16 Signs That You’re A Slave To The Matrix


Today’s world is a strange place. We are inundated with signals from early on in life, encouraging each of us to walk a particular path, establishing blinders on us along the way to discourage us from looking for alternatives to what the herd is doing or thinking. Life is so complex that overtime, if we are paying attention, we realize that there are an infinite number of possibilities to what the human experience could be, and we come see that the world is on fire because individuals all too infrequently question why things are the way they are, failing to notice that their mindset or behavior needs adjustment in favor of more intelligent, common sensical, or sustainable patterns of existence.

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Not meant to be overtly critical of anyone’s lifestyle choices or personal situation, the following 16 signs that you’re a slave to the matrix are meant purely as an observational approach to helping you identify the areas of your life where you may be missing an opportunity to liberate yourself from someone else’s self-destructive design for your life.

Read on, and please take a moment to comment below with anything you’d like to add to the list or object to.

1. You pay taxes to people you’d like to see locked up in jail. This is perhaps the biggest indicator that we are slaves to the matrix. The traditional notion of slavery conjures up images of people in shackles forced to work on plantations to support rich plantation owners. The modern day version of this is forced taxation, where our incomes are automatically docked before we ever see the money, regardless of whether or not we approve of how the money is spent.

2. You go to the doctor, but you’re still sick. Modern medical care, for all of it’s scientific progress, has sadly become sick care, where we are rarely advised to eat well and tend to our mental and physical health, but instead are routinely advised to consume expensive medications and procedures that are pushed by the for-profit healthcare matrix.

3. You’ve picked Team Democrat or Team Republican and argue with your friends, family and co-workers about politics. This is what the control strategy of divide and conquer looks like in our society. Both of the major parties are corrupt through and through, and independent candidates are not even allowed to participate in public debates. By believing in one of these parties and burning your personal energy on arguing with other ordinary people you are turning over your soul the matrix, and doing your share in making sure that ‘we the people’ will never be united against corruption.

4. You work hard doing something you hate to earn fiat dollars. Work is important and money does pay the bills, however, so many people lose the best years of their lives doing things they hate, just for money. The truth about money today is that we do not have money, but instead, inflationary fiat currency that is privately owned and manipulated. Since it is still necessary to get by in this world, it is best that you get more value for your time by doing something you enjoy or by working with people you do not despise. It is easier than you may think to live on less money than we believe we need, we just have to be willing to go against the grain realize this.

5. You’re willing to accrue personal debt to fund the acquisition of a consumer oriented lifestyle. Each time a credit card is swiped it creates digits on the balance sheets of the banks that are most involved with the financial looting of the world today. These digits are then multiplied electronically by the fractional reserve system, which exponentially increases the power of these institutions. To participate in this, and by agreeing to pay this fake money back with interest, in order to maintain a certain lifestyle, is a strong indication that you are bound by one of the main tenets of the matrix –consumerism.

6. You converse with real people about the ongoing happenings of TV shows. TV is the most potent tool used for mind control, and the ‘programming’ that is available, while certainly cool, fun, or entertaining is geared to reinforce certain behaviors amongst the masses. Dramatizing the ego’s importance, over sexualizing everything, glorifying violence, and teaching submissiveness to phony authority are the main features of modern TV. By taking what is happening onscreen and making it a part of your real life, you are doing your job of supporting the matrix’s desire to confuse us about the nature of reality, proving that something doesn’t have to actually happen in order for it to feel real to people.

7. You don’t have anything to hide from total surveillance. If it does not bother you that someone, somewhere, working for somebody is watching you, listening to your conversations, and monitoring your movements, then, you are a good slave to the matrix. Invisible surveillance is an insidious form of thought control, and by using the logic of, ‘I have nothing to hide, therefore, it will do me no harm to be surveilled,’ then you are mindlessly admitting that you have an earthly master and are not of sovereign mind and body.

8. You think the world would be safer if only governments had guns. This is a violent world, and criminals engage in criminality against honest people at every level of society, including from within the government. Sure, in a perfect world, weapons wouldn’t be necessary for anyone but, sadly, our world is anything but perfect, and firearms are indeed a very effective form of protection against common criminals and abusive governments alike. The willingness to forego your right to self-defense is a sign that you’ve relegated personal responsibility to someone else. Having the masses abdicate personal responsibility is one of the most important aspects of controlling them. Welcome to the matrix.

9. You knowingly drink fluoridated water. Of all the health debates taking place today, the topic of fluoridated water is the easiest to understand, for it is a toxic by-product of an industrial process… poison. Water is supposedly fluoridated to aid in dental health, which is debatable in itself, but if this were so, then the involuntary fluoridation of public water is a medication without your consent… a form of slavery. Knowing this and continuing to drink fluoridated water is a sign that you’re content with your slavery to the matrix. Here are 18 scientifically validated reasons to end public water fluoridation.

10. You knowingly consume toxic poisons like MSG and Aspartame. These two chemicals are widely known to be toxic to the human body. Knowing this and continuing to poison yourself with tasty, but chemical-laden processed foods is a sign that the matrix has programmed you to place less value on your health and future than on your immediate gratification.

11. You depend on the pharmaceutical industrial complex for the management of your own mental health. The use of psychotropic medicines is rising rapidly in our society because people have been convinced that mental and emotional states can be classified as diseases, while the truth about natural mental health has been obfuscated by corporate media and a for-profit medical establishment. If you’re taking psychotropic medications, then you are under one of the most potent forms of mind control available. Part of this control is to convince you that you have no authority over your own mind. This is perhaps the matrix’s most terrible lie, and by willingly taking these psychotropic medications you are conforming to the worst kind of slavery, and inhibiting your natural mental and emotional responses to the life stressors that are signaling to you that you need to change your behavior and habits.

12. You haven’t yet stopped watching your local and national news programming. The mainstream news media is a tool of control and manipulation, and by continuing to support their ideas and world views by giving them your attention you are volunteering to be a slave to this not-so-subtle form of mental programming. Even the local news is scripted at the national level by agents of the handful of corporations tasked with shaping our opinions of events.

13. You’re more concerned with televised sports or other mindless distractions than you are with the quality of your natural environment. The Deepwater HorizonAlberta Tar Sands, the rise of Fracking, the sacrifice of the Amazon, and Fukushima are all life-changing events that will severely impact our future on planet earth. To be unconcerned with all of this while tuning into a never-ending stream of sports trivia and distraction-based living is a sign that your sense of self-preservation has been stolen and replaced with an impulsive tendency for triviality and escapism.

14. You’re skeptical of any area of life that hasn’t been ‘proven’ or validated by modern science. The very essence of science is the inquiry into the unknown, implying that until science can grasp something, it is unexplainable. By discrediting or ridiculing experiences that other people have, which yet evade scientific understanding, like near-death experiences, acupuncture, or the life changing effects of Ayahuasca, then you are slavishly reducing your understanding of the world to a narrow range of possibilities. The matrix is made possible by the efforts of volunteer gatekeepers who are unwilling to think outside of the box.

15. You’ve never questioned the popularized version of ancient history and the origins of our civilization. There are many unanswered questions about the origins of the human race that point to a different version of human history than what is taught in school. Read 2o history questions they refuse to answer in school to discover some of the many ways in which our history has been hijacked. By never questioning what we’ve been told about our origin we are acquiescing to many of the imposed belief systems and narrow-banded views of human potential that the matrix promotes.

16. You haven’t yet realized that you are a spiritual being living a human experience. 

If you can relate to any of the items on this list, then the matrix has you, and it is now your duty to engage more deeply in your liberation.

How You Can Get Paid $3,000+ A Week To Smoke Weed


There is a lot of myth and misconception out there about the use of marijuana and while if you abuse it there can be bad side effects, the same rings true for alcohol, prescription drugs, cheeseburgers and just about anything else on the planet.

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Marijuana is now being widely accepted as having medicinal properties and even the mainstream media are starting to accept that it is not just something for teenage no hopers, who want to spend all of their waking hours getting baked.

But the legalisation of marijuana has come with an unexpected twist. I am sure most people who like to have a smoke would happily sit and smoke for free, but they are now offering clinical trials and other jobs which will not only see you getting high as a kite, but you will also get paid for doing so. But some of it comes with a catch..

A National Research Center has been commissioned by the National Institute of Marijuana Research in which participants will be paid $3,000 a week to see what effects marijuana has on the body. According to researchers they intend to find out if marijuana can relieve stress while still allowing you to function at a normal level.

