Our Addiction to Suffering

The Buddha said that suffering arises from craving — for instance, craving for more love, more possessions, more physical prowess or beauty. But sometimes I wonder if the truth is more akin to the reverse — that we crave our suffering. In other words, are we actually addicted to suffering?

In the past, I have occasionally mentioned my brother in my writing. He has suffered from mental illness all of his life and lives in an assisted living facility for the disabled in my hometown. I call him every Sunday. Some weeks are good, others are bad.

Yes, my brother has physiological reasons for his suffering, but he also tends to become unnecessarily mired in it. Because of his sensitivity, things that would seem minor to most of us can send him into a tail spin. Recently, relatively minor problems with his car freaked him out so badly that he ended up in the hospital for a day. Other days, an offhand comment or look from someone (who was probably just having a bad day, or perhaps meant nothing at all) can land him in bed for days. He often engages in negative self-talk and regrets. Simple day-to-day tasks for most of us, like bathing and teeth-brushing, are actually goals to be achieved for my brother. Some weeks he succeeds, some weeks it’s all too much.

I’ll admit that I can get frustrated with my brother’s suffering. But lately I’ve begun to wonder if it’s all just a matter of scale. After all, what may seem major to each of us might seem like a minor problem to other people. Haven’t you obsessed and suffered over a problem that weeks later is forgotten in the mists of time? How often do relationship woes that plagued you for weeks or months blow over when you realize it was all a misunderstanding or, if not, all for the best? And doesn’t it often seem as if the moment one cause for suffering clears up, we manage to find another? As a person who tends to be a worrier, I’ve really tried to catch myself when I find a new worry to substitute for another that has passed.

Why do we cling so much to our suffering?

Recently, I’ve been doing a lot of reading and research in the area of self-healing methodologies. I have written in the past about the ideas and techniques utilized in Huna, a system of thought and practice based on Hawaiian shamanism. As it turns out, Huna is also fundamentally related to other systems such as hypnotherapy (check out this recent book by my hypnotherapist Alba Alamillo) and recent writings of people like Joe Dispenza (“You Are the Placebo”) and John Sarno (“The Divided Mind”) — though they all use different terminology and come from different world-views.

Many of these authors point out that our brains and bodies actually become addicted to habitual thoughts and emotions. In other words, our suffering thoughts and emotions may literally be ingrained as deep pathways in our brains. Moving out of these patterns feels uncomfortable, and given the chance, we’ll fall right back into these habitual ruts of thought, emotion, and behavior. In fact, we’ll tend to notice things that support our habits of thought and ignore things that don’t. For example, if we tend to worry about our health, we’ll fixate on comments or articles that support these worries, but completely ignore evidence that contradicts these fears.

Humans also tend to have a negativity bias. For example, if we hear a negative comment about ourselves (or hear negative news in general), we will fixate much more on it than if someone praised us or something good happens in the world. In the past, this bias helped to keep us alive. We had to pay attention if lions were seen in the neighborhood; the cheerful comment of our mate necessarily carried less weight. But today, our tendency to notice and obsess over negativity has gone overboard.

The media know this well. All you need to do is pick up the morning newspaper to see that. Our entertainment has also become more and more frightening and negative. Even so-called “comedies” are more akin to chagrin-fests, with nary a chuckle evinced. My husband Steve and I need to look further and further into the past to find movies and TV shows that allow us to sleep at night. Even action shows of 20 years ago seem like comedies compared to today’s fare. All of us have become more and more addicted to horror, and the creators of our media and entertainment keep upping the ante to keep us that way. All of this is operating like a true addiction — with stronger and stronger fixes needed to keep us stimulated — whether it be sex, coffee, drugs, fear, or our own personal miseries.

How to break our addiction to suffering? The first step is to start noticing it. Notice those negative thoughts — putting yourself down, starting up new worries and fears. And as quickly as you can, replace them with positive thoughts — even if you can’t quite believe them at first. In fact, write them down. Say them out loud. Our “basic self” (once again, see this article I wrote about Huna) or our subconscious is more impressed by action than just thought.

