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Stop 21st Century Cures Act

Although this is coveted as a wonderful bill that is needed in the US so that drugs and medical devices can be fast tracked, if you read the nearly 1000 pages it is clear this is dangerous bill that is has the best interests of the Pharmaceutical industry at heart, NOT its consumers.

The Transpartisan Review Blog #4

America has a representative government. Voters elect leaders who appoint civil servants, and they implement ‘public policy’. This works for much public business, but in areas involving social services—school reform, drug rehabilitation, criminal justice, race relations, poverty and even security policy, results fall far short of aspirations.

Understanding ‘Brexit,’ the British Exit from the EU

By A. Lawrence Chickering and James S. Turner

The British vote to leave the European Union (EU) caught everyone by surprise—pundits, politicians and profiteers. Part of the confusion stems from analyzing the disaffection in terms of left and right. In the mainstream analysis, xenophobic racism explained why the far right wanted separation; therefore everyone else should have united around ‘remain’, or racism would gain a toehold in European politics.

Looking more closely at the Brexit debate, one sees four distinct positions— ‘freedom’ and ‘order’ positions on both left and right. Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron, speaking for the order-right, and Labor’s Jeremy Corbyn (order-left) united in favor of staying, while Boris Johnson (freedom-right) and the un-recognized freedom-left constituencies surprised observers by voting ‘Leave.’

Looked at it this way, Brexit appears as an order/freedom rather than a left/right issue. This explains why appeals framed as maintaining a unified Europe in the face of far right nationalist movements failed. The EU is fracturing because its leadership has failed to address the social, psychological, and political forces that are pushing people toward more subjectively defined identities, toward increasing demands for control of their own lives and for related decentralized political institutions.

The EU is a highly centralized enterprise animated by the ‘idealism’ of the order-left and order-right. It has failed to respond to populations animated by subjective development. Alienation is widespread and growing. We believe the ‘populism’ underlying the weakening EU is like the same forces animating the populist U.S. Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Unaddressed issues tip elections.

The EU can address perceived order/freedom imbalances within the union that remains. Otherwise, it will build momentum for ‘leave’ parties—with all the pain ‘leave’ critics claim—across Europe.

A better integration of freedom strengthens effective order. Order creates the conditions for freedom, and freedom legitimizes order. The proper role of any legitimate governing body is to find the point of synergy. This will be a continuing, major theme of The Transpartisan Review.

The Transpartisan Review: Our Introductory Blog Post

By A. Lawrence Chickering and James S. Turner

As we noted in our introduction, The Transpartisan Review will concentrate on promoting new political ideas, ideas that bring people together who are now in conflict. Since the current debate focuses entirely on conflict, the approaches we explore will be hard to find in the current debate. Yet they are often essential to solve problems that otherwise seem insoluble.

Our political conflict is not only between the parties, between progressives (left) and conservatives (right); it is also within them. Conflict within is between freedom and order. There are thus four positions rather than two in our political field—freedom and order themes in both left and right.

We refer to these four positions as the Four-Quadrant Transpartisan Matrix—featuring social democratic and civil libertarian themes on the left and the traditional (especially religious) and libertarian themes on the right.

The conflict between freedom and order is at present more obvious in the Republican Party than the Democratic. Part of the reason (there may be others) is that the party in power (which holds The White House) can contain conflict more easily than the party out of power.

There is ‘truth’ in all four positions—partial truths. Ultimate truth, we believe, comes from integrating all four. Integrating all four will both bring people together and solve problems. The Matrix will be a recurring theme in the forthcoming posts and pages of the Review.

We will focus on key policy arenas such as education, criminal justice, and foreign policy, issues on which we are aware of transpartisan initiatives making headway.

Between now and the launch of the new online journal, we will post short Notes showing how the transpartisan impulse is in forms all around us. It will highlight report on real experiences where transpartisan approaches are solving real problems.

These examples often occur outside the formal political system. Since we hope the formal system will want to learn from them and incorporate them into formal government policy, we will also feature comments on how that might happen.

As contentions a matter as the Citizen United Supreme Court decision gives a taste of the opportunity. McCain-Feingold (aka the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002), the campaign finance law found partially unconstitutional by the court, represents order right (Republican McCain) and order left (Democrat Feingold), respectively. The immediate attacks on the law came from the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)—free right and free left, respectively.

Drawing on all four impulses the country is staggering toward a full-blown disclosure of the source of all campaign contributions. The transpartisan lens of the developing journal provides a way to look at virtually all contentious matters (issues) and suggest a different angle from which to evaluate them. We invite all of you to join the discourse.

Introducing The Transpartisan Review Project

Dear Citizen for Health,

Below is an introduction to The Transpartisan Review project.

My co-author, Lawry Chickering, and I are developing the Review to expand the themes in our 2008 book Voice of the People: The Transpartisan Imperative in American Life.

I think it is of special importance and relevance to Citizens for Health because health is one of the largest arenas where people from every section of the political discourse gather in the drive for improvement.

Conservatives, liberals, libertarian, greens, other third parties  and unaffiliateds across the country see the breakdown of health and the healthcare system as a pressing matter of our national discussion.

