Critique of Proposed Regulations of Homeopathic Medicines and Alternative Proposals

By Dana Ullman, MPH, CCH

In December 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced their interest in protecting consumers from “potentially harmful, unproven homeopathic drugs.”1 The FDA is proposing to nullify its previous guidelines by which homeopathic medicines can be marketed. Instead, the FDA would deem all homeopathic medicines to be “unapproved new drugs,” which would make them subject to enforcement based on the perceived “risk/benefit” of a specific drug.

Some legal analysts and health writers initially wondered if the FDA’s proposed guidelines would mean that homeopathic medicines may become “illegal,”2 but the FDA has assured the American public that the agency doesn’t plan to begin requiring that homeopathic products get “drug” approval. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, told reporters during a teleconference that many homeopathic medicines will not be considered “high risk” and will still be available to consumers.3

However, Woodcock asserted that the FDA would “go after” homeopathic medicines that “cause or might cause” overt harm. The homeopathic community supports the FDA in its efforts to increase the safest possible use of all types of drugs, including homeopathic medicines, but homeopaths and others question the logic of going after homeopathic medicines that “might cause” harm.

The FDA does not have a history of going after any Big Pharma company on the grounds that a drug “might” cause problems (some potential problems of the FDA prohibiting access to certain homeopathic medicines based on theoretical grounds are discussed later in this article). The previous FDA guidelines have been in use since 1988, and these guidelines provide specificity as to how homeopathic medicines can be marketed and sold.

In contrast, the new guidelines seem to allow the FDA to provide enforcement based on a vague and undefined “risk/benefit” that could change from one year or decade to another. Further, homeopathic medicines have an impressive record of safety, with relatively rare exceptions.

In this light, every rational and reasonably educated person should and must wonder what the motivations are behind the FDA’s interest in increased regulation of homeopathic medicine especially since these natural medicines are recognized worldwide as some of the safest medicines presently available.

Regulating Homeopathic Medicines Should Be at the Bottom of FDA’s Priorities

Risk-based regulations make sense as a means to use limited governmental resources to help regulate access to medicines. However, homeopathy’s long-established reputation of safety far surpasses that of conventional drugs, and there is strong historical and worldwide evidence of this fact, let alone solid scientific evidence from modern toxicology. Therefore, in light of “risk-based” assessment, the regulation of and the enforcement of regulations for homeopathic medicines should be at the very bottom of the FDA’s priorities, except in the rare instances where:

  • Homeopathic medicines are being marketed for serious diseases
  • They are not diluted to safe levels of an ingredient as determined by the most up-to-date evidence from toxicology
  • Evidence exists of real fraud in their manufacture or marketing

Because of the FDA’s commitment to “risk-based” approach to regulation, the FDA should immediately stop this change in regulations on homeopathic medicines until and unless it is determined that specific products are a real danger to public health. There are instances where homeopathic medicines do pose some type of minor risk, but such instances are rare and usually so mild that it’s confusing that the FDA has made an issue of it.

A small number of Americans have reported instances of health problems that “may” have been caused by a homeopathic medicine, but despite some media claims about homeopathic teething tablets, there has not been to date a single instance in which toxic or dangerous amounts of a medicinal agent were found in these tablets. Although the FDA did report that they found “variable amounts” of belladonna alkaloids in the teething tablets,4 the amounts found were well within safe limits, even if an infant swallowed an entire bottle.

Further, as discussed in more detail later in this document, the common potato has more belladonna alkaloids in it than any homeopathic medicine on the market today. At a time when many regulations are being questioned and reduced, it is a bit odd that the FDA is choosing to significantly increase the regulation of homeopathic medicines, despite their 200-plus years’ history of safety. When we consider the serious problems related to drug use, it would seem that there are many other much more serious problems facing the American public:

  • The opioid crisis
  • The overuse of antibiotics
  • The epidemic of polypharmacy (the use of many drugs concurrently)
  • The ineffectiveness and real dangers of many prescription drugs
  • The high costs of select drugs

These items can and should be the primary focus of public health agencies and regulatory forces. By tricking people through misdirection by drawing the public’s attention somewhere else, the magician is able to fool the audience. Likewise, the FDA is presenting itself to the American public like a clever magician, trying to draw the attention of the consumer to the “dangers” of homeopathic medicines while it ignores the much more dangerous conventional medications.

The FDA will create a major public relations problem if it chooses to drastically change the regulatory status of homeopathic medicines and will lead to a serious credibility problem for the FDA. Although the FDA doesn’t care about popularity contests, if it is more interested in improving access to safe medicinal agents, regulatory actions on the world’s safest (homeopathic) medicines will instead suggest to the world that there are other concerns that play a larger role than safety issues.

The FDA asserts that new regulation is necessary because homeopathic medicine is now such a “large” industry in the U.S., with sales amounting to $2.9 billion yearly. A more precise calculation suggests that the true figure is less than half this amount. In any case, both the real and inflated estimates still represent less than 1 percent of overall drug sales in the U.S., which are estimated to be $446 billion.5

The Strong Safety Evidence for Homeopathic Medicines

Even homeopathy’s strongest critics acknowledge that these medicines provide too low a dose to have a significant physiological effect, let alone a toxic one. Therefore, it simply cannot be true that homeopathic medicines have no physiological effect and yet are somehow toxic. Clearly, whoever is making these determinations is doing so based on factors other than good science or good public policy. The World Health Organization (WHO) published a special report, Safety Issues in the Preparation of Homeopathic Medicines, in 2009.

On Page 1, it asserts: “Adverse events occurring during homeopathic treatment are rarely attributed to the homeopathic medicine itself.”6 Further, a detailed review of homeopathic medicines conducted by a group of physicians and public health officials in Tuscany, Italy, found a remarkably high level of safety.7 They asserted that “because minimum doses are used (in homeopathic medicines), they could also be suitable for pregnant women, newborns and children.”

Therefore, when the FDA recently expressed concern about the safety of homeopathic medicines, especially for certain “vulnerable populations including pregnant women, infants and the elderly,” it is precisely these groups of people for which homeopathic medicines provide decreased risk of safety problems, as compared with conventional medications. Based on 200 years of a high level of safety in the usage of homeopathic medicines, it would seem that the FDA should be promoting and encouraging the use of these medicinal agents for these vulnerable populations.

This comprehensive report from Italy made reference to a review of adverse effects from homeopathic medicines, saying, “A survey containing data from 1970 to 1995 reported a higher incidence of adverse effects with homeopathic medicines as compared to placebo. However, these effects were mild and transient, leading the authors to conclude that highly diluted homeopathic drugs prescribed by medical doctors specialized in homeopathy are safe.”8

The fact that some homeopathic medicines contain belladonna, nux vomica, arsenic or other known poisons is meaningless because every toxicologist and scientist today understands that the dose of a substance determines whether it is dangerous or not. Modern sophisticated technologies can measure infinitesimal amounts of various substances in medicines and our environment. Serious scientists know that these substances are worthy of public-health concern only at levels where they are known to cause specific problems.

Homeopathic practitioners, patients and manufacturers support the FDA in its efforts to improve the already stellar reputation that homeopathic medicines have for safety concerns. At the same time, we do not support the FDA’s efforts to reduce access to these basically safe natural medicines, since there is inadequate compelling evidence to date that they pose real risks.

This report to the FDA will question the veracity of some of the underlying assumptions behind the FDA’s desire to make significant changes in its regulation of homeopathic medicines. However, before getting into this issue, it is important to acknowledge the good working relationship that the FDA has traditionally had with homeopathic medicine.

The History of the FDA’s Good and Healthy Relationship With Homeopathic Medicines

Homeopathic medicines have been an integral part of the FDA’s purview since 1938, when Sen. Royal Copeland of New York sponsored the famous consumer rights legislation, called the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA), which empowered the FDA to regulate drugs. Royal Copeland was not simply a senator, he was also a medical doctor and a homeopathic physician. His efforts to empower the FDA have led to safer drugs and improved public health.

Just as medical historians acknowledge that homeopathic medicine provided appropriate critique of 19th century medicine, medical historians will thank homeopaths again for providing appropriate critique of 21st century medical care.As Mark Twain noted in Harper’s Bazaarback in 1890, “The introduction of homeopathy forced the old-school doctor to stir around and learn something of a rational nature about his business. You may honestly feel grateful that homeopathy survived the attempts of the allopaths (conventional physicians) to destroy it.”

The FDCA gave separate recognition to the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States, as distinct from the United States Pharmacopeia National Formulary or the conventional U.S. Pharmacopeia, for a reason: Homeopathic drugs are not just “additional” drugs available to the public, but represent a different system of making and using medicinal agents.If the intent had been to regulate all drugs in the same way, the FDCA would have recognized one united compendium of drugs — but this was not the intent of this important work of legislation.

The Need for Homeopathic Medicines Today and Scientific Evidence That Verifies the Benefits

Opiate Drugs

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced that for the first time, U.S. life expectancy has declined for the second year in a row. The primary reason for this, according to the CDC, was increased deaths from drug overdoses from various pain medications.9

Ironically, a large study conducted in France and published in a conventional pharmacology journal specializing in drug safety showed that patients with chronic musculoskeletal disorders used 50 percent less conventional pain medication when under the care of a homeopathic physician.10

Good evidence published in leading medical journals has shown benefit from homeopathic treatment of fibromyalgia, a musculoskeletal syndrome for which opiate drugs provide little benefit. The BMJ published a double-blind, crossover study showing efficacy from a homeopathic medicine called Rhus toxicodendron,11 and these results were so substantially significant that the difference in benefit between subjects given a homeopathic medicine and a placebo were P=0.005.

Further, the journal Rheumatology published an additional study that found that 50 percent of patients given a homeopathic medicine experienced a 25 percent or greater improvement in tender point pain on examination. For comparison, only 15 percent of those who were given a placebo experienced a similar degree of improvement (P=0.008).12 Further scientific evidence for the usage of homeopathic medicine in various pain syndromes was published in the American Association for Pain Management’s textbook, “Weiner’s Pain Management.”13

If the FDA, other regulatory agencies, and health and medical organizations are sincere in their concern about the overuse of opiate drugs in today’s health care, then these regulatory agencies and medical organizations should encourage the increase in health care and medical professionals who are trained to use homeopathic medicines.This assertion is not to imply that homeopathic medicines should be the primary or only method of treatment for pain management but, instead, to simply include it as a part of a comprehensive strategy for this common health concern.

Antibiotics

Today’s excessive use of antibiotics has created new public health problems, and virtually every regulatory agency, medical organization and public health advocacy group is seeking ways to rely less upon antibiotics. The journal Pediatrics published an important randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study on children suffering from diarrhea.14

Although diarrhea is not a serious problem in the U.S., the World Health Organization considers it one of the most serious public health problems, because several million children die each year from the dehydration it causes.15 The study showed that children prescribed a homeopathic medicine were significantly more likely to have their diarrhea resolved than those given a placebo.

Further, two studies in which different homeopathic practitioners treated children with diarrhea in two separate countries each also found that children prescribed homeopathic medicines had their health restored significantly faster than those given a placebo.16 Today, the most common reason that children in the U.S. go to a physician is for the treatment of an ear infection. A randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled study prescribed individualized homeopathic medicines or placebo to 75 children.17

There were 19.9 percent more treatment failures in children given a placebo. Diary scores showed a significant decrease in symptoms at 24 and 64 hours after treatment in favor of those given a homeopathic medicine. What was particularly impressive about these results was that improvement from homeopathic medicines occurred rapidly and within the first day. Hippocrates enjoined physicians to “First, do no harm.” Homeopathic and other safe, natural remedies are reasonable choices for methods that fulfill this dictum.

Respected Research Shows the Efficacy of Homeopathic Medicines

Research showing the efficacy of homeopathic medicines has been published in the most respected medical journals in the world, including The Lancet,18 BMJ19,20 (British Medical Journal), Chest (the publication of the American College of Chest Physicians),21 Pediatrics (publication of the American Academy of Pediatrics),22 Cancer (journal of the American Cancer Society),23 Journal of Clinical Oncology,24 Pediatrics Infectious Disease Journal (publication of the European Society of Pediatric Infectious Diseases),25 European Journal of Pediatrics (publication of the Swiss Society of Pediatrics and the Belgium Society of Pediatrics)26 and numerous others.

The newest review of homeopathic research published in Systematic Reviews27 confirmed a difference between the effects of homeopathic treatment and of placebo. In reviewing the “highest quality studies,” the researchers found that homeopathic patients were almost twice as likely to experience a therapeutic benefit as those given a placebo.

Further, in reviewing a total of 22 clinical trials, the homeopathic patients experienced greater than 50 percent likelihood to have benefited from the homeopathic treatment than those given a placebo. Perhaps one of the strongest statements in this article was the confirmation that four of the five leading previous systematic reviews of homeopathic research also found a benefit from homeopathic treatment over that of placebo:

“Five systematic reviews have examined the RCT research literature on homeopathy as a whole, including the broad spectrum of medical conditions that have been researched and by all forms of homeopathy: four of these ‘global’ systematic reviews reached the conclusion that, with important caveats, the homeopathic intervention probably differs from placebo.”

In addition to the above individual studies and the meta-analyses, the largest and most comprehensive review of basic sciences research (fundamental physico-chemical research, botanical studies, animal studies and in vitro studies with human cells) and clinical research ever sponsored by a governmental agency was in Switzerland.28 The Swiss report affirmed that homeopathic high-potencies seem to induce regulatory effects (e.g., balancing or normalizing effects) and specific changes in cells or living organisms.

The report also reported that 20 of the 22 systematic reviews of clinical research testing homeopathic medicines detected at least a trend in favor of homeopathy.

Because certain skeptics of homeopathy frequently assert misinformation about homeopathy by asserting that there is no good evidence that homeopathic medicines are effective, it is important, even vital, that regulatory agencies avoid relying upon partisan and biased evidence of homeopathy (additional analysis on misinformation on homeopathic research is provided below in the section on “Intellectual Dishonesty and Questionable Ethics from Skeptics of Homeopathy”).

Is There Really Evidence That Homeopathic Medicines Are Not Safe?

Admittedly, every system of healing has certain risks, though even homeopathy’s most severe skeptics assert that these medicines contain such small doses that they cannot be adequately therapeutic. Therefore, it is surprising to hear the claim that these extremely low-dose medicines can be toxic.

The FDA recently asserted that homeopathic teething tablets are dangerous due to the “variable” doses of the herb belladonna in this medicine, even though the 12X dose in the tablets would require a newborn infant to imbibe dozens of bottles in rapid succession to achieve a dose that “might” create minor symptoms. Even at the highest level FDA found, this was still 1,000 times lower than the safe amount.29 Health Canada (the Canadian version of the FDA) has found these same homeopathic teething tablets to have no safety concerns.30

It may seem that the FDA chose to err on the side of caution when they recommended the withdrawal from the marketplace of Hyland’s Teething Tablets due to the possibility that they may lead to seizures, but as it will be shown below, the FDA seems to have overreacted. According to the FDA, one bottle of Hyland’s Teething Tablets that was found to have the highest amount of scopolamine (an alkaloid in belladonna) had approximately 299 nanograms of it, or .00029 milligrams.31

No other bottle was found to have this amount of this chemical, but even this dose is well within safe doses. Today, a commonly prescribed drug for motion sickness includes .075 mg of scopolamine for infants of 3 years of age,32 or the equivalent of over 250 bottles of this same Hyland’s Teething Tablets bottle! Further, seizures are not even listed as one of the common side effects of scopolamine. Instead, it is listed as one of the extremely rare side effects.

