Why Fasting Is Such a Powerful Treatment Strategy for Diabetes

By Dr. Mercola

We have an epidemic of diabetes in the United States. An estimated 30.3 million Americans, nearly 1 in 10, have Type 2 diabetes.1 Another 84 million American adults — about 1 in 3 — are prediabetic, and most are unaware of this fact. Prediabetes2 is defined as an elevation in blood glucose over 100 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl) but lower than 125 mg/dl, at which point it formally becomes Type 2 diabetes.

However, any fasting blood sugar regularly over 90 mg/dl really suggests insulin resistance, and seminal work by the late Dr. Joseph Kraft, author of “Diabetes Epidemic and You: Should Everyone Be Tested?” suggests that 80 percent — 8 out of 10 — Americans are in fact insulin resistant,3 which means they’re already on their way toward developing diabetes.

That’s the bad news. The good news is Type 2 diabetes is curable, and the cure is less than free. It actually saves you loads of time and money. In his book, “The Diabetes Code: Prevent and Reverse Type 2 Diabetes Naturally,” Dr. Jason Fung details how to address this exceptionally common problem.

Fung is a nephrologist (kidney specialist) with a practice in Toronto. Two years ago, I interviewed him about fasting, which is one of the most powerful interventions for Type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance. Fung was also one of the experts who peer reviewed my book, “Fat for Fuel,” which integrates some of his work.

Why Identifying Insulin Resistance Is so Important

There are two types of diabetes, Type 1, or insulin dependent diabetes, and Type 2 diabetes, which is lifestyle related. Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90 to 95 percent of all diabetes cases and is the topic of this particular discussion. Prevalence of Type 2 diabetes started to rise in the 1980s, at a time when obesity had yet to become a significant trend. However, as obesity became more prevalent, so did Type 2 diabetes.

“But the fundamental underlying problem of Type 2 diabetes, which is insulin resistance, is actually much more widespread than that,” Fung says. “And the innovative thing Kraft did was that he took a standard glucose tolerance test, and measured blood insulin levels instead of blood glucose. Because if you think about what’s happening, when you ingest 75 grams of glucose [the amount administered prior to the test], your blood glucose may stay normal.

But, your body may be producing a huge amount of insulin to really shove that glucose into the cell. Because one of the functions of insulin is to move the glucose from the blood into the cell. Insulin resistance refers to the fact that blood glucose is simply not getting in there. So, if your body needs to produce two, three, four, five times the amount of normal insulin to get that glucose in there, you have a problem, which is not detectable if you just measure blood glucose.

Because, yes, you are shoving all that glucose into the cell, but it took you a huge amount of effort to do so. And by [using the] Kraft assay, which looks at how much the insulin goes up, you can detect [insulin resistance] at a much earlier stage. This is important because there are things we can do about reversing … insulin resistance, and the sooner we get to it, the sooner we can get on the path to wellness.”

Ultimately, diabetes is just one symptom. Insulin resistance, which results in mitochondrial dysfunction, is also at the heart of cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and other degenerative diseases, and it all starts because your body is unable to burn fat as a primary fuel. When your body relies primarily on sugar instead, more reactive oxygen species (ROS) are generated, which damage the mitochondria in your cells.

Why Fasting Resolves Insulin Resistance, the Cause of Diabetes

Fasting has been used for thousands of years to keep us well. Once you understand what insulin resistance actually is and what Type 2 diabetes is, then you’ll understand why something so simple as abstaining from food for a period of time can be such a powerful intervention. Contrary to infectious diseases, you cannot treat metabolic disease with a pill, because metabolic diseases such as diabetes are predicated on lifestyle, primarily diet.
As explained by Fung:

“You have to use metabolic treatments, which is why using fat for fuel is so important. It really gets to the point that you cannot follow this old paradigm [of drug treatment] because you’re going to fail … Remember, the glucose goes into the cell, and insulin resistance is when the glucose doesn’t go out of the cell. So, for years we’ve used this paradigm of lock and key.

That is, the cell is sort of gated off. Outside the cell there’s blood, and when insulin comes around it turns the key, opens the gate and glucose goes in. So, if insulin is there, why is the glucose not going in? … You can measure the insulin and the insulin level is high. You can look at the insulin receptor, the gate is completely normal.

So, [conventional medicine] said something like, ‘Well, maybe there’s something gumming up the mechanism. It’s stuck in the lock so it doesn’t open properly, therefore the glucose can’t get into the cell. There’s a huge problem with this sort of paradigm, because if that is happening, the cell has no glucose and should be starving.

You should be losing lots of weight; you’d have a very thin liver. All your fat should just melt away, because if you think about untreated Type 1 diabetes, where you don’t have enough insulin, that’s exactly what happens. The cell literally starves and everything just wastes away … But that’s not what’s happening here.

In Type 2 diabetes you see that people are generally obese, they have large abdomens … What’s happening instead is that it’s actually an overflow syndrome. The cell can’t accept any more glucose because it’s jam packed full of glucose already. That’s the reason you have insulin resistance. Insulin is trying to move glucose into the cell but the cell is full … So, it’s really an overflow mechanism …

That’s also why your liver is full — it’s a big fatty liver. The liver is busy trying to get rid of all this glucose by turning it into fat … Now, if Type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance are the same sort of thing, it’s really about too much sugar. That’s the bottom line.

And if you understand that the whole problem is too much sugar, then the solution is not to use more insulin to jam more glucose into an already full cell. The key is to get rid of it all. So, what you want to do is: 1) Don’t put more sugar into your system, because you have too much sugar in already, and 2) Burn it off.”

