Friday, February 27, 2015

Antichrist Rising: Laws And Patents On Food And Water To Control It?

Presently, more people believe the Second Coming of Jesus Christ is closer now than any other time in history. Unlike previous incitements that the King of Kings and Lord of Lords is about to arrive, eschatologists have studied more details from the Holy Bible, utilizing both prophecy and the conditions of the world. Here at Mad World News, we reported on current events and situations that compliment their findings — from the Catholic Church seeming to unify worldly faiths into a one-world religion, which must be accepted, to receiving popular technology in the form of the “Mark of the Beast.” To assist in progression, organizations are compartmentalizing the globe to manage people. The United Nations (UN) is achieving this through dividing the world into ten regions. Isn’t it peculiar that in End Times, there will be ten kingdoms ruled by ten kings that work under the Antichrist?
However, there is a single peculiarity that confuses people that pertains to necessities under controlled barter. How can the Antichrist control food and water under his rule? Ancient humans lived as hunter/gatherers for centuries. People can refuse said “Mark of the Beast” and simply grow, hunt, and collect food right? That may not be as easy as it sounds during End Times if certain events happening today continue to progress. All that is needed is for worldly people to follow laws and patents.
To begin this investigative op-ed, we’ll start with government laws. Generally, said laws are made to be to the people, by the people, and for the people, but presently, that may no longer be the case. Prospecting laws are usually made to favor the elite yet is disguised as progressive, as in said ideas will progress the country. For liberals, that means making certain things illegal. Case and point, guns. Over the past two years, Barack Obama and the Democratic Party have taken strides to demolish the Second Amendment, the right to bear arms. As for recent moves, Sean Brown reported Obama is utilizing BAFTE to ban the popular AR-15 and any ammo it uses. For clarification purposes, the true purpose of the Second Amendment is to arm citizens with the means to defend themselves against a corrupt government (like now). However, firearms are used for many reasons outside of defense, and one of those major secondary reasons for needing arms is hunting.
If firearms were suddenly illegal, how much harder would it be to hunt for food? To be fair, people are able to hunt with bows and traps, but there is always the possibility the government might make those illegal too. For example, an article ran by the New York Daily News reported that Senator Tony Avella wanted to ban machetes in the state because it was the primary murder weapon in one isolated incident. All it takes is one incident with anything for the liberal left to use it as an excuse to get rid of something that is counter-productive to their agenda.
Sometimes, the government may not outright ban something. Instead, they’ll make it legal but with conditions. Believe it or not, this is best shown through licenses for hunting and fishing, along with permits and registrations. If applied and granted, hunters and fishers will be able to hunt and fish, but they’ll have to pay costs, meet requirements, follow issuance method, recognize exemptions, and follow restrictions.
Antichrist Rising: Laws And Patents On Food And Water To Control It?
In certain states, licenses for hunting and fishing are required to partake in said hunting and fishing.
Just for the purpose of example, I’ll utilize an alligator hunting permit here in Florida (because I’ve been with friends who alligator hunt before). Every season, hunters are restricted to take two alligators per permit. Even with edible meat being limited to the tail, back, and cheeks, that is a lot of meat to feed a family. Also, the restrictions currently make sense, taking into account alligators are threatened in Florida. Over-hunting can be devastating for them.
But what is holding back a government from increasing restrictions to the point they might as well be banned? This does’t have to be delegated to poaching but making requirements ridiculous. The price for hunting alligators is already high, in which the 2014 Season prices were $272 for residents, $1,022 for non-residents, or $62 for two cites tags only with a valid alligator trapping license valid until past the season. Now imagine the prices doubling or tripling for any reason? True an experienced alligator hunting may just skip paying the fees and continue to hunt as a form of rebellion, but in accordance to law, they are now a poacher in which ramifications are tantamount.
Call it paranoia if desired, but it is possible as proven from an article that made waves back in October of last year. National Report reported the Federal Government was mandating the minimum hunting age to be twenty-one. Snopes has since debunked the article, explaining that individual state governments decide the minimum age, but from the backlash, it shows the government can institute changes whenever they feel like it, which in turns causes turmoil for people, and that was over an age restriction.
Antichrist Rising: Laws And Patents On Food And Water To Control It?
In certain states, anyone caught growing a vegetable garden like the one pictured here, may face criminal persecution. (via Healthy Soshoku)
For the aforementioned, it seems the government has the means to prevent us from utilizing our hunting instinct if they want to control meat: ban our tools, make surviving illegal through restriction. But what about our instincts to cultivate and grow food through gardening? According to Liberty Voice, certain states have taken action to make gardening illegal in one way or the other. In Iowa, Florida, and Louisiana, their state governments believe a green, manicured lawn is much more appealing than growing vegetables and fruits. Violators have been threatened with hefty fines or even prison time. As a matter of fact, passed Senate Bill S510 has upped the ante on criminal legality not just to growing, but sharing, trading, or selling food from gardens, as reported by Infowars.
Even with the government’s advances on controlling organically-grown food, it is nowhere near the control needed for the Antichrist’s New World Order. The truth of the matter is certain laws only pass if backed by people. Just because a party – both Democrat and Republican – enforces a view, mature supporters (the ones that consider politics on personal experience) on both sides will not simply jump on the wagon. There has to be some information that helps in a decision. For organic farming, there is just way too much research, study, and history that favors it.
Yet, there is a way around governmental law on controlling gardening and that is through patents. Basic environmental science shows almost all plants, including fruits and vegetables grown in gardens, come from seeds. Presently, Monsanto owns the patent to more than 400 seeds. According to Monsanto’sresources page, the reason why they are able to patent seeds is because it is recognized as “technology.”
“According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (USDA ERS), Monsanto and its subsidiaries (including Asgrow® and DeKalb®) currently own more than 400 separate plant technology patents. Agricultural companies such as Monsanto are able to patent seed trait technology because it is considered intellectual property, and intellectual property rights are protected in the U.S.”
“As the USDA ERS explains, ‘Intellectual property rights in agriculture—for example, patents and plant variety protection certificates—are frequently used to protect technological advances. These rights allow their owners to exclude competitors from making, using, offering for sale, or selling an invention for a limited period of time. As the pace of scientific discovery in agricultural biotechnology has accelerated over the past few decades, the use of patents and other intellectual property rights to protect these discoveries has increased tremendously.'”
If said seeds are “technology,” how can a company patent it when said technology is eons older than the company itself? Anyways, without going into the frivolous lawsuits surrounding “the most evil company in the world,” we can report that because Monsanto owns the “technology,” they can manipulate it any way they like. Ergo, genetically modified organisms were made, and they are causing havoc. A great example is the situation happening in India and what GMO corn has done to farmers there.
According to The Inquisitr, Monsanto offered GMO corn seeds to Indian farmers back in 2002, promising them greater yields. Therefore, farmers would take out loans to buy the “miracle” GMO corn seeds that did not deliver. Sheldon Krimsky, the head of the Council of Responsible Genetics, confirms this.
“The people would give out the loans if they believed these seeds would give the greatest yields. So they are not going to get a loan if they don’t go with the GMOs. And many of them felt coerced to take the GM seeds. The GM crops have not done as well in all regions of India… [That has led to] much greater indebtedness with the GM crops that did not perform as well.”
Not only did the GMO corn seeds not produce, but the seeds they make in turn do not work either. One of the underlying modifications Monsanto has incorporated into their seeds is once it has matured to the point of producing seeds for the following year, the seeds are useless. This means farmers will have to go back to supermarkets to purchase GMO seeds just to grow their crops again. Organic seeds do not have these problems.
Under the Antichrist, all major corporations and all governments will become one under his foot. By then, all the restrictions, patents, and bans will have been incorporated for full control of the population’s food supply. I know a lot of people will default this article as a conspiracy theory and that is fine. For you all, I’ll give you all something to ponder about with this video on what Peter Brabeck, CEO of Nestle, says about the most important element for life, water, as reported by Natural News.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Don't munch on bacon sandwiches, have steak with butter and drink whole milk: The fats that you SHOULD be eating and the ones you must avoid

