Essential Oils — An Effective and Healthy Option to Treat Headaches

By Dr. Mercola

Headaches are a common complaint, suffered by 45 million Americans each year, or nearly 17 percent of the population. They also are the most common medical complaints accounting for 8 million doctor visits each year.1 Less severe, but not less frustrating, are tension headaches, affecting up to 90 percent of all people at some point during their lifetime.

When tension headaches occur occasionally, or less than 15 times each month, they are called episodic tension headaches. When they occur more than 15 times a month, they are chronic tension headaches. The diagnosis is given without regard to the severity of the headache, dependent only on the number of times you might experience a tension headache each month.2

Severe headache pain places a significant financial and production burden on communities. Using a comprehensive database kept by the U.S. Armed Forces,3 researchers found headaches were the fourth leading cause of emergency room visits and remain an important public health condition, particularly in women during their reproductive years. The researchers also discovered opioids were dispensed in 35 percent of the emergency room visits for headaches.

According to the Global Burden of Disease study,4 migraines alone ranked as the sixth greatest cause of lost productivity days worldwide, and collectively headaches ranked third. You may be able to reduce the number of headaches you experience and the time you suffer by using easily incorporated natural options, including essential oils.

What Headache Do You Have?

There may be up to 150 different types of headaches,5 but the National Headache Foundation recognizes 24 different major types.6 Millions who experience headaches will usually suffer from one of 10 more common types of headaches. The most common are tension, cluster and migraine headaches.7 Although some may categorize cluster headaches with migraines, cluster headaches feel and act differently.8 Cluster headache triggers are not known, but you may learn to identify your migraine triggers.

By far, the most common type of headache is tension headache. Often triggered by stress, this type of headache isn’t throbbing, but feels like a dull ache over your head or tenderness around your neck, forehead, scalp or shoulder muscles. The second most common type is a migraine headache, which may occur with or without an aura.9

An aura is a warning symptom that your headache is imminent. These symptoms may be visual disturbances or physical. Within 30 minutes the warning symptoms subside, followed by severe head pain. These primary types of headaches occur when the pain in your head isn’t triggered by something else in your body. You may also suffer from secondary headaches, such as a headache resulting from:

  • Sinus infection or an allergic reaction
  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • Drugs, such as the withdrawal of caffeine or overuse of over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen

Another type of secondary headache that is short-lived is called an exertional headache. These occur after a short burst of intense exercise, such as running, weightlifting or even sex. Increased blood flow to your head may result in throbbing on both sides of your head and typically last from several minutes up to an hour.

Secondary headaches may also be triggered by conditions that affect the meninges, or covering of your brain, such as head trauma, meningitis or brain hemorrhage.10 Features that help your doctor distinguish between primary headaches and those triggered by other more medically serious conditions include:11

  • Stable pattern of pain over many months or years
  • Family history of a similar type of headaches
  • Physical examination
  • Headaches have identifiable triggers

Essential Oils May Help Soothe the Savage Beast

Essential oils are created using a large quantity of plant material. The final product is highly concentrated and often must be diluted before use. These oils are biologically active compounds that have therapeutic effects in minute quantities. Quality is important when choosing your essential oils. They must be made from natural plant products and not produced synthetically in the way perfumes and fragrances are created.

Essential oils have a wide variety of medicinal properties and few side effects, while synthetic fragrances may be toxic and typically contain allergenic chemicals. One of the most important considerations when choosing your oils is to look for a statement of purity. You are looking for 100 percent essential oils that are not diluted, mixed or altered with anything else. More often the price will reflect the quality of the product, as pure oils are costly to manufacture. If the product is cheap, it is probably a reflection of a poor-quality product.

Essential oils are the basis for aromatherapy, the practice of using natural oils to effect physical and psychological health. The inhaled aroma from these oils may have a powerful effect on brain function, and thus an effect on physical function. You may have experienced how scent can trigger memories of past experiences, as science has discovered the link between memory and smell.12 Scent may also drive your behavior and has been linked to physical attraction.13

Aromatherapy dates back nearly 6,000 years when essential oils were used for spiritual, physical and therapeutic purposes.14 Although the mechanism is unclear, some experts believe your sense of smell plays a central role. Breathing in scent molecules stimulates your hippocampus and amygdala, central parts of your brain that store your emotions and memories. Stimulation of these areas may influence your physical and emotional health.

For instance, there is evidence that lavender will stimulate your brain cells in a manner similar to the way sedatives work, thus effectively inducing relaxation.15 There is also evidence that the molecules from the oils are absorbed into your bloodstream and interact with your hormones and enzymes. Aromatherapy massage is a popular way to use essential oils as the oils are absorbed through your skin, you inhale the scent and you experience the physical therapy of the massage.16

Your Headache May Respond to These Oils

Just as there are a number of different types of headaches, there are several different essential oils you may consider to help relieve your pain. Pharmaceutical relief usually comes with a price to your health, experienced as short- and long-term side effects. You may want to consider using essential oils that not only help relieve your pain but come with additional benefits as well. Consider trying each of these oils separately or in combination until you find what best helps relieve your headaches.

Lavender

This essential oil is derived from lavender flowers and is often used to help reduce stress, anxiety and depression,17 all of which are triggers for tension headaches. There is growing evidence it may also be effective in the treatment of neurological disorders.

In a placebo-controlled clinical trial using lavender in the treatment of migraine headaches,18 researchers found inhaling lavender for 15 minutes reduced the severity of symptoms and concluded the “inhalation of lavender essential oil may be an effective and safe treatment modality in acute management of migraine headaches.”19

Massage with lavender oil may improve sleep quality, reduce anxiety and promote better concentration.20 Lavender has also been effective in reducing agitation in people suffering from dementia and is routinely used by aromatherapists for the treatment of headaches and exhaustion. Interestingly, lavender has also demonstrated improved pain control following surgery.21

Frankincense

The root of cluster headaches and migraines is thought to lie in the chemical activity of your brain, nerves and blood innervation, or in the muscles supporting your head and neck. Frankincense oil is a potent treatment for these debilitating headaches, likely because of the anti-inflammatory activity of the bioactive compounds found in the essential oil.22

Monoterpenes are the compounds found in essential oils that researchers have concluded demonstrate pharmacological potential to act as anti-inflammatory drugs.23 Frankincense has 34 different monoterpenes, increasing the potential benefits. Oral frankincense has also been tested on a small sample of individuals who suffered from chronic cluster headaches.24

The results demonstrated evidence of reduced frequency and intensity of headaches in the participants. Keep in mind essential oils should never be ingested if you are in any way unsure about their quality and purity. It’s highly recommended you work with a qualified aromatherapist who can guide you on the safe and appropriate use of the oils.

Topical administration is typically recommended and is far safer. You may administer the oil adding a couple drops to your fingers and massaging your temples until the oil is absorbed.

Rosemary

This oil is traditionally used to improve circulation and in the treatment of headaches. One study using an animal model demonstrated the effectiveness of the oil as a painkiller and an anti-inflammatory agent.25

Another study demonstrated rosemary oil was beneficial in the treatment of opioid withdrawal symptoms, reducing pain and treating insomnia.26 In this way, rosemary may help reduce the pain of your headache and improve your sleep, a common trigger for further headaches.

Chamomile

Chamomile tea and essential oil are calming, used to help you relax, unwind and drift off to sleep more easily. Not surprisingly, the oil that helps you relax has also demonstrated effectiveness in treating anxiety and depression.27

Many tension headaches are triggered by high levels of stress and anxiety, so it follows that you may prevent these by reducing your stress levels. Chamomile also has anti-inflammatory properties and can be used as a topical relief for your headaches.28

Peppermint

This is one of the more popular essential oils as it has a number of health benefits. Applying and massaging it to your temples and forehead helps to reduce tension headaches. 29 The active ingredient, menthol, may relieve migraine headaches when applied to your temples as a gel.30

But the benefits don’t stop with headaches. The oil helps eliminate bad breath and kill the germs on your teeth and gums that cause tooth decay, can reduce nail fungal infections, reduce stress, and may help clear your respiratory tract if you suffer from an upper respiratory infection.31

Eucalyptus

This oil has traditionally been used to clear your nose and sinuses. If you suffer from headaches as the result of a cold or flu, lightly massaging this oil on your chest may help clear those areas and reduce your headache.

