Thursday, November 29, 2012


So you think garlic gives you nothing but bad breath? Well, OK, it does, but it's also one of the healthiest foods you can eat. The therapeutic qualities of garlic are nothing new. Sanskrit records reveal that garlic remedies were pressed into service in India 5,000 years ago, while Chinese medicine has recognized garlic's powers for over 3,000 years. 
Fleming's discovery of penicillin in 1928 largely took over from garlic, World War One overwhelmed the capacity and garlic was again, the antibiotic of choice.

Garlic was rare in traditional English cuisine (though it is said to have been grown in England before 1548), and has been a much more common ingredient in Mediterranean Europe. Builders of the ancient pyramids were said to eat garlic daily for enhanced endurance and strength. Garlic was placed by the ancient Greeks on the piles of stones at cross-roads, as a supper for Hecate. Roman emperors couldn't eat enough of it, as it was considered an antidote to poisons which were very popular in certain political circles of the time.

Studies by competent multi-degreed scientists have shown beyond any reasonable doubt that consuming garlic generally has the following physical effects:

High Blood Pressure: Garlic (Allium sativum) is one of the world's oldest medicinal plants. There is some evidence that using adequate amounts of this so-called "stinking rose" is effective in lowering blood pressure and possibly cholesterol levels.

Headache Prevention: Similar to aspirin, garlic has a blood thinning quality. This quality prevents platelets from banding together.

Cold and Flu: Modern studies have shown that garlic is similar to a powerful antibiotic. Many people take garlic during cold and flu symptoms to help their bodies stay healthy. The key here is to take the garlic before a cold because it will help fight the cold but won't cure it.

Cardiovascular benefits: Multiple scientific studies have demonstrated powerful garlic health benefits that can prevent heart disease. Garlic reduces free radicals that cause the oxidation of cholesterol and cell membrane damage, the real cause of arteriosclerosis and heart disease. Studies suggest that garlic prevents buildup of plaque in arteries, and may even reduce it. In Germany, garlic supplements are licensed as drugs for the treatment of arteriosclerosis. Garlic also assists in metabolizing fat. It increases breakdowns of lipids and enhances elimination of fat from the body.

Anti-Cancer: Studies have shown that benefits of garlic extend to the prevention of cancer. Although scientists don't know why exactly garlic has an ability to prevent cancer, an examination of the amazing phytonutrient content of garlic would leave us with good reason to believe that garlic would be a potent anti-cancer food.

Antibiotic: Garlic is a powerful antioxidant with an amazing list of healing properties: it destroys bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses. The allicin in raw garlic has been shown to kill 23 types of bacteria, including salmonella and staphylococcus. Garlic also destroys viral infections such as chicken pox, measles, mumps, scarlet fever and others.

Boosts Immune System: Garlic is a powerful immune system booster. It increases the production of interferon (an antiviral compound), which improves the action of your white blood cells. Interferon and white blood cells are critical components of your body's immune system.

Diabetes: Garlic health benefits also extend to diabetes. As mentioned above, garlic contains a chemical compound called allicin. Allicin combines with vitamin B1 (thiamine) to stimulate the pancreas to release insulin. Garlic can be of great benefit in treating people suffering from insulin-dependent diabetes.

Aids Digestion: The most common active ingredient in garlic, allicin, stimulates the secretion of digestive juices in the stomach. It also interacts with certain proteins to help provide relief from both constipation and diarrhea.

Mosquito Repellent: There are some studies that suggest that garlic keeps mosquitoes from biting. While there are skeptics out there, it may not hurt to take a garlic supplement or eat a garlic-filled meal before heading out to mosquito country.

How much Garlic should I have?
Recommended Dosage: One clove of garlic weighs more or less 1.5 gm.
Adults: one clove of fresh garlic, two to three times a day.
Children: 1/4 to 1/2 clove, one to three times a day.

Therapeutic Dose: The therapeutic dose of garlic is four to ten grams per day, to be divided into three equal doses, taken once you are half-way in your meal to prevent stomach distress. Hypertensive may require higher dosage.

To get the full health benefits of raw garlic, whether in salads, as tea, or in food, it's important you eat less refined, processed and canned foods, and more foods in as close to their natural state as possible.

Meditation and Me

Meditation and Me

Chiropractic Care and Meditation
When you begin a meditation practice, it's very possible that your focus and concentration will be affected by various bodily aches and pains. After all, when is the last time you attempted to sit quietly for five minutes at a time? Many of us unconsciously hold tension in large muscle groups such as those surrounding the neck and shoulders. We may feel pain in these areas once we've eliminated our usual distractions and are attempting to sit quietly.
Chiropractic care can help address these aches and pains, regardless of location. By addressing the likely source of these problems, that is, mechanical stresses and strains in the spinal column, regular chiropractic care enables large muscle groups to relax and do the job they were designed to do. Regular chiropractic care helps muscle tightness and muscle tension to resolve, removing an uncomfortable source of distraction from your valuable meditation time and helping make your meditation practice fruitful and enjoyable.
For many of us, the practice of meditation seems like a totally foreign notion. In an era of full-time, morning-to-night distractions and distractibility, the concept of quietly sitting with nothing else to do seems impossibly ridiculous. Why would anyone do that, we ask, as we text message with one hand and channel surf with the other. 

