Breaking: Alarming Levels of Monsanto’s Glyphosate Found in America’s Food | Food Democracy Now

A new report by Food Democracy Now! and the Detox Project exposes shocking levels of glyphosate contamination in popular American foods, including Cheerios, Doritos, Oreos, Goldfish and Ritz crackers and Stacy’s Pita Chips.

Levels found in these product are well above the levels found by independent peer-reviewed studies which show that ultra-low levels of glyphosate can cause organ damage starting at 0.1 parts per billion (ppb). This is 1,750 times lower than what the EPA currently claims is safe. The highest levels detected were found in General Mills’ Original Cheerios, which were simply off the charts, at 1,125.3 ppb or nearly twice the level considered potentially harmful according to the latest scientific research in a single serving for young children.

As a result, we’re calling on the EPA Inspector General to investigate the agency’s failure to properly test and regulate glyphosate, end the practice of pre-harvest spraying of Roundup as a drying agent and release ALL of the industry data submitted to federal agencies, but kept hidden from the American public as “trade secrets.”

Demand that your regulatory agencies, like the EPA, FDA and USDA protect the American people from toxic chemicals in our food, water and air! It’s time to get Monsanto’s Roundup off your plate, ban glyphosate and label GMOs! We need your help today. Every voice counts! The report can be viewed here.

Source: Breaking: Alarming Levels of Monsanto’s Glyphosate Found in America’s Food | Food Democracy Now

Radically Self-Reliant Veganic Gardening with Will Bonsall: PYP 224 – Plant Yourself

Will Bonsall is my new hero, and I say that without exaggeration. Check out the short video clip at the top of the Links section below to see half of the reason why.The other half of the reason take a bit longer to explain – hence this full-length podcast episode.Will is the visionary gardener whose half-century of experimentation and iconoclasm can help us save human civilization from collapse. His method, which he refers to as “gardening without borders,” takes into account all the inputs and outputs of a garden or farm, in contrast to the usual methods of conventional, organic, and permaculture production.

Source: Radically Self-Reliant Veganic Gardening with Will Bonsall: PYP 224 – Plant Yourself

Diet, Arthritis, & Autoimmune Diseases – Michael Klaper, M.D., Nutrition-Based Medicine

Source: Diet, Arthritis, & Autoimmune Diseases – Michael Klaper, M.D., Nutrition-Based Medicine

Dr. Michael Klaper answers the question, “Could what I eat be making my arthritis worse? Is there any kind of diet or supplement that might help my joint pain?”

Ask these two questions to most physicians in practice today and the likely answer you’ll receive is, “The cause of arthritis and autoimmune diseases is unknown, and nothing that you eat, nor any supplement that you take, will make any difference at all.”

Yet, it has long been known that many factors can affect arthritis – physical activity, emotions, even the weather. However, prevailing medical thought still holds that food has little or no effect upon joint pain. The diet-arthritis connection is often disdainfully dismissed as “unscientific” or as “magical thinking.” Fortunately for the millions who suffer from arthritic pain, recent medical studies indicate that relief can be as close as their dinner plate.

Numerous articles published in prominent medical journals confirm what I have witnessed for years in my medical practice: many people with rheumatoid arthritis and other forms of inflammatory joint disease really ARE reacting to substances in their food (1). The studies also demonstrate that identification and elimination of the offending foods – a therapy completely free of cost and risk – often provides dramatic improvement, or even complete remission of joint pain and disability.

Why are physicians so reluctant to consider the possible connections between painful joints and what the owner of the joints has been eating for breakfast, lunch and dinner? A major reason is that in medical school, most physicians-to-be learn that fragments of food proteins are simply too large to be absorbed from the intestine into the bloodstream, and thus cannot be involved in inflammatory reactions in distant organs, like the joints.

Consequently, the patient’s diet as a causative factor is usually discounted and instead, powerful (and expensive) anti-inflammatory medications are prescribed as the foundation of therapy. Both physician and patient can then settle for mere suppression of inflammatory symptoms while overlooking a possibly treatable cause that may be as close as the patient’s dinner plate. This “relief” can often inflict severe side effects, such as intestinal bleeding, inflammation of the liver, depression of bone marrow function (where new blood is made) and, of great concern, injury to the wall of the intestine. Why is this important?

IS YOUR GUT LEAKY?

