EPSTEIN-BARR VIRUS, CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME, AND FIBROMYALGIA | GOOP

Wow! Fascinating read! As one who suffered from symptoms of chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia in the late nineties, and followed an unconventional alternative health protocol, this information is validating!

I implemented the protocol outlined by a doctor who had successfully treated thousands of people, back in the days when most doctors had never even heard of it, and thought you were a hypochondriac.

In addition to that I added a cumulative series of energy work meditations, called MAPS, Working with a medical team on the the Etheric level.

It was during one of these cumulative sessions that I emerged feeling the energy leaving my body through my arms. I had a deep, profound sense of well being, and I knew I would never be that sick again. And I never was. However, I have since developed a thyroid issue and sleep problems which could be related to EVB without me realizing it.

~PB


The Medical Medium—and What’s Potentially at the Root of Medical Mysteries

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The Medical Medium—and What’s Potentially at the Root of Medical Mysteries

In the foreword to Medical Medium, Alejandro Junger, M.D. writes, “As a man of science, I have been taught to the point of indoctrination that I must only trust what I can observe, measure, test, and reproduce.” But Junger then goes on to explain his career-long fascination with healers—those who can bring sight back through touch, or restore the mysteriously ailing to health. Sure, it sounds really out there, but one of the reasons we lean on Junger so heavily over here at goop is because he’s always willing to question the status quo—and to acknowledge that he might not have all the answers.

One of the unlikely places where Junger has found surprising—and according to him, spot-on—answers is from Anthony William, a self-titled Medical Medium, who has heard a force he calls Spirit in his ear since he was a toddler. As he recounts in his book, the vision of a man appeared at the dinner table one night when he was four years old and beckoned him to stand in front of his grandmother, put his hand on her chest, and say “lung cancer.” Plagued by curiosity, his parents took his grandmother to the doctor a few weeks later, and sure enough, she had a late stage lung cancer that had metastasized. And according to William, Spirit—though not visibly present—has been with him ever since.

William has a robust business—apparently the waiting list is years-long, half of his clients are doctors looking for advice on behalf of incurable patients, and he attends to callers by lottery—but he’s put some of his foundational knowledge into a book, which he’s quick to point out has absolutely nothing in the way of medical study footnotes or citations. As he explains, “It’s all new.” The focus is on “mystery illnesses,” i.e., a group of diseases that many physicians have been quick to dismiss as psychosomatic—and which primarily affect women—including chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, Lyme disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s, and Epstein-Barr virus. (More on EBV below.)

The book is a fascinating read, whether plausible or not. His personal story is compelling, and his discussion of disease and disease states is really interesting, even if you’re not personally affected. Below, you’ll find a chapter about Epstein-Barr Virus from Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal. For more from Anthony William on goop, see A Heavy Metal Detox, Mysteries of the Thyroid, and Why We Shouldn’t Dismiss Iodine.

EPSTEIN-BARR VIRUS, CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME, AND FIBROMYALGIA | GOOP

The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) has created a secret epidemic. Out of the roughly 320 million people in the U.S., over 225 million Americans have some form of EBV.

Epstein-Barr is responsible for mystery illnesses of every category: For some people, it creates fatigue and pain that go unnamed. For others, EBV symptoms prompt doctors to prescribe ineffective treatments, such as hormone replacement. And for so many people walking around with EBV, it gets misdiagnosed.

Among the reasons EBV is thriving: so little is understood about it. Medical communities are aware of only one version of EBV, but there are actually over 60 varieties. Epstein-Barr is behind several of the debilitating illnesses that stump doctors. As I said in the Introduction, it’s the mystery illness of mystery illnesses.

Doctors have no idea how the virus operates long-term and how problematic it can be. The truth is, EBV is the source of numerous health problems that are currently considered mystery illnesses, such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. EBV is also the cause of some major maladies that medical communities think they understand but really don’t—including thyroid disease, vertigo, and tinnitus.

This chapter explains when the Epstein-Barr virus arose, how it’s transmitted, how it operates to create untold havoc in strategic stages no one knows about, and the steps (never revealed before) that can destroy the virus and restore health.

EPSTEIN-BARR ORIGINS AND TRANSMISSION

Though Epstein-Barr was discovered by two brilliant physicians in 1964, it had actually begun taking hold in the early 1900s—over half a century before. EBV’s initial versions—which are still with us—are relatively slow to act, and might not even create notable symptoms until late in life. Even then, they’re only mildly harmful. Many people have these non-aggressive EBV strains.

Unfortunately, EBV has evolved over the decades, and each generation of the virus has grown more challenging than the one before.

Until the publication of this book, those with EBV would typically be stuck with it for the rest of their lives. Doctors seldom recognize EBV as the root cause of the myriad of problems it creates; plus doctors have no idea how to address the Epstein-Barr virus even when it is recognized.

There are many ways to catch EBV. For example, you can get it as a baby if your mother has the virus. You can also get it through infected blood. Hospitals don’t screen for the virus, so any blood transfusion puts you at risk. You can even get it from eating out! That’s because chefs are under tremendous pressure to get dishes prepared quickly. They often end up cutting a finger or hand, slapping on a Band-Aid, and continuing to work. Their blood can get into the food…and if they happen to have EBV during a contagious phase, that can be enough to infect you.

Transmission can also happen through other bodily fluids, such as those exchanged during sex. Under some circumstances, even a kiss can be enough to transmit EBV.

Someone with the virus isn’t contagious all the time, though. It’s most likely to spread during its Stage Two. Which brings up something else that until now hasn’t been revealed: EBV goes through four stages.

EPSTEIN-BARR STAGE ONE

If you catch EBV, it goes through an initial dormant period of floating around in your bloodstream doing little more than slowly replicating itself to build its numbers—and waiting for an opportunity to launch a more direct infection.

For example, if you physically exhaust yourself for weeks and give yourself no chance to fully recover, or allow your body to become deprived of essential nutrients such as zinc or vitamin B12, or undergo a traumatic emotional experience such as a breakup or the death of a loved one, the virus will detect your stress-related hormones and choose that time to take advantage.

EBV will also often act when you’re undergoing a major hormonal change—for example, during puberty, pregnancy, or menopause. A common scenario is when a woman goes through childbirth. Afterward, she may feel various symptoms, including fatigue, aches and pains, and depression. In this case EBV isn’t exploiting your weakness, but the fact that hormones are a powerful food source for it—their abundance acts as a trigger. The hormones flooding through your body effectively does for the virus what spinach does for Popeye.

EBV is inhumanly patient. This Stage One period of fortifying itself and waiting for an ideal opportunity can take weeks, months, or even a decade or longer, depending on a variety of factors.

The virus is especially vulnerable during Stage One. However, it’s also undetectable through tests and causes no symptoms, so you normally wouldn’t know to fight it, because you wouldn’t be aware it was there.

EPSTEIN-BARR STAGE TWO

At the end of Stage One, the Epstein-Barr virus is ready to do battle with your body. That’s when EBV first makes its presence known…by turning into mononucleosis. This is the infamous mono that we all grow up hearing about as the “kissing disease.” It’s what thousands of college students contract every year when they run themselves down with all-night partying and studying.

Medical communities are unaware that every case of mononucleosis is only Stage Two of EBV.

This is the period when the virus is most contagious. It’s therefore advisable to avoid getting exposed to blood, saliva, or other bodily fluids from someone who has mono…or to avoid exposing anyone to your fluids if you have mono.

During this Stage Two, your body’s immune system goes to war with the virus. It sends identifier cells to “tag” virus cells, i.e., place a hormone on them that marks them as invaders. It then sends soldier cells to seek out and kill the tagged virus cells. This is the power of your immune system coming to your defense.

How severely this battle rages will vary from person to person, because everyone is different, and it will also depend on what EBV strain or variety a person has. You can have mono for just a week or two with a mild scratchy throat and tiredness, in which case you aren’t likely to realize what’s really happening, so you most likely won’t visit a doctor for a blood test.

Then again, you can get hit hard with fatigue, sore throat, fever, headaches, rashes, and more that hang on for several months. If this happens, the chances are you’ll go see a doctor who’ll test your blood, and the Epstein-Barr virus will show up as a form of mono…most of the time.

It’s during this stage that EBV seeks a long-term home by making a run for one or more of your major organs—typically your liver and/or spleen. EBV loves being in these organs because mercury, dioxins, and other toxins are likely to accumulate there. The virus thrives on these poisons.

One other secret about EBV is that it has a best friend, a bacterium called Streptococcus. In such cases your body is dealing with not only a virus, but also bacteria that further confuse the immune system and produce their own array of symptoms. This is Epstein-Barr’s number one cofactor.

During EBV’s Stage Two, Streptococcus can travel up to create strep throat and/or infest the sinuses, nose, or mouth. It can also travel down to create infections in the urinary tract, vagina, kidneys, or bladder . . . eventually causing cystitis.

EPSTEIN-BARR STAGE THREE

Once the virus settles into your liver, spleen, and/or other organs, it nests there.

From this point on, when a doctor tests for Epstein-Barr, she or he will find antibodies and take these to indicate a past infection, when EBV was in its mono phase. The doctor will not find the EBV presently active in the bloodstream. The confusion here is one of the biggest blunders in medical history—this is how this virus has slipped through the cracks. Unless you have already followed the measures outlined in this book to kill the EBV, the virus is, in fact, still alive and causing new symptoms…and it’s eluding the tests. That’s because it’s living in the liver, spleen, or other organs, and the test to detect this has not yet been invented.

With the virus hiding undetected in your organs, your body assumes it’s won the war and the invader has been destroyed. Your immune system returns to its normal state, your mononucleosis ends, and your doctor tells you that you’re healthy.

Unfortunately, the Epstein-Barr virus has barely begun its voyage through your body.

If you have a typical variety, EBV could lie dormant in your organs for years—possibly for decades—without your knowing it. If you have an especially aggressive variety, though, EBV may create serious problems even while it’s nesting.

For example, the virus may burrow deep into your liver and spleen, causing those organs to become inflamed and enlarged. And once again, keep in mind that your doctor does not know to connect the dots between past EBV and its present activity in the organs.

The virus also creates three types of poison:

  • EBV excretes toxic waste matter, or viral byproduct. This becomes increasingly significant as the virus grows more cells, and its expanding army keeps eating and excreting poisonous byproduct. This waste matter is often identified as spirochetes, which can trigger false positives on tests such as Lyme titers (screening tests for Lyme disease) and lead to a false diagnosis of Lyme.
  • When a cell of the virus dies—which happens often, as the cells have a six-week life cycle—the corpse that is left behind is itself toxic and so further poisons your body. As with viral byproduct, this problem becomes more severe as EBV’s army grows, creating fatigue.
  • The poisons EBV creates through these two processes have the ability to generate a neurotoxin—i.e., a poison that disrupts nerve function and confuses your immune system. It will secrete this special toxin at strategic periods during Stage Three, and continuously during Stage Four, to prevent your immune system from zeroing in on the virus and attacking it.

The issues that may result from an aggressive variety of EBV nesting in your organs include:

  • Your liver performing so sluggishly that it does a poor job of flushing toxins out of your system.
  • Hepatitis C. (EBV is actually the primary cause of hepatitis C.)
  • Your liver’s sluggish performance leading to the lowering of your stomach’s hydrochloric acid and your intestinal tract starting to become toxic. This in turn can result in some food not being fully digested and instead putrefying in your intestinal tract, resulting in bloating and/or constipation.
  • Your developing sensitivities to foods that never caused you problems before. This happens when the virus consumes a food it likes, such as cheese, and transforms it into something your body doesn’t recognize.
  • The virus bides its time until it senses stress-related hormones indicating you’re in an especially vulnerable state—say, as a result of burning the candle at both ends, enduring a severe emotional blow, or suffering a physical jolt such as being in a car accident—or when it senses you’re undergoing hormonal upheaval, such as during pregnancy or menopause.

When the virus is nearly ready to spring, it begins excreting its neurotoxin. This adds to the burden on your system already created by EBV’s byproduct and virus corpses. All this poison in your system finally triggers your immune system—and also thoroughly confuses it, because it has no idea where the toxins are coming from.

Lupus

The immune system response I’ve just described triggers the mysterious symptoms that doctors can diagnose as lupus. Medical communities have no understanding that lupus is just the body reacting to Epstein-Barr’s byproducts and neurotoxins. It’s the body having an allergic reaction to these neurotoxins, which then elevates the inflammatory markers that doctors search for to identify and diagnose lupus. In truth, lupus is just a viral infection of Epstein-Barr.

