Part 1 Ancient Civilizations
Part 2 Banking & Enslavement to Money
Part 3 Ubuntu Plan of Action
Part 1 Ancient Civilizations
Part 2 Banking & Enslavement to Money
Part 3 Ubuntu Plan of Action
By Dr. Mercola
Many people are now aware of the importance of your gut microbiome. Some even take proactive steps to protect it, like minimizing the use of antibiotics and eating fermented foods to support a healthy balance.
Less widely known is that such microorganisms don’t only populate your gut; they’re found throughout your body, including on your skin. Just as your gut depends on a balanced microbial state to function optimally, the balance of bacteria and other microbes on your skin also matters.
What’s more, the average American showers close to once each day,1 a hygiene habit that may be doing your body more harm than good.
If you spend 20 minutes a day washing, that equates to about two years of your life spent in the shower or bath along with a hefty amount of money spent on the “necessary” accouterments like shampoo, conditioner, soap and moisturizer.2
What if you were to cut this back to showering once every other day, once every three days or, simply, hardly at all? Dr. James Hamblin, a senior editor at The Atlantic, tried the latter and wrote about his experience, explaining:3
“ … I started using less soap, and less shampoo, and less deodorant, and showering less. I went from every day to every other day to every three.
And now I’ve pretty much stopped altogether. I still wash my hands, all the time, which remains an extremely important way to prevent communicable diseases.
I still rinse off elsewhere when I’m visibly dirty, like after a run when I have to wash gnats off my face, because there is still the matter of society. If I have bed head, I lean into the shower and wet it down. But I don’t use shampoo or body soap, and I almost never get into a shower.”
At first, you may have some odor and greasy skin or hair. However, this may be the direct result of your prior aggressive showering routine. Body odor is the result of bacteria feeding on oily secretions from your sweat and sebaceous glands.
Washing with detergent soaps wipes out the bacteria temporarily, but it quickly reestablishes itself, typically with an imbalance that favors odor-producing microbes.
When you give your body a break from the soap and shampoo, however, the ecosystem has a chance to right itself and, in so doing, offensive body odor largely disappears.
“ … [Y]our ecosystem reaches a steady state, and you stop smelling bad,” Hamblin explained. “I mean, you don’t smell like rosewater … but you don’t smell like B.O., either. You just smell like a person.”4
It wasn’t until the early 20th century, not coincidentally when advertising became prolific, that Americans began to be very concerned about personal hygiene. The advertising industry created a “need” for newfangled products like “toilet soap” and “mouthwash” where one had never before existed.5
Today most people engage in the habit of washing their hair and skin with soap and shampoo, which removes natural oils, and then adding those oils back via the use of synthetic moisturizer and conditioner.
The irony is that most of the lotions are far inferior to natural sebum and many, if not most, are loaded with toxic ingredients that ultimately will worsen your health.
The fact that daily washing can strip your skin of beneficial oil, leading to dryness and cracks (especially if the water is hot and harsh soaps are used), is a clue that your skin may be better off with a far less aggressive hygiene routine.
Though it may seem shocking to consider showering less, keep in mind that daily showering is a relatively new phenomenon.
There are risks on multiple levels, starting with the disruption of your skin’s microbial balance. The long-term repercussions of this are still being explored, but by removing beneficial bacteria from your skin, it could make skin conditions like eczema worse.6
Many members of the “no-poo” movement (a group of people who abstain from shampooing their hair) claim not shampooing leaves their hair healthier, shinier and less frizzy.
There’s also the issue of chemical-laden body washes and shampoos. When you cut back on showers, you negate the need for these products and their often-toxic ingredients. There are issues on an environmental level as well, especially in regard to water usage.
One seven-minute shower uses more water than a bath, and it’s expected that water usage for showers will grow five-fold by 2021.7
Not to mention, if you’re on city water and you don’t have a filter on your shower, showering is a major source of exposure to carcinogenic chlorination byproducts such as trihalomethanes (THMs). THMs are associated with bladder cancer, gestational and developmental problems.
Just the simple act of showering in treated water, in which you have absorption through both your skin and lungs, may pose a significant health risk to you — and to your unborn child, if you are pregnant.
Numerous studies have shown that showering and bathing are important routes of exposure and may actually represent more of your total exposure than the water you drink. So in this respect, cutting back on your shower time would be important to help limit your exposure.
The biggest issue, however, is that most people do not need to scrub their bodies from head to toe each morning or evening. It’s unnecessary and disruptive to the delicate and beneficial microbial communities living on your skin.
You may not be ready to give up showering but want to cut back from daily washing. One way to do this is to only wash the areas that really need washing.
In most cases, this would be your underarms, groin area and, possibly, your feet. As noted by Dr. Casey Carlos, assistant professor of medicine in the Department of Dermatology at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine:8
“It’s the hardest thing to get people to use soap only where they need it … People don’t realize that the skin does a pretty good job of cleaning itself.”
About the only time I use soap on any body part other than my armpits or groin is when I am doing work in my garden and wind up covered with woodchip dust. Most of that dust I simply spray off with a hose. Typically, simply washing your armpits with soap and water is enough to stay smelling clean.
It’s been well over 40 years since I quit using antiperspirant or deodorant — even natural ones.
I find that regularly washing my armpits with soap and making sure my diet is clean with minimal sugar and plenty of fermented vegetables are all that is needed to keep my armpit odor from being offensive. If you still need further help, try a pinch of baking soda mixed into water as an effective all-day deodorant.
As for your hair, start by increasing the length between your shampoos. This will help you retain the natural oils in your hair and cut back on your exposure to detergents and other chemicals.
Better still, when you do shampoo your hair, look for a natural shampoo that’s more than just soap-based. The pH of soap-based cleansers is very basic, about 8 to 9, which can cause damage to your hair by lifting cuticles and causing reactions, which affect the disulfide bonds in your hair.
Ingredients like sodium silicate and borax are added to help overcome the scum formation and dulling effect on your hair. Look for a natural shampoo without harmful chemicals that also has botanical extracts added, like chamomile for shine and added strength (to help prevent split ends and breakages).
Other beneficial ingredients include triticum vulgare (wheat) protein, which is an oil that helps your hair retain its moisture, and red clover, which may promote healthier-looking hair. Some people also try “shampooing” their hair with conditioner. This helps avoid stripping your hair of its natural oils, however you’ll want to be sure the conditioner you choose is non-toxic. Another option is to use coconut oil on your hair.
Live bacteria sprays are now on the market, with their creators claiming you can spritz it on to naturally enhance and protect your skin’s microbiome while cleansing it of sweat and excess oil. One such spray contains ammonia-oxidizing bacteria (AOB) that its co-creator, who hasn’t showered in more than a decade, uses personally.9
Probiotic (beneficial bacteria) soaps, lotions and other personal care products are also available at many health food stores. There hasn’t been much research on whether such products yield lasting results (or whether the bacteria is simply washed away with your next shower), but it’s an intriguing area of study.
