"A truth which should be engraved in the human soul as a lofty moral maxim : When you see something evil in the world, do not say, Here is evil - that is,
imperfection ; ask, rather, How can I attain to the enlightenment which will show
me that on a higher plane this evil is transformed into good by the wisdom of
the cosmos ? How can I learn to tell myself : Here you see naught but imperfection because you are as yet unable to grasp the perfection of this imperfect
thing ? Whenever man sees evil he should look into his own soul and ask himself, Why am I not yet able to recognize the good in this evil that confronts me ?"
- Rudolf Steiner
As human beings, illness and death belong to our situation - always. Again and again in smaller and greater ways, they announce their presence in our lives ; at times they send us hard shocks. They remind us to live circumspectly, have caution in our affairs ; at best to find purpose in life, and have compassion for others.
The aggressive nature of evil, however, strikes us as different - something cruel, perverse, unnecessary. Beyond the burdens and sorrows of illness or death, it seems intent to destroy the whole.
I don't read the above quote to say we shouldn't oppose evil ; but rather that we notice gaps and distortions in our mindset, that affect how we understand and fight.
What we're being reminded of, I think, is that there are greater forces at play in the world than just evil - and that we tend to lose sight of them. As there are world-destructive forces - no matter how great - there are world-perfecting forces too.
Activism, perhaps more than some other kinds of work, deals especially with evils
in the world. But to think of these as imperfections, as they're called here, helps break their hold on us. That perfecting forces in the universe also see the evil, know it and have their own goals in the matter, means it's not all up to us - and this can
be a relief.
Without losing focus, we can first of all simply be ourselves ; and freed a little from anger, fear, even desperation we feel about evil, we can begin to grow our view of life larger. This is the potential.
Whether for survival or for service to the world, life asks us to keep a lot of balls in the air - always. When we're focused on evil, our mood's often one of being in danger. Our thoughts, feelings and actions get entangled in it, trapped in it. As Rudolf Steiner observes, we have our own issues that need attention. We're used to thinking we must control everything, and it frightens us to think we can't.
But if we wait out our fears and judgments, and don't act right away - if we can find our way to trust in something greater, our need to fight/flee/freeze changes.
Without yet even looking for a bigger picture, we can better keep the balls, the many facts of our situation in the air of our imagination, so to speak ; until they report to us what the pattern is. And it can be breathtaking.
First, we may discover that instead of a great monster threatening to devour us, the universe is a symphony ; a great work of art directed by a master. That evil is just one instrument, whose tone served to awaken us, and for which we can be grateful. And that we too are an instrument with a part to play - a challenging part we may have to work hard to learn, but through which we develop competence, of which we can be proud.
And we get to play with others - friends - whose parts we can listen to and be grateful for.
We often labor under the burden that we must be the great conductor of the universe - or that if we can't, there's something wrong with us. Poor us. But good
for us that we don't have to be - that we can just be valuable working parts in a mystery : a noble unfolding drama/comedy in which we're both thrilled audience and indispensable participants.
We all have pain in our lives, and must die, no matter what. But we don't have to die fearful, snarling at death, illness, evil. And more important, we don't have to live
that way !
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Merchants of Doubt
It's said of the English speaking peoples that we're the world's great masters of politics and warfare ; but that we'll let a problem build up in our own backyard until it becomes a catastrophe.
Merchants of Doubt shows these "talents" at work in the worlds of science and government in ways that threaten to grow far beyond our own backyard and - eventually - spread our catastrophe to the whole earth.
Recommended : watch in Fullscreen ^
Science Has a Toxicity Problem
There's a large and strange process at work in our world today - one we don't notice as a pattern, but that's actually a mega-phenomenon of our times :
Again and again, science creates a product or technology that's truly useful or helpful to us. With the help of some economic entity - a corporation - the invention is produced and circulated, and our lives become in some way easier and better. In an amazingly short time, it's implemented all around the world - but then something else is discovered : namely that the product or invention has certain harmful effects - even ones that are deadly to us, or the natural world. Examples of such unintended harmful effects include those of
- Agricultural chemicals - pesticides, herbicides, fungicides etc.
