In the late 1990s and early 2000s no celebrity pushed gun control more than comedienne and actress Rosie O’Donnell. Longtime NRA supporters will remember the famous incident in 1999 where the arch-gun control supporter ambushed actor and NRA Board Member Tom Selleck on her now-defunct daytime talk show. O’Donnell was active with Handgun Control Inc. (now the Brady Campaign) and the Million Mom March, and signed a letter calling for the criminalization of private transfers of firearms, handgun waiting periods, handgun rationing, and a ban on commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms and their magazines.
Despite the severity of these restrictions, the so-called “Queen of Nice” explained that she would go even further during an interview with anti-gun former-U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy. O’Donnell remarked, “I know it’s in the Constitution. But you know what? Enough! I would like to say, I think there should be a law–and I know this is extreme–that no one can have a gun in the U.S. If you have a gun, you go to jail.” There was even an Associated Press report that O’Donnell asked the cast of Broadway show “Annie Get Your Gun” to alter the lyrics to “Anything You Can Do” to remove the line “I can shoot a partridge with a single cartridge.”
However, during her most active years as gun control crusader, O’Donnell employed armed security guards. In 2000, the pro-gun community was quick to point out her hypocrisy when it was reported that a bodyguard O’Donnell employed to protect her son had applied for a concealed carry permit and that the star approved. O’Donnell’s hypocrisy was so galling that in 2001 a gun rights supporter instituted, and NRA republished, the tongue-in-cheek “Rosie’” Awards, which were “bestowed upon the most hypocritical enemies of the Second Amendment.”
During a November appearance on The Howard Stern Show, O’Donnell shared a personal story about her girlfriend, who is a police officer in Worcester, Mass. According to the interview, the girlfriend was staying over one night when the couple was awakened at 3 a.m. by the home’s alarm system. O’Donnell bragged that her capable girlfriend sprung up from bed, gun in hand, and went to investigate. O’Donnell told Stern that her partner’s armed response was “the biggest turn-on I ever had in my life.”
Back in June, Kim Kardashian West took to her website to post an ignorant screed in support of Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety and in opposition to legislation supported by NRA and the ACLU that protected those with disabilities from being improperly targeted as persons prohibited from possessing firearms. Kardashian West is also a member of Everytown’s celebrity outreach program, which the group calls its “Creative Council.”
In a recently released clip from the latest season of “reality” TV program Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Kardashian West challenges her sisters Kendall and Khloe when they express an interest in firearm ownership for self-defense. While Khloe was explaining how their interest in gun ownership was spurred by Kendall’s concerns for her own safety, Kim interjected “Well that’s what you have security for.” Continuing to tow the Everytown line, Kardashian West went on to say that she would not permit her children to sleep over at her sister’s house were there a gun in the home.
Having grown up in the lap of luxury as the daughter of a high-profile businessman and attorney who was also the heir to a meat-packing fortune, Kardashian West has had little reason to concern herself with the travails of ordinary Americans. The socialite might be surprised to learn that the vast majority of her countrymen cannot retain a phalanx of armed guards.
The institutional gun control lobby has long used celebrity “influencers” in an attempt to shape gun policy; to little effect. As members of the same elitist clique, wealthy gun control advocates seem blind to the fact that the “deplorable” masses see right past this sort of celebrity moralizing to the underlying hypocrisy. The average American’s concerns for their own safety and that of their family are no less important than those of the rich and famous, and it should be obvious by now that no volume of celebrity lectures will convince them otherwise.
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Thousands of people took the streets of Britain yesterday in protest against the decision by Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Demonstrations were held in at least 10 cities, including London, Manchester and Birmingham.
Organised by the Palestinian Forum of Britain and other major civil society groups, those taking part defied the bitterly cold weather to show their solidarity with Palestine. In London, protesters gathered in front of the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square.
“The recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of an oppressive entity is a violation of every legal norm,” insisted the chair of the Forum, Hafez Al-Karmi. “If international laws and conventions are neither respected nor followed, we should not be surprised if there is chaos in the world.” We are prepared to stand together against the terrorists of Daesh, he asked, so who will stand and fight the terror adopted by Trump and Netanyahu today?
According to the Chair of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Hugh Lanning, the importance of the huge crowd denouncing Trump’s horrendous decision should not be underestimated. “This decision has also erased any value that America’s role in the peace process might have had,” he told the protestors.
Speakers at the protest in London included many well-known activists for Palestinian rights, including senior union officials. Also involved were representatives of British-Palestinian youth, such as Faris Tamimi, Leanne Mohammad and Yahya Abu Seido. Demands were made for an apology from the British government in respect of the infamous Balfour Declaration issued 100 years ago.
Further protests are expected to be held around Britain over the coming days.
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Today Dr. Duke focused on the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by the Trump administration. He placed the move in the context of the history of Jewish pressure on the British and American governments to establish Israel and elevate it above international law. He and Eric Striker analyzed the impact that the move could have on domestic and international politics.
Dr. Slattery joined the show, and they examined the possibility of the Flynn case being used as a pretext for impeaching Trump. Dr. Slattery proposed that Trump may feel that the embassy move to help ward off impeachment (aka the Judacoup). It may be that his Art of the Deal is to use the embassy as a bargaining chip, not in the context of Middle East negotiations, but in domestic politics.
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The Wall Street Journal editorial pages has emerged as one of the President Donald Trump’s staunchest allies in his efforts to undermine the investigation into whether his campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election.
On Monday, the Journal excoriated Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the FBI for withholding information from Congress about the firing of a top agent who reportedly sent anti-Trump messages.