Why Exercise Cannot Replace Fasting

To avoid adding sugar into your body it is important to adopt a cyclical low-carb, high-fat diet, which I detail in “Fat for Fuel.” Then, to burn off the sugar already in your system, intermittent fasting or time-restricted eating is a powerful tool. Exercise is not the solution for diabetes, and cannot replace fasting.

Remember, you can’t out-exercise your mouth. The reason for this is because you not only have insulin resistance in your muscles, but in all your tissues and organs, and to eliminate the excess glucose in your organs you need to temporarily “starve” the cells.
Clearly, you should exercise, but that will only burn the glycogen in your muscles. It’s not going to address your fatty liver. As noted by Fung, fasting “gets rid of all the sort of excess nutrients.

That’s why, historically, people called it a cleanse or a detox, because that’s really what it is.” In his practice, Fung has used fasting for many years and can attest to the dramatic turnarounds possible. “We have people coming in with the most severe diabetes; they’re taking hundreds of units of insulin a day, and within three to four weeks we have them off everything.” Oftentimes, a severe diabetic can revert back to being nondiabetic within as little as two months.

Taking Insulin Worsens Type 2 Diabetes

This is not to say it’s easy. Fasting can be difficult when you’re used to eating multiple times a day. But it’s a natural way that will allow your body to heal itself. Meanwhile, taking insulin for Type 2 diabetes is about the worst thing you can do. As explained by Fung:

“What happens when you give insulin is that insulin lets your body use all that glucose, and when there’s too much glucose, it’s just going to [turn it into] fat. So, all these patients gain weight. And they always come back and say, ‘Whoa doc, you’ve told me I need to lose weight, then you give me insulin and I’ve gained 20 pounds. How is that good?’

And the answer is that it’s not. As you gain more weight your diabetes gets worse, which means you need to take more insulin, which means you’re going to gain more weight. They can see themselves spiraling down the drain, and the doctors do nothing but give them more insulin. It doesn’t even make any sense because the underlying issue is the hyperinsulinemia and insulin resistance. That is, if you look at Type 2 diabetes, insulin levels are very high.

So [why give] more insulin in a situation where you have too much insulin already? If you have hyperthyroidism, if you have too much thyroid hormone, you don’t give more thyroid hormone. If you have an alcoholic, you don’t give more alcohol. It’s the exact wrong thing to do. In fact, if your levels of insulin are too high and that’s your disease, you need to lower insulin. By giving insulin, you’re actually making the fundamental problem much worse.”

How Fasting Benefits Your Mitochondria

Fasting is the most profoundly effective metabolic intervention I’m aware of. It’s like getting a free stem cell transplant, and it massively upregulates autophagy and mitophagy. It also stimulates mitochondrial biosynthesis during the refeeding phase, which allows your body to naturally regenerate. For these reasons, fasting is not only beneficial for Type 2 diabetes and obesity but also for health in general, and likely even longevity.

There’s even evidence to suggest fasting can help prevent or even reverse dementia, as it helps your body clean out toxic debris. As noted by Fung, “It’s fundamentally one of the keys of wellness.” By lowering insulin, you also increase other important hormones, including growth hormone (aka the fitness hormone), which is important for muscle development and general vitality.

Other ailments that can benefit from fasting include polycystic ovaries, polycystic kidneys and fast growing cancer cells. The reason for this is because when autophagy increases, your body starts breaking down old protein, including fast growing cells. Then, during the refeeding phase, growth hormone increases, boosting the rebuilding of new proteins and cells. In other words, it reactivates and speeds up your body’s natural renewal cycle.

Getting Started

Most people fear being hungry and avoid it like the plague. Here, intermittent fasting can make the process a lot easier. Before I tried my first five-day water fast, I increased my intermittent daily fasting to the point that I was fasting for 20 hours a day for a few months, but one month is likely sufficient.

At that point, going several days without food was easy, since my body had had gained metabolic flexibility and was able to burn fat as my primary fuel, Most people get really hungry by Day Three on a water fast, yet I had no hunger at all. Fung agrees, saying:

“That’s a great point. If you are fueling yourself primarily with carbohydrates, then you can’t use fat very well … So, when you transition from a predominantly carbohydrate diet to a predominantly fat-based diet, your body can’t store glycogen, because those are chains of glucose, it needs to burn body fat (or dietary fat). To your body it’s sort of the same thing, they’re just triglycerides.

When you biopsy muscle over a period of several weeks, you can actually see the that the machinery necessary to burn triglycerides for fuel increase. You see expression of genes increasing that are able to use the fat. So, if you go from a standard 50 or 60 percent carbohydrate diet to fasting … your muscles are going to be weaker, because they’re used to glucose. They’re like, ‘Where’s my glucose?’

You have triglycerides [but] you can’t use it at first. Some people call it keto flu. But, over a period of about two weeks or so, your body gets used to it. So, an easy transition is to switch over to a very low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet, so that your body is used to using fat.

You’re not fasting per se, but your body gets used to burning fat for fuel. The other thing is you can start lengthening your period of fast. You should be fasting every day … Whether it’s 12 hours or 14 hours. There should be a period in there that you’re fasting. Then you extend it, so that you gradually go to 16 hours, 18 hours, 20 hours and then 24 hours, and then kind of go into it from there. Those are two ways to ease the transition and make the fasting easier …

Even shorter periods of fasting of 24 to 36 hours have a lot of benefits. You start to get into that period where you’re depleting your glycogen and you’re getting into fat burning. You start to see autophagy start around 24 to 30 hours as well. One of the other benefits people talk about nowadays is this sort of bio-hacking.

People, especially in Silicon Valley, are fasting because it gives them more mental capacity. Their brain works better; they find they’re clearer and they can think better. So, this is a free way to boost your brain power. So yeah, there’s all different regimens, and there’s all different ways to ease into it. But the key is to just get started.”