It’s already known that probiotics can influence the health of your skin from the inside out, so it’s not a stretch that a topical treatment may also be useful, especially since so many people wipe out their microbial communities with daily sudsing. However, it may be equally if not more beneficial to let your skin’s microbes re-populate the “old-fashioned” way — by putting away your body wash and other cleansers so your skin has a chance to balance itself naturally.
OAKLAND, Calif.—Earlier this month, Y Combinator, the famed Silicon Valley incubator dropped a bombshell: it had selected this city to be the home of its new “Basic Income” pilot project, to start later this year.
The idea is pretty simple. Give some people a small amount of money per month, no strings attached, for a year, and see what happens. With any luck, people will use it to lift themselves out of poverty.
In this case, as Matt Krisiloff of Y Combinator Research (YCR) told Ars, that means spending about $1.5 million over the course of a year to study the distribution of “$1,500 or $2,000” per month to “30 to 50” people. There will also be a similar-sized control group that gets nothing. The project is set to start before the end of 2016.
The notion of guaranteed minimum income has been kicking around globally for centuries, especially among 20th century thinkers (Martin Luther King, Jr. famously advocated for it). But it’s only recently that extensive trials have begun in various places, including Canada, the Netherlands, Finland, and now in Oakland. (Another organization, called Give Directly, operates a similar program in Kenya.)
Tapped to run the project is Elizabeth Rhodes, an academic who recently arrived in Oakland. She says the project’s goal is “to empower people and give people the freedom to be able to meet their basic needs.”
But the details have yet to be fully worked out, and a lot of questions remain. How exactly will people be chosen? Will they come from a truly random sample of Oakland’s population? Will high-income people be automatically excluded? By what mechanism will people be notified? How will the money actually be transferred? Most of all, will it actually work?
If Y Combinator’s Basic Income project is successful, it would expand over the next five years to hundreds of citizens and perhaps include people beyond Oakland. And it would make the Bay Area’s venture capitalist class feel good about helping the poor.
“Overall the idea is to take money we make from YC [and], rather than all of the partners cashing out… putting it into research,” Krisiloff told Ars. “I think that there’s a culture at YC that just making money isn’t that interesting. [YC president Sam Altman] really likes to talk about how the overarching mission of YC is to create the most innovative thing. Money is a vector for change, but money in and of itself isn’t that interesting.”
According to the White House, as of 2012 (decades after President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty”), approximately 15 percent of Americans (or 49.7 million people, including 13.4 million children) live below the poverty line. Worse still, “only about half of low-income Americans make it out of the lowest income distribution quintile over a 20-year period.” (As the old saying goes: “It’s expensive to be poor.“)Here in Oakland, for all of its gentrification and new shiny downtown restaurants and cocktail bars, just under 20 percent of the population (specifically, 18.7 percent, or 71,599 people, as of 2010) live in poverty. And yet, it has also become the fourth-most expensive rental market in the country, thanks to spillover from nearby San Francisco.
Like many American cities, Oakland is divided along economic and racial lines, which also manifest themselves as large differences in access to quality education, public health, fresh produce, and more. As Mayor Libby Schaaf herself put it in her October 2015 State of the City address: “It’s hard for us to celebrate the overall health of Oakland knowing that two people can live just one mile apart and be nearly twice as likely to be unemployed—and live 15 years less.”
As soon as YC announced its Basic Income plan, it got lots of support from the municipal government. Mayor Libby Schaaf instantly said on Twitter that she was “excited” that Oakland had been chosen. Public records show that Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland), loves it, too.
Still, YC’s Oakland project is in its very early and experimental stages.
“Because the main goal of this pilot is to gather data, it’s a useful to run it in a socio-economically diverse city like Oakland,” Matt Zwolinksi, a philosophy professor at the University of San Diego, told Ars.
“That way we can see what differences there are in the responses of the wealthy and the poor, the educated and the uneducated, skilled and unskilled laborers, and so on. And we can tweak future studies or the final public policy in light of that information.”
by Drew Jameson
In 2011, after nearly a decade of remission, Stan Rutner’s lymphoma returned. Cancerous nodes in his lungs were diagnosed and later he was told that the cancer was in his brain. The outlook was grim indeed, so he decided to try cannabis and coconut oil capsules.
As he again went through the harsh treatment of chemotherapy and radiation, Stan and his family were hoping to find an alternative. The wanted a natural solution that would help improve his quality of life and even prolong it.
Stan’s family had read that cannabis was effective in helping with the pain and other effects of chemotherapy for cancer patients. Hoping medical cannabis would be their golden ticket, Stan and Barb were open to trying it.
The Rutner’s son-in-law and their daughter Corinne did some research, and decided that a daytime cannabis capsule infused in coconut oil would be a good choice.
After two weeks of taking the cannabis capsule, Stan was able to give up the oxygen tank that he was tied to 24/7. He began to gain weight, sleep better and get stronger overall. After nearly a year, a brain scan revealed that Stan was completely cancer free.
Medical marijuana capsules infused in coconut oil are an alternative way to therapeutically use cannabis. Patients do not have to inhale the cannabis through smoking.
The cannabinoids that provide medical users with therapeutic effects are soluble in the fatty acids of the coconut oil. The oil is then rapidly taken up by liver, where it is quickly processed and distributed throughout the body.
Coconut oil is an ideal medium for medical cannabis because of the high amount of essential fatty acids present. These rich fatty acids make a good binding agent for the cannabinoids THC and CBD.
Even on its own, coconut oil is known for its healthful properties. For example, upwards of half of the fat in coconut oil is composed of a rare fatty acid called lauric acid.
In health food circles, Lauric acid has been called a “miracle” ingredient. In fact, it can be found in only three dietary sources—small amounts in butterfat and larger amounts in palm kernel and coconut oil.
In the body, lauric acid is converted to monolaurin. Monolaurin is a potent antiviral, antibacterial and antiprotozoal substance. In other words, it helps eliminate foreign bodies that can attack the body’s immune system.
Cancer patients undergoing radiation and chemotherapy are particularly vulnerable to infection and disease, which is part of what makes treating cancer with those methods so risky.
Stan’s cannabis-infused coconut oil capsules were likely effective for two reasons. One, the lauric acid in the coconut oil helped fight off pathogens. And two, the cannabis helped therapeutically with the side-effects of his cancer treatment.
Smudging- or the ceremonial and ritual burning of medicinal and fragrant herbs and resins of specific plants for spiritual cleansing, is an ancient practice that has been honored and carried out the world over in cultures spanning the centuries. It is also one that is finding a great surge of added popularity in many non-indigenous cultures and circles in the modern world.
The basic concept is that by burning particular plants parts and resins, the energetic blueprint or spirit/intelligence of that plant is released, producing a medicinal smoke. The smoke is then utilized to cleanse the energy of individuals, groups, spaces or object. Herbs like Sage, Palo Santo, Copal, and Sweet-grass are common smudging herbs that are widely used for healing and to remove unwanted energetic and spiritual buildup and also to instill blessings.
As with many spiritually based practices and methods, smudging is easy to write as silly or magical nonsense, but surprisingly there is science to support the benefits of smudging.
