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“You Are Going To Die.” – An Alternative Look At HIV/ AIDS

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When AIDS first took the world by storm in the early 80’s, these words were the inevitable accompaniment to a diagnosis of the disease.  The poor individual on the receiving end of such a diagnosis would, of course, feel like their whole world was crashing in around them. Then they would ask the fateful question, “How long do I have?”

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Answers to this could range vaguely from weeks, to months, to years – they really didn’t know exactly when, just that it would be “soon,” and that without proper medication it would surely happen even sooner.

People were dropping like flies just a few short decades ago, and millions of people globally have died from HIV/AIDS, but fast forward to today and a different picture emerges -one where people with HIV have the opportunity to live a fairly normal lifespan. An obvious question to ask is, why? What has changed? Is it ‘amazing new medical advancements’ or something a bit more sinister?

Positive Hell

A new documentary by Joan Shenton and Andy Reiss has just been released (trailer found at the end of this post) called “Positive Hell” It features the story of 5 Spanish adults, all diagnosed with HIV 25-30 years ago.

Despite all being given a death sentence by their doctors at time of their diagnosis and told to take the usual prescribed drugs, all five decided not to take the HIV medications. Some refused outright, while others stopped once they realized the drugs were making them feel worse. Apart from one of these five, who was an intravenous drug user and died last year due to non-HIV related illness, all are alive and very well today.

Two are married and have children who are all HIV negative, already prompting the question, “Isn’t HIV highly transmittable?” Both the partners are also HIV negative, despite having unprotected sex many times over the years. One of the film’s subjects, Dr. Manuel Garrido, is a practicing physician.

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How Is This Possible?

Their story begs the question, how can people who were previously told they were going to die and who “must take the medication” in order to survive still be alive and well today, almost three decades later, without taking any HIV drugs?  Are they just “lucky,” or is there a simple reason why they haven’t succumbed to the disease? Haven’t we all been told that those who test positive for HIV are surely to die?

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Impressive Advances In HIV Drugs Or Are They Now Simply Just Less Toxic?

Many attribute the development of newer drugs to the increased life expectancy of those diagnosed with this disease. These drugs are thought to do a much more effective job at targeting the actual virus – and allowing people to live longer – but when you dig a little deeper it seems that the original AZT drugs were proven to be incredibly toxic, causing people to die far sooner.

You might also be shocked to know that AZT was previously rejected by the FDA as a chemotherapy drug almost ten years before HIV was discovered due to its high toxicity.

One scientist, who is praised for his cancer and retrovirus research (he isolated the first cancer gene) Dr. Peter Duesberg, is Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology at Berkeley University, has looked into these drugs extensively and said that the medication actually brings on AIDS. He had this to say about AZT:

 “The most toxic drug that has ever been licensed for long term consumption in the free world… AZT is a prescription drug and according to the manufacturer itself it causes symptoms that are indistinguishable from AIDS. So I would say it is not arrogant for me to say that AZT is AIDS by prescription.”

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On the label of AZT these words are found:

“TOXIC. Toxic by inhalation, in contact with skin and if swallowed. Target organ(s): Blood bone marrow. If you feel unwell, seek medical advice (show the label where possible). Wear suitable protective clothing.”

AZT was classed as a ”black box” drug with skull and bones on the label; this is an indication that the drug is indeed a deadly poison. The bottle above contained only 100 mg tablets, but people with HIV were prescribed typically between 500 to 1500 mg a day!

What Did The Original AZT Studies Show?

In relation to AZT causing much more harm than good, was Dr Duesberg correct?

Celia Farber

Celia Farber

Celia Farber was one of the first brave journalists to really investigate the safety and effectiveness of AZT drugs (made by Burroghs Wellcome at the time, now known as GSK) which were being given to millions of HIV positive people. The FDA passed this drug back in 1987,  but one of the first studies -involving 1749 “healthy” but still HIV positive people, known as the ”Concorde Study,” and carried out in England, France, and Ireland -showed some very concerning results:

  • The study found that AZT was too toxic for most people to tolerate, had no lasting effect on HIV blood levels, and left the patients with fewer CD4 cells than they had started with.
  • The team concluded that AZT – a highly toxic and carcinogenic drug – neither prolongs life nor staves off symptoms of AIDS in people who are HIV-antibody positive but still healthy.

Celia spoke to some of the doctors involved in this study about the pressure being put on them to make the study look less concerning than it really was.

I had heard that the Concorde team had been under tremendous pressure from AZT’s manufacturer Burroughs Wellcome, to soften its results. After one of the sessions in which the results were discussed, I walked up to Dr. Ian Weller, a chief investigator of Concorde, and congratulated him. I asked whether there had indeed been pressure from Wellcome. He nodded. A woman standing next to him, also on the Concorde team, nodded emphatically and finally burst out: “Yes, there has been pressure, and it has been placed at the very highest level’.’ Doesn’t that, I asked, frustrate and infuriate you? She nodded, furiously, and said, “The most frustrating thing is that I can’t tell you about it.” Much of that raw Concorde data, particularly on toxicity, remains to be revealed.

Isn’t it alarming to know that right from the very early days this drug was causing so many problems, yet was allowed to be given to people in massive doses for such a long time? And that it was also being given to infants and children?

