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New Belgium Food Pyramid Sticks Meat Next To Fries, Beer, & Pizza

The new and improved Belgium food pyramid looks a little different than the food guides in North America, and for good reason. Sitting at the top of the pyramid are water, fruits, vegetables, tofu, and noodles, and animal products all rest far below their plant-based alternatives.

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The Canadian and U.S. food guides are arguably more reflective of the typical North American diet than they are of an actual health conscious diet. Oddly enough, the U.S. food pyramid actually recommends consuming more bread, cereals, rice, and pasta than fruits and vegetables. How could it be healthier to consume more bread than broccoli?

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The USDA Food Guide Pyramid and Canada’s Food Guide both recommend eating 2-3 servings of milk, yogurt, and cheese, as well as 2-3 servings of meat, poultry, fish, and eggs. Yet, meat and dairy consumption are linked with numerous health risks including cancer, heart disease, obesity and more.

Harvard University found that even eating small amounts of red meat, especially processed red meat, on a regular basis has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and dying from cardiovascular disease or any other cause in general. Those tiny pieces of bacon you add to your salad could literally cost you your life.

However, the government and many medical doctors support the false ideology that people need to consume a specific amount of meat and dairy products to maintain a healthy diet. When did the disconnect occur between the government and science?

Well, it seems we could take some health tips from those living across the pond in Belgium, as the new Belgium food pyramid was just released and it reflects a more accurate depiction of a healthy diet.

The New Belgium Food Pyramid

The new and improved Belgium food pyramid looks a little different than the food guides in North America, and for good reason. Sitting at the top of the pyramid are water, fruits, vegetables, tofu, and noodles, and animal products all rest far below their plant-based alternatives.

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Small amounts of eggs, dairy, fish, and poultry lie below fruits, vegetables, carbohydrates, and plant-based proteins, and then steak sits at the very bottom. Other red meat and processed meats were completely removed from the pyramid altogether, including bacon, pepperoni, and deli meats. Instead, they now sit in a separate section: a red small circle of foods recommended to avoid.

The guide categorizes such meats as being just as harmful as pizza, pop, chips, processed foods, french fries, desserts, and alcohol. Another interesting note is that it’s not just beer that’s sitting in this danger zone, it’s a glass of red wine, too.

Contrary to popular belief, a glass of wine per day isn’t necessarily healthy, especially if it’s a low-grade wine made with pesticide-ridden grapes. Belgians have been advised to eat these danger-zone foods “as little as possible.” Policymakers aren’t planning to make these products illegal any time soon, but unlike the U.S. and Canadian governments, they took a stand against the meat industry and are prepared to face the blowback from larger factory farming corporations.

“We want to make it clear that we don’t need these products,” a representative of the Flemish Institute of Healthy Life told Flanders Today. “We don’t forbid them, but they should be rather an exception than rule.”

You can check out the new Belgian food pyramid below:

So, why haven’t other governments followed suit? Well, many governments are sadly tied up with the meat and dairy industries. It seems that politicians would rather avoid upsetting big corporations than actually improving the health of their citizens. These huge corporations will gladly lobby the government until they get their way, and they have.

The Link Between Government and the Meat and Dairy Industries 

During World War 1, the U.S. government started producing mass amounts of canned milk so they could be shipped to troops overseas to fight malnutrition. After the war ended, demand for milk plummeted and the country was left with enough milk to feed an army (literally).

Instead of reducing production, the government decided they had invested too much money into expanding dairy operations to let it go to waste, so they started convincing consumers to buy more. “Milk education” became standard practice in schools, which was eventually extended throughout the entire nation by way of advertisements such as the multi-million dollar “Got Milk?” campaigns.

The USDA, the same governing body that creates dietary guidelines, also helps form partnerships with restaurants to develop dairy-heavy menus. Check out this video that elaborates on the government’s ties to the dairy industry.

The USDA has a similar relationship to the meat industry, which is clearly illustrated in the Food Guide Pyramid. The protein section of the pyramid only lists different animal products and nuts, completely omitting many plant-based protein sources. The USDA has heavy ties to many advertisements and campaigns encouraging consumers to purchase meat.

The U.S. government spends $38 billion annually to subsidize the meat and dairy industries, in comparison to only 0.04% of that on fruits and vegetables. If the government didn’t benefit from meat and dairy sales, our recommended intake of animal products would probably look a lot different.

It seems strange that our government would knowingly recommend we eat certain foods without disclosing the numerous studies that have proven that meat and dairy consumption can cause cancer, heart disease, obesity, and many more health complications.

Then again, we live in a society that’s largely driven by profit. You don’t have broccoli companies that can afford to lobby the government, and so you don’t see huge campaigns encouraging you to eat broccoli. This is why it’s crucial to do your own research, especially when it comes to the sources of funding.

Final Thoughts 

It’s pretty awesome that Belgium is encouraging people to eat more plant-based! We need more transparency about what a healthy diet looks like, and ultimately we still live in a world where a lot of people trust authority, namely their political systems. So, if the government is telling people what a healthy diet looks like, a lot of people will listen.

It’s crucial that we learn more about our bodies and how we can improve our health so we can progress as  a society. We cannot operate without our bodies, so it’s important that we take interest in how we can better our health.

To learn more about the harmful effects of meat and dairy, check out the following CE articles:

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

7 Ways Milk & Dairy Products Are Making You Sick

Meat: We Don’t Need It, We’re Just Addicted To It

6 Vegan Cheats For Vegans & Meat Eaters Looking To Cut Back

9 Things That Happen When You Stop Eating Meat

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RFK Jr. Slams Gov’t & Big Pharma In Eye Opening Speech About Forced Vaccinations

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    A recent speech given by Robert F Kennedy Junior highlights how vaccine bill SB267 represents medial tyranny.

  • Reflect On:

    Why does the mainstream continue to use headlines "anti-vaccine" and use ridicule instead of addressing and countering the points made by vaccine safety advocates.

California has very strict compulsory vaccination laws for children in school, and as a result more parents are deciding to homeschool their children. The latest information regarding vaccines in California that’s making noise is Senate Bill 276 by Senator Richard Pan. The bill eliminated nearly all vaccine medical exemptions. Under this bill, politicians, not physicians, are in charge of deciding whether or not children may receive medical exemptions, which in turn would determine whether or not they can attend school.

This bill, which was recently signed into law, represents medical tyranny that is similar to a police state. Forcing vaccinations on any segment of the population and taking away their freedom of choice is ridiculous. All of this is done under the assumption that unvaccinated children pose a danger to vaccinated children, and this is simply not true for several reasons.

Herd immunity is a largely theoretical concept, yet for decades, it has furnished one of the key underpinnings for vaccine mandates in the United States. The public health establishment borrowed the herd immunity concept from pre-vaccine observations of natural disease outbreaks. Then, without any apparent supporting science, officials applied the concept to vaccination, using it not only to justify mass vaccination but to guilt-trip anyone objecting to the nation’s increasingly onerous vaccine mandates.

In a 2014 analysis in the Oregon Law Review by New York University (NYU) legal scholars Mary Holland and Chase E. Zachary (who also has a Princeton-conferred doctorate in chemistry), the authors show that 60 years of compulsory vaccine policies “have not attained herd immunity for any childhood disease.” It is time, they suggest, to cast aside coercion in favor of voluntary choice.

This is true, in fact, there has been a history of disease outbreaks in heavily vaccinated populations. I wrote an article not long ago providing multiple studies showing this, and the studies are elaborated on and linked in that article, which you can go through here.

According to a MedAlerts search of the FDA Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) database as of 2/5/19, the cumulative raw count of adverse events from measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines alone was: 93,929 adverse events, 1,810 disabilities, 6,902 hospitalizations, and 463 deaths. What is even more disturbing about these numbers is that VAERS is a voluntary and passive reporting system that has been found to only capture 1% of adverse events.

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How can vaccines produce herd immunity if they’re not safe for everybody? It’s impossible.

The various forms of vaccine failure not only make herd immunity impossible to achieve, but also feed the occurrence of “vaccine-preventable illnesses” in highly or even fully vaccinated populations. There are numerous examples of this in published literature, again, some of which I link and go into greater detail about measles here.

