By Anna Von Reitz
By Anna Von Reitz
These just came out about 30 minutes ago, so I’m posting for all to have “fun” with. As before, I’m not necessarily sure what all of these things may mean, but I’m just adding a note or two where I may have a clue. And perhaps we have a clue that Ed Snowden is back in the game (perhaps free?)
“The FBI opened a case on “Q” today re: ‘Boom’ statements and now the TX bombings… Predictable. They are scared… They will fail
“MZ [Mark Zuckerberg]. RT [Rex Tillerson, presumably]. Big meeting. Cell phones left at door… Mask & Spin… Shift narrative FAIL
“We hear you. We have the algorithm.
“Thank you @ Snowden. [perhaps Ed Snowden is playing a part in all this!]
[added just after posting] “Enjoy the show. Expect a lot more. Panic.”
The FBI opened a case on “Q” today re: ‘Boom’ statements and now the TX bombings.
Coordinated to end comms here.
They are scared [4am].
They will fail.
We know the details.
Cell phones left at door.
1 former intel dir
Mask & Spin
IDEN friendly ‘insiders’
MSM support +talking points
We hear you.
We have the algorithm.
Thank you @ Snowden.
Down she goes. [referring to HRC?]
Nobody escapes this.
Enjoy the show.
Expect a lot more.
By Dr. Mercola
Insulin is absolutely essential to staying alive; unfortunately, the vast majority of people have resistance to this essential hormone, speeding up the aging process and contributing to the development of degenerative diseases. Any meal high in grain and sugar carbs typically generates a rapid rise in blood glucose. To compensate, your pancreas secretes insulin into your bloodstream, which lowers your blood sugar to keep you from dying.
Insulin, however, is also very efficient at lowering blood sugar by turning it into fat. The more you secrete, the fatter you become. If you consistently consume a high-sugar, high-grain diet, your blood glucose level will be correspondingly high and over time your body becomes desensitized to insulin, requiring more and more of it to get the job done. Eventually, you become insulin resistant and prone to weight gain, and then full-blown diabetic.
Prediabetes1 is defined as an elevation in blood glucose over 100 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl) but lower than 125 mg/dl, at which point it formally becomes Type 2 diabetes. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 84 million American adults — about 1 in 3 — are prediabetic, and most are unaware of this fact.
However, this is a semantic moot point as any fasting blood sugar regularly over 90 in my book suggests insulin resistance. As you will read below, the seminal work of the late Dr. Joseph Kraft, author of “Diabetes Epidemic and You: Should Everyone Be Tested?” suggests that 80 percent — 8 out of 10 — of Americans are insulin resistant.
Based on data from 14,000 patients,2 Kraft, former chairman of the department of clinical pathology and nuclear medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Chicago, developed a powerful predictive test for diabetes.3 He would have the patient drink 75 grams of glucose and then measure their insulin response over time, at half-hour intervals for up to five hours.
Interestingly, he noticed five distinctive patterns suggesting a vast majority of people were already diabetic, even though their fasting glucose was normal. Only 20 percent of patients had a pattern signaling healthy post-prandial insulin sensitivity and low diabetes risk, which means 80 percent were prediabetic or had “diabetes in situ.” As explained by IDMProgram.com:4
“If you simply wait until blood glucose is elevated, then you have [Type 2 diabetes], no question. But if you have normal blood sugars, then you may still be at risk of diabetes (prediabetes). So, we give a big load of glucose and see if the body is able to handle it … If the body responds by very high secretion of insulin, this will force the blood glucose into the cell and keep the blood glucose normal.
But this is not normal. It’s like the trained athlete who can easily run 10K in one hour and the untrained athlete who must dig deep and use all his effort to do so. Those people who need to produce prodigious amounts of insulin to force the glucose back to normal are at high risk [for diabetes].”
A team of Scandinavian researchers now argue that there are at least five broad manifestations of diabetes: Type 1 or insulin-dependent diabetes, plus four different kinds of Type 2 diabetes.5,6,7,8 To reach this conclusion, the researchers analyzed medical records of about 15,000 diabetic patients in Sweden and Finland. By looking at six common variables, including age of diagnosis, body mass index and severity of insulin resistance, the group found patients fell into five distinct groupings:
According to lead author Leif Groop, an endocrinologist at Lund University Diabetes Center in Sweden and Folkhalsan Research Centre in Finland,9 “Current diagnostics and classification of diabetes are insufficient and unable to predict future complications or choice of treatment. This is the first step toward personalized treatment of diabetes.”
I personally believe these subtypes of Type 2 diabetes offer nothing but meaningless confusion. Kraft made it crystal clear: If you have insulin resistance — remember that is 80 percent of the U.S. population — you either have outright Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, period. Fortunately this is one of the easiest problems in health to correct. All one needs to do is follow a cyclical ketogenic diet as I outline in my book “Fat for Fuel.”