AZT is still given in conjunction with other medications to HIV/AIDS patients, but the adult dose is now around 300 mg twice a day.

Are these four adults still alive today just because they haven’t taken the recommended drugs?

Never Ending Stigma & Dogma

Imagine for a minute what it’s like to be told “You are going to die,” without any inclination of when that might happen. Imagine how your family would feel, not knowing if this year was going to be your last. Imagine the constant stress, or trying to go to sleep at night, having this death sentence constantly weighing down on your mind.

Try to think about how angry you would feel remembering the constant fear engendered by those words, only to still be alive almost 30 years later. Was it necessary to be told so conclusively that you are going to die?

If you happen to be HIV positive, this diagnosis follows you wherever you go. It’s like a life-time “guilty” sentence. And if you choose not to take the recommended HIV drugs, you might have a very hard time receiving any medical treatment at all. It seems not many doctors today are willing to see HIV positive patients without them following protocol, which means taking the anti-retroviral drugs.

The 5 people in this film are certainly not the only ones refusing to take these medications; there are now thousands of HIV-positive people all over the world who have rejected taking this treatment and say they feel much better.

Positive Hell is only a short 30 minute documentary and is really a collection of testimonials, but their powerful stories certainly leave you with plenty of questions.

Is the HIV/Aids industry just another example (like the Cancer Industry) of us doing more harm than good by using toxic drugs?

Check out the film’s website here

Joan Shenton and Andy Reiss, have also produced the film Positively False – Birth of A Heresy and Joan is an author of the book Positively False – Exposing the Myths Around HIV and Aids which has just been released in its 16th edition which includes new updates.

For a further look into this very controversial subject you might like to take a look here and here.

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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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The Science Of Healing Trauma With Plant Medicine – Dr. Jeff McNairy Explains

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  • The Facts:

    Ayahuasca has assisted thousands of people with an array of mental health disorders. There is real science that can explain how this "medicine" is able to actually change the brain.

  • Reflect On:

    Ayahuasca is not for everyone, and it will not fix you. It might, however, show you what you need to see in order to release what is no longer serving you in life and holding you back.

Over the past decade or so, the use of ayahuasca by western cultures has absolutely blown up. Chances are you’ve either taken it yourself or know someone who has. You may have heard some incredible and transformative stories about how this indigenous plant medicine has assisted many of those struggling with depression, addiction, anxiety and many other ailments.

It has been difficult to explain how this plant actually works to help alleviate symptoms of trauma, and many stick to simply regarding it as a mystical experience that shows you whatever it is that you need to see in order to heal your wounds. However, there is a scientific way to explain what is actually happening within the brain and body when ayahuasca is ingested. Some people with a more logical method of receiving information might prefer to know the actual physical “why” as to what is happening. In the video below, Dr. Jeff McNairy explains this.

Dr. Jeff McNairy is part of the Rythmia family, the world’s first fully licensed medical facility that offers ayahuasca. The entire CE team had the opportunity to go back in 2016 and it was a wonderful experience for us all.

Personally, I have processed a lot of my own trauma with the assistance of this potent plant medicine. It was able to show me things that I hadn’t realized had such a profound impact on my life, things that I had simply written off as unimportant. There were many things that I had stuffed down, locked away and refused to look at over the years that ultimately were the cause for my struggle with depression, addictive behaviours and anxiety. With the assistance of ayahuasca, a light shined on these areas that I had locked away in my subconscious, which helped me to see where healing was still required.

Is Ayahuasca For You?

Whether you are drawn to ayahuasca or not is okay, it’s not for everyone. But if you have a serious desire to uncover more layers of who you are and why you are the way you are, and you’re drawn to this medicine, then it may be for you. Ayahuasca can be a great tool for those who have suffered trauma, but it is important to know that ayahuasca won’t fix you, however it can lead you to understand what it is you need to know in order to fix yourself. It has the capacity to show you whatever it is that you are not seeing from a different perspective, opening your eyes to what you may not have been able to see before.

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It is no coincidence that ayahuasca has emerged within westernized cultures around the globe during this important time of transition. Not only is it assisting people to reconnect back to their soul’s essence, but it is also increasing our regard for our environment and our Mother Earth as a whole.

On another note, here’s an interesting quote from Joe Martino:

Psychedelics were used back in a time when the level of consciousness of the planet was not as high, which helped give insight to shamans so they could share it with their communities. It was meant for use in extreme cases where heavy trauma or addictions existed and people could not use other ways to work through their emotional challenges. Here in present time, we use them in a western fashion as THE GO TO for moving through all of our challenges. I’m here to remind you that you have so much power and ability as a being that in most cases, you don’t need any of these things to evolve. I’m not suggesting don’t do it, I’m simply saying truly ask your heart what you want, and don’t get caught up in the grand allure and peer pressure. (source)

Use Responsibly

It is important to seek out and use ayahuasca that is harvested using sustainable practices and served by shamans who have the utmost respect for the sacred medicinal brew. As its popularity has increased, so has the opportunity to exploit it, so do your due diligence when it comes to determining if ayahuasca is right for you and who will be serving you this medicine.

Related CE Article: Why Psychedelic Drugs Are Not A Shortcut To Enlightenment

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