Was Oakland’s Ghost Ship Fire A Cult Sacrifice?

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Durant auto manufacturing plant, Oakland, 1922.

The Oakland Ghost Ship fire is illustrative of America’s decay and cultural rot. A once-thriving city on San Francisco Bay is today reduced to an industrial graveyard. Globalism was the dagger that killed American industry. Like locusts, producers moved offshore to China and the Far East in a quest for cheap labor, leaving America’s post-Boomer generations in the lurch. Then China’s new elite came to America – and the San Francisco Bay area in particular – to buy up the skeletal remains of American industry and manufacturing for pennies on the dollar.

Foreign investors are not landlords, not in the traditional American sense. There’s no interest in community revitalization, alcohol impact zones, building codes or permits. To them, the land represents an investment and a foreign visa. For the city, it represents property-tax revenue. But what about the residents, the unemployed, the un-housed masses?

While wages stagnate for average, middle-class workers, the price of housing in the Bay Area continues to climb – driven in part by foreign investors and hot-money tech sector. It costs about $2,500 a month conservatively for a studio apartment in the Bay Area. Landlords require income equivalent to three times the rent. Therefore, one must have a salary of about $75,000 a year to get by and live in a slum. Though wages are a little higher in the region, you’ll still have to have a management-level position to garner that level of salary. It’s a small wonder that San Francisco has the highest homeless population in the nation, second only to New York City. But high rents aren’t the only issue. Inflation is everywhere. Last year, the San Francisco Chronicle reported restaurant “prices have risen, on average, 26 percent since 2010 and 52 percent since 2005 — up 7.5 percent in the last year alone.”

So it’s little wonder that struggling “artists” would look for alternatives – yes, perhaps even RVs wedged into the first floor of a warehouse or odd nooks, if the space was edgy, funky and home to house/techno parties — and far from the gang-infested areas of the city. And they might even do drugs, attend raves or dabble in the dark side of occultism or mysticism to escape the despair of their ever increasingly shitty lives.

The following Ghost Ship residence sum up the economic situation for us. By the way, great hair, makeup and outfits, ladies — especially considering you just escaped a fire. Glad you had a the wherewithal to grab your jackets as you fled the burning building.


Enter one Derick Ion Almena landlord and leader of the Ghost Ship “artists’ collective” – or rather, artist’s cult. Almena rented the old warehouse from owner Chor N. Ng, who would cruise by the old site in her white Mercedes once a month to pick up her rent check. She only did the minimum necessary to keep her rent stream flowing.

Almena converted the second floor of the abandoned warehouse into housing for himself, his wife and three children and, on the first floor, illegally sublet residential space to as many as 20 others who lived in recreational vehicles (RVs) and makeshift rooms. Ng (aka “no good”) feigns ignorance that anyone was living in the warehouse.

Example of living spaces inside the Ghost Ship. Look closely, that’s an RV on the left.

In addition to renters, Almena filled the warehouse with piles upon piles of junkyard debris, predominantly made of old dried wood. To generate even more revenue, Almena would occasionally host raves, orgies or house parities for which there would be a cover charge at the door.

Much of the human debris Almena collected had either an occult or Hindu quality to it. There were alters to Shiva the destroyer, horned devils and mystical-looking whatnots everywhere. With finishing touches of bizarre graffiti on its exterior, Almena christened the monstrosity the “Ghost Ship.” [Must-see aerial view via Google Maps.]

Upon first glance of the Ghost Ship and/or Almena, one might simply say, “Hmm. Okay. The guy’s just a gypsy type, a little out there. Nothing too menacing.” But glance the Ghost Ship’s website and one soon realizes this wasn’t an “artists’ collective.” It was more like a cult.

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If Almena’s Ghost Ship was a cult, is it possible the fire was a sacrifice? The following former tenant — who moved out long before the fire — talks of “escaping” the Ghost Ship as though she speaking of an occult.

The tabloidish Daily Mail reports that tenants have told tales of mind control, threats of violence and “bloody rituals” and describe Almena as “a cult leader.” Tenants accuse him of using “threats of violence to get his way, and being able to flip from charming to threatening in a heartbeat.”

In a document seen by DailyMail.com in which Mack logged her grievances as a tenant at the time, she records a complaint about a fellow tenant called Lisa – a woman she says was close to Almena – saying she carried out ‘blood rituals’ in the warehouse.

‘Lisa is complaining about the TV but I’m not coming to you complaining when she is dripping blood in the sitting room after coming back from one of her rituals?’ …

Blood rituals and animal sacrifice can be used in Hinduism, which Hindus see as a way of honoring the Gods, but it is unclear if this was what ‘Lisa’ was doing. Mack declined to expand on her complaint.

Almena’s response to the fire has included language which suggested he saw himself as a father-figure.

‘They’re my children. They’re my friends, they’re my family, they’re my loves, they’re my future. What else do I have to say,’ he told San Francisco’s KGO-TV.

One of them defended him in an interview with DailyMail.com – using language which suggested Almena remained convinced he was leading a ‘family’.

According to sources, there were approximately 50 people at the Ghost Ship party the night of the fire, of whom 36 died. Of the deceased victims, all but one were visitors to the warehouse. The party was held in Almena’s second-floor family residence. The stairway to the second floor was just stacked crates, which caught fire. Residents reportedly found their way out of the building, but visitors were unable to escape the 10,000-square-foot maze of cult-like crap that cluttered the old warehouse.

