you sinuses clear with natural saline sprays.

You can also make your own saline solution at home with a half teaspoon of salt dissolved in a cup of warm water. Use a bulb syringe to place three or four drops of the liquid into each nostril. Gently breathe in and avoid blowing your nose for at least thirty seconds. This gives the mixture time to break down some of the build-up in your sinuses. Repeat this several times each day until nasal passages are clear.

Over-the-counter cough syrups should also be avoided. Instead, mix lemon juice with warm water and add a bit of honey. This home remedy can soothe your cough and works equally well for sore throats.

Sinus pressure and pain is often treated with over-the-counter pain medication like acetaminophen and ibuprofen. These are only moderately effective and are known for their potential toxic side effects. Try placing a heating pad or warm washcloth over the area instead. Repeat as needed.

To speed your recovery, try natural supplements like Vitamin C, zinc and Echinacea. Taken at the first sign of a cold, these can often prevent a bad cold from developing. These supplements can also shorten the duration of your cold.

Stay Hydrated

Lack of fluids prevents healing and sets the stage for infection. Staying hydrated can prevent an advanced sinus infection which is more difficult to treat at home. Drink 8-10 glasses of water each day while you`re sick. Avoid ice water which can irritate your throat.

You can also get more fluids into your system by drinking herbal teas and sipping warm broth. Chamomile tea is known for soothing coughs and sore throats. Chicken broth, especially real broth made at home, is known for its strong healing effects. The warmth of the liquids alone can often alleviate many of your cold symptoms.

Since dry conditions exacerbate cold symptoms and drain your body of fluids, setting up a humidifier can speed the healing process. Just be sure to change the water regularly and keep the system clean.


A cold weakens your immune system and causes the build up of toxins. It is highly beneficial to help the body flush out these toxins by practicing a few simple methods of detox. You should start each day with several minutes of dry skin brushing. With a natural hair brush, make sweeping strokes toward the heart over all parts of the body.

After dry brushing, take a hot shower. Hot water will encourage perspiration, which rids the body of toxins. At the end of your shower, turn the water to cool for up to 60 seconds. Switch back to hot water for another 60 seconds. Alternate hot and cold water like this for at least three cycles. This entire process should be done at least once every day until your cold is gone.

When you`ve got a cold, it`s more important than ever to get your rest and make healthy food choices. A rested and well-nourished body is the best medicine for fighting off a cold.


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Natural Health Seminar

Presented By Utopia Silver Supplements

How can we best care for our health in an environment of escalating healthcare costs and health insurance?
* Complicated Problems
* Simple Solutions
* Questions and Answers

Featuring Dr. Ken O’Neal, MD, ND

Dr. Ken O’Neal of Buffalo Gap, Texas earned his Medical Doctorate from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in 1969 and spent most of the next 36 years as an emergency physician. After years of experiencing and witnessing the flaws inherent in the drugs and surgery first focus of mainstream medicine, Dr. Ken refocused his professional efforts and earned his Naturopathic Doctorate from the Clayton School of Natural Healing in 1995. Now a staunch advocate for and a teacher of Natural Healing, he believes that most physical symptoms and ailments can be corrected by more natural, non-invasive and safer practices using the science of diet/nutrition, lifestyle changes, and sound mental/spiritual principles.

Dr. Ken believes that a health coach’s primary job is to convince his students of the importance of taking personal responsibility for their own health by teaching them how to do it themselves. You will be pleased with the excellent practical knowledge and information you learn in this seminar, but the thinking skills and research techniques could last you a lifetime.

Guest Speakers

Tony Isaacs is a natural health author, advocate and researcher who is a regular contributor to, the Crusador, the American Chronicle, and the Silver Bulletin. He is moderator for the Cancer Support Forum and host of the “Ask Tony Isaacs” forum at Cure Zone as well as host of Yahoo’s “Oleander Soup” group. Tony will be discussing how to beat and avoid cancer naturally without surgery, radiation or chemo.

Gary Lochte
of Castroville manages a business that helps people save their homes from foreclosure, but his real passion for 15 years has been organic farming. He will be giving a presentation, not only on the basics of organic farming, but also on the health enhancement potential of organic farming and the coming necessity of being self sufficient in a world of uncertain food supplies and crashing economics.

Individual- $25.00
Couple- $40.00
(Pay at the door, no reservations required)

Utopia Community Building
(in the middle of town at the EMS/Fire Station Building)
Saturday- February 28, 2009
8 AM to 4 PM

Some information will be passed out, but you are welcome to bring notepads and recording devices.