Hypothyroidism and Other Thyroid Disorders

While your immune system is in disarray, EBV takes advantage of the chaos by leaving the organs it’s been nesting in and making a run for a different major organ or gland—which this time is your thyroid!

Medical communities aren’t yet aware that EBV is the actual cause of most thyroid disorders and diseases—especially Hashimoto’s, but also Graves’, thyroid cancer, and other thyroid ills. (Thyroid disease is also sometimes caused by radiation; but in over 95 percent of cases, the culprit is Epstein-Barr.) Medical research has not yet uncovered the true causes of thyroid disorders, and it’s still decades away from discovering that EBV is the virus that causes them. If a doctor gives you a Hashimoto’s diagnosis, it really means that she or he doesn’t know what’s wrong. The claim is that your body is attacking your thyroid—a view that arises from misinformation. In truth, it’s the EBV—not your body—attacking the thyroid.

Once in your thyroid, EBV begins drilling into its tissues. The virus cells literally twist and spin like drills to burrow deep into the thyroid, killing thyroid cells and scarring the organ as they go, creating hidden hypothyroidism in millions of women, from mild cases to the more extreme. Your immune system notices this and tries to intervene, causing inflammation; but between EBV’s neurotoxin, viral byproduct, and poisonous corpses confusing things, and with EBV hiding in your thyroid, your immune system can’t tag the virus for complete destruction.

While the above may sound unnerving, don’t let it rattle you; your thyroid has the ability to rejuvenate and heal itself when it’s given what it needs. And never underestimate the power of your immune system, which by the end of this chapter will become activated just by you learning the truth.

As a fallback option, your immune system tries to wall off the virus with calcium, creating nodules in your thyroid. However, this doesn’t hurt EBV. First, most of its cells evade this attack and remain free. Second, a virus cell that your immune system successfully walls off typically remains alive and turns its calcium prison into a comfortable home, where it feeds on your thyroid, draining it of energy. The virus cell might even eventually transform its prison into a living growth, called a cyst, that creates further strain on your thyroid.

Meanwhile, these attacks against EBV can hurt you if you aren’t eating enough calcium-rich foods. That’s because if your immune system can’t get the calcium to wall off the virus from your bloodstream, it’ll extract what it needs from your bones…which can lead to osteoporosis.

Simultaneously, the hundreds of virus cells that aren’t imprisoned in nodules can weaken your thyroid, making it less effective at producing the hormones your body needs to function. This lack of adequate thyroid hormones, coupled with EBV’s toxins, can in turn lead to weight gain, fatigue, mental fogginess, impaired memory, depression, hair loss, insomnia, brittle nails, muscle weakness, and/or dozens of other symptoms.

Some especially rare, aggressive varieties of EBV go even further. They create cancer in the thyroid. The rate of thyroid cancer in the U.S. has been rising rapidly. Medical communities don’t know that the cause is an increase in rare, aggressive forms of EBV.

The Epstein-Barr virus invades your thyroid for a strategic reason—it’s seeking to confuse and place stress on your endocrine system. The strain on your adrenal glands produces more adrenaline, which is a favored food of EBV that makes it stronger and better able to go after its ultimate target: your nervous system.

EPSTEIN-BARR STAGE FOUR

The ultimate goal of the Epstein-Barr virus is to leave your thyroid and inflame your central nervous system.

Your immune system normally wouldn’t allow this to happen. But if EBV has successfully worn you down in Stage Three by entering your thyroid, and if on top of that you abruptly get clobbered with some physical or severe emotional injury, the virus will take advantage of your vulnerability and start to cause a multitude of strange symptoms that range from heart palpitations to generalized aches and pains to nerve pain.

A common scenario is being in an accident, getting surgery, or suffering some other physical damage, and then feeling awful for much longer than would be expected from the injury alone. A typical reaction is to “feel like a truck hit me.”

Blood tests, X-rays, and MRIs will reveal nothing wrong, so doctors won’t be aware of the virus inflaming the nerves. Stage Four Epstein-Barr is therefore a major source of mystery illnesses—that is, problems that cause doctors massive confusion.

What’s actually happening is that your injured nerves trigger an “alarm” hormone to notify your body that the nerves are exposed and need repair. In Stage Four, EBV detects that hormone and rushes over to latch onto those damaged nerves.

A nerve is similar to a string of yarn with little root hairs hanging off it. When the nerve is injured, the root hairs pop off the sides of the nerve sheath. EBV looks for those openings and grabs onto them. If it succeeds, it can keep the area inflamed for years. As a result, you can have a relatively small injury that remains flared up and causes you continual pain.

The issues that result from this viral inflammation can include muscle pain, joint pain, painful tender points, back pain, tingling and/or numbness in the hands and feet, migraines, ongoing fatigue, dizziness, insomnia, unrestful sleep, and night sweats. Patients with these issues are sometimes diagnosed as having fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, or rheumatoid arthritis, all of which are collections of symptoms that medical communities admit they don’t understand and for which they have no cure. In such cases the patients are given inappropriate treatments that don’t begin to address the real culprit—because these mystery illnesses are really Stage Four Epstein-Barr.

One of the greatest missteps of all time is mistaking women’s Epstein-Barr symptoms for perimenopause and menopause. Symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, heart palpitations, dizziness, depression, hair loss, and anxiety were and are frequently misinterpreted as hormonal change—which is what launched the disastrous HRT movement. (To learn more, see Chapter 15, “Premenstrual Syndrome and Menopause.”)

Let’s take a closer look at the chronic illnesses that have puzzled doctors for decades and are the result of Stage Four Epstein-Barr.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

There’s a long history of womankind facing denial that there’s a physical cause of their suffering. Like those with fibromyalgia (see below), people with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)—also known by names such as myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS), and systemic exertion intolerance disease (SEID)—often hear that they are liars, lazy, delusional, and/or crazy. It’s an illness that affects women in disproportionately large numbers.

And chronic fatigue syndrome is on the rise.

It’s becoming common for young women in college to return home mid-semester with the condition, unable to do anything but lie in bed. Contracting CFS as a woman in your late teens or early 20s can be particularly devastating as you watch friends move on with relationships and jobs, meanwhile feeling stuck and unable to live up to your potential.

Women who get CFS in their 30s, 40s, or 50s have their own obstacles: while you’re old enough at this point to have an established life and support network, you also have established responsibilities. You’re likely trying to be everything to everybody, taking care of more than you can handle, and so you feel the pressure to act normal when CFS hits.

Compounding the isolation for both age groups are the feelings of guilt, fear, and shame that accompany their misdiagnoses. I’m sure that if you have CFS, you’ve been in the depths of physical suffering and had someone say, “But you look perfectly healthy.” It is so disheartening to feel unwell and hear from practitioners, friends, or family that there’s nothing wrong with you.

Chronic fatigue syndrome is real. It’s the Epstein-Barr virus.

As we’ve seen, those with CFS have an elevated viral load of EBV, which systematically afflicts the body by creating a neurotoxin that inflames the central nervous system. This can eventually weaken the adrenals and digestive system, and create the feeling that you have a low battery.

Fibromyalgia

We’ve had over six decades of medical denial that fibromyalgia is a legitimate problem. Now, medical communities are finally accepting it as an actual condition.

The best explanation doctors are given by the establishment, though, is that fibromyalgia is overactive nerves. What this really translates to is…no one has a clue. It’s not the doctors’ fault.
There’s no magic book they receive that tells them what will help their fibromyalgia patients or what is genuinely causing their pain.

The medical system is still years from discovering the illness’s true root—because it’s viral, and it takes place at a nerve level that medical tools currently can’t detect.

Those suffering from fibromyalgia are under a very real and debilitating attack. It’s the Epstein-Barr virus that is causing this disorder, inflaming both the central nervous system and nerves throughout the body, which creates ongoing pain, sensitivity to touch, severe fatigue, and a host of other issues.

Tinnitus

Tinnitus, or ringing in the ear, is usually caused by EBV getting into the inner ear’s nerve channel, called the labyrinth. The ringing is the result of the virus inflaming and vibrating the labyrinth and the vestibulocochlear nerve.

Vertigo and Meniere’s Disease

Vertigo and Meniere’s disease are often attributed by doctors to calcium crystals, or stones, becoming disrupted in the inner ear. However, most chronic cases are actually caused by EBV’s neurotoxin inflaming the vagus nerve.

Other Symptoms

Anxiety, dizziness, chest tightness, chest pain, esophageal spasms, and asthma can also be caused by EBV inflaming the vagus nerve.

Insomnia, and tingling and numbness in hands and feet, can be caused by phrenic nerves becoming perpetually inflamed by EBV.

And heart palpitations can result from buildup of EBV’s poisonous virus corpses and byproduct in the heart’s mitral valve.

If you have EBV, or suspect you do, you may find the virus in Stage Four beyond frustrating. Take comfort. If you take the right steps—which medical communities don’t know about yet, but which are covered at the end of this chapter—you can recover, rebuild your immune system, return to a normal state again, and regain control of your life.

TYPES OF EPSTEIN-BARR

As I’ve noted earlier, there are over 60 varieties of the Epstein-Barr virus. That number is so large because EBV has existed for well over 100 years. It’s had generations of people to move through, mutating and elevating its various hybrids and strains in that time. The strains can be organized into six groups of escalating severity, with roughly ten types per group.

EBV Group 1 is the oldest and mildest. These versions of the virus typically take years, even decades, to transition from one stage to another. Their effects might not be noticeable until you’re in your 70s or 80s, and then result in little more than back pain. They might even remain in your organs and never reach Stage Three or Stage Four.

EBV Group 2 moves from stage to stage a bit quicker than Group 1; you might notice symptoms in your 50s or 60s. These varieties may partially linger in the thyroid and send only some of their virus cells out to inflame nerves, resulting in relatively mild nerve inflammation. The only variety of EBV that medical communities are aware of is in this group.

EBV Group 3 will transition between stages faster than Group 2, so its symptoms might be noticeable around age 40. Also, these viruses fully complete Stage Four—that is, they entirely leave the thyroid to latch onto nerves. Viruses in this group can cause a variety of ills, including joint pain, fatigue, heart palpitations, tinnitus, and vertigo.

EBV Group 4 will create noticeable problems as early as age 30. Its aggressive actions on nerves can result in symptoms associated with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, brain fog, confusion, anxiety, moodiness, and everything caused by Groups 1 to 3. This group can also create symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder, even if a person never underwent any trauma beyond getting inflamed by the virus.

EBV Group 5 will create noticeable issues as early as age 20. This is an especially nasty form of the virus because it strikes just when a young person is setting out to start an independent life. It can create all the problems of Group 4, and it feeds off negative emotions such as fear and worry. Doctors who can’t find anything wrong, and perceive these patients as young and healthy, often declare “it’s all in your head” and send them to psychologists to convince them what’s actually happening in their bodies isn’t real. Unless, that is, a patient happens upon a doctor who’s up on the Lyme disease trend, in which case the patient will probably walk away with a Lyme misdiagnosis.

The worst type, however, is EBV Group 6, which can strike hard even in young children. In addition to everything Group 5 does, Group 6 can create symptoms so severe that they’re misdiagnosed as leukemia, viral meningitis, lupus, and more. Plus it suppresses the immune system, which can lead to a wide variety of symptoms including rashes, weakness in the limbs, and severe nerve pain.

HEALING FROM THE EPSTEIN-BARR VIRUS

Because it’s very easy to catch and hard to detect, and can cause a number of mysterious symptoms, you might understandably find the Epstein-Barr virus overwhelming and its effects disheartening.

The good news is that if you carefully and patiently follow the steps detailed in this section, and in Part IV of the book, you can heal. You can recover your immune system, free yourself of EBV, rejuvenate your body, gain full control over your health, and move on with your life.

How long the process takes varies for each individual and depends on myriad factors. Some people conquer the virus in as little as three months. However, a more typical period is a full year. And there are some people who need 18 months or more to destroy EBV.

Healing Foods

Certain fruits and vegetables can help your body rid itself of EBV and heal from its effects. The following are the best ones to incorporate into your diet (listed in rough order of importance). Try to eat at least three of these foods per day—the more the better—rotating your consumption so that in a given week or two, you get all of these foods into your system.

