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[Kp note: this is Part 2 of 2. Here’s a link to Part 1 (related Kp blog post).]

This AWK video is Part 2 of the pair of videos that cover the Dorian related SB2 article (related Kp blog link) (decode images, here).

Here’s a link to Part 1 (related Kp blog post).

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Organic Psyllium Husk’s Many Health Benefits

Psyllium husk comes from the Plantago ovata plant, which is home to nearly 15,000 tiny seeds.1 This plant is commonly found in India, although it is also grown in many other countries around the world.2 It’s been hailed as a fiber source that may aid people dealing with multiple health problems. This page will help you learn about psyllium husk’s uses and benefits, and how much of it you should be taking.

What Is Psyllium Husk?

Psyllium husk, a soluble fiber sometimes called ispaghula,3 is typically used as a bulk-forming laxative.4 It tends to absorb water and once it does, it swells and develops into a gelatin-like mass that may assist with moving waste through your intestinal tract,5 provide water to stools and promote smoother bowel movements.6

Whole psyllium husk is available as a powder or as a wafer, although you can also find capsules, granules and even liquids containing it.7 However, I encourage you to purchase organic psyllium husk only, as most psyllium crops are sprayed with harmful pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers.

By purchasing organic psyllium husk, you can ensure that there’s a lower risk of these substances entering the body and causing further harm. Organic psyllium husk may also be a better option compared to fiber supplements,8 some of which tend to utilize synthetic or semi-synthetic ingredients, such as methylcellulose9 and calcium polycarbophil.10

Health Benefits of Psyllium Husk

Psyllium husk’s health benefits can be attributed to its dietary fiber content.11 As a soluble fiber, psyllium husk acts as a prebiotic12 that facilitates the nourishment of beneficial bacteria in your gut and helps improve immune function.13

People with Type 2 diabetes and those who are at risk of getting this disease may benefit from psyllium husk because of its potential to improve glycemic control.14 Studies suggest that it can assist with decreasing glycemic responses to meals15 and lowering insulin and blood sugar levels.16,17

Psyllium husk is also said to help people maintain a healthy weight18,19,20 since it can absorb liquid in the body21 and induce a feeling of satiety.22 These effects may be linked to psyllium husk’s tendency to be water-soluble and viscous.23

Some studies also revealed that psyllium husk may be helpful in optimizing cholesterol ratios24,25 and in promoting bile acid synthesis.26 This may pave the way for improved heart health, as psyllium husk was also found to be helpful in lowering the risk for cardiovascular disease27 by decreasing blood pressure levels28 and improving good cholesterol levels.29 Lastly, some researchers have discovered that psyllium husk may be beneficial for people with:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) — According to this 2017 International Journal of Molecular Medicine study, taking high-fiber supplements like psyllium husk may help address symptoms of IBS.30
  • Gallstones — A 1999 study published in the American Journal of Surgery revealed that psyllium husk may reduce risk for gallstone formation by decreasing the body’s biliary cholesterol saturation index.31

Uses of Psyllium Husk

Psyllium husk has been primarily utilized as a bulk laxative that soaks up water,32 softens hard stool33 and enables smoother bowel movements.34 Psyllium husk can also assist in promoting regular bowel movements35 and in counteracting constipation36 and diarrhea.37,38

Ideally, people must strive to get a minimum of 50 grams of fiber per 1,000 calories consumed. Organic whole husk psyllium can provide as much as 18 grams of fiber, if taken three times a day, helping raise your overall fiber intake.

Studies on Psyllium Husk

According to some studies, psyllium husk can lead to positive effects when it comes to:

  • Metabolic syndrome — In a 2011 British Journal of Nutrition study, researchers discovered that a psyllium supplement combined with fiber-rich foods from a healthy diet assisted in improving some risk factors linked to metabolic syndrome.39
  • Triglyceride levels — Results of this 2009 European Journal of Clinical Nutrition study suggested that psyllium husk may help lower triglyceride levels among people with Type 2 diabetes.40
  • Blood sugar levels — Authors of this 1999 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study involving males with Type 2 diabetes and hypercholesterolemia highlighted that adding psyllium to a traditional diet for people struggling with diabetes is “safe, well-tolerated and improves glycemic and lipid control.”41

Since psyllium husk was touted as a notable source of dietary fiber, other studies have proven that this nutrient can assist in reducing the risk for:

  • Stroke — According to this study published in the journal Stroke in 2013, a person’s stroke risk may be decreased by 7% upon adding 7 grams of fiber to their daily intake.42
  • Diverticulitis — Researchers who spearheaded this 1998 Journal of Nutrition study emphasized that dietary fiber (especially insoluble fiber) can lower a person’s risk for diverticulitis.43
  • Colorectal cancer — Research has shown that the more dietary fiber you consume, the lower the risk for incident colorectal adenoma and distant colon cancer.44 A 2011 BMJ study also highlighted that your colorectal cancer risk can be reduced by 10% for every 10 grams of fiber added to your diet.45

Does Psyllium Husk Have Side Effects?

While most people who take psyllium husk may tolerate it well,46 there are some who experience minor side effects. For starters, psyllium husk powder can lead to gas or abdominal cramps. There is also a threat of choking linked to psyllium husk powder, and people may experience chest pains, vomiting and swallowing or breathing difficulties.

This is why WebMD advises that psyllium husk powder should be taken alongside a full glass of high-quality filtered water or other liquid so it doesn’t amass in the throat and trigger instances of choking.

Serious allergic reactions to psyllium husk are rare. However, if indicators of a serious allergic reaction appear such as rashes, itching or swelling of the face, tongue or throat, severe dizziness, or trouble breathing, seek medical attention immediately.47

If you belong to any of these groups and plan to take psyllium husk, talk to your doctor so you’re properly guided regarding the proper way to take it and know the ideal amount needed for your health status:

  • People diagnosed with kidney disease48
  • People with a history of appendicitis or exhibit symptoms of this disease
  • People with stomach or intestinal blockage
  • Pregnant women49

Also, if you fall under these categories you should avoid taking psyllium husk:50

  • People who have swallowing difficulties
  • People dealing with an esophageal stricture or narrowing of the esophagus) or other gastrointestinal tract obstructions
  • People allergic to psyllium husk51

Psyllium Supplements Can Interact With Certain Medicines

As the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center highlights, If you’re taking any of these medicines you should avoid using psyllium husk supplements (or even powder), unless your doctor has given you permission to do so:52

  • Tricyclic antidepressants — Psyllium husk may reduce your blood levels of these drugs, and the effectivity of antidepressants such as amitriptyline, doxepin and imipramine. Carbamazepine, an antidepressant often used to address seizures, may not be as effective and absorbed well by the body when taken alongside psyllium husk.
  • Cholesterol-lowering medications (bile acid sequestrants) — If you’re taking cholestyramine or colestipol and plan to take psyllium husk, be aware that combining any of these two drugs with psyllium husk may cause your cholesterol levels to decrease even more. It was also reported that psyllium husk may reduce the side effects of colestipol.
  • Diabetes medications — Your risk for hypoglycemia or low blood sugar levels may increase if you take psyllium husk supplements with these drugs. Consult your doctor before increasing your intake of psyllium husk, because there may be corresponding adjustments needed if you plan to take it alongside your diabetic medications.
  • Digoxin — Taking psyllium husk alongside digoxin, a heart function-regulating medicine, can cause your body to absorb smaller amounts of this drug.
  • Lithium — If you really need to take lithium and psyllium husk, make sure there’s a one- to two-hour interval between dosages, and ensure your doctor is able to measure your lithium levels from time to time. This is due to the potential of psyllium husk to decrease both the amount of lithium in your blood and the drug’s effectiveness.

