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Self-deception can be described in innumerable ways, these can be anything from insecurities (“I can’t do it” mentality), comparisons (“I feel so small compared to so and so”), inadequacy (“If only I was this or did this I wouldn’t be this or that”), jealousy or infinite expressions of this energy. These all feature multi-faceted viewpoints and experiences and are all unique in themselves yet at the root of all this, the formula is still the same.

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Over the last several months, I have been on one of the most chaotic -and precious rides I could imagine. One that to this day I am still experiencing but with a new and brisk clarity that I can apply; and share with you.

The Background

This is a personal journey, so personal details must accommodate it to make it fit into my message as well as the overall background. I had the blessing to explore an amazing journey with a wonderful girl who is still a significant part of my life. To make a very long story short I traveled sixteen hours to meet her and do interviews with some amazing people. We met, and we decided to engage in a romantic dynamic, to me it was perfect; almost out of my greatest dreams. I spent two unforgettable weeks with her that were chalked full of adventure and excitement, full of life. Yet, with most things – it must come to an end. The lessons that manifest from that can be very painful, and “dark.” I say “dark” but not with any coated judgement, this quote embodies my perception quite well…

Some of our greatest gifts are brilliantly disguised as our biggest fears.” – Unknown

So I returned to my repetitive life of 9-5 work, and constant predictability; I grew bitter of this reality. I did not take into account the blessings I had, only the image that I had desperately desired – I conned myself out of staying in the NOW. I yearned to experience the fire of spontaneity we had shared with eachother, I miss the adventure and the companionship. My feelings remained and I planned another trip to see her, so I saved up some cash for two months and made my way back to her. I remained by her side for about a month, and during that time the growth and feelings seemed to have intensified. That trip embodied the first trip, but featured more dynamic, more intense experience. More lessons. What occurred next I could not predict.

Both experiences forever changed my life, and to this day I am still sifting and digesting the messages and inner-understanding. “Life works in a mysterious way,” as the timeless saying goes and this was definitely no exception. This time when I made it back home, things had changed – not to my particular liking, either. My heart felt like I had left a piece of me back there with her, and this was the start of one, dare I say; hellish ride. One that I am understanding and appreciating more and more by the day. I emphasize and stress that the theme of all of my turmoil is self-created, I was not and have never been a victim of these circumstances.

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Home brought many mixed feelings, and these were a result of a conflicting self-deception I had sub-consciously signed up for. I did not want to be there, and I did not want to “let go” of what we had. I refused to at any cost. Me and this girl had decided to try a long-distance relationship until I could move near her. I was determined to be as close to her as physically possible.

Time continued on, and our dynamic had changed. She started to spread her wings, and began to network and work with other people. They performed phenomenal work, yet I only knew bitterness and jealousy. I disliked her not giving me the attention we had so often enjoyed for that short time together – my life became clustered, compact and unstable. Over a relatively short amount of time, what we created; basically fell apart. It was one of the biggest heartaches I had ever experienced to this day, and with each day the stagnancy spawned a cycle of no authentic exchange between one another. This in turn made us both question where we stood, and my desire became under threat which further fueled what I was about to go through.

With a mutual acceptance, we both decided it was best to just remain friends. I did not like this decision one bit, but at the time I felt it was just her fault, really. Hearing her say she couldn’t do a long-distance relationship burned in my mind day in and day out, amplifying with each social media post she did showing her living her life. With each exchange we shared, we became more distanced and alienated from each other. We went from being seemingly “perfect” to downright chaotic and disruptive, I say this all without any attachment or judgement it just enveloped this way, there was no one to “blame” for this “tragedy.”

I became increasingly selfish and unstable with my personal life, I cared for her but I could not tolerate seeing her live.

The Breaking Point

It became apparent that we were probably not going to be romantic ever again, despite my main intention being maintaining that. This situation did not improve, I only stifled myself with self-deceptive concepts and thoughts. Enter: reactive state.

With each interaction, whether with me or anyone, I grew increasingly resentful of her, what she had “become” was turning more and more a threat to my well-being it seemed. Of course this was not true but how I reacted to any of her interactions within my existence. Consider everything I described, and amplify it by about three times, this is what brought me to my mental boiling point.

The ability to describe why and how can make this article longer than it already is but one night I just couldn’t handle the self-deception matrix I had built myself. In my disillusioned state I blamed the outer world, and decided to “strike back” at it from all angles. What I failed to realize was that the “outer” world and “inner” world are one in the same. So if I resented someone, I resented myself, and this created a perpetual self-conflict that took my rational mind with it. If you want to close your heart off from the universe, this was the ticket for that experience.

