Sunday, February 1, 2015

Five startling reasons why you're holding a death grip on stress

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Natural News | Jan 31, 2015 | Mike Bundrant

Would it surprise you to know that a stress-free way of life is not only possible, but easy to accomplish?

And the number one obstacle is you.

I can say this because I know that everything in this article applies to me. So, strap in. The following are the kind of realizations you only hear people confess on their deathbeds. I say we air it all out right here and now.

Here are the five reasons you may be clinging to stress as if it were essential

1. You love the status stress gives you.


Yes, you love the status of stress. After all, if you're running in the emotional red zone all the time, you must be important, right?

You don't have time to sit around. You've got too much pressure; too many important things going on. Everyone needs you to do something and - well - it takes a toll. The stress written all over your face is a testimony to that!

You are using stress to make you significant. You don't need to do that. If you want people to acknowledge your significance, then just stop doing what you do. They'll notice within minutes.

One day my wife announced, "I'm taking a day off from serving everyone in this family."

"Great!" I replied. "You deserve it."

By the end of the day, all of us were bowing down before her, kissing her feet and offering to pitch in and make her life easier. She never had more status than when she decided to chill out. Playing the stress card never really worked. Now, when she gets a little stressed, she slows down and the rest of us pick up the slack.

2. You secretly enjoy the personal martyrdom.


Of course, if you secretly enjoy being a martyr, then you're in trouble. What's so enjoyable about being a martyr? The innocence. As a stressed-out martyr, you are above reproach! Now, if everyone else only saw it that way, you'd be golden.

However, most people don't appreciate martyrs. In fact, most people are annoyed by martyrs. It's not a respectful way to be. Most personal martyrs are full of resentment toward others because of their burden. Yet, they are the first ones to refuse help. They have a hard time letting go of the script.

It's so stressful being a martyr. Seek your significance in other, less stressful ways.

3. You aren't driving your own bus.


We all have subconscious scripts leftover from childhood. Feelings of helplessness, anger or a hypercritical voice pinging around in our brains. Often, we respond to these scripts as if they were running the show, and they are!

You've got to get control of your own mind. And there are lots of ways to do it. If you're serious about this, learn NLP! Or, learn to meditate. Practice calming down your default mode network, the autopilot part of your brain. Do anything to get control of your own head.

You need to be driving your own bus and stop being a helpless passenger.

4. You fear happiness.


It's so common. So many of us have a plethora of reasons to avoid happiness. Check out this list of 27 reasons I came up with in about 10 minutes of brainstorming. This is powerful stuff. Motivation away from happiness - if unchecked - will drive you toward stress and misery.

The bottom line with fearing happiness: Deep down, we feel that if we embrace happiness, then something will go wrong. Bad news will come, disappointment is inevitable, people will expect too much of us, etc...

So, we opt for a stressed out, miserable existence. Stop fearing happiness. Life will surely deliver disappointment some of the time. You can handle that. Be happy in between the pain.

5. You're avoiding intimacy.


Yep, sometimes we keep ourselves stressfully distracted in order to avoid connecting with other people. We're too busy. Too much on our mind. Under too much pressure!

So, honey, I can't sit on the couch with you and really connect with you as a human being. I can't look into your eyes and be in love with you. I'm just maxed out over here!

Fear of intimacy equals stress. People want to connect with you (some of them). What's your excuse for avoiding the fulfillment of that connection?

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Americans To Eat 1+ Billion Pounds of GMO Foods On Superbowl Sunday

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Including 11 million slices of Domino's Pizza

This year, Super Bowl fans are expected to break previous records in consuming over 1 billion pounds of GMO-laden snack foods — with the vast majority of these individuals still completely in the dark over what they’re truly consuming in their food (even beyond GMOs).

