If you’ve never heard of the commonly used pharmaceutical drug “Statin,” it’s basically a prescription used to decrease “bad” cholesterol levels. It’s common for people with heart disease to take them, despite the fact that half of all heart attacks occur in people with normal cholesterol levels.
In reality, cholesterol doesn’t necessarily cause heart disease. The French have the highest average cholesterol in all of Europe (approximately 250), yet they have the lowest number of people with heart disease and only experience about half the amount of heart attacks that Americans do. This is where the cholesterol myth comes into play, a belief system that’s perpetuated by Big Pharma. How else would they be able to convince 20 millions Americans to take Statins to lower their cholesterol?
How Does the “Cholesterol Myth” Relate to Heart Disease?
MIT Scientist Raymond Francis answers this question in his paper titled “The Cholesterol Myth,” arguing that “the answer is a story involving the triumph of money and power over science.”
Francis goes on to explain:
Atherosclerosis—the main cause of heart attacks and strokes—is the accumulation of fatty plaque inside the walls of major arteries. As the disease progresses, arteries become increasingly narrow, making it easier for a blood clot or piece of dislodged plaque to completely block blood flow, resulting in either a heart attack or a stroke. When cholesterol was found to be a major component of arterial plaque, the “cholesterol theory of heart disease” was born, thinking that high cholesterol levels cause atherosclerosis. The truth, however, is not so simple. Cholesterol is an anti¬oxidant, a repair and healing molecule. The body produces more of it in response to stress and tissue damage, when repair and healing are needed. Remove the causes of the body’s distress, like inflammation and oxidation, and you lower cholesterol. It turned out that blaming cholesterol for heart disease makes as much sense as blaming the Red Cross for the disasters it responds to.
Drug companies took advantage of this theory, investing millions in R&D into cholesterol-lowering drugs, and so Statins were created. As many of you know, Big Pharma plays a huge role in manipulating and writing legislation, and creates much of the scientific literature and knowledge taught in medical schools. They’re in the ears of doctors, and then they make their way into their pockets as well. Doctors are actually paid to prescribe us more drugs, and you can even discover how much your specific doctor makes here.
Statins are also heavily advertised in the media, which plays a key role in over-diagnosis in North America. Keep in mind that advertising for prescription drugs is illegal in most other parts of the world. In regards to Statins, one study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine found that people who watched ads for this specific cholesterol drug were 16-22% more likely to take Statins as well as 16-20% more likely to be diagnosed with high cholesterol.
The authors of this particular study concluded:
Our findings raise questions about the extent to which direct-to-consumer advertising may promote over-diagnosis and over-treatment for populations where risks may outweigh potential benefits. In addition, we found no evidence of favorable associations between exposure to statins in television advertisements and statin use among those at high risk for future cardiac events.
Not only are Statins unnecessary for many of the people who take them, but they pose numeroushealth risks as well. A new study conducted by Penn State College found a correlation between use of Statins and increased risk of Parkinson’s disease.
Statins May Increase Risk of Parkinson’s Disease
The researchers in this Penn State study analyzed data from a database of over 50 million people, 22,000 of whom had Parkinson’s disease. Of that sample, they reduced it to 2,322 patients with new diagnoses of Parkinson’s. Then, they paired each person within the sample size to another individual without Parkinson’s, and those people made up the control group.
Researchers then established which patients had been taking Statins and how long they’d been taking them for before they developed Parkinson’s symptoms. Their findings suggested that prior Statin use resulted in a higher risk of Parkinson’s and, interestingly enough, “was more noticeable during the start of the drug use.”
“Statin use was associated with higher, not lower, Parkinson’s disease risk, and the association was more noticeable for lipophilic statins, an observation inconsistent with the current hypothesis that these statins protect nerve cells,” explained one of the researchers, Xuemei Huang, Ph.D.. “In addition, this association was most robust for use of statins less than two-and-a-half years, suggesting that statins may facilitate the onset of Parkinson’s disease.”
Other Health Issues Related to Statins
It’s not just Parkinson’s that relates to Statins, either. These drugs can have a whirlwind of side effects and increase one’s risk of developing a number of different diseases. Since Statins block the body’s production of CoQ10, taking Statins can result in fatal muscle inflammation as well as congestive heart failure (which is ironic given that many heart disease patients take them).
Another study published in Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology revealed that, despite Statin drugs being marketed for their ability to decrease the artery disease called atherosclerosis, they may actually stimulate it and cause heart failure.
Another study published in the American Journal of Physiology found that some of the effects of Statins advance the process of aging, and pointed out that long term use of Statins have been associated with several adverse health effects including myopathy (skeletal muscle weakness), neurological issues, and an increased risk of diabetes.
The researchers stated: “In addition, considering their possible side effects, long-term adherence to statin treatment poses a potential risk, especially among individuals without cardiovascular disease. The primary use of statins should be critically assessed, especially when considering the potential risks associated with statin use.”
Other cognitive issues caused by Statins include temporary amnesia, and even Alzheimer’s. Statins can also cause cognitive decline in general as well as heightened anxiety, depression, and violence. Lastly, Statins have even been linked to liver damage, immunity issues, cancer, cataracts, and birth defects if taken by women.
It’s clear the risks of Statins outweigh their benefits in many cases, and if you or a loved one is taking Statins, then you should consider asking your doctor about other alternatives immediately.
If you’re interested in learning more, here are some other CE articles on Statins:
For many years, public health advocates have vainly urged the CDC and WHO to conduct studies comparing vaccinated vs. unvaccinated populations to measure overall health outcomes.Now a team of Scandinavian scientists has conducted such a study and the results are alarming.That study, funded in part by the Danish government and lead by Dr. Soren Wengel Mogensen, was published in January in EBioMedicine.Mogensen and his team of scientists found that African children inoculated with the DTP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis) vaccine, during the early 1980s had a 5-10 times greater mortality than their unvaccinated peers.
The data suggest that, while the vaccine protects against infection from those three bacteria, it makes children more susceptible to dying from other causes.
The scientists term the study a “natural experiment” since a birthday-based vaccination system employed for the Bandim Health Project (BHP) in Guinea Bissau, West Africa had the effect of creating a vaccinated cohort and a similarly situated unvaccinated control group.In the time period covered by this study, Guinea-Bissau had 50% child mortality rates for children up to age 5.Starting in 1978, BHP health care workers contacted pregnant mothers and encouraged them to visit infant weighing sessions provided by a BHP team every three months after their child’s birth.Beginning in 1981, BHP offered vaccinations at the weighing sessions.Since the DPT vaccine and OPV (oral polio) immunizations were offered only to children who were at least three months of age at the weighing sessions, the children’s random birthdays allowed for analysis of deaths between 3 and 5 months of age depending on vaccination status.So, for example, a child born on January 1st and weighed on April 1st would be vaccinated, but a child born on February 1st would not be vaccinated until their following visit at age 5 months on July 1st.
In the primary analysis, DTP-vaccinated infants experienced mortalities five times greater than DTP-unvaccinated infants.Mortalities to vaccinated girls were 9.98 times those among females in the unvaccinated control group, while mortalities to vaccinated boys were 3.93 times the controls.Oddly, the scientists found that children receiving the oral polio vaccine simultaneously with DTP fared much better than children who did not.The OPV vaccine appeared to modify the negative effect of the DTP vaccine, reducing mortalities to 3.52 times those experienced among the control group.Overall, mortalities among vaccinated children were 10 times the control group when children received only the DTP.
