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Saturday, September 29, 2012


THE STUPID STATE DEPARTMENT – WILL THEY EVER LEARN?

I have been observing our government since I was ten years old now some 66 years ago. It was at that early age that I became a Republican. I was growing up in the greater Boston area, Salem, MA, at the time. I watched my Italian immigrant parents believing the myth that the Democrats were for the working people and minorities and the Republicans for the rich, the same class warfare being practiced today.

The Democrats would go into the Italian districts and tell them they would protect them from the Irish. Similarly they would enter the Irish areas and tell them they would protect them from the Italians. The street battles between Boston’s North End (Italian) and the South End (Irish) were legendary. They would go into the Polish area and tell them they would protect them from both the Italians and the Irish, and similarly in the Jewish sections.

As a young man in his early teens I saw what the Democrats were doing. If they were the party of the minority, it was important to keep the minorities alive and well and distrustful of other minorities. This is still going on today especially when the Democrats try to pit those who are wealthy against those less fortunate – what we still call “class warfare.”

So I became a Republican and was eventually able to convince my parents that believing in Republican ideas was better for their upward mobility in the United States. I was powerful in those days able to control 3 votes. I was the first in my family to go to college and my parents thought the world of their son, and rightfully so!

It was not until many years late, during the second Bush administration that I realized the both Democrats and Republicans “lie through their teeth” once they enter public office and rarely do they do what they promise during their campaigns. I became a Libertarian, but I might believe they, if they were able to get into office, might act the same. Thus far the few Libertarians who are in office appear to practice what they preach but I cannot imagine the day when they might be a majority party.

But, let us return to the subject of this article. As I have been saying I have been interested in politics since age ten and have observed many things. The first item I would like to discuss is our relationship with Fidel Castro.

Castro is a very intelligent man with a degree in Law. He admired the United States. Several years ago a letter he wrote to President Roosevelt was published. In his letter he stated how much he admired the US and asked Roosevelt to send him 10 dollars since Roosevelt has much money and he (Castro) had none. We do not know whether Roosevelt honored his request.

After Castro deposed the Dictator, Batista, he came to address the United Nation. He wanted so much to have an audience with President Eisenhower. He was refused. After all, he had deposed Batista, a friend of the US. Now President Eisenhower might have been a great General but he was stupid and did not understand the Latino temperament.

Being of Italian descent, I know something of the Latin temperament. Ever wonder what happens when you insult a Latino? I will tell you. The Latino will make friends with you worst enemy. And so Castro, probably with the influence of his right hand at the time, the bloody Che Guevara, began to court Russia as an allay. Initially Castro did not like the Russians, but I believe because he was insulted by Eisenhower, he began to see things differently.

Our government thinks Anglo Saxon. We never appreciated or understood the Latinos. This is why many peoples and governments South of the border do not like us. What would I have done?

I would have invited Castro into my office, offer him a cup of Cuban coffee or a glass of that good old Cuban rum, and say: “How can we work together to make both our countries a better place for our peoples?

But then the State Department did not ask my advice. Pity, for had we done this, we could have had a friend for life and might have opened the door for a better relationship with the Cuban people.

The second item I would like to discuss is the present problem we are facing in Libya. Again we exhibit our stupidity. We deal with Muslims but we do not fully appreciate their ways and beliefs. Some of the extreme elements are exerting a lot of power and influence.

The extreme influences will never be purged from the Islamic religion. This is my opinion. It stems from their beloved leader, Mohamed. Let us not forget history. When Mohamed was chased out of Medina, he vowed to return. After he amassed a large army he returned to Medina and forced the peoples to convert to his new religion, Islam. Those who did not were summarily killed and for years since then Mohamed was known to have spread his religion by the sword. I believe that after he finished his work at Medina he proceeded to do the same at Mecca. So the early roots of Islam were in violence and intolerance. Little has changed since then.

In Christianity, a martyr is promised a special place in heaven next to God. In Islam, a martyr is promised 70 virgins and a few young boys. Man, what a difference!

Believe me the usual young man will be moved more by the Islamic promise than that of Christianity.

But let me return to our problem in Libya and perhaps other Islamic countries. The next thing I am to say might be very controversial. We know, or we should know, how radical Islamists think of gays and homosexuals. And yet we install a gay man as ambassador of Libya. It is little wonder that he was the first ambassador assassinated in many years. And tragically
We now know that he was not just killed. He was also tortured by his killers. This is the sign of utter contempt. Again we, the State Department, should have known better or given him the protection he required.

nicola michael Tauraso, MD
29 Sept 2012
Ecuador
drtauraso@drtauraso.com

Saturday, May 26, 2012

WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE COST OF A COLLEGE EDUCATION?

WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE COST OF A COLLEGE EDUCATION?

The problem with the cost of a college education today is easily available government backed loans. Let me explain.

In 1955 when I was in Prep School the following were the costs of some retail items compared to what they are in 2012.

Prep School Harvard Ford Restaurant
Medical 4-dr Filet
School Sedan Dinner

1955 $450/yr $1753. $1.60

2012 $37,000/ $20,000/ $25.00

2012/1955 82.22X 11.4X 15.62X

When I was attending Prep School and the first year of Harvard Medical school I was able very easily able to work the 3 summer months and make the money for the yearly tuition of about $500. When attending Prep School I was working at a flower farm making 50 cents per hour. I worked 80 + hours per week (yes, that was 80 hours!) and made $40-45 dollars weekly. My mother gave me $5 to go horse - back riding at Cataldos and she put the rest in the bank for my Prep School tuition. I could easily make the necessary tuition. I was on a tuition scholarship at Harvard so that helped.

