Waking Times » Science http://www.wakingtimes.com Entering a Time of Natural Health, Elevated Consciousness, Sustainable Living and Total Freedom. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:52:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Are Mercury Fillings and Mercury Poisoning Causing an Epidemic of Hypothyroidism? http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/15/mercury-fillings-mercury-poisoning-causing-epidemic-hypothyroidism/ http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/15/mercury-fillings-mercury-poisoning-causing-epidemic-hypothyroidism/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:44:04 +0000 http://www.wakingtimes.com/?p=37965 Rich Travis, Guest
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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.

Sources:
Naturalnews.com
DrFarid.com
Zap.intergate.ca (Ken Presner)
Wikipedia.org
EvenBetterHealth.com
Amalgamillness.com

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Do People That Eat Margarine Really Know How It’s Manufactured? http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/15/people-eat-margarine-really-know-manufactured/ http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/15/people-eat-margarine-really-know-manufactured/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:19:20 +0000 http://www.wakingtimes.com/?p=37960 Natasha Longo, Prevent Disease
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Polyunsaturated margarine became a major part of the Western diet and had overtaken butter in popularity in the mid-20th century. Despite their best efforts, the margarine lobby has failed to convince most people that their synthetic concoctions are healthy. So what is not obvious … More

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Polyunsaturated margarine became a major part of the Western diet and had overtaken butter in popularity in the mid-20th century. Despite their best efforts, the margarine lobby has failed to convince most people that their synthetic concoctions are healthy. So what is not obvious to most of the people who consume it? The manufacturing process of course, which is very similar to the way plastic is produced.

Did you know that numerous types of margarine carry the approved recommendations and seal of agencies that also promote cardiovascular health, such as heart and stroke foundations?

These days there are other con artists such as Earth’s Balance deceiving consumers and convincing perhaps millions of unsuspecting vegetarians and vegans into thinking they have the next best spread to replace butter when all they contain is genetically modified ingredients and more toxic oils like Canola.

Many consumers are also now choosing a particular imitation buttery spread because its label says it contains omega-3, not realizing the fatty acid is inferior compared with omega-3 from fish oil. For instance, Unilever Canada has been actively promoting the health aspects of margarine, particularly with its Becel line of products. Nearly all Becel products contains omega-3 derived from plant oils and usually through toxic extraction.

The problem is most consumers don’t have the nutrition savvy to know or understand how omega-3s are extracted and that they are not all the same.

Many of these spreads are only accentuating the all too pervasive imbalance that vegetable oils are causing with our omega-6 to omega-3 ratios. That imbalance has been linked to an increased risk for heart disease and may contribute to cancer, asthma, osteoporosis, inflammation, depression and other ailments. A growing body of evidence suggests the overconsumption of omega-6 needs attention.

Toxic GMO Soybean oil alone is now so ubiquitous in fast foods and processed foods that an astounding 20 percent of the calories in the American diet are estimated to come from this single source.

The ideal ratio between these two fatty acids is 1:1 and the nutritional habits of most people in developed nations has this ratio soaring more than 15:1 (omega 6: omega 3). So unless you are consuming reasonable amounts of omega 3 in your diet, you should stay away from any type of spread or oil saturated with omega 6. Omega-3 and omega-6 compete for the same metabolic enzymes. The dietary imbalance that exists in rice bran oil can create all sorts of problems to body processes, including a tendency towards inflammation.

Manufacturing Process

The basic method of making margarine today consists of emulsifying a blend of vegetable oils and fats, which can be modified using fractionation, interesterification, and/or hydrogenation of plant fats, chilling the mixture to solidify it and working it to improve the texture. Those fats that are liquid at room temperature are oils.

The oils are hydrogenated by passing hydrogen through the oil in the presence of a nickel catalyst. The addition of hydrogen effectively increases the melting point of the oil and thus “hardening” it. Margarines made in this way contain hydrogenated fat. If some of the chemical bonds aren’t hydrogenated during the process, they will still be present in the final margarine in molecules of trans fats the consumption of which has been shown to be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

To boost its health profile, modern margarines are making their products from wide variety of animal or vegetable fats, mixed with skim milk, and emulsifiers, such as soy lecithin to help disperse the water phase evenly throughout the oil, and preservatives are also commonly added.

The margarine industry has also taken to promoting the fact it’s low in saturated fat, a thinly veiled jab at butter. But growing evidence is now firmly establishing that saturated fat may not be a problem at all. A false interpretation of scientific studies has led to millions being “over-medicated” with statin drugs due to the proliferation of myths in the medical community regarding the role of saturated fat in heart disease.

Certainly if saturated fat was a problem, then coconut oil would be the unhealthiest oil on Earth, yet it’s the healthiest.

Actually butter contains many nutrients that protect us from heart disease. First among these is vitamin A which is needed for the health of the thyroid and adrenal glands, both of which play a role in maintaining the proper functioning of the heart and cardiovascular system. Abnormalities of the heart and larger blood vessels occur in babies born to vitamin A deficient mothers. Butter was and is still is recognized by many as the most easily absorbed source of vitamin A.

Butter contains lecithin, a substance that assists in the proper assimilation and metabolism of cholesterol and other fat constituents.

Butter also contains a number of anti-oxidants that protect against the kind of free radical damage that weakens the arteries. Vitamin A and vitamin E found in butter both play a strong anti-oxidant role. Butter is a very rich source of selenium, a vital anti-oxidant–containing more per gram than herring or wheat germ.