Mueller reassigned a top FBI agent, Peter Strzok, over the summer after it was discovered that Strzok had sent anti-Trump text messages, The New York Times reported over the weekend. Strzok led the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server and held a top role in the Russia probe, which Mueller has been leading since Trump fired former FBI director James Comey. Trump has repeatedly called the investigation a “witch hunt” and has acknowledged that he fired Comey at least partly due to the probe.
“Mr. Mueller and the Justice Department kept this information from House investigators, despite Intelligence Committee subpoenas that would have exposed those texts,” the Journal wrote in an editorial published Monday. “They also refused to answer questions about Mr. Strzok’s dismissal and refused to make him available for an interview.”
The Journal also takes issue with the fact that the woman who Strzok reportedly exchanged the text messages with, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, worked for Mueller and deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe.
“All of this reinforces our doubts about Mr. Mueller’s ability to conduct a fair and credible probe of the FBI’s considerable part in the Russia-Trump drama,” they wrote. “Mr. Mueller ran the bureau for 12 years and is fast friends with Mr. Comey, whose firing by Mr. Trump triggered his appointment as special counsel. The reluctance to cooperate with a congressional inquiry compounds doubts related to this clear conflict of interest.”
The editorial called upon Mueller to step down “in favor of someone more credible.”
It’s not the first time the Journal’s editorial board has called for Mueller’s oust. In one October editorial, the board questioned Mueller’s credibility and called for an investigation into whether Democrats and the FBI colluded with Russia, rather than Trump.
“It is no slur against Mr. Mueller’s integrity to say that he lacks the critical distance to conduct a credible probe of the bureau he ran for a dozen years,” the editorial said. “He could best serve the country by resigning to prevent further political turmoil over that conflict of interest.”
In another piece, the board reacted to news that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was being charged in connection with Mueller’s probe by saying that “the main charge against Donald Trump is poor judgment for hiring the notorious Beltway operator.”
In addition to the seething editorials, the newspaper has also published a series of opinion pieces from contributors attacking the Mueller probe, including one that accused the investigation of “imperil[ing] the rule of law.”
The Journal board’s conservative lean has been long-documented, but the election of Trump has reportedly created an internal newsroom struggle about how to cover the presidency, particularly as Mueller’s investigation has ramped up. Reports have surfaced that some staff are frustrated with Gerard Baker, the editor-in-chief, who is said to have pushed more commentary that’s defensive of the president.
Rupert Murdoch, who is known as a friend of Trump’s, owns the paper.
The cases were received just one day after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) disqualified Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, AP reports.
The IOC took the decision to ban Russia from sending a team to the Games, but says it will permit Russian athletes who have never been found guilty of doping – and have undergone stricter doping tests since April – to compete as independent athletes under a neutral flag.
The 22 athletes, which includes Sochi gold medalist Alexander Zubkov, Alexander Legkov and Aleksandr Tretyakov, are understood to have requested that the CAS make a decision on their cases before the Pyeongchang Games open on February 9.
Following the IOC verdict, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov urged Russia to ‘exclude emotions’ in reaction to the decision, in anticipation of further contact with the organization on any future action.
“Now of course, we need to exclude emotion and seriously analyze the decision made in relation to our country, before making any judgement on it,” Peskov told journalists, TASS reported.
“We are faced with answering a series of issues, which will demand contact with the IOC. We must determine how and by whom this contact will be carried out. A series of other technical issues are also subject to clarification,” he added.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday, that the ban on Russia is part of “a massive offensive” to “isolate” the country.
In addition, scientific evidence has accumulated for a genetic or innate predisposition for homosexuality, while studies that have been used to support the choice argument have been discredited.
Throckmorton has followed these developments closely, and has adjusted his views accordingly. But he still views the Bible as divinely inspired. He wrestles continually with this tension.
“That’s not actually vital … to believe a certain thing about human sexuality. There’s other ways to look at it, and you can still be orthodox,” he told me.
Throckmorton, 60, a married father of four, said he has been rethinking much more than just his view of sexuality.
“If someone said, gun to my head, ‘Here’s what you believe. Jesus is God,’ Yeah, I believe that. I’ve staked my life on it. I’ve kind of staked all my career on that whole thing,” he told me. “I teach at a place that promotes that. I teach that, but do you understand that there is actually decent evidence that may not be true? Yeah, I know that. And so, I think I’m more comfortable at this point in my life living with the tension that I believe something about which there is evidence to the contrary.”
To those on the left who would dismiss the Biblical texts about sexuality as irrelevant, Throckmorton would urge caution. “I have a lot of respect for my traditions and my background. I feel like before I make a move on the personal front, I want to let some time pass. I want to think about it. I want to reflect on it,” he said.
But to those on the right who have argued that homosexuality hurts people because it is sinful, Throckmorton would say that real-life experience often does not always bear that out.
“I know [gays] who are living a great life and they’re healthy and everything’s fine,” he said. “It just is. Gays just are.”
That said, Throckmorton wrote recently that if someone comes to him for counseling about their sexual desires, he would “work with her to pursue her goals in accord with the sexual identity therapy framework I developed along with Mark Yarhouse.”
The sexual identity therapy (SIT) framework was written about approvingly in a report issued in 2009 by a task force affiliated with the American Psychological Association.
Yarhouse, director of the Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity at Regent University, a Christian college founded by fundamentalist TV evangelist Pat Robertson, said in an email that the SIT framework is “an alternative to reparative therapy because it does not claim to change orientation.”
