We Hear You: ‘Illuminating,’ ‘Thoughtful’ Reporting on France’s Presidential Election

Editor’s note: We get a fair amount of passionate comment addressed to or about Nolan Peterson, The Daily Signal’s Ukraine-based foreign correspondent. When Peterson traveled to France to cover the final days of the French presidential election campaign, his reporting attracted your attention. Here’s a sample at the top of the mailbag.—Ken McIntyre

Dear Daily Signal: Nolan Peterson’s reporting on the French presidential election is illuminating (“French Malaise Over Election Cuts Across Party Lines“). Makes one wonder if Russia was willing to do everything in its power to influence the election in favor of Marine Le Pen.

Emmanuel Macron, the eventual winner, is not exactly going down the “conservative” road, but seems at least interested in keeping Putin’s Russia at a “safe” distance. What a mess over in France.—Steven P. Bowman


I hope to read more of Nolan Peterson’s thoughtful if, well, somewhat right-of-center—rather than fully objective—reporting (“Uninspired French Voters Choose a ‘Centrist’ President Over Far-Right One“). That said, he writes well and captures details with a good observational sense.—Rik Myslewski


In “France’s Election Is Also a Crossroads for Europe,” Nolan Peterson writes of the eventual winner: “Macron has also proposed creating rehabilitation centers for radicalized French citizens returning from embattled regions in the Middle East—to show them that another life is possible after a life of radicalization or jihadism.”

Yup, that’ll do it! Those wacky jihadists will see the error of their ways and begin worshiping Jesus. Despite massive failures of every one of the left’s policies, they continue to believe that evil can actually be “rehabilitated.”

Back in the 1960s, when my then-husband worked at a prison, I met with a group of activists who were fighting for such programs within the prison. Well, they got them in and the inmates all attended the meetings, sitting attentively and nodding their heads. On their way back to their cells, they were laughing and mocking the “do-gooders” who didn’t have a clue that the only reason they attended was to get out of their cells for a couple of hours.

The left continues to demonstrate their total insanity by doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. I like to call it the “Isn’t it pretty to think so” mentality. That’s the last line in Hemingway’s “The Sun Also Rises.” Read the book and you’ll understand the quote.

Oh, and does Macron plan to have windows in those rehabilitation centers so they can watch as innocent French citizens are blown to pieces while they’re all singing the French version of “We Are the World?”—Barbara Sprogna


Nolan Peterson’s May 1 article on France’s presidential election campaign was the most amazing I’ve read on this topic (“France’s Election Is Also a Crossroads for Europe” ). I feel as though I’ve just had a college course in current and past events of this region.

I pray that God will bless those who have the weight of decisions of this magnitude on their shoulders in helping or prepare to help those who are vulnerable to tyrants and murders. I feel confidence and pride in the brilliance of those in charge of our defense.—Doris McClellan

Really appreciated Nolan Peterson’s article, “France’s Election Is Also a Crossroads for Europe.” Nicely done! I think it was a fair approach and information that is simply all distorted and twisted other places I’ve seen. Thank you.—Guy Gruters


I want to thank Nolan Peterson for his article, “France’s Election Is Also a Crossroads for Europe.” It is clear and concise.  May he stay safe. —Catherine


“The aim of Americans is to start a war in Europe to push NATO to the Russian border,” French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen stated, according to Nolan Peterson’s report (“In France’s Presidential Election, the Intersecting Consequences of Islamist Terrorism and Russian Aggression“).

Apparently she has no memory of who liberated France when the Germans crossed the French border. Obviously Le Pen believes that Russia is a better ally than the U.S.–Jerry Zacny


May God keep Nolan Peterson protected with his holy angels. I thank him for sharing the truth. I thank him for his service and say, “You are a special man.”—Liz Maculsay


Thanks to Nolan Peterson for his insightful journalism.—Larry Hopkins 


As a Franco-American, this saddens me (“Uninspired French Voters Choose a ‘Centrist’ President Over Far-Right One“). France has chosen a lapdog of the corrupt political elite and the liberal media. Emmanuel Macron will subjugate the needs of France under the thumb of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the European Union.

