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Friday, June 10, AD 2016
Between Friday, June 3 AD 2016 and 
Friday, June 10, AD 2016,  the bid prices for:
Gold rose 2.4% from $1,243.50 to $1,273.30
Silver rose 5.4 % from $16.39 to $17.28
Platinum rose 0.5 % from $986 to $991
Palladium fell 1.8 % from $552 to $542
Crude Oil rose0.2 % from $48.80 to $48.90

US Dollar Index rose 0.7 % from 93.93 to 94.61

DJIA rose 0.3 % from 17,807.06 to 17,865.34
NASDAQ fell 1.0 % from 4,942.52 to 4,894.55
NYSE fell 0.4 % from 10,487.90 to 10,446.10
S&P 500 fell 0.1 % from 2099.13 to 2,096.07

"Only buy something that you'd be perfectly happy to hold
if the market shut down for 10 years." --Warren Buffett 

"If the markets shut down for 10 years, what investment would you dare to hold-- 
other than gold"? --Alfred Adask

Two Out of Three's Not Bad

by Alfred Adask
Bill Bonner is a widely-respected author of books and articles on economic and financial subjects. He's the founder and president of Agora, Inc., and author of a daily financial column, Bill Bonner's Diary.
Mr. Bonner recently published an article in The Daily Reckoning entitled "We might be in the early stages of a gold 'super spike'". In that article, he made one observations that was brilliant, a second that triggered some insight, and a third that was silly.
For example,  
"At times, gold behaves like a commodity. The gold pricetracks the ups and downs of commodity indices.
"At other times, gold is viewed as a safe haven investment. It competes with stocks and bondsfor investor attention.
"And on occasion, gold assumes its role as the most stable long-term form of money the world has ever known.
"Gold is a chameleon. It changes in response to the environment."
What a brilliant observation.
Gold has multiple natures-three of them: commodity, investment and money.
More, Mr. Bonner implied that gold "magically" becomes whatever you and/or your economy really need at any given moment. When your economy needs gold to be a commodity, it's a commodity. When you need gold to be an investment, it's that, too. When you need gold as money, presto-changeo!, gold becomes money.
Mr. Bonner's description of gold's multiple "natures" implies that, no matter what kind of economy you're in, gold will be useful and valuable in at least one of its three "natures".
Another implication is that, since most other financial options usually have only one primary use (as a commodity, investment, or as currency), they shouldn't be as highly-valued as gold since gold alone can "magically" become whatever you most need at any particular moment. Most other investments (stocks, bonds, and currencies) can go to zero. Gold can't.
Implication: Because gold has multiple natures, it's an "investment" for all seasons.
* Bonner:
"For one thing, gold price action has diverged from the price action of other commodities. This divergence first appeared in late 2014 but has become more pronounced in recent months."
Q: What's that divergence signify?  
A: It signifies that buyers are increasingly valuing gold as money rather than as a commodity.
We've been told for years that gold is now only a "commodity".   Most Americans accepted that claim. But, more recently, Americans are beginning to value gold as money rather than as a commodity.
Result? The prices of commodities in general and that of gold are diverging. While the prices of most commodities are falling, the price of gold (no longer clearly deemed a commodity and increasing viewed as a "monetary" metal) is rising. The rising price of "monetary" gold makes perfect sense as the debt-based dollar declines/inflates ever closer to its demise.
Gold is the fiat dollar's pallbearer. As the price of gold rises, the debt-based dollar doesn't merely lose value, it staggers closer to its grave.
* Bonner continued:
". . . citizens around the world are starting to lose confidence in other forms of money, such as dollars, yuan, yen, euros, and sterling. The price of gold in many currencies is going up as confidence in those other currencies goes down. Confidence in [fiat] currencies is dropping because investors are losing confidence in the central banks that print them."
Not exactly. It's true that citizens and investors around the world are losing confidence in fiat currencies. But saying that "investors are losing confidence in the central banks" is too imprecise to describe the essence of that lost confidence.