“This is one of the first, very promising studies, that will finally reveal the answer of the age old acquisition that stoners are ‘Just Lazy’,” said lead researcher Michael Gregory. “It’s an exciting new study that may push the legality of marijuana to all 50 states.” Each participant will be staying at the facility for a six months period, while doing various activities like- performing choirs, reading, and watching TV, while being evaluated by medical staff. (link to study)

The national institute for drug abuse have run 13 human trials, some of which they have received over $1 million of funding for. There are also hundreds of active clinical trials which are being completed on a broad range of subjects ranging from finding out the effects of cannabis, all the way up to using it for cancer research. (link to study 1,2)

But, there’s something else to it.

Theweedhorn.com says: Here’s where the other shoe drops.. The study is ultimately going to evaluate a medication meant to curb marijuanas’ so called “addiction”. Stoners will be put under the microscope to see if N-acetylcysteine, an over the counter supplement that was once used to treat schizophrenia and gambling addiction can end a smoker’s addiction to weed.

There are different ways

There are also other more creative ways the cannabis connoisseur can get paid for smoking. Oregon Live recently published a position for a freelance pot smoker to review and write about different strains of cannabis-

“The candidate should be an experienced cannabis consumer with deep knowledge about the variety of strains and products available on the Oregon market. The items would appear 2-4 times a month on OregonLive and/or The Oregonian. “ (link to study)

The Denver post also offered a similar position:

“We are absolutely hiring a freelance pot critic. And a freelance pot advice columnist. And a freelance video game writer. What we’re doing here is covering cannabis culture and news from a professional, journalistic and critical point of view. If you think you have something to offer: rbaca(at)denverpost.com.” (link to study)

There are also over 800 jobs that you can find online at http://420careers.com/ some of these jobs include:

Budtenders, which are kind of like bar tenders only your serving herbs, not liquid drugs. Master growers, which as you can imagine are the people who have the knowledge to grow cannabis. Marijuana doctors, this is a position for medically certified marijuana doctors. There are even positions for those who just want to cut, dry and bag the buds.

Stop using Vaseline immediately! 4 reasons you should never put petroleum jelly on your skin


Petroleum Jelly, the main ingredient in Vaseline®, is often used in beauty products and even on its own to moisturize skin. It’s cheap. It is unscented. It seems to work well for softening skin what could be the problem?

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What is Petroleum Jelly?

Petroleum jelly is a byproduct of the oil refining process. This means it is not sustainable or eco-friendly, and it also explains some of the potential problems with using it.

Petroleum jelly was originally found in the bottom of oil rigs and is further refined for use in the beauty industry. According to packaging and safety info, all of the harmful components are removed before use in beauty or personal care products, but some sources argue that it still contains some harmful components (like hydrocarbons).

How Does Petroleum Jelly Work on Skin?

Petroleum jelly is used in everything from lotions to baby products for its ability to create a protective barrier on the skin and hold in moisture. On labels, it may also appear as Petrolatum, Mineral oil, Liquid paraffin, or Paraffin oil.

 While the ability to hold in moisture may seem like a good thing, it can have its downsides as well. Since petroleum jelly is both waterproof and not water soluble, it creates a waterproof barrier on the skin.

At first glance, this may sound good, but it also means that it blocks pores and can lock in residue and bacteria. This is also the reason petroleum jelly should not be used on a burn or sunburn, as it locks in heat and can block the body’s ability to heal.

Also, while it certainly gives the appearance of hydrated and moisturized skin, this may be an illusion as there is nothing in petroleum jelly that is actually nourishing the skin. If you are looking for something to help hold in moisture and nourish the skin, some natural products accomplish both (see the end of this post for a list).

 Problems with Petroleum Jelly

 

Besides its pore-blocking potential, petroleum jelly carries some potentially bigger problems as well.

Harmful Hydrocarbons

Petroleum jelly can’t be metabolized by the skin and just sits as a barrier until it wears off. This means that the body isn’t able to gain any benefit from petroleum jelly (like it can from nutrient rich substances like shea butter or cocoa butter), and there is concern that some of the components (like hydrocarbons) may be stored in fat tissue within the body.

In fact, a 2011 study found that:

 There is strong evidence that mineral oil hydrocarbons are the greatest contaminant of the human body, amounting to approximately 1 g per person. Possible routes of contamination include air inhalation, food intake, and dermal absorption.

This study was interesting because it evaluated both the long term storage potential of these hydrocarbons in the body and also a woman’s ability to pass them on to her child through breastfeeding. It looked at fat tissue samples obtained from women during a c-section and also a follow up of breast milk samples and found a strong correlation between the amounts of fat tissue and the amounts passed on in breastmilk.

This suggests the potential for long-term accumulation of these hydrocarbons in the body. The study found no link between nutritional habits and hydrocarbon levels in the body but did find a strong potential link between cosmetic and beauty product use and contamination, suggesting that beauty products may be a major source of hydrocarbon exposure.

As moms, this study is especially interesting, since it shows the potential for passing on these contaminants to our children during breastfeeding.  We also know that we can’t metabolize these substances, so they can build up in the body and are difficult to remove.

Collagen Breakdown

Because of the barrier that mineral oil/petroleum jelly creates on the skin, there is also some concern about its potential to cause collagen breakdown (which is the opposite of what most women want!).

Essentially, the concern is that when petroleum jelly coats the skin, it blocks the skin’s natural ability to breathe and absorb nutrients. This can slow the cell renewal process and cause the skin to pull the necessary moisture and nutrients from within, leading to collagen breakdown over time (aka wrinkles!).

Estrogen Dominance

A growing problem in today’s world, estrogen dominance is when the body has high levels of estrogen and proportionately low levels of progesterone to balance it. It is linked to infertility, menstrual problems, accelerated aging, allergies, and autoimmune problems as well as nutrient deficiencies, sleep problems and even some types of cancers.

Many products (including petroleum jelly) contain chemicals called xenoestrogens which may increase estrogen problems in the body. Studies have shown that these chemicals may act on hormone receptors in the body and lead to estrogen dominance.

More Serious Problems

There is the potential that petroleum based products contain other harmful chemicals like 1,4 dioxane, a known carcinogen found in almost a quarter of all beauty products tested.  There is also potential that it may contribute to other types of cancer because of its estrogenic properties mentioned earlier.

Additionally, as drug commercials like to warn us “other more serious complications may occur.” While more severe problems are rare, they can happen, and the statistics don’t matter if you are the 1% that ends up with the problem (though to put it in perspective, it is probably about the chance that you actually have liver cancer due to the skin rash you searched for on WebMD).

One of these serious problems is called lipid pneumonia. Though rare, this occurs when small amounts of the petroleum jelly are inhaled and build up in the lungs (as mentioned earlier, the body can’t metabolize or break down petroleum jelly). This creates a potentially severe inflammation of the lungs.

Alternatives To Petroleum Products for the Skin

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Thankfully, there are many great alternatives to petroleum jelly and mineral oil that help increase moisture on the skin and provide nourishment as well. The best part? Most of them can be used alone, and you don’t even have to make anything!

If you are looking for a simple alternative to petroleum jelly or Vaseline®, try:

  • Shea ButterA natural skin superfood that is high in Vitamins A, E, and F. It also contains beneficial fatty acids that nourish skin and it may reduce skin inflammation and increase collagen production. It is excellent on its own or in homemade beauty products. (This is the one I like).
  • Cocoa Butter-A great source of antioxidants and beneficial fatty acids, cocoa butter is another great product for skin. There is even some evidence that it may reduce the signs of aging. (This is the brand I’ve used)
  • Beeswax– A great substitute for the waterproof and protective properties of petroleum jelly without the hydrocarbons. Though not usually used alone, beeswax can be blended into homemade beauty products for its skin-protective ability and is especially useful in lip balms and body creams.
  • Coconut OilCoconut oil has so many benefits, internal and external, and it can be great for the skin. It does cause breakouts in some people, so I always suggest testing on a small area of skin first, but it is a source of skin-nourishing fatty acids, lauric acid, and anti-inflammatory compounds.
  • Almond Oil– A liquid oil that is fragrance-free and nourishing to the skin.
  • Jojoba Oil-A perfect choice for skin care because it naturally resembles sebum, the oily substance naturally produced by the body to nourish and protect skin. I like to mix Jojoba Oil with Shea butter for a simple natural lotion.