Here Are Possible Alternatives to Psyllium Husk Powder

Always be careful of the type of psyllium husk that you buy, since there are products that might look harmless and effective, but can cause health risks. If you don’t have access to any variation of psyllium husk, Healthy Eating SF Gate notes that these substitutes can be helpful:53

  • Flaxseed — Just like psyllium husk, flaxseed may help address constipation54 because it may work as a laxative.55
  • Glucomannan (in small amounts) — Glucomannan is a type of water-soluble dietary fiber56 that functions as a natural thickening agent57 and may aid with weight control, promote satiety and stimulate weight loss.58 It’s derived from the root of the konjac plant,59 which is also called konnyaku or devil’s tongue.60
  • Inulin — This soluble fiber61 can be found in chicory, onions, garlic, leeks and asparagus,62 and can help nourish the beneficial bacteria residing in your gut.63

Aside from these substitutes for psyllium husk powder, I also recommend naturally increasing your fiber intake through your diet. Monash University highlights some of the best prebiotic-rich (and ultimately, fiber-rich) foods you can consume:64

  • Chicory
  • Spring onions
  • Jerusalem artichokes
  • Jicama65
  • Fennel bulb
  • Green and snowy peas

Psyllium Husk’s Potential Is Unparalleled

Psyllium husk, especially the organic variety, has proven its worth in delivering important health benefits. Taking organic psyllium husk is one of the most crucial ways to raise your dietary fiber intake, probably even more so than other foods. The studies mentioned above have also verified that psyllium husk does exert some positive effects toward certain conditions.

Just remember that 100% organic psyllium husk is the most ideal type of psyllium husk to purchase, given its low risk of being sprayed with harmful pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers. If you want to take this therapeutically, though, consult a doctor or health professional first to determine the psyllium husk dosage that’s optimal for your condition.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Psyllium Husk

Q: What is psyllium husk powder?

A: Psyllium husk powder comes from the psyllium husk, which is derived from the seeds of a plant called Plantago ovata. The plant is most common in India66 and produces nearly 15,000 tiny seeds.67

Q: What is psyllium husk good for?

A: Psyllium husk is a good source of dietary fiber68 and can be beneficial for improving overall health and body function because it may:

Act as a prebiotic that nourishes beneficial bacteria69,70

Help lower risk for health problems like colorectal cancer,71 gallstones72 and even stroke73

Address symptoms linked to irritable bowel syndrome74

Promote healthy glycemic control among people with diabetes75,76,77,78

Help with weight maintenance79 and weight loss80,81

Aid with optimizing cholesterol ratios82,83 and promoting better heart health84,85,86

Q: Is psyllium husk gluten free?

A: According to authors of this 2017 article published in the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, psyllium husk is gluten-free and may be helpful for people with celiac disease who want to increase their fiber intake.87

Q: What are the uses of psyllium husk?

A: Psyllium husk acts as a laxative88 that softens stool and helps promote more regular bowel movements.89 It may be used to help address constipation,90 diarrhea91 and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).92 It also helps lower the risk of developing gallstones.93

Q: How can you take psyllium husk?

A: Psyllium husk powder should be taken with a full glass of high-quality filtered water to prevent choking.94

Q: When is it best to take psyllium husk?

A: I recommend taking psyllium before or during mealtimes, along with liquids such as water.

Documentary — Nebraska Retiree Uses Earth’s Heat to Grow Oranges in Snow

Genetically modified seeds, the weed killer Roundup (glyphosate), and other dangerous agro chemicals and pesticides have hijacked our food system. This chemically-based method of industrial agriculture has irrevocably damaged the soil. It kills the microorganisms that provide the nutrients needed for plant growth and nutrition, depleting the soil minerals that enrich our food.

Because of soil depletion, fruits and vegetables grown decades ago were much richer in vitamins and minerals than those grown today;1 each successive generation of pesticide-resistant, gene-altered fruits and vegetables now is less nutritious than the one before.

That is why I highly recommend starting your own garden to supply fresh, organic foods to your family and avoid these destructive agricultural practices. I recently saw a documentary, “Nebraska Retiree Uses Earth’s Heat to Grow Oranges in Snow,”2 about a former wheat farmer who is perfecting the art of indoor gardening in dramatic ways.

Retiree Reconceptualizes Farming in Cold Terrains

Russ Finch, a retired wheat farmer and postal worker who resides in Alliance, Nebraska, has used his aptitude for physics to solve two major agricultural hurdles: how to grow year-round produce in cold climates that can hover under zero degrees and how to do so economically.

After retirement, Finch heard about the possibilities of geothermal energy. Despite encountering skepticism from University of Nebraska scientists about his idea to grow citrus fruit in the coldest of climates, Finch proceeded. This is how Grower Talks describes his initial project.3

“So he constructed a 70-ft.-long greenhouse with a 4-ft.-deep pit. The pit allowed Russ to experiment not only with off-season plants, but trees, planting them directly into the ground. A 10-in. wheel blower was used to circulate the air through seven 6-in. tubes, with a total length of 1,050 ft.

It’s a completely closed-loop system, continuously recycling the same air. Using low-grade geothermal energy (referred to as geo air) alone, Russ was able to successfully maintain a consistent heat of 52F from one end of the greenhouse to the other without any back-up heat.

During the day, the internal heat increased due to the prolific, bright sunlight that the high altitudes of Nebraska is known for. The roof is slanted to the south, taking advantage of the solar rays to increase the temperature from 52F to the mid-70s (at times 80s) during the sunnier winter days. Russ was able to achieve his ideal temperature.”

The warm air, obtained from perforated plastic tubing that is buried underground, is all that’s used for heat for the greenhouse — no propane or electric heaters. “All we try to do is keep it above 28 degrees in the winter,” said Finch. “The only heat source is the Earth’s heat, at 52 degrees at 8 foot deep.”4 The heat is then returned to the ground to heat the structure during the cooler evenings.5

A Successful and Affordable Enterprise

Finch’s geothermal energy-based farming has been fruitful, pun intended. The greenhouse includes 20 citrus trees with 13 varieties of fruits, along with cacti, orchids, nine varieties of grapes, figs, avocados, ivy, tomatoes, garden plants and flowers.6 One 24-year-old tree will grow to be 100 years old or more, says Finch.7

Each tree is capable of producing as much as 125 pounds of fruit every year which Finch sells at local farmers markets.8 The year-round growing and low transportation costs help the marketability of the products says Finch –– and “locally grown” can be just as much of a sales point as “organic.” Finch sells Valencia oranges, the fruit from which most juice comes. The temperatures are so salutatory, you could probably grow bananas too, he muses.9

Yet the energy costs associated with running the geothermal greenhouse are surprisingly low –– less than a dollar a day. A geothermal greenhouse Finch designed for a local high school in Alliance has used an average of 96 cents a day in energy costs for the last several years.10

Nor are construction costs high. “It only took two of us a few hours to put up the frame,” says Finch. Despite how cost prohibitive farming can be with huge economic barriers, “young people could get into this for less than the price of a tractor,” he says.11

Finch also sells the greenhouse “kits” that can be installed in increments of 6 feet by fitting the pieces into sections. A farmer or rancher with a backhoe and construction skills, “can put one up for about $23,000,” says Finch.