It may feel weird and even uncomfortable at first to establish new pathways in your thoughts. Keep at it. Many researchers say it takes 3 weeks of effort to start getting better at this. Joe Dispenza also recommends combining your new positive thoughts with extremely heightened positive emotions like gratitude and joy. It’s like creating a huge wave of positivity that wipes out the deeply grooved negative thoughts in the sands of your mind. Much as I recommend in my book Active Consciousness, getting into Now+ — a meditative state of joy and gratitude in the Now — increases your ability to create a new future.

It is possible to break the pattern of habitual suffering. Even a positive thought or suggestion here and there can make a difference. I even see this with my brother. Rather than just commiserating with his suffering each week, it actually makes more of a difference if I say to him — “Try to get out and take a walk today”, or “Try to brush your teeth this week — you can do it!”. More often than not, he will tell me the following Sunday that he forced himself to do it because I said so, and felt better for it. My positivity and words of faith in him helped bounce him out of his suffering, at least for a while.

It is your own mind that keeps you addicted to your suffering. We all tend to do it. But you also have the ability to create new patterns and thoughts and emotions. Begin today!


Posted in Active Consciousness, Personal Reflections | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Check Out My New YouTube Channel, “What’s Going On?”

I’ve recently begun a new experiment — creating short videos for YouTube. I’ve called my “channel”, What’s Going On?. My intention is to use it as a vehicle for expressing my opinions on a variety of subjects — whatever happens to be on my mind.

Admittedly, I’m just getting my feet wet at this point, learning how to create the videos, etc. I’ve begun by creating video versions of my feature newsletter articles. Readers of the Active Consciousness Newsletter will recognize my two videos so far — entitled Nature Almighty, and Are Competitive Sports Actually A Good Thing? I hope you enjoy them — and feel free to spread them around!

Posted in Active Consciousness, Homeopathy, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The Collapse of Consensus Reality

I have long been aware that, at the deepest personal level, each of us is living in our own reality. This was driven home to me when I was practicing homeopathy part-time for a couple of years. An important part of the homeopathic process is for the patient to share with the practitioner, not only their physical symptoms, but their complete emotional state, their entire life story. This information is then used to select their best-fitting remedy.

An initial homeopathic-intake interview can take several hours. For the patient, this interview alone can be cathartic and relieving. For the practitioner, receiving this information is invariably like being given a peek into a wholly different existence, the unique view of life being experienced by the individual. After such an interview, I often came away thinking — “Wow! It’s amazing that our society hangs together! Everyone is walking around with a completely different perception of reality!”

Of course, it’s easy to see that people from completely different parts of the world, with strongly differing religious backgrounds, or living in extremely divergent economic situations, will have different views and experiences. But in general, we assume that the people we come into contact with day-to-day are on the same page as we are, more or less.

Somehow, though, this assumption seems to be breaking down. Perhaps the most glaring sign of this, at least recently, is among the American electorate. Those who support or oppose President Trump’s agenda seem to have a completely different perception of what’s true or false. The phrase “alternative facts” has become a meme, a symbol, of this phenomenon. And perhaps the biggest driver of this state of affairs is the internet. With a bottomless supply of information created and shared each moment — information that is targeted specifically to the very people who will agree with it and spread it around some more — it’s easy to see why this is happening. Gone are the days when Walter Cronkite or Chet Huntley and David Brinkley told us all what was happening, what “the facts” were.

As a writer of fairly “alternative” content (both about consciousness and health), I experience reality dissonance pretty frequently. In general, I’m okay with it. I know my views about many things differ from those of my neighbors and most of my friends. But I must admit, it still rattles me when haters come out of the woodwork.

I recently had a “hater” experience when I was slowly baited by a parent of an autistic child over a series of emails. He claimed to be confused about what to do about vaccinations and about their possible dangers (something I often write about), and he kept asking me a series of short clarifying questions. When he got enough ammunition, I was hit with a threatening barrage of anger and insult.

It’s at moments like this when I am thankful for my meditation practice. I knew immediately that I had to do some work to regain my equanimity and to view my experience with this man as one for learning. I needed to let go of my own anger and fear. And the experience certainly did underscore the fact that this man was living in a different reality than I was. In fact, it was the inspiration for me to write this article.

