I’m quitting the National Women’s Health Network

 

nwhnI’ve been a contributor to the National Women’s Health Network  for over 30 years.  Here is a letter that I wrote to them today.

 

Dear National Women’s Health Network,

I have been a loyal supporter and contributor to your organization since 1983.  Unfortunately, I am withdrawing my support from your organization after discovering that Dr. Fugh-Berman has testified against homeopathy and homeopathic remedies at the FDA hearing today.  

Homeopathy has been a life-saver for my entire family and for many friends — as I’m sure it has been for many of your health conscious contributors. It got me through menopause like a breeze (no need for hormones of any kind or any other supplement), has cured flus, bronchitis, arthritis, depression, asthma, food poisoning, and most amazingly — cured my son of autism.  As a result, I left a career as a researcher in computer science to write a book about homeopathy and to promote it to the general public (www.impossiblecure.com).

Even Dr. Fugh-Berman must be aware of the remarkable historic legacy of homeopathy in this country, its successes in treating epidemics of the 1800s, the fact that it has been used with success worldwide for over 200 years, and the longstanding aim of allopathic medicine to kill it and the competition it represents.  

By working to remove public access to this remarkably effective, safe, and  cost-effective medical alternative, Dr. Fugh-Berman has played right into the  never-ending quest for dominance by Big Pharma.  This is not something I expect from one of the key players of the National Women’s Health Network, which has (in general) bucked conventional medical wisdom to promote women’s health.

Please remove me from your mailing and donor list.  Please note that I will also be posting this letter to my social networks.

Amy L. Lansky, PhD

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What Is the Meaning of Life?

 

Recently, I was asked to contribute to a blog, Excellence Reporter, that includes articles by a variety of leaders, writers, musicians, artists, poets, CEOs, laymen, etc. that answer a single question: What Is the Meaning of Life?  I hope you enjoy my response to this rather daunting question!


snoopy-meaning-of-lifeThe Meaning of Life

Much of my writing about homeopathy, consciousness, and now the ideas underlying Hawaiian shamanism, deals with the higher energy bodies. These include not only the so-called etheric body — the vehicle for the vital force (chi, prana, mana) that enlivens our physical body, but also “higher” energy bodies — the astral, mental, and causal bodies that supposedly survive our physical deaths. If it is true that many aspects of our individuality are retained after death, dwell in other realms for a time, and then are reincarnated in new physical forms (and I do believe this to be true), what then is the reason for this cycle? What is the meaning of this life we are living here on planet Earth?

Think about what it’s like to be blind. By being limited in the ability to see, a blind person’s capabilities in other realms become enhanced and new forms of learning are triggered. For instance, the blind man or woman gains what otherwise might be considered genius-like skills in using sound, sensation, intuition, and memory to navigate their surroundings. In the same way, spending some time dwelling within the confines of a three-dimensional physical world, where we must plan, strategize, and act — step-by-step — to manipulate and create our physical reality, may serve to teach us things that we might otherwise not have the opportunity to learn.

For me, the meaning of life is about learning and then sharing that learning with others. This learning can take on almost any form. It can be learning physical skills like how to walk and talk, dance, and play sports. Or it could be learning about the world of things — for example, the pursuit of science or the construction of a material object. It might be about the creation of music and other forms of art. It could be about learning agriculture, cooking, and healing. Learning is also involved when we gain wisdom about human interactions — about caring for others, communicating with or influencing others, and getting along with others. If you think about it, almost everything we do, from birth to death — if it enlivens us — is really some form of learning. In contrast, when we aren’t learning in some way, we feel like we are on autopilot. We feel robotic and almost dead inside. Life is about learning, and learning is growth, learning is life.

But we are not incarnated alone in this world. If we were, learning might be enough. While I have found that learning and creating something new each day enlivens me, I have also discovered that sharing what I have learned with others increases my sensation of liveliness even further. In a way, sharing creates a larger field of learning. A group of people, and by extension, all of humanity — even all life on Earth— learns something new when we share our knowledge and wisdom. Of course, gaining insight on one’s own also affects the global field in a subtle way. But in my experience, sharing knowledge intentionally creates an even greater and intensifying positive feedback effect. And when we are part of a community (of any size) that is learning and growing, we feel increased love and happiness.

