Can Awareness Trump Fear and Greed?
Part 1: The Autism Epidemic

 

awareness-980x350April is Autism Awareness month, so what better time than now to talk about the subject of awareness in general and the ever increasing incidence of autism in particular?

I’ve been planning to write this article for several years. Ten years ago, I began collecting data about the incidence of autism and projecting its growth, which I estimated to be approximately 10% a year. I’m sad to report that the CDC statistics have borne this rate out, though it may actually be even worse. I distinctly remember when the rate of autism was 1 in 150 children, and it wasn’t that long ago — at about the time my book Impossible Cure came out in 2003. Now the media commonly cites a 1 in 68 statistic, though a more recent, less publicized 2015 CDC report cites a new rate of 1 in 45 children. We have broken the threshold of 2% of children with autism.

CDC Autism Rate

Where is this all taking us? At what point will the media stop saying that the increase in autism is nothing to be alarmed about — that it is illusory and simply due to an increased awareness of the condition and improved diagnosis? At what point will the media stop implying that autism is a genetic disease that has nothing to do with environmental causes? (Although genetics may make some people more susceptible to these causes, as environmental factors increase in intensity, more and more people are clearly falling prey to them.) Consider this. What will our society be like when 1 in 10 children (10%) are autistic? 1 in 5 children? Half of all children? Don’t forget: autistic children grow up and become autistic adults who will be dependent on society for help. We are only now beginning to experience the consequences of an increased adult autistic population, as the “statistics” of the 1990s enter their 20s.

These are all interesting questions, and my guess is, we will all be finding out the answers in our lifetimes.

But this article isn’t just about autism. The issues, questions, and potential solutions to the autism epidemic also pertain to other alarming trends humanity is facing. Climate change is the most obvious example. The growing corruption of our food supply and other types of environmental damage wreaked by GMOs, pesticides, and monoculture practices is another. We humans are certainly a highly adaptable species that is able to survive in the face of environmental challenges that are obvious to us. But we seem to be quite bad at noticing and responding to environmental problems that develop more slowly or that don’t affect us directly. Like the proverbial frog not noticing that the pot is coming to a slow boil — or even if it does notice, it is too fearful, numbed out, or self-absorbed to do anything about it — we humans tend to ignore evidence until it’s too late to escape severe consequences.

This article is the first in a series of two or three articles that will talk about this human trait and the kinds of things that might influence the rate at which we take appropriate action. One question I’d like to explore is whether cultivating a particular form of awareness could be a remedy. Another important factor may be whether we can find attractive alternatives that provide a solution.

Whatever the problem may be, however, perhaps our biggest obstacles to taking early action are the all-too-human forces of fear and greed. Indeed, one thing we can be sure of: we would take appropriate action if it could also be motivated by fear and greed! Unfortunately, fear and greed often lead to inappropriate action instead. Wouldn’t it be better if an enhanced form of awareness and access to alternatives could be used to motivate us?

So let’s begin by taking a deeper look at the autism epidemic.

When will action happen?

Right now, the only people shouting and screaming about autism are the families that have autistic children. I believe that the latest point at which meaningful action will begin to take place in the USA is when more than 50% of families are in this boat. Assuming that a family will become active when a grandparent has an autistic grandchild, and assuming a birth rate of 2 children per couple, this point will be reached when the autism rate is 12.5% (1 in 8 children). Now comes the even scarier graph.

CDC Autism Future

Over the past 10 years or so, the rate of increase in autism has been fairly linear. The yellow line projects this rate of increase, which would put us at an autism rate of 10% (1 in 10 children) in about 40 years and 12.5% (1 in 8 children) in about 55 years.

A more alarming trend line is the green curve, which more accurately fits all the existing CDC data. This would put us at a rate of 10% (1 in 10 children) in 2030 (less than 15 years from now), and 12.5% (1 in 8 children) just 2 or 3 years after that. If the exponential curve is correct, then the next 20 years will see the autism issue slowly becoming personal to most Americans.

Which trajectory are we actually on? The yellow line or green curve? That will become more obvious 5 years from now, when the two rates diverge. By 2020, the rate will either clearly begin to match the yellow line or the green curve, and by 2025, it will be even more obvious.

What are the causes of the autism epidemic?

So how can we begin taking action earlier than 20-50 years from now? I think that depends on a variety of factors, all of which pertain to the underlying causes of autism. Looking back at the first graph, we can see that the rate of autism really started going up in the late 1980s and 1990s. Our answer to the autism puzzle will come from looking at environmental factors that began to accelerate at that time (clearly, it’s not changes to our genetics!).

