Interview: Stephanie Seneff on glyphosate

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, is a chemical worthy of attention, in part because no other pesticide has come even close to its “intensive and widespread use.”1 The data on just how much glyphosate is sprayed in the U.S. is mind boggling, and adds up to over 1.6 billion kilograms (3.5 billion pounds) applied since 1974.

This represents 19% of the glyphosate used globally during that time, and the majority (two-thirds of glyphosate applied from 1974 to 2014) has been applied in the last 10 years.2 Glyphosate should catch your attention because it’s turning up virtually everywhere — in breastmilk, water,3 disposable diapers4 and honey, for starters.

It caught the attention of Stephanie Seneff, a senior research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), for another reason entirely.

I caught up with Seneff at an Autism event in Atlanta, Georgia, called The Autism Community in Action (TACA). She’s been a champion for helping to understand how glyphosate is an issue, and she presented some of her new findings at the conference, where I recorded the interview above.

Seneff has been studying glyphosate for years and has become hooked on determining what makes this ubiquitous chemical so toxic:

“Glyphosate is an absolutely fascinating molecule. I’ve become hooked on it so to speak. And I just love the research; I love the puzzle. And glyphosate is the mother of all puzzles in my opinion. I believe I’m zeroing in on the mechanism of toxicity, and it’s unique to glyphosate, and insidious and cumulative.

So, it’s extremely dangerous in the sense that it doesn’t bowl you over. You get small exposures to glyphosate all day long in your food, in the air, in the water, probably breathing the air from the gasoline tank. We don’t know. But it’s pervasive in the environment so we can’t avoid it. And the United States has the highest … we use the most glyphosate per person per capita in this country.”

Is glyphosate causing chronic diseases?

According to Seneff, the increase in glyphosate usage in the U.S., as well as in Canada, is extremely well correlated with the concurrent increase in the incidence of multiple diseases, including breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, kidney cancer, thyroid cancer, liver cancer, bladder cancer and myeloid leukemia.5

“[B]oth of those countries have a lot of heart health issues, high Autism rates, lots of autoimmune diseases, food allergies; Alzheimer’s is going up dramatically.

Of course, diabetes, obesity, all these things are going up dramatically in our population,” Seneff says. “We don’t know why. We see that glyphosate is perfectly correlated with many of these diseases. It’s also going up exactly in step with these diseases, and there’s many, many plots that I’ve put together in collaboration with other people.”

Research scientist Anthony Samsel is one of Seneff’s co-authors, and together they’ve suggested that one of the ways glyphosate is harmful is via disruption of glycine homeostasis. Glyphosate has a glycine molecule as part of its structure (hence the “gly” in glyphosate). Glycine is a very common amino acid your body uses to make proteins.

Samsel and Seneff believe your body can substitute glyphosate and its metabolite aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA) into peptides and proteins, which results in damaged peptides and proteins being produced. According to Seneff:

“I believe that in certain proteins, in certain spots, glyphosate is able to get into the protein by mistake in place of the amino acid glycine. And to understand that glyphosate is a complete glycine molecule. It’s a perfect match to glycine. Except that it has extra materials stuck onto its nitrogen atom.

… [T]he protein that’s going to recognize glycine in order to put it into DNA has to leave the nitrogen atom outside of its pocket because the nitrogen has to hook up with the next amino acid. So, the fact that the nitrogen has some stuff on it doesn’t matter to it. It says, ‘Oh, I have to fit exactly glycine very tightly.’

Glycine is the smallest amino acid. And in order to distinguish glycine from all the other amino acids all I need to do is make sure that I make a tiny space that fits only glycine …

Glyphosate will fit because it’s a perfect glycine molecule. Except the nitrogen is sticking outside of that pocket so that it could hook. So the extra stuff on nitrogen is not constrained. This is important because I think a lot of people think, ‘Oh, it can’t happen.'”

Glycine also plays a role in quenching inflammation, as explained in “Glycine Quells Oxidative Damage by Inhibiting NOX Superoxide Production and Boosting NADPH,” and is used up in the detoxification process. As a result of glyphosate toxicity, many of us may not have enough glycine for efficient detoxification.

