David Wilcock New (short) article 3-19-19… “David Wilcock on Ascension Mysteries: 4.5 Hours of New YouTube Videos!” (and a few news updates)

This just came out. I’ve highlighted the points that hit my “Inner Target” below.

“Remarkable events are taking place in the world that verify many of the prognostications and insider disclosures David has gotten over the last 23 years. We are indeed living in very exciting times. Civilization-defining change may well be right around the corner.

“These days, change occurs very swiftly and you either harmonize with it or get quickly spit out. In Law of One terms, there is a massive intensification of “fourth density photons” streaming into the earth from our sun… The idea of photons storing information, with varying levels of complexity depending upon the photon, can now be well established.

If you are feeling constantly overwhelmed and challenged, guess what… you are right where you need to be. You are in the Ascension.

“The Law of One model indicates that as there is an intensification of fourth-density photons to the earth, all the hidden negativity becomes visible. This is certainly the case… like never before… third-highest member of the Vatican being convicted on child sex charges… the great College Admissions Scandal of 2019… The Great Facebook Outage…

“Soon after the event took place, we got insider briefings that the Great Facebook Outage was actually an Alliance operation to pull incriminating data out of their mainframes. Q Anon made a series of posts very soon afterwards that made this quite clear. Somehow, the outage allowed Alliance hackers to get into Facebook and pull out all kinds of great stuff they will soon be making public. This is EPIC.

“Q ANON IS TALKING A VERY, VERY BIG GAME… Between recent briefings and what Q Anon is actually saying, we are hearing that some very major Alliance announcements are about to hit.

“Civilization-defining news stories like the above are coming in at lightning-fast speeds and it is nearly impossible to keep up with everything. If Q and our own briefings are correct, we can expect far more events as epic as Cardinal Pell and the College Admissions Scandal very soon, with even bigger players involved.”

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David Wilcock on Ascension Mysteries: 4.5 Hours of New YouTube Videos!

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Remarkable events are taking place in the world that verify many of the prognostications and insider disclosures David has gotten over the last 23 years.

We are indeed living in very exciting times. Civilization-defining change may well be right around the corner.

David has perfected his live video-streaming setup and despite all the hurdles, there are already four and a half hours of videos on Ascension you can watch now!

ASCENSION IS THE ULTIMATE SOLUTION TO THE GREATEST MYSTERIES

My life was forever changed in January 1996 when my study of over 300 different books on the paranormal was put into warp drive by discovering the Law of One series.

Finally I found a unified body of philosophical, spiritual and scientific teaching that actually fit all the pieces together.

As I have said before, this was like the written equivalent of the Roswell crash — an anomalous ‘technology’ from a highly advanced intelligence dropped into our world.

We could study the entire thing — every detail, every nuance — and this “celestial endowment” could transform our world in breathtaking ways.

Although I had largely memorized the content of the 300-plus books I had read, I did not see how they integrated into a greater whole until I read the Law of One.

Within a few months, I became aware that all the dreams I’d had about transforming into a light being were more than just metaphors of spiritual advancement.

They may very literally have been prophetic — of something that most people would call Ascension.

Once I realized that an event like this was heading our way, and saw how it all fit together, this became the single unifying element to integrate everything I was studying.

THIS IS A PERSONAL PROCESS

Life can be wildly distracting and unpredictable. These days, change occurs very swiftly and you either harmonize with it or get quickly spit out.

In Law of One terms, there is a massive intensification of “fourth density photons” streaming into the earth from our sun.

So much of the science in the Law of One required further research to flesh out that I have dedicated my life to doing so ever since.

The idea of photons storing information, with varying levels of complexity depending upon the photon, can now be well established.

The Law of One model therefore holds up to scientific scrutiny, which I have explored now in three different published books totaling over 2000 academic references.

If you are a regular follower of this work, you are probably well aware of the scientific arguments I have made over the years.

Though I love to “geek out on that stuff,” this also is very much a personal process that affects the ebb and flow of our lives each and every day.

If you are feeling constantly overwhelmed and challenged, guess what… you are right where you need to be. You are in the Ascension.

NOW MORE THAN EVER

The Law of One model indicates that as there is an intensification of fourth-density photons to the earth, all the hidden negativity becomes visible.

This is certainly the case… like never before.

We have been saying for years that pedophilia would be exposed at the very highest levels, and that the Cabal’s spiritual center is the Vatican.

How about the third-highest member of the Vatican being convicted on child sex charges — the very man responsible for defending them against these allegations?

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3/17: How Cardinal George Pell Became the Highest-Ranking Vatican Official Convicted of Child Abuse
https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-features/george-pell-cardinal-australia-sexual-abuse-children-rape-807780/

What is not pointed out in this article is that Pell also allegedly had a critical role in the Vatican Bank’s scheme of blackmailing world leaders.

THE COLLEGE ADMISSIONS SCANDAL

Equally gigantic in its own way is the great College Admissions Scandal of 2019. This also has barely begun to sink into mass consciousness.

Federal prosecutors charged 50 different people with rigging high-level universities to preferentially take in wealthy elite children.

Far more qualified applicants were being overlooked and the scope of the crimes involved is truly monumental, as this Forbes article reveals:

3/18: 30 Facts About the College Admissions Scandal
https://www.forbes.com/sites/zackfriedman/2019/03/18/30-facts-college-admissions-scandal/#6a16f9c212a0

The U.S. Attorney in the District of Massachusetts charged 50 people in federal court as part of a long-running, nationwide conspiracy to illicitly gain admission for high school students to top colleges and universities.

Many parents apparently paid $200,000 and up to $6.5 million to have their children admitted to various college and universities.

Television stars Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives) and Lori Loughlin (Full House, Fuller House) were charged as part of the alleged scheme….

This is just another of many examples where the “institutions” that once defined our world, and held great respect, have fallen.