In other words, Throckmorton would work to help someone who wants to stop having gay sex, but would not try to turn a homosexual into a heterosexual.
I sat in on one of Throckmorton’s lectures early in the fall. As students filtered into the room, Throckmorton played a song from the two-man rock group the Black Keys. He loves music and plays electric guitar in a faculty band calledCrimson Floyd. Led Zeppelin was also on his playlist that day. Throckmorton referred to it as his “walk-up music,” like the songs that professional baseball players choose to hear as they walk from the dugout to the plate for an at bat.
Throckmorton usually has a battered Pittsburgh Pirates hat on his head. On this day, he had taken off the cap and wore a short-sleeve blue polo shirt (untucked) with light-colored khakis. He posted a slide on the wall that got to the heart of what he and many other Christians are struggling with.
“Two sources of truth — Revelation (Scripture) the world (Science/experience),” the slide said. He spoke softly as he addressed what some of his students might be thinking.
“Maybe some of you psych majors have had a little pushback, I don’t know, from someone in your life,” Throckmorton said. “I know I have over the years: ‘Why are you studying the devil’s science? It’s not something a Christian should be involved in.’ I’ve certainly been told that.”
Grove City College is a very conservative place, and it attracts very conservative students. It is one of the few accredited universities in the country that does not accept federal loans, which gives it more independence from the government. In 2015, a test prep and tutoring company ranked Grove City as the most unfriendly school for LGBT students in the country. They moved down to No. 9 on the list in 2016. (The top spot is currently occupied by College of the Ozarks in Missouri.)
In 2016, Throckmorton and some other faculty put a small rainbow sticker on the doors to their offices, to make LGBT students feel more welcome. “We have students at our school who are very accomplished, some of our best students, and they’re gay,” Throckmorton said. The small gesture prompted a backlash among conservative faculty members.
The school’s president, former deputy attorney general Paul McNulty, formed a commission to study the issue. “The conservatives are just itching for the school to come out and declare itself antigay,” Throckmorton told me recently. He does not have tenure, because Grove City does not grant it.
In Throckmorton’s class, he talked about the challenges in believing in two sources of truth. The students, who had asked lots of questions earlier, sat quietly listening.
“For sure the Bible wasn’t meant to be a textbook on human nature. The Bible may have authoritative things to say. However, the Bible doesn’t comment on everything,” he said. “There’s a lot about human nature and human functioning that we just can’t really know from reading the Scripture, so that’s a problem.”
He brought up the elephant in the room. “Some Christians believe that there is a prohibition on same-sex behavior. Other Christians believe there is no such prohibition. We have a difference of understanding. Psychology teaches us, and tells us, that coming out or being open about one’s sexuality is mentally more healthy than not doing that,” he said. “How do you handle it? Do you discount one just because it’s not consistent with your worldview? Or, do you hold those in some kind of tension?”
Throckmorton raised the possibility that sometimes there are “apparent contradictions” that may turn out not to be in conflict after all. And he emphasized resisting pressure to take a position prematurely, especially from the social group one is a part of.
“I don’t know for sure that I have interpreted either psychology or the Bible properly. So I may need to be willing to wait until more truth, more evidence becomes clear,” he said. “Sometimes I may have to suspend my worldview and acknowledge that there is evidence here in one side.”
He ended with the closest thing to a recommendation he would give the students: “If something is real right in front of your face, if it’s true, don’t let a worldview tell you it’s not. Let the evidence tell you it’s not,” he said.
That statement was derived from his own experience of the last two decades. Throckmorton has been motivated by a desire to atone for past mistakes that caused people pain, he told me.
“Part of my change was just butting my head against this reparative therapy wall. The more I did it, the more I realized this is silly. I mean, this is just not right. And I’ve probably contributed to people believing this might be true. I need to undo the damage I’ve done,” he said.
Throckmorton was born and raised in Portsmouth, Ohio, the only child of a schoolteacher father who was raised in a Mormon household and became an agnostic and a Goldwater Republican. His mother, a Democrat, occasionally took him to church, but after a high school girlfriend brought him to Temple Baptist Church, he became a believing Christian. (He married another girlfriend he met during his senior year.)
He attended Cedarville College, a Christian school, in part because his father didn’t want him to, and earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Central Michigan University, and a PhD In community counseling/counselor education from Ohio University. By the early ’90s, he was the owner of a group psychology practice in his hometown.
In 1993, Grove City College recruited him to set up a counseling center on its campus, and he’s been there ever since. He got involved in the issue of sexual orientation in 1997. Throckmorton was the president-elect of the American Mental Health Counselors Association, a division of the American Counseling Association (ACA), when a proposal was made inside the ACA to ban reorientation counseling.
“I really hadn’t seen that many gays in my practice, but the ones I had seen, primarily, were Christians who were disturbed by it and who were making efforts not to do gay things. And most of the time, they were able to succeed to some degree in that, and I felt like that was a reasonable goal for them, given their religious faith,” he said.
So Throckmorton researched the issue and did a literature review that went back to the ’30s, concluding that “efforts to assist homosexually oriented individuals who wish to modify their patterns of sexual arousal have been effective, can be conducted in an ethical manner, and should be available to those clients requesting such assistance.” It was published in the Journal of Mental Health Counseling, a peer-reviewed publication.
