This Federal Agency Is Concerned About the Rising Rate of Antibiotic-Resistant STDs

By Dr. Mercola

Cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) had been declining until the 1970s. However, a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)1 reveals that trend has reversed. Some of the diseases that fall under the category of STDs are treatable with antibiotics, while others have no known treatment or cure.

Interestingly, whether a disease is categorized as an STD depends on a number of factors, including whether infections transmitted through sexual contact are also counted in the category. For instance, you may not think of the Epstein-Barr virus,2 responsible for mononucleosis, as an STD, but many times it is classified as one.

STDs are the most common infectious diseases.3 There are more than 20 different types that affect over 13 million men and women in the U.S. every year. Unfortunately, these diseases may spread rapidly as they often don’t produce many symptoms, and the symptoms that are apparent often mimic other health conditions.

The causes are often bacteria, viruses or parasites that may be passed between sexual partners, from mother to baby during birth or breast-feeding, or from sharing infected needles. Through reports gathered from health departments across the U.S., the CDC has determined the rates of certain STDs has risen dramatically over the past several years and are now at a record high.4

What STDs Are Being Tracked?

The report from the CDC names three different STD infections: chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis. These are the STDs that are reportable by law5 as they are considered important to the public’s health. By law, they need to be reported by either a doctor or laboratory when they are diagnosed for the purposes of collecting statistics and helping to identify trends and outbreaks.

Overall, there are at least 50 diseases that are reportable to the CDC, including anthrax, diphtheria, hepatitis, measles and pertussis, also known as whooping cough.6

This means that not all sexually transmitted infections or diseases need to be reported to the CDC or other governmental agency for tracking. However, every state has its own list of diseases that must be reported to a state agency, which must also include the federally mandated reportable diseases.7 According to some estimates, there are nearly 19 million new cases of herpes and genital warts diagnosed each year, but those numbers aren’t recorded or tracked by the CDC.8

One reason governmental agencies don’t track all STDs is that tracking is expensive and time-consuming, especially for a disease or infection that has no cure and no certain way to demonstrate the date of infection or how it may spread. Herpes and human papilloma virus (HPV) that causes genital warts are two such infections. Any data the CDC has is as a result of states that require reporting, and therefore they are not a total reflection of the entire U.S.

The CDC estimates that more than 16 percent of the U.S. population between 14 and 49 have been infected with genital herpes, some of whom don’t have symptoms and may not know they are infected.9 This may mean this estimate is very low, based on reporting requirements.

STD Prevalence on the Rise

Results of the CDC report indicate three of the more commonly transmitted diseases have reached record levels in the U.S. There were 1.6 million cases of chlamydia in 2016, 470,000 of gonorrhea and 28,000 new cases of syphilis.

Although all three have the potential of being cured with antibiotics, mutations of the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria that causes gonorrheal infections have led to a high incidence of antibiotic resistance. Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director of the CDC National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention, stated:10

“Increases in STDs are a clear warning of a growing threat. STDs are a persistent enemy, growing in number, and outpacing our ability to respond.”

The CDC information on syphilis and gonorrhea dates back to 1941,11 giving the agency a solid foundation of historical data on those diseases. Symptoms that are easily identifiable may be confirmed with a culture or physical examination. However, the symptoms of herpes are subtler and you may not even present with symptoms that prompt a visit to your doctor.

Once a treatable and reportable STD has been recorded, public health officials are tasked with finding ex-partners and recommending they are tested and treated for the infection.12

Pregnancy Rates in Many Age Groups Drop

Interestingly, although the spread of STDs has risen, the number of teen pregnancies has dropped. Since 1991 the birthrate among teenage girls has dropped over 65 percent.13 Fertility rates in women of childbearing years also declined to 62 births for every 1,000 women.14 Dr. Elise Berlan, an adolescent medicine specialist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, believes it is likely related to increased access and use of contraceptives, naming condoms as the top method for teen birth control. However, according to the CDC:15

“Male condoms may not cover all infected areas or areas that could become infected. Thus, they are likely to provide greater protection against STDs that are transmitted only by genital fluids (STDs such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, trichomoniasis, and HIV infection) than against infections that are transmitted primarily by skin-to-skin contact, which may or may not infect areas covered by a condom (STDs such as genital herpes, human papillomavirus [HPV] infection, syphilis, and chancroid).”

Following this logic:

  • Condoms are the birth control of choice in teenagers
  • The rate of teen pregnancy is dropping
  • Condoms protect primarily against STDs transmitted by genital fluid such as gonorrhea and chlamydia
  • Rates of gonorrhea and chlamydia are rising

It appears there may be other reasons for a reduction in teen pregnancy as rates of STDs normally prevented by condoms are rising, indicating genital fluids are being shared. This could potentially signal a decline in teen fertility. The Pew Research Center attributes the declining birth rate in teens to several factors, including a poor economy, better information about pregnancy prevention and an increased use of birth control.16

Additionally, the National Center for Health Statistics reports that, while more teens are using contraception, more teens are also delaying sexual debut, and fewer teens having sex.17 However, it follows that fewer sexual encounters and better use of condoms to avoid pregnancy would likely not lead to rising rates of specific STDs commonly prevented by condoms.

Untreated STDs May Have Devastating Results

Since many STDs have few symptoms and the outcome of untreated infections may be lethal, investigators are mandated to contact the infected individual’s sex partners.18

Once the investigators have the contact information for any partners from the previous 60 days, they set about asking potentially embarrassing questions such as: How many partners have you had sex with in the past year, and were they men, women or both? Was sex vaginal, anal or oral? If the investigators have little information about the partners, they may resort to using social media contacts to find the individuals.

These efforts are necessary to prevent further spread of infections and to treat those who have contracted the disease. Men and women suffer from chlamydia in nearly equal numbers.19 Symptoms in men and women are slightly different, although the infection is caused by the same bacteria.

The number of cases of syphilis is also rising, but now affecting different groups of people. The CDC report found diagnoses of syphilis in men increased by 18 percent in a single year, with most cases occurring in men having sex with men.20

Women also experienced a 36 percent increase in the diagnosis of syphilis and there was a 28 percent increase in the number of newborns diagnosed. Infants infected before birth may trigger stillbirth, miscarriage or premature birth.21 Babies born with congenital syphilis may have deformed bones, anemia or neurological disorders, such as blindness or deafness. Nearly half of babies infected while in the womb will die before or shortly after birth.22

Syphilis is also deadly to adults. Left untreated it may affect the brain, heart and other organs, ultimately leading to death.23 The infection is often difficult to identify as the symptoms mimic other health conditions. The symptoms may include rashes, swollen lymph glands, fever, sores and muscle aches. These symptoms will subside, and the disease will progress silently to the end stage. David Harvey, executive director of the National Coalition of STD Directors, commented to CNN:24

 “For the first time in many years, we are now seeing more cases of babies born with congenital syphilis than babies born with HIV. It means that women are not getting access to prenatal care, testing and treatment for syphilis. It’s an unconscionable situation in America today.”

Gonorrhea rates also increased, with the largest increases occurring among gay or bisexual men.25 Fueling the spread are special phone apps for men to hook up with men, which may be driving the increasing diagnosis of oral and rectal infection.26 In women, the infection affects the mucus lining of the reproductive tract, including the uterus, cervix and fallopian tubes.27

Men and women may be infected in the urethra, mouth, throat, eyes and rectum. Untreated infections may lead to permanent health problems, including pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility and a life-threatening blood infection.