Mogensen and his colleagues hypothesize that the DTP vaccine might weaken a child’s immune system against non-target infections.They conclude, “Though protective against the target disease, DTP may increase susceptibility to unrelated infections… DTP was associated with 5-fold higher mortality than being unvaccinated.No prospective study has shown beneficial survival effects of DTP.”
The Mogensen study supports the conclusions of previous investigations into child survival following vaccination.An earlier study by Dr. Peter Aaby, of the introduction of DTP in rural Guinea-Bissau, indicated a 2-fold higher mortality among vaccinated children (Aaby et al. 2004a).The Aaby report is one of several early studies that documented vaccination status and followed children prospectively.All of them indicated that DTP-vaccinated children died at rates far exceeding mortality amongst the control group.A meta-analysis of all eight known studies found a two-fold higher mortality for DTP-vaccinated compared to DTP-unvaccinated (Aaby et al. 2016) (Appendix A).
In 2014, The World Health Organization (WHO) Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) conducted its own literature review of the potential non-specific effects (NSEs) of several vaccines, including DTP, and found that the majority of studies reported a detrimental effect of DTP (Higgins et al., 2014; Strategic Advisory Group of Experts of Immunization, 2014) due to its penchant for increasing susceptibility to unrelated infections.SAGE recommended further research.
Moreover, Mogensen and his colleagues observe that the studies reviewed by SAGE probably underestimated the lethal effect of the DTP vaccine because of unusually high mortality in the control groups, ”Unvaccinated children in these studies have usually been frail children too sick or malnourished to get vaccinated and the studies may therefore have underestimated the negative effect of DTP”.The Mogensen study sought to avoid this pitfall by using controls selected by birthday and by eliminating underweight children and orphans from both the study group and the control group.It included only children who were breastfed.All the infants were healthy at the time of vaccination.Nevertheless, the Mogensen authors point out that, even in their study, the unvaccinated children had slightly worse nutritional status and travelled more – biases that would tend to increase mortality. They conclude that, “The estimate from the natural experiment may therefore still be conservative.”
The significance of the Mogensen study findings is underscored by the observation that, “Unfortunately, DTP is the most widely used vaccine, and the proportion who receives DTP3 is used globally as an indicator of the performance of national vaccination programs.”
The authors close with a bracing rebuke to public health regulators, “It should be of concern that the effect of routine vaccinations on all-cause mortality was not tested in randomized trials.All currently available evidence suggests that DTP vaccine may kill more children from other causes than it saves from diphtheria, tetanus or pertussis.Though a vaccine protects children against the target disease it may simultaneously increase susceptibility to unrelated infections.”Those words should serve as a cold water wake-up call to the World Health Organization (WHO), the CDC and other public health officials.The public in both poor and rich countries has a right to scientifically-based evidence that international vaccine programs are as safe as possible and that they have been thoroughly safety-tested.The best metrics for measuring safety are studies comparing health outcomes of vaccinated versus unvaccinated cohorts.Yet, both the CDC and the WHO have aggressively discouraged the pursuit of such studies.
Finally, it’s important to note that the DTP vaccine used in Guinea-Bissau in the early 1980s almost certainly contained high concentrations of both mercury and aluminum. Vaccine makers first created the combined diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine in the 1940s, mixing in an aluminum adjuvant and a mercury preservative (thimerosal) from its inception.At that time, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended DTP for mass use in children. Prior to 1990, DTP was the only thimerosal-containing vaccine recommended for infants.
Five manufacturers supplied UNICEF with the DTP vaccines used in West Africa in the late 1970s and early 1980s.One of these, Biken of Japan, described the industry standard in its 1987 lab report: “Outline of Method of Manufacture—The preparation [of DTP] also contains thimerosal as a preservative.”
By the early 1980s, a cascade of lawsuits filed across the United States on behalf of vaccine-injured children were driving DTP manufacturers from the market and threatening to shut down production of the DTP shot and other vaccines. That threat led the U.S. Congress to bestow legal immunity on vaccine makers via the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Program in 1986, followed in December, 1987, by the rollout of “Vaccine Court.”Following the recommendation by the Institute of Medicine, vaccine makers removed thimerosal from the American DTaP between 2001-2003.However, multi-dose DTP vaccines given to tens of millions of children across the African continent continue to contain massive doses of thimerosal (25mcg of ethylmercury per injection) that exceed the EPA’s maximum exposure levels by many times. Neither the CDC nor the WHO has ever published a vaccinated vs. unvaccinated study that would be necessary to determine the overall health impacts of this potent toxin on African children.The Mogensen report is a loud call for such a study.
In a quest to ease pressures on the Brazilian prison system, mental health workers have opted to give prison inmates the psychedelic brew ayahuasca, in the hopes of helping them to work through their deeply-rooted emotional traumas.
It is no secret that the current prison system lies in shambles. Overcrowded holding spaces, abusive staff, unsanitary living conditions — such environments rarely lead to redemption and rehabilitation, but instead almost always seed further violence, aggression, and feelings of alienation from society.
While some prisons are now offering holistic services such as yoga, meditation, and Reiki, prisoners’ rights advocacy group Acuda is taking it one step further, offering Brazilian prisoners a real shot at a new life through the use of the traditional Amazonian brew, ayahuasca.
Ayahuasca is a psychoactive brew that combines a specific Amazonian vine (Banisteriopsis caapi) with a leaf (Psychotria viridis), creating an extremely pungent, orally-active cocktail of DMT, a powerful psychedelic known to induce mystical and life-changing experiences for its user.
At first, Acuda had trouble finding a place where the inmates could drink the ayahuasca, but they were finally accepted by an offshoot of Santo Daime, a Brazilian religion founded in the 1930s that blends Catholicism, African traditions, and the trance communications with spirits popularized in the 19th century by a Frenchman known as Allan Kardec.
“Many people in Brazil believe that inmates must suffer, enduring hunger and depravity,” said Euza Beloti, a psychologist with Acuda, to the New York Times. “This thinking bolsters a system where prisoners return to society more violent than when they entered prison. [At Acuda] we simply see inmates as human beings with the capacity to change.”
Supervisors at Acuda, who obtain a judge’s permission to take about 15 prisoners once a month to the temple ceremony, say they are mindful of the risks of ayahuasca, commonly called Daime in Brazil or referred to as tea. At the same time, Acuda’s therapists consume the brew with the inmates, as well as with the occasional prison guard who volunteers to accompany the group.
“This is how it should be,” said Virgílio Siqueira, 55, a retired police officer who works as a guard at the prison complex that includes Acuda. “It’s gratifying to know that we can sit here in the forest, drink our Daime, sing our hymns, exist in peace.”
But in a country where conservative views are ever-growing in response to continual violence and crime, not everyone is convinced this intervention is okay.
Darci Altair Santos da Silva, 43, who sexually abused a minor. Credit Lalo de Almeida for The New York Times
“Where are the massages and the therapy for us?” asked Paulo Freitas, a 48-year-old manager at a leather factory whose 18-year-old daughter, Naiara, a college student, was kidnapped, raped, and murdered in Porto Velho in 2013 by a group of men — a crime that stunned many people in this corner of the Amazon.
