Trump calling out fake news once again. Pompeo is now returning from NK with the 3 prisoners. The peace deal is still a go. The new Armenian Prime Minister wants relations with Turkey and Russia. Obama and John Kerry are in panic mode after the Trump withdraws from Iran deal. Israel fires missiles into Syria saying they destroyed an Iranian base, Syria says the missile were destroyed. Q drops some more intel on Iran and how the deep state is panicking. All source links to the report can be found on the x22report.com site.
After the Korean peninsula agreed to denuclearization, Trump moves on to deal with nuclear wild card state Iran- with the help of Israel.
By Dr. Mercola
Throughout its history, which dates back at least 4,000 years,1 chocolate has been a symbol of luxury, wealth and power. During the 14th century, the Aztecs and Maya even used cacao beans as currency. Modern research has also revealed chocolate has significant health benefits — provided you’re willing to give up the now-familiar sweetness of modern day milk chocolate.
Its cacao content — which is bitter, not sweet — the amount of sugar added, and the processing chocolate undergoes, makes a huge difference in terms of whether it has any health benefits. Raw cacao gets its bitter taste from the polyphenols present, and these plant compounds are also responsible for most of the health benefits associated with dark chocolate. Milk chocolate, on the other hand, has few, if any, redeeming qualities, as it is loaded with sugar, containing very low amounts of flavonol-rich cacao.
Cocoa Contains Hundreds of Health Promoting Chemicals
The cacao bean contains hundreds of naturally occurring compounds with known health benefits, including epicatechin (a flavonoid) and resveratrol, the former of which has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and is thought to help shield your nerve cells from damage.
Norman Hollenberg, a professor of medicine at Harvard who has spent years studying the Kuna people of Panama who consume up to 40 cups of cocoa a week, believes epicatechin is so important it should be considered a vitamin.2 The Kuna have less than a 10 percent risk of stroke, heart failure, cancer and diabetes, which are the most prevalent diseases ravaging the Western world.3 Kuna elders also have very low rates of high blood pressure, a feature attributed to their high cocoa consumption.
Resveratrol, a potent sirtuin activator, is known for its neuroprotective effects and has been linked in many recent studies to work synergistically with NAD to increase longevity. It has the ability to cross your blood-brain barrier, which allows it to moderate inflammation in your central nervous system (CNS). This is significant because CNS inflammation plays an important role in the development of neurodegenerative diseases.
Research also shows resveratrol is an exercise mimetic, producing similar mitochondrial benefits as exercise by stimulating AMPK and PKC-1alpha, which increase mitochondrial biogenesis and mitophagy. Another compound found in cacao is phenylethylamine, which has been shown to boost mood in a way similar to that of tryptophan, which your body converts to serotonin.
Theobromine, meanwhile, has effects similar to that of caffeine, but without the jitteriness. Cacao is also rich in important minerals such as magnesium, which promotes muscle relaxation and is needed for bone health, iron for red blood cell production, and zinc, needed for cell renewal.
Just be careful and avoid the mistake I made. I assumed since cacao is so wonderful you can take it every day without a break. I used raw cacao nibs in my smoothie for the better part of a year and developed a sensitivity to it. It is best to take a few days off a week so you don’t develop a sensitivity.
Dark Chocolate Supports Brain Health
Most recently, human trial data from Loma Linda University, presented at the Experimental Biology 2018 annual meeting in San Diego, reveal chocolate helps improve stress levels, inflammation, mood, memory and immune function. The caveat? It has to contain at least 70 percent cacao and be sweetened with organic cane sugar. According to Loma Linda University:4
“While it is well-known that cacao is a major source of flavonoids, this is the first time the effect has been studied in human subjects to determine how it can support cognitive, endocrine and cardiovascular health … These studies show us that the higher the concentration of cacao, the more positive the impact on cognition, memory, mood, immunity and other beneficial effects.”
In the first study, 70 percent cacao chocolate consumption was associated with upregulation of several intracellular signaling pathways that are involved in the activation of T-cells, the cellular immune response, and genes involved in the signaling between brain cells and sensory perception. In other words, not only was it found to improve immune function, but dark chocolate may also boost brain plasticity, improving your ability to learn, process and remember new information.