  • Wild blueberries: help restore the central nervous system and flush EBV neurotoxins out of the liver.
  • Celery: strengthens hydrochloric acid in the gut and provides mineral salts to the central nervous system.
  • Sprouts: high in zinc and selenium to strengthen the immune system against EBV.
  • Asparagus: cleanses the liver and spleen; strengthens the pancreas.
  • Spinach: creates an alkaline environment in the body and provides highly absorbable micronutrients to the nervous system.
  • Cilantro: removes heavy metals such as mercury and lead, which are favored foods of EBV.
  • Parsley: removes high levels of copper and aluminum, which feed EBV.
  • Coconut oil: antiviral and acts as an anti-inflammatory.
  • Garlic: antiviral and antibacterial that defends against EBV.
  • Ginger: helps with nutrient assimilation and relieves spasms associated with EBV.
  • Raspberries: rich in antioxidants to remove free radicals from the organs and bloodstream.
  • Lettuce: stimulates peristaltic action in the intestinal tract and helps cleanse EBV from the liver.
  • Papayas: restore the central nervous system; strengthen and rebuild hydrochloric acid in the gut.
  • Apricots: immune system rebuilders that also strengthen the blood.
  • Pomegranates: help detox and cleanse the blood as well as the lymphatic system.
  • Grapefruit: rich source of bioflavonoids and calcium to support the immune system and flush toxins out of the body.
  • Kale: high in specific alkaloids that protect against viruses such as EBV.
  • Sweet potatoes: help cleanse and detox the liver from EBV byproducts and toxins.
  • Cucumbers: strengthen the adrenals and kidneys and flush neurotoxins out of the bloodstream.
  • Fennel: contains strong antiviral compounds to fight off EBV.

Healing Herbs and Supplements

The following herbs and supplements (listed in rough order of importance) can further strengthen your immune system and aid your body in healing from the virus’s effects:

  • Cat’s claw: herb that reduces EBV and cofactors such as strep A and strep B.
  • Silver hydrosol: lowers EBV viral load.
  • Zinc: strengthens the immune system and protects the thyroid from EBV inflammation.
  • Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin and/or adenosylcobalamin): strengthens the central nervous system.
  • Licorice root: lowers EBV production and strengthens the adrenals and kidneys.
  • Lemon balm: antiviral and antibacterial. Kills EBV cells and strengthens the immune system.
  • 5-MTHF (5-methyltetrahydrofolate): helps strengthen the endocrine system and central nervous system.
  • Selenium: strengthens and protects the central nervous system.
  • Red marine algae: powerful antiviral that removes heavy metals such as mercury and reduces viral load.
  • L-lysine: lowers EBV load and acts as a central nervous system anti-inflammatory.
  • Spirulina (preferably from Hawaii): rebuilds the central nervous system and eliminates heavy metals.
  • Ester-C: strengthens the immune system and flushes EBV toxins from the liver.
  • Nettle leaf: provides vital micronutrients to the brain, blood, and central nervous system.
  • Monolaurin: antiviral; breaks down EBV load and reduces cofactors.
  • Elderberry: antiviral; strengthens the immune system.
  • Red clover: cleanses the liver, lymphatic system, and spleen of neurotoxins from EBV.
  • Star anise: antiviral; helps destroy EBV in the liver and thyroid.
  • Curcumin: component of turmeric that helps strengthen the endocrine system and central nervous system.

CASE HISTORIES

A Career Almost Lost to Epstein-Barr

Michelle and her husband, Matthew, both had high-paying corporate jobs. Michelle was a star at her firm and made a point of going to work throughout her pregnancy, leaving only when she was about to go into labor.

After giving birth, Michelle instantly fell in love with her new son, Jordan. She couldn’t have been happier. I have it all now, she thought, a career I love, and a family I love even more.

But Michelle’s bright future started to dim when she was struck with a fatigue she couldn’t shake. No matter how many vitamins she took or how much she exercised, she felt run-down all the time. So Michelle visited her doctor. After giving her a physical, he dismissed her concerns: “You look fine to me. It’s natural for a new baby to be exhausting. Just get more sleep and don’t worry about it.”

Michelle took care to sleep more. After another week, she felt worse than ever. Suspecting a post-pregnancy issue, Michelle went to see her OB/GYN. This doctor drew her blood for a number of tests, including several for thyroid disease. When the lab results came in, the OB/GYN correctly diagnosed Michelle as having Hashimoto’s—i.e., her thyroid was no longer producing the level of hormones needed.

Michelle was put on thyroid medication to get her hormone levels back to normal. This made her feel a little better…though not quite as well as she had before her pregnancy. She’d been aiming to return to work a month after having her son, and now she had to postpone those plans.

After about six months, Michelle’s fatigue was back—and much more severe. That’s when Michelle’s troubles really began. Soon she had trouble taking care of Jordan. Matthew agreed to help out until she felt better.

Instead, Michelle grew worse. On top of being tired, she started to feel aches and pains, especially in her joints. Michelle returned to her OB/GYN, who ran another set of tests. The lab results showed nothing wrong. Thanks to the thyroid medication Michelle was continuing to take, her thyroid levels were perfect. So were all her vitamin and mineral levels. The OB/GYN was baffled.

Suspecting that Michelle’s symptoms were related to her thyroid condition, the OB/GYN referred Michelle to a top endocrinologist (a doctor who specializes in hormonal issues). The specialist conducted a thorough thyroid profile, and tested Michelle’s other hormone levels from a variety of angles. He ended up telling Michelle she had “mild adrenal fatigue.”

There was some small truth to that. Michelle’s adrenal glands were being strained by the Epstein-Barr virus, which her pregnancy had triggered and which was now inflaming her thyroid.

The endocrinologist told Michelle to take it easy and avoid stress. On his recommendation, Michelle handed off the freelance consulting projects she’d been working on from home.

In reality, Michelle’s job had nothing to do with her condition. Her source of stress wasn’t her work, but the illness that was eating away at her life…and her seeming helplessness to understand it or do anything about it.

Michelle continued to get worse. Her knees flared up and swelled, making it difficult to walk. She bought knee supports…and decided to pursue help more aggressively. Michelle’s intuition told her an invader was present in her body, so she went to see an infectious disease specialist. This would be precisely the right thing to do—if infectious disease doctors actually knew how to recognize and treat past infections of EBV.

Unfortunately, they don’t. So after running an exhausting battery of tests and noticing that Michelle had an antibody from a past EBV infection, he dismissed it as a problem right away. This doctor told her she was physically fit. He added that she might be depressed, and offered to refer her to a psychiatrist.

Infuriated at being made to feel she was crazy for trying to address what she deeply sensed was a real physical problem, Michelle (painfully) rose and strode out of the room.

With increasing desperation, Michelle now visited doctors across the spectrum. They put her through ultrasounds, X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, and loads of blood tests. She was told she had Candida, fibromyalgia, MS, lupus, Lyme disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. None of it was right. She was put on immunosuppressant drugs, antibiotics, and loads of different supplements. None of the treatments helped.

Michelle became an insomniac, suffered heart palpitations, and developed chronic vertigo that caused dizziness and nausea. She dropped from 140 to 115 pounds.

Soon, Michelle was spending most of her days in bed. She was wasting away. Her husband, Matthew, was terrified.

After Michelle had spent four years exploring all other options, and based on the recommendation of the naturopath Michelle visited, Matthew called my office as a last resort. When my assistant answered, Matthew burst into tears. “What’s wrong?” she asked.

He replied, “My wife is dying.”

For our first appointment Matthew planned to do most of the talking while sitting next to Michelle, who was in bed. Less than a minute after Matthew started telling me Michelle’s story, I interrupted him. “It’s okay,” I said. “Spirit tells me it’s an aggressive form of the Epstein-Barr virus.”

The virus’s neurotoxin was inflaming all of Michelle’s joints. Her insomnia and foot pain were the result of her phrenic nerves being perpetually inflamed. Her vertigo stemmed from EBV’s neurotoxin inflaming her vagus nerve. And her heart palpitations were being caused by buildup of EBV virus corpses and viral byproduct in her mitral valve.

“Don’t worry,” I told Michelle and Matthew. “I know how to beat this virus.”

Michelle exclaimed, with as much joyful energy as she could muster, “I knew it was a virus!”

It was the first critical step in her recovery.

I recommended a blend of celery juice and papaya, which is great for boosting someone in Michelle’s condition (e.g., low weight, not being able to eat, high number of virus cells). I followed that up with the recommendations for healing in this chapter, including a list of helpful supplements, as well as the recommendations from Part IV, “How to Finally Heal.”

The cleanse diet immediately stopped feeding Michelle’s EBV. Within a week, there was a noticeable reduction of the swelling in her knees. The L-lysine shut down Michelle’s vertigo. And the other supplements started killing virus cells and/or dampening the production of new ones.

In three months, Michelle was regularly up and walking again. In nine months, she was once again working part-time at her challenging corporate job.

And in 18 months, Michelle’s pain and suffering were just a memory—she’d taken control over EBV. Today, Michelle has fully recovered her health. She’s returned to juggling her job and her family energetically and happily.

An End to CFS Confinement

Cynthia was a mother of two. Shortly after her youngest, Sophie, was born, Cynthia began experiencing fatigue. It took everything she had to push through the day, and she relied on increasing her coffee intake just to function. Within a few years, she had to quit her part-time job at a clothing store because long naps were taking up her afternoons. She needed the rest so she could be strong enough to meet her kids at the school bus, make dinner, and help them with their homework.

Cynthia noticed herself becoming irritable, and arguments arose often with her husband, Mark, who didn’t understand why she was tired all the time. After all, the tests that Cynthia’s doctor had run indicated nothing was wrong. The doctor said she was healthy and concluded that maybe she was just unhappy or depressed.

This made Cynthia want to walk out of the doctor’s office without another word. Any blue mood she experienced was because she was tired all the time and could barely function—not the other way around. Yet her husband sided with the doctor and became increasingly resentful toward her.

The ongoing stress put Cynthia on overload; life felt impossible to keep up with. She couldn’t find the energy to brush her hair, and the mere thought of running the vacuum cleaner or washing the dishes exhausted her. From the outside, it looked like she was giving up on life. Mark got angrier—he was talking separation now. “I work too long and hard at the office all day to worry about taking care of things at home,” he said. “This is supposed to be your department.”

Cynthia felt more pressure than ever to get better, but the worries about her marriage and what would happen to her children put her fatigue at an all-time high. She could barely drive to the grocery store or make dinner for her family. All she could do was lie in bed or on the couch.

This is what a moderate-to-severe case of undiagnosed chronic fatigue syndrome can look like. When Cynthia called me, her life had fallen apart. Her husband had left her, and her daughter, Sophie, now seven years old, and her son, Ryan, age nine, had lost their family unit. What her doctor had misconstrued as a psychiatric condition was an actual physical problem: Epstein-Barr virus. The same story applies to far too many women.

I set to work informing Cynthia that she had a case of EBV that her doctor had missed. With an emphasis on getting her viral load under control and addressing nutritional deficiencies, I laid out the background on CFS that I described earlier in this chapter, and I explained the protocols outlined here and in Part IV. Like her life depended on it—because it did—Cynthia followed Spirit’s advice.

Slowly, Cynthia began to get better. Her adrenals recovered normal function, and her stamina returned. Once again, she could tend to her children, run errands, keep the house in shape, and do her hair—all without the gallons of coffee she used to rely on. Cynthia finally had the energy to return to work, too.

After witnessing this change in his wife, Mark called Cynthia and asked her out to dinner—his mother would look after the kids, he said. When they arrived at the fancy restaurant, which had long ago been the deli where they had flirted as college students, Mark told Cynthia he’d called ahead and ordered a special healing-food meal for her—and that he’d ordered the same for himself, out of solidarity. Over sundried-tomato hummus and vegetable nori rolls, Mark didn’t exactly cry (some things would always stay the same), but he did have to dab at his eyes as he apologized for how he’d behaved.

Cynthia was quiet, then answered with a playful smile: “You can make it up to me.”

After a few weeks of testing the waters—Cynthia wanted to make sure Mark didn’t just want her back as a security blanket and housekeeper—they moved back in together as a family. Mark now wakes up early every Saturday morning so he can get to the farmers’ market before they run out of salad greens.

Fibro Pain Forgotten

Stacy, a 41-year-old part-time receptionist in a doctors’ office, had been married to Rob, who worked at a car dealership, for over 15 years. She never had the energy to keep up with the outings Rob planned with their daughters. In fact, she couldn’t remember ever feeling that well. She always felt slightly achy and more tired than her friends seemed to be. And since she’d given birth to her second child, who was now 11, the fatigue and muscle soreness had been more pronounced.

One weekend while Rob and the kids were at a museum, she went for a longer walk than usual—she’d decided to push herself to lose some unwanted weight she’d gained in the last few years. Afterward, she noticed an unusual pain in her left knee. Thinking back to her college basketball coach’s advice to “walk it off,” she tried to ignore it.