Greater Challenges With Gonorrheal Infections

Although theoretically gonorrhea is a bacterial infection that should respond quickly to antibiotics, the reality is that the bacteria has developed resistance to most of the antibiotics used to treat the infection. This may soon pose a major public health threat in the U.S. and is already called an emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO) in several countries, including Norway, Sweden, Japan, France and the United Kingdom.28

WHO continues to monitor the development of antibiotic resistance in the bacteria that causes gonorrhea. In a news release, Dr. Teodora Wi, Medical Officer of Human Reproduction at WHO stated:29

“The bacteria that cause gonorrhea are particularly smart. Every time we use a new class of antibiotics to treat the infection, the bacteria evolve to resist them. These cases [reported from countries using surveillance to track gonorrhea] may just be the tip of the iceberg, since systems to diagnose and report untreatable infections are lacking in lower-income countries where gonorrhea is actually more common.”

With rising antibiotic resistance, the CDC has recommended dual antibiotic therapy to “address the potential emergence of gonococcal cephalosporin resistance” as they believe it is the “only remaining recommended treatment.”30

Antibiotic Treatment Trends Toward Failure

Although I believe antibiotic use needs to be minimized, when used properly and responsibly, antibiotics can and do save lives that are threatened by bacterial infections. When antibiotics were first introduced for patient use, science didn’t account for the ability bacteria have to mutate and essentially outsmart antibiotics. This is clearly what has been happening in the past decades as we now have nearly 18 different superbugs identified in the CDC’s report “Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2013.”31

According to this report, 2 million American adults and children are infected each year with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, resulting in the death of 23,000 as a direct action of the infection and more from associated complications. Unless there are changes to the way antibiotics are used and prescribed, these numbers are only going to grow.

This is essentially the evolution of bacteria as they struggle for survival. These microorganisms have taught each other how to adapt to the best pharmaceutical drugs, and they are winning the battle.

With little financial incentive to explore new antibiotic options, pharmaceutical companies are focusing instead on medications meant to be taken for a lifetime, such as cholesterol-lowering drugs. Talk of an end to the era of antibiotics circulates through scientific communities and popular media. Editor and columnist Sarah Boseley commented in The Guardian on the speed at which bacteria have accommodated to antibiotics, saying:32

“The era of antibiotics is coming to a close. In just a couple of generations, what once appeared to be miracle medicines have been beaten into ineffectiveness by the bacteria they were designed to knock out.”

Stop the Spread of STDs and Antibiotic-Resistant Disease

There are several steps you can personally take to stop the spread of antibiotic-resistant disease.

Prevention and immune support

Preventing infections and focusing on naturally supporting your immune system will help you to stay well. Make positive lifestyle choices, such as eating a balanced diet, getting at least eight hours of quality sleep, staying hydrated and addressing your stress level.

Become familiar with natural compounds that have antimicrobial activity, such as garlic, oregano extract, colloidal silver, fermented foods, sunlight and vitamin D. Research has shown that bacteria do not tend to develop resistance to these types of treatments, offering hope for the future.

Avoid unnecessary antibiotics

Use antibiotics only when absolutely necessary. If your physician recommends an antibiotic, ask if it is necessary. Sometimes medications are recommended when other options are as effective, such as treating a non-debilitating cold or upper respiratory infection with quality sleep, vitamin C, zinc lozenges, staying hydrated and resting.

Purchase grass fed (antibiotic-free) meat and dairy products as these are an even greater contributor to antibiotic-resistant disease than medical overuse. Avoid using antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers at home as use contributes to antibiotic resistance and endocrine disruption.

Get involved on the national level

If you live in the U.S., you have the option of writing to your representative or senator directly from your computer. Let them know how you feel about the overuse of antibiotics in food production, and urge them to take a stand for the future of human health by changing policy.

Practice safe sex

The surest way to avoid an STD is to practice abstinence from all sex, including oral, anal and vaginal, according to the CDC.33 Using condoms correctly may help prevent the spread of STDs spread by genital fluids. If you have sex, be in a mutually monogamous relationship where you agree to have sex with only one person who agrees to have sex only with you. Before having sex, talk with your partner and both get tested for STDs. These conversations are not comfortable, but your health is worth it!

Natural Options Support Your Health and May Help Prevent Outbreaks

If you do contract an STD, discuss your treatment options with your physician. Ignoring the issue will not make it go away and may have unintended but dangerous consequences in your life and the lives of those with whom you are in contact. There are several supportive remedies you may use at home to prevent outbreaks of STDs that cannot be cured, such as herpes, and support the antibiotic therapy your physician prescribes for those infections that have recommended treatments.34

Probiotics or fermented foods and prebiotics

Antibiotics to treat STDs upset the bacterial balance of your gut microbiome. The addition of friendly bacteria from fermented foods and the fiber that feeds them (prebiotics) may help to restore that balance.

Propolis

This resin produced by bees may help genital herpes to heal faster when a 3 percent ointment is applied topically. In one study comparing the results of Zovirax (an antiviral drug used to lessen the symptoms of herpes infections) against propolis ointment, participants using the propolis saw their lesions heal faster than those participants using Zovirax.

Zinc

A zinc cream topically applied to genital herpes may reduce the severity and duration of the outbreak.

Lysine

An imbalance between lysine and arginine in your body may trigger an outbreak of herpes virus. Foods rich in arginine that may trigger an outbreak include chocolate,35 turkey, walnuts, peanuts and dairy.36 Foods rich in lysine include figs, pears, apricots, broccoli and cauliflower.

In one study,37 participants who took a lysine supplement suffered 2.4 fewer lesions than those who didn’t use the supplement during the duration of the study. When a lesion did occur, the symptoms were less severe and the lesions healed faster.

Green tea

When the extract is applied to the skin, it may speed the healing of genital warts caused by HPV. A proprietary extract ointment approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is currently on the market.

Aloe vera

A 5 percent cream used topically may improve the symptoms of genital herpes in men.

The Shocking Environmental and Human Health Impacts of Fabric and Leather Industries

By Dr. Mercola

Inexpensive clothing has become a serious pollution problem in more ways than one. Each year, an estimated 80 billion garments are sold worldwide, and each year, Americans alone throw away 15 million tons of clothing1 — most of it having been worn just a few times. This is a trend that completely disregards the toxic toll each garment takes on environmental and human health throughout the manufacturing and distribution processes involved in its creation.

Organic cotton, which is more sustainable, accounts for a mere 1 percent of the cotton grown across the globe. Sustainable plant dyes account for an even smaller portion of the global garment industry. Great benefits could come from expanding the organic cotton and natural textile dye industries. Natural materials such as leather also have significant downsides. Leather processing has become incredibly chemical intense, poisoning areas where locals are already struggling with widespread poverty and pollution.

The Toxic Side of Leather Tannery

The short video above by Daniel Lanteigne shows the impact the leather processing industry has had in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a country that has no regulations on toxic waste management. More than 20,000 people work and live in the Hazaribagh tannery district, where toxic chemicals from 200 tanneries flow freely through the open sewers lining the city streets. The Buriganga River has turned black from the toxins, and mounds of discarded leather scraps line its banks.