In addition I easily afforded a second-hand Cadillac while attending both Prep School and board and room while at Harvard. My parents who were regular blue - collar workers were easily able to afford the extra money.

Now, you tell me how in the devils name can a regular family afford a yearly tuition of 37,000 required in 2012? They cannot.

So here comes the government – backed loans. The colleges and universities respond by upping their tuition rates to god – forbidden rates. The poor students and their families are thrown into a debt, which is difficult to pay back, especially in our present environment. I could never have been able to afford it even in 1955 if a similar situation were occurring.

It is a real shame that the government sticks its nose in affairs of the regular economy. There is no give - away programs that I know of that corrects financial problems, especially where these problems do not really exist. If individuals were able to work whatever hours they want without government interference.

For 20 years I owned a 4-star Italian restaurant. We hired teenage busboys who were unable to work after 7 P.M. On Friday and Saturday evenings – a time when we began to get very busy, we had to let our busboys go home. Where did the go? They went out in the streets only to get in trouble. What is the government doing getting themselves involved in the free enterprise of business? Many of the child labor laws are predicated on the abuses that occurred in the 1920’s and ‘30’s. Our teenage labor opportunities have change since then and we should update the laws.

nicola michael Tauraso, M.D.
Ecuador
www.drtauraso.com
drtauraso@drtauraso.com

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

FACEBOOK CONTINUES TO GO DOWN

FACEBOOK CONTINUES TO GO DOWN

On the third day of trading Facebook continues its downward spiral. Eventually it will reach its true value. As an entity that keeps people connected it is a great company. But as a company that makes real money it leaves much to be desired.
GM was smart when it stopped buying advertising from Facebook because they were not selling any cars. Eventually, other companies will realize the same thing. Many big companies are so stupid. They have a budget that contains a certain number of dollars allocated to advertising. But do these companies really evaluate how well each advertising scheme works?
Does the Breitlinger Watch Company really know how many watches they sell from their TV ad? Do any of the companies that make war devices know how many of their products are purchased by the general public watching these ads? I do not know anybody buying fighter planes or smart bombs. But these companies have advertising dollars allocated to advertising and they spend this money because it is in the budget.
Boy, could I save these companies a lot of money! Could I improve their bottom line!
Back to Facebook that sells either lists of their participants or expect their participants to buy the ads posted on Facebook. The hype promulgated by Facebook far exceeds the results.

nicola michael Tauraso, M.D.
Ecuador
www.drtauraso.com
drtauraso@drtauraso.com
22 Mayo 2012

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Monday, May 21, 2012

DOES FACEBOOK MAKE MONEY?

DOES FACEBOOK MAKE MONEY?

There is little doubt that Face book is making money. The question to ask is whether the companies that advertize on Face book make money. It is my belief that they do not based upon my limited research.
I know many individuals who use Face book. Some of them are so addicted that they practically live on the site. I think that they are all fools sharing their personal information with so many others, most of whom are perfect strangers. I believe that the damage done to impressionable young individuals is inestimable. There are many cases of cyber bullying that I believe is not so much the fault of the so-called bully but rather the fault of the stupid individual who believes they are being bullied.
When I was growing up there was a saying: “Sticks and stones can hurt my bones, but words can never hurt me.” This was so true then as it is today. When you see teenagers watching things said about them on the internet and they are getting so upset at what they read someone else posted about them, it is extremely upsetting especially when there have been cases of suicide by the person being bullied. I know of people who noticed something bad said about them on a posting and they are eager each day to read the next negative posting. How sad! How stupid. It is like someone who discovered that touching a hot stove hurts, and he or she repeatedly touches the stove to elicit more pain.
Physical pain is one thing. Psychological pain is another. Very few individuals would repeatedly subject themselves to sources of physical pain. But psychological pain is yet another thing. In my medical experience I have encountered many people who repeatedly subject themselves to psychological pain and repeatedly suffer the negative consequences.
Let me return to the subject of this Blog. General Motors, after studying their advertizing experience with Face book realized that their advertizing was not resulting in increased sales of cars. They subsequently ceased advertizing. As mentioned earlier of the many individuals I know who use Face book, none have ever bought anything from those who advertize there. Just this morning I asked a business associate who uses Face book daily. When asked he admitted to never having purchase anything from a Face book advertisement. Just because Face book can demonstrate that they reach millions and millions of people, how does this relate to whether any of these millions buy anything?
I am suggesting that companies who advertize on Face book examining whether their advertizing results in sales. GM did this and realized that it did not, and they are now saving millions of dollars in ineffective advertizing.
Mark Zuckerburg, the founder of Face book, is a huckster, now a very rich huckster. He stole the idea of Face book from his Harvard co-students. He is youthful and one is enticed to believe him. But this does not change the fact that he is a huckster. And now he steals from people and companies who advertize in Face book because he somehow makes them believe that they must use his product to survive financially. Nothing could be further from the truth.
On the first day of trading this past Friday, Face book opened at $38, immediately went up a few points and finally closed a few cents above its opening price. This morning, the second day of trading it is now trading down 11%. I predict it will go down further. Just look at what happened this past week. Face book was initially priced at about $25. Then a few days before they decided to increase the opening price to 38. These people are huckster hogs!
How stupid the general public is.

nicola michael Tauraso, M.D.
Ecuador
www.drtauraso.com
drtauraso@drtauraso.com
19 May 2012

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GM DID THE RIGHT THING : FACEBOOK IS A SCAM

GM DID THE RIGHT THING

General Motors did the correct thing in taking away financial support from Facebook. GM was able to prove that it was not getting sales from advertising in Facebook. How many other companies should review the sales they supposedly receive from Facebook advertising?