Whether or not we should be providing convicts with therapies that could be considered “luxury” is a justified question, no doubt. However, we cannot ignore the fact that many criminals eventually return to society after their sentence. Do we want to see these people as a product of years of violence and aggression, most likely repeating their offences, or would we rather have them come out of their sentence with new insights, a new perspective on their past choices, and a chance to do things differently?
“We are considered the trash of Brazil, but this place accepts us,” said Darci Altair Santos da Silva, 43, a construction worker serving a 13-year sentence for sexual abuse of a child under 14. “I know what I did was very cruel. The tea helped me reflect on this fact, on the possibility that one day I can find redemption.”
What are your thoughts on offering prisoners psychedelic therapy? Share with us in the comment section below!
The journey to the centre of the earth: is this a myth, a story, or is this something that we have done or are in the process of doing? We know about drilling into the Earth’s crust for resources such as fossil fuels, mine shafts that go deep, deep down, and we know, to some degree, about some underground bunkers etc.
But how far into the Earth have we actually gone, and how much has been left undiscovered? We know what science has told us about the composition beyond the Earth’s crust, but what may be surprising for you to know is that we have barely even scratched the Earth’s surface in comparison to what is still waiting to be discovered. After watching the video below, it may leave you questioning whether there may be something to those inner earth theories after all.
After watching this video I was completely floored. I actually remember in Science class being taught about what the Earth is made of: the crust, mantle, inner core, and outer core comprising rock, liquid iron, and solid iron. I asked my teacher how they knew this, and she replied, “oh because they’ve drilled down and have been able to find out.” Of course I just accepted this answer.
I did not realize how impossible that actually would be (drilling down). But now, I’m feeling a bit skeptical, and more so just open to the possibilities of what the Earth might actually be made of.
Now, in no way am I presenting this as fact, but merely something to consider for those of you who enjoy exploring the unlimited possibilities of what could be, despite what mainstream science has led us to believe. No, I’m not about to state a case of the flat earth theory, quite the opposite actually.
Enter, Agartha — The Hollow Earth Theory
There are many theories alluding to an ancient city that lies deep within this Earth’s centre, where either beings once lived or in some theories are still living. It is well known that Hitler himself was fascinated with this theory and made efforts to find the inner earth; there were even maps drawn up that support this claim.
Then there is the story of Operation Hyjump and Admiral Byrd, who apparently flew to the centre of the earth through an opening in the south pole – many believers claim that the entrance to the inner earth is via either the North or South Pole, and interestingly, nowadays, aircraft are prohibited from flying over either of these poles. Once there, he apparently saw lush lakes, greenery, and woolly mammoths, which we all know have been extinct, on the surface of Earth anyways, for thousands of years.
Numerous writers throughout history have been inspired by this story. Creator of Tarzan Edgar Rice BurroughsAt the Earth’s Core, 1914, Edgar Allen Poe The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, 1838 and, most famously, Jules Verne, whose 1864 novel A Journey to the Centre of the Earth has been adapted into film a few times.
There is a huge amount of research and theories that back up this notion, and if you are intrigued by this story I highly suggest looking into it some more. The theory of the inner earth has been tied to many different civilizations throughout our history, and is intriguing to say the least. When you consider the sheer volume of the Earth and how massive it actually is, then it makes it easier to believe in possibilities such as this. At the very least, it’s a very compelling story that has been told for thousands of years.
What do you think of this theory, could it hold some truth? Is it truth? Or is it absolutely, positively impossible? Let us know!
Related CE Article that goes into more detail about one of many lands that might exist within our own, in some way shape or form.
“You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh
What is love? What is ‘true’ love? Can it even be defined? Today, our ideas about love are largely defined by fairytales, movies, and television shows, and its definition continues to change. But we all have certain conditions attached to our idea of what love is, or some sort of criteria drawn up for what our ‘perfect match’ would look like. The right partner is required to have certain things, be a certain way, and like certain activities — and that’s okay.
But perhaps true love is simpler than popular culture would have us believe. As Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist Monk, explains below, if there is love/kindness, compassion, joy, and inclusiveness, according to Buddhist teaching, you are experiencing true love. It’s pretty simple. True love doesn’t necessarily have to be something magical that sprung out of a fairy tale.
Main points taken from the video:
Love and kindness have the power to create happiness. When you are able to develop feelings of joy and happiness in yourself, that’s true love, offered to yourself. If you can generate these feelings, and help the other person generate these feelings, that’s true love. So, if you are a source of joy and happiness for another, that is true love.
True love is the capacity to make yourself suffer less, and help the other person suffer less. “There is an art of suffering. If you know how to suffer, you suffer much, much less.”
Practice compassion and it will grow.
If love does not generate joy, it’s not love. If love makes the other person cry every day, it’s not love.
“True love is capable of generating joy for yourself and for the other person.”
What do you think ‘true love’ is? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.
Between the wars on terror and on drugs, recurring economic disasters and the disappearing middle class, racial wars, Big Pharma, GMOs, and corporate lobbying, it’s clear we’re in desperate need of change, and you have to wonder how we got here in the first place.
It was in my later years of high school that I began to feel relief about something that had bothered me for a long time: I started to realize how the world really works. Now, at 30 years old, I’ve interviewed and worked with many of the top researchers in the field of truth seeking. These conversations have illuminated many truths about our world, but none more so than this one: Our world is run by psychopaths.
I want to be very clear here — my aim is not to judge these men and women or call them evil, nor is it to stir up strong emotions amongst my readers. This is about taking a good, hard look at what’s really going on in our world so we can actually begin the work of changing it.
“As difficult as it was for me, I’ve come to an inescapable and profoundly disturbing conclusion. I believe that an elite group of people and the corporations they run have gained control over not just our energy, food supply, education, and healthcare, but over virtually every aspect of our lives; and they do it by controlling the world of finance. Not by creating more value, but by actually controlling the source of money.”
– Foster Gamble
Why It’s Important
You know it; you feel it. Something is not quite right with our world, and as each day goes by, more and more people are realizing this in a big way. In 2016 we witnessed millions begin to realize how elections are rigged and that we truly have no choice about who governs us.
Coming to understandings like this shows a shift in our overall consciousness as a planet and helps us to realize how we can move forward. Should we keep voting expecting to see change when that’s not how our world actually works? Should we spend money supporting companies who are harming us and our environment? Should we support the medical system blindly rather than working to create better health and wellness so we experience fewer illnesses overall?
The more we understand how the game works, the more we can determine how to change it. Think of it this way: Imagine you are playing a game and you find out someone is cheating, rigging the rules so you always lose. You might get up, walk away, and refuse to keep playing. Since that person can’t play alone, they’re forced to stop altogether. In a sense, this is exactly what we need to work towards.
A transformation in consciousness comes from understanding, which leads to taking new actions, which helps to create a different world and bring solutions. But it starts with knowledge and consciousness.
John Lennon Speaks Truth
John Lennon’s name is synonymous with peace and political activism. He was always a bit of a rebel, even early in life, and helped millions to think differently about their world. His song “Give Peace a Chance” became an anthem for the anti-war movement and is still heard today during peace marches around the world.
Best known for his time with The Beatles, John has always had strong views about politics and today might be equally as known for his activism and wisdom.
Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.
You don’t need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are!
My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.
Lennon had a deep sense of wisdom about him, and even to this day, his words have the power to affect millions.
On June 6, 1968, Peter Lewis chatted with Lennon and Spinetti about a new play they were working on. The filmed interview would air on BBC-2 as part of the arts program Release. This is a clip from that interview.
