The world knows, everyone is terrified at the prospect of contracting any germ that could overwhelm the immune system, including seasonal flu, colds, and more. Yet, there is no need to be entirely overwhelmed. The answer is fully found in nature, especially wild nature. Viruses can’t stand up to the powers of wild plants, but even many commercial plants have the necessary power.
Regardless, it is crucial to fight back. People should not be allowed just to succumb. The great fight for the benefit of the immune system is found exclusively in nature, with the God-given wild nature being the most extremely powerful for providing all that humans need.
It is necessary to comprehend the natural sources, because, in fact, what else is there? When it comes to the spread of infection, medicine has proven impotent. Viruses and bacteria infect people, doing so globally, and no one can do anything about it. Obviously, for the majority of infectious diseases the standard recommendations of frequent hand-washing, the use of hand sanitizers, and now so-called social distancing, have proved largely impotent. Once the infected people arrive in the hospitals there is nothing but chaos. How could it be otherwise? There isn’t a single treatment known that is effective against halting these germs’ wild progression.
Now, it is time to turn to the natural kingdom, to the authoritative powers of aromatic and wild plants. Here, the top seven plants and/or their extracts are listed that can be taken advantage of to fight back against this condition. While this is no replacement for medical care, the issue is in this case there is no solid medical offerings. So, it only makes sense to rely upon plants and their extracts for supporting health and bolstering the immune system.
What are the other options? In fact, through the traditional approach there aren’t any. All that is described is how dire this is and how incredibly rapidly it is spreading, while all that medicine offers is to no avail. Images are shown of people dying in their secretions upon respirators. For nearly all people the situation appears hopeless. Yet, this is not the case. Through natural medicines there are dozens of answers. Here, among the most potent are selected and described.
It is crucial to realize—the fact is the almighty creator has already designed in advance the answer for this crisis. This is hot-tasting, aromatic foods and spices. It is also raw honey. All these dramatically aid the body in the fight against nasty viruses. Yet, the most potent of all is wild oregano. It has immense, natural antiviral powers, demonstrated in a number of studies. It also has strong antioxidant, antihistaminic, and anti-inflammatory capacities. Let us review this seven to see how it is possible to take advantage of their authority in this time of crisis:
Growing on the mountain tops in the deep Mediterranean wild oregano thrives where virtually no other plant can exist: above the tree lines. Here, it thrives on rock, being one of the only plants that can do so. In this respect it is even more powerful than trees. It is a great idea to consume such a sophisticated plant. The ideal forms are the whole, crude herb, the distilled oil extract in an extra virgin olive oil base, and the distillate water, known as the hydrosol, popularly known as the juice. Such wild oregano complexes greatly enhance human health. Through their intake the immune system is greatly strengthened, so it can more powerfully defend itself. As medicine has nothing to offer, certain nothing as clean, rarified, and potent as this, it would a good idea to consume it. While this is no attempt to preach almighty God took the care to mention this in a holy book, the Old Testament. Here, He deemed it a “purifying herb.” With all that is happening in the world today nothing could be more telling than this.
The studies confirming its powers are voluminous. One such study in abstract form found published in Antiviral Research shows astounding capacities against viruses, including the human coronavirus and the common flu.
Medicine might belittle this. Yet, there is no basis for doing so. There is no harm in taking the wild oregano, even with medications or other medical treatments. In fact, it would enhance any such treatments applied for reversing infectious conditions. Studies show it makes antibiotics were better, so that even the dosages can be reduced. People eat oregano oil as a food flavoring, though unwittingly. The worries and concerns have no basis. Avoid cheap imitations made from farm-raised, cloned oregano and/or tainted with synthetic additives.
It may not be that easy to get wild sage, at least not in the common marketplace. If it can be found, it can be made into a tea and also burnt as aromatherapy. It can also be found as an extract, distilled from the wild plant. Wild sage is optimal for lung and respiratory health. It is also a potent germicide. In work at Georgetown University it was found to kill all germs against which it was tested. Wild sage can be found as a key component of certain supplements for respiratory and immune health. Yet, even commercial sage is health-giving and should be consumed in cooking and food. It can also be made into a tea, though, once again, the truly wild type is superior.
Cumin seeds or the extract oil
According to work at Georgetown University cumin seed oil proved to be one of the most potent germicides known. Other work has shown that cumin seed extract and oil was active against various viruses, including herpes, causing a significant reduction in both growth and tissue damage. Cumin can be taken by the seeds themselves, the powdered spice, and/or the extract, as found in oil of cumin seed in an olive oil base or in the dried spice oil form, the latter being a potent respiratory support formula.
Everyone knowns that garlic is particularly strong, especially when consumed raw. In fact, in the raw form it is a powerful germ-killer. In one study by Cornell University garlic was found to be a universal germicide where no known pathogen, in this case, bacteria could resist it. So, for any microbial challenge be sure to consume garlic, especially in raw on gently cooked form. High-quality garlic supplements add to the benefits.
What a powerhouse for the germ fight that the seemingly lowly onions are. Squeeze and onion and drink the juice—surely, no germ can stand this. Science supports this. Work in 1997 by J. H. Kim found that it inhibited or killed all bacteria against which it was tested.
Honey is a major medicine unto humankind, so deems the Qur’an. This applies only to the raw, unprocessed type. For any major health concern that involves both inflammation and infection raw honey should be regularly consumed. This is true both for internal and skin conditions. The top raw honeys, though hard to find, are those derived from bees never fed sugar. Find these types of honey supplements and consume them regularly.
Black seed and its oil
A numbers of studies show that black seed and its expressed oil help modulate the immune system. They seem to tone it down when it is hyper-reactive. When the immune system is in overdrive, there can be toxicity throughout the body, including excessive and often dangerous inflammation. Black seed helps prevent this. Note Indian investigators treatment with the seed extract led to a “significant decrease in pathological changes in the lungs.” The black seed would work best if combined with wild oregano.
Use such wonderful food and supplements for optimal health. This is for the entire body, all organ systems. As a result of following this approach the individual will experience nothing but optimal health.
Written by Dr. Cass Ingram, a nutritional physician who received a B.S. in biology and chemistry from the University of Northern Iowa (1979) and a D.O. from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, IA (1984). Dr. Ingram has since written over 25 books on natural healing. He has given answers and hope to millions through lectures on thousands of radio/TV shows. His research and writing have led to countless cures and discoveries. Dr. Cass Ingram presents 100’s of health tips and insights in his many books on health, nutrition, and disease prevention. Dr. Ingram is one of North America’s leading experts on the health benefits and disease fighting properties of wild medicinal spice extracts. A popular media personality, he has appeared on over 5,000 radio and TV shows. He now travels the world promoting perfect health – the natural way.
US President Trump recently became the laughing stock of mainstream media for suggesting that disinfectant should be injected into people to fight against the virus. While the media may have blown the context of his statements out of proportion, a recently published preliminary study shows he may have actually been right.
A clinical trial, involving more than 100 patients suffering from COVID-19, who were given chlorine dioxide, both orally and/or intravenously, showed that patients were cured within 4 days, so says biophysicist Andreas Kalcker. The trial was carried out by the Asociacion Ecuatoriana de Medicos Expertos en Medicina Integrativa, overseen by a medical group of clinicians in Ecuador.
These noteworthy results deserve much more research, but like other alternative treatments, you might guess that this information will be censored in the coming days.
Chlorine dioxide, an incredibly cheap and easy to produce solution, has been widely used for many purposes including disinfecting bottled drinking water. Most humans have come into contact with CLO2 as a result of its common uses.
You can learn more about CLO2 and this new study in the video below from Andreas Kalcker.