A landmark study conducted in 2007 titled, “Medicinal smoke reduces airborne bacteria,” published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology observed that smudging is an extremely potent form of sterilization. According to the study,
“We have observed that 1 hour treatment of medicinal smoke emanated by burning wood and a mixture of odoriferous and medicinal herbs (havan sámagri=material used in oblation to fire all over India), on aerial bacterial population caused over 94% reduction of bacterial counts by 60 min and the ability of the smoke to purify or disinfect the air and to make the environment cleaner was maintained up to 24 hour in the closed room. Absence of pathogenic bacteria Corynebacterium urealyticum, Curtobacterium flaccumfaciens, Enterobacter aerogenes (Klebsiella mobilis), Kocuria rosea, Pseudomonas syringae pv. persicae, Staphylococcus lentus, and Xanthomonas campestris pv. tardicrescens in the open room even after 30 days is indicative of the bactericidal potential of the medicinal smoke treatment. We have demonstrated that using medicinal smoke it is possible to completely eliminate diverse plant and human pathogenic bacteria of the air within confined space.”
Thanks to this amazing study we now know that smudging with sacred herbs is not only soothing to the mind and spirit, it is affecting the health and even safety of the actual environment in which it is done.
Here’s an older video, about smudging, from Elder Wilfred Buck of the Cree Nation:
*Article originally appeared at Earth. We Are One.
Two leading national environmental groups—Clean Air Task Force (CATF) and Earthworks—unveiled a suite of tools Wednesday designed to inform and mobilize Americans about the health risks from toxic air pollution from the oil and gas industry.
For the first time, Americans across the country—from Washington County, Pennsylvania, to Weld County, Colorado to Kern County, California—can access striking new community-level data on major health risks posed by oil and gas operations across the country.
The oil and gas industry is the country’s largest and fastest-growing source of methane emissions. And its facilities emit numerous other hazardous and toxic air pollutants along with methane—including benzene, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde and ethylbenzene. That toxic pollution presents significant cancer and respiratory health risks, underscoring the need for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to clean up existing sources of toxic air pollution without delay.
The EPA recently signed New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) that for the first time will regulate methane pollution from new and modified oil and gas facilities, preventing some of the sector’s future toxic air pollution from being released. The EPA’s current regulations addressing the industry’s toxic air pollution are limited and the NSPS does not cover the 1.2 million existing facilities in 33 states. CATF’s report, Fossil Fumes, and Earthworks’ Oil & Gas Threat Map focus specifically on toxic pollutants from those facilities and their resulting health impacts.
Earthworks Oil & Gas Threat Map Summary
The Oil and Gas Threat Map maps the nation’s 1.2 million active oil and gas wells, compressors and processors. Using the latest peer-reviewed research into the health impacts attributed to oil and gas air pollution, the map conservatively draws a half mile health threat radius around each facility. Within that total area are:
For each of the 1,459 counties in the U.S. that host active oil and gas facilities, the interactive map reports:
The searchable map allows users to:
“The Oil & Gas Threat Map shows that oil and gas air pollution isn’t someone else’s problem, it’s everyone’s problem,” Earthworks executive director Jennifer Krill said.
“Our homes and schools are at risk while most state regulators do nothing. Although completely solving this problem ultimately requires ditching fossil fuels, communities living near oil and gas operations need the EPA to cut methane and toxic air pollution from these operations as soon as possible.”
Clean Air Task Force Fossil Fumes Report Summary
Fossil Fumes, CATF’s companion report to Earthworks’ Oil and Gas Threat Map, is based on EPA’s recent National Air Toxics Assessment (NATA) analysis updated to reflect the latest emissions data from EPA’s National Emissions Inventory (NEI) and the conclusions are striking.
The report finds that:
“The Fossil Fumes report and Earthwork’s Interactive Threat Map will allow concerned citizens to learn the cancer and respiratory risks they face from toxic air pollution from the oil and gas industry,” Lesley Fleischman, CATF technical analyst and author of Fossil Fumes, said. “Armed with this information, we trust that citizens and communities will demand protective safeguards requiring industry to clean up its act and reduce these serious risks to public health.”
“The Oil & Gas Threat Map and Fossil Fumes are outstanding tools for nurses, their patients and affected communities to better understand the health risks posed by oil and gas facilities,” Katie Huffling, director of programs for the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, said.
“As nurses, we are especially concerned by the number of schools and hospitals revealed to be within a half mile of an active oil and gas facility. The best available science shows that methane and toxic chemicals emitted by these facilities threaten our most vulnerable citizens, which is why we encourage the EPA to quickly address this pollution.”
Other key findings of the map and report at the statewide level include:
“The Oil & Gas Threat Map and Fossil Fumes show more than 12 million Americans need protection from oil and gas industry air pollution as soon as possible. Industry talks about voluntarily reducing their pollution, but refuses to make binding commitments,” Earthworks policy director Lauren Pagel said.
“Some states like Colorado have stepped up, but other states like Texas have vowed never to regulate greenhouse gases and associated toxics. It is only the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that can act to protect all Americans, their health and the climate from this pollution.”
Mobile phones, Wi-Fi systems, electric power lines and similar sources of “electrosmog” are disrupting nature on a massive scale, causing birds and bees to lose their bearings, fail to reproduce and die, a conference will be told this week.
Dr Ulrich Warnke – who has been researching the effects of man-made electrical fields on wildlife for more than 30 years – will tell the conference, organised by the Radiation Research Trust at the Royal Society in London, that “an unprecedented dense mesh of artificial magnetic, electrical and electromagnetic fields” has been generated, overwhelming the “natural system of information” on which the species rely.
He believes this could be responsible for the disappearance of bees in Europe and the US in what is known as colony collapse disorder, for the decline of the house sparrow, whose numbers have fallen by half in Britain over the past 30 years, and that it could also interfere with bird migration.
Dr Warnke, a lecturer at the University of Saarland, in Germany, adds that the world’s natural electrical and magnetic fields have had a “decisive hand in the evolution of species“. Over millions of years they learned to use them to work out where they were, the time of day, and the approach of bad weather.
Now, he says, “man-made technology has created transmitters which have fundamentally changed the natural electromagnetic energies and forces on the earth’s surface. Animals that depend on natural electrical, magnetic and electromagnetic fields for their orientation and navigation are confused by the much stronger and constantly changing artificial fields.”
His research has shown that bees exposed to the kinds of electrical fields generated by power lines killed each other and their young, while ones exposed to signals in the same range as mobile phones lost much of their homing ability. Studies at the University of Koblenz-Landau, reported in The Independent on Sunday last year, have found bees failed to return to their hives when digital cordless phones were placed in them, while an Austrian survey noted that two-thirds of beekeepers with mobile phone masts within 300 metres had suffered unexplained colony collapse.
Dr Warnke also cites Spanish and Belgian studies showing that the number of sparrows near mobile phone masts fell as radiation increased. And he says that migrating birds, flying in formation, had been seen to split up when approaching the masts.
But the Mobile Operators Association, representing the UK’s five mobile phone companies, says a US research group has found collapsing bee colonies in areas with no mobile phone service, and Denis Summers-Smith, a leading expert on sparrows, has described the link as “nonsense“.