- Chemicals in our foods, skin and body care products, and any number of other products in our homes and workplaces.
- Our use, extraction and transport of fossil fuels.
- Widely used pharmaceutical products (overused antibiotics for humans and animals ; our intensive, extensive, increasingly mandatory use of vaccines).
- Electronic and telecommunications technologies and
- Unnoticed collateral effects even of "green" technologies (wind, solar) through their "smart" and WiFi tracking features, dirty electricity etc.
Most often, unfortunately, these effects are noticed only once people become sick, or they badly harm our natural environment. At this point science awakens to diagnose, and at best, find ways to solve the problem ; but paradoxically, this often proves near impossible to accomplish. This is a second great unseen pattern and mega-phenomenon of our times. How is it that a problem can be seen clearly by some portion of scientists, even a majority, protested adamantly by those it affects - but nothing can be done about it for long periods of time ; while damage from it accumulates steadily ?
It can be asked, fairly, why science so repeatedly wreaks harm in the world of living things - this is a fair question. Some things made with the help of science clearly have few benefits - cigarettes are one example. Others, like the dependence of our farming on toxic chemicals, beg changes to our basic thinking. But for their greater part, defects and downsides in our technologies can be corrected with the help of science. Yet activists in the realms noted above - and more - assure us they're not corrected, even where they easily could be.
Dismissal and Denial
Rather, activists report frustration, a sense of impotence and despair that work done competently and diligently to stop obvious harm, is blocked, blunted, ridiculed, attacked with baffling vehemence ; and themselves with it. Worse, they see one activist cause set against another (e.g. climate change and vaccine safety) ; in a fog of confusion and acrimony that consumes decades of precious time. Perhaps worst of all, they see scorn heaped, and calls made to restrict products with virtually no history of harm, and against which virtually no credible complaints are ever made, such as natural supplements, or homeopathic medicine. For the public, this may lead to attitudes of cynicism - or simply confusion ; and at the level of action, aggressive anger - or at the other extreme, apathy.
What drives this chaos and social warfare ? Merchants of Doubt lifts the curtain on an aggressive, well funded shadow industry, tasked to bend public opinion, research findings and government policies for the sake of corporate profits - at the expense of almost all else. The film traces this with a light hand, but is systematic, connecting actions to effects firmly, in three historical cases.
What strikes the mind, on reflection, are not just the scale and consequences of these tactics for humans and the environment ; but how many such problems exist today, stamped with just this pattern. For this reason it becomes urgent to bring these methods to more realms where these merchants operate, to know the full effects of their practices - and exactly where they're leading.
As humans, we can sometimes go a long way before the consequences of our actions catch up to us. Clever and confident, we seize the materials of the mineral world, arrange, combine and bend them to our will. It was to this world that our science first turned its attention, and that it still knows best. Cause and effect are straightforward here ; and its substances are durable. Do what we will with metals and minerals, we can hardly injure what was already dead !
The world of living things, plant, animal, human, is also robust - but has limits. It thrives under many conditions, adapts and adjusts, bends and bounces back ; but it can also be injured decisively, and driven past the point of no return. And yet we bend this world to our will too, as we would the metal or mineral. Thinking it inexhaustible, we tear this web of life.
Progress - or Destruction ?
As humans our nature includes the potential for error ; but also the potential to notice and correct it, on our own or at the advice of others. This is a process not just of learning, but of progress - progress in terms of our humility and integrity, our knowledge of the world and even our practical expertise. At best our errors teach us, even if painfully - and in the end they lead us forward.
As humans our conditions of life also include the possibility of illness, and the certainty of death. They serve us reminders in our own bodies when we're in danger, have erred or gone too far. They warn us of error, and the need to correct it, and can in this way also lead us forward.
