Protease Enzymes: What Are They And How Do They Work?

Authored by David Wolfe

Proteases are one of three main types of digestive enzymes that your body needs. While we explored the other two in detail within our ‘what are enzymes‘ article, to summarize, the other two enzymes are lipase, which helps your body digest fat, and amylase, which helps your body process starches and glycogen.

Proteases fall under the category of proteolytic enzymes, which are enzymes that not only help your body process protein but aid in dividing cells, forming blood clots, maintaining your immune system and more. (1)

In this article, we’ll be referring to proteases as a whole category. But here are the four main classes of proteases so you know what to look out for on ingredient labels and the like:

  • Serine
  • Cysterine
  • Aspartyl
  • Metalloprotease

Now, for practical purposes, what you need to know is that all of these protease classes achieve the same thing. They just do it in different ways. Think of it as akin to how an electric car and a standard one will both get you from point A to point B, just using different mechanisms.

Where Does Protease Come From?

Your pancreas produces an inactive form of protease naturally. It’s only after this inactive protease interacts with the enzyme trypsinogen that your body can use it for the above purposes. (2)

In addition to your body’s own natural production, you can receive the enzyme from two additional sources – supplements and food.

Let’s look at food sources first.


Pineapples contain the protease bromelain, which research has proven to be effective at helping combat pancreatic insufficiency. (3)

We’ll explore pancreatic insufficiency in more detail shortly but in a nutshell, it’s a condition that reduces your pancreas’ ability to produce the digestive enzymes your body needs.

In addition to helping your digestive system, bromelain reduces inflammation, especially in your sinuses. Some people even take it to reduce soreness after workouts as well. (4)

Papaya contains papain, which is another protease that aids in breaking down proteins.

In addition, research shows that it may be effective at reducing IBS symptoms like bloating and constipation. (5)

What’s more, research also shows that papain is highly effective at combating parasitic infections, making it a great addition to a parasite cleanse. (6)

Other papain benefits include (7):

  • Reduced inflammation in the throat
  • Decreased shingles symptoms
  • Reduced diarrhea
  • Lessened symptoms of psoriasis

It’s worth noting, however, that pregnant women should avoid papaya. Unripened or semi-ripe papaya can cause stimulate contractions. (8)


This fermented milk-based beverage contains several digestive enzymes, including protease, lipase, and lactase. (9, 10, 11)

Lactase is an ingredient that helps your body process milk and other dairy products. It’s especially useful for people who suffer from lactose intolerance.

If you’re unfamiliar with kefir, it’s a drink resembling a thin yogurt. To make it, you insert “kefir grains” (which resemble cauliflower) into milk. These grains are actually yeasts and helpful bacteria. During the fermentation process, you leave the drink to sit (usually overnight) and the bacteria digests the milk to produce the enzymes.

Viola, you have kefir!


Kimchi is a Korean dish consisting of fermented vegetables. Just like with kefir, kimchi contains healthy bacteria that produces proteases (among other enzymes, including lipases and amylases, which help you digest fats and carbs respectively). (12, 13)

In addition to the benefits that come from protease, research also shows that kimchi can lower cholesterol and other risk factors for heart disease. (14)

No wonder the Japanese are so healthy!

All About Protease Supplements

Our modern diets can be messy sometimes and it’s not always easy to get the amount of natural protease-containing foods that you need to combat the issue effectively.

There are also some medical conditions and lifestyle choices that can contribute to decreased protease levels.

Diabetes, Crohn’s disease, smoking, cystic fibrosis and pancreatitis can all contribute to a condition known as exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI). (15)

This condition occurs when your pancreas is unable to produce the digestive enzymes (including protease) that your body needs.

Thankfully, supplements can help restore your body’s levels of these enzymes when you take them under a doctor’s supervision.

What The Research Says About Protease Supplements

Research confirms that protease supplements are quite effective when it comes to their main feature – improving digestion.

One study found that when patients with indigestion took a protease supplement, their symptoms greatly reduced. These symptoms included bloating, belching, heartburn and reduced appetite. (16)

Another study found that a protease supplement greatly reduced symptoms of IBS, including bloating, constipation and painful stools. (17)

As we touched on briefly, though, protease is good for a lot more than just digestion. These additional benefits carry over to protease supplements as well.

In one study, researchers found that a supplement with protease was as effective as modern (artificial) medicine at reducing pain from osteoarthritis. (18)

Additional research has shown that protease supplements can even reduce swelling in situations as severe as recovery from dental surgery. You know it’s legit when it can combat that sort of pain! (19)


Protease is a type of enzyme that helps your body digest protein and turn it into smaller molecules, like amino acids, that your body can use for fuel.

While your pancreas produces protein naturally, there are some instances – such as when you suffer from ailments like diabetes, cystic fibrosis, pancreatitis or when you smoke cigarettes – where the organ could use an extra hand.

That’s where foods such as pineapple and papaya come in handy.

For more comprehensive enzyme therapy, you should speak with your doctor about taking a digestive enzyme supplement. This will provide you with not just proteases but other types of crucial enzymes as well.