The paper caught the attention of Robert Spitzer, the renowned psychiatrist who was viewed as a hero by the LGBT community. Spitzer asked Throckmorton to debate the topic at the 1998 meeting of the American Psychiatric Association. “Bob’s kind of a provocateur, and he said, ‘Well, let’s get back into this. Let’s look at this. And just because it’s not a known, this doesn’t mean that people have to live that way if they don’t want to,’” Throckmorton said.
In 2001, Spitzer presented a paper that shocked the world of psychiatry. He interviewed 200 people who said they had changed their sexual orientation from gay to straight, and concluded that “there is evidence that change in sexual orientation following some form of reparative therapy does occur in some gay men and lesbians.”
“It was like an earthquake at the time. And mainly because of who Bob Spitzer was,” Throckmorton told me.
In 2004, Throckmorton interviewed Spitzer on camera for a documentary he was making that was favorable toward the “ex-gay” movement called “I Do Exist.” Spitzer told Throckmorton that gay activists were “quite threatened” by his study.
“They have the feeling that in order to get their civil rights, it’s helpful to them if they can present the view that once you’re a homosexual, you can never change,” Spitzer said. “They may be right politically that it does help them, but it may not be scientifically correct.”
Spitzer’s study was seized on by “ex-gay” groups like Exodus International and the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), who said it proved that reparative therapy was legitimate, despite complaints from many that they had suffered emotional and psychological distress from it.
Throckmorton released his documentary in 2004. “It was the kind of the go-to resource for about the next two years, shown all over the world, proof gays could change,” Throckmorton said. “And I was OK with it until Noe came out as gay again.”
Noe was Noe Gutierrez, one of the main figures in Throckmorton’s film, and in 2006 he told Throckmorton that he was still gay. “In our conversations it became clear to me that he had felt a social pressure to say he had completely changed. So had the rest of the people in the video. And so that’s what really pushed me back to reexamine the studies I had used to convince me that change is possible,” Throckmorton said.
Throckmorton began to reconsider his conclusions. “I went back and reread the criticisms of my work that I had mostly kind of shunted aside, and decided that I really needed — you know, this was serious — I needed to figure this out. And so, no matter what my wish was about how things were, that I needed to do more what I’m doing now, which is accepting reality as it is.”
He reread much of the scientific work on the subject and stopped selling his documentary. He lobbied NARTH and Focus on the Family to consider that the majority of the data “suggested more biological factors” were driving sexual orientation. He has since talked to a handful of participants from Spitzer’s study. One is still in a heterosexual relationship. Three others are in same-sex relationships, he said.
And Throckmorton came into contact with LGBT people who didn’t fit the caricature often promoted in conservative Christianity. A friend’s young teenage son came out of the closet, exploding the myth that bad or abusive parenting caused people to become gay. “I knew the guy and I knew that his parenting was fine,” Throckmorton said. “I knew his son, and I was like, ‘Wait, I’m not gonna go along with this dogma here when I see evidence right in front of me.’”
In 2007, Throckmorton engaged in a lengthy argument with researchers who said they had found evidence that gays died younger than straights by two or three decades. He called their methods “unscientific” and said their conclusions were unpersuasive.
And then in 2009, he became aware of an effort in Uganda to institute the death penalty for gays. For the next five years, Throckmorton blogged extensively about developments in the African country, and about connections between the Ugandan effort and American evangelical Christians.
He began to do original reporting, talking and corresponding directly with key players in Uganda and in the U.S. He co-authored a letter to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni with prominent psychiatrist Jack Drescher. The letter stated that “sexual orientation is not a matter of choice.”
“The guy who is most essential to stopping the Uganda antihomosexual act, I think, is Warren,” said Sharlet, who reported and wrote extensively about the Ugandan legislation.
That process led Throckmorton to examine more closely the ways that evangelicals thought and talked about applying their faith to politics and government. “The justification the Ugandan supporters used was, ‘We are a Christian nation and so we should legislate Christianly.”
During that period, Throckmorton began to write about Christian fundamentalist David Barton. Barton is an influential fundamentalist figure who was an adviser to Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign. He claims that his historical research, which has been widely discredited, shows that America’s founding fathers were devout Christians, and that the United States was created as a Christian nation. In 2012, Throckmorton published a book refuting Barton’s book on Thomas Jefferson, which caused Barton’s publisher to withdraw his book.
“When I discovered these American enablers of the [Uganda] bill … I started thinking about religious freedom here and the meaning of the First Amendment. It actually came together that Barton was an enemy of the First Amendment, at least in a subtle way,” Throckmorton told me. “His teaching was meant to minimize protections for other religions. That could backfire if another religion got power. Wouldn’t we want to be treated differently?”
Throckmorton has also written extensively about evangelical pastor Mark Driscoll, a nationally known religious celebrity. Throckmorton was able to develop sources within Driscoll’s church in Seattle who passed him internal church documents showing questionable uses of the church’s finances; Throckmorton also was one of several writers who uncovered multiple examples of plagiarism by Driscoll.
And he has also highlighted examples of shoddy work by another evangelical luminary, Eric Metaxas, whose 2011 biography of German pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a bestseller among evangelicals. The book has been harshly criticized by Bonhoeffer scholars for “numerous factual errors,” a lack of original research and as a “badly flawed” attempt to “hijack” the anti-Nazi figure to bash religious and political liberals.
Throckmorton has done all this from an inauspicious location. I spent an hour talking with Throckmorton in the spot where he often goes to write before he heads over to campus. It was the local McDonalds. He sat in a booth by the bathrooms. “This is where a lot of blog posts get written,” he said.