It didn’t go away. Two weeks later, she scheduled time for an exam with a doctor at her office. Stacy limped out of the appointment with a prescription for an MRI—which revealed nothing visibly wrong with her knee.

Because Stacy’s balance was off from leaning on her “good” leg, she found herself tripping easily—stairs, curbs, and corners of rugs had become major obstacles. Then her right knee started to hurt even though it hadn’t gotten injured in any of her falls, and exams showed nothing amiss. Stacy’s worry escalated to fear—something was really wrong. The doctors in her office ruled out rheumatoid arthritis, though, and guessed that the extra 30 pounds Stacy was carrying were to blame for her pain.

Soon Stacy started to hurt in other places. Now she couldn’t raise her hands over her head without her arms and neck hurting. She was unable to work anymore, and depression set in as she started to spend hours at home on the sofa. At night, Rob would make dinner for the family and send their daughter to serve Stacy her plate of food on the couch.

A specialist concluded that Stacy had fibromyalgia. When Stacy asked what caused it, the doctor responded, “We don’t know. It’s what we think is oversensitive nerves. This should help, though.” She handed Stacy a prescription for a medicine popular for treating depression and fibromyalgia pain. At her next visit to the specialist, when Stacy reported no progress, the doctor referred her to me.

After I explained what her fibromyalgia really was, that the real cause was the Epstein-Barr virus and that it had been in her system since childhood, Stacy recalled having a bout of mononucleosis at age 14. She finally felt she had a real answer. She understood now that poor diet, nutritional deficiencies, and increased stress had triggered the formerly dormant EBV to surface as fibromyalgia. Not knowing what was wrong with her—the powerlessness—had been scarier than knowing the true cause; the mystery of her mystery illness had been the hardest part. Now she had direction and felt confident in her ability to heal.

Within six months of our first call, following the same suggestions I describe in this chapter and Part IV, “How to Finally Heal,” she was free from fibromyalgia, back to work, and living life again. She told me she felt happier and healthier than ever, and that she’d planned the next family outing—apple picking at an organic orchard.

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

The first step of the healing process is to know the cause of your suffering is Epstein-Barr—and to realize it’s not your fault.

Your EBV-related health problems aren’t the result of anything you did wrong or any moral failing. You didn’t make this happen, and you’re in no way to blame. You did not manifest this; you did not attract this. You’re a vibrant, wonderful human being and you have every God-given right to heal. You deserve to heal.

Much of EBV’s effectiveness stems from hiding in the shadows so that neither you nor your body’s immune system can sense its presence. This not only allows it to commit its mayhem unchecked, it leads to negative emotions such as guilt, fear, and helplessness.

Now things are different for you. If you have EBV, you now have a mind-body understanding of what’s causing your health problems. From this alone, your immune system will strengthen and the virus will naturally weaken. So when it comes to fighting EBV, in a very real sense, knowledge is power.

For over twenty-five years, Anthony William has devoted his life to helping people overcome and prevent illness—and discover the lives they were meant to live. What he does is several decades ahead of scientific discovery. His compassionate approach has time and again given relief and results to those who seek him out. He is the host of the weekly radio show “Medical Medium” and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Medical Medium Thyroid Healing: The Truth behind Hashimoto’s, Graves’, Insomnia, Hypothyroidism, Thyroid Nodules & Epstein Barr; Medical Medium Life-Changing Foods: Save Yourself and the Ones You Love with the Hidden Healing Powers of Fruits & Vegetables; and Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal.

The views expressed in this article intend to highlight alternative studies and induce conversation. They are the views of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of goop, and are for informational purposes only, even if and to the extent that this article features the advice of physicians and medical practitioners. This article is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.

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US Patent 6506148 B2 Confirms Human Nervous System Manipulation Through Your Computer & TV ~ Published February 22, 2018 By Arjun Walia CE Staff Writer | Collective Evolution

US Patent 6506148 B2 Confirms Human Nervous System Manipulation Through Your Computer & TV ~ Published February 22, 2018
By Arjun Walia CE Staff Writer | Collective Evolution

It’s hard to find any information at all on a one “Hendricus G. Loos,” despite the fact that he’s filed multiple patent applications, with success, for apparatuses that deal with the manipulation of the human nervous system via a computer screen or a television monitor. In the abstract, he explains the following,

“Physiological effects have been observed in a human subject in response to stimulation of the skin with weak electromagnetic fields that are pulsed with certain frequencies near ½ Hz or 2.4 Hz, such as to excite a sensory resonance. Many computer monitors and TV tubes, when displaying pulsed images, emit pulsed electromagnetic fields of sufficient amplitudes to cause such excitation. It is therefore possible to manipulate the nervous system of a subject by pulsing images displayed on a nearby computer monitor or TV set. For the latter, the image pulsing may be imbedded in the program material, or it may be overlaid by modulating a video stream, either as an RF signal or as a video signal. The image displayed on a computer monitor may be pulsed effectively by a simple computer program. For certain monitors, pulsed electromagnetic fields capable of exciting sensory resonances in nearby subjects may be generated even as the displayed images are pulsed with subliminal intensity.”

The concerning thing about this, as the patent application explains, is that even a very weak pulse can have adverse affects on the human nervous system.

He then goes on to describe that pulse variability and strength can be controlled through software, and explains how, with regards to a computer monitor, DVDs, video tapes and more, and also how it can be remotely controlled from another location.

Perhaps the most concerning part is this,

“Certain monitors can emit electromagnetic field pulses that excite a sensory resonance in a nearby subject, through image pulses that are so weak as to be subliminal. This is unfortunate since it opens a way for mischievous application of the invention, whereby people are exposed unknowingly to manipulation of their nervous systems for someone else’s purposes. Such application would be unethical and is of course not advocated. It is mentioned here in order to alert the public to the possibility of covert abuse that may occur while being online, or while watching TV, a video, or a DVD.

The application is full of cited examples that the “nervous system of a subject can be manipulated through electromagnetic field pulses emitted by a nearby CRT or LCD monitor which displays images with pulsed intensity.”

Our nervous system basically controls everything in our body, including the brain. It’s a network of nerves and cells that carry messages to and from the brain and spinal cord to various parts of the body, and it’s no secret that the United States government, among others, have a long history of experimenting on human beings for mind control purposes. Could television be a mind-control tactic? It would explain why so many people believe stories and explanations of events presented to them by mainstream media, instantaneously, without even questioning.

In some cases, we are made to idolize what we see on T.V, like celebrities, and imitate behaviour and wants.

Sometimes, a perspective that’s backed by evidence, which completely counters the story and information we receive from mainstream media, is thrown into the “conspiracy realm.” This is dangerous, have we reached a point where our televisions are doing the thinking for us? Could they be using pulse techniques described above to influence our thoughts, behaviours and perceptions?

Given what we know about our governments and the unethical actions they’ve taken throughout history, it’s really not out of the question.

There is a reason why airplanes and hospitals ban the use of cell phones, it’s because their electromagnetic transmissions interfere with critical electrical devices. The brain is no different, it’s a bioelectric organ that’s extremely complex and generates electric fields. Scientists can actually control brain function with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), a technique that uses powerful pulses of electromagnetic radiation beamed into a person’s brain to jam or excite particular brain circuits.

This is the same type of thing described in the patent, so to what extent are our computer monitors and television screens doing this? This is why, for example, when somebody turns on their Sony Playstation, the screen warns them to read the important health information before playing. Research has also shown that simple cell phone transmissions can affect a person’s brainwaves quite significantly, which in turn leads to effects on their behaviour as well.

“Electromagnetic radiation can have an effect on mental behaviour when transmitting at the proper frequency.” – James Horne , from the Loughborough University Sleep Research Centre (source)

Not only this, but hundreds of scientists have come together, and are currently creating awareness on and petitioning the United Nations about the health effects of electromagnetic radiation. They’ve been linked to cancer, and have been shown to manipulate our DNA. You can read more about that here.

The initiative was started by Dr. Martin Blank, Ph.D., from the Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics at Colombia University, who has joined a group of scientists from around the world making an international appeal to the United Nations regarding the dangers associated with the use of various electromagnetic emitting devices, like cells phones and WiFi.

“Putting it bluntly they are damaging the living cells in our bodies and killing many of us prematurely,”said Dr. Martin Blank, from the Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics at Columbia University, in a video message.

“We have created something that is harming us, and it is getting out of control. Before Edison’s light bulb there was very little electromagnetic radiation in our environment. The levels today are very many times higher than natural background levels, and are growing rapidly because of all the new devices that emit this radiation.”

This information is a separate effect on the body from mind control, but it’s still important to mention and bring light to.

Not only are our electronic devices monitoring, watching, and recording everything we do, they may also be influencing our behaviour, perceptions, thoughts and feelings on a large-scale as well, but who really knows if “the powers that be” are using these devices for mind control, in the same way they use them for surveillance.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not hard to see how corporations use television to influence our behaviour and perceptions, but perhaps they, and other authorities, are changing things around, as mentioned above, and manipulating our nervous systems purposefully for their own personal gain, and knowingly do so.

Chamath Palihapitiya, the vice-president for user growth at Facebook prior to leaving the company in 2011, said, “The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops that we created are destroying how society works. . . . No civil discourse, no cooperation, misinformation, mistruth.” So, we are seeing a similar type of thing there as well.”

When it comes to mind control, project MK ultra was the CIA’s baby. It’s commonly believed that it was only LSD that was used on human test subjects, but that was just one program. As the US Supreme Court brought to light in 1985, MK ultra consisted of 162 different secret projects that were indirectly financed by the CIA, and contracted out to several universities, research foundations and similar institutions.” The majority of the MK Ultra records were actually destroyed, and have never been seen.

Perhaps television programming was a part of the MK Ultra program?

Concluding Comments

It’s hard to fathom the idea that we could be manipulated and used so much, for the purposes of profit, control, and other agendas, but it’s a reality we have to face. There are limitless examples of this throughout history all the way up to the modern-day, and all aspects of human life seem to be controlled by a select group of very few people from health, to finance, education, entertainment, big food and more. We’ve become tools for their use, and our thoughts, behaviours, and perceptions, for the most part, seem to be the same. If they’re a little different, or don’t really fit the frame, one can instantly be labelled, or become a ‘social outcast.’

There is no doubt in my mind that our Television, and other electronic devices has detrimental health effects, and that they do/can effect our nervous system in several different ways. The science on this is clear, but what is not so clear is the idea that there are others using these techniques, knowingly, to control our minds.

Based on all of my research into mind control ,and the actions our governments have taken and to what extent they’ve taken them to, I would be surprised if Television was not apart of the MK ultra program.

All and all, it’s another great recent to spend less time in-front of your screen, and more time with a book or spending time outside, or with family and friends. If there is one thing that’s for sure, our screens are detrimental to our health in several different ways.

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Florals for Beauty, Self Love, and Radiance | New York Institute of Aromatic Studies

Reknowned Aromatherapist Jade Shutes and The School for Aromatherapy merged last year to create the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. ~PB

Botanical Muse

Florals for Beauty, Self Love, and Radiance
| New York Institute of Aromatic Studies


Through the open door
A drowsy smell of flowers – gray heliotrope
And white sweet clover, and shy mignonette
Comes faintly in, and silent chorus leads
To the pervading symphony of Peace.

– Whittier

To me, there is nothing quite like a flower. Their beauty opens the heart, delights the senses, and heals the soul. Flowers reign supreme. Here are some of my favorite floral aromatics.


Rose (Rosa damascena)
The Queen of Flowers. Rose is available as an essential oil, an absolute, and a hydrosol (an aromatic water). Rose hydrosol is an affordable way to experience the preciousness of rose. Misting your face and neck with the healing aroma of rose is the perfect way to begin and end each day. It will beautify your skin with its soothing, humectant properties, while also nourishing your heart with its divine beauty. Rose is a gentle tonic to the heart and promotes tenderness, self love, and self acceptance.


Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
I think of gentle geranium as “The Great Balancer.” It’s a highly versatile oil that you can call on during times of emotional distress such as mood swings, anxiety, irritability, and self doubt. I love to add one drop each of geranium and lavender onto my pillow at night when I’m needing harmony and comfort.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) Lavender is a classic for a reason. It works on a wide variety of issues including soothing stress and skin, while also promoting restful sleep. I especially love using lavender in the summer because it cools both the mind and body in an incredibly gentle way.


Neroli (Citrus aurantium var amara)
A precious and beloved aroma also known as bitter orange flower. Neroli eases obsessive thoughts and promotes a lightness of being. Try 1-2 drops of neroli essential oil swirled into a cup of epsom salts. At the end of an overwhelming day, an aromatic bath with neroli will lift heaviness and help worries drift away.


Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)
A little goes a long way! Ylang ylang has a super sweet, heady, intoxicating aroma. The essential oil is fractionated, based on distillation time, resulting in five grades that are commercially available. It’s a deeply relaxing, harmonizing oil that is considered to be one of the best aphrodisiacs. It’s a delight to diffuse and works beautifully in skincare, especially for balancing oily skin and hair.


Jasmine (Jasminum grandiflorum and Jasminum sambac)
Jasmine has a lavish aroma that evokes euphoria and divine sensuality. It releases inhibitions and promotes playfulness and ease. Jasminum grandiflorum blooms during the day while Jasminum sambac blooms at night. Jasmine is technically an absolute, not an essential oil. Jasmine is a team player and works well with many aromatics. It’s an opulent addition to body and massage oils. Jasmine wakes you up to a higher self and keeps you there.

Floral aromatics are a true and precious gift from the plant world. They represent love, beauty, manifestation, thoughtfulness, and nurturance. It has been said that “every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.” I hope you’ll be inspired to experience flowers in a deeper way. See what your heart says. Bask in their gentle beauty . . .


Written by Miriam Carl


Miriam Carl is the founder of Kindred Earth Botanicals. She’s enchanted by the beauty of nature, healthy seasonal living, and all things aromatic. She is a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist through the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) and The School for Aromatic Studies. She has completed over 450 hours of formal training and serves as the Illinois State NAHA Director. Her goal is to guide clients through an exploration of healing on all levels with integrity, compassion, and kindness. Discover more about her aromatherapy practice at http://www.kindredearthbotanicals.com

Archons Plant Negative Voices in Your Head to Make You Generate Negative Emotional Energy — Stop Them With This Program

Archons Plant Negative Voices in Your Head to Make You Generate Negative Emotional Energy — Stop Them With This Program | PREPARE FOR CHANGE

by Keyholejourney.wordpress.com

I have received numerous emails from ordinary people asking me to explain the “That’s a Lie” program I used to get rid of the voices I heard as a young woman. I did this on my own without the help of psychologists or psychiatrists or their toxic drugs.

For those of you who hear voices or are consumed by strong and obsessive negative thoughts, it is critical that you understand that the voices and persistent negative thoughts that plague you are not yours. They come from outside of you and do not belong to you.

They are not hallucinations and you are not crazy. They are energy parasites and must turn your energy negative in order to utilize it as food. Their survival depends on draining and feeding off of your negative energy.

These are the same negative spirits known by the Gnostics in ancient times as Archons and demons in today’s biblical literature.

One big lie perpetrated by the establishment is that all people are powerless to combat this disease.  The truth is this is not a disease.

You are being attacked by a parasitic force outside yourself that installs negative thoughts into your mind in order to generate negative emotional energy which they absorb from you as food. You have experienced for yourselves how completely drained and depressed you feel after being consumed by negative thoughts.

The “That’s a Lie” program is a mental program designed to empower you. It is a program nothing and no one can take it away from you, except you. I am told by a clinical psychologist friend that this program has also worked to help victims of schizophrenia get rid of the voices they hear.

THAT’S A LIE PROGRAM – HOW IT DEVELOPED AND HOW IT WORKS

I think the best way to explain how I was able to send away the negative spirits that plagued me for years is to tell you a story.  It begins some 40 years ago, after I’d already spent several years researching the brain to learn what was wrong with me and how to fix it.

My initial research centered on conventional science. What I learned about the mechanics of the brain was interesting but didn’t help much as it only dealt with the material world. The voices that haunted me were not of that world.

The story begins when a friend of mine was going on a trip around the world and would be gone for 4 months.  She invited me to house sit for her and babysit her Yorkshire terrier. I jumped at the chance to live in a beautiful home in Mill Valley, California, secluded from everyone else in San Francisco.

At that time, I was struggling with how to forgive my ex and his new wife for taking my children from me and then poisoning their minds against me. This seclusion was a perfect opportunity for that effort.

The day after I moved in and said Bon Voyage to my friend, I went to a book store to browse around when a book fell off the shelf landing right at my feet. I picked it up to put it back on the shelf but first I flipped through its pages. It was by Wayne Dwyer called Your Erroneous Zones.

I took it to the book store coffee shop to browse through before deciding whether to buy it or not, and opened it to a random page which read:

“No one can make you feel good or bad. That is your choice. You have the ability to control your thoughts and only you can make yourself happy.”

I closed the book and whispered, “Oh, my God! I did not know that!” This was a pivotal moment for me that changed the course of my life.

I took the book back to my friend’s house and began reading every page. Many times I put it down to observe my thoughts. I wondered, “Who is it observing my thoughts? What are thoughts? Where do thoughts come from?

Where do thoughts go once we think them? How do I control them if I’m able to step back and watch them appear out of nowhere, realizing they are not coming from me, the watcher?”

At the end of the four months my friend returned from her world tour, she and I had a lot to discuss.  First she had to show me all her slides of places she visited and people she met. She looked vibrant and happy. At super I told her about the book.

“Did you know that you can control your thoughts and that no one can make you feel one way or another unless you allow it?” I asked.

She did not know this either and though her childhood had been quite normal, she loved the idea.  She asked if I would leave the book with her.

As I drove back to San Francisco to find a new apartment, I continued having revelations about my own mind.

In my new apartment, I spent time alone plowing through many texts about the brain and mind before I came across a book by Robert Monroe called Journeys out of the Body. I practiced some of the exercises the book recommended.

They didn’t cause me to travel out of my body but did have another astounding affect: I began to see flashes of memory from the first 13 years of my life of which I had previously had no recall.

I didn’t understand them at first until a flood gate opened and all the memories rushed in suddenly.  I was overwhelmed and could not believe the things I was remembering!

I felt like a deer in the headlights, understanding but too horrified to process everything all at once. Flashes of my father being enamored with Japanese torture methods and using me as his lab rat from age 3 to 6 surged into my mind; glimpses of spending six months in a juvenile detention center at age 6-1/2 and spending two weeks in solitary confinement appeared.

Finally flickers of spending 5 years in a Catholic orphanage where I and 500 other girls suffered stunning emotional and physical abuse until I was released at age 13.

Astonished by these memories that were coming up, I sat in the middle of my living room like a stone sculpture. When the “movie” of memories stopped, I whispered to the empty room, “That’s what’s wrong.  I got brainwashed.  What do I do now?”

The memory dump revealed that I was mind-controlled through physical and emotional torture.  What was so strange is that after the age of 13, my memories of my father are great!

He taught me to hunt and fish, and to be self-sufficient in the wilderness. He taught me advanced mathematics and so much more. I grew up loving math and science. It seemed natural that I would study civil engineering as a career path.

From everything I had read, I realized that early childhood experiences are embedded into the subconscious as truth: My subconscious truth was first you get tortured (by a man) and then the man treats your cuts, bruises, wounds, and then the man cuddles you and rocks you to sleep and then you feel loved and safe again.

This was exactly the scenario I had been playing out in life without ever knowing why! Never would I have understood this, had that dam not broken wide open when it did and for that I am grateful. On top of that conditioned behavior, the voices kept telling me I was worthlessness in this world but now with my memory returning, I knew differently.

I knew that the horrible things that were done to me; were not things I had caused, chosen or deserved. So not only did I need to figure out how overcome being brainwashed to fix my mind, I needed to find out how to get rid of the voices that plagued me and continued to tell me horrible things about myself.

When I got back to work after the weekend, my boss called me into his office. “Sherry,” he said, “How would you like to learn computer programming?”

I said, “Sounds interesting. What’s going on?”

He leaned back in his chair. “We just got awarded a contract to develop a computerized tracking system for a major Water District. I thought you would be the best candidate to head up the project.”

“Sure!” I said, “I’d love the challenge. When do we start?”

“Tomorrow,” he said.

Over the next months I learned computer programming. Fifteen months later I had written the computer code for the Water District’s tracking system and they loved it.

More than that, I saw a remarkable similarity between how computers process information and how our brains process information, each running on a program that is inserted by an outside programmer. While the computer program operates by its software code, the brain program operates by electrical impulses traveling specific synaptic paths.

I wondered if I could write a mental program that would not only tackle the negative thoughts i.e., the voices that were hounding me, but also eliminate or de-program the brainwashed conditioning that was exacerbating the misery in my life.

My theory was to write a mental program and train myself to use that new program more than the existing one until the new program became automatic and the existing program atrophied, weakened to the point it could no longer perform, even if I tried. In other words, rewire my brain.

I first tried to edit the code in my brain but it didn’t work.  It was way too complicated to remember while in the throws of unconscious conditioned responses set off by life events, or during Archon attacks. I needed to think of something easier; something I could remember while in the midst of older programming being triggered by the world around me.

I now knew that all the negative things I’d been taught about myself by my parents, the Juvenile Detention Center, the Catholic Orphanage, public schools, and society in general with regard to who I really was were not true.  It was all lies.

I was not a ‘bad and evil’ person destined to go to hell. I was not a ‘crazy’ person. I was not a ‘selfish’ person. I did not ‘hate’ myself or anyone else. I was not born to ‘hate’ life nor was I born to ‘sin’. I was not ‘stupid, going nowhere’. I was not ‘a bad mother’.

None of those things were true and yet, prior to running the new program, I heard this as truth by the voices and felt this as true by the mental conditioning all day and all night long.

Because of that, I had seen bewildered surprise in the faces and eyes of others as I watched myself over-reacting to their innocent words and walking away in embarrassment.

All I could do was cringe at my over-reactions later when I was alone. I vowed that if it took me my whole life, I would find a way to fix this.

After some trial and error, I designed a mental program called “That’s a Lie”. I actually have Wayne Dwyer to thank for initially setting me on the right track by pointing out that we do have a Choice about the way we think.

In other words, we have the ability to take control over our own mind.

I also give credit and many thanks to Universe for the synchronicity of dropping Wayne’s book at my feet and opening the door that allowed me to learn computer programming.  It was exactly what I needed to get started on the path toward fixing the root problem so that I could begin to heal.

The “That’s a Lie” program worked perfectly on eliminating the brainwashed conditioning, allowing me the mental space I required to become who I wanted to be instead of mindlessly being what others programmed into me. My theory had worked.

Once I broke through and conquered the brainwashing effects, I was surprised to find that much of what had been forcefully programmed into my brain as a child was still being utilized by the spirit parasites against me.

I was still receiving negative thoughts and messages which sounded exactly like my own thoughts. The prodding and poking, the suggestions, even demands coming from them were beyond anything I could imagine thinking, much less doing.

If these thoughts were not coming from me and I could sit back and watch them flow through me and feel disgusted by them, then they were from an outside source. Researching this, I learned about the Archons of ancient times.

“In 1947, texts were found in clay jars in Nag Hammadi in Egypt and, on these texts was a story of what the Nag Hammadi people, 2,000 years ago, thought the world was about.  In Gnostic belief, Archons were planetary rulers and guardians of the spiritual planes.

“The archons were associated with the seven visible planets, and perceived as agents of the Demiurge, predatory beings who inhibit spiritual awakening by convincing humanity of a false reality, forces of sin and temptation. They influence the way you perceive the world, not the world itself.

“The primary power in the world we inhabit is the indwelling divinity of the planet, the Gaian intelligence, called Sophia by the Gnostics. If you are aligned to the Gaian intelligence, you do not see the world as a place of fear and predation, but of beauty, bounty, and magic.”

This confirmed that I was not losing my mind but instead being attacked by negative, parasitic spirit beings that are very real.

Now it was time to apply the new program to see if it would work on the Archon/Demon voices that just would not leave me alone.

Once I actually applied the principals and stuck to them, the program worked just as effectively on them as it did on the brainwashing.

In essence, this program denies the entities their battle. You are armed with the truth that these parasites tell lies about who you are – lots of them. By not engaging and denying them the battle, you are not generating any food for them.

They must have negative energy to survive. They cannot generate it themselves. They have no power of their own. If they cannot evoke negative emotions from you, they have no choice but to leave or starve to death. If you are persistent they have to leave.

Here’s how I worked the “That’s a Lie” program:

Every time I caught myself having a knee-jerk over-reaction to a thought or feeling, I would say: THAT’S A LIE.

An example (one of many): Someone might say, “You are just a stupid idiot.” Instead of allowing the old program to run that would cause me to agree and feel low self-esteem or get angry about what the person said, I would consciously run the new program and say to myself, “That’s a Lie.”

My logical mind already knew I was not stupid but my subconscious mind needed the new program to be repeatedly run in order to create new neural pathways and a different recording.