I know very many people who use Facebook constantly. Many of my friends practically live on Facebook. Personally I do not use Facebook because I believe it to be a scam. Besides, why should I, or anyone for that matter, share our private information for all to see? Who needs to know our private information?

But, this is the crux of the matter. I have asked all my friends who use Facebook constantly whether they have purchased anything from what they see advertised on Facebook. NONE OF THE INDIVIDUALS I SURVEYED HAVE EVER PURCHASED ANYTHING FROM FACEBOOK ADVERTISING! What does that tell you?

It tells us that Facebook is a scam selling advertising to others – advertising that eventually sells nothing. Once the public realizes this and companies cancel their advertising, I predict that Facebook will join other companies in the technology graveyard.

nicola michael Tauraso, M.D.
Ecuador
www.drtauraso.com
drtauraso@drtauraso.com

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Monday, November 21, 2011

WHY DID THE SUPER COMMITTEE FAIL?

WHY DID THE SUPER COMMITTEE FAIL?

The so-called Super Committee was doomed to fail. Why? Because Congress wanted it to fail!

On the one hand the Senate Majority leader selects his six individuals – all very liberal persons who have been known not to compromise.

On the other hand, the Republicans also select six very conservative individuals who could be counted on not to compromise.

And there you have it. So why would anyone think the 12 could ever get together to come to any agreement?

I tend to sympathize with the conservatives because there is no doubt in my mind that we do not have a revenue problem in Congress. WE HAVE A SPENDING PROBLEM. The Democrats must spend for that is the way they buy the votes of those in our society who want to receive a government payout. Look at history. One does not have to be a student in Logic to see the obvious.

In every nation and for time immemorial we have had a disparity between the rich and the poor. And we will continue to do so. People who work hard tend to have more than those who are lazy who tend to have less. I realize this may be an oversimplification. But the poor masses will always be with us. Income redistribution will never work. No socialistic approach has ever worked and will never.

Nicola Michael Tauraso, M.D.
21 November 2011
Equador
www.drtauraso.com
drtauraso@drtauraso.com

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

EQUILIBRIUM OF ENERGY: A SOLOUTION TO THE GREEK DEBT PROBLEM

EQUILIBRIUM OF ENERGY: A SOLUTION TO THE GREEK DEBT PROBLEM

Most economists believe that the Greek economy can only be solved if the Greek were to devalue their economy by at least 40%. Can this be done? I believe it can but it will take enormous sacrifice. But do the Greeks have a choice?

The Greeks have enjoyed the unwarranted largess of feeding at the trough of government too long. It is estimated that 20% of the Greek population work in one way or another for the government. I have seen many estimates. I believe the 20% figure may be a reasonable one.

When one considers that governments are not structured like businesses to make money and that they must obtain their income from taxes that do not come from a profit-making venture, it is difficult to see how they can sustain feeding such a large percentage of the population. And as we can see eventually the economy will collapse. This is what is happening now in Greece, and it looks like Italy may be on a similar track.

To really solve the problem, it is suggested as mentioned above that a solution can be found if the Greeks were able to reduce the totality of their economy by 40%. Apparently they have instituted austerity programs by about 5% and reduced their economy by that amount. But this apparently has and is not enough.

I am suggesting that in order to achieve a 40% reduction that the Greeks reduce their overall economy by 10% every year for four times. Everyone would necessarily have to take a pay reduction of 10%. All businesses would be required to lower the prices for good by 10% every year until the goal is reached. The only ones who would really suffer are businesses because the goods they are selling today cost them 10% higher. I will explain how this might be accomplished later.

The problems facing Greece, Italy, and some other nations are coming from the fact that they are going against the Laws Governing the Equilibrium of Energy in the Universe. I have somewhat alluded to this in a previous not-very-much-read book entitled “God, Man, and the Universe – An Holistic Perspective” in which is described the Laws of the Universe in the three Realms of Reality: Physical, Mental, and Spiritual.

The Laws Governing the Equilibrium of Energy would be as it relates to the Physical Realm. I shall explain.

We who study Medicine know that, if we consume too much saturated fats and bad cholesterol, these substances promote the deposition of cholesterol/calcium plaques in the inner walls of arteries essentially hardening and clogging them. These damaged arteries within the heart leads to heart attacks. If the cholesterol-laden arteries are in the legs insufficiency of blood flow ensues and in a severe form, seen frequently in diabetics, tissues may actually die as a result leading to the need for amputation.

But Nathan Pritikin has shown that this deposition of cholesterol is a two way street. If one begins to consume a diet extremely low in cholesterol and saturated fats, these substances begin to leave the plaques returning the arteries to a more normal condition. This is because the Law of Energy Equilibrium governs the flow of these substances both ways.

Another medical analogy is the calcium going into and out of bones. There is a constant flow of calcium in and out of bones so that the calcium that exists within our bones today was not there 6 months ago. There is a constant flow into the bones when the bones need to be strengthened and calcium flows out from the bone repository when needed in its ionic form to control muscle tension and other functions.

Also in the Physical Realm, we observe the daily ebb and flow of the oceans because of the gravitational forces exerted by the moon. With this ebb and flow the waters of the ocean move affecting how marine creatures live.

Returning to the Greek debt problem, most economists believe that the problems arose because the Greeks were spending capital they did not have to sustain social issues. Eventually, there was not enough money flowing in to sustain the outflow and the economy collapsed. Relating this to the Law Governing Energy Equilibrium, if not enough money flowing in caused the debt problem, increasing the input can solve the problem. Or since increasing the input cannot be accomplished, as in the Greek case, decreasing the output or spending can accomplish the same thing.