Almena, 46, told NBC the unlikely story that he did not organize or attend the event, which he described as “a fusion of art and culture,” held in his residence. In fact, he stayed in a nearby hotel that night with his wife and three children. How convenient.

Mack said a man called Max Ohr – nicknamed ‘Warlord’ – was Almena’s right-hand man and would regularly do the leader’s bidding. … It’s believed Ohr, who escaped the blaze on Friday, was running the door for the rave that night.

The violent side of the Almena’s group has also been exposed in court papers and by the testimony of other tenants who lived under Almena’s rule and visitors to the warehouse. Last year Almena was accused by artists and events producers of stealing equipment, breaking contracts, and making violent threats, according to court documents.

Philippe Lewis said that he rented the Ghost Ship for an event on January 3, 2015, but that Almena demanded extra money for the space. When he refused to pay more, he says Almena became violent and stole his sound system ‘hiding it in the space.’

During the incident, it was claimed, Almena locked individuals into the converted warehouse and held them captive. In a petition for a restraining order filed with the Alameda Superior Court, Lewis alleged that Almena threatened him.

‘I’m going to get my gun,’ he allegedly told Lewis, who had seen a box of new bullets while in the property.

He also claims he was attacked, sustained a dislocated shoulder and was kicked in the head by Almena’s henchmen – who assaulted Lewis on their leader’s orders. He also says claims he saw evidence of a gun and bows and crossbow weapons on the property.

A friend of Lewis’, who asked not to be named, told DailyMail.com: ‘Philippe doesn’t want to have to deal with Almena any more than he has to, they are a violent group. He’s trying to protect his family right now.’

Another man who was at the party for the same dispute wrote in court documents that: ‘I was robbed of my iPhone & Philippe’s property at Derrick’s (sic) direction & beaten by his staff.’

Speaking to DailyMail.com, the man who asked not to be named, said: ‘I was at a party with a friend who had set up an event. I had never been there before. There was an argument over money and Almena tried to beat my friend up and I videoed it on my phone. Almena ordered his people to attack me. They beat me up as well. I called the police but nothing was done.

‘It was very sinister and I spent a lot of time telling people not to go back there.’

Almena promoted himself as a spiritual man and says on social media he’s a ‘student of the shadows’. He purported to worship the Hindu gods Shiva and Kali. In Hinduism our present time is Kali Yuga – ruled over by Kali, the demon who is the source of all evil.

The Alameda County district attorney said a criminal probe is underway. Charges, which could include murder, have yet to be filed. Almena has a criminal history and is currently on probation for receiving stolen property – an Airstream trailer RV.

Meanwhile, Almena has lawyered up. His lead attorney is circus ringmaster Tony Serra, whose high profile client list includes such unsavory characters as the Hells Angels and Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow.

Attorney Tony Serra, left, talks about Leland Yee's co-defendant Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow outside the federal courthouse in San Francisco, Calif. on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. (LiPo Ching/Bay Area News Group)
Attorney Tony Serra, left, talks about the Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow case in 2014. He has been retained by Ghost Ship leader Derick Almena. PHOTO: LiPo Ching/Bay Area News Group

And while family members of the deceased file lawsuits, fundraisers are reeling in the dough. SFGate on Monday reported that nearly 50 musicians are boarding the Ghost Ship benefit bandwagon by releasing a compilation album.

The Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland

So was the Ghost Ship fire simply a tragic end to a rave, or was it a human sacrifice? That’s for you decide.

What is certain is the Ghost Ship fire is illustrative of America’s decay, its cultural rot and the failures of globalism. With it destroyed, it’s time to shed some light on some of the Bay Area’s sinister sites and ties to occultism.

For example, the Cathedral of Christ the Light, the home of the Catholic diocese in Oakland, is similar to Paul VI Audience Hall in Rome in that it depicts satanic symbolism. Unless you’re interested in a masonic architectural tour of Oakland’s Lake Merritt, I recommend skipping to minute 8:00 of the following video.

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Tea Tonic: Try This Ginger, Apple Cider Vinegar, Bergamot Booster

By Dr. Mercola

Ginger water, apple cider vinegar and bergamot oil are all known for their health benefits, so what could be better than combining them all into a tasty tea tonic that can be consumed hot or cold? A simple recipe to try is as follows:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1 heaping tablespoon freshly grated ginger root
  • 2 to 3 drops bergamot oil
  • 1 tablespoon organic apple cider vinegar

Instructions:

  1. Add freshly grated ginger to boiling water (1 tablespoon per cup) and steep for five to 10 minutes. The longer it steeps, the stronger the flavor
  2. Strain the liquid to remove the ginger
  3. Stir in the bergamot and apple cider vinegar
  4. For a cold beverage, chill in the refrigerator before consuming

Ginger — A Powerful Pain and Nausea Reliever


In addition to its delicious taste, ginger is associated with a long list of health benefits that have been known for at least 2,000 years or more. The most commonly used medicinal part of the plant is the rhizome, the root-like stem that grows underground. It’s a rich source of antioxidants, including gingerols, shogaols and zingerones. It also has powerful broad-spectrum antibacterial, antiviral, antiparasitic and analgesic properties, just to mention a few.

