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Universal Vaccination Passport has been in Development Since 2018, Requires Absolute Compliance with Endless List of Vaccines

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By Lance D. Johnson | Health Ranger

As the current pandemic rages on, people around the world are being ordered to do things for the “greater good.” Governments are requiring specific things from people in order to protect the “public health.”

Long before the current pandemic, the European Union had been in the planning stages of developing a “common vaccination card/passport.” This universal vaccination passport is also designed for the “greater good” and will be implemented as a requirement to protect the “public health.”

How might your liberty and livelihood be restricted if you do not succumb to all the vaccines required for the universal passport?

Populations around the world are currently being conditioned to socially distance themselves from one another, in the expectation that everyone they meet is a biological source of contamination — innately guilty of spreading disease. Showing no authorization of immunity, every person is to be considered a filthy vector of disease and is to be avoided at all costs. The vaccination passport will be presented as the solution to quell these disease fears. By showing electronic proof of vaccination, people will be able to “return to normal” – a term used by authorities to coerce people to believe that biologics (vaccines) are the passport to prove absolute immunization. The commercialization of social distancing will continue until all citizens can prove they have received the authorized injections.

The European Union has been working on global vaccine passport since 2018

The planning stages began in 2018 when the European Union released a survey comparing public confidence/skepticism toward vaccines. The survey, titled “2018 State of Vaccine Confidence” was presented to the European Commission. The report immediately criticized “vaccine hesitancy” and praised “vaccine confidence,” in an attempt to build public trust in the effectiveness and safety of vaccines. The report immediately blames “vaccine delays and refusals” as the sole reason why outbreaks occur, why people are dying. One of the ways these central vaccine planners can eliminate “vaccine delays and refusals” is to blame people for diseases they don’t have. The next step is to socially isolate anyone who refuses vaccines by restricting their liberties.

A “common vaccine passport” achieves these goals. This passport is blatant coercion, a violation of informed consent in medicine, an attack on personal choice, and ultimately sets the stage for segregation of healthy, unvaccinated people from society.

The central vaccine planners do not care how they ultimately coerce or manipulate people into submission. Soon after this coercive report was published, the EU commissioned a technical report titled “Designing and implementing an immunization information system” which mapped a monitoring system to ensure compliance to vaccinations. The report examined the development of a “common vaccination card/ passport for all including a comprehensive electronic immunization information system that can monitor vaccine compliance. Finally, the report sought to “overcome the legal and technical barriers impeding the interoperability of national immunization information systems.”

By the third quarter of 2019, the EU created the “Vaccination Roadmap” designed to combat “vaccine hesitancy.” During this time, social media platforms began to label any information about vaccine choice, natural immunity, vaccine risk, and vaccine injury as dangerous “misinformation.”

Global Vaccination Summit and the “call to action” to implement the vaccine passport

By September 2019, the EU and the World Health Organization held the “Global Vaccination Summit.” There, “influential” leaders announced “10 Actions towards Vaccination for All” – a coercive plan to manipulate people into vaccine compliance. To make matters worse, just a month later, Event 201 was held. Sponsored by Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, the World Economic Forum, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Event 201 simulated a pandemic exercise focusing on a zoonotic novel coronavirus originating in bats. By November of 2019, these central vaccine planners had suggested a “call to action.”

All this planning came before the current pandemic. The people who have planned for a vaccine passport are now calling for a “certificate of immunity.”

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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 Reduce Eye Strain from Digital Devices

Truth be told, we can’t live without our digital devices! How do we stay connected to family and friends? How do we know what’s going on in the world? How can we work from home? And how in the world do we get entertained? While a few decades ago everyone survived just fine without them, such a life is hardly imaginable now.

Blue light from these very devices that are making life oh so convenient is also the source of health complications. If you spend hours on end with them, you’ve probably noticed some effects. Tired and sore eyes, neck pains, headaches or blurred vision. Sound familiar? If yes, you could be suffering from a classic case of digital eye strain.

How Does Blue Light Cause Eye Strain?

Blue light is a High-Energy Visible light that can penetrate through the eye right to the retina.  The retina has light-sensitive cells that easily get irritated or even damaged by HEV light as in the case of macular degeneration. Blue light is everywhere as it is produced by the sun which is its major source. The other source is electronic digital devices like computers, smartphones, tablets, LED fluorescent lighting and LED flat-screen TVs.

Blue light from the sun is responsible for waking you and keeping you alert throughout the day. When you stay up at night and expose yourself to its artificial sources, it keeps you alert so you have a hard time getting sleep. Therefore, you need to find ways to decrease blue light exposure from digital devices and keep eye strain at bay.

Ways You Can Reduce Eye Strain

Use Blue Light Screen Filters

Blue light screen filters block out or absorb all or part of blue light coming from a screen.  There are two types of blue light screen filters: physical filters and software filters.

  • Physical filters- These include both screen protectors and specialized eyewear. Screen protectors are put on either smartphones or computer screens to filter out blue light. They are coated with a material that reduces the amount of blue light that passes through. They also have an anti-glare feature to save the eyes from bright light from the screens. Blue light filtering glasses work the same way as screen filters by blocking out blue light. Blue light filtering coatings are available for both prescription and non-prescription eyewear.
  • Software filters- These are applications that are either inbuilt in devices or installed that block blue light from the screen. They include applications like lux, Night Mode and Night Shift. However, filtering out blue light using applications tends to distort colours and reduce clarity.

Maintain a Good Distance from Your Devices

The intensity of blue light is more hard-hitting when you sit too close to your screen. You should keep an arm’s length away from your screen as you work. If you’re having a hard time seeing properly, enlarge your font.

Observe the 20-20-20 Rule

People often forget to blink or look away while focused on screens. As a result, your eyes get tired and dry. One way of countering this is by looking away every 20 minutes at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Remember to also blink as often as possible. Artificial tears are also a lifesaver on this front.

Adjust Brightness of Devices

The glare of bright screens and lighting is a contributing factor to eye strain. Towards evening, remember to crank down the level of brightness on your devices. Since LED lighting also emits blue light, dim those too if you can to reduce exposure.

Take Breaks

The temptation to sit and do your work from start to finish may be irresistible but take breaks every once in a while to alleviate eye strain symptoms. It is recommended that you take 10-minute breaks every hour. During the break, stretch your neck, shoulder, arms and legs to reduce muscle tension and fatigue.

Use Proper Lighting

Eye strain is often caused by excessive light coming from outside or from indoor lighting. Reduce outdoor light by closing drapes or blinds. For indoor lighting, use bulbs of a lower voltage or reduce the number of bulbs. Try to avoid having light in front, behind or overhead the computer. The light coming from the sides or floor lighting is preferable. The brightness of the screen should match the lighting around you.

Reduce Glare

A glaring screen more often than not causes you eye strain. The glare can also be from light from the screen bouncing off walls. Buy anti-glare screen filters or glasses that have anti-reflective coatings. Do away with white walls for your office and go for a darker shade that doesn’t reflect colour.

Eye strain is not the only health effect that blue light can cause you. It has also been associated with a lack of sleep which leads to a myriad of other diseases like heart disease and diabetes. The wise course of action is to consider the suggestions above and save yourself a whole lot of preventable health troubles.




The Risks vs. Benefits of Face Masks – Is There an Agenda?

By Dr. Alan Palmer, Contributing Writer | Childrens Health Defense

There has been a shifting of positions on the use of face masks with the COVID-19 outbreak. Initially it was not recommended, then we had different signals from the U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams and representatives of the CDC, the NIH and other agencies. More recently, the policies recommending wearing face masks have become more prevalent and often mandated in public places.

Is there sound medical or scientific basis for the recommendations? Is much of it simply virtue signaling? Is there a legitimate rationale to do it to protect the vulnerable? And if so, at what cost to the rest of society? There are many important considerations including the risk versus the reward. So, what are the risks vs. the benefits? And would there be a partisan reason for some policy makers to push for one over the other? Because as unfortunate as it is, all decisions and policies have to be viewed from at least two lenses, politics and who stands to benefit financially?Let’s look at the two camps in the debate:

The benefit is greater than the risk—

Proponents of face masks use the following arguments:

We can prevent sick or asymptomatic infected people from infecting others by wearing masks – There may be some credible evidence to suggest this, but in doing so the infected person wearing the mask may be making their infection much worse as a result. The “wear them only in a medical setting” arguments below will prove this out. N-95 masks have been shown to block 95% of airborne particles with a median diameter >0.3 μm2, whereas standard face masks may block 50-70% of particles depending on the mask. (http://medcraveonline.com/JLPRR/JLPRR-01-00021.pdf)

If healthy people wear face masks, they will be protected from those that may be infected- The counterpoint in the next section will make the argument against that logic.

