ECONOMICS AND NUTRITIONAL BALANCING
by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© April 2017, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
The Economic Spectrum
Academic Organization Of Economics
Other Useful Definitions
Industries – (The Foods)
Infrastructure – (The Organs)
Regulators - (The Glands)
Economics can be a very confusing field. So let us begin with basic definitions.
Why this article – shift the discussion
Economics. Economics is the study of decision-making in a nation or society in regards to buying and selling, or otherwise acquiring and disposing of goods and services. This includes producing, manufacturing, processing, distributing, sales and marketing of all goods and services in a nation or society.
Economics defined this way is a subset of politics. Politics is the science of all decision-making in a nation or society.
THE ECONOMIC SPECTRUM
A way to understand various economies in the world is to view them along a line.
At the left end of the line is economic anarchy. The word anarchy means no ruler or no laws. It means that everyone has the ability to do as they please, without restraint, even if their actions harm others.
At the other end of the line is economic totalitarianism. This is the situation in which the government heavily regulates every aspect of the economy. Another name for this is a command and control economy.
In the middle, between the two extremes, are social democracies and free market economies.
Let us examine these three types of economies in more detail.
1. ECONOMIC ANARCHY OR LICENSE
Definition. Anarchy means no ruler or no rules. It is a free-for-all where anything goes. Individuals, companies and entire industries pretty much do whatever they wish. There is little stability and contracts are not enforceable.
In some cases, there are simply few laws regulating the economy. In other cases, the laws exist, but they are ignored due to corruption, tradition, or some other reason that results in inadequate enforcement of the laws.
Other names. This type of economy is sometimes called rogue or predatory. The operant principle or law is the law of the jungle. That is, you may do whatever you can get away with - and so can everyone else.
It is a very chaotic and dangerous place to live, and usually the economy is very basic and undeveloped, as a result. Anyone who amasses any wealth becomes a target and must live in an armed compound, for example. it is an economy characterized by license, which means permission to do as you please, without restraint.
Examples. Some of the South American economies, including parts of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Columbia have this situation. Other areas with anarchic or rogue economies are parts of Afghanistan, though this is less so today due to the American presence there. Others are remote areas of Pakistan, and other nations in this area of the world.
2. TOTALITARIAN ECONOMIES
Definition. The other extreme is an economy that is tightly controlled by a strong central government. Free markets are not permitted and thought to be wasteful or extravagant. These economies may offer two or three models of cars, for example, along with three types of houses, five different kinds of clothing, and so on.
The government regulates every aspect of the economy - who works, where they work, how they work, what is produced, how much is produced, and who gets what is produced. There are five year plans and books of rules that must be followed to avoid harsh jail sentences, forced labor camps, or even death.
These economies do not develop properly and usually fail miserably. The reasons are:
1. They are top-heavy with bureaucrats who produce nothing.
2. Many bad economic decisions occur because the bureaucracy cannot see the needs of the people, or they don’t care.
3. The government does not respect the rights of the people to make their own economic decisions.
4. These economies are burdened with idiotic rules and regulations that are often designed to maintain control, but little else.
Other names. This type of economy is also called command and control. Other modern names for these economies are socialist and communist. They may also be called leviathan. This word comes from the Bible, where it was the name of a large sea monster in the Book of Job. Today, it means an enormous and powerful beast.
Examples. The former Soviet Union was a totalitarian state and its economy was strictly controlled and regulated by the central government. Modern-day Russia is very similar. Nazi Germany was not quite as controlled, but was also a totalitarian state.
At the present time, North Korea has a very tightly controlled economy. The economies of the Arab nations are also very heavily regulated by the government. None of the totalitarian economies are well-developed and none of these nations are prosperous.
3. MIDDLE GROUND
These economies offer some freedom, but not as much as the anarchistic economies. They are controlled by laws, but they are not as heavily regulated as the command economies.
Several kinds of economies are in this category. They are:
1. Socialist democracies. The economies of these nations are quite heavily regulated and closer to command economies. The governments basically do not trust the private sector and private ownership of companies and other assets. So they insist on government control or outright government ownership of some larger industries.
This brings with it all the problems of bureaucratic control of the economy, so these nations allow some free market activity to help offset some of the problems. Small businesses are allowed to be privately owned, although there is still a lot of paperwork to fill out to start a business. It is a compromise solution that does not work very well.
Unlike the communist and other dictatorships, the people in the socialist nations have basic human rights.
Examples. These are the economies of most European nations and many prosperous Asian nations such as Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and others. The socialist compromise seems to work best in these Asian nations. India and Israel are other nations with this type of economy.
2. The United States and a few other capitalist nations. These nations specifically strive for open and free markets and maximum economic freedom within a strict legal and moral framework to control abuses.
These laws include a system for enforcing contracts and rather harsh punishment for fraud, misrepresentation, counterfeiting, extortion, blackmail, murder, negligence and other crimes. There are also strict controls on the banks and the government in regard to management of the currency. That is, there must be intelligent and stable fiscal and monetary policies to maintain the integrity and value of the money.
Within this legal and moral framework, these economies allow considerable economic liberty or freedom. This means that one can do as one pleases, provided one does not harm others or violate basic laws.
Other names. These economies are sometimes called free, free market, free enterprise, laissez faire or capitalist economies.
Examples. The best example is the United States. Its economy is no longer as free as it once was, but it is still better than most other nations. A few smaller nations such as Singapore also have free market economies.
4. THE UNUSUAL SITUATION OF RED CHINA
This nation has a totalitarian communist political structure, but allows some economic freedom and a degree of free market economic activity. This combination is unusual because in most cases, communist governments maintain tight control over their economies. In this case, a hybrid situation has worked fairly well because China:
1. Has a huge and hard-working labor force.
2. People are used to totalitarian political rule.
3. People are willing to put up with corruption and other problems of totalitarian governments.
Relation to left-wing and right-wing politics of a nation or society. Nations and societies that are strongly left-wing (secular socialist and communist) and those that are strongly right-wing (religious dictatorships) both tend to have command and control economies.
Nations and societies that are more centrist, such as the United States, most nations of Europe and those in parts of Asia, tend to be more in the middle of the spectrum between the two extremes above.
ACADEMIC ORGANIZATION OF ECONOMICS
Modern economics is divided into “schools”. These are perspectives about how economies should work. They include:
1. Free market economics. This is a belief in the benefits and power of open and free economic exchange to produce a vibrant economy and prosperous societies. This school is rooted in the observation that free market economies are by far the best at producing prosperity, upward mobility and yet are stable.
This view of economics is based upon Western Biblical and moral ideas about human liberty and human rights, as well as practical observation of what methods work best in modern nations on earth.
The originator of this school of thought was Adam Smith (1723-1790). He wrote a very famous book, The Wealth Of Nations, in which he analyzed the most successful economies in history and concluded that the key to their success was the availability of free and open markets where people could decide what to buy and sell, and could haggle over the correct price for all goods and services.
Adam Smith strongly influenced the founders of America, which remains the main nation that follows this economic model.
The Austrian school. In the twentieth century, a group of European economists formed The Austrian school of economics. Among its main theorists were Ludwig Von Mises (1881-1973) and Friedrich Hayek (1899-1992).
The Chicago school. A related “school” was founded by Milton Friedman and several colleagues. It is called the Chicago school because they lived in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Keynesian school. Also in the twentieth century, some economists turned to the theories of John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946). He was a British economist who worked for the British East India Company, the largest corporation in the world at that time, which collected tribute from the British colonies.
Keynes advocated a market economy, but also believed in government intervention in the economy. Most harmful, he believed in running budget deficits to get rid of high unemployment. This idea has been proven incorrect over and over, but the theory persists.
Advantages to free market economies are:
a) Prosperity, for most or even all of the population if the market system is set up properly. This enhances health and attitudes of the people.
b) They reward effort and hard work that satisfies the needs of others.
c) They reward innovation and invention.
d) They respect human rights and allow great personal freedom, which people love. This makes them fun and exciting places in which to live and work.
e) They reward economic intelligence and are always “smarter” economies. This idea is explained later in this article.
f) They have an excellent way to rid the marketplace of shoddy and dangerous products and services through the legal system.
g) They are more stable in the long run because they have many self-correcting mechanisms that the other types of economies do not have.
h) They teach good moral values such as honesty, industriousness and courtesy. The reason is that in order to succeed, one must satisfy the needs and wants of other people.
The commonly taught idea that free market or capitalist economies are all about selfishness is not true. In fact, the opposite is true. Selfish or lazy people do not do well in this type of economy.
i) There is redress or remedies if one is cheated in a business matter. This is not the case in socialist or communist economies.
j) For the reason above, these are the safest places to live, and in terms of the environment, these are the cleanest nations or societies.
k) They do not require large, costly, government bureaucracies with their problems of waste, fraud and abuse.
l) There is often much more consumer and producer information available. This is encouraged and necessary to make good economic choices in this economic system.
m) When run properly, they are fun, exciting, diversified, enjoyable places in which to live and work.
Disadvantages of free market economies are:
a) Some people will accumulate a lot more wealth than others. This acts as an incentive to work harder, but it can discourage people and lead to envy, anger and even riots, at times.
b) They are more chaotic economies than heavily regulated ones. This does not bother the majority of the people, but it often annoys elites, planners and others who want to control the economy.
c) These economies require much more and the correct legal and financial infrastructure to operate properly than do the other types of economies. They require a constitution, a legislature, and banking and lending institutions.
2. Marxist economics. This school of economics follows the ideas of Karl Marx (1818-1883). He was a German philosopher and economist. Marx believed that the evolution of a society is based upon a struggle between the working class or proletariat and the owners of the factories and businesses, whom he called the capitalists.
He believed that the workers were the “good people” because they performed labor. The owners, he said, did not do much work and were just parasites on the workers. Eventually, he said, the workers would overthrow the owners of the factories and take over the nation. This belief system is today called communism.
According To Karl Marx, capitalism is a stage in the evolution of a society. However, the goal is to overthrow it by force and substitute an economy run by the workers.
Many attempts have been made to do this. The most well known is the takeover of Russia by the communists in 1917. However, none of the experiments has ever produced a healthy economy.