The following blood tests will help you determine whether you might be prediabetic or diabetic:
Not surprisingly, conventional medicine remains clueless and the American College of Physicians (ACP) is now arguing for even less aggressive blood sugar targets when treating Type 2 diabetes.10 According to ACP president Dr. Jack Ende, “There are harms associated with overzealous treatment or inappropriate treatment focused on A1C targets.” In a new set of guidelines, the ACP now recommends aiming for an A1C between 7 and 8 percent, rather than the lower levels recommended by many diabetes groups.
For those who have already achieved a lower level, the ACP suggests reducing or stopping medication altogether and “just allow the A1C to be between 7 and 8.” The American Diabetes Association has firmly rejected the ACP’s recommendation, and considering the risks involved, it seems really unwise to “just allow” your level to remain as high as 8 without addressing it. The best way to tackle it, however, is not with medication but with lifestyle changes.
It’s important to realize that Type 2 diabetes and prediabetes are rooted in insulin (and leptin) resistance, and that a vast majority of people — likely around 80 percent — are affected. This means it’s a rare individual who does not need to address his or her diet and physical activity, as these are the two most important and most effective prevention and treatment strategies. The good news is Type 2 diabetes — regardless of the subtype — is fully preventable and reversible without drugs.
I originally wrote my book “Fat for Fuel” for cancer patients, but it is even more effective for Type 2 diabetes. Cancer is a complex and typically a major challenge to treat, requiring more than diet. However, Type 2 diabetes in nearly every case is resolved with the type of eating plan I discuss in “Fat for Fuel.”
So, remember, if you’re at all concerned about your health, addressing any indication of insulin resistance and prediabetes is really crucial. Here is a quick summary of some of the most important guidelines. Taken together, this plan will lower your risk of diabetes and related chronic diseases and help you to avoid becoming victim to a health condition you might not even realize you have.
Limit added sugars to a maximum of 25 grams per day. If you’re insulin resistant or diabetic, reduce your total sugar intake to 15 grams per day until your insulin/leptin resistance has resolved (then it can be increased to 25 grams) and start intermittent fasting as soon as possible.
Limit net carbs (total carbohydrates minus fiber) and protein and replace them with higher amounts of high-quality healthy fats such as seeds, nuts, raw grass-fed butter, olives, avocado, coconut oil, organic pastured eggs and animal fats, including animal-based omega-3s. Avoid all processed foods, including processed meats. For a list of foods that are particularly beneficial for diabetics, please see “Nine Superfoods for Diabetics.”
Get regular exercise each week and increase physical movement throughout waking hours, with the goal of sitting down less than three hours a day.
Get sufficient sleep. Most need right around eight hours of sleep per night. This will help normalize your hormonal system. Research has shown sleep deprivation can have a significant bearing on your insulin sensitivity.
Optimize your vitamin D level, ideally through sensible sun exposure. If using oral vitamin D3 supplementation, be sure to increase your intake of magnesium and vitamin K2 as well, as these nutrients work in tandem.
By Dr. Mercola
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),1 approximately 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year. Nearly 735,000 Americans have a heart attack each year. Of these, 525,000 are a first heart attack and 210,000 are repeat heart attacks. Knowing the risk factors, symptoms and taking early action increases the chances of survival.
There are a number of risk factors associated with heart attack. Data published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology2 demonstrates that by following six lifestyle guidelines, women may lower their risk of heart disease by 92 percent and of heart attack by 70 percent. These include eating a healthy diet, getting 2.5 hours of exercise each week, not smoking and limiting alcohol, maintaining a normal weight and watching television no more than seven hours per week.
Stress,3 less than optimal mineral levels,4 daylight saving time5 and even severe emotional loss6 can increase your risk of heart attack as well. While many use the terms “heart attack” and “cardiac arrest” interchangeably, the two conditions are actually different, and knowing the difference can be a matter of life and death.
Sudden, unexpected cardiac arrest is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.,7 which is different from a heart attack. Understanding this difference can help save a life. The most immediately recognizable difference between the two conditions is that a heart attack victim will remain conscious with their heart beating, while someone who suffers from sudden cardiac arrest will be unconscious, with no discernible heartbeat.
Your heart is an extraordinary organ, even continuing to function when it’s detached from your body.8 Since your heart has its own electrical system, as long as it receives an adequate supply of oxygen, it can continue beating. Your heart beats nearly 100,000 times each day and pumps nearly 1 million barrels of blood in an average lifetime. This is enough blood to fill more than three supertankers.
While a heart attack affects the oxygen supply to your heart, cardiac arrest affects its electrical impulses. During a heart attack, part of the heart may have a reduction in oxygen when blood supply is restricted, but the remainder of the muscle continues to beat. During cardiac arrest, the electrical system is negatively impacted by conditions such as cardiomyopathy, heart failure, arrhythmias or ventricular fibrillation.