In the second study, which used 70 percent organic cacao chocolate, they assessed the brain’s response to eating 48 grams of dark chocolate using electroencephalography (EEG); first 30 minutes after, and then two hours after. As in the first trial, the dark chocolate was found to enhance neuroplasticity.
Bitter Chocolate Is a Sweet Treat for Your Heart
A number of other studies have confirmed cacao can benefit your heart, blood vessels, brain and nervous system, and helps combat diabetes and other conditions rooted in inflammation. As noted in a paper5 published in the journal Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity:
“Cocoa contains about 380 known chemicals, 10 of which are psychoactive compounds … Cocoa has more phenolics and higher antioxidant capacity than green tea, black tea, or red wine … The phenolics from cocoa may … protect against diseases in which oxidative stress is implicated as a causal or contributing factor, such as cancer. They also have antiproliferative, antimutagenic, and chemoprotective effects, in addition to their anticariogenic effects.”
One 2012 meta-analysis6 found that eating chocolate could slash your risk of cardiovascular disease by 37 percent and your stroke risk by 29 percent. Another meta-analysis7 published that same year found that cocoa/chocolate lowered insulin resistance, reduced blood pressure, increased blood vessel elasticity, and slightly reduced low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.
A 2015 study8 published in the journal Heart — which also included a systematic review of nine other studies — also found a correlation between chocolate consumption and a lower risk for cardiac events and stroke. The initial analysis included data from nearly 21,000 men and women and had a median follow-up of nearly 12 years. According to the authors:
“The percentage of participants with coronary heart disease (CHD) in the highest and lowest quintile of chocolate consumption was 9.7 percent and 13.8 percent, and the respective rates for stroke were 3.1 percent and 5.4 percent … A total of nine studies with 157?809 participants were included in the meta-analysis.
Higher compared to lower chocolate consumption was associated with significantly lower CHD risk … stroke … composite cardiovascular adverse outcome … and cardiovascular mortality …
Cumulative evidence suggests that higher chocolate intake is associated with a lower risk of future cardiovascular events, although residual confounding cannot be excluded. There does not appear to be any evidence to say that chocolate should be avoided in those who are concerned about cardiovascular risk.”
Flavonol-Rich Foods Can Be Beneficial for Diabetics
Polyphenol-rich cacao can also be beneficial for diabetics. In one study,9 patients consuming 100 grams of dark chocolate for 15 days showed decreased insulin resistance. In another, high-flavonol instant cocoa powder was found to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease in diabetics when consumed three times a day.10 After one month, their blood vessel function was brought from severely impaired to normal.
In fact, the improvement “was as large as has been observed with exercise and many common diabetic medications,” according to the authors, who believe the vascular improvement is largely caused by increased production of nitric oxide, which relaxes your blood vessels. It’s worth noting that the cocoa beverage used here contained much higher amounts of flavonols (321 milligrams per serving) than what you’ll find in your local grocery store.
As noted by lead author Malte Kelm, professor and chairman of cardiology, pulmonology and vascular medicine at the University Hospital Aachen in Germany, “The take-home message of the study is not that people with diabetes should guzzle cocoa but, rather, that dietary flavanols hold promise as a way to prevent heart disease.”11
“Patients with Type 2 diabetes can certainly find ways to fit chocolate into a healthy lifestyle, but this study is not about chocolate, and it’s not about urging those with diabetes to eat more chocolate. This research focuses on what’s at the true heart of the discussion on ‘healthy chocolate’ — it’s about cocoa flavanols, the naturally occurring compounds in cocoa.
While more research is needed, our results demonstrate that dietary flavanols might have an important impact as part of a healthy diet in the prevention of cardiovascular complications in diabetic patients.”
Cocoa Benefits Mood
As mentioned, cocoa also contains chemical compounds shown to boost mood. One study,12 published in 2013, found the polyphenols in cocoa (a dark chocolate drink mix) helped reduce anxiety and induce a sense of calm when consumed daily for one month.
