Who or What Is God and Why the Mystery?

Who or What Is God and Why the Mystery?

I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation and is but a reflection of human frailty.
– Albert Einstein, German-born theoretical physicist, sometime philosopher (1879-1955)

Einstein’s “reflection of human frailty” is the biggest part of the answer to the title question. Humans created their God or gods based on their own needs. Each god reflects the needs of its human creator at the time of its creation. Einstein was not afraid to imagine something different.

Does this mean I am about to prove that God does not exist or that he does? In a very real sense I can answer that: neither.

The gods we have been taught about are human creations based on the limited knowledge (and needs) of their time. In that sense God is fiction. That is the God that atheists deny and that confuses agnostics. That does not mean that God does not exist. It means that humans have not listened to their predecessors who taught what was real. Not many predecessors, to be sure. The world’s most popular book was written about one of them.

In general, religions have taught about gods that were created millennia ago. They were days when people belonged to tribes and had distinct tribal values. Tribal values seem brutal and inhumane in today’s megasocieties. Yet those ancient religions today stick to their creations which can never be proven and don’t even make sense to most people in the 21st century. Moreover, some of the concepts are conflicted or inconsistent. God in the Christian Old Testament, for example, has distinctly male characteristics as the stern master and vengeful warrior. In the New Testament God takes on clearly feminine characteristics, as a mother who would care for, help, protect and coddle followers.

It is so easy for science to debunk the gods created by religion because, generally speaking, the claims made about each are not just outrageous, but actually absurd. This claim may seem offensive to those who have not actually studied the books about the god they believe in. Religious leaders, for exactly this reason, have felt no shame in giving the god they want followers to adore (and to give money to his place of worship) characteristics that the followers want to believe their god has.

Christianity made Mary, the mother of Jesus, into a virgin. The Bible makes no such claim, anywhere–some of the most modern Bibles may be exceptions as they have written what they want their followers to believe. But it makes followers more strongly believe that God must have been the father of Jesus of Nazareth. Most of the miracles in the Bible can be explained by a thorough knowledge of nature and a good knowledge of therapies that ancient peoples used to cure diseases. Cures that, I must add, today’s pharmaceutical companies do not want us to know because they want to sell us their expensive medicines. “Us” being the same gullible followers of religions that preach of fictitious gods.

In order for us to understand what God is we must discard what we have been taught by both science and religion. About God or gods, not about other things they have taught us. Neither religion nor science has allowed for a concept of God that is beyond the understanding of those who went before us thousands of years ago. I especially remember one man with rebellious ideas who was crucified. He taught what we should understand today, but his contemporaries did not understand. Those who followed him named a religion after him but did not accept his word about God. Yes, I am saying that Christianity is not about Jesus of Nazareth, but instead about a real person who was fictionalized to make him more attractive to followers. Jesus was a simple teacher and healer. His follower Paul was the real founder of the religion.

Wait, am I saying that Jesus is not the Son of God? What Jesus actually said was that we are each children of God and we can find God within ourselves if we know how to look. The Bible says that but Christianity doesn’t teach that, does it?

We can use what we have learned in all aspects of the sciences and humanities–in the past century more than in all of history before that–to look at a bigger picture. We can’t satisfy science, religion or our own curiosity unless we are prepared to at least consider possibilities that are different from the conventional thinking we have been taught from the past. In the case of religion, from thousands of years in the past. In the case of science, from an establishment with rules tougher than most religions, one which is prepared to alienate, even to remove certification from, those with different ideas.

Let’s begin with what we know. We know about matter because we see and feel it every day. It constitutes the body that most believe is who we are. We can see, hear, taste, touch and smell matter. We know about energy because it warms us when we stand in the noonday sun, when we drive our cars or when we heat our homes. Yet science has calculated, through observation and learned mathematics, that the matter and energy we know constitutes only five percent of what exists in the universe. That’s right, 5%.

So what is in the other 95%? People who read will quickly answer dark matter and dark energy. OK, and what are they? They can’t be seen because they do not reflect light or absorb it. Apparently we walk through them and breathe them and shoot spacecraft through them every day. We know when we bump into regular matter because it hurts. But when we bump into dark matter? Nothing. According to what we have been taught, that should be impossible.

