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Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Alex Jones Show (VIDEO Commercial Free) Tuesday March 31 2015: Dr. Joseph Mercola

Published on May 30, 2015
The Alex Jones Show

On this Tuesday, March 31 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we cover a wide range of news, including the Russian analyst who said a nuclear attack on Yellowstone National Park would devastate America, the Ohio judge who banned the Constitution and the next-generation weapons that will be used in future wars. In health news, Dr. Joseph Mercola discusses the secrets behind effortless healing and why GMOs are harmful to society. We also cover the Iran nuclear talks and the exploding turmoil in the Middle East. You don't want to miss today's show!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Why Corporate Media Avoids GMO Stories. Michael Rivero

US military behind serious Anthrax scare? Peace Prize for Poroshenko? Bernie Sanders, ISIS, Polar Ice the same as in the late 70s, Israeli attacks on Gaza, Guest's website:

Excellent summary of world issues.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 31st, 2015.]

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The shocking truth about your health | Lissa Rankin | TEDxFiDiWomen

TEDx Talks

Lissa Rankin, MD is an OB/GYN physician, author, keynote speaker, consultant to health care visionaries, professional artist, and founder of the women's health and wellness community Discouraged by the broken, patriarchal health care system, she left her medical practice in 2007 only to realize that you can quit your job, but you can't quit your calling. This epiphany launched her on a journey of discovery that led her to become a leader in the field of mind/body medicine, which she blogs about at and is writing about in her third book Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof You Can Heal Yourself (Hay House, 2013).

She teaches both patients and health care professionals how to make the body ripe for miracles by healing the mind and being healthy in all aspects of life, not just by promoting healthy behaviors like good nutrition, exercise, and adequate sleep, but by encouraging health and authenticity in relationships, work, creative expression, spirituality, sexuality, finances, and living environment. She is leading a revolution to feminize how health care is received and delivered by encouraging collaboration, fostering self-healing, reconnecting health care and spirituality, empowering patients to tap into the mind's power to heal the body, and encouraging women not to settle for being merely well, but to strive for living vital, joyful, authentic lives full of "mojo."

When not spreading the word, she chills out, paints, does yoga, and hikes in Marin County, CA with her husband and daughter.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Cancer Clues in Cats #PetCancerAwarenessMonth

Published on May 26, 2015
Cole and Marmalade

May is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Six million pets in the U.S. will get the big “C” diagnosis this year. It’s a shocking statistic but the odds of surviving increase with early detection. There are so many clues to cancer in cats, it helps to be a detective to zero in on early signs.



Cooking With Olive Oil May Cause Cancer

Thursday, May 21, 2015

GMO labeling hits Congress

Our right to know what we're eating hit the halls of Congress yesterday with full force.

Executives from some of our nation’s major brands -- including Stonyfield, Patagonia, Ben & Jerry's, and Chipotle -- stood in front of the US Capitol to pressure Congress to stop the "DARK Act" and demand lawmakers pass commonsense GMO labeling legislation.

While Monsanto and major junk food manufacturers are lobbying Congress to keep us in the dark on GMOs, innovative and smart food leaders are stepping up to call for commonsense GMO labeling legislation.

On the heels of our huge event yesterday, we now need your help to keep up the momentum on lawmakers to reject the DARK Act before it’s too late.

Click here to sign our petition demanding Congress reject any attempts to block GMO labeling and stop the DARK Act in its tracks.

Our GMO labeling coalition also released the results of a recent national survey that found an overwhelming supermajority of Americans -- 88% in fact -- believe GMO foods should be labeled.

What’s more, the results showed that GMO labeling crosses party lines. Democrats, Republicans, and independents all agree that labeling genetically modified foods is important to them.

Now it’s time to convince members of Congress that a vast majority of their constituents want GMO labeling legislation. Click the link below to sign our petition:

Thanks for all you do.


Claire Benjamin
Executive Director
Food Policy Action


Unbelievably bad science in the movie Seeds of Death?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Fluoride Gate: An American Tragedy

Here is a good fluoride documentary I hadn't seen before. I drink spring water and use non-fluoride toothpaste, baking soda, and mouthwash for my teeth. When I saw the dentist today he kept remarking on the great shape of my teeth, stating at one point: "We won't be making money off of this guy's mouth!" He also noted that my lack of health problems stands in stark contrast to most of his patients.


"A film created by Dr. David Kennedy that outlines the dangers of artificial fluoride. Of particular interest is the dangers for young children."

The film also gets into how fluoride disproportionally affects minorities. 


Over 4,000 Professionals Call for an End to Water Fluoridation - Learn Why, How You Can Help Their Campaign, & How to Filter Fluoride in Your Drinking Water

Dangers Of Fluoride and How To Decalcify Your Pineal Gland |

Yummy Non-fluoride Toothpaste

Drinking Baking Soda for Health Benefits | How To Improve Your Health

Hold Reckless Corporations Accountable

When reckless corporations cheat thousands of consumers, illegally exploit their workforce or poison our environment, class-action lawsuits are a powerful tool for holding them accountable.

