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Monday, September 29, 2008

GAS (BELCHING AND FLATUS), ABDOMINAL DISTENSION, ACID REFLUX

GAS (BELCHING AND FLATUS), ABDOMINAL DISTENSION, ACID REFLUX

Previously I wrote two Blogs on related subjects: 10/7/07 on Low Stomach Acid (hypochlorhydria) and 2/14/08 on Medical Misinformation. I would like to share a letter I received today from frankieloo: “this was very helpful!! i'm in my mid-30's and have noticed that i've become quite "gaseous" in the past couple years (worse this year). almost everything i eat gives me gas. i have thought about going to a gastro doc, but figured the gas was part of getting older and the "wear & tear" over the years of spicy food, rich food, etc. i've started to carry around antacids with me, but after reading this i'll need to stop! perhaps i'll move forward with that gastro appt and get tested...”

I responded at the 10/7/07 Blog: “If frankieloo gets this comment, email me at: drtauraso@drtauraso.com and I will give you specific instructions on how to get rid of your gas.”

Our Blog is set up so we can post our responses at the original posting date for the Blog. In case frankieloo did not read my response, I am publishing it here.

I will reiterate that the most common cause of abdominal gas, whether it be belching or flatus is the lack of stomach acid, a condition called hypochlorhydria. I refer current readers to the Blog posted 10/07/07 for a more detailed discussion. The taking of any form of antacids is the worst thing one can do. I cannot emphasize this too much.
So my message to frankieloo is to contact me directly at: drtauraso@drtauraso.com for further personal instructions. I am afraid to say that most conventional gastro-enterologists are unaware of the proper treatment of this condition. I kid you not.

nicola michael (c. Tauraso, M.D.)
Director, Tauraso Medical Clinic
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Sunday, September 28, 2008

INCREASING LIQUIDITY NOT AFFECTING THE DOLLAR

INCREASING LIQUIDITY NOT AFFECTING THE DOLLAR

I am still in a learning phase. I have a question for my Blog readers. With the 700 billion being used for the so-called “bailout” which will be voted upon tomorrow in the House, we know that the Treasury will have to increase liquidity. They will do this in the only way they know how – that is, to print more money. My question is, if this is so, why is not the dollar going down and gold going up?

Could it be that my assumption is wrong? If you have the answer, please answer my Blog and I will publish your answer as I do all comments to my Blogs.

nicola michael (c. Tauraso, M.D.)
Director, Tauraso Medical Clinic
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Saturday, September 27, 2008

BAILOUT OF 2008 – A NEW WORKABLE PROPOSAL

BAILOUT OF 2008 – A NEW WORKABLE PROPOSAL
What is presently happening in Congress concerning the so-called 700 billion bailout is typical of what happens there every day. Perhaps by the end of the day they will pass a package which will help get us out of our financial mess. But I believe there is a way out which has not yet been proposed.

1. Secretary of the Treasury Hank Paulson proposed a 700 billion bailout package which met a lot of resistence in Congress. It was an initial proposal which brought Congress’ attention to the problem. It apparently consisted of three pages which everyone knew would eventually mushroom to many times that as the proposal was refined.

2. The proposal consisted of a suggestion that the US treasury used 700 billion in funds to buy toxic mortgage entities which were bringing down many financial institutions. It was suggested that these toxic mortgage entities would be purchased at rock bottom prices and eventually sold at a later date for considerably more money bringing a profit into the Treasury. The banks would have these toxic entities off their books so that they could begin to do business as they did in the past. The buying of this bad debt would most likely be a grant to the institutions even though they would be selling the entities at rock bottom prices and incurring some loss.

3. The Treasury wold eventually make money when they sold these toxic mortgages later after the real estate market turns around, which it will eventually do.

4. This is where my proposal takes a turn. Why should these financial institutions bee off the hook. These are all good companies with the potential of making considerable profit almost from the get go. These companies have made billions of dollars in the past and have the potential to do so again.

5. After these companies begin to make profit again why can they not begin to repay the Treasury and either slowly re purchase the toxic mortgages or repay the money directly? When the Treasury purchase the toxic mortgages they should receive some kind of a promissory note from the institutions in the form of a promissory note or warrants. A formula could be devised whereby the Treasury could receive just recompense from the companies who were saved from the brink of extinction. The companies should not be allowed to wind up debt free.

6. Unfortunately, the Democrats are adding pork to the package which will induce the ire of the Republicans – like giving outright grants to the leftist organization called Acorn whose nefarious activities in the area of voter registration is becoming more evident by the day. It is amazing to me how and why Congress can take a simple situation and convert it into a complicated mess.

7. Let us not forget that repayment of a loan is not unprecedented. Some years ago the federal Government loaned money to Chrysler. After this auto company became profitable it repaid the Treasury the entire debt plus interest. So properly done these bail outs can be done and the public can profit from the deal.

nicola michael ©. Tauraso, M.D.)
Director, Tauraso Medical Clinic
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Friday, September 26, 2008

TROUBLE WITH CONGRESS

TROUBLE WITH CONGRESS

It has been very discouraging watching our government operate – or not operate as it might be – over the past 8 years. Almost as soon as Bush became President, the hate Bush rhetoric began. I remember talking with my Democratic friends (whom I still have!!) And they would tell me how much they hated Bush. In all my years following politics I never encountered the hate rhetoric, even when Nixon was President.

With all this hate rhetoric, it is little wonder that polarization resulted. Bush was hated by the opposition almost from the first day of office. I believe I know why this happened. Bush had a reputation back in Texas to get along with many others on both sides of the aisle. He was an amiable man whom many in Texas liked. He was also a devoted Christian man who almost never would say negative things about others. The opposition was afraid that he would become too popular.

I was taught by the Jesuits years ago that when one does not have substantive issues with which to argue, then one has to attack the man (the so-called ad hominem argument). And so this is what, especially the Democrats did – long before the issue of the Irak war began. Finally with all the issues surrounding the Irak war, there was a perceived real issue to bring into the hate mix.

