Article 4882 Video – International Public Notice: Arrest the Criminals – Monday, June 10, 2024 By Anna Von Reitz

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International Public Notice: Arrest the Criminals

 By Anna Von Reitz

The answer to the world’s problems is simple. Arrest and punish the criminals. Don’t go to war and let them profit themselves from it — again.  Finally deal with the problem. 
The world has been made miserable by these cretins for the past 300 years ever since the English Civil War, the War of the Spanish Succession, Queen Anne, the Treaty of Utrecht, and the fraudulent cobbling together of “Great Britain”.  
We understand that the U.S. Military is loath to arrest their own criminals, as they have been in bed with the Federal Reserve since Day One, but the facts are facts. 
The next “run up” that the Federal Reserve has in store for everyone is mammoth inflation (devaluation of their legal tender) while extracting more and more actual goods and services out of the economy.  
This is a crime and it has been planned with malice aforethought. 
The fact that it was planned over a hundred years ago on Jekyll Island doesn’t change the fact that it is a crime and a fraud scheme; in many ways, the long term and predetermined nature of the crime makes it worse.
These banks and bankers cold-bloodedly planned to defraud their customers and neighbors and country; their sons and grandsons have carried out their plan to the letter.  
The plan in essence was to float (as in kiting a check) a credit system on bonding future performances of labor and services to be provided by U.S. Citizens used — unknowingly — as Mercenaries. 
The bankers knew before they printed the first FEDERAL RESERVE NOTE that this form of currency always and predictably self-destructs and becomes worthless.  
This fiat debt-credit system was imposed on purpose, with malice aforethought, to trade on the Good Names of the Americans and to silently embezzle the value of this country’s assets and its people’s labor.  
This was done despite labor laws and other prohibitions in place at the time it started. 
By 1946, the Perps simply kicked it up a notch with a crooked Government Accounting System known as “double accrual accounting” also known as “keeping a double set of books” —and hunkered down to profit from the unlawful, illegal, and immoral conscription of millions of American “volunteers” who didn’t actually, knowingly, or willingly volunteer to participate in any of this. 
Going to war over this would be completely inappropriate.  This requires hand-cuffs, not bombs. 
As stated earlier, and repeatedly, this is a matter of banking fraud, securities fraud, counterfeiting, unjust enrichment, false registrations, unconscionable contracts and additional crimes including inland piracy, unlawful conversion of nationality, racketeering, and conspiracy against the Constitutions — and these are all crimes.  
Some of these charges are very serious crimes of state, but they are still crimes and need to be handled as such. 
As suggested to Mr. Putin yesterday, Russia doesn’t need to rattle any sabers or give the rats any opportunity to start the war they need to make money — war is the primary way they make money, so they want war — especially when they are secretly primed to open a three-front war against Russia through Germany, Ukraine, and China. 
What’s required is the assistance of the U.S. Military to arrest the bankers, politicians, and erring military officers responsible for these crimes, and the assistance of the militaries and police forces and agencies worldwide to enforce our Arrest Orders. 
The ultimate game plan that the Federal Reserve plotters established was simply to force everyone to inequitably exchange their gold and silver and other actual physical assets in exchange for future promises to pay — that is, the notes — albeit, with no date for repayment, and no specific form of repayment. 
Federal Reserve Notes are not negotiable instruments and have no value — beyond being a partial evidence of the debts we are owed by these Swindlers.  
Meanwhile, the Perps collected up all the gold, silver, land, patents, copyrights, labor contracts, trademarks and whatever else they could gather, knowing that when the fiat currency they floated failed, these hard assets would increase in value by hundreds if not thousands of times their original value.  
Gold that sold for $28 an ounce in 1928 would be worth $2,800 per ounce, or, in their dreams, $28,000 per ounce, and guess who would be holding all the gold and other actual physical assets they purloined — not only from the Americans, but through their European buddies, the Brits, the Aussies, the Germans, the French…. 
So the Federal Reserve is playing out their final vicious throw — extracting the last gasp of “value” out of their worthless promises to pay, via deliberately increasing the rate of inflation to Weimar Republic heights.  They are counting on this to drive the price and demand for gold and silver to astronomical heights, and to be sitting in the catbird seat, controlling all the gold, silver, land, labor, and other assets they purloined and swindled and embezzled from the rest of us, worldwide. 
Let your investigations and arrest orders extend as appropriate to the members of the European Common Market, the International Monetary Fund and IBRD, the World Bank, the UN CORPORATION, NYSE, NYC, and the executives and board members of other corporations operating as governments worldwide. 
This entire Swindle involving impersonation of living people and imposition of the improperly operated debt-credit financial system is both fraud and theft carried out under color of law, and the correct answer for it, is to arrest the bankers involved, and lawfully convert all the Maritime Commercial Banks that they have used to accomplish their crimes into Merchant Banks — as a first step, and start returning the purloined assets to the people they actually belong to. 
We have a competent and clean, new, and independent bilateral banking system ready to directly connect people and businesses worldwide. There is no need to panic, but there is a need to take action. 
The Unjust Enrichment these banks are waiting for with bated breath must never reach their hands and must instead be returned to the living people to whom the assets actually belong.  
The members of the British Territorial U.S. Congress and the Municipal CONGRESS are protected only insofar as the good faith performance of their job duties are concerned; as the Board of Directors and/or Board of Trustees for incorporated entities, they have absolutely no state immunity.  
Please arrest those members prior and sitting who approved and sought to legalize any domestic bioterrorism program in The United States or any other country under occupation by “United States” military operations.  
Please also arrest any members of these foreign Congressional Bodies who exempted themselves and their families from taking Covid-19 injections while mandating it for the General Public and members of the military. 
Please also arrest any members of these foreign Congressional Bodies who have promoted and created any unauthorized “independent, international city-state” operating in the District of Columbia. 
Please also arrest any members of the Executive Branch of these Corporations who have participated in or profited by the deployment of the Covid-19 injections deceptively promoted as vaccines. 
Please also arrest any remaining living members of the prior Congressional Bodies who offered to underwrite the liability for the pharmaceutical vaccine producers, knowing that the corporations they represented were already in bankruptcy and could not be sued for the damages. 
Please arrest all members and officers of the former and present Federal Reserve operations worldwide; these men have been the puppet masters of one of the most virulent property and identity theft schemes in human history.  
Please arrest the Lord Mayor of the Inner City of London and leaders of the British Crown Corporation as beneficiaries of these scandalous crimes. Similarly arrest Jorge Bergoglio in his private capacity, and Charles Windsor, also in his private capacity; these two men were the titular Principals in addition to the Lord Mayor referenced, and may be presumed to know what their left hands were doing.    
Please arrest the CEO’s and scientists involved in the preparation and deployment of the mRNA vaccines and all those presently engaged in attempting to deploy additional mRNA “Replicon” viruses via injection, including members of DARPA, the NIH, and FDA. 
Please arrest the Directors and Board Members of the World Economic Forum and any “Future Leaders” that they placed in positions of power under false and undisclosed pretenses. 
Please arrest Donald John Trump, if he has been foolish enough to accept being “King” of Israel, while operating as the Commander-in-Chief of what is supposed to be our military;  he should also be questioned very closely about Operation Warp Speed and his part in it. 
Please arrest anyone involved in setting up a new corporation calling itself “the American Government, Incorporated” or any similarly named entities designed to impersonate our lawful government.
Please arrest Joe Biden who has been operating as “President” of the White House Office, Inc., long after any pretense of legitimate office connected to the former UNITED STATES, INC. was gone.  He is to be prosecuted for election fraud, profiteering, abuse of office, criminal commercial activities, and other crimes. 
Please arrest Benjamin Netanyahu for his part in these criminal banking fraud operations and both prior and present genocides, stock market manipulation, money laundering, and crimes of state.  
Please arrest the executives and board members of Pfizer, Moderna, Astrazeneca, Johnson and Johnson, Monsanto, Bayer, and any other pharmaceutical corporation having any part in poisoning anyone or else altering the natural genome of anyone without their fully informed consent. 
Please inform the President of the Philippines that the American Government never went anywhere; the good decent people of this country still exist. We are not absent; we have been misrepresented and impersonated, lied to and lied about, but we are still here. 
Issued by: 
Anna Maria Riezinger, Fiduciary
The United States of America
In care of: Box 520994
Big Lake, Alaska 99652

