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Edited by Alfred Adask
Friday, April 3, A.D. 2015
Between Friday, March 27th A.D. 2015 and 
Friday, April 2nd A.D. 2015, the bid prices for: 

Gold rose 0.3 % from $1,198.40 to $1,202.00

Silver fell 1.2 % from $16.97 to $16.76

Platinum rose 1.5 % from $1,136 to $1,153

Palladium rose1.2 % from $736 to $745

DJIA rose 0.3 % from 17,712.66 to 17,763.24

NASDAQ fell 0.0 % from 4,891.22 to 4,886.94

NYSE rose 0.7 % from 10,875.10 to 10,953.20

US Dollar Index rose0.2 % from 97.38 to 97.57

Crude Oil rose 2.2 % from $48.47 to $49.55


"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

Growing government insolvency


by Alfred Adask



The Washington Times reports ("Dennis Ross pushes zero-based budgeting for federal government") that Congress may impose much stricter financial controls on government agencies and bureaucracies. 


According to said Congressman Dennis A. Ross, Florida Republican and a member of the House Committee on Financial Services,


"The streamlining tactic, known as zero-based budgeting, requires each agency or business unit to justify their budget requests from scratch for all existing and newly requested programs. It's something the federal government hasn't attempted since Democratic President Jimmy Carter advocated for it in the 1970s; it relies instead on past budgets as a baseline of money that's guaranteed, and then requests additional sums year-over-year.


 "'We should be painfully honest with the American people, because it's their money.  When we do the budget process, we want to have some justification for every appropriation that is sought-a legal basis for it, an amount that is less than last year's and a summary to express the outcome of it."


Oh, pulleese-as if government could ever be "painfully honest" with the American people about anything.  (If government started being "painfully honest," half of Congress would wind up in prison.)


If economic circumstances are so bad that the government is contemplating being honest with us, let's start with baby steps before we try to run.  Personally, I'd be amazed and delighted if government were merely a little bit ("unpainfully") honest. 


As for the money government spends being "our money," there's not a dime in North America that the government doesn't regard as its own.  Right now, the government is trying to figure out how to "legally" seize every dime Americans have.


Think not?  When I was a boy, the government took about 15% of my father's income in the form or local, state and federal taxes.  Today, government consumes about 60% of everyone's income in the form of local, state, federal and "hidden" taxes.  When Bill Clinton was President, he once predicted that the next generation of Americans would pay 80% of their income to government in taxes. 


Government may not get every dime, but it won't be for lack of trying.  If government has its way, y'all will be impoverished and ultimately enslaved by government.


Finally, Congressman Ross's suggestion that gov-co needs a "legal basis" to "justify" its spending is silly.  Our government has become unconstitutional and lawless.  Under the pretext of "national emergency," anything goes, regardless of law, whenever government deems it "necessary".  Suggesting that government should have a "legal basis" to "justify" its spending would be almost like making government accountable-or making the Obama administration the "most transparent" in history. 


And, we know that's never gonna happen.


*  Still, the primary motivation behind the "Zero-based Budgeting" proposal that deserves consideration.   It's not about government efficiency or even accountability.  It's about government insolvency.


Government knows that it's going broke. 


It can't raise tax revenues from our weakened economy without pushing us deeper into recession or depression. 


Gov-co's ability to borrow more currency is shrinking since creditors know government can't ever even repay the existing debts in full.  If government can't pay its existing debts, how can they pay additional debts?  Lending currency to the US government is a little like lending to a crack addict.  Chances of being repaid in full aren't high.


Result?  Government must begin to tighten its spending policies simply because there is, or soon will be, less money to spend.  "Zero-based Budgeting" is a manifestation of growing government insolvency.


*  Here's another article from The Washington Times ("Obama supports reduction in military retirement pay") that also illustrates government's growing insolvency:


"President Obama said Monday he supports the recommendations of a military commission that would reduce the size of traditional military retirement pay by about 20 percent and offer a new defined-contribution benefit for troops who leave before 20 years of service.


"In a letter to congressional leaders, Mr. Obama said the proposals are "an important step forward in protecting the long-term viability of the all-volunteer force, improving quality-of-life for service members and their families, and ensuring the fiscal sustainability of the military compensation and retirement systems."