How to Minimize Side Effects

Gradually easing into longer fasts will naturally minimize most side effects associated with fasting, as will transitioning over to a high-fat, low-carb diet, to help your body to adjust to using fat as a primary fuel. The so-called “keto flu” is often related to sodium deficiency, so it’s recommended to take a high-quality unprocessed salt each day. I typically pour salt in my hand and lick it throughout the day when fasting, as I obviously can’t put it on food. This will also help reduce the likelihood of intractable muscle cramps at night.

Headaches are also common when you first start water fasting. These too can often be minimized by taking salt. An alternative to eating salt straight, or putting it in water, is to add it to a bit of bone broth. Another important mineral is magnesium. It’s particularly important if you are diabetic, as magnesium deficiency is very common among Type 2 diabetics. This is another possible culprit if you’re getting muscle cramps.

There are several types of magnesium, some of which are more poorly absorbed than others. During water fasting, your best bet is to use Epsom salt baths, as this allows your body to absorb the magnesium through your skin rather than your digestive tract. Magnesium has a laxative effect in high doses, and when you’re not eating anything, oral magnesium can easily result in “disaster pants.” Multivitamins can also be useful during extended fasts, especially if you’re doing them regularly.

It is also important to understand that if you are on a multiday water fast you will liberate many toxins from your fat stores, so using an infrared sauna and taking effective binders, like chlorella, modified citrus pectin, cilantro or even activated charcoal can help eliminate these liberated toxins from your body and prevent their reabsorption.

Work With a Knowledgeable Physician if You’re on Any Medications

While fasting is a profoundly effective intervention for Type 2 diabetes, you do need to use caution if you’re diabetic. If you are taking medication, especially for your blood sugar, you have to make sure you talk to your doctor, because there’s a risk your blood sugar may end up dipping too low. If you’re taking insulin, and keep taking insulin while fasting, you could get into trouble.

“Some people say that for that reason, Type 2 diabetics should never fast. But that’s not true,” Fung says. “What’s true is that you need to adjust the medication in anticipation of [your blood] sugar going down … So, if you’re on these medications for diabetes, you need to make sure you monitor very closely and make sure that your blood sugar doesn’t go too low.

Remember, the fasting is going to drive your blood sugars down, and your insulin or your medications will drive your blood sugars down, so you’ve got kind of two things driving your blood sugars down. All of a sudden you go low, you can have seizures, you can wind up in the emergency room and you could absolutely die.

And that’s one of the things you have to be very careful of. So yes, you can do it, but you have to make sure you do it in a supervised setting with somebody who knows what they’re doing.”

Why You Need Not Fear Starvation

Last but not least, one of the greatest fears people have about fasting is the concept of starvation and the loss of lean muscle mass. In his book, Fung explains why such fears are overblown. Your metabolic rate is the energy your body uses to generate body heat and keep your organs working. Your body basically needs a certain number of calories a day. People have a tendency to think that skipping a meal means your metabolic rate will decrease.

In reality, the exact opposite occurs. In studies looking at basal metabolic rate, people’s metabolic rate is actually 10 percent higher at the end of a four-day fast than at the beginning. So, your body is not shutting down, it’s actually ramping itself up. The reason for this has to do with counterregulatory hormones. As insulin drops, counterregulatory hormones go up.

Some of these activate your sympathetic nervous system (the so-called fight or flight response). “So, as you fast, all these hormones are going up, your sympathetic nervous system is going up, your adrenaline is going up, your growth hormone’s going up,” Fung says.

“Obviously, if you’re pumping your body full of adrenaline, your basal metabolic rate is not going down. In fact, it maintains itself, which is in distinction to calorie restriction diets where, if you just try and cut a few calories a day, your metabolic rate will go down. The growth hormone is also important because of [its] protein sparing effect …

When you study people fasting, you don’t see an increase in burning of protein. There is a normal turnover. But at the end of it, because your growth hormone is so high, when you eat again, you will make up these new proteins. So, it’s actually much healthier for you because you’re getting rid of all protein and you’re bringing new protein.”

More Information

If you’re among the 80 percent of people who are insulin resistant, get yourself a copy of Fung’s brand-new book that comes out April 3, “The Diabetes Code: Prevent and Reverse Type 2 Diabetes Naturally.” Fung’s book, “The Complete Guide to Fasting,” is another excellent resource. As Fung says, we’ve known that fasting is beneficial for thousands of years. We just strayed away from it, and we need to re-embrace this foundational aspect of health.

“[A few years ago] somebody was telling me about fasting and I thought, ‘Well that’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard of.’ And then I thought, why? Why was this so silly? I dug into the research and then I just started doing it.

I probably have more clinical experience, truthfully, than anybody in the world, and that’s not hard because nobody was doing it a few years ago. And now it seems so obvious that [fasting is] the solution … You don’t eat, then your blood sugar comes down, you lose weight and your diabetes gets better. There’s the solution right there.”

It’s Time to Master This Mashed Cauliflower Recipe

Cauliflower has undergone a renaissance recently, probably because
people have come up with resourceful ways to use this cruciferous vegetable as
a replacement for conventional but unhealthy carbohydrates. BuzzFeed compiled
23 ways to utilize cauliflower as a replacement for carbohydrate-loaded
everyday foods, like rice, pizza crusts, fritters, tortillas and even baked Tater
Tots.[i]

 

This Creamy and Cheesy Mashed Cauliflower Recipe can take the place of
typical mashed potatoes.
Although potatoes may offer health benefits, these tubers are high in starches that
can lead to health risks if consumed excessively. Cauliflower is a better
option, as it doesn’t just guarantee heaps of flavor, but also provides benefits
for your body’s overall well-being.