In all, ginger has about 40 different pharmacological actions. Two of its most well-recognized health benefits are easing pain and nausea. In one study,1 adults suffering from episodic migraines with or without aura had better outcomes when ginger was used as an add-on therapy, compared to pain medication alone.

In this case, the treatment group was given 400 milligrams (mg) of ginger extract in addition to 100 mg of intravenous ketoprofen. After one hour, those who received ginger reported a “significantly better clinical response” than the ketoprofen-only group. According to the authors, “ginger treatment promoted reduction in pain and improvement on functional status at all times assessed.” It can also help ease menstrual pain (primary dysmenorrhea). In fact, ginger has been found to be as effective as ibuprofen for this common condition.2

A 2015 review3 of nine studies and seven meta-analyses investigating ginger’s effectiveness against nausea showed it can help reduce nausea and vomiting associated with postoperative nausea, chemotherapy, viral infection and morning sickness.

According to the authors, “recent evidence has provided … support for 5-HT3 receptor antagonism as a mechanism by which ginger may exert its potentially beneficial effect on nausea and vomiting.” Many also use it to ease nausea associated with motion sickness and sea sickness.

Additional Health Benefits and Usage Tips

Other health benefits of ginger include but are not limited to:

Prevention4 and treatment5 of Type 2 diabetes, in part by improving blood sugar control6 and limiting diabetes complications7,8

Neuroprotective effects,9 including slowing the loss of brain cells associated with Alzheimer’s disease,10 and improving cognitive function11

Mitigating brain damage and reducing memory impairment caused by cerebral ischemia (stroke)12

Lowering your risk of several types of cancer, including cancer of the lungs, ovaries, colon, breast, prostate, pancreas and skin13,14,15,16,17,18

Counteracting fructose damage such as nonalcoholic fatty liver disease19

Aiding weight loss by promoting satiety20 and enhancing digestion of fats21

Improving digestion, reliving gas and improving symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome

Reducing exercise-induced inflammation and muscle soreness22

Relieving heartburn

Protecting against respiratory viruses23 and drug-resistant bacterial and fungal infections24

Ginger is an excellent cooking staple worth keeping on hand at all times, and will keep fresh stored in the freezer. You can freeze the ginger either whole or pre-shredded. There’s no need to thaw it, as you can easily shred it frozen. Simply peel off the skin with a knife or peeler, then shred using a microplane or ceramic grater. The latter will give you a smoother, creamier consistency.


Bergamot Health Benefits and Contraindications

Bergamot oil, which has a sweet fruity orange-blossom aroma, is what gives Earl Grey and Lady Grey teas their distinct flavor. The fragrance alone has been shown to ease anxiety and depression. Like ginger, it also helps improve digestion and has powerful antimicrobial action. Bergamot oil is extracted from the rind of the bergamot orange, which is native to Italy.

It should be used sparingly, however, as it contains a compound called bergapten, which acts as a potassium channel blocker. While rare, you could potentially end up with an electrolyte imbalance should you consume too much of it. Symptoms of potassium deficiency include muscle cramps and twitches, tinging sensations and blurred vision.

A 2002 case study25 published in The Lancet discusses the case of a man who drank up to 4 liters of black tea per day. As his favorite brand sometimes caused gastric pain, he switched to Earl Grey and developed muscle cramps after drinking it for one week.

His condition, “Earl Grey intoxication,” was deemed due to its potassium blocking effect. If you already have potassium deficiency, forgo adding bergamot to the recipe above.  With that caveat, bergamot does have a number of valuable health benefits. For example, bergamot oil has been shown to:

  • Alleviate symptoms and complications of bacterial infections, including Enterococcus faecium and Enterococcus faecalis bacteria, which are resistant to the potent antibiotic vancomycin26
  • Speed the healing process for cold sores, mouth ulcers and herpes.27 It also has a similar antibacterial effect on shingles and chickenpox, which are also caused by the varicella zoster virus from herpes
  • Prevent and improve skin conditions from fungal infections when used topically28
  • Reduce anxiety and stress when used in aromatherapy29
  • Research30 also shows bergamot has statin-like principles and carries the 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaric acid (HMG) moiety. In other words, it acts much like a statin does

Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar


Apple cider vinegar is another kitchen staple with myriad uses and benefits. Traditionally, apple cider vinegar is made through a long, slow fermentation process that renders it rich in bioactive components like acetic acid, gallic acid, catechin, epicatechin, caffeic acid and more, giving it potent antioxidant, antimicrobial and many other beneficial properties.

“Mother” of vinegar, a cobweb-like amino acid-based substance found in unprocessed, unfiltered vinegar, indicates your vinegar is of the best quality. Most manufacturers pasteurize and filter their vinegar to prevent the mother from forming, but the “murky” kind is actually best, especially if you’re planning to consume it. Health benefits associated with apple cider vinegar consumption include but are not limited to:

Improved blood sugar control and insulin sensitivity in those with prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes31

Easing sore throat when gargled (mixed with warm water) or consumed with honey and ginger32

Improved heart health. Polyphenols such as chlorogenic acid help inhibit oxidation of LDL cholesterol,33 while acetic acid helps lower blood pressure.34
It’s also been shown to lower triglyceride levels and very low density lipoprotein cholesterol in animals35