In fact, seizures are so rare from this chemical that it is much more likely that an infant will simply experience a random seizure from unknown reasons than it is for the infant to experience a seizure from this chemical. If exposure to alkaloids from belladonna were really an issue, the FDA would have to outlaw potatoes.

The nightshade family of plants (Solanaceae) includes both belladonna and potatoes. These plants possess a diverse range of alkaloid glucosides (alkaloids), such as tropanes (atropine) and hyoscine (scopolamine), as well as nicotine and solanine. Belladonna, for the most part, is a combination of atropine, hyoscyamine and hyoscine.

Targeted Homeopathic Medicine Safer Than Potatoes

An average russet potato of 300 grams (0.7 pounds) contains 7 parts per million of belladonna. The amount of belladonna and its alkaloids found in homeopathic teething tablets were in the parts per billion or trillion, making this homeopathic medicine considerably safer than potatoes!

The FDA’s press release also expressed safety concerns about a homeopathic medicine called nux vomica. Although nux vomica is a poisonous plant that contains strychnine, every scientist and toxicologist knows that the dose of a poison is critical in determining whether it is dangerous.

Sir William Osler (1849–1919), widely known as the “father of modern medicine,” considered “hope and nux vomica” to be the two most important treatments in his clinics33 — and the doses he used were considerably higher than any homeopathic doses available to the public today. It is disturbing that the FDA would consider reducing the availability of this medicine on “theoretical grounds,” because, as yet, there has not been a single report of a poisoning from homeopathic doses of nux vomica.

The FDA says it felt compelled to increase regulation of homeopathic medicines due to an increase in reports of problems to the National Poison Control Centers related to “homeopathic agents.” However, these reports combine “miscellaneous dietary supplements, herbs, homeopathic and homeopathic agents,” with no differentiation. To make matters worse, many consumers are confused by the term “homeopathic” and often assume that herbal remedies and other types of supplements are “homeopathic” when this is not always true.

The reports from the National Poison Control Centers provide no assurance that any legally defined homeopathic drug was included in the term “homeopathic agents.” The term is not used by consumers or clinicians and may have become a generic category for whatever the consumer or the survey giver could not assign elsewhere. Although it seems that the term “homeopathic agents” was meant to include just “homeopathic drugs,” only one death and three “major” outcome problems occurred.

And due to the fact that these reports do not provide any further details about which homeopathic medicine was involved in these incidences, it cannot be assured that the medicines involved were truly “homeopathic” or not. In the National Poison Control Centers reports from 2010 to 2013 for “homeopathic agents,” two years (2011 and 2013) report no deaths.

A longer period would be more representative. What about 10 years? In the other two years, a “self-claimed homeopath” gave his wife hydrogen peroxide (2010), which is not a homeopathic remedy, and one death was reported without any details (2012).34 The number of “major” outcome problems during the same period averaged 2.5 annually, indicating that any problems “homeopathic agents” caused were rare.

The Significant Limitations on FDA Adverse Events Data

In 2017, the FDA forced Hyland’s to take their teething tablets off the market. Despite the fact that these tablets have been in the marketplace for almost a century, with a stellar record of safety, in the past decade the FDA has recorded an increase in “adverse events” associated with this medicine. From 2006 to 2009, the FDA received just four records of complaints associated with Hyland’s Teething Tablets.

However, from 2010 to 2017, 633 such complaints (or 79 per year, on average) were lodged. Further, some media reported that there were 10 deaths associated with this homeopathic medicine,35 but this assertion has been proven to be false. The FDA’s website noted nanodose levels of a belladonna chemical called scopolamine,36 and yet the U.S. government’s own database for toxic substances reports that “there are no reported fatal doses for scopolamine.”37

The reports include a disclaimer: “Submission of a safety report does not constitute an admission that medical personnel, user facility, importer, distributor, manufacturer or product caused or contributed to the event. The information in these reports has not been scientifically or otherwise verified as to a cause and effect relationship and cannot be used to estimate the incidence of these events.”

Even more problematic is how the media misrepresents this information from the reporting by citizens on their experiences with various drugs. For instance, one report on the death of an infant included a note saying, “Death did not occur, box needed to be checked to proceed.”

One mother complained about her baby having “dry skin,” though she admitted it “may be due to solid food (oatmeal).” Another baby ingested one-quarter of a bottle of teething tablets and then, two days later, the baby experienced “difficulty breathing,” to which a doctor diagnosed as “croup” (a condition for which belladonna isn’t known to cause).

In some cases, the infant was taking conventional pharmaceuticals in addition to the teething product or had been recently vaccinated. It appears that if the report includes a teething product, the FDA considers that part of the evidence against it, even if something else is more likely to have caused the problem. Some of the reports against Hyland’s Teething Tablets included reference to a parent giving the infant Orajel Baby Teething Gel, which is not homeopathic and includes propylene glycol, a chemical used in brake and radiator fluids. Opinions differ as to its toxicity.

Priorities for FDA Enforcement

The FDA says it has no intention of outlawing homeopathic medicines but claims that it wants to reduce potential problems arising from them. The agency claims that it plans to develop “a new, risk-based enforcement approach to homeopathic drug products that have the greatest potential to cause risk to patients.” The FDA asserts that they wish to align “risk-based” assessments of all types of drugs, to protect the public.

If the FDA’s concerns about “risk assessment” are real, then the vast majority of homeopathic medicines will not undergo any new regulation that will make them unavailable to the general public, as the vast majority of homeopathic medicines are substantially safer than conventional drugs.

For example, it is illegal to jaywalk, and it is illegal to drive a car while drunk. If law enforcement chose to enforce jaywalking vigorously, it wouldn’t have the time or resources to enforce drunken driving. Obviously, there is much greater risk to have drunk drivers than jaywalkers.

That said, there can and must always be exceptions. At rare times, there may be jaywalkers who choose to take exceptional risks in traffic and who create potentially dangerous situations for others. It is obvious where the FDA needs to place its enforcement priorities. The FDA asserts that it intends to focus its new enforcement priorities on the following kinds of homeopathic products38 It will be helpful, therefore, to review each of the above categories individually.

Products with reported safety concerns

Products that contain or claim to contain ingredients associated with potentially significant safety concerns

Products for routes of administration other than oral and topical

Products intended to be used for the prevention or treatment of serious and/or life-threatening diseases and conditions

Products for vulnerable populations

Products that do not meet standards of quality, strength or purity as required under the law

Products with reported safety concerns.

If a homeopathic medicine is reported to have safety concerns, it is reasonable for the FDA to investigate them. However, because some safety concerns are false, imaginary or the result of antagonists to homeopathy, the FDA should explore: 1) what the modern literature from toxicology suggests are and aren’t safe doses; and 2) whether similar safety concerns occur in other countries. For example, Hyland’s Homeopathic Teething Tablets were reported in the U.S. to potentially cause seizures in children. These same teething tablets were sold in Canada with no such reports.39

Products that contain or claim to contain ingredients associated with potentially significant safety concerns.

  • An infectious agent with the potential to be pathogenic;
  • A controlled substance, as defined in the Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. 812;
  • Multiple ingredients that, when used in combination, raise safety concerns due to possible interactions, synergistic effects or additive effects of the various ingredients; and,
  • Ingredients that pose potential toxic effects, particularly when those ingredients are concentrated or in low dilution presentations (e.g., 1X, 2X or 1C) or are not adequately controlled in the manufacturing process.

Below are comments about safety concerns of homeopathic medicines in the above categories:

The FDA is claiming homeopathic medicines that contain ingredients of an infectious agent pose a safety risk. The FDA here is referring to what are called “homeopathic nosodes,” that is, homeopathic medicines made from bodily tissue or fluids that contain bacteria or viruses. Nosodes are generally available in high dilutions, where the dose is so small that it is not known to have toxicological or infectious effects.

Most nosodes in the U.S. are available only to homeopathic health and medical professionals, because most of the nosodes are intended for more complex health and medical conditions, for which an OTC (over the counter) drug is not indicated.

A small number of nosodes, however, are known to treat OTC conditions and to help reduce the severity and duration of common and relatively minor ailments. Therefore, it makes sense to maintain the present status of homeopathic nosodes as those remedies that are available only to certain licensed health and medical professionals as well as those who are certified or licensed to practice homeopathy.

In 2016, Hahnemann Laboratories provided testimony at an FTC hearing on homeopathic medicines. This testimony affirmed the safety of homeopathic medicines, asserting that “the FDA has never received an Adverse Event Report for a classical single remedy oral use homeopathic product with a ‘safe’ dilution level of 6C (one part per trillion) or more.”40 This statistic includes nosodes presently sold as OTC drugs.

The FDA already does not allow homeopathic medicines to be made from substances defined in the Controlled Substances Act. This includes those that have a high potential for abuse, have no currently accepted medical use for treatment in the U.S. or for which accepted safety protocols for use under medical supervision do not exist.

Some of the substances to which this act refers include heroin, morphine, psilocybin, cannabis and peyote.41 There is no real logic to making homeopathic doses of these substances illegal to professional homeopaths whose patients would sometimes benefit therapeutically when a patient had overdosed or simply became ill after abusing crude doses of these drugs. In this instance, the FDA should consider changing its position that disallows homeopathic doses of Schedule I drugs.

There is no evidence that multiple ingredients of the nanodoses used in homeopathic medicines have safety concerns. And because there is greater use and sale of multiple-ingredient homeopathic medicines than single-ingredient, one would expect more evidence of problems from such medicines, and this evidence simply doesn’t exist.

Unless the FDA can provide adequate evidence that a combination of ingredients in homeopathic doses pose actual danger, it should not prohibit the marketing or sale of homeopathic formula products, except in the marketing for conditions of serious ailments (which OTC drugs are not allowed to do anyway).

The homeopathic community has collaborated with the FDA and with scientists who specialize in toxicology to determine at what dose a plant, mineral, animal or biological medicine is no longer safe. The homeopathic community has no problem reducing access to doses that pose safety risks, but such restrictions must not be just theoretical. Toxicological science must verify such risks, not politics or economics. Present FDA regulations already incorporate this determination.

Products for routes of administration other than oral and topical.

The vast majority of homeopathic medicines are oral and topical, though homeopathic eye drops (for acute eye conditions of an OTC nature) and nasal sprays (for acute nasal ailments, including the common cold or respiratory allergies) are occasionally employed. Historical usage supports both means of dispensing homeopathic medicines. In fact, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathic medicine, sometimes encouraged patients to simply sniff an alcoholic solution of a homeopathic medicine.

In recent times, Zicam (a homeopathic medicine for symptoms of a common cold) uses a cotton swab-like device inserted into the nose. This application of a homeopathic medicine is new and does not have a record of historic usage. Because this means of application is not a time-tested method of administrating homeopathic medicines, it may be reasonable for the FDA to deem this type of dispensing a “new drug.”

Products intended to be used for the prevention or treatment of serious and/or life-threatening diseases and conditions.

Homeopathic medicines sold to consumers are, by definition, over-the-counter drugs and, as such, should be marketed only for “over-the-counter ailments,” — that is, ailments that do not require a medical diagnosis, are not life-threatening and are basically self-limiting.

To date, none of the leading established homeopathic manufacturers make or market OTC homeopathic medicines for “serious diseases” and, in fact, homeopathic manufacturers support the FDA in its efforts to crack down on individuals or companies that make or market homeopathic medicines for heart disease, cancer, diabetes or any other life-threatening disease.

Products for vulnerable populations.

There is certain logic in reducing the availability of potentially dangerous drugs to vulnerable populations. However, due to homeopathy’s longtime impressive safety record, these medicines can be used by vulnerable populations. Pregnant and lactating women, infants and children are ideal populations for such usage. In fact, historically and internationally, these vulnerable populations have benefited from having access to homeopathic medicines due to the products’ high level of safety.

It is common for parents to use homeopathic medicines for their infants and children for minor health problems, and it is essential that parents maintain access to homeopathic medicines for such nonserious and non-life-threatening ailments. Parents experience much higher risks with virtually any conventional medication than with homeopathic ones.

Products that do not meet standards of quality, strength or purity as required under the law.

Present FDA regulations allow for enforcement of standards of quality, strength and purity. However, modern technologies can measure exceedingly small variations in these factors. In a recent action on homeopathic teething tablets, the FDA found “variable amounts” of a listed ingredient, belladonna.

However, what the FDA did not report was that the variable amount was still in the safe range, with a vast margin of error. Therefore, it is prudent for the FDA to only consider enforcement of these standards when the public’s safety is seriously threatened.

Suggestions for Regulating Homeopathic Medicines

In 1988, the FDA adopted CPG 400.400 to eliminate the confusion over what could and could not be sold as a homeopathic drug. The recent FDA guidelines seek to eliminate this guidance and replace it with vague guidelines that will create confusion for the homeopathic industry and for consumers. It makes more sense to maintain the CPG 400.400 guidelines and to simply add more specificity to them rather than abolish them.

In some European countries, a medicinal agent can only be considered homeopathic if it is in at least a 3X dilution. A change in this definition would help differentiate herbal doses from homeopathic ones. Further, this change in regulation would make it more difficult for new medicinal agents to be marketed under the “homeopathic” banner that tend to work by conventional pharmacological means.

The FDA could make it clear to manufacturers and consumers that a homeopathic ingredient cannot be mixed with a nutritional supplement (which the FDA deems to be a “food”). Such “formulas” would constitute mixing a “drug” and a “food.” As I understand it, present FDA regulation already doesn’t allow mixing drugs and foods.

The new FDA guidelines are exploring whether to prohibit the marketing of mixed-ingredient homeopathic medicines. These “homeopathic formula products” have a long history of usage and safety throughout the world, and studies have found them effective for many conditions, especially respiratory allergies.

For example, a randomized, double-blind and placebo-controlled trial has been published in the Lancet42 in the treatment of people with hay fever and a high-quality study published in the British Medical Journal43 confirmed homeopathic doses of various allergens were found effective for respiratory allergies to that allergen.

The small group of homeopathic medicines made from diseased tissue, bacteria or viruses are called “nosodes” and, at present, the vast majority of them are available only by prescription by certain health and medical professionals. No new regulation of homeopathic nosodes is necessary unless the FDA has some new toxicological or epidemiological evidence.

Most single-ingredient homeopathic medicines are regulated as over-the-counter drugs and, as such, the FDA requires that manufacturers list a specific ailment for which each drug is indicated.

Because single-ingredient recommendations are based on a pattern of symptoms, not a specific disease diagnosis, it behooves the FDA to consider withdrawing the requirement for an “indication for treatment” for single-ingredient homeopathic drugs, except when adequate research confirms the efficacy of that homeopathic medicine.