That being said, glyphosate causing glycine disruption is a highly controversial issue, as it’s theoretical in nature, not proven. But it makes a lot of sense, in part due to the shikimate pathway.

Glyphosate disrupts the shikimate pathway

Glyphosate inhibits the shikimate pathway, which is involved in the synthesis of the essential aromatic amino acids phenylalanine, tyrosine and tryptophan.6

“Super, super important,” Seneff says. “[These amino acids are] … not only part of the building blocks of proteins which would already be pretty drastic, but they’re also precursors to all the neurotransmitters. Dopamine, serotonin, melatonin, melanin. Skin tanning agent. They’re also precursors to certain B vitamins like folate and I think niacin.”

While the shikimate pathway is absent in human and animal cells, this pathway is present in the gut bacteria of mammals, including humans. So, by way of your gut bacteria, glyphosate wields a significant influence on human health. For instance, Seneff says, “Sleep disorder is one of the diseases that’s going up exactly in step with glyphosate usage on corn crops, because of the melatonin problem I suspect, in part.”

In addition, glyphosate moves to both the growing points and storage structures (including roots and seeds) of plants to target EPSP synthase, which prevents production of certain amino acids and diverts energy from essential plant processes. This is a key point as far as glycine disruption goes. Seneff says:

” … [I]t makes more and more sense the more I study. First of all, from the standpoint of which enzymes get disrupted by glyphosate. And I can find these glycine places where it would substitute in a cell. Including of course, EPSP synthase.

Which is the enzyme that … this is how I started with it, because EPSP synthase is the enzyme in the shikimate pathway that glyphosate disrupts. Famously disrupts. They know that. And they’ve studied it. There’s lots of papers on it. It’s very, very interesting.”

The glycine and myosin connection

So, according to Seneff, glyphosate is basically a glycine molecule with a side chain attached to the nitrogen atom, and even though it’s a modified glycine molecule, it’s still glycine. This is why it can replace the regular amino acid glycine in your system. Unfortunately, it’s now toxic.

“Getting back to this EPSP synthase,” Seneff says, “it’s really fascinating … the way they discovered the version of EPSP synthase that they insert into the GMO crops … so they make these Roundup Ready crops glyphosate resistant. And they do that by inserting a bacterial version of EPSP synthase … and that bacterial version has alanine instead of glycine at that spot.”

To understand why this is so important, certain proteins must have glycine in order to work properly. If you change the glycine into alanine by adding one extra methyl group, it ruins the protein. Seneff mentions a recent paper by DowDuPont, which talks about using CRISPR gene-editing technology to make plants glyphosate resistant by tweaking glycine residue.7

“This is absolutely terrifying,” Seneff says. “They knew, ‘First we’ve got to get rid of glycine.’ And then that takes a hit on the enzyme. The enzyme doesn’t work as well because it’s got alanine there. It’s got that extra methyl group that’s in the way, the same problem that glyphosate causes.”

Myosin, in turn, is a good example of a protein that needs glycine to work properly, which could be disrupted by glyphosate. Myosin is an important contractor protein to move the feces through the gut, but if it gets mutated it can no longer contract. Seneff adds:

“[I]f myosin gets paralyzed you’re going to get peristalsis. You’re going to get small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) because things get backed up. You get a lot of problems with your gut because the myosin is not able to contract. You get constipation of course. And these are all connected to autism, these problems.

And so I think the myosin in the gut is being poisoned by the glyphosate in the same way that the EPSP synthase in the shikimate pathway is being poisoned. Because of this glycine at this place where phosphate is supposed to bind sets up a beautiful environment for throwing glyphosate in place of glycine in the protein itself.”

Glyphosate also causes sulfate deficiency “in so many ways,” Seneff says, “it’s almost like it’s a perfect storm,” and impairs the heme pathway.

Solutions for glyphosate toxicity

As the realities of glyphosate toxicity grow, there are steps you can take to protect yourself, starting with limiting your exposure by eating organic or biodynamically grown food as much as possible. Consuming organic, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar is another strategy, as it contains acetobacter, which can break down glyphosate.