Of course, this lack of ability to pay attention and focus for more than 15 seconds at a time is at the core of many of our health issues. Learning how to meditate directly addresses this problem, providing training in developing concentration skills. But meditation offers an abundance of additional benefits, many of great significance to our overall health and well-being.

Years of research have documented the profound benefits of meditation, including reductions in elevated blood pressure levels, stress reduction, pain management,1 and even rewiring of neurologic connections in the brain.2,3Thus, there are many reasons to begin meditation practice. The key question is how to get started.

Learning how to meditate is actually straightforward. There are many types of meditation practice. Some utilize a mantra, a silently repeated short, meaningless phrase. Others involve specific breathing methods. Others focus on the breath itself without utilizing specific instructions on how to breathe.

This latter method is that employed in Zen meditation. You sit comfortably in a quiet space, ideally facing a blank wall, situated approximately two feet from the wall. (Your specific situation may vary. The important point is to be in a quiet space without distractions of people or technology.) You focus on your breath, seeing your breath go up your spine in the back and then down your spine in the front. After observing one cycle of breathing, you silently count "one." Continue to observe your breathing cycle, adding to your count with each completed cycle. "Two." "Three." When you've completed ten cycles, go back to the numerical beginning and count "one" on the next cycle.

But if your mind wanders (as it inevitably will) and begins to think about whatever, when you eventually notice that you've lost your focus, go back to the beginning and count "one" again.

The "practice" part of meditation relates to practicing paying attention, paying attention to the breath. Your mind wanders, eventually you notice this, and you return to the breath. That's all there is. There is no requirement that you need to stay focused. A person is not a "bad meditator" when they find they are continually thinking of other things. The power is in the practice itself. By actually sitting down to meditate, by actually setting aside that time to be "still", you will derive unexpected benefits. And the more you practice, the more your practice becomes a habit, the more you will gain.
What is a recommended length for meditation sessions? There are no rules. The key is to begin, and then to continue. Starting with a five-minute session, twice a day, is a very good beginning. If you wish, you could build up to two 30-minute sessions per day. Again, your meditation practice is not a contest. What works for you will work for you.
1Marchand WR: Mindfulness-based stress reduction, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, and zen meditation for depression, anxiety, pain, and psychological distress. J Psychiatr Pract 18(4):233-252, 2012
2Hasenkamp W, Barsalou LW: Effects of meditation experience on functional connectivity of distributed brain networks. Front Hum Neurosci 6:38, 2012 [Epub 2012 Mar 1]
3Brewer JA, et al: Meditation experience is associated with differences in default mode network activity and connectivity. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 108(50):20254-20259, 2011


Allergies cost the US health care system around $18 billion dollars per year.
43% of people with allergy symptoms admit it affects their work.
50% of people with allergy symptoms say their concentration is impaired.
68% of those suffering from allergy symptoms say their ability to sleep is impaired.

If you are an employer, pay special attention to the next one.
According to the CEO of the employer's health coalition, allergies are responsible for
more than $1.4 million dollars in lost employee productivity annually.

The fact is, suffering from allergies is miserable.
The good news is, now you don't have to.

NAET is a revolutionary, all natural, non invasive treatment which changes the way
the body reacts to allergens including food, environmental and emotional. 

NAET was developed in 1983 by Devi Nambudripad, MD, DC, L.Ac, Ph. D (Acu).

An allergy can be described as sensitivity to any substance which produces an abnormal response from the body's defense mechanisms. Allergic responses can be triggered by many sources including food, environmental, chemical and emotional. If left untreated, allergies can lead to blockages and imbalances in the body which can evolve into serious,
long term health problems.

Allergies can cause the body to react with host of allergic response symptoms such as pain, inflammation, insomnia, weight gain, digestive disorders, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, abdominal cramps, nausea, menstrual and menopausal disorders, high blood pressure, headaches, sinus pressure and congestion, chronic fatigue, difficulty breathing, itchy and watery eyes, hives, achy joints, eczema, psoriasis, food sensitivities and more.

NAET allergy elimination is 100% safe, almost always effective and can be used with patients of all ages. The practitioner uses muscle response testing (kinesiology) as the patient holds vials containing various allergens to determine the exact allergen(s) which need to be cleared. New technology such as the Bio Meridian, a FDA approved medical testing device, can now dramatically improve accuracy of the testing process.

The patient should allow approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour for the initial consultation and analysis. Once the allergen(s) are determined, the process of desensitizing the patient to the allergen involves stimulation of acupuncture points to clear the sensitivity. Individual treatments generally last around 20-30 minutes. In order to effectively complete treatment, the patient must avoid exposure to the allergen for 25 hours. Depending on the type, complexity and severity of the patients allergies, several visits may be necessary to completely clear the patient's symptoms.

NAET is a Eastern Medical procedure that has been proven over the last 30 years to desensitize the body and eliminate our allergies, any NAET Certified Doctor can preform this process. Dr. Jon Wise in Las Vegas, NV is one of the few doctors in Nevada who is certified with NAET. For a Consultation, please call 702-248-6292 or visit our office on the web at 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Toys for Tots Drive at Wise Chiropractic

This year we have paired with The US Marine Corp for our annual holiday drive. For the Last several years, we have had a food drive with Three Square. This year our office was asked by the US Marine Corp to do a Toys For Tots Drive. So here is a little bit about the program. Please feel free to stop by our office and drop off a New, Unwrapped Toy. They are in dire need for toys of all ages, but many generous individuals normally purchase toys for the smaller child. Please do not forget the older group of kids from ages 12-18 as well.