This year, Throckmorton has written extensively about the conservative evangelical “Nashville Statement” on sexuality and gender. He offers his harshest criticism for the portion of the statement that says “it is sinful to approve of homosexual immorality or transgenderism and that such approval constitutes an essential departure from Christian faithfulness and witness.”
Throckmorton told me he found that assertion “ridiculous.” He has engaged recently with one of evangelicalism’s favorite spokespersons on LGBT issues, Rosaria Butterfield. Butterfield was a tenured English professor at Syracuse University in a lesbian relationship who converted to Christianity, renounced her sexual orientation and is now married to a man with whom she has had four children.
Butterfield recently wrote that “gay may be how someone feels, but it can never be who someone inherently is.”
Throckmorton responded: “After working with LGBT people for two decades, I believe some people are inherently gay. They have never been attracted to a member of the opposite sex, even while married to one. They have tried everything to change, but nothing changes. … Butterfield says there is one size because of the Bible. Even though that’s not exactly what the Bible says, that’s how she … interpret[s] it, so that’s how anyone she talks to has to be. I used to look at people that way. I won’t do that anymore.”
“[Butterfield] believes that God’s design for most people is normative for all people. No exceptions are allowed,” Throckmorton continued. “The fact is that some people are naturally different than the norm. No matter how strongly she feels that such exceptions shouldn’t exist, they do.”
When I spoke to Throckmorton, this language of exceptions was how he described what he thought LGBT people might be within the scope of Christian teaching.
“I think you can view heterosexuality as being the most common evolutionary outcome, God’s plan — however you want to say it — and still have the exception be OK.” He is “thinking about, ‘Well, what does the Bible really say about it, and have we read too much into it?’”
“I’m still going back and looking at the words, what they mean, the context in which they’re used, and it just seems grayer to me now than it ever has,” he said. “And given that the Bible’s been used to support some pretty awful things, I just don’t want to be a part of that. I don’t want to lend my support to treating people badly and then later find out that wasn’t even right.”
Throckmorton noted that he had just celebrated his 40th wedding anniversary. “Gay marriage is legal. Didn’t affect my marriage,” he said.
“I don’t know that the same rules apply to everybody. They certainly apply to me. I’m not an exception,” he said.
Water extract of the Chinese herb Galla chinensis has potent anticaries effects, effectively inhibiting acid production caused by caries-associated bacteria and increasing teeth’s resistance to acid
The health of your teeth is largely dependent on your diet, which affects not only your gut microbiome but also your oral microbiome. Like your bones, your teeth need certain nutrients to remain strong and healthy
Omega-3 fats may help ward off gum disease. People who consumed the highest levels of the animal-based omega-3 fats were 23 percent to 30 percent less likely to have gum disease
Research shows topical fluoride is unlikely to provide any significant protection against cavities. Other studies show fluoride is a neurotoxic endocrine disruptor that does more harm than good
Coconut oil is a natural antibacterial alternative that can significantly improve your oral health. Oil pulling with coconut oil has been shown to significantly reduce plaque formation and gum disease with consistent use
Your dental health is an important component of your physical health. While often ignored or overlooked, dental issues such as cavities and root canals can have a significant systemic influence, and the state of your soft tissues and teeth often offer a clear reflection of what’s going on in the rest of your body.
Tooth decay is often misconstrued as a “fluoride insufficiency,” but nothing could be further from the truth. The health of your teeth is largely dependent on your diet, which affects not only your gut microbiome but also your oral microbiome. Like your bones, your teeth also need certain nutrients to remain strong and healthy.
Interestingly, Chinese researchers recently discovered that water extract of the herb Galla chinensis has potent anticaries effects, effectively inhibiting acid production caused by caries-associated bacteria and increasing teeth’s resistance to acid.1,2
The Anticaries Activity of Galla Chinensis
Galla Chinensis3 (Wu Bei Zi, also known as Chinese gall or Chinese sumac) – one of hundreds of Chinese herbs tested by this research team – was found to have “strong potential to prevent dental caries due to its antibacterial capacity and tooth mineralization benefit.”4 The herb also has antiviral, anticancer, hepatoprotective, antidiarrheal and antioxidant activities.
According to the authors, “Galla chinensis water extract has been demonstrated to inhibit dental caries by favorably shifting the demineralization/remineralization balance of enamel and inhibiting the biomass and acid formation of dental biofilm.” Unfortunately, it’s still far too early to start using the herb in dental applications, because the researchers have yet to identify the active ingredient responsible for these anticaries activities. As reported by ScienceBlog:5
“In the present study, several Galla chinensis extracts with different main ingredients were obtained and determined by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis. The antibacterial capacity was determined using the polymicrobial biofilms model, which can generate reproducible plaque-like biofilms that occur in vivo.
The effect of inhibiting tooth demineralization was tested using an in vitro pH-cycling regime, which mimicked the periodic pH change in mouth. ‘Medium molecular weight gallotannins are the most active constituent in terms of caries prevention’ concluded Xuelian Huang, Ph.D., DDS, the lead author.”
Dietary Guidelines for Strong, Healthy Teeth
While Galla chinensis may someday be added to dental products as an aid against tooth decay, your best answer is already at hand. If you want to have healthy teeth, you must start from the inside out, and that means cleaning up your diet.