In what amounts to a nuclear bomb of potato chips, pizza, chicken wings, and fast food, the numbers are now in on the amount of food expected to be consumed within the 24 hour period that is Super Bowl XLIX Sunday. With over 1,600 orders per hour expected to roll into Pizza Hut alone, here are the astonishing consumption estimates on just the top contenders:

1.2 billion chicken wing servings (enough to circle the Grand Canyon 120 times according to the National Chicken Council)

11.2 million pounds of potato chips (usually laced with the recently renamed high-fructose corn syrup, found to contain mercury and proven to be more toxic than even regular table sugar)

8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips (around 88% of corn or more is genetically modified)

48 million take out and fast food meals 

11 million slices of pizza, specifically from Domino’s alone

100 million pounds of avocados (for guacamole)

And to put these numbers into perspective, it would take 222,792 football fields of farmland just to grow the corn, potatoes, and avocados necessary to fuel this single Super Bowl snack day. But here’s another statistic that may shock you: with the 1.2 billion chicken wings eaten, that’s enough chicken wings to circle the Grand Canyon a whopping 120 times. All in all, it takes 312.5 million chickens just to meet the demand.

While mainstream news is reporting on these statistics purely to demonstrate the mass appeal of this year’s Super Bowl, the true concerning message surrounds the reality that millions of people will be indulging in mass amounts (an average of 2,000 calories during game day) of processed food thanks to slick marketing by mega food and beverage giants that want to ensure they force their GMO-laden products on you and your family.

Check out how our staple crops have been genetically modified to such a degree that you are almost certain to be chomping into some GMOs with each bite:

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There’s nothing wrong with celebrating the Super Bowl, or enjoying some snack foods — the true travesty is that these mega food corporations are loading your favorite foods with mercury-laden high-fructose corn syrup, GMOs, artificial flavors, and a whole list of other toxic additives.

The solution? Secure your organic Super Bowl snacks instead and avoid these fillers, additives, and GMOs. That way, you don’t have to give up the chips, guacamole, and even chicken wings during this time of year.

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Anthony is the Founding Director of NaturalSociety, whose writings on the subject of health and wellness have reached tens of millions of readers worldwide. A proponent of an organic lifestyle, the growth of alternative news, and a dedication to aiding various non-profit organizations, NaturalSociety was Anthony's next step in what he calls "highlighting what you won't be hearing about on the major news networks." Anthony has appeared on both grassroots and established platforms alike, including routine appearances on Drudge Report, Daily Mail, RT, The Blaze, Infowars, Michael Savage's Savage Nation, Coast to Coast AM, and many others.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Vaccinated Spreading Measles: WHO, Merck, CDC Documents Confirm

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Green Med Info | Jan 30, 2015 | Sayer Ji

20 years ago, the MMR vaccine was found to infect virtually all of its recipients with measles. The manufacturer Merck's own product warning links MMR to a potentially fatal form of brain inflammation caused by measles. Why is this evidence not being reported?

The phenomenon of measles infection spread by MMR (live measles-mumps-rubella vaccine) has been known for decades. In fact, 20 years ago, scientists working at the CDC's National Center for Infectious Diseases, funded by the WHO and the National Vaccine Program, discovered something truly disturbing about the MMR vaccine: it leads to detectable measles infection in the vast majority of those who receive it.

Published in 1995 in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology and titled, "Detection of Measles Virus RNA in Urine Specimens from Vaccine Recipients," researchers analyzed urine samples from newly MMR vaccinated 15-month-old children and young adults and reported their eye-opening results as following:
  • Measles virus RNA was detected in 10 of 12 children during the 2-week sampling period.
  • In some cases, measles virus RNA was detected as early as 1 day or as late as 14 days after the children were vaccinated.
  • Measles virus RNA was also detected in the urine samples from all four of the young adults between 1 and 13 days after vaccination.
The authors of this study used a relatively new technology at that time, namely, reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), which they believed could help resolve growing challenges associated with measles detection in the shifting post-mass immunization epidemiological and clinical landscape. These challenges include:
  • A changing clinical presentation towards 'milder' or asymptomatic measles in previously vaccinated individuals.
  • A changing epidemiological distribution of measles (a shift toward children younger than 15 months, teenagers, and young adults)
  • Increasing difficulty distinguishing measles-like symptoms (exanthema) caused by a range of other pathogens from those caused by measles virus.
  • An increase in sporadic measles outbreaks in previously vaccinated individuals.
Twenty years later, PCR testing is widely acknowledged as highly sensitive and specific, and the only efficient way to distinguish vaccine-strain and wild-type measles infection, as their clinical presentation are indistinguishable.