Yet people still use the river for clothes washing and bathing on a regular basis. As one would expect, skin ulcers, respiratory problems and chest pains are common health complaints in the area. As noted in the video, “market profitability is causing both the government and the tanners to turn a blind eye to the environmental consequences and health hazards.”

Bangladesh also does not regulate workers’ conditions. Few if any are given any kind of protective gear and are in direct contact with the chemicals on a daily basis. Most tanneries do not even have ventilation or indoor lighting. Child labor is also commonplace and unregulated.

Garment Industry Poses Serious Threat to Waterways

A recent article by Heather Pringle and Amorina Kingdon in Hakai Magazine2 highlights how the fashion industry is impacting waterways around the globe. Commenting on the leather industry, Pringle and Kingdon write:

“To transform perishable animal skin into durable leather, factory workers soaked animal hides in a series of toxic baths containing nearly 40 different acids and several heavy metals including chromium, a known carcinogen. The hides absorbed just 20 percent of these chemical brews: the rest was waste.

In all, Dhaka’s tanneries discharged nearly 22,000 cubic liters of toxic effluent daily into the Buriganga River, which ultimately flows into the Bay of Bengal …  

Faced with an environmental disaster along the floodplain of the Buriganga River, the Bangladeshi government forced Dhaka’s leather factories to move to a new industrial park in 2017, and it has promised to install an effluent treatment plant there. But the opening of the plant was delayed, and in February, residents raised fears that the transplanted tanneries were contaminating a second river, the Dhaleshwari.”

Toxic runoff from cotton growers also poses a serious threat to water quality. In Pakistan, the fourth-largest cotton producer in the world, the cotton industry has polluted much of the groundwater, rendering it unsafe to drink. Cotton also gobbles up 20 trillion liters (5.28 trillion gallons) of the Indus River’s precious water each year.

As a result of widespread water mismanagement, the Indus River now faces the same fate as the Aral Sea, situated between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, which has been nearly drained for irrigation, obliterating the once-thriving fishing economy in the area. Aral Sea fishermen of old used to catch 40 tons of fish per year. Today, the area is littered with fishing vessels lying on dry land, and what used to be a thriving seaport is now nearly 50 miles (80 kilometers) from the water’s edge.

US Tannery Waste Linked to Polluted Drinking Water

The toxic nature of leather tanning is equally evident in the U.S. In Michigan, fluorinated chemicals have polluted the municipal drinking water in Kent County. The source was traced back to the Wolverine World Wide tannery in Rockford, which disposed toxic sludge at the State Disposal Landfill in the mid-‘60s. As reported by M Live:3

“Wolverine once made the iconic Hush Puppies shoe brand in Rockford using Scotchgard, a stain and water repellant that relies on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances known as PFAS, (also called perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs) as its chemical backbone. PFAS compounds were found in Plainfield Township water in 2013. The system serves about 40,000 customers …

Kent County records state explicitly that Wolverine dumped sludge at the landfill during the years Tefft says he drove it there. Tefft, a former driver for Bell Pick-Up service, says he transported tannery sludge for 13 months in 1965 and 1966 from Wolverine to the landfill …

Tefft also drove sludge to a former Wolverine dump site on House Street NE, where a plume of PFAS compounds are polluting private drinking water wells in Belmont. The Belmont contamination was just discovered this spring … Both PFOS and PFOA are also present in House Street wells.”

The Downsides of Denim and Synthetics

Denim — a cultural staple in the Western world — and modern synthetic textiles are also problematic. Most denim produced today is dyed using synthetic indigo dye made from fossil fuels. The faded “stonewash” look also typically involves the use of toxic chemicals. And, most leather tanneries and denim factories tend to be located in the developing world, where regulations and environmental protections are less stringent, if not nonexistent.

One of the largest denim producers in the world is located in Xintang, China, in the Pearl River Delta. Like the Buriganga River in Bangladesh, the local river in Xintang has turned black from the denim industry, which dumps untreated dye water into it. Greenpeace tests reveal nearly 80 percent of water and sediment samples collected around Xintang and neighboring Gurao contain heavy metals.

Meanwhile, scientists now warn that synthetic fabrics such as acrylic, polyester and fleece shed microfibers when washed, and these microfibers end up threatening marine and human life alike by entering the ecosystem.4 As noted in Hakai Magazine,5 “ … [M]icroplastics may choke zooplankton. Microfibers could then work their way up the food chain, as larger animals gobble up the plastic-stuffed zooplankton.”

The fibers have also been found to cause starvation in crabs. Microfibers are used in more than 60 percent of all clothing made today, making the fashion industry a surprisingly significant source of plastic pollution in addition to chemical pollution.

Man-Made Fibers Pollute Fish Stocks

A 2015 study from the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) directly linked plastics and man-made fibers to the pollution in fish.6 Microfibers, which are more prevalent than microbeads (found in face scrubs and similar items), are particularly dangerous as the fibers are easily consumed by fish and other wildlife, accumulating in the gut and concentrating in the bodies of other animals higher up the food chain.

Textile fibers are found in both marine and freshwater fish. When Abigail Barrows, chief investigator for Global Microplastics Initiative, sampled over 2,000 marine and freshwater fish, 90 percent had microfiber debris in their bodies. High concentrations of acrylic and polyester fibers are also found in beach sediment near waste water treatment plants.7 Making matters worse, these microscopic plastic fibers soak up toxins like a sponge, concentrating PCBs, pesticides and oil in ever higher amounts as you move up the food chain.

According to a recent PBS News Hour report,8 which featured Barrows’ research, 300 million microfibers from washed clothing enters the Atlantic Ocean via the Hudson River in New York each day. Remarkably, microfibers also enter our environment via air and rainwater.

Rainwater samples reveal up to 10 tons of microfibers descend upon the 1,098-square-mile region surrounding Paris, France, each year. According to urban hydrologist Bruno Tassin, University of Paris-Est, clothes shed fibers not only during washing, but during daily wear as well!9

The Dirty Side of Clean Clothes

Once you begin investigating the garment industry, you come to the sober realization that clothing is taking a severe toll on environmental and human health from start to finish, beginning with the toxic chemicals applied to cotton fields, continuing all the way through textile dyeing and tanning of leather, manufacturing, transportation, washing and, ultimately, disposing of each garment. Following are some of the ways the simple everyday act of washing your clothes contribute to environmental pollution:

Flame retardant chemicals

Worn against bare skin, such items could be a source of toxic exposure, but even in the best-case scenario, these items contribute to water pollution when washed, and flame retardants do not break down into safer chemicals in the environment.

They may travel great distances from the point of origin, accumulate in people and animals in the food chain and have long-term toxic effects.10 Exposure to these chemicals at a critical point in development may damage your reproductive system and cause deficits in learning,11 memory, motor skills and behavior. Some have also been identified as carcinogenic.12

PFOA/PFOS

Virtually any garment promising to be stain or water resistant also contains hazardous chemicals such as PFOA and/or PFOS. Last year, Tennessee Riverkeeper filed a lawsuit against 3M Company under the U.S. Resource Conservation and Recovery Act after PFOA, PFOS and related chemicals were found in the Tennessee River’s Wheeler Reservoir.

