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The Indomitus Report
Volume 2, #3

24 January 2005

Being Sovereign

    "As they approached the vehicle, they began taking fire from a nearby hilltop where Drega had positioned himself, apparently still armed with the AR-15 and about 150 rounds of ammunition. Although he managed to wound two more New Hampshire state troopers and a US Border Patrol agent before he himself was killed by police gunfire, none of those injuries were life threatening, either. ... these failures do not appear attributable to Drega's marksmanship - after all, he scored plenty of hits - but rather to his dependence on the now-military-standard .223 cartridge, which has nowhere near the stopping power of the previous NATO standard .308...."
    Vin Suprynowicz,
    The Ballad of Carl Drega, 2002

It was a dark night in Mogadishu. Burning automobile tire bonfires had been sending thick clouds of black smoke into the sky all day, alerting the native militias to the presence of armed intruders. Task Force Ranger had been having their fun, chasing Muhammed Farrah Aideed far and wide across the city, using their Black Hawk helicopters to ferry groups of soldiers to the hotel built by a corrupt government in hopes of one day hosting the Olympics.

Some of these helicopters had been brought down by daring young men, carefully arranging themselves so that the rocket propelled grenades they carried could be fired into helicopters circling on consistent paths overhead, while avoiding having the backwash from their rockets cut the legs out from under them. Using trenches dug in the streets and holes cut into the roofs of buildings, the grenadiers did their work, bringing down six of the hated Black Hawks within two weeks. On 3 October 1993, two of those downed helicopters crashed in Mogadishu.

Now trapped in the city, far from their base and supply, a group of USA Army Rangers and a cohort of Combat Applications Group or "Delta Force" operators cowered in a family residence. They had kidnapped the family, beating them and cuffing their hands, so that they could take over the home. Early on the morning of 4 October 1993, before first light, the Delta Force snipers were posted on the rooftops, killing Somali civilians who were returning to their homes, far from the firefights in other parts of the city, who innocently crossed an unmarked perimeter.

The snipers report having to shoot three and four times with their .223 rifles to bring down individual targets. The military sniper standard is one shot, one kill. The .223 is incapable of performing to that standard.

Where does the .223 round come from, then? It appears to be motivated by a desire to injure rather than kill enemy combatants. The theory is that a wounded soldier takes out two comrades who would be needed to carry him away from the battle, whereas the dead soldier is only one removed from the battle. Unfortunately for this type of arithmetic, the wounded soldier may remain capable of firing his weapon, may recover from his wounds and get back into the fight, and is certain to be wrathful when he does make a recovery.

"No responsible hunter would shoot an animal at 300 yards with [a .223 or 7.62x39] and I find it odd that they are considered suitable for a human - the most dangerous animal on earth (because only a human can inflict injuries from a distance). I do not believe we need to take bear cartfidges to war, but we do need to take white-tail cartridges, at least." - Timothy J. Mullin, Testing the War Weapons as quoted in Boston's Gun Bible.

So, you want a .308 battle rifle to be your main combat rifle. You may have a .30 caliber carbine or a .223 carbine of some sort for home defense. You'll certainly want pistols and knives for close quarters combat. But your main rifle, with a decent scope for long range shooting, tactical illumination for night fighting, strap, and plenty of ammo should be a .308. Which one?

Boston's Gun Bible is a very thick book which devotes many pages to this subject. Quality rifles in .308 that Boston likes, for various reasons, include the M14, the M1, the FAL, the HK91, and the AR10. For having the best overall attributes, Boston rates the M14 at the top, a gun having "no vices." But, don't take our word for it, read his book. Fire some of these weapons at a gun range. Try them out. Find a gun that suits you.

If you have unlimited budget, buy one of each and try them out. Then sell the guns you don't like at a gun show, at your leisure. More likely, you don't have unlimited budget. Join a shooting range, a chapter of the National Rifle Association or Gun Owners of America. Shooting with friends you make in these clubs should give you an opportunity to try out various guns.

It is important to have a good quality battle rifle if you are serious about defending yourself. Whether you see yourself defending your home against looters after a natural disaster, defending your home against government agents in the midst of some battle over your property or liberty, defending your family in a post-apocalyptic world, fighting terrorists or foreign enemies in your community, or simply being prepared for a day you don't expect may ever come, but for which you are determined to be ready, a combat rifle is an essential tool.

