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These Remarkable Kids/Teens Give Us Hope For Humanity’s Future

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When many of us think of the younger generations we often fear for the future of the planet. We think of how much time they spend with their faces buried in their phones and computers. We think of their shrinking attention spans -as evidenced by the popularity of social media platforms such as Twitter and Vine. And we think of the people they idolize and model themselves after.

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All of these thoughts are viable concerns, but when I look at the world’s younger generation I see great hope and a brighter tomorrow. I remind myself to remove the filter of comparison and to put into perspective that the world isn’t the same as it was when I grew up.

Here are 7 remarkable kids/ teens that I feel should give us all hope for the future of the world:

1. Elif Bilgin

16-year-old Elif Bilgin is a remarkable teen from Istanbul, Turkey. Despite still being a student, Elif has discovered a way to make bio plastic from banana peels -a project that she had worked on for 2 years before finding success. Through her own independent research, Elif came to understand the bio-plastic industry and has since shown the world that it is possible to create a plastic that is both reliable and a superior alternative to the current toxic plastics we rely upon.

Read more about Elif here: 16 Year-Old Invents Bio-Plastic From Banana Peels

2. Boyan Slat

As a 19-year-old, Dutch environmentalist Boyan Slat revealed to the world his plans to develop an Ocean Cleanup Array capable of removing up to 7.25 million tons of plastic waste from the world’s oceans. Despite heavy criticism, Boyan pushed forward with his invention raising $2.1 million and in June of 2014 he released an update based on early testing. The update announced the device would be ready in 3-4 years time with the capability to cleanup nearly half of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 10 years.

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Read more about Boyan here: Many Said It Would Fail, But It Works & It Can Help Change Our World

3. Logan Laplante

At a TEDx talk in 2013, then 13-year-old Logan Laplante eloquently delivered a powerful speech regarding his unique educational upbringing. Logan is home schooled and is given the freedom to tailor his education towards his interests and to the methods that best work for him. Logan’s speech and perspective on life gives us all something to think about when it comes to re-shaping the way that we educate our youth.

Read more about Logan here: This Is What Happens When A Kid Leaves Traditional Education

4. Rachel Parent

15-year-old Rachel Parent has become a very recognizable figure in the realm of GMOs, a subject that she first studied at the age of 12 as part of a school project. Since, Rachel took part in a heated debate with Kevin O’Leary that went viral and set the stage perfectly for a powerful TEDx talk she delivered in Toronto. Rachel is currently part of the United Nations Youth Leaders Education program and is the founder of Kids Right To Know, which is an organization with the mission of informing the public about food safety.

Read more about Rachel here: GMOs Are A Bad Idea. If A 15 Year Old Can See It So Clearly, Why Can’t Many Scientists?

5. Victoria Grant

In 2012, Victoria Grant, who was then only 12-years-old delivered a powerful and comprehensive speech fully revealing one of the world’s best kept secrets. In her speech Victoria exposes the immorality of the global banking system. Victoria speaks about how our world financial system really works and how it was specifically designed to enslave the population. Such a profound understanding of something that so many refuse to comprehend is truly remarkable.

Read more about Victoria here: 12-Year Old Child Reveals One Of The Best Kept Secrets In The World

6. Bindi Irwin

Bindi Irwin, daughter of the legendary Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin who tragically passed away in 2006, first became recognizable for the powerful eulogy she delivered as an 8-year-old at her father’s funeral. At that time, Bindi pledged to continue on with her father’s conservation efforts and has since done just that through Wildlife Warriors a charity founded by her family. Bindi stepped even further into the spotlight in 2012 after writing an essay on conservation as part of secretary Hillary Clinton’s endangered species initiative. The essay was edited by request of Hillary Clinton, fuelling Bindi to eloquently respond in defence of freedom of speech.

Read more about Bindi here: 14-Year-Old Bindi Irwin Stands Up To Hillary Clinton For Freedom Of Speech

7. Iris Grace

Iris is by far the youngest to grace this list at just 5-years-old. The remarkable young girl diagnosed with autism is quickly becoming famous for her incredible work as a painter. Iris is considered a “savant,” an individual with remarkable characteristics in a specific area despite their diagnosis of a neuro-developmental disorder. Iris’ work is both beautiful and a testament to the potential within each and every one of us, no matter our differences.

