10 Eye Opening Maps & Charts That Explain America’s Gun Violence Problem

Gun violence has been a huge problem for a very long time, and the issue seems to be growing with all of the recent mass shootings that have taken place, not only in ‘war zones,’ but in the United States. There are multiple theories which exist to try and explain what exactly is going on, and why this is happening… there too many (theories) to name.

If we look at the history of violence, in general, it always boils down to commands. Somebody within the hierarchal structure of military establishments is giving the command, and if you continue to follow it all the way up to the top, the reasons for war always seem to be  political in nature.

It’s no secret now that global politics is a platform of mass corruption, not all, but mostly at the highest levels. The reasons for war seem to be created, prolonged, and capitalized on by those who wish to profit off of it, and establish their own global agenda across the entire planet. They use violence and fear, fear from events like 9/11 and mass shootings.

There are many examples of this, from 9/11, to what happened in Syria (related article) and more in the decades prior, all across the globe, not only the Middle East. All of these have been examples of “false flag terrorism,” and rumours have been flying around questioning whether or not these mass shootings that are taking place in the United States are also “false flag” in nature, carried out by ‘brainwashed’ and potentially hypnotized victims/individuals who have been used by some sort of dark government agency.

By the way, the idea of a dark government agency is actually real,

“There exists a shadowy government with its own Air Force, its own Navy, its own fundraising mechanism and the ability to pursue its own ideas of the national interest, free from all checks and balances, and free from the law itself  – Senator Daniel K. Inouye (source)

He is one of dozens who have referenced this ‘secret government,’ multiple presidents and politicians have, and still do.

Far too often are all those who participate and ‘work’ within intelligence agencies, government and politics categorized as ‘bad.’ This simply isn’t true.

But as far as secret agencies go, the United States has a history of government agencies existing in secret for years. The National Security Agency (NSA) was founded in 1952, its existence was hidden until the mid 1960’s. Even more secretive is the National Reconnaissance Office, which was founded in 1960 but remained completely secret for 30 years.

Today, this thing is global.

But these mass individual shootings are different; is there any evidence of mind control? The answer to that is a big yes. Project MK ultra was the CIA’s baby. It’s commonly believed that it was only LSD that was used on human test subjects, but that was just one program. As the US Supreme Court brought to light in 1985, MK ultra consisted of 162 different secret projects that were indirectly financed by the CIA, and contracted out to several universities, research foundations and similar institutions.” The majority of the MK Ultra records were actually destroyed, and have never been seen.

Are these mass shootings connected to this program? Just as events like 9/11 have taken away our rights, the US continues to justify actions that resemble a tyrannical police state, right before our eyes. 9/11 was used to impose ourselves on others, as well as take away our own rights to privacy, despite the fact that we didn’t know it until Edward Snowden blew the whistle. The threat of terrorism has been used to take away even more of our rights.

Are these mass shootings an attempt to do the same? Are some of them even real as they are presented to us? Why are people like President Bashar Al-Assad, and other figures always vilified? Why is there evidence that the heavily publicized chemical weapons gas attack in Syria was completely false? (articles linked earlier that go deeper into that) Why is the US paying a PR firm to fake terrorist  videos?

What is going on here?

The answer is, we don’t know, but what we do know is that what we usually hear from our mainstream media outlets is not always true.

So, when it comes to these mass shootings in the US, it’s not unreasonable to make that connection, and to go into it deeper and to do some research to see for yourself. It’s not stupid to question things, and in fact, we need more of it.

Far too often have we seen the demonization of asking important questions, vaccine safety and genetically modified foods are two of many great examples. Propaganda campaigns exist everywhere today.

“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.” – Edward Bernays

Should Guns Be Banned?

This is a big topic to debate. There are places on the planet where virtually zero violence exists, and no guns exist. There are also places that exist where there is no violence, and guns exist. If there is a ban on guns, I believe it should be a global one, where no human being on the planet can have access to a weapon, to the point where they are not even manufactured. That being said, a ban on weaponry while allowing law enforcement and government agencies to allow their employees continued access to them is hard, at least in my mind, to justify.

It’s similar to nuclear weapons, there is not justification to their existence. Guns can be considered a smaller version.

There are those who say that violence will always exist, and has always existed. But this statement simply isn’t true. Violence throughout history is always taught, learned, and actions have always been  ‘brainwashed’ into the willing from a higher command.