If this level of “dirty tricks” is at work in “ivy league” universities, that means that the fabric of science and belief itself could also be heavily manipulated.

The endless loop of back-stabbing and butt-kissing becomes a perpetual-motion machine that prevented the truth from ever reaching the mass consciousness. No more.

The Alliance is almost certainly behind the College Admissions Scandal, the ongoing #MeToo scandal, the Vatican exposures and the huge backlash against tech giants.

THE GREAT FACEBOOK OUTAGE

We were about to do a live video this past week and Facebook had an unprecedented worldwide outage that lasted the entire day of March 13th.

The Great Facebook Outage wiped out Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp for the better part of an entire day:

3/14: Did You Make it Through the Great Facebook Outage Without Calling the Police?
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/shortcuts/2019/mar/14/did-you-make-it-through-the-facebook-outage-without-calling-the-police

This started just a few hours before our scheduled livestream.

At the very last minute we switched to Twitter / Periscope, since we also recently lost the ability to stream to YouTube, as we had feared would quickly occur from the moment we started.

Most likely we won’t get YouTube live-streaming back until June 2nd, and in the meantime our workflow will be to stream to Twitter and then re-upload to YouTube.

For that same reason, please make sure you subscribe to Twitter @david_wilcock and YouTube at youtube.com/davidwilcock333, with Notifications turned on to prevent shadowbanning.

WHAT WERE THE OUTAGES ALL ABOUT?

Soon after the event took place, we got insider briefings that the Great Facebook Outage was actually an Alliance operation to pull incriminating data out of their mainframes.

Q Anon made a series of posts very soon afterwards that made this quite clear.

Somehow, the outage allowed Alliance hackers to get into Facebook and pull out all kinds of great stuff they will soon be making public. This is EPIC.

Another very odd event took place the next day, where the power went down all throughout Southern California for hours.

This was in a huge number of different locations all at once, and was very much like a smaller version of what we recently saw in Venezuela.

We had no idea if this was the Big One, where we would be down for two weeks, and we went and got more storable water and food as it was happening.

Take a look at this Southern California Edison power outage map. Does this look normal to you?

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Let’s just say we can speculate, from an informed perspective, that this was no accident and that other similar operations as Facebook were being conducted.

What you are seeing here is a massive number of different power outages all over Southern California that lasted for hours.

Q ANON IS TALKING A VERY, VERY BIG GAME

Between recent briefings and what Q Anon is actually saying, we are hearing that some very major Alliance announcements are about to hit.

I would love to cover this in more detail, but I have a major life-changing TV shoot I am participating in later today.

If this works out, we might have a great new platform to get the message out by the beginning of 2020.

This show could have similar quality and positioning as Ancient Aliens, except that I will have a far more central role and the subject matter will be broader in scope.

I can’t say more than that right now.

This big taping ended up directly overlapping with our much-anticipated launch of the Ascension Mystery School, which is only open for new admissions through midnight tomorrow (Wednesday 3/20).

And unlike an ivy-league school, you don’t have to bribe your way in. We kept it as affordable as possible.

As soon as I get through this shoot and our launch, I am going to release our long-anticipated big article on Q Anon and how it ties into everything we are seeing. Hopefully this weekend.

Civilization-defining news stories like the above are coming in at lightning-fast speeds and it is nearly impossible to keep up with everything.

If Q and our own briefings are correct, we can expect far more events as epic as Cardinal Pell and the College Admissions Scandal very soon, with even bigger players involved.

LET’S NOT LOSE TOUCH OF THE PERSONAL SIDE

So yes… a part of me would love to just “geek out” on all the information that is surfacing as these epic changes occur.

That, however, is only the technique… it is not the soul. The true spirit of what is occurring here is a personal renaissance within your own being.

The Ascension process, again, is the master key that unlocks all the doors of mystery within this confusing labyrinth we find ourselves in.

Though it can seem like a tired cliche’ to the war-hardened sarcasm of modern life, the Big Picture really IS all about “Being Nice.”

The more we behave in a positive “service to others” manner, the more our lives will grow, harmonize and evolve.

If we manipulate, control, deceive and lash out at others in “service to self,” we will find ourselves being completely ripped apart.

My most-recent live video captures this process probably better than anything I’ve ever put on camera or in front of a live audience before.

Out of everything I’ve done, this is the most important one to watch. I am extremely proud of how it turned out. Here it is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJ-kefT9jxs

THERE IS STILL TIME TO SIGN UP…

This is the third video in our launch series that is still available online at this time.

The total collection of available videos is four and a half hours long.

If you didn’t catch them, here is Part One, What is Ascension?, and Part Two, Ascension Through the Ages.

Let me also say that we have been working our proverbial butts off with PayPal to try to get a PayPal Pro account set up.

This will finally allow us to securely do a three-part payment plan for the class, as so many of you have requested.

This has proven to be almost as difficult and stressful as getting a home mortgage loan. We may finally get it later today (Tuesday, March 19th.)

[UPDATE: Apparently it did work, so my team sent out the email we made to announce that landmark this morning at the same time I did this article.

Please make sure you click on the email sign-up box at the top of this page, on the right, to keep informed in case we get further “deplatformed.”]

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In the meantime, if you would like to sign up for the Ascension Mystery School, there is still time.

Visit our dedicated website at https://www.ascensionmysteryschool.com to see what all the fuss is about!

I will have more to say once I get off the treadmill here. I need to get back to sleep now so I am in good shape for today’s shoot.

We hope to see you in class… as well as the Great I-Told-Ya-So Party that will follow at some point yet to be determined!

Updated: The Need for March

I moved to Colorado in October, my lack of adaptation to the altitude was not expected.   I have adapted somewhat but not nearly to the degree I should have have, based on the measurements I have taken.  Which means, in the best health, that I am slightly deprived of oxygen. 

