New proof that our emotions cause physical pain & how to change them


By Christina Sarich via Collective Evolution, 30 June 2015

In the ancient arts of Chinese Medicine, Yoga, and Ayurveda, there was no doubt among practitioners that anger could cause a heart attack, or chronic sadness could cause dementia. It was not unusual for a master to exterminate chronic pain in different joints and muscles, or even to cure liver, kidney, or stomach diseases by addressing deeply held emotions like fear, frustration, jealousy, and anxiety. These feats have been dismissed by modern medicine as placebo, or simply glazed over with the latest pharmaceutical prescription at most doctors’ offices, but new evidence has emerged that proves our emotions directly affect our physical health.

Is Your Sadness Causing Your Symptoms?

The phenomenon of emotional health being inextricably linked to physical health has been negated by modern medicine repeatedly, with only small allowances made in integrative medicine, and extremely few studies which support this idea making their way into mainstream publications.

Nonetheless, the Pharmageddon trend plagues this country. We’re quick to admit that we are depressed, too. The makers of depression drugs are raking it in, enjoying over $14 billion in annual sales, with antipsychotics remaining the top-selling therapeutic class of prescription drugs in the US. But the sick-care industry doesn’t really look into how our emotions cause sickness in the body.

I’m not talking about the idea that stress can cause disease, either. Modern health practitioners have largely accepted this general fact, with stress having a noticeable affect on heart disease and obesity rates. More specifically, what if that argument you keep having with your husband or wife is causing your knee joints to lock up, or your constant worry over finances is causing your stomach upset or your spleen to become depleted of energy, thereby limiting your body’s immune response? What if your constantly aching shoulders are the body’s response to years of taking on more than you should – literally bearing others’ burden, or the constant itching sensation you’ve endured on your skin is because you’ve literally let someone or something ‘get under it.’

The Emotional/Astral/Mental/Physical Connection

These notions are increasingly no longer just mystical theories from ancient healers.

The nineteen elements of the astral body are mental, emotional, and lifetronic. The nineteen components are intelligence; ego; feeling; mind (sense-consciousness); five instruments of knowledge, the subtle counterparts of the senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch; five instruments of action, the mental correspondence for the executive abilities to procreate, excrete, talk, walk, and exercise manual skill; and five instruments of life force, those empowered to perform the crystallizing, assimilating, eliminating, metabolizing, and circulating functions of the body. This subtle astral encasement of nineteen elements survives the death of the physical body, which is made of sixteen gross chemical elements.” ~ Bhagavad Gita

New Scientific Proof

In modern science, they are just beginning to understand what ancient mystics and healers had detailed wisdom of. A new study published in Psychology Today examines how emotional trauma can be equally responsible for chronic pain as physical injury.

Dr. Susanne Babbel states:

Chronic pain is defined as prolonged physical pain that lasts for longer than the natural healing process should allow. This pain might stem from injuries, inflammation, or neuralgias and neuropathies (disorders of the nerves), but some people suffer in the absence of any of these conditions. Chronic pain can debilitate one’s ability to move with ease, may hinder their normal functioning, and the search for relief can lead to pain medication addictions, which compound the problem. Chronic pain is also often accompanied by feelings of hopelessness, depression, and anxiety.”


Epigenetics and Environment

Furthermore, modern medicine also fails to consider the latest discoveries of epigenetics. Often ignored is the fact that our environment (which largely shapes emotions) affects our DNA. Even with billions spent on the Human Genome Project to outline every single possible gene-controlled disease, materialist-reductionist-determinist philosophy still was no closer to understanding how perfectly good genes could turn into cancerous ones, and someone with a predisposition for cancer from several generations could overcome it simply by changing their emotional outlook.

With this new wisdom we now understand that each and every cell is like its own self-powered microprocessor. They take in signals from our subtle experience – our awe of a flower blooming, or the perfect sunset, as equally as our shame over failing a test or saying something unkind to a loved one in a flashing moment of anger.

As Bruce Lipton would explain, a cell’s receptors take in, not only the elements of the physical environment (light, gravity, temperature, salts, minerals, etc.), food (nutrients, other organisms), and life-threatening agents (toxins, parasites, predators, etc.) but also joy, fear, anger, sadness, hilarity, love, hate, etc.

The Colors of Love and Healing

In ancient yogic systems, the chakras are associated with not just emotions, but color, as certain vibratory rates reflect the emotions, which correlate to a specific place in the physical/astral body.

Root Chakra or Mooladhara – Red, the color of survival.

Second or Sacral Chakra, Swadhistana – Orange, or the cooling of red, i.e. the base ego.

Third or Solar Plexus Chakra Manipura – This is the yellow color of establishing our personal will. This is where intellect develops.

Fourth or Anahata, The Heart Chakra – The Great Equalizing force of Mother Nature. Love. This is the first chakra which represents higher development in a human (or sentient) being aside from eating, sleeping, working, and procreating.

Fifth or the Throat Chakra, Vishuddha – The color blue is expressed, or the ability to communicate our heart’s desires.

Sixth or third Eye Chakra, Anja – The indigo color of this chakra represents the Vibrational awareness that would connect us to higher levels of consciousness, otherwise known as the spiritual world.

Seventh or Crown Chakra, Sahasrara Chakra – The color Violet is indicated, as it vibrates on an entire different frequency than red. If someone’s emotions have risen to this level, they most frequently experience cosmic consciousness, and complete healing.

We can also understood the emotions as vibrations through the visible spectrum of light:

The Visible Light Spectrum
Color Wavelenght nm Frequency THz
Red         625 – 740 400 – 484
Orange 590 – 625 484 – 508
Yellow 565 – 590 508 – 526
Green 520 – 565 526 – 606
Blue         500 – 520 606 – 670
Indigo   435 – 500 670 – 700
Violet 380 – 435 700 – 789

These scientific findings also would logically explain why green spaces heal us, or we ‘see red’ and revert to our most protected, contracted, egoic self.

In the case of being surrounded in green – aside from providing a more oxygen rich environment, sitting in a park or taking a stroll among trees and flowers after a stressful day has been proven to lower blood pressure and heart rates, as well as reduce levels of cortisol. A Dutch study surveyed over 4,500 people enduring stressful life events, including the death of a loved one, serious illness, or financial hardship, and the ones who lived within 3 kilometers of green space reported higher levels of well-being and fewer health complaints in the face of their struggles than those who lived elsewhere.

Referring back to Dr. Babbel’s findings, “Often, physical pain functions to warn a person that there is still emotional work to be done, and it can also be a sign of unresolved trauma in the nervous system.”

Bingo – this is what (Ancient Chinese Medicine) ACM, and Yoga have been trying to tell us for centuries.

Here are how different pains in the body correlate to different emotions according to the study, but also corresponding to more ancient wisdom:

Pain in the Head is a sign that you are overly stressed with day-to-day occurrences. You are likely an intellectual and ‘think’ too much. Have more fun and let go of the day’s responsibilities. Your head will hurt less.

Pain in the Neck indicates that you may need to work on forgiving someone – and that person might even be you. You are likely holding unconscious stress concerning a job, your home-life responsibilities, or other ‘burdens’ that you have subconsciously agreed to bare.

Pain in the Upper Back – You are likely feeling a lack of emotional support.

Pain in Your Elbows – This kind of joint pain may mean that you are often uncompromising, and need to learn to ‘give a little’ and learn to go with the flow instead of being so rock-solid in your approach.

Pain in Your Hands – You likely need to reach out to others more, in order to fulfill your emotional needs in a healthy manner. If your ‘hands are tied’ that may also mean that you have dabbled in other people’s emotional disturbances too often and you need to allow their pain without saving them. Try being empathetic without ‘handling’ everything.

Pain in Your Hips could be a cautionary message from your body that you need to move on an important decision, and stop stalling.

Pain in Your Knees can indicate an over-inflated ego. While the ego serves the good purpose of helping us discriminate between ourselves and others when we are children, it is often in need of dissolution as we grow older.

Pain in the Ankles may indicate that you are too frugal and need to live it up a bit more. Allow yourself some pleasure, and stop running so fast from love.

Pain in the Feet may indicate that you need grounding. It also means you need more joy in your life. Try something new. Consider meeting new people, or letting your ‘feet do the walking’ instead of your fingers. Go to a concert, or an outdoor park, and take a break from your computer. The world is waiting for you.

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Posted with permission from CE

Third alternative health practitioner death in past two weeks


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Crime scene investigators at the home of Dr. Sievers.

Mysterious spate of deaths rattle medical community

The recent death of a holistic practitioner in Florida is concerning residents and medical experts alike, as it is the third death of an alternative doctor in almost as many weeks.

On Monday morning, police found the body of Dr. Teresa Ann Sievers, 46, at her home in Bonita Springs after she failed to arrive at work. Dr. Sievers headed a health and wellness practice in Estero, Florida, which focuses on restorative healing through a variety of non-pharmaceutical treatments.

Detectives say they’re treating the incident as a homicide, although they are not revealing to media how she was killed, nor if they think it was a random or targeted attack. “We don’t know anything but that she was murdered,” Sievers’ sister, Annie Lisa, told The News-Press.

“Sievers was well-known in Southwest Florida for writing about women’s health issues,” reports The News-Press. “She wrote for several publications, including The News-Press, and appeared on local television.”

Sievers’ follows the death of two other prominent alternative doctors from Florida, Dr. Bruce Hedendal of Boca Raton, and Dr. Jeff Bradstreet, 60, who lived in Florida before relocating to Georgia.

Dr. Hedendal, 67, who operated a health and wellness chiropractic clinic, was found dead in his vehicle last month on Father’s Day under mysterious circumstances. Prior to his unfortunate demise, friends described him as “very healthy” and “in great shape,” according to health news journalist Erin Elizabeth.

Autism researcher and vaccine opponent Dr. Bradstreet’s body was found floating in a river in North Carolina on June 19 with a gunshot wound to his chest. Bradstreet, who was instrumental in helping families reverse the autistic side effects of mercury-containing vaccines, had his offices raided by the Food and Drug Administration about a week before his death.

The strange spate of deaths have also rattled the medical community.

“Dr. Bradstreet had lived just 45 minutes from us here in Florida before moving to the neighboring state of Georgia,” reports Elizabeth. “I also have been with a prominent well known doctor for the last 6 years so this concerns me. Several high profile MD’s have contacted me these last 2 weeks who are also concerned and mourn the loss of their colleagues.”

