Whether it’s being applied to our eyes, our faces, or our bodies in general, shimmery beauty products have been on the rise for decades. It may be less common to see sparkles all over people’s faces, but they’re still popular, especially the ones that claim to produce the illusion of a “natural glow.” And with the world’s latest obsession with “highlighter,” shimmery makeup is back in style and being applied to millions of people’s faces all over the world.
Not only are many of these products extremely toxic for our skin, but the way in which they’re made is unethical as well. Glittery products such as those produced by L’Ore?al and Este?e Lauder often require mica, which is typically mined in India. However, children as young as five work in these illegal mines in dangerous conditions.
Your beauty products may range from $5-$50 in price, but the true cost of these items are the unethical conditions behind their production as well as the health risks they pose to your body.
Russia Today reported that 20,000 Indian children work in Jharkhand’s illegal mica mines, working toward extracting this product for people’s makeup and beauty products all over the world. They literally risk their lives for unfair wages (on average they make $3 per day) just so we can give a more shimmery appearance to our skin.
Inhaling the dust from mica mining can cause a variety of health problems, including cancer and tuberculosis. It’s no secret that the medical industry in India isn’t as advanced or affordable as it is in North America, so many of these health problems could result in death for these workers.
You can learn more in the following Russia Todayvideo:
For more specific information on the production of mica, check out their shorter video.
Health Risks of Shimmery Beauty Products
As outlined in the above videos, mica has been linked to a variety of problems when inhaled, including lung cancer and tuberculosis. However, it’s not just the workers in these mines who are at risk of developing health problems from inhaling mica.
Mica is small enough that even though it’s in your makeup, the particles can be inhaled as they float through the air. You’re at even greater risk when applying mineral-based makeup, which is often marketed as a “more natural alternative.” Although there’s not nearly enough research to identify how carcinogenic mica is when inhaled, it’s obviously not going to be very good for your body.
This gives an entirely new meaning to the saying “beauty is pain,” because even if it’s not contributing to your own health decline (which it probably is given the toxic chemicals used in many beauty products), it’s still contributing to the pain and suffering of others. So, next time you’re purchasing a glittery beauty product, remember that the numbers on the price tag don’t reflect the true cost of these products.
Documents reveal how the RAF expressed great interest in finding UFOs to help come up with new and innovative ways to overcome their enemies during the Cold War. Apparently, they were gathering evidence that other nations had collected this technology. Having been an avid researcher in the field myself for more than a decade, I can say that stories of multiple crash retrievals of unknown aerial objects are abundant–Roswell is certainly not the only example. Dr. Clark spoke about the documents toThe Daily Mail,
Even though they have been partly censored they can’t conceal the fact the UK military were interested in capturing UFO technology or what they coyly refer to as ‘novel weapon technology’…And the files reveal they were desperate to capture this technology – wherever it came from – before the Russians or the Chinese got hold of it first….Although this was 1997, Russia was still regarded as an undefeated enemy with a weapons programme regarded as a threat to the West.
This is interesting, because we know that UFOs are real. Is it that hard to assume that governments around the world would want to ‘capture’ some of these UFOs to find out more about them?
Disclosure Is On
UFO disclosure within the mainstream has exploded. After years of ridicule, it’s suddenly being taken seriously. This is evidence that can’t be denied, which is why Christopher Mellon, who served 30 years in the federal government and was Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary for Intelligence from 1997 to 2002, has published detailed articles for outlets like The Hill as well as The Washington Post emphasizing the reality and seriousness of this subject. He is one of several to do so. Whether or not the mainstream is trying to control the narrative, or use the topic of UFOs for some ulterior motive remains to be seen. One has to be suspicious when all of a sudden a small handful of people are able to publish serious articles on the topic in mainstream media outlets, leaving a certain key points about this phenomenon, while researchers in the field who have been writing about the topic for decades continue to be shunned.
The best way to maintain control over a secret is to share it in a way that gives some genuine information–which they did, there were some significant revelations here–while omitting some important things and not following up with the details.
The military personnel who are encountering these phenomena tell remarkable stories. In one example, over the course of two weeks in November 2004, the USS Princeton, a guided-missile cruiser operating advanced naval radar, repeatedly detected unidentified aircraft operating in and around the Nimitz carrier battle group, which it was guarding off the coast of San Diego. In some cases, according to incident reports and interviews with military personnel, these vehicles descended from altitudes higher than 60,000 feet at supersonic speeds, only to suddenly stop and hover as low as 50 feet above the ocean. – Christopher Mellon, former assistant Secretary of Defense
The cover you picture you see for this article comes from the New York Times, via a recently declassified program within the Pentagon to study UFOs.
There has been ample testimony and evidence that UFOs are real, that there are “objects in our atmosphere which are technically miles in advance of anything we can deploy.”(Lord Admiral Hill Norton, Former Chairman of the NATO Military Committee) The US Navy has also admitted to videos recently released of these objects being real. You can read more about that here.
