That’s the way it seems to be right now, these days. Just lots of items to take care of. The daily “tasks” often seem just totally occupying of my time.
I do not mind the “task duties” I’ve assigned to myself, and eventually they will be “assigned” to someone(s) else. But right now I do sense that it’s not the “occupying tasks” but rather the time with my father that is important. I sense it. He senses it, too, I feel.
I won’t go into more than that now, but I’m just here for awhile, and my outer-mind is getting used to being here, more and more.
A major (and heavy) furniture item was moved out yesterday, and my office area portion of my room is much more open and functional. I have a new printer/scanner/copier (HP 2640) that is working out great. One step at a time “The Office” is assembling itself.
As with all of Benjamin’s posts, feel free to “tune in” to that Higher Discernment while reading (particularly with regard to Trump and why he is doing / saying what he is doing / saying).
And enjoy the show!
“World tensions are reaching a dangerous boiling point as an increasingly isolated U.S. President Donald Trump lashes out in all directions. It looks like Trump is trying to rally U.S. military support for war against Denmark and Mexico in an attempt to seize resources to finance the U.S. corporate government, multiple sources agree… despite stealing the Japanese people’s pension money, the U.S. corporation still does not have a clear path to meeting its January 31, 2020 payment deadline. It is interesting to note in this context that Brexit is now scheduled for January 31, 2020.
“The U.S. has now deployed three aircraft carrier groups around that country as “the U.S. military prepares to attack Mexican drug cartels, who may be armed and trained by Mossad,” Pentagon sources say… we can independently confirm that some of the drug cartel fighters have indeed been trained by Mossad, we also know that this war on Mexico is really about stealing Mexican oil, silver, and other resources to finance the U.S. corporation.
“These events follow the installation of a Nazi government in Brazil and a seizure of lithium resources in Bolivia by U.S. Special Forces. Clearly the Trump administration is trying to turn the American continent into a fortress. Unfortunately, Canada (the British Empire), Denmark (the EU), and Mexico (supported by Russia and the Vatican) stand in his way.
“…the economic attack against China, where CIA sources in Asia promise, “China’s economy and financial system will most likely implode within two months. ‘The Party’ will try to keep it contained as long as possible.
“…CIA sources: “The Hong Kong situation was planned in detail long ago. It is financed from the top. Putin, Xi, and Trump knew about it beforehand, meaning they did not stop it. This incident was created as a smokescreen to keep ‘the people’ occupied. There is much more behind this and it will be exposed as well.”
“…our pro-Trump Pentagon sources had to say about the British royals: “The London Bridge knife attack appears to be a failed royal distraction from anti-Andrew hostility among the big guns of the UK military, the U.S. military, NATO, the EU, France, and Germany, who may force the Queen to strip this pedo enabler of not just royal but military titles.”
“Our own British sources confirm that Charles is widely viewed as toxic and say there is a strong push to have Prince Harry, whose father is not Charles, inherit the throne from the Queen. This would mean the first King Harold not of the bloodline of William the Conqueror since 1066.
“A European royal told us last week, “I did look at the theme of Satanism and found solid evidence of its existence and that sadly, many at perhaps the highest levels of the international establishment have been inculcated.” Solving the problem will require “industrial-scale extrication from a cult.”
“…the visit by Francis put fresh impetus on negotiations involving the Russians, the P2 Freemasons, the European royals, the Asian secret societies, the Pentagon, and others towards creating a meritocratically staffed future planning agency, European royal sources confirm.”
World tensions are reaching a dangerous boiling point as an increasingly isolated U.S. President Donald Trump lashes out in all directions. It looks like Trump is trying to rally U.S. military support for war against Denmark and Mexico in an attempt to seize resources to finance the U.S. corporate government, multiple sources agree. A major financial sabotage campaign is also underway against China, highlighted by the U.S. dollar bond default of a company with revenue of the satanic number of $66.6 billion. Meanwhile, Trump backers are lashing out against the British royal family. Remember, Trump has already labeled the EU “a foe.”
All of this activity is related to the fact that, despite stealing the Japanese people’s pension money, the U.S. corporation still does not have a clear path to meeting its January 31, 2020 payment deadline. It is interesting to note in this context that Brexit is now scheduled for January 31, 2020.
Let’s start by looking at the situation with Mexico. The U.S. has now deployed three aircraft carrier groups around that country as “the U.S. military prepares to attack Mexican drug cartels, who may be armed and trained by Mossad,” Pentagon sources say. http://www.gonavy.jp/CVLocation.html
While we can independently confirm that some of the drug cartel fighters have indeed been trained by Mossad, we also know that this war on Mexico is really about stealing Mexican oil, silver, and other resources to finance the U.S. corporation. That’s why the Mexican military has publicly come out in support of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (Amlo). https://news.yahoo.com/mexicos-top-military-brass-offer-200001882.html
What this means is that Trump is going to have to back down, because the U.S. military is not going to start a nuclear war to steal resources to support a foreign-owned UNITED STATES CORPORATION.
