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What could happen after the dollar collapse.

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10 Best Food Choices for COPD

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  • When living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), nutrition should take high priority. People with COPD have higher calorie requirements due to the effort it takes to breathe — calorie usage of the muscles involved every time you take a breath could be 10 times greater for someone with the condition. You might not think calorie requirements merit concern if you’re overweight, but being overweight doesn’t mean you’re adequately nourished, says Amy Jamieson-Petonic, MEd, RD, a wellness coach at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and an American Dietetic Association spokeswoman. “We focus on improving a person’s nutrition first, and then we worry about weight loss," she says. That means eating enough high-fiber foods, quality protein, and even higher-fat choices.
  • Work in Whole Grains

    Choose high-fiber foods made with whole grains, instead of refined carbohydrates such as white bread. “A high-carb diet may increase carbon dioxide production,” says Donald A. Mahler, MD, a pulmonologist in the pulmonary and critical care medicine section of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. Because your lungs are tasked with exhaling carbon dioxide, the more carbs you eat, the more stress is on your lungs. So keep carbs to a minimum, but meet your COPD food needs with whole grains. Some great whole-grain options you may not be familiar with include bulgur, millet, and quinoa.
  • Got 2-Percent Milk?

    Lower-fat milk offers protein, calcium, vitamin D, and some fat to meet the calorie requirements you need to get through the day. Jamieson-Petonic recommends a daily menu of about 3,300 calories for people with COPD, including about five servings of milk (not skim). Another way to get dairy is with a smoothie with full-fat yogurt and fruit; add a powdered supplement, like Carnation Instant Breakfast, and you’ve got an easy meal replacement.
  • Indulge in Some Healthy Fats

    Even if you’re trying to lose weight or worrying about your heart in addition to your lungs, make sure you include healthy fats in your diet for COPD. Choose omega-3 fatty acids and poly- and mono-unsaturated fats instead of saturated (animal) fats or hydrogenated fats. Healthy fats are found in nuts, eggs, olive oil, avocados, and fatty coldwater fish like salmon. They’ll all help you reach your calorie requirements for COPD management.
  • Fill Up on Fruits and Vegetables

    Whether flash-frozen or fresh, fruits and vegetables are a must for a healthy diet for COPD. These high-fiber foods also provide you with essential nutrients, such as a wide variety of vitamins, including vitamin A (which has been linked to improved COPD symptoms), minerals, and inflammation-fighting antioxidants. Even better, fruit rarely requires any exhausting prep work. If you have limited energy, buy vegetables that are pre-cut and easy to steam, or vegetables that simply have to be defrosted and reheated.
  • Start Counting on Beans

    Beans, peas, and other legumes are high-fiber foods that also contain zinc, an essential mineral in a nutritious COPD diet. Research suggests that getting enough zinc might help improve COPD symptoms. The recommended daily intake of zinc is 11 mg for men and 8 mg for women; a half-cup of chickpeas contains 1.3 mg. Beans are also very affordable — the canned varieties are inexpensive, and dry beans are even cheaper. Canned options are good for convenience; just rinse them if you’re limiting your salt intake. Try making this delicious Cilantro Three-Bean Salad recipe for a triple punch of healthy beans.
  • Go Nuts for Healthy High-Calorie Foods

    Some people with COPD may have a low body mass index (BMI), a sign of poor nutrition that puts them at greater risk for death. It’s important to eat enough every day to keep your weight in the normal range. You might need to focus more on high-calorie, healthy foods like nuts and nut butters, which are especially good if chewing is tiring. Creamy dressings and sauces are calorie-rich, but often have saturated fat. Work with a dietitian to find the right balance for your health needs.
  • Pack in Plenty of Lean Protein

    Many people with COPD have a protein deficiency and may not even know it. A lack of protein can lead to losing muscle, or muscle wasting, as the body cannibalizes its own protein stores. Fish, chicken, eggs, nut butters, and dairy are all healthy, easy-to-fix sources of lean protein. You can also add protein powder to smoothies. Over the course of a day, you need about 1.5 grams of protein for each kilogram (2.2 lbs.) of body weight.
  • Don't Forget Your Vitamin D

    There is some evidence that vitamin D deficiency may contribute to COPD and worse COPD symptoms. The body makes its own vitamin D from sunlight, but you may not be getting enough sun exposure to meet your needs. Choose foods that are supplemented with vitamin D (especially dairy products and packaged cereals) as well as fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, and tuna. You can also take a vitamin D supplement. Talk to your doctor if you are concerned about how much vitamin D you need; a simple blood test can determine any deficiency.
  • Stay Hydrated With Water and Other Liquids

