How to regulate your blood sugar without prescription drugs

How to regulate your blood sugar without prescription drugs l

Nearly one-third of all Americans today are either diabetic or pre-diabetic, which basically means their bodies have lost the ability to properly process sugar. As a result, excess sugar molecules, typically from junk foods, accumulate in the blood and vital organs leading to chronic illness and eventually premature death. But if you are one of the millions of people that struggles with blood sugar issues, or even full-blown diabetes, you do not have to go the pharmaceutical drug route to find relief or a cure.

Like most other types of chronic illness, diabetes and pre-diabetes are more often than not the direct result of poor diet, stress, lack of exercise, and nutrient deficiency. Almost all chronic disease, in fact, is the long-term consequence of one or more of these dietary and lifestyle failures, which means correcting them also has the potential to fully cure disease, in many cases. Here are some helpful tips for overcoming your blood sugar woes, which in turn may help eradicate disease and restore your health:

1) Cut out the sugar, grains, and omega-6 fatty acids. The standard American diet, commonly referred to as “SAD,” is jam-packed with simple carbohydrates like refined sugar, processed flour, and vegetables oil, all of which spike insulin levels and cause inflammation. Carbohydrates in general are toxic to the body, particularly when not enough energy is being expended, as whatever carbohydrates are not used are eventually broken down and turned into sugar.

“Any form of carbohydrate is eventually broken down by the body into glucose, a simple form of sugar,” explains the Wellness Mama blog. “While the body can use glucose for fuel, levels that exceed what is needed are toxic to the body … when the body senses glucose in the bloodstream, the pancreas releases a hormone called insulin to signal the body to store the glucose as glycogen.”

Once the body’s glycogen receptors become “full,” however, glucose continues to cycle through the body’s bloodstream, triggering the production of even more insulin. Not only does all this excess insulin damage the glycogen receptors, but it also ends up overburdening the pancreas, which of course produces insulin, and storing the excess glucose as fat inside the body. Carbohydrates, in other words, are primarily responsible for making people fat, and not actually fat itself.

So rather than continue gorging on corn chips, cookies, snack crackers, breads, and other heavy-carbohydrate foods, switch to low-carbohydrate, nutrient-dense foods like grass-fed meat and butter, pastured eggs, fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, and raw, full-fat dairy products. As long as you are not allergic to any of these foods, you should be able to get your blood sugar and insulin levels under control, and avoid creating a toxic environment within your body where disease is able to thrive.

2) Reduce stress levels and recharge your adrenal glands. For many people, excess stress leads to the production of too many stress hormones, which can severely damage the endocrine system. And when the endocrine system is out of whack, and hormones are not being produced and regulated as they should, the body loses its ability to properly metabolize nutrients, including sugar. The end result, of course, is a propensity for high blood sugar and eventually diabetes.

“When stress occurs, whatever the source, the hypothalamus signals the adrenals to release cortisol (and adrenaline),” adds Wellness Mama. “Excess cortisol can contribute to hormone imbalance in the body since the body uses hormones like progesterone to manufacture cortisol. Excess cortisol … can also interfere with the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar, reduce fat burning ability, raise insulin, suppress thyroid function and cause gain in belly fat.”

To avoid over-stressing your body, be sure to get plenty of rest every night, preferably going to bed before 10:30pm in order to allow your adrenal glands a chance to “recharge.” You can also de-stress nutritionally by mixing one inch of fresh, minced ginger together with a one-half teaspoon of ground black seeds, also known as black cumin (Nigella sativa), and eating it. This natural remedy is just one example of a practical way you can promote relaxation.

3) Exercise regularly, repair your gut, and eat plenty of “good” fats. One of the most effective ways to remedy insulin resistance is simply to engage in more physical activity. Exercise, it turns out, has been shown in numerous studies to have a powerful blood sugar-correcting effect, especially smaller amounts of high-intensity exercise. Pushing your muscles on a regular basis will also help increase their ability to utilize insulin, which can effectively correct insulin problems over time.

To go along with this, make sure to avoid foods that may be damaging your intestinal lining and causing “cortisol belly.” Such foods include wheat- and gluten-based products, grains in general, excess sugar, genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), and lack of beneficial bacteria. Correcting gut problems may require supplementation with probiotic bacteria, zinc L-carnosine, and the amino acid L-glutamine, as well as consumption of healthy saturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids.

Sources for this article include:

http://wellnessmama.com

http://www.squidoo.com/balancebloodsugar

http://voices.yahoo.com

http://www.aloeplant.info/diabetes-and-aloe/

http://spirithappy.org/

http://www.naturalnews.com/030150_diabetes_Americans.html

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/040240_blood_sugar_regulation_diet_and_exercise.html#ixzz2SiXlinEi

Get a complete workout for chest with this in-home workout

Get a complete workout for chest with this in-home workout

Most people think that pushups are what they need to strengthen their chest muscles. The chest actually includes several muscles commonly divided into the upper chest, lower chest, and mid-chest. Exercises like pushups and bench presses, where your arms are perpendicular to your upper body, target the mid-chest. For a complete chest workout, perform chest exercises at angles to hit all three portions. Better yet, do this without leaving your house by using an exercise cable for an effective in-home workout.

Decline cable fly

The decline cable fly is an effective exercise for the lower chest. The chest fly is a classic pec exercise typically performed with dumbbells or on a pec fly machine, but the easiest way to do cable flye during an in-home workout is using an exercise cable, which is basically an elastic band with handles. There are few chest exercises that really work the lower part of the pectorals, and few ways to do them comfortably. The decline cable fly is the exception.

To do a decline cable fly, wrap the center of a cable around a pole or post, such as a bed post or vertical bar on a window or stairway. Grip the handles and stand facing away from the cable’s anchor point. Open your arms out to the sides and raise them to shoulder level. Pull your arms forward and down until your hands come together in front of your abdomen. Reverse the motion. Repeat 12 to 15 repetitions.

Cable chest press

The cable chest press is the ideal exercise to target the mid-chest. The cable chest press is easy to do in home with the same set up as the incline cable fly, and is much more convenient than using a barbell and exercise bench.

To do a cable chest press, begin in the same position as the incline chest press except hold your arms bent at right angles instead of straight at shoulder level. Turn your palms to face the ground. Press forward until your arms are straight and your hands come together in front of your chest. Reverse the motion. Repeat 15 to 20 times.

Incline cable fly

The incline cable fly is a chest exercise primarily for the upper chest. Working the upper chest adds that extra bit of definition on the top of the pecs that really adds to the overall look.

To do an incline cable fly, start in the same position as the decline cable fly but lower your arms to abdomen level. Pull your arms forward and up so that they meet in front of your upper chest. Reverse the motion to complete one rep. Do 12 to 15 reps.

The decline chest fly, cable chest press, and decline cable fly combine to give you a total chest workout. Exercise cables come in different “weights”; be sure to select the one that fatigues your pecs on the last rep. As you get stronger, consider using a “heavier” cable, or add some variety to your in-home workout by lying on an exercise bench and using dumbbells to mimic the motions. You will need a bench that can adjust to an incline and decline position. Do two to three sets.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.acefitness.org

http://www.leehayward.com/upper_chest.htm

http://www.fitday.com

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/flyes_build_chest_mass.htm

http://www.workoutbox.com

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/040238_chest_exercises_at-home_workout_strength_training.html#ixzz2SiXYXYFK

Are you being scammed by the Whole Foods ‘fresh’ bar?

Are you being scammed by the Whole Foods ‘fresh’ bar?

All the controversy over the past few years regarding Whole Foods Market and its dubious position on genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) seems to have fizzled following the company’s recent announcement that, by 2018, all GMOs sold in its stores will have to be properly labeled. But in the meantime, are Whole Foods patrons, and particularly those who purchase food at one of its many “fresh” food bars, being duped into paying a premium for products that contain GM canola oil and other unhealthy additives?

If you frequent Whole Foods, you more than likely have been beckoned, at least once, by the siren calls emanating from one of its enticing fresh food buffets, which are typically overflowing with piping-hot fresh vegetables, delectable casseroles, tender meat dishes, and other savory, gourmet delights. And for the most part, these and the many other offerings at Whole Foods fresh bars truly are fresh, containing minimal additives that might cause potential health problems for you and your family.

But the key word here is minimal – and sometimes this minimal is really more like excessive, especially when it comes to those food items that were marinating in a seductive infusion of spices, oils, and other tasty flavor-enhancers prior to landing in those stainless steel chafers. Though the vast majority of the ingredients found in each meal item at a typical Whole Foods fresh bar are, indeed, fresh and healthy, it is Whole Foods’ excessive use of canola oil, refined flours, and other ingredients that defy the company’s own claims about its food offerings.

Most canola oil comes from GM sources, and this ingredient is prevalent at Whole Foods

If you take some time to peruse those neatly-presented ingredient labels at a typical Whole Foods “hot” bar – that is, the bar containing all the warm meal items as opposed to the salad bar – one of the first things you will notice is that many of them contain canola oil. In some cases, an item will contain healthy oils such as olive oil or even coconut oil, but in most cases, canola oil seems to be Whole Foods’ cooking oil of choice.

Why is this such a big deal? Canola oil, as you may well already know, is almost always derived from GM canola if not specifically labeled as organic. And as of this writing, there is no indication that Whole Foods uses either organic or non-GM canola in any of its food items, which means many customers are unknowingly ingesting a toxin that may lead to allergies, diminished immunity, and even cancer.

“It is now believed that rapeseed (canola) has a cumulative effect, taking almost 10 years before symptoms begin to manifest,” writes journalist Vanessa Runs about the dangers of canola. “One possible effect of long-term use is the destruction of the protective coating surrounding nerves, called the myelin sheath. This is like having raw, open wires in the body,” she adds, noting that canola oil consumption has also been linked to depleting vitamin E inside the body, as well as inhibiting the proper metabolism of foods and blocking normal enzyme function.

Tell Whole Foods to remove canola oil from its fresh bar

Many people are still greatly misinformed about canola oil, which is presumably why Whole Foods continues to use it in their fresh bar foods. But canola oil is not safe, especially when it comes from GM canola plants, and it has no business being used by a so-called “natural” grocery chain that claims to use “nothing artificial, ever.”

Those concerned about the continued use of canola oil by Whole Foods are urged to contact the company and ask that it remove canola oil and replace it with a healthier alternative, such as grass-fed butter or ghee, lard, coconut oil, or olive oil. You can contact Whole Foods by visiting:
http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/customer-service

You can also leave a comment on the company’s Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/wholefoods?fref=ts

Sources for this article include:

http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com

http://vanessaruns.com

http://blog.fooducate.com

http://www.smallfootprintfamily.com

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/040246_Whole_Foods_canola_oil_GMO.html#ixzz2SiXGXpV8

How to prevent diabetes with everyday foods

How to prevent diabetes with everyday foods

According to the most recent statistics, about one-third of the entire U.S. population, or more than 100 million Americans, suffers from either diabetes or pre-diabetes, a blood sugar condition that can eventually lead to more serious health conditions and even death. And based on U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) projections, this number is expected to double by 2050 if trends continue at current rates. But you and your family do not have to fall victim to this sweeping diabetes epidemic — here are some tips on how to alter your diet and lifestyle to avoid developing diabetes and potentially succumbing to premature death:

1) Eat more foods rich in quercetin. A member of the flavonoid family of antioxidants, quercetin has been shown to help lower blood glucose levels and improve plasma insulin levels, two factors commonly associated with diabetes (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19496084). Quercetin also helps neutralize damaging free radicals and inhibit inflammation, not to mention lower blood pressure in people with inflammation (http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/quercetin-000322.htm).

Foods that are high in quercetin include apples, citrus fruits, onions, parsley, sage, green tea, and red wine. Olive oil, grapes, dark cherries, and dark berries are also rick in quercetin and other flavonoids, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). And if dietary sources are not enough, quercetin is also available in supplement form, including in the Rejuvenate! Plus green superfood formula available at the NaturalNews store (http://store.naturalnews.com/Rejuvenate-Plus-500-g_p_95.html).

2) A teaspoon of cinnamon a day to keep the diabetes away. Cinnamon contains powerful blood sugar-stabilizing compounds that not only increase glucose metabolism by a significant amount, but also mimic the activity of insulin inside the body. Supplementing with cinnamon can also help slow the speed at which food empties from your stomach, inhibiting the blood sugar rush that often comes following a meal high in refined sugar and simple carbohydrates (http://www.huffingtonpost.com).

Most of the cinnamon you will find on grocery store shelves today comes from the “cassia” family of cinnamon, which is not necessarily the most medicinal variety. So-called “true” cinnamon, which is generally not as flavorful or as easy to find as cassia cinnamon, comes from the “Ceylon” family, and has a much lower ratio of coumarin, a blood-thinning compound, as well as higher overall nutrient content. However, all major varieties of cinnamon possess demonstrable diabetes-fighting properties (http://www.naturalnews.com/035642_cinnamon_blood_sugar_regulating.html).

3) Eat more broccoli, cruciferous vegetables. Rich in a cancer-fighting compound known as sulforaphane, broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables are an important part of an anti-diabetes diet because they protect blood vessels against cellular damage. Vitamin C, chromium, fiber, beta-carotene, and many other nutrients found in broccoli help protect against free radical damage, high blood sugar, and high levels of low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, cholesterol, all of which are linked to diabetes (http://www.nhs.uk/news/2008/08August/Pages/Broccolianddiabetes.aspx).

4) Exercise more, and cut out the junk food. This one might be a little more obvious, but simply engaging in physical activity regularly can have a huge impact on whether or not your body succumbs to a diabetic condition. Since obesity and poor physical health are major factors in diabetes, it only makes sense that exercising and eating right are important components for staying fit and maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. It is best to start with shorter, higher-intensity workouts to get your metabolism going and lower insulin and leptin resistance, and gradually add in appropriate cardiovascular workouts.

As far as diet is concerned, it is best to avoid wheat and gluten-containing foods as these have been shown to interfere with glucose metabolism. Foods that contain ingredients like high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), enriched flour, hydrogenated oils, artificial flavors, preservatives, food colorings, and genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) should also be avoided if you are serious about preventing diabetes. Stick with whole, organic foods; limit consumption of grains, including whole grains; and consume healthy fats, including saturated fats from unrefined coconut oil and grass-fed butter and pastured meat for optimal health (http://www.charlespoliquin.com).

5) Make sure you are getting plenty of magnesium and probiotics. More than 75 percent of the American population is said to be deficient in magnesium, a mineral your body needs to activate more than 300 unique and necessary biochemical reactions. Your bones, cells, organs, and tissues all rely on magnesium to function properly. Without enough magnesium, your immunity, skeletal system, heart, and circulatory system are all at serious risk. Making sure you intake high amounts of magnesium is crucial for protecting against hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes (http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Magnesium-HealthProfessional/).

Similarly, probiotic bacteria, which populate the gut and regulate the immune system, are essential for thwarting the onset of diabetes. A study published earlier this year found that altering the microbiota balance of obese patients at high risk of diabetes can help reverse the metabolic effects linked to diabetes (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22798958).

To learn more about preventing and curing diabetes, visit:
http://www.naturalnews.com/030150_diabetes_Americans.html

Also, check out the book How to Halt Diabetes in 25 Days:
http://www.truthpublishing.com/haltdiabetes_p/yprint-cat21267.htm

Sources for this article include:

http://ndep.nih.gov/diabetes-facts/index.aspx

http://www.menshealth.com/spotlight/diabetes/12-powerfoods.php

http://www.deathtodiabetes.com/Super_Foods_for_Diabetes.html

http://www.diabetesincontrol.com/issues/Issue_306/cinnamondiabcare.pdf

http://www.ranker.com

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/040180_diabets_prevention_foods_cinnamon.html#ixzz2SFMmG64H

Include these seven brain superfoods in your daily diet for optimum functioning

Include these seven brain superfoods in your daily diet for optimum functioning

You probably know enough about neurological excitoxins such as aspartame and MSG to avoid them, right? If not, plug in those terms in the NaturalNews search window at the top of the site’s page and explore NaturalNews archives.

Those are the bad guys. Let’s proceed with a list of the good guys.

Foods that boost your brain health and power

(1) Omega-3 fatty acids may be the most vital brain food substance available. It’s the building material of nerve and brain tissue. Animal sources of omega-3 are considered by many experts as more beneficial than plant based omega-3 sources.

Fresh fatty fish, like cold water salmon and sardines (low on the ocean food chain) are good sources.

It’s easier and safer to purchase purified fish oils in bottles that need to be refrigerated, such as cod and krill oils from Arctic and Antarctic waters. These omega-3 sources are considered superior because they contain the high ratios of DHA to EPA fatty acids that don’t need to be converted. They’re “predigested” by the fish for you.

Need to be convinced of fish oil’s efficacy for brain health? Two teens who had suffered serious brain damage with no hope of significant recovery were brought to almost complete recovery when hospital physicians fed them fish oil through their feeding tubes (http://www.naturalnews.com).

(2) Plant based omega-3 is considered inferior to animal based omega-3 only because a conversion process must take place in the body to partially convert ALA (alpha linolenic acid) into the DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) ratio that directly affects brain health. This process weakens with age and illness.

Some studies show that vegans who take in substantial amounts of ALA can get away with converting enough ALA to maintain high DHA/EPA. Since ALA alone has heart health benefits, it would be wise to go with both animal and plant sources. Men need to take more ALA sources because women make the conversion more efficiently.

Good sources of ALA are cold pressed virgin olive oil, cold pressed, refrigerated flax oil and flax seeds freshly ground and immediately consumed, as well as hemp oils and seeds and walnuts and cold pressed walnut oil.

(3) Coconut oil was recently discovered to contribute heavily to brain health, especially after Dr. Mary Newport reversed her husband’s advanced Alzheimer’s disease with a couple of tablespoons every eight hours (http://www.naturalnews.com/034082_dementia_drugs_side_effects.html).

Coconut oil supplies medium chain triglycerides (MCT) that are easily metabolized by the liver to produce ketones, which can be utilized by brain cells for cellular energy metabolism. Virgin cold pressed organic coconut oil is best.

(4) In addition to being highly antioxidant, blueberries are considered brain food because they contain proanthocyanidins, which protect fatty and watery brain parts from environmental toxins. Blueberries also reduce inflammation.

(5) It’s important to heavily hydrate with pure water free from fluorides, which damage your brain. (http://www.naturalnews.com/037866_water_filters_crisis_safety.html).

Dehydration is sneaky. Even mild dehydration can cause brain shrinkage. Next time you’re feeling a little out of sorts mentally, try drinking lots of water and see what happens.

(6) Aluminum crosses the blood brain barrier. It causes neurological damage from autism spectrum disorders to Alzheimer’s. A simple antidote to aluminum brain toxicity is to consume 1.5 liters of unflavored Volvic Mineral for five days.

Volvic spring water contains the most solvent and assimilable silica, which removes aluminum from tissues. It’s available at some health food stores. Dr. Chris Exley lectured this and more at the Vaccine Safety Conference in January 2011 (http://gaia-health.com).

Horsetail herbal extract can supply silica to help detox aluminum from tissues also, but according to Dr. Exley, the Volvic water solution is better.

(7) The antioxidant resveratrol sucks up free radicals before they hit the brain. Red or purple grapes or grape juices are superior to wine, since the alcohol would have a negative impact on brain cells. But they have to be organic. Grapes are normally heavily sprayed.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/9-brain-superfoods.html

http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/040169_superfoods_brain_function_daily_diet.html#ixzz2SFMWdnrt

Your doctor may be misleading you about your lab results and what’s ‘normal’

Your doctor may be misleading you about your lab results and what’s ‘normal’

Most Americans have little-to-no medical training whatsoever, so it’s nigh-on impossible for them to figure out what is and is not “normal,” in terms of lab results and so forth.

What’s more, your doctor may not be providing you with complete information either, regarding what is and is not “normal” for you.

According to Dr. Lee Hieb, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in spinal surgery and a past president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, a free market medical organization, the term “normal” can be used – and misused – in describing the results of lab tests taken by your physician.

Normal versus abnormal

“When you go to the doctor and he does tests, ever wonder how ‘normal’ is determined?” she writes in WorldNetDaily. “Ideally normal should be ‘optimal.’ But, what is optimal for you is not always optimal for me. And, sadly, how we determine ‘normal’ in standard medicine has nothing to do with what would make our bodies’ the healthiest.”

Consider thyroid levels, she says. When the labs “norm” the various studies, they use volunteers – “many times hospital and/or lab employees” – and ask them if they are well on a particular day, then make them part of a random sample. Of the 50 or so employees questioned in the norm test, some of them may actually not be “normal.” Genetic drift, Hieb says, along with a lack of iodine in the diet, exposure to bromine and other factors may mean “a great number of people’s thyroids are not working normally, and they are actually hypothyroid, but haven’t been diagnosed as such.”

Still, though actually abnormal, these participants are lumped into the pool of people “to determine the normal range of thyroid,” thus actually skewing the “normal” range to the abnormal.

Staying with the thyroid, she writes, “TSH is a measure of thyroid function, and as the thyroid fails the TSH gets bigger, we know from studies in the heart as well as bench analysis that if the TSH is above 1, the thyroid function – its effects on different body tissues, is abnormal. Cardiac output, the ability of the heart to pump blood diminishes with a TSH above 1.” But the lab range of “normal” remains 0.4-0.5, which is broad enough to include a good number of sick people.

Consider also, she says, stats for male testosterone levels. A normal 25-year-old has a testosterone level in excess of 150, on average – a level that is found in virile, young, healthy males. But if you are a 55-year-old male who has experienced a “lack of energy, increasing abdominal girth, inability to get benefit from working out and loss of libido,” and “you just don’t feel like yourself,” perhaps you will go to your doctor to inquire about your testosterone level.

Per Hieb:

The doctor gets a blood sample, and your testosterone is 75, which puts you just above the bottom of the “normal range,” and your doctor says, “No, your testosterone is normal – see?”

Of course, what is normal for a 60-year-old may be quite abnormal for a 25-year-old. And certainly, the diminished level of testosterone confirms no biologic advantage. As testosterone declines, muscle wastes, fat deposits rise and thereby estrogen levels in men rise.

‘Free market medicine should be the new normal’

She goes onto note that the risk of developing prostate cancer in men is reduced in those who maintain healthy, youthful testosterone levels. She also notes that higher testosterone levels are associated with heart attack survival – “to name just a few benefits of having a youthful testosterone level.”

In the end, she says, medical professionals should change how they view or think about “normal.” To help in that transition, she recommends that patients ask their doctors questions like, “Well, if that is normal now, what was normal when I was 25?”

“We now have sophisticated testing that assesses “normal” functionally. Instead of taking the average from a bunch of strangers, these tests actually asses the levels of various substances needed to optimize growth and function in an individual patient,” Hieb writes, noting that is the kind of medicine she practices personally – and at age 60, it has left her feeling better than when she was 45.

“Free market medicine for free people also is the best quality medicine. And this truly should be the ‘new normal,'” she says.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.wnd.com

http://worldhealth.net/

http://www.naturalnews.com/testosterone.html

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/040175_lab_tests_health_care_doctor_deception.html#ixzz2SFJndGcB

Obama trying to take over public education with ‘common core’ curriculum that teaches socialism

Obama trying to take over public education with ‘common core’ curriculum that teaches socialism

Whenever he can, President Obama likes to poke fun at anyone who suggests that he’s a closet socialist because that’s what socialists do – they ridicule anyone who tries to “out” them. And yet, every policy he pursues takes a page right out of the socialist/Marxist playbook, and one of them is to ensure that the government controls all forms of education.

Right now, of course, there are thousands of private schools and institutions of higher learning in the U.S., so the government doesn’t control all education, per se. But left-wing career education bureaucrats in government, along with compliant socialists in the teachers unions, do indeed control the vast majority of primary public school education, and it is here where the Obama regime is consolidating its control through a Department of Education program known as Common Core State Standards .

‘Inappropriate overreach’

From the Common Core website:

The standards clearly communicate what is expected of students at each grade level. This will allow our teachers to be better equipped to know exactly what they need to help students learn and establish individualized benchmarks for them. The Common Core State Standards focus on core conceptual understandings and procedures starting in the early grades…

Essentially, what Common Core consists of is a standardized block of instruction on all the major subjects – Math, English and Language Arts – per standards that government bureaucrats devised. Initially, 45 states and the District of Columbia signed on, but as more states found out the curriculum is decidedly slanted to a particular point of view (socialism), a number of states are now working on legislation to bail out. And they are designed to allow controlling statists to get their claws into your kids as early on in their academic careers as possible.

New legislation introduced by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, would prohibit federal funds from being used to finance Common Core implementation around the country. He has also introduced criticized the CCSS, calling them an “inappropriate overreach to standardize and control the education of our children.”

He’s far from being alone in rejecting the CCSS. According to an assessment of the core by the Washington Policy Center, scores of education experts have also rejected them, saying one of the biggest problems with the program is that it will stifle classroom innovation, which comes primarily from individual states.

“Local control of public school curriculum and instruction has historically driven innovation and reform in education. A one-size-fits-all, centrally controlled curriculum for every K-12 subject threatens to close the door on educational innovation, freezing in place an unacceptable status quo and hindering efforts to develop academically rigorous curricula, assessments, and standards that meet the challenges that lie ahead,” says an assessment of CCSS by the center.

In addition to rejection of the standards by federal lawmakers, many states are considering or have introduced measures to repeal the standards.

SB403, introduced by Alabama state Sen. Scott Beason, “would prohibit the State Board of Education from adopting and the Department of Education from implementing the Common Core State Standards developed by the Common Core State Standards Initiative,” says a summary. “The bill would also prohibit the State Board of Education, the Department of Education, and other state bodies from compiling or sharing data about students or teachers, except under limited circumstances.”

No state development or involvement

In Indiana, HB1427 states, “The state board may not continue to implement as standards for the state or direct the department to implement any common core standards developed by the Common Core State Standards Initiative…The legislative council shall establish a legislative study committee to study issues relating to common core standards.”

Similar legislation has been introduced in Missouri as well.

The Obama Administration is claiming the standards were developed by the states but, according to Diane Ravitch, a former assistant U.S. secretary of education who was appointed to office by both Clinton and George H.W. Bush, that’s a bogus claim.

The standards “were developed by an organization called Achieve and the National Governors Association, both of which were generously funded by the Gates Foundation. There was minimal public engagement in the development of the Common Core. Their creation was neither grassroots nor did it emanate from the states,” she writes in the Washington Post.

Sources:

http://republicanstates.wordpress.com/tag/common-core/

http://people.howstuffworks.com/communism1.htm

http://www.washingtonpost.com

http://www.washingtonpolicy.org

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/040179_common_core_public_education_socialism.html#ixzz2SFJNYW6q