In 2009 I was hospitalized for blood poisoning which enlarged my heart temporarily.  I am not sure exactly what damage happened but my best guess is I have a leaky heart valve and while the heart while otherwise fine, is not as efficient as it should be for this altitude.  Be that as it may, my heart is stronger than it was in 2009 and the travel to Morocco and Italy only did my health a lot of good.  The travel and exercise was good for me.

During 2015 and early 2016 I was in the Italian Alps. I was only at 5000 feet in altitude, here I am at 7500 feet at the house and even higher in other destinations. 5000 feet seems to be the maximum altitude I should live at.  It became a problem this winter with the very cold winter we had and months where it rarely got above freezing.  I got a chest infection a couple of weeks ago that really knocked me for a loop.  I don’t know if it was pneumonia but it certainly cut down my oxygen to levels.  I was snowed in and physically couldn’t use my car to see a doctor and really didn’t have the money to pay for one if I could get out.   I kept my activities to a minimum and took colloidal silver to clear my chest.  Which seemed to work.

I need to take care of this body, so I am moving back to Texas at the end of the month.  I will be moving from 7500 feet to less than a 1000 feet in altitude.   I have friends in Texas, which makes the move much easier.  The residence in Colorado is a beautiful spot, and the owner has been wonderful to deal with, but if I don’t move this place is going to kill me. 

I’d like to raise $800 for the move.   It’s about a two day drive from here.  I need to get a mattress too.  Theres a box spring and frame but no mattress at the new residence. 

Love you all,

Terran

UPDATE:  Almost halfway to the goal.

NXIVM Sex Cult Leader Keith Raniere Faces Child Pornography Charges in New Indictment

Founder of the ‘self-help’ group NXIVM, which has been unmasked as a bizarre slave-master sex cult, has been hit with a barrage of new charges, which include production of child pornography and sexual exploitation of a child.

Keith Raniere, leader of NXIVM (pronounced 'Nexium'), an Albany-based cult that styled itself as a self-improvement group, is facing two more charges in a superseding indictment unsealed by the attorney for New York's Eastern District on Wednesday.

It is now alleged that Raniere, better known as 'Vanguard' or 'Master' within the secretive group, coerced underage girls to participate in porn photoshoots for more than 10 years. He then kept files with sexually explicit images and stored them on a hard drive.

The memorandum issued by the district attorney's office stated that other high-ranking members of NXIVM that were put on trial along with Raniere were well aware of their leader's sexual relationships with minors. One of the underage victims was identified as "a fifteen-year-old girl" who was working for the group's co-founder, Nancy Salzman.

FILE PHOTO: Legal Council representing Keith Raniere and the group NXIVM © AFP /
Jemal Countess / Getty Images

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12-Minute Presentation on How to Reverse Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is curable and the cure is free. According to a January 2019 update by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 114 million American adults live with diabetes or prediabetes.1 Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in 2015, and continues as seventh in 2019. In a 2017 press release, then-CDC Director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald stated:2

“Although these findings reveal some progress in diabetes management and prevention, there are still too many Americans with diabetes and prediabetes. More than a third of U.S. adults have prediabetes, and the majority don’t know it. Now, more than ever, we must step up our efforts to reduce the burden of this serious disease.”

While a commendable goal, the reality is the disease is rooted in insulin resistance and a faulty leptin signaling system.3,4 In other words, it’s triggered by your diet and the cure is readily available to anyone willing to change their eating habits.

Unfortunately, a cure is not usually a consideration after a diagnosis with diabetes, which is why the medical community begins treatment with medication. Conventionally trained physicians continue to pass along flawed nutritional information pulled from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) ChooseMyPlate program5 or the equally flawed U.K. Eatwell Guide.6

In a 12-minute presentation before the U.K. Parliament, Zoe Harcombe, Ph.D., succinctly demonstrates how bad science supports rising rates of diabetes and other nutritionally triggered diseases.7

The Bad Science Behind Food Guidelines

The consequences faced by those who follow published dietary recommendations is tragic, as bad science has twisted information and triggered a global epidemic. As Harcombe discusses in her presentation before the U.K. Parliament, the human body is unable to produce essential proteins and fats on its own. However, there are no essential carbohydrates.

A statement from Chapter 6 of the Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids,8 reads:9 “The lower limit of dietary carbohydrates compatible with life apparently is zero, provided that adequate amounts of protein and fat are consumed.”

Harcombe has spent years investigating and researching dietary guidelines as they relate to nutrition and obesity.10 In her presentation she discusses the results of her Ph.D. thesis examining randomized control trials prompting the introduction of dietary fat recommendations in the U.S. and U.K.

She makes the point that when a natural diet tends to be 15 percent protein and recommendations limit total fat to 30 percent, by definition the remainder are carbohydrates.

When your body requires essential nutrients from proteins and fats but not from carbohydrates, the question becomes, why would Mother Nature put essential fats and proteins, not produced in the body, in the same foods that are trying to kill us?

Analysis of Findings Shows No Evidence for Dietary Recommendations

Harcombe studied the trials prompting our dietary recommendations and asked the question: If those trials were re-evaluated today, would the same recommendations be made? She and her team found no difference for putting people on any dietary fat intervention against the impact of all-cause mortality or coronary heart disease.

Interestingly, the team also found that all of the trials involved fewer than 2,500 men who had already had a heart attack. The trials included no women and no healthy individuals. Yet the results of these trials changed nutritional guidelines for more than 220 million Americans and over 55 million residents of the UK.11

She and her team then asked what the data revealed in research performed after 1977, and found there continues to be no evidence for introducing guidelines that limit dietary fat. Some of the same research was also being done by seven other teams around the world.12,13,14,15,16,17,18

These teams evaluated 40 separate studies. Only three of the 40 studies revealed any negative results from eating fat. Of those three, one determined trans-fat had a negative impact and two were from the same team who essentially reviewed their own findings.