If there's one healthy eating message we are suddenly being bombarded with, it's that fats are now good for us.
But the true picture is not quite so simple. In fact, while we all need a certain amount of fat in our diet, we still shouldn't be including too much in our diets.
But from nut and coconut to plant and animal fats, which are are the right types? And how much should we be eating?

 Experts claim the real message we should all be heeding is that we need to be eating the right amount of the right type of fats.
A report last month in the British Medical Journal revealed that saturated fat can be good for you.
The study proved that people who eat butter, milk, cream and full-fat yoghurts generally have better heart health and less risk of Type 2 diabetes.

 It goes against old guidelines from 1983, which warned Britons to adopt a low-fat diet aimed at reducing deaths from heart disease.
In fact, now some scientists even say the advice - which lacked any solid trial evidence to back it up - is responsible, in part, for the obesity crisis because it encouraged an increase in carbohydrate in our diets.

Dr Marilyn Glenville (UK’s leading nutritionist and author of Fat Around the Middle) told FEMAIL: 'The three main types of fat are saturated, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated.
'We need all three in our diets, but because some are better for us than others it's important to become aware of the amounts of which fats you are eating.'
All fats are composed of all three types of these fats in different proportions. To make matters even more complicated, some fats are healthier to cook with than others.


Without fat we would miss out on vital nutrients - the vitamins A, D and E - and what are known as essential fatty acids which are needed to prevent or control all kinds of ailments and conditions such as heart disease, cancers, immune system deficiencies, arthritis, skin complaints, PMS and menopausal symptoms.

The average intake of fat in Britain is currently almost 40 per cent of our total daily calorie intake. In fact, the Department of Health advises that this should be a maximum of 33 per cent. This equates to 71g a day for women and 93.5g a day for men. Women on a diet should reduce this to around 50g a day. But this is not the whole picture. There are different types of fat and you should try to eat more
of some of these fats and less of others.

Milk - If you’re drinking milk, it’s better to opt for full-fat rather than reduced fat versions. You are allowed up to half a pint of full-fat milk a day. Full-fat milk will make you feel fuller for longer and studies have shown that some of the fatty acids in milk products can help regulate weight.

Eggs – Contrary to popular belief, eggs are actually good for you and can be consumed up to four times a week, experts say. Studies have shown that dietary cholesterol does not increase cholesterol levels in the blood so the next time you fancy an omelette, you should give in to your craving.

Olive Oil – While it is safe to dress your salads with it, olive oil becomes carcinogenic when heated and should never be used for frying. Its low smoke point causes carcinogens so the next time you’re planning on cooking with oil, opt for rapeseed or sunflower.

