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Scientific Proof that We Can Heal Ourselves

Video Source: TEDx Talks

Lissa Rankin, MD explores the scientific literature, reviewing case studies of spontaneous remission, as well as placebo and nocebo effect data, to prove that our thoughts powerfully affect our physiology when we believe we can get well.



University Study Determines that Fire Did NOT Bring Down World Trade Center Building 7 on 9/11

Source: AE911Truth

On September 11, 2001, at 5:20 PM, the 47-story World Trade Center Building 7 collapsed into its footprint, falling more than 100 feet at the rate of gravity for 2.5 seconds of its seven-second destruction.

The Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth are pleased to partner with the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) in releasing the final report of a four-year computer modeling study of WTC 7’s collapse conducted by researchers in the university’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

We invite you to read the report and to watch Dr. Leroy Hulsey’s presentation at the UAF campus, where he first announced his team’s findings:

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Extreme Life Extension and the Search for Immortality

Video Source: vpro documentary

Story at-a-glance

  • Statistically, the younger you are right now, the greater your chances of living to 100 and beyond, thanks to improvements in 3D printing, stem cell research and nanotech technology
  • About one-quarter of children born today are expected to live beyond 100, and research shows the number of centenarians in the U.S. has been doubling every decade since the 1950s
  • Some choose to avoid the finality of death by having their remains placed in a cryogenic deep freeze to await reanimation at some future date
  • Once reanimation is possible, technology will also need to be advanced enough to rejuvenate the body. Cloning would also need to be perfected to allow for the reattachment of your frozen head onto your cloned body
  • Other research focuses on damage repair, turning back the biological clock before death occurs. Gene therapy that promotes telomere lengthening is one possible avenue to slow down or even reverse aging

By Dr. Joseph Mercola | mercola.com

If you want to live to celebrate your 100th birthday, you’re not alone. Some are going to great lengths to achieve extreme life extension — if not immortality itself. Statistically, the younger you are right now, the greater your chances of living to 100 and beyond, thanks to improvements in 3D printing, stem cell research and nanotech technology.

At present, about one-quarter of children born today are expected to live beyond 100,1 and research shows the number of centenarians in the U.S. has been doubling every decade since the 1950s. By 2050, the number of centenarians living in the U.S. is expected to pass 1 million.2

The fascination with extreme longevity is an enduring one and the search for “the fountain of youth” has a long history, from tracking down sacred, life-giving water sources in the days of antiquity to the invention of nanobots and stem cell research in the modern age.

The Search for Immortality

The featured VPRO Backlight documentary, “Becoming Immortal,” documents some of the latest advancements in the fight against aging. “If aging is considered as a disease, then the cure is immortality,” the narrator says. For some, the dream of eternal life is so strong, they freeze their bodies — or just their heads — in cryogenic tanks, where they await the day when the technology to revive them has come to pass.

According to this film, billions of dollars are spent biohacking the human biology in search of longer life, and Google has created an entire department dedicated to investigating the human biology of aging and mortality. “The techies are convinced the human code can be cracked,” the narrator says, “if not during their own lifetime, then shortly thereafter.”

The ultimate goal: The ability to extend life indefinitely, allowing you to live as long as you wish. As noted in the film, while some find life unbearable and seek to end it sooner rather than later, others truly love life and want to keep going far beyond what is currently considered a normal life span.

Entering the Deep Freeze

In the desert of Arizona is a company called Alcor, founded in 1972. Here, those who refuse to accept the finality of death can have their remains placed in a cryogenic deep freeze to await reanimation at some future date. Freezing your head costs $80,000; placing your entire body on ice will set you back a cool $200,000. Some are also choosing to cryopreserve their pets, in the hopes of reuniting with them in the future. Freezing a small pet’s head costs about $5,000.

For proper preservation, the patient is immediately frozen following death. Cryogenic freezing involves preserving the dead body in liquid nitrogen. After the blood has been replaced by an antifreeze fluid to protect tissue integrity, the body is placed in an arctic sleeping bag and cooled to about 166 degrees below zero Fahrenheit (110 degrees below zero Celcius). Over the following weeks, the temperature is progressively lowered until it reaches about 321 degrees below zero F (196 below zero degrees C).

According to Alcor cofounder Linda Chamberlain — who currently has three of her own family members, including her husband, stored at the facility — the idea is not to be brought back to life as an old and feeble person. The idea is that once reanimation is possible, the technology will also be advanced enough to actually rejuvenate the body, essentially winding back the biological clock to a much more youthful stage. Cloning would also need to be perfected to allow for the reattachment of your frozen head onto your cloned body.

‘Somewhere Between Life and Death’

According to Alcor, once frozen, the individual is “located somewhere between life and death.” “It’s kind of like if you were in a hospital, and the person was in a coma,” Chamberlain says when asked how she feels about her family members being in this in-between state.

“You know their body is still alive, and that there’s hope that medical technology will be able to fix what they died of and bring them back to a healthy state of functioning. And so, for me it’s very much like that. I feel very joyful and happy when I’m back here [in the cryopreservation room]. In addition to my family members, I have dozens of good friends [here] that I’ve known over the years. This is a very inviting place for me. I like being here.

Am I afraid of death? You bet I am. Death sounds boring. It’s the end of everything. Death there’s no way back from. With cryonics, we’re talking about stopping death so that we have a chance of living vastly extended lifespans. Real death means all the information that was once in your body … is gone, irretrievably. Maybe fear is the wrong word … maybe [a better word is] detesting the idea of going out of existence.”

While most of those awaiting new life at Alcor have expressed the desire to be brought back into a healthy human body, Chamberlain has more exotic wishes for her future life. She aspires to be brought back into a technologically sophisticated frame composed of nanobots, which would give her the ability to alter her physiological functioning at will. She gives the example of being able to go skiing on Mars without concern for the lack of atmosphere.

The SENS Research Foundation

Silicon Valley is home to the SENS Research Foundation, where scientists such as Aubrey de Grey, a biomedical gerontologist and a leading authority on life extension, aim to stimulate rejuvenation research on a global scale. Rather than hoping for reanimation after death, SENS is focused on damage repair, essentially turning back the biological clock before death occurs.

“We’re interested in restoring the body of an older individual, in terms of its structure and composition, to something like it was in early adulthood,” de Grey says. “If we can do that reasonably well, then we will by definition restore function, both mental and physical.

But that’s very different from how people have historically thought about how to address aging, either by directly attacking the symptoms of old age … or alternatively trying to clean up the way the body works so that it just ages more slowly in the first place.”

Gene Therapy

Silicon Valley’s growing obsession with radical life extension seems a logical outgrowth of geniuses creating life-altering technologies that affect millions if not billions of people. It’s a hubris of sorts, that makes them think they can crack the human code and bend mortality to their own will. However, as noted in the film, techies are not necessarily very good at understanding the complexities of human biology, or predicting the risks inherent with “biohacking.” Still, some accept the risks and use themselves as guinea pigs.

Liz Parrish, founder and CEO of BioViva, a biotech company specializing in antiaging therapies, was her company’s first patient. “If you don’t look young, you’re not young,” she says. Parish used gene therapy to lengthen her telomeres. According to BioViva scientists, her biological age reversed considerably. At present, these kinds of gene therapies are illegal for human use in most Western countries. Parrish received her treatments in Colombia.

How Telomere Length Affects Aging

Telomeres were first discovered back in the 1930s. Every cell in your body contains a nucleus, and inside the nucleus are the chromosomes that contain your genes. The chromosome is made up of two “arms,” and each arm contains a single molecule DNA, which is essentially a string of beads made up of units called bases.

A typical DNA molecule is about 100 million bases long. It’s curled up like a slinky, extending from one end of the chromosome to the other. At the very tip of each arm of the chromosome is where you’ll find the telomere. In 1973, Alexey Olovnikov discovered that telomeres shorten with time because they fail to replicate completely each time the cell divides. Hence, as you get older, your telomeres get increasingly shorter.

If you were to unravel the tip of the chromosome, a telomere is about 15,000 bases long at the moment of conception in the womb. Immediately after conception your cells begin to divide, and your telomeres shorten each time the cell divides. Once your telomeres have been reduced to about 5,000 bases, you essentially die of old age. This is now thought to be a major key that explains the process of aging itself, and holds the promise of not just slowing aging, but actually reversing it.

Exercise Slows Down Telomere Shortening

In 1984, Elizabeth Blackburn Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, discovered that the enzyme telomerase has the ability to lengthen the telomere by synthesizing DNA from an RNA primer. She, along with Carol Greider and Jack Szostak were jointly awarded the Noble Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2009 for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase.

The following year, research3 showed that exercise buffers the effect of chronic stress on telomere length, which helps explain some of its well-documented effects on health and longevity. Other studies have found there’s a direct association between reduced telomere shortening in your later years and high-intensity-type exercises. As noted in a study published in Mechanisms of Aging and Development:4

“The results of the present study provide evidence that leukocyte telomere length (LTL) is related to regular vigorous aerobic exercise and maximal aerobic exercise capacity with aging in healthy humans. LTL is not influenced by aerobic exercise status among young subjects, presumably because telomere length is intact (i.e., already normal) in sedentary healthy young adults.

However, as LTL shortens with aging it appears that maintenance of aerobic fitness, produced by chronic strenuous exercise and reflected by higher VO2max, acts to preserve LTL … Our results indicate that LTL is preserved in healthy older adults who perform vigorous aerobic exercise and is positively related to maximal aerobic exercise capacity. This may represent a novel molecular mechanism underlying the “anti-aging” effects of maintaining high aerobic fitness.”

Millionaire DIY Life Extender Turns Back Biological Clock

Another do-it-yourself experimenter and SENS Foundation supporter is real estate millionaire Darren Moore, who uses FOX04-DRI, a senolytic agent, in an effort to turn back time. As explained on his website:5

“A senolytic … is among the class of senotherapeutics, and refers to small molecules that can selectively induce death of senescent cells. Senescence is a potent tumor suppressive mechanism. It however drives both degenerative and hyperplastic pathologies, most likely by promoting chronic inflammation. 

Senescent cells accumulate in aging bodies and accelerate the aging process. Eliminating senescent cells increases the amount of time that mice are free of disease. The goal of those working to develop senolytic agents is to delay, prevent, alleviate or reverse age-related diseases.”

In mice, FOX04-DRI has been shown to turn back the biological clock. The substance, which is hard to come by, costs about $500 per milligram, so it’s by no means an inexpensive experiment. There are also no guarantees it will work in humans. Moore, however, believes some risk is worth the possibility of gaining a longer life, and more importantly, longer health-span.

