By William Kitner
(KTRN Exclusives) A common misconception among meat eaters is that vegetarians don’t get enough protein in their diet. If you watch the film Forks Over Knives, the experts interviewed will argue that many meat eaters are actually getting too much protein. In fact, protein is plentiful in the plant kingdom. So, if you choose not to eat meat, what are the best sources of protein? Note: not everything on this list is vegan.
Eggs are a great source of protein, mainly because it’s complete, meaning all of the essential amino acids are present. One egg has about six grams of quality protein. Some will argue that there is too much fat and cholesterol, but according to a study by the Harvard School of Public Health, there is no significant link between egg consumption and heart disease. In fact, according to one study, regular consumption of eggs may help prevent blood clots, stroke, and heart attacks. Plus, they contain the right kind of fat. One egg contains 5 grams of fat and only 1.5 grams of that is saturated. Eggs are also one of the only foods that contain natural vitamin D, but remember to eat the yolk, it’s in the egg for a reason. Nature would not have put it there otherwise. If you’re really concerned over the fat of the egg, make scrambled eggs using one full egg and 3 or 4 egg whites, that way you still get some of the health benefits of the yolk like B-12. Remember though, your eggs should either be organic or from free range chickens. In a perfect world, you would get them directly from the farm where you have met the farmers and their chickens. Factory farmed hens are tortured every day. Not to sound like an activist, but do some research of factory farming eggs and then decide if you really want to eat them.
Whey is another great source of protein. According to Dr. Axe, it’s a great protein for building muscle and strength. “It provides a more absorbable source of protein than any other source and is super-easy to digest.” Just one scoop of whey protein will give you around twenty to twenty-five grams of solid protein. Be sure to choose whey isolate over concentrate; it’s higher than concentrates in protein content which makes them lower in carbs, fat and lactose. It’s also really important that you not get your whey from companies that use artificial colors, sweeteners, or processed sugars. Try an unflavored whey and add fruits, organic cocoa powder, and stevia. Also try to make sure the whey comes from cows not treated with antibiotics or growth hormone.
Tofu has gotten some bad rap over the years due to the GMO soy industry. But if you’re eating organic, non GMO tofu, it’s quite a good source of protein. Like eggs, tofu is also a complete protein and is an excellent source of calcium and a very good source of iron. In addition, tofu is a good source of selenium, omega-3 fatty acids, phosphorus, copper, and magnesium. As with all foods, make sure you are buying the highest quality tofu, it must be organic and non GMO. Many health experts also argue that fermented soy like tempeh is considered to be even better and some say it’s the only form of soy you should eat. While there is much debate over soy and its health benefits, eating tofu a few days a week is a great way to get some protein without eating meat. It’s vegan too.
Quinoa contains more protein than any other grain; an average of 16.2 percent, compared with 7.5 percent for rice. Some varieties of quinoa are more than 20 percent protein. Quinoa’s protein is of an unusually high quality. It is a complete protein, with an essential amino acid balance. Quinoa is also considered a good source of bacteria for the gut, the intestines and the colon. It is also on the low end of the glycemic index. This makes it a great choice for those with blood sugar issues . You’ll also get your daily doses of vitamin B6, thiamin, niacin, potassium, and riboflavin. Furthermore, quinoa is a great source of copper, zinc, magnesium, and folate. Instead of rice, eat quinoa instead. It’s a “supergrain.”
Black beans (and beans in general) pack on some good protein. Add them with rice and you will get a complete protein. They also have some carbs, so if you’re watching that you should be mindful of their carb content. Keep in mind that carbs are needed in your diet – if you are eating no carbs whatsoever, you are really missing the boat.
Other good sources: almonds, pea protein, hemp protein, spinach, spirulina, Quorn, seitan, tempeh
By William Kitner
(KTRN Exclusive) Have you ever been having a bad day, feeling down, depressed, unmotivated, and bummed out? We all have. What do you normally do to try to get out of your funk? For some people, they may take a walk, clean the house, watch a funny movie, or call up a friend to chit chat. But what about listening to your favorite music? Try it. You might be surprised just how much better it makes you feel. First, you’re sad and lonely. Then you crank up the volume and the next thing you know, you’re moving, grooving, dancing, and playing air guitar to your favorite album. I’ll will bet you a million dollars (OK, $1) that you will absolutely feel better, almost instantly.
It’s called music therapy and it can work on virtually anyone. According to the American Music Therapy Association, it’s “the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals. It is an established health service similar to occupational therapy and physical therapy and consists of using music therapeutically to address physical, psychological, cognitive and/or social functioning for patients of all ages. Because music therapy is a powerful and non-invasive medium, unique outcomes are possible. In addition to its applications in mental health, music therapy is used successfully in a variety of additional healthcare and educational settings.”