Contact: 830 966-2325 or 830 796-1049

Ask Utopia Silver


Good Morning Utopia,
My son was recently diagnosed with adhd; he is 9, I have been doing some research on this and found in the Kevin Trudeau book he mentions a Candida cleanse and liver/gallbladder cleanse. Also I give him 1/4th tsp of colloidal silver every morning and he takes Omega3s. My question is, are these cleanses ok for a child his age? …and if so is there a candida cleanse and liver/gallbladder cleanse that you would recommend?

Thank you,
Noreen in Wisconsin

Hi Noreen,

I would be sure first of all (maybe with a naturopathic opinion) that he does have adhd. From what I have read there may be many who are diagnosed that are simply normal energetic males. Beyond that, if there is actually a clinical adhd, you are wise in trying to determine the cause rather than just treating symptoms; adhd doesn’t happen. I would look first at diet; eliminate junk foods, processed sugars, food preservatives, etc.

I really can’t see a candida connection; that generally makes you lethargic/low energy, but maybe there is something I don’t know. If you need a referral to an MD/ND health consultant, let me know. We have one we work with regularly who advises us on various issues.

Colloidal Silver is very effective with systemic Candida if enough is used. See the Silver Bulletin 3 part series concerning the usage of silver.

A periodic liver cleanse is always a good idea, especially when there are possible toxin or microbe elimination issues. This cleanse is a two week protocol that is very gentle and you can always reduce the number of capsules given, making extending it to 3-4 weeks.

Ben in Utopia

You are appreciated in Utopia.

Ben Taylor
Utopia Silver Supplements
830 966-2315

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Hi Ben,
One place [on your website] showed the price [Advanced Colloidal Silver] as $108.00 for 9 pack; another place $144.00. Which is correct?

Thanks & God Bless,

Hi Julie,
The price difference is because of ‘Sales’ and your browser is saving the last ‘refreshed’ webpage. The regular price is $144.00; the 25% off sale price is $108.00. it is a good idea to ‘refresh’ each time you visit any website or set your security settings to automatically upload the latest page.

Ben in Utopia

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H20 and Silver

Hey Ben,
Is it better to take the silver on an empty stomach, in case salt may be present? Also, will H20 interact with the silver ? Thanks, that’s all I can think of now.

Talk to you later,
Roger in Missouri


Hi Roger,
Taking on an empty stomach is better. Water will react with the silver if it contains chlorine; chlorine will knock the silver particles out of suspension. Some water may have a very high mineral content that can bind with the silver possibly reducing the effectiveness of the silver.

Ben in Utopia

Laughter, The Best Medicine

Dear John,

A Marine stationed in Afghanistan recently received a "Dear John" letter from his girlfriend back home. It read as follows:

Dear Ricky,
I can no longer continue our relationship. The distance between us is just too great. I must admit that I have cheated on you twice since you've been gone, and it's not fair to either of us. I'm sorry. Please return the picture of me that I sent to you.
I’m so sorry,

The Marine, with hurt feelings, asked his fellow Marines for any snapshots they could spare of their girlfriends, sisters, ex-girlfriends, aunts, cousins, etc.

In addition to the picture of Becky, Ricky included all the other pictures of the pretty gals he had collected from his buddies. There were 57 photos in that envelope along with this note:

Dear Becky,
I'm so sorry too, but I can't quite remember who the heck you are. Please take your picture from the pile, and send the rest back to me.
Good Luck,

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The way you hawk worthless and potentially dangerous crap to unsuspecting people for profit, while mixing in "religious blessings" makes me flat pissed off, both as a Christian and a Texan.Response

Hi Greg,

Is it possible that you are misjudging me without knowing the truth yourself? …and just how Christian is that?

Do you mind telling me what I am selling that you believe is worthless and potentially dangerous crap and on what facts and/or whose opinion is that based? If you are willing to dialog with me for a while and look at some facts, both historical and recent, I believe that you will change your mind.

Ben in Utopia

Nah- you won't change my mind- I just tripped over you on the colloidal silver path.  Voodoo that'll turn ya blue- with NO SCIENTIFIC basis at all.  It's just infuriating, as is the entire industry. And I did NOT judge you (reread my email), only your mode of sales- that would have been un-Christian of me, wouldn't it?