There is little doubt that the Republicans blew it. Here they were in power at the Executive, House, and Senate levels and they could have done wonders in transforming this country to understand the conservative principles. But with power came corruption. Another issue is that most Republicans are rather independent individuals and with such character traits would easily break ranks with the leadership. So they became ineffectual in legislating. As I have observed my fellow Republicans, they are masters in “shooting themselves in the foot!”

With all the corruption it is easily understood why they lost their majority in the previous election. The Democrats, on the other hand, promised great reforms and a more honest and responsive government. But as we have experienced their performance became worse than the crowd they replaced resulting in a congress with the LOWEST approval rating in history.

There is one major problem with our two party system. It is that the major motivation of the party not in power at the Executive Branch is to thwart the party which is in power so as to discredit them. After all that is said and done the MOST important thing to achieve is not meaningful legislation. It is to get in power again.

I blame the Congress in the conflict between the Executive and Legislative Branches of government. The two leaders we presently have, that is, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate majority Leader, Harry Reid, are by for the worst leaders we have ever had. In addition, Reid is the biggest liar there ever has been in that position.

I can see the good and bad qualities in people. As I watch my friends, both Democrats and Republicans, many appear only to extol the virtues of those in their own party, and cannot see the virtues of others not in their party. Vice versa is true when discussing the negative characteristics which are possessed only by those in the opposition party. I sometimes wish it were that simple.

By and large Congress is dysfunctional and has been for years – the reason why their approval ratings is so low. I do not have much hope that things will change in the near future. What will spur the change will be the election of a President with such popularity above 60-70 percent, a good man, who will be able to lead the Country into a moral revival. It is the President who can lead the Congress, not the reverse.

nicola michael ©. Tauraso, M.D.)
Director, Tauraso Medical Clinic
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

POLITICIANS – DON’T YOU EVER BELIEVE THEM!

POLITICIANS – DON’T YOU EVER BELIEVE THEM!

I written about this subject before but I wish to emphasize it again. Do you ever believe a politician to do what he promises? If you do, then you are a fool. I have been listening to politicians all my life and I have yet to find a truly honest one, except George W. Bush, of course. Usually during the primaries they promise one thing. After they get elected, they do another.

There is usually something that happens to me which prompts me to write a Blog. I recently bought a Maryland lottery ticket. On the front of the ticket there is printed: “Benefits MD Stadium Authority.” Now I remember well what was promised when the whole lottery was proposed in the state of Maryland. Maryland in the so-called “old days” was very much against gambling. But the powers to be sold the idea by promising that the lottery proceeds were to go to further and support education in the Free State. If you mention education of the children you can almost sell anything to anybody. And so, the people voted the lottery in. I do not know when the change to support the stadium authority came in, but it was sneaked in somewhere along the way. You see what I mean. Government, or better yet, the politicians who make up government can NEVER be trusted.

I remember when I was a child and both my mother and father were working in factories: my mother doing a man’s job in a leather factory in Peabody MA, and my father worked at Eastman Gelatin, a factory where gelatin for the Eastman Kodak company was extracted from animal bones. They both were hard working immigrants trying to provide for their family.

In these factories there were people who were selling tickets to what was called “the nickle pool.” My mother used to buy a ticket now and then. But the politicians and churches would castigate those who sold and those who bought the tickets. The churches especially would preach that this type of gambling was taking money away from the mouths of children. They and the politicians would say this was immoral and illegal. Illegal it was, but immoral?

Years later when the lottery became common practice in most states, it was now moral and legal. Legality has to do with law. If the state passes a law and permits you to play the lottery it is legal. But morality is yet another issue. Morality has to do with the laws governing our relationship with God and with out fellow human beings. Morality doesn’t change. If it were immoral to kill a man in the 1940's, it is similarly immoral today.


The state of MD goes one step further. They advertize: “You must play to win.” Now that it is legal, it becomes a good thing to gamble because you are supporting EDUCATION. This is nothing more than pure unadulterated BULL.

Over the years I have come to realize that most politicians during the time they are trying to get elected preach what they think the people want to hear. Just look at how they change their views depending on how they think the electorate is changing along the way. Now I recognize that sometimes their changing views reflect the changing needs in the community, such as when gas prices go too high, then some politicians begin to realize that drilling offshore would be a way to solve this problem. They change their views to accommodate the change in needs of the community.

Since I live most of the time in Panama, I like to quip that the best thing about Panamanian politics is: “that I know nothing about it!” Sometimes I wish it were so here in the United States.

nicola michael ©. Tauraso, M.D.)
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Monday, September 22, 2008

HITLER IS ALIVE AND WELL

HITLER IS ALIVE AND WELL

A strange title to this Blog, but hear me out. We all know that Hitler died downstairs in his underground bunker on 30 April 1945 at the age of 56. Although his body was burned to crisp by his henchmen, his spirit is still alive and well causing many of the political problems we are currently experiencing.

My theory is very simple and will not take long to enunciate. Had Hitler not persecuted and killed so many Jews, there would never have been the movement to give the Jews their homeland, Israel. The world sympathy was so great that the United States and Great Britain who won WWII conspired to make the Nation of Israel happen. I am neither justifying , condoning, or even suggesting that this was a bad thing. It is not my position to condone or to criticize this. I only wish to propose a theory.

The taking away of Palestinian land to create Israel is the basis of our conflict in the Middle East. Had this not been done, Israel would not exist, and there would be no Middle East conflict.