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Yoga 101 for Anyone Making 2020 Yoga Resolutions

Authored By

Have you ever thought about joining a club that was 36 million members strong in the United States alone? A club that’s grown at least 50% since 2012?

You may not realize it, but if you’ve ever considered trying yoga (which a third of Americans have already done), then that’s you.

Some people are interested in mindfulness and peace of being that yoga promises. Others want to gain flexibility and strength enjoyed by regular yogis. And still others want to mitigate back and joint pain, which yoga has been proven to help.

But a cursory Google search for beginner’s yoga is completely overwhelming – there are more than 6,000 yoga studios in America at last count, and most of them are trying to sell you classes for the New Year. (Nothing wrong with that inherently – it doesn’t get much more consciously capitalist than yoga studios.)

Before doing anything you’ve never done before, it’s advisable to do your research.

We’re going to break down what some of the most popular yoga styles, so that you can understand what each will provide for your body and what you should expect from each.

Let’s start with the eight arms of yoga:

  1. Yama: consisting of five parts indicating how you treat your fellow man – nonviolence, truthfulness, asteya, chastity, and not coveting
  2. Niyama: consisting of five parts indicating how you treat yourself – cleanliness, contentment, self-discipline, self-study, surrendering to a higher power
  3. Asana: the practice of yoga poses
  4. Pranayama: the practice of breathing exercises
  5. Pratyahara: withdrawing from external senses to use only internal sources
  6. Dharana: concentration
  7. Dhyana: meditation
  8. Samadhi: bliss

Every arm of yoga is distributed differently through various styles and practices, but those tenets are woven into all kinds of yoga.

Iyengar Yoga

This kind of yoga focuses on meticulous and detailed posing. It’s slower and lower intensity in order to achieve perfect alignment with each pose.

Usually, this practice is characterized by yoga props, like blocks, straps, chairs, and bolsters.

The lesson in iyengar yoga isn’t how smoothly and swiftly you can move from pose to pose, but how tricky it can be, both mentally and physically, to stay still.

It can help with easing tight and sore muscles or in recovering from an injury.

Vinyasa Yoga

This is probably the kind of yoga you’re most familiar with – in Sanskrit, the translation is “to place in a special way,” and since it’s a kind of hatha yoga, vinyasa is recognizable because it’s a sequence of poses.

The practice is fluid and movement-heavy, traveling from one pose into its next logical pose as smoothly as possible by connecting breath to each movement.

You’ll often hear music in these yoga classes, to keep everyone engaged and awake, and although it’s not the same as high-intensity yoga, it is definitely active.

Bikram Yoga

The inspiration for the “hot yoga” fad, bikram yoga has been held in heated rooms since its inception 30 years ago.

There are 26 poses in total, always in the same sequence, and you’ll definitely find yourself drenched and exhausted at the end of it.

Bikram will definitely give you the most serious work out, but be sure to find an authentic bikram studio – the poses must be in the original order for it to be considered bikram.

Restorative Yoga

Sometimes called “yin” yoga, this is the style for those interested in yoga for its calming effects.

You’ll find lots of props in a restorative yoga class to help support students in passive poses, because you’re not meant to use energy or force.

It’s a wonderful way to inject mindful, rejuvenative rest into your life. Everyone has experienced rest that doesn’t recharge – this kind of yoga helps you be deliberate with your intentions.

Once you know what your goals are, you’ll know which yoga practice to try!

Still, trying one of each, or any other kinds of yoga, will give you the best idea of which kind of yoga suits you best, and which you’re most likely to stick with in the New Year.

Yoga For New Year, New You


By Staff Writer at Naturally Living Family

Medically Reviewed by Eric Zielinski, DC (Dr. Z)

Although there isn’t a defined cure, diabetes can be managed with diet and lifestyle and, often, medication. One way to boost its management is with essential oils for diabetes, used in various ways to improve insulin sensitivity, manage body composition, and improve overall digestive wellness.

Diabetes is one of the more widespread metabolic, chronic illnesses of our time. It’s estimated that around 10% of the population is diagnosed with diabetes, while another 8 million people likely have it without being diagnosed. (1)

In this article, you’ll learn about:

  1. Essential Oils for Diabetes and the Body
  2. Aromatherapy and Essential Oils for Diabetes
  3. 6 Ways to Use Essential Oils for Diabetes Management


For a refresher on what diabetes is and how it works in the body, we can look to the American Diabetes Association for their summary of the more common variation of diabetes, type 2:

If you have type 2 diabetes your body does not use insulin properly. This is called insulin resistance. At first, your pancreas makes extra insulin to make up for it. But, over time it isn’t able to keep up and can’t make enough insulin to keep your blood glucose at normal levels. (2)

On the other hand, type 1 diabetes is genetic and behaves differently:

In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. The body breaks down the sugars and starches you eat into a simple sugar called glucose, which it uses for energy. Insulin is a hormone that the body needs to get glucose from the bloodstream into the cells of the body. (3)

It’s important to have an understanding of the disease itself before we adjust our habits and supplemental efforts in response. For example, if you are using an essential oil with the goal of improving insulin sensitivity for type 2 diabetes, understanding that exercise can have a similar and even more potent result will help you make safe choices and avoid bottoming out. On the other hand, if you are a type 1 diabetic, no amount of insulin sensitivity will correct a lack of insulin.