Hi Greg,

If my ‘mode of sales’ is as unscrupulous as you say, then how can I not be a pretty despicable fellow. Any kind of silver taken to excess for a long period could cause a build-up in the fatty tissue under the skin, resulting in Argyria, …but it is highly unlikely with simply silver and water taken reasonably, otherwise we would see blue people everywhere; I have only heard of three or four examples all total. I have personally averaged from ½-1 ounce of silver per day (combination of ionic and non-ionic) for the past 7-8 years and the only blue you will see around me are my Wranglers and the South Texas sky. I have a friend who consumed an 8 oz. bottle of silver every couple of days for 2 years and still isn’t blue. All one has to do is simply stay away from chemically produced large particle/high ppm silver, silver nitrate, silver in saline solution and silver in gelatin/protein.  They are the culprits in all the cases of Argyria that I am aware of. [Read the three part series concerning my experience with silver.]

Can you answer a question for me, Greg? Are you also a crusader against ‘patented drugs’, which kill hundreds of thousands every year? Over the counter pain-killers alone kill thousands and cause extensive organ damage (liver and kidneys) in thousands more. Except for the small handful of idiots who consumed a quart a day and developed Argyria, there are no serious side effects or deaths from using silver. An aspirin or two will kill a headache; a bottle will kill you; that is the truth with even water. Over consumption of water can cause such a dilution of electrolytes that it can cause one to have a heart attack. Water kills, silver doesn’t, unless you drown in a tub of colloidal silver, so where is your logic based? There is common sense to all things and silver isn’t excluded from that, but it is safer than any drug sold either over-the-counter or by prescription.  If you’re truly looking for a Crusade; have you read “Death By Medicine”? Now there is a crusade for you,

How about cell phones?

OR Fluoride?

There are real dangers out there from dangerous food to unsafe drugs, without arbitrarily going after mankind’s oldest, safest, and most effective natural anti-biotic mineral. Considering your vitriolic and un-scientific attacks on silver, could it be that there is more to your story than you are revealing? Who do you work for and what is your business? Call me if you like; I don’t mind talking to you without hiding behind an email address.

Thanks for your time.
Ben Taylor
830 966-2315


Thus far, there has been no further response from Greg, …if that was his name.

Natural Remedies

High Cholesterol

Omega 3 oils such as fish, borage and flax oil. Lower bad cholesterol and raise the good cholesterol levels.

• Coconut Oil. A tablespoon or two per day on an empty stomach may lower low density cholesterol levels.

• Honey, Cinnamon, and water. Take 10 pieces of cinnamon sticks (one inch each). Powder and then boil in five teacups of water. Add a teaspoon of honey and have a hot cup of this mixture every day.

• Sure gel apple or grapefruit pectin (jam & jelly stiffener). Take one heaping teaspoon in a cup of hot water nightly before bed. Two acids in the Sure gel help dissolve cholesterol deposits in the blood vessels. In about a month or less, the bad cholesterol should be much lower, and as a side affect, any heavy metals (generally, industrial toxins) should be flushed from your system. Sure gel Grapefruit pectin is 100 times stronger, but tastes awful and oxidizes and interferes with many medications.

Chromium – Chromium is a trace metal that is vital to human health. Nutritionists are not sure exactly what chromium does in the body or how much is needed to maintain health. Chromium supplements were found to help raise HDL cholesterol levels – an important benefit in CHD. Chromium is important for normal metabolic functions, particularly for carbohydrate metabolism. It plays a significant role in regulating blood sugar. A Recommended Daily Allowance has not been established for chromium. A daily intake of 50 to 200 micrograms is often recommended. It is estimated that 50 to 90 percent of Americans are not getting enough chromium in their diets. Trace amounts of chromium are present in many foods. The best dietary source is brewers yeast, which contains chromium in the form of GTF (glucose tolerance factor). Other good sources of chromium include peanuts, legumes, and whole grains,o Chromium deficiency was found to increase the blood cholesterol levels of rats. Chromium supplementation, on the other hand, was found to bring the cholesterol values back down. More impressively, some rats were found to actually develop fatty plaques of atherosclerosis in their arteries as a result of chromium deficiency.

• Lecithin – An antioxidant found in eggs, corn and soybeans, lecithin helps prevent the conversion of LDL into its more dangerous, artery- damaging form. Lecithin may also lower the total cholesterol. Note: use only fermented soy products such as tempeh and miso.

Calcium and Magnesium.

Calcium : In the proper amounts, calcium may help to keep cholesterol under control and may prevent dangerous blood clots. Too much calcium may increase the risk of heart disease, especially if there is too much calcium in relation to magnesium. Sources of calcium include milk, sardines (with bones) and cheese.