June 10th 2024

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The Discordian Pederast Destruction of the Boy Scouts of America

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The newspaper USA Today reported:

The Boy Scouts of America filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection early Tuesday as the organization faces 275 abuse lawsuits and potentially an additional 1,400 cases to come.

Having already paid more than $150 million in settlements and legal costs between 2017 and 2019, the Boy Scouts hopes to contain the financial damage of the abuse scandal and emerge as a more sustainable organization.

The remaining cases are now in mediation, and there are legal maneuvers over what, if anything, will be left of the Boy Scouts as an institution.

Attorneys for the Boy Scouts of America said issues ripe for initial mediation included disputes over whether certain Boy Scouts properties should not be made available to satisfy creditor claims. Those properties include “High Adventure” bases, such as the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, the Florida Sea Base aquatic facility, and the Northern Tier wilderness area in northern Minnesota and Canada.

Similar to other pederast infestations, such as the Roman Catholic Church, for decades the organization knew about and tried to cover-up an epidemic of sexual abuse, even going so far as keeping a secret record known as the “Perversion Files,” which documented reports of Scouts leaders suspected of raping and sexually abusing boys. These records that were never turned over to authorities for investigation.


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Confidential files on suspected pedophiles maintained by the Boy Scouts of America contain the names of 7,800 individuals, an attorney for child sex abuse victims said.

J.L. Tarr, a Chief Scout Executive in the 1980s, said regarding sexual assault cases against Scout leaders across all 50 states: “That’s been an issue since the Boy Scouts began.”

Several reports have surfaced over the years regarding incidents of sexual abuse within the Boy Scouts of America to include incidents of repeat offenders.

The perversion files showed BSA knowledge of abuse dated back to the 1920s. Reports said that in the U.S., the Scouts settled about 60 similar historic cases out of court over recent years.

In the ’80s, the issue was serious enough that BSA attempted mitigation measures. It developed a Youth Protection Plan, a comprehensive program to educate and prevent abuse. A centerpiece of the program is the “two deep” leadership criterion, which dictates that no adult can ever be alone with any members.