There will be more immigrants flooding in from Muslim countries. There will be more terror attacks–and soon. More French blood will be spilled in the streets. Triste! La France ne peut pas se sauver.

The media tried to make Marine Le Pen look bad. But she was all in for France.—J.A. Lessard


What is it that makes Marion Le Pen so “far right?” Is it that she is against unrestrained immigration, which has been such an utter bane to France? Is it that she doesn’t support work weeks limited to 35 hours, or 32, and that make France so embarrassingly noncompetitive? Or is it that she’s just not a blatant socialist–a system that is such a friend to the European community?

And how is the European Union such a wonderful deal for France? Because they can nurse their economic woes with the help of Germany? What good are a bunch of anonymous bureaucrats in Belgium doing France? Not much, I am sure. So Le Pen is probably not so far right. She’s just not a half-witted lefty.—Brad Gillespie


A lady who they claim is the sock puppet of Vladimir Putin is “far right?” Now that is what I call redefining the meanings of words with a capital M.—Marron Tut

Journalists Have Politicized Science

I very much appreciated Sharyl Attkisson’s reporting on “fake science” posted on The Daily Signal (“The Growing Problem of ‘Fake Science’“). I am a retired molecular geneticist who was a professor and active researcher for 40 years.

My research was funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes for Health. Both are excellent supporters of scientific research, along with other federal agencies. Nonetheless, the federal science support system is subject to interference by political ideologies in a manner similar to the interference by pharmaceutical companies that Attkisson describes.

The bias comes from the scientists who serve on the peer review panels of the granting agencies and the journal reviewers. If your work does not conform to the political bias, you do not get funded and your papers are not accepted in the best journals. Attkisson touches on this in her article, but I believe it is worth another article.

The second “fake science” source is the media. Sadly, much of this is because journalists are biased evaluators of the scientific literature. They have politicized science regarding issues like climate change that support the liberal progressive agenda. The basic tenets of the scientific method have been undermined by journalists and biased scientists in order to manipulate the public—Corinne A. Michels, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor Emerita, Queens College


Interesting report by Sharyl Attkisson on “fake science.” My question: How much of this type of fraud also applies to some climate change research?—Burton P. Brodt, DuPont Technology Fellow (retired)

Accountability Goes Absent in Student Loans

Dear Daily Signal: Thanks to Mary Claire Reim for her commentary on the problems with the student loan program (“Betsy DeVos Says We Should ‘Start Fresh’ on Higher Ed. Here’s Where to Begin“). Now that the federal government has gotten so involved, it’s a nightmare.

How many private sector banks have now exited the student loan market? When the federal government starts competing against the private sector, the feds are going to win because it’s not a level playing field. The feds regulate too.

Private banks rates are going to reflect the market. Federal rates generally are specified, and may require congressional or regulatory action to change.

Current “Parent PLUS” loans assign a loan-servicing agency. People have no choice. Accountability is almost totally absent. A text message is sent when a withdrawal is made. There is no communication between student and parent. Parents get almost no communication on the loans.

This is all part of the Obama nightmare. If we had good jobs, we would not have to get these federal loans. Obama created a nanny state, with extreme reliance on the government. It’s easier for the government to control you that way.—Kathleen Goryl

The Feds and the Opioid Drug Crisis

Dear Daily Signal: I have interest in finding a way to be a part of maintaining our freedoms and liberties that blood has and is being shed for. One of my biggest outrages at the moment is this nationwide government intrusion, over opioids, into the lives of hardworking Americans.

Quality of life without pain and being a responsible working person is being trampled by a bunch of idiots that know nothing about addiction, recovery, or the need for quality of life. I guarantee you the people that are being hurt are the construction workers, the plumbers, those in the back-breaking jobs that cripple people who have to work past the point of retirement just to survive.