The Marxists say the reason Marxism has not worked economically is that it is too soon in the evolution of society and/or the revolution was not done correctly. Opponents say the reason Marxist or communist revolutions have always led to poverty and ruin of nations is that the theory is completely flawed.
For example, the idea that workers are superior to capitalists or owners of businesses, and that capitalists don’t do much work, is rather ridiculous. Those who launch, finance and manage businesses are among the brightest and hardest-working people in any society. They are the entrepreneurs, a vital group of people in any society.
Opponents of present-day Marxism believe that this strange theory is just a modern excuse for tyranny or dictatorship, a very old-fashioned idea.
Advantages of Marxist economies are few for the general population. The elites who run them, however, enjoy tremendous power over the lives of others, better protection from the police than others, and often receive more benefits than other people.
Disadvantages of Marxist economies are poverty, dullness, environmental filth, shortages of many goods, at times long lines for staple goods, and harsh jail sentences or worse punishments for violating a myriad of rules and regulations.
3. Socialist welfare economics. This is a benign version of communism in which the government owns most or all of the means of production - the farms and the factories. However, they are not owned by or on behalf of any one group in society.
Instead, the nation or society is governed by a parliament or legislature that apportions the wealth of the nation to the people in the form of welfare benefits or entitlements that are the same or similar for all the people.
That is, in theory, at least, it is the most egalitarian system of economics.
In practice, this style of economy works poorly and produces little. It is the system in many nations of Europe, India, Israel and the modern nations of Asia. The problems with it are:
1. It does not reward effort or hard work because everyone receives the same handouts or benefits. As a result, no one wants to work much, and this reduces the productivity of the economy.
2. Any time there exists large government bureaucracies, the economy is plagued by waste, fraud and abuse. To clarify,
a) Waste means unnecessary programs, redundant agencies and programs, and generally stupid and inefficient operation. Government bureaucrats have very little incentive to do good work. Also, government jobs usually attract security-minded people, rather than the brightest minds and the hardest-working people.
b) Fraud means that with large bureaucracies, it is easy for people in the society or nation to cheat the government to obtain more benefits and perks. One simply fills out phony paperwork and submits it for reimbursement. This costs all government bureaucracies billions of dollars each year.
The government must spend millions policing the system, and even then fraud is difficult or impossible to stop.
c) Abuse means corruption within the bureaucracy. This is also impossible to stop. It is very easy for special interest groups to bribe, threaten, blackmail or use other methods to control government regulators, inspectors, clerks, researchers and everyone else in the bureaucracy.
The problems of waste, fraud and abuse apply as well to the communist and all other totalitarian or command economic systems.
Advantages of socialist welfare economies are that wealth is distributed fairly evenly compared to the other types of economies. Prosperity, and respect for human rights and law and order are better than in communist nations or societies, but worse than in free market economies.
Disadvantages of socialist welfare states often include stagnant or sluggish economic growth. People are often discouraged due to stupid rules and regulations on the economy. There is also more poverty and environmental problems compared to free market economies. Socialist welfare states are also less exciting and less satisfying places to live than nations or societies with free market economies.
4. Command economics. These are the economic systems found in many nations run by dictators, thugs, monarchs, religious elites or other “strong men”.
The leader or leaders own most or all of the means of production and other infrastructure of the nation. They also make many or all of the important economic decisions, and force everyone else to go along. If one does not cooperate, punishment is usually very harsh, including loss of life.
There are many similarities between command economics and communism or Marxist economics. However, command economics has no underlying “philosophy” except to stay in control and the leader takes what he or she wishes.
Unlike socialist welfare economics, the economy is not run for the benefit of the people, who may or may not receive government benefits.
Advantages of this economic style are non-existent for the majority of the people. The ruler(s) often live extravagantly and enjoy travel, education and other things that come with great wealth.
Disadvantages for the majority of the population are poverty, shortages of staple goods, discouragement, few economic or other rights, lack of safety, often environmental filth, no legal protections, and often a miserable existence.
Disadvantages for the leaders are they do not learn thrift, honesty, courtesy or many other helpful lessons in life. They get away with murder, rape, robbery, lying and other vices with no punishment whatsoever.
5. Hybrids. Many nations and societies combine aspects of several of the above types of economies. The results are usually mixed, based on the principles and concepts discussed above.
PERCENTAGES OF PEOPLE LIVING UNDER EACH OF THE ECONOMIC SYSTEMS
While it changes almost daily, a rough estimate is:
1. Free market economics: 1%
2. Marxist economics: 10%
3. Socialist welfare economics: 59%
4. Pure command economics: 20%
5. Hybrids: 10%
OTHER USEFUL DEFINITIONS
1. Left wing, liberal or progressive. People who identify with these labels favor communist or Marxist economic systems.
Prior to the twentieth century, the word liberal described the founders of America such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. However, the word was stolen by left-wing progressives and communists in the mid-twentieth century, in both Europe and America. This is why the founders of America are today called classical liberals.
Dennis Prager and a few others say the word liberal does not denote a communist or socialist. However, most liberals today vote Democratic in the United States and thus, whether knowingly or unwittingly, support communist and socialist causes.
2. Right wing. These are religious or theocratic totalitarian nations or beliefs. The nations are religious dictatorships such as Iran and Saudi Arabia. All of them have tightly controlled command economies.
Germany under the Nazis was called right-wing because Adolf Hitler named himself as the new Christ for the people of Germany. In this sense, it was a religious dictatorship.
Today, communists and socialists often accuse American conservatives of being right-wing, but this is not at all true. Unfortunately, some voices of conservatism such as Dennis Prager accept the term right-wing to describe themselves, when it is not true. The proper term for a conservative is centrist (see below).
3. Libertarians. This term was coined in the early 1970s in America. People who identify with it believe they are following in the footsteps of the American founders. For example, they strongly favor capitalist or free market economic systems.
However, it is a secular movement that also favors abortion on demand, homosexual marriage, legalized prostitution, legalized recreational drug use and legal gambling. Many also favor doing away with all national borders. These were not the beliefs of the founders of America.
Many also believe in limiting the size and scope of the American military to only defending the American homeland.
4. Classical liberals. This term refers to the founders of America such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. The founders were all deeply religious Christian men and women. This is the main difference between classical liberals and today’s American libertarians, who are much more secular.
The founders were heavily influenced by Adam Smith and other philosophers of their day such as John Locke and Frederick Bastiat.
They strongly believed in the theory of natural rights and the soul. They favored free markets and self-government, but they said it would only work if people understand and practice Biblical principles such as the Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule. Otherwise, they would require a powerful central government to control their behavior.
The founders wanted people to have the maximum freedom in both the political and economic spheres, but did not believe people were served by legalizing prostitution, recreational drug use or gambling.
5. Centrist. This term is not used too much. However, it means those who are not left-wing communists or socialists nor are they right-wing religious zealots.
Those who fall into this category are classical liberals (the American founders) and today’s conservatives in America and Europe.
6. Conservative. People who identify themselves as conservatives tend to favor free market economic systems in America, especially. European conservatives may still favor more controlled economic systems such as social democracy, although this is changing.
American and European conservatives tend to be more Judeo-Christian oriented and favor some restrictions on the free market such as banning prostitution, legal drug use, abortion on demand, homosexual marriage and gambling.
A few also favor laws restricting work on the Sabbath, or other restrictions to help the society maintain its moral compass and direction. Today’s conservative movement, especially in America, hold beliefs that are the closest to the beliefs of the founders of the nation about 240 years ago.
7. Keynesnian. This is a person who believes in the flawed theories of John Maynard Keynes. Many economists today fall into this group.
This concludes a very brief introduction to the field of economics.
The principles of nutritional balancing can be applied in the field of economics. This is a whole systems approach to economics that is very powerful and precise in its ability to pinpoint economic problems and correct them.
1. THE ELEMENTS OF THE ECONOMY
FOOD AND DRINK
1. Solid foods. These are the various industries and occupations.
2. Liquids. These are the solvents and mediums of exchange in an economy such as cash, checks, promissory notes, IOUs (which means “I owe you”), credit cards, electronic currencies and exchange systems, barter systems, stocks, bonds, options, futures and other means of exchange.
Types of industries (or foods):
Proteins: These are building industries such as construction, manufacturing, fabrication, agriculture and perhaps a few others.
Starches: These are the service industries that do not directly produce things. They take care of other needs such as doctors, attorneys, retail sales, office workers of all kinds, psychologists and other services.
Sugars: This is government welfare, which is a type of industry.
Fats: This is manual labor such as plumbers, electricians, gardeners, landscapers, and many other similar heavy manual labor industries and businesses.
Oils: These are manual labor jobs similar to fats (above), but occur in lighter industries. They include manual labor that is not as heavy, such as chefs, waitresses, librarians, childcare workers, teachers, inspectors, mail carriers, delivery workers, shelf-stockers in supermarkets, check-out people in supermarkets, train conductors, bus drivers, taxi drivers, airline pilots and others. These industries involve some manual labor, but not as much as those listed under fats above.
Let us discuss some of these in more detail:
INDUSTRIES OR SOLID FOODS
Meats = heavy industry. This includes steel, aluminum, other metals, mining, smelting, fabricating, and their sales and distribution. These are somewhat toxic and polluting, but very necessary for a healthy economy, just as some meat is needed for a healthy body.
Nations and societies that are “vegetarian”, meaning do not have much heavy industry, are always somewhat weak, just as are the vegetarian bodies.
Grains = certain staple industries. These include retail shops and large retail outlets, supply industries, shopping centers and mall, and others that usually involve a lot of people serving other people. These are very important for an economy because people like them.
Do not listen to the left-leaning pundits who say that the consumer economy is not important. It is extremely important in an advanced society where most people do not work in factories. It is the social life of the economy and a place where people survey the newest products and services.
Capitalism gives people many choices, which is very good. It is not a “waste” to have 200 different automobiles to choose from or 1000 different types of shirts to choose from. These are staple items and important to have in many varieties and styles so people can customize or adjust their environment to their likes. This builds individuality, which is an intrinsic value in an economy.
Vegetables and legumes = the agricultural sector. This is also a vital sector, so that the nation or society can feed itself. It is one of the strengths of the United States, for example, over Europe, Canada and some other nations.