Red Meat – It all depends on where your red-meat comes from. Check the labels – 100g three to four times a week is fine but only if the animal has been reared on a grass-diet.

Carbohydrates – We were once told that they should make up to half of your daily food intake but the advice has now been discounted. Steer clear of white carbohydrates and choose wholegrains instead. Foods such as white rice, pasta and bread convert into sugar, which puts the body at risk of Type 2 diabetes and cancer.

Processed meat – This is a definite no. Processed meats contain high amounts of trans-fats and also have high levels of salt. So as delicious as that bacon sandwich or Parma ham is, there really is no nutritional benefit when it comes to eating it.

Yoghurt – Like milk, choose full-fat over low fat if you want to reap the rewards of this food. Low-fat yoghurts are full of sugar to replace the taste of the fats which have been removed from it.

Fruit juice – Touted as a health benefit, fruit juice is actually bad for you. Even if you are juicing your own, the process of extracting liquid from the fruit causes the loss of fibre, which is where all the fruit’s nutrional benefits are. When you juice you are also consuming more fruit (and thus sugar) than you would consume if you were actually eating it.

Chocolate – Very good for the heart but only have ones with 70 per cent or more cocoa content. Milk chocolate and white chocolate are full of fat and sugar with hardly any cocoa so its best not to indulge.

Butter – It’s better to have it in small amounts than it is to opt for margarine or low-fat spreads.
Saturated Fats

Saturated fats are the type of fats that are naturally solid at room temperature and are found in the greatest quantities in animal products such as dairy and meats, and in manufactured goods such as cakes, biscuits and pies.

Taken in excess, saturated fat has been shown to raise levels of 'bad' cholesterol, one of the main contributors to heart disease, and has also been linked to cancer and obesity.

According to Dr Glenville, there are two types of cholesterol: ‘There are two types of cholesterol, good and bad. Good cholesterol is known as HDL, which stands for High-density lipoprotein.
'Bad cholesterol is known as LDL or low density lipoprotein. Almonds, Vitamin B3 and green tea can help in the reduction of LDL or ‘bad cholesterol’ vitamin B3 also helps increase HDL or good cholesterol,’ she said.

Polyunsaturated Fats 

Most polyunsaturated fats are contained in fats that are liquid at room temperature or cooler. Vegetable oils such as corn oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil and walnut oil are all high in polyunsaturated fats.

These fats have the opposite effect of saturated fats as they lower the bad cholesterol in our blood. But, they are not entirely good for us.

In fact, research in the last ten years has shown that polyunsaturated fats can increase the amount of free radicals in our bodies - the rogue cells which can increase the risk of cancers and other diseases.
This is particularly true when these fats are used in cooking as the Omega-6 fatty acid, in its liquid form becomes unstable.

But despite this, there are some polyunsaturated fats which are absolutely essential in our bodies - called essential fatty acids (EFAs).

‘Polyunsaturated fats can be split into two types; Omega-6 and Omega-3 oils,' Dr Grenville explained.

'Omega-6 oils are found in nuts and seeds, and also evening primrose oil, star flower and borage oil,' she said.

'These EFAs help prevent blood clots and keep the blood thin, they can also reduce inflammation and so are vital in preventing arthritis,' she continued.
Omega-3 oils are particularly important.

These fats - found most commonly in oily fish such as mackerel, herring, salmon, tuna and trout - reduce the blood's tendency to clot thus helping to prevent heart disease and strokes.
‘Omega-3 fats are found in oily fish, such a mackerel, almonds and sardines. And if you are a vegetarian  you can still get them from flaxseeds, (linseeds) and soya, but the levels are lower than they would be in fish,’ Dr Grenville said.

‘You will also get even less goodness from these foods if you are stressed, drinking too much alcohol or not getting enough key nutrients, like zinc magnesium and vitamin B6,' she said.
‘Omega-3 oils can help lower blood pressure, reduce risk of heart disease, soften the skin, increase immune function, increase metabolic rate, improve energy and help with eczema.'

 Monounsaturated Fats 

Monounsaturated fats are usually liquid at room temperature, but may harden when cooled.
These are most commonly found in olive oil, rapeseed oil and groundnut oil, olives, nuts and avocados.

These fats are now thought to be even more effective at lowering cholesterol than polyunsaturated fats and are also thought to be associated with lower levels of obesity, fewer cancers and longer life.
Because of all these factors it is generally recommended that we all try to replace some of the saturated fats in our diet with monounsaturated fats and that we try to cook with these fats rather than polyunsaturated fats.

‘Monounsaturated fats (Omega-9 fats) are not classed as EFA but they can have health benefits,' Dr Grenville said.

'They are called monounsaturated because they only have one double bond. Olive oil for example is high in monounsaturated fats, which have been found to lower your ‘bad’ cholesterol and raise ‘good’ cholesterol,’ she explained.

Foods high in saturated fats
Animal meats; butter; animal fat; chocolate; fish oils; cheese; cream, nuts, mayonnaise; palm oil; coconut oil.

Foods high in transfats
Fried food; fast food; non-dairy creamer; ready-made cake mixes; frozen food; margarine; ready-made cookie dough; microwave popcorn; processed meats such as bacon, ham, burgers and sausages.