There are numerous benefits to music therapy. You can explore personal feelings and therapeutic issues such as self-esteem or personal insight. It can help make positive changes in mood and emotional states and enhance awareness of yourself. It helps you relax and supports healthy feelings and emotions. It’s even been seen to help develop independence and decision making skills, along with improving concentration or attention span.
A recent video on You Tube has been getting quite a lot of hits. The video (see below) shows an elderly man in a nursing home. He is usually unresponsive and dead to the world. But once he starts listening to his favorite music, he practically wakes up from his slumber. His eyes widen, he taps his toes, he smiles, and he hoots and hollers. After a short session listening to music, the doctors as him questions about his past. Instead of being in a vegetable state, he begins to not only talk about his favorite music, but he even starts singing while remembering his past (he’s got a great voice too).
It doesn’t matter what type of music you listen to. Some experts will say listening to Baroque classical music will make you feel better, but honestly, pick whatever you like. If Slayer is your thing, rock out. If you like bluegrass, that’s cool too. Prog Rock? Why not? Just make sure you turn the volume to 11 like the guys in Spinal Tap.
By William Kitner
(KTRN Exclusive) Time Magazine recently published an article about the rise of skin cancer in young people supposedly due to their overuse of tanning beds. The article reports “Mayo Clinic researchers reported skyrocketing rates of skin cancer among young adults, probably because of their persistent use of tanning beds.” Does anyone else find it interesting that the researches think it’s “probably” due to tanning beds? In other words, they really have no clue. Tanning beds may not be as bad as some people claim, unless you are tanning day after day after day. An article from Natural News in 2010 points out that while there is a risk associated from using tanning beds, it’s actually quite low.
This Time Magazine article fails to mention two important things. First is that tanning beds provide Vitamin D, much like sun exposure. While no one would suggest sitting in the sun (or a tanning bed) for three hours a day, some sun exposure is quite healthy. We all know by now that Vitamin D is a miracle vitamin and provides multiple health benefits. So one could assume that occasional tanning bed use may not be that bad for you. But like many things in life, moderation is key. However, the second issue the article fails to mention is the overuse of sunscreen. This is the real culprit as to why so many people are coming down with skin cancer. In 2010 a report from the Environmental Working Group shows that the dangerous chemicals in sunscreens “accelerate the growth of skin tumors or disrupt the intricate workings of your hormonal systems.” This is only one report of many that shows the harmful effects of sunscreen. It’s interesting to point out that the Time Magazine article not once made reference to the unhealthy effects of lathering dangerous chemicals all over your skin.
By William Kitner
(KTRN Exclusive) Ron Paul has now appeared on The Tonight Show during his campaign for President of the United States twice. None of the other candidates have done any type of candid, off the cuff interviews while running for president. Why? Because the other candidates have a lot to hide. They know their constant flip flopping, weird ideological ideas, and obvious lies will be asked about in the open. Ron Paul though doesn’t have anything to hide, he doesn’t flip flop, and he is consistent in his message. The other candidates would be eaten alive or at the very least they would be put on the spot. Paul has no problem with this – he’s loose, comfortable, and has huge support from young people all over the country. The other candidates are simply scared to do these types of interviews. They know there could be members of the audience who might scream negative attacks, or worse yet, the interviewer would ask Rick Santorum why he just made a speech where he said the Earth doesn’t revolve around the sun. (He really did say that.) Not only would the other candidates get booed, but they would probably be laughed at too.
Have you been watching the comedy news programs too, as in the Daily Show or Colbert Report? They hardly ever do any jokes about Ron Paul. Why? It’s because there really isn’t much to make fun of. Paul is smart, consistent, and makes a lot of sense. It’s much easier to rip on Newt Gingrich for his extra marital affairs, or to make fun of the true definition of “santorum.” Every night the other candidates are constantly being called under the rug by Stewart and Colbert, but they hardly touch Ron Paul. Some might argue that this is media censorship of Paul’s message, but in reality, it’s mainly because it’s difficult to make fun of a guy who doesn’t lie or flip flop.
Ron Paul going on The Tonight Show during his run for president is a clear demonstration that he’s at peace with his message. He knows the American people are beginning to wake up to the idea of true liberty.
By William Kitner
(KTRN Exclusive) I came across this video today on-line and it really hit home. I have said for the longest time that if I ever have children, I would absolutely home school them. While a lot of people think this is a fringe idea – or something only weirdos do – it’s something I think is crucial in our current American educational system. And if they think I’m a weirdo, awesome. It’s fun being weird.