Did the CDC Use PCR Testing On The Disneyland Measles Cases?

The latest measles outbreak at Disney is a perfect example of where PCR testing could be used to ascertain the true origins of the outbreak. The a priori assumption that the non-vaccinated are carriers and transmitters of a disease the vaccinated are immune to has not been scientifically validated. Since vaccine strain measles has almost entirely supplanted wild-type, communally acquired measles, it is statistically unlikely that PCR tests will reveal the media's hysterical storyline -- "non-vaxxers brought back an eradicated disease!" --  to be true. Until such studies are performed and exposed, we will never know for certain.

Laura Hayes, of Age of Autism, recently addressed this key question in her insightful article "Disney, Measles, and the Fantasyland of Vaccine Perfection":
"Has there been any laboratory confirmation of even one case of the supposed measles related to Disneyland?  If yes, was the confirmed case tested to determine whether it was wild-type measles or vaccine-strain measles?  If not, why not?  These are important questions to ask. Is it measles or not? If yes, what kind, because if it's vaccine-strain measles, then that means it is the vaccinated who are contagious and spreading measles resulting in what the media likes to label "outbreaks" to create panic (a panic more appropriately triggered by our 25 year history of epidemic autism).

It would be what one might call vaccine fallout.  People who receive live-virus vaccines, such as the MMR, can then shed that live virus, for up to many weeks and can infect others.  Other live-virus vaccines include the nasal flu vaccine, shingles vaccine, rotavirus vaccine, chicken pox vaccine, and yellow fever vaccine."
Additional Evidence That the Vaccinated Are Not Immune, Spread Disease

The National Vaccine Information Center has published an important document relevant to this topic titled

"The Emerging Risks of Live Virus & Virus Vectored Vaccines: Vaccine Strain Virus Infection, Shedding & Transmission." Pages 34-36 in the section on "Measles, Mumps, Rubella Viruses and Live Attenuated Measles, Mumps, Rubella Viruses" discuss evidence that the MMR vaccine can lead to measles infection and transmission.

Cases highlighted include:
  • In 2010, Eurosurveillance published a report about excretion of vaccine strain measles virus in urine and pharyngeal secretions of a Croatian child with vaccine-associated rash illness.[1] A healthy 14-month old child was given MMR vaccine and eight days later developed macular rash and fever. Lab testing of throat and urine samples between two and four weeks after vaccination tested positive for vaccine strain measles virus. Authors of the report pointed out that when children experience a fever and rash after MMR vaccination, only molecular lab testing can determine whether the symptoms are due to vaccine strain measles virus infection. They stated: "According to WHO guidelines for measles and rubella elimination, routine discrimination between aetiologies of febrile rash disease is done by virus detection. However, in a patient recently MMR-vaccinated, only molecular techniques can differentiate between wild type measles or rubella infection or vaccine-associated disease. This case report demonstrates that excretion of Schwartz measles virus occurs in vaccinees."
  • In 2012, Pediatric Child Health published a report describing a healthy 15-month old child in Canada, who developed irritability, fever, cough, conjunctivitis and rash within seven days of an MMR shot.[2] Blood, urine and throat swab tests were positive for vaccine strain measles virus infection 12 days after vaccination. Addressing the potential for measles vaccine strain virus transmission to others, the authors stated, "While the attenuated virus can be detected in clinical specimens following immunization, it is understood that administration of the MMR vaccine to immunocompetent individuals does not carry the risk of secondary transmission to susceptible hosts.
  • In 2013, Eurosurveillance published a report of vaccine strain measles occurring weeks after MMR vaccination in Canada. Authors stated, "We describe a case of measlesmumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine-associated measles illness that was positive by both PCR and IgM, five weeks after administration of the MMR vaccine." The case involved a two-year-old child, who developed runny nose, fever, cough, macular rash and conjunctivitis after vaccination and tested positive for vaccine strain measles virus infection in throat swab and blood tests.[3] Canadian health officials authoring the report raised the question of whether there are unidentified cases of vaccine strain measles infections and the need to know more about how long measles vaccine strain shedding lasts. They concluded that the case they reported "likely represents the existence of additional, but unidentified, exceptions to the typical timeframe for measles vaccine virus shedding and illness." They added that "further investigation is needed on the upper limit of measles vaccine virus shedding based on increased sensitivity of the RT-PCR-based detection technologies and immunological factors associated with vaccine-associated measles illness and virus shedding."