Even if the quality of the agriculture is not good, such as in the poor nations, it is an important sector.
Dairy = the helping professions. This includes doctors, nurses, teachers, social workers, psychologists, and similar professions. They are important but not as important as one might think if the people are healthy. They are important at this time in the West because the bodies are so ill, and this needs to be solved with nutritional balancing, since medical approaches just make people sicker in the long run.
Fats and oils = manual labor sector. These are builders, repairmen, trash haulers, some factory workers, and craftsmen of all kinds. They are essential for an economy, especially a robust economy that has a faster oxidation rate. They are less essential for a slow oxidizer economy.
Fruit = the entertainment industry. Fruit is sweet and “entertains” the body. Everyone likes it, but it provides little value, in general. It includes some movies (not educational material), most television, most radio, some print material and industries such as art, music, dance, sculpture and related professions.
A little bit is okay as a garnish or “topping” in your life. However, more than this is unhealthy for an economy, just as fruit is basically an unhealthy food group. For details, read Fruit-Eating.
Salt. This is an essential food. It is advertising. This will shock some readers who hate all the stupid ads they must watch and listen to every time they turn on the television, radio, or computer. However, advertising is necessary in a free economy to inform others of your products and services. Without it, “the food has no taste”. This means that things do not go well for the economy, which thrives on information.
However, there is “good” salt (natural sea salt), which is unrefined, pure, and wholesome. Notice it comes from the sea, which is the reservoir of value or money that is all around us.).
There is also refined “junk” salt, which is what most people eat today. It is bleached, the trace minerals are removed, making it deficient in vital nutrients, and toxins are usually added such as aluminum. These are advertisements that have been faked in some way to suck in the customers with false promises, chic female models who have never even tried the product but are promoting it falsely, and with subliminal words, sounds, or images, and other “toxins” added to them. You should be upset to have to view them!
Refined sugars (glucose, dextrose, maltose, honey, maple syrup, corn syrup, etc.) This is all kinds of welfare programs. They include retirement programs such as Social Security in the United States, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, disability programs, unemployment programs, free cell phones given by the government, and hundreds of others.
Sugars are simple to digest, but very yin and they ruin the health of the economic system just as they ruin the human and animal bodies. They are “refined”, meaning they are missing essential minerals, such as having to work for them. The more sugars that are around, the weaker an economy. This is an ironclad rule!
The alternative to welfare programs is called charity. It is a completely different food item described below.
Blue corn or charity. This is a wonderful food for any economy. Charity is voluntary giving programs to help the poor, disabled, retired, and other needy people in the nation or society. Giving in a voluntary way of your time, your money, or your efforts in some way benefits both the giver and the receiver in enormous ways.
It teaches hundreds of lessons about compassion, caring, efficiency, how to help others, how not to be taken advantage of, and others.
Junk! Definition. When people spend their hard-earned money in return for very little.
Junk is rampant in most of the world’s economies, as it is in many people’s diets. The United States is one of the worst, but fortunately also has the most “good food”, which helps balance it out. Here are examples of junk food in an economy:
Fake news. The controlled news media in all nations feed most of the world’s people a constant diet of slanted or even entirely made up or fake headlines and news stories.
Gambling. Governments around the world now control most of the gambling industry such as lotteries, “Powerball”, betting operations, casinos and more. They falsely teach that these are real industries that pay for education, welfare and other programs. However, they give no real value. They just take money from some and give it to others, while wasting people’s time and energy.
Prostitution. This is a sad one. 99% of prostitutes were abused, raped, beaten, trafficked, and almost killed to make them sell their pretty bodies for a few coins. Yet libertarians around the world tell us it is a legitimate industry that “satisfies a need” as with all industries. It is not true. Prostitution mainly spreads disease, ruins marriages, adds more abuse for the prostitutes, and cheapens sex. Wake up, libertarians!
Most health care. Most health care the world over is an enormous waste of money and time! It makes no difference if it is “private” (read horribly controlled and regulated) or “government”, “universal” or “socialized”, though this is even worse).
I know it will shock some readers, but most allopathic and even naturopathic and holistic medical care does not build health. It just keeps you going a little longer, while intoxicating the body, throwing the body further out of balance, and in fact shortening the lifespan.
Most surgery is not needed if people were taught how to eat and live correctly. Most remedies of all kinds would not be needed if nutritional balancing methods were employed instead of the current healing methods.
I know the natural medicine people will hate me for saying it, but we find that homeopathy, most herbs, most hormone therapies, most IV vitamins and some other so-called natural therapies are not all that much better. They are much less toxic than allopathic drugs, which is an improvement. However, they are all very yin, and this is a powerful toxin. Please read about this in articles such as The Healing Arts.
Shoddy products. Thousands of these exist. In part, this is unavoidable in an economy. Companies make products that break easily, do not function well, are toxic or harmful in some way, or just clutter up the house.
In a socialist economy, shoddy products are often all that is available and people must put up with them. It is a big part of the horror of a socialist nation or society, meaning one in which there are few choices and most decisions are made by a powerful central government. Other horrors of socialism are shortages and just a lot of stupidity, both because bureaucrats are not the smartest people and because even if they are smart, as are some, they cannot know the needs and wants of millions of their constituents.
In a capitalist economy, people have choices. So they shun these products, tell their friends to do the same, write “consumer reviews” about them, and the “junk” tends to disappear. However, new ones pop up continuously, so it is an ongoing process.
Many of these “junk” products are heavily advertised, or they would fade away by themselves. In some economies, the government forces the issue by prohibiting advertising for things like cigarettes, marijuana, medical drugs (the worst junk products today), alcoholic beverages (another bad one), gambling and prostitution.
Pornography. This is another junk industry. The poor women who make the movies and are in the photos were almost all raped, beaten and/or trafficked to get them to do it, and the pimps are generally high-level criminals who have all spent time in prison. Yet it is promoted as another “legitimate” industry, particularly by libertarians in Western nations. In fact, it is almost entirely a criminal industry.
Criminal industries. Certain industries such as pornography, drugs, medical, prostitution, gambling, and sometimes others have been taken over by organized crime syndicates such as the mafia and other rogue groups. They are thoroughly toxic to everyone involved and serve mainly to funnel money to the bad people of the world.
College and universities. This will shock some readers, but most college educations are junk! People pay up to $50,000. per year in America and elsewhere to send their sons and daughters to basically sewers and cesspools of socialist and communist thinking, drugs, alcohol and rape. Please wake up, people! Read The College Trap.
Minerals = truthful content. Junk food has few minerals in it. This is one of its main problems. (Another main problem is toxicity).
Minerals in an economy equal truthful content. An economy must have a lot of truth in it so that people can make excellent economic decisions. Otherwise, economic decisions will be incorrect and the entire economy suffers.
Just as everyone today is mineral-deficient, causing almost every disease imaginable, so the world’s economies are starved for truthful information that is kept from the people by the controlled media, controlled education systems and controlled political systems. The result is many economic problems.
THE SYSTEMS OF AN ECONOMY OR “ORGANS”
Digestive system: This includes the agricultural sector and the food distribution system of a nation.
Respiratory system: The energy or power systems of a nation or society.
Eliminative system: This includes the judicial system and criminal justice system, courts and prisons. It also includes pollution control, waste disposal, sewage treatment, hazardous material disposal, recycling and related facilities and industries.
Brain and nervous system. This corresponds to the governing bodies of the society such as the Congress, Senate, Parliament or other governing councils.
The peripheral nerves have to do with communication.
Cardiovascular system. This has to do with the transportation system of the society or nation.
Endocrine system. This is the regulatory systems discussed in the next section.
Reproductive system. This includes the hospitals, doctors and all others involved in bearing and raising the young.
Immune system. This has to do with all groups and institutions that keep out imposters and criminals, and those that preserve law and order. It includes the military, mainly. It also includes intelligence agencies.
Structural system. This includes infrastructure such as power systems, dams, roads and bridges, possibly, rail lines and more.
Integumentary system or the skin. These are the borders, walls, fences, checkpoints and other control systems that keep unwanted people out and perhaps keep the citizens or their money inside the nation.
Sensory system. This includes all information-gathering groups in the nation such as intelligence agencies, security agencies and others.
THE REGULATORS OR “GLANDS”
Every society has certain methods of regulating the economy. These can be important for this method of economic analysis. They are analogous to the glandular system in a human body and include:
The testis/ovaries: This has to do with the birth rate of the society or nation.
The adrenal glands: This might have to do with the money supply.
The pancreas: this may have to do with the banking system that allows money to move freely in the society.
The thymus: This has to do with the police whose job it is to maintain law and order and arrest criminals.
The thyroid gland: This has to do with the media who are the voice of the people, hopefully, and allow proper communication.
The pituitary: This has to do with the quality and responsiveness of the governments, both local, state and national.
The pineal: This has to do with the religious climate of the nation or society.
TOO MUCH INFORMATION
LAW AND ORDER
A STABLE GOVERNMENT
PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS
The sodium/potassium ratio mainly has to do with the constitution of a state, nation or society. More specifically, it is:
1. A rating system with which to evaluate the fairness and practicality of the constitution of a nation or society.
2. A measure of how well the constitution is being followed or enforced.
3. To a lesser degree, the Na/K is a measure of the validity and fairness of all the laws of a nation.
4. It is also a measure of how well all the laws in the nation are being enforced or carried out.
The constitution of a nation or society is the “DNA”, so to speak, of the society, giving it form and guiding its operation.
Definition of a constitution. A constitution is the contract between a population and their government. It defines the role of the government, the powers of the government, and which functions and powers will be handled by the states or by the people themselves. Thus it divides the tasks of setting up and running a nation or society into jobs delegated to various agencies and levels of government.
This is not unlike the DNA of the body, which dictates how the body will work, which organ will perform the work, and how they will work together.
A constitution is much more important than one might think. It is not just an old piece of paper to be ignored or even easily changed or amended. The previous American administration did not like the constitution because it puts strict limits upon the power of the president, the congress and every other branch of government. This is its purpose, in fact. It is a format for the construction and operation of an entire culture of human beings or even other intelligent creatures.