 

Ingredients:

 

1 to 2 heads organic cauliflower

4 tablespoons raw butter

2 tablespoons raw organic cream cheese

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Dr. Mercola’s Himalayan salt, pepper, garlic powder and other spices
to taste


Procedure:

 

1.      
Steam the cauliflower until tender, about 5 to 7
minutes.

2.      
Place steamed cauliflower in large mixing bowl
or food processor.

3.      
Add butter, cream cheese, Parmesan cheese and
seasonings.

4.      
Blend all ingredients together until smooth and creamy.

5.      
Sprinkle with extra cheese, if desired.

 

Reap the Potential
Benefits of This Creamy and Cheesy Mashed Cauliflower Recipe

 

Making a batch of this dish is a decision that can pay off in the long
run because of the advantages you can get from ingredients like organic
cauliflower and raw organic cheese. Plus, you have the liberty of adding other
herbs and spices to make this dish more flavorful. Himalayan salt, freshly
ground black pepper and garlic powder are good examples to begin with, but if
you’d like to enhance it further by using fresh herbs, you’re free to
do so.

 

Consider the Amazing Benefits
of Cauliflower

 

Organic cauliflower is the star of this dish not just because of its
refreshing flavor and creamy texture when pureed, but also because of its benefits.
A serving of cauliflower gives you ideal amounts of vitamins B-1, B-2, B-3, B-5,
B-6, B-9, C and K, minerals such as manganese, phosphorus and potassium, as
well as protein and fiber.

 

Notable antioxidants
are also found in cauliflower, namely vitamin C, beta-carotene, kaempferol,
quercetin, rutin and cinnamic acid. These help the body boost its defenses
against attacks caused by reactive oxygen species (ROS) and resist aging trigged
by daily exposure to pollutants, chronic stress and more, eventually decreasing
the risk of oxidative stress and helping prevent development of harmful side
effects like accelerated tissue and organ damage. Furthermore, cauliflower has
been shown to positively impact your:

 

·        
Heart: Cauliflower
can improve cardiovascular health, specifically by improving blood pressure and
kidney function. These effects are linked to a compound called sulforaphane
found in cruciferous vegetables.[ii]

 

·        
Digestive
system:
Sulforaphane can aid in protecting the stomach lining and
inhibiting overgrowth or excessive clinging of the Helicobacter pylori bacteria
in your stomach.[iii]

 

·        
Brain:
Choline can play a role in enhanced brain development. A study revealed that
choline intake during a pregnancy significantly enhanced brain activity of
animals in utero, showing potential in improving cognitive function, learning
and memory.

 

Choline can also help lower risk of
age-related memory decline, reduce vulnerability to toxins during childhood and
deliver protection to the brain later in life.[iv]

 

Cauliflower is known to possess the following abilities, too:[v]

·        
Anti-inflammatory:
A standout anti-inflammatory substance is indole-3-carbinol, or I3C, which can
operate at the genetic level to help prevent inflammatory responses.

·        
Detoxifier:
Substances present in cauliflower can support phase 1 detoxification,
alongside sulfur-containing nutrients that are vital for Phase 2 detox
activities. Meanwhile, another type of compound called glucosolinates activate
detoxification enzymes.


When buying organic cauliflower, pick those that are firm with no brown or
soft yellow spots on the surface. You can also check if the cauliflower is
surrounded by green leaves, as these can be an indicator of freshness. Prior to
using, place the heads upside down in a large bowl of cold salt water for
around 15 minutes to remove insects and/or traces of pesticides.

 

Here’s Why Raw Butter and Organic
Cheese Are Good for You

 

Raw milk is a
common denominator in raw butter and organic cheese. Adding these dairy
ingredients can make the dish nutritious and more appetizing, even for picky eaters:

 

·        
Raw
butter made from grass fed cows:
This type of butter is exceptional
compared to processed butter because of its nutrient content. Conjugated
linoleic acid (CLA) in raw butter may assist with combating diabetes and weight loss. Meanwhile,
you can also find trace minerals in this type of butter, such as manganese,
chromium, zinc, copper and selenium, as well as easily absorbed vitamin A and
fat-soluble vitamins D, E and K-2.

 

Ideally, certified organic raw
butter that’s unpasteurized and made from grass fed cows’ milk should be your
top choice.

 

·        
Raw organic
cheese:
Compared to processed cheese usually made with unhealthy
pasteurized milk, raw organic cheese has a richer flavor, because heat during
pasteurization destroys enzymes and good bacteria responsible for adding
flavor. Plus, grass fed dairy products like raw organic cheese aren’t just
devoid of potentially dangerous antibiotics and hormones, but contain higher
amounts of vital nutrients as well, such as:[vi]

 

o  
An ideal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids (2-to-1)

o  
Three to five times more CLA[vii],[viii]

o  
Calcium, magnesium, beta-carotene and vitamins
A, C, D and E

o  
Preserved natural enzymes (because raw cheese
isn’t made from pasteurized milk)

 

To know whether the
cheese you’re buying is good for your health or not, check the label. Raw organic
cheese is made using four ingredients: grass fed milk, starter culture, salt
and rennet (an enzyme). The label itself also states the name of the cheese
variety, such as “cheddar cheese,” “blue cheese” or “brie.” Lastly, raw organic
cheese requires refrigeration.

 

On the other hand,
processed cheese is made with a laundry list of potentially harmful ingredients,
including additives, coloring agents and other artificial substances. This type
of cheese is often labeled “pasteurized” and requires refrigeration — stark
differences from raw organic cheese.



