I am not political because I really do not believe that politics can solve problems. Yes government can solve some problems and sometimes it stumbles into a consensus that allows it to happen. Mostly politics is “who will control the applecart” and neither side wants to upset the applecart, just control it. Control the applecart and you have access to power and wealth. The zeal of gaining or keeping control has led to some serious splits in our country as we have all been pitted against each other in many ways. To maintain the divide and hold on to the power our political factions have reduced their opposition to caricatures. Surfing the Sunday morning talk shows the left is talking about a right that is the caricature of the right it created, and the right is talking about a left that is similarly imagined to be something that it is not. For sure – the left hand does not know what the right hand is doing, or even talking about. Our healing and reunification will come when we stop trying to talk to the caricatures we have invented and realize we all really want the same things. All we have to do is cooperate in making them happen outside politics. Dialogue begins when we stop fearing the fictitious caricatures we have created of each other.
If I were younger, I would be there. I am there in Spirit. I never thought Waco would happen. I never thought Kent State would happen. They did happen and so did Wounded Knee and the Trail of Tears. The indigenous people know more about life that the secular materialists who are opposing them. We should all be listening to the elders and the grandmothers, The largest gathering of this kind in history should have some meaning. This is not Woodstock people. If we don’t stop it now we may well see the final threads of American genocide as our government forcibly breaks another treaty
There is a young woman named, Jenifer with a stage four cancer…..I have joined a prayer chain for her. When you see a beautiful young woman who has lost her hair and is going through the struggle to live many would ask, “How can God let that happen?” God didn’t let it happen – we did:
We’ve thrown beer cans in the river, and put power lines overhead.
Our lakes are getting greener and the fish are floating dead.
There goes a load of concrete to pave another street.
Won’t be long before there’s no ground beneath our feet.
We call it progress.
We came upon God’s green Earth to plunder and deface,
and when we’re finished here on Earth we’ll foul up outer space.
Strip mine on the mountain cut down all the trees.
Make ‘em into paper for blowing in the breeze.
The litter bags are empty in all our smoky cars.
Our trails are blazed with wrappers from our plastic candy bars.
We call it progress…
We did it. God did not call a prophet to the mountain to give out the formula for polyvinyl chloride – plastic is man-made. So are the phthalates that contaminate everything from teething rings to IV bags.
God did not invent DDT, Agent Orange and Roundup – or any of the other more than 500 toxic substances listed by the EPA as a cause for cancer that are still permitted to be used in essential products we need every day. God did not go into the pharmaceutical board rooms to point out that there is more money in treating than in curing. God never said that taking genes from a frog and putting them in a potato would improve agriculture. Above all God did not give us the dogmatic neo-Darwin materialistic paradigm that we have allowed to distort our laws, our science, our education and our very concept of reality. We did this. God is not a Super Hero who is supposed to swoop in and save us from the consequences of our choices. God will help us heal ourselves and our planet, but until we change our priorities we will remain the invasive species. We are our greatest threat to health and life.
- It bothers me that the government that tolerated the decadence and filth of the Occupy Wall Street protest and even tried to sneak it into history as something important and spontaneous, is the same government that is trying to breakup the Standing Rock protest. It also bothers me that the news organizations are going from panel to panel repeating the same meaningless dialogue for hours on end like there are issues in the presidential campaigns worth talking about, and totally ignoring the largest gathering of indigenous people in the history of the world. It really bothers me too that my government appears to be in position for another Waco. #
On our planet there is only one race – the human race. Too be a racist one has to be stupid enough to follow a religion or political belief that divides us in hopes of validating a concept of superiority. Give it up! There is one life on this Earth and it is all part of the Consciousness of a Creator who intends peace and harmony. We share that consciousness and that life. Racism is nowhere in our DNA. It is an acquired trait. Indeed, a mutation and a primitive expression of stupidity. Leadership that does not bring us together in the intended harmony is not leadership. It is self-serving deception.