“We make salad dressing [with apple cider vinegar],” Seneff says. “We have salad for dinner and I think it can actually help you to break down whatever glyphosate is in your mouth, because it will get right to work turning glyphosate into useful phosphorous. It completely gets rid of it.”

Seneff also suggests eating garlic and cruciferous vegetables, which are good sources of sulfur. Glycine supplementation may also be a good option to help detoxify glyphosate. To eliminate glyphosate, you need to saturate your body with glycine.

Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, who is a specialist in metal toxicity and its connection to chronic infections, recommends taking 1 teaspoon (4 grams) of glycine powder twice a day for a few weeks and then lower the dose to one-fourth teaspoon (1 gram) twice a day. This forces the glyphosate out of your system, allowing it to be eliminated through your urine.

Collagen is naturally rich in glycine, but if going this route, I recommend looking for organic grass fed collagen only. Organic bone broth is another excellent source of glycine-rich collagen.

How to cook sweet potatoes

They look like orange-tinged potatoes,  yet taste like dessert due to their natural sweetness. While most people think sweet potatoes are nothing more than a healthy and interesting replacement for potatoes, they actually  offer a lot of benefits for your health — from helping minimize your risk of obesity to inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, to name a few. By learning how to cook sweet potatoes properly, you can maximize their flavor and preserve the valuable nutrients they have to offer.

But first — what is a sweet potato?

The sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) belongs to the Convolvulaceae plant family, which includes other flowering plants like water spinach, the morning glory and chokeweed. It’s native to  tropical parts of the Americas, from the Caribbean to the southeastern U.S., having been cultivated there for at least 5,000 years. Relics of sweet potatoes dating back 10,000 years have even been unearthed in Peruvian caves in South America, making them one of the oldest vegetables known to mankind.

About 400 sweet potato varieties exist, and they differ by the color of their skin and flesh. Their hues can vary, ranging from cream, yellow and orange to pink or purple. Sweet potato’s benefits come from an impressive array of nutrients, which include potassium, protein, vitamins C and A, sodium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium.
In the U.S., more than half of commercially grown sweet potatoes hail from the southern states, particularly North Carolina.

Sweet potatoes versus yams

Many people often confuse sweet potatoes with yams, which are starchy root vegetables that actually belong to the Dioscoreaceae family and are native to Africa and Asia. According to The Kitchn, yams, compared to sweet potatoes, are drier and starchier and their skin is bark-like, with a black or brown color. When peeled, the skin is either white, purple or a reddish color.

True yams aren’t actually common in the U.S., but what makes it confusing is that U.S. grocery stores label “soft” sweet potato varieties as “yams,” while “firm” sweet potatoes retain their name. So when you’re out shopping, make sure you confirm that you’re buying real yams.

How long to cook sweet potatoes

The time it takes for sweet potatoes to cook depends on the method you choose. Sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene, one of the nutrients that make them beneficial to your health. The best ways to improve the bioavailability of beta-carotene is to steam or bake the sweet potatoes. This makes the nutrient more accessible for your body.

The Kitchn notes that baking sweet potatoes can take up to an hour, at a temperature of 375 degrees F or higher. Boiling sweet potatoes is not recommended, as it can destroy many of the healthy compounds in this food.

If you want to cook sweet potatoes quickly, steaming is the better option. According to Bon Appetit, steaming makes the potatoes’ flesh “pudding-like and fluffy.” This method works best on smaller potatoes. If done correctly, it will only take 20 to 30 minutes to cook.

How to cook sweet potatoes in the oven  

As mentioned, cooking sweet potatoes in the oven can take as long as an hour. Here’s an easy recipe on how to bake sweet potatoes, courtesy of Delish:


Perfect Baked Sweet Potato Recipe

4 sweet potatoes, scrubbed clean
4 tablespoons organic grass fed butter
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Place sweet potatoes on a baking sheet and prick with a fork.
  3. Let bake until tender. This can take between 45 and 50 minutes.
  4. Allow to cook, then split the tops open using a knife. Top with a pat of butter.
  5. Season with salt and pepper before serving.