Personally, I believe that autism is the end result of several factors that, together, create a perfect storm that weakens and twists the immune systems of our children, creating a tidal wave of autoimmunity and systemic poisoning (especially of the brain and gut). The more and more these environmental factors increase, the greater the number of children who cannot defend themselves and thus fall prey to autism and a host of other disabilities and weaknesses that are increasing at an alarming rate. Three of the most obvious factors that meet our criteria are the following:

1) The ever increasing vaccine schedule, which overstimulates the immune system and causes toxic metals such as mercury and aluminum to be injected directly into the blood stream. Consider this. During my own childhood in the late 1950s, children were given 7 doses of vaccine antigens. In 1983, the total number of doses given to children (ages 1–18) was 11. Today children are subjected to 69 doses of vaccine antigens.

Interestingly, this alarming increase in the vaccine schedule began in 1986 (also the time at which the autism rate really began taking off!), when the vaccine manufacturers and doctors were indemnified from any legal consequences due to vaccine injuries.

Since that time, the drug companies have been developing more and more vaccines to sell us. There are hundreds more in the development pipeline, with the media and government well-funded by the pharmaceutical industry to promote them, usually by instilling panic about disease and urging public mockery of those who don’t comply. They have created the perfect storm of fear and greed!

2) The worsening of our food supply, and in particular, the growing prevalence of GMO and other foods bathed in glyphosate — Monsanto’s “Roundup.” Please note: the genetic modification of foods like corn, which are increasingly a part of every bite we take, was done primarily to boost sales of glyphosate. Greed at work!

3) The increasing amount of electromagnetic radiation (EMFs) all around us, due to cell phones, WIFI, cordless phones, smart meters, and other “smart” home devices, some of which are now wearable on our bodies. There is even talk of having such devices implanted inside our bodies.

Whether or not these three particular things are key factors in creating the autism epidemic could easily be discovered if we examined the rate of autism in populations that do not partake in vaccines, eat only organic foods, and are not highly exposed to EMFs. There are even such populations here in the USA. For example, many have cited the low incidence of autism among the Amish. Unfortunately, no formal study has ever been done to make this kind of comparison — and probably for good reason. The financial powers behind all of these environmental factors — vaccines, “conventional” food, and high tech — do not want us to think too deeply about these things. But the time is coming. When your child or grandchild has autism, you will want to know!

So what can be done?

I think it is highly unlikely that we’re going to see a slowdown in EMF-generating technology, though it could possibly be made safer through technological fixes or more circumspection about keeping such devices near or inside our bodies. There is a growing awareness of the dangers of cellphones and WIFI in European countries (who are often way ahead of us in the awareness game). They are even beginning to take action, at least with respect to children’s exposure.

Awareness is also growing of the dangers of glyphosate and GMOs. Once again, Europe is ahead of us. And with food, at least, we do have an attractive alternative — organic food and a return to regenerative farming practices. The big food companies are fighting GMO labeling with all their might, but they only have greed on their side, not fear — so labeling in the USA is probably just around the corner. (Note: Canada and the US are two of the few countries that don’t already do so.) Once parents can better control their children’s food intake, it will be interesting to see if it has any slowing effect on the autism rate. And it will certainly be interesting to see if the improved food supply and reduction in child exposure to EMFs in Europe results in a lowering of the autism rate there.

The hardest nut to crack, and in my view the biggest factor, is vaccines. The media and politicians are bought and sold on this one (unfortunately, even the most liberal ones), so awareness has only been able to creep in through the back door of the internet and the activism of autism families. But there must be desperation afoot in the pharmaceutical industry, because they are vigorously creating and pushing forced vaccination mandates all over the country. (Just look at the legislators who are proposing these mandates; they will invariably be the ones who are most highly funded and advised by Big Pharma.) The vaccine manufacturers may simply see the writing on the wall, and so are trying to make as much money on the vaccine cash cow while they can. Unfortunately, they may be hastening their own demise by accelerating the increase in autism, as more and more vaccines are added to the mandated schedule. This too will be interesting to see.

So let me conclude here. I hope that I have at least given you food for thought. In my next installment, I will consider more deeply why it is so hard to wake people up into awareness and especially into action about the autism epidemic and other alarming trends.

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Homeopathy and Synchronicity — an Interview with Connie Habash

 

connieCheck out a new podcast — Homeopathy and Synchronicity!

This interview  of Amy by  Connie Habash aired on blog talk radio in January 2016. Amy talks about a possible relationship  between the mechanism behind homeopathy and the phenomenon of synchronicity.

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Homeopathy: The Medicine of Synchronicity?