Ignoring the effect of the diet of the patient with inflammatory arthritis is scientifically short-sighted; it is now clear that in most people with these conditions, fragments of protein from foods and from organisms living in the gut certainly DO leak into the bloodstream after most every meal. In reaction to these foreign substances, antibodies in the blood are commonly produced against components of egg protein, chicken protein, milk protein, and wheat protein within hours after eating these foods.

This phenomenon of the “leaky gut” is present in everyone to some degree, but is far more pronounced in those whose intestinal walls are inflamed for any reason, such as in people with chronic parasite infestation, diarrhea of bacterial or viral origin, inflammation of the large intestine (colitis) or small intestine (enteritis or Crohn’s disease,) as well as in many allergic/atopic conditions, like asthma and eczema.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), including ibuprofen (Advil) and naproxen (Aleve) can injure the intestinal wall directly (more about those later) and, ironically, contribute to the gut inflammation they are taken to treat!

Our food choices can injure our gut lining directly by their physical or chemical properties (fatty, acidic, nutrient poor, etc.) but also indirectly by unbalancing the micro-biome – the trillions of microbes that live in the mucus layer lining our intestine and form part of the functional barrier of our gut.

Fatty foods, especially saturated fats, reduce bacterial populations while high-meat diets spawn bacteria that can tolerate lots of bile in the intestine – and promote DNA damage and cancer growth (2).

People drink chlorinated drinking water, sodas with phosphoric acid, coffee, black and herbal teas and, of course, alcohol in wine, beer and other drinks – all of which kill beneficial bacteria!

Foods are sprayed with pesticides that alter the bacterial balance and most commercial flesh foods contain residues of antibiotics fed to the animals, which then concentrate in their tissues.

And of course, people often go to their doctor with a viral cold and ask for a prescription for antibiotics, “just in case” which inevitably unbalances the micro-biome – NOT a good idea!

All these agents and actions can reduce the numbers of beneficial organisms in the gut lining. This allows more unfriendly, harmful microbes to “set up housekeeping” in the mucus layer – which then proceed to injure the integrity of the intestinal wall. This makes the gut more permeable (“leaky”) to molecules that should never enter the bloodstream – and this is just what happens.

Once in the bloodstream, these small fragments of foreign proteins can lodge in sensitive tissues – like the delicate synovial membranes that line the joints. There, they can incite significant reactions, ranging from subtle but uncomfortable inflammation of connective fibers to hot, painful swelling and distention of the joints, as in acute rheumatoid arthritis.

Chronic inflammation of the joints – or any tissue – over the years can result in tissue scarring, contracture, loss of function and ultimately, destruction of the joint. Many other organs in the body – heart, lung, eye, kidney, muscle – can also suffer damage from repeated inflammation: failing “rheumatoid heart,” fibrous “rheumatoid lung,” bleeding kidneys in lupus nephritis, etc.

Chronic inflammation is energetically expensive and ultimately harmful for the body to sustain – yet, our Standard American Diet (“S.A.D.”) is filled with a daily deluge of meats, dairy products, processed foods, concentrated sugars, preservatives, colorings, flavorings and other chemicals may foster that very process.

So, the various kinds of joint inflammations, including some forms of rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, ankylosing spondylitis and others, may, indeed, have nutritional components and may greatly improve when offending foods are eliminated from the diet and other measures taken.

Not surprisingly, other inflammatory conditions including asthma, psoriasis, eczema, and related disorders also can involve the so-called “leaky gut syndrome,” and so, too, frequently respond to the same therapies outlined below.

THE MOST LIKELY CULPRITS

Almost any protein or other food substance can set off adverse reactions in the joints; however, in my clinical experience, the foods most likely to trigger joint inflammation are (in order):

1. Milk proteins (especially casein and lactalbumin) in dairy products – including whey, buttermilk solids, skim milk solids, “calcium caseinate,” “sodium caseinate,” all milk-derived cheeses, yogurt, ice cream, chocolate, etc.
2. Chicken protein – including the “light meat” and “dark meat,” as well as egg whites.
3. Wheat protein – including breads, pastas, wheat cereals, etc.
4. Beef and other red meats.
5. Soy protein – including tofu, tempeh, etc. including meat analogues, which often contain soy and wheat proteins.
6. Corn protein.
7. and, to a MUCH lesser extent, “nightshade” vegetables – tomatoes, (white) potatoes, eggplants, green (bell) peppers. These four plants all contain anmolecule called solanum that, in a small number of people, may cause inflammation in the tissues – hence the shady reputation of these otherwise nutritious foods.