Check out Larry Bowers’ 4-part series on EMF pollution, beginning here:
In case you haven’t noticed, the Sun is rising further NE than at any other time of year. Likewise, it sets further NW. All day long, it arcs across the sky nearly overhead, which is why the day is so much longer than the night. Unlike in winter, when at that Solstice Sun rises SE and sets SW, and never gets that far above the horizon during its short days.
So here we are, nearly at Summer Solstice, the time of fullness, when the dreams of winter manifest in reality, thanks to the Sun, which heats the earth and makes seemingly lifeless plants turn green, grow, and flower. Hildegaard, a 12th century mystic nun, called this phenomenon “veriditas,” the greening, that mysterious force of Nature to which we owe our very lives.
For this location, the Solstice itself, when the Sun reaches 0°00 Cancer, occurs at 6:45 PM EDT, Monday evening, June 20, and about ten hours after this month’s Full Moon at 5°42 Capricorn.
This Summer Solstice imprints on us the ongoing Saturn/Neptune/Jupiter T-cross which has us all so bedazzled and befuddled by the many varieties, one might say, of “Truth,” — notice the many names we have for it now, “truthiness,” “verisimilitude,” “credibility,” and so on: Saturn in Sagittarius and Jupiter in Virgo, large vs. small, philosophical vs. analytic, either or both of which can crush our most sensitive feelings (Neptune in Pisces).
And this Solstice brings us the powerful, ongoing Mars in Scorpio drama, which forces old buried, emotional stuff to the surface, for review, and hopefully, release.
Here in the Green Acres Permaculture Village, we are readying ourselves for an event, to be held Sunday evening, the night before Solstice. This event will have three parts.
First, at 5 P.M., an orientation for anyone who is interested in joining hOUR Bloomington Timebank, a wonderful, and powerful way to both extend one’s valuable time and skills to others in exchange for time and skills that you need, not necessarily from the same person. Timebanks value each person’s contribution as equal to all others; whether someone helps another cleaning their house, or giving their services as an attorney, both are equally valued. Timebanks are one way that we can create an eco-nomy, below the money matrix. An added benefit of the Timebank is that it helps us meet new people. Obviously, the more people who sign up for the timebank, the more valuable it becomes for its members. This event will herald hOUR timebank’s first anniversary!
We are holding the event here in the Green Acres Village, partly because I need the hours! I currently owe about 30 hours — thanks to computer help from a member who does IT — and so must make up those hours! Everything I do to prepare for this event, including writing this post, cleaning up the patio, deciding how to publicize it, talking with others about it, cleaning up afterwards, etc. etc., helps me discharge my debt to the timebank.
Not that I wouldn’t be doing a Solstice event anyhow. Over the years we in Green Acres have held a number of Solstice events, both Summer and Winter. About ten years ago, we did an event so elaborate that it required a workshop beforehand to make the decorations for it, and included a parade through the neighborhood and a wishing tree. Two years ago, we held a Solstice Ceremony and breakfast at the moment of the Solstice itself, which happened to be around 6:30 AM! We thought no one would come except we who live here. To our surprise, a dozen people showed up. At that ceremony, my friend Ted led us in a blessing for the garden. Which led me to invite him to come down from Oakwood Retreat Center where he lives, once again, to lead us in a blessing.
But that’s later in the evening. First, as I said, the Timebank oreintation.
Next, at around 6 p.m. potluck. And I hear rumors that there will be music for this one, that someone is bringing instruments. Great!
And finally, at around 7:30 p.m. our Solstice Ceremony, which will include an initial circle, where I will talk about the symbology of Summer Solstice and podmate Brie will talk about what we are doing here to manifest our vision; Rebecca will then lead a tour through the grounds of this three-house complex; finally, we will circle up again for Ted to lead us in a Blessing Ceremony, this time not just for the Green Acres Garden, but for the Green Acres Village germinating here in Green Acres, this sweet little community springing up in the middle of an existing neighborhood.
Here’s the patio where our event will be held. This patio saw many many events last year, including the Witchy Woman’s Equinox Celebration and Ceremony!
Last night neighbor Jen and I sorted rock and bricks, lining one of the patio garden beds with the bricks,
and handing the rocks to Rebecca, who is busy making a path to the new chicken house next door.
(By the way, one of the things that helps what we are doing as “wild” permaculturists be more acceptable townspeople is to make edges like that above. To show that our work is intentional, no accident. Somehow, borders help sooth the fears of those whose imaginations limit them to loud mowing of featureless, monocultured, herbicided lawns.)
The new chicks are still separated from the older hens,
— oops! I’m at the gate and look down; there are two of the five hens. No, no, you can’t come out right now!
Since Rebecca is the designer of the grounds, our place is not just practical, but artistic.
Here’s a standing stone . . .
And a bird’s nest flower . . .
I asked Rebecca what she wanted me to do today (I try to give an hour or two to the project on a daily basis). Plant these little flowers, she told me.
“What color will their flowers be?”
“I don’t know! We thought they were berry plants, and they’re not!”
I’ll end with Brie’s third weekly “communique” to the CSA members of our new Green Acres Urban Farm.
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When you hear of couples sleeping in separate bedrooms. There is often this underlying shame or worry ‘Oh they mustn’t be happy’ or ‘their sex life must be crappy’. Yeah for sure maybe this is the case. But if a couple are happy and not simply sleeping separate to avoid one another, but rather chose to sleep separately a couple of nights of the week, it is actually incredibly healthy & beneficial.
One of the major guiding principles of a Tantric Relationship for me personally, and as taught by one of my teachers was that you should not sleep in the same bed every night.
I couldn’t agree more.
Being highly attuned to energy, I find it hard being around certain peoples energies, let alone sharing a bed with them.
Here are a few reasons why:
During our sleep space, we are dropping into the deep subconscious mind. And thus processing anything that hasn’t been processed in the conscious awake state. If you mix that with someone elses process every single night, you are surely going to start taking on ‘their’ stuff. Which might not always be good for you, especially if you are the more energetically open one or an empath, in the relationship. When we are sexually engaging with another and in relationship we obviously are energetically merging, on multiple levels, so we are super in tune psychically with our partner ~ which is beautiful, but we need to maintain that separate space to reconnect to self.
When we sleep separately, or are apart in general for a time. We rebuild the polarity, the sexual charge towards one another. We also regain that feeling of ‘missing’ the other, ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder’. By being merged in one anothers lives too much can be unhealthy. It is important to still maintain a sense of self outside of the relationship container.
It is still important to maintain a sense of self love, in the art of self pleasure. If you are sleeping in the same bed every night, our own self pleasure practice can sometimes fall to the wayside. Having at least 1 night a week where you make love to yourself, can bring about incredible new depths to the relationship, sexually and generally.