Examples. The leading constitution on our planet is the United States National Constitution. We rate it at 1.7 out of 2.5. Because this is a human society, it is helpful to rate things relative to the ideal of a human being. The ideal human Na/K is 2.5.
A rating of 1.7 means that the US National Constitution could use some work to be as good as the design of a human being. However, it could be much worse, as is the case with most of the other constitutions on the planet.
For example, the next best national constitution is that of Great Britain. It is relatively new, having been written only about 150 years ago. It rates at about 1.
Readers who are familiar with nutritional balancing science know that a Na/K ratio of 1 is a cutoff point, below which we call it extremely low or a trauma Na/K.
The next best constitution on earth is that of France. It rates about 0.85, which is not very good. All the others, of which there are hundreds, are even worse.
A low Na/K ratio is also called a chronic stress or give-up pattern. The reason is that when the constitution is poorly constructed, the people have little hope of getting out of poverty, so they always feel stressed and often feel like giving up.
Does this have anything to do with the minerals, sodium and potassium? Yes, it does, but this is much more esoteric, so we will not discuss it here.
This is the other very important measure in nutritional balancing. It has to do with the rate of metabolism of an organism. In a society or nation, the oxidation rate has to do with the number of people employed full time in occupations that offer some value to the nation.
Other indicators can be used to measure the oxidation rate of a nation or society, but this is usually thought of as the best one. The others include the pace or velocity of money exchange, the gross domestic product or GDP, the growth rate in the economy, and other general indicators of economic activity.
WHAT AND WHOM DOES THE EMPLOYMENT RATE INCLUDE?
Those included. It includes office and factory workers, farmers and manual laborers. It includes businessmen, investors, private school teachers and tutors, philanthropists, writers, musicians, artists, planners and hundreds of other occupations. It also includes housewives who prepare food, raise children, and do yard work and all household chores.
Those not included. It does not include the children of the society or nation. This is true even if they help their parents with farm work or other tasks.
It does not include those who are retired from work and mainly stay at home watching television or playing cards, for example. It does include a retired person who has taken on a new job, such as raising his grandchildren or helping his sons with their business.
It does not include volunteer workers, even if they work full time or more. These are people who assist at the library, the hospital, the homeless centers, the daycare centers, and in many other places.
It also does not include the sick, the mentally ill, or criminals in prison. It also does not include those in criminal enterprises such as prostitutes, money launderers, robbers, rapists and others. It also does not include those who work in gambling casinos, for example, because they do not create enough value.
No government workers. Interestingly, it does not include government employees – those who work at the government post office, police, firemen, public school teachers, office workers, construction crews, and millions of others. The reason for this is they do not create enough value.
Whether to include them is a debatable question in some people’s mind, but it is clear in this type of analysis. There are three main reasons they are not included:
1. Too often, public officials hire armies of bureaucrats to give jobs to their friends and donors, and not because they are needed or even helpful.
2. Government workers have many perverse incentives that tend to decrease their performance at work.
3. Even if the government workers are fine workers, which many are, and their jobs completely necessary, many government systems such as the post office are very inefficient and poorly managed. The reason is they have fewer incentives to upgrade, modernize, automate, and run things well. For this reason, they produce less value to society.
Some will say that certainly some government workers are needed and some work very hard and their systems are efficient. This is true and not open for debate. However, for the purpose of this analysis, it is best not to include them in the full-time employment figures.
What about more efficient versus less efficient workers? For example, does a farmer who drives a large combine that hoes 1000 acres a day count the same as a farmer that uses an ox-drawn plow?
For this analysis, they count the same. We know this is not exactly accurate, but it works and is easy to calculate.
Part-time employees are not counted as employed. This is because it is a difficult area to assess. One part-time worker may work 5 hours a week, while another works 10 hours a week, and so on. The hours may also vary from week to week or month to month. For this analysis, they are not needed, so they are not included in the employment figures.
THE CA/MG RATIO – LIFESTYLE PROBLEMS
This is another important measure. In nutritional balancing for bodies, this ratio is called the lifestyle ratio. When it is too high, it indicates a problem with the person’s lifestyle.
In the analysis of a society or nation, a high ratio above about 13.5 indicates something similar, but on a wider scale. For example, if a lot of people are using illegal or recreational drugs, the ratio will climb. Other things that cause the ratio to climb are homosexuality and unhappy relationships and marriages.
THE THREE AMIGOS – GOVERNMENT STIMULUS PROGRAMS
In the bodies, a sign of trouble is the presence of toxic oxide forms of certain minerals. We call them the amigos because they often occur together, like friends, which is the word in English for amigos. In the bodies, the cause of this problem is weak glands and mineral depletion. The amigos act as irritants and stimulants and keep things going, but they do so in an unhealthy way.
A similar phenomenon occurs in societies and nations. When the economy is weak, government programs are often put in place that stimulate the economy. However, they are all compensations, unhealthy and bad for the economy in the long run. Getting rid of them is not easy, however, because they serve a function, as do the amigos in the bodies.
The societal amigos are of three main types, which correspond to the three types in the bodies, as well. they are:
1. Tax breaks, including tax deductions or giving tax credits and other gimmicks for certain businesses or groups of people. (aluminum)
2. Subsidies for certain businesses or groups of people. (iron)
3. Laws that protect certain industries. For example, licensing laws protect medical doctors. They do not protect the consumers of health care, who are forced to patronize only certain healers and use only certain healing methods that the government allows. (manganese)
4. Regulations that force people to buy certain products or services.
5. Monopoly legislation, which is similar to licensing. It simply outlaws certain products and services, and benefits others.
6. Government infrastructure projects to employ people.
FOUR LOWS – EXHAUSTION OR COLLAPSE
In the bodies, the worst pattern is often one called four lows. It occurs when the first four macrominerals – calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium – are all less than their ideal values. This is a collapse, depression and discouragement pattern. We also call it spinning your wheels in the ditch.
This pattern has an equivalent in a society or nation. It is seen particularly in socialist welfare states where there is little real economic activity because most people work for the government. The government, in turn, is very inefficient and does not really want to produce much value. There seems to be economic activity, but it is minimal. People become very discouraged and hopeless. It can go on for years.
THE SHELL PATTERN (or calcium shell)
Another important pattern is called the shell. Here things really slow down and it is a depression pattern. It is caused by a very slow oxidation rate, meaning very low full-time, private sector employment. The result is that the economy sort-of withdraws into a mere survival mode of operation. People hoard money and goods, spend as little as they can, and the appearance of the economy is that of extreme sluggishness and depression.
America and some other nations went through this condition in the 1930s after the crash of the stock market in 1929. It lasted until World War II, which ended it by causing full private-sector employment. This raised the oxidation rate or pace of the economy and ended the depression. Many programs put in place to supposedly end the depression had the opposite effect.
These were largely amigos – make work projects, infrastructure projects such as building huge dams, parks, roads and other things. They helped with employment, but it was government employment and, for some strange reason that we will explain, it did not end the great depression, but rather prolonged it.
The reason it did not end the great depression, according to this analysis, is because it was not stable work. It was subject to political manipulation, it ended quickly, in most cases, and it paid a relatively small number of workers.
For example, one sees pictures of the construction of Hoover Dam in the United States, with hundreds of men pouring concrete into the dam. However, that lasted only a few months. Then it was over, and the men were sent home without jobs. The workmen knew this was coming, so they did not purchase much with their wages and salaries, and the general economy languished. It proved once again that government welfare jobs are no substitute for a strong private-sector economy.
THE HILL PATTERN
This is a pattern seen in the bodies in which a person is excited and joyful. It also occurs in societies and nations. It is an achievement pattern, but at a mental level. This means that people are happy, hopeful, looking forward to better days, and usually quite excited. It can be read in an economy with this type of analysis.
THE BOWL PATTERN
In the bodies, this is the opposite of the hill pattern. The person feels emotionally stuck, and a good analogy is that of a spider or other bug that is trapped inside a toilet bowl or sink bowl and cannot climb out.
This occurs in societies or nations, as well. The people feel trapped, stuck and feel they cannot get out of it. The economy is like a sink that traps the people and keeps them in a rut.
DOUBLE LOW RATIO, DOUBLE GIVE UP, OR SLOW DEATH
An extension of the pattern above is if both the Na/K ratio and the Ca/Mg ratio are low. This combination is called double low ratio, double give-up or slow death. It is the same as a low Na/K ratio, only more extreme.
This pattern occurs quite commonly in some nations on earth. Basically, the thugs run the economy. Often, they carve up the nation into “territories”, like wild tigers who have their own territory and no competition in their own area. They “own” everyone and everything in the area, or at least they control them and feed off them.
For those that work and live in such areas, life is bad. Women are abducted and raped with impunity, men are robbed or killed with no punishment, businesses languish because no one cares much, the neighborhood deteriorates in appearance and function, and the area is in a death throe.
Drug-infected areas often look this way because most of the economic activity is controlled by a gang or group of thugs. They don’t care what the neighborhood looks like as long as they collect their due and remain in control. It is a serious infection that can be fatal.
STEPPING INTO LIFE – ECONOMIC RECOVERY
This is seen, at times, in the bodies and indicates a person who is joining in the active life of their community or nation. It is considered a positive pattern.
On a hair mineral test, the pattern looks like
steps going down to the right. Seen from the side of an airplane, it looks like a dive with the wing tilting downward as the plane moves ahead.
One might think this is very dangerous, but in fact a standard maneuver by airplane pilots in order to regain control of their aircraft is to aim the plane downward a little to pick up speed. This is exactly what occurs in economics in some situation. By picking up speed, the economy rebounds and moves out of danger.
This may be called an economic recovery pattern in this analysis. It is a positive change that bodes well for the future.
STEPPING OUT OF LIFE – CATASTROPHE LOOMING OR QUICK DEATH
This is the opposite of the pattern above. On a hair mineral test of a body, it looks like steps going up to the right. From the side view of an airplane, this looks like a stall. Anyone familiar with airplanes knows that a stall is the worst possible situation. This is important for economics, as well, and could be called a stall.
In the bodies, this pattern indicates a runaway imbalance that usually results in a person’s quick death from a heart attack or stroke. We all know of people who have suffered this way.
In the economic sphere, it is the same. The pattern indicates an unsustainable trend or activity that can only end in a crash, and usually a severe one.