But he’s made his share of mistakes. One experimental drug caused severe side effects, making him break out in a swollen, itchy rash and caused rapid heartbeat and dangerously high blood pressure.

Optimism and Zest for Life Is a Powerful Longevity Predictor

Life extension, especially when we’re talking about extreme life extension — possibly to the point of making us more or less immortal — brings up a lot of questions. What makes us human? What is personal identity? Is there a soul, and if so, what are the spiritual ramifications of reanimating your corpse? Who should have access to life extending technologies? There are many more, and as advances are made, we’ll eventually need to face all of these questions.

As of right now, death is still a certainty for all of us. You can, however, slow down the aging process, and you don’t need to be wealthy or reckless to do it. According to longevity researchers, the majority of centenarians — people who are 100 or older — do not feel their chronological age; on average, they report feeling 20 years younger. They also tend to have positive attitudes, optimism and a zest for life. Indeed, having a positive outlook on life has been shown to be THE most influential factor in longevity studies!

Interestingly, healthy behaviors cannot fully account for impact optimism has on mortality. Some researchers believe optimism has a direct effect on biological systems. Indeed, while conventional medicine is still reluctant to admit that your emotional state has a major impact on your overall health and longevity, a 2013 article in Scientific American6 discusses a number of interesting advancements in the emerging field of psychoneuroimmunology.

Researchers have found that your brain and immune system are actually wired together. Connections between your nervous system and immune-related organs such as your thymus and bone marrow allow for crosstalk between the two systems. Your immune cells also have receptors for neurotransmitters, which suggests they can be more or less directly influenced by them.

What Centenarians Recommend

In interviews and surveys with centenarians, the following themes come up time and time again when asked to explain why they’ve lived so long.7 This list contains things most of us have quite a bit of control over. The same cannot be said for predicting the emergence of reanimation technologies and rejuvenation drugs.

Keeping a positive attitude Eating real food
Managing stress Clean living (not smoking or drinking excessively)
Living independently Strong family ties
Exercising (most report basic activities like walking, biking, gardening, swimming) A network of friends
Staying mentally active and always learning something new Faith/spirituality

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Exercises For Body, Mind and Soul That Will Improve Your Well-Being

By Michael Dehoyos

When talking about exercising, it’s important to remember that a complete approach is always better than simply dwelling in one area. A lot of people will work out physically but not work on the other elements to their body and mind that are so important. Similarly, people might practice meditating but forget that physical exercise gives you a great boost to your mental state. The best approach is to address all three of the elements of exercise and to combine them for an ultimate state of wellbeing. So, with that said, let’s take a look at some exercises that will help create that synergy and to bring you total wellbeing.

Cardiovascular Exercise Outdoors

Not everyone likes to do serious running, but cardiovascular exercise is proven to give your body, mind, and soul a good workout. If you can run and like it then go for that. If you don’t want to then you could try biking or, failing that, you can even just go on walks. Experiencing the world outside, the fresh air and the sights and sounds can have great help for your mental health as well. “With the blood pumping all around your body and some good physical exercise achieved you should also find that it really benefits the quality of your sleep, particularly the ease with which you get to sleep at the start of the night, which also has concrete positive benefits for mental health and physical health”, explains James Lawton, health writer at BritStudent and WriteMyx. So, get out there!

Yoga

Yoga is a fantastic option for giving all three of these areas of your life a boost. There are a variety of different directions which you can take yoga, but in general getting into the habit of a regular routine, whether that be daily or weekly, of practicing yoga can have immense benefits across time. Yoga is a perfect blend of spirituality, physical activation, and mindfulness which encapsulates all of the dimensions to a well-rounded wellbeing health plan. People who do yoga tend to be so serious about it that taking it seriously yourself can be a bit daunting. But, if you just give yourself that initial nudge, I’m sure you’ll find that you’ll pick it up in no time and, in all likelihood, to great results!

Tai-Chi

If you want something with a little more physical involvement than yoga, tai-chi is a meditative, concentrated, disciplined martial art that, when mastered, can unlock strengths, both mental and physical that you were perhaps unaware you were capable of. This one takes real commitment, but it could very well be worth it in the long run. Definitely, something to explore. 

Swimming

Swimming is an underrated form of exercise which, when you really break it down, has everything. “Swimming is such a complete form of exercise that it’s a wonder it isn’t adopted by more people. It works out every muscle in your body, without posing any risk of serious injury, it’s relaxing, meditative, not to mention fun. It can be done with a friend or friends or it can be done alone and it can be done by almost anyone, even people with disabilities that restrict their ability to exercise normally”, says  Charlotte Prince, health blogger at Australia2Write and NextCoursework. Finding a pool is the central challenge to this otherwise easy and enjoyable exercise. Once you have it could unlock something special.

Meditation

Straying from the more traditional physical exercises, we have meditation. Meditating involves relaxing your body which is a form of exercise, and one that involves a lot of care and discipline. But alongside these benefits, you have the primary benefit of a really thorough way to exercise your mind and soul as you rid yourself of all your daily struggles and replace them with a sense of calm and peace. 

Conclusion

There are so many different ways that you can achieve a complete exercise routine where you address all of the different areas of your life. You can find mental benefits in physical activities and physical ones in mental activities. Ultimately, it’s what works for you, so get out there and see for yourself.

About the Author

Michael Dehoyos is a web developer at the Ph.D. Kingdom and Academic Brits. He assists companies in digitalizing their marketing strategy, as well as sharing his knowledge by contributing to numerous sites and publications, the academic service Coursework Help, amongst them.




The Proximity Principle – Uniting Local Farmers with Local Buyers – The Imperative of Our Time

By Julian Rose | Waking Times

Independent small and medium-sized farms have been handed a death sentence by Klaus Schwab head of The World Economic Forum. Schwab, and fellow architects of top-down control, have officially let it be known that under the policy known as ‘Green Deal’ traditional family farms are no longer wanted and the foods they produce are to be replaced by laboratory and genetically engineered synthetic lookalikes. This policy is spelled out in the pages of Klaus Schwab’s book ‘The Great Reset’ which is part of the envisaged ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’.

The British government and the European Commission are committed to adopting this insane agenda in which working farmers are to be replaced by digitalized precision robots, as part of a so-called Global Warming mitigation crusade. When properly analyzed, this is revealed as a totalitarian program for complete corporate and banking control of the food chain. A program that is designed to eliminate the independent farmer.

What Are We Going to Do About It?

There is a very straightforward answer to this question. We are going to come together at the local level and launch a mutually supportive initiative that will guarantee both the farmer and the purchaser of the farmer’s food a fair and mutually beneficial exchange.

How does it work?

Very simple. The purchaser (consumer) approaches his or her local responsible farmer and asks to buy some fresh produce. The farmer considers this proposition. Some may decline, but this will be because it has not occurred to them that the future of their current dependency on a corporate-controlled marketing regime is completely untenable under the program proposed by Mr. Schwab.

Any good farmer will not turn down an opportunity to do business with near neighbors who are in search of positive and value-for-money farm-raised foods. Especially once the farming community realizes that their future income will depend more and more upon establishing a marketplace amongst those in the immediate vicinity of his/her farm. Those who do not wish – or cannot any longer – purchase their staple food requirements from corporate-owned super and hypermarket food chains.

The Savvy Farmer…

The savvy farmer can see the writing on the wall. Can see that slavery to a system of national and global manipulation – totally out of his/her hands – is a recipe for disaster. Such a farmer will be on the lookout for a secure local market; one where purchasers want to buy direct from the farm with no middle-man taking a cut. This must be the way forward if a secure future on the land is the desired outcome. Any intelligent farmer will recognize this and will take seriously a bonafide
request to supply farm-raised produce to those eager to buy it.

The Savvy Consumer…

The savvy consumer will be looking for fresh, healthy, flavourful good quality foods upon which to raise their family, or simply to feed themselves. They will recognize that the chance to acquire such food ‘direct from the farm’ represents the best possible outcome. A bond built-up with a local farmer, via regular purchasing of their farm-raised products, provides a powerful ally for times ahead when the commercial food chain is subjected to the brutal intervention of the architects of global control and shortages become the norm. Such times are no longer speculative. They are on our doorstep.

The Savvy Farmer and the Savvy Consumer – Getting Together

Either the consumer or the farmer can take the initiative of bringing both parties together.

How?

By calling a ‘round table’ meeting in the local village/town hall or simply in your home. Invite one or two farmers to sit around that table with some individuals eager to obtain food directly from the farm. Some might even be ready to discuss contracting a farmer to grow the staple foods they require. Good quality food is grown without recourse to chemical pesticides.

Farmers need a secure income and the buyers a secure local source of nutritious food. Fair prices for both parties and delivery or ‘pick-up from the farm’ can be negotiated in a friendly and informal manner. This is not purely ‘business’ in the old sense of the term; it is forming a common bond in a time when such bonds have been tragically neglected and supermarket convenience cultures have destroyed the links that hold communities together.

New trading, bartering, and sharing practice will be built around the adoption of this ‘proximity principle’. This is the one sure way of effectively resisting the Klaus Schwab farm killer and the New World Order plan for global domination of the food chain.

Other ways of supporting local trading include farm shops, farmers markets, box schemes, food cooperatives. Get onto the front foot and regenerate your community – from the ground up!

For further details of the Proximity Principle and community, regeneration sees ‘Creative Solutions to a World in Crisis’ by Julian Rose.

About the Author

Julian Rose is an early pioneer and practitioner of UK organic farming; an entrepreneur and leader of projects to create self-sufficient communities based on local supply and demand; a teacher of holistic life approaches and the author of four books – one of which ‘Creative Solutions to a World in Crisis’ lays-out detailed guidelines for the transformation of society into caring communities built upon ecological and spiritual awareness, justice and cooperation. See Julian’s website for more information www.julianrose.info




Study Reveals Substantial Evidence That We Live In a Holographic Universe

A sketch of the timeline of the holographic Universe. Time runs from left to right. The far left denotes the holographic phase and the image is blurry because space and time are not yet well defined. At the end of this phase (denoted by the black fluctuating ellipse), the Universe enters a geometric phase, which can now be described by Einstein’s equations. The cosmic microwave background was emitted about 375,000 years later. Patterns imprinted in it carry information about the very early Universe and seed the development of structures of stars and galaxies in the late time Universe (far right). Credit: Paul McFadden

Source: Phys.org

A UK, Canadian and Italian study has provided what researchers believe is the first observational evidence that our universe could be a vast and complex hologram.

Theoretical physicists and astrophysicists, investigating irregularities in the  (the ‘afterglow’ of the Big Bang), have found there is substantial evidence supporting a holographic explanation of the —in fact, as much as there is for the traditional explanation of these irregularities using the theory of cosmic inflation.