Chlorine Dioxide Is A Registered ‘Excellent’ Bactericide, Fungicides and Anti-Microbial Agent
Chlorine dioxide is registered with the EPA (Registration No. 74986-1), as it is considered an ‘excellent’ bactericide, fungicide and antimicrobial agent. It is also interesting to note it has passed the EPA’s stringent DIS/TISS guidelines for use as a disinfectant and as a food-contact surface sanitizer.
It also being used to clean transport, a bus company in Sacremento shared that they using chlorine dioxide to disinfect its seats of Coronavirus.
Are people dying needlessly of COVID-19 while on ventilators? This is a question many people have been asking given the amount of people who have been dying after being o ventilators for an extended period of time.
Ecuador has been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus, and the current “standard of care” promoted by Western medicine — largely based on the use of ventilators — has been killing the vast majority of critical patients while utterly failing to address the real root of the problem.
Covid-19 isn’t an Acute Respiratory Disease (ARD), it turns out. Rather, it often presents as an inflammation and blood clotting condition (see The Lancet research, below) which causes the blood to be unable to carry oxygen, resulting in patient hypoxia and eventual asphyxiation.
This is why intravenous chlorine dioxide — which immediately delivers a high dose of oxygen to blood cells — is believed to work so effectively against covid-19. It reportedly restores the oxygen-carrying capacity of hemoglobin and clears the clotting in the lungs, all while destroying pathogens.
Chlorine Dioxide Patents
This information may not be commonly known, but there are many patents involving the use of Chlorine dioxide. These two are very interesting:
This one is about treatment for treating respritory viruses. Disinfection, sterilisation or deodorisation of air using gaseous or vaporous substances, e.g. ozone
Mainstream media has stated that oral use of chlorine dioxide is ‘dangerous,’ but is that entirely accurate? Depending on the dose used, as with any potential medicine, it can be completely safe and effective as discussed in Kalcker’s video above. If you’d like to do more research for yourself on the subject, including exploring the safety of ingestion, please check out these scientific papers.
WHO’s CLO2 Drinking Water Studies
The World Health Organisation promotes that chlorine dioxide is a safe, non toxic, water disinfectant. You might like to read about the findings of chlorine dioxide showing no toxic effects to kidneys, and that it does not have evidence it has mutagenic or carcinogenic effects. Some of the studies on animals were carried out for 2 years, and three months on humans. This was the conclusion:
Studies in healthy adult male volunteers lasting up to 12 weeks showed no clear treatment related effects on blood, urine analysis or physical examination at doses of sodium chlorite (Chlorine Dioxide) and sodium chlorate estimated to be in the region of 0.036 mg/kg bw per day, expressed as chlorite or chlorate. The authors concluded that the absence of detrimental physiological responses within the limits of the study demonstrated the relative safety of oral ingestion of chlorine dioxide, chlorate and chlorite (Lubbers, Chauhan & Bianchine, 1981, 1982; Lubbers & Bianchine, 1984; Lubbers et al., 1984a,b).
When we see results like we see with CLO2, should it not be standard practice to explore these possibilities with open hearts ad open minds to see if we can come up with a fast solution to global challenges? Why is there little coverage of information like this? Why is so much effort spent casting doubt and debunking solutions like this without proper testing? Why is the focus always on expensive, profitable and potentially unsafe vaccines?
Black seed or Nigella sativa, the seeds from a plant of the buttercup family, has been used since ancient times as both food and medicine. No one seems to be familiar with Mentioned in the Bible it was the Prophet Muhammad who stated that it was, essentially, a “cure for all diseases, except death.” A traditional herbal medicine, it has been used for a vast array of conditions. Ancient Egyptians relied upon as an aid to respiratory complaints, also for digestive conditions and as a worm-killer. Because of the Prophet’s dictates it became highly popular in early Islamic societies.
Al-Jawaziyya of the 13th century recommended it for gasping and difficult breathing. Ibn Sina held it effective for all types of shortness of breath and for halting phlegm. It continues to be a highly recommended remedy in the Middle East for a wide range of respiratory complaints, including asthma. Other conditions for which it was proven valuable over the centuries include bronchitis, laryngitis, tonsillitis, colds, flu, and pneumonia.
Black seed is available as the whole seed itself and also the expressed oil. Both have been shown to help enhance immune function, while also acting specifically as antihistamines and as broncho-dilators. There have been at least 8 clinical studies showing that the seed and the oil are active against any form of respiratory distress, with the focus being on asthmatic conditions. In conditions of respiratory distress it has been found to aid greatly, reducing histamine reactions, minimizing allergic responses, and easing inflammation of the bronchial tubes.
The positive response to lung and bronchial function from the ingestion of black seed is immense. Nigella sativa and its astoundingly powerful active ingredients truly are whole food, natural bronchial and respiratory support aids. These foods/supplements are certainly highly preventive for lung/chest support yet can even be given in a respiratory crisis, along with standard medical treatment, with effectiveness. After all, it is a food, used, for instance, on nan bread and in stews.
All people with respiratory challenges should consider consuming this God-blessed complex. It is available as the cold-pressed oil in both the whole oil and also in gelcap, the latter, ideally, being combined with Mediterranean fennel and cumin oils. Expect any such supplements to offer major protective powers for respiratory health.
As far as antihistaminic actions it is no minor player. In at least four studies it was demonstrated to reduce the excessive output of histamine from immune cells. All tendency towards allergic reactions in both the lungs and intestinal canal were reduced. This was to such a degree that the researchers determined that it should be included to aid anyone with allergic reactions in the gut. For lung function there is strong data, with the freshly crushed seed extract causing a significant improvement in clinical symptoms and pulmonary function test in adult asthmatics. The findings were highly significant in this double blind, placebo-controlled study and demonstrate that the oil works as well, if not superior, to any drug for this condition.
Saudi investigators have done highly thorough studies regarding its protective and curative powers. In their assessment they reviewed a double-blinded study, which showed a positive effect even in a single dose, with the black seed inducing measurable bronchial dilation. The active ingredient thymoquinone, which is similar to coenzyme Q-10, is thought responsible for these powers. In fact, all the key active ingredients, thymoquinone, nigellone, carvone, carvacrol, and thymol, are all potent agents for respiratory health.
Black seed is also an important natural medicine for fighting immune system excesses. It has the potency to even reverse the more serious immune consequences such as the potentially massively destructive cytokine storm. Apparently, black seed interferes with the genes responsible for inducing these potentially noxious chemicals. They are surely made by the body for a positive purpose. However, in germ overload an excessive production can develop, which can prove dangerous. Spicy food-like substances, like black seed, oregano, fennel, cumin, and sage, are all potent for halting cytokine productions. It is highly advisable to consume such spices or their oil extracts on a regular basis. especially if a person has chronic respiratory complaints, including asthma, bronchitis, and sinus disorders.
In one study mice treated with thymoquinone had a significant drop in what are known as markers of inflammation, all within the cytokine family. The investigators concluded that human studies must be done, since the results were so favourable. They actually determined that black seed would be effective in those suffering from sepsis or blood poisoning, the extreme in cytokine-related toxicity.
The seeds are particularly powerful for immune health. If there is flu or other virus attack, these seeds can be chewed on repeatedly; they offer significant antiseptic actions. The oil also can be taken for this benefit. Ideally, black seed oil gelcap’s with fennel and cumin should be consumed. Such a supplement can be taken on the hour or two, if necessary. The white cells are more biologically active as a result of the black seed oil and seed therapy.
Supplements are typically available as such fortified capsules, the pure oil itself, the crushed seed in capsules with other synergists, like cumin and red sour grape, and the raw seeds themselves. For more information see the book, The Black Seed Oil Miracle.