With yourself, you should be prepared to engage in self-defense with anyone within arm's reach. With your body armor and kevlar helmet, you can defend against targets from some distance away, and with ceramic chest plates, even sniper rounds fired from considerable distance. With your knife you may engage anyone within arm's reach. Your handgun can effectively reach 20 or 30 feet, more with practice. Your carbine may be effective as much as 150 to 300 yards. Your battle rifle takes you out to 600 yards with practice, 800 yards with skill.

Want more range? You may want to consider a .50 caliber rifle. With practice and skill, you may be able to hit man-sized targets out to 1,500 yards. There are instances of snipers hitting targets further away with these weapons, but you shouldn't make any plans contingent on your ability to do so until you've done so consistently for a year or more. The other advantage of the .50 caliber rifle is the availability of armor piercing and incendiary rounds. Short of light artillery weapons such as the 20 millimeter anti-tank weapons of WW2 or the rocket propelled grenade, the .50 caliber rifle is likely to be your weapon against vehicles of all shapes and sizes. Special licenses and permits are not yet required for these weapons, so they remain available and ammo is comparatively inexpensive.

Even if you choose to buy a .50 caliber rifle, don't imagine that it is a substitute for a semi-auto combat rifle. Keep in mind that circumstances may require that you pack your rifle and ammo over a long distance, whether on attack or in retreat, and you want to have a significant rate of fire when you get there. Yes, the logic of a .308 cartridge works even in this situation, since you are not better off lugging five times as many .223 cartridges to have the same effective fire.

What about fully automatic fire? Do you need it? Probably not. Boston quotes Douglas P. Bell who asks the fetching question, "At 600 rounds per minute, how many minutes can you carry?" A thousand rounds of .308 weighs about 60 pounds. Firepower, as Boston notes, is hits per minute, not shots fired per minute. Besides, the present necessity of licensing, fingerprinting, and related high cost of fully automatic weapons places you very much under the power of the state, which is not the best place to be.

Speaking of which, is it necessary to live in a society where everyone is armed? Evidently, it is possible to delegate the use of force to the state, so that most people are not armed most of the time. Yet, we've seen what that strategy accomplishes.

On the one hand, the criminals are always able to be armed. Where victim disarmament is the standard, only cops and criminals have guns, and prey upon the population at will.

Wait, don't we mean to say that the criminals prey upon the population? Not at all. The police are a far more persistent threat to individual liberty, private property, and safety. Not only do they have a willingness to initiate force against anyone at any time, they have the color of law and badges of office to sanctify their actions.

There are happy slaves everywhere. You may prefer to be a happy slave. You may want to avoid the noisy effort involved in training with guns, the need to buy quality ear protection, the messy liquids involved in cleaning gun barrels. On the other hand, you cannot delegate the use of force entirely and expect to remain sovereign. Either you are in control of your own destiny, in which case you have the ability to use effective contemporary weapons at any time, or you are not. As always, we cannot make you free; we can only show you the door. You have to choose whether to walk the path of sovereignty and freedom or timidity and slavery.

Free Market Money

    "Inflation is like a country where nobody speaks the truth. Our failure to deal effectively with inflation results largely from our failure to regard it as a moral issue. We do not know whether the most valuable part of the contract may not turn out to be the paper it is written on. This condition is hard to reconcile with simple honesty."
    - Dr. Henry C. Wallich, Governor of the Federal Reserve System,
    December 1978

An opportunity of free market money is to have honest contracts, where the amount of currency specified in the agreement is worth as much when it is paid as it was when the agreement was written. That opportunity exists today. There is no law obligating you to accept worthless paper nothings. There is no law preventing you from writing a contract specifying payment in weight of gold or silver.

Of course, we fully intend the irony of having a former governor of the Federal Reserve System commenting upon the morality of inflation. We suspect that Dr. Wallich's ideas about how to deal with inflatin effectively would extol the behaviors of Paul Volcker or Alan Greenspan, rather than the truly effective methods of free market money. Half measures are ever the way with such men.