The suit “seeks to compel the immediate and thorough cleanup of the contaminants,” according to Eco Watch.13 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a safety level of PFOA/PFOS in drinking water of 0.07 parts per billion. Levels in the Tennessee River near the 3M site was found to be between 50,000 and 70,000 times higher than the EPA’s safety advisory for these chemicals. As reported by Eco Watch:

“As even minimal exposure to PFOS and PFOA is linked to a variety of lethal health hazards, there exist virtually no safe levels of the chemicals in the environment.

Research strongly indicates PFOA and PFOS are potent carcinogens and they have also been tied to birth defects and adverse effects on childhood development, significantly decreased immune system function, liver tissue damage and a host of other serious health problems …

‘We don’t mind 3M making profitable products — but, we cannot tolerate the defendants putting profit ahead of the health of people, the environment and the river,’ David Whiteside, Tennessee Riverkeeper’s founder and executive director, said.”

Phthalates

While not typically associated with clothing, a recent pilot study found that cotton and polyester fabrics pick up both flame retardant chemicals and plasticizers such as phthalates from indoor air. 14 Phthalates are chemicals used to make plastics more pliable.

They leach out from the plastics as the product ages, and are toxic to you and the environment.15 Phthalates have carcinogenic effects and affect reproduction16 and development.17 When clothing carrying the chemicals is washed, the chemicals enter wastewater and are released into the environment.18

Microfibers

Each washing of a synthetic fleece jacket releases 1.7 grams of microfiber. The older the jacket, the more microfibers are released.19 Tests reveal acrylic fibers release the most microparticles.20 Up to 40 percent of these microfibers leave the wastewater treatment plant and end up in the surrounding lakes, rivers and ocean.

To address the problem, scientists are now calling for appliance companies to investigate the effectiveness of adding filters to catch the microfibers.21

Different types of machines may release different amounts of fibers and chemicals from your clothes, poisoning wastewater runoff and clogging the water supply with hormone disrupting chemicals and plastics. Research found that top loading machines released about 530 percent more microfibers than front loading models.22

Laundry detergents

Surfactants and phosphates (the latter of which is used to soften the water and suspend dirt) are among the most destructive pollutants, contributing to algae overgrowth and fish die-offs.

According to a report by Mother Earth News,23 sodium nitrilotriacetate (NTA, an organic nitrogen compound) and organic polyelectrolytes could be used as substitutes for phosphates. Both are believed to be biodegradable, and overall would pose far less of a risk to the environment. Enzyme “pre-soak” stain removers may be among the worst, as they contain about two-thirds phosphate.

Fabric softeners

According to the “Guide to Less Toxic Products”24 by the Environmental Health Association of Nova Scotia, fabric softeners often contain quaternary ammonium compounds, or “quats,” and imidazolidinyl, both of which are known to release formaldehyde. Formaldehyde can cause joint pain, depression, headaches, chronic pain and a variety of other symptoms.

Studies suggest formaldehyde can damage your DNA and may even lead to cancer. For about 5 percent of people, quats are an extreme sensitizer that can cause a variety of asthma-like symptoms, and even respiratory arrest.25 Fabric softeners also contain carcinogenic coal-tar dyes, ammonia and very strong fragrances.

A single fragrance can be made up of literally hundreds of chemicals, none of which have to be disclosed or tested for safety. Most are derived from petroleum products, which means high potential for human toxicity. Fragrances are one of the leading causes of allergic reactions.

Dryer sheets

Next, you probably put your clothes in the dryer, which has its own ramifications for your health and environment. First, dryer exhaust contains carbon monoxide,26 an odorless gas posing well-known health dangers, depending on the concentration in which it’s inhaled. Consider this if your child’s bedroom window is close to your dryer vent.

Scented dryer sheets are commonplace as well, and as your clothing dries, toxic vapors are released into your house, thereby compromising your indoor air quality — and out into the neighborhood. One study27 that evaluated dryer vent emissions from 25 common brands of scented laundry products found that:

  • More than 600 VOCs (volatile organic compounds) were emitted, and none of these chemicals were listed on any of the 25 product labels. However, clues to the presence of these VOCs include label listings such as “biodegradable surfactants,” “softeners” or “perfume”
  • Two of the VOCs are considered by the EPA to be carcinogenic (acetaldehyde and benzene) and unsafe at ANY exposure level
  • Seven of the VOCs are classified as “hazardous air pollutants”
  • The highest concentration of emitted VOCs was acetaldehyde, acetone and ethanol

The Road Ahead

We have a long road ahead of us, considering we need to clean up the entire supply chain — and alter public consciousness about fashion along the way. There’s definitely something to be said for the minimalist trend where you own fewer but higher quality items made in a sustainable way that you can wear for many years to come. To get you started, here are some tips and suggestions for cleaning up your laundry and developing a more sustainable wardrobe:

Opt for organic cotton, hemp, silk, wool and bamboo fabrics. While such items typically cost more than nonorganic cotton and synthetics, buying fewer items will allow you to spend more on each item. On the upside, higher quality organic items tend to last far longer with proper care, so you get your money’s worth in the end.

Opt for items colored with nontoxic, natural dyes when possible. Businesses investing in organic farming and natural dyes include PACT (undergarments and loungewear), Boll & Branch (bed linens, blankets and towels), Jungmaven (organic hemp and cotton T-shirts), Industry of All Nations (clothing) and many others.

If you’re just now making the transition to organic clothing, replacing your undergarments with a white undyed version would be a good place to start. Ideally, forgo color and buy items that have not been dyed. I’m one of the companies planning to offer GOTS certified undyed, organic underwear. We’re hoping to have them available by the end of 2017. Profits from this line will go to support Regeneration International’s Care What You Wear campaign.

Avoid screen printed items, as they typically contain phthalates.

Look for the Bluesign System Certification,28 which tells you the item has been manufactured with a minimal amount of hazardous chemicals, or none.

Avoid trademarked technical fabrics, as most are coated with chemicals that will eventually wash out.

Be mindful of when and how you wash synthetic clothing. Wash synthetic clothing as minimally as possible using a mild detergent. Line dry instead of putting them in the dryer. The heat and agitation will break down fibers.

Handwashing or using the gentle cycle with cold water will also minimize the shedding of fibers, as will using a front loading washing machine. Avoid fabric softeners and dryer sheets. They leave a film on the fabric that blocks the wicking ability of the fiber.

Install a microfiber filter on your washing machine.

In lieu of toxic detergents, opt for unscented, nontoxic alternatives. Soap nuts, for example, do a fine job of cleaning items that are not heavily soiled. Castille soap or Arm and Hammer Washing Soda are other DIY alternatives.

Fabric softeners are typically unnecessary, but if you feel you need it, try this DIY recipe from the Kid Feed blog:29

“In a recycled gallon-sized vinegar jug, add 2 cups baking soda and 2 cups distilled white vinegar. When mixture finishes foaming, add 4 cups of hot water and essential oils (optional) to desired strength. (Try using 20 drops each of lavender and lemon.) Shake before each use, and add about 1 cup for large loads in the rinse cycle.”

Dry your clothes naturally on indoor or outdoor drying racks.

If using a dryer, skip the dryer sheets. To prevent static cling, use wool dryer balls or a wad of aluminum foil instead, or simply remove your clothes from the dryer before they’re completely dry.