Ingram, C. 2018. The Black Seed Miracle. Lake Forest, IL: Knowledge House Publishers
This article was written by Dr. Cass Ingram, a nutritional physician who received a B.S. in biology and chemistry from the University of Northern Iowa (1979) and a D.O. from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, IA (1984). Dr. Ingram has since written over 25 books on natural healing. He has given answers and hope to millions through lectures on thousands of radio/TV shows. His research and writing have led to countless cures and discoveries. Dr. Cass Ingram presents 100’s of health tips and insights in his many books on health, nutrition, and disease prevention. Dr. Ingram is one of North America’s leading experts on the health benefits and disease fighting properties of wild medicinal spice extracts. A popular media personality, he has appeared on over 5,000 radio and TV shows. He now travels the world promoting perfect health – the natural way.
(By Dr. Cass Ingram, D.O.) What an impressive finding it is and highly newsworthy. It is mentioned throughout the news the issue of “cytokine storm” and the danger this poses to people. Yet, incredibly, a mere wild plant and its essential oil are medicinal beyond all drugs, in fact, a litany of them. Wild oregano is a powerhouse for reducing inflammation in the tissues. In a number of studies it has been found to inhibit the source of this condition primarily through its actions on inflammatory markers. Actually, the mechanism is truly profound, because wild oregano acts on the genes that lead to the synthesis of these markers. Repeatedly, it has been shown, oregano oil and its active components, including carvacrol and thymol, have demonstrated great powers against inflammation. In fact, in some studies oregano oil active ingredients were able to drop COX-2 inflammation levels by up to 80%.
Today, there is much concern about the inflammation that results from overwork of the immune system or might it be said, overreactions. In a study on T lymphocytes done via cell culture it was found that the wild oregano oil active ingredients exhibited a specific molecular action even more potent than drugs. Carvacrol and thymol both significantly reduced tissue levels of interleukin-2. In fact, the reduction was massive, two-thirds in the case of carvacrol. This makes it more significant in this regard than any drug. For gamma interferon, the reduction was nearly 30%. This proved that the oregano oil component modified the activity, that is more towards normal, during a crisis event. Correlating this to humans aggressive dosing would likely reduce this further.
In the lungs oregano oil has been found to curb reactive oxygen species or free radicals. This has led to in asthmatic patients a reduction in cytokine overload. Here, it largely shuts off the gene responsible for the immunological storm reaction. Whether in the lungs or the skin—or the rest of the organs—cytokines are no match for the powers of wild oregano.
In another investigation the oil was found to decrease inflammation in skin tissue, once again an action thought to be due to modulating immune function. Specifically, the oil was found to markedly act with actions to block excessive cell growth, known as anti proliferative activity, while also greatly inhibited markers of inflammation. These markers included various cytokines and also gamma interferon. In fact, through the powers of this oil nearly all elements associated with toxic inflammation are greatly reduced, including various collagen-associated molecules, cancer-inducing growth factors, and enzymes—the ones that can do us harm. “Strongly inhibited” were among the comments made by investigators. As well, it was found to decisively block those specialized genes directly associated with inflammation. This caused them to conclude that oregano oil is a “promising candidate for use” against inflammation and cancerous changes in skin tissues.
Also, to reiterate, according to Iranian investigators oregano compounds were found to reduce all the serious immune modulators. This was through a direct action on the genes. This led to a reduction in the excessive activity of T cells. The various inflammatory cytokines were significantly reduced, including the highly noxious tumor necrosis factor alpha. This led the researchers to stated that oregano oil would be useful to combat diseases associated with over-activity of immunity.
Wild oregano is far from specific to the skin. It helps reduce inflammation all throughout the body, including within all internal organs. Nothing is an exception to its powers. Consider an investigation in artificially induced colitis in animals. Treatment of the colitis condition with oregano oil decreased levels of all pro-inflammatory cytokines, including tumor necrosis factor alpha. A moderate dosage of oregano oil, only 1 per 1000, was sufficient to reduce all the key interleukin-based inflammation-promoters. The result was decreased mortality rate, combined with a better weight gain and reduced visible damage to colonic tissue. By influencing the genes, that is the production of the messenger form of RNA, it was concluded, oregano reverses the colitis pathology, a most significant finding.
In every conceivable animal model oregano proves itself invaluable. For instance, as shown by Chinese investigators oregano-treated pigs had Escherichia coli in the jejunum, ileum, and colon than the control. This was thought to be the result of the greater inactivation of inflammation, once again by curbing inflammatory reactions through a genetic influence. Essentially, the oregano shuts off the potentially dangerous gene, greatly reducing, even eliminating, toxic markers in the intestines. Microscopic analysis proves that the intestinal membranes of oregano-treated pigs were far different from those in controls, far healthier, even healthier than normal. The fact is with the oregano therapy all the inflammatory cytokines, the ones capable of causing severe illness, where fully depressed.
Black seed oil also offers this action. In a study in the Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal it was found to greatly alleviate airway restrictions and inflammation of the airways in bronchial asthma, once again through cytokine modulation. In yet another investigation it acted dramatically against the toxicity of artificially induced airway damage, largely by halting the immune system-provoked cytokine storm. This was to such a degree that black seed was held as a “useful” herbal medicine against inflammation and allergy-related lung conditions, including shortness of breath and asthma. Fennel and cumin were also found to have this action, both of which are found in specialized black seed oil capsules. Clearly, the spices have a most potent action against inflammatory changes in lung tissues.
Thus, when cytokine storm is described and discussed, there is no need for fear. It is just an excessive reaction by a typically compromised immune system. To halt this, even prevent it, wild oregano is the answer. This should be consumed as the wild, whole food, Mediterranean-source oil, the crude herb, ideally with Rhus coriaria, and the juice-essence or hydrosol. All are readily available and make the ideal supplements for daily use and prevention and also for intake to support a healthy, balanced immune response. There is no harm taking such whole food supplements with other formulas or even drugs. Wild oregano is the number one medicine for human health. Take it to your major benefit, and your delight and joy. After all, in Greek “ora-ganos” means “delight of the mountains.”
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Dr. Cass Ingram is a nutritional physician who received a B.S. in biology and chemistry from the University of Northern Iowa (1979) and a D.O. from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, IA (1984). Dr. Ingram has since written over 25 books on natural healing. He has given answers and hope to millions through lectures on thousands of radio/TV shows. His research and writing have led to countless cures and discoveries. Dr. Cass Ingram presents 100’s of health tips and insights in his many books on health, nutrition, and disease prevention. Dr. Ingram is one of North America’s leading experts on the health benefits and disease fighting properties of wild medicinal spice extracts. A popular media personality, he has appeared on over 5,000 radio and TV shows. He now travels the world promoting perfect health – the natural way.
Wild oregano, especially its extracted oil, is the world’s most versatile natural medicine. There are hundreds of uses for this herbal medicine. Yet, the secret is to make sure it is of the highest quality, produced by the undisputed leader. It should be unsurpassed in both potency and also the sustainability of how it is made.
Once extracted, the oil naturally contains some 30 ingredients, including the main active ingredient being the phenolic compound, carvacrol. This substance is a potent germicide and anti-inflammatory agent. It works synergistically with the other 29 or so ingredients also to boost immunity and as a natural, potent antihistamine.
Unfortunately, today, on the market since the truly wild oil was introduced there are dozens of imitations. This include supplements claiming to be wild but really aren’t. Incredibly, a number of them are derived from cloned species, fully farm-raised. The purpose is to manipulate the carvacrol levels for marketing purposes. Be sure not to take these artificial kinds internally. However, truly wild oregano can be consumed internally, with people taking by the millions for decades.
