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4/1/2016

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Friday, April 1, AD 2016
 
MARKETS 
 
Between Friday, March 25AD 2016 and 
Friday, April 1, AD 2016, the bid prices for:
Gold rose 0.4 % from $1,216.40 to $1,221.90
Silver fell 1.0 % from $15.20 to $15.05
Platinum rose 1.2 % from $946 to $957
Palladium fell 1.6 % from $573 to $564
Crude Oil fell 0.6 % from $39.59 to $36.69

US Dollar Index fell 1.6 % from 96.13 to 94.58

DJIA rose 1.6 % from 17,515.73 to 17,792.75
NASDAQ rose 2.9 % from 4,773.51 to 4,914.54
NYSE rose 1.3 % from 10,086.60 to 10,220.00
S&P 500 rose 1.8 % from 2,035.94 to 2,072.78

 
 
 

"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

Speaking of Silver

by Alfred Adask
 
There's a fascinating article at United States History entitled, "The Silver Question".  It's fairly short and I recommend you read it. 
That article points out that monetary inflation isn't new or unintended.  I was surprised to read that special interests have advocated that government adopt inflationary policies since the early 1800s.
But, what's really surprising, is the article's claim that physical silver coin was originally advocated as a means to inflate the gold-based monetary system.  The silver coin was added to the money supply for the purpose of inflating and devaluing the gold-based dollar, and making it easier for debtors to repay their debts by providing a mass of new, cheaper currency-silver coins.
This implies that silver has never been a true equivalent to, or substitute for, gold since silver was more inflationary than gold. 
 
*  I'm going to pull one paragraph from that article and draw some inferences.
 
"Efforts to induce inflation into the American economy, the panacea of debtors, had been present from earliest times [in American history].  Some of this enthusiasm was devoted to paper money schemes, such as the land bank ideas of colonial times and the greenback agitation of the post-Civil War era.  Others hoped to lessen debtors' burdens by enacting programs dealing with the nation's coinage."
 
The "programs dealing with the nation's coinage" were proposed laws to allow and/or increase the use of silver coins.
Special interests have advocated inflation since the early 1800s.  The purpose for that inflation was to enrich borrowers (and rob creditors) by allowing borrowers to repay their debts with cheaper, inflated dollars.  By favoring borrowers with inflationary silver, it was apparently sensed or understood that ordinary people would borrow more, spend more and thereby "stimulate" the economy.
Apparently, they had QE even in the 1800s.  Nothing new under the sun, hmm?
Of course, there were always "paper money schemes" to promote inflation.  However, the gist of "The Silver Question" article is that an increase in physical silver coinage was often advocated as a means to cause the inflation that gold would not allow.  Debtors whined that there just wasn't enough gold to be inflationary.
Physical silver however was plentiful and cheap and was therefore deemed to be inflationary-not as inflationary as paper currency, but more inflationary than gold. 
Based on the article's claim, we could draw an hypothetical spectrum where:
 
1)  Physical gold was "real money," in part, because it was the least inflationary and most stable store of value.  If you borrowed 5 ounces of gold, you were obligated to repay 5 ounces of gold, plus interest.  Under such agreement there was little opportunity for inflation (or deflation) to occur. 
2)  Physical silver was not quite "real money" because its use tended to be inflationary. If you borrowed 5 ounces of gold (which was relatively hard to come by) but could repay the debt with, say, 80 ounces of silver (which was comparatively easy to come by) you could repay your gold debt with cheaper silver and thereby rob your creditor.  That's inflationary.  ("Inflation" is a fancy word for government-sanctioned robbery of producers, savers and creditors.)
3)  Paper dollars were "currency" rather than real "money" and, because they could be easily printed with only paper and ink, were potentially more inflationary than cheap silver.
4)  Digital dollars of the sort used today are also only a "currency," can't redeemed by the issuer, can't be deemed to be real "money," and--because the creation of digital dollars doesn't even require paper or ink, they have the highest potential for causing inflation.
 