But these things always happen after wars. Lands are lost. Lands are gained. This has been going on for as long as there have been humans fighting each other. In fact Mussolini was always upset at the redistribution of land after WWI. Italy had been on the side of the so-called West in WWI. Mussolini thought that for its effort Italy should have gotten Nice and Savoy which went to France. Mussolini blamed the inept Orlando for not having fought hard enough to make this happen. As a result of this Mussolini decided to side with Hitler during WWII. This turned out to be a great mistake for both himself and Italy. Interestingly, Mussolini hated Hitler and the Italians in general distrusted the Germans. But, his hatred for what happened after WWI clouded his better judgement as it does many people who allow their emotions to cloud logical thinking.

So, to get back to the problems facing us today, I am not saying that creating the state of Israel was not a good thing. It is not for me to comment one way or the other. But now that Israel exists, the world should accept it as a fait-de-complete and move on. No one in his right mind should think that the creation of the Israel state could be reversed at this time. The Arabs in the Middle East will never accept Israel, and, at least, one country, Iran, will attempt to reverse it given the chance. There is no doubt in my mind that when Iran gets The Bomb, they will use it. Ahmadinijad has said that he sees it as his destiny to destroy Israel. He is crazy not to believe that as soon as he drops The Bomb on Israel, he will not visit Allah very soon after.

nicola michael (c. Tauraso, M.D.)
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Sunday, September 21, 2008

THOUGHTS ABOUT MY COUNTRY -- WITH CUBA IN MIND

THOUGHTS ABOUT MY COUNTRY -- WITH CUBA IN MIND

Sometimes I love my Country; other times I am so disappointed. Here is no doubt that in the USA most individuals who have the desire to improve themselves and are willing to work hard, they can achieve great heights. In most foreign countries this is not the case. I have a cousin in Italy who has worked as an electrician for over 12 years. He cannot open his own business in Prato, a city just north of Florence. He is unable to get a permit because his boss, an older man entrenched in the town can block his ability to get that permit. He feels frustrated as he should. In the US anyone is free to open his own business and is free to succeed or fail.

Most of my readers know that now I am a resident of Panama. I love especially the weather and the people of Panama. But one is not free even here to open a new business without certain restrictions, one main one being that you cannot just hire anyone. You must hire mainly Panamanians. In some respects I can also understand why this is required. In Panama there is no welfare and the government want to have Panamanians work and not have non Panamanians compete in this workforce. Nevertheless, it is a restriction not experienced in the US where the only requirement is that a worker must be a legal US resident or have work permit.

What disturbs me about my native country is the politics. We tout ourselves as being generous Nation which we are. Every time there is a natural disaster we are at the forefront with money and supplies to help the particular ravaged country. What prompts this blog today is the damage the hurricanes have recently and are about to do to Cuba. When several years ago there was the devastating tsunami in Southeast Asia, we were so quick to come to the aid of the peoples affected. We recently rushed aid to the peoples of Georgia suffering under the Russian invasion. We contribute big time to help African people affected with Aids. We aid almost every country around the world even Iran when they suffered from earthquakes.

But why do we not extend similar aid to Cuba? The poor unfortunate Cubans are people too. We do not extend aid to them because we have had a heart-on about Castro and we must placate the large Spanish (ex-Cuban patriots) living especially in Florida. It is all political and a tug-of-war between both Democrats and Republican vying for their votes. Meanwhile the Cuban people suffer. Some times we act like empty suits.

We trade with almost every other totalitarian country in the world – I am thinking here of China – but we must continue with our embargo of Little Cuba.

I contend to this day that we were the cause of alienating Fidel Castro. Soon after Castro overthrew Fulgencio Batista, the previous dictator of Cuba, but a dictator friendly to us, Castro came to New York City to address the United Nations. I was a young man at the time and remember it well. Castro wanted so much to meet with our President who was Eisenhower at the time. But, Eisenhower refused to meet with him because Castro overthrew our friend, Batista. When I observed this, I predicted that there would be trouble with Cuba. Our Anglo-Saxon white State department knew nothing about the Latino temperament. I am Italian and in a way consider myself a Latino, perhaps not of Spanish South American but rather of Italian heritage. Did the State department not know what would happen if you insulted a Latino? If they had only asked me, I would have told them that the person insulted would soon make friends with our greatest enemy. I know that Castro had leanings towards Russia and he had as one of his friend the despicable cut throat Ernesto Guevara. But I truly believe that, if we invited Castro to our home, broke bread with him and perhaps drink a toast with some of that great Cuban Rum, we would have had a friend for life. Castro is no dummy. He is an educated man who was unable himself to understand and adjust to the American white Anglo-Saxon mentality.

Eisenhower was a great General but he was not bright in the ways of understanding Latinos. Within the past year, the National Archives released a hand-written letter which a young Castro sent to Roosevelt wherein he told Roosevelt that since he had more money would he not send to him 10 dollars which he could use. Castro was very polite and the letter indicated his admiration for the American President. We do not know whether Roosevelt ever sent the money but it is not really relevant to the issue. What is relevant was the implied admiration coming through in the letter. We have indications that the young Castro looked up to the United States.

I have shared my thought on this matter with many people over the years. My fellow Republicans – a loyal Republican I have been for many years, but recently, disenchanted with both Republicans and Democrats I became a Libertarian – would take issue with me and some Democrats would tell me I might have a point.

If we treated Castro better the entire Cuba/United States war could have been averted. Poor unfortunate Castro has himself gotten bitter over the years, but I truly believe he has acted like a jilted lover with such acrimony to the lover who rejected him. Even today, Raul Castro who has indicated a desire to improve relationship with the US is being rejected by the US. Our heart-on has not subsided!


Someday we will grow up. I hope it comes before we grow too old.

nicola michael (c. Tauraso, M.D.)
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OBAMA – DOES NOT HAVE A CLUE

OBAMA – DOES NOT HAVE A CLUE

I took a break from my computer to watch a few minutes of TV and the DNC Convention. Obama was speaking on the causes of the so-called housing meltdown. This man does not have a clue as to why the housing financial markets are failing. Obama is one of the more eloquent talkers on the political scene today but I am afraid to say what comes out of his mouth is a lot of hot air. Although he knows almost nothing about why the housing financial markets are failing, he, nevertheless, pontificates as if he does, and many who blindly hang onto his every word are sopping it up as if what he says is the truth.

