How Even “Subtle” Childhood Trauma Can Affect Your Health and Wellness Now

By Lissa Rankin | lissarankin.com

Most of us experience trauma at some level, not just war veterans who witness and experience horrific terror but simply by growing up as vulnerable children in a world where many parents are themselves traumatized and can’t always hold that vulnerability safe for a child. You might mistakenly think that you must experience incest, child abuse, parental abandonment, or living in a war zone in order to be traumatized, but trauma can be much more subtle. Psychologist Dawson Church, Ph.D. defines a traumatizing event as something that is:

  • Perceived as a threat to the person’s physical survival
  • Overwhelms their coping capacity, producing a sense of powerlessness
  • Produces a feeling of isolation and aloneness
  • Violates their expectations

In his book Psychological Trauma, Dawson gives the example of Martie’s traumatizing event, which could have lasting consequences but might be easily overlooked if you were not attuned to the kinds of events that can traumatize a child.

When I was growing up, I idolized my older brother Gary. But he was pretty rough with me. He was six years older than I was. One day when I was three and he was nine, he wanted to have a “wrestling match.” He “won” by lying on top of me. I couldn’t breathe and I began to panic. Gary just laughed when he saw me struggling. I almost passed out. When he rolled off me, I began to cry uncontrollably. My mother came in, and I tried to explain what happened. He told her it was nothing. I was just being a crybaby. Mom told me, “Big girls don’t cry.”

While it might be easily dismissed as just children tussling, this example meets all four criteria for a traumatizing event. Martie thought she was going to die when Gary lay on top of her, so she perceived a threat to her survival. She tried to cope by pushing him off, but he was too big so her coping attempt failed and she felt powerless. Being smothered by her brother violated her expectation that her family would keep her safe. When her mother failed to support and comfort her by dismissing her emotions with “Big girls don’t cry,” she was left feeling isolated and alone.

 By this definition of trauma, almost all of us have experienced multiple traumatizing events in our lifetimes. In my case, I had a fairly benevolent childhood, but 12 years of medical training caused me to experience multiple events that meet these criteria for trauma. I also was held up at gunpoint by two masked gunmen in my twenties and had full on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder afterward. Most recently, I was attacked by a pit bull and started having PTSD-like flashbacks right afterward. Knowing what I know about the link between unresolved trauma and physical illness, I wanted to be proactive about healing the trauma right away. I am lucky to have at my fingertips a variety of gifted and ethical healers who treat trauma. I reached out right away and asked for help. The flashbacks stopped and haven’t come back.

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Unhealed Trauma Predisposes to Disease

As I wrote about in Mind Over Medicine, there is a substantial amount of data linking mental health issues with physical disease. This is not to suggest “it’s all in your head.” It’s absolutely in your body! It’s simply that the physiological changes that occur in the body as the result of unhealed trauma and its associated stress, anxiety, and depression translates into conditions in the body that make you susceptible to physical ailments. In a landmark 1990 study of 17,421 patients, Kaiser Permanente and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) collaborated on the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, which has resulted in over 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles. Patients were interviewed to determine whether they had experienced any of ten traumatizing events in childhood:

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Physical neglect
  • Emotional neglect
  • Mother treated violently
  • Household substance abuse
  • Household mental illness
  • Parental separation or divorce
  • Incarcerated household member

The study revealed that traumatizing childhood events are commonplace. Two-thirds of individuals reported at least one traumatizing childhood event. 40% of the patients reported two or more traumatizing childhood events, and 12.5% reported four or more. These results were then correlated with the physical health of the interviewed patients, and researchers discovered a dose-response. Traumatizing events in childhood were linked to adult disease in all categories—cancer, heart disease, chronic pain, autoimmune diseases, bone fractures, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, depression, smoking, and suicide. The average age of patients in this study was 57 years old, which means that childhood trauma can have a delayed effect on the body, making it entirely possible that something that happened 50 years ago may be predisposing someone to illness in the here and now. The more Adverse Childhood Events an individual reported, the sicker and more resistant to the treatment they were.

The Good News: Trauma Can Be Healed

If you’re someone who checks “yes” to these and many other traumatizing events, you might be feeling anxious right about now. Does this mean that if you’ve experienced trauma in your life, you’re now a ticking time bomb just waiting to get sick? Does it mean that you won’t be healed from your chronic illness? Does it mean the damage is done and it’s too late to undo it?

No no no. That’s not what I’m suggesting at all. The good news is that we now understand that unresolved trauma, whether from childhood or adulthood, can be treated and cured. Such treatment may also have direct effects on physical health.

Psychologists didn’t always know this. They used to believe that children who experienced severe trauma were sort of damaged goods, at risk for many other challenges in adulthood—such as physical and mental illness, addiction, criminal behavior, domestic violence, obesity, and suicide. Such trauma was believed to be largely untreatable. Now, thanks to evolving methodologies for treating trauma successfully, such as Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Advanced Integrative Therapy (AIT).

Somatic Experiencing, and Psych-K, we know better. Trauma can be treated, and if you’ve experienced trauma, treatment can be not only preventive medicine but also the treatment of disease.

These cutting edge treatments for trauma recognize that talk therapy is inadequate to treat trauma. In fact, it can actually be harmful and retraumatizing, not to mention ineffective. When traumatized people are asked to replay the trauma through talk therapy, they often dissociate from their bodies, escaping into a safe witness consciousness, where they discuss the trauma from this disembodied, numbed out witness position, since that’s what they had to do to cope during the initial trauma. The newer trauma treatments make use of the understanding that trauma can only be truly healed when you stay in your body while addressing the often overwhelming emotions that accompany trauma, titrating your exposure to the trauma in small doses so as not to disembody and dissociate. Newer techniques for treating trauma often require very little talking, are careful to avoid retraumatizing, and can be very effective, quick, and permanent—with surprising and exciting effects not just on mental health, but on physical health, especially for those recalcitrant conditions that fail to respond to even the best Western or alternative medical treatment.

To Treat Disease, We Must Normalize and Treat Trauma

We know from copious data studying war veterans with PTSD in VA hospitals that, without any doubt, trauma and illness are linked. Yet in spite of all the solid scientific data linking trauma and disease, conventional Western medicine still tends to turn a blind eye to this strong correlation, and many patients are also resistant to considering treatment of trauma as part of a prescription for a healthy body. When was the last time your doctor told you to get treatment for your trauma as part of your cancer therapy, autoimmune disease, or heart disease? If you were asked to get trauma treatment as part of comprehensive, integrative medical therapy, how would you react? In my experience, even very progressive integrative medicine doctors rarely bring this up. Instead of focusing on drugs or surgery, they point you to a healthier diet, an herbal supplement, or a whole bunch of expensive functional medicine laboratory tests that aren’t usually covered by insurance.

But what if no drug, surgery, diet, supplement, or fancy lab test can cover up the ongoing, toxic effects of unhealed trauma on the body?  

What if everything else is merely a Band-Aid, perhaps providing temporary relief but never fully healing the root cause that makes you vulnerable to illness over and over?

What if the trauma is at the root of many illnesses in many patients, and until we treat it, even the most cutting edge medical technologies may fail to fully work?

Perhaps the block around treating trauma as part of a comprehensive medical treatment plan lies in the stigma many attach to trauma as if it’s some sort of weakness to have survived a traumatizing event. I suspect that much of the resistance stems from shame about the traumatizing events, which is why the working sociologist Brené Brown, Ph.D. is doing around shame and vulnerability is so important. If shame causes us to bury our trauma in a trauma capsule that we never touch, that trauma can turn into cancer. But if we cultivate shame resilience and we’re brave enough to be vulnerable and get help entering the trauma capsule, miraculous effects are possible. After all, there is absolutely no rational reason to be ashamed if you were sexually abused or abandoned or beaten or neglected. There need not be any shame around getting attacked or bullied or shamed or surrounded by war. Yet shame spirals are common, especially among children who are traumatized. Young psyches somehow translate the trauma into a story that we’re not good enough, or we are weak or unlovable.

Yet children are innocent, as are most adults who are traumatized. At the most basic level, it is our innocence that suffers the brunt of the wound, which means that our innocence needs our compassion and our nurturing, not our inner bullying, shaming, or self-violation. Human life is hard. We have to feel our pain and own up to it in order to heal it and alchemize it into soul growth. But even the most awakened people cannot typically bear to enter into the trauma capsule without loving, supportive, masterful help.

What If Science Can’t Keep up with the Cutting Edge of Sacred Medicine

When I keynoted at the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP) conference last month, I met a handful of cutting edge Energy Psychology practitioners, and after a series of synchronicities made it clear we were supposed to get to know each other better, I spent eight hours talking to one of these Energy Psychology practitioners in depth as part of my research for Sacred Medicine. Like many of the individuals I’ve interviewed for my upcoming Sacred Medicine book, Asha Clinton, Ph.D. is a Jungian psychologist, mystic healer, and longtime spiritual practitioner of first Buddhism and then the Sufi tradition. Asha created Advanced Integrative Therapy (AIT) and has trained over 2000 practitioners in this Energy Psychology technique. What drew me to Asha and AIT was not only the vastness of her presence but the fact that she is using AIT to treat cancer. Although the methodologies used in AIT appear to be quite cognitive, left brain, and rational, it was clear to me right away that something mystical was underlying this treatment. While most of the other Energy Psychology techniques are being used to treat trauma as it applies to mental health conditions, Asha created protocols that she and other health practitioners are using as part of the prescription for people with cancer—and the great news is that, for those who are ready for this kind of deep psycho-spiritual work, results are promising.

Part of what drew me to Asha was that she wasn’t trying to sell me with pseudo-science or earn my validation with muddy data. Although many people at this conference used a lot of scientific languages to try to explain what happens when patients are treated with energy healing and energy psychology techniques, I often start to glaze over when people talk about quantum physics and use language that sounds like “pseudo-science” to try to gain acceptance in the world of science. Frankly, I am concluding that science is simply not advanced enough to keep up with the cutting edge of medicine, and no amount of trying to fit spiritual healing into a science box is going to satisfy the scientist in me. Perhaps science will catch up, and it’s important that we continue to try to study that which can be studied in order to protect us from the charlatans of the world. But to dismiss a particular phenomenology something simply because science can’t fully explain it seems irresponsibly ignorant. Holding this paradox of my desire for scientific proof and my openness to that which cannot yet be proven is a challenging edge for me, but one I am holding with greater fluidity as I continue this Sacred Medicine journey. From what I can garner, there is not yet scientific verification that AIT works to treat cancer, but there are a number of very compelling anecdotes, enough to hopefully attract the attention of scientists who might be able to track outcomes, much as Dawson Church and his colleagues are doing to validate the more mainstream Energy Psychology technique EFT.

The Healing Comes from the Divine

Part of my resistance around “energy healers” who try to use the language of energy to explain how their treatments work is that it feels almost disrespectful to that which is doing the healing. Is it really just yet another rational, scientific treatment? Or is it God? (Not that science-based, technologic treatments aren’t also God, but that’s a whole other blog post.) The reason I’m calling my book Sacred Medicine is because I don’t think it’s possible to separate energy healing modalities or traditional healing practices like shamanism from spirituality. I would even go so far as to say that Love Itself lies at the root of the healing.

Asha’s work felt like a good fit for this book because right from the get-go, Asha was blatant about saying that AIT is Divine work, that the protocols she has been mystically given in order to create AIT are a gift from God. She is fittingly humble in the way she gives credit where credit is due. The technique she has midwived into the world strikes me as very similar to the way some of the mystical healers who I’ve interviewed operate, but what attracts me to AIT is that Asha has learned how to teach this.

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One of the challenges I’ve faced in researching my Sacred Medicine book is that many of these Sacred Medicine practitioners cultivate dependency. They don’t teach the patient how to heal themselves. Instead, they often leave the patient feeling like they need yet another hand on healing or yet another trip to John of God or yet another boost of Divine love as it flows through the healer. And often, the effects of the healing treatment don’t seem to last. What interests me is whether we can learn something from these healers that we can practice on ourselves when we are sick, such as the techniques I described here and used on myself when I was bitten by the pit bull.

After all, if the message is always, “You need to find something outside of yourself in order to heal,” I have to pause and wonder. Other than having fewer side effects, how are a dependency on a mystical healer any different than depending on drugs and surgeries, or supplements and magic potions? I am more interested in learning from the healers who have reverse engineered what they do enough to teach others how to reproduce their results and ideally even teach the patient how to employ these methods at home. Is this possible? I don’t know. So far, I think it’s a paradox. The body is physiologically equipped to heal itself, but perhaps it can’t do it alone. Maybe this deep inner work is just too scary and painful to navigate alone. Maybe we are dependent, at least for a short while, on the loving presence of someone who can channel Divine Love, while facilitating and holding space so that the body can heal itself.

What is Advanced Integrative Therapy?