Pesticide-Free Growing

Herbicides like Roundup and pesticides which include the notorious chlorpyrifos, atrazine and neonicotinoids, have endangered much of the U.S. food system, polluted our water systems and contributed to resistant pathogens.

The so-called Dirty Dozen with the highest pesticide concentrations include strawberries, apples, nectarines, peaches, celery, grapes, cherries, spinach, tomatoes, sweet bell peppers, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers. Human consumption of pesticides has been linked to cancer risks, fertility problems and other health concerns.

Fortunately, there are safe, effective and natural alternatives for almost any pest problem that an individual gardener might come across. For example, a mashed garlic paste combined with a little cayenne pepper or horseradish made into a homemade garden spray will discourage most pests.

Add a small amount to a gallon jug of water and let it sit for a day or two, shaking it occasionally. The only caution is you should spray a small amount onto a few leaves first as a “test” to make sure the formula is not so strong that it burns leaves or stems.

In the documentary, Finch has some intriguing pest control methods of his own. This is how the Star Herald describes them.12

“Insect pests such as white flies or aphids sometimes show up, but he keeps them in check with a horticultural oil spray that works by smothering the insects or their eggs or disrupting the way they feed. He began using the oil after trying for several years to control the bugs with poison.

‘The bugs got immune to it,” he said. With the new method, “You can spray a berry and eat it, because it’s just mineral oil.'”

Other Innovative Growing Models

Because Finch’s greenhouses rely on geothermal heat in winter, they need to be at least 54 feet long for maximum efficiency. “That kind of rules it out for a city lot,” he says. “Most all of them are going to farms and ranches.”13

But a hydroponic farm (sometimes called a container farm) in Robbinsville Township, New Jersey, is also thinking outside of the agricultural box –– growing high quality local herbs and greens in an urbanized setting with a small footprint.14

The crops, which are grown in assembled containers from the umbrella organization Freight Farms, are high quality local herbs and greens grown on a small footprint that can be sold to restaurants which support farm-to-table produce.

Basil, mint and kale tend to be the most popular crops followed by spinach. The crops are generally kept at 75 degrees during the day and 65 degrees at night and can be maintained by one person for as little as 25 hours a week. Customers also come directly to the Robbinsville township hydroponic farm to purchase greens.

Innovative Cannabis Farming

Cannabis farming is another agriculture sector benefiting from out-of-the-box thinking. At one operation, the Los Sueños Farms outside of Pueblo, Colorado, some plants are grown outside, some in greenhouses and some in greenhouses with no walls to allow solar maximization while permitting fresh air to circulate and prevent too much heat from accumulating. The choice of under what conditions to grow them depends on their genetic expression.

For outdoor plants, drones with different lenses hover over the plants, reporting their respiration rate, any insects or disease risks and plants that might be struggling for one reason or another to the growers. Humidity and lighting are computer controlled for indoor plants and an advanced drip watering system with an emitter every 12 inches provides pressure compensated irrigation and the ability to provide specific nutrients.

The 36-acre farm, which consists of four separate farms, processes 40,000 pounds of “biomass” each harvest. While the machinery does not require human labor, a quality control person inspects the product as it comes out of the twister to make sure all stems have been removed at their base.

If you live near local farmers markets, you are fortunate –– but many are forced to rely on grocery stores for their fruits and vegetables. That is why Russ Finch’s geothermal energy greenhouses are such encouraging news.

Graphene to Fight Mosquitoes — What Are the Risks?

Blood-sucking insects like mosquitoes are among the most dangerous disease transmitters in the world. Vector-borne diseases, which include malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever and others, cause more than 700,000 deaths worldwide each year, accounting for more than 17% of all infectious disease globally.1

According to the World Health Organization, malaria alone, which is transmitted by the Anopheles mosquito, kills 400,000 people annually, most of them children under 5.2 In the U.S., mosquito bites can transmit viruses like West Nile, St. Louis encephalitis and La Crosse encephalitis, which in rare cases can be severe or deadly.3

Even in the best-case scenario — a mosquito bites you but no disease is transmitted — the bite can be painful and itchy, causing varying levels of annoyance depending on the severity of itching and the number of bites.

Mosquito bite prevention is therefore a key topic among researchers, and a nanomaterial known as graphene is emerging as a potential new player. However, as with most new technological innovations, there are risks involved.

What Is Graphene?

Graphene is a carbon-based nanomaterial that exhibits extraordinary properties.4 It’s made of two-dimensional carbon lattices, which are invisible to the naked eye. Yet, graphene is incredibly strong — showing about 10 times greater strength than steel sheets when it comes to penetration energy. Researchers confirmed graphene has “exceptional strength and stiffness” in response to miniaturized ballistic tests.5

Graphene, often described as a “wonder material,” is also an efficient conductor of heat and electricity and has antibacterial properties.6 David Bradley, writing in Materials Today, explained:7

“Graphene has become the focus of much research since, in 2004, Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov of the University of Manchester, England, found they could tear a strip off using nothing more sophisticated than sticky tape, a glass slide, and a pencil.

The material exists as standalone atomic monolayers of carbon arranged in the familiar hexagonal pattern of graphite that resembles chicken wire fencing, providing many a useful metaphor for a science media keen to discuss the substance. Graphene is transparent, flexible, very strong, and has already been used to create fast transistors.”

Graphene has been pegged for usage in a wide range of applications, including electronics (particularly in creating thin, flexible displays), improved energy storage (such as batteries), creating stronger and more conductive materials and as a new antibacterial agent for medical uses.8

But this is only the beginning. As noted in Nanoethics, “Whereas these applications are extraordinary enough, there are also expectations of even more revolutionary innovations not yet conceptualized but waiting for discovery in the future.”9 One of these may involve an innovative method of warding off mosquitoes.

Graphene May Help Prevent Mosquito Bites

Researchers from Brown University tested whether graphene could act as a nonchemical mosquito repellant. They had participants reach into a mosquito-filled box for five minutes, with their skin uncovered, covered only in cheesecloth (a penetrable fabric) or covered with graphene and then cheesecloth.

When the skin was uncovered or covered only in cheesecloth, the participants were bitten multiple times, ranging from five to 20 bites during the five-minute sessions. When graphene was used, however, no mosquito bites were received.

Initially, the researchers suspected that graphene would act as a mechanical barrier, preventing mosquitoes from penetrating the skin. But it turned out that mosquitoes also tended to avoid graphene-coated skin altogether, and if they did land on it, they didn’t stay long and didn’t attempt to bite.10 Lead study author Cintia Castillho, a Ph.D. student at Brown, said in a news release:11

“With the graphene, the mosquitoes weren’t even landing on the skin patch — they just didn’t seem to care. We had assumed that graphene would be a physical barrier to biting, through puncture resistance, but when we saw these experiments we started to think that it was also a chemical barrier that prevents mosquitoes from sensing that someone is there.”

Indeed, when the researchers put human sweat onto the outside of a graphene barrier, mosquitoes were drawn to the patch, which suggests the graphene acts as a sort of chemical barrier. Meanwhile, it also acts as a physical barrier, as mosquitoes can’t generate enough force to puncture the material.

One major caveat: this is only true when the graphene is dry. When the graphene barrier was wet, simulations of the mosquito bite process suggest the insects would be able to get through it. One form of graphene — graphene with reduced oxygen content, or rGO — however, was impenetrable whether dry or wet.12 The problem with rGO is that it’s not breathable, making it a less-than-desirable choice for use in clothing.