Read more about Iris here: 5 Year Old Girl With Autism Creates Extraordinary Paintings That Belong In A Gallery

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These 7 individuals are just a sample of I’m sure hundreds of remarkable young minds that are actively making a difference in the world. Feel free to share any others that come to mind via the comment section below.

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Frankincense Shows The Ability To Alleviate Symptoms Of Anxiety & Depression

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Studies have proven the psychoactive effects the scent of frankincense has on the brain, alleviating symptoms of anxiety and depression.

  • Reflect On:

    With all the man-made chemical pharmaceutical drugs out there, perhaps solutions to what ails us are more simple than we may realize.

Gold and frankincense and myrrh… sound familiar? These were the gifts that were allegedly brought by the three kings when Jesus Christ was born. We all know that gold is valuable, but what about the others? Frankincense has long been touted as a magical, mystical medicine and has been regarded as such for millennia within many ancient cultures of the world. The same goes for myrrh, but for the purpose of this article we are going to stick to the medicinal properties of frankincense.

Frankincense starts out as a type of resinous sap that is found inside a special family of trees called Boswellia, which grow almost exclusively in the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula. When it is harvested at specific times of the year, the trees are cut carefully with special knives and the sap seeps out. This special sap is then dried in the sun until it is ready for use. More commonly, frankincense is burned simply as sweet smelling incense, but it has many other uses as well including the following…

Historical Uses Of Frankincense

  • As a part of ritual or religious ceremonies
  • Was used extensively during burial rituals as an embalming material to help mask the odor of the deceased body
  • Smoke from burnt incense can effectively drive away mosquitoes and other pests

Frankincense has also been used medicinally, treating various ailments such as arthritis (it has strong anti-inflammatory properties), gut disorders (like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), asthma, and maintenance of oral health.

And perhaps the most intriguing quality for our westernized modern culture is the psychoactive effects of this special resin, as studies have shown that burning frankincense can trigger an effect that can aid and even alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression.

The Research

One study in particular, conducted by a team of researchers form John Hopkins University and Hebrew University in Jerusalem, explains how burning the resin from the Boswellia plant (frankincense) activates certain previously misunderstood ion channels in the brain in order to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression. This might explain why Roman emperor Nero once burned an entire year’s harvest of frankincense at his favorite mistress’ funeral.

“In spite of information stemming from ancient texts, constituents of Bosweilla had not been investigated for psychoactivity,” said Raphael Mechoulam, one of the research study’s co-authors. “We found that incensole acetate, a Boswellia resin constituent, when tested in mice lowers anxiety and causes antidepressive-like behavior. Apparently, most present day worshipers assume that incense burning has only a symbolic meaning.”

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The researchers administered incensole acetate to mice in order to determine its psychoactive effects. This compound they found drastically impacted the parts of the brain that generate emotions and the nerve circuits that have responded positively to current drugs used for depression and anxiety. The incensole that was administered activated a protein called TRPV3, which is connected to the ability to perceive warmth of the skin.

“Perhaps Marx wasn’t too wrong when he called religion the opium of the people: morphine comes from poppies, cannabinoids from marijuana, and LSD from mushrooms; each of these has been used in one or another religious ceremony,” said Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal. “Studies of how those psychoactive drugs work have helped us understand modern neurobiology. The discovery of how incensole acetate, purified from frankincense, works on specific targets in the brain should also help us understand diseases of the nervous system. This study also provides a biological explanation for millennia-old spiritual practices that have persisted across time, distance, culture, language, and religion–burning incense really does make you feel warm and tingly all over!”

Can This Work For You?

Sure, this study was conducted using mice, which certainly aren’t the same as humans. However, many religious texts claim that this special resin had uplifting effects on the brain. So, the good thing is that if used appropriately, it really can’t hurt to try. You can typically buy the resin at health food stores and more commonly at stores that sell incense, crystals, sage and those sorts of spiritual ceremonial tools. It can also be found as an essential oil. I like to diffuse it in a diffuser, and sometimes I’ll burn the resin on charcoal pucks as well.