 

blue-mandala-spiral-synchronicityMost of us are familiar with the concept of synchronicity — the occurrence of uncanny “coincidences” that carry meaning. For example, one of the most common illustrations of a synchronicity is when someone’s beloved watch or clock stops the moment they die. Or consider what happened to my husband a few years ago. He left work very upset about his job, only to discover that as he drove home, his car stereo died. To make matters worse, when he turned on his home computer, the disk crashed irreparably and the keyboard died too! Despite being an expert computer scientist, he could not get any of these devices to work for nearly a week. I kept telling him that nothing would change until he faced his feelings about work.

Finally, while staying up all night trying to rebuild his computer operating system, my husband made a major decision about changing things at work. Suddenly everything began to function. In fact, when he got into his car the next day, the stereo system was mysteriously working perfectly as well. Only the keyboard remained dead. Was it my husband’s energy field that created these mishaps? Perhaps. Or was it synchronicity? Actually, both of these explanations could be true and are likely related to one another.

If you pay more attention and start looking for synchronicities in your life, you may notice that the most startling occurrences tend to happen at key junctures — when you meet your beloved, get the perfect job, or make a momentous decision of some kind. In general, though, synchronicities just seem to “happen”. They appear out of the blue. We may marvel with appreciation and wonder at them, but we have no idea what caused them.

In my second book, Active Consciousness, I hypothesize that the very existence of the phenomenon of synchronicity may tell us something profound about the way the universe is operating. In particular, there may be “fields of meaning” out there — for example, fields that carry the energies of “fear” or “love” or even much more specific types of meaning. The occurrence of synchronicities seems to suggest that events, dreams, people, objects, and locations imbued with the same energy or meaning tend to attract one another so that they ultimately coincide in time and space. As a result, we experience what has been called the “law of attraction.” For example, we might find that we tend to attract the very same negative experiences that we fear and dwell upon. Or, if we place ourselves into a state of “loving relationship”, we may suddenly meet our life mate.

But synchronicities don’t only bring profound experiences to us. In fact, if you pay attention and stay alert for them, you may notice that synchronicities occur much more often than you think. I give several examples in Active Consciousness, as well as in other articles I have written (for example, “The Magnetic Power of Consciousness”, “The Magic of Synchronicity”, and “Love is the the Air” — perfect reading for Valentine’s Day!).

Synchronicity also lies behind the success of divination methods, like the use of tarot cards or I Ching coins, or the shamanistic use of nature to provide signals to us. When we use these techniques, we begin by asking a question of some kind. Then we throw the cards or coins or look for signals that impart a specific meaning. These signals represent our answer, and they are produced through the underlying mechanism of synchronicity.

So what about homeopathy? As I write about in both Impossible Cure and Active Consciousess, psychiatrist and homeopath Christopher Whitmont surmised that the mechanism of homeopathic cure was related to the phenomenon of synchronicity. In particular, he said that because a remedy that is “homeopathic” to a patient is energetically similar to or exists within the same field of meaning as the patient’s disease (it can evoke similar symptoms to the ones the patient is experiencing), it can also “substitute” or displace the disease field within a patient’s body. Later, as the remedy field dissipates, the patient is freed from his or her disease.

Samuel Hahnemann, the founder the homeopathy, actually made a similar hypothesis about the action of his remedies. However, neither the concept nor the word “synchronicity” were to be invented for another 100 years — by psychiatrist Carl Jung, who was also a teacher of Whitmont.

Certainly, homeopathy and synchronicity could be related to one another. But what if homeopathy is actually the medicine that explicitly utilizes the underlying mechanism of synchronicity in order to heal? Just like traction uses gravity to separate bones, what if a remedy simply uses the mechanism of synchronicity to create health? It’s an intriguing thought. Rather than a synchronicity simply “happening” because of the underlying way in which the universe works (just as a apple falls from a tree because of gravity), the medicine of homeopathy actively and explicitly forces a synchronicity to happen — and healing is the result. In fact, the curative power of homeopathic remedies may be one of the best clues we have about what the phenomenon of synchronicity is really all about on a deeper level!

So let’s review. In general, a synchronicity occurs because two things imbued with similar meaning tend to “attract” one another in time and space. But if we actively take two things with similar meaning (a remedy and a patient) and bring them together, something interesting happens. It’s somewhat like utilizing a catalyst to trigger something.

Here’s my hypothesis: A “forced” synchronicity creates an amplification of energy that allows a significant and unusual change to occur — an unlikely fork in the possible trajectories into the future. What exactly happens at this juncture is likely affected by the underlying intention. In homeopathy, the intention is healing. The same thing occurs in a group therapy session for individuals suffering from the same problem. However, bringing together similar energies doesn’t always create healing. For example, in a riot, similarly resonating angry individuals trigger destruction.

