Waking Times http://www.wakingtimes.com Entering a Time of Natural Health, Elevated Consciousness, Sustainable Living and Total Freedom. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 03:43:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 This is the Kali Yuga http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/17/this-is-the-kali-yuga/ http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/17/this-is-the-kali-yuga/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 03:43:09 +0000 http://www.wakingtimes.com/?p=38053 V. Susan Ferguson, Contributor
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The Sanskrit word Kali, which denotes the fourth cycle of time, the Kali Yuga, has no connection with the goddess Kali [kAlI]. These two words are ‘spelled’ meaning written quite differently in the Devanagari and therefore should not be confused. The Kali Yuga refers … More

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The Sanskrit word Kali, which denotes the fourth cycle of time, the Kali Yuga, has no connection with the goddess Kali [kAlI]. These two words are ‘spelled’ meaning written quite differently in the Devanagari and therefore should not be confused. The Kali Yuga refers to the apocalyptic demon Kali implying discord, strife, quarrel, and contention.

The Kali is the only yuga most of us are familiar with because we have been living all our lives within these dense frequencies. Our minds, the way we think, and thus our perception of ‘reality’ has literally been cooked by the vibratory frequencies of time within the Kali Yuga. We humans have been ‘cooked by time’ to the point that only the fives senses remain available to us to understand the world around us. The five senses are easily confused.

The five senses can indeed be programmed and tricked by tyrannical wizards who want to control our lives. Today’s monopoly media is very aware of how to entrain and manipulate the five senses. In our modern world most of the information received around the planet suits the agendas of the multinational corporations, who own the monopoly media.

The five senses are vulnerable to deceit and manipulation by any and all. In other cycles of time, information gathered solely by the five senses would have been highly suspect. ‘SEERS’ – those who see – were trusted as the source of wisdom concerning mankind’s future and our interconnection with the Cosmos.

It is only the ‘SEER’ within you, the one who has quieted the mind and achieved a connection to the God-within, who can offer insight into the true nature of reality. Only an inner-knowingness can lead us out of our current predicament – out of our miasma of amnesia, the soup we are still ‘cooking’ in. Only by transcending the illusory powers of the five senses, and an understanding of the mechanics of Prakriti’s Matrix and GUNA-MAYA, will we human beings return to the Real.

The Symptoms

There are numerous descriptions of the symptoms of the Kali Yuga in the ancient Sanskrit Puranic texts. Bear in mind that writing is itself a symptom of the Kali Yuga. These texts were composed and transmitted orally in the previous cycles of time and handed down through memory, based on verbatim repetition, from one generation to the next. It was only in 500 BC that the grammarian Panini codified the Sanskrit language and these memorized texts were put into the form of writing. Sanskrit’s arduous precision was intentionally designed to protect the ancient knowledge from the confusion ensuing in the Kali Yuga.

The symptom that completely convinced me that the Cycles of Time were true was this: “Ready cooked food will be on sale.” [LINGA Purana Ch. 40] The ancients foresaw ‘fast food’! They knew that pre-prepared food loses its nutritional value.

By the time a genetically-altered chemically-sprayed vegetable has been shipped from California, packaged and processed with more chemicals as additives and preservatives in New Jersey, shipped on an air-polluting diesel truck to Kansas or Mississippi, where it is inundated with microwaves in an oven and placed in an endocrine disrupting chemical styrofoam package to await your arrival – there is very little ‘goodness’ left.

The Darkside Rules

The Kali Yuga is the Age of Darkness. The Light is primarily unmanifest, meaning not completely gone, just veiled and hidden in the Kali – and the Darkside rules. You can lighten the world around you by realizing and Remembering the God-within you, and by letting that frequency flow out around you. Even if people don’t accept what you say, they will be uplifted by your silent consciousness.

However don’t expect them to love you or even like you. Their Kali Yuga egos are firmly enthroned and will feel unconsciously threatened by your presence. The small identity-self ego has no wish to give up its power and if the person is unwittingly hosting denizens of the Phantasmal Hierarchies – perhaps in the form of an addiction to drugs, alcohol, or tyrannical power – then these parasitical entities will attack you and do just about anything to get you away from their ‘food’ supply!

The Kali seems to actually reward the Darkside, those ruthless ratzoids that are weak and greedy, liars without any integrity, morals, or principles often succeed. While the maverick thinkers, who possess a quiet sense of honor, who feel compassion for others, and respect primordial truth, are quickly pushed aside and berated, often brutally and publicly, by the elite.

In today’s culture almost everything that is being held up to us as great, desirable, and worthy is a short-term fix and sadly – rubbish. All of the power and money in the world will not give you the Rembrance of Oneness. The fastest red-hot racecar available will not bring you to the destination of enlightenment and liberation – JIVAN MUKTI. The pleasures enjoyed with the most gorgeous super model, male or female, will soon become tiresome and a burden. As Krishna says, both pleasure and pain reside in the objects of the senses.

“… the pleasures that spring from sense impressions are sources of unhappiness, because they have beginnings and ends.” -Bhagavad Gita 27[5]23

Religious Fanatics

Another strange phenomenon of the Kali Yuga is the externalization of faith to such an extreme that people became obsessed and crazed with their individual belief systems. For 1000′s of years now human beings have, in the name of their various interpretations of God, inflicted endless stupid destructive wars on each other – mass murder, torture, theft, and slavery all in the name of God!

When you realize that God is within each and every man woman & child, the idea of forcing any religion upon another is the height of absurdity!

Corrupt priests have been the willing accomplices to such heinous conflicts. They often became the imaginative torturers of non-believers and even sold tickets-to-heaven in the form of ‘indulgences’ to the rich, to line their own pockets, and build enormous, however lovely, cathedrals and temples while many of the common people remained perpetually close to starvation.

People prefer false ideas.

The Symptoms of the Kali Yuga from the Sanskrit texts the Vishnu Purana and the Linga Purana are already posted on Metaphysical Musing. I have always particularly appreciated the accuracy of these four Kali Yuga symptoms:

*Thieves will become kings, and kings will be the thieves.

*Rulers will confiscate property and use it badly. They will cease to protect the people.

*People will prefer to choose false ideas.

*Base (low minded) men who have gained a certain amount of learning (without having the virtues necessary for its use) will be esteemed as sages.

Remember that these are ‘predictions’ that were seen and composed before the Kali began. The Vedic and Puranic texts were transmitted orally and held in memory from other cycles of time, and only written down after writing came into use.

Here are just some of the symptoms of the Kali Yuga from the BHAGAVATA PURANA, Skandha XII:

Chapter Two

1. Thereafter, day after day, under the force of the inexorably powerful Time, righteousness, truth, purity, (both physical and mental), forbearance, mercy, duration of life, physical power, and sharpness of memory shall go deteriorating.

2. Wealth alone will be the deciding factor of nobility of birth, righteous behaviour or merits. And only brute force will be the only standard in the arrangement or decision of what is righteous or just.

3. …cheating is the order of the day in business relations; satisfaction of the sexual pleasure is the only consideration of masculine or feminine excellence and worthiness

4. Justice has become weak, [and is based on] bribes.

5. Want of affluence is the cause of one’s impiety or bad name, while hypocrisy is the index of goodness.

6. The highest purpose of life is to fill one’s belly and arrogant audacity is regarded as veracity.

7. It is for self-advertisement of one’s fame of piety that righteous deeds are to be performed… the whole world will be populated by wicked people.

13. When (in the Kali) religion will be predominantly heretical, and kings as good as robbers and men will be enhancing their livelihood by theft, (economic offenses), mendacity, wanton violence to life and such other pursuits.

Chapter Three

25. In that (Kali) age, people will be greedy, take to wicked behaviour, will be merciless, indulge in hostilities without any cause, unfortunate, extremely covetous for wealth and women (worldly desires) and higher social status…

30. When deceit falsehood, lethargy, sleepiness, violence, despondency, grief, delusion, fear, poverty stricken-ness prevail, that is the Kali Age which is characterized by TAMAS [the GUNA of ignorance, delusion, and indolence].

31. As a result of the Kali’s influence, mortal beings become dull witted, unlucky, voracious, destitute of wealth yet voluptuous, and women wanton and unchaste.

37. In the Kali Age, men will abandon their parents, brothers, friends and relatives and establish their friendliness on sexual basis. [They] will be miserable.


Even trees will become stunted on account of their ruthless exploitation by unrighteous men.

And two from the Mahabharata:

[The world will be] Overrun by many imposters… discussing the virtues of great meals.

-The Mahabharata, The Book of the Forest 3(37)186.43

The countryside will bristle with towers.

-The Mahabharata, The Book of the Forest 3(37)186.37

This could either refer to tall buildings in industrial parks and their adjacent apartment complexes – or perhaps more on the ‘bristling’ side, to the towers that transmit radio and microwaves, or even those monster electric tower grids.

Confusion as Control

The Age of Confusion is mobbed by – yes, confusion! Practically everything you have ever read is clouded over by the miasma of Kali Yuga fog. As the saying goes: History is written by the conquerors – while the loser’s side of the story is routinely forgotten.

When you think about it, throughout most of written history all the great works of Art sadly are the symbols of propaganda bought and paid for by ruling tyrants and religions seeking to dominate the world’s populations. Just ask Leonardo da Vinci who worked for the likes of Cesara Borgia, or Michelangelo who labored under the iron hand of a Vatican priest. Today’s artists are answerable to the power of big money from the multinational corporations that own our world.

Even the wonderful descriptions of enlightenment that give us all hope were not experienced in the density of time we currently are living in. With no disrespect intended, it occurs to one that Lao Tzu, Jesus, and Buddha did not have to fight off chemtrails, microwaves, endocrine disrupting chemicals, or childhood television programming! These days, in the Twilight of the Kali Yuga, it’s the Razor’s Edge – every step of the way Home.

Our Refuge

Knowledge of our essential Oneness is hard to come by in the Kali Yuga. Beneath the curtain of multiplicity – there is only ONE! This means that behind the apparent diversity of seemingly billions of individuals living on planet Earth, they are all only One. All are ISNESS.

For those of you who have remembered past lives, you may have noticed a striking perplexing similarity in the basic character of each life. There may be certain repeating flaws and compulsions, traits or qualities that you begin notice have shown up over and over in lifetime after lifetime. You may be a high priest in Atlantis, or a dancing slave girl in 8th century Kashmir – but there is a pattern that continues throughout all your lives. This is because the genes in your current physical body are the latest ‘product’ of a long line of many bodies, lineages. You have access to the memories contained within the DNA of the body you currently inhabit.

It is as if the Creator generates certain rays or waveforms, which contain qualities of expression that remain in the genes throughout the cycles of time. As time descends down through the yugas further and further into density, ever more variations of expression are created, such as habits, impulses, likes & dislikes, etc. etc.

Time does not exist outside the temporal illusory holographic matrix. Thus the Four Cycles of Time are simultaneous as are all your so-called ‘past’ lives.

But underneath all this temporal multiplicity is the Oneness that we all are: meaning you and me, factory workers in China and the farmers of rural India, the world leaders and corporate tyrants, the Aborigines in Australia and the Pigmy tribes in Africa!

We are all ONENESS beneath the temporal illusory Curtain of Multiplicity. This knowledge of Oneness has been hidden from us in the Kali Yuga, but once you truly Realize the God-within, you will Become that which you always have been.

The floodgates of Knowledge and Love will open – and you will never be the same. You will never be able look at another human being without compassion and you will never again judge them – for you will KNOW that YOU ARE THEM! As you judge them, so you judge and condemn yourself. And it turns out that as harrowing, dreadful and boring as the Kali Yuga is – in fact it is the fast lane to God Realization. The intensity of the Kali pressures you to WAKE UP!

The Easiest Cycle to Reach Liberation

Acceptance of the theory of the Cycles of Time might lead you to a sort of complacent resignation. After all, if we are ineluctably snared in the frequencies of confusion – then why bother?

Because what is really exciting about the Kali Yuga is the understanding that in fact it is the easiest cycle to Remember who you are.