Participants received a cocoa drink standardized to contain either 500 milligrams or 250 milligrams of polyphenols, or a placebo drink with no polyphenol content. After 30 days, those receiving the highest dose reported significantly increased calmness and centeredness, compared to the placebo group. Those receiving the lower dose (250 milligrams) did not experience any significant effects.
The Difference Between Healthy and Unhealthy Chocolate
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While there’s plenty of science vouching for the health benefits of dark chocolate, it’s important to realize that none of these benefits are transferable to milk chocolate, which is what most people crave. As a general rule, the darker the chocolate, meaning the more cacao it contains, the more flavanols it contains, and this is the primary source of its health benefits.
Milk chocolate, which is low in cacao and high in milk and sugar, has little redeeming value and will only promote insulin resistance and related ailments. Additionally, the standard manufacturing process of milk chocolate destroys about one-quarter to one-half of the available antioxidants, thereby diminishing its benefits even further.
So, while you’d be better off getting your antioxidants from fruits, berries and vegetables, should you decide to indulge in chocolate, I recommend restricting your intake to dark, organic chocolate, which contains the most flavanols, and avoid milk chocolate. Your best option would be raw cacao nibs, which are relatively bitter since they contain no added sugar.
Additionally, consume chocolate in moderation, even the dark kind, and avoid even dark chocolate if you’re struggling with serious disease such as cancer, which feeds on sugars.
How Cocoa Beans Are Transformed Into Chocolate
Last but not least, you may be curious as to how chocolate is made. The International Cocoa Organization offers the following summary of the 14-step process required to turn cacao beans into a mouth-savoring treat:13
Step 1. The cacao beans are cleaned to remove all extraneous material.
Step 2. To bring out the chocolate flavor and color, the beans are roasted. The temperature, time and degree of moisture involved in roasting depend on the type of beans used and the sort of chocolate or product desired.
Step 3. A winnowing machine is used to remove the shells from the beans to leave just the cocoa nibs.
Step 4. The cocoa nibs undergo alkalization, usually with potassium carbonate, to develop the flavor and color.
Step 5. The nibs are then milled to create cocoa liquor (cocoa particles suspended in cocoa butter). The temperature and degree of milling varies according to the type of nib used and the final product being made.
Step 6. Manufacturers generally use more than one type of bean in their products and therefore the different beans have to be blended together to the required formula.
Step 7. The cocoa liquor is pressed to extract the cocoa butter, leaving a solid mass called cocoa presscake. The amount of butter extracted from the liquor is controlled by the manufacturer to produce presscake with different proportions of fat.
Step 8. The processing now takes two different directions: The cocoa butter is used in the manufacture of chocolate, while the cocoa presscake is broken into small pieces to form kibbled presscake, which is then pulverized to form cocoa powder.
Step 9. Cocoa liquor is used to produce chocolate through the addition of cocoa butter. Other ingredients such as sugar, milk, emulsifying agents and cocoa butter equivalents are also added and mixed. The proportions of the different ingredients depend on the type of chocolate being made.
Step 10. The mixture then undergoes a refining process by traveling through a series of rollers until a smooth paste is formed. Refining improves the texture of the chocolate.
Step 11. The next process, conching, further develops flavor and texture. Conching is a kneading or smoothing process. The speed, duration and temperature of the kneading affect the flavor. An alternative to conching is an emulsifying process using a machine that works like an egg beater.
Step 12. The mixture is then tempered or passed through a heating, cooling and reheating process. This prevents discoloration and fat bloom in the product by preventing certain crystalline formations of cocoa butter developing.
Step 13. The mixture is then put into molds or used for enrobing fillings and cooled in a cooling chamber.
Step 14. Lastly, the chocolate is packaged for distribution.