Q: Given that we've been told repeatedly that fiat, debt-based monetary systems are based on public confidence, what's the basis for that "confidence"?   What, exactly, are we "confident" about?
A: Given that we have a debt-based monetary system, that confidence is ultimately based on the capacity of government and/or the central banks and/or even fiat currency to pay their debts. We accept and value the government's debt-based monetary instruments (U.S. bonds and fiat dollars) as currency because we are confident that the government can and will one day pay its debts.
However, if the National Debt grows so large that even fools can see that it can't possibly be paid, then most people will lose confidence in value of government's bonds and debt-based currency. The ultimate "value" of every "debt-based monetary instrument is that instrument's ability to somehow, actually "pay" the associated debt. The "value" of a $100 bill is our confidence that anyone holding that bill can exchange it for $100 worth of tangible assets. The "value" of a $100,000 U.S. Bond is based on the public confidence that that bond (a promise to pay) can be exchanged for $100,000 worth of tangible assets. Without public confidence that the underlying debts can somehow be paid in full, the value of the correlative debt instruments (bonds, fiat dollars) falls towards, or even to, zero.
* Bonner:
"Gold's role as money is difficult for investors to grasp. One criticism of gold is that is has no yield. Gold has no yield because money has no yield. In order to get yield, you have to take risk."
Another important observation from Mr. Bonner that leads me to a new (for me) insight:.
You purchase $1 million worth of gold and it just sits there. It's not like a bond because bonds pay interest. Gold doesn't pay any interest. Gold does not have a "yield".
Q: But why doesn't gold have a yield?
A:   Gold has no yield because it has virtually no risk.  
If you buy a top-value bond, it might pay 2% interest. If you buy a "junk" bond, it might pay 20% interest. It's common knowledge that the riskier the bond, the higher the interest-rate/yield. The correlative should also be true: the safer the investment, the lower the risk and therefore the lower the interest rate paid by safe investments.
Given that gold pays even less interest than the best bonds, it follows that gold should be even less risky than the best bonds.
From that perspective, gold's lack of yield should not be deemed a detriment to purchasing gold. Instead, gold's lack of "yield" should be evidence that gold is both "money" and possibly the safest investment in the world. Therefore, if you're looking for a safe investment, the fact that gold does not produce a "yield" is not reason to avoid investing in gold-it's reason to purchase all you can afford.
* Bonner:
"Lost confidence in fiat money starts slowly then builds rapidly to a crescendo. The end result is panic buying of gold and a price 'super spike'. . .that could take gold to $10,000 per ounce or higher. When that happens, . . . gold will be in such short supply that only the central banks, giant hedge funds, and billionaires will be able to get their hands on any. The mint and your local dealer will be sold out. That physical scarcity will make the price super spike even more extreme than in 1980."
Ooo. "$10,000 per ounce"?
I like the sound of that.
But I disagree with Mr. Bonner's warning that the price of gold might rise so high that you won't be able find any to purchase.
Like a lot of analysts, Bonner warns that one day the supply of gold for sale will dry up and disappear.
While such a scenario is conceivable for a few days after some sort of economic crash, the shortage would only be temporary. Gold is always for sale. There'll never be a time when you can't purchase gold. It just depends on the price you're willing to pay.
For example, I could run around like Chicken Little screaming that "OMG-there's no more gold for sale! There's no more gold for sale!" And I'd be right, too, if I qualified my warning by saying "There's no more gold for sale- at $500 per ounce."  
Of course there's no gold for sale- at that price. In today's market, where gold is currently over $1,275, nobody's dumb enough to sell his gold for $500/ounce. Thus, it's absolutely true that "there is no more gold sale!" (at $500/ounce).
Q: But if there's truly no gold for sale at $500/ounce, how much gold do you suppose is currently for sale for $5,000/ounce?
A: Lots. Maybe all of it. Today, at that price, if I had enough fiat currency to purchase it, I could fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool full of gold.