At a deeper level, the problem isn’t even about guns, it’s about us, and the shifts we individually need to make.

Another problem, as president Obama recently mentioned, is the idea that the government is trying to disarm the citizenry, and these mass shootings are being used and/or created in some way to further along that agenda, this was alluded to above. He denied this, but what politicians say isn’t always what reflects the truth. He denied that the government wants to take away peoples guns.

But it seems a culture of fear is being created. The question is, is it purposefully manufactured that way?

It would be another American right being taken away for the purposes of control, in a tyrannical like state. In that sense, gun control doesn’t seem to be justified.

There are souls out there who would never take a life, no matter what the circumstance. Imagine a planet full of people like that. If that were the case, then that society probably wouldn’t even manufacture guns. Their consciousness wouldn’t create it, like we have. 

Below are pictures that have been posted all over the internet recently, from various sources as you can see.

On average, there is more than one mass shooting for each day in America

America has six times as many firearm homicides as Canada, and nearly 16 times as many as Germany

States with more guns have more gun deaths

It’s not just the US: Developed countries with more guns also have more gun deaths

It’s not just the US: Developed countries with more guns also have more gun deaths

 

States with tighter gun control laws have fewer gun-related deaths

Gun homicides (like all homicides) have declined over the past couple decades

 

Support for gun ownership has sharply increased since the early ’90s

America has 4.4 percent of the world’s population, but almost half of the civilian-owned guns around the world

There have been more than 1,500 mass shootings since Sandy Hook

 

This Is What Actually Happens To Our “Recycling” (Video)

Everyday we produce waste, in our current society, it’s almost impossible not to. Many of us make an effort to recycle our recyclables, but unfortunately much of that still ends up in the trash. There are also a lot of countries that don’t recycle at all so all of the waste – all of that plastic, effectively ends up in the ground or sadly in our oceans. For those of us who do recycle, we feel good about ourselves, and feel like we are doing our part to reduce our impact on the environment, but do we ever question what actually happens to our recycling and where it ends?

Like many other aspects of our society, our recycling is, for the most part, out of sight out of mind. We don’t actually know what is happening to it, we just drop it off into the appropriate containers and hope for the best. Unfortunately this is not helping and in many cases is making the issue of the global waste epidemic, much worse that we could ever imagine. Whether or not the waste is actually recycled doesn’t really matter, because as soon as it leaves the country it came from and is labeled as recycling it is counted as such, regardless of where that plastic and other waste actually ends up. Often, there is so much un-recyclable garbage and material mixed in with the stuff that actually can be recycled that it all just ends up going to landfills.

This could be avoided if communities and countries became more strict with their recyclable material standards, it could also be avoided if everything we manufactured was made of biodegradable substances, like hemp.

The following video from Sky Ocean Rescue shares some more eye-opening information about the truth about our supposed “recycling”…


Something Needs To Change

It is clear that our current “solution” to all of our plastic waste is not working, as the video says, we need to find a better solution to this epidemic. Recycling standards certainly need to become a lot more strict, and each country should be held responsible for their own recycling and potentially laws should be put in place by the UN that makes it illegal to export plastic waste and recycling, this would then force us to come up with a better option. It is not fair that there is no transparency towards what is really going on with the public. If people really knew, it is likely that they would take a stand against this.

What Can We Do, Ourselves?

Sometimes, we truly have to take matters into our own hands, we cannot rely on our governments to do the right thing, I’m sure many of us are aware of this by now. If we truly want to make a difference we have to do as Gandhi says and,

“We must be the change we wish to see in the world.”

What does this involve? Taking responsibility for our own actions and dealing with these matters on a personal level. Do you know where your recycling is going? Have you ever actually looked into it? This is a great start, but an even more effective way to deal with this problem is to stop it before it starts. How can you lower your consumption and amount of waste you are producing? Can you choose products that are not packed in plastic? Can you use reusable, glass or stainless steel containers? Could you go back to the old-fashioned bar of soap? The fact of the matter is, we got along just fine without plastic for many years, we have other options and can all make a conscious decision to choose those other options.

We have to remember that as the consumer, we do have a direct say in what the big corporations are manufacturing. By opting out of plastic products, the companies will have no choice but to update their products and materials, or go out of business. We have already seen massive companies like Starbucks & McDonald’s making huge changes in this regard. If you need some ideas on how to reduce your impact, check out 10 Smart Hacks TO Cut Plastic Packaging Out Of Your Life.