We understand that the Greek debt problem did not develop overnight. It took years of intake/output imbalance to create the problem. It will take years of a potential solution to reverse the process. Pritikin realized that it took years of dietary indiscretion to cause hardening of the arteries, and is might take a similar number of years of dietary discretion to solve the problem. This is exactly what he observed in his clinic in Santa Barbara, California. Although it took years to develop arteriosclerosis, within months of a strict diet, he began to observe a reversal. In time the arteries of individuals in his study returned to a more healthy condition. Heart disease was reversed and individuals were able to walk greater distances without experiencing arterial insufficiency.

The diet we are suggesting to solve the Greek debt problem is to reduce all expenditures by 10% annually but in increments of 1%/month for the first 10 months of the year with a 2 months rest period each year. In 4 years the reduction will reach about 40%, that is what many economists believe is the imbalance in the Greek economy.

We realize this is an extremely rigid monetary diet, but we also believe there is no other choice. We believe that 1% haircut is drastic but it can be done. The Greek population will not like it. It will take will power in those responsible for correcting the problem. The politicians created the problem in the first place, and they will have to develop the fortitude to correct their past mistakes. One cannot continue to ignore a Law of the Universe and get away with it, at least not for very long.

Although Italy’s disease has not yet progressed to the severity of Greece, Italy should begin doing the same. A country just cannot sustain an imbalance of intake and output to the degree practiced by some countries.

Those in the economic community who have championed free and universal trade are beginning to realize that with a so-called free universal trade we are all tied together like dominos on a game table. Be careful when one domino begins to fall. The entire table can eventually be affected. Remember the Law of Energy Equilibrium. Everything is in equilibrium. It is prudent to appreciate what might occur at both ends of the equilibrium span.


nicola michael Tauraso, M.D.
Equador
12 November 2011
www.drtauraso.com
email: drtauraso@drtauraso.com

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

WHY DID WE KILL OSAMA BIN LADEN?

WHY DID WE KILL OSAMA BIN LADEN?

Why did we kill Osama Bin Laden and not just capture him? After all he was essentially unarmed. They said he was about to reach for some rifles in the corner of the room, but they could have wounded him. But the President ordered the Seals to kill him and they did.

It is generally believed that Bin Laden was responsible for the 9/11 attacks. Although he was the Founder and Leader of Al Qaida and essentially responsible for 9/11, he was not the mastermind of 9/11. We know the mastermind to have been Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the number three in command of Al Qaida; we have him imprisoned in Guantanamo since he was captured on 1 March 2003. He has been sitting there for 9 plus years and we have been unable to prosecute, convict, and sentence him. A logical question would be “why.”

Our Justice Department and essentially the President are totally inept at handling the potential trial of this man. We should have tried him within the first year after capture. We could learn some things about swift justice from the Iraqis, who did not take very long to try and administer justice to Saddam Hussein.

The real reason why we killed Bin Laden is because, if he were just captured, he would wind up in one of our prisons where he would stay indefinitely because we could not ever make up our minds on what to do with him. He could have joined his number 3 man there where they both could enjoy TV and reading their beloved Koran.

We have an Attorney General who is more interested in harassing Gibson Guitar than he is in protecting our Country from real criminals.

Sometimes I wonder how we profess to be so intelligent when in reality our government is so stupid.

nicola michael Tauraso, M.D.
Ecuador
9/15/2011
www.drtauraso.com
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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

MISINFORMED REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES

MISINFORMED REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES

As a physician I must protest the lack of understanding of the value of immunizing young girls with a most useful vaccine to prevent cervical cancer.

It has been shown that four types of human papillomaviruses (HPV) cause 70% of cervical cancers and 90 Y of genital warts. This vaccine is one of the most significant medical discoveries in the past 10 years.

Texas Governor Rick Perry, as he admitted in a recent debate, probably made a mistake in how he tried by mandate the immunization of young girls, but he was right on target on attempting to accomplish a good medical deed. He probably should have made it voluntary and allowed families to opt into taking the vaccine.

The criticisms, mainly from Michelle Bachman and Rick Santorum were nothing less than demagoguery. If I hear Bachman say again that it was wrong to inject young 12- year old girls with the vaccine, I am going to vomit. Bachman just does not appreciate the value of the vaccine, the recommendations of which are to administer to 12–13 year young girls.

The government in almost all states requires the children be vaccinated against Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Whooping Cough, and Tetanus. Parents cannot opt in for these vaccines. These vaccinations are required by law. Parents can opt out usually for religious reasons.

So what is the beef about giving a vaccine to prevent one of the leading causes of cancer death for women in the United States? Although in the past 40 years, the number of cases of cervical cancer and the number of deaths from cervical cancer have decreased significantly – a decline largely the result of many women getting regular Pap tests, which can find cervical pre-cancer before it turns into cancer -- , the usefulness of the HPV vaccine as a tool for prevention cannot be denied.

I suggest that Bachman and Santorum get off their demagoguery of mentioning the injection of 12-year old girls as if it were a crime and learn about the usefulness of vaccines before they speak and attack a Governor who was trying to do the right thing.

I was a great supporter of Bachman but after her display in the debates, she comes off to me a “just another politician.”

nicola michael Tauraso, M.D.
Equador
9/14/2011
drtauraso@drtauraso.com
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Sunday, July 3, 2011

GREEK BUREAUCRACY

GREEK BUREAUCRACY

No wonder Greece is in trouble. I thought we had a large bureaucracy. Greece has a population of about 10.7 million with a parliament of 300, that is, there is one representative for every 35,600 people.