Watched most of the Vice Presidential Debate tonight 10/4/16. I am more convinced that ever before that politics as we know it cannot solve our problems. In deed, I am more convinced that ever that politics as we know it is the cause of most of our problems. Ronald Reagan was one of the best politicians of current history because he was by far the best actor. Politics has a way of defining problems and promising a remedy that never materializes. It is all an act, a promise and clever manipulation of our limbic and parietal lobes. The fact that two people who are wealthy by questionable means are our chosen candidates for our two party system when the polls clearly show that the people do not trust them should tell us something about the state of our union. For most it is not a question of whom to support. It is a question of which candidate to vote against. Neither is desired by a clear majority. Hillary has the support of many just because they want a woman president. Maybe the system demands a woman who knows how to play dirty to be one to crack the ceiling. Voters who are considered right of center are embarrassed by Trump who verbalizes the ponderings of a twelve year old rich kid bully. Top members of the GOP have either turned their back on Trump or given up their self respect to keep the oath of loyalty to the party. Actually, things probably will not change that much with either of them in the oval office. Politics will continue to create problems it can never solve, and people without power will find the strength to be moral and keep the world from falling apart by living their faith.
I am not a political person, and truly believe that it is far too late in time to solve problems with politics. Perhaps our problems are indeed caused by politics. I have no comment on the “Jobs, jobs, jobs” situation and frankly see a vivid comparison between the partisan posturing in Washington and the World Wrestling Federation, loads of threats and choreographed conflicts with no real change and more of the same problems.
As a natural health consultant and spiritual coach I am qualified to comment on some of the unreported developments of the day: Criminalization of natural products and jailing people for selling raw milk are only two examples. Now it appears the FDA is preparing to twist an interpretation of the very law that protects the right to sell and use dietary supplements to virtually shut down the natural food sector with foolish regulations. Even a casual observation will show that more and more over the counter pharmaceutical products are repackaged products from the health food stores. Glucosamine/chondroitin, Omega 3 oil, St John’s Wort, 5-HPT and acidophilus are a few examples of natural products that are being packaged as over the counter pharmaceuticals. A similar casual observation reveals that the FDA is not only a revolving door for the industry it is supposed to regulate, it is also a marketing “bitch” for the pharmaceuticals. Of course, they want to ban a product that can help us stay healthy for a few cents in favor of repackaging the same product as a “scientific wonder” for big bucks. Health is not complicated; nutrition, love and gratitude. Health is also inexpensive. Treating illness is an industry that is threatened by health, natural health. There is little we can do in the political arena to stop the monsters that control it, but it is liberating to let those who are misusing the powers of the beast know that we are not fooled. Our best hope for survival is in prayer and meditation. The world becomes what we believe.
Perhaps the most convincing proof of the effectiveness of dietary supplements for maintaining health and in some cases curing disease conditions is the obvious trend among the Big Pharma giants that are packaging supplements as drugs. This could also explain why the FDA and the Congress are testing the waters for new regulations that would virtually shut down most supplement processors. It is not “if you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em,” it is if you can’t shut them down, take them over.
One of the first was the marketing of Omega 3 fish oil as a drug. It has proved effective for coronary health and control of triglycerides. But as an expensive drug, it is no better than the inexpensive fish oil supplements. Actually, the supplement combinations of 3-6-9 oils are more effective at a fraction of the cost. One of the newer entries is the introduction of Vitamin D3 as a drug. As reported by NaturalNews.com:
Biopharmaceutical giant Rockwell Medical recently announced that it has acquired a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for a generic, injectable form of vitamin D called Calcitriol, that it openly refers to as a “drug.”
Marketed under several brand names including Rocaltrol (Roche), Calcijex (Abbott), and Decostriol (Mibe, Jesalis), Calcitriol is really nothing more than vitamin D3, or 1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol, that has been placed in a syringe with sterile fluids and other additives. And yet Rockwell Medical, as well as various medical information sources, refer to Calicitriol as a “drug,” which is why Rockwell Medical obtained an ANDA in the first place.