Historian Richard Dolan, one of the most prominent thinkers of our time and one of the world’s leading researchers on the topic of UFOs, also questions the way disclosure has been rolling out in the mainstream:
“Why is the mainstream covering this story the way they are? I have been saying for years that the mainstream media, the establishment media, will never cover the UFO subject in a serious way, that is, until they would be absolutely pushed to the wall and then do something…So the question is, what is going on here?…If they’re the voice of the establishment (mainstream media), then why have the establishment elected to put this story out?”
Serious Testimony And Documentation
When it comes to the actual recovery of craft, astronaut Edgar Mitchell claimed to have inside information that “yes, there have been craft, and bodies recovered.” (source, source, source) There have also been some interesting leaks of late that corroborate this. For example, a recently leaked document reveals notes taken by legendary scientist Dr. Eric Davis during a meeting with Admiral Thomas Ray Wilson, who was the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, regarding extraterrestrial space craft. You can access that document and find out more about it here:
We have, indeed, been contacted — perhaps even visited — by extraterrestrial beings, and the US government, in collusion with the other national powers of the Earth, is determined to keep this information from the general public.” (Second Look, Volume 1, No 7, Washington, DC, May, 1979)
There are millions of documents available in global archives. This document, straight from the CIA, relays several pieces of information, with the part about these UFOs highlighted in brackets, which suggests special attention was being paid to it. It goes on to show just how important this topic was and how interested the intelligence community was in it. They’ve been studying it for years under the guise of “national security,” a term now used to classify everything, and protect the interests of the global elite as well as justifying them to basically do whatever they please. Here is a passage from it:
“ANTARCTIC FLYING SAUCERS” – A group of red, green, and yellow flying saucers has been seen flying over Deception Island for two hours by Argentine, Chilean and British bases (military) in Antarctica. The flying saucers were also seen flying in formation over the South Orkney islands in quick circles.”
Another document reveals that videos and pictures of these objects have been in the possession of the authorities for a long time:
Scientists of the PRC and the Soviet Far East have begun joint study of UFO’s. The first meeting of ufologists of the two countries has ended in the small maritime townlet of Dalnegorsk. The Soviet and Chinese specialists on anomalous phenomena have mapped out a program for investigating incidents that are already known and have also arranged to directly exchange video and photographic materials on new similar phenomena. Dalnegorsk has not been chosen by chance as the place for such acquaintance. In the last few years the number of cases of visual observation of UFO’s has noticeably increased there. In just the last four years alone no less than 10 UFO’s have been recorded. Specialists link their heightened interest in places here with the variety and wealth of useful minerals in Maritime Kray. Similar incidents have also occurred in mountainous regions in China whose climatic conditions and natural landscape resemble our own.
The main takeaway here is that we know that UFOs are real, and it’s finally been and is being acknowledged within the mainstream. That being said, the conversation seems to stop there. obviously there is a lot more to this topic. I personally have no doubts that multiple governments and/or rogue government agencies have some of these craft, know their origins in some cases and have or have attempted to reverse-engineer them.
With all that being said, this topic goes far beyond what is discussed in this article. It has huge implications and can really help us expand our consciousness and think differently about what we think we know about the true nature of reality.
The most widely used oil in the United States can be found in processed/packaged foods, in the deep fryers of countless fast food restaurants and even mixed into feed for livestock. Soybean oil is everywhere and unfortunately it is not healthy for us humans. Likely the livestock as well should not be consuming it at all.
New research from the University of California, Riverside has shown that not only does the consumption of soybean oil lead to obesity and diabetes, but it could also contribute to neurological conditions including autism, Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety and depression.
This study, published this month in the journal Endocrinology, compared the outcome of mice that were fed 3 different high fat diets including soybean oil, soybean oil that has been modified to be low in linoleic acid, and coconut oil.
In 2015 the same research team from UCR found that soybean oil induces obesity, diabetes, insulin resistance and fatty liver in mice. Then in 2017 another study from the same team discovered that if soybean oil is engineered to be low in linoleic acid it will cause less obesity and insulin resistance.
The Latest Study
In the study that was released earlier this month the researchers did not find any difference between the modified and unmodified soybean oil’s effects on the brain. The scientists did, however, find noticeable effects of the oil on the hypothalamus, an area of the brain that controls body temperature, hunger, parenting and attachment behaviors, sleep, and circadian rhythms.
“The hypothalamus regulates body weight via your metabolism, maintains body temperature, is critical for reproduction and physical growth as well as your response to stress,” said Margarita Curras-Collazo, a UCR associate professor of neuroscience and lead author on the study.
The team noticed that some of the genes in the mice that were fed the soybean oil were not functioning correctly. For instance, the gene that produces the love hormone, oxytocin, was drastically malfunctioning, lowering the amount of oxytocin that it produced.
The team also discovered around 100 more genes that were affected by the diet consisting of the regular soybean oil. These discoveries have led the team to believe that not only does this substance have negative implications for energy metabolism, but also can impact proper brain function, leading to conditions including autism and Parkinson’s disease.