In the US we have a population of about 307.2 million with a congress (representatives, 435 + senate, 100 = 535), that is one member of congress for every 574.2 thousand people. One representative in the US represents 16 times more individuals than in Greece.

Another very interesting fact is that 25% of the Greek population is employed by the government. How can an entity that does not produce any product to sell or make an income sustain a population? Really, it cannot. It must tax the other 75% to pay for the 25% it employs. This situation is unsustainable. It is no wonder that the Greek government is bankrupt.

Look at all the mouths the Greek population must feed to be represented! In the US we have too many representatives who fall over each other trying to make too many laws. I will admit the less does not seem to be any better. Look at our senate with only 100 senators. As long as I can remember our senate has been dysfunctional. They seem to not be able to make up their minds about anything. I believe that the number may not be as important as the number of years they can serve. Being able to stay in the senate for 6 years gives senators a feeling of vulnerability. They seem to act as if they are insulated from their voters and think they can think for themselves.

Representatives, whether they are representatives or senators, should not think for themselves. They should think for the people they represent. But the electorate is basically stupid. Over the years I have watched representatives and senators get reelected even though they vote against their electorate. I have known individuals who have voted for people just because they admitted knowing them and not knowing their opponent – what they call “name recognition.” How uninformed!
I have known individuals who have voted democratic or republican just because their parents were democrats or republicans.

My parents came to the US and were hard working individuals. They were in the Boston area and voted democratic because they believed the hype that democrats were for the “working people” and republicans were for the rich. Buy did I teach my parents a thing about life.

In the greater Boston area the democrats were telling the Italians that they represented the minorities and that they would protect them from the Irish. The same democrats would tell the Irish they represented the minorities and they would protect them from the Italians. They would go into the polish districts and tell them the same but that they would protect them from both the Italians and the Irish. All of a sudden it dawned on me. If the democrats were the party of the minorities, then it would be prudent for them to insure the minorities were alive and well. It was a con shell game. The republicans who could get votes to save their souls spoke in generalities and rarely got elected.

The poor always want to blame others for their poverty. So why not blame the rich. Were it not for the rich who were stealing their money they too would be rich. Isn’t that the logic? Who would think that the rich were rick because they worked harder, had more of an entrepreneurial spirit. Or they inherited their money from their parents who had similar traits.

I was a republican almost my entire life, since I was about 11 years old and began to think about these things. But several years ago I realized that it took both the democrats and republicans to get our country in the mess were are in. I now believe we need less government, and government should protect the population from our enemies, then to get off our backs so that we can be free to prosper. So I became a Libertarian. But it will take years before the general population become educated enough to think beyond the democratic and republican propaganda.

So how did we get from Greece to Libertarianism? Basically too many politicians tend to feed themselves more than the people they serve. Greece is a typical example of what we eventually will become if we do not see the light.

nicola michael Tauraso, M.D.
Costa Rica
3 July 2011

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MORE ON MISINFORMATION ON TV: Crude Oil vs Gas prices

MORE ON MISINFORMATION ON TV

I have written on this subject many times before. But today, on Fox News a pundit was asked about the relationship between the prices of crude oil and gas at the pump. He stated that when crude prices increase it takes about 10 days before gas prices increase. This in an absolutely false statement! I have been watching crude oil and gas prices for well over 55 years. It takes about 1-2 days for gas prices to increase after crude prices increase, but I will grant the pundit the when crude prices decline it then takes 7- 10 days for gas prices to decline. It is a skewed relationship.

There is little doubt that gas suppliers benefit from crude price increases almost immediately by increasing gas prices, and when crude prices decline they also benefit by delaying the decrease in gas prices.

This is my comment for the day.

nicola michael Tauraso, M.D.
Costa Rica
2 July 2011

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OPEN NOTE TO MY READERS WHO WRITE COMMENTS TO MY BLOG

OPEN NOTE TO MY READERS WHO WRITE COMMENTS TO MY BLOG

I am informing my readers the rules I follow when comments are made on the articles I publish in my Blog. If an anonymous comment is made I may not publish it if the comment is negative or ridiculous. I may or not publish it if it is a reasonable one. If a comment is made and the commentator identifies himself by adding an email address, if the comment is negative I may publish it. If it is ridiculous to the trash can it will go. If positive, it will be published.

I do not see why we should give our good space to individuals who desire to be frivolous, nasty or uncivilized. They can dump their garbage elsewhere. Our Blog attempts to discuss issues in a serious way. This does not mean that we write only on serious issues however.

nicola michael Tauraso, M.D.
Costa Rica
2 July 2011

Friday, June 10, 2011

MORE ON THE E COLI OUTBREAK IN EUROPE

Fox News reports that German disease control center says locally grown vegetable sprouts are to blame for the deadly E. coli outbreak. This is to keep my readers informed. I hope they will finally make up their minds.

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Monday, June 6, 2011

COW MANURE AS ORGANIC FERTILIZER -- FOLLOW UP#1

Earlier today I posted a blog on Cow Manure as Organic Fertilizer and suggested we be careful about consuming organic vegetables until we know whether the cows manure used in some organic growing operations is free of the deadly strain of E coli O157:H7. I also mentioned that the most recent outbreak was said to be related to the eating of contaminated bean sprouts. This morning German health officials stated that bean sprouts are not the culprit source of the contamination. I guess we will have to see how this works out.

