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Feminism is a movement that works towards creating equality between sexes and women’s rights. Though I fully support equality and all to have freedom and rights, I believe that aspects of this movement have created separation amongst us, stemming from over-identifying with gender.

If we look at gender issues, particularly women’s issues, we’ve seen massive amounts of inequality throughout history. For example, look at all of our founding ‘fathers’ of science, quantum physics, engineering, psychology, etc. Gender inequality exists within every field of academia. Many ‘groundbreaking’ discoveries have been attributed to men, and solely to men. Many have been stolen from women, simply because they were women, and many discoveries made by women have gone completely unacknowledged by academia. The wage gap is another example of inequality, but more on that later.

One of my favourite examples women in history is Rachel Carson, a major player in the environmental movement today. Carson sparked the entire movement in the 1960s with her book Silent Spring. She is a writer, biologist, environmentalist and ecologist. The book documented the dangers of pesticides and herbicides, something that we are still trying to create awareness about today. I wrote an article a few years ago regarding ‘female revolutionaries’ you won’t hear about in history class if you’d like to see some more examples.

It is my hope that one day we will have a book that details all revolutionary minds, regardless of their gender, or even race.

Candace Owens On Feminism

That being said, I still believe there are some important points to consider when talking about gender issues. A viewpoint that really resonates with me is one from political activist Candace Owens, which she shared in an article on the Stamford Advocate. Owens explains:

My first outward rejection of the modern ideals of feminism occurred accidentally, during a mandatory women’s studies course in college. My professor had just gone over a staggering statistic that some 89 percent of people suffering with eating disorders were women. “This,” she explained, was “due to the unrealistic expectations placed upon us by the patriarchy.” “What then do you make of all the men that do steroids?” I surmised aloud, “… be it the fault of the matriarchy?”

This is a great point, and it comes out of questioning the blame culture we have in our modern world. Candace’s question highlights the pressures society as a whole puts on both genders. Both have been given ‘identities’ within society, and both are subjected to sexism. For years, elitist groups and corporations have created narratives surrounding gender norms in order to capitalize on gender identification.

She then goes on to describe how it was the above mentioned exchange that sparked her thesis on why feminism is broken, and how women are being taught it rather than experiencing it.

In fact, in many cases we are being encouraged to override our experiences in favour of indoctrination. At best, the movement denotes a selective musketeer mentality: it’s a pledge that a bad experience had by one ought to be broadcast and accepted as the reality for all, but a good experience had by one? Well, that woman ought to just shut up and keep it to herself. Yup. Let us hand a microphone to the woman who was beat by her husband, but muffle the one beside her who might wish to thank her own for the role he plays in her happiness.

I thought this was a very interesting point, and one that I can relate to. I myself am an ethnic minority, but have not directly experienced racism. Although I know my parents and many others have, I believe we’ve also come to expect this behavior from others, rather than observe it when it actually happens.

This behaviour, on both sides, comes from a narrative of separation that has become so ingrained within society that we sometimes perceive experiences as being racially motivated even when they may not be. Many women have also grown accustomed to distrusting men, feeling hatred toward men and acting from the same sexist mentality they feel inclined to fight against. Does this not simply reinforce hatred and inequality, and lack empathy as a whole? Does this separated behaviour in society not benefit our political overlord’s power? Separatism, gender and racial issues are frequent subjects within media, and although they deserve to be discussed, they are also overblown and hyped up for political purposes. More on that below.

Identity Politics

Promoting identity politics has always been a governmental tool, and as a result, the masses simply follow and become indoctrinated without ever questioning it. Identity politics has served, and continues to serve, many useful purposes for the elite. Mark Crispin, a professor of media studies from New York University, shares something many of us are not aware of:

It’s interesting to note that Ford and Rockefeller and the other foundations with strong CIA connections started giving grants in the early 70s to study race and gender. It was a sudden move towards identify politics by these organizations and the theory is that the reason they did this was to balkanize the left and to prevent it from pursuing any kind of a class or economic analysis (source)

He goes on to state how, rather than empowering a ‘class’ identity which supports unity, major academic institutions are instructed to promote the primacy of race and gender to ensure that the establishment’s agenda of ‘polarization’ is always fuelled.

New York University (NYU), one of the most prestigious and expensive institutions in the United States, likes to present itself as liberal and “diverse,” and as an “institution without walls.” Many of the school’s departments, including history, sociology or anthropology, count leading representatives of postmodernism and identity politics among their faculty, and the promotion of race and gender as having primacy over class is, in many ways, the official school ideology.

However, behind this surface of “diversity” lie extensive ties to big business, the Democratic Party and the military. As this series will demonstrate, NYU is now closely integrated into the preparations for war against both Russia and China, and, along with that, in the efforts of both the state and the major corporations to conduct mass surveillance and censor free speech on the Internet. (source)

Feminism As Social Engineering

It’s interesting to note the Ford and Rockefeller connections with regards to gender studies. It reminded me of an interview conducted with Aaron Russo, a well-known American entertainment businessman, film producer and director, and political activist. He’s best-known for producing movies such as Trading PlacesWise Guys, and The Rose.

In an interview, he explained a conversation he had with one of the members of the Rockefeller family. He stated how he was told that they (the Rockefeller’s) used the media they owned (and everything else) to create, fund and push the women’s liberation movement. Aaron expressed (to Rockefeller) how women have the right to work and get equal pay, no doubt, and this should be no different from men, just like they won the right to vote etc., but he was unaware of the intentions behind the movement.

The same forces that have suppressed women all of these years were responsible for supporting the liberation movement. How weird is that?

He explains how the women’s liberation movement was birthed because they realized they didn’t want to just tax half the population, they wanted all of them. The second reason was to indoctrinate people in regards to how they think. In this case, it was women, but just as equally, men had also been indoctrinated in their ways of thinking as well. This is something we still see today.

Russo expresses how, up until then, he thought the effort and movement was quite a noble thing, but when he saw the intentions behind the movement and the sudden big push it had received, he saw “the evil behind what he thought was a noble venture.”

The Rise Of Gloria Steinem

After this, Gloria Steinem became more popular. Steinem was known as a feminist, journalist, and social political activist, and was seen as the leader and spokeswoman for the American feminist movement in the late 1960s and early 1970s. However, there seems to be quite a bit of evidence suggesting that she worked for the CIA, spying on Marxist students in Europe and infiltrating their meetings.

She didn’t deny this, as an article from the New Yorker points out:

So what, exactly, was the N.S.A. useful for? This is where things get murky. According to Paget’s account, the N.S.A. was apparently not used for what the C.I.A. called “political warfare.” The agency did create a front organization called the Independent Research Service (inventing titles that are as meaningless as possible is part of the spy game) for the purpose of recruiting American students to disrupt Soviet-controlled World Youth Festivals in Vienna, in 1959, and Helsinki, in 1962. The person in charge was the future feminist Gloria Steinem, who knew perfectly well where the money was coming from and never regretted taking it. “If I had a choice I would do it again,” she later said.

Regarding the women’s liberation movement: (source)

Apparently, Steinem also tried to suppress information unearthed in the 70s by a radical feminist group called the Red Stockings. This group spoke up against Steinem, and the two were seen as the main women’s liberation movement leaders at the time. The Red Stockings seemed to be very upset with Steinem, questioning her motives and why she was receiving all of the funding from these intelligence agencies to push her version of the women’s liberation movement. (source)

Ms. magazine is what the Red Stockings seemed to be upset about, which was founded by Steinem. It represented a different kind of women’s liberation movement than all of the others at the time. Again, this was likely because of her intelligence agency connections and the motivations behind them. It’s the one that received the most attention and became the most popular.

 

Some of these women who were in the audience at the Red Stockings’ press conference asked why the Red Stockings did not give greater prominence to their political critique of Ms. (Steinem) than to to allegations that Steinem had worked for the CIA. Sarachild’s response (from Red Stockings) about that is that the Red Stockings is discussing liberalism in the women’s movement in its forthcoming journal, Feminist Revolution, but that they consider Ms. inauthentic. “Ms.’s liberalism is different from other’s liberalism, “she said. Her first feelings that something was wrong with Ms. came at a meeting in 1972 where women from Ms. were telling old NOW members how to organize. She said that although she disagreed with the NOW women on many issues, she almost cried at the condescension with which they were being treated. Sarachild does not believe that Red Stockings‘ challenge to Ms. can be adequately described as a struggle because “one faction has all the money and power.” (source)

Steinem tried to suppress this information unearthed in the 1970s by the Red Stockings. In 1979, Steinem and her powerful CIA-connected friends, Katharine Graham of the Washington Post and Ford Foundation President Franklin Thomas, prevented Random House from publishing it in Feminist Revolution. Nevertheless, the story appeared in the Village Voice on May 21, 1979.

How fascinating are all of these connections?

If Candace Owens was alive back then, she would probably have been part of the real feminist revolution, not the seemingly manufactured one that took over for ulterior motives and agendas. Although the feminist movement was one of importance at its time in history, it’s important to understand all motives behind it today.

It seems that this was the start of indoctrinated feminism, a tool that can be used to divide society.

Is Feminism Taught More Than It’s Experienced?

Owens preaches, as mentioned above, that feminism today isn’t experienced as much as it is taught.

I find it necessary to formally state that not once in my entire life was I made to feel incapable, or weak next to my male peers. Not once did a school teacher tell me that I ought to learn to cook and clean rather than to read and write, and for clarification, the eating disorder that I had in college had absolutely nothing to do with the urging of any man.

How many feminists out there have actually experienced discrimination because they are a female? How many simply believe they have because their minds were indoctrinated with this mindset in the first place? I’m not suggesting that we’ve achieved equality 100% of the way, nor am  I saying you shouldn’t speak up for someone who’s being discriminated against. It’s clear that gender inequality can still be seen in aspects of society today. However, we’re bombarded by reports on sexism and separatism on a daily basis by mainstream media, andit feels as though the hate and divide amongst men and women is widening regardless of how close the equality gap has become. Why?