Jasmine

Jasmine has a light scent used by aromatherapists to help balance hormones, for pain relief and to improve mood. Women suffering headaches as the result of fluctuating hormones may find jasmine oil helps to reduce the number and intensity of the headaches they experience.

How to Use Essential Oils

Essential oils may be used a number of different ways. It is important to understand the side effects of the oils you choose before trying them. Some may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight, increasing your risk of burning, or you may experience an allergic reaction. Others should not be used when you are pregnant, so it’s important to be familiar with the oil before using it. Once you are familiar with the oil you choose, you may try:

  • Inhaling the scent using a room diffuser, or by placing a few drops on a cotton ball close by
  • Direct inhalation using an individual inhaler and placing a drop or two in hot water
  • Added to bathwater or a hot compress
  • Aromatherapy massage where the oil is added to a carrier oil for better absorption into the skin
  • Applying the oil directly on your skin with lotion or dressings, being careful to watch for skin reactions

Avoiding Headache Triggers and Other Treatment Options to Consider


Avoiding the things that trigger your headaches may help reduce the number and intensity of the headaches you may experience. In this short news segment, you’ll discover some of the more common triggers.

Keeping a log of what you eat, drink or experience prior to your headaches will help you identify your triggers. Some factors you may be able to avoid, while others (such as the weather) may just give you a clue to when you may consider starting essential oil treatment. Other common triggers listed below may be addressed through supplementation or by changing lifestyle habits.

Weather

You can’t do too much about the weather, short of moving to a different climate. If your headaches are triggered by warm weather or declining barometric pressure, watch the forecast and consider a preemptive strike using frankincense or lavender oils.

Food

This is a common trigger you have control over. Common food triggers include fermented foods, such as alcohols and aged cheeses; foods with nitrites, such as bacon and other processed meats; foods sweetened with the artificial sweetener aspartame, such as diet soda and other diet drinks; and chocolate.

Hormone fluctuations

Women may experience a greater number of migraine headaches right before her period begins, when estrogen levels drop. Women going through menopause may also experience a greater number of migraines.

Although the headaches are painful, your hormonal changes protect your skeletal structure and are a protection against cardiovascular disease. For these and other reasons, it is advisable you never take hormone medications with the purpose of skipping your period. Jasmine oil may help reduce the intensity of these headaches.

Exercise

Headaches that result from exercise are called exertion headaches and occur most frequently in people who exercise infrequently. When you exercise consistently your potential for experiencing an exertional headache is significantly reduced.

Brain freeze

These short-term headaches happen when something cold hits the roof of your mouth. The headache is sudden, sharp and intense. Stop eating the cold food and put something warm in your mouth to counteract the effect.

Sleep deprivation

Lack of quality sleep affects your ability to withstand stress in your life, therefore increasing your risk of tension headaches. Getting less than six hours of quality sleep may increase your potential risk for a greater number of headaches.

To develop good sleep habits consider following the suggestions in my previous article, “Want a Good Night’s Sleep? Then Never Do These Things Before Bed.” Both chamomile and lavender oils may help you to relax and fall to sleep more easily.

Vitamin deficiency

There is strong scientific evidence that some vitamin deficiencies increase your risk for migraine headaches, including magnesium, CoQ10, riboflavin and vitamin D. Researchers found participants with low vitamin D levels experienced an increased risk of frequency of headaches.32

Magnesium deficiency may play a role in insulin resistance, diabetes, cardiovascular health and trigger an increased number of migraine headaches. Researchers have linked deficiencies in CoQ10, riboflavin and folate with an increased risk of migraines.33

While essential oils may help reduce the immediate pain, it is important to address the underlying reason for your headaches if they are the result of a vitamin deficiency.

Blue light

If you suffer from migraines, you likely know your pain is worse when you are exposed to light. However, researchers have found that exposure to blue light, one wavelength within the full spectrum of light, would increase pain and activate the trigeminal nerve associated with the pain of migraines.34

Another study found that exposure to green light during a migraine would reduce sensitivity to light and the perception of pain.35 There are glasses that block blue light that may reduce your pain. For green light exposure, you could use Spectro-Chrome glasses or colored filters.

Stress

Emotional stress and distress may cause an imbalance in your physical and emotional health, triggering a higher number of tension headaches.

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is a simple, easy and effective method of reducing your stress levels and preventing headaches. Greek researchers have demonstrated dramatic results, finding people who learned how to do EFT on their own could reduce the frequency of headaches by 62 percent and the intensity by 60 percent.36

Over 3 Million Acres Damaged by ‘Chemical Arson’ as Plants Wither and Die From Chemical Burns

By Dr. Mercola

The lawsuits against chemical technology giant Monsanto are multiplying fast these days. Not only is there a class-action lawsuit1 claiming the company’s best-selling herbicide Roundup caused Non-Hodgkin lymphoma in hundreds of plaintiffs2,3 — the outcome of which might influence Bayer’s decision to acquire Monsanto or back out of the deal — farmers are also ganging together to sue Monsanto over crop damage caused by its latest dicamba-containing herbicide.

As feared by many critics, any crop that is not genetically engineered (GE) to be resistant to dicamba is severely damaged by even small amounts of the herbicide — be it food crops, gardens or trees; even other GE crops resistant to herbicides other than dicamba will shrivel and die in its presence. Monsanto promised the XtendiMax with VaporGrip formula is engineered to be less volatile and prone to drift, but real-life effects suggest otherwise.

Dicamba Is an Indiscriminate Plant Killer

In July, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture reported investigating two dozen complaints involving dicamba damage caused by drift.4 As of late September, 368 complaints had been filed in Illinois,5 and Iowa had received 258 reports — a “record number” — by early September.6

Farmers in Arkansas are reporting the same problem. In October 2016, a soybean farmer named Mike Wallace was shot to death in a dispute over dicamba damage caused by drift from a neighboring farm growing dicamba-resistant soy. The damage is so extensive, a number of states, including Arkansas, Missouri and Mississippi, imposed temporary bans on the use of dicamba-containing pesticides this past summer.7 As reported by Star Tribune:8

“Losses blamed on accidental chemical damage could climb into the tens of millions of dollars, if not higher, and may have a ripple effect on other products that rely on soybeans, including chicken. The number of complaints ‘far exceeds anything we’ve ever seen,’ Arkansas Plant Board Director Terry Walker recently told lawmakers.”

More Than 3 Million Acres Damaged by Next-Gen Herbicide

According to The New York Times, 25 million acres of dicamba-resistant soybeans and cotton were planted this year, and Monsanto has its sights set on expanding that to 40 million acres in 2018. Hailed as “the answer” to growing glyphosate resistance9 (thanks to its excessive use on Roundup Ready, i.e., glyphosate-resistant crops), dicamba-resistant plants have quickly turned into a nightmare for those who plant them, and their neighbors:10

“’I’m a fan of Monsanto. I’ve bought a lot of their products,’ said Brad Williams, a Missouri farmer. ‘I can’t wrap my mind around the fact that there would be some kind of evil nefarious plot to put a defective product out there intentionally.’

Yet he has been dismayed both by damage to his soybean crops, which were within a wide area of farmland harmed by dicamba, and by the impact even to trees on his property. Leaves, he said, were ‘so deformed you couldn’t even really identify the differences between them.’”