While heart attacks occur from a lack of oxygen supply and cardiac arrest happens from a disturbance in the electrical system, a heart attack does increase your risk of having a cardiac arrest, and is perhaps the most common reason for this occurrence.9 In other words, loss of oxygen supply to the heart muscle affects the electrical impulses and may trigger cardiac arrest.
As the underlying causative factors of both conditions are different, so too are the symptoms. A heart attack, also called a myocardial infarction, causes injury to the heart muscle. While the heart may continue to beat, the longer you go without treatment the more of the muscle becomes injured and dies. Symptoms of a heart attack can include:10,11
Shortness of breath
General sense of anxiety
Pressure or pain in the chest or abdomen
Mild intermittent chest discomfort may come and go over a period of days
Discomfort or pain in one or both arms spreading to your upper back, neck or jaw
Women sometimes experience additional symptoms, including stomach or abdominal pain, vomiting and weakness or overwhelming fatigue.12 To maximize the odds of survival and minimize permanent damage, it’s important someone experiencing a heart attack receive immediate emergency medical care.
In contrast, electrical problems resulting in cardiac arrest will produce a loss of blood being pumped throughout the body and the brain. Subsequently, the person will suddenly pass out, lose consciousness and their heart will stop beating. In some instances, you may notice some abnormal gasping lasting for a minute or two and in other instances there may be seizure activity at the beginning of the event.13
Anyone can provide lifesaving care. Whether an individual suffers a heart attack or cardiac arrest, it’s crucial to immediately call emergency medical services (EMS). Call your local emergency number (911 in the U.S.) and follow the dispatcher’s instructions while waiting for EMS to arrive.
In the case of a heart attack, with each passing minute more of the heart muscle deteriorates and dies,14 so it’s critical to restore blood flow. EMS would rather be called and discover it is not a heart attack than to not be called and the individual die.
If the individual is awake and conscious, ask him or her to lie down and rest until EMS arrives. In many instances a person having a heart attack will deny the severity of their symptoms and insist they’re OK. It is not necessary to have their permission to call EMS, but it is important not to agitate them by insisting they sit down or rest as this only increases the stress on the heart. Instead, you might distract them until EMS arrives by engaging in conversation or asking questions about something other than their health.
In contrast, when an individual suffers a cardiac arrest, the heart immediately stops beating. This means there is no blood being pumped to the body or brain. At this time it is critical for bystanders to call EMS, give CPR and use the nearest automated external defibrillator (AED).
While you may hesitate, being afraid you could hurt the victim, at this time the person is clinically dead and can’t get any worse. Bystander CPR and AED can only help. Additionally, good Samaritan laws provide protection for those who render aid to victims in good faith.15
Sudden cardiac arrest annually affects nearly 326,000 people, approximately 10 percent of whom survive. This number increases to nearly 40 percent when bystanders immediately call 911, start CPR and use AEDs before EMS arrives.16,17 If you don’t have formal training, 911 dispatchers can give you specific instructions on using an AED and performing CPR until EMS arrives.
According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute,18 95 percent of people who have sudden cardiac arrest will die from it, whereas rapid treatment with an AED can be life-saving. These machines are lightweight and battery operated. Sticky pads with sensors are attached to the chest and those electrodes send information to the computer inside the machine.
The AED computer will analyze the heart rhythm to determine if electric shock is needed. If required, the machine uses voice prompts to tell you what to do and when to do it. AED machines are safe to use and there are no reports of them harming bystanders or users, or delivering inappropriate shocks.19
In a study by the National Institutes of Health,20 a team analyzed data collected between 2011 and 2015 from six U.S. and three Canadian hospital regions. Nearly 50,000 cardiac arrests occurred outside of a hospital during this period. The team’s analysis demonstrated a greater likelihood of survival when a bystander used an AED rather than waiting for EMS to shock the heart.
The difference was nearly 20 percent greater potential for recovery in those who had early treatment using an AED by a bystander. Additionally, people who were shocked by a bystander had minimal disability after the cardiac arrest versus those whose treatment was initiated by EMS. The more time elapsed, the larger the benefit of bystander AED.21
In a previous analysis of data between 2005 and 2009, the team found approximately 500 more lives could be saved each year in the U.S. and Canada if bystanders used AEDs. Following this and other research, AEDs became more widely available and the team now estimates nearly 3,500 people having a cardiac arrest could be saved by bystander AED use.
By the time you experience symptoms of many diseases, the condition may have already claimed 80 percent of your health. For instance, in the case of heart disease, your first symptom may be a heart attack, and it may claim your life. This means it is critical you proactively use reasonable screening methods to determine your risk of a heart attack, and take preventive measure to avoid a growing disease. Many of the risk factors are modifiable through lifestyle changes. Here are some of the most common risk factors for and indicators of heart attack and cardiac arrest risk:
• Body mass index
In the same study, extreme low or high body mass index was predictive of sudden cardiac death, but not coronary artery disease.