When woman is bleeding, it is so crucial she has her own space for at least the first day of her cycle. Womans energy during the Menstrual (bleeding) phase is very inwards. You will notice your senses are heightened, you may not be able to be around loud noises or too many people. You may also feel quite physically weak, as a result of losing blood & any present body aches and pains. It is best to take this time to retreat. If you live a busy lifestyle, making Day 1 of bleeding a day for absolute solo rest/retreat time is absolutely necessary. To make the most of this inward energy, it is best to spend this phase processing emotions, meditating, getting a gentle massage, reflecting on the past month, resting, journaling, spending time alone and being in nature.
With this, I suggest not being around your partner during this time, in fact my partner cannot sleep next to me if we do happen to be together, because my dreams are so vivid, he cannot sleep as he is tuning into my dreams. And I actually don’t want him in my space, as it is a very internal time for me. This happens, consciously or unconsciously whether you are sensitive to energy or not – this is why some women get annoyed with their men during their bleeding time, because innately we know we need at least that first and second day of bleeding to retreat and go deep within ourselves. For day 1 of your bleeding, it is best your partner sleeps in a separate room. This is because you are even more hyper psychic and open energetically, you need that space in your dream time to process alone, and not get mixed up with his energy field and subconscious mind also.
Each to their own, but the way I see the new paradigm of relating, is breaking barriers and social norms of what we think we have to do. For years I knew there was something really strange about sleeping in the same bed with your partner for the rest of your life. It is just one of those things we ‘think we have to do’. Everyone must figure out what works best for them individually and just live their lives walking to the beat of their own drum, in general!
What about you do you sleep in the same bed every night? Does it affect you?
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Dreamtime Potential Pt1 – Cellular Skeletal Memory, Silver Salt Sage, Body Defrag:
Andrew Bartzis – Dreamtime Potential Pt2 – Indigenous Dream Wisdom and the Tree of Time Access via Dreamtime
Something from Andrew’s wisdom related to Dreamtime…
Silvers benefit re Salt Bags in previous video, Indigenous Past Wisdom and Modern Society has lost, Indigenous Ritual Symbolising of Conscious and Other Realm Events in One’s Journey, The Example of the Punan of Borneo Dream Wanders, Cradle Boards and Protection for Baby in Nomad Lives Representing the Inner Child, Andrew’s Stream of the Metaphor of Cradle Boards, The One Tree God Aping, A Soft Disclosure visualisation of the Tree of Time from the Exceptional TV Show Continuum, A True Shaman living under a Sacred Mountain and Tuning into Aping, The Punan offering the Language of Before Being Born and After Dying in Ceremony, Us All having a Dream Wander Within and much much more…..
The One Tree God Aping, A Soft Disclosure Visualisation of the Tree of Time from the Exceptional TV Show Continuum, A True Shaman living under a Sacred Mountain and Tuning into Aping, The Punan offering the Language of Before Being Born and After Dying in Ceremony, Us All having a Dream Wander Within and much much more…..
Reunion Pictures Brilliant TV Show – Continuum
Indigenous Wisdom – Punan of Borneo – Awaken Your Dream Wanderer Within
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Soy milk is finally fading as a health conscious beverage as millions have come to discover the true health dangers of this genetically modified legume. Although cow’s milk presents its own set of long-term health implications, they may pale in comparison to soy, one of the most destructive nutrients affecting human health.
Along with almond milk, soy milk has been one of the most popular dairy milk alternatives. Vegans and vegetarians down soy milk like there is no tomorrow. It’s considered higher in protein and fiber than almost any milk on the market, but these benefits are generously outweighed by the health risks which are numerous.
12 Reasons To Avoid Soy Milk
1) IT’S UNFERMENTED
Unless otherwise labeled, all soy milk is unfermented. Asian cultures around the world have consumed soy for thousands of years, but they understood how to minimize soy’s anti-nutrient nature to reduce phytic acid levels. Phytates in unfermented soy products actually obstruct absorption of protein and four key minerals: calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc better than fermented sources. In their natural form, soybeans contain phytochemicals with toxic effects on the human body. The three major anti-nutrients are phytates, enzyme inhibitors and goitrogens. These anti-nutrients are the way nature protects the soybean plant so that it can live long enough to effectively reproduce. All plants have some anti-nutrient properties, but the soybean plant is especially rich in these chemicals. If they are not removed by extensive preparation such as fermentation or soaking, soybeans are one of the worst foods a person can eat. The net protein utilization of unfermented soy is 61 which quite low. Unfermented soy has been linked to digestive distress, immune system breakdown, PMS, endometriosis, reproductive problems for men and women, allergies, ADD and ADHD, higher risk of heart disease and cancer, malnutrition, and loss of libido. Fermented sources of soy such as natto, miso, tempeh and some fermented tofus are likely the only types of soy that should be consumed by humans and that’s only if you can get around the crap shoot that they’re non-GMO and organic (which there is no guarantee despite labeling).
2) GENETICALLY MODIFIED
Any ingredient listed as soybean or soy on any product ingredient list has more than a 90% chance of being GMO. Even organic soy cannot be trusted. Soy is very problematic crop. Non-organic sources of soy in many agricultural practices are being passed off as organic. In 2011, the USDA uncovered a plot to import fraudulent organic certificatesproduced by an uncertified supplier in China. The Chinese firm used the counterfeit certificate to represent non-organic crops, including soybeans, millet and buckwheat, as certified organic. These types of things are happening every year and only a fraction are being discovered. Even domestically sourced organic soybean crops are now being investigated for having GMO origins. Organic soy also does not change the toxicity of unfermented sources so abundant in the food supply.
3) SOY REDUCES ASSIMILATION OF MINERALS
Phytic acid is present in the bran or hulls of all seeds and when we compare the phytate of soy to many other types of beans and nuts, the percent mass is not that far off, but that’s not the problem. The problem is how much we are consuming. Most people stuck on the soy bandwagon are consuming far more phytate by the sheer volume through mass consumption of things like soy milk, tofu, cereals, and processed foods. It doesn’t even compare to the amount they would consume through seeds and nuts. The effect of phytic acid on iron absorption has been thoroughly studied. As evident in a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, as phytic acid increases, it has a diminishing impact on iron while inhibiting its absorption. This applies to almost every major mineral including zinc–one of the most important minerals for the human body. Two billion people may now have zinc deficiency. Phytates bind to zinc and thereby decrease its bioavailability. Phytic acid levels in soy reduce assimilation of calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc.
4) SOY CAUSES GROWTH PROBLEMS IN CHILDREN
The phytic acid in soy is not neutralized by ordinary preparation methods such as soaking, sprouting and long, slow cooking. Consequently these high phytate diets have caused growth problems in children. Combined with the presence of both phytoestrogens and arsenic, soy-based formulas are a disease promoting ticking time bomb for infants. A studypublished in the peer-reviewed journal The Prostate, revealed that humans exposed to a combination of both toxicants were almost twice as likely to develop cancerous cells in their prostate. While it is established that both arsenic and estrogen can cause cancer, the research raises concerns about the dangers of chemicals in combination, and the efficacy of regulations that are established by testing one chemical at a time. True cancer of the prostate, carcinoma, is seldom seen in infants and children, but other forms of malignant tumors may develop and more cases are appearing in developed nations where the link appears to center around soy infant formula. While many claims have been made about the health benefits of these estrogen-like compounds, animal studies indicate that soy (both conventional and organic) contain powerful endocrine disruptors that alter growth patterns and cause sterility. Soy formula is also laden with toxic chemicals such as aluminum and manganese, which can cause both physical and mental health problems, learning disabilities, brain damage, and behavioral problems. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that the highly concentrated phytoestrogens in soy formula weaken the immune systems of babies. Toxicologists estimate that an infant exclusively fed soy formula receives the estrogenic equivalent of at least five birth control pills per day.
