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Dietary Supplements

Dietary Supplements

The primary source of the information below comes from the work of tech investment adviser Patrick Cox. References and links to his articles are provided in the summary notes below. The pioneer in Vitamisn D research is Dr. Michael F. Holick[a] whose work is covered in his new book The Vitamin D Solution[2].

Vitamin D

Patrick Cox gives a brief history of vitamin D and the current state of research[1]. The body manufactures vitamin D from sunlight, but most people come no where close to the optimum level. Concerns about excessive exposure to sunlight as a source of harmful skin cancer are discussed. Melanoma, the deadly skin cancer, is not relate to sunshine. Non-melanoma skin cancers do increase somewhat with sun exposure, especially with sunburns. These skin cancers, however, are relatively benign, as they don’t tend to spread to other parts of the body.

Most people in the northern hemisphere, by raising blood  serum levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] to an optimal value, can cut their risks from most major diseases by 50 to 80 percent. Diseases and conditions positively affected by adequate D include:

  • hypertension,
  • bone density,
  • cardiovascular disease,
  • stroke,
  • type 1 diabetes,
  • type 2 diabetes (to a lesser extent),
  • rheumatoid arthritis,
  • peripheral vascular disease,
  • multiple sclerosis,
  • dementia,
  • autoimmune diseases, and
  • viral diseases such as H1N1 and AIDS.

The optimal value is a serum D level of about 40 ng/ml, but even more if you are obese. It takes about 100 international units (IU) to raise serum blood levels by 1 ng/ml in a healthy adult. The active form of vitamin D is 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3[a].

Many of the benefits of D appear rapidly. Holick and others who prescribe D in clinical situations report that patients often experience dramatic improvements in quality of life within months. Depression, irritable bowel syndrome, and various other maladies can respond extremely quickly to the sunshine vitamin.

Daily Dosage

  • Vitamin D: 4000 IU barring a more accurate determination by a blood test.

Links

  1. Dr. Michael F. Holick
  2. Transformational Technlogies.

References

  1. The Best Low-Cost, High-Benefit Life-Extension Technique Available Today.
  2. The Vitamin D Solution: A 3-Step Strategy to Cure Our Most Common Health Problem.

 

Tracking Canadian House Prices: July 2016

This article uses data on Canadian house prices taken from: Teranet – National Bank National Composite House Price Index ™ unless otherwise noted. The index is published monthly on or slightly after the 12th of each month at www.housepriceindex.ca. The 6-city index includes Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa-Gatineau, Montréal, and Halifax, while the 11-city index adds Victoria, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Hamilton, and Québec City.

As the August 12, 2016 Teranet newsletter (Communiqués tab) summarizes (note that this link is for the current issue only) (emphasis added):

In July, the Teranet–National Bank National Composite House Price Index™ was up 2.0% from the previous month, the second largest July increase since the Index series began in 1999. The advance was not very broad-based; prices were up in only seven of the 11 metropolitan markets surveyed. Gains exceeded that of the countrywide index in the four markets that have been driving it in recent months: Victoria (3.8%), Toronto (3.1%), Hamilton (2.4%) and Vancouver (2.3%). Gains were also noteworthy in Ottawa-Gatineau (1.7%), Winnipeg (1.6%) and Montreal (0.6%). Prices were flat in Edmonton and down from the month before in Calgary (-0.1%), Halifax (-0.4%) and Quebec City (-1.6%). The Quebec City drop cancelled the 1.7% advance of the previous month. For Vancouver it was the 18th consecutive month without a decline, with a new record set in each month. For Toronto it was the 14th rise in 15 months, with new records in each of the last six months. Prices have set records in each of the last five months in Hamilton, in each of the last three months in Victoria and in the last two months in Winnipeg, after seven consecutive monthly rises in that market. In Montreal, five consecutive monthly rises have taken prices above their previous peak of July 2014.

With the good transit link between Toronto and Hamilton and the high house prices in Toronto we are not surprised to see explosive growth in the Hamilton market.

The American Empire: The CIA As Agent of Clandestine Aggression

In this essay we look at the history of the CIA, not for its intelligence-gathering directive  but for its clandestine operations in subverting foreign governments. Much has been written on this topic so our intention is to provide enough background to readers to allow them to assess the likelihood of CIA involvement in current and future global insurrections.