I am always leery about politicians when they speak sound like Southern Baptist church preachers. Now don’t get me wrong. There is nothing wrong about Southern Baptist preachers who are having a tough time firing up their congregation to believe and follow the dictates of God. The difference is that a politician is trying to fire you up to believe in him – a different type of god.

Getting back to Obama, he for several years has been feeding at the trough of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. But he admits no culpability. For being in the senate for only three years – two of which he has spent running for office – he was able to receive the second largest donation from these two quasi governmental agencies. The largest donation went to Christopher Dodd who is Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee. There is something wrong here, and, if you cannot see it, maybe you need to give up your voter registration card. Pigs who feed at the trough usually have to pay with their lives at the end. But, politicians keep on feeding killing only the people they are supposed to serve.

Years ago it was required to be able to read and write in order to vote. I guess this was because your vote was worth something if you were intelligent enough to know what you were doing. Now everybody can vote and I am afraid to say that many people do not have a clue about which and whom they are voting. Am I sounding too elitist here? I better sound more humble and admit I do not have all the answers.

I wrote a Blog once on why I became Republican when I was only 10 years old, long before I was able to vote. You see, I grew up in Salem, MA, a suburb about 20 miles north of Boston. In the Boston area the Democrats had the electorate sewed up. My parents came from Italy and were factory workers who swallowed the myth that Democrats were for the poor and minorities and the Republicans were for the rich.

I would listen to the Democratic politicians who would preach in the Italian communities that they would protect the Italians from the Irish. In the Irish communities they would preach they would protect them from the Italians. In the Polish areas they would preach they would protect them from both the Italians and Irish. To the Jews they would say they would protect them from the non Jews. It all of a sudden dawned on me. The Democrats were creating and keeping alive minority groups pitting one against the other and promising each to protect them from the other groups.

The poor Republicans who could not muster many votes would speak in generalities trying to persuade all groups to join a common cause and get along together. I liked that message and did not like the Democratic message of keeping minority groups alive. This was classical class warfare, and the Democrats continue this practice today. Both my parents never went to school but they believed that I was intelligent and encouraged me to attend Prep School, College, and finally Harvard Medical School. My parents depended upon me to help sift things out. Eventually, I was able to control three votes, those of my parents and I. Pity I have only one vote now and in the State of Maryland where I live the impact of a Republican vote in no more than urinating in the ocean!

When I was 10 years old the Democratic politicians sounded like preachers as they do today. Eventually, I shed my Republican credentials and became a Libertarian. Power does corrupt. And it corrupted the Republican Party as it did the Democratic Party when it was in power for many years before the Republican cycle. Please do not think that your party is totally good and the opposition party bad. Look what has happened to the Democrats since they won the House and Senate just two years ago. They have become more partisan with every passing day. Do you remember when Speaker Pelosi promised a clean non-corrupt government? Now they wont even reprimand Representative Rangle who has cheated big time on his tax returns and has been involved in other nefarious financial activities. Each party has its bad apples and these do come to the foreground as they get more power. A clean, non-corrupt government? Please spare me!

The Libertarian Party appears quite clean. This is because they have never been in power. Wait until they get in power – a day which will probably never come! When and if this ever were to happen, we will see corruption in that party also. Why? Because all parties are made up of just another sample of the human race.




nicola michael ©. Tauraso, M.D.)
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Saturday, September 20, 2008

TV ADS --VERY MISLEADING

TV ADS – VERY MISLEADING

So many ads on TV are misleading. The ad on TV where several people are eating Honey Nut Cheerios is touting the benefits of eating Cheerios to lower cholesterol. Although it is known that eating oats and oat bran lowers cholesterol, this is negated with the addition of honey. Sugar (honey being a very concentrated form of simple sugar) is known to lower HDL’s, the good form of cholesterol, thereby, relatively increasing the bad cholesterol. If the people in the ad were eating plain Cheerios, that would be one thing, but they are not. They are eating Honey Nut Cheerios.

Another food ad is Campbell’s Soup ad touting that the soup is made with low sodium natural sea salt. Regular salt is almost 100% Sodium Chloride. The composition of sea salt can be ascertained from what is contained in seawater. The amount of sodium and chloride are so high that they overwhelm all the other components. Essentially, the amount of sodium are not much different than in regular salt. Because of all the other components sea salt tastes different than regular salt.

If you are interested in the composition of sea water, google sea salt and view the posting Wikipedia has. I was unable to reproduce the chart in this Blog.

So the ad is very misleading when it refers to sea salt as low sodium. But it surely sounds that using sea salt would make the soup more healthy to consume. It may well be because of the other micronutrients contained in sea salt. But, it is not low sodium.

Another ad is where a man, an prominent actor on Law and Order, is touting the benefits of buying gold. He states that “gold will never be worth zero.” Although in one way this statement is true, in another way it is not. If you buy gold at $800/ounce and the price of gold goes down to $400, the gold you purchased is worth 50% less than your purchase price. It is true it is not worth zero, but your gold has lost half of its value. This is no great consolation. For you in this case your gold is worth less than zero.

One must remember that the ad makers use well known people who they think the public trusts. You want to believe these people even though they tell you a falsehood.