The end of the Kali Yuga is a particularly favorable period to pursue true knowledge. Some will attain wisdom in a short time, for the merits acquired in one year during the Treta Yuga can be obtained in one day in the age of Kali.  [Shiva Purana, A. Danielou]

[Linga Purana, Section1, Chapter 40]

45. Hence during the Kali longevity, strength, and features become less and less. Men attain perfection within a short time.

46-47. What is gained by the practice of dharma for a year in the Treta Yuga is attained by the practice of it for a month in the Dvapara Yuga. In Kali an intelligent devotee attains the same in a day by practicing Dharma strenuously.

It’s a Cosmic Bargain Sale of sorts! Therefore, take up the challenge to Remember who you are! Do not give in! So, the Darkside is fulfilling its own kind of dharma, doing its job of spreading the hand of tyranny over the planet and poisoning everything in its wake. What will you do? In these moments of challenge, of sorrow and of awakening consciousness, how will you behave? Can you find courage within yourself and compassion for others? Can you master the divine detachment that comes from knowing that what is unfolding is the grand Cosmic Design. Can you remember that every one and everything is God, Isness – and this Oneness is you.

You are this world, and you are the Love that breathes this temporal illusory holographic matrix out into multiplicity and inhales it back into quiescence – and back out again, eon after eon after eon. World without end! This universe is here for us all to play in. Surely, when you look at your life or perhaps many lives, in spite of all the pain, you do recognize the grand beauty of Creation.

So the question is what will you do now in this intensified exciting moment? And are you ready to move on into one of the 1000s of other universes – some without polarities or even time – all waiting, inviting you to come to yet another magnificent adventure in consciousness.

About the Author

V. Susan Ferguson is the author of Inanna Returns, Inanna Hyper-Luminal; her own commentary on the Bhagavad Gita and the Shiva Sutras; and Colony Earth & the Rig Veda. Her website is Metaphysical Musing.


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The VAYU Purana. Translated and Annotated by Dr. G.V. Tagare, Part I & II. Motilal Banarsidass Publishers; 1987 & 2003, Delhi

- The LINGA Purana. Translated by a Board of Scholars and Edited by Prof. J.L. Shastri, Part I & II. Motilal Banarsidass Publishers; 1973 & 1997, Delhi

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How to Talk to Your DNA http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/17/talk-dna/ http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/17/talk-dna/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:03:30 +0000 http://www.wakingtimes.com/?p=38048 Michelle Walling, In5d Guest
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Our DNA holds the secrets of immortality and wellness. Within it lies the wisdom of not only our genetic ancestors but our past and future life experiences as well. We have been told that we will be activating ten strands of dormant ‘junk’ DNA … More

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DNA (1)Michelle Walling, In5d Guest
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Our DNA holds the secrets of immortality and wellness. Within it lies the wisdom of not only our genetic ancestors but our past and future life experiences as well. We have been told that we will be activating ten strands of dormant ‘junk’ DNA that are overlaid in the two active strands of DNA that we currently operate with. How can we activate this extra DNA in order to access the wisdom needed to move forward?

What is DNA?

DNA lies in the nucleus of each cell in our body except for red blood cells. The blood in the body carries DNA but only in the white blood cells of the blood since red blood cells do not have nuclei. The instructions for the blueprint of our human body is replicated in full in each nucleus. In essence our body is one large hologram with each cell containing a complete pattern of DNA and all cells make up the whole of our physical existence.

Besides serving as a template, DNA serves as a place to store records of experience and wisdom and also allows for communication to deeper aspects of ourselves. Scientists today are aware that we have two active intertwining strands of DNA that carry the codes for our characteristics and interaction as human beings. Within these two strands lies the genetic imprint of our other, father, grandparents, and so on for our physical embodiment.

The other strands of DNA have been labeled inactive by science. Beyond science, this mysterious DNA is the magical doorway to a new kingdom. The exciting news is that the other strands are slowly awakening and merging with our two strand DNA in expansion as we raise our vibrationin concert with the planet.

What affects our DNA?

The diminishing magnetic field and the increasing Solar Flare activity is part of what will cause our other strands of DNA to be “activated” or to merge into our existence as our vibration continues to rise. This would allow a shift in consciousness as the higher wisdom of our DNA is accessible within the physical body.

Why would I want to talk to my DNA?

Every cell in our DNA has consciousness that is linked to the higher self. The higher self is the conscious mind of our soul, which is the larger essence of who we are as a spiritual being. We are a finger of consciousness from our soul sent down onto the lower dimensions, as our soul is so big that it cannot fit into the compact denseness of the third dimension. As our Universe, galaxy, and planet expands, it allows the space for us to expand as well. This will allow for more access to our soul particles and we are choosing to bring them into this reality of living in a human body. In order to do this we must change from a carbon blueprint to one of a lighter density.

By communicating to our DNA, we can accomplish many things including:

1. Healing- By sending love and light consciously into our cells, we have the power to heal the body.
2. Nutrition- By asking your body what it would like to eat, it can tell you the optimal food it requires based on its genetic code.
3. Wisdom- The process of remembrance involves gaining access to Akashic records through our DNA.
4. Ascension- When we expand each cell in our body with light, we become crystalline based beings vibrating at a higher frequency of love where we cannot be interfered with by lower vibrational beings. Manifestation of this into our reality can be achieved by verbally intending what we wish to manifest in our reality.

Because our bodies are holograms, we only need to speak to one of the cells in our body in order to communicate to all of the cells. They are interconnected and function as a whole being. They are the blueprint for what humanity is striving to be as a macrocosm. However, it is acceptable to talk to cells of a particular organ such as the kidney or liver if you want to specifically send healing to those cells. They will in kind send healing to all of the other cells in the body.

How to talk to your DNA

Communication with your DNA is not a difficult process and can be as personal and unique as you would like for it to be. You can try different methods and choose what feels best to your body.

In order to have the highest intentions it would be a good idea to set up a miniature ritual before you begin to communicate with your body the first time. If you are going to be indoors, this would include setting the energy in the room and making yourself comfortable. If you would prefer to be outside, nature can provide the life force needed to serve as a bridge to you and your higher self through your cells. Once you make initial contact with a cell or cells in your body, you can simply pick up this conversation anytime you wish, anywhere you are.

Talking to your cells is a mixture between meditation and prayer.

The following is an example of how you can talk to your DNA

1. Find a comfortable position that works for you. You can sit in a lotus position, lie down, sit in a comfortable chair, sit on the couch, or even sit in a warm bath.
2. Close your eyes and relax.
3. Take a few slow, deep breaths from your diaphragm area. Bring your attention and awareness into your heart chakra. Take another deep breath as you focus on sitting within the energy of your heart center. Imagination goes a long way when intending within mediation. What you are doing in your heart center is sitting with yourself in the highest vibration of your body which is love.
4. Next think of a section of your body. Choose the first section that comes to your mind. Do not second guess your first intuitive response.
5. Within that section of your body, narrow your focus now to a smaller section of your body, then go further and further within your body, deeper, and deeper, until you lock focus on one cell of your body.
6. Speak softly to your cell and let it know how happy you are to make contact with it. Let it know your intentions. This could be healing, having a conversation with it, or intending that your cell be filled with light in the process of ascension. Whatever your reason for contact is, your cell will be ecstatic that you have finally realized that you could communicate with it. As you practice sitting in communion with your own cells, you can pause and listen for an answer. It is important to pay attention to the first thing that comes into your mind. Many times we tend to think we are just communicating with our own imagination, however we are indeed in contact with a portion of ourselves.

Meditative communication is a great way to get to know your body’s needs. Since all cells are in communication with each other, you can ask this one cell if there is another cell that needs attention. Do not worry of you cannot receive any answers from your cells “verbally” or mentally in your head. Many people are able to feel the way our cells communicate with us. Some people have chills up and down the body in response to truth. You could ask yes or no questions to your cell and wait for an answer, where yes could be established as chills, and no would be absence of chills.

The end result of talking with your cells

As we talk to our cells we bring love into them. Love is light and as we bring light in we raise our vibration. As we expand our cells to receive more light, we create an  environment for more of our soul light to join us within our body. Eventually we will all be able to communicate freely with our higher selves which are tied to our souls. Our souls are tied to our monads, which are simply a finger of consciousness of our creator.

This gives a new definition of what it means to “go within” in order to have all of the answers we could want. Our cells are all connected to each other and further they are connected to all of the wisdom we could need, from our higher self to our soul which has access to all of the experiences of everything that ever was recorded in the Akashic Records. Your soul may or may not have access to certain things now, but eventually as we learn how to maneuver our consciousness up the ladder of connection to Creator, this wisdom is indeed ours just as it is our Creator’s.

When we heal our DNA we help others too

Until the shift into the Age of Aquarius, the door had been closed to this wisdom by those who wished to control and dominate humanity upon earth for approximately thirty thousand years. A massive amount of dissonance has been carried in our DNA from generation to generation and from lifetime to lifetime. When we clear this dissonance in our DNA in our physical body today, it also clears all of our blood ancestors’ dissonance as well. It is an exciting and beautiful reminder that there is more happening to us than just ascending; we are rewriting the past and creating a new future in an expanded consciousness like no other.

When the first person expands the light within their cells to a maximum potential while still existing in a physical body, the doorway will be open for this person to shift their consciousness to a fifth dimensional perspective. Once a body is filled with light, there is no concern of turning back or slipping back into a lower vibration. This is the purpose and explanation of what we understand is the ascension process. Most of have already ascended before in other lifetimes, however we have shed our physical bodies in the past and returned to moving our consciousness into a light body. This is truly a learn-as-you-go process and we have a lot of help from our guides, angels, higher self, and soul.

Once the first person on earth prepares completely for ascension, it provides a template for others to quickly follow. Our bodies must be cleared of lower vibrational energies and the space where those energies were can be filled with light. Once the majority of cells are filled with light, it will spark the rest of the cells to burst forth with light. The more people that prepare for shifting their conciousness to a higher dimension, the faster we will be able to move larger portions of the human consciousness to a higher dimension. Eventually this consciousness will become whole again.

The veil is lifting and knowledge is pouring in which blesses us with wisdom. Within this wisdom we may find that there are an infinite number of strands of DNA instead of just twelve. Creation is infinite and we are microcosms of the macrocosm. Activation of our strands of DNA will bring a clear connection with our higher self which will be the foundation for the Golden Age. Talking to our DNA is a powerful tool of creation which allows for the manifestation of this transformation into our reality. These are the secrets that have been hidden from us for many years. Knowledge brings wisdom and wisdom brings peace.

About the Author

Michelle Walling is a Certified Holistic Life Coach.  She has devoted her life to being a bearer and grounder of the light in service to others. As a truth seeker, she is committed to share her experiences with the world. She is also a hands-on healer, a distance healer, an empath, and an intuitive. Michelle has recently joined forces with Gregg Prescott as an admin for the In5d Facebook page, as an assistant for In5d Events, as a contributing author for http://www.in5d.com.  Michelle also supports Gregg’s endeavors in many other areas including alternative and holistic healthcare. Their next project is a walk in clinic under the name AHH- Alternative Holistic Healthcare to be launched in 2014-2015 in the Sarasota, Florida area, and then subsidiaries will be opened around the world based upon that model. Michelle Walling’s cosmic writing website is CosmicStarseeds.com. Holistic Counseling sessions can be booked on the website MichelleWalling.com. Michelle’s personal Facebook page can be found here.

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Ecuador Will Have Referendum on Fate of Yasuni After Activists Collect Over 700,000 Signatures http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/17/ecuador-will-have-referendum-on-fate-of-yasuni-after-activists-collect-over-700000-signatures/ http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/17/ecuador-will-have-referendum-on-fate-of-yasuni-after-activists-collect-over-700000-signatures/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:01:42 +0000 http://www.wakingtimes.com/?p=38041 Jeremy Hance, Mongabay
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In what is a major victory for environmentalists, campaigners with United for Yasuni have collected 727,947 signatures triggering a national referendum on whether or not oil drilling should proceed in three blocs of Yasuni National Park in Ecuador. The effort started last year after Ecuador’s … More

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Abandon Oil Drilling Site in the Ecuadorian Amazon – Photo by James Ficklin

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In what is a major victory for environmentalists, campaigners with United for Yasuni have collected 727,947 signatures triggering a national referendum on whether or not oil drilling should proceed in three blocs of Yasuni National Park in Ecuador. The effort started last year after Ecuador’s President, Rafael Correa, announced he was killing the Yasuni-ITT initiative, which called on the international community to pay into a trust fund to keep the most remote portions of the park free from oil exploitation. Currently, Yasuni National Park is considered the likeliest candidate for the most bio-diverse place on the planet and is home to several indigenous tribes who have chosen voluntary isolation.

