‘The Big Fat Surprise’ — Saturated Fat and Cholesterol Are Important Parts of a Healthy Diet

By Dr. Mercola

Saturated fat and cholesterol have been wrongfully vilified as the culprits of heart disease for more than six decades. Meanwhile, research has repeatedly identified refined carbs, sugar and trans fats found in processed foods as the real enemy. The first scientific evidence linking trans fats to heart disease while exonerating saturated fats was published in 1957 by the late Fred Kummerow,1  biochemist and author of “Cholesterol Is Not the Culprit: A Guide to Preventing Heart Disease.”

Unfortunately, Kummerow’s science was overshadowed by Ancel Keys’ Seven Countries Study,2,3 which linked saturated fat intake with heart disease. The rest, as they say, is history. Later reanalysis revealed cherry-picked data was responsible for creating Keys’ link, but by then the saturated fat myth was already firmly entrenched.

Keys’ biased research launched the low-fat myth and reshaped the food industry for decades to come. As saturated fat and cholesterol were shunned, the food industry switched to using trans fats (found in margarine, vegetable shortening and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils) and sugar instead.

The Big Fat Surprise

Investigative journalist Nina Teicholz was one of the first major investigative journalists to break the story on the dangers of trans fats in a 2004 Gourmet magazine article.4 In the video above, Joe Rogan interviews Teicholz on her 2014 book, “The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet,” which grew out of that initial exposé.  

In it, not only does she dismantle the belief that saturated fat and cholesterol make you fat and cause disease, she also reveals that while the dangers of trans fats are now becoming widely recognized, the recommended replacement — vegetable oils — may actually be even more harmful. She also delves into the politics and shady underbelly of nutritional science, revealing how the food industry has manipulated the scientific discussion and built a largely false foundation for the nutritional recommendations we’re given.

Corruption is not the sole problem, though. Teicholz notes there is a very strong tendency to “fall in love” with your own ideas and beliefs, and this is as true for scientists as it is for regular people. And, when you strongly believe something to be true, you will tend to find the evidence you’re looking for and ignore anything that refutes it. So, it’s really a human psychology problem.

Scientists are not supposed to fall into this all-too-human trap. “They’re taught to distrust their beliefs [and] shoot down their own hypothesis,” Teicholz says, “but in the case of nutrition science, that didn’t happen … They cherry-picked the evidence and completely ignored and actively suppressed, even, anything that contradicted their ideas.” This certainly included Keys, who was passionately wed to his hypothesis that saturated fat caused heart disease.

Busting the Low-Fat Myth

Teicholz points out the fact that saturated fat has been a healthy human staple for thousands of years, and how the low-fat craze has resulted in massive sugar consumption that has increased inflammation and disease.5 The American Heart Association (AHA) started encouraging Americans to limit dietary fat, particularly animal fats, to reduce their risk of heart disease in 1961, and maintains this position to this day.

Just last summer, the AHA sent out a presidential advisory to cardiologists around the world, reiterating its 1960s advice to replace butter and coconut oil with margarine and vegetable oils to protect against heart disease. Yet historical data clearly shows this strategy is not working, because concomitant with low-fat diets becoming the cultural norm, heart disease rates have soared. The AHA also ignores research demonstrating the low-fat, low-cholesterol strategy does more harm than good.
For example:

  1. In 2012, researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology examined the health and lifestyle habits of more than 52,000 adults ages 20 to 74, concluding that lower cholesterol levels increase women’s risk for heart disease, cardiac arrest and stroke. Overall, women with “high cholesterol” (greater than 270 mg/dl) actually had a 28 percent lower mortality risk than women with “low cholesterol” (less than 183 mg/dl).6
  2. In 2013, prominent London cardiologist Aseem Malhotra argued in the British Medical Journal that you should ignore advice to reduce your saturated fat intake, because it’s actually increasing your risk for obesity and heart disease.7
  3. A 2014 meta-analysis published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, using data from nearly 80 studies and more than a half-million people, found those who consume higher amounts of saturated fat have no more heart disease than those who consume less. They also did not find less heart disease among those eating higher amounts of unsaturated fat, including both olive oil and corn oil.8,9

The following graph, from a British Journal of Nutrition study published in 2012, also shows how Europeans who eat the least saturated fats have the highest risk of heart disease, whereas those who eat the most have the lowest rates of heart disease — the complete opposite of conventional thinking and AHA claims.

British journal of nutrition
Source: British Journal of Nutrition, 2012 Sep;108(5):939-42

Your Body Needs Saturated Fat and Cholesterol

Cholesterol is not only beneficial for your body, it’s absolutely vital for optimal functioning. For example, cholesterol is needed for the construction of your cell membranes and helps regulate the protein pathways required for cell signaling. Having insufficient amounts of cholesterol may negatively impact your brain health, hormone levels, heart disease risk and more.