The Toys for Tots drive is fully underway in my office (Wise Chiropractic: Holistic Family Wellness) . We have 2 toys that where generously donate so far! Please keep the the great work and lets fill This BOX!!! 

As an EXTRA incentive, Bring in a NEW, UNWRAPPED TOY and I will give you 20% off your visit for the day from now til the US Marines come pick up the box in the middle of December!

Thank You!
Dr. Jon Wise

Marine Toys for Tots Foundation
OVERVIEW: Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity is the fundraising, funding and support organization for the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.  The Foundation was created at the behest of the U. S. Marine Corps and provides support in accordance with a Memorandum of Understanding with the Commander, Marine Forces Reserve, who directs the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.  The Foundation has supported Toys for Tots since 1991.
GOVERNANCE: Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is governed by a board of directors, all of whom are successful business leaders from throughout the nation.  All directors served as U. S. Marines.  The Foundation’s professional staff is headquartered in the Cooper Center, which is located just outside the main gate of Marine Corps Base, Quantico, about 35 miles south of Washington, DC.
PRODUCTIVITY: Over the years the Foundation supplemented local campaigns with tens of millions of toys valued at hundreds of millions of dollars.  Additionally, the Foundation provides approximately one million dollars worth of promotional and support materials to local campaigns each year.
MISSION: The mission of Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is to assist the U. S. Marine Corps in providing a tangible sign of hope to economically disadvantaged children at Christmas.  This assistance includes supporting the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program by raising funds to provide toys to supplement the collections of local Toys for Tots campaigns, to provide promotional and support material and defray the costs of conducting annual Toys for Tots campaigns.  Other Foundation support includes providing administrative, advisory, financial, logistic and promotional support to local Toys for Tots Coordinators; managing funds raised and monies donated based on the use of Toys for Tots name or logo; providing other support the Marine Corps, as a federal agency, cannot provide; and conducting public education and information programs about Toys for Tots that call the general public to action in support of this patriotic community action program.
GOAL: The primary goal of the Foundation is the same as that of the overall Toys for Tots Program: i.e. –  to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them into becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of the Foundation are the same as those of the overall Toys for Tots program: i.e. –  to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; an to contribute to improving communities in the future.
ACTIVITIES: The Foundation engages in two categories of activities: Program Services and Support Services.
Program Services
Toy Distribution:  This is the process of obtaining and delivering toys to local Toys for Tots Coordinators and providing the support and assistance those Coordinators need to conduct effective toy collection and distribution campaigns in their communities.  Toys are a combination of those purchased by the Foundation and those donated by corporations.
Support of Local Coordinators: This involves arranging the creation, publication, manufacture and delivery of an array of promotion and support materials to local Coordinators.  It includes managing all financial matters for local Coordinators as well as updating and publishing a manual for the conduct of local programs.  Concisely stated, this activity encompasses providing a wide range of support to approximately 700 local Toys for Tots Coordinators and their support groups.  Today, there are nearly 25,000 Marines, Marine Corps League members, veteran Marines and volunteers involved in annual campaigns.
Education: The Foundation conducts an annual public information and education campaign.  This activity is designed to give the general public a clear understanding of the benefits that accrue to individuals, communities and the nation from Toys for Tots.  It increases visibility and name recognition, and calls the general public support of Toys for Tots.  The campaign includes distributing a series of news releases, distributing TV and radio public service announcements, publishing newsletters arranging media events and appearances, arranging for national corporations to incorporate information about Toys for Tots into their paid advertisements, conducting special events, maintaining a website and distributing educational material about Toys for Tots to the general public.
Support Services
Management and General Activities: This involves accomplishing the spectrum of business management activities necessary to make an organization efficient and effective and to ensure the program and the Foundation operate in compliance with IRS regulations, federal and state laws and charitable standards.
Fundraising: The Foundation pursues a range of fundraising projects each year.  Projects include national corporate sponsors, a direct mail campaign, the Combined Federal Campaign, special events such as golf tournaments; and special projects such as “in memory of/in honor of” donations and internet donations.
  • Ranked #289 in 2001 “Philanthropy 400”
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  • Ranked #75 in 2009 “Philanthropy 400”
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  • Awarded Charity Navigator’s highest 4-star rating for sound fiscal management (2005-2011)
  • Unqualified opinions on Audited Financial Statements (1994-2011)
  • Average Program to Support Service expense ratio:  (2000-2011)  97:3
  • Continues to meet all 20 standards established by the Better Business Bureau WiseGiving Alliance

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Stress and the Immune System

Stress and the Immune System by Saul McLeod published 2010
The immune system is a collection of billions of cells that travel through the bloodstream. They move in and out of tissues and organs, defending the body against foreign bodies (antigens), such as bacteria, viruses and cancerous cells.

There are two types of lymphocytes:
B cells- produce antibodies which are released into the fluid surrounding the body’s cells to destroy the invading viruses and bacteria.
T cells (see picture opposite) - if the invader gets inside a cell, these (T cells) lock on to the infected cell, multiply and destroy it.

The main types of immune cells are white blood cells. There are two
types of white blood cells – lymphocytes and phagocytes.
When we’re stressed, the immune system’s ability to fight off antigens
is reduced. That is why we are more susceptible to infections.
The stress hormone corticosteroid can suppress the effectiveness of
the immune system (e.g. lowers the number of lymphocytes).

