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America needs Roy Moore

America needs Roy Moore


In recent weeks, new campaign ads for Democrat Senate hopeful Doug Jones began hitting the airwaves in Alabama. Capitalizing on sexual assault allegations against Republican candidate Roy Moore, the advertisement urges conservatives to vote for a Democrat just this once because, it alleges, Moore is “unfit” for office based on accusations against which he maintains innocence.

The ads seek to create the sense that there’s an official movement within Alabama’s Republican Party to seat the Democrat in an effort to avoid tarnishing the state’s GOP brand by sending Moore to Washington. They even tout a catchy tagline: GOP for Jones.

The only problem is that the effort has nothing at all to do with the state’s GOP. Rather the effort was created by Alabama Democrats along with national never Trump voters before being massaged into a movement in Alabama by the Democratic political machine.

As noted by AL.com:

AL.com has not seen evidence of any Alabama elected officials or prominent GOP members using the #GOP4Jones hashtag or tweeting support of Jones over Moore. Some conservative pundits, including Bill Kristol of the conservative Weekly Standard, have tweeted their support of Jones and some elected officials, like retiring Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, have been openly critical of Moore.

In other words, this is just more doubling down on national pressure to make certain that a political outsider like Moore doesn’t end up in the Senate where he will have the opportunity to play a part in thwarting the political establishment while further illuminating all the ways RINO Republicans on Capitol Hill are lying to voters each time an election rolls around.

The Washington D.C. Republican establishment made clear that it wasn’t going to back Moore even before The Washington Post began compiling opposition research on the candidate for the Jones campaign. But the Alabama Republican Party and the various county party organizations which make it up have stood behind Moore from the beginning.

Today, Alabama’s Republican grassroots remains behind Moore. On Monday, Alabama GOP chair Terry Latham advised the state’s conservative voters that “America needs us” to vote for Moore.

“No left wing liberal for sanctuary cities, full term abortion and huddling with Schumer and Pelosi. America needs us, Alabamians,” she said via Twitter.

Her remarks come a day after President Donald Trump similarly warned that a Jones victory would cripple his swamp-draining agenda.

“The last thing we need in Alabama and the U.S. Senate is a Schumer/Pelosi puppet who is WEAK on Crime, WEAK on the Border, Bad for our Military and our great Vets, Bad for our 2nd Amendment, AND WANTS TO RAISES TAXES TO THE SKY,” Trump tweeted.

“Jones would be a disaster!”

But that’s the point for the Washington establishment and the Republicans, like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who control it. If Moore wins, despite the allegations against him, it’s going to open the door for all kinds of challenges to the GOP establishment in coming elections. On the other hand, if the political establishment can convince Alabama conservatives to cast nose-holding ballots for Jones and secure a Democrat victory in the deeply conservative sate, they’ll successfully frighten GOP leaders in other states against allowing outsider candidates to gain ground.

Make no mistake, the Moore/Jones election boils down to swamp draining or a lame ducking Trump for the next three years.

Source: Will County News

As hundreds of thousands die from drugs it approved, the FDA attacks an herbal supplement

As hundreds of thousands die from drugs it approved, the FDA attacks an herbal supplement


The Food and Drug Administration released a statement Tuesday warning about the dangers of kratom, plant matter from the coffee family which thousands of Americans report using to wean themselves off opioid drugs and to fight the pain the narcotics are prescribed to treat.

The FDA cited a whopping 36 deaths it associated with kratom use  in a statement declaring the plant which is popular among Americans looking for alternative pain and addiction therapies unfit for human consumption.

From FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s statement:

It’s very troubling to the FDA that patients believe they can use kratom to treat opioid withdrawal symptoms. The FDA is devoted to expanding the development and use of medical therapy to assist in the treatment of opioid use disorder. However, an important part of our commitment to this effort means making sure patients have access to treatments that are proven to be safe and effective. There is no reliable evidence to support the use of kratom as a treatment for opioid use disorder. Patients addicted to opioids are using kratom without dependable instructions for use and more importantly, without consultation with a licensed health care provider about the product’s dangers, potential side effects or interactions with other drugs.

In other words, kratom doesn’t have the medical establishment’s seal of approval– so if you use it for alternative health treatment, you will die.

More importantly, kratom will kill you because it doesn’t make any money for the pharmaceutical industry or the government regulators in its pocket.

Gottlieb admitted this outright, saying: “To date, no marketer has sought to properly develop a drug that includes kratom.”

Because “no marketer” in the pharmaceutical industry is trying sell you kratom, the FDA says it can’t properly determine whether the herbal substance is safe.

Meanwhile, there are plenty of kratom users who will not only tell you that the plant is safe but also how it saved their lives after they were overcome by addiction, pain or both.

There was a pretty excellent article published by Stat last year profiling some such users.  And if you still have doubts that kratom is helping people, check out #IAmKratom on Twitter.  There, you can read story after story from people helped by the herb.

So why is the FDA really issuing a warning about kratom?

Earlier this year, the Drug Enforcement Agency announced that it wanted to schedule kratom in the same way the federal government classifies drugs like heroin and LSD. But swift public backlash stalled the effort because the uproar would likely have led to legislative input down the road. Congressional involvement could have meant an investigation including very public testimony regarding benefits kratom users report.

With the DEA route shut down for now, the FDA’s advisory is the perfect bureaucratic fix.