Next let us look at Denmark. Here, Lars Findsen, head of the Danish Defence Intelligence Service, said Greenland was now a top security issue for Denmark because a “power game is unfolding” between the U.S. and other global powers in the Arctic. Trump cancelled an August state visit to Denmark and called their Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen “nasty” after she refused to sell Greenland to the U.S. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-50598898
These events follow the installation of a Nazi government in Brazil and a seizure of lithium resources in Bolivia by U.S. Special Forces. Clearly the Trump administration is trying to turn the American continent into a fortress. Unfortunately, Canada (the British Empire), Denmark (the EU), and Mexico (supported by Russia and the Vatican) stand in his way.
Now let us turn to the economic attack against China, where CIA sources in Asia promise, “China’s economy and financial system will most likely implode within…
…two months. ‘The Party’ will try to keep it contained as long as possible.
The sources explain,
“The government cannot sustain the $40+ trillion debt that they created. Some in the know are saying the debt is closer to $50 trillion… all computer-generated unlimited credit. A lot of it was used to build massive infrastructure projects, which include numerous empty cities, complete with empty shopping malls. Five banks have failed in three months and the government had to step in and take them over. An estimated 500 banks in China are in serious trouble and expected to collapse, according to Chinese banking regulators. This is around 15% of China’s financial institutions.”
“The Hong Kong situation was planned in detail long ago. It is financed from the top. Putin, Xi, and Trump knew about it beforehand, meaning they did not stop it. This incident was created as a smokescreen to keep ‘the people’ occupied. There is much more behind this and it will be exposed as well.
“During this same time frame, one very large bank in NY will close its doors. The least of the bank’s problems will be the 37k+ employees in just the NY area that will not have a job. The larger problem is that it will bring on the domino effect, as this bank is closely connected to Deutsche Bank, which will put the EU is a serious crisis as DB will close its doors as well.”
The 37,000 employee number* indicates that most likely they are referring to JPMorgan. The troubles at JPMorgan may be related to the news that the Saudi Aramco IPO “was oversubscribed with $44B from captive Saudis but failed to mask its epic fail from foreign boycotts, as even Kuwait and the UAE are reluctant to invest.”
The fall of JPMorgan Chase and its petrodollar would of course mean the fall of the Rockefeller and Bush dynasties. That may be one reason why our usual Pentagon source indicates a serious fight is going on to alienate the Western military from the British royal family.
Here is what our pro-Trump Pentagon sources had to say about the British royals:
“The London Bridge knife attack appears to be a failed royal distraction from anti-Andrew hostility among the big guns of the UK military, the U.S. military, NATO, the EU, France, and Germany, who may force the Queen to strip this pedo enabler of not just royal but military titles.”
The source continues by saying, “The pitchforks are out, with the Monarchy no longer above reproach since Prince Charles may have been supplied by pedo Jimmy Saville for decades, as was his brother Randy Andy by pedo trafficker and blackmailer Epstein.” This is why “the UK military rails against Andrew for sprinkling his royal stardust on the Epstein pedo blackmail operation for the benefit of Israel,” the source concludes.
Our own British sources confirm that Charles is widely viewed as toxic and say there is a strong push to have Prince Harry, whose father is not Charles, inherit the throne from the Queen. This would mean the first King Harold not of the bloodline of William the Conqueror since 1066.
Regardless of what happens with the British royals, there are growing signs that the old order in the West is collapsing:
French President Emmanuel Macron has publicly come out and said NATO’s enemies are not Russia or China.
NATO member Turkey has refused to allow NATO defense plans for the Baltic countries against Russia.
Former U.S. ally Pakistan is ignoring U.S. pressure and going ahead with a pipeline to allow Iran to export its oil overland.
Meanwhile, the former Soviet republics are reaffirming their military alliance.
These changes coincide with a more secret campaign against the satanists. In particular, Pope Francis has been looking into the involvement of former Jesuit chief Peter Hans Kolvenbach in the Fukushima attack against Japan, P2 Freemason sources say. He was given fresh evidence of his involvement during Francis’ visit to Japan last week, the sources say.
Japanese right-wing sources close to the Emperor say former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone died in Guantanamo Bay after undergoing questioning about his involvement in the Fukushima attack. The nuclear weapon used in the attack was stored on his property in Hinodecho before the attack took place. Nakasone implicated Kolvenbach and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before his death, the sources say. Japanese newspapers announced his death the day after Pope Francis left Japan, but none of the reports listed a cause of death, as would normally be the case. However, he was 101 years old.
We are also trying to confirm reports from these same right-wing sources that former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi was replaced with a look-alike after being taken to Guantanamo.
These moves by Francis may be why self-described top satanist Leo Zagami has been attacking Francis recently. Zagami is implicated in the Fukushima attack and likely is worried that the investigative trail is headed his way now that Nakasone and Netanyahu have confessed.
A European royal told us last week, “I did look at the theme of Satanism and found solid evidence of its existence and that sadly, many at perhaps the highest levels of the international establishment have been inculcated.” Solving the problem will require “industrial-scale extrication from a cult.”
The source is hoping that by labeling these people “as brainwashed and therefore with diminished responsibility, if any at all,” it would be possible to deal with most of them through a process of peace and reconciliation.