Therefore, the information in this article is relevant to type 2 diabetics specifically and, when I state to “diabetes,” I refer to type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes can have very serious and life-threatening complications, from poor wound healing to cardiovascular events. Never adjust your medications without the guidance of your physician, and if you suspect you may be diabetic, schedule a consult with your doctor right away.


Most of us are already familiar with substances that are beneficial for insulin sensitivity, with powdered cinnamon topping the list of kitchen remedies to help deal with blood sugar and diabetes. Aromatherapy has even more to offer – with some oils appearing to benefit the insulin response and others working to ease the symptoms that diabetes can cause.

For using essential oils for diabetes, the key is to think outside of the box. (4) If you are working toward weight loss to relieve the severity of your diabetes, then diffusing essential oils that energize and potentially benefit weight loss might be the way to go. If you’re trying to help a wound heal while diabetes hinders the process, an antiseptic and healing oil in a topical formula could do the trick.

Essential oils for diabetes are best used as integrative components of our wellness routines. For the diabetic who now focuses their lifestyle toward managing both the causes and symptoms of the disease, having such a versatile toolkit can be a lifeline.

Here are some of the most useful essential oils for diabetes.



Probably the most researched of the essential oils for diabetes relief, cinnamon in general refers to a group of trees whose leaves or inner bark are distilled for its essential oil or the bark harvested as a spice. There are multiple varieties of the Cinnamon tree, including C. cassia, which we usually refer to as simply cassia when used for its essential oil.

The most heavily researched “angle” for cinnamon and diabetes is that of the powdered spice, with a great deal of focus placed on it for pancreatic support, glucose lowering, weight loss, and general diabetes prevention and management. (5)

Research of essential oils for diabetes is moving through the best applications and preparations, though, and essential oils have made their appearance in the literature. In 2013, an evaluation of cinnamon leaf essential oil found that “all tested doses of [cinnamon essential oil] significantly lowered fasting blood glucose and fructosamine.” (6) The researchers pointed to pancreatic support as the likely mechanism leading to the blood sugar benefits.

We don’t have an exact directive from studies and research to tell us how to maximize cinnamon’s potential for diabetic wellness, but we can glean some helpful tidbits:

  • Internal use seems to be the most effective.
  • Cinnamon in all forms appears to lower blood sugar.
  • A little dab’ll do!

Takeaway: Cinnamon essential oil may join the diabetic’s arsenal of culinary weapons against glucose. One or two drops for an entire day is a safe and sufficient amount – dilute it into a lipid and include it in recipes. Remember, cinnamon is a strong oil and can be an irritant if not used properly.

Be sure to monitor your blood sugar carefully when using cinnamon in any form, and consult with your doctor before adjusting medication. Your body might just respond a little TOO well to cinnamon’s strengths!


One of the most intriguing things about essential oils for diabetes is the effect of synergy, which is the phenomenon in which combinations of oils work together to make even stronger effects. That’s why we’re so frequently making blends and formulas of essential oils for diabetes rather than just using one here and another there. Teamwork makes the dream work, right?

One prominent study out of Georgetown in 2005 took note of the benefits of synergy when they studied essential oils for diabetes. Instead of isolating a single oil for their research, they experimented with blends of multiple oils that have been suggested as beneficial essential oils for diabetes. Oils named in the summary included (7):

  • Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum)
  • Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
  • Cumin (Cuminum cyminum)
  • Oregano (Origanum vulgare)

The essential oils for diabetes blends were able to improve insulin sensitivity when taken internally, which can be replicated by including oil blends diluted into a carrier and consumed in capsules, drinks, and recipes.

As a side note, surely it’s no accident that culinary herbs play a role in improving the way we digest and use food! God’s medicine has been right there around our dinner plates all along!

Takeaway: As you discover oils that can be a) used internally and b) used to improve causes like insulin sensitivity or symptoms of any sort, experiment with blends! Pre-mix your dilution by adding a few drops each of the oils you’d like to blend into a 5 ml or 10 ml bottle of a carrier oil.


Like cinnamon, some herbs and their essential oil are simply regarded as anti-diabetic. Those are the words anyone with a diagnosis or pre-diagnosis of diabetes wants to hear! Let’s fight this disease right at its core, where the body stops short of breaking down glucose into usable energy.

Like most early research, Melissa essential oil was tested on mice for precise tracking of its actions and potential benefits. Lab tests can first tell us the composition of oils, then how it is generally received in a body, and later how the human body responds in various circumstances.

The results of this study in particular were published in 2010 with exciting news. Of the mice that received a low-dose, heavily diluted amount of Melissa essential oil, markers of diabetes were reduced in multiple facets. Ultimately, the researchers concluded that Melissa administered at low concentrations is an efficient hypoglycaemic agent, probably due to enhanced glucose uptake and metabolism.”(8)

Once more, we see that it only takes minute amounts of these potent digestive health oils to make a potentially substantial difference for those battling blood sugar imbalances by using essential oils for diabetes.