In the end, I believe that an inner sense of happiness is a good measure of whether or not we are really on the right track in fulfilling our meaning-purpose in life. I’m not talking about shallow forms of fun, but rather, a deeper quality of joy and peace. We may not feel this sensation every day, but when we do, we recognize that life does have meaning and that we are successfully fulfilling our task in living and creating that meaning.

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April is Autism Awareness Month!

 

autismribbonIt’s already over a year since the last statistics came out from the CDC — saying that 1:68 children are now autistic. Since autism is much more prevalent in boys than in girls, that boils down to 1:42 boys (more than 2%) and 1:189 girls. In general, the CDC statistics are based on older data and incidence in older children, and thus are conservative and low estimates. In autism circles, the rate is now generally considered to be 1:50 children, not 1:68.

I don’t know how long the docs can keep saying it’s all due to “increased diagnosis.” Back in the 1970s, the incidence was only 1:10,000! This “excuse” for the autism epidemic has been going on for many years and is still the accepted mantra in the mainstream media. Shame on older pediatricians for going along with this, for they must know better. Older schoolteachers are usually more forthcoming, because they have less at stake. When the rate reaches 1:10 — at the current rate of increase of 10%, which has held steady now for many years, this is no more than 17 years away in 2032 — how will society be able to cope with such a profound change to our workforce and such an immense financial burden of care weighing upon our society?

Even the mainstream media has begun to admit that the environment, not just genetics, must be at the root of the autism epidemic. Yes, some families may be more predisposed to autism, but as the environmental triggers increase, more and more children become susceptible no matter who they are or what their genetics may be. After all, first just the canaries die in the coal mine, then everyone begins to.

So what are the environmental factors that have consistently gotten worse since the rate of autism began to rise precipitously in the 1990s? The answers seem pretty obvious to anyone who cares to think about it:
* the number of vaccines given to children, which continue to increase each year.
* the amount of GMO foods in our food supply.
* the amount of glyphosate (Roundup) sprayed on our foods (especially GMO foods, some of which are engineered to create their own pesticide internally!), in addition to other toxic pesticides.
* the amount of electromagnetic pollution we are all subjected to, with increasing use of WIFI, cell-phones, and increasingly, devices that we wear on our bodies or attach to our possessions.

Another factor that is talked about less and is certainly more controversial (so please forgive me if you think this is just a conspiracy theory) are the chemtrails being mysteriously sprayed in our skies. I became aware of them over 10 years ago and see them quite often, sometimes in the process of being laid down. Chemtrails are the “contrails” that do not dissipate, but rather, expand and grow over time. People have measured the aluminum and other heavy metals that these trails rain down upon all of us and that we inhale with every breath we take. Some surmise that they are some form of effort at climate engineering.

When you put it all together, we are all guinea pigs living in an increasingly toxic environmental stew. I shudder to think how American health will nosedive even further if Big Pharma gets its way and forces every child and adult to be fully “vaccine compliant” — no exceptions, no freedom or control over what is injected into our bodies. If these measures proceed, it won’t be too much longer before we are all subjected to some form of tracking to make sure we have each taken every pill or injection that Big Pharma thinks we must.

Sorry to be so gloom and doom, folks! But this is really what Autism Awareness Month should be making us aware of. Because the suffering and pain and financial strife of families with autistic children is just a portent of things to come for everyone if we don’t get informed and take a stand for our health and bodily integrity now.

Luckily (as I always say), no matter what is injected into us, rained down upon us, or crackling away in the EMF bands, there is hope with Homeopathy! That’s why we must also be ever vigilant to protect our access to it.

I’ll conclude now with a series of links pertinent to autism and vaccination that have come across my desk in the past few months.

Autism Awareness Information

 

Vaccine Awareness Information

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Impossible Cure — the AUDIO BOOK — Is Here!

 

ImpossibleCureLanskyAudioBookCover-smallLast fall, I worked for two months with a professional audio engineer and finally narrated the audio book version of Impossible Cure. I’m pleased to report that it is now available through Audible, and specifically, on Amazon and iTunes. Please check it out and spread the word about this new version of Impossible Cure!

While you’re on Amazon (or, for that matter, on Goodreads), it would be great if you could write a nice review for Impossible Cure if you haven’t already done so. Adding a testimonial about homeopathy to your review can also be so helpful to those looking for some hope. In the past, books about homeopathy have been attacked on Amazon by quackbuster forces, often funded covertly by Big Pharma. Impossible Cure was no exception, although these attacks usually backfired because they were met with even more positive reviews and testimonials. Your reviews help people to learn that there really is hope with homeopathy!