How to cook sweet potatoes on the stove

Steaming is the best way to cook sweet potatoes on the stove, and if you’re in a hurry, here’s one tip: cut the sweet potatoes in small pieces to let them cook faster. This recipe, adapted from the George Mateljan Foundation, is one of the fastest ways to cook sweet potatoes — it only takes a few minutes!


7-Minute ‘Quick Steamed’ Sweet Potatoes


2 medium sweet potatoes
3 tablespoons coconut oil
2 medium garlic cloves
Sea salt and pepper to taste


Optional ingredients:
1/2 onion, sliced (you can cook this with the sweet potatoes)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves


  1. Put water in the bottom part of the steamer, at least 2 inches high.
  2. Turn on the stove and wait for the steam to build up. While waiting,  press or finely chop the garlic and allow it to sit for at least five minutes.
  3. Peel the sweet  then cut into 1/2-inch cubes.
  4. Once the water comes to a boil, add the sweet potatoes to the steamer tray. Cover with a tight fitting lid and let steam for seven minutes. Once tender enough to easily press a fork through, the potatoes are ready.
  5. Transfer to a bowl and, while they are still hot, toss with the remaining ingredients.

This recipe makes two servings.

Other sweet potato recipes you can try

Sweet potatoes are a versatile ingredient and there are a number of ways to serve them. They can be the star of the meal or just a supporting player. Sweet potatoes can even be served as a sweet dessert. Here are a few recipes you can make at home: 


Loaded Southwestern Stuffed Sweet Potato Recipe

2 medium sweet potatoes, scrubbed clean
1/2 cup diced bell peppers
2/3 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
2 limes, juiced
1/2 avocado, diced
Cilantro, to garnish (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Use a fork to prick holes in potatoes. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until flesh is soft.
  2. Mix peppers, cumin, black beans, chili powder and lime juice in a bowl. Set aside to let flavors develop.
  3. Remove sweet potatoes from oven. Cut slits down each lengthwise, and pull apart to create a well for fillings.
  4. Spoon 2 tablespoons salsa and bean mixture into each potato. Top with avocado and cilantro, if desired.

(Recipe adapted from The Greatist )



Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

3 pounds sweet potatoes (look for those that are about the same size, so they cook evenly)
1 1/2 cups raw pecan pieces, divided
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
1 teaspoon Himalayan salt, divided
2 tablespoons coconut oil, divided
2/3 cup coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 large egg


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Use a fork or sharp knife to poke the sweet potatoes several times. Roast in the oven until soft. This may take about 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the potatoes.
  3. Allow the potatoes to cool for 10 to 15 minutes. Once cooled, split and scrape out their flesh into a bowl. Remove the peels. Lower the oven temperature to 375 degrees F.
  4. Put together the topping: In a food processor or blender, pulse 1 cup of the pecans into a meal. Add a teaspoon of cinnamon, a pinch of salt and 1 tablespoon of the coconut oil and blend again until well-mixed. Add in the remaining 1/2 cup of the pecan pieces by hand. Set aside.
  5. Put the sweet potato flesh and coconut milk into the food processor or blender and process. Add the remaining tablespoon of coconut oil. If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a potato masher, although the texture will be less smooth.
  6. Add the remaining cinnamon, the nutmeg, a teaspoon of salt and the black pepper. Taste, and when they taste good to you, add the egg and blend again.
  7. Spread this mixture in a lightly oiled baking dish and sprinkle with the pecan topping. Bake for 10 to 20 minutes or until the topping starts to brown.

This recipe makes 12 servings.

(Recipe adapted from VeryWell Fit )



Thyme-Roasted Sweet Potatoes Recipe

4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch-thick rounds
1/3 cup fresh thyme leaves, plus 6 thyme sprigs for garnish
1/3 cup fresh thyme sprigs
3 tablespoons coconut oil
4 large garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes


  1. Heat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients and toss.
  3. On a baking sheet or in a 13×9-inch baking dish, arrange the slices in a single layer.
  4. Place on the top rack of your oven and roast until tender and slightly browned, about 40 minutes.
  5. Garnish with thyme sprigs. Serve warm or at room temperature.

This recipe makes six to eight servings.