How in the world could I work as a civil engineer and run an international human rights organization, and run my life in spite of all the stuff that had happened to me if I were stupid? The messages these entities were inserting into my mind were insane.

Click here to see a list of common lies these entities tell people. Apply the “That’s a Lie” program to each and every item on this list.

The truth is that each of us is born as a pure being; each with a pure and sovereign spirit, each with the potential to live a happy productive healthy and prosperous life. By the time the “world” gets through with us, running us through the mill and negatively programming us, we forget all of that.

For some of us the process is torturous (as was mine). For others the process is like every day hearing and seeing, witnessing people say and do things that are nasty, egotistical and completely contrary to the purity they were when they first arrived here in the flesh.

Thus, our subconscious records these things as truth when it is all lies. With our perception of the world influenced by these lies, we become the perfect feeding ground for these parasites to infest.

Unless we call it what it is.

Run the “That’s a Lie” program every single time you have a negative thought about yourself, even if this means you have to STOP in mid-sentence for a re-do. Do this until the program becomes automatic. When you do this, you will begin to see profound advancements in communicating with your brilliant higher self.

When this becomes automatic, you no longer have to think about it because the old program has atrophied and no longer runs. The software is corrupted. It cannot fire electric impulses along those old pathways because it can’t find them.

Then new doors and new ways of being and thinking will open to you. The voices, the Archons/ Demon spiritsare repelled by positive energy, so they will stay at bay. They may periodically return to test the waters but you will be able to recognize their foul presence and literally shrug them off with “That’s a Lie.”

This is not an overnight fix but it can be a permanent one. It is not easy and will take time, effort and diligence. For me, it also took stubbornness and tenacity. Many people just don’t want to do the work.

For those not willing to do the work needed, the program will fail and they will continue to be plagued with negativity and irrational behavior, triggered by the negative spirits.

This worked for me and, providing there is no organic damage to the brain, it can work for anyone who utilizes it consciously and diligently. There is no compromise. You are NOT the awful person these entities tell you that you are. Those are lies.

Your subconscious mind needs to know that what it recorded in your early years is false information. It learns this by repetition.

Consider the alternative of not making the effort. Have no doubt that these beings are energy parasites and will feed off of you until you change the programming in your subconscious mind or until you are dead.

They need you for your negative energy to surviveThey don’t give a damn about you other than as a food source.

Once you have worked this program as described above and absolutely know this works, you will be able to teach others the same thing with great ease. This method is not to be found in the text books, but should be.

Source: http://humansarefree.com/2018/05/archons-plant-negative-voices-in-your.html

Danger — Emotional Black Hole Ahead by Jennifer Hoffman | Enlightening Life

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We should have a warning sign to alert us when we’re activating our emotional black holes, like the robot on the Lost in Space TV show (from the 1960s) that would wave its arms around and say ‘Danger Will Robinson’ when danger was approaching. The next best thing is to understand what emotional black holes are, what causes them, and how we can avoid being pulled into them.

Have you ever been just sitting around, minding your own business, and then you get a phone call or text that sends you into an emotional tsunami? Suddenly your life, which you thought was just fine a minute before, is now in emotional overdrive and you are so upset, angry, unclear, or sad that you spiral into a negative emotional funk. Or you’re listening to the radio and a song plays that reminds you of your first heartbreak and you cry for days?

What just happened? Your emotional energy got set in motion because a connection was made to an emotional black hole which stirred up its energy and it sent you into a tailspin. Now you have to find the source of that emotional black hole and heal and release it so you can bring in new energies.

Emotional black holes are, contrary to what you may think, not places where we have no emotional energy. They are places in our emotional body where, like black holes in the universe, we have a concentration of very dense energy, a reservoir which contains all of our unhealed emotional trauma which is our soul wounds.  Our most painful emotional memories, in current and previous lives, represent our biggest emotional black holes, and they are powerful forces of dense, negative energy. And like black holes in space they drain energy away from everything in our lives. They can turn our best times into sad events because they are a constant reminder of a painful past. And they have strong trigger points that can be easily activated by the smallest event or situation.

Emotional black holes work in two ways – they suck in energy as we try to find an antidote for the pain we are feeling, and they alter our energy body so that all of our energy mirrors their energy. The greater the trauma, the more we are impacted by the frequency and vibration of our emotional black holes. Think of a giant vacuum cleaner that sucks all of the joy, peace, and good things from your life. Do you create the vacuum so you won’t risk being disappointed if things don’t work out for you?

Emotional black hole trauma is based on past experience so they have a basis in fact and truth.

And they are also the spaces we try to fill when we reach out for new relationships and look for people to love us. We hope they will fill the emotional black hole for us but, as you have probably already experienced, all they do is make the hole bigger because and they cannot give us something that we do not already have within us.

We receive and process universal energy through our emotional body and we are moving energy around all of the time. But our emotional black holes are a constant reminder of the pain we can experience when we take emotional risks or open our hearts to the potential for love. So we create an energetic comfort zone and we move energy in small amounts and within the same frequency and vibration, usually around the energy of our emotional black holes.

Then when we need to actually make a big shift and transform our old emotional energy, which means acknowledging it and consciously and intentionally releasing it from our energy body so another energy can take its place, something must get our attention.

So we create a life event that allows us to see where we are limiting our energy movement and which energy requires a major multi-dimensional move instead of a tiny, comfortable displacement. And when we need to shift the energy of our emotional black holes, the reminders arrive in hard to ignore ways that trigger every aspect. But when we ask for a transformation we get what we need to power up the change-mobile. Now we just have to do the work to implement the change in our life.

This is where we either stand up or give up, where we must be willing to trust that we won’t fall if we try to soar into the joy, peace, love, and abundance that we want in our lives. Our emotional black holes drain us and create a strong negative vibration that impacts all of our energy. Releasing them allows more fulfilling energy to enter our energy fields and become integrated in our lives

If this is more noticeable to you now it is because we are experiencing such high frequency and vibration energy downloads that all of the dense, negative energy of our emotional black holes is being triggered and we need to be willing to release it to make room for a higher vibration. This is an important part of our ascension journey and being willing to do this level of healing, clearing, releasing, and transformation is a courageous step in that direction.

If you’re ready to do work on clearing your emotional black holes, the Energy Mastery class series programs, audio files with worksheets, is now available on the Mastery Store. The class that addresses the Emotional Black Holes, which I first introduced a few years ago, what they are, how they impact you, and what to do to resolve them, is the ‘Rise into your Light class.

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Special Alert: The Alarming Reason Some People Die From The Flu

Special Alert: The Alarming Reason Some People Die From The Flu

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 2017-2018 flu season appears particularly virulent. Influenza activity increased significantly in December, with influenza A(H3N2) viruses predominating, and in a December 27 notice, the agency noted that “In the past, A(H3N2) virus-predominant influenza seasons have been associated with more hospitalizations and deaths in persons aged 65 years and older and young children …”1

While influenza can indeed be deadly in rare cases, what most health experts fail to tell you is that these deaths are typically the result of secondary infections, not the flu virus itself. Importantly, research has highlighted the link between influenza and severe sepsis — a progressive disease process initiated by an aggressive, dysfunctional immune response to an infection in the bloodstream (which is why it’s sometimes referred to as blood poisoning).

Symptoms of sepsis are often overlooked, even by health professionals, and without prompt treatment, the condition can be deadly. Unfortunately, conventional treatments often fail, and most hospitals have yet to embrace the use of intravenous (IV) vitamin C, hydrocortisone and thiamine,2 which has been shown to reduce sepsis mortality from 40 to a mere 8.5 percent.3,4

How Influenza May Cause Lethal Sepsis

According to researchers, “Severe sepsis is traditionally associated with bacterial diseases … However, viruses are becoming a growing cause of severe sepsis worldwide.” As noted in the video above, some sepsis symptoms also resemble influenza, which can lead to tragedy. The video offers guidelines on how to tell the difference between the two.

Sepsis, without doubt, requires immediate medical attention, whereas most people will successfully recover from the flu with a few days to a week of bedrest and fluids. Just how influenza can lead to sepsis is a somewhat complex affair, described as follows:5

“Regardless of the etiologic agent, the inflammatory response is highly interconnected with infection. In the initial response to an infection, severe sepsis is characterized by a pro-inflammatory state, while a progression to an anti-inflammatory state develops and favors secondary infections …

In the predominant pro-inflammatory state, Th1 cells activated by microorganisms increase transcription of pro-inflammatory cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor (TNF-α), interferon-γ (INF-γ), and interleukin-2 (IL-2).

[C]ytokines … released from endothelial cells and subsequently from macrophages can induce lymphocyte activation and infiltration at the sites of infection and will exert direct antiviral effects. Subsequently, with the shift toward an anti-inflammatory state, activated Th2 cells secrete interleukin-4 (IL-4) and interleukin-10 (IL-10).

In certain situations, T cells can become anergic, failing to proliferate and produce cytokines. Type I IFN has a potent anti-influenza virus activity; it induces transcription of several interferon stimulated genes, which in turn restrict viral replication. However, influenza virus developed several mechanisms to evade IFN response …

Viral infections such as the influenza virus can also trigger deregulation of the innate immune system with excessive cytokines release and potential harmful consequences. An abnormal immune response to influenza can lead to endothelial damage … deregulation of coagulation, and the consequent alteration of microvascular permeability, tissue edema, and shock.”

Signs and Symptoms of Sepsis

Common signs and symptoms of sepsis to watch out for include:6

  • A high fever
  • Inability to keep fluids down
  • Rapid heartbeat; rapid, shallow breathing and/or shortness of breath
  • Lethargy and/or confusion
  • Slurred speech, often resembling intoxication

Should a few or all of these be present, seek immediate medical attention to rule out sepsis. Also inform the medical staff that you suspect sepsis, as time is of the essence when it comes to treatment. As noted in the featured video, hydration is of utmost importance, as much of the damage caused by sepsis begins with fluid loss.

Preventive Strategies That Can Reduce Your Chances of Influenza, Sepsis and Other Secondary Infections

Your immune system is your first-line defense against all types of infections, be they bacterial or viral, so the most effective way to avoid coming down with the flu is to bolster your immune function. While conventional health authorities claim getting an annual flu shot is the best way to ward off influenza, the medical literature actually suggests vitamin D optimization may be a far more effective strategy, and the evidence for this goes back at least a decade.

Dr. John Cannell, founder of the Vitamin D Council, was one of the first to introduce the idea that vitamin D deficiency may actually be a causative factor in influenza. His hypothesis7 was initially published in the journal Epidemiology and Infection in 2006.8 It was subsequently followed up with another study published in the Virology Journal in 2008.9

The following year, a large, nationally representative study10 confirmed that people with the lowest vitamin D levels indeed reported having significantly more colds or cases of the flu.

Since then, a number of studies have come to similar conclusions. Most recently, a scientific review11,12 published last year concluded that vitamin D supplementation boosts immunity and cuts rates of cold and flu. In all, 25 randomized controlled trials were included in the review, involving nearly 11,000 individuals from more than a dozen countries. People with significant vitamin D deficiency (blood levels below 10 ng/mL), taking a vitamin D supplement reduced their risk of respiratory infections such as influenza by 50 percent.

People with higher vitamin D levels also benefited, although not as greatly. Overall, they reduced their risk by about 10 percent, which the researchers stated was about equal to the effect of flu vaccines. Coincidentally, 10 percent is the effectiveness rate of this year’s flu vaccine.13 The take-home message here is that vitamin D supplementation far exceeds the flu vaccine in terms of effectiveness, and the more deficient you are, the greater its protective effects.

Aside from vitamin D, loading up on vitamins B1 and C may go a long way toward keeping you healthy through the flu season and beyond. Influenza has also been successfully treated with high-dose vitamin C.14 Taking zinc lozenges at the first sign of a cold or flu can also be helpful.

Zinc boosts immune function and plays a vital role in activating your body’s T cells (white blood cells tasked with destroying infected cells). If you fall victim to frequent bacterial infections or colds, your body might be trying to tell you it needs more zinc.

Be Aware of This Life-Saving IV Protocol

If you or a loved one succumbs to sepsis, whether caused by influenza or some other infection, please remember that a protocol of IV vitamin C with hydrocortisone and thiamine (vitamin B1) can be lifesaving.15 So, urge your doctor to use it. Chances are, they might not even be aware of it.

This sepsis treatment protocol was developed Dr. Paul Marik, a critical care doctor at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in East Virginia, and clinical use has proven it to be remarkably effective for the treatment of sepsis, reducing mortality nearly fivefold.