There is a greater issue to consider. Hard as it is to believe this to be sure it hasn’t been adulterated with cheap synthetic additives. Lab tests at Georgetown University determined that such synthetics possess toxicity. The main synthetics which are added are caravacrol and p-cymene.
Let us look at how serious this is through earlier research from Essential Oils of the Plant Family Labiatae: Under adulteration the following is found:
Adulterated origanum oils have frequently been encountered in the trade. In fact, this practice has done such harm to origanm oil that in later years the demand for it has diminished considerably. It is easy to adulterate origanum oil by adding low-riced synthetic carvacrol and p-cymene. The author examined samples of so-called origanum oils consisting entirely of synthetic carvacrol by a slight “by=note” of creosote, which becomes more noticeable as the oil evaporates on test paper.
Also, make sure it is truly from the high mountains of the Mediterranean. For instance, false oregano oil is on the market from the thymus species, Thymus capitiatus from Spain and Bulgaria and also the Mexican plant, Lippia graveleons.
The oils from neither of these plants should be taken internally and must never be given to those of small body weight, like children or pets. Just be sure. One reason is that they may be too high in two chemicals, p-cymene and thymol. While naturally occurring minor background levels are acceptable, unnatural high levels must be avoided. It is not said “Do not accept cheap imitations” for no reason.
Here are the key elements to be sure that the oregano oil you choose is of the highest potency and standards:
that it is certified wild
that it is collected from the mountain tops as an exclusive herb/spice for turning into a spice oil
that it is truly handpicked by the local village communities and that machinery is never used in its growth or harvesting
that it is never farm-raised or altered through cloning
that it is free of all residues of pesticides and herbicides
that it is in the ideal form, in an extra virgin olive oil base
that it specifically is labelled for daily use
These are your assurances that the oregano oil you choose is not only the highest in potency but also unsurpassed for all the various uses which make the oil so sought after, including internal and topical. For more information see Dr. Cass Ingram’s Doctor’s Guide to Oil of Oregano: 101 Uses.
When something traumatic happens in your life it rocks you to the core. The world is no longer a safe place. It becomes somewhere that bad things can and do happen. (source)
Do you have painful memories and experiences holding you back from being truly happy and healthy? Have you spent years in therapy, spent a lot of money on it, only to realize that you aren’t really that much better?
The American Psychological Association defines trauma as “an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape, or natural disaster.” Life experiences like divorce, illness, and death can also be traumatic. You typically feel shock and denial following a trauma. In the long term, you may experience flashbacks, volatile emotions, and physical symptoms like headaches, nausea, and fatigue.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Is Much More Common Than We Think
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, affects many of us, probably way more people than what we may actually think or even statistically measure. There are a few types of PTSD:
Delayed-onset PTSD – if your symptoms emerge more than six months after experiencing trauma, this is often called ‘delayed PTSD’ or ‘delayed-onset PTSD’.
Complex PTSD – if you experienced traumas at an early age or it lasted for a long period of time, you can be given a diagnosis of ‘complex PTSD’.
Birth trauma – PTSD can occur after a traumatic birth.
Most of us are victims of painful childhoods which can be very hard to break free of and it can leave us with very low self-esteem. We tell ourselves things like ‘I am not good enough’ or ‘ I am ugly’ or ‘nobody cares about me’ If you have too many of these self-limiting beliefs floating around in your psyche, it can really impact many different areas of your life, from work to relationships.
What is very important to realize is that these harmful emotions can really impact our health in the long run. From chronic fatigue to gut issues and cancer, emotions can play a big role in the underlying cause of these issues. It is therefore important to try and do something about these emotions and past traumas.
Any sort of painful experience can stay stored in our subconscious and according to some experts, these painful memories are also stored in our cells. Unless they are removed, this can then wreak havoc to our health and wellbeing.
There are many therapies available these days, but they can be very expensive, time-consuming, and are not always effective.
I, like many others, am someone who has had a lot of traumas, that left many layers, which have been very painful physically and mentally to deal with. I fought to survive my own mind on a daily basis for decades.
I spent many years talking about all of the things that had happened to me, only to realize that I was constantly re-triggering all my initial issues. Whilst some people find comfort in sharing their problems, is there really proof that talking alone gets rid of the memory that is causing harmful physical reactions?
How Memories Get Triggered
Recently, I saw a young girl break her wrist at a local farm. It was horrific to witness how much pain she was in, the terror that she was experiencing, and to also see how badly her wrist had been damaged. This actually brought back painful memories from my own past. When I was 12, I dislocated my right elbow which looked equally as gruesome.
Here I was at the age of 42, about to pass out at the site of the poor young girl’s wrist because it triggered my own previous memory from all those decades ago. This is how PSTD occurs, We store the initial traumas in our subconscious, and if that pathway is somehow reignited, it brings back harmful memories and releases chemicals through our bodies again which affects our emotions and our health.
I couldn’t sleep without thinking about the poor girl. Each time I closed my eyes, I saw her badly damaged wrist and heard her terrifying screams.
Abusive Relationships Are So Damaging
I told a friend about what had happened who had also experienced her own severe traumas over the last few years, her ex-boyfriend used to physically and emotionally abuse her and after it finally ended, she admitted that she was so ‘broken’ she didn’t know if she could survive.
It was awful to see a once-powerful woman have her spirit broken by a mentally abusive man, and I remembered feeling scared for her, as I too, know what abusive relationships can do to a person’s health and well-being.
My friend had said that she was so much better, and had tried something that took her only 6 sessions for her to be able to think about all that had happened over the last few years by the hands of her ex-boyfriend without it making her feel sick, scared, unloveable and weak. The memories hadn’t been erased, but she could think of them, and ‘see them’ without it causing her any physical reaction. She said it was a miracle.
Sonic Reset Therapy
My friend had been using something called Sonic Reset Therapy (SRT) SRT uses the latest research in sound to produce a carefully calibrated tone, which activates negative neural networks. It then overlays the sound with a Reset Tone which gently reduces the strength of the problem memories/feelings/states that you began with.
What is the evidence base for SRT?
SRT is a type of Neuro Remodulation Therapy. These approaches, such as Eye movement desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) all aim to change the way a brain stores information, so that memories and feelings are healthily processed and no longer feel overwhelming.
How Does Sonic Reset Therapy Work?
Sonic Reset is a therapy that you can do at home, through the use of an audio file and your headphones. You can do it any time of the day or night (never during driving of course!). You basically listen to a specific tone, for 20 minutes, whilst focusing on the bad memory or emotion as much as you can during that time. Then you have a break for 10 minutes and listen to it again for another 20.
You can do this as many times as you need until you can think of the memory without it making you physically feel something harmful. For me, and many others, they often only need to listen to the audio file once or twice depending on the memory. It worked immediately for me in regards to the young girl. I was gobsmacked at how fast it worked. I also noticed that I had the best sleep that night after listening to the audio file before bed. It was such a deep sleep and I had vivid dreams!
The second time I knew this worked really fast was during my sister’s wedding. She had asked me to say a poem during her ceremony, in front of 60 wedding guests. I have always been terrified of public speaking so the night before her wedding, I listened to the audio file, just once.
The next day, I was able to get up and speak without shaking like I normally do, and whilst I can’t say I had zero nervousness, It was indeed much less severe than it normally would have been. I have no doubt that if I listened to the audio file a few nights before in a row, I would have felt even far less stressed about speaking in front of all of those people.