The “two-deep” policy requires that a minimum of two adults be present during all activities to minimize the potential for clandestine abuse. Before joining, a member must discuss with their parents a pamphlet on sexual abuse.

Kenneth Lannings, the FBI agent who helped develop the BSA’s Youth Protection Plan, wrote that “a skilled pedophile who can get children into a situation where they must change clothing or stay with him overnight will almost always succeed in seducing them.”

When camping, no youth is permitted to sleep in the tent of an adult other than his own parent or guardian. Proper clothing for activities is required. For example, skinny-dipping is not appropriate as part of scouting. Physical hazing and initiations are prohibited and may not be included as part of any scouting activity.

The topic of Boy Scouts harboring pederasts and teenage protogays seemed to have been exhausted in the mainstream media soon after Dale v. Boy Scouts of America was put before the Supreme Court of the United States.

It was in the 2007 case that the Scouts successfully argued that it had the legal right to exclude known homosexuals from its membership.

The Scouts not only asserted the right, enraging the Left, the Scouts implemented the ban rather thoroughly, prohibiting membership to homosexuals, or by expelling homosexuals who were already members.

Then, on July 27, 2015, the BSA executive committee passed and ratified a resolution to lift the homosexual ban. On Jan. 31, 2017, the Boy Scouts of America announced it would accept transgender scouts.

In the you can’t make this stuff up category consider that the BSA bowed to a law suit brought by New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced a settlement with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to end its policy of excluding openly gay adults from serving as leaders in the organization. As part of the settlement, the BSA has agreed to eliminate the standard nationally. 

Schneiderman was born to a Jewish family in New York City.  In May 2018, he resigned his position as Attorney General after The New Yorker reported that four women had accused him of sexual and physical abuse. He called these acts “role playing” – “In the privacy of intimate relationships, I have engaged in role-playing.”

Membership decline in BSA has intensified. Earlier this year, the Mormons, who had been a 500,000-member mainstay, announced they were leaving the organization.

Boy Scouts of America homosexuals performed a victory march in the Gay Pride Parade in New York on June 28, 2015.

The organization’s so-called “perversion files” have since been disclosed through litigation. The number of alleged abusers had not been known, said attorney Jeff Anderson, who represents former Scouts who say they were sexually abused.

The files also contain the names of more than 12,000 suspected victims, according to the Scouts’ expert. Files from 1959 to 1985 were made public in 2012. They contain thousands of names, according to reports at the time.

Critics, meanwhile, point out that as of 2012, the BSA has refused to release those files dating from after 1985.

A Texas judge has ordered the release of the post-1985 files, but the BSA is currently in the process of appealing to avoid that release.

A Minnesota district judge has also ordered the release.

A California judge has similarly ordered the release of more files, and California’s state Supreme Court has denied an appeal from the BSA.

The Pandora’s box that sunk BSA was its failure before 2008 to perform criminal background checks on prospective Scout leaders, which is a requirement for all volunteers. This failure paved the way for homosexual child molesters to infest the organization.

In May 1991, The Washington Times published a major five-part investigation entitled “Scouts Honor” on sex abuse in the BSA. Staff from the newspaper had worked for two years preparing the series, reviewing internal and personnel records from the Boy Scouts; court records from more than 20 states; and more than 1,000 newspaper articles; as well as interviewing more than 200 people, including molesters, families of victims, Scout leaders, sex abuse experts and lawyers.

The newspaper restricted itself to reported cases of male Scout leaders abusing Boy Scouts before the introduction of its Youth Protection program.

In summation, the newspaper wrote, “The Boy Scouts are a magnet for men who want to have sexual relations with children … Pedophiles join the Scouts for a simple reason: it’s where the boys are.”

The Times uncovered a list from the BSA of more than 350 men banned for sexual misconduct from 1971 to 1986. Now, because of the statue of limitations, when adults later come forward, convictions are difficult to achieve.

Similar to the Catholic Church, it has been alleged that BSA may have helped cover up the abuse cases, sometimes with the aid of police and other officials “to protect the good name and good works of Scouting.”

Reports showed incidents where accused abusers were allowed to continue in the Scouts and, in more than a third of the cases covered in the documents, information about the allegations were not passed along to police.

After the Youth Protection Plan, background checks and homosexual ban was implemented, the pederast problem diminished, at least for a period.

The series, written shortly after the inception of BSA’s Youth Protection program, concluded that “after decades of shying away from the problem, the Scouts have created what many child abuse experts call one of the best sex abuse education programs in the country. The program teaches boys, leaders and parents about resisting, recognizing and reporting abuse.”

Unfortunately, this lesson is a day late and a dollar short for the survival of the century-old institution.

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Playing God: An Investigation Into Medical Democide in the UK

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  • “Playing God: An Investigation into Medical Democide in the UK” is a documentary film investigating allegations of harmful medical practices and policies in the U.K. health care system

  • The film critically examines the unethical and potentially deadly use of medical protocols and medications in the National Health Service (NHS), suggesting they have led to patient harm and deaths under the guise of government policies

  • The documentary features testimonials from families affected by these dangerous practices, as well as analyses from medical professionals and legal experts

  • “Medical democide,” — death or harm caused by government policies or health care practices — appears widespread in the NHS

  • The film suggests that systemic issues deeply ingrained in NHS protocols hinder the delivery of humane care, from birth to the end of life

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“Playing God: An Investigation into Medical Democide in the UK” is a documentary film that explores allegations of harmful medical practices and policies in the U.K. health care system.