Gold Mining

Here's how the stocks we presently suggest in this area look right now:

Company Symbol C$ US$
s
Exploring
Almaden AMM.TO 1.90 -
C$0.16
Free Gold ITF.TO 0.30 0.24
+C$0.02
Luzon LZN.V 0.225 -
- C$0.065
Holding
Lumina LCC - 4.70
0.06
Silver Standard SSRI - 12.33
- 0.45
Vista VGZ.TO 4.40 -
- C$0.60
Mining
Newmont Mining NEM - 42.20
-1.10
Northgate NXG - 1.53
- 0.12

Green ink is spreading like the warm rays of sunrise. The price of gold is up, and with it the prices of the stocks we've suggested to you. Every stock in our list is better off this week than last week, except Free Gold, which was the one green note in last week's somber red report.

We continue to suggest that you maintain stop loss orders against any position which represents significant value to you. Tight trailing stops should allow you to let the red ink be someone else's problem, and you can buy back in when you feel the bottom has been passed.

Free Market Money

Gold jumped up on Friday 21 January to close at $426.50 and is now firmly over $427. Silver waited until Monday 24 January to make its move, and closed at $6.81, falling back a bit overnight. We expect gold to once again challenge the key overhead resistance at about $432 which it broke through late last year. Silver may again mount a charge on $8 per ounce.

The three stocks we've suggested in this sector are PVH, GBH, and MCG. PVH is selling at 0.039 gAu, down 0.011 gAu from our first suggestion on 21 October 2004. MCG is selling at 0.630 gAu, up 0.117 gAu from our first suggestion on 21 October 2004. GBH is at 0.3 gAu, down substantially from our first suggestion at 1 gram last week, 17 January 2005. All the stocks on PVCSE.com are traded in grams of gold (gAu).

Company Symbol gAu
s
Gold Barter Holdings GBH 0.3 - 0.7
MicroCasino MCG 0.63 +0.117
Pecunix Venture Holdings PVH 0.039 - 0.011

Shares are still thinly traded on PVCSE, with far more sellers than buyers. The weak hands in GBH and PVH are shareholders who bought in at earlier private placement offerings ($10/share for GBH, 40 cents a share for PVH, we gather) and are looking to liquidate all or part of their holdings.

With respect to GBH, there remains a substantial gap between the highest bid price and the lowest ask price. As the April dividend comes closer, this price should firm up quite a bit. We see GBH as a strong buy up to about 20 times earnings which we believe is equivalent to a price per share of 0.466 gAu.

PVH has settled into a narrow trading range, with the highest bid at 0.038 and the lowest ask at 0.039. The same 20 times earnings approach, based on information we have available, suggests a buy up to 0.6 gAu.

MCG is in a slightly wider trading range. MCG should post a dividend at the beginning of the month, shortly after The Gold Casino posts its dividends on dBourse.com.

The January 2005 dividend for The Gold Casino was 0.76 grams per share. The dividend has been growing every quarter, but assuming (ultra-zany-conservatively) that it does not, the shares are currently paying at the rate of 9.12 grams per year. A share of The Gold Casino at dBourse.com is valued at 102 grams at last sale. Using our 20 times earnings figure, which is a fair reflection of other casino stocks, and assuming, zany-conservatively, that earnings are dividends - shares of the Gold Casino would be a strong buy to 180 grams per share. Since we believe that 50% or more of earnings are retained, a valuation at 20 times earnings would be closer to 360 gAu per share.

With 90% of the dividends earned paid out, each share of MCG should earn about 0.04 gAu this year. So, we categorize MCG as a strong buy up to 0.8 gAu. (In the case of MCG, earnings are dividends from TGC shares.) Of course, as each share of MCG represents one two-hundredth part of a share of TGC, if the TGC shares were to trade at 360 gAu, then MCG shares would be worth 1.8 gAu. We feel confident suggesting MCG as a buy up to 0.9 gAu.

Space Frontier

    "Either a robotic or shuttle-based servicing option reportedly would cost in excess of $1 billion. That pricetag is viewed by the White House as not affordable given other high-priority and more expensive efforts, such as the return-to-flight of the space shuttle program...."
    - Leonard David, Space.Com, 24 January 2005

    "President Bush is getting ready to ask Congress for an additional $80 billion for conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan...."
    - Reuters, 24 January 2005

The sky isn't falling, but the Hubble Space Telescope soon may be.

