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    “Understanding the Opioid Epidemic” is an hourlong PBS documentary designed to highlight some of the issues surrounding the use and abuse of prescription opioid medications in the U.S.
    The opioid crisis has become a social issue that transcends all geographic and socioeconomic boundaries — affecting people of every age, gender and ethnicity at alarming rates
    Prescription opioids cost the U.S. at least $75 billion annually and more than 11 million Americans are believed to have abused these medications during 2016
    According to the CDC, on average 115 Americans die of an opioid overdose every day
    While you may not think opioid addiction can happen to you, these potent painkillers are routinely prescribed for the treatment of bodily pain related to accidents, car crashes, sports injuries and surgeries — experiences that are common to people everywhere

By Dr. Mercola

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 115 Americans, on average, die of an opioid overdose every day.1 The increasing use of opioid painkillers and the rampant rates of addiction to them have become a social issue that transcends all geographic and socioeconomic boundaries.

Drug overdoses now affect people of every age, gender and ethnicity. “Understanding the Opioid Epidemic” is a one-hour PBS documentary designed to highlight some of the issues surrounding the disturbing rates of use and abuse of prescription opioid medications in the U.S.

These potent painkillers are routinely prescribed for the treatment of bodily pain, most often relating to accidents, car crashes, sports injuries or surgery. If you or someone you love is taking opioids or is already addicted, you may find solace and validation by hearing from recovering addicts and their family members. Also featured are patient advocates, doctors and other experts who deal with this issue on a daily basis.
Painkillers Prescribed for Common Medical Conditions Can Be a Gateway to Opioid Addiction

Far from being an epidemic of nameless, faceless people from faraway lands, the U.S. opioid crisis makes front-page news week after week. The headlines include heartbreaking stories from people like Avi and Julie Israel of North Buffalo, New York, whose son Michael’s story is featured prominently in the documentary. Michael was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at the age of 12. Problems with drug addiction began when Michael transitioned from his pediatrician to a gastroenterologist when he was 18.

To address Michael’s pain, the new doctor prescribed hydrocodone (sold under the brand names Norco and Vicodin), a semisynthetic opioid derived from codeine. That one choice changed Michael forever.

After obtaining a court order to review Michael’s pharmacy records after his death, the Israels discovered their son had been prescribed 185 pain pills in little more than a 30-day period just a few months before he died.2 “I couldn’t believe the doctors did this to him,” declared Julie. “It’s indefensible. … It changed him chemically forever.”

Sadly, after his addiction to prescription opioids and other medications overtook his life, Michael committed suicide in June 2011. He was 20. In the film, Avi and Julie expressed their sadness over the reality that many who become addicted to opioids are treated like outcasts, especially by people whose lives have not been directly impacted by this crisis.

Said Julie, “The people who are not affected do not think it will happen to them, but that’s a naïve perspective. You are one car accident, one surgery, one wisdom tooth or one sports injury away from the disease of addiction. That’s how fast it can happen to your family.”
Sports Injuries Are Another Launching Point for Opioid Addiction

As mentioned, opioid addiction can easily begin with an injury or surgery. While you may not realize it, taking prescription opioids puts you just a few steps away from becoming a heroin addict or falling victim to synthetic opioids such as fentanyl. Dr. Andrew Kolodny, director, opioid policy research, Brandeis University, says “The effects of these drugs are indistinguishable from the effects produced by heroin.

When we talk about opioid prescription drugs, we are essentially talking about ‘heroin pills.’” Jennifer Weiss-Burke, executive director of Serenity Mesa Youth Recovery Center in Albuquerque and mother of student-athlete Cameron Weiss, who died of a heroin overdose in August 2011, knows that full well. Around age 16, Weiss had the misfortune of breaking his collarbone — twice — the first time while wrestling, which required surgery, and several months later while playing football.

On both occasions, Weiss was prescribed opioids to help him cope with the intense pain. Unfortunately, the prescribed medications served as gateway drugs for him, and he later moved on to heroin, which is regarded as a cheaper substitute for prescription opioids. About the effects of drugs on his life, Weiss-Burke writes:3

    “Cameron became dependent and then addicted to opioids. He quickly progressed to a heroin addiction when he no longer had easy access to pills. Heroin was cheaper and easier to get. He smoked heroin for about a year before he began injecting the drug. He had always said he would never put a needle in his arm, but the drug beckoned, and he listened.

    Drugs changed Cameron almost overnight. He went from being a compassionate young man who loved spending time with his family, to a young man who made heroin his primary focus. School, sports and family — everything took a backseat to his addiction. The drug became his world and it controlled him like a puppet on a string.

    He was no longer using to get high, he was using to feel “well” and to not be sick. Becoming addicted to drugs and dying as a result of his addiction was the last thing Cameron (or our family) ever thought would happen to him. Cameron would want everyone to know that if it can happen to him, it can happen to anyone. No one is exempt from this terrible disease.”

What Are Opioids and How Are They Used?

If you’ve ever received a prescription for painkillers, you’ve likely taken an opioid. These powerful pharmaceutical medications are commonly used to treat moderate-to-severe pain despite the many serious risks and lack of evidence about their long-term effectiveness. They are often prescribed after an injury or surgery, or to relieve pain associated with chronic health conditions such as cancer, fibromyalgia and inflammatory bowel disease, among others.

A few of the most popularly prescribed drugs are oxycodone (sold under the brand name OxyContin), hydrocodone, morphine and methadone. Regardless of whether you have a history of legal or illegal drug use, anyone who takes prescription opioids for any length of time runs the risk of becoming addicted to them.

Once addicted, it can be hard to stop using these medications. “Patients and prescribers really need to understand that opioids are highly addictive,” states Dr. Richard Blondell, vice chair for addiction medicine at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo and first director of the National Center for Physicians Training in Addiction Medicine.

“It doesn’t mean they should never prescribe them or that a patient should never take them. It means we have to be very careful with these drugs.” On the other hand, when used properly, opioids can provide much-needed pain relief to get you through the early hours and days of an intense healing and recovery process.