• Serum ferritin and GGT
While iron, measured as serum ferritin, is necessary for biological function, excess iron can lead to chronic and deadly conditions such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and neurodegenerative diseases. GGT is a liver enzyme used in glutathione metabolism and may be used as a screening marker for excess free iron.
The presence of excess stored iron measured by serum ferritin, and free iron measured by GGT are vital indicators to your risk of sudden cardiac death. Maintaining “normal” lab value ranges is not enough to reduce your risk as you’ll discover in my previous article, “Serum Ferritin and GGT — Two Potent Health Indicators You Need to Know.”
• Cholesterol ratios
Your body makes nearly 80 percent of your cholesterol; the rest you get from your diet. If you eat less, your body will make more. The true indicators in your cholesterol numbers are not the total numbers but the ratios between your high density lipoproteins (HDL) to the total cholesterol number and your HDL to triglyceride number. You can find more information about how to assess your risk using your blood results in my previous article, “Cholesterol Plays Key Role in Cell Signaling.”
• Insulin resistance
Many heart attacks are the result of insulin resistance. The higher your insulin resistance, the worse markers such as fasting insulin, triglyceride-to-HDL ratio and HbA1c will be, suggesting you’re at increased risk for diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
Recent research has demonstrated two specific metrics: Circulating adiponectin and macrophages can with near 100 percent accuracy predict your obese phenotype, meaning whether you’re obese insulin sensitive or obese insulin resistant. By making lifestyle changes I discuss in my previous article, “Insulin, Not Cholesterol, Is the True Culprit in Heart Disease,” you may effectively reduce your risk of heart attack.
Since the first symptom of a heart attack is often a heart attack, there are several strategies you can implement to help prevent heart disease and reduce your risk of death.
If your iron level is high, you’ll want to take steps to lower it. One of the easiest ways to do that is to donate blood on a consistent basis. Interestingly, a study published in the American Journal of Public Health23 found statin cholesterol-lowering medications worked by partially countering the proinflammatory effects of excess iron stores. You can achieve the same effect without the side effects of statin medications by donating blood.
Prepare for daylight saving time
Daylight saving time has been associated with a number of negative health effects, including heart attacks and increased rates of suicide and automobile accidents. You can protect yourself in the spring by following natural strategies to help your body resync after the time change. By waking up 30 minutes earlier on Saturday and Sunday, you’ll minimize the impact of getting up earlier on Monday morning.
Get sunlight early in the morning in order to reduce your levels of melatonin quickly, which will help you get to sleep earlier in the evening. Set your clock ahead on Friday evening so you can adjust more slowly over the weekend.
By optimizing your vitamin D levels and managing your stress you’ll also have less problems falling to sleep. You’ll find specific strategies to help you sleep through the night in my previous article, “Want a Good Night’s Sleep? Then Never Do These Things Before Bed.”
Cyclical ketogenic diet
Lowering your levels of inflammation may also help to lower your risk of heart disease and heart attack. A study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital24 analyzed accumulated data from over 25 years and determined a reduction in inflammation could reduce the risk of a recurrent heart attack. By normalizing your weight and improving your insulin resistance, you’ll also reduce inflammation in your body.
Some of the more significant factors affecting the inflammatory process include an excess of insulin, unbalanced fatty acids, leaky gut, high iron stores and inadequate levels of magnesium. The first three of these can be addressed by choosing a cyclical ketogenic diet as described in my previous article, “A Beginner’s Guide to the Ketogenic Diet: An Effective Way of Optimizing Your Health.”
Magnesium deficiency can trigger a number of health conditions, including anxiety, diabetes, migraines, heart disease and hypertension. Each of these has a significant effect on your cardiovascular health. You can optimize your magnesium levels by eating dark green leafy vegetables or juicing your greens. Other foods rich in magnesium include avocados, seeds and nuts, herbs and spices and fruits and berries. Discover more of how magnesium affects your health in my previous article, “Magnesium An Essential Mineral for Heart Health.”
For interesting facts about cholesterol and the ratios important to your health, see the following infographic:
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Improve blood flow
There are many factors that can negatively affect blood flow in your body, including a high sugar diet, smoking, electromagnetic forces, stress and high uric acid levels. While repeated blood donations increase the ability of your blood to flow more easily, other strategies you can use include getting enough sensible sun exposure, as this increases the production of a natural vasodilator, nitric oxide.
Earthing or grounding can also help improve a separation of electrical charges and allow your blood to flow against gravity, toward your heart, more easily. The same effect can be achieved by touching another living being, which may be the reason why hugs and pets are so healthy.
