News-in-Transition

8 September 2017

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Curcumin, the main compound of turmeric, is being considered as an effective and inexpensive alternative treatment for various forms of cancer. Research validating this relationship is limited; although health and wellness experts say the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of the ingredient incite apoptosis among cancer cells. To date, the manner in which curcumin was introduced into the body was through supplements. While this was already observed to be effective, the curcumin still had to go through various biological processes before reaching its intended area. Using nanoparticles eliminated the delay; presumably reaching tumor cells almost immediately.

What is most interesting about the results of this study is that curcumin was seen to reduce the size and appearance of tumor cells that had already developed a resistance to traditional cancer treatments.

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8 September 2017

Image1 - Unfolding global events are creating polarized energies — fear, stress, tension, etc. — that also create disruption in our everyday lives. It feels as if we are being distracted by deliberate design. Further, the presence of fear, anxiety, and distress, as it permeates through the fabric of our societies, can weaken the mental and emotional resilience of people.

Then slowly as we begin to see so much of the negative aspects of the world, we find it easy to lose our focus, often without realizing it. The creep of negativity can be imperceptible at first. Maybe we just have feelings of restlessness, then an encroaching apathy. The shadowy wisps of negativity slither in to disturb, disrupt, and distract our thinking, focus, and energy.

Anger may also arise, as well as the feeling of deception and loss. Emotions of blame and injustice may also creep in, adding to their counterpart — disempowerment. Negative energy thus acts to disturb harmonious and developmental thinking. One of the immediate responses to this is frustration — a sense of being disempowered in a world where everything is seemingly breaking down. It is as if we are being swung back and forth upon some giant pendulum. This is part of the human experience of existing within a physical reality of duality. Life can be likened to a polarity game — a pendulum swing between opposites.

Polarities trick us into the illusion of taking sides, such as choosing which is the “winning” side and which the “losing.”

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7 September 2017

 - The idea that immersing yourself in forests and nature has a healing effect is far more than just folk wisdom.

‘The longer the trip, the more healing occurs,’ says the geologist Peter Winn, who has been leading expeditions down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon since the 1960s. ‘Healing happens for people almost without exception.’

The most dramatic transformations that he’s observed have been in disabled military veterans on 16-day kayaking trips organised by a group called Team River Runner. ‘One army communications expert came home from Iraq so full of shrapnel, he’d lost his ability to do even simple math, and would only say “Fuck you.”’ By the end of the trip, he spoke eloquently and at length, in appreciation of both the Canyon and his fellow boaters. ‘Later his wife wrote to thank the crew and the river for getting her husband back.’

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7 September 2017

 - An examination of the majority of spiritual paths and religions on this planet reveals an overriding belief that sound was the primary force of creation. Examples of this come from the Old Testament (“And God said, ‘Let there be Light’”) and the New Testament (“In the beginning was the Word”). It comes from many other traditions—Egyptian, Hopi, Mayan, Polynesian, and more—which all have creation myths that invoke the power of sound. It is said in the Hindu spiritual path that “Nada Brahman”—everything is sound. Even from a Western scientific perspective, we talk about the “Big Bang,” signifying that the creation of the universe was somehow sonic in origin.

Modern scientists, like our ancient mystics, tell us that everything is in a state of vibration, from the electrons moving around the nucleus of an atom to planets in distant galaxies spinning around their suns. From the very tiny to the very large, everything vibrates. As many of our modern physicists understand, energy and matter are interrelated. Thus, if all forms of energy are putting out a vibration, all that energy can be considered sound, whether we can hear it or not.

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6 September 2017

 - In striking contrasts, a university-based team just announced it has developed a five-dollar treatment that completely abolishes cancer in the same week news headlines hailed the Food & Drug Administration’s approval of a $475,000 immunotherapy treatment for blood cancer (leukemia).

I’m sure readers want to hear about the five-dollar cancer cure first.  A university-based team set out to develop a cancer cure that could be performed in third-world countries where incomes are low, equipment unavailable and even electricity non-existent.  What they came up with needs just a needle and a syringe and a steady hand.

It is called tumor ablation — the injection of ethanol (alcohol) directly into a solid tumor that causes tumor cells to dehydrate and die.  It has been successfully demonstrated in pancreatic, parathyroid, liver, adrenal and other tumors.  It requires no special equipment and was 100% effective at curing cancers in hamsters in the animal lab.  Its only drawback, escape of ethanol into surrounding healthy tissues, has been overcome by making an ethyl cellulose substance that is highly viscous and remains in place rather than spreading to healthy tissues.

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6 September 2017

 - The sun started Wednesday with a bang, shooting out two solar flares, one of which was the strongest observed since 2005. Global communications and some GPS systems were temporarily affected on the sunny side of the Earth at the time.

The first flare peaked at approximately 5:10am EDT and the second, larger flare peaked at 8:02am EDT.

Thankfully, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory watches the sun around the clock and was able to record these spectacular solar belches.

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5 September 2017

 - “This study showed conclusively that heart coherence could affect saliva and increase crystal structure and order. We know from 20 years of research at HeartMath that heart coherence has many positive health benefits, including helping to reduce stress and improve cognitive function.” – HeartMath Institute

The “power of positivity” is no joke. Studies are emerging every single year in multiple fields of science, and have been for decades. The science of consciousness, also known as “non-material science” is now more popular than ever. Despite all of the empirical evidence that’s emerged, in the form of an UN-countable amount of reviewed studies, professionals in the field, although well aware, are still reluctant to discuss this type of thing openly. But not all of them.