 

WhatDoesitMean.com 3-31-18… “Putin-Trump Alliance Gets Staggering Boost As “Deep State” Globalism Warned Near Death”

First of all, I love this image from this WDiM. And again it illustrates to me how Putin and Trump are, in one way and another, working together to stoop the Deep State tyranny and bring each of those respective nations back to an Inner strength, and an individual country sovereignty.

As mentioned before, one reason I occasionally like to post these WDiM articles is because they are extensively linked, and have “elements of actuality” in them, and you may check the links for yourself. As always, read with discernment. Please go to the original article to view all of the images. Generally only include one or two of the images, but provide links to all of them (see the magic word, “IMAGE”). And please note that I do not necessarily align with every point in these articles.

Some bolded lines are captions for images which I have linked to the images. Bolding in the highlights is my own.

“…President Putin has “agreed with the consensus” to expel 59 more foreign diplomats from 23 different countries in addition to the 150 expelled on Thursday over the “UK Poisoning Charade”—but whose most startling revelation is the “staggering boost” given to US-Russia relations after President Donald Trump said Moscow could begin immediately replacing the 60 Russian diplomats he had just expelled from the United States—and that comes in the aftermath of new evidence showing that the American shadow government “Deep State” plot for global domination is nearing its death.

“…on 20 March, President Putin and President Trump had a long ranging conversation that the “Deep State” mainstream propaganda media organs in the United States nearly instantly lied about by falsely claiming it was about a US-Russian arms race—but whose actual substance dealt with the mechanisms needed to derail the demonic anti-Christ globalist-led unipolar vision for our world controlled by US military might, to that of a multipolar one based on free markets and open trade…

“…one of the “Deep State’s” most devoted globalist architects, President of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Richard Haass, sounded the death knell of this demonic globalist plot in his article titled “Liberal World Order, R.I.P.”—and wherein he stated: “Liberalism is in retreat. Democracies are feeling the effects of growing populism. Parties of the political extremes have gained ground in Europe. The vote in the United Kingdom in favor of leaving the EU attested to the loss of elite influence.”

“…the actual “global frameworks” that are failing… are nothing more than the communist-liberal-progressive “social constructionism” projects being forced on peoples by massive government bureaucracies and court edicts… For nations choosing to allow their citizens to choose for themselves what societal and/or religious rules they want to live under, this report notes, these demonic globalists have long branded them as being “authoritarian” and “extreme”…

“In the “grand bargain” struck between Putin and Trump, this report continues, the most consequential issue is the denuclearization of North Korea—and that saw Putin agreeing to “hold in abeyance” Russia’s “pipeline for peace” project that would provide to both North and South Korea an endless supply of natural gas—and was “exchanged” by Trump agreeing to pull out all US military forces from Syria so this needless war can be quickly ended.

“…in Syria… the native Arab population has… begun an uprising against US-controlled units in the suburbs of the Syrian city of Raqqa that the Americans have turned into a “catastrophic hellhole” — thus causing President Trump to reiterate his 23 February warning to the “Deep State” to “get rid of ISIS and go home” by his more firmly declaring this week: “We’ll be coming out of Syria, like, very soon. Let the other people take care of it now. Very soon — very soon, we’re coming out.

“To exactly how much the “Deep State” has “lost its minds”, though, this report concludes, is evidenced by their outrageous fevered attempts to recruit Russian diplomats expelled from the US… thus providing yet another example of how corrupt the “Deep State” truly is, and how important the new Putin-Trump alliance is to the entire world.

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Putin-Trump Alliance Gets Staggering Boost As “Deep State” Globalism Warned Near Death


By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers

An astounding new Security Council (SC) report circulating in the Kremlin today detailing its meeting yesterday reveals that President Putin has “agreed with the consensus” to expel 59 more foreign diplomats from 23 different countries in addition to the 150 expelled on Thursday over the “UK Poisoning Charade”—but whose most startling revelation is the “staggering boost” given to US-Russia relations after President Donald Trump said Moscow could begin immediately replacing the 60 Russian diplomats he had just expelled from the United States—and that comes in the aftermath of new evidence showing that the American shadow government “Deep State” plot for global domination is nearing its death. [Note: Some words and/or phrases appearing in quotes in this report are English language approximations of Russian words/phrases having no exact counterpart.]

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According to this report, on 20 March, President Putin and President Trump had a long ranging conversation that the “Deep State” mainstream propaganda media organs in the United States nearly instantly lied about by falsely claiming it was about a US-Russian arms race—but whose actual substance dealt with the mechanisms needed to derail the demonic anti-Christ globalist-led unipolar vision for our world controlled by US military might, to that of a multipolar one based on free markets and open trade—and whose “grand bargain” reached between Putin and Trump will lead to the denuclearization of North Korea and the ending of the needless war in Syria.

Knowing that the “winds of history” are “filling the sails” of this new Putin-Trump multipolar alliance, this report continues, one of the “Deep State’s” most devoted globalist architects, President of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Richard Haass, sounded the death knell of this demonic globalist plot in his article titled “Liberal World Order, R.I.P.”—and wherein he stated:

Liberalism is in retreat. Democracies are feeling the effects of growing populism. Parties of the political extremes have gained ground in Europe. The vote in the United Kingdom in favor of leaving the EU attested to the loss of elite influence.

Even the US is experiencing unprecedented attacks from its own president on the country’s media, courts, and law-enforcement institutions. Authoritarian systems, including China, Russia, and Turkey, have become even more top-heavy. Countries such as Hungary and Poland seem uninterested in the fate of their young democracies.

We are seeing the emergence of regional orders. Attempts to build global frameworks are failing.