Still, there’s something about homeopathy that’s seems different to me than group therapy or a riot. Perhaps it’s the fact that potentization — the technique used to produce homeopathic remedies, which both attenuates and transforms the energy of the originating substance — enables homeopathic remedies to reach the same level of subtlety at which synchronicity operates. After all, non-potentized substances do not create nearly the same curative effects, and the more potentized a remedy is, the more powerful it is! As all of us who have experienced a perfectly matching remedy know, the resulting shift in consciousness or physical health that can occur is often instantaneous and startling.

Finally, my parting question to you is this: In what other ways can we actively use the phenomenon of synchronicity to benefit and heal our world? Food for thought!

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On the Verge

 

Part-IIIDo you know that feeling, just before you reach the initial peak of a roller coaster? You feel a mixture of excitement, dread, anticipation, and an odd quiet stillness, as if you are suspended in mid-air? That’s how I am feeling at the beginning of 2016. It’s like something big is coming, but at this moment, everything seems still, everything seems status-quo. I feel like our civilization is on the verge.

You may have noticed that I’ve occasionally skipped a month in the release of my Active Consciousness newsletters. That’s because I’ve been actively engaged in trying to practice what I preach, release myself from “shoulds”, and follow my guidance. I’ve also been trying to release myself from the neverending weight of achieving and instead, be okay with just being. Maybe it’s related to the fact that I just turned 60. I’ve also decided to put my plans for a third book on hold for now. I wrote a few chapters, but I just wasn’t “feeling it.” As a result, my life has become more empty, still, and quiet, mixed with a feeling of waiting.

Which brings me back to the verge. As the drawing above indicates, our current verge might also be a choice point. This concept (as well as the image) is from my book Active Consciousness. A choice point is a point at which the future bifurcates in a fundamental and non-mechanistic way. It is a point where our intention sends us down one path or another. Thus, not only may our collective roller coaster be nearing a peak, but there might be more than one track that we could take on our way down.

Surely, many major choices are coming down the pike this year. For one, there is the American election of 2016. Talk about choices! Could there be two candidates any more different in their views than Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders? Our world is definitely caught in a period of immense polarities in almost every sphere of life. This too is part of being “on the verge.”

But another key point I make in Active Consciousness is that each of us can have an influence on what happens at a choice point. What we say and do and even think or believe has an influence on the outcome. Just like the “butterfly effect”, even small influences can make a huge difference at a choice point.

(By the way, as I discuss in my first book Impossible Cure, this is also related to how homeopathic remedies work. The very subtle action of these remedies can create sweeping healing effects, but only if they are well-chosen and matched to the patient. Although they may be miniscule in materiality, because they exert just the right influence at the right time, they are able to create huge healing effects.)

Lately, I have become very interested in and inspired by the work of Buckminster Fuller. Bucky (as he liked to be called) often used the phrase “Trimtab” to describe himself. In fact, he had the phrase “Call Me Trimtab” inscribed on his tombstone!

A trim tab is a small flap or rudder that is placed on the much bigger rudder of an ocean liner or airplane. Instead of exerting a large force to move the main rudder, a very small change is made to the trim tab. Because of the effects of wind or water pressure and speed, this small change to the trim tab is able to move the large rudder, and as a consequence, the huge vehicle to which it is attached. Thus, the idea of trying to be a trim tab is that a small action can be selected and performed in just the right way so that it can have huge effects. A related idea is the use of minimal energy and material to have maximum positive effect — an important principle of sustainability.

Bucky Fuller devoted his life as an experiment to prove that one small man could have a huge positive impact on society — bigger, in fact, than could be achieved by any weighty organization or government. In other words, he tried to be a trim tab. And many would agree that he succeeded!

As we near the peak of the roller coaster of 2016, I think it behooves us to all to try and be trim tabs so that we can collectively help to steer the course of our descent. Don’t forget: even the smallest action can be a trim tab. It could be a smile or greeting to a stranger; it could be a connection you make between two people; it could be this article that I send out to you and that you share with your friends!

And one way to figure out what would be the most optimal trim-tab-like thing to do is (in the words I use in Active Consciousness) to “Choose Joy.” Remember to take that extra moment to reach deep within and follow your heart, your Inner Wisdom. We’re all in it together, all interconnected, all aboard the wild roller coaster of 2016. Let’s have a great ride!

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The Secret to Healing Lies Within You

 

Part-VHappy New Year!

As we all know, this is a time for personal resolutions that set a tone for the coming year ahead. Why not make it one of your resolutions to search for a path to true healing, not through outside resources, but from healing knowledge that lies deep within you?