In addition to this evidence for the disease-promoting nature of the measles vaccine, we recently reported on a case of a twice vaccinated adult in NYC becoming infected with measles and then spreading it to two secondary contacts, both of which were vaccinated twice and found to have presumably protective IgM antibodies.

This double failure of the MMR vaccine renders highly suspicious the unsubstantiated claims that when an outbreak of measles occurs the non- or minimally vaccinated are responsible. The assumption that vaccination equals bona fide immunity has never been supported by the evidence itself. We have previously reported on a growing body of evidence that even when a vaccine is mandated, and 99% of a population receive the measles vaccines, outbreaks not only happen, but as compliance increases vaccine resistance sporadic outbreaks also increase -- a clear indication of vaccine failure.

There is also the concerning fact that according to the MMR vaccine's manufacturer Merck's own product insert, the MMR can cause measles inclusion body encephalitis (MIBE), a rare but potentially lethal form of brain infection with measles.  For more information you can review a case report on MIBE caused by vaccine strain measles published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases in 1999 titled "Measles inclusion-body encephalitis caused by the vaccine strain of measles virus."

Global Measles Vaccine Failures Increasingly Reported

China is not the only country dealing with outbreaks in near universally vaccinated populations. Between 2008-2011, France reported over 20,000 cases of measles, with adolescents and young adults accounting for more than half of cases.[4] Remarkably, these outbreaks began when France was experiencing some of their highest coverage rates in history. For instance, in 2008, the MMR1 coverage reached 96.6% in children 11 years of age. For a more extensive review of measles outbreaks in vaccinated populations read our article The 2013 Measles Outbreak: A Failing Vaccine, Not A Failure to Vaccinate.

Given that clinical evidence, case reports, epidemiological studies, and even the vaccine manufacturer's own product warnings, all show directly or indirectly that MMR can spread measles infection, how can we continue to stand by and let the media, government and medical establishment blame the non-vaccinated on these outbreaks without any concrete evidence?

References


[1]  Kaic B, Gjenero-Margan I, Aleraj B. Spotlight on Measles 2010: Excretion of Vaccine Strain Measles Virus in Urine and Pharyngeal Secretions of a Child with Vaccine Associated Febrile Rash Illness, Croatia, March 2010. Eurosurveillance 2010 15(35).

[2] Nestibo L, Lee BE, Fonesca K et al. Differentiating the wild from the attenuated during a measles outbreak. Paediatr Child Health Apr. 2012; 17(4).

[3] Murti M, Krajden M, Petric M et al. Case of Vaccine Associated Measles Five Weeks Post-Immunisation, British Columbia, Canada, October 2013. Eurosurveillance Dec. 5, 2013; 18(49).

[4] Antona D, Lévy-Bruhl D, Baudon C, Freymuth F, Lamy M, Maine C, Floret D, Parent du Chatelet I. Measles elimination efforts and 2008-2011 outbreak, France. Emerg Infect Dis. 2013 Mar;19(3):357-64. doi: 10.3201/eid1903.121360. PubMed PMID: 23618523; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3647670. Free full text Related citations

The Future of Medicine? Forget Private Doctor Appointments, Group Medical Visits are Coming


According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, around 10 percent of family doctors already offer shared medical appointments, sessions that bring together a dozen or more patients with similar medical conditions to meet with a doctor for 90 minutes. With pressure from the government and insurers to bring down the cost of care while treating the increasing number of people with health insurance, patients can expect group visits to become more common. “It’s efficient. It’s economical.

– From the Bloomberg article: Your Next Doctor’s Visit Could Get Crowded

Get ready, this is coming. While this trend was already happening before the passage of Obamacare, it’s not hard to imagine that private medical consultations could soon be a thing of the past for your average American serf.

Somehow I doubt members of Congress will be having group visits any time soon…

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The 37 Cereals Loaded With Disease-Linked Mega Sugar

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Natural Society | Jan 29, 2015 | Mike Barrett

Are you or your family eating them? 