More political smoke, mirrors and happy-talk nonsense. 


President Obama is trying to persuade veterans to believe that cutting their retirement checks by 20% is a "good thing" done for the veterans' benefit rather than an act of desperation by a government that's going, . . . going, . . . gone . . . broke.


How could Obama dare to even suggest that veterans' retirement pay be cut by 20%-unless the gov-co were nearly insolvent and desperate for dollars?


We can reasonably infer that if gov-co is willing to cut military pensions today, the time is fast approaching when the feds will also cut government employee pensions, So-So Security, welfare and subsidies.  


Implication:  the gov-co is broke.


*  At the state level, we see similar evidence:


The Fiscal Times published "Outrageous Public Pensions Could Bankrupt These States":


"Some of the worst public-sector pension problems in America are playing out in states and cities where legislation or local court rulings have granted extraordinary protections to [government] workers' retirement benefits-far beyond those enjoyed by private-sector employees."


Ironically, the "extraordinary protections" provided by laws and court rulings to government pensions are absolute evidence of how excessive and irrational those pension plans have become.  The idiots who work for government actually believe that all they need to do is pass a law to make irrational pensions magically reasonable and therefore sure to be paid. If politicians pass laws that retired government employees are entitled to a free Cadillac every year (maybe every month) then, by golly, the taxpayer will just have to find a way to make good on the politicians' promises.


Unless, of course, gov-co policies push us into a persistent recession or even depression, unemployment exceeds 20%, and creditors refuse to lend more currency to gov-co.  Then, reality will intrude and government pensions will be reduced or even terminated.


It's precisely because government pensions are irrationally generous that they needed special "legal protections" to guarantee that they could somehow be enforced.  However, in the real world, the more protected those pensions are, the more likely they are to be abandoned.


Government pensions are going to be cut.  A lot.


"Illinois officials, for instance, are awaiting a ruling from the state's Supreme Court on a suit by workers seeking to overturn the legislature's 2013 pension reforms. If the court, which has previously refused to allow any changes to retirement plans for retirees or current workers, throws out the reforms, Illinois will face $145 billion in higher taxes over the next three decades just to pay off the debt . . . .


"Last year, Arizona's Supreme Court overturned 2011 pension reforms that, among other things, sought to curb expensive annual cost-of-living increases for judges, legislators, and municipal public-safety workers. . . .[and] ordered the state to reinstate the 4 percent annual increases . . . . In restoring the payments, the court ignored the distress of the pension system, which is only 67 percent funded.


Only "67% funded"? 


What if you paid only 67% on your mortgage each month?  Should you be surprised if your house is foreclosed?


Likewise, should Arizona government workers be surprised when their pension system is "foreclosed" because it's been underfunded by 33%?


"The predicament faced by Illinois and Arizona should be a warning, especially to other states where government pensions enjoy extraordinary legal protections. Raising benefits or shortchanging annual pension-system payments is especially dangerous in states lacking the ability to tame costs once debt grows too large.


"Yet, New York State, where government workers enjoy some of the strongest protections against changes to their retirement benefits, is doing exactly that-continuing a program that allows the state and its hard-pressed municipalities to shortchange the pension system by billions of dollars."


Do you need to be a PhD. to predict what's going to happen?


Grandiose pledges were made by federal, state and local government politicians to government employees that they'd enjoy extravagant retirement programs.  Whether the politicians ever really believed their original promises could be kept is debatable.


However, insofar as governments are now so pressed for revenue that they can't even fully fund government employee retirement programs, it's certain that most government programs will soon fail to provide promised goods, services, welfare and subsidies.


*  Over the past 30 years, public employee unions have grown so strong that they've compelled politicians to agree to rob future generations by leaving them with the burden of providing funds to pay for exorbitant pensions for current government employees.  If government employee unions want to collect funds to pay for their retirement, those funds should be contributed by the union members during their working career and/or by government at the time the promises are made.  Those debts should not be left as deficits to be funded by future generations of children.


Nevertheless, if we're going to live in a society where one group or generation is entitled to rob another, is it more moral for government employees to rob future generations of children?  Or is it more moral for the future generations to rob its former government employees' pension funds?