You Can Try Sonic Reset Therapy Right Now For Free
We would really love you to try Sonic Reset Therapy out, and are pleased to let you know that there is a free 3 day trial period (yes, this is enough time to know how it works if you do it every day at least twice) You do have to put your CC details in (it is normally a monthly subscription – cheaper than seeing a therapist/counselor!) but you can always cancel (easily) before the 3 days trial is finished.
“Violent offenders, more often than not, are victims long before they commit their first crime: A former inmate who spent two years in a Boston prison for robbery was given away by his mother, a heroin addict, by the time he was 5 — the same year her boyfriends began beating him up; when he was 8, he watched another kid get shot in the head in his housing project.
Another man, in and out of prison from age 18 to 33 for assaults and drug crimes, grew up getting routinely beaten by his mother and frequently saw neighbors get stabbed and shot in the New York community of his childhood.” (source)
If you had been around violence, crime and poverty all your life, and this was all you had known, would it be any surprise that you too, may also end up committing crimes? Would you think it might be difficult to grow up as a ‘good person’ if all you had seen was the opposite of love? Would you think that being forced into another repressive life, which was even worse than what you had experienced previously, would be good for you and would somehow turn you into a better person by the time your sentence ended?
No – of course, it wouldn’t.
This is the reality of many prisoners face, that their time spent locked away for their crimes, actually makes them worse. What does this do to society as a whole? Do we ever really think about how this impacts all of us?
With the numbers of those incarcerated, increasing all the time, it is not hard to fathom the implications this has on all of us for the future.
‘Corrections’ Is A Term That Is Not The Reality
Whilst many prisons are called ‘correctional centers’ shouldn’t they be a place of rehabilitation so that the prisoners become better people? So that they don’t commit these crimes again, and instead start to contribute positively to society? The reality of what goes on inside prisons is often the exact opposite. For those that have spent time in jail, there is a strong chance they will end up re-offending. Texas for example, incarcerates more people per capita than any other country in the world, and suffers from a staggering 60% recidivism (re-offending) rate.
Shouldn’t we take look at why this is so, and try and stop it from happening?
Hurt People, Hurt People
I know, you may be thinking that if a person has committed serious offenses, they deserve to be locked away, to do ‘time’ to pay for their sins? Yes – that is true. However, what we don’t often realize is that the way prisoners are treated in the majority of prisons often makes them worse, and they become even more broken, as prison life encourages more violence and increases mental instability.
If someone is never shown any kindness and compassion, will they ever become an example of this themselves?
The causes of crime are complex. Poverty, parental neglect, low self-esteem, alcohol and drug abuse can be connected to why people break the law. Some are at greater risk of becoming offenders because of the circumstances into which they are born. (source)
For the innocent victims of a false sentence – which you will always find in any jail – can you imagine what these harsh and cruel environments would do to their own spirit?
With over 2 million people incarcerated just in the USA alone, there are over 11 million prisoners worldwide (source). These are astronomical numbers and it is clear that there is indeed, a very big – and growing – problem, particularly in America.
This subject has so many layers that it is impossible to give them all the focus they need, and I do understand the reaction many people have to this subject; those that do the crime should pay the time. However, as a concerned citizen who believes that we are all actually spiritually connected to each other, I think it’s important to highlight these issues.
The number of women in prison has been increasing at twice the rate of growth for men since 1980. Women in prison often have significant histories of physical and sexual abuse, high rates of HIV, and substance abuse problems. Women’s imprisonment in femaleled households leads to children who suffer from their mother’s absence and breaks in family ties. (source)
To become more aware of this problem, Netflix and Youtube have many eye-opening documentaries that highlight issues that I want to bring attention to, which are all mentioned below.
Another huge layer to all of this is, how many innocent people are actually in jails? Is the system breaking good, innocent people that were just in the wrong place at the wrong time and are in fact, terribly unfortunate victims of a failing ‘justice’ system?
Prisons Should Not Be ‘For Profit’
USA prisons (and others around the world) are often run ‘for profit’, so the increasing numbers and overcrowded jails, may in fact, actually be all by design to line the pockets of powerful people and companies.
Because of this reach, the market for privatized services dwarfs that of privatized facilities. The private-prison industry’s annual revenues total $4 billion. By comparison, the correctional food-service industry alone provides the equivalent of $4 billion worth of food each year, according to Technomic, a food industry research and consulting firm. Corrections departments spend at least $12.3 billion on health care, about half of which is provided by private companies. Telephone companies, which can charge up to $25 for a 15-minute call, rake in $1.3 billion annually. The range of for-profit services is extensive, from transport vans to halfway houses, from video visitations to e-mail, from ankle monitors to care packages. To many companies, the roughly $80 billion that the United States spends on corrections each year is not a national embarrassment but a gold mine.
Today, a handful of privately held companies dominate the correctional-services market, many with troubling records of price gouging some of the poorest families and violating the human rights of prisoners. But the problem doesn’t end there. These companies are often controlled by private-equity firms, which through financial alchemy transform the prison-industrial complex into lavish returns for pensions, endowments, and charitable foundations. And, as successive administrations have ramped up immigration enforcement, they’ve also squeezed money out of immigrant detention. (source)
It begs the question, Is the prison system actually a legal human trafficking industry? Is it in their interests to keep them at overcapacity?
Coloured People Incarcerated In Higher Numbers
There is also a very high disproportionate amount of people of color compared to white in USA jails, which is of huge concern by itself.
The reality of what is going on inside the prison system makes for indeed, truly brutal viewing, but it is very important for us all, to beware of the reality. It is another part of our society that desperately requires great change because it does truly impact us all.
The USA, and other countries lock up many people for what are seemingly minor crimes. Some, as you will learn below, are almost unbelievable.
What impact does this have on the families who are left behind: a young child’s father or mother taken away, leaving them for years, without that important role model in their lives. What psychological damage does this do to them, what impact does this have on society, and how will it impact their own futures? Will they too, resort to crime, or drugs and alcohol one day?
On a positive note, I also show you what good is being done in some prisons around the world that are actually able to rehabilitate people in a way that is truly transformative. This is what we need to do for broken and hurt people, we need to help give them a purpose for taking control of their lives and making amends of the mistakes they once made. Only then, will this help society.
This documentary, available on Netflix is the best place to start if you are interested in looking at how the justice system became such a mess, you will see why it became an industry for profit, and why there are far more colored people incarcerated.
You will discover the very shocking untold history lesson about slavery and how it never really left the USA, coloured people were instead moved into the prison system for very petty crimes at an ever-increasing rate.
13th, a film by American Ava DuVernay, explores the intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States. It was named 13th after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, adopted in 1865, which abolished slavery throughout the United States except as a punishment for conviction of a crime.
Prisons that are run for-profit, mean that some people may go to jail for a long time, despite their offense being quite minor. This also means that there are now many young people in adult jails.
In the USA it seems that it’s very easy to be put in detention centers for seemingly minor crimes. This robbing of their childhoods can ruin their entire lives which we will cover below when we discuss the documentary Kids For Cash.
DuVernay shows that slavery has been increasingly perpetuated since the end of the American Civil War through criminalizing behavior and enabling police to arrest poor men and force them to work for the state under what is known as ‘convict leasing’ This factual documentary shows eye-opening statistics about the huge increase in prison numbers that are of colored people.
Ava examines the prison-industrial complex and the emerging detention-industrial complex, discussing how much money is actually being made by corporations from such incarcerations.
Kids For Cash
This is a great one to watch after viewing 13th, because it then brings attention to the concern regarding young children being put in detention centers, also for very petty crimes. These centers, are again, mostly run for profit.
The kids for cash scandal centered on two judges at the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. In 2008, two judges, Michael Conahan and Mark Ciavarella were accused of accepting money in return for imposing harsh sentences on juveniles simply to increase occupancy at for-profit detention centers.
