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Why We Need To Talk About Anxiety & “High Functioning Depression”

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I remember sitting down with my friend at the beginning of 2016, opening up to her about my depression and anxiety. It scared me because I didn’t know where it came from, why I had it, and when it would go away. Months later, and thanks to lots of discussions with family members, doctors, my significant other, and friends, I’ve realized it’s been a part of me for a very long time, that it’s in my family, and that, ultimately, I am not crazy.

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But as I sat with my friend, opening up about something that felt so out of my control, and explaining how it was so difficult to be dealing with something that no one could see, she made a statement that stuck with me: “When you get a cut, you bleed. People know you are hurt. They don’t have to look for the signs. But when your wound is on the inside, it’s different. You almost wish you could light up in purple when your depression and anxiety felt the strongest, so that people could know you weren’t faking it.”

Faking it. It was so hard to hear out loud, but so true. I was able to get out of bed every morning, work out, shower, put makeup on, nice clothes, smile to passersby, get my work done, cook dinner for my partner, have a night out with friends. On the outside, I didn’t look anxious or depressed at all. But no one knew that there were moments that I was staring at everyone else trying to simply mimic their comfort, ease, and happiness. They didn’t know all I saw was grey. They didn’t know it felt like I had a lead vest on. They didn’t understand that, in the middle of a conversation with someone, suddenly I’d feel overwhelmed and displaced, sweat dripping from my clenched palms, a burning heat accumulating at the nape of my neck, a tingling sensation in my feet, a weakness in my knees, and the uncontrollable feeling that at any second I was either going to scream or faint.

I have, undoubtedly, been frightened by my anxiety and depression. And while it may be a part of me, it certainly doesn’t define me. However, I have realized, through my own acceptance, that mental disorders are largely overlooked, and it’s not okay.

Depression affects nearly 350 million people worldwide, and anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S.. The reason I link the two so closely is because they are just that: connected. It’s not uncommon for someone with depression to also suffer from anxiety, and vice versa. In fact, nearly one-half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety and depression have many faces, but sometimes, if not often, they go unnoticed, because people have the high-functioning sorts. But these disorders are largely misrepresented by ads and pop-culture portrayals, which only show one side of the equation: the ones that are easy to see, like intense crying, sleep deprivation, and withdrawal from friends and activities. But as I’ve noted, there are other faces, too.

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Depression and anxiety look like comedian Sarah Silverman, superstar Beyonce, bubbly actress Kristen Bell. It looks like the freelance writer who doesn’t have to report to a nine-to-five job and often times writes from the beach. It looks like your strong, independent and beautiful best friend who’s the first to make it to the top of a mountain and the last to leave a party. It’s your newly-engaged friend, it’s your just-promoted colleague.

Someone with high-functioning depression and anxiety may seem to have it all together on the outside, but things are erupting on the inside. Carol Landau, PhD, a clinical professor of psychiatry and human behavior and medicine at Brown University, accounts for the high-functioning kinds existing dominantly in women with a need for perfection; those same people who you admire for seemingly having it all together, and having a smile from ear-to-ear all the while.

“People often say being ‘high-functioning’ is better than being ‘low-functioning,’ but that’s not really true because the most important thing is for a depressed person to get help—which a high-functioning person is limiting herself from,” explains Landau.

I don’t know if it’s a matter of one being less of an issue than the other, but I do think it’s about understanding.

So what can you take away from this? How to be conscious of someone who does have anxiety and depression. Know the signs beyond what you see on an ad, be sensitive to slight changes in someone’s behavior, and reach out to them.

“Just little things, like asking, ‘How are you doing?'” suggests Amanda Leventhal, a college student at the University of Missouri, who penned an essay on her high-functioning struggle with anxiety and depression. “Just be there to listen and ask them what they need. Different people will need different things.”

Landau explains that it’s best to offer suggestions, like a reputable therapist would, or an app like Headspace, used for meditation. “There are so many different types of therapists, medications, apps, and other tools,” Landau explains. “That’s why it’s tragic that so many people don’t seek help.”

I opened up to my significant other about my struggle, and though scary, I have found the benefit of it. A gentle rub on the back and words of comfort and positivity when he notices me getting squirmy have made all the difference. But he would have never noticed if he didn’t educate himself.

If you have anxiety or depression, talk about it. If you think someone has anxiety or depression, talk about it.