A favorite meal among children of all ages, cereal has become a primary focus for food producers to push on children through sly marketing and advertising. Unfortunately, Tucan Sam and Tony the Tiger don’t represent anything that children should be eating. In fact, a new report has found that many popular cereals contain alarming amounts of sugar – even as much as 8 or even 10 teaspoons. Worse, the amount of sugar used has often increased over the past 2 years, despite promises from food makers to reduce sugar content.

(The report covers cereals in the UK, but the same or similar cereals can be found in the US under similar names.)

According to research by the campaign group Action On Sugar, 14 out of 50 cereals were full of at least a third sugar – 33.3g per 100g, or eight teaspoons in each serving. Action On Sugar nutritionist Kawther Hashem said: “You wouldn’t give your child chocolate biscuits for breakfast, yet certain manufacturers are effectively doing that for us.”

Among the worst offenders was Aldi’s Harvest Mrm Choco Rice, where a single bowl contained 39g sugar/100g – almost half of the 25g maximum daily intake of free sugars for adults in the UK.

The highest sugar cereals include:
  • Aldi’s Harvest Morn Choco Rice with 39g/100g. (An 18% increase since 2012)
  • Kellogg’s Frosties with 37g/100g. (Same as 2012)
  • Sainsbury’s Honey Nut Corn Flakes with 36.3g/100g. (An 8% increase since 2012)
  • Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut with 35g/100g. (Same since 2012)

Thankfully, some cereal-producers notice that we are in a health movement, and have lowered their sugars content. Aldi’s Harvest Morn Crunchy Honey Nut Corn Flakes made a 19% reduction from 34.4g to 28.0g/100g and Honey Monster Puffs (previously Sugar Puffs) reduces sugar by 17% from 35.0g to 29.0g/100g.

Graham MacGregor, chairman of Action On Sugar and professor of cardiovascular medicine at Queen Mary University of London, said:
“Children quickly become used to high-sugar cereals and find healthier ones less palatable, which has long-term implications on their health. Too much sugar leads to weight gain, raising the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. One of the greatest failures in tackling obesity is the Government’s appeasement of the food industry.

The Responsibility Deal, which allows the food industry to regulate themselves – likened to Dracula being put in control of the blood bank – has failed. It’s time for it to be scrapped.”

In response to the report, some cereal-producers gave comments:
  • Kellogg’s said the sugar in its cereals was to a tiny proportion of daily consumption.
  • Sainsbury’s said it had not increased the sugar in Honey Nut Corn Flakes, but had recalculated, which had led to a higher figure.
  • Morrisons said its Honey & Nut Corn Flakes had not changed and could not explain the increase. From next month it will have 8 per cent less sugar.
  • Aldi also said it would reduce the sugar content of its cereals.
Interestingly, the cereals with the highest sugar content have not responded to the calls for less sugar, and have either increased or stayed the same since 2012. I suppose these makers want less spotlight as they will continue to load cereal products with teaspoons of sugar.


Needless to say, we face similar issues here in the US. The Environmental Working Group released its own report a few years ago. Here is what the report found:
  • Kellogg’s Honey Smacks – 55.6%
  • Post Golden Crisp  – 51.9%
  • Kellogg’s Froot Loops Marshmallow –  48.3%
  • Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch OOPS! All Berries  – 46.9%
  • Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch original – 44.4%
  • Quaker Oats Oh!s – 44.4%
  • Hellogg’s Smorz – 43.3%
  • Kellogg’s Apple Jacks – 42.9%
  • Quaker Oats Cap’n Cunch’s Crunch Berries – 42.3%
  • Kellogg’s Froot Loops original – 41.4%
The World Health Organization has changed its sugar recommendation—advising no more than 5 percent of your daily calories should come from the sweet stuff, down from the previously recommended 10 percent. Maybe it’s time to throw the cereals to the curb.

Mike is the co-founder, editor, and researcher behind Natural Society. Studying the work of top natural health activists, and writing special reports for top 10 alternative health websites, Mike has written hundreds of articles and pages on how to obtain optimum wellness through natural health.