Your body also needs saturated fats to function properly. One way to understand this need is to consider the foods ancient humans consumed. Many experts believe we evolved as hunter-gatherers and have eaten a variety of animal products for most of our existence on Earth. To suggest that saturated fats are suddenly harmful to us makes no sense, at least not from an evolutionary perspective.

Reducing saturated fat to extremely low levels, or shunning it altogether, also doesn’t make sense when you consider its health benefits and biological functions, which include but are not limited to:

Providing building blocks for cell membranes, hormones and hormone-like substances

Facilitating mineral absorption, such as calcium

Acting as carriers for fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K

Converting carotene into vitamin A

Helping to lower cholesterol levels (palmitic and stearic acids)

Antiviral activity (caprylic acid)

Optimal fuel for your brain

Providing satiety

Modulating genetic regulation and helping prevent cancer (butyric acid)

High-Carb Versus High-Fat Diets

As noted by Teicholz, by eliminating saturated fat and cholesterol-rich foods we’ve also eliminated many of the most nutrient-dense foods from our diet — eggs and liver being just two examples — and this also has its repercussions for human health and development. Vitamins A, D, E and K are fat-soluble, which means you need the fat that comes naturally in animal foods along with the vitamins in order to absorb those vitamins.

Additionally, fat is very satiating, so you’re far less likely to overeat on a high-fat diet than a high-carb diet. Most people who complain about “starving” all the time are likely just eating too many carbs (quick-burning fuel) and not enough fat (slow-burning fuel).

Then there’s carb-addiction, of course, which further fuels the cycle of hunger and overeating. What’s worse, when you eat a high-carb diet for a long time, it blocks or shuts down your body’s ability to burn fat, which means all of your body fat remains right where it is, as it cannot be accessed for fuel.

By shifting your diet from high-carb to high-fat, you eventually regain the metabolic flexibility to burn both types of fuel — fat and sugar — which solves most of these problems; the hunger and cycle of overeating, weight gain, inflammation and related disease processes. Cyclical ketogenic diets are very effective for this, as is intermittent fasting and longer water fasts for those who are overweight.

The Problem With Vegetable Oils

As mentioned earlier, Teicholz’s book also delves into a new nutritional twist that has developed as the dangers of trans fats have been exposed and accepted. While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has removed partially hydrogenated oils — the primary source of trans fats — from the list of “generally recognized as safe” ingredients, the vegetable oils (such as peanut, corn and soy oil) that have replaced them may have even more harmful health ramifications.

When heated, vegetable oils degrade into extremely toxic oxidation products. According to Teicholz, more than 100 dangerous oxidation products have been found in a single piece of chicken fried in vegetable oils. As early as the 1940s, animal experiments showed animals would develop cirrhosis of the liver or enlarged liver when fed vegetable oils. When fed heated vegetable oils, they died prematurely.

Cyclic aldehydes are among the most toxic of these byproducts, and animal research has shown even low levels of exposure cause serious inflammation, which is associated with heart disease and Alzheimer’s. Findings like these make the AHA’s recommendation to use margarine and vegetable oils all the more troubling.

In her book, Teicholz also cites research in which aldehydes were found to cause toxic shock in animals by damaging the gastrointestinal tract. We now know a lot more about the role your gut plays in your health, and the idea that aldehydes from heated vegetable oils can damage your gastric system is frighteningly consistent with the rise we see in immune problems and gastrointestinal-related diseases.

How a Cyclical Ketogenic Diet Can Improve Your Health

Two-thirds of the American population is overweight or obese,10 more than half of all Americans struggle with chronic illness,11 1 in 5 deaths in the U.S. is obesity-related12 and 1 in 4 deaths is related to heart disease.13 Saturated dietary fats and cholesterol are not to blame for these statistics. The evidence is actually quite clear: Excessive net carbohydrate intake is the primary culprit behind these disease statistics, primarily by decimating your mitochondrial function.

To address this, you need to eat a diet that allows your body to burn fat as its primary fuel rather than sugars, and to become an efficient fat burner, you actually have to eat fat. In my latest book, “Fat for Fuel,” I detail a cyclical or targeted ketogenic diet, which has been scientifically shown to optimize metabolic and mitochondrial health. A primary difference between this program and other ketogenic diets is the cyclical component.

It’s important to realize that the “metabolic magic” in the mitochondria occurs during the refeeding phase, not during the starvation phase. If you’re constantly in ketosis, you’re missing out on one of the most valuable benefits of the ketogenic diet. Basically, once you have established ketosis, you then cycle healthy carbs back in. As a general rule, I recommend adding 100 to 150 grams of carbs on the day or days each week that you do strength training. Some of the most important benefits of this kind of eating program are:

Weight loss

By rebalancing your body’s chemistry, weight loss and/or improved weight management becomes nearly effortless. Studies have shown a ketogenic diet can double the weight lost compared to a low-fat diet.14

Reduced inflammation

When burned for fuel, dietary fat releases far fewer reactive oxygen species and secondary free radicals than sugar. Ketones are also very effective histone deacetylase inhibitors that effectively reduce inflammatory responses. In fact, many drugs are being developed to address immune related inflammatory diseases that are HDAC inhibitors.