• Magnesium: A lack of magnesium has been linked to an increased risk of CHD, heart attacks and improper heartbeats. Many doctors report using magnesium as a first-line treatment for treating irregular heart rhythms.

• Magnesium supplementation may reduce the total cholesterol, increase the beneficial HDL and prevent unnecessary "clumping" in the blood that can trigger a heart attack. The mineral may also reduce the symptoms of angina or may prevent future attacks.

• Vinegar, apple juice and white grape juice. Mix 1 to 2 cup of apple cider vinegar, four cups of apple juice and three cups of white grape juice. Drink six ounces every day before breakfast. Used very effectively by Pennsylvania Amish families.

• Garlic. Is one of cholesterol’s natural enemy. Eat three cloves daily to lower blood pressure, build immune system and guard against cancer.

• Pomegranate juice. New studies indicate that pomegranate juice not only appears to prevent hardening of the arteries by reducing blood vessel damage, but the antioxidant rich juice may also reverse the progression of this disease.

• Green Tea. Drink one or more glasses a day. Powerful antioxidant and anti-cancer properties too.

• Turmeric. Found in curry seasoning and plain yellow mustard. Lowers cholesterol, helps guard against Alzheimer’s and may help protect smokers from cancer.

• Walnuts. Eat a half cup of walnuts every day. Almonds are also good.

• Oatmeal. Eat a bowl of oatmeal every day for breakfast. Top with walnuts or almond bits and blueberries.

• Onion juice reduces cholesterol and works as a tonic for nervous system. It cleans blood, helps digestive system, cures insomnia and regulates the heart action & helps in lowering cholesterol.

• Sunflower seeds contain a substantial amount of linoleic acid which is helpful in reducing cholesterol deposits on the walls of the arteries. Substituting oil of sunflower seeds for some of the solid fats like butter & cream will, therefore lead to a great improvement in health & lower cholesterol.

• Other good foods to help lower cholesterol: Flaxseeds, soy (due to concerns about unfermented soy products increasing the risk for certain cancers, use only fermented soy products such as miso and tempeh), lentils, beans, salmon, avocado, spinach and other dark green leafy vegetables, margarine with no trans-fats or hydrogenated ingredients, other nuts, dark chocolate, whole wheat and other grains.

• Diet and exercise. Essential to help combat high cholesterol. Eat more vegetables and fruit and less meat and fatty foods. Find a way to be physically active each day, if only for a brisk walk, bike ride or 15-30 minute light workout.

Health & Freedom

The Wisdom or Was It Simply The Common Sense of Thomas Jefferson?

by Ben Taylor

In view of where America is as a Nation, the following quotes by Thomas Jefferson tell us that we, “The People” have ignored truth, common sense, and history and have barreled headlong to the precipice of complete national disaster by permitting ourselves to be deceived by evil men and evil systems. To ignore this wisdom any longer is to simply drive the final nails in our National coffin. Are you paying attention America?

Editor’s Note- Once people buy into the concept that a group of people can by force do what no individual person has the right to do to another person, we are well on the road to the building of a welfare state enforced by a socialist/fascist tyranny. Ben Taylor

“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.” Thomas Jefferson

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” Thomas Jefferson
Editor’s Note- Debt, both personal and national, especially to privately owned and controlled banking institutions, such as the Federal Reserve, that practice usury and predatory financing have done the greatest damage to America. Ben Taylor

“It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.” Thomas Jefferson
“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.” Thomas Jefferson
Editor’s Note- Big government always becomes a self serving and self perpetuating monster for rent to the highest bidder. Ben Taylor

“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.” Thomas Jefferson

“To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.” Thomas Jefferson

Editor’s Note- The loss of our rural and agricultural base has done untold damage to America socially and the loss of our manufacturing and industrial base to offshore interests may be just as terrible. Nations who would dance with joy over the carcass of America are now the one’s selling us our daily sustenance and then putting the profits into military arms and technology to destroy us. Ben Taylor

“When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.” Thomas Jefferson

Editor’s Note- The “Right To Bear Arms” has nothing to do with sporting or hunting; it has everything to do with being a check and balance of the People to keep ‘out of control’ government under control. If we allow this new domestic arms control movement to continue, our freedom will be lost. Ben Taylor

“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.” Thomas Jefferson
“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” Thomas Jefferson
“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” Thomas Jefferson