The researchers, from the University of Southampton (UK), University of Waterloo (Canada), Perimeter Institute (Canada), INFN, Lecce (Italy) and the University of Salento (Italy), have published findings in the journal Physical Review Letters.

, an idea first suggested in the 1990s, is one where all the information that makes up our 3-D ‘reality’ (plus time) is contained in a 2-D surface on its boundaries.

Professor Kostas Skenderis of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Southampton explains: “Imagine that everything you see, feel and hear in three dimensions (and your perception of time) in fact emanates from a flat two-dimensional field. The idea is similar to that of ordinary holograms where a three-dimensional image is encoded in a two-dimensional surface, such as in the hologram on a credit card. However, this time, the entire universe is encoded.”

Although not an example with holographic properties, it could be thought of as rather like watching a 3-D film in a cinema. We see the pictures as having height, width and crucially, depth—when in fact it all originates from a flat 2-D screen. The difference, in our 3-D universe, is that we can touch objects and the ‘projection’ is ‘real’ from our perspective.

In recent decades, advances in telescopes and sensing equipment have allowed scientists to detect a vast amount of data hidden in the ‘white noise’ or microwaves (partly responsible for the random black and white dots you see on an un-tuned TV) leftover from the moment the universe was created. Using this information, the team was able to make complex comparisons between networks of features in the data and . They found that some of the simplest quantum field theories could explain nearly all cosmological observations of the early universe.

Professor Skenderis comments: “Holography is a huge leap forward in the way we think about the structure and creation of the universe. Einstein’s theory of general relativity explains almost everything large scale in the universe very well but starts to unravel when examining its origins and mechanisms at a quantum level. Scientists have been working for decades to combine Einstein’s theory of gravity and quantum theory. Some believe the concept of a holographic universe has the potential to reconcile the two. I hope our research takes us another step towards this.”

The scientists now hope their study will open the door to further our understanding of the  and explain how space and time emerged.




World Council for Health Reveals Spike Protein Detox Guide | Dr. Joseph Mercola

By Dr. Joseph Mercola | mercola.com  

Story at-a-glance

  • If you had COVID-19 or received a COVID-19 injection, you may have dangerous spike proteins circulating in your body
  • Spike proteins can circulate in your body after infection or injection, causing damage to cells, tissues, and organs
  • The World Council for Health has released a spike protein detox guide, which provides straightforward steps you can take to potentially lessen the effects of toxic spike protein in your body
  • Spike protein inhibitors and neutralizers include pine needles, ivermectin, neem, N-acetylcysteine (NAC), and glutathione
  • The top 10 spike protein detox essentials include vitamin D, vitamin C, nigella seed, quercetin, zinc, curcumin, milk thistle extract, NAC, ivermectin, and magnesium

Have you had COVID-19 or received a COVID-19 injection? Then you likely have dangerous spike proteins circulating in your body. While spike protein is naturally found in SARS-CoV-2, no matter the variant, it’s also produced in your body when you receive a COVID-19 shot. In its native form in SARS-CoV-2, the spike protein is responsible for the pathologies of the viral infection.

In its wild form, it’s known to open the blood-brain barrier, cause cell damage (cytotoxicity), and, as Dr. Robert Malone, the inventor of the mRNA and DNA vaccine core platform technology,1 said in a commentary on News Voice, “is active in manipulating the biology of the cells that coat the inside of your blood vessels — vascular endothelial cells, in part through its interaction with ACE2, which controls contraction in the blood vessels, blood pressure, and other things.”2

It’s also been revealed that the spike protein on its own is enough to cause inflammation and damage to the vascular system, even independent of a virus.3

Now, the World Council for Health (WCH), a worldwide coalition of health-focused organizations and civil society groups that seek to broaden public health knowledge, has released a spike protein detox guide,4 which provides straightforward steps you can take to potentially lessen the effects of the toxic spike protein. You can view their full guide of natural remedies,5 including dosages, at the end of this article.

Why Should You Consider a Spike Protein Detox?

Spike proteins can circulate in your body after infection or injection, causing damage to cells, tissues, and organs. “Spike protein is a deadly protein,” Dr. Peter McCullough, an internist, cardiologist, and trained epidemiologist, says in a video.6 It may cause inflammation and clotting in any tissue in which it accumulates.7

For instance, Pfizer’s biodistribution study, which was used to determine where the injected substances end up in the body, showed the COVID spike protein from the shots accumulated in “quite high concentrations” in the ovaries.8

Further, a Japanese biodistribution study for Pfizer’s jab found that vaccine particles move from the injection site to the blood, after which circulating spike proteins are free to travel throughout the body, including to the ovaries, liver, neurological tissues, and other organs.9 WCH noted:10

“The virus spike protein has been linked to adverse effects, such as: blood clots, brain fog, organizing pneumonia, and myocarditis. It is probably responsible for many of the Covid-19 [injection] side effects … Even if you have not had any symptoms, tested positive for Covid-19, or experienced adverse side effects after a jab, there may still be lingering spike proteins inside your body.

In order to clear these after the jab or an infection, doctors and holistic practitioners are suggesting a few simple actions. It is thought that cleansing the body of spike protein … as soon as possible after an infection or jab may protect against damage from remaining or circulating spike proteins.”

Spike Protein Inhibitors and Neutralizers

A group of international doctors and holistic practitioners who have experience helping people recover from COVID-19 and post-injection illness compiled natural options for helping to reduce your body’s spike protein load. The following are spike protein inhibitors, which means they inhibit the binding of the spike protein to human cells:

Prunella vulgaris Pine needles
Emodin Neem
Dandelion leaf extract Ivermectin

Ivermectin, for example, docks to the SARS-CoV-2 spike receptor-bending domain attached to ACE2, which may interfere with its ability to attach to the human cell membrane.11 They also compiled a list of spike protein neutralizers, which render it unable to cause further damage to cells. This includes:

N-acetylcysteine (NAC) Glutathione
Fennel tea Star anise tea
Pine needle tea St. John’s wort
Comfrey leaf Vitamin C

The plant compounds in the table above contain shikimic acid, which may counteract blood clot formation and reduce some of the spike protein’s toxic effects. Nattokinase, a form of fermented soy, may also help to reduce the occurrence of blood clots.12

How to Protect Your ACE2 Receptors and Detox IL-6

Spike protein attaches to your cells’ ACE2 receptors, impairing the receptors’ normal functioning. This blockage may alter tissue functioning and could be responsible for triggering autoimmune disease or causing abnormal bleeding or clotting, including vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia.

Ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine (with zinc), quercetin (with zinc), and fisetin (a flavonoid) are examples of substances that may naturally protect your ACE2 receptors.13 Ivermectin works in this regard by binding to ACE2 receptors, preventing the spike protein from doing so.14

Interleukin 6 (IL-6) is a proinflammatory cytokine that is expressed post-injection and levels increase in those with COVID-19. It’s for this reason that the World Health Organization recommends IL-6 inhibitors for people who are severely ill with COVID-19.15 Many natural IL-6 inhibitors, or anti-inflammatories, exist and may be useful for those seeking to detox from COVID-19 or COVID-19 injections:16

Boswellia serrata (frankincense) Dandelion leaf extract
Black cumin (Nigella sativa) Curcumin
Krill oil and other fatty acids Cinnamon
Fisetin Apigenin
Quercetin Resveratrol
Luteolin Vitamin D3 (with vitamin K)
Zinc Magnesium
Jasmine tea Spices
Bay leaves Black pepper
Nutmeg Sage

How to Detox From Furin and Serine Protease

To gain entry into your cells, SARS-CoV-2 must first bind to an ACE2 or CD147 receptor on the cell. Next, the spike protein subunit must be proteolytically cleaved (cut). Without this protein cleavage, the virus would simply attach to the receptor and not get any further.

“The furin site is why the virus is so transmissible, and why it invades the heart, the brain, and the blood vessels,” Dr. Steven Quay, a physician, and scientist, explained at a GOP House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Select Coronavirus Crisis hearing.17

The existence of a novel furin cleavage site on SARS-CoV-2, while other coronaviruses do not contain a single example of a furin cleavage site, is a significant reason why many believe SARS-CoV-2 was created through gain-of-function (GOF) research in a laboratory. Natural furin inhibitors, which prevent cleavage of the spike protein, can help you detox from furin and include:18

  • Rutin
  • Limonene
  • Baicalein
  • Hesperidin

Serine protease is another enzyme that’s “responsible for the proteolytic cleavage of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, enabling host cell fusion of the virus.”19 Inhibiting serine protease may therefore prevent spike protein activation and viral entry into cells. WCH compiled several natural serine protease inhibitors, which include:20

Green tea Potato tubers
Blue-green algae Soybeans
N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) Boswellia

Time-Restricted Eating and Healthy Diet for All

In addition to the targeted substances mentioned above, WCH was wise to note that a healthy diet is the first step to a healthy immune system. Reducing your consumption of processed foods and other pro-inflammatory foods, including vegetable (seed) oils, is essential for an optimal immune response.

Time-restricted eating, which means condensing your meals into a six- to an eight-hour window, is also beneficial. This will improve your health in a variety of ways, primarily by improving your mitochondrial health and metabolic flexibility. It can also increase autophagy,21 which helps your body clear out damaged cells. As noted by WCH:22

“This method … is used to induce autophagy, which is essentially a recycling process that takes place in human cells, where cells degrade and recycle components. Autophagy is used by the body to eliminate damaged cell proteins and can destroy harmful viruses and bacteria post-infection.”

Another strategy to boost your health and longevity, and possibly to help detox spike protein,23 is regular sauna usage. As your body is subjected to reasonable amounts of heat stress, it gradually becomes acclimated to the heat, prompting a number of beneficial changes to occur in your body.

These adaptations include increased plasma volume and blood flow to your heart and muscles (which increase athletic endurance) along with increased muscle mass due to greater levels of heat-shock proteins and growth hormones.24 It’s a powerful detoxification method due to the sweating it promotes.