In my experience, less than 10% of people with an autoimmune disease have any problem when they eat any of the above nightshade foods.

I find that after 4 – 6 months, when most or all of the inflammatory symptoms have subsided, the above four “nightshade” vegetables can be reintroduced into the diet, one at a time, in the manner suggested below, assuming the person desires to eat them.

The following food plan will fully nourish your body while helping to you identify problem foods.

THE BASELINE SAFETY DIET

Note: The following has been modified to incorporate the very useful analysis and guidelines of Clint Paddison who has been successful in helping thousands of patients with inflammatory arthritis overcome their painful symptoms.

For 2 days, consume only fresh vegetable juice made of celery and cumber only.

From day 2 – 12, reintroduce foods according to the following “Paddison Program” protocol (link opens in a new tab or window):

Paddison Program Reintroduction SequenceDuring this time of diagnosis through dietary simplicity, it is best to minimize confounding factors by keeping seasonings to a minimum, as some spices like cayenne can incite inflammatory reactions in susceptible people.

A “pinch” (1/8 teaspoon) of iodized salt on the surface of vegetables may be permitted – and will go a long way to make these baseline foods more palatable. Be aware, however, that high-salt diets can turn on genes that promote autoimmune processes in the body (3); so, when it comes to added salt, “less is more.”

Also, the vital element iodine is washing out from our soils, and thus from our foods. If you are going to be using table salt at all, it is wise to use a pinch of iodized salt on your food. (BTW, “sea salt” does not contain significant iodine. Like chlorine and fluorine, its fellow halogens in the periodic table, iodine evaporates with heat – and the hot sun used to dry sea salt drives iodine into the air. Iodized sea salts are available.)

After the inflammation has been improved to the maximal extent on this food program, “new” seasonings can be reintroduced, one at a time, as described below. One of the benefits gained through this process is increased appreciation for the natural taste of fresh fruits, vegetables and other whole foods.

After following this regimen, many, if not most, people will find their joints much improved or completely free of pain and stiffness, perhaps for the first time in years.

Beneficial fats have a role here:

“Omega-3” fatty acids can exert an anti-inflammatory effect in rheumatoid arthritis and autoimmune diseases. Ample (1 – 2 cup) helpings of dark leafy greens should be consumed daily, as should a small handful of walnuts, either as whole nuts or blended into dressings and sauces.

One to two tablespoons of fresh ground flax, chia, and/or hemp seeds should be eaten daily, sprinkled on cereals, salads or soups (4).

DHA/EPA supplements derived from algae – as opposed to fish oil (5) – can be purchased online and in natural food stores; 300 mg of algae-derived DHA with approximately 180 mg – 300 mg EPA is appropriate.

GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) is an “omega 6″ fatty acid from which the body makes a potent, natural anti-inflammatory substance, prostaglandin E-1, which complements the omega-3 lipids and can be very useful in inflammatory diseases (6). 300 mg of black current seed oil daily will supply a sufficient amount of GLA to help reduce inflammation.

GUT LINING REPAIR

The “leaky gut” can be made less permeable by:

a) stopping any ongoing injury to the intestinal wall or flora – alcohol, soft drinks, coffee, most teas, chlorinated drinking water, unnecessary antibiotics, etc., as well as,

b) addition of the following supplements for 90 days – all help restore normal tissue integrity and balance of intestinal micro-flora. The supplements below can be ordered online or found at natural food stores:

– L-glutamine: 650 mg. – 1000 mg. twice daily, 1/2 to one hour before meals

– Quercetin: 650 mg. – 1000 mg. twice daily, 1/2 to one hour before meals

– Probiotic (non-dairy): 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of powder or 2 tablets 1 hour before meals or 1 hour before bed. (See my article, “Probiotic Principles.)

Incidentally, the gut is made more leaky by non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, and similar substances. Aspirin is does so to a much lesser degree (7) and nabumetone (Relefen) is reported not to increase intestinal permeability, though I have often been disappointed in nabumetone’s pain-relieving powers. Still, those two agents are worth a try if pain levels are high and the action of an NSAID is sought (8).