The answer's obvious. 


No generation of children should be forced to enter adulthood already burdened with the debts run up by previous generations of "adults" and "honorable politicians" who refused to be responsible for providing for their own pensions.  These alleged "adults" and politicians wanted to "live large" in their prime by spending every dollar they could earn, steal or borrow, and then "live large" later when they retired by leaving the cost of their pensions to future generations rather than by paying their own way. 


Result?  Future generations will be impoverished as they struggle to provide the pension funds for previous generations of government workers.


Result?  Future generations will have little or no opportunity to work and save enough during their lifetimes to provide for their own pensions.


Result?  Future generations will refuse to pay the previous generations' retirement schemes.


Result?  Previous generations will scream when they enter their "golden years" and learn that their pensions have been cut or even terminated-and they're too old to hold a real job.


Insofar as modern pension funds rely on deficit financing and debt being left to future generations, the modern pension funds are Ponzi Schemes that will inevitably fail and deprive all participants of at least much the pensions they'd been promised.


At some point, the loss of government pensions funds will be disastrous for many former government employees.  They might lose their cars, they might lose their homes.  They will scream, they will cry.  Their pathos will be tangible.


Nevertheless, I will have no sympathy for government employees who lose much of their promised pensions.  Insofar as government pensioners have relied on deficit financing (robbing future generations), those same government pensioners can have no moral standing to object to being robbed of their own pension funds.


The coming justice will be palpable.


*  In sum, the three previous newspaper articles point to the growing probability that government-at the national, state and even local levels-is going broke


Insofar as government has enacted so many regulations, there are fewer new (and especially, innovative) businesses in this country. 


Insofar as government cut tariffs and encouraged US businesses to relocate into foreign countries, we will not see an upsurge in productive jobs in this country. 


Without more businesses and jobs, we won't see significant growth in the US tax base.


In other words, the government's own policies are preventing government from raising enough tax or creditor revenues to make good on government's previous promises to act as the world's policeman and to provide welfare to the poor, "free" medical care to all Americans, and overly-generous pensions to former government employees.


Thanks to government's own policies, the government's supply of free lunches has just about run out.


Americans who depend on government for their support are heading for a moment when that support will be dramatically reduced and perhaps terminated.




Two reasons.


First, because government not only promised Americans more than they deserved, it promised them more than this economy could deliver.  Deficit financing is stupid, deceptive, immoral, and arguably wicked.  If government can't pay for something now, what makes anyone think that government will be able to pay for it twenty years from now when the national debt is $18 trillion, $100 trillion or even $200 trillion?


And, secondly, because Americans (including government employees) were sufficiently dumb and greedy to believe government's promises.


I'm reminded of the ancient aphorism that "You can't con an honest man."


 Y'know why? 


Because the essence of every con-game is persuading the victim that he can make a fast, but totally unearned, buck.  The greedy, dishonest, incompetent and irresponsible who want "something for nothing" are the natural prey of con-artists-and rightly so. 


On the other hand, honest men and women are almost invulnerable to con-games because they don't want anything they haven't personally and honestly earned.  They don't want "something for nothing"-which is the con-artists' sole stock in trade.


Similarly, you can't con an honest nation-or a generation of honest government employees.




Again, because an honest nation/generation of government employees doesn't want anything-not even subsidies, welfare, benefits and entitlements-that it hasn't "personally" earned.  Honest men and women are prepared to earn their own way and live within their means. 


Not wanting "something for nothing," the honest nation refuses to elect politicians who have nothing to offer the people besides promises that can't be kept.  Not wanting "something for nothing," the honest nation is not subject to being conned by their own government.


Likewise, honest generations of government employees don't want their union bosses to fight for pension benefits that are unearned, excessive and therefore irrational. They don't cheer when their union bosses boast about extorting overly-generous pension promises from government politicians.  They know that "what can't be paid, won't be paid" and if pensions aren't fully funded now, they won't be funded in the future.


Unfortunately, few Americans understand the need for honesty and fairness.  Their mentality compels them to get all they can from whoever they can, under any pretext that works.  Some of the people of this mindset are politicians and government employees.  Thus, some of the nation's greediest, most self-serving, immoral and non-productive people (government employees) are the natural prey for our best con-artists (American politicians). 