(Recipe adapted from Epicurious )

Sweet potatoes are truly a tasty treat for your health

Sweet potatoes are great for any age, even for infants who are just starting to eat solid foods. Try pureeing them with mashed avocado or cooked carrots and peas to make homemade baby food. Despite their sweet flavor, sweet potatoes are  also good for diabetics, as they have a low glycemic index.
One additional tip: Eat sweet potatoes with a small amount of fat, like grass fed butter or coconut oil. Since the beta-carotene sweet potatoes contain is fat-soluble, the added healthy fat will help the beta-carotene to be absorbed well by your body.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about cooking sweet potatoes

Q. How should you cook sweet potato for your baby?

A. According to The Bump, sweet potatoes can be given to babies who are around 6 months old. Steam and then puree them with other vegetables like carrots and peas, or with fruit like avocado.

Q. Are yams sweet potatoes?

A. No, yams are not the same as sweet potatoes. They come from different plant families. In U.S. grocery stores, however, “soft” sweet potatoes are sometimes called yams.

Q. Are sweet potatoes healthy?

A. Yes, they are. They contain potassium, protein, vitamins C and A, sodium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium.

Q. How many carbs are there in a sweet potato?
A. According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, a 100-gram serving of boiled sweet potatoes can have 76 calories.

Gastroparesis: An introduction to this motility disorder

Gastroparesis is one of the serious forms of digestive illness. Also known as delayed gastric emptying, gastroparesis is a disorder that affects the stomach. It interferes with the digestion process by preventing the stomach from digesting food and pushing it into the small intestine.1 To easily understand how this disease affects your body, let’s first take a look at the role and importance of the stomach.

How does the stomach work?

The stomach is a jellybean-shaped organ found on the left side of the upper abdomen. It is primarily responsible for churning food and breaking down proteins.2 As food travels down from the esophagus and enters the stomach, the stomach’s thick wall stretches to accommodate its additional contents.

This wall is made of three layers of muscles that are crisscrossed in different directions. These muscles hold the glands that produce the gastric juice and are responsible for digesting the food, making them an integral part of the stomach.3

While it’s strong enough to dissolve metal,4 the stomach acid alone won’t be able to break down food quickly and pass it into the small intestine without the proper contraction of the stomach walls. This spontaneous movement of the stomach is referred to as motility, and it is exactly what gastroparesis affects.5

What happens when you have gastroparesis?

One of the possible causes of gastroparesis is believed to be a damaged vagus nerve, a disorder that can occur for a variety of reasons (see below). It results in weak stomach muscles, ultimately slowing down the digestive process. For some people diagnosed with this disease, stomach motility may even become totally absent.6

It’s often hard to pinpoint the exact cause of gastroparesis since there’s a variety of possible ways the vagus nerve can be damaged, with diabetes being one of the biggest risk factors. Taking medications and having surgical treatment on certain parts of the digestive system are also linked to the occurrence of this condition.7

Gastroparesis may lead to several symptoms that can affect your daily life. Some of the most common warning signs include:8,9

  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Heartburn
  • Bloating
  • Loss of appetite

If not treated immediately, gastroparesis may result in numerous complications, such as malnutrition and dehydration. Diabetics who are suffering from this disease may also find it hard to manage their blood sugar level, since gastroparesis causes fluctuation of glucose in the body.10

Use these helpful, informative tips to manage gastroparesis

There’s no doubt that gastroparesis is a debilitating illness, since it may shut down your ability to digest food and absorb nutrients. Plus, its symptoms may hinder you from socializing and participating in normal activities.

While there is currently no cure for gastroparesis,11 this disease can be controlled with the help of a strict diet and healthy lifestyle changes. Managing gastroparesis is also easier if you know exactly what you’re dealing with. This is where these gastroparesis pages come into play.

These pages discuss the possible effects of gastroparesis on your quality of life, its causes and common symptoms, and the recommended diet and treatment methods. Read on to find out more about this disease.


Gastroparesis: Introduction

What Is Gastroparesis?

Diabetic Gastroparesis

Gastroparesis Symptoms

Gastroparesis Causes

Gastroparesis Treatment

Gastroparesis Prevention

Gastroparesis Diet

Gastroparesis FAQ

Next >

What Is Gastroparesis?

