Dreams, Timelines and Parallel Worlds


ike many of you, I have had dreams in my life, including recurring ones, that were clearly significant. I can’t say I’m an adept interpreter but many of us try to consciously get whatever message we think there may be for us from dreams.

Let’s face it, virtually one third of our lives are spent in the sleeping state yet we know our full consciousness never shuts off. This dream world is a significant one to know about that could teach us many things. That observer inside each of us is getting it all and we need to pay attention and learn.

Several times I have had a strong sense that it’s a parallel existence I was experiencing where perhaps my life had split off and continued on in some different direction, perhaps due to some fundamental decision that I made somewhere along the timeline leading to the one I’m now living in this currently shared 3D existence.

And that can happen every minute of our lives. Quite the mindblowing thought.

The world in those altered dream state places is similar to other dreams but not like anything I’ve seen here. They have commonalities regarding my essential sense of self but they’re distinctly different from those dreams that seem a jumble of influences playing out in an almost random form.

I’m not talking about lucid dreams directly yet, but these have another element that you can sense very deeply and always have a rewarding message if we ponder on them.

Recurring Themes

Twice, including just a few days ago, I distinctly remember waking up to a dream that was not just very vivid, but different. Some of the characters in those dreams were seeming transplants from my current past life here and there and some I didn’t know. But the context of the dream made complete sense.

I’ve thought of most dreams as being an opportunity for my subconscious to process previous events in my life that still needed sorting out and reconciling in some way, or to convey a message to my conscience or subconscious for some reason, as they are often quite revelatory.

I really don’t know but they’re certainly worth noting and reviewing. (Hint: Keep a notepad and pen or some such by your bed. When dreams wake you this is especially important.)

I realized there are these recurring themes in my dreams that seem to revolve around major decisive timeline points, and that may be an indicator of a major split off that happened that was particularly profound. When these recurring themes appear perhaps it’s not us still wrestling with a particularly difficult or traumatic decision or time or event, but maybe they are snap shots and short glimpses into where that life went had it, or in fact did at some level, kept on going in that direction.

I don’t mean to be enigmatic here, but the more I thought about this the more clear it became that these recurring themes seem to revolve around these points in my timeline where major decisions and changes took place. Naturally these are significant changes on their own, but let’s examine it in the light of parallel worlds and timelines occurring concurrently with this one.

Let me use one example from my life, not the subject of this recent dream type I’m describing above, but a good one nonetheless.

Yes, that’s where it comes from, just like the judge’s gavel, our handshake and a whole bunch of other programmed crap…

Oh No! I Didn’t Get My Freemasonic Mortar Board Hat!

I left University after 4 years and pretty much just wandered into my mystical hippy-type searching years. I had a backpack of books and hit the road for California to “find the truth” and meet like-minded people I thought would be there.

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I didn’t “graduate” and thought nothing of it. I changed majors every semester and just wandered out after the fourth year of free food and rent thanks to my father who had hoped I would follow in his footsteps. I was totally restless and uncertain not of just what I wanted to do, but who the heck I was and what was I here on earth for. You know, the light stuff…ha. But as a result I didn’t qualify for the philosophy degree I was apparently shooting for, having changed majors every semester.

My authoritarian corporatist father with his high falutin’ doctorate degree was pissed and thereupon smothered me in silence, as was his way. I can understand from his paradigm – he paid for my schooling and I rejected the whole ball of wax. He remained silent about this until his death but I suffered guilt about this apparently because I had recurring dreams for years about this missing “degree” I supposedly should have gotten.

Thankfully this sorted out after my latest much more full conscious awakening and we’re friends now, having visited together in dreams for some time.

And yes, that blew my mind.

Was I sorting out buried guilt? Clearly at the least father, and mother, issues are a biggie for many people, they certainly were for me. Is that what is sorting out here? Am I replaying old fears repeatedly simply due to old programming and experiences? Or are some of these dreams parallel lives where I lived on in that academic environment having been a “good boy” and finished up?

Or could they be a mixture? Does our dream life evolve with our coming into greater conscious awareness?

I think that’s part of it, but I really don’t know.

I have to say, though, this new understanding of themes and timelines as a possible link to insights into the existence of parallel worlds has had an immediate wonderful effect of helping me detach from these very involved, personal and often intense dreams and observe them much more objectively.

I like that. It’s not bound up in emotion. And as I said, reconciliation happens in mysterious ways. But it does happen. And in way deeper aspects as we reconcile with our very nature of existence.

Parallel Worlds and Timelines

There is a lot written about this subject and the potential for infinite worlds, a literal multiverse of endless potential. Quite remarkable from our little earthly standpoint and our seeming 3 dimensional reality. Our mental understanding is so limited, while our consciousness not only already knows this boundless potential, but is connected to and experiences it continually.

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Ours is to let that arise within and without us and let it supersede our clod-bound minds, sense of self, and perception of our surroundings.

If we do subscribe to that parallel universe and timeline understanding, or even that conscious reparations are going on, then it is no wonder dreams may seem disjointed and nonsensical. Perhaps several parallel lives are peeking through and overlapping on occasion. I do know that sometimes for me it appears to be another reality construct that is not the continuation of this one, and that it appears more so as the vibrational times keep changing.

And that understanding resonates with me. But again, that may change.

Some people have amazing gifts regarding seeing and understanding this phenomenon. Physicists flatly say there are at least 11 dimensions right now floating around us without time being a factor. Others say there are at least 100 dimensions. Knowing the pace of modern science vs consciousness I think they’ll get to that infinite potential number pretty quick when they finally realize the multiverse cannot be put into their test tube bottles and labelled and filed away. I.e. the mind will never grasp it.

Never. It’s beyond mind, little men, let it go.

Any way you perceive it, this is definitely something to keep researching and following, looking for those hints and nudges to find out more about how we can continue to tap into this infinite potential.

Recurring Dreams

Besides these recurring themes, there’s only been one dream in my life that I kept having over and over. I’ve written about this before, but it happened between the ages of 5 and 7. It’s still as vivid to me now as it was then over 6 decades ago.

And I consider it quite significant, for me.

Again, there are parallel worlds and collectively our planet and its inhabitants are making decisions daily as to its course into the future. I don’t know what’s set or what isn’t, but I suppose it runs on possibilities with some outcomes more likely than others at any given time. I don’t pretend to know all the factors that influence us or all the mechanics, but I know it’s a hell of a lot more than what we’re taught or told or supposedly “allowed to know” by those engineering this current matrixand the control of its inhabitants.

