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Lately I find myself thinking about light. Sunlight, incandescent light, candlelight, the light from our computers and televisions and smart phones, as well as, and maybe most importantly, our own inner light. Depression in the wintertime is well documented, and many of us may notice a certain heaviness on very gray days. Personally, I always feel better when the sun is shining.

I have always waited until the last possible moment at the end of the day, until I can hardly see what I’m doing, to turn on the lights in my house. Candlelight feels romantic sometimes, and often encourages a quiet, meditative state for me. On the other hand, I find that if the television is on, I can’t sleep (some people have the opposite experience) or if I’ve checked my email on my smart phone or used the computer before bedtime, I also have trouble falling asleep. Television tends to leave me feeling empty and a little depressed, so I don’t watch it very often.

But have you noticed that when you are feeling good, and at ease with yourself and open to others, people will say you are glowing? Perhaps because your inner light is shining through. When we feel good about ourselves, others are attracted to us. It’s our job to notice how our surroundings affect us, and at this time of year especially, how we are affected by different sources of light, or lack of light. Studies may have been done to support or negate our anecdotal findings, but in the end, we are the best judge of how our surroundings affect us. What do you need more of in your life, and what do you need less of, in order to allow your own light to shine through in these dark winter days? What makes you glow?

1. Do Your Homework

Check with your local collection center, and find out what it accepts and rejects. Residents in some areas face fines for not recycling. (New York City residents, for example, face up to a $500 ticket.) To find out what your municipality recycles, call 800-CLEANUP or visit recyclingcenters.org.

2. Study Your Trash

What you use most will determine the type and size of the containers you’ll require. If your family drinks a lot of juices and soda, you’ll want a larger bin for cans and bottles.

3. Create Convenience

Ideally, your home recycling center will be a two-part system one part for everyday disposal and the other for storing. The everyday part should be where you generate the most waste―for many, the kitchen. The spot should be as accessible as the trash can, perhaps right next to it. If you are short on space, consider hanging sturdy shopping bags on the inside of a pantry door. Sorting is a tiresome truth of recycling, so why do it twice? Get a divided container that lets you separate as you dispose. (Try the compartmentalized wicker bin from Waste-Not-Baskets; 16-inch basket, $79, waste-not-basket.com.)

4. Pick a Storage Space

When your kitchen bins fill up, move their contents to a storage spot (separate from the household stamping grounds) until it’s time to drop off at the curb or a center. Consider the garage, laundry room, mudroom, or utility closet. Containers should be easy to transport, so look for ones with wheels. If your community has return deposits on cans and bottles, separate them, too, for returns.

5. Post Recycling Guidelines

Learn how you should recycle phone books, metals, makeup, mirrors, and more. It’s a good reminder for your family, and the quick reference makes recycling easier. Use a Magic Marker to write what goes where.

Hell hath no fury like a vaccine zealot during a disease outbreak, with this latest Disneyland measles fiasco a perfect case-in-point. While the corporate media foams violently at the mouth over a few children, some vaccinated, who allegedly contracted measles at Disneyland because not everyone chooses to vaccinate — one hate-filled report from a major news outlet has actually called for parents who oppose vaccinations to be jailed — the level-headed, rational segments of society will recall that many earlier measles outbreaks occurred among fully vaccinated groups of people, debunking the official myth that vaccines provide protection against disease.

In 1987, for example, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) documented a measles outbreak that occurred in Corpus Christi, Texas, in the spring of 1985. Fourteen adolescent-age students, all of whom had been vaccinated for measles, contracted the disease despite having been injected with the MMR vaccine. Researchers noted that more than 99 percent of students at the school — basically all of them — had also been vaccinated, with more than 95 percent of them showing detectable antibodies to measles.

This highly revealing study completely contradicts the official narrative being propagated today that unvaccinated individuals are responsible for disease outbreaks like the one that reportedly began at Disneyland. None of the students in Texas who contracted the measles in 1985 were unvaccinated, and virtually none of their peers were unvaccinated. Consequently, so-called “herd immunity,” which would have been activated based on what health authorities claim as indisputable immunological fact, was also shown to be an unsubstantiated myth, further vindicating the unvaccinated as a possible cause of this particular outbreak.