Easing digestive ailments such as acid reflux, intestinal spasms and Candida overgrowth. For everyday gut health, a mixture of 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with 1 teaspoon of raw honey in 1 cup of warm water can be helpful

Improved weight management by increasing satiety36

Boosting energy. Apple cider vinegar contains potassium and enzymes to help banish fatigue. Plus, its amino acids may help prevent the buildup of lactic acid in your body, further preventing fatigue37

Easing sinus congestion when used as a nasal rinse,38 as it helps break up and reduce mucus. It also has antibacterial properties, making it useful for infections

Supporting detoxification and healthy immune function. According to the website The Truth About Cancer,39 “Especially in patients who are immunosuppressed, apple cider vinegar is an excellent natural antimicrobial tonic to rid the body of harmful bacteria and provide immune support”

Weekly Health Quiz: Ketosis, Cannabis and Tea

1 Which of the following combinations is likely to provide the greatest improvements in overall health, based on the evidence?

  • Intermittent fasting in combination with cyclical ketogenic diet

    Recent research highlights the importance of combining intermittent fasting with cyclical ketosis. While the participants lost weight on an intermittent fasting schedule, by not implementing a cyclical ketogenic diet, important disease parameters remained unimproved. Learn more.

  • Water-only fasting cycled with a high-carb diet
  • Intermittent fasting without restrictions on what or how much is eaten during prescribed eating hours
  • Intermittent fasting in combination with a high-protein diet

2 An estimated 4,000 individuals have filed lawsuits against Monsanto, claiming Roundup caused which of the following diseases?

  • Leukemia
  • Bone cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma

    Thousands of Americans have filed lawsuits against Monsanto, claiming Roundup caused their Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The first to get his day in court is Dewayne Johnson, who used Roundup extensively in his work as a groundskeeper and was diagnosed with a type of Non-Hodkin lymphoma called mycosis fungoides in 2014. Learn more.

3 Which of the following nutrients has been shown to lower your risk of cancer and heart disease in addition to protecting pregnant women from miscarriage and premature birth?

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D

    A vitamin D level above 60 ng/mL lowers your breast cancer risk by more than 80 percent, and a level of 40 ng/mL lowers the risk of premature birth by 60 percent. Learn more.

  • Vitamin E
  • Antioxidants

4 Which pair of dietary minerals have been shown to affect slow-wave deep sleep and REM sleep (dream cycle) respectively?

  • Phosphorous and sulfur
  • Sodium and magnesium
  • Potassium and calcium

    The gene that controls the influx of potassium into cells also helps regulate sleep, and without potassium, your brain cannot produce the slow waves associated with deep sleep. Similarly, calcium deficiency has been shown to disrupt the rapid eye movement or REM cycle. Learn more.

  • Zinc and selenium

5 This hardy, daisy-like herb has long been embraced as a soothing tea that acts as a natural sedative.

  • Lemon balm
  • Chamomile

    In addition to acting as a natural sedative, chamomile boasts antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds, as well as antibacterial, antifungal, antispasmodic, antiulcer and antiviral properties. Learn more.

  • Roobios
  • Matcha Green tea

6 The earliest written references to the use of cannabis for medical purposes are found in what country?

  • China

    The earliest written references to cannabis are found in the Chinese Materia Medica, written by Shen Nung around 2800 B.C. Nung documented 100 conditions that responded well to cannabis, including gout and rheumatism. Learn more.

  • Japan
  • India
  • Egypt

7 Which of the following statements is true?

  • It’s important to maintain nutritional ketosis long-term in order to optimize carbohydrate metabolism
  • Nutrient cycling — where you cycle between higher and lower amounts of fat, net carbs and protein — is inadvisable as it will confuse your metabolism
  • Cycling between high and low calorie intakes (fasting and feasting) is not recommended as it can result in unwanted weight gain
  • If you’re on a ketogenic diet, it’s important to cycle high and low amounts of net carbs once your body is able to efficiently burn fat for fuel in order to optimize your metabolism

    If you’re on a ketogenic diet, it’s important to cycle high and low amounts of net carbs once your body is able to efficiently burn fat for fuel in order to optimize your metabolism. Cyclical fasting is also recommended. Learn more.

Why Macadamias, Pecans and Walnuts Should Be on Your Shopping List

By Dr. Mercola

While many consider nuts to be nothing more than a snack food, there are several healthy reasons you should considering eating certain nuts a little more often. Three tree nuts I highly recommend are macadamias, pecans and walnuts. Because macadamias and pecans have high fat and low protein and carb levels, they are superior choices, particularly if you eat a ketogenic diet.

Walnuts, while slightly less ideal than macadamia and pecans due to their higher protein and carb content, are also an excellent choice mainly because new research suggests eating them may reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes. Before you add macadamias, pecans and walnuts to your shopping list, let’s take a closer look at the composition of each one and find out what makes them a healthy choice.

Why Macadamia Nuts Are Beneficial

Macadamias, which are among my personal favorite nuts, have the highest fat content and lowest protein and carbohydrate levels of any nut. If you eat a ketogenic diet, you probably already know macadamia nuts are a nutritional powerhouse. Macadamias are helpful to keto fans because they are loaded with healthy fat.