We offer our transpartisan analysis as one way to think about health and a myriad of other national topics in which discord currently dominates our discourse.  I hope it is useful to you.

–Jim Turner
Chair, Citizen for Health

Unlocking Hidden Allergies at the Core of Your Unexplained Symptoms

By Leo Galland, M.D., Author, The Allergy Solution

Are you tired all the time, and don’t know why? Do you have headaches or joint pain or brain fog or digestive problems? Have you put on weight and find that you just can’t lose it? I want to explore with you the unsolved mystery of those common complaints that just won’t go away. In my experience, allergy is often the cause.

Maybe you never thought you had allergies. No runny nose, no itchy skin. Although it might come as a surprise, I have discovered that a hidden allergy is the underlying reason for just about any health issue, because allergies come from something we all share: the immune system.

The rise of allergies is directly attributable to our immune systems being out of balance and reacting to a modern witches’ brew of fast food, stress, chemicals, pollution, and compromised gut health.

Did you know that only one person in 30 had allergies only 50 years ago? Today that number is one in three and rising. The allergy epidemic spreading like wildfire throughout the world is getting worse, with 1 billion people suffering from allergies today.

I have found, in my clinical practice, that we need to do more than merely ask “What are you allergic to?” We need to instead ask: (1) Why are you allergic?; (2) Why have your allergies become worse; and (3) What are the underlying imbalances in your body that open the door to annoying and persistent allergic symptoms?

Hidden allergies emerge

Finding answers to these foundational questions helps us to uncover what we now know to be hidden allergies. A hidden allergy is commonly at the core of your once mysterious health concerns.

Have you experienced or do you have one or more of the following:

  • Weight gain?
  • Stomachaches?
  • Muscle aches or joint pain
  • Insomnia?
  • Headaches?
  • Fatigue?
  • Depression or anxiety?
  • Constipation or diarrhea?
  • Brain fog?
  • Bloating?

The culprit could be allergy

While not many are fully aware that allergy can play a pivotal role in these and other health problems, it was this very search for answers to common, yet previously undiagnosed, conditions that inspired me to write The Allergy Solution: Unlock the Surprising, Hidden Truth About Why You Are Sick and How to Get Well.

In my practice, I’ve seen chronic conditions that were previously diagnosed as psychiatric disorders, autoimmune diseases or many other conditions that wind up being allergic in origin.

Taking on allergy with new approaches

We already know the misery that allergies can create. Fortunately, once we find out what is causing or activating them, “The case is afoot,” as Sherlock Holmes would have said!

Allergy has such a far-reaching impact on so many people with so many different problems. But your immune system needs to know when to fight and when not to fight. It needs balance.

My program helps you learn why your immune system is out of balance, so that you can restore its harmony and overcome allergies.

The secret to my program lies in the interaction between what you eat and the environments in which you live. There are 3 levels of environment that matter:

  • the outdoor environment that we all share;
  • the indoor environment, where we spend 90 percent of our time; and
  • the internal environment within our digestive tracts.

Each of these plays a critical role in your immune system, especially with the cells that naturally prevent allergies. They’re called regulatory T-cells, or T-regs.

If you suffer from allergies, your T-regs are broken. My program is designed to help you overcome allergy by restoring the power of your T-regs.

The runaway train of allergies

My program also helps you understand how your allergies developed. While genetics is involved, the runaway allergy epidemic train of the last 40-50 years, however, left the station due to environmental factors rather than genetic changes. Genes merely cause susceptibility.

For example, a study from 2005 found a connection between a defect in the CD14 immune system gene and how bad asthma becomes in families if the family members were also exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke.

Unlocking the causes of allergies

Knowing which factors—like a bad diet, a sedentary lifestyle and excessive exposure to pollutants, such as exhaust and smoke—stack the deck away from wellness is important because addressing them can enable you to regain and maintain a state of health. I refer to these factors as “antecedents”—things which lead to other things—with the most common antecedents for developing allergic illness being: exposure to environmental toxins; unusually heavy exposure to mold or pollen; infection; depletion of the body’s good bacteria; nutritional deficiency; extreme stress; and impaired digestion.

Relief is in sight

Today we know that hidden allergies can bring on a bewildering constellation of unexplained symptoms. Instead of masking these mystery complaints, however, my approach is to help people identify and avoid hidden allergy triggers and to scale back unhealthy inflammatory and immune processes that cause allergic symptoms.

Taking advantage of tools and strategies I provide in The Allergy Solution, you and your healthcare practitioner will be able to shine a light on your symptoms and the factors most likely to be triggering them. My book has chapters that will equip you to fix your gut health issues, shed unwanted pounds, reduce stress with mind-body techniques, and show you how to reduce your exposure to environmental toxins.

Best Health,

Leo Galland, M.D.

Leo Galland, M.D. is a board-certified internist, author and internationally recognized leader in integrated medicine. Dr. Galland is the author of The Allergy Solution. Discover how to get well. Follow The Allergy Solution on Facebook and Twitter.