You can read the details about AIT here, but to summarize in my understanding, the technique Asha developed uses the scientifically controversial “muscle testing” (kinesiology) to run through very detailed protocols that help the practitioner assess which damaging beliefs and unhealed traumas the client has experienced, and which beliefs and traumas need to be treated in which order in order to optimize outcomes. The technique screens not only for Adverse Childhood Events or traumatizing events in adulthood but also for generational trauma, such as the trauma descendants of Nazi Germans or Holocaust Jews might experience, which can alter DNA in offspring. Based on the premise that all upsetting events are types of trauma, and that if left untreated, they become stored within the body, mind and spirit/soul, the intention of AIT is to quickly remove the after effects of such traumatic events and clear the residue of the trauma, as it shows up as disturbing emotions, limiting beliefs, self-sabotaging behaviors, compulsions, obsessions, dissociation, spiritual blockage, and yes . . . (She had me at hello) . . . physical illnesses like cancer.

To make the claim that psychological and spiritual treatment could be used to treat cancer treads on the dangerous legal territory, and Asha is careful with her words when she talks about it. The governing medical boards are very fussy about protecting patient safety—and their turf—by going after anyone they might deem to be “practicing medicine without a license.” If a nutritionist claims that her green juice cleanse can help treat cancer, or if a psychologist or spiritual healer claims that his can, they’re at risk of getting shut down by the Powers That Be. While I’m grateful we have governing boards to protect patient safety and to hold medical practitioners to high levels of ethics, integrity, and mastery of skills, I also find it shocking that we’ve forgotten what healers have known for millennia—that psycho-spiritual healing is probably the most effective, lasting, and restorative treatment of the majority of physical diseases. To suggest that a trained and licensed psychotherapist might be practicing medicine without a license if they suggest that psycho-spiritual treatment might help treat disease seems like blasphemy to me! After all, the CDC estimates that 75% of all doctor’s visits are induced by emotional stress, and Occupational Health and Safety bump that number up to 90%. Sure, there are some illnesses that need highly effective physical treatments, such as antibiotics or surgery. But it is often psychological issues that weaken the immune system and predispose to infection or surgical issues in the first place! (Read Mind Over Medicine if you want to nerd out on the science behind all this.)

The Link Between Psycho-Spiritual Wounds & Physical Illness

As part of my research for Sacred Medicine, I’m traveling the globe to work with shamans in Peru, Qigong masters from China, Hawaiian kahunas, Yogi Swamis, and other kinds of traditional healers, and they all know that psycho-spiritual trauma rides shotgun with physical illness. It’s only Westerners, in our Cartesian arrogance, who have split body, mind, and spirit/soul. Yet we are waking up again and remembering what traditional healers have known all along, that body, mind, and spirit/soul cannot be separated. If we treat the body without also treating the root cause of what predisposed the body to illness, the patient will likely get another illness, or cancer will recur, or the disease will fail to respond to even the most aggressive treatment.

If You’ve Experienced Trauma, What Can You Do to Heal It?

If you’re looking to optimize your physical health by getting help for any unresolved traumas, there are a number of ways to get help. Start by checking in with yourself. What modality resonates with your intuition? Is it AIT? EFT? EMDR? Somatic Experiencing? Shamanic healing? Faith healing? A Native American Medicine Man?

I recommend doing your homework and tuning into your intuition before you choose a practitioner. If your practitioner is a licensed health care provider, like a medical doctor or psychotherapist, they are beholden to their respective medical board with regard to ethics, education, mastery, and continuing medical education. But the minute you go outside the system into the realm of traditional healers and energy medicine practitioners who don’t also have licensed degrees, you open yourself to two kinds of risks. Some practitioners have mastery but no ethic, while others have ethic but no mastery. In other words, you may bump into some highly gifted healers, but they may not follow even the most basic medical ethics, such as confidentiality, informed consent, and restraint from having sexual relations with clients. Even more common are the people who are kind, well-intentioned people trying to be of service, people who are basically ethical and mean well, but they’re simply not good at what they do and cannot reproduce trustworthy results. In my research into Sacred Medicine, I have concluded that just because someone has spiritual power doesn’t mean they have spiritual ethic. And just because someone has spiritual ethic doesn’t mean they have spiritual power. (I talked about this for 3 ½ hours in The Shadow Of Spirituality Uncensored class I taught. You can listen to the class here to dive deeper into the topic of spiritual discernment).

I don’t say this to scare you or cause you to hesitate to get help if you’ve been traumatized. I’m just advising that you activate your discernment, ask for referrals, and be ready to sniff out those who are trying to hook you with big claims they can’t follow through on or those who might be full on black magicians dressed up in white angel robes.

If you feel drawn to modalities like AIT, EFT, EMDR, or Somatic Experiencing, there are resources online to guide you to psychotherapists who have been trained to practice these techniques.

Imagine If Doctors Were Trained to Treat Trauma Alongside Disease

Doctors and other health care providers have been exploring exactly these kinds of issues in the Whole Health Medicine Institute that I founded. Those who have been certified to facilitate the 6 Steps to Healing Yourself as outlined in Mind Over Medicine have gone through the 6 Steps themselves and have been trained to help facilitate patients who are exploring these kinds of psycho-spiritual root causes of illness. (You can find a list of graduates here). But we’ve never overtly included in the training how to treat trauma directly. Asha and I are putting our noodles together to feel into whether there’s a potential for collaboration so that the doctors in my network might be trained to not only have awareness of these new treatments for trauma so that they can refer out to licensed practitioners. Perhaps they might also get certified to treat trauma directly. This bypasses the issue of “practicing medicine without a license” and opens up the potential for a whole new approach to disease treatment and prevention within our medical systems. Of course, there are other obstacles to this potential merging of worlds, including how little time doctors have to spend with patients. But as Tosha Silver would say, “It’s impossible that doctors could be trained to help treat unhealed trauma in sick people . . . without God.”

If You’ve Been Traumatized, Please Get Help

Let me just close by saying that if you’ve experienced trauma in your life and you sense that it might be predisposing you to illness or interfering with medical treatment, please know that you are not alone and that there is no shame in having experienced trauma. Most of us have trauma in our bodies, minds, and spirit/souls. We are not alone in our traumas, and we need not hide our pain or resist treating it. Trauma can be cured, and you can have your radiant, vital life back, if only you have the courage to enter the trauma capsule—with expert guidance—and begin to let the trauma dissolve its grip on your life and your body.

Everyone is entitled to their own journey, so it’s also OK if you’re not ready yet. As my mentor Rachel Naomi Remen, MD says, “You can’t force a rosebud to blossom by beating it with a hammer.” Maybe all you can handle today is admitting, “I have trauma.” That is enough for now. Be kind to yourself. As Karen Drucker sings in her song” Gentle With Myself,” “I will only go as fast as the slowest part of me is free to go.” But perhaps by gently loving the slowest part, someday you will be ready to heal. Maybe that day begins right now.

With love and wishes for your optimal health,

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GPS of the Psyche: Using the Ego to Navigate Towards Healing & Growth

Image result for healthy egoMost of us have at least heard of the ego and most of us have probably had a negative impression of what it is as well. Sigmund Freud’s work with the human ego or “id” (ID or identity; personality construct) tells us that it’s development is a necessary part of who we are.  Without it, there is no “I” for us to identify with. Freud goes on to claim that without the ego, our minds would have no conscious way to comprehend where “we” end and the rest of the world “begins”.

“The ego is not master in its own house.” – Sigmund Freud

I’ve always been a HUGE fan of Freud’s (more so around his less-popular theories on sexuality) and completely agree that without our egos, we would all be leaning toward completely unmotivated. The ego, if used properly as the tool is it meant to be, can show us areas within ourselves that still need healing. The trick, however, to working with the ego is to remember that it does WHATEVER it takes to prevent expansion, growth, change and pretty much anything outside of your comfort zone. It is an expert at convincing you that you are making good, productive choices for yourself when in actuality you literally could be setting lit matches to your proverbial tree-house.

So, the key here is to first study the ego and figure out exactly how it works and maneuvers. Guaranteed it is always sneaky, coercive, and slick in how it will make suggestions for your next move, word or action. But once we know how it works, we’ve pretty much disabled out ego’s best weapon (stealth). And now, we just need to keep playing the game and observing.

As we watch our ego in play we will begin to see patterns emerge which will make clear exactly how we are “still stuck” in life situations we swore to ourselves we would’ve had resolved weeks, months or even years ago. We will begin to see how our ego was the one whispering in our ear that “He’ll change and treat me with kindness if I just stick around long enough and prove how much I love him.” or “I deserve to eat this tub of ice cream because I had such a bad day today.”

“You can either be a host to God or a hostage to your ego. It’s your call.” – Wayne Dyer

There are ENDLESS examples that I could list here, but the point is, anything you can think of where you’re subconscious mind convinced you to do something that was not in your best interest, or something that was not serving your highest Self, rest-assured it was the workings of your EGO doing what it does best and keeping you in the same little box it has grown to love and adore to keep you living small!

So…how do we beat this little trickster at its’ own game? First, we need to find that place in our hearts to stop looking at the ego through eyes of judgment and see it through the eyes of love. Only then can we shift the energy around our ego from one of annoyance and avoidance to one of willingness to integrate what we can learn from it. And eventually, this process will allow us to grow past the blocks that the ego has previously succeeded in throwing onto our path.

When we know ahead of time the signature signs that certain thoughts, motivations, reactions, etc. are ego-driven, then we are empowered with the knowledge of how to take the next best step. And an uninformed person with a leading ego might end up writing a bunch of accusatory emails they later regret, or shout at their children for no reason, or sabotage a health regimen they’ve put in place for themselves. Why? Because their ego was successful in convincing them it was in their best interest in that particular moment, and because they were in “reactive” mode (letting the outer world determine their moods, thoughts, next move, etc.) they went with it.

This is the difference between living a life of struggle and living a life of true empowerment. As we learn to master the latter, of course, we may shift back and forth between the two as with anything it’s definitely a learning process. However, the more you take the time to observe yourself and your ego the more familiar you become with it all and the simpler it becomes to stay in PRO-active mode.

Once you get a taste of empowered living, there’s no giving that up, there’s no going back to sleep. It would be like locking away your most valuable tool and never using it again; because you have seen how when you move from a proactive, empowered place, the game is yours and YOU now make the rules. Do you feel the difference there? Between an insecure, needy, fear-based ego and secured, empowered, healthy ego? Image result for healthy ego

I truly believe the ego is meant to help humanity, not harm it. It is only when we as individuals allow our minds and actions to be ruled by ego does it negatively affect our lives and the lives of those around us. But the ego is best used as a compass of sorts, pointing the way to what areas within us need healing and integration so we can rise up energetically and show up in our lives as we were meant to; connected, yet unique slivers of cosmic Creator Consciousness.

If we listen closely, there is another voice underneath the egos’ loudness that speaks only Truth and has only our best interest in mind. This voice belongs to our intuition, our Higher Selves (Spirit) and if we wish to master the use of our egos, it is wise to let it be guided by Spirit. This is how we develop “healthy” egos that allow us to speak up for ourselves, say no to people with feeling guilty, say yes to people without feeling drained, speak our Truth, and stand authentically in our lives without feeling insecure or feeling the need to incessantly compare ourselves to others.

Another gauge of a healthy ego is that we are okay spending time with ourselves and doing things on our own. We really only feel the need to reach out for assistance when truly necessary and learn to truly value the time, energy and presence of others – because that is how much we now value our own time, energy and presence.

Tamara Rant is a Co-Editor/Writer for CLN as well as a Licensed Reiki Master, heart-centered Graphic Designer and a progressive voice in social media activism & awareness. She is an avid lover of all things Quantum Physics and Spirituality. Connect with Tamara by visiting Prana Paws/Healing Hearts Reiki or go to RantDesignMedia.com

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How Your Subconscious Is the Key to Improving Your Health and Changing Your Life



  • Most meditation takes you into alpha brainwaves. Hypnosis takes you into theta, an even slower brainwave and a state in which you become highly suggestible
  • Hypnosis and self-hypnosis are great tools that can help you overcome barriers that may be preventing you from implementing healthy lifestyle strategies
  • Your subconscious can affect just about anything, both psychological and physical, so hypnosis can be used as a treatment adjunct for most health issues. It can even boost T cell counts, reduce bleeding and combat cancer cell proliferation
  • When considering hypnosis as a healing modality, seek out a licensed professional with advanced training from the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis
  • Hypnosis increases the connection between the prefrontal cortex and the insula, which they believe allows the subconscious to take control over and influence the body according to its new programming

By Dr. Joseph Mercola

In this interview, Mike Dow, Psy.D., and author of “Your Subconscious Brain Can Change Your Life: Overcome Obstacles, Heal Your Body, and Reach Any Goal with a Revolutionary Technique,” reveals how tapping into your subconscious through a modern form of hypnosis can help you heal mind, body and soul.

“Most meditation is alpha. Hypnosis takes you into an even slower brain wave, into theta,” Dow says, who experienced his first hypnosis session as a “deep, wondrous trance, almost dream-like.”