But corporate cronies in Congress are pushing a bill (H.R. 1927) that would eviscerate this accountability — and let Big Business off the hook for widespread abuses, from nickel-and-dime rip-offs to illegal discrimination to dangerous products that sicken or kill children.

Don’t let Congress deny the public’s power to hold reckless corporations accountable.

Demand that your member of Congress oppose H.R. 1927.

This bill, misleadingly labeled the “Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act,” is a direct attack on the public’s power to fight corporate misconduct in court.

First, it warps the legal definition of “injury” so that the ONLY kinds of harm that can qualify for a class action are a loss of property or physical trauma.

This re-definition would have made the landmark decision against school segregation in Brown v. Board of Education (which was a class action) impossible — and it would shield corporations (and the government) from being held accountable for numerous abuses, from invasions of privacy to incessant harassment by debt collectors.

Then, adding injustice to injury, the bill goes a step further by requiring every single person in the “class” of a class action to have suffered an identical injury.

So if a bank cheats you out of $50 and me out of $42 and someone else out of $63 and so on with thousands of others, H.R. 1927 would prevent this from becoming a class action, even if the method the bank used to cheat everyone was the same.

Similarly, if a poisonous ingredient in a harmful drug gives one person a rash and another person a heart attack and another person dies and so on with thousands of people, once again, H.R. 1927 would prevent this from becoming a class action, even if the ingredient that poisoned everyone was the same.

This bill is nothing more than an extreme, overreaching attempt to let Big Business avoid the consequences of its profit-driven disregard for consumers.

Send a message urging your representative to oppose H.R. 1927.

Thanks for all you do,

Rick Claypool
Public Citizen’s Online Action Team

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Dr. Masaru Emoto's Water Molecule Experiments

If this research has merit, it would almost certainly have implications for human health, being that we are in large part made of water.

In this first photo is regular water from the Fujiwara Dam in Japan.

Next is the same water after receiving a blessing from a Buddhist Monk.

In this program, David Wilcock takes on Dr. Emoto's critics.

We all know that water is essential for life as we know it. But, scientists are just now learning how we connect with this life giving substance through our consciousness. This notion is not readily accepted by the science community at large, but droves of evidence are making believers out of skeptics. David Wilcock introduces us to the effect of consciousness upon the crystalline structure of water through the works of Dr. Masaru Emoto and Professor Kenneth Libbrect in this presentation originally webcast May 11, 2015. - See more at:

Wisdom Teachings: [#113] Mind over Water (May 2015)

Season 15, Episode 3
Available worldwide



Orgonite and Tower Busting

Drake Breaks Silence on Orgonite Experience

One reason why Drake keeps Orgonite generators throughout his mansions is going to leave you absolutely speechless. These orgonite or orgone generators are renowned for producing life force energy. Drake, often linked with the mystique of the Illuminati, frequently discusses the importance of surrounding himself with "good energy" in his stories. Beyond their energy-producing qualities, these devices also counteract the adverse effects of MF radiation. Observations show that when in proximity to an orgonite generator, the EMF reader's measurement drops to zero, confirming studies that electromagnetic frequencies can harm our DNA and cells. In another instance, an orgone generator brought an EMF reading from 300 straight down to zero. The potent energy these devices emit is further demonstrated through a frozen water test. Animals, particularly cats and dogs, seem instinctively drawn to orgone generators, often resting beside them. Additionally, these generators can amplify plant growth by threefold, prolong food freshness, and even promote deeper sleep with insanely vivid dreams.


How to protect yourself from 5G.

Peer-reviewed study concludes 5G causes covid like symptoms and makes covid worse

A Second related paper...

About 5G:

#5G dangers: The destruction of OXYGEN molecules and the stupid, evil, elected representatives who are allowing it to happen


This video gives a good overview of orgonite. It doesn't matter if you believe crystals are alive or not! :)
Trey's article about orgonite -
Some of Reich's observations have been replicated by other researchers. Stefan Müschenich, in his Master's thesis, demonstrated effects of orgone accumulators on test subjects in keeping with Reich's original descriptions, while subjects exposed to a known "dummy box" showed no such effects.[29] As of 2007, the National Institutes of Health database PubMed, and the Web of Science database, contained only 4 or 5 peer-reviewed scientific papers published (since 1968) dealing with orgone therapy.
Some psychotherapists and psychologists practicing various kinds of Body Psychotherapy and Somatic Psychology have continued to use Reich's proposed emotional-release methods and character-analysis ideas,[29][30][31] but use of orgone equipment is rare, limited mainly to therapists who have been trained in "Reichian" institutions such as the American College of Orgonomy.

On the Above Top Secret forum a poster presented a video of an orgonite device giving off readings on an EMF detector as, "Proof that orgonite does NOT block EMF, but creates it."

Forum member "AllisOne" responds:
Her experiment was not very scientific.

Although I don't subscribe to the orgonite theory, I have read a lot about it. I don't ever remember reading that it "blocks EMF". Ive only read that it "weakens the EFFECT of EMF radiation". However, I'm sure errors in semantics have spread across the net by now.

If you think about it... if you are getting an EMF reading from it then it is:

A: Creating EMF
B: Absorbing and Reflecting EMF

I doubt it is A. If it was A, then it would be an overlooked "free" energy source (not likely).