So what did cause 14 fully vaccinated student to catch measles? A failure of the MMR vaccine, of course, which you will never hear about from the prostitute press. There’s no other valid explanation for why a fully vaccinated group of children, who were surrounded by an almost fully vaccinated group of peers, contracted a disease for which they should have been immune, according to the official story. And there’s no blaming the one or two students who weren’t vaccinated for this outbreak because:

1) not a single unvaccinated student contracted the measles; and
2) herd immunity would have been activated regardless, supposedly protecting everyone.

CDC data published after 1985 outbreak reveals exceptional failure of MMR vaccine

Additionally, those who were vaccinated should have been protected by the vaccine either way — that is, if vaccines really work as claimed. They obviously don’t, which is further evidenced by data later published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

In a 1988 issue of the report, the CDC published data on measles which documented 3,655 cases of measles in 1987, the previous year. Guess how many of these cases were in vaccinated individuals? 1,903, or roughly 52 percent — more than half! So much for the effectiveness of that MMR vaccine that health authorities want you and your family to rush out and get immediately.

MMR is the same vaccine, of course, that was exposed by the CDC whistleblower as causing autism, particularly in young African American boys. And because MMR contains attenuated (weakened) live measles virus, it can also shed from vaccinated individuals to others, which may have been behind past measles outbreaks.

There are number of possible factors here that the media is ignoring in its vicious witch hunt to demonize all those “anti-vaxxers” out there who have legitimate concerns about the safety and effectiveness of this controversial vaccine. But don’t let them bully you — it is ultimately your decision to decide what’s best for your children, even if it means foregoing what the establishment claims is the solution.

In a humorous experiment that exposes published “science” as a subjective mess of opinions and oftentimes deliberate deceptions, a Harvard University medical doctor has confirmed that almost anything can get published in a medical journal for the right price.

Dr. Mark Shrime, M.D., who is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in health policy at his esteemed institution, generated a completely made-up study using the website RandomTextGenerator.com, testing a hypothesis that he could get utter nonsense published into a medical journal.

Inspired by the constant and annoying stream of e-mail spam he says he receives daily, petitioning him to pay a flat-rate sum, usually around $500, to have a single study published in a medical journal, Dr. Shrime decided to take some of these journals up on the offer.

He manufactured a paper titled “Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs? The surgical and neoplastic role of cacao extract in breakfast cereals,” which is filled with five whole pages of complete gibberish. Dr. Shrime proposed the fake study to 37 different journals, and, surprisingly, 17 of them, thus far, have accepted.

None of these journals have actually published the phony study, which opens up with the nonsensical line, “In an intention dependent on questions on elsewhere, we betrayed possible jointure in throwing cocoa.” But each of them has promised to, pending receipt of the respective “processing fee.”

Dr. Shrime has no intention of actually paying these journals to accept his ridiculous study, which is amusingly authored by “Pinkerton A. LeBrain” and “Orson Welles.” But the fact that these would publish his study in exchange for cash is deeply disturbing on many levels.

You can view the fake study in PDF form here:
F.FastCompany.net.

Fake paper reviewed as “novel and innovative” contains not a single meaningful sentence

If you’re assuming at this point that the journals in question simply failed to read the study, you’d be wrong. Several of the journals actually typeset the study and issued reviews, with one glowingly endorsing it as being “novel and innovative”!

The simplicity with which Dr. Shrime was able to initiate his study into the system is mind-boggling, especially in light of the fact that the study contains not a single line of sensical information. Consider the following quotations taken directly from the counterfeit paper:

“Remainder household direction zealously the unwilling bed sex,” and

“Comfort reached gay perhaps chamber his six detract besides add.”

The only aspects of the fake paper that even remotely resemble what might be found in a real one are its structure and headings and the references section.