“GO [graphene] is breathable, meaning you can sweat through it, while rGO isn’t,” senior study author Robert Hurt said in a news release. “So our preferred embodiment of this technology would be to find a way to stabilize GO mechanically so that is remains strong when wet. This next step would give us the full benefits of breathability and bite protection.”13

Graphene Is Already Being Used in Clothing

While graphene-coated clothing has yet to reach the masses, in large part because it’s expensive, Vollebak released a graphene jacket in 2018. The experimental prototype — dubbed The Graphene Jacket 1 — sold out in five days, even with a $695 price tag. The “bionic clothing” was described as going where clothing has never gone before. According to Vollebak:14

“As physicists at the Max Planck Institute discovered, graphene challenges the fundamental laws of heat conduction, which means your jacket will not only conduct the heat from your body around itself to equalize your skin temperature and increase it, but the jacket can also theoretically store an unlimited amount of heat, which means it can work like a radiator.

And when clothing can start conducting heat and electricity all sorts of cool things can start happening. It means that over the next decade your clothing can start to become a platform for other innovations.”

The company later re-released the jacket, stating this would be “the second and final time” the jacket would be available “before we disappear back into R&D for the next 2+ years.”15 But before you rush to purchase your own “part-jacket, part-science experiment,” know there are serious questions about whether or not graphene use is safe.

Is Graphene Safe?

As is often the case with new technologies, graphene applications are advancing before adequate research into risks has been completed. Many uncertainties remain, and that’s part of the problem, but already some research has revealed cause for concern.

In 2011, for instance, researchers published a study expressing the possibility that graphene could be inhaled, posing risks to the respiratory system.16 Again in 2013, in a review of the potential environmental and health risks of graphene, researchers expressed concern, stating:17

“The results from this study indicate that graphene could exert a considerable toxicity and that considerable emission of graphene from electronic devices and composites are possible in the future. It is also suggested that graphene is both persistent and hydrophobic.

Although these results indicate that graphene may cause adverse environmental and health effects, the results foremost show that there are many risk-related knowledge gaps to be filled and that the emissions of graphene, the fate of graphene in the environment, and the toxicity of graphene should be further studied.”

It’s been suggested that graphene may be able to enter cells via “spontaneous membrane penetration,”18 and research is challenging, as not all graphene-based materials are the same. Some may have multiple layers, others only one, for instance, and the ratio of carbon to oxygen atoms may be different depending on the application. The length and width of layers may also differ.

“Depending on the combination of these three parameters, not only do completely different material properties result — the effects on humans and the environment also vary greatly. This makes simple, generally valid statements almost impossible,” Nanowerk News reported.19

Not Enough Is Known About Graphene to Accurately Gauge Risks

The Graphene Flagship of the European Commission, a joint research effort with more than 150 academic and industrial research groups in 23 countries, has a budget of $1 billion — aimed at taking graphene “from the realm of academic laboratories into European society in the space of 10 years.”20

In a Work Package Health and Environment report devoted to graphene’s risks to health and environment, it’s noted, “The small size and unique physico-chemical properties of graphene pose potential risks to the health of animals, humans and the environment.”21 The paper’s lead author, Bengt Fadeel, again noted in a news release that the substance’s biological effects vary widely:22

“One of the key messages is that this family of materials has varying properties, thus displaying varying biological effects. It is important to emphasize the need not only for a systematic analysis of well-characterized graphene-based materials, but also the importance of using standardised in vitro or in vivo assays for the safety assessment.”

The assessment reveals a number of potential effects, including “nuclear fragmentation, membrane damage, mitochondrial dysfunction and ROS production” in a cell suspension of a model seed plant23 and initiation of an immune response after being injected into the skin in an animal study.24

Potential reproductive and developmental effects were also noted, with researchers stating, “In addition to direct effects of GBMs [graphene-based materials] on reproductive and developmental systems, the indirect consequences of GBMs on maternal and placental tissues and the release of mediators deserves attention as the creation of a hostile environment in the womb may increase the risk for pregnancy complications and the development of diseases later in life.”25

Overall, the assessment concluded that there’s not enough information to accurately assess whether or not graphene — and its many variations — is safe:26

“The present overview of the literature has shown that while the hazard assessment of GBMs is coming of age, with ever increasing numbers of studies addressing the potential impact of GBMs on living systems, data gaps still remain, and this, therefore, precludes the prediction of toxicity based solely on material properties of GBMs.

Indeed, we have shown that for some selected end-points, one may begin to see a (predictable) pattern of effects … but it is also clear that the chemical space of graphene and its derivatives is yet to be fully explored.”

As is the case with other nanomaterials, the use of graphene presents exciting opportunities in many fields, not the least of which may be to prevent mosquito bites. But extreme caution is warranted in working with such an unprecedented material and attempting to produce it on a large scale before its effects are fully understood.

In the case of mosquitoes, there are other tried-and-true approaches you can use to avoid getting bitten. Wear long sleeves and pants if you know you’ll be outdoors in a mosquito-prone area and use natural insect repellants (not synthetic chemical versions), like cinnamon leaf oil, citronella essential oil or catnip oil, as necessary.

If mosquitoes are bothering you in your backyard, a house fan can keep them away while you’re outdoors, as can the strategic planting of marigolds, which mosquitoes tend to stay away from.

Sweden: Nigerian Migrant Rapper Urges Black People to Shoot, Enslave, and Kill Whites

by Arthur Lyons

Jesse Ekene Nweke Conable, a Nigerian-born rapper who goes by the handle JCBUZ, has openly called for his fellow blacks to commit violence against white people during a hate-filled rant in a social media group.

In the rant, Conable propagates racism and urges fellow Africans living in Europe to kill whites, Samhällsnytt reports.

“If any white guy or white girl is trying to talk shit about you, shoot them!” Conable said in a closed group on social media.

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This Girl Grew Up In A Garbage Dump Then Earned A Scholarship At An Australian University

by Mayukh Saha, guest writer

A journey of a woman from a garbage dump to earning a scholarship in the prestigious University of Melbourne – sounds like a fairy-tale Hollywood movie, right? Well, turns out that truth can indeed be stranger than fiction. Sophy Ron is the hero of this fairy tale and despite all the struggles, she seems to have achieved a lot in her life. Especially, when you consider her struggles.

Sophy Ron started working from a very young age. She lived in a garbage dump. She had to work to make money and feed her family. Her future looked obvious – it was and remained forever in the garbage dump. That’s the only place her eyes could settle on.

In Cambodia, Sophy lived in the garbage dump in Phnom Penh. As a resident of a garbage dump, she did not go to school. She spent her days, shuffling through the garbage, finding sellable items and making money out of it. Whatever she got from selling the trash, she would spend it on feeding her family.

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Good Questions!

By Anna Von Reitz

As a result of three recent Articles, “The Unknown Past” and “The Unknown Past – Part 2” and “Quick Primer”, I have received some good questions that deserve good answers.  

1.  Is the Civil War ongoing?  Do you mean it never ended? 

The hot war ended in June of 1865 in the Arctic.  The last shot was fired by the legendary C.S.S. Shenandoah, one of the finest American fighting vessels of all time.  Even this was lied about in our history books and we were left to believe that the Civil War ended with the surrender of Lee’s Army at Appomattox, Virginia in April of 1865.  Oh, well.  Those of you who care to know the truth are invited to read Lynn Schooler’s “The Last Shot”.  Naval history buffs won’t be disappointed. 