However, after the two studies were subjected to a sensitivity test, the results did not stand up. Essentially, none of the 40 studies evaluated showed that total or saturated fat was associated with cardiovascular disease, mortality or heart events.19

The U.K. Eatwell Guide website states:20 “The Eatwell Guide shows how much of what we eat overall should come from each food group to achieve a healthy, balanced diet. You do not need to achieve this balance with every meal, but try to get the balance right over a day or even a week.”

In Harcombe’s analysis of the new guidelines,21 she found when calories were assigned to the portions demonstrated in the guide and to the menus published, the diet was nutritionally deficient and the percentages of carbohydrates skewed even further than past recommendations, rising from 55 percent to 65 percent of daily intake.22

Understand Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome

Before going further, it’s helpful to briefly clarify the differences between Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes, and the terms metabolic syndrome and prediabetes. Although the dietary changes to reverse all but Type 1 diabetes are similar, it helps to understand the process. The effect of glucose intolerance may be measured through fasting blood glucose, oral glucose tolerance or an A1c.

Prediabetes — There are no clear symptoms of prediabetes so you may not even know you have it. It’s a term used to describe an early state of insulin resistance known as impaired glucose tolerance. Conventionally, prediabetes is diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar between 100 and 125 milligrams per deciliter.23

Metabolic syndrome — As insulin resistance progresses, if you suffer from three or more of a group of symptoms triggered by insulin and leptin resistance, it leads to a diagnosis of metabolic syndrome. These symptoms include high triglycerides, low HDL, higher blood glucose, elevated blood pressure and an increased amount of belly fat.

Type 1 diabetes — The majority with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes.24 Only about 5 percent have Type 1 diabetes, which can occur at any age. Previously called juvenile diabetes, there are actually more adults with Type 1 diabetes than there are children with the condition. In Type 1 diabetes your body does not produce insulin.

Type 1 diabetes may be triggered by an autoimmune disease in which the immune system destroys the cells producing insulin in your pancreas. Often called insulin-dependent diabetes, new research has achieved a cure several times in animal studies. However, work in humans has not been as successful and several options are under clinical trial.25

Type 2 diabetes — Also called noninsulin dependent diabetes, your pancreas continues to produce insulin but is unable to use it properly. In fact, this is an advanced stage of insulin resistance typically triggered by a diet high in sugars and carbohydrates.

Although anyone can develop Type 2 diabetes, you are at higher risk of it when you’re overweight, sedentary, have family members with Type 2 diabetes, have a history of metabolic syndrome or are a woman who has had gestational diabetes.26

Type 2 Diabetes Is Not Just a Chronic Disease

Although millions suffer from the condition, diabetes must not be considered an inevitable risk of life. There are significant short- and long-term risks with diabetes, but the good news is that with the correct treatment you can avoid them completely.

Although conventional medicine focuses on administration of medications, simple lifestyle changes may be all you need to get your diabetes under control. Since diabetes often develops slowly, you may not realize you have high blood glucose and this can cause some serious damage. Short- and long-term complications may include:27,28,29

Hyperosmolar hyperglycemic nonketotic syndrome (HHNS)

Diabetic neuropathy: peripheral, autonomic, proximal and focal

Retinopathy leading to blindness

Alzheimer’s disease (Type 3 diabetes)

Cataracts

Hypoglycemia

Bacterial and fungal skin infections

Peripheral vascular disease

Hearing impairment

Depression

Diabetic nephropathy

Kidney failure

High blood pressure

Gastroparesis

Heart disease

Stroke

Insulin May Accelerate Your Risk of Death

In an effort to control high blood sugar, insulin therapy may actually be doing more harm than good. A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine30 concluded insulin therapy in Type 2 diabetic patients, particularly in people over age 50, may not always outweigh the negatives. Reported in Medical News Today, study co-author Dr. John S. Yudkin, emeritus professor of medicine at University College London, commented:31

“If people feel that insulin therapy reduces their quality of life by anything more than around 3 to 4 percent, this will outweigh any potential benefits gained by treatment in almost anyone with Type 2 diabetes over around 50 years old.”

Medical News Today32 gave this example of what the author meant. If a person with Type 2 diabetes begins insulin at age 45 and lowers their A1c by 1 percent, they could experience an extra 10 months of healthy life. But for someone beginning treatment at age 75, the authors estimate therapy may give the patient an additional three weeks of life.

The researchers believe this prompts the question, is 10 to 15 years of pills or injections with possible side effects worth it? Another recent study prompted researchers to question if insulin therapy may be outdated, saying:33

“Although several old studies provided conflicting results, the majority of large observational studies show strong dose-dependent associations for injected insulin with increased CV [cardiovascular] risk and worsened mortality. Insulin clearly causes weight gain, recurrent hypoglycemia, and, other potential adverse effects, including iatrogenic hyperinsulinemia.

This overinsulinization with use of injected insulin predisposes to inflammation, atherosclerosis, hypertension, dyslipidemia, heart failure (HF) and arrhythmias. These associations support the findings of large-scale evaluations strongly suggesting insulin therapy has a poorer short- and long-term safety profile than that found in many other anti-T2D therapies.”

Science Has the Answer to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

In Harcombe’s presentation to the U.K. Parliament, she points out Public Health England put together a panel to recommend what would be in the Eatwell Guide, and of the 11 representatives, only one had no conflict of interest. Several organizations represented included the Institute of Grocery Distribution, the British Nutrition Foundation and the Association of Convenience Stores.

Some of the members of the British Nutrition Foundation include Nestle, Kellogg’s, PepsiCo, McDonald’s and British Sugar. In her plea to Parliament, Harcombe makes two requests for the future of the Eatwell Guide and another for patients, asking:34

  • Don’t base the guidelines on the one macronutrient we don’t need and diabetics can’t handle.
  • Don’t allow the fake food industry to set our guidelines.
  • Offer patients choice. There are three evidence-based ways to put Type 2 diabetes into remission. Patients should be offered both dietary options — low-carb and low-calorie.