Wanting something for nothing, government employees took jobs which paid far more than they could earn in the (honest) private sector.  They took jobs that promised retirement after 20 years (while the rest of the chump taxpayers could expect to work for 45 or 50 years before they retired).  Government employees were fool enough to actually believe promises that their pensions would soon generate several thousand dollars per month (while the chump taxpayers received only one thousand dollars from So-So Security).


But reality is beginning to intrude.  The day is fast approaching when:


1) The government con-artists (politicians) will be forced to admit that government is broke and can't make good on most of its former promises;


2) Welfare and subsidy dependents will find themselves left to starve for lack of free lunches; and,


3) Government employees promised early retirement and fat pensions are going to scream when those promises turn out to be false and nothing more than bait used to trick the dishonest (government employees) into being victims of government "con-games".


That "fast-approaching day" won't be fun for anyone.  The weight of a coming depression will bear down on all of us.


But those who have no savings of their own and/or no dependable employment in the private sector are heading for desperate times.  So are those who've only "worked" for government and therefore don't know how to work a productive job.


Coming soon.


I can hardly wait.

This article by Frank Hollenbeck just puts everything into perspective...


APRIL 1, 2015 Frank Hollenbeck


President Obama and Fed Chair Janet Yellen have been crowing about improving economic conditions in the US. Unemployment is down to 5.5 percent and growth in 2014 hit 2.2 percent.

Journalists and economists point to this improvement as proof that quantitative easing was effective.

He writes about how the lastest boom was built by adding debt on top of debt.  Listen to some of these numbers.....

Total household debt increased 2.5 percent in 2014 - the highest level since 2010. Mortgage loans increased 1.5 percent, student loans 6.6 percent while auto loans increased a hefty 9.6 percent.

The improving auto sales are built mostly on a bubble of sub-prime borrowers. Auto sales have been brisk because of a surge in loans to individuals with credit scores below 620.

Since 2010, such loans have increased over 100 percent and have gone from 20 percent of originations in 2009 to 27 percent in 2013. Yet, auto loans to individuals with strong credit scores, above 760, have barely budged over the last year.

Subprime consumer borrowing climbed $189 billion in the first eleven months of 2014. Excluding home mortgages, this accounted for 41 percent of total consumer lending. This is exactly the kind of lending that got us into trouble less than a decade ago, and for many consumers, this will only end in tears.

But we need to ask ourselves: is the current boom built on sound foundations? In other words, do we have sharp increases in productivity or real wage growth?

Productivity increased less than 1 percent on average in the last three years and real wages have flat lined or declined for decades. From mid-2007 to mid-2014, real wages declined 4.9 percent for workers with a high school degree, dropped 2.5 percent for workers with a college degree and rose just 0.2 percent for workers with an advanced degree.

Is the boom being built on broad base investment in plant and equipment? The current average age of working plants and equipment in the US is one of the oldest on record.

Meanwhile, it is now clear that the shale boom was an illusion of prosperity. Oil prices have dipped below $50 with some analysts calling for $20 oil by the end of the year. This is a drop from over $100 from last year. Many shale outfits need oil above $65 just to break even. Massive layoffs in the energy sector are now a certainty. Few realize that most of the gains in employment in the US since 2008 have been in shale states. ********Yet the carnage is not over. Induced by low interest, investment banks loaned over 1 trillion dollars to the energy industry. The impact on the financial sector is still to be felt.

There Has Not Been a True Home Price Correction

The same is true about current increases in housing prices and construction costs. Following the financial crisis of 2008, real estate prices should have dropped much more than they did relative to other prices. The new reality between supply and demand would have led to a price correction similar to the ones we see in oil prices today or to high-flying internet stocks after the dot-com bubble burst. Housing should then have remained in a slump possibly for a decade or more, until the overhang of empty residential and commercial real estate had been cleared off.