If you wear a mask, you are less likely to touch your nose, mouth or eyes, which is where the vast majority of infections begin- Some claim this to be true, but an argument can be made that people handle their mask frequently when adjusting them on their face and to remove them and put them on. All this touching of the mask raises the potential that viral transmission to the mask can then transfer to the nasal and oral cavities. Recent video of the Coronavirus Task Force news conferences has underscored this, as Dr Fauci and others from the task force are seen frequently fiddling with their masks in the background.

Face masks should not be worn by healthy individuals to protect themselves from acquiring respiratory infection because there is no evidence to suggest that face masks worn by healthy individuals are effective in preventing people from becoming ill.

The risk is greater than the benefit (except in a medical setting)—

Detractors from the regular use of face masks cite the following:

Face masks do not protect the wearer from transmission by others-

  • The American Medical Association just released a position paper on masks:

“Face masks should be used only by individuals who have symptoms of respiratory infection such as coughing, sneezing, or, in some cases, fever. Face masks should also be worn by healthcare workers, by individuals who are taking care of or are in close contact with people who have respiratory infections, or otherwise as directed by a doctor. Face masks should not be worn by healthy individuals to protect themselves from acquiring respiratory infection because there is no evidence to suggest that face masks worn by healthy individuals are effective in preventing people from becoming ill. Face masks should be reserved for those who need them because masks can be in short supply during periods of widespread respiratory infection. Because N95 respirators require special fit testing, they are not recommended for use by the general public.” (Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA); April 21, 2020 Volume 323, Number 15 https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2762694)

  • A recent careful examination of the literature, in which 17 of the best studies were analyzed, concluded that, “None of the studies established a conclusive relationship between mask/respirator use and protection against influenza infection.” (bin-Reza F et al. The use of mask and respirators to prevent transmission of influenza: A systematic review of the scientific evidence. Resp Viruses 2012;6(4):257-67. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5779801/)

Face masks restrict the elimination of virus, recirculating the virus into the nasal/sinus and upper respiratory passages-

  • “By wearing a mask, the exhaled viruses will not be able to escape and will concentrate in the nasal passages, enter the olfactory nerves and travel into the brain.” Article by Russell Blaylock M.D., published May 14, 2020 in Technocracy News & Trends. Dr. Blaylock is a prominent retired neurosurgeon and author of health-related books. “We know that people who have the worst reactions to the coronavirus have the highest concentrations of the virus early on. And this leads to the deadly cytokine storm in a selected number.” (Blaylock: Face Masks Pose Serious Risks To The Healthy;  https://www.technocracy.news/blaylock-face-masks-pose-serious-risks-to-the-healthy/)
  • This direct rebreathing of the virus back into the nasal passages can contribute to the migration of the virus to the brain. (1, 2) “Newer evidence suggests that in some cases the virus can enter the brain. In most instances it enters the brain by way of the olfactory nerves (smell nerves), which connect directly with the area of the brain dealing with recent memory and memory consolidation. By wearing a mask, the exhaled viruses will not be able to escape and will concentrate in the nasal passages, enter the olfactory nerves and travel into the brain.”(3)
  1. Baig AM et al. Evidence of the COVID-19 virus targeting the CNS: Tissue distribution, host-virus interaction, and proposed neurotropic mechanisms. ACS Chem Neurosci 2020;11:7:995-998. 
  2. Wu Y et al. Nervous system involvement after infection with COVID-19 and other coronaviruses. Brain Behavior, and Immunity. 
  3. Perlman S et al. Spread of a neurotropic murine coronavirus into the CNS via the trigeminal and olfactory nerves. Virology 1989;170:556-560. 

Wearing a face can cause headaches and reduce oxygen levels- A recent study involving 159 healthcare workers aged 21 to 35 years of age found that 81% developed headaches from wearing a face mask… That is, a reduction in blood oxygenation (hypoxia) or an elevation in blood CO2 (hypercapnia). It is known that the N95 mask, if worn for hours, can reduce blood oxygenation as much as 20%And proper oxygenation of the blood is essential for energy, mental clarity, focus and emotional well-being. (Ong JJY et al. Headaches associated with personal protective equipment- A cross sectional study among frontline healthcare workers during COVID-19. Headache 2020;60(5):864-877.)

Wearing a face mask causes one to re-breath the carbon dioxide (CO2), that the lungs are attempting to expel-  This in turn reduces the immune response, negatively affects epithelial cell function (cells in the lungs and blood vessels) and lowers the amount of oxygen exchange across the alveolar membranes. From the article:

“Hypercapnia, the elevation of carbon dioxide (CO2) in blood and tissues, commonly occurs in severe acute and chronic respiratory diseases, and is associated with increased risk of mortality. Recent studies have shown that hypercapnia adversely affects innate immunity, host defense, lung edema clearance and cell proliferation. Airway epithelial dysfunction is a feature of advanced lung disease….These changes in gene expression indicate the potential for hypercapnia to impact bronchial epithelial cell function in ways that may contribute to poor clinical outcomes in patients with severe acute or advanced chronic lung diseases.”

This clearly can have a negative impact with a disease like COVID-19. (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-32008-x.pdf)

Wearing a face mask can increase your risk of infections- The last point discussed the drop of oxygen levels after wearing a mask. A drop in oxygen levels (hypoxia), is associated with an impairment in immunity.  Studies have shown that hypoxia can inhibit the type of main immune cells used to fight viral infections called the CD4+ T-lymphocyte. This occurs because the hypoxia increases the level of a compound called hypoxia inducible factor-1 (HIF-1), which inhibits T-lymphocytes and stimulates a powerful immune inhibitor cell called the T-regs. This sets the stage for contracting any infection, including COVID-19 and making the consequences of that infection much graver. In essence, your mask may very well put you at an increased risk of infections and if so, having a much worse outcome. In addition, reduced oxygenation can accelerate cancer growth. (1. Shehade H et al. Cutting edge: Hypoxia-Inducible Factor-1 negatively regulates Th1 function. J Immunol 2015;195:1372-1376. 2. Westendorf AM et al. Hypoxia enhances immunosuppression by inhibiting CD4+ effector T cell function and promoting Treg activity. Cell Physiol Biochem 2017;41:1271-84. 3. Sceneay J et al. Hypoxia-driven immunosuppression contributes to the premetastatic niche. Oncoimmunology 2013;2:1 e22355.)

Wearing face masks is a constant reminder that we should fear this invisible enemy or “monster” as some politicians have called it- There is no doubt that wearing a mask reinforces the worry and fear about COVID-19. Even being in public mask-less and seeing that most people are wearing masks leaves one with a sense of angst. Fear, worry and anxiety are powerful immune suppressing emotions. This is another factor relating to the immunosuppressive effects of face masks. This is a link to a section of a 2007 book titled, Cytokines: Stress and Immunity– Second Edition 2007. You can read Chapter 2 titled Worried to Death? Worry, and Immune Dysregulation in Health and HIV. Interestingly, HIV is a viral infection as is SARS-C0V-2 (COVID-19).

What are some government agencies saying?

On April 27, 2020, the Ventura County California Public Health Department  released a Pros and Cons one-sheet summary about face masks (link at end of this section). One thing they warn against is the general public buying and using N-95 masks, because of the shortage of PPE for medical personnel. This is very wise advice. (https://www.simivalley.org/home/showdocument?id=22324)

It also cites some other limited benefits of preventing transmission, pretty well characterized by this quote:

“There is a ‘very slight protective advantage’ to wearing a medical mask as opposed to wearing nothing at all in a community setting. The risk of acquiring a viral infection is reduced by 6%. When both ill and well wear a medical mask in a household, the risk is reduced by 19%. There is more “evidence to support the use of medical masks for short periods of time by particularly vulnerable individuals when in transient high-risk situations.”

Altogether, common fabric cloth masks are not considered protective against respiratory viruses and their use should not be encouraged.

But what else does it say?

And what scientific evidence do they present that describes the effectiveness of masks and that warns against the use of face masks by the general public? Here is a good sampling… 

  • With near universal use of cloth and medical masks worn in public in Wuhan, China during the 2019-2020 flu season leading up to the COVID-19 outbreak, the outbreak spread virtually unchecked. 
  • “Available evidence shows that (cloth masks)… may even increase the risk of infection due to moisture, liquid diffusion and retention of the virus. Penetration of particles through cloth is reported to be high.” “Altogether, common fabric cloth masks are not considered protective against respiratory viruses and their use should not be encouraged.”