FDA guidelines do not allow the sale and marketing of homeopathic medicines made from controlled substances, such as opium, heroin or (still) cannabis sativa (or indica). These guidelines have been enforced for several decades, even though it is a somewhat ludicrous regulation due to the obvious fact that no one can or does use homeopathic doses of these drugs in recreational ways. Therefore, the FDA should rescind this regulation.

Even if an extremely small number of people may be hypersensitive to exceedingly small doses of a medicinal agent in a homeopathic medicine, our society doesn’t outlaw common foods that are known allergens (milk, peanuts, wheat, strawberries), nor does it make them available only upon prescription by a physician, even though some can cause significant distress, anaphylactic shock or death.

Therefore, the remote possibility that this might occur does not justify restricting the availability of homeopathic medicines that benefit many others.

Intellectual Dishonesty and Questionable Ethics From Skeptics of Homeopathy

Pulitzer Prize–winning author Paul Starr, in his book “The Social Transformation of American Medicine: The Rise of a Sovereign Profession and the Making of a Vast Industry,” acknowledged that homeopathic medicine in the 19th century was a medical, scientific and economic threat to conventional medicine. Starr even asserted, “Because homeopathy was simultaneously philosophical and experimental, it seemed to many people to be more rather than less scientific than orthodox medicine.”44

The American Medical Association (AMA) was founded in 1848, two years after the formation of the American Institute of Homeopathy. Starr notes that the AMA was founded, in part, to slow the growth of homeopathy. From 1860 to 1900, the AMA’s code of ethics prohibited AMA members from consulting or even socializing with medical doctors who practiced homeopathy.

This ethical code was one of the few that were ever enforced. An extreme example of this prejudice occurred on the night of Lincoln’s assassination. William Seward was one of Lincoln’s closest political advisers and an advocate for homeopathic medicine. On the night Lincoln was assassinated, Seward was stabbed in the multi-person assassination plot against the Union.

Thanks to the medical care provided by Dr. Joseph K. Barnes, U.S. Surgeon General, Seward survived. However, Seward’s personal physician was a homeopathic doctor, and due to the fact that the AMA had a policy that it was an ethical violation for conventional physicians to consult with a homeopathic doctor or even provide care for a homeopathic patient, Barnes was denounced by the AMA for providing medical care.45

Medical history shows that homeopathy gained its greatest popularity in Europe and America due to its impressive results during infectious-disease epidemics, including typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, scarlet fever, pneumonia and influenza.46 A book titled “The Logic of Figures” compared the death rate from various infectious diseases in the 19th century in conventional versus homeopathic hospitals. The death rate in the conventional hospitals was between two and eight times greater.47

In 1855, a governmental report on the London cholera epidemic of 1854 “just happened” to omit the mortality figures of the London Homeopathic Hospital. This epidemic was made famous because Dr. John Snow took the matter into his own hands by removing the handle of the pump from which Londoners were getting their tainted water. Because the homeopathic hospital was the closest hospital to this pump, many people who developed cholera went there for treatment.

The mortality rate at this hospital was only 19 percent as compared with 33 percent to 53 percent at all other London hospitals. When the authors of this report were challenged in the House of Lords, a representative of the Board of Health disingenuously proclaimed that inclusion of these statistics would give “an unjustifiable sanction to the empirical practice alike opposed to the maintenance of truth and to the progress of science.”48

Intellectual Dishonesty Has Continued Into the 21st Century

In 2010, the U.K. House of Commons’ science and technology committee report on homeopathy was highly critical of this subject. However, any rational person should be suspicious of this “report.” The Science and Technology Committee normally consists of 14 members of Parliament, yet this report was approved and signed by only three members, with one vote against the report (most members of the committee did not take this investigation seriously).

Of the three votes in favor, two members were so newly appointed that they did not attend any of the hearings. The remaining “yes” vote was from Evan Harris, a medical doctor and devout antagonist to homeopathy. Ironically, shortly after this vote, Harris was voted out of office from a general election by a twenty-something-year-old candidate who had no previous political experience.

More recently, the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) published a report on homeopathy that concluded there is “no reliable evidence that homeopathy is effective for any condition.” However, the definition of “reliable evidence” was so high that only between 2 to 5 percent of conventional medical practices would be deemed to have reliable evidence, despite the billions of dollars on medical research conducted yearly.49

Even more problematic about the Australian report was the fact that this governmental agency hid evidence of the existence of this first report. This previous review found homeopathic medicines effective. In other words, not only has there been “intellectual dishonesty” in the attacks on homeopathy but also serious breaches of ethics in evaluating it.50

Stifling Homeopathic Medicines Could Have Detrimental Effects

Brian Josephson, Ph.D., is a British physicist who won a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1973 for work he completed when he was only 22 years old. He is currently a professor at the University of Cambridge. Responding to an article in New Scientist, Josephson wrote:

“Regarding your comments on claims made for homeopathy: criticisms centered around the vanishingly small number of solute molecules present in a solution after it has been repeatedly diluted are beside the point, since advocates of homeopathic remedies attribute their effects not to molecules present in the water, but to modifications of the water’s structure.

Simple-minded analysis may suggest that water, being a fluid, cannot have a structure of the kind that such a picture would demand. But cases such as that of liquid crystals, which while flowing like an ordinary fluid can maintain an ordered structure over macroscopic distances, show the limitations of such ways of thinking. There have not, to the best of my knowledge, been any refutations of homeopathy that remain valid after this particular point is taken into account.

A related topic is the phenomenon, claimed by Jacques Benveniste’s colleague Yolène Thomas and by others to be well established experimentally, known as ‘memory of water.’ If valid, this would be of greater significance than homeopathy itself, and it attests to the limited vision of the modern scientific community that, far from hastening to test such claims, the only response has been to dismiss them out of hand.”51

Josephson’s remarks on the structure of water have been confirmed by more recent research.52 The American Chemistry Society’s journal, Langmuir, published a series of studies that confirmed using three different types of spectroscopy that nanodoses of six different homeopathic medicines persist in water solutions even after dilutions of 1-to-100, six times, 30 times and 200 times.

Of special importance, the dosages remaining in water were similar in size as doses to which our bodies’ hormones and cell-signaling agents are known to operate.53 Josephson went on to describe how many scientists today suffer from “pathological disbelief;” that is, they maintain an unscientific attitude that is embodied by the statement “even if it were true I wouldn’t believe it.”

Ultimately, homeopathic medicine is the “original nanopharmacology,”54 and any new regulations that stifle this important system of medicine just as new and strong evidence is emerging to verify its mechanism of action and its efficacy could have detrimental effects on the future of health and medical care. Because some of the testimony given to the FDA repeats a historic bias against homeopathy, it is important to understand the origins of this misinformation and not let it be accepted without verifiable evidence.

Closing Thoughts

Is America a pluralist society or a homogenous one — and should regulation reflect our society? This is not just an academic question but a practical one, and the way it is answered will play an important role in how the FDA should regulate homeopathic medicine (as well as other systems of healing).

The founding of the U.S. placed a special value on personal freedoms and cultural diversity. America was temporarily thought to be a “melting pot” country, but today, it is much more clear that we are a cultural mosaic or, if you will, a “salad bowl” with diverse ingredients, each with its own value.

Likewise, there has never been just one school of thought and practice in medicine and in healing, both historically and internationally. The appreciation for diversity in medicine and healing was canonized in the federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938. This important legislation gave recognition to the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States as an equal, but different, body of medicinal agents to the U.S. Pharmacopeia.

The fact that U.S. law recognizes both of these compendiums of drugs means that there are two different standards for drugs in America. We are not a homogenized culture where there is just one school of thought and practice in medicine. We are a pluralist society and therefore need pluralist laws that respect this diversity.

In 1988, the FDA issued the Compliance Policy Act 400-400 titled Conditions Under Which Homeopathic Drugs May Be Marketed, and this document has established clear, measurable and enforceable standards for the manufacture and sale of homeopathic drugs in the U.S.

These guidelines contribute significantly to improving cost, quality and access to safe homeopathic drug products. There may be certain challenges to respecting different schools of thought and practice in medicine, but Thomas Jefferson, our third president, reminded us of the importance of American liberty and of the necessity to work to educate the population how to make the best of our freedoms. He said:

“I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education.”

Consumer Actions

1. The American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists is encouraging those who live in certain states (Colorado, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Washington, Utah) to urge their legislators to tell FDA not to scrap the current guidelines regarding the regulation of homeopathic products. These representatives work on committees that have oversight on the FDA. You are simply asked to sign your name to the letter.

You may wish to do one additional, simple thing and that is to add some type of personal statement about your experiences with the safety and efficacy of homeopathic medicines. Click HERE or HERE to access more information and to access your political representatives (please note that there are certain senators and other congresspersons to contact). If you happen to have a personal relationship with any of the congresspersons who work on FDA issues, please consider contacting the American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists (office@aahp.info).

2. The homeopathic community is NOT encouraging everyone to write to the FDA. Now is not the time to express fear about the FDA’s potential actions or to condemn them. Consider submitting short positive comments to the FDA in support of homeopathy.

You might tell the FDA that its current regulatory guidelines (Compliance Policy Guide 400.400) for homeopathic products provide much consumer protection and that any further changes place your right to choose in jeopardy. The period for public comment before FDA makes its final decisions about this important policy closes March 20, 2018. Click HERE to make your comment to the FDA.

3. Consider supporting homeopathic organizations, pharmacies and resource centers that work to provide useful, practical information about homeopathy so that you can optimize your usage of these natural medicines. Becoming a member of the National Center for Homeopathy is particularly important because they will keep you informed about developments with the FDA and about future suggested actions to consider. For details, go to www.HomeopathyCenter.org. Put your wallet where your heart is and where your health is!

Dana Ullman, MPH, CCH, is one of America’s leading advocates for homeopathy. He has written 10 books, including, “The Homeopathic Revolution: Why Famous People and Cultural Heroes Choose Homeopathy” and the best-selling, “Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicines,” with Dr. Steven Cummings.

He is the founder of Homeopathic Educational Services (https://homeopathic.com/), a leading resource center for homeopathic books, tapes, medicines, software and correspondence courses. Ullman recently created an e-course on Learning to Use a Homeopathic Medicine Kit.

Google and WebMD Partner To Be Your Virtual Doctor

By Dr. Mercola

Late last year, Internet Brands, a company under the global investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR & Co.) umbrella, announced its acquisition of WebMD Holdings. Purchase price: $2.8 billion.1,2,3 The company also bought the wellness company Nature’s Bounty Co. last year,4 and already owns a number of other health-related internet brands, including DentalPlans.com, eHealthForum.com, HealthBoards.com, AltMD.com and FitDay.com.5

And, since WebMD owns Medscape and MedicineNet.com, these sites now belong to KKR’s Internet Brands as well.6 Internet Brands’ CEO Bob Brisco told Forbes:7

“WebMD and Medscape are the market leaders in online health with unparalleled reach to consumers and health care professionals. Since its founding, WebMD has established itself as a trusted resource for health information. We look forward to delivering that resource to even more users, by leveraging our combined resources and presence in online healthcare to catalyze WebMD’s future growth.”

Herald Chen, head of KKR’s technology industry team added, “The combined portfolio of leading vertical internet assets will be a powerful one.” Indeed, according to Fast Company, “KKR is trying to corner the market on internet-based health information dissemination at a time when Googling random symptoms … has become … common practice.” A 2016 Google blog post describes how it generates its symptoms’ lists,8 acknowledging that searching for information on common symptoms can oftentimes lead to a descent into an information jungle fraught with frightening and rare health conditions.9

Virtual Doctoring Is All the Rage

In recent years, the internet and medicine have become increasingly intertwined, giving rise to “virtual medicine” and rampant self-diagnosing — a trend that largely favors drugs and costly, invasive treatments. Here are just a sampling of developments aimed at connecting consumers with various medical products:

Google has partnered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), launching a depression self-assessment quiz which, like WebMD before it, funnels querents toward antidepressant drugs.10,11 Now, any time you use the search term “depression symptoms” in the Google search engine, you will find links to pages that purportedly help you “check if you’re clinically depressed” through self-tests or quizzes.

While it may seem altruistic to raise awareness about mental illness, the “stop the stigma” campaign is actually funded and driven by the drug industry itself, under the guise of various front groups, of which NAMI is one. Nearly 75 percent of the organization’s funding comes from drug companies.12

According to PsychCentral, evidence also shows that drug companies have instructed NAMI to “resist state efforts to limit access to mental health drugs” and “how to advocate forcefully for issues that affect industry profits.”13

Google and other tech startups are investigating the possibility of assessing mental health problems using a combination of electronic medical records and tracking your internet and social media use.

Google now includes a sidebar listing with symptoms and recommended treatments for any health condition you enter into its search engine.

WebMD has partnered with Google Home to allow users to ask medical questions via the Google Home smart speaker.14

WebMD’s joint business planning partnership with Reckitt Benckiser has produced a chatbot version of Mr. Mucus, resident mascot for Mucinex. Facebook advertising will promote the chatbot. According to Adage.com,15

The chatbot is part of a growing artificial-intelligence [AI] effort from WebMD, an outgrowth of voice programs developed last year to work with Amazon Echo and Google Home. Perhaps sadly, Mr. Mucus doesn’t actually engage in the conversation.

But folks looking up cold and flu symptoms on WebMD will be prompted by the chatbot to … ask any questions they have about the ailments, along with branded Mucinex queries about how to treat cough or congestion symptoms.”

The chatbot also collects geographical data based on the queries, to predict the spread of disease. So, if a lot of people in a certain city or state start inquiring about cold and flu, alerts will be pushed to others in the area, prompting them to take preventive action — most likely by getting a flu shot or asking their doctor for a certain medication.

Google researchers claim they’ve created an artificial intelligence-equipped retinal scanner that can appraise your risk for a heart attack. Recent tests concluded the device was 70 percent accurate in identifying patients who would have a heart attack or other major cardiovascular problem within the next five years. More research still needs to be done though to confirm the results.16

Tobacco Industry Now Your Virtual Doctor?

What most people don’t know is that KKR used to own tobacco conglomerate RJR Nabisco. As noted in the journal Tobacco Control in 1996,17 “After engineering a stock swap with Bordens [sic] in 1995, KKR no longer directly owns RJR Nabisco stock. This case study underscores the need for public health advocates to be watchful of the tobacco industry’s efforts to control public access to news about tobacco.”

The case study in question explored how KKR’s ownership of Nabisco may have influenced tobacco-related news stories in the student newspaper Weekly Reader, after the newspaper was acquired by KKR. To this day, the Weekly Reader (now merged with Scholastic News Magazine18) publishes Current Events for sixth to 10th grade students.

The content of 182 issues of Current Events were analyzed — 71 of them published before KKR’s acquisition of Nabisco and 111 published after. Only four of the 71 pre-acquisition issues featured tobacco-related news, compared to 12 articles in the 111 post-acquisition issues. According to the author:

“The content of tobacco-related news stories shifted after KKR’s acquisition to portray tobacco as a ‘forbidden fruit’ that is attractive to teenagers. This was done by focusing on new policies and programs to discourage teenagers from smoking, the mythical threat of prohibition, and the supposed popularity of smoking, while giving relatively little attention to the health consequences of tobacco use.”