A safer and more rational strategy is to use a ketogenic diet, as it is one of the most effective ways to drive down your inflammation level through HDAC inhibition.

Reduced cancer risk

While all cells (including cancer cells) can use glucose for fuel, cancer cells lack the metabolic flexibility to use ketones, while regular cells thrive on these fats. Once your body enters a state of nutritional ketosis, cancer cells are more susceptible to being removed by your body through a process called autophagy. A cyclical ketogenic diet is a fundamental, essential tool that needs to be integrated in the management of nearly every cancer.

Increased muscle mass

Ketones spare branched-chain amino acids, thereby promoting muscle mass.15 However, make sure to implement cyclic ketosis. Chronic ketosis may eventually result in muscle loss as your body is impairing the mTOR pathway, which is important for anabolic growth. mTOR needs to be stimulated, just not consistently, as many people do with high protein diets.

Lowered insulin levels

Keeping your insulin level low helps prevent insulin resistance, Type 2 diabetes and related diseases. Research has demonstrated that diabetics who eat a low-carb ketogenic diet are able to significantly reduce their dependency on diabetes medication and may even reverse the condition.16

Lowering insulin resistance will also reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s. Recent research strengthens the link between insulin resistance and dementia even further, particularly among those with existing heart disease.17,18,19

Mental clarity

One of the first things people really notice once they start burning fat for fuel is that any former “brain fog” lifts, and they can suddenly think very clearly. As mentioned earlier, ketones are a preferred fuel for your brain; hence, the improved mental clarity.

Increased longevity

One of the reasons you can survive a long time without food is due to the process of ketosis, which spares protein breakdown.20 A fairly consistent effect seen in people on a ketogenic diet is that blood levels of leucine and other important structural proteins go up, allowing these proteins to perform a number of important signaling functions.

Ketones also mimic the life span extending properties of calorie restriction21 (fasting), which includes improved glucose metabolism; reduced inflammation; clearing out malfunctioning immune cells;22 reduced IGF-1, one of the factors that regulate growth pathways and growth genes and which is a major player in accelerated aging; cellular/intracellular regeneration and rejuvenation (autophagy and mitophagy).23

What Causes Asparagus Pee?

By Dr. Mercola

Cooking up some tasty, tender-crisp asparagus with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and a few sprinkles of Himalayan salt is a popular side dish, and after dinner you might even find yourself sneaking a few half-warm sticks of the interesting green veggie to munch — it’s that delicious. Asparagus has its own valuable set of nutrients that make it a healthy food. There are purple (due to more anthocyanins) and white (due to thwarted chlorophyll from the absence of sunlight) varieties of this veggie, too, with slightly varying nutrient content.

However, there’s an odd phenomenon that sometimes gains notoriety after a hearty serving: Asparagus has the capability of giving urine a peculiar odor like nothing else you’ve ever eaten. Scientists in a study of the phenomenon noted that asparagus metabolites can cause “a rather malodorous bouquet,” and there’s a link between the ability to smell asparagus pee and more than 9 million genetic variants.1

It’s an ancient observation, though, one noted by Stephen C. Mitchell, from the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London, who chronicled the history of asparagus reaching back at least to the 11th century.2 It was published in Perspectives in Biology and Medicine and subsequently quoted by Medical News Today: “The Ancients thought asparagus had medicinal properties and took its odor-producing qualities as proof of its activity.”3

Benjamin Franklin even noticed it, as did Louis Lémery, a French botanist who lived in the 18th century, whose quote on the subject was one for the books: Asparagus causes “a filthy and disagreeable smell in the urine, as everybody knows.”4 What’s interesting is that not everybody did know, as scientists have now figured out.

However, scientists still hadn’t definitively identified the chemical compound that causes the smell, so experiments were conducted at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Massachusetts (as part of two long-term studies known as the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study) by researchers from the U.S. and Europe to get to the bottom of it.

Mitchell explains that sulfur is usually at the bottom of such a smelly conundrum; case in point: the not-so-fragrant aroma of rotten eggs. Other studies had already determined at least some of the compounds present when someone has eaten a healthy amount of asparagus: methanethiol, dimethyl sulfide and dimethyl disulfide, the first two detectable by smell when asparagus is boiled.

Scientists explain the smell is an indication that cooking could destroy them. Matthews indicates that another compound, asparagusic acid, which isn’t so prone to breaking down when exposed to heat, may be the culprit. Asparagusic acid, known by scientists by chemical moniker 1,2-dithiolane-4-carboxylic acid and thought to be present to protect tender asparagus shoots from parasites, is the “active ingredient.”

What’s All the Fuss About Asparagus?

