South American Vine Treats Neurogenerative Disorders and Is More Powerful Than Antidepressants

on 3 March, 2014 at 09:59

Banisteriopsis caapi, also known as ayahuasca, caapi or yaje, is a South American jungle vine used to prepare a decoction with a long history of entheogenic uses as a medicine and “plant teacher” among the indigenous peoples of the Amazon Rainforest. It has unique properties found to treat Parkinson’s disease and other neurogenerative disorders.

B.caapi contains harmine, harmaline, and tetrahydroharmine, all of which are both beta-carboline harmala alkaloids and Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs). The MAOIs in B. caapi allow the primary psychoactive compound, DMT (which is introduced from the other primary ingredient in ayahausca, the Psychotria viridis plant), to be orally active.

The name ayahuasca means “vine of the soul”and the shamans of the indigenous western Amazonian tribes use the plant in religious and healing ceremonies. In addition to its hallucinogenic properties, caapi is used for its healing properties as a purgative, effectively cleansing the body of parasites and helping the digestive tract.

Harmala alkaloids are short term yet powerful MAOIs which render tryptamines orally active by temporarily reducing levels of monoamine oxidase in the body which otherwise rapidly destroys them. Their effects are more powerful and less toxic than pharmaceutical SSRIs since they do not lead to suicidal tendencies and other side effects which detrimentally affect human behavior.

The principal ayahuasca compounds have a common indole structure which, through several mechanisms, influences certain functions of the central nervous system (CNS). The relevant factor is the biochemical similarity of these compounds to the neurotransmitter serotonin (5-HT). The harmala alkaloids in ayahuasca, primarily harmine and tetrahydroharmine, reversibly inhibit the neuronal enzyme monoamine oxidase (MAO).

This allows DMT to be active when ingested orally. It also facilitates accumulation of biogenic amines, such as 5-HT, which are normally metabolized by monoamine oxidase enzymes. DMT is a naturally-occurring biochemical substance secreted by the human body in the pineal gland. It occurs in hundreds of plant species worldwide. It can produce very powerful visionary effects when smoked in its pure form or taken orally in Ayahuasca.

The Ayahuasca Experience 

People who have consumed ayahuasca report having spiritual revelations regarding their purpose on earth, the true nature of the universe as well as deep insight into how to be the best person they possibly can. This is viewed by many as a spiritual awakening and what is often described as a rebirth. In addition it is often reported that individuals can gain access to higher spiritual dimensions and make contact with various spiritual or extra dimensional beings who can act as guides or healers.

Wild cats including Jaguars looking for a high will seek out the roots of the caapi plant and gnaw on them until they start to hallucinate. In fact, some scientists believe that humans learned how to use the root by observing the jaguars hallucinate after consuming the plant.

It is incorrect, however, to characterize the Ayahuasca experience as merely an oral DMT experience activated by a beta carboline MAO inhibitor. The holistic processes at work are far more complex and it is unquestionably the ayahuasca vine which fuels the transformative power and profound teaching of the Ayahuasca experience.

It is nearly always said that people experience profound positive changes in their life subsequent to consuming ayahuasca and it is often viewed as one of the most effective tools of enlightenment. Vomiting can follow ayahuasca ingestion; this purging is considered by many shamans and experienced users of ayahuasca to be an essential part of the experience as it represents the release of negative energy and emotions built up over the course of one’s life. There are many reports of miraculous physical as well as emotional and spiritual healing resulting from the use of ayahuasca.

A Natural Healer of The Mind and Spirit

A study in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology found an additional basis to the existing claims of Banisteriopsis caapi stem extract for the treatment of Parkinsonism, including other neurodegenerative disorders.

At least 42 indigenous names for this preparation are known. It is remarkable and significant that at least 72 different indigenous tribes of Amazonia, however widely separated by distance, language, and cultural differences, all manifested a detailed common knowledge of ayahuasca and its use for medicinal and spiritual use.

Both the plant and the medicine prepared from it are called ‘ayahuasca’ in most of the Peruvian Amazon. However, many distinguish the ayahuasca vine (Banisteriopsis caapi) from the medicinal brew (ayahuasca combined with a companion plant such as chacruna).

Accessiblity and Legality

Ayahuasca has also stirred debate regarding intellectual property protection of traditional knowledge. In 1986 the US Patent and Trademarks Office allowed the granting of a patent on the ayahuasca vine B. Caapi. It allowed this patent based on the assumption that ayahuasca’s properties had not been previously described in writing. Several public interest groups, including the Coordinating Body of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA) and the Coalition for Amazonian Peoples and Their Environment (Amazon Coalition) objected. In 1999 they brought a legal challenge to this patent which had granted a private US citizen “ownership” of the knowledge of a plant that is well-known and sacred to many indigenous peoples of the Amazon, and used by them in religious and healing ceremonies.

In the United States, caapi is not specifically regulated. In Australia, the harmala alkaloids are scheduled substances, including Harmine and harmaline, but the living vine, or other source plants are not in most states. On the State of Queensland as of March 2008 this distinction is now uncertain. In all states the dried herb may or may not be considered a scheduled substance, dependent on court rulings. In Canada, harmala is listed under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act as a schedule III substance. The vine is also considered a controlled substance as it contains harmaline which the law states anything containing a controlled substance will be treated the same.

About the Author

John Summerly is nutritionist, herbologist, and homeopathic practitioner. He is a leader in the natural health community and consults athletes, executives and most of all parents of children on the benefits of complementary therapies for health and prevention.

Neuroscientist Exposes Dangers of Electromagnetic Fields

Electromagnetic Killing Fields / image source

Kevin Samson
Activist Post

Neuroscience has come under scrutiny for its involvement in an array of mind control initiatives and other ethically questionable research. But at least one neuroscientist from Sweden has gone on record to caution against the increasing dangers of Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) on human beings and other living organisms, as you will see in the presentation below.

Our modern world is creating an electromagnetic soup filled with electrical pulses, radio frequencies, computer screens, wireless signals, as well as personal devices such as cell phones and gadgets that are emitting damaging radiation. There are many peer-reviewed scientific studies which are drawing conclusions that should concern us all, but particularly young children and pregnant women. In fact, the debate is heating up to such a level that government agencies are even infighting over the matter, as evidenced when the Department of the Interior recently sent a letter with their own scientific papers chastising the FCC for using standards that are 30 years out of date. As the DOI stated, the concern is not only in the negative health effects upon people, but upon wildlife as well.