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Related CE Articles & Important Information About Depression:

How Depression Affects Brain Structure & What You Can Do To Turn It Back

What The Pharmaceutical Industry & Your Doctor Don’t Tell You About Depression

 

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A Documentary Series Exploring The Most Powerful ‘Alternative Medicines’ Known To Man

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  • The Facts:

    A new 9-part documentary series called Proven: Healing Breakthroughs Backed By Science. Is set to begin. It's free to sign up for to watch, and you can do so in the link provided within the article.

  • Reflect On:

    Is our current medical industry concerned with health and wellness, or profit? Why don't they promote substances they cannot profit off of that seem to work for a number of illness better than prescription drugs? What's going on here?

“The medical profession is being bought by the pharmaceutical industry, not only in terms of the practice of medicine, but also in terms of teaching and research. The academic institutions of this country are allowing themselves to be the paid agents of the pharmaceutical industry. I think it’s disgraceful.”

– Arnold Seymour Relman (1923-2014), Harvard Professor of Medicine and Former Editor-in-Chief of the New England Medical Journal (source)

It’s quite well known that interest in “alternative medicine” is growing, and has been growing for quite a long time. This doesn’t seem to be a trend that’s going to stop. Every single year, month and day it’s clear that its popularity will continue to increase exponentially. I put the word alternative because prior to modern day medicine, it wasn’t cosidered alternative, it was simply considered medicine, just like organic food wasn’t considered organic, it was just normal food.

The Documentary Series

This type of medicine is something we were at Collective Evolution are incredibly passionate about, which is why we’ve been creating awareness about it for ten years now. This is why we are also excited about a new 9-part documentary series called Proven: Healing Breakthroughs Backed By Science.

It’s premiering in a few days, so be sure to sign up (it’s free). You can watch the trailer here if interested. 

A heightened interest in this topic  is happening for multiple reasons, one of them is the fact that healthcare providers are losing confidence in pharmaceutical grade medicine. Many doctors and scientists are feeling uncomfortable with the idea of prescribing certain medicines, and many publications have come out for a number of years showing that some of them can be harmful and inadequate. There are many of examples to choose from, from prescription drugs all the way to some vaccines. Perhaps the latest being the statements made by  Professor Heidi Larson, a Professor of Anthropology and the Risk and Decision Scientist Director at the Vaccine Confidence Project, explaining how healthcare providers are now concerned about vaccine safety. You can read more about that here.

Another reason is because there are thousands of studies now showing that many “alternative” medicines and therapies (that your doctor doesn’t know about or isn’t allowed to recommend) are far superior for many of the chronic health conditions we suffer from.

This is exactly what the docu-series goes into and provides evidence for.

It’s also happening due to the amount of corruption and fraud that’s been exposed within our federal health regulatory agencies, and again, there are many examples to choose from. One of the best would be the SPIDER papers. A group called the CDC Scientists Preserving Integrity, Diligence and Ethics in Research, or CDC SPIDER, put a list of complaints in a letter to the CDC Chief of Staff and provided a copy of the letter to the public watchdog organization U.S. Right to Know (USRTK). They raised concerns “about the current state of ethics at our agency.  It appears that our mission is being influenced and shaped by outside parties and rogue interests. It seems that our mission and Congressional intent for our agency is being circumvented by some of our leaders. What concerns us most, is that it is becoming the norm and not the rare exception. Some senior management officials at CDC are clearly aware and even condone these behavior.

The main reason we take so many drugs is that drug companies don t sell drugs, they sell lies about drugs. This is what makes drugs so different from anything else in life… Virtually everything we know about drugs is what the companies have chosen to tell us and our doctors… the reason patients trust their medicine is that they extrapolate the trust they have in their doctors into the medicines they prescribe. The patients don’t realize that, although their doctors may know a lot about diseases and human physiology and psychology, they know very, very little about drugs that’ve been carefully concocted and dressed up by the drug industry. – Dr. Peter Gotzsche, co-founder of the Cochrane Collaboration (source)

Last but not least, the biggest reason why many people are gravitating towards this type of medicine is simply because it’s working for them. There is extreme legitimacy, in some cases, when it comes to alternative treatment. Again, this is exactly why more and more people every single year gravitate towards these options.

 

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Was Trump Right? New Study Shows Success With Use Of Chlorine Dioxide On COVID-19

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  • The Facts:

    A recent preliminary study in Ecuador has looked at the use of chlorine dioxide as a treatment for COVID-19. Thus far, after oral and intravenous treatment, patients have recovered in only 4 days.