Comment: Is it all about the message (and counter-message), or are there more obvious reasons and sources for the apparent suicides murders? We must ask: “Who benefits?”
http://www.sott.net/article/298601-Third-alternative-health-practitioner-death-in-past-two-weeks

Get outta Dodge: 35% of Americans would consider leaving U.S.


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A study polling American and emigrant adults found that 35 percent would consider leaving the US, according to TransferWise, an international money transfer company. The most popular reason for wanting to leave was to seek a better quality of life.

Despite the results of the survey, 59 percent said it was home. Another 58 percent said romantic and family ties were important reasons for staying in the US.

Another 22 percent in the survey cited democratic society as a reason to stay, and only 2 percent said low taxes. The online poll surveyed 2,000 American and emigrant adults.

The percentage of those willing to leave greatly increases for the millennial generation, with more than half of those aged 18 to 34, or 55 percent saying they would consider moving to another country for a higher paying job.

“With technology impacting every part of our lives from how we communicate to how we bank, it’s easier to move around the world today than ever before,” said Joe Cross, US General Manager of TransferWise, reported WUSA9.

“It doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive and we don’t have to lose touch with our roots either. I’d certainly expect more Americans trying life abroad in the years to come, as well as more foreigners like myself building a life here in the US.”

Americans and emigrants are leaving the country in increasing numbers. According to the Treasury Department, more than 3,000 US residents renounced their residency/citizenship in 2014, a 14 percent jump from 2013. While that represents just 0.0001 percent of the total US population, the number of people on record as expatriating to other countries was well below 1,000 per year up until 2010. So far in 2015, more than 1,300 people have renounced their citizenship.

The online survey also found that 84 percent of US-born Americans believe the country could be a more appealing place to live, compared to 75 percent of foreign-born residents.

The survey was conducted just days before one of the US’s biggest national holidays, the Fourth of July Independence Day celebration.

http://www.sott.net/article/298576-Get-outta-Dodge-35-of-Americans-would-consider-leaving-US

Ed. Note: I’ve considered leaving the islands for 6-12 months until after the financial sh*tstorm hits and subsides. If anyone living abroad has inexpensive accommodation’s and/or is involved in building or maintaining a community project, please contact me. I have many skills to bring to the table, excellent references and would love to learn more. I can be reached at ascendingstarseed at gmail dot com.

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Smiles-R-Us? Georgia dentist terrifies young girl with fully body restraints during routine procedure – without parents’ permission


This is a deeply disturbing trend, sadly it’s nothing new in this ass-backwards world. Thankfuly we’re shifting toward a new paradigm and with stuff like this going on, we can’t arrive soon enough!
Much love and aloha! {~A~}
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A pair of Georgia parents are infuriated by the method a dentist employed to restrain their daughter during a routine procedure.

James Crow told WSB-TV that he and his mother took his daughter, Elizabeth, to a Carrollton dentist to have a tooth pulled. What ensued he could have never imagined.

Not allowed inside the exam room, Crow waited with his mother in the lobby.

“We were sitting out in the waiting room and all of a sudden, we heard somebody screaming,” Evelyn Crow told WBS.

The father rushed into the room and found his daughter bound with a tool called a “papoose board.”

“I couldn’t see my kid in the body bag just strapped down to the bed, I couldn’t handle it,” Crow told WSB.

This little girl was frightened. I had to carry her out, she was shaking so bad,” his mother added to the local news station.

An employee of the office told WSB that parents are required to sign a release form before the papoose board is used. Crow said he didn’t recall being notified.

“The only thing they said was they were going to put her on some laughing gas,” he said.

A spokesperson for the Georgia Board of Dentistry told WBS that the tool is technically legal to use. Regardless, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry doesn’t recommend its use under normal circumstances.

Comment: It’s truly sickening that someone so ignorant as to what would traumatize a child is allowed to practice dentistry. Without parental consent, no less!
http://www.sott.net/article/298618-Smiles-R-Us-Georgia-dentist-terrifies-young-girl-with-fully-body-restraints-during-routine-procedure-without-parents-permission

The Effects of Fluoride on Consciousness and the Will to Act


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Fluoride

By: Jordan Resnick

New evidence has linked fluoride and other chemicals to brain disorders. What other unknown effects might this industrial by-product added to our water supply have? An examination of water fluoridation’s shadowy history reveals potentially disturbing ramifications for human consciousness.

Recent research has brought the controversial practice of water fluoridation back into the spotlight, revealing links between water fluoridation and brain disorders, particularly in regard to its effect on children.

Troublingly, the report found that side-effects do not only come from direct ingestion by children, but also from higher levels of chemicals such as fluoride in expectant mothers’ blood and urine, which was linked to brain disorders and lower IQs in their children. In many cases, the changes triggered can be permanent. This evidence flies right in the face of spurious claims by skeptics that ingestion of fluoride in low concentrations has no harmful effects on our health.

Is it any wonder then that only seven countries in the world actually fluoridate more than 50 percent of their water supply? Although it is often portrayed in America as if every country does it, this is very far from the truth. In fact, the United States accounts for more than 50 percent of all the fluoridated water drinkers in the world, while the vast majority of European countries for example avoid this practice altogether.

So what is fluoride and why do a few countries continue to infuse their public drinking water with this controversial chemical? What ramifications might its side effects have for human development?

How Water Fluoridation Came to Be

Although there is widespread acceptance that fluoride is toxic in high doses, a trend emerged in the twentieth century to add this chemical to drinking water at dosages deemed to be “safe.” Where did this trend originate?

It may surprise you to hear that apparently the first occurrence of purposefully putting sodium fluoride into drinking water took place in the German ghettos of the 30s and 40s, and shortly thereafter in Nazi concentration camps. Clearly, the Nazis would not be concerned with the strength and resilience of their prisoners’ teeth; so, what could be the real reason to fluoridate the water? What effects does it really have upon us? And why are countries such as the United States still doing it?

Let’s now look at how water fluoridation started in America. An industry researcher from the Mellon Institute financed by the Alcoa Company first recommended water fluoridation in America in 1939. Seeing as Alcoa had toxic waste, a bi-product from aluminum otherwise known as fluoride and stood to benefit from finding a way to sell and dispose of it, could this really be a coincidence? The report convinced dentists and the public at large that water fluoridation is good for our teeth. With this, whether intended or not, the industry gained a way to get toxic waste off their hands, and moreover, even be paid to get rid of it—by selling it off to be dumped into the public water supply.

In 1946, an attorney and former counsel to Alcoa was appointed to head the U.S. Public Health Service. Shortly thereafter, he ensured that the water fluoridation “experiment” passed essentially unchallenged and unchecked by any real public study or research and was soon given a $750K private bonus from Alcoa. In today’s dollars, that’s worth anywhere from $6.89 million to $55.3 million, depending on how you account for inflation.

But some people have identified a more sinister agenda behind water fluoridation that goes beyond apparent greed and convenience. At the end of World War II, Charles Elliot Perkins, a researcher in chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, and pathology, was sent to Germany to take charge of their chemical plants. He later wrote in response to what he had seen and heard while there: “The real purpose behind water fluoridation is to reduce the resistance of the masses to domination and control and loss of liberty … Repeated doses of infinitesimal amounts of fluorine will in time gradually reduce the individual’s power to resist domination by slowly poisoning and narco-tizing this area of the brain tissue, and make him submissive to the will of those who wish to govern him.”

How Fluoride Suppresses Consciousness

Pineal Gland with Calcifications

But how does a chemical bi-product dumped into the water supply actually work upon those who ingest it over time? There are many ways sodium fluoride consumption affects our bodies, but one aspect we’ll focus on in this article is that sodium fluoride calcifies the pineal gland. British scientist Jennifer Luke published a study which found that fluoride deposits tended to accumulate in the pineal gland and calcify it. In addition, a 450 page review on fluoride toxicity published by the National Research Council in 2006 reported that fluoride produced a range of negative side effects including “decreased melatonin production” and “other effects on normal pineal function, which in turn could contribute to a variety of effects in humans.”

Not just scientists, but mystics too have explored the effects of the pineal gland within us (from different angles): physically, it plays an important role in regulating sleep patterns and sexual development; spiritually, it is said to be a connection between the body and the soul, and is referred to by some as our “third eye.” Either way, when the pineal gland is calcified by sodium fluoride, it obviously cannot function properly. This could have grave effects both physically and spiritually upon humanity.

There is more to the human body than its physical apparatus. This is widely evident in phenomenon such as near-death experiences, whereby people have had accounts of experiencing existence while their brain and body has been clinically dead. However, while we are here physically, the spiritual components depend upon the physical apparatus in order to function properly and thereby communicate and actively participate in the physical world. When an important seat of consciousness such as the pineal gland cannot function properly, by logical extension, consciousness itself cannot function properly within us, since the physical means with which it functions in the world has been damaged.

Thus, it is not only that fluoride consumption has adverse health effects and reputedly makes people easier to control (as the Nazi’s believed), but the very spiritual essence of who we are, our consciousness, can be hindered from manifesting in our lives. Within our consciousness are all the spiritual feelings such as love, peace, happiness, and freedom, as well as mystical experiences and psychic faculties. The consciousness gives us the ability to be “here,” “awake,” and present psychologically.

There are sinister agents in the world and beyond who wish to see consciousness suppressed. There appears to be an evil behind water fluoridation that runs deeper than mere convenience, and the implications go beyond fluoride’s reputed effects of making a people compliant who would otherwise question questionable things (such as water fluoridation – the irony notwithstanding). On the deepest level, it’s about a person’s individual ability to awaken consciousness and experience their full potential.

Concluding Remarks

Over ten years ago already, in November 2003, the United States passed the Water Act, which made it impossible for water companies to undergo civil or criminal hearings as a result of adding fluoride to public water supplies. It becomes more and more difficult to affect change on a mass scale to practices such as water fluoridation when those who have political, military, and legal control enact these types of measures. Fortunately, it is still within people’s ability to take measures to avoid fluoride and speak out however, and to personally do what they can to preserve, exercise, and awaken their own consciousness.

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Affordable Housing Crisis Grows Across the Country as Apartment Rents Skyrocket


A new national report finds homelessness is also rising.

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On Monday, New York City took a dramatic step that highlights just how out of control rental housing costs have become in the Big Apple and in many cities nationwide. For the first time, New York froze rents for one-year leases on a million rent-stabilized apartments.

“Today’s decision means relief,” Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters. “We know tenants have been forced to make painful choices that pitted ever-rising rent against necessities like groceries, child care and medical bills.”