Change starts with you!

Much Love

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US Patent 6506148 B2 Confirms Human Nervous System Manipulation Through Your Computer & TV

It’s hard to find any information at all on a one “Hendricus G. Loos,” despite the fact that he’s filed multiple patent applications, with success, for apparatuses that deal with the manipulation of the human nervous system via a computer screen or a television monitor. In the abstract, he explains the following,

“Physiological effects have been observed in a human subject in response to stimulation of the skin with weak electromagnetic fields that are pulsed with certain frequencies near ½ Hz or 2.4 Hz, such as to excite a sensory resonance. Many computer monitors and TV tubes, when displaying pulsed images, emit pulsed electromagnetic fields of sufficient amplitudes to cause such excitation. It is therefore possible to manipulate the nervous system of a subject by pulsing images displayed on a nearby computer monitor or TV set. For the latter, the image pulsing may be imbedded in the program material, or it may be overlaid by modulating a video stream, either as an RF signal or as a video signal. The image displayed on a computer monitor may be pulsed effectively by a simple computer program. For certain monitors, pulsed electromagnetic fields capable of exciting sensory resonances in nearby subjects may be generated even as the displayed images are pulsed with subliminal intensity.”

The concerning thing about this, as the patent application explains, is that even a very weak pulse can have adverse affects on the human nervous system.

He then goes on to describe that pulse variability and strength can be controlled through software, and explains how, with regards to a computer monitor, DVDs, video tapes and more, and also how it can be remotely controlled from another location.

Perhaps the most concerning part is this,

“Certain monitors can emit electromagnetic field pulses that excite a sensory resonance in a nearby subject, through image pulses that are so weak as to be subliminal. This is unfortunate since it opens a way for mischievous application of the invention, whereby people are exposed unknowingly to manipulation of their nervous systems for someone else’s purposes. Such application would be unethical and is of course not advocated. It is mentioned here in order to alert the public to the possibility of covert abuse that may occur while being online, or while watching TV, a video, or a DVD.”

The application is full of cited examples that the “nervous system of a subject can be manipulated through electromagnetic field pulses emitted by a nearby CRT or LCD monitor which displays images with pulsed intensity.”

Our nervous system basically controls everything in our body, including the brain. It’s a network of nerves and cells that carry messages to and from the brain and spinal cord to various parts of the body, and it’s no secret that the United States government, among others, have a long history of experimenting on human beings for mind control purposes. Could television be a mind-control tactic? It would explain why so many people believe stories and explanations of events presented to them by mainstream media, instantaneously, without even questioning.

In some cases, we are made to idolize what we see on T.V, like celebrities, and imitate behaviour and wants.

Sometimes, a perspective that’s backed by evidence, which completely counters the story and information we receive from mainstream media, is thrown into the “conspiracy realm.” This is dangerous, have we reached a point where our televisions are doing the thinking for us? Could they be using pulse techniques described above to influence our thoughts, behaviours and perceptions?

Given what we know about our governments and the unethical actions they’ve taken throughout history, it’s really not out of the question.

There is a reason why airplanes and hospitals ban the use of cell phones, it’s because their electromagnetic transmissions interfere with critical electrical devices. The brain is no different, it’s a bioelectric organ that’s extremely complex and  generates electric fields.  Scientists can actually control brain function with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), a technique that uses powerful pulses of electromagnetic radiation beamed into a person’s brain to jam or excite particular brain circuits.

This is the same type of thing described in the patent, so to what extent are our computer monitors and television screens doing this? This is why, for example, when somebody turns on their Sony Playstation, the screen warns them to read the important health information before playing. Research has also shown that simple cell phone transmissions can affect a person’s brainwaves quite significantly, which in turn leads to effects on their behaviour as well.

“Electromagnetic radiation can have an effect on mental behaviour when transmitting at the proper frequency.” – James Horne , from the Loughborough University Sleep Research Centre (source)

Not only this, but hundreds of scientists have come together, and are currently creating awareness on and petitioning the United Nations about the health effects of electromagnetic radiation. They’ve been linked to cancer, and have been shown to manipulate our DNA. You can read more about that here.

The initiative was started by Dr. Martin Blank, Ph.D., from the Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics at Colombia University, who has joined a group of scientists from around the world making an international appeal to the United Nations regarding the dangers associated with the use of various electromagnetic emitting devices, like cells phones and WiFi.