(https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/ppe-strategy/face-masks.html)

In total, the document presented 18 arguments and studies against the effectiveness and use of masks and 10 showing some limited benefit. After careful scrutiny of the pros and cons, I am landing squarely against the use of them other than by medical personnel in a clinical setting, or if an individual that is in close proximity of an infected person with the risk of being directly coughed or sneezed on, as in when caring for or visiting a sick person. (https://vcportal.ventura.org/CEO/VCNC/2020-05-05_VCNC_Masks_Pros_and_Cons.pdf)

The conclusion of the Russell Blaylock M.D. article states the following:

“It is evident from this review that there is insufficient evidence that wearing a mask of any kind can have a significant impact in preventing the spread of this virus. The fact that this virus is a relatively benign infection for the vast majority of the population and that most of the at-risk group also survive, from an infectious disease and epidemiological standpoint, by letting the virus spread through the healthier population we will reach a herd immunity level rather quickly that will end this pandemic quickly and prevent a return next winter.”

“During this time, we need to protect the at-risk population by avoiding close contact, boosting their immunity with compounds that boost cellular immunity and in general, care for them. One should not attack and insult those who have chosen not to wear a mask, as these studies suggest that is the wise choice to make.”

So, what’s the motivation behind the mask?

Given all of that information, it’s time to ask the obvious question. What would be the possible motivation for pushing the narrative about face masks and in some cases even mandatory face mask rules? And how does that motivation interface with the extended stay-at-home orders? We have “flattened the curve” to prevent the risk of overwhelming our health care system (but so did Sweden without lockdowns – a great topic for another post), so why the continued extreme social distancing and face mask mantra?

Here is a hypothesis, but in the form of two questions. It implies malintent, which I cannot prove beyond a shadow of a doubt, but just indulge me for a moment. In the end, each person must decide that for themselves. Here we go….

1. If you wanted to prevent the population from gaining herd immunity, which would further support the need and desire for a vaccine, what would be the best way to do that?
2. If you were successful at preventing people from developing natural immunity by keeping all the healthy and young low-risk people apart from one another and thus wanted to increase the chances for a second wave of the virus in a few months, how could you increase the chances of those people becoming infected and ensuring a second wave once they are released from quarantine and begin mingling?

Now match those two questions with the proper answers:

A. Suppress their immune systems with fear, loss of income, lack of exercise and sunshine and face masks whenever going away from home.
B. Keep the young and healthy people at home and sequestered from each other.

If you paired 1 with B, and 2 with A, congratulations!  Welcome to the growing number of free-thinking people that are connecting the dots.

One thing for certain is that so many people have taken the wearing of face masks and social distancing to a bizarre extreme. A few days ago, I saw one woman in the neighborhood out for a walk in the heat of the day. I commented to her that it sure was a hot time of day to be out for a walk. She looked at me with an odd look of concern on her face and said, “yeah, but at least there are no other people out now”. Other common examples are the people driving alone in their car with a face mask on and people walking through parking lots and down uncrowded sidewalks or at a park wearing face masks.

My purpose on mentioning these examples is not to be condescending or critical of individuals that are overly fearful or are unaware of the harm face masks may cause them. These individuals have been duped by a complicit media that has continued to run with the absolutely, ridiculously, outrageously inaccurate models and never adjusted their level of hype and fear mongering long after those models had been exposed for what they were—ridiculous. In the meantime, people that are living with an irrational level of fear as a result, are being harmed physically and emotionally.

The reduced oxygen levels will increase anxiety, fatigue and brain fog, decrease learning capacity due to decreased oxygen to the brain, weaken their immune systems and can lead to an increased rate and severity of all types of infections, not just COVID-19.

CDC’s recommendations for opening schools require children to wear face masks

Picture classrooms of children wearing face masks. This image is repulsive to me on so many levels. Yet, updated CDC guidelines on May 19th, 2020 and posted on their site titled Considerations for Schools, recommends that children older than the age of 2 wear face masks. In part, it says, “Teach and reinforce use of cloth face coverings.” It then goes on to say…

Note: Cloth face coverings should not be placed on:

And many in the government and educational system are echoing these preposterous recommendations. My opinion based on the science we just looked at is that this would be a huge mistake. Making children wear face masks has the potential to cause long-term psychological, emotional and physical damage. It promotes an excessive fear of germs (phobia) and of social interaction. The reduced oxygen levels will increase anxiety, fatigue and brain fog, decrease learning capacity due to decreased oxygen to the brain, weaken their immune systems and can lead to an increased rate and severity of all types of infections, not just COVID-19. We know that children are at very low risk of complications from COVID-19. Yet, this practice of wearing face masks could potentially increase that level of risk.

Teaching children good hygiene practices and that their immune system can help prevent and fight “germs” if they eat healthy food, exercise and practice good health habits would go a long way to empower them with positive and practical knowledge that they can learn and use throughout their lives.

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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.




Your Mouthwash Could Be Your Best Ally in the Fight Against Coronavirus

By Dr. Joseph Mercola | mercola.com

New research shows many dental types of mouthwash destroy the lipid layer of coronaviruses and reduce the replication of the virus in the throat and salivary glands, making mouthwash an important preventive in early COVID-19 illnesses.

Mouthwashes that include ethanol, chlorhexidine, cetylpyridinium chloride, hydrogen peroxide, or povidone-iodine are especially effective and may even work against any new coronavirus strains that emerge.

Source: Newswise May 12, 2020




Boost Your Immunity: Why Self-Care is More Important than Ever

By Lily Miller

While looking after our health and mental well-being is always beneficial, it’s more important than ever during these demanding times. Stress, anxiety, an unhealthy diet, and a sedentary lifestyle can all suppress our immune system, leaving us weaker and more susceptible to diseases. However, taking proper care of ourselves while dealing with the spread of coronavirus can not only boost our immune system and help us fight infections, but it can also lead to a happier and more satisfying life. So, here are some ways you can practice self-care for optimal health:

Lowering stress and anxiety levels

As a society, we tend to experience stress every day of our hectic modern lives, and it seems like the past several months have only made it easier to feel stressed while watching the news, or even experience anxiety when thinking about our future, due to the novel COVID-19 pandemic. However, stress is not only detrimental to our neurological and cardiovascular health, but it can also weaken our immune system.

Once the level of the stress hormone cortisol rises, it can negatively impact our body’s ability to produce white blood cells, weakening our natural defense system, and leaving us more susceptible to viral infections. What’s more, the effects of stress tend to accumulate, often leading to more serious health problems over time. That is why it’s vital to avoid panicking during this demanding period and try practicing certain relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, meditation, mindfulness, and positive thinking, in order to lower our stress levels.

Consuming a healthy and balanced diet

In order to work optimally, your immune system requires sufficient fuel in the form of sustenance. It is recommended to follow a healthy and balanced diet that incorporates plenty of colorful fruit and vegetables, to ensure your body is getting enough important vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin D and zinc, which can be found in leafy green vegetables, berries, as well as nuts and seeds.

As supporting the good bacteria that live in your body by promoting good gut health can also help you fight viruses and bad bacteria, it might also be a good idea to incorporate yogurts, fermented foods, ginger, garlic, and onion into your diet as well. It goes without saying that alcohol consumption, smoking and vaping should be avoided at all times, but especially during this stressful period, as they can negatively impact your health, leaving you more vulnerable to viruses.

Incorporating beneficial supplements

If you want to boost your immune system even further, a good idea would be to incorporate a potent combination of vitamins, minerals, and other valuable nutrients into your daily diet. For instance, you can turn to functional medicine, and opt for a bundle of beneficial supplements containing everything from zinc and vitamin C to essential amino acids, all of which will ensure optimal health.

In case you aren’t familiar with functional medicine, it’s a practice that focuses on restoring health and wellness by focusing on the needs of each individual. Basing a solution on your genetics, health, and lifestyle factors, functional medicine aims to find the best combination of treatments and supplements for your particular issues, helping you to maintain excellent, long-lasting health.

Opting for a moderate exercise routine

Apart from helping us stay fit, lowering blood pressure, and promoting good heart health, regular exercise can also offer us proper protection against illnesses. While improving the blood circulation in our body, it allows our immune system to do its job more quickly and efficiently.

So, if you want to stay healthy and strong, it might be a good idea to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Whether you go on a jog around your neighborhood or even the garden, or you simply decide to do some cardio or HIIIT exercises at home, a moderate workout routine, combined with proper nutrition, is the key to staying fit and healthy.