Petroleum Jelly Free Skin Recipes

If you’re feeling crafty, there are a lot of great skin-nourishing recipes that you can make using the simple ingredients above:

The Bottom Line

I’ve never been a fan of petroleum jelly (or Vaseline®) because every time I’ve tried it, my naturally oily skin went crazy and I had breakouts for at least a week. Since there are many potential problems with using it and a variety of great natural alternatives, I’m glad it is a product I never actually started using.

Eleven common traits of highly intelligent people


Over on Quora, more than 100 people have answered the question “What are the common traits of highly intelligent people?

Some users claim to know from personal experience (so humble); others are just taking an educated guess.

As it turns out, many users gave answers that researchers would agree with.

We pulled eleven of the most intriguing Quora responses and explained the science behind them. Here’s what we learned.

1. They’re highly adaptable

Several Quora users noted that intelligent people are flexible and able to thrive in different settings. As Donna F Hammett writes, intelligent people adapt by “showing what can be done regardless of the complications or restrictions placed upon them.”

Recent psychological research supports this idea. Intelligence depends on being able to change your own behaviors in order to cope more effectively with your environment, or make changes to the environment you’re in.

2. They understand how much they don’t know

The smartest folks are able to admit when they aren’t familiar with a particular concept. As Jim Winer writes, intelligent people “are not afraid to say: ‘I don’t know.’ If they don’t know it, they can learn it.”

Winer’s observation is backed up by a classic study by Justin Kruger and David Dunning, which found that the less intelligent you are, the more you overestimate your cognitive abilities.

In one experiment, for example, students who’d scored in the lowest quartile on a test adapted from the LSAT overestimated the number of questions they’d gotten right by nearly 50%. Meanwhile, those who’d scored in the top quartile slightly underestimated how many questions they’d gotten right.

3. They have insatiable curiosity

Albert Einstein reportedly said, “I have no special talents, I am only passionately curious.”

Or, as Keyzurbur Alas puts it, “intelligent people let themselves become fascinated by things others take for granted.”

Research published in 2016 suggests that there’s a link between childhood intelligence and openness to experience — which encompasses intellectual curiosity — in adulthood.

Scientists followed thousands of people born in the UK for 50 years and learned that 11-year-olds who’d scored higher on an IQ test turned out to be more open to experience at 50.

4. They’re open-minded

Smart people don’t close themselves off to new ideas or opportunities. Hammett writes that intelligent people are “willing to accept and consider other views with value and broad-mindedness,” and that they are “open to alternative solutions.”

Psychologists say that open-minded people — those who seek out alternate viewpoints and weigh the evidence fairly — tend to score higher on the SAT and on intelligence tests.

At the same time, smart people are careful about which ideas and perspectives they adopt.

“An intelligent mind has a strong aversion to accepting things on face value and therefore withholds belief until presented with ample evidence,” says Alas.

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5. They like their own company

Dipankar Trehan points out that highly intelligent people tend to be “very individualistic.”

Interestingly, recent research suggests that smarter people tend to derive less satisfaction than most people do from socializing with friends.

6. They have high self-control

Zoher Ali writes that smart people are able to overcome impulsiveness by “planning, clarifying goals, exploring alternative strategies and considering consequences before [they] begin.”

Scientists have found a link between self-control and intelligence. In one 2009 study, participants had to choose between two financial rewards: a smaller payout immediately or a larger payout at a later date.

Results showed that participants who chose the larger payout at a later date — i.e., those who had more self-control — generally scored higher on intelligence tests.

The researchers behind that study say that one area of the brain — the anterior prefrontal cortex — might play a role in helping people solve tough problems and demonstrate self-control while working toward goals.

7. They’re really funny

Advita Bihani points out that highly intelligent people tend to have a great sense of humor.

Scientists agree. One study found that people who wrote funnier cartoon captions scored higher on measures of verbal intelligence. Another study found that professional comedians scored higher than average on measures of verbal intelligence.

8. They’re sensitive to other people’s experiences

Smart people can “almost feel what someone is thinking/feeling,” says one Quora user.

Some psychologists argue that empathy, being attuned to the needs and feelings of others and acting in a way that is sensitive to those needs, is a core component of emotional intelligence. Emotionally-intelligent individuals are typically very interested in talking to new people and learning more about them.

9. They can connect seemingly unrelated concepts

Several Quora users suggested that smart people are able to see patterns where others can’t. That’s because they can draw parallels between seemingly disparate ideas.

As April Astoria notes: “You think there’s no relation between sashimi and watermelon? You’d be wrong. Both are typically eaten raw and cold.”

Interestingly, journalist Charles Duhigg argues that making these kinds of connections is a hallmark of creativity (which, depending on who you ask, can be closely linked to intelligence). Duhigg studied the process through which Disney developed their hit movie “Frozen” and concluded that the movie only seems clever and original because it “takes old ideas and pushes them together in new ways.”

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10. They procrastinate a lot

Mahesh Garkoti says smart people are likely to procrastinate on quotidian tasks, mainly because they’re working on things that are more important.

That’s an interesting proposition — but some scientists would say that smart people procrastinate even on work they find meaningful. Wharton psychologist Adam Grant suggests that procrastination is key to innovation, and that Steve Jobs used it strategically.

As Grant told Business Insider’s Rachel Gillett, “The time Steve Jobs was putting things off and noodling on possibilities was time well spent in letting more divergent ideas come to the table, as opposed to diving right in with the most conventional, the most obvious, the most familiar.”

11. They contemplate the big questions

According to Ram Kumar, intelligent individuals “wonder a lot about [the] universe and meaning of life.” What’s more, Kumar writes, “they always [ask] what’s the point of everything?”

That existential confusion may be one reason why smart people are more likely to be anxious. As David Wilson reported in Slate, intelligent people may be better equipped to consider situations from a range of angles, meaning they’re always aware of the possibility that things will go awry. Perhaps their anxiety also stems from the fact that they consider a given experience and wonder: Why bother going through it in the first place?

Why You Should Have a Himalayan Crystal Salt Lamp in Every Room of Your House.


One of the most disruptive environmental toxins in our modern age, electromagnetic fields (EMFs) are difficult to dodge. Wifi and cellphones both generate this invisible menace, as do computers, televisions, cordless phones and microwave ovens. Cancer, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue, depression, headaches, miscarriage and thyroid malfunction are all linked with exposure to electromagnetic pollution.

While EMFs are nearly impossible to avoid, we can take steps to reduce the negative impact. One method is through Halotherapy — otherwise known as dry salt therapy.

Salt, Happiness and Health

For over a century, spending time in salt caves for their healing attributes has been a common practice in locations like Germany and Poland. Early on, it was noticed that salt miners didn’t suffer from the widespread respiratory illnesses of the day, which were running rampant. The miners also tended to be exceptionally happy. It wasn’t until science established salt is rich in negative ions that the reason behind their robust health and sunny outlook was finally discovered. In turn, Halotherapy was born.

 Today, a variety of health issues are addressed through exposure to man made “salt caves — where a natural microclimate is created by dispersing a dry salt aerosol in high concentrations into a halo chamber, whose surface is covered with layers of salt.” [source] When the salt is inhaled, it travels throughout the respiratory system and absorbs excess moisture, clears mucus, reduces inflammation and kills bacteria. The therapy has also been shown to be effective for those with skin and digestive ailments, as well as those who struggle with stress, headaches, fatigue and mood disorders, according to a study published in the Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine.

Negative ions have been dubbed “the happy element” because they help to increase the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood — especially to the brain. Negative ions also speed up the oxidation of serotonin (5-hydroxtryptamine), which has positive effects on mood, pain relief and sexual drive. They also counteract free radicals — known as positive ions — which are created through exposure to environmental toxins — like chemicals, electronic equipment, cellphones and radiation. Moreover, negative ions encourage proper pH and hormonal balance in the body, while also strengthening metabolism and the immune system.

More than any other time in history, we are bombarded by positive ions, which is why making a conscious effort to introduce negative ions into our surroundings is becoming increasingly important. One of the best ways to do this is through the use of Himalayan crystal salt lamps.

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Bringing Home the Benefits of a Salt Cave

With their soft orange glow, Himalayan salt lamps aren’t just a soothing addition to your environment. The lamps can also improve clarity, sleep, disposition and overall health. A seemingly tall order, the secret behind Himalayan salt lamps is their ability to generate negative ions and dry out the air — which helps to reduce airborne pathogens like viruses, bacteria and mold.