“Putting it bluntly they are damaging the living cells in our bodies and killing many of us prematurely,”said Dr. Martin Blank, from the Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics at Columbia University, in a video message.

“We have created something that is harming us, and it is getting out of control. Before Edison’s light bulb there was very little electromagnetic radiation in our environment. The levels today are very many times higher than natural background levels, and are growing rapidly because of all the new devices that emit this radiation.”

This information is a separate effect on the body from mind control, but it’s still important to mention and bring light to.

Not only are our electronic devices monitoring, watching, and recording everything we do, they may also be influencing our behaviour, perceptions, thoughts and feelings on a large-scale as well, but who really knows if “the powers that be” are using these devices for mind control, in the same way they use them for surveillance.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not hard to see how corporations use television to influence our behaviour and perceptions, but perhaps they, and other authorities, are changing things around, as mentioned above, and manipulating our nervous systems purposefully for their own personal gain, and knowingly do so.

Chamath Palihapitiya, the vice-president for user growth at Facebook prior to leaving the company in 2011, said, “The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops that we created are destroying how society works. . . . No civil discourse, no cooperation, misinformation, mistruth.” So, we are seeing a similar type of thing there as well.”

When it comes to mind control, project MK ultra was the CIA’s baby. It’s commonly believed that it was only LSD that was used on human test subjects, but that was just one program. As the US Supreme Court brought to light in 1985, MK ultra consisted of 162 different secret projects that were indirectly financed by the CIA, and contracted out to several universities, research foundations and similar institutions.” The majority of the MK Ultra records were actually destroyed, and have never been seen.

Perhaps television programming was a part of the MK Ultra program?

Concluding Comments

It’s hard to fathom the idea that we could be manipulated and used so much, for the purposes of profit, control, and other agendas, but it’s a reality we have to face. There are limitless examples of this throughout history all the way up to the modern-day, and all aspects of human life seem to be controlled by a select group of very few people from health, to finance, education, entertainment, big food and more. We’ve become tools for their use, and our thoughts, behaviours, and perceptions, for the most part, seem to be the same. If they’re a little different, or don’t really fit the frame, one can instantly be labelled, or become a ‘social outcast.’

There is no doubt in my mind that our Television, and other electronic devices has detrimental health effects, and that they do/can effect our nervous system in several different ways. The science on this is clear, but what is not so clear is the idea that there are others using these techniques, knowingly, to control our minds.

Based on all of my research into mind control ,and the actions our governments have taken and to what extent they’ve taken them to, I would be surprised if Television was not apart of the MK ultra program.

All and all, it’s another great recent to spend less time in-front of your screen, and more time with a book or spending time outside, or with family and friends. If there is one thing that’s for sure, our screens are detrimental to our health in several different ways.

Where Do We Go When We Die? Signs That Consciousness Remains After Death Are Increasing

What happens when we die? Who really knows? But to deem these questions completely unanswerable is absurd in light of all the evidence that’s emerged over the past view decades. Sure, contemplating what happens after death can be a little too ‘out there’ for some people, it can even contradict long-held belief systems that we’ve been holding on to for so long, with a tight grip, so much so that it can be hard to even entertain an alternate perspective that’s backed with some type of credible evidence.  It’s called cognitive dissonance.

There is nothing wrong with discovery, and throughout all stages of human history new discoveries have always been denounced and ridiculed before they eventually make their way into the mainstream. This is exactly what we are seeing with non-material science. The birth of quantum physics clearly showed a strong relationship between consciousness and what we perceive as our physical material world, this is why all of the founding fathers of quantum theory, like Max Planck,  regarded “consciousness as fundamental,” and matter as “derivative from consciousness,” and it’s why Nikola Tesla believed that humanity would not make giant leaps forward until it studies “non-physical” phenomena – subjects such as, like telepathy, clairvoyance, psychokinesis, remote viewing, near death experiences (NDE’s) and more.

Today, new discoveries like this can have huge implications, and can shake the foundations of the global collective worldview as well as change the global perception forever.

In the mainstream scientific community, there is still a harsh resistance to this type of phenomenon, despite the fact that there are hundreds of peer-reviewed studies showing, in some cases, even greater statistically significant results than that of the ‘hard sciences,’ under the same controlled laboratory conditions. It truly goes to show that science, today, is in large part not about remaining neutral, but rather pulling the curtain over results that still challenge what we think we know about the nature of reality. As a result, we have tremendous amounts of scientific dogma, rather than scientific truth.