Top 10 Spike Protein Detox Essentials — and the Full Guide

Below you can find WCH’s full guide of useful substances to detox from toxic spike proteins, including recommended doses, which you can confirm with your holistic health care practitioner. If you’re not sure where to start, the following 10 compounds are the “essentials” when it comes to spike protein detox. This is a good place to begin as you work out more comprehensive health strategy:25

Vitamin D Vitamin C
NAC Ivermectin
Nigella seed Quercetin
Zinc Magnesium
Curcumin Milk thistle extract

World Council for Health’s Spike Protein Detox Guide26

Substance Natural Source(s) Where to Get Recommended Dose
Ivermectin Soil bacteria (avermectin) On prescription 0.4 mg/kg weekly for 4 weeks, then monthly
*Check package instructions to determine if there are contraindications prior to use
Hydroxychloroquine On prescription 200 mg weekly for 4 weeks
*Check package instructions to determine if there are contraindications prior to use
Vitamin C Citrus fruits (e.g. oranges) and vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts) Supplement: health food stores, pharmacies, dietary supplement stores, online 6-12 g daily (divided evenly between sodium ascorbate (several grams), liposomal vitamin C (3-6 g) & ascorbyl palmitate (1–3 g)
Prunella Vulgaris (commonly known as self-heal) Self-heal plant Supplement: health food stores, pharmacies, dietary supplement stores, online 7 ounces (207 ml) daily
Pine Needles Pine tree Supplement: health food stores, pharmacies, dietary supplement stores, online Consume tea 3 x daily (consume oil/resin that accumulates in the tea also)
Neem Neem tree Supplement: health food stores, pharmacies, dietary supplement stores, online As per your practitioner’s or preparation instructions
Dandelion Leaf Extract Dandelion plant Supplement (dandelion tea, dandelion coffee, leaf tincture): natural food stores, pharmacies, dietary supplement stores, online Tincture as per your practitioner’s or preparation instructions
N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) High-protein foods (beans, lentils, spinach, bananas, salmon, tuna) Supplement: health food stores, pharmacies, dietary supplement stores, online Up to 1,200 mg daily (in divided doses)
Fennel Tea Fennel plant Supplement: health food stores, pharmacies, dietary supplement stores, online No upper limit. Start with 1 cup and monitor the body’s reaction
Star Anise Tea Chinese evergreen tree (Illicium verum) Supplement: health food stores, pharmacies, dietary supplement stores, online No upper limit. Start with 1 cup and monitor the body’s reaction
St John’s Wort St John’s wort plant Supplement: health food stores, pharmacies, dietary supplement stores, online As directed on supplement
Comfrey Leaf Symphytum plant genus Supplement: health food stores, pharmacies, dietary supplement stores, online As directed on supplement
Lumbrokinase
Serrapeptidase
Or Nattokinase
Natto (Japanese soybean dish) Supplement: health food stores, pharmacies, dietary supplement stores, online 2-6 capsules 3-4 times a day on empty stomach one hour before or two hours after a meal
Boswellia serrata Boswellia serrata tree Supplement: health food stores, pharmacies, dietary supplement stores, online As directed on supplement
Black Cumin (Nigella Sativa) Buttercup plant family Grocery stores, health food stores
Curcumin Turmeric Grocery stores, health food stores
Fish Oil Fatty/oily fish Grocery stores, health food stores Up to 2,000 mg daily
Cinnamon Cinnamomum tree genus Grocery store
Fisetin (Flavonoid) Fruits: strawberries, apples, mangoes Vegetables: onions, nuts, wine Supplement: health food stores, pharmacies, dietary supplement stores, online Up to 100 mg daily Consume with fats
Apigenin Fruits, veg & herbs parsley, chamomile, vine-spinach, celery, artichokes, oregano Supplement: health food stores, pharmacies, dietary supplement stores, online 50 mg daily
Quercetin (Flavonoid) Citrus fruits, onions, parsley, red wine Supplement: health food stores, pharmacies, dietary supplement stores, online Up to 500 mg twice daily, Consume with zinc
Resveratrol Peanuts, grapes, wine, blueberries, cocoa Supplement: health food stores, pharmacies, dietary supplement stores, online Up to 1,500 mg daily for up to 3 months
Luteolin Vegetables: celery, parsley, onion leaves
Fruits: apple skins, chrysanthemum flowers
Supplement: health food stores, pharmacies, dietary supplement stores, online 100-300 mg daily (Typical manufacturer recommendations)
Vitamin D3 Fatty fish, fish liver oils Supplement: health food stores, pharmacies, dietary supplement stores, online 5,000–10,000 IU daily or whatever it takes to get to 60-80 ng/ml as tested in your blood
Vitamin K Green leafy vegetables Supplement: health food stores, pharmacies, dietary supplement stores, online 90-120 mg daily (90 for women, 120 for men)
Zinc Red meat, poultry, oysters, whole grains, milk products Supplement: health food stores, pharmacies, dietary supplement stores, online 11-40 mg daily
Magnesium Greens, whole grains, nuts Supplement: health food stores, pharmacies, dietary supplement stores, online Up to 350 mg daily
Jasmine Tea Leaves of common jasmine or Sampaguita plants Grocery store, health food stores Up to 8 cups per day
Spices Grocery store
Bay Leaves Bay leaf plants Grocery store
Black Pepper Piper nigrum plant Grocery store
Nutmeg Myristica fragrans tree seed Grocery store
Sage Sage plant Grocery store
Rutin Buckwheat, asparagus, apricots, cherries, black tea, green tea, elderflower tea Supplement: health food stores, pharmacies, dietary supplement stores, online 500-4,000 mg daily (consult health care provider before taking higher-end doses)
Limonene The rind of citrus fruits such as lemons, oranges, and limes Supplement: health food stores, pharmacies, dietary supplement stores, online Up to 2,000 mg daily
Baicalein Scutellaria plant genus Supplement: health food stores, pharmacies, dietary supplement stores, online 100-2,800 mg
Hesperidin Citrus fruit Supplement: health food stores, pharmacies, dietary supplement stores, online Up to 150 mg twice daily
Green Tea Camellia sinensis plant leaves Grocery store Up to 8 cups of tea a day or as directed on supplement
Potatoes tubers Potatoes Grocery store
Blue-Green Algae Cyanobacteria Supplement: health food stores, pharmacies, dietary supplement stores, online 1-10 grams daily
Andrographis Paniculata Green chiretta plant Supplement: health food stores, pharmacies, dietary supplement stores, online 400 mg x 2 daily
*Check for contraindications
Milk Thistle Extract Silymarin Supplement; Health food stores, pharmacies, dietary supplement stores, online 200 mg x 3 daily
Soybeans (organic) Soybeans Grocery stores, health food stores
Sources and References

 




How Ancient Trees Created America

By Neenah Payne | Waking Times 

Americans are taught that the Boston Tea Party ignited the American Revolutionary War because the colonists found the British tea tax tea intolerable. That’s part of the story, but it misses the pivotal turning point of our history — one we need to understand now before we destroy the planet.

Eastern White Pine – the Tree Rooted in American History explains the central role of the Eastern White Pine tree in the founding and building of America, its logging history, and its current importance to wildlife and humans. The king of England prized these huge, straight White Pines as masts for ships and founded New England to provide a reliable source of pines for masts. A mast 36-inches in diameter was valued in the 1700s at $25,000 in today’s currency.

Lumbering was THE economic powerhouse. The White Pine had led to the establishment of the New England colonies. However, contention over ownership of the pine gave rise to the American Revolution! In 1775, the first American flag displayed a White Pine Tree. By 1776, the American colonies had declared their independence from Britain! By 1830, Bangor, Maine was the world’s lumber capital. By the close of the 19th century, Maine had shipped more than 18 billion board feet. Logging dramatically increased in the 20th century.

American History Is Rooted in Eastern White Pine Tree

The St. Croix River Valley on the border of Minnesota and Wisconsin supplied pine lumber that built St. Louis, Omaha, Des Moines, Kansas City, and other prairie towns. The advent of the railroads increased the demand for lumber for tracks and fuel. The video points out, “It would not be an overstatement to say that the White Pine is the tree that built the United States of America!

The trees can live to be 200-400 years old. The White Pine is the preferred home for bear cubs and other animals as well as eagles and other birds. The wonderful piney fragrance is caused by terpenes, chemicals in the tree which provides health benefits for a variety of conditions including cancer, neurological conditions, lowering blood pressure, and boosting the immune system.

The video shows that Bob Leverett, co-founder of Native Tree Society, is working to preserve the old-growth forests. He describes them as “forest cathedrals” and speaks of the spiritual ambiance they provide.

The Native Tree Society site says:

“The Native Tree Society was originally established in 1996 as the Eastern Native Tree Society to accurately measure and record the tallest trees, historical trees, and ancient forests of Eastern North America.  As the organization grew over the years we gained members from western North America and elsewhere around the world.  As the membership has expanded, the original scope of the group has also expanded to include trees and forests around the globe.

In July of 2011 the overall organization changed its name to the Native Tree Society to reflect a broader geographic membership and was restructured to reflect this conceptual change.   We have two formal chapters within the broader organization, the Eastern Native Tree Society (ENTS) focused on eastern North America, the Western Native Tree Society (WNTS) focused on western North America.  Members from elsewhere in the world are considered to be members at large to the NTS.  We hope to establish ties with tree interest groups in other continents and countries and to share our passion for trees and to promote the usage of our measurement standards and scientific goals in these areas.”

Restoring The Lost Forests of New England

The Lost Forests of New England – Eastern Old-Growth tells the story of New England’s ancient, old-growth forests… what they once were, what changes have taken place across central New England since European settlers arrived, and what our remnant old-growth stands look like today.

When Europeans arrived, 80-90% of the landscape in Massachusetts was old-growth forests with Hemlocks that could live 600 years, as well as Beech, Sugar Maples, and White Pines. Today, the old-growth forests are less than one-tenth of one percent of Massachusetts forests!

The video explains that these forests are important “carbon sinks”.

It’s not just the White Pines that have been under attack. The old-growth redwoods of Northern California are among the oldest living organisms in the world. It’s also the magnificent Redwoods.

Restoration of Redwood Forests

One Man’s Mission to Revive the Last Redwood Forests explains that David Milarch’s near-death experience inspired his quest to bring the redwood forests back from the brink of death before they are lost to humanity forever. It explains that in the US, 98% of the old-growth forests have been cut down. These trees have been on the planet for millions of years. Some trees are 2,000-4,000 years old.

These ancient cathedrals were sacrificed for profit — to be turned into tables and chairs, floors, and ships. However, that was extremely short-sighted because apart from being majestic and awe-inspiring, they hold the key to our own survival because of their absorption of carbon and provision of oxygen.

March decided to archive the genetics of the world’s largest trees before they’re gone. This short film documents his effort to save the redwood champions of Northern California from the effects of climate change. He is engaged in what he calls “assisted migration” which involved cloning the best trees, reproducing exact copies in the lab, and planting them in the cooler regions of Oregon in a climate the trees are accustomed to since California is going through a 1,000-year drought. California is the only native home of the redwoods and 96% of them were cut down.