  • Reflect On:

    Is this yet another cheap and effective treatment we should be looking at producing instead of expensive and controversial vaccine development?

US President Trump recently became the laughing stock of mainstream media for suggesting that disinfectant should be injected into people to fight against the virus. While the media may have blown the context of his statements out of proportion, a recently published preliminary study shows he may have actually been right.

A clinical trial, involving more than 100 patients suffering from COVID-19, who were given chlorine dioxide, both orally and/or intravenously, showed that patients were cured within 4 days, so says biophysicist Andreas Kalcker. The trial was carried out by the Asociacion Ecuatoriana de Medicos Expertos en Medicina Integrativa, overseen by a medical group of clinicians in Ecuador.

These noteworthy results deserve much more research, but like other alternative treatments, you might guess that this information will be censored in the coming days.

Chlorine dioxide, an incredibly cheap and easy to produce solution, has been widely used for many purposes including disinfecting bottled drinking water. Most humans have come into contact with CLO2 as a result of its common uses.

You can learn more about CLO2 and this new study in the video below from Andreas Kalcker.

Chlorine Dioxide Is A Registered ‘Excellent’ Bactericide, Fungicides and Anti-Microbial Agent

Chlorine dioxide is registered with the EPA (Registration No. 74986-1), as it is considered an ‘excellent’ bactericide, fungicide and antimicrobial agent.  It is also interesting to note it has passed the EPA’s stringent DIS/TISS guidelines for use as a disinfectant and as a food-contact surface sanitizer.

It also being used to clean transport, a bus company in Sacremento shared that they using chlorine dioxide to disinfect its seats of Coronavirus.

Are people dying needlessly of COVID-19 while on ventilators? This is a question many people have been asking given the amount of people who have been dying after being o ventilators for an extended period of time.

According to Mike Adams of Natural News:

Ecuador has been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus, and the current “standard of care” promoted by Western medicine — largely based on the use of ventilators — has been killing the vast majority of critical patients while utterly failing to address the real root of the problem.

Covid-19 isn’t an Acute Respiratory Disease (ARD), it turns out. Rather, it often presents as an inflammation and blood clotting condition (see The Lancet research, below) which causes the blood to be unable to carry oxygen, resulting in patient hypoxia and eventual asphyxiation.

This is why intravenous chlorine dioxide — which immediately delivers a high dose of oxygen to blood cells — is believed to work so effectively against covid-19. It reportedly restores the oxygen-carrying capacity of hemoglobin and clears the clotting in the lungs, all while destroying pathogens.

Chlorine Dioxide Patents

This information may not be commonly known, but there are many patents involving the use of Chlorine dioxide.  These two are very interesting:

  1. https://patents.google.com/patent/US20190015445A1/

Disclosed is an injection containing chlorine dioxide in therapeutic applications such as in-vivo stem cell regeneration, anti-tumor and anti-aging

  1. https://patents.google.com/patent/EP1955719B1/

This one is about treatment for treating respritory viruses. Disinfection, sterilisation or deodorisation of air using gaseous or vaporous substances, e.g. ozone

Mainstream media has stated that oral use of chlorine dioxide is ‘dangerous,’ but is that entirely accurate? Depending on the dose used, as with any potential medicine, it can be completely safe and effective as discussed in Kalcker’s video above. If you’d like to do more research for yourself on the subject, including exploring the safety of ingestion, please check out these scientific papers.

WHO’s CLO2 Drinking Water Studies

The World Health Organisation promotes that chlorine dioxide is a safe, non toxic, water disinfectant. You might like to read about the findings of chlorine dioxide showing no toxic effects to kidneys, and that it does not have evidence it has mutagenic or carcinogenic effects.  Some of the studies on animals were carried out for 2 years, and three months on humans.  This was the conclusion:

Studies in healthy adult male volunteers lasting up to 12 weeks showed no clear treatment related effects on blood, urine analysis or physical examination at doses of sodium chlorite (Chlorine Dioxide)  and sodium chlorate estimated to be in the region of 0.036 mg/kg bw per day, expressed as chlorite or chlorate. The authors concluded that the absence of detrimental physiological responses within the limits of the study demonstrated the relative safety of oral ingestion of chlorine dioxide, chlorate and chlorite (Lubbers, Chauhan & Bianchine, 1981, 1982; Lubbers  & Bianchine, 1984; Lubbers et al., 1984a,b).