“I would say it felt magical, relaxing and wonderful. I sort of would have those twitches when you’re about to fall asleep, because my brain was letting go of its control of my physical body. I just felt supremely relaxed. In that moment, I became a convert.

I knew that this had the potential to heal so many things and do it in a natural way, because I also knew in that moment that everything that I was hearing, I was accepting … I was allowing it into my mind, and into my mind-body. That’s my experience. In that moment I said, ‘I have to write a book about this.'”

Clinical Versus Layman Hypnosis

When considering hypnosis as a healing modality, it’s important to seek out someone who is properly trained. Dow, a licensed psychotherapist, received his advanced training with the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH), which only accepts licensed health care professionals and teaches the science of clinical hypnosis, which is different from hypnosis schools that train laypeople in hypnosis.

“There is a sort of international congress that recognizes different organizations around the world. The ASCH is the largest training organization in the United States,” Dow says. “I trained with a large group of mental health professionals, physicians, dentists, who wanted to add clinical hypnosis to their practice …

The human brain is a really complicated organ, an entity. If you work with somebody who has training from the ASCH, you know they have years of training, a license and malpractice insurance. They can bill your health insurance, and also have additional training in clinical hypnosis.”

Overcoming Barriers to Health and Healing

According to Dow, hypnosis is a great tool that can help patients overcome barriers that may be preventing them from implementing healthy lifestyle strategies. He notes that our Western health care system is subconsciously training us to become aware of symptoms.

“We are actually training our belief system to monitor what is wrong with us,” he says. For example, if you’re watching a commercial on TV for a drug, you may start thinking about whether you have those symptoms. Likewise, doctors don’t generally ask you how well you are, they ask you to list your problems.

“The subconscious is sort of the opposite of that. The subconscious is always looking for the place in your body where you feel the most relaxed,” Dow says. “You can then take that feeling and spread it around. It’s sort of a wellness model, which I really appreciate and I think people in this country, at least, need more of these days …

Electroencephalography (EEG) studies have found that hypnosis is using mostly the right side of the brain. It’s not thinking in words. It’s painting in pictures, in images, which is really fantastic if you have somebody with trauma, who has an overactive emotional center of the brain.

Their right side of the brain is overactive. We can sort of unstick that. I realized that you can integrate some of the old things that I was doing, sort of the more rational, logical dry therapies with this more, I would say, magical paintbrush, ethereal therapy of hypnosis and self-hypnosis.”

The Deep Link Between Your Subconscious Mind and Your Body

While originally trained in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dow now integrates hypnosis in most therapy sessions. And, while CBT tends to be effective in about 70 percent of cases, the addition of hypnosis greatly increases the effectiveness.

Dow cites a recent brain scan study in which they discovered that hypnosis increases the connection between the prefrontal cortex and the insula, which they believe allows the subconscious to take control over the body. For example, studies have shown the placebo effect — an essentially subconscious process — is more effective in treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) than prescription drugs.

“Now, all of a sudden, the subconscious can affect just about anything, not just the realm of mental health or the psychological, but just about anything in the integrative treatment model … It’s effective for so many things, from fibromyalgia to chronic fatigue syndrome …

It can boost T cells. If somebody is a cancer survivor and you want to boost your T cells in your immune system, the subconscious brain is a wonderful treatment strategy,” he says, adding, “This is something that we can measure in blood samples.

I think when people hear that, it’s really evidence-based. We can now say, ‘OK, visualize your immune system attacking those malignant cells.’ We know that actually works. We could actually measure that. That has been proven in research, which I think is really exciting for people to know.”

Brain Waves and States of Suggestion

Brainwaves, from fastest to slowest are:

  • Gamma — The “aha!” moment; moments of insight
  • Beta — Normal waking, alert consciousness, such as when you’re focusing on your work, reasoning or worrying about something
  • Alpha — Deep relaxation, meditative consciousness
  • Theta — Dreaming (rapid eye movement or REM sleep)
  • Delta — Deep sleep

When you’re using hypnosis, self-hypnosis and conscious visualization techniques, you’re in a state between beta and theta, somewhere between awake and asleep, yet you’re conscious and aware of what you’re doing.

Dow’s own EEG scans revealed mostly theta brainwaves throughout his brain, with the exception of the back of his occipital lobe which had beta brainwaves, which means the brain thinks it’s seeing something.

“Theta is a really fantastic brainwave. It is the jack-of-all-trades of brainwaves, because it allows the delete and edit button in your brain to work better,” Dow says.

“If you want to go back to something that you didn’t like during that day or from 10 years ago, and you want to delete or edit that file, or … if you want to reframe something and see something in a different way … highlight all the things you did right, and all of a sudden, that helps you to reframe.

Theta brainwaves are really good at that. Theta is also fantastic at helping the brain access memories. You’re going to find memories you couldn’t access while you’re awake in a conscious beta or an alpha state. It really is sort of a magical brainwave to a lot of people.”

Wake-Induced Lucid Dreaming (WILD)

This hypnosis state is sometimes also referred to as wake-induced lucid dreaming or WILD. It’s a theta state, just like the moment right before you fall asleep, in which you’re highly impressionable.

“I use a technique with my patients — I have them imagine that they are having a dream. Sometimes I will tell them that they are dreaming. I will have them imagine there is a blank canvas in front of them. This blank canvas is going to be the dream they wish they’d had, that they’re going to enter the dream, and that this awareness is their entire awareness.

People, when they’re in a subconscious, brain-activated state, often report they feel like they lose sense of their body. They lose sense of time and space. Like what happens when you’re dreaming, you’re not aware of your body or where you are when you’re dreaming.

If you have this blank canvas or you intentionally have a dream, if I say on a count of “three, two, one,” the dream will start, you can actually paint dreams and have these lucid dreams.

If there’s an intention to the dream — for example, if this dream is going to give you some insight about a particular part of your life that you’re struggling with — you just let the subconscious become untethered to paint that dream. Usually, people will find something that they hadn’t discovered before.

It would be a new insight for them, which is really exciting for people … It really is a form of lucid dreaming, which I really love … People really do look like they’re in rapid eye movement sleep as well …

In study after study in major peer-reviewed journals, hypnosis combined with CBT is more effective than either alone. My conscious visualization technique combines those strategies. Whether we’re talking about fibromyalgia, cancer, smoking, alcoholism, anxiety disorders or depression, it works time and time again.

If you’re talking about something like a phobia, I used to treat phobias the old-fashioned way, with graded exposure … Baby step by baby step, your brain learns that you can tolerate the thing you fear. But it goes really slowly … When we supercharge that treatment with the subconscious, it really works wonders. It makes the treatment go much faster.”

Hypnosis can even change your bleeding rate. Dow cites a study in which patients were told during hypnosis that they would bleed less. A control group did not get that suggestion. The blood loss of each person was then measured, showing the hypnosis group actually bled less.

Improving Compliance With Subconscious Suggestion

Getting and staying healthy requires follow-through, whether it’s changing your diet, exercising moreor getting more sleep. While few lifestyle strategies are actually difficult to implement, compliance can be an issue for any number of reasons.

Life changes require a bit of discipline in the beginning, until you’ve formed a new habit. Here, self-hypnosis can be a really valuable tool. In his book, Dow details the protocol for his subconscious visualization technique. He also provides both written and audio files of several sample scripts you can use and modify for self-hypnosis.

“What I suggest is that in the beginning people use the audio tracks. As they get better at using the technique, they start to modify it for themselves. I use my own scripts on myself all the time, but I’m always changing it.

Whatever I need that day, I just close my eyes and I’m sort of talking to myself. What’s really great is people can start to tweak. They see the language of the subconscious brain. They can start to really customize it however they need.”

Here’s a quick summary of the steps:

First, consider your conscious thought patterns, such as pessimistic thinking, catastrophizing, worst-case scenario thinking or polarized thinking. Dow details seven pitfall thought patterns that fuel your conscious thinking.

“You want to know throughout your conscious waking life, ‘What is your conscious brain doing that is causing this cycle?’ A lot of people that I treat report that when they get caught in a negative paralysis by analysis thought pattern, it’s like a broken record.

They can’t stop thinking about that negative thought. The conscious brain just takes them around and around. That actually leads to really fast beta brainwaves, and they can’t get out of it. So, the first step is to realize what we are trying to change in the conscious brain,”Dow explains.

Next, you activate your subconscious using Dow’s “3-12-7 technique,” which starts out with mindfulness meditation. First, note three sounds that you hear. Then take notice of two colors — one color on the back of your eyelids when your eyes are closed, and one at the top of the crown of your head as you inhale.

On the next exhale, allow your eyes to drop, which will typically take you into a light trance. Next, keeping your focus on your breath, imagine descending a flight of 12 steps, allowing yourself to become increasingly relaxed with each step. “By the time people get to the end of that, their subconscious brains are really activated,” Dow says.

Next, imagine yourself floating upward to the count of seven, allowing your body to feel warm and light. “By the time they reach seven, it’s a really, really deep state of subconscious activation,” he says.

In step 3, you float backward into your chosen memory. Once your subconscious brain is activated, memories are going to start to feel real. At this point, you can reimage and edit that memory. At this point, Dow also incorporates bilateral stimulation, which encourages your eyes to flutter from side to side, as they do during REM sleep.

“Bilateral stimulation brings the left hemisphere of the brain online, because we know that emotionally charged memories usually get stuck on the right side of the brain, in the emotional center. The negatively emotionally charged memories are sort of too much on the right side of the brain.

We want you to make sense of your experience, bringing it more on the left side. That’s what [bilateral stimulation] does. I’m going to have you play the scene. I’m going to have you edit the scene. If you’d like, delete that scene altogether. Then all of a sudden, that memory sometimes … emotionally disappears. They rationally now know that it happened, but they don’t emotionally feel that it happened anymore.”

Next, imagine floating forward in time, back to the present. See yourself today, and notice what’s different.
Then, float yourself forward into the future, and see yourself doing whatever it is you want to be able to do, be it face a phobia, stick to a diet or go to the gym. See yourself performing the activity the way you want to be able to do it. According to Dow, research shows that when your subconscious wires certain parts of the brain together, and unwires others, it feels like things happen effortlessly. Dow explains:

“When you’re deep in a hypnotic trance, if I tell you that you will start to love snakes, or that you will effortlessly want to wake up at 8 a.m. and jogs will become enjoyable and cool, or that fasting will be something you will just love to do and will give you boundless energy, it will be something that you will look forward to, [these behaviors] will just start to unfold as if it’s happening effortlessly, as if you don’t have to consciously do it.

We think it’s because it’s the way that the brain unwires itself. It’s almost like it’s happening by an outside force, which is really fantastic.”

In the final step, you bridge your subconscious and conscious mind. Dow explains the process:

“I give people a touchpoint. I give them a little button on their dominant index finger, so that when they need a reminder of what they discovered here today in their conscious life, they can press that button, and it brings some of these positive memories, images back for them.”

Myths and Misconceptions About Hypnosis

Many believe they’re just not suggestible enough to get into these states where personal transformation can occur but, according to Dow, this simply isn’t true. “I have yet to encounter somebody who is not hypnotizable when they use my technique,” he says. Another myth is that you’re either hypnotizable or you’re not. The reality, however, is not that black-or-white.

“Remember that it is a skill,” Dow says. “As you use it, you will become better and better. You will go deeper and deeper. It will become more and more effective every time you use it … I recommend using my program a few times a week.

I shared a case example of somebody who felt relief after one or two sessions. But when we look at the research for conditions from anxiety disorders and depression to smoking, weight loss and IBS, most of the data show that the more people practice — we’re looking at eight sessions, 16 sessions, 32 sessions — that’s when we’re really finding results.

I think people should use this as a practice. Also, remember, just like meditation, self-hypnosis is really the shift from a sympathetic nervous system activation, or fight-or-flight, to a parasympathetic, rest-and-digest dominant state. You are teaching your brain in your body to relax … Many issues flare up when there’s stress present. The more you use this practice, the more relaxed, the calmer you’re going to be.”

Another common misconception is the fear that you might be induced or motivated to do something under trance that you wouldn’t normally do if fully conscious. Dow puts such concerns to rest, saying:

“All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. Remember that the mind is a very suggestible entity in general. As long as you have somebody who has your best interest at heart … [who is] unbiased, [they’re] not going to plant false memories … [or] lead you into anything that you don’t want to do.

It is your subconscious brain that is going to lead you to ultimate health and healing … Your subconscious is actually conspiring in your favor. I think that’s really good news …

The subconscious is really a tool that we all use every day. If you’ve ever been searching for a name and it just pops into your brain hours later, your subconscious was looking for that name the whole time. That was your subconscious brain conspiring in your favor, helping you. You didn’t even realize it.

I think our subconscious brains can be used for our own health, our own healing. We can use it for good. If we give our subconscious brains a little bit of love and a little bit of attention, they can help us with a lot more in our own daily lives.”

