Is Belgium’s Dutroux Pedophile, Child Rape Affair A Road Map for Pedogate and the Smiley Face Killings?

Our recent coverage of the Smiley Face Killings (SFK) leads us to believe there a striking similarities to the Dutroux Affair of 1996 in Belgium. The pedophilia case of former Speaker Dennis Hastert points to the certainty that compromised individuals are actively recruited into positions of power — particularly within the deep-state intelligence, law enforcement, judiciary and media. Convicted pedo Keith Harding rose to be the Worshipful Master and most senior member of the Mercurius Lodge known as the Spies Lodge in the UK.

In fact there is a shocking pattern of cases involving the nastiest criminals being inserted into positions of power. Child rape crimes in the UK are off the charts in elite and government circles. Par for the course, BBC reports that child abuse files on hundreds of U.K. cases were “accidentally deleted.”

Incredibly in 2015 the acting director of cyber security at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was convicted for engaging in a child exploitation enterprise, conspiracy to advertise and distribute child pornography, and accessing a computer with intent to view child pornography. Also demonstrating his unique qualifications for the job, the court ruling stated that he exchanged private messages with others in which he expressed an interest in the violent rape and murder of children.

Daniel E. Payne, head of the Defense Security Service, a federal office that oversees the granting of temporary clearances stated that roughly 100,000 people hold interim clearances while working for companies with Defense Department contracts or at 13,000 cleared facilities and plants around the country and as they await a full comprehensive background investigation.

“I’ve got murderers who have access to classified information. I have rapists. I have pedophiles. I have people involved in child porn,” Payne said. “This is the risk we are taking.”

More background on Crime Syndicate System Control: Sexual Entrapment Operations is here. These individuals are put into the control grid not just because they can be easily corrupted by the Crime Syndicate, but typically because they are completely lacking in any moral scruples.

The shocking and sordid story of Belgian child murderer, kidnapper and rapist Marc Dutroux provides a matrix or background of how this works.

As those who have tried to expose the deep state have learned, criminals are ruthless at quelling witnesses, whistle blowers and reporters, and have a large and organized “defense league” to do their bidding. In child abuse cases in particular, death squads are sent after a shocking number of people, as shown in the documentary below. In part, this is because child trafficking is a big and profitable business.

How did Dutroux and his handler, Michael Nihoul, manage to slip though Belgium’s justice system? I suspect they left a cache of evidence with a trusted custodian that could implicate powerful people in “sex slave” parties.

In fact, Nihoul bragged in a Der Speigel interview after being paroled:

“I control the government. … Everyone has compromising dossiers on one another, to be used as leverage in the right situation. … This is the Belgian disease. … 

“Give me another 20,000 marks, and I give you a serving minister who is embroiled in a murder. … I know the killer and will have him contact the minister by telephone. You can listen along, okay?

“[Voice recorder turned off. For a 6-digit sum] I will give you a picture on which then Prince Albert jumps a 16-year-old girl. Naked. Shot at the second floor of the Mirano Club 20 years ago [where a pedophile blackmail ring allegedly was situated, according to other witnesses]. … Then I do have to leave Belgium.”

Without naming names, a British documentary gives the background about a network of high-level Belgian officials and businessmen who were involved in various forms of child abuse, including the rape and murder of children and young girls. To understand this affair, the video below will need to be viewed.

Shortly after Dutroux and Nihoul, kidnappers for this trafficking network, were arrested, the top investigator who broke this high-profile case was mysteriously removed and replaced with inexperienced sycophant. An enormous outcry followed in Belgium, peaking with a 350,000-person “white March” against the government. Elements within the government and elite were so seriously implicated in the crimes and cover up that Belgium came close to open insurrection in 1996. Documents also link to various Dutch officials as well.

The Institute for the Study of Globalization and Covert Politics (ISGP) offers a lengthy report about the Dutroux case as well as background about child rape, satanic ritual sacrifice, snuff films and other horrors. There is a nasty mix of pedophiles, satanists and organized crime involved in kidnapping and trafficking victims. In 2010, it resurfaced that the Catholic Church was involved in some manner when a huge trove of Dutroux docs and photos were discovered in the home of an archbishop. Many were court docs, some claiming the Leige Jewish Mafia was involved.

This is in no way some peculiar Belgium-only behavior. My primary interest in this case is in the science of cover ups, as I think this model may be incorporated in cases such as the Smiley Face Killings.

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Most people fail to understand the nature of and size of these criminal syndicate grid networks. The Belgian officials with influence involved in the investigation were actually named by abuse survivors as participants or were proto-pyschopathic underlings of the participants.

The Dutroux documentary is a first-hand account of truth suppression techniques. David Martin created a matrix of these methods called “13 Techniques for Truth Suppression,” which are list below. All of these were incorporated in the Belgian example.

Strong, credible allegations of high-level criminal activity can bring down a government. When the government lacks an effective, fact-based defense, other techniques must be employed. The success of these techniques depends heavily upon a cooperative, controlled press and a mere token opposition party.

1. Dummy up. If it’s not reported, if it’s not news, it didn’t happen.

2. Wax indignant. This is also known as the “how dare you” gambit.

3. Characterize the charges as “rumors” or, better yet, “wild rumors.” If, in spite of the news blackout, the public is still able to learn about the suspicious facts, it can only be through “rumors.”

4. Knock down straw men. Deal only with the weakest aspect of the weakest charges. Even better, create your own straw men. Make up wild rumors and give them lead play when you appear to debunk all the charges, real and fanciful alike.

5. Call the skeptics names like “conspiracy theorist,” “nut,” “ranter,” “kook,” “crackpot” and, of course, “rumor monger.” You must then carefully avoid fair and open debate with any of the people you have thus maligned.

6. Impugn motives. Attempt to marginalize the critics by suggesting strongly that they are not really interested in the truth but are simply pursuing a partisan political agenda or are out to make money.