It is important to release the grip stress has over your life as it is a strong predictor of heart attack and stroke. Discover the physical effect stress has on your amygdala, the symptoms you may experience, and successful strategies to reduce stress in your life in my previous article, “How Stress Influences Your Heart Attack and Stroke Risk.”
By Dr. Mercola
Let’s face it, many people love that new car smell. In fact, it is so intoxicating air fresheners for cars are designed to mimic the scent. Scientists aren’t sure why this particular scent holds so much appeal, but it is likely a form of classical conditioning, since the smell is associated with the luxury of owning a new car. Scent is a powerful marketing tool as it commonly evokes feelings and emotions on which sales people are adept at capitalizing.
Memories associated with certain scents is called “odor-evoked autobiographical memory” or the Proust phenomenon, named after French writer Marcel Proust. Researchers have discovered your brain analyzes odors and memories in a similar region, closely connected to your amygdala and hippocampus. This connection may explain why scent is tied to vivid memories.
Scents may not only bring up good memories but may also be associated with traumatic memories, triggering trauma-related flashbacks. The power of scent reveals why aromatherapy is so effective in generating calmness and relaxation. However, while the scent of a new car may generate good feelings related to the ownership of a new luxury toy, the scent carries significant health risks and car manufacturers do not purposely include it in new cars.
Tests were done on 200 of the most popular cars in 2011-2012, checking for chemicals off-gassing from steering wheels, armrests, carpet and dashboards that contribute to the new car smell.1 The researchers were interested in measurements, as the average American spends 1.5 hours each day in their car, and off-gassing chemicals are a significant contributor to indoor air pollution.
The truth is, that new car smell is made up of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Robert Weiz, certified microbial investigator and founder of RTK Environmental Group,2 says the materials used to make the interior of a new car contain plastics, glue and carpeting, all of which outgas or release VOC molecules.
Although these molecules eventually evaporate, contributing to outdoor air pollution, in a confined space they are immediately harmful to inhale. Some individuals experience abrupt symptoms such as headaches and respiratory problems.3 This class of chemicals is present in cleaning products, home improvement products and building materials. The materials in new cars are unstable and give off gases, including benzene and formaldehyde, both of which are known carcinogens.
The U.S. does not have standards to protect citizens against VOCs, but other countries do. New car interiors can contain up to 128 times the legal limit of VOCs in countries like Australia.4 This raises a significant concern as you are exposed to VOC molecules in multiple areas of your life, compounding the effect they have on your health.
For instance, formaldehyde, or formaldehyde releasing products, can be found under a number of different names on product labels,5 including in lotions, shampoos, cosmetics and even toothpaste. Product labels will rarely if ever contain the word formaldehyde, but rather a synonym for a formaldehyde-releasing chemical. Some of these names include formalin, methanal, quaternium 15, methylene oxide and formic aldehyde.6
Organic compounds contain carbon and are found in all living things. However, VOCs easily become vapors or gases and contain elements such as fluorine, bromine, sulfur or nitrogen.7 VOCs are released from burning fuel, emitted from diesel exhaust and released from solvents, paints and glues. When VOC molecules combine with nitrogen oxides they react to form ozone, or smog, significantly affecting your respiratory system.
Health effects related to VOCs are dependent upon the concentration of the chemicals in the air and the length of your exposure. People have different symptoms depending upon their age, gender, health conditions and exposure to other chemicals. Short-term exposure can trigger:8
Allergic skin reactions
Shortness of breath
Aggravated asthma symptoms
Decline in serum cholinesterase levels
Nose and throat discomfort
While these symptoms often go away after exposure stops, long-term exposure has caused cancer and negatively affected the liver, kidney and nervous system.9 Benzene, formaldehyde and acetylaldehyde are commonly emitted from household products and found in outgassing from your new car. Each of these chemicals are linked to cancer in animals and humans.10
The Ecology Center team, led by Jeff Gearhart, found the chemicals of immediate concern were bromine, chlorine, lead and heavy metals.11 While these chemicals were of primary concern to the researchers, they found over 275 different chemicals in the interior of the cars tested. Gearhart commented:12
“Research shows that vehicle interiors contain a unique cocktail of hundreds of toxic chemicals that off-gas in small, confined spaces. Since these chemicals are not regulated, consumers have no way of knowing the dangers they face. Our testing is intended to expose those dangers and encourage manufacturers to use safer alternatives.”
Bromine is often found in brominated flame retardant chemicals, linked with an increased risk of breast cancer in female firefighters who are exposed to toxic smoke on the job. Flame retardants belong to the same class of chemical as DDTs or PCBs (organohalogens), which react with other chemicals to create cancer-causing dioxins,13 and are widely used in furniture, carpeting and your car.14
Researchers have also found associations between exposure to flame retardant chemicals, such as bromine, and neurodevelopmental delays in children when exposed in utero and after birth,15 making your car a potential hazard for cognitive delay and poor attention.