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To the actual “global frameworks” that are failing, this report explains, they are nothing more than the communist-liberal-progressive “social constructionism” projects being forced on peoples by massive government bureaucracies and court edicts—thus forcing whole societies to accept morally corrupt and degenerate policies that they are never allowed the freedom themselves to vote for.

For nations choosing to allow their citizens to choose for themselves what societal and/or religious rules they want to live under, this report notes, these demonic globalists have long branded them as being “authoritarian” and “extreme”—such as Russia whose President Putin is despised by these demonic globalists for his presiding over the triumph of Christianity in a once godless communist-liberal-progressive nation that now lets its own citizens decide how they want to live their lives.

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In the “grand bargain” struck between Putin and Trump, this report continues, the most consequential issue is the denuclearization of North Korea—and that saw Putin agreeing to “hold in abeyanceRussia’s “pipeline for peace” project that would provide to both North and South Korea an endless supply of natural gas—and was “exchanged” by Trump agreeing to pull out all US military forces from Syria so this needless war can be quickly ended.

In a further move to support this “grand bargain”, this report notes, just yesterday Trump froze over $200 million from going to “Deep State” aligned US military and intelligence factions in Syria attempting to illegally build a new base there and who are, also, flooding new heavy weapons into this already war ravaged nation—and whose vile “master plan” has been revealed to be “bleeding Syria in absence of defeat on the battlefield”.

So chaotic and dangerous to the world has the “Deep State’s” war in Syria become, though, this report continues, yesterday American and British soldiers were killed by an explosion in the northern Syrian city of Manbij that French President Emmanuel Macron said he is now sending his nations special forces into and will be joined by US troops, also, being deployed there—and whose main enemy is their own NATO ally Turkey who has just vowed to take the northern Syrian city of Manbij and attack any French forces that stand in their way.

Joining this unprecedented coming war of NATO allies killing each other in Syria, this report further notes, the native Arab population has, also, begun an uprising against US-controlled units in the suburbs of the Syrian city of Raqqa that the Americans have turned into a “catastrophic hellhole—thus causing President Trump to reiterate his 23 February warning to the “Deep State” to “get rid of ISIS and go home” by his more firmly declaring this week: “We’ll be coming out of Syria, like, very soon. Let the other people take care of it now. Very soon — very soon, we’re coming out.

[IMAGE President Trump knew years ago that the “Deep State” war in Syria would only lead to human and economic disaster]

In a “last gasp” move to counter this Putin-Trumpgrand bargain”, this report says, the “Deep State” aligned British government concocted their “UK Poisoning Charade” comprised of a laughable 6-paged PDF called “a powerful evidence of another intellectual low production of British propaganda machine” that makes only two assertions, and both are false—and is so absurd to believe because of the critical questions it doesn’t answer, it led the prestigious Oriental Review to state about it: “Have you totally lost your minds, ladies & gentlemen from the Downing Street?”.

To exactly how much the “Deep State” has “lost its minds”, though, this report concludes, is evidenced by their outrageous fevered attempts to recruit Russian diplomats expelled from the US—with, at least, “Deep State” leader Hillary Clinton hoping this comical move will be successful in boosting her fortunes—as she was just forced to accept a measly speaking fee of just $25,000 this past week, that stands in stark contrast to the over $22 million she used to make giving “speeches—thus providing yet another example of how corrupt the “Deep State” truly is, and how important the new Putin-Trump alliance is to the entire world.

[IMAGE “Peace is not the absence of conflict; it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.” President Ronald Reagan]

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[Note: The WhatDoesItMean.com website was created for and donated to the Sisters of Sorcha Faal in 2003 by a small group of American computer experts led by the late global technology guru Wayne Green (1922-2013) to counter the propaganda being used by the West to promote their illegal 2003 invasion of Iraq.]

[Note: The word Kremlin (fortress inside a city) as used in this report refers to Russian citadels, including in Moscow, having cathedrals wherein female Schema monks (Orthodox nuns) reside, many of whom are devoted to the mission of the Sisters of Sorcha Faal.]

Best 8 Person Tent Reviews (Friends & Family Edition!)

8 person tents are great. They’re huge and you can fit all your buddies and your entire family into them. Great for when it starts raining so you don’t have to all split up and end the night.

I do know, however, that it can be hard to find the best one to buy with so many options out there.

There are lots of different factors that come into play that you need to consider and I’ve listed the most important ones below.

I’ve also made a list of 6 of the market leaders that are for sale at the moment. They’ve been picked for their value for money, reliability and market-leading quality. Enjoy…

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What makes a great eight person tent?

There are a few important features you want to make sure you’ve got when making a purchase like this.

  • Waterproofness. There’s nothing worse than getting nice and comfortable and then noticing a leak. Get a good brand with lots of reviews as this is the only sure way to know it’s going to be waterproof.
  • Breathability. 8 people is a lot of bodies, sweats, and smells. Having some airflow coming in can be a real relief from the stench!
  • Size and height. Depending on how tall you are you’ll be looking for different heights but being able to stand up and stretch is lovely.
  • A porch. Having a porch is incredibly handy. It means you can keep dirty stuff out of your sleeping area and have a place to keep rubbish.
  • Dividers are another great feature. They really come in handy if you want a bit more privacy from those you’re camping with.

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4 Season – Can you use it year round?

This is a common misconception.

4 season tents are designed specifically for extreme weather conditions with intense snow or high-speed powerful winds. They don’t have mesh walls, so body heat is trapped and they stay warm but this also means much less airflow. For most campers, a 4 season is highly unnecessary.