I wrote an article about my struggle to reduce my daily sugar intake. Avoiding processed sugars and things like high fructose corn syrup has become second nature to me, but even natural sweeteners need to be consumed in moderation.
I developed this recipe as a (mostly) guilt-free option for satisfying my sweet tooth in the afternoon. The original recipe uses coconut oil and tahini as the base, and while coconut oil has a myriad of health benefits, I found the resulting cups were too rich tasting and oily, and there was too much filling, making them very sweet. I instead used coconut butter and in much larger quantities, along with vanilla for flavour, so there are more cups, with the fibre that coconut meat contains, with less sugar in them.
While dates are high in natural sugars, they also contain fibre and essential minerals, such as potassium and magnesium, and accordingly are anti-inflammatory and can aid digestion and reduce blood pressure. And since they are spread out in this recipe, each serving contains only a moderate amount of sugar.
The rest of the ingredients are pretty fantastic, too. Here are just a few of the health benefits they offer.
Made from ground sesame seeds, tahini is an excellent source of fibre, and a good source of minerals such as copper, manganese, calcium, and iron, among many others. Sesame seeds are also an incredible plant-based source of protein. They also contain two unique substances — sesamin and sesamolin — both of which belong to a special group of fibers called lignans, which help to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Sesame seeds also help to protect the liver from oxidative damage.
Made from ground coconut, coconut butter is a healthy source of fat in the diet, providing the body with sustained energy throughout the day. Also high in fiber, it helps to keep you feeling full and accordingly can help with weight loss. Rich in lauric acid, coconuts have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties as well.
Last but not least, coffee, when consumed in moderation, offers a wide range of health benefits. It is massively high in antioxidants and can improve energy levels and enhance mental focus and physical performance. It may also help with fat loss, and several studies have shown that coffee drinkers have a significantly lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
It is important to remember, however, that not everyone tolerates caffeine as well as others. Listen to what your body tells you and then determine whether caffeine consumption is right for you. It is also important, for a number of reasons, to buy organic coffee, as conventionally grown coffee beans (aside from wreaking havoc on the environment) are heavily sprayed with pesticides, consumption of which may well mitigate its health benefits.
A Wholesome Recipe to Satisfy Your Cravings
This recipe offers a perfect balance of bitter and sweet, and the result is a dessert which leaves you feeling satisfied, not craving more sugar (I promise!).
They are also really cute, and easy + fun to make! Give the puree a little pat with your fingers to ensure it fills the cups evenly.
1 cup melted coconut butter (if using freshly made, it will be liquid already)*
1/3 cup tahini
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup pitted Medjool dates
1/2 cup espresso or strong-brewed coffee
Soak the dates in the freshly brewed espresso for about half an hour – longer if they are quite hard. If you have a glass measuring cup you can just pour the coffee straight in and save yourself from washing another dish.
In the meantime, line your mini cupcake pan with paper liners.
Once the dates are soft, pour them along with the coffee into a high-powered blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Place into a small bowl, set aside, and give your blender a quick rinse.
Add the melted coconut butter, tahini, vanilla, and a pinch of sea salt to your blender and process until combined.
Fill each liner about halfway to the top with this mixture, then place the pan in the fridge for 10 minutes to set.
Once they’ve set, remove from the fridge and spoon the date mixture on top. It should fill go almost (but not quite) to the top – about 1 tsp per cup. Flatten with your fingers.
Cover each cup with the remaining coconut butter (and rejoice if you have some left over — it’s delicious on oatmeal or by the spoonful), then place the trays back into the fridge to set for another 10-15 minutes before enjoying.
They are best kept in the fridge to keep from getting soft and sticky.
You can buy coconut butter from health food stores but one small jar will run you at least $12 or so, while a big bag of unsweetened, shredded coconut from a bulk store will cost you maybe $5! The difference in price is pretty steep. I definitely recommend making your own coconut butter. The process is exactly the same as making nut butter, but takes less time, and for this recipe you need to use the blender/food processor anyway.
The interaction of our thoughts with the physical material world is of huge interest today, garnering increasing attention by academics around the world. Despite a wealth of scientific data showing that one can influence the other, and even more evidence proving that certain emotional states can lead to chronic illness, many who work in mainstream medicine remain entirely ignorant of these concepts.
Perhaps this is why more and more people are gravitating towards alternative forms of medicine. As Garth Cook from Scientific American points out:
A growing body of scientific research suggests that our mind can play an important role in healing our body — or in staying healthy in the first place. . . There are now several lines of research suggesting that our mental perception of the world constantly informs and guides our immune system in a way that makes us better able to respond to future threats. That was a sort of ‘aha’ moment for me — where the idea of an entwined mind and body suddenly made more scientific sense than an ephemeral consciousness that’s somehow separated from our physical selves.
When it comes to learning about the mind-body connection and its relationship to our health, it can be difficult to choose a starting place amongst the vast and growing body of research; one of the best places to start, however, is the placebo effect, which demonstrates that the mind can create physiological changes in the body. Neuroscientist Fabrizio Benedetti explains:
There isn’t just one placebo effect, but many. Placebo painkillers can trigger the release of natural pain-relieving chemicals called endorphins. Patients with Parkinson’s disease respond to placebos with a flood of dopamine. Fake oxygen, given to someone at altitude, has been shown to cut levels of neurotransmitters called prostaglandins (which dilate blood vessels, among other things, and are responsible for many of the symptoms of altitude sickness.
The placebo effect is so wondrous because it unlocks the power of the mind; the biological changes observed in the body after administration of a placebo are not triggered by the placebo itself, but rather by our mind, by our perception, by our psychological response to these fake treatments.
Despite intriguing results, research into the placebo effect has been limited. So far, only a few model systems have been investigated, like pain, depression, and Parkinson’s, but there is much more to be learned. One thing, however, does remain clear, and that is that we can change our biology simply by changing what we believe to be true. In his book The Biology of Belief, Bruce Lipton, PhD, persuasively argues for further research into this untapped resource within ourselves:
The placebo effect should be the subject of major, funded research efforts. If medical researchers could figure out how to leverage the placebo effect, they would hand doctors an efficient, energy-based, side effect-free tool to treat disease. Energy healers say they already have such tools, but I am a scientist, and I believe the more we know about science of the placebo, the better we’ll be able to use it in a clinical setting.
Let’s take a look at a few more interesting studies that warrant further investigation into the matter. One great one is a Baylor School of Medicine study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2002. It looked at surgery for patients with severe and debilitating knee pain. Many surgeons know there is no placebo effect in surgery, or so most of them believe. The patients were divided into three groups. The surgeons shaved the damaged cartilage in the knee of one group. For the second group they flushed out the knee joint, removing all of the material believed to be causing inflammation. Both of these processes are the standard surgeries for people who have severely arthritic knees. The third group received a “fake” surgery; the patients were only sedated and tricked into believing they had had the knee surgery. Doctors simply made the incisions and splashed salt water on the knee as they would in normal surgery. They then sewed up the incisions like the real thing and the process was complete. All three then groups went through the same rehab process, with astonishing results: the placebo group improved just as much as the other two groups who had surgery.