That hypothetical "spectrum" suggests a few more possibilities:
 
1)   Within the context of American history, silver has probably always been more inflationary than gold.
2)   Since the nation was founded, our national government has regularly caused inflation to favor borrowers.
3)  We've had episodes of deflation, but inflation has been generally predominant.
4)  If, from early on, silver was injected into the American economy in order to inflate the money supply, the real "money supply" was composed only of gold.  I.e., the only "real money" is gold
 
Adding silver to the money supply was an interim substitute for gold in that 20 ounces of silver might be "redeemed" by trading it in at a bank for 1 ounce of gold. 
Similarly, the first paper dollars weren't real money (gold) but they could be used as a substitute for gold so long those paper dollars were redeemable in gold. 
Later, government weaned us from real money by adding pure fiat currency (paper dollars unbacked by gold or even silver and irredeemable by its issuer).  Simultaneously, government started using a pure, debt-based currency as if it were "real money" (an asset). 
Most recently, government added digital currency to the money supply which was not only irredeemable but cost virtually nothing to produce.  
In all of this, the lessons may be that:
 
1)  Gold is the only real/honest "money" (stable store of value).
2)  Every form of currency other than gold (including silver) is, to some degree, inflationary;
3) The inflationary potential of a particular form of currency is proportional to the "distance" between that currency and gold.  For example, silver is closest to gold and least inflationary; digital, debt-based currency would be the farthest from gold and therefore most inflationary; and perhaps,
4)  Precisely because gold has been the most stable store of value, gold is not inflationary.  That might explain why modern, Keynesian-based economies and overly-indebted governments hate and fear gold.  Debtors (like government) can't rob creditors by means of loans denominated in ounces of gold.  You borrow 5 ounces; you repay 5 ounces.  However, if government declares silver, paper, or digital dollars to be equivalent to gold at some irrational ratio, inflation can be induced, and debtors can rob creditors by borrowing 5 ounces of gold and repaying with 80 ounce of cheap silver, or 5 sheets of paper currency, or a series of digital 1's and 0's on some bank's hard drive.
5)  The principle rationale for currencies other than gold is to cause inflation which robs creditors and enriches borrowers. 
 
Based on the previous five "lessons," it follows that debtors who can't or don't want to repay their debts in full, will logically fear gold and seek to remove it from the "money supply".  In a debt-based monetary system, like the one we have today, gold is anathema. 
Therefore, it should come as no surprise that The Powers That Be ("The Debtors That Be"?) work to suppress the price and desirability of gold. 
It should also be no surprise that those who are producers and/or savers have a natural affinity for gold.  They want gold's real, stable value to be recognized and respected.
 
*  The question is, who will prevail-the consumers/debtors (who don't want to repay their debts in full and therefore despise gold) or the producers/savers/creditors (who advocate gold as a stable store of value for the wealth that they've earned and saved)? 
The answer to that question can be found in the answer to another question: Who is more important to our survival-the producers/creditors or the consumers/debtors? 
In the end, the consumers/debtors are a dime a dozen.  We don't really need most of them.  What we must have are the producers who generate the food, clothing and shelter we need to survive
Insofar as our survival as individuals and as a nation depends on having an adequate supply of producers, it seems likely that the producers' values must ultimately prevail over those of the consumers/borrowers.  If we don't protect our producers, we'll all starve to death.  Therefore, debtors be damned-gold must rise again-not simply to make a profit, but to survive.
 
 

Liars' Loans

by Alfred Adask
 
Inflation has been government's primary monetary objective since the Civil War.  It's merely a matter of self-interest.  Government went deeply into debt to fight the Civil War.  (Some say that debt actually, ultimately, but secretly, bankrupted the government.)  Clearly, the Civil War changed our government into a persistent debtor.  To this day, insofar as government must borrow to raise revenue, government will naturally favor inflation since it allows government to repay its debts with cheaper/inflated dollars.
The deeper government goes into debt, the more determined government should be to cause inflation. 
If you want to stop or slow inflation, stop government borrowing. Enforce a pay-as-you-go fiscal system wherein government can only spend the revenue it has actually collected in taxes and can't borrow more against future generations.  A pay-as-you-go fiscal system won't, by itself, stop inflation.  But it will remove government's incentive to inflate and that should help slow or stop inflation.
 