Yes, there may be brief interludes when you can't easily purchase gold since the price is rising rapidly. For example, suppose gold was $4,000 in January and had since risen by $1,000 a month and was now $8,000. It wouldn't be easy to find gold for sale at $8,000 since almost everyone would be betting that gold would go to $9,000 next month, and $10,000 the month after. But if you offered to pay $10,000 now (when the market price was deemed to be $8,000), there'd be lots of sellers who'd doubt that gold was going to go to $10,000 and would therefore sell in order to lock in their profits.
Gold is always for sale. It just depends on the price. The idea that the gold markets will seize up and disappear is silly.
* Mr. Bonner had three arguments or insights.
One was brilliant: gold has three different "natures" (commodity, investment and money).
A second, (their was no yield (interest) paid on gold) helped me to deduce that no yield is evidence of gold's superior safety and value.
The third (the price of gold could rise so high that there won't be any available for purchase) was a dog.
Two good ones out of three.
Not bad.

Janet Yellen: "Not a Bubble Economy"

by Alfred Adask
Last April, the Wall Street Journal hosted a video interview of Ben Bernanke and Paul Volcker, former chairmen of the Federal Reserve and Janet Yellen, current chairperson of the Fed. There's a 2-minutes-and-34-second segment from that video at that focuses on Mrs. Yellen .
In that segment, Ms. Yellen seems nervous. Perhaps she's not used to public speaking. Maybe she's intimidated by Bernanke's and Volcker's presence. Maybe she's lying and, unlike Obama, has little confidence in her ability to lie convincingly.
That segment is generally dull and unconvincing as Ms. Yellen tries to "sell" the idea that the economy is strengthening. But there is some meat in that segment as Ms. Yellen insists twice that the U.S. economy is not a "bubble economy".
The U.S. economy is not a "bubble economy"?
M'thinks Ms. Yellen doth protest too much.
* Suppose I maxed-out all of my credit cards, borrowed heavily from the local bank, and hit all of my friends and fans for every dime I could beg, borrow or steal.
Suppose I used all the money I borrowed to buy a new $1 million mansion, a Tesla Model S auto and an extensive new wardrobe. Anyone looking at my clothes, car and home would suppose that I must have a great job, a strong income stream and be very prosperous.
But what if they learned how little money I actually make and how deeply indebted I was? Do you suppose that they'd realize that my seemingly-prosperous lifestyle was mostly an illusion based on my capacity to go into debt rather than my capacity for productivity?
If my lifestyle was mostly a debt-based illusion, would it be fair to call me a fraud and my lifestyle a "bubble" that was inflated by debt that was not only excessive but even irrational since I could never hope to repay it?
* Now, apply the same principles of apparent prosperity based on debt to our allegedly "strong" U.S. economy:
The "official" National Debt has more than doubled since Obama took office and is now nearly $20 trillion.
John Williams ( claims the true national debt is closer to $100 trillion. The Congressional Budget Office and economist Laurence Kotlikoff have said that, including unfunded liabilities, the U.S. government's true national debt is over $200 trillion.
My question for Ms. Yellen is this: How can any rational person claim that-despite being built on at least $20 trillion in National Debt that won't ever be repaid in full-the U.S. economy is strong, self-supporting, and definitely not a "bubble economy"?
Of course it's a "bubble economy".
All modern economic "bubbles" are ultimately built on excess and irrational debt. The "bubbles" are inflated with debt and/or debt-instruments (mere promises to pay).
Hasn't our seemingly strong (but overly-indebted) U.S. economy been "inflated" (stimulated) with excess debt? Isn't that what the Quantitative Easing (QE) of the past several years has been all about--to "stimulate"/"inflate" the U.S. economy with trillions of dollars worth of unpayable debt-instruments (promises to pay)?
If so, how can Ms. Yellen or anyone else reasonably claim that the U.S. is not a "bubble economy"--and keep a straight face?
The truth is that the U.S. economy is a "bubble economy". Our enormous debt proves that it's a "bubble".   As such, it's certain to "pop"-and probably not so long from now.