Prevention and treatment of insulin/leptin resistance and Type 2 diabetes requires a little care in your food choices and your nutritional planning. However, done slowly, these habits are tasty and satisfying, and lead to increasing energy and easier weight management.

You’ll find explanations about fats, proteins, exercise and how sleep and intermittent fasting may be the simple choices you’ve been searching for in my previous article, “How to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes, Why Insulin May Actually Accelerate Death, and Other Ignored Facts.”

Cough Medicine Is Ineffective and May Be Dangerous

It may start as a tickle in the back of your throat, or a full throttled bark as you try to clear a growing amount of secretions in your upper respiratory tract. But, however it begins, most would like the coughing to stop.

Usually a cough will accompany a cold, beginning as a runny nose, scratchy throat and sneezing. A cold is caused by a virus, the most common of which is the rhinovirus. It may be responsible for up to 50 percent of all colds. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),1 most get colds in the winter and spring, but it is possible to experience a cold anytime of the year.

Although you’re likely to recover from most symptoms within 10 days, your cough may continue for several weeks. Each year, millions in the U.S. get the common cold. The CDC estimates2 the average adult will have two to three colds per year and children tend to have even more bouts. It is the main reason children miss school and adults miss work.

Socioeconomic Burden of Coughing

Coughing is one of the most common reasons for medical consultation, both among children and adults. In a study3 evaluating the impact of coughing in an employee population in Finland, researchers found coughing decreased the quality of life for the adults and had a socioeconomic impact by increasing doctor’s office visits and sick days.

Research published in PLOS ONE4 evaluated data based on how coughing varied by age and sex in a pediatric population. In a group of over 7,500 children, 10 percent of the children coughed more than others and 69 percent coughed when they had a cold.

Coughing was more common in boys than girls in the first decade of life, but the differences were not statistically significant in the early teens, eventually reversing by age 14. The researchers suggested5 meta-analyses of multiple studies are only valid when similar questions and age groups are compared.

As most parents can likely attest, coughing disturbs sleep in children and parents alike. In one study,6 researchers found it disturbed sleep in 88 percent of children and 72 percent of parents. Another study7 found a cough is the most common reason children are brought to their physicians and are more common in preschoolers than older children.

Upper respiratory tract infection or acute bronchitis are two diagnoses representing at least 75 percent of all reasons for a cough seen in the doctor’s office.8 Symptom relief is often what drives people to see their doctor or health care provider when they have a cold and cough.

However, over-the-counter (OTC) cough suppressants have been found to be ineffective and may even be dangerous. Despite such evidence, cough medicines are still commonly given to children.9

There’s No Proof OTC Cough Medications Work

According to the Consumer Healthcare Products Association,10 the number of allergy sufferers using OTC medications has risen from 66 percent to 75 percent, and nearly 70 percent of parents have given their child an OTC medicine at night to ease a sudden medical symptom.

Data also shows colds cost the U.S. economy nearly $40 billion each year, substantially more than other chronic health conditions, such as heart failure and emphysema.11 Researchers have also found the average consumer spends $338 per household each year on OTC medications.12

With all this money spent on OTC medications to provide symptom relief, you might have assumed what was being purchased is effective and safe. However, there is a lack of evidence for value in any of the OTC remedies often used to treat cough.

Dr. Norman Edelman, pulmonologist at Stony Brook University School of Medicine and scientific adviser at the American Lung Association, spoke to a New York Times13 reporter suggesting people anxious for relief are convinced cough medicines work. Although he didn’t state cough medicines don’t work, he commented that, as yet, there is no proof they do.

Pediatricians Recommend You Don’t Use Cough Medicine in Young Children

Unfortunately, there is proof they can have significant side effects and may be hazardous for children and those who suffer from high blood pressure or congestive heart failure. For instance, a common ingredient found in cough syrups, dextromethorphan, has had a history of drug abuse since the 1960s.14

In high doses, the drug can cause abnormal heartbeat and sedation, but it also creates a sense of euphoria and can lead to hallucinations. Misuse of dextromethorphan is responsible for an estimated 6,000 visits to the emergency room by teens every year.15

The drug can also negatively affect those suffering from asthma, diabetes, liver disease, chronic bronchitis or emphysema. Additionally, there is a long list of medications with which dextromethorphan will interact.16

Promethazine, an antihistamine used to block allergic reactions, sometimes found in cough medicines, has a direct central effect and comes with side effects such as sedation, disorientation, hallucinations, muscle spasms and catatonic states.17

The American Academy of Pediatrics18 says cold and cough medicines should not be recommended, prescribed or used for respiratory illnesses in young children, as research demonstrates very little benefit and potentially serious side effects.

What’s in Cough and Cold Medicines?

Medications commonly recommended for cough and cold in children fall into four categories — decongestants, cough suppressants, antihistamines and expectorants. Collectively, these are known as cold medications and are often combined in products, increasing the risk for overdose when more than one medication is used.

Decongestants — Decongestants include the active ingredients pseudoephedrine and phenylephrine, which work by shrinking the lining of your nose and decreasing secretions. However, they also raise your heart rate and blood pressure, and can trigger hyperactivity, agitation and sleeplessness in children.19

Cough suppressants — A common active ingredient in cough suppressants is dextromethorphan, but evidence of its effectiveness is weak.20

Studies evaluating the combination of codeine and dextromethorphan in children has not been found effective,21 and in one study comparing codeine, dextromethorphan and a combination of codeine and dextromethorphan against a placebo, researchers found none was significantly more effective than a placebo.22

Antihistamines — Research has found that while antihistamines may help reduce symptoms, the risks far outweigh the benefits.23

Expectorants — The fourth type of cough and cold medications are expectorants that are supposed to thin mucus to make it easier to expel. The active ingredient in expectorants, guaifenesin, is marketed under the brand name Robitussin. According to the American Family Physician, despite broad use, studies have been inconsistent in supporting the effectiveness as an expectorant.24

In one study published in Respiratory Care,25 researchers reported the results of a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial examining the effects on volume and physical properties of sputum. The researchers found guaifenesin did not work as an expectorant, and did not increase the volume of sputum, compared to placebo.