Assuming a favorable joint response to the above diet and supplement program, “new” test foods (really, the foods previously eaten) can be added back into the diet as desired, in a controlled manner:

(a) one food at a time,
(b) every 48 (preferably 72) hours (to allow sufficient time for any possible reaction),
(c) while keeping a careful food diary.

Your “food diary” can be a sheet of paper with a vertical line down the middle. Record on the left “Safe Foods,” that do not adversely affect the joints, and in the right column, the “Try Again in 6 – 12 Months Foods,” if they make the joints react in any adverse way.

In this diary, record each new food introduced, the time and date eaten, and very importantly, how the joints feel several hours later, on the following day, and on the day after that.

The joints usually “speak” quite clearly – with pain, redness, warmth, swelling, and/or stiffness – usually within 48 hours of eating an offending food. But, just a subtle increase in stiffness, pain, malaise or any other sign of imbalance should be taken as reason to not eat that food again for 6 to 12 months and then re-introduce it and again observe any adverse reaction.

Over several weeks, adding a new “test” food every 3 days, the diet is reconstructed using only the “Safe Foods” demonstrated not to inflame the joints.

Any (and all) meats, dairy products, and other animal-based foods, as well as any individual grain, legume, fruit or vegetable can be eliminated without fear of deficiency of protein, calcium, or other nutrients.

“Nutritional insurance” during this time can be provided by twice-weekly (NOT daily) high-potency multivitamin and mineral supplements, containing at least 100 mcg. of Vitamin B-12 (methylcobalamin), as well as the U.S. Recommended Daily Allowance amounts of zinc, copper and other trace minerals.

If wheat or other plant protein is found to cause adverse reactions, there are breads, pastas and cereals made of rice, oats, barley, soy, buckwheat, spelt, kamut, and other non-wheat grains, that are widely available at natural food stores.

Test each of these new foods individually, by introducing them separately at 48-hour intervals, to assure that they create no adverse effects in the body.

Complete food programs can be found in Clint Paddison’s excellent program.

Helpful guidance can also be found in, “The Lupus Recovery Diet: A Natural Approach to Autoimmune Disease That Really Works,” by Jill Harrington.

Such simple, but effective food strategies like those above can often produce dramatic improvements – and even complete resolution of inflammatory arthritis and other autoimmune diseases.

Yet, even with the strategies described above, some people experience severe or repeated flare-ups of their inflammatory or autoimmune disease. I feel that if the joints, kidneys or other vital structures are at risk from these destructive inflammatory processes – and the diet and supplement maneuvers described above are not sufficiently effective – then I feel it is appropriate to use potent pharmaceutical agents, such as the new “biological” agents or methotrexate.

However, this is done with the understanding that while the drug is exerting its suppressive effects and giving the person comfort, the dietary and gut-restoration programs presented above are rigorously instituted, so as the medications are gradually tapered off, there is far less chance of precipitating a flare of the inflammation.

No one wants to stay on powerful immune system-depressing medications permanently.

As I described above, the best chance for eventually getting off those potent, and often toxic drugs, is found in Hippocrates’ strategy: “Let food be thy medicine.

Thank you for visiting my website and for considering my professional services when you need reliable medical information in understandable terms. If you’d like to discuss your health concerns in a private consultation with me by phone or web-based video, please send e-mail to: GetAdvice@DoctorKlaper.com.

Yours in health,

Dr. Michael Klaper

VIDEO: See the On Demand Video of my “Healthy YOU” webinar about Leaky Gut Syndrome.

AUDIO: Listen to a free 50-minute audio podcast in which I’m interviewed by Clint Paddison about the power of natural healing with a plant-based diet for a broad range of diseases, including Rheumatoid Arthritis.
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Earth Day Ponderings & Our Materialistic Culture Where Economics is King

In every civilization there are 4 main social institutions:

Home/Family
Faith/Religion
Political
Economic

I have been listening to The Sermon on the Mount by Richard Rohr and it has helped to make sense of things for me as to our current state of affairs. Throughout history typically one institution dominates and the others become subservient, used as tools to feed the dominant one. In the time of Jesus family institutions dominated. Church services were held in the home for example and the focus was on community and breaking bread. The merchant class was the minority and did not hold much power. However today it is clear that the dominant institution is that of economics. War and politics are used for economic gains. Using the red herring of abortion, religion is used to gather votes to deepen corporate pocketbooks. The military industrial complex is for its own economic gains and to protect other corporate economic interests. Yes our Chief of State is the former CEO of Exxon Oil.