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/033185_vitamin_D_kidney_disease.html#ixzz1TgtIx4cM
Good dietary supplements are not cheap, but they work; unlike some expensive medications that have more negative side effects than positive effects on a condition. I will be the first to say that medications can save your life and if you are hit by a truck go to emergency, not a health food store. Both supplements and medication have their place in our lives. The medication that saves your life today, can threaten it tomorrow with continued us. Supplements are mostly as benign as food with few side effects. I believe that if the government would allow us to at least deduct for our supplements we would see the total cost of health care decline. Actually, if the government made supplements free and health care practitioners knew how to administer them, we would eliminate a greater percent of the public cost of healthcare. Yes, free supplements would save the government money.
This trend of Big Pharma rebranding supplements as drugs will drive up the cost of supplements, if the regulators allow them at all. Secondly, there is the basic misunderstanding of supplements. Drugs are designed with a chemical formula, and they cause chemical reactions in the body. Most supplements work energetically as they are assimilated into the body. Chemistry controls symptoms. Energy heals. Will supplements as drugs be made into chemical formulas that will no longer be energetically effective?
I took note of a couple of things that have taken place recently and found myself deeply disturbed. First, the German government admitted that the E Coli scare that has held headlines for the past few days did not originate on organic sprouts. Anybody with knowledge of food and bacteria knows that E Coli develops in and is hosted by animals. When vegetables carry E Coli it is because they have been contaminated by animal waste matter, usually from the water they are exposed to before or after harvest. The German government admitted that it was an attempt to discredit organic farmers and organic food. I can remember when releasing false information to the public was called propaganda. Why would a government want to protect people from organic food? Does that help justify looking the other way for years while toxic chemicals have been adulterating the food supplies of the world? Does the word “organic” set off the reptilian brain of bureaucracy and throw it into the protection mode. Obviously they are so sure they are right and that we need protection that they will lie to make it so.
The second incident took place much closer to home when the FDA sent armed agents to raid and shut down a facility making concentrated Elderberry juice on the grounds the company had made health claims. Actually several months ago the FDA sent the company a letter about health claims. The company hired a consultant familiar with FDA policy and rewrote the product description. The company thought that was the end of the matter. Then the FDA swat team arrived. Reminds me of an incident a few years ago when in a similar action the FDA seized and burned books about the natural sweetener, Stevia.
Propaganda, book burning and surprise raids by armed agents. Natural living is getting more challenging every day. Decriminalize addictive drugs and criminalize organic and natural remedies. Insane! Hey, what about this? Let’s make the FDA responsible for policing illegal drugs. Of course there is always the possibility of the dealers telling the FDA its OK, and then no action would be taken against them – just like the pharmaceutical medications that kill more than 100,000 people each year. The FDA says they are safe because the dealers said so.
I am blogging this piece directly from Jeffrey Smith. Please take it seriously. Why do we have fewer bees and birds? Why do we have so many children with unusual symptoms. If you mess with the food, you mess with the life forms that consume it…
Dangerous Toxins From Genetically Modified Plants Found in Women and Fetuses
by Jeffrey M. Smith
When U.S. regulators approved Monsanto’s genetically modified “Bt” corn, they knew it would add a deadly poison into our food supply. That’s what it was designed to do. The corn’s DNA is equipped with a gene from soil bacteria called Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) that produces the Bt-toxin. It’s a pesticide; it breaks open the stomach of certain insects and kills them.
But Monsanto and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) swore up and down that it was only insects that would be hurt. The Bt-toxin, they claimed, would be completely destroyed in the human digestive system and not have any impact on all of us trusting corn-eating consumers.
Oops. A study just proved them wrong.
Doctors at Sherbrooke University Hospital in Quebec found the corn’s Bt-toxin in the blood of pregnant women and their babies, as well as in non-pregnant women. (Specifically, the toxin was identified in 93% of 30 pregnant women, 80% of umbilical blood in their babies, and 67% of 39 non-pregnant women.) The study has been accepted for publication in the peer reviewed journal Reproductive Toxicology.