Landlords balked and citicized City Hall, calling the move an “unconscionable, politically driven decision.” But Rent Board chair Rachel Godsil was having none of it. Her staff had found that landlord incomes had grown for nine years in a row, including by 3.4 percent last year, while costs only grew by 0.5 percent. In contrast, a majority of most stabilized renters faced continuing income stagnation.

New York City’s struggle with affordable rental housing is part of a nationwide trend that has seen rental housing costs skyrocket in recent years as the housing market has mostly recovered from the 2008 recession, which was in part fueled by real estate speculation and Wall Street aggressively repackaging and reselling risky high-interest mortgages.

According to a new study by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, vast stretches of the county are facing a rental housing crisis marked by big rent spikes. “The number of cost-burdened renters [paying more than 30 percent of incomes]… set a new high in 2013 of 20.8 million, totaling just under half of all renter households,” Harvard researchers found. “Although the number of severely burdened renters edged down slightly, the number of moderately burdened renters climbed by a larger amount.”

Most low to moderate income households are feeling a very big pinch. The researchers said that 80 percent of households with annual incomes under $15,000, three-quarters of renters with incomes up between $15,000 and $29,999, and 45 percent of households earning up to $44,999, are all “severely burdened,” with non-whites and single mothers facing the greatest financial stress.

“Minorities and certain types of households are especially likely to have severe housing cost burdens,” the report said. “Indeed, 26 percent of black households, 23 percent of Hispanic households, and 20 percent of Asian and other minority households were severely burdened in 2013, compared with just 14 percent of white households. Nearly a third of single-parent families also had severe burdens, compared with a tenth of married couples with children. Finally, more than half of households headed by an unemployed individual in 2013 were severely housing cost burdened.”

Cities where these pressures are prevalent include Los Angeles, New York, Honolulu, Miami, Las Vegas and Orlando, they said. “Moreover, affordability pressures in the 10 most expensive markets reach further up the income scale. In fact, nearly half (48 percent) of households with incomes of $45,000–74,999 were housing cost burdened in these metros—more than twice the share (22 percent) nationally. As a result, the nearly 20 million households living in the 10 highest-cost metros must earn well above the national median income of $51,900 to live in housing they can afford.”

The causes for these spikes in rent come from a mix of private and public sector trends. On the private sector side, the housing market crash has led to a slowdown in building or improving rental housing stock in many regions, which has boosted rents when housing becomes available. Meanwhile, government affordable housing subsidies available for renters have effectively shrunk, because they have failed to keep up with increases.

“Unmet need has continued to grow despite real increases in federal appropriations for two of HUD’s largest programs—housing choice vouchers and project-based rental assistance—between FY2005 and FY2015,” it reported. “But instead of serving more households, most of the increased funding was offset by the higher costs of assistance due to rising market rents.”

One major consequence of a costlier rental market is that recent efforts to find housing for the homeless is backtracking in some regions, the researchers said.

“The lack of affordable housing in the United States continues to leave nearly 600,000 people homeless,” they wrote. “More than a third are people in families, including 130,000 children under the age of 18. By comparison, chronically homeless individuals (those who have been without a place to live for at least a year or have had repeated episodes of homelessness over the past few years) account for a much smaller share (15 percent) of the homeless population.”

The researchers said homelessness is on the rise, even though “recent increases in federal funding have aided progress in reducing both homelessness overall and among the most vulnerable groups.”

“The national reduction in homelessness is not apparent in all markets,” it said. “Rising rents and a dwindling supply of affordable rentals continue to put people at risk, especially in high-cost locations. Indeed, total homelessness jumped by 29 percent in New York and 40 percent in Massachusetts between 2007 and 2014. The increase in the District of Columbia was even larger, at 46 percent. Family homelessness is particularly acute in major cities, which were home to 45 percent of this population in 2014. New York City headed the list with 41,600 homeless people in families, or nearly 20 percent of the national total.”

Steven Rosenfeld covers national political issues for AlterNet, including America’s retirement crisis, democracy and voting rights, and campaigns and elections. He is the author of “Count My Vote: A Citizen’s Guide to Voting” (AlterNet Books, 2008).

http://www.alternet.org/economy/affordable-housing-crisis-grows-across-country-apartment-rents-skyrocket

Neuroscientist: Why It’s Dangerously Wrong to Approach Addiction as a Kind of Disease


To have a disease — instead of, say, a dangerous habit — is to be powerless to do anything except apply the prescribed cure.

The mystery of addiction — what it is, what causes it and how to end it — threads through most of our lives. Experts estimate that one in 10 Americans is dependent on alcohol and other drugs, and if we concede that behaviors like gambling, overeating and playing video games can be addictive in similar ways, it’s likely that everyone has a relative or friend who’s hooked on some form of fun to a destructive degree. But what exactly is wrong with them? For several decades now, it’s been a commonplace to say that addicts have a disease. However, the very same scientists who once seemed to back up that claim have begun tearing it down.

Once, addictions were viewed as failures of character and morals, and society responded to drunks and junkies with shaming, scolding and calls for more “will power.” This proved spectacularly ineffective, although, truth be told, most addicts do quit without any form of treatment. Nevertheless, many do not, and in the mid-20th century, the recovery movement, centered around the 12-Step method developed by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, became a godsend for those unable to quit drinking or drugging on their own. The approach spread to so-called “behavioral addictions,” like gambling or sex, activities that don’t eveninvolve the ingestion of any kind of mind-altering substance.Much of the potency of AA comes from its acknowledgement that willpower isn’t enough to beat this devil and that blame, rather than whipping the blamed person into shape, is counterproductive. The first Step requires admitting one’s helplessness in the face of addiction, taking recovery out of the arena of simple self-control and into a realm of transcendence. We’re powerless over the addictive substance, and trust in a Higher Power, and the program itself, to provide us with the strength and strategy to quit. But an important principle of the 12 Steps is that addiction is chronic and likely congenital; you can be sober indefinitely, but you will never be cured. You will always remain an addict, even if you never use again.

The flourishing of the 12-Step movement is one of the reasons why we now routinely describe addiction as a “disease.” To have a disease — instead of, say, a dangerous habit — is to be powerless to do anything except apply the prescribed cure. A person with a disease is unfortunate, rather than foolish or weak or degenerate. Something innate in your body, particularly in your brain, has made you exceptionally susceptible to getting hooked. You always have and always will contain a bomb, the important question is how to avoid setting a match to it. Another factor promoting the disease model is that it has ushered addiction under the aegis of the healthcare industry, whether in the form of an illness whose treatment can be charged to an insurance company or as the focus of profit-making rehab centers.

This conception of addiction as a biological phenomenon seemed to be endorsed over the past 20 years as new technologies have allowed neuroscientists to measure the human brain and its activities in ever more telling detail. Sure enough, the brains of addicts are physically different — sometimes strikingly so — from the brains of average people. But neuroscience giveth and now neuroscience taketh away. The recovery movement and rehab industry (two separate things, although the latter often employs the techniques of the former) have always had their critics, but lately some of the most vocal have been the neuroscientists whose findings once lent them credibility.

One of those neuroscientists is Marc Lewis, a psychologist and former addict himself, also the author of a new book “The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction is Not a Disease.” Lewis’s argument is actually fairly simple: The disease theory, and the science sometimes used to support it, fail to take into account the plasticity of the human brain. Of course, “the brain changes with addiction,” he writes. “But the way it changes has to do with learning and development — not disease.” All significant and repeated experiences change the brain; adaptability and habit are the brain’s secret weapons. The changes wrought by addiction are not, however, permanent, and while they are dangerous, they’re not abnormal. Through a combination of a difficult emotional history, bad luck and the ordinary operations of the brain itself, an addict is someone whose brain has been transformed, but also someone who can be pushed further along the road toward healthy development. (Lewis doesn’t like the term “recovery” because it implies a return to the addict’s state before the addiction took hold.)

“The Biology of Desire” is grouped around several case studies, each one illustrating a unique path to dependency. A striving Australian entrepreneur becomes caught up in the “clarity, power and potential” he feels after smoking meth, along with his ability to work long hours while on the drug. A social worker who behaves selflessly in her job and marriage constructs a defiant, selfish, secret life around stealing and swallowing prescription opiates. A shy Irishman who started drinking as a way to relax in social situations slowly comes to see social situations as an occasion to drink and then drinking as a reason to hole up in his apartment for days on end.Each of these people, Lewis argues, had a particular “emotional wound” the substance helped them handle, but once they started using it, the habit itself eventually became self-perpetuating and in most cases ultimately served to deepen the wound. Each case study focuses on a different part of the brain involved in addiction and illustrates how the function of each part — desire, emotion, impulse, automatic behavior — becomes shackled to a single goal: consuming the addictive substance. The brain is built to learn and change, Lewis points out, but it’s also built to form pathways for repetitive behavior, everything from brushing your teeth to stomping on the brake pedal, so that you don’t have to think about everything you do consciously. The brain is self-organizing. Those are all good properties, but addiction shanghais them for a bad cause.

As Lewis sees it, addiction really is habit; we just don’t appreciate how deeply habit can be engraved on the brain itself. “Repeated (motivating) experience” — i.e., the sensation of having one’s worries wafted away by the bliss of heroin — “produce brain changes that define future experiences… So getting drunk a lot will sculpt the synapses that determine future drinking patterns.” More and more experiences and activities get looped into the addiction experience and trigger cravings and expectations like the bells that made Pavlov’s dogs salivate, from the walk home past a favorite bar to the rituals of shooting up. The world becomes a host of signs all pointing you in the same direction and activating powerful unconscious urges to follow them. At a certain point, the addictive behavior becomes compulsive, seemingly as irresistibly automatic as a reflex. You may not even want the drug anymore, but you’ve forgotten how to do anything else besides seek it out and take it.

Yet all of the addicts Lewis interviewed for “The Biology of Desire” are sober now, some through tried-and-true 12-Step programs, others through self-designed regimens, like the heroin addict who taught herself how to meditate in prison. Perhaps it’s no surprise that a psychologist would argue for some form of talk therapy addressing the underlying emotional motivations for turning to drugs. But Lewis is far from the only expert to voice this opinion, or to recommend cognitive behavioral therapy as a way to reshape the brain and redirect its systems into less self-destructive patterns.