What Christianity Looked Before The Birth of Jesus Christ

One of the things that always intrigues me is the historical basis for certain philosophical and metaphysical concepts. We often simply take for granted that the memes or ideas of our time have always been the basis for “truth” – and in our scientific age that can be a huge distortion.

I remember when I read A New Earth and Oprah hosted Eckhart Tolle in a webcast series, and many people calling in wondered at his references to the parables of Jesus, and whether there was a connection with Christianity.

Oprah tried to soft pedal the fact that Eckhart’s teaching is secular, which is problematic for fundamentalist Christians – but is there a connection going further back?

One of my favorite ideas from Eckhart’s work is his interpretation of the notion of the “Kingdom of Heaven” not as “someplace else” or in the sky, but rather as a state of being resulting from questioning, and ultimately not believing your thoughts.

In the 20th century a major discovery was the Dead Sea Scrolls and similar documents that revealed the Gnostic Gospels – a different set of historical interpretations of the teachings of Jesus, that looked at sin as believing your thoughts – and resisting what is with mental struggle and turmoil.

This resistance and suffering would, of course, be the opposite of the “Kingdom of Heaven”.

In The Gnostic Mystery by Randy Davila, the author weaves an interesting thriller around such a newly discovered scroll and also takes the opportunity to summarize this discovery of an ancient Christian doctrine as a psychological teaching along the same lines – the researcher in the book says that the key to Gnosticism was nonresistance to reality, and suffering was viewed in the teaching as the result of struggling with what is and hypothesizing alternate realities that “weren’t”.

This made me think of Gurdjieff, who was ever mysterious and veiled in his claims about the source of his teaching–which also included deep physical and psychological inquiry into the nature of thought. Gurdjieff posited the existence of three brains that need to work harmoniously in order to connect to higher wisdom and suggested that modern humans are asleep and oblivious to their true nature.

But in addition to mentioning a map to “pre-sand” Egypt which fueled his journey to the pyramids (where he worked as a guide) Gurdjieff would suggest that his teaching was the “true” Christianity – preceding the life of Jesus, as well as the Egypt of the pharaohs with its source in “prehistory.”

While much of Gurdjieff’s ideology can be viewed as “Eastern” and he may have traveled to India and Tibet, a deeper look at his cosmology and biological notions suggest that what he brought to light may have been the original and undistorted teaching of a superior civilization that eventually gave way to both Egyptian and Meso-American cultures that attempted to preserve its scientific wisdom.

A modern philosopher and scholar who writes in depth about Gurdjieff in relation to modern issues, Jacob Needleman probes this aspect of the teaching in his book, Lost Christianity.

In this book Needleman engages with a scholar and monk whose research has taken him deeply into the sources of Eastern Orthodoxy and more esoteric interpretations of scripture. Needleman writes:

“What has been lost everywhere in the life of man is the confrontation within oneself of the two fundamental forces of the cosmic order: the movement of creation and the movement of return, the outer and the inner. The whole of what is known as “progress” in the modern world may be broadly characterized as an imbalanced attention to the outward-directed force of life, combined with a false identi?cation of the “inner” as the realm of thought and emotion. The thoughts and emotions that are given the name of ‘inwardness” actually serve, as has been shown, the movement outward and degradation of psychic energy. In Christian terms, this is “?esh.” Thoughts and emotions are not the soul.”  (222)

What this suggests is that the original “pre-Christian” teaching was about inner energetic knowledge and the discovery of man’s true nature through deep inquiry and concrete experience.

The quote above actually suggests the Advaita inquiry of Neti Neti – “not this, not this” – in the pursuit of reality and the resulting recognition that what “I am” as not my thoughts, not my emotions, and not my sensations; the body is experienced as yet another “external” object to one’s true being.

This is indeed a very timeless notion of truth that we now may see as “eastern” or “mystical,” but one that has been preserved in stories since the dawn of time. Joseph Campbell brought many of these stories to light in his work (which inspired the Star Wars films) and one can find more information in Bernardo Kastrup’s latest book, More Than Allegory: On Religious Myth, Truth And Belief.