I became malicious, volatile, heavily contradictory and overall the theme was irrational. This stemmed ludicrous actions such as lashing out at this girl in the most egotistical ways imaginable, I am not proud of this. It wasn’t just her either; basically anyone that prodded me while in this energy was open to this attitude. Each day felt like an eternity of helplessness and stagnancy, coupled by a boiling anger and I did not know how to find a way out. Down I went, falling into my own inner-sanctum of confusion and disarray. Words will never describe the emotions and thoughts I had during these few days.  The shame intensified with the anger and the fog that had descended upon my crushed psyche.

The Solution

This girl, who had taken my worldwide assault at the forefront sent me one video after I requested she not speak with me anymore. It was this video, by Prince Ea:

Without digressing or regurgitating his exquisitely pleasant and insightful message I will tell you how this impacted me. After the video I saw clearly, how I had become “addicted” to her, well the sensation of “falling” in “love” with her. The door to inner knowledge swung open and I was once again ready for business. My heart expanded and as I allowed it to “just be” without any form of control I noticed a space in my aura. It is worth noting that you can only open yourself up to this via living right NOW and fully immersing yourself in all of this. To the fullest. This newly acquired vulnerability made the fact she still chose to have me in her life more authentic and powerful than any of the stagnant interactions we had tossed back and forth before. This space soon became full of unconditional love, I then saw the most obvious and ironic “problem” I had experienced this whole time.

I had convinced myself that what I had to do was too difficult for me to do, but what I had to “do” was to not do anything. Nothing. The hardest part of this whole crazy train was to just let it be, and this requires no action – but try absorbing that while reacting to the world second by second. Put simply: the “solution” to self-deception of all types is to let it be. Period. There is no action that must be taken, no substance to take, no excuse to make, no forgetting, no anything. You are still whole and do not ever require anything to make you “complete.” What you may be feeling is a self-constructed mechanism that can be easily dismantled by not dismantling it. You deconstruct by not reacting and letting it just sit there. The more you do this, the more you see how foreign this object truly is and how powerful not powerless you are to it.

Do not get me wrong, I am still experiencing the final thrashes of this episode, but the insight I have acquired will not diminish and I know that this perception will help me pierce the veil of any similar experience forever. I truly do hope that somewhere along the way, you as a person absorbed some form of observation and feel it can apply to an experience you may be having right now. That will have made this roller coaster ride even more worth it, knowing that the information and message helped spawn new insight into the millennial old art of self-deception. Thank you for reading.

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Cancer-Linked Monsanto Chemical Discovered In Five Major Orange Juice Brands

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  • The Facts:

    The non profit group Moms Across America discovered glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup herbicide, in popular orange juice brands across America.

  • Reflect On:

    Why is glyphosate ending up in our food? What kind of safety testing is our food going through? Why is Roundup legal in North America yet Illegal in so many other countries? Why are these findings not presented on mainstream media?

It’s confusing why non-profits spend s0 much time and resources on raising money and awareness for cancer research, but completely leave out the links between cancer and harmful pesticides, heavy metals, processed meats, electromagnetic radiation, various cleaning and cosmetic products,  as well as several other cancer-causing sources. All we do is try to raise money, and yet in doing so, we pay no attention to the causes.

If you have ever walked, ran, ridden, played a sport, or grown a moustache in support of large corporate-sponsored efforts to cure cancer, you are to be sincerely commended for your time, your effort, and your concern for your fellow human beings. Just know that such efforts have likely not—and will never—contribute to finding a cure for cancer.

Western cancer research is organized as a business whose fundamental motivation is profit, and has become the subject of numerous excellent books and documentaries, among them being Forest Gamble’s Thrive and Ty Bollinger’s The Truth About Cancer. Western medicine will likely never cure cancer because it’s so profitable, and it’s sad that they often ignore the causes of it. Doctors are only allowed to recommend the patented treatment.

One cause of cancer, among several other diseases, is glyphosate, the main active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. In November 2012, the Journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology published a paper titled Long Term Toxicity of Roundup Herbicide and a Roundup-Tolerant genetically modified maize by Gilles-Eric Séralini and his team of researchers at France’s Caen University (source). It was a very significant study that made a lot of noise worldwide, as it was the first of its kind under controlled conditions that examined the possible effects of a GMO maize diet treated with Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide. The rats studied developed cancer, but the study was retracted and then republished in several journals across the world, but the original retraction caused hundreds of scientists to sign a letter in support of the study. It’s one of many examples that highlights how corporations control science and brush the important research that threatens their interests straight under the rug. You can read more about that particular study here.