The Legislative Basis of the CIA

The CIA was created by the National Security Act of 1947 for “the purpose of coordinating the intelligence activities of the several Government departments and agencies”, specifically, from section 102 (d), emphasis added[1]:

(1) to advise the National Security Council [NSC] in matters concerning such intelligence activities of the Government departments and agencies as relate to national security;
(2) to make recommendations … for the coordination of such intelligence activities … ;
(3) to correlate and evaluate intelligence … and provide for the appropriate dissemination of such intelligence … : PROVIDED, That the Agency shall have no police, subpoena, law-enforcement powers, or internal-security functions: PROVIDED FURTHER, That the departments and other agencies of the Government shall continue to collect, evaluate, correlate, and disseminate departmental intelligence … ;
(4) to perform, for the benefit of the existing intelligence agencies, such additional services of common concern as the National Security council determines can be more efficiently accomplished centrally;
(5) to perform such other functions and duties related to intelligence affecting the national security as the National Security Council may from time to time direct.

In short, thew CIA was created to collect, evaluate, correlate, and disseminate departmental intelligence to the NSC. Points 4 and 5 allow for unspecified other activities as may be delegated by the NSC.

The Central Intelligence Agency Act of 1949 [2] details the administration of the CIA but does not discuss authorized activities.

The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 in section 104A (d) [3] reiterates the responsibilities of the Director of the CIA as laid out in the 1947 act as to

collect … correlate … evaluate … and provide appropriate dissemination of …
intelligence; perform such other functions and duties related to intelligence affecting the national security as the President or the Director of National Intelligence may direct.

Note that the president has now been given authority to specify the CIA operations. It further instructs the

Secretary of Defense and the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, shall develop joint procedures to be used by the Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency to improve the coordination and deconfliction of operations that involve elements of both

improve communication and coordination in the planning, execution, and sustainment of operations …[3]

This reference to joint operations with the DOD may be significant in the field.

Overall, the agency was created as a foreign intelligence gathering agency. If there is any legislative basis for subversion of foreign governments through coups, assassinations, and the provision of intelligence and material support to organizations acting subversively in foreign countries, I haven’t found it.

Off the Reservation?

While one might think, given the above background, that the CIA is strictly an intelligence gathering and processing entity, it has a much darker side. This section lists CIA operations that have been identified that have had significant geopolitical impact. How big the skeleton closet is we may never know.

As we go through, we will try and identify at what level these ‘other functions and duties’ are sanctioned.

The Coup in Iran in 1953

In August, 1953, the CIA organized operation TPAJAX, a military coup against the government of Iran over the issue of state control of Iranian oil and the possibility of a tilt towards the USSR.

As a declassified CIA document says:

the military coup …  was carried out under CIA direction as an act of U.S. foreign policy, conceived and approved at the highest level of government[7].

The coup was carried out by the U.S. administration of Dwight D. Eisenhower in a covert action advocated by Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, and implemented under the supervision of his brother Allen Dulles, the Director of Central Intelligence.[82]

It was a last resort after all normal rational methods of international communication and commerce had failed. The document states that Prime Minister Mohammad Mosadeq

had become so committed to the ideals of nationalism that he did things that could not have helped his people … [1]

The Americans believed that Mosadeq’s actions could not have conceivably helped helped his people. As well,

the professional politicians of the British government … believed, with good reason, that cheap  oil for Britain, and high profits for the [Anglo Iranian Oil] company were vital to their national interests.

When the British couldn’t get their way they were prepared to wait until the Iranians, needing money, came back to the table. The U.S., however, was afraid that the Iranians would turn to the USSR.

So the motivation behind the coup was to further American strategic interests and British economic interests with a token reference to assumed Iranian interests.

The Methodologies of Subversion

Author Nicolas J.S. Davies  gives extensive descriptions of three techniques for fomenting violence for overthrowing foreign governments. These are[11]:

  1. Creating and strengthening opposition forces;
  2. Violent street demonstrations; and
  3. The coup d’etat.

 

References

  1. National Security Act of 1947. Google. July, 1947.
  2. Central Intelligence Agency Act of 1949. Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
  3. Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
  4. History of the Central Intelligence Agency. Wikipedia.
  5. Central Intelligence Agency. Wikipedia.
  6. 1953 Iranian coup d’état. Wikipedia with an extensive reference list.
  7. Declassified CIA document. Source not established.
  8. “Review of All the Shah’s Men by CIA staff historian David S. Robarge”. Archived from the original on 22 June 2009. Retrieved 21 June 2009.
  9. 35 countries where the U.S. has supported fascists, drug lords and terrorists,
  10. Mapped: The 7 Governments the U.S. Has Overthrown. J. Dana Stuster
  11. America’s Coup Machine: Destroying Democracy Since 1953. Nicolas J.S. Davies, AlterNet, April 8, 2014.
  12. Oliver Stone: CIA Fingerprints All Over Ukraine Coup. Daniel McAdams, Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, Thursday January
  13. Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II William Blum, July, 1995.
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