At the very least, you’ll get a nice and pleasant smelling aroma, and at best it can help turn that frown upside down, increase your mood, reduce your anxiety and maybe even put a smile on your face. Perhaps those three wise men were as wise as they’ve been made out to be, and frankincense really is as special as it’s been believed to be for millennia.

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Binge Watching Is Associated With a 12 Percent Increased Risk of Inflammatory-Related Death

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  • The Facts:

    An Australian study published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise looked at more than 8,900 adults and found that each additional hour of TV viewing was associated with a 12% increased risk of inflammatory-related death.

  • Reflect On:

    How much TV do you watch? How active is your lifestyle?

I’m sure that you hesitated before choosing to read this article, as most of us have been sucked into a binge watching marathon on more than one occasion (myself included). While it may seem like we’re buckling down to give ourselves a break, we may actually be hurting ourselves far more than we realize. Sitting for prolonged periods of time has proven to be harmful to our bodies, especially for adults over 50, and when you match lounging with television, you create a deadly combo.

In an Australian study published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, researchers examined more than 8,900 adults and found that each additional hour of TV viewing was associated with a 12% increased risk of inflammatory-related death, and those who spent more than four hours a day watching TV were at an even higher risk. This includes  diabetes, respiratory, cognitive, and kidney diseases. (source)

In general, watching television has proven to negatively impact mental health; it alters your brain, lowers your attention span, and has the potential to make you more aggressive. You don’t need to experience the “trance-like” state television can put us in, but I’m sure you’ve witnessed it before. This trance occurs roughly 30 seconds after you start watching TV. Your brain begins by producing alpha waves, leading to a light hypnotic state that makes the viewer less aware of their environment and more open to subtle messages — aka programming.

In the 1990s. Dr. Teresa Belton, a visiting fellow at the University of East Anglia, studied the effects that television has on the imagination of 10-12 year old children, ultimately concluding that television negatively impacts their development: “The ubiquity and ease of access to television and videos perhaps robs today’s children of the need to pursue their own thoughts and devise their own occupations, distracting them from inner processes and constantly demanding responses to external agendas, and suggests that this may have implications for the development of imaginative capacity.”

And these physical affects are becoming increasingly apparent. Not only does it eventually lead to immobility as you age, but with the risk of creating inflammation in the body, you are susceptible to a host of diseases including kidney disease, diabetes, asthma, Alzheimer’s, and even depression.

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Dr. Megan Grace is the lead investigator at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne. Between 1999 and 2000, her team quizzed adult participants about their viewing habits via a questionnaire. Again, this was before we had access to popular streaming websites like Netflix. The participants were separated into three groups based on their TV viewing habits: less than two hours per day, greater than two hours but less than four hours, and more than four hours.

“TV time was associated with increased risk of inflammatory-related mortality. This is consistent with the hypothesis that high TV viewing may be associated with a chronic inflammatory state,” the authors wrote.

They followed up with their participants 12 years later and found, of 909 deaths, 130 were inflammatory-related. Of the inflammatory-related deaths, 21 were from diseases of the respiratory system and 18 of the nervous system, and those who watched between two to four hours of TV a day showed a 54% higher risk of inflammatory-related death. Additionally, people who watched more than four hours of TV a day doubled their risk of dying from an inflammatory disease compared to those who watched two hours.

In addition to cutting down the amount of time you spend sitting in front of the TV and sitting or lying down, you can help combat inflammation with a number of foods like avocados, berries, sweet potato, onions, and watermelon, and herbs like, cloves, ginger, rosemary, and turmeric.

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Police Vet Explains Why People Like Jeffrey Epstein Get Away With Child Trafficking & Pedophilia

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  • The Facts:

    Jon Wedger is a retired Police Detective with over 25 years service in the investigation into child abuse. In the video below, he describes how elite level trafficking and the abuse of children are able to sustain themselves.