Our Ancient Future: The Archangel Ancient Tree Archive Story

Archangel Ancient Tree Archive is a non-profit organization that collects, propagates, archives, and replants the genetics of ancient and iconic trees to restore the natural filter system to our water and air. These trees have the ability to clean our water, and stack carbon from our atmosphere to reduce the effects of climate change like no other species. Find out more at http://www.ancienttreearchive.org

Archangel Clones the World’s Most Iconic Trees

“CNN International profiled Archangel Ancient Tree Archive and its co-founder, David Milarch. He explains the reasons behind the nonprofit’s urgent mission to collect, propagate, the largest and oldest #ancienttrees, and restore the world’s #oldgrowth forests. We’re working to protect future generations from #climatechange. LEARN MORE: https://ancienttreearchive.org.”

About Archangel Ancient Tree Archive

Why Ancient Trees? – Archangel Ancient Tree Archive

Tree Sitting To Save A Redwood

Julia ‘Butterfly’ Hill: The Modern Day Lorax provides the backstory of why Julia “Butterfly” Hill lived at the top of a Redwood tree for two years in 1998. Julia’s story is particularly important today because it transcends even the important work of saving old-growth forests. The Legacy of Luna: The Story of a Tree, a Woman, and the Struggle to Save the Redwoods is by Julia.

https://youtu.be/eVDYQIfDuyk

The Amazon description says:.

“On December 18, 1999, Julia Butterfly Hill’s feet touched the ground for the first time in over two years, as she descended from ‘Luna,’ a thousand-year-old redwood in Humboldt County, California. Hill had climbed 180 feet up into the tree high on a mountain on December 10, 1997, for what she thought would be a two- to three-week-long ‘tree-sit.’ The action was intended to stop Pacific Lumber, a division of the Maxxam Corporation, from the environmentally destructive process of clear-cutting the ancient redwood and the trees around it. The area immediately next to Luna had already been stripped and, because, as many believed, nothing was left to hold the soil to the mountain, a huge part of the hill had slid into the town of Stafford, wiping out many homes.

Over the course of what turned into a historic civil action, Hill endured El Nino storms, helicopter harassment, a ten-day siege by company security guards, and the tremendous sorrow brought about by an old-growth forest’s destruction. This story — written while she lived on a tiny platform eighteen stories off the ground — is one that only she can tell.

Twenty-five-year-old Julia Butterfly Hill never planned to become what some have called her — the Rosa Parks of the environmental movement. She never expected to be honored as one of Good Housekeeping’s ‘Most Admired Women of 1998′ and George magazine’s ’20 Most Interesting Women in Politics,’ to be featured in People magazine’s ’25 Most Intriguing People of the Year’ issue or to receive hundreds of letters weekly from young people around the world.

Indeed, when she first climbed into Luna, she had no way of knowing the harrowing weather conditions and the attacks on her and her cause. She had no idea of the loneliness she would face or that her feet wouldn’t touch the ground for more than two years. She couldn’t predict the pain of being an eyewitness to the attempted destruction of one of the last ancient redwood forests in the world, nor could she anticipate the immeasurable strength she would gain or the life lessons she would learn from Luna. Although her brave vigil and indomitable spirit have made her a heroine in the eyes of many, Julia’s story is a simple, heartening tale of love, conviction, and the profound courage she has summoned to fight for our earth’s legacy”.

Photos: It’s been 20 years since Julia Butterfly fought Big Logging — by living in a tree

The public-shaming genius made international headlines and inspired a generation of eco-crusaders.

“Julia ‘Butterfly’ Hill poses in her tree-top shelter nearly 200 feet above the ground in December 1998, one year into her standoff with the Pacific Lumber Company in Humboldt County, California. (Yann Gamblin/Paris Match via Getty Images)

On December 10, 1997, the barefoot environmental activist Julia ‘Butterfly’ Hill climbed up a 600-year-old, 200-foot-tall redwood tree in a remote corner of Northern California, and stayed there for 738 days. A native of Arkansas, Hill had teamed up with Earth First!, a group of by-any-means-necessary, redneck-hippie eco-warriors best known for its legally dubious ‘monkey-wrenching’ protest tactics.

Hill, however, brought a Zen-like mysticism to the movement, and her motivation for occupying the tree, dubbed ‘Luna’ (‘anyone that would climb this high is a lunatic,’ she later explained), was as much about spirituality as it was politics. ‘There’s no way to be in the presence of these ancient beings and not be affected,’ the exhausted 24-year-old told a group of reporters after descending the tree in December, 1999. ‘There’s something more than profit, and that’s life.’

People had been tree sitting before Julia Butterfly came along. But Hill ushered in a new sense of urgency and determination, the likes of which were completely irresistible to the press. Between riding out torrential El Niño storms and freezing winds from her precarious 8-by-8-foot plywood perch, she conducted radio interviews via solar-powered cell phone, and hosted reporters and photographers willing to make the two-hour climb to her rustic penthouse. On Earth Day in 1999, Joan Baez and Bonnie Raitt even dropped by. Baez called the visit ‘one of the most remarkable experiences of my life.’

Her protest worked: Luna was spared the chainsaw (though nearby redwoods continue to be cut). When Hill finally came down, wobbly kneed and ecstatic, she said ‘it was so cold and wet this morning, I had to laugh, because I was so thankful that I don’t have to sit through another winter.’”

In Julia in the Storm, Julia explained in 2010 how she conquered her fears in the tree.

Importance of Disagreeing Agreeably

Julia is not just an activist. She is also a profound philosopher and a healer who is important to listen to now as the country faces such sharp divisions over a variety of issues that many foresee a Civil War. In this video, Julia calls for unity even with those who see us as an “enemy”. For example, even as loggers initially labeled her derisively, she refused to label them. She says it’s important to disagree agreeably.

Julia Butterfly Hill “Pro”

Julia Butterfly Hill is known for climbing a 1,000-year-old redwood tree in 1997 when she was 23 years old, and remaining there without touching the ground for two years, as part of a successful effort to call worldwide attention to the destruction of California’s ancient redwoods. Since then, she has addressed the U.N., lobbied Congress, and continued to stand on the front lines of environmental and social justice issues all over the world. She is the author of The Legacy of Luna: The Story of a Tree, a Woman and the Struggle to Save the Redwoods and One Makes the Difference: Inspiring Actions That Change Our World.

Julia Butterfly Hill “The 6 R’s”

The 6 R’s Julia advocates are “Respect, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink, and Rejoice!”

Julia Butterfly Hill — PeaceCasters Interview

Julia Butterfly Hill speaking on Healing the Wounds of Disconnection

Healing The Disease of Disconnect

Then & Now! Julia Butterfly Hill

“Julia Butterfly Hill ascended Luna—a giant 1,500-year-old redwood tree near Stafford, California—in December 1997. She lived in Luna for 738 days, until finally descending in December 1999 when an agreement was made with Pacific Lumber Company that protected Luna and a 200-foot buffer zone surrounding the tree.

Julia Butterfly Hill was interviewed on June 23, 2021, by Trees Foundation’s Director of Development and Outreach, Kerry Reynolds. The transcription has been edited for length. You can watch the full 27-minute interview at https://youtu.be/WPnwqKtjLgs….

Julia says:

“While I was in Luna, I learned that every issue we’re facing is the symptom, and the disease is the disease of disconnect. When we’re disconnected from the Earth and we’re disconnecting from each other, we make choices and don’t realize how it’s truly impacting all of us, and that means all the beings, everything, and the future generations. I wanted to try and help weave that together for people, that if…we’re working on the symptoms if we don’t work also at the disease, we’ll never be able to get to the healing that our world and our planet needs…. If the disease is the disease of disconnect, then the healing is all the ways that we can, and do, connect.”

About the Author

Neenah Payne writes for Activist Post and Natural Blaze




Research Shows Thinking Negatively Affects Your DNA and Shortens Your Life Span

By April McCarthy | Prevent Disease

Lose your temper on the road? Frustrated with colleagues at work? You may be cutting your life short, warns molecular biologist Elizabeth Blackburn–who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2009–and health psychologist Elissa Epel, who studies stress and aging.

The authors claim in their new book, The Telomere Effect, that negative thoughts harm your health at the DNA level. Research has shown that a person’s “social relationships, environments and lifestyles” affect their genes. “Even though you are born with a particular set of genes, the way you live can influence how they express themselves.”

Blackburn and Epel say components of DNA called telomeres determine how fast your cells age. Short telomeres are one of the major reasons human cells grow old, but lab tests have shown that they can also grow longer. In other words, aging “could possibly be accelerated or slowed -and, in some aspects, even reversed.” The

The aging and lifespan of normal, healthy cells are linked to the so-called telomerase shortening mechanism, which limits cells to a fixed number of divisions. During cell replication, the telomeres function by ensuring the cell’s chromosomes do not fuse with each other or rearrange, which can lead to cancer. Blackburn likened telomeres to the ends of shoelaces, without which the lace would unravel.

In one study, telomere length, an emerging biomarker for cellular and general bodily aging, was assessed in association with the tendency to be present in the moment versus the tendency to mind wander, in research on 239 healthy, midlife women ranging in age from 50 to 65 years. “People who score high on measures of cynical hostility tend to get

“People who score high on measures of cynical hostility tend to get more cardiovascular disease, metabolic disease and often die at younger ages. They also have shorter telomeres.”

Pessimism shortens telomeres too.”When pessimists develop an aging-related illness, like cancer or heart disease, the illness tends to progress faster… They tend to die earlier,” warn the authors.

Ruminating over a bad situation is also destructive. “Rumination never leads to a solution, only to more ruminating… When you ruminate, stress sticks around in the body long after the reason for the stress is over.” The resulting depression and anxiety only make your telomeres shorter.

Trying to suppress thoughts and feelings makes matters worse. “The more forcefully you push your thoughts away, the louder they call out for your attention… In a small study, greater avoidance of negative feelings and thoughts was associated with shorter telomeres.”

Even lack of focus is bad for telomeres because “when people are not thinking about what they’re doing, they’re not as happy as when they’re engaged.” To reverse the harm to telomeres, try meditation and long-distance running.

Read more great articles at Prevent Disease.




Five Ways to Keep Your Brain Healthy as You Age

By Jill Suttie | Greater Good Magazine

Like many people over 60, I sometimes lose my keys or forget the names of my favorite films. When I do, it makes me wonder: Is this the beginning of the cognitive decline? Or, worse, am I fated to follow in the footsteps of my mother, who died of Lewy-body dementia in her 70s?

According to neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta, CNN medical correspondent and author of the new book Keep Sharp: Building a Better Brain at Any Age, the answer is no. Forgetfulness is normal at all ages, and your genes don’t doom you to dementia. What’s important is taking care of your brain in the best way possible, he argues.