Marik’s retrospective before-after clinical study16,17 showed that giving patients IV vitamin C with hydrocortisone and vitamin B1 for two days reduced mortality from 40 percent to 8.5 percent. Of the 50 patients treated, only four died, and all of them died from their underlying disease, not sepsis. Importantly, the treatment has no side effects and is inexpensive, readily available and simple to administer, so you really have nothing to lose by trying it.

The only contraindication is if you are glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficient (a genetic disorder).18 G6PD is an enzyme your red blood cells need to maintain membrane integrity.

High-dose IV vitamin C is a strong pro-oxidant, and giving a pro-oxidant to a G6PD-deficient individual can cause their red blood cells to rupture, which could have disastrous consequences. Fortunately, G6PC deficiency is relatively uncommon, and can be tested for. People of Mediterranean and African decent are at greater risk of being G6PC deficient. Worldwide, G6PD deficiency is thought to affect 400 million individuals, and in the U.S., an estimated 1 in 10 African-American males have it.19

This Year’s Flu Vaccine Is a Poor Match to Circulating Strains

Sadly, flu deaths are inevitably used to incite fear, and the recommended remedy is annual flu vaccination. As recently reported by lohud.com, an affiliate of the USA Today Network:20

“Doctors urged New Yorkers to get flu shots as pediatric deaths surfaced recently while a potentially record influenza season approached its peak cycle. The public-health warning comes after authorities in New York and Connecticut reported their first flu-related deaths took the lives of two children …

‘Influenza is a significant threat to public health, and we are strongly encouraging anyone who has not already gotten the flu vaccine to get one immediately,’ said Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker.”

Considering the many studies showing flu vaccines have a dismal success rate even when well-matched to circulating viral strains, the fact that vaccination continues to be touted as your first-line of defense against influenza suggests this annual campaign is more about generating conformity for profit, opposed to actually improving and protecting public health.

In January 2015, U.S. government officials admitted that, in most years, flu shots are — at best — 50 to 60 percent effective at preventing lab confirmed type A or B influenza requiring medical care.21 At the end of that same year, a CDC analysis22 revealed that, between 2005 and 2015, the influenza vaccine was actually less than 50 percent effective more than half of the time.

As mentioned, the 2017/2018 flu vaccine has an effectiveness rating of just 10 percent, due to it being poorly matched, yet the call for flu vaccination remains, while strategies that are 10 times more effective, such as vitamin D3 supplementation, are completely ignored! Many also gloss over the fact that flu deaths also occur in those who have been vaccinated. Such was the case with this 8-year-old boy in Arkansas, featured in this CNN report.

Flu Vaccine Likely Raises Your Risk of Illness

The fact that flu vaccines offer negligible protection against the flu is bad enough, but evidence suggests the vaccine may even make you more susceptible to the disease. For example, Canadian researchers found that annual flu vaccination appears to increase your risk of pandemic illness, and cause more serious bouts of illness.

Data collected from Canada and Hong Kong during 2009-2010 showed that people who received the seasonal flu vaccine in 2008 had twice the risk of getting the H1N1 “swine flu,” compared to those who had not received a flu shot.23

A well-publicized ferret study24 confirmed these results. Research25 published in 2011 also warned the seasonal flu vaccine appears to weaken children’s immune systems and increases their chances of getting sick from influenza viruses not included in the vaccine. Some health experts claim flu vaccination will help you develop resistance against strains that are not included in the vaccine, but research has actually shown the complete opposite to be true.

When blood samples from healthy, unvaccinated children and children who had received an annual flu shot were compared, the former unvaccinated group had naturally built up more antibodies across a wider variety of influenza strains compared to the latter vaccinated group.26 Flu vaccines are also associated with debilitating and potentially lifelong side effects such as Guillain–Barré syndrome and chronic shoulder injury related to vaccine administration (SIRVA).

But what about the claim that you might contract influenza from your flu shot? There are many anecdotal reports of people developing the worst bout of influenza they’ve ever had, following a routine flu vaccination, and indeed, a Chinese study27 published in 2012 appears to support such claims, finding that children had a 4.4 higher chance of contracting a viral upper respiratory infection following seasonal flu vaccine administration.

It’s also worth noting that double-blind, placebo controlled trials for vaccines are not done. Instead, all a vaccine trial needs to demonstrate in order for the vaccine to be licensed is an antibody response.28

Researchers have also highlighted the influence of bias in studies looking at influenza vaccine effectiveness. As noted in one 2010 study,29 ”Forgoing vaccination predicted death in those who had received vaccinations in the previous five years, but it predicted survival in patients who had never before received a vaccination. We conclude that bias is inherent in studies of influenza vaccination and death among elderly patients.”

Beware: Tamiflu Can Trigger Psychosis

Should you or your child come down with the flu and your doctor or pediatrician recommends Tamiflu,30 you should know this antiviral drug has been shown to shorten the duration of flu symptoms by less than 17 hours.31,32 It also does not reduce viral transmission and does not lower your risk of complications from the flu, such as pneumonia.33,34 Scientist have also warned that the risks far outweigh the benefits.35

These risks include convulsions, brain infections, psychosis and other neuropsychiatric problems. Tamiflu made recent headlines after a 6-year-old girl started hallucinating and attempted to jump out a second story window.36 “I don’t think the 16 hours of symptom relief from the flu is worth the possible side effects that we went through,” the girl’s father told ABC7 News.37

Indeed, a number of studies have observed that Tamiflu may cause psychiatric symptoms. Research38 published in 2015 reported the case of a 22-year-old man who “complained of mood swings, suicidal feelings, auditory hallucinations, memory deterioration and insomnia” after taking the drug. Other studies39 have found more than half of all children taking Tamiflu suffer side effects from the drug.40

Dangerous Lies Told by the CDC

Prior to the global H1N1 scare, the U.S. government stockpiled $1.5 billion of this basically useless antiviral — money that could have been spent in far better ways than merely enriching Roche’s company pockets. As noted in an article about Tamiflu by The Atlantic, “The only people helped by the proven-to-be-ineffective drug are its manufacturers.”41

A 2013 Forbes article42 also spelled out a number of flaws in the science behind Tamiflu, and how benefits were overstated. Despite all of this overwhelming evidence, the CDC to this day continues to recommend both flu vaccines and antiviral drugs like Tamiflu.43 They even continue to claim antiviral drugs “may prevent serious flu complications” — though the evidence clearly shows Tamiflu does no such thing.

The take-home message here is to do your homework, and not blindly follow public health recommendations. Also avoid falling prey to unreasonable fears. All deaths are tragic, but people die from influenza with and without flu vaccines. People also die without certain drugs, and from drugs.

Remember, optimizing your vitamin D to a level of 60 to 80 ng/mL may be one of the most effective flu prevention strategies out there. Also familiarize yourself with the signs and symptoms of sepsis, and urge your doctor to administer Marik’s IV vitamin C protocol should you or a loved one be diagnosed with sepsis. It just might save your life.

This article was brought to you by Dr. Mercola, a New York Times bestselling author. For more helpful articles, please visit Mercola.com today and receive your free Take Control of Your Health E-book!

See also:
The Difference Between A Cold And Flu – Try Nature’s Flu Shot
Flu Vaccine Insert Admits Safety and Effectiveness Not Established, Product Contains Mercury

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DAILY OM ~ Unmedicated. The Four Pillars of Natural Wellness

Unmedicated. The Four Pillars of Natural Wellness

By Madisyn Taylor

The following is an excerpt from Madisyn Taylor’s new book, “Unmedicated: The Four Pillars of Natural Wellness.”  If you would like to purchase the book, click here.

When we think of medication in the traditional sense, we think about pills taken on a daily basis to provide relief from a specific ailment. Our doctor writes us a prescription for what ails us and we begin the regimen. Normally we accept the medication without question, because we fully believe it will make us well and we trust our doctor with our health. In many cases, this belief is warranted. In these situations, the medication has a direct intent and use, and taken for a period of time, it can give much-needed relief and healing.

Unmedicated offers an alternative, holistic path for people who want to heal themselves from the crippling effects that excessive reliance on medications such as antidepressants can create in the body, mind, and spirit. I hear too often from my friends, colleagues, or those who write to me through DailyOM, “I’m suffering on medication.” This book is for them and for you–for anyone who wants to be their healthiest. I want to provide a new, gentle option–a guide based on the assumption that you know best the roots of what debilitates you and prevents you from living fully. I’m a big believer in taking your health into your own hands, which really means taking your life into your own hands.

You must advocate for your own health because nobody else is going to. You must practice being inquisitive, informed, and proactive. At first it may be challenging and maybe even intimidating to question your doctor. I know firsthand because I had to learn to find the courage to speak up. Now, whenever I am offered medication, I always ask these two questions:

1. Is there a lifestyle change I can make first to avoid taking this medication?
2. Is there an underlying, root cause of the condition?

It isn’t always possible to find the answers, but I always investigate first, and being informed leaves me feeling empowered rather than deflated. When you decide to really advocate for your own health, it means having a conversation with your doctor and then researching on your own. I check the website of the pharmaceutical company to read side effects and studies, I check with friends to see if they have taken the medication, and I look online for any negative feedback from other people who have taken it.

I do the same thing when exploring an alternative: Is there an herbal or homeopathic remedy? A lifestyle or dietary change I can make? For too long we have given our power away to our doctors. If you are fortunate enough to have a family doctor who has known you well and for a long time, count yourself lucky. Most people have multiple doctors for different ailments and have zero personal connection with their caregivers. Because we often lack a relationship with our doctors, there is a disconnect, and we simply take the prescription order and fill it; we assume that is what is best for us. Maybe the prescription is best for you, but you owe it to yourself to find out why.

There are other types of medication, though, besides pharmaceuticals–the type we use to self-medicate, such as addictive behaviors involving food, social media, work, sex, gambling, alcohol, isolation, and illicit drugs. We tend to self-medicate to numb ourselves of an emotional pain, past abuse, or trauma; we want to protect ourselves from the deep pain we don’t want to feel. I know this from personal experience.

All of these types of behaviors throw a blanket over us so we no longer have to feel our feelings or participate in life fully, with an open heart. We are so brilliant as a human species that we have a built-in protection system to keep us from harm, and each of us chooses what seems to fit appropriately. Any behavior you engage in to make you not feel your emotional pain could be considered self-medicating.

Slowly, over time, these behaviors take hold, become addictive, and take over your existence, often without your recognizing it. We know about the destructive habits of illicit drug use, but we may not notice how the behavior of isolation can become detrimental to our well-being. When isolation becomes a firmly rooted belief in your life, shielding yourself from friendships and relationships, it can silently evolve into a deep fear that prevents you from ever leaving your house. Because there is no blood test needed for this, we pass it off as just wanting to be alone.

Or maybe you enjoy your wine each day after work but don’t realize when, at some point, it shifts into needing the wine each day rather than just enjoying it–the point where one glass becomes two or three. Or perhaps you feel bored, which leads you to spend countless hours online, surfing the internet with no real purpose or value. You don’t recognize that the boredom and isolation are signs of depression; you don’t recognize that getting tipsy or drunk each day allows you to ignore feelings that desperately want to be acknowledged.

All of these physical and emotional behaviors and actions derail you from living your best and most fulfilled life. You don’t mean to do it, and you aren’t a bad person or a failure for taking up these behaviors. Like I shared in my own story, by continuing to ignore and numb my feelings, these behaviors never went away but instead manifested as debilitating illness, depression, and anxiety. Fortunately, all of my self-medicating behaviors changed and I am healthy now, and you can do the same thing if you take the time and dedicate yourself to improving your wellness.

For more information visit:
> Unmedicated: The Four Pillars of Natural Wellness

Cobra: Urgent Request | The Portal (Meditation for recovery and healing of Isis Astara)

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Isis Astara is Cobra’s beloved partner.
She is in critical condition since Saturday morning.
Please pray 🙏for her and join the group meditations
   for her recovery and healing.💫 🙌  💖
~ PB  (Links/info below)

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Cobra: Urgent Request | The Portal

Isis Astara is in hospital in critical condition. Please pray for her in your heart and send her love, light and support.

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Urgent meditation for Isis Astara

Here is an urgent request from Cobra for Isis Astara who is now in hospital in critical condition.

We will do a meditation for her in the next hour at 7:30 PM UTC to help her recovering from this critical condition, and then every 4 hours in the next two days. Time for this meditation may be revised depending on her situation in the coming days.