It gets ickier: I happen to find it simply polite when a man opens a door for a woman and not once has the action sent me into analytical overdrive regarding what sort of monster would assume my incapability?! No, in fact I typically just say thank you. And I’m not sorry for any of this by the way, so if that somehow disqualifies me from sitting at the table of “real women,” I’ll learn to live with the losses. Happy women are growing tired of being silenced. I’ve got girlfriends who choose to stay at home to raise their children, and they are not prisoners; I know a few that voted against Hillary Clinton who are far from deplorable, and perhaps most shockingly of all, not one of these ladies feels victimized by the state of their own womanhood.

Asking them to disregard their content in favor of a movement, isn’t a movement, it’s an agenda, and a strikingly ironic one at that; it tells us women repeatedly that we must accept our status as the weaker sex, the very notion that it claims to reject. – Candace Owens

According to Owens, women are being targeted and bullied into a certain train of thought:

It is not my intention to laugh or offend. I am aware that in a culture where “being a victim” is the new black, such a bold proclamation of happiness might unintentionally create a glitch in the matrix. I am aware that if I seek to be on-trend, then I ought to grab onto my womanhood, or my African-American roots, or my absolutely-anything-at-all that might deem me an objectifiable minority. And then I’d cry boo-hoo and wait … for a hand-out, perhaps. Or a pat on the back, or a hashtag that would make it rain validation in the deep recesses of my heart. And then of course I would no longer have to be responsible for anything; Not my own lack of achievements, not my today, and certainly not my tomorrow because I could blame it all on my unfortunate status as a victim. It’s just they couldn’t program me to think like this, and for that, I am of no use to feminism.

This narrative reminded me of a post I saw floating around on social media, shared below. This is where the conversation of emotional intelligence and dropping our identities comes into play.  Are we addicted to drama, conflict, and disagreement? When what we learn causes our belief systems to collapse, do we hang onto them anyways? Do we get stuck trying to hold onto them because we identify with them? Sometimes it’s not easy to let go of our political identities, the sides we choose, and even the division created by over-identifying with race, religion and culture. But at some point, if we want change, we have to learn to let go of these narratives and start looking at truth. Think back to a moment where you had to let go of a belief. How did you do it? Was it so bad once you did? Where might you be stuck today if you hadn’t let go of it? Is what you are stuck on or fighting for truly making you happy or making your life better?

Related CE Article: Why We’re Systematically Trained To Be Offended By Everything

Feminism in Light of the Western World

I feel we are stretching the gender a little too much, as far as I’m concerned, whether someone is a man or a woman is not even my concern. What somebody’s got in their pants what’s my business about it? These things are relevant only in bathrooms and bedrooms. This should not be relevant anywhere else. Because, you must understand, too much identification with gender essentially means you’re identifying with your body parts. If you must identify with your body parts, if that’s the only way you can live, why choose reproductive organs? At least choose the brains! Why are we constantly thinking who is a man, who is a woman? This is a fetish. Why are you even bothered? Only for certain relationships it matters, the rest of the time, why does it matter? I’m asking, we are making too much out of it, by this both genders will suffer.

These words come from Sadhguru, which I also found very interesting. He goes on to explain.

Yes, unfortunately, there have been long periods of exploitation of women across the world and even in this country, but you must understand there was a time when, in this country, women were not exploited by any means. They lived fabulous lives, you just look back and see. Do you see, for example, you see, of lets say Ramayana, Mahabharata (Hindu texts) whatever you have, do you see women going around on whales? Do you see women hiding? No, the queen sat on the kings lap in public. So, this was not a culture like that but you must understand we have faced a little over a thousand years of innovations. When innovations happen, they not only go for your gold, they also go for your wives and your daughters first. So, putting them behind, hiding them somewhere, among sacks of grain, became a normal thing. So when thousands of years of continuous innovations happen the risk of keeping your woman out became a very wrong thing to do, so unfortunately they’re still continuing. I think we’ll break through in the next coming generation, I think we are already breaking through in a big way but we must understand that we are only the second generation after independence, so don’t be in too much of a rush and make this one species into two.

Unfortunately, in reaction to the past exploitations, we are trying to create two species. It’s very important the changes we make in our society are not in reaction to the wrong things that happened in the past.

This is another great point that echoes Owens’ point made above.

It’s important to mention that some feminists may react to the queen/king comment above, implying that the role of a king and a queen sitting on his lap renders the queen inferior. Success and happiness are not measured by the amount of money we make. This brings me to one of Sadhguru’s main points about modern day feminism: It’s driven by economics.

And no, this does not mean there should not be equality in pay. Obviously, there should be total equality when it comes to pay.

But throughout history, men and women have had different roles, none represent something better, and both were equally as strong. In fact, every human being has masculine and feminine energies within them, we are two halves that make a whole. One no better than the other. But if we only focus on money when discussing gender inequality, we will always live in a masculine dominated world, “not male, but masculine” (Sadhguru). The feminine qualities will disappear if we continue to look at this from an economics perspective, as females will also strive for what is ‘masculine.’

Suppose a man here feels like having a baby, can he have? So whatever, we can complain we don’t have equal opportunity. Biologically we’re designed to fulfil different aspects of nature. Why is one thing superior and another thing inferior? Simply because you are making economic activity as the ultimate activity, this is the only problem. The fundamental problem is you are making economic activity the greatest thing you can do. Just making money is the most successful thing you can do in life? Valuing people only for the money that they earn, you will make the entire world into your market place. 

The Takeaway

Personally, I’m not sure how many gender issues truly exist today, and how many examples of inequality are present.  Let’s take the wage gap, for example. The average woman’s pay is approximately 80 percent of that of a man’s. Is this because they are women and are not given equal hiring opportunities? Or is it because men are more attracted to higher paying jobs, like the role of a CEO? Then again, many of these statistics only take into account white women, and so the gender wage gap is significantly higher within many minority groups. There are so many more factors at play here than what we are shown.

The bottom line on statistics is we must look at a multifactored analysis behind the questions we have, and not simply blame it on one aspect like gender. Many, many things go into understanding why things are the way they are today. This is precisely why many people are exceptions to statistics, because it is never about ONE factor.

Society often frowns upon the traditional image of women being in the home, taking care of children and being nurturing. We implied that this was somehow inferior to working outside the home, when really it’s equally as important as any other job, if not more. And it’s not just a woman’s job. Many men are shamed for wanting to stay home and look after their children, as societal norms encourage men to provide for their families in a more ‘traditional’ sense.

So, I encourage you to ask yourselves: What’s really going on here with modern day feminism? I ask all women of my generation reading this: Have you ever experienced discrimination simply because you’re a woman? If so, how often?

To reiterate, it’s quite clear that there are issues we still must address as a society, but in order to solve them don’t we need to truly understand them? We also should consider that we are approaching these subjects from a place of love, and not anger or hate. Otherwise, this will only create more separatism and further sexism. 

One of the strengths–and weaknesses–of a Western medical education is its predisposition to break things down and compartmentalize them. While much data is gleaned in the minutiae, very little attention is given to the interrelationship between disciplines. While a medical student may become a true specialist in their field, they too become compartmentalized, and are often ignorant of very important information that would be essential for a broader, more holistic overview. And this appears to be by design.

A case in point is the testimony of Tetyana Obukhanych, who earned her Ph.D. in Immunology at the Rockefeller University in New York and did post-graduate work at Harvard. In a presentation she delivered in British Columbia (full video here), she was discussing scientific evidence from a publication dealing with a measles outbreak in Quebec in 2011.  The evidence showed that 48% of those who had contracted measles were fully vaccinated for measles, and this does not even include those who were vaccinated only once for the measles, as they get lumped in with the unvaccinated people. She took a moment to tell a story about how she became aware of this phenomenon:

The interesting thing is that my field, the field of immunology, the basic field that sort of is responsible for all these theories of immunity, we don’t really deal with the real world. We do research in labs. We are sort of an ivory tower profession and we don’t even read these publications because this is too far away from our field. We only read what’s specific to our research and usually it’s immunizations and how antibodies are generated and all the details of the immune responses.

And I went through my whole PhD training and I believed that vaccines give you immunity and that if you got vaccines there is absolutely no way, virtually no way, that you would get a disease, and I’m pretty sure that most of my colleagues in my narrow field believed the same way, and we had conversations about that. And even someone at some point mentioned to me and said that they had a vaccine and they got measles and I sort of brushed it aside and thought that the person is confused. It was either she didn’t have the vaccine or it wasn’t measles, one of the two.

But what happen is that a few years ago I had to apply for American citizenship and part of the procedure is to submit your vaccination records, right, and this was the first time that I looked at my own vaccination records carefully, and I discovered that I had two measles vaccines in my childhood. Well, I didn’t know about it because I was too young to remember, but what I remember really well is that when I was 11 I had measles, and so that was a little bit harder to discount.

And I told recently someone else and they said, ‘Oh, you are confused about that, you didn’t have measles!’ like ‘How do you know?’ ‘Did you check <whether> you really had the virus there or not?’ So it’s just, you know, the doctors diagnosis, right? But I lived in Ukraine, and there, you know, there was tons of measles around and doctors knew when they saw measles. But anyway, so the reason I kind of had to look for these papers is to actually to confirm to myself whether I’m confused about my measles or is this a general phenomenon and it’s happening, and it’s documented in the literature. And indeed it is documented in the literature. But immunologists don’t know about it.

Let that sink in for a moment. You get your PhD in Immunology, and you leave school to go out into the world to work on things like, oh, immunization, and you haven’t learned that you can still get certain diseases even if you’ve been fully vaccinated against them? Despite this being scientifically documented and an uncontested fact? Again, ignorance by design.

Industry Intimidation

For those medical students who become family doctors or pediatricians, the practice of doing independent research into the readily available scientific evidence that contradicts Western medical orthodoxy is certainly frowned upon. Further, those who wish to employ this knowledge in advising their patients often find themselves in the crosshairs of establishment and pharmaceutical industry condemnation.