Please listen to Professor Olle Johansson, PhD as he offers a comprehensive view of the many issues surrounding EMFs, including an industry-wide attempt by telecom to cover up the negative consequences. His information is echoed by the recent reversal of a ruling in Maine which had everything to do with industry pressure and influence. Professor Johansson also addresses what we can do to protect ourselves and our environment from the impact of EMFs.

Dr. Johansson is Associate Professor in the Neuroscience department of the world-renowned Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. This presentation was filmed at a technical seminar on the Environment and Health in Barcelona, Spain. It is a key presentation, as he is speaking to medical practitioners, not only to a lay audience. Nevertheless, it’s a very straightforward and easily understood lecture. Particularly troubling is his opening sequence which recounts the long history of known negative health effects.

Protect Yourself From Cell Phone Radiation - SafeSpace Cell Phone ProtectorHe also asserts that all people are hypersensitive to EMFs and are being radiated in the classical way that we would think of as related to major events such as Fukushima. The health effects are long term – including DNA fragmentation – and also must be addressed as a cumulative threat.

At the very least, Professor Johansson asserts, EMFs very easily can be linked to a growing number of allergies, and he urges us to re-evaluate the rise in allergic conditions in tandem with the rise in the use of electronic devices.

Please share this information and help your friends and family make better informed decisions in a world of increased connectivity. Professor Johansson is no Luddite, but a concerned scientist who would like to see a full open debate based on the very troubling scientific health studies he cites.

This video can help to start a debate in your local community and government, before the lowest standards possible continue to be applied to human health and the environment. If you find yourself grappling with the apathy of others, I’d like to leave you with a quote:

When I die, I want the last thought to be I did my best; not I could have done better.Professor Olle Johansson 

Hat tip: Stop Smartmeters UK

Negative Emotions Target Major Bodily Organs


When your body is at rest, it focuses on healing.

What could your body’s focus be if you’ve already done the preparation,

and it does not need to heal from “food” consumption or negative feelings?



You don’t have to live in a rural area to crave locally grown foods. And you don’t have to move to the countryside to grow them.

More and more people are growing their own food. Either because they want to be more self-sufficient. Or because they want cleaner, healthier food. And the “grow-your-own” movement is finding creative ways to fit gardening into their schedules. And into common spaces.

In Japan, commuters can plant seeds and pull weeds while they’re waiting for their train to arrive. And they’re grooming their gardens right in the center of the world’s most populated city—Tokyo. Because Japan’s commuters can lease public garden space on the train station rooftop.

Tokyo isn’t the only city planting gardens on their rooftop. It’s happening all over the world, including in some American cities.

Read more about Tokyo’s train station rooftop farms

Check out this video of rooftop farms in New York City

Learn more about rooftop farming

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Cone snail drug 100x more potent than morphine: A new drug from cone snail venom could offer hope to chronic pain sufferers

 Great news!!

Australian cone snail (Conus textile), with proboscis extended and poised for attack. Image Credit: AAP Image/Melbourne University/David Paul


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  • March 17, 2014

AN EXPERIMENTAL DRUG made from cone snail venom has shown early signs of promise in numbing pain, raising hopes in the hunt for new, non-addictive medications, an Australian researcher says.

The drug, which has not been tested yet on humans, is judged to be about 100 times more potent than morphine or gabapentin, which are currently considered the gold standard for chronic nerve pain.

The active ingredient, conotoxin, comes from carnivorous cone snails, which are common in the western Pacific and Indian Ocean.

The marine animals can reach out and stab prey, injecting a venom that paralyses fish long enough for them to be eaten.

Cone snail venom use for experimental pain drugs

A tiny protein derived from the snail’s venom has formed the basis of five new experimental compounds, says lead researcher David Craik of the University of Queensland.

A preliminary study using one of these new compounds on lab rats “appeared to significantly reduce pain,” said a press statement released ahead of David’s presentation at an American Chemical Society meeting in Dallas, Texas on Sunday.

“This is an important incremental step that could serve as the blueprint for the development of a whole new class of drugs capable of relieving one of the most severe forms of chronic pain that is currently very difficult to treat,” David said.

Cone snail venom is non-addictive

Animal venoms are poisons that can block certain channels in the nervous system, and act differently to opioid painkillers such as morphine and hydrocodone, which carry the risk of addiction and death from overdose.

Pharmaceutical companies have begun investigating venoms in recent years as potential sources of new drugs for managing neuropathic pain, which can arise from cancer, AIDS, diabetes and other debilitating diseases.

One conotoxin-derived drug, ziconotide, has already been approved for human use. However, it is not available in pill form and must be infused directly into the lower part of the spinal cord.

The five new compounds David and colleagues are developing would be taken orally.

“We don’t know about side effects yet, as it hasn’t been tested in humans. But we think it would be safe,” David said, adding that human trials are at least two years away.

The Wim Hof Method *Revealed* – How to Consciously Control Your Immune System


We previously published an article about Wim Hof, holder of 20 Guinness World Records for withstanding extreme temperatures. He has climbed Everest and Kilimanjaro in only shorts and shoes, stayed comfortably in ice baths for hours, and run a marathon in the desert with no water.

Wim is able to accomplish these feats with ease through the use of ‘The Wim Hof Method’ — a breathing technique that allows you to control the autonomous systems of the body.

However the most earthshaking effect of the Wim Hof method is the ability to consciously control the immune system to fight off any disease. By becoming more in tune with the body, Wim says you can rid yourself of even the most destructive diseases, including AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis, and cancer.

Wim is currently working with a group of university researchers to prove that anyone can do the extraordinary things he does. He’s taking 12 participants who have no prior training, and instructing them over the span of a week. At the end of the week, each participant will be injected with a bacterium than normally causes violent nausea, vomiting and fever for several days. However, with the use of the Wim Hof Method, the participants will feel nothing (Wim previously did this and felt no more than a slight headache).

Wim recently came to do a workshop with the Valhalla Movement team and explained that he wants as many people to know about this as possible. His vision is a world without sickness.

So without further ado, here are the principles of the Wim Hof Method…

(we highly recommend you to take his online course or one of his workshops to fully be able to understand all the ins and outs.)


The Method

The Wim Hof Method is similar to Tummo (inner heat) Meditation and Pranayama (yogic breathing). Yet it is something else entirely. While Wim has studied yoga and meditation for many years, this technique primordially comes from what he terms ‘cold hard nature’. By subjecting himself to the bitter conditions of nature, he learned to withstand the extreme forces of cold, heat and fear. If you learn this method or technique correctly, it will empower you do to the same.