What to do about this growing breakdown in consensus reality? Will society ultimately break apart? Is the ultimate endpoint of this splitting, a world in which each person exists in a solipsistic reverie, wearing his or her virtual reality headset? Or is this state of affairs a harbinger of the transition to a wholly new world, a world in which people recognize their interconnectedness and oneness, despite differences in opinion? Certainly, I hope the latter is true.

Whatever the outcome, we do need to deal better with this conundrum during our day-to-day interactions with others. Perhaps the best advice I can relay to you is to watch this short video by Charles Eisenstein. In it, he recommends that, when confronted with someone’s different and challenging viewpoint, simply ask yourself “What is it like to be you?” (i.e. that other person). In other words, take the time to view him or her as a real person (not “the enemy”), someone you would actually agree with or behave like, if you came from the same situation as them.

This approach, at the very least, creates a bridge of understanding. It is a path forward. And even if the bridge is not a two-way street (as in the case of my recent hater experience), this exercise can create clarity and a better state of mind. It’s a beginning. It’s a way forward to a better outcome — a world in which we acknowledge our common humanity and interconnectedness, despite our differences.

Posted in Active Consciousness, Personal Reflections | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What Happens After the Dangers of Vaccines Are Acknowledged?

I hate to say it, but the storm clouds have only begun to gather. And what a storm it will be.

As discussed in my previous article, if nothing changes, the autism rate (and the rate of other types of neurological and autoimmune disorders becoming increasingly prevalent among children today) will only rise as the number of mandated vaccines increases and forced vaccination becomes the norm. If the vaccine industry were wise, it would begin to quietly make their products safer and stop the acceleration of this trend. Alas, this is not happening, at least not yet. Only 2% of children are now autistic, and look at what’s already happening in our society as vaccine wariness grows. What will happen when the rate is 10% of children? 20%?

Just as the medical complex inadvertently created the monster of antibiotic-resistant disease through overuse of antibiotics, they have also created a monster in the increasingly prevalent autoimmune and neurological disease among today’s children — most likely, thanks to the over-zealous use of vaccines. Indeed, today’s vaccines are even more dangerous than they used to be, due to the synergistic effects of ingredients like aluminum and polysorbate-80, which have been added to make them “more effective.” Unfortunately, these synergies allow bacteria, viruses, and toxic metals to cross the blood-brain barrier.

The medical-industrial complex now admits they are stymied by and fearful of the growing incidence of antibiotic resistant disease. How will they deal with it? More antibiotics? At least they are now trying to cut back on antibiotic use.

But how will they deal with the storm brewing as more and more families refuse to vaccinate — especially the industry is finally forced to acknowledge that they themselves have created the mess by grossly amping up the vaccine schedule, beginning in the late 1980s (when they were also indemnified for any harm they caused)?

Interestingly, the easiest solution to both antibiotic resistance and the vaccine-conundrum will probably only be found in something that most conventional doctors and Big Pharma will be loathe to embrace — alternative treatment modalities like homeopathy.

Truthfully, I understand the panic within the medical complex about growing vaccine wariness and what open acknowledgement of vaccine dangers will mean. Because weaning off our dependence on vaccination will be a complex challenge for modern society. Why?

Even if the general population does not understand it, most doctors do know that the two populations most vulnerable to injury from the childhood diseases are adults and infants. Most young school-age children are not harmed, and usually even benefit, from experiencing diseases like the measles, mumps, rubella, and chicken pox. Only 60 years ago, it was understood that a five year old child is supposed to get the measles; but a 25-year old or a 5-month old is not. Unfortunately, the vaccination campaigns have made the 25-year old and 5-month old much more likely to get the measles than before vaccination for the childhood diseases began. Why?