*  If government stops or slows borrowing, we should expect to see a tendency towards less inflation and perhaps towards deflation and depression.  Insofar as today's private producers/creditors have become wary of lending to our overly-indebted government, government's capacity to borrow has been restricted.  Result?  We've been sliding towards deflation and/or economic depression.
Even if government were allowed to borrow mo', mo', mo' "money," could the National Debt be increased without limit, forever? 
Certainly not.  There'll inevitably come a time when it's finally admitted in public that the national and private debts can't be repaid in full or by even 25%.  Many believe that time is close at hand.
If that belief is correct, then, when the world faces the fact that most debts can't be paid, we could see a couple of consequences:
 
1)  Most consumers/debtors who depend on borrowing to fund their lifestyle, will be plunged into poverty when they can't borrow another nickel; and
2)  Most creditors will be also be impoverished when they lose whatever wealth they'd loaned out in return for paper-promises-to-pay that can't be kept.
 
How will the economy sustain itself if consumers can't borrow any more currency, and the creditors have lost most of their purported "paper" wealth when the debts are repudiated?   Where will our "paper capital" come from if borrowers can't borrow and creditors can't collect existing debts?
The only "capital" that will remain will be tangible wealth like land, resources, tools and equipment.  The only remaining "liquid capital" will be gold and, perhaps to a lesser extent, silver.
Those who have real capital may be able to survive and even prosper.  Those who don't have real capital may starve.
 
*  Once it's publicly admitted that the debt can't be paid, the people most likely to survive will be:
 
1)  Those who are neither debtors nor creditors, but are, instead, savers who saved their wealth in tangible forms like land, tools, gold and/or silver that can't be destroyed by the admission that debts were unpayable; and,
2)  Producers who have sufficient intelligence, knowledge, tools and work ethic to produce goods and services the world needs (like food, water, clothing and shelter) and spend less than they earn doing so.  By spending less than they earn, producers become the only real source of savings.  Those savings become the foundation for new credit that can be used to restart the economic engine.
 
Until the remaining producers produce enough new products and generate enough new profits to be saved and then used as capital for new credit, the economy will lie mired in an economic collapse of the sort that plagued Russia for a decade after the fall of the Soviet Union.
This suggests that a "chain" of sorts exists between productivity, savings and credit. 
First, you must have productivity to generate savings. 
Second, you must have savings to generate credit. 
Third, credit may be used to advance the economy. 
Credit is important; savings are more important; productivity is most important.  Without productivity, there can be no savings and therefore no real credit.
 