This documentary shows the damage this can do to the individual, quite often exposing a typical ‘naughty’ pre-teen to horrific and frightening treatment which goes on in ‘kid’ jails, that they really aren’t mentally able to cope with.
This, of course, can impact them for life, because of the trauma (imagine being 12 and not able to see your parents for months at a time, whilst being involved in, or witness to many extremely violent acts) they may themselves end up turning to violence in there just to survive, which then means they likely will end up staying imprisoned much longer.
Judge Mark Ciavarella was found to have forced thousands of children to have ‘extended stays’ in youth centers for offenses as trivial as mocking a school staff member on Myspace or trespassing in a vacant building. How utterly ridiculous, and a crime in itself, that so many kids have been put away for these kinds of silly things.
This incarceration of minor offenses has led to permanent emotional trauma, and some victims have ended up committing suicide or becoming drug and alcohol addicts. This is what psychological trauma does. A life, and families ruined because of money-hungry people in positions of power.
Thankfully, Judge Ciavarella was convicted on 12 of 39 counts and sentenced to 28 years in federal prison.
Whilst it is great that he has been locked away himself, it does not mean that the youth prison system is now a good one, they are still being run for profit.
Time: The Kalief Browder Story
This documentary series found on Netflix is an absolutely harrowing and gut-wrenching story of what goes on in many prisons around the world. It is hard not to feel your own heart break after witnessing this horrific account of what maximum security prisons did to an innocent, young and good man who had a promising future ahead of him.
In 2010, 16-year-old Kalief Browder, from The Bronx NYC, whilst walking home from a party, was accused of stealing a backpack by police, and not only was he thrown in jail without a trial, but he was sent to one of the toughest adult prisons in NYC, Rikers Island. If convicted, Kaleif faced up to 15 years in prison – for stealing a backpack no less.
This lengthy sentence seems unbelievable, yet this is how punishment is dealt out in the USA. They are incredibly tough on minor crimes. It seems like any of us could be easily accused of something, thrown in jail, and unless we had money to pay for bail, we also may have to wait a very long time to have our case heard. This is very wrong, and once again, the vulnerable, and impoverished people have to pay a price whilst those with money will have a much easier time dealing with the justice system. When we look into the ‘for profit’ prison industry, could this be why they are so tough on crimes, and quick to send people to prison?
Sadly, Kalief’s family were not able to afford his $3000 bail, so Kalief went straight to Rikers Island, a jail notorious for it’s violent criminals and for being very poorly managed. It is widely known as ‘hell on earth’ and somewhere no teenager should be found in.
Whilst waiting to have his hearing on the alleged crime, Kalief ended up spending an astronomical 3 years in jail experiencing what can only be described as completely disturbing and ongoing violent, physical and mental abuse.
Kalief, slight in stature and still a teenager, was regularly attacked by dangerous and much older gang members, and was thrown in solitary confinement for months at a time. He often had food withheld from him, and never had any access to mental health programs. Kalief was also often violently attacked by cruel prison guards.
Due to this ongoing inhumane treatment, and, not surprisingly, feeling so hopeless, Kalief tried to commit suicide under the watch of prison guards – who were later found to have cruelly taunted Kalief whilst he was doing this – they took him down from the noose just as he was about to pass out, then they proceeded to violently beat him. This was not the last time he tried to take his own life in jail, yet nobody of authority helped him with his mental health issues.
This gruesome footage of what happened to Kalief was released to the public and is also shown in the documentary, and it indeed displayed this sickening and cruel treatment by the hands of the prison guards. This is the reality of many prisons, where the guards commit despicable crimes themselves.
Those guards, to this day, have never been held accountable for their own disgusting behavior against this innocent, young man.
Kalief never had his case go to trial, the ‘witness’ disappeared to Mexico, and after an unfathomable 30 separate visits to court to see if his case would, at last, be heard by the court, Kalief eventually was released.
Whilst Kalief was now a free man after 3 years of mental and physical torture, his mind was anything but, and his story does not have a happy eneding. After his release, and when the trial against the city began to try and receive compensation for his time in jail, Kalief wrote this:
“People tell me because I have this case against the city I’m all right. But I’m not all right. I’m messed up. I know that I might see some money from this case, but that’s not going to help me mentally. I’m mentally scarred right now. That’s how I feel. Because there are certain things that changed about me and they might not go back.” He also said, “Before I went to jail, I didn’t know about a lot of stuff, and, now that I’m aware, I’m paranoid. I feel like I was robbed of my happiness.”
Kalief’s unforgettable and deeply traumatic experiences caused such everlasting damage to his health and well-being. His time in jail crushed his spirit and most tragically, he wasn’t able to cope with his haunting memories and how his mind had now become.
Akeem Browder, a prison reform campaigner, is the truly inspiring, fiercely intelligent, brave, older brother of Kalief, and has since started the Kalief Browder Foundation in honor of his brother’s life:
The KBF strategies support youth and young adults, typically in middle/ high school and college, who were negatively impacted by the incarceration system and the school to prison pipeline particularly and labeled “At Risk Youth”. We aim to enhance their social emotional learning skills through critical thinking exercises, relationship building lessons, mentoring through narrative change and skill building. The KBF has engaged the youth impacted by the incarceration system to shift into the role of leaders for systems change through its work in New York within it’s legislative body. Listening to the community and its needs allowed us to develop a curriculum that speaks directly to the necessities that our youth and young adults face day to day. The criminalization of poverty, race and trauma has held our poor communities in its grips far too long for us to not find a way out.
Akeem has since been campaigning to get Rikers Island shut down. The documentary received much press and celebrity attention after it’s release, but sadly whilst there has been a lot of ‘talk’ about Kalief’s story, to date, no one has helped much financially to get the foundation seriously off the ground. To make real changes, to hire staff and to run a foundation properly, funds are needed.
You can help keep Kalief’s memory alive, and to support the foundation which strives to bring about much-needed change to the justice system.
Kalief’s story deserves to be heard, in the hope that something good can one day come out of it.
When They See Us
When They See Us is a 2019 American miniseries which was created, co-written, and directed also by 13th director Ava DuVernay for Netflix. It premiered on May 31, 2019 and is a four-part series. It is based on the highly publicized 1989 Central Park jogger case and explores the lives and families of the five male suspects who were prosecuted on charges related to the brutal rape and assault of a woman in Central Park, New York City.
The series explores the shocking way that 5 innocent young males who were targeted for committing this crime against a young white woman in Central Park, just because they were black, and were in the park that night. The film shows they were coerced into a false confession and there was actually never any solid evidence that they did it, yet the prosecution was still able to pin the crimes on all 5 boys.
After spending years in jail, they later ended up being exonerated, what they all experienced whilst in prison was truly horrific, especially Korey Wise, who having been beaten many times in jail – sometimes almost to his death – was often placed in solitary confinement for long periods at a time.
A truly harrowing scene in the film is of Korey (played by the brilliant Emmy Award-winning actor Jharrel Jerome) shouting ‘Why doesn’t anyone care about me?’.
This, I think sums up the prison system and how many inmates feel, innocent or not.
Whilst DNA evidence ended up clearing their names (how this came to be, is an extraordinary story in itself) and they are all now out of jail, their lives of course, have been forever turned upside down. How can you get back that time, or how can you ever erase all of those horrific experiences? How can your brain ever really recover from that?
Whilst the exonerated 5 have been able to seek financial compensation, it took a whopping 11 years of fighting in court to be eventually given to them, and the money of course, does not make up for the time and the destruction of their health and mental well-being that they lost in prison due to a justice system that can often be anything but.