Why You Should Avoid Margarine, Shortening and Spreads

There are a myriad of unhealthy components to margarine and other butter imposters, including:

  • Trans fats: These unnatural fats in margarine, shortenings and spreads are formed during the process of hydrogenation, which turns liquid vegetable oils into a solid fatTrans fats contribute to heart disease, cancer, bone problems, hormonal imbalance and skin disease; infertility, difficulties in pregnancy and problems with lactation; and low birth weight, growth problems and learning disabilities in children.A U.S. government panel of scientists determined that man-made trans fats are unsafe at any level. (Small amounts of natural trans fats occur in butter and other animal fats, but these are not harmful.)
  • Free radicals: Free radicals and other toxic breakdown products are the result of high temperature industrial processing of vegetable oils. They contribute to numerous health problems, including cancer and heart disease.
  • Synthetic vitamins: Synthetic vitamin A and other vitamins are added to margarine and spreads. These often have an opposite (and detrimental) effect compared to the natural vitamins in butter.
  • Emulsifiers and preservatives: Numerous additives of questionable safety are added to margarines and spreads. Most vegetable shortening is stabilized with preservatives like BHT.
  • Hexane and other solvents: Used in the extraction process, these industrial chemicals can have toxic effects.
  • Bleach: The natural color of partially hydrogenated vegetable oil is grey so manufacturers bleach it to make it white. Yellow coloring is then added to margarine and spreads.
  • Artificial flavors: These help mask the terrible taste and odor of partially hydrogenated oils, and provide a fake butter taste.
  • Mono- and di-glycerides: These contain trans fats that manufacturers do not have to list on the label. They are used in high amounts in so-called “low-trans” spreads.
  • Soy protein isolate: This highly processed powder is added to “low-trans” spreads to give them body. It can contribute to thyroid dysfunction, digestive disorders and many other health problems.
  • Sterols: Often added to spreads to give them cholesterol-lowering qualities, these estrogen compounds can cause endocrine problems; in animals these sterols contribute to sexual inversion.

I don’t eat much butter myself but I would select it as an option on any opportunity over these chemical and so-called healthier spreads. If you really want to use a healthy spread, try coconut butter or one of many healthy nut or hemp butters available. The further you stay away from chemical and genetically modified spreads made with GMO oils, the healthier your diet will be.

About the Author

Natasha Longo has a master’s degree in nutrition and is a certified fitness and nutritional counselor. She has consulted on public health policy and procurement in Canada, Australia, Spain, Ireland, England and Germany.

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Open Source Plans for Modern Tesla Free Energy Generator Released to Public http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/14/open-source-plans-modern-tesla-free-energy-generator-released/ http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/14/open-source-plans-modern-tesla-free-energy-generator-released/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 02:53:43 +0000 http://www.wakingtimes.com/?p=37944 Terence Newton, Staff Writer
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In a world of problems and solutions, few ideas spur both immediate hope and skepticism as the idea of free energy, and, on the brink of ecological disaster, nothing may be of greater importance to the human race.

The story of Nikola More

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Tesla - BorderlandsTerence Newton, Staff Writer
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In a world of problems and solutions, few ideas spur both immediate hope and skepticism as the idea of free energy, and, on the brink of ecological disaster, nothing may be of greater importance to the human race.

The story of Nikola Tesla is a remarkable reminder of how our economic, political and media systems create our reality, because it shows how human ingenuity can be co-opted, shut-down, taken-over and hushed by powerful people with financial interests at stake. Fortunately, the legacy of Tesla lives on and people are now more interested than ever in his theories about cosmic energy and his patents for energy systems that could offer promise for liberating earth from dependence on fossil fuels.

Could it be that his vision has finally come to fruition and has been made available to the public, some 100 years after his patent for a fuel-less electricity generator?

“This new power for the driving of the world’s machinery will be derived from the energy which operates the universe, the cosmic energy, whose central source for the earth is the sun and which is everywhere present in unlimited quantities.” -Nikola Tesla

In March of 2014, a small group of independent engineers and developers released to the public open-source plans for a continuously running fuel-less electricity generator based on a patent by Nikola Tesla, and re-designed by inventor James Robitaille. Calling it the Quantum Energy Generator, or QEG, the portable device is supposedly capable of producing enough electricity to power a modern home, and is about the size and weight of a home gas generator.

“The Quantum Electric Generator system (QEG) is an adaptation of one of Nikola Tesla’s many patented electrical generator / dynamo / alternator designs. The particular patent referenced is No. 511,916, titled simply “Electric Generator”, and dated January 2, 1894 (see back of this manual). The adaptation is a conversion from a linear system, to a rotary system.

The QEG prototype is scaled to produce electrical power in the range of 10-15 kW (kilowatts) continuously, and can be set up to provide either 120 Volt or 230-240 Volt single phase output. We are also planning future designs to provide 3-phase power.” [Fix The World]

Developed by an organization known as the ‘Fix the World Council,’ and promoted by the lively Hopegirl, the prototype for the QEG was recently crowd-funded by over 600 independent contributors, and the plans for the QEG have been made available to the public for download here:

Download Plans for the Quantum Energy Generator here..

This means that the public now has access to the technical designs for this free-energy device, and if it works, and if it proves to be a viable option for creating electrical energy, then we may finally have the opportunity to bypass the energy monopoly and spread the technology of free energy to the world. In addition to downloading the publicly available open-source plans, people may also be able to purchase a pre-manufactured unit from an affiliated firm, so the race is now on for independent engineers and citizens to verify the efficacy of this declared revolution in energy.

“An effective way to understand the operating principal of the QEG is to think of it as a high-powered self-resonant oscillator (what they used to call a ‘multivibrator’), adapted to transform high-voltage pulses (15 to 25kV) into line voltage AC output, at current levels up to 120A.  In today’s alternative energy terminology, it would be a type of resonance machine.

The circuitry that develops high power in this device is really based on an existing but under-utilized power oscillator configuration, however, the ‘quantum’ part of the design has to do with how the generator is started. Conventional alternators (AC generators) usually have a device called an ‘exciter coil’. This coil is usually a smaller, separate rotor winding that provides an AC voltage that is rectified and used to power the generator’s field coil(s).

In the QEG, there is no internal, common exciter coil, and no rotor windings. In addition, to look at the circuit diagram, it is not apparent where the input power comes from to start resonance, and this is key; the QEG exciter coil is external to the generator, and the excitation signal is conducted through the quantum field (zero point) into the generator core, to start oscillation. Once the machine builds up to the resonant frequency, it powers itself (self running).”  -James M. Robitaille​

Conclusion

Given the decades long propaganda campaign against free-energy, it will no doubt take some convincing to first prove to the public that harnessing cosmic or zero-point energy is possible, and then it will surely face a mainstream media blackout as well as persecution from government and industry.

Never-the-less, this is an exciting announcement and we challenge our readers to get the word out to help prove if this design is in fact what it claims to be.