7. Invoke authority. Here the controlled press and the sham opposition can be very useful.

8. Dismiss the charges as “old news.”

9. Come half-clean. This is also known as “confession and avoidance” or “taking the limited hang-out route.” This way, you create the impression of candor and honesty while you admit only to relatively harmless, less-than-criminal “mistakes.” This stratagem often requires the embrace of a fall-back position quite different from the one originally taken.

10. Characterize the crimes as impossibly complex and the truth as ultimately unknowable.

11. Reason backward, using the deductive method with a vengeance. With thoroughly rigorous deduction, troublesome evidence is irrelevant. For example: We have a completely free press. If they know of evidence that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF) had prior knowledge of the Oklahoma City bombing they would have reported it. They haven’t reported it, so there was no prior knowledge by the BATF. Another variation on this theme involves the likelihood of a conspiracy leaker and a press that would report it.

12. Require the skeptics to solve the crime completely.

13. Change the subject. This technique includes creating and/or reporting a distraction.

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When faced with an uprising in Belgium, the network or cabal finally employed technique No. 9 via a phony “investigation” followed by the all-too-familiar “incompetence” ploy. And it worked. The blame was laid at the foot of a police investigator, who just looks like a pedophile. After falling on the sword for his brethren, this officer, Rene Michaux, was promoted — much in the same manner that all the incompetents in the 9/11 inside job were also promoted.

In the following months and years details came out about the failure of the police and BOB to catch Dutroux in an earlier stage. Although usually not presented in such a way, most of these rather odd failures can be ascribed to BOB officer Rene Michaux.

As head of Operation Othello, a surveillance operation against Dutroux from August 10, 1995 to January 1996, he practically knew everything there was to know about this already convicted, violent pedophile. From all sides evidence was presented to him that Dutroux not only had kidnapped Julie and Melissa, but also An and Eefje. However, Michaux ignored evidence presented by such informants as Claude Thirault, to whom Dutroux had mentioned how to kidnap young girls and how much you could get for them; Dutroux’s mother, who had gathered evidence from her son’s neighbors that he was likely involved in the kidnappings; and police officer Christian Dubois, who early on was on the trail of the gang of Nihoul, which would immediately have led to Dutroux.

In between all these reports, the video cameras aimed at Dutroux’s Marcinelle home as part of Operation Othello failed to register Dutroux bringing in An and Eefje on Aug. 22, nor would Michaux’s team notice Eefje’s failed escape attempt on Aug. 25, in which she briefly climbed out the bathroom window to shout for help. An and Eefje were taken out of the house in September and murdered.

When finally forced to search Dutroux’s Marcinelle home for reasons not related to the kidnappings, Michaux decided to ignore the voices of two young girls, seemingly not even trying to get a response from them. He also didn’t think that Dutroux’s odd L-shaped basement, with one wall much newer than all the others, was reason enough to tear it down, nor did he recognize the significance of such items as vaginal cream, a speculum, chains and a videotape with the name of a program on it dealing with missing children. Two other videos which would have shown Dutroux working on his basement and of him raping a 14-year-old girl were returned to Dutroux’s wife, apparently without having been reviewed by his team.

This failure of properly searching Dutroux’s home apparently led to the death of Julie and Melissa, who are believed to have died from starvation in Dutroux’s basement. It also led to the kidnapping of Sabine and Laetitia after Dutroux got out of jail in March 1996.

In August 1996, after Dutroux had been arrested on suspicions that he had kidnapped Laetitia, Michaux led another three-hour search in Dutroux’s Marcinelle home, when Sabine and Laetitia were located. Needless to say, Michaux not only failed to find the girls, he also hadn’t noticed the letters Sabine had hidden under Dutroux’s carpet. Luckily, the location of the girls would be pointed out by Dutroux 48 hours later, after it had become clear to him there was no way out this time, especially not with his lackey Michel Lelievre spilling the beans.

These failures of Michaux led to strong criticism from the parents of An Marchal, who went to inspect Dutroux’s basement themselves. The parents of Melissa Russo filed an official complaint against him. When Bourlet criticized Michaux in 2004 over his failure to even find Sabine’s letters, and seemingly implied this might not have been unintentional, Michaux could only react by calling Bourlet a “liar” and stating that “he sure wouldn’t have found Laetitia under the carpet.” These intellectual replies were soon followed by threats to sue for libel. Michaux’s extreme incompetence was rewarded with a new position as a local police commissioner.

Hanlon’s Razor that holds “never attribute to malevolence what can be explained by stupidity” is a brainwashing con and nonsense.

Kp Communication 5-4-18… “Ever just want to step out of all this ‘Decrappification viewing’?”

I have. Many times.

The “decrappification” of this planet is, in my view, going on full steam at this point. And although I feel drawn to post a thing or two about some of the “decrappifications” that are happening, there’s times when I’ve wanted to just throw all of this “reporting on it” business out the window.

And how do you describe any of it to people who are still (very likely) asleep? To any of it? And how do you convince people who have been so completely in the belief system that “Trump is the devil and a racist and a womanizer and can’t do anyone any good anywhere anyhow”?

My response to that is, “Why would I ever consider trying to do that?”

Leave them alone, and they will come home.

I’m going to eventually be receiving Guidance about my own next steps, and/or “Arena of Operation”, I sense, within the next few weeks. I feel that patience, and living one moment at a time, are keys.

I mean, really, this is a lot more fun that being in a place where it appeared nothing was going on to clear the “crappifiers” out… you know, the Bush years, Clinton years, Bush, Jr. years, Obama years… But now the “fun” has really begun, and the “Clearance Sale” is happening. As Queen Elizabeth once did not say, “I AM amused”. (actually, the QE apparently may not have said anything like “We are not amused”… but I find it more fun believing she did!)

So we shall move on. One day at a time, one moment at a time, one earthquake at a time, one new lava breakout at a time.

It ain’t boring over here, baby!!

Aloha, Kp

#QAnon #Q Post 1316… “The Swamp is Being Drained. Trust the Plan”

This particular Q post indicates things are happening, namely, a “clearing out” of players in the FBI and AG’s office (AG = Attorney General). This could be holdovers from the prior administration.