But the warning of potential contamination of organically grown vegetables should be heeded.

nicola michael tauraso. M.D.
Ecuador
6 June 2011
www.drtauraso.com

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BUSYCON CANICULATUM -- BUSYCON CANALICULATUM -- THE CHANNELED WHELK -- CONCH

Busycon caniculatum -- Busycon canaliculatum – the channeled whelk

Today was an usual day. I spent the day watching the Bolsa (stock market) tank because of a series of bad economic data. Bored in the early afternoon, I decided to rest in bed. While day dreaming I was brought back to a time many, many years ago when I was at a very small beach across the street from the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. I spent 2 summers there between after my fourth year of college and the first year of medical school. I worked at the MBL in the chemistry lab dispensing chemicals and making chemical solutions for the scientists working there. It was a great job where I met many of the top scientists around the world working on biological projects, many on experiments with marine animals.

Every day after work and on weekends I used to lie on the very small beach with Ginger, my loyal Golden Retriever, across the street from MBL. It was not a swimming beach, so I snorkeled and watched marine life in the 2 – 3- feet of water. It was very quiet there so much so that while snorkeling with my ears under water I began to hear faint grinding sounds. Further observations drew me to these amazing conches that I used to see in the Italian seafood markets in Boston. They were edible and the Italians, and I am sure other people bought them for cooking. In fact, my father bought some home to cook one day. Boy, were they rubbery. I guess we did not know how to prepare them because I have tasted conches in restaurants over the years and they were tender.

So this was my introduction to conches, otherwise known as the channeled whelk, Busycon caniculatum or canaliculatum. These crustaceans are found in waters of Cape Cod (where I was) south to Northern Florida. They were also introduced into San Francisco Bay. Commercial fishermen who sell them in local markets harvest the channeled whelk. Many fishermen kill them because they destroy large numbers of quahog, which are harvested commercially and is a source of livelihood for many.
These large snails growing up to 8 inches are also known as conches or winkles. They are most active during the months of March through October. Both species of conchs are carnivorous predators, spending most of their time gliding along or just beneath the sand on the ocean floor, in search of food, consisting of other snails or clams or other shellfish. Conches are also attracted to traps or pots baited with dead limulus (Horseshoe crabs), or fish that is used for lobster bait.

So what was this grinding noise? For many, and I mean many, hours I observed that the grinding noise was coming from a conch that was attached to a large clam we called a quahog. After the grinding noise stopped quahog I noticed that at the edge of the quahog the shell was flattened exposing the mantle of the clam at the early stage. Eventually, the clam was dead with all its contents empty.

I took a conch to the lab and prepared the tissues of the pseudopodium for sectioning, staining, and embedding on a slide for microscopic examination. I used the usual Haematoxylin and Eosin staining but obtained more intense color staining when I used what was called a tri-chrome stain. I noticed intense staining of what appeared to be glands, probably gland that produced digestive juices. I made careful colored drawings at the time, which have since been lost after over 50 + years. I concluded that the conch grinded the edge of the clam and when the inside mantle was exposed the conch poured digestive juices into the clam killing it, of course, and sucking the digested contents out killing the clam.

Today I decided to Google how a conch eats a clam. One account, which coincides with what, scientists told me at the time of my observations, is the following:

“Snails that have an aperture canal, like the whelk, are carnivores. (Herbivores do not have this nose-protecting structure because they do not need to smell in order to find food.) Whelks are predators on burrowing clams. They use the nose, or proboscis, to bind these buried animals by sensing the stream of water flowing out of the clam’s feeding tubes. Once its prey is located the whelk digs down into the sand to capture it. To open the clam it wraps its muscular foot around the shells and pries the shell apart. Large clams may be opened by striking it with the whelk’s own strong shell until the clamshell cracks. Often the whelk will wedge the clam’ shell with the aperture canal and chip away pieces until an opening is formed. The mouth of the whelk is normally hidden deep within the body. When feeding it extends this structure, which resembles an elephant’s trunk, out to the food. (A large whelk’s “trunk” may be up to six inches long.) The mouth is at the very tip and, like most snails has a radula at the opening. The radula is a tooth-studded organ used to tear the food into small pieces to be swallowed.”

I have emboldened that part which was not supported by my observations. I do not see how a conch can pry the shell apart. Starfishes can do and actually do pry open a clam, but not a conch. How can a whelk strike the clam with its strong shell? It would take a third party to do this, and I never found a clam with a cracked shell. Chipping away pieces of the clam is not a correct description of the process. The conch actually grinds away at the border of the clam’ shell until the mantle of the clam is exposed.

Nothing beats actual observation. And this is mine.

nicola michael Tauraso, M.D.
Ecuador
6 June 2011
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COW MANURE AS ORGANIC FERTILIZER -- E. coli CONTAMINATION

COW MANURE AS ORGANIC FERTILIZER –E. coli CONTAMINATION

I have told this story before. But, in light of the recent outbreaks of deadly E. Coli infections in Germany, my story demands repetition.

A number of years ago, about the time when there were outbreaks of E. Coli (O157:H7) infections associated with Jack-in-the-Box restaurants in Seattle (1993), I was travelling around the country giving lectures on Stress, Nutrition, and Holistic Health. I had just finished a lecture in Seattle, WA and had to travel across the Cascade Mountains on my way to Yacima, WA for my next lecture. It rains considerably in Seattle with the highest rainfall accumulation close to the Pacific and decreasing as one travels east. As one travels down the east side of the Cascade Range, the rainfall is considerably reduced until one arrives in the high desert area of Washington State where it is quite dry.