Whenever the subject of pain medication is brought up, it’s important for you to ask questions about your pain-management options and also the potential risks of opioid addiction. Both you and your doctor should carefully consider risk factors such as your family history, genetics, history of substance abuse or addictions, mental health, psychological or social stressors and history of trauma. These factors may increase your risk of addiction.
Facts About the Opioid Epidemic

David Thomas, Ph.D., health scientist administrator with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), was a pain and opioid researcher for 12 years before joining the NIDA. Regarding the opioid epidemic, Thomas said, “The rate of death from prescription opiates has been exponentially growing. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg in terms of how many lives are wrecked because of prescription opiates. It’s a huge problem.” About the opioid epidemic that has taken the U.S. by storm since the mid-1990s, the CDC says:4,5

    More than 11 million Americans abused prescription opioid medications during 2016
    From 1999 to 2016, more than 630,000 people died as a result of a drug overdose
    About two-thirds of the more than 64,000 drug overdose deaths in 2016 involved an opioid
    The number of overdose deaths involving opioids was five times higher in 2016 than it was in 1999
    Drug overdoses have become the leading cause of death among Americans under age 506

About the issues related to opioids, Kolodny asserts, “The reason the U.S. is in the midst of a severe epidemic of opioid addiction is because the medical community began to prescribe opioids very aggressively. And as the prescriptions went up, rates of addiction and overdose deaths went up right along with the increase in prescribing.”

Prior to the release of the documentary, Kolodny told The New York Times, “We have roughly two groups of Americans that are getting addicted … an older group that is overdosing on pain medicine, and … a younger group that is overdosing on black market opioids.”7
The Opioid Crisis Is Damaging Society and Costing Us Millions

While the issue is multifaceted, Kolodny suggests drug makers and physicians play a big role in the opioid crisis. After all, without pharmaceutical companies, the painkilling medications in question would not exist, and doctors are the ones responsible for putting prescriptions into the hands of their patients.

“The only way you can do well financially and have a blockbuster drug is to get the medical community to prescribe your medication for common conditions and long-term conditions,” says Kolodny. “And if it’s a drug that is very difficult for people to discontinue using, then you’ve got a pretty good recipe for a blockbuster.”

Over the years, several states have filed lawsuits against drug manufacturers related to misleading marketing campaigns and failure to disclose addiction risks for drugs such as OxyContin. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates the economic cost of opioid abuse to average about $75 billion annually — with $55 billion attributed to health and social costs and $20 billion to emergency department and inpatient treatment associated with opioid poisonings.

The majority of these costs are borne by Medicare, Medicaid, the Veteran’s Administration and private insurance companies. In most cases, these organizations pay twice — once for the opioid medications themselves and a second time when the patient seeks treatment for an addiction or overdose. Notably, alternative pain-relieving treatments such as acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, physical therapy and others are not well understood and are even less often covered by insurance.
Better Solutions Exist Beyond the Prescription Pad

For some doctors, writing a prescription is simply a faster way to address a patient’s concern. For some patients, taking a pill or two a day seems more convenient than scheduling alternative therapy appointments or participating in weeks of physical rehab. Regardless, painkillers are not a long-term solution. Dr. Daniel Alfred, director of the Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE of Pain) program at Boston University School of Medicine, claims he has a solution to make the opioid crisis go away. He states:

    “… If the insurance industry would pay for comprehensive pain-management services under one roof where you can get massage therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, acupuncture, medication management and — you name it — things would change.

    I want patients to start demanding multimodal, comprehensive pain-management treatment. I want them to say to their doctors, ‘I need something better.’ They should be calling their insurance companies asking, ‘Why do I not have access to these therapies?’”

Kolodny suggests the best approach to dealing with the opioid crisis is prevention. Similar to Alfred, as a secondary measure, Kolodny notes we need new and better treatment approaches to support those who have become addicted, especially with respect to preventing overdoses. In addition, and most assuredly, education is an important factor to stem the tide of opioid addiction.

Students, parents, doctors, educators, policy makers, public health officials and others need to better understand the risks associated with taking (and prescribing) opioid medications. Education was one of the premises for making the documentary. Concludes Blondell, “It doesn’t have to be like this. Our society doesn’t have to be riddled with addiction. We don’t have to read about all these people who overdosed. We can do better. We know what to do. It’s just getting the will to do it that is the hard part.”
What Can You Do to Avoid Painkillers and Overcome Opioid Addiction?

If you’re struggling with opioid addiction, please seek professional help immediately. At the same time, a major step toward health when dealing with chronic disease of any kind, including opioid addiction, is to make dramatic changes to your diet and lifestyle. Below are four areas to address as a primary strategy:

    Eliminate or radically reduce your consumption of grains and sugars
    Increase your intake of animal-based omega-3 fats
    Optimize your production of vitamin D
    Radically reduce your intake of processed foods

Beyond that, if you suffer from chronic pain of any kind, you need to know there are many natural, safe and effective alternatives to over-the-counter and prescription painkillers, including the following:

Astaxanthin: As an oil-soluble antioxidant, astaxanthin has very potent anti-inflammatory properties; you may need 8 milligrams or more per day for pain relief

Boswellia: Also known as "Indian frankincense," this herb contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties, which worked well for many of my former rheumatoid arthritis patients

Bromelain: This protein-digesting enzyme, found mainly in the core of pineapples, is a natural anti-inflammatory; it can be obtained from the fruit or taken in supplement form

Cayenne cream: This spice comes from dried hot peppers and alleviates pain by depleting your body's supply of substance P, a chemical component of nerve cells known to transmit pain signals to your brain

Cetyl myristoleate (CMO): This oil, found in dairy butter and fish, acts as a joint lubricant and anti-inflammatory; it has been useful to relieve ganglion cysts and mild cases of carpal tunnel syndrome

Curcumin: A therapeutic compound found in the spice turmeric, curcumin has been shown in more than 50 clinical studies to have potent anti-inflammatory activity; it is best taken in capsules and you can take two to three every hour as needed

Evening primrose, black currant and borage oils: These oils contain the fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid, which is useful for treating arthritic pain

Ginger: This herb is anti-inflammatory and offers pain relief and stomach-settling properties

Kratom: Mitragyna speciose, also known as kratom, is a plant remedy and psychoactive substance that has become a popular opioid substitute,8 but only when used carefully; it can also be addictive so use it only under the guidance of qualified medical personnel

Low-Dose Naltrexone (LDN): An opiate antagonist originally developed in the early 1960s to treat opioid addiction, today’s prescription LDN triggers endorphin production, which can boost your immune function and ease pain

I highly recommend “Understanding the Opioid Epidemic.” It’s well worth your time to watch this engaging and informative documentary about one of the biggest social issues of our time. Now more than ever, you must become educated about opioids and the harmful effect they are having on the U.S. and Americans of all ages and from all walks of life.
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WPP CEO Martin Sorrell Steps Down Abruptly After 33 Years
Executive resigns amid an investigation by WPP's board
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Today marks the end of the Martin Sorrell era at WPP.

The world’s largest advertising company confirmed in a statement that Sorrell has resigned as CEO, effectively immediately, following 33 years in the role.

“Sir Martin Sorrell has stepped down as Chief Executive Officer of WPP with immediate effect,” the holding company said in a statement. “Roberto Quarta, Chairman of WPP, becomes Executive Chairman until the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer.”