Top experts, scientists admit even they don’t know which journals and studies are real

The field has become so saturated, apparently, with so many journals and studies pouring in from all over the world, that even top experts and scientists in their own fields admit that they can’t make heads or tails of what’s legitimate anymore.

“As scientists, we’re aware of the top-tier journals in our specific sub-field, but even we cannot always pinpoint if a journal in another field is real or not,” admitted Dr. Shrime to Fast Company.

“For instance, the International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology is the very first journal I was ever published in and it’s legitimate. But the Global Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology is fake. Only someone in my field would know that.”

While the National Library of Medicine tries to overcome this problem by maintaining an official list of legitimate journals in the PubMed database, even this resource is incomplete. Some newer, legitimate studies aren’t in the database yet, and who’s actually in charge of determining which journals are legitimate, for that matter?

When purchasing apple cider vinegar (ACV), people are typically urged to buy something organic that also states “mother” on the label. No, it’s not some indication of a family-made recipe, but rather a vital component that makes ACV so effective; mother of vinegar, or “the mother,” is what gives the vinegar its distinct sour flavor as well as its beneficial antibacterial and antifungal properties.(1)

However, there’s no need to rush to the local market to purchase a bottle.

Why not make your own? It’s a wise idea not just to ensure that it’s as fresh as possible but also to have plenty on hand when it comes to preparedness. As society continually teeters on the brink of devastating environmental, economic and social changes, being well-stocked with the essentials is key.

ACV is one item that’s worth stocking up on.

From better skin to improved digestive health: the many benefits of ACV

It’s touted as a highly effective concoction that does everything from soothe sore throats to help heal skin conditions. In fact, Dr. Carl Korn, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Southern California, suggests using ACV for sunburn relief. He recommends diluting one cup of apple cider vinegar with cool water, then patting the reddened area with mixture.

It’s a mild astringent that works to keep skin healthy. Before the use of antibiotics, American Civil War soldiers turned to ACV to clean and disinfect wounds.(1)

ACV is also used for those with a dry, flaky scalp. When used as a rinse, it not only makes hair soft but fights the fungus responsible for creating dandruff.(1)

It’s also been touted as a great way to improve digestive health, clear eczema, regulate blood sugar and alleviate heartburn.(2)

It’s easy to see that ACV is beneficial for overall health. Here’s how to go about making your own so you can always have plenty of this powerful healing vinegar around.

According to knowledgeable “fermenter,” California chef and blogger Graham Pearson, ACV is “very refreshing, versatile and… quite popularly healthy for us as a tonic, cleaning solution, preserving medium and cooking element.” He wrote, “It might just be a culinary jack of all trades.” Pearson explains that making homemade ACV is easy and something everyone should consider. The steps below are all from his blog post on the topic, “Making Apple Cider Vinegar,” which is housed on MySurvivalPlan.com.(3)

7 easy steps to make homemade ACV

Step 1: Wash 10 whole apples or the scraps from up to 30 apples with pure spring water or filtered water. Chop them up into pieces no smaller than one inch chunks.

Step 2: Fill a large glass jar (one-half gallon sized at a minimum) with the apple pieces at least half way. It’s okay to even include seeds and stems.

Step 3: Fill the jar of apple slices with water until it’s at least three-quarters or entirely full. Pearson warns, “Do not exceed 2 parts water to 1 part scraps which will leave you with a diluted, low acidity vinegar.”

Step 4: Sprinkle sugar (organic cane or wild organic honey, one-quarter cup to each quart of water) into the jar with the apple scraps and water.

Over the course of an hour, stir occasionally with a wooden spoon, making sure to cover the container with a cheesecloth that’s secured with twine or a rubber band. Then, repeat this process for one week, stirring the ingredients with a spoon and making sure to keep the jar in a darkened area. It will be normal for bubbling and foaming to take place, and for a strong odor to exist. That’s a good thing; it’s all part of the fermentation process and means that it’s working.

Step 5: Once the apples have settled to the bottom of the jar, use the cheesecloth to strain them so that only the remaining liquid is transferred into another container.