The research team notes that their findings apply specifically to soybean oil and not necessarily to all soy products. Frances Sladek, a UCR toxicologist and professor of cell biology, said,
“Do not throw out your tofu, soymilk, edamame, or soy sauce. Many soy products only contain small amounts of the oil, and large amounts of healthful compounds such as essential fatty acids and proteins.”
It’s important to note that this study was conducted on mice, and studies involving mice do not always translate to the same results in humans.
“The dogma is that saturated fat is bad and unsaturated fat is good. Soybean oil is a polyunsaturated fat, but the idea that it’s good for you is just not proven,” Sladek said.
“If there’s one message I want people to take away, it’s this: reduce consumption of soybean oil,” said Poonamjot Deol, an assistant project scientist in Sladek’s laboratory and first author on the study.
Food For Thought – How Big Of A Role Does GMO Soy Play?
It is interesting to note that the researchers of the study were not able to identify which chemicals in the oil are responsible for the alterations in the hypothalamus, although they were able to rule out two candidates, linoleic acid or stigmasterol.
Could the fact that the soybeans used to make the oil have been genetically modified, and thus engineered to withstand copious amounts of glyphosate-containing Round Up be partially at fault here? Unless another study is conducted using only organic, pesticide free soybeans we will never know for sure.
Considering there have been numerous studies that have directly linked glyphosate to neurological disorders such as autism, this may be a key factor that the scientists involved with this study overlooked.
What Can You Do?
As one of the researchers involved in the study recommends you can directly limit your consumption of soybean oil. The best way to do this is to cut out all packaged and processed foods and avoiding deep-fried foods. Yes, from fast food restaurants, but also from sit down restaurants as well. Fast food restaurants generally serve food that we know is not healthy for us, but most sit down restaurants also serve food that is very unhealthy for us and yes, they typically use soybean oil to fry their fries, wings, chicken, jalapeno poppers, sweet potato fries and any other greasy delight you can think of.
Eating real, whole foods (anything that doesn’t come in a package) ideally organic is your best bet, not only to avoid toxins such as soybean oil, but also a slew of chemicals, preservatives, pesticides and other additives.
Life undoubtedly features its fair share of hardship. And given the strength and sudden speed with which these challenges can strike, it can be easy to put greater focus on the more negative aspects of our existence than the positive.
But no matter who you are or what your current situation is, there are always things to be grateful for and to appreciate in life. In an attempt to remind you of just how wonderful your life has been thus far and will continue to be, I’ve put together a list of 19 one-sentence reminders I feel we can all benefit from being told.
I truly believe that all 19 of these statements apply to each and every one of us, but even if only a handful of them resonate with you, let them inspire you to strengthen the love you have for this blessing that we call life.
(Note: I’ve compiled this list in both written and video format to give you the option to process it via whichever medium you prefer.)
1. You’ve been through a lot and you’re still here.
As I mentioned off the top, we’ve all been through hardship in life. Whether your life has been relatively easy on you or has been a constant struggle, we’ve all been through things that could have laid us low. But we are still standing here today, and that is something to be proud of.
2. Being different is a blessing, not a curse.
Even if you’re among those who make a point of modelling themselves after people they admire, we are all unique in this world. And that uniqueness, whether or not your traits adhere to the currently praised ones in pop culture, is something to embrace and celebrate.
3. You’re as young right now as you’re ever going to be.
No matter how old you currently are, you are never going to be as young as you are right now in this moment. So if not now, when?
4. You’re your own biggest critic in life.
This may sound negative to some, but it can also be quite empowering to remind yourself that if you learn to reel in your self-criticism, you’re bound to face less criticism overall each day. It’s important to be reflective, but it’s unhealthy to take that introspection to the point of self-hatred.
5. You always have at least 10 things to be grateful for in life instantaneously.
Don’t believe me? Try it out! Be broad (ex. I am thankful to be alive) or be specific (ex. I am thankful for the way my dog Sparky looks at me when I get home from work) and you’ll hit 10 quite easily.
6. You have many skills and talents that others wish they had mastered.
While you may not be a gifted painter or a pro basketball player, we all have skill sets and talents that we’ve mastered either by choice or by circumstance. Successfully running a household, cooking well, and being a great listener are three easy examples of things to be proud of that most of us give little or no credit to.
7. You’ve smiled and laughed a countless number of times.
Even if you consider yourself a serious person, we’ve all cracked a smile and broken out in laughter countless times in our lives. Each of those moments, whether they were triggered by an experience, a comedian, or a funny movie, deserve to be cherished, and there are plenty more to come.
8. Relationships are an extension of your happiness, not the basis of it.
Because of how stimulating relationships can be in a number of ways, many of us allow our happiness to be dictated by the quality of the ones we have in our life, especially when it comes to our significant others. When you remind yourself that happiness starts from within, you remember that relationships only offer opportunities to extend your happiness — they don’t determine it.