Chlorine, another of the chemicals detected in significant levels in new car smell, is among the 10 highest volume chemicals made in the U.S.16 Although a gas at room temperature, chlorine is used to disinfect water, in the production of paper and cloth, and in polymers, rubbers and pesticides.
When chlorine enters your body through inhalation or by exposure through your skin, it reacts with water, producing corrosive acids and detergent byproducts that damage cells on contact.17 Chlorine is toxic enough to be classified as a chemical weapon, and has been associated with dementia in the elderly, increasing asthma episodes and eye and skin irritation.18
Lead exposure carries yet another list of side effects and negative health consequences you wouldn’t expect while riding to work or the grocery store. Lead poisoning is cumulative. In other words, your body doesn’t metabolize or excrete it. Over time, lead builds up in your bones and teeth. Young children are especially vulnerable to the mental and physical conditions lead may trigger, which include developmental delay, learning disabilities, irritability, hearing loss and seizures.19
In response to consumer demand, car manufacturers are moving toward reducing the amount and density of toxic chemicals off-gassing into new cars. While researchers continue to find a large number of chemicals, some manufacturers are now producing cars without hazardous flame retardant bromines and PVCs that outgas chlorine. In 2006, PVC was used in nearly all new cars,20 but today 17 percent of new vehicles are PVC-free and 60 percent are free of bromines.21
Topping the list of cars with the least number of chemicals were 2012 models of Honda Civic, Toyota Prius and the Honda CR-Z. The worst ranking were the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Chrysler 200 SC and the Kia Soul.
Although the industry trade group, Global Automakers, and Kia Motors did not comment on the results, Marcos Frommer, manager of corporate affairs and communications at American Honda, said,22 “We’re pleased to be recognized by HealthyStuff.org for our efforts. Over the past decade, Honda has taken a number of steps to reduce or remove chemicals of concern from our vehicles.”
Your car is a chemical laboratory as plastics exposed to temperatures as high as 192 degrees Fahrenheit (F) and dashboard temperatures up to 248 F increase the amount of VOCs released in an enclosed area.23 The featured study found the danger to children, adults and pets was greatest in the first six months after the car rolls off the showroom floor.24
Carmakers say they are moving toward removing VOCs from vehicles and have made improvements in cabin ventilation and filtration systems. Many of these changes were triggered by regulations in Europe where greater restrictions on exposure to toxins were implemented to protect people and the environment.25 While China and the state of California are developing their own regulations, the U.S. federal government is lagging in any effort to do the same.
Ventilating your car is a two-edged sword. While it’s best to keep your window open when driving a new car, it’s better to close the windows in heavy traffic and turn on your recirculating function to reduce the amount of toxic-laden exhaust entering the car.26
You may also consider purchasing a used car, as VOCs and lead emissions are significantly reduced after six months. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency warns continued exposure to pollutants found in new cars may lead to reproductive issues, damage to your liver, kidneys and central nervous system, and cancer.27,28
In order to reduce off-gassing triggered by high heat, park your car in the shade and leave a window open if possible. At the very least, open doors on both sides of the car to allow for air exchange before getting in to drive after the car has been closed and parked. Avoid sitting in the car when it’s parked and use a solar shade on the windows to reduce heat buildup in the vehicle. Frequent dusting with a microfiber cloth will help reduce dust in the car where airborne chemicals often settle.
If you’re familiar with CE’s content, you may have noticed that we frequently refer to the shadow government, the deep state, the cabal, the Illuminati, and the elite. We often use these words synonymously, though some of these terms have slightly different meanings.
If you’re unfamiliar with the true meanings of these terms, then this article is for you! This article will examine what the shadow government is, what people and which companies fall within it, and how they gained so much control over the U.S. government and society in general.
Shadow government and deep state are both political terms in a sense, as they’re used to define the groups of people who control the U.S. government. I’m not referring to the people within political parties that perceivably control the system — not the Presidents or Congress — but the individuals and the companies who control the government and influence policies and decisions.
The very definition of the shadow government lies within the term itself; it’s the real government entity that hides within the shadows, making all of the important decisions in secret. Their political agenda and true motives are completely hidden from the public. These aren’t the people you see on mainstream media, nor are they the people you vote for; they’re the individuals who lurk in the shadows, which is precisely how they’re able to maintain control over the population, feeding the illusion of democracy.
The term deep state refers to “a state within a state,” a group of people who have so much control inside of a state that they don’t actually have to abide by the same laws, largely because they’re the ones creating them. The deep state can even include elements of the government, including the Pentagon, which has acted immune to many laws. Up until this year, for instance, they had never been audited, despite the fact that this is illegal and an astounding $10 trillion in tax payer money had gone completely unaccounted for since 1996.