The cold war has continued, because it has allowed the associated European Powers, the British Monarch and the Pope, to plug a siphon into our wallets and keep pumping. That this is the fact can be easily observed by the existence of such Offices as the United States Attorney General, the Lieutenant Governors, and other undefined quasi-military offices that have no legitimate provenance in our government.  

Yes, People, those of you who are just waking up.  Our disloyal employees have been staging a mercenary cold war conflict on our shores for a hundred and fifty years, and they have been conscripting you into this illegal perpetual mercenary “war” without your knowledge or consent.  

They have falsified the public records concerning your political status, nationality, and other facts, so as to continue and promote this circumstance, while leaving you no means to object.  You can’t object or defend yourself, because you have been left ignorant and uninformed —deliberately.  Most Americans don’t have a clue.  

The fundamental Breach of Trust takes place when we are only a few days or weeks old, long before we are truly conscious and able to defend ourselves. This results in Unconscionable Contracts being set in motion. 

Keeping us ignorant about the actual circumstance has been their means of enforcing Unconscionable Contracts benefiting them.  They keep the fake war going so that they can continue to claim costs related to the “war” and so that they can assert oppressive military common law.  Instead of supporting and obeying the actual civilian government as their contract demands, they have been running rough shod over their employers.  

The only Courts left that are competent to convene a Three-Man Officer Court and make a determination in our favor as a Military Tribunal are the Circuit Courts.  All the other courts are being operated as private bill collection agencies under a series of deliberate false legal presumptions.  

They’ve been treating us like cattle in a stockyard, and picking us off one by one via illegal confiscations and foreclosures, illegally conscripting and press-ganging our children, distorting our textbooks, infiltrating our universities, converting our rights into privileges, asserting legislative statutes over the Public Law, converting our private property into public trusts which their attorneys are allowed to pillage at will. 

This secretive and highly illegal and immoral plundering has been taking place for decades.  

2.  How would a Declaration of Peace change anything?  

Every time we visited the Civil War in any history class I ever attended, the teacher took at shot at Andrew Johnson, the Vice-President who became President after Abraham Lincoln’s death.  We were given no details but left with the impression that Andrew Johnson was a bad President, incompetent, etc. 

Nothing could be further from the truth.  Andrew Johnson is quite possibly the bravest man who ever sat in the President’s chair.  He issued no less than three (3) Public Declarations firmly establishing the Public Peace.  He did everything he could to prevent and put an end to exactly the situation described above.  

The Plotters eventually got around his actions by creating corporations to do the dirty work and by getting later Presidents to go along with their criminality.  

Trump, like Johnson, is in a position to put an end to the worst of it by issuing a similar Public Declaration of Peace.  He could also open up the Electoral Process simply by recognizing the over 150 million Disenfranchised Electors who have been coerced to either (1) register to vote and give up their property rights to the federal corporations or (2) stop casting ballots in the General Elections and be counted as criminals if they do. 

This racketeering scheme and manipulation of our Electoral Process has somewhat backfired on them in that it keeps them from ever achieving a mandate for their “democracy”— a form of government that is patently alien to our country and our people.  

3.  What are we going to do about it? 

At the end of the day, we have to wake up and get organized and stand on the jurisdictions that we are heir to. 

Now that we know what has gone on here and how we have been misidentified and who and what is being manipulated to secure these deplorable results, we are enabled to take action in our own behalf. 

First, we have to stop drifting along letting our employees define us and our political status to suit themselves.  Because the two sides of this phony “war” are both groups of our employees, one British Group, one Papist Group, they have sought to misidentify us as federal employees, too.  They do this to involve us in their “war” and provide themselves with excuses to confiscate our property and harass us. 

This requires them to mis-characterize us as either a “United States Citizen” — one of the Brits, or, as a “citizen of the United States”, one of the Papists.  We are in fact State Citizens of a different “United States”—- The United States, with a capital “T”.  

Most of us are not federal military employees or dependents, nor are we federal civil service employees or dependents.  As a result, the correct way to describe our political status is: “State Citizen of The United States”, but the similarity of the names and general ignorance has allowed them to confuse people about which “United States” is being referenced. 

They deliberately and forcefully falsify our records at hospitals using the Dead Baby Scam.  

We are in fact American State Nationals at birth and need to reclaim that status.

Our team has pioneered a paperwork process to do this.  It is explained and templates are made available on my website,, Article 928, and at website.  

A man has no name for himself.  God did not give us names and we were not given any authority to name ourselves. All this goes back to Biblical constructs in the Western World.  So, all living people are nameless. 

What happens is that we are “Given” a name as a “Gift” and as an “Inheritance” in the same way that we might be given a bicycle.  This is your Person, also known as your Trade Name, because you use it to identify yourself and others use it to identify you when conducting business affairs. 

This Given Name in the West is Bicameral — represented by the House of Lords and the House of Commons in England.  Your Bicameral Name is split in two parts, your Christian Name, for example, “Peter” and your Family or Sur Name, for example, “Olson”.    “Peter” is supposed to be represented in the House of Lords, while “Olson” — which is a name that can equally belong to many people — is supposed to be represented in the House of Commons.  This same principal applies to the representation in The United States Senate vs. The United States House of Representatives.  

The idea is that we are individually sovereign and “lords” as living people in our private lives, while maintaining an association with our families and communities “in common” —- thus, there is a natural separation between private interest and public interest which is reflected in the legislative bodies and in our Bicameral Names. 

The introduction of a so-called “Middle Name” was adopted as a means of creating an additional “immaterial” Person — a business entity separated from this system of “recognizable” and “lawful” government.  As you will discover if you read Law Dictionaries, the use of a Middle Name invalidates this system 
of lawful national government and puts you in a different international status.  

Your Lawful Person is “Peter Olson”.  Your Legal Person is “Peter John Olson”. 

Unfortunately, the Legal Person has been substituted for the Lawful Person and as a result, only those who happen to know this information can access the protections of their Nationality, or, alternatively, redefine the Legal Person by a process of “Lawful Conversion” — which is what we do. 

Most of us have suffered from the “Unlawful Conversion” of our Lawful Persons like “Peter Olson” into these foreign, international Legal Persons, like “Peter John Olson” and must undertake an answering “Lawful Conversion” to reverse the process. 

Because we have many records and property held in these foreign, international Names, we have to keep control of the Legal Person we’ve been unwittingly operating under.

To rectify this and still keep control of our property interests requires us to “convert” the Legal Person by declaring its permanent home and domicile on the land of a Sovereign State. 

This process effectively “dry docks” the Legal Person and makes it subject to the Law of the Land, bringing it under the protections and conventions of the Constitutions and the international land laws, such as the Geneva Conventions. 

A Judge seeing the name “Peter John Olson” assumes that he is dealing with a Legal Person in the international jurisdiction of the sea; after you lawfully convert this Legal Person by seizing upon it and declaring its domicile on the land jurisdiction, a whole new set of legal presumptions and laws apply.  

It will be your responsibility to inform the Judges in your cases that your
Legal Person, for example, “Peter John Olson” has been lawfully converted and returned to the land jurisdiction.  

The paperwork that you record is evidence of the lawful conversion you have executed and the fact that “Peter John Olson” is now subject to the Law of the Land 

You must do a similar correction with all the Municipal PERSONS that have been “gifted” to you, for similar reasons.  