Vaccines Aren’t Safe For Everyone

It’s no secret that vaccines are not completely safe for everyone, it’s clearly not a ‘one size fits all’ product, and that’s evident by the fact that nearly $4 billion has been paid out to families of vaccine injured children via the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA). As astronomical as the monetary awards are, they’re even more alarming when you consider that only an estimated 1% of vaccine injuries are even reported to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS). If the numbers from VAERS are correct – only 1% of vaccine injuries are reported and only 1/3 of the petitions are compensated – then up to 99% of vaccine injuries go unreported and the families of the vast majority of people injured by vaccines are picking up the costs, once again, for vaccine makers’ flawed products.

This completely debunks the validity of herd immunity.

Speech From Kennedy

While California’s tragic fall into what might rightly be described as a Medical Police State has many up in arms, RFK Jr. spontaneously delivered a speech outside Gov. Newsom’s office, helping to transform the anger and grief experienced by thousands of shaken onlookers into inspiration and hope, no doubt catalyzing further what is clearly becoming this country’s next grassroots civil rights movement.

In the astoundingly powerful and uplifting speech by RFK Jr. below, one senses the historical importance of what just transpired. And that the fall of California into medical fascism also marks the beginning of a new, broad-based civil rights movement, including all sexes, races, walks of life, religions, and socioeconomic classes — as it concerns the primary, inviolable human right of bodily self-sovereignty and health freedom, and a parent’s right to make informed health choices for their children, which can have life and death consequences. [From the Youtube video description]

Another Informative Statement From Kennedy

Via Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Merck introduced its measles vaccine in 1963, claiming the vaccine would convey lifelong immunity equivalent to a natural infection, with health officials promising that 55% vaccine coverage would produce “herd immunity” sufficient to eradicate measles by 1967.

Leading scientists of the day, including the world’s preeminent bacteriologist, Sir Graham Wilsonand Harvard Virologist John Enders, who first isolated measles, warned against introducing a vaccine unless it provided lifelong immunity. Measles, they cautioned, would rebound with increased virulence and mortality as the vaccine forced the evolution of more virulent strains and shifted outbreaks away from children—biologically evolved to handle measles—to the elderly who could die from pneumonia, and young infants now unequipped with maternal immunity.

A 1984 Johns Hopkins University modeling study predicted that Merck’s population-wide experiment would increase measles outbreaks by 2050, (when the last generation subject to natural immunity died off,) compared to the pre-vaccine era. This is exactly what has happened. Merck’s vaccine, with a growing failure rate has been incapable of abolishing the disease. Vaccine failure has left millions of adult Californians effectively unvaccinated. And 79% of people affected by measles in this year’s California outbreak were adults.

When eradication predictably didn’t materialize and measles attacked fully-vaccinated populations, Merck simply moved the goalpost saying that herd immunity required 75% vaccination, then 85%, then 95%, then 98%. And now 99%. To distract the world’s citizens from its failed vaccine, Merck started blaming “anti-vaxxers.” (The Vaccine Safety Movement)

California’s bought or brain-dead lawmakers are proposing to “fix” Merck’s vaccine failure problem by punishing 4,000 vulnerable children with medical exemptions. In an act of legislative savagery, Democratic politicians propose to forcibly vaccinate children whose doctors have told them that a vaccine could kill or severely injure them. SB276 will not fix the measles outbreak or solve the problem of vaccine failure, it will only reward a corrupt company for a defective product.

The Takeaway

The idea that politicians can force children to be vaccinated, including those deemed to be in danger of severe adverse reactions, and strip them of their rights to attend public school is insane. Freedom of choice and medical freedom should always exist, especially with regards to vaccines. If parents want to vaccinate, fine, but parents who wish to not vaccinate their children for whatever reasons should always have the freedom to do so.

Mandatory vaccination is tyrannical.

“The fight for liberty and health freedom in California is far from over. There will be legal challenges,” said RFK. Jr., “all the way up to the Supreme Court if necessary. In fact, this incident brings to the forefront a deep, dark problem in the United States that has been festering for decades: the rise of the Pharmaceutical industry’s influence on the government to mandate products that the free market would otherwise reject, due to the profound liability these products have now underwritten completely by the government via their indemnification through the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Compensation Act (NCVIA) of 1986. Now, over three decades since the inception of NVICA, that same industry is starting to use the police powers of the state to enforce these mandates.” [Taken from the Youtube description in the video posted above]

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People Are Already Getting Arrested For Trying to “Storm Area 51”

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    Two Dutch boys have been arrested for trespassing on US government property near Area 51. The came to the US to join the 'Storm Area 51' mass action that was set to take place Sept. 20, 2019.

  • Reflect On:

    Is UFO culture building in a big way around the world? If so, is it building in a credible way, or one driven by pop culture and fun?

Since the disclosure of UFOs hit the media in 2018 with the revelation that the US Military had video footage of a UFO they had filmed during flight, the ever building culture of UFOlogy got another big boost. Birthed from that was a viral campaign aimed at encouraging people to “storm Area 51” so they could see what the government was hiding.

Before the event could even take place two men who travelled all the way from the Netherlands have already been arrested for trespassing on the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS). The NNSS is a government nuclear facility located about 10 miles away from Area 51.

The mass action event was originally scheduled for September 20th, but after months of controversy the organizers have decided to hold a festival called “Alien Stock” so enthusiasts could gather instead of ‘storm.’ The event was set to take place Sept 19th but as of today it appears to be cancelled. The latest flyer online seemed to show the event was sponsored by Bud Light, meaning this event was set to be fairly large.

Not everyone was enthusiastic about the event. Locals of the small town of Rachel, Nevada, where the event was set to take place, were not happy about thousands of UFO seekers coming to town. They were so upset that a warning was posted on the town’s website stating that local residents would defend their property by force if they had to, saying that “the situation could get ugly.”
Since the cancellation, the town has posted the following:

The Alienstock event in Rachel just became Fyre Fest 2.0. The creator of the Storm Area 51 movement pulled out because he feels the event is not safe and lacks organization […] WARNING: At this time we have to warn people against coming to Rachel for the botched Storm Rachel event next weekend. The organizers are suing each other and in the meantime nothing is being done to prepare for the event. We expect riots when those visitors that may show up and paid good money find out that the reality looks nothing like what they were promised. People will get hurt. STAY AWAY FROM RACHEL NEXT WEEKEND!

As I reported about a month ago via my Instagram account, this entire Storm Area 51 event seemed more like a joke than anything else. In some ways, I even speculated that the push was a bit of a distraction from an even larger news story, one that is still relevant today: the Jeffrey Epstein arrest.

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The Two Arrests

21-year-old Wilhelmus Jacob Sweep and 20-year-old Ties Granzie, are Dutch video creators who flew to the US to attend the much-anticipated event.

It did not take long for the Nye County Sheriff’s Office to find their vehicle parked three blocks inside the NNSS nuclear site. Interestingly, when the police found their belongings which included a camera, a laptop, and a drone, police found the pair already had already captured footage from inside the facility.

You could chalk this one up to a seek for some epic footage, you could also ay maybe they understand English so little that they couldn’t read the signs lol. Police feel that while Granzier and Sweep don’t understand English well, they should have been able to figure out the “No Trespassing” signs regardless. If convicted, the pair could face a maximum sentence of six months in prison, a $500 fine, or both, according to the US Department of Justice.

The Takeaway

The most interesting aspect of this for me is the rise in the Ufology culture such that and an event like this could become mainstream so quickly. Don’t get me wrong, many of these people would attend to drink beer, do psychedelics perhaps, and have a good time, but regardless, the discussion of government secrets at Area 51 received a huge resurgence, and the UFO topic does not seem to be going away.

As we have always done here at CE, sticking to the legit, academic and credible examples of UFOs/Aliens has been the most effective way to open people up to what’s truly going on here.

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Defending the Amazon, Indigenous Rights & Planetary Integrity

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As the Amazon Rainforest crisis persists, our inability to protect our planet poses an existential threat to all of Earth’s inhabitants. As the sky recently turned black over Sao Paulo, Brazil because of smoke (thousands of kilometers away) from the fires that is so thick it can be viewed by NASA space satellites, the world’s leaders were assembled at the G-7 summit in Europe, seemingly more interested in exchanging sophomoric insults than solving the world’s most pressing and urgent problems.  According to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research, almost 73,000 forest fires have been documented this year alone. That’s an alarming 84% increase from what was observed in 2018. 

As Indigenous groups and conservationists scramble to defend the lungs of our planet, Brazil’ President Jair Bolsonaro audaciously shrugged off the news and blamed NGO’s and Indigenous groups for the glaring uptick in fires in the Amazon. Since taking office in January, Bolsonaro has promised to roll back environmental protections and indigenous rights in order to exploit the Amazon for increased farming and mining, and he has made good on that promise.

Invasion of indigenous territories are on the rise in Brazil, and indigenous groups are increasingly under threat as titans of industry within mining, logging, and animal farming continue to encroach upon indigenous land and destroy precious parcels of the Amazon for commercial exploitation.   Bolsonaro has emboldened these invasions. Recently, a group of heavily armed miners invaded indigenous land in Northern Brazil and assassinated one of the community’s indigenous leaders.

Indigenous peoples in Brazil are once again on the front lines today of one of the most brutal attacks on their rights and on the forest in recent history. We’re now seeing the drastic rollback of 30 years of progress on human rights and environmental protection in Brazil under Bolsonaro’s regime, which romanticizes Brazil’s past when military dictatorship took helm and presided over wanton destruction of the forest. The Munduruku people have been resisting encroachment and destruction of their land for centuries, and their fight (along with other indigenous groups and the very spirit of the Amazon jungle itself) is more urgent than ever as Brazil’s government and commercial industries continue to violate with impunity

The tragedy currently taking place in the Amazon is indicative of a broader cultural problem in regards to our relationship with our planet. 1/5th of all the world’s plants and birds and about 1/10th of all mammal species are found in the Amazon. Earth has lost half its wildlife in the past four decades. Based on an analysis of thousands of vertebrate species by the wildlife group WWF and the Zoological Society of London, our way of life has presided over the destruction of 60% of our animal populations since 1970. The report calculates a global “ecological footprint,” which measures the area required to supply the ecological goods and services humans use. It concludes that humanity currently needs the regenerative capacity of 1.5 Earths to supply these goods and services each year.

With the planet’s population expected to grow by 2.4 billion people by 2050, the challenge of providing enough food, water and energy (while sustaining planetary health) will be difficult. This should be the real “RED ALERT” placated all over the media, as the shocking and rapid decline of planetary biodiversity poses an imminent catastrophe that plagues all of us, requiring urgent and bold alterations to our way of life.

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That being said, we have more than enough resources to profit food and shelter to billions of people. Solutions done seem to be the problem, it’s human consciousness, greed and ego.

Outrage is an understandable response to the Amazon crisis, but not sufficient to redress the problem.  We need to take individual action in our daily lives by altering our lifestyles. One of the most under-reported aspects of Amazonian deforestation is our addiction to consuming meat. Beef, soy, palm oil and wood drive the majority of tropical deforestation.

Animal agriculture is devastating for the Earth. Raising livestock for meat, eggs and milk uses about 70% of agricultural land, and is a primary factor in the proliferation of deforestation, biodiversity loss, and water pollution.

“1.2 billion farmed animals are slaughtered globally every week for human consumption. In one week, more farmed animals are killed than the total number of people killed in all wars throughout history. Although these animals are treated as commodity, they are — in fact — sentient beings — like your pet cat or dog. We tend to assume that only vegans and vegetarians follow a belief system — but when eating animals is not a necessity (which is the case in much of the world today) — then it is a choice, and choices stem from beliefs. “Carnism” is a dominant philosophy — as eating animals is just the way things are — yet it runs contrary to core human values such as compassion, justice, and authenticity. And so — they need to use defense mechanisms that distort our thoughts and numb our feelings so that we act against our core values without fully realizing what we are even doing.” ~Dr. Melanie Joy  

The challenges that face our planet, our indigenous family, and our own imminent future are immense. It is easy to feel discouraged, angry, and hopeless about the state of the world, but the ability to harness humanity’s intelligence, creativity and compassion to steer the planet in a new direction is with us right now. We can take individual responsibility today, which can resonate immediately and create waves of influence that can lead to a collective change in behavior and attitudinal shift towards our relationship with nature and with ourselves.  This change starts from within, and this work begins with each of us making the choice to defend and protect this wondrous planet which has so graciously hosted our livelihood.

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