Today, housing is back, with price increases at bubble-era levels and construction activity is picking up. The improvement is being driven by professional investors stretching for yield in the buy-to-rent market and by historically low long-term mortgage rates of below 4 percent. Yet, the overhang of empty commercial properties from the previous boom has not disappeared. It has just been left in limbo, because of the "extend and pretend" strategy of banks made possible by the central bank's massive printing over the last six years. The number of vacant units (table 7) in the US still stands at over 18 million units - a level reached back in 2008-2009. As of 2014, the number of units held off the market was still at a record level of over 7 million units.

Will Easy Money Fix Everything?

Current policy coming from the fed seems to be geared to create a never-ending series of booms and busts, with the hope that the busts can be shortened with more debt and easy money.

Yet one major driver behind the financial crisis in 2008 was too much debt - much of which led to taxpayer-funded bailouts. In spite of this, the best the Fed can come up with now is to lower interest rates to boost demand to induce households and governments to borrow even more.

Interfering with interest rates, however, is by far the most damaging policy. The economy is not a car, and interest rates are not the gas petal. Interest rates play a critical role in aligning output with society's demand across time. Fiddling with them only creates an ever-growing misalignment between demand and supply across time requiring an ever larger and more painful adjustment.

Rights for all...All except Christians


America has reason to celebrate our amazing Bill of Rights and Constitution set in place to protect us...speech, actions, freedom of Religion - our freedoms are protected from A-Z. Or are they protected for just some?

The sticky stuff has hit the fan and the national news is on steroids regarding the Religious rights Bill in Indiana, designed to protect the rights of Christians not to be forced to provide service or products at a gay wedding or event if it directly assaults their personal faith.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has vowed to fix the law and make it clear that this is no license to discriminate against anyone or deny them service. Gov. Pence has gotten way more heat then he thought he would get and even back door threats and criticisms from the CEO of Apple, the NCAA and other business heads and advertisers threatening to disappear and pull stuff out of the state. This does not mean you go all 'politician' and 'scardicat' on us.

Now, Pence is rushing to state the bill will be altered to make it clear that it won't allow discrimination. I guess my question is then what is the bill going to do and how is it protecting the Religious rights of Christian business owners if asked to cater a gay wedding when it clearly is believed to be a direct assault and compromise of their faith? Can they still opt out or will it be discrimination now?

If Pence keeps pointing the compromise fire hose on the bill it will end up neutered and protecting no one except the rights of demanding gays to expect and get anything they want...regardless of how others may be impacted.

I have always been for fair ball and not discriminating against anyone. I have liberal, atheist and gay friends. Restaurant owners don't interview everyone who comes in for a meal. A restaurant could be Christian owned but serve atheists, gays, liberals and conservatives all day long. However, if a restaurant or bakery - Christian owner is asked to cater a gay wedding event, rather than just sell someone a cake, that is wrong to force them to provide service if it is a direct frontal assault to their faith to do so. They should have the right to respond and not be destroyed for saying no, as is happening now when a Christian owned chapel or bakery dares stand up to demands from gays.

The same is true for Gay businesses. Does a gay caterer have the right to say no to a request for service at a Christian - evangelical convention? I think so.

The progressive and radical left just don't believe our rights and religious freedoms flow both ways...just their way. Indiana and Gov. Mick Pence must stand and not water the bill down to a compromised nothing. Other states must quickly do the same so all will be protected not just the left.

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What to do about fleas?


by Herbalist Wendy Wilson



There are reports that fleas have exploded in numerous areas of the US and Europe. Areas in the US reporting flea problems are the southeastern states, San Diego, California and parts of Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Dr. Michael Dryden, professor of veterinary parasitology at Kansas State University (and also known as Dr. Flea), says vets doubt the efficacy of flea treatments because they are not working as well as they did fifteen years ago. Dr. Christine Cain, professor of dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine said that flea outbreaks can occur on pets being treated for fleas. We're told as more warm, rainy days set in there will be a "flea bloom." Fleas multiply quickly and health experts in major cities are concerned about a plague outbreak such as Bubonic. The Rock squirrel flea is the primary vector of plague in Colorado. The song, Ring Around the Rosie, known as a nursery rhyme has a history going back to the 1700's and may have originated during the black plague. Depending on the plague bacteria, the skin can have a red discoloring to it.  Worldwide, there are more than 1,800 different species of fleas. According to the largest species of flea prefers mountain beavers and is 1/3 inch long. Wow! Glad that parasite likes mountain animals instead of domesticated ones. If you live in Colorado be aware that this state houses about 80 different flea species and more than any other state. Colorado also has the flea that likes to bite humans (Pulex irritans) even thought they are found on wild animals (skunks, foxes and coyotes). When the wild animals abandon their dens the fleas scatter and can find domesticated pets. Cat fleas can multiply on both dogs and cats. The states that are most common for flea problems are Texas, California and Florida. What can we do about fleas? Let's find out.