In fact, I also recently published an article on Robert F. Kennedy explaining how our federal regulatory agencies have been completely compromised by these big corporations. You can watch that video and read about some more examples here.

There is a wealth of science showing how harmful glyphosate is to human health as well as the environment. This is why it’s completely banned in dozens of countries, as they’ve cited numerous health and environmental concerns. It’s quite clear that it’s not safe, and this isn’t really debatable.

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In fact, EU regulators recently decided to relicense glyphosate, and their decision was based on an assessment that was plagiarized from industry reports. It’s quite backwards that, for years, health regulators have been relying on the scientific reports from the companies that manufacture these products instead of seeking out independent scientific studies. A group of MEPs decided to commission an investigation into claims that Germany’s Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (bFr) copy-and-pasted tracts from Monsanto studies. You can read more about that here.

The only science showing that glyphosate is safe is the science that’s dished out by the manufacturers and shareholders themselves, which is in stark opposition to all independent science as well as the science coming from foreign countries.

Corporations can’t be trusted these days, unfortunately, and neither can our federal regulatory agencies. This is why ordinary people are turning towards organizations that don’t stand to benefit or gain from these products and are completely non-profit, citizenry-driven organizations like Moms Across America.

Moms Across America is a National Coalition of Unstoppable Moms. Their motto is “Empowered Moms, Healthy Kids.” Their mission is  to “raise awareness about toxic exposure, empower leadership, and create healthy communities. We support local activities, initiate campaigns and share solutions nationwide to improve our health and freedoms.”

Glyphosate & Orange Juice

They are the group who took initiative and discovered that glyphosate is found inside of all 5 major orange juice brands across the United States. These juices are heavily marketed as ‘100 percent pure orange juice,’ but that’s not true as they’re loaded with unhealthy amounts of added sugars.

What is glyphosate doing in orange juice? Glyphosate is the active chemical ingredient in Roundup, manufactured by Monsanto, and 750 other brands of glyphosate-based herbicides. Roundup is the most widely used herbicide in the world, often sprayed as a weedkiller between citrus trees and found in irrigation water and rain.

Moms Across America founder Zen Honeycutt stated, “The discovery of glyphosate residue in orange juice is unacceptable, especially since a branch of the World Health Organization designated glyphosate a probable carcinogen, two years ago, back in the spring of 2015. The EPA has had ample time to revoke the license of this chemical and restrict its use in our food and beverage crops. As confirmed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, our children (who frequently drink orange juice for breakfast) are especially vulnerable to pesticides and measures should be taken immediately to protect them.”

Two samples of each of the following brands were tested for both the herbicide glyphosate and its residue AMPA. Positive results ranged from 4.33 parts per billion (“ppb”) to an alarming 26.05 ppb. Chemical farming proponents will claim that these levels are too low to cause harm, and are definitely lower than the EPA’s allowable glyphosate residue level of 30 ppm on citrus, but these claims are irrelevant in comparison to new data. Studies have shown that only 0.1 ppm (100ppb) of glyphosate destroys beneficial gut bacteria, weakening the immune system, which can lead to a wide variety of health and neurological issues. Considering the standard American diet is high in wheat, sugar, oatmeal, soy, and corn, with levels of up to 6000 ppb or 1.67ppm detected,  a child can easily exceed the 100 ppb if a glass of orange juice is added at  26 ppb. Additionally, 1 part per trillion (ppt) has been shown to stimulate the growth of breast cancer cells. 1 ppt is equivalent to 1 drop in the water of 22 olympic swimming pools combined. Considering that studies show glyphosate bioaccumulates in bone marrow, any amount ingested is unacceptable.

Below is a chart of the brands that were tested as well as the results.

The full report can be seen here. The testing methodology was “Glyphosate and AMPA Detection by UPLC-MS/MS.”

The Health Research Institute Laboratories routinely undergoes independent, third party proficiency testing of its methods. The lab is also certified under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments act of 1988 (CLIA-88) to perform high complexity clinical testing.

The Takeaway

“It is commonly believed that Roundup is among the safest pesticides… Despite its reputation, Roundup was by far the most toxic among the herbicides and insecticides tested. This inconsistency between scientific fact and industrial claim may be attributed to huge economic interests, which have been found to falsify health risk assessments and delay health policy decisions.” – R. Mesnage (et al., Biomed Research International, Volume 2014 (2014), article ID 179691)

The only takeaway here is for one to be aware of and share this information, and to vote with your dollar. Don’t get your lawn sprayed with Roundup. Instead, seek out alternatives and don’t buy conventional food. Try and switch to organic and non-GMO products.