I am 61 (born in 1955). Nearly everyone my age got all the childhood diseases. I got them all. It was no cause for panic whatsoever; it was a normal part of life. (The “dangerous scourge” of measles often reported in the media actually occurred in third-world countries, that did not benefit from advanced sanitation and medical care.) In my childhood, when kids go sick with the measles or mumps or chickenpox, we just stayed home from school for a few days. The experience was no worse than a bad cold. In fact, I remember those days at home as kind of exciting, like a rite of passage. Parents would even take their kids over to an infected child’s house to “get it over with.” Afterwards, the child would become immune for life. Many pediatricians also noted leaps in cognitive development and robustness too. And since everyone got the diseases as children, every 25-year old was immune too. In contrast, today’s vaccinated adults do not have true immunity to these diseases. And even if they are repeatedly re-vaccinated, the net effect for many is only a weak immune response, or none at all.

And what about a 5-month old infant? Just 60 years, ago, because an infant’s mother was immune and breastfeeding, breastmilk usually provided sufficient immunity until the child was old enough to experience the diseases safely. Even the gestation process itself afforded protection to the infant for about a year. Unfortunately, however, as more and more vaccinated generations of moms accumulate, breast milk and gestation have become less and less protective.

So yes, slowly dismantling the wholesale use of vaccines will be tricky. But eventually, there may be no other alternative. How else will our society survive when most of our children are chronically ill and brain damaged?

Over the next few decades, as vaccine injuries and vaccine wariness grows, I fear that today’s media shaming and blaming may escalate into a full-scale witch hunt and ghettoization. It’s already beginning to happen here in California, with non-vaccinators (or modified-schedule vaccinators) forced to homeschool. Many families are leaving the state. Are we facing a future with the US population split into “vaccinated states” and “unvaccinated states”? Or even more gruesome scenarios?

Fortunately, there are some options. Here are some conventional medical approaches that could be utilized:

1) Adults could keep taking the vaccines. They are less prone to vaccine injury than children, and the vaccines will afford some level of protection, or at least render the disease less serious in adults. The danger, of course, is that the normally stable childhood diseases will mutate. This is already beginning to happen.

2) Sick children could be quarantined and cared for by truly immune individuals (such as their grandparents). Right now, this means people over the age of 60, but obviously, this population will age and decline in number, the longer we wait. Truly sick children could be cared for in hospitals or take immunoglobulin (see #4 below).

3) Babies’ immune systems could be bolstered by the use of various beneficial supplements, like vitamin A and D. And perhaps naturally immune mothers (as they grow in number) could provide breastmilk to help infants too.

4) A recent article by immunologist Tetyana Obukhanych, PhD points out (in an excellent article that stresses why unvaccinated children pose no risk to society) another therapeutic backup. Infants and other vulnerable individuals can receive immunoglobulin, a potentially life-saving measure that supplies antibodies directly against a virus to prevent or ameliorate disease after exposure.

Most promising, however, would be the use of alternative medical approaches — perhaps the foremost among them being homeopathy. The fact is, homeopathy has a proven historical track record in treating and serving as a prophylactic for epidemic diseases, including the childhood diseases.

Indeed, back in the early 1900s, the use of homeopathy was sometimes permitted (and was successful) as a substitute for vaccination during the smallpox vaccination campaigns. In modern times, population-wide experiments with homeopathic prophylaxis were recently conducted with success in Cuba, and have also been successful in South America during a meningitis outbreak.

Happily, the homeopathic treatment and prevention of the childhood diseases can be accomplished with a small set of well-known remedies. Thus, “homeoprophylaxis” for and treatment of the childhood diseases is an option that could be applied easily on a broad scale, to adults and babies for prevention and treatment, and to treat school-age children to enable an easy recovery.

Is it possible that, just as was true in the mid-1800s, the popularity of homeopathy will explode because of its success in treating epidemics? Let’s hope that necessity will open the eyes of skeptical medical authorities as the inevitable storm ahead hits us full on.

Posted in Homeopathy, Personal Reflections | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Are Competitive Sports Actually A Good Thing?

First, let me confess. I’m not a competitive sports person. No one in my nuclear family is. In fact, if any of us were to watch the Superbowl (or even know who was playing in it!), it would be me. And when I do watch competitive sports, I can get pretty worked up. In fact, I try to use the  intentionality tricks I describe in Active Consciousness to help “my side” win.