According to an in-depth report by journalist Mike Lofgren:
The Deep State does not consist of the entire government. It is a hybrid of national security and law enforcement agencies: the Department of Defense, the Department of State, the Department of Homeland Security, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Justice Department. I also include the Department of the Treasury because of its jurisdiction over financial flows, its enforcement of international sanctions and its organic symbiosis with Wall Street.
Numerous politicians have publicly discussed the people who secretly control the U.S. political system, and are creating laws and bending them.
As John F. Hylan, former Mayor of New York City, explained:
The real menace of our Republic is the invisible government, which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy legs over our cities, states and nation . . . The little coterie of powerful international bankers virtually run the United States government for their own selfish purposes. They practically control both parties . . . [and] control the majority of the newspapers and magazines in this country. They use the columns of these papers to club into submission or drive out of office public officials who refuse to do the bidding of the powerful corrupt cliques which compose the invisible government. It operates under cover of a self-created screen [and] seizes our executive officers, legislative bodies, schools, courts, newspapers and every agency created for the public protection. (source)(source)
Senator Daniel K. Inouye, a high ranking Asian-American politician, has also stated: “There exists a shadowy government with its own Air Force, its own Navy, its own fundraising mechanism, and the ability to pursue its own ideas of the national interest, free from all checks and balances, and free from the law itself.” (source)
Theodore Roosevelt, former President of the United States, stated:
Political parties exist to secure responsible government and to execute the will of the people. From these great tasks both of the old parties have turned aside. Instead of instruments to promote the general welfare they have become the tools of corrupt interests, which use them impartially to serve their selfish purposes. Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to dissolve the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics, is the first task of the statesmanship of the day. (source) (source)
When former President Eisenhower coined the term “Military Industrial Complex,” his main concern was the potential for the “disastrous rise of misplaced power.” After him, former President John F Kennedy (JFK) warned citizens that we are living in “a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations.” He went on to state that “its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumour is printed, no secret is revealed.”
Even before both of these two, former U.S. President Woodrow Wilson revealed:
Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men’s views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it. (source)
The following video from THRIVE Movement, a documentary created by the heir to Proctor & Gamble, Foster Gamble, perfectly explains how this system works:
Since the shadow government and the deep state are fairly broad terms to define the people and the corporations that control the government, they include a lot of people and a lot of corporations.
To begin, the shadow government includes billionaire families like the Rockefellers and the Rothschilds. The Rothschilds became very wealthy in the 1700s off the banking system, and then spread out all over Europe, gaining more power through other industries. The family also has strategic marital times to big names such as Du Pont, Hilton, and Guinness. However, the Rothschilds are most well-known for their control over the American Federal Reserve Bank, though they own countless big banks all over the world. Check out this CE article to further understand how big banks actually work and gain control over society.
The Rockefellers have their hands in practically every industry, including banking, health, oil, food, and more. Over a century ago, the Carnegie and Rockefeller foundations began to alter university medical curricula to reflect a greater focus on pharmaceuticals so they could increase their profits. They put their money into drug-based research and made that the main focus of modern day healthcare.
Since then, the Rockefellers and banking elite have been able to control and profit from the drug industry. The AMA, the largest association of physicians in the U.S., enforces the drug-treatment paradigm by heavily lobbying Congress and publishing one of the most influential journals, JAMA, which is largely funded by pharmaceutical advertisers.
Mainstream media networks are owned by fewer than five multinational corporations, and all of these corporations have ties to the Rothschild and Rockefeller families. The Rockefellers were also involved in the creation of the United Nations (UN), which you can read more about in our CE article here. This may not raise red flags to those who aren’t familiar with the Rockefeller family, but consider this: The UN was created in 1945 as a result of World War 2. In practically every global conflict, something is created out of that conflict to give the illusion that whatever is created will solve it. Have you ever thought that the people who created the conflict are doing so so they can propose the solution in order to manipulate the population and gain further power?
George Soros is another key member of the shadow government, disguised as a philanthropic billionaire. His donations seem heartfelt and meaningful, but if you look a little closer, you’ll realize that every donation he makes has an ulterior motive behind it, helping to secure his control over the political landscape and in turn profit from it. Similar to the Rockefellers and the Rothschilds, he has secured his political control all over the U.S. and in other places like Europe and holds many strategic investments, including in the DNC and in organizations that support the DNC. You can read more about George Soros in our CE articles here and here.
Many large corporations fall into the shadow government as well. SONY is one of these corporations, as the CIA and the government have strong ties to the movie industry. In a statement made last year, Wikileaks wrote: “The Sony Archives show that behind the scenes this is an influential corporation, with ties to the White House (there are almost 100 US government email addresses in the archive), with an ability to impact laws and policies, and with connections to the US military-industrial complex.” You can read more about that in our CE article here.