The only video I’ve noticed that looks at this is Issac Green’s video (very short; less than 3 minutes). Have fun with this one!

And btw, it appears that Q has changed his / her/ their/ its tripcode again, to !2jsTvXXmXs.

1316
Q !2jsTvXXmXs 64 Justice_1.jpg

[Updated]
James Baker – FIRED [reported today – resigned [false]] / removed Jan/FIRED 4.21
Lisa Page – FIRED [reported today – resigned [false]]
Testimony received.
Tracking_y.
[Added]
Mike Kortan, FBI Assistant Director for Public Affairs – FIRED [cooperating under ‘resigned’ title]
Josh Campbell, Special Assistant to James Comey – FIRED
[DOJ]
David Laufman, Chief of the Justice Department’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section [NAT SECHRC email invest] – FIRED/FORCE

John Carlin, Assistant Attorney General – Head of DOJ’s National Security Division – FIRED/FORCE
Sally Yates, Deputy Attorney General & Acting Attorney General – FIRED
Mary McCord, Acting Assistant Attorney General – Acting Head of DOJ’s National Security Division – FIRED/FORCE
Bruce Ohr, Associate Deputy Attorney General – Demoted 2x – cooperating witness [power removed]
Rachel Brand, Associate Attorney General – No. 3 official behind Deputy AG Rosenstein – FIRED/FORCE
Cross against House/Senate resignations/final term announcements + CEO departures.
CONSPIRACY?
FAKE NEWS?
THE SWAMP IS BEING DRAINED.
TRUST THE PLAN.
JUSTICE.
Q.

These Tiny Creatures Can Swirl the Ocean

By Dr. Mercola

While most of us give it little consideration, researchers are modeling ocean circulation in labs to figure out potential ways to improve the health of the Earth’s largest bodies of water. Now, it turns out oceanographers may be able to harness the energy of zooplankton — some of the tiniest ocean creatures — to potentially influence nutrient flows, ocean chemistry and maybe even the climate.

While the work to date has been conducted in tall tanks inside research labs, it’s possible field studies may one day validate an important new role for some of the most abundant animals on the planet. As large groups of brine shrimp, for example, swim up all at once, they force ocean water down, effectively churning and mixing it. This action is important because ocean water, due to differences in salinity and temperature, stratifies into layers that don’t mix easily.

Researchers suggest if large-scale turbulence by creatures such as krill could be accomplished in the ocean, it could potentially affect the climate. If you are not yet a fan of krill, this may be just one more reason to appreciate these amazing coldwater crustaceans. The best reason to love krill, in my opinion, is because they provide one of the most beneficial forms of animal-based omega-3 fatty acids. Among other benefits, omega-3s promote heart, joint, skin and vision health.

Turbulence Caused by Shrimp and Krill May Have Beneficial Effect on Oceans

A study published in the journal Nature1 suggests turbulence generated by tiny marine life, when harnessed on a large scale, could be a significant factor in nutrient transport and ocean chemistry. Using tall tanks and LED and laser lights, scientists from Stanford University were able to create a simulated environment to study the migration patterns of brine shrimp (Artemia salina). Because they are attracted to light, scientists used the lights to draw the brine shrimp, also known as sea monkeys, up to the surface.

In the process of swimming up, researchers noticed the shrimp were able to generate swirling eddies that forced water down. Though the effects of individual brine shrimp on saltwater mixing would be negligible due to their tiny size, large groups of them could make a decidedly different impact.

This is believed to be so because the flows generated by the group of shrimp were powerful enough to mix the tank’s salt gradient. “They weren’t just displacing fluid that then returned to its original location,” said Stanford University graduate student Isabel Houghton, coauthor of the study. “Everything mixed irreversibly.”2

According to ScienceNews,3 brine shrimp moving vertically in two lab tanks created small eddies that aggregated into a large jet powerful enough to mix what would otherwise remain isolated layers of ocean water with different densities. With a fluid velocity of about 0.4 to 0.8 inches (1 to 2 centimeters) per second, the jet enabled shallow waters to mix with deeper, saltier waters.

Given the successful lab outcomes, in-ocean turbulence generated by multitudes of tiny sea creatures such as krill could potentially be powerful enough to extend hundreds of meters beneath the water’s surface.4 Said the study authors, “The results illustrate the potential for marine zooplankton to considerably alter the physical and biogeochemical structure of the water column, with potentially widespread effects owing to their high abundance in climatically important regions of the ocean.”5

Next Step Is to Try to Replicate Downward Jets in the Ocean

The current research builds on a 2014 study6 written, in part, by fluid dynamics expert John Dabiri, Ph.D., a professor of civil and environmental engineering and mechanical engineering at Stanford University, that introduced the tank and lighting setup used in the current work. “The original thinking is these animals would flap their appendages and create little eddies about the same size as their bodies,” said Dabiri.7 

Using LED and laser lights to simulate the vertical migration brine shrimp undergo daily — rising up at night to find food on the water’s surface and diving down during daytime hours to avoid potential predators — Dabiri and his colleagues noticed the tens of thousands of lab shrimp migrated in close proximity.

“As one animal swims upward, it’s kicking backward,” Dabiri noted.8 As such, each parcel of water is kicked downward by another shrimp and another and so on. The total effect is a downward rush that gets stronger as the vertical migration continues.

The water movement eventually extends nearly as deep as the entire migrating group, which when applied in the ocean could generate effects for hundreds of meters. The researchers believe if the creatures can effectively mix simulated ocean-water layers in the lab, the chances are good they can do the same in the ocean.9

The lab method helped magnify the efforts of individual shrimp and generated a swirling effect potentially useful in delivering nutrient-rich deep waters to the ocean’s surface. Once there, these deeper waters could benefit a wide variety of marine life, such as phytoplankton, which live near the surface. Now that the downward jets have been observed, Dabiri suggests the next step would be to attempt to replicate the lab results in the ocean using shipboard measurements.10

The future work would involve locating and tracking swarms of krill in locations as diverse as the California coast and the frigid waters of the Antarctic.11 In ocean conditions, the power of tiny creatures such as krill are expected to generate similar effects as those noted when using brine shrimp.