In fact, since the global monetary system is based on debt, the whole global economy is also a "bubble economy". As such, the global economy is also certain to "pop". And, if it's not already doing so, probably not so long from now.

Saturday, June 11, 2016
Weekly Commentary: Historic Crazy
Weekly Commentary: Monkey with Money at Your Own Peril
Friday was one of those market days that left an uncomfortable feeling in the pit of my stomach. U.S. markets have been resilient thus far, with the S&P500 teasing near record highs. But something is amiss globally. The STOXX Europe 600 Bank Index sank 3.7% Friday (4.8% for the week), to near two-month lows. Deutsche Bank ended the week down 7.7%, trading back close to multi-year lows (down 35% y-t-d). Italian bank stocks were hammered 5.0% Friday (5.9% for the week) to lows goings back to 2013. UniCredit was hit 6.4%. Spanish equities (IBEX) sank 3.5% this week to two-month lows (down 11% y-t-d), while Italian stocks (MIB) dropped 2.1% (down 20% y-t-d). The German DAX was down 2.7%, boosting 2016 losses to 8.5%. French stock lost 2.6% this week (down 7.1%).
German 10-year bund yields are at the brink of turning negative, ending the week at a record low 0.02%. Italian 10-year spreads (to bunds) widened 10 bps this week to a four-month high 136 bps. UK 10-year yields closed Friday at a record low 1.23%. Japanese yields ended the week at a record low negative 0.17%. Treasury yields closed Friday at a three-year low 1.64%.
June 10 - CNBC (Jacob Pramuk): "A new poll showing a majority of British people in favor of leaving the European Union hit foreign exchange and stock markets on Friday. The data in London newspaper The Independent showed that 55% believe Britain should leave the EU, versus 45% who favored staying. The publication said it marked the largest portion of respondents who favored exiting since research firm ORB began polling the issue for it last year."
The British pound dropped 1.39% Friday on polls showing Brexit with a widening lead. Currency markets remain unsettled. The pound dropped 1.8% this week, with the Swedish krona down 2.1%, the Norwegian krone 1.2% and the euro 1.0%. Meanwhile, the Brazilian real surged 3.1%.
Japan's Topix Bank Index dropped 2.7% to almost one-month lows. Here at home, the Banks (BKX) fell 2.2% and the Broker/Dealers sank 3.6%. Notable financial sector declines included Bank of America/Merrill Lynch 4.1%, Citigroup 3.3% and Goldman Sachs 3.7%.
I can imagine the sense of excitement readers have to dive into the details of the latest Z.1 report. Watching paint dry and grass grow... Even for me, the Fed's Q1 "flow of funds" data was for the most part uninspiring. At this point, Credit is growing adequately. "Money" is expanding briskly. The vulnerable corporate debt sector came to life during Q1. The banks are "dancing," with bank Credit now in the strongest expansion since before the crisis. Importantly, securities market values are near all-time highs, with Household Net Worth inflating to record levels. Yet there's a strong case to be made of latent fragilities - system vulnerability to a reversal in bond, stock and real estate prices.
Non-Financial Debt (NFD) expanded at a 4.8% rate during Q1 (to $45.68 TN), down from Q4's (distorted) 8.8% but up from Q3's 2.2%. Total Household debt growth slowed to 2.7% annualized, down from Q4's 3.7%. Household mortgage debt was unchanged from Q4 at a 1.6% pace, while growth in Consumer Credit was unchanged at 6.1%. Corporate debt growth bounced back strongly during Q1. Corporate Credit growth had been slowing meaningfully, from 2015's Q1's 9.1% pace to Q2's 8.7% to Q3's 4.8% and then to 2.9% in Q4. The first quarter saw Corporate Credit growth surge to an 8.9% pace. State & Local borrowings accelerated marginally to 2.2%. After the government's blistering 18.5% fourth quarter borrowing pace, federal debt growth slowed to 4.6% in Q1.