Read the WHO’s own paper here.

When we see results like we see with CLO2, should it not be standard practice to explore these possibilities with open hearts ad open minds to see if we can come up with a fast solution to global challenges? Why is there little coverage of information like this? Why is so much effort spent casting doubt and debunking solutions like this without proper testing? Why is the focus always on expensive, profitable and potentially unsafe vaccines?

 

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Wireless Industry Admits That No Safety Testing Has Been Conducted For 5G Technology

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  • The Facts:

    Below is a clip of Senator Richard Blumenthal during a hearing that took place last year, questioning wireless industry representatives about the safety of 5G technology.

  • Reflect On:

    Why doesn't the industry conduct studies along with independent scientists to see if 5G technology is safe? Do they care? Do they know something we don't? Is it even scientifically possible for 5G to be considered safe? Why not just find out?

Important notice to our readers. A global online summit featuring the leading doctors, scientists and activists in the field is set to take place about 5G technology, the health concerns and what you can do about it. It’s completely free to sign up and watch. If you want to reserve your spot, you can sign up HERE to watch it. Once you sign up you’ll be taken to a link where you can download our free E-Book on 5G. It covers what 5G is and an abundance of peer-reviewed research is cited for anybody in your life or in your family who actually questions if there are really any legitimate concerns.

In December 2018, US. Senator Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Representative Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) sent a letter to FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr seeking answers regarding potential health risks posed by new 5G wireless technology. At  a hearing, that took place last year, Blumenthal criticized Carr for failing to provide answers, and instead, just echoing, “the general statements of the FDA.” Blumenthal also decried the FDA’s statements as “pretty unsatisfactory.” The PDF of Carr’s complete response is available here.

During an exchange with wireless industry representatives who were also in attendance, Blumenthal asked them whether they have supported research on the safety of 5G technology and potential links between radio-frequency and cancer, and the industry representatives conceded they have not.

The point is that the industry has not conducted any safety testing of these technologies and is currently rolling them out. This also echoes many studies that have been published that are raising concerns. For example A study published in 2019 in Frontiers in Public Health is one of many that raises concerns about 5G technology. It points out that “novel 5G technology is being rolled out in several densely populated cities, although potential chronic health or environmental impacts have not been evaluated and are not being followed.” It goes on to emphasize that the range and magnitude of potential impacts of 5G technologies are under-researched, although important biological outcomes have been reported with millimeter wavelength exposure.   These include oxidative stress and altered gene expression, effects on skin and systemic effects such as on immune function. In vivo studies reporting resonance with human sweat ducts, acceleration of bacterial and viral replication, and other endpoints indicate the potential for novel as well as more commonly recognized biological impacts from this range of frequencies, and highlight the need for research before population-wide continuous exposures.”

It’s one of many that  outlines how, “In some countries, notably the US, scientific evidence of the potential hazards of RFR has been largely dismissed. Findings of carcinogenicity, infertility and cell damage occurring at daily exposure levels—within current limits—indicate that existing exposure standards are not sufficiently protective of public health. Evidence of carcinogenicity alone, such as that from the NTP study, should be sufficient to recognize that current exposure limits are inadequate.”

Not only does the industry need to conduct studies, but studies should also be conducted independently. So far, the studies that have been published make it quite clear that there are biological effects of this type of technology.

Ask yourself, how can this type of technology be rolled out and approved without any safety testing? What’s going on here? Why are the cries for safety testing my the citizenry, scientists and doctors constantly ignored? What does this say about our world and our supposed democracy? Why do some mainstream media outlets ridicule the idea that this type of technology can be dangerous? How can hundreds of scientists and doctors be considered conspiracy theorists for raising concerns? How can thousands of scientific peer-reviewed studies that raise concerns about this type of technology continue to go ignored by the industry?

A Global Online Summit on 5G Technology Is Set To Take Place

These questions, along with the health concerns of 5G technology and what we can do about it, will be the topic of a global online summit that’s set to take place the first week of June. The summit will feature multiple doctors, scientists and activists in the field. It’s going to be very informational, very informative, and it’s going to be completely free.

If you want to reserve your spot, you can sign up HERE to watch it.

Once you sign up you’ll be taken to a link where you can download our free E-Book on 5G. It covers what 5G is and an abundance of peer-reviewed research is cited for anybody in your life or in your family who actually questions if there are really any legitimate concerns.

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