Depending on where you live, you may be one of those lucky individuals who grew up gathering asparagus for dinner just by driving down country roads and spotting it growing abundantly in meadows and ditch banks. The tall, graceful stalks are bright green, like tiny, slender trunks of green palm trees, with flexible tops not unlike an inflated, purple-green wheat tassel.

When they’re cut for consumption, asparagus stalks should be rinsed well, then “snapped” about one-quarter of the way up the stalk at a natural breaking point. The top three-quarters is tender enough to sauté or steam with a little natural salt so that it’s tender-crisp to the bite rather than woody. (As stalks get larger and thicker, they tend to get more woody, like chewing a toothpick.)

In fact, the cooking time for asparagus is crucial, making the vegetable either delectable or pithy and unpleasant. The World’s Healthiest Foods, sponsored by the George Mateljan Foundation,5 a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to helping people cook and eat for optimal nutrition, recommends sautéing it for three minutes.

Any longer than that and not only does the enjoyable, crisp texture become mushy, turn “off-green” and bland, it also loses much of its nutritive value. It’s also important to note that pencil-thin stalks cook quicker than thicker ones. Further:

“Recent research has underscored the value of careful storage of fresh asparagus. The key scientific finding here involves respiration rate. Like all vegetables, asparagus doesn’t instantly ‘die’ when it is picked, but instead, continues to engage in metabolic activity.

This metabolic activity includes intake of oxygen, the breaking down of starches and sugars, and the releasing of carbon dioxide. The speed at which these processes occur is typically referred to as ‘respiration rate.’ Compared to most other vegetables, asparagus has a very high respiration rate.”6

Among the most prominent nutrients that make asparagus a uniquely healthy vegetable are vitamins K, B1, B2, C and E, plus folate, copper and selenium, but others are outstanding as well, namely fiber, potassium, phosphorus, iron, protein, zinc, manganese, pantothenic acid and vitamins B3 and B6, as well as A.

Then there’s the asparagusic acid, which can be thanked (or not) for delivering what Ben Franklin called “a disagreeable odor.” It turns out it’s a reactive acid as it’s flanked by two sulfur atoms in the molecule, which helps the acid break down rapidly. Scientists think the derivatives are what emits the smell when asparagus is eaten.

Some Produce the Smell and Some Don’t; Some People Smell it and Some Don’t

While eating asparagus may cause some people’s urine to smell odd, it’s a little more complex than that, because not everyone produces the odd odor after eating asparagus, and not everyone finds it offensive, depending on their ability to actually detect the smell.

In essence, there are “producers” and “non-producers,” and there are smellers versus non-smellers. As Medical News Today explains, the non-sniffers have asparagus anosmia, the technical term for an inability to smell. Interestingly, the gene that makes the smell detectable has a name, too: olfactory receptor.

To figure out the inherited factors linked to the ability to smell asparagus metabolites in urine, a study7 involving 6,909 men and women (of European-American descent) concluded that 60 percent of them could be classified as asparagus anosmic — non-smellers. There are three distinct differences between people in this regard, The World’s Healthiest Foods8 explains:

  • Inside your GI tract, the differences involve the way asparagus is digested as well as differences in the way asparagusic acid is absorbed
  • There are differences in the way people metabolize asparagusic acid if it gets absorbed up into your bloodstream
  • Some people have different abilities in regard to detecting the presence of asparagusic acid derivatives, which can sometimes be unusual, such as someone having significant amounts of asparagusic acid derivatives in his or her urine without being able to smell it, even when someone else can!

Incidentally, another aspect worth getting into is that at its core, the molecule has a component called 1,2-dithiolane, which is key in forming a sulfur-containing organic acid called alpha-lipoic acid. As an antioxidant, it is in turn involved in enzymatic activity critical to the pathways of aerobic metabolism.9

Urine: Not Just What Goes in, but What Comes Out, Is Important

Urine serves a very important purpose for your health and well-being. It could be compared to a waste elimination plant and involves one of your most important organs: your kidneys. This filters both the fluids you drink and waste from your blood as a purifier.

Your kidneys’ ability to succeed in this role is a huge determining factor for your overall health. When you think about the potential toxins introduced to your system through your diet, it gives you a new level of appreciation for the function and significance in your kidneys’ ability to flush out toxins so they won’t build up in your system.

Scientists estimate that in an adult’s lifetime, a million gallons of water are passed through their kidneys. The urine you expel is roughly 95 percent water and 5 percent uric acid. What you eat and drink affects it; if you eat beets, for instance, your urine will likely take on a dark pink hue, not to mention the possibility of the peculiar odor after asparagus consumption.

You may even get an idea of what might be causing certain physical problems and conditions by the color and smell of your urine. It can take on a green, brown, yellow or orange tint, as well as cloudiness. In its fragrance, your urine may be reminiscent of maple syrup or even roses. Anything startlingly different may indicate something you should pay attention to or maybe even see a doctor about.