As Gottlieb noted:

The FDA has exercised jurisdiction over kratom as an unapproved drug, and has also taken action against kratom-containing dietary supplements. To fulfill our public health obligations, we have identified kratom products on two import alerts and we are working to actively prevent shipments of kratom from entering the U.S. At international mail facilities, the FDA has detained hundreds of shipments of kratom. We’ve used our authority to conduct seizures and to oversee the voluntary destruction of kratom products. We’re also working with our federal partners to address the risks posed by these imports.

In short, the FDA is now involved because it has an industry to protect.

As the nation’s opioid crisis rages on, pharmaceutical companies stand to lose money as doctors become increasingly concerned about the amount of narcotic painkillers they are prescribing. Already, pharma is working to pad profits by making “scientific” claims that antidepressant drugs are just as effective at controlling pain in some of the cases which previously merited narcotic treatment.

The kratom “industry” never paid anyone making decisions at the FDA.  The same can’t be said for big pharma.

In fact, GlaxoSmithKline and other pharma giants have paid Gottlieb around $610,000 in consulting fees since 2010. 

Readily available kratom creates an alternative for thousands of patients who’d rather not test the theory that drugs designed to fundamentally alter brain chemistry can control localized pain.

Consider this report that came out from Scientific American at around the same time the DEA was attempting to equate kratom to heroin:

Your body would never get used to the perfect painkiller, says Susruta Majumdar, a chemist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. So unlike the case with common opioids such as morphine or Oxycontin, you would not need to take ever-increasing doses to relieve the same amount of pain. The ideal analgesic would not have the high risk of addiction, withdrawal or fatal respiratory slowdowns that have turned opioid abuse into a massive epidemic. The holy grail of painkillers would not induce the seductive euphoria of common opioids or their less-pleasant side effects like itching or constipation.

A painkiller with just one of these properties would be great, but Majumdar thinks he has stumbled onto a class of chemicals that might have them all. They are found in kratom, a plant that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration intends to effectively ban from the U.S. in an emergency move as early as September 30. Without legal access to it, research on some of the most promising leads for a better painkiller may grind to a crawl.

Kratom comes from the Mitragyna speciosa tree native to parts of Southeast Asia, where people chew the leaves for a light, caffeine-like jolt of energy or as a traditional medicine for ailments ranging from diarrhea to pain. Kratom has been illegal since 1943 in Thailand, where it is believed to be addictive. Case studies have suggested that suddenly stopping regular kratom use may lead to withdrawal symptoms—but they are widely considered milder than those associated with opioids.

Stopping kratom use is also much easier than going cold turkey off of many antidepressant drugs. That can be downright dangerous and can cause withdrawal symptoms ranging from a flu-like feeling to hallucinations and psychotic breaks.

But, yeah, kratom will kill you. Pharmaceutical drugs are totally safe. And the government is here to help.

Source: Will County News

Don’t let your smartphone leave you blind

Don’t let your smartphone leave you blind

How many hours each day do you spend on your computer, smartphone, tablet or watching your TV?

For that matter, how many hours a day are you surrounded by the light from LED bulbs?

Did you know that all of those things emit what’s called blue light?

And that the wavelengths of that blue light could cause you to lose your vision?

That’s because blue light has a very short wavelength, and so it produces a higher amount of energy, reaching deep into your eyes and damaging your retinas and even contributing to age-related macular degeneration.

That’s right… not only can blue light damage your eyesight leaving you unable to read the small print on a label, drive at night or maybe even legally blind, but it’s also almost impossible to escape from.

Yet, studies show that 60 percent of people spend more than six hours a day in front of a digital device. In fact, I’m one of them, and I’m betting you are too.

Let’s face it… blue light is everywhere, and one way or another you are probably exposed to it at all hours of the day.

That’s why you’ve got to protect your eyes.

And, I’m not talking about wearing sunglasses… I’m talking about using a natural compound, one that’s already found in your eyes, that’s been shown to actually protect against blue light exposure…


Patented blue light protection

Lutein is a type of carotenoid, a yellow pigment found in plants that gives them their color. In nature, lutein absorbs excess light energy to prevent damage to plants from too much sunlight, especially from the high-energy light rays of blue light.

In addition to being found in many green leafy plants and colorful fruits and vegetables, lutein is also found in high concentrations in the macula of your eye, giving the macula its yellowish color. In fact, the macula is also called the “macula lutea” (from the Latin macula, meaning “spot” and lutea meaning “yellow”).

The lutein in your macula blocks blue light from reaching the underlying structures in your retina, reducing your risk of light-induced oxidative damage that could lead to macular degeneration (AMD), so it stands to reason that increasing your daily lutein intake could help protect your eyes and preserve your vision.

In fact, researchers at Harvard University have found that supplementing with as little as 6 milligrams daily of lutein can lower the risk for macular degeneration by an average of 43 percent.

The best sources of lutein

There are two ways to get more lutein in your diet: food and a high quality lutein supplement.

The best natural food sources of lutein are green leafy vegetables and other green or yellow vegetables. These include kale and spinach, along with Brussels sprouts, broccoli, turnip and collard greens and green beans. For a non-vegetarian source of lutein, you could also eat more egg yolks.

My favorite lutein supplement is Peak Vision Support because each serving offers 20 mg of FloraGlo lutein — the “gold standard” when it comes to lutein that’s been proven effective in over 80 human clinical trials.

You’re not going to give up your computer, smart phone or flat screen television or live your life in the dark. And you shouldn’t have to…

Instead, protect your eyes from the damage caused by blue light and preserve your vision with the power of lutein.






Source: Will County News




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