The remaining moisture helps prevent static cling. Let your clothes dry fully on a drying rack. Another trick is to launder natural and synthetic fabrics separately, as synthetics cause most of the static problems.

Bedbugs Like the Smell of Dirty Laundry

By Dr. Mercola

Bedbugs are little parasitic insects that feed exclusively on blood, preferably human blood. An adult bedbug is about the size of an apple seed, with a flat brown body. However, after feasting on your blood, their body swells and turns a reddish color.1 Although these tiny insects are a nuisance and multiply quickly, they’re not likely to spread disease.

Typically, these little vampires hide during the day in the crevices of your mattress, couch, dirty laundry or any small crack they can find. They don’t create nests or little homes, but travel and live in groups, making them a little more visible when you search for them in your headboard, behind wallpaper or bedframe. While their body remains as round as an apple seed, they can flatten to the width of a credit card making it easier to fit into small spaces.2

A female bedbug can lay hundreds of eggs in her lifetime. The average lifecycle of a bedbug is between 10 months to one year, going through multiple stages.3 If there is a viable host available, the bugs can progress through those stages rather rapidly, reaching maturity in approximately one month.4 In order for the nymph stage bedbugs to survive they need a blood meal at least every few weeks, but an adult may survive for up to five months without a meal.5

The population of bedbugs has been rapidly increasing since 2004.6 There may be many reasons for the resurgence of these little pests in the past 15 years. Some researchers theorize the growing bedbug population may be the result of their resistance to pesticides or the difficulty killing all of them to eradicate the problem in one area. Another reason may be how quickly humans have spread the problem across the world.

Have Bugs, Will Travel

Bedbugs rely on a variety of sights, smells and changes in temperature to find their next blood meal. Bedbugs live year-round as they are sheltered in your home or hotel room, but they are most active during warm summer months. More infestations are reported in summer months, likely since more people are traveling. If you are traveling, you’ll be interested to learn how to avoid bringing bedbugs home to roost in your house.

Researchers from the University of Sheffield in England investigated what drives bedbug behavior in the absence of a viable host,7 hoping to find clues to reduce the number being transported from place to place around the world. In this small study, they set up two bedrooms with two bags of clothing. One bag was full of clean clothing and the other with clothes that had been worn for several hours. One of the rooms also had a steady flow of carbon dioxide piped in to simulate human breathing.8

The scientists were not surprised that the bugs in the room with carbon dioxide more actively searched for a blood host as this behavior of bedbugs is well documented. However, what they did learn is that the bugs appeared to be more attracted to the bag of clothing that had been previously worn.9 The ability of the bugs to discern human odor apparently plays a predominant role in the spread of the bugs and offers valuable information on the development of scents that may detract the bugs.10

One way the bugs may have become world travelers is in the bags of dirty laundry we cart from hotel to home. This study demonstrates it may be in your best interest to store your dirty clothes tightly away to prevent parasitic hitchhikers. It takes only two or three to fully infest your home after a couple of months.

How to Find Bedbugs at Home or When You Travel


Prevention is the key to keeping your home free of bugs. While you can’t stop the little critters from coming in on your company’s clothing, you can reduce the risk you’ll bring them home when you travel. In this short video bedbug expert Lou Sorkin from the American Museum of Natural History describes the life cycle of the bugs, and helps you determine where and how to look for them.

Before making reservations at any hotel, check out their Bedbug Report,11 a free public database of hotels and apartment complexes across the U.S. and Canada. The database lists the hotels by regions, so if your hotel has a report of bedbugs, you can find one on the list that has a clear report.

Once you’ve arrived at your destination, whether it’s a hotel or a friend’s home, there are several ways of determining if there are bedbugs in residence. Don’t unpack when you arrive, but leave your luggage in a clean bathroom tub, or on a rack off the floor while you inspect the room.12 A flashlight and credit card will help you find the buggers. Start with the pillows, peeling the pillowcase back and looking along the seam of the case for small insects, eggs, excrement or small blood stains.

Next, move to the bed sheets and cover, lifting them up slowly and looking carefully along the seams where they might hide. Peel the sheets back, being sure to go all the way to the mattress. Search along the seam and in the tiny air vents located on the sides. Be thorough and look at all four corners of the bed and not just one.

Look under the box springs, upholstered furniture, curtains, along the headboard and even under the nightstand where they may hide until their next meal. If you do find bedbugs, pick up your luggage and leave immediately.

When you get up the next morning, look for tiny red blood stains on the sheets that are evident after a bedbug bite. If you didn’t see them on inspection, but find them the next morning, you’ll be able to take precautions, so you don’t bring them home.13 Bedbugs may arrive after you travel, when a friend comes to visit or even on the clothes of an appliance repair person.

So, it’s a good idea to routinely do a basic inspection of your home for bedbugs, even if you haven’t traveled. Remember bedbugs are more likely to be attracted to your dirty clothes, so when traveling keep those clothes packed up tightly to reduce the potential any bugs in the room will be coming home with you.

Bedbugs May Not Spread Disease but They Do Take a Toll on Your Health

Many believe bedbugs don’t spread disease. To date, evidence of the transmission of disease has not been documented,14 but it also has not been extensively studied. Some people are highly allergic to the bites, and excessive scratching from the itch may lead to secondary skin infections. Since the bedbug first injects a chemical that anesthetizes the area so you don’t feel the bite, if you’re losing sleep thinking you’re being bitten, it’s likely from anxiety and not from the bugs.

The anxiety and stress from a bedbug infestation may take a psychological toll on your health, leading to physical symptoms of stress. In one case, a woman committed suicide after repeated bedbug infestations. Researchers who studied the case concluded,15

“Our case report shows that the bedbug infestations were the likely trigger for the onset a negative psychological state that ultimately led to suicide. Given the recent surge in infestations, rapid action needs to be taken not only in an attempt to control and eradicate the bedbugs but also to adequately care for those infested by bedbugs.”

Studies have shown that people who have lived with bedbugs are more likely to report anxiety, sleep disturbances,16 suicide, financial distress, mood swings and delusional behavior.17 Psychological and emotional effects associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have also been reported after a bedbug infestation.

Compounding these psychological issues is a pervasive misguided stigma that bedbugs are the result of uncleanliness. Others may want to distance themselves as much as possible from those who have the problem, increasing feelings of isolation and keeping people from turning to friends and family for support. Suddenly, the place they call home and their sanctuary has been invaded by tiny insects that feed on your blood and your vulnerable psychological state.

Steer Clear of Pesticides

Although you may want these bugs gone as quickly as possible, you’ll also want to use caution before accepting standard pesticide treatments around your family and pets. The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC)18 has reported a dramatic increase in the number of reports of mild to serious side effects, including one death, as the result of pesticide exposure to kill bedbugs.

In most cases, the illnesses were related to an excess of pesticides applied to the area, a failure to change pesticide-treated bedding and inadequate notification of the chemical application. In one case in Ohio, a statement to a health advisory released by the CDC stated:19

“These illegal applications were made five times over 72 hours and included spraying of ceilings, floors and even beds and a crib mattress. The occupants included a family with small children, who displayed health symptoms typical of pesticide poisoning, including headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness and muscle tremors.”

Healthier Nontoxic Treatments Can Kill the Bugs

Ridding your home requires a focused and consistent effort. Unless you use thermal remediation, the bugs won’t all die overnight. You have to be vigilant when leaving the house, so you don’t infect your car and track those bugs back into your home or anyone else’s house.