“Not only did we mobilize to get the needed signatures for the popular referendum, but we mobilized civil society for a greater call for a new development model that keeps oil in the ground and addresses the needs of its people,” said Esperanza Martinez, President of Acción Ecologica. “We proved that defending Yasuní is not just about monetary contributions, or political statements, but a mobilized civil society.”

Activists needed to gather half a million signatures, but collected over 100,000 more to make sure the results wouldn’t be invalidated. But several hurdles remain for activists: signatures need to be verified by Ecuador’s National Electoral Council and then the referendum needs to be deemed constitutional by the Constitutional Court. If the referendum passes these two tests, the question of whether or not oil drilling should go ahead in the Yasuni’s ITT (Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini) blocs will go to the Ecuadorian public. Yet, victory isn’t assured. Although opinion polls show a hefty support in Ecuador for keeping the ITT blocs unexploited, debate will likely be fierce given Correa’s popularity and his pro-oil stance.


Top biodiversity for species groups. Yasuni sits in the small red region, which has peak biodiversity for four groups. Map by Matt Finer, Clinton Jenkins, and Holger Kreft.

Energy companies have been drilling in Yasuni National Park since the 1970s—despite its protected status—although the most remote portions have been left untouched. Yet, for Ecuador’s government and oil companies the ITT blocs remain the biggest fossil fuel prize: according to estimates this portion of the park contains about 20 percent of Ecuador’s oil reserves. The ITT Initiative would have kept these blocs untouched if international donors paid half the expected revenue of the oil—$3.6 billion—into a trust fund set up by the United Nations Development Program. The international community pledged around $330 million, though only deposited $13 million, before Correa ended the initiative.

President Correa has said drilling in the park would only impact 0.1 percent of Yasuni National Park, but conservationists say this figure doesn’t include the considerable infrastructure—including roads, pipelines, and buildings—that will be built to bring the oil to a global market. But Correa says the money garnered from oil drilling would be used to benefit Ecuador’s poor including those in the Amazon.

“We need these financial resources in order to alleviate poverty, in order to give public services to our people,” Correa told the Courtroom News Service.

However, Alicia Kawiya, vice president of the Waorani Indigenous Federation, told the Wall Street Journal: “More than 40 years of the oil industry has not benefited us. We do not need revenues from oil, we do not need oil activity. We have everything to live in our land.”

Ecuador’s Amazonian indigenous communities have proven staunch critics of Correa’s efforts to increase drilling in the park and open up more of the Amazon to fossil fuel extraction.

“The development vs. environment discourse of President Correa is the same, tired business-as-usual argument that every president here has used since oil was first discovered,” noted Esperanza Martinez, president of local NGO Acción Ecologica. “There is nothing ‘revolutionary’ about Ecuador trying to drill its way to prosperity. We’ve been doing that for half a century to no avail.”

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Louisiana State University entomologist Linda Hooper-Bui has been studying the impact of the BP oil spill on insects and spiders for almost four years. She started her study shortly after the Macondo well blew out on April 20, 2010, before any oil washed up … More

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Louisiana State University entomologist Linda Hooper-Bui has been studying the impact of the BP oil spill on insects and spiders for almost four years. She started her study shortly after the Macondo well blew out on April 20, 2010, before any oil washed up on shore. Her work documents the dwindling of the insect population in areas directly hit with the oil.

On April 9th, she returned to Bay Jimmy and Bay Baptiste, areas that were heavily impacted by the oil spill in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana.

“Insects are the basis of the food chain. They are like nature’s Twinkies,” Hooper-Bui says.

Her studies also monitor fish and birds, since they eat insects. She sweeps areas designated for her study by walking back and forth waving a net, catching whatever insects are present.  She then empties the net into alcohol, preserving the insects for testing. She takes note of the wind speed and temperature at each location and collects a sample of sediment to be tested for hydrocarbons.


Weathered oil found coating the surface of the marsh in Bay Baptiste, Louisiana on April 9, 2014. ©2014 Julie Dermansky

Back in the lab, Hooper-Bui sorts insects by species. She sends some out for testing and stores the rest so other scientists can study them. The results of the test reveal the nutrients found in them, including carbon, nitrogen and sulfur. Knowing what the insects are eating helps her evaluate changes in the environment. She compares the data from sites that were oiled to those that were not.


Linda Hooper-Bui holds a bag containing insects collected in Bay Jimmy, one of the areas hardest hit by the BP oil spill. ©2014 Julie Dermansky

Hooper-Bui makes it clear that she is an independent scientist collaborating with other scientists at other institutions. Her work is not part of any government studies or studies subsidized by BP. Funding for her work has come from competitive grants from the National Science Foundation, the Northern Gulf Institute, the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative and two grants from LSU. She believes being a scientist is a civic duty, and will not allow her work to be compromised.

Hooper-Bui’s first peer-reviewed reports should be available by this summer, but she has been sharing her observations with interested parties all along. She hopes her work will be utilized by those who have to deal with future spills and by those making policy decisions that involve the oil industry as well as locals who are still dealing directly with the aftermath of this disaster.

Since there are fewer insects and spiders for birds and fish to eat, she is seeing a decrease in other species’ success.

“This is what happens when the ecosystem seems to be disrupted,” Hooper-Bui says.  Her studies show that not only does oil remain in the marsh in Plaquemines Parish, it is still emitting volatile aromatics. Preliminary results indicate the volatiles naphthalene and methylnaphthalene remain in the oil contaminated parts of the marsh, and could be responsible for the dramatic decline in insect population. Naphthalene is an insecticide, according to Hooper-Bui.

While standing on weathered oil on the shore of Bay Jimmy, Hooper-Bui told DeSmogBlog, “I am looking at how an environment rebuilds itself after a catastrophic disturbance. It is a chronic situation in the marsh, not an acute one because the oil is still here,” she notes. “The oil gets remobilized when storms hit, and when the tide is low and the temperature heats up, volatile compounds emit from the exposed weathered oil coating the surface.”


Weathered oil coats the surface on the marsh in Bay Jimmy, one of the areas hardest hit by the BP oil spill. ©2014 Julie Dermansky

Hurricanes affect insects too, so weather factors into Hooper-Bui’s data as well. She has been involved with research about storm effects on insect populations since 2009. Her earlier work gave her benchmark data on how insect populations are affected by storms.

“A healthy environment will rebuild itself after a storm,” Hooper-Bui says. “We know that from Isaac – a compromised eco-system is of concern. The plants might look o.k. but the insects are constantly fumigated when the water is not on the marsh (due to north wind or low tides) and the temperatures are high  – when sediment is exposed – the volatile compounds come off the marsh and fumigate the insects and they die – we have results for three years to show that, in the field and in the lab.”

Critics of her studies claim there are no volatiles coming off the marsh. But Hooper-Bui stands by her findings.

“We put cages with insects in them where the only interactions the caged insects had with the environment were with the air in the marsh – and they were dying in oiled areas and surviving in non-oiled areas. When the marsh’s sediment is exposed and the temperature gets above 85 degrees Fahrenheit, the oil is being biologically degraded, the oil is releasing volatiles and is killing the insects.”

A report released by The National Wildlife Federation before the fourth anniversary of the BP disaster deals with 14 species higher up in the food chain than insects. On dolphins, the report cites the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) report that states, “NOAA researchers found strong evidence that the ill health of the dolphins in Louisiana’s Barataria Bay was related to oil exposure.”

And on tuna, “20% of larval fish could have been exposed to oil, with a potential reduction in future populations of about 4%. For a species already in peril, reductions in reproductive success and lower populations can be major impediments to recovery.”

The report goes on to cite a study co-authored by John Incardona, research toxicologist at NOAA. From the NWF report:

“A more recent study shows that a chemical in oil from the spill can cause irregular heartbeats in bluefin and yellowfin tuna that can lead to heart attacks, or even death. The effects are believed to be particularly problematic for fish embryos and larvae, as heartbeat changes could affect development of other organs. The researchers suggest that other vertebrate species in the Gulf of Mexico could have been similarly affected.”

BP refutes the report. BP spokesman Daniel J Graber told UPI, “The National Wildlife Federation report is a piece of political advocacy, not science,” he said. “It cherry picks reports to support the organization’s agenda, often ignoring caveats in those reports or mischaracterizing their findings.”

However, BP has been criticized for claiming the company will make things right in their advertisements. BP’s ads stress they are committed to the Gulf and committed to America and that business is back to normal, yet BPcontinually objects to a claims settlement the company already signed off on. They have also been accused of acting as trolls on internet sites and spreading misinformation.


Linda Hooper-Bui checking sediment in Bay Jimmy, some of it mixed with weathered oil. ©2014 Julie Dermansky

Hooper-Bui explains, “Insects are important to study because they are the basis of the food chain – and because people don’t care about them, I can manipulate them for my studies without upsetting anyone. Insects are like a canary in a coal mine,” she says. “There is a big problem when they start dying.”

To anyone who thinks the oil isn’t still out there, Hooper-Bui says, “Come out here and I’ll show you. It wasn’t cleaned up.”

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Dear Humans,

Today I wish to return to your awareness an aspect of the Human condition that is as fundamental as the air we breathe and the water we drink. It’s the basic necessity for food, and more specifically, our proclivity for eating meat.

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Dear Humans,

Today I wish to return to your awareness an aspect of the Human condition that is as fundamental as the air we breathe and the water we drink. It’s the basic necessity for food, and more specifically, our proclivity for eating meat.

Not so long ago Humankind shared a sacred bond with the animals. Scarcity of resources and the specter of starvation necessitated a cooperative, mutually-beneficial relationship that fostered close ties. Those who kept livestock were not detached from their animals. They knew their habits and ways, and some were given names. Even the bow hunter, who revered the natural world, would bond with their kill in a way not seen in our time.

The butchering was surely difficult for some, mechanical for others. It was clearly impractical to develop ties or fondness for a certain goat, calf, chicken or rabbit. Survival instinct would trump such affections. Even so, sometimes the slaughter was done by a neighbor or friend in exchange for the return favor. In the end, the meal was greatly appreciated and there were prayers of thankfulness.

In modern times we know little or nothing about the animal that was corralled, killed and rendered for our pleasure. We simply see bright red meat wrapped in cellophane cooling in a store refrigerator. And so it’s clear there’s a major disconnect between the actual animal and the cooked muscle tissue sitting on our plate. To most it’s just a faceless hotdog, burger or steak. If one can get a hotdog wrapped in bacon—we’ll that’s even better. There’s little or no thought about the animals that were sacrificed along the way. Fast food epitomizes this disconnection. Here we find conveniently cooked meat in a bag at a takeout window. Sure, I’ll take fries with that.

In the following paragraphs I invite you on a brief journey along a path that divides social norms and expectations from an inner-knowing and higher consciousness. On this path there is no judgment or condemnation. It is not about right or wrong. It’s about choice. And with all matters of choice there are both benefits and consequences.

The Shy Vegetarian

Having long abstained from the practice of eating meat, the world has unfolded in a different way for me. I don’t readily volunteer the fact I’m vegetarian, mostly because people tend to recoil a bit upon hearing it. And so I find myself dancing around the restaurant menu with some trepidation searching for a grilled-cheese sandwich or something to that effect. “Would you like steak in the grilled cheese” -they ask.   No thank you — but I’ll take it with a salad, I say. “Would you like steak or chicken on your salad?” Just a salad with no meat please. “Oh… then you’ll have to order from the kid’s menu.” So I order from the kids menu and sometimes I get crayons and a coloring book too. I dare not say I don’t eat meat, for that ushers in a shudder and awkward silence. Meat is steeped in tradition and anchored to the fulcrums of culture. You eat, drink and laugh. Take one leg off that stool and you’re in trouble. And which spirit goes best with a particular cut of meat? Well that question is bewildering to the vegetarian. Of which spirit do you speak of, I might ask? Ah yes, of course, the alcohol variety. I knew that. And so I think to myself, I won’t be invited back to this shindig.