9. You are loved and admired.
Most can agree to this one easily, and as a result, it is a heartwarming reminder of how valued we are. But for those of you that genuinely feel unloved and un-admired, dig a little deeper. We all have people in our lives that are grateful for our existence in theirs, and we also all boast characteristics that others admire.
10. Every day you come to understand yourself better and better, and care less and less about whether or not anyone approves of that.
It’s one of the naturally occurring benefits of aging, and it’s something we should all be really happy about. The older you get, the less likely you are to get caught up in a lot of the things that previously pulled you away from being yourself.
11. You’ve learned something from every failure in your life.
They may have sucked to go through, but I can guarantee you’ve learned a hell of a lot from every experience that you perceived as a failure in life. To be beyond that experience and to have that understanding under your belt is a wonderful thing.
12. You have so many wonderful memories and are going to create even more of them.
Whether it be the birth of a child, a fun trip with your partner, graduating from school, or anything else of that nature, we all have wonderful memories in life. Take some time regularly to reflect on how wonderful those moments are and let them inspire you to fall in love with the reality that you are bound to create more of them moving forward.
13. You may not be able to control what happens to you, but you can always control your reaction to it.
The exact same experience could happen to three separate individuals, all with identical repercussions, yet affect each one differently. While one may find themselves enraged and another annoyed, the third might have no reaction at all. You are always in control of your reaction to every circumstance, so you choose how long to be upset or down about things.
14. A lot of the greatest things in our life came from our biggest challenges.
Along the same lines of number 11, you can persist through tough times by keeping in mind that great things often result from these experiences. Remembering this can be integral to loving all aspects of life once again.
15. You’re the biggest thing holding you back from pursuing your dreams.
It may seem like your commitments and obligations are your biggest hurdles to pursuing your dreams, but it’s actually your mindset that rises above them all. If we want to go after a goal, we all have optional things we can take time from to make that possible. Believe it or not, the countless hours you spend watching Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead can actually be put to better use.
This article undoubtedly falls under the category of personal development, so the fact that you found it interesting enough to not only click but also read this far shows some definite signs of commitment to improving yourself.
17. You have and are connected to so many people in this world.
Thanks in large part to the wonderful world of social media, we can all connect to hundreds, if not thousands, of people pretty well effortlessly. This is a truly special time to be alive, and the connectivity we have access to is an element to our daily life that is always available for us to love and appreciate.
18. You have the courage to do so much that others are scared to do.
Doing pretty well everything in life requires a level of courage that many others shy away from. Whether your comfort zone is narrow or broad, it’s certainly bigger than it was when you were born, and every time that it got bigger was a clear sign of courage.
19. You actively look for positive reminders about life.
You made it to the bottom of this list! That clearly suggests that you not only know deep down that life is beautiful, but you are actively looking to remind yourself of this fact.
For more positive reminders and a take on personal development that strives to make it both more brutally honest and interesting for all of us, I encourage you to check out my YouTube Channel.
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If you have made an effort to remove as many chemicals from your life, be it in your food, cleaning supplies, personal care products and any other items you purchase, then you may have also found that the more you eliminate the more sensitive you seem to become.
Chemicals unfortunately, are all around us and often this is entirely out of our control. Something as simple as someone’s deodorant can be a smack to the face if you are not used to being bombarded with these smells on a regular basis.
You may be surprised to learn that simply by smelling a scent, you are in fact inhaling tiny molecules of the said scent that is giving off the aroma. Yes, sorry to disturb you or gross you out, but this includes everything that drifts across your nostrils, yes – everything. Unfortunately this means that even though you may do your best to avoid as many chemical toxins as possible in your own life, you are still exposed to them every time you step out into the real, chemical laden world.
Fragrances Being Considered The New Second Hand Smoke
If you’re thinking this is a bit extreme, then there’s a good chance that you are still using an array of chemical products and thus you are somewhat desensitized to these smells. You know that strong smell of someone who keeps reapplying cologne, without taking a shower? They don’t realize that they still smell like their cologne from before and fail to realize that they’ve become to be known as, “nose blind,” to the smell and just keep adding on more so they can smell it. The result of this is a very strong-smelling individual that is somewhat offensive to anyone who has to endure a bus ride with this oblivious culprit.
How about walking into a gift store or candle store? That extremely pungent aroma just hits you as soon as you open the door, sure, some consider these smells sweet or nice, but they are for the most part in fact, toxic. Natural essential oils and scents tend to be a lot more mild, smoother and enjoyable, this is likely because they are not created from a bunch of chemicals derived from petroleum in a lab.