It is most likely B. If it is B, then I think the object is working as advertised.

If it is absorbing and reflecting EMF, then that means it IS attracting very small amounts of EMF away from your body. Instead of the EMF going to you, it is absorbed into the orgonite, and then emitted back out at a different (lower less harmful) frequency.

It would also mean it IS capable of making EMF transmitters output a fraction less EMF. If you put that thing next to a RF transmitter it would probably interfere with a small portion of the output. Almost like the human body effecting the signal of a FM radio.

She might have just proven herself wrong..
More evidence...

Testing my orgonite with an ion meter

Balance test with a orgonite cellphone protection tab...

Before and after wearing orgonite. Watch this presentation for more info...




The Healing Universe - Scalar Energy and Scalar Waves in Healing

Quartz Healing Therapies - Overview

Nano Zero Point Energy Wands

Friday, May 15, 2015

Quartz Healing Therapies - Overview

WARNING: Make sure to view the crystal safeguards info at the bottom of this page before using crystals in any way. "Stones may be harmful in certain situations or specific types of minerals (raw versus tumbled, Fibrous versus crystallized or mass) , whether it be in Elixirs or prolonged holding, bathing, touching to skin, etc."

Also, the book The Mystery of the Crystal Skulls points out the very important detail that:
There are in fact several other materials that look exactly the same as quartz crystal to the naked eye, including various types of plastics and glass. Even lead crystal, the material from which most glasses, decanters and other decorative objects are now made, is actually a type of glass and not crystal at all. Also, there is a lot of artificially manufactured or 'synthetic' quartz crystal around today.
This certainly has huge implications for individuals wishing to use quartz in a crystal elixir taken internally!

healing crystals 

(Please note: Information on this web site is no substitute for consulting a health care professional. All information contained on this web site, including information relating to medical and health conditions, products and treatments, is for informational purposes only. Please see your doctor or health care professional before starting any alternative treatments, diets, supplements or exercise programs.)

healing power of crystalsQuartz Physical Healing Energy

Clear Quartz is a master healer crystal, and may be used for any condition. It is thought to stimulate the immune and circulatory systems, enhancing energy flow and bringing the body into balance. It has been used to treat migraine headaches, vertigo, in stabilizing dizziness or motion sickness, and is believed to assist with metabolism, exhaustion, and weight loss. [Hall, 225][Melody, 506][Eason, 133][Megemont, 73]

A Crystal elixir taken internally has been used to eliminate toxins from the system and to aid in the treatment of digestive disorders, kidney and bladder infections, and to cure diarrhea. The indirect method of preparation is recommended. [Melody, 506][Megemont, 73]

Clear Quartz soothes painful or injured areas, especially burns, by drawing away pain and eliminating blistering. A topical elixir is also beneficial in treating skin disorders. [Melody, 506][Megemont, 73][Hall, 226]

physical healing crystal usesQuartz Emotional Healing Energy

Clear Quartz acts as a deep soul cleanser, purifying and enhancing the body's internal structure and surrounding subtle bodies to connect the physical dimension with the mind. It focuses on inner negativity and stimulates positive thoughts and feelings in its place. With a better perception of the world, Quartz increases awareness and clarity in thinking, and provides enhanced energy, perseverance and patience, teaching one to live, laugh and love with all of humanity. [Hall, 225][Melody, 504][Gienger, 28]

chakra balancing with crystalsQuartz Chakra Healing and Balancing Energy

Because Clear Quartz has the prismatic ability to vibrate its energy at all of the color frequencies, it not only harmonizes all of the chakras, but can teach us how to vibrate our seven chakra centers simultaneously while maintaining perfect alignment with the light. [Raphaell, 51]

Clear Quartz is particularly useful for stimulating the Crown Chakra. The Crown Chakra is located at the top of the head, and is our gateway to the expanded universe beyond our bodies. It controls how we think, and how we respond to the world around us. It is the fountainhead of our beliefs and the source of our spirituality. It connects us to the higher planes of existence and is the source of universal energy and truth. When the Crown is in balance, our energies are in balance. We know our place in the universe and see things as they are. We are unruffled by setbacks, knowing they are an essential part of life.

More Info on Quartz:

-In response, the article states that crystals are used to 'heal' a persons aura and chakras. The word 'heal', if one understands this practice, is truly a misnomer. There is no evidence to disprove that this therapy is not beneficial for humans, and plenty of evidence and situational testimony to show it may in fact contain some merit.
...just like sugar pills. 2602:30A:C000:9590:A120:4BCB:96E4:E755 (talk) 05:22, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
There have in fact been double-blind, quadruple blind even, trials and tests documented by researchers at Athens state university, led by Joe H. Slate, PH.D., documented in a book entitled "Aura Energy - for Health Healing & Balance". The tests and studies first prove the existence of the Aura, the chakras, and their ability to be manipulated in such a way to show a positive result on subjects
This video gives a good overview on crystals. It doesn't matter if you believe crystals are alive or not! :)

Spirit Science Guide to Crystals! -

Another book i highly recommend: The Crystal Bible!