Step 6: Cover this liquid with a cloth and again, store in a warm, dark location. This time, it will be stored for four to six weeks, in which time you’ll see that the mother will form on the surface.

Step 7: Keep sealed and out of sunlight, just as you would with store-purchased ACV. After about another two weeks, it should lose its alcohol content, become more acidic and develop into the ACV you’ve come to know. Of course, you may alter the taste by straining the liquid from the mother and determining what best suits your taste buds. If the ACV is too acidic, you can add water to mellow the taste.

That’s it.

In seven easy steps, it’s possible to make homemade ACV. You’re well on your way to better skin and digestive health and an improved immune system.

Just about everyone experiences lulls in productivity while at work, but a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Exeter, working with four other universities, has discovered that adding green plants to work spaces can change that. The findings show that adding such greenery to office environments can not only increase productivity but also lead to better concentration levels, improve overall satisfaction and create happier employees.(1)

“Although previous laboratory research pointed in this direction, our research is, to our knowledge, the first to examine this in real offices, showing benefits over the long term,” said lead researcher Marlon Nieuwenhuis. “It directly challenges the widely accepted business philosophy that a lean office with clean desks is more productive.” Nieuwenhuis went on to explain that the productivity levels of two offices in the Netherlands and the UK — a large call center and a city auditor — were monitored for 18 months, and ultimately, it was found that productivity shot up 15 percent when otherwise sparsely decorated office spaces were enhanced with the addition of plants.(1,2)

Significant improvements on employee memory retention and similar tests were noted, as was overall satisfaction in the workplace. Additionally, their ability to concentrate improved and some even reported an improvement in perceived air quality.(2)

Forget lean, go green: plants better than sparse work environments

Many of the environments, prior to the addition of plants were shockingly “lean,” a term that’s become synonymous with productivity, which isn’t backed by scientific evidence. The idea is that anything other than the necessary items to complete tasks such as computers, staplers and pens, is distracting and, therefore, is not conducive to an efficient workplace. However, as studies are showing, the addition of green plants creates an environment in which people feel more comfortable, less stressed and are more inclined to feel better and excel at tasks at work.

Dr. Chris Knight from Exeter University said, “What was important was that everybody could see a plant from their desk. If you are working in an environment where there’s something to get you psychologically engaged you are happier and you work better.”

Of the lean concept, study co-author professor Alex Haslam of the University of Queensland’s School of Psychology said that their “research questions this widespread conviction that less is more. Sometimes less is just less.”(2)

Best plants for office environments

Plants that are said to be ideal for office environments are plentiful but vary based on each office’s lighting situation. For spaces with low light, spider plants and philodendrons are ideal. Areas were light is moderate or primarily artificial, such as in an open-floor office, is good for peace lilies and snake plants, while African violets and aloe plants thrive near windows or in areas where they can get indirect light.(3)

As for aloe plants in particular, consider that have benefits beyond improving productivity and workplace happiness: They can help health, too. Their gel, which resides inside the leaves of the plant and can easily be extracted, possesses antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties which studies have found helps heal wounds, destroys cancer cells, fights inflammation and even keeps blood sugar levels stable in diabetics.(4)

Depending on the particular health need and personal preferences, the gel can be applied topically and even consumed by eating it fresh or adding it to smoothies.

Those infamous last words once spoken by Barack Obama — if you own a business that you built from the ground up, you didn’t actually build it — apparently had a lasting effect on some members of Congress. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), seemingly reflective of this sentiment, recently told a conference room full of people that, because the government supposedly helped create pharmaceuticals and vaccines (with taxpayer money), it deserves a kickback every time a drug company is convicted of engaging in criminal behavior.

Rather than chastise the drug industry for committing countless crimes against humanity throughout the course of its existence, Sen. Warren emphasized only increased financial penalties so that the feds can get a larger cut of the spoils following a conviction. Drug companies shouldn’t actually be punished for their crimes, in other words, with executives going to prison and licenses being revoked — Sen. Warren thinks there merely needs to be a “swear jar,” of sorts, for when a drug company needs a little time-out to pay the piper.