It took decades for the workplace to acknowledge the dangers of smoking and to recognize the deadly effects of exposure to second-hand smoke. Once acknowledged, it was a few more years before the workplace became safe for all workers from the dangers of second hand smoke. We propose in this paper that fragrance is following the same trajectory. To date most of the research on fragrance exposure has been localized in the health care profession and has not received the necessary attention it deserves in the management literature for managers to become knowledgeable about the extent of employer liability and what constitutes a good faith effort to protect workers. This paper serves as a much-needed bridge to fill this vital gap in managerial knowledge. Current laws (e.g., Americans with Disabilities Act, Workers Compensation, and OSHA regulations) are identified that can be applied to fragrance exposure. The relevant laws and subsequent court cases are analyzed and the legal liability they create for employers with employees exposed to synthetic fragrance in the workplace are clearly identified. We also provide recommendations for organizations who want to demonstrate a good faith effort and be proactive to reduce or limit employees’ fragrance exposure in the workplace, before being sued We present the results of several organizations that have some experience with addressing the issue in their workplaces and identify the lessons learned We conclude by recommending actions employers can take to proactively respond (react) to common situations of exposure that arise for employees with fragrance sensitivity. (source)
This Is About Much More Than Just Strong Smells & Sensitive Noses
Inhaling these chemicals that are coming from fragrances can cause damaging health effects if we aren’t cautious, but first it’s important that we become aware of the risks. Fragrances or perfumes have been treasured for thousands of years, all the way back to the ancient times, although in those days they were often derived directly from plants as pure, therapeutic essential oils that were sometimes worth more than gold.
Today, many of the chemical based perfumes we are using are still highly regarded as prized possessions, are often a small fortune to purchase, and yet they contain synthetic chemical compounds that have been linked to respiratory issues, diabetes, obesity, ADHD, autism, and hormone disruption.
These synthetic smells come in many forms and aren’t limited to only perfumes or cologne, they are almost always added to scented candles, car and home air fresheners, laundry detergents, personal care products, cleaning products and many more everyday products, many of which you may have not even realized. Even many products that are labeled as “all-natural,” simply aren’t and that word is nothing more than a marketing ploy designed to make you feel like you are purchasing a good, wholesome product for you and your family.
So, What Should We Do?
Of course the first step towards creating any kind of change is by raising awareness. So, getting educated on the matter and sharing it with your friends and family is a great start. Stress the importance of choosing only legitimately natural, pure, products made from organic, therapeutic grade essential oils, or to simplify things and save some money, opt for unscented products. It would still be wise to check these ingredients and opt for plant-based cleaning supplies and personal care products. If you want to take this even a step farther you may want to consider making your own cleaning supplies and personal care products, this way you have absolute control and a complete and thorough understanding about what is actually in said product.
As awareness is growing we have been seeing more and more bans in regards to fragrance, The American Lung Association has created a fragrance-free policy for workplaces and schools in the United States. Also, many Universities and Hospitals are catching on and implementing similar bans.
The most important thing, which almost always is, is to put your money where your mouth is and vote with your dollar. Be sure to check labels, know what you are buying, know what you are using to clean your house and know what you are putting into your body. The less chemicals in your life the better you’re likely to feel and there’s a good chance that you will notice them more, but this is how we create change. We can all do our part.
After the recent social media purge of independent media voices, Jamie Fly, an employee of a leading Washington DC think tank has allegedly taken credit for being involved in the colluded efforts by Facebook and Twitter, stating this was necessary in order to fight against ‘fake news’ from Russia and China.
To be clear, I, a Canadian operating an independent media outlet (Collective Evolution) am friends with some of the admins of these pages who were deleted this October. The people running and owning these pages are American and have absolutely no ties to Russia and China nor get their narratives from Russia or China.
Yet, this is still the narrative being put forth, and it clearly has no backing.
“Russia, China, and other foreign states take advantage of our open political system,” Jamie Fly said.
Jamie Fly is no quiet voices when it comes to non-peaceful tactics. He has advocated for military assault on Iran, a regime change war on Syria, and hiking military spending to unprecedented levels. He is the what many people would consider is a pure neoconservative.
Fly began showing up in the news as an expert on social media and ‘Russian disinformation’ speaking on the narrative that Russia had interfered in the 2016 presidential election in the US. Which there is still has no credible evidence to support.
“They can invent stories that get repeated and spread through different sites. So we are just starting to push back. Just this last week Facebook began starting to take down sites. So this is just the beginning.” Fly continued.
According to Jeb Sprague, a visiting faculty member in sociology at the University of California-Santa Barbara, recalls various claims Jamie Fly made to him with regards to Facebook and Twitter censorship. According to Sprague, Fly also stated that he was working with the Atlantic Council in the campaign to purge alternative media from social media platforms like Facebook.
If you recall, we wrote an entire piece on the Atlantic Council who has been working with Facebook to determine who to delete. The Atlantic Council has ties to many prominent deep state figures and is funded by them as well.
Having the chance to speak recently with a major neo-con official in the German Marshal Fund,I felt compelled to write here& expose the collusion taking place between Facebook & leading DC think tanks in censoring alternative media voices.See article,co-authored w/@MaxBlumenthalhttps://t.co/zIDumxs2pc
Again here we’re seeing more pieces to the puzzle show up in this effort against independent media voices. Note, this is not about silencing hateful voices or extreme voices, it’s simply anyone who dissents from the mainstream narrative. This is The United States creating George Orwell’s 1984, and it’s those who don’t question mainstream narratives who are unknowingly supporting these actions.