5) SOY LINKED TO CANCER
The Chinese did not eat unfermented soybeans as they did other legumes such as lentils because the soybean contains large quantities of natural toxins or “antinutrients”. First among them are potent enzyme inhibitors that block the action of trypsin and other enzymes needed for protein digestion. These inhibitors are large, tightly folded proteins that are not completely deactivated during ordinary cooking. They can produce serious gastric distress, reduced protein digestion and chronic deficiencies in amino acid uptake. In test animals, diets high in trypsin inhibitors cause enlargement and pathological conditions of the pancreas, including cancer. What about the Japanese? The Japanese, and Asians in general, have much higher rates of other types of cancer, particularly cancer of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas and liver. Asians throughout the world also have high rates of thyroid cancer. The logic that links low rates of reproductive cancers to soy consumption requires attribution of high rates of thyroid and digestive cancers to the same foods, particularly as soy causes these types of cancers in laboratory rats. Just how much soy do Asians eat? A 1998 survey found that the average daily amount of soy protein consumed in Japan was about eight grams for men and seven for women – less than two teaspoons. Americans are consuming amounts far exceeding this quantity. Thousands of women are now consuming soy in the belief that it protects them against breast cancer. Yet, in 1996,researchers found that women consuming soy protein isolate had an increased incidence of epithelial hyperplasia, a condition that presages malignancies. A year later, dietary genistein was found to stimulate breast cells to enter the cell cycle – a discovery that led the study authors to conclude that women should not consume soy products to prevent breast cancer.
7) D-GLUTAMIC ACID
Natural glutamate in plants and animals is known as L-glutamic acid. Our normal digestive process slowly breaks down this natural or “bound” glutamic acid and it is then delivered to glutamate receptors in our body and brain. Broken down this way, it is harmless. However, factory, artificially bound D-glutamic acid in soy is broken down or made “free” by various processes (hydrolyzed, autolyzed, modified or fermented with strong chemicals, bacteria, or enzymes) is toxic to the human body. Since free glutamate can be a component part of certain food additives, such as hydrolyzed soy protein and cheap soy sauce, it is essentially unregulated when it comes to labeling standards. Many people who are very sensitive to D-glutamic acid experience respiratory, neurological, muscular, skin, urological and even cardiac symptoms.
8) HIGH LEVELS OF ALUMINUM
Soy has to go through a process to become soy protein isolate. Acid washing in aluminum tanks, which is designed to remove some of the antinutrients (but the results often vary widely), leeches aluminum into the final product. Aluminum can have adverse effects on brain development and cause symptoms such as antisocial behavior, learning disabilities. alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Harsh alkaline soaking solutions are used mainly in the production of modern soy foods such as soy protein concentrates, soy supplements, soy protein shakes, textured soy protein (TSP), etc. Much of the trypsin inhibitor content can be removed through high-temperature processing, but not all. Trypsin inhibitor content of soy protein isolate can vary as much as fivefold.
9) BLOCKS PRODUCTION OF THYROID HORMONE
In 1991, Japanese researchers reported that consumption of as little as 30 grams or two tablespoons of soybeans per day for only one month resulted in a significant increase in thyroid-stimulating hormone. Soy foods have a high concentration of goitrogens which block production of thyroid hormones. Scientists have known for years that soy-based formula can cause thyroid problems in babies. Scientists Daniel Sheehan and Daniel Doerge, from the National Center for Toxicological Researchpresented findings from rat feeding studies, indicating that genistein in soy foods causes irreversible damage to enzymes that synthesize thyroid hormones. Soy consumption is associated with thyroid disorders such as hypothyroidism, goiter, and autoimmune thyroid disease (ATD) as well as increased iodine requirement in certain cases.
10) CAUSES ALLERGIES
Soy is one of the top allergens–substances that cause allergic reactions. Today, soy is widely accepted as one of the “big eight” that cause immediate hypersensitivity reactions. Some 28 different proteins present in soy have been found to bind to IgE antibodies. It’s also worth noting that the more soy protein you eat, the more likely you are to develop allergies to it — and the more severe those allergies are likely to become. Delayed allergic responses to soy are less dramatic than the top allergens like peanuts or shellfish, but are even more common. These are caused by antibodies known as immunoglobulins A, G or M (IgA, IgG or IgM) and occur anywhere from two hours to days after the food is eaten. These have been linked to sleep disturbances, bedwetting, sinus and ear infections, crankiness, joint pain, chronic fatigue, gastrointestinal woes and other mysterious symptoms. Food “intolerances”, “sensitivities” and “idiosyncrasies” to soy are commonly called “food allergies”, but differ from true allergies in that they are not caused by immune system reactions but by little-understood or unknown metabolic mechanisms. Strictly speaking, gas and bloating–common reactions to soy and other beans–are not true allergic responses. However, they may serve as warnings of the possibility of a larger clinical picture involving allergen-related gastrointestinal damage. The soybean industry knows that some people experience severe allergic reactions to its products. In a recent petition to the FDA, Protein Technologies International (PTI) identified “allergenicity” as one of the “most likely potential adverse effects associated with ingestion of large amounts of soy products”.
11) ENZYME INHIBITORS
When food is eaten, digestive enzymes such as amylase lipase and protease are secreted into the digestive tract to help break it down and free nutrients for assimilation into the body. The high content of enzyme inhibitors such as trypsin in unfermented soybeans interferes with this process and makes carbohydrates and proteins from soybeans impossible to completely digest. When foods are not completely digested because of enzyme inhibitors, bacteria in the large intestine try to do the job, and this can cause discomfort, bloating, and embarrassment. Anyone with naturally low levels of digestive enzymes such as elderly people would suffer the most from the enzyme inhibiting action of soy. In precipitated products, enzyme inhibitors concentrate in the soaking liquid rather than in the curd. Thus, in tofu and bean curd, growth depressants are reduced in quantity but not completely eliminated.
The prevalence of autoimmune diseases has significantly increased over the recent years. It has been proposed that this epidemiological evidence could be in part attributable to environmental estrogens, compounds that display estrogen-like activity. Environmental estrogens can be found in phytoestrogens which occur in soy. There is a considerable burden of evidence both in vitro and in animal models that these compounds exert immunotoxic effects. Phytoestrogens drastically reduce not only the size of the thymus, but also the bone marrow cavity as well, the sites where most deletion of autoreactive cells occur. Isoflavones, which are phytoestrogens present in large quantities in soy and soy-derived products, inhibit protein tyrosine kinase, and exert other effects in the body such as exacerbating the clinical course of this autoimmune disease.