6 -7 Inch Selenite Massage Wand, Reiki, Chakra, Crystal Healing

By Jennifer Martinez on December 14, 2012
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Known for healing, negative energy banishing and absorption, Selenite is the best Crystal/stone to keep close at hand.

This wand is a generous and comfortable size.. fits perfectly within my hand, as well as my daughter's. You can feel it's healing and positive energies.

When I had a Migraine, I slept with Selenite closest to the area that hurt the worst, within an hour, the pain was almost completely gone... never during a Migraine has anything, even pills worked that well.

on April 30, 2014

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I love this beauty! An amazingly healing tool. Before I opened the package I could feel the energy coming from this mother of stones. I originally purchased it for it's cleansing and migraine care, but later found that it can help correct any time of bone problems. I have suffered with a coccyx (tailbone) injury for the last two years. It had gotten so bad I was using canes and crouches to get around my home. I could not bend down to pick up things and lifting a pound of canned peaches was excruciating. I was almost certain I would need surgery to correct the problem. But when I learned that Selenite can be used for skeletal disorders, I move it from under my pillow to the center of my back when I slept. I thought laying on this thing would cause discomfort, yet I figured I can't be in any more pain than I already am. Within a few days, I was literally healing. Now after a month I have resume my regular household duties; cleaning, cooking, laundry etc. I can sit without constant pain. AND I DON"T HAVE TO WALK WITH A CANE. HALLELUYAH!
I've traded my daily dose of Ibuprophen for a good night sleep laying on my Selenite. It's also great for clearing negative energy, especially when light is applied. I use a rainbow light display to give it alternating color infusion while I meditate or to cleanse my other crystals. Holding it up to a slim flash light gives you the intensity of holding a full moon in the palm of your hand. It facilitates resetting and channeling positive vibes and it's beauty is captivating.
Crystal Safeguards

This page contains geological data that cautions one when using certain types of crystals/minerals. While most in the metaphysical/spiritual community only speak of the higher purpose properties, common sense must be taken into consideration when using these on a physical level. This page is a cautionary measure on stones that may be harmful in certain situations or specific types of minerals (raw versus tumbled, Fibrous versus crystallized or mass) , whether it be in Elixirs or prolonged holding, bathing, touching to skin, etc.

It is not meant to perpetuate fear or anxiety, but instead to educate and share our deep respect for the crystal and mineral kingdom. Most on the list are geared toward internal use with a few being cautionary for external use. A good rule of thumb is to make sure you wash your hands after using any crystal/mineral. It keeps our mineral friends clean and is a great way to show respect to ourselves and our crystal/mineral family.

Pay particular attention to the list when you are working with raw/natural specimens. I do not think tumbled (coated) stones, for the most part, would be harmful, with a few exceptions, such as Realgar.

NOTE: Before making any elixir or charging any water, it is a good idea to double check for any possible toxicity that may occur, if using several stones in combination, for elemental reactions between the stones. In fact, it would be best if each stone charges in its own container of water as opposed to putting four or five stones in the same container.