If we don't notice and correct mistakes, however ; if we ignore or reject warnings from others, our errors tend to deepen - and seriously. Mistakes in thinking play out in our technologies ; flaws in the technologies in our lives. When harm a technology does is in turn concealed, the danger is that we know neither why we suffer, nor even that we should protect ourselves. The only remaining questions now are the amount of harm we're at the mercy of, and how much we can endure.
What Can Help ?
Science, as noted, brings us comforts and benefits that in most cases make our lives better. In the normal course of events it also corrects it'sAt best that in most innovations Our normal recourse - and hope - in times of danger would be that those only remaining questions are how great the harm is, and how long we can bear itbefore it's irreversible.
Of all roles government may take in the world, its core and most legitimate task is to protect us from coercion, bullying, fraud ; and not least, from undue harm and injury. When bound too closely with economic interests, however, it falls deeply prey to conflicts - so that instead of protecting from harm by unsafe products and practices, it comes to protect products and practices that do the harm. practices that protection from harm or coercion single most important and legitrole and task is correction with The colossal scale of our world economy means that once freed from these restraints restraints Beyond lost opportunities lies the realm of real and cumulative we do.
The only thing that can truly help, agaist this organized duplicity, is the hard and unromantic work of science : the resolute deployment of laws and facts, meticulously ordered and fully penetrated with understanding by those who present them. There's no way around this work - which must next be shared, not just with large numbers of people willing to listen, but with massive numbers. Each such person has some insight or ability to bring to activism, even if small ; and some part of a cause closest to his or her heart. These are the small units by which any activism succeeds, when it succeeds - or fails when it fails.
The Triumph of Death - Pieter Breughel the Elder
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How vaccines train the immune
system in ways no one expected
TED Talk by Dr Christine Stabell Benn
This is a more differentiated perspective on vaccines than we usually hear - one that may offer a new, possibly better direction to our search for a COVID-19 vaccine
Here's a brief overview of this talk - and some thoughts and questions it's triggered
in me :
Third world countries like Guinea-Bissau, where Dr Christine Benn works, often lack dependable basic resources, such as public sanitation, clean water and adequate nutrition. For this reason, children in these areas are especially vulnerable to infectious diseases ; and if infected, outcomes are often far more serious than for children with the same illnesses in developed countries. Vaccines, for these children, may be the difference between life and death.
Dr Benn's team has conducted research that shows oral vaccines with attenuated (weakened) live disease organisms have surprising additional benefits for children's immune systems, making them resistant to other diseases, beyond the targeted ones, and significantly increasing survival rates. They've found these kinds of vaccines have important generalized benefits to health. These findings are very significant, Dr Benn emphasizes, and should be explored further.
The team's research has also shown that conventional injected vaccines containing dead (killed) organisms or their proteins, have high effectiveness against the targeted disease - but surprisingly, children who receive them are more susceptible to other diseases, and have significantly higher mortality than those who receive attenuated live vaccines.
Dr Benn notes that almost ALL vaccines today are of this second kind - but that it's planned to phase live organism vaccines out altogether in 2022
How to understand this research ?
Live, attenuated vaccines provide the same experience to the immune system
as the disease itself, and provoke the same reactions - but the infection is so mild,
it can easily be overcome. At the same time, however, the immune system learns
how to fight off this disease - and somehow, also other diseases - in the future.
It should be noted that there's a large body of literature on later health benefits of having had certain infectious diseases - but this is not well known, and is often dismissed or ridiculed in the charged atmosphere surrounding vaccination today.
This presentation indicates that much the same benefits can be gained - and more safely - through using attenuated live oral vaccines.
A question not asked in the talk, that I think could and should be, is : what explains the surprisingly worse outcomes in children given the other vaccines - those with killed organisms ?
It's known that these vaccines do not stimulate the entire immune system - only the part that creates antibodies. Could it be that in not activating the whole immune system, they don't stimulate it enough ?
A second question not addressed in the video, but that can also fairly be asked, is whether negative effects of the conventional vaccines lie not just in the antigen - the killed organism - but in other substances in them.