Beware of Codeine

It’s important to remember to never give your child a cough suppressant containing codeine, as it is a habit-forming opiate. As noted in Medline:26

“Codeine may cause serious or life-threatening breathing problems, especially during the first 24 to 72 hours of your treatment and any time your dose is increased …

When codeine was used in children, serious and life-threatening breathing problems such as slow or difficulty breathing and deaths were reported. Codeine should never be used to treat pain or a cough in children younger than 18 years of age. If your child is currently prescribed a cough and cold medicine containing codeine, talk to your child’s doctor about other treatments.”

Coughing — Healthy But Irritating

Coughing is a normal reflex your body uses to clear airways of small particles, mucus or microorganisms. However, as described by researchers,27 the common form of cough caused by an upper respiratory tract infection is actually a natural defense mechanism hijacked by a virus in order to infect others.

Despite the resolution of the majority of your cold symptoms within 10 days to two weeks, your cough may persist for several weeks afterward. In fact, 1 in 10 children will be coughing well past three weeks after their cold began, and while irritating to child and parent, the cough does not need medical treatment.28

Instead, consider the natural cough remedies below to help calm the cough and get some rest. Researchers29 are studying how the virus hijacks your coughing reflex long after the original infection has been cleared in order to help reduce the spread of colds and the socioeconomic impact it has on society.

The virus increases mucus production along your respiratory tree, extending from your nose to deep in your lungs. If the mucus remains, it attracts bacteria that may eventually trigger more inflammation, mucus and a bacterial infection.30

Coughing helps your body get rid of the mucus before bacteria has a chance to replicate. Your coughing reflex brings the mucus out of the lungs and agitates the mucus, preventing bacteria from replicating and developing biofilm. As such, coughing is actually helping prevent more serious illness.

When to Seek Medical Attention

While common after a cold, not all coughing is benign. It’s important to recognize the differences and know when you can treat a cough at home using natural remedies and when it’s important to seek medical attention.

If your child has not had a recent cold or has additional symptoms, such a fever, listlessness, blood in the sputum, difficulty breathing and mood changes, it is time to seek medical attention. Aside from a cold, coughing may be triggered by:31,32

Bronchitis and pneumonia

Chronic obstructive lung disease

Exposure to very dry, cold air

Gastroesophageal reflux

Asthma

Post nasal drip

Medication side-effect

Whooping cough

Inhaled foreign object

Tuberculosis

Fungal infection

Sinus infection

Lung cancer

Smoking

Allergies

Airborne irritant

Steer Clear of Antibiotics

It’s also important to steer clear of antibiotics as they are effective only against bacteria and not against viruses that cause the common cold. Overuse of antibiotics worldwide has led to a global crisis of antibiotic resistance, which the CDC33 calls “one of the most urgent threats to public health.”

Every year at least 2 million Americans are infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and according to the most recent calculations, multidrug-resistant infections are now killing anywhere from 82,276 to 91,207 people per year.34 Antibiotics do save lives, but 30 percent are prescribed unnecessarily in the doctor’s office and emergency departments.35

According to the CDC,36 antibiotics are not effective against health conditions caused by viruses, such as the cold, flu, bronchitis and runny noses. Despite what you may have heard, even when mucus is thick, yellow or green you may still have a viral infection.

While antibiotics can save lives, when used unnecessarily, the risks outweigh the benefits. Some of the common side effects can include rash, dizziness, nausea and yeast infections. Another long-term side effect is the damage done to your gut microbiome. Find more information in my previous article, “Antibiotics Send 70,000 Kids to the ER.”

Help Is as Close as Your Kitchen

Prevention is the best medicine. In my previous article, “How Long Does a Cold Last?” I discuss several strategies you may use to help support your immune system and prevent contracting a viral illness. Calming your cough may be as close as your kitchen cabinet. Consider trying the following natural remedies to soothe your cough:

Apple cider vinegar — The antibacterial properties in apple cider vinegar may help your sore throat and soothe your cough. Gargle with a mixture of one-third cup apple cider vinegar with warm water as needed.

Herbal remedies — Herbs such as eucalyptus, peppermint, anise, slippery elm and fennel (and their oils) act as cough suppressants. One study found an echinacea/sage throat spray worked just as well as a chlorhexidine/lidocaine spray in relieving sore throats in children.37

Raw honey — Raw honey has antiviral and antibacterial properties, and may also support your immune system. It has also been found to relieve symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection in children38 and is as effective as dextromethorphan at relieving a cough without the side effects.39

Salt water — One of the simplest ways to soothe a sore throat often associated with a cough is to gargle with natural salt, which helps kill bacteria, ease sore throat pain and prevent upper respiratory tract infections.40 Salt water may also reduce the buildup of phlegm at the back of the throat, reducing your cough trigger.41 Try a solution of one-half teaspoon salt in one-half cup of warm water.

A nasal saline rinse can also effective in treating viral infections and recurrences. It may also help thin mucus secretions. These should only be done with sterile normal saline water as tap water may increase the inflammatory response and carries parasites.42,43

Measles Propaganda Can Have Dire Public Health Ramifications

Mandatory use of the first vaccine — the smallpox vaccine — became common in the 19th century because that infection had a mortality rate of 30 percent.1 Measles is not and was never as deadly as smallpox. In 1962, a year before the measles vaccine was licensed in the U.S., the measles death rate was reported to be 1 in 1,000 cases.2

However, that 20th century death rate has been challenged by Physicians for Informed Consent arguing that the case fatality figures are based on reported cases and most cases of measles are benign and go unreported.3

Recovery from measles confers lifelong naturally acquired immunity. There is evidence that whatever immunity the measles vaccine provides can wane over time and wear off completely within a decade4 or two.5,6

The answer, we’re told, is booster shots, and making sure every single individual is vaccinated in order to ensure “herd immunity” — a concept that historically applies to naturally-acquired immunity following the recovery from the disease.