*If you have any doubt (or are new to crystals and their chemical composition), simply place the crystal/stone around and outside of the container. You will still get the same results.*
Actinolite--Fibrous form is a type of asbestos. Not recommended for elixirs.
Adamite--Contains Arsenic (Arsenate) and trace amounts of copper which is toxic
Ajoite--Contains Aluminum, Copper
Alexandrite--Contains Aluminum
Amazonite--Trace amounts of Copper which is toxic
Amblygonite--Contains Aluminum
Andaluscite--Contains Aluminum
Atacamite-- Contains poisonous/toxic Copper
Auricalcite-- Contains Zinc and Copper which is toxic
Aventurine--Contains Aluminum
Axinite--Contains Aluminum, Iron
Azurite--Contains Copper, Toxic
Bastnaesite--The chemical makeup of Bastnaesite does contain toxic elements which can react when combined with water.
Beryl Group (Aquamarine, Goshenite, Heliodor, Morganite)--Contains Aluminum
Brazilianite--Contains Aluminum--not recommended to use in its raw form
Bronchantite--Copper Hydrated Sulphate, Toxic
Boji Stones (Kansas Pop Rocks, aka Concretin)--Contains Sulfur, Pyrite and/or Marcasite which is toxic (*also could be a fire hazard)
Chalcopyrite--AKA Peacock Ore contains copper and sulfur which can be toxic
Chrysoberyl--Contains Aluminum
Chrysocolla--Contains poisonous/toxic copper. Safe for handling but not for use in elixirs.
Cinnabar--Contains mercury which can be poisonous/toxic Wash hands after holding. Do not touch hands to eyes or mouth while holding.
Conichalcite--Contains poisonous/toxic copper
Covellite--Contains poisonous/toxic Copper
Crocoite--Contains poisonous/toxic levels of Chromium. Do not touch hands to eyes or mouth while holding. Do not ingest.
Cuprite--Contains poisonous/toxic copper. Wash hands after holding. Do not touch hands to eyes or mouth while holding.
Dalmatian Jasper--Contains Aluminum
Dioptase--Contains poisonous/toxic copper. Safe for handling but not for use in elixirs.
Dumortierite--Contains Aluminum
Emerald--Contains Aluminum
Epidote--Contains Aluminum
Feldspar Group--(Labradorite, Moonstone, Orthoclase, etc) Contains Aluminum
Galena--Contains high amounts of lead which can be poisonous
Garnet--(Spessartine, Uvarovite, Rhodolite,Hessonite) Contains Aluminum
Gem Silica-- Contains poisonous/toxic copper. Safe for handling but not for use in elixirs.
Halite--Unfit for elixir use--will dissolve in water
Hematite--Unfit for elixir use--will rust with prolonged exposure in liquid
Hiddenite (Spodumene)--Contains Aluminum
Idocrase--Contains Aluminum
Iolite--Contains Aluminum
Jadeite--Contains Aluminum and Iron
Kyanite--Contains Aluminum
Labradorite--Contains Aluminum
Lapis Lazuli-- Contains Sulfur and possible Pyrite inclusions which are poisonous
Lazulite--Contains Aluminum
Lazurite--Contains Aluminum, Sulfur
Lepidolite--Contains Aluminum
Magnetite-- Iron will rust, DO NOT use in elixirs or charging water
Malachite--Contains poisonous/toxic copper
Marcasite--Marcasite with time and exposure to oxygen, may form a white powdery substance/residue which is poisonous/toxic Sulfuric Acid.) If this occurs you should not wear next to the skin or touch. Not recommended for Elixirs.
Mica--Contains Aluminum
Moonstone--Contains Aluminum
Morganite--Contains Aluminum
Muscovite--Contains Aluminum
Orpiment--HIGHLY TOXIC levels of Arsenic. Wash hands after use, keep away from CHILDREN!! Do not put hands near eyes or mouth before washing hands.
Pargasite-- contains Aluminum so it is not recommended for elixirs or immersing in water to charge it.
Pietersite--Similar to tiger's eye. Fibrous form contains asbestos. Not recommended to use raw forms for elixirs.
Prehnite--Contains Aluminum
Psilomelane--Contains poisonous/toxic Barium
Pyrite--Pyrite may contain intermixed Marcasite. The Marcasite with time and exposure to oxygen, may form a white powdery substance/residue which is poisonous/toxic Sulfuric Acid.) If this occurs you should not wear next to the skin or touch. Not recommended for Elixirs.
Quantum stone/Quantum Quattro Silica--Contains poisonous/toxic copper
Realgar **--HIGHLY TOXIC levels of Arsenic. Wash hands after use, keep away from CHILDREN!! Do not put hands near eyes or mouth before washing hands.
Ruby--Contains Aluminum
Sapphire--Contains Aluminum
Scapolite--Contains Aluminum
Schorl--Contains Aluminum
Selenite--Unfit for internal ingestion--tiny shards may break off in water
Serpentine--Fibrous forms are asbestos. Wash hands after use. Not recommended in elixir preparation.
Smithsonite--Contains zinc and may contain copper (green Smithsonite) Safe for handling but may be Poisonous/toxic when used in elixirs.
Sodalite--Contains Aluminum
Spinel--Contains Aluminum
Spodumene-- Contains Aluminum
Staurolite--Contains Aluminum and Iron
Stibnite--Contains lead and antimony. Not recommended for elixirs.
Stilbite--Contains Aluminum
Sugilite--Contains Aluminum
Sulfur--Contains poisonous Sulfur
Sunstone--Contains Aluminum
Tanzanite--Gem variety of Zoisite. Zoisite contains Aluminum.
Tiger Eye--Fibrous form contains asbestos. Not recommended to use raw forms for elixirs.
Topaz--Contains Aluminum
Tourmaline--Contains Aluminum
Tremolite--Fibrous forms are asbestos. Not recommended for Elixirs. Wash hands after use.
Turquoise--Contains poisonous/toxic copper and Aluminum. Safe for handling but not for use in elixirs.
Ulexite-- Contains toxic Boron
Unakite--Contains Aluminum and may also contain Zirconium (Radioactive)
Vanadinite--Contains poisonous Vanadium
Variscite--Contains Aluminum
Vesuvianite--Contains Aluminum
Wavellite--Contains Aluminum
Wulfenite--Contains poisonous Lead & Molybdenum. Safe for handling but not for use in elixirs.
Zircon--Contain Zirconium, Radioactive
Zoisite--Contains Aluminum

*Original List provided with permission by Liz Gunther and Peggy Jentoff .
*Additions/corrections have been made by Kristi Huggins, Author/Expert Contributor and Steve Garza.