I’ve had others tell me I should be more upfront and vocal about my ideology. I tell them it’s a choice I made for personal reasons. I can’t and don’t expect anyone else to feel as I do. I like animals. I used to like eating them too. But I began to sense something rather chilling. After considerable reflection and contemplation I came to realize that a nefarious energy was encouraging us to eat meat. It was almost as if… they wanted us to eat meat.

But who are “they” exactly. This is a rabbit hole few will dare jump down. Suffice to say there is considerable horror associated with slaughterhouses and the so-called meat packing plants. I won’t watch the videos on YouTube, though they’ve brought much awareness to the atrocities. They’re simply too disturbing. Any entity that wishes to cultivate a denser vibration within a societal construct would most certainly promote meat consumption. And not just for meat’s sake, but for the brutality associated with it. The industry doesn’t simply sell meat—they push it! They exploit it, sexualize it and associated it with virility, masculinity and a host of other nonsensical things. But those with vision can see through the disturbing machinations and elevate above it.

We hear terms such as “Archons” and other supposedly malevolent entities that perhaps feed upon our aggression and fear. If so, then war must certainly be a scrumptious buffet for them. Now for some this is outlandish speculation. Pure bunk! I understand. But I have felt this vibration called “Archon” and I know it’s real and I will not do its bidding. And so I refuse to eat meat. I will never go back to my former level of aggression. In the modern world we have a choice and we have access to high-quality food that is vegan and vegetarian and it all tastes really good too. The transition is liberating and enlightening. And when one feels the internal strength associated with not needing meat anymore, it is uplifting and absolutely empowering.

When one accepts the slaughter of intelligent animals, then how far of a stretch is it really to accept the brutal slaughter of our own kind? Does looking at torn and packaged ribs on a supermarket shelf somehow desensitize us to brutality? Do we see the ground meat under a cellophane wrap and ever wonder how different it might be from our own? Do we simply shrug our shoulders and dismiss these thoughts because they’re uncomfortable? Do we simply shrug our shoulders and dismiss the horrors of war because it’s too uncomfortable? How far do we go with the erosion of our awareness? Where does this erosion lead us? These are the sort of questions I ponder. I’ve found this does not make for good dinner conversation.

Being Vegetarian is Good for You —And Other Myths

Being vegetarian CAN be very good for you indeed—but the truth is many “vegetarians” load up on pasta, pizza, cookies, donuts and vegetarian certified beer. The relative health of a vegetarian is clearly debatable. One must be mindful of a “colorful” diet consisting of vegetables and fruits and nuts of all kinds. For those that enjoy dairy there are considerations as well. Are they “happy” cows and are the eggs from happy chickens? There is much controversy over what happens to the animals after their milk and egg-laying days are over. I embrace the idea that animals and Humans can potentially enjoy a harmonious and beneficial coexistence where we provide them with food and comfort in exchange for what they produce naturally. I realize this is not always practical in most commercial operations. And for this reason, more than any other, I’ve swayed toward veganism.

Those aren’t fangs—but carnivores (or omnivores) are quick to point out that we Humans must be designed to eat meat otherwise we would not have “canine” teeth. If one were to study the Human mouth and jaw properly, they would soon realize those teeth do not even remotely qualify as true omnivore canine. Simply look at the teeth of a cat or wolf to be reminded what fangs really look like. They are quite slender, sharply pointed and very long.

The teeth of the Human more closely resemble the herbivore and even closer to (the fruit eating) frugivore. And unlike the carnivore, we have large salivary glands, a masticating lateral jaw movement and must take little baby bites at a time. But if it makes the meat-eater feel better that four of their teeth vaguely resemble fangs, then let it be their decision to eat whatever (or whoever) they want. Humans are versatile in what they can eat. I once read about someone who ate an entire airplane. It’s not about what we can eat. It’s about the choices we make.

Vegetarians are meek— well not the ones I know. They will get in your face and tell you off in an instant if they feel a need to do so. In all fairness, it can be a huge challenge just coping with the aggressions of this world and sometimes it gets the best of them. But on the plus side, because their energetics are uniquely different, it’s much harder for the herbivore to be bamboozled by those who swim in denser waters. Those that try don’t get very far.

Meat eaters employ a denser skill set when seeking control, domination or manipulation over a situation or another person. Such techniques seem to work pretty well on other carnivores, since they operate within the same vibrational strata. Ultimately the bigger dog wins, or something like that. Vegetarians usually see through mal-intent and disingenuous motivations just as clearly as they can see through a plate of glass. But they are less apt to engage in physical confrontation. You never really hear of a violent vegetarian, except for perhaps Hitler, although this is disputed. Imagine the headline, “Vegetarian Holds Up Bank – Takes Hostages.” But interestingly enough, there has been a developing trend of professional athletes, body builders and even boxers coming forward and promoting a meatless lifestyle.

Plants Scream—it’s so mean to eat them. This is true, to an extent. Plants only “scream” when you send very negative thoughts through them. In this sense it’s not too far from Dr. Masaru Emoto’s research on angry energetics and the resulting distortions in the formation of ice crystals. One should not send angry energy into anything they eat. The plant will yield to consumption in the presence of happy energy. For many species of tree and plant, consumption is a vital modality for their propagation and the plants “know” it.

I need meat—my body does not function correctly without it. This is a valid and honest statement. Some even have allergies to dairy, peanuts and gluten. There will be those who do not transition easily to a meatless diet. When someone embraces the vegetarian and especially the vegan lifestyle they should be aware of possible vitamin and amino acid deficiencies that might accompany the change. Vitamin B12 is probably the most crucial vitamin that many non-meat eaters (especially vegans) may find themselves deficient in. Ironically, animals do not directly produce B12. It is produced from bacteria in soil and fecal matter. They just ingest it while grazing and that’s how the meat eater gets their B12. I don’t recommend eating a scoop of soil though. Sometimes a supplement is the way to go.

Meat offers very dense and high nutritional content. But with the good comes the bad. Meat is highly addictive and voraciously coveted. Why? Meat also contains a whole lot of things not so good for you. That’s a long list that others have done a very good job summarizing if one chooses to go down Google highway. But for my concern, meat consumption seems to compromise spiritual growth and psychic abilities. By eating meat one seems always one step away from that first step toward enlightenment.

The meat eater’s blood chemistry is necessarily different from the vegetarian. There’s a surplus of specialized enzymes that aid in digestion depending if the diet is solely plant or meat based. Since most people consume both plant and meat there are abundant enzymes to handle both challenges. These differences manifest outwardly in the shape, size and what some would call the “scent” of the aura. Yes, you are energetically influenced by what you eat and it illuminates through your aural expression.

Scent of the Aura

As I alluded to earlier, there seems to be a different kind of energy enveloping those who do not eat meat. I see a different radiance in their skin and gentleness in their energetic persona. I’m not able to directly see auras but I can sense them. The vegetarian frequently (but not always) has the kind of aura that seems to fill a room. They are happy and radiant. Animals seem especially sensitive to this vibration and are frequently drawn to the energy of the vegetarian and vegan.

Some say the “scent” of the vegan is sweeter, perhaps because there are no byproducts of animal tissue metabolism emanating from their pores. But this is not something I’ve personally experienced. Maybe it’s true, maybe not.

Culture Trap

Most of my family and friends are not vegetarian and I don’t fault them for that. I see how I am different from them and I don’t always resonate with the content of their conversations. Having an Italian ancestry doesn’t make it any easier – especially when it comes to traditional family get-togethers. It’s all about the food. So the shy vegetarian retreats to a corner. Try saying “no” to a proud and robust Sicilian who shoves a freshly grilled Italian sausage with peppers and onions directly in your face. And so I accept graciously and when the coast is clear, discreetly place the sausage back on the serving plate. The grease-soaked onions and peppers are a terrible loss. They stealthfully find their way into a trash can. I remember telling this particular relative I was vegetarian. But that was long ago and my words had since been rejected and forgotten. It’s not the Italian way.

Perhaps by now we’ve all seen the Carl’s Jr. adverts where a beautiful woman engages rather suggestively with a ridiculously over-sized hamburger. The aggressive, dense energy component combining carnal sexuality with meat eating provokes a multitude of appetites—none of which exist above the naval chakra. Through the eyes of a vegetarian, such displays are ghoulish, shocking and certainly not funny nor sexy. It must sell hamburgers though. It’s certainly selling something.

Final Thought

Eons ago, when animals and Humans were still connected, a pact was made that we would not eat them unless given no other choice. The animals, who so loved the Divinely touched Human, agreed upon these terms. On one particular evening while in my place of solitude, I had an unusual experience and a palpable vibration that led to this expression:

“If you have no other choice then you must eat us. But remember we are sentient just as you are. We love, feel and fear just as you do. Eat us if you must—but only if you must. We will know if your intent is sincere. And so we will harmonize with your intention and not be toxic to your fill.”

When we feed upon the animal there’s an aspect that feeds within us. The (Archons) take delight in our aggressiveness, cluttered consciousness and our clear disconnect with animals. They also seem well aware of the long-term repercussions. Such hostile energies serve as doorways and passages that lead into deeper and darker places. So we pontificate over the violent and egregious acts of war as we cut the gizzard from a turkey and fling it in the trash. In the meantime our children are absorbed in a surreal world of death culture, scandalous sex and mayhem onboard their TV and video games. Since the oldest has been misbehaving you’re looking forward to the day he can enlist in the Army. That’ll straighten him out. And the beat goes on.

The pact with the animals was broken because we rather enjoyed the exhilaration of falling into this lower energy state. In the frequency of this vibration, carnal delights are embraced while higher order consciousness withers away in the muck. You’re in a hole you can’t see out of— and so you don’t even know you’re in a hole.

So here’s the main point I’d like to make. We’re not really carnivore—or if you prefer, omnivore. For starters, a true omnivore would not cook their meat. Rather strange when one thinks about it. We’re the only species that does. Must have been something the (Archons) tricked us into. And do you fancy the smell of blood? Not likely – so that’s not very omnivore of you. Finally, does the idea of eviscerating a living and squealing pig appeal to you? For a hungry wolf that is likely true. But unless one is seriously deranged, the Human would be horrified by such an act. And we certainly don’t have anywhere near the pH level in our stomachs that the omnivore wolf has. It’s necessary of course, to kill the various parasites and toxic microbes embedded in the raw flesh. In a sense, they “cook” their meat in a highly acidic stomach.

I realize I wrote in grandiose terms and engaged in some hyperbola. I know this is a serious topic for many, but I wanted to have a little fun with it too. I don’t purport having all the answers. We all make choices based on what we feel and think is right for us. I’ve given some of my reasons. I know those bastard Archons are real and some of you rightfully might think I’m crazy. So be it. My world is about equity and energetics and so if I don’t resonate with something then I won’t be a part of it—pure and simple. But that’s me! Please know that it was not my intention to offend anyone. An espousing vegetarian can be annoying if not downright condescending at times. But I truly love people and I wanted to bring something to your awareness that might have been buried or trapped within you.

In the corner of the room someone will invariably hunker down and flash those puny little blunted “fangs” and say “see, I’m a meat eater!” Sorry, you’re not, at least not in the strictest sense. He is someone who “can” eat meat if he carefully chews and swallows. But he is not ready to accept anything beyond his dense construct and perception of normalcy. It is not my job to convince him or anyone otherwise. My job is to speak from the heart and allow others to draw their own conclusions and find their own path. We all have choices and it’s a beautiful thing.