Please have a look at the plans for the QEG, and pass them along to anyone who may be able to assist in the effort to verify and proliferate this technology.

Here is a video demonstration and explanation of the Quantum Energy Generator…

About the Author

Terence Newton is a staff writer for WakingTimes.com, interested primarily with issues related to science, the human mind, and human consciousness.

Sources:

http://www.fixtheworldproject.net/
http://hopegirl2012.wordpress.com/
http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/tesla/esp_tesla_25.htm

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Neuroscientist Exposes Dangers of Electromagnetic Fields http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/14/neuroscientist-exposes-dangers-electromagnetic-fields/ http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/14/neuroscientist-exposes-dangers-electromagnetic-fields/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:04:14 +0000 http://www.wakingtimes.com/?p=37921 Kevin Samson, Guest
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Neuroscience has come under scrutiny for its involvement in an array of mind control initiatives and other ethically questionable research. But at least one neuroscientist from Sweden has gone on record to caution against the increasing dangers of Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) on human beings … More

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

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

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

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

Particularly troubling is his opening sequence which recounts the long history of known negative health effects.

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

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

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

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

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

Hat tip: Stop Smartmeters UK

**This article was originally featured at ActivistPost.com**

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This Is Your Brain On Aspartame http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/14/brain-aspartame/ http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/14/brain-aspartame/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:41:17 +0000 http://www.wakingtimes.com/?p=37917 Margie King, Green Med Info
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Controversy continues to rage over the artificial sweetener aspartame.  Since it was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1981, aspartame has made its way into more than 6,000 food items.

The FDA claims aspartame is safe but has … More

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Controversy continues to rage over the artificial sweetener aspartame.  Since it was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1981, aspartame has made its way into more than 6,000 food items.

The FDA claims aspartame is safe but has set an acceptable daily intake of no more than 50 mg per kilogram of body weight.  In other words, an adult weighing 165 pounds should consume no more than 3,750 mg of aspartame a day.  A can of diet soda typically contains about 180 mg of the chemical.  That means the FDA’s “safe” limit equates to about 21 cans of diet soda per day.

But is any level of aspartame really safe?

For decades researchers have claimed aspartame is responsible for headache, memory loss, mood changes, and depression.  Consumer complaints back them up.  Over 75% of adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA concern aspartame. Reported problems include headaches, migraines, vision problems, tinnitus, depression, joint pain, insomnia, heart palpitations, and muscle spasms.

Recently researchers from the University of North Dakota wanted to test the safe limits of aspartame over a short period of time.  They found that at just one half of the FDA’s “safe” acceptable daily intake, aspartame caused serious neurobehavioral changes including cognitive impairment, irritable moods, and depression.[i]

The researchers recruited 28 healthy university students for a 4-week blinded trial.  Participants were given three meals and two snacks for 8 days.  The food contained either high amounts of aspartame (25 mg/kg body weight/day) or lower amounts of aspartame (10 mg/kg body weight/day).  After 8 days the participants entered a 2-week washout period and then crossed over to the other treatment diet.

Foods containing aspartame included jellies and syrups, puddings, gelatins, yogurt, ice cream, beverages, and desserts.

Aspartame Impairs Cognition

The researchers found that spatial orientation skills were significantly worse for participants after their high-aspartame diet than after their low aspartame period.  Two participants also actually had clinically significant spatial orientation impairment after consuming high-aspartame diets.

Two other students experienced clinically significant impaired working memory.

In an earlier study of 90 university students, aspartame users reported longer memory lapses than non-users.[ii]

Aspartame Triggers Depression and Irritable Mood

In the North Dakota study, no students showed signs of depression after eating the low-aspartame diet.  But the students became significantly more depressed after they consumed the high-aspartame diet. And after consuming the high-aspartame diet, 3 participants showed signs of mild to moderate clinical depression.

The participants also showed significantly more irritability after consuming the high-aspartame diet.

The researchers believed their results were consistent with an earlier randomized, double-blind, crossover trial which showed severe depression related to aspartame.  In that study 40 participants with depression and 40 participants without depression were given even higher aspartame meals (30 mg/kg body weight/day) or confectioners’ sugar.[iii] That study had to be halted early due to severe adverse reactions suffered by the depressed participants who consumed aspartame.

How does aspartame affect the brain? 

The researchers noted that the chemical makeup of aspartame is in part responsible for its effects on the brain.  Aspartame is metabolized to yield aspartic acid (an excitatory neurotransmitter), phenylalanine, and methanol.  Methanol, also known as wood alcohol, breaks down in the body to formaldehyde.

Other researchers have reported an association between substantial increases in phenylalanine and aspartic acid, and reductions in dopamine and serotonin production following aspartame ingestion.[iv],[v]

The researchers point out that there are relatively few clinical studies of the neurobehavioral effects of short-term aspartame consumption.  More research is needed especially on the long-term effects of daily aspartame use.

How can you avoid aspartame?

Aspartame has made its way into so many products it’s difficult to avoid.  You’ll find it in diet sodas, instant oatmeal, yogurt, sugar-free gums, candies, flavored waters, hot chocolate mix, pudding, salad dressings, ice cream, children’s vitamins and thousands of other products.

You have to read the labels on all packaged foods especially if you are one of the millions of people who are sensitive to aspartame.

And just say no to those little packets in restaurants.  Aspartame is marketed under the names “NutraSweet,” “Equal,” and “Spoonful.”

Instead try stevia.  It’s a natural sweetener made from the leaves of a South American plant. You’ll also see it called “sweetleaf” or “sugarleaf.” Stevia is essentially calorie-free. Look for the less processed green stevia rather than the white powder form.

Honey and xylitol are other good natural options.