A 1999 a statistics professor at UC Irvine published a paper showing that parapsychological experiments have produced much stronger results than those showing a daily dose of aspirin helps prevent a heart attack. There are multiple examples, most of them coming from the Department of Defence.

Below is a great quote that I’ve used multiple times, so my apologies if you’ve already seen it but it really gets my point across,

“Despite the unrivalled empirical success of quantum theory, the very suggestion that it may be literally true as a description of nature is still greeted with cynicism, incomprehension and even anger.” – T. Folger, “Quantum Shmantum”; Discover 22:37-43, 2001)

Dr Gary Schwartz (University of Arizona ), is one of hundreds of scientists who have gathered to emphasize that matter is not the only reality. You can read more about that in this article:

Distinguished Scientists Gather To Emphasize That Matter Is NOT The Only Reality

He sums up the problem quite well,

Some materialistically inclined scientists and philosophers refuse to acknowledge these phenomena because they are not consistent with their exclusive conception of the world. Rejection of post-materialist investigation of nature or refusal to publish strong science findings supporting a post-materialist framework are antithetical to the true spirit of scientific inquiry, which is that empirical data must always be adequately dealt with. Data which do not fit favoured theories and beliefs cannot be dismissed as priori. Such dismissal is the realm of ideology, not science.”  Dr. Gary Schwartz (source)

So, What Happens After We Die? 

Contemplating where we come from, and where we are before and after death, has been done for thousands of years. The stories of our creation span the literature of all cultures throughout human history, from a variety of different time periods, and if we look at the stories of our creation from sources that predate religion, they all seem to be very similar, and very spiritual in nature, but what does modern-day research show us?

From a medical standpoint, death means that our heart is stopped, all brain activity and blood circulation comes to a halt and we are no longer doing any breathing. It’s important to note that, on numerous occasions, individuals have been pronounced clinically dead, only to be revived and brought back to live via CPR and other mechanisms.

An article written for Newsweek explains.

“Modern resuscitation was a game-changer for emergency care, but it also blew apart our understanding of what it means to be dead. Without many people returning from the dead to show us otherwise, it was natural to assume, from a scientific perspective, that our consciousness dies at the same time as our bodies.”

Today, it’s a different story. Large studies have shown that a significant amount of people who have been clinically dead, experience some type of ‘awareness’ during that time. For example, one patient – a 57-year-old man at the time, despite being pronounced “dead” and completely unconscious, with no detectable biological activity going on, recalled watching the entire process of his resuscitation.

What’s also weird is that scientists have discovered that once you die, “only after you die, that the cells inside our bodies start to gradually go toward their own process of death,” Dr. Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at New York University Langone Medical Center, told Newsweek. “I’m not saying the brain still works or any part of you still works once you’ve died. But the cells don’t instantly switch from alive to dead. Actually, the cells are much more resilient to the heart stopping – to the person dying – than we used to understand.”

His published research in this area provides a number of examples as well.

All researchers in this field have found that the experiences patients are having while dead, are unexplainable and given that so many have experienced it, brushing them off as mere hallucinations is not completely valid. These experiences, as mentioned above, have also been verified by the doctors involved with the patients themselves.

“How these patients were able to describe objective events that took place while they were dead, we’re not exactly sure……But it does seem to suggest that when our brains and bodies die, our consciousness may not, or at least not right away….I don’t mean that people have their eyes open or that their brain’s are working after they die…that petrifies people. I’m saying we have consciousness that makes up who we are – our selves, thoughts, feelings, emotions-and that entity, it seems, does not become annihilated just because we’ve crossed the threshold of death; it appears to been functioning and not dissipate. How long it lingers, we can’t say.” – Dr. Sam Parnia

You can watch a lecture of the leading scientists in this field summarize 50 years of research in this area, below

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The Forgotten Art Of Squatting: Is It The Antidote For The Damage Done To Our Bodies From Sitting?

The invention of the chair was really a total game changer in regards to how our bodies function and which parts of the body we are using on a regular basis. The chair took all of that pressure off of our rears and backs, and relieved some of our weight for us. Of course, we always had the option to sit on the ground or perhaps in a tree, but the chair became such a fundamental piece of furniture in our lives that it absolutely changed how our bodies function.