Measles infection in developed countries like the U.S. very rarely involves complications that lead to injury or death. If you’re over 50, you might recall a time when measles was a common childhood illness, and most children experienced it and were immune by age 15.7

Parents were not extremely fearful of measles before the vaccine was widely used because, like chickenpox, it was accepted as a childhood rite of passage and complications were rare.

However, measles does have more serious complications for older children and adults, which is why parents in the past wanted their children get the disease when they were young. Authors of a recent study8 in The Lancet Infectious Diseases reported that when measles infection is delayed, negative outcomes are 4.5 times worse “than would be expected in a prevaccine era in which the average age at infection would have been lower.”

Measles Statistics

According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data9 published in 2018, the annual number of reported measles cases since 2000 has ranged from a low of 37 in 2004 to a high of 667 in 2014. As of March 7, 2019, a total of 228 measles cases have been reported across the U.S.10

You can see a graph of the exact number of measles cases for each year going back to 2010 on the CDC’s website.11 The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) also has a page detailing the history of measles in the U.S. and other countries with accompanying statistics and references.12

According to the CDC, the last recorded measles-associated death in the U.S. occurred in 2015.13 But even before the measles vaccine was introduced and given to children in the early 1960s, the annual death toll from measles in the U.S. was between 450 and 500,14 and never approached the high death rate of smallpox, which was a far more deadly disease, and which prompted calls for states to pass mandatory smallpox vaccination laws for children.15

While any death, for any reason, is tragic, it is reasonable to ask whether it makes sense to mandate that children receive vaccines for diseases with low mortality rates when there are many other causes of death that are not only easier to prevent but would save far more lives.

According to a special report16,17 on child mortality published 2018 in The New England Journal of Medicine, 20,360 children aged 1 to 19 died in 2016; it goes on to list the top 10 causes of death in this age group.

Twenty percent of deaths (4,074 children) were caused by motor vehicle crashes, which came in at No. 1, followed by firearm-related injuries at 15 percent (3,143 deaths). In terms of disease, cancer was the primary cause of death (1,853 deaths), followed by suffocation (1,430 deaths) and drowning (995 deaths). A total of 982 children died from drug overdoses. Heart disease killed 599 children and chronic lower respiratory disease took the lives of 274.

Where is the evidence that measles is a catastrophic public health concern comparable to smallpox that warrants forcing all children to get vaccinated or be barred from getting a school education?

Senators Paid by Big Pharma Lead Fight for Mandatory Vaccinations

The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions held a hearing March 5, 2019 titled “Vaccines Save Lives: What Is Driving Preventable Disease Outbreaks?” 18 The entire hearing centered around the testimony of five witnesses, all of whom were in favor of vaccines.

Meanwhile, more than 500 people, a majority of them mothers of vaccine-injured children, remained unheard in a crowded hallway or overflow rooms, unable to enter the small hearing room.19 According to The Washington Post, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., was the only senator or witness who made a statement questioning vaccine mandates and the threat they pose to autonomy and liberty.20

It’s worth noting that two of the most impassioned senators advocating for mandatory vaccinations and the elimination of vaccine exemptions, Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Bob Casey, D-Pa., have also received the largest payments from the drug industry.21 Cassidy received $156,000 from the pharmaceutical industry in 2018, and Casey received $532,859 that year.

Fourteen other Republicans and 12 Democrats also received tens of thousands of dollars apiece from Big Pharma last year. For a complete listing of each member and the exact amount, see Matt Novak’s February 26, 2019, article in Gizmodo.22 Many other members of Congress have received hundreds of thousands of dollars from Big Pharma.23

How can we expect impartiality from lawmakers advocating that everyone should be forced to buy and use vaccines when so many members of Congress have financial conflicts of interest with Big Pharma?

Ironically, while defending the absolute safety of vaccines, Casey and Cassidy are cosponsors of the Vaccine Access Improvement Act (S.3253), introduced in 2018-2018.

This legislation aimed to streamline the taxation for new vaccines eligible for coverage under the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), which was created by Congress in the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury and expanded under the 21st Century Cures Act enacted in 2016. Cosponsor senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., commented on the bill in July 2018:24

“The Vaccine Access Improvement Act offers a commonsense solution to get vaccines to patients more quickly, helping to protect Americans against life-threatening diseases while ensuring that the small number of patients who experience side effects get the care they need.”

The Acts passed by Congress in 1986 and 2016, as well as the Vaccine Access Improvement Act (which died in committee in July 2018),25 acknowledge that damage occurs from FDA licensed and CDC recommended vaccines and that injured children and adults should receive financial aid. So why were no individuals who have been personally affected by vaccine injuries and deaths allowed to speak at the hearing?

Healthy Eighteen-Year-Old Complains About Mother’s Decision to Not Vaccinate Him

One of the five witnesses was 18-year-old Ethan Lindenberger, whose mother made an informed decision and did not vaccinate him as a child. After doing his own online research, when he turned 18 he made the choice to get vaccinated. In his testimony, a transcript26 of which can be found on the U.S. Senate website, he talks about his mother’s views, saying:

“These beliefs were met with strong criticism, and over the course of my life seeds of doubt were planted and questions arose because of the backlash my mother received when sharing her views on vaccines. These questions and doubts were minor and never led to a serious realization of how misinformed my mother was.”

Repeating identical talking points offered by all of the invited witnesses and all but one senator on the committee, Ethan also stated confidently, “In its essence, there is no debate. Vaccinations are proven to be a medical miracle, stopping the spread of numerous diseases and therefore saving countless lives.”