Some scientists and healthcare providers express concerns about vaccine excipient substances - other ingredients, besides their antigent components - and in particular, vaccine adjuvant substances. These ingredients, many well known toxic substances, are included in vaccines to cause strong, long lasting immune reactions to killed organism antigens, and trigger antibody production against them.
The concerns raised are that extensive, repeated exposures to vaccine adjuvants cause the many, and in some cases very serious adverse effects listed on vaccine package inserts ; and that vaccine safety advocates see played out in their own or their children's bodies.
The concern is also that for each dramatic acute effect, there may be less obvious, more slowly developing, yet equally serious effects, that emerge only over time. Safety advocates fear that immediate adverse events are not just the tip of the iceberg ; but that we trade generally mild and temporary infections with chicken pox, measles etc now, for much more chronic problems later.
This talks by Christine Stabell Benn points out a possible middle way between rigidly "pro-vaxx" and adamantly "anti-vaxx" thinking and policies : the promise of attenuated live organism vaccines. But as she notes, these vaccines are endangered, scheduled for discontinuation in the very near future.
Attenuated live oral vaccines may also present us a path forward in this moment of COVID-19 pandemic. A first step any of us can take is to learn more about this work - and to make it more visible. But this path is also about to close for us - so any insight we gain here needs urgently to be followed by action !
Here are some important further resources :
Bandim Health Project See especially : their "About BHP" and "Research" tabs.
Vaccines Reimagined To enlarge text size : Click "Ctrl" together with "+" as many times as needed.
Support Bandim Health Project Lastly, please note that BHP has no core funding or donations - and that individual donations are highly needed !
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Homeopathy Needs Your Help : HERE'S HOW !
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued new Draft Guidance on the regulation of homeopathic medicine. Although somewhat better than its most recent previous Guidance - vigorously opposed by the industry and consumers - it still has provisions that could drastically restrict future use and manufacture of these remedies. The FDA is now accepting comments from the public, and this is the time to speak out clearly against restriction of homeopathy and for this important aide to health and wellness
Americans for Homeopath Choice has prepared excellent guidelines for responding to the Daft Guidance, that I'd like to briefly introduce to you. Your comments will be sent directly to the FDA, your U.S Congressperson and Senators, our President and Vice President. This is an important moment for homeopathy, and your participation means a lot. Here's what you can do to help :
1) For an overview of the Draft Guidance and its meaning, plus key guidelines for your participation in this process, see this
Background for Comments and Messages
from Americans for Homeopathy Choice at any time.
2) To send your comments directly to the FDA and elected officials, patiently and carefully complete the steps on this page :
Please note that the page permits you to send a series of three carefully formulated messages. I encourage you to read each of these through (they're quite educational), and make any small changes you feel will personalize and individualize them
3) If you want to comment directly to the FDA (recommended - and a chance to share your personal positive experiences with homeopathy), use this additional link and page :
This is an important matter of health freedom - and your personal comments on how homeopathy has helped you, matter most
This said, here are some guidelines to make your comments as effective as possible :
I encourage you to share this need and process as widely as possible. There are social icons both at the top of this page and immediately below, for this purpose. When you share, add comments of your own to let your friends know how important their support is !
Also if you share further on Facebook, or when you click share, don't just click "Share Now," but rather "Share Post" and when the window opens click the check box to the left that says "Share Original Post."
This Draft Guidance comment process doesn't just need large numbers of signatures and messages - it needs massive numbers ! Be respectful, factual and succinct - but show the FDA a statement of solidarity it can neither ignore nor forget
One more consideration regarding Facebook. Because of its algorithm it may not show your post to every one of your friends you'd like to reach. So if you want to make sure a person - or even more important, a group or page you follow - be sure to tag the people/groups/pages you want most to know.
In case you don't know how to tag, just type the @ sign and start typing the name, with no space in between. When the name pops up, just click on it and you've tagged. Facebook may have a limit on how many times you can tag on one post or comment - but you should be able to tag at least ten you want to reach most.
You can also copy the URL (the page address of any desired post or page), from the address bar at the top of the page ..... and paste it, with your comments, anywhere you need to !
These are the tools of modern activism, that extend the reach of good ideas and actions needing to be taken. I hope you'll run with them !
Jeff Smith RN (Retired)
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In watching the most recent Democratic Candidate Debate I was truly impressed
by the ideas I heard. I felt that from socialists to billionaires, EVERY candidate
had something good to contribute. This brought to mind a thought I've had
again and again in this campaign - a way to beat Trump in 2020, if ANYTHING can.
I think of it as
"The 1972-1973 New York Knicks NBA Championship Strategy"
Older sports fans will remember that the key players on the Knicks championship team that year were (later to be U.S. Senator) Bill Bradley, Walt Frazier, Willis Reed, and Earl "The Pearl" Monroe ; Jerry Lucas, Dave Debusschere, Dean Meminger and Phil Jackson (later coach to his own Chicago and L.A. championship teams) ; and Jerry Lucas. They were each outstanding athletes, without a doubt - but what they did better than almost anyone I've ever seen, was TEAM PLAY
Guided by NBA Hall of Fame Coach Red Holzman, they moved the ball selflessly until the open shot appeared, and my sense was that it didn't matter WHO took it. They had a different star every game, and were called "one of the smartest NBA teams ever assembled". And they won
Difficult as it would seem, these candidates will also need to not compete in the end, but work as a team - starting NOW. Here's what I'd see :
Let these candidates, in addition to whatever else they do, meet and talk together - regularly. Let them evaluate themselves honestly for strengths and weaknesses, and their chances with every constituency they can think of. Let them INTEGRATE their good ideas, where possible - and look without illusion at who REALLY has the best chance - "the open shot"
And at the right moment, pass that player the ball
The best outcome I can think of would be that they become clear among THEMSELVES who that would be, bring the public on board as to why - and support that candidate for dear life
There's no reason why these good people shouldn't keep Trump and the GOP off balance for now, with every bit of razzle-dazzle they can muster - but honest-razzle dazzle, for the sake of the country
These are ALL good and talented people - but I really think what's needed to beat Trump is a TEAM
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Thanks to Vaccine Education League of America for sharing elsewhere :
"The 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA) provides immunity to the vaccine manufacturers for the adverse reactions, vaccine related injury and death resulting from the administration of all vaccines which are on the CDC schedule. There are conditions which extend this same protection from liability to the doctors administering the vaccines. People assume that means the doctors and their staff are immune from the liability however there are conditions that must exist for doctors to be covered by that exemption for liability, such as the requirement that they provide their patient with the same warnings that are included by the manufacturer on the vaccine insert (not an information sheet) and those inserts are almost never provided to the patient, even if you ask for them. The same act also does NOT cover medical malpractice, malfeasance, or neglect and if the doctor ever took the time to educate themselves on the dangers of adverse reactions they likely wouldn't risk losing their malpractice insurance by negligently administering the vaccine anyway. If they refuse to educate themselves, especially when the manufacturers are protecting themselves by providing the inserts, that constitutes malpractice, malfeasance, and neglect.
Does that mean I can still hold them accountable ? YES it does. Just holding them accountable by the use of loop holes and alternative approaches to suit.
The existence of a properly worded sworn Affidavit and Notice of Liability in a child's medical record is likely to make all nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians assistants, etc not willing to accept the personal liability and administer the vaccine anyway. If they do administer it they can be held accountable.
The key is to provide them with proper Notice and in the form of an Affidavit which is a legal document. If they ignore the Affidavit, they are assuming the liability when they administer the vaccine. This type of Affidavit should be added to the medical record of each child and a copy filed with any applicable school nurse or administrator and it's helpful to keep a copy on hand to add to the record of any ER or urgent care if needed. You DO NOT need a separate Affidavit for each child. One Affidavit from a parent or guardian will be sufficient with copies made to each child's file.