Many other things could be said about the importance of pee, but two of the crucial ones are simple: When you have to go, go. Waiting can exacerbate painful urinary tract infections and even distension, meaning your bladder enlarges and may not return to its normal size. It’s never good to hold onto toxins.

It’s best to get rid of them as often as you need to. The second bit of advice is to drink plenty of pure water. A good rule of thumb to determine how much water you need is to listen to your body and let thirst be your guide. You may be surprised at how much better you feel.

Aspects of Asparagus That Make It an Antioxidant Anti-Inflammatory

Not surprisingly, asparagus contains many very significant phytonutrients to benefit your health, and they reverberate throughout your body. One of the most important may be the antioxidant benefits, because they fight free radicals roaming around in your body looking for a weak place to break down your resistance and leave you open to disease.

Asparagus saponins, chemical compounds that Phytochemicals10 describes as glucosides with foaming characteristics found in most vegetables, as well as herbs, lead to such beneficial effects as immune system stimulation, bone loss reduction, optimized blood cholesterol by preventing its re-absorption and prevention of cancer cell growth.

Studies have shown white asparagus to be instrumental in causing colon cancer cell death,11 and it exerts further positive effects on combatting liver cancer by regulating apoptosis gene expression.

Asparagus extracts were also used to show its effectiveness in reducing corticosterone and lipid peroxide, two markers of chronic stress.12 According to one study, asparagus roots are the main source of a “crude” drug called shatawar, used to increase breast milk production and the appetite of lactating women, as well as for dysentery, tumors, inflammation, leprosy, epilepsy and night blindness.13

That introduces another term, shatavarins, a group of steroidal saponins in asparagus, well-known in Ayurvedic medicine and modern East Indian pharmacopeia. One study notes that asparagus racemosus, a species grown in India and Asia, contains:

“Essential oils, asparagine, arginine, tyrosine, flavonoids (kaempferol, quercetin, and rutin), resin, and tannin. It is a well-known Ayurvedic rasayana which prevent ageing, increase longevity, impart immunity, improve mental function, vigor and add vitality to the body. It is also used in nervous disorders, dyspepsia, tumors, inflammation, neuropathy and hepatopathy.”14

Studies in recent years have noted that shatavarins in asparagus contain other saponins that have a beneficial effect on inflammation by inhibiting cytokine production and messaging,15 and other reviews have explored how asparagus may have potential in reducing dementia-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

How Important Is the Ability to Smell Asparagus Pee?

According to the featured study, scientists first thought those with strong-smelling urine after eating copious amounts of asparagus, as well as those who could detect the smell even if the person producing the urine could not, must reflect a genetic factor. Later, they determined that everybody secretes the odor to some degree but that not everybody could detect it. Further, they revealed the difference was due to genetic factors. According to Myths of Human Genetics:

“It is clear that there is variation in two different traits: excretion of sulfur compounds in urine after eating asparagus, and ability to smell those compounds. This means that asking people whether their own urine smells odd after they eat asparagus is not a good way to study this. The limited amount of family data available suggests that excreting may be a simple one-gene character, with the allele for excreting dominant, but more work needs to be done.”16

Here’s How You Can Stop Absorbing ‘Negative’ Energy From Other People

Have you ever cried for no reason or expressed emotions for inexplicable reasons? Well, this could mean one of two things: There actually is a reason and you’re just avoiding it, or you’re sensitive to energy around you.

For example, I attended a funeral last week and immediately after walking into the room, I felt a dense and heavy energy. For a few days afterwards, I did not feel like myself. Yes, many may attribute this to mourning, but to me death represents more of a celebration than a goodbye.

I realized that at least some of the emotions I was feeling didn’t seem like my own because they weren’t; I hadn’t energetically cleansed myself since the ceremony, so I was still extremely susceptible to other people’s energies.

Learning to Accept and Love ‘Negativity’

Before you go blaming all of your emotions on “being sensitive to ‘negative’ energy,” let’s clarify what exactly ‘negative’ energy is.

There seems to be a genuine misunderstanding surrounding negativity within the New Age Spirituality movement. When discussing negativity, I often hear people say “negativity is non-existent” or “all that exists is the Light.” Yes, the fact that we come from and are one with Source (or Love or Light) is a universal truth, but that doesn’t mean we may not perceive and believe in negativity, which makes it something we feel.

We are all souls, individual fragments of Source manifested, and we’re here expressing our human experiences. Part of that experience is living in a dualistic world at this time, and in this dimension, duality still exists: light and darkness, love and fear, negative and positive, and so on.

So, if a perceivably negative emotion comes up after you suffer a trauma, to brush it off by saying “you don’t exist” may lead to you suppressing that emotion. The point isn’t to run away from darkness, but rather to face it head on and accept it. After all, could we fully appreciate the good times without the challenging ones?