Bedbugs are highly susceptible to heat. Extreme heat, called thermal remediation, over a period of several hours is often enough to kill bedbugs. You can leave everything in your home, except plastics, pets and your family, when the home is treated. Although slightly more expensive than chemical treatment, it is healthier and safer for everyone involved, except the bugs! If you have a relatively small area, you may want to try a steam cleaner with an attachment to clean your bed, all furniture and the carpeting.20

If it’s the summer months, be sure to leave your car in full sun with the windows completely shut to drive the heat in your car to temperatures that will kill the bugs. Rubbing alcohol is another option to help kill the eggs of bedbugs.21 A 91 percent isopropyl alcohol solution in a spray bottle may be used to thoroughly wet areas likely to contain eggs, such as upholstered furniture and mattresses. Bed sheets, pillows, blankets and towels can be run through the dryer on high heat for at least 30 minutes.22

Bag your clothes and seal them tightly until you know your home is free of bedbugs. You can remove clean clothes as needed and only put them away when you are sure your home is free of bugs. Other natural means of killing bedbugs include diatomaceous earth, which doesn’t evaporate or go away until you vacuum it up.23 It works by cutting the outer membrane of the insects. Essential oils, such as tea tree oil, lavender oil and peppermint oil are effective repellents.

Open Questions Remain Over Safety of New Biopesticide

A new biopesticide called Aprehend,24 developed by Penn State, is being approved for sale on a state-by-state basis. The product is a proprietary formulation of fungal spores that adhere to the legs of the insects. Within 20 hours of contact, the spores germinate and colonize the body of the insect, effectively killing it.25

Direct spray contact is not necessary in the way chemical pesticides are used to kill the insects. Instead, the fungus adheres to the legs of only a small percentage of the population, who then bring it back to the group and physically transfer the spores to others as they groom.

In the lab, scientists were able to achieve nearly 100 percent eradication with one application. The product also continues to work over three months. This particular fungus has been used as a pesticide in the past to control grasshopper and locust populations in Africa. It was only recently that company scientists turned their attention to bedbugs.

However, the long-term effects of releasing a fungus into the insect population have not been studied, and may have far-reaching effects, well beyond killing bedbugs in your home. So, to be on the safe side, I’d recommend diligently implementing the suggestions above first, before trying this novel biopesticide.

Cosmic Disclosure: Hopi and Zuni Prophecies with Clifford Mahooty

David Wilcock: All right. Welcome back to “Cosmic Disclosure”. I’m your host, David Wilcock, and we are here with our special guest Clifford Mahooty, who was brought to our attention by our insider’s insider, Corey Goode. So continuing this fascinating discussion, here we are.

Clifford, welcome to the show.

Clifford Mahooty: Glad to be here.

David: And Corey, thanks for being here.

Corey Goode: Thank you.

David: So Clifford, we are now going to start talking about some of these very interesting artifacts that your people, the Zuni, have had in their possession.

You have said on public record now that you believe they have off-world artifacts. Could you be a little more specific?

Clifford: I believe one of the first off-world things that I learned about was the crystals. And these were both used as transmitter and receiver, so I guess they would fall in the category of transceivers.

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David: Hm.

Clifford: And they would use these for communications with other groups, in this case, probably some of the sacred groups throughout the land here on the planet, and also other places.

And there has been some artifacts that had been saved throughout the years, but most of them are now in the hands of those people that don’t know what they are.

David: So these look like regular crystals, or do they have a sculpted look? Or what would we see?

Clifford: They come in different forms. Some of them are natural. Like if you took a quartz crystal, for example, they have the same size. And some of them are round – the crystal balls that they use for looking in there, especially in the other societies and other groups throughout the world.

And I also have studied that in terms of what they use now in computers. Computer technology is also used in the crystal technology, primarily for storage.

And I believe that they use this as a bank of information which could be infinite. And, of course, they also connect with other, perhaps off-world or inner-world systems that they can transmit messages and probably viewing through those, those technologies that have been in existence since, I understand, since the beginning of the Indian culture and people.

Corey: So the crystals actually store information.

Clifford: Yes.

Corey: So that’s kind of a little bit of a correlation. In previous testimony on Cosmic Disclosure, we talked about the Inner Earth group, the Anshar.

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And they use crystals as giant, basically, computers. It’s data banks for information.

Clifford: Uh-hm.

Corey: So that’s kind of an interesting correlation that they can store information in them as well as use them as a transceiver to communicate with, I guess, people from space and people from the inner world as well.

Clifford: I think they’re from all different dimensions, if you want to look at it that way, not only the dimensions that we as humans are aware of. But I think that they also go beyond other dimensional areas or zones, or perhaps in an interdimensional type of system, which I really don’t have any idea about. But I think that these messages are received instantaneously in most cases.

And a lot of that among the primitive tribes have been used for the healing practices. And the healing practices is also used of [by] other groups to also interconnect with other, perhaps, inner world, off-world, and even on the surface systems for transfer of knowledge that is so required at that time. And it’s usually done without any language.

It just, I guess, in a way, just transmits in a different zone . . .

Corey: Thought.

Clifford: . . . for communication. The thought processes.

Corey: Right.

David: So Clifford, were there any other artifacts that the Zuni got from the star people that you’re aware of?

Clifford: I believe that there was many things that were given or survived throughout the thousands of years, but most of them were taken out by the early explorers like the Smithsonian.

And there’s a lot of records. And I even saw them way back in the 1960s, of some of the stuff that they took out from Zuni throughout different expeditions starting back in the 1880s.

And they even went and dug up some ruins, the original ruins that were there in existence during the Spanish invasion. And so those artifacts were stored in the Smithsonian.

We went back years later to ask for it, but they told them that they had gotten rid of them or they couldn’t trace them back.

But I saw them back in 1966, some of the masks, some of the paraphernalia that they used for religious and curing purposes, and also some of the original artifacts that they recovered from the tribes.

And so there are many things that were in other different museums, like the Hyde Museum in New York and other museums throughout the country.

After the Indian Repatriation Act and the Graveyards Protection Act, they gave a lot of it back to the Indians, but we don’t know exactly what the process was.

Corey: There could have been technology, off-world technology, involved in what the Smithsonian removed, because you mentioned before that there was . . . speak of “flying shields” that were handed over to the native population, and they actually flew in them.

Clifford: Not only that they used the shields, but other vessels that they used for transportation in the old days.

David: When you say “shields”, I just want to be clear. Are these like sculptures that are meant to look like flying saucers, or are they actual craft?

Clifford: It’s a craft, but it looks like a shield, the flying shields.

David: Oh!

Clifford: A reference is also made of the flying gourds, which are round vessels.

David: Ah!

Clifford: So because at that time, what would they relate it to?

David: Right.

Clifford: It’s something that they were familiar with.

So the shield, in this case, would be something that you guard yourself with . . . against. Most Indian tribes had their shields back in warfare days. And so that’s the only reference that you can make.

And if your flying shield is flying around, well, that’s the only reference that they had.

David: You may be aware that here on Gaia we’ve been investigating some very unusual, humanoid-looking mummies. Have you had any encounters with possible artifacts of that nature?