Dr Moseley, the surgeon involved in the study, made a bold comment, emphasizing that his “skill as a surgeon had no benefit on these patients,” and that “the entire benefit of surgery for osteoarthritis of the knee was the placebo effect.” (Lipton, Bruce. The Biology of Belief. Hay House, Inc, 2005)
Another very interesting example of a placebo technique used in medicine comes from researchers in Seattle, who have developed a virtual reality landscape known as ‘Snow World.’ In the game, the participant flies around inside an ice canyon shooting snowballs at other characters, theoretically distracting them from the pain of their physical body. Gareth Cook from Scientific American reports on his experience trying the game:
It’s mean meant to work as a painkiller: the idea is that the brain has a limited capacity for attention, so if the ice canyon commands that attention, there is less capacity left over for experiencing pain. When I tried Snow World, the researchers used a heated box to simulate a burn to my foot – it was quite painful outside the game, but once immersed, I had so much fun I barely noticed it. (source)
The technique was utilized to help burn victims deal with their sessions of wound treatment and physiotherapy, which can be extremely painful. In trials, researchers discovered that undergoing these therapy sessions while immersed in Snow World lessened patients’ pain by fifteen to fourty percent.
This, among other research, tells us that the brain plays an enormous role in the level of pain we feel. Cook explains:
So I think we’ve got our approach to pain all wrong. Our focus is almost exclusively on trying to banish it with drugs, which is incredibly costly and causes huge problems with side effects and addiction. Research like Snow World shows the potential of psychological approaches for treating pain: both to maximize the effectiveness of drugs and perhaps in some cases to replace them.
Another great example of the power of the placebo effect was demonstrated in a 1999 report by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The report discovered that half of severely depressed patients taking drugs improve compared to the thirty-two percent taking a placebo. Considering all of the dangers and side effects associated with antidepressants — not to mention how much pharmaceutical companies profit from their sale — this statistic seems an important one. If we can accomplish nearly as much with our minds alone, without harming our health or creating chemical dependencies, shouldn’t we be exploring that avenue first?
Yet in a study published in the British Medical Journal by researchers at the Nordic Cochrane Center in Copenhagen, it was revealed that pharmaceutical companies were not disclosing all information regarding the results of their drug trials. Researchers looked at documents from 70 different double-blind, placebo-controlled trials of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) and serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRI) and found that the full extent of serious harm in clinical study reports went unreported. These are the reports sent to major health authorities like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. You can read more about that and access the studyhere.
A 2002 article published in the American Psychological Association’s Prevention & Treatment, by University of Connecticut Psychology Professor Irving Kirsch titled “The Emperor’s New Drugs,” made even more shocking discoveries. He found that 80 perecent of the effect of antidepressants, as measured in clinical trials, could be attributed to the placebo effect. This professor even had to file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to get information on the clinical trials of the top antidepressants. (source)(source) “The difference between the response of the drugs and the response of the placebo was less than two points on average on this clinical scale that goes from fifty to sixty points. That’s a very small difference, that difference is clinically meaningless,” he reveals.
And the placebo effect is not just limited to depression. One trial found that patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) had much greater relief from their symptoms if the practitioner was warm and empathetic rather than cold but polite. Another found that patients with acid reflux disease did dramatically better after an extended consultation with a physician, compared to the usual quick go-around. From back pain to childbirth and more, many patient outcomes depend not just on what drugs are prescribed, but on how care is delivered.
There are even studies indicating that the mind plays a role in both cancer growth and recovery. In animal studies, for example, stress hormones make a range of cancers spread faster, and patient trials suggest that stress management interventions reduce inflammation. (source)
The list goes on and on,
Researchers all over the world have found that placebo treatments can stimulate real biological and physiological responses — everything from changes in heart rate to blood pressure and even chemical activity in the brain. It has been effective with a number of different ailments, from arthritis and Parkinson’s to depression, fatigue, anxiety, and more.
The placebo effect is most commonly cited during discussions of the power of the mind-body connection, but there is a wealth of other data that also strengthens the argument. For example, studies have been conducted which investigate the influence of A’s intention on B’s physiological state — a process referred to as “remote intention.” They further examine the influence of A’s attention on B’s physiological state while A gazes at B over a 1 way video link, called “remote staring.” Last but not least, they study the influence of A’s intention on B’s attention or behaviour, which is referred to as “remote helping.”
The effects of distant mental interactions are measured using electrodermal activity, heart rate, blood volume pulse, and electrocortical activity (EEG electrodermal activity, heart rate, blood volume pulse, brain blood oxygenation [MRI], and electrogastrogram [EGG]).
These studies have yielded remarkable results which have since been successfully repeated in laboratories around the world. They actually hint at the possibility that another person’s mental attention could possibly have some sort of physiological effect on someone else.
If our thoughts and intentions can actually affect physical systems, just imagine what our own thoughts and intentions could do to us.
If we look at it from a Quantum Mechanical perspective, factors associated with consciousness (measurement, observation, attention) have indeed influenced physical systems, which is why all of the pioneering and prominent figures in this field regarded consciousness fundamental, where matter is seen as a derivative from consciousness.
Then, we have studies published in peer-reviewed journals making even more astonishing claims. A study published in the American Journal of Chinese Medicine, as seen in the the US National Library of Medicine, for example, demonstrated that a women with special abilities was and is able to accelerate the germination of specific seeds for the purposes of developing a more robust seed stock. As the study states:
Chulin Sun is a woman with exceptional powers (Shen and Sun, 1996, 1998; Sun, 1998). A member of the Chinese Somatic Science Research Institute, she is a practitioner of Waiqi. Waiqi is a type of qigong that teaches the practitioner to bring the qi energy of traditional Chinese medicine under the control of the mind. Chulin Sun can induce plant seeds to grow shoots and roots several cm long within 20 min using mentally projected qi energy (Fig. 1). This has been demonstrated on more than 180 different occasions at universities as well as science and research institutions in China (including Taiwan and Hong Kong) as well as other countries (e.g., Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, etc.) (Ge et al., 1998; Qin et al., 1998; Lee et al., 1999). We took part in and repeated the qi germination experiments seven times, and five of them succeeded (Ge et al., 1998). This remarkable effect on seed development has drawn widespread attention (Tompkins and Bird, 1973; Lee, 1998), but the biological mechanisms that underlie this phenomenon are unknown.(source)
The examples are endless, making clear that the mind-body connection definitely warrants more attention when it comes to mainstream medicine and therapeutic interventions.
Mind Matter Interaction/Healing
Nikola Tesla once said that “the day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.” In fact, Vedic philosophy heavily influenced Nikola Tesla’s ideas about free energy. You can read more about that here.
Fast forward to today, and we now know hundreds, if not thousands of internationally recognized scientists from around the world coming together to stress the fact that matter (protons, electrons, photons, anything that has a mass) is not the only reality.
If we wish to understand the true nature of our reality, we must stop limiting ourselves to only examining physical systems. We must consider the role of non-physical systems, such as factors associated with consciousness, and their interaction with physical systems (matter).
Today, this type of science is known as post-materialist science. If Nikola Tesla was around, there would be no doubt that he would be leading the charge in this important field.
To summarize the current contrast between material science and post material science, is to look at the points made in a document that was co-authored by r. Gary Schwartz, professor of psychology, medicine, neurology, psychiatry, and surgery at the University of Arizona, Mario Beauregard, PhD, from the University of Arizona, and Lisa Miller, PhD, from Columbia University. It was presented at an international summit on post-materialist science, spirituality, and society. They (and hundreds of other scientists) have come to several conclusions which you can view in their Manifesto For Post-Material Science.
