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Ten years ago, following the recommendation of a friend, Emma Michael went to her first Shiatsu therapy session. Unsure what to expect, the treatment changed the course of her life forever, leading her along a path of self-discovery, healing and personal growth. Today Emma has stopped “being selfish with Shiatsu,” and is using her innate ability to feel energy imbalances within the body as a full-time Shiatsu practitioner and supporting her clients on their own journeys. We speak to Emma to find out more about this ancient holistic therapy.

What exactly is Shiatsu and how does it differ from other types of massage?

Shiatsu is a fully clothed, full body therapy traditionally practiced on a futon on the floor. The practice was refined in Japan with roots in Chinese medicine. Archeologists have found stone acupuncture needles in Chinese graves dating as far back as 7000 years old. To be able to use acupuncture to find the pressure points you have to be palpate, so there has been a practice of palpating –which is the continuous touching and pressing technique used in Shiatsu – for centuries.

It differs from other forms of massage because it is not actually a massage, it is instead a therapy, and every treatment is different. You can come for a specific ailment, or for something physical, emotional or mentally based. I use the body as a diagnosis to treat the patient. The fundamental basis of it is that all conditions, ailments, or disharmonies are a sign that the energy within your body is out of balance. Shiatsu takes that basic point of view and applies other therapies such as Chinese medicine and also western therapies like cranial sacral therapy, physiotherapy and osteopathy to harmonize the imbalance in the system.

What led you to Shiatsu and were you always interested in holistic therapies?

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It started with yoga really. I started practicing yoga regularly about 17 years ago. Although it is a physical thing and it makes you feel good, yoga also works with the energy systems -so once you start getting interested in the philosophy of it, you realize there is something else going on.

At University I had some stomach problems and normal western techniques weren’t working. I decided to visit a herbalist and that quickly resolved it. It was this that led me into the more esoteric side of things like the properties and energies of plants.

Also I have always liked touch. I’ve been interested in massage ever since I was little. First I did an Indian head massage course and then I went to Thailand and did a Thai massage course. After a recommendation from a friend, I went and got a Shiatsu treatment and I remember the woman was doing something to my feet and she asked me if I had had a cold recently. I was amazed that she knew from touching my feet that I had had a cold! I was so interested that I went for a weekend course, and then I went for a three month course and then I just continued with it. Shiatsu has now been part of my life for the past ten years.

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How does an average Shiatsu treatment session go?

A session usually lasts around an hour. In the first session I do a case study. I ask why you came for Shiatsu and about your lifestyle, what you do, what you eat and how you sleep. I’m basically trying to put together who you are and what is going on; to identify what are the things that need supporting and are out of balance. People who come to Shiatsu are usually stressed or there is something specific physically or emotionally that they want to deal with.

Following the case study I get the person to lie down front up and I palpate the stomach and intestine area from the ribs down to the pelvis, in Japan this area is called the hara and the hara is where all the 12 meridians go through. I am using my technique and my ability to feel energy, to feel which one feels the weakest or most empty, and which one feels the fullest. I use the most lacking and the most full as my diagnosis also drawing on the case study to find out why that energy is out of balance. Then I will treat those meridians.

I use my thumbs, my hands, my elbows and my knees sometimes to touch the body. There is always a connection between me and the client and I am always supporting them.

How does the recipient benefit from this kind of treatment?

They benefit from it because what Shiatsu does is it treats the energy below that pain so that the problem doesn’t come back. The treatment is subtler so it might take more sessions, but you get a longer term difference. If you have a massage, you feel relaxed, but then if you continue with your lifestyle and you don’t adjust then the problem simply repeats itself.

Being based on the concept of moving energy around the body are there some types of problems where Shiatsu can’t help or certain ailments where it can help more so than others?