Much of the dietary advice for oral health is founded on the findings of the late Dr. Weston A. Price,6 a Cleveland dentist who sought to determine what makes for good dental health by studying indigenous tribes who, he said, had “fine teeth” and few chronic health problems. While studying the oral health and diets of various native tribes, he noticed distinct similarities:
The foods were natural, unprocessed and organic (and contained no sugar except for the occasional bit of honey or maple syrup)
The people ate foods that grew in their native environment. In other words, they ate locally grown, seasonal foods
Many of the cultures ate unpasteurized dairy products, and all of them ate fermented foods
A significant portion of the food was eaten raw
All of the cultures ate animal products, including animal fat, full-fat butter and organ meats
When Price analyzed his findings, he found the native diets contained 10 times the amount of fat-soluble vitamins, and at least four times the amount of calcium, other minerals and water-soluble vitamins as that of Western diets at that time. Their diets were also rich in enzymes because they ate fermented and raw foods (enzymes help you to digest cooked foods).
Importantly, the native diets also had at least 10 times more omega-3 fat than modern diets and far less omega-6 fats. Today, there’s ample evidence showing diets lacking in omega-3 fats while being heavy on omega-6s from vegetable oils (now found in most processed foods), are a recipe for disaster.
Modern research supports Price’s early observations, showing that even moderate amounts of omega-3 fats may help ward off gum disease. In one study,7 researchers divided nearly 9,200 adults into three groups based on their omega-3 consumption. Dental exams showed those in the middle and upper third for consumption of the omega-3 fats DHA and EPA were 23 percent to 30 percent less likely to have gum disease.
What About Fluoride?
While fluoride is commonly touted as the best prophylactic and answer to caries-prone teeth, the evidence to support these claims is flimsy at best. Dental caries is caused by demineralization of your teeth (enamel and dentin) by the acids formed during the bacterial fermentation of dietary sugars. Demineralization is countered by the deposit of minerals from your saliva, or remineralization, which is a slow process, and fluoride is said to prevent dental caries by enhancing this mineralization.
Alas, your teeth do not actually rely on fluoride for remineralization. In fact, fluoride serves no beneficial biological role in the human body at all. It does, however, cause harm. For example, evidence shows fluoride is an endocrine disruptor that can affect your bones, brain, thyroid gland, pineal gland and even your blood sugar levels. Importantly, it’s a known neurotoxin, shown to lower IQ in children.
Research8 has also concluded that the protective shield fluoride forms on teeth is up to 100 times thinner than previously believed. It has long been believed that fluoride changes the main mineral in tooth enamel, hydroxyapatite, into a more decay-resistant material called fluorapatite. However, the researchers found that the fluorapatite layer formed in this way is only 6 nanometers thick – meaning it would take almost 10,000 such layers to span the width of a human hair.
As noted by the authors, ” … [I]t has to be asked whether such narrow … layers really can act as protective layers for the enamel.” Considering the systemic toxicity of fluoride and its questionable effectiveness as an anticaries aid, I personally see no reason to use it. There are far safer and more effective ways to protect your teeth from cavities.
Poor Diet Is the Primary Cause of Dental Decay
By far, excess dietary sugar is the most significant factor in driving dental decay. Other primary causes of tooth decay cited in the medical literature include:
Children going to bed with a bottle of sweetened drink in their mouth, or sucking at will from such a bottle during the day
Poor dental hygiene and poor access to and use of dental health services, usually related to socioeconomic status
Mineral deficiencies, like magnesium, which can weaken bones and teeth9
Vitamin K2 is crucial for bone mineralization and unless you consume grass fed organic animal products and nonpasteurized fermented foods on a regular basis, there is a good chance you might be deficient in this important nutrient
More than 600 medications promote tooth decay by inhibiting saliva
Research10 published in 2014 shows there is a robust log-linear relationship of dental caries to sugar intakes, meaning your risk of cavities increases the more sugar you eat – and this was found to be true despite regular use of fluoridated water and/or fluoridated toothpaste. According to this study, to minimize your risk of cavities, sugar should make up no more than 3 percent of your total energy intake (with 5 percent noted as a “pragmatic” or more realistic goal).
In an interview with Medical Research, Aubrey Sheiham, Professor Emeritus of dental public health, University College London, explained that current approaches are really missing the boat when it comes to preventing cavities:11
“Current approaches to controlling dental caries are failing to prevent high levels of caries in adults in all countries and this relates to the current high level of sugar intake across the globe. Thus, for multiple reasons, including obesity and diabetes prevention, we need to adopt a new and radical policy of progressive sugar reduction. The progressive accumulation of dental caries, despite widespread use of fluoride, shows that sugars intakes should be <3 percent to minimize the disability and cost of dental caries in a population.”
Foods That Fight Bad Breath
Certain dietary choices can also contribute to or prevent a common side effect of poor oral health, namely bad breath (halitosis), caused by oral bacteria that produce foul-smelling sulfur compounds during protein breakdown. Clearly, if you struggle with bad breath, you need to address your overall diet and/or daily oral hygiene. That said, the following foods may also help fight bad breath:12
Cinnamon, thanks to the presence of antimicrobial cinnamic aldehyde, which helps prevent odor-causing bacteria
Water. Dry mouth promotes microbial growth that can lead to bad breath. Making sure you’re well-hydrated by drinking more water can help stimulate saliva production
Strawberries. Their high water content and vitamin C help deter odor-causing bacteria
Green tea contains antioxidants that help deter and destroy odor-causing bacteria
Parsley, apple and spinach – all three of which contain polyphenols that help break down foul-smelling sulfur compounds
Coconut Oil Is Excellent for Oral Health
Coconut oil is a powerful inhibitor of a large variety of pathogenic organisms, from viruses to bacteria to protozoa, largely due to its naturally high lauric acid content. Your body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, a monoglyceride that can destroy lipid-coated viruses – including herpes, influenza and measles – as well as gram-negative bacteria and protozoa.