The life of fleas is brief but busy. The average flea can live from a few weeks to several months. They emerge from their cocoon within one second and inhabit its host and are feeding in three seconds. Female fleas can lay 2,000 eggs during her lifespan or 50 eggs per day. The incubation time can be just a few days to weeks depending on the conditions. In ideal conditions, a pair of fleas can produce 2 trillion fleas in nine months. The flea eggs can fall off animals into carpets, bedding, cracks in floor boards etc. After it emerges it can jump to find its host. In the larval stage the immature fleas eat the feces of the adult fleas (dried blood) for about 18 days. Fleas can jump between 8 and 34 inches high (that is 150 times their size or equivalent to a human jumping over 1,000 feet). Fleas can also jump horizontally an average of 13 inches.  Some people wonder how fleas can navigate through hair or fur. They have 3 pairs of legs and have hair-like bristles on them to help them maneuver aside from using the back legs for jumping. 



Fleas like to feast on blood. They can suck up 15 times their body weight in blood daily. Females especially need a steady diet of blood to support their egg laying capabilities. However, fleas can survive several months without a blood supply. They are a pretty hardy parasite and can survive freezing conditions.



When we see the cute little puppy or kitten in the pet store window we rarely think about the financial commitment to owning the pet. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says the low ball price range pet owners will spend on the 15-year life span of a pet is $9,400 to $14,000. The larger dogs will cost much more as they are prone to ligament injuries requiring surgery. Americans spend $48 billion on pet food annually (source: Pet Products Association). The recession also hit the pet sector during 2009 to 2010 where pet owners cut pet expenses by 16% (source: Natural Research Center). Pharmaceutical pet supplies can be very expensive and veterinary care rose by 4% over inflation. The pharmaceutical flea and tick prevention products are expensive and toxic. On average depending on the size of the pet, the drugs can range from $39 to $80 on top of the vet visit. Most pet owners search for these products online to save money and by overseas to save about 30%. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) the chemicals used in the pet flea products are "alarming toxic to pets and humans." The chemicals are known as tetrachlorvinphos or propoxur and young children should not be exposed to these chemicals. However, these chemicals are often used in flea and tick pet collars, sprays and powders to treat flea problems. Pets can lick the chemical right off the collar. The chemicals are a nerve toxin affecting pet and human nervous systems. If pets get too much of these chemicals, it can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, wheezing, sweating, and watering eyes. If the pet becomes poisoned by the chemicals the symptoms to watch for are muscle twitching, drooling, seizures and death. According to the Humane Society of the United States, hundreds of pet owners report pet deaths from flea and tick chemicals in pet products and medications every year. Studies report that long-term exposure to these chemicals in smaller doses can produce a cancer risk to pets. According to the State of California Propoxur (TCVP) is classified as a human carcinogen. So, if you or your pet are exposed to these chemicals classified as the organophosphates family, it can offer significant risk to neurodevelopment problems which include; hyperactivity, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder and impulsive behaviors in humans (source: Journal Pediatrics June 2012).  In 2009 the Natural Resources Defense Council published research on the pet flea and tick chemicals and found that within a three-day exposure to the chemical agents in just the flea collars that it exceeded the EPA's acceptable dose level for toddlers. The EPA estimated that young children spend two hours a day with their pets and does not include sleeping with pets. Parents and Pet owners need to decide what are the acceptable risks associated with pet flea and tick products.



The animals that are the unfortunate hosts for fleas have health conditions. Serious infestations of fleas can produce anemia. Puppies and kittens would be a higher risk of anemia and other infections such as tapeworms. If animals eat the fleas they can get worms. Other signs pets exhibit from a flea problem are hair loss, scabs, chewed skin and what are called hot spots (serious lesions on the skin indicating an infection).