So far, more than 3 million acres have been damaged by dicamba.11 Speaking with Ohio Valley Resource,12 Kentucky soybean farmer Jacob Goodman compares dicamba drift to “chemical arson” — a reference to the fact that affected plants will curl and shrivel from the chemical burns. He also notes that drift from neighboring farms growing dicamba-resistant crops is making it exceptionally difficult for non-dicamba farms to plan their production.

“Not only can we not tell the amount of crop that we can get at the end of the year, but we can’t price the market ahead in advance and make contracts because we don’t want to over-book and not be able to deliver this fall, because we have to pay the difference.”

Arkansas farmer Kenneth Qualls told The New York Times, “’It’s really divided the farming community … Some of these people who got victimized by this product are probably going to go out of business because of it. They’ll have to put up their equipment for auction, and the people bidding on it will be the ones who put them out of business.”

Dicamba Makers May Face Largest Chemical Liability Lawsuit Ever

On September 10, 2017, Morgan & Morgan filed a class-action lawsuit13 against Monsanto, BASF and DuPont, the three largest manufacturers of dicamba-based herbicide formulations in the U.S.

The complaint alleges dicamba “is highly volatile and can travel considerable distances and cause injuries to plants several miles away,” and that dicamba makers “deceptively marketed their latest dicamba formulations as ‘low-volatility’ herbicides that would not be as prone to off-target movement.” In a statement, Morgan & Morgan attorney Rene Rocha said:

“This has been a major issue for American agriculture. Farmers across the country relied upon the defendants’ assurances that these new formulations of dicamba could be used safely and without harm to others. That simply isn’t true, and as a result thousands of farmers are staring down lean harvests and uncertain futures.”

The fact that dicamba is extremely potent and volatile (referring to its ability to turn into a gas) does not come as a surprise. The chemical has not been permitted to be used during growing season for this very reason. Older dicamba herbicides were only allowed to be used to kill weeds prior to planting — it could not be used on growing crops because it will kill everything.

Chemical Maker Forbid Independent Volatility Testing

Monsanto’s weed killer, XtendiMax with VaporGrip Technology14,15 — which goes along with its Roundup Ready Xtend cotton and soybeans — is made with “chemical technology” said to make the dicamba less prone to vaporization and drift. However, the real-world effects clearly indicate there are serious flaws.

What’s more, Monsanto appears to have willfully prevented key testing of the herbicide. Normally, when a new pesticide is developed, the company will commission tests that are then shared with regulators. Samples of the chemical are also shared with universities for analysis and testing. Together, regulators and researchers then assess the product’s safety and effectiveness.

In this case, Monsanto actually forbid university researchers to test XtendiMax with VaporGrip for its vaporization and drift potential (volatility testing),16,17 despite that being a crucial feature of the new herbicide. Monsanto has defended its decision to prevent testing calling it “unnecessary” because the company believes it to be “less volatile than a previous dicamba formula that researchers found could be used safely.”18

However, summary notes from an Arkansas legislature’s joint budget committee meeting suggest there might have been a different incentive to prevent testing. Notes from the meeting state that Monsanto employee Boyd Carey “is on record on August 8 stating that the University of Arkansas nor any other university was given the opportunity to test VaporGrip in fear that the results may jeopardize the federal label.”

Dicamba Formulation Is Nearly Impossible to Apply Safely

According to Monsanto’s chief technology officer Robert Fraley, XtendiMax with VaporGrip “will not move off target and damage anyone” as long as it’s applied according to label instructions. Mind you, those instructions are nine pages long, and include strict limitations on when and how you can apply it. For example, proper application requires the farmer to spray while wind speeds are between 3 and 10 miles per hour.

The reason for the bottom wind speed is that when air is very still, it can signal a temperature inversion,19 which acts much like a lid. Pollutants are easily trapped below the inversion, where they can build up. But since wind speeds vary from one hour to the next on any given day, proper application becomes nearly impossible. Some university scientists have also noted that even if you manage to comply with these stringent application rules, the volatility of dicamba may still be an issue.

According to Aaron Hager, associate professor of crop sciences at the University of Illinois,20 soy is so sensitive to dicamba, all you need to destroy 1 acre of soybeans is an amount equal to the spray when you open a can of Coke! In light of that, it’s hard to see how farmers growing dicamba-resistant crops could possibly avoid damaging other farms, not to mention other plant life and nearby trees.

Indeed, according to extension weed specialist Larry Steckel, many farmers complain they “can’t keep dicamba in the field” no matter how hard they try to follow the application rules.21 He also notes that temperature inversions “occur most days in Tennessee during June and July,” which makes it next to impossible to avoid off-target damage.

According to Ohio Valley Resource, there also appears to be a correlation between dicamba damage and areas located by rivers and in floodplains. Ohio farmer Jacob Goodman suspects “It’s something about the chemistry and the temperature inversions that happen in river bottoms that is causing this chemical to freely roam.”

Dicamba Maker Blames Farmer Ineptitude

Not surprisingly, Monsanto blames damage resulting from XtendiMax on farmer misapplication. Monsanto’s vice president for global strategy told The New York Times,22 “New technologies take some time to learn. Thus far, what we’ve seen in the field, the vast majority, more than three-quarters of them, has been due to not following the label.”

The question is, can the instructions actually be followed in real life? According to Bob Hartzler, an agronomy professor and weed specialist at Iowa State University, “The restriction on these labels is unlike anything that’s ever been seen before.”23 The class-action lawsuit filed by Morgan & Morgan claims the label instructions are “unrealistic,” and that the restrictions on wind speed disallow timely application of the weed killer.

As noted by a Missouri farmer, “You have to be a meteorologist to get it exactly right.”24 While some farmers admit to having difficulty following the label instructions, due to their complexity,25 other farmers rebuke Monsanto’s attempts to shift blame. As Arkansas farmer Qualls said, “We may be rural hicks, but we’re not stupid. We know how to apply chemicals. They are going to blame it on the farmer to reduce their liability.”

What’s more, because dicamba-resistant GE crops allow the chemical to be applied much later in the growing season, when temperatures and humidity levels are higher, it’s far more susceptible to volatility, meaning it turns into a gas. As a gas, it can no longer be controlled and spreads wherever the wind blows.

While Monsanto claims XtendiMax is 90 percent less volatile than old versions,26 without rigorous volatility testing, one has to question the accuracy of such claims. As noted by The New York Times, “While Monsanto and BASF modified the new versions of the herbicide they are selling, they have not entirely solved the problem. So much dicamba is being used that even a small percentage of drift can cause widespread damage.”

Bizarre Conflict of Interest Claims Emerge

A task force is now recommending the Arkansas State Plant Board ban use of all dicamba formulations on crops after April 15 in the 2018 growing season. Monsanto challenged the ban in September, claiming the decision was “tainted by the involvement” of University of Arkansas weed scientists Ford Baldwin and Jason Norsworthy.

According to Monsanto, the scientists’ ties to Bayer and its competing weed technology makes them less than objective in their critique of dicamba.27 The irony of the accusation has not gone unnoticed. As noted by The New York Times,28 “Considering that Bayer is acquiring Monsanto, it was an awkward step,” adding that “Bayer called the men ‘pre-eminent weed scientists.’” It remains to be seen if Monsanto’s accusations will backfire, rendering their position even more tenuous.

September 9, Mark Cochran, vice president of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, issued a statement defending the university’s scientists.29 According to Cochran, Monsanto’s petition to the Arkansas Plant Board is “an attack on the whole profession, scientists whose careful work is meant to be of benefit to everyone.” As a result of the allegations, Cochran vowed “to publish all data relevant to our dicamba work over the last few years.”