Here is our facebook event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/149012195798921

Time schedule:

Sunday / following days:

03:30 am UTC – #1
07:30 am UTC – #2
11:30 am UTC – #3

03:30 pm UTC – #4
07:30 pm UTC – #5
11:30 pm UTC – #6

Time zone City #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6
HAST Honolulu 01/27 05:30p 01/27 09:30p 01/28 01:30a 01/28 05:30a 01/28 09:30a 01/28 01:30p
PST Los Angeles 01/27 07:30p 01/27 11:30p 01/28 03:30a 01/28 07:30a 01/28 11:30a 01/28 03:30p
MST Denver 01/27 08:30p 01/28 12:30a 01/28 04:30a 01/28 08:30a 01/28 12:30p 01/28 04:30p
CST Chicago 01/27 09:30p 01/28 01:30a 01/28 05:30a 01/28 09:30a 01/28 01:30p 01/28 05:30p
EST New York 01/27 10:30p 01/28 02:30a 01/28 06:30a 01/28 10:30a 01/28 02:30p 01/28 06:30p
BRST Rio de Janeiro 01/28 01:30a 01/28 05:30a 01/28 09:30a 01/28 01:30p 01/28 05:30p 01/28 09:30p
UTC Reykjavik 01/28 03:30a 01/28 07:30a 01/28 11:30a 01/28 03:30p 01/28 07:30p 01/28 11:30p
GMT London 01/28 03:30a 01/28 07:30a 01/28 11:30a 01/28 03:30p 01/28 07:30p 01/28 11:30p
CET Berlin 01/28 04:30a 01/28 08:30a 01/28 12:30p 01/28 04:30p 01/28 08:30p 01/29 12:30a
EET Cairo 01/28 05:30a 01/28 09:30a 01/28 01:30p 01/28 05:30p 01/28 09:30p 01/29 01:30a
MSK Moscow 01/28 06:30a 01/28 10:30a 01/28 02:30p 01/28 06:30p 01/28 10:30p 01/29 02:30a
ICT Bangkok 01/28 10:30a 01/28 02:30p 01/28 06:30p 01/28 10:30p 01/29 02:30a 01/29 06:30a
CST Taipei 01/28 11:30a 01/28 03:30p 01/28 07:30p 01/28 11:30p 01/29 03:30a 01/29 07:30a
JST Tokyo 01/28 12:30p 01/28 04:30p 01/28 08:30p 01/29 12:30a 01/29 04:30a 01/29 08:30a
AEDT Sydney 01/28 02:30p 01/28 06:30p 01/28 10:30p 01/29 02:30a 01/29 06:30a 01/29 10:30a
NZDT Auckland 01/28 04:30p 01/28 08:30p 01/29 12:30a 01/29 04:30a 01/29 08:30a 01/29 12:30p

You can convert UTC time zone to your local time zone here:

Instruction:
Make yourself comfortable, then visualize Isis Astara surrounded by a pink egg full of energy of Love.
Suggested time of this meditation is about 5 to 10 minutes

You can also use the following invocation  if you wish:

“I Am the Soul, and I call upon the Source, universal I Am presence, Galactic Center, Galactic Confederation, all Ascended Beings of Light and Archangels and any other being of Light necessary, and in our name declare and command that all evil and anomalous energies are fully removed canceled banished transmuted and healed from Isis Astara’s whole being, and that the true Light of Source is fully anchored and coming through her whole being, on all time space dimensions and planes and in full totality, as guided by the Source. This is our Will and the Will of Source and therefore it is Law, and So It Is, and So It Is,and So It Is.”

Or visualize a vortex of rainbow Light around her. 🌈

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Short update | We Love Mass Meditation

In the last 2 days, there is a new Black Alert and then a very shocking news from Cobra that Isis Astara is now in hospital in critical condition.

http://2012portal.blogspot.co.uk/

In response to these, we have organised two sets of meditations to be held every 4 hours

Alert Meditation (3 AM, 7 AM, 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM and 11 PM UTC)

https://welovemassmeditation.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/urgent-alert-meditation-every-4-hours.html

Meditation for Isis Astara (3:30 AM, 7:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM, 7:30 PM and 11:30 PM UTC)


https://welovemassmeditation.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/urgent-meditation-for-isis-astara.html

To avoid confusion, a new page has been created on this blog with countdown timers for each of these meditations at particular time. A new option for meditation for Isis Astara has also been added to the page.

http://welovemassmeditation.blogspot.com/p/alert-other-meditaitons-every-4-hours.html

Link to this page can also be found on the side bar of this blog on the left:

Apparently, Operation Mjolnir are in full force that the Dark Forces are doing whatever they can to create hovac before their final defeat. It looks like that attacks on Lightworkers and Lightwarriors may get even worse. Therefore, please use any protection methods that you are resonated with to guard against energetic attack.

In Hoshino’s opinion, the Dark Forces have completely crossed the line. I sincerely hope that there will be big reaction from the Galactic Light Forces.

To close this post on a more positive note, there are a number of projects behind the scene at WLMM.  More details about them will be published when the time is right.

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Favorite Immunity Boosters | Laura Bruno’s Blog

Favorite Immunity Boosters | Laura Bruno’s Blog
Posted January 16, 2018 by laurabruno

I thought I’d reblog this 2009 post listing my favorite immunity boosters. I think I’ve had only two colds or flu’s in the past fourteen years, and one of those was when I forgot to use oil of oregano after spending an unplanned 40 minutes waiting in sub zero temps inhaling car fumes and chemtrails. Under normal circumstances, I don’t get sick.

Since 2009, I’ve also become a fan of Four Sigmatic’s Chaga-Cordyceps and Chaga-Lion’s mane mushroom coffees, as well as Organo Gold Reishi coffee. Those are the only mushroom (or other) coffees I drink, but I love them. I also take some extra vitamin C if I encounter anyone sick.

As usual, this is not medical advice. I’m just sharing my own experiences, because people have been asking how to support their own immune system.

Many blessings and good health to you and yours!

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Favorite Immunity BoostersPosted April 29, 2009 by laurabruno
in Healing Stories, Health. Tagged: Diet and Health, Essential Oils, Health, Immunity, Swine Flu.

With all the concern over the Flu, I thought I’d post some of my favorite tips for staying well. You don’t need to buy into the American pharmaceutical industry in order to benefit from some extra health precautions. I haven’t gotten a cold or flu since 2004, despite working in close proximity with many people who’ve been very ill and coughed or sneezed all over me. 🙂 Here are my top-twelve quick fixes whenever I feel a bit under the weather. As usual, I’m just sharing my own experiences and observations; nothing here constitutes medical advice:

1 )  Oil of Oregano. This stuff rocks! I bring some with me every time I travel by plane, because it’s anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-parasitic. A few drops in water (putting it on the tongue as instructed burns like crazy) helps me feel immune to any sneezing or coughing going straight into recirculated air.

*Note that in some women, Oil of Oregano seems to cause breast tenderness. If you already suffer from monthly breast pain, you might want to choose #3, Colloidal Silver, instead, or just use O of O in the event of direct exposure.

2 ) Yogi Tea  Echinacea Immune Support. Full of a synergistic blend of herbs and spices. If my glands feel swollen, I drink a cup of this, and I usually feel fine by the time I’ve finished the mug. I also love pau d’arco tea for its fortifying and anti-fungal, anti-viral  qualities.

3 ) Colloidal Silver Throat Spray. Not for continuous everyday use, I do find this valuable when that first throat tickle comes on. Like Oil of Oregano, Colloidal Silver also offers anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal activity.

4 ) Probiotics (non-dairy based). I often use Garden of Life’s Primal Defense. Keeping gut ecology healthy helps the body stay healthier all around.

5 ) Green Juice. Lots and lots of celery, parsley, spinach, kale and collards mixed with small amounts of fruit or veggies in juice form. Alkalizing the body automatically prevents most pathogens from thriving. Some people believe regular juice fasting keeps them more resistant to disease and common colds.  In the wild, many animals will not eat when they feel sick. Giving the digestive system a break allows more energy to be directed towards healing.

6 ) Vitamin C. Common knowledge, but also effective! Whether you get it from camu camu powder, Trader Joe’s freeze-dried strawberries, capsules or freshly squeezed orange juice, a little extra vitamin C gives the immune system a boost.

7 ) Medicinal Mushrooms. I don’t use these all the time, but in a pinch, I like New Chapter Organics’ tincture called Host Defense, featuring a synergistic combination of mushrooms designed to amp up immune activity. Some top players include: Reishi, Maitaki and Cordyceps.

8 ) Miso Soup. Miso doesn’t always mean soy. You can find chick pea miso in some health food stores. A warm cup of miso does wonders for sore throats.

*NOTE: If you have Candida problems, skip the miso until you get that under control. Sometimes the koji culture in miso can aggravate Candida.

9 ) Omega-3 Oils. Supposedly, peasants who ate a lot of hemp and flax did not succomb as heavily to the plague. More recent research validates the importance of cold-pressed Omega-3 oils or whole foods containing these oils. They support both immune and hormonal function. If you do not regularly consume hemp and coconut oils together, a high quality vegetarian DHA oil can also help.

10 ) Essential Oils. Other Black Plague lore: supposedly perfumers, who spent their days and nights surrounded by essential oils, did not get sick. These oils not only smell good; they have medicinal effects. My favorites include lavender, jasmine, frankincense, and lemongrass, for their mood-lifting and anti-bacterial effects. Jasmine, in particular, creates a nice scent while also easing coughs. Eucalyptus — of Vick’s Vapo-rub fame — also works well. Most essential oils offer some kind of healing benefit. For more information, you might enjoy this site.

11 ) Garlic, Onion and Ginger. Normally, I do not like too much garlic and onion, but if I feel a cold coming on, this combo stops it in its tracks. Juiced or added into Chinese or Indian dishes, the triple whammy of garlic, onion and ginger has never let me down.

12 ) Rest. Good, old-fashioned R & R, does wonders for the body, mind, soul and spirit. Since illness affects all these levels, it makes sense to cultivate good health in each area.

I drive myself hard, squeezing novel-writing in between busy, intense hours of coaching and intuitive sessions and a marriage. When I start feeling a little sluggish or ill, I know it’s time to take a break. I may not want the break, but the warning signs of illness come as “permission” to slow down and recharge.

Finding your own, proactive version of R & R lets your body and soul know they don’t need to manifest a full-blown illness in order to receive a full-blown break. Go ahead: take a walk; take a nap; watch a movie; read a book; get some Reiki; or … do nothing at all! You deserve a break today. 🙂

In health,

Laura

www.internationalrenaissancecoaching.com

Yes, There Is A Way To Work Through Family Conflict Mindfully. Here’s How

Yes, There Is A Way To Work Through Family Conflict Mindfully. Here’s How

Photo: Maa Hoo

While Thanksgiving grants us an opportunity to give thanks and reunite with loved ones, it also puts us in tight quarters with family members who may may know how to push our buttons. Conflict in families is natural, but to make your holiday a happy one, here are a few practices that can help you move through tension mindfully.

Use the right phrases and avoid generalizations.

While it might be tempting to raise your voice if you feel like no one is hearing you, do your best to keep your tone even and use phrases that diffuse conflict. “Try using phrases such as ‘I hear what you’re saying’ or ‘I understand that you’re upset’ so your family member feels acknowledged,” suggests psychologist Nathalie C. Theodore. Elizabeth Lombardo, Ph.D., suggests avoiding generalizations and “you” statements. “‘You’ statements like ‘you never help out’ or ‘you always sit on the couch’ come off as accusations,” she says.

Breathe.

It seems so simple, but practicing a little breathwork can make a world of difference. “Just breathe and let it go,” says Theodore. “When you’re home for the holidays and everyone’s at each other’s throats, sometimes the best thing you can do is take a deep breath and agree to disagree.”

Focus on being happy and present.

Do you want to be right and perfect or present and happy? Lombardo suggests you aim for the latter. “Your uncle is not going to suddenly change his behavior, and your mother-in-law is not going to suddenly gush over what a great mom you are. Don’t expect them to be perfect. Your mantra can be, ‘I accept people for who they are’ or ‘I get to choose my reaction to my family. And I choose happiness.'”

And on the note of happiness, Lombardo suggests not focusing on convincing your family of how wrong they are. “Focus on being happy, not right,” she says. “By this I mean don’t try to convince your family that they are wrong now. Now is not the time to make sure others admit to being wrong. Instead, concentrate on topics and activities that you can engage in together that will bring more joy to you and those around you.”

Make self-care a priority.

Last but not least, Theodore suggests you remember to be a little selfish when working through family conflict. “Always remember to make self-care a priority. If too much family togetherness has you feeling stressed, steal some moments away for the sake of your sanity,” suggests Theodore. “Go for a walk, check out a yoga class, or call a friend if you need to blow off some steam.”

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