Directed by Ash Mahmood and Naeem Mahmood, and co-produced by Phil Graham and investigative journalist Jacqui Deevoy, the film critically examines the unethical and potentially deadly use of medical protocols and medications in the National Health Service (NHS), suggesting they have led to patient harm and deaths under the guise of government policies.

The documentary features testimonials from families affected by these dangerous practices, as well as analyses from medical professionals and legal experts, aiming to shed light on “medical democide,” — death or harm caused by government policies or health care practices. The film suggests that systemic issues deeply ingrained in the NHS hinder the delivery of humane care, from birth to the end of life.

“In the last 30 years,” says Kevin Corbett, Ph.D., in the film, “you can see good evidence that the National Health Service has become the killing machine.”1 He explains:2

“Toward the end of the 1980s, in medical, nursing and health care practice, the development of evidence-based medicine was seen as very positive. And evidence-based medicine sounded really good, because the idea was doctors, nurses and health care practitioners are not basing their clinical practice on much evidence or the best evidence or any evidence.

So, hey, let’s make some evidence, let’s look at what really works and apply it. It sounds so believable and so benign.

And, hey, presto, by the 1990s, doctors, nurses and all health care professionals practice was being geared by protocols and shaped by protocols. And once those protocols were instituted, it became very difficult for doctors, nurses and other health care professionals to use their own clinical acumen with patients.

The had to follow protocols, and in those protocols you’ve seen the administration of drugs like midazolam in dosages that are potentially lethal.”

Nurse Elena Vlaica details how her husband, Stuart, was “euthanized in hospital in November 2021” after going in for shortness of breath and a possible chest infection. She believes he was punished for not receiving a COVID-19 shot and put on an end-of-life care pathway that led to his death, instead of being provided with proper medical care.

In addition to withdrawing his blood pressure medications and antidepressants, Stuart was denied food or water for 11 days.3 Vlaica told Magzter:4

“I found out later, he’d had a DNR [do not resuscitate order] put on him. The reason given for that in his notes, which I managed to get with the help of a solicitor, was that he possibly had COVID and was unvaccinated. He’d also been put on midazolam and morphine without either of our consent.

I only discovered this later, when I saw his notes, and also found out that he’d been put on ‘fast-track end of life care,’ which was introduced at the start of the pandemic and allowed a consultant to decide whether a patient lives or dies.”

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, Vlaica wasn’t allowed to visit and didn’t know Stuart was put on the end-of-life care pathway. She later learned that he had tried to escape from the hospital four times, put medics pinned him down and sedated him using midazolam, a sedative drug often used in the U.S. for execution via lethal injection.5 Because it doesn’t relieve pain, an opioid such as morphine is usually added in. Deevoy wrote:6

“The day of Stuart’s death is the stuff of horror movies. On November 6, 2021 at 1 p.m., Elena had a call from the hospital to let her know that her Stuart was dying. When she arrived, Elena could see he was heavily sedated. ‘He looked like he was in a coma. I know now he was in a midazolam coma. I was kissing him and I could see his saturation levels improving.

He knew I was there and I knew he was fighting for his life. When the junior doctor saw me looking at the monitor, she switched it off. At that moment a nurse appeared with five 10ml syringes on a blue tray. She pushed two of them into Stuart’s canula, he took three breaths, then died in my arms. I shouted, ‘She’s killed him!’ then broke down. I don’t remember getting home that night.’”

Another tragic story from the documentary is told by Vikki Spit, whose partner Zion died from a brain bleed caused by the AstraZeneca COVID-19 shot. His symptoms — an excruciating headache — started just eight days after he received the shot. After calling paramedics and being told Zion had a migraine, his condition worsened.

Spit called paramedics again two days later when Zion couldn’t get out of bed and began slurring his speech. He suffered a seizure and, at the hospital, was found to have a brain injury caused by a hemorrhage due to the COVID-19 shot.

“The neurosurgeon rang me and said they’d had to remove a massive piece of skull because the pressure on his brain was enormous,” Spit said. “They said they’d never seen anything like it — they didn’t expect him to wake up, and if he did he’d be in a vegetative state. And they said they thought it was caused by the AstraZeneca vaccine … If they had recognized what it was when I called them the first time, he would still be alive.”7

Other stories, including from Anne and Graeme Dixon, recount serious medical mistakes and coverups by NHS staff, including the death of Elizabeth Dixon at just 11 months old. In addition to misdiagnosing and managing Elizabeth’s high blood pressure, which led to permanent brain damage, she died from asphyxiation after her tracheostomy tube wasn’t cleared properly.8 Speaking to The Independent, Anne Dixon said:9

“Along our 19-year journey to find the truth, we have been failed by every agency possible. We have had to spend many years working tirelessly ourselves to gather and piece together the evidence of what happened to Lizzie and the 19-year cover-up that ensued. It is inconceivable to us that not one of these earlier agencies knew, or suspected, the truth. The evidence was there. We have been treated appallingly.”