COMING ALIVE PATTERN
A very positive pattern seen in the bodies and in societies and nations is called coming alive. This pattern is indicated by a rise in one, two, three or four of the macrominerals – calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium. The other rule is that the macrominerals that do not rise must remain the same. They must not decrease.
As with all these patterns, they can be more or less intense or powerful. With the coming alive pattern, the more macrominerals that rise (1, 2, 3 or 4), and the greater the rise or increase, the more powerful and significant the pattern.
(there are many more that will be added here)
To use this system of analysis, the first step is to gather the proper information. Below is a simplified list of the most important information to gather about a society or nation.
INFORMATION TO GATHER
The unemployment rate
If possible, men, women and children population
Number of government employees
Number of retirees and other groups, prison population, mentally ill, etc.
The GDP or GNP or a similar measure
The next step is to come up with the right employment numbers. To do so, you need to take the full population of the state or society and start subtracting the groups that are either unemployed or who don’t count as employed, even though they hold jobs. These are:
all public bureaucrats and employees of all kind
When you have subtracted these, you will be left with the number of employed for this analysis. Then compare this with the total population to arrive at the employment percentage. In many nations and societies, you will be shocked at how few are employed, by this measure.
The next step is to use the chart below to calculate the oxidation ratio:
To be continued …
Definition. Cheating occurs when people lie to each other about the value they are providing with their goods or services. If you say you will pay $100.00 for an item, but you really only pay $50.00, that is cheating.
Other words for cheating in any economy are lying, stealing, deceiving, misinforming, hoodwinking, seducing, robbing, raping, ripping off, using, taking unfair advantage, false advertising, fraudulent (the legal term for cheating), and others. People also use words like “shoddy products”, “a hunk of junk”, “not worth a damn” to describe cheating in the economy. It is sadly quite common.
Cheating is one of the most important concepts in any economy. All economies have some cheating. The more of it that goes on, the worse the economy, in every case. It is a potent toxin, in other words, for any economy.
Kinds of cheating. There are at least 10 types of cheating. They include producing bad quality or defective products, false advertising or labeling, unfair markups of products, bad warranty service or customer service, cheating on invoicing or billing, doing extra work and charging more, padding the bill, exceeding estimates, and dishonest return policies.
Other kinds of cheating affect an entire industry. For example, all doctors are required to recommend vaccines by their licensing boards, although it is a dangerous, stupid and unnecessary practice. This is a special type of cheating the public out of the truth.
Another critical example is the use of superphosphate or N-P-K fertilizers. These increase crop yields but decrease the nutritional value of most food today throughout the world. As a result, all people are cheated out of nutrients their bodies require.
Other examples are all trade union laws and other laws that force the entire population to patronize certain people or places and not others.
Preventing cheating. This is so important in an economy that it deserves a separate article. For now, let us just mention a few of the best methods of preventing cheating. They are:
1. Free and open competition. This is a major advantage of free market economies. The lack of competition in command economies and even socialist economies means that cheating is impossible to limit in these types of economies.
2. No occupational licences or special arrangements such as trade unions. Licenses and trade unionism are themselves cheating because they prevent competition and force people to patronize only certain services or people. But a worse or deeper problem with them as a result of limiting competition is they encourage cheating.
3. Transparency, clarity and simplicity in all the laws. Simple methods to assure this including forcing legislators to keep all laws to three typed pages or less. Also, all laws must be written in plain language that everyone can understand.
For example, the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Obamacare) in the United States took up over 2000 pages of confusing language, intentionally, so that no one could read it and understand it. It is all cheating!
4. Open meetings of all city councils, county, state and national bodies. Ideally, broadcast these meetings by radio or television to all the people. People should be able to attend these meetings and interject questions at any time. It slows the process but prevents a lot of cheating.
5. No reserving the right to use certain words or phrases only to a certain group of practitioners or businesses. For example, in America the only people allowed to speak or write the words diagnose, prescribe, treat or cure are licensed physicians.
This is thought control and censorship, and is always cheating. Few people know about this horror, of course, and the doctors like it that way.
6. Require full disclosure labeling of all items of food and other things in which the ingredients matter. For example, at the current time throughout the world, a few large food and chemical companies are spending millions of dollars fighting against truthful labeling of genetically-modified food (GMO food). This is cheating.
Punishment for cheating. Cheating should be punished in an economy with stiff fines or jail sentences for all involved. Companies and their boards of directors should not be exempt from prosecution because they work for a corporation, for example. This is how toxic cheating is for an economy.
Definition. These are people who start businesses. They usually start very small, in a garage or their bedroom, perhaps, and they begin by doing all the jobs themselves. As they grow, they hire others to do some of the jobs so they can concentrate on the other ones. This is often how large corporations begin their life.
Analogy with nutritional balancing. Living bodies start out as one cell, which multiplies and soon division of labor begins in which certain cells do one job while other cells perform other tasks. It is completely analogous to entrepreneurship.
Definition. As the word is used in this article, economic remedies are measures that are applied to fix a problem in an economy that always unbalance the overall economy, even if they correct a problem. In other words, by definition a remedy is not a systematic correction of an economy, but rather a band-aid or symptomatic and superficial approach to fixing problems.
Examples. If a lot of people in a nation or society are consuming alcohol, the government may correct the problem by establishing or increasing the tax on alcoholic beverages. Establishing a new tax is the most common “fix” that is applied to economies that are moving in a direction of which the government does not approve.
The effect of a tax is to reduce economic activity in that sector of the economy. The problem with this method of fixing the economy is that it may not work because it does not address underlying issues.
For example, people may be drinking more alcohol because they are very unhappy. Taxing alcohol does not increase their happiness, so it does not address the real problem. It just makes it more costly to drink alcohol, which makes people more unhappy.
Definition. This occurs when a nation decides not to develop heavy industry. They rationalize this decision by saying that heavy industry is polluting. Also, it is a “old”, “industrial revolution” type of industry that is on it way out. It is not worth the large capital investment and possible environmental damage.
These nations would rather buy their iron, steel, nickel, aluminum and other metals, and perhaps even cement and glass, from other nations.
Analogy with nutritional balancing. We call it going vegan because it has a similar effect on the economy as when a person follows a vegan diet. It is a very deficient situation that shortens the life span and leads to many ailments.
In the economy, it leads to poverty, inflation and worse problems. It can even cause a collapse of the economy. That is how important heavy industry and meat are to an economy and to the body.
Examples. This problem is common in the nations of South America and Africa, and some of the nations of Europe.
Definition. Travel can include moving from one area to another within one’s own nation or society, as well as visiting outside of one’s own nation or society.
Analogy with nutritional balancing. One analogy is the movement of the blood, lymph, bile and other fluids around the body. It is necessary for good health.
Examples. Travel is an important part of some business enterprises such as multi-national companies, import-export businesses, and many others. Businesses know that, at times, an in-person visit is needed to “close the deal”.
Businesses set up remote locations for many reasons. These include to take advantage of the climate, to get abundant and cheap power to run factories, to hire a good labor force, or to serve a growing marketplace for their products or services.
Other types of travel are to attend a school or university, or travel for field study such as in the area of anthropology. On earth, people sometimes travel to learn a language or study a foreign culture and broaden their overall knowledge of the planet.
Travel is also an excellent pleasure or vacation activity within and between economies. It exposes people to different locations and different ways of doing things. They bring home this knowledge and implement better solutions to their own problems and situations, as a result. This is a major benefit of travel that helps make planet earth a vibrant place.
Travel as entertainment. People also enjoy travel very much. They like riding on airplanes, boats, trains and buses, meeting other people, seeing new places, tasting new food and even experiencing new climates. They also enjoy the hotels, motels, bed and breakfast locations, museums, natural wonders, casinos and so many other places they visit. An economy must keep the people happy in order to be vibrant.
Travel is often classified as an entertainment business. However, it ought to be classified as a basic business, which it is in the economic balancing system of economic analysis.
Definition. Maintenance includes everything needed to keep an economy running smoothly and functioning well. It is a critical concept in the economic balancing conception or analytical method. Maintenance is considered so important that it is given as much importance as trade in the economy.
Maintenance is essential for an economy because in the physical world, all things tend to age, decay and fall apart. To overcome this tendency requires maintenance.
Analogy with nutritional balancing. Maintenance of the body is critical for health. This is why we sleep and rest, do some exercise and eat well. Only stupid people do not understand this. Good parents spend a lot of time teaching it to their children, and families must cultivate it to avoid “burnout” and many other problems.
Sadly, the drug medical profession does not emphasize it nearly enough. They would rather wait until a crisis occurs and then seek to fix it. This is stupid, in both economies and in bodies.
Examples. Examples of maintenance include:
1. All inspections of people, buildings, vehicles and machinery.
2. Some quality control
3. Parts replacement of worn parts of machines of every kind,
4. Lubrication of all machinery.
5. Adjustment and re-calibration of all machinery.
6. Performance reviews, firing and hiring new workers are also part of maintenance of businesses.
7. Replenishing inventory is a critical part of maintenance. It includes resupplying raw materials, office supplies, cleaning supplies, building materials, and more.
8. Updating and modernizing. This must be done to all kinds of equipment, such as computers, manufacturing machines, and farming and office equipment.
9. Building maintenance. Structures such as office buildings and factory buildings require a tremendous amount of maintenance and are one of the main costs of doing business.
10. Transportation maintenance. Vehicles, roads, rail lines, airplanes and all other transportation apparatus also require a lot of maintenance to keep an economy running at peak efficiency.
“REMEDY ECONOMICS” VERSUS LIFELONG ECONOMIC SUSTENANCE
Definition. Remedy economics is the usual way economic analysis is applied to a nation or society. A problem is detected and a remedy is applied to fix or correct the problem.
Lifelong economic sustenance is the method used in economic balancing. This means periodic reviews of the state of the economy, even when is functioning very well.
Based upon the reviews, suggestions are offered to adjust or modify the economy to keep it running at maximum efficiency and maximum vibrancy. This is a forever process, not a temporary one. It is far more preventive, less costly, safer and much more effective than waiting for crises to arise.
Analogy with nutritional balancing. In nutritional balancing, one monitors the body every three to six months with a hair mineral analysis, even if a person has no health problems. Based upon the results, one adjusts the metabolism of the body to maintain it at the optimum efficiency and health.
With nutritional balancing, one does not wait for diseases or other problems to show up, as is the case with most health care. Some doctors believe strongly in frequent monitoring, but most do not know how to do it well.
Examples. Most nations and societies have councils or teams of economic advisors whose job it is to monitor the economy. However, like the medical and holistic doctors, they usually do not know enough to spot all the danger signs and take corrective action before problems show up.
A goal of economic balancing is to teach economists how to do this simply and reliably.
Definition. This is related to the section above. Prevention in an economy means to intervene early and properly in an economy to head off problems before they become large, and ideally to avoid them altogether. This is often not an easy task.
Analogy with nutritional balancing. Prevention should be a major part of health care, but it is not. The allopathic and even naturopathic professions do not know how to accurately and easily prevent most illness.
In addition, many of their preventive measures such as vaccination, fluoridation of the water, preventive use of cholesterol-lowering and other drugs, and periodic breast x-rays, for example, are not too effective and quite toxic. They often make people worse, instead of better.
Examples. As explained above, most applied economics is done with remedies that often harm the economy. A goal of economic balancing is to teach a true science of economic prevention.
MALICIOUSNESS IN AN ECONOMY
Definition. Maliciousness in an economy means deliberate acts of the government, usually, or perhaps others, to damage or even destroy the economy. We call it a potent toxin in an economy. Any economy that has a lot of it will be in serious trouble, often for years.
Analogy with nutritional balancing. Although few people want to discuss it, planet earth is plagued by malicious attempts to harm the health of the bodies of all people. These include pollution with toxic chemicals and toxic metals intentionally added to our soil and products. These include fluoride and chlorine added to the water, vaccination, and overuse of medical drugs.
Another malicious act is the use of superphosphate fertilizers to damage the food. Another malicious act is suppressing valid information about the importance of food, diet and nutritional supplements for optimum health. Another is growing man-made ionizing radiation in the environment. Another is the proliferation of electromagnetic toxins, mainly coming from cell phones, computers and television sets.
Examples of maliciousness in the economy. These are many. Some are ideological in nature, such as suppressing free markets and laissez faire business through regulation as part of Marxist, communist and socialist dogma.
Others are simple selfishness and cheating in economies for personal gain.
A third type is personal vendettas directed against certain companies or people. One might use the apparatus of government to impede, fine, stifle or shut down a rival, for example.
Many economies have maliciousness built into their nation’s constitutions in the form of bad laws that favor the rich, or some other group, or just laws that are stupid.
VIBRANCY OF AN ECONOMY
OLDER AND YOUNGER ECONOMIES
Definition. Older economies are those that have been in existence longer, in most cases. As a result, they have certain well-established businesses, industries, infrastructure or other factors.
As a rule, these economies recover more slowly than younger economies – those that have been in existence a shorter time. There is more inertia to overcome in the older economies and change is usually more upsetting to the people involved.
Analogy with nutritional balancing. This is identical to making changes in an older person versus a younger one.
Examples. Older economies today include those of Europe and Asia. Newer economies are those of the United States and China.
Definition. Incentives are ways to get people to participate in the economy and/or ways to produce desired economic behavior.
Analogy with NB: condiments or spices.
All economies use taxes (bitter flavors), advertising (salt), subsidies
(sugars), or outright force of law (poisons) to steer people toward or away
from certain economic behaviors.
TRADE WITH OTHER ECONOMIES
Definition. Trade is the extension across state, national, or societal boundaries of usual economic transactions. These can involve the transfer of any goods and services, in return for cash, electronic currency, or for barter
Analogy with NB: sex.
Examples: Sex can be healthy or very destructive.
For an economy, healthful trade is done lovingly and for the benefit of both parties. This roughly corresponds to a procedure in human beings called Down Sex.
Trade can also be only somewhat healthy and, in fact, wears out the participants. This is what occurs with regular or usual sex. A little is okay, but not really helpful.
Harmful trade is the same as rape. Here one nation or society benefits a lot, while the other gets little or nothing in return. It is called trade, but it should be called economic destruction of one nation or society by another. This is more common than one might imagine on earth.
The more powerful nation usually uses one or more of three methods to get what they want.
1. Actual force. They might send their battleships to make sure the other nation or society goes along. This is identical to a rape by force.
2. Threats of force. Sharp words or waving weapons around to force compliance. This is the same as rape by threat of force.
3. Deception. The aggressor nation may lie and suggest a phony price for the goods they want, or tell the weaker nation that there are no other buyers – it is them or no one. This is rape by deception. All represent pure exploitation.
To read a detailed article about rape in human beings, read Rape.
Definition. A healthy economy has a lot of variety, meaning many different industries, jobs and opportunities.
Analogy with NB. Eating a varied diet with many foods.
Examples. The United States has one of the most varied economies in the world. It has manufacturing, agriculture, many services, electronics, banking, and more.
In contrast, many nations have only one or two main industries, and this weakens the economy. They may specialize in tourism, agriculture, or a particular type of manufacturing, but not others.
“Nutrient deficiencies” develop in these economies and they cannot make all their people happy because they lack economic opportunities in some areas.
Definition. Normal inflation is a rise in the price of a commodity in response to a fixed supply and an increased demand.
Structural inflation is somewhat different. It affects many products and services and is due to dilution or an increase in the amount of currency printed or debt issues by a government.
Structural inflation is one of the worst taxes or killers of an economy. First, it is a tax on most items, since the price of all or most goods and services rises. Secondly, it is regressive and harms those with the least money the most. Third, it is very hard to figure out the real cause, so it is hidden.
Structural inflation of an economy is the perfect crime. It transfers tremendous wealth from the poor and middle class to the wealthy class of people, and does so in a way that few of the victims understand. Therefore, the victims do not know how to stop it.
If they knew the cause, they would insist upon a balanced budget and no government debt. Instead, they often vote for more government benefit and welfare programs, not realizing that this is the hidden cause of structural inflation and their impoverishment.
The upper economic class is usually protected from structural inflation because they own hard assets such as land, homes, cars, and gold, which rise in value in sync with inflation, protecting their wealth. Poor people do not own assets, so they have no protection.
Runaway inflation occurs usually after a war or other catastrophe. This is due to severe shortages of goods or services, mixed with improper monetary policy of diluting the money supply. This combination is deadly to an economy and usually ends in a severe collapse of the economy and destruction of the nations’ currency.
Analogy with nutritional balancing - our food supply on earth. Our food in the past 100 years has suffered from inflation. It looks the same, but its mineral content is 1/50th or less of the food grown 100 years ago. This is easy to prove because the US Department Of Agriculture has kept records of the mineral content of food for about 80 to 90 years.
The cause is the use of hybrid crops and superphosphate fertilizers to increase crop yields. This is exactly analogous to monetary inflation. Interestingly, this change occurred, starting in the United States, about the same time as the dilution of the currency began – about 100 years ago.
One of the effects is that people eat a lot more than they did before because their bodies need to eat much more to obtain the same amount of minerals. This leads to obesity, the modern scourge. Few understand that this is the real cause of much obesity and many other diseases today.
Economies are also somewhat “bloated” and “obese” today due to inflation. They have a lot of businesses in them that are toxic such as pawn shops, bars and pubs, houses of prostitution, junk food restaurants and others that are a direct result of inflation.
Also, structural inflation of the food (fewer nutrients in the same food) is similar to economic structural inflation in that it is hidden. This is about the worst aspect of inflation of the food or the money.
Food inflation, however, ruins the health of everyone – not just the poor people. The only people who are protected, and only to a degree, are those who find nutritional balancing with its special diet loaded with cooked vegetables and a regimen of the correct supplementary nutrients. Even they suffer, however, because there is no really good food to eat.
Ending inflation. In the healing field, trying to go back to the old food is very difficult because the old seeds produce much less crop per acre, so the farmers would likely starve and won’t grow it. This problem affects our fruit, vegetables, beef, chicken, milk, and everything made with these foods.
Ending monetary inflation is similar. No one in government wants to return to the old way of doing things because it would be costly for governments to have to pay their bills in uninflated currency.
Wild game is one of the few foods that has not been ruined. This is like hard assets in the economy.
A very few foods including blue corn do not grow well with the superphosphate growth stimulants that we improperly call “fertilizers”, so this food is somewhat better. Blue corn, in the economic analogy, is a wonderful type of asset.
Watering down the blood. Another very crude analogy in the health field would be if someone waters down a person’s blood. If this occurs, more blood is needed to nourish the body. Doctors do exactly this a little when they give intravenous salt solution (or saline) or sugar solutions (dextrose and water IV) to patients.
Fortunately, in human beings, the patients’ bodies quickly excrete the excess fluid to avoid serious consequences. In an economy, getting rid of extra currency or debt is not nearly so easy.
If a patient’s body could not excrete the extra saline or dextrose solution a doctor puts in his veins, it would cause a “runaway inflation” that would quickly lead to the death of the patient.
Worldwide inflation today and its effects. Inflation upsets, destabilizes and weakens economies. It is done in most nations today, so the effects are not clearly apparent, but the effects are similar.
Among the problems are that prices for common goods and services are always changing, which disorients and frightens people and causes insecurity. Inflation also always causes slow impoverishment of the middle class and lower economic classes.
Liberal policies such as welfare and entitlement programs that claim to “help” the poor and middle class in fact cause more inflation so the poor become poorer and the rich become richer. Very few people understand why this is so, and those that understand usually cannot explain it to the rest of the population. As a result, the policies go on. Continued inflation usually destroys nations!
Types and examples of inflation. Normal inflation comes and goes as the supply and demand of all goods and services vary. Structural inflation is occurring today in almost all major nations on earth because almost all nations are diluting their money supplies to hide their out-of-control spending.
Runaway inflation occurred most dramatically in Germany after World War I (early 1920s) when the German currency lost its value within about 10 months. It took a wheelbarrow full of paper money to buy a loaf of bread when it was at its worst. the currency was completely destroyed and it contributed to the Second World War.
Other runaway inflations have occurred in several South American nations due to wholesale printing of money with nothing to back it up.
Definition. Normal deflation is a decrease in the price of a commodity or service in response to a fixed supply and a decreased demand.
Structural deflation is somewhat different. It affects many products and services and is due to a decrease in the amount of currency printed or debt issues by a government.
Analogy with nutritional balancing. A crude analogy of structural deflation would be a decrease in the water content of the blood supply. This would cause less blood to be needed to nourish the body.
Examples. These are very hard to find because governments hate deflation! Deflation of the currency means that debt-ridden governments must pay back their debts in more valuable currency, which they do not like to do because it exposes their evil spending habits. Therefore, all governments tend to favor inflation and they tend to manipulate their currency to avoid deflation.
ADJUSTMENTS OR HEALING REACTIONS
Definition. Temporary events that occur as an economy rebalances or heals. A times, a harmful economic situation such as organized crime or unemployment moves from a chronic or ongoing problem to an acute situation because the society is now fighting back.
In other situations, it is a temporary toxic condition as poisons in the economy are released quickly.
In yet other situations, it manifests as a rapid or deep shift in the oxidation rate (employment) or another economic indicator.
Analogy with NB: Healing reactions. They are also sometimes called purification reactions, aggravations or flare-ups.
1. A flare-up of an “infection”. As an economy improves, police move into drug-infested areas and announce that the thugs who sell drugs will be arrested and order restored. The thugs respond by blowing up a few businesses, raping some women, and demanding more money from the other businesses to “keep everyone in line”.
Upon superficial analysis, one might think the cleanup effort has failed. In fact, the opposite is true. The thugs are losing control and reacting the only way they know how – with more violence as a show of force until they are all arrested.
2. Detoxification reactions. As the economy improves, toxic or substandard situations are eliminated or removed. For example, thousands of people in a city may be living in substandard, rat-infested apartments. As the economy improves, plans are made to demolish these apartments and replace them with better ones.
While this is wonderful, thousands may be displaced until the new construction is finished. This can cause problems getting to work, going to school, shopping and destroy the old neighborhood. So they object and may riot. In fact, this type of reaction can stop some good urban renewal projects.
It is also necessary in any recovery for the obsolete, criminal, or low-value businesses (equivalent to toxic metals and toxic chemicals) to either fail or be forcefully removed. There is a time delay until new jobs and businesses arise and take up the slack.
For example, in some areas of the world, quite a few people make their living selling sex or selling illegal drugs. As the economy improves, the police demand that it stop. This is a good thing, but it can be extremely disruptive until new employment for the people can be found.
3. Decompensation reactions. These are adjustments in the economy as it improves.
The economy was in a state of compensation and suddenly the compensation is no longer needed and ends. Some people might lose their jobs, their pay or hours might be cut, work locations might need to change, or other disruptions occur.
For example, pawnshops are very important in certain economies to provide people with quick cash. However, as the economy booms, this type of business may not be needed, and will fail, putting some people out of work.
4. A retracing reaction. This is when an old problem was never handled correctly. As economic recovery occurs, the nation or society is forced to go back “to the scene” and revisit the old problem, and bring it to a healthy conclusion. This is often not easy to do.
A very current example is immigration into the United States through the Southern border. Nobody wants to deport hungry and perhaps oppressed minorities back to poor nations when they could earn good money in the United States and even have enough left over to send to their loved ones back home. However, if they are sneaking into the United States, they are breaking a number of laws, and bringing in diseases, drug dealers, thieves, and upsetting our economy and more.
What occurred in America is that the previous administrations basically ignored the problem. The new administration was elected because people are fed up with this attitude and want to take their economy back.
However, recently when the president and Attorney General announced they will vigorously enforce the immigration laws and build a wall to keep people out, it is causing an uproar, protests and calls to impeach the president for cruelty. This is an excellent example of this type of healing reaction.
5. Emotional and spiritual reactions. This is a reaction in a society or nation on an emotional, rather than a purely economic level. It will affect the economy, perhaps powerfully, but the essential reaction occurs at another level. A recent example is the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States.
After only three months in office, the US is reporting a significant decline in illegal immigration, increased consumer spending, and lower unemployment, in part because more companies deciding to remain in the US rather than move their factories to nations with cheaper labor.
In part, the changes are due to an upswing in business and consumer confidence, as well as an increase in general happiness in the society. In just a few months, there has also been an increase in the economic Na/K due to enforcing existing laws that had been ignored for years, in some cases. In fact, the events are unprecedented and many are amazed by it – especially economists.
In all these cases, it can look like things are getting worse for a time. However, it is not true. If the government will just have patience and keep their hands off, the reaction will pass. Unfortunately, politicians who think short-term usually don’t do this. Instead, they react with stupid welfare programs or other laws that prolong the reaction or perhaps stop the healing process altogether.
Rarely, a healing reaction becomes so violent that measures must be taken to mitigate it. For example, if taking away the people’s livelihood that involved selling opiates upsets the people to such a degree that they take up arms and begin rioting, then measures are needed to slow down the healing reaction.
Definition. In economics, this means that if there is a problem in one industry or area, do not just look at that industry or area to find the solution. Also, look at the structure and functioning of the entire economy using the economic balancing method of assessment.
This approach is based on systems theory, a very powerful way of analyzing all complex phenomena including economies.
Analogy. This is the same approach used in nutritional balancing. One never focuses just on symptoms. One also balances the entire body or whole system using the oxidation rate, the Na/K ratio and very specific methods. This is always more effective than just focusing on correcting symptoms with remedies.
Examples. All economic difficulties, in this analysis, can be viewed as local expressions of a deranged whole system. This applies to unemployment in one sector of the economy, for example, or to shortages of one kind of commodity or service. It might apply to oversupply, inflation of prices of one kind of good or service, or any other problem that arises.
Definition. This is when an economist or financial planner makes recommendations to a government, usually, about how to fix their economy that assumes the worst case scenario instead of looking at the actual situation. As a result, the recommendations are usually incorrect and can make the situation worse. Many economists do this simply to protect themselves from lawsuits. Hence the term defensive economics.
Analogy with nutritional balancing. This is identical to defensive medicine, a very common practice today. This is when doctors recommend tests, drugs or procedures that are not based on the facts of the case, but rather based on preventing possible lawsuits. In both situations, it is dishonest and often harmful for the “patient”.
Examples. A common example is that an economic advisor senses that an economy is slowing down, even mildly. He does not want to be held accountable for it.
So he or she advises the government to put in place a stimulus program immediately to forestall any further slowing. This unbalances the economy and can actually cause the very problem the economist wanted to avoid.
GIVING TOXIC DRUGS TO AN ECONOMY
These are of three main types:
1. Stimulus programs. These are analogous to giving stimulants to a human or animal body. They produce a quick effect, but they leave the body or the economy more worn out and out of balance afterwards.
Examples are the stimulus programs done in the United States in 2009 by the Obama administration to get the economy going again after the decline in 2008. They made a slight difference at first, but the economy then languished and is still sluggish in 2017. This is a typical response to a stimulus or stimulant.
2. Suppressant programs. This is identical in its effect to giving a suppressive drug to a person or animal. This is done, at times, to “cool down” an “overheated” economy. In reality, it is done to tame inflation, one of the enemies of a stable economy, when the real cause is not understood.
This type of ‘drug’ also has only a short-term effect, just as medical depressant or suppressant drugs such as tranquilizers only have a short-term effect. They do nothing to correct the cause of the problem, so the problem usually comes roaring back in a few years.
3. Giving a killer. A killer in economics is a tax increase.
Analogy with nutritional balancing. This is analogous to giving an antibiotic to a human or animal. Antibiotics kill germs. The problem is they are also somewhat toxic to healthy cells. In economics, the same is true.
Examples. For example, it could be an income tax increase, a new sales tax, a value added tax or VAT, or it could be a tariff or import tax.
These have different effects depending on the nature and size of the tax. If done right, the effect is mild and it could even balance out the economy. Usually, it is not done correctly and the effect is just to unbalance the economy more. How to impose taxes is a delicate subject discussed later in this article.
There are other ‘toxic drugs’ used in economies, just as there are many drugs given to human beings and animals. The above is an introduction to the subject of ‘drug medicine’ of the economy, a method we rarely recommend either for economies or for people.
HEALING LATENT OR SUB-CLINICAL CONDITIONS
A very important concept and great advantage of this method of economic analysis and correction is that it will correct problems that are not obvious and may be producing few or no symptoms. These include latent and sub-clinical problems.
Latent problems. These are serious economic problems that are still in their early stages. However, if left alone, they will grow and can cause havoc with the economy.
Often, they are producing few disruptions or other symptoms at this time. As a result, they are missed or minimized by most economists, legislators and other leaders of the society. Usually, they are not included in even the best economic analyses, so they are overlooked until they appear full-blown and then are difficult to fix.
However, if one follows the procedures in this article to correct economic imbalances, these will be exposed and corrected, usually without much effort expended. This is a great advantage of this type of economic analysis and correction.
Example. Organized crime may be moving into an area slowly and quietly so as not to attract too much attention. They may not be coercing the businesses too much, so there is little real effect at this time. However, if left unchecked, in a few years the situation could explode.
Sub-clinical problems. These problems are similar to those above, except they may be full-blown problems that simply do not produce easily measured negative effects. Once again, they are usually ignored by most economists because they give few outward signs and symptoms. Yet they are important.
Example: More and more people are moving into the tourism industry in an area because several new hotels were built there. No one notices because it does not upset things much. However, the economy has become “top heavy” with tourism, as a result, and is less resilient and healthy.
There could be few outward symptoms of the problem until a stress on the economy produces a major crash. Economic balancing, however, would discover the truth early and show the way toward correction.
Definition. Rewards are types of incentives that make people happy. They include financial rewards, but also include reduced work hours, increased employee benefits, better working conditions, awards and perhaps a few other items.
Analogy with nutritional balancing. Something similar is to balance the body chemistry, remove toxic metals and reduce stress on the body. While this does not always make a person happier, it often does.
Examples. Employee benefits include such items as vacations, pensions, sick pay, wellness programs, child care and others. Better working conditions might include improved lighting, new furniture, a new cafeteria, or more parking for employees.
FULL AND EMPTY ECONOMIES
Definition. A more full economy is one that offers many industries, many products, many services and many opportunities for personal development through work. There is usually a lot of private employment and thus a faster oxidation rate. The nation or society is more yang, a Chinese word that means warm, dense or compact, and faster moving.
A relatively empty economy has fewer industries, fewer products, fewer services and fewer opportunities for people of the nation or society. It has lower private employment, a slower oxidation rate, and it is more yin in Chinese terminology, which means empty, cool, and more sluggish.
One can have combinations of the two with some sectors more full and others more empty. Usually, for purposes of analysis, one takes an average to evaluate an economy.
Analogy with nutritional balancing. This is identical to describing bodies as more yang or more yin, and in fast or slow oxidation.
Examples. As a rule, free market or capitalist economies are far more full than socialist or communist ones. There are many reasons for this having to do with incentives, personal freedom, simplicity of the laws, and more. This is an important advantage of capitalist or market economies.
FAT AND THIN ECONOMIES
Definition. Economies can be underweight or even obese, similar to human beings or animals.
Definition. Chaos is a quality of an economy characterized by a certain amount of randomness, craziness, or impropriety.
All complex systems require a certain amount of chaos in order to function properly.
Analogy with NB: Fluctuations in the way people feel, and on their blood, urine and hair tests when a person follows a nutritional balancing program.
Example: In a capitalist or free market economy, people constantly experiment with prices, advertising methods, production methods, distribution and sales methods, and more. Without this experimentation, they would make much slower progress in improving efficiency and sales of their goods and services.
To the untrained eye, this seems crazy and chaotic. However, it is absolutely necessary for the proper operation of the economy.
Socialist economies have much less chaos in them, mainly because it is not permitted. However, these economies are much less productive.
CHANGE OVER TIME
Definition. Healthy economies are never stagnant. They are extremely dynamic and hard to read and pin down. They have a life of their own.
Analogy with NB. Same idea.
Example: In particular, capitalist economies are very dynamic and lively creatures. The main reason is that this is permitted and even encouraged. This economic system rewards changes that benefit large numbers of people.
In contrast, socialist, communist or progressive economies change relatively slowly. The reason is they can and do resist change more easily. Also, they often do not reward change, even if it benefits the population.
INVENTION OR INNOVATION
Definition. New products or services that offer value in the economy.
Analogy with NB. New testing methods, new foods, new vitamins and other discoveries that promote health and healing.
Examples. Vibrant economies need inventors, innovators and problem-solvers. This is the life blood of an economy. This group of people are very underrated and often underpaid. That is why they are included in this section of the article.
A MORE INTELLIGENT ECONOMY
Definition. The people understand the rules better, communicate better, process economic information better, and for these reasons make better economic decisions.
This is a wonderful side effect of economic balancing that does not occur with most other approaches to economic recovery. In fact, it is the reason this method is superior. It enhances the recovery greatly, which has far-reaching effects.
Examples. If one makes the tax code more transparent, which is one of the essentials of economic balancing, the people suddenly can see exactly how much money their government is taking in, and how it all works. This alone will increase the people’s economic intelligence greatly.
Rewriting the laws of the nation or society to make them much simpler and easier to understand enables people to learn the laws and live within them easily. This, in turn, enables them to spend more time in productive activity, instead of worrying about complying with hundreds of arcane and confusing rules and regulations. This method is also used in economic balancing science.
In fact, all the corrective measures used in economic balancing have a similar intent and effect. The cumulative effect upon economic intelligence is tremendous.
A LAZY ECONOMY
THE ABSURD IN AN ECONOMY
A LIBERAL ECONOMY
OBESE VS. THIN ECONOMY
FULL VS. EMPTY ECONOMY
YIN DISEASE IN AN ECONOMY
FUN, COLORFUL, HAPPY, INVITING ECONOMIES
PAIN IN AN ECONOMY
Problems in an economy are exactly analogous to common human and animal diseases. Here are some examples.
INFECTION OR THUGGERY
A low Na/K ratio is also a chronic infection pattern. This is very important. An infection in economics is when someone or a group sets up mafia-style or thug-style economic rules in order to control an industry, a city or other area, or even an entire sector of the economy.
For example, a group of criminals visits businesses in an area and explains to the owners that they, the crime syndicate, are now in control in their area or line of work. Everyone will pay a certain amount of money every month to the criminals, or they will wreck the business with fire, vandalism or worse punishments.
There is often little that one businessman can do about this problem, so he goes along, giving his sustenance (money) to the mafia or other groups. This is the meaning of an infection in this economic model.
Economic cancers can be tiny, or can overwhelm an economy. They are subsidiary economic centers that operate on a different basis. Instead of helping everyone with free markets and free exchange of information, they invade, metastasize and destroy everything around them.
The simplest of these is a rebel military group living in the mountains that sustain themselves by raiding the local people for food, water, money and other supplies. If this is small, it poses little threat to the larger economy and can usually be handled by the local police or military.
However, if it grows, which is often does, the rebels obtain larger weapons, aircraft, shoulder-fired missiles, ships, and more. This is what has occurred with some drug lords in South America, for example, and in Afghanistan. These are more difficult to eradicate and will cut into an economy.
Even worse was the situation in Nazi Germany. Some would say the former Soviet Union and even the present nation of Russia is one rebel nation that rather than having a healthy economy, attacks and consumes its neighbors and, if permitted to do so, would completely destroy them or “eat them up”.
This is fatal economic cancer! It must be contained, and this is one of the essential battles now occurring on earth between the capitalist nations and the communist or socialist nations that really produce very little and live as parasites on those that do produce many goods and services.
President Barak Obama of the United States was perfectly willing to give away the wealth of the United States, for example, to all the poor communist nations that cannot feed themselves because of their flawed economic and political systems. This is like opening a wound and pouring in cancer to consume and destroy a nation. Mr. Trump was elected to establish the opposite policy and save the nation. We hope he succeeds – in spite of the leftist media in the United States and around the world.
Just as there are very toxic cancer remedies for humans, there are toxic remedies for economic cancers. However, these are usually not needed if one studies and uses more natural remedies that, when applied correctly, can work well. This topic is beyond the space we have for this article, but will be developed in the future.
ECONOMIC BRAIN FOG OR DEMENTIA
These conditions are becoming more and more common among human beings, and in the economy, as well. In the economy, we would call them economic stupidity.
This occurs when people make bad economic decisions. They spend money they do not have and they invest unwisely. Policy makers may pass new tax laws or subsidies that are unwise. Business leaders close factories or open them in places that are unsuitable, so they lose money.
Causes. As with the problem in the human bodies, the causes of economic brain fog or dementia are multiple. They can be due to personal health problems such as their own inability to think clearly and remember the past.
However, they can also be due to “ingesting” or “consuming” false academic theories such as socialism, communism, progressivism, or liberalism. This is a major cause in Europe, for example. This is like ingesting sugar or toxic metals.
Another cause is an economic “nutritional deficiency”. This is a lack of basic information needed to make wise economic decisions. This is extremely common today. The biased news media simply do not report on important stories that do not fit their beliefs. This is like feeding people junk food. It is missing vital “nutrients”.
At times, the reporters simply don’t believe the truth that is all around them. More commonly, they are told by their editors and publishers that certain news is not to be spread around. As a result, people cannot make good economic decisions. This is extremely common in many nations.
In fact, the starvation for information is of several types, and is completely analogous to the types of nutrient deficiencies that occur when people eat junk food. One can lack for minerals, for vitamins, for protein or for calories. This is more detail than we have space for at this time, but the analogy between economics and human health holds true.
HEART ATTACKS OR SUPPLY INTERRUPTION
This is usually due to a transportation catastrophe. Examples are rare, fortunately. These attacks, as with the bodies, are of two types.
1. Random catastrophe. This is a relatively simple blockage situation in a major artery of a nation or society. It can be minor, such as a serious accident that shuts down one major roadway or bridge. However, it could be very extensive and affect all the roads, bridges, trains and aircraft in an entire nation. This occurred in Haiti a number of years ago, for example.
A severe earthquake destroyed all the major roads and bridges on the island. Supplies could not reach the area, electricity and natural gas were not available, and government services ceased. Businesses failed because they had no merchandise to sell. Infrastructure such as telephone, radio and television system stopped due to broken wires and no electric power.
This type can be severe, but usually the economy bounces back fast, usually with outside help from charity groups and other emergency crews. Some people die, but the economy comes back quickly when the roads are rebuilt and electricity restored.
2. The spreading type. The second type of economic “heart attack”, which is the same as what kills human beings, is much worse. The great depression is an example.
The depression began due to the collapse of the stock market after the “roaring 20s”. This affected relatively few people, notably the investor class and some businesses, but not that many. Most people lived on farms and were not affected at all.
However, the government of the United States panicked and put in place measures to supposedly correct the problem that made everything worse. As a result, the problem spread. This is why this type is called spreading.
Soon panic occurred among some businesses that employed hundreds of people and they laid off workers, fearing the worst. This caused a chain reaction that ripped through the economy and caused panic in almost every sector of the economy. The more the government tried to stop it with government make-work programs and draconian wage and price controls and other failed policies, the worse things became. Some actually believed the United States would go bankrupt and cease to exist.
This is analogous to a fatal heart attack. What occurs is not a blockage of an artery (or transportation artery in a nation.) This might be a trigger, but is not the real problem. The real problem is the panic that comes after the trigger. The panic disrupts ALL activity in the body, or in the nation, and this can be fatal and often is fatal in a human body.
For one thing, stopping it is much harder. One cannot just call in the Red Cross or the Christian Relief Funds. It won’t work. Similarly, in a human being, just lying in a hospital bed or replacing a clogged artery will not stop this kind of heart attack. So it can be fatal.
However, with this type of economic analysis, as with hair mineral testing, one can discern which type of heart attack is likely or is occurring, and know exactly what to do to stop it. It is quite amazing.
THINK OF THE ECONOMY AS A BODY
It has a head, feet, organs and glands.
The head: These are the inventors and entrepreneurs. They are initiators who drive the economy. The head includes the investor class of people, as well. These people are usually middle or upper economic class people, though not necessarily.
The feet: These are the poor and dependent economic class of people.