“We celebrate the accomplishments of our pharmaceutical industry because these blockbuster drugs let people live longer, healthier lives,” Warren said at a recent meeting of the Families USA Health Action Conference in Washington, D.C., her statements likely accompanied by a resonant “ka-ching” sound inside her own head.

Warren went on to claim that the federal government helped build all these amazing “medical innovations,” which kill upwards of 100,000 people in the U.S. annually, it turns out. And since the feds essentially acted as drug and vaccine investors from the start — on the taxpayer dime, of course — they deserve a cut of the profits, in Warren’s view.

Instead of taxing the industry directly, though, Warren has proposed the next best thing — taxing the crimes of the drug industry, which are many. Warren knows that Big Pharma is all about breaking the law for a buck, which is why she wants to start fining the industry for committing felonies in the same way that traffic violators are given citations. In her mind, intentionally selling a drug that kills thousands of people is no different from parking too long at the meter.

“It’s like a swear jar,” stated Warren about her ridiculous new revenue-generating scheme. “Whenever a huge drug company that is generating enormous profits as a result of federal research investments gets caught breaking the law — and wants off the hook — it has to put some money in the jar to help fund the next generation of medical research.”

Federal government openly admits drug industry is like family

So just to make sure we’re clear, Warren very clearly thinks that the drug industry is no more menacing than a disobedient child who occasionally needs his weekly allowance taken away for talking back to his mother. And when that same child doesn’t eat his peas, it’s a timeout in the corner and no dessert for you, mister!

Except, in this case, we’re talking about corporate monoliths committing violent crimes against the public for profit. Warren’s simplistic and foolish comparison of a child throwing a few pennies into a jar for saying a bad word, with an industry that releases deadly drugs like Vioxx, which killed more than 60,000 people before being pulled off the market, is utter insanity.

But this represents the true character of America’s leaders today — protect the evil, prosecute the just, and rake in the dough. If Warren’s proposal passes, she may end up with plenty of cash in her pocket. But she will also have blood on her hands, and likely an eternity of torment for her soul.

It’s not exactly the most appropriate subject for your next dinner party, but poop has a lot to say about the status of your health if you’re willing to listen. If you can get over the gross factor, analyzing the consistency, appearance and frequency of your bowel movements might help you identify underlying health problems of which you may not even be aware.

A healthy stool is composed of about 75 percent water, with the rest constituting a mildly malodorous mixture of fiber, live and dead bacteria, various cells and mucus. This compositional breakdown allows for just enough water to pass waste through the intestinal tract, eliminating it as a smooth, sausage-like snake that is firm in shape but soft in texture.

Eat Local Grown describes it as the “holy grail” of healthy poop, and you can see it for yourself on the Bristol Stool Chart here (Type 4):
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As you will notice, the Type 4 “perfect” poop is positioned smack-dab in the middle of the chart — not too dry and not too watery. Under optimal circumstances, your gut is able to appropriate the most beneficial ratios, allowing for enough water to be absorbed into your cells and enough to be absorbed into your poop.

There are many factors that can throw off this ratio, of course. Dehydration, excess sugar consumption, damaged gut bacteria, parasites and viruses can all disrupt your bowel movements, leading to bulky stools that are hard to pass, for instance, or watery stools that constitute diarrhea — and everything in between.

Healthy stool color should be a gentle brown; anything else points to problems

As far as color, a healthy stool should be a medium-brownish color. If a stool is black in color, this could indicate bleeding in the stomach or small intestine, says Dr. Jean-Pierre Raufman, a gastroenterologist at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. If a stool is blackish-green, this could indicate too much iron or overconsumption of bismuth-containing stomach medicines like Pepto-Bismol.

Bright red stools are also problematic, potentially indicating the possibility of blood in the lower part of the digestive tract, which includes the large intestine, rectum and anus. Pale white or yellow stools, on the other hand, may indicate improper levels of digestive bile being released after food is consumed.