Let’s review: science has proven that we can only detect about five percent of what science knows exist in the universe. That means that science admits that neither it nor anyone it supports has any real idea of what constitutes 95% of the universe. Science says that the 95% inhabits every part of the universe. We send spacecraft through it, we walk through it, we even breathe it without knowing it. Science says that.

Science does not say whether we walk through dark matter or dark energy. Hmmm. Since science does say that dark energy is responsible for our universe expanding uncontrollably, actually increasing its rate of expansion over time, I will say that what we walk through is dark matter. In that case we would be known matter walking through unknown matter. And we don’t know it. Well, you do know it now that I have told you. But it doesn’t push you around the way dark energy pushes the universe with unimaginable force.

We know that people around the world, in every culture on the planet and every one that has existed through recorded history has believed there is something bigger than what they are and what they know, something most of us would call supernatural. They have all prayed, in some form or another, to this supernatural force. With little effect, though many claim that when things work out the way they wanted them to work out their prayers have been answered.

When a supernatural force is deemed to have human characteristics, it doesn’t work out. If God gives us good things, why does he allow things such as the Holocaust and genocide, murder, drug addiction and mean mothers to happen? The answer, of course, is that only the fictitious gods are deemed to have human characteristics. Deemed? Isn’t it Genesis (a part of the holy books of Judaism, Islam and Christianity) that says God created man in his own image? That statement is so old that billions of people believe it is true. Because it’s old. And it appears in a holy book. What does that even mean, really? Is it not more true that people created their god in their own image?

Science believes it may have captured evidence that dark matter exists. Maybe. It still doesn’t know what dark matter is or does. As for dark energy it says we must just have faith that dark energy is real. Faith? Well, science doesn’t use that word, but what words it does use mean the same thing as faith. The mathematics of physics insists that dark energy must exist. Call it what you like if you don’t like the term dark energy. It exists.

I ask myself who would object if I claimed that dark energy is really God. That science has found evidence that God exists.

Why would science not come out and say that is a possibility? Because billions of people have beliefs that God (or gods) are something different. Any scientist who came out and stated that dark energy is God would find himself unemployed, with his name scrubbed from the annals of history.

I do not live under such threats so I will say it. The dark energy that science claims exists and pervades every part of the universe is what people for millennia have been calling God. Anyone who would claim that I am wrong will have no more evidence–in fact, even less–that his or her own god exists.

So what about this God? Did God create everything? Not quite. God IS everything. That includes you. You might call God a scientist. The universe is his playpen (sorry, science lab). The matter and energy we know, which Einstein said are the same thing, are his toys. I don’t say that sarcastically or cynically. I believe we should not put so much emphasis on the meanings and values of words. “Playpen” and “toys” are words familiar to all of us. If you attach values to them that are not intended or are not inherent in their denotative meanings, that is your problem.

Can we say, then, that science has proven the existence of God? No, not even close. Science would not even try. While people around the world have various concepts of God, there is no general agreement, no consensus that reaches even a bare majority. People disagree on the nature of God so science could never have a hope of proving anything that could never be recognized as a proof.

Science and religion can never agree about God because people can’t agree on what or who God is. Or what powers God has or lacks. That profound lack of agreement might be the greatest mystery of all. And the greatest obstacle.

This concept of God is not new. I have found it in elements of most of the world’s major religions. It may be found within the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth for those who willing to cast aside what they have been taught and look at the words of Jesus in the Bible. Let’s remember that Christianity is not the sole possessor of Jesus. Both Judaism and Islam consider Jesus one of their great prophets. That covers nearly half the current human population today. Of course the idea of dark energy is not mentioned by any of the God concepts because it is a name given by science in recent years and never considered by those who devised their own concepts of God millennia ago. God was assumed to be a mysterious supernatural force. Ummm, like dark energy.

Multiple times each week I read on social media where people make claims about God and even have the audacity to speak on his behalf with no authority whatsoever. This alone would make agreement between science and religion impossible as religionists mold their concept of God like wet clay.

The implications of this concept of God are either very simple or very complex. Simple if you reject it outright. Complicated if you want to consider what God could do, not do, want to do, want to avoid or take a serious interest in. These will be discussed in followup articles to this one. You may consider this as Part I, essential reading for anyone who will dare to venture into reading succeeding parts.