Farmers Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place

The problem many farmers now face is whether to hop on the bandwagon and start growing dicamba-resistant crops just to avoid having their harvest destroyed by other growers — thus rewarding Monsanto for its ill-conceived product and poor conduct. According to previous estimates, the approval of dicamba-resistant cotton and soy is expected to increase dicamba sales from less than 1 million pounds to more than 25 million pounds annually.30

If growers start switching to dicamba-resistant seed just to protect themselves from drift damage, that number might go even higher. As noted by Missouri farmer Michael Kemp,31 “If you don’t buy Xtend [seeds], you’re going to be hurt. You’re going to have to buy their product because their chemical is drifting around.”

This, truly, would be a worst-case scenario, possibly endangering our environment as a whole. It would also pose extreme financial risks to farmers. If dicamba-resistant soybeans start monopolizing the market, makers will be able to charge whatever price they see fit for the seeds and chemicals.

Naturally, such a monopoly would also pose serious health risks to consumers, whose food choices would become more limited. Dicamba has been linked to a number of health risks, including Non-Hodgkin lymphoma,32 developmental and reproductive problems.

How to Reduce Your Exposure to Toxic Pesticides

There’s no doubt the dicamba problem needs to be addressed, and fast. Farmers will not be able to survive several seasons’ worth of crop destruction. I also worry about its impact on our environment at large. What if it starts to destroy forests and protected lands? There’s also no doubt in my mind that dicamba-resistant GE crops might cause serious health problems when consumed, and since the U.S. does not label GE foods, this really raises the stakes for those who are unaware of these issues.

What we need is more regenerative agriculture, and the most effective way for you to support that is by buying locally grown organic or biodynamic foods. If you live in the U.S., the following organizations can help you locate farm-fresh foods:

American Grassfed Association

The goal of the American Grassfed Association is to promote the grass fed industry through government relations, research, concept marketing and public education.

Their website also allows you to search for AGA approved producers certified according to strict standards that include being raised on a diet of 100 percent forage; raised on pasture and never confined to a feedlot; never treated with antibiotics or hormones; born and raised on American family farms.

EatWild.com

EatWild.com provides lists of farmers known to produce raw dairy products as well as grass fed beef and other farm-fresh produce (although not all are certified organic). Here you can also find information about local farmers markets, as well as local stores and restaurants that sell grass fed products.

Weston A. Price Foundation

Weston A. Price has local chapters in most states, and many of them are connected with buying clubs in which you can easily purchase organic foods, including grass fed raw dairy products like milk and butter.

Grassfed Exchange

The Grassfed Exchange has a listing of producers selling organic and grass fed meats across the U.S.

Local Harvest

This website will help you find farmers markets, family farms and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area where you can buy produce, grass fed meats and many other goodies.

Farmers Markets

A national listing of farmers markets.

Eat Well Guide: Wholesome Food from Healthy Animals

The Eat Well Guide is a free online directory of sustainably raised meat, poultry, dairy and eggs from farms, stores, restaurants, inns, hotels and online outlets in the United States and Canada.

Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA)

CISA is dedicated to sustaining agriculture and promoting the products of small farms.

FoodRoutes

The FoodRoutes “Find Good Food” map can help you connect with local farmers to find the freshest, tastiest food possible. On their interactive map, you can find a listing for local farmers, CSAs and markets near you.

The Cornucopia Institute

The Cornucopia Institute maintains web-based tools rating all certified organic brands of eggs, dairy products and other commodities, based on their ethical sourcing and authentic farming practices separating CAFO “organic” production from authentic organic practices.

RealMilk.com

If you’re still unsure of where to find raw milk, check out Raw-Milk-Facts.com and RealMilk.com. They can tell you what the status is for legality in your state, and provide a listing of raw dairy farms in your area. The Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund33 also provides a state-by-state review of raw milk laws.34 California residents can also find raw milk retailers using the store locator available at www.OrganicPastures.com.

Most Sea Salt Contains Plastic Fragments

By Dr. Mercola

A staggering amount of plastic is entering the environment as the result of tons of disposable plastic bottles, bags and microfibers from your clothing. Although you likely do not experience the direct effect of garbage from your day to day life, it is quite literally choking our ecosystem. The amount of plastic that enters the environment grows each year as manufacturers continue to produce products in disposable containers and consumers continue to demand a disposable lifestyle.

It is estimated that unless practices change, the amount of plastic entering the ocean by 2025 could be as high as 26 million metric tons per year.1 According to environmental advocacy group Ocean Conservancy, some plastics resist degradation so long they may be in a recognizable shape for up to 400 years.

Heavily polluted areas of the ocean are referred to as garbage patches, and now cover nearly 40 percent of the world’s ocean surfaces.2 But the problems are not limited to larger pieces of debris that resist breakdown. Some plastics break down easily in the sea current into microparticles less than 5 millimeters (0.19 inch) long. These pieces can migrate farther and faster, now being found as far as the Arctic Ocean.

In each of the larger ocean bodies are gyres, systems of circular currents formed by global wind patterns, circulating water around the globe.3 Recent research has now demonstrated some plastics, microfibers and plastic beads from facial scrubs have broken down into microparticles. These microparticles are being transported around the globe in waters being harvested for salt.

Ocean Plastic Pollutes Sea Salt

An initial study published in Environmental Science and Technology found salt sold and consumed in China contained microsized particles of plastics from disposable bottles, as well as polyethylene, cellophane and a number of other types of plastics. The highest levels of plastics were found in salt harvested from seawater.4 In other words, as you purchase sea salt to be healthy, you may be polluting your body with plastic.

In this study, more than 250 particles of plastics were found in 1 pound of sea salt. Sherri Mason, Ph.D., professor of chemistry in the Department of Geology and Environmental Sciences at State University New York Fredonia, commented on the results of this research before leading the most recent study evaluating the amount of plastic consumed in salt from around the world. Following the study from China, she said:5

“Plastics have become such a ubiquitous contaminant, I doubt it matters whether you look for plastic in sea salt on Chinese or American supermarket shelves. I’d like to see some ‘me-too’ studies.”

Two years later she had published just such a study demonstrating Americans could be ingesting up to 660 microparticles of plastic each year if they consume no more than the recommended 2.3 grams of salt per day.6 However, nearly 90 percent of Americans eat more salt, which means they likely consume more plastic particles than estimated as well.

In collaboration with researchers from the University of Minnesota, Mason examined the number of plastics found in beer, tap water and salt. The study evaluated 12 different types of salt, 10 of them sea salt, from grocery stores around the world. Mason believes that sea salt is more vulnerable to plastic contamination since it’s made by harvesting saltwater and allowing the water to evaporate, leaving the salt behind. Mason commented:7

“It’s not that sea salt in China is worse than sea salt in America, it’s that all sea salt — because it’s coming from the same origins — is going to have a consistent problem. I think that’s what we’re seeing. I hope what comes from this is not that [consumers] just switch brands and try to find something that’s table salt or mined salt.

People want to disconnect and say, ‘It’s OK if I go to Starbucks every day and get that disposable coffee cup’ … We have to focus on the flow of plastic and the pervasiveness of plastics in our society and find other materials to be using instead.”

UN Declares War on Ocean Plastic

Researchers believe the majority of plastic pollution originates from single-use plastics and microfibers. Currently, nearly 13 tons of plastic enter the oceans each year. This is equivalent to dumping a garbage truck full of plastic into the ocean every minute.8 If change doesn’t occur, this may mean up to two garbage trucks full of plastic being dumped into the ocean every minute.

In response to the rising problem, the United Nations (U.N.) Environment announced a major global effort to end marine pollution tagged #CleanSeas.9 The campaign is urging governments around the world to pass plastic reduction policies, mandate redesign of products and call on consumers to change their habits — all before further irreversible damage is done to the seas.

Ten countries have already joined the campaign, including Indonesia, Costa Rica and Uruguay. The problems with plastic pollution are a combination of the physical plastic that is damaging the ecosystem and animal life, and the toxins that adhere to the plastics, making their way into animal bodies, destroying the health of the wildlife and the people who eat their meat.