Stress can also have an indirect effect on the immune system as a
person may use unhealthy behavioral coping strategies to reduce their
stress, such as drinking and smoking.
Stress is linked to: headaches; infectious illness (e.g. ‘flu);
cardiovascular disease; diabetes, asthma and gastric ulcers.
Stress has three main direct effects on illness
Stress responses have an effect on digestive system. During stress digestion
is inhibited. After stress digestive activity increases. This may affect the health
of digestive system and cause ulcers. Adrenaline released during a stress
response may also cause ulcers.

Stress responses increase strain upon circulatory system due to increased
heart rate etc. Stress can also affect the immune system by raising blood
Hypertension (consistently raised blood pressure over several weeks) is a major risk
factor in coronary heart disease (CHD) However, CHD may be caused by eating too
much salt, drinking too much coffee or alcohol. Stress can also have an indirect effect on
illness as it is associated with all manner of bad habits (coping strategies), for example smoking, drinking alcohol to excess, poor diet due to lack of time, lack of exercise for the same reason, lack of sleep etc. All of these are likely to have an adverse effect on a person’s health so could cause some of the ill effects attributed to stress per se.

Stress and Immune Function
Short term suppression of the immune system is not dangerous.
However, chronic suppression leaves the body vulnerable to infection
and disease.
A current example of this is AIDS - Acquired immune deficiency syndrome. Here the immune system is suppressed leaving the vulnerable to illness. Stress would just lead to frequent illness and infections.
Stress responses increase strain upon circulatory system due to increased heart rate etc. This may increase a person’s risk of developing disorders of the heart and circulation e.g. coronary heart disease (CHD). Individuals with type A personality have a greater risk of developing CHD. Stress responses have an effect on digestive system. During stress digestion is inhibited. After stress digestive activity increases. This may affect the health of digestive system and cause gastric ulcers

The executive monkey study by Brady (1958) seems to support this theory.
Kiecolt-Glaser et al., (1984)
Aim: To investigate whether stress of important examinations has an effect on the functioning of the immune system
This was a natural experiment. The researchers took blood
samples from 75 first year medical students (49 males and 26
females), all of whom were volunteers.
Blood samples were taken: (a) one month before their final
examinations (relatively low stress), and (b) during the
examinations (high stress)
Immune functioning was assessed by measuring T cell
activity in the blood samples.
The students were also given questionnaires to assess psychological variables such as life
events and loneliness.

Findings: The blood sample taken from the first group (before the exam) contained more t-cells compared with blood samples taken during the exams.
The volunteers were also assessed using behavioral measures. On both occasions they were given questionnaires to assess psychiatric symptoms, loneliness and life events. This was
because there are theories which suggest that all 3 are associated with increased levels of stress.
Kiecolt-Glaser et al found that immune responses were especially weak in those students who reported feeling most lonely, as well as those who were experiencing other stressful life events and psychiatric symptoms such as depression or anxiety.

Conclusion: Stress (of the exam) reduced the effectiveness of the immune system.
Evaluation: Difficult to unravel the relationship for certain. Does stress cause illness or does being ill make you more prone to stress? Also many of the studies do not take into account for the other factors which affect people’s lives. These can be drugs, alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, general health, diet, physical activity, sleep patterns, age and medication. Although many studies try to control these factors it is very unlikely to gain complete control.

Not A Good Year to Get The Flu Shot

Not A Good Year to Get The Flu Shot
– Dr Tim O’Shea

author of Vaccination Is Not Immunization
For those of you who followed the swine flu vaccine hoax of 2009 very carefully through to its demise this past year, there were some important lessons.
Inconsistency followed indiscretion in the media steamroller that tried to shove this imaginary threat through the skin of the American people in the past 2 years. And will all that is said about the dumbing down of Americans, etc., we still resist being oversold on anything. We were simply oversold on the threat of swine flu and the necessity for the vaccine. And so Americans rejected the H1N1 vaccine, with the exception of a few thousand ignorants who would probably inject Drano if the CDC told them they needed it.

A few of the things that didn’t add up in the public mind:
- the threat of swine flu was never proven real
- no single causative virus was ever identified
- there was no screening test to identify cases; no lab tests, no culturing
- figures were irresponsibly conjured up
- the spokesmen for FDA, CDC, NIH, and WHO all made hysterical predictions for over a year, none of which ever came true
- clinical trials only lasted 5 weeks before the vaccine was approved and licensed, when testing for any new vaccine takes at least a year
- unlimited amounts of mercury were allowed in the new vaccine
- cases were diagnosed on the telephone
- cases of regular flu were artificially re-categorized for the obvious purpose of marketing an untested vaccine
- the last ditch effort in the summer of 2010 to sell the vaccine out of every drugstore in the US was too shrill to be credible
- the economic entanglements between the regulators and the vaccine companies became public knowledge

All these facts are chronicled and referenced in detail in the 4 chapters on swine flu that appear at And though most people don’t have all these details at their fingertips, still the public got the general impression that the vaccine was at least unnecessary, if not outright dangerous, despite the unrelenting media hysteria that lasted the better part of 2 years. And so they declined.