Many victims of false incarceration do not ever win any financial justice for their time spent in prison.
Those who targeted these boys, have not been punished for their own despicable behavior, which is another example of how the system gets away with their own criminal activity.
I am now able to share with you now some more positive stories about what can be done in jails.
Happy Jail is a documentary that is currently streaming on Netflix. The story revolves around Marco O Toral, who became the manager of the Philippine jail known as CPDRC in Cebu province, known for a Michael Jackson dance video that went viral in 2007. What is immediately fascinating is that Marco was a previous inmate of this exact jail for seven years.
I highly recommend watching this 5 part series as it is very heartwarming and inspiring in that you see for your own eyes, what compassion, kindness, fun, and joy can do for people who have ended up in jail due to the crimes they commit. Marco Toral, is I think, an extraordinary human being, who was able to keep violence and drug use at a minimum, due to the way he treated the inmates.
Marco would meet every new inmate and treat them with kindness, often giving them money to use at the jail shop. He would, of course, lay down the rules, and the punishment for breaking them was a painful paddle on the bottom, as a last resort.
Whilst watching Happy Jail, I was struck by how the prisoners were constantly smiling, seemingly enjoying their time, and this is because Marco allowed them to dance, play music, play games, and have their family members not only visit them each week but that it would be in close contact where they would come inside the prison.
I personally feel that perhaps it is enough punishment simply being locked away in the same building for years at a time, never being allowed out until their time is served. Surely, during this time we can then work on encouraging people to learn from their own mistakes from a spiritual level?
Marco received harsh criticism by the media and some government members as he was seen as being ‘not tough enough’ on the prisoners, but you perhaps you will see for yourself if you think this was the case.
Bastoy – Norway
Bastoy, which sits on an island in Norway, is quite an incredible place that is doing a remarkable job to rehabilitate prisoners. Inmates, who live in small houses, not cells, are required to look after the island, (which also has its own small shop) have work duties and responsibilities that require them to get close to nature and to work with others. They learn to also look after themselves and learn to interact well with other people. There are animals to look after and they can play music, learn cooking and study.
A Governor was interviewed for this short documentary (below) and I think what he said should be how all Governors look at their own prisons.
‘I think my job as a Governer at Bastoy Prison is if I can put a person back into society who has actually been trained to be a good member of society’
Another guard said this:
“We punish them them by taking away their freedom, but we don’t take away their life”
Halden Prison – Norway
Also in Norway, Halden Prison is known as the worlds most ‘humane’ prison. It is designed with an architecture that takes into account it’s surrounding nature, where prisoners have access to beautiful views of the land, because connecting with nature is good for the human spirit. The warden’s of Halden state that ‘being imprisoned’ is enough punishment.
Punta de Rieles – Urugay
Located in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo, Punta de Rieles is known as “the prison from which nobody wants to escape”. It is set on a 100-acre property which has lots of outdoor space where inmates can live, work, do yoga, have pets, and play music. At Punta de Rieles, the focus is on helping prisoners prepare to go back into society after they leave.
The prison’s director shared that their focus is to help the inmates be ‘better’ people than when they first arrived. Using ‘repression’ won’t rehabilitate people. They allow their inmates to study and also teach them how to start up a business. The funds earned enable the inmates to purchase things from the prison shop, or they can save up for when they leave. Punta De Rieles has a bakery, restaurant, brick factory, barbers, carpentry, and grocery stores.
Rehabilitation IS Possible
It seems very clear that the common way people are incarcerated today is simply not helping them become better people.
However, rehabilitation IS possible, and the way we can actually do this is seen in the last few documentaries above.
They all have a common theme, allow the inmates to have access to nature, to not be ‘locked up’ in ugly and depressing surroundings, give them responsibilities, encourage them to learn skills, have a purpose and above all, to be treated with compassion.
Whilst it must be said, that rehabilitating serial killers and very violent gang members might not be an easy task, it is something that must be attempted. Violence breeds violence so if we want to put an end to it, we have to see all people as human beings that may have had a very damaging upbringing which has affected their behavior.
The basic idea of rehabilitation through imprisonment is that a person who has been incarcerated will never want to be sent back to prison after they have been set free. It is hoped that an inmate’s experiences while locked up will leave such a lasting impression that a former prisoner will do whatever it takes to avoid a second term.
Unfortunately, research has consistently shown that time spent in prison does not successfully rehabilitate most inmates, and the majority of criminals return to a life of crime almost immediately. Many argue that most prisoners will actually learn new and better ways to commit crimes while they are locked up with their fellow convicts. They can also make connections and become more deeply involved in the criminal world. (source)
Ignorance is so convenient. But time’s up. We all have a choice to make, and hopefully, it will be an informed one.
Chances are we all probably fall into one of two populations. One: thoughtful, compassionate, aware and self-aware, or two: thoughtless, selfish, unaware, and self-righteous.
So, where do criminals come from? When we believed slavery was proper, we believed some people were given to us to righteously use and abuse. Today, in its place we have what I call The Tulip Theory. When I was newly married about 35 years ago, my husband and I were into gardening and we sent away for 100 tulip bulbs from Holland, never mind that we lived in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles County or that climate change was yet to be considered.
The Tulip Theory
The endeavor to garden was life-changing for me. The bulbs arrived. I opened the box and there, on top of 100 tulip bulbs, was a note: “The wonderful thing about these bulbs is you can’t go wrong. They don’t need any care. You don’t have to water them, feed them or put them into the ground. Whatever you do or don’t do, they will still blossom into beautiful blooms even if you leave them on a shelf in the dark.” I put down the piece of paper and said to my husband, “Oh, my God. I was raised on The Tulip Theory.”
Prisoners were raised on TheTulip Theory, and some of us look at them as though they were given to us to righteously despise or to give us the illusion of superiority, when we’re not doing so well, ourselves. Today, lots of us share the philosophy of the tulip farmers, even professors, attorneys, and doctors, who may end up raising unhappy children by setting expectations without nurturing and coaching their children into achievement with regular prompts such as, “I know you can do this.”
Some parents raise ‘timebombs’ and shooters, in part because we leave our babies in the hands of daycare providers or rotating neighbors and relatives – this can be very psychologically damaging for some children. The economy requires a two-income household now, so it is easy to see why both parents do end up working. Working during the formative first five years of our children’s lives used to be a choice. Now, not so much.
The very wealthy want even more money. What they have is never enough. The pharmaceutical industry, the insurance industry and the educational industry all want you to believe in The Tulip Theory aka take the side of Nature in the Nature vs. Nurture debate. You have been told that the jury is in and the scientific evidence supports genetic programming of personality.
When I was a young, new therapist, I didn’t believe it, but my clients did. They brought me articles about evidence that their personalities were inborn. They brought articles about the Scandinavian Studies, the Schizophrenic Studies, the Babies Separated at Birth Studies, and the Adoption Studies.
I was never a science major. That wasn’t my thing. However, it appeared to me I had no choice. So, for twenty-five years, more or less, I researched the research. I had to teach myself how to read a study because they were written so that few would ever understand them. I finally got it down, and I uncovered and listed about 20 techniques that scientists use repeatedly to get the results they are paid to get (Snyder, The Search for the Unholy Grail, 2016).
I listed these techniques so that anyone could read, assess and see through a behavioral study. The best-designed studies and research questions can be replicated. The worst cannot. The best studies represent childhood causes. The worst represent genetic alleged causality. Some scientists from the Human Genome Project admitted that finding such genetic instruction isn’t supported by research or the design of the human brain to include inborn behavioral programs, after all.