Trust me, if a drug addict wants to get high he or she is going to use heroin, meth, cocaine, whatever it takes to change the way they feel. The Drug Enforcement Administration is violating the HIPPA law [Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act] to tell trained specialists what their patients need. It is a freaking lie that they can control people.

The people being hurt are the responsible patients who obey the rules, pass the drug test, and need help to continue work. What this government intrusion will do is send law-abiding citizens to the dope man’s house for basic survival.

And what does New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie know, other than he had a friend overdose? Good Lord help us! And Christie is the head of the new government commission.  We need to use people who have been there, not a bunch of bureaucrats. Insanity.—Judy Thatche

The Border Wall

Dear Daily Signal: Recent figures show drug-related deaths have increased again. Drugs are coming from or through our southern border. We want the wall started, as a symbol we care and a first barrier to slow drugs down.

Congress obviously doesn’t care. Americans do care. It is looking like independent representatives will do very well in 2018.—Sam Victor

Some Story Tips

Dear Daily Signal: Some subjects that I believe would be good stories: Why so many people are attracted to the drama that the Democratic Party uses as propaganda to oppose commonsense policies that would improve life for all in America? Examples of lack of common sense by Democratic Party members. How Kim Jong Un, Vladimir Putin, and Bashir al Assad maintain their leadership positions.—Pete McNally

How Are We Doing?

Just letting you know: I deeply appreciate The Daily Signal writers/reporters and their contributions.  If only everyone was as reasonable and forthright.—Ginny McKenzie

Keep up the excellent work you do.—Dolores Noel 

All 534 members of Congress should have the same health care plan that they propose all 300 million-plus Americans have.—Dick Allen

Kudos. Doing well.—Robert Kroning

I know you are not full-service news media, but I would like to have more background information that I could trust.  Things I find on the internet are always slanted.—Virginia Wallace

Keep up the good work.—Ken Oxley 

You ass—-s need to pack up and go to Russia. Your lives are in danger the longer you stay.—John Macki

To all at The Daily Signal:  Good news reporting. Great job.—Steve Ryan

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Venezuelan tyrant tells Trump to, “get your pig hands out of here”

Come now, sir. There’s no need to resort to rudeness.

When we heard the announcement about sanctions against Venezuelan supreme court judges this week I wasn’t overly impressed. Considering how badly any semblance of democratic principles have been thrown under the bus in that socialist paradise and the way that the hand picked supreme court does the bidding of their despot, Nicolas Maduro, a few sanctions seemed like rather weak tea. But Maduro himself didn’t take it that way. While he’s largely held his tongue about Donald Trump until now, this was apparently a bridge too far and Maduro got down and dirty, hurling insults at the American president. (CBS News)

Venezuela’s president delivered his most scathing critique of President Trump on Friday, telling him to stop intervening and “get your pig hands out of here.”

Speaking before a crowd of supporters, President Nicolas Maduro accused Mr. Trump of promoting an interventionist policy that infringes on his socialist government’s sovereignty.

“Go home, Donald Trump!” he said in heavily accented English.

I suppose he might have let it slide were the sanctions not coming on top of Trump’s remarks on Thursday, when he called the current conditions in Venezuela “a disgrace to humanity.” Too late now, I guess. The heat has been turned up and the pot is beginning to boil.

To steal a line from the Lord of the Rings series, Maduro’s list of allies grows thin. Yes, there are some other strong men around the globe who have some nice things to say about him from time to time, ranging from the leaders of North Korea and Turkey to Russia. But none of them seem interested in actually bailing Venezuela out at the moment beyond the normal foreign aid that they’re already providing. And sending in troops to back up Maduro’s armed militia thugs in repressing his own people would be some pretty awful optics, even for the ones who could afford it.

Maduro’s lack of self restraint is a fairly typical hallmark of socialist tyrants, but it’s coming at a price to him. Of all the nations on the planet, the one most likely to offer some help were he willing to schedule new elections and stop repressing the power of the elected legislative branch would probably be the United States. Heck, if he could even manage to stop attacking his own people long enough to halt the violence and let in some additional workers we could probably be sending in some food at a minimum so his citizens don’t have to keep hunting cats. But if he’s going to take this attitude he may just be left to sink or swim on his own. That’s getting to the point of being a dangerous proposition when you consider what happened to Mussolini in the end.