You’ve probably seen cyclamen gracing the shelves of flower shops during the winter season. This perennial plant is cherished for its beautiful flowers, which come with upswept petals in varying shades of white, pink, red and purple. Even its foliage is attractive, with patterned dark-green leaves that are usually heart-shaped or round.1
The cyclamen plant grows from a tuber (a short underground stem) and can reach a height of up to 12 inches when in bloom.2,3 Even though the term “cyclamen” is broadly used to refer to the plant itself, it actually refers to a plant genus that contains more than 20 species. The species that you usually see potted in gardens is the C. persicum, which is also known as the “Florist’s cyclamen.”4
You can grow cyclamen from seeds,5 especially if you want to have a whole bed of it in your garden. This may take a lot of time and effort, though, but the end result is worth it, with the attractive sight that it provides.
Aside from being a colorful addition to gardens, cyclamen has been traditionally used as an herbal medicine for a wide variety of ailments. However, its therapeutic uses are no longer as popular today as they were in the past.6 An essential oil can also be extracted from this plant. According to “The New Perfume Handbook,” the scent of cyclamen essential oil is similar to the mixture of lily, lilac, violet and hyacinth.7
Before you pluck cyclamen from your garden to make an herbal medicine of your own, keep in mind that there is not enough scientific evidence yet to back up some of the therapeutic benefits of this plant. Plus, it may cause serious side effects when used incorrectly.8 Make sure that you use it with caution, preferably under the supervision of a health professional.
Health Benefits of Cyclamen
Triterpene glycosides known as saponins, which can be extracted from cyclamen’s tuber, are the active compounds that give this plant its medicinal properties.9 The extract of this plant has been used in the treatment of the following health problems:10,11
• Menstrual disorders
• Digestion problems
• Nervous emotional states
Some of the commonly used cyclamen species for homeopathic remedies are the ivy-leaved cyclamen (C. hederifolium), sowbread (C. europaeum) and purple cyclamen (C. purpurascens),12,13 although other species have shown promising medicinal effects too.
For instance, a study published in the Carbohydrate Research journal involved in vitro tests to measure the anti-inflammatory properties of the Cyclamen repandum extract. Results show that the saponins from this plant’s extract may indeed help regulate inflammatory response by influencing the behavior of human macrophages.14,15
Moreover, the C. europaeum species is found to be useful in the treatment of acute rhinosinusitis (ARS). According to a 2012 study published in the Journal of Rhinology, cyclamen may help reduce facial pain and ease mucosal obstruction in patients with mild to severe ARS if used as a nasal spray for seven days.16
Take a Look at Some of the Traditional Uses of Cyclamen
Dropsy (an old term for edema19)
Migraines and headaches
However, as I have mentioned above, there is not enough scientific evidence to support the efficiency and safety of cyclamen for these applications. If you’re planning to include cyclamen in your treatment plan, make sure that you consult your physician first.20
How to Grow and Care for a Cyclamen Plant in Your Garden
Cyclamen is an excellent houseplant that can bloom for weeks, brightening up your garden with its pretty, colorful flowers for a long time. Every cyclamen species has a different blooming cycle, but most of them go dormant in the summer, wherein their leaves will turn yellow and gradually fall off.21
During this period, the cyclamen plant may seem dead. Don’t throw it out, though, since its tuber may still sprout new leaves and flowers on the next blooming cycle, as long as it’s properly taken care of during its dormant stage. The good news is that it requires very little care.22
• Water: While your cyclamen is in bloom, keep the soil moist by watering it whenever the surface feels dry. Be careful not to overwater, though, since this may cause the tuber to rot. Once the plant enters the dormant stage, gradually allow it to dry out for two to three months. Any excess water during this period will cause the tuber to rot.
• Humidity: Cyclamen does not grow well in places where the air is dry, so make sure that you plant it in a highly humid area, especially during the winter. You can also increase the air moisture around your cyclamen by placing it above a tray of water. Put it on a layer of pebbles or gravel to keep its roots from sitting in the water.
• Light: When in bloom, make sure that your cyclamen plant gets plenty of light without being exposed to direct sunlight. During its dormant stage, move it to a cool and shady area.
• Temperature: A cyclamen houseplant does not do well in extreme heat or freezing temperatures. The ideal temperature for this plant is around 68 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 50 degrees Fahrenheit at night.