It’s possible, suggests Dabiri, the current findings might apply to not only krill, which dwell in the upper kilometer of the ocean, but also to fish, jellyfish, mammals and squid — all of which swim even deeper and have the potential to churn the entire water column.

As for the use of brine shrimp in their lab experiments, the researchers called them “a stand-in for less lab-hardy krill.”12 Recognized as one of the most common zooplankton, krill are abundant marine organisms known to make their daily migrations in giant swarms. Similar to brine shrimp, they dive hundreds of meters deep during daytime hours and return to the ocean’s surface at night to feed.

Could Collective Turbulence Generated by Tiny Sea Creatures Positively Affect the Environment?

“At the heart of the investigation is the question about whether life in the ocean, as it moves about the environment, does any important ‘mixing,’” states William Dewar, Ph.D., professor of oceanography at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. “These results argue quite compellingly that they do, and strongly counter the concern most marine life is simply too small in size to matter.”13 

Furthermore, Dewar believes the Stanford work brings to light the importance of ocean mixing to the global climate cycle. He suggests the cumulative effect of mixing could be helpful in churning up nutrients to not only feed phytoplankton blooms, but also aid gas exchange with the atmosphere.

Writing for Phys.org, Amy Adams, director of science communications at Stanford University, says this marks the first time migrating zooplankton have been shown to effectively create turbulence on a scale large enough to mix the ocean’s waters. “The work could alter the way ocean scientists think about global nutrient cycles like carbon, phosphate and oxygen or even ocean currents themselves,” says Adams.14 Dabiri added:15

“Ocean dynamics are directly connected to global climate through interactions with the atmosphere. The fact swimming animals could play a significant role in ocean mixing — an idea that has been almost heretical in oceanography — could therefore have consequences far beyond the immediate waters where the animals reside.”

Furthermore, Dabiri believes the findings may help scientists understand how the ocean pulls carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, leading to updates in ocean climate models. “Right now, a lot of our ocean climate models don’t include the effects of animals or if they do it’s as passive participants in the process,” Dabiri said.16 Adams believes “the findings could change the way ocean scientists think about the role of animals in influencing their watery environment — and potentially our climate on land.”17

Why Krill Oil Is a Better Choice Than Fish Oil

While the news scientists may be able to harness the swimming power of krill and other marine creatures for mixing ocean water is exciting, I would like to turn your attention to a more personal way krill can benefit you. For many years, I have been recommending krill oil — going so far to suggest it become your go-to source of animal-based omega-3 fats.

Particularly if you are not eating safe sources of seafood like anchovies, sardines or wild Alaskan salmon on a regular basis, you will want to take an omega-3 supplement. While krill oil is often compared to fish oil, there are actually a number of differences between the two that make krill a far superior choice.

Below are six reasons why krill oil is a better choice than fish oil for omega-3 supplementation. Besides being an excellent source of the essential long-chain omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) your body needs, krill oil is a better choice than fish oil because it is:18

Bioavailable

Whereas most of the potential benefit of fish oil can be lost due to poor absorption, krill oil is more bioavailable because its omega-3s are attached to phospholipids, which carry nutrients directly to your cell membranes where they are more readily absorbed. They can also cross your blood-brain barrier to reach important brain structures.

Furthermore, phospholipids are also one of the principal compounds in high-density lipoproteins (HDL), which your body needs in healthy amounts. In contrast, fish oil omega-3s attach to triglycerides that must be broken down in your gut, where as much as 80 to 90 percent of it is eliminated in your large intestine.

Burp-free

If you’ve ever taken fish oil, you may be aware of the unpleasant side effects — such as a fishy aftertaste, burps and indigestion — known to accompany the consumption of fish oil capsules. Given their composition and the fact they come in smaller capsules, krill is burp-free.

Contaminant-free

While fish oil may be contaminated with mercury, krill has very low levels of this and other toxins mainly because it is found at the bottom of the food chain. As such, it feeds on phytoplankton, whereas most fish feed on other fish that have been accumulating mercury and other toxic compounds. Krill comes from the Antarctic, which is considered the cleanest ocean on the planet, thereby making krill the purest source of omega-3s.

Potent

In a 2011 study published in the journal Lipids,19 researchers gave subjects up to 63 percent less krill-based EPA/DHA as the fish oil group, yet both groups showed equivalent blood levels — proving krill was more potent than fish oil, meaning you may be able to take less of it to achieve the same result.

Stable

Because krill oil contains a powerful antioxidant called astaxanthin, unlike fish oil, it will not oxidize in your cabinet, or worse, in your stomach. Its antioxidant power also protects your body from free radicals. Because fish oil oxidizes easily, it promotes free radical damage.

In laboratory tests, krill oil remained undamaged after being exposed to a steady flow of oxygen for 190 hours. Compare that to fish oil, which went rancid after just one hour. This makes krill oil nearly 200 times more resistant to oxidative damage than fish oil.

Sustainable

Krill makes up the largest biomass in the world — an estimated 500 million tons20 — and less than 1 to 2 percent of ocean krill are harvested annually. The Antarctic krill population is highly regulated and monitored by several high-profile organizations to promote sustainability, ensuring it is not overfished. Learn more about krill sustainability.

Animal-Based Omega-3s Are Beneficial to Your Heart, Eyes and More

Increasing your omega-3 intake may benefit your heart. Research published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings21 involving the review of 34 studies on EPA and DHA, confirmed those who consume fish and/or an omega-3 supplement (such as krill oil) may help reduce their risk of coronary heart disease. Higher-risk populations, such as those with elevated triglyceride or low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels, seemed to benefit even more from omega-3s than their healthier counterparts.