In essence, while the stories superficially discouraged children from smoking, word choices and phrasing sent a subconscious message to the contrary. Now, this same tobacco-related company is gaining a vast internet platform where their messaging will have a huge influence on health and medicine. As the sarcastic saying goes, “What could possibly go wrong?”

WebMD Caught Creating Fraudulent Health Screen

It’s worth remembering that WebMD has already come under fire over conflicts of interest, and in 2010 was caught providing users with a fake depression screening test. The test — in which 100 percent of quiz-takers ended up having a “high likelihood of major depression” and were directed to talk to their doctor about treatment19,20 — was sponsored by drug giant Eli Lilly, the maker of Cymbalta.

The quiz was really direct-to-consumer advertising masquerading as a valid health screen, and this is perhaps the most hazardous kind of drug advertising there is. Seeing an ad on TV or in a magazine is one thing — you can recognize that as marketing. But a test on a well-respected health site? Few would consider that such a test might be rigged, which is probably why it was done in the first place. With the tobacco industry now at the helm, I doubt WebMD’s peddling of paid advertising as educational information will improve any.

WebMD is a great example of the brilliant marketing the drug companies are doing. The site appears to be an independent objective third party, but when you draw back the curtain, you find it’s really the drug companies that are crafting the message and the recommendations.

It’s also worth noting that WebMD is partnered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which virtually assures you will not learn about alternatives besides those approved by the FDA for your condition. This partnership further strengthens the promotion of sponsored drugs, and, by default, you will be kept in the dark about strategies that can make a real and lasting difference, and often cost very little or nothing.

Where Are We Headed?

The lack of independence among promoters and distributors of health information is of tremendous concern. When major health websites are paid by both industry and government bought by industry, there’s little chance of getting complete and honest information. Add to that Google’s monopoly and its subsequent influence on internet messaging about diet and medicine — not to mention its social engineering efforts — and the future looks rather grim indeed.

Google has also taken it upon itself to be an arbiter of “fake news,” censoring information according to its own criteria of what is true or false. Needless to say, this makes it really easy for Google to censor information that isn’t in its own best interest, including health and diet-related information21 (the company is actually leading the way toward the normalization of meat substitutes22,23).

According to a recent Campaign for Accountability report,24 Google has paid academics in the U.S. and Europe millions of dollars to influence public opinion and policymakers.25,26 This includes funding research papers “that appear to support the technology company’s business interests and defend against regulatory challenges such as antitrust and anti-piracy.” Some of these academics have not declared the source of their funding, even though payments have reached as high as $400,000. As noted by The Times:27

On one occasion Eric Schmidt, Google’s former chief executive, cited a Google-funded author in written answers to Congress to back his claim that his company was not a monopoly — without mentioning that it had paid for the paper …”

Music Technology Policy also published a long article28 last year describing how Google managed to install one of its own lawyers in the Department of Justice antitrust division, thereby protecting its own interests. As we look to the future, we also have Google’s sights on artificial intelligence (AI) to contend with. Already, two large monopolies have joined forces to bring about the ultimate AI world.

As reported by The New York Times,29 Amazon and Microsoft are merging their voice-controlled digital assistants — Alexa and Cortana — to enlarge the capabilities of both by building on each other’s strengths and abilities. Ultimately, the goal is to create self-learning AIs capable of imitating human thought processes. As for the use of AI’s as diagnosticians of disease and “virtual doctors,” there’s really no telling what might happen.

Be a Conscious Technology Consumer

Google and its various divisions has turned into an octopus-like super entity with tentacles reaching into government, food production, health care, education and the creation of AIs that may run more or less independently. A key component of many of these enterprises is data — your personal usage data; the tracking of every webpage you’ve ever visited and every single thought you’ve ever written on a Google-enabled device, along with geo tracking tracing your every move.

Ultimately, that information can be used to subtly but powerfully influence your health care and lifestyle decisions. WebMD, now under the control of a company with tobacco industry ties that go back decades, also wields enormous influence over people’s health decisions, and through its partnership with Google Home smart speaker, WebMD and Google are poised to become the go-to virtual doctor that is always available to answer any and all health concerns.30

Anyone who has spent even a small amount of time pondering the ramifications of Google’s ever-growing monopoly over our day-to-day lives is likely to shudder at the possibilities. To minimize personal data leaks, boycott all things Google. As for WebMD, remember who owns them, and filter any information you get from them through that knowledge. Below is a summary of action steps you can take. For more information, see Goopocalypse.com’s boycott Google page.

1. Avoid any and all Google products:

a. Stop using Google search engines. So far, one of the best alternatives I’ve found is DuckDuckGo31

b. Uninstall Google Chrome and use the Opera browser instead, available for all computers and mobile devices.32 From a security perspective, Opera is far superior to Chrome and offers a free VPN service (virtual private network) to further preserve your privacy

c. If you have a Gmail account, close it and open an account with a non-Google affiliated email service such as ProtonMail,33 and encrypted email service based in Switzerland

d. Stop using Google docs. Digital Trends has published an article suggesting a number of alternatives34

e. If you’re a high school student, do not convert the Google accounts you created as a student into personal accounts

Public Health Agency Sued for Coke Collusion

By Dr. Mercola

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) should be cracking down on corporations promoting products linked to poor health and disease, including soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages. Instead, they appear to have taken the industry, and one of its flagship companies, Coca-Cola, under their protective wing. U.S. Right to Know (USRTK), a nonprofit consumer and public health watchdog organization, is conducting an investigation to find out just how cozy the ties are between Coca-Cola and the CDC.

They filed six Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with the CDC to look into its relationship with Coca-Cola in December 2017. While the CDC acknowledged their receipt just days later, they have not provided a response — a requirement for federal agencies within 20 business days of receiving an FOIA request. Now USRTK is suing the CDC due to its failure to comply with the FOIA requests and provide documents in response. USRTK co-director Gary Ruskin said in a news release:1

“We are suing the CDC to uncover the extent and nature of the CDC’s relationship with Coca-Cola … Just as it is wrong for the CDC to assist tobacco companies, it is also wrong for CDC to assist obesogenic companies like Coca-Cola.”

What Have 19 Former FOIA Requests Revealed About the CDC?

Since 2016, USRTK has filed 19 FOIA requests with the CDC, which have helped to expose a number of concerning ties between the CDC and Coca-Cola. For instance, former CDC Director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald received $1 million in funding from Coca-Cola2 to combat childhood obesity during her six-year stint as commissioner of Georgia’s public health department and has a history of promoting the soda industry’s alternative facts.

Her Coke-funded anti-obesity campaign focused on exercise. None of the recommendations involved cutting down on soda and junk food, yet research shows exercise cannot counteract the ill effects of a high-sugar (i.e., high soda) diet.

At the time of her appointment to CDC director, Jim O’Hara, director of health promotion policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest stated, “We hope Dr. Fitzgerald, as head of CDC, avoids partnering with Coke on obesity for the same reason she would avoid partnering with the tobacco industry on lung cancer prevention.”3

Ironically, Fitzgerald reportedly owned stocks in no less than five different tobacco companies, plus drug companies, when she was appointed CDC director. As part of her ethics agreement, she sold those stocks when accepting her new position. But then, mere months into the job, she went and bought stocks in Japan Tobacco International (JTI), one of the largest tobacco companies in the world.

She also bought stocks in a dozen other health-related companies, including Merck, Bayer, Humana and U.S. Foods Holding Corp. Politico exposed Fitzgerald’s tobacco investments, which led to her handing in her resignation a day later.4 Conflicts of interest seem to be a pattern at the CDC. Fitzgerald actually took the place of Barbara Bowman, Ph.D., former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention.

Bowman reportedly aided a Coca-Cola representative in efforts to influence World Health Organization (WHO) officials to relax recommendations on sugar limits.5 She left the agency unexpectedly, two days after her close ties with Coca-Cola were revealed.

Bowman, however, was not the only CDC official looking out for Coca-Cola. Uncovered emails also suggest that Michael Pratt, senior adviser for global health in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the CDC, has also promoted and led research for the soda giant. According to the Huffington Post:6

“Pratt did not respond to questions about his work, which includes a position as a professor at Emory University, a private research university in Atlanta that has received millions of dollars from the Coca-Cola Foundation and more than $100 million from famed longtime Coca-Cola leader Robert W. Woodruff and Woodruff’s brother George.

Indeed, Coca-Cola’s financial support for Emory is so strong that the university states on its website that ‘it’s unofficially considered poor school spirit to drink other soda brands on campus.’”

CDC Receives Funding From Coca-Cola — How Much?

The CDC receives funding from Coca-Cola via the CDC Foundation. USRTK reported that the CDC Foundation received $1.1 million from Coca-Cola from 2010 to 2012, but contributions after that date have not been disclosed. While the CDC Foundation discloses contributions made by Coca-Cola in 2015, 2016 and 2017, the amounts are not made public.7

Another recent scandal to face the agency is the apparent banning of a handful of words and phrases from budget documents, including the terms “evidence-based” and “science-based.” The New York Times reported:8

“The news set off an uproar among advocacy groups … who denounced any efforts to muzzle federal agencies or censor their language. The Times confirmed some details of the report with several officials, although a few suggested that the proposal was not so much a ban on words but recommendations to avoid some language to ease the path toward budget approval … A former federal official, who asked not to be named, called the move unprecedented.”

It’s clear, nonetheless, that conflicts of interest have been corrupting the CDC’s mission for some time. In 2016, a group of senior CDC scientists even sent a letter to the CDC raising concerns about the conflicts of interest and industry ties that appear to be so common among CDC leaders.9 The group goes by the name CDC Scientists Preserving Integrity, Diligence and Ethics in Research (CDC SPIDER); individuals left their names out for fear of retaliation. The letter begins:10

“It appears that our mission is being influenced and shaped by outside parties and rogue interests. It seems that our mission and Congressional intent for our agency is being circumvented by some of our leaders. What concerns us most, is that it is becoming the norm and not the rare exception. Some senior management officials at CDC are clearly aware and even condone these behaviors.

… Some staff are intimidated and pressed to do things they know are not right. We have representatives from across the agency that witness this unacceptable behavior. It occurs at all levels and in all of our respective units. These questionable and unethical practices threaten to undermine our credibility and reputation as a trusted leader in public health.”

CDC Promotes Flawed ‘Energy Balance’ Theory

The CDC is among a number of public health agencies that promote “energy balance,” assuring that: “Healthy eating is all about balance. You can enjoy your favorite foods even if they are high in calories, fat or added sugars. The key is eating them only once in a while … ” The CDC even goes as far as to say, “The point is, you can figure out how to include almost any food in your healthy eating plan in a way that still helps you lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.”11

Really? Even soda? Researchers have known since the 1960s that your body metabolizes different types of carbohydrates, like glucose and fructose, in different ways, causing very different hormonal and physiological responses that absolutely may influence fat accumulation and metabolism.12

One 12-ounce can of regular soda has about 33 grams of sugar (8 1/4 teaspoons) and 36 grams of net carbohydrates, which is more than your body can safely handle, especially at one sitting.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommended that sugar should make up less than 10 percent of your total daily energy intake, with additional benefits to be had if you reduce it to below 5 percent (which amounts to about 25 grams, or 6 teaspoons of sugar a day).13 For optimal health, I recommend limiting your intake of net carbs to under 40 to 50 grams per day, which is virtually impossible to do if you drink soda.

Gary Taubes, cofounder of the Nutrition Science Initiative and the author of “The Case Against Sugar,” expertly documents sugar’s link to chronic disease and much more, including whether sugar should more aptly be described as a drug instead of a food. It doesn’t cause the immediate symptoms of intoxication, like dizziness, staggering, slurring of speech or euphoria, associated with other “drugs,” yet perhaps this only allowed its long-term medical consequences to go “unasked and unanswered.”

Most of us today will never know if we suffer even subtle withdrawal symptoms from sugar, because we’ll never go long enough without it to find out,” Taubes wrote, adding that sugar has likely killed more people than tobacco and that tobacco wouldn’t have killed as many people as it did without sugar.14 Harvard School of Public Health further compiled a list of additional studies demonstrating the link between soda and chronic disease:15

  • Men who drank an average of one can of soda per day had a 20 percent higher risk of having a heart attack or dying from a heart attack than men who rarely consumed soda16
  • Women who consumed a can of soda daily over a 22-year study had a 75 percent higher risk of gout than women who rarely consumed soda17
  • Reducing soda consumption can reduce the prevalence of obesity and obesity-related diseases like Type 2 diabetes18

USRTK Seeks to ‘Shine the Light of Transparency’

The USRTK FOIA lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, states that it is seeking to secure records “in order to enhance the public’s understanding and awareness of the degree of behind-the-scenes communications between CDC officials and the private companies whose products may have implications for public health.” The filing continues, “In particular USRTK endeavors in this action to shine the light of transparency on interactions between vendors of sugary drinks and CDC officials.”19

Indeed, it’s a transparency that has been sorely lacking, and FOIA requests have so far proven to be a valuable tool to force their hand. In addition to the scandals involving Fitzgerald and Bowman, USRTK secured records via FOIA requests that reported documented “communications between CDC employees and other current and former Coca-Cola employees, such as Alex Malaspina.”20

Malaspina, a former senior vice president at Coca-Cola, founded the industry-funded International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI), which has been implicated in seeking to influence science and public policy. For instance, the widespread prevalence of sugar in the U.S. diet is common knowledge, yet U.S. Dietary Guidelines only recommend limiting calories from added sugars to no more than 10 percent each day, or 12 teaspoons, for a 2,000-calorie diet.

If the Guidelines were truly put out to protect Americans’ health, it should be far lower and, in fact, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) did recommend that Americans reduce their intake of sugar-sweetened foods and beverages. However, this was followed by a flurry of activity from industry groups who, using tobacco-industry tactics, attempted to sway the dietary debate in their favor.

The day after DGAC’s report was released, another industry-backed group, International Food Information Council Foundation (IFIC),21 sent out a mass email to its directors and staff detailing the call they’d had with the media earlier that morning, in which they discussed “insufficient evidence” behind the recommendation to reduce added sugars. More than 20 experts were apparently on hand to discuss the issues with the media. Bloomberg reported:22

“The email was then forwarded outside of the organization to Alex Malaspina, a former Coca-Cola executive and the founding president of ILSI. Malaspina, in turn, forwarded it to two current Coke executives, adding that ‘IFIC is coming through for our industry’ …

The next morning, in an email to Malaspina, Michael Ernest Knowles, a former vice president of Global Scientific and Regulatory Affairs at Coca-Cola and former president of ILSI, went further than media outreach, calling for ‘the generation of credible consensus science on the issues hitting the industry — obesity and causative factors, sugar, low/no calories sweetener safety — in particular we have to use external organizations in addition to any work we directly commission.’”

A report sponsored by ILSI was then published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, concluding “guidelines on dietary sugar do not meet criteria for trustworthy recommendations and are based on low-quality evidence” and suggesting public health officials be aware of this when making recommendations and consumers take it into account when making dietary choices.23,24

Will CDC’s True Colors Finally Be Revealed?