When you look in the eye of an animal, you just might see your own reflection. We’re not so far apart really. These beautiful entities will respond to your words and touch and will not judge you nor pass condemnation. And though we hear from time to time how animals will occasionally bond with another species, Humans can bond with virtually any species—from hippos, rhinos and elephants to rabbits, tigers and bears. Not only are we capable of loving them- they love us back.

-Until next time

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In this article we will explore how your body is a holographic projection of your consciousness, and how you directly influence that hologram and thus have complete control over the physical health of your body. We will also specifically explore the exact mechanism behind this principle, and don’t worry, I will provide scientific evidence so let your rational mind be at ease. But first … how is this even possible?

Human Thought Determines Reality

One of the key principles of quantum physics is that our thoughts determine reality. Early in the 1900′s they proved this beyond a shadow of a doubt with an experiment called the double slit experiment. They found that the determining factor of the behavior of energy (‘particles’) at the quantum level is the awareness of the observer.

For example: electrons under the same conditions would sometimes act like particles, and then at other times they would switch to acting like waves (formless energy), because it was completely dependent on what the observer expected was going to happen. Whatever the observed believed would occur is what the quantum field did.

The quantum world is waiting for us to make a decision so that it knows how to behave. That is why quantum physicists have such difficulties in dealing with, explaining, and defining the quantum world. We are truly, in every sense of the word, masters of creation because we decide what manifests out of the field of all-possibility and into form.

The thing is, the quantum level of reality isn’t a local and insignificant aspect of creation. It is all around us, and it is the most fundamental level of creation aside from the unified field itself. The human energy field is interacting and influencing the quantum field all around us at all times and the energy of our beliefs and intentions are infused into our energy field because they are defined by the energy of our thoughts and emotions.

Thus the fusion of our thoughts, emotions, beliefs, and intentions, which I will call the human energy field for simplicity’s sake, is perpetually informing the quantum reality within us and around us at each moment of our existence.

And because reality is flashing in and out of existence (hypothetically at Planck time – 1044 times per second – as explained by The Resonance Project biophysicist William Brown), every time our reality oscillates between form, and the pure energy state of the field, our awareness which is constant and doesn’t flash in and out of existence informs the field what to reappear as when it makes its transition back to form at the quantum level.

Therefore each time we oscillate into formlessness, we have complete and total control and responsibility over what we choose with our attention to manifest out of the field in the next moment, and our power and ability to do so relies entirely what we believe, and on how we are feeling.

A dramatic example of this is the case of Vittorio Michelli. In 1962 he was admitted to the Military Hospital of Verona, Italy with a large tumor on his left hip. The doctors knew that they could not help him, so his case was deemed hopeless and he was sent home without treatment, and after about 10 months his left hip bone had completely disintegrated. As a last resort, he traveled to Lourdes, France and bathed himself in the spring there (which is a Christian holy site famous for producing miracles).

Immediately he started feeling better, he regained his appetite, and bathed himself in the spring a few more times before he left. After a few months of being home he felt such a powerful sense of well-being that he urged the doctors to x-ray him again, and they were astonished to find that his tumor had shrunk. Over the next several months they kept a close watch on him, and his X-rays showed that his tumor kept on shrinking, until it was gone. And once his tumor disappeared, his hipbone started regenerating.

After two months he was walking again, and several years later his hip bone had completely regenerated. The Vatican’s Medical Commission, in their official report said:

“A remarkable reconstruction of the iliac bone and cavity has taken place. The X-rays made in 1964, 1965, 1968, and 1969 confirm categorically and without doubt that an unforeseen and even overwhelming bone reconstruction has taken place of a type unknown in the annals of world medicine.” (The Holographic Universe, p.107)

Ordinarily this would be deemed miraculous, and indeed it truly is. But I find this miraculous in the sense of the true power of human intention and belief that it displays. Moreover, this is powerful evidence that suggests that there is an energetic structure which our ‘material bodies’ align with, because that is one of the only logical explanations for how Vittorio Michelli’s hip bone knew exactly which shape to grow back into unless there was some sort of energetic blueprint which was instructing its growth, which as the Vatican’s Medical Commission clearly stated, was “unknown in the annals of world medicine.”

In medicine, maybe this was unknown, but the same cannot be said for physics. At the atomic level atoms bond with one another to form molecules which have specific geometric structures as if there is an energetic blueprint which they are adhering to which dictates the shapes they maintain together.

If our bodies are a projection of consciousness, then our consciousness would create an energetic blueprint which our atoms and molecules align with to create our bodies. There is highly suggestive evidence of the existence of this energetic blueprint (or human energy field) in the new research on DNA which proves that it transmits, receives, and thus reads energy directly from the field.

Michelli’s case is a perfect example of our human ability to re-organize that vacuum structure with our energy and intentions, and thus manifest what we desire directly out of the field for truly miraculous results. The fact that he started to feel better and started to believe that he was healed is, I suggest, the key to his healing.

Some may want to stick with the belief that God healed this man, and I would agree to you. But you and I would probably disagree on the nature of this God. For I contend that you are god, as are we all, because the force we call God is the energy and infinite consciousness behind creation, and thus when we tap into ourselves as pure consciousness, i.e. without thought through meditation, then we open ourselves to the infinitude of our own awareness because we inseparably are that infinite creative consciousness. We are it and it is us.

And when we open up to that energy, we allow ourselves to be flooded with a “powerful sense of well-being” and knowing which has astounding power to create reality, and directly affects our biology.

The Body as a Projection of Consciousness

I want you to really internalize the understanding that reality is flashing in and out of form. This is absolutely crucial in understanding our ability to heal, because if half of the time we are formless, then (1) Who are we really, because obviously our bodies and the material world is illusory to a degree; and (2) What is the blueprint which is guiding the rearrangement of our bodies each time we quite literally re-materialize?

The answer to both questions would be consciousness. Our bodies are a holographic projection of our consciousness, and they are the sum total of our beliefs about ourselves. If we can change our beliefs about ourselves, and thus if we can change the energy that defines our human energy field, then we can change the energetic blueprint which our body aligns with as it re-materializes back into form 1044 times per second.

(The exact structure and dynamics of our consciousness which make us both a fractal and holographic expression of this infinite God-consciousness can be found in Nassim Haramein’s Holofractographic Universe theory, and in his work Crossing the Event Horizon.)

Deepak Chopra told a story that illustrates this perfectly in his book, How to Know God. A friend of his injured his foot while working out in a gym because he was unaccustomed to using one of the machines and strained it. The pain in his foot increased over the next few days, and he found it increasingly difficult to walk, so upon “medical examination it was found that he had a common ailment known as planar fasciitis, in which the connecting tissue between the heel and the front of the foot had been stretched or torn.” (How to Know God, p.221)

His friend decided not to have surgery and instead to tough it out, but in time he found it so painful and difficult to walk that he sought out a Chinese Healer in desperation. This Chinese man was ordinary by appearance, and gave “no evidence of being mystical or spiritual, or in any way gifted in healing.” The injured friend of Deepak Chopra continues:

“After gently feeling my foot, he stood up and made a few signs in the air behind my spine. He never actually touched me, and when I asked what he was doing, he simply said he was turning some switches in my energy field. He did this for a minute or so and then asked me to stand up. I did, and there was no sensation of pain, not the slightest. You have to remember that I had limped in, barely able to walk.”

He continues:

“In complete amazement I asked him what he had done. He told me that the body was an image projected by the mind, and in a state of health the mind keeps this image intact and balanced. However, injury and pain can cause us to withdraw our attention from the affected spot. In that case, the body image starts to deteriorate; its energy patterns become impaired, unhealthy. So the healer restores the correct pattern – this is done instantly, on the spot – after which the patient’s own mind takes responsibility for maintaining it that way.” (How to Know God, p.222)

This story has fascinated and inspired me ever since I heard it. As we have seen, reality is flashing in and out of existence innumerable times every second, oscillating between form and formlessness, and quantum physics knows that our thoughts and beliefs influence the quantum reality which is the source of the material world. Therefore it is only natural to assume an energetic and formless source for all of creation, including our physicality.

I think it is absolutely clear that we must start to consider ourselves as more than a physical body. In truth it is much more coherent to think of ourselves as a luminous energy field organizing ourselves in a body, or as pure consciousness manifesting and temporarily experiencing this level of reality through our bodies. New evidence is clearly illustrating that our mind is non-local and is independent of the brain, which means it doesn’t need the brain, or the body for that matter, to exist.[1]

We are so much more than we think we are, and infinitely more than we have been lead to believe. The next step that we have to take, moreover, the next step in our human evolution now involves us learning how to use and hone this power we have to influence reality and literally manifest anything we want directly out of the field, from a new hip, to perhaps better eyesight, or a fit and healthy body, all the way to a new life.

But how is this done?

Healing Your Field, Healing Your Body

To heal, all that we need to do is purify our energy so that the energetic projection of our body is unobstructed. Then our atoms and molecules can align perfectly to this structure because there is no energetic interference to disrupt the image of our body as projected by our consciousness.

We do this by getting in the gap between our thoughts, where our beliefs no longer affect our reality, for, when we are not thinking, we are also free of beliefs and expectations. And by doing this we are aligning ourselves with universal principles, and matching our energy with the energies coming directly from the field of all-possibility – those high frequency energies of love, kindness, inspiration, passion, joy, and so on.

The first step is to consider the possibility that we are not only energy, but that there is infinite energy all around us which we can consciously tap into to promote healing in our body and mind, to become a more happy, healthy, vibrant and creative being. As soon as you start to connect to the infinite energy of creation and your own true nature as formless energy, then you start to become aware of these energies in your body which returns the projection of your body to its natural state.

The projection of your body can only be disrupted by a disturbance in your energy field – your consciousness - caused by unbalanced thoughts and emotions, and limiting beliefs. Our luminous energy field is naturally vibrant, and our energy naturally flows unhindered as a powerful stream of consciousness, but the lower levels of consciousness, which we have been conditioned to live in as part of our social indoctrination, disrupt this flow which if left unhindered would express its perfection everywhere.

Another key concept to understand is that your body is always regenerating. In a talk of Deepak Chopra’s that I listened to, he pointed out that atoms do not age. They do not die, and the same atoms that existed at the big bang around 14 billion years ago exist to this day, some of which are even within you.

Every year 98% of the atoms in your body are exchanged for ‘new’ atoms. You are constantly dying, and being reborn, and literally transforming at the atomic and molecular levels. Every three days you have a new stomach lining, every month you have new skin, every three months you have a new skeleton. And every year you have almost an entirely new body (Deepak Chopra from Living Beyond Miracles with Wayne Dyer).

Deepak Chopra described it beautifully by saying that our atoms “are like migrating birds”. They are not permanent, they are completely independent, and are drifting through space and time and merely being organized into structures such as our bodies by none other than our energy field which organizes them as a magnetic field organizes metal filings, only slightly more complex.

What more proof do we need in order to start looking at our bodies differently, and in general looking at the mechanism of health itself in a new light?

None of the raw materials that form your physical body age, moreover, they are constantly changing. Therefore I ask this of you. Is it really you that is changing? And what is the force that organizes these atoms and molecules back where they are supposed to be, and makes sure that they perfectly and harmoniously continue to do their jobs even while your cells and atoms are migrating by the billions?

Your body is not the real you. Your body is merely a projection of what you believe yourself to be. If you could discover that you are pure consciousness, and that who you really are is an infinite creative awareness that is manifesting reality and co-creating reality with other aspects of yourself (because every being is an expression of the infinite universal consciousness we have labelled as God), then you can start to take complete control over your body, your health, and your life.

Chronic pain, disease, illness, or the old injuries that you have in your body are not actually in your body, they are in your mind. More specifically, they are a function of your perception. Your atoms are always changing, and your molecules are too, but as new atoms come and as new molecules are formed, and as you flash in and out of existence, your energetic field is telling them where to go, what to do, and how to align with one another.

Therefore, you are holding disease, illness, pain, and injuries within your consciousness, and thus, they are imprinted in your energetic field, and only then do they proceed to manifest in your physiology.