Exit question: Could “pig hands” be the new “small hands” when it comes to Trump bashing? I’d be interested to see if any of the President’s detractors were willing to stoop low enough as to go around quoting this maniacal tyrant.

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Congressman Gives Eye-Popping Lecture on the Problems With Legalizing Assisted Suicide

Congressman Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) gave an eye-opening lecture yesterday at FRC on the harmful D.C. assisted suicide law and why Congress must repeal it. Earlier this year, Washington, D.C. joined six other states in legalizing assisted suicide. As a physician of over 25 years and a strong supporter of patient rights and access to quality care, Rep. Wenstrup has led the charge in Congress to repeal it, citing that this is not a partisan issue, but a human issue.

Assisted suicide endangers the most vulnerable — people who are sick, poor, and elderly, and fails to hold doctors and health insurance companies accountable. As in other states, health insurance companies could refuse actual life-saving treatment and only offer assisted suicide as an option because it is cheaper. Thus, it decreases options for patients and leaves them unprotected. Assisted suicide also corrupts the medical profession which is built on the “first do no harm” principle of the Hippocratic Oath. A doctor’s role is to bring healing or comfort to a patient — not to kill the patient.

The D.C. assisted suicide law is very dangerous. First, like other assisted suicide laws, there is a lack of accountability and transparency. For example, the death certificate does not specify that the person died by assisted suicide. Instead, it requires that the cause of death be recorded as the underlying disease. This is deceptive and it does not allow authorities to properly report on its incidence and outcomes. As Rep. Wenstrup said, nowhere else in medicine is this acceptable. This law also does not require a doctor or witnesses to be present with the person when they take the lethal drugs, and there is no follow-up. Once the lethal drugs are prescribed, they could potentially fall into the hands of a child or in the hands of a family or friend who stands to gain by taking that person’s life, and no one would know.

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Second, it threatens people who do not have terminal illnesses. Even illnesses such as diabetes, which can be curable, can qualify someone for lethal assisted suicide drugs. The law does not even require people to screen for mental illness.

Third, there are no safeguards in the law to stop assisted suicide “tourism” to our nation’s capital.

Assisted suicide is not healthcare. It is bad policy and it sends the message that some people’s lives are not worth living. In fact, where assisted suicide exists, the general suicide rate also skyrockets. For example, in Oregon where assisted suicide is legal, the general suicide rate has been increasing since 2000. It has long outpaced the country. In 2012, the Oregon general suicide rate was 42% higher than the national average.

FRC will continue to work with Rep. Wenstrup and other supporters to repeal the D.C. assisted suicide law and protect the lives and well-being of the most vulnerable populations among us.

LifeNews Note: Tony Perkins is the president of the Family Research Council.


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Piers Morgan Stirs Controversy for Asking ‘Non-Binary’ Couple If He Could Identify as Black Woman, Elephant

LONDON — Talk show host Piers Morgan is under fire for asking a couple who say they identify neither as male or female if he could identify as a black woman or an elephant. “Can I be an elephant? Can I literally say I’m now an elephant and do I get afforded elephant rights?” he inquired on Friday’s broadcast of “Good Morning Britain.” “Can I go to London…

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Ambush At Berry Creek


The studio wasn’t a studio in any definition. It was actually a home office. Jackie took her seat at the desk. Before her was an eMac computer. To her left a PC desktop with a twenty-one inch screen, behind her another PC with a more civilized monitor. As she sipped her coffee, she put the mini cassette into the camera sitting on its tripod. This was well before the days of palm size camcorders with digital media. This camera was something to be understood.

Detaching the Canon camera from its mount, she turned it on, and aimed it at a blank sheet of paper. She had to set the white balance if the colors were to be true. “You wanna do it here?” her father in law asked as he came into the room.