    The breathing difficulties of COPD can leave you feeling dehydrated. Staying properly hydrated will help loosen phlegm, making it easier to cough up (which protects you from infection), and it will keep tissues throughout your body (especially your airways) more supple. Make sure you get enough fluids throughout the day. Water is an excellent option along with other healthy beverages, soups, and most fruits. Stay away from soda, which contains empty calories. Check out these ways to jazz up plain water.
  • Rethink Your Eating Habits With Small Meals

    Don’t feel like you need to eat three large meals to meet your calorie requirements. In fact, says Dr. Mahler, some people with COPD feel that when they eat a big meal, the food in their stomach pushes up the diaphragm, making it harder for them to breathe. The answer is to spread out your high-calorie and high-fiber foods throughout the day. Aim for five small meals to get the nutrition you need without taxing your lungs.

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  • Friends,
    Some folks wish that they had a "Crystal Ball" to see into the future and get an edge on things....   but that trash is connected with demonism and the occult, so real Christians would RUN from devilish things like that....   BECAUSE:  Showing Interest or curiosity in Satan's crap can and will get you into trouble...  deep doo-doo !  So, forget that, please.   But we CAN read and understand the KJV  BIBLE !!  With the help of the H.S. [Holy Spirit] we can and must get with the program, even as it is unfolding RIGHT NOW !  
           Now, my good, intelligent, spiritual, gifted Pastor, Kevin Sullivan, has told me that I am worrying too much about things here on earth --- when we will have been already Raptured into Heaven by the Lord, Jesus Christ.   I feel that it's OK to be somewhat 'prepared' for any emergencies that might come our way to visit us.   Or....  maybe I am just an old, paranoid goof ball.   But I find this following discussion very interesting and useful.

    I just asked my wife a question, as she told me to stir the pot of spaghetti every 15 minutes while she runs to the store for things that I FORGOT....   I said, "If we would not have saved and invested SOME money into PM's [Precious Metals-- Silver coins and such, these past 3 years of our marriage,  what would we have right now ??"   Actually, I am also a student of human nature, and God wrote the book on us because He created us [along side of Jesus, His only begotten Son.].  Some say that God knew that humans would fall into sin, and therefore need a Redeemer.... another "Adam, who was Perfect !"   And so, Jesus, in heaven, fit the bill, as a Perfect entity, and then born of a Hebrew Virgin... a human.     The  more you read -- the more you know and learn !   It's not only simple, but logical, and pure truth !   God WANTS us to know the truth, and therefore made the bible simple enough [mostly at a 6th grade level] so that a farm boy could stop plowing the ground, take a break, and read/ understand the KJV Bible !   Perhaps the majority of so-called Muslim people in the Middle East cannot read nor write, now in 2015 !  Yet they are so fanatical, fierce, and stirred up by their religious leaders, killing, raping, pillaging, stealing and torture.   The "Religion of Peace ?"   Christians are 'peaceful' too, until the Islamic hordes invade and try to take away our God-given right to live free and 'cling to our Christian religion and guns.'  
         I know I am getting off the track here, but I got into tracing my lineage all the way back to the 15th Century, and found a nice amount of:  SCHUCKMAN 's around,  some knights and Barons, but mostly Wheat farmers...  nothing to be ashamed of.   I doubt that any of my early ancestors owned guns, but they surely owned axes and swords of that century, and I bought a "Gross Messer" --- a [large knife -- on the German language, and very sharp!], SWORD, and long too.   Some things are just too sacred to fool around with....  like another man's silver, his wife, kids, and castle [or an old cabin with a spit of land for agriculture, etc.  The KJV Bible says,  'If you fool around with another man's wife or fiancé,  expect him to be very angry, and take the Laws of Justice into his own hands immediately ! !   Frankly, I do well and better when I am married to a sweet woman who loves and respects me.   I will work my fingers to the bone for a lady like that, and someone who also loves Jesus.  

    I hope you enjoy the likely reality that I posted below.  Email me if you want to give your opinion..... or learn how to 'Join my group' of readers of this humble Blog, please.   We got some rain U.P. here, and much needed to make green grass for the deer to eat, etc.