In terms of supporting healthy vision, astaxanthin — the powerful antioxidant found in krill oil — has emerged as the best carotenoid for eye health and the prevention of blindness. Astaxanthin provides protective benefits against a number of eye-related problems, including:

Age-related macular degeneration

Glaucoma

Cataracts

Inflammatory eye diseases such as iritis, keratitis, retinitis and scleritis

Cystoid macular edema

Retinal arterial occlusion

Diabetic retinopathy

Venous occlusion

Beyond your heart and vision, omega-3s also provide vital support to your body in terms of supporting your brain function, joints and skin, among other areas. For more strategies and tips about omega-3s, check out my Practical Guide to Omega-3 Benefits and Supplementation.

The Best Way to Track Your Omega-3 Level Is With the Omega-3 Index


Whether you eat fatty fish or take a daily krill supplement, the best way to determine your required dose of omega-3 is to measure your level using the omega-3 index. Since requirements for omega-3 vary depending on your diet and exercise habits, it’s best to do the omega-3 index blood test. Watch the video above to learn more about what it measures.

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Discover Why Fenugreek Tea Has Stood the Test of Time

Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graeceum), or Greek Hay, is an annual herb native to the eastern shores of the Mediterranean. The genus name Trigonella is derived from old Greek meaning “three-angled,” which accurately describes the corolla of the plant.1 According to historians, cultures have used it in various ways, such as cooking, fragrance and even as an aphrodisiac.2

In terms of physical features, the plant can grow to a height of 2 feet, with a single stem (or branched) at the base. Aside from the three-angled feature of the leaves, the plant is known for its strong, sweet aroma, as well as pods that produce 10 to 20 seeds.3 From these seeds, fenugreek tea is created — a drink that is known for its potential therapeutic properties.

What Is Fenugreek Tea?

In essence, fenugreek tea is made by brewing the seeds of the fenugreek plant, which is also where most of the nutrients lie. Ancient cultures have been utilizing these seeds to their advantage for thousands of years. The ancient Romans, for example, used them for treating respiratory illnesses such as pneumonia.4

Today, an affinity for fenugreek tea lives on and it is enjoyed by many people around the world. Research has attempted to discover what makes this beverage stand the test of time, and the findings are surely impressive.

Potential Benefits of Drinking Fenugreek Tea

Fenugreek tea is known for its nutty flavor, but it may have a bitter, maple-like taste as well.5 Nevertheless, drinking it may provide a wealth of potential benefits to your health. Some well-known examples include:

Lowering Cholesterol Levels

Steroid saponins found in fenugreek have been found to help lower total plasma cholesterol levels in rats, according to a study published in the medical journal Steroids.6

Managing Inflammation

Drinking fenugreek tea may help manage a host of inflammatory diseases such as arthritis and gout due to the abundance of antioxidants found in the seeds.

In a related study, researchers observed these claims in fenugreek extracts when they performed an experiment in arthritic rats.7

Regulating Blood Sugar

Diabetics may benefit from drinking fenugreek tea as it has been found to help lower blood sugar levels and regulate insulin production in the body, as suggested in a rat study published in Nutrition Research.8

Relieving Menstrual Cramps

Evidence suggests that fenugreek seeds may be helpful in relieving menstrual cramps, according to a study published in the Journal of Reproduction & Infertility.9

In light of this information, drinking fenugreek tea may have the same effect.

Managing Weight

According to a study conducted among overweight women, fenugreek tea has been found to help suppress the appetite, which may help you control your caloric intake.10

Furthermore, the drink is low in calories, so you can be sure that it won’t pack on extra pounds.

Nutrition Facts and Caffeine Content of Fenugreek Tea

The fenugreek plant does not belong to the Camellia sinensis plant family, making its tea derivative a caffeine-free drink. In addition, a single cup of fenugreek tea has only 36 calories, making it a practical beverage for people watching their weight. One teaspoon of the seeds also contain the following nutrients:11,12

Fenugreek Tea Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 cup

  Amt. Per
Serving
% Daily
Value*
Calories 36  
Total Fat 0 g 0%
Saturated Fat 0 g  
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g  
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g  
Trans Fat 0 g 0%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 8 mg  
Potassium 28 g  
Magnesium 7 g  
Folate 2 g  
Total Carbohydrates 7 g  
Dietary Fiber 2 g  
Sugar 3 g  
Protein 4 g  
Vitamin A2 g Vitamin C 0%
Calcium7 g Iron 0%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

How to Make and Store Fenugreek Tea at Home

Making fenugreek tea starts with the plant itself. If you’re a beginner gardener, you’re in luck because fenugreek is considered to be perfect for budding green thumbs. It grows fast and delivers quick results that will allow you to grow your interest in gardening.13

Start by making sure you have loamy, well-draining soil with full sun exposure.14 Next, sprinkle the seeds evenly on the surface, then water the ground without flooding. After a few days, the seeds will begin to germinate. From here, water regularly early in the day and maintain this pattern to keep the soil’s moisture intact.15

Allow the plants to complete their life cycle and die naturally. You will notice that you will be left with thin, long pods that contain the seeds. Snap off the stalk carefully so you don’t damage the seeds, and collect them in a container.16

To separate the seeds from the pods, you can peel them one by one. You may also rub the pods between your palms or place them in a bag and repeat the action vigorously to save time.17 Once you have your seeds, follow this procedure to make your own fenugreek tea:18

Fenugreek Tea

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds

1 cup of boiling water

Fennel or anise seed for flavor (optional)

Raw honey (optional)

Procedure:

1. Place the fenugreek tea in the teapot and pour the water over the seeds. Cover and steep for at least three minutes.

2. Strain and drink warm.

3. The seeds can be used for a second serving if desired.

Reported Side Effects of Fenugreek Tea

For the most part, fenugreek tea is safe to drink regularly, in moderate amounts. However, there are instances when the herb may cause side effects. Here are affected areas that have been associated with fenugreek, which may also occur when drinking fenugreek tea:19

Gastrointestinal System You may experience one or a combination of the following digestive problems: flatulence, stomachache, bloating and diarrhea.

Blood Sugar  Drinking fenugreek tea may lower your blood sugar levels, which can result in hypoglycemia if not monitored. Symptoms of this condition include dizziness, hunger, sweating and irregular heartbeat.20 Diabetics who are currently taking blood sugar-stabilizing medicines should avoid drinking fenugreek tea to prevent amplifying the effects of the drugs.