*  Modern economics has sought to break that "chain" by allowing increased credit to be created without increased savings or even increased productivity.  Today, in order to create credit, all we need is someone to promise to repay a debt.  No proof of savings or productivity is required-only a promise to repay.
Government is presumed to be credit-worthy because it can seemingly extort unlimited taxes from its subject to repay its debts.  Therefore, whenever government needs to spend more currency, it can borrow more based on nothing but its promise to repay.   Government is not productive.  Government doesn't save anything.  Government can't issue classical credit-based on: 1) productivity; and 2) savings.  Therefore government argues that the need for productivity and savings is passť.   All we need for credit in our brave, new debt-based monetary system is government's (or someone's) promise to repay a debt.
A better example of credit being issued without regard for the borrower's savings or productivity is seen in the "liar loans" that funded many mortgages in the early 2000's and, more recently, are funding many auto loans. 
In the early 2000s, government policies allowed and encouraged banks to lend mortgage money to people who claimed falsely (lied) to have sufficient resources to repay their mortgages.  In fact, these "liars' loans" were knowingly issued to people who lacked sufficient savings (No money down!) or productive capacity (high-paying jobs) to repay their mortgage debts.  
Everyone involved knew that "liars' loans" were based on fraud.  Still, nobody cared since government backed the liars and the liars produced "promises to pay" (mortgage notes) that were bungled together into "bonds" that were sold to greedy domestic and foreign "investors" (a/k/a, "saps").  
The whole scheme worked brilliantly.  By golly!--we didn't need productivity and savings as prerequisites to issue credit!  Thanks to our debt-based monetary system and "liars' loans," we'd found the proverbial money tree.  All we had to do was water that "tree" with mere promises to pay.  The economists and politicians who devised this scheme were viewed as geniuses.
But then, much to everyone's shock and dismay, too many of the liars who'd taken out the "liars' loans" couldn't repay their debtsGasp! 
Result?  A line of dominos began to fall that nearly collapsed the U.S. and global economies.
Gee, who'd've thunk it? 
Who, among all of the brilliant PhDs and politicians running our government and economy could've dreamed that they couldn't issue credit based on mere promises to pay (rather than on productivity and savings)without precipitating an economic debacle?
Who'd've dreamed that reality couldn't be bent to conform to our economists' imagination and will?
My semi-satirical point is that the liars' loans that helped precipitate the Great Recession of A.D. 2008 are evidence that you can't have real credit without first having real productivity and then real savings.  Credit is not an "entitlement".  Credit must be honestly earned.
Government's attempts to free credit from the "tyranny" of productivity and savings have not only failed, but may yet topple the U.S. and/or global economies into a horrific depression.
 
*  Even if the government hyper-inflates the money supply, can the National Debt (which is at least $19 trillion) ever be repaid? 
Maybe.
But what if the real National Debt is closer to $100 trillion (as per Shadowstats.com) or $200 trillion (as per the Congressional Budget Office and economist Laurence Kotlikoff)?  Can a National Debt of those dimensions ever be repaid in full?
Absolutely not.  I doubt that more than 10% to 20% of that debt could ever be repaid.
So, can government still extort enough income taxes from American workers to repay the National Debt-especially, after government sent many of our industries and jobs to third-world nations and our real unemployment rate is closer to 23% than 5%? 
Can government raise taxes on businesses that are already subject to ruinous regulation and unfettered competition from cheap foreign labor without causing recession or depression? 
Can government seize enough of our savings to repay the National Debt?
If not, government is nothing but another "liar" and the National Debt is nothing but evidence of more "liars' loans".  If so, sooner or later, the government liars will have to admit that the National Debt can't be paid.  When that admission becomes public, it will trigger the same sort of havoc that followed from the failure "liars' loans" of the early 2000's-except, this time the havoc will be on a much grander scale.  Plus, the world will know that the government is a congenital liar.
People, institutions and governments that choose to lend to liars are fools destined for poverty.  Liars may be sufficiently smooth-talkers to get loans, but they're not sufficiently good producers or savers to repay them. 
Who's the biggest debtor in the world?  Who's the biggest liar?
Answer those two questions and you'll know to whom you should never lend your wealth.  


The 17 countries with the highest level of government debt
Business Insider -
                            Lianna Brinded
All eyes are back on Greece in April as the country tries to unlock more funds from international creditors to help mend its battered economy.
But despite racking up huge amounts of government debt, Greece is not the most indebted country in the world.
The World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Survey looks at the financial health and risks of countries around the world.
One of the most interesting and important rankings is actually the level of government debt.
By looking at level of gross government debt as a percentage of GDP, it can indicate how able a country is to pay back debts without incurring further debt.
Basically the lower the debt-to-GDP ratio the better.
Take a look to see who made the top 17 and who beat Greece for the top spot.
 
 
 
17. Iceland - 90.2%. Prior to the credit crisis in 2007, government debt was a modest 27% of GDP. Eight years on and the country is still dealing with the collapse of the banking system.
 
16. Barbados - 92.0%. The tax-haven nation is the wealthiest and most developed country in the eastern Caribbean, but its growth prospects look weak due to austerity measures to combat the effects of the credit crisis eight years ago.
 