A Jesuit source in Tokyo also told us that an elderly Jesuit showed Pope Francis a papyrus scroll with the following message written on it: “Satan has returned to the original creation and has received absolution. Thank you for keeping the candle burning all these long years.” The image on the scroll from the Egyptian Book of the Dead showed a verdict of innocence. It can be seen at this link: http://talesofancientegypt.blogspot.com/2010/08/book-of-dead-comments-by-anthony-holmes.html
In any case, the visit by Francis put fresh impetus on negotiations involving the Russians, the P2 Freemasons, the European royals, the Asian secret societies, the Pentagon, and others towards creating a meritocratically staffed future planning agency, European royal sources confirm.
* Note: The number of employees at the purported bank has been corrected.
When it comes to the topic of consciousness, it’s something, in my opinion, all living life forms posses. Including plants, and I believe there is conclusive evidence for that. In fact, the question of whether consciousness is something that resides outside of the brain, or is a product of it, has long been the subject of scientific debate. Parapsychological studies, which have gone through rigorous testing and according to statistics professor, Dr Jessica Utts at UC Irvine, have tighter controls than any other area of science, hint to the idea that consciousness is not solely located within us. This is evident by the fact that humans have the ability to “perceive” remote locations regardless of geographical distance (remote viewing) and it’s also evident by the fact that human thoughts and intentions can alter physical material reality at a distant location, at both the quantum level and at the human level.
For example, a paper published in Physics Essays explains how the double slit experiment has been used multiple times to explore the role of consciousness in shaping the nature of physical reality. The results clearly indicated that human intention, via meditators, were able to collapse the quantum wave function in that experiment, similar to the way observation or measurement does. The study received a 5 Sigma result, the same result that was given to CERN when they were awarded the Nobel Prize in 2013 for finding the Higgs particle, which turned out not to be Higgs after all).
I also like to point towards this document I found in the CIA’s electronic reading room titled “Research Into Paranormal Ability To Break Through Spatial Barriers” as another example that goes beyond the quantum scale.
Again, the point I am trying to hammer home is that I don’t believe biology is necessary for consciousness, but perhaps sometimes acts like a vessel for it without consciousness being dependant on biology. Near Death Experiences (NDE’S) are also a great great example hinting to the idea that consciousness is not dependant on biology, and perhaps one of the best.
But what if plants are conscious? But they don’t have a brain. Would that destroy the idea of the brain being a vessel of consciousness?
What comes to mind instantly here are the books written by hypnotherapist Delores Cannon. She has hypnotically regressed thousands of people with regards to supposed past lives, and found that many people have experienced past lives on our planet as well as on other planets as multiple different life forms, including trees, animals and plants. Now, how would one in a regressed state access these experiences? Where are they stored? These are questions that remain unanswered. The regression sessions are legit in the fact that the patient is actually in a hypnotic state sharing these experiences, there is no question about that, but we have no way of knowing whether or not what they are sharing is real, but the consistency with regards to past life regression among thousands of subjects is interesting. Many children also share stories that can even be verified regarding their past lives.
When it comes to plants, I’ve always thought that they were living, thinking, breathing, conscious beings. Grover Cleveland Backster Jr., was an interrogation specialist for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), who became well known for his experiments with plants using a lie-detector machine. Through his research, he believed that plants feel pain and have extrasensory perception (ESP). Author Michael Polan describes his experiments quite well in a piece he wrote for the New Yorkera few years ago regarding plant intelligence:
(Cleve) hooked up a galvanometer to the leaf of a dracaena, a houseplant that he kept in his office. To his astonishment, Backster found that simply by imagining the dracaena being set on fire he could make it rouse the needle of the polygraph machine, registering a surge of electrical activity suggesting that the plant felt stress. “Could the plant have been reading his mind?” the authors ask. “Backster felt like running into the street and shouting to the world, ‘Plants can think!’ ”
Backster and his collaborators went on to hook up polygraph machines to dozens of plants, including lettuces, onions, oranges, and bananas. He claimed that plants reacted to the thoughts (good or ill) of humans in close proximity and, in the case of humans familiar to them, over a great distance. In one experiment designed to test plant memory, Backster found that a plant that had witnessed the murder (by stomping) of another plant could pick out the killer from a lineup of six suspects, registering a surge of electrical activity when the murderer was brought before it. Backster’s plants also displayed a strong aversion to interspecies violence. Some had a stressful response when an egg was cracked in their presence, or when live shrimp were dropped into boiling water
His (Backster’s) work on this was published in the International Journal of Parapsychology.
Poland also describes the work of Monica Gagliano, a thirty-seven-year-old animal ecologist at the University of Western Australia. He describes an experiment she conducted with the plant Mimosa pudica, a fast moving plant that can be seen by the naked eye, kind of like the Venus Fly Trap.
Gagliano potted fifty-six of these plants, and had a system that dropped them from 15 centimetres every five seconds. When they are in danger, these plans curl up, and close their leaves. The plants did this after a few drops, but then realized that the drops weren’t really harmful so they remained open after that. It wasn’t just fatigue either, when the plants were shaken they closed up, and furthermore, the plants retained this knowledge because Gagliano tried again a month later and got the same response.