One example of this is with the painkiller Vioxx, which by some estimates led to 60,000 deaths, and for which Merck had to pay out almost $5 billion to settle 27,000 lawsuits. Merck emails from 1999 showed that company execs sought to intimidate doctors who disliked using Vioxx, or worse. One email said, “We may need to seek them out and destroy them where they live,” while other emails passed on a list of dissenting doctors who they sought to “destroy,” “neutralize,” or “discredit.”(source)

Now, if doctors began to look into the independent research on vaccines and actually spoke out questioning their safety and effectiveness, they would quickly find themselves on such an industry hit list and risk losing their medical licenses, having their reputations destroyed and perhaps even more.

And that is why challenges to the establishment, like the one being waged by Tetyana Obukhanych, is so important to those of us who are simply looking for the objective facts and a reasonable theory that binds them, especially as it pertains to the safety of our children. Scientists like Tetyana generally don’t have any desire to be activists, they would likely rather do scientific research and have a higher authority act properly upon their findings. However, we live in a time when the medical authority is corrupt and money-driven and wields tremendous power over the government. And so the only way a scientist can get the truth out about their findings is to speak that truth themselves. This often means giving up the quiet and secure life as a researcher that they went to school for and going out into the public as an activist.

Defending The Choice Not To Vaccinate

One of the conclusions that Tetyana has come to after investigating real-world scientific findings on the safety and efficacy of vaccines is that children who have not been vaccinated do not pose any increased risk to public health as compared to vaccinated children. In an ‘Open Letter To Legislators Currently Considering Vaccine Legislation,’ she argues to legislators, some of whom are poised to remove vaccine exemptions from their districts, that “discrimination in a public school setting against children who are not vaccinated for reasons of conscience is completely unwarranted.” Below is the full letter, and appendices and footnotes are available in the link above.

Dear Legislator:

My name is Tetyana Obukhanych. I hold a PhD in Immunology. I am writing this letter in the hope that it will correct several common misperceptions about vaccines in order to help you formulate a fair and balanced understanding that is supported by accepted vaccine theory and new scientific findings.

Do unvaccinated children pose a higher threat to the public than the vaccinated?

It is often stated that those who choose not to vaccinate their children for reasons of conscience endanger the rest of the public, and this is the rationale behind most of the legislation to end vaccine exemptions currently being considered by federal and state legislators country-wide.

You should be aware that the nature of protection afforded by many modern vaccines – and that includes most of the vaccines recommended by the CDC for children – is not consistent with such a statement.

I have outlined below the recommended vaccines that cannot prevent transmission of disease either because they are not designed to prevent the transmission of infection (rather, they are intended to prevent disease symptoms), or because they are for non-communicable diseases.

People who have not received the vaccines mentioned below pose no higher threat to the general public than those who have, implying that discrimination against non-immunized children in a public school setting may not be warranted.

1. IPV (inactivated poliovirus vaccine) cannot prevent transmission of poliovirus. (see appendix for the scientific study, Item #1). Wild poliovirus has been non-existent in the USA for at least two decades. Even if wild poliovirus were to be re-imported by travel, vaccinating for polio with IPV cannot affect the safety of public spaces. Please note that wild poliovirus eradication is attributed to the use of a different vaccine, OPV or oral poliovirus vaccine. Despite being capable of preventing wild poliovirus transmission, use of OPV was phased out long ago in the USA and replaced with IPV due to safety concerns.

2. Tetanus is not a contagious disease, but rather acquired from deep-puncture wounds contaminated with C. tetani spores. Vaccinating for tetanus (via the DTaP combination vaccine) cannot alter the safety of public spaces; it is intended to render personal protection only.

3. While intended to prevent the disease-causing effects of the diphtheria toxin, the diphtheria toxoid vaccine (also contained in the DTaP vaccine) is not designed to prevent colonization and transmission of C. diphtheriae. Vaccinating for diphtheria cannot alter the safety of public spaces; it is likewise intended for personal protection only.

4. The acellular pertussis (aP) vaccine (the final element of the DTaP combined vaccine), now in use in the USA, replaced the whole cell pertussis vaccine in the late 1990s, which was followed by an unprecedented resurgence of whooping cough. An experiment with deliberate pertussis infection in primates revealed that the aP vaccine is not capable of preventing colonization and transmission of B. pertussis. The FDA has issued a warning regarding this crucial finding. [1]

Furthermore, the 2013 meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors at the CDC revealed additional alarming data that pertussis variants (PRN-negative strains) currently circulating in the USA acquired a selective advantage to infect those who are up-to-date for their DTaP boosters, meaning that people who are up-to-date are more likely to be infected, and thus contagious, than people who are not vaccinated.

5. Among numerous types of H. influenzae, the Hib vaccine covers only type b. Despite its sole intention to reduce symptomatic and asymptomatic (disease-less) Hib carriage, the introduction of the Hib vaccine has inadvertently shifted strain dominance towards other types of H. influenzae (types a through f). These types have been causing invasive disease of high severity and increasing incidence in adults in the era of Hib vaccination of children (see appendix for the scientific study, Item #4). The general population is more vulnerable to the invasive disease now than it was prior to the start of the Hib vaccination campaign. Discriminating against children who are not vaccinated for Hib does not make any scientific sense in the era of non-type b H. influenzae disease.

6. Hepatitis B is a blood-borne virus. It does not spread in a community setting, especially among children who are unlikely to engage in high-risk behaviors, such as needle sharing or sex. Vaccinating children for hepatitis B cannot significantly alter the safety of public spaces. Further, school admission is not prohibited for children who are chronic hepatitis B carriers. To prohibit school admission for those who are simply unvaccinated – and do not even carry hepatitis B – would constitute unreasonable and illogical discrimination.

In summary, a person who is not vaccinated with IPV, DTaP, HepB, and Hib vaccines due to reasons of conscience poses no extra danger to the public than a person who is. No discrimination is warranted.

How often do serious vaccine adverse events happen?

It is often stated that vaccination rarely leads to serious adverse events.

Unfortunately, this statement is not supported by science.

A recent study done in Ontario, Canada, established that vaccination actually leads to an emergency room visit for 1 in 168 children following their 12-month vaccination appointment and for 1 in 730 children following their 18-month vaccination appointment (see appendix for a scientific study, Item #5).

When the risk of an adverse event requiring an ER visit after well-baby vaccinations is demonstrably so high, vaccination must remain a choice for parents, who may understandably be unwilling to assume this immediate risk in order to protect their children from diseases that are generally considered mild or that their children may never be exposed to.

Can discrimination against families who oppose vaccines for reasons of conscience prevent future disease outbreaks of communicable viral diseases, such as measles?

Measles research scientists have for a long time been aware of the “measles paradox.” I quote from the article by Poland & Jacobson (1994) “Failure to Reach the Goal of Measles Elimination: Apparent Paradox of Measles Infections in Immunized Persons.” Arch Intern Med 154:1815-1820:

“The apparent paradox is that as measles immunization rates rise to high levels in a population, measles becomes a disease of immunized persons.” [2]

Further research determined that behind the “measles paradox” is a fraction of the population called LOW VACCINE RESPONDERS. Low-responders are those who respond poorly to the first dose of the measles vaccine. These individuals then mount a weak immune response to subsequent RE-vaccination and quickly return to the pool of “susceptibles’’ within 2-5 years, despite being fully vaccinated. [3]

Re-vaccination cannot correct low-responsiveness: it appears to be an immuno-genetic trait. [4] The proportion of low-responders among children was estimated to be 4.7% in the USA. [5]

Studies of measles outbreaks in Quebec, Canada, and China attest that outbreaks of measles still happen, even when vaccination compliance is in the highest bracket (95-97% or even 99%, see appendix for scientific studies, Items #6&7). This is because even in high vaccine responders, vaccine-induced antibodies wane over time. Vaccine immunity does not equal life-long immunity acquired after natural exposure.

It has been documented that vaccinated persons who develop breakthrough measles are contagious. In fact, two major measles outbreaks in 2011 (in Quebec, Canada, and in New York, NY) were re-imported by previously vaccinated individuals. [6] [7]

Taken together, these data make it apparent that elimination of vaccine exemptions, currently only utilized by a small percentage of families anyway, will neither solve the problem of disease resurgence nor prevent re-importation and outbreaks of previously eliminated diseases.

Is discrimination against conscientious vaccine objectors the only practical solution?

The majority of measles cases in recent US outbreaks (including the recent Disneyland outbreak) are adults and very young babies, whereas in the pre-vaccination era, measles occurred mainly between the ages 1 and 15.

Natural exposure to measles was followed by lifelong immunity from re-infection, whereas vaccine immunity wanes over time, leaving adults unprotected by their childhood shots. Measles is more dangerous for infants and for adults than for school-aged children.

Despite high chances of exposure in the pre-vaccination era, measles practically never happened in babies much younger than one year of age due to the robust maternal immunity transfer mechanism.

The vulnerability of very young babies to measles today is the direct outcome of the prolonged mass vaccination campaign of the past, during which their mothers, themselves vaccinated in their childhood, were not able to experience measles naturally at a safe school age and establish the lifelong immunity that would also be transferred to their babies and protect them from measles for the first year of life.

Luckily, a therapeutic backup exists to mimic now-eroded maternal immunity. Infants as well as other vulnerable or immunocompromised individuals, are eligible to receive immunoglobulin, a potentially life-saving measure that supplies antibodies directed against the virus to prevent or ameliorate disease upon exposure (see appendix, Item #8).

In summary:

1) due to the properties of modern vaccines, non-vaccinated individuals pose no greater risk of transmission of polio, diphtheria, pertussis, and numerous non-type b H. influenzae strains than vaccinated individuals do, non-vaccinated individuals pose virtually no danger of transmission of hepatitis B in a school setting, and tetanus is not transmissible at all;

2) there is a significantly elevated risk of emergency room visits after childhood vaccination appointments attesting that vaccination is not risk-free;

3) outbreaks of measles cannot be entirely prevented even if we had nearly perfect vaccination compliance; and

4) an effective method of preventing measles and other viral diseases in vaccine-ineligible infants and the immunocompromised, immunoglobulin, is available for those who may be exposed to these diseases.