“You can affect your brain’s thinking and memory far more than you realize or appreciate, and the vast majority of people haven’t even begun to try,” he writes.

Gupta distills results from hundreds of research studies to help readers understand what’s known (and not known) about keeping your brain healthy. Along the way, he busts common myths—for example, that doing puzzles is a good way to ward off dementia—and replaces them with science-based advice on how to live a longer, healthier life with a more functional brain. He also distinguishes typical memory lapses (like forgetting an acquaintance’s name) from more troublesome ones (like not remembering the way home from a frequent destination)—a distinction I found quite reassuring.

While he’s quick to hail the cognitive strengths of older people (they tend to have better vocabulary skills, for example), he also points out that our cognitive capacities can start to decline much earlier in life than we think, even in early adulthood. That’s why he recommends making lifestyle changes now to improve brainpower at every age—not just when you hit your 60s.

Keep Sharp includes a questionnaire assessing risk for cognitive decline—with some surprising questions, like “Do you sit for most of the day?” or “Do you have a history of depression?” Understanding your risk can inspire you to take corrective action. To that end, here are Gupta’s five keys to a healthier brain.

Move more

“When people ask me what’s the single most important thing they can do to enhance their brain’s function and resiliency to disease, I answer with one word: exercise,” writes Gupta. Being inactive is probably the most significant risk factor in dementia while staying fit can help stave it off. Fortunately, it doesn’t take much movement to make a difference: Even walking for two minutes every day counts.

Exercise provides many benefits overall, including better stamina, strength, stress management, and immune function. But the main reason movement helps the brain is that it reduces inflammation while stimulating growth factors that promote the function and growth of neural cells. That’s why aerobic exercise (more than stationary exercise, like weightlifting) confers cognitive benefits—though weightlifting can build muscle.

Get enough sleep

“Sleeping well is one of the easiest and most effective ways to improve your brain functions, as well as your ability to learn and remember new knowledge,” writes Gupta. That’s because sleep seems to clear the brain of debris that might otherwise build up and create problems.

Of course, some people have trouble getting good sleep; so, Gupta’s book reminds them of sleep hygiene principles that can help. He also points to the importance of resting, in general, and suggests replacing daytime naps with stress-reducing walks in nature or meditations.

To reduce stress and rumination (those troublesome thoughts that keep us up at night), he recommends that people add a gratitude practice to their day—which, he writes, “acts like a big reset button.” You can also think about community volunteering, taking regular breaks from email and social media, and avoiding multitasking.

Learn, discover, and find purpose

While puzzles may not be the answer to cognitive decline, we do need to stimulate our brains with learning and discovery, writes Gupta. Learning creates new neural pathways and promotes brain resiliency—something that may help stave off the outward symptoms of dementia (like memory loss) even if you develop the telltale brain plaques associated with Alzheimer’s.

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Keep Sharp: Building a Better Brain at Any Age (Simon & Schuster, 2021, 336 pages)

“Think of it as a big backup system in the brain that results from enriched life experiences such as education and occupation,” he writes.

Building cognitive reserve doesn’t happen overnight, he warns—it results from a lifetime of challenging your brain through education, work, social relationships, and other activities. However, just because you don’t have a college education doesn’t mean you will experience greater cognitive decline, either. Aiming to challenge your mind throughout your life is more protective than a formal degree.

Gupta warns that the majority of commercial “brain games” are not effective at staving off dementia, though they may improve memory because they don’t train problem-solving or reasoning—keys to cognitive reserve. People would be better off taking a traditional class or learning a second language, he says, because these activities offer more complex challenges and social contact, too—also important for brain health.

Finding purpose in life can be good for the brain, especially if it involves contact with people of different generations or personal learning and challenge. Research suggests that people with a sense of purpose have a reduced risk of suffering the deleterious effects of dementia—even if their brain contains Alzheimer’s plaques—probably because having purpose inspires them to take better care of themselves.

Eat well

“What’s good for the heart is good for the brain,” writes Gupta. Still, there is so much conflicting information out there about diets and dietary supplements, it can be hard to separate the wheat from the chaff (pun intended).

Gupta takes pains to dispel myths around gluten and so-called “superfoods” (like kale and fish oil). There is no evidence to suggest gluten affects people’s brain function, he says, and kale and fish oil, while good for you, are not going to stop cognitive decline.

While it’s hard to recommend a perfect brain diet based on research, Gupta cites Martha Clare Morris’s work. An epidemiologist and founding member of the Global Council on Brain Health, Morris recommends a Mediterranean-like diet—one rich in vegetables, berries, beans, whole grains, fish, poultry, and olive oil.

That diet may not be palatable or available for everyone, though. So, Gupta provides more general diet advice, too (using the acronym SHARP):

  • Stay away from lots of refined sugar.
  • Hydrate regularly.
  • Add more omega-3 fatty acids from dietary sources (not pills).
  • Reduce portions (possibly trying intermittent fasting).
  • Plan ahead—meaning, have healthy snacks around so you don’t turn to junk food if you become hungry.

Connect with others

Having close relationships with others you can count on is important to a happy, healthy life, and may help you live longer. It’s important for brain health, too, as research suggests its opposite, loneliness, seems to be a factor in developing Alzheimer’s.

Gupta suggests combining socializing with other activities designed to get you moving or learning. That could mean taking a walk or class with a friend, joining a team sport, or volunteering. Socializing with more diverse people or people of different generations can also be a plus. And staying connected virtually, while less than ideal, maybe helpful when one lives in a remote place without many social supports. An added bonus: Learning how to use social media for the first time may help boost memory.

While it’s true each of these lifestyle factors is good for preventing cognitive decline, Gupta has advice for people already experiencing cognitive decline, too. Part of his book is devoted to helping readers experiencing decline to assess where they’re at and figure out how to move forward from there.

For the rest of us, his book is a useful and highly readable primer for sharpening your brain at any age—not just to stave off dementia, but to simply enjoy your life more fully.

“The brain can be continuously and consistently enriched throughout our life no matter your age or access to resources,” he writes. If you change your lifestyle, even a little, he promises, “Your brain—no, your whole body—will love it.”

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Jill Suttie

Jill Suttie, Psy.D., is Greater Good’s former book review editor and now serves as a staff writer and contributing editor for the magazine. She received her doctorate of psychology from the University of San Francisco in 1998 and was a psychologist in private practice before coming to Greater Good.




A Viable Human Future Depends on Living With Less

By David Korten | Common Dreams

Science tells us that we now have fewer than 10 years to reduce the human burden on Earth or trigger tipping points in Earth’s natural systems from which there is no return. Most discussion centers on the climate emergency, but we also have crises related to air, water, soil, species extinction, and more.

The primary cause of our crises is well known. According to the Global Footprint Network, humans currently consume at a rate 1.7 times what Earth can sustain. Yet, we have only one Earth and no hope of finding another soon—if ever. The most recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change confirmed what we already know: we’ve run out of time and must now take drastic action to avert an even worse catastrophe.

We can hold to course with an economy that grows GDP to provide a few with the opportunity to make a killing as they prepare to escape to outer space. Or we can embrace the current opportunity to transition to an ecological civilization, with a living economy dedicated to supporting us all.

A viable human future depends on living with less. Does that mean to sacrifice? Leaving more people behind? Or is this challenge an unprecedented opportunity to achieve a better future for all? The question of how much is enough, the theme of the fall 2021 issue of YES! Magazine, poses a foundational question for our time.

Daily reports on economic indicators such as GDP celebrate increases in consumption and sound alarm bells when consumption declines. Meanwhile, daily news reports tell of one climate-related disaster after another. Rarely, if ever, do we hear serious discussion of the connection between growing GDP and growing environmental disasters.

The question of how much is enough begins an essential conversation. It is one that usually involves exploring what we as individuals can do to limit our consumption. Asking “when is less more?” invites us to look at societal choices over which we have little individual control. In examining these societal level choices, we can see areas on which we can potentially join in a common cause. Let us look at several key areas where less could be more.

Deadly Weapons. Humans have long dreamed of peace, yet we consume enormous amounts of resources for war. A recent study found that the U.S. Department of Defense accounts for an estimated 80% of the federal government’s energy consumption. The defense department is also the world’s single largest institutional consumer of petroleum, which supports the world’s largest collection of guns, tanks, military aircraft, and warships. Though the U.S. military imposed the largest environmental burden of any nation’s military, the U.S. is only one nation among many with large militaries.

The statistic on the defense department’s energy use tells us nothing about the social and environmental costs of producing deadly weapons or the impacts of their use not just by the military, but also by local police, terrorist groups, criminal syndicates, gangs, and armed individuals. It is far past time we learned to live in peace with one another. The production and use of weapons of war is an obvious example of where less would be more.

Mis-/Disinformation. A healthy society needs responsible media to inform us and connect us with each other. Our expanded communications capabilities create an unprecedented potential for us to join in creating an ecological civilization that works for all of life. Tragically, our ever more extraordinary communications capabilities are most often used to manipulate our minds for purposes contrary to our well-being. This includes advertising that promotes wasteful, even harmful consumption, and propaganda to promote socially and environmentally destructive political agendas. These activities provide lucrative employment to support lavish lifestyles for those who serve them. Less would be more.

Financial Speculation. Money is nothing but a number that has no existence outside the human mind. It can be useful as a tool but becomes a threat to life when its only purpose is to accumulate more money. The structures of modern society make it virtually impossible to live without money, which gives enormous power to those who create it and decide how it is used. Honest money is created transparently by public institutions to serve public purposes. But we now allow private bankers and financial gamers to make claims against society’s real wealth without the burden of creating anything of value in return. The Gross World Product (a global GDP) for 2021 is projected to be around $94 trillion. Analysts project that the value of global financial services will reach $26.5 trillion by 2022. Only a small portion of that amount represents essential financial services. The rest should be considered a form of theft, and a primary driver of income inequality and environmentally burdensome, ego-driven displays of extravagance. Less financial manipulation would give us radically increased equality with far less waste.

The Bitcoin Con. Private cyber currencies are a form of counterfeiting. Bitcoin, a cyber-currency favored by global cybercriminals and tax evaders, is an especially costly example. The energy consumed in “mining” Bitcoins equals the energy use of a small country or major city. The related computer facilities contribute to electronic waste and the current global shortage of semiconductor chips. Bitcoin and other cyber currencies have value only because buyers expect the market to bid up the price further, or else they need it to prevent tracking of an illicit transaction.