Getting a good night’s sleep

Quality, uninterrupted sleep is essential for our overall health and well-being, as it’s a time when both our mind and body recover, restore, and reenergize. What’s more, if we don’t get the recommended 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night, our immunity might suffer, and we might be more susceptible to bacteria and viruses.

However, during these challenging times when we are forced to spend our days in the same environment, we have a tendency to be switched on all the time, which ultimately leads to light and poor sleep. That is why it might be a good idea to switch off all electronics at least one hour before going to bed, or even practice helpful relaxation techniques, in order to fall asleep more easily, and ensure a good night’s rest.

While self-isolation can take a toll on both our physical and mental health, taking proper care of ourselves with these essential practices will help us become stronger, happier, and more resilient, allowing us to power through these challenging times with ease.




Promising Research Shows That Some Cannabis Strains May Help Protect Against COVID-19

By Phillip Schneider | Waking Times

Certain cannabis strains may have the potential to protect the body against Covid-19 infection, as revealed by researchers at the University of Lethbridge earlier this month.

After studying over 400 marijuana strains, the Canadian researchers found around a dozen of which show promise in protecting users from becoming infected with the coronavirus, a discovery that will surely cause cannabis users to rejoice.

The treatment works by limiting the number of virus receptors in which Covid-19 attaches to, such as those in the lungs, intestines, and mouth. “If they can reduce the number of receptors, there’s much less chance of getting infected,” said lead researcher Dr. Igor Kovalchuk.

“[As] a number of them have reduced the number of these (virus) receptors by 73 per cent, the chance of it getting in is much lower.” – Dr. Kovalchuk, Biological Scientist

Scientists still have not found a proper balance between tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) content when used for this purpose, but they generally favor CBD, in part because of its anti-inflammatory properties.

“It will take a long time to find what the active ingredient is — there may be many … [but] we focus more on the higher CBD because people can take higher doses and not be impaired.” – Dr. Kovalchuk

Cannabis-based products may soon be used in conjunction with other promising therapies like Intravenous Vitamin C and Hydroxychloroquine for treating and preventing coronavirus.

Referring to cannabis, Kovalchuk states, “it would be cheaper for people and have a lot fewer side-effects,” says Kovalchuk, but there haven’t yet been any clinical trials, only research into the effect of cannabis compounds on ‘artificial human 3D tissue models,’ which sets up a significant hurdle for the research.

However, scientists in Israel have also started clinical trials to research the potential impact that CBD has on repairing Covid-19 damaged cells. “Our work could have a huge influence — there aren’t many drugs that have the potential of reducing infection by 70 to 80 percent,” said Dr. Kovalchuk.

“Researchers were able to identify 13 CBD extracts that are able to change ACE2 levels, an enzyme previously linked to COVID-19 infection. The data also suggested that some strains were also able to control serine protease TMPRSS2, which is another protein necessary for COVID-19 to enter host cells and spread throughout the body.” ~The Source

Considering the current global situation of authoritarian lockdowns and uncertainty surrounding a potential vaccine, it is imperative that we look at alternative treatments and preventative measures to the virus that doesn’t cause dangerous side effects or result in the loss of liberty.

If their research is successful, it could lead to a cheap and effective therapy for the novel virus in the form of cannabis gel caps, sprays, and mouth wash. According to Kovalchuk, “the extracts of our most successful and novel high CBD C sativa lines, pending further investigation, may become a useful and safe addition to the treatment of COVID-19 as an adjunct therapy.”

About the Author

Phillip Schneider is a student as well as a staff writer and assistant editor for Waking Times. If you would like to see more of his work, you can visit his website, or follow him on the free speech social network Minds.

This article (Promising Research Reveals Cannabis Strains May Help Protect Against Covid-19) as originally created and published by Waking Times and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Phillip Schneider and WakingTimes.com. It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.

 

 




Are Copper-Infused Face Masks Effective?

Face masks are now a way of life. The current Covid-19 pandemic has made face masks an essential part of everyday wear as they reduce infection by covering the nose and mouth. Not only are face masks essential, but they also protect the environment by preventing microbial droplets from lingering in the air. Face masks are now available everywhere and in different materials which differ in longevity, permeability and size.

Copper-infused masks in particular, are gaining much popularity being the most preferred by individuals, with the Kn99 mask taking the lead. Why the fascination in copper face masks?

Scientific evidence

According to scientists, copper-infused masks are antibacterial and protect against microbes in the vapor which carry the virus. The benefits of copper as an agent for killing infections have been dated back through centuries. Studies and reports over the years show that the use of copper face masks have always concluded no bacterial infections being found on the masks after exposure to different types of influenza viruses.

The copper oxide is infused into textiles by installing a copper mesh underneath the fabric, automatically granting the face mask potent biocidal properties. This in turn bestows it with anti-viral and anti-fungal properties, as the copper ions abruptly destroy the molecular structure of the virus which often causes mutation.

Dr.Gabbay, a textile scientist at Argaman, suggests solutions combating healthcare-related infections in the hospitals through embracing copper-infused textiles in the hospitals. This prevents patient infection through hospital beddings and other fabrics that might be infected. Copper-infused masks are incredibly beneficial to an individual, and instantly destroy the Coronavirus and any other bacteria within minutes.

Microbiologist Phyllis Kuhn states that the copper masks allow for the insertion of small deposits of copper into the nasal area, which acts immediately in inciting an anti-inflammatory reaction and averts further spread of the Covid-19.

Copper, also known for its longevity and durability, is the surest option in the fight against Covid-19. As the cidal properties in the textile last a lifetime, the face mask will always benefit the wearer up to one year.

“Installing only 10% of copper on surfaces will prevent daily infections and save thousands of people in a single day,” says a microbiological researcher in the U.K. This highlights the strong and beneficial properties of copper in the health and science field.

The cost of copper-infused masks varies depending on the source, with most masks retailing from around $10 to $70. These face masks cost a bit more than regular cloth and surgical masks.

Companies like Turmerry.com  sell standard copper masks around $10.95. Other companies such as Myant C-200, Copper Compression, and Atoms are among a few companies that offer a variety of copper masks for the daily user.

Tips to consider

Despite the numerous benefits of copper face masks, there are some tips you should consider when purchasing such a mask:

  • Number of layers

The CDC recommends that face masks have multiple hydrophobic layers of covering, and for copper face masks, the standards remain the same. This helps in providing adequate protection for the wearer thus triple protection, as the copper layer is the first external layer. Most premium copper face masks in the market have a minimum of four layers which block 99% of particles; however the two-layered and three-layered copper masks also reduce droplet transmission as opposed to a single layer.

  • Size of the pores

The size of pores in face masks considers breathability depending on the fabric used. For instance, least porous materials will complicate breathing and more porous ones may not be adequately sufficient for preventing the virus.

  • Material

The type of material used whether fully cotton fibers or a mix of cotton and polyester is considered when it comes to how much they protect against virus infiltration. This is all dependent on an individual’s allergies to the type of material used.

Care and maintenance

The copper face masks are different from the other fabric masks and should, therefore, be handled carefully by:

  • Weekly washing: As the virus does not last for more than a few minutes on the copper mask, washing it once a week is sufficient enough. Copper masks are also self-sanitizing.
  • Use plain distilled water: Distilled water slightly above room temperature is sufficient to remove dust or grime from the mask.
  • Leave the mask in water for 10 – 15 minutes: This gives the mask adequate time to soak.

Unlike the surgical mask, the copper mask is washable, reusable, and filters 99% of germs. Proper maintenance and care are vital to ensure the face mask lasts for a considerable amount of time. Copper-infused masks are recommended to frontline health workers as well as the general population.


Disclaimer: Content from the ConsciousLifeNews.com website and blog is not intended to be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.  The information provided on this website is intended for general consumer understanding and is NOT intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  As health and nutrition research continuously evolves, we do not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or timeliness of any information presented on this website.




Top 10 Commonsense Reasons NOT to Get Vaccinated, Ever, with Any New Shots, Including for Coronavirus

By S. D. Wells | * The Health Ranger

If your brain isn’t already bogged and fogged by fluoridated water, mercury-laced flu shots, and clogged up with mind-numbing canola oil, then you may be able to think this one through before it’s too late for you to. Today’s vaccines are corrupted, untested and dangerous, and the vaccine industry is paying out billions of dollars to keep it all on the hush, hush.