England, Scotland and Germany are just three countries that have begun developing and instituting recycling programs to reduce plastic pollution emanating from their country.10 Erik Solheim, head of U.N. Environment, commented on the damage done to the environment from plastics:11

“It is past time that we tackle the plastic problem that blights our oceans. Plastic pollution is surfing onto Indonesian beaches, settling onto the ocean floor at the North Pole, and rising through the food chain onto our dinner tables. We’ve stood by too long as the problem has gotten worse. It must stop.”

Countries are slowly taking notice of the devastation to marine life and their beaches from the irresponsible disposal of plastic products. After a campaign launched by Daily Mail, Britain announced a ban on the use of plastic microbeads commonly used in facial scrubs.12

Plastic Particles Enter Multiple Nutrition Sources


Studies have demonstrated that plastics are so ingrained in the ocean food chain they have contaminated the bodies of living creatures from zooplankton to lobster, crab and fish13 — all creatures eaten by other animals further up the food chain. While the smaller microparticles of plastic threaten the lives of sea creatures and those that eat them, so does the larger pieces of plastic in the ocean, as demonstrated in this short news video.

The assumption is that consumption of plastics, and the toxins that are absorbed by the plastics in the environment, is dangerous to your health. However, while I strongly believe this to be the case, media consistently points out that scientists are unable to prove the theory with a controlled study as nearly everyone on the planet has been exposed to plants, animals and water contaminated with microplastic particles.14

By themselves, plastic particles are dangerous when ingested. However, marine animals face a double danger, as those plastic particles attract and absorb chemical toxins. In a unique study from the University of California Davis,15 researchers evaluated the rates five of the more commonly used plastics absorbed chemicals from the ocean water.

By placing pellets of each different type of plastic in mesh bags tied off docks at the study sites, researchers were able to measure the amount of persistent organic pollutants the plastics absorbed.

They found the highest contamination was absorbed by the two types of plastic used in the greatest number of products. Led by doctoral student Chelsea Rochman, the researchers expected the plastic pellets to absorb increasing amounts of contaminants for several months until they reached saturation. However, they found that it took between 20 and 44 months for the plastic pellets to stop absorbing toxins. Rochman commented:16

“It surprised us that even after a year, some plastics would continue to take up contaminants. As the plastic continues to degrade, it’s potentially getting more and more hazardous to organisms as they absorb more and more contaminants.”

Plastic Microparticles Linked to Liver Toxicity

Another study demonstrated the accumulation of chemical pollutants absorbed into plastic microparticles increase liver toxicity and pathology in the marine animals that eat them.17

When fish were fed similar plastic particles that had not absorbed additional chemical toxins, they also showed signs of stress but significantly less severe than those fed chemically laden fragments. Bioaccumulation of plastics and toxins is common in marine animals as both the plastics and the contaminants are resistant to metabolic or mechanical breakdown.

In another study evaluating the presence of microfibers in tap water,18 researchers found 83 percent of the samples collected from a dozen different nations were contaminated with plastic fibers. The U.S. had the highest contamination rate; plastic fibers were found in 94 percent of the sites sampled, including Congress buildings, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters and Trump Tower in New York.

What’s Your Best Salt Option?

If you believe eating high amounts of salt would increase your thirst or your blood pressure, you are likely wrong. Studies have consistently failed to support these assertions.19,20 Instead, your body needs both the sodium and chloride ions that make up salt and is unable to produce either, so you must get it from your food.

However, not all salt is created equally. Refined table salt is nearly all sodium chloride with some additional man-made chemicals. Unprocessed salt, such as my particular favorite, pink Himalayan salt, has a different balance of sodium and chloride with added natural minerals your body also requires, such as phosphorus and vanadium.21 These other minerals are what color the salt pink.

Himalayan salt is mined from salt beds created long before plastic and other toxic chemicals were manufactured. When the ocean beds were lifted, as the Himalayan mountains were formed, these salt beds rose from the sea and were later protected by lava and covered in snow and ice for thousands of years. Compared to the salt mined from oceans laden with persistent organic pollutants and microparticles of plastic, Himalayan salt is by far your best option when you want to reduce your toxic load.

Reduce Your Toxic Load Making Simple Everyday Choices

You have an impact on your environment and your health with each choice you make each day. By making the commitment to reduce or eliminate your use of plastic containers and disposable products packaged in plastic, you make an impact on your health, reducing your exposure to bisphenol-A and other chemicals that leach into your food and water, and on your environment.

Glass is a healthy, reusable and recyclable option to use at home. If you are purchasing a product that isn’t whole food, seek out those packaged in glass and not plastic and commit to recycling that glass. You can discover more steps you may take at home to reduce your toxic load in my previous article, “7 Ways to Cancer-Proof Your Home.”

Cosmic Disclosure: Zuni Disclosure with Clifford Mahooty

David Wilcock: All right, welcome to “Cosmic Disclosure”. I’m your host, David Wilcock, and we have a special extravaganza for you: indigenous wisdom from none other than Clifford Mahooty.

And here also with me to join in this exciting discussion is Corey Goode. Corey, welcome to the show.

Corey Goode: Thank you.

David: Clifford, welcome to the show.

Clifford Mahooty: Thank you.

David: So Clifford, tell us a little bit about what tribe you represent, and why you’ve decided to come forward on the show today.

Clifford: I’m from the Zuni Pueblo Indian tribe from New Mexico.

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And the reason I decided to come and talk with you folks today is because I think that we have a lot of information that has been kept within our Indian communities for a long time.

And with things that are happening in the world, I believe that there’s a lot of connections with what we have known for centuries, or at least my ancestors.

So I believe that it is time to talk about these things and to let the other people know about what we have had for many, many years.

David: So Corey, could you tell us briefly why you wanted to bring Clifford onto the show? What were some of the things about what he said that excite you the most?

Corey: It’s definitely time for a Zuni disclosure.

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There are a lot of correlations, a lot of things that I saw in the programs, that did mention the American Indians.

David: Mm.

Corey: So recently he was at a conference and the information that he was giving was very important, and it seemed to tie in with ancient aliens, secret space programs, and how the government is working with the Native Americans to keep certain things still secret.

David: So Clifford, how does this language get passed down from one generation to the next?

Clifford: Zuni has an oral history. And since the day you’re born, you’re taught the language by not only your parents, but also the extended family system.

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And so the language . . . That’s the first thing that you learn is the Zuni language. And later on, you pick up the other language, in this case would be English.

And so all Indian families, if Zuni, that’s what they teach first.

David: Does every Zuni get the kind of lineage teachings that you are carrying with us today, or is this something that you have to get sort of a special insight to learn?

Clifford: A lot of information is not passed on any more.

David: Hm.

Clifford: When I did some videos and we sent that to some of the people, the young generation in there, they always have that saying of, “Oh, that’s what that’s all about.”

And I explain to them what the history is all about and where this type of application is generated so they have this thing that, “Oh, yeah, well, that’s what we have been taught, but we didn’t know where it came from.”

Corey: And as you got older, they asked you to actually record the history, did they not?

Clifford: The oral teachings teach you how to know about the history. There’s many ways of approach to this.

First of all, it’s the stories, the mythology, the teachings of mythology, sort of like Aesop’s Fables. What’s the meaning of the story?

Your mind starts looking at things in a picturesque way. And then you learn how to relate a lot of different ideas into your head, without even looking at pictures, just by word.

And as you get older, then they start introducing other historical events and also things that are sacred.

David: What would the average Zuni who’s been brought up on this feel about extraterrestrials and things like this?

Clifford: Well, there’s two things actually. One of them is that if you see orbs, or if you see things that represent like a fire in the sky, they take that as bad omens.

David: Oh!

Clifford: But if you take, for example, like an orb or a flying saucer-type things in the sky, then they say, “Well, those are the Keepers or the Guardians.”