References:

[i] Lindseth GN et al, Neurobehavioral Effects of Aspartame Consumption. Res Nurs Health.2014 Apr 3. doi: 10.1002/nur.21595. [Epub ahead of print]http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24700203

[ii] Konen, J. A., Sia, T. L., Czuchry, M., Stuntz, P. M., Bahr, G. S., Barth, T. M., Dansereau, D. F. (2000, November). Perceived memory impairment in aspartame users. Presented at the Society for Neuroscience 30th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

[iii] Walton, R., Hudak, R., & Green-Waite, R. (1993). Adverse reactions to aspartame: Double-blind challenge in patients from a vulnerable population. Biological Psychiatry, 34, 13–17. doi: 10.1016/0006-3223(93)90251-8

[iv] Humphries, P., Pretorius, E., & Naude, H. (2008). Direct and indirect cellular effects of aspartame on the brain. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 62, 451–462. doi: 10.1038/sj.ejcn.1602866

[v] Rycerz, K., & Jaworska-Adamu, J. E. (2013). Effects of aspartame metabolites on astrocytes and neurons. Folia Neuropathologica/Association of Polish Neuropathologists and Medical Research Centre. Polish Academy of Sciences, 51, 10–17.

About the Author

Margie King is a holistic health coach and graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®. A Wharton M.B.A. and practicing corporate attorney for 20 years, Margie left the world of business to pursue her passion for all things nutritious. She now works with midlife women and busy professionals to improve their health, energy and happiness through individual and group coaching, as well as webinars, workshops and cooking classes. She is also a professional copywriter and prolific health and nutrition writer whose work appears as the National Nutrition Examiner. To contact Margie, visit www.NourishingMenopause.com.

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4 Things You Should Know About Your ‘Third Eye’ http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/13/4-things-know-third-eye/ http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/13/4-things-know-third-eye/#comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:35:16 +0000 http://www.wakingtimes.com/?p=37823 Scott Thill, AlterNet
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We still lack a complete understanding of the pineal gland — but that doesn’t stop us from speculating.

Located in nearly the direct center of the brain, the tiny pinecone-shaped pineal gland, which habitually secretes the wondrous neurohormone melatonin while we sleep at night, was … More

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We still lack a complete understanding of the pineal gland — but that doesn’t stop us from speculating.

Located in nearly the direct center of the brain, the tiny pinecone-shaped pineal gland, which habitually secretes the wondrous neurohormone melatonin while we sleep at night, was once thought to be a vestigial leftover from a lower evolutionary state.

Indeed, according to recent research, we could be increasing our chances of contracting chronic illnesses like cancer by unnecessarily bathing its evenings in artificial lightworking night shifts or staying up too late. By disrupting the pineal gland and melatonin’s chronobiological connection to Earth’s rotational 24-hour light and dark cycle, known as its circadian rhythm, we’re possibly opening the doors not to perception, but to disease and disorder. A recently published study from Vanderbilt University has found associations between circadian disruption and heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

By hacking what pinealophiles call our mind’s third eye with an always-on technoculture transmitting globally at light-speed, we may have disadvantaged our genetic ability to ward off all manner of complicated nightmares. No wonder the pineal gland is a pop-culture staple for sci-fi, fantasy and horror fandom, as well as a mass attractor of mystics and mentalists. Its powers to divide and merge our light and dark lives only seems to grow the more we take it seriously.

“We still lack a complete understanding of the pineal gland,” University of Michigan professor of physiology and neurology Jimo Borjigin, a pioneer in medical visualization of the pineal gland’s melatonin secretion, told me. “Numerous molecules are found in the pineal, many of which are uniquely found at night, and we do not have a good idea of what their functions are. The only function that is established beyond doubt is the melatonin synthesis and secretion at night, which is controlled by the central clock in the suprachiasmatic nucleus and modulated by light. All else is speculative.”

Discerning between the science and speculation of the pineal gland hasn’t been easy since long before Rene Descartes called it the “principal seat of the soul” after studying it at length nearly four centuries ago. (Although “no evidence exists to support this,” clarified Borjigin.) So here’s a handy shortlist of things you should know about the pineal gland.

1. Third Eyes and Theosophistry

The current scientific understanding is that the pineal gland probably started out as an eye, and it receives signals from light and our retinas. Whether it was our only eye which shrunk into the brain once its perceptive tasks were taken care of by our two newer eyes, or whether it was a third eye with a spiritual and physical connection to previous spiritual and evolutionary states, or both, has galvanized science and speculation for centuries.

Earth’s ancient cultural histories are filled with folklore featuring both one-eyed and three-eyed beings of great power, from Shiva and Cyclops to that amiable fellow in The Twilight Zone‘s classic episode, “Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?” and beyond. (From Beyond even: See below.) Associations can be found in Hinduism, whose seventh primary chakra Sahasara is a multilayered lotus that looks like the pineal gland’s pinecone, and whose primary function is to perceive universal oneness, scientifically and spiritually speaking. Theosophists, who have been studying what they perceive as hidden knowledge since the Greeks and Romans ruled philosophical and scientific inquiry, have more recently claimed that the pineal gland is the spiritual engine of our evolution into “embryo gods, beings of consciousness and matter.”

That description seems apt, given the astronomical power we have achieved in a few million yeas of evolution. While Homo sapiens‘ third eyes likely transformed into pineal glands along the way, today we can still find animals with photoreceptive third eyes, now called parietal eyes, like New Zealand’s endangered tuatara. Fossils from other ancient creatures feature similar sockets in their skulls, making our pineal gland a candidate for an ex-eye.

2. What Was Once Hidden Is Now Hi-Res

Michigan University professor Borjigin and his team are hard at work on how the pineal gland and melatonin regulate our lives.

“The central circadian clock controls timing of almost all aspects of our life, including physiology and behavior, and melatonin is the best marker to decode the fingerprints of circadian timing in both humans and animals,” he told me. “In the past, it was very difficult to study circadian properties of melatonin in animals due to technical limitations. My lab invented long-term pineal microdialysis, which permits automated, computer-controlled and high-resolution analysis of melatonin secretion from rodent pineal gland from four to 10 weeks in the same animal.”

These visualizations could go a long way toward understanding how to hack melatonin, which the pineal gland secretes when we sleep and helps the brain repair and sync our bodies to Earth’s rotation. Melatonin is a stunning compound, found naturally in plants, animals and microbes. A powerful antioxidant, its list of its medicinal uses only seems to grow each year, as we learn more about its ability to help with immune disorders, chronic illnesses, and neurodegeneration.

“Pineal microdialysis allows us to monitor melatonin secretion closely under various conditions to simulate jet lag, shiftwork, light pollution, diet manipulation and more to define the fingerprints of circadian response to environment, he added. “It also allows us to discover animals with extreme chronotypes, like early-birds or night-owls, to understand how individuals with different chronotype respond to circadian challenges differently. These are still ongoing studies, but hopefully some of the works will be published this year.”

3. Artificial Light = Dark Future

What has been recently published about melatonin is already pretty significant, especially for those looking to combat breast and prostate cancer. Harvard University School of Public Health researcher Itai Kloog and his group published a series of studies in the last few years explaining how our “modern urbanized sleeping habitat” (PDF) is a massive hormone-based cancer risk. “We have blotted out the night sky” with artificial light, wrote Earth Island Journal‘s Holly Hayworth,” citing Kloog’s research and noting that half that light is wasted anyway.

“We’ve proven beyond a doubt that it’s a risk factor,” Kloog told me. “Light at night has been proven on many levels, by our group and many others, to definitely contribute to higher risk of developing hormonal cancer.”

Kloog’s team published five studies altogether, including analyses at local and global levels, and all of them found firm correlations between circadian and melatonin disruption and higher risks of cancer. Analyzing NASA’s Defense Meteorological Satellite Program archive (to illuminate Earth’s light-at-night coverage) and data from the World Health Organization, Kloog’s group “found clearly that as women were more exposed to light at nighttime, their rates of breast cancer went up. Our Israel study found that going from minimum exposure to average exposure to light at night resulted in a 36 percent higher standard rate of breast cancer, and going from average to maximum was another 26 percent increase.”

Using kernel smoothing to create density maps showing light exposure and cancer rates, Kloog’s team found that another of its studies, which sourced more than 20,000 light sources by height and intensity, showed a clear association. For their two worldwide studies, they developed an algorithm to assign population weight average light exposure for every person in every city across the world, using WHO data, and again they found a clear association between cancer and light at night.

“For average light exposure per person, if you take an underdeveloped country like Nepal, we’re talking about 0.02 nanowatts per centimeter squared,” Kloog explained. “Compare that to the United States, where the average light exposure of a person is 57.5. Up until around 120 years ago, humans were basically exposed to 12 hours of sunlight and 12 hours of darkness on average, seasons and latitudes permitting of course. But since the invention of the lightbulb, we’ve artificially stretched the day. We go to sleep late at night, we have lights on while we sleep, we have a shorter sleep duration. We have a lot of factors stretching out our days, relative to the light period we experienced during millions of years of previous evolution.”

“It’s something that’s easy to take out of the equation,” Kloog told me. “Go to sleep in a dark room. Use less light. Close the shutters. Circadian disruption is carcinogenic to humans.”

4. Occult Classic

This is not to say that late-night viewing itself isn’t good for the mind, especially when it comes to pineal glands and third eyes. Because pineal glands and third eyes remain singular components of an otherwise binary brain with an extraordinary past, they have stimulated some stranger explorations of their spiritual and supernatural possibility. The pineal gland’s circadian dualism has achieved particular resonance with influential occultists like horror influential H.P. Lovecraft. Who, in turn, have spawned new generations of speculative talents that have used it as a quite flexible receptacle for expansive meaning.

“My first exposure to the pineal gland came from Stuart Gordon’s movie adaptation of Lovecraft’s From Beyond,” Javier Grillo-Marxuach, creator of the cult sci-fi television classic The Middleman, told AlterNet. “In truth, everything I know about that particular endocrine body probably derives from that seminal experience, which explains why I am a television writer and not a brain surgeon.”

In From Beyond, a supernaturally activated pineal gland turns mad scientists into brain-eating zombies. The recently reissued 1957 exploitation film She Devil features a “female monster” whose hyperstimulated pineal gland turns her into ”a demon, a devil, a creature with a warped soul!” In both films, and many other third-eye head-trips, functions as a sexualized organ, rather than a circadian regulator. Today, some use melatonin supplements, available since the ’90s, to aid with sexual dysfunction. But the pineal gland’s expansive mythic and scientific history has much broader applications when it comes to folklore and entertainment.

“In The Middleman, we quickly discovered that because this most mysterious of glands is so misunderstood, even though its very name connotes a certain frisson of scientific accuracy and technical understanding, it was a fantastic shorthand for whatever otherworldly qualities we needed to justify,” Grillo-Marxuach added. “Over the course of 12 episodes, the pineal gland became the source of psychic ability, communication between parallel dimensions, the magical influence of succubi and incubi over the libidos of ordinary mortals and, finally, the power source for our main supervillain’s armageddon device. Since Stuart Gordon and H.P. Lovecraft gave me such a gift in my teenage years by providing me with so fanciful an understanding of cerebral anatomy, I figured I’d pay the favor forward as many times as possible.”

About the Author

Scott Thill runs the online mag Morphizm.com. His writing has appeared on Salon, XLR8R, All Music Guide, Wired and others.

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10 Questions About the Pineal Gland That Add to the Mystery of Spirituality http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/11/10-questions-pineal-gland-mystery-spirituality/ http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/11/10-questions-pineal-gland-mystery-spirituality/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 23:49:07 +0000 http://www.wakingtimes.com/?p=37811 Buck Rogers, Staff Writer
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The  pine cone shaped, pea-sized pineal gland, located in the center of the human brain, is an organ of tremendous interest these days. To many spiritual seekers it is the ‘seat of the soul‘ and the ‘third eye,’ the … More

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The  pine cone shaped, pea-sized pineal gland, located in the center of the human brain, is an organ of tremendous interest these days. To many spiritual seekers it is the ‘seat of the soul‘ and the ‘third eye,’ the anatomical part of the human body that acts as our spiritual antennae, connecting us to the non-physical, spiritual planes of existence. However, to many scientists and rigid materialist thinkers, it is strictly an endocrine gland responsible for the secretion of the hormone melatonin, a substance which, among other things, aids in the regulation of our circadian rhythms.

Far from cased closed, this small, but intriguing piece of the human organism is the source of endless discussion and consideration, as many people believe that by cleansing, detoxifying or decalcifying the pineal gland, one can more readily achieve spiritual states of consciousness and can experience with greater depth and clarity.