Since Shiatsu both works with the energy system and is also capable of switching off the nervous system, which ultimately allows your immune system to function properly, I would say that everyone can benefit from Shiatsu. It’s really about adapting the treatment to suit the client. If someone comes in and is very fragile you don’t go in using your elbows, you instead use a more delicate touch. On the other hand if you get a rugby player as a client a simple touch might not even be felt.

You talk about shifting energy in the body, what exactly do you mean by this?

You have to start with the acceptance that energy exists, after that it’s quite a logical science. Everything is energy, potential energy, actual energy or kinetic energy, and everything has a vibration. What you are taught with Shiatsu is how to touch that energy and how to feel it. In Chinese medicine everything can be categorized into five different elements: wood, water, fire, earth and metal. The Chinese looked at the seasons, when things grew and when people felt most energized during the day. Wood energy for example is related to spring because everything is uprising and there is therefore flexibility within nature. If someone comes to me with stiffness, feeling stuck and frustrated in life, it sounds like wood out of balance, they’re not being flexible, not moving, not feeling creative or productive. They have stiffness in their joints, they might feel frustrated, angry and unable to make decisions.

With Shiatsu you learn how to feel the difference between the types of energy and you learn to trust yourself in boosting someone’s energy or dispersing it. If someone has a lot of tension or is very stuck you would disperse their energy, or if someone is lacking in energy, exhausted or emotional you learn to feed it.

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Alternative medicine and holistic or energy therapies often follow a theory that ailments in the physical body are caused by past traumas, issues or stored memories and emotions. What are your thoughts on this matter and how does Shiatsu fit in with this belief system?

When something traumatic happens to you, if you don’t release it, then you are going to hold onto it psychologically and it is going to affect you. Shiatsu believes that trauma is not just stored in the psyche but also somewhere in the physical body. We are holistic so everything relates to each other. If something is physical, it is also energetic and emotional, and if you don’t deal with the trauma than it is just going to build up. In Shiatsu you work with the body to help the mind.

Additionally, if you fall over and break a bone, you might have stored some fear and shock in there and that may make you cautious, affecting the way you move. Shiatsu can work on letting go of the fear that you are holding onto.

Solutions for many mental health issues today are often short term, using medication rather than really getting to the roots of the problem, what are your personal thought on this matter?

My personal thoughts stem from my personal experiences; I studied psychology and worked as a psychotherapist. I also worked in a mental health centre so I know how ill people can get. I’ve seen and I understand why someone who is dangerous to themselves and others may need drugs to manage their condition. But for the most part, as humans we will have difficult times. Life isn’t always easy and often we need support in dealing with it. If you are working with a medical system that can’t afford to give, or recommend a therapy that could help then I can understand why a Doctor would give someone pills to make them feel better, and I think a lot of people would actually want that. Personally I would recommend that for you to really sort out what is happening in your life, you need to take responsibility and accept the way life is.

Thank you so much for your time Emma, we really appreciate you doing this interview for Collective Evolution!

My pleasure.

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U. S. Congressman-Elect Tells Constituents Vaccines May Cause Autism

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  • The Facts:

    Congressman-Elect Mark Green told his constituents not only that he believes there may be a causal relationship between vaccines and autism, but that the Centers for Disease Control has 'fraudulently managed' their research data on vaccine safety.

  • Reflect On:

    Does the unusually bold statements of a public official against the CDC's vaccine safety narrative represent the next step in our getting to the truth about vaccines?

If you are someone who has been following the vaccine/autism debate for a while, you are no doubt aware that public figures rarely take on the Big Pharma-CDC Axis, as they are prone to face serious and debilitating consequences at their own peril. Doctors like Andrew Wakefield, who famously published a study in 1998 in The Lancet that linked the MMR vaccine to autism, experienced the full weight of the medical establishment muscle when sales of the MMR vaccine were threatened.