15. France - 93.9%. The eurozone's second-biggest economy has been recovering "in fits and starts," says the country's statistical agency.
 
14. Spain - 93.9%. S&P is confident that Spain's buoyant growth prospects and labour-market reforms will boost its outlook.
 
13. Cape Verde - 95.0%. The island nation is a service-orientated economy and suffers from a poor natural-resource base. This means it has to import 82% of its food, leading to vulnerability to market fluctuations.
 
12. Belgium - 99.8%. The country is known as "the sick man of Europe," because while the government managed to reduce the budget deficit from a peak of 6% of GDP in 2009 to 3.2% - its debt is still incredibly high.
 
11. Singapore - 103.8%. It's one of the wealthiest countries in the world but the island nation suffers from high debt. The government is now trying to find new ways to grow the economy and raise productivity.
 
10. United States - 104.5%. The US hiked interest rates for the first time in seven years in December last year. In March, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the economy was on a path of slow and steady growth.
 
 
9. Bhutan - 110.7%. The small Asian economy is closely linked to India and depends heavily on it for financial assistance and foreign labourers for infrastructure.
 
8. Cyprus - 112.0%. The country's excessive exposure to Greece hit it hard when the European sovereign-debt crisis rippled across the world in 2010. Like Greece, it had to be bailed out by international creditors and enforce capital controls and austerity measures to get funding.
 
7. Ireland - 122.8%. The country exited its bailout programme two years ago but still faces a huge debt pile. But it's on the right track. Ireland has already had success in refinancing a large amount of banking-related debt.
 
6. Portugal - 128.8%. Portugal exited its own bailout programme in the middle of 2014. However, GDP was still 7.8% lower than it was at the end of 2007.
 
5. Italy - 132.5%. The country's proportion of debt to GDP is the second highest in the Eurozone.
 
4. Jamaica - 138.9%. The services industry accounts for 80% of GDP, but high crime, corruption, and large-scale unemployment drag the country's growth down. The International Monetary Fund said Jamaica has to reform its tax system, among other things.
 
3. Lebanon - 139.7%. The country used to be a tourist destination but war in Syria and domestic political turmoil have led to a lack of an official budget for months.
 
2. Greece - 173.8%. The country has taken over €320 billion worth of bailout cash and it's looking increasingly impossible to pay it all back - especially since it has had to implement painful austerity measures to get its loans. But it's surprisingly not the worse country in the world for government debt.
 
 
1. Japan - 243.2%. The country is in a troubling spot. Its economy is growing very slowly and now the central bank has implemented negative interest rates.