Researchers in Ireland found that coconut oil treated with enzymes (in a process similar to digestion) strongly inhibits the growth of most Streptococcus bacteria strains; microbes commonly found in your mouth can lead to plaque buildup, cavities and gum disease. This included Streptococcus mutans, the acid-producing bacterium identified as a major cause of tooth decay.13
While the product used in this study was a special enzyme-treated formulation, natural organic coconut oil can have similarly beneficial effects. Not only can you create your own toothpaste from coconut oil, baking soda and natural, unprocessed salt, you can also use coconut oil for oil pulling.
Oil Pulling Explained
Oil pulling14 is a practice dating back thousands of years, having its origins in Ayurvedic medicine. Basically, it involves rinsing your mouth with coconut oil, much like you would with a mouthwash. The oil is worked around your mouth by pushing, pulling and drawing it through your teeth for a period of 15 minutes. In the beginning, your cheeks and jaw may tire after just a few minutes, so you may need to work your way up to 15, but it’s well worth the effort.
This process allows the oil to “pull out” bacteria, viruses, fungi and other debris from between your teeth and gums. When done, spit out the oil in the toilet or outdoors to avoid clogging your sink, and rinse your mouth with water. Do not swallow the oil.
When done correctly, oil pulling has a significant cleansing, detoxifying and healing effect, not only for your mouth and sinuses but for the rest of your body as well. Anecdotally, oil pullers have reported relief from systemic health problems such as arthritis, diabetes and even heart disease.
Scientifically, oil pulling has been shown to significantly reduce plaque formation and gingivitis (gum disease) with consistent use.15,16,17 According to Bruce Fife, naturopathic physician and expert in the healing effects of coconut, the cleansing effect of oil pulling can be understood with the following analogy:18
“It acts much like the oil you put in your car engine. The oil picks up dirt and grime. When you drain the oil, it pulls out the dirt and grime with it, leaving the engine relatively clean. Consequently, the engine runs smoother and lasts longer. Likewise, when we expel harmful substances from our bodies our health is improved and we run smoother and last longer.”
On a side note, Manuka honey from New Zealand, which is well-known for its potent medicinal properties, has also been shown to be effective in reducing plaque.19 Researchers found Manuka honey worked as well as chemical mouthwash, and better than the cavity fighting sugar alcohol, xylitol. This is most likely due to the honey’s antibacterial properties. Clinical trials have shown that Manuka honey can effectively eradicate more than 250 clinical strains of bacteria, including antibiotic-resistant varieties.
Take Control of Your Oral Health
Proper dental hygiene is important for optimal health, as discussed by Dr. Bill Osmunson in the interview above. When it comes to preventing cavities, drinking fluoridated water and brushing your teeth with fluoridated toothpaste are not the answer you’re looking for. The key is your diet, along with daily dental health care in the form of tooth brushing and flossing.
You can learn more about proper brushing and flossing techniques by following the hyperlinks provided. Practicing twice daily brushing and flossing, along with regular cleanings by your biological dentist and hygienist, will ensure that your teeth and gums are as healthy as they can be.
You may also try oil pulling to enhance your dental hygiene routine. Importantly, by avoiding sugars and processed foods and replacing them with fresh whole foods, healthy fats and fermented foods, you prevent the proliferation of the bacteria that cause tooth decay in the first place. To recap, here are some basic guidelines for optimizing your dental health, safely and naturally:
Avoid fluoridated water and fluoridated toothpaste
Minimize your sugar and grain consumption and avoid processed foods. To really minimize your risk of cavities, limit dietary sugars to 3 percent of your total energy intake or less
Increase consumption of fresh vegetables, fermented foods and high-quality animal-based omega-3 fats
Practice good daily oral hygiene and get regular cleanings from a mercury-free dentist
There’s no doubt about it: Fluoride should not be ingested. Even scientists from the EPA’s National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory have classified fluoride as a “chemical having substantial evidence of developmental neurotoxicity.”
Furthermore, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 41 percent of American adolescents now have dental fluorosis – unattractive discoloration and mottling of the teeth that indicate overexposure to fluoride. Clearly, children are being overexposed, and their health and development put in jeopardy. Why?
The only real solution is to stop the archaic practice of water fluoridation in the first place. Fortunately, the Fluoride Action Network (FAN), has a game plan to END water fluoridation worldwide. Clean pure water is a prerequisite to optimal health. Industrial chemicals, drugs and other toxic additives really have no place in our water supplies. So please, protect your drinking water and support the fluoride-free movement by making a tax-deductible donation to the Fluoride Action Network today.
10 Facts About Fluoride: Attorney Michael Connett summarizes 10 basic facts about fluoride that should be considered in any discussion about whether to fluoridate water. Also see 10 Facts Handout (PDF).
Health Effects Database: FAN’s database sets forth the scientific basis for concerns regarding the safety and effectiveness of ingesting fluorides. They also have a Study Tracker with the most up-to-date and comprehensive source for studies on fluoride’s effects on human health.
Together, Let’s Help FAN Get the Funding They Deserve
In my opinion, there are very few NGOs that are as effective and efficient as FAN. Its small team has led the charge to end fluoridation and will continue to do so with our help! Please make a donation today to help FAN end the absurdity of fluoridation.
I have authored two previous parts of this series in which I disclosded how I knew that the Bundy release was going to be ordered almost three days prior to the ruling by Judge Navarro and that Navarro was being legally blackmailed by elements loyal to the country and the Constitution in order to force the release of the Bundys’.