3 seasons are instead the one to go for. They’re much cheaper, much lighter and much easier to set up. They’ll still protect you from any rain or wind you’re likely to encounter and for the everyday hiker, camper or explorer they’re what you want.

Colors

Tents come in all different colors and the right one to pick depends on what you’re using it for. If you’re going to a festival or expect there to be lots of other campers around you might want a color that stands out a bit more so it’s easy to find your spot. If you’re stealth camping however you may want a black, dark green or even camo style so you blend in easily.

Luckily most brands do their models in a variety of colors so you can choose the perfect color for your needs.


8 person tent reviews

TK Colorado GT Dome

NTK Colorado

This beast was designed specifically for the Brazilian Amazon. It’s a 3-season and dome styled. An incredibly well-designed bit of kit and protects against rain, wind, heat, and insects with ease.

This is the lightest on the list weighing just over 20 pounds and with the loss of weight, it still keeps a nice size of 10 by 12 foot and a center height of just over 6 foot.

What I liked about it

  • NTK is the international branch of Nautika, the number one camping brand in the whole of South America. They’ve been operating for over 40 years and in that time have perfected their tent design in every way possible.
  • Uses Nano-flex technology to ensure sturdiness and durability. The poles are fiberglass and are connected with double gold chrome plated ferrule hardware. This is a strong piece of engineering.
  • The micro mosquito mesh is much more effective than other models at keeping mosquitos and other insects out. It’s ultra-thin with holes in the mesh twice as small as normal insect nets. Really handy when your sleeping with 8 people and don’t have to decide between fresh air and getting bitten.

Who’s it for?

This is for those who want the best of the best of high-performance tents. Designed specifically to keep out water, maximize ventilation and withstand a beating from the wind. You won’t get leakages, the fiberglass support won’t break and you won’t be disappointed if you want a top of the range model.

Some other sweet features

  • Anti-fungus material is used to stop leakages or bacterial growth on the outside.
  • It’s only $140, incredibly cheap for such a high-end product.
  • The fabric is treated with a coating that protects you against UV rays.
  • Side pockets on the inside of the tent, so you can keep any your phone or torch easily accessible.
  • Mesh roof and windows for ventilation.

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Wenzel 8 Person Klondike

Wenzel Klondike

This is a huge 90 square foot blue monster. And that’s not even including its screened front porch. It’s 3 seasons and so as long as you’re not planning an adventure in the snow it’ll do you well. Wenzel has really gone all out with this one and you can tell why they’re such a trusted brand.

What I liked about it

  • Even if you’re a tall fella there are 6.5 feet of headroom so anyone can stand up and stretch to their heart’s content.
  • This is an incredibly sturdy bit of kit. The frame is made out of fiberglass so won’t break easily.
  • A large open porch that is nice to relax in if it’s drizzling or protect yourself from the sun if it’s blazing.
  • It’s got two pockets that are good for storing any little bits you don’t want to go lost.

Who’s it for?

If you want a real big tent that is sure to withstand most weather conditions this is the one for you. All seams are double stitched, it has a water-resistant coating and even gets treated with water repel spray over the zips, thread, and webbing. You ain’t getting wet with all that.

Some other sweet features

  • Windows are zippered, allowing the complete closure to keep the heat in.
  • Comes with a nice carry bag, that easily fits the whole tent in, unlike some others where you’re stuck trying to compress it down to make it fit.
  • Has a meshed section on the roof to let fresh air in.
  • It comes with a 10-year warranty. Really shows how much Wenzel believe in their product.

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Coleman 8-Person Red Canyon – The Cheapest

Coleman Red Canyon

Coleman is one of those brands that you just can’t go wrong with. They consistently produce top quality stuff and this is no different.

This is one of the most spacious tents on my list measuring 17 x 10 feet and is 6 foot tall so you can easily stand up and stretch, which is really nice.

It’s also the cheapest on my list. 127 bucks for an 8 man tent of this quality isn’t a deal you’ll find often.

What I liked about it

  • Really roomy, so you can sleep 8 people and still have room to wriggle.
  • Dividers enable you to choose between space and privacy. Either has one huge space or three separate rooms.
  • It’s got a really easy setup and pack down system which is handy to avoid those all too common arguments over trying to get up a tent in the rain.

Who’s it for?

With the removable privacy walls, this is a perfect tent for if you want a bit of privacy from who you’re camping with. This is a durable all round great tent so whether you’re going on a family camping trip or going to a festival with a load of mates you won’t be let down.

Some other sweet specs

  • Coleman has a unique patented ‘Weathertec’ system to ensure water resistance and durability in all weather conditions. With welded floors and inverted seams, you won’t be getting wet inside here.
  • The frame has been specially engineered to maximize strength in order to withstand high-speed wind conditions.
  • A steal at $127 this tent combines good quality with good value for your buck.

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Coleman Montana 8-Person with Porch

Coleman Montana

This is another great tent by Coleman, that there was no way I could leave off my list. It’s a cool night black color but that’s not what makes this so special.

What’s really great about this bad boy is the huge porch it has. It’s literally massive. Great for storing your boots and gear in and keeping it dry. It also means you don’t have to drag muddy shoes into your new house, which is pretty nice.

What I liked about it

  • Coleman is famous for how easy it is to set up their tents and this is no exception, with setup taking less than 15 minutes.
  • Poles are made out of shock corded fiberglass making them incredibly durable. On top of this, they go through color-coded sleeves and clips making them doubly secure.
  • It has three mesh webbed windows that allow airflow inside.
  • The porch! It creates a huge dry area that you can relax in and store your stuff.
  • Has some nifty little mesh pocket on the inside which is super handy to store stuff like your torch in.

Who’s it for?