Do not believe those who say America is over
BY ADMIN, LAURIE ROTH, ON APRIL 1ST, 2016
 Believe - Stand - Vote right and Pray
Real Americans and warriors don't say or allow even the belief of defeat to creep into their heart and mouth. They don't just identify the many attacks and even defeats we have endured. They group and regroup figuring out and/or inventing strategies to counter attack as they go. They fight the enemy to win. There is no other option. YODA said in Star wars, "There is no try only do." I believe that 1000%
Having done talk radio for 16 years, writing articles and exposing corruption and stories like so many, I have felt like a pathetic, brain injured loan wolf sometimes trying to claw or bark out a small difference. Maybe I could bark at the moon some more and see some push back. There, I scared two rabbits that ran behind the tree. Is there a point for me to keep trying? Is there a point for you to try and make a difference?
I guess I had better give up on fighting for my country, God and freedom. We are done, under judgment - the fat lady has sung. There are too many attacks and funded schemes from the New World order, power brokers and radical Islam to fight back and win.
Recently, the great Franklin Graham spoke at the First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida. He talked of all the assaults on freedoms, George Soros and Saul Alinsky - Rules for Radicals influence. He talked of the coalition of endless groups of people, feminists, gays, environmental extremists, media...as he said the 'forever needy groups destroying the American dream. He then concluded that America would not come back. He also said we will never again out-vote these people. He concluded that the story has been told about America...we are done.
Franklin Graham is a great man and has served God faithfully most of his life along with his iconic father Billy Graham. I say ever so respectfully, he is so wrong! Although he is right about the many groups who have attacked us over the years, many led by Obama, he is dead wrong to say we are over, done and the story has been told. What kind of faith and courage is that?
No, no and triple no. This is the good part for real winners and those who believe that God is big. Remember, God inspired, breathed life into and created America. He built her up, placing the skeletal structure, legs, arms, heart and breath in her. If you know anything about the Bible and God's history of dealing with his people, he disciplines his own, protects and rises up leaders to respond to his will. He doesn't destroy his own, even the imperfect remnants who mess up. He still listens to the prayers of his people, no matter how beat down and messy they are.
Remember, so often God's interventions don't appear 'common sense' 'well timed' or predictable, but He is always faithful and spectacular in is responses.
Remember in 2 Chronicals: 20, Jehoshaphat's unbelievable story. The Israelis were being surrounded by a multitude of armies who had joined up against their small band of soldiers. They knew they could do nothing against them but get slaughtered, so they fasted and prayed asking God what to do. God answered 'don't be discouraged or afraid, the battle is mine.' Then the good part comes. The small group of Israelis believed God and put a praise choir out in front of there soldiers, singing praises to God as they kept marching forward. It was like the boy scouts were facing the Nazi party...no problem. Then The Bible says God sent ambushments ahead and took out the entire multitude of soldiers. Not one Israeli died and all the enemy were killed. God may not follow a general's orders or common sense but he always gets the job done in and through all situations and stress when we trust him. So America...trust Him.
We all know the problems, attacks on Christians, freedom and speech. This is precisely when things in our history can and will get exciting not defeating. I may be wrong but I don't think so. I believe God has raised up the 'in your face' 'believing' 'talented'   'mouthy' 'passionate' Donald Trump to carve through the bull rot, corruption and sell outs who have taken over America and sadly are causing many to give up.   He is also growing as a newer man of faith.
It isn't just out voting the Democrats that is the goal this next election. It is finding our fighting and believing spirit again - our pride in being American and not settling for a compromised and crushed version of that. Without real believe, guts and patriotism we are done. We will just lower our heads and allow the takeovers. Those who believe that get out of my way. Some of us may end up in jail, speak too loudly, march in the streets and annoy the lazy onlookers, but we will fight - fight for our freedom and country. That means from invaders inside and out. Many millions of Americans know that one with God IS the majority and He has a plan for our healing and success not failure.
Mr. Graham, the story of America has not been told as you say but is being told. We win.





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HEALTH
INJECTION STOPS FEMALE CYCLE
The female menstrual cycle is often referred to as "a period" and is the body's way of preparing for childbirth each month when a female is of the age to conceive. The cycle is regulated by hormones. Later in life, as a women approaches menopause the hormones change and the cycle becomes less and less frequent. Eventually there is no longer a menstruation cycle and she can no longer bear children. Women have dealt with their monthly cycle, which could sometimes be inconvenient; however is a necessity for procreation. However, since 1992 women have been given an option by the pharmaceutical companies to discard their monthly periods with a hormone injection. This injection acts as a birth control manipulating hormones but it also prevents the monthly period from occurring. I already know this is not good but wanted to research this treatment and document what the long-term side effect of this therapy could be. Let's take a look.  
 
THE SHOT
In 1992, the drug manufacturer Pfizer announced a new type of birth control given by injection which is a 3 to 6 month treatment and it alters the female hormonal system. This injection is advertised to be more effective at preventing pregnancy than the birth control pill. The product is called Depo-Provera and contains synthetic progesterone (DMPA). This synthetic hormone is designed to stop the ovaries from releasing eggs. Women are treated every 3 months with an injection which costs approximately $100 and is said to be 99% effective. It is also promoted as having additional benefits of stopping a women's period so she doesn't have to bother with or the discomfort associated with the menstrual cycle. Medicine also touts that having no period also protects women against anemia (low iron). The patients who are not good candidates to receive this drug injection are those with vaginal bleeding, liver disease, kidney disease, cancer or who are already pregnant. This drug is also given to women for endometriosis since 1967. However, an interesting fact is that the drug manufacturer was denied FDA approval to sell the drug as a birth control or menstrual deterrent in the 1970's but was approved in 1992. You have to wonder what happened to change their minds.
 