But in general, I don’t really care much for these kinds of sports, nor have I ever played them. I’m a solo sports woman — swimming and canoeing being my favorite forms of exercise. And playing on a team has always been an uncomfortable experience for me.

Truthfully, I’ve always assumed that my feelings about competitive sports were not only “antisocial” in some way, but even a sign of weakness. But a recent episode of the early 90s comedy-drama, Northern Exposure got me thinking otherwise.

By the way, if you’ve never watched this amazing TV show (or even if you have), I’d recommend getting into it. It was one of the first shows (or perhaps the first show) that featured excellent, sophisticated writing and amazing character development. It was a cult favorite at the time. Set in a small town in Alaska, Northern Exposure seems quite unusual in today’s TV landscape; it’s an hour-long show that dabbles in magical realism, combining comedy, spiritual themes (especially Native American wisdom), emotional depth, romantic tension, and often profound explorations of life’s deep questions. And it’s a great show to watch before bedtime — no fear and angst! Really, I can’t recommend it enough. Each show makes you think too. In fact, the show has often provided inspiration for my writing.

This happened when I recently watched an episode entitled “Birds of a Feather.” As is often the case, several parallel story lines explore this theme throughout the show. In one thread, a character named Holling confesses that he loathes baseball and all team sports. The irony is that Holling is probably the most “manly” man on the show. He owns and runs the town’s bar/restaurant, is an accomplished hunter, and is the kind of guy who, in one episode, felt the deep need (which overcomes him every few years) to plow a field by hooking himself up to a plow! Not only that, but he is in his 60s and is married to the hottest girl in town — who is around 20. That’s not as creepy as it sounds. He’s just that virile.

But Holling is also a thinking man. Although he endures his customers always watching the games on his bar TV, he finally can stand it no longer. When the “secret” that he hates baseball comes out, he becomes the butt of jokes around town. He says to his wife Shelly, “For people to judge a man’s worth and his very manhood according to the way he feels about sport and not to recognize it for the piddly inconsequential goings on that it really is… What is it really? It’s nothing! Right? It’s just a game!

Later in the show, Holling wins a bar “pool” on a baseball game and is teased mercilessly by all the guys. In response, Holling turns off the TV and gives his winnings to another man at the bar whose life revolves around the game, saying, “Aren’t you the man who watches all those grown men chase little balls around all the time — half your life doing that!” He then continues, “You people. You think a man’s a man because he wears team colors and guzzles beer in front of the tube? Can’t you see boys, the sands of time are dribbling through the hourglass. Don’t you ever thirst for a little discourse, hunger for a little knowledge? Can’t we even try a little “Face the Nation” for a change, I mean maybe a little CSPAN or Discovery Channel? My God! There is a whole world of information on that thing. I mean all about pygmies and whales and the Battle of Verdun. Would it pain you so much if we watched my programs for a bit?

I found myself wowed by this exchange. Today’s world, and perhaps especially the United States, has become more obsessed than ever with team sports. The money is huge. In fact, parents these days seem to care more about their kids’ sports team activities than about their school studies. Many teenagers are sleep deprived because they are over-programmed with these demands. My sons were “A” students at a challenging school, but had lots of free time after finishing their homework — because they didn’t have to spend hours before or after school on sports teams. And this was at a school that has become notorious nationwide for a recent spate of suicides by stressed-out, depressed teens.

I understand that competitive sports supposedly engender “team work” and are good for physical fitness. But let’s think more deeply about that. We can become physically fit by exercising our bodies in a million other ways. And are school sports teams really so wonderful? In my experience, they are often just another opportunity for competition, anger, stress, and shaming. Not to mention injuries that can plague people for a lifetime.

And what is all this hype about professional sports really about? People get so worked up at a game that they sometimes commit acts of violence against those supporting the opposing team! You might argue that humans are naturally violent and competitive and that it’s better to channel this aggression into sports rather than onto the battlefield. But is this really true? And do we really need to foster idolization of today’s modern gladiators, who sometimes ultimately suffer the same fate as their predecessors from Roman times, dying from sports-related concussions and other illnesses?

Truthfully, I’m not sure about the answers to these questions. But I am sure that the competitive sports phenomenon has only become more intense in my lifetime.