• Repotting: Cyclamen corms are best replanted in a pot or garden bed while they’re still dormant, just before they start producing new leaves.
How to Properly Store a Dormant Cyclamen Tuber
In order for you to continue the life cycle of your dormant cyclamen plant, you have to store its tuber properly to prevent it from rotting. If your plant is potted, you can keep it indoors during the summer, preferably in a cool, dark place with proper air circulation.
If you want to keep the cyclamen tuber outdoors, lay the pot on its side to keep water out and place it under the shade of a tree. Avoid watering it, as doing so may cause the tuber to rot. You should only begin watering the plant during early autumn, when it starts sprouting new leaves.27,28
A Final Word of Warning Regarding Cyclamen’s Safety
Cyclamen has been reported to cause side effects with doses as low as 300 milligrams. Some of these side effects include stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.29 With that said, I suggest that you err on the side of caution — avoid using it without consulting your physician first, especially if you’re pregnant, as it’s believed to promote birth and induce menstruation.30,31
It’s also important to note that this plant can be toxic to cats and dogs because of its saponin content. If consumed, this may cause drooling, vomiting and diarrhea. Ingesting cyclamen in high amounts may even lead to abnormal heart rhythms, seizures and death. If you’re planning to grow cyclamen in your home, make sure that you keep your pets away from it to prevent these serious side effects.32
By Dr. Mercola
Your chronotype, or what time of day you prefer to conduct your daily activities, is the result of both innate and environmental factors. Many people identify as being more of an “early bird” or “night owl” but fall somewhere in the middle of the spectrum. True night owls, however, described as later or evening chronotypes, tend to go to sleep later, and both later bedtimes and having an evening chronotype have been associated with an increased risk of health problems ranging from metabolic dysfunction to heart disease.1
Recent research has now shown that night owls face additional health risks as well, including an increased risk of premature death. So while early birds are rewarded by catching the worm, night owls must grapple with health risks, perhaps because the modern world forces them to exist in a timeframe that’s mismatched to their biological circadian disposition.
Being a Night Owl Raises Mortality Risk by 10 Percent
The study, published in Chronobiology International,2 involved more than 433,000 people who were classified as definite or moderate morning or evening types. At the end of the 6.5-year study, people who were definite evening types had a 10 percent increased risk of dying from any cause compared to definite morning types. In fact, the more a person trended toward an evening chronotype, the higher their disease risk became.
Compared to early birds, night owls had nearly double the risk of developing a psychological disorder, a 30 percent higher risk of diabetes, a 23 percent higher risk of respiratory disease and a 22 percent higher risk of gastrointestinal disease.3 The increased risk of disease and mortality could be due, according to researchers, to behavioral, psychological and physiological risk factors that may be “attributable to chronic misalignment between internal physiological timing and externally imposed timing of work and social activities.”4
In other words, for people who are naturally predisposed to wanting to be awake at later times of day, the challenge of having to wake early and function out of sync with their internal clock could have health consequences. It’s not necessarily that being a night owl is harmful in itself, but rather that night owls are often expected to behave like early birds, even if their bodies are telling them otherwise. It’s important to note, too, that only those who identified as being “definite” evening types experienced the large jump in health risks.
People in the “moderate” category were much less affected. Jamie Zeitzer, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Stanford School of Medicine, who was not involved in the study, also told CNN, “It’s not intrinsically chronotype that’s bad; it’s chronotype plus our society … and not all societies are the same … If you looked in Spain, where people are much later in terms of when they go to work, my guess is that the health consequences are probably less than in the U.K.”5
Night Owls More Likely To Be Depressed
Evening chronotypes may not only face an increased risk of physical health issues but a greater risk of mental health problems as well. For example, research presented at the Endocrine Society’s 2017 annual meeting in Orlando, Florida, analyzed data from nearly 500 people with Type 2 diabetes.6 Those with a later chronotype had more symptoms of depression compared to those who go to bed early and wake early,7 a finding that could also influence their diabetes outcomes, since depression is linked to diabetes complications.8,9
Sleep, light exposure and depression are intricately linked, which is why it’s not surprising that being a night owl also showed a connection. Night owls who stay up later are likely exposed to more light at night than early birds, which can have serious repercussions. An animal study conducted at Ohio State University Medical Center found, for instance, that chronic exposure to dim light at night can cause signs of depression after just a few weeks.10
The study also showed changes in hamsters’ hippocampi similar to brain changes seen in depressed people, with researchers pointing out that rates of depression have risen along with exposure to artificial light at night. The link could be due to the production of the hormone melatonin, which is interrupted when you’re exposed to light at night.