By now, most of us are aware of just how detrimental it can be to our bodies to sit for a prolonged period of time, in fact, some researchers are even going as far as to say that sitting is the new smoking in terms of the potential damage it can cause to our bodies. With so many of us, myself included, working desk jobs on computers this really is important information to be aware of. Sitting is wreaking havoc on our bodies. Luckily, as the awareness grows towards this important health issue, we are seeing many new designs for standing desks, or things like core chairs that are aimed to utilize the muscles in our body and effectively relieve the issues that too much sitting can cause. But is there a much simpler option that humans have forgotten?

How The Forgotten Art Of Squatting Can Help You

Squatting is essentially a position of the body that humans have used for thousands of years, and in many cultures is still being used today. If you practice yoga, you might know this position as a Malasana, which is essentially a deep squat. A yoga instructor once said that a guru told them that “the problem with the west is that they don’t squat.” This is so true, if you aren’t someone who practices yoga or – does squats during a workout, when are you really going to squat? If we feel like taking a rest, we’re definitely choosing the chair or the big comfy couch before squatting down. We eat in chairs, sit in our cars and on the train, sit on the toilet – essentially, we are often only not sitting when we are walking from one chair to the next. In fact, many of us probably couldn’t even squat down to the ground if we tried, not without some serious stretching first at least.

Our lack of squatting has bio-mechanical and physiological implications, but perhaps it is inhibiting us from the grounding force that this posture provides as well. The lack of squatting is actually only really an issue for the westernized civilizations as there are many cultures around the world that are squatting down any chance they get, to eat, to pray, to use the toilet – yes, squatting toilets are the norm in Asia, and actually make way more sense. Squatting, in more undeveloped nations is also the most common way for women to give birth, and again when you really think about it, it also makes much more sense than lying on your back in a hospital bed.

In these “less advanced” cultures, the rich and middle class are not squatting either, as it is generally seen as something that the poor do as it is uncomfortable and actually causes the body to work. Have you ever heard the expression, “If you don’t use it, you lose it”? Well, this can be said in regards to squatting because if you were to give it a try now, you may find it very difficult, especially for a prolonged period of time. But, our bodies are amazing organisms and they can always transform.

According to author and osteopath, Philip Beach, “The game started with squatting,”  Beach is known for pioneering the idea of “archetypal postures.” These positions—which, in addition to a deep passive squat with the feet flat on the floor, include sitting cross-legged and kneeling on one’s knees and heels—are not just good for us, but according to beach they are  “deeply embedded into the way our bodies are built.”

“You really don’t understand human bodies until you realize how important these postures are,” Beach, who is based in Wellington, New Zealand, tells me. “Here in New Zealand, it’s cold and wet and muddy. Without modern trousers, I wouldn’t want to put my backside in the cold wet mud, so  [in absence of a chair] I would spend a lot of time squatting. The same thing with going to the toilet. The whole way your physiology is built is around these postures.”

Why Is Squatting Good For Us?

According to Dr. Bahram Jam, founder of Advanced Physical Therapy Education Institute in Ontario, Canada, “Every joint in our body has synovial fluid in it. This is the oil in our body that provides nutrition to the cartilage,” Jam says. “Two things are required to produce that fluid: movement and compression. So if a joint doesn’t go through its full range—if the hips and knees never go past 90 degrees—the body says ‘I’m not being used’ and starts to degenerate and stops the production of synovial fluid.”

A healthy musculoskeletal system is much more important for our health than just helping us to feel limber, strong and flexible, a study published in 2014 from the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology found that those participants who had a difficult time getting up off the floor without support of hands, elbows or leg remarkably resulted in having a three-year-year shorter life expectancy than those who got up with ease.

So, Why Did We Stop Squatting?

It seems that in the West, we stopped squatting around the same time as the modern seated toilet came into our existence. It might not seem like this alone would be a cause for such a drastic change to our physiology, but as Jam says, “The reason squatting is so uncomfortable because we don’t do it,” Jam says. “But if you go to the restroom once or twice a day for a bowel movement and five times a day for bladder function, that’s five or six times a day you’ve squatted.”

As we sit in our office chairs, staring at our computers in our office attire, for men slacks and dress shirts and often for women pencil skirts and dresses – can you even imagine trying to squat or sit cross-legged? Both of which would be much better for our health than sitting in chairs. It’s interesting how we seem to think we’ve come so far, and that we are much more civilised and advanced, but really we aren’t doing ourselves any favors with this arrogant attitude.