All this is to say the jury is in, whether you want to know it or not. Criminals are made, not born. Sometimes, even with good parenting, a community can be so saturated with survival behavior, a parent can’t win. Still, there are consequences to parenting choices. Most of us don’t know them. So, we depend upon The Tulip Theory. How we raise a child will determine how successful and praiseworthy they become or how damned they will be. There but for the grace of God go I, right?
Not convinced? In another book I wrote about how anyone—parent, judge, school counselor, therapist, forensic evaluator—could assess a childhood on a single sheet of paper, and within a 10% margin of error, predict forward a person’s aptitude for a successful life or not (Snyder, Predicting and Understanding Behavior According to Critical Childhood Experiences, 2016). The same measures can help us understand backward how a person became the way they are.
Criminals Are Made, Not Born
Criminals are made, not born. In this book I evaluate the childhoods of 25 famous people known for extreme behaviors, so the reader can see how their childhoods created who they became.
Columbine, Sandy Hook, El Paso, ad infinitum, all had killers who were predictable and understandable, yet we continue to wonder how a person could do such a horrible thing. In 1988, I spent about twenty hours interviewing The Night Stalker, Richard Ramirez, and realized that no one honors thy father and mother like a serial killer. I studied the childhood of Jeffrey Dahmer in depth only to discover he killed in order to keep from being left. As an infant, his mother wouldn’t touch him. Even after he was old enough to climb out of his crib, she pushed him away from her. I watched the Menendez Brothers trial from beginning to end and heard jurors say afterwards, “I was abused, and I didn’t grow up to kill my parents.”
We don’t understand cause and effect yet.
How To Make A Criminal
Over the years, I developed a formula of not only what critical childhood experiences it takes to turn out to be dangerous or amazing people but in what combinations and orders these events need to take place.
Attachment Is The Foundation
A violent person has to have had an insecure attachment, to have been physically abused, and probably emotionally shamed as well. They too have to have been raised in a family with a repression ethic, as the underground child, but they also have to have been raised within a family blame ethic versus a family self-reflection ethic. If all three of these factors are present, there will be violence. If one factor is missing, there will not be violence without provocation. Repeat: If a child has had a secure attachment, she will never have the drive to exploit or harm another person, even after a high dose of abuse.
Put another way, a secure attachment in the first five years of life makes a child not only immune to long-term effects of abuse, but just about guarantees resilience as well. I could go on, but that’s not what I came to tell you today. I came to talk about why people become criminals and what we can do about it, if we care to invest in the quality of human development.
Criminal behavior involves a legacy of abuse, like slavery, racism, devaluations, and survival, but it can also be linked to families who simply fail to form an attachment with their child, employ abusive discipline, judge and blame others, and then insist their child not complain.
To create a poverty-based criminal, start with an insecure attachment because most of these moms and dads have to work. Add issues of deprivation and chronic concerns of survival. Add emotional abuse, a blame ethic (versus a self-reflection ethic), and a repression ethic (versus an expression ethic). Depending upon the seriousness of the crime, some or all of these features will be formative in childhood.
Then, there are the adult ‘modifiers’. The adult child could run into a wonderful group of friends or a religious environment of ethics and character, or the adult child could hang with drug addicts or gang members that influence them in another direction.
Majority Of Criminals Come From Deprivation and Broken Attachments
Note that the way to create the majority of criminals comes from broken attachments, deprivation and a lack of parental investment, but the way to create some of the most brutal criminals in the world is to give them broken attachments, to not give the child a stable and constant parental figure, as well as to over-indulge them with an entitlement to exploit and abuse others.The most terrible people on the planet murder, torture, exploit and abuse others. They are our dictators. Supporting them are business people without scruples, who invest in the entitled exploitation of others.
Prevention, Recovery And Forgiveness
How do you feel about punishment and retribution? Have you thought you would like to rub someone into the ground for their harmful choices? Have you ever asked, “How could someone do this?” That question reveals that one doesn’t yet consider that meanness comes from a different way of thinking born of a different set of experiences and history.
This has to be Awareness 101.
The language we use, the values we have, the understandings we reference are not inborn. We don’t know what we don’t know. And even if we had some peripheral exposure to ethics, we disregard them, because those ethics never protected us. As a matter of fact, it may enrage us that others get to have such pretty lives, and we didn’t. We believe what we experience.
We take as true what we are taught unless we are given permission to question. If you want a person to think differently or better, you have to ensure they have the wherewithal or freedom to think differently.
Would we be willing to rehabilitate them in a controlled environment rather than punish them? Of course, we need a multi-tiered program where people earn their ways into more privileged populations. The hardcore prisoners don’t get to go up to the next tier unless they soften.
Can we then grant them trauma therapy and classes on adulting and relationship skills? Can we grant them an education? Can we grant them an opportunity to have relationships?
Can we find pleasure in the satisfaction they discover from praise for a job well done? Would we grant them a permanent companion, a dog, who loves them and only them (given the dog is safe)? Would we allow them to enjoy playing tennis?
Would we grant them a television to watch the news or educational programming? Would we want them to have good books to read, especially literature and sociological studies? Would we grant them the right to vote if it makes them feel a part of the system to which they never thought they could belong?
What do you think about redemption?
Can we grant them another round to try to live a better life? If a person learns to think differently and comes to regret their bad and harmful choices, are we capable of forgiving them? Can we take our boot off their neck? Can we grant them some guarded faith that they can turn their lives around? Or, would we insist that they couldn’t possibly change and should therefore never be forgiven?
Can we give them the opportunities we had that they never had? Can we believe in them, or would we be the people who refuse to believe in redemption? Would we, then, be hypocrites?
How would we assess whether a person has changed or could change? Do we have criteria by which we evaluate whether or not a person has genuinely changed? Can we recognize true remorse? Can we credit humility? Can we look for different choices? Do we recognize the dangers of negative mirrors, wherein a person can never outgrow their reputation? Can we identify a healthy dialogue supported by virtuous values? Can we praise new choices and show appreciation?
Rather than holding them as people we self-righteously despise, we might find our own reward in helping them take the high road and consider that a person never chose their own fate but lived out only what they knew. If we give them new experiences, we might find that we are richer ourselves, and capable of investing in a world of better people. Our planet is down to the final challenges between the enlightened and the greedy.
What side will you be on?
This article was written for Collective Evolution by Dr Faye Snyder.
Dr. Faye Snyder is a psychologist, marriage and family therapist, and forensic evaluator. She is the founder and clinical director of the non-profit Parenting and Relationship Counseling (PaRC) Foundation in Granada Hills, California. She has taught developmental psychology at the California State University, Northridge. Most importantly, Dr. Faye, as she prefers to be called, along with her husband, Ron, is the proud parent of daytime Emmy winning Scott Clifton, her laboratory and her evidence. Dr. Faye is a late bloomer and is rapidly producing products designed to help parents heal their children from previous injuries or raise their children for greatness.
What the heck is going on in the world right now? Chaos? Sickness? Political unrest? Racial division? Corruption? A lack of love? A lack of God? Extreme Sadness? Anger? Environmental destruction?
Yes, all of that and much worse. We can all see it and feel it.
Was all of this predicted more than 2500 years ago?
This ten-minute cartoon, narrated by Graham Hancock, is deeply powerful and inspiring. It puts everything into perspective about how we have come to this unstable place we find ourselves living in.
We must realise only WE, as individuals can change the world.
Bio: Graham Hancock is a British author who specializes in theories involving ancient civilizations, Earth changes, stone monuments or megaliths, altered states of consciousness, ancient myths, and astronomical or astrological data from the past. He has become recognized as an unconventional thinker who raises controversial questions about humanity’s past. Learn more at https://grahamhancock.com/