    Warm Regards,
    Tom Schuckman

    ----  I used to get shots at the Milwaukee VAMC years ago, and the good Nurse Practitioner was good to me and kind.   I hated needles,  but I learned to "suck up the pain" and not make any vocal sounds... LOL.   But as my two knees got much worse, I acquired the courage to have them replace...  the Right knee, by the "doctors" at the Milwaukee VA hospital, and right after I woke up in the exit room, the PAIN WAS SO TERRIBLE, that I told the doctor looking at me in some rude terms how I felt... and the goofy home pastor later told me that I should have had more 'self control' and kindness...  Ha!    It was the worse pain that I' ve ever encountered, and the doctors seemed so nonchalant, but steadily increased different pain meds to cut down on my discomfort.   And then the nurses wanted me to get up and walk around, and exercise the same day !!   They refused to help me get out of my rack to go urinate in the bath room, and treated me like a criminal.... the 3rd shift was almost entirely BLACK, and hated me, abused me, and never washed me in the 5 days that I was there, and I begged the doctors to release me early to the same Nursing Home that my wife was in, but soon discovered it to be a living hell, and my wife, Sharon and me got that head male RN "nurse" fired not long after I left there-- the same day I got there, with my handsome, only son, Andy, helping me to go home and nurse myself.   I found out that I just could not take care of myself, and the local Baptist church where we attended did NOTHING to help my situation....  so I went back to a good Kenosha Hospital, down by the Lake [Michigan], in Wisconsin, where they DID help and heal me.  PTL !
          And yes, sorry to say, that all Baptist churches and pastor are not created equal, and some do NOT follow the KJV Bible like they should,  but set themselves up as small gods.... crazy with "power!"  After I lock horns and tell them exactly where they error,  I leave and never go back, and certainly would not contribute one penny !!   But I've also been to a number of good Baptist churches, who do follow the bible, and teach the Gospel, and help their people.  So how do you tell ??   Learn the bible so you can know IF the preacher is telling and demonstrating the truth, of how the bible says he should conduct himself and the church.   Period.   I could tell you folks a lot more, but I don't want to hurt some people, who may have recognized their sins and errors, but are now good, sound Christians.

    Nothing is  impossible for the man [or woman] who doesn't have to do it !"   In other words,  goofy civilians who never lifted a finger or never experience true PAIN, CANNOT POSSIBLY KNOW WHAT REAL, BONE SNAPPING PAIN, WE GO THROUGH.  They are the true definition of Hypocrites !  Yes, indeed, I calls 'em like I sees 'em.   And my Attorney in Kenosha, WI., told me that I could write anything I wanted if it was the TRUTH.   But now days, the fool at the top of the hill changed the rules:  If someone is a Christian, combat Veteran, 2nd Amendment buff, hunter, Conservative, Patriot --- they are on a black list, and fair game for the IRS !   Ha!  If they don't just kill me while I am sleeping, I will prob. end up in a FEMA camp somewhere and never heard from again.   Or.... the Lord will Rapture all true Believers up to heaven.   Most heads of the world will prob never taste that wine and grapes we  will all  enjoy up in heaven, if the Lord has all that in store for us.   On Earth,  I am a temporary vessel used by the Lord to spread His Gospel.   How about YOU ?  I will bet that most of my readers are twice and smart and gifted as I am.  Come join me and share your experiences, please.