From a scientific standpoint, there are three principles at work with crystal salt lamps:

  • Ionization — The emission of ions is primarily caused by the alternating actions of the heated salt’s ability to first attract and absorb water, and then evaporate it. The salt goes into a solution as it mixes with the water molecules.
  • Sodium, as positively charged ions, and chloride, as negatively charged ions, become neutral and are released into your environment — which helps reduce pollutants such as allergens and irritants from your air.
  • Electromagnetic oscillation — Every form of life on the planet depends on the electromagnetic field of vibration (known as the Schuman resonance frequency). Due to electronics and industrialization, your body receives artificial electromagnetic wavelengths with many diverse frequency values.
  • Because of the neutral atomic structure of crystal salt, a heated salt lamp helps you harmonize and balance these artificial frequencies, and neutralize “electro-smog”.
  • Transparent-crystalline structure developing the light waves — It’s well-known that you need the light waves of the rainbow spectrum (300-700 nanometers) for your health and preservation of your body. Your cells are supplied by light with new energy in the form of electromagnetic wavelengths.
  • The wavelengths of salt crystal colors fall within the upper nanometer zone (600-700 nanometers) — producing positive and soothing effects.

For optimum benefit, place the lamp in areas where you spend a good deal of time which have high levels of positive ions — such as by your computer, television and next to your bed. Since children are especially sensitive to electromagnetic radiation, make sure to have at least one salt lamp within their bedroom to reap the full calming benefits.

Without a doubt, Himalayan salt lamps are an excellent first step to reduce a number of health effects associated with electro-smog.

Your Electricity Company Fears This Man


Your Electricity Company Fears This Man http://collectivelyconscious.net/articles/your-electricity-company-fears-this-man/ — shared by UC Mini

5 Thought-Provoking Quantum Experiments Showing That Reality Is an Illusion · 


No one in the world can fathom what quantum mechanics is, this is perhaps the most important thing you need to know about it. Granted, many physicists have learned to use its laws and even predict phenomena based on quantum calculations. But it is still unclear why the observer of an experiment determines behavior of the system and causes it to favor one state over another. “Theories and Applications” picked examples of experiments with outcomes which will inevitably be influenced by the observer, and tried to figure out how quantum mechanics is going to deal with the intervention of conscious thought in material reality.

1. Schrödinger’s cat

Today there are many interpretations of quantum mechanics with the Copenhagen interpretation being perhaps the most famous to-date. In the 1920s, its general postulates were formulated by Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg. The wave function has become the core term of the Copenhagen interpretation, it is a mathematical function containing information about all possible states of a quantum system in which it exists simultaneously.

As stated by the Copenhagen interpretation, the state of the system and its position relative to other states can only be determined by an observation (the wave function is used only to help mathematically calculate the probability of the system being in one state or another). We can say that after observation, the quantum system becomes classical and immediately cease to exist in other states, except for the state it has been observed.

This approach has always had its opponents (remember for example Albert Einstein’s “God does not play dice“), but the accuracy of the calculations and predictions prevailed. However, the number of supporters of the Copenhagen interpretation is decreasing and the major reason for that is the mysterious instant collapse of the wave function during the experiments. The famous mental experiment by Erwin Schrödinger with the poor cat was meant to demonstrate the absurdity of this phenomenon.

Let us recap the nature of this experiment. A live cat is placed inside a black box, together with a vial containing poison and a mechanism that can release this poison at random. For instance, a radioactive atom during its decay can break the vial. The precise time of atom’s decay is unknown. Only half-life, or the time during which the decay occurs with a probability of 50%, is known.

 

Obviously, for the external observer, the cat inside the box exists in two states: it is either alive, if all goes well, or dead, if the decay occurred and the vial was broken. Both of these states are described by the cat’s wave function, which changes over time. The more time has passed, the more likely that radioactive decay has already happened. But as soon as we open the box, the wave function collapses, and we immediately see the outcomes of this inhumane experiment.

In fact, until the observer opens the box, the cat will be subjected to the endless balance on the brink of being between life and death, and its fate can only be determined by the action of the observer. That is the absurdity pointed out by Schrödinger .

2. Diffraction of electrons

According to the poll of the greatest physicists conducted by The New York Times, the experiment with electron diffraction is one of the most astonishing studies in the history of science. What was its nature?

There is a source that emits a stream of electrons onto photosensitive screen. And there is obstruction in the way of these electrons, a copper plate with two slits. What kind of picture can be expected on the screen if the electrons are imagined as small charged balls? Two strips illuminated opposite to the slits.

In fact, the screen displays a much more complex pattern of alternating black and white stripes. This is due to the fact that, when passing through the slit, electrons begin to behave not as particles, but as waves (just like the photons, or light particles, which can be waves at the same time). These waves interact in space, either quenching or amplifying each other, and as a result, a complex pattern of alternating light and dark stripes appears on the screen.

 

At the same time, the result of this experiment does not change, and if electrons pass through the slit not as one single stream, but one by one, even one particle can be a wave. Even a single electron can pass simultaneously through both slits (and this is also one of the main postulates of the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics, when particles can simultaneously display both their “usual” physical properties and exotic properties as a wave).

 

But what about the observer? The observer makes this complicated story even more confusing. When physicists, during similar experiments, tried to determine with the help of instruments which slit the electron actually passes through, the image on the screen had changed dramatically and become a “classic” pattern with two illuminated sections opposite to the slits and no alternating bands displayed.

Electrons seemed not wanting to show their wave nature under the watchful eye of observers. Did they manage to follow their instinctive desire to see a clear and simple picture. Is this some kind of a mystery? There is a more simple explanation: no observation of a system can be carried out without physically impacting it. But we will discuss this a bit later.

3. Heated fullerene

Experiments on the diffraction of particles have been conducted not only for electrons, but for much larger objects. For example, using fullerenes, large and closed molecules consisting of dozens of carbon atoms (for example, fullerene of sixty carbon atoms is very similar in shape to a football, a hollow sphere comprised of pentagons and hexagons).

Recently, a group of scientists from the University of Vienna supervised by Professor Zeilinger tried to introduce an element of observation in these experiments. To do this, they irradiated moving fullerene molecules with a laser beam. Then, warmed by an external source, the molecules began to glow and inevitably displayed their presence in space to the observer.

Together with this innovation, the behavior of molecules has also changed. Prior to the beginning of such comprehensive surveillance, fullerenes quite successfully avoided obstacles (exhibited wave-like properties) similar to the previous example with electrons passing through an opaque screen. But later, with the presence of an observer, fullerenes began to behave as completely law-abiding physical particles.

4. Cooling measurement

One of the famous laws in the world of quantum physics is the Heisenberg uncertainty principle which claims that it is impossible to determine the speed and the position of a quantum object at the same time. The more accurate we are at measuring the momentum of a particle, the less precise we are at measuring its position. But the validity of quantum laws operating on tiny particles usually remains unnoticed in our world of large macroscopic objects.

Recent experiments by Professor Schwab in the U.S. are even more valuable in this respect, where quantum effects have been demonstrated not at the level of electrons or fullerene molecules (their characteristic diameter is about 1 nm), but on a little more tangible object, a tiny aluminum strip.

This strip was fixed on both sides so that its middle was in a suspended state and it could vibrate under external influence. In addition, a device capable of accurately recording strip’s position was placed near it.

As a result, the experimenters came up with two interesting findings. First, any measurement related to the position of the object and observations of the strip did affect it, after each measurement the position of the strip changed. Generally speaking , the experimenters determined the coordinates of the strip with high precision and thus , according to the Heisenberg’s principle, changed its velocity, and hence the subsequent position.

Secondly, which was quite unexpected, some measurements also led to cooling of the strip. So, the observer can change physical characteristics of objects just by being present there.

5. Freezing particles

As it is well known, unstable radioactive particles decay not only for experiments with cats, but also on their own. Each particle has an average lifetime which, as it turns out, can increase under the watchful eye of the observer.
This quantum effect was first predicted back in the 1960s, and its brilliant experimental proof appeared in the article published in 2006 by the group led by Nobel laureate in Physics Wolfgang Ketterle of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In this paper, the decay of unstable excited rubidium atoms was studied (photons can decay to rubidium atoms in their basic state). Immediately after preparation of the system, excitation of atoms was observed by exposing it to a laser beam. The observation was conducted in two modes: continuous (the system was constantly exposed to small light pulses) and pulse-like (the system was irradiated from time to time with more powerful pulses).

The obtained results are perfectly in line with theoretical predictions. External light effects slow down the decay of particles, returning them to their original state, which is far from the state of decay. The magnitude of this effect for the two studied modes also coincides with the predictions. The maximum life of unstable excited rubidium atoms was extended up to 30-fold.

Quantum mechanics and consciousness

Electrons and fullerenes cease to show their wave properties, aluminum plates cool down and unstable particles freeze while going through their decay, under the watchful eye of the observer the world changes. Why cannot this be the evidence of involvement of our minds in the workings of the world? So maybe Carl Jung and Wolfgang Pauli (Austrian physicist and Nobel laureate, the pioneer of quantum mechanics) were correct after all when they said that the laws of physics and consciousness should be seen as complementary? 

We are only one step away from admitting that the world around us is just an illusory product of our mind. Scary, isn’t it? Let us then again try to appeal to physicists. Especially when in recent years, they favor less the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics, with its mysterious collapse of the wave function, giving place to another quite down to earth and reliable term decoherence.

Here’s the thing, in all these experiments with the observations, the experimenters inevitably impacted the system. They lit it with a laser and installed measuring devices. But this is a common and very important principle:you cannot observe the system or measure its properties without interacting with it. And where there is interaction, there will be modification of properties. Especially when a tiny quantum system is impacted by colossal quantum objects. So the eternal Buddhist observer neutrality is impossible.

This is explained by the term “decoherence”, which is an irreversible, from the point of view of thermodynamics, process of altering the quantum properties of the system when it interacts with another larger system. During this interaction the quantum system loses its original properties and becomes a classic one while “obeying ” the large system. This explains the paradox of Schrödinger’s cat: the cat is such a large system that it simply cannot be isolated from the rest of the world. The mere design of this mental experiment is not quite correct.

In any event, compared to the reality of consciousness as an act of creation, decoherence represents a much more convenient approach. Perhaps even too convenient. Indeed, with this approach, the entire classical world becomes one big consequence of decoherence. And as the authors of one of the most prominent books in this field stated, such an approach would also logically lead to statements like “there are no particles in the world” or ” there is no time on a fundamental level”.

Is it the creator-observer or powerful decoherence? We have to choose between the two evils. But remember, now scientists are increasingly convinced that the basis of our mental processes is created by these notorious quantum effects. So, where the observation ends and reality begins, is up to each of us.
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30 Most Technologically Advanced Cancer Centers in the World.