At the end of the day, human beings are the source of these corporations’ profits. We must educate ourselves and seek out information independently.

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How To Activate Autophagy: Your Body’s Self-Cleansing System

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  • The Facts:

    Autophagy, the body's self-cleaning system, allows the cell to get rid of old cell machinery, breaking them down into smaller parts to be reused by the cell. Activating autophagy through fasting has neuroprotective and immuno-regenerative benefits.

  • Reflect On:

    Intermittent fasting (IF) is an easy and sustainable way to activate autophagy as well as reap many other health benefits. The easiest way to IF is to pick an eating window that is eight hours or less every day that works best with your schedule.

 

The fountain of youth has long been sought by man, science being the critical avenue in which we’ve explored this prospect, and one Nobel Prize-winning scientist recently uncovered a vital piece in the search.

On October 3rd, 2016, the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine to Yoshinori Ohsumi for his discoveries of mechanisms for autophagy, a term that translates to “self-eat.” In short, autophagy is the body’s self-cleaning system, a mechanism in which cells get rid of all the broken down, old cell machinery (organelles, proteins and cell membranes). It is a regulated, orderly process to degrade and recycle cellular components.

The process of autophagy is like replacing parts in a car—sometimes we need a new engine or battery for the car to function better. The same thing happens within each of our cells. During autophagy, old cellular debris is sent to specialized compartments within the cell called “lysosomes.” Lysosomes contain enzymes that degrade the old debris, breaking it down into smaller components to be reused again by the cell.

Fasting & Autophagy

Scientists have found that fasting for 12 to 24+ hours triggers autophagy, which is thought to be one of the reasons that fasting is associated with longevity. There is a large body of research that connects fasting to improved blood sugar control, reduced inflammation, weight loss, and improved brain function, and Oshumi’s findings provide greater insight into this research.

“Sporadic short-term fasting, driven by religious and spiritual beliefs, is common to many cultures and has been practiced for millennia, but scientific analyses of the consequences of caloric restriction are more recent…short-term food restriction induces a dramatic upregulation of autophagy in cortical and Purkinje neurons. As noted above, disruption of autophagy can cause neurodegenerative disease, and the converse also may hold true: upregulation of autophagy may have a neuroprotective effect.

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Food restriction is a simple, reliable, inexpensive and harmless alternative to drug ingestion and, therefore, we propose that short-term food restriction may represent an attractive alternative to the prophylaxis and treatment of diseases in which candidate drugs are currently being sought.”

So autophagy and fasting is in essence a form of self-cleansing, getting rid of the junk to make room for new healthy cellular components. And it is the accumulation of the junk that may be responsible for many of the effects of aging. The consequences of accumulating old proteins all over the place can be seen in two main conditions – Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and cancer. Alzheimer’s Disease involves the accumulation of abnormal protein – either amyloid beta or Tau protein, which gum up the brain system. So, if inducing autophagy cleanses the body of denatured proteins, it would make sense that the process has the ability to prevent the development of AD.

Other Benefits of Fasting—Stem Cell Regeneration

While inducing autophagy is one of the key benefits to fasting, there are also many incredible longevity-related reasons to fast.

A study in the journal Cell Stem Cell shows that cycles of prolonged fasting not only protect against immune system damage but also induce immune system regeneration, shifting stem cells from a dormant state to a state of self-renewal.

Fasting triggers regeneration of immune stem cels.

In a study on mice and a Phase 1 human clinical trial involving patients receiving chemotherapy, long periods of not eating significantly lowered white blood cell counts. In mice, fasting cycles “flipped a regenerative switch,” changing the signalling pathways for liver stem cells, which are responsible for the generation of blood and immune systems. Prolonged fasting forces the body to use stores of glucose, fat and ketones, but it also breaks down a significant portion of white blood cells.

During each cycle of fasting, this depletion of white blood cells induced changes that triggered stem cell-based regeneration of new immune system cells. In particular, prolonged fasting reduced the enzyme PKA, an effect previously found to extend longevity in simple organisms, which has been linked in other research to the regulation of stem cell self-renewal and pluripotency (the potential for one cell to develop into many different cell types). Prolonged fasting also lowered levels of IGF-1, a growth-factor hormone linked to aging, tumor progression, and cancer risk.