It's often helpful to view the data in seasonally-adjusted and annualized rate (SAAR) terms. For Q1, Total Borrowings expanded SAAR $2.159 TN (surpassing my $2.0 TN bogey for Credit growth sufficient to sustain the U.S. "Bubble Economy"). For perspective, Total Borrowings expanded $1.990 TN in 2015, $1.836 TN in 2014, $1.566 TN in 2013, $1.910 TN in 2012, $1.297 TN in 2011, $1.569 TN in 2010, $1.226 TN in 2009, $1.908 TN in 2008, and $2.479 TN in 2007.
Breaking down SAAR debt growth for the quarter, Total Household Borrowings increased SAAR $379bn (mortgage $156bn and consumer $214 billion), Total Business SAAR $1.014 TN, State & Local SAAR $66 billion and Federal SAAR $700 billion. It's worth noting that Business borrowings over the past year have been at the strongest pace since record 2007 debt growth.
Led by ongoing strong Treasury issuance, Total Debt Securities (the Fed's accumulation) expanded $526 billion during the quarter to a record $40.218 TN. As a percentage of GDP, Debt Securities increased to 221%. Debt Securities began the eighties at 74% of GDP; the nineties at 126%; and the new Millennium at 162%. Total Equities declined marginally during the first quarter to $35.496 TN, or 195% of GDP. Equity Securities began the eighties at 44% of GDP; the nineties at 67%; and ended 1999 at 201%. Total Securities (Debt and Equities) ended Q1 at $76.618 TN, or 420% of GDP. Total Securities began the eighties at 117% of GDP; the nineties at 193%; and the new Millennium at 362%.
Buoyed by near-record securities market values, the bloated Household Balance Sheet remains a primary Bubble Economy variable. Household Assets increased another $855bn during Q1 to a record $102.6 TN. And with Liabilities up only $18 billion during the quarter, Household Net Worth (HNW) jumped $837 billion to a record $88.1 TN. HNW ended 2007 at $66.7 TN, and then fell below $49.0 TN in early 2009. HNW-to-GDP ended the first quarter at 483%, compared to 446% and 461% to end Bubble Years 1999 and 2007. Household holdings of Financial Assets increased $300 billion to a record $71.1 TN (390% of GDP). Inflating home prices saw Real Estate holdings jump almost $500 billion during the quarter to a record $25.8 TN. Household Net Worth has now inflated 81% from Q1 2009 lows.
It's worth pondering the divergence between deflating stock prices and inflating bank assets. Q1 growth in "Private Depository Institutions" was off the charts. Net Acquisition of Financial Assets surged SAAR $1.766 TN, up from Q4's $312 billion, Q3's $179 billion, Q2's $156 billion and Q1 2015's $1.427 TN. Loan Assets jumped SAAR $903 billion, with commercial business loans surging to SAAR $446 billion. For comparison, Loans increased $676 billion in 2015, $579 billion in 2014, $261 billion in 2013, $272 billion in 2012 and $143 billion in 2011. Loans expanded a record $696 billion in 2007. Bank Assets have expanded $4.015 TN, or 29%, since the end of 2010 to $17.712 TN.
On the bank ("Private Depository Institutions") Liability side, Deposits are expanding rapidly. Total Deposits expanded nominal $252 billion during the quarter, or 7.8% annualized. Deposits have inflated $3.589 TN, or 37%, in just over five years to $13.215 TN.
During the quarter, bank lending picked up the slack as other sectors slowed markedly. The GSE's contracted SAAR $88 billion, reversing some of Q4's strong expansion (SAAR $298bn). Agency MBS growth slowed to SAAR $125 billion, down from Q4's SAAR $195 billion. The Asset-Backed Securities (ABS) market contracted SAAR $228 billion during the quarter, after contracting SAAR $86 billion during Q4. Finance Companies contracted SAAR $65 billion during Q1, after expanding SAAR $18bn in Q4.