As one travels down the eastside of the mountain range there on the right of the main highway there is the very large facility of the Washington Beef Company. To the right of the main facility there is a tremendous feeder lot where cows are herded and grain fed to finish the process of fattening them up before slaughter. Since I travelled around the country once per year for about six years, I made the following observation on at least three occasions. Because I started my late winter tour in January in the eastern southern states, I continued my lecture tour along the middle southern states, then towards California, up the Western coast to Seattle, crossing the upper western states of Washington, Montana. N. Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Ohio then returning home to Frederick, MD at about May. The reason of going in such detail is to explain why I was in Washington State about March, a time of considerable rainfall.

I observed on at least three occasions the feeder lots completely muddy to the point that the cows in most of the lot were knee deep in mud eating at the food troughs. Now I know that the cows may be washed when they enter the slaughterhouse. Can we really believe the all that mud can be washed off entirely? I cannot believe that the washing can be that complete. This together with the fact that the Washington Beef Company is the most likely source of beef feeding the Seattle area might explain why outbreaks occurred in Seattle.

One year at the end of my tour after arriving home, I decided to call the USDA in Washington, DC. I finally spoke with a man who said he was in charge of such matters. I described my observations. His response was that they were “on top of the situation.” Well if he was indeed “on top of the situation,” why was I able to make similar observations the following year? Obviously, I got the typical beaurocratic response that was intended to keep my mouth shut. To me the USDA were not interested, did not care, or incompetent. I have yet to meet an individual who works for government admit that he does not know or that he ever made a mistake. If you find one tell me and I will award him a medal.

Fast forward to about 5 years ago when E. coli contamination of vegetables in the West were discovered to be due to cow fecal contamination from water run off from fields where cows were grazing in to areas where vegetables were being grown.

Fast forward to our current problem of vegetable contamination in Germany. Today, I heard that the contamination was traced to contaminated bean sprouts. On TV they showed a greenhouse but I had no way of knowing that the sprouts were actually grown in the greenhouses shown on TV.

I was thinking whether these sprouts were grown organically. In organic farming cow manure is allowed. I am bringing up the question whether the cow manure or cow manure compost used in organic farming is checked for the presence on the toxin-producing E. coli, and whether these bacteria are destroyed in the composting process. I will continue my research to get more answers.

We know that the sources thus far of the toxin-producing E. coli have been cows. It would be prudent to determine the association of cows with each outbreak.

At this point before we fully know how widespread is the use of cow manure in the growing of organic vegetables, it would be prudent to be cautious. When buying organic vegetables all one sees on the grocery shelf is that the organic vegetables are certified, what ever that means!


nicola michael Tauraso, M.D.
Ecuador
5 June 201
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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

WHAT WAS THE LARGEST OIL SPILL IN THE UNITED STATES? Part 2

On 21 November 2010, I posted a blog on: WHAT WAS THE LARGEST OIL SPILL IN THE UNITED STATES? I believe it has gone essentially unnoticed. It is disturbing to see the trend changing in Panama where I sometimes live. When I first moved to Panama about 5 years ago, most of the roads were paved in concrete. But lately I have notice more and more roads paved in asphalt. This is disturbing because I truly believe that many do not know the serious health challenge cause by asphalt paving.

Asphalt is an oil derivative. When all the more volatile hydrocarbons are extracted from crude oil, what is left is essentially tar. This tar is mixed with gravel and smaller stones to make asphalt that is used to pave roads. The volatile fumes continue to spew forth from the asphalt, especially on hotter days, when sometimes one can actually see the asphalt bubble. I remember when I was a child some kids chewing the asphalt tar. I never did because it did not look as savory as the Italian food my mother was cooking for me!

As the asphalt cures there is less volatile fumes emanating from asphalt roads. But consider in any hot day tens of thousand of cars on the road and the friction of the tires just scraping along the asphalt and the hydrocarbon fumes released into the air. Consider the hundred of thousand individuals breathing those fumes. It cannot be healthy. The government has instituted practices to lessen a person’s breathing fumes at the gas station, but what can be done to prevent the inhalation of fumes emanating from asphalt-paved roads? Almost nothing can be done. Wear a gas mask? Impractical.

What can be done? The only solution is to cease the asphalt paving of roads and use cement.

Let us consider the increased incidence of most disease that could have a link to poisons and toxins in the air we breathe. I will not list them all, but consider almost any condition related to improper brain function: Alzheimer’s, ADHD and related conditions, schizophrenia and autism, and all conditions I discuss on my web site related to cerebral allergies and vitamin deficiencies. Hydrocarbons are toxins and have ready access to the nervous system by inhalation.

I am sorry to say I do not yet have the solution, but we need to be aware of the amount of hydrocarbon fumes entering our environment from asphalt-paved roads. This cannot be a good thing.

nicola michael Tauraso, MD
Ecuador
5/31/11

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Monday, May 30, 2011

BLEEDING GUMS

BLEEDING GUMS

I suffered from bleeding gums for most of my adult life. But not anymore since I discovered my deficiency.

Many people suffer from bleeding gums. And I have not yet found a dentist who can tell you how to prevent it. I recently saw a dentist here in Ecuador. Not having been to a dentist for 20 years, I obviously needed some work done on my teeth! I asked him if he had many patients suffering from bleeding gums. He said he had but had no real suggestions on its prevention. I shared with him my experience.

Many individuals are deficient in a particular supplement. Deficiency of this supplement can result in bleeding gums. People taking anti cholesterol drugs are especially deficient in this supplement because anti cholesterol drugs interfere with the body’s own production of this natural metabolite. If you are taking anti cholesterol drugs and experiencing muscle pain or cramps in the legs or elsewhere, be careful because this is an indication that you are deficient in this supplement. If you are experiencing muscle pain, eventually the heart muscle might be affected. The end result might be cardiac failure. There has been a markedly increased incidence of heart failure with the increased use of anti cholesterol drugs. This supplement will prevent this.