The socialist scum running the space program certainly have an array of bad choices at their disposal. On the one hand, they can join gun-grabbing Senator Barbara Mikulski (Democrat - Maryland) in a festival of lobbying for a "safe and reliable servicing mission to Hubble" whatever that might mean in an era where the only space vehicle capable of carrying crew and equipment to Hubble is unsafe and unreliabe. Should that effort succeed in getting funds tasked for the process, a certain amount of prayer would be in order for the shuttle astronauts aboard Discovery or Atlantis or Endeavour who get the dubious honor of climbing aboard the unreliable shuttle for possible auto-flambé on the way up like the crew of Challenger or self-immolation on the way down like the crew of Columbia.

Another alternative is to spend a substantial portion of a billion dollars on a mission to scuttle Hubble with a "Hubble Robotic Vehicle Deorbit Module" being developed by Lock-Mart Denver and Canada's MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates. Presumably this approach would not need to involve another seven dead shuttle astronauts, and might drop the Hubble Telescope into some remote stretch of ocean waters, with or without a nice container vessel like the Kobayashi Maru underneath.

The good news is that the Hubble operations team at Goddard Space Flight Center and the Space Telescope Science Institute (both, naturally, in Mikulski's state) may be able to prolong the useful life of Hubble into the year 2008. Defying the original design expectation that three gyroscopes would be needed for Hubble to perform science, the operations people now have a two gyro science mode along with the needed software.

The bad news is, with NASA's territoriality and extreme "not invented here" attitude, no other alternatives are ever going to be considered. Our solution would be to have the government post the cost of the Hubble robotic de-orbit mission as a prize. Any private company using any space launch system worldwide that is able to reach the Hubble and restore it with a servicing mission would get the full prize, and any company de-orbiting Hubble would get half the prize.

Naturally, we only consider this option as viable because the government is already committed to the cost of pushing Hubble into the atmosphere to re-enter and crash in the ocean anyway. The liability to the taxpayers under the 1967 Outer Space Treaty provisions to which the USA is party of an uncontrolled re-entry for Hubble would be potentially far greater. So long as the salvage mission is budget neutral, it seems like a great way to motivate the private sector to develop manned orbiting capability.

After all, suborbital manned launch capability was developed by the private sector in a few years time at the cost of $30 million for a mere $10 million prize, the Ansari X-Prize awarded late last year. With a Hubble robotic de-orbit mission certain to cost the taxpayers upwards of $300 million, think of all the private sector space companies that would be itching to develop a capability to reach Hubble and service it.

Bigelow Aerospace has already promised $50 million in prize money to a team which provides manned orbiting capability suited to bringing tourists up to their planned space hotel. Any vehicle capable of reaching the much higher orbit of Hubble and performing a complete servicing mission would easily qualify for Bigelow's prize, adding substantially to the incentive.

Better still, the Russian space program has an active manned launch capability combined with heavy lifting resources and a very long operational history of conducting extravehicular activity safely. At $35 million each, two launches of three-crew Soyuz capsules and an $85 million Proton launch of assorted equipment would run $155 million, leaving a substantial budget for sundry equipment and cosmonaut time at $100,000 per hour.

Of course, the goofs at NASA are going to insist that nothing of the sort may be tried. The way it has always been done is the way it always must be done, and none of this private sector competition is to be tolerated. After all, if they arrested two young Houstonians in 1991 and locked them in a sewage strewn cell with dozens of criminals for daring to offer Americans a trip into space on the Soyuz, NASA is certainly not going to put up with a manned Russian mission to repair Hubble.

Here's how things stand for the stock we suggested in this sector:

SpaceDev is at $1.68. It is up $0.18 since we first suggested it.