David: Really?

Clifford: They’d always been part of our history. You look back at, for example, in the petroglyphs, any petroglyphs that you find anywhere in the United States, is that you’ll always find a reference to a flying saucer and also other activities that were related to the sky. So we knew about flying saucers.

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We didn’t call them “flying saucers”. But it’s part of the system that you don’t learn until, again, you go through the step process.

Some were . . . When you become older, then you’re taught about different things, like for example, the Kachina people.

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A Kachina is a representative of what used to be ETs when they first came to our people when we were still in the developmental phase and they were still in the teaching stage of teaching the American Indian indigenous tribes of how to take care of themselves and the Earth and other living things and also the connection.

Corey: Yeah, farming, all the different civilization . . .

Clifford: Technology.

Corey: Technology.

Clifford: Includes agriculture, farming, how to build things, and how to relate to other different god systems.

So those are our transitions that were made throughout history, simply for the reason that . . . One of the reasons was abductions by the early ETs way back in times past.

So they went into what they called a Kachina society. So we take the place of those people.

But the thing about it is that they say that you become those people in spirit and in the ways that when you become a Kachina person, you become that individual. And they’re always there with you, even though you can’t see them.

David: So Clifford, in videos where you’ve come forward before, you explain that some very important things started to happen to you when you were 22 years old.

Clifford: Uh-huh.

David: Would you tell us a little about that?

Clifford: We started a program called “The Information From The Elders”. And that’s where this information started gathering in one source.

At that time, we were running a program to get all the elders of the village to give us their stories of what they knew, what is the mythology, what is their own life experiences, and basic history of what their grandfathers and their grandfathers’ grandfathers taught them.

So we started accumulating this information. And one of the things that was very interesting was that there was a lot of stories about the Sky People, about the flying saucers at that time.

And this was probably in the mid-’60s was the heavy activities of flying saucer interventions that were occurring throughout the whole nation, but it was not really known outside. But we have had known that for centuries, thousands of years, as a matter of fact.

Corey: These were audio recordings that they were doing of the various elders?

Clifford: Yes. We had tape recorders. And I think one of the most interesting one was that one of the grandfathers talked about way back in the ’50s they had a big drought in Zuni, so he had to take his herd of sheep to this dam.

And when you got there on the dam, there was a flying saucer sitting there on the dam.

He said that he went over there and met those little people about three or four feet high, three of them. And they talked to them.

And the interviewer asked him, he said, “What language did they talk to you in?”

And then without thinking, he just said, “Well, they talked to me in Zuni.”

So that was very interesting that they can talk in any language.

David: Clifford, I’ve done a lot of research into this idea of ley lines in the global grid.

Clifford: Uh-huh.

David: There are definitely reports of Bermuda Triangle type phenomena, things appearing and disappearing in what most people call portals.

Clifford: Uh-huh.

David: I’m wondering if you have ever had any of those kind of things happen in the Zuni land?

Clifford: There has been stories about it, but we do have what we call “sacred sites”. They were created or put in place by what we call the Ra people, or in this case the Star People, and other . . .

But there are certain places that only certain people that are of that order can only participate in the activities related to those portals, those extra-dimensional doorways, if you want to call them that.

Corey: And lots of military activity around them as well.

Clifford: Oh, absolutely. Really recent . . . Within the last, I would say, within the last 20 years years that I’m familiar with, that there have been . . . the Zuni has become a place where there’s a lot of military activity coming down.

And then if you see an orb or an anomaly, within 15 minutes there will be a helicopter there.

And I say, “Where do they come from?”, because the nearest Air Force base is 150 miles – Albuquerque, New Mexico.

David: Hm.

Corey: I was telling you last night, when we were driving through the Grand Canyon, we saw Chinooks flying into the heart of the Grand Canyon.

What is the U.S. Army doing in the heart of the Grand Canyon?

Clifford: Uh-huh. We have also evidence in Zuni of a lot of things that have been restricted against a lot of the people not to go certain places.

And I think I also mentioned places like Archuleta Mesa, . . .

Corey: Uh-huh.

Clifford: . . . where a lot of . . . Even those people that are there, in this case the Jicarilla Apache Indians, they’re not even allowed to even go to those places.

Corey: Well, didn’t the government come in and give casinos and that kind of a thing as a trade in order to get access to a portal to build some sort of Department of Energy . . .

Clifford: I believe that there were some type of agreements there, because the Indians really don’t talk for themselves, because they’re run by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, which is a government agency under [The Department of the] Interior.

So those are the ones that negotiate the casinos and any activity on the land, including the resources.

So in this case, if they wanted to put in a military or some type of activity on the reservation, they have to go through that, because no Indian owns any land.

David: Well, what do you know about the Archuleta Mesa? What’s going on up there?

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Clifford: Well, there are so many stories that have been . . . Remember that one where they broke in and there was tunnels in there, and there was also some alien base that was in there.

There’s a lot of alien bases that I have heard about by very reputable people, but they have been there for a long time.

But I believe in that case, according to the information that’s out there in the public is that they broke into that some time back when they were doing all those different tunnels that were going to different bases, whether it’s from Los Alamos, Area 51, places like that.

David: Have you ever heard about unusual creatures running around the Archuleta Mesa, like as if some experiments got loose?

Clifford: I’ve heard so many of them. First of all, the main guy used to be Bigfoot, which was pretty common among all the Indian tribes.

But lately, within the last 10 years, I would say, I have become aware of some of the different creatures. And I’m looking at it from two standpoints.

First of all is that there is a high activity of what they call the “Skinwalker activities”. And those are the ones that . . . The dark force people are the ones that can convert into any animal they want, whether it’s a wolf or whether it’s a coyote or whatever.

And then the other group is the one that there’s been some sort of like dinosaur-type-looking animals that have been appearing in a lot of canyons, especially around the wilderness area, like the Archuleta Mesa.

David: Huh!

Clifford: And the third group is probably something that I have heard about in many experiences that have gone mad, or at least I think that either they escaped or they permitted them to go out there.

They seem to terrorize a lot of different people out through especially places like, for example, where the Los . . . I mean, the Sandia base. There’s also a lab there that a lot of Indians know that used to work there that talk about some of the experiments that were down there.

Of course, they were like people that took care of the janitorial services-type people, but they were not allowed to go into the high-secret areas. But they heard about them.

So there’s a lot of stories that are out there.

Corey: You mentioned a dinosaur-type creature.

Clifford: Yes.

Corey: Any more descriptions on them, like do they have like little feathery things or anything like that?

Clifford: Well, most of the ones, they were about maybe about four or five feet high, but they were like two-legged. They would jump around. They had tails.

But these are people that did not want to be . . . you know, have their names said who they were, because they were afraid. It’s just like anything else.

Corey: Yeah.

Clifford: It’s just like back in the old days when we talked about UFOs, you’d be ridiculed.

Corey: I was just thinking, your secret kind of societies within the Native American orders that have contact with these off-world beings, it’s very similar to what’s going on in the rest of the West with people or organizations that are secret societies having connections with off-world groups and then disseminating information to the people, but it being just very few people that have that access.

Clifford: A lot of those people that belong to those groups, it’s within their . . . I believe that it’s in their family. It’s within their DNA. And they were created . . . When the Earth people were first created, they were created along with the rest of the other people.

And in the Zuni teachings, they were only supposed to be the balancer of life. In other words, that their purpose was to make sure that there was no overpopulation. It was a safeguard.

However, it went out . . . They can no longer control them. And they start interconnecting with other groups throughout the planet, which probably came from different systems, star systems, because Earth, according to the Zuni history, was that this was a water planet.

And we believe that the gods were the ones that created this, but we were already here. They just upgraded the humans.