Bernardo, who also wrote Why Materialism is Baloney eschews the low hanging fruit of fundamentalist religious dogma to probe more deeply the sources of wisdom in our psyche and in our historic heritage of myth that suggest connection to higher energies and influences.

Of course science itself has given us the basis for this – we know that we use wifi (wireless) transmission of energy every day and our computer software encodes active conceptual intentions and produces results without human intervention – suggesting that mental energy and truth does not need a physical foundation in order to “exist.”

In addition to these connected efforts to unearth the sources of wisdom that may have been lost, the actual historical civilizations that modern history seems to avoid even mentioning are covered books like Chariots of the Gods, by Erik von Daniken and more recently in Magicians of the Gods: The Forgotten Wisdom of Earth’s Lost Civilization by Graham Hancock.

It may well be that we are on the verge of rewriting not only our history of science and religion, but in fact the history of the origin of our species as we connect these various dots and rethink even the basis of religions we have always taken for granted: Judaism (with the Kabala and its mystical aspects) and Christianity as being sourced not in the teachings of Jesus, but in the ancient history of mankind itself.

Kp Message 8-3-19… “Sometimes, it seems, there is nothing to say”

Sometimes, it seems, there is nothing to say. Now seems to be one of those times. This may not apply to everyone, but for me, at this moment… it applies.

So much is happening, generally in the background, I’m sure, but the foreground items (like debates, this person’s policy ideas, that person’s past and present indiscretions, etc., etc., etc.) just aren’t having any “impact” on my Higher Self. It’s almost like they do not exist, or are not worth any “paying attention to”.

It’s easy to be an “intel junkie”. I have often recalled this note from the 2-6-19 Cobra update (related Kp blog post):

“Time now does not favor intel junkies. It favors people who take their life in their own hands. Whatever your life situation now is, you can turn it into something much better in a few years or less, if you really dedicatedly work on it, regardless of the timing of the Event.”

And fascinatingly, it seems many I know, of the Light-Energy worker type, have been going through this “[taking] their life in their own hands… whatever [their] life situation now is”. No doubt this is happening, and many are listening to and practicing the essence of that Cobra update message.

I’m quite aware that, no matter how many items I see about “this being cleared out” or “that person being exposed” or “this / that political event” or “this / that false flag occurring”, it’s just not of much of any “Higher Inner interest” to me, either to report on it or post it. Not at all.

I’m still following my own “Higher Inner Guide” which tells me (in one way or another) whether I am to post this or that. And so it shall remain.

At the current time, it is a moment by moment “listening to”, or “sensing”, the Higher Inner Guidance about “The Energies”, and where my energetic and/or physical presence might be needed (and wanted). That is the only important piece right now. The rest is all “outer appearances”, which may or may not be a result of earlier energetic work.

So we shall see where all of this goes. I do encourage each and every one to “tune in” to that “Higher Inner Guidance”, which will point to where each may be of service to the planet (and the Cosmos) at this time.

Aloha, Kp

The Stunning Effect of Vitamin D on CANCER

What if a cure for cancer has been right here all along? What if the very agency charged with protecting your health is the one keeping you from that cure?

A Lawless, Rogue Agency Out of Control

Ten years ago a former New York State assemblyman, Daniel Haley, wrote a scathing exposé on how the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) systematically shuts the door on effective and non-toxic products, many for cancer.

The FDA is the chief agency in charge of protecting and promoting Americans' health and safety. But in 10 stunning, true stories in his book, "The Politics of Healing," Haley describes how the FDA has suppressed and banned natural health cures – eight of them for cancer. He later wrote about two additional cancer cures that worked, which the FDA also disallowed.

Read Entire Article »

Can Prayer Improve Your Sleep?

When you lie down, you will not be afraid. When you rest, your sleep will be peaceful.


There is a growing body of research that supports the claim that prayer has a positive impact on sleep. The focus is on how it affects the brain, which is still largely a mystery to science. Neuroplasticity is the study of the brain’s ability to create new neuropathways through thought, emotion, and environmental stimuli. Neurotheology, which is an even more recent area of brain research, is the study of the brain and religion.