Without a doubt, AA and similar programs have helped a lot of people. But they’ve also failed others. One size does not fit all, and there’s a growing body of evidence that empowering addicts, rather than insisting that they embrace their powerlessness and the impossibility of ever fully shedding their addiction, can be a road to health as well. If addiction is a form of learning gone tragically wrong, it is also possible that it can be unlearned, that the brain’s native changeability can be set back on track. “Addicts aren’t diseased,” Lewis writes, “and they don’t need medical intervention in order to change their lives. What they need is sensitive, intelligent social scaffolding to hold the pieces of their imagined future in place — while they reach toward it.”

 

Laura Miller is a senior writer for Salon. She is the author of “The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia.” Visit her website, magiciansbook.com.

http://www.alternet.org/drugs/neuroscientist-why-its-dangerously-wrong-approach-addiction-kind-disease

Mark Plotkin: What the people of the Amazon know that you don’t


“The greatest and most endangered species in the Amazon rainforest is not the jaguar or the harpy eagle,” says Mark Plotkin, “It’s the isolated and uncontacted tribes.” In an energetic and sobering talk, the ethnobotanist brings us into the world of the forest’s indigenous tribes and the incredible medicinal plants that their shamans use to heal. He outlines the challenges and perils that are endangering them — and their wisdom — and urges us to protect this irreplaceable repository of knowledge.

Geiger Counter Radiation Test at Malibu Beach, CA – June 27, 2015 (Good News :)


Note: While this in no means shows comprehensive, scientific testing for radioactive contamination on Malibu’s beach, it does indicate that radioactive contamination from Fukushima isn’t “completely frying” the West Coast. What needs to happen is scientific testing of the coastline waters, the corals and marine life to determine the exact degree of bio-contamination level amongst different species in the food chain.

But for now, until the EPA acts responsibly and does it’s due diligence on behalf of the health and well-being of the public, we have an independent report from Sheilaaliens that levels around Malibu Beach appear to be within normal range.

Which begs the question: What’s killing the sea lions, starfish and numerous life marine life forms in the Pacific Ocean? Whether or not these mass kills are linked to man-made causes, the fact is that Earth began experiencing the 5th major mass-extinction over 100 years ago and at this stage the extinction phase is accelerating – so this is also the time to begin watching for new life forms to emerge. Which is already happening, I recently heard new life forms are being discovered – when I find more information on these discovery’s, I’ll be sure to post it here for your perusal.

Much love and aloha to all! {~A~}

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Testing radiation levels at Malibu Beach, California… here are the results!

Accepting donations for gas money to get to other beaches for testing! :) Paypal: sheilaaliens@yahoo.com

Jon Rappoport – Survey: only 15% of farmers would eat GMO food


{I love Rappoport’s “in your face” style of journalism, he always tells it EXACTLY like it is! Nice find, courtesy of FollowingWorldChange…{~A~}

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Survey: only 15% of farmers would eat GMO food

by Jon Rappoport

July 25, 2013

http://www.nomorefakenews.com

The British survey was funded by Barclays Bank and done in collaboration with Farmers Weekly.

Only 15% of farmers polled said they would eat GMO food. Talk about a blanket rejection. It can’t get much clearer than that.

Obviously, these backward farmers want to protect their own health. Who ever heard of such a thing! How dare they! They’re supposed to follow the party line. They’re supposed to say, “Yum yum, give me some GM.”

Well, funny things happen when people consider their own bodies. They tell you what they really think.

You see, 61% of the farmers said they’d grow GMO crops “if they had the opportunity.” In other words, they’d willingly endanger other people’s health, but not their own.

“Just business, nothing personal.”

Reminds me of the idea of sending government officials who declare war into the field with weapons.

“No, I said the war was necessary. I didn’t say I’d risk my own life out there with all those crazies running around. Besides, I suffer from migraines and my doctor told me I have to avoid stress.”

Or: “Everybody is hereby ordered to go on the Obamacare plan. Except those of us in the Congress who have our own plan.”

The farmers survey should have included the following questions, for the 61% of farmers who said they’d grow GMO crops if given the chance: “Would you eat what you sell every day of your life?”

“And if not, what is wrong with you?”

On a related note, we have this from Mike Adams at Natural News: “Polls were taken by accomplished scientists at the McGill Cancer Center from 118 doctors who are all experts on cancer. They asked the doctors to imagine they had cancer and to choose from six different ‘experimental’ therapies. These doctors not only denied chemo choices, but they said they wouldn’t allow their family members to go through the process either!”

Oh, and lest I forget, we have the famous vaccine proponent, Dr. Paul Offit, who said babies can handle “10,000 vaccines at once.” Well, since babies have only partially developed immune systems and Offit is an adult, I’d be willing to take a crash course in how to give an injection and pop Offit with 10,000 vaccines, as a test. Why not? What could go wrong?

And while I’m at it—all those clinical trials of new drugs using volunteers who don’t have a clue about what they’re getting into? Seems only fair to include the researchers who developed the drugs and other doctors and pharmaceutical execs as volunteers in the trials. In fact, they should be first in line. If they fall over dead or develop life-threatening conditions, then everyone else will know there’s a slight problem.

Moving along, if the government is spying on all of us, for our own good, and in order to protect the country, then we should spy on them for the same reasons. Let them experience their own programs up close and personal. Long ago, when funding for NSA started to accelerate into the wild blue yonder, the Congress should have offered themselves up on a platter, to set a good example.

“You boys know our phone numbers, email addresses, and where we live and play. So please, spy on us 24/7, because we’re about to let you do it to all Americans.”

No? Am I missing something here? Don’t government officials endanger the nation? Haven’t they already proved that over and over? Shouldn’t they be watched carefully, as you would watch wild animals in a zoo?

The examples keep multiplying, don’t they? Oil spills, radiation leaks from nuclear reactors. Why aren’t the heads of companies and governments involved, who are telling us it’s all okay…why aren’t they living close to the reactors and seas where it’s “so safe?” What could give us greater assurance and peace of mind?

Just trying to be helpful.

What if certain government officials, who’ve been praising programs to fund the resurgence of inner cities, had to live in St. Louis and Detroit and experience the results/non-results of the federal programs?

What if conservative legislators, who’ve never met a big corporation they didn’t love, lived on farms where Monsanto’s vaunted Roundup Ready tech isn’t working at all, and the farmers have to do burn-downs, using far more toxic herbicides, to destroy the superweeds that are thriving and taking over the land?

If you’re a president with a Nobel Peace Prize in your pocket, and you’re ordering drone strikes, wouldn’t you benefit from actually being there and seeing the explosions on the ground and the bodies?

At least the British farmers are being honest. Only 15% would eat GMO food.

Source: GM Watch, “UK citizens reject GM food and even farmers don’t want to eat it”

Jon Rappoport

The author of two explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED and EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at http://www.nomorefakenews.com

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The author of an explosive collection, THE MATRIX REVEALED, and the New EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at http://www.nomorefakenews.com

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Vaccine bill could be a trend setter


Controversial legislation faces legal challenge if the governor signs

Opponents of a measure requiring nearly all California school children to be vaccinated gathered on the west steps of the Capitol after lawmakers approved the bill,  in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, June 25, 2015.  The bill, SB277 co-authored by state Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento and Ben Allen D-Santa Monica was approved by the Assembly. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Opponents of a measure requiring nearly all California school children to be vaccinated gathered on the west steps of the Capitol after lawmakers approved the bill, in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, June 25, 2015. The bill, SB277 co-authored by state Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento and Ben Allen D-Santa Monica was approved by the Assembly. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) The Associated Press

California has always had a reputation as a trend-setter, and the state’s recently passed vaccination bill has national bellwether potential — but only if it can survive the governor’s scrutiny and an almost certain legal challenge.

On Thursday, the Assembly approved Senate Bill 277, which would do away with “personal belief” and religious exemptions from vaccination. The legislation would prevent children from attending public schools if they have not received the full schedule of 10 vaccinations, from diphtheria to varicella.

The bill is expected to land on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk soon, and if he signs it, then California will be one of only three states in the nation to grant vaccine exemptions only if a licensed doctor certifies that a child has a valid medical condition or family history of illness that makes inoculation unsafe.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, only two states, Mississippi and West Virginia, currently ban religious or personal-belief exemptions. While religious waivers for immunization are nearly universal in the U.S., 32 states have already eliminated personal-belief exemptions.

California’s measure arrives after the state saw 136 measles cases spring up during an outbreak this winter that started at Disneyland in Anaheim. The measles resurgence led lawmakers in a dozen states to consider modifying their exemption laws. But none has attempted changes as broad as California’s, said Christine Goodwin, a program manager at the National Conference of State Legislatures.

“In 2015, and in recent years, it seems that more states are considering more narrow changes to their exemption policies, rather than repealing them all together,” Goodwin said.

Earlier this year legislators in Oregon and Washington tabled proposals to repeal personal belief exemptions. Vermont successfully eliminated the option, but kept its religious exemption in place.

If successful, said several legal experts, California’s SB 277 could end up becoming the test case for the nation.

“When you have an influential state adopt a novel resolution and the legal structure is not well-defined you have the opportunity for a lot of uncertainty and a lot of impact,” said Glenn Smith, a professor of constitutional law at California Western School of Law.

Lawrence Gostin, director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., said that California would definitely be a bellwether if its vaccine bill becomes law.

“Just as California led the way with climate change, it could lead the way with public health. If a state as large and influential as California were to signal the crucial importance of childhood vaccines, other states would surely take notice,” Gostin said.

But there are some big caveats included in all statements of precedent setting.

SB 277 has become quite controversial, drawing hundreds of protesters to Sacramento in recent weeks as the legislation was debated, and eventually approved, by both the state Senate and the Assembly.

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/jun/28/sb277-vaccination-trend/

The Truth About “Organic” And “Certification”


Whole Foods Has Been Overcharging for Your Groceries, According to New York City Investigation


And it isn’t the first time.

Whole Foods, long nicknamed “Whole Paycheck” by some shoppers, has been overcharging New York City customers for pre-packed food. According to a statement released by the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs, the upscale chain has “routinely overstated the weights of its pre-packaged products — including meats, dairy and baked goods,” while inflating the prices of those items. The agency says that after testing more than 80 pre-packaged goods at eight Whole Food stores around the city, it found that price gouging varied from “$0.80 for a package of pecan panko to $14.84 for a package of coconut shrimp.”

DCA commissioner Julie Menin was blunt in her assessment of how pervasive and serious the overcharges are. “Our inspectors tell me this is the worst case of mislabeling they have seen in their careers, which DCA and New Yorkers will not tolerate,” she said in a press release.