Orgonite and Tower Busting

Chakra Orgone Pyramid Crystal Gemstones Copper Metal Mix

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GMO Labeling Progress

Just last month, a judge in Vermont ruled that mandatory GMO labeling will stand in the state, thwarting Big Food’s efforts to undermine the law. That’s a win for the 92% of consumers who want to know what’s in their food. 
But right now, Congress is considering legislation that would undo that progress—and prevent it from taking shape in other states.
What happened in Vermont is a great reminder of what we can accomplish when we make our voices heard. But it also draws focus on what’s at stake if we don’t keep up the pressure on our legislators. We can’t afford to go backwards when it comes to transparency in the food industry.
Thanks for everything you do,
Tom Colicchio
Chef, Restaurateur
Food Policy Action Co-Founder

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Stop the TPP--send a message to your Senators

Dear Friends, 

Please see the message below and, if you agree, please take a few seconds to send this message to your Senators urging them to vote NO on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

For excellent information on this secretive deal, see

Thank you for all the ways you help to make this a better world,

Fran Shure


TPP: The Dirtiest Trade Deal You've Never Heard Of

UPDATE: Senate just voted to fast track TPP (please read)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Psychiatric drugs kill 500k+ Western adults annually, few positive benefits – leading scientist

Posted May 13, 2015 3:09 pm by with 0 comments
Danish scientist says the use of most antidepressants and dementia drugs could be halted without inflicting harm on patients

Psychiatric drugs lead to the deaths of over 500,000 people aged 65 and over annually in the West, a Danish scientist says. He warns the benefits of these drugs are “minimal,” and have been vastly overstated.

Research director at Denmark’s Nordic Cochrane Centre, Professor Peter Gøtzsche, says the use of most antidepressants and dementia drugs could be halted without inflicting harm on patients. The Danish scientist’s views were published in the British Medical Journal on Tuesday.

His scathing analysis will likely prove controversial among traditional medics. However, concern is mounting among doctors and scientists worldwide that psychiatric medication is doing more harm than good. In particular, they say antipsychotic drugs have been overprescribed to many dementia patients in a bid to calm agitated behavior.

Gøtzsche warns psychiatric drugs kill patients year in year out, and hold few positive benefits. He says in excess of half a million citizens across the Western world aged 65 and over die annually as a result of taking these drugs.

“Their benefits would need to be colossal to justify this, but they are minimal,” he writes.

“Given their lack of benefit, I estimate we could stop almost all psychotropic drugs without causing harm.”

Gøtzsche, who is also a clinical trials expert, says drug trials funded by big pharmaceutical companies tend to produce biased results because many patients took other medication prior to the tests.

He says patients cease taking the old drugs and then experience a phase of withdraw prior to taking the trial pharmaceuticals, which appear highly beneficial at first.

The Danish professor also warns fatalities from suicides in clinical trials are significantly under-reported.

In the case of antidepressants venlafaxine and fluoxetine, Gøtzsche casts doubt over their efficacy. He said depression lifts in placebo groups given fake tablets almost as promptly as groups who partake in official clinical tests.

He also stressed the results of trials of drugs used to treat schizophrenia are disconcerting, while those for ADHD are ambiguous.

Commenting on the negative side effects of such pharmaceutical drugs, Gøtzsche argued the “short-term relief” appears to be replaced by “long term harm.”

“Animal studies strongly suggest that these drugs can produce brain damage, which is probably the case for all psychotropic drugs,” he said.

“Given their lack of benefit, I estimate we could stop almost all psychotropic drugs without causing harm – by dropping all antidepressants, ADHD drugs and dementia drugs … and using only a fraction of the antipsychotics and benzodiazepines we currently use.”

“This would lead to healthier and more long-lived populations.”

Gøtzsche says psychotropic drugs are “immensely harmful” if used for prolonged periods.

“They should almost exclusively be used in acute situations and always with a firm plan for tapering off, which can be difficult for many patients,” he adds.

Gøtzsche’s views are sharply contradicted by many experts in the field of mental health. But others, including a diverse group of medical experts and institutions affiliated with the Nordic Cochrane Centre, argue otherwise. The Nordic Cochrane Centre is an independent research hub dedicated to scrutinizing and monitoring the effects of health care.

The debate on psychiatric drugs has gathered momentum in recent times. In the discussion, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), Gøtzsche’s arguments are contradicted by Professor of Mood Disorders Allan Young and John Crace. Crace, himself a psychiatric patient, writes for the Guardian.

Crace and Young say a broad body of research indicates the drugs are effective and that they are just as helpful as drugs for other ailments. They also argue mental health conditions are the fifth most significant contributor to disabilities worldwide.

While Gøtzsche stresses clinical trials bankrolled by pharma giants churn out skewered results, Young and Crace say the efficacy and safety of psychiatric medication continues to be monitored after research trials come to a close.

However, both Young and Crace acknowledge concern over the side effects and effectiveness of psychiatric medication.

“For some critics, the onus often seems to be on the drug needing to prove innocence from causing harm rather than a balanced approach to evaluating the available evidence,” they write.

“Whether concerns are genuine or an expression of prejudice is not clear, but over time many concerns have been found to be overinflated.”

The BMJ discussion is a preamble to the Maudsley debate at Kings College London on Wednesday. The debate takes place three times a year at the university’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN).

Wednesday’s debate focuses on the impacts of psychiatric medications, and poses the question of whether they prove more destructive for patients than beneficial.


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Thursday, May 7, 2015

We need to build a panic room for Visayan Forum

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Published on May 3, 2015

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Imagine being a survivor of human trafficking, only to find yourself violently taken back by the person who enslaved you.