If this is the case, then not only is our health completely under our willful control, but the rate at which we age may even be under our control as well. Now I am not suggesting that we can be immortal, because we already are as infinite beings of consciousness. What I am suggesting is that in a time long forgotten, and in the near future, human beings have had and will realize again the ability to live from this field, and live consciously from their nature as luminous beings of pure energy.

At that time human beings will realize that the body is a manifestation of our highest self, and we can not only consciously manifest anything in life, but anything in our bodies as well. And one day we will reach a point where we can continually regenerate our bodies at will because we live from the field of infinite energy, and thus our bodies simply operate at a higher frequency so that we can live in them until our work is completed and we choose to move on.

Fantastic? Yes. But these changes are noticeable within the human body and mind even after a little bit of practice and training, so decide to feel and experience it for yourself, and learn how to meditate. This is what evidence is clearly suggesting and my own experience also indicates to be true. The only hindrance to tapping into this nature of the universe is your own conscious awareness, your level of attention, and your beliefs.

Our ability to heal is directly related to our level of attention and our level of belief. For example we can heal ourselves of any affliction, illness, disease, or injury that is possible so long as we have absolute certainty, a knowing, that we will be healed. This is directly achieved by accessing the most fundamental level of reality through deep meditation.

This is because at the fundamental level of reality, anything is possible, and the restructuring of reality is dictated entirely by our beliefs and expectations. We are pure energy, and there is infinite potential in that energy. It is entirely up to us what we choose to manifest out of the field in our lives and in our bodies.

You have no limitations, and nothing is impossible. It is only your beliefs which dictate what you can and cannot do.

“Miracles happen, not in opposition to nature, but in opposition to what we know of nature.” - St. Augustine

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 - [1] Exploring the Nature of Mind and our Holographic Brain, from http://www.projectglobalawakening.com/2014/03/29/nature-of-mind/

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For the last 17 years, I’ve warned that artificial sweeteners can wreck your health. Aspartame is among the worst of the bunch, and in general, people who consume aspartame tend to be in poorer health. They also tend to develop more of a sweet tooth.

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For the last 17 years, I’ve warned that artificial sweeteners can wreck your health. Aspartame is among the worst of the bunch, and in general, people who consume aspartame tend to be in poorer health. They also tend to develop more of a sweet tooth.

I found the evidence against artificial sweeteners to be so compelling, and the hazards so disconcerting, I wrote an entire book on the subject called Sweet Deception, published in 2006. Now, years later, the research I presented in that book has been confirmed many times over, and the tide is finally beginning to turn against this toxic food additive.

Soda consumption is now in “freefall,” having dropped to its lowest point since 1995, according to Time Magazine,1 with diet sodas taking the greatest hit.

Sales of carbonated beverages in general fell three percent in 2013, while diet Coke and diet Pepsi both dropped by nearly seven percent. Sales of Diet Mountain Dew also fell more sharply than regular Mountain Dew.2 As reported by Time Magazine:3

“One reason for the decline could be a growing awareness of the obesity epidemic in the US and growing health concerns surrounding sugar-sweetened beverages. According to Reuters, industry experts say the beverage industry is shrinking under the scrutiny. Even diet-branded drinks have suffered a loss of sales with concerns over artificial sweeteners.”

It is very gratifying to see this turn of events, knowing we’re making a difference. Also, quite frankly, I’m tired of writing about something this obviously harmful. I’ll be happy to move on to other challenges that threaten your health.

Drinking Two Diet Sodas Per Week Are 50 Percent More Likely to Die from Heart Disease

Most recently, one of the largest studies of its kind, which included nearly 60,000 post-menopausal women who were followed for about 10 years, found that drinking just two diet drinks a day can dramatically increase your risk of an early death from heart disease.45 The findings were presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 63rd Annual Scientific Session in Washington, DC.6 As reported by the University of Iowa:7

“…[C]ompared to women who never or only rarely consume diet drinks, those who consume two or more a day are 30 percent more likely to have a cardiovascular event [heart attack or stroke] and 50 percent more likely to die from related disease.

‘This is one of the largest studies on this topic, and our findings are consistent with some previous data, especially those linking diet drinks to the metabolic syndrome,’ says Dr. Ankur Vyas… the lead investigator of the study.

…The association persisted even after researchers adjusted the data to account for demographic characteristics and other cardiovascular risk factors, including body mass index, smoking, hormone therapy use, physical activity, energy intake, salt intake, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and sugar-sweetened beverage intake.

On average, women who consumed two or more diet drinks a day were younger, more likely to be smokers, and had a higher prevalence of diabetes, high blood pressure, and higher body mass index.”

Granted, there are limitations to this study. The nutritional data was gathered using questionnaires, and people are notorious for not remembering exactly what they eat and drink each week. So while there’s an association, the study cannot prove causation.

Still, other studies have come to the same conclusion, so these findings simply add to an already voluminous pile of evidence showing an association between artificial sweeteners and poor health outcomes.

According to Susie Swithers, a professor of psychological sciences at Purdue University who studies the effects of artificial sweeteners in animals, the featured findings are not at all surprising. Her animal research also shows that diet drinks promote heart problems, and that animals fed artificial sweeteners develop a disrupted metabolic response to real sugar. She recently told MedicineNet.com:8

“[Like diabetics], they become hyperglycemic. Their blood sugars go up higher than they should. They also make less of a heart-protective protein. If drinking diet soda interferes with this system, then over the long term you’re taking something away that protects your cardiovascular health, and that could be what’s contributing to these effects.”

Regular soda drinking is also strongly associated with obesity and poor health. This link is easier to grasp however, since more people understand the health hazards of excessive sugar consumption nowadays.

The fact that low- or no-calorie sweeteners do as much harm (or more!) than sugar, on the other hand, has seemed, and still seems, counterintuitive to many. Fortunately, this confusion is beginning to lessen. In fact, we may finally have reached the tipping point where enough people understand the hazards, which means the end of aspartame and other artificial sweeteners is near.

Why Artificial Sweeteners Are NOT a Dieter’s (or Diabetic’s) Best Friend

Despite being promoted for weight loss, foods and beverages with artificial sweeteners have never actually been proven to help weight loss. On the contrary, studies that look at this actually find artificial sweeteners promoteweight gain. Part of the reason why artificial sweeteners don’t work as advertised (such as help you lose weight and manage your insulin) relates to the fact that your body is not fooled by sweet taste without accompanying calories.9

Scientific American10 previously ran an article explaining the science behind this phenomenon. In a nutshell, when you eat something sweet, your brain releases dopamine, which supplies you with a jolt of pleasure. Your brain’s reward center is activated.

The appetite-regulating hormone leptin is also released, which eventually informs your brain that you are “full” once a certain amount of calories have been ingested. In contrast, when you consume something sweet but non-caloric (i.e. an artificial sweetener), your brain’s pleasure pathway is still activated by the sweet taste, but there’s nothing to deactivate it, since your body is still waiting for the calories. As a result, you may end up overeating.

Another recent report published in the journal Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism11 found that diet soda drinkers suffer the same exact health problems as those who opt for regular soda, including excessive weight gain, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and stroke.1213 The sad fact is, Americans in particular are addicted to sweet flavors, which appears to trigger a complex set of biological systems, pathways, and mechanisms that in the end leads to excess weight gain—whether that flavor comes loaded with calories or not.

Artificial Sweeteners Actually INCREASE Weight Gain

The connection between sweet taste alone and increased hunger can be found in the medical literature going back at least two decades. These two studies, for example, dating back to the late 80s and early 90s, both showed this link between artificial sweeteners and increased hunger:

  • Physiology & Behavior, 198814 – In this study, they determined that intense (no- or low-calorie) sweeteners can produce significant changes in appetite. Of the three sweeteners tested, aspartame produced the most pronounced effects.
  • Physiology & Behavior, 199015 – Here, they again evaluated whether or not the mere taste of “sweet” increases hunger, by having human subjects chew gum for 15 minutes containing various levels of aspartame (0.05%, 0.3%, 0.5%, or 1.0%).

Interestingly, although those who chewed artificially sweetened gum reported increased hunger compared to the control group who were given nothing or unsweetened gum base to chew, the increase did not directly correlate with the aspartame concentration in the gum.

Women experienced the greatest increase in hunger after chewing gum containing 0.3 percent aspartame (the second lowest concentration amount), while men were the hungriest after chewing on gum containing 0.5 percent aspartame. The authors stated:

“The highest aspartame concentrations had a time-dependent, biphasic effect on appetite, producing a transient decrease followed by a sustained increase in hunger ratings. Thus, the concentration of the sweetener, the sex of the subject, and the time after chewing, were all important determinants of whether ‘sweetness’ increased hunger.”

How Aspartame Can Wreak Havoc with Your Health

Aspartame is primarily made up of aspartic acid and phenylalanine. The phenylalanine has been synthetically modified to carry a methyl group, which provides the majority of the sweetness. That phenylalanine methyl bond, called a methyl ester, is very weak, which allows the methyl group on the phenylalanine to easily break off and form methanol.

You may have heard the claim that aspartame is harmless because methanol is also found in fruits and vegetables. However, in fruits and vegetables, the methanol is firmly bonded to pectin, allowing it to be safely passed through your digestive tract. Not so with the methanol created by aspartame; there it’s not bonded to anything that can help eliminate it from your body. That’s problem number one.

Problem number two relates to the fact that humans are the only mammals who are NOT equipped with a protective biological mechanism that breaks down methanol into harmless formic acid. This is why animal testing of aspartame does not fully apply to humans. According to Dr. Woody Monte, a toxicology expert and professor emeritus at Arizona State University in food and chemistry:

“There is a major biochemical problem here. Methyl alcohol is known now, and has been known since 1940, to be metabolized differently by humans from every other animal.”

As explained by Dr. Monte, in humans, the methanol ends up acting as a Trojan horse, and here’s how. Both animals and humans have small structures called peroxisomes in each cell. There are a couple of hundred in every cell of your body, which are designed to detoxify a variety of chemicals. Peroxisome contains catalase, which help detoxify methanol. Other chemicals in the peroxisome convert the formaldehyde to formic acid, which is harmless, but, again, this last step occurs onlyin animals. Human peroxisomes cannot convert the toxic formaldehyde into harmless formic acid.

So to recap: in humans, the methyl alcohol travels through your blood vessels into sensitive areas, such as your brain, that are loaded with ADH, which converts methanol to formaldehyde. And since there’s no catalase present, the formaldehyde is free to cause enormous damage in your tissues. Symptoms from methanol poisoning are many, and include headaches, ear buzzing, dizziness, nausea, gastrointestinal disturbances, weakness, vertigo, chills, memory lapses, numbness and shooting pains in the extremities, behavioral disturbances, and neuritis.

The most well known problems from methanol poisoning are vision problems including misty vision, progressive contraction of visual fields, blurring of vision, obscuration of vision, retinal damage, and blindness. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen that causes retinal damage, interferes with DNA replication and may cause birth defects. Not surprisingly, the most comprehensive and longest human study looking at aspartame toxicity found a clear association between aspartame consumption and non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and leukemia.

Beware of New Generation of Artificial Sweeteners

As consumers increasingly avoid artificial sweeteners like aspartame, Splenda, and others, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo are trying to save their sinking business by developing the next generation of artificial sweeteners. In my opinion, it’s doubtful that these newer sweeteners will be any safer than previous versions, but it may fool many, because these newer additives won’t be listed on the label.

As reported by The Motley Fool,16 PepsiCo now has worldwide exclusive rights to use Sweetmyx (S617) in non-alcoholic beverages. The sweetener, developed by Senomyx—a biotech company that specializes in novel flavor modifiers and flavor enhancing food additives—was recently granted Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status,1718 which opens the door for commercial use. (Firmenich has lifetime rights to commercialize Sweetmyx for alcoholic beverages and food products.)

The crux here is that Sweetmyx is considered a flavor additive, which allows it to slip beneath the radar. It will simply be lumped together under the “artificial flavors” listing on the label, and doesn’t have to go through the FDA approval process.