You will never, ever see a case of the injured family on television or in any newspaper, talking about the nightmare of vaccine side effects, including autism, paralysis, coma and death. Here are the top 10 common sense reasons not to get vaccinated with anything, ever.

The real horror stories of today’s vaccines and the top 10 reasons to avoid them

There are lots of reasons to avoid the Franken-science of vaccines, namely:

  1. Most vaccines, including any COVID-19 one they may come out with in the next 18 months, are rushed to market with no safety trials and no proof of efficacy from independent labs. Only the vaccine manufacturer is allowed to “test” it so they can skew results to whatever end justifies their “success.”
  2. Nearly all vaccines carry more risk than benefit, because they contain highly dangerous adjuvants, toxic emulsifiers, deadly preservatives, and genetically modified live viruses and bacteria from other animals, including humans (abortions).
  3. The COVID-19 virus has already mutated and morphed, and continues to do so, so even if a vaccine is created soon, it will be obsolete and useless, besides being dangerously rushed to market. It’s completely unpredictable, and the truth is that the scientists know that.
  4. The secretive vaccine “court” has settled with injured families for over $4 billion dollars (that’s 4,000 million folks) for vaccines, mostly influenza jabs, that routinely and permanently maim, deform and kill babies, children, adults, and senior citizens alike. These real-life horror story cases, settlements and claims are NEVER published by mainstream media.
  5. Autism rates have skyrocketed over the past two decades, and the former, senior lead scientist of the CDC, Dr. William Thompson, blew the whistle himself and confessed that the MMR vaccine causes autism, especially in black boys under the age of three. Think about that one for a minute.
  6. Most vaccines contain random infected cells from other animals, including from human abortions, dogs, eagles, pigs, cows and monkeys.
  7. Most vaccines contain aluminum, which catapults the harmful effects of toxic heavy metals, like mercury, making them more likely to cross your blood/brain barrier, causing brain damage and central nervous system disorders (the vaccine industry notoriously calls this “triggering immune response” but it’s very dangerous).
  8. For the first two weeks after getting a vaccine that contains a live virus, it is highly likely that you shed that disease and give it to those around you, so herd immunity is useless here and this is when the vaccine industry always unjustly blames those who don’t vaccinate. It’s called shedding (a.k.a. vaccine induced disease) and it’s scientifically proven to happen.
  9. New vaccines are expected to contain micro-chips (instead of serial numbers tattooed on your forearm) that embed under your skin to be used as tracers and trackers, and the ingredients to be released by Bill Gates’ computer software. What could possibly go wrong? Infertility drugs, SSRIs, and high doses of mercury are just a few examples of secret ingredients you might discover too late.
  10. With 5G networks bombarding humans with dirty electricity, pesticide-laden food being produced at an all-time high (think GMO and Roundup Ready crops), and with everybody suffering from lockdown syndrome (lowered immunity), any vaccine injections (cocktails of chemicals and live, unpredictable virus combinations) are just deadly accidents waiting to happen. Good luck with all of that.

If you don’t want to be vaccinated with Bill Gates’ untested, unsafe, micro-chipped COVID-19 vaccine, then you are branded “anti-science!”

The lead vaccine industry shill at the New York (Crimes) Times, Kevin “Health Noose” Roose, is strongly pushing for a coronavirus vaccine, without a shred of proof that any such vaccine is either safe or effective. Intelligent Americans who say no to being injected regularly with mercury, aluminum and live, attenuated viruses are not anti-science, or even anti-vax — they’re just anti-stupidity.

No person in their right mind thinks it’s smart to get injected with dirty vaccines just because the news cycle is blanketing the country with fear-mongering headlines every hour of the day. Many people who don’t get vaccines are pro-vaccine and are very science-based folks, but know that the industry is actually the most corrupt industry on Earth right now, with no regard to safety and that cannot be sued in court.

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Originally entitled: “Top 10 Commonsense Reasons NOT to Get Vaccinated, Ever, with Any New Shots, Including a Coronavirus Vaccine”

Disclaimer: Content from the ConsciousLifeNews.com website and blog is not intended to be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.  The information provided on this website is intended for general consumer understanding and is NOT intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  As health and nutrition research continuously evolves, we do not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or timeliness of any information presented on this website.

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.




What Is A Pulse Oximeter and Why Is It Important

If your oxygen level falls below a normal, healthy range, your lungs begin to narrow. That puts a significant pressure on your heart, since it needs to work much harder with the aim of getting blood to your lungs and oxygenating the body. Sounds scary, doesn’t it? And that’s only one of the complications that arise due to an abnormal level of oxygen in your body.

There is a simple, but highly important, piece of medical equipment designed to help you measure this level and make sure that it falls within a healthy range. It is called a pulse oximeter and it is a necessary device in all hospitals and even some households. Don’t let the appearance of this device fool you. It is small, but rather practical, and the work it does, which you can see here, is of high importance for people’s health.

What Is It And How Does It Work?

If you are a healthcare worker, you have a pretty good idea of what this device is and how it works. As a patient, on the other hand, you must have come across pulse oximeters during your stay in the hospital. These are the small machines that nurses or doctors usually clip to patients’ fingers. Does it ring a bell now?

They are commonly found in emergency and operating rooms, ambulances, and generally all around hospitals. And, while you might suspect how important this piece of equipment is, you are probably not aware of how it functions and what purpose it actually has. Tell me something – have you ever wondered what these are used for?

Simply put, these tools determine how much of the hemoglobin in your blood is actually carrying oxygen. In other words, they measure oxygen saturation. However, if you are not from the healthcare industry, this could be difficult to comprehend. But, don’t worry; in order to help you understand how this device works, I’ll give you a quick explanation of saturation.

If you want details, go here: https://www.verywellhealth.com/oxygen-saturation-914796

What Is Oxygen Saturation?

As you might already know, hemoglobin is in charge of binding with oxygen and carrying it through your bloodstream to the cells, tissues, and organs in your body. Usually called O2 sats, saturation checks just how much hemoglobin is actually saturated with oxygen. Now, you are probably wondering what normal results would look like.

Saturation above 92% is typically considered perfectly normal and healthy. However, it’s best to consult your doctor to explain the normal range, since it might depend on your general state of health and certain medical conditions that you might have. However, we can safely say that anything below 90% is not a good sign.

If it goes below 90%, that means you are experiencing hypoxemia, which is basically a word for a “low blood oxygen level”. So, don’t get confused if you hear your doctors use it. Hypoxemia can cause symptoms such as an increased heart rate, headaches, fatigue or restlessness, as well as anxiety. On the other hand, hypoxemia can be caused by many underlying conditions, including pneumonia and asthma.

Why Is The Pulse Oximeter Important?

After the above explanations, I hope we are clear on what’s a pulse oximeter do and how it functions. I have mentioned that it measures saturation levels, which helps you determine whether your body is receiving enough oxygen. But, there’s still one significant question left to answer. Why is this device so vital?

Pulse oximeters are able to discover even the slightest change in O2 sats. Even if it has fallen by only 1%, this device is there to spot it. And, 1% might seem insignificant to you, but it is actually a rather big deal in this case. Spotting it allows doctor to discover signs of hypoxia in its early stages, which wasn’t always possible.

In fact, before the introduction of this tool, hypoxia could only be spotted when the patient would become cyanosed. Or, in simple words, when they skin would start turning blue. That is a sign that saturation is already at a dangerously low level. Nowadays, though, hypoxia can be identified much earlier and many individuals are choosing to buy these products and carry them around wherever they go.




Hand Sanitizer That’s In Stock in Canada

The Covid-19 pandemic is one that has sent shock waves around the world. And at this very moment, there is nothing more important than staying safe. The coronavirus has taught us the significance of using hand sanitizer Canada and its role in keeping germs at bay.

As hand sanitizers are in high demand in Canada, it is important to understand the different available types so as to purchase the most effective one(s) for you. Remember, sanitary measures are important because they reduce the risk of infection.

Given the circumstances, there are sanitizers that frequently go out of stock while others remain available for purchase. Wondering what type of sanitizer to acquire? Here are hand sanitizers that are in stock in Canada:

  • Alcohol-based sanitizers

Available in gel and liquid forms, alcohol-based sanitizers contain at least 60% alcohol. Sanitizers with lesser alcohol concentration will not be as effective in annihilating germs.

 They are the most effective sanitizers in Canada because they come with strong, germ-killing agents, and evaporate in fifteen seconds.

According to studies, these sanitizers are more effective than antibacterial soaps. Even so, alcohol-based hand sanitizers are considered hazardous and they should be stored away from flames and/or high temperatures.