A 1-ounce serving — 28 grams (g) or about 10 to 12 nuts — contains 21 g of fat, 2 g of protein and 4 g of carbs. In addition, raw macadamia nuts contain high amounts of B vitamins, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and potassium. Just one serving of macadamias provides 58 percent of your dietary requirement for manganese and 23 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin B1.1

Moreover, about 60 percent of the fatty acid in macadamias is the monounsaturated fatty acid (MUFA) oleic acid. Olives are well-known for containing healthy amounts of oleic acid and macadamia nuts have about the same level of oleic acid found in olives. Below are more reasons to love macadamia nuts:2

Due to the rich stores of MUFAs found in them, similar to other tree nuts, macadamias offer cardioprotective properties. Macadamia nuts have been shown to optimize your total and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, apolipoprotein B (ApoB) and triglycerides.3

Macadamias contain flavonoids known to help prevent cell damage and protect your body from environmental toxins. Once ingested, these flavonoids are converted into antioxidants, which destroy free radicals and protect you from diseases such as cancer.

The high fat content of macadamia nuts can act as an appetite suppressant. This means a small handful of them will satisfy you longer than a calorie-comparable sugary snack.

As an excellent source of protein, raw macadamia nuts are also low in sodium with a satisfying crunch. They’re a healthier snack than processed salty snack foods.

A serving of 10 to 12 macadamia nuts contains 2.4 g of dietary fiber, which represents about 10 percent of your daily fiber requirement. As such, macadamia nuts promote healthy digestion and gut health.

Magnesium and phosphorus, as well as calcium, all of which are available in macadamias, are useful to support bone and teeth mineralization and the absorption and transportation of vital nutrients.

Compared to other tree nuts, macadamias boast the best omega-3 to omega-6 ratio and are therefore a healthier choice — especially if you are trying to avoid inflammation.

Why Pecans Are a Healthy Choice

Pecans, another of my favorite nuts, have the second highest fat content and second lowest protein and carb content among tree nuts. Along with macadamias, raw pecans can be a beneficial food source if you eat a ketogenic diet. A 1-ounce serving — 28 g or about 19 halves — contains 21 g of fat, 3 g of protein and 4 g or carbs. In addition, raw pecans contain good amounts of vitamin E and B vitamins, particularly thiamin (B1).

In terms of minerals, a 1-ounce serving provides 64 percent of your daily value for manganese, 17 percent of your copper needs and 9 percent of your daily needs for both magnesium and zinc.4 The nearly 3 g of fiber a serving that pecans provide help keep your digestive system well-regulated. Below are additional benefits to eating raw pecans:5

Pecans contain antioxidant power due to the presence of vitamin E and phytochemicals like lutein and zeaxanthin, which neutralize free radicals and protect your body from infections and diseases, including cancer.

Another phytochemical contributing to the antioxidant activity of pecans is ellagic acid, which helps prevent carcinogenic compounds from binding to your DNA and proliferating.

Pecans are packed with fatty acids like oleic acid, which is great for weight control.

The plant sterols in pecans offer cholesterol-optimizing properties.

The high amount of thiamin in pecans helps your cells convert carbs into energy and also supports your heart, muscle and nervous system functions.

The magnesium in pecans reduces the presence of C-reactive protein and interleukin-6 and protects against widespread inflammation within your body.

Why Walnuts Are Good for You

If you routinely eat nuts but overlook walnuts, you may be missing out. While they contain a little less fat and a little more protein than macadamias and pecans, walnuts are a healthy nut. A 1-ounce serving — 28 g or about 14 halves — contains 18 g of fat, 4 g of protein and 4 g of carbs. Walnuts also contain nearly 2 g of fiber, as well as vitamins B, C and E. In terms of minerals, a 1-ounce serving provides rich stores of magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. Furthermore, walnuts have the following impressive health benefits:6

A diet rich in walnuts and other nuts has been shown to play a role in supporting heart health,7,8 mainly due to the amino acid l-arginine.

Approximately 90 percent of the phenols — including flavonoids, phenolic acids and tannins — found in walnuts reside in its skin.

Eating a handful of walnuts daily is said to reduce blood pressure and lower your risk of cardiovascular disease. Walnuts have also been shown to slow tumor growth in animals.9,10

If you are a man eating a Western-style diet, studies suggest consuming higher levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), which are found in walnuts, may increase your sperm quality.11

Consuming walnuts is thought to improve your brain function and cognition.12

Walnut intake has been shown to increase levels of three beneficial gut bacteria — Clostridium, Faecalibacterium and Roseburia — which produce a metabolic byproduct called butyrate that is believed to improve your colon health.13,14

“Walnuts have been called a ‘superfood’ because they are rich in omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid and fiber and they contain one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants,” states registered dietitian Lauri Byerley, research associate professor of physiology at Louisiana State University. “[A]n additional superfood benefit of walnuts may be their beneficial changes to your gut microbiota.”15

Consuming Walnuts May Lower Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

An epidemiological study published in the journal Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews, involving 34,000 American adults, suggests consuming walnuts may slash your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in half, as compared to people who do not eat nuts.16

The research, conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2018, suggests eating 3 tablespoons, or 42.5 g, of walnuts per day is associated with a 47 percent lower prevalence of Type 2 diabetes. The data was extracted from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) and centered on adults aged 18 to 85 years.

Study participants were asked about their diets and assessed for diabetes using common laboratory measurements such as fasting plasma glucose and hemoglobin A1c.