Security Broker/Dealer balance sheets remain in a curious flux. After contracting a notable SAAR $839 billion during Q4, Net Acquisition of Financial Assets expanded SAAR $191 billion during the quarter. Holdings of Treasury Securities increased SAAR $105 billion during Q1, and Miscellaneous Assets surged SAAR $443 billion. Corporate & Foreign Bonds declined SAAR $102 billion, Corporate Equities contracted SAAR $124 billion and Security Repurchase Agreements declined SAAR $72 billion. On the Liability side, Loans increased SAAR $157 billion.
Funding Corps ("subsidiaries, custodial accounts for reinvested collateral of securities lending operations...) posted the strongest growth in many quarters. Net Acquisition of Financial Assets surged SAAR $478 billion, up from Q4's $182 billion. On the Liability side, Securities Loans Net jumped SAAR $315 billion, following Q4's SAAR $163 billion contraction, Q3's SAAR $178 billion advance, Q2's SAAR $209 billion contraction and Q1's SAAR $139 billion increase. The data point to ongoing instability in securities lending and speculative finance more generally.
It's my view that significant amounts of speculative finance continue to gravitate from the faltering global "periphery" to the perceived stable "core" U.S. securities and asset markets. Z.1 data have not necessarily supported this analysis in recent quarters. After two consecutive quarters of net liquidation, Rest of World (ROW) "Net Acquisition of Financial Assets" increased $667 billion during Q1. Holdings of U.S. Corporate Bonds increased SAAR $178 billion, after Q4's SAAR $364 billion gain. ROW now holds $3.075 TN of U.S. corporate bonds, $6.285 TN of Treasuries, $5.564 TN of U.S. equities, $2.064 TN of short-term deposits/money funds/repos, and $3.659 TN of direct investment. After beginning the new Millennium at $5.621 TN, ROW holdings of U.S. assets have inflated to a staggering $23.104 TN.
June 10 - Financial Times (Mehreen Khan): "A small change in central bank interest rates risks triggering an abrupt reversal in global markets, in echoes of the last financial crisis, the head of the German Bundesbank has warned. In his latest warning on the unwanted side effects of persistently low interest rates, Jens Weidmann said investors and asset managers could become 'increasingly nervous' in a world stuck with near negative rates as it raised the possibility 'of a sudden hike in risk premiums'. He said monetary policymakers' attempts to issue forward guidance hinting that rates will stay lower for longer, and lengthy aggressive bond-buying, had ignored consequences for financial stability..."
Credit Bubbles survive only so long as ample new Credit is forthcoming. Asset Bubbles persevere only so long as new "money" flows readily into the asset class and prices continue to inflate. I have argued that the current Bubble is deeply systemic, impacting virtually all asset classes. Undoubtedly, however, the most spectacular Bubble excesses continue to unfold throughout global bonds and fixed-income. I can appreciate Bill Gross discussing a $10 TN "supernova" that's going to explode catastrophically "one day". I can also respect legendary speculator George Soros' decision to return to active trading with a host of bearish views and bets he expects to pay off one day soon. Gross and Soros are examining the same world as we are and must be in similar utter disbelief at what has transpired. Things turn notoriously Crazy near the end. We have witnessed Historic Crazy.
Doug Noland is not a financial advisor nor is he providing investment services. This blog does not provide investment advice and Doug Noland's comments are an expression of opinion only and should not be construed in any manner whatsoever as recommendations to buy or sell a stock, option, future, bond, commodity or any other financial instrument at any time. The Credit Bubble Bulletins are copyrighted. Doug's writings can be reproduced and retransmitted so long as a link to his blog is provided.

In 2007 a team or researchers reported on the types of supplements young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 were using. They concluded that 1 in 5 uses an inorganic supplement also called a non-vitamin/non-mineral DS (dietary supplement). They also found that young adults who smoke, use alcohol and are regularly physically active are more likely to mix prescription drugs or OTC medicine with supplements by 76%. And these young adults were more likely by 19% to use the inorganic supplements. This means that approximately 49 million young adult Americans are putting themselves at more risk than necessary. Let's take a look at what they are taking.