Finally, it will be important for us for future parts of this discussion to remember the law of conservation of matter and energy. Einstein said they are essentially the same thing in his well known equation e=mc2. Same with dark matter and dark energy. No matter whether something is energy or matter, it could become the other or even reverse its form. Nothing disappears. This will be important for us to keep in mind before reading followup articles. If something exists, it will not disappear.

[HINT: Does your personality exist?]

Bill Allin is the author of Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today’s Epidemic Social Problems, a book of simple and inexpensive solutions to big problems of societies, and hundreds of articles which are available on the internet.

Are We Maturing or Evolving As A Species?

Are We Maturing or Evolving As A Species?

You can graph human evolution, which is mostly a straight line, but we do get better and change over time, and you can graph technological evolution, which is a line that’s going straight up. They are going to intersect each other at some point, and that’s happening now.
– Daniel H. Wilson, American author, TV host, robotics engineer (b. 1978)

Evolution is constant. It’s happening all the time, every day, not just occasionally over eons. It is now known that our own genetic composition can change even daily based on life conditions, diet, stressors, environmental factors, medications, even to the extent of finding new love.

Is it possible that our species has evolved slightly over the past century so that we are close to becoming two separate species? What might members of an evolving group of humans look like so that we could distinguish them from those who were not evolving? Would the unevolved ones fear the evolved ones and kill them as enemies the way science fiction has postulated? If so, would the evolved ones want to look like the unevolved ones long enough that their numbers were strong enough that they could repel attacks from the unevolved ones?

That suggestion may sound absurd because you have not heard it before. But look around the world at human populations. You can see major differences in approaches to life in every country.

In North American countries they are referred to as political differences, liberals and conservatives. In many countries the two are represented by two or more different political parties. In other places they may be represented by different religions. In still others the differences may be between those in power and those struggling to escape from the group in power, one that is particularly oppressive. Often the differences will be that one group prefers peace while the other advocates war or control by power. Or those who work for the best interests of others as well as of themselves and those whose only interest is themselves and their own welfare.

Sympathy is a common characteristic among all human cultures. Empathy, the ability to actually feel what someone else is experiencing, is a relatively rare characteristic. Empathy would seem to be a characteristic of an advanced form of human. Characteristics have ways of forming themselves to become part of the genetic makeup of a species.

Could these possibly represent differences in the DNA of our species, differences that are not yet striking enough that we are still able to reproduce with each other. (Species are usually distinguished from each other by their inability to mate successfully, though there are exceptions such as donkeys mating with horses to produce mules.)

Sociologists would say these two groups represent the social evolution of humankind from tribal culture to megasociety culture. This would be what I am calling the maturing of our species.

Tribal culture can best be seen in parts of the world that are still mostly tribal in nature. In these places fighting is ongoing, peace is rare and brief. The Middle East, parts of Africa and parts of the subcontinent are easily recognized as mainly tribal. In tribal culture there is always fear of the other “tribes” because of their differences, fear that the other may conquer or assimilate them.

With 7.5 billion people on our planet we can’t afford to maintain a constant tribal state or we would be constantly at war. We must accommodate ourselves to what is called the megasociety. The megasociety recognizes differences and accepts them without fear and without wanting to resort to genocide to protect themselves. Death by violence is frequent in tribal societies, much less in megasocieties.

In the largest countries by population in the world, China, India and the USA, we can see signs of old tribal characteristics showing up, especially at election time. But, generally speaking, these countries remain relatively peaceful within their own borders and with other countries, considering what they were like in the past.

Are we maturing, as we must with an uncontrollably large population, from tribal society to megasociety? Or are we splitting into two separate and distinct species of necessity, by evolution?

It would certainly be more comfortable for us to say the differences are just differences in principles, in political preferences.

But, no matter what your political preferences, are you not tempted to ask yourself “What is wrong with those people that they can think that way?” Are the differences deeper than political preference?

I can’t offer evidence of genetic change among our species. Neither can anyone else because this has not been studied. I do wonder why the US State of California has forbidden its citizens from having a complete DNA analysis done by their own request and at their own expense. What might that reveal in a state that large?