According to the UK Daily Mail , this study, which “appears to blow a hole in” safety claims, “has triggered calls for a ban on imports and a total overhaul of the safety regime for genetically modified (GM) crops and food.” Organizations from England to New Zealand are now calling for investigations and for GM crops to be halted due to the serious implications of this finding.
Links to allergies, auto-immune disease, and other disorders
There’s already plenty of evidence that the Bt-toxin produced in GM corn and cotton plants is toxic to humans and mammals and triggers immune system responses. The fact that it flows through our blood supply, and that is passes through the placenta into fetuses, may help explain the rise in many disorders in the US since Bt crop varieties were first introduced in 1996.
In government-sponsored research in Italy, mice fed Monsanto’s Bt corn showed a wide range of immune responses. Their elevated IgE and IgG antibodies, for example, are typically associated with allergies and infections. The mice had an increase in cytokines, which are associated with “allergic and inflammatory responses.” The specific cytokines (interleukins) that were elevated are also higher in humans who suffer from a wide range of disorders, from arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease, to MS and cancer (see chart).
|IL-6||Rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, various types of cancer (multiple myeloma and prostate cancer)|
|IL-13||Allergy, allergic rhinitis, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease)|
|MIP-1b||Autoimmune disease and colitis.|
|IL-12p70||Inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis|
The young mice in the study also had elevated T cells (gamma delta), which are increased in people with asthma, and in children with food allergies, juvenile arthritis, and connective tissue diseases. The Bt corn that was fed to these mice, MON 810, produced the same Bt-toxin that was found in the blood of women and fetuses.
When rats were fed another of Monsanto’s Bt corn varieties called MON 863, their immune systems were also activated, showing higher numbers of basophils, lymphocytes, and white blood cells. These can indicate possible allergies, infections, toxins, and various disease states including cancer. There were also signs of toxicity in the liver and kidneys.
Natural Bt is dangerous
Farmers have used Bt-toxin from soil bacteria as a natural pesticide for years. But they spray it on plants, where it washes off and biodegrades in sunlight. The GM version is built-in; every plant cell has its own spray bottle. The toxin doesn’t wash off; it’s consumed. Furthermore, the plant-produced version of the poison is thousands of times more concentrated than the spray; is designed to be even more toxic; and has properties of known allergens—it actually fails the World Health Organization’s allergen screening tests.
The biotech companies ignore the substantial difference between the GM toxin and the natural bacteria version, and boldly claim that since the natural spray has a history of safe use in agriculture, it’s therefore OK to put the poison directly into our food. But even this claim of safe use of Bt spray ignores peer-reviewed studies showing just the opposite.
When natural Bt-toxin was fed to mice, they had tissue damage, immune responses as powerful as cholera toxin, and even started reacting to other foods that were formerly harmless. Farm workers exposed to Bt also showed immune responses. The EPA’s own expert Scientific Advisory Panel said that these mouse and farm worker studies “suggest that Bt proteins could act as antigenic and allergenic sources.”But the EPA ignored the warnings. They also overlooked studies showing that about 500 people in Washington state and Vancouver showed allergic and flu-like symptoms when they were exposed to the spray when it was used to kill gypsy moths.
Bt cotton linked to human allergies, animal deaths
|Indian farm workers are suffering from rashes and itching and other symptoms after coming into contact with Bt cotton.|
Now thousands of Indian farm laborers are suffering from the same allergic and flu-like symptoms as those in the Pacific Northwest simply from handling genetically engineered cotton plants that produce Bt-toxin. According to reports and records from doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies, as well as numerous investigative reports and case studies, workers are struggling with constant itching and rashes; some take antihistamines every day in order to go to work.