I would have no problem with my kids going to school to learn math and science, but history? No way. School is just a way to indoctrinate the children – to teach them about the greatness of America and how we are always the “good guys.” The American history that is thought in school is pure propaganda. We are teaching our children constant lies – not just about history either. Take health for example. We teach the food pyramid which has been created with help from lobbyists from the meat and dairy industries. The food pyramid being taught in schools is horribly wrong, yet we do nothing about it. My children would be taught the truth – then again the truth would probably scare the crap out of them. It scares me every day.
By William Kitner
(KTRN Exclusive) Video game addiction is a serious problem. Don’t laugh, some people spend eight hours a day in front of their computers, pretending to be mighty warriors or wizards in fantasy on-line computer games every day. The problem has gotten so bad in South Korea that the government there has had to step in to create laws keeping underage gamers from playing too long. In July of 2011, a 21-year-old online-gaming addict was found dead in his home in Inchon, South Korea. He would play virtually non-stop, and rarely slept or even left his room. Two months prior to his death, he started complaining of difficulty in breathing but refused to seek help. This isn’t the only case either. In 2005, a 28-year-old man died from organ failure after playing for 50 hours straight. He even lost his job because of his online-gaming habit. But the sickest case has to do with a married couple from Suwon who let their baby starve to death after they were unable to get away from the game. In the US, the problem is getting just as bad. Author Ryan Van Cleave wrote a book called Unplugged: My Journey into the Dark World of Video Game Addiction. In the book, Ryan discusses his serious problem with on-line gaming. He lost his job, family, and his life due to the World of Warcraft. He even contemplated suicide one night as he stood on a bridge. Quitting the game was not easy either ; he had legitimate withdrawal systems like shaking, cold sweats, anxiety, and sleepless nights. When he called Blizzard Entertainment (the company that owns WOW), he pleaded with them to delete his characters forever. But Blizzard refused – even after Cleave told them about his attempted suicide. Apparently, making $15 a month from a man suffering is more important than helping him. Blizzard’s excuse was that deleting the characters permanently was virtually impossible with the massive back-up system they have in place (sounds fishy).
Have you ever played one of these on-line games? It’s easy to get sucked into a virtual world where you get to run around as a powerful paladin – fighting for honor and justice, saving the day while making virtual gold and gaining in strength and power. I personally had a slight problem with Warcraft too. I often found myself playing six hours a day and not even realizing how much time I was spending on it – and for what? At the end of the day, what is the reward? What is the ultimate goal? The kicker is that you don’t (and can’t) win these games. They are always changing, evolving, and growing – there is no way to win them – you just keep playing and playing and playing. Before you know it, you’ve lost your friends, wife, job, family, and kids. You haven’t showered in three days and you never leave the house. At this point, it’s no longer a game. However, World of Warcraft isn’t the only culprit out there. Many other games suck people in all the time – even cheesy ones like Farmville on Facebook. It’s easy to get addicted to these games – don’t fall into the same trap as Ryan Van Cleave. Once my account was hacked, I decided to no longer play the game. It was turning into work. It wasn’t fun. Every time I logged on, I would look at the list of quests I had to complete and felt overwhelmed at all of the stuff I had to do – it was like going to work. So I gave it up. Don’t think for a second though that I haven’t thought of playing again – it’s crossed my mind from time to time but I know it’s just not worth it.
While video game addiction is a real problem, the people in charge love it. It keeps the citizen’s minds away from the real issues. If you play video games for six to eight hours a day, you won’t have time to focus on issues of the world, you won’t stand up to protest the NDAA, and chances are you won’t follow the news or even care about the issues. Your main focus will be earning more fake gold and gaining experience points. These games dumb you down. It keeps you docile, unfocused, and unmotivated. It makes you even a bigger sheep than you already are. In other words, playing video games all the time makes you stupid. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with the occasional video game. But if you’re not careful, it can easily spin out of control. Why not gather a group of friends together to play Clue, or poker, or Monopoly instead? It’s much more fun and you get to interact with human beings face to face. Moderation is key – even when playing video games.
Why not play classic arcade games instead? It’s pretty impossible to get addicted to Ms. Pac man. Plus, the only thing you’ll lose playing Donkey Kong is a quarter.
By William Kinter
(KTRN Exclusive) I have a friend who is a bit of a trickster. He’s the kind of person who will roll down his window while in a car to ask the driver next to him for some Grey Poupon. I’ve seen him do this … multiple times. I have also seen him go up to police officers to tell them their badge is upside down – when in fact, it’s perfectly normal. He has never been arrest once for this, but I won’t tell you about the time he broke into a Jimmy Stewart impression while in court. That little trick sent him to the slammer. True story.