Taken together, these four facts make it clear that discrimination in a public school setting against children who are not vaccinated for reasons of conscience is completely unwarranted as the vaccine status of conscientious objectors poses no undue risk to the public.

Sincerely Yours,

~ Tetyana Obukhanych, PhD

The Takeaway

The average person is not a scientist, and so relies on the integrity of professionals in order to come to decisions about vaccine safety and effectiveness. Those who have done some research may very well agree with me that industry data on the safety of vaccine is presented in vague and complicated ways, replete with repetitive statements that ‘vaccines have been proven to be safe and effective.’ Meanwhile, the alternative data I have seen generally appears to be written in as simple and understandable a form as possible, and the connection between the theory and the data is much clearer. The vaccine ‘debate,’ if we can even call it that, is an opportunity for all of us to practice our discernment, and see telltale signs of the desire to find and share truth versus the desire to hide the truth for the sake of profit and in complete disregard for human life.

For some, this is difficult because it challenges the worldview that the authorities we have given our power to actually care about humanity and human life. But realizing the fallacy of this helps to motivate us to seek our sovereignty from authority, and contributes to our awakening as a collective.

Related CE Articles:

The Flawed Logic of Hepatitis B Vaccine Mandates

Why You Can’t Trust the CDC on Vaccines

Herd Immunity: A False Rationale for Vaccine Mandates – Are Unvaccinated Children Really Dangerous?

Government Research Confirms Measles Outbreaks Are Transmitted By The Vaccinated

We are having a New Moon in Pisces on March 6th in most of the world, and in the early hours of March 7th in the far East. This is initiating a 29.5 day lunar cycle which peaks on the Equinox on March 20th/21st with a Full Moon in Libra.

This lunar cycle begins just a day after Mercury begins its retrograde in the same sign, which will last throughout the majority of the month. Therefore, it will play a major role in how these coming weeks play out. I recommend reading my retrograde article here if you haven’t already.

We have been experiencing Piscean energies for a while now, as Pisces season began on February 18th/19th and Mercury has also been there since February 10th. However, this New Moon and Mercury Retrograde emphasizes it even more so.

Pisces is the last of 12 signs and is associated with spirit and oneness as a reflection of the zodiacal evolution. It is the least invested in physical-material word and is more oriented around emotion, compassion, energy, spirituality, imagination, and dreams. It is highly intuitive and even psychic, sometimes unknowingly. It can be divinely inspired, idealistic, healing, mystical, and highly creative. It is forgiving, self-sacrificing, and unconditionally loving.

Pisces is visual based and non-linear, therefore it can lack rationality and mental acuity. It struggles when it comes to details and the left brained orientation of the mundane world. Reality can be overwhelming which is one of the reasons why escapism is a trait of this sign.

Negative qualities of Pisces can be delusion, deception, addiction, intoxication, flakiness, evasiveness, self-undoing, and having issues with boundaries. The line between reality and fantasy can be blurred. Pisces can also be both in the light and dark at the same time. This quality is a reflection of the oneness orientation it possesses; however, it can also be a factor towards deceptive behavior.

New Moon Conjunct Neptune, Sextile Saturn, Pluto, Mars, and Square Jupiter

This New Moon is in a tight alignment with Neptune, which accentuates the already strong Piscean energy mentioned above. Neptune is also the higher octave of Venus and is associated with glamour, romance, and spiritual values. As Pisces is associated with escapism, Neptune rules drugs, alcohol, and psychedelic experiences.

The Sun and Moon are moving towards a harmonious sextile with Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, while separating from another sextile with Mars in Taurus which was strong in the last 10 days. This energy helps us to be productive and grounded amidst all of this Pisces energy mentioned above.

This combined with Mars moving towards a sextile with Neptune can help us in taking action towards anything creative, imaginative, idealistic, or spiritual. We may feel like acting on our dreams and fantasies. Mars will be in a trine with Saturn as well, which can help us direct our energy in a focused, solid, stable, and practical way. It can also be good for building something.

Mercury will be connecting to the same planets in backwards motion and, considering the nature of the retrograde energy, this can be good for revisiting something already initiated in the past. Along with the Sun and Moon, Mercury will also be in a square with Jupiter. We can get scattered mentally and overextend ourselves, however, it can also be good for learning or any type of expansive or explorative efforts. Conflicts around opinions and judgements could also arise in some cases.

Uranus Transitioning From Aries To Taurus For Final Time

The planet Uranus initially entered Taurus on a New Moon last May before it went retrograde back into Aries in early November. It is now re-entering Taurus again, hours before this New Moon, where it will stay until 2026.

Whenever Uranus changes signs, its energies tend to become highly obvious in the news, even if we don’t notice it in our personal lives. Uranus rules surprises, sudden disruptive events, accidents, and natural disasters. It’s energy can be explosive, revolutionary, and radical.

When Uranus was transitioning from Aries to Taurus last May, the Hawaiian volcano erupted along with others. There was also earthquakes at that time. When it retrograded from Taurus to Aries in November, the California wildfires occurred.

If you were born with planets in the early parts of any signs you will likely notice its energies either really soon or sometime over the next year. The experience of it can be liberating, awakening, exciting, revolutionary, unconventional, innovative, rebellious, separative, or even unstable and loss oriented. Those who will notice it the most will be people who have their Sun, Moon, Ascendant or other key planets  in early Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, or Aquarius.

Below is a video I did last year talking about other general  potential effects of Uranus in Taurus.

Making Intentions And Things To Consider

What can you be doing to help you become more spiritually activated? What should you be doing to bring more magic or serenity into your life? Do you have any self-sabotaging or escapist tendencies that could be traded in for creative, spiritual, or inspiring practices, efforts, or projects?

What can you be doing to stimulate a stronger intuition? Should you be meditating more often? Do you feel like you need to liberate yourself from a situation that is holding you back? How can you be integrating your visions, imagination, inspiration, creativity, or even visual media into your career or any projects that you are doing? Do you need to be more compassionate?

What recurring themes have come up for you in the last two weeks? Whatever it may be, it is likely an indication of the areas of your life where you will experience an important shift or adjustment later in this Moon cycle or potentially into the next one as well.

These are just some examples of what to consider or focus your intentions on at this time; however, it is good to reflect on anything else that is coming up for you. It is generally best to make any intentions within the first 24 hours following a New Moon. It will be occurring at 4:04pm Universal Time, you can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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Zen Gardner, Contributor
Waking Times

What if pursuing and finding the truth costs you everything? Everything you’ve cherished and held dear?

We have to let go and say goodbye to something to welcome something new. That’s not always easy. And then the next challenge comes.

What if doing so blows your belief systems apart? What if you find out you really have nothing to hold on to, regarding your perceived reality and your very identity?

So what.

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The question remains; where’s our willingness to let go and venture into the unknown? Are we so attached to this fleeting physical plane when we know there’s so much more? Psychedelics and plant medicines just give a taste of this experience of the other realms that were hidden from us. So have near death or kundalini or peak related experiences, or just the call and longing of our souls. Every generation has had its own chance to wake up. Other dimensional realities have been there all along, alluded to by the sages of all time and verified by things as mundane as our hopes and dreams.

Never Mind, No Matter…

Does any of that matter? Not if we’re looking from the materialistic world view that’s been imposed upon us. Take a look again where “they” have taken humanity and society. It’s a synthetic diversion far away from Creation’s source. Can we really trust anything these fake, self imposed “authorities” tell us?

Why can’t we look through such simple, idealistic eyes any longer? Why has this been stripped from humanity? It’s a pathetic state of affairs overall, but even that is much of a manipulated illusion designed to discourage and denigrate. Does this sound cynical to you? Not at all. Realism exists on many levels. But that too is never, ever confining.  A bit enigmatic perhaps, but it’s out there for the grasping.

Something as simple as awakening is available to every generation, every individual. Perceived confinements are illusory, a prison of the mind and product of the subdued heart. Where’s humanity’s guts? Will it slip into the morass of false history and this projected confined narrative of stasis continuity, like what today’s fake, power crazed governments and occulted systems try to reinforce? Not for me.

It’s Right Just As It Is

The same test for humanity rolls ‘round and round. The cycle repeats and repeats, until we want to get off the merry go round. It’s a grand school, the purpose for this amusement park called life. Comfort and that false sense of security in a constantly changing Universe are like plastic wrap around a living organism. It will either burst out, or rot from allowed containment.

Which are we individually?

The wild card is free will. The power of personal decision making at every level. We can fall for the hypnotic spell in this amusement park or respond to those deep inner impulses. The choice is each of ours within every breath of our existence. The collective is nothing we can rely on, nor any, however spectacular, form of outside redemption or salvation – – be they the trick of religion or a zillion other shallow, synthetic and self excusing belief systems to get us off the hook of personal responsibility.

Does any of this matter? Why not just settle for immediate safety, security and comfort? Because there is none! That’s why. Let’s not fall asleep at the wheel. There is way more at our fingertips than we can begin to realize. Let’s at least make a go of it. Let’s not fall for the gas of somatization.

Some thoughts from the same petri dish as you. I fully know “I am no longer “I”. I wish the same for you. From there we take our next conscious steps, and they have nothing to do with what we’ve been taught or even thought previously as we progress. The irony is, none of us are who we were only minutes ago. Just another proof it’s the programmed mind that falls for the illusion, not our true selves.

See you on the flip side.

Actually, there are no sides either. The whole thing needs to be jettisoned for the illusion that it is. Truly perceive outside the hoax is all I can say. From our true selves. It simply awaits our discovery.

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  – Socrates

All the best, Zen

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Zen Gardner is an impactful and controversial author and speaker with a piercing philosophical viewpoint. His writings have been circulated to millions and his personal story has caused no small stir amongst entrenched alternative pundits. His book “You Are The Awakening” has met rave reviews and is available on Amazon.com.