The first part is a breathing exercise which can be likened to controlled hyperventilation. This is, of course, an oxymoron. Hyperventilation is something which happens involuntarily. But just imagine the breathing part, without any of stress triggers that normally cause this way of breathing. The image will consist of rapid breathing that makes one languid, invigorates one, makes one high on oxygen. One mechanism of this practice is the complete oxygenation of your blood and cells.

1) Get comfortable and close your eyes

Sit in a meditation posture, whatever is most comfortable for you. Make sure you can expand your lungs freely without feeling any constriction. It is recommended to do this practice right after waking up since your stomach is still empty.

2) Warm Up

Inhale deeply. Really draw the breath in until you feel a slight pressure from inside your chest on your solar plexus. Hold this for a moment and then exhale completely. Push the air out as much as you can. Hold this for a moment. Repeat this warm up round 15 times.

3) 30 Power Breaths

Imagine you’re blowing up a balloon. Inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth in short but powerful bursts. The belly is pulled inward when you are breathing out and is pulled outward when you are breathing in. Keep a steady pace and use your midriff fully. Close your eyes and do this around 30 times or until you feel your body is saturated with oxygen. Symptoms could be light-headedness, tingling sensations in the body, electrical surges of energy.

4) Scan your body

During the 30 power breaths, delve into your body and become aware of it as possible. Trace your awareness up and down your body and use your intuition as to what parts lack energy and what parts are overflowing. Scan for any blockage between the two. Try to send energy/warmth to those blockages. Then release them deeper and deeper. Tremors, traumas and emotional releases can come up. It can be likened to kundalini rising. Feel the whole body fill up with warmth and love. Feel the negativity burn away.

Often people report swirling colors and other visual imagery during this exercise. Once you encounter them, go into them, embrace them, merge with them. Get to know this inner world and how it correlates to the feeling of tension or blockages in your body.

5) The Hold

After the the 30 rapid succession of breath cycles, draw the breath in once more and fill the lungs to maximum capacity without using too much force. Then push all of the air out and hold for as long as you can. Draw the chin in a bit so as to prevent air from coming in again. Really relax and open all energy channels in your body. Notice how all the oxygen is spreading around in your body. Hold the breath until you experience the gasp reflex on the top of your chest.

6) Recovery Breath

Inhale to full capacity. Feel your chest expanding. Release any tension in the solar plexus. When you are at full capacity, hold the breath once more. Drop the chin to the chest and hold this for around 15 seconds. Notice that you can direct the energy with your awareness. Use this time to scan the body and see where there is no color, tension or blockages. Feel the edges of this tension, go into it, move the energy towards this black hole. Feel the constrictions burning away, the dark places fill with light. Relax the body deeper as you move further inward, let everything go. Your body knows better than you do. After 15 seconds you have completed the first round.

Start this practice with one or two rounds. Try to do it daily and add two more rounds in a few days. After you feel more comfortable with holding your breath you can start to add exercises and stretches. Work up to a minimum of 15 minutes or 6 rounds with exercises. You can do this practice for how long it pleases you.

If you feel dizziness or pain, get out of the posture and lie on your back. Breathe easily again and stop this practice session.

Reserve at least 5 minutes after this practice to relax and scan the body.


  1. 30 times balloon blowing
  2. Breathe in fully
  3. Breath out fully and hold until gasp reflex
  4. Inhale fully and hold for 10-15 seconds.
  5. Repeat until finished
  6. Take 5 minutes to relax and scan your body


Bonus Power-ups

  • Add push-ups or yoga poses during the time you are holding your breath until you wait for the gasp reflex. Notice that you are stronger without air than you would normally be if you could breathe!
  • Charge the energy up the spine by holding moola banda, contract the rectum & sex organ and pull the navel inward towards the spine.
  • Stand up in squat position and do the balloon breath. Try to breathe away the burn. (get seated again the moment you continue the cycle, you don’t want to be standing and faint) See if you can get the energy overtake the pain. Don’t give up easily and see how far you can go if you have the willpower!

Cold Exposure

After the  body scan of the previous exercise you are ready let your body embrace the cold. It is very important to try to relax as much as you can, really be with the cold, only then can your body process the signals and start thermogenesis. As Wim says, “the cold is your warm friend!

Cold Showers

If you are new to cold exposure, start with cold showers. Begin with your feet and then follow with your legs, your stomach, shoulders, neck and back and finally your head. An initial shock, shivering and hyperventilation is normal. Try to remain calm and breathe easily. Close your eyes and really try to embrace the cold.

If you feel any strong physical uncomfortableness, like heavy shivering, numbness or pain, get your body warm again as soon as possible.

Once you are out of the shower, take a moment to do another slow body scan before you dry yourself.

Cold exposure works like weight lifting, you get stronger over time. There are little muscles around your veins that contract when they get into contact with the cold. After some time (only 1-2 weeks according to Wim) these become stronger, making your veins healthier and reducing the force that your heart has to use to pump blood around your body.

You can increase exposure over time. At one point the cold will feel just as comfortable as wearing your favorite pajamas and you can skip the warm shower completely. Notice how you feel amazing after a cold shower and sluggish after a warm one.

Ice Baths

After a few weeks of cold showers you can up the ante to an ice bath. Get 2-3 bags of ice at your local convenience store and put them in a half-full bath tub. Wait until around two thirds is melted or that the water has reached your designated temperature (10 / 12 °C (50 / 59 °F)). You can throw in a couple of handfuls of salt to speed up this process.

As with the cold showers, try to relax as much as you can. Start out with around 10 minutes and increase exposure over time. If you feel uncomfortable or in doubt, get out. After this exercise make sure you do another body scan.

It is normal to feel extra cold after a small period of time after the ice bath. This is called the after-drop. Take a hot glass of raw coca and keep your blood flowing by talking a walk. You’ll feel amazing after!

These exercises are extremely powerful when done consistently and with intent. Try them and out and report your findings in the comments below! Remember, the cold is your warm friend.

Interview with Wim

Here is an interview I did with Wim while he was staying at The Valhalla Movement HQ. He speaks about the origins of the Wim Hof Method, and his vision of a world free of sickenss.

Halotherapy and Salt Rooms: Fresh Air For Lungs and Alternative Medicine

March 29, 2014 | By

WIKI-salt mine-Rocker1984Jefferey Jaxen, Staff Writer
Waking Times

Salt has been an essential, virtually omnipresent part of medicine for thousands of years. It has been used as a remedy, a support treatment, and a preventive measure. Salt can be taken internally or applied topically and continues to be administered in an exceedingly wide variety of forms. Although popular and long established in Europe and many other countries, spelenotherapy and halotherapy are quickly catching on in America as powerful alternative and complementary medical modalities. Spelenotherapy is a method that uses the specific and unique properties of natural underground salt caves/mines to treat chronic and allergic respiratory disorders. Halotherapy involves salt aerosol inhalation and the use of saline solutions, typically utilizing a halogenerator.