“The reason why stool is brown is because of our normal production of bile,” said Dr. Raufman. “If there’s a problem with bile flow, that may mean a problem like cancer of the bile ducts, or pancreatic cancer or hepatitis.”

Many people aren’t making enough HCl, which leaves too much undigested food in poop

The shape and consistency of a stool is also indicative of how well the digestive system is functioning. Looser stools that contain visible chunks of undigested food — a healthy stool should only contain about 30 percent undigested material — could point to a lack of hydrochloric acid (HCl) production, which is worsened when people take antacids (which further reduce HCl levels).

Correcting these and other problems involves the usual suspects — proper diet (eating the right things and avoiding the wrong ones), supporting your gut (with fermented foods and probiotics), hydrating yourself, exercising and avoiding pharmaceutical drugs. You can learn more about this here:
EatLocalGrown.com.

“The digestive tract contains more bacterial cells than there are cells in the entire body,” maintains Dr. Raufman. “It’s very important that our bowels work well to absorb necessary nutrients but also keep out any foods, chemicals and germs that could do us harm.”

If ever there was an answer about whether or not those in a vegetative state possess awareness, it’s found in the story of Martin Pistorius. He fell into a coma likely brought on by cryptococcal meningitis in the 1980s. However, after 12 years in a vegetative state, Pistorius has shocked not only his family — but the world — by recently coming out of his coma, and by also informing them of something that’s often wondered by people, but not necessarily confirmed: He was aware of his surroundings the majority of the time.(1)

His story provides hope while also offering insight as to whether or not those in a coma are capable of comprehending the environment around them. Pistorius, who is now 39, says that about two years into his comatose state, he started waking up. However, he was unable to convey this through voice and expression. Although he says he was “aware of everything, just like any normal person,” he was sadly thrust into a world that denied the possibility of this, because of his condition. As such, he sadly recalls the time his own mother, fueled with frustration over her son’s health, said to him that she wished he’d die. All is forgiven though. “As time passed,” he said, “I gradually learned to understand my mother’s desperation. Every time she looked at me, she could see only a cruel parody of the once-healthy child she had loved so much.”(1)

His waking up also shows that perhaps keeping a patient in a stimulating, thought-provoking environment can benefit their mental health.

For example, Pistorius recalls many of hospital staff members keeping nothing but the purple “I love you, you love me” singing dinosaur on the television in his room. He craved to learn more about the world around him, but, convinced that he was unaware, nurses left him with endless repeats of the popular childhood TV program. “I cannot even express to you how much I hated Barney,” he said.(1)

Today, he is now married and has written a book appropriately titled Ghost Boy. A description of the book says, “Through Martin’s story we get a glimpse what it is like to be unable to communicate yet feeling and understanding everything. Martin’s emergence from his darkness enables us to celebrate the human spirit and is a wake-up call to cherish our own lives.”(1,2)

Alternative methods of communication important for those in coma, brain-injured

Additionally, his story also raises awareness about Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). AAC is likened to what a wheelchair is to walking; they are alternative ways to communicate with those needing verbal assistance and may include the use of gestures, communication books and various technological communication devices.(3)

One similar technology involves that of brain imaging and is similar to what theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking uses to communicate. While not in a coma, Hawking is confined to a wheelchair and “speaks” using technology and blinking his eyes at appropriate times.

“What we’ve been able to do in the last few years is develop brain imaging methods,” using MRI and EEGs, said Dr. Damian Cruse, who was a guest speaker at a New Beginnings Brain Injury Association of Chatham-Kent event in Ontario, Canada. He explains that such tools are being closely looked at as ways to help those trapped in a coma “tell” family members that their words and other sounds can indeed be heard.(4)

Studies: Those in vegetative state may have “conscious awareness”

Several studies have indicated that awareness in comatose individuals does indeed exist.

For example, one study conducted by British and Canadian authors found that some of the 16 patients thought to be unconscious and deemed physically unresponsive were actually able to generate proper EEG responses to a couple of specific commands.(5)

This study was published in the journal The Lancet. Titled “Bedside detection of awareness in the vegetative state: a cohort study,” it notes, “We aimed to assess bedside detection of awareness with an electroencephalography (EEG) technique in patients in the vegetative state.”