What does our unconsciousness and unwillingness to ask questions about mainstream narratives truly causing?
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We all feel down at some point in our lives, and some of us more than others. Sometimes we feel defeated, depressed, and unworthy. If you are anything like me, you may have spent a lot of time feeling broken, ashamed, and guilty, too. These are some of the most difficult emotions to feel about yourself.
This was at a time in my life, where, although I had woken up to a conscious understanding, and had learned about many spiritual concepts — how to overcome challenging experiences, the idea that everything happens for a reason, etc. — for the life of me, I could not implement this knowledge and understanding into my life. I felt as though there was actually something wrong with me, that maybe my mind worked differently, or maybe something in me was blocking me from progressing. I was trapped, and I felt truly broken. I compared myself to others around me and just thought they had it easier. I was stuck in this victim mentality.
There were, however, a few pieces of writing and wisdom that I had collected over the years that truly helped me through these hard times. A simple reminder of how powerful we truly are really touched me because, deep down, despite these low feelings, I knew that like everyone else, I was a part of source — everything that is, God, whatever you want to call it. Yes, I realized that I just I said am God, but it’s okay because so are you!
Sometimes just a simple reminder of our true essence can bring everything into perspective. I hope that you can find some solace in the following quotes when you are going through tough times, and don’t forget, “If you are going through hell, keep going.”
“I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being.” — Hafiz
“Within you is the light of a thousand suns.” – Robert Adams
“A beautiful day begins with a beautiful mindset. When you wake up, take a second to realize what a privilege it is to be alive and be healthy. The moment you start acting like life is a blessing, I assure you it will start feeling like one. Time spent appreciating is time worth living.” — Anonymous
“You’re so hard on yourself. Take a moment, sit back, marvel at your life;
At the grief that softened you
At the heartache that wizened you,
At the suffering that strengthened you.
You still grow.
Be proud of this.” — Unknown
“There is no reason to doubt yourself. If you know what your intentions are you will always give yourself guidance, and if you momentarily seem to get off track, which isn’t really even possible –then you will always allow yourself to know that there is something you will learn from it in a positive way and know that you haven’t really left the track at all. You have simply expanded the track wider.” – Bashar
“Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life. Because you become what you believe.” – Oprah Winfrey
“Change can be scary, but you know what’s scarier? Allowing fear to stop you from growing, evolving and progressing.” – Mandy Hale
“We are travellers on a cosmic journey, stardust swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share this is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.” – Paulo Coelho
“Tear off the mask. Your face is glorious.” – Rumi
“You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.”
“We are all made of stars.”– Moby
“Don’t worry, don’t be afraid ever, because this is just a ride.” – Bill Hicks
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein
“But without the darkness, we’d never see the stars.” —Anonymous
“Do not feel lonely, the entire Universe is inside you.” – Rumi
“A lot of the pain that we are dealing with are really only thoughts.” — Anonymous
“Never compare your journey with anyone else’s. Your journey is YOUR journey, it’s not a competition.” — Anonymous
“You were given this life because you were strong enough to live it.” — Anonymous
“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.” – Eckhart Tolle
“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” –Eckhart Tolle
“The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love, and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you, the world is transformed.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman
“You’ve been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” –Louise Hay
“Until you feel broken you don’t know what you’re made of. It gives you the ability to build yourself all over again, but stronger than ever.” – Melissa Molomo
“The pain that you’ve been feeling can’t compare to the joy that’s coming.” – Romans 8:18
“Every struggle in your life has shaped you into the person you are today. Be thankful for the hard times, they can only make you stronger.” – Pravinee Hurbungs
“When you face difficult times, know that challenges are not sent to destroy you. They’re sent to promote, increase and strengthen you.” – Joel Osteen
“Life has a way of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or having everything happen at once.” – Paulo Coelho
The ketogenic diet has gained a tremendous amount of popularity over the past few years, and it’s become a trend that many people are adopting without doing their own research first. We’ve written multiple articles on the ketogenic diet, a diet that promotes a high fat/low carb intake in order to prolong the production of ketone bodies in one’s blood. The release of these ketone bodies happens when we fast and deplete our glucose reserves, which develop from eating carbohydrates that turn into sugar. One can prolong the production of these ketones by sticking to a low carbohydrate/high fat diet, and essentially run off of fat instead of their glucose reserves.
The ketogenic diet is being used as an intervention for cancer, and there are multiple studies showing how ketones can actually kill cancer. It’s becoming well known that cancer cells cannot efficiently process ketone bodies for energy. Essentially, the cell starves itself, and ketones help slow the proliferation of tumor cells. Dietary ketones have been shown to completely halt metastasis. For example, a study titled “The Ketogenic Diet & Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Prolong Survival in Mice with Systemic Metastatic Cancer” explains how it’s already known that the ketogenic diet elevates blood ketones and has been shown to slow cancer progression in both animals and humans. The study also revealed that the ketogenic diet “significantly decreased blood glucose, slowed tumor growth, and increased mean survival time by 56.8 percent in mice with systemic metastatic cancer.”