So, what inorganic or non-vitamin/non-mineral are these people taking? Instead of the botanical supplement products they are ingesting on a regular basis products to enhance their physical performance. These products known as; SAM-e (s-adenosylmethionine), progesterone cream, melatonin, bee pollen, fish oil, glucosamine and chondroitin.
SAM-e s-adenosylmethionine - used for arthritis, depression, dementia and liver problems. This is made from two compounds and breaks down the brain chemicals; serotonin, melatonin and dopamine. There are numerous side effects and drug interactions and this product does not mix well with herbal "organic" supplements.
Progesterone cream - often used for adrenal fatigue, hormone replacement therapy and infertility. This drug has a number of health risks associated with it including depression (most likely why a person using this cream may also take the SAM-e product).
Melatonin - can come in natural or synthetic form. The natural is derived from animal pineal glands and comes with risk of viral contamination. The synthetic is chemically made. People will take this for sleep problems. As with sleep aids it can have the side effect of foggy brain the next day, headache, depression and digestive discomfort.
Bee pollen - often used by young adults for weight loss or for more stamina and better athletic performance. It can present serious allergic reactions.
Fish Oil - cam be highly processed and is usually taken to improve blood pressure and triglycerides and cholesterol. Women sometimes take to improve on the symptoms associated with painful periods.
Glucosamine - take to improve joint health and reduce pain. It is made from the shells of shellfish. Side effects are allergic reactions to shellfish, drowsiness, headaches and digestive discomfort.
Chondroitin- used for joint pain and normally comes from animal sources and in some cases from diseased animals. The side effects are; digestive upset, headache, swollen eyelids or legs, hair loss, and irregular heartbeat. There is concern that this product can make asthma worse and increase the risk of blood clots and prostate cancer.
In the 2007 report by the US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, they found a particularly concerning trend that young adults often mix potentially dangerous medications with herb supplements. Often the labels on drugs or supplements do not list the counter-regulatory side effects of mixing and can put the consumer at risk. I do not advocate mixing and when in doubt don't mix drugs with supplements without the care of a physician.
When the young adults were asked what drugs they were using they reported a prescribed, daily medicine they needed to take to remain healthy. When asked what herbs they might also use they reported; ginger, Echinacea, black cohosh in a tea or tincture. The young adults in the study were from varied educational, economic and cultural backgrounds.
The research also projected some interesting behavior as the young adults grew older. They reported that they would use more "organic" supplements especially if they fell into the higher income category and were college educated. The researchers think it may have something to do with the young adults not discerning between the marketing significance of "natural" to "organic". As they grew older their choice of herbs were; Echinacea, ginseng, ginkgo biloba, garlic, St. John's wort, peppermint, ginger, chamomile, kava kava and ephedra. When asked why they would take the herbs they reported for the most common conditions; colds & flu, digestion problems, bone health, headaches, anxiety or depression and sleep problems.
A surprising factor discovered in the report was that the researchers felt that the more risks young people take the more likely they would also use supplements. When non-smokers and non-drinkers were compared to their smoking and drinking peers they found that the risky lifestyle behavior increased the use of supplements. They discovered the same correlations with those who take physical risks with exercise or other physical activities and those who use prescription drugs. According to findings published in the American Journal of Medical Sciences, people who use drugs and supplements do not inform their doctor of the mixing 50% of the time.
Why are 50% of patients not telling their doctor about the supplements they are taking (organic or non-organic)? Most likely it is because patients wish to avoid an unpleasant conversation with their doctor. Medical science does not approve of any therapy that is not highly standardized and regulated by them. When patients use diet, exercise and organic, whole-food supplements they take their health power back, which is threatening to the medical establishment. The chances of scientific studies recommending organic foods and herbs instead of prescription drugs and surgery are as likely as you are to find a unicorn. Scientific medicine has researched many foods and herbs and knows they provide many beneficial compounds. However, they have not discovered how they can successfully extract the components of these elements to make prescribed drugs of them. Medicine already knows foods and herbs work in their whole-food state, which offers no financial benefit to medicine. So, in the mean time the only way to eliminate this competition is to demand it have standardization and more regulations like prescribed drugs. This in effect would be as if they asked that your grandmother's garden have strict regulations and testing before she could partake of its bounty. If such regulations existed, no one could afford to have a garden.