It gets worse.
|All thirteen buffalo of a small Indian village died after grazing for a single day on Bt cotton plants.|
When they allow livestock to graze on the Bt cotton plants after harvest, thousands of sheep, goats, and buffalo died. Numerous others got sick. I visited one village where for seven to eight years they allowed their buffalo to graze on natural cotton plants without incident. But on January 3rd, 2008, they allowed their 13 buffalo to graze on Bt cotton plants for the first time. After just one day’s exposure, all died. The village also lost 26 goats and sheep.
One small study in Andhra Pradesh reported that all six sheep that grazed on Bt cotton plants died within a month, while the three controls fed natural cotton plants showed no adverse symptoms.
Living pesticide factories inside us?
Getting back to the Bt-toxin now circulating in the blood of North American adults and newborns—how did it get there? The study authors speculate that it was consumed in the normal diet of the Canadian middle class. They even suggest that the toxin may have come from eating meat from animals fed Bt corn—as most livestock are.
I’d like to speculate on another possible source. But I warn you, it’s not pretty.
The only human feeding study every published on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) was conducted on Roundup Ready soybeans. Here’s their back story: Scientists found bacteria growing in a chemical waste dump near their factory, surviving the presence of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. The herbicide normally kills bacteria, but this organism had some special gene that allowed it to survive. So Monsanto scientists figured, “Let’s put it into the food supply!”
By forcing that genes from that bacterium into soybean plants’ DNA, the plants then survive an otherwise deadly dose of Roundup herbicide—hence the name Roundup Ready.
In the human study, some of the subjects were found to have Roundup Ready gut bacteria! This means that sometime in the past, from eating one or more meals of GM soybeans, the gene that had been discovered in the chemical waste dump and forced into the soy, had transferred into the DNA of bacteria living inside their intestines—and continued to function. That means that long after we stop eating GMOs, we may still have dangerous GM proteins produced continuously inside of us.
When the results of the study emerged, the funding from the pro-GMO UK government mysteriously dried up, so they were not able to see if the same type of gene transfer happens with Bt genes from, say, corn chips. If it does, it means that eating Bt corn might turn our intestinal flora into living pesticide factories—continually manufacturing Bt-toxin from within our digestive systems.
I don’t know of a test that can confirm that this is happening, but the Canada study may be showing the results—where Bt-toxins are found in the blood of a very high percentage of people.
If the “living pesticide factory” hypothesis is correct, we might speculate even further. Bt-toxin breaks open the stomach of insects. Could it similarly be damaging the integrity of our digestive tracts? The biotech companies insist that Bt-toxin doesn’t bind or interact with the intestinal walls of mammals, and therefore humans. But here too they ignore peer-reviewed published evidence showing that Bt-toxin does bind with mouse small intestines and with intestinal tissue from rhesus monkeys. In the former study, they even found “changes in the electrophysiological properties” of the organ after the Bt-toxin came into contact.
If Bt-toxins were causing leaky gut syndrome in newborns, the passage of undigested foods and toxins into the blood from the intestines could be devastating. Scientists speculate that it may lead to autoimmune diseases and food allergies. Furthermore, since the blood-brain barrier is not developed in newborns, toxins may enter the brain causing serious cognitive problems. Some healthcare practitioners and scientists are convinced that this is the apparent mechanism for autism.
Thus, if Bt genes were colonizing the bacteria living in the digestive tract of North Americans, we might see an increase in gastrointestinal problems, autoimmune diseases, food allergies, and childhood learning disorders—since 1996 when Bt crops came on the market. Physicians have told me that they indeed are seeing such an increase.
The discovery of Bt-toxin in our blood does not confirm all this speculation, but it does provide food for thought. And hopefully, that food is non-GMO.
Our Institute for Responsible Technology joins other organizations worldwide calling for an immediate ban on GM food crops, and the commencement of rigorous independent scientific research on the safety of GMOs in general, and Bt-toxin in particular.
After 30 years as a broadcast journalist, Gene Ladd redirected his journey into herbs, nutrition and energy medicine to become a faith and energy counselor. He writes and speaks on the power of thought and the primacy of consciousness.