Global Supply Chains. Until very recently in our history, we organized our economies around the labor and needs of local communities. This facilitated repair, reuse, recycling, and resilience, and allowed communities to work within the capabilities of the Earth’s regenerative systems. But global trade rules first introduced in the 1990s stripped place-based living communities of control of their markets, labor, and other resources, and allowed transnational corporations to consolidate their power without concern for the well-being of workers, customers, and nature. China has become the epicenter of a highly fragile interdependent system of global supply chains involving the massive, environmentally destructive long-distance movement of material goods by sea, land, and air. Less reliance on global supply chains would reduce this burden while helping restore the social and environmental health of local communities.

Short Stay Air Travel. Air travel has helped to bring us together as a global species, but it consumes enormous amounts of time, energy, and other resources for purposes that can often be better served in less socially and environmentally costly ways. The purposes of a great many international business meetings and professional conferences could be better served by sharing information electronically, including with video conferencing. In terms of vacation travel, a stay in a nearby resort often better serves the need for restful time off in a beautiful relaxing environment. Visits to destinations on your bucket list for purposes of bragging rights commonly overwhelm the destination to give you little more than a selfie in a crowd. When it comes to travel, less can be much more.

Auto-Dependent Cities. Yet another example relates to our dependence on cars. My wife, Fran, and I lived in New York City from 1992 to 1998. It was the only time in our adult lives that we had no car. Everything we needed or wanted was within walking distance or reachable by rapid public transit. We loved this healthy and friendly way of getting around. Designing every city to make it easier to walk, bike, or take public transit for daily trips could remove a significant human burden on Earth while improving life for everyone. A growing number of major cities are taking steps to become less car-dependent. Regarding car travel, less can be more.

Why do we have so many wasteful sources of consumption? Culturally, it stems from excessive individualism, and societally it stems from using money rather than healthy living as our standard of economic performance. These two forces spur the wasteful consumption that manifests in nearly every aspect of our lives.

Disruptions in our lives caused by the COVID pandemic gave us a wake-up call that both highlighted our human vulnerability and interdependence, and an economy that rewards harmful behavior and inadequately compensates those doing the most important work.

As we learn to think and act as an interdependent global species, we must look critically at all the forms of consumption that could be eliminated to the ultimate benefit of all. Such an examination is needed if we are to transition to an ecological civilization. I elaborate on the concept in my white paper, Ecological Civilization: From Emergency to Emergence, prepared for the Club of Rome’s discussions on a new economics for a new civilization.

We face a defining choice. We can hold to course with an economy that grows GDP to provide a few with the opportunity to make a killing as they prepare to escape to outer space. Or we can embrace the current opportunity to transition to ecological civilization, with a living economy dedicated to supporting us all in making a secure and fulfilling living on a thriving living Earth.

Awakening to the reality that we cannot eat money and there are no winners on a dead Earth points us to the latter as the clearly better choice


This article was written for YES! Magazine, a national, nonprofit media organization that fuses powerful ideas and practical actions. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License.
David Korten

David Korten

Dr. David Korten is the author of “Agenda for a New Economy,”  “The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community,” “Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth,” and the international bestseller “When Corporations Rule the World.” He is board chair of YES! Magazine, co-chair of the New Economy Working Group, a founding board member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, president of the Living Economies Forum, and a member of the Club of Rome. He holds MBA and Ph.D. degrees from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and served on the faculty of the Harvard Business School.




HAPPY EARTH DAY! How Nature Can Make You Kinder, Happier, and More Creative

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By Jill Suttie | Greater Good Magazine

We are spending more time indoors and online. But recent studies suggest that nature can help our brains and bodies to stay healthy.

I’ve been an avid hiker my whole life. From the time I first strapped on a backpack and headed into the Sierra Nevada Mountains, I was hooked on the experience, loving the way being in nature cleared my mind and helped me to feel more grounded and peaceful.

But, even though I’ve always believed that hiking in nature had many psychological benefits, I’ve never had much science to back me up…until now, that is. Scientists are beginning to find evidence that being in nature has a profound impact on our brains and our behavior, helping us to reduce anxiety, brooding and stress, and increase our attention capacity, creativity, and our ability to connect with other people.

Related Article: The Frequency of Life: Getting Back to Nature For Good Health

“People have been discussing their profound experiences in nature for the last several 100 years—from Thoreau to John Muir to many other writers,” says researcher David Strayer, of the University of Utah. “Now we are seeing changes in the brain and changes in the body that suggest we are physically and mentally more healthy when we are interacting with nature.”

While he and other scientists may believe nature benefits our well-being, we live in a society where people spend more and more time indoors and online—especially children. Findings on how nature improves our brains bring added legitimacy to the call for preserving natural spaces—both urban and wild—and for spending more time in nature in order to lead healthier, happier, and more creative lives.

Here are some of the ways that science is showing how being in nature affects our brains and bodies.

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1. Being in nature decreases stress

It’s clear that hiking—and any physical activity—can reduce stress and anxiety. But, there’s something about being in nature that may augment those impacts.

In one recent experiment conducted in Japan, participants were assigned to walk either in a forest or in an urban center (taking walks of equal length and difficulty) while having their heart rate variability, heart rate, and blood pressure measured. The participants also filled out questionnaires about their moods, stress levels, and other psychological measures.

Results showed that those who walked in forests had significantly lower heart rates and higher heart rate variability (indicating more relaxation and less stress), and reported better moods and less anxiety, than those who walked in urban settings. The researchers concluded that there’s something about being in nature that had a beneficial effect on stress reduction, above and beyond what exercise alone might have produced.

In another study, researchers in Finland found that urban dwellers who strolled for as little as 20 minutes through an urban park or woodland reported significantly more stress relief than those who strolled in a city center.

The reasons for this effect are unclear, but scientists believe that we evolved to be more relaxed in natural spaces. In a now-classic laboratory experiment by Roger Ulrich of Texas A&M University and colleagues, participants who first viewed a stress-inducing movie, and were then exposed to color/sound videotapes depicting natural scenes, showed much quicker, more complete recovery from stress than those who’d been exposed to videos of urban settings.

These studies and others provide evidence that being in natural spaces— or even just looking out of a window onto a natural scene—somehow soothes us and relieves stress.

2. Nature makes you happier and less brooding

I’ve always found that hiking in nature makes me feel happier, and of course, decreased stress may be a big part of the reason why. But, Gregory Bratman, of Stanford University, has found evidence that nature may impact our mood in other ways, too.

In one 2015 study, he and his colleagues randomly assigned 60 participants to a 50-minute walk in either a natural setting (oak woodlands) or an urban setting (along a four-lane road). Before and after the walk, the participants were assessed on their emotional state and on cognitive measures, such as how well they could perform tasks requiring short-term memory. Results showed that those who walked in nature experienced less anxiety, rumination (focused attention on negative aspects of oneself), and negative affect, as well as more positive emotions, in comparison to the urban walkers. They also improved their performance on memory tasks.

In another study, he and his colleagues extended these findings by zeroing in on how walking in nature affects rumination—which has been associated with the onset of depression and anxiety—while also using fMRI technology to look at brain activity. Participants who took a 90-minute walk in either a natural setting or an urban setting had their brains scanned before and after their walks and were surveyed on self-reported rumination levels (as well as other psychological markers). The researchers controlled for many potential factors that might influence rumination or brain activity—for example, physical exertion levels as measured by heart rates and pulmonary functions.

Even so, participants who walked in a natural setting versus an urban setting reported decreased rumination after the walk, and they showed increased activity in the subgenual prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain whose deactivation is affiliated with depression and anxiety—a finding that suggests nature may have important impacts on mood.

Bratman believes results like these need to reach city planners and others whose policies impact our natural spaces. “Ecosystem services are being incorporated into decision making at all levels of public policy, land use planning, and urban design, and it’s very important to be sure to incorporate empirical findings from psychology into these decisions,” he says.

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3. Nature relieves attention fatigue and increases creativity.

Today, we live with ubiquitous technology designed to constantly pull for our attention. But many scientists believe our brains were not made for this kind of information bombardment, and that it can lead to mental fatigue, overwhelm, and burnout, requiring “attention restoration” to get back to a normal, healthy state.

Strayer is one of those researchers. He believes that being in nature restores depleted attention circuits, which can then help us be more open to creativity and problem-solving.

“When you use your cell phone to talk, text, shoot photos, or whatever else you can do with your cell phone, you’re tapping the prefrontal cortex and causing reductions in cognitive resources,” he says.

In a 2012 study, he and his colleagues showed that hikers on a four-day backpacking trip could solve significantly more puzzles requiring creativity when compared to a control group of people waiting to take the same hike—in fact, 47 percent more. Although other factors may account for his results—for example, the exercise or the camaraderie of being out together—prior studies have suggested that nature itself may play an important role. One in Psychological Science found that the impact of nature on attention restoration is what accounted for improved scores on cognitive tests for the study participants.

This phenomenon may be due to differences in brain activation when viewing natural scenes versus more built-up scenes—even for those who normally live in an urban environment. In a recent study conducted by Peter Aspinall at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, and colleagues, participants who had their brains monitored continuously using mobile electroencephalogram (EEG) while they walked through an urban green space had brain EEG readings indicating lower frustration, engagement, and arousal, and higher meditation levels while in the green area, and higher engagement levels when moving out of the green area. This lower engagement and arousal may be what allows for attention restoration, encouraging a more open, meditative mindset.

It’s this kind of brain activity—sometimes referred to as “the brain default network”—that is tied to creative thinking, says Strayer. He is currently repeating his earlier 2012 study with a new group of hikers and recording their EEG activity and salivary cortisol levels before, during, and after a three-day hike. Early analyses of EEG readings support the theory that hiking in nature seems to rest people’s attention networks and to engage their default networks.

Strayer and colleagues are also specifically looking at the effects of technology by monitoring people’s EEG readings while they walk in an arboretum, either while talking on their cell phone or not. So far, they’ve found that participants with cell phones appear to have EEG readings consistent with attention overload, and can recall only half as many details of the arboretum they just passed through, compared to those who were not on a cell phone.

Though Strayer’s findings are preliminary, they are consistent with other people’s findings on the importance of nature to attention restoration and creativity.

“If you’ve been using your brain to multitask—as most of us do most of the day—and then you set that aside and go on a walk, without all of the gadgets, you’ve let the prefrontal cortex recover,” says Strayer. “And that’s when we see these bursts in creativity, problem-solving, and feelings of well-being.”

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4. Nature may help you to be kind and generous

Whenever I go to places like Yosemite or the Big Sur Coast of California, I seem to return to my home life ready to be more kind and generous to those around me—just ask my husband and kids! Now some new studies may shed light on why that is.