Dr. Andrew Newberg, director of research at Thomas Jefferson Hospital and Medical College in Pennsylvania and author of How God Changes Your Brain explains:


The more you focus on something — whether that’s math or auto racing or football or God — the more that becomes your reality, the more it becomes written into the neural connections of your brain.

Dr. Christopher Ellison, a researcher at the University of Texas at San Antonio, reviewed several large studies of religious involvement (which included frequency of prayer, religious attendance, and religious importance) and their impact on sleep health (which included overall sleep quality, restless sleep, use of sleep medications). Their findings were published in Sleep Health: Journal of the National Sleep Foundation concluded that people who have higher levels of religious involvement tend to have healthier sleep outcomes than their less religious counterparts. Ellison believes this occurs because of reduced stress, higher social engagement with other members of the church, and lower levels of drug abuse.

The Fight or Flight Response

Harvard physiologist Walter B. Cannon first coined the term “fight or flight” in the 1920s. This mechanism is an instinctual physiological response to a physically or mentally threatening situation. According to Harvard Health Publishing, the fight or flight response starts with the amygdala, the part of the brain that contributes to emotional processing, sends a distress signal to the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus communicates with the rest of the body through the nervous system so that the person has increased energy to run or fight, or to freeze (which is thought to be an evolutionary response to prevent an attacker from finding them). The heart rate increases, sending blood to the muscles and vital organs. The breathing rate increases as small airways in the lungs open up, allowing the lungs to take in more oxygen. This oxygen is sent to the muscles as well as the brain, which increases alertness, sight, and hearing. Epinephrine triggers the release of glucose (blood sugar) and fats to supply the energy need to deal with the threat.

After the initial dump of epinephrine, the hypothalamus activates the pituitary gland and the adrenal glands. This second phase is called the HPA axis. If the brain continues to receive a danger signal, the hypothalamus releases corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH), which travels to the pituitary gland, triggering the release of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH). This hormone travels to the adrenal glands, prompting them to release cortisol. If the threat is no longer there, cortisol levels drop, and the body will return to a normal state.

The problem that many people are dealing with is chronic low-level stress, which to a small degree keeps the body in the fight or flight state. There are many negative health consequences to this state: damaged arteries and blood vessels, higher risk of heart attacks and strokes, the build-up of fat tissues, and lower sleep quality. And lower sleep quality can lead to a number of negative impacts, including obesity, heart disease, lower lifespan, diabetes, higher rates of Alzheimer’s disease, increased mortality, and increased inflammation. Lack of restful sleep has also been shown to negatively affect focus, memory, self-control, immune function, sex drive, and hormone balance.

Prayer and the Brain

Dr. Herbert Benson, the author of The Relaxation Response and founder of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine and Massachusetts General Hospital, has devoted his career to combating this chronic state of low-level stress with what he calls the relaxation response. The relaxation response includes deep abdominal breathing, prayer, visualization of tranquil scenes, repeating a soothing word, and meditation.

Dr. David Spiegel, associate chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and medical director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, explains “Praying involves the deeper parts of the brain: the medial prefrontal cortex and the posterior cingulate cortex — the mid-front and back portions.” Researchers can see this through magnetic image resonance (MRI), which show the parts of the brain that are used and not used while a person is praying. Dr. Spiegel clarifies, “These parts of the brain are involved in self-reflection and self-soothing.”

Genetic Adaptation

A study from the National Institutes of Health found that the relaxation response causes genetic changes. The study involved 26 adults with no experience in any kind of relaxation response practice who were given 8 weeks of relaxation response training. For comparison, a group of 25 people with 4 to 25 years of relaxation response training were included. Blood samples were analyzed to determine the gene expression of more than 22,000 genes. The result was that relaxation response techniques were found to positively influence inflammation, circadian rhythms, and energy metabolism.


Dr. Matthew Walker is the director of the Center for Human Sleep Science at the University of California and is one of the foremost experts on sleep. He says:

The silent sleep loss epidemic is one of the greatest public health challenges we face in the 21st century.

Many people are chronically under-rested, and one of the contributing factors is stress. And for many people, not sleeping well can create more stress, which creates a cycle that can be difficult to break. One of the core pillars of good sleep hygiene is reducing stress levels, and modern brain research supports the use of the practice of prayer.