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10 Reasons Why You Want To Live In A Community

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For the past year, I’ve lived in community either with the gang at Valhalla or at the various Eco-villages I’ve visited on my travels. Living in community can mean sharing a house, a neighbourhood or an entire village. No matter what kind of community you live in, you’re guaranteed to have a crazy experience and here’s why!

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1) You’re Surrounded By People Who Share Similar Values

When you build or join the community that’s right for you, you surround yourself with people who care about the same things, share the same ideas and are co-creating similar projects as you. Your neighbours become people who have so much in common with you that you look forward to talking to them on a regular basis.

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2) So Much To Learn, So Much To Teach

Being surrounded by people with similar values creates space for sharing. The opportunity to learn about new things is endless, and you get to share what you know to people who are really interested. To top it off, when all these ideas mix, you come up with new ideas that couldn’t have been figured out on your own!

3) You Connect To People On A Deep Level

In community, you quickly learn to treat everyone around you as a member of your close family. You open up to people like you’ve never expected to open up before. This leads to a very deep connection to many other human beings (whereas usually we are only connected to our direct family, significant others and close friends).

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When you’re having a hard time, you’re surrounded by people who love you and are connected to you. People who will give you the moral support you need to get past anything and grow!

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4) You Push Each Other For The Better

You become so connected to the members of your community that you want every single one of them to grow and thrive on every possible level. If you need support in having a healthier lifestyle, a more self-empowered attitude, in following your greatest passion, or in a higher education, you will always have people around you who will gladly push you to do it. They may even take on the challenge with you!

5) You Find Teammates Easily For Projects You Want To Start

Have you dreamed of brewing your own beer? Wanna figure out how to build a homemade solar heater? Wanna go on a walk in the woods and find wild mushrooms? Or start a band? You’ll most likely find people in your community who would love to do it with you! You could easily juggle a few projects with different people within the community if you really want to.

6) There’s Always Something Fun Going On

Whatever it is you find fun, whether it’s just hanging out around a fire or playing a sport. There’s always someone or a group of people doing something fun. Bored? Just look/ask around and you’ll find them for sure!

7) You Count On Your Community

Whenever you need someone to take over some responsibility (The kids, your home, anything really) you have tons of people who love you so much that they’ll gladly do it for you. And since there’s so many people involved, it won’t be a huge weight on anyone. At Valhalla we’re constantly asking each other for help. We each have our skill sets and know that the favor would be passed on someone else.

8) Your Expenses Will Lower

Some of your needs cost less because you get it in bulk for the community. Others will come from within the community, whether it’s goods or services. This gives you more time to enjoy and appreciate life!

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9) It’s Great Therapy

Living in community can be difficult at first, so many different personalities that all get upset over different things. As you get to know everyone better, not only will you learn more about how people like to be treated, you will notice what it is that causes you to feel in specific ways. Community is a place where personal growth happens at a much faster rate! And when you come out of it, you find yourself to be much more comfortable with yourself and around other people.

10) You Make Friends For Life

Whether you choose to stay in a specific community for a year or forever, you’ll be making friends for life. Living in community creates experiences that bring people together and you’ll have great memories of the good and the bad!

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Are you looking to start a community or learn how to create more community in your life? I’m willing to bet that there are people in your area who want to do the same! And you can always keep an eye on Valhalla’s website, Facebook page and events page.

On March 5th 2014, there’s an event in Montreal on how to build more collaborative spaces. This event will not only have speakers to talk about how to build it, but will also create space for exchanges amongst guests to talk about their projects and how they want to create community at home, in their neighbourhoods or at the office.

Make sure to sign up here!

—About The Author—

martyMarty Nasralla

Hey! I love to connect with people and learn about their various philosophies on life. I love to ponder and spend a lot of my time questioning things just to get a better understanding of it. I believe that exploring who we are on a personal level creates a greater change in the world than anything else.

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Scientist Explains How Cow’s Milk Leeches Calcium From Your Bones & Makes Them Weaker

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Milk from cows has been touted as making our bones stronger, and preventing conditions like osteoporosis. It turns out that it's the complete opposite, that milk causes bone degeneration by leeching calcium from the bone.