“It’s considered primitive and of low social status to squat somewhere,” says Jam. “When we think of squatting we think of a peasant in India, or an African village tribesman, or an unhygienic city floor. We think we’ve evolved past that—but really we’ve devolved away from it.”

Time To Start Squatting?

If you can, practice squatting down a few times a day. If you can’t, start by stretching your body and getting down as low as you can, if you are very rigid, it may take time, but doing some light stretching or yoga daily can assist you with this process. It is very good for our health! Especially if you are sitting on a chair all day at your place of employment, you might want to consider setting a reminder on your phone to remind you to get up and squat down at least a few times a day.

All the best!

What Would Happen If The World Ran Out Of Oil Today? (Video)

Although many of us would like to see a world without oil, mostly for environmental reasons, no emissions from cars, no plastics polluting our oceans and nowhere near as many synthetic chemicals in our personal care products, we don’t always realize just how much of our lives actually involves oil everyday. From the clothes we wear, to the packaged food we buy, and the phones and computers we use daily, oil is right there beside us. It’s difficult to imagine a world without oil, but what if oil were to suddenly disappear overnight? What would our world look like?

I come from a small oil-field town called Fort St. John, in Northern British Columbia, Canada. It is one of the largest producers of oil in North America. The lives of the majority of the people who live in this town directly depend on oil, and when things are slow, the people feel it. Even though I can see that oil is polluting our planet and our environment and that there are much cleaner options available, I still can see the other side of the coin as to just how much is at stake if we were to eradicate the oil industry completely. Thousands and thousands would be out of work and my hometown would likely eventually cease to exist. The point here is that there are always two sides to every story.

In a series of videos from A Facebook page called, What.If, this question is answered in an informative and intriguing video. Would life still go on? How much of our daily lives would be impacted? Could we survive? Check it out.

But, What About The Alternatives?

This video, while interesting, doesn’t mention the alternatives to oil that currently are available to us right now. Sure, if oil were to disappear like that, there would be many issues as were described in the video, but what if it were a steady phase out process? We have many alternatives that are being implemented today. As awareness grows so does the popularity in these new sources of energy, and alternatives to petroleum-based products in our clothing, personal care products etc. It is important to remember that human beings also got along just fine without oil for a number of years, and would be able to do it again.

We have solar power, wind power, hydroelectric power and even more options available to us today. In some ways of our lives, perhaps taking a step backwards isn’t a bad thing if it means being more connected and harmonious with our mother earth. We essentially do not need any of the chemicals used for cleaning or personal care products and we can always buy clothes that are made from natural, sustainable materials like organic cotton and hemp. Tesla has done a great job at showing us that oil is not needed any longer for cars. If we could figure out a way to turn the current vehicles over to electric… or even water powered then we would be golden.

And… What About The Jobs?

This is a tricky one, there is no denying that. If we were to slowly start cutting out oil there would definitely be more sustainable options coming in to take its place and this alone would create many new jobs that people would have to be trained on. It could be a gradual process.

Another Theory Worth Considering

If you are a fan of popular UFO researcher, Stephen Greer then you might know where I’m going with this, if you are not then stick with me. Greer believes that we are without a doubt being visited by extraterrestrials and that their presence is being kept a secret by our military and governments. Why the secrecy? Because if we knew of the existence of ET’s and their craft, then we would know that alternative energy technologies do exist and we would have them implemented, which in turn would crush the multi-billion dollar industry. Greer believes that the technology that is being suppressed by our governments could take the world off of oil overnight and eliminate all the need for oil powered anything. You can learn about this and more in Greer’s compelling documentary, “Unacknowledged.”

Final Thoughts?

Regardless, most of us would like to see this planet around for another few centuries, at least, and by now we know the damage that oil is doing to our planet. In our own lives we can do our part by moving away from oil, you can check out a partial list of 6000 products containing oil here. But of course, there is also the argument that most of the food we eat is shipped to us using, you guessed it – oil, but as electric cars continue to rise we can see that perhaps this method of transportation is on it’s way out.

What do you think? Will oil soon be a thing of the past or do to many aspects of our everyday lives rely on the use of oil? Are we able to make the switch? Let us know in our Collective Evolution Group on Facebook. See you there.

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