When you are addressed by any Municipal or Territorial District or State of State Court, you must immediately challenge its jurisdiction and appeal the issue to the Circuit Court—- “I challenge this court’s jurisdiction and appeal to the Circuit Court.” 

The Circuit Court is the only court left that can bring a panel of three military officers and make a determination of your political status, consider the facts of your case, and grant you relief.  

4.  Okay, I have lawfully converted all these “persons” and returned them to the land jurisdiction.  I returned and surrendered the Municipal PERSON Birth Certificate to competent international law enforcement officers and returned the trademark NAMES to the land jurisdiction, too. I recorded the Certificates for those along with the rest of the paperwork. I understand that I am a State National of The United States with a capital “T”, not a “United States Citizen” and not a “citizen of the United States”.  Now what? 

You are now clear to claim your actual State Citizenship and assemble your State of the Union.  Go to: to get started.

5.  How can we enforce this? 

The moment you “arrive” back on the land jurisdiction and assume your role as one of the People of this country, you are enabled to enforce the Constitutional Agreements and have a duty to do so.  

We enforce the Constitutions by assembling our States, populating our public offices, filling our vacated courts, commissioning our Continental Marshals, electing our land jurisdiction Sheriffs, and joining our State Militia.  

Many people assume that only uniformed police officers have the power to make arrests and only “state of state” courts have any ability to prosecute crimes.  They also think that militias are dangerous and inhabited by right-wing nutcases.  None of this is true. 

In this country, every American who accepts the responsibility of State Citizenship has the right to make citizen arrests.  Even Americans who happen to be working as foreign Law Enforcement Officers on a For-Hire basis, have the ability to enforce the Public Laws including the provisions of the Constitutions.  See Mack and Prinz vs. USA, Inc. 

Moreover, every State Citizen between the ages of 21 and 45, who is mentally and physically fit, is by definition a member of the State Militia.  We are not at war with anyone and we are not part of the commercial mercenary squabbles of our run amok employees, but we do owe a duty to the Public Peace and we also have a duty to ourselves and to our country to enforce the actual Public Law.  

In addition to a Public Declaration of Peace by President Trump, we can lawfully and peacefully impose our control over our jurisdictions which include the land and soil of this country.  Bringing a permanent end to the bogus Civil War and all the false legal presumptions and frauds and unauthorized offices associated with it is as easy and as difficult as issuing a credible Order as an organized civilian government.  

This requires having active jural assemblies in at least a majority of the States. We are close to that goal now, and could have the job done tomorrow, if certain parties would wake up and face the necessity of doing the paperwork to “return” the Legal Persons and convert them into Lawful Persons. 

6.  Why can’t we just use our plain names, the original Lawful Names, like “Peter Olson”, form our Assemblies, and go forward?  

Because there is now no record of anyone called “Peter Olson” being born at the time and place where you were born.  This is what I meant about having to maintain control of the foreign Legal Person and lawfully convert it.  Your name has been unlawfully removed for the land and soil of your country, and illegally administered.  A foreign improper Legal Name has been substituted for your Lawful Name. You have to convert the Legal Name and re-convey it back to the land and soil jurisdiction of the State where you were born and operate it “as”  your Lawful Name in order to retain and control your assets and still be able to operate the land jurisdiction of your State.  

New records will have to be established.  This is only a sufficient fix to protect everyone’s material interests, and bring our civilian populace back under the protections of land law. 

The ultimate resolution of this Mess involves the Queen or her Successor returning all the purloined copyrights to the American Legal Person names which have been operated for profit by the British Crown, and the Pope calling an end to the issuance of Municipal PERSONS in our names.  

Until then, we have to slog it out one by one by one, and we have to use the authorities that we definitely do have to correct the records and deal with the circumstance.  

They are our Employees and they have no right to conduct any “war”
on our land and soil, no right to presume anything about our identities or political status as babies, no excuse for what they have done.  We have every right to fire them and hire new subcontractors to provide whatever services we want. 

Once we return to our proper status and accept the responsibility of self-governance we have the power to direct both the Territorial and Municipal United States to stand down and put a permanent end to their squabbling and self-interested double-dealing—-and especially their attempts to genocide Americans on paper and retain institutions of slavery.  

7.  If, as you say, the document we are familiar with as “The Constitution of the United States of America” is just a Doppelganger of the real Territorial Constitution — very similar, but not the same — and its Fourteenth Amendment is just a By-Law of a defunct Scottish Commercial Corporation, not an Amendment to any Constitution ratified by our States —what in the name of Jesus is going on?  

Fraud.  Just plain old garden variety fraud.  

There is no excuse or valid basis for the enforcement of the “Fourteenth Amendment” or, for that matter, any such “Amendment”.  Mr. Trump has made references to the purported Fourteenth Amendment and like most Americans has taken it seriously.  

But like Black’s Law Dictionary, it began as a spoof — a knowing fraud, that was taken seriously.  That allowed the con artists to assume our identity, access our credit, and operate our government “as if” they were us, when in fact they were just con artists—- an early version of identity thieves and credit card hackers. 

Until we wake up and inform Mr. Trump of the facts and he realizes that he is standing on sand, both lawfully and legally, the Territorial Government he represents will continue to enforce a known fraud as if it had validity and will continue to enforce de facto slavery long after all such provisions have been outlawed on a worldwide basis.  

If we are sick and tired of this preposterous circumstance, it’s time to lift our ugly heads and roar something to the effect, “The Articles of Incorporation of a defunct Scottish Commercial Corporation that ceased operations in 1907 have  no authority, meaning, or enforce-ability on anyone today.  Get your heads screwed on or go away!” 

The greatest danger to this country is our own gullibility, general ignorance, 
and failure to take action.  

Those of us who are awake must make every effort to act as modern day Paul Reveres and put as many sticks in the wagon wheels of these run amok corporations as possible.  

8.  What is being done to stop these criminals from doing us and other people harm? 

First and foremost, the information is getting out and into the hands of foreign governments including the foreign governments responsible for this horse hooey.  

This has two immediate effects: (1) friendly governments now have an understanding of what has gone on here and are inclined to intercede in our favor; (2) governments and corporations that were scheming against us and against our property interests on many levels are now exposed and their criminality is apparent, thus, they are “encouraged” to cease and desist and are being obliged to slink back into the shadows. 

Second, once the Legal Persons are seized upon and converted and returned to the land jurisdiction, land law clamps down and people are again protected by the Constitutional guarantees and Geneva Conventions and other provisions that the Perpetrators have to honor or be further exposed as crime syndicates. 

Third, your Federation of Sovereign States, The United States of America, which is your official “Ship of State” is still sea-worthy and competent to act in your favor while you attend to the task of assembling your States and getting on your feet.  We have lost no time in rebutting False Claims of Abandonment and False Claims that our currency is insufficient.   We have also put numerous protections in place to stop the looting at an international level, including Notices and Liens and Fixture Attachments on all assets belonging to the States and People of this country.  This has been a long process that has run in tandem and in multiple jurisdictions, and poses an effective rebuttal to Globalist claims that we “no longer exist” and their attempts to seize our property. 

I know this is all a huge amount of unhappy information to take in, and I fully sympathize with the dismay and sense of being overwhelmed that many people feel.  

However, the actual States and People of this country have many friends and supporters,The United States of America  is widely revered, our founding Principles are strong and valid and second to none, our government structure has resisted all attempts to circumvent it, and we have cleared the pathway home.  