“There is no debate?” Typically, only talking heads paid by industry take a denialist position like that. A rationally thinking person who has taken the time to look at all of the evidence quickly realizes that the debate is far from over and vaccine science is nowhere near settled.

House Hearing on Measles Outbreak

The week before the senate’s hearing on vaccines, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee held a hearing on the measles outbreak and response efforts.27 This hearing can be viewed in its entirety on C-SPAN’s website.28

As expected, the witnesses and members of the committee denied there are serious vaccine risks — or if there are, they are almost nonexistent — and pointed the finger at parents with unvaccinated children attending school as the reason for measles outbreaks.

However, according to the CDC, over 94 percent of kindergarten children nationwide have received two doses of measles-containing MMR vaccine and only about 2 percent of children attend school with vaccine exemptions.29

The herd immunity threshold for vaccine-acquired artificial immunity is thought to be between 80 and 95 percent,30 depending on the disease in question. For measles, it’s between 90 and 95 percent. Yet, the high vaccination rate in the U.S. isn’t enough to thwart outbreaks, and evidence suggest they would probably continue to occur even if vaccine coverage was at 100 percent.

Measles Outbreaks Repeatedly Occur in Highly Vaccinated Populations

One of the problems is that measles outbreaks occur even in highly-vaccinated populations.31,32,33,34,35,36 A 1994 study37 looking at measles incidence in Cape Town, Africa, indicated that as vaccination rates increased, measles became a disease in populations where the majority of children had been vaccinated. The immunization coverage was 91 percent and vaccine efficacy was estimated to be 79 percent.

According to the authors, “The epidemiology of measles in Cape Town has thus changed as evinced in this epidemic, with an increase in the number of cases occurring in older, previously vaccinated children. The possible reasons for this include both primary and secondary vaccine failure.”

By the early 1980s, about 95 percent of children entering kindergarten in the U.S. had received a dose of measles-containing vaccine but, in 1989-1990, there were outbreaks of measles among school-age children and college students.

Public health officials responded by recommending a second dose of MMR vaccine for all children. In an article published in Clinical Microbiology Reviews in 1995, researchers stated:38

“Measles, which was targeted for elimination from the United States in 1979, persisted at low incidence until 1989, when an epidemic swept the country. Cases occurred among appropriately vaccinated school-age populations and among unimmunized, inner-city preschool children.

In response to the epidemic, measles immunization recommendations have been modified. To prevent spread among school-age populations, a second dose of MMR vaccine is recommended at 5 to 6 or 11 to 12 years of age.”

Today, measles outbreaks are occurring even in populations that have received two or more doses of measles vaccine, and/or where vaccination rates are above the “herd immunity” threshold. Examples include:

A 2017 measles outbreak in a highly vaccinated military population in Israel, ranging in age from 19 to 37. The first two patients identified had both received two doses of measles vaccine. Patient zero, a 21-year-old soldier, had documentation of having received three doses.39

A 2014 study40 conducted in the Zhejiang province in China found that populations that have achieved a measles vaccination rate of 99 percent through mandatory vaccination programs are still experiencing consistent outbreaks far beyond what the World Health Organization expects.

What’s more, 93.6 percent of the 1,015 participants in this study tested seropositive for measles antibodies, which theoretically means they should have been protected against the disease.

Ignoring Vaccine Injuries Is What Causes Mounting Public Distrust

Parents who have experienced the pain of watching a perfectly healthy child decline shortly following vaccination, or who die or are left with disabilities and chronic poor health, are legitimately crying foul for being left out of congressional hearings that called for stricter mandatory vaccination laws, and which criticized parents of unvaccinated children while suggesting vaccine conversations about vaccine risks should be censored on social media.

Public concern about the safety of vaccines is indeed growing. There is a growing distrust of federal health agencies responsible for regulating the safety of vaccines and making vaccine policy, and it’s because Big Pharma and the government are trying to bury the evidence.

Where are the scientifically sound studies comparing the health outcomes of vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals?

When government officials flat-out deny the obvious, the seeds of public mistrust are planted. Today, many of us know someone who has been injured by a vaccine, and more and more people are sharing their stories in an effort to prevent others from having to live through the same pain. It is a reality that simply cannot be denied any longer. To learn more about vaccine injury reports, visit:

  • The NVIC International Memorial for Vaccine Victims,41 where you can search for vaccine injury reports by state and by vaccine or post a vaccine injury report yourself. You can also record your own video reporting a vaccine injury or death and post.
  • Vaccine Injury Stories on Vaxxed.com.42 Here, you can find nearly 7,000 written and recorded stories detailing people’s vaccine injuries, sorted by state or by vaccine. To submit your own story, use this online submission form.43
  • MedAlerts is a searchable database of vaccine injury reports made to the federal Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) and can be accessed through the website of the National Vaccine Information Center at NVIC.org

New Zealand Shooting: Parkland Students Heartbroken for Their Friends in Christchurch

‘My first thought was our kids and how it would impact our kids, and my second thought was our friends in New Zealand,’ a Stoneman Douglas teacher said.

By Kalhan Rosenblatt | 15 March 2019

NBC NEWS — When Isaac Christian saw the news Friday that a gunman had entered two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, he frantically began sending text messages.

In July 2018, Christian was among the 28 students and four chaperones who traveled from Parkland, Florida, to the University of Canterbury in Christchurch — a visit that was intended to help the students cope with the aftermath of the mass shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

“It’s kind of like the same feelings as when our school shooting happened. It felt so surreal,” Christian, 17, a junior at Stoneman Douglas, said of the latest massacre.

One friend wrote to Christian that she had been locked down in a library. Christian said that message brought him back to his own memory of hiding in a classroom to survive the Stoneman Douglas shootings that killed 17 people.

“It’s the same way I felt because I was stuck in a room and didn’t know what was going on … it messes with my mind because it’s so hard to process that something that happened in my home and my city happened there,” Christian said. […]