There are many studies that suggest melatonin levels (and by proxy light exposures) control mood-related symptoms, such as those associated with depression. Meanwhile, many night owls may still have to get up early, and if they’re staying up late it means they’re skimping on sleep as a result. Lack of sleep also increases your risk of depression, along with other chronic diseases and even mortality risk.
Early Birds May Have Higher Cortisol Levels in the Morning
The feeling of being a morning person — or decidedly NOT a morning person—is increasingly looking to be tied to many biological factors, including your cortisol, or stress hormone, levels. Cortisol naturally reaches the lowest level in the middle of the night and peaks in the morning hours, usually in the first 20 to 30 minutes after waking. This “cortisol awakening response,” as it’s known, helps you to feel more alert and ready to tackle your day.
But when researchers tested saliva cortisol levels in 112 men immediately, 30, 45 and 60 minutes after waking, they found marked differences between the morning and evening chronotypes.11 Compared to the night owls, the early birds had higher cortisol levels in the first hour after waking, which could be yet another factor why people with evening chronotypes have a harder time getting going in the morning.
Night Owls Can Change Their Ways
While it’s thought that chronotype is partly based on genetics, it’s also influenced by environmental factors. As such, there are many changes you can make to gradually push your chronotype toward the earlier variety. For starters, keep a regular bedtime and wake time, gradually pushing your bedtime earlier in the day so you’re asleep by 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. — the time when your brain starts progressively increasing melatonin to make you sleepy.
You can also use light exposure strategically to help you, focusing on getting bright daylight exposure in the morning and around solar noon, for at least a half-hour or more each day. This will “anchor” your circadian rhythm and make it less prone to drifting if you’re exposed to light later in the evening.
When it’s time to go to sleep, make sure your bedroom is pitch black and all light — even that seeping in around your curtains — is blocked. If your bedroom isn’t completely dark, wear an eye mask when you go to sleep. Equally, if not more, important as getting bright light exposure during the day is avoiding light exposure at night.
Red and amber lights will not suppress melatonin, while blue, green and white lights — the wavelengths that are the most common outdoors during daytime hours — will. Ideally, turn off your cellphone, computer, tablet and TV and shift to a low-wattage light bulb with yellow, orange or red light at sundown if you need illumination. A salt lamp illuminated by a 5-watt bulb is an ideal solution that will not interfere with your melatonin production.
You can also install blue light-blocking software like f.lux onto your computer and cellphone. The program automatically alters the color temperature of your screen as the day goes on, pulling out the blue wavelengths as it gets late. The simplest solution of all, however, is to wear blue-blocking, amber-colored glasses starting at dusk, which will shield you from light no matter what your environment.
Studies have confirmed that when using blue-blocking glasses, people produce as much melatonin as they do in dim light, even if they’re in a lit room or using light-emitting technology.12
Other studies have shown that people using blue-blocking glasses had major improvements in both sleep quality and mood. Shift workers who use them before bedtime (i.e., in the morning when it’s bright out) also report improved sleep.13 So get yourself a pair of blue-blocking glasses and get in the habit of putting them on when the sun sets — especially if you’re planning to stay up late.
Could Society Reduce the Risks of Being a Night Owl?
The researchers of the featured study suggested that being a night owl shouldn’t be viewed as a character flaw and employers should understand that people vary on the times of day when they do their best work.