Fleas are an ancient problem. Our ancestors would use natural plants to repel the pests. Washing clothes and bedding with garlic and thyme help to repel these parasites. Essential oils were also used such as tea tree, citronella, rosemary, peppermint and eucalyptus. Some pet owners will feed their pet brewer's yeast and or garlic to penetrate the blood supply and make it less appealing to the fleas and also ticks. One pet owner told me that she sprinkled garlic powder (no salt) on her pet and it cut down on the flea bites. Another said diatomaceous earth applied to the fur also helped. Vacuuming the home helps but use a vacuum that does not use bags or the fleas can escape and re-infest the home. I use a rainbow vacuum, which uses a container of water to force debris into the water and trap it. When finished cleaning, you just flush all the dirt, pollen and fleas away. 



When treating the outside of the home remember that you want to protect flea predators that eat fleas such as ladybugs and dirt worms.



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Do you have your Pandemic Kit yet? Here is what folks are saying about the 100% organic Pandemic Kit made by Apothecary Herbs. "I have this kit and recommend everyone have at least one on hand (or more depending on family size) for a pandemic." Rebecca Carley, MD, Hickory, NC and "I have one and glad I do; just in case. I like the long shelf life." Melody Cedarstrom, Port Matilda, PA (more customer feedback at or call 866-229-3663 to order your kit today.



Pure energy is organic and instantly absorbed - transporting nutrition to every cell in your body. It is a super food for the body to repair, build and fortify itself. Where do you get it? It's called Body Foundation Food Mix and is at Apothecary Herbs 866-229-3663, International 704-885-0277 This pure energy food source is so efficient; you won't feel hungry between meals and can safely lose weight.



Apothecary Herbs has released a new product called Liver Detox Tea. You can layer this tea with Milk Thistle Tincture for a gentle yet effective liver cleanse. This is a nice option if you can't do the Liver/Gall Bladder Flush using olive oil. You will find this new product under Herbal Teas at Also new is the Liver & Gall Bladder Tincture with dandelion root for more anticancer protection. This formula is available in 1 oz, 2 oz and 4 oz sizes. You will find this item under Organ Body Cleanses at You can layer this tincture with the Liver Detox Tea and be well!



Being prepared is never a waste of time. Get your own organic garden growing and stock as much healthy foodstuffs as you can. You'll also need backup medicine but the over-the-counter and prescription medicines have a limited shelf life of two years or less. However, your organic medicines have a ten year shelf life without side effects. Call the folks at Apothecary Herbs for their Natural Medicine Starter Stock-up Package or make sure you get one of their many herb kits for boosting immune system and protecting you from viruses, bacteria and other pathogens. Call Apothecary Herbs 866-229-3663, International 704-885-0277 online, where your healthcare options just became endless.



If you suffer from allergies (sneezing, itchy watery eyes, stuffy or runny nose, and sinus pressure or sinus infections) try the Echinacea Deluxe formula and Herbal Eyewash both around $20.00 from Apothecary Herbs. Call now toll free 866-229-3663



You already know that you can save on the half and full case discounts in the Vitamin Vault area at Apothecary Herbs has added a new item called the Natural Medicine Starter Stock-up Package. This package is designed for those preparing for their medical future and contains immune boosting, pain & inflammation, organ cleanses, vitamin, mineral, amino acid and protein products plus a Pandemic Kit and it comes with a savings. Visit or call toll free to order your Starter Stock-up Package 866-229-3663, International 704-885-0277.  


MALE & FEMALE ORGAN CLEANSES KITS - Don't give disease a foothold. You will have the power to cleanse the bowel, urinary, liver, gall bladder and blood system with this cleanse package. For added cleansing, ask about how you can upgrade your order to include the prostate cleanse for men or the Kidney/Bladder cleanse for females.  Go to or call their 24-hour live customer service line 866-229-3663, International 704-885-0277.



See Apothecary Herbs One Year Supply of Herbal Medicine at or call 866-229-3663, 704-885-0277. Call for a customized year supply or to set up installment payment for this package. 

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