  • Reflect On:

    How can the food industry put out information and 'science' that counters independent research and science that's not sponsored by the actual food companies? Why do we believe what we believe? Is this a result of mass marketing?

It’s remarkable to analyze why many of us believe that milk, which is designed to help calves develop, is also suitable for human beings. We are the only species on the planet that consumes the milk of another animal. Furthermore, we are the only species on the planet who continues to drink milk after weaning. Even for cows, this would be a no-no. There are multiple studies showing that drinking milk for a cow leads to an increased mortality rate and actually makes bones more prone to fracturing, not less. One example would be this giant study from researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden.

But not only are we starting to become aware that our milk-drinking habit is one of the main sources of multiple health ailments and chronic disease; let’s not forget about the fact that 80 percent of Amazon rainforest destruction is the result of grazing animals for meat and dairy. It’s one of the main sources of environmental degradation and pollution.

And when we support the dairy industry we also support animal torture, suffering and heartache. Cows are forcefully impregnated so they can lactate, and when their babies are born they are ripped from their mothers and head straight for the slaughter house. Animal agriculture represents one of the biggest genocides on the planet today, and it shows how much we’ve lost our connection to all that is.

Lactose Intolerance

But back to consumer health concerns. If we look at all other animals who don’t consume the milk of another animal or after weaning, it is because they do not have the enzymes to break down the sugar found in milk. We are no different, and this explains why in some ethnic populations around the world, lactose intolerance is present in 90 percent of the population. A staggering 70 percent of the world’s population has some degree of lactose intolerance.

That being said, some people might have evolved and developed a cows milk just fine, which is why this information may not apply to everybody but overall, it definitely appears we are doing something unnatural.

This is explainable by science. Humans actually never had this enzyme, and to digest the sugar in milk, a cow’s milk at that, we had to develop the LTC gene, which was acquired by mutation. This is the lactase gene, which allows us to process lactose as adults. Clearly, we are not doing what is natural and in accordance with our bodies. I first came across this information from Katherine S. Pollard, a PhD at the University of California, San Francisco, in this lecture.

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Metabolic Acidosis

One of the most important points people are becoming aware of  is the fact that animal protein may in fact be harmful for human consumption, and that plant protein is a much better option. I go more in-depth on this in my article Plant-Based Protein VS. Protein From Meat: Which One Is Better For Your Body?

One thing animal protein does is trigger metabolic acidosis. This happens when the body produces too much acid and becomes very acidic, which can be caused by multiple things, including the absorption of casein found in animal protein. Casein makes up almost 90 percent of the protein in a cow’s milk. When the body experiences this type of acidosis, it actually forces the body to compensate by leaching calcium from the bones to help neutralize the increased acidity. Over time, all of this can have severe and detrimental effects on bone health, and studies have shown this.

We Have Been Misled

Science tells us that nations with high instances of hip fracture and osteoporosis also have a very high calcium intake. Given this correlation, and the fact that animal protein causes metabolic acidosis, sucking the calcium out of the bones — in direct contrast to what the dairy industry would have us believe — it’s easy to see that we have been misled.

Studies have also shown that animal protein can “turn on cancer.” This mainly comes from the work of Dr. Colin Campbell, an American biochemist who specializes in the effect of nutrition on long term health. He is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University. Scholars like Campbell are vital to the world, because they are among the few who actually examine and study nutrition and health, something that our modern day medical industry completely ignores. How ironic is it that medical doctors don’t learn anything about nutrition? How does that make any sense? It’s because modern day medicine puts profits before health.

The China Study has become known as one of the most comprehensive studies of nutrition ever conducted. It has huge implications for diet, weight loss and longer-term health. It implicates animal protein in various ways that most people aren’t ready to accept.

Below is a clip from the Forks Over Knives documentary.

The Takeaway

The big takeaway here is to realize that we have been misled by the food industry in various realms. Products that have been pushed as healthy, like milk for example, are clearly not healthy and responsible for multiple diseases. Mass marketing and food propaganda, together with the pharmaceutical industry, completely control what we believe to be real when it comes to our health. They even falsify science, to counter claims by actual impartial science which strongly opposes what is put out by these industries. It’s not easy to let go of what we’ve been programmed to believe for so long, but the bottom line is when it comes to food and nutrition, critical thinking and independent research is far more valuable that relying on our medical associations and textbooks for information. Don’t be afraid to think for yourself, do your own research and listen to your body through experience.