    What could happen after the dollar collapse

    From Jeff Thomas for Doug Casey’s International Man:
    Historically, when a nation’s debt exceeds its ability to repay even the interest, it can be assumed that the currency will collapse. Typically, governments exacerbate the situation by printing large amounts of currency notes in an effort to inflate the problem away, or at least postpone it.
    The greater the level of debt, the more dramatic the inflation must be to counter it. The more dramatic the inflation, the greater the danger that hyperinflation will take place. No government has ever been able to control hyperinflation. If it occurs, it does so quickly and always ends with a crash.
    Although there are observers (myself included) who frequently discuss what a reserve-currency crash would mean to the world, there is little or no discussion as to how this would impact people on the street level, and perhaps that discussion should begin.
    When currencies crash, the state often tries to float a new currency. Sometimes, it’s accepted, sometimes not. Generally, the people of the country (and those trading within the country) move immediately to “the next best thing.” In 2009, when the Zimbabwe dollar crashed, several currencies were used, but the U.S. dollar was the clear favorite, as it was the world’s reserve currency and therefore the most “spendable” currency.
    Not surprisingly, the Zimbabwean government fought the use of the dollar, as they wanted to retain control of the economy and the people. People were therefore penalized for using the U.S. dollar and other currencies.
    And that’s what most governments do, but here’s where that idea usually falls down: First, the “black-market” currency is so desired by the now-jaded citizens that they do all they can to avoid the new official currency. Soon, most transactions, although illegal, are undertaken in the black-market currency. Second, since no one really wants the new currency, even the political leaders are soon using the black-market currency.
    Ultimately, the black-market currency is legalized (since it’s the only truly workable solution), and it often becomes the unofficial currency, if not actually the official one.
    First, the Euro Crash
    It’s safe to say that the EU, the U.S., and quite a few other jurisdictions are nearing currency crashes, and in all likelihood, the euro will go before the dollar. So, unless the EU has already prearranged a new euro, the U.S. dollar might well be chosen as an immediate solution to the problem, as the U.S. dollar is presently recognized and traded throughout Europe. Therefore, a relatively painless transfer could be made.
    Then, the Dollar Crash
    However, the dollar, which is presently praised as being a sound currency, is really only sound in relation to the euro (and some other lesser currencies). Once its less stable brother, the euro, collapses, the dollar will be exposed.
    As the U.S. dollar is a fiat currency and is on the ropes, the U.S. (and any other country that is using the dollar as its primary currency when the time comes) will experience a currency emergency at the street level that will be unprecedented.
    The big question that is generally not being discussed is: The day after the crash (and thereafter), what will be the currency that is used to buy a bag of groceries, a tank of petrol, a meal at a restaurant? Certainly, the need will be immediate and will be on a national level in each impacted country, affecting everyone.
    And Then…
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    I have discussed for some time that the U.S. will be prepared ahead of time with a new, electronic currency. This will serve three purposes:
    1. It will allow the U.S. government to blame paper currencies for the crash, in order to distract the public from recognizing that the government itself is the culprit.
    1. It will allow the U.S. government to create a currency system that disallows the holding of tradable currency by the population—that is, a debit card would be created by banks through which all transactions must pass, assuring that all transactions are processed by (and thereby subject to the control of) a bank.
    1. It will allow the U.S. government to have knowledge of every penny earned and spent by any individual or organization, allowing for direct-debit income taxation.
    If the U.S. does institute such a system, U.S. citizens will then become the most economically controlled people in the world, overnight.
    It’s likely that a black-market system would spontaneously be created by U.S. citizens in order to bypass the new government system. A portion of daily trade would occur under the table. It would unquestionably be made illegal, and we can only speculate as to how prevalent it would become: 10% of all transactions? 30%? Anyone’s guess. Certainly, the government would crack down, and penalties might become severe.
    Elsewhere in the world, there would be greater freedom, but what would their currencies be? There are many countries that presently use the U.S. dollar as one of their official currencies. After a crash, the greater the link to the U.S. dollar, the greater the loss of economic freedom, although, in most such countries, the government is likely to be less efficient than in the U.S., which would work in favor of the individual.
    Such countries would also have the option of switching from the dollar to another dominant currency. With the euro and dollar gone, that currency might be the Chinese yuan. The difficulty with this possibility is that, presently, the yuan is not in common use on the street.
    Adoption of a currency such as the yuan would require a sudden switch in monetary policy, complete with teething problems. However, recent developments amongst the BRICS and others indicate that many countries are already seeing the writing on the wall and are readying themselves for the use of the yuan as an alternate.
    A Return to Precious Metals as Currency?
    A further possibility is taking place in Mexico today. Mexico is remonetizing silver. A one-ounce pure silver Libertad coin will function in parallel to (and be interchangeable with) the existing paper peso. Banks will value the Libertad daily, based upon the silver price. Thus, Mexico will create a legal way for its citizens to protect themselves against devaluation of the peso, whilst creating an internal protection against currency crashes in other countries.
    If the Mexican government remains consistent in its plan, it will do more than simply help stabilize Mexico economically; it will serve as an example to other countries that when the Goliaths of the euro and U.S. dollar fall, there is a very sound alternative.
    Further, the more countries that follow this policy, the more silver (and for that matter, gold) would become an international currency. It would matter little to a petrol station owner in Canada, Australia, or Chile whether his till was filled with coins marked, “Mexico,” or whether they said “Iceland,” “New Zealand,” or “South Africa.” After all, an ounce of silver is an ounce of silver, no matter what the issuing country is.
    As the Great Unravelling proceeds, we would be wise to monitor what happens with the Libertad in Mexico and watch for a similar return to precious metals in other jurisdictions. As this development progresses, we might wish to consider that, whatever jurisdictions are the most forceful in demanding the continued use of doomed paper currencies (or, worse, transferring into electronic currencies), we may choose to store our wealth, no matter how great or small, in a safer jurisdiction. Further, we may choose to reside in a jurisdiction where a currency crisis will be less likely to occur; to live under a government that does not seek to monitor and tax our every economic transaction.
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    You’ll discover how easy, and essential, it is to move a portion of your savings overseas and protect yourself from rising taxes, capital controls, asset forfeiture, and even predatory lawsuits. Click here to watch this free, insightful webinar.

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