Gagliano said, imagining these events from the plants’ point of view. “You see, you want to be attuned to something new coming in. Then we went back to the drops, and they didn’t respond.” Gagliano reported that she retested her plants after a week and found that they continued to disregard the drop stimulus, indicating that they “remembered” (source)
Clearly, they learn, remember and apply that knowledge. These are all factors associated with consciousness and thinking. There has to be something or someone in there that’s responsible for that learning.
Fascinating isn’t it? Brains and neurons don’t seem to be a necessary requirement for factors associated with consciousness. What makes us assume that we need brains and neurons to be conscious? Why can’t we see any other type of possibility?
It sort of reminds me of the idea that planets have to be “Earth-like” to sustain or have life. How do we know? How do we know there aren’t beings that breath some sort of gas we’ve never even discovered? How do we know there aren’t beings that don’t need to breath?
Humans and their assumptions/limited imaginations…We are conditioned to ‘see’ things a certain way.
In the video below, in the second half of her interesting talk, Gagliano describes another experiment that suggests “someone” is in there. She conducted a similar experiment as Pavlov did with his dogs and makes some very interesting points.
“There is someone in there.”
Consciousness is not limited to humans and animals. It’s something that extends to plants, trees, insects, perhaps even the soil we walk on and much more that we take for granted. Perhaps our entire planet is awake and aware in ways we have barely yet to understand, perhaps our entire universe is?
The loss of daylight hours during winter is a common cause of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that hits seasonally and lifts as spring and summer rolls back around.
The fact that SAD occurs when the days begin to darken and sunlight is at a minimum is not a coincidence. Your health and mood are intricately tied to exposure to sunlight. For example, your serotonin levels (the hormone typically associated with elevating your mood) rise when you’re exposed to bright light.
Your melatonin level also rises and falls — inversely — with light and darkness. When it’s dark, your melatonin levels increase, which is why you may feel tired when the sun starts to set, and in the heart of winter, this may be at as early as 3 p.m. if you live far from the equator. Light and darkness also control your biological clock, or circadian rhythm, which impacts hormones that regulate your appetite and metabolism.
As explained in the paper, “Seasonal Affective Disorder: An Overview of Assessment and Treatment Approaches,” published in the journal Depression Research and Treatment in 2015:1
“… SAD is a recurrent major depressive disorder with a seasonal pattern usually beginning in fall and continuing into winter months. A subsyndromal type of SAD, or S-SAD, is commonly known as ‘winter blues.’ Less often, SAD causes depression in the spring or early summer.
Symptoms center on sad mood and low energy. Those most at risk are female, are younger, live far from the equator, and have family histories of depression, bipolar disorder, or SAD … Typical treatment includes antidepressant medications, light therapy, vitamin D, and counselling.”
Considering the many health risks associated with antidepressants, and the fact that their efficacy is right on par with placebos, my recommendation is to avoid them if at all possible.
Aside from light therapy and vitamin D, other drug-free treatment options include optimizing your omega-3 level, exercise, the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and normalizing your circadian rhythm, all of which will be reviewed here.
The Role of Vitamin D
As explained in the featured paper,2vitamin D appears to play a role in the activity of serotonin, a mood-balancing hormone, and melatonin, a hormone that responds to light and dark.
People with SAD tend to have lower serotonin and higher melatonin levels, which can account for the fatigue, tiredness and depressed mood typically associated with this condition. According to the Depression Research and Treatment paper:3
“A systematic review and meta-analysis concluded that low levels of vitamin D are associated with depression … During the winter months of November through February, those living about 33 degrees north or 30 degrees south of the equator are not able to synthesize vitamin D.
Many people with SAD and S-SAD have insufficient or deficient levels of vitamin D, and although no further studies have confirmed the findings, research investigating this association suggests that taking 100,000?IU daily may improve their symptoms.
Taking vitamin D before winter darkness sets in may help prevent symptoms of depression. Adverse reactions or intoxication is rare but could occur from doses of more than 50,000?IU per day.”
Vitamin D deficiency is very common, and should be a top consideration when you’re looking for a solution to flagging mood and energy — especially if it occurs during fall and winter months.
Ideally, you’ll want to get your vitamin D level tested twice a year, in summer and winter, when your levels are highest and lowest. This will help you fine-tune your dosage over time. While regular sun exposure is the best way to optimize your vitamin D level, this isn’t possible in many areas during the winter, thus necessitating the use of oral supplements instead.
GrassrootsHealth has a helpful calculator that can help estimate the dose required to reach healthy vitamin D levels based upon your measured starting point. The optimal level you’re looking for is between 60 and 80 ng/ml, and for all-around health, you’ll want to maintain this level year-round.
Omega-3 Fats Are Important Too
Another nutrient that can be helpful is marine-based omega-3. As noted in a 2009 review4 of three studies looking at the impact of omega-3 supplementation on patients with unipolar depression, childhood major depression and bipolar depression:
“Twelve bipolar outpatients with depressive symptoms were treated with 1.5-2.0 g/day of EPA for up to 6 months. In the adult unipolar depression study, highly significant benefits were found by week 3 of EPA treatment compared with placebo.
In the child study, an analysis … showed highly significant effects of omega-3 on each of the three rating scales. In the bipolar depression study, 8 of the 10 patients who completed at least one month of follow-up achieved a 50% or greater reduction in Hamilton depression scores within one month.”