What remains is for each one of us who are free to do so, to correct the records and convey and convert the Legal Persons associated with us, and then assemble our actual States, which are physically defined and occupy the international land jurisdiction of this country. 

Go to: website to get help with the paperwork involved and to get started on the whole reclamation process. 


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My Opinion?

By Anna Von Reitz

My Opinion?  Okay, this really is just an opinion.  

What did I think of the Democratic Candidates?  

Seven out of the group led with stories about all their failures.  

What does that tell you?  

It tells me that they are consciously trying to appeal to losers, trying to get a “I’m a loser, too.” vibe going.  They are telling their fans, literally, that they are backing a loser.  Failed lawyers.  Failed businessmen.  Failed politicians.  

Do you want to vote for a loser?  Really? 

Must be some new Democratic Party polling meme: capture the Sympathy Vote. 

Tell what a failure you are, how you did really dumb stuff that forced you to seek a career in politics, because you failed at everything else…. 

And tanking now, too, I thought.  More than once. 

Such an approach doesn’t really show a lot of respect for or actual empathy for the voters.  Even sick, hurt, old, disabled, unemployed, and poor people want an effective champion.  They want a winner. They’re not stupid just because they are sick, hurt, old, disabled, unemployed, and poor.  

That, and “togetherness”.  That’s the obvious buzzword.  We’re gonna do it together!  Yeah!  Yes, we can….. rah, rah, rah! 

But what it is that they are going to do—together or separately— they fall down on that part.

Only one candidate (by my count) made a good faith stab at defining any focus for all the togetherness ya-ya.  And his presentation fell flat. 

There was, of course,  Bernie Sander’s suicidal Charge of the Light Brigade attack on all the Special Interests at once.  I guess that counts as an Action Agenda, but not a Togetherness Agenda. 

Not that many politicians in Washington actually want to do anything, much less bite the hands of the Special Interests. So, once again, Bernie Sanders, like The Cheese, stands alone. 

Bernie is the Last of the True Believers.  Really.  He puts me to shame. 

I get regular Dutch Uncle notes from people telling me how naive I am.  I can’t hold a candle to Bernie Sanders.  

Anyway, most of them were clearly pandering for sympathy votes and none of them have any talent for stand up comedy, which is a shame.  

A guy who could come in and make people laugh about innocent things instead of rehashing vicious old partisan themes could go far.  Instead….

Creepy, creaky Joe?  I’d rather vote for Doctor Strangelove.  

Pocahontas?  If she’d lie about THAT, she’d lie about anything.  

Bernie?  Enough said. 

The Middlemen — the pack of middle-aged career politicians jockeying for position, mainly to get experience and face time for later ambitions.  Blah, blah, blah.  I think I heard every cliche in the history of politics in less than an hour. 

That was really cloying.  I felt like a dog that ate too much peanut butter. 

The Young Turks — Ms. “Harris” — lies about who she is, just like Pocahontas.

And…. even if you don’t like a President, anyone in politics needs to respect his office, especially when you are running for his office. 

There’s a screw loose there that goes beyond young and dumb. 

It was a singularly bland and re-hashed and re-run presentation overall, with the oddballs sticking out like displaced porcupine quills.  

There was only one candidate who struck me as wise and measured and serious-minded. Sincere.  And as luck would have it, she was the one whose name zipped right by and wasn’t mentioned again.  She was the one who 
spoke about her Mother telling her not to let anyone tell her who she was.  

If I didn’t know better, I’d think it was a set up to make her shine by comparison to all the others.  But I do know better. 

Brainy, soft-spoken, serious-minded people have a real uphill battle in Washington.  The same Special Interests that Bernie loves to punt with don’t like their tools too sharp.  And without substantial Special Interest funding, it’s a very long shot to get traction and face time in the media. 

I would certainly look for her in events to come and be interested in what she had to say, I know that much.  

Remember, Grandma doesn’t have a dog in the fight. I am a disenfranchised Elector.  I don’t have a thing to say about it, except to speak my mind.  And so far, if you want to vote for a loser, it looks like the Dems have a full roster to choose from.  


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About 10% of Westerners Are Spiritually Awake (And That’s Enough to Bring About a New Earth)

You run into a lot of despair in this line of work. The more you learn about the mechanisms of power, the more hopeless things seem at first glance.

The political system is totally locked down, with anyone who tries to upend the status quo being aggressively sabotaged by the mass media and their own political party.

Technology, which futurists have long heralded as the deus ex machina which will liberate humanity from its self-destructive ways, is owned by plutocrats with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo, and is pervasively infiltrated by murderous intelligence agencies from top to bottom.

Even attempts to circulate information about the dangers of war, ecocide and oligarchy are consistently sabotaged by internet censorship, blanket de-platforming and mass media propaganda, and even imprisonment if one’s truth-telling becomes too successful.

Still, I remain unwaveringly hopeful. Not because I foresee any of those massive obstacles vanishing at any time in the near future, but because I see an escape route that none of them are blocking.

I have had a great many bizarre and utterly unanticipated experiences, some of them ongoing, which assure me beyond a shadow of a doubt that humanity is capable of far, far more than our consensus worldview about ourselves accounts for.

Most of those experiences I will probably never share publicly, because, while I often venture well off the beaten path in my commentary, if I discussed those experiences people will think I’m way more insane than they already believe me to be.

But I don’t mind sharing here that I know from my own experience that humans are capable of radically and permanently shifting into a much healthier and efficacious relationship with mental narrative, which happens to be the mechanism by which existing power structures keep us locked down.

But so what, right? Just because an individual is capable of exiting the fearful egoic state of consciousness which propagandists and social engineers exploit to manipulate us into consenting to the status quo doesn’t mean that everybody is.

People have been writing about spiritual enlightenment for millennia, and still we remain collectively asleep. Believing that such a shift is possible on a mass scale is childish and absurd. Right?

Well, maybe. That objection certainly makes sense from the perspective of our consensus worldview about what humans are capable of. Except people who’ve been coaching others into this shift for a long time say in no uncertain terms that it’s becoming more and more common.

For the first time there is a large scale awakening on our planet,” spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle said in an interview last year.

“Why now? Because if there is no change in human consciousness now, we will destroy ourselves and perhaps the planet. The insanity of the collective egoic mind, amplified by science and technology, is rapidly taking our species to the brink of disaster.

“Evolve or die: that is our only choice now. Without considering the Eastern world, my estimate is that at this time about ten percent of people in North America are already awakening. That makes thirty million Americans alone, and in addition to those people in other North American countries, about ten percent of the population of Western European countries are also awakening.

This is probably enough of a critical mass to bring about a new earth. So the transformation of consciousness is truly happening even though they won’t be reporting it on tonight’s news. Is it happening fast enough? I am hopeful about humanity’s future, much more so now than when I wrote The Power of Now. In fact that is why I wrote that book. I really wasn’t sure that humanity was going to survive. Now I feel differently. I see many reasons to be hopeful.”

Tolle is easily the best-known teacher on the subject of enlightenment in the western world, and he’s been doing it for decades. There’s not much research available on this topic, but if anyone in the west has interacted with enough people and gathered enough experience to make such a declaration, it would be him.

But what if he’s wrong? Well again, maybe. But he’s not alone in this perspective.

“There’s a phenomenon happening in the world today. More and more people are waking up — having real, authentic glimpses of reality,” writes Adyashanti, another longtime popular awakening coach.

“In the beginning of my teaching work, most of the people who came to me were seeking these deeper realizations of spirituality. They were seeking to wake up from the limiting and isolated senses of self they had imagined themselves to be.