Fasting (when you fast you produce ketones) is also being used for cancer intervention, seizure prevention (epilepsy), and as a potential therapy for alzheimer’s disease, parkinson’s disease, and other neurodegenerative disorders.
A TEDx talk given by Mark Mattson, the current Chief of the Laboratory of Neuroscience, at the National Institute on Aging goes into detail about fasting, ketones, and how beneficial it is for the brain. He is also a professor of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University and one of the foremost researchers of the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying multiple neurodegenerative disorders.
In 1923, scientist Otto Warburg hypothesized that cancer was caused by a metabolic process whereby cancer cells fuel their growth “by swallowing up enormous amounts of glucose [blood sugar] and breaking it down without oxygen.” Coined the Warburg Effect, the theory was considered controversial at the time, but the past few decades have sparked new interest in it and oncologists now use the dependence on glucose that cancer cells have to locate tumours within a patient’s body.
Warburg made his discovery around the same time the ketogenic diet was found to be beneficial for epilepsy. Studies have shown that when the body produces ketones, they form a protective barrier around the brain, which is why more and more paediatricians are recommending the diet for children with epilepsy. It has a huge success rate, but since fasting is neither marketable nor profitable, it receives little mainstream attention.
All of these are specific interventions for certain diseases, and they can be healthy. On a personal level, I believe fasting a few times a month is extremely healthy and can be very beneficial for the body. All of the studies in human and animal models show nothing but benefits. Keep in mind that while you fast, you also get the benefits of ketones.
This is far different from continuing on with a no carb, high fat diet where you are constantly producing ketones and burning fat. It doesn’t seem normal unless you have to do it for a specific intervention, like cancer. Despite the potential health benefits, the ‘ketogenic diet’ has become a fad with potential dangers that people should also be aware of.
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Below is a list of points regarding the ketogenic diet from Michelle McMacken, an internal medicine physician, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the NYU School of Medicine, and Director of Bellevue Hospital Weight Management Clinic.
I came across these via her Instagram, which make it clear she does not support the diet:
1. That we know of, no population in history has ever thrived on a very-low-carb/high-fat diet. There is exactly zero scientific evidence that a keto diet is conducive to longevity & longstanding vitality – unlike a plant-centric diet, the foundation of the longest-lived people on earth.
2. A keto diet may cause short-term weight loss, but possibly at a serious price. A 2010 review found that low-carb, animal-based diets increased cardiovascular death by 14%, cancer death by 28%, & all-cause mortality by 23%- trends confirmed in other large studies.
3. A keto diet hasn’t been shown to prevent, control, or reverse type 2 diabetes in the long run. Avoiding carbs will temporarily lower your blood sugar if you have diabetes. But this simply masks the underlying problem, which is insulin resistance – ie. glucose in our blood can’t enter our cells & the liver overproduces sugar. This is NOT the fault of carbs from healthy foods – whole grains, legumes, fruit, or even starchy vegetables. In fact, a high-carb, high-fiber, plant-based diet is exceptionally protective against diabetes & can actually REVERSE insulin resistance & lower diabetes complications. In contrast, low-carb diets can promote diabetes over time, as they foster inflammation & fat buildup in our cells, causing insulin resistance.
4. Keto diet research is in its infancy, focusing on short-term blood results & body weight – not actual rates of disease or death. And some findings are concerning. LDL cholesterol levels tend to rise (or at best, stay the same) on keto diets. An overwhelming wealth of research shows that the higher the LDL, the higher the risk of cardiovascular disease.
5. A keto diet is low in refined grains & added sugar, which is great. But it also can be low in phytonutrients, antioxidants, & fiber, all of which have profound benefits, and it forbids some of the most powerfully health-promoting foods on earth – whole grains, legumes, & many fruits. To me, that’s just not good medicine.
It’s great to see the world becoming more health conscious, it’s one of multiple contributing factors in raising our vibrational frequency, and feeling more ‘alive.’ That being said, a lot of ‘fads’ seem to pop up in this field, which are coupled with a great misunderstanding of how these specific diets, like the ketogenic diet, is supposed to be used. At the end of the day, balance is key, and it’s best to incorporate more organic fruits and vegetables in your diet, and completely cut out all processed foods, and substances like high fructose corn syrup etc. Being healthy is not hard, and it’s not complicated. If you’re going to incorporate a specific diet into your lifestyle, just make sure it’s not one that’s specifically designed to combat certain diseases, like the ketogenic diet.
There are a few Great quotes that instantly come to mind everytime the thought of politics enters my head, one of them comes from Edward Bernays, “the father of public relations” from his book,Propaganda, 1928. If you’ve read some of my articles you have probably come across it before,
The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.