The reason for this is because it’s not actually a sweetener per say. Rather, it is a flavor modifier; a chemical substance (protected as a trade secret) that tricks the taste receptors on your tongue to send the message to your brain that what you’re tasting is sweeter than it really is. Hence, less fructose or sugar can be used in the product, while still providing the same sweet taste. But as discussed earlier, such tricks tend to backfire, and could create unsuspected metabolic havoc. At present, no one knows exactly what the ramifications might be.

Choose Your Beverages Wisely

Sweetened beverages, whether it’s sweetened with sugar, HFCS, naturally-occurring fructose, or artificial sweeteners, are among the worst culprits causing obesity and related health problems, including diabetes and heart and liver disease, just to name a few. Remember that sweetened beverages also include flavored milk products, bottled teas, and “enhanced” water products. I’d be leery of anything listing “artificial flavors” as well—especially if the products boasts being low in sugar.

Ditching ALL of these types of beverages can go a long way toward reducing your risk for chronic health problems and weight gain. Your best, most cost effective choice of beverage is filtered tap water. I strongly recommend using a high-quality water filtration system unless you can verify the purity of your water. You can read more about water filtration in this previous articleto help you make a decision about what type of water filtration system will suit you best. Since most water sources are now severely polluted, the issue of water filtration and purification couldn’t be more important.

Besides purification, I also believe it’s critical to drink living water. Last year, I interviewed Dr. Gerald Pollack about his book,The Fourth Phase of Water: Beyond Solid, Liquid, and Vapor. This fourth phase of water is referred to as “structured water” and is the type of water found in all of your cells. This water has healing properties, and is naturally created in a variety of ways.

Water from a deep spring is one excellent source of structured water, and there’s a great website called FindaSpring.com19where you can find a natural spring in your area. You can also promote structured water through vortexing, i.e. stirring your water, creating a vortex in the glass or pitcher.

Addicted to Sweets? There’s Help!

If you’re having a hard time giving up artificial sweeteners (they can be just as addictive as other sugars), I suggest trying theEmotional Freedom Technique (EFT). More than any traditional or alternative method I have used or researched, EFT works to overcome food cravings. If diet soda is the culprit for you, be sure to check out Turbo Tapping, which is an extremely effective and simple tool to get rid of your soda addiction in a short amount of time. If you still have cravings after trying EFT or Turbo Tapping, you may need to make additional changes to your diet. My free nutrition plan can help you do this in a step-by-step fashion.

As for a safer sweetener option, you could use stevia or Luo Han, both of which are safe natural sweeteners. Remember, if you struggle with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or extra weight, then you have insulin sensitivity issues and would likely benefit from avoiding ALL sweeteners, including stevia and Luo Han.

Last but not least, if you experience side effects from aspartame or any other artificial sweetener, please report it to the FDA (if you live in the United States) without delay. It’s easy to make a report — just go to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator page, find the phone number for your state, and make a call reporting your reaction. As Terri LaPoint writes in her Inquisitr article:20

“Ironically, the manufacturer of aspartame, Searle, started working on finding a drug to combat memory loss shortly after FDA approval for aspartame to be used in carbonated drinks.

Aspartame is a neurotoxin. Even ants have sense enough to avoid it. Yet, diet drinks add this neurotoxic chemical as its sweetener, and they promote it as a heath food to a public that naively puts its trust in the experts. Then the manufacturers stand ready to offer you drugs to help you with your symptoms that they don’t tell you are directly related to your diet sodas. It’s a win-win situation for them, with the consumer as the loser. You don’t lose weight. You lose health. Drink water. Drink tea. Drink regular soda – anything but the diet sodas. You just might live longer.”

I couldn’t agree more.

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Looking at the abundance (and price tags) of probiotic supplements on the shelves in natural food stores these days, you’d assume there must me a mountain of evidence supporting the benefits of these products – right?

Not exactly.  It’s actually a complicated and … More

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Looking at the abundance (and price tags) of probiotic supplements on the shelves in natural food stores these days, you’d assume there must me a mountain of evidence supporting the benefits of these products – right?

Not exactly.  It’s actually a complicated and somewhat confusing landscape.

That’s not to say probiotics don’t have beneficial effects.  Rather, it’s that we rather poorly understand the mechanisms by which these benefits are created – and when we do identify the mechanism, it’s generally not what we would expect.

As an example, most people (including a lot of physicians) assume that the benefits of probiotics come as a result of beneficial bacterial species in the supplement colonizing the GI tract and altering the long-term species composition of our gut.  The reality is, research has shown again and again this is almost never the case.  [1]

In a handful of studies, subjects treated with probiotics showed transient colonization (3-5 days) by the probiotic species.  The vast majority of studies, however, report no meaningful change in species composition after a course of probiotics.  There are a small number that reported long-term changes in species composition in the guts of their subjects – but these make up a small fraction of studies.

So if probiotics aren’t actually changing the species of bacteria that live in our guts, what exactly are they doing?

There are a few ways research has shown probiotic supplements to affect our gut:

1. Effects On Epithelium Function

The epithelium is the thin layer of cells that lines our guts.  This layer – a single cell thick in most places – plays a critical role in both nutrient absorption and immunity.

When working properly, the epithelium allows digested nutrients to pass through where they are absorbed into the bloodstream.  Undigested food, bacteria and other large particles, however, do not pass through and are retained in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.

This function makes the epithelium is the first layer of our immune system.

Gluten is well known to disrupt the epithelium, creating a “leaky gut” through which bacteria and undigested food particles can pass and create an inflammatory immune response.

Fortunately, probiotics have been shown to have the opposite effect, actually enhancing the junction stability of the epithelium. [2]

Probiotics also increase the secretion of  antibodies mucin and β-defensin by epithelial cells – both of which work to neutralize pathogenic bacteria in the gut and prevent them from passing into the bloodstream. [3]

2.  Effects On Mucosal Immunity

Coating the epithelium is a layer of mucous that also plays a critical role in the immune system of our GI system.

This mucous layer functions both as a physical barrier and a biochemical barrier, preventing pathogenic bacteria from reaching the epithelium and bloodstream.

The biochemical end of mucus immune function comes from the antibody immunoglobulin-A (IgA).  Probiotics have been shown to increase secretion of IgA into the mucus layer. [4]

3.  Interaction With Existing Gut Bacteria

Probiotics have also been shown to exert an effect on the bacteria that have already colonized the GI tract.  This happens via one of two mechanisms.

First, and most intriguingly, probiotics have been shown to alter the genetic expression of some of the existing species in the GI tract.  This means that while probiotics rarely change the species composition of the GI tract, they do fundamentally change the bacteria already established.

We don’t yet know the full implications of this finding, but it likely plays a part in more general beneficial effects of probiotics – such as improved digestion – that previously lacked a strong explanation.

Probiotics have also been shown to restrict the growth of both pathogenic and commensal (mostly beneficial) bacteria by secreting antimicrobial compounds.

Finally, probiotics discourage the growth of pathogenic bacteria by competing with them for binding sites on the epithelium. [5]

Limitations In Knowledge

The first thing to note here is how incomplete our knowledge is about the action of probiotics in our GI systems.

We simply don’t know much about the implications of the presence or absence of any given species in our GI system.  As such, when researchers learn that probiotics change genetic expression of existing species in our gut, they’re kind-of left scratching their heads as to what the precise implications of that finding actually are.

Another gap in our knowledge comes from the limitations of the methodologies used by every researcher in the field.

Thus far, researchers have only used fecal analysis to determine the effects of probiotic supplementation.  This methodology gives us a pretty good picture of what’s going on in the lower portions of our GI tract,  but doesn’t tell us a ton about what’s going on in the upper regions (closer to the stomach).

It’s very possible that colonization by a probiotic species could happen in an upper section of the GI tract – but not show up in a fecal analysis because that species was replaced by the species that dominate lower sections of the GI tract as the digested food moved towards the colon.

It’s worth pointing out here just how young this field of research actually is.  Most of the studies looked at for this article were carried out within the past 5 years.  As research methodologies become more sophisticated in the coming years, our understanding of how gut flora affects our bodies and brains is poised to grow at an astounding rate.

What Are The Lessons?

Despite the significant limitations in our understanding of gut flora and probiotics, one thing is clear – both play a critical role in several aspects of health and well-being.

There is enough evidence out there demonstrating benefits of probiotic supplements that not taking them would be foolish and/or negligent.

The prevailing opinion among researchers in the field is that taking probiotic supplements 365 days a year is probably unnecessary (although none recommend against it).  Cycling on and off probiotics (i.e. 4 weeks of daily supplementation followed by two weeks off) seems to be the strategy that provides the maximum benefit-to-dollar ratio.

An exception to this strategy would be if you are coming off a recent course of antibiotics, in which case supplementing with probiotics continuously for 6 months to a year will greatly accelerate the time required for your gut flora to return to a healthy state.  [6]

Lactobacillus and bifidobacteria were the most commonly studied species, but evidence suggests that others likely play just as important of a role.

When choosing a supplement, finding one designed to deliver bacteria safely past the acidic stomach is an important factor to look for.  These are generally more expensive products using technologies such as soil-bound organisms (SBO’s) or inulin matrices.


It’s easy to get caught up in the hype around probiotics, but it’s important to remember that researchers almost universally will tell you the most important thing you can do for your gut flora health is eat foods rich in the nutrients they thrive on (referred to as prebiotics).

Soluble fiber (squash, carrots, potatoes, root vegetables), insoluble fiber (leafy greens) and resistant starches (plantains, jerusalem artichokes, sushi rice) are the three types of nutrients that pass through our own stomach acids and digestive enzymes largely undigested and are thus left for our gut bacteria to consume.

Being sure to eat a diet rich in each of these types of prebiotics is the most important step we can take to ensure healthy gut flora.


[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3145058/


[3] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18190603

[4] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16864708

[5] http://iai.asm.org/content/73/8/5183.full

[6] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22570464

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Graham Ryan is lead biochemistry and nutrition writer at Synchro Life Design, a company using leading-edge research to restore the body’s natural functioning – and explore new frontiers of performance and well-being.

You can find Graham’s work at www.besynchro.com and on Facebook.

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Is This New Device a Solution for Free Clean Drinking Water? http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/15/new-device-solution-free-clean-drinking-water/ http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/15/new-device-solution-free-clean-drinking-water/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:47:20 +0000 http://www.wakingtimes.com/?p=37979 Kevin Samson, Guest
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Fresh water supplies are under assault on multiple fronts. Front page news at the moment are the effects of the ongoing droughts in California and Brazil - both are incredibly important areas to the global food supply.

At the same time, corporate hoarding of fresh … More

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Fresh water supplies are under assault on multiple fronts. Front page news at the moment are the effects of the ongoing droughts in California and Brazil - both are incredibly important areas to the global food supply.

At the same time, corporate hoarding of fresh water is on the rise. At the heart of this initiative to make water a commodity is Nestle, whose former CEO clearly stated that water supplies should be privatized and that the right to fresh, clean water is not an essential human right. It becomes a dangerous possibility that companies such as Nestle would hoard supplies in order to artificially increase demand. Stephen Lendman succinctly states this when he calls Nestle a global water predator:

 A January 2009 Food and Water Watch report was titled All Bottled Up: Nestle’s Pursuit of Community Water, saying: “Nestle takes water from US communities” on the cheap. It “bottles and sells it. (It does so) for billions of dollars in profit. (It) dumps the environmental and other costs onto society.”

It ignores community and citizen rights. It plunders for bottom line priorities. It bottles what’s no different from tap water. It sells it “for thousands of times more cost” than what most people in developed countries can get cheap or free.

Knowing that both the climate and corporate influence are converging to restrict and/or dramatically increase the cost of fresh water, are there any real solutions to this crisis? According to one inventor, the solution is very simple.

Some readers might be familiar with a product called EcoloBlue. This is an atmospheric water generator that pulls humidity from the air and filters the water to produce “free” drinkable water. Once the cost of the machine is offset, the cost of the electricity to power it would be the only expense. Definitely a savings over buying Nestle products, which Daisy Luther highlighted are subject to a 53 million percent mark-up!