  • Aloe-based hand sanitizers

Everyone loves a little bit of aloe vera in their skincare products because of its antibacterial properties and vitamin E enrichment. Well, aloe-based hand sanitizers are gaining momentum in Canada.

With these sanitizers, your hands will always remain safe and clean. For effective cleaning, rub your hands together until dry. While aloe-based sanitizers do not evaporate as fast as their alcohol-based counterparts, they still get the job done.

  • Organic hand sanitizers

These types of hand sanitizers are suitable for eco-friendly individuals. Even though anyone can use them, they were manufactured for those who value organic supplements in their products.

The formula that is used in their manufacture is also vegan and organic. A majority of these sanitizers are available in spray form. But in order to get your supply, you will require a refillable bottle. Most importantly, they are as affordable as they are convenient.

  • Essential-oil based sanitizers

Yes, you read that right? Did you know that a handful of Canadian manufacturers are breaking the mold and creating hand sanitizers that are purely made out of essential oils?

As they are new to the market, these sanitizers are available in a majority of online and convenient stores.

As essential oils come with powerful antiseptic properties, it only makes sense to use them for their bacteria-killing properties. All you need is a little drop and your hands will be germ-free.

  • The ethanol-based sanitizers (temporary in the market)

Due to the high demand of sanitizers, Health Canada has allowed the temporary use of ethanol-based hand sanitizers.

While these sanitizers will certainly come in handy at this time of need, Health Canada advises on following the label instructions to the latter.

These sanitizers have been allowed for use on a case by case basis because they contain acetaldehyde- an ingredient that poses health risks when used continuously. They should not be used by children as well as women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

However, it is important to know that when used as directed, and for shorter time periods, ethanol-based sanitizers are highly effective, safe, and combat the spread of the coronavirus.

Also, hand sanitizer Canada manufacturers are expected to indicate the content of ethanol on these sanitizers.

A few popular examples of sanitizer brands that are in stock in Canada include:

  • One-step extra strength hand sanitizer
  • Touchland moisturizing hand spray
  • Hibitane skin cleanser
  • Alcare
  • Bio base lotion
  • Adasept liquid

There you go! Each and every type of hand sanitizer Canada that remains in stock! Although there are those who are adopting do-it-yourself approaches as they are making their own sanitizers, they may not be as effective.

Choose any of the aforementioned categories and browse through the multitude of available options to find your best bet. Needless to say, your hand sanitizer is your lifeline in this period of time.

Therefore, when you are purchasing hand sanitizers that are in stock, ensure that your choice contains antiviral and antibacterial properties. As alcohol-based sanitizers come highly recommended, only go for options that contain 60-70% alcohol.

Also, remember that sanitizers, like any other products, come with expiration dates. If a sanitizer has been in stock for too long then it may be approaching the end of its lifeline.

When buying these products, it is best to choose those that do not expire soon. Lest you may end up picking a sanitizer that has lost its ability to kill germs and ward off infections.

Happy shopping fellow Canadians!




Help Detoxify Your Body With Stinging Nettle

Story at-a-glance

  • Even though nettle is often avoided and deemed as a useless plant, it has been the subject of numerous studies that prove its worth
  • There are numerous nettle products that are available in the market today that makes it easy for people to use this herb in various ways

By Dr. Joseph Mercola | mercola.com

Nettle (Urtica dioica) is a common sight in backyards and gardens, although it’s often weeded out and thrown aside, sometimes even avoided because of its stinging properties. But remember that whenever you discard this weed, know that you’re also ignoring the health benefits that you can get from it.

The first documented use of this herb was when Roman soldiers battled the cold by rubbing the leaves on their arms to induce inflammation and irritation. It has now spread across the world and has been used by medical practitioners since the 19th century because of its abundance of chemicals and compounds that can help the body function optimally.

But even though the medicinal importance of nettle has been established through numerous studies, its image is still usually overshadowed by the fact that it’s still an unwelcome member of your garden.1

Nettle plants can be differentiated from other plants through their leaves. The nettle leaf has an ovate shape with deeply serrated edges. These leaves also have long stinging hairs that inject chemicals into the skin when you accidentally touch or brush past them. These hairs often cause pain and inflammation in the affected area.2

Even though nettle is often avoided and deemed as a useless plant, it has been the subject of numerous studies that prove its worth. Continue reading to know more about the health benefits and uses of this common herb.

Nettle Benefits: What Can You Get From This Weed?

Nettle contains vitamins C and K, B vitamins, as well as minerals like calcium, magnesium, and iron, to name a few.3 It also has amino acids and antioxidants, which may help fight free radicals.4 Here are a few more health benefits you can get from this herb:

Helps detoxify the body. Nettle is a diuretic, which means that it helps in flushing out harmful chemicals and excess liquids from the body. This herb has also been called a “spring tonic,” which is a substance intended to cleanse the body of toxins.5

Promotes healthy blood circulation and cardiovascular health. Nettle contains iron and vitamin C. Vitamin C improves the body’s absorption of iron,6 which aids in alleviating anemia and fatigue.7 This herb also contains a considerable amount of potassium, a mineral that reduces tension in your arteries and blood vessels, lowering your risk for strokes.8

Alleviates allergic reactions. While physical contact with the nettle leaf can cause allergic reactions, the ingestion of nettle tea is known to help dampen the body’s response to allergens by binding with the body’s histamine receptors. It can aid in the prevention of rhinitis, or the inflammation of the mucous membrane in the nose.9

Reduces arthritis pain. The antioxidant properties of the nettle plant have been observed to help minimize inflammation. It can be used topically to help relieve joint pain as well.10

Animal studies also suggest that nettle may have a positive effect on the prostate and may aid in the prevention of benign prostate hyperplasia, which is the noncancerous enlargement of the prostate gland. It’s not yet firmly established how nettle affects this condition, but the findings show that this herb limits and regulates the amount of testosterone produced by the lab rats.11

Here’s How You Can Use Nettle in Your Everyday Life

The good news is that there are numerous nettle products that are available in the market today that make it easy for people to use this herb in various ways. Here are some examples of how you can use nettle:

As a capsule or a tincture. Nettle capsules are commonly administered to help the body deal with hay fever. Nettle tinctures are usually made with dried leaves, but they can also be made with nettle roots.12 Consult a physician to make sure that you are taking an adequate dose or if it is even recommended for you.13

As an extract. The juice or extract of the nettle plant can be used topically to help alleviate rheumatic pain.14 In addition, nettle extracts may help in promoting skin renewal in second degree burns in rat subjects.15

Nettle plant fibers are also used in weaving strong garments and other fabrics. It was used as an alternative to cotton during World War I and World War II, but has now been replaced with cheaper materials. Some clothing industries, on the other hand, are now starting to consider nettle as a more environment-friendly alternative to other sources of fabric.16

Grow Your Own Nettle in Your Backyard

While some people would think it’s a bad idea to plant nettles, it can actually be a great idea if you’re familiar with all the benefits you receive from it. Some people actually voluntarily grow this plant to deter foraging animals from feeding on their greens and other gardens produce.

Having your own source of nettle also gives you the freedom to harvest the leaves at any time, whenever the need arises. Follow this guide to know how to grow your own nettle and properly care for this herb:17

Choose a spot in your garden with rich and moist soil. Make sure that you plant nettle at a considerable distance from other plants to avoid it interfering with their development.

Sow nettle seeds in rows and lightly cover with about 1/4 inch of soil. Keep the soil moist. Seeds will start to germinate after about 14 days.

Nettle leaves are ready for harvest after about 80 to 90 days. It’s best to harvest nettle leaves in the first week of spring when the leaves are young. Make sure to use gloves or any protective materials to avoid getting stung.

Try These Delicious and Healthy Nettle Recipes

Aside from using nettle leaves for medicinal purposes, nettle can also be used to add flavor to numerous dishes. People note that nettle tastes like spinach, but with a stronger flavor. However, nettle leaves should be cooked before eating to get rid of the “sting.”18

Nettle is often ingested in tea form, which has been observed to have potent effects on the body. This is probably because of the numerous flavonoids and minerals in the leaves. Some of the benefits of nettle tea include improving skin health, assisting in digestion, and boosting the immune system.19 Below is a nettle tea recipe from BBC Good Food that is packed with numerous health benefits:20

Stinging Nettle Tea

Ingredients:

1 cup of nettle leaves

4 cups of water

1 tablespoon raw honey (optional)

Procedure:

1. Harvest nettle leaves with as little stem as possible. Note that older nettle leaves usually have a sweeter flavor.

2. Place leaves in a large saucepan with 4 cups of water. Bring the water to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes.