As far as Western Medicine is concerned, Dr. Wakefield’s study has been ‘debunked’ as a result of their concerted campaign to say and do whatever they could to invalidate his main point by attacking ancillary facts that really had nothing to do with the evidence. You can read our recent article ‘A Statistically Strong Relationship Has Been Found Between The MMR Vaccine & Autism‘ to see how Dr. Brian Hooker has resurrected the study to make an argument in favor of the strong correlation found in the study between the MMR vaccine and autism, and judge for yourself.

While the majority of people probably believe that the safety of vaccines has been proven, the veils of mainstream deception are starting to get threadbare. And with this, whistleblowers, researchers and other challengers to the mainstream notion are starting to get bolder and more forthright. Researcher Judy Mikovits and others like her paved the way by standing firmly in the truth of her research and refusing to buckle under the pressure and coercion of the Western Medical Establishment to recant studies that are threatening to the pharmaceutical industry, as detailed in the article ‘Researcher Jailed After Uncovering Deadly Virus Delivered Through Human Vaccines.’

Congressman-Elect Makes Bold Claim

Still, researchers are one thing. Politicians are a whole different kettle of fish. It is still a relatively new occurrence that a politician could speak out against the vaccine industry and not be committing political suicide and open him or herself up to massive attacks from the Western Medical Establishment. It was helpful, perhaps even groundbreaking, that Donald Trump staked his claim on this matter while campaigning for the presidency:

“When I was growing up, autism wasn’t really a factor, and now all of a sudden, it’s an epidemic. Everybody has their theory. My theory, and I study it because I have young children, my theory is the shots. We’ve giving these massive injections at one time, and I really think it does something to the children.” (source)

Now, according to this article in the Tennessean, Congressman-Elect Mark Green told his constituents not only that he believes there may be a causal relationship between vaccines and autism, he suggests the Centers for Disease Control has ‘fraudulently managed’ the research data that the CDC uses to say there is no link between vaccines and autism. As the video below confirms, Green, who by the way is also a licensed doctor, is truly throwing down the gauntlet against the CDC.

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“Let me say this about autism. I have committed to people in my community, up in Montgomery County, to stand on the CDC’s desk and get the real data on vaccines. Because there is some concern that the rise in autism is the result of the preservatives that are in our vaccines.

As a physician, I can make that argument and I can look at it academically and make the argument against the CDC, if they really want to engage me on it. But it appears some of that data has been, honestly, maybe fraudulently managed. So we’ve got to go up there and stand against that and make sure we get that fixed, that issue addressed.”

The Takeaway

The challenges to the official narrative that vaccines are proven to be safe and do not correlate with the incidence of autism is like chipping away at an old brick wall. With each brick that is removed, more and more people see the holes in the mainstream narrative, and opponents to vaccine safety are becoming bolder and more direct with their challenges. I believe that in the not-so-distant future we will look back to this time and history and be amazed that it took us so long to see through the industry-sponsored fraud of vaccine safety.

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“5G: The Most Censored Story Of 2018” – Journalist Masterfully Educates Houston City Council

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  • The Facts:

    Derrick Broze, a journalist and activist recently presented to Houston about the new proposed 5G network. He points to multiple studies and scientists outlining serious health concerns for all.

  • Reflect On:

    What can you do to mitigate this? There are solutions presented in the article but are you taking any? How can our regulatory agencies approve a technology that's so harmful to human biology? What is going on here?

The 5G network is new, and it’s being accepted, approved and implemented already without any appropriate safety testing nor discussion with the public.

Recent research has revealed that the frequencies utilized in crowd control weapons are the same as the frequencies used in the 5G network, and there is absolutely no question about the fact that these electromagnetic frequencies impact our biology in multiple harmful ways. With more than 2000 peer-reviewed studies on the subject, thousands of scientists raising multiple causes for concern, hundreds of scientists petitioning the United Nations, and absolutely no oversight, regulation or safety testing, how is it that this type of thing is legal and allowed to be approved?