An example of overpriced and inaccurately weight-labeled Whole Foods products cited by the agency in its press statement reads as follows:

  • DCA inspected eight packages of vegetable platters, which were priced at $20/package. Consumers who purchased these packages would have been, on average, overcharged by $2.50—a profit of $20 for the eight packages. One package was overpriced by $6.15.
  • DCA inspected eight packages of chicken tenders, which were priced at $9.99/pound. Consumers who purchased these packages would have been, on average, overcharged by $4.13—a profit of $33.04 for the eight packages. One package was overpriced by $4.85.
  • DCA inspected four packages of berries, which were priced at $8.58/package. Consumers who purchased these packages would have been, on average, overcharged by $1.15—a profit of $4.60 for the four packages. One package was overpriced by $1.84.

This isn’t the first time Whole Foods has landed in hot water for questionable pricing. DCA pointed to a civil consumer protection case brought against the company following a 2012 investigation of prices at Whole Foods stores around California. The case resulted in an $800,000 fine for the grocery market chain.

Whole Foods may find itself facing similar penalties in New York. According to the DCA release, fines for falsely labeling a package can go as high as “$950 for the first violation and up to $1,700 for a subsequent violation. The potential number of violations that Whole Foods faces for all pre-packaged goods in the NYC stores is in the thousands.”

http://www.alternet.org/food/whole-foods-has-been-overcharging-your-groceries-according-new-york-city-investigation

10 Careers With the Most Psychopaths


In some fields, being a psychopath is actually a great way to get ahead.

Are you a psychopath? Happens to the best of us. James Fallon, a neuroscientist studying Alzheimer’s effects on the brain, accidentally discovered that he was a psychopath and then he wrote a book about the experience. Fallon, like most people with psychopathic brains, wasn’t a violent person or a serial killer. But after discovering his brain pathology, he began interviewing friends, relatives and loved ones to see if there had been signs of psychopathy in his behavior all along. It turned out there were plenty. The diagnosis befuddled Fallon, but made total sense to pretty much everyone else in his life.

Just 1 percent of the overall population qualifies as psychopaths; in prison, that number skyrockets to 25 percent. Robert Hare developed the Hare Psychopathy Checklist in the 1980s, and it’s since become a tool widely used for assessing and diagnosing the condition. Contrary to popular notions, lots of psychopaths aren’t raging lunatics or violent criminals; in fact, most of them get along perfectly well in society. As Scientific American explains:

Superficially charming, psychopaths tend to make a good first impression on others and often strike observers as remarkably normal. Yet they are self-centered, dishonest and undependable, and at times they engage in irresponsible behavior for no apparent reason other than the sheer fun of it. Largely devoid of guilt, empathy and love, they have casual and callous interpersonal and romantic relationships. Psychopaths routinely offer excuses for their reckless and often outrageous actions, placing blame on others instead. They rarely learn from their mistakes or benefit from negative feedback, and they have difficulty inhibiting their impulses.

Kevin Dutton, an Oxford psychologist and the author of The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success, believes that psychopathy can actually be advantageous in some careers. Using (not the most scientific) survey, he compiled a list of careers in which psychopaths are overrepresented. Mostly, they’re fields where the hallmarks of psychopathy allow people not just to get by but to thrive and succeed. (It’s been suggested more than once, for example, that corporate psychopaths caused the most recent financial crisis.)

In keeping with Dutton’s findings, here’s a list of the top 10 careers with the most psychopaths working in them. There are some surprises—the biggest of which is that politician isn’t number one.

1. CEO.The corporate lexicon is full of bloodthirsty metaphors. Business is cutthroat; those who succeed are sharks; and they make a killing. What better place for a psychopath to really shine? Lots of CEOs are perfectly lovely, I’m sure, but study after study suggests that 4 percent of them—four times as many people as in the general population—qualify as psychopaths.

The characteristics that define psychopathy, “being [a] risk seeker, impulsive and fearless,” also help entrepreneurs lead and succeed. But as Jon Ronson, author of The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry points out, the other markers of psychopathy—lacking “empathy, remorse” and personal accountability—can result in CEOs whose reckless behavior leaves corporate carnage in their wake. Among those tagged as psychopaths are Bernie Ebbers of WorldCom (now serving 25 years on charges including conspiracy and securities fraud), as well as Jeff Skilling (sentenced to just over 24 years for counts including insider trading) and Andrew Fastow (who served six years for “fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy”), both of Enron.

But “Chainsaw Al” Dunlap takes the prize. While head of Scott Paper, Dunlap laid off 11,000 employees (he is described as having fired people with “apparent glee”), earning Wall Street’s adoration and sending stock shares up 225 percent. He also reportedly threatened his wife with a knife while saying he’d always wanted to taste human flesh, skipped out on both his parents’ funerals, and wrote a bestseller titled Mean Business. Dunlap finally lost his footing after his questionable financial tactics as CEO of Sunbeam got a bit too murky. He is currently “serving time” at his palatial Florida estate.

2. Lawyer.Almost every joke about lawyers relies on the stereotype that they are, essentially, psychopaths: liars and cheats, bereft of morals, obsessed with profiteering at any cost. This, even though your average public defender is hardly getting rich off billable hours, and I know an awful lot of great people with JDs (she wrote, veering dangerously close to, “Some of my best friends are lawyers” territory). Still, Dutton’s research found lawyers landed second only to CEOs in the number of psychopaths in their ranks, and it certainly makes sense that some lawyers (say, litigators) would benefit from the ability to turn on the charm and lie without conscience.

Dutton also interviewed a successful psychopathic lawyer who, chillingly, said, “Deep inside me there’s a serial killer lurking somewhere. But I keep him amused with cocaine, Formula One, booty calls, and coruscating cross-examination.”

3. Media (television/radio). This one seems like kind of a no-brainer. Is it any surprise that the sort of person who might imagine herself so important that everyone should be exposed to her, is a person who might have some narcissistic tendencies? Obviously, not everyone in film, television or radio scores high on the Hare meter, but if you think of some of the most glaring psychopathic personalities in both media, it all sort of makes sense.

4. Salesperson.Remember the “Always Be Closing” scene from Glengarry Glenross when Alec Baldwin shows up and basically tells a roomful of salesmen their lives are meaningless because he makes more money than they do? (Choice quote: “Nice guy? I don’t give a shit. Good father? Fuck you, go home and play with your kids!”) Psychopaths in the sales industry probably consider that guy a role model. In his bookWorking With Monsters: How to Identify and Protect Yourself from the Workplace Psychopath, John Clarke highlights how having a psycho on the sales team can be a real asset. “The psychopath is very likely to be a good salesperson, if they are intelligent as well as glib and superficial,” Clarke writes. “In fact, a study done in 2001 by Marc Hamer found that superior sales performance was associated with higher levels of narcissism (egocentric and grandiose), sociopathy and cognitive empathy.”

The problem with psychopathic salespeople, though, is that you’re bound to run into issues with their “me, me, me” attitude. As Clarke points out, “[i]n the long term [psychopaths] let clients down. In addition, the psychopath who is a salesperson is likely to exploit the system in some way to benefit themselves. For example, they may steal products or sell them at ‘discount rates’ to their friends.”

5. Surgeon.Interestingly, while doctor and nurse made the list of careers with the fewest psychopaths, surgeons were among the most psychopathic. As surgeon Wen Shen stated in a 2014 Pacific Standard piece, “the trouble with surgeons [is]…[m]any are abrasive, abusive, and wildly self-centered—so much so that observers have speculated that they suffer from psychiatric disorders.” Shen speculates this attitudinal tendency might be traced back to the horrible, pre-anesthesia days of surgery, when the field necessarily attracted a breed of person who could operate “to a soundtrack of screams” while keeping a cool hand. That may be changing—there’s a push for a kinder, gentler surgeon afoot—but doctors in other fields and other healthcare professional still seem to hold surgeons in unique regard.

One podiatrist on a message board I visited wrote that one of his college professors informed the class that “every surgeon is really a serial killer that has found a socially acceptable way to express their desire.” And psychoanalyst Carl Sword recounted a conversation with an anonymous neurosurgeon who makes the callousness of psychopathy sound like just what the, uh, surgeon ordered, saying, “I have no compassion for those whom I operate on…. In the theater I am reborn: as a cold, heartless machine, totally at one with scalpel, drill and saw. When you’re cutting loose and cheating death high above the snowline of the brain, feelings aren’t fit for purpose. Emotion is entropy, and seriously bad for business. I’ve hunted it down to extinction over the years.”

6. Journalist. A musician friend once said to me that you have to be a complete narcissist, totally delusional, or both to get up on a stage and essentially expect a room (to say nothing of a stadium or an arena) full of people to listen to you. To consider your own emoting so worthy of being heard that you essentially, and completely willingly, make a spectacle of yourself. It’s an abstract way of looking at things but there’s a grain of truth to it. (The fact that you might be charming and engaging enough for that audience to want to watch you is itself another psychopathic trait.) Which is why this one isn’t exactly a spoiler, especially after number three. (And no, the irony is not lost on me as write these words.)

Freelance writer Jeff Cash wrote that, “a hint of psychopathy is actually a prerequisite for public purpose journalism.” As Cash put it, “Psychopathy can creep in all too easily in the world of journalism, as any reporter who’s had an after-hours fight with some obnoxious public relations officer can attest to. (That’s pretty much all of them, by the way). Seeing your name in a national newspaper on a daily basis is enough to turn even the most humble being into a fountain of narcissism. And if you think that’s bad, just imagine how much appearing on national television would contribute to one’s superiority complex.” So yeah. Maybe there’s something to this.

7. Police officer.In an era where police abuse and brutality is a topic of national discourse like never before, much has already been written about the psychological profiles of police officers. It’s an enormous conversation, and anything I write here would likely be repetitive. But I was fascinated  to learn about Diane Wetendorf’s Police Domestic Violence: Handbook for Victims, which finds that “women suffer domestic abuse in at least 40 percent of police officer families.” Compare that with the already troubling national average of 25 percent for American women in general. What’s more, “police families are two to four times more likely than the general population to experience domestic violence,” according to the Advocates for Human Rights. The implications of these numbers are even more disturbing when you consider that victims of domestic violence perpetrated by cops are probably less likely to report their abuse to the police and more likely to have difficulty getting proper protection when they do.