Launch Technology

    "Under the agreement signed by Russia's Federal Space Agency (Roskosmos) and the European Space Agency (ESA), both sides will participate in the ESA's program to build a launch system for Russia's Soyuz-ST carrier rockets at the Kourou launch site in French Guiana."
    - Interfax, 19 January 2005

Russia and the European Union began working on this project to launch the Soyuz rockets from Kourou back in 1998. They've now agreed on budget allocations and a first flight in December 2006 or shortly thereafter seems likely.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, or somewhere, Bush signed the new commercial space act into law. So, now it is up to the FAA to find ways to thwart the private commercial development of space tourism so that only Boeing and Lock-Mart are able to actually gain certification for their vehicles, and only other big defense contractor companies are able to operate them. Might be exactly the bone the FAA needs to throw to the troubled commercial airline oligopoly.

In other launch news, Kazinform of inform.kz informs us, in their Kazakh fashion, that the next flight from Baikonur cosmodrome is scheduled for 3 February 2005. A Proton will loft the AMC-12. The Russian federal space agency has confirmed plans to launch a Progress on 28 February 2005 presumably to re-supply the Internationalist Socialist Space Station. Baikonur expects to see about two dozen launches this calendar year.

New Country Developments

    "More than 5,500 voters on the island of St. Croix have signed a petition to request that the US Congress make the island its own US territory, splitting it from the US Virgin Islands territory."
    - Matt Rosenberg, About.com, 14 November 2004

So, St. Croix wants to secede from the rest of the Virgin Islands. Why? Turns out they are the largest population and the largest surface area of the islands, but residents claim they "don't receive enough government funding." This approach to more handouts from taxpayers elsewhere would seem to make St. Croix less than efficacious as yet another libertarian paradise.

Nevertheless, a Libertarian Nation activist has suggested moving 20,000 libertarians to St. Croix, then "force a territorial referendum under the UN Charter (which US must abide by) for a non-self-governing people, and vote for a sovereign nation based on a libertarian constitution. Which would, of course, mean no more handouts from Washington, DC for the island's other 53,234 residents. Something tells us it won't work out.

Longevity

    "Fools, said I, you do not know
    Silence like a cancer grows."
    - Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, "The Sounds of Silence"

A friend of ours introduced us to his buddy. His buddy has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Prognosis is six months to a year. We were asked to provide our thoughts on any possibilities for beating the cancer back into remission, or surviving beyond the 12 month estimate.

So, we sent along the following thoughts:

We've had a long interest in longevity, healthcare, medicine, nutrition, and the like. Lycopene was the word we were looking for at lunch today. It is what makes watermelon and tomatoes red. If you can keep it down, tomato juice, such as Campbell's or even V8 is a great way to get lycopene. The March 2005 issue of the International Journal of Cancer reports a study on 404 men in Southeast China which establishes an inverse association between prostate cancer and intake of all the dietary carotenoids including lycopene, alpha carotene, beta- cryptoxanthin, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Tomatoes, pumpkin, spinach, watermelon, and citrus fruits are good sources of these. Carrots as well. Eat vegetables when you are able to do so, and consider food supplements when you are not.

We strongly suggest people who are on cancer therapies to take anti-inflammatory and free radical scavenging supplements with every meal. You may find that gingko biloba, "super-B complex," and 500 milligram vitamin C with rosehips, all available at Wal-mart or similar for cheap, may be very helpful to your digestion. Your body doesn't store any of these nutrients, and would use them to assist in the digestion process.

Both C and the B-complex vitamins are used up at a fast rate whenever you are ill or drink alcohol or are stressed out. They are water soluble, which means that you excrete them when you don't use them within a few hours. So, taking some with every meal is a good idea. Digestion itself is an inflammatory reaction of sorts, and degrades your body's ability to fight off other infections, so do what you can to support the digestion process with supplements.

As a man, you should be very careful with iron supplements. However, very likely you would benefit from iron supplementation, owing to the anemia and other difficulties attending chemotherapy. Our suggestion would be the smallest dosage you can find, such as 27 milligrams, taken once a day with a meal. The very latest issue of Cell reveals that iron deficiency alters the expression of 80 or more genes in yeast cells, which are very similar across much of the genome to human cells. What happens is the cells shut down the major usage of iron in order to maintain essential cellular functions. Those genes involved in generating energy, copying the genetic code, protecting the cell from free radicals and aging, and several gene complexes that may relate to fighting cancer are shut down. So, eating red meat (the bacon you had at lunch) or dark green vegetables or taking an iron supplement with a meal would be great.