By suing the CDC for documents that may reveal its strong ties to Coca-Cola, USRTK is seeking to let Americans know that public health organizations are not always capable of protecting public health.

“Expanding upon its previous efforts, USRTK now seeks to flesh out the extent of these types of communications involving a host of CDC officials … [and current and former employees of The Coca-Cola Co.]. The intent of this action is to ensure that the public is better informed about these communications and to what extent, if any, they are having an impact on the CDC and its public health decisions that impact Americans’ lives,” the organization stated.25

Hopefully, justice will be served and the truth will be revealed, but in the meantime it’s up to you to take control of your own health, and giving up soda — both sugar-sweetened and diet — is one of the most fundamental steps you can take in doing so.

The Violence-Inducing Effects of Psychiatric Medication

This article is posted with permission from our friends at Greenmedinfo.comFor more news from them, you can sign up for their newsletter here.  It was written by Dr. Kelly Brogan.

Psychiatric medications have some dangerous, often-overlooked side effects, which could include suicide and homicide. 

On May 17, 2017, we learned that Chris Cornell of Soundgarden had reportedly committed suicide by hanging. His family reports knowing a different Chris than one who would make this fatal decision, and suspect his anti-anxiety prescription in the altered state he was witnessed to be in the night he died. Perhaps an “addict turned psychiatric patient”, like so many, Chris Cornell seemed to have left the frying pan of substance abuse for the fire of psychiatric medication risks.

For reasons that remain mysterious, those under the influence of psychiatric medication often specifically choose to hang themselves in their moment of peak impulsivity. Some, like Kim’s husband Woody who was never depressed a day in his life but prescribed Zoloft by his internist, even verbalize a felt experience of his head coming apart from his body in the days before he was found hanged in his garage.

Then there’s 14 year old Naika, a foster child in Florida who hanged herself on a FB livestream after being treated with 50mg of Vyvanse, a drug treatment for ADHD that leads to a domino effect of diagnoses and psychiatric meds including a 13 fold increase in likelihood of being prescribed an antipsychotic medication and 4 fold increase in antidepressant medications than controls.[1]

Are these just rare anecdotes? Is this just the cost of treatment that is helpful for most? Are we blaming medication for what might have been severe mental illness that was undertreated and/or undiagnosed?

Informed consent: the premise of ethical medicine

I believe first and foremost in informed consent. If you are informed of the risks, benefits, and alternatives to a given treatment, you will be empowered to make the best decision for yourself based on your personal, family, philosophical, and religious life context. But the truth is that prescribers are not in a position to share the known risks of medications because we learn only of their purported benefits with a short-tagline of dismissively rare risks that are thought to be invariably outweighed by the presenting clinical concern.

But what about serious risks – including impulsive suicide and homicide – surely we are informing patients of that possibility, right?

Wrong.

In fact, the FDA and the pharmaceutical industry have gone to great lengths to conceal multiple signals of harm so we certainly can’t expect your average prescriber to have done the investigative work required to get at the truth.

In fact, from 1999-2013, psychiatric medication prescriptions have increased by a whopping 117% concurrent with a 240% increase in death rates from these medications[2]. So let’s review some of the evidence that suggests that it may not be in your best interest or the best interest of those around you for you to travel the path of medication-based psychiatry. Because, after all, if we don’t screen for risk factors – if we don’t know who will become the next victim of psych-med-induced violence – then how can we justify a single prescription? Are we at a point in the history of medicine where random acts of personal and public violence are defensible risks of treatment for stress, anxiety, depression, inattention, psychosocial distress, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue, and even stress incontinence?

Let the science speak

Suicide

Prescribed specifically to “prevent” suicide, antidepressants now come with a black box warning label of suicide risk since 2010. Multi-billion dollar lawsuits like the settlement of Study 329[3] have been necessary to unlock the cabinet drawers of an industry that cares more about profit than human lives. A reanalysis of study 329[4] which initially served as a landmark study in 2001 supporting the prescription of antidepressants to children, has now demonstrated that these medications are ineffective in this population and play a causal role in suicidal behavior. Concealing and manipulating data that shows this signal of harm, including a doubling of risk of suicide with antidepressant treatment,[5] [6] [7] has generated seeming confusion around this incomprehensibly unacceptable risk profile. In fact, a reanalysis[8] of an influential US National Institute of Mental Health 2007 study, revealed a four-fold increase in suicide despite the fact that the initial publication[9] claimed no increased risk relative to placebo.

According to available data – 3 large meta-analyses – more psychiatric treatment means more suicide.[10] [11] [12] Well, that might seem a hazard of the field, right? Where blaming medications for suicide would be like saying that umbrellas cause the rain.

That’s why studies in non-suicidal subjects[13] and even healthy volunteers who went on to experience suicidality after taking antidepressants are so compelling[14].

Benzodiazepines (like what Cornell was taking) and hypnotics (sleep and anxiety medications) also have a documented potential to increase risk of completed and attempted suicide[15] and have been implicated in impulsive self-harm including self-inflicted stab wounds during changes to dosage[16]. We also find the documented possibility that suicidality could emerge in patients who are treated with this class of medications even when they are not suicidal with recent research stating, “benzodiazepine receptor agonist hypnotics can cause parasomnias, which in rare cases may lead to suicidal ideation or suicidal behavior in persons who were not known to be suicidal”[17]. And, of course, these medications themselves provide the means and the method with a known lethal poisoning profile[18].

Homicide

Clearly murderers are mentally ill, right? What if I told you that the science supports the concern that we are medicating innocent civilians into states of murderous impulsivity?

When Andrew Thibault began to research the safety of a stimulant drug recommended to his son, he entered a rabbit hole he has yet to emerge from. After literally teaching himself code to decrypt the data on the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System website, he was able to cull 2000 pediatric fatalities from psychotropic medications, and 700 homicides. A Freedom of Information Act and a lawsuit later, he continues to struggle with redacted and suppressed information around 24 homicides directly connected to the use of psychotropics including the homicide by a 10 year old treated with Vyvanse of an infant. Another case, ultimately recovered, involved statements from a 35 year old perpetrator/patient, who murdered her own daughter, as directly implicating as “When I took nortriptyline, I immediately wanted to kill myself. I’d never had thoughts like that before”.

To begin to scientifically explore the risk of violence induced by psychotropic medication, a study sample needs to be representative, the reason for taking the drug needs to be taken into consideration, the effect needs to be controlled for, as do any other intoxicants. Professor Jari Tiihonen’s research group analysed the use of prescription drugs of 959 persons convicted of a homicide in Finland and found that pre-crime prescription of benzodiazepines and opiates resulted in the highest risk (223% increase) of committing homicide[19].

Relatedly, eleven antidepressants, six sedative/hypnotics and three drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder represented the bulk of 31 medications associated with violence reported to the FDA[20]. Now an international problem, a Swedish registry study identified a statistically significant increase in violence in males and females under 25 years old prescribed antidepressants[21].

Implicated in school shootings, stabbings, and even the Germanwings flight crash, prescribing of psychotropics prior to these incidences has been catalogued on https://ssristories.org/ leading me to suspect psychiatric prescribing as the most likely cause in any and all reports of unusually violent behavior in the public sphere.

Is Association Really Causation?

Beyond the cases where violence to self or others was induced in a non-violent, non-depressed, non-psychotic individual, what other evidence is there that speaks to how this could possibly be happening?

The most seminal paper in this regard, in my opinion, was published in 2011 by Lucire and Crotty[22]. Ten cases of extreme violence were committed by patients who were prescribed antidepressants – not for major mental illness or even for depression – but for psychosocial distress (ie work stress, dog died, divorce). What these authors identified was that these ten subjects had variants to liver enzymes responsible for drug metabolism exacerbated by co-administration of other drugs and substances including herbs. All returned to their baseline personalities when the antidepressant was discontinued.

Now referred to as akathisia-induced impulsivity[23], the genetic risk factors for this Russian Roulette of violence are not screened for prior to psychotropic prescribing. Akathisia is a state of severe restlessness associated with thoughts of suicide and homicide. Many patients describe it as a feeling-less state of apathy – and what I would describe as a disconnection from their own souls, their own experience of human connection, and any measure of self-reflection.

The genetic underpinnings of this kind of medication-induced vulnerability are just beginning to be explored[24] with identification of precursor symptoms to violence including severe agitation. In a randomized, placebo-controlled trial, healthy volunteers exhibited an almost 2 fold increased risk of symptoms that can lead to violence[25]. A 4-5 fold increased risk was noted in patients prescribed a generic version of the antidepressant Cymbalta, off-label, for stress urinary incontinence (a non-psychiatric indication)[26].

There is another way

Perhaps it’s as if we are offering the blade edge of a knife to those falling off the cliff of struggle and suffering. Because the idea of managing a chemical imbalance with chemicals seems to make sense. But at what cost? The laundry list of acute and chronic adverse effects is growing, and the unpredictable risk of medication-induced violence should lead to an urgent cessation of all psychotropics. Because it takes 17 years[27] for physician practice to reflect published science, we need grassroots level information sharing. We need to inform ourselves before we consent to engage a system that regards you as an impersonal statistic.

We live in a cultural context that makes no room for the relevance, meaning, and significance of symptoms – symptoms are simply bad and scary and they must be managed. We don’t make room for patients to ask why they are not ok.

If you knew that your symptoms were reversible, healable, transformable, you might consider walking that path instead of assuming this level of risk for placebo-level efficacy of psychotropic medication. We would only euthanize a “mental patient” if we felt their condition was lifelong and unremitting. In fact, every woman I have ever tapered off of psychiatric drugs into experiences of total vitality once believed that she would be a medicated psychiatric patient for life. If you knew that radical self-healing potential lies within each and every one of us, if you only knew that was possible, you might start that journey today. It’s side effect free…

References

[1] http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0706743716689055

[2] http://meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files_results.jsp?cboDataYear=All&cboDataTypeY=2%2CHousehold+Event+File&buttonYearandDataType=Search&cboPufNumber=All&SearchTitle=Prescribed+Medicines

[3] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11437014 

[4] http://www.bmj.com/content/351/bmj.h4320

[5] http://www.bmj.com/content/330/7488/396

[6] http://www.bmj.com/content/352/bmj.i65?etoc=

[7] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12601224

[8] http://content.iospress.com/articles/international-journal-of-risk-and-safety-in-medicine/jrs0645

[9] http://archpsyc.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=210055

[10] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15555028 

[11] https://www.researchgate.net/publication/26713983_The_Relationship_Between_General_Population_Suicide_Rates_and_Mental_Health_Funding_Service_Provision_and_National_Policy_a_Cross-National_Study 

[12] http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0160252713000587 

[13] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2301661/

[14] http://davidhealy.org/articles/#Suicide_Articles

[15] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28257172

[16] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2047018/ 

[17] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27609243

[18] http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2016.303061

[19] https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-06/uoef-fsa052515.php

[20] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3002271/ 

[21] http://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/article?id=10.1371/journal.pmed.1001875

[22] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3513220/ 

[23] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27138119 

[24] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27324805 

[25] http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0141076816666805

[26] http://www.cmaj.ca/content/189/5/E194 

[27] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22179294

QAnon posts from 3-3 and 3-4-18… “Fascinating Image”

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I’m about finished posting for the day, but I wanted to post this one image. It is apparently a screen capture from a National Geographic show from 1-15-18, titled “Chain of Command”, and was posted in a Tweet from the US Department of Defense. The screen capture shows a white mug with the letter “Q” on it. Hmmmm.

Strongly suggest for those interested to go to https://qanonmap.github.io/ and check out the latest ones.

David Wilcock 3-4-18… “Selected portions from his ‘A Happy Life!’ article that relate to current events”

These are portions of the original article that present some data about “what the h— is going on right now”.

Some may wish to check out the latest 3-3 and 3-4 QAnon posts (https://qanonmap.github.io/) to see what information is being laid out at this time.

“We are mostly finished with the next article update, which will address current issues head-on, including the shocking censorship striking multiple scholars in this field. This includes the stunning, instant, multi-platform bans and deletions doled out to David Seaman and Jordan Sather in the last two weeks.

“[This is] showing coordinated efforts never before seen. Social media and YouTube has just proven to be a honey trap that can be completely ripped out from under you if you have not built other avenues to get your message out.

“ALLIANCE PLANS HAVE GONE OPERATIONAL… The Alliance has moved from a “planning” to an “operational” phase. Many of the specifics are still classified for operational security purposes. This stunning censorship does suggest that some major, positive developments are on the way soon enough.

“The Deep State folks would not be de-publishing entire platforms of truth tellers if they weren’t extremely concerned about whatever developments are heading their way next. We have been told to anticipate new “data dumps” at a Snowden level and beyond, as just one example.”

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David Wilcock article link

POSTSCRIPT: ALLIANCE WINNING, LOTS MORE TO COME

We are mostly finished with the next article update, which will address current issues head-on, including the shocking censorship striking multiple scholars in this field.

This includes the stunning, instant, multi-platform bans and deletions doled out to David Seaman and Jordan Sather in the last two weeks.

In both cases, their entire life’s work of YouTube videos were permanently erased as well as their entire social media presence — showing coordinated efforts never before seen.

Social media and YouTube has just proven to be a honey trap that can be completely ripped out from under you if you have not built other avenues to get your message out.

As I learned, however, when YouTube told me my videos were “permanently deleted” after a fake Teddy Bear copyright attack, they were immediately re-instated once I pointed out their mistake.

We wanted to release our wedding announcement now, to help debut the new site upgrade, before delving back into these other areas.

ALLIANCE PLANS HAVE GONE OPERATIONAL

This has been a very busy moment of time, for reasons we will discuss in the next article.

The Alliance has moved from a “planning” to an “operational” phase. Many of the specifics are still classified for operational security purposes.

This stunning censorship does suggest that some major, positive developments are on the way soon enough.

Q Anon is finally posting for the first time again since February 23rd, as another example of just how busy things have gotten recently.

The Deep State folks would not be de-publishing entire platforms of truth tellers if they weren’t extremely concerned about whatever developments are heading their way next.

We have been told to anticipate new “data dumps” at a Snowden level and beyond, as just one example.

Q Anon has also said “watch the news this week” both yesterday, Saturday 3/3, and today, Sunday 3/4. What will transpire is anybody’s guess at this point.

Stay tuned, and please subscribe to our email newsletter on our new main page in case we get blocked.

David Wilcock 3-4-18… “David Wilcock Marriage Announcement: A Happy Life!”

This is the text only, so please go to the full article to view all the beautiful images. I’m refraining from highlighting, as this is a very very very long article, but I will post parts of this that involve current planetary situations in a separate post.

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David Wilcock Marriage Announcement: A Happy Life!

We are very pleased to announce the marriage of David and Elizabeth Wilcock for the first time on this site.

David met Elizabeth five years ago and they got together in May 2016. They decided to keep their relationship private until now.

In this article we present the full story of how they got together, a personal profile of Elizabeth, and an interesting analysis of the spiritual connections and synchronicities they share.

The wedding took place on October 14th, 2017 with about 80 family members and close friends.

The following debut interview was published with Spiritual Biz Magazine for the cover story. Kimberly Maska and Daniel Pape conducted the interview with David and Elizabeth by phone.