The other day, while doing some research on Noah’s Ark using Wikipedia, my friend decided to try something sneaky. He edited the Wikipedia page with bogus information. Click here to see the page. Under the Mandaeism Literature section, he made one slight change, adding that Noah’s wife, Nuraita, is the daughter of Levit. Sounds pretty good, right? Well, it’s wrong. Levit happens to be a character he plays in an on-line video game. Let’s imagine for a moment a student who is doing research on Noah and comes across this little bit of information. How is she to know it’s bogus? It sounds legit, right? While this example is pretty harmless, think of the false information on Wikipedia that isn’t so innocent.
Who writes the original articles on Wikipedia? Why aren’t they credited? And just because they decided to write a page on a specific topic, what gives them the right to be that page’s editor? Do they have a news background? Are they an expert on the topic?
Any way you look at it, Wikipedia is untrustworthy. First, we don’t know who writes and edits the pages. Second, anyone can edit a page like my friend did. Granted, most of the time, it will be caught, but only if you make an obvious change on a popular article. For instance, if we tried to chance something on the Kevin Trudeau Wiki page – adding that he has helped thousands of people get healthy – that addition would be immediately taken down. They would not allow that. I understand that someone needs to edit these pages or it would be a mad house, but what if you try to post information that is legitimate and it’s still taken down? Who is the God of Wikipedia to make these judgment calls? Is there a man behind a curtain pulling the strings?
Imagine if you will, a futuristic world, where all information is now stored on a computer. Books have vanished (along with most of the people due to the radiation poisoning in sector 7). Information is now only digital – books, music, movies, articles, etc. are only available in digital form. Who is the person in charge of making sure the information is accurate and true? Who controls this information? Who profits from it? While this may sound farfetched, it’s pretty close to reality already. Many people now get their books in digital form on the Kindle – meaning the information can be edited at any time. I can see a time when the user, if trying to read that book, is asked to download the “latest version” before he can proceed. Less and less people are using books these days. And more and more people are at risk of being mislead or lied to on a regular basis. This hypothetical futuristic world is already here. Will books vanish? Probably not any time soon. But if it’s up to Wikipedia, libraries will be a thing of the past.
*My friend made his little change on Wikipedia January 10, 2012. Let’s see how long it takes before anyone notices. Shhh, don’t spoil the fun.
By Chris Davis
(KTRN Exclusive) Watch this. CNN cuts away from an active military solider after the conversation turns towards Israel. Certainly it could have been real technical difficulties, but there is just something odd about how the transmission fails. And who do they go to right after? You guessed it – Mitt Romeny headquarters. It seems, even this late in the game, the media is still trying to deny Ron Paul. They especially don’t want you to see an active military solider supporting him. This makes Ron Paul look too good. The media will do anything to keep Ron Paul supporters (especially decorated military personal) from showing their support.
By Chris Davis
(KTRN Exclusive) As we get closer and closer to the GOP primary in Iowa, one has to wonder if Ron Paul is going to be the guy. The mainstream media is still pretending he’s a third tier candidate, but the more and more people I talk with, the more I notice how many Ron Paul supporters are out there. I may be going out on a limb here, but it seems he has more supporters than any of the candidates. How could anyone think Newt Gringrich would make a good president? Obama would crush him. And Mitt Romney? He would have no change against Obama either. In fact, recent polls have shown Paul is the only GOP candidate that has a chance against the president. And let’s face it, Paul is hardly a republican. People reading this site should know by now that both parties are basically the same – they arent enemies. It’s like pro wrestling in a lot of ways. Behind the doors, they’re friends. Just ask Jesse Ventura. Ron Paul has said he could not openly support any of the candidates running – his ties to the party just aren’t that close. If anyone is having doubts about this man just remember he has never voted to raise taxes, he’s never voted for an unbalanced budget, he’s stated numerous times that people should have health freedom (and has mentioned alternative/natural treatments as choices people should be able to make), and he is the real peace candidate. When was the last time a person running for president was so open and against all of these wars? Even if Paul does not get the nomination, his message of personal liberty and freedom is getting out to more people than ever before. This is a good thing.
By Chris Davis
(KTRN Exclusive) When the topic of UFOs comes up in conversation, the question usually asked is: “Do you believe in them?” My response is always the same: “What is there not to believe?” There is historical proof that people have been seeing weird things in the sky since antiquity. The bottom line is this: The UFO phenomenon is 100% real – period.