Extensive Proven Research

Salt has been widely known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Once again, the United States appears to be behind in publicly-available research regarding this alternative therapy. Halotherapy is, and has been, medically and scientifically-proven to eliminate and/or significantly (statistically) decrease rhinitis, bronchitis (chronic & acute), chronic obstructive lung disease, cystic fibrosis (symptom of), sinusitis, occupational toxic-dust bronchitis (think 911 First Responders), and asthma, among other illnesses. From my personal research in speaking with those who are associated with salt therapy, it is noticed that children respond quicker and have the ability to recover or eliminate respiratory ailments, although both children and adults alike see improvements.

Salt Mining Health

There are a handful of destinations in the world where people can go to experience the effects of spelenotherapy. Among the world’s largest are in Wieliczka, Poland and Parajd, Romania. These mines are known as the world’s best microclimates in which the body can normalize and rejuvenate, specifically focusing on respiratory function. Stays from a day to a few weeks, state-of-the-art diagnostic testing, and high-quality health service treatments are common in these mines. In addition, the Wieliczka Salt Mine Health Resort co-operates with scientific institutions and medical institutions in Poland and throughout the world in the field of subterraneotherapy, speleotherapy, balneology, and physical medicine, among others modalities. Over the years, its representatives have organized and taken part in important events, medical symposia, conferences and workshops on diseases treated in the Wieliczka mine.

Salt Rooms / Halotherapy In Your Town

Since halotherapy is a natural, drug-free and safe complimentary therapy, there is an emergence of salt rooms appearing as stand-alone establishments and in numerous other health-minded establishments. Salt rooms are designed to replicate the purest microclimates found in nature using patented and proven halogenerators. These generators produce air that’s saturated with a fine-grained aerosol of natural rock salt, which is ionized and virtually free of allergens, microorganisms and other pollutants. In addition, this process also charges the air with negative ions.

Athletic Supremecy

The lungs and their relationship to athletic activity is arguably the single most important factor for optimizing performance. Simply put, athletes who have optimized their breathing can achieve better performance using less breath. This is no secret, as many world class competitors have been making their high-altitude training camp pilgrimage to places like Big Bear, Ca or using altitude training generators. Adding halotherapy to your training routine will become a no-brainer in the United States moving forward as it can easily induce better lung function and improve performance. Perhaps most importantly, it can prevent and treat many underlying respiratory weaknesses among athletes. This is an area where high altitude training falls short.

There is a growing quest in America to divorce from mainstream medicine and some of its dangerous treatments. Solutions to the disorders mentioned in this article heavily rest on the reliance of pharmaceutical medications with a large array of negative side effects and little hope of long-term elimination or cure. The idea of treating symptom after symptom using pharmaceutical drugs, like some disempowering game of whack-a-mole, seems to be in its last days. Many doctors are beginning to take the long-awaited leap to the holistic view of the body and its illnesses. Naturopaths and alternative practitioners are springing up like never before educating the population and providing better solutions. Will the pharmaceutical companies adapt to accommodate a more educated population wanting less toxic drugs and more control over their own health, minds and bodies? As more people become fed up with Western medicine’s sick care and choose personal responsibility for their health, the question becomes: how much longer until Rockefeller medicine is cast aside into the dustbin of history?


Ken Rohla: How to Neutralize Radiation and Chemtrails From the Sky, Your Garden, and Your Body **HIGHLY RECOMMENDED**
Fresh And Alive founder Ken Rohla tells how to protect yourself and your environment from the heavy metals and radioactive nuclides in the atmosphere encircling the globe from nuclear accidents like Chernobyl, Fukushima, over 2,000 nuclear bomb tests, and more. Ken also discusses how to get into deep sleep states at night, ORMUS minerals, scalar energy, mechanics of the mind-body connection, and many other advanced natural health topics.

Sofia Smallstorm – Hour 1 – Chemtrails to Pseudo-Life & Synthetic Biology

Outstanding interview exposing NEW disturbing information on chemtrail emissions, the progression of Morgellons disease, radiation releases and the links to transhumanism. Henrik Palmgren “Creepy, scary of of cou+rse weirdly fascinating at the same time….”

March 19, 2014
Sofia Smallstorm is known for her research on 9/11, which culminated in the documentary 9/11 Mysteries. She is also known for her research on the connection between chemtrails and synthetic biology. With Sofia, we’ll explore a different angle of engineering popularly called “futurism.” Synthetic biology is the new frontier of science, combining genetics, robotics and nano-technology with artificial intelligence, hybridizing natural forms and engineering tissues beyond our wildest dreams. What is the deep agenda behind this science? Sofia talks about the presence of Morgellons disease in humans, which illustrates what nanotechnology is capable of. She also elaborates on the scope of planetary engineering and how much of planetary life it includes. We’ll hear about radiation biology and bacteria by the name of deinococcus radiodurans that may be important to transhumanists in the near future. In the second hour, Sofia speaks more about the explosion of cellular technology and synthetic biology and how these may be used to create life forms and change the world as we know it. How would our world be organized then? Will we turn ourselves over to machines or will we become technological hybrids?


Why Getting Rid Of Your Pubic Hair Is Overrated

Shaving down under is more work than it’s worth.

Photo Credit: Sergi Lopez Roig /

March 30, 2014

Things that make me want to laugh and cry, sometimes simultaneously, number in the hundreds, including remarks like this: “Did prehistoric women shave their pubic hair? We’ll never know, but you can be sure some prehistoric males were urging them to do so.” This is from BeaverShaver, which sells exactly what you think it would—devices for removing pubic hair.

Hmm… I’m not sure about prehistoric males idealizing shaven pubic areas, but we are apparently drowning in the newest wave of an old aesthetic concern.

I’m sure I know what all the pube-groomers among you are screaming. “Pubic hair is nasty!”

Is it?

Yes, yes. I’ve been to the water park too, and have been a little disgusted by the overly furry human form, stray pubes extending like the legs of a spider (or dozens of them) out from under the elastic of a bathing suit. But that’s a visual concern, not a health concern. And let’s be clear about this: removing your pubic hair does not make you healthier. There is no real reason (at least that I’ve read) that your pubic hair should be there, making a perfectly groomed nether region more of a visual preference than anything else. But not too long ago, pubes were plentiful.

In old issues of Playboy, you’ll find forests of pubic hair, bushes you could braid. But as restrictions on nudity relaxed and full frontal nudity began to be regularly featured among the magazine’s glossy pages, removing pubic hair really started catching on. Years later, fictional characters like Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and the City and famous vixens like Victoria Beckham and Kim Kardashian started singing the praises of going bald. And not just bald. These girls are removing pubic hair with wax—a full “Brazilian wax,” which rips hair out by its follicles from the most sensitive area of their bodies. Why? Oh, lord, why?

“There was a bit of a story that it was a nice and decent thing to do for your partner, for both men and women,” Virginia Braun, a researcher at New Zealand’s University of Auckland told Metro magazine. “This idea that getting a mouthful of pubes is unpleasant.”

No one is going to argue that it’s an unsettling sensation, a mouth of pubes. But, come on, is it really the hair that’s so gross… really?

Think about it. When you grunt in disgust over your dog or cat licking their bums, it’s not, “Oh my god, I can’t believe they’re licking the hair around those holes.” It’s, “Oh my god, I can’t believe they’re licking those holes.” You know what comes out of them. To make your dog or cat cleaner, you’d clean the hole—not shave them.

And this is part of what can make sex gross—full stop. It’s not the hair. It’s the holes. What goes in and out of the holes the rest of the day. All those fluids. All that sweat. Don’t forget how truly un-sexy we look while engaged in sex. The ridiculous faces, the noises, the fact that when you orgasm you look like you may be having a seizure, aneurism or stroke, one eye twisted up, a drop of drool teetering on your hanging lip. And while we’ll go ahead and take the organ and its fluid into our mouths—pubic hair is the thing that makes it gross? Those holes are gross. We’re okay with licking the holes, but damn that hair?

This evident misplacement of disgust on the poor pubic hair is just the first thread that unravels in this hairless trend. An article that appeared in the Atlantic in 2011 reported, “Full pubic hair removal… is most common among sexually active women, and specifically women who report having frequent oral sex and women who are not in monogamous relationships.”

Virginia Braun’s survey of more than 500 people found that 25 percent of women and 10 percent of men are removing all the hair from down there. Maybe that’s true for New Zealand. Numbers are higher for the U.S. Researchers at UC San Diego reported that 70 to 88 percent of young women in the U.S. are clear-cutting the forest and 58 to 78 percent of men.

So it seems a lot of “normal” folk are seeking to emulate cinematic beauty, pursuing porn star standards in the hopes of obtaining an unrealistic sexual fantasy of self.

What Does Bald Really Get You?

There must be a more compelling reason than cleanliness to put ourselves through all that pain and go to all that trouble.

What does removing hair really say about you? Is it a visual signal that tells your prospective partner you know what you’re doing in the sack… just like a porn star, or (more realistically) an announcement of the expectation of oral sex—“You’re going down, friend”?

But I highly doubt after all that flirting and after the pants have taken their leave, your prospective mate will cringe and say, “I wanted to have sex… until I saw the bush.” And if he or she did, it would fly in the face of dozens of our favorite cultural mantras—“Beauty is within,” being one.

Yes, pubic hair is something we likely want praise for not having, yet no judgment if we do have it. Beauty matters… until we’re judged on it, and then it shouldn’t.

Removing pubic hair is an aesthetic choice meant to appeal to a potential partner. But, let’s face it, if you’re not very attractive, removing pubic hair will not make you more attractive. That pristine bald patch doesn’t shine like a beacon of light from within your drawers, calling, “Come hither.” It factors in at a point where mutual attraction has already been established.

This begs the question: Is the intention to keep a partner around, to win a call back? “Yes, they will gaze upon my hairless jewel and say, ‘I can’t let this one go… It’s so wonderfully hairless.’”

No. The truth is, if two people are attracted to each other enough to drop their pants, they’re not likely to reject based on bush. Now, the call back is a different story. That would be a decision based on performance in the sack, personality, or a combination of both—not bush.

The Pursuit of New Sex

Here’s the puzzle though. If the majority of young men and women are removing all hair from their nethers, that would mean that most of them are seeking sex—specifically new sex. Because, really, we only seek to impress when someone is new to our boudoir. It’s that magic disrobing moment we intend to create—the hey-I’m-a-budding-porn-star-in-the-sack vibe.

There are no magic tricks. No one is going to be more smitten by you because of your hairless nethers. Hairlessness is not a recipe for good sex and does not have the power to entrance. No. Sex—even with a perfectly manicured lawn—is not the pathway to devoted relationships; it’s merely a panting, sweaty, stupefying perk. Because what your mother always told you is still essentially true: There are two types of people in the world when it comes to dating: those who are seeking a good time and those who are shopping for life partners.

This ridiculous idea we have that someone will accidentally fall in love with the person after first becoming addicted to the sex is a farce, not to mention an enormous waste of time. It’s seriously delusional to believe that someone who prioritizes good sex over good relationship and accidentally falls in love will be a decent life partner. It’s just a guess, but this national obsession with sex and sexiness over quality of person may be contributing to our astounding divorce rate.

If You’re Still Deluded… Keep the Hair For Your Health

But let’s really delve into the cleanliness claim. Most would agree that if you wash your hair with shampoo, it’s clean. Though this may be good enough for the hair on one’s head, it seems it’s not good enough for hair down below. To those who say that removing their pubic hair makes them feel cleaner, I’d like to say—staph infection. As Emily Gibson reported in the Guardian:

“Pubic hair removal naturally irritates and inflames the hair follicles left behind, leaving microscopic open wounds. Rather than suffering a comparison to a bristle brush, frequent hair removal is necessary to stay smooth, causing regular irritation of the shaved or waxed area. When that irritation is combined with the warm moist environment of the genitals, it becomes a happy culture medium for some of the nastiest of bacterial pathogens, namely Group A Streptococcus, Staphylococcus aureus and its recently mutated cousin methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). There is an increase in staph boils and abscesses, necessitating incisions to drain the infection, resulting in scarring that can be significant. It is not at all unusual to find pustules and other hair-follicle inflammation papules on shaved genitals.”

That sounds grosser to me than a mouthful of pubic hair. Where I would definitely agree that showering before asking for oral is a good, kind rule to adhere to, all of this discomfort in pursuit of sexual fantasy is, at best, a waste of time, and at worst, an infection.

Dirty Electricity – What Are The Dangers? How To Use GS Filters To Render Your Home Safe

Posted by Lloyd Burrell on March 15, 2011

About three years ago I attended a presentation on electrosensitivity organized in the UK.  I was already pretty savvy as to the dangers and consequences of cell phone radiation, having lived it firsthand.

After the presentation there were several people holding stands selling various EMF meters, detectors and shielding materials. It was here that I had my first encounter with the notion of dirty electricity (or dirty power).

Here are what some experts say about electromagnetic pollution:

“The greatest polluting element in the earth’s environment is the proliferation of electromagnetic fields. “

Robert O. Becker, M. D., -Author of The Body Electric(1985)

“The harmful biological effects of exposure to electrical pollution have been established in numerous studies conducted during the past 50 years.”

Dr. Martin Graham, -Emeritus Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, University of California.

All Electricity Is Not Equal

I was once like most people, I thought that electricity was homogenous. I thought that you paid for your electricity supply (240 volts or 110 volt depending on what part of the world you live in) and you got electricity. End of story.

Well things are not quite as simple as that. Because there is also something called the quality of electricity. That’s to say two houses in the same street can have the same 110 volts (or 230 volts) running through their internal wiring system, from the same source, but the quality of electricity can vary by multiples of 10 or even 100. The variation occurs because of very brief irregular changes in the voltage, known as ‘transients’.  They can be caused by external sources such as cellphone masts, or by internal sources, like your own electrical equipment. These transients can be measured by using something called a Graham Stetzer meter or GS meter.

Using a GS meter and installing a collection of GS filters is a means by which your electricity can be rendered ‘safer’.

Watch this short video by Magda Havas for an explanation of GS units:

What Does The GS Filter System Do?

A GS filter system is a means of transforming dirty electricity back into good quality power. It filters out electromagnetic pollution in the range 4 to 150 Khz (that which Russian research has shown to be the most dangerous) carried in your power supply.

The human body is an electrical being. All the cells, tissues and organs in your body communicate with each other via small electrical currents. Dirty electricity perturbs these communications which makes the body vulnerable to disease.

Studies show that there is a biological impact to electromagnetic pollution. Cell phone towers and cell phones produce one form of this pollution, but dirty electricity produces another. Just as deadly.

Dirty Electricity As Explained By Sam Milham

Sam Milham in his book “Dirty Electricity : Electrification and the diseases of civilization ”. defines dirty electricity as high frequency voltage transients on electrical wiring.

Dr Milham analyzed death records from electrified and rural areas in the early part of the 20th-century and compared them with statistics from areas where there was no electrification. He discovered a correlation between electrification and such diseases as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, suicide, neurodegenerative disease. He found that where electricity had been introduced the disease rates were much higher.

Interestingly he also found that the Amish community, who don’t have electricity, have lower rates of heart disease, cancer, diabetes etc

GS Filters – What I Have Learned

Having had a GS filter system installed in my home for several years and having observed the readings from my GS meter over a period of time and in different locations, I have noted the following:

  1. Dirty electricity seems to be higher in urban areas than in rural areas
  2. the more electrical appliances you have in your home the more your exposure, especially these devices; flat screen TVs, dimmer switches and CFLs
  3. the level of dirty electricity fluctuates constantly

I think it could well be that many of the problems associated with cell phone towers and radiofrequency radiation are in fact, as Sam Milham suggests, due to the RF radiation being carried down the power lines.

Do You Need To Install A GS Filter System?

I would start by asking myself the following questions:

  1. Do I live in an urban area
  2. do I have a lots of electrical appliances in my home
  3. do I live in proximity to a cell phone tower

If the answer is yes to the above three questions then it is quite likely that your dirty electricity levels will be high and you need to test.

How To Test Your GS Levels

GS microsurge meterFirst, you measure the level of dirty electricity in your home with a GS Microsurge meter with EVERYTHING switched off and unplugged in the house. Then compare the reading to that when everything is switched on.This will tell you whether the dirty electricity is coming into the house from the outside.

If the GS levels are high with everything switched off and unplugged then the source of the problem is external. In which case you need to filter where the supply is entering your home. If the problem is internal you can identify the problem by a process of elimination (see below) and install filters/eliminate the device accordingly.

Is a GS Meter The Only Way Of Finding Out If I Have Dirty Electricity?

One quick and easy way you can get an idea at whether you have dirty electricity in your household wiring is to use an AM radio. Tune your radio to the white noise between the stations and move round your home holding it near your electrical sockets. If your radio gives extra hiss as you are doing this its an indication that there is dirty electricity.

With this method, at best this can only detect if you have dirty electricity. You can’t measure it. To be able to do anything meaningful you need to be able to measure your GS levels. And you need to be able to do it on a regular basis because they do fluctuate. With every new appliance you introduce into your home there is a risk that you are creating more dirty electricity.

If you want to deal with this problem effectively measuring your GS levels with a GS Microsurge meter is your best solution.Here’s what to do:

  1. plug the GS meter into a wall socket to measure your GS levels without the filter
  2. if your GS reading is high, then plug in a GS filter
  3. plug the meter in again, if the reading is still high you might need a second filter on another wall socket in the same room

Go through your home. Install filters where necessary particularly in rooms  where you spend long periods of time.

Interestingly this issue is considered so important in the Republic of Kazakhstan that the country introduced a law in 2003 legislating on the maximum permitted levels of GS units allowed in workplaces. GS filter systems are used commonly to ensure that the GS levels do not go beyond the maximum permitted level of 50 GS units.

This video shows how to use a GS meter:


Will Installing GS Filters Guarantee A Healthier Electricity Supply?

GS filter for dirty electricityNot necessarily. Some experts contest that introducing dirty electricity filters can cause unwanted effects. These filters do generate magnetic fields, but at 30 cm these fields are negligible. So as long as you’re not sitting right next to them this is not an issue.

GS filters do increase the currents in your house wiring. If your house contains any wiring errors installing filters can generate high magnetic fields, which is counter-productive.

The most important thing you can do to create a healthier electricity supply is to eliminate device/s susceptible to be causing the problem (namely things like dimmer switches, compact fluorescents, fluorescents with standard lamps) and notably DECT cordless phones and WiFi modems. You can identify these devices by plugging them in and switching them on one by one, while keeping an eye on the reading given by your GS meter. When you see your readings spike, you can either eliminate the device in question or insert a filter/s.

If in doubt about your house wiring get it checked by a qualified electrician.

Where Is The Best Place To Buy GS Filters?

GS filters are produced in different versions, for different countries. For the US version (110 volts, 60Hz) I recommend this company. They offer good deals on the original Stetzerizer Graham Stetzer filters.

For the UK version (230 volts, 50Hz), click here. This company also sells the original Graham Stetzer filters and offers a good variety of packages, from a basic starter pack upwards.

You can start by just buying the Microsurge meter and then add filters individually or you can buy the GS filter system which is a pack with 20 filters and the meter.

Most importantly, listen to what your body is telling you. If you install filters and find that your symptoms deteriorate, you know that with your current installation filters are not the solution.

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Why The French Love Dandelions (And Why You Should Too)

In France, and Italy too, spring means piling dandelions on your plate. Here’s why.

Forget all those preconceived notions about garden weeds. Come spring, it’s dandelion season in France and Italy – and we’re not just talking about the leaves. We’re talking stem, bloom, roots – the whole thing.

The name “dandelion” comes from the French for “dent de lion,” or the Italian “denti di leone,” both of which mean “the lion’s tooth,” a reference to their jagged edges. Healers have used dandelions for centuries because they are renowned for supporting healthy liver function and are packed with calcium, iron, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K and powerful antioxidants such as beta-carotene and lutein (great for healthy eyesight!). The dandelion is also a powerful diuretic (in French it’s also known as “pissenlit,” an unglamorous but straightforward nod to bedwetting).

Dandelions are at most tender and most delicious in spring. After winter’s last snow melted in our town near the Alps, my father-in-law would start his own annual rite of spring: collecting the best dandelion leaves in the garden for lunchtime salads. The leaves are still quite small in the early days of spring, so it was definitely a labor of love. Rustling up enough for a big salad was a real time commitment!

But you don’t have to go to that much trouble. Have a quick look around a Whole Foods Market and you’ll find dandelion root tea, dandelion capsules and tablets, in addition to fresh dandelion greens.

Dandelion greens are great in salads or as a salad on their own. Their bitter taste might take some getting used to, but the upside is that they can be prepared in so many ways!

Here are some of our favorites:

  1. Salad: If you find dandelion too bitter for you, mix it up with other fresh greens to level out the flavor.
  2. Soup: Chop up the leaves and add to soups, stews or to your slow cooker recipes.
  3. Grains: Add to a bowl of quinoa or brown rice, along with some walnuts and sliced red onions.
  4. Sautéed: Sauté with garlic and onion and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  5. Bowl: Make a bowl of fresh dandelion greens, feta cheese, diced red onions, and raisins.
  6. Juice: Add them to your green juice in the morning.
  7. Smoothie: Add them to your favorite smoothie recipes.
  8. Bean Salad: Make a cold bean salad with dandelion greens, white beans, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper.
  9. Tea: Steep the leaves in hot water and enjoy dandelion tea.
  10. Pasta: Add them to your favorite pasta dishes.

When buying dandelion greens, stick to the organic variety when possible, and buy in spring. Wash thoroughly before consuming. Bon appétit!

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Why You Should Drink Warm Water & Lemon in the Morning

The way you start each day is incredibly important. Whether you’re a mom, a coach, a writer, a small business owner or a yoga teacher, what you do first thing in the morning matters.

According to Ayurvedic philosophy, choices that you make regarding your daily routine either build up resistance to disease or tear it down. Ayurveda invites us to get a jump-start on the day by focusing on morning rituals that work to align the body with nature’s rhythms, balance the doshas and foster self-esteem alongside self-discipline.

Your mind may say you have to check emails, take the dog out, get the kids out the door, that you can’t be late for work or that you just don’t have enough time to cultivate your own morning rituals.

But, if you can only make time for one ritual that will improve your health, let it be this…..

Start the day out with a mug of warm water and the juice of half a lemon.

It’s so simple and the benefits are just too good to ignore. Warm water with lemon:

1. Boosts your immune system

Lemons are high in Vitamin C and potassium. Vitamin C is great for fighting colds and potassium stimulates brain and nerve function and helps control blood pressure.

2. Balances pH

Lemons are an incredibly alkaline food, believe it or not. Yes, they are acidic on their own, but inside our bodies they’re alkaline (the citric acid does not create acidity in the body once metabolized). As you wellness warriors know, an alkaline body is really the key to good health.

3. Helps with weight loss

Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. It also has been shown that people who maintain a more alkaline diet lose weight faster. And, my experience is that when I start the day off right, it’s easier to make the best choices for myself the rest of the day.

4. Aids digestion

The warm water serves to stimulate the gastrointestinal tract and peristalsis—the waves of muscle contractions within the intestinal walls that keep things moving. Lemons and limes are also high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen ama, or toxins, in the digestive tract.

5. Acts as a gentle, natural diuretic

Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials because lemons increase the rate of urination in the body. Toxins are, therefore, released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy.

6. Clears skin

The vitamin C helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemon water purges toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well.

7. Hydrates the lymph system

This cup of goodness helps start the day on a hydrated note, which helps prevent dehydration (obviously) and adrenal fatigue. When your body is dehydrated, or deeply dehydrated (adrenal fatigue) it can’t perform all of it’s proper functions, which leads to toxic buildup, stress, constipation, and the list goes on. Your adrenals happen to be two small glands that sit on top of your kidneys, and along with your thyroid, create energy. They also secrete important hormones, including aldosterone. Aldosterone is a hormone secreted by your adrenals that regulates water levels and the concentration of minerals, like sodium, in your body, helping you stay hydrated. Your adrenals are also responsible for regulating your stress response. So, the bottom line is that you really don’t want to mess with a deep state of dehydration!

Adopting just this one practice of drinking a cup of warm water with lemon in the morning for a month can radically alter your experience of the day. Don’t be surprised if you begin to view mornings in a new light.

Like I said, the recipe is really simple—a cup of warm (not hot) water and the juice from half a lemon.

Brazil looks to ban Monsanto’s Roundup, other toxicity risks

RT | March 27, 2014

Brazil’s public prosecutor wants to suspend use of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s pervasive herbicide Roundup. A recent study suggested glyphosate may be linked to a fatal kidney disease that has affected poor farming regions worldwide.

The Prosecutor General’s office is also pursuing bans on the herbicide 2,4-D and seven other active herbicide ingredients in addition to glyphosate: methyl parathion, lactofem, phorate, carbofuran, abamectin, tiram, and paraquat, GMWatch reported.

The Prosecutor General of Brazil “seeks to compel the National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) to reevaluate the toxicity of eight active ingredients suspected of causing damage to human health and the environment,” according to the prosecutor’s website. “On another front, the agency questions the registration of pesticides containing 2,4-D herbicide, applied to combat broadleaf weeds.”