So be very careful what you see and believe on TV. Should I mention those individuals running for public office. Look back and tell me what and how many politicians do after they get elected what they promise while they were running for office? I will answer that. Very few.

nicola michael (c. Tauraso, M.D.)
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REASONS FOR BAD LOANS CONTRIBUTING TO THE SO-CALLED HOUSING DEBACLE

REASONS FOR BAD LOANS CONTRIBUTING TO THE SO-CALLED HOUSING DEBACLE

I have been watching the pundits on TV and also the politicians recently discussing the reasons why the home loan market is collapsing. Many are blaming: 1. The people who sold sub-prime loans to unsuspecting individuals who could not afford them. 2. Thee banks who bought these loans and created fancy financial instruments and created schemes to buy and sell these instruments using high margin and arbitrage beyond the recovery capabilities of what might happen if the housing values decreased even by a small amount. 3. The unsuspecting people who did not do their due diligence and read the fine print. And 3. The politicians who wished to insure that even the poorest in the community would be able to own their own home. All of these things are true and contribute to the so-called housing debacle.

I do not quarrel with these assessments, but I would like to add another explanation. Over the past 12 months, the number of unemployed persons has increased by 2.2 million and the unemployment rate has risen by 1.4 percentage points, with most of the increase occurring over the past four months. In August, 9.4 million Americans were unemployed.

There are many people who at one time could afford their homes but after losing their jobs cannot. So many families lost their major bread winner and could no longer afford the homes they bought and could afford when they were gainfully employed. These people are defaulting on their homes solely because they are not working. Losing one’s job is usually not the individual’s choice or fault.

I just would like to add a bit of sympathy into this equation. Sometimes bad things happen in the market place which are not anticipated, intended nor caused by those affected. Unfortunately, we live in a country where some want to find someone to blame when a bad event occurs. We get upset not realizing that sometimes things occur because it is the nature of the beast "mutatis mutandis."


nicola michael (c. Tauraso, M.D.)
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ECONOMICS 101 AND THE HOUSING MARKET DEBACLE

ECONOMICS 101 AND THE HOUSING MARKET DEBACLE

I have entitled this Blog: Economics 101 and the Housing Debacle. In order to get an understanding of what happened and how we got to where we are, let us start at the beginning.

First, you want to buy a home, you go to a realtor who finds you one. S/he finds a closing agent who represents numerous institutions who will lend you the money to purchase the house.

Second, the lending representative asks for your financial statement which is never checked for accuracy so you may fudge your assets upwards and perhaps your liabilities downwards a bit so that on paper, at least, you look like you can afford the house.

Third, simultaneously the realtor and/or closing agent will require an appraiser to state how much the house is worth. Usually, the appraiser who is working in tandem with all the others is told that it might be nice if the appraisal were to reach a level where it would be easy to secure a loan of a certain amount so it will be in line with what you can afford as evidenced by your financial statement. Through the manipulation of comparing so-called comparable homes in the area, this is easily accomplished.

Fourth, depending upon the lending institution and your finances it is determined that you may need to come up with a down payment of between 20-25 % because the lending institution will give a loan of only 75-80 % of the total evaluation of the house.

Fifth, so you have the documents to close the deal: the house and its quasi-accurate appraisal, the quasi-accurate financial statement, the realtor who is waiting for his commission, and the closing agent representing a lending institution. Perhaps there is a lawyer or two representing either you, the seller or both.

Sixth, The initial bank giving the loan collects a batch and sells them to another bank or financial institution but what they sell is more than just the mortgage. They sell the original loan plus the potential income from the loan which is anticipated over the term of the loan, perhaps 15, 20, 0r 30 years. The new financial institution now owns a mortgage and a piece of paper representing future earnings which they bought with real money. On their book the institution place a debit of what was paid and an asset represented by a piece of paper promising money sometime in the future.

Seventh, this institution now sells packages of these instruments to other institutions who wish to make money buying and selling this worthless paper – worthless because the paper does not really represent anything real and tangible but rather a promise of something which might occur in the future. This is all done using a creative device only a graduate from a fancy business school could devise. The creative device is called “ARBITRAGE” which is a fancy word meaning “MARGIN.” Sometimes this arbitrage may be at a ratio of 100:1 or even 1,000:1.

Eighth, one can easily see that when the value of the real property decreases by even a small amount which can occur when someone defaults on the original house and the value of other houses in the same area decreases, the domino effect upon the arbitraged investments will spiral downwards very rapidly when the reverse of the arbitrage is impacted – that is, the reverse of the 100:1 or 1,000:1. Remember what was posted on the balance sheet for the debits and the assets. The debits remained the same from the initial payout for the instrument, but the assets are now brought up to date with the new and current evaluations. Although it is a simple adjustment on paper, the value of a company is determined by the bottom line figure on the balance sheet. Because of the reverse effect of the arbitrage, it will be no time before the company is bankrupt.

It is said that only 5% of the housing market is defaulting, and that 95% is sound. Has anyone wondered how and why 5% of something can negatively affect the market when 95% is sound? It is because of arbitrage – remember the 1,000:1. If we were to give a mathematical weight of 1,000 to the 5% (1,000 X .05 =50) and 1 to the 95% (1 X .95 = .95), we can understand why the ratio between 50 an .95 (50/.95 = 52.63) is 52.63. Isn’t mathematics great? The 5% of the market is affecting the overall situation by 52.63 times.

The main problem is that the new age hot shots educated in the great business schools constantly devise ways and instruments which create value where there is no value. (Remember Enron and the valueless instruments they created?) And these hot shots go one step further. They buy and sell these worthless paper entities using arbitrage at 1,000:1 giving a false impression and raising 1,000 times more money on paper which is worthless. This is great, if you can get away with it. But they do as in the cases of Enron and the financial institutions now falling apart because of the sub-prime debacle until, of course, when the house of cards begin to fall. And the house of cards ALWAYS falls eventually with many innocent people suffering as a result.