Why can’t we channel our energy — and especially our children’s energies — into other challenges? Like fighting for and tending the Earth, working to protect the lives of fellow citizens, or solving our world’s many other problems? Such efforts also require team work and often foster physical fitness too. Why is it more socially acceptable — or even required — to fritter our life away watching others play a game on TV, rather than getting out and doing something constructive for the world? Indeed, I think spending some time each day simply meditating (and especially, teaching our children to meditate) would be more constructive.

Something to think about.

Posted in Active Consciousness, Personal Reflections | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A New Interview With Amy

Enjoy this interview I did with Gwilda Wiyaka in April 2017, for her online radio show, The Science of Magic. I describe what homeopathy is, how it might work, and also discuss aspects of the energy body.

Posted in Active Consciousness, Homeopathy | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Autism Awareness Continues to Grow, But Are We Willing to Do Anything About It?

Once again it is April — Autism Awareness month. While the world is certainly more aware of autism, are we really any more willing to face what’s going on and do something about it?

In recent weeks there have been some bright spots of hope. For example, there is a possibility that the Trump administration will appoint a committee led by the heroic leader Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to investigate the safety of vaccines. There are also murmurs that CDC whistle blower, Dr. William Thompson, may finally be allowed to testify about corruption at the CDC. And there is also the recently released seven-part series, The Truth About Vaccines (by the same creators who made the series The Truth About Cancer) making rounds on the internet. Finally, though not autism related per se, there is the recent release of the long awaited movie about homeopathy, Just One Drop. (I haven’t seen it yet, but reviews so far are stellar!)

But will any of these efforts finally make a difference?

The problem of autism is huge, growing, and fed by financial and societal forces that are hard to overcome. Only the brute force willpower and efforts of families affected by autism can make the difference, and that might, unfortunately, take time. Indeed, nothing much has changed since I wrote my article last year about the autism epidemic. So I decided to rerun the bulk of it below. In my experience, there is no harm in repeating vital information!

There is also one more point I’d like to add. A critical problem we are facing is that autism, along with a host of other mental and physical problems among our children, have become the new normal. For example, in the Palo Alto (California) schools that my children attended, teachers I have spoken to report that 50% or more of students are now on some kind of psychotropic medication. Depression, suicidal behavior, learning disabilities, eating disorders, OCD, ASD, ADHD, food intolerances and allergies — these problems (and more) have become the norm. Unfortunately, it is now up to elders (like me — age 61) to remind today’s parents that this state of affairs is not normal. This complacency in accepting the “new normal” is a very dangerous trend, because, while it might make parents feel better day-to-day, it keeps them from realizing that anything bad is actually occurring and thus from doing anything about it.

Similarly, we should not accept that our now nutrient-depleted and pesticide-poisoned food is normal or that growing extremes in weather are normal. We, as a society, should expect true health as normal — especially in children! Widespread childhood sickness is definitely not “normal”, no matter how prevalent it is.

OK! Here are the essential excerpts from my article from last April, about the autism epidemic…

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.

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…

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.

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?

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… (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 — actually, especially — 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.

Posted in Homeopathy, Personal Reflections | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What’s Going On? — Amy’s New YouTube Channel

Hey folks!

Check out my latest experiment in media outreach — my very own YouTube channel!  It’s called:  What’s Going On?

My plan is to create short reflections on any topic that strikes my fancy  — from current events to alternative medicine to the mysteries of consciousness. I’m getting my feet wet initially by just creating video versions of my feature newsletter articles. I’m not trying to be perfectionistic with these… I just want to get them out there.

Feel free to share with others.  However, I have turned off all comments. I don’t need to hear from the haters…

I hope you like it!



Posted in Active Consciousness, Homeopathy, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Nature Almighty

NOTE:  Check out this new feature — a YouTube of this article!

Ah, the hubris of Man! And Woman too, but let’s face it, usually the problems arise because of Man…

Just when we think we’ve put the natural world behind a fence and we’re all safe and sound in our artificial bubble, nature rises up and puts us in our place.