Elizabeth has been a very positive, strong and loving part of David’s life these last two years, and now you can read the story and see the pictures for yourself.

INTRODUCTION BY DAVID WILCOCK

The first question you may be asking is “Why didn’t you guys say anything before?”

The simple answer is that we wanted to enjoy our relationship just between ourselves before making it public, since we have a very large audience.

For two years we have enjoyed trips out into the world with relatively little scrutiny. We wanted to give our love a safe and sacred space to grow.

And yes, we even carried it right through to the point of our wedding night, with a no-cameras, no smartphones, no-social-media policy for every attendee.

We were actually quite surprised that we were able to keep it all a secret despite 80 guests — but it worked!

Now we are happy and excited to share the good news with you.

We feel this interview sheds a much deeper light into our connection than you would have gotten with a shorter announcement.

This also felt like a great way to kick off our long-needed website upgrade and design improvement before delving back into other areas.

You may well find some inspiration and personal guidance from hearing our story. So here we go!

SPIRITUAL BIZ MAGAZINE MARCH 2018 COVER STORY: DAVID AND ELIZABETH WILCOCK

Daniel Pape: I am here with David Wilcock, and in just a few minutes I’ll be introducing a very special guest.

Before we get to that, I’d like to delve into some of David’s personal history, which up until now has been somewhat under wraps — at least in the years since he went public.

David, it’s good to have you here. I am sure our readers will appreciate what you have to share. From what I understand, you have been on an extraordinary journey for quite some time.

You’ve been mostly alone throughout this quest. No steady girlfriend, no wife, no helpmate, no soulmate. What was it like to take this profound journey primarily by yourself?

David Wilcock: I did have a few girlfriends over the years, and for whatever reason, my relationships quickly collapsed into mutual heartache and pain each time. I never felt comfortable publicizing them for this same reason.

The problems seemed to stem from the fact that I was always an extreme workaholic. For many years I would not watch television, I did not socialize, I did not want to go out to eat dinner, see a show or anything.

I was basically on the computer all day long, every day, for fourteen hours or more.

Obviously, that’s going to cause serious problems unless you have someone who is very attuned to the needs of a mission that requires that much work.

In general, having alone time doesn’t scare me. It’s not like I was miserable. The work part of my life has grown very steadily, and that was what kept me going.

Nonetheless, it was definitely sad for me to have no real sense of companionship. The personal side of my life was in a shambles, and the work became a definite escape from the depressing reality I was facing day after day.

I did have people I lived with at times, either girlfriends or housemates, but those situations invariably ended up becoming contentious. It seemed that I was always in trouble and always apologizing.

I could see that I was hurting people I cared about, but I also did not feel that I could abandon the mission either. I decided that the only way I could avoid hurting someone was to live alone.

Then I chose to give it one last chance — and the person I decided to reach out to was Elizabeth.

If it hadn’t worked with her, then that was going to be the end of it. I was planning to turn my back on relationships forever.

Living alone for the rest of my life would allow me to focus on my work without causing pain to anyone else.

Daniel: It sounds as if you made a conscious decision to be alone. And yet, clearly something changed and you ended up meeting Elizabeth. Can you tell us how that happened?

David and Elizabeth Wilcock after exchanging their wedding vows on October 14, 2017. Photos by Natalie Baidi.

David: Elizabeth and I actually met through a mutual friend. Five years ago, she showed up at my house as an invited guest, and I was home alone when she arrived.

Neither of us had planned it to be this way — it just ended up happening.

I was immediately impressed by her and thought she was extremely attractive, but when I started talking to her I quickly realized that she was also spiritually and intellectually attractive as well.

It was easy to see that she had something rare and precious. We connected on multiple levels, including the fact that we had both intensely studied Shaolin Kung Fu.

We had a lot of things in common, but at the time we met I was in no position to have a girlfriend or to be seeing someone. It had to wait, and it actually took three more years for any greater connection to develop.

One of the things that was so impressive about Elizabeth during those three years was that she never tried to chase me. She never manipulated the fact that she had access to me.

That was very important to me, because after all that I’d been through, people would have to go through a pretty intense vetting process before I could trust them.

Daniel: I think it’s great that you found each other. How did you and Elizabeth finally get together after three years’ time?

David: In May 2016, I went off to Banff, which is this beautiful area of Canada that I have visited every year since 2007. It’s a very spiritual experience for me to be out there.

David Wilcock standing in front of the epic Moraine Lake in Banff, Canada.

There are these huge, gorgeous mountains made of purple granite that remind many people of the Himalayas. The lakes are a beautiful turquoise color.

It’s the most spiritual place on earth that I’ve ever found up until now. I go there seeking wisdom and retreat.

While I was out there, I went through a very comprehensive life review. It was an extremely intensive process where I looked at every minute detail of how my life had been going up until then.

I realized that I needed to give relationships one last try before I abandoned the quest completely. I felt like if I was going to look for someone, it couldn’t be somebody who I just met.

I had already tried meeting people who didn’t know me before I got thrown into the public eye with things like Ancient Aliens on History Channel.

Like it or not, your life radically changes once you become a public figure. It can be difficult for somebody to connect to you as a human being and not as a celebrity.

I quickly decided that if I was ever going to get together with anyone, it would need to be someone who I had already met before it really got crazy.

It only took about 30 seconds for me to think through a list of names before I realized that I had to give Elizabeth a chance.

David and Elizabeth Wilcock next to the mountains of Moraine Lake, September 2016.

We had connected before and in fact, only a couple of months earlier, I had run into her at Conscious Life Expo.

I met many hundreds of people during that event, but now our brief conversation stood out like a shining light.

I decided to start texting her and invited her to one of my biggest events of the year, Contact In The Desert.

[David will be speaking at this year’s event at their new, larger resort venue in Indian Wells, California, on the weekend of June 1st through 4th. Don’t miss it!]

This event is very crowded, approximately 5,000 people, and many of them urgently want to talk to me alone. It is physically impossible to even try to honor that many requests.

I also have a very busy schedule with hardly any time to prepare the slides for my next show in between the events, while still having proper meals and getting enough sleep.

I figured that if she could handle that intense of an event with me and not completely freak out, we would have a great foundation to build on.

I invited her to the conference and she accepted almost immediately. We had a very nice conversation.

I found out that her father had just died. I was very sorry to hear that. She was still grieving.

I also felt that I would be able to help her with the grief process, because it sounded to me like she was feeling very alone at the time.

I knew that reconnecting with me as a friend would probably help her feel better, and I have always had the ability to empathize with people even in the most intense situations.

Trauma and sadness do not scare me in the least. Those are often some of the best times to be able to truly reach someone at the deepest soul level and help them make a positive change.

Daniel: I must say that your approach is a prime example of what it means to be patient; you took your time, David, and it certainly paid off.

David: No doubt.

Daniel: Well done.

David: Thank you.

David Wilcock wedding picture. Married to Elizabeth Wilcock Oct 14, 2017.

Daniel: Let’s introduce Elizabeth to our readers now and hear her perspective on the similarities that you both share. Thanks for joining us, Elizabeth; it’s good to have you here.

Elizabeth: It’s good to be here. Thanks, Daniel.

Daniel: From what I understand, you and David had both lost all hope in finding your soulmate or life partner before you met each other. What were some of the defining qualities and similarities that drew you together?

Elizabeth: David and I have known each other for five years in total. We knew each other for three years before we got together, and I’d like to share a little bit about how we united if that’s okay.

Daniel: Certainly.

Elizabeth: I do feel as if my father had a lot to do with it. As David said, my father had just died.

I had been in Las Vegas, navigating the last week of my father’s journey, and I was right there with him as he crossed over to the other side.

I was singing to him and it was a deeply profound journey for both of us, as well as my brother who was also there.

My father had emphysema, so it was a very traumatic death because he couldn’t breathe and he was gasping for air.

It was very difficult to be with him and to hold space for him as this was happening, as he was pleading to get out of the hospital. He was in no state to leave.

I held that space alone with him for five days, looking into his eyes, helping to get him to focus on the light and to navigate his death.

Three days after my father died, I was lying in bed at his house, in a completely darkened room. I opened my eyes to see this very bright, scintillating light to the left of the bed, and it felt like my father.

I’ve seen spirits my entire life, and so I felt very happy. I felt an extreme sense of joy.

I said, “I’m so glad, Dad, that you’re in a good space. I’m so glad that you’re connected to the angels.”

I felt like he was very grateful for my presence there at his death.

Then, I said to my father, “Dad, now that you’re on the other side, maybe you can help me with something. Maybe you can help me find my beloved.

David and Elizabeth Wilcock at a film premiere, 2016.

“Maybe you can see things better over there, and help me locate him.”

Shortly after I asked my father for help, I got a text from David, inviting me to Contact In The Desert.

I had never thought of David as boyfriend material and I had no idea that David and I were ever going to get together.

I always thought he was a great guy, and I loved the brief conversations that we would have when we ran into each other once or twice a year.

It never even crossed my mind that he would be my beloved, but I had always wished that we had more time to talk.

I definitely accepted the invitation, because I needed a break.

I had been in Las Vegas dealing with my father’s death for a while, and it had been very intense. I welcomed the opportunity to take a little vacation.

As I drove out to Contact In The Desert, I was not planning to go on a date at all. I was just planning to meet my friend David and hang out for a couple of days.

Once I got there, David and I were able to spend uninterrupted time together for more than hour, for the very first time.

It was so comfortable, it was so joyful, it was so happy, it was so lighthearted, and it was so easy.

After about twenty-four hours of being with him, it just dawned on me, like a recognition, that we were going to be together. I knew that he was the one.

Elizabeth Wilcock with her brother and stepfather, being escorted to her wedding to David on October 14, 2017.

I will have to say that before then, I had lost all hope of finding my beloved. I had been on a conscious search for my soulmate for six years, and my entire family was praying that I find him.

In the months before my father passed, he kept telling me that I had to find a good man to marry. I think they were all worried about me.

Despite my intention and prayers, I was not finding him and losing hope.

On the Thanksgiving before David and I got together, I remember crying in my mother’s lap. At that Thanksgiving, all of the couples started sharing stories about how they met.

There I was, alone again at another holiday, with no beloved to share with my family. I started crying at the dinner table, and later that night lay my head on my mother’s lap.

She wiped my hair out of my eyes and told me everything would be okay. My family had been praying for me for a long time, and I have to tell you they are very happy that David and I have found each other.

My mother and step-father were already fans of his work. When my 96-year-old grandmother met David, her exact words were, “He’s a keeper. I really like him. I hope you marry him.”

She was at our wedding, and was very happy to receive David into our family.

Picture of David and Elizabeth soon after they got together in 2016.

Daniel: Your grandmother sounds lovely, and your date with David gives a whole new meaning to Contact In The Desert. You truly had a contact.

Elizabeth: That’s funny… and true!

Daniel: The experience you had with your father is sincerely touching as well, and I appreciate you sharing that with us.

Were there other experiences like this that surrounded you and David in the spiritual realm that you can share with us?

David: I’d like to take this question first, and I am sure Elizabeth will have some interesting things to say as well.

I live a life that is spiritually attuned, by choice. I pay attention to synchronicity; in fact, I wrote an entire book on it.

David Wilcock’s second New York Times best-seller, The Synchronicity Key.

Our experience of getting together was infused with all sorts of very bizarre and synchronistic events.

The first night that Elizabeth and I were talking at the conference, she mentioned that she was seeing a blue light over my head as I spoke about certain ET-related things in the kitchen.

Only two minutes later, my colleague on Cosmic Disclosure, Corey Goode, texted me very urgently, saying, “Go outside right now!” He wouldn’t take no for an answer.

Elizabeth and I went outside and looked up in the sky. Within only a few minutes, we realized that there was a point of light about the same size as the stars, maybe slightly larger, which was blue.

The strangest part was that it was exhibiting non-Newtonian movement. In other words, it was not just drifting like a satellite.

It was moving in different directions, and it was clearly changing its position in terms of its orientation to the stars in the background.

It would go up, it would go to the right, it would drift to the left, it would go down, and in looking at its relationship to the other stars, it was very clearly moving in unusual ways.

We watched this star, or whatever it was, for probably about an hour. We called it the blue blinker, because it would blink on and off.

Only later did we find out that many other people at the event had been watching it as well, and everyone was calling it the Blue Blinker.

Eventually we just gave up, because it was continuing to do the same thing for a very long time.

During the time that we were watching this, she asked me if she could lie next to me in the hammock, and I was perfectly comfortable with that.

I didn’t try to make any advances on her. We just held each other and watched the show.

It felt very sweet and very natural, and she was impressed by my ability to remain neutral and relaxed.

Elizabeth: I felt very safe with David. We have a mutual female friend who is very close with him, so I always felt that David was the kind of guy who could have a close friendship with a woman and not have to make it into something sexual.

During the time of the Blue Blinker, I still had no idea that David and I would be an item, but I felt really safe with him.

After my father’s death, I also felt pretty sad and vulnerable, so I asked him if I could come lay down with him in his hammock, just as friends.

He accepted, and just like he said, he made no moves on me. He made no attempts at anything, which felt very safe to me. It was very refreshing, and just what I needed.

I was able to tune in to him energetically in a way that I wouldn’t have been able to do just by talking to him.

I looked into his soul, and I noticed that he was solid — like a rock. He was so stable and strong.

That really impressed me, because I thought that with him being such an intellect and a cosmic thinker, he might feel really airy-fairy. This was not at all the case.

Elizabeth was lying in the hammock on the left before coming to join David in the hammock on the right.

David: I have to admit that when she came and laid down next to me, I was ecstatic. Deep waves of relief flowed through me.

I was also confident that if this was really meant to be, it deserved patience and respect.

We had all the time in the world to get to know each other, and the best thing I could do was to simply relax and hold space for us to be together.

I felt as if my entire life was flashing before my eyes — all the pain, all the trauma, all the sadness — and for the first time, I actually had a situation that felt clean, healthy and right.

When I was staying in Canada a week before, I had no internet access at all. I had been practicing fingerstyle guitar for as many as seven hours a day, and had worked on a bunch of songs from the 1970s that were very romantic and heartfelt.

I ran through the entire repertoire that night before the blue blinker appeared, looking into her eyes as I sang to her.

I certainly made mistakes, but she didn’t care. She could feel my love, my pain and my sincerity.

Once I started thinking this was really going somewhere, I asked synchronicity to give me a dramatic sign.

We were staying in a house that had a dartboard on the wall. I walked up to it, grabbed a dart, stepped back twenty feet and said, “If this is meant to be then okay, Universe, I want you to let me get a perfect bullseye on the first try.”

I had done a little bit of dart playing in my freshman year of college. I wasn’t great at it, but I did know the basics.

I don’t think I had thrown a single dart since I was in college in 1992. Even on the best night, you’re not going to automatically hit the bullseye just because that’s what you’re shooting for.

This was a pretty daring move. I only threw it once, and it landed directly in the center. I shouted out in amazement, and we took a picture of it.

Daniel: Outstanding.

The bulls-eye shot David scored immediately after asking for a sign about his connection with Elizabeth and throwing a dart.