Related CE Articles With More Information:

Things That Happen When You Stop Eating Meat 

Internal Medicine Physician Shares What Happens To Your Body When You Stop Eating Meat

Plant-Based Protein VS. Protein From Meat: Which One Is Better For Your Body?

Doctor Explains How Humans Have A “Strict” Vegan Physiology & Anatomy

Disturbing Aerial Photos Show What Killing Billions of Animals For Meat Is Doing To The Environment

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Merck’s Recombivax Vaccine Shortage Causes Reduced Deaths In Babies

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In the summer of 2017, a malware virus mainly affecting the Ukraine, found its way onto the mainframe computer systems of Merck wreaking havoc for the company. The malware was called “NotPetya,” referring to the ransomeware family Petya, which disables computer systems and demands a ransom to be paid in bitcoin before it will restore access to a company’s files. It is destructive and costly, something Merck was to find out as its sales and manufacturing operations were disrupted by the June 7th attack. According to the Wall Street Journal, the incident cost the pharmaceutical giant $670 million to remediate, but more importantly, it caused disruption to the production of two of Merck’s pediatric vaccines: Gardasil 9 (Human Papillomavirus) and Recombivax (Hepatitis B virus), vaccines to help prevent sexually transmitted infections.

During the crisis, Merck borrowed from a CDC vaccine stockpile, in order to meet supply commitments for Gardasil 9. However, that was not the case with Recombivax, the Hepatitis B vaccine given to all babies beginning the first day of life. There is no clear medical reason for giving every baby a vaccine against hepatitis B if its mother tests negative for the disease. Nevertheless, American babies receive three doses each, which is 12 million doses in any given year for the US alone. Following the cyber-attack, Merck was unable to meet this high demand, citing production problems.

The CDC acted quickly in asking GlaxoSmithkline to supply its Hep B vaccine Engerix-B, to meet the needs of the US market. The CDC published a notice about a shortage of Recombivax on July 28th 2017 on its website, stating that the vaccine would be unavailable as of early August 2017. GSK was able to supply a monovalent (single) vaccine for the birth dose and subsequent newborn doses. Doctors could give the pentavalent combination vaccine Pediarix to older babies, depending on supply.

Just prior to the ransomware attack, two scientists from Europe wrote to the FDA to express concern that recent research on aluminum adjuvants in vaccines suggested that these adjuvants were contributing to Autism Spectrum Disorder and other neurological disorders

Merck initially expected to resume distributing Recombivax in February of 2018. However, this deadline came and went and the expected resumption of distribution was pushed back many times. Currently, the CDC is reporting that Recombivax will not be available until the middle of 2019, almost two years since the cyber-attack happened and without the public fully understanding why this particular vaccine was affected.

What are the wider ramifications of this incident? Just prior to the ransomware attack, two scientists from Europe wrote to the FDA to express concern that recent research on aluminum adjuvants in vaccines suggested that these adjuvants were contributing to Autism Spectrum Disorder and other neurological disorders. There is growing concern among some scientists about the aluminum adjuvant load in vaccines and its effects on the neurological health of children. Researchers are particularly concerned with Merck’s highly immunogenic adjuvant, Amorphous Aluminum Hydroxyphosphate Sulphate (AAHS). Gardasil and Recombivax are the only vaccines licensed to contain AAHS. Some scientists believe it may contribute to serious autoimmune conditions referred to as Autoimmune/Inflammatory Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants or ASIA.

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Very often, when the safety of AAHS is questioned in Gardasil, the response from vaccine proponents is to say that it is the same adjuvant in the Hep B vaccine given to babies for many years, so it must be safe. That is only acceptable if Merck’s Recombivax vaccine is entirely safe for babies, which is difficult to measure. Since the ransomware attack however, there may now be a way to examine the relative effects of the swift change to GSK’s vaccine.

Did a Natural Experiment Occur?