Takeaway: One drop is plenty, included in blends or diluted on its own for digestive assistance and potential glucose regulation. As with all hypoglycemic/anti-diabetic substances, be sure to monitor your levels carefully and work with your doctor closely.


Moving away from the expected culinary herbs and their essential oil content, it seems you can still maintain anti-diabetic benefits while also branching out. Still very much in the foundational levels of research, Korean pine (Pinus koraiensis) has also exhibited potential for diabetes relief.

In the same vein as the Christmas favorite and year ‘round healer fir essential oil, Korean pine essential oil comes from the needles of an evergreen pine tree. It’s woodsy and grounding, the perfect addition to a blend of anti-diabetic oils we’ve looked at so far.

Researchers tackled this oil in 2013, very much in vitro, by injecting the oil into lab mice. The results were promising, with effects on the body that led to improved glucose levels. (9) We won’t be injecting essential oils, of course, but this demonstrates the wide range of oil types that may be part of our anti-diabetes toolkit.

Takeaway: Don’t feel restricted with your diabetes-fighting blends! Look for oils like Korean Pine to mix up your approach. If it can’t be taken internally, enjoy diffusion or direct inhalation to begin to introduce the oil into your routine.


This is where we really get to play with essential oils for diabetes and the diabetic management lifestyle. Diabetes is so much more than how cookies or cakes are used by the body. Any time nutrient use is involved, the whole body is affected. Complications of diabetes can include:

  • Heart health
  • Oral health
  • Respiratory health
  • Skin health
  • Immune health

In other words, diabetes is a case study in the ways that each body system is intertwined with the others.

Using what we know about essential oils for diabetes to boost these systems and potential complications, we can counter the effects of diabetes while managing the source of the issue with medication, diet, and lifestyle.

We can take this to its logical end and get creative with skin health and healing oils, oils for oral health, clear breathing oils, and antimicrobials. For a more specific look at how essential oils for diabetes comprise complementary therapy, a systematic review had this to say about research that has been conducted:

Essential oils can be used to reduce the side effects of some complication (ulcer: loss of skin integrity) and to reduce that often take longer to resolve than in non diabetic patients. Essential oil[s] can also ameliorate the stress of the coping with a lifelong chronic condition such as diabetes. (10)

The applications are endless here. If you or a loved one is diabetic, learn all you can about the various uses of essential oils for diabetes, and begin to incorporate them into your life. The healing, restorative, and preventative benefits can quickly become your most trusted ally.

Takeaway: Diabetes complications can occur throughout the body, and essential oils can help to counter these issues and support the body’s intended processes. Look for anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and stress relieving oils as a start to your essential oil “medicine” cabinet.


Let’s not forget the kids who are impacted by diabetes. As a primarily genetic disorder, diabetes isn’t about who ate too much cake as they got older. Kids are affected to the tune of thousands, and many of them spend their lives in and out of doctor’s offices getting poked and prodded, not to mention those who receive daily injections.

Very recently, published in August 2015, researchers published findings on the use of essential oils for diabetes to help relieve some of this stress and physical pain for kids with diabetes. Thankfully (and hardly surprising), markers for pain relief were noticeable thanks to diffused orange and lavender oils. (11)

Incidentally, these oils are notable for their anxiety-relieving properties, as well, which only contributes to quality of life for kids who are faced with more than their little lives should have to deal with.

Takeaway: Diffusion of oils can help with anxiety relief and even direct pain relief, and even the most gentle of oils can be potent for this purpose. Diffuse oils during times when painful or frustrating procedures are necessary, or place drops on a handkerchief or other personal inhaler to “sniff” when needed.




Source: Essential Oils For Diabetes

Coconut Oil Improves Alzheimer’s Disease Symptoms

This Saturated Fat Improves Alzheimer's Disease Symptoms

Authored by Sayer Ji

A new study in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) patients using dietary supplementation with a unique saturated fat has confirmed earlier research that a non-drug based approach can stabilize and even improve a degenerative disease whose symptoms are usually managed with drugs and not cured.

Published in the journal Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment and titled “Retrospective case studies of the efficacy of caprylic triglyceride in mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease,” [i] this exploratory study sought to test whether caprylic acid triglycerides (CT) – a type of fat found naturally in the milk of mammals and a constituent of coconut and palm kernel oil – would improve the condition of mild-to-moderately afflicted AD patients.

The researchers noted that, “The limitations of current pharmacotherapy have prompted interest in diet and dietary supplementation as part of the overall treatment regimen for patients with AD.”

The researchers reviewed the case records of eight patients with extensive monitoring of cognitive function using the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) and who had received on average 20 grams a day of CT for at least 6 months. The patients were at least 50 years of age, were undergoing conventional drug-based therapy for AD of mild-to-moderate severity (MMSE 14-24).

Caprylic acid is commonly isolated from coconut oil. One cup (218 grams) contains approximately 16.3 grams, according to’s coconut oil nutrition facts. While the prospect of consuming over a cup of coconut oil in order to obtain the 20 gram ‘clinical dose’ used in this study may be unappealing, consider that preclinical research on whole coconut oil, which contains other beneficial medium chain triglycerides, is quite encouraging, and that generally speaking one needs to take less of the whole food complex in order to obtain the kind of therapeutic effect observed in one of its isolated components.