SIDE EFFECTS
Drugs always have side effects and this drug is no different. Most women receive literature on this birth control drug as having the side effects of:
 
  • loss of menstrual period
  • Weight gain of 5 to 10 pounds per year while on the drug
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Depression
  • Abdominal pain
  • Bone loss
 
WHO WARNING
However, there are additional side effects so let's look at the big picture what this drug can do to women. Therefore, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that due to the health risks this drug should not be recommended or severely limited in use. The WHO with the assistance of the Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use (RCOG) Facility of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care have a detailed list of why Depo-Provera is not to be used due to the health risks outweigh the advantages:
 
  • Itching and rash
  • Nausea and bloating
  • Changes in appetite
  • Feeling tired
  • Swelling of ankles and feet
  • Acne
  • Hot flashes (menopause symptoms)
  • Breast tenderness
  • Bone pain
  • Dark urine
  • Yellowing of the eyes and skin
  • Seizure
  • Shortness of breath or rapid breathing
  • Chest, jaw or left arm pain indicating heart attack
  • Unusual sweating
  • Confusion
  • Sudden vision changes
  • Fainting
  • Allergic reaction: swelling of face, lips, tongue or throat
  • Slurred speech or weakness on one side of body indicating stroke
  • Breast nipple discharge indicating breast cancer
  • Multiple risks to arterial cardiovascular disease
  • Deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolus (blood clots to lungs)
  • Unexplained vaginal bleeding indicates a serious condition
  • Breast cancer when there is no prior history within 5 years especially in patients under the age of 35.
  • Liver disease (viral hepatitis, cirrhosis, liver tumors)
  • Elevated levels of estrogen (hypo-estrogenic effect) increases risk of heart attack
  • High blood pressure and various vascular diseases
  • Ischemic heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes and nephropathy
  • Delayed return to fertility after stopping the drug
  • If a patient has asthma should not use this drug
  • If a patient uses tobacco, alcohol or has an eating disorder should not use this drug
  • If a patient is taking drugs for: depression, diabetes, heart or blood pressure should not use this drug.
 
BLACK BOX
In 2004 the FDA issued a black box warning for this drug. Bone density was their main concern as the drug strips the minerals out and it affects bone health. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists acknowledged these side effects and asks patients to weigh those negative effects against an unintended pregnancy to justify its use. However, the FDA recommends women not use the product longer than two years. An interesting twist to this drug is that it is given to male sex offenders as a chemical castration. If female patients receive too high a dose of Depo-Provera it inhibits follicular development while preventing ovulation. So, hair loss is a real risk. The drug changes the cervical mucus to inhibit sperm penetration and it also causes the uterine inner lining to atrophy, which also increases risk of HIV. This drug is a real threat to young women who one day would like to have children.
 
MAINSTREAM REPORT
In 2009, ABC News reported on Depo-Provera treatments. It seems that women taking it prior to menopause and then wanting to come off the drug struggled with withdrawal side effects. In one case a 48-year-old experiencing menopause symptoms came off the drug and for eight months experienced overwhelming withdrawal symptoms including severe nausea, dry heaves, fatigue and breast tenderness. The symptoms were so acute that her doctor put her back on the drug. The patient stated she would not recommend the drug to anyone. According to the reporter at ABC news when patients reported side effects, "the doctors just shrugged their shoulders at the patient complaints." By-the-way, acute dry heaves was never mentioned as a side effect by the drug manufacturer but was evident in the clinical trial reports.
 