I recently conducted an interview with Dr. Mario Beauregard, a neuroscientist currently affiliated with the University of Arizona. He is one of approximately 100 scientists from within academia bringing light to this issue.

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5 September 2017

 - The human body is fascinating, and although we’ve come a long way with regard to understanding how our own biology works, there is still much to be discovered, and still much that has yet to be understood. Even with all of our advancements, and how far we’ve come, it’s but a minor peak in a long road of discovery.

How do we sense the world around us? Are there hidden factors which are UN-observable that remain hidden from the human eye? Sure there are. Why do we duck before coming to a low ceiling? Why do we dodge things that are thrown at us? Do we have more senses than we’ve been lead to believe, and do these senses play a role?

New research from scientists at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden have used a very well known experiment, called “the rubber hand illusion,” to demonstrate that humans can sense what feels like a “force field” between the brush and the rubber hand.

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4 September 2017

karimic-tools-144 - 9/3 ~ Mercury (thoughts) ~conjunct~ Mars (energy): The positive expression of this energy is that you can control your mind and direct it with passion, getting tangible results. This heightens your intellectual ability and mental capacity (for better or worse). You will be able to clearly articulate your thoughts and you should have quick, effective responses...

 - 9/5 ~ Sun (ego & essential Self) ~oppose~ Neptune (illusion & delusion): This can be a very confusing energy. You will be very sensitive to others and their needs, as well as how they relate to you & your own needs. You may want to withdraw or not voice your opinion just to avoid conflict, feeling like it wouldn't solve anything anyway...

 - 9/9 ~ Sun  (core essential Self) ~trine~ Pluto (purification & transformation): This energy makes you want to get things done, by any means necessary and you may tend to come on a little strong - but it's all good. The work you want to do is work that needs to be done and in doing it and facing things head-on, you will gain insights about your Self that fortify your foundation so that your life can evolve to the next level organically...

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4 September 2017

Children's printed book sales are soaring as youngsters turn their backs on online reading due to 'screen fatigue' (file photo)

 - Children's printed book sales are soaring as youngsters turn their backs on online reading due to 'screen fatigue'.

Sales of children's titles rose by 16 per cent last year with sales totalling £365million, as popular authors like David Walliams inspire young readers to pick up a book.

But while printed sales increase, e-books are on the wane with a 3 per cent fall in sales.

Figures show that almost £1 in every £4 spent on printed books is from a children's title, reports the Observer.

Children's authors are proving to be a key genre in the publishing industry, often outselling others.

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3 September 2017

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 - How long would you last doing a simple cognitive task without checking your smartphone or social media feed, before you get fidgety and bored? Ten minutes? How would you feel after one hour?

Around two thirds of British people admit they would feel lost, unhappy or anxious without their smartphone, according to a survey last year. Around half of Americans openly admit they simply could not last a day without their smartphone.

Researchers are fairly successfully uncovering the ocean of evidence that suggests living completely immersed in the “information ecosystem” of smartphone, internet and social media feed – as billions of people do every day worldwide – is seriously detrimental to one’s mental health and cognitive capacity.

We lose the ability to deeply concentrate and contemplate. We have higher general levels of anxiety and emotional anaesthesia. We struggle to retain memory in the same way, outsourcing this function to Google. Our minds are becoming more like automated data-processing machines, drained of creative dynamism and vibrancy.

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2 September 2017

solareclipse - It is not often that we have a truly one-of-a-kind experience in our life that we can be certain will never be repeated. I’ve just come back from Salem, Oregon (which was in the path of totality) to watch the recent solar eclipse. Feeling like I was participating in an art-happening created by Nature herself, words fail me in describing how truly mind-blowing it was. It felt like some sort of numinous religious experience that I will never forget for the rest of my life.

One of the main things that interests me about the eclipse is how different spiritual traditions have completely different “takes” on what it means. Some traditions feel that solar eclipses are a sacred spiritual revelation that can deepen our connection with the divine. Other traditions feel that, due to the darkness that falls over our planet as a result of the light of the sun being blocked by the moon, the eclipse is an open portal for darker energies (what ancient indigenous cultures refer to as “demons”) to come down to earth. From this latter perspective, instead of reveling in the celestial light (and dark) show, we are supposed to stay indoors and one-pointedly do prayers to protect us from these negative energies. I find myself wondering, which of these two mutually exclusive viewpoints is true?

For me, in encountering questions like this, it feels important to stay with my own experience, which was incredibly uplifting, inspiring and ecstatic.

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2 September 2017

 - I recently stumbled upon an interesting tidbit out of Green Bay. According to local news station WBAY, a number of inmates at a nearby prison have taken up a new hobby: knitting.

I initially raised my eyebrows over this piece of information, but then I looked into the issue more closely. The inmates’ knitting efforts are directed toward making hats and blankets for individuals of all ages. While some of the inmates were initially skeptical of doing such a task, many have grown to enjoy the job, and therein lies the interesting component.

The inmates almost have a sense of wonder at being able to work with their hands to craft something valuable and useful.

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