Maybe women are reminded more often of their inescapable human connection to nature, what with menstrual cycles, menopause, childbirth and the rest of that “messy” natural stuff that goes into being female. Women instinctively know that nature always wins out. But in today’s modern world of artificial lighting, artificial food, artificial medicine, and seemingly invincible buildings, roadways, and machinery, it’s easy to forget.

Thankfully, Nature Almighty is always, ultimately, victorious. Like a wise parent admonishing their child, it’s for our own good too. This point was driven home to me after watching this video about the collapse of a small bridge in the midst of Big Sur, California after recent heavy rains.

Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge Collapse

(And here’s a more recent update on the situation.)

The Pfeiffer Canyon bridge wasn’t spectacular. In fact, people didn’t consciously register this short piece of roadway as a bridge at all. But its collapse will change the face of the famous Highway 1, which many tourists travel to California just to drive, for many months to come. There aren’t any routes nearby that can be used to avoid the canyon that the bridge traversed. Its collapse effectively cut off children from their school, working parents from their children, and hundreds of citizens from access to food, health care, and other emergency services, which now have to be delivered by helicopter, at least for a while.

But there is also beauty in the outcome. Nature has asserted herself and the isolated humans on the other side of the bridge have slowed down and come together. They have been reminded of their humanity, their connection to Nature and to each other. A hiking path through the ravine is being cleared. Children will now have to hike on this forested path to get to school. Life is being forced to slow down.

The citizens of Big Sur, and also the tourists who wanted to drive Highway 1, are being forced to remember that they, too, are animals inextricably connected to Mother Earth. And if you ask me, it’s all for the good, at least in the long run. The children who hike that path each day will have very different and enhanced life memories than if they had driven that short path each day in their parent’s car. Who knows how that hike will affect them for the rest of their lives? Just as I discuss in my book Active Consciousness, they will be forced, at least for a time, to wake up and be in the Now, the place where their true power resides.

As spring awakens our senses, let us remember that nature is always, in the end, Almighty. We are connected to this Earth whether we like it or not. With climate changes growing and reminding us of this fact each day, extremes in weather will slap us in the face even if we close our eyes and deny them.

“Wake up! Wake up!” Nature cries. “You are all asleep! There is no escape from me, for you are me, your skin and bones and internal organs are me! You will be so much happier when you remember me, join me with Joy! I will nourish you! I am here, boldly standing before your eyes, even if you choose not to see me. I am not a movie! I am not a photo! I am real! You are real! Wake up!”

Posted in Active Consciousness, Personal Reflections | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Can Homeopathy Be Harmful?

Occasionally I get a question from someone who is new to homeopathy and is nervous about embarking upon treatment. For example, I recently got this inquiry:

“I just saw a new doctor (MD) who practices homeopathy almost entirely. I’m trying to learn what it is all about. I’ve read homeopathy can be harmful and can cause problems, and then I’ve read it can heal. I don’t know what to do. I’ve been ill for almost 7 years with crazy symptoms and now they think I have MS (with environmental sensitivities and food allergies, etc). If a homeopathy remedy makes me worse, can my body repair the damage?”

It’s natural that someone suffering from serious problems is anxious about embarking upon a form of treatment that is new to them. Of course, homeopathy is older than any form of conventional medicine being practiced today! Its record of success goes back over 200 years. Nevertheless, there are many complexities that must be addressed in answering this question fairly.

First of all, there is no doubt that conventional medical drugs are far far more dangerous than any homeopathic remedy. (In the case of MS drugs, for example, they can be very powerful and toxic.) A simple round of antibiotics can leave many people with permanent problems. As any one who has listened closely to commercials on TV knows, taking a recommended antidepressant or antihistamine can lead to organ failure and even death! Even aspirin has led to irreparable damage.

In so many ways, the tactics used by the media (funded by Big Pharma) to scare people away from homeopathy go way beyond “the pot calling the kettle black.” They are downright ludicrous. For the most part, the warnings of the past about homeopathic treatment have been of the form “It’s a placebo — there’s nothing in those pills” and “The danger of homeopathy is that the patient might postpone correct treatment.”

