15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy.

Here is a list of 15 things which, if you give up on them, will make your life a lot easier and much, much happier. We hold on to so many things that cause us a great deal of pain, stress and suffering – and instead of letting them all go, instead of allowing ourselves to be stress free and happy – we cling on to them. Not anymore. Starting today we will give up on all those things that no longer serve us, and we will embrace change. Ready? Here we go:

1. Give up your need to always be right

 There are so many of us who can’t stand the idea of being wrong – wanting to always be right – even at the risk of ending great relationships or causing a great deal of stress and pain, for us and for others. It’s just not worth it. Whenever you feel the ‘urgent’ need to jump into a fight over who is right and who is wrong, ask yourself this question: “Would I rather be right, or would I rather be kind?” Wayne Dyer. What difference will that make? Is your ego really that big?

2. Give up your need for control

Be willing to give up your need to always control everything that happens to you and around you – situations, events, people, etc. Whether they are loved ones, coworkers, or just strangers you meet on the street – just allow them to be. Allow everything and everyone to be just as they are and you will see how much better will that make you feel.

“By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond winning.” Lao Tzu

3. Give up on blame

 Give up on your need to blame others for what you have or don’t have, for what you feel or don’t feel. Stop giving your powers away and start taking responsibility for your life.

4. Give up your self-defeating self-talk

Oh my. How many people are hurting themselves because of their negative, polluted and repetitive self-defeating mindset? Don’t believe everything that your mind is telling you – especially if it’s negative and self-defeating. You are better than that.

“The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive.” Eckhart Tolle

5. Give up your limiting beliefs

about what you can or cannot do, about what is possible or impossible. From now on, you are no longer going to allow your limiting beliefs to keep you stuck in the wrong place. Spread your wings and fly!

“A belief is not an idea held by the mind, it is an idea that holds the mind” Elly Roselle

6. Give up complaining

 Give up your constant need to complain about those many, many, maaany things – people, situations, events that make you unhappy, sad and depressed. Nobody can make you unhappy, no situation can make you sad or miserable unless you allow it to. It’s not the situation that triggers those feelings in you, but how you choose to look at it. Never underestimate the power of positive thinking.

7. Give up the luxury of criticism

Give up your need to criticize things, events or people that are different than you. We are all different, yet we are all the same. We all want to be happy, we all want to love and be loved and we all want to be understood. We all want something, and something is wished by us all.

8. Give up your need to impress others

Stop trying so hard to be something that you’re not just to make others like you. It doesn’t work this way. The moment you stop trying so hard to be something that you’re not, the moment you take off all your masks, the moment you accept and embrace the real you, you will find people will be drawn to you, effortlessly.

9. Give up your resistance to change

 Change is good. Change will help you move from A to B. Change will help you make improvements in your life and also the lives of those around you. Follow your bliss, embrace change – don’t resist it.
“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls” 
Joseph Campbell

10. Give up labels

 Stop labeling those things, people or events that you don’t understand as being weird or different and try opening your mind, little by little. Minds only work when open. “The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.” Wayne Dyer

11. Give up on your fears

Fear is just an illusion, it doesn’t exist – you created it. It’s all in your mind. Correct the inside and the outside will fall into place.
“The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.”
 Franklin D. Roosevelt

12. Give up your excuses

Send them packing and tell them they’re fired. You no longer need them. A lot of times we limit ourselves because of the many excuses we use. Instead of growing and working on improving ourselves and our lives, we get stuck, lying to ourselves, using all kind of excuses – excuses that 99.9% of the time are not even real.

13. Give up the past

I know, I know. It’s hard. Especially when the past looks so much better than the present and the future looks so frightening, but you have to take into consideration the fact that the present moment is all you have and all you will ever have. The past you are now longing for – the past that you are now dreaming about – was ignored by you when it was present. Stop deluding yourself. Be present in everything you do and enjoy life. After all life is a journey not a destination. Have a clear vision for the future, prepare yourself, but always be present in the now.

14. Give up attachment

This is a concept that, for most of us is so hard to grasp and I have to tell you that it was for me too, (it still is) but it’s not something impossible. You get better and better at with time and practice. The moment you detach yourself from all things, (and that doesn’t mean you give up your love for them – because love and attachment have nothing to do with one another,  attachment comes from a place of fear, while love… well, real love is pure, kind, and self less, where there is love there can’t be fear, and because of that, attachment and love cannot coexist) you become so peaceful, so tolerant, so kind, and so serene. You will get to a place where you will be able to understand all things without even trying. A state beyond words.