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The Dream

The world was erupting. Volcanoes were going off everywhere. It was the end of the world and hot, with molten lava spreading everywhere.

I fled to a familiar spot where I used to play with my friends in someone’s driveway. It was also one of those “cut through the neighborhood” short cuts to get between streets.

I had to run because lava was coming closely towards me down a slight embankment, while distant fields of lave could be seen approaching from every direction. I was seeing two scenes at once. The neighborhood I was in and the place I had fled to, but I could see the landscape of the world was all having the same volcanic phenomenon. There was nowhere to run for anybody and you could only find temporary relief in safe spots until the eruptions and lava reached you.

I was in this driveway we used to play in as the lava approached. One side of the driveway had a huge hedge, way tall in front of some large trees next to where we’d plays games in front of the garage and goof around. As I looked around on this seemingly doomed scenario, suddenly a hole opened up in the hedge. It was about 2 feet wide and around chest high for my little body.

I ran over to it and dove in head first.

Shot Into Space

The next thing I knew this giant vacuum hose somehow immediately sent me flying into space. It was amazing. There I was with my arms outstretched floating perfectly silently into outer space. Earth was nowhere to be seen. I was out there! Just sailing in perfect stillness, marveling at the glorious view and experience.

And I woke up. I had this dream at least 5 or 6 times that I remember, maybe more.

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Every time the exact same dream. No variations. It was disturbing and yet really, really beautiful and peaceful at the same time. I’ve always been fascinated by volcanoes and major earth changes. The awesome power of nature just feels right when you appreciate it. It really puts us in our puny place in the grand scheme of things.

Was I accessing the escape hatch? The stargate-express to ultimate freedom?

Who knows. Maybe something like that will open up to us. Maybe it symbolizes the death experience and our consciousness just goes back to where it came from. The fascination for wormholesand stargates certainly attests to that archetype having a strong influence on us. The existence of such portals has been portrayed for millennia.

And back then, at 5 or 6 years old, there were no wormhole or stargate teachings going on in the 50’s, at least that I ever heard about at that young age. We did have Flash Gordon and his cardboard spaceship and those hokey dinosaur movies, and perhaps they were enough to stimulate our little imaginations. Or we were being shown something.

Today’s high tech entertainment leaves little for the imagination…they do all the imagining for their target audience and steer the poor unsuspecting kids into dark satanic netherworlds and gratuitous violence and end of the world scenarios. More social engineering at work. But still, they can’t fully suppress consciousness.

Going Deeper and the Dream State

The subjects of dreams, parallel dimensions and alternate timelines deserve serious attention. There’s so much to learn if we can process the fullness of our conscious and even currently unconscious experience. If our perspective doesn’t take everything into consideration we’re operating on partial understanding.

That’s the beauty of consciousness. It’s like having a built-in wormhole to everything if we can learn to access it fully. All possibility awaits us.

More profoundly, these types of dreams remind us that because we are on these different paths, our current environment is essentially of our own making by our power of choice. We are co-creators of this life here via our individual decisions, which implies that what we react to and how we react are extremely important to the overall milieu we live in.

Are the “bad guys” good for us, prodding us to learn to react consciously at some level? Certainly it’s “allowed” at some level. What is this seeming contest ultimately all about?

Is this existence really “it”? I surely don’t think so. It’s just another dream – a shared one but still a dream.

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As I see it we are co-directing a group lucid dream, one we can interact with, and it’s only one of many possible ones. Are we destined to keep repeating these challenges on some level until we get the point?

Maybe life is a circular cycle until we get the point. Maybe at that point they’ll stop spinning their screw cap and catch the threads of truth and really drill down in the spiral to greater awakening.

Hmmm….

Conclusion

The subjects of dreams and parallel dimensions and alternate timelines deserve serious attention. There’s so much to learn if we can process the fullness of our conscious and even currently unconscious experience. If our perspective doesn’t take everything into consideration we’re operating on partial understanding.

That’s the beauty of consciousness. It’s like having a built-in wormhole to everything if we can learn to access it fully. All possibility awaits us.

As articulated above, these types of dreams remind us that because we are on these different potential paths, our current environment is essentially of our own making by our power of choice. We are co-creators of this life here.

Now that is not just extremely liberating, but an awesome responsibility. That’s where consciousness kicks in – or doesn’t.

Ultimately we just need to fully be who we already are as we continue on in our higher education, with a fearless love of truth and the compassion to care about our full physical and metaphyical environment.

Think on it.

Here’s to turning it all on!

Warp speed, anyone?

Much love, Zen

Imagine a World with More Participation, Less Government and Less Tax


Less government and less tax are two widely held desires by many people of the world, regardless of whether they live in overtly repressive regimes or supposedly enlightened democracies.

Around the world, we are drastically over-governed and over-burdened with excessive regulation and bureaucratic bullying from petty tyrants. As the Roman historian Tacitus wisely said, the more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.

On an energetic level, the preponderance of government cannot exist without the citizenry enabling it. It’s a codependent relationship; if you act like a powerless slave, you will manifest a harsh master, or conversely, if you already have a harsh master, you can tend to fall unconsciously into the role of powerless slave. We cannot expect to magically have less government and pay less tax if we don’t also do something to address the underlying balance.

However, there is a practical solution that is within the grasp of everyone: more participation.

More Participation is the Key to Freedom

By more participation, I don’t mean more voting. The US voting system is entirely rigged for many reasons, from programmed electronic voting machines to countless other acts of voter fraud (just ask Arizonans!). Going through another US election circus (as we do every 4 years) serves as a stark reminder that we need to stop wasting our time investing energy in finding the “perfect candidate” who’s somehow going to stop all the evils of the world – while inheriting a system of massive centralized power that makes them into an Emperor with the legalized power to kill. We are already aware of the gross criminality of Hillary Clinton and the Zionist-NWO connections of Donald Trump. Although Bernie Sanders has more principles than either of those two (e.g. by deliberately not taking money from big banks), he has been a longtime supporter of war when it comes to US military intervention. As Ryan Dawson pointed out about Bernie’s voting record:

“[Bernie] wanted military intervention in Yugoslavia. He voted yes on Bombing Kosovo(One of his staff members resigned over it.) He voted to finance the Iraq War multiple times. Supports the war in Afghanistan and voted for it. Supported the coup in Ukraine and voted to give 1 billion dollars towards it. Supports aiding Al Qaeda in Syria and calls them “moderate rebels”. Voted to invade Libya.”

The time has come to stop engaging with this circus. More participation means actively taking a part and having a say in how our community, society, state or nation is being run. Everyone has their own amount of skill and time that they can devote to this, so everyone will be able to help to different extents. However, the bottom line is that the more we take matters into our own hands and direct the course of society, the less relevant politicians become, and the less politicians are able to justify Big Government with all its excessive taxes. The key is really to make politicians obsolete, because then we can turn to them and say, “We don’t need you. Go and find another job. The people will run the country.” Of course, we are only able to do effectively this if we are well-informed, aware and willing to give up some personal time to taking a stand for what is right.

Some at this point may argue, “I already have enough on my plate. How do possibly expect me to do more? I barely have enough time to pay my bills and spend time with my family.” Yes, that’s true – almost all of us are in that rat race. Why? Because we are excessively taxed to the point where we have to run around like crazy just to make ends meet. It’s not just the illegal IRS federal income tax. Do you realize you probably pay most of these 97 taxes every year? Are you aware just how much Big Government is bleeding you to death?

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Imagine a world with less government and more freedom. Imagine a world with less tax and more dollars in your wallet. Imagine not being stressed about work and money. Imagine if we could break the dependency cycle with government and remove all the limitations that have been placed on us. Your life would change immeasurably! However, to get to that point, we first need to break the underlying relationship of apathy, ignorance and slavery with more enlightened participation.

The 3 Main Benefits of Increased Participation

What exactly this enlightened participation looks like is still an open question to be explored, but it could involve, for example, things like direct democracy (people voting on resolutions and bills directly) and reclaiming things like education so that entire branches and agencies of the Executive Branch could be abolished and disbanded. Here are 3 main benefits that we could achieve through increased participation in our society:

1. Less Government

The more jobs, roles and tasks we can take over and perform, the less government we need. It’s really that simple. If we homeschool our kids, we need less government schools with Common Core globalist propaganda. If we take more steps to defend ourselves, we need less government and its burgeoning “security” industry (TSA, DHS, law enforcement, military, NSA and all the others) to keep us “secure” (even though they basically just keep the .01% secure). If we demand to make political decisions ourselves, we need less government and “representatives” to vote and decide for us. If we raise our consciousness enough to the point where we get better at resolving our differences peacefully, without the need for lawyers, the less government courts and judges we need.

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2. Less Taxes and More Money in Your Pocket

Taxation is a type of theft, especially when you have no real say in how your money is being used. People would have so much more money in terms of disposable income if government were cut back to a small size. It would significantly take the pressure off the lower and middle class, and improve their standard of living tremendously, if people were not subjected to the 97 or more taxes they are forced to pay. Whatever inconvenience comes with having to be more politically involved would be more than totally offset by a reduction in the size of government and amount of taxes.

3. More Power and Say in Local or National Affairs

A third benefit of more participation is that you actually get to have a say in the outcome of decisions that affect you. Aren’t you tired of faceless bureaucrats like those from the UN and ICLEI making Agenda 21-style decisions that affect your community – such as mandating that we all have to be linked up to the Smart (Surveillance) grid? Do you want to be another node on the digital network controlled by AI (Artificial Intelligence)? Wouldn’t you rather live in a world where the people of a certain area or community are the ones who actually make the decisions about what happens there?

Conclusion: Imagine and Create Less Government and Less Tax

Everyone has their own specific talents, abilities and skills. Everyone has differing amounts of time and money. The point here is that in general, we need more people to get involved – in whatever way they can. It’s an inescapable truth that the more we participate in deciding our how things are run, the less government we will inevitably have, the less taxes we will have to pay and the more time and freedom we will have to spend on the people, things and creative projects we truly love. How you can participate in this solution is uniquely up to you – but it starts with imagination, inspiration and the determination to be more involved.

Relax, It’s Only MACRA


Over the past three weeks, I’ve had the chance to present the changes being brought by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) to audiences of hundreds of physicians — at ACP’s Leadership Day on Capitol Hill, ACP’s Board of Governors and Board of Regents meetings, several educational sessions and a news briefing at the College’s Internal Medicine 2016 Scientific Meeting, and on Saturday, to the California Medical Association’s Leadership Academy. I’ve also had chats with dozens of physicians outside of these formal presentations.

Here’s what I have learned: most physicians look at the “value-based” payment reforms being brought by MACRA with a degree of trepidation: they aren’t sure how to proceed, what measures will be used, whether they will be unfairly penalized for things outside of their control, and worried it will result in more administrative “hassles.” It is certainly true that MACRA will make significant changes in the way physicians are reimbursed by Medicare, and ACP is addressing such concerns, through our advocacy with CMS and Congress, by educating our members about MACRA and by helping them be prepared. For instance, ACP has developed a two-page explanation of the law, recommended 10 stepsphysicians can take right now, and developed implementation tools to help them.

Understandable anxiety and trepidation is one thing, but what worries me is that there is a growing undercurrent (just Google “MACRA will destroy private practice”) that implementation of the law will be a “sky-is-falling, end-of-medicine-as-we-know-it” type of disruption.

Frankly, this is nonsense, because MACRA offers physicians far more flexibility and choices than what that they currently have to put up with.

Remember, MACRA didn’t create the idea of linking Medicare payments to measure of value, physicians have had to report on quality measures for years, with their payments being adjusted upward (and increasingly downward) if they don’t report successfully. So the real question is, is MACRA better than what doctors currently have to put up with PQRS, Meaningful Use, and Value-Modifier programs?

  • Yes, by combining reporting of quality data into one program instead of the three separate ones, MACRA can substantially ease the burden of reporting. Already, CMS has proposed a reduction in the number of measures that have to be reported under the quality program that will replace PQRS and improvements in the Advancing Care Information program that will replace the Meaningful Use program to make them less burdensome. In addition, MACRA adds a new category for reporting on Clinical Practice Improvement Activities, with approximately 90 flexible options for physicians to get credit for many of the improvements they already are making in their practices. Further, CMS has emphasized its commitment to ensuring that smaller practices get the flexibility and support they need. Although CMS’s proposed improvements don’t go far enough, ACP intends to hold the agency to itscommitment to “streamlining and strengthening value and quality-based payments for all physicians; rewarding participation in Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs) that create the strongest incentives for high-quality, coordinated, and efficient care; and giving doctors and other clinicians flexibility regarding how they participate in the new payment system.”
  • Yes, because MACRA’s maximum potential penalties for failing to successfully report quality and cost data for the next four years are less than under the current reporting programs. Under the current PQRS, Meaningful Use and Value-modifier programs, physicians in 2017 could get a maximum downward adjustment of up to 8%: -2% from PQRS, -2% from Meaningful Use, -2% from the Value Modifier Program (for physicians in groups of 2-7) or -4% (for groups of 8 or more). Under MACRA, the maximum downward adjustment a physician could get in 2019 (which CMS is proposing will be based on data submitted in 2017) is -4%, -5% in 2020, and -7% in 2021. Only in 2022 and subsequent years would MACRA’s downward adjustment of -9% be greater than the current maximum downward adjustment of up to -8% under the current programs.
  • Yes, because MACRA allows physicians to earn positive payment adjustments while the current PQRS and Meaningful Use programs only allow physicians to avoid penalties (no positive adjustments allowed). Under MACRA, physicians can earn positive payment adjustments each year for quality reporting of up to +4% in 2019, +5% in 2020, +7% in 2021, and +9% in 2022 (although the actual maximum positive adjustments each year could be less than this, depending on how many physicians fall above or below the threshold required to avoid downward adjustments), and top performers can earn up to 10% more each year. Under the current PQRS and Meaningful Use programs, there are no positive upward adjustments available, only avoidance of penalties for failing to report successfully.
  • Yes, because under the current PQRS and Meaningful Use programs, Medicare keeps the money from negative adjustments to some physicians while MACRA keeps it in the physician payment pool. Under MACRA, any negative adjustments to physicians who fall below the scoring threshold needed to get positive adjustments are redistributed to physicians who score high enough to receive positive adjustments. While such “budget neutral” redistribution creates challenges, it’s clearly better for physicians that MACRA allows the money to stay in the physician payment pool rather than letting Medicare keep it as it now does.
  • Yes, because MACRA allows the thousands of physicians in certified Patient-Centered Medical Homes (or who decide to get certified) to get favorable scoring, helping them qualify for positive payment adjustments. No such opportunity exists under the current reporting programs. CMS is proposing a number of flexible options for practices to get certified as PCMHs.
  • Yes, because under MACRA, physicians in Advanced Alternative Payment Models can to earn 5% Medicare FFS bonus payments each year from 2019-24 (and more favorable updates afterwards), plus whatever payment incentives and additional revenue opportunities apply to their advanced APM. To illustrate, CMS has proposed that physicians participating in the new Comprehensive Primary Care Plus program, which I blogged about last month, could qualify as Advanced APMs, meaning that they would get risk adjusted prospective payments averaging $15-27 each month per beneficiary, plus at risk incentive based monthly payments of $2.50-$4.00 per beneficiary per month (this portion would have to be paid back if savings weren’t achieved), plus their FFS billings, plus the 5% bonus on Medicare FFS payments available only to advanced APMs.

So yes, MACRA is a big deal, but not in the way many physicians think it is. Compared to what physicians are currently dealing with under the current Medicare reporting programs, MACRA offers more opportunities for physicians to earn positive adjustments, exposes physicians to less risk from negative adjustments through 2021, creates positive rewards for the thousands of physicians who are practicing in certified PCMHs or who choose to get such certification, keeps all of the money from downward adjustments in the physician payment pool rather than letting Medicare keep it, and creates very substantial payment rewards for physicians in advanced Alternative Payment Models. These changes are all good for physicians, especially those in smaller practices.

And, don’t forget, because of MACRA, we no longer have to deal with the annual SGR cut and all of its associated baggage.

Sure, MACRA remains a work-in-progress; more can and must be done to simplify reporting and create additional options and flexibility for physicians in all types and sizes of practice, and physicians will need help in making the necessary changes in their practices. But even as it stands right now, MACRA clearly is a change for the better compared to what physicians currently have to deal with.

Today’s question: what do you think the impact of MACRA will be on your practice?

Spiritual Life is All About the Process!


In my frequent travels around the world, I’m blessed to meet with lots of evolving people, all from different walks of life, but all with commonality about this great shift into the New Paradigm we’re experiencing. You’re yearning for a new sense of equity and justice for all — a vibration where all sentient life is respected and supported. And another phenomenon that’s uniting people is how tough the path is being right now. There’s lots of density and resistance people are experiencing, lots of earth-shattering challenges. It’s like you’re being tested to the limit. My heart goes out to you. What’s it all about?

Why Spiritual Life is All About the Process

The One in You Creates Effortlessly

The problem in this dense, physical world, where we seemingly have to graft for resources, is that it’s all about the outcome – working to achieve this or that, or just to put food on the table and a roof over your head. Or else you might be working for deep idealistic reasons (to support the shift for example) and yet still sometimes resources can seem tight.

The important thing to realise and remember is that this is not about attaining some physical outcome in life. It’s all about the process itself. What do I mean by this?

The One is not trying to create things. It doesn’t intend anything. It simply creates effortlessly as an expression of being. Being is the creative driving force of the universe. And what I’ve found in working with countless people now, is that if you too change your focus to exploring and expressing beingness in any given moment, then creation will follow the energy you put out. The universe can’t help but support you.

Embrace Life Itself as a Continual Unfolding and Expressing Vehicle

However there will be resistances to this emergent light. Consider the bigger macrocosmic process of light flowing into the darkness in the wider universe. When the light has not yet fully penetrated you have ‘grey’ areas. And souls are drawn into these by The Law of Attraction to express the light through them. As you breakthrough, creations will arise and take shape, but it is never about these – it’s always about the expression itself.

Once you attach to a particular creation, then your focus begins to cut you off from the flowing light. It’s like you isolate yourself as a snapshot in time – this creates an eddy current of control, which over time, the universe gathers around to sweep away – this is the nature of our society right now.

So it pays not to attach to a particular outcome or creation. Rather to embrace life itself as a continual unfolding and expressing vehicle. What’s the greatest version of you, that you can be now?

It’s All About Being

Within this will be your own attachments and resistances. As the universe flows through you it shines light on these and manifests them out in the open through the circumstances of your life. The key is to ‘turn into’ and face these resistancesimmediately you encounter them. In so doing, you can work to unwind the internal contraction caused by the attachment. Thus you unleash the flow once more and new creations happen.

This in itself becomes a totally fulfilling and rewarding life – miracles and magic flow around you. You feel a cherished part of the divine.

So consider then that life itself is a continual process — a continual working into the density and expressing your divinity through it. Let go of the need for it to be a certain way — embrace the clear path that emerges. Then your life will always be supported and magical, even in the challenging times ahead.

It’s all about the awesome Power of Being…

Wandering Toward Unhappiness: How a Drifting Mind Can Make You Miserable


For Matt Killingsworth Ph.D., studying happiness is a full-time job. A Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar, inventor of the Track Your Happiness app and doctorate in psychology from Harvard University, he’s driven by the idea of learning what’s behind being joyful. So much so that he embarked on a groundbreaking journey to study people’s happiness in daily life — on a tremendous scale, around the world. Through the use of the app, Killingsworth and his research team were able to compile a massive amount of data concerning what makes us happy (or unhappy) at any given moment.

“My results suggest that happiness is indeed highly sensitive to the contents of our moment-to-moment experience. And one of the most powerful predictors of happiness is something we often do without even realizing it: mind-wandering.”

By using Killingsworth’s app, participants received signals on their iPhones at random times, where they answered questions about their experience the instant right before the signal.

“The idea is that if we can watch how people’s happiness goes up and down over the course of the day, and try to understand how things like what people are doing, who they’re with, what they’re thinking about, and all the other factors that describe our experiences relate to those ups and downs in happiness, we might eventually be able to discover some of the major causes of human happiness.”

The first question concerned happiness: How do you feel? on a scale from very bad to very good. Next, an activity question: What are you doing? on a list of 22 activities ranging from eating and working to watching television. The final question was about mind-wandering: Are you thinking about something other than what you’re currently doing?Participants could say either no (they are focused on their activity) or yes (they are thinking about something else). They were also asked if the subject matter of those thoughts were pleasant, neutral or unpleasant.

As of July of 2013, the project has collected over 650,000 real-time reports from over 15,000 individuals. And it’s a diverse group, from a wide range of ages (from 18-80), incomes, education levels and marital statuses. “They collectively represent every one of 86 occupational categories and hail from over 80 countries,” said Killingsworth.

The team then poured through the data. The results were clear: when we don’t pay attention to what is in front of us at this very moment, unhappiness ensues.

Want to be happier? Stay in the moment

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Be here now

Back in the 1970’s, Richard Alpert (otherwise known as Ram Dass), wrote a small book on how to “Be Here Now.” The entire focus of the booklet was about staying in the moment. Other authors and spiritual leaders have taken up the torch since then, with their own take on mindfulness — Eckhart Tolle comes to mind, but the message remains profound in its simplicity: pay attention.

Easier said than done.

For anyone who has ever been on a meditation retreat — or asked to focus on a single, habitual task (like tying your shoes) for a mere minute — knows that the mind can be a wandering beast, and not very cooperative about being tamed. In fact, our minds like to wander. A lot. Killingsworth’s research shows that, on average, forty-seven percent of the time, we are thinking about something other than what we are currently doing. But the rate changes depending on the activity. Taking a shower or brushing your teeth comes in at 65 percent. Working was slightly lower at 50 percent. Exercising, 40 percent. Sex seemed to have the lowest level of mind-wandering with 30 percent.

Says Killingsworth:

“We found that people are substantially less happy when their minds are wandering than when they’re not, which is unfortunate considering we do it so often. Moreover, the size of this effect is large—how often a person’s mind wanders, and what they think about when it does, is far more predictive of happiness than how much money they make, for example.”

We may believe that when our mind wanders while we are doing something not very enjoyable, it would actually be beneficial for happiness. But the research paints a different picture. Across the board, people are less happy when their mind is wandering, regardless of what they’re doing.

 

Take for example commuting, usually people don’t find it very fun. And yet, people are significantly happier when they are only focused on the commute instead of having their mind wandering off. “This pattern holds for every single activity we measured, including the least enjoyable. It’s amazing.”

But is mind-wandering actually causing unhappiness, or vice versa?

Because the data had many responses from each person, the research team was able to see if mind-wandering preceded unhappiness or if unhappiness came first. What they found was a strong correlation between the mind-wandering and feeling unhappy a short time later — not the other way around. In short, having a wandering mind is a cause, not merely a consequence, of unhappiness.

A big part of the reason that not being present causes so much misery is because when our mind wanders, we often think of unpleasant things: we worry and are anxious, dwell on regrets. Such negative thinking has a huge impact on happiness, or lack thereof. Killingsworth points out that even when people are distracted by something considered neutral, they are still markedly less happy than when they are present. Taken a step further, even pleasant thoughts produce slightly less happiness than when the mind isn’t wandering at all.

Be that as it may, Killingsworth reminds us that:

“The lesson here isn’t that we should stop mind-wandering entirely—after all, our capacity to revisit the past and imagine the future is immensely useful, and some degree of mind-wandering is probably unavoidable. But these results do suggest that mind-wandering less often could substantially improve the quality of our lives. If we learn to fully engage in the present, we may be able to cope more effectively with the bad moments and draw even more enjoyment from the good ones.”

How Money From Pharmaceutical Companies Sways Doctors’ Prescriptions


f your doctor receives money or gifts from a drug company, be it payment for a lecture or a free meal, does it influence the medications he or she in turn prescribes? This represents the burning question in an industry saturated with pharmaceutical company involvement.

A ProPublica analysis revealed nearly nine in 10 cardiologists, and seven in 10 internists and family practitioners, included in their study received payments from drug or device companies in 2014.[1] But the analysis didn’t stop there.

It also looked into whether or not such payments were associated with prescribing practices, and here’s where things got interesting.

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Doctors Who Received Drug-Company Money Prescribed More Brand-Name Drugs

ProPublica analyzed the prescribing habits of doctors who wrote at least 1,000 prescriptions in the Medicare Part D drug program. The doctors belonged to five common specialties: psychiatry, cardiovascular disease, family medicine, internal medicine and ophthalmology.

Not only was the receipt of drug-company money associated with a higher percentage of brand-name drug prescriptions, but the prescriptions rose with the amount of money received.[2]

The analysis included promotional speaking, consulting, business travel, meals, royalties and gifts as forms of drug company payments. Those who received more than $5,000 from industry in 2014 prescribed the most brand-name drugs. According to the analysis:

In all cases, the group receiving larger payments had a higher brand-name prescribing rate on average.

Additionally, the type of payment made a difference: those who received meals alone from companies had a higher rate of brand-name prescribing than physicians who received no payments, and those who received speaking payments had a higher rate than those who received other types of payments.”

Are Drug-Company Payments ‘Thinly Veiled Kickbacks?’

Dr. Aaron Kesselheim, an associate professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, told The Atlantic regarding the featured study:[3]

“It again confirms the prevailing wisdom … that there is a relationship between payments and brand-name prescribing … This feeds into the ongoing conversation about the propriety of these sorts of relationships.

Hopefully we’re getting past the point where people will say, ‘Oh, there’s no evidence that these relationships change physicians’ prescribing practices.”

Indeed, this is far from the first time that such payments have been linked to prescribing practices.

A 2010 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine also found that nearly 84 percent of physicians surveyed reported some type of relationship with industry during the previous year, and those with such a relationship were more likely to prescribe a brand-name drug even when a generic alternative was available.[4]

The finding isn’t only relevant for patients, who may be paying more unnecessarily for brand-name drugs, but also for taxpayers who spend billions each year subsidizing Medicare Part D. At least 1 in 4 U.S. prescriptions are paid for by Medicare.

Meanwhile, it’s worth repeating that the reason drug companies pay doctors and aggressively promote certain medications is not to benefit patients; it’s to benefit their bottom line. And there’s often a fine line between legitimate payments and illegal kickbacks. ProPublica noted:[5]

” … [F]ederal whistle-blower lawsuits against several pharmaceutical companies have alleged that payments are little more than thinly veiled kickbacks, which are illegal. Companies have paid billions of dollars to settle the cases.”

Drug Companies Heavily Promote ‘Me-Too Drugs’ to Doctors

Past research by ProPublica revealed the drugs most aggressively promoted to physicians, and they’re not medical breakthroughs or even, generally, top sellers.

Instead, they tend to be drugs that are newer to the market, sometimes underperforming and often face competition from other older, readily available drugs.

Dubbed “me-too” drugs, their makers may claim they carry fewer side effects, work faster or have other advantages over existing drugs on the market.[6]

Another ProPublica study revealed that top prescribers of some of the most heavily marketed drugs tended to receive promotional speaking payments from the drugs’ makers.[7]

Would You Still Trust Your Doctor If He or She Accepts Drug Company Payments?

In 2012, research showed that accepting gifts from the pharmaceutical industry does have implications for the doctor-patient relationship, and “doing so can undermine trust and affect patients’ intent to adhere to medical recommendations.”[8]

Not surprisingly, most people surveyed in one study said they would have less trust in their physician if they learned he or she accepted gifts worth more than $100 from the pharmaceutical industry, or went on industry-sponsored trips or sporting events.

One-quarter even said they would be less likely to take a prescribed medication “if their physician had recently accepted a gift in return for listening to a pharmaceutical representative’s presentation about that drug.”[9]

It’s no wonder that most physicians would rather their patients not know about any kickbacks they’ve received from the drug industry. But now that this has become public information, it may very well prompt some physicians to cut their ties to the industry.

Unfortunately, quite often — definitely too frequently for comfort — treatment recommendations are biased in favor of a specific drug simply because people making the decisions stand to profit from it.

If you find your doctor is receiving large amounts of money from industry, you may want to find another doctor or get a second opinion. At the very least, if you have concerns you might open a conversation about whether the drugs you’ve been prescribed are the best choices for you.

Whatever your health problem might be, I strongly recommend digging below the surface using all the resources available to you; including your own commonsense and reason, true independent experts’ advice and others’ experiences to determine what medical treatment or advice will be best for you.

You Can Find Out If Your Doctor Accepts Drug-Company Money (and How Much)

According to ProPublica’s “Dollar for Docs” website, which you can use to find out if your doctor accepts money from the drug industry, more than 1,500 companies have made payments to nearly 686,000 doctors, totaling close to $3.5 billion.[10]

You can also find out if your doctor receives payments from Big Pharma by visiting OpenPaymentsData.CMS.gov. This site has tallied nearly $6.5 billion in payments since 2013.[11] It hasn’t always been possible to find out what giftsyour owndoctor might be accepting.

The Physician Payments Sunshine Act, which is part of the Affordable Care Act, went into effect in 2013. For the first time, the Act requires drug and medical device makers to collect and disclose any payments of more than $10 made to physicians and teaching hospitals.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is in charge of implementing the Sunshine Act, which it has done via its Open Payments Program. You can easily search the site to find out what (if any) payments your doctor has received, along with the nature of the payments.

5 Solutions for a New World


With the rise of alternative media, seeing the flaws in the mainstream media is quite easy if one knows where to look. It’s also particularly easy these days, thanks to the dawn of the Internet, to dig deep into history and discover that it has been completely misrepresented, along with the many forces behind it. As an alternative community, it seems the focus has been solely put on pointing out everything that is wrong in society. But what about solutions? It would seem that everyone is in this journey to change the world together. If that is the case, then it’s important to start focusing mass amounts of energy on the solutions to these problems rather than just simply pointing out the flaws. Finding the holes is easy; putting sustainable solutions in place is much more difficult.

This article aims to provide a brief introduction to real life solutions already in place.

It is the opinion of The Last American Vagabond and Wake Up World that the poor social structure of society is due to the over centralization of power that resides in the hands of a very small group of the ultra élite whose reach stretches into virtually all aspects of society. This is discussed in a previous article called The Coming Revolution: A New Vibrational Reality. When one finds themselves in a system that is beyond repair, there is no other choice but to start anew. Therefore, the solution is that of creating a new system through mass decentralized movements rather than trying to fix an old broken system. It is a system in which people take control over their own lives and communities though a bottom up approach. The solution will not happen through a top down approach because the system was created by the élite to benefit the élite. All levers that can bring about change have been systemically rooted out. The system was intentionally built-in this manner to maintain the control of power over time. So what can Americans do at an individual and local level to start to bring about a new system of real decentralized change?

1) Embrace Localized Organic Food and Renewable Resources

This can be done in many ways, all of which include: community gardens, farmers markets, home gardens, urban rooftop gardens, permaculture farms, localized energy grids, along with forms of renewable energy like wind farms and solar panels. The more that communities begin to localize production of food and resources, the more power local communities will begin to accumulate as more capital stays within the community, and problems from the external environment are easier to recover from. The large power of agribusiness begins to decline as the monopolies diminish and profits suffer from low demand. This will also make people healthier in the process as non-chemical laced food is replaced with freshorganic substitutes. As they say, pay the farmer or pay the doctor. People might as well help the local economy by facilitating a self-sustainable community in the process. Permaculture is an excellent place to start as it is directly in tune with nature.

2) Take Part in the Collaborative Economy

This is a decentralized economy that is made efficiently functional through a collaborative economy, a sharing economy, an on-demand economy, and collaborative consumption. A collaborative economy is an economic system of decentralized networks and marketplaces that unlocks the value of underused assets by matching “needs” and “haves,” in ways that bypass traditional middlemen. Examples include Kickstarter, Taskrabbit, and Transferwise. The sharing economy is when underused assets are shared directly by individuals. Examples include AirBnB, Landshare, and Cohealo. The on-demand economy is made up of platforms that match customer needs directly with providers to immediately deliver goods and services. Examples include Uber, Instacar, and Shuttlecook. Finally collaborative consumption is when traditional marketplace activities like renting, lending or swapping are done through technology not possible before the Internet. Examples include eBay, Zipcar, and Zopa. This whole new economy allows for individuals to directly connect without unnecessary middlemen while also sharing goods and services that are then recycled through society.

3) Boycott and Buycott Ethical Practices

The traditional voting system has proven to produce more of the same with each passing election. Empty promises are made to get a candidate in position, and then it’s politics as usual. People must begin to vote for the change they want to see in the world. Not with traditional voting, but by voting with action, by boycotting companies that have ethical practices not in alignment with their world vision, and “buycotting” places they are aligned with, or that do align with their ethical standards. This corrupt hierarchical system can only continue to function if people continue to take part in it. If even 20% of the population was to withdraw energy from the system, it could very well collapse like a deck of cards. This also includes boycotting taxes on the grounds that the tax money is not only illegitimately taken, but used for purposes in which are in total disagreement with what the people want. There is hardly anything the powers that be can do if this type of boycott mass movement is done on a large-scale. New systems can then arise to take the place of old ones.

4) Branch Out Into Alternative Currencies

One of major problems in today’s society stems from a central control over the national currency. Since the currency is so widely used, problems to one of the major pillars in society like banks that are considered “too big to fail,” can cause the whole system to crash. Also, through central banks, the money supply has been increased at a ridiculous pace, while devaluing the currency in return. This has widened the wealth gap in the process as the rich have much more access to this newly printed money. Breaking off into alternative currencies such as Bitcoin, gold and silver, as well as local based currencies derived from local services and goods, and labor hours, will truly allow communities to stand on their own legs instead of solely dependent on a central force. These local based currencies have all already been implemented successfully in places like Ithaca, NY through Ithaca Hours and countries like Greece through the use of the TEM.

5) Don’t Vote

Obviously if this country was functioning under a legitimate democracy, voting would be of the utmost importance in society. However, many feel today that it doesn’t make a difference at all, especially at the federal level, and to a lesser degree at the state level. This is a subject that will undoubtedly upset some who feel that voting is the one true way to enact change; which all can agree on when assuming the system is not corrupt and each voter has a voice. In America’s current political system, that could not be further from the truth. Americans have seen overwhelming evidence that voting machines have been tampered with.

They have seen politicians getting caught in lies, flip-flopping on important issues based on party pressures, and watched as candidates accept massive legalized bribes to carry out future legislation, otherwise known as campaign contributions.Voting in a system in which the vote itself makes no difference to the outcome, is showing compliance to the system and therefore giving it legitimacy. The establishment wants people to vote in high numbers, so when a leader is elected, they are legitimized. If hardly anyone votes, then the leader has far more shaky ground to stand on. In today’s corrupt two-party system, the best course of action would be to not vote and focus one’s energy at the individual and local levels. At the local level voting can still work, but that also comes with increased participation and understanding in how the local community operates and functions. Local communities must be restored before national change comes.

It is no longer a question of what the solutions are, but instead a matter of putting them into practice and building off of them. Pointing out all the problems in society is all for nothing if solutions are not implemented. The new society is deeply rooted in the people taking back their sovereign right to self-govern and self-sustain themselves rather than be reliant on a large central state for all the answers. It WILL NEVER come from the top. They built the system in a way in which they always will remain in control. Therefore, it’s time for a radical shift inside us, the people. A fundamental shift in one’s own consciousness has to occur first. Once this happens, the next logical step is to branch out into the local communities in which one lives. It’s a bottom-up approach in which the seed is planted inside the soul first, then leading to seeds being spread and harvested within local communities. We can’t relay on some external force to bring about change. It’s up to each and every one of us to be the change we want to see in the world. We must literally manifest the new world we want to see by embracing that energy in our own collective actions. This is real change through real action.

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Gut Bugs Differ in Chronic Prostatitis


Difference in taxa may aid biomarker, researchers say.

The gut microbiome was altered in men with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS) versus controls, researchers reported here.

Microbiome processing of fecal matter using next-generation RNA gene sequencing and bioinformatics analyses revealed underrepresentation of several taxa, including Prevotella, in the guts of men with chronic prostatitis/CPPS compared with controls, according toDaniel Shoskes, MD, from the Cleveland Clinic, and colleagues.

Prevotella is a genus of gram-negative bacteria that protects against inflammation. Data from gut microbiome analyses may eventually allow for identification of potential biomarkers and targets of therapy, he reported in a presentation at the American Urological Association meeting.
In humans, the number of bacterial genes exceeds the number of human genes by a factor of at least 100:1. Further, 60% of the dry weight of feces are bacteria that normally live in humans in states of health.
Molecular techniques are now available to identify bacteria that cannot be identified in culture. “There have been several studies looking for non-cultural bacteria in urine, prostate fluid, and prostate tissue,” Shoskes said. “My interpretation of the results to date is that we have not yet found that smoking gun pathogen…causing this condition. Maybe looking in the urine is looking in the wrong place.”
A great deal is known about the normal gut microbiome, he continued, including the presence of a gut-brain axis, which is a bidirectional communication between the gut and the brain that affects mental health, anxiety, and emotions. The gut microbiome also has known importance in irritable bowel syndrome.
The hypothesis for his group’s study was that the gut microbiome would differ between CPPS patients and controls, and that these differences might be reflected at the ecological level (i.e., alpha diversity) and at the individual genus and species level.

They studied 25 patients with symptomatic category III CPPS and a like number of controls who were either asymptomatic or only had lower urinary tract symptoms but no pain. Neither patients nor controls were currently being treated with or were recently treated with antibiotics. Fecal matter was collected from a digital rectal examination and subjected to microbiome processing using next-generation RNA gene sequencing and bioinformatics analyses using principal coordinate analysis (PCoA),which captures the diversity of the microbiome, in addition to QIME, LEfSe and PiCRUSt algorithms.
Three-dimensional Unifrac PCoA demonstrated tighter clustering of controls in an area that was distinct from the wider clustering of cases (P=0.001). This analysis correctly predicted cases and controls 88% of the time.
There was statistically significantly reduced alpha diversity in the gut in the patients compared with the controls based on two standard measurements (P=0.001 for both).
Three taxa were overrepresented and one (Prevotella) was significantly underrepresented in cases. “When you look at the individual taxa in the individual patients, you do not see a consistent pattern that one would expect if you were simply knocking out certain bacteria with antibiotics,” Shoskes said.
Differences were also discovered in the taxa of patients with gastrointestinal symptoms and those without such symptoms, as well as for CPPS patients with the neurologic/systemic phenotype.
The bacterial changes “have the potential to impact the metabolome and influence the gut, the brain, and systemic inflammation,” he said.
In commenting on the study, J. Curtis Nickel, MD, of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, remarked, “the gut, the microbiome is a seeping mass…a biomass…that is still a very big mystery to us. I think it’s going to be an interaction between the gut and the vagina in women, the perineum in men, the urethra, the prostate and the bladder…so the general urinary tract, and the bowel.”
Shoskes replied, “What I think is unique about the gut is this proven brain-gut axis…that I don’t think we’re necessarily going to see with the vagina or with the bladder. I don’t know there there’s the same crosstalk with the brain. So I think the gut will remain unique.”
A separate presentation by Shoskes’ team examined the urinary microbiome in the same set of CPPS patients and controls, and again found significant differences between the cases and controls, as well as between patients with different clinical phenotypes. In particular, higher counts of Clostridia were found in the cases, with separation sufficient to potentially serve as a biomarker.

Johnson & Johnson Pays $55M In Second Lawsuit Claiming Talcum Powder Products Cause Ovarian Cancer


ohnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $55 million in damages to a South Dakota woman who claimed the use of their talc-based powder products resulted in her ovarian cancer.

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Last Monday, a woman from South Dakota was granted $5 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages after she claimed Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder-based products caused her ovarian cancer, The New York Daily News reported. This is thesecond lawsuit the company has lost this year.

Gloria Ristesund used the company’s talc-based powder products, including Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower Powder, on her genitals as a part of her hygienic routine for decades. According to her lawyers, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after undergoing hysterectomy and other related surgeries, something she believed to be related to her use of talc-based products. Her cancer is currently in remission, Reuters reported.

Ovarian cancer is the eighth most common cancer and the fifth leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., with 20,000 women being diagnosed with the illness each year, according to theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention. It accounts for 3 percent of all cancers in women.

The verdict adds to the ongoing debate about the safety of talc-based cosmetic products, and comes just three months after Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $72 million in damages to the family of an Alabama woman who died from the same type of cancer. Despite these two losses, the company maintains that their products are safe and plan to appeal the recent decision.

“Unfortunately, the jury’s decision goes against 30 years of studies by medical experts around the world that continue to support the safety of cosmetic talc,” Johnson & Johnson spokeswoman Carol Goodrich said in a statement. “For over 100 years, Johnson & Johnson has provided consumers with a safe choice for cosmetic powder products and we will continue to work hard to exceed consumer expectations and evolving product preferences.”

Talcum powder is widely used in cosmetic products, including adult body and facial powders. The powder — made from talc, a mineral that consists of the elements magnesium, silicon, and oxygen — is used to keep skin dry and protect against rashes. Some talc contains asbestos, a substance that has been linked to cancers in and around the lungs when inhaled, according to the American Cancer Society; however, this type of talc is not used in modern consumer products.

Dr. Daniel Cramer first suggested there was a link between using talcum powder on genitals and ovarian cancer in 1982. After this finding, he was reportedly called by companies for help putting warning labels on these kinds of products. A more recent study, released shortly after the February verdict, supported Cramer’s finding, that applying the product to genitals, underwear, and sanitary napkins could increase the risk of developing ovarian cancer risk by a third.

Jim Onder, who served as an attorney for the plaintiffs in the two recent cases, said internal documents show that Johnson & Johnson was aware of the studies linking their products to ovarian cancer.

“The evidence is real clear that Johnson & Johnson has known about the dangers associated with talcum powder for over 30 years,” said Onder, according to the New York Daily News. “Instead of giving a warning, what they did was targeted the groups most at risk for developing ovarian cancer.” The groups Onder is referring to are overweight women, black and Latino people.

Johnson & Johnson is reportedly facing more than 1,200 talcum-powder lawsuits accusing the company of not adequately warning consumers about their products cancer risks.

Why Does Hair Turn Gray, And Is There Anything You Can Do About It?


Going gray is inevitable, but that doesn’t make it any less disheartening. It’s safe to say most people would welcome a way to hold on to their hair color a little longer. Researchers from University College London made strides in the fight against gray hair recently when they discovered a gene that plays a major role in when gray hair begins to show.

There are a lot of misconceptions regarding gray hair and why we develop it. We’ve all heard that plucking a gray hair will only cause more to grow, but experts have found little evidence proving this. The ideas that stress and dyeing result in gray hair have also found little evidence to back them up. However, research has shown that our genes do, in fact, impact how early we will begin to grow gray hair.

IRF4, also known as the gray hair gene, controls hair color by regulating the production and storage of melanin, the pigment that decides hair, skin, and eye color. Since gray hair results from the absence of melanin, the research team is looking into how this information can be used to develop gray-blocking products. Some of the other genes they’ve identified also influence hair curliness, beard thickness, and eyebrow thickness.

If you are starting to gray a little too early for your taste, there is hope on the horizon. Another research team from the United Kingdom has devoted its work to developing an effective treatment for gray hair. As opposed to traditional methods that simply color over gray hair, this new method treats the problem by getting down to the roots. When the researchers applied the cream they developed to the study participants’ eyebrows, they were intrigued to find that their original hair color had returned.

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