We did not come . . . According to the Zuni, we did not come from any other planet. We were already here, but they upgraded us with their technology and their methodologies to bring us up to speed on a lot of . . . especially in the intelligence, the spirituality.

David: That sounds very familiar.

Corey: Yeah. And also, were there not tie-ins between the Zuni or the Hopi and the Mayans?

Clifford: The Mayans and the Hopi and the Zunis are of one stock. And one of my lectures has been on when Lemuria sunk. And that’s where they migrated over here. And they had to separate them because there are so many of them.

Corey: So the Chaco Canyon were associated as well?

Clifford: Yes.

Corey: Because they disappeared about the same time the Mayans did, correct?

Clifford: There’s a lot of theories about those type of disappearances. Some of the diggings at Chaco, they saw that . . . they theorized that there was also cannibalism that occurred.

And the other one is that the red-haired giants came in there and also the enemies that came in to the Chaco culture and actually just took over their population and they split.

Corey: Growing up, my grandather was Cherokee. And I would hear stories about red-haired giants, and about how they once had a huge civilization that covered everywhere from the East Coast of the United States all the way down to Central America.

And that after a great cataclysm, their society or civilization fell, and they never recovered. And at the end, they were resorting to eating human beings to a point to where natives were hunting down the red-haired giants.

Clifford: Uh-huh.

Corey: And we talked about one story about how they would chase the red-haired giants into caves and then light a fire at the mouth of the cave to suffocate them.

Clifford: Well, if you go to any petroglyph, you can always see a giant there.

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But the giant, the red-haired giants, for example, they were very prevalent, especially around Utah and Colorado, because right after the Ice Age is when they start appearing, according to the legends.

And there’s even some burial sites in Nevada that a lot of friends have told me about that there are actually red-haired giants that are still in there, because they didn’t want to let the other people know, because all they’ll do is take them and that’s it. So they just left them there.

If you look at it from the Anunnaki connection, especially around the Eastern Seaboard and in the middle of America, there’s a lot of those legends that is among ALL Indian tribes.

But the red-haired giants disappeared, like you said, I think either because of the climate change or they just were . . . the Indians took care of them, because . . . even clear down to Arizona.

Corey: Even the Spaniards reported seeing them when they first came.

Clifford: Yeah. I think that . . . There’s a lot of history. And I think what they did was they went somewhere. Maybe they went underground. [Corey points down.]

Corey: Maybe they did.

Clifford: Or somewhere that they had to find a refuge.

David: So Clifford, you also have some really interesting information about the Los Alamos military base [Los Alamos National Laboratory] as regards to the Zuni. Could you tell us about that?

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Clifford: Well, what I understand about Los Alamos is that that’s one of the portals very important for all Indian Pueblo tribes.

And that is where a lot of your society’s systems were generated from, especially the medicine groups and other organizational groups that are in existence still to this day.

And they came from . . . For example, like in Zuni, they talk about the Milky Way galaxy that . . . the portal that goes out of Los Alamos and distributed the different types of societies throughout the Pueblo people.

So my theory, or at least just based on upon the teachings and the songs and the prayers, is that when they came through the portal, there’s a lot of sacred places. The nearest one would be Mesa Verde in Colorado and Chaco culture.

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Corey: You were talking about how not only the government are interested in sacred lands because of the portals, but also the Catholic Church for years has moved in to try to find sneaky ways to grab sacred lands.

Clifford: Well, the good example is the one over at Mount Graham, right next to the San Carlos Apache Reservation is by Globe, Arizona.

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And Mount Graham, I did not know at that time, when I was working as a government person, is that the San Carlos Apache medicine man – and his wife was also a medicine woman – they were protesting that that is a sacred mountain. And I didn’t know why they were protesting that.

But later on, after I left, they built – the Catholic Church – built that big telescope.

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Corey: So you think they’re using those portals somehow?

Clifford: There’s a portal there. It’s one of the biggest ones, according to that group down there.

And there was actually a portal that used to . . . and they set it right there on that sacred mountain. And when they opened it up, there’s a lot of people that – scientists and engineer types – that went over there to inspect it before they put it into use.

That’s when I learned that it was financed by the Catholic Church.

David: It appears that the science of these portals is you could have sacred land, but unless you know when the portal opens, nothing that magical is going to happen.

Clifford: Uh-huh.

David: So I’m wondering if your people were involved in the timing of when these things . . . Did they track time and did they understand when these portals would open?

Clifford: What I have learned, which I . . . not directly, but indirectly, is that these people that are versed in those activities, there’s many, many different societies. And they call them priesthoods.

The priesthoods are the only ones that can go in there. And they go through whatever procedure that they go through to go into or talk to those people that are coming through those portals, or that they’re there.

And that’s the one that that I have never got any information on, because I don’t belong to those groups.

So there’s actually people that have been in those orders that can go over there and talk to the . . . whether it be the upper world or the inner world people. And, of course, they’re all termed as gods.

So when you take a place . . . When you become those individuals, you’re trained to go over there, and you can talk to them.

And I have been told by many people that have authorities that they can actually open those places.

You know, it’s be just like big rocks in there. They do the chants, and they do the prayers and whatever, and it opens up.

Corey: So you’ve heard of seeing a rock face, and it opens up into a walkway?

Clifford: That’s what they have . . .

Corey: So that’s what they see the portals do.

Clifford: Yeah.

Corey: It’s not necessarily an energetic thing, but the actual rock opens up?

Clifford: Mm-hum.

Corey: Oh, interesting.

Clifford: Yeah. And there’s a lot of places, especially in the Grand Canyon. There’s places inside the Grand Canyon that I’m aware of by . . .

Corey: We’ve heard of hikers that have seen that, that have seen openings open and close.

Clifford: Yeah.

Corey: Yeah.

Clifford: And then they go in there. And then even one person dropped a rock to see if it will hit bottom. It never hit bottom.

David: Ha, ha.

Clifford: I mean, these guys would not . . . These are very high spiritual leaders.

David: Clifford, you’ve talked about a Zuni prophecy of how the Earth is going to go through a healing. Could you explain to us what that prophecy is, and what might we be seeing?

Clifford: Well, according to my teachings by my grandmothers, grandfathers and elders, we always have that leeway to go back and try and fix things. And it has to be done in a full effort. It’s just like any other conscious awareness.

But if we start practicing it today, there’s always forgiveness by the gods. But it has to be done totally.

It’s just like when we used to do a rain dance. Out of 100 people that are participating in a rain dance, if one of them doesn’t have their heart in it, it’s not going to rain. So it has to be a total effort. And that will be the hardest thing, to get everybody on the same page. But it can be done.

I have no doubt at all, because if you put in your . . . and we’ve done it. I have been involved with those type of activities, where it can happen.

But we have to get rid of the other influences, especially the dark energy forces people. You have to get them to convince them that we’re also doing it for your own good too, because you’re part of this whole system. So that has to be happening.

Corey: Well, it’s encouraging that you keep saying “we”instead of “they”, because that puts it back in our hands as a people . . .

Clifford: Yeah.

Corey: . . . that we are the ones that can fix this.

Clifford: Absolutely.

Corey: We don’t have to wait on someone to come and save us.

Clifford: We have always said that. And we have always talked to our enemies in a way, when we were first encountered. This is the way it’s supposed to be, but they never listened, because their agenda was different.

But there’s many winning ways to do this. And I think this next generation that’s coming on will be that group. I totally believe in that, because they’re now . . . they got rid of the old stuff and they’re looking for the new way to do this, still with the DNA in them, with all the teachings within them.

And I go through this example of when we had the Indigos, and then the Indigos followed them. And now we’re at the Crystal Childrens, and then now we’re at the Rainbow. And I think the next group will be the one that will carry forth that effort, because they’re now more advanced. And they’re not . . . they’re not set in the ways that we were set, you know, by different sources, whether it’s been the federal government, established religion, because they distorted our way of thinking.