8. Clergy.The Catholic Church’s child sexual abuse scandal has cost the church a staggering $3 billion in payouts to victims. The Church’s efforts to hide abuse, often moving sexual predators from parish to parish, is now well known, and is a stain on the church’s reputation that will likely never be erased. But psychopathy knows no denominational boundaries, and there are plenty of non-Catholic religious leaders who seem to be, at the least, narcissists, and at the worst, diabolical psychos.

Joe Navarro, formerly of the FBI, created a list for Psychology Today of the myriad reasons psychopaths might be attracted to the clergy. Religious organizations provide easy access to victims, a source for financial rewards and easy legitimacy based on having an ordained position. Also—as if the other reasons aren’t creepy enough—in the case of organizations where confessions of “wrongdoing” are required, churches provide opportunities for excellent blackmail material to use on potential victims. (Bravo, Scientology!) Among some of the most popular preachers and televangelists who have exhibited megalomaniacal/psychopathic behavior are Bill Gothard, Creflo Dollar, Geronimo Aguilar and mutiple megachurch leaders.

9. Chef.In an interview with Vanity Fair, Gordon Ramsay (not exactly the picture of sanity) said, “Chefs are nutters. They’re all self-obsessed, delicate, dainty, insecure little souls and absolute psychopaths. Every last one of them.” And boy, would he ever know. I’m not sure about every attribute he lists, but I’ve met a lot of chefs in my day and like most creative people, they’ve all had inventive, innovative minds, often accompanied by drinking problems. (Just the messenger here, folks.) Plus, they work in a profession that requires them to work crazy hours, often for long stretches, in conditions that would drive most of us mad. (Have you ever seen a busy restaurant kitchen at a peak hour? Absolute madness.)

Anthony Bourdain (again, a seemingly awesome guy, but not someone I would cite as a pillar of sanity) chalked it up to a sort of dogged, single-minded drive and perfectionism, combined with having to deal with assholes. “Some chefs borrow money, they do everything they can, they kill themselves, it’s the culmination of a career working 100 hours a week or more. They finally open a place and within eight minutes of opening, some asshole has posted on Yelp, ‘Worst meal ever.’ You can understand why they go insane, and do everything they can to ameliorate that.”

10. Civil servants.It can often feel like being a sadist is a prerequisite for working at the DMV. Harold Schechter’s The Serial Killer Files: The Who, What, Where, How, and Why of the World’s Most Terrifying Murderers notes that “[i]t has become part of popular lore that certain kinds of government workers are particularly prone to mass murder; a perception reflected in the phrase ‘going postal.’”

There’s certainly power in certain civil service roles, which psychopaths single-mindedly crave, and the ability to make other people’s lives hell. While your garden variety civil servant likely isn’t a psychopath, as Schechter notes, several notable serial killers have worked in the area. Notorious British murderer Dennis Nilson worked as a civil servant (not to mention briefly serving as a cop for a period), and ascended the ranks to leadership in just a few years. For more than two decades, Thomas Lee Dillon was an employee of the water department in Canton, Ohio. David Berkowitz, aka Son of Sam, worked as letter sorter at the post office. And Dennis Rader, the self-dubbed BTK killer, was a census field operations supervisor in his home state of Kansas in the late 1980s. He later was hired as a dogcatcher. According to Wikipedia, “neighbors recalled him as being sometimes overzealous and extremely strict; one neighbor complained that he euthanized her dog for no reason.”

http://www.alternet.org/culture/10-careers-most-psychopaths

Russell Brand Take Note: Skinny Jeans Are Bad for Your Health


An Australian woman spent four days in hospital due to damaged nerve and muscle fibers due to her overly tight pants.

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They have been the uniform of choice for more than a decade of indie pop stars, off-duty supermodels and Russell Brand, but if that wasn’t enough of a warning sign, scientists now have the evidence: skinny jeans can be bad for your health.

That, at least, was the case for one woman in Australia who collapsed and was hospitalised for four days after damaging her nerves and muscles by squatting while wearing tight jeans.

The 35-year-old woman, whose case is described in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, was helping a friend move house and squatting in front of cupboards, when she first noticed her jeans becoming increasingly tight and uncomfortable.

As she walked home later that evening, the woman noticed that her feet were numb and she found it difficult to walk, which caused her to trip and fall. Unable to get up, she then spent several hours lying on the ground before she was found.

By the time she arrived in hospital, the woman’s calves had become so swollen her jeans had to be cut away from her legs. She could not move her ankles or toes properly and had lost feeling in her lower legs and feet.

A CT scan showed that the woman’s calves were markedly swollen with fluid, and showed signs of myonecrosis, or dying muscle tissue.

According to the authors of the report, who are based at the Royal Adelaide hospital, the woman was found to have damaged muscle and nerve fibres in her lower legs as a result of prolonged compression while squatting, which they believed had been exacerbated by her choice of trouser.

“The wearing of ‘skinny’ jeans had likely potentiated the tibial neuropathies by causing a compartment syndrome as the lower legs swelled,” according to the report’s authors.

She was put on an intravenous drip and recovered her ability to walk only four days later, notes the report, entitled “Fashion victim: rhabdomyolysis and bilateral peroneal and tibial neuropathies as a result of squatting in ‘skinny jeans’.”

While doctors have recorded previous instances of lesions to the thigh nerves caused by wearing very tight trousers, the report’s authors note, “The present case represents a new neurological complication of wearing tight jeans.”

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Ed. Note: Oh my gosh, I remember the girls like the one above who wore their jeans so tight their eyeballs bulged! Poor girl…just wait til she’s forty and the high heel injury kicks in. Lordy, the things we do to our body because we want to look good are not always that healthy.

I remember a couple years ago when I saw the tight leg jean making it’s fashion debut for the third time in my life span, I couldn’t believe this very uncomfortable, unflattering fashion trend was making a comeback.  Remembering back to the dark ages, I first witnessed the “tight leg pant” phenomenon in the 60’s as a child, but was indoctrinated into the “bell-bottom” generation as a teenager in the 70’s.

Admittedly, when the tight-legged “designer” jeans made their appearance in the 80’s, it took me some time to adjust and get on board with the new look.

Then, several years later after I finally got used to squeezing my size 9 foot down through a tight, narrow pant leg, the lack of air flow to the skin on my legs and how they constricted my entire lower body while sitting down or squatting – wouldn’t you know, the 90’s era arrives with the re-introduction of the bell-bottoms.

At the time, I remember wishing I didn’t give all my old jeans to Goodwill, should’ve kept them. I was glad to see flare legged pants making a comeback so I could breathe again.

But, when it became apparent that “skinny” jeans were making a come back…it didn’t take long to remember the struggle getting in and out of “skinny pants”, and the discomfort from constriction and the fact they’re not really flattering for women who aren’t a size 2-4.  Honestly, I ahh-poo-pooed the return of the “skinny pant” and vowed not to go back to an unhealthy relationship.

Aside from the physical discomfort in wearing them, I’m a size 8/9. IMO, skinny legs never were flattering on women with rounded figures since they give us the look of a big fat pear. And, since I moved to the warmer weather and higher humidity on islands in early 2010 – jeans, tight clothes and fabrics that don’t allow the skin to “breathe”  are forever locked out of the equation.

Also, skinny jeans are not a good idea for women who experience the occasional “hot flash” either. (lol!) I can’t imagine trying to peel skin tight jeans off hot, sweaty skin in a moment of desperation to get cool air and relief to a body burning from the inside out. Ugh! No thanks.

As a matter of good health and well-being, my motto is “Just say NO to “skinny pants” :)

These Are 15 Powerful Ways That Happy People Do Things Differently


| June 14, 2015
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by Luminita Saviuc, Purpose Fairy

What are the differences between happy people and unhappy people? Of course, it should be very obvious: happy people are happy while unhappy people are unhappy, right? Well, that is correct.But, we want to know what happy people do differently, so I have put together a list of things that happy people do differently than unhappy people.

1. Love vs. Fear

Well, I can tell you for sure that those people who are really happy, fear less and love a lot more. They see each moment, each challenge, each person as an opportunity to discover more about themselves and the world around them.

2. Acceptance vs. Resistance

Happy people understand that you can’t really change a situation by resisting it, but you can definitely change it by accepting that it is there and by understanding that there might be a reason for its existence

When something unpleasant happens to them, they don’t try to fight it (they know that this will make the situation even worse), but they ask themselves questions like: What can I learn from this? How can I make this better? And then they focus on the positive, rather than on the negative. They always seem to see the glass half full, no matter what happens to them.

3. Forgiveness vs. Unforgiveness

Really happy people know that it’s not healthy to hold on to anger. They choose to forgive and forget, understanding that forgiveness is a gift they give to themselves first and foremost.

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. ~Buddha

4. Trust vs. Doubt

They trust themselves and they trust the people around them. Whether they are talking to the cleaning lady or the C.E.O. of a billion-dollar company, somehow they always seem make the person they are interacting with feel that there is something unique and special about them. They understand that beliefs are self-fulfilling prophecies.

Because of that, they make sure to treat everyone with love, dignity and respect, and make no distinction between age, sex, social status, color, religion or race. These are the great men that Mark Twain was talking about:

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”

5. Meaning vs. Ambition

They do the things they do because of the meaning it brings into their lives and because it gives their lives a sense of purpose. They understand that “Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life” as Wayne Dyer says.

And they care more about living a life full of meaning than what, in our modern society we would call, living a successful life. The irony here is that most of the time they get both success and meaning because they choose to focus on doing the things they love the most and they always pursue their heart‘s desires. They are not motivated by money; they want to make a difference in the lives of those around them and in the world.

6. Praising vs. Criticizing

Happy people would probably agree with Carl’s Jung theory on resistance: “What you resist not only persists, but will grow in size.” They don’t criticize the absence of the behavior they want to reinforce, rather, they know by praising the person and the behavior they wish to reinforce (even if it’s not often), they will actually encourage the positive behavior.

When a parent wants to make sure their 7 year old boy will learn to always put the toys back in the box after he’s done playing with them, they make sure not to focus on the many times the child didn’t do it, criticizing him and his behavior, but every time the little boy does put the toys back, the parent praises him and his behavior and that is exactly how they reinforce the positive behavior, and in the end get the wanted results.

7. Challenges vs. Problems

Happy people will see problems as challenges, as opportunities to explore new ways of doing things, expressing their gratitude for them, understanding that underneath them all lay many opportunities that will allow them to expand and to grow.