I say “perceivably negative” because, when it all comes down to it, it’s all about your perception. What makes something negative negative in the first place? Our minds and particularly our egos develop these programs that can cause us distinguish right from wrong and positive from negative while in this world. However, would we still view things as negative if those programs weren’t there?

There isn’t a simple answer to this question, but I’ll try to provide you with an example. Earlier this week, my door broke as I was leaving my house to meet a friend. My mind immediately started to elicit a stressful response to what had happened, so I originally perceived the situation as an issue or as a “negative” situation. However, I decided to remove myself from the drama my mind was quickly creating, silence it, and follow my gut instead.

My door breaking actually ended up being a wonderful opportunity for me to fix it myself! I’m a young woman without much experience using tools, so I felt extremely empowered after I fixed the door myself using the random tools I had. The situation that many would perceive as a negative, to me, was actually a positive experience!

You can do this with anything in life. For example, if you’re super late for a meeting, perhaps you avoided a car accident as a result. If you get fired from a job, perhaps you would’ve been miserable if you had stayed. The moment you decide to change your perception and look at things for what they are, the more you’ll understand that everything is in perfect order and somehow serving you.

How Do We Define and Recognize Negativity?

So, how do we define negativity? Well, it’s important to acknowledge that what we define as negativity has a lower vibration than what we define as positivity. In simpler terms, imagine a time where you could feel something as being ‘right’ or ‘wrong.’ I’m not referring to the programs stored in your mind and societal constructs, but rather your intuitive feelings. For example, you may have had this sinking feeling in your gut when something felt “wrong.” That’s your intuition picking up on vibrational frequencies! And there is science to back that sort of feeling.

Everything has its own vibration and frequency. When you really think about it, everything is made up of energy, so this makes perfect sense. For example, when it comes to various emotions, these can raise or decrease your own vibration, causing us to emit a different field. The HearthMath Institute has actually scientifically proven this, as their research shows that positive emotions create physiological benefits in your body and negative emotions have the opposite effect.

Much of HeartMath’s research is actually on the heart. Their findings show that the electromagnetic field emitted from the human heart can be measured and that by simply shifting our emotions, we can alter the information that’s coded into these heart-radiated magnetic fields. The heart has a system of neurons with both short term and long term memories and so, when heart signals are sent to the brain, they affect our emotional experiences. In fact, HeartMath has shown that by thinking positive thoughts, you can boost your immune system. Read more about this in this CE article.

If you’re interested in learning more about vibrations, frequencies, and the law of attraction, I’d suggest listening to Kevin Trudeau‘s audio CDs. His work is fairly controversial; however, I find a lot of truth within it.

How to Rid Yourself of Negative Energy

If you’ve noticed you’re susceptible to negative energy or feel you need to block yourself from it, here are a few things you can do:

Energetic Shielding

I’m a huge fan of this, but you need to be careful about your intention behind it. All you need to do is envision a white light (or specific colour that resonates with you) around you that’s “shielding” your body from any outer energies. For example, I’ve done this at funerals, while driving, or in other settings people perceive to be full of negative energy or danger.

However, if you’re energetically shielding yourself from the negativity you’re perceiving to be coming from another individual, this may be a good opportunity to look inwards. Why is it that you’re perceiving this individual as being so negative? Since we’re all, at least to some degree, reflections of each other, if that individual has a trait you’re perceiving to be extremely negative, perhaps that trait is one that you hold within you as well.

It’s also important to note that energetic shields force you to spend a lot of energy holding them up. If you’re consciously thinking about creating and maintaining that field, then you may not be fully present. There isn’t necessarily anything wrong with energetic shielding — it is a beautiful practice with many excellent uses — but you should consider the intent behind your shield as well as weigh your other options before using one.

Cord Cutting

Emotional cords are bound to you, often from specific events, traumas, and/or from other people transferring energy to you, and they can be considered as positive or negative. For example, positive cords can be found when you’re in love, as your partner wishes the best for you. Negative cords could be created from your own self-judgement or from someone pushing negative emotions onto you. Whether the cords you have are positive or negative, it is ideal to have no emotional cords whatsoever. Read more in this CE article here.

Sound Reiki Healer Catherine Varga shared this simple method with me to release energetic/emotional cords. Whenever you feel an energetic tie or emotional cord has been established, you can release it by physically pulling it out of you. Once you notice its presence on one of your chakras, you can use your hands to pull the cord out of you, as if you’re pulling a rope, and then visualize it leaving your body.

Washing Your Hands or Body

Much like your physical body, your energetic body needs to maintain good hygiene, too. Water is one of our greatest assets because it can cleanse both our physical and energetic bodies. An excellent way to rid yourself of other people’s energy is to actually physically wash your hands or whole body. As you feel the water flowing down on you, envision all of the negative energy washing off too.

Sage or “Smudging”

Not only does sage smell awesome, but it can also cleanse your home and your body of negative energy. Smudging with sage has been used for many years to cleanse people’s energetic auras and rid outer environments of negative energy.

Final Thoughts

It’s important to note that negativity can always serve you in some way. Your soul chose to incarnate onto this planet and experience duality, so how can negativity be “a bad thing?” Don’t run from darkness; treat it as a learning opportunity. By learning about and accepting the darker parts of ourselves and the universe, we can begin to fully appreciate the light.

Two Videos by Mark Dice and SGTReport about “The Banning” (3-2-18)

All I will say is, the “deep state” is desperate. They are “losing” (whatever that means). In the end, for myself, at least, it is to let go of any “fear response to this”, stand tall within myself for my Self, remain flexible, knees bent, and ride this wonderfully fun and exciting wave we are now on!!

I note that I post these for “data input” not that I necessarily agree with every single individual thing they say. And remember to laugh:



Published on Mar 2, 2018


Published on Mar 2, 2018
The You Tube PURGE of conservative channels has drawn mainstream media attention, and You Tube is calling the purge “a mistake”. Here’s the TRUTH about what is really going on. You Tube has formed its own 10,000 strong secret thought police that includes the enemy of Christianity, free specch and the second amendment, The Southern Poverty Law Center. Even though the Richie From Boston channel has been restored, dozens of other channels are still either terminated or under fire.

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Today You Tube PURGED the Richie From Boston channel. He HAD 150,000 subscribers. You Tube also terminated the Jordan Sather channel. The fascist “Winston Smiths” at You Tube are now targeting investigative journalist Jerome Corsi too. Is this discrimination of political speech legal? I guess it doesn’t matter if you’re an entity under the Google umbrella. Just ask former Google engineer and truth teller James Damore. Questioning the Florida shooting seems to be the common theme that brought these channels down. So in the spirit of stupidity and what ought to be a FREE PRESS, I’m going there too.

Goldfish Report 2-26-18.. “The GoldFish Report No. 199- Week 58 POTUS Report w/ Jim Fetzer…” (video banned by YouTube)

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So now the Goldfish Report has also experienced what many others are experiencing. “You’re banned”. At least this Louisa/Jim Fetzer interview was banned by YouTube. Check it out for yourself. So Louisa has gone to BitChute to post this one, and will be doing so in the future.

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The GoldFish Report No. 199- Week 58 POTUS Report w/ Jim Fetzer: Deep State Attempts Gun Grab, Again




On The GoldFish Report No. 199, Louisa Reviews Q Anon posts about MK Ultra and shares documents from Clandestine projects and Congressional Hearings into Mk Ultra and electronic warfare upon an unwitting populace for the purpose of ‘sedation’ and ‘compliance’ and to push draconian and fascist laws including gun control to disarm America and destroy it from within, from the people you trusted most.

These MK ULTRA Behavior Modification Programs are carried out by the CIA and Office of Naval Intelligence, according to the document shared. Jim continues to provide physical and actual evidence that the official narrative of the Florida Shooting is falling apart. He shared the latest electronic ambush of Alternative Media who contradicts the ‘Official” (FAKE) narrative of the Florida School shooting, and shares more info on Crisis Actor industry, and the plan to take down America. Jim also covers the foreign policy and both Jim and Louisa encourage people to share this info far and wide. The Red Pills keep coming in this Great Awakening! To learn more about Jim Fetzer’s research, books and articles, visit http://www.jamesfetzer.blogspot.com. Google ‘Nobody Died at Sandy Hook’ to find a free DVD of the facts. To receive notifications of our reports please subscribe to this YouTube Channel, follow us on Twitter at @ReportGoldFish, on our blog at http://www.thegoldfishreport.wordpress.com and on our 24/7 research media news page at http://www.facebook.com/thegoldfishreport. To help support this viewer supported social research media you can make a donation at http://www.thegoldfishreport.com. Thank you to our viewers for your support and stories and thank you for viewing!
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Gun Control 101

By Anna Von Reitz

Gun control, like bladder control, is a personal matter. 

All those who feel that they can’t control themselves should by all means take measures to donate their guns to competent authorities before any accidents occur. 
All those who (generally speaking) want to impose their will on other people, have feelings of anxiety, and who can’t control the impulse to trespass upon others are invited —indeed, encouraged— to turn in their guns and other weapons at the nearest police station.  
We can arrange to have Social Psychologists assigned to each one of you as Caseworkers and make sure that your homes are sanitized of all possible dangerous tools, objects, and substances.  Of course, you will have to retrain yourselves to eat everything with your fingers, and won’t be allowed to use soap. Also, you won’t be allowed to cook or eat cooked food, but that is the price we pay for safety.  
Since virtually all perpetrators of these mass shootings have been progressives it only makes sense that all progressives and members of the ACLU and Democrats (generally speaking) be disarmed as quickly as possible, unless of course, they sign and record a public oath with a video-taped Pinky Promise Ceremony promising everyone that they won’t go nuts in the foreseeable future.  
Disarm yourselves immediately, with our blessings; but, expect to pay a large “Security Tax” next year as part of the overall gun control effort.   
After all, if we have to control your guns for you and use guns in your defense against predators and crazy people and pay (admittedly useless) police forces to stand around while you are being shot at, it is only reasonable that you pay a substantial additional tax for being unable or unwilling to shoulder your share of the burden of public safety.  