3.Using a strainer, separate the tea from the leaves. Discard the leaves, and serve the beverage hot. Add honey if needed.

Aside from nettle tea, nettle leaves can also be added to other dishes. Here are some recipes you can try to introduce nettle into your diet.

Creamy and Hearty Nettle Soup

Ingredients:

100 grams (7.05 Tablespoons) raw butter

1 large leek or 2 medium-sized leeks, chopped

4 cups nettle tops, chopped

450 grams (about 1 pound) of organic potatoes, sliced

1 liter (33.8 ounces) homemade chicken stock

Salt and freshly ground pepper

150 ml (5.07 ounces) unpasteurized cream

Procedure:

1. Heat the butter until foaming. Add the chopped leeks and nettle tops. Cook until they look glossy.

2. Add the potatoes, and then mix in chicken stock.

3. Simmer for 30 to 35 minutes.

4. Sieve or liquidize the soup. Return to heat and season to taste. Add the cream.

5. Serve hot.

(Recipe adapted from Donal Skehan21)

Earth Shake Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 cup fresh nettle (tightly packed)

1 cup kale (tightly packed)

1 large banana

apple

2 cups coconut water

1/2 avocado

1/4 mint (tightly packed)

Procedure:

1. Boil the nettle leaves for two minutes, stirring constantly. Reserve the water, which can be used as nettle tea.

2. Add nettle leaves, kale, banana, apple, coconut water, and avocado to a blender. Blend on high until desired consistency. Serve immediately.

(Recipe adapted from Learning Herbs22)

Nettle Oil May Also Be Beneficial for You

Aside from the tinctures and extracts available in the market, another product that you may benefit from is nettle oil. Due to the highly nutrient-dense leaves of the nettle plant, it comes as no surprise that some, if not most, of nettle’s components, are passed onto its essential oil.

In a 2012 study, nettle oil was extracted from the aerial parts of the plant and subsequently hydrodistilled. The oil itself was found to contain almost 92 percent of the compounds found in the plant.23

The presence of the compounds in nettle essential oil may explain its efficiency in alleviating certain conditions. In a 2011 animal study, nettle oil was found to be beneficial for colitis due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. However, more studies are needed to back up this claim.24

If you’re planning on getting your own bottle of nettle oil, you’ll find that most of what is available is nettle-infused oils. These are usually produced by distilling nettle leaves in a carrier oil. You can find these in numerous health food stores and online stores. Just make sure that you’re getting your supply from trustworthy sources to ensure you’re getting only high-quality products.

A Few Reminders Before Using Nettle

Nettle offers impressive amounts of health benefits and helps the body function more optimally, but it should still be noted that there are contraindications on the use of this herb. Nettle, despite the variety of health benefits it offers, can still interfere with numerous medications and cause a variety of adverse health effects if taken without the supervision or recommendation of a healthcare professional.

Be sure to inquire if it is safe to use this herb and in what form it is advisable. According to the Natural Medicines Database, nettle is “likely unsafe” during pregnancy. However, it may help build a good milk supply for breastfeeding mothers. To ensure your and your child’s safety, consult your doctor before using nettle.25

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Vitamin D Identified as the “Survival Nutrient” Against COVID-19… Could Cut Mortality Rate in HALF, Say Researchers

By Mike Adams | The Health Ranger

For three months, we’ve been urging our readers to pursue sensible nutritional strategies to boost immune function and protect against infections. Now a study carried out by Northwestern University has found that higher vitamin D levels result in lower mortality rates from covid-19 infections.

Vitamin D deficiency, according to the study, was significantly linked to the development of severe symptoms and complications leading to death.

The study, published in medRxiv, is entitled, “The Possible Role of Vitamin D in Suppressing Cytokine Storm and Associated Mortality in COVID-19 Patients.”

The study used data from coronavirus patients across multiple nations, including the UK, the USA, China, France, Italy and South Korea. Those patients who had the lowest vitamin D levels had the highest risk of complications such as the “cytokine storm” immune reaction that leads to rapid death.

“[W]e saw a significant correlation with vitamin D deficiency,” says study author Vadim Backman.

The research paper concludes, “Our finding suggests that Vit. D may reduce COVID-19 severity by suppressing cytokine storm in COVID-19 patients.”

The paper is careful to note that vitamin D should not be considered a kind of miracle cure for covid-19 and that more research needs to be conducted to further explore the relationship.

The paper was also covered by StudyFinds.org, which explains:

All of the data used for this study was publicly available, and an in-depth analysis revealed a correlation between vitamin D levels and cytokine storm (a form of hyper-inflammation due to an overactive immune system). A relationship between vitamin D and mortality rates among COVID-19 patients was noted as well.

So, the research team believe vitamin D is helpful against COVID-19 because it simultaneously boosts our existing immune systems while also preventing new immune responses from going over board.

“Our analysis shows that it might be as high as cutting the mortality rate in half,” Backman says. “It will not prevent a patient from contracting the virus, but it may reduce complications and prevent death in those who are infected.”

However, it is clear that vitamin D deficiency is harmful, and it can be easily addressed with appropriate supplementation. This might be another key to helping protect vulnerable populations, such as African-American and elderly patients, who have a prevalence of vitamin D deficiency.

Why is no government leader recommending vitamin D or zinc?

With research like this clearly showing a drastic reduction in mortality from a simple, low-cost and very safe supplement that’s widely available right now, it begs the question: Why isn’t anyone in government recommending nutrition as a way to protect public health while we attempt to reopen the economy?

Even worse, why are governors restricting people from going to the beach where they generate vitamin D for free as they are absorbing healing sunlight? That’s the beauty of vitamin D: Your body makes it at no charge, but not if you’re locked down in your own home, which seems to be part of the big plan to cause mass suffering and death.

President Trump is pushing hard for 300 million doses of a vaccine by the end of the year, but he completely fails to mention vitamin D and zinc. These solutions could be saving lives right now, and they don’t need months (or years) or testing, since they have a long track record of safe, effective use (and are incredibly affordable).

The real answer, of course, is that Big Pharma doesn’t want people to stay healthy with nutrition. They’d rather see people sick and suffering, waiting for a vaccine or another high-priced prescription drug that barely even works (like remdesivir, which saves no lives at all).

And since the drug companies run the White House, the media, Big Tech and medical schools, there’s virtually no one in any position of power that’s willing to risk the ire of the drug companies by recommending safe, simple, low-cost nutritional supplements that might make drugs and vaccines obsolete.

The Big Pharma scheme, you see, demands that the American people stay locked down until there’s a vaccine, at which time the entire US economy will be shattered and beyond repair.

Trump should order the government to manufacture vitamin D + zinc supplements and give them away to all Americans

This is why I’ve called for the government to manufacture and give away key supplements that may help prevent coronavirus infections. For a fraction of the price of the multi-trillion-dollar bailouts that have already been paid, the federal government could provide free vitamin D, zinc and vitamin C for the entire population.

Health care costs would plummet across the board, and Big Pharma would lose hundreds of billions of dollars as fewer people are diagnosed with a long list of diseases and chronic conditions that are prevented through nutrition. And that’s exactly why any plan to keep America healthy will be halted by those in power. A healthy nation doesn’t need Big Pharma, and Big Pharma provides the re-election campaign money that keeps corrupt lawmakers in power. The drug cartels also provide about 70% of the ad revenue to the corrupt mainstream media, which is why the media relentlessly attacks natural remedies while pushing toxic, high-profit prescription drugs and vaccines.

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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.




10 Safety Tips For Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Motorcycle safety tips

May is when the days start getting warmer, and motorcycles get the freedom to ride after a long winter. Quite fittingly, it’s also Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and a fantastic time to refresh your safety skills.

Whether you feel the need for speed or enjoy cruising along with your buddies, here are ten tips to ensure you arrive safely at your destination.

Drive Defensively

As a rider, the onus is always on you to drive defensively. It’s true that many motorcycle accidents are the fault of drivers failing to yield to riders. However, while an accident may be their fault, you stand to lose a lot more as a rider than they do while protected in their car or truck.

Drive defensively and predict what a driver might do. Trust your gut and be ready to react. Don’t assume that a driver can see you. While they have a legal obligation to be looking for you, it doesn’t mean that they are conscientious.