Alarmingly, a safe house -- the Center of Hope -- run by Visayan Forum, Walk Free’s partner in the Philippines, was attacked a few weeks ago by a violent mob. Traffickers stormed the shelter and took 16 women and girls with them. Thankfully, 11 managed to escape and have since been relocated to another safe house, where they are recovering from their emotional trauma.

Visayan Forum needs your help to protect survivors by improving security at the Center of Hope -- hiring a permanent security guard, building stronger gates, and creating a panic room for emergencies.

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The cattle industry doesn't want us thinking about the food we eat.

For the first time, the USDA has asked Americans to think about the environmental impact of the food we eat. Unsurprisingly, the cattle industry doesn't like it one bit.

A diet heavy in red meat is unsustainable -- and raising cows produces five times more greenhouse gasses than other animals raised for meat. This doesn't mean that we should never have a steak again. But eating red meat every single day, like the cattle lobby wants us to, just isn't a responsible choice. That, together with health considerations, is why the USDA is asking us to reduce our beef consumption.

Industry insiders are lobbying hard to change the USDA's advice. But we can put a stop to corporate influence by submitting comments to the USDA and showing that there's widespread support for its new dietary guidelines.

Let the science speak for itself! Submit a comment to the USDA demanding that it keep its recommendation for us to consume less meat.

Cows use 28 times more land and 11 times more water than other animals to produce the same amount of meat. Livestock production crowds out biodiversity, pollutes our water and hastens species extinction -- and runoff from cattle lots can contaminate crops and destroy aquatic ecosystems. The cattle industry is also the country's biggest user of antibiotics. And how many e. coli outbreaks do we need to show us the problems with centralized stockyards?

The cattle lobby is powerful, and it's planning an all-out offensive to stop the USDA adopting these recommendations.

We've got to act fast: the USDA is accepting comments on its Dietary Guidelines until May 8. If hundreds of thousands of us submit comments supporting the USDA's stance, we can stop the cattle lobby from blocking action on climate change.

And USDA recommendations matter -- the guidelines are used to set food policy in schools and other big institutions, which in turn influences the behaviour of big food suppliers. And they're only updated once every five years.

Hundreds of thousands SumOfUs members have taken action to protect our food system from corporate control. Last year, we delivered over 170,000 signatures to Monsanto calling on the food giant to be transparent about the risks of GMOs. Tens of thousands of SumOfUs members chipped in to support Vermont in its legal battle with Monsanto for the right to label GMO products, and we continue to hold giant agribusiness accountable for terrorizing farmers in Guatemala, Mexico, India and around the world.

Don't let cattle industry cover up how beef impacts climate change -- submit a comment to the USDA now.
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How to Detect Common Nutrient Deficiencies + An Eggplant Dip Fit for a Party

Persistent Symptoms? You May Need More Nutrients
If you've been plagued by dry, itchy skin, muscles that continually cramp, or even stretch marks that won't fade, it may be time to take a look at your diet. Topical creams and healing tonics can only do so much for our ailing bodies, especially when the problems originate on the inside.

Below are 12 different indicators that you may need to up your intake of certain vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients for optimal health. See if any of these small changes could help you heal your symptoms!

12 Signs You're Lacking Key Nutrients

1. Hair Loss or Brittle Strands - B vitamin, especially Biotin (B7), deficiency
Biotin plays an essential role in strengthening your hair follicles and supporting thick, healthy hair growth.

2. Stretch Marks – Zinc deficiency
In order for the skin to stretch and heal properly, it requires adequate levels of zinc. It is estimated that over 80% of pregnant women don’t consume enough zinc to fulfill this requirement.

3. Bumpy Skin – Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin A & Vitamin D deficiencies

This can be a sign of deficiency in essential fatty acids like omega-3s, especially when the bumps are located on the upper arms. Omega-3s are responsible for the health of skin cell membranes, while vitamin A fights off damage-causing free radicals and vitamin D supports the processes of skin cell proliferation and differentiation.

4. Dry or Acne-prone Skin – Vitamin C, B Vitamins & Omega-3 fatty acids deficiencies
Vitamin C strengthens the immune system to fight nasty microbes and boosts healthy collagen production in the skin. It also stimulates the growth of ligaments and tissues, which help heal blemishes left behind by acne. Meanwhile, B vitamins have been shown to improve moisture retention in the skin and omega-3s help protect the outer barrier of skin cells.

5. Greasy Skin – Vitamin A deficiency
Vitamin A is thought to neutralize oil levels in the skin by inhibiting androgens, which play a central role in oil production.

6. Sun Damage, Wrinkles – Vitamin E, Vitamin C & Selenium deficiencies
Did you know that sun exposure can reduce vitamin C levels by about 30%, while air pollution can reduce levels by a whopping 55%? Those are some vicious daily assaults on your skin! Vitamins E and C and the mineral selenium protect skin and cellular membranes and also help prevent damage to enzymes in the body.

7. Soft or Brittle Nails – Magnesium & Vitamin K2 deficiencies
Vitamin K2 plays an essential role in bone mineralization and shortening the lifespan of osteoclasts, cells that break down bone. Magnesium is also involved in making sure calcium is absorbed and transported to the places your body needs it most, including your nails.