Food high in unsaturated fats
Peanut butter; olives; avocado; sesame seeds, oils like olive, sesame, peanut and  canola.

Foods high in polyunsaturated fats:
Walnuts; seeds like pumpkin and sunflower seeds; flaxseed; fish such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel; safflower, soybean and corn oil.

Foods high in monsounsaturated fats
Oils such as olive; sunflower; safflower, hazelnut; canola and avocado.

Various nuts includng hazelnuts, macadamia, pecans, almonds, pistachios, cashews.
Fish such as halibut, mackerel, Atlantic herring.

Foods high in polyunsaturated fats
Flaxeed; walnuts, salmon; and tuna.

Trans Fats 

Related to these three main types of fat are trans fats. Trans fats are unsaturated fats which have been hydrogenated (had hydrogen added to them).

This process usually happens in food processing, particularly in the production of hard margarines. There is increasing evidence that trans fats are probably the worst of all fats for our health.
Dr Glenville said: 'With no nutritional benefits at all, these are the worst fats and should be avoided at all costs.

‘Found in many processed foods to prolong shelf life, they might appear on the label as hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated vegetable oil.
‘Trans fats are linked to an increase in heart disease and are terrible for your general health as they harden cells and arteries.

'They also cause fat to gather around the mid-section, even if you are sticking to a low calorie diet and block absorption of EFA’s, which are needed to overcome insulin resistance.‘

Feeling down? Grab a bag of pumpkin seeds: Scientists warn we are 'eating ourselves miserable' with unhealthy snacks

Eating seeds is more likely to boost your mood than any other food, according to research.
Seeds and pulses have been shown to improve people’s wellbeing and moods more than cakes, sweets and chocolates.
Despite this, seven in ten women and one in two men indulge in sweet treats when they are stressed or looking for a mood boost, according to a survey.

 Just one in seven people choose fruits, vegetables or wholegrains that are shown to combat stress and raise low moods.
 The poll of 2,000 people, by rice brand Tilda, found that half ate unhealthy comfort food when they wanted to lift their mood, but only 28 per cent turned to friends or family to feel better.
Experts warn that many people are ‘eating their way to sadness’ by eating sweets and junk food.
Pumpkin seeds and chia seeds topped a top-ten list of mood-boosting foods compiled by dietitian Sarah Schenker and food psychologist Christy Fergusson.

The other items were salmon, rice, quinoa, chickpeas, coconut, asparagus, spinach and beans.
The research found men are more likely than women to turn to specific mood-boosting foods such as oats, quinoa and brown rice at times of stress or when they are looking to boost their health.
Perhaps worryingly, women are twice as likely as men to buy their friends or colleagues sugary foods such as chocolate or biscuits to comfort them, which may make their problems worse.
Dr Sarah Schenker, a clinical dietitian, said: 'It’s shocking to see wholesome eating habits go out the window when we face a challenge in the day or a lull in a routine.

'This is when healthy eating is most important. We need to replace the short-lived highs we get from refined sugar and processed fat with healthy options and long-term shopping and eating habits.
'This starts with recognising the types of food that can provide nutritional and psychological benefits; those which are scientifically proven to balance your mood.'
Food psychologist Dr Christy Fergusson said: 'To make feel-good, happy chemicals known as our neurotransmitters, we need to provide our body with the right building blocks.
'These come in the form of amino acids that are needed to make hormones including the mood-regulating inhibitory neurotransmitter serotonin - by far one of the most important brain chemicals for determining our mood and regulating our sleep.'

Camilla Sheeley, of Tilda, said: 'Taste is an important part of so-called mood food and if we enjoy what we eat and the food has a functional boost, we get a double benefit.'

Monday, February 23, 2015

Where NOT to fall ill abroad: International Health Risk Map outlines world's safest and most dangerous places for health care

A map of the riskiest destinations for contracting an illness or being involved in an accident has been published by health organisation International SOS.
The Health Risk Map 2015 ranks destinations in five categories, in order to help companies and travellers understand the risks they face in different countries when getting medical treatment.
Categories include low risk, medium risk, high risk and extreme risk, with another category for large, rapidly developing countries.

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While Europe, North America and Australia are understandably among the countries offering the highest levels of medical care, there are some popular holiday destinations where travellers are at risk.
Mexico, Turkey, Morocco and Thailand are among the holiday hotspots declared as 'medium risk' on the map, with some risk of diseases and emergency medical care described as 'adequate'. 
However, holidaymakers are recommended to search out quality medical providers and informed that in some severe cases they may need to be evacuated to another country. 


The key to the map is a colour-coded chart showing the quality of medical healthcare available and the options available to travellers:
Large rapidly developing countries
Selected group of large rapidly developing countries where there is a vast difference between the high quality medical care available in major cities and low levels of care generally available throughout the rest of the country.
Medical assistance: In major cities: Selection of quality providers. Evacuation sometimes required. Elsewhere: Selection of best care available. Case monitoring. Transfer to a higher quality facility. Moderate and sever illness/injury may require evacuations
Low risk
International standard of care throughout. All tertiary-level, specialist and sub-specialist care widely available. High-quality emergency and dental services and a wide range of quality prescription drugs available. Low risk of infecyious diseases
Medical assistance: Medical referral. Assistance with language and cultural differences. Payment. Evacuation rarely required
Medium risk
High or international standard available from selected providers; other providers offer a lower standard of care. Adequate emergency services and dental care usually available. Some risk of water-borne diseases. Diseases such as malaria and dengue fever may be present.
Medical assistance: Selection of quality providers. Case monitoring. Sever illness/injury may require evacuations.
High risk
Countries with limited medical capabilities. Emergency services and dental care may be basic. Access to quality prescription drugs may be limited and, in some cases, counterfeiting and/or improper storage of drugs is an issue. Serious infectious diseases such as typhoid, cholera, dengue fever and malaria may pose a threat.
Medical assistance: Selection of best care available Case monitoring. Transfer to a higher quality facility. Any condition requiring hospitalisation may require international evacuation.
Extreme risk
Countries where healthcare is almost non-existent or severely over-taxed. There may be no emergency or dental services, Quality prescription drugs are usually not available. There is a high risk of food or water-borne infections. Serious infectious diseases such as dengue, malaria, typhoid and cholera are common.
Medical assistance: Selection of best care available. Case monitoring. Transfer to a higher quality facility. All but minor health issues may require international evacuation.
High-risk countries that are favourite holiday destinations include Tanzania, Egypt, Laos and Cambodia, with tourists recommended to transfer to a high-quality facility if they are taken ill and warned that any hospitalisation may result in an international evacuation.
Countries deemed high risk have limited medical capabilities and access to prescription drugs, and have a risk of serious infectious diseases such as cholera, typhoid or dengue fever. 
The most crisis-hit countries include many African nations as well as Afghanistan and North Korea as well as areas that have been affected by natural disasters in recent years such as Haiti.

International SOS assessed the assessed various factors including the quality of medical and dental care, access to prescription drugs, prevalence of infectious diseases and cultural, administrative and language barriers.
According to the map, the low-risk countries, with high-quality emergency health and dental care, a range of prescription drugs available and low risk of infectious disease include the US, Australia, New Zealand, Greece, the UK, Spain, France and the rest of western Europe.
However, the overall level of healthcare offered in countries around the world reiterates the importance of travel insurance. 
For tourists who fall ill or are injured in countries where it is recommended they seek the highest-quality healthcare centres for treatment, medical costs can soon soar. However, with health insurers, worried holidaymakers can contact emergency helplines to find the best available medical centre available to them as part of their policy.

A new category was included on the map this year to highlight the disparity of care available in 'large rapidly developing countries', such as China, Brazil and Russia, where access to quality healthcare differs hugely between cities and more rural outposts.
Doug Quarry, Medical Director, Medical Information and Analysis at International SOS said: 'Recent International SOS data shows that over 40 per cent of our medical cases occur in countries classed as 'High' or 'Extreme' risk. 
'This is a significant increase from less than 25 per cent in 2010. Preparation of travellers, including a risk assessment, education and health check programme for staff, will reduce the need for intervention after travel.

'This is especially important for people travelling to high and extreme risk countries. Health Risk Map 2015 is just one of the many tools that can help organisations plan and prepare for operations around the world.' 
International SOS works as a health security risk services company and has 53 clinics worldwide, 40 of which operate in areas where there are gaps in quality of medical care.

25 Lessons, Insights And Revelations From Old Souls

For some, it is in very early life that a fundamental understanding of existence is born.  This intrinsic intelligence speaks of things that most people only grasp later in life; that knowledge is power, wisdom is happiness, and truth is freedom.
This perceptiveness and deeper comprehension of the principles of life is a common trait amongst the Old in Soul.
Functioning as the emotional, intellectual and spiritual fringe dwellers of society,Old Souls can be likened to the modest Sages and humble Mystics of the days of old.  Finding it difficult to adapt to our modern materialistic and ego-worshiping society, Old Souls go along their quiet paths often unheard and unacknowledged.  After all, in a world full of Young Souls craving for occupational, financial and social success, who really has the time to stop, calm down, and listen to the deeper calls of life?
If you do have open ears and an open heart, however, you may find this article not only beneficial, but invaluable and enlightening.

25 Lessons, Insights And Revelations

Posed to a group of more than 3,000 self-identified Old Souls, We recently asked the following question hoping to receive a variety of responses:
What lessons, insights and/or revelations do you have about life?
The following is a compilation of this warm and insightful group's responses.
Live life in love, by loving yourself first.  Follow your heart, and your intuition.  Trust your gut instinct because chances are, you are right!  Protect our Mother Earth, Gaia, in any way that you can.  - Jason Pednault
There is the world of the manifest and the unmanifested.  Consciousness makes the world manifest. - Annette Vaillancourt
Life is about loving; loving yourself, loving nature, humanity and all of its mistakes, about loving everyone you know because you undertand them, about loving everyone you don't know because they might be just like you, about loving every single thing you can do, did or will do with no regrets. - Pedro Claro
Pay closer attention to your thoughts and actions.  Let go of the things not under your control, which are most things. Don't attach yourself to the wish of a great future while not enjoying the 'here and now'. - Ashish Pratap Singh
I realized that in life I must seek beauty everywhere: in art, in nature, in God, in the human being; always beautiful, even when apparently there is no beauty. - Cinzia Onnis
The greatest lesson I've had is realising that I am the master of my own destiny.  My thoughts and feelings can change my life from second to second. Once I realised I had this much power, I knew that my life would take a positive turn. - Marie Carnie
Every person finds the truth their own way, and the ultimate "truth" in life has many versions that suit the needs of the many that feel they need it, whether it be religion, spirituality, or lack thereof.  As contemporary beings on the same planet, it is our duty, our social contract, to respect each others autonomy without ever infringing upon it. - Gabe Stroup
When the individual is ready or facing an Awakening, they are called to retreat.  The "normal" things in life just become empty.  This time is for you to be Alone, to ponder and retrospect, to start the Quest of finding your true self, for only in the quietness of your own can you truly see what you really are and embrace it.  After that, your world will change and different more similar friends will come to you.  In general, life will improve. - Andres Romero
A transformative moment came for me the first time I looked into a stranger's eyes and felt unconditional love and acceptance for them.  I felt for the first time how interconnected we all are. - Donna Warner
There isn't a destination.  While we seek to arrive, we never will.  Simply seeking to accept and share as much of the abundance as we possibly can continually, makes for a fluid existence. - Leigh Wiegold
Life is creation, keep creating.  - Rome Nimkar
What is commonly called "heaven" and "hell" is not a place outside of this existence we call "life" but rather they are extremes in experiences right here and now.  We experience "heaven" when we focus on the positive experiences and "hell" when we are mired in the difficult times without a sense of learning anything from the experience.  In actuality, experiences are neither all-good or all-bad, they just are.  It's how we focus our attention that puts an experience in one category or the other ... and all are opportunities for growth!  - Laura Marek
It's not that we are all connected, it's more that we were never disconnected in the first place, and that we just thought that was the case.  Once we realize that we really are all one being, and that things like good and evil are merely human constructs, logic will lead us to wisdom.   - Kristopher Marlatt
When your prayers are not answered, it doesn't mean God has abandoned you or doesn't exist.  You cannot have everything you want.  In every struggle, there is a lesson to be learned.  And there will come a time wherein you'll realize why those things happened and what you have learned from them.  We live in this world not just to exist but continue on learning.  - Irene Laroga Gunning
Faith can be a humble expression of hope, or an arrogant and ignorant declaration of truth.  I personally believe humility is in order when contemplating God.  - Thomas Schneider
No matter how mature you get, no matter how much you think you understand, as you go from one moment to another, one person to the next; through examples and mistakes, we will keep on learning.  Because life is a journey.  And in that journey, we will learn and relearn the lessons we have come to realize.  - John Arvin Baygan
The two words I live my life by are "just love".  I also strongly believe in the power of NOW and we are all one with each other and the universe.  - Jess Habig
Reality is nothing but the manifestation of Imagination.  In the end what really exists forever, what we can call as the absolute, undebatable, undeniable, invincible truth is the creative force of our thinking patterns in the middle of an infinite void.  The Source is experiencing all of us, our lives, our existence all together at once simultaneously in the same moment right now, even as I type these words.  - Pranay Kumar
We live life as artists creating our path of existence.  In the end, we create this magnificent masterpiece with all its beauty to share with the Universe so that it grows as well.  - Shiela Brown
One of the major challenges we face in life is that our life is disjointed, both inside and outside.  There are many parts of us that need to be integrated so that we can form a big picture.  Khalil Jibran once said "Joy is your sorrow unmasked".  We have got to bring our hidden sides to consciousness and integrate them into a whole so that our joy increases profoundly and our life unfolds magically and effortlessly.  - Hassan Qadeer Butt
For so long I have sought answers from books, and teachers, only to find discontent for I could not live them out.  My wisdom never came from philosophies or teachings; they only improved my understanding.  True wisdom comes from within.   - Nikko Palma
Material things, physical appearances, labelling, and the need to see things as a form of evidence are all superficial.  We just need to practice proper discernment.  And to achieve proper discernment, we must practice graceful detachment.   - Kevin Echaluse
Over time, I have learned that my old soul sees a part of itself in every person it meets.  It has the ability to see through others' eyes.  With this lesson, I have achieved greater humility, compassion, and kindness towards all mankind.   - Maya Delion
I have learned there's pure joy in building bridges and not burning them, leading everything towards communion not fragmentation. -Kunjana Parashar
Everything that happens in my life, whether perceived as good or bad, is for my benefit and growth, and for the benefit and growth of the original consciousness of the universe. - Brianna Leigh
If you gleaned something precious from this article, please share below.  Similarly, if you have any of your own lessons, insights or revelations to share I would love to hear them in the comments section!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Catholic Priest Dies for 48 Minutes, Comes Back to Life and Claims God Is Female