Below is an intriguing short video by the Institute of Noetic Sciences, with regards to mind-matter interaction, which is the topic of this article, because ‘psychic healing’ deals with mind interacting with human biology.
When it comes to mind/matter interaction, which is part of non-material science, measurements can and have been made in both blind and double blind peer-reviewed literature. To learn more about and examine these concepts, feel free to browse through a selected list of downloadable peer-reviewed journal articles reporting studies of psychic phenomena, mostly published in the 21st century, you can click HERE. It is the home of Dr. Dean Radin, Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences.
I also wanted to provide a brief background with regards to this topic, because it is often ridiculed within the mainstream, despite the fact that we have some of the most brilliant scientists in the world attesting to its credibility. One of them is Elizabeth Rauscher.
She is a nuclear physicist who is a former researcher with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the Stanford Research Institute, as well as NASA.
The interviewer is Jeffrey Mishlove, founder of Thinking Allowed, where he interviews a number of fascinating guests on various interesting topics.
It’s no secret that life today for most people is incredibly stressful, and where much of the population aren’t happy, aren’t sleeping very well and may even be suffering with extreme nervous system issues. Left untreated, all of this adds up to being a very concerning health problem that may have severe consequences to your quality of life.
Severe stress can literally kill you, as it causes damage to your heart, gut, brain and so forth. There is really no bodily system that does not become negatively affected by stress. The more stress you have, the worse it is for your health. Many of these issues are often treated with pharmaceutical drugs, but is this the safest option? What could these drugs be doing to people long term?
Could taking CBD oil regularly be a credible solution? What does the science say about this?
We love writing about the wonders of CBD oil here at Collective Evolution, and we have published many articles on what CBD oil can do for us. I’m sharing this with you today from both a personal point of view, and I also want to back up what has happened to me with scientific evidence.
Childhood Trauma Affects How We Deal With Stress
Growing up, I personally had an enormous amount of stress. Like many, I didn’t have the ideal childhood, in that I had a very difficult relationship with my parents. While I am not going into details too much, I had sustained severe injuries to my nervous system from how I experienced my youth.
I also had a very unhealthy childhood from eating very bad foods, having many antibiotics, reactions to vaccines, and exposure to lead paint at an early age. It must be said that all of these toxins also affect our nervous systems and of course, general health too.
This has meant that my adrenals took an absolute beating over the years, with adrenaline and cortisol being activated far too often and my body was not able to calm down quickly. I was in a constant flight or fight stage for years. This also affected my mental state, which was very up and down for a long time, where I suffered severe depression and anxiety.
I know I am not alone in feeling like this, as childhood trauma is a huge problem today. I would say in a group of ten people, you’d have the overwhelming response of people saying ‘I’ve suffered childhood trauma too.’ I’d even go so far as to say it’s an epidemic of mammoth proportions, and one that does not get discussed openly enough.
Could regular use of CBD oil help our bodies have a better nervous system?
Sarah Best, nutritionist and writer, has this to say about CBD oil:
I work with two categories of people that CBD oil can really help. The first is highly sensitive women – 15-20% of the population, male and female, are highly sensitive and one thing this means is that they have an extra sensitive nervous system, which makes them extra prone to stress, anxiety and insomnia. CBD oil can be great for calming all that down. The other category are those who are recovering from the effects of an emotionally neglectful and/or abusive childhood. This is many more people than you’d think, and trauma disorders, anxiety and depression are common in this group. Again, CBD oil can really help thanks to its calming, balancing and antidepressant properties.”
If you are suffering from childhood trauma and stress that you feel the effects of today, I really hope that this article resonates with you and you consider trying this oil. At the bottom of this article is a Facebook group you can join for those suffering from childhood trauma.
Anger And Mood Issues Are A Huge Problem For Many Today
While I have come a long way with healing the damage, at the age of 40, I still suffer from anger issues that have also been quite erratic. Again, I know I am not alone here because I hear from others that they feel the same way, especially new mothers, where they are getting too angry too often and it doesn’t feel like it’s a normal thing; something is out of ‘whack.’
I also see these anger issues play out online, with how people behave on social media, often resorting to hurling abuse at others, putting them down and writing really terrible things.
Balanced, healthy minded people do not act like this, as I am sure you may agree.
Anger comes from not being able to process emotions well when the body shoots out amounts of adrenaline and cortisol, so a person can often then explode, yelling at others and in worse cases, may even become violent towards others. Many people who are in jail today, may in fact be there from anger issues (stemming from childhood trauma) that simply got out of control. Their nervous systems were not stable and the severe imbalance led to their criminal act.
With so many teens who say they are very stressed and depressed today, the future for them could possibly be quite alarming if the way they are feeling is not dealt with better. The teens who do commit suicide, are not surprisingly, said to have a history of depression, anxiety, drug abuse or a behaviour problem. Those teens who suffer depression also have a 30% chance of developing a drug problem later in life.
Here are some concerning statistics I’d like to share with you:
18.8 million Americans suffer from a depressive disorder
4% of preschoolers are clinically depressed
There is a 23% rate of increase in children with depression
30% of American women are depressed
Antidepressants only work for 30% of the depressed population
10% of women experience postpartum depression after giving birth
15% of depressed people will commit suicide
Depression costs the U.S. 51 billion when they have days off work
If you know of any teens who are depressed, you might like to tell their parents to look into giving them CBD oil, but they might be more comforted in knowing that taking CBD oil is not the same as smoking it. The oil is non-addictive and does not make people behave as if they are on drugs.
This subject of depression and mood disorders, is such an urgent global matter, we really need people to feel calmer – which would then affect our earth so positively – but we need to get to this state without resorting to using drugs that really do not fix the problem.
CBD Oil For Depression
If you suffer from low mood and feel depressed, you might like to see how you respond to CBD oil. A study showed that CBD has a fast acting antidepressant ability.
CBD Oil Calms The Nervous System Down
Do you feel like your nervous system is very poor and runs on high alert all the time? Until recently, I still found it very hard to calm my own nervous system down at times, after having stimulating things like coffee, too much raw chocolate and anything that was ‘exciting,’ for example, even hearing some really good news.
The first time I really saw the power of CBD oil was after I had not slept a wink the night after I had a very strong raw chocolate cake. By 2pm the next day, I felt awful, like I had too much jittery energy in my body and around my heart. A friend reminded me to take some CBD oil that I had in my cupboard and the result was quite mind blowing. Within just ten minutes, my entire mind and body had calmed down, and all of the jittery feeling went totally away. It felt truly incredible to see it happen that fast.
If you have also had years of stress, or suffered from a very serious traumatic event, this may literally have reprogrammed your body to be in a constant fight or flight stage. If you don’t do anything about it, then it may mean you could be more predisposed to an early heart attack, or even stroke. Our bodies need to work in a healthy balance.
Now that CBD oil is legal in some countries (and states) across the world, I’ve personally been trying CBD oil for the last few months and have found that the effects are quite profound, as have others I know, and I am excited to share them with you.
How Does It Work?
Cannabinoids (the chemical component of cannabis) are proven to activate certain receptors found throughout our bodies, which produce pharmalogic effects, especially that of the central nervous system and the immune system. You might be fascinated to know that there are natural cannabinoids found in human breast milk.
The endocannabinoid system found in humans is said to affect many varieties of physiologic processes. These include pain sense, memory, appetite, food intake, energy balance and motor control.