At the first sign of a cold or flu, take a zinc. Both zinc tablets and iron supplements should be taken with food, and if you can't keep food down, wait until the nausea is less before taking these supplements. Vitamins C, B-complex, and gingko biloba may be taken without food, preferably with fruit juice. Zinc is an emetic and it'll make you vomit if you try to take it by itself. Iron supplements are harsh on your stomach, which is probably suffering enough right now, so take them with food.

You would do very well to go to http://www.wobenzym.com/ and order a 60-day supply of these pills. We would suggest that you initially take three tablets at least twice a day. These are pills that you take 2 hours after eating and 45 minutes before eating, at least. Or "away from food." That means that even if you can't keep food down, you should be able to take these. They have a mild flavor of tropical fruit. If they make you nauseous, you should try them with fruit or vegetable juice.

Wobenzym has a class of enzymes called proteolytic enzymes. These are "chewing proteins" and their function is to break down proteins into amino acids. These enzymes are very desirable because they break down aberrant proteins which arise with various diseases and cancers. Wobenzym in particular has been found to degrade harmful and abnormal immune complexes that precipitate auto-immune diseases. Many of these immune complexes thicken the blood, which is a precursor condition for quite a few diseases and adverse conditions.

A related product, Wobe-Mugos is awaiting approval from the vicious thugs at FDA. Wobe-Mugos is a therapy for multiple myeloma, a cancer of certain types of blood cells.

The specific enzymes in Wobenzym itself are pancreatin, papain, bromelain, trypsin, chymotrypsin, and rutosid. The papain in particular adds that papaya juice flavor. Owing to their structural fragility, these enzymes are a bit hard to manufacture, and you should keep them in the refrigerator.

You are in a special class of people who can pretty much not worry about smoking or partially hydrogenated vegetable oil shortening your lifespan. However, to the extent that you support your immune system by taking in less of these things, the better. You should smoke if it makes you feel better, and consider the benefits of THC if it would help you take food after chemo (medical MJ includes the premise that it does have this effect). If you find eating peanut butter or other fully or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils in food (chips, packaged foods, twinkies, ho-hos, etc.) is a way to get something that stays down, go for it. On the other hand, hydrogenation means a long shelf life for food because hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oil is poison to yeast, fungi, bacteria, and other life forms. You should do what you can to avoid introducing free radicals into your system. Bread often is made with partially hydrogenated vegetable oil to extend shelf life, but you can find bread that has none. Oroweat is a brand, and many smaller bakeries don't use hydrogenated oils; you can also bake your own bread if you enjoy doing so.

If you do smoke, then don't take beta carotene. Beta carotene particularly has been found to exacerbate certain forms of cancer in smokers. If you give up smoking, then beta carotene can be an effective free radical scavenger for you.

So can vitamin E. Vitamin E is another immune support chemical. If possible, you should get a fish oil supplement which includes alpha tocopheryl and other tocopheryls, but if all you can afford at this point is the Wal-Mart brand vitamin E, that's fine. Fish oils in anchovies, kipper snacks, sardines, and any deep sea fish (tuna, salmon that is not farm raised, etc.) are exceedingly good in this area.

You are already taking melatonin. Good. It is a brain chemical that helps support good sleep. It also seems to be a great cancer-fighting chemical.

DHEA or di-hydro-epi-androsterone is secreted by your adrenal glands. After age 25, you produce less of it. It is the most abundant circulating hormone in the body. By the time a person reaches 70, they are producing up to 80% less DHEA, and illness can mimic this effect of aging. DHEA is "the mother of all enzymes and hormones" as one of the basic building blocks for 50 other hormones.

We suggest you get the cheap Wal-Mart brand or better, and take 25 milligrams, with food, twice a day. DHEA exerts anabolic effects on cells that renew and rejuvenate. It should help with any skin lesions or other skin problems. It has an oxygen-sparing effect on skin cells which helps to protect them from thermal injury. It appears to improve the vascular structure of capillaries, protecting cells from destruction due to oxidative damage. You can also make a paste from one or two DHEA pills and a little water, and spread it directly onto your skin to curb lesions. If it proves to be an irritant, discontinue.

