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       New information is being released about Julia Child and her part in history…top secret history that is; and no, we are not talking about top secret recipes.  Classified files that were previously not released are being released, on up to 24,000 spies for the United States during WWII; allegedly, Julia Child’s name is on the list.

        She was part of the OSS or Office of Strategic Services which was the forerunner of the CIA.  The OSS was comprised of both military and civilian individuals which created the large spy network during the war.  There were everyday people in the OSS as well as musicians, actors, educators, among other occupations.

         It will be interesting to find out what Julia’s role was. She was a skilled chef and a world travelor who had gained quite a bit of celebrity during her lifetime…it had to have taken quite a bit of courage to step into this role as spy.   I don’t know if they will release specific information about individual assignments for each of the famous people but, it would be interesting to read and discover each person’s role during that time.

          It makes you wonder, if Julia Child was a spy…how do you know that Joe Smoe down the road isn’t one…or the clerk at the grocery store…maybe the teller in your bank. It is intriguing to imagine these people from the past and what secrets that any of these everyday people learned while spying, to pass on to our government in defense of it’s people.  Did you ever suspect someone (no names please) of being a spy? 

         

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        Guantanamo Bay or Gitmo, as it is often referred to, has been infamous since it was turned into a detention center for suspected terrorists.   Those who have been detained there have been allegedly branded as enemy combatants to the United States.   Now there are questions regarding the standard operating procedures; have they been trashed to get confessions?

           Some people feel that the rights of the detainees have been violated since the Bush administration stated that the Geneva Conventions protection did not have to be provided to the prisoners.  The US Supreme court disagreed with the Bush administration and future prisoners will NOW be afforded those protections.  The question is, what happens to those already in custody?  Those in custody have to prepare some kind of defense if they hope to get released. 

         In the meantime, much concern has been raised about those in legal limbo in the detention center. There are some detainees who could be released if the US could find countries willing to take them.   After all, what country is going to want to take in someone who has been accused of terrorism, whether it was proven or not?   Some detainees have already been released; but, many are still awaiting trial. 

            Questions have been raised about some of the interrogation techniques used to get confessions.  Were the confessions legitimate; or, were they obtained because of abusive or harsh treatment during questioning?  What if a person truly was guilty of the charges…but, the evidence was gotten because of hard interrogation techniques…is that acceptable; after all, some of the crimes alleged are pretty horrific?  Or, as a “civilized nation” are we bound to provide “humane” conditions; do the ends justify the means?

        Lawyers charged with providing legal representation for their clients are alledging that a standard operating procedures manual from the Pentagon had instructions to “destroy or trash” hand written notes or documents from the interrogations; in case the interrogators were called to testify, regarding harsh treatment of those kept in the detention center.  The lawyers claim that not having those handwritten notes makes representing their clients difficult because it is hard to prove that their “client’s confessions” were gotten in an intimidating way or through an abuse of power.

       If evidence has been suppressed by the government…that carries serious legal consequences for anyone in this situation.  While terrorism is a huge concern and we all want those involved in it to be apprehended…we have to examine the limits to the methods that we allow interrogators to use to get that information. 

          Detainees proven to be guilty, without a shadow of doubt, of alleged terrorist activities should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.  That is why it is so very important about the way the information is gathered….we wouldn’t want a true terrorist to get away with it legally, because of an illegal method of gathering that evidence.

           Where should the line be drawn between the war on terrorism and humane treatment of suspected criminals?  Or should we have limits at all?  If we don’t have limits…how do we discern the difference between ourselves and those considered to be terrorists?   What about national security; what if releasing some of that information jeparodizes the safety of American citizens?  These are not simple questions, nor are the answers easy to come up with.  What do you think?

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Breaking news today regarding the level of vitamin D for women with breast cancer…it seems that women with breast cancer, who have low levels of vitamin D, are more likely to have aggressive forms of cancer and are more likely to die from it.  This is staggering news.  Women are dying not for the cup size of their breasts; but, from POSSIBLY, something as simple as a vitamin deficiency.   For premium breast health women may want to add a blood test to their yearly mammogram.

Could it really be true that a woman’s survival chances could depend on how much vitamin D she has in her blood stream?  Yes, it appears that it is true.  Now, it is a little bit more complicated than swallowing a couple of supplemental vitamins.  My multi-vitamin has 400 IU’s or international units of vitamin D in it.  I have read that for women deficient in vitamin D …adding 800 IU’s can raise the blood level of the vitamin to a middle range.

Vitamin D is a vitamin that is produced in the body by a combination of the sun and a person’s skin.  The skin manufactures vitamin D when exposed to the sun.  However, as we all know, too much sun can also cause cancer, skin cancer.  It is important to note that, a woman who has been diagnosed with breast cancer should work closely, with her doctor; to evaluate all of the medical information that she needs to make informed decisions regarding her treatment.

Statistics can be overwhelming…but, it is interesting to know that women who were low in vitamin D at the time of their diagnosis were much more likely to have their cancer spread and it also increased the likelyhood of death than women who were not low in vitamin D at the time of their diagnosis.  So what does this mean?

Breast cancer cells have vitamin D receptors.  If vitamin D can inhibit or slow down the cancer cell’s aggressive tendencies, it may give a woman an effective tool to use; to help have a more positive outcome during her treatment.  Increasing some short term time in the sun may be beneficial; people who live in the northern hemisphere are have a higher incidence of cancer.  This may be in relation to being farther away from the sun and it’s effects on the body.

Can the idea of vitamin D levels prevent cancer?  Hmmmm…it is like anything else…you must have balance.  Just as low levels of vitamin D can allow the cancer to grow and spread; too much vitamin D can also have devastating effects.  Blood tests are going to become more crucial to understanding the effects of vitamin D on cancer cells.

Milk in the United States is vitamin D fortified.  Many juices and cereals are also fortified with vitamin D.  Increasing sun exposure safely will also raise the blood level of vitamin D.  If we are wise, this new information on the importance of blood levels of vitamin D can be used to improve the statistics of cancer and recovery.

Some experts say that vitamin D levels can improve the statistics on prostrate, breast and colon cancer.  It is somewhat exciting to think that something naturally occuring in the body can help defend it against cancer.  Of course, as always…a follow up with your doctor is your best source of information regarding your health issues.  See possibly related information here on Triple Negative Breast Cancer: https://writeasrain.wordpress.com/2008/03/19/triple-negative-breast-cancer/
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