Indeed, I wrote Impossible Cure to provide general information about homeopathy to everyone — not just families with autistic children. Those who have read it (or at least have read the book blurb) know that Impossible Cure is a broad and general introduction to homeopathy (not a “how to cure autism” book) that includes first-person cure stories from around the world for many ailments. It has even been adopted as a first-year text by many homeopathy schools. This information can be critical to anyone embarking upon homeopathic treatment. As homeopaths who require their patients to read Impossible Cure can testify, patient knowledge can be a key to treatment success.

I hope that you and your friends and family will now enjoy listening to Impossible Cure — the audio book!

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Habits

 

habitI woke up this morning thinking about habits; bad eating habits, in particular. The other day I was sitting in a movie theater watching a morbidly obese couple happily settle into eating their two giant tubs of buttered popcorn, two giant vats of cola, and some cheesy nachos too. Truthfully, I was dumbfounded, judgmental, and a bit grossed out.

Reflecting upon this today, though, I realized that it’s all about habits. And we all drive our lives through habits. It’s how we function, it’s how we manage our lives. Indeed, we have habits that determine almost every aspect of our behavior — how we eat, how we run through the routines of our day, how we sit and sleep, what we wear, where we go, what we watch on TV, what we read. We also have habits of thought and feeling — who we believe or listen to, what we worry about, what we view as “normal” or “acceptable”.

Sometimes habits are of our own creation; we find a routine that works for us — say, how we drive to work, how we groom ourselves, or what we buy at the grocery store — and we repeat it. Quite often, our habits are taught to us or modeled by our parents. I have noticed that people with severe weight problems have entrenched ideas about what they “must” eat: “When you go to the movies, you must have buttered popcorn!”; “When you eat a baked potato, you must cover it with butter and sour cream and cheese”; “Every meal must be followed by dessert.” Often these habits are associated with love and comfort. Questioning them may even feel like an existential threat.

Other times, habits are molded by societal norms, advertising, and other forms of media. “Let’s all go to the lobby, and have ourselves a treat!” Or more recently, “Parents who think twice about vaccinating their children are idiots who should be mocked and jailed!” (Even if, at the same time, we acknowledge that modern medicine has been wrong about lots of other things and Big Pharma has a growing history of conflicts of interest, corruption and falsified studies, and patient harm.)

Of course, habits aren’t necessarily bad. We develop habits to help us navigate our lives. We can’t re-think every step we take in life. Habits make our lives more efficient and manageable. Cultural habits help our society function.

But habits can also be a trap. They help us to feel cozy and secure, but once something becomes a habit, you tend not to question it. Think about the various uses of the word “habit”: for example, “Habitat” or “Inhabit” (something you dwell within, all nice and safe and secure); or “Habitual” (repetitive and unthinking). Think about our stereotypes of old age and older people, going about their daily unchanging routines. Habits may feel safe, but they are deadening. Growth and life only comes from change.

As I discuss in Active Consciousness, the spiritual teacher Gurdjieff taught that habits tend to keep us “asleep.” In order to wake up to a greater state of awareness, we often need to jolt ourselves a bit. Sometimes he used simple physical exercises to achieve that effect — for example, making his students stand in awkward postures for a while, helping them to break habits of posture. As he pointed out, physical postures can even have a great influence upon the way we think. Travel to new lands is another great way to introduce novelty, growth, and change into our lives. So is learning a new skill, or entertaining a new idea or belief.

Gurdjieff also spoke about “shocks” that literally force people to rethink their beliefs and “buffers”. Buffers are beliefs that help people to feel safe and to rationalize their behavior. Indeed, when society’s buffers are questioned, people can become quite violent about defending them. Think about the long and difficult process our society has gone through in breaking through buffers of racial prejudice, or its treatment of LGBT people.

Parents whose children have been injured by vaccines (injuries that are often acknowledged by doctors and by the legal system; the CDC’s own VAERS database includes 66,274 serious injuries and 5878 deaths from vaccination that have occurred over the past 25 years), have had a “shock” that impels them to examine their previous beliefs about conventional medical wisdom. Rather than garnering our sympathy, however, their questioning rattles the very foundation of our greater society’s trust in fundamental medical beliefs; the media is then quick to brand them as cranks and fools — even dangerous. Reading this information may even be triggering an angry response in you as you read it.