David: Once we started sleeping next to each other in the same bed, I began having incredibly profound dreams and much more intense spiritual experiences.

This included clearly audible and loving voices speaking to me.

Another profound event that happened early along was that both Elizabeth and I had a spontaneous recall of an apparent past life that we shared together.

Whether this is literally true or not, we were both seeing the exact same things in a visionary type of state. The number of correspondences went way beyond chance, in both of our opinions.

We appeared to have lived in Europe during the Renaissance period. In this case, I was a nobleman and she was more of a country girl.

We fell in love, but then she disappeared, and I never knew what happened. All I knew was that she had left me, and never came back.

This caused incredible trauma that I never really healed from. It was as if there was a great emptiness in my soul from then on. I used many addictive behaviors to try to heal the pain.

Many people believe I am the reincarnation of Edgar Cayce, a deep-trance psychic who performed over 14,000 documented “readings” where he would speak with seemingly omniscient intelligence while he was unconscious.

The language was very odd. He could diagnose people’s health problems in this state and prescribe unique and effective treatments where the mainstream community had written them off for dead.

David Wilcock and Edgar Cayce, showing many obvious facial similarities, less so with the haircut.

He also delved deeply into people’s past lives, and showed how these traumas were still affecting them in the now.

The Cayce Readings described him as having had certain lifetimes that were extremely prominent and influential, while others in the recent past had taken a far more negative turn.

In the run-up to his lifetime as Edgar Cayce, he apparently had been a womanizer, a gambler, and an alcoholic for two different lifetimes.

Edgar Cayce also had a problem with alcohol and cigarettes as well as a very difficult marriage in his own lifetime.

All of this multi-incarnational pain and trauma had continued through into my own life as David. I realized that all this pain had resulted from how strongly we had fallen in love, hundreds of years ago.

Then I had lost that love, and my soul could never really heal the wound.

Elizabeth: We both got the strong intuitive sense that I was dying from tuberculosis. I didn’t want him to get drawn into the pain and heartache of seeing me die.

He had important responsibilities and I didn’t want him to abandon them just to sit with me while I slowly died for months on end.

Instead of dragging him through all of that, I decided to just go off and die by myself.

David: What was weird was that she remembered that part on her own. I had already seen her coughing blood up in a psychic vision.

I did not say it out loud because that’s one of the things you can do to help verify information like this. Then on her own, she remembered dying of tuberculosis.

It was truly amazing, because each of us started to feel like we were in both places at once.

David and Elizabeth Wilcock on the upper deck of their wedding venue, Oct 14, 2017.

I had the same experience when I was reading the details of Edgar Cayce’s death — right down to very clear memories of how the walls had looked.

This made me realize that this feeling of never really connecting with anyone, never really having love in my life, had actually extended through multiple lifetimes.

It was very likely the same reason why Edgar had spent four years away from his family in Texas while his children were still very young.

He was trying to use his readings to drill for oil and bring in much-needed funds, but his business efforts were plagued with constant setbacks.

Edgar Cayce in front of an oil well he built with investors in Texas.

This also served as an excuse for him to stay away for a very long time. I have long since realized that he wouldn’t have left his family for that long if he hadn’t been very unhappy.

In that life when she first abandoned me, I had really gone down the tubes. I had become a wasted person for the rest of that life as well as the next one.

[It is a known fact to Cayce scholars that his readings claimed his previous two lifetimes had been as an alcoholic “lost soul.”]

I was able to create a much better situation as Edgar Cayce, but the pain still lingered.

It’s a beautiful story in terms of how multiple incarnations after this trauma occurred, we were able to reconnect and remember what happened.

It actually resolves a lot of threads in the Edgar Cayce saga that up until then were not really explainable.

In case your readers don’t know this, I also have an astonishing facial similarity with Edgar Cayce.

The reason why that matters is that Dr. Ian Stevenson from University of Virginia was an MD psychiatrist who studied over 2,000 children in the Middle East who claim to remember past lives.

Of that number, he had been able to do research for about 1,200 of them, and find provable evidence that they had been remembering accurate details from other lifetimes.

They consciously remembered their names in some cases. They remembered names of other people.

They remembered where they lived, what their house looked like, or things like paintings that were on the wall.

In some cases, they remembered very complex things including many people’s names, their interactions, and who their family members were.

These were all verifiable. The kids would actually be taken to the houses where they would remember secret rooms and so forth.

In some cases, unsolved murders were actually cracked, and the killers confessed.

The point is that I fit Dr. Ian Stevenson’s scientific criteria for reincarnation very nicely, because I have what many people see as a stunning facial and character similarity to Edgar Cayce.

I began reading books on developing my ESP when I was only seven years old, and was getting very accurate results all the way back then.

When I read Edgar’s own writings about how he struck out with women, I felt very uncomfortable, as I had been making exactly the same mistakes in my own life.

This was long before I realized that I had any connection to Edgar Cayce.

[David just covered this material in front of a live audience again for the first time in many years at Conscious Life Expo.

This is one of many interesting things you will see if you help us out by ordering the video collection.]

The classic David Wilcock / Edgar Cayce comparison photo, first released on this site in 1999.

You don’t see the facial similarity unless you look at pictures of him when he was in his early 20s, and I didn’t even see any of those until the fall of 1997 — a full year after I had begun doing my own psychic readings from a conscious level.

I had received very accurate future prophecies as well as a wealth of spiritual guidance and tutelage from what appeared to be a higher intelligence.

In all of Dr. Stevenson’s cases where kids remembered accurate details, they looked the same as they did before.

Dr. Jim Tucker, who is also from the University of Virginia, inherited Dr. Ian Stevenson’s work, and said that you can use forensic police software and actually get a near-perfect face match when somebody remembers an accurate past life.

It is also strange to note that Elizabeth’s father’s name was Edgar. Her grandfather’s name was also Edgar.

Her great-grandfather’s name was also Edgar — so her father was actually Edgar the IIIrd.

This is just one of many strange synchronicities that we found as we compared our life stories.

The woman who introduced Elizabeth and me is literally the spitting image of Edgar’s wife’s cousin and best friend Stella. There is no discernible difference between the two of them in their facial appearance.

Once I showed her the pictures, she revealed that she had named her cat Stella, and had loved her for many years.

In fact, almost every character of significance in the Cayce saga has re-appeared in my own life as someone who I ended up living with.

Consciously I was unaware in each of these cases that we might have a past-life connection when we first met and became friends.

The facial similarities in every case are astonishing, and there are still several examples that I have not gone public with for privacy purposes.

There have also been many karmic entanglements that I have had to unravel, and the Cayce story has been of invaluable significance in understanding why various things needed to happen the way they did.

Edgar Cayce’s readings also said he had been a major Egyptian political and spiritual figure during the time the Great Pyramid was built, which he dated as starting roughly 11,450 years ago.

This lines up very nicely with the research of Robert Bauval and Graham Hancock regarding the so-called Giza alignment.

The three pyramids at Giza line up with the three major stars in the belt of the constellation Orion, and the Nile River corresponds with the position of the Milky Way Galaxy.

Since the stars drift by one degree every seventy-two years in the night sky, there is only one time in the past where heaven and earth are properly aligned.

That time was calculated as precisely identical to what Cayce had reported in his readings for when the Great Pyramid was built.

The Cayce readings indicated that his name had been Ra-Ptah, and he was one of the two main people who designed and built the Great Pyramid.

Ra-Ptah apparently had multiple wives in that lifetime. His last wife was with him when he passed on, and her name was Tar-Ello.

When I first did the Conscious Life Expo in 2005, a woman came up to me and gave me a transcript from a Cayce book about all of this.

By sheer happenstance, as Elizabeth and I were getting ready to move only a few months ago, I was going through old papers, looking for tax documents, and I found this photocopy from the book.

When I read what it said about Tar-Ello, it described Elizabeth 100 percent.

[This appears to be from the Edgar Cayce book The Egyptian Heritage, pages 32-35, though it was not labeled. The chapter title is “The Departure of RA.”]

It’s exactly the same way she looks with the blonde hair, blue eyes, thin figure, and all the personality characteristics.

Ra-Ptah even called her Little One, which was a nickname I had already been calling her in this lifetime.

We discovered that Tar-Ello had helped Ra-Ptah conceal his imminent death from his fans per his own request.

He did not want to tell people that he was about to die. He just wanted to disappear.

After he left, people got very, very upset with her, because they felt that she had concealed it from them and they were not allowed to say their goodbyes.

Then, we realized that this was a major karmic cycle that was still affecting us now.

There was some kind of past life memory of everyone becoming so angry at her for helping me transition in secret, and the shame and fear still lived in her heart.

This may have had a lot to do with why Elizabeth has been dreading any publicity with me whatsoever for the past two years.

Finding that document filled in some very valuable cracks.

Most Cayce scholars do not pay much attention to Tar-Ello, but here we are seeing that her role as my final wife in that lifetime became all important for this one.

We decided that we had unfinished business to attend to, and part of healing that karma was to come forward.

I know this might sound metaphysical and woo-woo, but the more you study reincarnation, the more you see the scientific basis of it.

Eventually you realize there is no other adequate explanation for these phenomena.

Daniel: What you’re doing certainly takes courage. I think it’s fair to say that in this life, you’re putting it all together quite beautifully.

David: Thank you. There’s one more synchronicity that I think is really important to share, which happened after she moved in with me in July of 2016.

On one of the first nights that she was sleeping beside me, I had this very intense dream that caused me to speak out loud.

Elizabeth: He laughed, actually.

David: I was laughing in my sleep, and she basically woke me up while I was still sort of in the dream.

She was asking me what I was laughing about, and at this point in time I didn’t know anything about her father, except for some basic details.

I said that I was seeing a man who was in some kind of a jumpsuit, and he had this pizza box.

He was being very funny and theatrical with the pizza box. He was opening it up and pulling out all these items that were much too large to have fit into it.

Elizabeth Wilcock’s father, Edgar the IIIrd.

They were the type of items you would get at a home improvement store like Home Depot.

There were all these housewarming gifts, very useful things that we would need for the house. As I described this man, I realized that it had to be her father.

I had no idea that the descriptions were 100% accurate. As I was describing to her what he looked like, she said, “Yes, that’s my father.”

Elizabeth: My father had been in the Air Force academy, which he loved, and while he was in it he wore blue jumpsuits.

So I would imagine that he probably wanted to wear his blue jumpsuit while he was on the other side, because it made him feel so good. He was really proud of his time in the Air Force.

David: Then, when I later saw a picture of her father, it was the same man I had seen in the dream. That blew me away.

Daniel: That is truly amazing on many levels. I must mention, on a lighter note, that I find it comforting that we get to enjoy our wardrobe in the afterlife.

I have personally become somewhat attached to a few of my vintage items. You know what I mean?

Elizabeth: Yeah, I know exactly what you mean.

Daniel: All of these synchronicities are remarkable, and I think it’s very cool the way you are reading the signs together.

David: There is another synchronicity that is really good too.

Daniel: Bring it.

David: Before Elizabeth and I got together, my colleague Corey Goode had been having some very interesting ET contacts.

That’s another long story, but suffice it to say that Corey appears to be having in-person contact with multiple different ET groups, mostly benevolent.

One of the groups that he claims to be in contact with consists of human-looking people who apparently live in giant caverns inside the earth, who call themselves the Anshar.

Before Elizabeth had shown up in my life, Corey had gotten a very specific message from this Anshar priestess named Karee.

She told him that two people were being steered into my life by the Anshar themselves, and that they were going to have a very positive spiritual influence on me.

Leon Kennedy, David Wilcock and Michael Wilcock at the wedding, Oct 14, 2017.

I was actively looking for who these two people would be. The first one who came in ended up being the minister at my wedding, Leon Isaac Kennedy.

He is a legendary Motown DJ, a Hollywood star who appeared in Chuck Norris films, and a spiritual friend to many of the top celebrities, including Muhammad Ali, Michael Jackson and Sammy Davis Junior.

Elizabeth ended up being the second person I was told to anticipate. Karee’s primary description of herself was as a priestess.

Once Elizabeth and I got together, I realized that she was about to launch a program called the Priestess Path. That was very, very bizarre.

Then, later we find out from Corey that Karee’s sister had been specifically working on Elizabeth almost full-time to give her precise telepathic information.

Elizabeth was able to recognize this psychically, and actually had intuitive visions involving this same person.

Elizabeth was given her name, which we are not allowed to disclose at this point. I told Corey the name and he was freaked out, because he was not allowed to tell me what Karee’s sister’s name was.

Elizabeth: He didn’t admit that the name was correct until I told him about it myself.

David: That is correct. Corey didn’t tell me that the name was right, but he just acted really freaked out when I shared it with him.

Later, Elizabeth talked to him separately and told him the name she had gotten, and he confirmed that it was the same name that he had been given. This again was very, very interesting: very, very bizarre stuff.

Daniel: Absolutely. It’s really validating as well.

Elizabeth: We like to try to cross-validate things like that, even with each other.

Daniel: No doubt. I am sure a lot of David’s followers would like to learn more about you, Elizabeth. Tell us about your personal journey. What were you like as a child?

Elizabeth: As a child, I felt that I wasn’t from here. I was very quiet and shy. I was already seeing spirits as long as I could remember.

I had my first conscious out-of-body experience at age two.

As my babysitter was walking me to the community swimming pool in Newport, Oregon, I saw myself from the tops of the trees, looking down at my toddler body.

I had my first communication with a deceased Indian spirit at age three at a grave site on our lot in Oregon.

Elizabeth Wilcock on her fifth birthday party.

I was also very empathic, so I could hear people’s thoughts and see their auras.

I preferred not to speak to people, because I already had gotten a lot of information just from seeing them, and the words were more confusing to me.

I preferred to speak to animals because I could understand them better and they were easier to be around.

This may be due to emotional trauma I experienced as a child. I was bullied regularly, and that caused soul loss from the shamanic point of view.

I was also a tomboy, so I preferred to play out in nature with the guys, climb trees and catch crawdads in the streams. I refused to wear dresses until I was in my thirties.

My childhood definitely had torturous elements, and my main dream was to save all the animals in the world.

I could feel the suffering of the animals and how they were dying at the hands of humanity, and the environmental crisis.

Growing up as a teenager, I excelled in track and became a national track competitor. I placed in the Junior Olympics in the 400, and I was a state champion in the 800 for a couple of years.

Elizabeth Wilcock running in first-place position at high school track competition.

During my peak competitiveness in track, I developed bulimia, which was an eating disorder that became so severe I was taken and put into an out-of-state hospital during my senior year of high school.

That was all very traumatic for me; not only having a life-threatening eating disorder, but then losing all of my friends from high school and having to start over.

The problem was that after about two months in the hospital, when I came out, I was actually worse than when I went in.

I hid that fact from my parents as I went off to college, where I was left with this life-threatening eating disorder all on my own.

I was really killing myself. I got down on my knees and prayed one day. I said, “God, this is too much for me. I need help.”

I had already been introduced to shamanism at age 17, when I read my first book on the teachings.

The interesting thing is that David and I both read the exact same book on shamanism at the exact same age of 17.

Shamanism became very dear to me, because this is a path that acknowledges the existence of the soul and gives you tools for healing it.