After a moment she said, “No. outside.” Filming outside gave the golf course as a backdrop. In the early days of the YouTube series, she always filmed inside, but the release of “Herb Superb” had shown the popularity of porch scenes. Her father in law carried the equipment out to the porch and she smoked a cigar, positioning herself for the shoot.
“Are you sure this shit is something I should even be talking about?” Jackie never discussed her personal life, and until recently, never smoked on camera. Even now, when she smoked, it was a cigarette, not letting her teen viewers know that she preferred Macanudo cigars. She rolled her own cigarettes, fueling the rumors that she was always rolling a joint. This was not true. She fashioned her cigarettes from Prince Albert pipe tobacco, saying if she were to be reduced to a cigarette it had to at least have flavor.
This was to be a wrap. The explanations and goodbyes. The conclusion of an effort that began three years before, when she strolled into the office while her father in law was toying around with a camera. She leaned over his shoulder, saw her image appear on the screen, and asked, “What do we have here?” That was the beginning of a series of short videos that garnered a audience of teen girls who hung on Jackie’s every word as she openly discussed life, sex, birth, and just about anything that popped into her head. It wasn’t until she noticed the little numbers under each video that she even began to take this new hobby seriously. The little numbers were views, and there were around thirty-five thousand a day! She was a phenomenon. The little wall flower from Austin had a following. YouTube was in its infancy, and if you had a computer, and a camera, stardom was just one viral video away.
There had been five goodbyes this month. She had lost all of her children. Even the planning of this film was an emotional roller coaster for her. All her other films had been spontaneous. Jackie would rattle off for about a half hour, and then retire to the “studio” to reduce the video to around two minutes and fifty five seconds, the attention span of a fifteen year old girl. There had been some trail blazing moments such as a swimming pool scene once. With a crowd of teeny boppers swimming around her at the country club, one adventurous young man asked, “Hey Jackie, you ever had sex in a pool?” She thought for a moment, looked at him, and returned, “Well, not with a guy!” On CAMERA, and many cell phones! That wisecracking YouTube star had been replaced by a weary, troubled young woman. She showed the mileage, and all the whiskey in Lynchburg, Tennessee just couldn’t hit the spot. What, just three years ago, had been a vibrant, jovial perpetual sixteen year old single mother was now a beaten woman, slumping on the bench, studying the twelfth green as if she’d never seen it before. She, and her father in law were alone here now, in what she referred to as their “Pretty Prison.” A mansion on the twelfth green of an Arnold Palmer golf course, filled with empty chairs, where not long before there weren’t enough chairs to go around. She’d written a song, “Broken dreams, and empty chairs, we’ll all face the fire down there, and I hope yours burns cooler than mine.” The fired burned hot this afternoon because the chairs were high chairs.
She finished her smoke and waved her hand before the camera lens, her signal that she was ready. Her eyes were tired, and red. Sitting where she sat, she had to look past the chairs into the very rooms where just a few months ago her children played. “We’re standing at the gates of the Alamo, dad.”
“That the way you see it?” he returned, as he removed the lens cap.
Nodding, and wiping her eyes she said, Yeah. That’s the way I see it.”
She lowered her head a moment, took a breath, composed herself. Then she sat a bit higher. She rubbed her face, dried her eyes, and a beautiful sixteen year old girl suddenly appeared where a battered twenty one year old had been just a moment before. The dull eyes became bright blue. A impish smile replaced the frown of a woman beaten down by a state government and then, taking a slight breath, she stared into the souls of her viewers, and in her best, sing song voice said, “Hi! I’m iJackie . . .”

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No cure found in the ‘purple pill’

Hydrochloric acid (HCl) is absolutely essential for life. Thus, reduced quantities foretell illness no matter what age.

HCl starts a disturbing decline after age 40, but it gets worse. Research has shown over and over that, on average, by age 50 there is only 15 percent of the amount of HCl present as at age 25.