In another study5 published that same year, people with lower blood levels of omega-3s were found to be more likely to have symptoms of depression and a more negative outlook while those with higher blood levels demonstrated the opposite emotional states.
A more recent review,6 published in 2015, pointed out that “Cell signaling and structure of the cell membrane are changed by omega-3-fatty acids, which demonstrates that an omega-3-fatty acid can act as an antidepressant.”
Importantly, this paper also points to research showing that the ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 is an important factor that can influence your depression risk. People with severe symptoms of depression have been found to have low concentrations of omega-3 in conjunction with considerably higher concentrations of omega-6.
You can learn more about the importance of this ratio in “Getting Your Omega-3 to Omega-6 ratio Right Is Essential For Optimal Health.” The key, really, to normalizing this ratio is to increase your omega-3 intake while simultaneously lowering your omega-6 consumption. This means you’ll need to ditch processed and fried foods, as they’re typically loaded with omega-6-rich vegetable oils.
Get Tested Today
GrassrootsHealth, which is conducting consumer-sponsored research into both vitamin D and omega-3, is one of your most cost-effective alternatives when it comes to testing.
Their vitamin D testing kit enrolls you into the GrassrootsHealth D*Action project, where your anonymized data will help researchers to provide accurate data about the vitamin D status in the population, the level at which disease prevention is obtained, and guidance on dosing to achieve optimal levels.
Their vitamin D, magnesium and omega-3 test kit is another option that will allow you to check the status of several vital nutrients at once. Each kit contains instructions for how to collect your blood sample. You then mail in your sample and fill out a quick online health questionnaire through GrassrootsHealth. A link to your test results will be emailed to you about a week after your blood samples have been received.
Light Therapy Is More Effective Than Antidepressants
Light therapy,7 using full-spectrum nonfluorescent lighting that has blue light to artificially mimic sunlight, is among the most effective treatment options for SAD. You want to avoid fluorescents as they emit large amounts of dirty electricity. Ideally, have the light exposure in the morning, well after sunrise. As noted in the Depression Research and Treatment paper:8
“Knowing the difference decreased daylight can make in triggering SAD and S-SAD, approaches seeking to replace the diminished sunshine using bright artificial light, particularly in the morning, have consistently showed promise …
Light boxes can be purchased that emit full spectrum light similar in composition to sunlight. Symptoms of SAD and S-SAD may be relieved by sitting in front of a light box first thing in the morning, from the early fall until spring …
Typically, light boxes filter out ultraviolet rays and require 20–60 minutes of exposure to 10,000?lux of cool-white… light daily during fall and winter.
This is about 20 times as great as ordinary indoor lighting … Light therapy should not be used in conjunction with photosensitizing medications such as lithium, melatonin, phenothiazine antipsychotics, and certain antibiotics.”
While light therapy can take up to four weeks before you notice an improvement, it was shown to be more effective than antidepressants for moderate to severe depression in a 2015 study.9,10 In it, the researchers evaluated the effectiveness of light therapy, alone and in conjunction with the antidepressant fluoxetine (sold under the brand name Prozac).
The eight-week trial included 122 adults between the ages of 19 and 60, who were diagnosed with moderate to severe depression. The participants were divided into four groups, receiving:
30 minutes of light therapy per day upon waking, using a 10,000 lux Carex brand day-light device, classic model, plus a placebo pill
Prozac (20 mg/day) plus a deactivated ion generator serving as a placebo light device
Light therapy plus Prozac
Placebo light device plus placebo pill (control group)
In conclusion, the study found that the combination of light therapy and Prozac was the most effective — but light therapy-only came in at a close second, followed by placebo. In other words, the drug treatment was the least effective of all, including placebo.
The mean changes in the Montgomery-Åsberg Depression Rating Scale from baseline to the eight-week end point was 16.9 for the combination therapy (active light- and drug therapy), and 13.4 for light therapy alone.
Blue Light During Daytime Hours May Improve Your Mood
In addition to the bright white light used in light therapy, blue light has also been shown to be useful. According to a 2010 study,11blue light appears to play a key role in your brain’s ability to process emotions, and its results suggest that spending more time in blue-enriched light could help prevent SAD.
Blue light is prevalent in outdoor light, so your body absorbs the most during the summer and much less in the winter. Because of this, the researchers suggested that adding blue light to indoor lighting, as opposed to the standard yellow lights typically used, may help boost mood and productivity year-round, and especially during the winter.
Keep in mind, however, that blue light after sunset or before sunrise should be avoided, as it can disrupt your circadian rhythm. In fact, one of the reasons for insomnia and poor sleep is related to excessive exposure to blue light-emitting technologies such as TV and computer screens, especially in the evening.
The blue light depresses melatonin production, thereby preventing you from feeling sleepy. So, to be clear, you only want to expose yourself to blue light in the morning, and possibly afternoon, but not in the evening.
“[R]ods and cones in the eye… are specialized cells that can transduce a photo signal into a nerve signal… In the mid-90s, a different type of cell was discovered… [called] intrinsically photosensitive Retinal Ganglion Cells (ipRGC).
It does the same thing as rods and cones: it transduced light to a nerve signal. But instead of the signal going to your visual cortex, it goes to your master clock. Those cells are most responsive to blue light. If you can block blue light, you can actually create something called circadian darkness or virtual darkness.