Study author Kristen Knutson, associate professor of neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, said in a press release, ” … [J]obs and work hours could have more flexibility for owls … They shouldn’t be forced to get up for an 8 a.m. shift. Make work shifts match peoples’ chronotypes. Some people may be better suited to night shifts.”14 Malcolm von Schantz, a professor of chronobiology at the University of Surrey, agreed, stating:
“This is a public health issue that can no longer be ignored. We should discuss allowing evening types to start and finish work later, where practical. And we need more research about how we can help evening types cope with the higher effort of keeping their body clock in synchrony with sun time.”
Remember, too, that many people stay up late not because of a genetic predisposition to doing so but due to external factors like stress, alcohol use or binge-watching TV. In either case, but especially if you’re staying up late for no good reason, the more you can shift your body clock to an earlier bedtime and wake time the better. Start by figuring out what time you need to wake up and go backward from there. Most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep a night, so that will give you your target bedtime.
For instance, if you need to be up at 6 a.m., you have to have a lights-out deadline of 9:30 or 10 p.m., depending on how quickly you tend to fall asleep. If you find you’re having trouble falling asleep, despite your best efforts, read through my 50 tips to improve your sleep. From addressing sound pollution to Wi-Fi to even sleeping naked, it often takes a comprehensive approach to clean up your sleep hygiene — and forgo your night owl tendencies — but your efforts will pay off in the form of improved physical and mental health.
First off, let’s just get something out of the way: I am by no means placing judgment, blame or shame on those of who consume meat, I am merely offering an opportunity to reflect after watching the below video. Although, I do not personally eat meat, I do not label myself as a ‘vegetarian’ or ‘vegan’ or feel superior to anyone who is choosing to consume meat and other animal products.
With that said, the following video is an excellent example that represents millions of people who swear they love animals, but are still choosing to eat meat. There is a disconnect, and there is no doubt about that. Because we often find our food skinned, chopped, sliced and packaged so neatly, we aren’t fully aware of the processes that it took for that package to end up in a perfect row in the grocery store refrigerator unit.
When we grab a pack of bacon, we aren’t thinking of the cute little piggy that had to die in order for that bacon to end up there. It’s easy to contribute to something when it is so out of sight, out of mind.
“Bacon or steak we look at those things as pieces of meat on our plate, not something that wants to snuggle in your arms.”
See how easy it is for these people to question their diet and lifestyle after one simple interaction with a cute little piglet?
So, Why The Disconnect?
If you are someone who consumes meat, have you ever asked yourself, if you weren’t able to go to the store and pick up those steaks, or chicken breasts all chopped up, and plucked and skinned etc. would you be willing to do it yourself in order to have that meal?
Why Love One, But Eat The Other?
Our westernized culture tends to think of it as disgusting that people in some countries in Asia eat dogs, and actually breed dogs for the sole purpose of consumption. But what about the people of India who worship the cow and wouldn’t dream of eating a steak or meatloaf?
As Paul McCartney once said, “If slaughterhouses had glass walls we’d all be vegetarians”. This is a great point! Because so many of us are simply unaware of the horrors that are taking place on factory farms we continue to support these industries. If people were truly aware of the suffering and mass genocide that is taking place on factory farms, I truly believe they would at least cut down their meat consumption, or find more ethical alternatives.
Do You Love Animals?
All animals are sentient beings that have just as much of a right to live as your dog, cat or goldfish.. even yourself! With that being said however, I don’t expect the world to give up meat overnight. But with this awareness we can begin to choose other options: we can start to eat less meat, we can incorporate more meat free meals into our days, we can try other options, we can choose ethically sourced meat and animal products. We can choose to not support factory farms! This is something we can all do right away.
If you’re thinking, I would if I could afford it, be aware this is simply a story that you are telling yourself. Meat and cheese are the two most expensive items per pound in any grocery store. By cutting back on your meat consumption, you will save enough money to make the more ethically sourced products a reality. This is a giant step in the right direction.
Nobody wants to see animals being harmed, at least not the vast majority of people on this planet, and if we could actively do something to stop this from happening, why wouldn’t we? We all have a say in what is happening around the world, and by using your dollar to support those companies that are doing the right thing, you are casting a vote for the type of world you are living in, what kind of world do you want? This is up to you to decide. We can ALL do our part and be the change we wish to see in the world.