Welcome to our ranking of the 30 most technologically advanced cancer centers in the world. What does it mean to be “high-tech” in medicine? How do we determine the hospitals that are truly the “best”? Opinions undoubtedly vary, and we understand that first and foremost, patients should seek the type and variety of care that they feel is right for them. Methodology When it comes specifically to technologically-advanced cancer centers, we considered two main factors: the range and quality of cutting-edge treatment options (this includes state-of-the-art facilities, operating rooms, and patient services as well as top-of-the-line diagnostic, imaging, and surgical methods/equipment) and the range and sophistication of innovative research practices. For this reason, many of the cancer centers we have included are associated with major research universities and/or national research institutions. In an effort to preserve the international aspect of this ranking, we intentionally sought to include hospitals from many regions outside of North America. Unfortunately, language barriers, a lack of web presence, poor translations, and/or limited access to information can – and did – impede this process. Thus, we focused on finding sources that could lead us directly to the top medical centers in other countries, such as Newsweek’sarticle on the Best of Asia’s Healthcare Facilities and this list of Eurocan Platform member institutions. Within the United States, we focused exclusively on American College of Surgeon-accredited hospitals with designated NCI Comprehensive Cancer Centers (see the sources at the end of this article for more information). With an initial list of more than 100 top cancer centers around the world, we researched each individually and took note of the high-tech features they offer related to research, medical expertise, and patient care. Initially, we used quantity as a general guideline and counted the technologically-advanced resources available at each cancer center. However, we also studied each institution in order to assess variety and quality of resources, as well as regional and national impact, then determined the final ranking from there. For example, an institution with many high-tech features but whose services are limited to one area (ex: radiotherapy) would not score as well as a smaller hospital with numerous cancer specialties, effective research programs, and access to clinical trials. For our readers’ convenience, we have also included a list of “high-tech specs” along with the descriptions of each top cancer hospital. Although these lists are not necessarily comprehensive, our hope is that they will impart a general sense of the technologically-advanced programs and treatments from which patients might benefit. A wide variety of cutting-edge radiotherapy treatments make Oceania Oncology a top choice for cancer patients living in Australia. 30. Oceania Oncology Maroochydore, QLD, Australia Although this is not a combined hospital-research center like many of the other institutions on this list) Oceania Oncology still has plenty to offer in the way of high-tech treatment. At this radiotherapy specialist center, medical professionals use Varian and Elekta linear accelerators in conjunction with treatment planning software from Varian, Elekta, Mosaiq and Monaco to provide accurate and effective treatment for a variety of cancers. In addition, clinicians treating prostate cancer have access to fiducial gold seed implants that provide a highly reliable picture of treatment progress. The staff even uses iPads for completely paperless planning and treatment setup. Oceania Oncology patients can participate in national and internationally led clinical trials as well as in-house studies performed by the team at this high-tech cancer center. High Tech Specs: Linear accelerator, Varian accelerator, IRGT, CT/MRI fusion, CT Pet Fusion Also in Australia, the MacArthur Cancer Service provides a variety of cancer services – including reiki and acupuncture – to residents of New South Wales. 29. MacArthur Cancer Service Sydney, NSW, Australia The Macarthur Cancer Service is a network of three high-tech cancer centers in New South Wales that provides radiotherapy via both linear accelerators and brachytherapy. The Liverpool location also offer apheresis services for stem cell and blood treatments, and all locations are connected by videoconferencing for collaboration with colleagues at universities and hospitals across Sydney. This top cancer center prioritizes patient comfort and well-being by offering clinical psychology services, social work, and even a transport service. And the Wellness Centre that provides therapies to both patients and their primary caregivers, including massage, reiki, acupuncture, hypnotherapy and exercise programs. High Tech Specs: Videoconferencing, linear accelerators, brachytherapy, Advanced electronic chemotherapy system, XIO planning system for CT scanning The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute combines the best aspects of research, diagnostics, and high-tech cancer treatments into one location. 28. James Cancer Hospital & Solove Research Institute Columbus, OH, United States As a part of The Ohio State University, The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute features a unique combination of facilities – a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Center, a high-quality academic cancer program, and a freestanding cancer hospital on the campus of OSU. This high-tech cancer center employs more than 200 oncologists, each of whom specializes in just one type of cancer. Healthcare providers at James have a broad range of tools at their disposal, including the da Vinci robotic surgery system, gene sequencers, and cytometry instrumentation. Surgical oncology innovations at this top cancer center include a “through-the-mount” robot-assisted surgical technique for head and neck tumors. High Tech Specs: Robot-assisted surgery, 10+ specialty centers, Genetic sequencing The Peter Maccallum Health Centre is currently preparing to move into a new state-of-the-art facility, which will establish it as one of the most high-tech cancer treatment centers in Australia. 27. Peter Maccallum Health Centre Melbourne, VIC, Australia Located in the Australian state of Victoria, the Peter Maccallum Health Center is made up of five high-tech cancer treatment locations that together employ over 2,500 healthcare workers. Research is a top priority at Peter Mac, and the hospital’s research wing includes over 500 employees across 16 departments. In addition to state-of-the-art radiotherapy and surgical oncology facilities, Peter Mac provides unique treatments like apheresis, which allows clinicians to filter malignant components from a patient’s blood. And in June of 2016, this top cancer hospital will move to a brand-new building with state-of-the-art treatment facilities and over 80,000 square feet of research space. High Tech Specs: Apheresis hematology treatments, Genetic testing, Digital mammography and Breast Tomosynthesis Unit with biopsy capabilities, 24-hour onsite pathology services This Seattle-based collaboration brings together a trifecta of top cancer treatment providers and offers equal strength in research, training, and patient care. 26. University of Washington Medical Center/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Seattle, WA, United States The University of Washington Medical Center/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is a collaboration between the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, UW Medicine, and the Seattle Children’s Hospital. This focus on teamwork carries through to patient care, which is multidisciplinary by design and has produced new techniques in palliative care, infection control, and personalized therapies. Surgeons at this top cancer hospital have more than a decade of experience with the da Vinci Surgical System and the surgical oncology department has developed a technique in which two surgeons work together during a single operation. High Tech Specs: Robot-assisted surgery, Precision medicine, Research in genetic mutations, Nanotechnology, Stem-cell transplantation, UW-OncoPlex cancer gene sequencing The Oslo Comprehensive Cancer Centre is a powerhouse of biomedical research, with innovative and technologically-advanced cancer treatment options that directly benefit patients at the university hospital. 25. Oslo Comprehensive Cancer Centre Oslo, Norway Biomedical research is at the center of this high-tech cancer center at Oslo University Hospital, which works closely with the University of Oslo in building its clinical research program. The Centre operates an Institute for Cancer Research with more than 320 employees and seven unique research departments. With expertise in biochemistry, cell and tumor biology, genetics, radiation biology, immunology, and cancer prevention, this top cancer hospital makes it a priority to channel the results of its research directly into clinical care, ensuring patients receive some of the most cutting-edge treatments in the world. High Tech Specs: Advanced imaging with confocal microscopy, Electron microscopy, Superresolution capabilities, Flow cytometry and pre-clinical imaging, Genomics sequencing facility, Bioinformatics research, Stem-cell based tumor therapy A cutting-edge drug discovery program and top breast cancer research center contribute to Georgetown’s standing as one of the best cancer centers in the world. 24. Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center Northwest, Washington, D.C., United States The Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center provides treatment for nearly every kind of cancer, but it is also home to two particularly unique programs. The Nina Hyde Center for Breast Cancer Research is one of the top breast cancer research institutions in the world, and the Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancers combines clinical care, research, and advocacy to fight some of the most common and deadly cancers. The Georgetown University Medical Center also features a Center for Drug Discovery that works to discover and develop state-of-the-art anti-cancer drugs for Phase I trials at Lombardi. High Tech Specs: Capitol Breast Care Center, Heredity Cancer and Clinical Genomics Center, Nina Hyde Center for Breast Cancer Research Although the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of the younger institutions on this list, it has wasted no time stocking its facilities with high-tech equipment and telemedicine capabilities. 23. UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Chapel Hill, NC, United States The high-tech cancer hospital facility at the University of North Carolina’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center is less than ten years old, but it is equipped to the gills with modern facilities – including a telemedicine conference center and ample space for family members or caregivers to accompany patients through treatment. This top cancer center boasts state-of-the-art radiotherapy technology, including image-guided therapy, linear accelerators with Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy, and modern CT and PET scanners. Lineberger is also home to a special Clinical Trials Unit that ensures patients at UNC receive some of the newest and most innovative treatments available. High Tech Specs: Linear accelerators, Image guided radiation therapy, High-dose rate radiation therapy, Telemedicine capabilities One of the top European cancer centers is located in Barcelona, where Vall d’Hebron researchers are working hard to develop new technologies through innovative research practices. 22. Vall D’Hebron Institute of Oncology Barcelona, Spain The Institute of Oncology at Vall D’Hebron in Catalonia is designed to shorten the pipeline from research to treatment; the hospital is home to four research teams that specialize in preclinical research, translational research, clinical research, and “core technologies,” where scientists study cancer genomics, proteomics, molecular oncology, and translational genomics. This top cancer center has steadily grown its clinical trial program since 1999 to include over 800 patients last year. The hospital itself is the largest in Barcelona and includes a medical school, public health facilities, and other complementary facilities – including recreational areas and a beauty salon! High Tech Specs: Linear accelerators, Stereotaxy systems, Intensity modulated radiotherapy, Stereotactic radiotherapy, clinical trials Another radiotherapy-focused cancer center located in Australia, Epworth Radiation Oncology houses plenty of technologically advanced equipment – including linear accelerators. 21. Epworth Radiation Oncology Melbourne, VIC, Australia Epworth HealthCare operates several high-tech cancer hospitals in and around Melbourne. The Radiation Oncology center offers every type of external beam radiation therapy, including image-guided radiation therapy and 3D planning computer systems. The center is also the largest Australian provider of the Calypso™ 4D Localization System. Epworth also operates a Cancer Services Clinical Institute that promotes collaboration between surgeons, physicians, diagnostic experts, and allied health personnel, among others. Clinicians have particular expertise in bone marrow transplantation, hormone therapy, and immunotherapy, as well as complementary therapy and palliative care and pain management. High Tech Specs: Stereotactic radiosurgery, Linear accelerator, Non-invasive treatment for tumors, Localization of tumors with sub millimeter accuracy, Continual Imaging The Institut Gustave Roussy is one of the best cancer hospitals in Europe for patients with rare cancers. 20. Institut Gustave Roussy Villejuif, France Advertised as “the premier European Cancer Centre,” the Institut Gustave Roussy is certainly big – the high-tech cancer hospital employs 3,000 employees, more than 200 doctors, and 300 researchers in the Parisian suburb of Villejuif. Gustave Roussy combines care, research, and teaching – along with 70 years of experience in treating cancer – into one of the best cancer centers in the world. Researchers and clinicians concentrate their work on molecular medicine, anti-tumor immunology, DNA repair, and rare cancers. The hospital is also home to a translational research platform to help clinicians draw on basic research knowledge in developing treatment protocols. High Tech Specs: Radiotherapy, Immunotherapy, Hormone therapy, Surgical radiology, DNA repair, Rare cancer research Hong Kong Adventist Hospital stands out on this ranking as one of the only high-tech cancer centers located in Asia. 19. Hong Kong Adventist Hospital Hong Kong, China Patients at the Hong Kong Adventist Oncology Center benefit from a multidisciplinary team that uses a variety of state-of-the-art treatment technologies, including TomoTherapy (a type of precise radiation therapy) and the only CyberKnife system in Hong Kong. The da Vinci Surgery System enables surgeons to use minimally invasive surgical techniques for complex procedures to treat colorectal and prostate cancers. Beyond the standard treatment options, Hong Kong’s top cancer hospital also offers patients nutritional guidance, spiritual support, and even a patient pick-up service that provides local transportation to the Oncology Center. High Tech Specs: Da Vinci robotic surgery, Tomo therapy, Cyber knife surgery, Nuclear medicine From state-of-the-art imaging to precision targeting for radiosurgery, Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital is one of the top radiotherapy specialists in Australia. 18. Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital Waratah, NSW, Australia The Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital in Australia provides four-dimensional treatment planning to ensure that patients receive treatment that takes into account their cancer, current health, and comprehensive medical history. Calvary also offers a wide range of radiotherapy technologies, including stereotactic radiotherapy, stereotactic body radiation therapy, and volumetric modulated arc therapy. Clinicians are trained on the Varian TrueBeam™ system, which combines state-of-the-art imaging, high dose-rate radiation, and precision targeting for cutting-edge radiosurgery. Breast cancer patients can take advantage of Deep Inspiration Breath Hold treatment, and all patients will appreciate the social work, nutrition and dietetics, speech pathology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and psychology services. High Tech Specs: SRT, SBRT, IMRT, VMAT, IGRT, Deep Inspiration Breath Hold, 4D Treatment Planning Unlike other smaller hospitals, the Townsville Cancer Centre works to stay on the cutting-edge of treatment options by offering clinical trials and international resources. 17. Townsville Cancer Centre Douglas, QLD, Australia One of Townsville Cancer Centre’s main objectives is to address the ongoing inequality between rural and indigenous patients and their urban counterparts. The facility uses telemedicine to provide a wide range of cancer services to patients across Queensland, offering essential services like bone marrow transplantation, radiation oncology, and palliative care. Townsville’s patients can participate in multinational and multicenter clinical trials and have access to high-dose brachytherapy treatment as well as both conventional and modulated radiotherapy. In addition, this top cancer center has an extensive Allied Health program that employs dietitians, psychologists, speech pathologists, and other specialists to ensure patients get all the care they need. High Tech Specs: Linear accelerators, Superficial radiotherapy unit, High dose rate brachytherapy afterloader, CT simulator with 4D technology, Blood and stem cell transplants With more than two-dozen locations across the country, Genesis Cancer Care is a ubiquitous name in high-tech cancer treatment in Oceania. 