The results of the 8-person case study revealed that 2 patients experienced disease stabilization and 2 saw modest improvement, i.e. the CT actually reversed the disease trajectory, with a reduction in symptoms corresponding directly with the initiation of the dietary intervention.

The researchers concluded:

“Results from this case review study indicated that addition of CT to pharmacotherapy for AD was associated with stable disease or improvement for some patients. In particular, addition of CT seemed to have slowed the rate of decline, as measured by MMSE scores, compared with rates of decline reported in larger longitudinal studies. These findings warrant further investigation in a larger study.”

This study has profound implications for the estimated 5.4 million people in the U.S. diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and who are presently taking a class of drugs (cholinesterase inhibitors and N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor antagonists) that have been linked to a wide range of side effects including seizures and may fail to outperform basic plant therapies such as turmericsaffron and ginkgo biloba.

The basic premise behind the use of caprylic acid in Alzheimer’s disease is that it addresses region-specific decreases in cerebral glucose metabolism characteristic of the disease. Caprylic acid releases ketone bodies which can be used as an alternative fuel source by the brain during periods of low glucose availability. Semi-miraculous recoveries have been reported anecdotally, and even within the peer-reviewed medical literature, a 2004 study published in the journal Neurobiology of Aging found near immediate improvements in cognition and memory within 20 Alzheimer’s patients who received a single 40 ml (2.7 tablespoon) dose of medium chain triglycerides. Read our article “MCT Fats Found in Coconut Oil Boost Brain Function In Only One Dose” to learn more.

As we have touched upon recently in an article about ‘The Grain That Damages The Human Brain,’ there is increasing recognition among the medical community that dietary interventions and/or modifications are not of secondary importance in treating brain disorders, but constitute – as Hippocrates once taught – an essential element in treating and even reversing chronic, degenerative conditions that are for the most part refractory to conventional, drug-based treatment. This new study adds to a now substantial body of data that Thomas Edison was absolutely correct:

“The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”


[i] Steven Douglas Maynard, Jeff Gelblum. Retrospective case studies of the efficacy of caprylic triglyceride in mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease.

Source: Coconut Oil Improves Disease


Absorb Vortex Energy Wherever You Go!

Authored By Robin Morlock

As spiritual seekers, Light workers, and healers, we have the added pleasure of tuning in for a few brief moments, wherever we are, and noticing the energy of a location. What vibrations do we feel? What new or otherworldly sound frequencies are we being treated to? How is the nature energy different from the last place we breathed in? What colors do our eyes see and how is that Ray of Light changing our consciousness?

Grand Canyon South Rim; google image

Vortex – Specific Ray of Light

Vortices are everywhere on our planet. As we walk around, we can feel changes in ourselves as we walk in different areas – maybe a little dizzy in one place, maybe an immense wave of love comes to our heart chakra in another place, and so on.

How can we learn more about Vortex energy and the increased Source Love vibration we may be experiencing? In the book, “New Cells, New Bodies, New Life!” by Virginia Essene and a group of other master channelers, Chapter 8 is a channeled article by Norman titled “Nova 8.” Perhaps this brief summary of Nova 8’s information will provide some wisdom insights about Vortex energy on our planet.

A Vortex is a spiraling stream of energy, a great arc of multicolored LIGHT patterns, that corkscrews back and forth along an interstellar pathway (like a cosmic highway) from our earth planet and back to Source again.

Art by SilviaStarlight5 at

There are 13 major vortex spirals converging on Earth, and where they intersect with each other, we will find sacred sites created by intuitive humans in ancient times.

Each vortex contains a specific encoding of LIGHT – it has a specific purpose and role in the evolution of Christ Consciousness on the planet. Twelve of the vortices are individually different, carrying one full spectrum of expression from Source. The thirteenth vortex carries all encodings of planetary cycles, past and present along with the activation codes for the ascension of our planet into the higher dimensions (above 3D).

Visualization of vortex of rainbow LIGHT streaming to Earth; Bing image

Each Soul matches a Ray of Light Vortex

As previously mentioned, each vortex contains a set of codes – a blueprint – that is a specific expression of Source creativity and love on this planet. Every soul is also encoded with one of these expressions, and when that soul being walks into that same vortex energy, it is a lovely download of soul wisdom from that Light projection.

A person who walks in a place on terra firma that has the influx of one of the 13 Vortex energies will gain essential understandings of the blueprints for our planet. If that person is drawn to a place that feels incredibly harmonious, it is possible that the person has discovered their resonant Vortex – the one that vibrates out the blueprint for one’s role in the planetary cycle of ascension and for their own soul evolution.

Redwood National Park; photo by Michael Schweppe

Have you noticed that people seem to be moving from their homes, their long-time locations and re-planting themselves in all-new locations? Perhaps this is something you have recently done, or your are considering uprooting and resettling in an area that seems to be ‘calling your heart.’