Now that patients are more aware of the dangers of conventional medicines, the attacks have escalated, trying to claim that remedies actually DO have something in them that can harm you. Usually, the writers or speakers who make these claims know absolutely nothing about homeopathic remedies. Perhaps they have read a label on a remedy that mentions a toxin like “belladonna” or “arsenic”, but they don’t realize that the remedies are so diluted that, even if you took a whole bottle’s worth (or more), you wouldn’t likely get a single molecule of belladonna or arsenic. The patient wouldn’t be ingesting a dose that, from a material standpoint, could harm even a baby.

It should also be known that many claims about the dangers of homeopathic remedies are actually about herbal medicines. It is unfortunately true that the term “homeopathy” is still used as a synonym for all alternative forms of medicine, especially herbalism. As I write in my book Impossible Cure, there is no real relationship between herbalism and homeopathy. Both may be made from the same plants (though homeopathic remedies can be made from anything — including minerals and animal substances), but herbal tinctures are material doses that contain the actual substance of the originating plants. In contrast, almost every remedy has been diluted to the point that nary a molecule remains.

Nevertheless, I would also be lying if I said that this means homeopathic remedies are harmless nothings. If they were, they would have no effect whatsoever! The truth is, homeopathic remedies can be so much more powerful than any herbal remedy or conventional drug.

I would probably need to rewrite half of Impossible Cure in this article to explain why this is the case, but let me try to allay fears about homeopathy with a few quick points.

I have never heard of anyone who has been permanently harmed by a homeopathic remedy. Yes, remedies can trigger strong symptoms (usually an aggravation of the patient’s pre-existing symptoms), but I have never heard of a remedy causing a disease or permanent change to an organ. Don’t forget, the very definition of the word “homeopathy” is similar suffering. The precise symptoms that a remedy can cause are the ones it can cure. That’s why it might trigger a temporary aggravation of the symptoms the remedy was prescribed for. Thus, for example (and I know of a case exactly like this), a person experiencing an aggravation from a remedy might feel troublesome heart palpitations for a day, but when they run to the doctor to have it checked out, there is nothing wrong with their heart.

If troublesome symptoms arise from taking a remedy, they usually go away after stopping the remedy. It might take a few days or even a few weeks, but eventually they stop. If all else fails, antidoting the remedy with something like a menthol rub often works. If not, then (in my personal experience) giving a new, more correct, remedy ends the problem.

It is very important to understand that, unlike conventional medicines, homeopathic remedies do not operate like chemical agents that force the body to do something. Instead, they act like energetic stimuli that enable the body to repair itself. I have written another short article on this subject.

That said, there are practitioners out there who don’t really appreciate the power of homeopathic remedies. They view them more as supplements or apply them like conventional drugs, giving them too frequently or in too high a potency. The patient will know this is the case, however, if they start feeling consistently worse, not better, and the homeopath does not respond to these symptoms appropriately by modifying dosing or remedy. There is an easy solution to this problem: stop the remedy and find another homeopath!

Similarly, everyone should realize that remedies are not vitamins to be taken on a daily basis (the only exception is the use of LM water dosing that can be done more frequently, but even then, the frequency of dosing must be individualized to the patient’s response.) The result of too frequent dosing will most likely be a “proving” of the remedy — where the person starts developing the symptoms that the remedy can cause. I know someone who experienced this. She was, on her own, taking a remedy nightly for sleep, but could not understand why she was also developing the sensation of bugs crawling on her skin! The answer was easy — she was taking too much of the remedy and developing another symptom that the remedy could cause (and therefore, also a symptom that the remedy had the potential to cure). Stopping the remedy (or taking it much less frequently or in a lower potency) was the answer. Better yet, the answer would have been to seek treatment from a good homeopath instead of treating herself.

I hope this short article allays many fears and clears up many misunderstandings about homeopathic treatment. The best way to understand homeopathy, however, is to read Impossible Cure. It will clear up most fears, answer most questions, and really give the reader a well-rounded knowledge of homeopathic philosophy, science, and experience (except for what remedies to take for what ailments). It is even used as a first year text in many homeopathy schools.

Posted in Homeopathy, Personal Reflections | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment