This applies to much in life. There’s a lot of evidence, bias (both sincere and ill-motivated) and agendas out there as well as factors that affect different people and situations in various ways. Maybe don’t run off and attempt to perform your own surgical procedures, but you might consider a moment of sober reflection when someone, regardless of their credentials, asserts that you’re incapable of thinking for yourself. #think#personalresponsibility #1984 #ministryoftruth
To conspire is “to join in a secret agreement to do an unlawful or wrongful act”. Conspiracy is defined as “the act of conspiring together”.
A theory is “a hypothesis assumed for the sake of argument or investigation” or “the analysis of a set of facts in their relation to one another”.
So a conspiracy theory is a hypothesis about or the analysis of facts regarding an unlawful or wrongful secret act.
“Unlawful and wrongful acts” have been committed in secret throughout human history by people from the lowest to the highest ranks of society. Sometimes these secret events are never brought into the light for all to plainly see, or they remain in the fringes of popular thought. Sometimes though, relevant theories or “hypotheses assumed for the sake of argument or investigation” are shown to be correct. At this point, hypotheses about the events discussed can no longer be defined as conspiracy theories but are accurately described and recognized as HISTORICAL FACTS.
How many historical facts that we widely recognize right now would have once fallen under the category of “Conspiracy Theories,” not because the acts were not committed, but because the details surrounding them could not yet be proven?
Is it possible that humans today could mirror the tendencies and behaviors of our ancestors to secretly commit wrongful or unlawful acts? Is there any reason to believe this is not the case? If this is the case, and human nature hasn’t fundamentally changed, should every conspiracy theory we encounter today be dismissed with eye rolls? Why is the term “conspiracy theory” even derogatory? Why does it illicit disgust, instantly rendering one person paralyzingly incapable of considering the evidence gathered by another who suspects something foul could be at hand? If wrongful acts are committed by those with power and influence, would it be any surprise that media outlets and other entities under their influence would not be helpful sources of information leading to public awareness of these crimes? Is it possible those resources could even contain misleading information that supports the agenda of the conspirators with whom they have conflicting interests or by whom they are controlled? If so, what other options are there for a person who wishes to discover the truth?
How many “conspiracy theories” being considered today might hold some truth? How many might be re-defined as historical facts at some point in the future?
What do you think?
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Have you ever judged people from the past who turned out to be on the wrong side of history? People who owned slaves or defended racial segregation? Who fell for propaganda, looked away or actually turned in their neighbors during the Holocaust? Have you struggled to understand how humanity could be so cruel, ignorant, self preserving, and cowardly? Do you think you would have chosen better?
What do you think it was like during those times? Many sincere and well-intentioned people just like you and me advocated for ideas and movements that are wholly rejected today. And people who have emerged as heroes to future generations were often in the minority during their lifetimes, in the midst of the storms of their days. They were scoffed at. They were “crazy,” “conspiracy theorists,” “dangerous,” “ignorant,” “criminals”. Cowardly, self-preserving, ignorant and cruel acts were often perpetrated in good conscience, LEGALLY, with robust rationale, and widespread public approval.
To some extent, we all want to fit in, to belong. It feels safe to run with the herd, wherever it goes, without thought or question. And it’s easy, justifiable even, to attack those who think differently. But history shows us that the masses are easily and frequently deceived and manipulated, particularly through fear and in the name of “the greater good”. And they often end up being tragically, shamefully wrong.
Would I have justified slavery? Resisted the integration of black and white students? Would I have clenched shut my eyes to the horrific realities of Hitler’s regime as long as I didn’t feel personally targeted? Would I have had the courage to think for myself in spite of the fact that it would have been terrifying to discover that something “everybody” around me seems to believe is a lie? Would I have risked my reputation, my livelihood, my life, for what’s true and right?
We are living through a storm of historic proportions today, and hopefully doing our best to sift through all the available information, wrestle with any cognitive dissonance and to choose honorably. The events of today will be recorded and remembered. It’s very sobering for me to think about. And if you’ve ever wondered what side of history you would have come out on if you’d lived through the controversies mentioned above, consider and adjust as necessary what you’re doing right now. I know I am.
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I made good grades in school. History class was boring to me and consisted mainly of memorizing reportedly important names, dates, and events. But I was adept at consuming and regurgitating this meaningless information until the test was over. I understood little and I cared even less.
When we started homeschooling our children according to the Charlotte Mason Method, history came alive in books, new and old, that revealed the true plights and passions of people across times and cultures, people who were not so different from me after all.
A theme emerged over the years, and it was relevant in some way to every nation and time period. It’s a cycle in which corrupted leadership slowly wears away at the liberty of it’s people with things like deception, manipulation, and fear. Then, a few enlightened people start to recognize and speak up about this abuse of power and are met with criticism by the masses who feel more comfortable believing what they are told by those in power and “following the herd,” if you will. Slowly, increasing numbers of ordinary people begin to think for themselves and eventually create a resistance that dethrones the tyrannical government. Some measure of liberty and prosperity is established/restored until gradually, increasingly apathetic people forget the past and history repeats itself.
Over and over this plays out. Technology changes, knowledge accumulates and is lost, clothing styles evolve, but the soul of humanity remains the same. We all love, fear, desire safety, and are prone to weakness, apathy, self preservation and cowardice. Increasing power corrupts the hearts of the most noble authorities and the average person is easily lulled into trances by the reassuring words of a government that violates fundamental human liberty, “for the greater good”. Our Founders knew this and that’s why our Constitution so carefully limits government, both acknowledging and protecting fundamental human rights endowed by our Creator, not simply permitted by governments comprised of men and women shod in the same frail, corruptible skin as the “common” person.
Think. If you, like me, were simply force-fed bland, impotent renditions of history, watered down to colorless dates and names, take the time to understand the deep things that underlie various figures, movements and events of the past, especially those that pertain to the American Revolution. Look around you. Don’t allow yourself to be swept away by sensational headlines. Don’t let someone else digest a study or an article for you or tell you what to believe. Be brave. Read critically from different sources and wrestle with the parts that make you uncomfortable, afraid, or that don’t “add up”. Allow this to be a process of developing rational and educated opinions. This takes time and you will experience moments or seasons of cognitive dissonance. Acknowledge your emotions but don’t be driven by them. Stop and quiet your heart and mind instead. Then keep thinking.
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I’m not one to tell others what they should think or do.I am a relentless advocate of personal rights and responsibility.I make a point of encouraging people to critically evaluate information from different perspectives, form their own educated opinions and to make and own their decisions.It is doubtful that I will ever cease in that conviction and mission.
As an extension of what I just mentioned, when it comes to certain specific topics like childbirth and vaccination, I don’t often publicly share the full extent of my own well-developed views so as not to overly influence that important opinion-forming process in others.But I have written poetry most of my life and I have decided to share some of it at the risk of repelling those who disagree or don’t understand. These blog posts will be less doula-esque in that I will not attempt to simply share resources while projecting neutrality. I’ve seen too much now – too much medical bullying, suppression of safe and effective natural options, manipulated “science”, mangled flesh and tears.So at this point, through this particular outlet, I will share some controversial personal sentiments openly and unapologetically.It is still my penetrating belief that others have the right and responsibility to develop their own thoughts and beliefs for themselves.
I am convinced that many aspects of Western medicine have an important place in our world and that there are some outstanding doctors, nurses and other professionals out there.However, there is also a great deal of corruption and deception in this so-called “conventional” medical system that renders too many well-intended healthcare practitioners the unwitting accomplices of it’s crimes, and results in the needless harm and death of innumerable people.I see it regularly in many areas of medicine, perhaps most notably those related to vaccination and cancer treatment.The following words are born of righteous anger, passion and years of research and experiences. They are directed toward the nefarious individuals and systems that knowingly and repeatedly place profits ahead of people. Your reign of greed and ego-fueled carnage is unravelling.
by Cristina Howell
You monopolize wisdom,
wielding scepter and crown,
while your science is weak
and your logic’s unsound.
You brandish credentials
as the curtain frays thin,
and your impotent dogma’s
found lacking again.
Those who need to partake
in your masquerade will.
They’ll assault and defend
or close their eyes and lie still.
But your illusions of intellectual supremacy fade
as the truth rouses open our eyes.
And finite and futile are your imminent days
as the awakened rise up and dismantle your lies.
Don’t know what on earth I’m talking about? Maybe it’s time to do some digging of your own.
I rarely look at my Facebook feed, but last night as I was scrolling through I came across a post by a Pharmacist where she provided a “Public Service Announcement” in which she warned readers of the ineffectiveness of some natural remedies for the flu.One of those remedies was elderberry (Sambucus nigra), which she claimed only shortened the duration of illness by a day or two.She did not list any of the sources she reported researching, but assured the trustworthiness of the information shared by reinforcing her credentials as a pharmacist.This is not uncommon amongst allopathically trained medical professionals (though this is changing!), many of whom deny a layperson’s ability to critically consider various perspectives and to form opinions for themselves.
I responded with links to studies that are critical of the Influenza vaccine and Tamiflu (conventional flu treatment), as well as links supporting the effectiveness of elderberry in treatment of the flu.Also included were the package inserts for Tamiflu and flu vaccines that list some serious adverse events to be aware of, as well as the CDC link to the ingredients in various flu vaccines. All of this was taken from mainstream sources.
Though my comments were both civil and well referenced, they were marked as spam and deleted. Prior to that I received a reply or two with Simpsons cartoon gifs, a comment that indicated the reader did not actually go to my linked references, and a man linking his own study claiming it came to a different conclusion than it actually did, strongly suggesting he didn’t actually read the evidence supporting his own argument.These are also fairly common tactics in these discussions – making jokes and accusations, name calling, throwing out theories as if they are facts and outright evasion of debate by strategies such as marking a legitimate comment as spam or deleting it.None of these involve actual evidence or critical thought, much less respect for others as human beings.
Science isn’t everything.It is limited as it is constructed and carried out by flawed human beings.Studies can even be deliberately designed to ensure an advantageous result, conclusions can be drawn that are inconsistent with the data acquired and studies can be altogether hidden away when research results are undesirable.Therefore an abundance of science claiming to support something doesn’t necessarily, while a lack of research doesn’t always indicate that a given option doesn’t have therapeutic value.The latter is particularly the case in natural medicine, where products of nature are un-patentable and therefore don’t provide the large profit margins/funding that pharmaceuticals are afforded. The former is perhaps especially relevant with regard to vaccine safety, where the standard is to not even use a real placebo (like a saline injection) in control groups, but a different vaccine or injection of other preparations that are anything but inert. Nonetheless, all types of evidence have strengths and weaknesses, including scientific, historical and experiential, among others.
Elderberry is primarily discussed here to keep things simple. A few other natural strategies/options to research for immune system support during flu season are supporting fever rather than suppressing it, minimizing sugar intake, eating whole foods, getting enough sleep, vitamin D3, vitamin C, Homeopathic Oscillococcinum, Bone Broth, Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, and Thieves and oregano essential oils.
Overall, remember that it isn’t the pathogen that determines the degree of illness a person experiences when they are exposed to it, but the state of that person’s immune system; and a well supported immune system can overcome just about anything.
Below you’ll find links to some science on elderberry, flu medications and flu shots for those interested in views that differ from what is currently prominent in the media.
Here is a study on elderberry that shows it relieved flu symptom duration by 4 days compared to placebo:
Included events are neuropsychiatric events such as hallucinations, delirium, and abnormal behavior, in some cases resulting in fatal outcomes. Others mentioned are anaphylaxis and toxic epidermal necrolysis.
Influenza Vaccine Ingredients (there are several different vaccines) provided by the CDC:
Included are squalene, polysorbate 80, thimerosal, formaldehyde, monosodium glutamate and Madin Darby Canine Kidney (MDCK) cell protein among others. Keep in mind these are injected, not ingested therefore not subject to the protection of digestive processes.
Influenza vaccine package inserts (provided by the FDA):
There are several vaccines and many adverse events.A few included adverse events are “Influenza-like” illness, convulsions (including febrile seizures), encephalomyelitis, encephalopathy, anaphylactic shock, Guillain-Barré Syndrome, facial or cranial nerve paralysis and limb paralysis.
The pharmacist I mentioned earlier did not link to her sources but even if she is correct in claiming that elderberry only shortens flu duration by 1-2 days, that is better than Tamiflu, minus the potential for neuropsychiatric events and toxic epidermal necrolysis.
“As a new member of the maternity care team, the doula is able to mediate between science and humanity.”
from Childbirth Education-Practice, Research and Theory, by Francine H. Nichols, PHD, RNC, FAAN and Sharron Smith Humenick, PHD, RN, FAAN
Main Entry: doula Pronunciation:dou·la\ ˈdü-lə \Function:nounDefinition: a woman experienced in childbirth who provides information, emotional support, and physical comfort to a mother before, during and after childbirth
What a doula is:
A doula is a professional who provides physical, emotional and informational support to families in the childbearing/early adoption period and may or may not hold formal certifications. There are different types of doulas to serve women during pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, and even during times of infertility or loss.
Labor and Birth Doulas are trained in a variety of comfort measures that can ease pain and support the natural processes of labor and birth as an alternative to pharmaceutical pain management, or up until it is available.Emotions play a significant role in the health of pregnancy and childbirth, and doulas encourage and empower both mothers and their partners on this level as well, providing continuous, focused support throughout the childbirth process. Doulas are knowledgeable about a wide range of pregnancy and birth related topics and thus are a valuable informational resource, providing the full range of maternity care options that the expectant family may not otherwise be aware of.Doulas help families to become knowledgeable about all of their options and then encourage them to make their own educated decisions about care based on their unique situations and preferences.
What a doula is not:
A doula is not a medical professional.She doesn’t perform clinical duties such as vaginal exams or blood pressure monitoring.These sorts of tasks are performed by obstetricians, midwives and other medical personnel.A doula does not give medical advice or make decisions for the expectant family.While many doulas have strong opinions and personal preferences when it comes to birth, their job is not to promote a particular agenda or pressure mothers to make the choices that they might make for themselves;rather, doulas empower mothers and their partners with the information and support necessary to form opinions and make decisions for themselves. A doula does not replace the partner, but helps support all members of the expectant family according to the unique needs and roles of each person.
A 2017 update of a Cochrane review has shown the following benefits for women who have continuous one on one support during childbirth vs. those who do not:
more likely to have a spontaneous vaginal birth
less likely to have intrapartum analgesia
less likely to report dissatisfaction
less likely to have a caesarean or instrumental vaginal birth
less likely to have regional analgesia
less likely to have a baby with a low five-minute Apgar score
“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).”
Did you know that the pharmaceutical industry is a significant funder of primary and continuing medical education, mainstream media outlets (via advertising), medical research, and that they spend enormous amounts of money lobbying the government ? Are you aware that 9 of the top 10 drug companies spend more money on marketing to doctors and consumers than they do on research and development of their products? Did you know that the very drug companies that stand to profit from their synthetic, patentable creations also design and conduct the research they present to the FDA attesting to those drugs’ safety and effectiveness? Did you know that legal loopholes allow the FDA to receive funds from the drug industry they are purposed to regulate and that there is a figurative revolving door of employment between the FDA and pharmaceutical companies? Are you aware that even “independent” non-profit organizations frequently receive money that originated with the pharmaceutical industry?
The implications of these facts are profound. The drug industry is incredibly influential over Western medicine philosophy, practice and policy for the reasons mentioned. That influence affects:
what doctors learn and don’t learn in medical school
what those physicians read in medical journals throughout their careers and how they practice medicine
the laws passed in our country regarding our healthcare options and freedoms
Currently, healthcare in the United States is inextricably bound to pharmaceutical medicine – a type of medicine that primarily utilizes drugs and surgery to suppress symptoms of disease rather than uncovering and addressing root causes so that symptoms can resolve themselves to reflect true healing. The United States does not embrace our modern conventional system of medicine because the aforementioned professionals and entities have fairly evaluated all options and deemed pharmaceutical medicine the best option. They do so because virtually every influential organization involved with healthcare in the US has conflicting interests with the drug industry.
I am not saying that there is never a need for pharmaceuticals or that they’re all bad all the time as some can be lifesaving, especially following emergency situations such as a car crash. I am not suggesting that the average medical doctor is not sincere or well intended as he or she may very well be. I am asserting that, if you want to be responsible for your health and your family’s health, you should develop informed opinions on health and on your options based on all available information – absolutely including those resources not sanctioned by the mainstream system which, again, is highly influenced by drug companies and is also often biased against natural and holistic approaches.
And when you do critically consider all available resources you may be surprised and/or horrified at the benefits and risks related to many common Western healthcare practices that are not openly and honestly acknowledged or are even suppressed. You may be astonished at the safe, effective and comparatively affordable alternatives to mainstream treatments that are available to you, and your life may be changed by all the things you learn and the opinions you develop in the process. Maybe not and that’s your business. But if you want to truly be an educated consumer you have to make that journey for yourself with an open mind and heart and just see where you land.