  • Reflect On:

    What are some of the most powerful people on our planet involved in? When you are perceived as someone else than who you really are, what implications does that have? Do you research something before simply throwing it into the 'conspiracy' bucket?

Jeffrey Epstein’s arrest and death brought a lot of attention to the topic of elite level child trafficking and more awareness to the idea that powerful people may actually be running sex trafficking pedophile rings, as unbelievable as it sounds. The truth is, prior to Epstein’s ‘fame,’ this type of activity was well known. For example, there are strange cases of child porn from within the Pentagon and many more examples within politics, even within the Royal Family–something that Prince Andrew’s supposed involvement brought more attention to. If you want in-depth details and evidence, you can refer to this article I published a few months ago, which provides that type of information. There’s no point in re-writing it all here.

The key to all of this seems to be bribery and blackmail–at least there is information suggesting that part of Epstein’s role was to entrap ‘elite’ level figures who had the power to make decisions with regards to political policies and much more. You can read more about that here.

A paper published in European Psychiatry titled The cremation of care ritual: Burning of effigies or human sacrifice murder? The importance of differentiating complex trauma from schizophrenia in extreme abuse settings” by Dr. Rainer Kurz, a chartered occupational psychologist (PhD at The University of Manchester, MSc in Industrial Psychology at The University of Hullexplains:

Research eventually led to the Franklin scandal that broke in 1989 when hundreds of children were apparently flown around the US to be abused by high ranking ‘Establishment’ members. Former state senator John W DeCamp, cited as one of the most effective legislators in Nebraska history, is today attorney for two of the abuse victims. A 15 year old girl disclosed that she had been abused since the age of 9 exposed to ‘ritual murder’ of a new born girl, a small boy (who was subsequently fried and eaten) and three others.

It’s quite shocking stuff, and who really knows how deep the rabbit hole goes and what these supposed rings are involved in.

Jon Wedger is one of many people who has testified at the International Tribunal For Natural Justice (ITNJ). Here is a list of the ITNJs commissioners, and here’s a list of their advocates. Wedger is a retired Police Detective with over 25 years service in the investigation into child abuse. According to his testimony, he was threatened and bullied out of his job for exposing the high-level cover-up of child prostitution. Since his retirement, he’s been working with anti-child abuse campaigner Bill Maloney in raising awareness of the true extent of the scale of this heinous crime. Himself, along with other whistleblowing cops as well as victims and survivors of abuse, are campaigning for a change in the Law to give brave whistleblowers the protection they truly deserve.

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The truth is, there are many leaks that have come out and will continue to be revealed that have implicated a large portion of the global elite in the use, abuse, and murder of many children. These are very powerful people who basically control the judicial system as well as the mainstream media. Because of their power, they are able to protect themselves from ‘punishment.’

When people like Wedger dig into these cases, they are eventually stopped and threatened, and many are then afraid to speak out and of being wrongfully accused, put in prison, and silenced forever.

Whistleblowers in all fields have tremendous problems. The intelligence community does not make it easy for these people, and they show great bravery for speaking out.

The interview with Wedger below is a good interview to give you the extent of this problem and just how high up it goes. Places like the Vatican, global politics, Hollywood, and within the military industrial complex have all been implicated, and there are multiple examples in each field to choose from. Collective Evolution has covered many stories on this topic for multiple years, and you can find more articles on our website if you’d like to learn more. The ITNJ is also a great place to begin your research as well.

The testimony below is a great way to get an idea of how this type of activity is able to continue.

The Takeaway

Obviously, the world is waking up to the fact that some powerful, influential people are involved in some very immoral things. But does this surprise you? To engage in such activities, perpetrators have to not only be dealing with a great amount of trauma, but also lack the ability to feel, lack empathy in some sense, and be devoid of the moral character that makes human beings so special. If many of these people are atop our political and financial worlds, making decisions that greatly influence our entire planet in a number of different ways, are you really surprised to see that our climate and our political relationships are in the states they are today? How can people involved in the abuse of children, among other things, really care about planet Earth and humanity as a whole? Something to think about…

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