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Elias Marat, TMU
Waking Times

Military spending is growing around the world and in 2017 it increased by 1.1 percent, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

U.S. arms expenditures rose by $9.6 billion, driving the global rise and further consolidating the status of the United States as the world’s top spender on the military–by far.

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The U.S. spending on war is rooted in post-World War II “new Pentagon capitalism” that eventually became known as the military-industrial complex.

The model, revolutionized by then-Army Chief of Staff and later President Dwight D. Eisenhower, ensured that the United States’ scientific research, technological and industrial capacity would become “organic parts of our military structure” in conditions of national emergency, effectively giving the civilian economy a dual-use purpose. The model eventually gave birth to the sprawling military-civilian economic base, or “military-industrial complex,” that Eisenhower famously criticized in his 1961 farewell address to the nation.

Civilian industry, science, and academia were used alongside an exorbitant and perpetually-expanding war budget to underwrite the Defense Department’s never-ending state of conflict with Cold War enemies, making the world safe for the unchallenged reign of the United States while “pump-priming” the U.S. economy whenever additional surges of “military Keynesian” spending by Washington was required.

The main beneficiary of the model has been the U.S. defense industry. The U.S. is now home to five of the world’s top 10 large military contractors, with U.S.-based companies accounting for 57 percent of total arms sales by the top 100 large defense contractors worldwide, according to SIPRI data analyzed by USA Today.

Companies such as Lockheed Martin, which made $44.9 billion in arms sales in 2017, enjoy revenue from the U.S. government alone that totals more than the combined annual budgets of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Meanwhile, a number of other companies across the globe have raked in handsome profits from the global trade in arms, many of which are used to commit horrific atrocities and crimes against humanity in such battlegrounds as Yemen.

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According to a new analysis of SIPRI data by 24/7 Wall St, the following companies made the most money from governments’ addiction to war-spending and the demand for arms in conflict zones all over the world:

20. Textron 

Country: United States
Arms sales: $4.1 billion
Total sales: $14.2 billion
Profit: $1.2 billion
Main Products: Armored vehicles, unmanned aircraft, and attack helicopters.

19. Naval Group

Country: France
Arms sales: $4.1 billion
Total sales: $4.2 billion
Profit: $36.5 million
Main Products: Naval defense systems, warships and submarines.

18. Leidos 

Country: United States
Arms sales: $4.4 billion
Total sales: $10.2 billion
Profit: $242.0 million
Main Products: IT infrastructure, data analytics, cyber security, logistics, surveillance vehicle and equipment development and maintenance

17. Rolls-Royce 

Country: United Kingdom
Arms sales: $4.4 billion
Total sales: $19.3 billion
Profit: $5.3 billion
Main Products: Defense aerospace, marine and nuclear power systems, including engines for aircraft like the C-130 Hercules, T-45 Goshawk, and Japanese military V-22 Osprey fleet.

16. Honeywell International

Country: United States
Arms sales: $4.5 billion
Total sales: $40.5 billion
Profit: $1.7 billion
Main Products: Long-range weapons systems, operating systems for unmanned aerial vehicles, and missile navigation systems; Chinook helicopter T55 engines; maintenance and miscellaneous services.

15. United Shipbuilding Corp.

Country: Russia
Arms sales: $5.0 billion
Total sales: $5.6 billion
Profit: $101.0 million
Main Products: Shipbuilding, repair and maintenance facilities across the Russian Federation.

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14. United Aircraft Corp.

Country:Russia
Arms sales:$6.4 billion
Total sales: $7.7 billion
Profit: $325.3 million
Main Products: MiG, Sukhoi, and Yak fighter jets.

13. Huntington Ingalls Industries

Country: United States
Arms sales: $6.5 billion
Total sales: $7.4 billion
Profit: $479.0 million
Main Products: Nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and submarines, surface combatants, amphibious assault and transport vehicles, and Coast Guard Cutters.

12. L-3 Technologies

Country: United States
Arms sales: $7.8 billion
Total sales: $9.8 billion
Profit: $693.0 million
Main Products: Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance products and services; communications technology used in top U.S. drones such as Predator and Global Hawk; power distribution and communication technology used by the U.S. Navy’s Virginia-class submarine.

11. United Technologies Corp.

Country: United States
Arms sales: $7.8 billion
Total sales: $59.8 billion
Profit: $4.9 billion
Main Products: Advanced systems for military helicopters such as rescue hoists, autopilot systems, laser-guided weapon warning systems; engines used by military aircraft in 34 militaries worldwide, including the latest U.S. jets.

10. Almaz-Antey 

Country: Russia
Arms sales: $8.6 billion
Total sales: $9.1 billion
Profit: $422.6 million
Main Products: Surface-to-air missile systems.

9. Leonardo

Country: Italy
Arms sales: $8.9 billion
Total sales: $13.0 billion
Profit: $310.3 million
Main Products: Land and naval electronics; information systems; helicopters, jet aircraft, and unmanned aerial vehicles; torpedoes and ammunition, weapons systems.

8. Thales

Country: France
Arms sales: $9.0 billion
Total sales: $17.8 billion
Profit: $931.1 million
Main Products: Land, air, sea and cyber defense products and services; radar systems for missile fire control.

7. Airbus Group

Country: Trans-European
Arms sales: $11.3 billion
Total sales: $75.2 billion
Profit: $3.3 billion
Main Products: Commercial and private aircraft; Eurofighter Typhoon jet used in numerous militaries including the Gulf Arab states; cyber security; secure communication devices; A400M and C295 transport aircraft.

6. General Dynamics Corp. (US)

Country: United States
Arms sales: $19.5 billion
Total sales: $31.0 billion
Profit: $2.9 billion
Main Products: Warships such as the Arleigh Burke-class Destroyer and Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyer; submarines including the Columbia-class sub; the latest U.S. Army Abrams tank; communications/IT/cyber security systems.

5. Northrop Grumman Corp.

Country: United States
Arms sales: $22.4 billion
Total sales: $25.8 billion
Profit: $2.0 billion
Main Products: Fighter jets including the B-2 stealth bomber and F-35; maintenance for U.S. strategic fleets and communications sytems.

4. BAE Systems

Country: United Kingdom
Arms sales: $22.9 billion
Total sales: $23.5 billion
Profit: $1.1 billion
Main Products: Ground combat vehicles such as the Challenger 2; fighter jets including the Typhoon and F-35.

3. Raytheon

Country: United States
Arms sales: $23.9 billion
Total sales: $25.3 billion
Profit: $2.0 billion
Main Products: Air-to-surface, surface-to-air, air-to-air, and surface-to-surface precision guided missiles; bombs and torpedoes; tactical small-arms sights.

2. Boeing 

Country: United States
Arms sales: $26.9 billion
Total sales: $93.4 billion
Profit: $8.2 billion
Main Products: Civilian aircraft such as the 737, 747, 767, 777, and 787 families; KC-46 refueling aircraft; P-8 Poseidon aircraft; F-15 fighters; Apache helicopters.

1. Lockheed Martin Corp.

Country:United States
Arms sales:$44.9 billion
Total sales: $51.0 billion
Profit: $2.0 billion
Main Products: F-16, F-22, and F-35 fighter jets; sonar technologies; ships, missile defense systems, and missiles used by the Navy

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*This article (Blood Money: Meet the Top 20 Companies Profiting From Endless War) was originally featured at The Mind Unleashed and is re-posted here with permission.

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Dr. Mercola, Guest
Waking Times

When you hear about reported cases of measles, did you know that a portion of those affected may be experiencing a reaction to the live virus measles vaccine?

In a Journal of Clinical Microbiology paper,1 researchers describe new technology developed to “rapidly distinguish between measles cases and vaccine reactions to avoid unnecessary outbreak response measures such as case isolation and contact investigations.” According to this paper:

“During the measles outbreak in California in 2015, a large number of suspected cases occurred in recent vaccines. Of the 194 measles virus sequences obtained in the United States in 2015, 73 were identified as vaccine sequences.”

In other words, about 38 percent of suspected measles cases in the 2015 Disneyland measles scare in California were actually vaccine-related and not caused by transmission of wild-type measles.

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New York, Washington2 and Texas have reported measles outbreaks in January and February of this year (a total of 127 confirmed measles cases by Feb. 14, 2019),3 and now there are renewed calls for state legislatures to eliminate personal belief vaccine exemptions and restrict medical exemptions. Do health officials know for certain that none of those cases were, in fact, a vaccine reaction and not actual wild measles?

The irony of this should be clear to everyone. Each time a measles outbreak occurs, it’s always blamed on the unvaccinated. Yet a portion of those who become sick actually could be sickened by the vaccine-strain measles virus.

California Senator Calls for Extreme Measures

Despite evidence showing there are gaps in vaccine science and that the safety of the early childhood vaccine schedule has not been clearly established,4,5,6,7 and despite evidence showing measles disease outbreaks also may involve vaccine reactions, there’s an ongoing effort to simply shut down all public discussion about vaccines and their side effects.

For example, California state Sen. Dr. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, is now urging U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams to push mandatory vaccinations to the top of the public health agenda. In a letter to Adams, Pan wrote:8,9

“Our nation requires your leadership to stop this attack on our nation’s health by addressing the spread of vaccine misinformation causing unwarranted vaccine hesitancy and recommending policies that restore community immunity which protects our children and the most vulnerable among us …

As we just celebrated Presidents’ Day, I would recall George Washington mandated smallpox inoculation of his army during the Revolutionary War to ensure our country’s freedom. I call on you to protect our right as Americans to be free of preventable diseases in our own community.”

Lawmakers Demand CDC Get Involved to Stop Vaccine Misinformation From Spreading

In a similar vein, chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and ranking member Patty Murray, D-Wash., have penned a letter to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Assistant Secretary for Health overseeing the National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO).

Alexander and Murray are demanding the federal agencies step up to fight the spread of vaccine misinformation, which they claim is hurting states’ ability to properly address outbreaks.10

House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., has also sent letters to Google and Facebook, in which he accuses the companies of enabling distribution of misinformation about vaccines that “discourages parents from vaccinating their children.” According to Schiff’s website:11

“Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), sent a letter to Sundar Pichai and Mark Zuckerberg, the Chief Executive Officers of Google and Facebook, respectively, to express concern that the company’s platforms including YouTube, Facebook and Instagram, are surfacing and recommending information that discourages parents from vaccinating their children, contributing to declining vaccination rates which could reverse progress made in tackling vaccine-preventable diseases.

‘As a Member of Congress who is deeply concerned about declining vaccination rates, I am requesting additional information on the steps that you currently take to provide medically accurate information on vaccinations to your users, and to encourage you to consider additional steps you can take to address this growing problem,’ Schiff wrote in the letter.

‘I was pleased to see YouTube’s recent announcement that it will no longer recommend videos that violate its community guidelines, such as conspiracy theories or medically inaccurate videos, and encourage further action to be taken related to vaccine misinformation.’

The scientific and medical communities are in overwhelming consensus that vaccines are both effective and safe. There is no evidence to suggest that vaccines cause life-threatening or disabling diseases, and the dissemination of unfounded and debunked theories about the dangers of vaccinations pose a great risk to public health.”

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Massive Push to Demonize Vaccine Safety Discussions and Dehumanize the Vaccine-Injured

As I recently reported in “The Hill Says Vaccine Injuries are Exaggerated Personal Anecdotes,” Rachel Alter, a graduate research assistant at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University, and Dr. Irwin Redlener, president emeritus and co-founder of the Children’s Health Fund, have also called for vaccine censorship on social media, and Pinterest has already started blocking vaccine searches.12

Meanwhile, the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Dr. Scott Gottlieb, whose agency is legally responsible for regulating vaccine products produced by pharmaceutical companies for safety and effectiveness, is calling for federal intervention “if states don’t require more schoolchildren to get vaccinated.”13

He told CNN, “Some states are engaging in such wide exemptions that they’re creating the opportunity for (infectious disease) outbreaks on a scale that is going to have national implications.”

Who’s Behind the Push to End All Vaccine Discussion?

In addition to all that, the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) reports that as of February 18, 2019, more than 100 bills have been filed in 30 states that either expand, restrict or eliminate informed consent rights for vaccines altogether.14

Bills have been proposed that mandate the use of new vaccines; restrict the list of providers authorized to approve vaccine exemptions; allow HPV and hepatitis B vaccines to be given to minors without parental consent; allow forced vaccination under certain circumstances; mandate doctors track and report vaccine status of both children and adults in electronic medical records; require schools to publicly post vaccination rates; and much, much more.15

The NVIC monitors, tracks and reports on all vaccine-related bills that impact vaccine informed consent rights at the state and federal level. Targeted action alerts are sent to registered users of the NVIC Advocacy Portal, who are also electronically connected with their own legislators. To stay on top of what is happening with bills that can affect your right to make vaccine choices, be sure to register (for free) so you can take action to protect your rights.

“Out of 114 vaccine-related bills which have been filed in the states, NVIC is supporting 50 good bills this legislative session that protect or expand vaccine informed consent rights,” said NVIC President Barbara Loe Fisher. “That is because after California lost the personal belief vaccine exemption in 2015, families started to educate legislators in other states about the need to protect exemptions.

It is definitely a fight now between people attacking the legal and human right to make voluntary vaccine choices and those defending that right.”

In support of the families across the U.S. who are defending vaccine exemptions, NVIC has posted a “No Forced Vaccination” and “Vaccinations: Know the Risks and Failures” message on a giant 56-feet by 29-feet electronic screen in the heart of New York City’s Times Square. The digital ad celebrating freedom of thought and conscience in America will run through April 2019 and can be viewed here. What’s driving this modern-age witch hunt?

The short answer is drug company money. As just one example of many, before California voted to eliminate the personal belief and religious vaccine exemption for schoolchildren in 2015,16 vaccine makers donated millions of dollars to state lawmakers,17 and Pan, a pediatrician who has a long history of working with drug companies, was a primary sponsor of the bill (SB 277).

Currently valued at more than $34 billion a year, the vaccine industry is projected to exceed $49 billion by 2022.18 It’s an enormously lucrative field, and one of the absolute safest in terms of liability, as drug companies cannot be held liable for injury or death occurring from the use of FDA licensed and government mandated vaccines. Governments and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) are also engaged in the marketing of vaccines, which eliminates their ability to be impartial.

Vaccine Injuries Are Very Real

In a recent interview with CBS News,19 Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), went so far as to flat-out deny that vaccines can cause injury or death.

But to say that all vaccines are safe, that there are no risks and that vaccine damage does not occur — that is not only misinformation, it’s an outright lie. And the effort to silence those speaking out about vaccine damage and the need for better quality vaccine science, that is the real danger to public health.

Since 1988, the federally operated vaccine injury compensation program (VICP) created under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 has paid out about $4 billion in awards to vaccine injured victims, and that’s just 31 percent of filed petitions for compensation.20 One of these cases is discussed in the 2008 CNN video above. In it, Dr. Sanjay Gupta interviews Dr. Jon Poling, a neurologist and father of Hannah Poling, who received VICP compensation for her vaccine injury.

Canadian research also suggests that vaccine reactions are far more common than publicly stated. The CDC claims serious reactions occur “at a rate of approximately 1 per million doses for many vaccines.” Yet this study21 found 1 in 168 children require emergency room (ER) admittance following their 1-year wellness check, during which vaccines are given, and 1 in 730 children end up in the ER after their 18-month vaccination appointment.22

The researchers also point out that an additional 20 febrile seizures occurred for every 100,000 vaccinated at 12 months. According to the authors of this study:

“There are significantly elevated risks of primarily emergency room visits approximately one to two weeks following 12- and 18-month vaccination. Future studies should examine whether these events could be predicted or prevented.”

The situation could potentially be even worse than that. In the following video, Del Bigtree,23 an Emmy Award-winning producer of “The Doctors” talk show for six years, and one of the producers of the 2016 documentary “Vaxxed,” reveals preliminary data compiled by a company contracted by the CDC to automate the federal vaccine adverse event reporting system (VAERS) suggests vaccine reactions may affect as many as 1 in 10.

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The automation was designed in such a way that any potential vaccine reactions reported to doctors participating in the Harvard Pilgrim HMO would automatically be uploaded into the VAERS database. Out of 376,452 individuals given 45 different vaccines, 35,570 possible vaccine reactions were identified.

The CDC dropped the program, and to this day, vaccine reactions are estimated to be underreported by as much as 99 percent,24 which of course is a very handy way of hiding risks and grossly overstating vaccine safety.

Fact: Vaccines are ‘Unavoidably Unsafe’

In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that government licensed and recommended childhood vaccines mandated by states are “unavoidably unsafe,”25 and vaccine manufacturer product inserts list a wide array of possible side effects, including:

Autoimmune diseases Food allergies Asthma Eczema Juvenile diabetes Rheumatoid arthritis Tics Tourette syndrome ADD/ADHD Autism Speech delay Neurodevelopment disorders Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) Seizure disorder Narcolepsy

Vaccines also have the highest number of recalls of any drug, which speaks to their “unavoidably unsafe” nature. In a recent Full Measure report,26 award-winning investigative reporter and former CBS correspondent Sharyl Attkisson further highlights the need for open and balanced discussion about vaccine risks.

Government Witness Admits Vaccines Can Trigger Autism in Certain Children

In her report, Attkisson reveals how the opinion of the government’s own top vaccine expert, Dr. Andrew Zimmerman, was silenced in order to turn down autism claims in vaccine court. She writes:

“Zimmerman … claims that during the vaccine hearings all those years ago, he privately told government lawyers that vaccines can, and did cause autism in some children. That turnabout from the government’s own chief medical expert stood to change everything about the vaccine-autism debate …

[H]e has come forward and explained how he told the United States government vaccines can cause autism in a certain subset of children and [the] United States government, the Department of Justice [DOJ], suppressed his true opinions.”

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., chairman of the World Mercury Project and the Children’s Health Defense, was the one who convinced Zimmerman to speak out about the cover-up. In a sworn affidavit dated September 7, 2018, Zimmerman states that in 2007, he told DOJ lawyers that he had “discovered exceptions in which vaccinations could cause autism.”

“I explained that in a subset of children … vaccine-induced fever and immune stimulation … did cause regressive [brain disease] with features of autism spectrum disorder,” Zimmerman writes.

A week after this 2007 meeting, the DOJ fired him, saying his services were no longer required. According to Zimmerman, the DOJ then went on to misrepresent his opinion in future cases, making no mention of the exceptions he’d informed them of. Kennedy has now filed a fraud complaint with the DOJ Inspector General.

Senior CDC Scientist Has Confessed to Covering Up Links Between Vaccines and Autism

William Thompson, Ph.D., a senior scientist at the CDC’s National Center for Immunizations and Respiratory Diseases, has also confessed to covering up links found between vaccines and autism, in this case the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.

According to Thompson, this scientific fraud was committed for the express purpose of covering up potential safety problems so the agency would be able to maintain that the MMR vaccine had been proven safe to give to all children. By eliminating the incriminating data, the link vanished, and this research has been cited as proof that vaccines don’t cause autism ever since.

Attkisson’s report also reveals how congressmen who wanted to investigate the autism-vaccine link were bullied, harassed and threatened. Dan Burton, R-Ind., Dr. Dave Weldon, R-Fla., and Bill Posey, R-Fla., are among 11 current and former members of Congress and staff who told Attkisson they were warned by PhRMA lobbyists to drop the vaccine safety issue.