How To Fast Intermittently & Activate Autophagy

While there are many ways to fast, one of the more sustainable methods of fasting is intermittent fasting (IF). IF is done cyclically and for shorter periods of time, so it is much easier to adopt IF into your weekly schedule as it won’t take much out of you compared to longer periods of fasting. In fact, practicing IF will have you more focused and energized throughout your day compared to when your body is in a constant state of digestion.

The easiest way to IF is to pick an eating window each day and stick to that window. This can be an eight hour window or less, but typically you want to keep your eating window under eight hours in order to reap the most benefits. An example of an eight hour eating window could be 11am-7pm, or if you normally eat later in the day then you could try something like 3pm-10pm.

During your fast you can still drink beverages as long as they contain no calories such as lemon water, tea, or coffee (without cream or sugar). There are incredible regenerative benefits to dry fasting as well (abstaining from consuming any food or water); however, dry fasting will push the body into deeper levels of detoxification and should be approached more slowly.

Breaking your fast is just as important as the fast itself. The first meal after a fast should be easy to digest. Juices, coconut water, and smoothies are great options as well as watery and astringent fruits such as grapes, cherries, and oranges. After that, salads are the next best option. After breaking the fast with raw fruits and vegetables, you can then move on to eating cooked foods as your digestive system will be activated by then.

Autophagy and fasting are the key to regenerating the body on a cellular level and, when used strategically and systematically, these tools hold enormous potential in transforming your health.

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My 400 Days Without Candy & What I Learned About Sugar Addiction

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At the end of 2017 I decided to temporarily say goodbye to my dietary Achilles heel.

While I’m certainly not suggesting that I am some beacon of ideal healthy eating, I have always been someone who, for the most part, makes what I’ve found to be healthy choices. Except for my one glaring weakness… candy.

In particular, the really sour and heavily sugar coated kind, but you’d be hard pressed to find me turning down even those better classified as sweet, with all of their sugar fused within the confines of the chew. Cherry Blasters, Sour Patch Kids, Fuzzy Peaches, Sour Punch Straws, you name it, I ate it, and usually with a big smile on my face.

But no matter how much my tastebuds loved this stuff, I’ve always known that it’s not good for me (I can’t imagine that there is anyone out there who actually thinks it is), so I decided to listen to my body, just as I had already done with a number of my other dietary changes. I opted to no longer ignore the stomach and headaches that would often come shortly after my sugary indulgences and give it up.

What started as a one month challenge quickly evolved into a three month challenge, followed by a one year challenge, and then a 400 day challenge simply because I liked the sound of the number. Here’s some of what I learned from this journey:

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The First Days Are Undeniably The Hardest

The old adage that it takes approximately 21 days to break a bad habit or make a new one in this case certainly held true. It was right around the 3 week point that I started to find myself far less tempted and far less frequently on the search for something to satisfy my sweet tooth. And believe it or not, the longer I went on, the less appealing the idea of eating candy became. It almost felt as if the memory in my tastebuds that had controlled so many of my past decisions had gradually faded away.

Mindset Is Everything

While I will fully admit that my quest to 400 was helped by it naturally feeding into another one of my “addictions” (a great joy in setting records and tracking analytics), I found that so much of the temptation to consume these sugary, salty and greasy foods really was incredibly temporary. Challenge yourself to at least not let it win once and you’ll likely see just how quickly its strength can fade.

It Paid Dividends

While I didn’t completely cut sugar out of my diet, as many people have so admirably done and documented about, I can say that cutting back even as much as I did felt really good for me. Some may be quick to chalk it up to the placebo effect, and understandably so, but I can honestly say that the above mentioned stomach and head aches occurred far less often over the 400 day span.

Real-Time Analysis: After The First Bite

Having now officially consumed my first piece of candy since 2017, believe it or not, it tastes different. Is it still tasty and did it satisfy me at some level? Absolutely. But it also tastes way more sugary and foreign to my body than it once did. It’s as if my body really wanted to make it clear by saying, “are you sure you want to bring this stuff back into the picture?”

Side Note: For those that are curious, since it’s the most common question I’ve been asked since embarking on this journey, the candy I chose to eat as my first piece was a Vegan Wild Cherry Belt by Squish Candies. (And no I’m not getting paid to brand-drop, and no I don’t make any commission should you choose to buy any at that link… unfortunately LOL).

Where I Go From Here

While I don’t see myself going completely cold turkey on candy again, I also cannot see myself consuming it nearly as much as I once did. And I do so happily, not out of punishment. While I’m also certainly not qualified to be giving out dietary advice, I am comfortable challenging all of you to give up something you know to not be good for you. See how your body feels both without it and after you re-introduce it.


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