Hopefully, of course, we can learn to examine our habits of behavior and thought without requiring a crisis or shock. The next time you feel bored and in a rut, as if one day is the same as the next, try to shake things up a bit. Decide to experimentally change one routine — even a small one, such as the order in which you perform some sequence of things — and see what happens! You might feel that spark of life within you ignite.

Or, if you are aware of a habit that you truly need to change, meditate, go within, and discover inner guidance that leads you to a life change that creates a sense of inspiration and joy within you. The meditation exercises in Active Consciousness can help you get there.

I’ll close with a quote from Hawaiian wise woman Nana Veary’s book Change We Must, which I discussed in last month’s newsletter. Nana sees God as the infinite energy of love around us, the fount of all creation, and each of us as co-creators with that energy. She used the following affirmation that stresses the importance of accepting change, because change is life.

“I let changes take place in my life… I accept all change as a spiritual adventure and begin the discovery of God in every new condition… I break all chains which bind me and walk free into God’s great experience of life.”

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Top 10 Tips for Parents and Patients: What I’ve Learned After 12 Years of Providing Advice

 

Amy-facebookEvery day, I get email from people from all over the world asking for advice about their homeopathic treatment. I spend a few hours each week answering their questions. I am not a practitioner and I do not provide actual homeopathic treatment. Nor do I receive any compensation for these efforts. But I do try to provide referrals and supportive advice to the best of my ability.

A great deal of the people who contact me are parents of autistic children. But not everyone is. People write to me from nearly every country — the US, Canada, India, Russia, Pakistan, Malaysia, Africa, South America, Europe, you name it! — with problems ranging from stomach woes to psoriasis to neurological disorders. After 12 years of doing this (Impossible Cure came out 12 years ago!), I have heard it all, and have provided the same advice many, many times.

In February, 2015 I spoke to a small group of homeopaths and parents at a workshop focusing on autism treatment. I put together the following “Top 10″ list of pieces of advice that I think are important for every homeopathic patient to keep in mind.

1. Be patient. Parents of autistic children: your goal is a fully functional young adult, not a talking toddler! One of the top problems I see especially among autism parents is impatience. In fact, I wrote a previous Impossible Cure Newsletter article about it. But patience is also important for every patient undergoing homeopathic treatment to cultivate. Sometimes treatment with homeopathy can be miraculously fast. But usually it takes time, and often requires changes of remedy and dosing. Remember, homeopathy is about truly healing from the inside out, not quick symptom suppression.

2. When in doubt, contact your homeopath (who hopefully responds!) Often people will write to me with questions about their case instead of first contacting their homeopath. Please try to remember that your homeopath is the one who really understands your case. It is part of their job to answer your questions.

3. Educate yourself! This is especially true for parents, but it is also true for all homeopathic patients. You are on the front line of your own or your child’s treatment; be prepared and as confident as possible. Try to learn more about homeopathic philosophy, and especially about homeopathic aggravations, direction of cure, and dosing modifications. Remember that small changes in dosing or potency can sometimes make a big difference. Learn to distinguish between your or your child’s signs of aggravation vs. a symptom relapse. Try to understand the nature of systemic healing as deeply as you can. All of this knowledge can be gleaned from reading Impossible Cure. One of the reasons I wrote it was because I know that a patient who understands homeopathic philosophy and dosing is a better patient. Second-guessing your homeopath’s remedy selection, however, is usually unhelpful. The nuances of remedy prescription can’t be understood through a simple Google search.

4. Be systematic and cautious about all treatments. With so much information about health available to everyone these days, it is common for everyone — and especially autism families — to try every therapy under the sun, and often all at once! Unfortunately, this only brings confusion to you and your homeopath. How can you know what is doing what? Introduce one small change at a time — ideally for at least a couple of weeks — and see what happens. Always remember to let your homeopath know what treatments you are trying, including dietary changes and supplements.

5. Trust your instincts – about your or your child’s progress, about choosing a homeopath or changing homeopaths, and about listening to other people’s advice. It’s your body; it’s your child.

6. Your child’s behavior (or how you are actually feeling) is often more important than the results of a diagnostic test. We all tend to get obsessed with numbers on tests. Yes, sometimes such results are very important. But how you or your child feels and acts is often more important. Indeed, under homeopathic treatment, shifts toward health are often seen before they can be “scored” by a test.

7. Take care of yourself, your relationships, and your other children. Get the emotional and life supports you need. Remember to have fun and enjoy life – create love and joy in your home! Along with this, I might also add: eat healthfully and exercise.

8. Accept, love, and support your child (or yourself!) as he or she is, but maintain your vision of recovery. Try not to give up, succumb to despair, or to get invested in your or your child’s disease. Your vision of a healthy future plays a bigger role in your healing than you realize.

9. Your state affects your child’s state (or more broadly, each of us affects the state of those around us.) Indeed, this truth underlies points 7 and 8. In my view, autistic kids can be particularly psychic or energetically sensitive. So your happiness or unhappiness, your impatience and frustration or support and exuberance, will have an effect on your child. And even if you aren’t a member of an autism family, remember that you are affected by and affect the emotional/mental/psychic state of everyone around you. Learning to develop good boundaries is therefore also important.

10. Develop a spiritual practice. Trust in Great Spirit, God, or some higher power that feels right for you. My second book, Active Consciousness, might be especially helpful in this regard, as well as for following the last few pieces of advice.

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Language Is A Virus

 

speech-bubblesLanguage Is A Virus“… that’s the title of a song by performance artist Laurie Anderson. How true it is. We tend to think that the language we use, the way we express ourselves, has no impact on our state of consciousness. We think that all that really matters is our meaning, not our actual words.

But what if our words actually matter? What if the way we express ourselves not only reflects our inner state, but affects it too — even causes it?

I remember a time, not too long ago, when using the “F” word would be unthinkable to me. And I am a person who, I must admit, tends to curse quite a bit. Still, the “F” word seemed a bit too extreme for me. Now, it seems to punctuate every sentence we hear in the movies and on TV. On many comedy shows, you can’t even make out what people are saying because of all the bleeping! Indeed, I must admit that I use the “F” word now too.

But lately, I’ve begun to think twice about the almost unconscious evolution of our contemporary English (and perhaps especially, American) lexicon toward the vulgar. It all began when I read a short but amazingly touching and transformational book by a Hawaiian wise woman named Nana Veary, Change We Must. Nana grew up at a time when traditional Hawaiian ways were still taught by the older generation. Change We Must is her spiritual autobiography, full of simple yet deep wisdom that jumps out and grabs your heart. It has brought me to tears many times.

In the first chapter, entitled “My Hawai’i”, Nana discusses the loss of the Hawaiian language, whose teaching and speaking was forbidden by missionaries for many years. Nevertheless, Nana was taught to speak Hawaiian in the old way. As she writes:

“Rich in metaphor, the Hawaiian language was melodious and graceful like the people. The Hawaiians said, ‘He nane ka ‘olelo.’ The language is a riddle. Before the missionaries came… the Hawaiians used figures of speech in language that was like poetry….

My mother taught me to speak the language softly, without saying anything negative or elaborating. ‘Leave the details out,’ she said, ‘and speak softly.’ … All the ancient chants are in idioms, but today there is virtually nobody, not even those fluent in Hawaiian, who speaks that way.”

Nana tells the story of a boy who ran up to her grandfather on the beach and told him he was thirsty. The grandfather replied with a figure of speech, referring to a coconut “as a fountain of water hanging in the air.” Thus, rather than telling the boy to climb the tree, get a coconut, and crack it open, the grandfather supplied the boy with a spiritual image that conveyed the special gift of the coconut to humanity. He taught the boy a spiritual lesson that connected him to the wonders of nature, rather than provide a rote form of instruction.

Nana goes on to say,

“This use of language vanished long ago. Hawaiians today speak the missionary language, a literal type of Hawaiian. The riddle is gone. This is tragic, for when you lose the language, you lose your identity… When you land in Japan, Japanese is spoken. When you land in France, French is spoken. The Hawaiians have nothing, nothing but aloha, and even that they have to re-learn.”

As we enter February, with Valentine’s Day at its heart on the 14th, let us consider our use of language and its effects. What we say fills the fields of meaning in which we live with a particular energy that affects ourselves and everyone around us. As I also discuss in my book Active Consciousness, spiritual teacher G.I. Gurdjieff warned against talking too much. Compulsive or idle chatter is not only a way to avoid one’s true feelings, but it also saps one’s vital energy, leaking it out onto everyone else.

As Laurie Anderson sang in her song, language is a virus that can infect us for bad or for good. One lyric from the song is the following:

“Paradise is exactly like
Where you are right now,
Only much much better.”

As those of us who have been to Hawaii know, it is a paradise, and not just because of its beauty; you can still feel the spirit of Aloha there. Nana Veary writes,

” ‘Alo’ means the bosom, the center of the universe. ‘Ha’ is the breath of God. The word is imbued with a great deal of power. I do not use the word casually. Aloha is a feeling, a recognition of the divine. It is not just a word or greeting. When you say ‘aloha’ to someone, you are conveying or bestowing this feeling.”

And so, with deep intention and love, I say to you all: Aloha.

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Measles — Some Facts

 

measlesWhen contemplating what to write about this month, I couldn’t help being led back, over and over again, to the measles. The discussion about the measles vaccine is all over the media, and just when it seems to let up, there it is again.

Of course, whether or not any parent elects to have their child take the MMR vaccine (for measles, mumps, and rubella) should be their choice. To force vaccines on people is a violation of their fundamental freedom over their bodies. In fact, the right to choose whether or not to vaccinate is part of the constitution of some countries, like Canada. Think about the implications of forcing everyone to inject something into their bodies. Today it’s vaccines. Tomorrow, what next? Already, our health freedom rights are being eroded further and further. California, once a leader in providing both philosophical and religious exemptions to vaccination, is in danger of losing both, with weakening of exemption rights already having been recently enacted.

In any case, I’m growing weary of the complete lies being promulgated by the media about the measles vaccine. So let’s focus on some facts that anyone can research for themselves.

Measles is, in general,  a benign childhood disease in the Western world. All the scare tactics about the dangers of measles in the West are completely overblown. Measles may have caused many deaths in countries with poor sanitation and food supplies, but in the West, it is generally completely benign in children. I am 59 years old. I, and nearly everyone else of my generation, had the measles (as well as chicken pox, mumps, and rubella — also known as German measles). In the years prior to introduction of the vaccine, measles-related deaths (including adults, who are more endangered by measles) had gone down to less than 1:1000. Compare that to the current autism rate of 1:68 (and going higher each year), not to mention the much higher rates of other autoimmune diseases, which many believe are also attributable to over-vaccination.

The measles vaccine does not guarantee immunity. However, getting and recovering from measles does provide complete immunity. As we have been finding, a great number of the people who get the measles in minor epidemics (which have always popped up periodically, not just now, with the “Disneyland” epidemic scare) have been “fully vaccinated.” This is what should give people pause. In fact, I recently had some correspondence with a vaccine expert who has consulted for the CDC. As she writes:

“I do think that getting measles vaccine probably decreases the likelihood of getting measles. But, it’s not 100% effective and over time, it has become less effective, partly due to changes in the virus and waning immunity. It is possible to be fully vaccinated and after a couple years have little/no measles antibodies… The first couple of decades that the measles vaccine was out and routinely administered, children were born to mothers who’d most likely had measles and passed on naturally-acquired maternal antibodies. Not true any more. The maternal measles antibodies passed on by mothers who have only been vaccinated are of very poor quality. I think the perceived beneficial effect of measles vaccination was partly bolstered by strong natural maternal antibodies. We will see a lot more ‘vaccine failures’ for many different reasons. It will be hard to sort out because it’s not easy to define ‘unvaccinated / undervaccinated’ and vaccine efficacy is a moving target.”

Complications from measles are much more common in adults than in children. By creating two generations of people who have been vaccinated to prevent the childhood diseases rather than experiencing them, we are also creating generations who are more likely to suffer from measles complications (as well as complications from chicken pox and mumps) as adults. Indeed, rather than blaming unvaccinated US citizens for childhood-disease epidemics, let us remember that visitors from many countries enter the US every day, visiting places like Disneyland! Are we going to set up vaccine police at our borders? By relying upon artificial vaccines rather than the complete immunity that nature designed for us — via the natural occurrence of the childhood diseases — we are creating the potential for much worse consequences when these diseases affect adults. It is just like the mistake we, as a society, have made with the over-use of antibiotics and the subsequent problem of antibiotic resistance. Is it too late to turn the tide and let children experience the childhood diseases again, before it’s too late? Perhaps, at least, their grandparents can care for them, knowing that they have complete immunity.

The 1998 Lancet paper authored by Andrew Wakefield and co-authors about the relationship between the measles vaccine and gut inflammation in autistic children has NOT truly been discredited. First of all, Wakefield’s co-author on the paper has been completely exonerated by a British court. As this article states, “A judge has now ruled that the GMC hearings were a farce. Parents are waiting for journalists to find their spine and start some honest reporting on the character assassination of doctors that is blocking medical treatments for vaccine injured children, and the role that GSK and Merck may be playing to protect their profits on the MMR vaccine.”

Secondly, the proceedings against this paper focused on minutia of the ethics of the study’s procedures and whether necessary permissions had been obtained, not on the general result of the study itself (i.e. the result found about the link between MMR and bowel disease).  Indeed, none of the parents complained about the procedures that were used, and stood behind Dr. Wakefield and his co-authors.

Of course, there are many other subsequent studies that do link vaccines to autism, and MMR to bowel disease too.  These studies are always ignored by the press, which continues with its mantra about the Wakefield study.

Finally, let’s not forget that homeopathy can be an effective treatment for measles! It can also be used prophylactically if there is an imminent threat of infection. There are actually many remedies that can be helpful for measles, and as usual, the patient must be analyzed as an individual for most effective treatment. Some of the major remedies for measles include: Pulsatilla, Sulphur, Aconite, Apis, Bryonia, Morbillinum (the measles nosode), Belladonna, Kali Bichromicum, Gelsemium, and Euphrasia. This article by Dana Ullman might be helpful.

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Vision: The Key to Our Future

 

visionHappy New Year 2015!

My New Year’s suggestion to you is to begin by watching this broadcast by Barbara Marx Hubbard on the occasion of her 85th birthday.

Hubbard is a futurist and visionary for the future of mankind and I plan to learn more about her work in 2015. In her broadcast, she describes an out-of-body experience she had in the early 1960′s that showed her a future in which humanity, having experienced severe global world-wide difficulties, collectively rises to a new level of awareness and transcendence — a shift that even repairs the physical Earth itself. As Hubbard says, back when she had this experience, she could not have foreseen our current times over 50 years later and the many technological and political developments that have occurred. Some of these developments, like increased industrialization, overpopulation, GMOs, and pesticides, have come to plague the Earth, while others, such as the internet and social media, now provide hope for humanity coming together. As the years have gone by, she has seen more and more of her vision develop and come true.

After I watched Barbara’s broadcast, my husband Steve and I both viewed her short film “Our Story”, which you too can view for free by signing up for her newsletter. After watching it, I was amazed by how much of what Barbara was saying echoed themes in my book Active Consciousness. However, Steve’s reaction was: “That’s nice, but what does it mean? What is she saying we should do?”

A good question. But I quickly realized the answer: We must first hold and then work toward a positive vision of humanity’s future.

On the surface, this may sound pollyanna-ish. But if you think about it, this is exactly what Active Consciousness is all about. The first step in creating the future we want is having a vision of it. If we focus on it, hold it as “PURE GOAL”, we can eventually be led to it.

But if we get diverted by and trapped in the negativity and fear that is ever-present in the media around us, we not only lose our vision and become despondent, but we help to reinforce and even create a more negative future.

So it’s not about pollyanna-ish hopefulness nor denying reality, it’s about holding, holding, holding onto the vision, with trust, with confidence, with conviction, and then using that vision to guide our actions. It’s not easy! It’s hard work! We may not even see the fruition of our labors in our own lifetimes. But it’s the only way forward to the future we want.

One of the divination tools I use on a regular basis are the Medicine Cards developed by Jamie Sams and David Carson. The card I had pulled for December 2014 was a challenging one — Raven (symbolizing magic) in the contrary position. Ouch! And indeed it was a difficult month, filled with serious illness in my extended family, extremely time-consuming and difficult communications on a committee I am co-chairing, and frustratingly slow progress on a few other issues in my life. As Carson and Sams write, “Contrary Raven may be bringing you a warning that you are not equipped to move into another level of consciousness until you have mastered the one you are currently working with… Contrary Raven may also portend a time of smoky, confused messages that you cannot see or hear because your ‘intellect’ is insisting that magic is not real… Raven may be pecking at the door to your consciousness, but you will not receive unless you clear the smoke and seek the other realms of imagination and awareness where magic lives.”

I will tell you this: I may not have handled my challenging December as well as I could have, but I have learned a great deal. And I am feeling much more optimistic about 2015 than I was about 2014.

I suspect that the world has been experiencing Contrary Raven too. We are surrounded with difficulties and frustrations. We feel Raven peck, peck, pecking at our world. And at the same time, something new does seem to be emerging. Humanity is seeing truths we have not seen before. The smoke is beginning to clear. We may not be there yet, maybe not even close, but I believe the future we want will be created if we see the vision and hold fast to it. That’s what Active Consciousness is all about, and that’s what visionaries like Barbara Marx Hubbard help us to do.

Dear readers, here’s to much brighter 2015, with humanity finally turning toward a brighter collective vision of our future — slowly but surely! Hold, hold, hold onto the vision, and let it guide you each day as you CHOOSE JOY.

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Health Tips 2015 — or, What I Learned in 2014

 

Amy-facebookIt’s hard to believe, but I’m  now embarking upon my 6th year of writing the Impossible Cure Newsletter. Happy New Year!

Since most of us begin the year with a few health-oriented resolutions, I thought I’d provide you with some inspiration — two of my personal health discoveries in 2014.

The first is simple.  For many years I’ve been thinking about learning more about juicing.  Early in 2014 I bought a “Magic Bullet” — a little personal-sized blender — but it just didn’t work for me.  The thick sludge it made from veges just wasn’t appealing or palatable to me.

Then, over the summer, my husband Steve and I watched an amazing and entertaining online movie that I recommend to all of you:  Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. Wow. Even though Steve and I aren’t overweight nor sick, this movie inspired us to juice.  We bought a masticating juicer this fall and haven’t looked back.  In fact, Steve is our juice-maker!  He loves playing with this new toy.  We now try to have a “juice meal”, or at least a big glass of juice as the primary component of our meal, every other day. I have consistently seen that, within 1-2 days, I experience an amazing cleansing of my colon.  It’s as if it completely and thoroughly empties.  We’ve both been feeling strong and invigorated.  The intense shot of organic kale, carrots, carrot tops, wheat grass, ginger, apples, and other veges and fruits is like an amazing tonic.  Try it out!

Next, and even more profound, is the amazing healing power of your own Self.  Of course, this is, in many ways, what homeopathy is all about — triggering the innate healing powers of your own vital force. As I have written about in several past articles, both in the Impossible Cure and Active Consciousness newsletters (many of these articles can also be found on AmyLansky.com), a very important component of our complete Self is what Hawaiian shamans call the Basic Self or unihipili.  This part of our being includes our vital force — the energy body that controls our physical body — but it also includes our emotions, our subconscious,  our psychic abilities,  and our link to our  Higher or Inner Self (aumakua). Our Basic Self is, in general, subservient to our rational thinking mind (uhane), but it is always there, with its own feelings, attitudes, and needs.

My  big discovery in 2014 — one that I already intellectually knew, but finally put into practice — is the importance of maintaining contact with the Basic Self in alleviating almost every form of disease or dysfunction. If you get a cold, a headache, a flu, a serious disease, sprain your ankle or wrench your back, have heart arrythmias, high blood pressure — really anything, the first thing you should do is check in with your Basic Self.  Talk to it.  Out loud. You might even give it a name that is meaningful to you.  Say, “Basic Self, what is bugging you?”   Then, listen.

I recommend doing the following.  Get a notebook and entitle it: “Conversations with X” where X is your name for your Basic Self — it could just be “My Basic Self”. Anytime any physical thing comes up, or really at any time of upset, make an entry entitled:  “Date.  Things that are bugging (or bothering) me.”  Then write down every single thing you can think of, from profound to little minutiae. Focus especially on what is angering or annoying you, including anger at yourself. It is then helpful to read this list out loud and acknowledge to your Basic Self that you understand how it feels and respect its feelings. Hawaiian wisdom teaches us that the Basic Self is very impressed by physical actions like writing, speaking, and physical rituals.  It will be less effective to simply “think” to your Basic Self.  Remember that, in many ways, it is like a child that needs your love and support.  So many things that happen to us are really the Basic Self trying to be noticed in one of the only ways it knows how — through your physical body.

I know this may sound like a stretch to many of you.  But give it a try and see what happens.

Indeed, homeopathic remedies are actually working in much the same way.  The homeopathic interview is definitely a way of noticing and voicing the true feelings and sensations of the Basic Self.  The remedy is then  a form of energetic acknowledgement and support that enables the vital force, an important component of the Basic Self, to do its job and heal.  But a lot can also be accomplished by simply writing everything down, speaking out loud to the Basic Self, and asking for its help.  Try it!

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