Of course naysayers who disregard the possibility of the existence of any spiritual dimension to life and to the pineal gland are quick to point out that no scientific evidence has proven that the pineal gland is in fact the organ responsible for spiritual experience. Yet, many people who’ve developed the subtle awareness and inward reflection required to connect to the spiritual qualities of humanity can clearly sense that something profound takes place within the area of the brain where the pineal gland sits, including visions, intuitive thoughts, vibrations, harmonic resonance with certain sounds, and other mystical phenomenon.

As the debate between science and spirituality carries on, the pineal gland sits at the center of the brain enticing both spiritual adepts and naysayers alike to take a closer look into the mysteries that make human beings spiritual creatures capable having psychological experiences that evade validation by modern scientific research methods and modes of thought.

Here are 10 questions about the pineal gland that add to the mystery of spirituality:

1. Is the pineal gland the evolutionary remnant of a literal third mammalian eye that moved into the center of the brain and changed functions from gathering light to entraining rhythms in accordance with information gathered by the retina?

2. Why do the visionary states of consciousness induced by psychedelics and meditative practices seem to be centered around the very part of the brain where the pineal gland sits?

3. If there is no connection between spirituality and the pineal gland, how is it that the 6th chakra (Ajna chakra), according to ancient Hindu tradition, is located precisely where the pineal gland sits, and has for centuries been associated with the ‘mind’s eye,’ the eye of intellect and intuition?

4. Is there a connection between the spiritual promise of the pineal gland, which is shaped like a pine cone, and the Pigna, the colossal bronze pine cone statue of ancient Rome which now sits in a courtyard in the Vatican?

5. Does the pineal gland produce the body’s natural supply of DMT, dimethyltriptamine, a chemical compound that produces incredible visionary effects when consumed in concentrated form or in the Amazonian medicine Ayahuasca?

6. Does the pineal gland release massive doses of DMT when a person dies, or when a person nearly dies, which causes the mind to have near-death experiences, or causes the soul to return to source?

7. What is the significance of the fact that the ancient Egyptian symbol, the Eye of Horus, strongly resembles the anatomy of the middle section of the brain and upper cortex, centering on the thalamus and the pineal gland?

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8. Why is the pineal gland the only organ in the human body that calcifies and solidifies with age?

9. If the pineal gland has little effect on consciousness, why is it that people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, diseases which cause them to be severely psychologically disconnected from the ‘real world,’ have pineal glands that are much more calcified than those of ordinary people?

10. Why is it that following the methods of pineal gland decalcification and cleansing often bring genuine results to people who are seeking heightened spiritual experience, and why do these practices often result in people being able to more easily remember dreams and lead them to feel more connected to ‘source?’

Conclusion

There certainly is more to the human spiritual experience than just having a decalcified pineal gland, however, in our modern culture, which has grown spiritually bereft, the pineal gland holds special significance as people look for any possible technique or enhancement to the human body and mind that can assist them in re-connecting to divinity.

Some of these questions are better suited for serious scientists and laboratory research, however, simply pondering the role that human anatomy plays in spiritual experience can expand our awareness of the connection between the health of the body and the health of the spirit.

Please add your comments and thoughtful answers to these questions in the comments section below.

About the Author

Buck Rogers is the earth bound incarnation of that familiar part of our timeless cosmic selves, the rebel within. He is a surfer of ideals and meditates often on the promise of happiness in a world battered by the angry seas of human thoughtlessness. He is a staff writer for WakingTimes.com.

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Vacuum Energy: Proof of Free Energy in the Space All Around Us http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/11/vacuum-energy-proof-free-energy-space-around-us/ http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/11/vacuum-energy-proof-free-energy-space-around-us/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:24:11 +0000 http://www.wakingtimes.com/?p=37812 Brandon West, Contributor
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Everything in the entire universe, everything that you and I perceive to be solid matter, is actually not matter at all. All the space around us is pure energy which we will call vacuum energy. Not only that, but this vacuum energy is infinitely denseMore

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Brandon West, Contributor
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Everything in the entire universe, everything that you and I perceive to be solid matter, is actually not matter at all. All the space around us is pure energy which we will call vacuum energy. Not only that, but this vacuum energy is infinitely dense.

The reality that you and I have been led to believe in is a lie. The only truly dense thing in this universe is the apparent empty space all around us, and whenever we see objects, hold them, touch them, or otherwise … that is most likely due to a gradient within the infinite density of the vacuum energy which gives off a little oscillation of energy slow enough for our senses to perceive it.

Here is the proof.

Infinite Vacuum Energy in Quantum Physics

This is not a fringe theory. This is fundamental to the accepted physics paradigms of quantum theory which deal specifically with the level of the universe where all things are energy, or at least where they oscillate between energy and form. As quoted in one of the most fundamental physics textbooks, Gravitation, by three of the most highly influential physicists of the 20th Century, Charles Misner, Kip Thorne, and John Archibald Wheeler:

“…present day quantum field theory “gets rid by a renormalization process” of an energy density in the vacuum that would formerly be infinite if not removed by this renormalization.” (Gravitation, p.426)

In other words, they accept that the vacuum structure – allegedly empty space – is infinitely dense, but instead of dealing with infinity directly they attempt to renormalize this value. On the one hand it is logical to attempt to renormalize infinity, because after all, it is easier to plug a definite number into an equation than it is to use infinity. But on the other hand, in the world outside of mathematics, to not accept the infinite density of vacuum energy is to avoid a truthful perceptual experience and understanding of reality. On the topic of renormalization, Nassim Haramein can add to this conversation:

“To understand this [the infinite energy density of the vacuum] better, physicists applied a principle of “renormalisation”, using a fundamental constant to cut off the number and get a finite idea of how dense the vacuum energy must be, with all its vibrations. The cut-off value used was the Planck’s distance or length, named after the great physicist Max Planck, who is considered to be the founder of quantum theory. This value is thought to be the smallest vibration possible.” (To Infinity and Beyond: Transcending Our Limitations by Nassim Haramein)

The irony of the situation is that when they tried to renormalize the “energy density in the vacuum that would formerly be infinite” they came up with a value that was not much better. Using the Planck’s distance they decided to calculate the vacuum energy density by counting the number of Planck’s distances they could fit into a centimeter cube of space by stacking them like subatomic bricks, fitting as many as possible into that area.