Could there be an effect on vaccine reactions if one highly immunogenic adjuvant was removed from the earliest possible childhood immunizations? What happened since Recombivax went out of production in July 2017? The only way researchers can look at reactions is through the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). It is a passive system not without errors, but most reports are by physicians, medical professionals and vaccine manufacturers themselves. A further limitation of VAERS, is that it only captures between 1-10% of reportable reactions, thus it significantly under-reports, which should be kept in mind when looking at data.

Following the cyber-attack in June 2017, for the first time in a very long time, researchers have the ability to view in plain sight, a natural experiment whereby one vaccine was abruptly swapped out for another – replacing the very adjuvant many critics are concerned about, AAHS – with an aluminum hydroxide adjuvant contained in Engerix-B. Neither has a published independent safety profile but AAHS is suspected to be more problematic due to its immunogenicity profile.

We now have more than a year’s worth of data to examine since the attack in 2017 when Engerix-B was introduced. On average there were 29 deaths reported annually for fifteen years prior to the attack (2003 to 2017). In 2018 there were only 6 reported (to end of November 2018). Two of those deaths followed Recombivax. Assuming the same death rate to the end of the year, at most there will be 7 deaths recorded, resulting in roughly 75% less deaths since Recombivax was discontinued as a pediatric vaccine.

Source: VAERS Hep B reported deaths annually 2003 – 2018.

Injuries have also halved since Engerix-B was introduced, from on average 1,400 reported annually from 2003 to 2017, to 756 cases in 2018 with one month’s reporting yet to be recorded.

Source: VAERS Hep B reported injuries annually 2003 – 2018.

There is an obvious suggestion that GSK’s vaccine is a safer option for parents and pediatricians. Of course, a more in depth analysis is needed. Moreover, because VAERS has incomplete data, it warrants an immediate FDA investigation since most of these deaths occur in babies under three years old.

It is unknown whether this anomaly was as a result of the switch to the GSK version of the vaccine, but considering the concern some scientists have over the lack of science and unsupported safety of Merck’s AAHS, the FDA should be concerned. At the very least, there should be a moratorium on reinstating Recombivax until the disparity can be investigated. Vaccine safety should be everyone’s concern, not just vaccine safety advocates. The precautionary principle must be invoked where there is doubt. We hope the FDA agrees.

By Eileen Iorio, Children’s Health Defense Contributing Writer

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Canadian Food Guide Shifts From Meat & Dairy To A Whole Foods Plant-Based Recommendation

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  • The Facts:

    Canada has announced the implementation of a new food guide, one that promotes a whole foods, plant-based diet with the elimination of dairy and processed meats as well as a reduction in the consumption of meat.

  • Reflect On:

    With all of the science and documented examples showing that the human body is more adapted to a whole foods plant based diet, why is it so hard for people to believe? Who has been influencing our thoughts about our diet for all of these years?

The world is quickly changing, and it’s changing for the better. It’s incredible to see just how much the consciousness of the planet has shifted in so many different areas, including the food industry. At the same time, the more the world continues to wake up, the harsher the reaction from the opposition. It’s hard to challenge false beliefs systems that humanity has held onto for so long.

The most recent example of this shift in consciousness comes from Canada, one of multiple countries now encouraging a whole foods, plant-based diet. Why? It’s lot healthier, and the science proves it. Can you believe our old food guide actually recommended processed meats and dairy? We’ll discuss that more later, but for now let’s focus on the new food guide.

This is a dramatic change for Canada. As Global News points out:

The guide is one of the federal government’s most-requested publications, with its influence felt in doctor’s offices, school cafeterias, hospitals and home kitchens across the country. And for the past four decades, the guide has looked more or less the same, telling Canadians to eat a diet of specific servings from four food groups

But the new guide unveiled on Tuesday – the first major update in more than 12 years – radically upends this formula. It no longer has separate “meat” and “dairy” categories – or four distinct food groups at all. Also gone are serving sizes and numbers. Instead, Health Canada has chosen a simpler approach: The new guide shows an image of a plate, half of it covered with fruits and vegetables. The other half is divided into whole grains and “proteins,” a new category that contains meat, dairy and plant-based foods such as chickpeas and tofu.

Our education regarding food has been extremely misleading, and that’s largely because it’s heavily funded by major food corporations. So why the switch now? It’s likely because the population has had a shift in consciousness, and the government had to make a shift in order to reflect these changes. We’ve seen the same thing with unidentified flying objects, and we will begin to see it with many other topics as well.