The study says:

Despite rigorous clinical assessment, many patients in the vegetative state are misdiagnosed. The EEG method that we developed is cheap, portable, widely available, and objective. It could allow the widespread use of this bedside technique for the rediagnosis of patients who behaviourally seem to be entirely vegetative, but who might have residual cognitive function and conscious awareness.(6)

Fifty years after President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a “war on poverty,” and five years after President Obama’s administration declared the “Great Recession” over, a record number of Americans remain on taxpayer-supported federal and state assistance programs.

According to the most recent government figures, as reported by CNSNews.com, more than 46 million Americans are not only currently receiving some level of food stamp assistance but have been receiving that assistance for more than three years straight.

The news website further elaborated:

The number of beneficiaries on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)–AKA food stamps–has topped 46,000,000 for 38th straight months, according to data released by the Department of Agriculture (USDA).

In October 2014, the latest month reported, there were 46,674,364 Americans on food stamps. Food stamp recipients have exceeded 46 million since September 2011.

Millions more being added to the dole

The number of people receiving food stamps in October represented an increase of 214,434, up from 46,459,930 in September.

As of July, the website noted, the national population, according to Census Bureau estimates, was 318,857,056; so the 46,674,364 represented 14.6 percent of the population.

“The number of households on food stamps increased from 22,749,951 in September to 22,867,248 in October, an increase of 117,297,” CNSNews.com reported.

By September, the Census Bureau data indicated that there were 115,831,000 households in the country. So, that means the 22,867,248 households on food stamp assistance in October was equal to 19.7 percent of the nation’s total.

“The 46,674,364 people on food stamps in the United States also exceeded the total populations of Columbia (46,245,297), Kenya (46,245,297), Ukraine (44,291,413) and Argentina (43,024,374),” said CNSNews.com, while that figure was slightly less than the population of Spain, at 47,737,941.

On average, food stamp households received $261.44 in assistance during the month of October; total benefits paid out by the Department of Agriculture cost taxpayers more than $5.9 billion

In 1969, just four years after the food stamp program was initiated via “war on poverty” legislation that created the program (along with Medicaid), there were fewer than 2.9 million Americans receiving food assistance. By 2014 the numbers had grown by nearly 1,517 percent.

Additional — and new — federal benefits and entitlement programs were expected to increase participation in SNAP and other food assistance programs. In November 2013, The Daily Caller reported:

Obamacare could lead more people enrolling in assistance programs, like food stamps, cash assistance and childcare.

Obamacare’s individual mandate — which compels more people to seek out health insurance — paired with the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare has created a perfect storm for an increase in low-income assistance program participation, Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions’ Senate Budget Committee staff explained to The Daily Caller this week.

Obamacare will also expand other entitlement and benefit programs paid for by taxpayers

“Many states use an online system to streamline the enrollment process for low-income assistance programs. After entering some information about your family structure and financial resources, these systems guide individuals through an application for a series of programs, Medicaid and [the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps] included,” said the staffers.

Indeed, once more Americans learned they qualified for Obamacare’s (taxpayer-supported) financial assistance, Medicaid numbers skyrocketed. Researchers with the Heritage Foundation said in an October 2014 study that the bulk of Obamacare enrollment increases were in the Medicaid program.

“Health insurance enrollment data show that the number of Americans with private health insurance coverage increased by a bit less than 2.5 million in the first half of 2014. While enrollment in individual market coverage grew by almost 6.3 million, 61 percent of that gain was offset by a reduction of nearly 3.8 million individuals with employer-sponsored coverage,” said an abstract of the study. “During the same period, Medicaid enrollment increased by almost 6.1 million–principally as a result of Obamacare expanding eligibility to able-bodied, working-age adults.”

In sum, the report noted, 71 percent of the total increase in health insurance coverage during the first half of last year was attributable to Obamacare Medicaid expansion in 25 states and Washington, D.C.