DHEA has been falsely identified with exacerbations in prostate cancer, but these studies have been controversial, and appear now to be discredited. DHEA definitely enhances immune function, reduces cancer susceptibility, and is preventive for artherosclerosis, Parkinson's, obesity, Alzheimer's, and diabetes - not that you anticipate having difficulties with any of these.

Did you know that there is a tree, living today, that was 1.1 kilometers from the epicenter of the 6 August 1945 Hiroshima blast? It is a species of Gingko biloba. Amazing stuff. We suggest a 30 milligram gingko biloba tablet with each meal, or three times a day. Gingko biloba can increase the amount of oxygen and glucose supplied to the brain, improve mental function, improve circulation to the brain, extremities, ear, eye, nose, and throat, counter the side effects of aging such as short term memory loss, dizziness, tinnitus, depression, and vertigo. It increases oxygen protection against stroke and transient ischemic (lack of blood flow) attacks.

Most important to you, Gingko biloba offers protection to the vascular system with strong anti-oxidant properties and free radical scavenging. Free radicals are ions that can damage cells and promote cancer. The Chinese believe that the nut of the Gingko biloba tree, eaten raw, can destroy cancer. That's from the "Great Herbal" of Li Shih-chen of 1578. You would have to consult a Chinese herbalist to get the nuts, we think. The tree itself is identical to plants found in the fossil record from 270 million years ago, before the age of the dinosaurs.

Another great thing is turmeric or curcumin, Curcuma longa. It is the spice that makes mustard yellow. It is popular in many curry powders. Curcumin is a very effective non-steroidal anti-inflammatory. It has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that are ideal for fighting cancer. It produces the heat-shock protein heme oxygenase-1 which seemes to promote anti-oxidant effects and helps the body resist trauma associated with heat and shock. It also helps scavenge metal ions, which prevents them from being harmful. As a metal chelating agent, it is extremely useful in reducing heavy metal poisoning which can exacerbate cancers. Curcumin is an effective chelator of calcium, copper, and iron, all of which become involved in atherosclerotic plaque and amyloid beta plaques associated with senility.

Finally, we come to resveratrol. http://www.longevinex.com/ Red wine is a good source, but you should seriously consider taking supplements. Both calorie restriction and resveratrol activate survival gene complexes, including Sirtuin 1 and 2. These genes when active seem to dramatically reduce the effects of cancer.

So, ideally:

Food supplements: Longevinex, gingko biloba, vitamin C with rose hips (up to 1500 mg with each meal), super complex B vitamins, an iron supplement, DHEA, glucosamine and chondroiten if your joints feel stiff, any good general multi-vitamin, multi-mineral supplement to provide trace nutrients (e.g., Centrum), 400 international units of Vitamin E, preferably with mixed tocopheryls and fish oils, zinc any time you feel a cold or flu symptom; always with meals. Beta carotene only if you give up smoking.

Enzyme supplement: Wobenzym, away from food, or with juice.

Foods: wine, especially Pinot Noir, any red wine; fruitjuice, especially tomato juice; citrus fruits; pumpkin; spinach; red meats; curcumin or turmeric; ginger; fish, especially ocean fish; quality extra virgin olive oil; stay completely away from partially hydrogenated or fully hydrogenated fats.

Other supplements: melatonin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin (low dosage, coated children's aspirin is great, such as St. Joseph's 81 mg) with a meal only, stay away from acetamenophin (Tylenol).

These are suggestions. We are not doctors. If you have any doubts or concerns, talking to a doctor is an idea. Some doctors are even aware of this stuff. You could do well to talk to a nutritionist if your doctor doesn't seem well versed. Anything that makes you feel bad, gives you nausea, or seems like a bad idea, stop taking. Or take with food, or in some other pattern that works for you.

The main thing is to enjoy the life you have available, while it is available. The more you do to support your body, the better it should be able to fight off the cancer, giving you more time, a better quality of life, and some added months or years in which to see a useful cancer "cure" get FDA approval and get into you - longshots sometimes do come in, as any bookie will tell you.

Who knows? Even with the FDA around, he might make it to his 39th birthday.


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