Pregnancy Drinking fenugreek tea may cause uterine contractions, which may result in premature labor. When consumed before delivery, it may also produce an unusual body odor in the baby.

Allergies  People who are allergic to the Fabaceae family of plants (soybeans, peanuts and green peas, to name a few) may develop negative reactions upon consumption of fenugreek.

Try Drinking Fenugreek Tea and See the Results for Yourself

Making tea from fenugreek seeds is an easy way to get the benefits of the herb. Best of all, growing the plant yourself is stress-free and allows you to avoid pesticides that usually come with conventionally grown products. Just be sure to consume fenugreek in moderation to minimize your risk of side effects. Who knows? You may even begin to enjoy gardening as a long-term hobby once you start planting fenugreek in your home garden.

Frequently Asked Questions About Fenugreek Tea

Q: Where can you buy fenugreek tea?

A: Fenugreek tea can be bought in local and online stores. However, it’s more important to thoroughly review the product you’re purchasing and make sure it’s made from high-quality ingredients.

Q: What is fenugreek tea good for?

A: Evidence suggests that drinking fenugreek tea may help alleviate inflammation, weight, menstrual cramps, and cholesterol and blood sugar levels.


The Search for Extended Youth and Extreme Longevity

By Dr. Mercola

Telomeres were first discovered in the 1930s. Every cell in your body contains a nucleus, and inside the nucleus are the chromosomes that contain your genes. The chromosome is made up of two “arms,” and each arm contains a single molecule DNA, which looks like a string of beads made up of units called bases.

A typical DNA molecule is about 100 million bases long. It’s curled up like a slinky, extending from one end of the chromosome to the other. At the very tip of each arm of the chromosome is the telomere. In 1973, Alexey Olovnikov discovered that telomeres shorten with time because they fail to replicate completely each time the cell divides. Hence, as you get older, your telomeres get increasingly shorter.

If you were to unravel the tip of the chromosome, a telomere is about 15,000 bases long at the moment of conception in the womb. Immediately after conception your cells begin to divide, and your telomeres shorten each time the cell divides. Once your telomeres have been reduced to about 5,000 bases, you essentially die of old age.

In 1984, Elizabeth Blackburn, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, discovered that the enzyme telomerase has the ability to lengthen the telomere by synthesizing DNA from an RNA primer.

She, along with Carol Greider and Jack Szostak, were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine in 2009 for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase. Telomere lengthening is now thought to be a major key that explains the process of aging and holds the promise of not just slowing aging, but actually reversing it.

Aging as a Disease

Molecular biologist Maria Blasco, Ph.D., director of the Spanish National Centre for Cancer Research and head of the Telomeres and Telomerase Group,1 is another scientist who ascribes to the idea that aging is the foundational disease that needs to be addressed if you want to prevent degenerative and chronic diseases such as cancer.

In 2008, Blasco set out to determine whether lengthening telomeres will in fact slow aging. To do this, she injected the enzyme telomerase into mice. The result? The treated mice lived on average 40 percent longer than normal. “Of course, it was an amazing feeling,” Blasco says, “because I realized that I had manipulated one of the basic mechanisms for why we age, and this could lead to important applications in the future.”

There was a catch, however. The therapy “would almost certainly have increased the cancer rate in mice, had they not been genetically modified to be cancer resistant,” the narrator notes. And humans cannot, at present, be genetically modified. To address this problem, Blasco and her team further refined the process, and in 2012 carried out a second experiment.

This time, the treated mice lived about 20 percent longer and cancer, when it occurred, was delayed. Still, this does not mean telomerase can or will produce identical effects in humans.

The Epigenetic Clock

Steve Horvath, Ph.D., professor of human genetics and biostatistics at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine in Los Angeles,2 believes science is still in its infancy when it comes to understanding aging. “I believe there’s a passive clock that measures the state of your cells,” he says. “It doesn’t cause things to deteriorate, it just keeps track of the mechanism that actually does cause that.”

This passive clock mechanism — the epigenetic clock — is something we still know virtually nothing about, but Horvath believes it’s a major player, and in order to be able to prevent aging, we have to understand how epigenetic changes within the DNA molecule affect its biological age.

He’s convinced it is these epigenetic changes that are the root cause of aging, and the good news, should this be true, is that they’re reversible. So, in principle, at least, you can devise treatments to reverse epigenetic changes that drive biological aging within the DNA.

According to Horvath, the telomere theory of aging “has been disappointing.” While many in the antiaging field are enamored with the idea that overexpressing telomerase will lead to aging reversal, the downsides are considerable, because “if you overexpress telomerase and end up with longer telomeres, you actually increase your risk for cancer,” he says. So, while telomere length is part of the equation, he does not believe it’s the answer we’re looking for.

Antiaging — ‘An $8 Billion Industry of Stuff That Doesn’t Work’

According to scientist and entrepreneur Joe Betts-Lacroix, the antiaging business is “an $8 billion industry of stuff that doesn’t work.” He believes the key to longevity is the prevention of degenerative disease, and were you to find something that actually helps prevent multiple degenerative diseases, then you could transfer billions of dollars from each of those disease fields into the antiaging field. As founder of Health Extension, Betts-Lacroix has raised more than $30 million from venture capitalists in search of a cure for aging.

Combined, the scientists and companies under the Health Extension umbrella have raised more than $200 million. Much of this funding is coming from the tech industry, which has become increasingly interested in biology and cracking the biological code. Betts-Lacroix notes that in recent years, scientists have made remarkable discoveries; finding a number of ways to extend life span in mammals. Now, we’re right on the precipice of bringing it into the human realm, which is the most challenging venture of all.

Promising Findings in Animals

One of the findings from animal research is that smaller mammals live longer than larger ones. For example, the smaller the horse, the longer its life span. This, they’ve found, is due to hormones that not only affect life span, but also size. When these hormones are suppressed for life, the animal will be small and live long. When suppressed in adulthood, they’ll retain their regular size, but will live longer than normal.