Now, the question of what they are is a discussion for another article – and probably another author. I am not claiming that UFOs are flown by reptilian space aliens from Galaxy 7 in Quadrant 19.5. Nor am I saying they are interdimensional beings, Earthlings from the future, or some secret government force that is spying on the people. We don’t know what they are – hence the term Unidentified Flying Objects. They are unidentified – get it?
When the government was “officially” investigating UFOs in the 1950s and 60s with Project Blue Book, even they were baffled by many of the pictures and reports – 22% of the cases were deemed “unknown.” Think about this for a second, let’s just say that 5% of UFO sightings are unknown – doesn’t that make you wonder what they might be? Isn’t it human nature to find out the truth about these types of mysteries? There have been so many sightings over the years that it’s impossible to think that all of them are either hoaxes, conventional aircraft, secret military operations, or natural occurrences like meteors. Even if just 1% of the sightings do not fall into any of these categories, that means at least hundreds, if not thousands, of sightings, photos and videos are absolutely unidentified. In other words, these sightings are real UFOs – flying objects that cannot be explained. Aren’t you curious as to what they might be? And isn’t it odd that the government “officially” stopped looking into the phenomenon? But it gets even weirder.
UFO sightings are not new. In fact, they’re quite old. In 2011, pioneer ufologist, Jacques Vallee, along with Chris Aubeck, wrote a book called Wonders in the Sky. They reported on 500 UFO sightings from 1460 BC to 1879 AD – during a time when mankind did not have modern means of flight. They meticulously avoided using reports that closely resembled anything natural like a falling star. Check out this example from 1621 in France:
Over the city of Nimes was seen something like a great sun, very resplendent, which was surrounded by other luminous torches. It seemed to want to move straight towards the Roman Tower, over which appeared something like fiery chariots surrounded by very bright stars.
I’m not sure what natural aerial phenomenon in 1621 could move round in the sky, surrounded by other weird lights like a moving chariot. Not to mention the object being resplendent – bright, colorful, and glowing.
Have you read the book of Ezekiel? The whole thing is basically a UFO sighting and possible abduction. It reads:
Then I looked, and behold, a whirlwind was coming out of the north, a great cloud with raging fire engulfing itself; and brightness was all around it and radiating out of its midst like the color of amber, out of the midst of the fire. Also from within it came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance: they had the likeness of a man. Each one had four faces, and each one had four wings.
If you remove the supernatural element that these beings were angels (which Ezekiel never claims them to be) then you have to ponder what he saw and who these creatures were that came down from a “throne, in appearance like a sapphire stone.” Ezekiel goes on to tell a tale that sounds a lot like a modern day abduction case where the creatures “lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness in the heat of my spirit.” Something happened to this man – something big. Was it God? Angels? Or Extraterrestrials? Whatever it was, he saw a glowing object flying in the sky that interacted with him personally – long before man could even dream of real flying machines. It has to make you wonder. By the way, Ezekiel’s story isn’t the only UFO sighting in the bible.
By now, many of you have seen Ancient Aliens on the History Channel. It describes in great detail the ancient astronaut hypothesis – which basically states extraterrestrials have been influencing man since the dawn of our birth. While I’m not suggesting this argument is correct, it’s interesting to note and very exciting to speculate that we have never been alone – not to mention the evidence is striking. Visit Google and search “ancient alien artwork” and you’ll discover countless paintings from long ago that clearly depicts many modern day looking UFOs. My favorite is Aert DeGelder’s “Baptism of Christ” from 1710. The work depicts an obvious flying saucer with some type of light beaming down upon Christ – baptizing him. Yes, you read that right, a painting from 1710 shows a UFO baptizing Christ. Just where did DeGelder come up with this idea? How and why did he paint a drawing of such a modern day type UFO phenomenon – the “beam of light.”
UFO sightings are constantly being reported. In fact, just this week in Moscow, a large group of protesters saw something weird in the sky – a helicopter looking saucer object that many are speculating was a possible Russian spy plane. Even the mainstream media reported on this, but like they usually do with UFOs, they did it with a tongue in cheek attitude. Why they don’t take the phenomenon seriously is beyond me.
Hopefully in the near future, the entire world will finally know the truth about these weird objects. However, there is one very real fact, mankind has been seeing weird flying machines in the sky for a very long time – and today the common man has no idea of what they are, why they are here, want they want, or what humanity has done that keeps them coming back, time and time again, to check in on what might be their little experiment.
Here is one of the most significant and mind blowing UFO sightings ever to be caught on film. From Turkey – 2008. Look closely to see the inhabitants inside the craft!
UFOs as seen from space.
Brazil UFO 2001
UFO in China Closes Down Airport in 2010