What that means is that you can see, but your brain doesn’t think that it’s daytime; your brain thinks that it’s in darkness. That is actually a practical solution for living with artificial light in our modern world…
With more awareness, future digital devices will adjust lighting in the evening to automatically dim and emit amber/red light [instead of blue]. This is much better for healthy circadian rhythms and sleep quality.”
As you can tell by Pardi’s explanation above, the blue light issue is closely related to your sleep quality and circadian rhythm maintenance, and this too is an important component of mental health.
Historically, humans went to sleep shortly after sunset and woke up when the sun rose. Straying too far from this biological pattern will disrupt delicate hormonal cycles in your body, which can affect both your mood and your health. Indeed, the link between depression and lack of sleep is well established, and sleep disturbance is one of the telltale signs of depression.12
Sleep therapy has also been shown to significantly improve depression. While there are individual differences, as a general rule, you’ll want to aim for about eight hours of sleep per night.
For many, this will require going to bed earlier, which can be difficult if you’ve been watching TV or using electronics beforehand, as the blue light from the screen suppresses your melatonin production.
So, an important part of the solution is to avoid screen-time for a couple of hours before bed. Alternatives to not watching TV or using electronics is to install a blue light modulating software such as Iris,13 or using blue-blocking glasses.
Just make sure you don’t wear blue blocking glasses during the daytime, which is when you need the blue light exposure. Also, make sure the glasses filter out light between 460 to 490 nanometers (nm), which is the range of blue light that most effectively reduces melatonin. You can easily tell this by looking at a blue light and if it doesn’t disappear with the glasses, it is not blocking that frequency.
Exercise Helps Prevent Depression
Like sleep, exercise can impact your risk of depression. Even a minimal amount of exercise may be enough to combat depression in some people — as little as one hour a week could prevent 12% of future cases of depression, according to one study.14
Participants were followed for 11 years in this study, during which time it was revealed that people who engaged in regular leisure-time exercise for one hour a week, regardless of intensity, were less likely to become depressed. On the flipside, those who didn’t exercise were 44% more likely to become depressed compared to those who did so for at least one to two hours a week.
Exercise benefits your brain and mood via multiple mechanisms, including creating new, excitable neurons along with new neurons designed to release the GABA neurotransmitter, which inhibits excessive neuronal firing, helping to induce a natural state of calm15 — similar to the way anti-anxiety drugs work, except that the mood-boosting benefits of exercise occur both immediately after a workout and on in the long term.
Exercise also boosts levels of potent brain chemicals like serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine, which may help buffer some of the effects of stress. What’s more, anandamide levels are known to increase during and following exercise.16Anandamide is a neurotransmitter and endocannabinoid produced in your brain that temporarily blocks feelings of pain and depression. It can also be activated with CBD products.
Tap for Symptoms of Depression
Last but not least, EFT, a form of psychological acupressure, is a noninvasive way that can help treat symptoms of depression, whether related to seasonal light differences or not.
Some people avoid energy psychology, believing it’s an alternative form of New Age spirituality. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is merely an advanced tool that can effectively address some of the psychological short circuiting that occurs in emotional illnesses.
It is not associated with any religion or spiritual outlook at all, but merely an effective resource you can use with whatever spiritual belief you have. In the video above, EFT practitioner Julie Schiffman demonstrates how you can use EFT to relieve your symptoms.
It’s the Season To Be Glad, Not SAD
Since SAD is triggered by the loss of light, it makes sense that light therapy is among the most effective treatments. Vitamin D and/or omega-3 deficiency, as well as lack of sleep and exercise, can also play a significant role, so addressing these basic lifestyle factors could also be what you need to avoid the winter blues.
In closing, it may be worth noting that it’s natural for your body to want to slow down somewhat in the wintertime. While this can be difficult when your work and personal life dictate otherwise, allowing yourself to slow down a bit and surrender to the overwinter process may ultimately help you to respect your body’s circadian rhythm, and recharge.
That said, this doesn’t mean you should plant yourself on the couch for the winter and not venture outdoors. On the contrary, staying active and spending time outdoors during the day are among the best “cures” for SAD.
In Ohio, suicide is the leading cause of death for children aged 10 to 14, according to a report from the Ohio Department of Health,1 and the second leading cause of death among 15- to 34-year-olds.2
The alarming numbers follow sobering data from the World Health Organization (WHO),3 which identified suicide as the second leading cause of death among 15- to 29-year-olds in 2016, worldwide. Suicide rates have been on the rise throughout the U.S., including in Ohio, where, from 2007 to 2018, the number of suicides among youth ages 10 to 24 increased by 56%, while the suicide rate increased by 64%.4
Suicide Deaths in Ohio Increased by Nearly 45%
When all age groups were factored in, suicide rates in Ohio rose by nearly 45% from 2007 to 2018, according to the report, with most suicides committed among adults aged 45 to 64. Overall, five people die due to suicide daily in the state, while one youth commits suicide every 33 hours.5
While suicides increased the most among youth, other populations also saw steep increases, including black men, with an increase of nearly 54% from 2014 to 2018, and adults aged 65 years and older, who had a nearly 48% rise from 2007 to 2018.6 Men were also about four times more likely to commit suicide than women.