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It wasn’t long ago when weather manipulation was a conspiracy theory. Fast forward to today and we have a recent CIA director going live at the Council on Foreign Relations announcing his support of Geo-engineering. If you didn’t already know, Geo-engineering is the spraying of particles (like heavy metals) into the atmosphere in order to deflect the sun’s light back away from Earth. The global elite is considering it as a measure to combat climate change, so they claim. It’s fishy because there is a great deal of evidence which suggests that spraying has been happening for decades, for what could be ulterior motives. Who knows what they are, but simple experimentation with weather manipulation might be the answer.

Princess Basmah Bint Saud, humanitarian and daughter of King Saudi, compared geoengineering science and programs to weapons of mass destruction, arguing that their implementation is like setting off a bomb without the nuclear explosion. You can read more about that here. David W. Keith, a professor at Harvard University and chairman of Carbon Engineering, when asked about the spraying of these heavy metals into the atmosphere, of which millions of tonnes would have to be used, he said:

“You may end up killing many tens of thousands of people a year as a direct result of that decision.” 

A United States government document printed at the request of the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation in November of 1978 states:

“In addition to specific research programs sponsored by Federal agencies, there are other functions related to weather modification which are performed in several places in the executive branch. Various federal advisory panels and committees and their staffs – established to conduct in-depth studies and prepare comprehensive reports, to provide advice or recommendations, or to coordinate Federal weather modification programs – have been housed and supported within executive departments, agencies, or offices.”

There are countless documents and more on this, and we’ve been writing about it for a long time. We have multiple heavily sourced articles on our site about the topic of geoengineering and ‘chemtrails’ if you want to learn more.

This is why it comes as no surprise that prominent author and Canadian economist Dr. Michel Chossudovsky, who is the University of Ottawa’s Emeritus Professor of Economics and has worked directly with governments on various geopolitical issues, is one of many people from within academia who is and has been speaking out against the grain for a long time. He makes some great points in an article he wrote on his website:

The significant expansion in America’s weather warfare arsenal, which is a priority of the Department of Defense is not a matter for debate or discussion. While environmentalists blame the Bush administration for not having signed the Kyoto protocol, the issue of “weather warfare”, namely the manipulation of weather patterns for military use, is never mentioned.

The US Air Force has the capability to manipulate climate either for testing purposes or for outright military-intelligence use.  These capabilities extend to the triggering of floods, hurricanes, droughts, and earthquakes.

Weather modification will become a part of domestic and international security and could be done unilaterally… It could have offensive and defensive applications and even be used for deterrence  purposes. The ability to generate precipitation, fog, and storms on earth or to modify space weather, … and the production of artificial weather all are a part of an integrated set of technologies which can provide substantial increase in US, or degraded capability in an adversary, to achieve global awareness, reach, and power. (Air University of the US Air Force, AF 2025 Final Report, http://www.au.af.mil/au/2025/ . Emphasis added)

Multiple politicians have accused the US of using weather weapons, like Hugo Chaves and the Hati Earthquake, for example. You can read more about that here: Was Hugo Chavez Right About HAARP & The HAITI Earthquake? Is Weather Even Natural Anymore?

If we are talking about climate change, is that the real issue here? If so, why is this type of geo-engineering never mentioned in the debate? We’ve fiddled and messed around in our atmosphere so much, and its effects are potentially dangerous, yet it’s ignored. Climate change, like everything else, has become a political issue with greedy intentions behind its solution. The money always seems to come first, not the planet.

Dr. Rosalie Bertell, American scientist, author, environmental activist, epidemiologist, best known for her work in ionizing radiation, puts it quite well.

It is related to fifty years of intensive and increasingly destructive programs to understand and control the upper atmosphere. … HAARP is an integral part of a long history of space research and development of a deliberate military nature. The military implications of combining these projects is alarming. … The ability of the HAARP / Spacelab/ rocket combination to deliver very large amounts of energy, comparable to a nuclear bomb, anywhere on earth via laser and particle beams, are frightening. The project is likely to be “sold” to the public as a space shield against incoming weapons, or, for the more gullible, a device for repairing the ozone layer.

Environmental modification has been happening for decades yet nobody knows about it, and that’s because the everyday dialogue is controlled by the mainstream media. What’s important is rarely discussed or even acknowledged. During the Vietnam war, cloud seeding was used to prolong the monsoon season.

Again from Choussovdusky:

The US military has developed advanced capabilities that enable it selectively to alter weather patterns. The technology, which was initially developed in the 1990s under the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP), was an appendage of the Strategic Defense Initiative – ‘Star Wars’. From a military standpoint, HAARP  –which was officially abolished in 2014– is  a weapon of mass destruction, operating from the outer atmosphere and capable of destabilising agricultural and ecological systems around the world.

Remember, weather modification, according to the US Air Force document AF 2025 Final Report, offers the war fighter a wide range of possible options to defeat or coerce an adversary”, capabilities, it says, extend to the triggering of floods, hurricanes, droughts, and earthquakes. 

So, next time a discussion about global change comes up, perhaps you can mention geoengineering and weather modification with confidence, knowing that it’s far from a conspiracy theory.

Related CE Articles on Geo-engineering & Chemtrails

 

A new paper is being launched today at the House of Lords in London that challenges government, regulators and companies working on clean energy to make gender diversity a key priority. The paper has been produced by the EWiRE network, set up by Regen to provide a vibrant network for women working in clean energy.
A new paper is being launched today at the House of Lords in London that challenges government, regulators and companies working on clean energy to make gender diversity a key priority. The paper has been produced by the EWiRE network, set up by Regen to provide a vibrant network for women working in clean energy.
A new paper is being launched today at the House of Lords in London that challenges government, regulators and companies working on clean energy to make gender diversity a key priority. The paper has been produced by the EWiRE network, set up by Regen to provide a vibrant network for women working in clean energy.
Last week, Green Mountain Power (GMP) and Renewable Energy Vermont (REV) teamed up on what they are calling a first-of-its-kind opportunity in the country to deliver innovation and carbon reductions to customers through a new Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program.
Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) this week announced plans to build four new solar power plants this year that are expected to begin powering customers in early 2020:
Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) this week announced plans to build four new solar power plants this year that are expected to begin powering customers in early 2020:
Thailand plans to build the world’s largest floating solar farms to power Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy and to boost the country’s share of clean energy.
Thailand plans to build the world’s largest floating solar farms to power Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy and to boost the country’s share of clean energy.
Today SunPower is launching its next generation solar panel called A-series, which boast 400 or 415 watts in the United States. A new 400-watt product, Maxeon 3, is available in Europe and Australia.

It is interesting how the emergence of instantaneous and widespread communication afforded by social media has impacted public discourse. The issue of racism is a case in point. In the current climate, the utterance of any racist epithets or other visible signs of discrimination against people based on the color of their skin seems to be grounds for utter public outrage and widespread social media condemnation.

Some of this–much of it–is contrived, attempts on the part of powerful forces to keep us divided. While it’s important to recognize the extent to which social engineering is at play here, let us put aside the ‘set-ups’ and fake hate crimes that seem to be proliferating at the moment, and deal simply and squarely with those instances in which a person’s words or actions genuinely reveal an inner prejudice against people of a different race.

It is time for all of us to take a collective deep breath and start to examine, at a deeper and more nuanced level, how we really feel about racists, and how we might want to deal with words and actions tinged with bigotry and racial prejudice within our society.

What Is Racism?

Racism is defined as “Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.”

This means, by definition, that someone can only be racist if they believe that their own race is superior. And by ‘superior’ here, we are not referring to statistically demonstrable ways that members of a given race scores higher per capita in specific areas than members of another race. We are talking about the belief that one’s race is inherently more worthy of esteem, is deserving of a greater share of the Earth’s bounty, or that the lives of one’s racial group are more valuable than those of other racial groups.

Now before we get into examining acts of prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism, let’s ask this question: Does the belief that “one’s own race is superior” in and of itself make one a racist? Presumably it does, since it forms the context of the intentions and motives behind racially-prejudicial words and actions. Clearly, then, if we are actually attempting to eradicate racism, simply trying to prevent certain words and actions from happening in our society will not suffice. What needs to change are people’s beliefs that their race is superior to other races.

And here is where it gets complicated.

Ethnocentricity

The human tendency towards ethnocentricity, the belief in the inherent superiority of one’s own ethnic group or culture, represents something that most human beings go through in their lives. Being grounded in the ethical and cultural mores we were brought up in, it is understandable that we would instinctively evaluate other groups or cultures based on how much they adhere to that which we value and consider proper. Given adequate guidance and informative life experiences, ethnocentricity is something that a person can grow out of. But if this bias is perpetuated within our cultural environment and we don’t have the kinds of experiences that will open our minds, it’s possible to remain stuck with this limited perception all our lives.

A lot of the outrage going on in our society involving things like immigration or profiling have a lot more to do with ethnocentricity than racism, but for the purposes of this discussion we can speak about these two things as one because they come from the same source: ignorance, the product of the human ego. The ego is naturally insecure, and so it devises ways for the individual to overcome a sense of inferiority by projecting that inferiority out in the world onto a person or a group that is different from us. When a person attacks others from a racist mindset, it does not prove the inferiority of the group that is being attacked. It only exposes the sense of inferiority within the attacker.

As a collective, our evolution is founded on our working together to gradually let go of our ignorance in favor of the truth, which is the understanding that at a higher level we are all one, and as individuals we are all equal parts of the whole no matter what our differences might be. We have to ask ourselves if our current collective approach to dealing with racist words and actions is fostering this evolution.

Our Condemnation Of Racists

Much of the discourse around racism today insists that ‘good people’ must provide swift and unequivocal condemnation of anything that resembles a racist act, or be called out as supporters of such acts. But this black-and-white, George-W-Bushian ‘you’re either for us or you’re for them’ attitude will never serve our collective evolution, no matter if it is about racism or any other prejudice.

Acts of racism are founded in ignorance, and perpetrators are in need of guidance. We can’t beat ignorance with a stick until it turns into enlightenment. When we oppose racist hatred with a hatred of racists, we are only perpetuating the hatred. All we are doing by condemning racism is relegating that ignorance back into the dark recesses of the offender’s subconscious mind, where it eventually will play out again in the world in unpredictable and sometimes violent ways.