What is this supplement? CoQ10. Rather than me saying more, Google CoQ10 and read more about it. Just remember the doses usually recommended, I believe are too low. If you desire to know more and have specific questions, email me. I will try to answer your questions.

nicola michael Tauraso, MD
Ecuador

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GERALDO RIVERA IS A PHONY

GERALDO RIVERA IS A PHONY

Of all the commentators on Fox News, Geraldo Rivera can be given the title “The Great Phony.” You can count on him to wait for an event and then he spends a few days in the midst of a conflict just to obtain exciting videos for his portfolio collection. Most recently he appeared in Libya in the midst of cross fire that gave him the videos he craved. He is such a phony. His performance history reflects his craving for the bizarre. He is no different than Maury Povich and others of that ilk. The only difference is that the other bizarre behavior specialists are honest and make no bones about what they do. Geraldo masks himself in legitimacy. It was most interesting to have watched Rivera dodging the bullets in the apparent cross fire occurring at the time in. Do we not wonder about the problems his cameraman was experiencing!

If there is a hurricane you can expect Geraldo to be there waste deep in water and almost being swept away by flooding waters. He is so predicable. If he is being swept away by the currents, his cameraman appears to have a steady hold on things. Rivera is very adept in creating the illusion of danger with himself in the midst of it all.

Every time he takes a point of view different than some of his Fox piers, he reminds everyone that he is a Republican. I am willing to bet that he voted for Obama and Mayor Bloomburg and that he has not voted for a Republican in years. That is OK but tell the truth and not lie about your philosophy. Geraldo recently showed a video montage of his television career and a most remarkable career it has been. Only a man with Geraldo’s fortitude and perseverance could have accomplished what he has considering the prejudice he experienced in his early day.

The most recent Libyan experience is typical of Geraldo for seeking out exciting video footage. I give him credit for being a great showman. P. T. Barnum would have been proud of him!

And just yesterday (5/29/11) as he is accounting the trial of Casey Anthony in Florida, he is showing video of testimony given at her trial. But as the video is being shown there is mood music in the background to set the melodramatic stage. There was no mood music in the courtroom, but there was in Geraldo’s presentation. He is not a serious commentator. He is a Hollywood producer. He likes to show the bizarre, very similar to one of his previous TV shows. He is such a phony! Can you not see through it all?

nicola michael Tauraso, M.D.
Ecuador

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THE MYTH THAT OUR SOLDIERS DIE TO PRESERVE OUR LIBERTY

THE MYTH THAT OUR SOLDIERS DIE TO PRESERVE OUR L;IBERTY

Today is Memorial Day 2011. It is fitting, especially today, to discuss the topic of this blog.

Having been a loyal Republican for most of my life, but becoming a Libertarian a few years ago, I must speak out against both Republicans and Democrats who spew forth the propaganda and outright lies that soldiers who die in war do so to preserve our liberty. Nothing could be further from the truth. The lives of our good soldiers are lost to the desire of politicians to preserve their own power or cater to whom they believe are their constituents.

As far as I am concerned the last just war was WWII. Our battle to defend Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq were nothing more than a misguided attempt to divert the public from the real truth. What freedom was at stake in these wars? I know that it is easy to fool young men who are loaded with testosterone into believing that fighting is a worthy adventure to preserve the peace. They are being lied to and many give up their lives towards this end. So what if South and North Korea were one Korea under Communist rule? It would just be another country with an opposing point of view – a country that might have collapsed, as did some other Communist countries had done.

Look at Vietnam. We fought there to prevent Communists from taking over which they eventually did. We now trade with them as a friendly nation. All our young men died in Vietnam to establish a Communist country with which we are now friendly. Does that make any sense?

Look at Iraq and all our soldiers who died there for freedom. -- freedom for whom? Consider all the Iraqis who died, tens of thousand, most of them killed by other Iraqis, yet the liberal media blame all the deaths upon the Americans. Arabs have been killing themselves for centuries and will continue to do so for centuries to come because of problems in the line of succession that led to the Sunni and Shi’a factions. Why should we save them from their ridiculous religious beliefs? Let them kill themselves. We are or should be free. They are free people. Let them practice population control in the ways they know how!

Look at Afghanistan. Perhaps the first Afghanistan war was just to teach them a lesson not to attack us, but then we should have finished that war at that time. Now, what are we doing there? We are losing American men to somehow establish freedom there. That is not our responsibility. Let us get out and let them fend for them selves. They will never appreciate our efforts to establish freedom for them. They believe in a flawed religion. Rather, it would be more correct to say that the leaders of their religion are teaching flawed concepts and therefore are flawed them selves. As long as there are Mullahs who teach Jihad – and there are many all over the world including the United States -- the populations of Muslims will want to kill anyone including them selves.

I am sorry I voted for McCain. He is such a hawk. He wants to enter every country and correct their faults. He advocates that we should have never let up in Libya. If we stayed there all along it would have been all over by now. That may well be true, but why are we there? My take on Libya is that, if we wanted to justify our actions there, we should have gone in directly and arrested Muamar Gadafi and try him for the murder of all the Americans in Pan Am flight 103 that went down in Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988. But to fight in Libya to free the citizens is flawed in its concept.

As I reflect on this Memorial Day, I am so sorry for all the Americans who have lost their lives and to the families who have lost loved ones in unjust and unnecessary wars, but please do not spew the propaganda that they died to preserve our liberty. This is just not true.

nicola michael Tauraso, MD
Ecuador

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