Note: In 2014 I trained for NOAA’s Monk Seal Watch program. During training I asked the biologist about their findings with radiation from Fukushima and how it was affecting ocean life. She told me in no uncertain terms that she no longer eats Tuna or Ahi as the locals call it, because it’s contaminated. And I thought to myself, “Ok if you won’t eat the tuna because you’ve seen the data, so why hasn’t the government warned parents not to feed their children tuna – tunafish sandwich’s are HUGE with kids?”
At this stage it would be wise to avoid ALL fish from the Pacific Ocean and Alaskan/Pacific Northwest waterways. The Atlantic ocean is much better since BP Oil dumped millions and millions of gallons of HIGHLY TOXIC Corexit into the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean to cover-up their environmental crimes.
If you’re not on a detox routine and anti-cancer diet, NOW would be the purrfect time to take preventative measures to protect the future health of you and your loved ones. There are some healthful recommendations to the right under the Radioactive Monitoring category.
Just one week after this web site broke news of Fukushima radiation in fish & seafood, California officials have cancelled commercial crab season “indefinitely” citing “protection of the public health.” Yet in a classic case of “if you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bull****” California officials have offered the following absurd reason to the public for this action:
Global warming has heated the ocean to the point that a particular algae, Pseudo-Nitzchia, is blooming in great swaths along California’s coast. The algae produces a neurotoxin called domoic acid which accumulates in crab and other seafood. If consumed by humans the neurotoxin can cause memory loss, tremors or death.
However, workers in the California Fish and Game Commission have revealed to SuperStation95 that the real reason for cancelling this $60 million per year commercial seafood season is: Radiation contamination of seafood from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.
According to these workers, who requested anonymity because they fear losing their jobs, radiation levels in local crab, especially Rock crab, were so high that officials feared anyone who consumed the crabs would suffer immediate sickness traceable directly back to the seafood. “If people started connecting the dots proving radiation in seafood was making them sick, it would utterly destroy California’s seafood industry in days” they said.
To cover up the industry-destroying truth, high ranking state political officials instructed the Fish and Wildlife Commission that it would be better to say “some other reason for cancelling the crab season, so as not to panic the public or wreck our industry.” The thinking by the political people was that as long as the public was protected from eating the contaminated food, they didn’t need to know the real reason for it.
This is yet another nail in the coffin of California and other west coast sates, all of which are now receiving ever-increasing dosages of radioactive materials carried to north America by prevailing ocean currents from Fukushima, Japan.
In March, 2011 an earthquake off the coast of Japan caused a Tsunami which hit the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, causing three reactors to melt down and explode.
Reactors 1 & 3 Explode
This is what the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Japan looked like before/after the explosions and meltdowns.
As you may notice in the images above, the Fukushima Daichi Power Plant is located on the coastline of Japan. Like all coastlines, the ground slopes toward the ocean. This created a problem that the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) didn’t tell anyone about until a full YEAR after the disaster took place: Ground water, flowing from inland, was seeping beneath the blown-up rectors, coming into contact with the melted-down reactor cores, becoming highly radioactive, then flowing into the Pacific Ocean. 300 Ton of this radioactive water has been seeping into the Pacific Ocean EVERY DAY since March 15, 2011. Nothing has stopped it and the flow continues to this very day, October 31, 2015. Here’s how it is taking place:
TEPCO wanted to build a “freeze wall” (shown in the graphic above) to freeze the ground and the water, to stop the flow. They tried. They failed. The radiation and heat coming from the melted down reactor cores – which melted through the reactor and melted into the ground – is making the water too hot. They can’t freeze it. There is no “wall” to stop the flow!
The flow of radioactive water into the Pacific is contaminating and killing sea life. Fish caught locally near the power plant and out in the deep sea, have all tested positive for radiation contamination. Other fish, Shrimp, clams and such, caught hundreds of miles offshore, have also tested 100% positive for radiation contamination. In fact, of 15 Blue-Fin Tuna caught off the coast of California, 100% tested positive for radioactive substances!
Hundreds-of-thousands of these sea creatures have already died from the radiation and millions more are sick and dying to this day. People who consume this seafood are ALSO getting contaminated by radiation.
The prevailing ocean currents off the east coast of Japan are well documented by Oceanographers. Here is what the prevailing ocean currents look like:
Generally speaking, two surface currents — one from the south, called the Kuroshio, and one from the north, called the Oyashio — meet just off the coast of Japan at about 40 degrees north latitude. The currents merge to form the North Pacific current and surge eastward. Fukushima lies at 37 degrees north latitude. Thousands of miles later, the currents hit an upwelling just off the western coast of the United States and split. One, the Alaska current, turns north up the coast toward British Columbia and Southeast Alaska. The other, the California current, turns south and heads down the western seaboard of the U.S. These currents are spreading the radioactive material from Japan.
As of June, 2015, the radiation in the Pacific Ocean reached the US West Coast; the seafood you’ve been eating from the Pacific ocean is loaded with Cesium-137 and Strontium-90. Both radioactive. Strontium-90 mimics calcium. It ends up getting deposited in human bones, where the radiation wreaks havoc with bone marrow, causing bone cancers and blood cancers like Leukemia.
The radiation in the fish is so terrible that wild-caught Alaskan Salmon, Pacific Herring and Canadian white fish are being found bloody, with cancerous tumors throughout their bodies. Now, California has had to officially cancel commercial crab season.
One does not have to be a nuclear scientist to read the writing on the wall. Just ask yourself: Is it more likely or not that the _real_ reason for this entire ban on commercial crabbing is from some bizarre algae or is the culprit the tons of radioactive material spewing into the Pacific Ocean for over four years and finally reaching California? The answer should be obvious to anyone who can think logically.
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Ed. Note: imo there’s something much deeper going on here, that the radiation in drinking water is an indication that earth changes are taking place beneath the surface. About a month ago I published a compilation of video’s with insider earth changes data and whistleblower information on the reasons for the FEMA emergency meeting in mid-April. From all indications it appears massive earth changes are unfolding below ground, especially in the Iowa/S Dakota/Montana/Nebraska areas. Magma is apparently rising to the surface and moving east from Yellowstone underground into these states. There are also MASSIVE gravity anomalies which indicate a major land mass split is imminent in the above mentioned states and that FEMA is currently staffing people in different locations around the affected areas in anticipation of this event. The first video contains the earth changes data, the second half covers radiation leaks and hazards around the country…they’re virtually everywhere.
Solution: Detox for heavy metals constantly, take Lugers Iodine or Atlantic Dulse daily, take tumeric and black pepper formula’s (cancer prevention), and eat an anti-cancer diet is the best we can do to stay healthy in a radioactive environment.
If you missed the ‘imminent earth changes’ post about a month ago, here’s the link:
March Against Monsanto, Akron, Ohio
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If you participated in the glyphosate test project launched last year by the Detox Project (formerly Feed The World) and Organic Consumers Association, you probably failed.
A staggering 93 percent of Americans tested positive for glyphosate, according to the test results, announced on May 25.