Another mother, Joan Bye, whose daughter Helenor died after being treated for misdiagnosed epilepsy, stated, “She suffered much, she died needlessly, she could have been saved, but she was murdered by the state.”10

Anna De Buisseret, a UK lawyer who used to work for Pfizer as an external management consultant, said, “The moment they go into hospital they’re being put on to these hospital protocols, which dictate which drugs, which treatment, they’re going to receive. And it’s a one-size-fits-all blanket policy.”11

It’s also a pathway to euthanasia for many. Deevoy previously ousted the scandal in another documentary film, “A Good Death? The Midazolam Murders.” She realized something was wrong when a DNR was put on her dad while he was in a care home.

“So, I spoke to a whistleblower doctor,” Deevoy said. “She told me they were being put on people who were over 60 — they were classed as elderly. She told me they were being put on people with mental health issues, people with physical disabilities, even on children with autism.”12

Continuing a death protocol put in place by the Liverpool Care Pathway, victims’ families allege the NHS is responsible for the involuntary euthanasia of up to 457 people per day, without the consent of patients or their caregivers — deaths often attributed to COVID pneumonia.13

The Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient (LCP) was a government protocol used in England and Wales to “improve end-of-life care.”14 Developed in the 1990s, the protocol was meant to provide best practice guidelines during a patient’s final days, and included guidance on symptom control, discontinuation of treatments and psychological, social and spiritual care.15

What occurred instead was a “pathway to euthanasia,” during which patients were drugged and deprived of food, water and medical treatments, even in cases when recovery may have been possible. The LCP was abolished in 2014, following public uproar and a government-commissioned review, which criticized its practices.16

Even after LCP was abolished, however, reports continued from families who said their loved ones were put on the pathway and died as a result.17 Father Patrick Pullicino, retired neurologist and Catholic priest, states in “Playing God,” “We need patients to be able to face death in a natural way and not in a manufactured way.” Regarding the end-of-life pathway, Pullicino says:18

“It’s undermining medical ethics, because you have doctors who subscribe to the Hippocratic Oath and who would in no way voluntarily kill somebody, allowing these pathways to be used on their patients because they are ‘end of life.’ They used to audit the pathway very carefully, and they found that the average time to death from the time starting the pathway to the time the person died was about 39 hours. It really has to stop.”

The film gives a voice to the victims and their families, Deevoy says, but, ultimately, she hopes it will serve as a wake-up call to prompt change:19

“’Playing God’ serves as a wake-up call, urging society to stand against medical democide. It aims to raise awareness, encourage dialogue and demand accountability from those responsible … the film strives to create a lasting impact and initiate positive change within the U.K. healthcare system.”

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Develop Your Child’s Mind-Body Connection via Handwriting

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  • Children’s handwriting is deteriorating, which can cause issues with self-esteem as well as scholastic performance. One contributing factor is the introduction of computer classes at an early age

  • Teaching proper handwriting to children can help improve their fine motor skills, as the act of writing hones the mind-body connection. In particular, cursive may be of benefit to their cognition, according to published studies

  • Encouraging your child to practice cursive can benefit them in the long run. Selecting the right tools, creating a fun environment and identifying mistakes in handwriting may lead to a stronger mind-body connection

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When was the last time your child sat down to actively write something on paper? While it may seem trivial, emphasizing the importance of using a pen can nourish their mind-body connection. These include fine motor skills, information processing and creativity, all of which come into play when your child holds a pen to write something down. Sadly, this essential life skill may be going the way of the dinosaur.

According to a report1 from National Public Radio (NPR), handwriting among children is becoming more problematic, especially with the introduction of computer classes at an early age. When handwriting is left by the wayside, it can affect children’s ability to learn.

According to educational neuroscientist Sophia Vinci-Booher, Ph.D.,2 handwriting may be one of the most complex movements a child can make that can hone their mind-body connection. “Your fingers have to each do something different to produce a recognizable letter,” she says. As your child performs each stroke with the pencil, their brain refers to mental images of the letters they’re writing, “making adjustments to fingers in real time to create the letter’s shapes.”

Published research supports this hypothesis, such as one study3 in Frontiers in Psychology involving 36 university students. Using an electroencephalogram (a device that measures electrical activity in the brain4), researchers noted that handwriting showed significantly higher brain activity compared to typing on a keyboard, especially in the parietal and central regions:

“Existing literature indicates that connectivity patterns in these brain areas and at such frequencies are crucial for memory formation and for encoding new information and, therefore, are beneficial for learning.”

In another study,5 researchers recruited two groups of 38 children aged 3 to 5 years old and tasked them to copy the alphabet by hand and keyboard. After three weeks of teaching the alphabet to the youngsters, they compared the participants’ ability to recognize letters for each group. Results showed that children who were taught handwriting “gave rise to a better letter recognition than the typing training.”