“These findings provide more evidence for food-based guidance to help reduce the risk for diabetes,” said Lenore Arab, nutritional epidemiologist and adjunct professor in UCLA’s School of Medicine. “The strong connection we see in this study between walnut consumers and the lower prevalence of Type 2 diabetes is additional justification for including walnuts in the diet.”17

The walnut intake proposed to slash your diabetes risk by half is close to the recommended serving size of walnuts, which is 4 tablespoons (56.7 g). The data suggests the effect of walnut consumption on diabetes may be more potent among women than men. While this study sounds like really great news, especially if you love to eat nuts, it’s important to make note of two important limitations related to the research:18

  • Participants were asked about their dietary choices over the course of just one to two days, which may or may not represent their usual pattern of walnut consumption
  • Given the cross-sectional nature of the study, the findings do not prove eating walnuts directly causes you to be at less risk of diabetes

Although Nuts Are Healthy, Watch the Protein Content and Don’t Eat too Many

Most nuts, including macadamias, pecans and walnuts, should be eaten in moderation. While you may think the reason to moderate your consumption has to do with the high fat content, remember the kind of fat available in these nuts is the healthy type your body and brain need to thrive. The bigger concern I have about some nuts is their high protein content.

Because nuts are generally considered to be a snack food, you may not think to count the protein from them as part of your total daily intake. Even if you don’t eat nuts, most Americans consume three to five times more protein than they need. Eating too much protein can elevate your blood sugar, cause weight gain, stress your kidneys, leach bone minerals and stimulate cancer cells. For those reasons, it’s critical you keep track of how much protein you are eating and factor in protein from nuts.

If you develop a habit of eating nuts absent-mindedly by the handful, you can easily surpass your daily target for protein consumption. For optimal health, you’ll want to limit your protein intake to around 0.5 grams of protein per pound of lean body mass. For most people that comes out in the range of 40 to 70 grams a day. For example, a person weighing 160 pounds, with 128 pounds of lean body mass, should eat about 64 g of protein a day.

Why It’s Important to Choose Organic Nuts

When choosing nuts, look for high-quality nuts that are certified organic and presented in raw form. Avoid roasted or pasteurized nuts, as well as nuts coated in sugar or covered in milk chocolate. Contrary to what you may think, only dry-roasted nuts are truly roasted. Most nuts labeled and sold as roasted are actually fried in vegetable oil. You can tell this because the ingredient label will identify the type of oil used for frying. This practice is ill-advised for a few reasons:

  1. Most vegetable oils are unhealthy and contain an overabundance of omega-6 fats. In addition, some vegetable oils used to fry nuts, such as canola oil, are genetically engineered (GE).
  2. Roasting raises the potential for the formation of a possible carcinogen called acrylamide, which results from a chemical reaction between sugars in certain foods and an amino acid called asparagine. Acrylamide, which is best known as the “browning” on chips and french fries, has the potential to form on certain nuts when they are fried or roasted at temperatures above 250 degrees F (121 degrees C) for long cooking times.19
  3. Vegetable oils heated to high temperatures can easily oxidize, promoting the formation of disease-causing free radicals. Nuts that oxidize can also become rancid and attract fungal mycotoxins. You can identify rancid nuts by a musty, stale or spoiled smell.
  4. Nuts roasted at high temperatures may contain lower amounts of antioxidants, vitamins and other nutrients. In addition, the healthy fats in some nuts may be damaged by high heat.

For Best Results, Buy Raw Nuts and Soak Them Before You Eat Them

Your healthiest option is to consume nuts raw. That said, it’s important to note how difficult it can be to find truly raw nuts in the U.S. For instance, pasteurized almonds sold in North America can still be labeled “raw” even though they’ve been blanched, steam processed or otherwise treated. While you may not be able to verify if nuts labeled raw are truly raw, seek out reputable sources and do the best you can. I also recommend you soak your nuts — for about eight to 12 hours — before you eat them to reduce their phytic acid content.

Phytic acid, found in the coatings of nuts (and seeds), is an “antinutrient” responsible for leeching vital nutrients from your body. By soaking nuts, you help rid them of phytic acid and also loosen up the enzyme coat, which can be removed from nuts like almonds. (Given their negligible amounts of enzyme inhibitors, macadamias and other white nuts do not need to be soaked.) As natural inhibitors, the enzyme coats help protect nuts as they develop and also prevent them from sprouting prematurely.

Although the coatings are beneficial to the nuts themselves, the antinutrients found in them may interfere with your body’s own digestive and metabolic enzymes, thereby making nuts harder to digest. When nuts are soaked, the germination process begins, allowing the enzyme inhibitors to be deactivated, making nuts much easier to digest. Given their superior nutrition, health benefits and convenience, I hope you will consider adding macadamias, pecans and walnuts to your shopping list this week.

Coffee Is Good for Your Heart

By Dr. Mercola

Coffee has been identified over recent years as having several health benefits, including lowering the risks of some of the most serious and common diseases, such as stroke, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Scientists haven’t always been able to pinpoint the mechanisms for the beneficial and protective aspects of coffee, but new information has come to light, according to a study published in PLOS Biology.1

Conducted by researchers with Heinrich Heine University and the IUF-Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine in Dusseldorf, Germany, the study revealed a “new mode of action for coffee” — an intriguing concept for the millions of people worldwide for whom coffee is a prerequisite for their days (and nights). Health benefits include improved mitochondrial and respiration-dependent processes in your cardiovascular system.