Clifford: I’m only aware of them through information that was given me. For example, the one that this Hopi person told me about is that, . . . especially in the ant people that the Hopis are very familiar with.

Now, I’ve heard of other mummified beings like the one that they took out of the Chaco Canyon, according to this same individual, that was inside of a log that they transported from the Chaco to Hopi.

David: Hm.

Clifford: From my first glance, it’s mummified. But it also has a covering on it that looks like . . . If you look at a piece of mahogany wood or a root, a mahogany root, and it’s like polished. But I can sense immediately that there was something that used to live as a living being.

But it’s about . . . I would say it’s about that long. [Clifford spreads his hands about 30 inches apart]

David: You’re saying it was actually glossy?

Clifford: Yeah.

David: Like a glossy polish?

Clifford: It was some type of sap on it or some type of a compound that was in there.

David: Like for mummification.

Clifford: Yes.

David: Wow!

Corey: Well, they’ve probably seen . . . Over the years, they’d find tree sap, and then there would be something preserved in it like a bug or something like that. They probably knew that they could preserve . . .

Clifford: The way I look at it, that they were taught that from the off-planet beings on how to preserve those things. We were all taught by those people.

David: Now did this mummy look just like a regular human three feet tall, or did it have some unusual features?

Clifford: It’s go many, many unusual features. It didn’t look like a human at all.

David: Really?

Clifford: Yes. It looked like . . . My first reaction is that it’s an ET because I’ve seen so many pictures of them.

And what my evaluation of the information that I have studied throughout the years is that that’s got to be an ET or off-planet living thing, or something that came from not a human or regular animal species . . . centaur . . .

David: Well, can I ask you a few questions?

Clifford: Sure.

David: Okay. Did it have five fingers, or . . .

Clifford: No, at that time I did not go into detail on that because he just showed it and said, “We’ll go through this the next time.”

And I respected him, and I said, “Okay, fine.”

Corey: And there is the possibility of us being able to get x-rays done of it.

Clifford: He even volunteered to have somebody look at these things, because he’s the last of the persons at First Mesa. And he wants it to be known that “I have this information”.

So he sort of like asked me, in a way, “What shall I do?” And I said, “Well, I think we ought to document it.”

And one of them goes through the scientific analysis of these things, because this is far too important for just to let it go.

David: I assume that it has a human-like head with eyes, nose, mouth, or . . .

Clifford: Well, it’s got the features of things that humans are made with: eyes, legs, hands.

David: But the proportions are all different?

Clifford: Proportions are different. And it might have been just one of the smaller species . . . because there are many species. In our teachings, there were different sizes.

Even in the ant people, there’s different sizes. In the insectoid world, there’s different sizes. So it could be one of the same species but a different type.

David: Wow!

Corey: Does he have the history of how it was found, . . .

Clifford: Yes.

Corey: . . . where it was found?

Clifford: He’s got the whole history.

Corey: Excellent.

Clifford: And he also has detailed information of how he got that, when it happened, the dates and so on. So he’s very thorough in that.

Mr. Malava, that’s his Hopi name, and he has a lot of information. And he’s like the last of the priesthood of the First Mesa Hopi.

They’re all different. But he has made himself the spokesperson for what is left with him throughout the ages from previous grandfathers and the group that he got his teachings from.

And he feels that now is the time to let the public know, primarily for two reasons.

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First reason is that he wants to set the record straight about these other writers that have been telling a whole bunch of hoaxes about the Hopi and get the record straight.

And the other one is for the longevity of the information for the future generations. Even though it looks like we’re at the end of this fourth world, he wants to transfer that information on to the next generation so that they’ll have an idea of what history is involved with the Hopi people.

He’s got so many information, including not only about the mummified things that he talked about, the flying shield, but also about the asteroids and how it happened in the past and what might happen in the future.

And he’s at the stage in his life that he wants to pass on this information to the general public. And nobody . . . He tried to get somebody to carry on his duties and function of what he is in First Mesa. And he’s not getting anybody to work with him to be his protege.

And so what he wants to do is that he wants to record this and pass it on, anywhere from the simple ones to the storytelling-type approach to advanced things like what we’re talking about.

Corey: Can you explain a little bit about the Hopi prophecies of the first, second, third, fourth world, and why we’re in the fourth?

Clifford: Well, the first three were destroyed by things of nature, you know, like earth, wind, fire, earthquakes. And the last one was, of course, the flooding.

And so this is why we, as Pueblo people, survived in the Grand Canyon, and we’ve become sort of like the wards of the different insectoid people. This is what our history tells us. It’s not something that was made up. It was not somebody who came from somewhere and gave us this information. It’s part of our history and it’s our system.

Corey: How does the insect people tie into the fourth world and third world?

Clifford: The way they describe it, I think that they were not only from the inner world, but I believe that they also, according to the teachings, they were from other off-world systems that they saw, which would fall in the same category as the Guardians and the Keepers of our Earth that saw this catastrophe.

And there was a reason for a lot of these clearances, so to speak.

You’ve got to clear the Earth of the bad things. And I think the same theory applies with the dinosaurs or the giants that to get rid of those things.

And whoever’s in charge, whether you call it God or the Great Spirit or whatever, is the one that took it upon themselves to say that “we’ve gone too far on this end or we made a mistake, so let’s clean this up again.”

Or that “humankind did not follow what we told them to do and they deviated, so we got to destroy that planet that they also created a mess on there.”

And I think that this repeats; history repeats itself.

Corey: Yeah.

Clifford: So now we’re in . . . What the Hopis, the Zuni and other Pueblo people say that we’re now in the end of the fourth world.

David: Does every world, as described, end in a catastrophe of some kind – these cleansings you’re talking about?

Clifford: According to the history that I have been studying, they had given them the opportunities not to get to that point, but they went and they exceeded what they were told not to do. So that was the last resort that says, “Well, if you do not follow what we had taught you to do, and you’re violating that, we have no choice.”

Corey: When the ant people realized that you were at the end of the third world, where did they take the Zuni, for how long, and what was life like where they went?

Clifford: Well, according to the teachings, we were in the fourth underworld. And they progressed each step from the fourth world, which was “a dark world”.

And then every layer that they went through becomes a lot cleaner and more lighter than the previous ones.

And there’s many, many stories about how they got to the next world. The Hopis used the reed to go up on that. The Zunis, they talk about growing a certain tree, and I think these are just allegories that they had to make a reference to it.

And so they stepped up to the next world, and they stayed there for a while. And then eventually we came into what we call “the light world”.

And they use the allegory as the Sun Father creating that, which is true to a certain extent, because of the light and what we know about the Sun’s energy nowadays.

So there’s a lot of things that are mixed in there that is . . . you look at it from the science standpoint, which is true from the quantum physics standpoint, and then you also look at it from the spirituality standpoint, and you put those together and they fit perfectly of what the interpretation of the Indian talk about and what modern physics will tell you about.

And they talk about the same thing from a different language and a different concept.

Corey: Were the Zuni and Hopi brought below the Earth for generations?

Clifford: Oh, this is thousands of years.

Corey: Thousands of years.

Clifford: At least, yeah.

Corey: And when you emerged, do you know where your people emerged from and where you went next?

Clifford: Well, they said that the Grand Canyon . . .

Corey: Grand Canyon.

Clifford: And there’s several places. The confluence of the Little Colorado comes from the east. And the Big Colorado . . . there’s a travertine dome. They call it “The Sipapu”.