8. Selflessness vs, Selfishness

They do what they do not for themselves, but for the good of others, making sure that they bring meaning, empowerment and happiness to the lives of many. They look for ways to give and to share the best of themselves with the world and to make other people happy.

Before giving, the mind of the giver is happy; while giving, the mind of the giver is made peaceful; and having given, the mind of the giver is uplifted. ~Buddha

9. Abundance vs. Lack/ Poverty

They have an abundant mindset, living a balanced life, achieving abundance in all areas of life.

10. Dreaming Big vs. Being Realistic

These people don’t really care about being realistic. They love and dare to dream big, they always listen to their heart and intuition and the greatness of their accomplishments scares many of us.

Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men. ~Goethe

11. Kindness vs. Cruelty

They are kind to themselves and others and they understand the power of self-love, self-forgiveness and self-acceptance.

12. Gratitude vs. Ingratitude

No matter where they look, no matter where they are or who they are with, they have the capacity to see beauty where most of us would only see ugliness, opportunities where most of us would only see struggles, abundance where most of us would only see lack and they express their gratitude for all of it.

13. Presence/ Engagement vs. Disengagement

They know how to live in the present moment, appreciating what they have and where they are, while still dreaming big dreams about the future.

When you are present, you can allow the mind to be as it is without getting entangled in it. The mind in itself is a wonderful tool. Dysfunction sets in when you seek yourself in it and mistake it for who you are. ~Eckhart Tolle

14. Positivity vs. Negativity

No matter what happens to them, they always keep a positive perspective on everything and by doing so, they tend irritate a lot of negative and “realistic” people.

15. Taking Responsibility vs. Blaming

They take full ownership over their lives and they rarely use excuses. Happy people understand that the moment you choose to blame some outside force for whatever is happening to you, you are in fact giving all your power away. They choose to keep their power and take responsibility for everything that happens to them.

How many of these things are you doing in order to become a happier person? Share your insights by commenting below or by leaving your feedback on the PurposeFairy Facebook Page.

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The Physics Behind Distant Energy Healing


| April 8, 2015

 

The Physics Behind Distant Energy Healing

by Life Script Doctor

Most people today don’t believe in the positive benefits of energy healing, let alone distant energy healing. How can someone help another person from miles away or being on the opposite side of the world? If we look at the physics behind energy healing, we will be able to discover how distant energy healing actually works.

During an energy healing session, a client receives the energy that is channeled through an energy healer. Most energy healing practices use hands during the healing process (reiki, hands on healing, etc). There are also other ways to channel energy, not to mention energy-informational healing techniques that go beyond common energy healing and actually fix the true cause of why the person lost the energy in the first place.

To further explain energy healing process, we need to establish what a human actually is. In simple terms, a human being can be described as a combination of the physical body, mind, and Spirit. Medicine mainly works with our physical body; psychology and mind related science are devoted to our mind, and spiritual practices mainly handle energy-informational processes that are vital to human life.

If we consider research in the new spiritual science of Infosomatics, its energy-informational map and practical attempt to bring body, mind and spirit together, then we will see that the human brain works as a very complicated radar system or router. It receives information from the surrounding environment, including the higher levels of consciousness, and transforms that information into energy. That energy is then transmitted throughout the human body and forms an energy shell with its centers (the human aura and chakras).

The human energy shell is what protects our physical body from any harmful influence that can come from the energy-informational field. Human mind or worldview is what gives us a chance to understand how things work using certain concepts and visualizations. Our worldview is like a filter that allows us not to go crazy from all that is happening in the field or in the higher levels of consciousness. Mind is like a logical guide in the hologram world that we are all living. The more we are able to evolve our worldview, the more we understand about our Spirit and its world.

Our Spirit is what provides us with the essential energy of life. That energy is filtered through our worldview and the will of our Spirit is what forms our energy shell and subsequently brings the particles that form our physical body together. Stable energy shell is vital to human health and quality of life. It is important to not only know how to replenish its energy through energy healing but also strive to achieve the knowledge that can explain the reasons of why that energy was lost in the first place.

The human brain activity of an energy healer during an energy healing session becomes the etalon or a benchmark for a client. If the client is diligent in resolving energy problems, then he or she uses that benchmark to jump start his/her own brain activity and begin to transform information from the field into the energy independently. If a person falls into the role of an energy vampire and is just trying to get another fix from an energy healer (or energy excessive person), then pumping more energy towards that person will not be the most effective way of helping. Certain energy-informational techniques and tough-loving could actually be the way to go with the person who is sucking the energy without even trying to produce that energy through his/her own brain activity.

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Monsanto herbicide faces global fallout after World Health Organization labels it a probable carcinogen


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The fight against glyphosate is gaining momentum, and where governments are not stepping up to enforce bans, citizens and private companies are taking it upon themselves with major successes.

The World Health Organization’s official recognition of the health damage caused by glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide, is having ramifications around the world. National governments are moving to restrict the chemical, campaigns to ban it are intensifying, and now ‘Roundup Ready’ GMO crops are coming under the regulatory spotlight.

Could it be that the World Health Organisation’s classification of glyphosate as a ‘probable carcinogen’ (see [1] Glyphosate ‘Probably Carcinogenic to Humans’ Latest WHO Assessment, SiS 66) will be the final nail in the coffin for the world’s most popular herbicide and Monsanto’s flagship product?

Recent weeks have seen the intensification of campaigns to ban or remove the product as well as lawsuits being filed against Monsanto; in the US for false safety claims of glyphosate, and in China, for hiding toxicity studies from the public.

El Salvador has already banned the chemical though yet to be signed into law [2], while the Netherlands last year banned private sales [3]. Sri Lanka had a partial ban in place in regions most afflicted by chronic kidney disease that has been linked to glyphosate use (see later).

People have known the truth for years. Industry and government regulators have conspired to bury copious evidence of toxicity for decades, and they feel to some extent vindicated by the latest WHO assessment (see [4] Glyphosate and Cancer, SiS 62) and [5] EU Regulators and Monsanto Exposed for Hiding Glyphosate Toxicity, SiS 51). More importantly, governments are finally beginning to take action.

Outright Bans

Colombia has taken the lead, deciding to suspend aerial spraying of illegal coca as well as poppy plants, which is expected to come into effect in a few weeks’ time following a majority 7 to 1 vote for the ban by the National Narcotics Council [6].

The day before the ban, the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defence (AIDA) delivered 24,000 signatures to the Minister of Justice who also chairs the Narcotics Council to push for this decision [7].

Colombia had been employing US contractors to spray glyphosate for two decades, covering an estimated 1.6 million hectares of land. This spraying for the ‘war on drugs’ has been ineffective in eradicating illegal cocaine production, but has instead caused rising illness in local communities, killing local crops and polluting land and water supplies.

Indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities have borne the brunt of the fumigation programs, prompting protests against both coca production and glyphosate use that has been displacing people from ancestral lands [8]. Colombia is not alone.

Bermuda, the British overseas territory in the Atlantic also banned glyphosate imports with immediate effect following the WHO assessment, as announced by their Minister of Health, Jeanne Atherden, whose decision was supported by local farmers [9]. The Minister said she believes the”action we are taking today is prudent and in the best interests of a safe environment…Like any area of science, there are competing studies and a wealth of information on both sides of the argument … I am satisfied that this action is warranted and we are committed to conducting an open and thorough investigation.” [10]

Sri Lanka is the latest country to declare an outright ban. The decision follows the election of the new president, a farmer and previously the Health Minister, Maithripala Sirisena taking the decision due the epidemic of chronic kidney disease [11]. The spread of kidney disease highlights the wide-ranging toxicity of glyphosate not limited to carcinogenicity.

The country’s battle to ban the chemical precedes the WHO declaration, coming after studies by Sri Lankan researchers linked the chemical to hard water, heavy metal contaminants and glyphosate use (see [12] Sri Lanka Partially Bans Glyphosate for Deadly Kidney Disease Epidemic, SiS 62).

This prompted an initial ban, which was later restricted to certain regions of the country following intense lobbying pressure. With the government paying for healthcare of over 25,000 residents and supplying them with fresh water, the latest decision for an outright ban could not come soon enough.

Imminent bans, protests, and fresh calls for bans

Brazil is facing growing pressure to follow suit, with the country’s public state prosecutor writing to Brazil’s National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) asking it to urgently re-evaluate their stance on glyphosate and also revoke authorisations on glyphosate-tolerant GM crops [13].

He has even gone as far as launching an investigation into whether regulatory authorisations are legal for the GM crops. ANVISA are stalling their decision however, until the full report by the WHO is published.

In Argentina, 30 000 health professionals belonging to the union of doctors and health professionals (FESPROSA) have come out in support of the WHO decision [14], claiming thatglyphosate “not only causes cancer. It is also associated with increased spontaneous abortions, birth defects, skin diseases, and respiratory and neurological disease.” The statement continues:

“Health authorities, including the National Ministry of Health and the political powers, can no longer look away. Agribusiness cannot keep growing at the expense of the health of the Argentine people. The 30,000 health professionals in Argentina in the FESPROSA ask that glyphosate is now prohibited in our country and that a debate on the necessary restructuring of agribusiness is opened, focusing on the application of technologies that do not endanger human life.”

Similarly, the Society of Paediatric Haematology-Oncology (SAHOP) issued a statement calling for an immediate ban of glyphosate fumigation, signed by the President of the Paediatric society Pedro Zubizarreta. They objected to the massive use of toxic products being sprayed in ever increasing concentrations in combinations of both insecticides and herbicides, and being sold as ‘technological advancements’.

They also warned of storing the grains in plastic bags, which leaves grains teeming with aflatoxins, categorised by the WHO’s IARC as a known carcinogen since 1993 [15]. Glyphosate has already been previously linked to the growth of these fungi in scientific studies, along with many other crop diseases [16].

Successful protests in Argentina were also recently mobilised to prevent Dr Medardo Ávila Vázquez from losing his job after the agribusiness-funded university threatened to sanction him for conducting and disseminating studies showing the high levels of cancers affecting his region as a result of agrichemical spraying [17].

These protests are a tribute to his work in exposing the toxicity of glyphosate, as well as the groundswell of opposition to glyphosate spraying in the country despite support by the national government.

Local residents are gaining strength to voice their concerns following the WHO news as well as the recent decision by the Ministry of Production in the province of Santa Fe to ban aerial spraying of 2,4-D within 6 km of residents, confirming the health risks of the chemical agricultural system that leaves children covered in chemical and dust particles as they walk to school [18].