Then on 2 July 2010 the New York Daily News reported an unprecedented event, on page A8. For the first time in memory, stockpiles of unused H1N1 vaccine were being returned and burned. Why this is notable is that even though batches of vaccine, known as lots, do have expiration dates, in actual practice they are virtually never thrown out, but stored and stockpiled indefinitely. The marketplace claim is that a similar microbial threat may occur in the future, for which the vaccine can be trotted back out, tweaked a little, and then given rubber stamp re-approval for use into the general population, even though it has been sitting on the shelf for decades.

There are many examples of this, the most famous one in recent years certainly being the post 9/11 smallpox vaccine hoax. At that time 3 vaccine manufacturers were given contracts to produce millions of doses of smallpox vaccine, you may remember, to protect the American public from the imaginary bioterrorist threat. They were under the gun, since the threat was ‘imminent.’ 

Serendipitously, one of the companies – Aventis – suddenly discovered 90 million ‘lost’ doses of smallpox vaccine which had been stockpiled for 30 years, sitting there in their freezers. “Testing” took place and it was soon asserted that the old vaccine was ‘still good’ and the FDA approved the entire lot for use as smallpox vaccine for the American population. This story is told in detail in the chapter “Smallpox: Bringing a Dead Disease Back To Life” .

So back to July 2010 – why was this particular unused H1N1 vaccine being burned instead of stored? Very suspicious.

There are two likely reasons:

In Sept 2009, which was only one month after clinical trials for the new H1N1 vaccine had begun, the announcement went out that there were to be no limits on the amount of mercury that could be added to the new vaccine! [1] This was very suspicious, because if it were a brand new vaccine now being formulated for the first time, why couldn’t they regulate the amount of thimerosal, or indeed leave it out entirely since it is the third most toxic substance known to man, not to mention the most likely cause of the autism epidemic.

This raised the spectre of the vaccine being not new at all but some other unused experimental vaccine that had been sitting around in storage now being re-labeled as H1N1 vaccine and sent to market. This theory actually was verified in a batch sent to Czechoslovakia when millions of H1N1 doses made by the Baxter company were returned after Czech scientists discovered a toxic old Avian flu component present in the new H1N1 stock, which vaccine killed every single ferret in animal experiments. [1]

So the second reason is just that: the likelihood that some untested very toxic vaccine had been rushed onto the market to take advantage of the momentum of media hysteria, they found out how bad it really was in the real world, and they wanted to destroy all evidence by burning. That is the most likely scenario. Not conspiracy theory by any stretch — this is the way the world works. There are precedents, and evidence.

Although they burned the last summer’s H1N1 vaccine with its undisclosed amounts of mercury, the new current flu shot has a specified amount of mercury per shot: 25 micrograms. [5] That is 30 times the EPA safe level for an adult, and we’re giving it to children of 6 months.

This past summer also brought a new precedent: remember when you went into any Walgreen’s or Long’s anywhere in the country and you’d see those pop-out signs every 10 feet down both sides of every aisle in the store urging people to Get Your H1N1 Shots Here.” Remember that? Most of these stores didn’t have resident nurses. For the first time now the pharmacists are allowed to give the shots! That’s how desperate they were to push the vaccine. Wasn’t that a little suspicious?

In August of 2010 Australia banned the flu shot for young children after 250 hospitalizations for convulsion and one death. [6] Finland then outlawed the current flu shot for all children for the same reason: convulsions.

Here’s why. The seasonal flu vaccine that is currently on the market now that all these other countries are outlawing contains the unproven, untested H1N1 as one of the strains. []
Amazingly, the makers of the vaccine themselves don’t have much confidence in it: a quote from the insert of the current 2010 flu vaccine Fluzone:

“There have been no clinical studies demonstrating an decrease in influenza after vaccination with Fluzone.” [5]

By June of 2010 the collusion between the vaccine industry and the WHO for creating the false H1N1 epidemic was public knowledge, verified by a group of top European scientists and doctors, quoted by every legitimate EU medical journal, including the 3 Jun 10 British Medical Journal:

“… dramatic: distortion of priorities of public health services all over Europe, waste of huge sums of public money, provocation of unjustified fear amongst Europeans, creation of health risks through vaccines and medications which .. have not been sufficiently tested…” – Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

This very conservative group of scientists and lawyers – PACE – have now corroborated virtually every assertion we saw in the 4 chapters on swine flu {www.thedoctorwithin} during the past year regarding the conjuring up of a nonexistent epidemic. They have proof of the very specific quid pro quo arrangements between the executives of the WHO who fueled the fire of hysteria by constantly making inflammatory statements about the virulence of a disease that was never proven to exist and the vaccine companies who stood to make the profits.

Most startling of all is that local pediatricians and clinics are completely ignoring the recommendations of the FDA’s own advisory committee (ACIP) who on August 12, 2010 came out and said the current flu vaccine should not be used in any child under 9 years old! Read it: [4]

All things considered, there is no support for the sales mantras coming from the drugstores and clinics hawking this year’s flu shot, especially for kids. These are the same people who just tried to sell our kids the swine flu vaccine. Remember? Why on earth would we trust them with the regular flu shot after what they just did this past year? At the very least learn enough to protect our kids. 

Perhaps we might not base our decision on the people selling the vaccine with their insipid line about “it’s really important this year.” That cover’s blown, but we won’t be reading about it on Fox news or CNN.