Perfect for those who want a tent that will withstand a bit of a batter. Super durable and with a place to store your dirty stuff you can keep the inside nice and clean and enjoy being protected from the elements.

Some other sweet features

  • Has an electrical port which can be used to run power from an outside source into the tent.
    Comes with Coleman’s WeatherTec system with welded corners and inverted seams that ensure no water leaks in.
  • Measuring 16 x 7 feet and being over 6 foot tall, this is another one where even when you have 8 people inside you can still really stretch out
  • Includes a transport bag so you can easily take it on the go.
  • All instructions are sewn to the carry bag so there’s no risk of you losing them.

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Columbia 8 Person Red/Gray Dome

Columbia Dome Red Grey

This is a really great 3 season dome tent with a funky red and grey finish. What’s special about this one is the fact that one person can set it up in less than 10 minutes yet it can comfortably sleep, 8 people.

What I liked about it

  • It has six huge windows which let a lot of light in. A nice natural way to wake up in the morning.
  • Room divider for some much-needed privacy.
  • There is a place in the center of the tent to hang a light from

Who’s it for?

If you like natural light this is the one for you. The windows let so much light in it almost feels like you’re outside if you have all the flaps open. It’s 6.4 feet tall too so you can have a stretch inside.

Some other cool features

  • All of the fabric is treated with ‘Omni-shield’ technology which forms a barrier against water and stains.
  • The fabric is also designed to stay lightweight when it gets wet and is treated in a way that makes it dry 3-5 times faster than normal.
  • It’s $200 which considering its uniquely easy set up isn’t bad at all.

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Guide Gear Deluxe Teepee

Guide Gear Deluxe 14x14

This is really cool, I mean it’s a giant teepee, pretty badass.

It’s modeled off of Guide Gears smaller version that was so popular they upgraded it and created this huge one. It’s 14 feet by 14 feet and has a center height of 9 feet. It can fit 8 people on easily, it’s huge!

What I liked about it

  • Fully attached and fully enclosed porch to keep your muddy stuff in so the inside stays clean. The porch even had a removable floor, so if you want some grass beneath your feet, go for it!
  • Putting this up is insanely easy. All you do is place the center pole in the middle and then stake out the guy lines and a voila you have yourself a house.
  • Waterproofed windows let natural light in but also have shades on the inside that can be used if you want some privacy.
  • Polyethene floor is attached to the main tent, meaning you have a solid floor without needing to attach a ground tarp.

Who’s it for?

For those who want something a bit different and a more community feel to their living space. You’re all together in this teepee, so if you don’t mind losing a bit of privacy for a community feel this is for you.

Some other sweet features

  • Only weighs 24 pounds which are lighter than most other tents of this size.
  • Ventilation in the roof and ground floor is rain and water protected but still allows that much-needed flow of fresh air.
  • Seams are all factory-sealed to ensure waterproofness.
  • Only 220 bucks.

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FAQ SECTION

How heavy do these tend to be? Will I be able to carry it?

Weight varies depending on the model, but they tend to be between 24 and 28 pounds.

This isn’t light so you won’t want to be lugging it around with you for too long.

If you think you’re going to need to walk with it for a while it can be good to look for one which comes with a carry bag as these make them much easier to transport.

How long do they take to set up?

Most models will take around half an hour with two people to set up, although of course if more people help you can get it done quicker. I’ve included a couple on my list that is designed to have fast setup times with some halving the time it takes.

How long will they last?

If you treat it well any of the tents on this list will last for years and years. The Wenzel 8 person Klondike even comes with a ten-year warranty and there’s no reason any of the others shouldn’t last this long too.

Do be careful of buying knockoffs as some of these made in China break incredibly easily. I’d always suggest buying from a known, trusted brand.

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This Unsettling 4-Minute Film Will Make You Re-Think Your Use Social Media

Facebook has been under fire in 2018 so far. It seems week after week another shot is blown to the social media giant whether it be about how it preys on people’s weaknesses or whether it be mass data breaches that cause everyone to re-think the information they are giving up about themselves.

We often find it easy to blame Facebook, or blame the social media tool that has our attention, and it’s somewhat understandable that we do that. They are after all poking at our psychology. But then again, are we truly a victim to our psychology? Can we not be more present, aware and observant of what we use tools in our lives for?

Facebook, like other SM giants, are just tools for our lives. Ways for us to connect, learn, share and discover what’s going on around the world. Whether we choose to use it everyday, every hour or become obsessed with it is up to us. We can’t blame the companies, doing so turns the power away from us and onto them.

Reflection: Are you using SM as a tool? Or do you find yourself obsessed with it? You can tell by spending 24 hours away from it and see how you feel and react.

Short Film

A poetic short film made by Max Stossel & Sander van Dijk asks the question, can tech companies bring more value to our lives vs creating more distractions? As a conscious media company, we here at Collective Evolution have strived to be on the side of creating value. News, media and education should ask us to think bigger, not distract us, pull us into political bias’ and create more divides. We believe the tool of media, and social media, can be used to create a thriving world… it’s all about what we choose to support, and how we use it.

Check out the film.

Kp Message 3-31-18… “Dreams Journeying”

That seems to be what’s been going on these last few days. I suppose a more accurate title would be, “Conscious Dreams Journeying”, since I remembered much of them.

Very intimate connections with Galactic type groups and very loving and accepting of their appearance (much different than the human) and the interaction type.

The latest Cosmic Disclosure (with Corey and David) described how we’d now be getting more of these dream-type interactions and connections with Galactic family.

The one I had last night felt very Pleiadean. Lots of unique appearing tips of beings. All appeared (and felt like) to be “getting along” with each other.

Don’t know what this means for anyone, but I’m just reporting…

Aloha Ko