16. Genesis Cancer Care Sydney, NSW, Australia Genesis Cancer Care offers a comprehensive set of radiotherapy treatments across Australia. With 25 locations in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South and Western Australia, Genesis provides state-of-the-art techniques for patients anywhere down under. Clinicians use image-guided radiation therapy and patients have access to intensity modulated radiation therapy as well as both stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic body radiation therapy. Genesis also offers brachytherapy for breast cancer as part of a treatment known as accelerated partial breast irradiation, while Gamma Knife® radio surgery technology provides precision treatment for patients with brain cancers. High Tech Specs: External Beam Radiation Therapy, Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy, Image Guided Radiation Therapy, Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Sterotactic Body Radiation Therapy, Accelerated Partial Breast Irradation, GammaKnife Radio Surgery The Apollo Hospitals Network is putting India on the map of technologically advanced cancer hospitals, thanks to innovative treatment options like robot-assisted surgery and proton beam therapy.   Add Reply Nada El Garhy, Dec 12, 2016 #1 Nada El Garhy Golden Member Joined:May 23, 2016 Messages:2,549 Likes Received:171 Trophy Points:4,350 Gender:Female Living In:Egypt 15. Apollo Hospitals Chennai, India (also Bangladesh, Kuwait, & Qatar) Apollo Hospitals operates nine high-tech cancer centers across India and employs more than 100 surgeons and radiologists. Doctors use state-of-the-art diagnostic tools like molecular and genetic profiling, where cancer tissue samples are evaluated for their vulnerability to various treatments. Apollo utilizes high-tech procedures such as image-guided radiation therapy, intensity-modulated radiation therapy, and the da Vinci robotic surgery system. The hospital is also currently in the process of constructing an advanced proton therapy facility, which will further augment the hospital’s state-of-the-art resources. The treatment options at Apollo are truly comprehensive and include medical, surgical, and radiation oncology as well as stem cell and bone marrow transplantation. High Tech Specs: Proton Therapy System, Advanced diagnostic techniques, Generation-next therapeutics, Robotic cancer surgery, Integrated pathology The Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center has earned a renowned reputation for its focus on novel therapies and preventative methods for cancer treatment. 14. University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center Chicago, IL, United States The Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Chicago aims to connect cancer research and treatment in an integrated environment that fosters collaboration between researchers, caregivers, and clinicians. The 200 scientists working at this technologically advanced cancer hospital focus on four main areas: intensive prevention programs for individuals at high risk, ground-breaking technologies for early detection of cancer, development of novel therapies, and survivorship. The facilities at the Comprehensive Cancer Center are massive; researchers have access to hundreds of thousands of square feet of laboratory space and the ten-story Center for Care and Discovery is a modern “hospital for the future.” High Tech Specs: Gene Expression Profiling, SNP Genotyping, Methylation Profiling, Biostatistics Core Facility, Embryonic stem cell manipulation, Cytometry and antibody technology With more than a century of experience in research and patient care, the Netherlands Cancer Institute easily earns a place as one of the best cancer hospitals in the world. 13. Netherlands Cancer Institute Amsterdam, Netherlands The 103 year-old Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI) is one of the oldest high-tech cancer hospitals on this list, and with a staff of 650 scientists, 185 medical specialists, 180 beds, 12 operating theaters, and 11 radiotherapy rooms, it is undoubtedly one of the top cancer hospitals in the world. The NKI is home to several centralized technology facilities available for use by scientists from across the institute, including a biostatistics center, electron microscope facility, carcinogen laboratory, and genomics core facility. And the hospital’s structured hierarchy provides clinicians with the opportunity to specialize in one of 15 divisions, such as Biological Stress Response, Gene Regulation, or Psychosocial Research and Epidemiology. High Tech Specs: Biostatistics center, Carcinogen lab, Flow cytometry center, Genomics core facility, Molecular pathology For cancer patients who are interested in clinical trials, the Seidman Cancer Center offers plenty of innovative treatment options at its high-tech facility in Cleveland, Ohio. 12. University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center Cleveland, OH, United States The Seidman Cancer Center at University Hospitals in Cleveland boasts a number of firsts – it was the first cancer hospital in Ohio to offer CyberKnife technology, the first cancer hospital in the United States to use intra-operative MRI, and the only cancer hospital in the world that uses a combination PET/MRI scanner for diagnosis. Other technologies at Seidman include TomoTherapy and Gamma Knife® Perfexion for highly accurate brain radiosurgery. This top cancer center also emphasizes access to clinical trials. There are more than 300 currently active experiments at Seidman, and a full 20% of patients participate in trials during the course of their stay. High Tech Specs: Gamma Ray Surgery, Cyberknife Surgery, Neuroblate System, Endoscopic techniques, Intraoperative MRI The Olivia Newton John Cancer and Wellness Centre combines holistic, wellness-based treatment with the latest and greatest in modern medical care. 11. Olivia Newton John Cancer and Wellness Centre Heidelberg, VIC, Australia The concept of “wellness” is at the heart of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre’s mission. This top cancer center takes a holistic approach to treatment that focuses on treating every patient as a “whole person; body, mint and spirit.” The ONJC’s Wellness Center is a free-standing facility featuring landscaped gardens and private reflection rooms, and the building was designed for patient comfort with thoughtful design choices like passive chilled beams instead of air conditioning. Dedicated departments provide cutting-edge immunotherapy, apheresis, and genetic counseling, and the hospital’s world-class Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research prioritizes translational research and clinical trials. High Tech Specs: Clinical genetics, Specialist hematology clinics, Melanoma and cancer vaccine research, Cancer epigenetics, Molecular diagnostics, state-of-the-art operating theaters From experimental therapeutics to molecular oncology, the Spanish National Cancer Research Center is one of the best in the world at connecting patients to technologically advanced cancer treatment options. 10. Spanish National Cancer Research Center Madrid, Spain The Spanish National Cancer Research Center (CNIO) in Madrid is rare among European cancer centers in its focus on integrating basic and applied research to transfer scientific knowledge as quickly as possible into clinical practice. In 2010, the CNIO established a special Clinical Research Program that emphasizes the importance of connecting patients at this high-tech cancer center to cutting-edge clinical trials that could both improve their lives and further cancer research. And with programs in molecular oncology, human cancer genetics, and experimental therapeutics, patients are sure to receive some of the most advanced treatments available. High Tech Specs: International clinical trials, Research in pediatric tumor treatment, Human cancer genetics, Experimental therapeutics, Structural biology and Biocomputing, DNA sequencing, Cytogenetics, Advanced histopathology processing Treating more than 40,000 patients annually, the Christie Hospital has worked hard to earn so many people’s trust as one of the top cancer centers in the world. 9. Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Withington, Manchester, United Kingdom The Christie is Europe’s largest single-site cancer center, treating more than 44,000 patients a year! This high-tech cancer hospital in Manchester is home to some of the largest radiotherapy and chemotherapy departments in the world and even provides a mobile chemotherapy unit for in-home treatment. The hospital will soon be home to a high-energy proton beam therapy center that will make it one of only two in the United Kingdom. The Christie is highly focused on research and works hard to ensure that patients have access to clinical trials whenever possible, especially in the fields of imaging, nuclear medicine, surgery, gastroenterology, endocrinology, medical oncology, genetics, palliative care, and specialist nursing. High Tech Specs: Integrated Procedures Unit, Proton beam therapy, Radiotherapy, Brachytherapy, Mobile Chemotherapy Unit, Clinical trials High-tech surgical practices and specialized cancer treatments make the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center a top destination for patients and researchers alike. 8. USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center Los Angeles, CA, United States The Comprehensive Cancer Center at USC Norris puts the integration of research, patient care, and education at the center of its mission. Its clinicians have expertise treating a wide variety of cancers, including blood, breast, colorectal, and neurological, plus specialized experience with bone marrow transplantation and genetic counseling. With Gamma Knife® Perfexion, CyberKnife, and TrueBeam™ radiotherapy technologies, this high-tech cancer hospital is fully equipped with plenty of cutting edge treatment options. USC Norris also prioritizes translational research to ensure that patients at the Comprehensive Cancer Center benefit from the innovative work of USC scientists. High Tech Specs: Gamma knife surgery, Perfexion, Cyberknife surgery, True Beam Radiotherapy System, Robot-assisted surgery, Gene therapy Of all the high-tech cancer centers on this list, Princess Margaret Hospital is the only one located in Canada – but what the country lacks in quantity, it makes up for in quality! 7. Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network Toronto, ON, Canada First and foremost, the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network is BIG. The institution employs 3,000 staff members and houses 130 beds, 17 radiation treatment rooms, and hundreds of thousands of patient visits every year. Princess Margaret also employs nearly 60 surgical oncologists in one of the most comprehensive surgical cancer care programs in Canada, and the department is always innovating – recently developed treatment options include radio-guided seed localization for intra-operative localization of breast cancers, robotic surgery procedures for prostate cancer, and a specialized program for peritoneal cancers. As one of the best cancer hospitals in Canada, Princess Margaret also offers Gamma Knife® surgery and a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery department. High Tech Specs: Stem cell research, Cell signaling, Genomics, Protemics, Bioinformatics Wake Forest University houses a growing technologically-advanced cancer center that offers state-of-the-art treatments options like Intraperitoneal Hyperthermic Chemotherapy and Gamma Knife radio surgery. 6. Wake Forest University Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center Winston-Salem, NC, United States As one of the top cancer centers in the country, the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest University employs over 100 clinicians who specialize in an impressively broad range of fields, from geriatric to pediatric oncology. Wake Forest offers cutting-edge technology like Elekta Axesse™ radiotherapy, Gamma Knife® radio surgery, and brachytherapy – the latter of which receives special focus within a specialized Integrated Brachytherapy Unit. Patients have access to clinical studies that focus on managing side effects like nausea and vomiting, reducing cognitive impairment from brain cancer treatment, and improving general quality of life for patients. High Tech Specs: Intraperitoneal Hyperthermic Chemotherapy, Axsee Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy, Gamma Knife, Brachytherapy, STAR tumor Ablation, Interventional Radiology The New York-based Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is widely known as one of the best cancer hospitals in the world – and for good reason! 5. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY, United States The technologically advanced cancer hospital at Memorial Sloan-Kettering is the oldest and largest cancer hospital in the world and boasts more than 130 years of experience. With locations in New York City, Long Island, Westchester County, and New Jersey, this top cancer center is accessible throughout the East Coast of the United States. The physicians at Memorial Sloan-Kettering have extensive experience with stem cell and bone marrow transplantation, and this high-tech cancer hospital was even selected by IBM to “teach” the Jeopardy-winning artificial intelligence system Watson to suggest treatment options for cancer patients. High Tech Specs: Stem cell transplantation, Interventional radiology, Minimal-access surgery, Robot-assisted surgery, Hyper-thermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy, Intraoperative radiation therapy, Artemis intraoperative imaging technology, Immune checkpoint blockade therapy, Clinical trials in cancer vaccines For cancer patients living in Texas, there is no better place to seek treatment than at the high-tech Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. 4. University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Houston, TX, United States The M.D. Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas is home to a wide variety of specialized care centers that treat specific types of cancer – including gastrointestinal, thoracic, and endocrine – and provide stem cell transplantation, reconstructive surgery, and proton therapy. Many of these care departments, like the Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Center, are some of the largest and most advanced in the country. And in the area of research, M.D. Anderson also operates dozens of labs that focus on everything from nanomedicine to neuroimmunology and provide valuable data to Anderson clinicians. High Tech Specs: Laser interstatial thermal therapy, APBI, Proton Therapy, SBRT, SRS, Stem Cell Transplant Research In addition to being one of the most technologically advanced cancer hospitals in the world, Johns Hopkins is also one of the leading research institutions in genome sequencing and genetic therapy. 3. Johns Hopkins Hospital Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center Baltimore, MD, United States Kimmel Cancer Center Director William Nelson describes his facility’s attitude toward innovation as “the latest, plus some.” Kimmel is indeed one of the most technologically advanced cancer hospitals in the world. The facility has been on the forefront of genetic cancer research for decades; researchers at Hopkins completed the first map of a cancer genome and helped define cancer as a genetic disease, and today Kimmel offers genetic testing and counseling as well as genetic therapies for cancer. Hopkins’ world-class facilities include three recently constructed facilities for cancer treatment, research, and education, and there are even two residences for patients who have traveled long distances to access Hopkins’ top-notch care. High Tech Specs: Robot-assisted cancer surgeries, Signal transduction, Cell cycle regulation, DNA repair, Immunology, Plasmapherisis, Stem cell transplants, Melanoma vaccine research Cutting-edge treatment options like Balloon kyphoplasty and photodynamic therapy easily distinguish the Roswell Park Cancer Institute as a top international cancer treatment center. 2. Roswell Park Cancer Institute Buffalo, NY, United States Specialization is the name of the game at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo. The facility performs research in genetics, cell stress biology, immunology, molecular biology, and more, and its Center for Personalized Medicine uses a proprietary OmniSeq program to ensure that even routine cancer care incorporates personalized genomic medicine. Roswell also offers a number of unique treatments and services, including acupuncture-like transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (ATLENS) that helps patients who suffer from the intense dry mouth sometimes associated with radiation treatments. Surgeons at Roswell have a broad range of expertise in dozens of complex procedures, from awake craniotomies to advanced endoscopies. High Tech Specs: Electronerve stimulation, Advanced endoscopy, Balloon kyphoplasty, Interventional Pulmonology, Interventional radiology, Nuclear medicine, Photodynamic therapy As a national leader in cancer research, technological innovation, and patient care, it’s unsurprising that the Abramson Cancer Center earns the #1 spot on this ranking. 1. Hospital of the University of PA – Abramson Cancer Center Philadelphia, PA, United States The Abramson Cancer Center at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is the best cancer center because of its focus on innovation, translational medicine, and cutting-edge technology. Along with one of the largest clinical trials programs in the country, Abramson has “Translational Centers of Excellence” for breast, blood, lung, and pancreatic cancers that ensure Penn patients receive state-of-the-art care. There’s almost no procedure that Penn won’t do; physicians perform bone marrow and stem cell transplantation; hormone, photodynamic, and proton therapy, and many others. Penn researchers also have a history of important breakthroughs and are responsible for establishing the current treatment standards for lung cancer. High Tech Specs: Bone marrow and stem cell transplant program, Cancer risk evaluation program, GI Cancer Program, Genitournary cancer program, HIV oncology program, Melanoma and Pigmented Lesion Program, Proton Therapy, Telegenics Program