I am currently writing a book on: The Trading of Worthless Paper Entities wherein I go into more detail on this subject. I welcome your comments on the subject.

nicola michael (c. Tauraso, M.D.)
Director, Tauraso Medical Clinic
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Saturday, September 13, 2008

MODERN DAY PREVENTIVE MEASURES FOR CANCER – A RETURN TO THE OLD – THE BASICS OF A WHOLE FOODS DIET with AN ADDENDUM

MODERN DAY PREVENTIVE MEASURES FOR CANCER – A RETURN TO THE OLD – THE BASICS OF A WHOLE FOODS DIET

I, as many others, have been interested in the cure for cancer for many years and have explored the conventional and unconventional, the holistic and un-holistic, the natural and the un-natural, even the value of faith healing and the supernatural, almost everything you can imagine. I tried to leave no rock unturned in my quest for the cure(s) of this devastating disease.

There is not a doctor alive who would not like someday to open his front door and exclaim: “I have found THE cure!” Fortunately, the cure has already been found, but only a few are listening. I will repeat: fortunately the cure has already been found, but only a few are listening.

What we are proposing is not new. There are other who came before me who have made the discoveries. I hope only to relight the flame and give new impetus for public awareness and to suggest a different tack to allow the already discovered cures to take hold.

As many others search for a potential cure of this devastating disease, the incidence of this disease called cancer continues to rise.


Could It Be Genetics?

We can reasonably conclude that genetics can be either a direct or indirect cause because our susceptibility and resistence to all our health conditions are based upon our genetics. Because we are made up of genes from both parents, we inherit their genes, and therefore the genetic propensity for both health and unhealthy conditions. Many cancers, such as breast cancer, run in families. Is this genetic predisposition or is the cancer a result of the foods we eat or do not eat or of environmental exposures to toxins and life styles?

Can the hope lie in the study of some populations of native peoples who do not suffer from cancer: namely the Karakorums of West Pakistan (The Hunzas), the aboriginal Eskimaux of North America, tribes of South Africa and South America, the North American Indian, the Australian aborigines, and there may be others. It should be noted and emphasized that these populations do not experience cancer while living in their native habitats. The Hunzas have been studied for over 60 years and the Eskimaux have been observed under great scrutiny for over 80 years. No cancers have been observed in either of these two populations during this time. With respect to the Eskimaux and others cancer was observed among those who left their aboriginal habitat to assume a Westernized way of life.

Could it be that their genetics protected them from this scourge in their native habitat? This is precluded by the facts of no cancers while in their native habitat and cancer while in a Western culture where cancer is endemic. Although they bring their genetics with them, it does not appear to protect them after they move away from their natural habitat. It would appear that moving to a Western culture exposed them to a number of potentially cancer-inducing causes:

1. The actual diet itself;
2. Exposure to chemicals consumed within processed foods and within the overall environment, such as smoking and breathing noxious carcinogenic fumes and gasses (airborne pollutants) which are everywhere;
3. Exposure to aberrant radio waves, such as microwaves, power cables, and cell phones;
4. Exposure to the toxic elements in clothes, detergents, and fabric softeners;
5. Viruses

Could It Be Environmental?
In my opinion, I believe diet contributes considerably to the development of cancer in a particular population. There is little doubt that the diet of aborigine, nomad, and native populations who do not experience cancer is considerably different than what is consumed by westernized peoples. The former eat more natural whole foods consumed close to where these foods grow and more importantly devoid of residual herbicides and pesticides. Although most of these cancer-free populations are vegetarians, the Eskimaux are mainly meat eaters.

Western peoples eat refined foods, such as white rice and flour, refined sugar, sugared drinks, and the ubiquitous chemicals required to preserve and prevent spoiling, etc. They also consume biogenetic fruits and vegetables bred to produce seedless varieties, as in the case of apples, watermelons, other melons, etc. The seeds of many plants, some beans, and other legumes contain the secret of preventing cancer. The eating of these plants has protected the Hunzas and indirectly the Eskimaux from developing cancer.


LAETRILE

Laetrile, Vitamin B 17, a substance extracted from the pit of the almond, was studied extensively as an anti-cancer drug. The original developers, Dr. Ernest T. Crebbs and his son, Dr. Ernest T. Crebbs, Jr., claimed that Laetrile cured many people with all kinds of cancer. But extensive studies by the National Institutes of Health(NIH) and others with NIH grants were unable to confirm their studies. The FDA now bans the use of LAETRILE as an anti-cancer drug. Several states allow its use but not as an anti-cancer drug but as a Vitamin without making any claims to its usefulness to treat cancer. One has to go to Mexico and some European countries where it is legal to receive such treatment.

Why does our Federal Government ban the use of a natural substance which has almost no side effects, while they allow the sale and use of many prescription drugs with many side effects, including death? My mother died from a rather rare cardiomyopathy. She was a diabetic taking DBI – a prescription drug to lower her blood sugar. It was a relatively new drug which was touted to be a wonder drug for the purposes of lowering blood sugar. Three years after my mother died, DBI was taken from the market because they discovered that in sensitive individuals DBI caused a deadly cardiomyopathy. This drug was allowed while the government bans natural safe plant derivatives.

OIL-SOLUBLE VITAMINSAlthough conventional medicine always preaches about the dangers of taking some vitamins – such as too much of the oil-soluble Vitamins A, D, and E – there are almost no deaths from consuming these products.

WATER-SOLUBLE VITAMIN CThey, the conventional medical types, preach that taking too much Vitamin C causes kidney stones. A review of the medical literature reveals NO such cases. They try to scare people from taking Vitamin C,. Why Linus Pauling was taking 30- 40 Grams daily without side effects, and he died in his 90's! I carefully searched the medical literature and found no credible evidence showing that excessive intake of Vitamin C results in kidney stones.

There are, however, other side reactions to excessive Vitamin C intake – stomach pain and diarrhea. So we recommend to our patients that, if either of these two symptoms occur, cut back of the dose until symptoms disappear. We recommend ONLY powdered Vitamin C and not the pills. And, although most of the powdered Vitamin C ingested is excreted in the urine with an hour or two, there appears to be some benefit to the high spikes of C in the system. Additionally, we recommend taking adequate amounts of water when taking C.

BACK TO LAETRILE

The original developers claim that the Laetrile used in the NIH studies was not prepared properly, and this may be true. Drug companies are reluctant to develop drugs from natural sources because they cannot be patented. Drug companies must see a significant profit down the line before they pour millions of dollars into research and the subsequent cost of getting FDA approval for it use.

It must be remembered that the Hunzas and other peoples consume the natural product and not a laboratory-purified substance. It is our desire to purify everything that decreases the effectiveness of a particular substance to do what nature had originally intended.

THE LOGICAL CONCLUSIONSo what are we to do? It makes no philosophical sense to use a purified by-product of a naturally occurring substance which in its natural state is effective. So why not consume the original natural substance – the seed, vegetable, bean, or whatever?

The active substance which has anti-cancer properties is Amygdalin, a substance Dr. Crebbs called “Vitamin B 17.” Chemically, the active compound is Nitriloside. Within the cancer cell nitriloside is hydrolyzed by the enzyme, beta-glucosidase, into a molecule of a non-sugar or aglycone, a molecule of free hydrogen cyanide (HCN), and one or more molecules of a sugar or its acid. There are about 14 naturally occurring nitrilosides found in over 1200 species of plants. It is the HCN which is selectively released within cancer cells because only cancer cells have the beta-glucosidase. Normal cells do not contain the glucosidase to release HCN. Besides normal cells contain the enzyme, rhodanese (thiocyanate transfurase), which detoxifies HCN into thiocyanate. Cancer cells do not contain rhodanese.

Important to note again is that the beta-glucosidase which hydrolyzes the nitriloside to release the HCN is found in large quantities only in cancer cells, but not in normal cells. Without the beta-glucosidase to release HCN, the nitriloside would not be effective.

Philosophically, it might be one thing to consume a natural product over a lifetime to prevent a disease, yet quite another thing to want that substance to cure a disease once it gets established. If we were to compare the situation with cancer with the development of coronary heart disease, we know that heart disease is the culmination of a lifetime of bad diet and lack of proper exercise. Although heart disease can be cured after it is established, it is much better to have prevented it in the first place. To prevent heart disease requires a lifetime commitment to a lifestyle conducive to preventing the disease – a much more difficult situation.

Likewise cancer might better be prevented than cured. A regular ingestion of Amygdalin would more easily destroy early cancer as it might be developing rather than a hugh amount of cancer cells already developed. An amount of cancer-inhibiting Amygdalin might be less to prevent than what might be required to treat an already existing disease.


PLANTS CONTAINING NITRILOSIDE(NB: The following has been excerpted from: www.worldwithoutcancer.org.uk

Foods Containing B17 (Nitrilosides)

Vitamin B17 appears in abundance in untamed nature. Because B17 is bitter to the taste, in man's attempt to improve tastes and flavors for his own pleasure, he has eliminated bitter substances like B17 by selection and cross-breeding. It can be stated as a general rule that many of the foods that have been domesticated still contain the vitamin B17 in that part not eaten by modem man, such as the seeds in apricots. Listed below is an evaluation of some of the more common foods. Keep in mind that these are averages only and that specimens vary widely depending on variety, locale, soil, and climate. SOURCE: The Little Cyanide Cookbook by June de Spain - (former) FDA Toxicologist and Pharmacologist.





Fruits Range Seeds Range Beans Range

Blackberry, Domestic Low Apple Seeds High Black Low
Blackberry, Wild High Apricot Seeds High Black Eyed Peas Low
Boysenberry Med Buckwheat Med Fava High
Choke Cherry High Cherry Seed High Garbanzo Low - Med
Wild Crabapple High Flax Med Green Pea Low
Market Cranberry Low Millet Med Kidney Low - Med
Swedish (lignon)
Cranberry High Nectarine Seed High Lentils Med
Currant Med Peach Seed High Lima, U.S. Low
Elderberry Med - High Pear Seed High Lima, Burma Med
Gooseberry Med Plum Seed High Mung Med - High
Huckleberry Med Prune Seed High Shell Low
Loganberry Med Squash Seed Med
Mulberry Med
Quince Med
Strawberry Med
Raspberry Med

Sprouts Range Nuts (all raw) Range Leaves Range

Alfalfa Med Bitter Almond High Alfalfa High
Bamboo High Cashew Low Beet Tops Low
Fava Med Macadamia Med - High Eucalyptus High
Garbanzo Med Spinach Low
Mung Med Water Cress Low


Tubers Range

Cassava (bitter variety) High
Sweet Potato Low
Yams Low

Range

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High — above 500 mgs. nitriloside per 100 grams food

Medium — above 100 mgs. per 100 grams food

Low — below 100 mgs. per 100 grams food

Vitamin B-17 is one of the main sources of food in cultures such as the Eskimos, the Hunzas, the Abkasians and many more. Did you know that within these tribes there has never been a reported case of cancer? According to Dr. Krebs, we need a minimum of 100 mg of vitamin B-17 (the equivalent of about seven apricots seeds) too nearly guarantee a cancer free life. Foods that contain vitamin B-17 are as follows:


KERNELS OR SEEDS OF FRUIT: The highest concentration of vitamin B-17 to be found in nature, aside from bitter almonds. Apple, apricot, cherry, nectarine, peach, pear, plum, prune.

BEANS: broad (Vicia faba), Burma, chickpeas, lentils (sprouted), lima, mung (sprouted), Rangoon, scarlet runner.


NUTS: Bitter almond, macadamia, cashew.


BERRIES: Almost all wild berries. Blackberry, chokeberry, Christmas berry, cranberry, elderberry, raspberry, strawberry.


SEEDS: Chia, flax, sesame.


GRASSES: Acacia, alfalfa (sprouted), aquatic, Johnson, milkweed, Sudan, minus, wheat grass, white dover.


GRAINS: oat groats, barley, brown rice, buckwheat groats, chia, flax, millet, rye, vetch, wheat berries.


MISCELLANEOUS: bamboo shoots, fuschia plant, sorghum, wild hydrangea, yew tree (needles, fresh leaves).


Two rules of thumb: According to Dr. Krebs, the basic concept is that sufficient daily B-17 may be obtained by following either of two suggestions:

First, eating all the B-17-containing fruits whole (seeds included), but not eating more of the seeds by themselves than you would be eating if you ate them in the whole fruit. Example: if you eat three apples a day, the seeds in the three apples are sufficient B-17. You would not eat a pound of apple seeds.

Second, one peach or apricot kernel per 10 lbs of body weight is believed to be more than sufficient as a normal safeguard in cancer prevention, although precise numbers may vary from person to person in accordance with individual metabolism and dietary habits. A 170-lb man, for example, might consume 17 apricot or peach kernels per day and receive a biologically reasonable amount of Vitamin B-17.

And two important notes: Certainly, you can consume too much of anything. Too many kernels or seeds, for example, can be expected to produce unpleasant side effects. These natural foods should be consumed in biologically rational amounts (no more than 30 to 35 kernels per day).

High concentrations of B-17 are obtained by eating the natural foods in their raw or sprouting stage. This does not mean that moderate cooking and other tampering will destroy the B-17 content. Foods cooked at a temperature sufficient for a Chinese dinner, for example, will not lose their B-17 content.

ADDENDUM AS OF 9/14/08:

This article was first published on my Blog on 3/2/08. Since then we have included in our anti-cancer protocol the use of seeds and foods to provide the anti cancer amygdalin and employing the benefits of Cesium Chloride, Vitamin C, and several other all natural agents, known to either inhibit the growth of cancer cells or completely annihilate these cells from the body. Although we are willing to share our protocol with the public, we advise anyone interested to employ our protocol under the close supervision of a physician who knows what s/he is doing. We are willing to do this for you if you wish.

Today, we are starting a fund raiser to collect enough money to open our own clinic. Initially we are going to begin by reaching out to the general public through Craig’s List. We are asking the public to purchase an Ebook from our Online Bookstore (http://shop.drtauraso.com/main.sc) (Copy and paste on your browser). If we can entice 200,000 individuals to purchase an Ebook we will have sufficient funds to open our clinic. We are not asking for an empty donation where you will not receive something of benefit to you – that is an Ebook. The small amount of money for an Ebook – less than $8-9.00 – is so small considering the large sums sent to political candidates where we know the money is not well spent! Buy an Ebook which you can download and help us out.

nicola michael (c. Tauraso, M.D.)
Director, Tauraso Medical Clinic
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IN DEFENSE OF MICHAEL BROWN

IN DEFENSE OF MICHAEL BROWN

Does anyone remember Michael Brown? He was the FEMA Director who initially oversaw the handling of the New Orleans/Katrina disaster. He was also the official scapegoat who paid the price by losing his job for what was considered inadequate management of the aftermath of Katrina. His being blamed was a the real tragedy, and, if anyone should have been the scapegoat, why were it not his boss – the silver tongue Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff. Let us review what happened.

First, Michael Brown had been an outstanding FEMA official who successfully supervised several other natural disasters.

Second, there was no way anyone could have predicted how serious the Katrina/New Orleans disaster would have been. Katrina was a Category 2 hurricane, and similar hurricanes had hit New Orleans before without the catastrophic results which resulted from Katrina.

Third, Katrina would not have cause the devastation that it did had not the many dykes broke down. It was not the hurricane, but the ruptured dyes which were the real problem. No one could have anticipated this. I take this back. There have been many who predicted that the dykes were in such a state of disrepair that one day they would rupture resulting in great disaster. It was neglect by the so-called “powers at be” who should have known the dykes were old and had not been brought up to standards and that one day they would not hold up. The dykes were a disaster waiting to happen. Katrina was the final straw, and finally what many had feared over the years happened.
I will repeat that even though many have thought the dykes would eventually give way, no one could have predicted that Katrina would have been the catalyst for what occurred. Michael Brown was not at fault for the enormity of what resulted.

Fourth, when Michael Brown realized that enormity of the Katrina event he telephoned his boss to come to New Orleans immediately. But Chertoff was attending a seminar in Florida and would not break away from the seminar even at the pleading of Brown. Brown was alone without adequate resources to correctly handle the disaster. The local officials were completely clueless.

We learn from our experiences. The problems faced with Katrina was eventually going to result in the improvement of response to the next time such an event were to occur. This is what we recently saw when New Orleans was hit by Hurricane Gustav. With the Katrina event there was a lot of blame to go around. The completely-out-of-his competency New Orleans’ Mayor to the inept Governor were not able to mobilize the forces necessary to respond to what was needed to solve the problem. And so, many blamed President Bush especially those who hate him. Once people realized how to solve the problem, it was done and evidenced by the successful Gustav response.

Many people are arrogant. Many believe that people in charge should be able to solve ALL problems. Natural catastrophes such as hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, tornadoes, etc. are truly humbling experiences which tell us we sometimes cannot predict what Mother Nature will and can do. We experience these events, we learn from them, and we respond better the next time we are faced with similar problems. But, let us not get too arrogant for one day Mother nature will present another problem the enormity of which we might not be able to handle adequately the first time.

To return to Michael Brown. He could not have anticipated what happened with Katrina and the dykes rupturing. The inadequacy of the response was not due to any inadequacy on his part. But, he was the ONLY one, a good man, who was blamed. Pity, because we lost a man who could have continued to serve the public. His being fired is another example of the scape goating which occurs in government. The President stuck by Chertoff, but Chertoff did not do likewise to his subordinate, Michael Brown. I lost considerable respect for Chertoff at the time. I believe that deep inside Chertoff realized his culpability, and blaming and firing Brown diverted attention away from him.

nicola michael (c. Tauraso, M.D.)
Director, Tauraso Medical Clinic
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