"The studies on Depo-Provera have been on its effectiveness and not about long-term use, particularly because it's unusual to be on it for longer than 4 to 6 years. A 2008 study in the journal of Heart and Circulatory Physiology on synthetic progestin showed a link to vascular disease in premenopausal women." Dr. Paul Kaplan, University of Oregon gynecologist.
 
One problem is that doctors are prescribing this drug to teenagers who forget to take their birth control pills and are on the drug long-term. There are no studies available evaluating patients on this drug for 15-years or more yet it is a common practice to put patients on this drug long-term. According to the ABC news report, women who were on the drug for just two years reported serious side effects and withdrawal symptoms. It would appear that the longer a patient is on this drug the harder it is to come off of it.
 
TEMPORARY INFERTILITY?
According to doctors and the drug company, women who use Depo-Provera may have difficulty getting pregnant within ten months after discontinuing the drug. Women are told that their fertility will return to normal within 6 to 10 months after discontinuing the injection treatments. However, there are reports of women trying to conceive 2 to 5 years after they stopped getting the injections and still cannot conceive. These women are told by their doctors that their infertility issue was not caused by the drug and that the possible side effect of permanent infertility from this drug is not supported by research. To say the least, these women are extremely frustrated. It is clear that the women are not ovulating two years after the drug has been cleared from their system and if they do ovulate there is a real risk that their uterine inner lining has atrophied and cannot support life. However, there are no studies to support that and why would a drug manufacturer want to go there and prove their drug is harmful. The other thing we should look at is that Planned Parenthood and the insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act generate more profit using the Depo-Provera injected drug than from the use of condoms, birth control pills or IUD's.
 
REASON FOR DESIGN
There is a reason the human body has the organs it has and functions as it does. Interfering without good cause with God's design has consequences. Discarding "the period" just because it is inconvenient could ruin a female's chances of having children. It is essentially a chemical hysterectomy. What would you expect by forcing the body into premature menopause?
 
LEVEL OF MORTALITY
There are more young women on the Coroner's slab due to the use of birth control than ever before. In such cases the death certificate lists the cause of death as cardiovascular and or pulmonary related causes. The birth control medications cause blood clots. In 2013, the Canadian Broadcasting Company reported that Bayer paid over $1 billion to settle lawsuits on their birth control pills, which killed young women. In 2010, the British Medical Journal reported that there are 52 deaths per 100,000 when taking birth control (oral or injection, including trans-dermal patch). Their statistics showed that there are more deaths among women on birth control in the age group of under 39-years-of-age.
 
"The level of mortality seen in different parts of the world will depend on factors such as; levels of oral contraception use, duration of use, age at stopping and prevalence of disease." British Medical Journal, March 2010; 340
 
In 2005, NBC news did a report on the trans-dermal birth control patch in which the FDA noticed problems in the product before it went to market but eventually declared it as safe. The Associated Press also obtained reports that the patch offered women a three times higher risk of blood clots and dying from them. In 2014, it was the 50th anniversary of the birth control pill. This makes you look at birth control differently; not so much a family planning tool but as a type of voluntary sterilization and population reduction treatment. 
 
HERBS FOR BIRTH
There are herbs to help women with childbirth and nursing however, I would never advocate any use of medicinal herbs for abortion or birth control. That would be contrary to God's law to be fruitful and multiply. You can read about the numerous herbs to help mother's-to-be and after delivery in my e-book, The Power Herbs. You can download your copy from the Apothecary Herbs at http://www.thepowerherbs.com for just $14.99. Be sure to select from the dropdown the format you want (PDF, Kindle or iPad). Apothecary Herbs also has herbal formulas for balancing the female cycle, for improving fertility and for making a smooth transition through menopause. Whatever the time of life, there are herbs to help the female endocrine system balance itself with plant nutrition. For the men they offer the popular Male Hormone formula and the Prostate Kit. Call Apothecary Herbs to order or for a free product catalog 866-229-3663, International 704-885-0277 http://www.thepowerherbs.com, where your healthcare options just became endless. See their herb coupons on their site for savings.
 
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