“As far as we know, for every species we’ve tested, turning down this hormone system extends life span,” says Cynthia Kenyon, Ph.D., vice president of aging research at Calico Life Sciences, a biotech company owned by Google.3 Kenyon made her mark in the field with her studies of the roundworm caenorhabditis elegans in the early ’90s. By partially disabling a single gene, DAF-2, the life span of this tiny nematode was doubled.

“In one fell swoop, the animal lived twice as long,” she says. “That was really stunning, because that was not supposed to happen.” Even more remarkable, other researchers have duplicated the findings on other animals, from fruit flies to mice. Kenyon also notes the research indicates that when you extend life span, you also typically delay degenerative diseases, and when they occur, they’re milder.

As many others, by targeting aging, she envisions a therapy, perhaps a drug, that with one pill can delay or prevent the onset of many diseases all at once.

Research Targeting Senescent Cells

At Unity Biotechnology,4 they focus on another aspect of aging — senescent cells. Cellular senescence is when a cell ceases to divide. In a cell culture, a fibroblast cell can divide a maximum of 50 times, after which it becomes senescent or nondividing. Senescent or nondividing cells also play a significant role in the aging process.

At Unity, researchers were able to remove senescent cells in mice, to observe what would happen. “When we did this, something astonishing happened,” cofounder Nathaniel David, Ph.D., says. The mice had a “profoundly extended health span,” meaning the period of time in which the animals remain healthy and disease free.

The health and function of a number of vital organs were improved, including their hearts and bones, with less heart disease, arthritis, cataracts and other “normal” problems of aging. Soon, Unity will perform its first human trial on patients with osteoarthritis.

Can Diabetic Drug Boost Longevity?

While most researchers are focusing on the creation of new drugs to combat aging, some are focusing their attention on an old one — metformin, commonly prescribed to Type 2 diabetics. It’s been noted that diabetics taking metformin tend to live longer than diabetics taking other diabetes drugs. They also have a lower prevalence of other age-related diseases, including cancer and Alzheimer’s.

Some nondiabetic people are even taking metformin just for its potential antiaging benefits. While metformin is among the least hazardous drugs out there, it does have some serious downsides such as impairing the use of the important vitamin B12.

It is thought to work via AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), which plays a vital role in inhibiting glucose production in the liver (gluconeogenesis). AMPK is a conserved sensor and regulator of cellar energy balance that is activated when the cellular AMP-to-ATP ratio exhibits a large increase due to conditions such as nutrient deprivation or pathological stress.

There are far safer alternatives like the supplement berberine that has been shown to have many of the same effects. It is in my view, a better alternative. Berberine has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiproliferative, antidiarrheal, antineoplastic, antidiabetic and immune-enhancing5 properties, and has a long history of use in traditional medicine, including traditional Chinese medicine.

Berberine even helps combat metastatic stem cells and heart failure. Many integrative health practitioners swear by it as a general health supplement due to its ability to address such a wide variety of maladies. It actually works as well as or better than some drugs for certain ailments.6 For example, it’s been shown to improve blood lipids better than statin drugs, and lower blood pressure as well as antihypertensive drugs.

Like metformin, many of berberine’s health benefits7 have been linked to its ability to activate AMPK.8,9 AMPK is an enzyme inside your body’s cells. It’s sometimes referred to as a “metabolic master switch” because it plays an important role in regulating metabolism.10 Low AMPK has been linked to insulin resistance, mitochondrial dysfunction, obesity, neurodegeneration and chronic inflammation — all of which lay the groundwork for a wide variety of serious chronic diseases.

AMPK is also an important neuroprotector. As explained in the Journal of Neurochemistry,11 “AMPK senses metabolic stress and integrates diverse physiological signals to restore energy balance. Multiple functions are indicated for AMPK in the [central nervous system] …” Berberine also benefits brain health and psychological well-being by increasing key neurotransmitters.

Your Lifestyle Is Your Longevity Switch

If there’s ever a pill that will ensure extended youth, everyone will likely want it. The question is whether or not such a thing is even possible. The fact of the matter is, your lifestyle and the choices you make every day play an incredible role in how you will age, and I doubt a drug will ever be devised that will allow you to be a junk food-eating couch potato and still age in reverse. Of crucial importance is keeping your mitochondria healthy, and lifestyle strategies such as diet and exercise are key for this.

Science clearly shows a cyclical ketogenic diet high in healthy fats and low in net carbs promotes healthy mitochondrial function. A number of other strategies are also known to boost mitochondrial health, and I discuss several of them in my book, “Fat for Fuel.” Research also shows you can slow down telomere shortening with exercise.12 It basically buffers the effect of chronic stress on telomere length, which helps explain some of its well-documented effects on health and longevity.

Other studies have found there’s a direct association between reduced telomere shortening in your later years and high-intensity-type exercises. As noted in a study published in Mechanisms of Aging and Development:13

“The results of the present study provide evidence that leukocyte telomere length (LTL) is related to regular vigorous aerobic exercise and maximal aerobic exercise capacity with aging in healthy humans. LTL is not influenced by aerobic exercise status among young subjects, presumably because telomere length is intact (i.e., already normal) in sedentary healthy young adults.

However, as LTL shortens with aging it appears that maintenance of aerobic fitness, produced by chronic strenuous exercise and reflected by higher VO2max, acts to preserve LTL … Our results indicate that LTL is preserved in healthy older adults who perform vigorous aerobic exercise and is positively related to maximal aerobic exercise capacity. This may represent a novel molecular mechanism underlying the “anti-aging” effects of maintaining high aerobic fitness.”

I Don’t Know April LaJeune / Controversy about A4V


By Anna Von Reitz

I don’t know April. I couldn’t recognize her in a crowded room. I wouldn’t recognize her voice on the phone. I have spoken to her once on the phone, when I called her up and asked what she was doing distributing material published on my website.

She said she was using “some of it” as part of a larger process she was recommending herself. She also said that she and her staff were charging fees to help fill out paperwork for those who felt the need for hand-holding assistance.