Well, the 5G, and the entire global network of wireless technology is controlled by a few people and corporations. This highlights the relationship that western corporations have with government regulatory agencies. These corporations sit above the government, and through lobbying, corporations provide instructions to government regulatory agencies. Our regulatory health agencies are a cesspool of corruption as well, so much to the point where those who work within these agencies are actually starting to have a shift in consciousness and are speaking out. The problem has become so big and widespread that they cannot remain silent. The SPIDER papers from multiple CDC scientists was an excellent example, outlining the grave concern about the CDC’s relationship with corporations and the stranglehold these corporations have over them.

Multiple countries around the world have banned WiFi and the building of cell phone towers near primary schools and nurseries, among many other places due to the evidence that shows they are not safe and can implicate the health of young children and adults.

Dr. Devra Lee Davis,  founding director of the board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology of the U.S. National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences, founding director of the Center for Environmental Oncology, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, and President of the Environmental Health Trust stated:

“If you are one of the millions who seek faster downloads of movies, games and virtual pornography, a solution is at hand, that is, if you do not mind volunteering your living body in a giant uncontrolled experiment on the human population. At this moment, residents of the Washington, DC region – like those of 100 Chinese cities – are about to be living within a vast experimental Millimeter wave network to which they have not consented – all courtesy of American taxpayers,”

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Journalist Presents to Houston City Council

That’s why the video below is so important, it’s a video of Derrick Broze, founder of the Conscious Resistance network.  Not only are scientists speaking out about this issue, and continuing to publish eye-opening research, much of which can be found at The Environmental Health Trust, but citizens and activists are getting involved too.

The speech below takes place at a hearing in Houston. This, like so many other health issues we are facing, is important to raise awareness about together. The more people speaking up and creating awareness, the more chances we have of that this awareness leads to action or at the very least, a deep realization by council members that they are being bullied by corporations, much like we’re seeing in France.

A Little More On 5G

Dr. Sharon Goldberg, an internal medicine physician and professor also recently gave her testimony regarding the dangers of electromagnetic radiation. She says:

Wireless radiation has biological effects. Period. This is no longer a subject for debate when you look at PubMed and the peer-review literature. These effects are seen in all life forms; plants, animals, insects, microbes. In humans, we have clear evidence of cancer now: there is no question We have evidence of DNA damage, cardiomyopathy, which is the precursor of congestive heart failure, neuropsychiatric effects…5G is an untested application of a technology that we know is harmful; we know it from the science. In academics, this is called human subjects research.” – Goldberg

You can watch her testimony and read more about it here.

Again, if you want to look at the science/research, a good place to start is with the Environmental Health Trust.

The Takeaway

There are multiple solutions for reducing your exposure to EMF radiation. You could have a wired internet connection at home, which is actually faster. You could unplug your devices before bed, you can purchase electromagnetic radiation shielded clothing from multiple providers. You can also purchase small devices that go right on your phone that help protect against this radiation. Do your research on ‘EMF protection devices’ to find what works for you.

You could also mitigate some effects by living a more healthy lifestyle. This includes diet, nature exposure, limiting screen and phone time and other wellness practices.

The key thing here is to recognize that, in a world where our voice is constantly being silenced and information is swept under the rug for the sake of profit and control (among other reasons), we do still have a voice, and we have to use it.

We are so caught up in our own lives, doing our own thing that we’ve neglected the planet and fail to even look into what’s going on. We’ve given our consciousness away to others who are manipulating it. It’s time to take it back, to wake up, and to start thinking for ourselves instead of relying on a group of powerful people to disseminate information.

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A Statistically Strong Relationship Has Been Found Between The MMR Vaccine & Autism

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  • The Facts:

    Dr. Brian Hooker, one of multiple people who received committed data from a CDC senior scientists regarding a 2005 MMR autism vaccine study has done a reanalysis that clearly shows a statistically significant relationship.

  • Reflect On:

    Why are negative aspects and important research/testimony regarding vaccines completely ignored? Why are people believing that vaccines are safe and effective if all of the evidence points otherwise? Why is the only response ridicule?