People who are in harmony with their soul path (even if that is on a deeply subconscious level) will begin to find themselves magnetized to the area where the vortex energy flow is in harmony with their soul expression. As they arrive there, it becomes a time of increased life satisfaction and joy of being-ness on the planet.

As you travel, you have the option to choose to be conscious of the vibrations, frequencies, colors, and nature energies around you.

Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness, Scotland; Bing photo

All of the vortex energies are supportive in different and amazing ways, and feeling those Light encodings will add to your inner soul journey.

As you pay attention to the subtle signals in each new place, you may find that you are energized more, drawn more, to a specific location over other locations. Who knows? That may be your resonating vortex Ray of Light! Enjoy it and let it wash over you and through you – feel free to absorb as much of that Light frequency as you want. It will only add to your ‘peace’ meter.

Source: Follow Your Vortex

Smoking During Pregnancy (SDP) – 2019 Statistics & How to Stop It?

Authored By Tiffany Simmons

According to Wikipedia, for every 100 U.S adults, age 18 or older, more than 15 smoked cigarettes in 2016. In other words, there are about 37.8 million cases of cigarette smokers in the United States. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, accounting for approximately 443,000 deaths, or 1 of every 5 deaths, in the United States each year.

Everyone knows the harmful effects of smoking on smokers because these things are constantly being pointed out by the media and newspapers. However, have you ever wondered how cigarettes will affect a pregnant woman, especially affecting her child?

Every year in the United States, there are millions of women who smoke during their pregnancy and this causes a great effect on the babies in the womb. This article will show those consequences and give orientations on how to quit smoking for pregnant mothers.

Overview Of Smoking While Pregnancy In The US

Ethnicity of SDP woman

  • Non-Hispanics/ Native Americans account for 19.7% of women that smoke during pregnancy, ranking as the highest ethnicity
  • 10.5% of white women smoked, 6.0% of pregnant women were black
  • 4.5% were Native Hawaiian.
  • Only 0.6% Asian-American is the lowest ethnicity of all smoke while pregnant, the lowest ethnicity of all.

Age of SDP woman

  • About 7.5% of all pregnant women smoke during pregnancy.
  • 10.7% of pregnant women of age 20-24 smoke during pregnancy, ranking as the highest age group.
  • After 25, pregnant women tend to stop smoking as they getting older.

Educational Level of SDP woman

  • 11.7% of less than high school educated women smoked during pregnancy
  • 12.2% of highschool educated women smoked during pregnancy
  • 7.9% of women with some college or an associates degree SDP.
  • 1.0% with a bachelors degree smoked during pregnancy
  • 0.4% with a master or higher SDP.

Portions of each period of pregnancy

  • About 11.6% of mothers smoke before pregnancy.
  • Only 5.7% of mothers continue smoking after pregnancy.
  • About 1 in 3 women who quit during their pregnancy relapse after they giving birth a new baby.

Portions of SDP woman by states

  • The prevalence of smoking during pregnancy was highest in West Virginia (25.1%) followed by Kentucky (18.4%).
  • Montana (16.5%), Vermont (15.5%), and Missouri (15.3%) are the next stages that have the highest portions.
  • These 5 states account for more than half of the total women in the US smoke during pregnancy.
  • Only 1.6% woman in California smoke during pregnancy. This state is the one that has the lowest portions of mothers smoke during pregnancy.
  • The South-West states have a very low portion of SDP women

The Risks And Impacts Of SDP

The risks that mothers and babies may have when mother smoke during pregnancy

  • About 25% of mothers that smoke during pregnancy gives birth to a low weight baby. Compared to the non-smoking mothers’ babies, these babies are 320g lighter on average.
  • 47% of stillbirths are caused by SDP. Mothers who smoke ?21 cigarettes a day doubles the risk of stillbirth as compared with those that never smoke.
  • The risk of SIDS increases by 10%. Infants of mothers who smoked during pregnancy had a greater risk of death.
  • Preterm membrane rupture accounts for 14% of births due to SDP. Smoking cigarettes resulted in an increased risk of the preterm membrane at about 4%
  • 6.8% of smoking mothers experience hypertension
  • 28.1% of smoking mothers will experience bleeding
  • 29.6% of smoking mothers will experience premature labor
  • 10% of smoking mothers will experience infant deaths.

Harmful Chemicals in Cigarettes that can be transferred into the baby


Interferes with brain and lung development

Carbon Monoxide

Causes fetal death or fetal brain damage


Lowers the amount of oxygen that is reaching the baby


Causes setups brain abnormalities


It will cause a diabetogenic effect on you and the baby


Can inflame your child’s airways

Smoke During Pregnancy

The Different Benefits Of Laughter

Authored By The Depression Alliance Staff

Any person who has giggled at a private joke with friends will understand the benefits of laughter.  It can reduce stress, release endorphins, improve a person’s overall mood, and even act as a coping mechanism for daily functioning – all of this by merely laughing.

Mental Benefits Of Laughter

If you have ever doubled-over with laughter, you’ll probably agree that laughing has physical effects.  The tightening of the abdominal muscles when laughing is similar to intentional exercising.  However, laughter benefits us in not only a physical but also a mental capacity.

Reducing Stress Hormones

Researchers at Loma Linda University found that positive emotions and laughter lowers the level of cortisol, dopamine and epinephrine or adrenaline in the body.  Reducing the levels of these hormones contributes to a stronger immune system, which means you’ll experience fewer effects of stress.

Releases Endorphins

One of the most well-known benefits of laughter is the release of endorphins.  Commonly referred to as the “happy hormone”, endorphins can improve mood.  An article published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences found that endorphin release is associated with physical activity; therefore, the release is triggered by the physical act of laughter.  Researchers also wrote that laughter in subjects reduced pain thresholds, causing an increase in their ability to withstand pain.

Can Help Improve Uncomfortable Or Depressed Mood

In addition to the several short-term benefits of laughter, laughing can have many long-term effects such as improving a person’s mood.  A person experiences depression when their levels of dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine – neurotransmitters in the brain – are reduced.  However, laughter increases the levels of dopamine by secreting endorphins in the brain; therefore, improving a person’s overall mood.  Psychologists refer to this as laughter therapy to reduce feelings of depression or anxiety.  It is a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy that does not use medication and is non-invasive.

Laughter As A Coping Skill

Similar to crying, laughing is an innate or inborn skill for all people.  If you consider children, they will laugh at almost anything, particularly as infants.  Laughing at our embarrassing or stressful situations can be difficult; however, laughter can be a useful coping skill

Practicing Laughter

While laughing is a natural skill, not all people laugh each day.  In fact, it is possible for people to exist for months without laughing.  To ensure you reap the benefits of laughter, it is important to practice laughing regularly using different approaches.  Using mind over matter, you can manifest laughter by merely thinking about a joyful event that brought happiness to your life.  By visualizing this event in your mind’s eye, your spirit will be uplifted, and a smile (perhaps even laughter) can be experienced.

Another means of practicing laughter as a coping skill is by laughing at yourself.  You may wonder why a person would laugh at themselves when having other people laugh at them can be stressful.  Research found that people placed in uncomfortable situations experience high levels of stress.  Laughter can reduce the release of stress hormones and improve a person’s overall mood, making them feel more relaxed in negative settings.  To learn how to laugh in these situations, therapists encourage patients to practice laughing daily.  This can be done by interacting with friends and family, watching entertaining television shows or reading a good book.

Laughter Yoga

Have you heard of the phrase: fake it until you make it?  This is the core of laughter yoga.  The primary premise is to laugh for no reason but to experience the benefits of laughter.

Laughter yoga was developed by Dr. Madan Kataria, a family physician from Mumbai, India, during the mid-1990s.  He was searching for a coping mechanism to deal with the stress of living in an over-populated city and decided to attempt laughter therapy.  Dr. Kataria gathered a group of people to share jokes and enjoy laughter; however, he found that people would laugh even if they did not find the jokes humorous.  Realizing the laughter was contagious, Dr. Kataria developed laughter techniques implementing breathing exercises.

Benefits of Laughter

Unlike traditional yoga practices where breathing exercises are used through physical postures, laughter yoga promotes breathing exercises between laughter activities.  The use of yogic breathing assists in relaxing the mind and body.  As you deepen and steady your breathing, all tension is removed from your body.  When the body relaxes, the mind mirrors the de-stressed state, and you become aware of your present situation.  According to yoga theory, being aware of the present removes regrets of the past and any concerns of the future.

As well as relaxing the body and mind, laughter yoga offers physical and psychological health benefits.  Using deep breathing exercises, a person’s lung capacity increases and oxygen is delivered to all parts of the body, specifically the brain.  Laughter exercises increase the levels of endorphins; therefore, reducing feelings of depression.  Laughter exercises also improve the blood supply to internal organs promoting the functioning of a person’s digestive tract.

Laughter Clubs

Laughter clubs involve gatherings of individuals with the aim of laughing to reduce feelings of stress.  The first laughter club was formed in Mumbai, India by Dr. Kataria; however, these clubs can now be found across the globe in over 65 countries.  Any person can join a laughter club, regardless of your age, fitness level or cognitive abilities.  In fact, you don’t need to have a sense of humor, be happy or even be in a good mood to take part.  All you need is to locate a group and enjoy the benefits of laughter.

Traditional laughter clubs meet in community centers or parks, but it is also possible to engage in online laughter yoga clubs.  For instance, a person could use Skype laughter clubs or opt for telephone laughter clubs.

Mark Twain said that the human race has only one effective weapon, and that is laughter.  By using this “weapon”, whether it is through a laughter club or recalling a pleasant memory, you can reap the benefits of laughter.


Source: Laughter’s Benefits

Tree Research

Research from the Heartmath Institute

Another part of our interconnectivity research is measuring the electrical activity of trees and, more generally, the ground. We have spent the past couple of years researching and developing reliable methods and equipment to measure tree potentials, and recently, we also began measuring ground potentials.

Trees have a surprisingly complex range of electrical activity and rhythms. They clearly have circadian rhythms and other slower rhythms as well as other activity that changes faster. They are coupled in part to electrical potentials that we see waxing and waning with the sun and moon’s gravitational pull on the earth.

We also will be conducting experiments to see if and how trees respond to human emotions, along the lines of what has been demonstrated with plants.

Africa’s Giant Boabab Tree

Another rather amazing observation has been that some of the longer-term trends in tree recordings seem to respond to the approach of earthquakes. NASA Ames scientist Friedemann Freund, with whom we are collaborating, has developed a theory that explains how rocks deep in the earth act as batteries when they are stressed by tectonic forces preceding earthquakes. The theory also explains how the electrical charge carriers that flow through the rocks appear to cause a response in the electrical activity of trees.

Amazingly, the tree potential changes occur well before the earthquakes actually happen. It may very well be that trees will end up playing the role of low-cost sensors that can help predict when larger earthquakes are about to occur.

With additional funding, we hope to be able to expand this line of research and set up a network of tree-monitoring sites and create a website that provides the public with live data from a grove of redwood tress with which they can try to interact energetically anytime they like.

Tree sensor

                                     Setting sensors on trees

                             Electrodes attached to a Redwood tree.

9-day reading

                                                   9-day reading

                        Electrical potentials of a Redwood tree over 9 days.

105-day activity report

                                             105-day activity report

                            Electrical potentials of a Redwood tree over 105 days.

Tree sensor

                                                   Tree sensor

High resolution data acquisition equipment used for monitoring trees.

California Redwood Forest

Source: Tree Research


Remains of Ecuadorian Infants Found Wearing ‘Helmets’ Made from Skulls of Older Children

Authored by Jason Daley

Archaeologists excavating a site in Salango, Ecuador, have discovered evidence of a burial ritual that might even make Indiana Jones shiver. As the researchers report in the journal Latin American Antiquity, excavations at a pair of 2,100-year-old funerary mounds revealed several unusual sets of remains: namely, the skeletons of two infants wearing what appear to be bone “helmets” made from the skulls of older children.

Members of the Guangala culture interred the infants at Salango, an ancient ritual complex on the country’s central coast, around 100 B.C. Archaeologists unearthed the remains — as well as those of nine other individuals, many of whom were buried with small objects including figurines and shells — while conducting excavations between 2014 and 2016.

Based on the study, the discovery represents the only known evidence of “using juvenile crania as mortuary headgear” found to date.

One of the babies was around 18 months old at time of death, while the second was between 6 and 9 months old.

As the study’s authors write, “The modified cranium of a second juvenile was placed in a helmet-like fashion around the head of the first, such that the primary individual’s face looked through and out of the cranial vault of the second.”

Perhaps most eerily, the older children’s skulls likely still had flesh when they were outfitted over the infants’ heads. Juvenile skulls “often do not hold together” if they are simply bare bone, the archaeologists note.

“We’re still pretty shocked by the find,” lead author Sara Juengst of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte tells Forbes’ Kristina Killgrove. “Not only is it unprecedented, there are still so many questions.”

Potential explanations for the unexpected burials abound: DNA and isotope analysis currently underway may clarify whether the infants and children were related, but even if these tests fail to provide a definitive answer, Juengst says the researchers “definitely have a lot of ideas to work with.”

Speaking with New Atlas’ Michael Irving, Jeungst explains that “heads were commonly depicted in iconography, pottery, stone, and with literal heads in pre-Columbian South America.”

She adds, “They are generally representative of power, ancestors, and may demonstrate dominance over other groups—such as through the creation of trophy heads from conquered enemies.”

According to the paper, the helmets could have been intended to protect the deceased’s “presocial and wild” souls as they navigated the afterlife. Other infants found in the funerary platform were buried with figurines placed near their heads, perhaps for a similar purpose. An alternative theory posits the skull helmets belonged to the infants’ ancestors and were actually worn in both life and death.

Jeungst and her colleagues also outline a “tantalizing hypothesis” centered on a volcano located near the burial site. Ash found at Salango suggests the volcano was active and likely interfering with agriculture in the area, potentially subjecting the children to malnourishment and even starvation. Sîan Halcrow, an archaeologist at New Zealand’s University of Otago whose research focuses on juvenile health and disease, tells Killgrove that all four sets of bones showed signs of anemia.

Another less likely explanation identifies the children as victims of a ritual designed to quiet the volcano. The remains show no signs of trauma, however, and as Juengst says to Newsweek’s Aristos Georgiou, the evidence suggests the four juveniles “probably were quite ill anyway.”

The most plausible explanation, according to Jeungst, is that the Guangala outfitted the infants with skulls “in reaction to some sort of natural or social disaster and [to ensure] that these infants had extra protection or extra links to ancestors through their burials.”

While the unusual burial may seem macabre to modern readers, Juengst tells Killgrove she found the helmets “strangely comforting.”

“Dealing with the death of young infants is always emotional,” she explains, “but in this case, it was strangely comforting that those who buried them took extra time and care to do it in a special place, perhaps accompanied by special people, in order to honor them.”

Credit: Smithsonian News,


Source: Remains of Ecuadorian Infants Founds