Those who know me already know my background at law. I do provide these to those who wish to order them but they are not free. These are the same ones we offered from the law firm with a $250 retainer but I offer them now for $25 each to make them more easily accessible to parents who have a need for them. If you are comfortable enough with your knowledge of law to draft a properly worded Affidavit, get it done. If not you can order one from me from my online shop but you do not have permission to use my intellectual property for redistribution (you can't resell my work). When checking out make sure I have the name of the parent/guardian requesting the Affidavit, the County and State where it will be notarized, and en email address to send it to you since these are delivered electronically."
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Should you be concerned that measles
gives you "immune amnesia" ?
Recently you may have heard about a research study indicating getting measles can cause "immune amnesia", and put you at serious risk of harm from other infections. Having - like almost everyone in my generation - HAD measles, my first thought was "What ?"
Then I encountered this article, by an immunologist, that explores the matter more deeply, and undoes some of the fear mongering this research has given rise to
I'm grateful for an article like this - and to the people who shared it where I could find it. As small an act as it is in the current poisoned atmosphere, it's important that the deeper science be imprinted in the world somewhere, alongside the disinformation
IMO it's a scientific and actually, spiritual deed, that we need as much as we need food, or any physical substance !
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Measles : A Close Examination of
the Facts to Counter the Fear
I feel compelled to post articles like this, if for no other reason than because of the courage the writer has to publish it. I would be ashamed to let this kind of integrity stand alone !
If the more radical among vaccine advocates have their way, there will soon be a lot of vaccinations given to children directly against their parents' will. At some point, vaccine related injuries, deaths and immune system dysfunction will become so prevalent that they CAN'T be ignored. Scientific research will draw connections that CAN'T be discounted, dismissed or hidden from web searches. The superficiality of "vaccine science" and inadequacy of vaccine testing will be seen for what they are, and the whole conceptual house of cards will come down. And eventually, whistle blowers will step forward to confirm the corruption and conflicts of interest that have kept all this in place for so long.
Where will the radical advocates stand then ? If they claim not to have read articles like this one, then they'll have been negligent - because enough people have asked them to
If they're found to have read scientific and political commentary of this kind and not understood it, they'll be seen as superficial medical and scientific thinkers, who have also done a great deal of harm, both to the health of children and the rights of their fellow citizens
We'd like to believe there are ways to avoid pain, illness and death in life - and may adore those who tell us we can. But in truth we can only deal with these problems as soberly, responsibly and rationally as we can. If the vaccine "solution" is in fact an illusion, we need to find better ways NOW, not double and triple and quadruple down on mistaken strategies
If vaccine advocates are sincere about finding the BEST ways to deal with infectious illnesses, they should reach out to the best among those they considers their enemies - and they might do something magnificent
Measles : A Close Examination of the Facts to Counter the Fear
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This headline grabs attention, but the conversation it leads to is IMO, actually more enlightening and encouraging, than shocking
I'd love to see us step back from the ledge of black/white thinking we're standing on today, concerning vaccine safety and choice. This seems to be a step in the direction of sanity, & was a breath of fresh air for me this morning !
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We Have No Reason to Believe 5G is Safe
If you have friends who aren't concerned about the new 5G telecommunications networks being rolled out - or who may simply not be aware of the risks they entail ? We have just one message : share this article from Scientific American with them !
There's extensive research indicating 5G is dangerous, both to human health and the natural environment. There are also concerns about risks to our personal privacy and cyber-security. For your interest, we encourage you to explore these further
Resource Articles : 5G Networks
And lastly for now, we encourage you to look into things you can actually do to resist this rapidly expanding technology. This is absolutely something to do together with friends !
Stop 5G Networks : Contact Your Local Elected Officials NOW
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Jeff Smith RN, born 1950. A registered nurse since 1984 - but holistic in my outlook to health since probably around 1968. Living Waters Wellness considers not just the health of the physical body, but our soul and spirit, our social forms, our environment - and as a matter of fact, our whole earth. It's a new website, and a work in progress - but by all means, have a look around !