Consider a Motorcycle Crash Bar

A motorcycle crash bar is an added measure of protection while on the road. This metal bar is designed to prevent your bike from falling over completely in the event of a motor vehicle accident. While this add-on won’t prevent an accident, it can put safety measures in place that reduce injuries when a bike gets knocked over.

Always Wear the Right Gear

Wear the right gear to protect yourself while riding. Always wear a helmet and eye protection, whether that’s a face shield or separate eyewear. Dress for the weather, bringing any alternate gear you might need if the weather changes.

Be Confident, Not Cocky

As a rider, you should be confident and sure of your actions. However, don’t let that confidence cross the line into cockiness. Don’t drive beyond your skill level and practice self-awareness. If you aren’t comfortable, don’t drive.

Follow the Rules

Yes, your bike can probably zip between cars and get out of a traffic snag. However, you’re breaking the rules of the road and putting yourself at risk of an accident. Stick to the rules of the road, and the rules of driving a motorcycle, specifically.

Inspect Your Bike Before Riding

As you aren’t protected by the frame of a car or truck, you need to be extra vigilant in checking your bike before riding. Ensure that the signals are working and the tires are functional. Check for any fluid leaks and ensure the mirrors are positioned, and the brakes are working well.

Remove Distractions

There are a lot of fantastic inventions that make riding more enjoyable—if that’s possible. Things like speakers and intercom systems are great for listening to music or chatting with your passenger while you ride. However, these can also be distracting. Be smart when riding and remove distractions as needed.

Avoid Blindspots

Try to avoid staying out of another vehicle’s blindspot as you pass. If a blindspot can hide a car, it will definitely hide you. When passing, move as quickly as possible and keep your eyes ahead to predict if there’s the potential for the vehicle to suddenly change lanes.

Stand Out

Make your bike and your gear stand out. Add reflective strips and bright colors, so that people can see you in the rain or the dark.

Take it Slow After Winter

The saying, “it’s just like riding a bike,” applies to motorcycles as well. Even so, it’s wise to give yourself some time to adjust after a break. When you finally get back on your bike in the spring, give yourself time to do a couple of laps around the block before venturing out on a longer ride.

Being a rider comes with the unfortunate reality that you have to be hyperaware of everyone else on the road. Remind your friends about Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and let them know how they can help you stay safe while driving.




Remain Fit & Fine By Including These Essential Vitamins In Your Diet

Don’t know much about vitamins & minerals? Well, you should know at least the basics of vitamins and minerals to realize their importance in your daily diet. Once you understand this you will yourself take initiative to not miss your daily dose of them which will lead to a healthier body and mind. Here you can read about the different types of vitamins and minerals while gaining information about their function and their sources of food. Feeling tired all the time, having a slow metabolism, early aging signs on skin, indigestion, etc. if all these things are bothering you then maybe you are facing some kind of vitamin deficiency.

Read further and know which one. Also, make it a point to include these in your daily diet.

Vitamin A

It is good for the bones and helps to keep them strong. Thus, it promotes skeletal growth. It also keeps our teeth strong. You should include this in your diet for a healthy mucous membrane. It is very beneficial for eyes and thus can majorly help in improving night vision. For keeping your hair and skin healthy and gorgeous make sure you take a good share of this vitamin. You can find this vitamin in fish liver oils, liver, carrots, green and yellow vegetables and dairy products. Alternatively, if these foods present a challenge for you, great-tasting vitamin A gummies are readily available.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is one of the most important vitamins and is also used for a glowing skin apart from using for a healthy body. Here are some Vitamin C benefits- Important for forming collagen and needed for the absorption of iron, some essential proteins and folic acid, Vitamin C saves us from the oxidation of other vitamins. It also helps to boost our metabolism of amino acids and calcium. It stops internal bleeding. It is good for the health of our bones and teeth while also strengthening blood vessels. It boosts our stamina which helps us to do a task for a longer period of time without getting tired. It also holds our body cells together leading to prevention from infections, colds, fatigue and stress. It is also vital in reducing allergies, healing wounds and burns. Vitamin C can be found in citrus fruits, berries, tomatoes, cauliflower, green and leafy vegetables, potatoes, sweet potatoes, etc.

Vitamin E

This particular vitamin is a miracle for skin and that is why most of the makeup and skincare brands use this heavily while manufacturing their products. The reason is that it can help to delay or prevent aging signs. Now who wouldn’t want that? Apart from this attractive benefit which is easily visible, vitamin E helps the body’s store of Vitamin A, tissues and fat from getting destroyed by oxidation. It also helps to strengthen capillary walls and regulate menstrual rhythm. So it becomes more helpful for women for dealing with their menstrual cycle every month. It is found in broccoli, brussels sprouts, soybeans, vegetable oils, leafy greens, enriched flour, whole wheat, wheat germ, eggs, etc.

Vitamin B-6

Also called as Pyridoxine HCl, Vitamin B-6 helps in the metabolism of protein carbohydrates and fats. It also helps to control cholesterol level and maintaining a balance between blood and tissue. It also builds hemoglobin which is essential for your body. The foods in which you can find this vitamin are Brewer’s yeast, wheat bran, wheat germ, organ meats, beef, avocados, bananas, milk, eggs.

 

Vitamin B-1

This vitamin helps to break down sugar and starches into energy thus it becomes important in supplying you with maximum energy which you can use for doing your tasks efficiently. It also helps in digestion so you can be free from the tension of constipation or indigestion. If you have a deficiency of this vitamin then it could lead to fatigue where you will easily get tired and feel out of energy. For a growing child, it is a very important vitamin for his/her development. It is also helpful for heart patients. The food in which you can find this vitamin- oatmeal, peanuts, Whole wheat, dried yeast, pork, bran, soybean sprouts, enriched rice, sunflower seeds.

So keep track of which vitamin is missing from your daily diet. And apart from all these vitamins never forget to take your daily dose of vitamin- B positive!

Author Bio:

Bhawna Rawat is a Beauty and Lifestyle blogger by profession. She has an expertise in writing blogs on Fashion, Beauty, Health and lifestyle niche. She has a knack to travel and explore new things and is an ardent observer of people.




Working With Your Hands Does Wonders for Your Brain

By Susan Biali | Prevent Disease

Using our hands may actually be key to maintaining a healthy mood, and the lack of this type of activity may contribute to feelings of irritability, apathy, and depression.

When we use our hands on a task that doesn’t demand much cognitively, it gives the mind a chance to relax and rest. Knowledge workers constantly use their brain and it rarely catches a break.

There is a huge sense of relief and pleasure from doing something with our hands that doesn’t require us to think much about anything. It’s magnificent. When the brain is “offline,” it gives it a chance to work on problems behind the scenes.

Dr. Herbert Benson wrote about this phenomenon (and strategy) in his book, The Breakout Principle. When we engage in a repetitive task, completely taking our minds off whatever problem or issue we have been struggling with, the solution will often magically appear.

Working productively with our hands is profoundly pleasurable. There is something primal about this. We are made to be active and have actively used our hands as part of our daily survival for thousands of years. With the advent of so much technology, many of us move through our days with minimal physical effort. We push a button instead of scrubbing dishes or laundry. Overall, we get the far less physical activity that would be optimal for our bodies and minds.

Kelly Lambert wrote about this in her book, Lifting Depression: A Neuroscientist’s Hands-On Approach to Activating Your Brain’s Healing Power:

“What revs up the crucial effort-driven rewards circuit–the fuel, if you will–is generated by doing certain types of physical activities, especially ones that involve your hands. It’s important that these actions produce a result you can see, feel, and touch, such as knitting a sweater or tending a garden. Such actions and their associated thoughts, plans and ultimate results change the physiology and chemical makeup of the effort-driven rewards circuit, activating it in an energized way. I call the emotional sense of well-being that results in effort-driven rewards.”

She also links a lack of hands-on physical activity to the onset of depression, perhaps contributing to the unusually high rates of mood disorders that we see in today’s world:

“Effort-driven rewards and other real-world interactive experiences generate much more intense and pervasive reactions in your brain than the neurochemical alterations produced by a single pill. The result? You begin to feel more control over your environment and more connected to the world around you. This reduces stress and anxiety and, most important, builds resilience against the onset of depression.”

Wonderful, isn’t it?

What do you normally do when you’re feeling stuck or stressed? For a lot of us, we default to eating comfort food, watching Netflix, scrolling through social media feeds, and so on. These things may be relaxing, sure, but we may often feel regret afterward without much brain relief.

What works for you? It could be anything from painting, to washing dishes, to fiddling with a motor.

The next time you are feeling stressed or stuck, try doing something with your hands. It may be exactly what your brain and body need.

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