A CDC report also revealed that students in Cleveland, Ohio, are more likely to attempt suicide than students in other cities. The report found that 2 in 10 high school students in the city tried to commit suicide in 2015, which means 20% of the high school population is suicidal.7
Cleveland is also home to the school district with the second-highest poverty rate in the U.S., along with close to 4,000 homeless students, which plays a role in suicide risk. Poverty, domestic violence, parental separation and other adverse childhood experiences that are more common in Cleveland youth than in other areas, account for some of the suicidal tendencies.
“It is not surprising, considering the environment in our urban setting, but it’s always alarming,” said Cleveland Metropolitan School District psychologist Bill Stencil to News 5 Cleveland. “High areas of poverty also have the stressors that go along with it, which may lend themselves to contemplating suicide, or actually attempting.”8
Suicide Is the 10th Leading Cause of Death in the US
As in Ohio, suicide rates rose across the U.S. from 1999 to 2016, making it the 10th leading cause of death. In 2016, nearly 45,000 Americans aged 10 and older committed suicide, and more than half of them did not have a diagnosed mental health condition.
“Relationship problems or loss, substance misuse, physical health problems and job, money, legal or housing stress often contributed to risk for suicide,” the CDC noted, but added, “Suicide is rarely caused by a single factor.”9 Suicide rates varied across the U.S., from a low of 6.9 per 100,000 residents per year in Washington to a high of 29.2 per year in Montana.
However, rates increased in nearly all U.S. states, 25 of which had increases of more than 30%. CDC principal deputy director Dr. Anne Schuchat called suicide a “tragedy for families and communities across the country.”10
Nearly 800,000 People Die by Suicide Globally Every Year
In calling suicide a “serious global public health issue,” WHO said the nearly 800,000 people who die by suicide annually is more than the number of people killed by malaria, breast cancer, war or homicide.11 Even among teenagers aged 15 to 19 years, suicide is the second leading cause of death after road injury.
“ … [M]any suicides happen impulsively in moments of crisis with a breakdown in the ability to deal with life stresses, such as financial problems, relationship breakup or chronic pain and illness,” WHO noted, adding:12
“In addition, experiencing conflict, disaster, violence, abuse, or loss and a sense of isolation are strongly associated with suicidal behaviour.
Suicide rates are also high amongst vulnerable groups who experience discrimination, such as refugees and migrants; indigenous peoples; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) persons; and prisoners. By far the strongest risk factor for suicide is a previous suicide attempt.”
Farmers, particularly those in rural agricultural areas in low- and middle-income countries, are also disproportionately affected. It’s estimated that self-poisoning with pesticides is responsible for 20% of suicides worldwide.13 In India, alone, about 16,000 farmers die due to suicide every year.14
Because intentional pesticide poisoning is so common among farmers, WHO cited reducing access to pesticides as an “underused but highly effective strategy” for suicide prevention:15
“The intervention that has the most imminent potential to bring down the number of suicides is restricting access to pesticides that are used for self-poisoning. The high toxicity of many pesticides means that such suicide attempts often lead to death, particularly in situations where there is no antidote or where there are no medical facilities nearby.”
Should the US Have a Psychologist General?
Writing in Scientific American, Kirk J. Schneider, a psychologist and member of the Council of the American Psychological Association, suggested a novel idea: that Congress should create a “psychologist general,” an office that would be dedicated to Americans’ mental health, similar to that of the surgeon general for physical health needs.16
Anxiety disorders represent the most common mental illness in the U.S., with 40 million U.S. adults affected.17 Further, in the U.S., an estimated 3.2 million adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 suffer from depression, defined as having at least one major depressive episode in a year.18
This accounts for 13.3% of adolescents, who experienced a period of at least two weeks with a depressed mood, loss of interest in daily activities and other symptoms, such as problems with sleep, appetite, energy, concentration or feelings of self-worth. Depression among adolescents is on the rise, increasing by 30% in the last 10 years,19 which could be one factor in why suicide rates are also increasing.
As Schneider noted, while the U.S. has the Public Health Services to communicate health recommendations to the public, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which is geared toward mental health, SAMHSA focuses on addition and “shorter-term, behavioral modalities,” and is medically oriented, which “may not be adequate to address the intense psychological needs of many in the nation.”20 Schneider explained:21
“Such a position could be filled by a psychologist, a counselor, a social worker, a researcher or a psychiatrist — but he or she must have specific expertise in psychological approaches to public mental health …
[T]here are indications that many in our society are overmedicated and that potent psychological methodologies could give people the resources to function more sustainably on their own or in conjunction with appropriate medical care.”
There is clearly a lack of mental health support in the U.S., and what does exist often uses medications as a first line of treatment, when a more comprehensive approach is warranted.
In fact, in 2013 1 in 6 Americans was taking antidepressants or some other type of psychiatric drug, and most appear to be taking them long-term.22 Meanwhile, suicide rates continue to rise, and antidepressant drugs, which may increase suicide risk, are not the answer for most.