What makes that figure even more alarming is that many of you who sent in urine samples for testing probably eat more organic than non-organic food. Which suggests that either your organic food has been contaminated and/or you’re being exposed to glyphosate via unknown sources.
Worse yet? Children had the highest levels.
The testing, carried out by a laboratory at UC San Francisco, was the first-ever comprehensive and validated LC/MS/MS testing project to be carried out across America. According to the results, people who live in the west and mid-west tested higher than those living in other regions of the country.
It’s way past time for the world to wake up and smell the poison.
Even before glyphosate, the most-used herbicide in the world, was labeled a ‘probable human carcinogen’ by the World Health Organization’s cancer agency IARC in 2015, the chemical, prevalent in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, was under fire from scientists who say the chemical makes us sick. Internal documents reveal that Monsanto has known this all along.
Despite the warnings, in 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, under pressure from Monsanto, raised the allowed limits for glyphosate residue on fruits and vegetables. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, claiming pesticide residues are “safe,” doesn’t test for glyphosate residue on food.
Only recently has the U.S. Food & Drug Administration said it will begin testing human food for glyphosate. The FDA is a bit late to the testing party. Independent testing has already found glyphosate in many foods. It’s also been found in breast milk.
Fortunately, there are glimmers of hope that at least some parts of the world are waking up to the obvious dangers associated with poisoning our food, our ecosystem and ourselves. The European Commission has so far rejected Monsanto’s bid to renew its licensing of glyphosate in the EU.
What progress has been made so far, in exposing the dangers of Roundup and glyphosate and taking steps to ban it, have resulted from people power. In October, we’ll take that people power to the next level, when we expose Monsanto’s crimes at the Monsanto Tribunal, a citizen’s tribunal that will be held October 15-16 in The Hague, Netherlands.
Technology continues to prove both incredibly amazing and outrageously scary. Research shows how bad sitting all day is for your health, yet with the boom of the Internet, many jobs rely on doing just that. Then there are phones. While cellphones used to be as straightforward as making a call on-the-go, they have since been transformed into smartphones, or mini computers that provide us with instant access to seemingly anything we might desire.
People’s heads are no longer “in the clouds,” so to speak, but staring straight down at their computers, laptops, and yes, these convenient smartphones. This technology is undoubtedly affecting our habits and our health. Many people are losing the ability to hold a conversation, and to pay attention for extended periods of time. They are constantly dialed in to these small screens as a means of escaping boredom, human interaction, and more.
Did you know that staring down at your device is like having an eight-year old sitting on your head while you are standing? When you’re typing a message, reading an e-mail, or browsing the Internet, you’re enduring about 60 pounds of pressure. The average person spends two to four hours a day in this position.
The model above was developed by Dr. Kenneth K. Hansraj, chief of spinal surgery at New York Spine Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine, and shows how this position puts an extreme amount of force on your neck and spine.
Dr. Hansraj’s notes in his paper, published in Surgical Technology International, that part of having good posture entails having your ears aligned with the shoulders and your shoulder blades back. Doing so lowers body stress and even decreases cortisol. However, poor posture stresses the spine and may even lead to surgery from all the wear and tear.
A quick solution would be to put our phones down once and for all, but since that’s probably not a feasible option for many of us, you can try to hold your phone straight in front of you instead of bending your head down. Place your device at a 30 degree angle when typing or tapping to protect your wrists, at a right angle if you’re reading, and keep your neck back rather than forward.
There maybe a longing within you to travel and pilgrimage in these times to such sites today. It is likely on a deeper level within you the desire to have access to a greater awareness of our reality on a Selfhood path level now may be triggering in order to gain the perspective ability to see what is going on. That inner guidance is attempting to trigger in you. So, observe how you feel about places mentioned. The feeling of being drawn to them would be an indicator of that. And, seek the wisdom of people with the ability to interpret what is good for you. As in the detail of the above interview i mention about the archonic elements, some powerful intuitives are accessible to assist in that.
Thanks for your efforts Freddy. His books are excellent.
I invite you to invest some of your time exploring my ‘Conscious Explorer – Ancient Past Present Task’ – Here is the playlist for this series (16 so far):
A great teacher Freddy Silva here shares his perspectives on the purpose of the ancient temple network structure around the world. Anchor points for human consciousness awakening. Built in ages gone by prior to a time when the human freedom was about to be lost to elements who wish to control. Freddy shares this at about the 12 minute mark. Andrew Bartzis describe these being as Archons which i offer a glimpse here:
The reason why much of this information has been made very elusive until this special time is due to efforts to suppress human consciousness. To fit us into a paradigm that dominates us. Hence, my ‘Money – The Ultimate Consciousness Pacifier’ doco:
The 10-2 verdict in St. Louis Circuit Court ended a nearly-monthlong trial in one of a string of suits — some won by the defendants and some pending.
This case, which went on trial April 28, involved just three of nearly 100 plaintiffs claiming that exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, caused non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Some died and their claims were made by surviving relatives.
The lawsuit claims Monsanto knew about the dangers decades ago but falsely told the public the compounds were safe, and continued selling it into the 1970s. Rivers, streams and some food humans consume still contain some levels of PCBs.
“This is the future,” said plaintiffs’ lawyer Steven Kherkher, of Houston. “People don’t know that PCBs cause cancer and that Monsanto has been suppressing it.”
Monsanto issued a statement saying, “We have deep sympathy for the plaintiffs but we are disappointed by the jury’s decision and plan to immediately appeal today’s ruling.”
It continues: “Previous juries in four straight similar trials rejected similar claims by attorneys that those plaintiffs contracted non-Hodgkin lymphoma as a result of eating food containing PCBs. The evidence simply does not support today’s verdict, including the fact that scientists say more than 90 percent of non-Hodgkin lymphoma cases have no known cause.”
The plaintiffs in this trial are from Alaska, Michigan and Oklahoma. Only three among the larger group are from Missouri, including one from St. Louis.
Monsanto was the primary U.S. manufacturer of PCBs from 1935 until 1977, two years before Congress banned production, according to the suit. PCBs were used in numerous products, including industrial equipment, food packaging and paint.
The old Monsanto Chemical Co. that made PCBs no longer exists. But Creve Coeur-based Monsanto, which now engineers agricultural seeds and makes herbicides, is handling PCB claims. The other defendants are Solutia, spun off by old Monsanto in 1997; Pharmacia, which absorbed part of the old Monsanto; and Pfizer, which merged with Pharmacia in 2003.
Juror Nathan Nevius, 25, a waiter, said after the verdict, “All of us could pretty much agree that Monsanto was negligent.”
Another juror, Ashley Enochs, 24, said, “I think it goes to show that large companies can put stuff out there that’s harmful and they can do it for along time but that justice is going to be served whether it’s a year after the products are put out, or in this case, 80 years.”
Last month, a Los Angeles jury rejected claims against Monsanto over non-Hodgkin lymphoma. In July, a St. Louis County jury found Monsanto was not liable in deaths and illnesses suffered by people who were exposed.
The city of Spokane, Wash., filed a similar lawsuit last year, and in January, Seattle sued Monsanto over costs of PCB cleanup. Those cases are pending.