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What does our Chief of State and President Putin have in common? Their love for oil.

Make no mistake and this is no disrespect of our brave soldiers but the military has been hijacked for corporate interests. Religion is used for fear to justify war. All of our meddling in the Middle East is for our own economic interests yet we are lead to believe that it is for freedom, self determination and to protect innocent children while rejecting these very same child refugees. Church gatherings are no longer in the home but in institutions that primarily have their own economic interests at the forefront and are satisfied to stop at simpleton and short sited born again theology where one can claim one is saved all the while being driven primarily by the ego with truly no deep understanding of their True Self and Christ Consciousness. Where even meditation is frowned upon as dangerous. Does it not merely serve the business of religion to keep their flock dependent and ignorant to their true selves and the charade their church leaders are playing?

Prosperity theology is an example of this where to be rich is valued over being loving & serving children of God.

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What would Jesus think about this guy?

Jesus taught to love one another, to pray, contemplate and give alms in secrecy so as not to merely feed the ego and prevent a deeper knowing of ourselves and Christ Consciousness. Now our meaning is tied up in how others see us in our social financial status. Now we are told to be a good citizen we must produce and consume and to be out of work seems to be more despised and judged than to be a criminal. Let us remember that Jesus was a Galilean peasant that taught that the world of love was more important than the law and the world of power. Remember that those who persecute & justify discriminating against the LGBTQ community and other religious faiths are citing verses in the bible, mainly Leviticus, Numbers and Chronicles that were all written by the priestly class who wanted to keep themselves in control by persecuting those that didn’t follow their laws and give payment & subservience to them required to be considered morally and spiritually ‘clean’. It was a racket. Jesus knew this and the New Testament, aside from Paul who was still so locked down by Judaic law, was a radical rejection of any doctrine that stood in the way of compassion. Laws can provide a foundation but I challenge all of us to look at any law or belief and ask: does it prohibit or inhibit love and compassion. Jesus taught that if it did it should be thrown out. Jesus was a threat to the priestly order, the establishment and for that reason was crucified much more than his so called blasphemous declaration that he was the Son of God.

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Maybe someday we can practice the teachings of Jesus and love one another more than money and status.

Most Christians never understand this and have fallen into the laws of judgement and control just like the Pharisees did in the time of Jesus to appease their ego and look good in the eyes of others as morally pure. What a shame. What a sham. The teachings of Jesus, so radical that I challenge even the most radical feminist, persons of other faiths or atheist to logically criticize. He simply taught us to love one another. Period. Yet history repeats itself. We still have not learned the good news of the Gospel. That we are ALL, believers and non-believers, children of God. We are all brothers and sisters. And more so than what the bible can offer us, the most clear manifestation of God’s love for us is our very own lives and this planet that we share. Most Christians because of their hypocrisy are discarded rightly so by rational thinkers. Like Ghandhi said, if Christians actually practiced and followed the teachings of Jesus all of India would be Christian. Politically as a populace we would couldn’t be more ignorant. To consume is a religious action. Consumption is actually a virtue in modern times at least in this country. As Christianity dominated the time of the reformation where most of the land in Europe was owned by the church, where in their lust of power many non christians were slaughtered, now we see a similar parallel today with the rise of islamic fundamentalism used for economic gain and power. We are merely fighting the evils of Islamic fundamentalism as we should have fought and fight today the evils of Christian fundamentalism, more this fundamentalist Islamic faction is being used as an excuse to justify meddling, murdering and all out war in the Middle East and other countries where Western and other first world corporations corrupted by greed fight over fossil fuels. The 59 missiles that Drumpf ordered, where the Russians and Syrians were told to leave before the bombs came, when the airstrip was operational only one day after the bombing was a gift to military economic interests, a political distraction and just another excuse to continue to go to war with any country who does not want to play ball with us economically. The Moab bomb dropped in Afghanistan killing unknown innocent people again was a gift, if we build these bombs we need to use them right. And what better testing ground than Afghanistan where other than oil, we fight over mineral interest, the heroin market and trust that the American public will continue to care less for people of other colors and creeds.