“It’s this yearning that underpins all spiritual seeking: to discover for ourselves what we already intuit to be true — that there is more to life than we are currently perceiving. But as time has passed, more and more people are coming to me who have already had glimpses of this greater reality.”

Adyashanti gets a bit more specific than Tolle, saying that it’s non-abiding “glimpse”-type awakenings in particular that are growing more common, which often happen spontaneously without having been sought out.

“This glimpse of awakening, which I call non-abiding awakening, is becoming more and more common,” he writes.

“It happens for a moment, an afternoon, a day, a week — maybe as long as a month or two. Awareness opens up, the sense of the separate self falls away — and then, like the aperture on a camera lens, awareness closes back down.”

Jac O’Keeffe, another awakening coach who’s been teaching for some time, has more to add on the subject. She said in a 2015 interview that the awakening process, which used to be a difficult and much more physiologically grueling ordeal for humans, is coming to us more easily not just as a process, but in terms of how physically taxing it is as well.

“We live in an interesting time, and whether it’s a leap in the evolution of consciousness, or whether it’s because of the industrial age and the quickening that has come about in how we function as human beings; whether it’s unusual, or whether it’s a part of the pattern, I’m not sure,” O’Keeffe said.

“However, what’s happening right now is that there’s a mutation happening because we’re not changing fast enough for the changing mechanisms that we have created in the world. And so the shift in consciousness that’s happening now, it’s phenomenally more rapid than how it used to be. Things are not as concrete and as solid, not as difficult to shift in folk’s perception as it used to be. That’s for sure, for sure.”

“The mechanism of which through this is seen also, there seems to be less of a trauma or a dramatic shift,” O’Keeffe added.

“Spiritual shifts used to be really difficult on the body, really difficult on every level — they’re not now. And what is that? How come? It’s like our whole cellular structures are more susceptible to transformation, to the embodiment of a higher frequency, a higher vibration.

“And you know, while we have more toxicity, we also have more availability of hearing what’s beyond all of it, of information, of new influences, of education, you know? We’re learning how to use the mind at last. And so this is bringing about a quickening in the evolution of consciousness.”

Dr Jeffery A Martin, who has been gathering data on awakened individuals for the Center for the Study of Non-Symbolic Consciousness, told me via email that:

“We see an uptick in our data that starts about 1996. By this I mean the number of people saying they transitioned after that time versus before. However it is important to note that we have a snowball sample, not a full population sample, so that could be a bias in our data,” Martin added.

“If it is not, the only correlate we’ve been able to think of is that the Internet was reaching a level of connectivity and information sharing maturity starting about this time. So practices that were formerly secret or soloed were starting to become more available, and one of our key findings is that the best way to make progress is to find your fit from a practice standpoint.”

“I’m reasonably confident that significantly more people are coming to see True Nature than any other time in human history,” said awakening coach Fred Davis when I asked him for comment on the subject via email, adding, “I do think there are more clear beings on the planet than there were even ten years ago.”

Now obviously awakenings becoming more common than they used to be wouldn’t by itself mean much; humanity overall remains deeply unconscious and we appear to be bound for either extinction or Orwellian dystopia if we continue on our current trajectory at its current rate.

But the fact that this phenomenon seems to be getting more common and more easy in various ways indicates that something is up. Something entirely unanticipated, from way out of left field which neither the revolutionaries nor the propagandists have foreseen.

But why would we be experiencing a sudden shift in consciousness? Darwinian evolution doesn’t explain it, since if this phenomenon is real it’s moving far too quickly and without natural selection eliminating the unenlightened from the gene pool at any noticeable rate.

Well, maybe as O’Keeffe suggested it’s got something to do with the industrial age and how it’s changed the way we function as a species, or as Martin theorized is due to the increased availability of spiritual teachings online.

We now after all have over 4.5 billion human brains connected to each other by the internet with well over half our world’s population now online, which by itself is per definition a shift in human consciousness without adding any fancy stuff about spiritual enlightenment. It’s hard to imagine such a drastic change not having a significant impact on the way our minds operate collectively. So that could be part of it.

It could also have something to do with the fact that, as Adyashanti once suggested in an interview, we’re all aware on some level that we’re at a point of crisis where we’ll either change or go extinct.

Crises are often the catalyst for change,” he said.

“And I think as humanity is in general we can all start to agree, I hope we’re starting to agree, that we’re coming to a place of crisis. That… we’re coming into contact, not just with our own personal mortality, but our mortality as a species. That we as a species may not survive. And that can provide, just like individual mortality, [that] can lead to a change of consciousness because we realize time’s run out.

“There is no more time. So in that ‘no more time’ sometimes consciousness can shift. And as humanity I think we’re rapidly approaching that same kind of imperative. Time is running out and so quite naturally there is tremendous pressure on humanity and on humanity’s consciousness right now.

“We all feel it, right? This tremendous pressure to evolve, to awaken, because somehow intuitively everyone knows that if there’s not some rather dramatic shift in consciousness then this opportunity will be missed.”

Another potential explanation for our apparent “quickening” is the possibility that we’re all a lot more interconnected than we assume we are. Some strange and unexpected anomalies in scientific studies have poked a few uncomfortable holes in the consensus worldview about organisms existing as wholly independent individuals on this earth, which opens up the possibility that one person’s awakening could in some ways inform the level of consciousness of the whole of humanity.

Scientist Rupert Sheldrake has been documenting the curious way animals sometimes appear capable of picking up new skills in ways that learning and genetics don’t seem to account for, like the strange case of laboratory rats around the world suddenly getting better at navigating water mazes from generation to generation following a water maze study in the 1920s by psychologist William McDougall.

Sheldrake’s theories are often rejected by mainstream scientists with an extreme emotionality which reveals an egoic fixation on dogma rather than scientific objectivity, but if you’re curious about his ideas he had an interesting appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience a few years ago which outlines his thinking more clearly than any other video I’ve found.

If this is true, if humans are interconnected in such a way that one person’s awakening could be informing the rest of the species, then this could indicate that we are on track for a exponential awakening event of the kind that could transform us as a species overnight.

When futurist Roy Amara said “We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run,” he wasn’t really making a statement about technology, he was making a statement about human cognition.

We’re pattern-seeking creatures whose minds tend to think in linear terms within the near future, a tendency which served us well in our evolutionary history when trying to predict when it’s safe to reproduce and where the mammoths will be, but which is absolutely useless in predicting large-scale movements which may be nonlinear.

It’s possible that the only reason the predictions the hippies were making about the “great awakening” that started in the sixties was solely because of this cognitive bias Amara spoke of. Perhaps we overestimated the short-term effects of that shift and underestimated its ongoing effects in the long term.

I personally don’t know quite what to make of any of this, which could end up being a good thing. If our future depends on us finding a way out of this ecocidal, omnicidal status quo that the propagandists and manipulators can’t anticipate and slam the door on, it’s going to have to come from an unexpected and mysterious direction.

Something does appear to be stirring deep within our species, and for me that’s enough reason to hold out hope and keep pushing for real change.

Maybe this shift isn’t what it appears to be from my point of view, and even if it is that doesn’t mean it will necessarily start happening quickly enough, but it’s enough to take a stand on. I believe we’ll either transcend our old self-destructive patterns or perish, so we might as well say “Damn the torpedoes” and sprint toward that transcendence at full speed.

By Caitlin Johnstone, Guest writer