It may be prudent to keep our children’s bloodstream out of the political arena. If you’re going to take your child in for any vaccination, make sure the vaccine has been proven absolutely safe – no possibility of side effects – and also that it is really effective for a disease that actually exists. This season’s flu shot meets none of these criteria.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Is Obamacare right for us?

Here are several facts and view points from a few leading political bloggers to help you determine if Obamacare is right for Americans... We as a nation have been deceived by greedy politicians and major companies like Big Pharma. 

I have never been a fan of this health mandate and I never will. I am in the trenches with health care... I know more about health care, like most doctors, then a politician who is taking money from the drug companies to pass obamacare. Take out several mandates and I might even be ok with the program... But dont force every man, women and child to have to have health insurance to live... That is not what the US was created for... Do not make me pay to pacify someone elses symptoms when they will not do a damn thing to change their lifestyle to make the disease go away...

Everyone will see in 4 years... We will not be healthier, we will not be out of debt... We will owe china 20-25 trillion and we might have to give the country to china to pay off the debt... hmmm The United States of China, It has a nice ring to it... Great thing I love Chinese food...LMAO

Take Care and Read with an open mind...

Dr. Jon Wise

The following are 15 reasons why the Obamacare decision is a mind blowing disaster for America….
Michael Snyder
The American Dream
Friday, June 29, 2012
#1 Accrding to the U.S. Supreme Court, the federal government has the power to force you to buyprivate goods and services.  Now that this door has been opened, what else will we be forced to buy in the future?
#2 Obamacare is another step away from individual liberty and another step toward a “nanny state” where the government dominates our lives from the cradle to the grave.
#3 The IRS is now going to be given the task of hunting down and penalizing millions of Americans that do not have any health insurance.  In fact, the Obama administration has given the IRS 500 million extra dollars “outside the normal appropriations process” to help them enforce the provisions of Obamacare that they are in charge of overseeing.
#4 Obamacare imposes more than 20 new taxes on the American people.  You can find a comprehensive list of Obamacare taxes right here.  If you love paying higher taxes, then you are going to absolutely love Obamacare once it is fully implemented.
#5 In an attempt to “control costs” and “promote efficiency”, Obamacare limits the treatment options that doctors and patients can consider.  This is likely to result in a decrease in life expectancy in the United States.
#6 Obamacare is going to impose nightmarish paperwork burdens on doctors, hospitals and the rest of the healthcare system.  This is going to significantly increase our healthcare costs as a nation.
#7 Obamacare is going to send health insurance premiums soaring.  This is especially true for younger Americans.
#8 Many small businesses are going to be absolutely crushed by the provisions in Obamacare that require them to provide expensive health insurance coverage for their employees.  This is going to make them even less competitive with companies in other countries where businesses are not required to provide healthcare for their workers.  This is also going to make it even less attractive for businesses to hire new employees.
#9 Obamacare is going to make the emerging doctor shortage in America a lot worse.  Surveys have found that we could potentially see hundreds of thousands of doctors leave the medical profession because of Obamacare.
#10 Obamacare has already forced the cancellation of dozens of doctor-owned hospitals.
#11 Obamacare is going to result in a much bigger federal government.  In order to fully implement all of the provisions of Obamacare, hordes of new government bureaucrats will be required.
#12 Thanks to Obamacare, you are going to have to wait much longer to see a doctor.  Just look at what happened once Romneycare was implemented in Massachusetts….
In fact, we have already seen the start of this process in Massachusetts, where Mitt Romney’s health care reforms were nearly identical to President Obama’s. Romney’s reforms increased the demand for health care but did nothing to expand the supply of physicians. In fact, by cracking down on insurance premiums, Massachusetts pushed insurers to reduce their payments to providers, making it less worthwhile for doctors to expand their practices. As a result, the average wait to get an appointment with a doctor grew from 33 days to over 55 days.
#13 Obamacare contains all kinds of insidious little provisions that most people don’t even know about.  The following is one example from the Alliance Defense Fund….
“Did you know that with ObamaCare you will have to pay for life-saving drugs, but life-ending drugs are free. One hundred percent free. If this plan were really about health care wouldn’t it be the other way around?”
#14 As if the U.S. government was not facing enough of a crisis with entitlement spending, it is being projected that Obamacare will add 16 million more Americans to the Medicaid rolls.  You and I will be paying for all of this.
#15 The Congressional Budget Office estimates that Obamacare will add more than a trillion dollars to government spending over the next decade.  Considering the fact that the U.S. government is already drowning in debt, how in the world can we afford this?