A Catholic priest from Massachusetts was officially dead for more than 48 minutes before medics were able to miraculously re-start his heart. During that time, Father John Micheal O’neal claims he went to heaven and met God, which he describes as a warm and comforting motherly figure.
The 71-year old cleric was rushed to the hospital on January 29 after a major heart attack, but was declared clinically dead soon after his arrival. With the aid of a high-tech machine called LUCAS 2, that kept the blood flowing to his brain, doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital managed to unblock vital arteries and return his heart to a normal rhythm.
The doctors were afraid he would have suffered some brain damage from the incident, but he woke up less than 48 hours later and seems to have perfectly recovered.
The elderly man claims that he has clear and vivid memories of what happened to him while he was dead. He describes a strange out-of-body experience, experiencing an intense feeling of unconditional love and acceptance, as well as being surrounded by an overwhelming light.
He claims that at that point in his experience, he went to heaven and encountered God, which he describes as a feminine, mother-like “Being of Light”.
“Her presence was both overwhelming and comforting” states the Catholic priest. “She had a soft and soothing voice and her presence was as reassuring as a mother’s embrace. The fact that God is a Holy Mother instead of a Holy Father doesn’t disturb me, she is everything I hoped she would be and even more!”
The declarations of the cleric caused quite a stir in the catholic clergy of the archdiocese over the last few days, causing the Archbishop to summon a press conference to try and calm the rumors.
Despite the disapproval of his superiors, Father O’neal says that he will continue dedicating his life to God and spread the word of the “Holy Mother”.
“I wish to continue preaching” says the elderly cleric. “I would like to share my new knowledge of the Mother, the Son and the Holy Ghost with all catholics and even all Christians. God is great and almighty despite being a woman…”
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston has not confirmed however, if they will allow Father O’neal to resume his preaching in his former parish in South Boston.
The Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, made a public statement this morning stating that Father O’neal suffered hallucinations linked to a near-death experience and that God clearly isn’t a female.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

The latest wonder food: More and more crave banana flour as a way of curbing the carbs because it helps you feel fuller for longer

It might sound, well, a bit bananas, but making your bread and cakes with green banana flour could be a healthier way to satisfy your carb cravings.

The flour – which does not actually taste of bananas – contains resistant starch, a type of carbohydrate which behaves like fibre by helping to control blood sugar levels and keeping us fuller for longer.
And because resistant starch cannot be completely absorbed by the body, we take fewer calories from it.

Like bananas, the flour has high levels of potassium, which helps control the electrical activity of the heart, and magnesium, which aids nerve and muscle activity.
James Taylor-Grime, whose company Nutryttiva sources the ingredient from unripened bananas grown in Brazil, said: ‘We only started selling it last month, but so far sales are doubling each week.’

‘At £10 for a 400g packet it’s more expensive than your average self-raising, but you don’t need as much of it.
‘You use about 25 per cent less than normal wheat flour when baking.
‘Taste-wise it has a slightly nutty, clean flavour, but it is almost flavourless. It can also be added into smoothies and salad dressings.’

Ursula Philpot, consultant dietitian and senior lecturer at Leeds Beckett University, said banana flour could also help those who needed a high-fibre diet.

Gluten-free, and with a subtle nutty flavour, the banana flour can be substituted for ordinary wheat flour in nearly every recipe, converts claim.
Ordinary starch, found in regular bread, potatoes and pasta, is rapidly digested in the small intestine and absorbed as glucose into the blood.
But not all resistant starch is absorbed by the small intestine, so sugar is released into the blood more slowly, and insulin levels don’t rise as quickly.

This prevents a subsequent drop in blood sugar levels - which makes us feel hungry.
Ursula Philpot, consultant dietitian and senior lecturer at Leeds Beckett University, said: ‘The resistant starch in green bananas slows the release of food through the gut which helps slow the insulin response.
‘This will have a knock-on effect on weight management by controlling blood sugar levels throughout the day.
‘It can help some types of IBS sufferers as well – those who need a high fibre diet.’

Have benefits of statins been exaggerated? Advocates distorted statistics and downplayed side-effects say experts

The benefits of taking statins have been exaggerated, two leading experts claim.
They say the cholesterol-lowering medicines – hailed as miracle drugs when they hit the market 20 years ago – are not as safe or effective at preventing heart attacks as patients have been led to believe.
Although they can dramatically cut cholesterol levels, they have ‘failed to substantially improve cardiovascular outcomes’, says an analysis of data in clinical trials.

It was carried out by Dr David Diamond, a professor of molecular pharmacology at the University of South Florida, and expert in cardiovascular disease Dr Uffe Ravnskov.
They say many studies touting statins’ efficacy have failed to note serious side effects. They also claim ‘statistical deception’ has been used to make inflated claims about their effectiveness, which has misled the public.
The two authors say in the analysis, published in the Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology: ‘The adverse effects suffered by people taking statins are more common than reported in the media and at medical conferences.

‘Increased rates of cancer, cataracts, diabetes, cognitive impairments and musculoskeletal disorders more than offset the modest cardiovascular benefits of statin treatment.’
They conclude: ‘There is a great appeal to the public to take a pill that offers the promise of a longer life and to live heart attack free.

‘The reality, however, is that statins actually produce only small beneficial effects on cardiovascular outcomes, and their adverse effects are far more substantial than is generally known.’
In July, NHS rationing body Nice said statins should be given to 17million patients, almost 40 per cent of the adult population.
The US experts say those who champion the medication have often presented data in a way that exaggerates the benefits.

‘Statin advocates have used statistical deception to create the illusion that statins are “wonder drugs,” when the reality is that their modest benefits are more than offset by their adverse effects’, they claim.
The analysis takes a critical look at the Jupiter Trial and the Anglo-Scandinavian Cardiac Outcomes Trial Lipid Lowering Arm (ASCOT-LLA).
It claims that in the Jupiter trial, the public and doctors were told of a 54 per cent reduction in heart attacks, when the actual reduction was less than 1 percentage point.
In the ASCOT-LLA study, the improvement in patient outcomes with Lipitor treatment was 1.1 percentage points, said the analysis.