In a series of experiments published in 2014, Juyoung Lee, GGSC director Dacher Keltner, and other researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, studied the potential impact of nature on the willingness to be generous, trusting, and helpful toward others, while considering what factors might influence that relationship.

As part of their study, the researchers exposed participants to more or less subjectively beautiful nature scenes (whose beauty levels were rated independently) and then observed how participants behaved playing two economics games—the Dictator Game and the Trust Game—that measure generosity and trust, respectively. After being exposed to the more beautiful nature scenes, participants acted more generously and more trusting in the games than those who saw less beautiful scenes, and the effects appeared to be due to corresponding increases in positive emotion.

In another part of the study, the researchers asked people to fill out a survey about their emotions while sitting at a table where more or less beautiful plants were placed. Afterward, the participants were told that the experiment was over and they could leave, but that if they wanted to they could volunteer to make paper cranes for a relief effort program in Japan. The number of cranes they made (or didn’t make) was used as a measure of their “prosociality” or willingness to help.

Related Article: Creating Connection: Finding Balance Between Nature and Man.

Results showed that the presence of more beautiful plants significantly increased the number of cranes made by participants and that this increase was, again, mediated by positive emotion elicited by natural beauty. The researchers concluded that experiencing the beauty of nature increases positive emotion—perhaps by inspiring awe, a feeling akin to wonder, with the sense of being part of something bigger than oneself—which then leads to prosocial behaviors.

Support for this theory comes from an experiment conducted by Paul Piff of the University of California, Irvine, and colleagues, in which participants staring up a grove of very tall trees for as little as one minute experienced measurable increases in awe, and demonstrated more helpful behavior and approached moral dilemmas more ethically, than participants who spent the same amount of time looking up at a high building.

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5. Nature makes you “feel more alive”

With all of these benefits to being out in nature, it’s probably no surprise that something about nature makes us feel more alive and vital. Being outdoors gives us energy, makes us happier, helps us to relieve the everyday stresses of our overscheduled lives, opens the door to creativity, and helps us to be kind to others.

No one knows if there is an ideal amount of nature exposure, though Strayer says that longtime backpackers suggest a minimum of three days to really unplug from our everyday lives. Nor can anyone say for sure how nature compares to other forms of stress relief or attention restoration, such as sleep or meditation. Both Strayer and Bratman say we need a lot more careful research to tease out these effects before we come to any definitive conclusions.

Still, the research does suggest there’s something about nature that keeps us psychologically healthy, and that’s good to know…especially since nature is a resource that’s free and that many of us can access by just walking outside our door. Results like these should encourage us as a society to consider more carefully how we preserve our wilderness spaces and our urban parks.

And while the research may not be conclusive, Strayer is optimistic that science will eventually catch up to what people like me have intuited all along—that there’s something about nature that renews us, allowing us to feel better, to think better, and to deepen our understanding of ourselves and others.

“You can’t have centuries of people writing about this and not have something going on,” says Strayer. “If you are constantly on a device or in front of a screen, you’re missing out on something that’s pretty spectacular: the real world.”

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About The Author

Jill Suttie, Psy.D., is Greater Good‘s book review editor and a frequent contributor to the magazine.




Is This A Science For Immortality?

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Can you live forever? In this video, Niraj Naik talks about immortality and longevity, and the ability to live forever. Do you think this is a myth, or is it something that’s actually true? There’s a technique in pranayama and yoga called Kumbhaka. Learn how to do the Kumbhaka Pranayama and how to fully utilize full breath retention.




3 Foods to Avoid and 5 to Chow Down on if You Want to Eat Healthy

By Dr. Joseph Mercola | mercola.com

It needn’t be difficult or expensive to eat healthily.

Ease into it by eliminating three bad foods and adding a few good foods to your diet. This will help maintain your weight while lowering your risk of developing a number of chronic diseases, according to the Harvard School of Public Health.

Eating the right amount of certain foods may help cut your risk of dying from heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes by almost half.

Don’t know where to begin? Let’s start with what to pitch; here are three things to get rid of:

  1. Sugar-sweetened beverages such as soda, fruit drinks, and sports drinks
  2. Refined grains: Think “white” as in flour, bread, rice, and pasta, as well as pastries and similar sweets
  3. Highly processed foods including fast food and meats such as salami, ham, bacon, and sausage

Sugary beverages are Bad with a capital b. Most are sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup, which studies show can increase risk factors for heart disease within two weeks! There is also a strong link between processed foods and depression.

Consuming high-carb, refined grains also can lead to allergies, asthma, gluten intolerance, celiac disease, heart disease, vitamin deficiencies, diabetes, and obesity.

Now that you’ve dumped some unhealthy foods, what’s to eat? Plenty! Try these simple food changes:

  1. Three pieces of fruit per day
  2. Two cups of cooked or four cups of raw veggies per day
  3. Five 1-ounce servings (about 20 nuts) of nuts or seeds per week
  4. Healthy oils such as coconut, extra-virgin olive, aka EVOO, and avocado
  5. One serving (5-to 8-ounces) of red meat or 8-ounces of seafood per week

Eating plenty of organic, raw vegetables and whole fruits daily can lower your blood pressure and cut your prescription costs in half. And no, fruit juices are not a substitute for whole fruits.

Regarding fruits, they offer many vitamins, enzymes, and minerals, but limit how much fruit you eat as the fructose content can upset your metabolism. It’s best to limit fructose to 25 grams per day from all sources, and as little as 15 grams a day if you’re diabetic or have chronic health issues (including the fructose from whole fruits).

A handful of raw nuts or seeds is a satisfying — and tasty! — a snack that contains healthy fats, fiber, protein, antioxidants and minerals, all the while helping to maintain your weight, boost your immune system and benefit your heart. Pumpkin and sunflower seeds, as well as pecans, macadamia nuts, and walnuts,  are excellent choices.

Avoid grain-fed meats and go for organic, pastured beef  — not beef from animals raised in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). The same applies to other animal meats and animal products such as pork, poultry, dairy, and eggs. Choose wild-caught seafood that is good for you and the planet. Smaller fish like sardines, anchovies, and herring tend to be low in contaminants and high in heart-healthy omega-3 fats.  Salmon is also an excellent source of omega-3; just make sure it’s wild-caught Alaskan salmon (either fresh or canned) to reap the benefits.

And yes, there are ways to adopt a keto-style diet to eat healthily and not break the bank.

Visit farmers markets or connect with local, organic farmers when shopping for meat, eggs, vegetables, and fruits. Grow your own vegetables, sprouts, and fruits and try fermenting any excess raw veggies. Fermented vegetables are easy to make and supply your body with essential enzymes and beneficial bacteria needed for good gut health and digestion.

So, go ahead, hit the Healthy Road: Throw out the junk foods, consume real food and, in the long run, you’ll feel great and could save thousands of dollars on chronic disease-related medical expenses.

You’ve got nothing to lose but weight, depression, and illness.

Read more great articles at mercola.com




MIND Diet Linked to Better Cognitive Performance

By Rush University Medical Center | Science Daily

Aging takes a toll on the body and on the mind. For example, the tissue of aging human brains sometimes develops abnormal clumps of proteins that are the hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. How can you protect your brain from these effects?

Researchers at Rush University Medical Center have found that older adults may benefit from a specific diet called the MIND diet even when they develop these protein deposits, known as amyloid plaques and tangles. Plaques and tangles are a pathology found in the brain that builds up in between nerve cells and typically interferes with thinking and problem-solving skills.

Developed by the late Martha Clare Morris, ScD, who was a Rush nutritional epidemiologist, and her colleagues, the MIND diet is a hybrid of the Mediterranean and DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diets. Previous research studies have found that the MIND diet may reduce a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease dementia.

Now a study has shown that participants in the study who followed the MIND diet moderately later in life did not have cognition problems, according to a paper published on Sept. 14 in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

“Some people have enough plaques and tangles in their brains to have a postmortem diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, but they do not develop clinical dementia in their lifetime,” said Klodian Dhana, MD, Ph.D., lead author of the paper and an assistant professor in the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine at Rush Medical College.

“Some have the ability to maintain cognitive function despite the accumulation of these pathologies in the brain, and our study suggests that the MIND diet is associated with better cognitive functions independently of brain pathologies related to Alzheimer’s disease.

In this study, the researchers examined the associations of diet — from the start of the study until death — brain pathologies and cognitive functioning in older adults who participated in the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center’s ongoing Memory and Aging Project, which began in 1997 and includes people living in greater Chicago. The participants were mostly white without known dementia, and all of them agreed to undergo annual clinical evaluations while alive and brain autopsy after their death.

The researchers followed 569 participants, who were asked to complete annual evaluations and cognitive tests to see if they had developed memory and thinking problems. Beginning in 2004, participants were given an annual food frequency questionnaire about how often they ate 144 food items in the previous year.

Using the questionnaire answers, the researchers gave each participant a MIND diet score based on how often the participants ate specific foods. The MIND diet has 15 dietary components, including 10 “brain-healthy food groups” and five unhealthy groups — red meat, butter and stick margarine, cheese, pastries and sweets, and fried or fast food.

To adhere to and benefit from the MIND diet, a person would need to eat at least three servings of whole grains, a green leafy vegetable, and one other vegetable every day — along with a glass of wine — snack most days on nuts, have beans every other day or so, eat poultry and berries at least twice a week and fish at least once a week. A person also must limit intake of the designated unhealthy foods, limiting butter to less than 1 1/2 teaspoons a day and eating less than a serving a week of sweets and pastries, whole fat cheese, and fried or fast food.

Based on the frequency of intake reported for the healthy and unhealthy food groups, the researchers calculated the MIND diet score for each participant across the study period. An average of the MIND diet score from the start of the study until the participant’s death was used in the analysis to limit measurement error. Seven sensitivity measures were calculated to confirm the accuracy of the findings.

“We found that a higher MIND diet score was associated with better memory and thinking skills independently of Alzheimer’s disease pathology and other common age-related brain pathologies. The diet seemed to have a protective capacity and may contribute to cognitive resilience in the elderly.” Dhana said.

“Diet changes can impact cognitive functioning and risk of dementia, for better or worse,” he continued. “There are fairly simple diet and lifestyle changes a person could make that may help to slow cognitive decline with aging and contribute to brain health.”


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Journal Reference:

  1. Klodian Dhana, Bryan D. James, Puja Agarwal, Neelum T. Aggarwal, Laurel J. Cherian, Sue E. Leurgans, Lisa L. Barnes, David A. Bennett, Julie A. Schneider. MIND Diet, Common Brain Pathologies, and Cognition in Community-Dwelling Older Adults. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 2021; 83 (2): 683 DOI: 10.3233/JAD-210107