One of the important concepts in homeopathic philosophy is that symptoms are not there to be vanquished, but rather, to be understood and used as clues. Indeed, if we merely suppress symptoms and sweep them under the rug (as most allopathic medicines do), we may also lose access to vital “bread crumbs” that could lead us back to health.

For example, a homeopath utilizes a patient’s unique symptoms as indicators of the correct remedy to prescribe. This remedy can then stimulate and heal the vital force — the innate energy that guides the physical body, including its immune system. This activation of the vital force (using the correct remedy) can then guide us back to health.

But homeopaths also understand that symptoms are even more mysterious and significant than being mere clues to the correct remedy choice. Like dream symbols, symptoms are often representative of our deepest inner state. They can tell us much about what our vital force and even deeper energy bodies are trying to tell us. Sometimes the message is: “Here are some clues. Take the homeopathic remedy that match them.” But sometimes the message is: “Leave your job,” or “Tell your parents how you really feel,” or “Your anger is killing you. Let it go.”

As many of you know, in addition to Impossible Cure I am also the author of a book called Active Consciousness (which, by the way, was recently named one of “Five Spiritual Books that Will Change Your Perspective of Reality”!). For this reason, I try to keep up with the latest in spirituality and consciousness as well as homeopathy. Recently, I listened to a podcast about tuning into the wisdom of the inner self for purposes of healing. The speaker suggested two questions to ask yourself when in meditation:

What does your body need in order to heal?

If your body has a message for you, what is it trying to teach you?

Since then, I have meditated on these two questions every time I begin to feel ill — whether it be a cold, headache, or an ache or pain. In fact, I wrote these two questions on a piece of paper that is now taped on the wall by my computer; it’s a handy reminder. If you engage in this meditative practice and follow through on the insight you receive, I am sure that you will find that you can bring greater health into your life. Indeed, by finding your answers for healing within, your need for external healing aids, whether homeopathic or allopathic, will likely decrease dramatically.

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Feeling Tired and Flu-ish? Try Homeopathy!

 

gelsemiumIn the past, I have written more than one article about homeopathic remedies for the flu. This season, I suspect that one of the primary remedies will be Gelsemium, one of the most commonly used remedies for flu. It is available in any health food store. In fact, a single dose of Gelsemium 30c recently bumped me out of a feeling of incipient illness, enabling me to take an out-of-town vacation the next day. One of the keynotes of Gelsemium is a feeling of extreme fatigue, heaviness, and weakness. The patient feels that they simply can’t get up off the couch or out of bed.

As always, of course, the right remedy for the flu (or any acute illness) is the remedy whose symptoms match those being experienced. This article (from an old issue of the Impossible Cure Newsletter) will serve as a refresher course on common flu remedies.

Remember, there’s always hope with homeopathy!

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ThanksGiving Is Precisely What the American Soul Needs

 

cup-runneth-overIs it more than coincidence that the quintessential American holiday — Thanksgiving — represents, at a deep level, precisely what the American people now so direly need in order to heal their souls? I think not.

Think about it. Today, Western culture, and especially American culture, revolves around cultivating and enshrining a chronic attitude of dissatisfaction. We are brought up, inculcated day and night by media and almost everyone we know, to believe it is just natural, even a virtue, to want more — more food, more possessions, more power, more achievement, more money, more entertainment, more love, more friends, more success, more fame, more status. In fact, a person who rejects this view would likely be seen as downright “unAmerican” by most people! Maybe each of us doesn’t desire all of these things, but most of us crave more of some of them. As a result, a constant sense of dissatisfaction is gnawing at our souls and creating an epidemic of depression in its wake. It is the disease of our times, and oddly enough, Thanksgiving might be the cure we need.

Of course, when I talk about Thanksgiving, I’m referring to something much more profound than our current conception of the American holiday. In fact, the way we celebrate Thanksgiving today is the exact opposite of what we should be doing — gorging ourselves on so much food that many of us become sick afterwards! On top of this, we are then encouraged to go on a spending spree the next day, Black Friday, that is so insanely intense that people die each year being trampled in store lines. Sure, some of us might indulge a bit in the “giving” part of the holiday and throw a few cans in the collection bin for the hungry, but how many of us truly engage in the “Thanks” part?

There are at least two steps to experiencing true gratitude. Naturally, there is the act of giving thanks. But a prerequisite to true thankfulness is to first deeply acknowledge what you have. Indeed, this step might be the harder of the two. You may intellectually “know” you have various things, but how deeply do you feel it? It is essential to do so, because without deeply acknowledging what’s actually in your cup, you will always feel thirsty for more. And as a result, the practice of gratitude will be fleeting.

Right now — take a few moments and consider all that you have and try to acknowledge it. Write it down. Say it out loud. Feel it! Include not only food, material possessions, and the natural wonders that surround you, but everything else too — the friends you have, the love and other kindnesses you receive — big or small, and also the achievements you have manifested in your life (this one can be particularly hard!).

For an even deeper examination of this issue, you might now consider what it is that you crave. Craving is all about having enough but not seeing that you do. It is thinking you haven’t eaten enough when you’ve already stuffed yourself (or wanting to lose more weight when you are already unhealthfully thin), buying more and more things when you already have plenty, wanting more money when you are already rich, or wanting more fame or recognition when you are already famous and recognized. In essence, craving is a delusion about the nature of your reality, and it is usually rooted in a sense of inner lack — often some kind of lack experienced in childhood. For this reason, it is hard to release cravings. They are deeply ingrained habits of being. But they are also the root of some of our deepest suffering.

Why not take this Thanksgiving as an opportunity to ponder your personal forms of craving? Below are some strategies to try to address a craving of “X”:

Is your craving of X based on current reality? Or it merely a habit?

Examine your current life. Do you actually have enough of X?

Is your craving for X really symptomatic of some other deeper feeling of lack — for something else? Let’s call it “Y”. Perhaps Y is feeling loved or “seen”. Most likely this feeling of lack is rooted in some experience of the past. Now examine your current life. Do you actually lack Y now?

Can you substitute something else for your craving of X?

Sometimes when a person craves a particular food, they also suffer from an illness that is actually caused by that food. Substituting the problem food with something else can often be the route to cure. Along the same lines, addictions to certain substances (also the root of disease) can be alleviated through substitutions. Can you find some form of substitute for X?

Experiment with giving X rather than craving X.

What would happen if you gave love instead of craved it?
Gave recognition to your peers, rather than craving it from them?
Gave away some of your possessions instead of buying more?

Cultivate the outward-flowing energy of thankfulness and gratitude.

Craving is all about pulling things toward you. Gratitude is about sending energy outward. By practicing regular gratitude meditations, or by writing a list each morning (or before bed each night) of all the things you are grateful for, you can greatly reduce the chronic sense of dissatisfaction and craving in your life. Try it!

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Homeopathy Odds and Ends… Autism Treatment, Research, and the FTC Hearing

 

newsHere’s a bunch of interesting things that have crossed my path in the past couple of months:

Lately, I’ve been pouring through Jerry Kantor’s new book about autism treatment, Autism Reversal Toolbox: Strategies, Remedies, Resources. It’s fascinating! Definitely geared more for practitioners, but potentially instructive to sophisticated autism parents as well, it presents lots of interesting ideas about the causes of autism and strategies of treatment. The reader would benefit greatly if they were already familiar with concepts from Chinese medicine (which I am not). Although I think it leans a bit too much towards the esoteric rather than simplicity and clarity at times, I do appreciate that Kantor includes lots of ideas from other autism practitioners, not just his own experience.

Another interesting research study, about the success of using homeopathy for upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) in children, came my way courtesy of Dana Ullman’s newsletter from Homeopathic Educational Services. You can read the study here.

I’m sure most of us are sick of hearing that autism isn’t really going up — that it’s only being diagnosed more. One of the explanations is “diagnosis substitution” — which means we are simply calling conditions “autism” now that we would have called something else in the past. A recent article in Frontiers in Pediatrics supplies a piece of evidence that “diagnosis substitution” is not true. Of course, any kindergarten or nursery school teacher (or honest pediatrician) that has been teaching or practicing for more than 30 years could tell you that autism really is skyrocketing. I would have thought a rate of 1:50 would be sufficient to wake people up. Maybe it will have to go to 1:10, which at the current rate of increase (and exacerbated by the growing vaccine mandates) will probably take less than 20 years.

Professor Robert G. Hahn is a physician, scientist, and professor of anesthesiology and intensive care medicine at Linköping University in Sweden. He is not a fan of homeopathy, but his curiosity about it was aroused by an emotional debate on the topic on Swedish television. As I have discussed before, some meta-analyses (discussed in my book Impossible Cure) show a very high average effectiveness ratio of 2.45 (245% improvement) over placebo. A later study, which was analyzed thoroughly and found to have been doctored in various ways, showed no such support for homeopathy. Of course, this latter study was touted in the media as final “proof” that homeopathy is a scam. Professor Hahn took up the challenge and analyzed the various meta-analyses. You can read his paper here. He summarized his research by saying “To conclude that homeopathy lacks clinical effect, more than 90% of the available clinical trials have to be disregarded [and] flawed statistical methods have to be applied.”

Take Action! I have written before about an FDA hearing about homeopathic remedies. An FTC (Federal Trade Commission) hearing took place in September. The anti-homeopathy forces seem most focused on advertising and labeling for remedies. But as I’m sure we all suspect, this is all just part the creeping campaign to destroy homeopathy altogether. To read more about how you can help preserve your access to homeopathic remedies by supplying your public comment to the FTC by November 20, 2015, visit the National Center for Homeopathy’s web page about taking action.

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LifePod: A Vehicle for Cultural Evolution

 

earth-lifeTwo years ago, as I was mulling over the growing crisis of climate change, I realized that the only way we were going to have a desirable outcome was if we could inspire most young people to care and do something about it. And the only way that was going to happen was if most young people thought doing something about climate change and sustainability was cool and fun and positive. In other words, we needed a new worldwide “60s revolution” focused on these issues rather than on sex, drugs, rock and roll, and stopping war.

I came up with an idea for something I called LifePod. I wrote it up and sent it to a friend of mine who is a serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist. No response. In the world of Silicon Valley, apps for making our current way of living more convenient are what sells — not fundamentally changing our way of living.

I put my LifePod idea on the backburner and forgot about it. Occasionally I’d mention it to young people I’d meet to get their reaction. Recently, I’ve gotten a bit more of a positive response. Maybe the time for LifePod is coming.

But I also realize that I am not the person to actually make LifePod happen. I’m an author who writes about evolving our consciousness and about alternative health, not a businesswoman or entrepreneur or activist. Still, I think this idea needs to see the light of day. So I thought I’d share it with you.

Please share my LifePod idea on all your social networks. Tell your friends. Maybe the right person will hear about it and make it happen. Maybe you will! Let’s change the world!


LifePod:
A Vehicle for Cultural Evolution

Amy L. Lansky, PhD
lansky@renresearch.com
www.amylansky.com

There is a small but growing movement among young adults today that espouses what might be called sustainable living or “back to the land” values. Spurred by both financial necessity and an awareness of the imperatives of climate change, this group is embracing such activities as: growing their own food, raising animals like chickens and goats, learning skills like spinning wool, home cooking, natural home-based self-healthcare, fabricating clothing, building their own dwellings, sustainable energy creation and usage, and home-schooling of children.

These people, largely young couples in their thirties, are not as ideologically driven as the “hippie communes” of the 60s, but share some of their values. Their mode of living is exemplified by publications like Natural Life Magazine (www.life.ca/naturallife/) and the Transition Town and “eco-village” movements.

Unlike the ultimately unsustainable hippie commune experiments of the 60s, these individuals are meeting with success. In many ways, they are re-creating the lifestyle of rural American homesteaders of the 1800s— with the added benefit of modern technology. Indeed, modern technology plays an important role in the success of these efforts. The internet supplies videos and other documents that teach skills, social networks for sharing knowledge and inspiration, affordable entertainment in the home, the ability to generate income at home through internet sales and telecommuting, and on-line educational resources for home-schooled children. Solar technology even allows for the creation of locally grown energy. It is now really much easier to be self-sufficient than it was in the 60s, and certainly easier than it was in the 1800s.

This movement is growing, but it is still “fringe.” It does not represent a cultural sea change. The individuals interested in this movement are seen as outliers and their interests and values are not viewed by most people, and certainly most young people, as “cool”.

Today, most young people in their late teens and twenties are much more interested in Reality TV, what’s trending on YouTube, and texting nonstop with their friends. They are fully embedded in a virtual online world, but less interested in their physical Earth environment.

In order for a vigorous and ultimately peaceful response to Earth’s climate change to occur (in contrast to a cataclysmic and almost-too-late scramble for survival), many more people must embrace “natural living” values. In particular, many more young people must become genuinely interested in learning how to grow food and cook, in investing in their local physical environment, and in learning how to sustain their health and well being on their own. Think of it being like a “60s Revolution”, but instead of focusing on sex, drugs, peace, and love, it would be more about returning “Back to Earth”. Kids who think it’s cool to make their own bread and post that online.

One flaw of the current environmental movement is that it has generally had a negative focus. It’s been about the gloom and doom that awaits us, and fighting the forces that exacerbate climate change. While I praise eco-warriors like Bill McKibben for their fearless work, reading his book “Eaarth” was one of the most depressing things I have ever had to force myself to do. I could barely get through 20 pages at a time without putting it down out of sheer depressive exhaustion.

This type of approach will never be appealing to most people. Even when climate change is fully acknowledged and not denied, most people will prefer to stick their heads in the sand and hope for the best. People simply cannot use a bleak outlook as motivation for forward movement.

That’s why the required changes that must be made by humanity must be motivated by a positive, instead of a negative, vision. It’s true that folks like Al Gore are starting to articulate this, but it hasn’t translated yet to something that is motivating to most young people—and these are the people who really need to make it happen.