And we should ask ourselves in this culture where the bottom line is the almighty dollar. Where financial status matters most. In the land of economic disparity who suffers most? Who starves so that others may feast. How difficult and immense is the pressure on our youth to conform to this culture where economics is king. Where we no longer value the work of our hands, the toiling of the soil, the creation of beauty and peace. How many of our youth have we lost who were not able to feel a part of this culture of economics where outward gains are valued more than inward peace, creativity and joy. It is a unsustainable system. Deep in our core we know this. The child in us knew this and in effort to please suppressed our natural creativity. I wanted to to be an artist or a vetenarian. I chose to be a physician to humans. Partly to be respected and to gain financial independence and be respected in this insane culture of capitalism we embrace. Partly to get to the root of the problem on this earth. To help sick people awaken to their optimal health. If we awaken we can help stop this unsustainable greed machine that is devouring our children, our planet and all sentient beings. There is a price to pay. It is simple biology. When we are not allowed to live our true nature, when money is the ultimate barometer for success it is the biology of the cancer cell.  It takes it toll on children who may go unseen unless they dazzle and impress. Who truly sees each others’ hearts anymore. Our innate value as Children of God. Please listen and see our children and nurture their innate love for humanity, for the earth and all sentient beings. Let go of your need to impress others by how ‘well’ your child does. Just celebrate their God given beauty. Live simply with them. Work toward sacred economic and sustainable models of living that embrace our shared humanity and tread more lightly on this gift of planet earth given to us. ‘Be now here or no where’. Be present so you can truly listen to others. To animals. To this planet and most importantly to your inner being that knows what is needed, that knows your purpose in this life.

So on this Earth Day, let us work to love one another and whether you believe in God or Darwin (note they are not mutually exclusive as rational Catholics and awakened Christians believe in the science of evolution and still believe that God created it all) , commit to self understanding & learned compassion, that we need to protect one another and help save our shared home. Turn off Fox News and any so called news channels, papers or websites that inspires hate & stokes are fears, who call are missiles beautiful and Drumpt presidential when he approves bombings over chocolate cake, who buy in to the alternative facts and party line as justification for more war. Please make the connection, choose the path of kindness and help our planet heal, help feed the hungry and help end unnecessary suffering. Lets learn to live simply again, in a shared sacred local economic model where it is not illegal to live off the grid independent of corporate energy. It is in our DNA to live in harmony with the earth, our native cultures can certainly teach us this. We can be happy with less. With love, joy, laughter, art, whole plant foods that supply all our nutritional needs combining with natural innate exercise we can prevent most disease.

“There is no way to peace. Peace is the way. There is no path toward love except by practicing love. War will always produce more war. Violence can never bring about true peace.”

― Richard Rohr, Jesus’ Plan for a New World: The Sermon on the Mount

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I am sorry but you can not really call yourself an environmentalist and continue to eat meat.
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Loving means not killing and eating other sentient beings when it is not necessary. And if you live in a first world country it is no longer necessary. We need to evolve and awaken to this understanding.

 

Gabor Mate here touches so eloquently on how our values and culture of the idealization of individualism and the ignoring of emotional needs has to do with the very nature of our economic system. We value not who people are but what they produce or consume.

Dr. Gabor Maté on the Myth of “Normal” in Psychological Disorders. He explains how mental distress and pathology exists in a continuum and are largely a result of a materialist culture that rigidly “idealize individuality and ignores emotional needs,” prioritizing objects over people and well being.

 

 

Crazy…or wise? The traditional wisdom of indigenous cultures often contradicts modern views about a mental health crisis. Is it a ‘calling’ to grow or just a ‘broken brain’? The documentary CRAZYWISE explores what can be learned from people around the world who have turned their psychological crisis into a positive transformative experience. Click here to see the extended trailer.

*Copyright Credit to: https://crazywisefilm.com

Silence

“Silence vibrating is Creation

Silence flowing is Love

Silence shared is Friendship

Silence seen is Infinity

Silence heard is Adoration

Silence expressed is Beauty

Silence maintained is Strength

Silence omitted is Suffering

Silence allowed is Rest

Silence re-circled is Scripture

Silence preserved is Our Tradition

Silence given is Initiating

Silence received is Joy

Silence perceived is Knowledge

Silence stabilized is Fulfillment

 Silence alone is.”

~ Author Unknown ~