Click here to learn more about the endocannabinoid system or watch the video below
Dr. Josh Axe shared in an article regarding a study that showed taking cannabis oil may regulate the emotional response to trauma and therefore prevent further stress. This is because it minimised the stress receptors in the hippocampus and amygdala (areas in the brain) that combined, are both responsible for processing our senses and emotions.
CBD Oil For Insomnia and PSTD
CBD oil also helps us sleep better – with restful sleep being vital to help deal with stress – and can be very helpful with dealing with insomnia. I’ve also noticed better sleep from using CBD oil just before bed, but you must be careful with the dose, sometimes less is more.
A study on military veterans showed that CBD oil helped the participants to deal better with their coping mechanisms, and they slept better and had reduced anxiety.
What CBD oil can do is block that particular memory from coming back and reminding you. Not only that, it’s been shown to have an effect on cortisol, in terms of tempering the cortisol in those situations and reducing it where the cortisol is high. Other situations we have with cortisol that is low, it has been able to bring up that cortisol to a normal level. – Dr. Philip Blair COL (retired) – Researcher on CBD for PTSD
You might like to view a very interesting talk Dr. Blair did. He also says CBD oil helps with inflammation, which is one of the key factors causing depression.
Another Doctor by the name of Sue Sisley who is a researcher for cannabis oil use for PSTD. She shares information about CBD oil in the video here.
CBD Oil For Anxiety
CBD oil also showed positive results in a simulated speaking test where very anxious people had to speak in front of an audience, and those that took CBD oil were much less anxious.
For those that suffer with social anxiety, you might find comfort in knowing that CBD oil has been shown to help people cope with being in that sort of environment. Here is another study also showing that is has positive effects.
CBD Oil For PMS
Hands up if you are one of the 75% who experience PMS and can find that time of the month incredibly stressful for yourself and for those that surround us? I used to have very bad moods the week before my cycle. I would always know when I was due, even without looking at the calendar because my mood would just suddenly be so bad. This is all down to hormone levels that are rising and falling throughout the month.
I used to suffer from a very severe form of PMS called Premenstrual Dysmorphic Disorder which is said to affect between 3-8% of the population. This meant that my PMS was really really bad, and looking back to the times in my life where I was suicidal, it was often during that time in the month. I was prescribed antidepressants for this, as many women are for PMS, but they didn’t help me at all. In fact, I would say it made things much worse for me.
I am glad I no longer take these drugs, because I have since found that they really are very bad for your health when you take them for years. An alarming study showed that long term use of antidepressants can actually increase early death by 33%. McMaster University in Canada carried out a study where they used results from 17 studies, which involved nearly 380,000 people. At first when they looked at the data, it seemed to suggest just a 9 percent increase of death who took these medications, but they then removed the people in the study who suffered cardiovascular disease and saw that the more accurate results were discovered. The remaining patients were the ones who had a risk of death of 33%.
‘We are very concerned by these results,’ he said.
‘They suggest that we shouldn’t be taking antidepressant drugs without understanding precisely how they interact with the body.
‘I do think these drugs for most people are doing more harm than good and that physicians ought not to generally prescribe them.’ – Canadian Study leader Paul Andrews
It is with this information that I feel it’s very important people are aware that being on long term antidepressants is not a good idea for their health.
CBD Oil For Schizophrenia
Those that suffer with Schizophrenia often end up taking very powerful drugs, which are likely to also cause serious health issues long term. While smoking marijuana has been found to increase psychotic episodes with some people having to go into mental institutions, the high levels of THC are likely to be why this can be a trigger for some.
However, taking CBD oil, which often only has a tiny amount of THC, can actually decrease the amount of psychotic episodes they have.
Dose Is Key: Don’t Go Overboard With CBD Oil As Effects Can Be Counter Productive
Regarding the effects CBD oil has on PMS, after taking CBD oil several times a day and before bed, over the last few months, I can happily share that I had zero PMS recently and have had a calmer mood overall.
This has not happened in a very long time where I haven’t experienced quite bad mood swings before that time of the month.
Just a word of warning, when something sounds good, it’s easy to think that perhaps more is better, but in the case of CBD oil, taking too much can be counter productive. I have had friends who have anxiety say they took too much and felt anxious, but when they have a small amount (five drops as opposed to a whole dropper full for example) that it works a lot better.
It’s the same for sleep – I have taken too much some nights and found that it caused me to take longer to go to sleep. I think it’s best to take the drops under the tongue as it bypasses the digestive system and goes straight into the blood due to the many capillaries the tongue has. This means the effects will be achieved faster.
One other very interesting finding is that a survey carried out recently showed most of the participants (nearly half) stopped taking their pharmaceutical drugs. 80% said that they found CBD oil to be ‘very or extremely’ effective.
While I can’t guarantee that you’d get the same beneficial effects as I have, maybe it is worth a try to see how your body responds to CBD oil.
Because all CBD oil is not equal, and quality and how it’s made is very important, if you’d like to try the oil that I personally use (this is not affiliated to me or Collective Evolution by the way) you might like to check out Spirit of Hemp, which posts worldwide.
There are many other great brands out there, which one do you use?
If you’d like to know more about further studies on CBD oil you can check out this link that is a very good resource.
For information on what CBD can do for cancer, epilepsy, Alzheimers, and other disorders please read this.
Go here to join Sarah’s Facebook group for highly sensitive women (and/or to ask to be added to her secret group for those men and women recovering from childhood trauma): http://ift.tt/2zTWO2L
The International Labor Organization estimates that there are 20.9 million human trafficking victims worldwide and 4.5 million people trapped in forced sex trafficking around the globe. At least 100,000 children are prostituted annually in the U.S., adding to the $9.8 billion U.S. sex trafficking industry. This is an extremely lucrative business, as pimps typically make between $150K and $200K per child annually and exploit 4-6 girls, on average.
Human trafficking remains a major problem worldwide, and it’s not just pimps and escaped convicts involved. It’s politicians, the elite, wealthy businessmen, your neighbours, and oftentimes the people that you’d least expect. There was an astonishing 35.7% increase in the amount of human trafficking victims in the U.S. between 2015 and 2016, and that’s just the known number of victims. This begs the question: Are we getting better at finding them, or are an increasing number of people being forced to sell their bodies? Sadly, statistics suggest the latter.
Technology has played an integral role in finding these victims in recent years; however, technology can also enable human trafficking through the dark net and even through the use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chips. One doctor recently came forward, whose identity will be kept anonymous, to share his story in surgically removing an RFID chip in a female sex trafficking victim. How can the healthcare system help these victims and what can we do to put an end to human trafficking?
Doctor Extracts RFID Chip From Sex Trafficking Victim
In October 2016, a 28-year-old woman walked into a hospital claiming that she had a tracker inside of her body. Although the doctor said the woman looked respectable, the nurses and doctors on site were still skeptical of her story, until they gave her an X-ray.
“Embedded in the right side of her flank is a small metallic object only a little bit larger than a grain of rice. But it’s there. It’s unequivocally there. She has a tracker in her. And no one was speaking for like five seconds — and in a busy ER that’s saying something,”the doctor explained.
As it turned out, that small metal object was an RFID chip. “It’s used to tag cats and dogs. And someone had tagged her like an animal, like she was somebody’s pet that they owned,” he continued.
It’s important to note that RFID chips aren’t like every other tracking device or GPS system. The type of chip that was inside this woman could only have been used to track her if the person tracking her was nearby. This means that she was likely kept in a confined area with her captor, as if she truly were a pet who needed to be kept close to her owner.