Then they calculated the total amount of energy that was available in that space by multiplying the energy of a single Planck’s distance with the total number of Planck’s distances they packed into that centimeter cubed of space so that they could have a definite value for the density of vacuum energy (and remember, all of this is being done in order to get a value that wasn’t infinite).

The resulting “renormalized” value that they got for the vacuum energy density was 10^93 grams per centimeter cube of space. That is 10 with 93 zeroes after it, an enormous number. But to put the true enormity of this number in perspective, if the entire known universe was compacted into a centimeter cube of space, it would only reach a density of 10^55 grams/centimeter cubed! In other words, the renormalized density for vacuum energy exceeds the mass of the entire known universe … compacted into a centimeter cubed of space (from Crossing The Event Horizon).

Nassim continues:

“The vacuum energy density, or what can be called a Planck’s density, was in the order of 10^93 grams per cubic centimeter of space and was quickly dubbed ‘the worst prediction physics has ever made’ or ‘the vacuum catastrophe’.” (To Infinity and Beyond by Nassim Haramein)

The Casimir Effect

The existence of vacuum energy has also been verified by the Casimir Effect. In 1948, Dutch physicist Hendrik Casimir devised a test that would either prove or disprove the existence of vacuum energy.

He theorized that if you could put two extremely thin metal plates together at an absurdly small distance from one another (we are taking about a distance of mere microns apart), then if there was vacuum energy you would create an imbalance within vacuum energy (or ‘an imbalance in the quantum fluctuations‘ as vacuum energy is more technically called) that would exert a force on the plates.

By putting these metal plates so close together you would have isolated all but the smallest wavelengths within the vacuum thus creating pressure on the outside of the plates which would have pushed them together, proving the existence of vacuum energy.

In 1948 when Hendrik Casimir came up with this idea the technology was not around to test his theory. But a few decades later scientists where able to carry out this experiment and prove conclusively that Hendrik Casimir was correct, and that there is an energy density to the vacuum. Since then this experiment has been validated many times by many scientists, and it has become known as ‘The Casimir Effect’. This is conclusive and undeniable proof of the existence of vacuum energy which is free energy.

(For more information on the Casimir Effect and on Free Energy check out this great article: Multiple Scientists Confirm the Existence of Free Energy)

Conclusion – Moving Forwards

We are swimming within an infinitely dense sea of energy. It has been proven not only that everything is energy, but also that each and every centimeter cube of space contains infinite energy. If we used our resources as individual nations and as a planet searching for ways to tap into this energy, instead of suppressing new research that has already done so, then in a few short years we could be powering our planet with free vacuum energy extracted directly from the structure of space-time.

No more oil. No more pollution. No more wars over energy. No more needing to work to heat our homes. We could all quite our jobs and have unlimited free time to pursue our passions and contribute our knowledge and creativity to society. We would have time to build gardens that maintain themselves, and collectively produce natural food to feed our planet while we spend our days in nature, following our passions, and doing what we love to do.

By tapping into vacuum energy with our technology and with perception, we can change the world.

Spread the word.

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West is the creator of Project Global Awakening. A website dedicated to the research of a variety of scientific and spiritual disciplines, and applying that knowledge to help you live an inspired life and change the world. Follow Project Global Awakening on Facebook, and Twitter.

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The Synchronized Brains of Movie Viewers http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/11/synchronized-brains-movie-viewers/ http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/11/synchronized-brains-movie-viewers/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:49:41 +0000 http://www.wakingtimes.com/?p=37768 Heather Callaghan, Guest
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Why read the book when I can watch the movie version? 

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Why read the book when I can watch the movie version? 

It’s been said before that the main difference between people reading a book and people watching a movie is this: Reading is very personal – the interpretation of words can be as different as the variety of people reading it. It is likely that no two people see the exact same image in their minds.

Movies, however, are a different story – everyone sees the same story and image. Not too much is left to interpretation. But it also could be different as far as brain stimulation goes. A faster type of brain imaging technology is proving that the brains of people watching a movie are united in synchronization. A movie triggers the exact same points of their brains, at the exact same time of viewing – spiking and flat-lining in sync.

Researchers at Aalto University in Finland have succeeded in developing a method fast enough to observe immediate changes in the function of the brain, even quick stimulation while watching a movie. And that is the intended purpose of using magnetoencephalography (MEG) as opposed to the common functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). MEG captures superior temporal resolution within milliseconds.

Movies were really a testing ground for this brain scan technology and also showed brain synchronization with other viewers. Interestingly, the movie clip of At Land, showed to eight people was a mere 15-minute clip from a black and white silent film (1944).

By employing movies it was possible to investigate the function of the human brain in experimental conditions that are close to natural. Traditionally, in neuroscience research, simple stimuli, such as checkerboard patterns or single images, have been used.

Viewing a movie creates multilevel changes in the brain function. Despite the complexity of the stimulus, the elicited brain activity patterns show remarkable similarities across different people – even at the time scale of fractions of seconds.

While the medical benefits of MEG are clearly demonstrated using movies as the test, what does it really say about theaters full of people viewing the same screen? Would the same synchronization take place on a roller coaster?

What about eight people reading the same book? Would the act of reading create synchronization – or the interpretation of imagery? And, does this syncing effect bond people at some level, or isolate them?

Here is an image from the study found here, showing how closely the brain graphs are synchronized:

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The news surrounding cannabis extract medicine, particularly the use of high-CBD oils for epileptic conditions in children, has been steadily increasing since the release of Sanjay Gupta’s documentary on August 11th, 2013. Most recently, a Decmber 3, 2013 Huffington Post Live segment featured Joel … More

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The news surrounding cannabis extract medicine, particularly the use of high-CBD oils for epileptic conditions in children, has been steadily increasing since the release of Sanjay Gupta’s documentary on August 11th, 2013. Most recently, a Decmber 3, 2013 Huffington Post Live segment featured Joel Stanley (Co-founder and CEO of Realm of Caring), Heather Jackson (Executive Director), and Holli Brown.Holli discussed the experience of her child Sydni, who began experiencing seizures at the age of 4. For years, no pharmaceutical options worked to control Sydni’s condition. Holli described the effects of the cannabis oil as remarkable.