The mechanism providing the benefits, surprisingly, is caffeine, a celebrated stimulant. Consumed in specific doses, caffeine increases the cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor 1B (CDKN1B)/p27 (previously known as a cell cycle inhibitor), a regulatory protein localized within mitochondria, known as your cells’ energy powerhouses. The study authors wrote:

“The migratory capacity of endothelial cells, which need intact mitochondria, is completely dependent on mitochondrial p27. Mitochondrial p27 improves mitochondrial membrane potential, increases adenosine triphosphate (ATP) content, and is required for the promigratory effect of caffeine.”2

Earlier research by the scientists showed that for maximum benefit, the concentration of caffeine is very specific: A minimum of four cups of coffee (or four espresso shots) was determined to be the amount to promote the migration of the regulatory protein into your mitochondria, enhancing the function of endothelial cells lining blood vessel interiors, while simultaneously protecting your cardiovascular cells from damage. According to Science Daily:

“Here, they showed that a protein called p27, known mainly as an inhibitor of the cell cycle, was present in mitochondria in the major cell types of the heart. In these cells, mitochondrial p27 promoted migration of endothelial cells, protected heart muscle cells from cell death, and triggered the conversion of fibroblasts into cells containing contractile fibers — all crucial for repair of heart muscle after myocardial infarction.

They found that caffeine induced the movement of p27 into mitochondria, setting off this beneficial chain of events, and did so at a concentration that is reached in humans by drinking four cups of coffee. Caffeine was protective against heart damage in pre-diabetic, obese mice, and in aged mice.”3

Specific Amounts of Caffeine and the Roles of P27

Lead study authors Judith Haendeler and Joachim Altschmied note that caffeine’s “mode of action” promotes not only protection, but heart muscle repair due to the movement of p27. Only after consuming that four cups — or 32 ounces — is endothelial “translocation” into mitochondria induced. As Newsweek puts it, “Regulatory proteins bind to specific parts of the DNA and play a role in how genes are expressed. This involves helping to protect cardiovascular cells from damage.”4

Endothelial cells in blood vessels play many critical roles in maintaining your health, especially vascular function. It’s closely related to the mitochondria because these are where cells turn the proteins, fats and sugars you eat into forms of chemical energy your body needs for optimal function and health. As the optimal concentration of caffeine promotes cell migration and protects your heart, Digital Journal observes:

“It is important to note, however, that this effect of caffeine has only been tested out in pre-diabetic, obese mice, and in aged mice. The same effects may not necessarily occur in humans and further study will be required.”5

In addition, the researchers noted, “p27 protects heart muscle cells from cell death and is necessary for the conversion of fibroblasts into mechanically strong, contractile myofibroblasts, a process critical after myocardial infarction [heart attack].”6 As Science News explains, “Normally, p27 is found in the nucleus of cells, where it helps control when cells divide. Its energy-boosting role in the mitochondria wasn’t known before.”7

Mitochondrial p27 also increases adenosine triphosphate (ATP) content, the study notes, and protects cardiomyocytes (cardiac muscle cells) against apoptosis, or programmed cell death. Haendeler said she believes the study can lead to better approaches for protecting heart muscle from damage and could even change the conversation regarding the viability of coffee consumption or caffeine specifically as an additional dietary factor for elderly individuals.

If in fact mitochondrial p27 could be used as a potential therapeutic strategy for preventing cardiovascular disease, it could potentially lengthen your health span — the length of time a person stays healthy. One of the upshots for the study and several that have gone before is, as Forbes succinctly discloses, it’s the reason why caffeine/coffee can be helpful for an individual after suffering a heart attack, and “… may even be protective for people at higher risk of heart disease. This will no doubt be music to some people’s ears.”8

Coffee Consumption and Cancer Protection

Previous studies on the potential benefits of coffee consumption show it to be protective against four of the most prevalent killer diseases in the U.S. — heart disease, cancer, diabetes and stroke. In particular, multiple studies over several years show drinking coffee imparts benefits related to cancer protection. Here are three of numerous examples:

  • Among people with advanced colon cancer, four or more daily cups of coffee lowered the risk of cancer recurrence or death by 52 percent compared to those who drank no coffee at all.9
  • A meta-analysis in 2007 reported that an increase in consumption of two cups of coffee per day was associated with a 43 percent reduced risk of liver cancer.10
  • Another meta-analysis involving 59 studies revealed an increase in consumption of one cup of coffee per day was associated with a 3 percent reduced risk of cancers.11

What is it about coffee that extends these kinds of benefits? One answer is powerful antioxidants called polyphenols. Antioxidants are nature’s way of providing your cells with adequate defense against attack by reactive oxygen species (ROS) or free radicals, a type of a highly reactive metabolite that is naturally produced by your body as a result of normal metabolism and energy production.

In fact, Americans get more antioxidants from drinking coffee than any other dietary source, with researchers noting “nothing else even comes close.”12 That research was presented at an annual meeting of the American Chemical Society (the world’s largest scientific society) way back in 2005. Examples of the antioxidants in coffee include significant amounts of hydrocinnamic acid and polyphenols.

Haendeler is also aware there will be people who start drinking more coffee based on her team’s research, but she cautions they should also engage in other heart protective activities such as exercising and eating right. Otherwise, she says, it probably won’t do people much good.