More Information

To learn more about this fascinating and accessible self-help tool, be sure to pick up a copy of “Your Subconscious Brain Can Change Your Life: Overcome Obstacles, Heal Your Body, and Reach Any Goal with a Revolutionary Technique,” available from most bookstores, including Amazon.

Several Studies Show Why Hiking is Great for Your Brain


By Marilyn Rogers | Life Hack

“Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves,” wrote John Muir in Our National Parks. Clearly, John Muir understood the intrinsic value of spending time in nature.

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Along with Muir, many of us recognize that hiking in nature is good for the body, mind, and soul. Walking through the woods while observing colorful birds and foliage, smelling the aroma of spruce and pine trees, and listening to a soothing running stream simply clear our mind and make us feel good. Lucky for us, doctors agree. Study after study shows there are many mental health benefits to spending time hiking in nature.

Hiking in Nature Reduces Rumination


Those who ruminate or focus too much on negative thoughts about themselves can exhibit anxiety, depression, and other issues, such as binge eating or post-traumatic stress disorder. In a recent study, researchers investigated whether spending time in nature affects rumination, and they found that hiking in nature decreases these obsessive, negative thoughts.

In this study, researchers compared the reported rumination of participants who hiked through an urban environment and a natural environment. They found that those who walked for 90 minutes in a natural environment, which took place in grassland near Stanford University, reported lower levels of rumination and also had reduced neural activity in the subgenual prefrontal cortex, which is associated with mental illness. Those who walked through an urban environment didn’t enjoy these benefits.

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These researchers indicate that our world is becoming more and more urban and that urbanization is linked to depression and other forms of mental illness. Visibly, simply removing us from an urban environment to spend time outdoors where there are fewer mental stressors, less noise, and fewer distractions can be advantageous for our mental health.

Hiking While Disconnecting from Technology Boosts Creative Problem Solving


According to a study by Ruth Ann Atchley and David L. Strayer, creative problem solving can be improved by disconnecting from technology and reconnecting with nature. In this study, participants hiked while backpacking in nature for approximately four days and they were prohibited from using technology. They were asked to perform tasks requiring creativity and complex problem-solving. They found that those immersed in the hiking excursions had increased performance on problem-solving tasks by 50 percent.

Researchers indicate that technology and the noise of urban areas constantly demand our attention and disturb us from focusing, which taxes our cognitive functions. Thus, when we’re feeling overwhelmed by the stressors of urban life and being plugged-in 24/7, nature hikes can be strong medicine. They reduce our mental fatigue, soothe our minds, and help us think creatively.

Hiking Outdoors Can Improve ADHD in Children


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common disorder among children. Those with ADHD generally have trouble staying focused, are easily distracted, exhibit hyperactivity, and have difficulty controlling impulses.

Raising children with ADHD can be perplexing for parents. Nonetheless, great news has emerged from the medical and scientific world. In a study conducted by Frances E. Kuo, Ph.D. and Andrea Faber Taylor, Ph.D., researchers found that exposing children with ADHD to “green outdoor activities” reduced their ADHD symptoms. Thus, according to this study, the benefits of exposure to nature can extend to anyone with inattention and impulsivity.

Doctors conclude that simple changes that involve green activities or settings can improve attention. For example, increasing exposure to a window seat with a green view, participating in an afternoon nature hike, or simply playing ball in the park can ease unwanted ADHD symptoms.

Hiking in Nature is Great Exercise, Which Boosts Brainpower


We’ve all heard the expression healthy body, healthy mind. Hiking outdoors is an excellent form of exercise and it can burn 400 to 700 calories an hour, depending on the difficulty of the hike. An added benefit is that hiking isn’t as hard on our joints as other forms of exercise, such as running. Also, it’s proven that those who exercise outside are more likely to stick to their exercise programs, which makes hiking an excellent choice for those hoping to integrate exercise into their daily lives.

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

The mind and body are naturally connected. Exercise helps to keep our brain cells nourished and healthy. In fact, according to researchers from the University of British Columbia, aerobic exercise might improve memory and cognitive ability. In the study, they found that aerobic exercise increased the hippocampal volume in older women. The hippocampus is a part of the brain associated with spatial and episodic memory.

Not only does exercise improve cognitive ability and possibly prevent cognitive decline as shown by the study, but it can also reduce stress and anxiety, boost self-esteem, and release endorphins (feel-good hormones). It’s astonishing that physical activity as simple and low-cost as hiking can provide so many mental health benefits.


One Resents, One Receives: Observing the Effects of a Closed vs. Open Heart

Image result for open heart quoteAs it goes, the Universe is set up in such a way that when we need to keep our hearts open the most, it is during the most absolute difficult times to do so. Those times we may be struggling to find our self-worth or confidence because while we know how good appreciation and respect feel, we still rely on getting it from others to make us feel secure in ourselves.

Or it may be times we are triggered from an old wound and therefore have issues connecting with someone that reminds us of someone else who may have caused us pain in the past. Or perhaps they remind us of someone we’ve hurt and therefore we have in fact closed off our own heart to ourselves when it comes to forgiveness.

Whatever the case, we all know how shitty it feels to carry around those heavy emotions such as regret, guilt, anger, resentment, and feelings of lack, not being good enough and for some reason, we have set ourselves to believe that while it’s justified to fly off the handle at someone else making us angry or causing us pain, we numb ourselves to the daily discord in our lives caused by our very own hand.

However, by allowing ourselves to reign over our own feelings, we are also allowing ourselves to be the observational gatekeepers of our own hearts.

In fact, while no one else can ever really make us actually feel anything, we humans have grown accustomed to being the mirrors we are. This is innately how we do relate to one another in our relationships and the world at large. However, beyond the works of Jung and our good old friend the Ego, we not only reflect back our unhealed wounds, our perceptions, our judgments, and our insecurities but also on the positive front, the things we adore and admire in others.

A perfect example that often goes overlooked is when we envy another person. We often get caught up in the “negative” feelings of not being that person, or resenting them for having something or being a certain way we feel or believe we are not, but in truth of the highest order, it is not possible to even see something admirable in another, to even recognize it, unless it already exists within you! Read that again if you have to, but yes this is true!

You see, when we see another person acting in a way that makes us feel jealous, it is simply triggering a part within ourselves that is itching to emerge! A dormant part of our being that would love to come out and play if only we would give it the attention and time to grow that it deserves to come to the surface and flourish. Being jealous and resentful is simply the ego’s way of avoiding the work! It keeps us from changing and keeps us living small and in the same place in our lives where we are free to continue our same story; complaining about how much everyone else has and how much we lack. It gives us an outer focal point, rather than an insightful observation inward. Image result for open heart quote

But if we just look again…if we just shift our perceptions and get out of our heads and back into our hearts, amazing things begin to happen, because when we look at the world and ourselves with an open heart we are seeing things now as they really are, not as we perceive them to be or wish them to be. And the more we do this consciously, the more we make the choice to stop letting our emotions and preconceived ideas rule us and keep our inner world illusions going, the more we tear down the holographic wall of our minds.

Observing the world, other people and ourselves (where we must first start this journey) with an open heart does not take away our power, but actually fills up our reserves and gives us a never-ending supply! Our heart produces the largest electrical field in the body and it’s because in our most minute levels of existence, in our most basic atomic form, we ARE energy and we are all constantly communicating with one another whether we are aware of it or not.

This is how we pick up on “vibes” or intuition and gut feelings. And when we learn to not ignore these feelings, our heart begins to naturally open as our trust in our very relationship with ourselves begins to build. This is how we develop a healthy self-image and how we stop unconsciously reflecting the illusions we think we are to the world and begin consciously projecting the love we now know we are instead.

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5 Ways To Use Sound To Heal Yourself For Greater Health, Happiness And Prosperity

By: Roger Gabriel (Raghavanand) | The Chopra Center 


The first impulse to emerge from the silence of the absolute, or the field of Pure Potentiality, was the sound “OM” or more correctly “AUM,” according to the Vedas (ancient Hindu scriptures).

Even the Bible and modern science agree that the initial spark of creation came from sound or vibration. The Gospel, according to John says, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God … and the Word was made flesh.”

If you substitute “Word” with “Sound,” it becomes, “In the beginning was the Sound and the Sound was God … and the Sound became manifest.”

In modern science, they talk about the Big Bang Theory, again sound.

It’s this original, primordial sound that diversified: “The One became many.”Each separate vibration evolved to reflect the whole in infinite disguises, giving rise to the world in which we live. Universes within universes, each vibrating at their own frequency, interacted with every other frequency to produce the variety of life. Every organ, tissue, and cell has its vibration which, when in harmony, creates the most wonderful symphony imaginable, the human body.

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If disharmony arises or a break in the unfolding of the vibration occurs, there develops a loss of wholeness leading to discomfort and disease.

Sound has been used since the beginning of history to create certain moods in the listener. Different sounds affect people in different ways. Fingernails scraping a blackboard elicit a very different reaction than a violin (unless it’s being played by a 6 year-old). Shamanic drumming can create a trance-like state, marching bands are used to fire-up an army or sports team, and a mother’s lullaby soothes a troubled child. The different ragas of Indian classical music are attuned to different times of the day or different seasons to harmonize the listener with the rhythms of nature.

With the right sounds, you can align yourself with the vibrations that foster health, happiness, and unity.

Nada Yoga

In the Vedic tradition, sound vibration is known as Nada. In the practice of Nada Yoga, sound is used not only to restore physical and mental well-being but also as a path to spiritual awakening. Nada Yoga divides sound into external sounds, Ahata andinternal sounds, Anahata.

External sounds are perceived through the ears and Nada Yoga can be as simple as listening to non-vocal music while gently focusing on the individual notes. You can listen to the different notes within the music of nature—birds singing, rain falling, or the wind through the trees. Or you can chant sacred mantras such as OM or AHUM (I am), with the focus on each individual letter. The aim is to allow awareness to move inwards.

Internal sounds are perceived through the Anahata (heart) chakra. Each human body has its own unique sound or vibration, which is sacred to that individual. By regulating the breath, with the attention turned inwards, and closing the ears with the fingers, you can begin to listen in on your own inner sound. Re-aligning with this sound serves to balance your energetic body and ultimately re-connect you with your divine presence. With practice, you can also learn to hear the vibration of the universe, a soft distant OM, sometimes referred to as the Cosmic Hum.

Through Nada Yoga it is said that you can remove all impurities in the physiology. It starts with awakening the inner fire through the use of Bhramari Pranayama (humming bee breath).

Humming Bee Breath

  • Sit comfortably with your spine erect and close your eyes.
  • Close your ears with either your index or middle fingers.
  • Lightly press your lips together and slightly open your teeth.
  • Bring the inner gaze into the Ajna (sixth) chakra.
  • Breathe in through your nose.
  • As you exhale, make a smooth, even, humming sound, like the sound of a bumblebee.
  • Continue for 3 to 5 minutes feeling the vibration throughout the body.

Levels of Sound

The Vedas also recognize four stages of the manifestation of sound.

  1. The grossest form of sound, Vaikhari is normal audible sound, including speech.
  2. More subtle is Madhyama, a whispered sound with no audible effect
  3. As you move within, you experience Pashyanti. These are mental sounds such as songs in the head or a dream. It is also the visualization of sound such as silently listening to your thoughts or the silent repetition of a mantra.
  4. Finally you reach Para or transcendental sound. This is pre-manifest sound in its subtlest state as light or pure silence. This is the root or potential of all sounds, sometimes referred to as the “unstruck sound.”


Chanting has been used in all cultures for thousands of years to uplift the spirit and activate certain archetypal energies within the self.

Choose a simple repetitive chant, one that you can learn easily so you’re not always trying to remember it. It can be from any tradition but it should be one you feel comfortable with.

Chant OM

  1. Take a deep breath in.
  2. As you exhale, chant the sound OM.
  3. When you run out of breath, breathe in and repeat the chant.
  4. Continue at your own pace for 2 to 3 minutes.

Chant A-U-M

  1. Take a deep breath in
  2. As you exhale, in the same breath chant Aaa-Uuu-Mmm
  3. Feel the “Aaa” sound in your belly, “Uuu” in your chest area, and “Mmm” in your head
  4. Breathe in again and continue at your own pace for 2-3 minutes

When you chant, you raise the vibration of the whole physiology. Whenever you chant, chant fully. Open your heart, open your throat, chant with your whole body; lose yourself to the chant. Ultimately you are chanting to our own soul—the divinity within you. Rumi said, “I want to sing like the birds, not caring who listens or what they think.” This is how you should chant.

A Bengali Poem

With beaming face chant the sweet name of God

Till in your heart the nectar overflows.

Drink of it ceaselessly and share it with all!

If ever your heart runs dry, parched by the flames

Of worldly desire, chant the sweet name of God,

And heavenly love will moisten your arid soul.


As everything in the universe is sound or vibration, a disharmony in one of those sounds or a break in the unfolding of the sequence of sounds, leads to discomfort, disease, and a loss of wholeness. For example, if one musician in an orchestra is playing off key, there is a loss of harmony in the whole piece of music. You can correct that by having a second musician stand next to the first one and play the correct notes. Just by hearing the correct notes, the first musician will automatically begin playing correctly.