But when this study was presented to the public, US advertisements transformed this into a 36 per cent cut in the risk of having a heart attack.
The inflated claims and playing down of the adverse effects have helped to boost enthusiasm for the cholesterol-lowering drugs among health care providers and the public, say the authors.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

"It makes no difference whether they be Catholics, Orthodox, Copts or Protestants. They are Christians!"- Pope Francis on the Coptic Christians martyred by IS

Pope Francis has denounced the killing of 21 Egyptian Copts by Isis militants, saying they were 'assassinated because they were Christian'.

The Argentine pope departed from his script during an address to members of the Church of Scotland to address the killings which took place on a beach in Libya and were filmed and broadcast on Sunday by a website that supports Islamic State.

"Their only words were: 'Jesus, help me!' They were killed simply for the fact that they were Christians," Francis said in his native Spanish, departing from the Italian he uses at most formal events. 

The leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, who has said it is "lawful" to stop an unjust aggressor, went on: "The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out be heard. It makes no difference whether they be Catholics, Orthodox, Copts or Protestants. They are Christians!"

Francis added: "The martyrs belong to all Christians."

Egypt, where Christians make up around a tenth of a predominantly Muslim population, is stepping up its battle against Islamist militants in neighbouring Libya.
The Coptic Church is founded on the teachings of St. Mark who took Christianity to Egypt during the reign of the Roman emperor Nero.

Monday, February 16, 2015

The Healing Power of Your Hands

Did you know that your hands hold an innate healing power that have been used for centuries?
Mudras are positions of the hands that are said to influence the energy of your physical, emotional and spiritual body.
Mudras have been used in the East for thousands of years and were practiced by many spiritual leaders including Buddha. 
Sometimes we may subconsciously place our hands into Mudra positions without even knowing it and other times we can use them to help channel and stimulate healing.
There are hundreds of Mudras but here are some of the most common:
1.) Gyan Mudra (Mudra of Knowledge):mudra of knowledge
The tip of the index finger touches the tip of the thumb while the other fingers remain straight.
Benefits: Enhances knowledge, stimulates the pituitary and endocrine glands, increases memory, helps meditation, prevents insomnia, can boost mood and bring clarity.
Practice: Any time while sitting, standing or lying in bed.
2.) Prithvi Mudra (Mudra of Earth): mudra of earth
The tip of the ring finger touches the thumb while the other fingers remain straight out.
Benefits: reduces physical and spiritual weaknesses, can increase the life force, can help clear skin, promotes body functionality.
Practice: Any time.
3.) Varuna Mudra (Mudra of Water): mudra of water
The tip of the pinky finger touches the thumb while the other fingers remain straight up.
Benefits: helps to balance emotions and helps to retain water. Helps to relieve constipation and cramps. Can also help regulate menstrual cycles and hormonal conditions.
Practice: 15 minutes three times a day.
4.) Vayu Mudra (Mudra of Air): mudra of air
The thumb wraps over the index finger while the rest of the fingers remain straight.
Benefits: helps to calm an anxious mind, soothe a strained voice and can help decrease stress. Can also help reduce impatience and indecisiveness.
Practice: 10 to 15 minutes, 3 times per day.
5.) Shunya Mudra (Mudra of Emptiness): mudra of emptiness
The tip of the thumb presses the middle finger down while the rest of the fingers stand straight up.
Benefits: reduces dullness in the body and can also be highly effective for ear aches. Can help restore confidence and boost mental cognition.
Practice: 40-60 minutes daily or for an earache- 4 to 5 minutes.
6.) Surya Mudra (Mudra of the Sun): mudra of the sun
Bend the ring finger under the thumb while the rest of the fingers remain straight.
Benefits: helps stimulate the thyroid gland, helps to alleviate weight gain and reduces appetite, stimulates digestion, helps relieve anxiety and stress. Helps to guide you to your purpose.
Practice: 5 to 15 minutes, twice daily.
7.) Prana Mudra (Mudra of Life): mudra of life
The ring and pinky finger both bend to meet the thumb while the index and middle finger remain pointed straight up.
Benefits: improves the life force, helps to strengthen the mind, body and spirit, helps promote taking action, improves immunity and motivation. Helps enhance vision and reduces fatigue.
Practice: Any time.
8.) Apana Mudra (Mudra of Digestion): mudra of digestion
The middle and ring finger are bent under the thumb while the pinky and index finger stand straight up.
Benefits: helps to regulate the excretory system, helps detoxify and stimulates bowel movements. Helpful at relieving constipation and piles.
Practice: 45 minutes daily
9.) Apana Vayu Mudra (Mudra of the Heart): mudra of the heart
The index finger bends to touch the base of the thumb while the middle and ring finger bend to touch the tip of the thumb. The pinky finger remains stretched out.
Benefits: stimulates healing of the heart and helps physically protect the heart. Can also help reduce gas and heart burn.
Practice: 15 minutes, twice daily
10.) Linga Mudra (Mudra of Heat): mudra of heat
Interlock the fingers of both hands but keep the thumb of the left hand pointing up. Take the right thumb and wrap it around the thumb so it touches the index finger of the right hand.
Benefits: helps to stimulate heat in the body, helps reduce phlegm and congestion, good for strengthening the lungs, helps to invigorate and balance the body.
Practice: Any time but do not over practice.