Some may argue that people who have been publicly called out for racist comments are often remorseful and apologetic. But if this remorse is sincere–and many times it is not–then the sudden and remarkable shift in consciousness is not the result of condemnation and hatred. It is the result of the person realizing that their words have been hurtful or have contributed to the suppression of a group of people.

Should We Then Condone Racist Words And Actions?

To answer this question we have to move beyond the polarities of self-centered apathy and hateful condemnation. If someone’s words and actions are founded in the ignorant belief in the superiority of one’s race over others, there is no need to judge that person. This is not a ‘cop-out’ or a ‘spiritual bypass,’ because it does not mean we are condoning that type of behavior.

Our response to racist words and actions, if it is to contribute to our collective evolution, needs to be measured and neutral. Measured, in the sense that there are degrees to which a person’s words or actions are actually harmful to the targeted person or group. Neutral, in the sense that while we may observe that a person’s words or actions are unacceptable, that we don’t ostracize or demean the person committing them.

We will not make any progress if our collective work is simply grounded in calling out all signs of violation, and having elaborate ‘hate crime’ laws that are onerously enforced by the state and our media. Our progress will be found in our efforts to love and accept others as they are. Every situation is different, and there are no rules governing specifically what to do in the face of racist behavior. Sometimes it is mediating a fight and helping to diffuse emotions. Sometimes it is speaking up respectfully, sometimes it is not going along with a joke in poor taste. Sometimes it is simply being silent.

Looking In The Mirror

A humble approach is best. When we take a look at ourselves in the mirror, can we say that we are completely free of racist or ethnocentric thinking? If not, that is the place to start, rather than going onto social media and jumping on the bandwagon bashing someone for their words or behavior. We will eventually come to realize that any anger we impose upon others is a projection of our own unhealed emotions.

Besides that, are all observations about what is different between races, cultures, and ethnicities off limits? Is it no longer possible to have a bit of fun and laugh if someone makes fun of the particular idiosyncrasies of a given group we belong to? This song ‘Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist’  from the play Avenue Q in the video below might help ground us a bit on the subject of racial harmony: 

The Takeaway

While it might seem a worthwhile effort to ‘end prejudice’ in our society, we would do well to remember CE’s maxim change starts within. Staying neutral and unplugging ourselves from confrontational racial discourse not only gives us greater peace in our own lives, it is what will best help our collective evolve beyond racial prejudice.

Mayors from cities across the U.S. are stepping up and committing to broad and inspirational action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and decarbonize local energy systems. This leadership is especially critical given lack of federal climate action, but translating a mayoral commitment to reality can be a challenge.
Mayors from cities across the U.S. are stepping up and committing to broad and inspirational action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and decarbonize local energy systems. This leadership is especially critical given lack of federal climate action, but translating a mayoral commitment to reality can be a challenge.

Sofia Adamson, Staff Writer
Waking Times

Alcohol is such an ingrained part of our culture that we rarely consider the negative effects it may be having on our health and wellness. In fact, the most dangerous drugs in the world are alcohol and tobacco, yet both of these can be freely purchased in almost any corner store or grocery market in the nation. Alcohol companies spend nearly $2 billion a year in the U.S. trying to convince you that alcohol is sexy and will make you a more fun person. All the while, the latest research reveals how destructive alcohol consumption is, even linking it to cancer.

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The decision to quit drinking alcohol is a lot easier than actually quitting, because not only is alcohol addictive like other dangerous drugs, (quitting cold turkey can actually kill heavy drinkers), there is a tremendous amount of social and peer pressure involved.

Here are 7 things that will most likely happen to your body if you quit drinking alcohol.

1.) The Health of Your Liver Will Dramatically Improve

Alcohol is consumption is notoriously bad for the health of your liver, the organ which acts as the filter for the body, detoxifying the blood stream. Alcohol is high in glucose and the liver converts glucose into fat, which is why heavy drinkers often suffer from fatty liver disease which can cause scarring and liver failure.

“Anything that is eaten or consumed, whether it’s food, alcohol, medicine or toxins, gets filtered by the liver. Once we ingest food, it is digested by the stomach and intestine, gets absorbed into the blood and goes to the liver.” [Source]

The liver is also the organ known to manage the emotion of anger, and a dysfunctional or poisoned liver can result in emotional imbalances, which is why so many drunks are angry drunks. Once the body recognizes there is no more alcohol in the system, the liver can flush out remaining toxins, helping to improve liver performance which will have a positive impact on mood and emotional stability.

READ: This Major Organ is the Seat of Your Anger, Frustration and Irritability 2.) It Improves the Balance of Good/Bad Bacteria in Your Gut

In recent years, scientists have come to the conclusion that the body’s microbiome is of critical importance to overall health, disease prevention, and even in managing mental health.

Hosting very complex and varied colonies of bacteria in the stomach and digestive track, the gut microbiome can be severely hampered by the consumption of foods which feed disagreeable bacteria. At the top of this list is sugar, which is a major component of alcoholic beverages. People don’t typically think about how much sugar they are consuming when they go out drinking, but quitting alcohol can offer a significant opportunity to bring these colonies back into balance.

3.) Overall Digestive Health will Improve

Digestive health is another area of health that is really being understood as an indicator of potential future disease. Furthermore, we are seeing an epidemic of gastrointestinal issues such as acid reflux, gastritis or inflammation of the stomach. Caring for the GI tract is more important than ever, but regular alcohol consumption may be one of the greatest stressors to your digestive system.

“The digestive system works hard to eliminate alcohol (a toxin) from our system. So when we cut out alcohol we are allowing the digestive system to better convert the food and beverages we consume into fuel, energy for us to function optimally.” ~Niket Sonpal, an adjunct assistant professor of clinical medicine at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine

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4.) You May Sleep Better

Many people have the misconception that a drink, or ‘night cap,’ will help them to sleep better, when actually the opposite is true. Alcohol can have an almost immediate relaxing effect on the body and mind, but once it begins to be broken down in the digestive system and sent to the liver, it creates a

The body does not sleep well after consuming even a small amount of alcohol. In fact, as noted by the National Sleep Foundation, alcohol disrupts sleep by blocking REM deep sleep patterns, it can aggravate breathing problems, lead to more bathroom trips, and severely disrupt circadian rhythms.

Even small or moderate amounts of alcohol can have a sever impact on sleep, but quitting alcohol can quickly help to restore healthy sleep patterns.

5.) Your Skin Will Clear Up

Alcohol is known toxin that kills living cells, which is why it is used as a disinfectant and preservative.  And acting as a diuretic, once inside the body, it can cause moderate, even severe dehydration, which has a litany of negative effects on the body, not the least of which is the clarity and quality of your skin.

Being dehydrated can cause blotchy skin, and alcoholics commonly have blotchy, red-ish skin. For many drinkers, heavy consumption can aggravate rosacea and what has been known as ‘drinker’s nose,’ as it affects how the body circulates blood.

“Alcohol aggravates symptoms of rosacea because drinking enlarges the body’s blood vessels. When the blood vessels are more open, they allow more blood to flow to the surface of the skin, creating a flushed look that is typically referred to as the ‘alcohol flush.’ The redness can spread anywhere on the body but is most noticeable on the face, shoulders, and chest. For those already suffering from redness due to rosacea, alcohol can make this symptom increasingly worse.” [Source]

READ: 20 COMMON THINGS PEOPLE REALIZE WHEN THEY QUIT DRINKING ALCOHOL 6. Your Brain Will Perform Better

It’s no secret that being drunk can be like a mental disability as people lose motor control and their ability to walk and talk deteriorates, vision is blurred and memory fails. But while this effect dissipates as one sober’s up or sleeps it off the effect alcohol has on your brain is significant. A recent study tried to determine what the long-term physical effects of regular alcohol consumption have on the brain, finding that the hippocampus was seriously hampered.

“The study followed 550 men and women for 30 years, measuring their brain structure and function to determine how alcohol use affects the mind over time. What they found is that the more people drank, the more atrophy occurred in the brain’s hippocampus, a seahorse-shaped structure in your brain that plays a role in storing memories. The highest risk was for people who drank 17 standard drinks or more of alcohol per week. But even people who drank moderately saw an elevated risk for cognitive changes.” [Source]

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7.) It Can Help You Lose Weight

In the midst of a national epidemic of diabetes and obesity, it’s important to maintain healthy body weight. alcohol is one of the biggest sources of calories and sugar there is, but most people don’t realize how fast calories from beer, wine, and mixed drinks can add up. Since alcohol metabolizes as a fat, it’s almost like double whammy where without even thinking about it you are increasing your sugar/calorie intake, and producing more fat.

“Alcohol does act like a fat once it’s been metabolized,” , a registered dietitian and the author of “Read It Before You Eat It,” told INSIDER. “Part of losing weight is also looking at a healthier lifestyle. A lot of people don’t consider the calories in alcohol again because they’re not chewing, because it doesn’t seem like it’s rich and fatty and buttery.” ~Bonnie Taub-Dix, Author of Read It Before You Eat It

Furthermore, making the decision to quit drinking is a signal to the body and spirit that you are determined to make better helath choices overall, which can have a serious multiplier effect on your body’s health.

The following infographic sheds more light on what actually happens to your body as you consume alcohol.

Final Thoughts

You have to wonder how we ended up in a society that promotes heavy consumption of alcohol as a social norm and veritable right of passage, and at the same time the possession or consumption of the plant cannabis which is known to have many positive health benefits. Quitting alcohol is a great way to take control over your health.

Read more articles from Sofia Adamson.

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About the Author

Sofia Adamson is a contributing writer for Waking Times with a keen appreciation for matters of science and the spirit.

This article (7 Things that Happen to Your Body When You Quit Drinking Booze) was originally created and published by Waking Times and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Sofia Adamson and WakingTimes.com. It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution and author bio. 

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