I reiterated that I only take responsibility for the use of material published on my website when it is used for the purposes I recommend. I agreed it was no sin for her to use materials I made freely available for the purposes I stipulated, and it was also no sin to charge a hand-holding fee for hours of labor related to processing such paperwork. She didn’t offer to give me any percentage and I didn’t ask for one.

April and I don’t agree about the A4V process or the TDA process. She says I am old and I don’t get it. She may be right. She isn’t the only one to say that. I can’t “prove” otherwise, because neither the Treasury nor the Bureau of Public Debt are forthcoming about either subject.

What I remember — because I am old — is that the A4V process was buried in the records as “Public Policy” remedy for the swindles and unlawful conversion of our assets back in the 1930 debacle per HJR 192. What I also remember is that the bankruptcy that all that referred to was settled in 1999, so that it became illegal to continue presenting those claims as of November 7, 1999.

There was a presumption of continuance of that remedy when the UNITED STATES went bankrupt in 2015, at least for actual Federal Citizens— because the Federal Code was still on the books and their franchises were being bankrupted.

There is a logic to that, but those of us who hauled rump out of the possession of the Muni Government and placed our “vessels” in a permanent domicile on the land jurisdiction wouldn’t be eligible for that. The whole point of our action was to avoid bankruptcy and to properly, explicitly define our “vessels” — our NAMES — as private vessels engaged in international trade— not commerce.

Bankruptcy is a “privilege” only available to incorporated entities (franchises) engaged in commerce, so once you redefine your vessels — all these NAMES — as private vessels and you move them to a permanent domicile in a different jurisdiction, you are no longer eligible for — or in need of — bankruptcy protection.

I think it is pretty obvious that (1) it is illegal to present claims against a bankrupt entity once the bankruptcy has been discharged; (2) it is also illegal to claim bankruptcy protection if you aren’t eligible for bankruptcy protection; and (3) it is dishonest to claim remedy for a bankruptcy if you aren’t subject to a bankruptcy.

So for all those reasons I told people who are not actually Federal Employees or Dependents to steer clear of A4V processes and TDA’s.

Could I be wrong about A4V and TDAs? Yes. I could be, but I don’t think I am.

It’s possible that at some point in the future everyone including those who claim back their original birthright political status will get restitution via an organized pay-out system like the TDA’s. For all I know, the present TDA’s may be reconfigured to do exactly that. But until that is explicitly understood and put in writing and admitted to by the Federales, I have to assume that it is a Federal program for Federal employees and dependents—- and that those of us who aren’t actually Federal employees and dependents and who have, moreover, taken explicit action to recoup our birthright political status — aren’t eligible by definition.

Just like we aren’t really eligible to join Social Security and aren’t really eligible to be “taxpayers”—-same schtick. You can trespass into their system and be granted Dual Citizenship, if you want to, but 100% of the time in my experience of their operations, it is never to your advantage if you do. You are always giving up something far more valuable than anything you get in return.

There was a sliver of time during the Muni bankruptcy where anyone in possession of a Federal PERSON still at sea could discharge the debts of that PERSON without penalty or confusion, but that time is past and those who have since opted out of that system and established their permanent domicile on the land of one of the states are no longer operating in that jurisdiction, so — the logic of it is — no A4V’s and no TDA’s unless you really are a Federal employee or dependent and really are operating in the jurisdiction of international commerce.

There are also people pointing at the Unidroit Treaty of Rome, saying that that is the basis of the TDA and A4V process, but, that Treaty was overturned in 2003 and the funds backing it were locked up again.

A different kind of removal of debt via insurance indemnity claim is possible for those of us who are permanently domiciled on the land jurisdiction, but that has yet to be announced, and so far as I know those claims go against the Trustees and Underwriters of the UNITED STATES and USA, Inc. — the Holy See and the British Crown, because the local entities are all bankrupt.

Perhaps I can be blamed here for not being more avidly interested and up to date about individual relief, but everyone reading this should understand that I have been kept busy defending American claims on a much, much larger scale — so that we all have a country and a land jurisdiction to come home to and so that everyone knows and has Notice of the fact that we haven’t “abandoned” any of our assets and haven’t left our lawful government to languish in any “abeyance”.

These much larger issues have to be addressed before sensible individual relief can be assured, so I have been plodding along with my cart behind my horse. And there’s a logic to that, too.

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A Couple more videos about “The Lava” and a link that says Hawaii Volcanoes Nat’l Park is closed…

The first video is with Representative Tulsi Gabbard, but has some excellent views of the flowing and/or bursting lava. As does the second one, with the scientist, who gives more information about the current eruption. And if you’re on the Big Island, you may want to check in with the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park (click link, then “Alerts”) before you go, and see if it’s open.

And thanks to BP for the article link!
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https://youtu.be/Vnvf1CqUTRg
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https://youtu.be/GNLVKhKUmMw

Sixth fissure reported in Leilani Estates, residents gather for community meeting

“Officials have closed Hawaii Volcanoes National Park until further notice, and evacuations are underway in light of Friday’s major earthquakes.

“There have been trees that are dropping on trails. There are collapses along the Kilauea caldera wall where there’s been numerous rock falls dropping into the crater,” said Jessica Ferracane, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park public affairs specialist. “Here at Halemaumau, we’ve had the lava lake also drop suddenly yesterday, and that is causing explosions and rocks to fall into the lava itself, and creating big ash clouds, little explosions here at the summit, so it’s not safe to be here right now and we made the decision this afternoon to go ahead and close,” she added.

“Ferracane noted that the seismic activity has caused cracks to appear on park grounds. “These cracks are part of the reason why we decided to close. You don’t normally see cracks around here near the Jaggar Museum where we are right now. These are a result of that increased seismic activity that you saw today,” she said. “As that magma source is moving into the East Rift Zone, that’s leaving the southwest part of the crater to settle into that… so these cracks have opened up that you saw earlier. There’s no telling if there’s lava or magma in them, but they’re just a settling reaction to that movement out into the northeast.””