And 35 percent of all individuals over age 65 do not secrete any hydrochloric acid at all. Therefore, a gastric acid deficiency is the most common condition after age 50. This is a serious health concern.

When the body is low on hydrochloric acid, we have symptoms of “heartburn” or “acid indigestion” when our bodies are simply low on hydrochloric acid.

The pharmaceuticals have no intention of curing this condition when they can treat it for huge profits at your expense. So they did what they usually do and invented a treatment. To cover over the symptoms of heartburn, the pharmaceuticals created all manner of antacids, culminating in the proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) like Nexium, Prevacid and Priolosec. Once again, the medical establishment tells you this practice of “symptomology” is the way to health. Nothing could be further from truth. Instead, we have a perfect crime of profits taking precedence over your health.

The FDA has not a word to say about this marketing fraud.

PPIs work much like other pharmaceutical concoctions. They stop your body from doing something essential. We have statins that block cholesterol (a necessary part of the brain and body), blood pressure drugs called beta-blockers that block the normal muscular function of the heart, bone drugs made with bisphosphonates that poison your bone-building cells, and synthetic thyroid hormone that slowly destroys the thyroid tissue.

It should be no surprise that PPIs block you from making stomach acid. Specifically, they inhibit the acid production of cells lining stomach by blocking a chemical system called the hydrogen potassium adenosine triphosphatase enzyme (otherwise known as the proton pump) system.

This is the opposite of what should be happening in your stomach. While antacids and PPIs as a palliative for acid indigestion temporarily soothe the symptoms, this compounds the deception by causing many problems later. Prolonged antacid use provides no alleviation of the functional problem of low stomach acid. In fact, extended low or no hydrochloric acid masked by antacids and PPIs can lead finally to stomach cancer and an assortment of kidney maladies.

Recognizing the danger, a consumer advocacy group is calling on the FDA to require PPIs carry cancer warnings on their labels. The Esophageal Cancer Action Network (ECAN) filed a petition with the FDA earlier this month.

But the warning labels the ECAN is calling for would not suggest that the medications cause cancer, but that a consistent need for PPIs is precursor to cancer. But both are true.

So-called acid indigestion is a serious malady experienced by millions of people. The major symptom is “heartburn” and/or acid indigestion. Other symptoms may be heart palpitations, short windedness, flatulence and belching or acid reflux. Complications of low HCl are that the pancreas is influenced.

Proper amounts of HCl increases the quality and quantity of pancreatic secretion. A deficiency of potassium is caused by low or no hydrochloric acid leading, again, to cancer.

So the symptoms of “heartburn” or acid indigestion are saying to us that we have low stomach acid, not too much!

Acid does not burn a normal stomach. Our stomachs are made to produce acid as much as 100,000 times stronger than normal tissue acidity. This high acidity is absolutely necessary for optimal digestion and optimal health. The salient point is that PPIs and antacids kill all acid in the esophagus and in the stomach. Constant consumption of antacids is a very high-risk palliative. Don’t do it! Gastric (stomach) cancer is serious.

In addition to stomach cancer, other conditions linked to long-term use of antacids include dementia, irregular heartbeat, heart attacks, iron deficiency, pneumonia, fatigue, brittle bones and chronic kidney disease.

Hydrochloric acid is the only normal acid, but when it is low, bad acids are created in the body which cause the symptoms of heartburn and acid indigestion, fermentation, bloating and total discomfort and disease. Instead of normal digestion, food rots in your stomach and colon.

Low hydrochloric acid (HCl) goes beyond bad and inferior digestion. There is indeed a long train of events that follow improper digestion and fermentation. There is poor absorption of minerals, a likelihood of sore ulcers or cancer forming at the pyloric outlet; next an inactive liver and pancreas failure to secrete the secreting hormone — which reduces sugar in the blood.

This could be why the frequency of low HCl in diabetes mellitus patients. There is also a failure to oxidize lactic acid in tissues. Excess lactic acid build-up is an index of cancer. Also, there is retention of CO2 (carbon dioxide) in the blood and there is an inability to destroy bacteria in food. Retention of CO2 has been implicated in convulsions and other brain affections. The list goes on and on.