So these new wave would be the one that’s already got the information. They’ve been downloaded, including the Indian Pueblo side of it.

Corey: And now the Zuni are, I guess, taking the first step and coming forward to share some of these correct prophecies and more about your culture. That’ll bring people together in that way.

Clifford: My generation, you know, we’ve already passed that stage of . . . we were indoctrinated too much. So I think that the next generation will be carrying on. They have to dig out this information. That’s why I’m doing my part to at least put that seed in their thinking so that they say, “Oh, at least we have a resource. We’ve got the technology.”

David: All right. Well, that’s a great line for us to end the show on. Thank you, Clifford, for being here.

Thanks, Corey, for bringing this amazing elder to our attention. And thank you for watching. This is Cosmic Disclosure. I’m your host, David Wilcock, with our special guest Clifford Mahooty and Corey Goode.

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CNN’s Primary News Anchor Exposed With Ties To The CIA & The OSS

The CIA’s connections to mainstream media are well documented. Take Operation Mockingbird, for example, a program developed by the agency to infiltrate mainstream media and feed them stories that suit the narrative of the agency, for ‘national security’ purposes. It was actually birthed out of the Office for Strategic Services (OSS), which, during the second World War, established a network of journalists and psychological warfare experts. Back then, these were propaganda campaigns, or fake news campaigns in essence. One old example from the OSS can be looked at by examining the Career of Richard Helms. He eventually become the CIA’s director, and was recruited by his own supervisor at the United Press International’s Berlin Bureau to join the OSS’s “black propaganda” program.

The list of connections is extensive. For example, a 1991 declassified document also highlights this close relationship between mainstream media and the agency. The document states that the CIA task force “now has relationships with reporters from every major wire service, newspaper, news weekly, and television network in the nation,” and that “this has helped” them “turn some ‘intelligence failure’ stories into ‘intelligence success’ stories.” It also explains how the agency has “persuaded reporters to postpone, change, hold, or even scrap stories.”

As James F. Tracy, a former professor of communications at Florida Atlantic University, emphasizes:

Since the end of World War Two the Central Intelligence Agency has been a major force in US and foreign news media, exerting considerable influence over what the public sees, hears and reads on a regular basis. CIA publicists and journalists alike will assert they have few, if any, relationships, yet the seldom acknowledged history of their intimate collaboration indicates a far different story–indeed, one that media historians are reluctant to examine.

Not long ago, Emma Best from Muckrock wrote an article about how, in 1984, the CIA planned to infiltrate academia and media, and her article was retweeted by Edward Snowden. You can view that document here, and read more about it here.

Anderson Cooper

The information above makes it clear why it should really come as no surprise that Anderson Cooper, CNN’s primary anchor, and host of the CNN news show Anderson Cooper 360, also has connections to the intelligence agency, and probably still does. The document presented above shows close “relationships with reporters from every major television network in the nation,” so it’s reasonable to assume the same of Cooper.

What lends even more credibility to that hypothesis is the fact that, while attending Yale University as an undergraduate, he was actually an intern at the CIA. Furthermore, his uncle, William Henry Vanderbilt III, was an Executive Officer of the Special Operations Branch of the OSS under the spy organization’s founder, William “Wild Bill” Donovan. He also reached the rank of captain in the navy during WW2. (Alternate Source)

Cooper also comes from one of the richest families in American history, and one of the wealthiest figures on the planet, Cornelius Vanderbilt, also known as “Commodor Vanderbuilt,” who built his wealth on railroads and shipping.

As you can see above, the link between mainstream media and intelligence agencies is strong. Nobody can really deny that, as it’s been known about for decades. Here’s a clip from a hearing that was held on the topic in the 1950s to illustrate that point.

Apart from all this evidence, those from within mainstream media have spoken out multiple times about it.

Dr. Udo Ulfkotte, a prominent German journalist and editor for more than two decades, is one example. He blew the whistle on public television, stating that he was forced to publish the works of intelligence agencies under his own name and that noncompliance with these orders would result in him losing his job.

Sharyl Attkisson and Amber Lyon, both well-known mainstream media reporters and journalists, have also exposed funded movements by political, corporate, and other special interests, and have revealed that they are routinely paid by the U.S. government as well as foreign governments to selectively report and distort information on certain events. (source)(source)

So, has anybody ever confronted Anderson Cooper about this? Yes, Luke Rudkowski from We Are Change did.

The Issue of “Fake News” 

“The problem of fake news isn’t solved by hoping for a referee, but rather because we as citizens, we as users of these services, help each other. We talk and we share and we point out what is fake. We point out what is true. The answer to bad speech is not censorship, the answer to bad speech is more speech. We have to exercise and spread the idea that critical thinking matters, now more than ever, given the fact that lies seem to be getting more popular.”

– Edward Snowden 

It’s mind-altering how we’ve come to a point where authority figures, like the Disney Corporation, have teamed up with Facebook and other online organizations to censor information which they deem to be fake news, yet mainstream media has been dishing out fake news for years. Now they are fighting hard against alternative media, which has gained billions of eyes in viewership over the past few years.

The internet has provided a medium for researchers of all kinds to share information that mainstream media never covers, and granted, there is fake news out there, but that begs an important question: Can’t we decide for ourselves? Are we not capable of thinking critically and examining sources for ourselves? Censorship rules our world, and the fact that even more censorship is taking place as a result of truth is concerning.

Truth alone has the ability to help shift consciousness and transform the human experience, and as a result of this shift, a lot of powerful people will lose their control over this planet, which is why I think this entire fake news debacle continues to push forward.

Related CE Articles Going Into More Detail

Declassified CIA Documents Show Agency’s Control Over Mainstream Media & Academia

Document Surfaces Showing CIA’s Plans To Infiltrate Academia & Change University/College Curriculums

The CIA & The Media: 50 Facts The World Should Know

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Navy Yard Shooter Thought He Was Under Government Mind Control

Aaron Alexis said electromagentic waves were attacking his brain

By Denver Nicks | 26 September 2013

TIME — The gunman in this month’s bloody rampage at the Washington Navy Yard claims that attempts at government mind control drove him to the crime.

The FBI on Wednesday released notes retrieved from the shooter, Aaron Alexis, providing a window into a paranoid mind that felt under siege by “low-frequency,” Navy-developed electromagnetic waves.

“Ultra-low frequency attack is what I’ve been subject to for the last three months. And to be perfectly honest, that is what has driven me to this,” Alexis wrote before killing 12 and dying himself in a shootout with authorities, according to the FBI.

Messages found scrawled on the side of the navy contractor’s Remington 870 sawed-off shotgun read, “End to the torment,” “Not what y’all say” and “Better off this way.”

EU Unveils Plan To Resettle More North African Refugees, Support Project With 500 Million Euros

By Tyler Durden | 28 September 2017

ZERO HEDGE — Just days after The Economist primed the world with its narrative that sending 1.2 billion unskilled Africans to Europe would increase global GDP, the EU’s executive has unveiled plans to resettle at least 50,000 refugees, focusing on people from northern Africa, to bypass smugglers.

As we noted previously, The Economist’s argument is plain idiotic.  

The Economist confuses countries with companies that are profit-oriented, and where people are disposable resources. Yet, countries are communities, and citizens do not usually expect their governments to merely maximize GDP. History teaches us that migration causes social unrest, disrupts social cohesion and ultimately the stability of the recipient nation. And even if we set aside these social or national considerations, the Economist’s reasoning is still false.

The whole argument breaks down on social security and the massive world oversupply of unskilled labour.

Social security determines the minimum price of labour.

If there is abundance of unskilled workers, governments step in and buy or take out of the market the oversupply of labourers for a minimum price called social welfare.

And so, as DW.com reports, the EU central planners think more immigrants, more social welfare, more forced dependency on the uber-alles-arching Brussels corporotocracy. […]