To me, this is what modern day politics, for the most part, represents. It’s a game where, whoever is elected, or rather selected as some would argue, seems to insult and expose their competition in as many ways as possible, while simultaneously making moves and making statements that accumulate more loyal followers, and voters. It is the complete opposite of doing what our leaders should be doing, working together while at the same time being completely transparent. Furthermore, the upper echelon of the political game only seems to feature powerful people, with close ties and connections to people above them who have accumulated even more wealth and power. Many presidents over the years only seem to follow the will of their masters, who are comprised of the corporate and financial elite.
Another great quote that comes to mind I like to use often,
Political parties exist to secure responsible government and to execute the will of the people. From these great staffs, both of the old parties have ganged aside. Instead of instruments to promote the general welfare they have become the tools of corrupt interests which use them in martialling [sic] to serve their selfish purposes. Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day. – Theodore Roosevelt (source)
This ‘invisible’ government has been referred to by many over the years. In the modern day, some called it “the deep state” and believe it’s made up of mainstream media, and many other corporations and institutions that greatly influence US elections, foreign policy as well as the decisions that are supposedly made by the president of the United States. This is why we see people connected to great power always take the presidency. It’s no secret that politics is full of corruption, not to mention entrapment, blackmail, pedophilia (as exposed more within the mainstream with regards to the Jeffrey Epstein case), and much more.
But every now and then, a pure soul seems to emerge garnering the attention of many. And when they do, ‘the establishment’ completely ignores them, belittles them, and falsely accuses them in an attempt to shift the perception of the character in question within the minds of the masses. It’s as if, from the very beginning, they have no chance to win because it’s so unfair, and so much is pitted against them.
This is exactly why veteran and presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard is experiencing this type of thing. Gabbard first caught my attention when she introduced the Stop Arming Terrorists Act (H.R.608) which would have stopped, or attempted to stop the U.S. government from using taxpayer dollars to directly or indirectly support groups who are allied with and supporting terrorist groups like ISIS and al Qaeda in their war to overthrow the Syrian government. The legislation is based on congressional action during the Iran-Contra affair to stop the CIA’s illegal arming of rebels in Nicaragua. It is endorsed by Progressive Democrats of America, the U.S. Peace Council, and Veterans For Peace.
She has long been creating awareness on issues of how this ‘establishment works.’ Here’s one of her latest re-tweets.
She spoke and speaks a lot of truth, she is a supporter of people like Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, and an advocate for peace and has the desire to end corrupt wars, and much more. Clearly, she’s a big threat to the establishment that seems to control and has controlled the presidency for a long time.
This is why her persona has been ‘bashed’ by establishment owned mainstream media, and the powerful Hillary Clinton, who has labelled Gabbard as a Russian asset, among many other things, which in Turn is why Gabbard has filed a lawsuit against Clinton for defamation of character.
They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far. And that’s assuming Jill Stein will give it up, which she might not because she’s also a Russian asset. Yeah, she’s a Russian asset (Tulsi), I mean, totally. – Clinton (source)
Washington, DC – Tulsi Gabbard, a United States Congresswoman, Army National Guard Major, and 2020 presidential candidate, today filed a defamation lawsuit against Hillary Rodham Clinton. Gabbard, a U.S. Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district, asserts in her complaint that Clinton deliberately and maliciously made false statements in an attempt to derail Rep. Gabbard’s campaign, by alleging that Gabbard is a “Russian asset.” The complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York by Brian Dunne and Dan Terzian, Rep. Gabbard’s legal counsel and partners at Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP.
Clinton was the 2016 Democratic Party nominee for President of the United States, United States Secretary of State from 2009 until 2013, a United States Senator for the State of New York from 2001 to 2009, and the First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001. On October 17, 2019, she publicly stated in an interview that “somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary … [is a] favorite of the Russians… Yeah, she’s a Russian asset.” The press extensively republished and disseminated these statements, which were interpreted widely as Clinton asserting that Gabbard is a Russian asset.
The complaint seeks compensatory damages and an injunction prohibiting the further publication of Clinton’s defamatory statements.
I often wonder why humanity keeps playing with a system that’s completely corrupt and broken. Our ‘leaders’ don’t seem to have humanity and planet Earth in mind when it comes to making their decisions. Today, the system is a representation of greed, fear, ego, profit, and much more, but one thing is for sure, it’s far from serving the people and other beings that reside on our planet. We need leaders that truly care about our environment, the people, preservation, life, and abundance for all. What we really need is a complete collapse of the current system we are playing with, and to implement something far greater that is more in line with the current level of human consciousness, and something that is more representative of our collective human potential. And most of all, we need to stop pointing fingers and blaming political figures for our problem because at the end of the day, on the deepest of levels, we are simply allowing it to happen. Politics doesn’t help as it makes us feel the power to change things is out of our hands, in in ‘theirs.’
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete – Buckminister Fuller (L. Steven Sieden, A Fuller View – Buckminster Fuller´s Vision of Hope and Abundance for all“, p. 358), Divine Arts Media (2011)
One thing seems to be quite clear, people are tired of politics and it is no longer serving humanity. It’s useless and pointless, and is counterintuitive. It’s no longer serving the collective, and it’s quite questionable whether it ever has.