Do the pharmaceuticals tell you that these bad things happen when you take their “purple pills”? Their profit motive surpasses greed and willful ignorance. They are killing millions of people. My mind wonders if these fascist mongrels are involved in Malthusian population reduction. What better form of mass euthanasia? It’s almost benevolent. Tell them the inedible grains they are eating are healthy, and euthanize them slowly when they complain that their body no longer works correctly when it was the processed food that did the damage in the first place.

Don’t laugh; population reduction is at the top of the agenda of the elite in the New World Order. They have more ways to kill than you can imagine. After all, aren’t we animals on the animal farm?

So we need to restore normal hydrochloric stomach acid in the stomach for optimal health. What to do? If you have symptoms of acid indigestion, you can begin at once to take betaine hydrochloride, 6 to 8 tablets daily. Use citrocarbonate or an aluminum-free sodium bicarbonate powder (baking soda) dissolved in water for temporary relief.

If you’re leery of taking a betaine hydrochloride supplement and/or if your acid indigestion or acid reflux symptoms are minor, you can add lemon juice to your meals (I add a squeeze of lemon to every glass of water I drink) and you can also add a half to 1 teaspoon of sea salt to a glass of water for a few days. I cured my own acid indigestion problems years ago with the lemon juice and sea salt method, and keep them in check with lemon juice.

Alternatively, add 1 or 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water.

Diet is essential here, just as it is in all things health related. Eat only natural whole foods (mostly raw) and free-range or grass-fed beef, pork and poultry, free of antibiotics and hormones. It is not the good whole foods that our stomachs don’t like. It is processed foods that give the trouble. And you know what? Most folks don’t know the difference.

The symptoms of acid indigestion will go away when your stomach acid is restored.

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Right or privilege? A beauty of a trick question

We’ve had a week full of controversies, but one in particular deserves more attention than it got. Of course, I’m talking about the health care right-versus-privilege fight that erupted after a beauty pageant on Sunday, and the way its problematic formulation distorts public policy. (Which one did you think deserved more attention?) Kára McCullough may be one of the most impressive Miss USA contenders in recent memory, but the beauty pageant did her — and themselves — no favor by asking her this question about health-care policy.

McCullough won despite her politically incorrect answer, but she hastily backpedaled after getting an avalanche of criticism on social media. McCullough switched from “privilege” to “right” the next day:

“I am privileged to have health care. I do believe it should be a right. – @MissUSA 2017 Kára McCullough “clarifies” response. #MissUSA pic.twitter.com/QCc7irmmmq

— Good Morning America (@GMA) May 16, 2017

The entire episode was unfortunate and unnecessary for the new Miss USA, who became the victim of a trick question. As I wrote in my column for The Fiscal Times, health care is neither a right nor a privilege. Taken as a whole, the market for health care services and goods is a commodity, and our failure to treat it as such is what’s making it so dysfunctional:

Health care consists of goods and services produced and delivered by highly specialized providers in exchange for monetary compensation. Overall, it’s a commodity, for which the terms “right” and “privilege” are largely meaningless. In an economic sense, health care is no different than markets for other commodities, such as food, vehicles, fuel, and so on. The ability to purchase goods and services depends on the resources one has for compensation for their delivery in most cases. …

Rights, as understood by founders, do not require the transfer of goods and services, but come from the innate nature of each human being. The right to free speech does not confer a right to publication, or to listeners. The right to peaceably assemble does not confer a right to confiscate private property in which to gather or to destroy either. The right to bear arms does not require the government to provide guns or ammunition, and so on. Rights do not require government provision, and the Constitution and especially its Bill of Rights exists to prevent government infringement.