"Herbal products are not likely to become an important alternative to standard medical therapies unless there are changes to the regulation, standardization, and funding for research of these products." US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, April 2008
When we look at what has happened to the supplement market in Europe we find that the people have lost the use of over 20,000 medicinal herbs as they have become more regulated. I am often contacted by Europeans about herbs that they can no longer get or would need a doctor's prescription for the herb, which is produced by a pharmaceutical company. Europeans are losing their right to health and powerful pharmaceutical and health corporations are restricting their choices. If Americans are not vigilant, they could find the same circumstances happening to them. It is called the Food Harmonization Code or Codex and it originated in Europe. I mention this often because I want you to keep this firmly in mind and to fight for your health rights. More than 100,000 people in the US die from using prescription drugs as prescribed. These are supposedly highly regulated and standardized drugs killing thousands of people. How many people do herbs kill? There are no death certificates I am aware of confirming death by supplement.
So, science has shown us that as we get older we get smarter with regards to using "organic" whole-food supplements as opposed to the inorganic products. We also learn that smoking and drinking too much alcohol can increase health risks. We also learned that we should not mix prescribed medications with supplements. Most importantly, we learned to always be aware of what laws could be creeping into our lives to strip us of our rights to be healthy.
"As a retired physician, I can honestly say that unless you are in a serious accident, your best chance of living to a ripe old age is to avoid doctors and hospitals and learn about nutrition, herbal medicine and other forms of natural medicine. Almost all drugs are toxic and are designed only to treat symptoms and not to cure anyone. Vaccines are highly dangerous, have never been adequately studied or proven to be effective, and have a poor risk/reward ratio. Most surgery is unnecessary and most textbooks of medicine are inaccurate and deceptive. Almost every disease is said to be idiopathic (without known cause) or genetic - although this is untrue. In short, our mainstream medical system is hopelessly inept and/or corrupt. The treatment of cancer and degenerative diseases is a national scandal. The sooner you learn this, the better off you will be." Alan Greenberg, MD (1961 graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University specialized in Neurology and is now eighty years old)
The superior doctor prevents sickness;
The mediocre doctor attends to impending sickness;
The inferior doctor treats actual sickness;
Chinese Proverb
When you think about healthcare in general, people accept and do what they believe to be true. In a majority of cases where people switch from scientific healthcare to the nutritional form it involves an important moment with serious impact. For me it was when my child negatively reacted to vaccines. Fortunately God was with me and my child made a full recovery from vaccine-induced encephalitis when we quickly used immune system herbs. I know my child would not have recovered without the herbs. My life path changed after that and I became an herbalist. I felt that herbs were the best kept secret and I asked myself why? Why can't the people of Europe have free access to herbs or talk among themselves about herbs for fear of arrest? It is because herbs have healing power and as God has revealed, "Herbs are here for the service of man" (Ps 104:14). As you know, God cannot lie. Call Apothecary Herbs for immune boosting and toxin removal herbal formulas. These are certified organic, whole-food supplements and can help strengthen the body and heal from; female problems, insomnia, depression, anxiety, lack of energy, bone issues, cold & flu, cardiovascular issues, arthritis, headaches, prostate issues, smoking addiction and a lot more. Call now for a free product catalog and take the power back 866-229-3663, International 704-885-0277 , where your healthcare options just became endless. Money saving coupons on their website. Register at checkout to qualify for reward points and save! Take advantage of the Father's Day Special and Save 15% on orders of $65+ with Code: MYDAD16. Hurry! Expires 6/20/16!

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