In Europe, the International Society of Doctors for the Environment (ISDE) (an influential body with member organizations in 27 countries) has written to officials at the EU parliament and Commission asking for an immediate ban of glyphosate herbicides and for insecticides also judged by the WHO to be carcinogens, without exceptions [19].

A member of the EU commission stated in the 2015 GMO-free conference 2015 in Berlin, Germany that they will include the WHO assessment in their re-evaluation procedures that is due to be completed later this year.

However the corrupt process of reassessment that was led by a consortium of chemical companies (see [20] Scandal of Glyphosate Re-assessment in Europe, SiS 63) means that EU campaigners will have to push hard to force the EU to have some semblance of integrity in their final decision making.

Meanwhile,Germany’s state consumer protection ministers are calling for an EU-wide ban on selling glyphosate for home use, for precautionary reasons [21], and the German retail giant REWE has decided to remove all glyphosate from its ‘toom Baumarkt DIY’ store shelves by September 2015 [22].

Swiss companies are following suite, with Coop supermarkets and Switzerland’s largest retail company, Migros declaring they will both no longer sell any products containing it [23].

In Denmark, the Danish Working Environment Authority has decided to follow the WHO decision and has now declared glyphosate a carcinogen, with the expected outcome being a switch to alternative, less toxic chemicals (see [24] Roundup Listed Carcinogen by Danish Authority, SiS 67).

The decision is backed by one of the world’s leading toxicologists, Philippe Grandjean, a professor at the University of Denmark where he is head of the Environmental Medicine Research Unit as well as being an adjunct professor at Harvard University.

Commenting on the decision he stated, It is so common a substance — and our use of it is so extensive — that this WHO report must be taken seriously, while encouraging people to rid the chemical from their homes.

With such a decision, it now seems unlikely that the post-harvest spraying of crops for desiccation will go ahead this year, which contributes to it being the most widely used herbicide in the country. This is big news in a country about to face an election, with the highly-respected Professor Grandjean’s media appearances drawing much public attention, leaving little room for industry to defend themselves.

U.S. Citizens File Class Action Lawsuits Against Monsanto for False Safety Claims

A group of citizens in Los Angeles County are taking court action against Monsanto for falsifying safety claims that Roundup® “targets an enzyme found in plants but not people and pets” in its labelling of the herbicide [25]. The lawsuit applies to residents of California who have purchased Roundup at any time during the last four years. This lawsuit, if successful can encourage similar actions elsewhere in the country.

The claim that glyphosate targets an enzyme (EPSP synthase) that does not physically exist in people ignores the fact that EPSP synthase is present in the bacteria that live inside people. Moreover, these microbes are intimately linked to many physiological functions in the body that are vital to human health, and their disruption is increasingly linked to illness.

The plaintiffs state in the lawsuit that “…this claim is absolutely, positively false because glyphosate does indeed target an enzyme ‘found in people’ — in our gut bacteria”, making Monsanto’s claim “objectively false (and inherently misleading)”.

The class action further alleges that Monsanto,”cannot deny that Roundup targets an enzyme that is physically located inside of people…this fact lay beyond dispute.”

Monsanto’s claim that glyphosate targets a single enzyme is also a fallacy. It has been shown to disrupt the function of many enzymes at least in part due to its metal chelating activities, a property for which the chemical was originally patented in 1964. Metals act as co-factors for many enzymes which is why metals are key to any healthy diet.

Anyone wishing to support the suit filed by T. Mathew Phillips can visit the attorney’s website [26].

Comment: Monsanto sued in Los Angeles County for false advertising

In today’s lawsuit, Monsanto is accused of deliberate falsification to conceal the fact that glyphosate is harmful to humans and animals. “Defendant intentionally misleads consumers by misrepresenting and concealing the true and correct facts concerning glyphosate…” Attorney T. Matthew Phillips says, “We are not trying to prove that Roundup is harmful or carcinogenic, we are merely pointing out that Monsanto is lying about the enzymes that Roundup targets. Roundup kills the weeds in your backyard and the weeds in your stomach.”

Chinese Citizens Sue Government for Hiding Toxicity Studies from Public

Three Beijing residents, have filed a lawsuit against China’s Ministry of Health requesting full disclosure of the toxicology report submitted to the Chinese government for registration of the chemical almost three decades ago [27].

The case, a rare example of private citizens against the Chinese government comes after more than a year of the Ministry of Agriculture failing to meet the requests of the Beijing food volunteers after they submitted the first application of disclosure in February 2014. So far, the government has refused to disclose the report for privacy and business reasons, protecting Monsanto’s commercial interests.

The toxicology report was not performed independently by Chinese institutions, but was instead conducted by US-based Younger Laboratories and commissioned by Monsanto [28]. The tests were restricted to acute toxicity in rats and rabbits being exposed via the mouth and skin, hardly a comprehensive safety test that the Chinese people can have confidence in.

Further, while Monsanto filed the report for registration of the formulation product Roundup, the tests were performed on glyphosate alone. The case has not yet been heard, but the Ministry of agriculture has added Monsanto as a defendant [29].

The country is by far the largest producer of glyphosate, producing an estimated 70% of the world’s supply [30]. It is also the largest importer of GM foods.

Despite it being a centre of origin for soybean plants, China is now importing most of it from overseas, the majority of which is GM, making the country not only the leading producer, but also one of the leading consumers of glyphosate (see [31]How Grain Self-Sufficiency, Massive GM Soybean Imports & Glyphosate Exports Led China to Devastate People & Planet‘, SiS 67).

If successful, the suit will only further expose the toxic effects of this herbicide, which go beyond its carcinogenic properties, with evidence of teratogenic and endocrine disrupting effects among others (see [32] Roundup of Roundup® Reveals Converging Pattern of Toxicity from Farm to Clinic, SiS 65).

The Beginning of the End for Glyphosate?

The fight against glyphosate is gaining momentum, and where governments are not stepping up to enforce bans, citizens and private companies are taking it upon themselves with major successes.

A major campaign to stop local governments from spraying glyphosate has just been launched by a group of 81 scientists/medical professionals (Independent Scientists Manifesto on Glyphosate.).

In less than two days, the number of scientists who have signed the Manifesto has more than tripled, while over 300 non-scientists have endorsed the Manifesto. Add your name now.

This article was originally published by ISIS, the Institute of Science in Society.

Please circulate widely and repost, but you must give the URL of the original and preserve all the links back to articles on our website. If you find this report useful, please support ISIS by subscribing to our magazine Science in Society, and encourage your friends to do so. Or have a look at the ISIS bookstore for other publications.

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About the author

Dr. Eva Sirinathsinghji is a scientist working on GMOs with the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS).

Comment: More information on the ‘global fallout’ of Monsanto’s evil herbicideglyposate:

http://www.sott.net/article/298123-Monsanto-herbicide-faces-global-fallout-after-World-Health-Organization-labels-it-a-probable-carcinogen

Lamb genetically modified with jellyfish sold as meat by Paris butcher


Ed note: Welcome to the era of the GMO-Clusterf*ck!  The entire food industry needs a “reset button” to get corporations and their mad science laboratory’s out of farming and our food supply, and back into the cultivating hands of compassionate farmers. Which begs the questions: “Are there any compassionate farmers left after 30yrs of factory farm takovers???”

So let me get this straight…A lamb genetically modified with Jellyfish has sex with an “unmodified” lamb (?) and births a genetically-modified-hybrid-lamb-baby which ends up as mystery meat on an untold number of dinner plates??? Really??? How does this happen in a civilized society?

Ahh but there’s one caveat to this “civilized society”, corporations aren’t “civilized” even tho they’re recognized as “persons” by the U.S. Supreme Court.

That said, it’s guaranteed we’re going to see a lot more of these “GMO faux paux’s” and if the ugly truth be known – they’re likely much more common than we care to know.

What a mess, n0w I understand why some people “wake-up” and go right back to sleep…{face palm, shake head}

Blessings, {~A~}

The following article takes the concept of Frankenfood to a whole other level.

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A GM lamb (not shown) was sent to an abattoir from the National Institute for Agricultural Research in Paris late last year and somehow ended up on a butcher’s slab.

From the Guardian:

French authorities are looking into how a lamb genetically modified with jellyfish protein was sold as meat to an unknown customer, a judicial source told AFP on Tuesday.

The jellyfish-lamb, called “Rubis”, was sent to an abattoir from the National Institute for Agricultural Research in Paris late last year and somehow ended up on a butcher’s slab.

Yummy.

“A female lamb born to a sheep that was genetically modified as part of a medical research program was sold to a person in the Parisian region in October 2014,” said the National Institute for Agricultural Research in a statement, confirming a story first reported by Le Parisien newspaper.

The case has been taken up by a public health court in Paris, a judicial source told AFP.

Rubis “found itself on a plate! Who ate it? No one knows,” exclaimed Le Parisien on Tuesday.

France remains one of the staunchest opponents of GM research, ever since environmental protesters pressured the government into banning GM crops in the 2000s.

The European Union authorised the import and sale of 19 GM crops in April, but is likely to pass legislation allowing individual countries to block their use – in part thanks to demands from France.

Don’t worry my fellow Americans, that is France, something like this could never happen here.

After all, Congress is hard at work making sure future Americans will have as difficult a time as possible identifying the source of their meat.

For example, let’s revisit last month’s post, Congress Moves to Eliminate Labels Showing Consumers Where Meat Comes from Following WTO Ruling, where we learned that:

A House committee has voted to get rid of labels on packages of meat that say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.

The House Agriculture Committee voted 38-6 to repeal a “country-of-origin” labeling law for beef, pork and poultry Wednesday — just two days after the World Trade Organization ruled against parts of the law. The labels tell consumers what countries the meat is from: for example, “born in Canada, raised and slaughtered in the United States” or “born, raised and slaughtered in the United States.”

As usual, Congress is hard at work on behalf of their corporate sponsors.

For related articles, see:

States Move to Criminalize Whistleblowing on Food Fraud and Animal Cruelty

How Undercover Animal Rights Activists are Winning the Ag-Gag War

This is What Happens to Walmart Pork Before it Reaches Your Plate

Hot Pockets Recalls 8 Million Pounds of Meat Due to “Diseased and Unsound Animals”

Forget Horse Meat or Fake Tuna, Rat Meat is Being Sold as Lamb in China

Food Fraud Hits a New Low with the Potential Emergence of Dog Meat in the UK

The Meat Industry Now Consumes 80% of All Antibiotics

In Liberty,
Michael Krieger

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