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)[1] imposes numerous tax hikes that transfer more than $500 billion over 10 years—and more in the future—from hardworking American families and businesses to Congress for spending on new entitlements and subsidies. In addition, higher tax rates on working and investing will discourage economic growth both now and in the future, further lowering the standard of living.”
1. Excise Tax on Charitable Hospitals (Min$/immediate): $50,000 per hospital if they fail to meet new “community health assessment needs,” “financial assistance,” and “billing and collection” rules set by HHS. Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,961-1,971
2. Codification of the “economic substance doctrine” (Tax hike of $4.5 billion).  This provision allows the IRS to disallow completely-legal tax deductions and other legal tax-minimizing plans just because the IRS deems that the action lacks “substance” and is merely intended to reduce taxes owed. Bill: Reconciliation Act; Page: 108-113
3. “Black liquor” tax hike (Tax hike of $23.6 billion).  This is a tax increase on a type of bio-fuel. Bill: Reconciliation Act; Page: 105
4. Tax on Innovator Drug Companies ($22.2 bil/Jan 2010): $2.3 billion annual tax on the industry imposed relative to share of sales made that year. Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,971-1,980
5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield Tax Hike ($0.4 bil/Jan 2010): The special tax deduction in current law for Blue Cross/Blue Shield companies would only be allowed if 85 percent or more of premium revenues are spent on clinical services. Bill: PPACA; Page: 2,004
6. Tax on Indoor Tanning Services ($2.7 billion/July 1, 2010): New 10 percent excise tax on Americans using indoor tanning salons. Bill: PPACA; Page: 2,397-2,399
Taxes that took effect in 2011
7. Medicine Cabinet Tax ($5 bil/Jan 2011): Americans no longer able to use health savings account (HSA), flexible spending account (FSA), or health reimbursement (HRA) pre-tax dollars to purchase non-prescription, over-the-counter medicines (except insulin). Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,957-1,959
8. HSA Withdrawal Tax Hike ($1.4 bil/Jan 2011): Increases additional tax on non-medical early withdrawals from an HSA from 10 to 20 percent, disadvantaging them relative to IRAs and other tax-advantaged accounts, which remain at 10 percent. Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,959
Tax that took effect in 2012
9. Employer Reporting of Insurance on W-2 (Min$/Jan 2012): Preamble to taxing health benefits on individual tax returns. Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,957
Taxes that take effect in 2013
10. Surtax on Investment Income ($123 billion/Jan. 2013):  Creation of a new, 3.8 percent surtax on investment income earned in households making at least $250,000 ($200,000 single).  This would result in the following top tax rates on investment income: Bill: Reconciliation Act; Page: 87-93
*Other unearned income includes (for surtax purposes) gross income from interest, annuities, royalties, net rents, and passive income in partnerships and Subchapter-S corporations.  It does not include municipal bond interest or life insurance proceeds, since those do not add to gross income.  It does not include active trade or business income, fair market value sales of ownership in pass-through entities, or distributions from retirement plans.  The 3.8% surtax does not apply to non-resident aliens.
11. Hike in Medicare Payroll Tax ($86.8 bil/Jan 2013): Current law and changes:
12. Tax on Medical Device Manufacturers ($20 bil/Jan 2013): Medical device manufacturers employ 360,000 people in 6000 plants across the country. This law imposes a new 2.3% excise tax.  Exempts items retailing for <$100. Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,980-1,986
13. Raise “Haircut” for Medical Itemized Deduction from 7.5% to 10% of AGI ($15.2 bil/Jan 2013): Currently, those facing high medical expenses are allowed a deduction for medical expenses to the extent that those expenses exceed 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income (AGI).  The new provision imposes a threshold of 10 percent of AGI. Waived for 65+ taxpayers in 2013-2016 only. Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,994-1,995
14. Flexible Spending Account Cap – aka “Special Needs Kids Tax” ($13 bil/Jan 2013): Imposes cap on FSAs of $2500 (now unlimited).  Indexed to inflation after 2013. There is one group of FSA owners for whom this new cap will be particularly cruel and onerous: parents of special needs children.  There are thousands of families with special needs children in the United States, and many of them use FSAs to pay for special needs education.  Tuition rates at one leading school that teaches special needs children in Washington, D.C. (National Child Research Center) can easily exceed $14,000 per year. Under tax rules, FSA dollars can be used to pay for this type of special needs education. Bill: PPACA; Page: 2,388-2,389
15. Elimination of tax deduction for employer-provided retirement Rx drug coverage in coordination with Medicare Part D ($4.5 bil/Jan 2013) Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,994
16. $500,000 Annual Executive Compensation Limit for Health Insurance Executives($0.6 bil/Jan 2013). Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,995-2,000
Taxes that take effect in 2014
17. Individual Mandate Excise Tax (Jan 2014): Starting in 2014, anyone not buying “qualifying” health insurance must pay an income surtax according to the higher of the following
Exemptions for religious objectors, undocumented immigrants, prisoners, those earning less than the poverty line, members of Indian tribes, and hardship cases (determined by HHS). Bill: PPACA; Page: 317-337
18. Employer Mandate Tax (Jan 2014):  If an employer does not offer health coverage, and at least one employee qualifies for a health tax credit, the employer must pay an additional non-deductible tax of $2000 for all full-time employees.  Applies to all employers with 50 or more employees. If any employee actually receives coverage through the exchange, the penalty on the employer for that employee rises to $3000. If the employer requires a waiting period to enroll in coverage of 30-60 days, there is a $400 tax per employee ($600 if the period is 60 days or longer). Bill: PPACA; Page: 345-346
Combined score of individual and employer mandate tax penalty: $65 billion/10 years