The 12 Warning Signs of Suicide
According to the CDC, the 12 warning signs that someone may be contemplating or getting close to suicide are:23
A major change in mood or behavior, appearing consistently unhappy, depressed, irritable or withdrawn from family and friends
Poor grades in school or bad performance in extracurricular activities
Problems with concentration or changes in energy level or sleep schedule
Hurting themselves (wrist cutting, burning self)
History of depression or family history of depression
“If you know someone is struggling, you may be able to help save someone’s life by recognizing the warning signs and steps to take,” Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said.25 If you notice someone showing signs of contemplating suicide, it’s recommended that you ask them directly if they’re having suicidal thoughts.
“Asking about suicide does not increase the risk of suicide but does open up conversation,” the Ohio Department of Public Health explains. From there, be sure to listen to the person’s response and respond accordingly. Be sure to keep lethal means, such as firearms, away from them and call 911 if you’re in the middle of a crisis.
For ongoing support, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) or the Crisis Text Line (text “4hope” to 741 741). For more information about how to prevent suicide, see bethe1to.com.
Ask how they are feeling and if they are considering ending their life, or if they have a plan to do so
Don’t let them be alone and do your best to keep them safe
Make yourself available to them
Reach out to them daily and help them connect to others
Comprehensive Care for Mental Health
If you or a loved one is having suicidal thoughts, the important first step is getting help. In the longer term, however, lifestyle-based strategies, including dietary changes and exercise, are important. Certain foods are dense sources of nutrients known to help prevent depression as well as help recover from it, for instance. Twelve such antidepressant nutrients include:26
These can be found in such foods as seafood, particularly wild-caught Alaskan salmon, herring, sardines and anchovies, leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables and grass fed organ meats. If you’re struggling with mental health, it’s best to work with a holistic health care provider who can ensure you’re getting the nutrients your body needs to function optimally on a mental level.
Learning how to use an energy psychology tool like the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) can also make an enormous difference if you suffer from depression or any other kind of emotional challenge.
Every “US Citizen” regardless of political party should be offended by the abuse that President Trump is taking.
Biden and his son received more than a billion — billion with a “b”— in payola skimmed off the governments of Ukraine and China.
They are felons, international criminals, influence peddlers, racketeers, extortionists — men who sought and who received payola on a Big Time basis.
They should be in jail, not the campaign trail.
And if we didn’t have lunatics in the hen house, along with the foxes, they would be.
Our failure to react appropriately to shut the Bidens down and punish them, plus the current media circus in DC, just makes the rest of the world think we are all criminals and that we support the kind of racketeering that Biden engaged in.
Think about that for five seconds. Our failure to prosecute Biden, combined with the efforts of Democrats in Congress to impeach Donald Trump for doing his job and investigating this obvious wrong-doing by a former VP, makes everyone else in the world think that we are: (1) crazy or (2) criminals ourselves.
The rest of the world looks at Nancy Pelosi and they think — that woman is nuts.
They look at Pocohontas Warren and they think — that woman is a liar. Big time.
And so it goes. And then they turn and they look at us and, they think — “And these people elected these cretins — repeatedly?”
Are all the “US Citizens” criminals and nutcases, too?
As for Donald Trump, he would have made the same inquiries as part of the performance of his actual job — the one we pay for — whether Biden decided to run for office again or not. And he has proven that.
Trump and his Administration have investigated and prosecuted many claims of impropriety and racketeering and wrong-doing of worse kinds by current and past officials. That’s just the problem. That’s why the crooks want to impeach him. They are afraid that the next indictment will be their very own.
And in a lot of cases, something like four-fifths of the members of Congress, they should be indicted for crimes.
So — the criminals are impeaching Trump for investigating crime.
And, ironically, but predictably enough, they are trying to accuse Trump of what Biden actually did — and actually got paid for.
Remember — Biden asked for and got money. Lots of money.
All Trump asked for is information regarding possible criminal activity by a former VP —- which is his right and his job, folks. It’s what he should be doing.
And the idea that he was doing it because he was afraid of Joe Biden as a contender for the Presidency is ridiculous. Biden had already failed to make the mark as a serious Presidential contender at the time the question was asked.
Trump was in no need of dirt to Deep Six the Biden Campaign. It was already half a mile back in the rear-view mirror and off the tracks.
Everyone needs to get serious and think about this, because once again, the Media is trying to push a bill of goods saying that black is white and white is black and good is bad and bad is good.
Remember their modus operandi? Always accuse your opponent of what you are doing yourself? The pot always calls the kettle black?
Here they are, yelping the obvious Big Lie like a pack of dogs, right on time, following their Standard Operating Procedure.
So Joe mugged a little old lady, stole her purse, swore at her for struggling against his assault, which included kicking her to the ground and stepping on her hand, breaking her fingers as he ran off with her money and credit cards and ID — all of which he subsequently spent and enjoyed.
And Don is told about this, can’t hardly believe it, and makes inquiries.
Isn’t it obvious who the criminal is? Or should I say, who the criminals are?
To all our employees in the Federal Civil Service and Military and their dependents —- get off your rumps and save this country. Vote in the next election and try to do so intelligently for a change. Get rid of these jokers. Clean out Washington, DC, and help Donald Trump drain the swamp, or millions of you are going to get your Pink Slips.