How does an additional $5,000 per year in taxes sound?  And two weeks a year of community service on assignment with the state militia?  That sounds fair. 
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Dear Mr. Trump — March 2, 2018

By Anna Von Reitz

Please do not allow yourself to be bullied into making any unjust decisions that may affect Americans who are non-citizen nationals owed all guarantees and protections including the right of free speech and to keep and bear arms.  

The present attacks against both the First and Second Amendments are not to be allowed or promoted by any agency of the federal government, and in fact, inappropriate acts of censorship by Google, which is in receipt of the benefit of our public infrastructure, should be countered immediately. 
If they want to use our infrastructure, they need to respect our rights and prerogatives, and so do all members of law enforcement and agency personnel.

You can tell your own employees to stand on their heads and do table dances if you please.  Anyone who wants to disarm themselves should be encouraged to do so, and charged a “Security Tax” for their failure, unwillingness, or disability to help enforce the Public Peace owed to this country.  
Any infringement or trespass will be cause for international outcry and commercial prosecution by the Foreign Sovereigns being mis-addressed as U.S. Citizens. This country functions under American Common Law and any legal liabilities created will be charged against those trespassing on our jurisdiction. 
Any such infringement or trespass would also be further evidence (if more were needed) of Breach of Trust, Bad Faith, and violation of commercial contracts owed by the British Territorial United States.  
Anna Maria

Google Infringing Free Speech— Again?

By Anna Von Reitz

This week several information websites/channels have been shut down with censorship being provided (allegedly) by Southern Poverty Law Center and the (formerly and still at heart Jewish) Anti-Defamation League. 

I haven’t seen the proof of who the censors are, so reserve judgment on that part of it, though it does make sense that Google would rely on organized volunteers instead of spending its own money to do its own censorship.  

This should, no matter who is responsible, spark a huge debate about censorship and First Amendment rights and the limits of “federal” trespass on our property assets— because make no mistake, rights are property assets.  


Those who elect to function in the capacity of federal citizens have an obnoxious habit of thoughtlessly trespassing on the rights of others.  They don’t even stop to think that if they trespass upon others and censor others, that they are ultimately also trespassing against their own estate and curtailing their own freedom.  

We see this with their gun control spiel and we see it with these attacks against news and media outlets that don’t actually do anything immoral or illegal, but which these people simply find offensive for whatever reasons.  

I find the overall hypocrisy of the Southern Poverty Law Center offensive, but I don’t try to censor them, even when they are ignorant and when they tell outright lies. I just figure everyone has a right to be a horse’s rump. 

Ditto the (J)ADL — defaming anyone is a bad thing, even if it is Alex Jones. 

As for Google, what possible excuse does it have as a private business making use of public airwaves and public infrastructure for infringing upon the First Amendment Rights of Americans?  None that I can see. 

It’s likely to turn into a full scale you-know-what match, complete with treble damages.  

Nobody has to like the SPLC just like nobody has to like Alex Jones, but when we actively set out to quash their free speech, that’s a different thing.  That’s an infringement on the basic principles of this country, which allows such disparate opinions in the first place, and which we all depend upon whether we come at it from the standpoint of freedom or the standpoint of liberty. 

My advice to Google?  Review the content and if they aren’t advocating overthrow of the government or showing lewd pictures, turn those censored sites back on.  

My advice to SPLC and (J)ADL — stop being schmucks and stomping on other people’s rights in the name of defending your own.  Your opinions and likes and dislikes don’t rule the world.  Other people have the right to hold their own opinions and beliefs, too.  

And any infringement of anyone’s viewpoint is an infringement on everyone else’s viewpoint.  Remember Patrick Henry — I paraphrase — ‘I may not agree with what you say, Sir, but I shall defend to the death your right to say it.”

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Israel-Born Oracle CEO Said to Be Contender to Replace McMaster

Report naming Safra Catz as a leading choice for next national security adviser comes amid speculation about incumbent’s future

2 March 2018

THE TIMES OF ISRAEL — Safra Catz, the Israeli-born co-CEO of tech giant Oracle, is considered a leading candidate to replace US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, CNN reported Friday.

The report naming Catz as a potential choice to be President Donald Trump’s next national security adviser comes amid speculation that McMaster is set to leave the administration — reports his spokesman denied on Thursday.

Catz, who was born in the Israeli city of Holon, was named as co-CEO of Oracle in 2014 upon founder Larry Ellison’s decision to step down as chief executive.

Following Trump’s election, Catz joined the Republican’s transition team, prompting a senior executive at Oracle to resign in protest[…]