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It’s also a positive step, because eating meat and consuming dairy products is simply not sustainable for the planet. For example, approximately 80 percent of Amazon rainforest destruction is due to grazing animals. Most of that is to support the high demand of the meat and dairy industries. If you can believe it, we clear out an entire football field worth of forests every single second. (You can find sources in the articles linked below).

Today, close to 100 plant, animal and insect species are lost because of meat and dairy farming. Here we are with all of our focus on CO2, when animal agriculture produces more greenhouse gases than all of the transportation industries combined. Meat accounts for a shocking 51 percent of global greenhouse gases. This is a huge issue that needs to be addressed, but instead it’s been swept under the rug for years.

Not only are the meat and dairy industries destroying our planet, but consuming these products also causes multiple chronic health ailments and diseases.

Think about it: Consuming another animal’s breast milk just doesn’t seem normal. We are the only animal on the planet who drinks the milk of another animal. We are the only animal on the planet who drinks milk after weaning and continue to do so well into adulthood. Big Food has used calcium as a marketing scam to justify consuming cows milk, but if you look at the science, drinking milk from a cow has led to weaker bones and higher risk of osteoporosis. In fact, animal protein creates a condition within the body called metabolic acidosis, which sucks out calcium from the bones. You cannot, in fact, absorb calcium without equal parts magnesium, which milk does not provide. There is a reason why most of the world is lactose intolerant because we actually had to develop and evolve the enzyme to be able to digest the milk of a cow. (Sources linked below.)

It’s become quite clear that we can’t really trust our regulatory agencies.

“The FDA ‘protects’ the big drug companies and are subsequently rewarded, and using the government’s police powers they attack those who threaten the big drug companies… People think that the FDA is protecting them. It isn’t. What the FDA is doing and what the public thinks it is doing are as different as night and day.” – Dr.Herbert Leonard Ley Jr, 10th commissioner and head of the FDA

The Takeaway

There is still a long way to go until our global food system is healed, including the GMO/pesticide issue that also plagues our planet and our health.

It’s interesting to reflect on the government’s intentions behind shifting our food guide: Is it really rooted in health (which it wasn’t in the past), or is it still all about money? The previous food guide has made it abundantly clear that we cannot trust the government to look out for our health, and so we must do our own research. Although this is a step in the right direction, it’s still not enough.

A recent study showed that nearly 10 percent of the population of Canada now identifies as being vegetarian or vegan. According to research from Dalhousie University, there are 2.3 million vegetarians in Canada, which is up 900,000 from a survey taken 15 years ago, and another 850,000 people identify as vegan. Combined, these numbers add up to 9.4 percent of the Canadian population. This is forcing restaurants and the meat, egg, and dairy industries to consider new approaches to a dwindling market.

At the end of the day, we have to acknowledge the health and environmental benefits of a meat- and dairy-free diet and either cut these products out completely or at least reduce our consumption of them. It’s not healthy and it’s unsustainable, and that really can’t be argued anymore.

“Veganism is a very fine form of nutrition. It’s a little extreme to tell a person who is using flesh foods that you’re going to take everything entirely away from them. When I was in practice in medicine, I would tell the patients that the vegetable based diet was the healthy way to go, and to keep away from the animal products as much as possible. People are very sensitive about what they eat. You can talk to people about exercising,  relaxation, good mental attitude and they will accept that. But you talk to them about what they are eating and people are very sensitive about that. If an individual is willing to listen, I will try to explain to them on a scientific basis of how I think it’s better for them.” – Dr. Ellsworth Wareham, heart surgeon. (source)

The Science of Not Eating Meat & Dairy if you’re looking for Proof & “Scholarly” Articles

9 Things That Happen When You Stop Eating Meat 

Internal Medicine Physician Shares What Happens To Your Body When You Stop Eating Meat

Plant-Based Protein VS. Protein From Meat: Which One Is Better For Your Body? 

Doctor Explains How Humans Have A “Strict” Vegan Physiology & Anatomy

Disturbing Aerial Photos Show What Killing Billions of Animals For Meat Is Doing To The Environment

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