But even the problems of localized drought and having to buy bottled water pale in comparison to what some regions of the world see as a permanent part of the landscape. And even here, Nestle is present to ensure a nearly full takeover of the water supplies in parts of South Africa, Ethiopia, and Pakistan. For these villagers, the hopelessness of life is ever present.Inventor Arturo Vittorini, on the other hand, believes that a resource as vital as water should not be corralled, controlled, or corrupted by any corporation or government. In an effort to combat natural and artificial scarcity, he has designed towers that he is calling Warka Water.

One of the prime challenges to providing true aid to remote regions is that an expensive infrastructure is often required for even the simplest solutions. Vittorini believes his towers have bypassed the traditional route of water infrastructure through the simplicity of harvesting water from the air itself. No searching for a water source, no drilling, no land rights issues, no need to battle corporate behemoths.

The towers are essentially EcoloBlue without the electrical power source.

Smithsonian.com provides the basic details:

 At first glance, the 30-foot-tall, vase-shaped towers, named after a fig tree native to Ethiopia, have the look and feel of a showy art installation. But every detail, from carefully-placed curves to unique materials, has a functional purpose.

The rigid outer housing of each tower is comprised of lightweight and elastic juncus stalks, woven in a pattern that offers stability in the face of strong wind gusts while still allowing air to flow through. A mesh net made of nylon or polypropylene, which calls to mind a large Chinese lantern, hangs inside, collecting droplets of dew that form along the surface. As cold air condenses, the droplets roll down into a container at the bottom of the tower. The water in the container then passes through a tube that functions as a faucet, carrying the water to those waiting on the ground. (Source)

According the designers’ leaflet (PDF), Ethiopia will be the first test bed, as it has become a place where women and children have to walk hours per day just to find any water at all, and it’s very often contaminated. The specs for assembly are simple, easy to transport and fast to assemble.

Transport: 2 donkeys
Location: Ethiopia, Africa
Assembly: 3 days, 6 people
Structure: Modular lattice framework
Energy: Solar panel for illumination
Materials: Bamboo or similar local material, rope, wire, PE-fabric
Dimensions: dia 8 m, h 9 m
Weight: 40 k

Cost: $500

The tower is assembled in sections and installed from top down. The structure can be lifted and fixed to the ground by 4 men, no scaffolding needed. The fabric can be lowered for maintenance.


The material used for the structure is the locally sourced giunco, iron wire for the connections and polyethylene textile for the fog harvesting.

Early prototypes have been built with a goal of providing 25 gallons of water throughout the day. Investors are being sought for possible mass production, but the designers stress that the low cost of training and maintenance could give the towers a life of their own in the region as villagers begin to share their new-found knowledge with others.

“It’s not just illnesses that we’re trying to address. Many Ethiopian children from rural villages spend several hours every day to fetch water, time they could invest for more productive activities and education,” he says. “If we can give people something that lets them be more independent, they can free themselves from this cycle.”

Water scarcity is an alarming prospect for all of us. The extended droughts, cumulative aspects of general human pollution, dirty industrial and agricultural practices, blatant chemical contamination and ruthless corporate hoarding are becoming borderless problems that we all are likely to face in the coming decades. This new invention very well could put everyone on a path to water independence – one of the foundations of a prosperous, healthy society.

We’ll be keeping an eye on the implementation of this product and other similar projects and will issue updates as they become available. In the meantime, you can visit the Warka Water website here for additional details and updates.

You can view their video below:

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This is a very controversial subject. Much has been written, and lines in the sand have clearly been drawn, regarding mercury fillings. The American Dental AssociationFDA and the National Institutes of Health stand firm that mercury fillings are safe and well within the … More

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This is a very controversial subject. Much has been written, and lines in the sand have clearly been drawn, regarding mercury fillings. The American Dental AssociationFDA and the National Institutes of Health stand firm that mercury fillings are safe and well within the acceptable levels allowed by the US government. They have said that once mercury is combined with the other substances in an amalgam filling, it becomes perfectly safe. While others, whole nations for that matter, have outright banned this use. Sweden and Norway have made the practice illegal, stating from a special investigation on mercury-related health issues:

With reference to the fact that mercury is a multi-potent toxin with effects on several levels of the biochemical dynamics of the cell, amalgam (mercury alloy) must be considered to be an unsuitable material for dental restoration.

This is incredibly ironic considering that this very same amalgam mixture that has been given to millions of people, and removed from millions of peoples’ mouths, must be handled, transported and disposed of as a “toxic substance”. Furthermore, the ADA itself has a “protocol” for safe handling of the amalgam mixture once it is prepared by a dentist or assistant. Additionally, did you know there is a specific “no-touch” method to handle it? Not to mention it has a preferred method of storage: in a sealed container, in an elemental room and under water.  Nonethelessit has been deemed safe for our teeth and our overall health.

Did you know there is a specific “no-touch” method to handle it? Dangerous to the very touch!

Endocrine Disruption, Mercury and Your Thyroid

Could it be that some people, with low thyroid function, hypothyroidism, may have mistakenly been given thyroid hormone to remedy a symptom caused by these amalgam fillings? When the safe removal of them could have alleviated many of the problems associated with the disease. Oral chelation formulas containing EDTA (ethylene-diamine tetra-acetic acid), a weak synthetic amino acid, are the best way to remove heavy metals, such as mercury. Chelating agents bind with heavy metals, and then carry them out of your body via urine and stool. EDTA supplements can also pull out much-needed magnesium, zinc and calcium, so, it’s best to supplement with these minerals as well, or take a quality multi-vitamin.

Other Chelating Supplements That Can Bind to the Free Mercury to Help Excrete It:

  • Garlic  (fresh garlic in food)
  • Chlorella
  • Selenium
  • Vitamin C (fresh is best)

It is possible, as research—both new and old—shows that mercury plays a significant role in endocrine disruption and thyroid issues, that your mercury fillings could be the cause of your hypothyroidism. Symptoms such as low body temperatures, often improve rapidly when amalgam is removed. This is a sure sign that amalgam might have been one of the culprits, for example, of low thyroid function. According to Dr. David Kennedy, D.D.S.:

An average mercury amalgam filling releases approximately 10 micrograms of mercury daily into the body.

The significance of this is that mercury vapor is being immediately and continuously introduced into all of the most absorbent tissues of the body i.e., mouth, lungs and digestive tract. Consequently, mercury is continuously being deposited into the tissues and cells of the body. Mercury is the second most deadly poison known to man, after plutonium. The body recognizes this and immediately sequesters this mercury away in organs where it will do the least short-term damage. The primary storage sites are the brain, thyroid, liver and adrenals. Placing the mercury in these areas gets them out of the blood stream where immediate damage is then avoided. Unfortunately, the long-term affect is very troublesome, and much more difficult to relate to the mercury effect.

Symptoms That Can Be Caused by a Deficiency of Minerals, Displaced by Mercury Include:
  • Iodine: thyroid dysfunction
  • Magnesium: irregular heartbeat, receding gums
  • Iron: anemia
  • Zinc: anorexia, loss of taste and smell, loss of appetite, low libido, PMS
  • Copper: anemia, thyroid dysfunction, impaired digestion

It is well-known to science that mercury is a very dangerous substance. So, to any thinking person, the inconsistency then, is obvious. If the ADA has known that this amalgam matter can be dangerous to the touch, then how can they explain their position that amalgam suddenly becomes perfectly safe once placed in the volatile environment of the human mouth? And, is even harmful and dangerous afterremoval?! It is also said that along with mercury fillings, the popular practice of including mercury in immunizations and medications, can also contribute to Hypothyroidism, or low thyroid function.

Common sense doesn’t always stand up to scientific fact, but in this case, we already know that mercury is a toxin and poisonous to the human body, right?! So, while varying levels of safety are debatable, poison is poison. Again, why in world would we ever want to put a substance that is a known toxin, inside our bodies, our mouths no less, when other materials are available? Very curious, indeed. Maybe, just maybe, it’s the fact that millions if not billions of dollars are at stake?  Can you imagine the liability, from decades of dangerous mercury fillings that live in the mouths of millions of people?

Conclusive, concrete and irrefutable evidence is hard to assemble because mercury poisoning can be a really slow process, years or even decades in the making. That’s why making a diagnosis of mercury poisoning due to dental work, is extremely laborious. Cross-over symptoms, such as those of autoimmune diseases, make mercury poisoning even more arduous to detect. Simply put, mercury poisoning has the same symptoms as many other diseases, including, but not limited to hypothyroidism.

Former dentist, Dr. Stuart Scheckner, now an advocate of the dangers of mercury fillings, has written a must-read book, Time Bomb from Within: Mercury Poisoning in Dentistry. He says,

Someday, future generations will look back on twentieth century dentistry and ask, “How could it be possible that people were having mercury, a deadly poison, implanted into their teeth?”

Dr. Scheckner goes on to share a terrifying tale of exposure, misdiagnoses, years of pain and anguish that culminated into his commitment to bring mercury toxicity to the attention of the public.

Which leads us to Ken Presner. Ken struggled with hypothyroidism and, on his way to curing and healing himself, came to realize the horrific impact mercury was having on his health. He shares–

Mercury not only poisons the nervous system, digestive tract and circulatory system, it can also poison the glands including the thyroid gland. Here’s how I discovered the link between mercury and the thyroid. I lived in eastern Canada for many years. I was very sensitive to the cold and in the winter I always had to wear 2 hats, 2 pairs of gloves and 2 pairs of socks to stay warm. My body temperature was always below normal. I didn’t know it at the time but I was suffering from low thyroid activity, or hypothyroidism.

After I had my mercury fillings replaced with biocompatible plastic fillings in 1995, I did DMSA chelation for about six months. By the time I had finished the last course of DMSA my body temperature had miraculously returned to normal. This was no accident. I had always wondered why my temperature was only 96.5 to 97.5 degrees Fahrenheit. I did some research to find out why it had miraculously returned to normal.

I discovered that there are four iodine binding sites or receptors on the thyroid gland. These receptors bind with the iodine we get from our diet, mostly from iodized salt. The iodine enters the thyroid and activates it. If the thyroid is not absorbing enough iodine it will not be fully activated and the body’s temperature will be abnormally low.

Enter dental mercury. I discovered that mercury from dental fillings can migrate to the thyroid gland and can sit on one or more of the thyroid’s four iodine receptors blocking iodine from reaching the receptors thereby preventing full activation of the thyroid. Blocked by dental mercury iodine cannot be absorbed in normal amounts by the thyroid gland. The result is low body temperature or hypothyroidism.

Click here to read more about the Thyroid Connection by Ken Presner.

Other Common Sources Of Mercury Exposure?

Mercury exposure can come from a variety of sources and has a serious impact on thyroid function. Below, we’ve listed a number of ways you may also be exposed to mercury:

  • Amalgam, Mercury fillings (a.k.a. “silver” fillings)
  • Shellfish
  • Tuna
  • Grains treated with fungicides that contain methyl mercury
  • Waterproof mascara
  • Some hair dyes
  • Preservatives found in some vaccines (Thimerosal)
  • Hemorrhoidal medicines
  • Yellow, vermillion and cinnabar paint pigments
  • Mildew-resistant paints
  • Gardening chemicals
  • Fluorescent light bulbs 

Establishing that mercury poisoning has indeed, disrupted your thyroid and endocrine system, is the first step to healing. Removing the mercury fillings carefully, is next — making sure to exercise extreme caution (Find an expert who is trained in this process to avoid further exposure). Finally, managing your thyroid malfunction after toxic mercury is extracted. At this point, the body can start to heal, regenerate and thrive.

The devastating impact Mercury has on thyroid conditions is overwhelming and awareness is a very powerful tool. If you haven’t already, it is a good idea to get tested for heavy metal or Mercury Toxicity.

About the Author

Rich Travis is a staff writer for ThyroidNation.com. Living with his wife and 2 children, he has a front row seat to the devastation thyroid disease can cause and offers an in-depth, up close and personal view of his experience.  His wife of 17 years suffers from Hypothyroidism and was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Adrenal Fatigue in 2012. Seeking help, offering compassion and supporting cures for those that suffer.  Please follow him on TwitterTumblr and read more of his articles here.

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