Similarly, if there is a disharmony in your physiology, and you know the correct vibration for that area, you can begin to correct the imbalance by chanting or toning that sound. For example, if you have a problem with your eyes, and you know the sound relating to the eyes, you can activate the healing process for that area by chanting that sound (silently or aloud) and directing the vibration into the area of the eyes.

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Examples of Toning Sounds for the Body

Mmm sinuses
Nnn ears
Eemm eyes
Lmm nose
Paam stomach
Kaa Gaa Gha throat
Yaa Yu Yi jaw
Haa diaphragm
Mam reproductive organs
Ma heart
Sssss Lungs and large intestine
Shhh Liver and small intestine
Wooo Kidneys and bladder
UU-AH-EE-MM Energizing, wakeup
MM-EE-AH-UU Relaxing, bedtime

The vowel sounds Ahaa, Eee, Eye, Ooo, Uuu are non-local or non-specific. If you don’t know the sound for an area of the body, you can chant any of the vowel sounds and direct its vibration into that area.


1st Chakra, base of the spine LAAM
2nd Chakra, sacral area VAAM
3rd Chakra, navel area RAAM
4th Chakra, heart area YAAM
5th Chakra, throat area  HAAM
6th Chakra, between eyebrows KSHAAM
7th Chakra, crown (top) of head  OM

Bells, Gongs, and Bowls

Bells, gongs, or bowls that have a clear ring when struck can be used for balancing and clearing energy. Unless a metal bell, gong, or bowl has been tuned to a specific frequency, they can only be used for general purposes.

To clear the body’s energetic field, strike the instrument and circle it clockwise around the body, move it up and down the limbs, move up upwards along the front of the spine.

To clear a room or home, play the instrument while standing in the center of the space or move around the edges of the space in a clockwise direction, striking/ringing the instrument.

Crystal bowls are manufactured to specific vibrations, usually to the vibration of one of the chakras. They can be used for general balancing and clearing as described above or played in front of the specific chakra, with your attention on that chakra.


There are mantras for just about anything you can imagine. There are mantras to restore health, bring wealth, change the weather, remove problems, cure snake bites, welcome a new baby, and create peaceful coexistence, just to mention a few.

The Chopra Center offers classes in Primordial Sound Meditation, where students receive a mantra that relates to the sound or vibration of the universe at the time of their birth. Silently repeating this sound draws the awareness inwards to transcend the external world and merge with the non-local value of existence that was there at the moment of birth. This reconnects you with your true self, an infinite, immortal field of pure consciousness. You can learn your personal mantra from any Chopra-certified Primordial Sound Meditation instructor.

In the Vedic tradition of India, mantras are often associated with a particular deity and by chanting the mantra you activate the archetypal energies associated with that deity. It’s important to remember that the deities are really a projection of your true self. By chanting these mantras, you are simply activating the energies already lying dormant within you.

Perhaps the most well known of the deity mantras is … OM NAMAH SHIVAYA

Lord Shiva is considered to be the first yogi and this mantra activates the pure silence, pure awareness, and pure potentiality within you.

There are too many to list them all but here two other important mantras.

Maha Mrtyunjaya Mantra

This great Shiva mantra is to prevent untimely death, physical ill health, fear, sorrow, and depression.

It helps to create universal peace, gives energy and zeal, removes ignorance, and destroys anger, selfishness, and vengeful thoughts.

Om Tryambakam Yajamahe

Sugandhim Pushti Vardhanam

Urvarukamiva Bandhanat

Mrtyor Mukshiya Mamrtat

Gayatri Mantra

It is said that all sickness is really home sickness. For those of you on a spiritual journey, your cure is to return home to you true self. After eons of wandering, you remember that you are and always have been an enlightened being. The Gayatri mantra is the one for enlightenment.           

Om Bhur Bhuvah Suvaha

Tat Savitur Varenyam

Bargo Devasya Dhimahi

Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat

There are many recordings of these mantras, which can help you learn them.

Play, chant, listen, meditate, be open to the great silence, and enjoy the blessings of the magnificent, eternal symphony that surrounds you.

– Om Tat Sat

Editor’s Note: The information in this article is meant to support your journey to perfect health, happiness and well-being. Nothing said here is intended as a cure in itself. Please always consult your own healthcare provider when facing challenges in your life.

Science Of Spirituality: Learn The Spiritual Root Causes Of Your Life’s Challenges In Mind And Body

Source: Spiritual Science Research Foundation

According to the science of Spirituality and unknown to modern sciences, 50% of difficulties in our lives are caused solely due to spiritual factors and another 30% due to spiritual and psychological and/or physical factors.

breakdown of the root cause of difficulties in a person's life

One aspect of these spiritual root causes of problems in our lives is the distress caused to descendants by the subtle bodies of their ancestors who have passed away (died). It is also one of the more common spiritual factors that affects almost all of humanity in some form or the other. Before we give a detailed explanation as to why our ancestors would want to cause any kind of trouble for us, let us first examine the kinds of difficulties that people can experience due to departed ancestors.

The distress caused to us descendants by the subtle bodies of our ancestors manifests in many ways in our day-to-day lives.  It creates obstacles in both, our worldly lives as well as spiritual practice. In some cases, it may seem that the entire family has a dark cloud over it and various family members are undergoing various problems despite all efforts to overcome them. The difficulties that are created due to departed ancestors come in various forms as listed below:

  • Inability to get married
  • Marital disharmony
  • Addictions (a sizeable % of addictions are due to ancestral spirits possessing descendants in order to experience the addictive substance or activity)
  • Going blank in examinations despite being well prepared for it
  • Loss of job
  • Difficulty in conceiving a child
  • Miscarriages
  • Bearing mentally challenged children or children with special needs
  • Death during childhood

Miscarriage, death in childhood, etc. happen when the distress by ancestors is coupled with other major spiritual causes such as destined possible death. It cannot happen solely on account of distress of ancestors. While the above types of problems may be a strong indication of ancestral problems, only a Saintor a Guru (a spiritually evolved guide) can tell with certainty the root cause of a problem.


F*ck Fear & Face It – A Great Lesson From a Mythological Mentor

Image result for face fearsWe’ve all heard the Greek Mythology story of Medusa; the woman with hair of snakes whose alluring gaze turns everything to stone. But underneath the myth lies a much more compelling realization of what Medusa represents in our waking lives; unity. It might be hard to see at first (no pun intended), but Medusa embodies the femme fatale as well as the monster, beauty as well as the beast and she attracts as much as she repels. And this has always made me think of a particular emotion, one that can often just as easily trigger us to run and hide as much as it does to catapult us forward to take a leap of faith. What emotion am I talking about here? Well, fear of course.

I have always thought of fear to be a double-edged sword of an emotion. If we sit with it long enough, it consumes us, becomes heavier with each passing second as it drags us down into such a low vibration that we can become paranoid, lethargic, self-conscious, and end up living our lives full of doubt, stress, and anxiety. But on the other hand, who doesn’t love a good scary movie or perhaps the excitement of paragliding, and my personal favorite…falling in love. The latter can ultimately bring us joy by following through, and push us to try new things by feeding us a sense of encouragement, passion, and purpose; but they are also pretty intimidating in and of themselves. So, what determines how we react to and view fear? It’s all a matter of perspective; how we choose to SEE it.

The lesson we can take from Medusa’s story is to avoid looking directly at the big scary monster because if we do, she will literally stop us in our tracks for an eternity. We will be helpless victims of our own insatiable curiosity and misunderstood egos (which can actually be compasses of guiding light if we let them be). The ego is there to show us all the things within ourselves that need attention and healing. It’s only when we inflate them do our egos lead us to live the proverbial life of a stone figure stuck in our ways. Image result for face fears

I think that we’ve all been a bit misguided by this lesson because once we muster up the courage to stop running (either literally or simply in our own minds) and actually face our fears, we are taking the first vital step to dissolving their power over us. Fear instills a sense in us that our world is untrusting, unfriendly and threatening, but if we quiet the mind and the stories we tell ourselves, we just might see that the monster is not so frightening after all. And I think that is the best place to start…breathe; quiet the mind and just LOOK! 🙂

Some helpful tips I use in my own life to face fear are:

  1. First, be kind to yourself. Don’t tell yourself that your fear is dumb or stupid or put yourself down for it. We are all a work in progress and the fact you are even willing to try and face your fear takes a lot of courage, so give yourself a pat on the back for it!
  1. List out the things about a situation that is causing you feelings of fear or hesitation and see where they are coming from. What I call “warnings” from the gut or heart may actually be good fears trying to tell you to steer clear of danger, or negative situations that would not best serve you. As opposed to “mind fears” that are often drummed up by the subconscious and old programming, stemming from outdated beliefs that we are not good enough, not worthy, etc. Learn to discern! 🙂 If it seems to be an ongoing issue, it’s a great idea to keep a journal so you can go back and see how your thoughts and feelings have changed over time. I often find many solutions hidden in my own writing, and sometimes it is only a matter of fitting the pieces together to find the solution. Also, sometimes just the act of writing itself can be a great outlet and way to release stress and just get things out.
  1. Come up with a few ideas that you could try to get you closer to facing your fear. If you are afraid of spiders, for instance, start watching shows on tarantulas, check out a few library books or watch videos on YouTube about spiders. Next, try going to a local pet store and look at spiders through the glass aquariums. Take note of how you are feeling, and the more conscious you are of your feelings when you are consciously facing your fears, you will bear witness to your own growth and success. And finally, when you feel ready, ask a clerk to take one out so you can get a better look. If you feel ready, try to have the clerk place one in the palm of your hand.

Image result for face fearsEven if you never reach that final step, it is guaranteed that with all of this exposure, you will over time greatly reduce your fear of spiders (or any fear) simply by facing it head-on, rather than giving it power, letting it control you and remaining reactive to it. Take small steps and push yourself forward to always do the next best thing, but not too hard and not too fast. Listen to your gut and your heart as they will always know what you are ready for, and let that be enough. Be kind to yourself throughout the process and you will come to find that once you face one fear, the next time you choose to consciously face another, you will be that much more prepared to do so, and this goes for all areas of our lives.

The key to keeping fear at bay is ultimately living in the present moment. One of the greatest lessons I’ve ever learned and kept close to my heart came from the following quote by the great philosopher and poet of ancient China, Lao Tzu:

“If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present.”

If we allow our conscious mind to let go of the reigns and stop paying attention, even if only for a moment, then our subconscious minds take over. This is not superstition, but our ingrained biology. Our society has not taught us to use our conscious minds the way it was intended, and so we are conditioned to live in the subconscious mind of memories and habits. But once we become aware of this fact, we are free to develop our conscious awareness, which in itself reduces fear, as when one is at peace within oneself and the environment, one cannot help but feel loved.


Tamara Rant is a Co-Editor/Writer for CLN as well as a Licensed Reiki Master, heart-centered Graphic Designer and a progressive voice in social media activism & awareness. She is an avid lover of all things Quantum Physics and Spirituality. Connect with Tamara by visiting Prana Paws/Healing Hearts Reiki or go to RantDesignMedia.com

Tamara posts new original articles to CLN every Saturday.

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Yoga Vs. Pilates

Some say that there are “Pilates people” and there are “yoga people,” as if they were warring factions of fitness tribes constantly engaged in civil war. First, that’s dumb, and second, if there were “Pilates people” and “yoga people,” I would certainly consider myself both. Sure, I make a career of teaching yoga and practice yoga more regularly, but I consider my Pilates practice absolutely integral to the process of understanding myself and therefore part to my yoga practice.

What I love about Pilates is the way that it invites me to understand myself through conscious and deliberate movements. I love the precision and the deliberate quality of the practice. I have learned so much about myself through the practice of Pilates. Pilates has informed not only my yoga practice but my teaching more than any other physical practice besides yoga.

I believe that yoga is something much bigger that what you do on your yoga mat. My definition of yoga expands to include anything that helps you understand who you are and invites you to pay attention. Therefore, for me Pilates has been perhaps one of the greatest extension of my yoga practice.

For several years, I’ve had the pleasure of trading a private Pilates session for a private yoga session with a very gifted teacher and friend, Maya Christopherson. Through our practice together, she has taught me volumes about how my body works, where my hidden weak spots are, and where I’m unconscious in my movements. I move my spine more completely and gracefully because of our work together. I understand the relationship between my tight psoas and the movement of my legs. I am more sensitive to not only how to move my body because of our work together, but also more sensitive to how I feel in my body because of her expert instruction.

“Well, there’s no mindful element to Pilates,” some yogis might say. I would say that on the contrary, Pilates is a deliberate, intelligent, and sophisticated way of expanding my somatic awareness and therefore improves my overall mindfulness. In fact, just like yoga, Pilates develops my being physically, energetically, and spiritually/consciously.

On the physical level, Pilates makes me strong; I find more power in my running, more capable in my yoga practice, and stronger in the daily dance of living life a dynamic life. I love how in my Pilates practice, I’ll be invited to do a few quality reps of an exercise rather than 100 sloppy ones.

On the energetic level, my energy or prana flows more fluidly after a Pilates practice because my muscles, joints, and tissues, have experienced a full-range of intelligently-crafted manipulation causing muscles to release tension from unconscious, habitual movement. My energy flows fluidly because I’ve eliminated stagnation from my system. Simply put, by practicing Pilates I get off my duff and move my body. But not just by flopping my limbs around mindlessly to burn calories. Rather, I’m moving in a way that feels like it was custom-designed for what my body needs.

On the causal or spiritual/conscious level, I have to be very tuned in and focused while I do Pilates, I can’t ever just phone it in. This focus on my movement expands my awareness, like a meditation in motion. In part that is what Maya’s job is: to watch me and inquire into things like whether or not I could be more smooth in my movement, more conscious of how my right side moves compared to my left, or how this part of my spine moves compared to this other part of my spine, etc.

And in some way you could choose anything, golf, tennis, gymnastics, driving, cooking, being a mom or dad, or whatever you do, as the vehicle toward your own self-realization but I believe that Pilates and yoga are two methods that are particularly useful to create a daily practice to maintain the body, to conduct the flow of energy, and to make me ever more conscious. It may sound oblique to say that I’m becoming a better person, on my way to complete understanding of self and universe, though practicing Pilates but that is exactly what I’m saying. And at the end of the day, body/mind/spirit stuff aside, I just feel great after a Pilates practice.

Hopefully you have someone as skilled as Maya in your Pilates-sphere. Consider changing up your yoga practice and adding in a little bit of Pilates as a perfect complement.

Yogi Scott Moore, scottmooreyoga.com

Scott Moore is a senior teacher of yoga and mindfulness in New York City and when he’s not teaching or conducting retreats, he writes for Conscious Life News, Elephant Journal, Mantra Magazine, and his own blog at scottmooreyoga.com. Scott also loves to trail run, play the saxophone, and travel with his wife and son.

MUST SEE: End Inflammation Now and Become Immune to Illness | Wim Hof on Impact Theory

Watch Tom Bilyeu’s brilliant interview with Wim Hof about using the power of your mind to take control of your body, including reducingwim hof breathing inflammation. If you care about your health, this could be the most important interview you’ll ever see.

Wim Hof, also known as The Iceman, is the holder of over 26 world records. He has climbed the majority of Mt. Everest wearing nothing but shorts and shoes. He’s stayed immersed in ice for 1 hour, 13 minutes and 48 seconds. And while many have claimed that he is some kind of genetic freak, he is silencing critics everywhere by teaching regular people his unique breathing and cold exposure methods so that they too can enjoy the same powers as the Iceman himself. Find out how you can too in this episode of Impact Theory.


How Wim Hof triggers adaptation in his body so he can do crazy sh*t [2:45]

How we lost our ability to adapt to stress from wearing clothes and living in our comfort zones [3:00]

How to bring back the power of your mind [4:09]

Wim Hof says we can control our bone marrow to defend against disease and inflammation [5:09]

The breathing exercises that can control apoptosis, which resets your body back to its primordial state [6:06]

How Wim Hof is able to maintain his skin temperature when exposed to ice water [7:17]

How the Wim Hof method can make your DNA change itself through the telomeres [11:56]

Does Wim feel pain when he is submerged in ice? (his answer will surprise you) [14:37]

What Wim Hof visualizes when he is in the ice and what he does to overcome the stressors [16:11]

You can tackle any emotional or physical stressor with your breath and the mind [18:36]

Wim Hof’s scientific explanation for his ability to control his body [19:23]

Why Wim says the method for addressing inflammation, endotoxins or mental health are essentially the same, “you’re just going into your body” [26:22]

The meaning of life according to Wim Hof [27:23]

Will a cold shower before bed make you sleep better? [29:59]

Why Wim Hof’s twin brother is only now able to control his body and mind [32:00]

We’re able to control inflammation (quote) [32:31]

Wim Hof’s Definition of happiness and how to exercise it [32:57]

Why Wim Hof plays guitar (and what it has to do with meditation) [33:24]

How Wim Hof is able to teach regular people to do the Wim Hof method and they get the same results as him in only 4 days [35:47]

The impact Wim Hof wants to have in the world [38:41]

Prevent Autoimmune Disease by Implementing the Wim Hof Method

Autoimmune diseases involve antibodies attacking the body’s own immune system. Common examples of autoimmune diseases include the following:

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: The joints are attacked by the body’s antibodies, causing pain and swelling of joints.
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE): Lupus is a skin disease wherein rash is commonly produced. It affects the kidneys, heart, brain, and joints. To equip yourself with the right info about this disease, learn more about the various types of lupus, including proper management.
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD): It’s a term that is used in describing the conditions that cause inflammation of the intestinal wall lining causing bloating, diarrhea, constipation, and other gastrointestinal symptoms.
  • Graves’ Disease: It involves producing too much level of hormones, wherein the antibodies attack the thyroid gland. Graves’ disease causes symptoms such as a fast heartbeat, weight loss, nervousness, and heat intolerance.
  • Sjögren’s Syndrome: This autoimmune disease attacks the glands providing the eye and mouth lubrication. Because of this, its hallmark symptoms include dry mouth and dry eyes. Also, this disease may affect the skin or joints.

Each autoimmune disease has its unique symptoms. Autoimmune diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis, have symptoms that come and go, wherein a period of symptoms is referred to as “flare-up.” On the other hand, a period when signs and symptoms go away is referred to as “remission.”

The early signs and symptoms of autoimmune include the following:

  • Fatigue
  • Achy muscles
  • Low-grade fever
  • Swelling and redness
  • trouble concentrating
  • Hair loss
  • Numbness and tingling of the hands and feet
  • Skin rashes

By applying the Wim Hof method, you can use the power of your mind to prevent remissions and flare-ups. This method addresses inflammation and eradicates harmful free radicals in the body. Also, it helps boost the mind and immunity to an above-average level. Hence, you now have an alternative option over powerful medications and other traditional treatments with harmful side effects.


“That power is the same power we can learn to embrace and awaken in which we are able to tackle any stressor in the world – emotionally or physically, mentally – whatever you have, we are built to be able to get through and to learn and not to be afraid because we have the power of the mind.” [18:35]

Big Pharma, Little Humanity: Sick Care vs. Holistic Health

Image result for big pharmaWhile this isn’t a topic I often write about, it is one close to my heart as well as one in which I feel is long overdue an acknowledgment. What I’ve learned in my 40 years on this Earth is that when people feel empowered, rely on their inner-voice and intuition (dare I say “animal instincts”?), and understand that all illness and disease have root causes, they are predictably more likely to overcome an illness, to heal a disease, and to even progress significantly in their lives.

It makes me smile to see that within my lifetime, the so-called “healthcare” industry is re-opening the doors to Eastern Medicine, Aboriginal ways, and holistic methods of treating wounds, whether they be physical, emotional, mental or spiritual. Image result for holistic health

It has always confused me to know that the worlds of science and spirituality are at odds with one another. And the more I learned in each area, the more baffled I became. It was crystal clear to me that the questions in which science has been asking can often be answered by theosophical means, and vice versa.

When I began to merge and incorporate habits and beliefs from both realms, I also began to make significant connections to how the Universe itself performs the undeniable magic via forms and forces of energy and electromagnetism. The mathematical symmetry found everywhere in nature (the Fibonacci Spiral and Phi Ratio) proves to be as scientifically fascinating in its infinite structure as much as it is divinely breath-taking.

The patterns and forms found in every crevice of reality follow a universal rule of creation, nature, and growth. I honestly believe that this is why there isn’t one person who could deny the innately curious draw to nature. In some form or another, we all seem to reach for the forces of nature to which we can dance, create and reset our mental woes. 

“You have to take seriously the notion that understanding the Universe is your responsibility. The only understanding of the Universe that will be useful to you is your own understanding.” – Terence McKenna

It’s no wonder that the most effective remedies to date (in my humble opinion and experience) remain to be found within holistic, and often ancient techniques including herbalism (oils, salves, tinctures, etc.), the harnessing of Chi or “Ki” energy to literally pull or repel people, experiences, etc. into or out of our lives.

I’ve been a Reiki Master for almost 20 years now. And while I can appreciate the man-made medicine undertones and history which lies beneath the corporate pharmacy, also know as “Big Pharma”, within the last 100 years, our so-called Hippocratic Oath has become a laughing stock of what it was upon its conception.

Nowadays, it is not uncommon for physicians to prescribe medications that are unneeded or dangerous simply to make a quota which moves them closer to that bonus and all expenses paid vacations. When did the true will of conscious humanity and healthcare get so “diseased” within itself, that the focus has been less on bettering the system, and more so on building the system into a profit-driven public nightmare? 

Image result for psilocybin mushroomsI am happy to report that there are growing numbers of natural and holistic medicine coming back into social normality. With the rising number of states legalizing cannabis to the acceptance of hallucinogenic plants such as psilocybin mushrooms and ayahuasca tea to assist with depression, anxiety and PTSD, we continue to see “the ancient, alchemical ways” rushing back into the mainstream.

I will continue to have hope that with each passing year, that more and more holistic techniques are studied, performed and offered a place in what used to be a system focused on bettering and empowering people to take back their health. While the focus had shifted for many decades, it is ignorant to deny that if we ignore what nature has provided us, then we will eventually hear the resentment and regrets of our future generations.

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Always remember that you are more powerful than you have ever been taught and that we are not slaves to our genetics. With more understanding of human stem cells due to the rise of Epigenetics, we can now admit that it is our actual thoughts, beliefs, and reactions to our environments that have the most effect on our bodies (physical, mental, energetic and spiritual) on the most Quantum, cellular level.

Have a healthy weekend, everyone! 🙂

Tuning Into the Intuitive Voice of Your Inner Child

Image result for inner childI recently told someone the story of how at first the Universe will whisper in your ear and if you don’t pay attention, it will then tap you on the shoulder. If you still refuse to look, it will proceed to take a lofty 2×4 to your head.

While the Universe is abundant and answers only to the vibration in which we are putting out a resonance, it sometimes can appear that it seriously has its own agenda against us. Especially when things continue to “keep happening” to us. However, I promise you that this is simply how we learn our life lessons here in the living Matrix of the third dimension, and while it’s not always pretty it always leaves a mark on your heart and a lesson in your soul; and frankly that is the entire point of being here in the first place.

It’s funny how one can be aware of and yet not embody knowledge to the point that you get a couple of 2×4‘s to the head at once and still your stubborn ass is traveling on listening to your ego telling you everything is fine as-is and don’t pay attention to that over there calling for ample opportunity for growth and positive change in your life! But for some of us, that is just how WE learn and that is okay too.

See, this is how we test ourselves. Yes, I said ourselves and we will continue to do so over and over in our lives until we realize that it is our own voice we are hearing deep inside calling out to remember who we really are; who we were before they all told us who we should be as children. The soul that might have layers of ancestral guilt to heal before getting to the juice of their true purpose here in this lifetime. The Spirit might have some confusion to work out before being able to make a heart-centered choice from a different stand-point.

That voice is what I’m sure we’ve all heard called before our “inner child”. That raw, un-filtered part of us that so dearly just wants to be loved and accepted as they are. The one that doesn’t want to be told to shut up because they have strange ideas or don’t fit in. The one that perhaps keeps those ideas to themselves now in fear of rejection. The one who’s voice has grown quieter over the years due to the addition of other people’s core beliefs as well as societal conditioning.

By the time we get into our 20‘s, we are merely cracked mirrors of our parents, teachers, those we idolize on TV, our friends, etc. For many of us, all we know is the opinions of others and tend to only hear the voices of those outside of ourselves when it comes to forming our self-worth and self-esteem and this causes hardship in discovering who we are and what our purpose is in life. We tend to begin to see and judge others this way too as-if we all pass around this proverbial filter we agree to see each other through and will promise to accept one another as long we continue to stay the same and conform.

No wonder in our 30‘s most of us feel like lost big children and since we have not heard our own voice is so long, we might even have forgotten what it sounds like at this point. I know I did for a while even though my entire life there was no doubt in my mind I was walking some sort of spiritual path that served a great purpose. I still felt unseen, unheard; like I was doing my “work” in the shadows per se and now is just beginning to birth my metamorphosis into the light; where the sound of my own voice is again a familiar sound and even one that I find comforting and trust.

We may feel like we lose our voices for many reasons, but usually, they stem back to the two main huge ones I’ve mentioned which are societal conditioning and the core beliefs instilled in us by our parents and other adults around us the most as we grow up. I’ve learned that it’s okay to listen to what another has got playing on their radio, and don’t disrespect someone by changing the station without asking, but by all means, if you don’t resonate with the music, then it’s seriously time to start playing your own…

I have many dreams and sometimes as an empath, it can feel overwhelming working on achieving them; (both my business and personal goals) and I know I’m not the first person alive to ever feel that way. But I began to realize that some dreams of mine were dying not merely because I was lacking in my effort, but rather it had to do with my intent. I was living for others. My motivation was laden with guilt. And while it’s great to want to make other people happy and proud, you eventually come to learn to trust your own voice and know that people will either hear you or they won’t. What matters is that YOU never stop listening! 🙂


Tamara Rant is a Co-Editor/Writer for CLN as well as a Licensed Reiki Master, heart-centered Graphic Designer and a progressive voice in social media activism & awareness. She is an avid lover of all things Quantum Physics and Spirituality. Connect with Tamara by visiting Prana Paws/Healing Hearts Reiki or go to RantDesignMedia.com

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Harvard Medical School Professors Uncover A Hard To Swallow Truth About Vaccines

By Arjun Walia | Collective Evolution

In Brief

  • The Facts:A 2010 HHS pilot study by the Federal Agency for Health Care Research (AHCR) found that 1 in every 39 vaccines causes injury, a shocking comparison to the claims from the CDC of 1 in every million.
  • Reflect On:Are vaccines really as safe as they’re marketed to be?

We are constantly told that vaccines are safe and effective and that there’s nothing to worry about. This simply isn’t the case, and it’s a hard-to-swallow truth that many people refuse to acknowledge. Mass marketing campaigns portray vaccines in a ‘God-like’ light, and the science is being ignored. The truth is that vaccines are actually exempt from double blind placebo controlled studies and they have not been put through appropriate safety testing. Furthermore, a number of concerns have been raised about vaccine safety by a number of scientists arounds the world. I like to use aluminum as an example. A study published in 2011 makes the issue quite clear, stating, “Aluminum is an experimentally demonstrated neurotoxin and the most commonly used vaccine adjuvant. Despite almost 90 years of widespread use of aluminum adjuvants, medical science’s understanding about their mechanisms of action is still remarkably poor.” Fast forward nearly a decade later and scientists have now shown that injected aluminum does not exit the body, it actually sticks around and gets carried by specific cells into distant organs and into the brain where it can be detected after injection (source)(source). Multiple studies have emphasized these findings, and the studies do nothing but trigger silence from big pharma as well as our federal health regulatory agencies.

Federal health regulatory agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have a long history of traceable corruption and not responding to inquiries made by scientists. One example comes from a  pilot study by the Federal Agency for Health Care Research (AHCR) to test the efficiency of a state-of-the-art machine counting (AI) system on data records from the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institution.

The main doctors involved with the study were Michael Klompas, M.D. and Lazarus, Ross, MBBS, MPH, MMed, GDCompSci.

Klompas is a Professor of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Lazarus was a Harvard Medical School professor for 11 years, and was a professor there during this pilot study.

Preliminary data was collected from June 2006 through October 2009 on 715,000 patients, and 1.4 million doses (of 45 different vaccines) were given to 376,452 individuals. Of these doses, 35,570 possible reactions (2.6 percent of vaccinations) were identified. This is an average of 890 possible events, an average of 1.3 events per clinician, per month. This data was presented at the 2009 AMIA conference.

This completely contradicts the CDC’s claim that 1/1,000,000 people are injured from vaccines.

The doctors also bring up something very important, and that’s the fact that investigators from the CDC’s Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) participated on a panel “to explore the perspective of clinicians, electronic health record (EHR) vendors, the pharmaceutical industry, and the FDA towards systems that use proactive, automated adverse event reporting.”

The doctors emphasize how “fewer than 1% percent of vaccine adverse events are even reported. So, theoretically, that 1/39 number discovered from the data mentioned above is actually a lot greater given the fact that many adverse events aren’t even reported.

As the authors state:

 Low reporting rates preclude or slow the identification of “problem” drugs and vaccines that endanger public health. New surveillance methods for drug and vaccine adverse effects are needed. Barriers to reporting include a lack of clinician awareness, uncertainty about when and what to report, as well as the burdens of reporting: reporting is not part of clinicians’ usual workflow, takes time, and is duplicative. Proactive, spontaneous, automated adverse event reporting imbedded within EHRs and other information systems has the potential to speed the identification of problems with new drugs and more careful quantification of the risks of older drugs. (source)

What’s really telling is that the doctors state that there was never an opportunity to perform system performance assessments due to the fact that “the necessary CDC contacts were no longer available and the CDC consultants responsible for receiving data were no longer responsive to our multiple requests to proceed with testing and evaluation.”  

That last part is quite concerning, isn’t it?

It reminds me of the Spider Papers.

A group called the CDC Scientists Preserving Integrity, Diligence and Ethics in Research, or CDC SPIDER, put a list of complaints in a letter to the CDC Chief of Staff and provided a copy of the letter to the public watchdog organization U.S. Right to Know (USRTK).

We are a group of scientists at CDC that are very concerned about the current state of ethics at our agency.  It appears that our mission is being influenced and shaped by outside parties and rogue interests. It seems that our mission and Congressional intent for our agency is being circumvented by some of our leaders. What concerns us most, is that it is becoming the norm and not the rare exception. Some senior management officials at CDC are clearly aware and even condone these behavior.

There is also a revolving door between CDC employees and Big Pharma employees. A great example with regards to vaccines would be Julie Gerberding. A fairly recent post by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. via his Instagram account explains:

Julie Gerberding. As CDC Director from 2002-2009 Gerberding: -Granted Merck a lucrative monopoly for its blockbuster MMR vaccine based on efficacy data falsified by Merck and never verified by CDC. (Merck ordered its scientists to add rabbit antibodies to human blood samples to fool regulators.) That vaccine is now causing epidemics of dangerous mumps outbreaks in older populations. -Oversaw publication of key CDC study, Desteffano 2004, designed to conceal links between Merck’s MMR vaccine and the autism epidemic. -Punished, threatened, and silenced CDC whistleblower Dr William Thompson when he tried to report that CDC officials destroyed data linking autism epidemic to Merck’s MMR vaccine. -Approved and mandated Merck’s dangerous and ineffective $3.2 billion Gardisil vaccine based on clearly falsified safety and efficacy data.

In 2010 Merck rewarded Gerberding for her lucrative fealty to Merck during her 7 years as CDC Director with an appointment to run Mercks vaccines division at a $2.5 million annual salary and $5 million in stock options.

We Know About Vaccine Injuries, But Are Vaccines Even Effective/Necessary For Those Who Don’t Get Injured?

I like to use the MMR vaccine as an example for vaccine injuries.

According to a MedAlerts search of the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) database, which is the subject of the pilot study mentioned above, as of 2/5/19, the cumulative raw count of adverse events from measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines alone was: 93,929 adverse events, 1,810 disabilities, 6,902 hospitalizations, and 463 deaths  The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act has paid out approximately $4 billion to compensate families of vaccine injured children. As astronomical as the monetary awards are, they’re even more alarming considering HHS claims that only an estimated 1% of vaccine injuries are even reported to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting, System (VAERS). Again, these facts are also illustrated by the study that’s the main focus of this article. If the numbers from VAERS and HHS are correct – only 1% of vaccine injuries are reported and only 1/3 of the petitions are compensated – then up to 99% of vaccine injuries go unreported and the families of the vast majority of people injured by vaccines are picking up the costs, once again, for vaccine makers’ flawed products.

From 2013 to 2017, measles killed 2 people, but the vaccine killed 127 people. The odds of dying from the measles are 0.01 – 0.02 percent, meaning you have a greater chance of getting hit by a lightning bolt multiple times. Furthermore, if your child contracts the measles, they will be immune for life, but that cannot be said for vaccinated children.

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Robert O’Leary, JD BARA, has had an abiding interest in alternative health products & modalities since the early 1970’s & he has seen how they have made people go from lacking health to vibrant health. He became an attorney, singer-songwriter, martial artist & father along the way and brings that experience to his practice as a BioAcoustic Soundhealth Practitioner, under the tutelage of the award-winning founder of BioAcoustic Biology, Sharry Edwards, whose Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has now been serving clients for 30 years with a non-invasive & safe integrative modality that supports the body’s ability to self-heal using the power of the human voice. Robert brings this modality to serve clients in Greater Springfield, Massachusetts and New England (USA) & “virtually” the world. He can also be reached at romayasoundhealthandbeauty@gmail.

How To Experience Full Frequency Living

We all feel as if life can get a bit monotonous once in a while. But when that once in a while begins to fade into the norm, life can start to feel draining rather than nourishing, and who the hell wants that, right? We all inherently know on some level that the whole point here is to find that warm fuzzy feeling, the love we feel and see in the eyes our children, our lovers, our dying grandmothers…within ourselves. And honestly, it is only when we forget that fact that life ever seems to appear routine…

Image result for attitude is everythingI know it is beyond cliche, yet it remains a cornerstone of excellent advice when it comes to spiritual growth, and so I’m going to share it here. That stroke of genius is this right here…ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING. Your attitude is what sets the vibrational frequency that you are emitting out into the world. Call it your own nonverbal signature that introduces you in the most honest way to people, whether either of you is consciously aware of it or not.

Your attitude is a choice to resonate with a certain frequency. Some are high and some are lower. The higher frequencies tend to open us up to communicate to our higher selves, spirit guides, astral beings and beings from higher dimensions, because these frequencies carry amazing feeling emotions and states of being such as love, gratitude, forgiveness, and peace which widen your receptive abilities, like zooming out a camera to view a wider perspective. Higher frequencies are expensive while lower ones are constricting. We can literally feel this in our bodies.

But contrary to what mainstream New Age news might suggest, I don’t always recommend staying in high frequencies, unless that is what your body is telling you and what feels right to you. Rather I do always recommend meditating on matching your own heart with the Earth’s frequency. I believe all frequencies serve their purpose or else we wouldn’t have access to them and our bodies wouldn’t respond to them and be able to work with them. The higher frequencies serve a purpose of healing, connection, direction, love, but I do not feel we need to necessarily “ascend” into them per se as we are already all-encompassing emotional, mental and spiritual beings, simply remembering who we are.

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Humans feel and yes, humans think…a lot. But regardless of the implications of the famous quote by Descartes, “I think, therefore I am,” just thinking something doesn’t actually make it so. It turns out that for things to happen, there needs to be an initial cause. It turns out that for us to have the things that we want to show up in our lives to snap us out of monotony, WE need to show up first! So, one of the best ways to know things are about to get interesting in your life is after assessing your own pro-active involvement in it!

I truly believe none of us ever really grow up and that we are all just growing children until the day we die. With that being said, there are some things we learn and some things we don’t. Regardless, we ALL lose touch with who we are from time to time and fall into the trap of victimhood where we stop appreciating and start complaining. We all tend to find more ease in throwing energy into our problems than in attempts to find solutions as if we genuinely fear there may not even be one. Image result for vibrational frequency

The hardest lesson to learn and the easiest one to forget to live in the third-dimension is that the mere fact a problem exist also proves there is a solution, as 3-D reality is one of duality, polarity and NOTHING exists without its opposing (yet cosmically complimenting) counterpart. No, not even your problems!

When we begin to feel disconnected from our family, friends, lovers, or source of spiritual solace, what we are really feeling disconnected from is ourselves. This is always a time where your inner child is literally screaming for some attention. It is making you feel unsatisfied and bored in all facets so eventually, if you don’t catch on, you will have no direction to turn but inward. And when you finally do, you will see yourself, who’s been waiting for you all this time.

Looking at our own Soul in perhaps one of the most terrifying things a person can do. And yet we fight ourselves in the reflections of others each and every single day. We just may not be aware of the fact that this is what relationships are all about. Until facets of your own unhealed parts are looked upon, they will continue to be reflected back to you. When we are tired of being blinded by reflections, then sometimes we just gotta look to see.


Tamara Rant is a Co-Editor/Writer for CLN as well as a Licensed Reiki Master, heart-centered Graphic Designer and a progressive voice in social media activism & awareness. She is an avid lover of all things Quantum Physics and Spirituality. Connect with Tamara by visiting Prana Paws/Healing Hearts Reiki or go to RantDesignMedia.com

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Paul Offit Unwittingly Exposes Scientific Fraud of FDA’s Vaccine Licensure

By Children’s Health Defense | Collective Evolution

In Brief

  • The Facts:This article was written by By Jeremy R. Hammond, Contributing Writer, Children’s Health Defense.
  • Reflect On:Are vaccines as safe as they are marketed to be? Why has the mainstream and big health ridiculed and demonized those who question them instead of addressing and countering their points?

By telling parents not to do antibody blood tests to avoid needlessly vaccinating their child, Paul Offit unwittingly exposes scientific fraud by the FDA.

Many parents today are naturally concerned about the number of vaccine doses their children are exposed to by following the schedule recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). To many parents, it makes sense to avoid vaccinating their children unnecessarily, and to this end a blood test can be done to determine an antibody titer, or the level of antibodies in the blood. If a child already has a protective antibody titer, indicating immunity to a given infectious disease, then there would be no reason for the child to undergo the risks associated with vaccinating against that disease.