All Indians have a reference to a “Sipapu” or a “Sipapulima”. And that’s where they came out from other parts of the universe, that they have to have a portal that they go through, where nowadays we can call it a wormhole or a vortex.

Corey: Wow! So when the Zuni were brought underground, they may have been brought to another planet through a portal.

Clifford: Uh-huh. I think that if you really look at it from the standpoint of science, I think that they were actually transported not only into the inner world, but the other beings came from the off-world. They came through those, what we call, again, wormholes or vortices out there. And they came directly through there.

There used to be an expedition, especially from my Zuni tribe, that . . . they recruited at least 20 people every year. They would bring them down into the Grand Canyon, and they had like a 10-day boat trip, and they identified all their sacred places, the Indians not knowing that they were looking for these vortices, and they actually showed them.

Corey: The Grand Canyon has a lot of other mysteries. Back in the late 1800s, there was a discovery that some of the artifacts looked possibly Egyptian.

Clifford: Uh-huh.

Corey: Do you have some information about that?

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Clifford: Well, we actually did a documentary, I think four years ago. [“Expedition to Sipapu”] And our purpose was to go out there and look for the 1980 expedition that was financed by the Smithsonian through a guy by the name of Kincaid.

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And he actually went into the cave, and we were up there to look for that place. And while we were there, there was some drilling that was going on. We did not know that until we got there.

And the purpose of us going over there was to find out about the cave where they had Egyptian and Buddhist statues that were removed by the Kincaid expedition and transported to the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.

We inquired about that by official means, and we were told that they had dumped that into the ocean, gold statues.

David: Yeah.

Corey: We had heard about bones of giants, bodies of giants, being dumped in the ocean by the Smithsonian in the past.

Clifford: Yeah. But that expedition is on YouTube. It’s called “Expedition to Sipapu”. It’s all factual. We went through the archives.

Corey: But you don’t recall any specific stories about people living there from different lands?

Clifford: Well, you know, you have to really listen to the story and you have to really understand the language of what they mean.

When they say that they go through . . . Remember, I said that they went through layers.

Corey: Yes.

Clifford: So they had to be way down in there. And that’s . . . And we have a cyclic life. We all go back into where we were at, which is the Inner Earth.

And the Inner Earth has been visited by OBE, you know, out-of-body experiences. And I know a lot of people that have been there, and they were sad to come back here because it is so beautiful out there. I know they’re not lying. They can’t lie to me.

David: Right.

Corey: I’ve had a little bit of experience with that myself.

Clifford: Yeah, it is beautiful, they say. “I didn’t want to come back,” they say.

Corey: I believe in your testimony, you’ve mentioned a different type of insectoid as well.

Clifford: Those are the praying mantis type?

Corey: Yes. A lot of people in this audience will be familiar with the mantis-type insectoids.

Clifford: Yes. I think that there were other species, and not only the ones that basically are on the ground, or inside the ground like the ants, in the insectoid species, but there were also other species that were also teachers.

Corey: I heard something mentioned which I found interesting in the smart-glass pads about Native Americans that reported a group called the Two Hearts.

Clifford: Uh-huh.

Corey: And I found that interesting because the Reptilians have a primary and a secondary heart. Do you think these are the same beings?

Clifford: According to the Zuni mythology or stories, is that all the people that were made were all good people. But there was a two-hearted people, which we now call them as the “Dark Force people”, or to the more blatant term is called the “witchcraft people”.

Those are the ones that are referred to as the “two-hearted people”, because they do not have the same mission as a regular human being. Their mission is to be the Dark Force for the balance.

Corey: Ah, yeah.

Clifford: And the balance was to be population control. But they overstepped that control and they became more powerful, and that’s what we’re going through right now. We’re in an imbalance of the Dark Force. But it’s going to be straightened out.

David: One of the things, Clifford, in terms of research that I think is very compelling, is you look at these skulls that were originally found in South Africa, the Boskop skulls, and they are elongated.

Clifford: Uh-huh.

David: The brain is about twice the size of a normal brain. This is not the result of head binding. We find them in Siberia. We find them in South Africa. The Egyptian depictions of the pharaohs have this characteristic.

We’ve now found them in tombs in Europe. And it does appear that some of the classic Mayan inscriptions show people with elongated skulls as well.

So I’m wondering if you have any information on that.

Clifford: The theory that I have looked at is what in the beginning, in order to have a leadership to carry on the functions of the “new human”, is that they had to have a hybrid program. And those people, at that time, were still in the stages of becoming advanced humans. And I’m talking about the indigenous people.

So they had to have a transition. And I believe that, based upon the prayers and the rituals, and it’s just the historical facts, based upon a comprehensive study about these things, and you look at that, and these were a special type of people. And they had different features than the regular group.

So even in the Zuni history, the priesthood were sort of like half whatever off-world means, but at the same time they were half humanoid-type people.

So they started that blue line, so to speak – bluebloods organizations. And it was done by a certain group, by a clan system, or by an order of what you might call a societal system. There’s many societies in many different pueblos.

They got the medicine society, kachina society, the priesthood society from all directions and all different . . . And each one has certain functions.

David: Clifford, what do you think about casinos being built on American Indian land?

Clifford: Indian reservations are where the casinos are at. And they had access to them all these years, but I believe that there are a lot of activities, construction activities, going on on the Indian reservations because that’s land that nobody can go in. It’s just like a national park, same status, or a military base, same status.

So they can carry on anything that they want. And casinos are to get people away from their usual activities and take away all their money, number one. And then also to give them another deviation, because they’ve already got alcoholism.

They’ve already got domestic violence, drugs and everything else.

Corey: Throw in some gambling in there.

Clifford: So this is another one. Gambling is . . . You can do it even sober. So I believe that’s also another deviation.

David: Do you think that each of these sacred lands for the American Indians have underground areas beneath them, that maybe these casinos are built there so that they have a nice cover to access those underground areas?

Clifford: Yeah, especially, for example, like at Jicarilla Apache, Dulce [New Mexico]. I think there’s two casinos over there. The stories and the legends, or to a lot of times, mythology, about some of those places, that the underground people used to occupy – they still do to this day – they used to go into those mountains by pilgrimages by different tribes.

That’s where they used to have the contact directly with them. But as time went on, they started putting in fences; they started isolating it. So we no longer . . .

Corey: . . . have access.

Clifford: . . . have access.

Corey: So this is the military that has this place locked down?

Clifford: Nobody really knows who.

Corey: Okay.

Clifford: But I could never get information from those people because . . . I think what they did was they signed a document, “If anybody asks you this, you don’t tell them.”

Corey: Nondisclosure.

Clifford: So they said, “Well . . . .” And they got paid real good money.

David: All right. Well, Clifford, this has been really great, and I’m so grateful that you wanted to come forward and share all your knowledge with us.

And Corey, do you have anything you’d like to say to him in closing?

Corey: Yeah. It’s been an honor to have you and your information out here. I’m very happy that this can be a conduit to correct a lot of misconceptions about the Hopi and Zuni people.

Clifford: I’m glad to be here.

David: Well, thank you, Clifford. And I want to thank you for watching. This is “Cosmic Disclosure” with Corey Goode, myself, David Wilcock, and our special guest, Clifford Mahooty.

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