In truth, she was forced into the world of sex trafficking by her boyfriend, who was acting as her pimp. He chipped her to ensure her compliance, forcing her to sell her body for sex and then give him the money. This isn’t an unusual practice, either, as many industries, from prostitution to manufacturing to domestic service, will chip their “employees.” (source) Read more about RFID chips and their potential and current uses in our CE article here.
Already in use, RFID chips stand to become common technology. An American company called Applied Digital Solutions developed one the size of a grain of rice and it’s already been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for distribution and implementation. You can read more about that in our CE article here.
The potential issues regarding microchipping the human race are endless. Would we have any privacy? It’s easy to imagine how the elite and the government could use microchips to further control the general population. Is it even safe to put inside of our bodies or would we experience another drastic increase in cancer rates? Plus, if this becomes common practice in the world of human trafficking, would this help us find victims or would it only help those controlling them?
How Healthcare Providers and Others Can Help Trafficking Victims
Human trafficking has been a serious issue for decades, from underground elite pedophile rings to slavery to sex trafficking. The level of corruption may seem overwhelming, but there’s always something we can do to help! One industry in particular that can help free sex trafficking victims is the healthcare system.
As many as 88% of sex trafficking victims end up in ERswhile they’re still being held captive. This means that hospital staff have the opportunity to interact with these victims and thus help them escape. The difficulty is identifying sex traffickers and then understanding how to get them the help they need.
A quarter of healthcare providers believe that their patients have been involved with human trafficking, yet very few are actually educated on how to correctly handle this situation. There are almost 6,000 hospitals in the United States, yet only 60 of them have specific protocols in place if they suspect one of their patients is a trafficking victim. As a result, an alarming 95% of ER personnel are not adequately trained in treating trafficking victims.
Unfortunately, it all comes down to lack of funding, as many hospitals simply cannot afford to run education programs for their staff or offer additional services to trafficking victims. Fortunately, that’s not the case in every instance. A number of hospitals and doctors in Hawaii, New York, Texas, and Massachusetts have recently opened up free clinics for trafficking victims.
And it’s not just healthcare providers that are stepping up; for example, Ashton Kutcher recently designed a software that is currently being used by 4,000 officers in the U.S., which allows law enforcers to reduce investigation time by 60%. Another tool that his company developed, Solace, is anticipated to be able to cut down investigation time from three years to only three weeks. You can read more about his technologies and his work fighting human trafficking in our CE article here.
Kutcher actually highlighted another industry that has the power to make a huge difference to the lives of sex trafficking victims during his speech to U.S. Congress — the foster care system. In 2016, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children estimated that one in six endangered runaways reported to them were likely sex trafficking victims.
Ashton states, “I was astonished to find out that 70% of the inmates in the prisons across this country have touched the foster care system and 80% of the people on death row were at some point in time exposed to the foster care system… Foster care children are 4 times more likely to be exposed to sexual abuse. That’s a breeding ground for trafficking, I promise you that.”
Another trafficking pipeline he mentions is the lack of mental health support offered to both the victims and their perpetrators. We cannot just hand people prescriptions and assume that this will put an end to their nightmares. Anyone who is subject to this kind of abuse, or is the abuser themselves, will likely require long-term counselling and therapy.
This isn’t just an issue of search and rescue, either. Human trafficking can only be stopped if we work toward fixing the entire system. This means understanding why this happens in the first place so we can prevent it from occurring as well as providing better support to victims and perpetrators after the fact.
Perhaps if the government allocated more resources toward finding these victims and preventing these underground rings from existing in the first place, human trafficking wouldn’t be such a large-scale issue. However, the sad reality is, the U.S. government and the forces that control it are a huge part of the problem.
U.S. Government and Elite Involvement in Sex Trafficking
According to the Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection, the U.S. has the largest share — a whopping 50% — of commercialized child pornography websites in the world. Countless Americans each year will also engage in sex tourism, which is when someone travels to countries with less strict or no laws surrounding prostitution and child sex slavery, yet they’re very rarely caught doing so.
There has also been a lot of speculation lately on child sex rings being used by the U.S. government. You may be familiar with the PizzaGate scandal, which allegedly unearthed a very high-level elitist global pedophile ring the U.S. government was involved in.
It emerged when Wikileaks released tens of thousands of emails from the former White House Chief of Staff under Bill Clinton, Jon Podesta, who also served as Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager. It’s because of these emails that many claimed Jon Podesta was a part of these child trafficking rings as well.
Below is a video of award winning American journalist Ben Swann explaining the Pizzagate controversy in detail:
This isn’t the first time people were concerned over sexual abuse by government officials. Ted Gunderson, former FBI special agent and head of their L.A. office, worked to uncover years worth of information on high-level pedophilia, sexual abuse, and satanic rituals performed by the elite. You can read more about that in our CE article here.
Gunderson worked alongside Brice Taylor, a sex slave involved with an extension of the CIA program MK Ultra. You can watch her testimony here:
Former U.S. representative Cynthia McKinney also knew about the government’s relationship to human trafficking, and she actually addressed it in 2005. She grilled Donald Rumsfeld on DynCorp’s child trafficking business of selling women and children (source).
Another individual involved in high-level trafficking was Jeffrey E. Epstein, who in 2009 pleaded guilty to charges of soliciting prostitution from girls as young as fourteen. He served just over a year in jail and became a registered high-risk sex offender. He was close to Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew, and many other elitists.
According to former U.S. State Department official Steve Pieczenik, the Clintons and many more “have been a major part and participant of what’s called the Lolita Express, which is a plane owned by Mr. Jeff Epstein, a wealthy multi-millionaire who flies down to the Bahamas and allows Bill and Hillary Clinton to engage in sex with minors — that is called Pedophilia” (source).
Numerous victims involved in elite sex rings and occult sex rituals have come forward, exposing high-level corruption in regards to human sex trafficking and pedophilia. One of the more recent victims to come forward was a woman named Kendall who was sold at birth into a powerful, high-level international sex ring. You can read more about her story in our CE article here.
Where Do We Go From Here?
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all of the darkness in the world, and society often places the blame on others and demonizes those involved with these violent acts. We tend to dehumanize pedophiles, child molesters, rapists, and abusers, demanding punishment for their crimes and responding to their actions with hate and anger. However, if we fail to recognize the humanity in them, how will we ever learn why these violent acts occurred in the first place?
Have you ever made a mistake that forced you to really question your humanity? In reality, our mistakes don’t dehumanize us, they’re part of what makes us human in the first place. Our mistakes help us learn and grow as spiritual beings, which begs the question: Can we ever really make a mistake? Nevertheless, it’s still disheartening that these “mistakes” include violent acts such as rape, pedophilia, and human trafficking.
We shouldn’t be encouraging trafficking victims to hate their perpetrators, nor should we be judging or expressing hatred toward those involved with the facilitation of sex rings and human trafficking. By choosing hate, we end up bottling up anger and resentment, which ultimately hurts no one but ourselves. If we choose forgiveness instead, we can learn to better cope with the more difficult events in our lives. Even if you feel the perpetrator doesn’t deserve forgiveness, I’m sure you can agree that the victim deserves freedom.
Choosing forgiveness doesn’t have to mean compliance, either. We can still change this reality without attaching ourselves to our emotions. By shifting our consciousness and educating others, we can make a difference!