19. Tax on Health Insurers ($60.1 bil/Jan 2014): Annual tax on the industry imposed relative to health insurance premiums collected that year.  Phases in gradually until 2018.  Fully-imposed on firms with $50 million in profits. Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,986-1,993
Taxes that take effect in 2018
20. Excise Tax on Comprehensive Health Insurance Plans ($32 bil/Jan 2018): Starting in 2018, new 40 percent excise tax on “Cadillac” health insurance plans ($10,200 single/$27,500 family).  Higher threshold ($11,500 single/$29,450 family) for early retirees and high-risk professions.  CPI +1 percentage point indexed. Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,941-1,956
Also, ATR is warning Americans of Taxmageddon, which will happen on January 1, 2013. This will be the largest tax hike in American history and will come in three waves.
First Wave: Expiration of 2001 and 2003 Tax Relief
In 2001 and 2003, the GOP Congress enacted several tax cuts for small business owners, families, and investors (later re-upped by President Obama and Democrat Congress in 2010).  The following tax hikes will occur on January 1, 2013:
Personal income tax rates will rise on January 1, 2013.  The top income tax rate will rise from 35 to 39.6 percent (this is also the rate at which the majority of small business profits are taxed).  The lowest rate will rise from 10 to 15 percent.  All the rates in between will also rise.  Itemized deductions and personal exemptions will again phase out, which has the same mathematical effect as higher marginal tax rates.  The full list of marginal rate hikes is below:
- The 10% bracket rises to a new and expanded 15%
- The 25% bracket rises to 28%
- The 28% bracket rises to 31%
- The 33% bracket rises to 36%
- The 35% bracket rises to 39.6%
Higher taxes on marriage and family coming on January 1, 2013.  The “marriage penalty” (narrower tax brackets for married couples) will return from the first dollar of taxable income.  The child tax credit will be cut in half from $1000 to $500 per child.  The standard deduction will no longer be doubled for married couples relative to the single level.
Middle Class Death Tax returns on January 1, 2013.  The death tax is currently 35% with an exemption of $5 million ($10 million for married couples).  For those dying on or after January 1 2013, there is a 55 percent top death tax rate on estates over $1 million.  A person leaving behind two homes and a retirement account could easily pass along a death tax bill to their loved ones.
Higher tax rates on savers and investors on January 1, 2013.  The capital gains tax will rise from 15 percent this year to 23.8 percent in 2013.  The top dividends tax will rise from 15 percent this year to 43.4 percent in 2013.  This is because of scheduled rate hikes plus Obamacare’s investment surtax.
Second Wave: Obamacare Tax Hikes
There are twenty new or higher taxes in Obamacare.  Some have already gone into effect (the tanning tax, the medicine cabinet tax, the HSA withdrawal tax, W-2 health insurance reporting, and the “economic substance doctrine”).  Several more will go into effect on January 1, 2013.  They include:
Medicare Payroll Tax Hike takes effect on January 1, 2013.  The Medicare payroll tax is currently 2.9 percent on all wages and self-employment profits.  Starting in 2013, wages and profits exceeding $200,000 ($250,000 in the case of married couples) will face a 3.8 percent rate.
“Special Needs Kids Tax” comes online on January 1, 2013  Imposes a cap on FSAs of $2500 (now unlimited).  Indexed to inflation after 2013. There is one group of FSA owners for whom this new cap will be particularly cruel and onerous: parents of special needs children.  There are thousands of families with special needs children in the United States, and many of them use FSAs to pay for special needs education.  Tuition rates at one leading school that teaches special needs children in Washington, D.C. (National Child Research Center) can easily exceed $14,000 per year. Under tax rules, FSA dollars can be used to pay for this type of special needs education.  This Obamacare cap harms these families.
Medical Device Tax begins to be assessed on January 1, 2013.  Medical device manufacturers employ 360,000 people in 6000 plants across the country. This law imposes a new 2.3% excise tax.  Exempts items retailing for <$100.
“Haircut” for Medical Itemized Deductions goes into force on January 1, 2013.  Currently, those facing high medical expenses are allowed a deduction for medical expenses to the extent that those expenses exceed 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income (AGI).  The new provision imposes a threshold of 10 percent of AGI. Waived for 65+ taxpayers in 2013-2016 only.
Third Wave: The Alternative Minimum Tax and Employer Tax Hikes
When Americans prepare to file their tax returns in January of 2013, they’ll be in for a nasty surprise—the AMT won’t be held harmless, and many tax relief provisions will have expired.  These tax increases will be in force for BOTH 2012 and 2013.  The major items include:
The AMT will ensnare over 31 million families, up from 4 million last year.  According to the left-leaning Tax Policy Center, Congress’ failure to index the AMT will lead to an explosion of AMT taxpaying families—rising from 4 million last year to 31 million.  These families will have to calculate their tax burdens twice, and pay taxes at the higher level.  The AMT was created in 1969 to ensnare a handful of taxpayers.
Full business expensing will disappear.  In 2011, businesses can expense half of their purchases of equipment.  Starting on 2013 tax returns, all of it will have to be “depreciated” (slowly deducted over many years).
Taxes will be raised on all types of businesses.  There are literally scores of tax hikes on business that will take place.  The biggest is the loss of the “research and experimentation tax credit,” but there are many, many others.  Combining high marginal tax rates with the loss of this tax relief will cost jobs.
Tax Benefits for Education and Teaching Reduced.  The deduction for tuition and fees will not be available.  Tax credits for education will be limited.  Teachers will no longer be able to deduct classroom expenses.  Coverdell Education Savings Accounts will be cut.  Employer-provided educational assistance is curtailed.  The student loan interest deduction will be disallowed for hundreds of thousands of families.
Charitable Contributions from IRAs no longer allowed.  Under current law, a retired person with an IRA can contribute up to $100,000 per year directly to a charity from their IRA.  This contribution also counts toward an annual “required minimum distribution.”  This ability will no longer be there.