15. Give up living your life to other people’s expectations

Way too many people are living a life that is not theirs to live. They live their lives according to what others think is best for them, they live their lives according to what their parents think is best for them, to what their friends, their enemies and their teachers, their government and the media think is best for them. They ignore their inner voice, that inner calling. They are so busy with pleasing everybody, with living up to other people’s expectations, that they lose control over their lives. They forget what makes them happy, what they want, what they need….and eventually they forget about themselves.  You have one life – this one right now – you must live it, own it, and especially don’t let other people’s opinions distract you from your path.


Source: http://www.purposefairy.com






The Colorful Pieces of Healing.

I am not an artist. I am bored by museums. I hardly even have the patience to color with my 6-year-old nephew. But I do have one exception to my non-interest in the arts: Rangoli folk art from India. Rangoli are decorative designs made on the floors of living rooms and courtyards during Hindu festivals. The intricate patterns are typically created with materials like colored rice, dry flour, colored sand and flower petals.

This art is not only pretty—seriously gorgeous, actually—but it also holds so much symbolism for me. And as a writer, I think that is what fuels my intense love for it.

It’s the way the intense colors complement each other, how each section looks like nothing until the final work is complete; and how you never know exactly how it will all come together at the end. It’s like healing.

For years, I was searching for plans and doctors and answers so I could put myself back together again. I was constantly looking for some kind of how-to-guide. Looking back on my healing process now, I understand how it all works—a perfect ebb and flow of leading yourself into your own beautiful ending.

The Rangoli artist works intensely, getting lost in his design. He doesn’t look away for opinions and outside sources of inspiration. He trusts his ability to use the materials he has, whatever they may be, and make beautiful art. His environment, whether it is sitting on a perfectly polished wooden floor or cold concrete in a courtyard, it does not affect the quality of his work. He embraces the challenge and presses forward.

Like the Rangoli artist, the rules I learned for healing are also simple:

1. Focus on the colors

The dark moments and minutes and days will come and go. Acknowledge them and then turn away. You can always choose what you see. Focus on the colors that lift your spirits, sing to your soul and heal you to the core. Wrap yourself in them, put them on your bathroom mirror and paint your fingernails blue. Do whatever you have to do to keep your focus toward the bright.

2. Trust your intuition

It always knows best. Even if you don’t know exactly which piece of the puzzle goes where at all times, you are built with an inner compass to know how to get to the finish line. Trust you are getting somewhere great even if you can’t see where.

3. Blend 

Take the best of all the things you know and mix them together. Never feel obligated to follow just one way of looking at or doing things. Use all your experiences, practices and best ideas and integrate them into your life.

4. Hold excitement for the process

Stay excited. Be on the adventure. Know the process of all of the pieces coming together is just as important as the end result. Your picture will reveal itself one day; the more optimism you have along the way, the quicker the awesomeness will seem to come.


This post was written by Amy B. Scher the author of This is How I Save My Life: A True Story of Embryonic Stem Cells, Indian Adventures, and Ultimate Self-Healing. With a history of chronic illness, Amy set out to discover the foundation of healing. She is an expert in mind-body-spirit healing with offices in Los Angeles and Monterey, California. She uses energy therapy techniques to help those with chronic illness and those in need of emotional healing. Amy lives by the self-created motto: “When life kicks your ass, kick back.”www.HowISaveMyLife.com


Source: http://www.purposefairy.com


Can Faith in God Help Alleviate Depression?


Can faith in a higher power help you overcome mental illness, the most common of which is depression? To find out, researchers at McLean hospital, a psychiatric institution affiliated with Harvard Medical School, asked 159 patients with prominent symptoms of depression how strongly they believed in a god.1
They also asked how credible the patients thought their treatment was, and how effective they believed it would be in relieving their symptoms. The patients’ symptoms were assessed when admitted, and again upon release from the program.

Of the participants, 71 percent reported believing in a god or a higher power to some extent. Those whose belief in a god was stronger, regardless of the god or religious affiliation (including non-affiliation), were twice as likely to respond well to the treatment and experiencing better outcomes, such as:

  • Lessening of depression
  • Reductions in self-harm
  • Increases in psychological well-being (peace of mind, ability to have fun, general satisfaction)

As reported by The Atlantic:2

“The researchers point out that people who believed in a god, or were affiliated with a religion, were also more likely to believe their psychiatric treatment was credible and to expect positive results.

It may be, they write, that ‘the tendency to have faith in conventional social constructs’ can be generalized both to religion and the medical establishment. Since other studies have shown that faith in a given treatment is an important predictor of its effectiveness, that could help explain the association with improved outcomes found here.”

The Stigma of Mental Illness Within the Church

The recent suicide of 27-year-old Matthew Warren,3 youngest son of Pastor Rick Warren, founder of the mega-church Saddleback Valley Community Church in California, brought mental illness back into view for many within the confines of religion.

NPR4 recently featured an interview with journalist and evangelical Christian Christine Scheller on the sometimes complicated relationship between faith and mental illness. Scheller also lost her son to suicide five years ago.

While the stigma of mental illness does not cling to all denominations, some churches can tend to marginalize mental health problems and view them as issues that are best approached by reading the bible or praying.

In Scheller’s experience, the anti-psychiatry rhetoric used in some churches can delay much-needed treatment. When it became clear that Scheller’s younger son also suffered with depression, she decided to ignore the advice of the church, opting instead to seek professional help for her son.

“[S]tigma about mental illness is not unique to the evangelical community. We have our own particular ways in which it’s stigmatized, but it’s a pervasive problem,” she says.

Depressive Thinking Can Go Viral

In related research published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, researchers suggest that certain types of depressive thinking can “go viral,” spreading to others living in close proximity. As reported in Time Magazine:6

“Although many people see depression as a chemical imbalance in the brain, scientists say social context and the way you see yourself and the world can be critical in causing and sustaining the illness… ‘Thinking styles are a really important factor in risk for depression,’ says the study’s lead author Gerald Haeffel, associate professor of clinical psychology at Notre Dame University. ‘How one thinks about life stress and negative moods is one of the best predictors that we have of future depression.’”

The two thinking styles explored in the study were:

  • Rumination; constant brooding or worrying about what might go wrong
  • Hopelessness

Both of these thinking styles have previously been linked to depression. But whereas the first places your focus on your negative mood, the other reflects on your lack of self worth and the consequences of an event. Says led researcher Haeffel:

“For example, a person who feels hopeless might lose a job and see it as a personal failure and a sign that he will never be employable again. A more resilient person might blame the economy or see the situation as an opportunity to get a better position.”

The latter, hopelessness, was not found to be contagious, but rumination was. A suggested reason for this is because hopelessness centers around your own thoughts and deeply embedded beliefs about yourself, and so therefore may be less likely to have a major influence on the way others think about themselves and their lives. Ruminating and constant brooding, however, which focuses on all the bad things that might happen and sees the worst in every situation, is a mode that is more easily spread and mirrored by others.

“Interestingly, depression symptoms themselves were not contagious: simply having a roommate with symptoms of the disorder did not increase risk of developing the mental illness. But those who picked up a ruminative style of thinking from their roommates during the first three months of school had more than double the number of depressive symptoms of those who either weren’t exposed to this perspective or didn’t adopt the rumination three months later. And the risk was magnified if they experienced high levels of stress,” Time reports.

Positive Thinking Is Contagious Too!

Fortunately, the study also found that healthier modes of thinking were equally contagious, with the capacity to make a roommate adopt a more optimistic outlook as well. More than likely, you didn’t need a study to take notice of this. Most people will at some point or another have encountered someone in their life that either made you feel more positive or negative, simply by spending time with them.

A question they could not answer, however, was what the determining factor was that decided which roommate would adopt a thinking style more closely mirroring that of the other. Why are some people’s thinking styles more likely to dominate, rather than be influenced?

“Such information could enhance the current findings and contribute to new ways of treating and preventing depression,”Time writes. “The results suggest that depressive thinking styles can still be influenced during young adulthood — so this risk factor can be minimized even if it has already developed during high school or earlier. Targeting ruminative thinking might also enhance therapy.

“The therapist could assess if people in the patient’s life are modeling and providing adaptive cognitive feedback about stress and negative life events,” says Haeffel. “The therapist could then provide those with negative thinking styles with information about the contagion effect along with training that would help them identify negative thought patterns and provide examples of more adaptive ways of thinking.”

The Slow Opening Up to ‘Spiritual Science’

In 1993, only three of the United States’ 125 medical schools offered any sort of course work exploring the area of spirituality and medicine. Today over 90 of these medical schools have formal courses where they explore randomized controlled studies and the effects of spiritual practices on longevity and health outcomes—a sure sign that what was once considered taboo is beginning to receive the discussion and serious investigation it deserves. Dr. Larry Dossey has written 11 books primarily focused on consciousness, spirituality, and the impact of spirituality on your health, including the book Healing Words: The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine.

“I think we’re opening up,” Dossey said when I interviewed him, three years ago. “I’m sure you remember, about 40 years ago when meditation burst upon the scene in medicine, it was put down. It was called California Woo woo. Nobody wanted to have anything to do with it. But now nobody raises an eye about meditation and yoga, even in medicine. We’re in the same place with spirituality that we were with meditation about 20 years ago. People know you can’t ignore it. The correlation between spiritual practice and health outcomes is just too strong.

For example, the data shows that people who follow some sort of spiritual path in their life live on average seven to 13 years longer than people who do not follow a spiritual practice… We have a huge spectrum of data that shows, I think compellingly, that your thoughts really matter when it comes to getting well.”

Most ancient cultures knew this, and there are few lines dividing spirituality; the mind, and medicine in these cultures. Ironically, modern science now allows us to rediscover these ancient truths, which fell by the wayside with the advent of medical science and its narrow focus on individual parts as opposed to investigating the connections within the whole. Going back to where we started, David Rosmarin, the lead researcher of the featured study in which those with a stronger faith in God experienced far better treatment outcomes for their depression, said:

“Given the prevalence of religious belief in the United States — more than 90 percent of the population — these findings are important in that they highlight the clinical implications of spiritual life. I hope that this work will lead to larger studies and increased funding in order to help as many people as possible.”

The Rise of Energy Psychology

Many people avoid energy psychology as they believe it is an alternative form of New Age spirituality, yet nothing could be further from the truth. It is merely an advanced tool that can effectively address some of the psychological short circuiting that occurs in emotional illnesses. It is not any competition at all with any religion but merely an effective resource you can use with whatever spiritual belief you have.

My favorite technique for this is the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), which is the largest and most popular version of energy psychology.

EFT was developed in the 1990s by Gary Craig, a Stanford engineering graduate specializing in healing and self-improvement. It’s akin to acupuncture, which is based on the concept that a vital energy flows through your body along invisible pathways known as meridians. EFT stimulates different energy meridian points in your body by tapping them with your fingertips, while simultaneously using custom-made verbal affirmations. This can be done alone or under the supervision of a qualified therapist.7By doing so, you help your body eliminate emotional “scarring” and reprogram the way your body responds to emotional stressors.

Research Backs the Use of EFT for Depression

I have been a fan of energy psychology for many years, having witnessed its effectiveness in my medical practice and in my own personal life. However, studies have been few and far between as science has been trying to “catch up” with clinical experience. That has finally started to change. Several studies have been published in the last few years, showing just how safe and effective EFT really is.

For example, the following three studies show remarkable progress in a very short amount of time for people with a history of trauma:

  1. A 2009 study8 of 16 institutionalized adolescent boys with histories of physical or psychological abuse showed substantially decreased intensity of traumatic memories after just ONE session of EFT.
  2. An EFT study9 involving 30 moderately to severely depressed college students was conducted. The depressed students were given four 90-minute EFT sessions. Students who received EFT showed significantly less depression than the control group when evaluated three weeks later.
  3. In a study of 100 veterans with severe PTSD10 (Iraq Vets Stress Project),11 after just six one-hour EFT sessions, 90 percent of the veterans had such a reduction in symptoms that they no longer met the clinical criteria for PTSD; 60 percent no longer met PTSD criteria after only three EFT sessions. At the three-month follow-up, the gains remained stable, suggesting lasting and potentially permanent resolution of the problem.

Other Lifestyle Changes to Consider for Depression

I strongly believe that energy psychology is one of the most powerful tools for resolving emotional issues, and I think strengthening your faith can be a very important aspect of mental and emotional health as well. The effectiveness of any energy psychology technique will be significantly improved if you combine it with the following:

  • Dramatically decreasing your consumption of sugar (particularly fructose), grains, and processed foods. (In addition to being high in sugar and grains, processed foods also contain a variety of additives that can affect your brain function and mental state, especially artificial sweeteners.)
  • Getting adequate vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 deficiency can contribute to depression and affects one in four people.
  • Optimizing your vitamin D levels, ideally through regular sun exposure. Vitamin D is very important for your mood. One studyfound that people with the lowest levels of vitamin D were 11 times more prone to be depressed than those who had normal levels.
  • Getting plenty of animal-based omega-3 fats. Omega-3 fats are crucial for good brain function and mental health,12 and most people don’t get enough from diet alone. So make sure you take a high-quality omega-3 fat, such as krill oil.
  • Evaluating your salt intake. Sodium deficiency actually creates symptoms that are very much like those of depression. Make sure you do NOT use processed salt (regular table salt), however. You’ll want to use an all natural, unprocessed salt like Himalayan salt, which contains more than 80 different micronutrients.
  • Getting adequate daily exercise. Exercise is one of the best-kept secrets to preventing depression.


Source: mercola.com

The Importance of Taking Vacations for Recovery, De-stressing and Reflecting.


In the US, close to one in four Americans receive no paid vacation or holidays, leading to a country known as the “no-vacation nation.”

In contrast, countries like Australia and Japan require at least four weeks of paid time off for workers – and some, like France, guarantee six. Do they know something that those in the US are oblivious to?

Quite possibly, yes, as taking vacations isn’t a matter of mere frivolity; in stressful times like these, they can make or break your physical and mental health.

Vacations Help to Buffer the Toll of Stress, Increase Creative Thinking and More

Vacation time can be one of the best ways to not only relieve stress but to actuallyincrease productivity and performance on the job. Assuming your vacation is a restful, restorative one (and not a source of stress in and of itself), taking time off gives you a valuable break from the everyday grind, a time to recoup and avoid burnout.

According to research from the University of Calgary, taking a vacation (or even participating in leisure activities) can significantly reduce depression.2

A separate study found sharing vacation experiences with your loved ones is a valuable contributor to family cohesion,3 whereas immersing yourself in a different culture may also foster creative thinking4 and improve well-being.5 Still other research by British research Scott McCabe has shown the following vacation benefits:6

Rest and recuperation from work Provision of new experiences leading to a broadening of horizons and the opportunity for learning and intercultural communication Promotion of peace and understanding
Personal and social development Visiting friends and relatives Religious pilgrimage and health
Subjective well-being

A Successful Vacation is Key to its Restorative Powers

Not all vacations are stress relieving and some may actually leave you more tired than you were to begin with, making you wish you could take a “vacation from your vacation.”  Only you know what type of vacation will give you that feeling that you’ve truly gotten away from it all, but generally speaking there are some universal factors that tend to contribute to a restful time off:7

  • Free time for yourself
  • Warmer, sunnier location
  • Good sleep
  • Making new acquaintances
  • Exercising during vacation

If you can find the time and the resources to do so, investing in regular vacations is money well spent, as it will support two things that money can’t buy: good health and happiness. Its ability to help relieve stress alone will pay for itself many times over, as stress plays a major role in your immune system, and can positively affect your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, brain chemistry, blood sugar levels, hormonal balance and numerous other biological processes. As the Examiner reported:8

“McCabe believes these positive benefits [of vacation] to be so strong that he recommends that families be given some form of financial assistance if they are unable to afford vacations on their own.”

Source: mercola.com

What has Stephen Hawking done for science?

Stephen Hawking

Some of the physicist’s greatest hits – from singularities in gravitational collapse to a quantum theory of gravity

1970 Singularities in gravitational collapse

Physicists working on Einstein’s theory of gravity noticed that it allowed for singularities – points where spacetime appeared to be infinitely curved. But it was unclear whether singularities were real or not. Roger Penrose at Birkbeck College in London proved that singularities would indeed form in black holes. Later, Penrose and Hawking applied the same idea to the whole universe and showed that Einstein’s theory predicted a singularity in our distant past. It was the big bang.

1971-72 Black hole mechanics

Black holes have their own set of laws that mirror the more familiar laws of thermodynamics. Hawking came up with the second law, which states that the total surface area of a black hole will never get smaller, at least so far as classical (as opposed to quantum) physics is concerned. Also known as the Hawking area theorem, it created a puzzle for physicists. The law implied that black holes were hot, a contradiction of classical physics that said black holes could not radiate heat. In separate work, Hawking worked on the “no hair” theorem of black holes, which states that black holes can be characterised by three numbers – their mass, angular momentum and charge. The hair in question is other information that vanishes when it falls into the black hole.

1974-75 How black holes can vanish

Nothing can escape a black hole, or so physicists once thought. Hawking drew on quantum theory to show that black holes should emit heat and eventually vanish. The process is slow for normal black holes. It would take longer than the age of the universe for a black hole with the same mass as our sun to evaporate. But smaller black holes evaporate faster, and near the end of their lives release heat at a spectacular rate. In the last tenth of a second, a black hole could explode with the energy of a million one megaton hydrogen bombs.

1982 How galaxies might arise

A popular theory in cosmology holds that the fledgling universe went through a period of rapid inflation soon after the big bang. Hawking was one of the first to show how quantum fluctuations – minuscule variations in the distribution of matter – during inflation might give rise to the spread of galaxies in the universe. What started as a tiny difference grew into the cosmic structure we see, as gravity made matter clump together. Recent maps of the heavens that pick up the faint afterglow of the big bang reveal the kinds of variations Hawking worked with.

1983 Wave function of the universe

Hawking has spent much of his time trying to develop a quantum theory of gravity. He started out applying his idea of Euclidean quantum gravity to black holes, but in 1983 teamed up with Jim Hartle at Chicago University. Together they proposed a “wave function of the universe” that, in theory, could be used to calculate the properties of the universe we see around us.



Mastectomy Is More Common in Medicaid Patients.

However, women with private insurance were more likely to undergo mastectomy for small tumors.

Disparity in breast cancer treatment among certain patient subgroups is well known. But little has been documented regarding surgical management based on patient financial status. Now, investigators have conducted a retrospective study in a single healthcare system in the Midwest to examine the effect of insurance payer type on mastectomy rates in 1539 women with stage I–III breast cancer.

Women on Medicaid were more likely than those with private insurance to undergo mastectomy (60% vs. 39%; P<0.05) and to have larger tumors at diagnosis (3.3 cm vs. 2.1 cm; P<0.05). Increasing tumor size and stage were independent predictors of mastectomy (P<0 05). Of note, women with private insurance were more likely than those with Medicaid to have mastectomy for smaller (<2 cm) tumors (47% vs.11%; P<0.05).

Comment: Larger tumor size in patients with Medicaid in this study suggests that these women were less likely to receive screening mammography. One important consideration in patients with large primary breast cancer is the use of preoperative systemic therapy to downsize tumors and increase the likelihood of breast-conserving surgery. However, in this healthcare system, the extent of preoperative systemic therapy and its use according to insurance payer are unclear. The finding that women with small breast cancers who had private health insurance were significantly more likely than those with Medicaid to undergo mastectomy is a bit surprising since anecdotal experience in many centers across the U.S. has suggested that an increasing number of women, regardless of insurance status, have been requesting mastectomy and immediate breast reconstruction for small cancers. Therefore, it would be of interest to see what time trends reveal about this issue. Also worth considering is whether treatment of women with Medicaid versus other payers differs by surgeon in this healthcare system. Establishment of system-wide cancer diagnostic and treatment pathways for multidisciplinary practice might also minimize differences in care based on type of insurance.


Source:Journal Watch Oncology and Hematology


Genetic Test May Guide Treatment for Prostate Cancer.

A genetic test that hit the market on Wednesday may be able to better predict which prostate cancers will turn out to be aggressive and which will be slow to grow, the New York Times reports.

The Oncotype DX Prostate Cancer Test, which analyzes 17 genes, will cost about $3800. It is among a dozen forthcoming tests that use advanced genetic techniques to manage prostate cancer.

In a study presented at the American Urological Association meeting on Wednesday, researchers examined archived prostate biopsy samples from some 400 patients who had been considered low or intermediate risk based on Gleason scores and then underwent prostatectomy. The Oncotype DX test considered 26% of the samples to be very low risk, while existing methods only considered 5% to 10% of the samples to be very low risk. Conversely, the new test was also more accurate in predicting which tumors would turn out to be aggressive.

The Times quotes the senior study investigator: “Certainly for a group of men it will have an impact. … The question is how many men and how many physicians.”

Source: New York Times 

Hidden Viral Gene Discovered in GMO Crops.


Another reason for you to avoid health depleting genetically modified organisms is here. A recent discovery of a hidden viral gene deep within genetically modified crops has us asking more questions. Despite numerous studies, experts and scientists speaking out about the dangers of GMOs to human health, the United States government, and other major manipulating organizations like the council on foreign relations continue to support and promote GMOs.

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) researchers have discovered a previously unknown viral gene that is known as “Gene VI.” (1)  It’s found in most prominent GMO crops, and can disrupt the biological functions within living organisms. What do you expect? Genetically Modified Organisms contain a number of cell altering chemicals, that’s what chemicals do. Don’t forget about the chemicals used to spray the crops as well.  Certain corn crops were found to contain the gene that creates physical mutation within the body. Roundup-Ready soybeans were also found to contain the gene. Don’t forget about NK603, which was recently linked to the development of mass tumors in rats. (2)

This Gene helps to assemble virus particles that inhibit the natural defense of the cellular system and produces proteins that are harmful.  The most common genetic regulatory sequence in commercial GMOs also encodes a significant fragment of this viral gene.  The presence of this “hidden” gene is likely to result in unintended phenotypic changes (DNA mutations.) Of the 86 different transgenic events (unique insertions of foreign DNA) commercialized and mass marketed today, 54 in the United States contain some of the harmful Gene V1 within them.

Gene VI was also discovered to be an inhibitor of RNA silencing, which is a mechanism for the control of gene expression. It’s important for antiviral defense in both animals and plants. Because of this discovery, scientists are concerned that Gene V1 will lead to aberrant gene expression in GMO crop plants, with unknown consequences. The hidden gene will also interfere with the ability of plants to defend themselves against viral pathogens.

Although naysayers may be highly skeptical of this information, it’s not hard to believe. Multinational food and biotech organizations have more authority than the government itself.   Not to long ago, the Monsanto Protection Act was signed. The Monsanto Protection Act allows Monsanto to override United States federal courts on the issue of planting experimental genetically engineered crops all across the US. The government has no power whatsoever to stop Monsanto and other biotechnology corporations from  planting and harvesting. After Obama signed H.R. 933, the provision was final, there can be no litigation against these corporations at all. Corrupt food corporations are now allowed to plant and sell their genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically engineered (GE) seeds. It wasn’t long ago that Monsanto rejected multiple studies on GMO crop risk. We are seeing the power of the fact that multinational corporations own the government.  You can read more about this here.

There is no justifiable reason for the consumption of GMOs. The days in which the human race accepts the explanations given to it by it’s governing authorities that control the food, health, energy and financial industries are numbered, we are waking up and sharing information. Alternative media outlets are becoming more popular by the day. A good way to determine the truth of something is to look at a variety of sources, not just one! Dentists for example, they are trained to only study one source of information, and it’s anything that comes from their respective dental associations, like the American Dental Association. The same can be said for doctors, who only examine the material given to them by their medical associations, without further investigation. The time for critical thinking and inquiry  is here.


(1) http://www.landesbioscience.com/journals/gmcrops/2012GMC0020R.pdf







Stephen Hawking: Furore deepens over Israel boycott.

Stephen Hawking Ehud Olmert

Political motive revealed after Cambridge University first claimed scientist’s non-attendance was on medical grounds

The celebrated physicist Stephen Hawking became embroiled in a deepening furore today over his decision to boycott a prestigious conference in Israel in protest over the state’s occupation of Palestine.

Hawking, a world-renowned scientist and bestselling author who has had motor neurone disease for 50 years, cancelled his appearance at the high-profile Presidential Conference, which is personally sponsored by Israel’s president, Shimon Peres, after a barrage of appeals from Palestinian academics.

The move, denounced by prominent Israelis and welcomed by pro-Palestinian campaigners, entangled Cambridge University – Hawking’s academic base since 1975 – which initially claimed the scientist’s withdrawal was on medical grounds, before conceding a political motivation.

The university’s volte-face came after the Guardian presented it with the text of a letter sent from Hawking to the organisers of the high-profile conference in Jerusalem, clearly stating that he was withdrawing from the conference in order to respect the call for a boycott by Palestinian academics.

The full text of the letter, dated 3 May, said: “I accepted the invitation to the Presidential Conference with the intention that this would not only allow me to express my opinion on the prospects for a peace settlement but also because it would allow me to lecture on the West Bank. However, I have received a number of emails from Palestinian academics. They are unanimous that I should respect the boycott. In view of this, I must withdraw from the conference. Had I attended, I would have stated my opinion that the policy of the present Israeli government is likely to lead to disaster.”

Hawking’s decision to throw his weight behind the academic boycott of Israel met with an angry response from the organisers of the Presidential Conference, an annual event hosted by Israeli president Shimon Peres.

“The academic boycott against Israel is in our view outrageous and improper, certainly for someone for whom the spirit of liberty lies at the basis of his human and academic mission,” said conference chairman Israel Maimon. “Israel is a democracy in which all individuals are free to express their opinions, whatever they may be. The imposition of a boycott is incompatible with open, democratic dialogue.”

Daniel Taub, the Israeli ambassador to London, said: “It is a great shame that Professor Hawking has withdrawn from the president’s conference … Rather than caving into pressure from political extremists, active participation in such events is a far more constructive way to promote progress and peace.”

The Wolf Foundation, which awarded Hawking the Wolf prize in physics in 1988, said it was “sad to learn that someone of Professor Hawking’s standing chose to capitulate to irrelevant pressures and will refrain from visiting Israel”.

But Palestinians welcomed Hawking’s decision. “Palestinians deeply appreciate Stephen Hawking’s support for an academic boycott of Israel,” said Omar Barghouti, a founding member of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. “We think this will rekindle the kind of interest among international academics in academic boycotts that was present in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa.”

Palestinian academics sent a barrage of letters to Hawking in recent weeks in an attempt to persuade him to join the boycott movement.

Samia al-Botmeh, of Birzeit University in the West Bank, said: “We tried to communicate two points to him. First, that Israel is a colonial entity that involves violations of the rights of the Palestinians, including academic freedom, and then asking him to stand in solidarity with Palestinian academic colleagues who have called for solidarity from international academics in the form of boycotting Israeli academia and academic institutions.”

Hawking’s decision to withdraw from the conference was “fantastic”, said Botmeh. “I think it’s wonderful that he has acted on moral grounds. That’s very ethical and very important for us as Palestinians to know and understand that there are principled colleagues in the world who are willing to take a stand in solidarity with an occupied people.”

Comments on social media in Israel were overwhelmingly opposed to Hawking’s move, with a small number engaging in personal abuse over his physical condition. A minority of commentators supported his stance on Israel’s 46-year occupation of the Palestinian territories.

In addition to the letter sent by Hawking to the conference organisers, a statement in his name was sent to the British Committee for the Universities in Palestine, confirming his withdrawal from the conference for political reasons. The wording was approved by Hawking’s personal assistant after consultation with Tim Holt, the acting director of communications at Cambridge University.

On Wednesday morning, following the Guardian’s revelation that Hawking was boycotting the Presidential Conference, Holt issued a statement saying: “Professor Hawking will not be attending the conference in Israel in June for health reasons – his doctors have advised against him flying.”

However, a later statement said: “We have now received confirmation from Professor Hawking’s office that a letter was sent on Friday to the Israeli president’s office regarding his decision not to attend the Presidential Conference, based on advice from Palestinian academics that he should respect the boycott.”

In a telephone conversation with the Guardian, Holt offered “my apologies for the confusion”.

This year’s conference is expected to be attended by 5,000 people from around the world, including business leaders, academics, artists and former heads of state. Former US president Bill Clinton, former UK prime minister Tony Blair, former Russian president Mikhail Gorbachev, Prince Albert of Monaco and Barbra Streisand have accepted invitations, according to organisers.

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk

Banned TED Talk: Rupert Sheldrake – The Science Delusion.

Rupert Sheldrake is a fascinating member of the scientific world. The video below is of his TED talk where he covers “The Science Delusion.” This TED talk was controversially banned by the TED community after being aired.

If you have studied any area of science on your own or in school, you may have noticed or have come across the fact that there are many differing beliefs in the scientific world. While this statement seems impossible given that science is supposed to be based on evidence which produces theory, it is a delusion not to realize that much of what is strictly believed in the scientific world is only believed due to the common acceptance that is put into mainstream ideas — much like what takes place within religion. That is not to say that there aren’t amazing scientists out there coming up with profound findings and adding powerful contributions to all fields, it’s to bring light to the fact that in a mainstream sense one could say science is “stuck” or more accurately put, we have put a freeze on certain areas of science.

“How can science be stuck? You are missing the point of science! Science is not a thing its a method!” While I totally agree that science is a method, what I am alluding to in this article is that many of the theories we have come to believe that science has produced have been scientifically proven to be incorrect yet we continue to go along with them. The reason this happens is because in many cases we are no longer using the scientific method as it is meant to be used. The stage in the method where we are supposed to go back and a re-develop a hypothesis after evidence proves the the initial theory wrong, we instead get stuck in maintaing our belief because of the money, fear, ego and pride that get in the way.

I have been researching many areas of science, world events, health etc. over the past 5.5 years. I did not learn what I know in school as I left before completing any degrees. Something I whole heartedly belive is that in some ways I feel my lack of formal education has been a gift. Very often we can get stuck on the idea that what we have learned in school is absolute. It’s prestigious, it can’t be wrong. Heck, we paid thousands of dollars for it so it MUST be true. Yet the more I look at the people who are making scientific discoveries in the world the more I see educated people becoming livid about the fact that these new findings must not be true. It simply can’t be. I have heard the statement “It’s pseudo-science” just about anytime a belief is challenged. A new finding requires many peer reviews for it to be taken seriously, but pre-existing mainstream beliefs require none and can be written on a cereal box yet it’s still absolute fact. We have a major challenge on our hands in that we have a very hard time keeping our emotions out of how we view and perceive our world. This is not our nature, but simply our ego’s taking hold of the situation.

Rupert Sheldrake outlines 10 dogmas he has found to exist within mainstream science today. He states that when you look at each of these scientifically, you see that they are not actually true.

1. Nature is mechanical or machine like

2. All matter is unconscious

3. The laws or constants of nature are fixed

4. The total amount of matter and energy is always the same

5. Nature is purposeless

6. Biological heredity is material

7. Memories are stored inside your brain

8. Your mind is inside your head

9. Psychic phenomena like telepathy is not possible

10. Mechanistic medicine is the only kind that works

Source: http://www.collective-evolution.com