They recognize that there are spirits. They deal with the spirit world, and I had already been living in that world for my entire life.

I began training with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies.

After I had been working on my own shamanic practice for about three months, I began to specifically ask for my bulimia to be healed.

I did a ceremony one night in order to heal it. I fell into a trance state, and I demanded that my personal power would be returned to me three different times.

In the vision I was having, the lost parts of my soul were brought back into my body. I gasped three times as the full power of my soul returned, and the bulimia was healed.

At that point, I dedicated myself to the healing path. I knew that all I wanted to be was a healer.

I continued training with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, and graduated from their three-year course in Advanced Shamanic Healing.

Another powerful awakening I went through was a near-death experience on the night before my nineteenth birthday.

I was taken from my body, which had plunged into a desperate state.

Once I left my body, I discovered that there was a guide with me.

I heard my heartbeat flatline. This was the most terrifying experience of my entire life up until that point. I fought it stridently, with every fiber of my being.

Once I completely acquiesced, I left my body. My guide was there waiting for me as I emerged on the other side, and I heard what appeared to be an angelic trumpet blast.

I then began having the most profoundly wonderful and beautiful experience of my entire life, beyond anything I could have possibly imagined.

I was greeted by many golden angels and beings of light, who were all cheering for me. My guide proceeded to take me to the ends of the universe, and revealed how it was created.

I was shown how the universe was built from many different pairs of opposites that interpenetrated one another. This was the foundation of all creation.

As I saw these elements, I was unifying with the fields of information they contained, and getting huge revelations as I made my way back to Source.

At the time I had no idea what the I Ching was, but later on I was introduced to it and believe it to be a mystical embodiment of exactly what I saw.

I was then unified with what I believe to be God for a time. This experience was profoundly beautiful and amazing.

Words cannot express the quality and depth of information I received at this point, except that it was a wealth and a being-ness that was normally only reserved for the afterlife.

Then, I was brought back down into my body through what I understood to be the Christ light and the Trinity, and put back into my physical form, which I could barely use.

I could not talk or walk for hours as I was rebooting my brain. After that experience, I knew that my life’s path was going to be a spiritual one. I was definitely going to walk the road less traveled.

After I graduated from the three-year course in Advanced Shamanic Healing, I entered into the Martial Arts.

I originally began training in the martial arts with a grandmaster who was a three-time Vietnam Veteran.

He was a salty character who had a metal plate in his head, and I trained in his dojo for three and a half years.

Then I ended up marrying a martial art master, and trained and received instruction from masters and grandmasters for an additional ten years.

We opened five martial art and medical qigong centers, and trained thousands of students. I earned five different black belts, and became the first female master instructor in our organization.

In our lineage, in order to become a master instructor, you must have a minimum rank of five black belts.

You need to have trained under a master for a minimum of ten years, and you also need to have owned and run at least one martial art school.

Those were the requirements when I earned my Master Instructor degree at the time.

For me, this training felt like a major past-life contract, if you will. I feel like I have the soul of a warrior.

The teachings I was exposed to were originally intended to train the elite warriors of a country who were dedicated to protecting their loved ones and leaders.

There are many psychological disciplines and codes you are taught that help to ensure that no enemy can compromise your individual or collective safety and security.

Another key aspect of these ancient teachings is that they fully respect and understand the spiritual components of the battles they are fighting.

This background has been of invaluable assistance in my work with David, as there are many unseen components that we deal with, often on an hour-by-hour basis.

Even after all of this training, I find that I am constantly being challenged to apply what I know in new and unique ways.

Five-star black belt / master instructor Elizabeth Wilcock in leopard stance at United Martial Arts Association of America dojo.

I was incredibly grateful to connect to these ancient warrior lineages, and to receive the codes of these warriors, which I now share in my current business, the Priestess Path.

I had lived in this martial art world for well over a decade, and loved being there.

Then I got a very strong message that I needed to leave and go out on my own, in order for me to truly live my authentic dream and find my soulmate.

I gave everything up, left everything behind and started on a solo journey. That lasted six years.

During that solo journey, I taught qigong, and I continued with my workshops.

I lived very simply on an organic farm with twenty-seven other people sharing a kitchen and bathrooms, all in order to stay committed to my true life’s work.

Part of my commitment was also to find my beloved.

This lasted for six years with no results, so I was really losing hope and getting very weary. However, I had been successful in staying true to my spiritual path.

Right before I met David, I had developed the Priestess Path, because I had honed in on the best way for me to give back everything that has been given to me.

Through the Priestess Path, I provide initiations for women that I received as I apprenticed in shamanism, the martial arts, Taoism and more.

I was definitely on my path. Then, as fate would have it, I was finally gifted with my beloved. It was a true surprise, and it came just in the nick of time for both of us.

We were both ready to throw in the towel completely, and resign ourselves to being these quirky, strange and lonely people who never had a relationship, but just shared everything they had with the world.

Thankfully, David and I were then gifted with each other.

Daniel: Well, I can certainly see what David sees in you. It’s an extraordinary journey you’ve been on. With who you are as a person, I can understand how David fell for you.

Elizabeth: Thank you, that’s very kind of you to say that.

Daniel: I think it’s fair to say that the public sees David as this mystic scientist. What are some of his traits that the public doesn’t get to see?

What was it about David that made you fall for him? Can you share that with us?

Elizabeth: There are many beautiful things about David that the public does know: his brilliance, his genius, his courage and his scholarship and exposure of the Cabal.

The things that people don’t usually see are his goofiness, his playfulness, his dear childlike little-boy side, and his deep sensitivity and compassion.

He’s tirelessly working on his mission, and I fully support it. I’m happy that he has a holy cause. I needed to be with a man who had a holy cause.

I’ve been trained by warriors, masters and grandmasters who stand for things. I needed to be with somebody who had that level of alignment and impact.

Daniel: Never under-estimate the goofy little boy. I love it. It’s really inspiring to see two people go through so much adversity and come together the way you both have.

David: We have been friends ever since we first met. I was very impressed with Elizabeth from the beginning.

The real key for me is how will someone treat me in my day-to-day life? Will she treat me with respect? Will she treat me with kindness? Will she treat me with compassion?

For whatever reason, this had been very, very difficult to achieve — in fact, nearly impossible.

There is no doubt that Elizabeth is able to hold space for what I’m doing, courageously, without trying to make fear-based decisions that might be more in the interest of her own protection rather than what would be best for the mission.

David and Elizabeth Wilcock showered with lavender confetti just after exchanging vows, October 14, 2017.

She is very loving and kind to me on a daily basis and I am grateful to have found consistent, supportive love.

I feel we’re both completely committed to what we’re doing together as individuals. That sense of purpose to me is all important.

We make a great team. We complement each other. We’re always laughing, joking around and having great conversations.

We’re able to understand each other and provide the emotional support that we both need. She is very kind and respectful to me.

We are truly able to see each other as equals, give each other the space that we need to do what we need to do, and also to have total respect for each other’s work and the significance of that work.

I did not think that something like this would ever be possible. I had basically become hopeless.

The fact that it finally happened is totally amazing, and it has improved my life in ways that I had never thought would occur throughout my entire forty-plus years before we got together.

Daniel: I really feel like our readers will get a good sense of the two of you as a couple, and as individuals. My last question is this. What do you feel your mission is, together as a team?

Elizabeth: We both have very clear and similar missions to help anchor in the sacred here on earth, so that the light prevails.

We both do this in our own different ways. My way is through the Priestess Path, by sharing initiations and wisdom teachings that come from these ancient lineages and offering them to women.

I help empower women to stand up and anchor in the sacred in their own bodies, and in their communities.

In that way, I am helping to co-create environments of health, beauty and peace, both internally and externally.

Also, from my warrior training in the martial arts, I encourage men to protect the sacred and the innocent, and to honor the feminine. That’s my main message.

Although David’s work is not the same as mine, I truly support him and I can get behind what he is doing as he follows his specific calling.

David: Before we got together, I felt it was very important that whoever I was with would not just be a supportive partner, but would truly have her own quest that was virtuous.

I didn’t want to have a situation where somebody’s whole life was wrapped up in my calling. I wanted her to have her own unique talents and abilities that I could help to support and encourage.

I was impressed when Corey’s contacts from the Anshar said they fully endorsed what Elizabeth was doing, and saw it as being of significance.

They were putting a great deal of time into telepathically communicating with her in dreams, to clarify and enhance the effectiveness of her message.

It was very important for me to be able to get together with someone who actually had a platform that expanded and extended upon what I was doing, and had the intuitive gifts to get accurate messages that I might otherwise miss.

Elizabeth can say things as a woman that I probably would not want to say as a man, because it might not have the credibility and it might not carry the right emotional tone.

To have her say it is great for me, because now our message is being expressed jointly, and we’re both serving humanity in different but interconnected ways.

I tend to focus a lot more on intellectual and scientific subjects, but I can speak eloquently on emotional and psychological issues as well.

I feel that Elizabeth specializes more in those emotional and psychological issues, and I am
often surprised and delighted by the things I will hear her say when she is doing an interview or a video.

David and Elizabeth Wilcock climbing the stairs just after exchanging their vows on October 14, 2017. Photo by Jana Peterson.

It’s a very nice complementarity where we both have similar intellects and gifts, but we’re using them in different ways — and the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Daniel: Well, thank you. I’m really glad that the two of you were able to get your message on record, and I know our readers will appreciate it.

David: Thank you! We have both enjoyed it.

Elizabeth: Thank you, Daniel. I am honored by the opportunity to share our message as a couple for the first time with you and your readers.

Daniel: Thank you both for taking this time to share with us, and we wish you all the best in your mission together!

UPDATE, SAME DAY: ABOUT THE ASTROLOGY

We thank you for all the positive and supportive comments! We really appreciate hearing your kind and loving thoughts and blessings.

Someone asked about the ‘synastry’ between Elizabeth’s natal astrology chart and my own.

Believe it or not, we didn’t even take a look at it until a few months ago. Elizabeth had a Vedic astrologer check it out.

In conventional astrology, the compatibility of a couple can be easily measured in how well their birth planets are aligned.

Those who have studied the similarities between Edgar Cayce and me have been amazed by the fact that we have very, very similar charts.

In fact, my chart is so similar to Cayce’s that it is the closest alignment you can achieve in a 127-year period after his death. I covered this data again at the Conscious Life Expo in January.

As it turns out, the astrologer said Elizabeth’s natal chart matches David’s so well that it is at least a “one in a million” perfect match, if not one in ten million or even higher.

The astrologer actually said this was the best alignment two people in a love relationship. He called it the “Shiva-Shakti Alignment.”

With that level of astrological complementarity, he said it would have been “only a matter of time” that we got together after we first met five years ago.

This stunning birth connection, along with the names of three generations of Elizabeth’s fathers all being Edgar, suggests this was all planned out before we were ever born.

So there you have it!

BRIEF BIOGRAPHIES OF DAVID AND ELIZABETH

DAVID’S BIO: David Wilcock is a professional lecturer, filmmaker and researcher of ancient civilizations. David is revising and upgrading entire branches of science, and modeling a new narrative of human history that reveals how we are sharing our universe with races of highly advanced beings. Sign up for the latest exciting news at https://DivineCosmos.com

ELIZABETH’S BIO: Elizabeth Wilcock is the creator of the Priestess Path Lineages of Light, which empowers women with sacred knowledge about body, mind, sacred relationship and Spirit. She holds five black belts in Shaolin kung fu and qigong, and is the first female master instructor in her martial art organization.

She also offers co-ed programs on shamanism and qigong, with the intention of empowering men and women to anchor in the sacred and experience their highest potential. https://www.elizabethwilcock.com

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POSTSCRIPT: ALLIANCE WINNING, LOTS MORE TO COME

We are mostly finished with the next article update, which will address current issues head-on, including the shocking censorship striking multiple scholars in this field.

This includes the stunning, instant, multi-platform bans and deletions doled out to David Seaman and Jordan Sather in the last two weeks.

In both cases, their entire life’s work of YouTube videos were permanently erased as well as their entire social media presence — showing coordinated efforts never before seen.

Social media and YouTube has just proven to be a honey trap that can be completely ripped out from under you if you have not built other avenues to get your message out.

As I learned, however, when YouTube told me my videos were “permanently deleted” after a fake Teddy Bear copyright attack, they were immediately re-instated once I pointed out their mistake.

We wanted to release our wedding announcement now, to help debut the new site upgrade, before delving back into these other areas.

ALLIANCE PLANS HAVE GONE OPERATIONAL

This has been a very busy moment of time, for reasons we will discuss in the next article.

The Alliance has moved from a “planning” to an “operational” phase. Many of the specifics are still classified for operational security purposes.

This stunning censorship does suggest that some major, positive developments are on the way soon enough.

Q Anon is finally posting for the first time again since February 23rd, as another example of just how busy things have gotten recently.

The Deep State folks would not be de-publishing entire platforms of truth tellers if they weren’t extremely concerned about whatever developments are heading their way next.

We have been told to anticipate new “data dumps” at a Snowden level and beyond, as just one example.

Q Anon has also said “watch the news this week” both yesterday, Saturday 3/3, and today, Sunday 3/4. What will transpire is anybody’s guess at this point.

Stay tuned, and please subscribe to our email newsletter on our new main page in case we get blocked.

UPDATE, NEXT MORNING: ADDITIONAL INFO ON LEON ISAAC KENNEDY

A couple of folks were complimentary of our wedding but suspicious of Leon, simply because of his affiliation with Hollywood.

I decided there was an opportunity to clear this up, and give you my first-hand perspective.

Leon was personally trained by Muhammad Ali for his roles in a series of films where he starred as a boxer, including Body and Soul.

The Turkish poster for Body and Soul is racy, and shows Ali as the looming villain figure he must face off against:

He played an FBI agent who helps Chuck Norris in Lone Wolf McQuade, and they traded Bruce Lee and Muhammad Ali stories while having great fun on set.

Leon was treated disrespectfully by Hollywood after a run of very successful movies led to a few with lower sales. Their motto is “You’re only as good as your last film.”

He decided to walk away from that world in the early 80s and become a minister.

Despite being a close spiritual advisor to Michael Jackson from the time the Jackson 5 started up to the Beat It / Thriller phase, he was not aware of any occult elements.

His extensive experience in offering spiritual counseling to leading public figures has been very valuable in helping me navigate my own life challenges.

THE CABAL DOES NOT WELCOME AFRICAN-AMERICANS

It is absolutely possible for someone to work in the entertainment industry and star in films, and not be a part of the Cabal / Illuminati.

This group is very closed, tight and secretive. A star would go through extensive “grooming” before ever receiving a formal offer to join.

Furthermore, this group is very racist, so anyone who is not Caucasian is not likely to be asked in — and if they did manage to get some access, it would still be minimal.

Leon is fully aware of everything I talk about and is in support of it. He introduced me on Monday night at this past Conscious Life Expo.

Almost everyone in the entertainment industry is aware of the problem we are facing… they simply don’t talk about it.

Elizabeth and I are happy to have Leon as a close friend and spiritual advisor.

We have had enough conversation with him to see that he is very aware of the spiritual war we are fighting, and has chosen his side wisely.