Drinking too much coffee may also have an opposite effect of driving too much p27 into mitochondria, destroying them, which could exacerbate health problems. She added, “Don’t [just] take caffeine pills, stop eating a healthy diet and exercising and be a couch potato.”13

If You Take Caffeine Pills, You Miss Out on All the Polyphenols

In the case of how coffee benefits your heart, it appears that caffeine may play a role but that doesn’t discount the benefits of the polyphenols contained in coffee (which are absent in caffeine pills). It’s interesting that in 2013, researchers observed in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology that “Coffee is a complex beverage containing hundreds of biologically active compounds.”14

After water, coffee and tea are the most popular beverages in the world. They contain caffeine, yes, but they’re also loaded with antioxidant polyphenols, which are major conveyors of nutritional benefits. The potent polyphenolic compounds in coffee may help reduce the risk of stroke and diabetes, and improve glucose levels and blood pressure, among many other things. For its part, drinking coffee is linked to a reduced risk of premature death; particularly death related to cardiovascular trouble.15

Still, even if you’re not a coffee drinker, you can easily boost your antioxidant intake by eating fresh produce. Vegetables and fruits, particularly berries, are ideal sources of antioxidants. And if you do drink coffee, getting your antioxidants from a varied diet is still the best way to get a wide variety of plant-based nutrients, some of which can’t be found anywhere else.

Choosing the Best (Read: Healthiest) Coffee to Drink

For the best flavor and optimal health from the polyphenols and other health beneficial compounds in coffee, choose organic, shade-grown coffee. It’s available at retail markets or order it online. You’ll also want to purchase coffee in whole bean form and grind it yourself to prevent rancidity, as pre-ground coffee may be rancid by the time you drink it.

Studies vary on whether drinking decaffeinated coffee offers the same benefits as the caffeinated variety, but if you drink decaf, be sure the decaffeination process doesn’t involve chemicals, such as Direct Process, which uses the chemical methyl chloride to strip the caffeine from coffee beans, which PubChem, an open chemistry database, lists as a possible carcinogen.16 When it comes to coffee consumption (and to some extent every other type of food or beverage) it’s crucial to make sure the coffee beans are:

  • Pure and unadulterated
  • Not sprayed with pesticides or herbicides, chemicals or synthetic fertilizers, which both contaminate the product and negate the benefits
  • Not irrigated using contaminated water
  • Not from genetically engineered sources
  • Enjoyed au naturel; drink it black or with MCT (medium-chain triglycerides) oil, which is a good fat that provides even more advantages for your health, as opposed to with sugar or pasteurized cream

PrepareforChange.net 7-4-18… “Benjamin Fulford: The Council of Europe Redux”

Some may be interested in this Benjamin Fulford interview. I listened to it today. I feel these poeple do a wonderful job interviewing Benjamin. They also support a project in Malawi to help orphaned children. Go to PrepareforChange.net and click the donate button on any page.

Found this at RMN (and also a few who messaged this link to me).

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Benjamin Fulford Talks: China, Russia, US Forming an Alliance? Interview June 21, 2018 with Prepare for Change

Published on Jul 6, 2018
Benjamin Fulford Returns for this Fourth Interview

On the Fourth of July 2018, PrepareForChange.net spoke for a fifth time in this series of 2018 interviews with Benjamin Fulford.

Benjamin suggests that it’s about time that the USA declare its independence, he talks about the slow train wreck of the economies of Italy and southern Europe, he mentions how the public is distracted from big issues with celebrity news, and he reminds us that recently, many bad guys have been taken down.

Benjamin Fulford continues to work to liberate the planet from the bad guys. He is literally fighting to bring freedom and new life to humanity.

This interview is about 50 minutes long and we hope you enjoy it. Let’s take our cue from Benjamin Fulford… and turn our world into a wonderful place! The transcript will be posted when it is available, which is usually within a few days.

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Published on Jul 6, 2018

On the Fourth of July 2018, PrepareForChange.net spoke for a fifth time in this series of 2018 interviews with Benjamin Fulford.

Benjamin suggests that it’s about time that the USA declare its independence, he talks about the slow train wreck of the economies of Italy and southern Europe.

He mentions how the public is distracted from big issues with celebrity news, and he reminds us that recently, many bad guys have been taken down.

We are an all-volunteer organization.

Would you like to help create the transcript?

If you have English writing skills and would like to help with the interview transcripts, please send a note to: transcription@prepareforchange.net.

Benjamin Fulford’s website is reader supported and subscriber-supported.

https://benjaminfulford.net

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OSHA Documentation Proves FEMA Is Importing Hydrogen Cyanide-There’s Only One Possible Use

(Dave Hodges) Yesterday, based upon the word of a trusted FBI informant, I published the fact that FEMA had previously imported Hydrogen Cyanide from Brazil beginning in 2011. Because FEMA feared discovery, they began to label the containers as anything but other than what they were.

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Processed food and toxic medications the key causes of high blood pressure

(Natural News) High blood pressure is an increasingly common problem, but are Big Pharma’s drugs part of the problem? Statistics show that in the U.S., the condition (also known as hypertension) affects about 75 million people –which means roughly one out of every three adults has high blood pressure. Estimates  suggest another one-in-three have “pre-hypertension”…