To persuade parents that this is wrong thinking, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has published a video in which Dr. Paul Offit argues that such blood tests are of little practical use, and that the best thing for parents to do is just to get their children all of the vaccinations strictly according to the CDC’s schedule.

Offit’s argument, however, is fallacious.

Moreover, the nature of his argument reveals how advocates of existing public vaccine policy rely on deception in order to persuade the public to comply with the wishes of the bureaucrats and technocrats who determine that policy.

In fact, properly understood in its context, Offit’s argument undercuts the case for public vaccine policy inasmuch as it highlights how, in order to get vaccine products to the market, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) colludes with the pharmaceutical industry in what is arguably scientific fraud.

… just because someone doesn’t have a protective level of antibodies doesn’t necessarily mean that they aren’t immune.

Offit’s Argument

In the video, Paul Offit introduces himself as coming from the so-called “Vaccine Education Center” at the CHOP. Then he acknowledges parents’ concern about unnecessary vaccinations:

One thing that parents worry about, or wonder about is, do I really need a vaccine if I’ve already had one or two doses? Do I really need to finish out the schedule, for example? Or maybe I’ve already been exposed to a virus or bacteria, so I don’t really need to even get vaccines at all.

So instead, how about if I just have my blood tested to see whether or not I have a protective immune response already against that particular virus or bacteria.

But, Offit argues, this is “not as easily done as you would think” because antibody titers are not necessarily indicative of immunity.

He names the hepatitis B virus and the Haemohilus influenzae type B bacterium as examples of pathogens for which a certain quantity of antibodies in the blood is equivalent to immunity.

This is not the case, however, for other pathogens, including the measles virus; rotavirus; and the pertussis bacterium, which causes whooping cough.

With measles, having a certain antibody titer does correlate with immunity, but a lack of antibodies isn’t necessarily indicative of a lack of immunity. In Offit’s words (bold emphasis added):

However, there was an outbreak of measles in the late 1980s, early 1990s that swept through the United States that caused more than 50,000 hospitalizations and caused about 120, children mostly, to die from measles.

When people looked back at that outbreak, you found that there were many people who had been vaccinated, but who didn’t have antibodies against measles who were still protected. The reason they were still protected is they had something called memory cells. Memory immunological cells, like B- and T-cells, which then when they were exposed to the virus became activated, differentiated, made antibodies, which then protected them. So even though they didn’t have circulating antibodies in their bloodstream, they still have these memory cells in their immune system that could then respond when they were exposed. So, if you looked at those people and saw they didn’t have antibodies, you would have falsely concluded they weren’t protected when they were.

n short, just because someone doesn’t have a protective level of antibodies doesn’t necessarily mean that they aren’t immune. One can still be immune to a disease due to what is known as cell-mediated immunity, which is a different branch of the immune system from humoral, or antibody, immunity.

Conversely, Offit continues (bold emphasis added):

Sometimes you can have antibodies in your bloodstream and not be protected.

So, for example rotavirus or pertussis bacteria affect really just the mucosal surfaces. So, rotaviruses just infect the lining of the small intestine. Pertussis or whooping cough infects sort of the lining of the trachea or windpipe and the lungs. That virus and that bacteria don’t really spread into the bloodstream and cause a systemic infection. They’re so-called mucosal infections. So when you look at immunity in the bloodstream, that doesn’t necessarily predict whether or not there’s going to be adequate immunity at that mucosal surface.

n short, just because someone has a high antibody titer doesn’t mean that they are immune. Cell-mediated immunity and mucosal immunity—or both—may also—or instead—be required to provide adequate protection against disease.

Offit summarizes by saying that “titers are difficult” and “not a perfect predictor” of immunity, concluding that “the best way of knowing that you’re protected is to get the vaccines that are recommended at the time they are recommended.”

Thus, Offit dismisses the idea of trying to avoid vaccination with a blood test as practically useless while characterizing vaccination as the best guarantee of immunity.

But this argument is neither logically valid nor honest.

That it’s safe to vaccinate children according to the CDC’s schedule, by his reasoning, is merely assumed.

Legitimate Concerns about Vaccine Safety

Today, children vaccinated according to the CDC’s schedule will have received fifty doses of fourteen vaccines by the age of six. By the age of eighteen, children may may have received upwards of seventy-two doses of nineteen vaccines.

As acknowledged by the Institute of Medicine in a 2013 report, no studies have been done to test the entire vaccination schedule to determine the long-term effects of the cumulative number of vaccines and their ingredients, which include the known neurotoxins aluminum and mercury.

(Aluminum is used in some vaccines as an adjuvant, or a substance intended to provoke a stronger immune response, i.e., an increased level of antibodies. Mercury is used as a preservative. Specifically, the preservative thimerosal is about half ethylmercury by weight. It was included in numerous childhood vaccines until the turn of the century, when it was removed from most after it became publicly known that the CDC’s schedule was exposing children to cumulative levels of mercury that exceeded the government’s own safety guidelines. Multi-dose vials of the inactivated influenza vaccine, which is recommended for pregnant women and infants as young as six months, still contain thimerosal.)

Naturally, the large number of vaccine doses and the lack of safety studies, coupled with alarming rates of chronic disease and developmental disorders among children, is a cause of concern for many parents. The idea that they should try to avoid unnecessary vaccinations is certainly a reasonable one.

Yet in his response to these parents, not even the slightest effort is made by Offit to address the question of safety. That it’s safe to vaccinate children according to the CDC’s schedule, by his reasoning, is merely assumed.

That, of course, is the fallacy of begging the question. But Offit’s fallacies don’t end there.

… during the mid to late 1980s, about 40 percent of measles cases were occurring in vaccinated schoolchildren, according to a study published in the journal of the American Medical Association, JAMA, in 1990.

Vaccine Failure

To strengthen his characterization of vaccines as the best guarantee of immunity, Offit highlights cases in which vaccinated individuals did not have a protective antibody titer and yet were still immune to measles.

Naturally, he doesn’t mention that the outbreak he speaks of was to a much greater extent characterized by large numbers of children who were vaccinated and yet who still got measles.

Bringing up the phenomenon known as “vaccine failure” just wouldn’t do, given his purpose of persuading parents to vaccinate their children strictly according to the CDC’s schedule.

In fact, during the mid to late 1980s, about 40 percent of measles cases were occurring in vaccinated schoolchildren, according to a study published in the journal of the American Medical Association, JAMA, in 1990.

Most of these cases were attributed to what is known as “primary vaccine failure”, which refers to the failure of the vaccine to confer immunity. Another possible explanation was “secondary vaccine failure”, which refers to the waning effect of vaccine-conferred immunity.

For outbreaks occurring in the year 1989, according to a paper published in Clinical Microbiology Reviews in 1995, “Approximately 80% of the affected school-age children were appropriately vaccinated.” As prior studies had shown, “epidemics of measles can be sustained in school-age populations despite their having very high vaccination rates.”

Among the explanations for this were both primary and secondary vaccine failure.

Until that time, a single dose of measles vaccine was recommended for children by the CDC, to be administered between the ages of twelve and fifteen months. It was precisely because measles outbreaks were occurring in highly vaccinated populations, however, that the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) began considering adding a second dose to the schedule, to be administered between the ages of four and six years.

As the CDC itself explains in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) of June 14, 2013, “measles outbreaks among school-aged children who had received 1 dose of measles vaccine prompted ACIP in 1989 to recommend that all children receive 2 doses of measles-containing vaccine, preferably as MMR vaccine.”

Moreover, the CDC openly acknowledges that for most children who’ve received the first dose of measles vaccine, the second dose is unnecessary.

In the CDC’s own words (with my bold emphasis), “The second dose of measles-containing vaccine primarily was intended to induce immunity in the small percentage of persons who did not seroconvert after vaccination with the first dose of vaccine (primary vaccine failure).”

Offit’s argument is that since a negative antibody titer after the first dose is not necessarily indicative of a lack of immunity, therefore parents should just go ahead and get their child the second dose, too. But that argument doesn’t make any sense. It’s a non sequitur fallacy. The conclusion simply does not follow from the premise.

Rather, the conclusion that follows, in the case of the measles vaccine, is that parents who think that the second dose might provide no additional benefit and would hence pose an unnecessary risk for their child are probably correct in their assessment.

… for the purposes of licensure by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), vaccine manufacturers are not required to demonstrate that their product is actually protective against the target disease.

The FDA’s Unscientific Surrogate Marker of Immunity

The second part of the argument presented by Paul Offit on behalf of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is that, in the case of other pathogens such as rotavirus and pertussis, a high concentration of antibodies in the blood is not a good indicator of immunity.

It does not follow, however, that there’s no point in getting a blood test to determine antibody titer.

To illustrate, if a child has not yet received any doses of pertussis vaccine and yet has a high antibody titer, it would indicate that the child has already been exposed to and successfully mounted an immune response against the bacterial infection, hence rendering vaccination an unnecessary risk.

Nevertheless, Offit is correct to conclude that, for vaccinated children, there is little use in parents getting a blood test to determine antibody titer. But that’s just because of the differences between natural and vaccine-conferred immunity.

The example of pertussis is salient. Natural immunity to pertussis confers both cell-mediated (Th1) and mucosal immunity (Th17), whereas vaccination skews the immune system toward an antibody response (Th2). And as observed in a paper published in February 2019 in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, “The Th17/Th1 response prevents infection and disease and also provides longer-lasting protection than does the Th1/Th2 response.”

In other words, the immunity conferred by natural infection is superior to that conferred by the vaccine.

In light of that acknowledged fact, now consider the fact that, for the purposes of licensure by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), vaccine manufacturers are not required to demonstrate that their product is actually protective against the target diseaseInstead, the FDA uses antibody titers as a surrogate measure of immunity, which is unscientific precisely for the reason given by Paul Offit and the CHOP: antibody titers are not necessarily evidence of immunity.

As an example, take Infarix, the brand name for the diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis vaccine (DTaP) produced by GlaxoSmithKline Biologics (GSK). The pertussis component was approved by the FDA on the basis of blood tests to measure the antibody response to the pertussis antigens included in the vaccine.

The FDA did so even though, as GSK itself admits right on the package insert for Infarix, “The role of the different components produced by B. pertussis in either the pathogenesis of, or the immunity to, pertussis is not well understood. There is no well established serological correlate of protection for pertussis.” (Emphasis added.)

In other words, they don’t really understand how immunity to pertussis works or hence how the vaccine works (although continued science is illuminating those questions, as reflected in the recent study elucidating differences between naturally acquired and vaccine-conferred immunity). What they do know is that in most children, the vaccine stimulates the production of antibodies against the included pertussis antigens, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the vaccine confers immunity to those children.

In short, what Offit and the CHOP fail to inform their viewers when trying to convince parents that there’s no practical use for getting antibody blood tests is that antibody production is precisely the endpoint the FDA considers for vaccine licensure as a surrogate for demonstrated immunity.

Other inconvenient facts that Offit and the CHOP choose not to disclose to their viewers are that (1) the antibody protection conferred by vaccination lasts only two to four years, (2) vaccination does not prevent people from becoming carriers and spreading pertussis to others, and (3) mass vaccination has caused a genetic shift so that the dominant strains in circulation today lack a key antigen component of the vaccine called pertactin (PRN).

As the CDC itself concluded in 2013 based on data from pertussis outbreaks in Washington and Vermont, “vaccinated patients had significantly higher odds than unvaccinated patients of being infected with PRN-deficient strains.” Hence, pertactin-deficient strains “may have a selective advantage in infecting DTaP-vaccinated persons.”

Far from providing parents with a convincing argument for why they should strictly comply with the CDC’s childhood vaccine schedule, what Paul Offit and the CHOP have provided us with in this video is a strong argument for why the very process by which vaccines obtain licensure by the FDA is scientifically invalid.

Indeed, the conclusion seems inescapable that the FDA’s use of antibody titers as a surrogate measure of immunity for the purposes of vaccine licensure amounts to scientific fraud.

Offit and the CHOP’s Undisclosed Conflicts of Interest

That Paul Offit and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia would produce a piece of propaganda intended to manufacture parents’ consent for public vaccine policy should come as a surprise to no one.

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Robert O’Leary, JD BARA, has had an abiding interest in alternative health products & modalities since the early 1970’s & he has seen how they have made people go from lacking health to vibrant health. He became an attorney, singer-songwriter, martial artist & father along the way and brings that experience to his practice as a BioAcoustic Soundhealth Practitioner, under the tutelage of the award-winning founder of BioAcoustic Biology, Sharry Edwards, whose Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has now been serving clients for 30 years with a non-invasive & safe integrative modality that supports the body’s ability to self-heal using the power of the human voice. Robert brings this modality to serve clients in Greater Springfield, Massachusetts and New England (USA) & “virtually” the world. He can also be reached at romayasoundhealthandbeauty@gmail.