8. White Spots or Ridges on Nails – Mineral, possibly Zinc, deficiency
While leading nutritionists are divided on whether or not zinc is to blame for these unsightly markings, you can experiment with adding more essential minerals to your diet to see if any one, or a combination of a few, helps reduce the appearance of white spots and ridges.

9. Tingling or Numbness in Extremities – Potassium & B Vitamin deficiencies

Potassium plays an important role in facilitating the transmission of nerve impulses throughout the body. In order for the brain to receive signals, potassium must be present to flow out of the nerve cells so as to not interrupt communications.

These sensations can also be a sign of B-vitamin deficiency (particularly folate, B6, and B12) because of these vitamins' effects on peripheral nerves.

10. Muscle Cramps - Magnesium, Calcium & Potassium deficiencies

Muscle cramps may be a sign that you're deficient in magnesium, calcium, sodium or potassium, all of which contribute to healthy muscle relaxation and contraction. Stress, intense physical workouts, and diuretics can all contribute to mineral loss and muscle cramping.

11. Swollen Joints – Vitamin C deficiency
Vitamin C contains potent antioxidants that help reduce swelling by fighting joint irritation at the source and by supporting production of healthy collagen, which helps cushion joints.

12. Poor Circulation, Cold Hands - Magnesium, Iron & B Vitamin deficiencies
Magnesium has been shown to help enhance circulation in people with chronically cold hands and feet. Iron supports the production of blood components that deliver oxygen to various parts of the body, while B vitamins are involved in red blood cell production.

Roasted Eggplant Dip - The Perfect Complement to Sliced Veggies
This healthy roasted eggplant dip, adapted from Food Network star Ina Garten's tasty traditional European recipe, is perfect for serving with sliced veggies or gluten-free crackers/pita bread at your next social gathering. Plus, it's simple, tasty, and oh-so-healthy.

•1 medium eggplant
•2 red bell peppers, seeded
•1 red onion, peeled
•2 garlic cloves, minced
•3 tablespoons olive oil
•1 tablespoon lemon juice
•1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
•1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
•1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
•1 tablespoon tomato paste

1.Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
2.Cut the eggplant, bell pepper, and onion into 1-inch cubes.
3.Toss them in a large bowl with the garlic, olive oil, lemon, parsley, salt, and pepper until evenly coated.
4.Transfer the contents of the bowl to a baking sheet and spread evenly.
5.Roast for 45 minutes, until the vegetables are lightly browned and soft, tossing once during cooking.
6.Remove the baking sheet from the oven and allow the veggies to cool for about 10 minutes.
7.Place the vegetables in a food processor fitted with a steel blade, add the tomato paste, and pulse until blended but not over-mixed. You want the texture to remain thick and chunky.
8.Serve with cut raw veggies, crackers, or pita chips!

The Truth About Calories Documentary 2015


Calories are a national obsession but are they really worth counting? Dr Chris van Tulleken takes nine randomly selected supermarket foods to an independent testing laboratory and discovers that only one of the labels matches the calories in the packet. The calorie count of all the other foods is up to 10% above or below the number on the label.

Monday, May 4, 2015

500 Mountains Gone, Don't Let Big Coal Take Another!

My name is Donna Branham and I live in Mingo County, WV -- smack dab in the middle of coal mining country. I'm a registered nurse and I've seen firsthand how mining hurts the health of my community. I've seen how it is making my community sick1 and year after year it's only getting worse.

Mountaintop-removal coal mining blows off the tops of mountains to extract the coal that fuels our nation's power plants. It has already leveled 500 mountains and buried over 1,200 miles of streams2 -- but it gets worse. It raises my community's risk of birth defects, cancer, and heart disease.3

Right now, dozens of permits are pending for new mines and the EPA could approve them any day. If they get approved, it will mean more people get sick and more mountains get destroyed. I don't know about you, but I don't want any more families to suffer the effects of Big Coal's pollution.

Send a message to the EPA before it's too late. I'm tired of seeing families get sick just so Big Coal can increase its profits. Tell EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to put our health first: no more mountaintop-removal coal mines.

A few years ago, Island Creek Coal Company opened a mountaintop-removal coal mine two miles from the house where I grew up and where my Mom and Dad still lived. Because of the danger, my parents had to leave their home so that they could have a reasonable life. My Mom never felt at home again.

After that, I knew I had to act. The coal companies are putting a burden on us, and it isn't fair. I've got grandchildren, and I want them to live in a better world. That's why I'm calling on the EPA to put our health first, and why I'm asking you to take action.

Send a message to the EPA today, and let them know that families, like mine, need them to stand up to and say no to any more mountaintop-removal coal mines. Our health depends on it.

There have been many times where folks, like us, worked together to make change happen. If it weren't for mothers demanding a right to vote, women would still not be allowed at the polls. It takes people like you and me who get fed up enough to take action to make a change.

I can't do it alone, but I know that if we stand together we can create a better life for our children and grandchildren! Tell the EPA to protect families from mountaintop-removal coal mining today.

Thanks for all you do to protect our environment!


Donna Branham
Sierra Club Volunteer
Mingo County, WV
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