The two actions have already been filed with Brazil’s justice department.

The prosecutor is also seeking a preliminary injunction that would allow the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply to suspend further registration of the eight ingredients until ANVISA can come to a conclusion.

The country’s National Biosafety Technical Commission has been asked to prohibit large-scale sale of genetically modified seeds resistant to the 2,4-D as ANVISA deliberates.

Last week, Brazil’s Federal Appeals Court ruled to cancel use of Bayer’s Liberty Link genetically-modified maize. Earlier this month, France banned the sale, use, and cultivation of Monsanto’s genetically-modified maize MON 810. New research found insects in the United States are developing a resistance to the genetically-engineered maize.

As for glyphosate, new research suggests it becomes highly toxic to the human kidney once mixed with “hard” water or metals like arsenic and cadmium that often exist naturally in the soil or are added via fertilizer. Hard water contains metals like calcium, magnesium, strontium, and iron, among others. On its own, glyphosate is toxic, but not detrimental enough to eradicate kidney tissue.

The glyphosate molecule was patented as a herbicide by Monsanto in the early 1970s. The company soon brought glyphosate to market under the name “Roundup,” which is now the most commonly used herbicide in the world.

Two weeks ago, Sri Lanka banned glyphosate given the links to an inexplicable kidney disease, Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown etiology, known as CKDu, according to the Center for Public Integrity. CKDu has killed thousands of agricultural workers, many in Sri Lanka and El Salvador.

El Salvador’s legislature approved in September a ban on glyphosate and many other agrochemicals, yet the measure is not yet law.

Egypt’s military leaders unveil devices they claim can detect and cure Aids

Devices, made public by the chief army engineer, are dismissed by experts around the world and called ‘shocking to scientists’
General Abdel Fatah el-Sisi, sitting down

General Abdel Fatah el-Sisi, who is expected to run for president of Egypt, attended the launch of the new device. Photograph: ITAR-TASS / Barcroft Media

Associated Press in Cairo

Thursday 27 February 2014 20.36 EST

Egypt’s military leaders have come under ridicule after the chief army engineer unveiled what he described as a “miraculous” set of devices that detect and cure Aids, hepatitis and other viruses.

The claim, dismissed by experts and called “shocking to scientists” by the president’s science adviser, strikes a blow to the army’s carefully managed image as the saviour of the nation. It also comes as General Abdel Fatah el-Sisi, who toppled Mohammed Morsi in July after the Islamist leader ignored mass protests calling for him to step down, is expected to announce he will run for president.

The televised presentation – which was made to Sisi, the interim president Adly Mansour and other senior officials – raised concerns that the military’s offer of seemingly inconceivable future devices will draw Egypt back into the broken promises of authoritarian rule, when Hosni Mubarak frequently announced grand initiatives that failed to meet expectations.

“The men of the armed forces have achieved a scientific leap by inventing the detecting devices,” the military spokesman Colonel Ahmed Mohammed Ali wrote later on his official Facebook page. Ali said a patent has been filed under the name of the Armed Forces Engineering Agency.

Well-known writer Hamdi Rizk noted that video clips of the presentation had gone viral on social media, with tweets and blogs saying the military had made a fool of itself and put its reputation in jeopardy. “The marshal’s camp has been dealt a deep moral defeat,” he wrote in a column in Thursday’s Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper. “God give mercy to … the reputation of the Egyptian army, which became the target of cyber shelling around the clock.”

Professor Massimo Pinzani, a liver specialist and director of the Institute for Liver and Digestive Health at University College London, said he attended a demonstration of the devices during a visit to Egypt but “was not given convincing explanations about the technology” and was not allowed to try it for himself.

“As it is at present, the device is proposed without any convincing technical and scientific basis and until this is clearly provided it should be regarded as a potential fraud,” he wrote in an email to The Associated Press. None of the research has been published in a reputable journal.

The uproar escalated when a scientific adviser to Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour denounced the claim and said it has no scientific base. “What has been said and published by the armed forces harms the image of the scientists and science in Egypt,” Essam Heggy, a planetary scientist at the California Institute of Technology, told the daily newspaper El-Watan in remarks published on Wednesday. “All scientists inside and outside Egypt are in a state of shock.”

He added that both Mansour and Sisi were surprised and their presence in the audience did not indicate approval. The furore started when major general Taher Abdullah, the head of the Engineering Agency in the Armed Forces, gave a widely televised presentation to Sisi and other senior officials on what he calls an “astonishing miraculous scientific invention.”

Abdullah said two of the devices named C-Fast and I-Fast used electromagnetism to detect Aids, hepatitis and other viruses without taking blood samples while the third, named Complete Cure Device, acted as a dialysis unit to purify the blood. He also said the C-Fast, which looks like an antenna affixed to the handle of a blender, detected patients infected with viruses that cause hepatitis and Aids with a high success rate.

A short film aired during the presentation showed the engineering team’s leader major general Ibrahim Abdel-Atti telling a patient: “All the results are great, showing you had Aids but you were cured. Thank God.” The patient replies: “Thank God.”

The next day, Abdel-Atti and his team held their own press conference at which the scientist said “I take Aids from the patient and nourish the patient on the Aids by giving him a skewer of Aids kofta”. .

Gamal Shiha, head of the Association for Liver Patients Care, one of Egypt’s prominent centres that worked alongside with the military, said he was angry about the “hasty” announcements. He said only one of the devices – C-Fast – underwent thorough testing.

Shiha said the C-Fast uses electromagnetic frequencies similar to those used in bomb detectors and radars and had been tested on more than 2,000 patients with a high success rate. “The technology of C-Fast is effective without doubt,” he said. However, he dismissed the claims that the other two devices detect Aids and cure viruses.

Despite the scepticism, health ministry spokesman Mohammed Fathallah said the ministry recognises the devices as legitimate. Egypt’s former Health Minister Amr Helmi, a liver surgeon by profession, said C-Fast had been approved by the ministry two years ago but he had never before heard of the other two devices.

For the general public, the uproar added to the uncertainty already fueled by years of turmoil since Mubarak’s overthrow in February 2011. “I hope that the invention turns out to be true but I don’t have confidence this is the case,” said 35-year-old taxi driver Ahmed Morad. “I don’t believe anyone … everything is very confusing. It is like a salad.”

Note: This is a promising revelation and a good sign that the ruling elite are losing control of the “system”. It’s no secret that highly advanced healing technology’s given to us by off world races have been suppressed. Could these some of those devices?

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