Why Men Are Killing Themselves

“Today’s the day I’m going to kill myself,” said David Durston. “You wake up and think, yeah, I’ll kill myself today. It’s today.” He sat in front of cheerful primary-coloured walls describing the darkness of his worst mornings. The Solace Centre for adults with mental illness, a low-slung bungalow in Ealing, west London, is a sanctuary for those with troubled minds – troubled in the mind-filling, heart-emptying way that can lead people like David, a softly spoken 55-year-old, to wake up feeling that this day could be his last.

He isn’t alone in the struggle. Across Europe, men are around four times more likely to die by suicide than women. More men in the UK have died by suicide in the past year than all British soldiers fighting in all wars since 1945. According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, what they categorise somewhat obliquely as “intentional self harm or events of undetermined intent” account for over 1% of all deaths, killing three times more people than road accidents, more than leukaemia, more than all infectious and parasitic diseases combined. More than 6,000 people in the UK died by suicide in 2013; 78% of them were men.

These numbers are the aggregate of thousands upon thousands of unique untold stories, of men who didn’t make it. David, who works at a local garage but lives alone, is one of the many thousands more who struggle not to join them. “One day I’m great, I’m terrific,” he told me, left hand rummaging in the palm of his right. “The next, I’m low, I’m thinking of suicide, about the ways that I can die.”

To fully understand suicide would require the impossible – to know what the dead were thinking. It is an act that precludes the testimony of the only witness who really matters. Notes are only left in around a quarter of cases, but sometimes there are clues to be found in the online detritus of young lives ended too early. In most of his YouTube videos, Brett Robertshaw has headphones on, head bobbing rhythmically, fingers flashing up and down the fretboard of his bass guitar. His talent had gained him a following; some of these videos attracted 40,000 views. One is different. In it he sits in front of the camera – a red-haired, matter-of-fact boy. He’s shy and serious, quietly answering questions from his online following.

Question: “What was the last lie you told?”

Brett: “I’m OK.”

Question: “Your (sic) in your own movie are you the good guy or the bad guy? and why?”

Brett: “I’m the extra, because fuck that shit.”

Brett wrote over 7,500 tweets in less than three years. Most are digital snippets quite typical of a young male life, but there were also infrequent, intense bursts of sadness and resignation. Struggles to sleep. Anger and isolation. Alcohol as a coping mechanism. On 14 May 2014, unbeknown to family and friends, Brett began to draft a long and eloquent message for his personal website. It began: “The truth is, if this post is live, then chances are, I’m probably not here any more.”

He described a life “void of all emotions except sadness and worry”, fixated on worst-case scenarios and low on self-esteem. He wrote of “friendships” with inverted commas. His guitar playing was, he wrote, “just something that passed the time a bit”. Compliments only made him feel worse. When he finally sought treatment, worry about the appointments prevented him sleeping, while antidepressants made him feel nauseous. His conclusion was heartbreaking in its self-condemnation. “It’s entirely my own fault, and only my own lack of willpower and strength of mind is to blame.” On 5 July, the summer day when he ended his life at his home in Blackpool, Brett Robertshaw was still only 21 years old. One week later the explanatory message he had drafted over the previous months automatically posted to his website.

The Suicide Gene

Is it ever possible to pinpoint before it’s too late those, like Brett, at risk of suicide? Dr Zachary Kaminsky, assistant professor of Psychiatry and Behavioural Science at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, is at the forefront of efforts to identify what has colloquially been termed a “suicide gene”. “Stress is like driving,” Kaminsky says. “You can drive really fast, and that can be useful, but you have to be able to slow down.” His team compared brains of those who died by suicide and those who didn’t. They had an inkling that for those who died by suicide, a gene called SKA2 might be, in effect, acting as a faulty brake pad, failing to control stress.

By looking at just this single gene, Kaminsky’s team was able to predict with 80-90% accuracy whether an individual in their research group had thoughts of suicide or had made an attempt. More research is needed, but signs are positive that in the future a simple blood test may provide at least some indication of suicide risk. Whether SKA2 could also shed light on gender differences in suicide is not yet clear. “It is linked with the cortisol system and this system does interact with the oestrogen system,” mused Kaminsky, “so I suppose it’s possible”.

Others, such as professor Rory O’Connor, a psychologist at Glasgow University, who was recently elected President of the International Academy of Suicide Research, are extremely wary of the idea that there is some magic “suicide gene” to find. “It’s just a vulnerability factor, a test will never tell us why, he said. “It’s more important we identify the social and environmental factors.”

In Glasgow, where O’Connor is based, those from the poorest areas are 10 times more at risk than those from the richest. Research published in the British Medical Journal in 2013 showed that during the 2008 recession, English regions with the largest rise in unemployment had the largest increase in suicides. However, as O’Connor tells me, “the conundrum is that most people who die from suicide are in work”. Similarly, while mental illness is a very significant risk factor – as many as 90% of suicides occur in the context of mental illness – in O’Connor’s view, “it’s not ultimately the reason people kill themselves”.

Most academics think the answer to this complex “why” question is a combination of numerous different risk factors and negative life events that can push vulnerable people over the edge. Muddling the question further is a puzzle that has intrigued researchers for generations: it is true that men are much more likely than women to die by suicide, by a factor as high as six in countries with the highest overall rates. However, it is equally true that women are around three times more likely to make an attempt. This difference is normally attributed to method; men are more likely than women to choose high-lethality means, such as hanging. This begs a sensitive question: when is a suicide attempt not, in fact, an attempt to die?

An  Honourable Death 

Suicide jumped up the political agenda in early 2015 when the deputy prime minister Nick Clegg called for an overhaul of how the UK’s National Health Service tackles suicide. He proposed the widespread adoption of a “zero suicides” approach, following a campaign by The Henry Ford Health System, a healthcare provider based in Detroit, Michigan, which decreased the rate of suicide in its patient population by 75% in its first four years. The strategy, which has already inspired a similar approach in Merseyside, includes training all staff in suicide prevention, developing a system for staff to check in with patients by phone, and assigning patients different levels of risk and accompanying protocols. In the past two years, not a single suicide has been recorded at the Henry Ford Health System.

However, a whole country and a seemingly endless list of possible risk factors is more difficult to deal with. “It can feel overwhelming, like you are trying to chase the world,” Alana Atkinson, project manager for Scotland’s Anti-Suicide Initiative says. Yet Scotland, a country that has historically suffered higher rates of suicide than the rest of the UK, shows that a strategic, comprehensive approach can have some effect.

In 2002, following the release of a report, The Sadness of Young Men, detailing Scotland’s disproportionately high male suicide rate, the Scottish government announced its intention to reduce suicide by 20% in the space of 10 years. When 2013 came around, rates were down by 19%. The country’s Choose Life strategy focused on local coordination. A suicide prevention coordinator was nominated in each area, while funding to all local authorities for suicide prevention was protected. Improving the frontline response, raising awareness and tackling stigma, so that people felt more able broach the issue of suicide with their own families, was vital in reducing the rate.

The most important breakthrough was to make suicide part of the national conversation, but talking about problems often seems more difficult for men. The motley old crew at The Shed, in a community centre at the bottom of a housing estate in London’s Camden, were children of the post-war years. “You have a more domestically-oriented quiet masculinity,” Kings College historian Lucy Delap told me of that period. “Nazi masculinity was extreme and violent, whereas to be a British man was to be a quiet, restrained, self–controlled man emotionally.”

The Baby Boomers

The denizens of the Camden Shed are more comfortable working shoulder to shoulder than talking face to face, with The Shed recreating the habit and environment of their former, all-male workplaces. They break at lunchtime, have a brief chat. But then it’s back to work. Any therapeutic element is hidden under a heavy layer of sawdust, glue, sweat, and the sound of machines.

The idea behind the The Shed, a movement that started in Australia, is that older men, who slip quietly into loneliness, need a place to go to be with other men. Suicide rates among men over 55 have risen by 12% in the last decade in the UK. A 2012 Samaritans report identified isolation, unemployment, and lack of communication as particularly relevant risk factors for this age group. Men suffer more from social isolation in old age, and it’s predicted that the percentage of older men living alone will increase by 65% over the next 15 years as more men begin to outlive their partners. “Nobody comes to The Shed for the declared reason,” said Chris, a rakish 72-year-old jobbing actor in jeans and suede slip-ons. “It’s set up to address solitariness, but you won’t find people saying they are coming for that reason.” It’s therapy that dare not speak its name.

Kenneth padded over in an apron, a cerebral white-bearded former ceramic artist in baggy moss-green pantaloons. For him, a sense of changing masculinity is linked with war. “Think historically about the division of labour, the type of society, what you needed men to do. You can’t nurture a sensitive man if you need a war weapon.”

There’s a lot of gruff compassion in the strong, silent collective at The Shed. Raymond is a former dentist who lost his short-term memory after being struck by lightning on the golf course. Mick, a twinkle-eyed former carpenter, reached over to remove a large wood splinter from close to his friend’s eye. “You see, that’s right in your fucking eye you idiot. You’ve got to take care.” These men are retired and in many ways inured from the pressures of social change. Statistics suggest it is the next generation down, those in middle age, for whom we should worry the most.

The suicide rate for men aged 45-59 has increased by around 40% in a decade, but there’s more to it than that. If you log the age-disaggregated number of male suicides in England and Wales over the last 30 years into a table, something extraordinary becomes clear. In 1987, those aged 20-24 had the highest number of suicides. Five years on, in 1992, it was that same group, now aged 25-29. The pattern continues through 1997, 2002, 2007 then into 2012, when reaching the 45-49 bracket this cohort once again accounted for the highest number of suicides. This suggests that these late baby-boomers born between 1963-1967 have carried the highest risk of suicide with them from their teens all the way to middle age. The question is why?

The Samaritans’s 2012 report Men, Suicide and Society suggests that men in middle age should be considered part of a “buffer generation” caught between two competing ideas of masculinity. Like those older men at The Shed, like their own fathers, this generation is still wrapped up in the male ideal as stoical, independent breadwinner. However, the shifting standards of the modern world often make meeting these expectations impossible.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show the average age a man divorces in the UK is now 45. This buffer generation was setting up home in a brave new era for the institution of marriage. Increasing numbers of women in the workplace, and corresponding individual pension funds, meant that increasing numbers of women had the option to leave. Many did; the divorce rate exploded from the late 1970s onwards, and only began to drop off again in the mid-2000s.

The effect of relationship breakdown can be catastrophic, with most research indicating that men are affected far worse than women. The Samaritans report found that “men in mid-life are dependent primarily on female partners for emotional support”. While women maintain their independent relationships, male friendships tend to drop away after the age of 30. Suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts were three times higher among divorced men, and two times higher among separated men compared to married.

Generation Bro

What of the younger generation? Last year, Vice.com published an article on “the young British douchebag” (YBD), which followed a spate of American articles on the existence of the US rough equivalent, the so-called “bro”. Despite increased engagement with consumption and demonstrating a more metrosexual concern for his appearance that would have been unacceptable during earlier generations of masculinity, writer John Saward described the YBD thus: “He is a walking scorched-earth policy. He takes what he wants to satisfy some hedonistic impulse, and then he leaves her sobbing in a hallway with her friend on the other line. He wrings every moment of every drop of novelty. He is doing shots and never with a chaser, because moderation and restraint are for women and faggots and children. The only way to be a real man is to be a real man as ferociously as humanly possible. He goes all-in . . . ”

A response to this article defended the YBD as “a neutered generation lacking in role models, limping from the shadows of predecessors, who defined themselves by the wars they fought, the things they made and the fields they tilled”. It seems the fact that a man moisturises, or shaves his chest, or even wears eye-shadow, does not mean he will be any better at discussing or dealing with difficult emotions. Core masculine values endure. Suicide is the leading cause of death for men aged 20-34, accounting for more than a quarter of all deaths in this age group.

Surveying the research on male experience of mental health seems to support the view that masculinity is costing lives. Men access GP surgeries less than women. They are more reluctant to seek professional help for mental health issues, generally doing so only when crisis has already hit. Furthermore, according to a 2013 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, lower rates of depression diagnosis among men may be because symptoms of depression that accord with notions of masculinity are not recognised as such. As one psychologist told me, “with men, we don’t even diagnose it as depression, we call it aggression or bad behaviour. Often getting drunk, or even violent . . . it’s just another symptom”.

The Talking Cure 

Stephen Hoddell of the Bristol branch of the Samaritans, who in his 40 years as a volunteer has perhaps conducted more conversations with struggling men than anyone else, suggested to me that help “is just not a language men are comfortable using”. However, the Samaritans phone-lines that he mans are almost 50% taken up with male callers. Those of the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), an organisation set up specifically for men, cannot keep up with demand. “Men will talk, do talk, want to talk,” said CALM Director Jane Powell, “but they do find it hard to talk to mates and wives about stuff, because the cultural pressures are very rigid”.

Dr Martin Seager at the central London Samaritans sees a danger in approaches to help men that, in essence, tell them to act more like women. For Seager, the core of the problem with that approach is that it goes against evolutionary biology. “The way I look at it, if men have evolved as fathers, protectors and survivors, they are going to feel life is worth living to the extent they can provide and protect.” In his view, the problem comes when the world changes and men are no longer able to fulfil this traditional role.

With this subtle change of emphasis, the whole question of how best to address male suicide is subsumed by a deeper ideological battle – one that strikes at the very heart of what it means to be a man. Mike Buchanan, 58, is founder of the world’s first political party for men’s human rights, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). He is also a prolific self-publishing author of volumes including David and Goliatha and Feminism: The Ugly Truth. “There is absolutely nothing wrong with traditional masculinity, absolutely zero wrong with it,” he said. “I think that idea is batshit insane.”

Buchanan and others prominent in the online “manosphere”, where he has developed a following, are generally “essentialists”, believing male and female behaviour is predominantly biologically determined, rather than the product of social influences. From this point of view, the problem lies not with stoicism or other elements of traditional masculinity, but with their dilution in what Buchanan believes is a “gynocentric world . . . run to pander to the wants and needs of women all along the way”. This perspective is blunt: the rise of women has triggered the fall of men.

Most feminists reject the idea that increasing gender equality needs to be such a zero-sum game, but many do concede that increased equality for the sexes has presented certain difficulties for men. “Feminism has brought up a lot of challenges for men in terms of reflecting on position,” said

Dr Victoria Robinson, director of the Centre of Gender Research at the University of Sheffield. “However, we don’t often hear from men or listen to men’s voices, and that is absolutely vital.

If feminism is viewed as only for women, then we’re responsible for that.”

Whatever the theories, those suffering with mental health problems, vulnerable men and women alike, often struggle to make their voices heard. In November, David and the other members of the Solace Centre in Ealing received bad news. Ealing council, struggling to slice over £90m pounds from its budget, was considering this facility, with its four staff and £150,000 of annual running costs, for closure. Scared of losing a centre they consider their lifeline, the members started a campaign. A website was quickly built, piles of signs were constructed. They lobbied councillors and pounded the local streets, gathering over 1,600 petition signatures.

Then, in early January, with the council’s final decision still in the balance, one of the male members stepped under a train at nearby Ealing Broadway station. It felt like a defeat for everyone. “I was surprised to hear, very surprised, because when I last talked to him, he was happy,” said David. “But somebody told me it’s like that sometimes. They feel better because they know they are going to die.”

The Samaritans’ 24-hour helpline is 08457 909090.

UK Suicide

UK suicides


Infowars Declares War on Vaccine Pushers Alex Jones’ Infowars: There’s a war on for your mind!

Alex Jones and the Infowars crew break down just how dangerous vaccines really are. As the MSM continues an all out assault on freedom, it’s our job to speak out and fight back with the truth.



From the desk of Zedie.

The Dangers of Sitting For Too Long .

Did you know that seating in front of the computer and working until late hours is a serious threat, and it can easily affect the health of 50-70% of all Americans… Sitting for too longcauses heart diseases,some types of cancer, damages spine, obesity, high cholesterol,type 2 diabetesand slow blood circulation.


According to the statistics, there is at least one computer in 90 % of the homes, and about 80% of the Americans use the Internet daily. Researchers say that the number of Internet users increases for about 10 million every year.

Health specialists explain that about 40% of their patients experience problems with the back as a result of spending long hours on the computer and improper sitting.

Thousands of people seek for medical help every day, and most of them have a job that requires working on a computer for 8 or more hours every day. This problem especially affects children younger than 18, which develop severe spinal deformations, like scoliosis and kyphosis. Unfortunately, 5 year old children affect their physical development by watching cartoons or playing games on the computer.

Specialists also explain that you have a higher risk of serious damages that affect the neck joints andspine,if you work on your computer for more than two hours. Most people eventually end up struggling with pain that is hard to treat and taking medications for the whole life.

In the initial phase patients have problems with the joints, and experience back and neck pain. Children under 12 should not sit in front of the computer or the TV for more than two hours a day. A great reminder that you should do some exercises and go for a walk is muscle pain.


Found: The viral infection that makes nearly HALF of us more stupid (and it lasts for YEARS)


  • The virus – called chlorovirus ATCV-1 – was only known to appear in algae
  • Researchers in U.S. have not established how it comes to infect humans 
  • It hasn’t infected just swimmers, which rules out direct link to algae itself 
  • Instead humans could’ve been carrying virus but was not known to doctors
  • Research suggests it alters genes in brain including memory and emotion
  • Scientists found 44 per cent of patients tested had virus in their throats 


Nearly half of us could be infected with a virus which makes us more stupid, scientists have found.

The startling discovery suggests that millions may be carrying a long-lasting infection which dulls the brain.

Scientists found the virus living in the throats of 44 per cent of patients tested in a small US study.

A viral infection that could make more than half of us stupid has been discovered by scientists in America

A viral infection that could make more than half of us stupid has been discovered by scientists in America

Those who were carrying the infection performed worse in intelligence tests, even when education and age were taken into account.

The virus – called chlorovirus ATCV-1 – was previously only known to appear in green algae in freshwater lakes.

The researchers, from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and the University of Nebraska, have not established how the virus comes to infect humans.


It does not seem to have infected just swimmers or watersports fans, probably ruling out a link to algae itself.

Instead it could be that humans have long carried the virus, but it had not previously been looked for by doctors.

Study author Professor Robert Yolken, of Johns Hopkins medical school, said the millions of viruses living in the human body are being investigated by experts for the first time.

‘We’re really just starting to find out what some of these agents that we’re carrying around might actually do,’ he told the Healthline website.

‘It’s the beginning, I think, of another way of looking at infectious agents — not agents that come in and do a lot of damage and then leave, like Ebola virus or influenza virus.

‘This is kind of the other end of the spectrum. These are agents that we carry around for a long time and that may have subtle effects on our cognition and behaviour.’

The research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that the ATCV-1 virus alters the genes in the brain.

The team found the virus in throat swabs from 40 out of 92 volunteers, and discovered those with the virus performed measurably worse in cognitive testing.

They then confirmed their findings in tests on mice. Giving the virus to mice resulted in a decrease in recognition memory and other brain functions, they found.

Tests showed the virus had broken through the barrier between blood and tissue, altering the activity of genes in the brains of the mice.

The genes affected including those producing dopamine – a vital hormone which influences memory, spatial awareness, emotion and pleasure.

But the virus does not seem to have infected just swimmers or watersports fans, ruling out a link to algae itself

But the virus does not seem to have infected just swimmers or watersports fans, ruling out a link to algae itself

The virus - called chlorovirus ATCV-1 - was previously only known to appear in green algae in freshwater lakes

The virus – called chlorovirus ATCV-1 – was previously only known to appear in green algae in freshwater lakes

Professor James Van Etten, a biologist from the University of Nebraska who first identified the virus in algae 30 years ago, said: ‘There’s more and more studies showing that microorganisms in your body have a bigger influence than anything anyone would have predicted, and this could be something along those lines.’

Professor Yolken added: ‘The thing that’s different about what we found is that chlorovirus ATCV-1 is something that we wouldn’t have suspected would actually have any effect on humans or animals.

‘It points us in a direction of looking to see if we can improve people’s cognition, their behaviour, by changing the composition of their microbiome [the balance of bacteria and viruses in the body].’



At least 1 in 5 suicides globally associated with unemployment, scientists find .

Around a one fifth of all suicide deaths are down to unemployment concerns research has shown, Swiss scientists have found. This is far higher than other causes such of ending ones life such as economic downturns.

The survey, which was conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Zurich’s Psychiatric Hospital, found that suicides associated with unemployment were nine times higher than the number of suicides attributed to the economic crisis.

“Every year, around one in five suicides is associated with unemployment,” said the lead author of the study, Carlos Nordt. The study has just been published in the journal The Lancet Psychiatry.

Unemployment between 2000 and 2011 was responsible for around 45,000 deaths, while the recession accounted for about 5,000 during the same period. The researchers estimated that there were 233,000 suicide deaths per year, amongst the 63 where the research took place.

Interestingly, the report finds that it is the stigma of losing one’s job, which is the main factor behind unemployment suicides. Also those countries, which have lower unemployment rates, tend to see higher numbers of those out of work choosing to end their own lives.

“Our findings reveal that the suicide rate increases six months before a rise in unemployment. What is more, our data suggests that not all job losses necessarily have an equal impact, as the effect on suicide risk appears to be stronger in countries where being out of work is uncommon,” said Dr. Nordt.

“It is possible that an unexpected increase in the unemployment rate may trigger greater fears and insecurity than in countries with higher pre-crisis unemployment levels,” he added.

The report covered countries in four continents, though it did not include China or India. It added that a 20 to 30 percent increase in the number of suicides has taken place in just over a decade.

Those behind the study used data on suicide and the economy, which had been gathered by the World Health Organization’s mortality database and the world economic outlook database of the International Monetary Fund to come to their conclusions.

In 2007 being out of work was linked to 41,148 suicides, while in 2009 that number had risen to 46,131. Therefore the research team was able to deduce that the extra 4,983 suicides were a result of the 2008 economic crisis.


Dr. Nordt says he believes more should be done by governments to try and prevent suicides amongst those who are out of work, by trying to create more employment opportunities.

“Besides specific therapeutic interventions, sufficient investment by governments in active labor market policies that enhance the efficiency of labor markets could help generate additional jobs and reduce the unemployment rate, helping to offset the impact on suicide,” he said.

Commenting on the research paper, Roger Webb and Navneet Kapur from the University of Manchester said social and psychological problems also play a significant part in the number of suicide deaths.


“Many affected individuals who remain in work during these hard times encounter serious psychological stressors due to pernicious economic strains other than unemployment, including falling income, zero-hour contracting, job insecurity, bankruptcy, debt, and home repossession,” they wrote, which was reported by the Guardian.

This Electromagnetic Field Around Every Person Is Depleted In Those Who Are Unhealthy.

Since ancient times we have seen pictures and paintings of different spiritual leaders across various traditions but one thing that is common among all of them is the halo that surrounds their head which is known as the Aura- energy field. Many have dismissed Auras, especially those professed to be experts in natural sciences. However, with the assistance of highly sensitive cameras scientists have been able to photograph this field some experts believe could become a tool for use in the diagnosis and treatment of many diseases.


This aura represents your physical, mental, emotional as well as spiritual energies. The aura is often seen a mix of fine coloured frequencies where each colour defines its own individual nature and characteristics.

The vibration of this aura is very fine and subtle so we need very fine instruments to detect it and also to interpret the different colours and shapes in the aura which can reveal us a lot of unsaid information.

A study, published in the journal Consciousness and Cognition, explained the esoteric phenomenon of the aura and energy field of luminous radiation surrounding a person as a halo. The study explained that in neurological terms, synesthesia is due to cross-wiring in the brain of some people called synesthetes. In other words, synesthetes have more synaptic connections than “normal” people. “These extra connections cause them to automatically establish associations between brain areas that are not normally interconnected”, said Prof. Gomez Milan, a lead author of the study. “Many healers claiming to see the aura of people might have this condition.”

Kirlian Effect 

The pioneers in this field, in fact, are the Kirlians, to this day any halos around photographed objects are referred to as the “Kirlian effect”.
Kirlian photography is a collection of photographic techniques used to capture the phenomenon of electrical coronal discharges. It is named after Semyon Kirlian, who, in 1939 accidentally discovered that if an object on a photographic plate is connected to a high-voltage source, an image is produced on the photographic plate.

The technique has been variously known as “electrography”, “electrophotography”, “corona discharge photography” (CDP), “bioelectrography”, “gas discharge visualization (GDV)”, “electrophotonic imaging (EPI)”, and, in Russian literature, “Kirlianography”.

Kirlian patented many inventions to photograph the glow and captured many images of it. Over time, they noticed that the images varied from person to person. Kirlian and his wife were demonstrated that their images showed a life force or energy field that reflected the physical and emotional states of their living subjects. These images could be used to diagnose illnesses. In 1961, they published their first paper on the subject in the Russian Journal of Scientific and Applied Photography.

The aura of a person has been found to be directly connected to the level of health of the person. A person is considered to be healthy in when their physical vitality, mental clarity, emotional well being as well as highly positive spiritual energies are relatively balanced. So a person who is healthy at all these levels has a bigger and brighter aura and vice versa in the case of an unhealthy person. A faint glow around certain body parts may indicate the presence of a disease or disorder.

From the intensity of the glow, the Kirlians learned to determine the total activity of the body, the efficiency of different treatments, as well as the state of organs and systems. Today the GDV method is fairly well developed and can be used to conduct a general analysis of the whole body. The pictures are qualitatively and objectively interpreted reducing the risk of medical errors. The effectiveness of different treatments can be detected individually.

GDV is based on light emissions which appear in high voltage electromagnetic fields. If it were to become widely used in traditional diagnosis then, with its help, doctors could not only easily carry out common diagnosis at a given moment but also identify diseases which may occur in the future. This could greatly improve the quality of preventive care.

The Human Aura Can Change Dramatically and Quickly

It was found, that objects which are not alive, do not change parameters of their “aura” more than 2%. LIVING objects however can change their aura field dramatically and quickly. This provides scientists with unique tools to study physics of LIFE and consciousness using bio-electrography. For example, Prof Bunzen in Russia found that the response in Kirlian Aura seems to precede (appear as soon or earlier than) electric processes in the brain during a decision making process. From his research, presented in 2001 at the International Congress “Science Information, Spirit” in St Petersburg, it seems that a thought “appears” in the aura before any electrical activity can be detected in the brain. Is our consciousness electro-photonic to begin with?

It also appears that auras of people who interact with various objects such as drugs, crystals, minerals, colours etc. may change significantly. Modern Kirlian equipment are capable to quantify these effects in terms of their influence on the electro-photonic glow. It seems that detailed functioning of every organ and health effects can be also determined from the recorder stimulated electro-photonic glow.

All living objects show continuous changes in their aura. A major series of experiments of a team of scientists coordinated by Prof Korotkov in St Petersburg, Russia, demonstrated that aura of the human body continues to change continuously for almost exactly 72 hours after clinical death. It seems, that among other things, not only the time, but also the reason for death can be determined on the basis of these changes. It is interesting to note that in nearly every culture on Earth for centuries people observe a 3 day period between death of the body and burial.

Slowly and gradually as more research was done in this field of Aura photography different technologies were developed claiming to capture the human aura or the electromagnetic field. Now till date we have different systems like PIP (Poly contrast Interference Photography), DAS (Digital Aura Scanning system), RFI ( Resonant Field imaging) etc which claim to capture the human aura and also help us in detecting the subtle imbalances in our bodies.

More Science is Validating Sensory Activity
 and Consciousness

Even though we are often consciously aware of our current emotional state, such as anger or happiness, the mechanisms giving rise to these subjective sensations have remained unresolved. Brilliant research by Finnish scientists has mapped the areas of our body that are experiencing an increase or decrease in sensory activity when we experience a particular emotion. Each of these areas also affects our aura.

Each body area has a language as to what the organs do, the muscles, the nerves, etc. When a condition occurs in the body in a localized area, it’s to help us discover what we might need to change in order to keep “homeostasis” in our emotions, mental reasoning, and spiritual living.

Needless to say, that in the traditional ancient oriental medicine the concept of the aura is well understood and commonly accepted. Eastern practices, both medical and spiritual, are initially directed at correcting the aura i.e. the spiritual body rather than the physical.

Scientists such as Beverly Rubik have explored the idea of a human biofield using Kirlian photography research, attempting to explain theChinese discipline of Qigong. Qigong teaches that there is a vitalistic energy called qi (or chi) that permeates all living things. Rubik’s experiments relied on Konstantin Korotkov’s GDV device to produce images which were thought to visualize these qi biofields in chronically ill patients. Vitalistic energies, such as qi and prana, exist beyond the natural world.

The Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) program, which flourished for nearly three decades under the aegis of Princeton University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, has also completed its experimental agenda of studying the interaction of human consciousness with sensitive physical devices, systems, and processes, and developing complementary theoretical models to enable better understanding of the role of consciousness in the establishment of physical reality.

Everything is Energy 

Scientists and researchers today all around the globe have confirmed that the matter which appears to be solid in reality is NOT A TRUE reality. This solid looking matter is actually made up of pure energy which is vibrating at a specific frequency which gives matter properties like shape, size, texture etc. These solid looking objects like a pen, book and even the molecules, atoms and cells in our bodies for that matter are actually made up of vibratory energy particles called electron, protons , neutrons and further more tiny particles. So when these particles vibrate in their nucleus, a small electrical impulse is generated in our body and according to the famous law of physics “When there is a electrical field around a body, a magnetic field gets developed automatically”. So the tiny electrical impulses in our body results into the formation of a magnetic field around our body which is actually know as the AURA- electromagnetic field of the body.

Since everything in this universe is made up of the same constituent particles electron, protons, neutrons etc that means EVERYTHING HAS AN AURA. And if we keep on expanding these so called elementary particles we reach a point where we find nothing but pure energy vibrating at the very essence of these solid looking objects. Everything in this physical universe is nothing but energy which connects to everything in the universe.

If we study our ancient Indian texts especially the yoga sutras we will come to know the subtle anatomy of our human chakra system which is actually a very important aspect of our Aura. Spiritually we can say that aura is our very own soul nature, it reflects our innermost desires and feelings, emotions etc.

Aura is the layer of energy which interconnects all other subtle bodies and also acts like a shield covering and protecting our more refined subtle bodies like the mental, emotional, and spiritual and astral bodies. Like for our physical body to survive and maintain its health, oxygen plays a vital role for our existence similarly the Pranic forces which are commonly called Prana is the subtle energy that is required by our more refined bodies to function and maintain a good health.

Subtle Bodies Control Our Health In The Physical

So if we want our bodies to absorb oxygen properly from the environment we should keep our lungs healthy thereby keeping our physical body healthy, similarly if we want our subtle bodies to function properly and to absorb the pranic energies properly we need to keep our aura healthy. Like for our physical bodies we do regular exercises to keep it healthy and working, we should also practice some form of energy exercise which regulates the proper flow of pranic energies in our subtle bodies.

“Our Subtle bodies”, namely they are called physical body, emotional body, mental body, spiritual body and the last is our Astral body. So all in all our aura is made up of 5 basic layers out of which the physical body we are able to see with our naked eyes because it vibrates at a relatively lower and denser vibrational rate and the rest of the four bodies vibrate at a higher frequency.

Even if the physical organ is removed from the physical body, its energy imprint is always there in the astral body. Most of the healing which is intended to be sent on the physical body is first received on this layer, the healing is done on the intended parts of this astral body and then the new energy imprint or the information is transferred down to each of the lower body till it reaches the physical body.

Once the root of the disease is removed from the blueprint of our physical body, the symptoms appearing in the physical body start to disappear. The root of all disease then is not in the physical body but in the energetic body and no disease can ever take place in physical first before it is translated from the energetic body.

So in this way energy healing sent by prayers, reiki, intention etc. is always first received on the outermost layer of the aura i.e., Astral body and then transferred to the other bodies. The most important purpose of our aura is to act like a vessel to hold all our bodies together and also to act like a shield protecting us from unhealthy vibrations. So the stronger our aura is the more protected & powerful we are.

In time, a greater percentage of human beings will grow to adopt these concepts since consciousness is now at a level on Earth where we can understand why these energies exist without rejection. That in turn will assist in the progression of health to such an extent, that it will translate into a mastering of control on the subtle bodies that will no longer allow for disease in the physical body.

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Raw Eggs and No Husband Since ’38 Keep Her Young at 115

Emma Morano in her home in Verbania, Italy. She is the oldest person in Europe, and the fifth oldest in the world.

VERBANIA, Italy — Celebrity came late to Emma Morano. Her routine life, in fact, might have raised barely an eyebrow were it not for the fact that she’s managed to hold on to it for so long.

At 115 years and nearly three months, Ms. Morano is the oldest person in Europe, the fifth oldest in the world and one of only a handful of people whose lives have straddled three centuries.

In her time, she has watched Italy evolve from a monarchy to a republic that spawned nearly 70 governments in seven decades, with a 20-year foray into Fascism in the middle. She survived two world wars, and the hardship of their aftermath; years of domestic terrorism, and years of economic prosperity that transformed Italy from an agrarian economy to one of the world’s most industrialized nations.

On a recent chilly January morning, trussed up in hand-knit shawls, next to a warm radiator, she summed up her life simply: “115 years are a lot.”

Ms. Morano has no doubts about how she made it this long: Her elixir for longevity consists of raw eggs, which she has been eating — three per day — since her teens when a doctor recommended them to counter anemia. Assuming she has been true to her word, Ms. Morano would have consumed around 100,000 eggs in her lifetime, give or take a thousand, cholesterol be damned.

She is also convinced that being single for most of her life, after an unhappy marriage that ended in 1938 following the death of an infant son, has kept her kicking. Separation was rare then, and divorce became legal in Italy only in 1970. She said she had plenty of suitors after that, but never chose another partner. “I didn’t want to be dominated by anyone,” she said.

Gerontologists agree that there is no one key to longevity. “You talk to 100 centenarians, you get 100 different stories,” said Valter D. Longo, the director of the Longevity Institute at the University of Southern California, whose studies suggest that diet is an important factor in living longer.

And there’s genetics. “We do know that the ability to make it to 110 is heritable, so you have a large increase in chance if you have several people in your family to live to a late age,” Dr. Longo said.

One of Ms. Morano’s sisters died just short of 100; another lived to 102.

Remarkably, Ms. Morano still lives alone, shuffling around a tiny two-room apartment surrounded by dusty memories and the vestiges of her more recent fame, including tributes and certificates from officials, among them the country’s last president, commending her resilience. Next to her bed is a small plaque with the numbers “115” in bright blue letters, made by children at a local nursery school, who hand-delivered the present.

“They also brought their coughs and sniffles,” fretted Rosemarie Santoni, her niece and principal caregiver who comes by every morning to prepare the day’s meals, which consist of the aforementioned eggs, now down to two a day, ground meat, soupy pasta and a banana.

A neighbor checks in periodically, and is on call for emergencies, but there have not been many. The few times she has been ill, she has “refused to set foot in a hospital,” even having blood transfusions or stitches done at home, said Carlo Bava, the doctor who has cared for her since she turned 90. Her general health is good, he added.

Ms. Morano appears to enjoy her new fame, patiently reviving rote reminiscences for the many strangers who call on her to recount her life and the times she lived in. Her memory, however, evades entire decades.

Ask her about Mussolini, or the world wars or any number of current or past political figures, and she shrugs indifferently. Her recollections are mostly intimate. “My sisters and I loved to dance and we’d run away to the dance hall and then our mother would come looking for us with a birch stick,” she recalled recently.

One of eight children, Ms. Morano was born on Nov. 29, 1899, in Civiasco, a tiny town in Piedmont, in the same year that Guglielmo Marconi first transmitted a radio signal across the English Channel and a group of investors founded the Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino, or Fiat.

While still a girl she moved with her family to Villadossola, once an important iron and steel company town. The climate — humid and cold winters — was not congenial to her constitution, so a doctor suggested she move to the nearby environs of Lake Maggiore, which straddles Italy and Switzerland. She chose Verbania, a pretty lakeshore town with a milder climate where she found a job in a factory, making jute sacks.

“The doctor told me to change air,” she said, “and I’m still here.”

Ms. Morano began to gain fame only when she crossed the 110-year-old milestone and entered into the ever-dwindling ranks of supercentenarians, nearly all of whom are women. She is amused to be the object of interest among researchers from around the world, who travel to her bedside — because she no longer leaves her home — to study her lifestyle and genetics.

“She’s aware of the privilege of living,” said Dr. Bava, who said Ms. Morano had always graciously accepted the aging process and the aches and pains that come with it. He visits her once a month, just to check in.

“If all my patients were like this,” he said, “I could have spent my days reading newspapers.”

Technology Isn’t Boosting Our Productivity Like It Used To

Technology isn’t what it used to be, at least in terms of increasing American workers’ productivity. And that’s bad news for the U.S. economy.

A new paper from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco has found that the big boost that tech gave to American productivity in the late 1990s and early 2000s “has vanished during the past decade.” New and better technology is still helping Americans be more productive, but not anywhere near as much as it used to.

Between 1996 and 2003, increasing productivity alone added almost 3.5 percent to U.S. business’ economic growth, the Fed paper shows. Since then, it has only added about 1.5 percent.


The problem is that we’re not making big tech leaps at the same rate that we once did, the paper says. This issue started in the mid-2000s, it notes, when innovation became “more incremental than transformative.” In other words, the huge economic changes brought on by things like better, cheaper computer hardware, software, and the Internet (think the near-universal use of email, electronic records and word processing) began to peter out.

Without the big productivity boosts of technology, the future of U.S. growth — currently still subpar following the worst recession since the Great Depression — looks even more unclear.

After all, as the authors of the San Francisco Fed’s paper and The American Enterprise Institute’s James Pethokoukis point out, economic growth is basically just how many people are making stuff, multiplied by how efficiently they make that stuff. The size of the labor force is the “how many people” part, and productivity is the “how efficiently they make that stuff” part.

But America, Pethokoukis writes, is getting older, and labor force growth is slowing down. So in terms of getting more economic growth, productivity is it. And things are not looking good. The report’s authors write that “reasonable assumptions about the non-business sector and demographics … would translate into GDP growth of 2.1 percent per year.” That’s well below last quarter’s disappointing 2.6 percent GDP growth number.

Even more worrisome: Not only is technology no longer driving big gains in worker productivity overall, but specifically, “the slowdown was in sectors that produce IT or use IT intensively,” the authors note.

That means the tech sector isn’t even making itself more productive. Call it disruption interrupted.

This conclusion matches up with a sweeping academic theory and a more popularized feeling about recent technology gains. The secular stagnation thesis, put forward by economists like Larry Summers and Tyler Cowen, says the slow growth we’re experiencing now is permanent. Then there’s the general non-academic sentiment that new technology doesn’t really do what old technology did economically. Think your cranky uncle wondering what the point of Facebook is.

Venture capitalist Peter Thiel has a succinct mash-up of the two ideas: “We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters.”

Oh, and also the possibility of permanently slow economic growth.

New phone app helps women recognize signs of domestic violence .

A mobile phone app has been created to help young women understand the warning signs of controlling and abusive behaviour in relationships.

2015 Australian of the Year: Rosie Batty

The iMatter app was designed to teach women about intimate partner violence and build resilience.

Director of clinical services at community services group Doncare Carmel O’Brien said users could share content and use the app as a personal journal.

“It’s a bit like a virtual library of images, video clips, quizzes, articles,” she said.

Ms O’Brien said many girls thought controlling behaviour was actually protective.

“[Girls told us] we hear about healthy relationships in all sorts of useful ways,” she said.

“But nobody tells us about that fine line between abusive and controlling behaviour.”

The app was launched by Australian of the Year and anti-domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty.

This week she penned an emotional letter to her son Luke Batty who was murdered by his father a year ago.

At the time of his death there were several intervention orders and outstanding arrest warrants against Anderson, who died after being shot by police at the scene.

The app provides some advice Ms Batty said she wished she had been given as a younger woman.

“If it [the relationship] doesn’t feel right, get out of it. Get out,” she said.

“It never gets better. And I think that’s the unfortunate thing about relationships.

“We rarely do end them when we should.”

A recent Australian study found 22 per cent of girls aged under 20 had been victims of harm from dating violence.

Domestic Violence Victoria chief executive Fiona McCormack said a lot of young women did not realise they were victims.

“Young women can commonly report that they understood jealous behaviour and stalking behaviour to be an indication their ex or their partner really, really loved them,” she said.

“But this can be very, very dangerous and can lead on to more harmful and disrespectful behaviour.”

Size Matters: Teen Undergoes ‘World’s First’ Penis Reduction Surgery To Have Sex

There’s no shortage of men looking to lengthen the appearance of their penis with pills, pumps, or even plastic surgery. A teen in Florida, however, had a special problem: He needed to shrink his. The unidentified 17-year-old, who suffered from several bouts of priapism, underwent the “world’s first” penis reduction surgery to be able to grow erections and have sex, according to the case report in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Teen gets penis reduction surgery

The Florida teen claims his 7-inch flaccid penis with a 10-inch circumference was left bloated and misshapen after suffering three priapism episodes. His history of sickle cell disease led to recurrent priapism, which caused an aneurysmal morphologic deformity of his penis. In other words, his rugby ball-shaped member was too enlarged and disfigured for him to experience a normal erection and penetrate his partner — it just became firmer.

“His penis had inflated like a balloon,” Dr. Rafael Carrion, an urologist at the University of South Florida, who treated the teen, told the Daily Mail. “It sounds like a man’s dream — a tremendously inflated phallus — but unfortunately although it was a generous length, its girth was just massive, especially around the middle. It looked like an American football.”

Carrion and his medical team decided to adapt a surgical technique used to treat Peyronie’s disease to perform the penis reduction. This disease is characterized by the development of fibrous scar tissue inside the penis that causes curved, painful erections, according to theMayo Clinic. Although having a curved erection is common, men who suffer from Peyronie’s disease tend to experience a significant bend or pain.

The surgery involved slicing along an old circumcision scar, followed by unwrapping the skin of the penis, and cutting out two segments of tissue from either side, the Mirror reported. Carrion and the surgeons were able to bypass the urethra and all of the nerves responsible for sensation. Carrion described the procedure as “having two side tummy-tucks.”

The teen had a successful reduction and spent just two days at the hospital. His penis is still “slightly longer and slightly thicker than the average male,” Carrion said, “but now it looks symmetrical, and the patient was very satisfied.” He reportedly now has no trouble having normal erections and experiencing full sensation.

Carrion has only had one other person approach him to request a penis reduction since the case report release. However, unlike the teen, the man has a naturally large penis, but there’s nothing unusual in his medical history.

Guys, bigger isn’t always better.

Source: Carrion R, Hakky TS, Manimala NJ et al. The Reduction Corporoplasty: The Answer to the Improbable Urologic Question “Can You Make My Penis Smaller?” Journal of Sexual Medicine. 2014.