In this third part, I will dislose that Navarro and Senator Harry Reid et al, are guilty of treason and at the heart of the matter involves the facilitation of the United States being conquered by a Red Dawn type of invasion. Judge Navarro was up to her eyes in this conspiracy and is guilty of conspiracy to commit treason.
The FBI agent who provided me with the information that the Bundys’ were going to be ordered to be released from prison told me that the FBI/DOJ put the squeeze on Navarro in order to force the Bundy’s release from prison. I was told that Navarro was guilty of taking orders from Obama, even after he left office in January of 2017 and that she was protecting Senator Harry Reid. We find the motivation behind this allegation from the following paragraphs.
The association between Navarro, Reid and Obama has a clear path as evidenced by the following excerpt:
On January 1, 2014, Judge Navarro became Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada. Chief Judge Navarro was nominated by President Barack Obama on December 24, 2009 (Christmas Eve) to United States District Judge for the District of Nevada. She was confirmed by a unanimous vote of the U.S. Senate on May 5, 2010 (Cinco de Mayo) and took the oath as a United States District Judge on May 25, 2010. She was recommended for the bench by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid while she was serving as a Chief Deputy District Attorney for Clark County in the Civil Division…
The ties between Navarro and Reid run very deep.
The associations between Reid and Navarro ran even deeper. Please note the following from We Are Change (Please note the key elements related to Harry Reid and Judge Navarro as they are represented by bold ink):
We the People of the United States petition the U.S. House of Representatives to impeach Judge Gloria M. Navarro of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada for committing treason and collaborating in the insurrection against the Constitutional authority of the federal government pursuant to Article I Section 8 Clause 15, Article 3 Section 3 and Article 2 Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution, 18 U.S.C. § 2831 and 18 U.S. § Code 2383.
Whereas Judge Navarro, at the direction of the FBI, BLM, and other federal agencies, is unlawfully detaining (Amendment VIII of the Bill of Rights & 18 U.S.C. § 3142), and has been for over nine months, prominent activists within the Citizens for Constitutional Freedom political movement for exercising their First Amendment protected rights—protesting against federal government overreach [the fact it had sold 9,000 acres of public land bordering Bundy Ranch and other people who own grazing rights to the division to a Communist Chinese energy firm represented by Rory Reid (Harry Reid’s son), EMM, for $4.5 million, $34.1 million less than its value, and began rounding up the Bundy’s cattle and holding them in inhumane conditions … at least 60 purportedly suffering death or missing]—and, in order to suppress C4CF ‘s education of the People, they have been charged by the FBI for violating 18 U.S.C. § 371 – Conspiracy to Commit an Offense Against the United States; 18 U.S.C. § 372 – Conspiracy to Impede and Injure a Federal Officer; 18 U.S.C. § lll(a)(l) and (b) – Assault on a Federal Officer; 18 U.S.C. § 115(a)(l)(B) – Threatening a Federal Law Enforcement Officer; 18 U.S.C. § 924(c) – Use and Carry of a Firearm in Relation to a Crime of Violence; 18 U.S.C. § 1503 – Obstruction of the Due Administration of Justice; 18 U.S.C. § 1951 – Interference with Interstate Commerce by Extortion; 18 U.S.C. § 1952 – Interstate Travel in Aid of Extortion; 18 U.S.C. § 2 – Aiding and Abetting. Among the political prisoners are Cliven, Ammon, Ryan and Mel Bundy, Peter Santilli (a journalist), Ryan Payne, Blaine Cooper, Eric Parker and Jerry DeLumus—all of whom provide C4CF with necessary influence.
Whereas the discovery comprises substantial evidence proving the innocence of the defendants but is being concealed from the public at the order of Judge Navarro (in violation of Amendment VI of the Bill of Rights and Rule 26 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure). These prisoners have also been subjected to mistreatment by the FBI, U.S. Marshall Service and employees of the correctional facilities.
Whereas Judge Navarro is consciously proceeding with falsified charges filed by the FBI against C4CF and refusing to grant motions to dismiss after learning that Sheriff Douglas Gillespie and many other local, state and federal officials ordered the BLM to return the cattle to the Bundy’s and withdraw from the land, and being presented with relevant laws [Article I Section 8 Clause 17 & Article IV Section 3 Clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution, Rule 501 of the Federal Rules of Evidence and Nevada Revised Statute 568.225] were presented to her by the defense.
Whereas, after being ordered by Sheriff Gillespie to stand down, Special Agent Dan P. Love of the BLM continued to impede on the rights and jurisdiction of the People of Clark County and all People of Nevada unabated; Committing acts of aggression that should be considered attempts to seriously injure or even kill peaceful protesters, including tazing several individuals and using blunt force (some already challenged by physical disabilities)—an apparent result of its militarization. Sheriff Gillespie stated that “anyone who had been in policing would question their tactics.”
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About 20,000 Israelis demonstrated in Tel Aviv on Saturday against government corruption and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is under criminal investigation over allegations of abuse of office.
The demonstration was by far the largest of weekly anti-corruption protests sparked by corruption allegations against Netanyahu, who denies any wrongdoing.
The four-term leader is suspected of involvement in two cases. The first involves receiving gifts from wealthy businessmen and the second involves negotiating a deal with a newspaper owner for better coverage in return for curbs on a rival daily.
Saturday’s protest was prompted by a draft law expected to be ratified by parliament next week, which would bar police from publishing its findings in two investigations of Netanyahu.
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