In particular, young people need to believe that this new way of thinking and living is extremely fun, life-giving, and yes, cool! They need to know that they will be happier and healthier when they get to know their neighbors and collaborate with them on growing food or animals and sharing resources. This vision of the future has to appeal to them. It has to be the new cool.

So how to get there?

I believe that this could be achieved through a kind of educational osmosis.

Opportunities for transmitting this new value system and knowledge would be placed in settings that young people visit frequently. Then, the ideas ands skills of the “Back to Earth” movement would slowly permeate their minds subconsciously. In order to have a large and widespread impact, these settings would have to be located everywhere—ideally, in walking distance of most urban and suburban dwellers. Think the local Starbucks.

Here’s the concept. I’ve decided to call it LifePod. I chose this name because a LifePod would embody the following qualities:

  • Life: it would be an outpost of positive life force
  • Life, Pod: it would provide a community and knowledge “life raft” or “escape pod” if the proverbial “shit hits the fan.”
  • Life, Pod: it would be a seedpod that grows life.

Imagine this scenario.

Take your local Starbucks and annex to it a space of about 2000-3000 sq ft. This space could incorporate the following elements:

1)   A small self-contained eco-system garden. Obviously, skylights or some form of outdoor light would be needed. I recommend that you view the awesome ideas and videos at www.gardenpool.org. The Gardenpool folks would be natural partners and perhaps could devise a small scale eco-system design that would work. People who come to have coffee at LifePod could check out the garden on a regular basis and would slowly become more interested in it. Perhaps some would want to take classes on how to maintain or create their own garden, or perhaps, in exchange for sweat labor, get some of the food grown in the LifePod garden.

2)   A small restaurant/kitchen that both serves food to the public and teaches cooking classes, ideally using the food grown in the LifePod garden.

3)   An area for local musicians to perform. In other words, the LifePod would become a social scene.

4)   A co-working space. The co-working movement holds many of the same ideals as the Back to Earth movement and might be a natural partner. People drawn to a LifePod might also work there, slowly creating a community of entrepreneurs and idea-makers invested in the Back to Earth concept.

5)   A power generating source, most likely a small solar array.

6)   Classrooms for teaching a variety of life skills. These might include sewing, knitting, weaving, spinning, woodworking, gardening, etc.

7)   Spaces for teaching health-creating activities such as yoga, healthy eating, and natural health modalities like homeopathy, herbalism, or massage. One might even imagine an office space where local healers could provide consultations to LifePod visitors.

My vision is that people, especially young people, would show up at a LifePod to do what they would do at any Starbucks or community center—drink coffee, have a bite to eat, hang out, listen to music. They would then see the cool self-sustaining garden on a regular basis. They would see flyers about classes. They would see a community forming there. It would be cool. It would be fun. It would be creative and social and inherently local. In fact, each LifePod would naturally evolve to reflect the local subculture of each specific place and group of people. The possibilities are really endless!

How can we make it happen?

Obvious partners for LifePod are Starbucks or another ambitious coffee chain, the GardenPool folks, and the co-working movement. Trial sites might be established in a variety of settings, both urban and suburban.

It’s possible that natural food stores would also be interested in annexing a LifePod space, though it’s important that people’s view of LifePod not be equated (and thus written off) as “eco” or “granola”. Rather, it should have the reputation of being a fun and cool place to hang out.

Although an alliance with a major corporation like Starbucks might be viewed as “selling out”, remember that the ultimate goal here is cultural shift and evolution, not cultural purity. It’s pragmatic and not strictly ideological, though I think a document outlining ideals and ethics should definitely be part of the founding charter.

Finally, it’s also interesting to point out that LifePod embodies all of the qualities and principles of sustainability:

  • It helps to maintain and enhance people’s quality of life.
  • It enhances local economic vitality.
  • It promotes social and intergenerational equity.
  • It helps to maintain and enhance the quality of the environment.
  • It fosters disaster resilience and mitigation.
  • It fosters community building and participation.

I hope this article inspires you to devote your talent and expertise to expand upon and manifest my vision of LifePod!

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Listen to Amy speak about Homeopathy and Vaccination

 

conference_collage2I don’t know why it took me 6 years to put this up online, but I finally did!

Below is a link to an mp3 of me speaking in 2009 at the National Vaccine Information Center’s 4th International Public Conference on Vaccination.  I discuss:

  • My son Max’s recovery from autism
  • Homeopathy’s ability to treat and prevent the diseases for which vaccines are given
  • Homeopathy’s ability to treat vaccine damage.

Enjoy!    LISTEN NOW

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