Which Enneagram Personality Type Are You?


Which Enneagram Personality Type Are You

The Enneagram of Personality is a collection of 9 roles, and each person is thought to belong to one of them.

Knowing which type you belong to is helpful for things such as career choices, spiritual development, and personal growth.

The version most people use today was devised by Oscar Ichazo and Claudio Naranjo, although the true origins of the principle are disputed and may go back much farther to other great thinkers of the past.

The 9 personality types are: the reformer, the helper, the achiever, the individualist, the investigator, the loyalist, the enthusiast, the challenger, and the peacemaker.

Everyone is considered to be one single type, although it’s possible for a person to have traits belonging to other ones. While it’s uncertain whether this type is genetically determined, many believe it is already in place at birth.

People of a particular type have several characteristics in common, but regardless of this, they can be quite different. It depends among other things on their level of mental health.

These might not mean much to you now, but once you have completed this very short quiz, you’ll find out which one you most closely match with and what it means for your personality.

What result did you get? Do you think it accurately reflects who you are? Leave a comment below to let us know.

A gynaecologist actually has to tell people not to keep fruit in their vagina.


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Sometimes, there are no words.

Back in February, a rather jaw-dropping post appeared on Reddit’s r/sex thread.

The poster said that her marriage had hit a rocky patch, and she’d asked her husband what she could do to spice things up a bit.

His response was unconventional:

Recently, he asked me to stick different things in my vagina, like apples, pears, carrots, etc.. and keep in there all they so that he could eat them at night when he came home from work.

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Why did she make this public? Well, she was worried about the adverse effects on her health that carrying fruit and veg around with her could have, and was asking for advice. She had taken some precautions already:

The fruits we buy are organic, and I spend a good deal of time cleaning them thoroughly.

Recently the post was featured on Cosmopolitan.

That brought it to the attention of actual real life gynaecologist Dr Jen Gunter, who used her medical expertise to answer the question.

So does she think it’s a good idea?

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In a post bluntly titled It’s probably best if you don’t insert fruit and vegetables in your vagina, she concisely explains why it’s not a good idea.

We’ll save you the intimate details but the main potential risks she outlines are:

Inoculating the vagina with bacteria and fungi from the fruits/vegetables.

Abrasions from insertion.

Changing the vaginal ecosystem.

Irritant reactions.

And in particular, she points the dangers of bacteria growing:

This isn’t the same as an unwashed hand, this is leaving something in a dark, warm place with bacteria for hours or longer. Who knows if the yeast often normally present could get vaginal fruit to ferment. Bacterial growth would be a bigger concern if any small pieces break off and are left behind for days or weeks (it is not unrealistic to think some of the organic matter will soften and could break off).