Wunderman CEO Mark Read and Andrew Scott, who is WPP’s corporate development director and chief operating officer for Europe, will share the chief operating officer role. Recent reports speculated that the two could become co-CEOs if Sorrell were to resign.

The move follows news of an investigation launched by the board of WPP earlier this month into allegations of “personal misconduct” and misuse of company assets by Sorrell.

According to WPP’s statement, this announcement concludes that investigation, which “did not involve amounts that are material.” The statement did not address whether those amounts and the allegations of misconduct were separate matters.

“In accordance with his at-will employment agreement, Sir Martin will be treated as having retired on leaving WPP, as detailed in the Directors’ Compensation Policy,” the note continued. “His share awards will be pro-rated in line with the plan rules and will vest over the next five years, to the extent Group performance targets are achieved.”

“Sir Martin has been the driving force behind the expansion of WPP to create the global leader in marketing services. During this time, the Company has been successful because it has valued and nurtured outstanding talent at every level—within and well beyond our leadership teams,” Quanta said in a statement of his own. “On behalf of the Board I would like to recognise these achievements and thank Sir Martin for his commitment to the business over more than three decades.”

Prior to the recent investigation, Sorrell took a significant pay cut in the wake of WPP’s steepest decline in stock value since 1999.

“Obviously I am sad to leave WPP after 33 years,” read a statement provided by Sorrell’s personal PR firm, Project Associated. “It has been a passion, focus and source of energy for so long. However, I believe it is in the best interests of the business if I step down now. I leave the Company in very good hands, as the Board knows.”

He continued, “Mark and Andrew and the management team at all levels have the knowledge and abilities to take WPP to even greater heights and capitalise on the geographic and functional opportunities. I will particularly miss the daily interactions with everyone across the world and want to thank them and their families for all they have done, and will do, for WPP.”

In addition to the statements above, Sorrell also issued a lengthy note to WPP’s estimated 200,000 employees worldwide.

“For the past 33 years, I have spent every single day thinking about the future of WPP. Over those decades, our family has grown and prospered,” he wrote. “We welcomed J. Walter Thompson, Ogilvy, Young & Rubicam, Grey, 24/7 Real Media, Taylor Nelson Sofres, among so many others. We created GroupM, including Xaxis and Essence.”

“We put the focus on Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East and Central Eastern Europe, the home of the next billion consumers. We embarked on the early development of digital capabilities; and the evolution of a firm-wide integrated client and country-centered approach. Our holding company was recognized as the world’s best and most effective through the Cannes Lions and Effie Awards year after year after year.”

Sorrell continued to summarize his company’s achievements, writing, “We pioneered Atticus Awards for original written thinking…. the WPP Fellowship Awards to recognize promising talent…. the Partnership and Practice Awards for client endorsed integrated market and case studies. Our Stream digital conferences have attracted the best in the digital business for more than a decade. Our Annual Sustainability and Pro Bono Reports highlight the unique social, environmental and public policy work that we do day in, day out across the globe.”

“As I look ahead, I see that the current disruption we are experiencing is simply putting too much unnecessary pressure on the business, our over 200,000 people and their 500,000 or so dependents, and the clients we serve in 112 countries,” the note continued. “That is why I have decided that in your interest, in the interest of our clients, in the interest of all shareowners, both big and small, and in the interest of all our other stakeholders, it is best for me to step aside.”

Regarding leadership moving forward, he wrote, “We have had a succession plan in place for some time. A new generation of management, led by Mark Read and Andrew Scott (who have each been at WPP for approximately 20 years), are well qualified and experienced in the Board’s opinion, to deal with the geographic and technological opportunities and challenges our industry faces. We have weathered difficult storms in the past. And our highly talented people have always won through, always. Nobody, either direct competitors or newly-minted ones can beat the WPP team, as long as you work closely together, whether by client and/or country or digitally.”

Sorrell will remain with the company for an unspecified time “to assist with the transition” pending the confirmation of his successor or successors.

“In the coming period, I will be available to the Board and any of you, should you want help with anything, anywhere,” he wrote, adding, “I shall miss all of you greatly. You have given me such excitement and energy and I wanted to thank you for everything you have done and will do for WPP and me. As some of you know, my family has expanded recently, WPP will always be my baby too.”

“As a Founder, I can say that WPP is not just a matter of life or death, it was, is and will be more important than that. Good fortune and Godspeed to all of you … now Back to the Future,” Sorrell wrote.

The note concluded with a “thank you.”
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Dr. Mercola: So Toxic Just 1 Drop in 3 Olympic-Sized Swimming Pools Can Ruin a Child's Life

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    In the U.S., there are about 80,000 registered chemicals. Of these, only a few hundred have been tested for safety, and even that testing is considered inadequate by most toxicologists
    Chemicals are tested in isolation. In real world application however, chemicals are used in combination, and the few studies done on synergetic effects reveal even nontoxic chemicals can become toxic when mixed together
    The agricultural and global chemical industries have manipulated the system to control and suppress safety concerns. Through regulatory capture, regulators end up working for the industry’s rather than the public’s interest
    Regulators make decisions on the safety of poisons in our food and environment based on data provided by the company selling the toxin, and outsiders cannot review that evidence
    There’s no specific safety testing done for children, but studies show there is no lower level of pesticides that is safe for children

By Dr. Mercola

In the U.S., there are about 80,000 registered chemicals. Of these, only a few hundred are actually tested for safety, and even that testing is considered inadequate by most toxicologists. Part of the problem is that most chemicals are tested in isolation. In real world application, however, most chemicals are combined with others, and the few studies done on synergetic effects reveal even nontoxic chemicals can become toxic when mixed together.

While there are many sources of chemical exposure, our food is a significant one, as most conventionally farmed foods are sprayed with pesticides. The chemical industry would have you believe pesticide residues on food is of no major concern.

Others vehemently disagree. To help parents sort out truth from myth, André Leu, former president of International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and current international director of Regeneration International, wrote "Poisoning Our Children: The Parent's Guide to the Myths of Safe Pesticides."

In 2014, I interviewed him about his first book, "The Myths of Safe Pesticides," which reveals the vacuum of scientific evidence for the safety of pesticides. As noted by Leu, the safety of pesticides is "based on data-free assumptions."

    "When I was researching data, I realized there's absolutely no scientific evidence at all about the safety of pesticides and other chemicals for our children. Yet, we have hundreds of scientific studies showing the damage that the smallest amount of pesticides can do. The fact is the science shows there's absolutely no safe level of these chemicals for children. I think it's very important for parents to learn about it and be aware of what the science says."

How Chemical Industry Manipulates Data to Suppress Concerns

A key argument in his book is that the agricultural industry and global chemical industry have manipulated the system to control and suppress safety concerns. The process is called “regulatory capture.” This is where the industry actually captures the regulators, and the regulators now work for the industry instead of working for the public. A number of toxic industries have used the same playbook to achieve this aim, including the tobacco, asbestos, lead and pesticide industries.

Part and parcel of this process is the revolving door between government and industry, where regulators are given high-paying jobs in the industry, and industry executives get hired as senior managers in regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where they start approving the products of their former company. "That is really a form of corruption," Leu says, "But we see this everywhere around the world. In every country I look at, the regulators are owned by the industry."

The tobacco industry really perfected the regulatory capture strategy, and other industries have boldly followed in its footsteps. Take lead, for example. It’s now widely acknowledged that lead is a toxin that causes brain damage and lowers IQ. This recognition was largely the result of the tireless efforts of Clair Patterson, Ph.D., a geochemist who took on the oil companies, exposed the fraud being committed and pushed to get lead removed from gasoline. You can read more about this in “The Heroes Who Sunk Lead."

It's a classic example of how dangerous chemicals and metals can get introduced into the environment, primarily as the result of benefiting some large corporate infrastructure. It's also an inspiring example of how a single individual can change the whole system and protect millions from unnecessary harm.
Toxic Limits Based on Assumptions

Aside from regulatory capture, another strategy used by the chemical industry is to manipulate the legal limits for the toxin in question. This is crucial, because if you rig the game so that the limit is higher than it should be, the industry can contaminate the environment without taking a financial hit or having to make any changes to the product or sales strategy.

Part of manipulating the safety limits involve suppressing independent data that raise red flags. “There are lots of independent scientists and researchers. They publish in scientific journals. This is regarded as the gold standard in research. But this evidence gets suppressed,” Leu says.

Instead, regulators take into account primarily studies submitted by the corporations themselves, and most of these studies are confidential, so the public — as well as other scientists and researchers — cannot access them. So, regulators make decisions on the safety of poisons in our food and environment based on data provided by the company selling the toxin, and no outsider can review that evidence.

    "To me, that's another sign of corruption," Leu says. "If these were good studies, why are they frightened of a transparent and open system? Why don't they publish them and allow independent scientists to peer review them if that's the gold standard of science?"

The myth here, the general perception, is that we have objective federal regulatory agencies that do independent testing to validate the safety of the chemicals they permit. But that's not the case at all. The regulatory agencies rarely do any independent testing. Instead, they make assumptions about safety and toxicity limits based on the confidential testing done by the chemical manufacturer.
There's No Safe Limit for Any Pesticide for Children

As noted by Leu, when access to corporate studies are gained through freedom of information requests or legal discovery, most turn out to be of poor quality. "Most of them actually show a whole range of diseases and risks," Leu says, leading many independent scientists to conclude the chemical in question is harmful and should be either severely restricted or banned altogether. Having extensively reviewed the science on pesticides, Leu believes the greatest threat is the hazard these chemicals pose for our children.

    "There’s no specific testing done for children,” he says. “There’s absolutely no published scientific evidence to show any level of safety. On the other hand, studies show there is no lower level that is safe for children.

    Children, when we talk about the unborn, the newborn and grown children up to puberty, they do not have the detoxification enzymes in their livers that we have as adults. Particularly for young children, that means they have no way of detoxifying even the smallest amount of a pesticide or a chemical.

    The evidence shows that even small amounts, when children are exposed in the womb, through breastfeeding or at a young age, it severely affects the way they develop. It affects the nervous system, the hormone system and the reproductive system.

    When you look at the science, there are so many areas that can be negatively affected by these small amounts. Unfortunately, a lot of these effects last a lifetime. And also, we know some are intergenerational. Those children's grandchildren will be affected."

Clinical Signs and Symptoms of Harm

Clinical signs and symptoms of pesticide exposure include malignancies and tumors. "If you look at the World Health Organization's (WHO) figures on children's cancers, they are skyrocketing, and we have good evidence linking back to small amounts of pesticides in food," Leu says. Hormone disruption is another critical side effect.

Chemicals in really tiny amounts, parts per trillion, have an effect on fetal development, and can affect a child all through puberty and beyond. One part per trillion is the equivalent of one drop in three Olympic-sized swimming pools of water.

    "These parts per trillion are significant in the normal development of a child, because at different times the hormones tell genes to come on and develop different parts of the body, like the reproductive system, arms, legs, eyes and the brain. If these signals are disrupted by chemicals that mimic hormones, that upsets this whole normal growth pattern. It’s called a programming event. It can affect them for the rest of their lives …

    There’s one very good study done by Warren Porter and colleagues at the University of Wisconsin Madison, where they looked at the normal contamination of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers in the drinking water in the Midwest. They found it caused severe development problems in baby rats and, of course, issues like thyroid problems, which is one of the master glands.

    Another really important issue is the normal development of the nervous system. We know that many of these chemicals, such as glyphosate, actually stop the normal development of nerves in children, and the brain contains the greatest concentration of nerves …

    The evidence shows diseases like attention-deficit hyperactive disorder, the autism spectrum of disorders, the bipolar schizophrenia spectrum — as well as anger management and a whole range of behavioral problems seen in children — go back to these very small quantities of pesticides in our food, air and water."

Your Tap Water Likely Contains Dozens of Pesticides

Just how concerned do you need to be about these exposures? I recently conducted extensive toxicology testing on my tap water where I live in Florida. It was an eye-opening experience.

The results reveal more than 50 different chemicals in my water, ranging from 3 to 11 parts per trillion, including atacor, atrazine, lindane, chlordane, endrin, heptachlor, epoxide, simazine, toxifin, 2,4-D, dalapron, dinazeb, pentachlorophenol, carbofuran and oxymel. I also have 4,200 parts per trillion of glyphosate in my water, which is an insane amount, especially when you consider I use this water for my organic garden.

Every time I watered my garden, I was dousing my organic fruits and vegetables with glyphosate and a whole host of other pesticides Since then, I’ve added my whole-house water filtration system to the water for my plants. Indoors, I have a reverse osmosis system for my drinking water on top of that.

But what about everyone else in my community? What about families with young children, who use no filtration at all? Odds are you live in a community where pesticides are found in your water supply as well. I would strongly encourage you to get a water quality report from your local water authority, and take steps to purify your water before drinking, cooking and bathing in it, especially if you have young ones in the house.
Organic Matter in Your Soil Helps Prevent Pesticide Contamination

The good news is that the higher the quality of your soil, the better the soil can trap and break down pesticides, preventing them from contaminating your food. The key is to have high amounts of organic matter in your soil, which is one of the benefits of organic and biodynamic farming — it builds organic matter. Leu, who has done toxicology testing on regenerative and organic farm soils, says:

    "Soil organic matter … sort of works like a buffer. It traps these chemicals. While these chemicals are in the environment, they actually get trapped in the organic matter. When we test [organic food] products, we find that the vast majority of them are actually free of these chemicals. We have good data on that. We also know that in these good agricultural systems, where we have good levels of organic matter, we have various soil microbes … [that] actually degrade the poisons."

According to Leu, once you have about 3 percent or more carbon-based organic matter in your soil, with humus being the most important, pesticide contamination in your irrigation water becomes less of a concern as the microbes are now able to degrade the toxins.

Positive changes are often seen once you hit 1.5 percent. While this doesn't sound like much, most agricultural soils around the world today have less than 1 percent organic matter. In many places, it's as low as 0.5 to 0.6 percent, thanks to the overuse of agricultural chemicals, especially nitrogen fertilizers, which kill microbes and degrade the soil over time.

    "Pesticides are synthetic organic molecules. They will bond to the organic matter and stay there. The plants take up nutrients through a process called ion exchange, and can actively select what they need.

    They're not passive. In conventional industrial agriculture, where they are force-fed water-soluble fertilizers, [plants] have no choice as to what they take up. Many of these fertilizers have lead, cadmium and heavy metals, and they're soluble. When you water with those, [plants] take up these heavy metals.

    In an organic system, it's the other way around. The toxins bond with the organic matter, and the plants actively select which molecules they need, so they can avoid these toxins. That's when we find, when we do the testing, there's a huge difference.

    Even if they're growing in the same region, there's a huge difference in the amount of toxins in organic food compared to conventional. The largest study … a meta-analysis of something like 300 comparison studies between organic and conventional, found organic food always has significantly lower levels of these toxins and heavy metals."

Synergistic Effects Are Completely Ignored

Even if there were limited danger from a given chemical, no one — no organization or agency — is looking at the synergistic effects of combining two or more chemicals, which is how we’re actually exposed to them.

Rarely, if ever, do we come in contact with a chemical in isolation. In the normal production of any agricultural product, any crop, there are multiple approved pesticides that can be used, such as herbicides, fungicides and insecticides. Within a normal crop cycle, most of them are used, which is why foods frequently test positive for not just one but several different pesticides.

To that, we also have to add all the different cocktails of chemicals found in our homes, such as cleaning products, personal care items, plasticizers and fire retardant chemicals found in a wide variety of materials, just to name a few. There’s absolutely no scientific evidence to show that these combinations are safe. Independent testing, however, has revealed that combinations of chemicals have synergistic effects that increase their potency or ability to cause harm.

    "When we talk about synergisms, where instead of an additive effect, where one plus one equals two, in synergism, one plus one can cause three or four. We have examples where one and one can equal more than 1,000 in toxicity. The effects are multiplied," Leu explains.

    "This is a huge issue because not one regulatory agency in the world is doing anything about it. Regulatory agencies, like the U.S. EPA and the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) are tasked by their governments to take this into account. They're supposed to have been doing this for the last 20 years, and not one has done anything whatsoever."

How to Protect Your Family From Pesticide Exposure

Two common-sense strategies to minimize your exposure to pesticides is to grow and buy organically produced foods. You don’t need pesticides for your garden. There are many safe alternatives for when pests and plant diseases strike, and solutions can be found both in books and online.

    "Go back to the way food is supposed to be, which is fresh and local, whenever possible. Cook real food," Leu advises. "Avoid processed food, which not only is denatured in terms of the nutrient value, it's got all these different additives that we also know are toxic.

    Once again, there's no science to show that they're safe, but we're learning more and more about the dangers of all these food additives. Just go back to eating good, fresh and healthy food. It's going to make a huge difference to your children and to yourself as well."

Also remember that change always comes from people, not from governments. "You have to make this change yourself," he says. "It's simple to make. If enough of us are making this change, we'll actually change agriculture because the retailers and farmers will be forced to change production to meet the market. Buying organic food, buying local food, going to CSAs, is actually a very powerful political and change act. Your dollars will do more to change the system than probably anything else."

So, remember, vote with your pocketbook, and encourage others to do it as well. The more people who are involved, the stronger the incentive is for industry to change their destructive and toxic practices.

    "I've been involved in this for 45 years. The best organic regenerative systems are actually higher-yielding than industrial agriculture. It's a myth to say that all organic is low-yielding. We now have good science on how we can grow nutrient-dense, healthy food, and get higher yields per acre than the industrial systems.

    In fact, the industrial systems are running down the environment so quickly — and producing toxic food — that this world will not survive if we continue to go down that agricultural path.

    The only way we're going to survive is by going over to regenerative systems that we know are good for the environment, increase biodiversity, increase the health of regions, and make sure that we don't have all these poisons going into our water supply, air and our food … [Organic food] helps protect us against degenerative diseases, against toxins. Really, it's a win, win, win."

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Today marks the end of the Martin Sorrell era at WPP.

The world’s largest advertising company confirmed in a statement that Sorrell has resigned as CEO, effectively immediately, following 33 years in the role.

“Sir Martin Sorrell has stepped down as Chief Executive Officer of WPP with immediate effect,” the holding company said in a statement. “Roberto Quarta, Chairman of WPP, becomes Executive Chairman until the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer.”

Wunderman CEO Mark Read and Andrew Scott, who is WPP’s corporate development director and chief operating officer for Europe, will share the chief operating officer role. Recent reports speculated that the two could become co-CEOs if Sorrell were to resign.

The move follows news of an investigation launched by the board of WPP earlier this month into allegations of “personal misconduct” and misuse of company assets by Sorrell.

According to WPP’s statement, this announcement concludes that investigation, which “did not involve amounts that are material.” The statement did not address whether those amounts and the allegations of misconduct were separate matters.

“In accordance with his at-will employment agreement, Sir Martin will be treated as having retired on leaving WPP, as detailed in the Directors’ Compensation Policy,” the note continued. “His share awards will be pro-rated in line with the plan rules and will vest over the next five years, to the extent Group performance targets are achieved.”

“Sir Martin has been the driving force behind the expansion of WPP to create the global leader in marketing services. During this time, the Company has been successful because it has valued and nurtured outstanding talent at every level—within and well beyond our leadership teams,” Quanta said in a statement of his own. “On behalf of the Board I would like to recognise these achievements and thank Sir Martin for his commitment to the business over more than three decades.”

Prior to the recent investigation, Sorrell took a significant pay cut in the wake of WPP’s steepest decline in stock value since 1999.

“Obviously I am sad to leave WPP after 33 years,” read a statement provided by Sorrell’s personal PR firm, Project Associated. “It has been a passion, focus and source of energy for so long. However, I believe it is in the best interests of the business if I step down now. I leave the Company in very good hands, as the Board knows.”

He continued, “Mark and Andrew and the management team at all levels have the knowledge and abilities to take WPP to even greater heights and capitalise on the geographic and functional opportunities. I will particularly miss the daily interactions with everyone across the world and want to thank them and their families for all they have done, and will do, for WPP.”

In addition to the statements above, Sorrell also issued a lengthy note to WPP’s estimated 200,000 employees worldwide.

“For the past 33 years, I have spent every single day thinking about the future of WPP. Over those decades, our family has grown and prospered,” he wrote. “We welcomed J. Walter Thompson, Ogilvy, Young & Rubicam, Grey, 24/7 Real Media, Taylor Nelson Sofres, among so many others. We created GroupM, including Xaxis and Essence.”

“We put the focus on Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East and Central Eastern Europe, the home of the next billion consumers. We embarked on the early development of digital capabilities; and the evolution of a firm-wide integrated client and country-centered approach. Our holding company was recognized as the world’s best and most effective through the Cannes Lions and Effie Awards year after year after year.”

Sorrell continued to summarize his company’s achievements, writing, “We pioneered Atticus Awards for original written thinking…. the WPP Fellowship Awards to recognize promising talent…. the Partnership and Practice Awards for client endorsed integrated market and case studies. Our Stream digital conferences have attracted the best in the digital business for more than a decade. Our Annual Sustainability and Pro Bono Reports highlight the unique social, environmental and public policy work that we do day in, day out across the globe.”

“As I look ahead, I see that the current disruption we are experiencing is simply putting too much unnecessary pressure on the business, our over 200,000 people and their 500,000 or so dependents, and the clients we serve in 112 countries,” the note continued. “That is why I have decided that in your interest, in the interest of our clients, in the interest of all shareowners, both big and small, and in the interest of all our other stakeholders, it is best for me to step aside.”

Regarding leadership moving forward, he wrote, “We have had a succession plan in place for some time. A new generation of management, led by Mark Read and Andrew Scott (who have each been at WPP for approximately 20 years), are well qualified and experienced in the Board’s opinion, to deal with the geographic and technological opportunities and challenges our industry faces. We have weathered difficult storms in the past. And our highly talented people have always won through, always. Nobody, either direct competitors or newly-minted ones can beat the WPP team, as long as you work closely together, whether by client and/or country or digitally.”

Sorrell will remain with the company for an unspecified time “to assist with the transition” pending the confirmation of his successor or successors.

“In the coming period, I will be available to the Board and any of you, should you want help with anything, anywhere,” he wrote, adding, “I shall miss all of you greatly. You have given me such excitement and energy and I wanted to thank you for everything you have done and will do for WPP and me. As some of you know, my family has expanded recently, WPP will always be my baby too.”

“As a Founder, I can say that WPP is not just a matter of life or death, it was, is and will be more important than that. Good fortune and Godspeed to all of you … now Back to the Future,” Sorrell wrote.

The note concluded with a “thank you.”
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“The 2008 Mystery Plant of the Year: Packed With Nutrition, Valued Throughout History for Over 300 Conditions, and Exceptionally Promising for Reversing Major Environmental Problems”
Initially exposed to the world in a televised documentary, Moringa oleifera is a nutrient-packed tree found in Africa, India and SE Asia, South America, and the Pacific and Caribbean Islands. Besides being a vegetable that many locals eat daily, it’s been dubbed the “miracle tree” during its thousands of years of use by Ayurvedic and other health practitioners around the world.

Back in 2008, on Thursday, April 24th, a crowd of adults and children gathered for an Earth Day celebration in front of Building #1 at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

Their mission? To guess the year’s “Mystery Plant.”

Just like previous years, contestants were given clues to help guess the plant’s identity:

    It originally came from Tamil Nadu, India, but now grows in many tropical areas of the world
    It’s been used for thousands of years by Ayurvedic and other health practitioners for over 300 conditions
    It grows easily in drought, damaged soils and can help restore poor soils to a healthier state
    It can be eaten in its entirety
    Its seeds contain oil that can be used as a source of renewable energy
    Its leaves are an excellent source of protein – an oddity for a plant food
    It could help save millions of lives as all the countries in which it grows have a significant percentage of malnourished citizens

What was this remarkable plant? One of the Scientific Advisory Board Members correctly identified it as Moringa oleifera, or simply Moringa.
Nutrition-Packed Moringa Beats Out Just About Every Fruit and Vegetable
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The Moringa tree can grow in poor soil - and reclaim it at the same time

I’ll be the first to say that the word “superfood” has become one of the most overused – and sometimes misused – words in the English language.

However, what other term can you use to describe a food that, gram for gram when dried, has…

    15 times the potassium of bananas
    12 times the vitamin C of oranges
    9 times the protein of yogurt, and
    3 times the vitamin A of carrots

Moringa, or Moringa oleifera contains over 90 vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, 46 types of antioxidants, and 36 anti-inflammatory compounds. And it has one of the highest, if not the highest protein ratio of any plant studied.

Here’s what’s most stunning to me... A decade ago, hardly anyone outside of the tropical and subtropical regions where it grows knew about Moringa.

First exposed to the world at large by a televised documentary, it quickly garnered the attention of the National Science Foundation and National Geographic Society for its nutritional and environmental attributes.

Once I learned about Moringa, I decided to plant a tree in my own yard. However, I quickly learned that harvesting it wasn’t my favorite task. Its leaves are so tiny it makes for a painstaking and time-demanding process!
Historically Used for Over 300 Conditions – What Could Moringa Do for You?

With as many nutrients that Moringa contains, it’s no wonder it’s been valued for so many thousands of years for countless conditions...

Over 1,300 studies, reports and articles have been published, highlighting Moringa’s potential benefits for health. Here are just some of the more popular uses for Moringa that researchers are now confirming:
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Moringa powder should ideally be raw and grown in a way that nurtures the soil

    Antioxidant support against free radicals

    Moringa’s leaves contain high amounts of polyphenols that exhibit strong antioxidant activity against free radicals and help protect against oxidative damage.

    In a study of postmenopausal women who took 1.5 teaspoons of moringa leaf powder daily for three months, blood levels of antioxidants increased significantly.
    Digestive support

    The flavonoids, phenolic acids, and isothiocyanates (super compounds also found in Brussels sprouts and arugula) in Moringa leaves support a healthy inflammatory response and help protect your stomach lining from insults.
    Mood, sleep, and brain health support

    Moringa is a rich source of tryptophan, an amino acid that helps boost serotonin levels. Possibly working through your gut-brain axis, the communication channel between your gut and brain, an increase in serotonin may positively support your mood, sleep, and even memory.
    Supports blood pressure already in the healthy normal range

    Moringa contains four different niazicin glycoside compounds that have been shown in laboratory testing to support healthy blood pressure levels.
    Immune function support

    With Moringa’s abundant vitamin C, antioxidants, minerals and other nutrients, it has been shown in studies to support immune function.

How to Choose the Best Moringa for You

Once Moringa became recognized for all its potential, it didn’t take long for products to start flooding the marketplace.

But how can you tell a high-quality Moringa powder from one that’s just mediocre?
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Make sure your Moringa is made only from the leaves of the tree

Here’s what to look for in a Moringa that’s worth your time and attention:

    Make sure it’s made only from the leaves. Its valuable nutrients are concentrated in its leaves.
    Make sure it’s raw and not exposed to high heat. Excessive heat can destroy Moringa’s fragile compounds.
    Make sure at a minimum it’s organic to avoid potentially dangerous pesticides and herbicides, but ideally goes beyond organic and is produced according to Biodynamic® standards for optimal environmental stewardship.
    Make sure it’s a dried powder. When Moringa is dried and turned into a powder, its potency increases. A dried Moringa leaf has three to five times more nutrients than a fresh leaf.
    Make sure it contains no fillers or genetically engineered ingredients. You want 100 percent pure Moringa with nothing else added.
    Make sure it is made by a company you can trust as some so-called organic Moringa powders are being found to contain pesticides and heavy metals!

Our Organic Biodynamic® Moringa is raw, organic and produced according to Biodynamic® standards. Plus, it’s made only from the leaves of the Moringa tree, so you get nothing but pure Moringa.
Why Biodynamic® Moringa?

Food can only be as good a quality as the soil in which it was grown. Poor-quality, nutrient-depleted soil simply cannot produce high-quality nutritious food.

While Certified Organic may be a good first step, I believe it’s less than ideal. Yes, it helps you avoid health-harming synthetic pesticides. But it may potentially lack in some other important areas.
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Certified Biodynamic® is a step above organic

Just because a food is organic doesn’t guarantee it is a high-quality food. If the soil lacks important nutrients, the food will lack nutrients.

For nutritious food, you need good topsoil. And to build good nutrient-rich topsoil, you must follow regenerative farming methods.

A step above organic, Biodynamic® farming utilizes regenerative farming methods with a spiritual-ethical-ecological approach.

The Biodynamic® concept views a farm as a living organism. It’s self-contained, self-sustaining, and follows the cycles of nature. The farm creates its vitality and well-being out of its own dynamics.

So how did this concept come about?

Back in the 1920s, Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Waldorf education, and someone regarded as a very wise man, was approached by a group of farmers. They were alarmed at what was happening on their farms.

Their seeds weren’t germinating... Their food wasn’t as tasty... Even their animals weren’t as healthy. They were beginning to notice the effects of industrialized agriculture with its repurposed nitrogen fertilizer and synthetic pesticides.

Steiner’s sage advice? Stop viewing farms as factories and instead, see them as the living organisms they truly are!
How the Founder of Waldorf Education Revolutionized the Traditional Farming Industry
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A Biodynamic® farm with its diverse crops and animals

A group of German farmers who followed Steiner’s teachings wanted to make his concept of “biodynamic” farming an agricultural standard. Demeter was formed in 1928.

The world’s oldest ecological certification organization, Demeter sets the standards for Biodynamic® just like the National Organic Program (NOP) sets organic standards.

Demeter is well known within Central Europe. In fact, a full 10 percent of German organic farmland is Certified Biodynamic®.

However, the U.S. has been much slower to catch on...

The wine industry was the first to take note. U.S. winemakers began noticing that the best wines in the world were coming from Biodynamic® vineyards. This led them to adopt Biodynamic® practices on their own land.

So, how does Demeter’s Biodynamic® differ from Certified Organic?

Certified Biodynamic® agriculture goes far beyond Organic Standards in that they consider the entire farm instead of individual crops and products. And they require the use of holistic regenerative farming practices to promote the health of the soil, crops and livestock.

Biodynamic® farmers strive to build a diverse and balanced ecosystem within their farm to enhance the quality and nutrition of the food being grown, with a heavy focus on sustainability.
Comparing Certified Organic to Certified Biodynamic®

Let’s take a closer look at how NOP’s Certified Organic standards compare to those of Certified Biodynamic®...
Certified Organic     Certified Biodynamic®
Allows imported organic fertilizers     Reduces imported materials by utilizing nutrient-rich humus created within the farming system
Allows imported organic pesticides     Creation of biologically diverse habitat encourages balanced predator prey relationships
Does not require the use of livestock     Integrates livestock to improve soils
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Since our Moringa comes to you raw, it’s best consumed uncooked as excessive heat may damage its nutritional compounds.

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Investopedia/Mary Hall: A History of the Rothschild Family

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A History of the Rothschild Family
By Mary Hall | Updated April 30, 2018 — 2:53 PM EDT
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[CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article cited an estimate of the combined net worth of the Rothschilds at $350 billion. That estimate came from a source that does not meet Investopedia's standards, and we have consequently retracted it. Similarly, an estimate that the Rothschilds controlled more than $2 trillion worth in assets was also inadequately sourced and retracted.]
The Rothschild Family

The Rothschilds are a prominent family, originally from Germany, that established banking and finance houses in Europe beginning in the 18th century. Pioneers in providing capital for business and financing infrastructure projects such as railways and the Suez Canal, the Rothschilds molded the way the international world of high finance works today.

The Rothschild empire had its genesis during the 1760s when Mayer Amschel Rothschild (1744-1812) founded a banking business in his native Frankfurt, in the German duchy of Hesse. Over time, and with the help of Mayer Rothschild's five sons, the family business expanded throughout several European countries.
Mayer Rothschild

The Rothschild’s story began with the humble beginnings of its founder, Mayer Rothschild. Born in 1744, Mayer Rothschild was raised in a Jewish ghetto in Frankfurt, in the German duchy of Hesse. During that era, Jews were legally required to live in small communities that were distant from Christians. They were also not allowed to leave their villages on Christian holidays, Sundays or at night.

As a child, Rothschild lived in a house with about 30 other family members and learned about the business world at an early age—his father, Amschel Moses Rothschild, traded coins, silk and other commodities for a living. One of Amschel Rothschild's clients was the Crown Prince Wilhelm of Hesse.

Mayer Rothschild became an orphan at the age of 12 following the death of his mother. His father had died from smallpox the year before. Before their passing, Rothschild’s parents wanted their son to become a rabbi, however, he decided to take an apprenticeship with a banking firm in Hanover, Germany shortly after turning thirteen. During his time there, Rothschild learned the ins and outs of banking and foreign trade. (For relate reading, see: The 5 Most Influential Bankers of All Time).
The Beginnings of a Banking Empire

Rothschild returned to his hometown, Frankfurt, when he turned 19. Along with his brothers, he continued the commodities and money trading business their father started, including selling rare coins to Crown Prince Wilhelm, who became Wilhelm IX, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel in 1785 and eventually the European continent's richest man. Rothschild was soon providing other banking services to Wilhelm and a number of nobles, and by 1769, he was given the title Crown Agent. In 1770, he married and went on to have 10 children—five sons and five daughters.
Expanding and Controlling the Rothschild Footprint

The Rothschild banking empire benefited tremendously from the French Revolution. During the war, the Austrian army contracted Rothschild to supply it with a range of items, including wheat, uniforms, horses and equipment; he also facilitated monetary transactions for Hessian mercenary soldiers. Around that time, Rothschild sent his five sons to live in the capital cities of various European countries. His goal was to have his children establish a banking business in Frankfurt, Naples, Vienna, Paris and London, and throughout the 1800s, they did. With Mayer Rothschild's children spread across Europe, the Rothschilds became the first bank to transcend borders. Lending to governments to finance war operations for the past several centuries provided ample opportunity to accumulate bonds and shore up additional wealth in a range of different industries.

Before he died in 1812, Mayer Rothschild left strict rules for his descendants on how they should handle the family's finances. He wanted to keep the fortune within the family and, as such, encouraged the arrangement of marriages among relatives. According to an article published in the August 2003 issue of Discover magazine entitled Go Ahead, Kiss Your Cousin, "Mayer Amschel Rothschild arranged his affairs, so that cousin marriages among his descendants were inevitable. His will barred female descendants from any direct inheritance. Without an inheritance, female Rothschilds had few possible marriage partners of the same religion and suitable economic and social stature—except other Rothschilds. Rothschild brides bound the family together. Four of Mayer's granddaughters married grandsons, and one married her uncle. These were hardly people whose mate choice was limited by the distance they could walk on their day off."
Nathan Rothschild

Of the four Rothschilds who ventured, it was the third son, Nathan (1777-1838), who became the biggest success. With Mayer Rothschild's children spread across Europe, the Rothschilds' enterprises became, in effect, the first bank to transcend borders. Nathan took over the lead role in pioneering international finance. Using a network of carrier pigeons to communicate with his siblings, Nathan acted as a central bank for Europe – brokering purchases for kings, rescuing national banks and funding infrastructure, like railroads, that would help start the Industrial Revolution.

Nathan had moved to England in 1798. There he founded a textile jobbing business with £20,000 of working capital, which in today's terms is equivalent to £1.9 million. He also began trading on the London Stock Exchange and eventually founded a bank, which became N M Rothschild & Sons Ltd. The firm is the country's seventh oldest bank in continuous operation. Although privately held and still controlled by the Rothschild family, N M Rothschild & Sons Ltd. reported a net profit of £34 million at the end of 2014. Like the other Rothschild banks that were subsequently set up throughout Europe, N M Rothschild & Sons furnished credit to the government during times of war and crisis.

In 1811, during the Napoleonic Wars, for example, N M Rothschild & Sons managed and financed various subsidies the British government sent to its different allies and loaned funds to pay the British troops, almost single-handedly financing the British war effort. But he also began funding Napoleon Bonaparte in secret and even used the war to grow his own business.

On July 18, 1815, a courier working for Rothschild informed the English government that Napoleon appeared to be suffering defeat at Waterloo. The English government, believing instead that they were losing the battle, dismissed the courier's report and believed it to be false information. At this point, with England's future seeming dire, Rothschild began selling all of his bonds, encouraging rumors that Napoleon had won and that English government paper would soon be worthless. Due to Rothschild's reputation as an influential and respected investor, the panicked English public followed his lead. The mass selling resulted in a total collapse of the English stock exchange. It was then that Rothschild's agents began snatching up bonds and stock at record-low prices. Two days later, when Wellington's envoy confirmed that Napoleon Bonaparte had indeed suffered a crushing defeat, Nathan Rothschild was effectively in control of the English stock exchange. As of 2015, the English government was still paying back money owed to the Rothschild family from this Napoleonic maneuver.

Nathan's timing and frugality has led to the saying, "buy on the sounds of cannons, sell on the sound of trumpets," referring to the fact that the start of war is a good time to invest in a nation and that the end of war is the time to sell.
Philanthropic Activities

Nathan Rothschild contributed to many areas of philanthropy in the Jewish community. His family later expanded these charitable efforts to other populations in Paris and London. His earliest efforts went toward synagogues in London. He continued to champion this work, which eventually led to the formation of United Synagogues, a larger organization that helped streamline the causes of the smaller individual synagogues.

Rothschild and his children later led charitable campaigns that resulted in a total of 30 foundations. These included public libraries, orphanages, hospitals, homes for the elderly and special funds allocated for the purpose of education. The Jews' Free School in London in particular received much financial support. Educational efforts in Austria, France and Israel were also made possible through their generosity. In addition to monies put toward education, the family gave an estimated 60,000 pieces of artwork to numerous organizations. The Rothschild family expanded the creation of social housing in the cities of London and Paris, and the Rothschild Foundation was founded to further these efforts.

Nathan Mayer Rothschild had seven children with his wife, Hannah Barent Cohen. Many of their descendants are involved in Rothschild finance and investment enterprises. Details of their exact influence and holdings are not available to the public, but the Rothschild family has a place in history for defining modern finance.
The Rothschild Family in the 21st Century

The family wealth has been divided among many descendants and heirs throughout the years. Today, their holdings span a number of diverse industries, including financial services, real estate, mining, energy and even charitable work.There are a few Rothschild-owned financial institutions still operating in Europe, including N M Rothschild & Sons Ltd in the United Kingdom, and Edmond de Rothschild Group in Switzerland. The family also owns more than a dozen wineries in North America, Europe, South America, South Africa and Australia.

Traditionally, the Rothschild fortune is invested in closely held corporations. Today, the Rothschild corporations have continued to see success. Most family members are employed by these corporations directly or invested in operations that generate family wealth. The remarkable success of the family has largely been due to a strong interest in cooperation, being entrepreneurs and the practice of smart business principles. The estate of Nathan Rothschild was intimately tied to the other fortunes of the family and became part of the collective wealth each Rothschild passed to the next generation. Rothschild descendants continue to finance global business operations and contribute to scholarly, humanitarian and business endeavors.

The family motto is: Concordia, Integritas, Industria, meaning "Harmony, Integrity, Industry."

(For related reading, see: Top 10 Wealthiest Families in the World.)
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