The list of corporations that could be seen as members of the shadow government goes on and on: Exxon Mobil, Monsanto, Big Pharma companies, Corrections Corporations of America, Wall Street (Goldman Sachs, etc.), American Bail Coalition, other big oil corporations, big players in the factory farming industry, and more. Corporate members of the deep state or the Military Industrial Complex include big military contractors like Lockheed Martin. According to William Hartung, the Director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy, contractors will “periodically intervene to try to stop practices that would make them more accountable.”
It’s clear that corporations have a strong hold on government regulations; why else would chemicals be put in our food and the environment? Even the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has strong ties to oil companies, despite the fact that they’re supposedly the government agency that protects the environment (learn more here).
The simple answer to this question: money, the promise to gain more control over the population, and lobbying efforts. The shadow government can manipulate, or in some cases, create legislation through either close ties to politicians or even organizations like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
ALEC is a conservative group comprised of state legislators and corporate leaders that allows corporations to help write, or in some cases, just hand over legislation that the “official lawmakers” can then take credit for and formally propose. ALEC has been responsible for numerous immoral bills including those that aim to lower minimum wage, suppress voter rights, pro-gun laws, ag-gag (animal cruelty) bills, and more.
The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) conducted research into ALEC’s funding while looking into Exxon Mobil and the company’s wrongdoings regarding climate change denial. CMD found that 98% of ALEC’s funding comes from private sources other than state legislators. This means that ALEC is basically entirely funded by global corporations, including Exxon Mobil.
Political satirist John Oliver explains this in detail below:
The U.S. government also holds strong ties to the meat and dairy industries. The government has helped food providers become more dairy-based, and implemented milk education into school programs. Check out this video that elaborates on the government’s ties to the dairy industry here.
The USDA has heavy ties to many advertisements and campaigns encouraging consumers to purchase meat. The U.S. government spends $38 billion annually to subsidize the meat and dairy industries, in comparison to only 0.04% of that on fruits and vegetables. If the government didn’t benefit from meat and dairy sales, our recommended intake of animal products would look significantly different.
Instead, the USDA Food Guide Pyramid states you should eat 2-3 servings of milk, yogurt, and cheese, despite the fact that only 75% of people can actually digest milk properly, as well as 2-3 servings of meat, poultry, fish, dry beans, eggs, and nuts per day. What the food guide doesn’t mention is that numerous studies have proven that meat and dairy consumption can cause cancer, heart disease, obesity, and many more health complications.
As former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook explains:
The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al-Qaeda, and any informed intelligence officer knows this. But, there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an intensified entity representing the ‘devil’ only in order to drive TV watchers to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism.
In essence, war and chaos are profitable businesses, and they’ve been used by the shadow government and the deep state for many years to not only take over nations, but to control the masses using fear as well. War is often just a collaborative effort between powerful individuals to play out big picture plans through creating conflict and justifying war. Then, when this heightened fear state occurs in society, people don’t question terrorist bills and surveillance because they’re implemented in the name of “national security.”
“I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle- man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.”
– General Smedley Butler, one of the highest ranking generals in American history
The subject of war and terror also relates to the New World Order, as this is often the overarching goal when it comes to the U.S. invading other countries or the elite creating chaos and terror in other countries.
The New World Order is the supposed goal of a handful of global elitists who are pushing for a one world government and a heightened national security state. This group, often referred to as the cabal/the shadow government/the deep state/the elite, has been using foreign threats to heighten security, strip us of our rights, and invade other countries. The entire world is practically covered with U.S. military bases and big banks owned by the Rothschilds, with the exception of only a few countries.
Many news organizations and people refuse to discuss the shadow government and the deep state, whether’s that’s because they fear the negativity surrounding the subject or because they’re owned and funded by these groups of people.
Amber Lyon is a three-time Emmy award winning journalist at CNN who went on record stating that mainstream media outlets are routinely paid by the U.S. government as well as by foreign governments to selectively report and manipulate information on specific events. She has also admitted that the U.S. government has editorial control over mainstream media content.
This isn’t anything new; the CIA’s Operation MOCKINGBIRD is the government program referring to its interest and relations with mainstream media. MOCKINGBIRD stemmed from the CIA’s forerunner, the Office for Strategic Services (OSS, 1942-47), which, during World War II, created a working relationship with journalists and psychological warfare experts operating primarily in the European theatre.
It’s clear that the truth has been hidden from us for a long time, but it’s crucial that we don’t perceive this information as “scary,” but rather as empowering. If we fear the shadow government and refuse to discuss them, then we’re feeding into their perpetual control over the system. However, if we shed light on this subject and explain to others how our political system actually works, then real, sustainable change can actually occur. Democracy only gives you the illusion of freedom and “human rights,” because only without an overarching, elite-serving government could you truly have these things.
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