In our form of self-governance and generally free markets, privilege generally refers to licensed access to certain restricted activities involving public assets. The most common of these is a driver’s license, which confers a privilege to use public roads. One does not need a license to drive exclusively on private roads, as anyone who grew up on a farm or ranch can attest. Doctors and lawyers require licenses to practice their professions, so providing health care can be described as a privilege, but we do not require a government grant to consume health care. Anyone who can provide compensation (directly or through third parties by mutual consent) for care can access it. Some providers — notably those maintained by religious communities, who have recently come under fire — don’t even require compensation for access.

Ironically, it’s pursuit of government intervention on the basis of a “right” to health care that most threatens to turn it into a privilege. As more and more mandates have been applied, consumers have fewer and fewer choices in crafting insurance that actually fits their needs. Permission from government becomes required for even the most basic of exemptions, such as a religious exemption for a mandate to provide free contraception to others. Government-run health care systems ration care, requiring dispensation for surgeries and other services. An overreliance on insurers for all health care costs produces some of these same issues, but at least consumers can rely on competition among insurers for pressure to comply — when government policies don’t chase them out of the marketplaces altogether.

Perhaps the most obvious distortion in public-policy attempts to treat health care as a right is the confusion of health insurance as its equal. In the previous administration’s efforts to guarantee this “right,” they imposed mandates on Americans that forced them to buy insurance — but made access to care even more expensive as a result:

Furthermore, the attempts to force a larger and larger role for government as a guarantor of a “right” to health care has merely made costs grow higher. Over the last decade, US policy has consistently confused health care with health insurance and distorted both to the detriment of consumers. The Affordable Care Act, which ostensibly was framed to ensure universal insurance coverage as a “right,” instead imposed insurance as a mandate with tax penalties for non-compliance.

Its complicated and contradictory mandates for price controls and coverages provided massive disincentives to healthier and younger consumers for entry into the risk pools, driving up premiums and deductibles for those who remained in them, making access to the benefits nearly impossible short of a catastrophic health event. The net result is to have made it costlier for most Americans to access the health care market, unless – like McCullough – they work for a large employer that takes part of their compensation to cover health insurance. The ACA has distorted the individual-coverage markets so badly that insurers are fleeing them to cut their losses.

Talking about health care as a right over the last several decades has resulted in huge distortions of both the insurance and care markets. If we want to solve these problems, the first step is to dump the right-versus-privilege paradigm:

The proper way to approach health care is the same as we approach other commodities – shaping oversight to find ways to promote consumption and provision, which will drive costs down. Applying more mandates to these markets will make them worse; we need to find ways to improve price signaling to consumers, and that means recognizing that health insurance is not the same thing as health care.

Does the AHCA accomplish this? Not really. At best, it might be a first step in that direction, but it still confuses insurance with care, and mostly transfers the destructive and contradictory mandates of ObamaCare to the states.

Congratulations to Miss USA Kára McCullough on her win. In the future, don’t be shy about challenging the assumptions of your interviewers, and you’ll have even more success.

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Does Black Lives Matter

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Central Banks and Financial Turmoil

History has shown that monetary activism is a chief cause of financial booms and busts. The Fed’s unconventional monetary policies have distorted interest rates and asset prices, misallocated credit, encouraged risk taking, increased leverage, penalized savers, and increased uncertainty—all of which have had a negative effect on productive investment, innovation, and growth. The new issue of Cato Journal, featuring papers from Cato’s 34th Annual Monetary Conference, brings together leading scholars and policymakers to examine the link between unconventional monetary policy and financial fragility.

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FreedomWorks Supports Jim Jordan for Oversight and Government Reform Chairman

FreedomWorks president Adam Brandon released the following statement supporting Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) for Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform:

“During his time in office, Rep. Jim Jordan has proven himself again and again as someone worthy of leading a committee to hold government officials and employees accountable. He has been at the center of the group of representatives who have continued to push for justice in the IRS targeting scandal, when many others have given up — or worked to protect the employees whose subpoenaed emails happen to have been deleted and who use the Fifth Amendment to hide from their employers: We the People.

“I know that Jim Jordan would be a tenacious chairman, and that is why I am supporting him for this important position.”

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