“The effects of the cannabis oil were remarkable.” - Holli Brown

Just five hours after the first dose, Sydni’s behavior dramatically improved and she began socializing much better.

After a month on the oil, she has experienced the most seizure free days in over five years. Holli hopes that total seizure control can be achieved with more time, but the benefits seen thus far are already amazing.

Another patient described is the son of Heather Jackson, Zaki, who was diagnosed with Doose syndrome. This rare form of epilepsy caused thousands of seizures and impaired development. Heather described the immediate seizure reduction benefits. Zaki was completely seizure free in just three months. In fact, Zaki recently celebrated one year without seizures.

The most popular case is Charlotte Figi, the subject of Dr. Gupta’s documentary. Charlotte was diagnosed with Dravet syndrome, an intractable epileptic condition which caused 300 grand mal seizures a week. Like Zaki, no pharmaceutical options worked to control her seizures at all. After the first dose of high-CBD oil, Charlotte stopped having seizures. Within months, she was down to less than three minor seizures a month, with concurrent improvements in cognition and behavior.

Cannabis Extracts Are Gaining Professional Support

Radical successes like these are not outliers – they are the norm with cannabis extract treatment. Dr. Margaret Gedde, a Colorado Springs physician, is tracking 11 new Realm of Caring patients. She reported that 9 of them experienced 90-100% reductions in seizures, apparently within just weeks of starting the oil.

The rate at which cannabis oil starts to deliver benefits is incredible, and Holli Brown in the HuffPost Live segment briefly discussed that she was not expecting to see such great results so soon.

“The media attention and growing support for high-CBD cannabis oil is staggering.”

Another patient, Zander Welton, cut daily seizures by over 90% with high-CBD cannabis oil. It worked after brain surgeries failed.

Zander’s parents are now suing the state of Arizona to gain continued safe access to this life changing medicine.

The growing support for high-CBD cannabis oil is staggering. Even top doctors are joining the crusade. Dr. Francis Filloux, the top pediatric neurologist at University of Utah, has come outdemanding immediate access to high-CBD oil for Utah children.

There was also a recent episode of The Doctors, in which Dr. Travis Stork interviewed Paige Figi, Charlotte’s mother. He did a great job of conveying the dramatic nature of Charlotte’s recovery, imploring viewers to understand that Paige had initially given up on Charlotte because her condition was so unbelievably terrible. Nonetheless, high-CBD oil has “essentially cured her”.

Doctors are trained to understand the subtle complexities of various diseases. They know that when all pharmaceutical options have failed, and cannabis oil starts to completely reverse the condition, something is to be said. It’s this recognition that has led prestigious individuals like Dr. Francis Filloux to put their credibility on the line by calling for access.

Cannabis Extracts Show Remarkable Results

In the case of epilepsy, the ability of cannabinoids to induce fundamental healing is truly remarkable. The fact that traditional drugs fail so profoundly, despite the years of research invested into them, is a testament to how complex epilepsy is. Yet cannabis oil continues to work in cases including Dravet syndrome, Doose syndrome, infantile spasms, cortical dysplasia, and more. Not only to reduce seizures, but to accelerate cognitive and behavioral development.

This should come as no surprise. There is an abundant body of research suggesting cannabinoids can heal epilepsy, but until now, it was unknown if such clinically suggested effects would transfer to humans. As Realm of Caring has demonstrated, they do.

Just like epilepsy, there are studies showing cannabinoids can treat virtually any kind of disease imaginable, including diabetescancermultiple sclerosisCrohn’sfibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic pain, and much more. Further, the experiential evidence seems to support the science, with hundreds of people reporting curative results.

In fact, the last time HuffPost Live had a segment on cannabis oil medicine, it was Dr. William Courtney discussing how he eliminated a child’s brain tumor with a 3.8% high-CBD cannabis oil. He also alluding to a terminal brain cancer patient who went into complete remission through juicing cannabis.

Dr. Gupta also discussed the case of Landon Riddle, who had less than a 10% chance of living after diagnosis with an aggressive leukemia. Despite being on the brink of death from the cancer and chemotherapy treatments, cannabis oil turned him around almost immediately and Landon is now in remission.

“The magnitude of healing seen with epilepsy seems to transfer to other conditions.”

What’s been happening lately is a stunning confirmation of bold claims that have been made for years. In 2008, a man named Rick Simpson released Run From the Cure, in which he claimed that cannabis extract medicine could eliminate cancers and control other diseases in humans. These claims were not taken seriously at first, but over the years, they were continuously confirmed.

People took Rick up on his challenge to prove it to themselves, and began seeing the truth. Over the last five and a half years, individuals have been using cannabis extracts to treat a wide variety of cancers and other diseases, with simply miraculous results. The magnitude of healing seen with epilepsy seems to transfer to other conditions.

More Research On Cannabis Extract Medicine Is Necessary

Whatever people believe about the full extent of cannabis extract medicine, one thing is for certain – it is an effective treatment option for many pharmaceutical-resistant conditions. More research is needed immediately.

“When the science and anecdotal data are each considered, the truth is abundantly clear.”

The Comprehensive Report on the Cannabis Extract Movement extensively analyzes the scientific literature and experiential evidence surrounding cannabis extracts for the primary treatment of disease.

When the science and anecdotal data are each considered, the truth is abundantly clear.

The report includes medical documentation of terminal cancer patients now in full remission withcannabis oil, along with patient reports of success with fibromyalgia, diabetes, lupus, arthritis, chronic pain, Crohn’s, multiple sclerosis, trigeminal neuralgia, complex regional pain syndrome, Behcet’s disease, paralysis, depression, and more.

With so much overwhelming evidence suggesting cannabis can reliably eliminate cancer and control other diseases, we can’t wait. Millions of people suffer unbearably every day – every second is pure agony. Cannabis extract medicine must be made freely available. To prevent access to it is a crime against humanity.

About the Author

Justin Kander is a volunteer with the Phoenix Tears organization. He wrote the Comprehensive Report on the Cannabis Extract Movement, a 100-page report that examines and analyzes the mounting evidence in support of cannabis extracts as medicine. Kander presented his report at the International Drug Policy Reform Conference in Denver earlier this year.

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