When children begin to rely more on keyboards than pencil and paper, their brains are not fully stimulated, preventing them from reaching their full potential. In fact, it could lead to other problems, such as changes in behavior. According to a 2023 study published in Cureus, poor handwriting may lead to poor grades and low self-esteem.6

To prevent an educational crisis from worsening further, the state of California has already started requiring elementary schools to incorporate cursive writing into their curriculums. Kentucky, South Carolina, Wisconsin and Indiana have also proposed similar bills.7

Cursive is a form of handwriting that emphasizes joining letters to help increase both the speed and ease of writing. The philosophy behind this approach is reducing the frequency of the writing hand lifting from the paper.8

Following this train of thought, teaching cursive to your child may be a viable way to hone their mind-body connection. In a study9 published in 1979, the benefits of cursive handwriting were already noted, as it allows children with spatial disorientation to combine writing, reading and spelling together — three areas of learning that are typically taught separately in school. To teach the children, researchers created this setup:

“The manuscript letter is written on the chalkboard and the class is asked what sound the letter makes. If the letter name is given, it is accepted as correct, but the sound is emphasized at all times. The class repeats the sound and the teacher asks for words beginning with it. She then superimposes the cursive letter over the manuscript already on the board. This can be done for nineteen of the letters.

For the remaining letters (e, r, s, f, b, v, z) the cursive is written next to the manuscript. In either case, both should appear on the board to allow the child to develop an association between the letters he reads and those he writes.”

The researchers10 concluded that children may have an easier time focusing on their handwriting by writing in cursive rather than manuscript. That’s because cursive engages multiple senses, and a child may still have success despite having problems in different areas, such as motor coordination and sound-blending (the ability to build words from sounds11).

In another study,12 this time published in 2018, similar findings were observed. The study population comprised 141 first-graders from four schools in southern Italy, which were divided into two groups — the experimental group received training in cursive handwriting, while the control group received a combination of cursive and writing.

For an entire school year, all students received 40 training sessions from teachers while being supervised by a child psychologist. Results showed that children who practiced cursive developed better handwriting, indicating a higher potential for text composition and better working memory.13

Evidently, teaching cursive to your children can have a significant impact on their mind-body connection. But how do you approach and encourage your child about it?

In a guide published in the learning platform SplashLearn, schoolteacher Amy Paige outlines 10 steps that parents can adopt to encourage their children practice handwriting, thus gaining its benefits:14

  1. Select the right paper and pen — Using the right tools for the job can go a long way in helping your child develop their handwriting. Take your time in choosing the right pencil and/or pen for your child, selecting the appropriate size and shape. Paige writes:

    “A pen or pencil that is too thin or too thick can easily be the cause of your child’s messy handwriting. Instead, select a pencil that your child can hold properly. For example, toddlers have small hands with a less firm grip, so a thick and short pencil is perfect for them.”

    Also remember to select the appropriate paper, as it goes hand in hand with the correct writing instrument. Choose the right thickness and texture that your child prefers, which may help them write legibly.

  2. Help your child grip the pencil properly — Your child’s way of holding the pencil can determine how their handwriting looks. Thus, teaching them the right grip from the start creates a strong handwriting foundation.

    For preschoolers and kindergarteners, Paige recommends the “tripod grasp.” Here, your child holds a pencil between their thumb and index finger. Then, let the pencil rest on their middle finger. The remaining two fingers curl to the palm, acting as support.

    To help your child develop their tripod grasp, Paige recommends using small crayons first. You can also let your child do other activities that make use of the tripod grasp, such as finger-painting, playing with building blocks, threading beads or using tweezers.

  3. Guide your child’s hand — Teaching your child to apply the right amount of pressure on the desk can help them write properly. If you find that the words they wrote are stamped into the next page of their notebook, it may indicate a heavy writing hand. If too much pressure is applied, it may affect their mental state, and thus their handwriting.

    If you notice this problem, it would be wise to guide their hand. In addition, show them the correct pressure so they can relax their hand while writing.

  4. Reach an ideal writing speed — Pay attention to how slow or fast your child is writing. Speed is an important factor, as if your child goes too fast, they might not form legible letters. On the other hand, if they go too slow, they might not be able to submit their schoolwork on time.

    To help your child hone their writing speed, let them relax first. Allow them to process the writing task at hand before they begin writing. As they get used to writing legibly at a slower speed, you can encourage them to speed up the writing.

  5. Create an engaging environment — Writing should be a fun activity for your child, not a nervous one. By creating a positive environment for your child, they’ll always feel encouraged and confident. If you notice that the pen-and-paper combo isn’t working, changing the environment can make things fresh.

    For example, use crayons and other art materials to encourage writing. Getting them appropriate tables and chairs for optimal ergonomics can also help foster a positive environment.

  6. Identify underlying issues — Is your child struggling to write legibly? To encourage your child to write clearer, don’t just force them to do it. Paige recommends sitting down with your child and figuring out which areas they’re having difficulty with.

    Poor handwriting can stem from numerous reasons, such as low confidence. They might be using ineligible writing to hide spelling mistakes. They may also be suffering from a sensory disorder, making it hard to write.

  7. Work on your child’s motor skills with other activities — Allowing your child to hone their mind-body connection is key to good handwriting. Practicing their fine motor skills can help them keep a steady hand, which you can do with other activities such as:

    1. Using child-safe cutlery

    2. Playing catch with a baseball

    3. Making clay figures

    4. Play family friendly games such as Jenga

  8. Get familiar with the shape of the alphabet — According to Paige, children usually have an inconsistent penmanship, resulting in uneven letters and spacing. Therefore, helping your child familiarize themselves with the alphabet can create a strong base for their handwriting.

    She encourages parents to sit beside their children and teach them to write each letter of the alphabet, paying attention to the size, spacing, curves and slants of each letter, both in uppercase and lowercase forms.

  9. Read more to help write more — Encourage your child to read more books and other learning materials that interests them. This can help familiarize themselves with various sentence structures, which can also help expand their vocabulary. Eventually, this may translate into their handwriting, allowing them to spell correctly while paying attention to letter formation.

  10. Remember to practice — The only way to get better is to practice, but your child may have a hard time grasping this concept. Paige recommends using innovative approaches to encourage your child to write daily, such as using nonpermanent markers to write on walls or boards.

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Meditation Actually Alleviates Stress

meditation alleviates stress

  • People with anxiety disorder who learned mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques did better under stress than those who used other stress reduction methods

  • The mindfulness group said they felt less stressed than did those in the control group

  • Physical measures of stress were also lower in the mindfulness group, including lower levels of the stress hormone ACTH and reduced proinflammatory cytokines, which are markers of inflammation

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Editor’s Note: This article is a reprint. It was originally published February 9, 2017.

Stress is one of the biggest challenges facing U.S. adults, with many reporting that stress has a negative impact on their mental and physical health. The American Psychological Association’s (APA) 2015 Stress in America survey further revealed that a sizable portion of adults do not feel they are doing enough to manage their stress.1

Nearly half of Americans said they engage in stress-management activities just a few times a month or less (and 18% said they never do). Others (nearly 40%) report overeating or eating unhealthy foods as a result of stress, while 46% said they lie awake at night because their stress levels are so high.2

Needless to say, a simple, inexpensive tool to help manage stress would be invaluable for stress-out adults in need of a reprieve — especially one that can be practiced virtually anytime, anywhere. Such tools do exist — they’re called meditation and mindfulness — and now, we have research affirming their significant benefits for stress relief.

Practicing “mindfulness” means you’re actively paying attention to the moment you’re in right now. Rather than letting your mind wander, when you’re mindful, you’re living in the moment and letting distracting thoughts pass through your mind without getting caught up in their emotional implications.

You can add mindfulness to virtually any aspect of your day — even while you’re eating, working or doing household chores like washing dishes — simply by paying attention to the sensations you are experiencing in the present moment.

In one study, 70 adults with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) were randomly assigned to receive either a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) class or a stress-management course (the control group) that detailed the importance of diet, exercise, sleep and time management.3

For the MBSR class, participants learned elements of mindfulness meditation, including paying attention to the present moment without judgment, as well as engaged in gentle yoga and body scan meditation, which focuses on being aware of your body.

Before and after the courses, the participants were subjected to a stressful situation (public speaking and performing mental math in front of an audience) to determine if the stress-management tools affected their anxiety.

Those in the MBSR did better under stress, reporting they felt less stressed than did those in the control group (who actually reported feeling more stressed after the second round of testing).

Physical measures of stress were also lower in the MBSR group, including lower levels of the stress hormone ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone) and reduced proinflammatory cytokines, which are markers of inflammation.

For people with anxiety who don’t want to take medications for their symptoms, mindfulness meditation may prove to be a viable alternative, according to the study’s lead author Dr. Elizabeth Hoge, currently a professor and director of the Anxiety Disorders Research Program at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC.

MBSR courses are popping up in hospitals and other settings across the U.S., but insurance companies are still reluctant to pay for the $500-plus course. Hoge told Time she hopes insurance companies will recognize the evidence for MBSR in treating anxiety, noting:4

“To me, it’s obvious that insurance companies would save money in the long run … We have objective measures in the blood that they did better in a provoked situation … It really is strong evidence that mindfulness meditation not only makes them feel better, but helps them be more resilient to stress.”

In fact, another study also found MBSR to be effective in improving the mental health of medical students.5

A six-week meditation and yoga program also reduced stress levels and improved personal well-being in another group of medical students, who are arguably even more stressed than the average population.6

Meditation can be a powerful pain reliever. Among volunteers who had never meditated before, those who attended four 20-minute classes to learn a meditation technique called focused attention (a form of mindfulness meditation) experienced significant pain relief — a 40% reduction in pain intensity and a 57% reduction in pain unpleasantness.7

How mediation relieves pain has remained more of a mystery. Even though mindfulness meditation activates multiple brain regions that contain a high expression of opioid receptors, researchers noted that it’s unknown whether the practice relieves pain via this mechanism.

They devised a study to find out, which entailed teaching a group of people mindfulness meditation and then exposing them to pain via a hot probe on the back of the leg. The group was told to meditate during the pain, and at the same time half of the group was injected with naloxone, which blocks the body’s opiate receptors.

Study co-author Fadel Zeidan, Ph.D., an associate professor of anesthesiology at University of California, San Diego (UCSD), explained to Time, “If meditation works through opiates, and we’re blocking opiates … in the body, then the pain-relieving effects of meditation will go away.”8

This, however, didn’t occur. Instead, meditators injected with a saline shot reported 21% less pain compared to their original pain ratings (before learning meditation) while those who received naloxone reported feeling 24% less pain.9

If meditation’s pain-relieving effects have nothing to do with opiates, then what is responsible for its pain-relief powers? Time reported:10

“Zeidan’s past research has shown that meditation activates higher-order brain regions associated with emotion regulation, focus and cognitive control, while tamping down activity in the thalamus, which transmits painful information from the body.11

That helps prevent painful information from being spread throughout the brain, he explains.”

Other research looking into how mindfulness training affects health revealed that it may reduce stress via stress reduction pathways in your body.12 As explained via a press release:13

“When an individual experiences stress, activity in the prefrontal cortex — responsible for conscious thinking and planning — decreases, while activity in the amygdala, hypothalamus and anterior cingulate cortex — regions that quickly activate the body’s stress response — increases.

Studies have suggested that mindfulness reverses these patterns during stress; it increases prefrontal activity, which can regulate and turn down the biological stress response.

Excessive activation of the biological stress response increases the risk of diseases impacted by stress (like depression, HIV and heart disease). By reducing individuals’ experiences of stress, mindfulness may help regulate the physical stress response and ultimately reduce the risk and severity of stress-related diseases.”

Astonishingly, stress-related problems, including back pain, insomnia, acid reflux and exacerbations to irritable bowel syndrome may account for up to 70% of the average U.S. physician’s caseload.14

Research suggests, however, that such costs could be cut drastically simply by practicing meditation and other methods that help you become more relaxed. Researchers analyzed data from more than 4,400 people who received eight weeks of relaxation-response training.

For about three hours a week, participants focused on relaxation using techniques like meditation, yoga and stress-reduction exercises. They also worked on building resiliency using social support, cognitive skills training and positive psychology.

After the program, the participants’ use of medical services dropped by 43% compared to their usage the previous year.15 The researchers estimated such as change could save the average patient between $640 and $25,500 a year.

Specifically, the relaxation patients reduced their clinical visits by 42%, their lab use by 44% and their use of procedures by 21%. Visits to the emergency room were also reduced, from 3.7 times per patient in the previous year to 1.7 a year after the program.

Meditation helps you take a deliberate break from the stream of thoughts that are constantly flowing in and out of your mind. Some people use it to promote spiritual growth or find inner peace, while others use it as a powerful relaxation and stress reduction tool.

Beyond mental health, research shows meditation may help lower blood pressure with just three months of practice, while at the same time decreasing psychological distress and increasing coping ability among young adults.16

Research from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) also supports the notion that meditation acts as a form of “mental exercise” that can help regulate your attention and emotions while improving well-being. It’s been found previously that meditation prompts changes in the amygdala, a region of your brain associated with processing emotion.

The research suggests these beneficial brain changes persist even after the meditation session is over, resulting in enduring changes in mental function.17 As for mindfulness, research has shown mindfulness training even leads to a number of benefits among children and adolescents, including:18

  • Improvements in sleep quality and self-esteem

  • Decreased anxiety and distress

  • Better cognitive and performance skills in school

Professionally organized mindfulness training programs may be best for some people, but you can also take steps to become more mindful in your everyday life, then pull up these skills whenever you feel stress starting to take hold.

Ideally, start out your day with a mindfulness “exercise,” such as focusing on your breathing for five minutes before you get out of bed. Focus on the flow of your breath and the rise and fall of your belly. This can help you to stay better focused for the rest of the day.

As the day goes on, try to minimize multi-tasking, as this is the opposite of mindfulness. If you find yourself trying to complete five tasks at once, stop yourself and focus your attention back to the task at hand. If emotionally distracting thoughts enter your head, remind yourself that these are only “projections,” not reality, and allow them to pass by without stressing you out.

As for meditation, this, too, can be done right at home with very little formal “training” necessary. Simply sit quietly, perhaps with some soothing music, breathe rhythmically, and focus on something such as your breathing, a flower, an image, a candle, a mantra or even just being there, fully aware, in the moment.

I also enjoy using Muse, which is a personal meditation assistant that promotes relaxation and even provides real-time feedback on how well you’re doing. Personally, I find my best meditation time is in the morning, right after I awaken, as I can get into the deepest states of relaxation at that time. Applying Buteyko breathing also really helps to calm the mind and get into deep states of relaxation. Additional tips for being mindful, published in the journal Visions, include:19

  • When you’re walking, tune into how your weight shifts and the sensations in the bottom of your feet. Focus less on where you are headed.

  • Don’t feel that you need to fill up all your time with doing. Take some time to simply be.

  • When your mind wanders to thinking, gently bring it back to your breath.

  • Notice how the mind likes to constantly judge. Don’t take it seriously. It’s not who you are.

  • Practice listening without making judgments.

  • Notice where you tend to zone out (i.e., driving, emailing or texting, web surfing, feeding the dog, doing dishes, brushing teeth). Practice bringing more awareness to that activity.

  • Spend time in nature.

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The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of Dr. Mercola and his community. Dr. Mercola encourages you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional. The subscription fee being requested is for access to the articles and information posted on this site, and is not being paid for any individual medical advice.

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Live Science January 24, 2017