After four long years, CHD Board Member, Dr. Brian Hooker‘sreanalysis of the CDC’s MMR-autism data from the original DeStefano et al. 2004 Pediatrics paper has been republished in the Winter 2018 Edition of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. The data, when properly analyzed, using the CDC’s own study protocol, show a strong, statistically significant relationship between the timing of the first MMR vaccine and autism, specifically in African American males. In addition, a relationship also exists in the timing of the MMR vaccine and those individuals who were diagnosed with autism without mental retardation. These relationships call into question the conclusion of the original DeStefano et al. 2004 paper which dismissed a connection between the MMR vaccine and autism.

Main Points from Reanalysis:

  • The rate of autism diagnoses has increased alarmingly in the U.S., and is about 25 percent higher in black children. Boys are far more likely than girls to receive this diagnosis.
  • As early as 2001, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had data showing an increased rate of autism diagnoses in black male school children in Atlanta who received their first measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccination before 36 months of age.
  • The original publication concerning the data downplayed the association, and no follow-up was conducted.
  • Dr. Hooker noted that the CDC deviated from its original data analysis plan, possibly because of unwanted results.
  • The relationship loses its statistical significance if the analysis is restricted to children with a Georgia birth certificate, which decreases the sample size by about 40 percent.
  • Dr. Hooker reanalyzed the same data set using the same methodology of conditional logistic regression but didn’t exclude children lacking a Georgia birth certificate.
  • By stratifying data for African-American males by birth year, Dr. Hooker also found a statistically significant higher risk of an autism diagnosis in children who had received the first MMR vaccine 1 year earlier, only in children born in 1990 or later. Thimerosal exposure increased in the early 1990s, and it was not removed from most pediatric vaccines until 2001-2004. Dr. Hooker suggests the possibility that there may be some interaction between increased mercury exposure and early MMR vaccination. Further study would be needed to explore this possibility.
  • Dr. Hooker’s interest was sparked, he reports, by communication with a CDC whistleblower, a senior scientist, who had retained some of the original analyses.
  • Dr. Hooker concludes that failure to follow-up on these observations represents a huge lost opportunity to understand possible reasons for the enormous increase in this devastating neurological disability.

Introduction from Dr. Hooker’s article:

“This study is a re-analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data pertaining to the relationship of autism incidence and the age at which children got their first measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. Statistically significant relationships were observed when African-American males were considered separately while looking at those individuals who were vaccinated prior to and after a 36-month age cut-off. CDC officials observed very similar relationships as early as November 2001, but failed to report them in their final publication. In addition, a relationship is seen when specifically considering children who received a diagnosis of autism without mental retardation. Although this was reported in the original 2004 paper, it was not discussed, nor was any follow-up study conducted. Preliminary results also suggest the possibility of a synergism between thimerosal exposure and MMR timing leading to a greater risk of autism.”

Conclusion from Dr. Hooker’s article:

“The first data set used by DeStefano et.al represents a huge lost opportunity to understand any role between the timing of the first MMR vaccine and autism. The re-analysis presented here elucidates effects that should at least merit further investigation. Specifically, increased risks of earlier vaccination are observed for African-American males and among cases of autism without MR. Both phenomena deserve additional study that could yield important clues regarding the current enormous increase in autism.”

Dr. Hooker’s Reanalysis of CDC Data on Autism Incidence and Time of First MMR Vaccination was published December 7, 2018 in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.

Important Reminder From Collective Evolution

Dr. William Thompson (senior CDC scientist), who is  mentioned above as co-author of this study, blew the whistle and admitted that he was pressured to omit statistically significant data, and that there is a connection between this vaccine and autism. He released this statement in an official capacity, as explained by the Congressman in the video below. This story was an has been completely ignored by mainstream media.

Dr. Hooker and Thompson were in touch, Hooker was the one who did the reanalysis as you can see above.

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