Bill Allin is the author of Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today’s Epidemic Social Problems, a book that offers inexpensive solutions to social problems through changes in education. He has also authored hundreds of articles which are available free on the internet.
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Myths, Misconceptions And Misinformation About Christmas

Myths, Misconceptions And Misinformation About Christmas

Let’s begin with an explanation about cultures in the Middle East that most in the West seem to be unaware of. Two thousand years ago–and even today–what we call the Middle East was populated largely by people who identified themselves as being part of a tribe, not of a mega-society of the type many of us are familiar with today.

Tribal values are much different from those of mega-societies. The most obvious is that tribes battle each other frequently, violently and often to the death, even to extermination. Violence is a way of life as tribes vie for dominance in a region. Within each tribe families contend for status as leading families. Leading families gain the most favours. And wealth.

When the great Prophet of Islam–himself a tribal leader who led his followers into many battles–died, two parts of his family formed their own separate religious groups, each with its own leader. These two Muslim groups today are known as Sunnis and Shi’ites. Even today the two battle each other–often to the death as we see from Sunni-dominated Islamic State–rather than coming together as one religion.

Middle Eastern language groups tend to speak in what we might think of as metaphors. Speech was and is peppered with comparisons, what we in the West would consider to be flowery language. Read a translation of the speeches of Osama bin Laden and you might think he spoke in poetry all the time.

Information was, two millennia ago and is often today, conveyed in these languages by metaphor, even to the extent of including little stories. Today we might call some of that kind of story a parable. Jesus of Nazareth was known for his parables, but they would have been very common in his day.

Keep this in mind when thinking about Christmas, Jesus and the whole concept of the celebration. Some parts of the story were intended to be understood as metaphor, not as fact.

Jesus was a Jew for his entire life. He was not the founder of Christianity. That would be better attributed to (St.) Paul. He disputed corrupt Jewish leaders, not the principles of his religion.

Nowhere in the Bible does it say that his mother Mary was a virgin. Nowhere. That was an invention of the later Christian church. What the Bible does say is that Mary’s mother, (St.) Anne, was born of Immaculate Conception. That means that Anne was not born with the burden of Original Sin (Adam, Eve and the apple story that supposedly has followed all of Adam’s descendents until today, if you believe the Old Testament). Immaculate Conception has to do with freedom from sin from birth, nothing to do with virginity.

The Bible does not say that Mary and Joseph were not married. In those days a young unmarried woman who got pregnant would have been stoned to death–tribal law. Even today it is common for a young woman (Mary would have been about 13 or 14) in the Middle East to be married to an older man who can support her. Young women who were old enough to procreate were often married as soon as possible. At the time of our story Joseph may well have been in his early 30s.

By the way, Joseph (the carpenter) would have been a stone mason, not a worker with wood. In Aramaic and ancient Hebrew the word for the two trades was the same. There was lots of work for stone masons building Roman cities (in this case Sepphoris), not much work for a wood worker in a desert environment.

Jesus would have been Mary’s first born, but not her only child. It is highly likely that some of his male siblings were among his Disciples, though some question this. Joseph may not have had enough stone work for so many sons, but there was always work for fishermen. In an arid environment it was easier to catch fish from a lake than to grow veggies in your garden.

Mary and Joseph went to Bethlehem for the Roman census. Really? It is convenient for Christianity to claim that Jesus came from the family of David (conqueror of Goliath) which was the most prominent family in his tribe.

But which Bethlehem? Though it no longer exists today, there was a village called Bethlehem in Galilee 2000 years ago. Galilee was the area of northern Israel (of today) where Jesus grew up and where he did most of his preaching. How convenient to link the former village of Bethlehem with the modern day city of Bethlehem (David’s home town) which is close to Jerusalem.

When was Jesus of Nazareth born? Likely during the night of September 26-27, in the year 4 BCE. That was the year of the Roman census. December 25 was a convenient time for early Christians to celebrate the birth of Jesus during the time when they would have been persecuted by the Romans because the Romans were already celebrating their own Saturnalia on that date.

But the Bible does not state specifically the date of the birth of Jesus. No, but the date may be calculated by clear statements about his birth from other sources in the New Testament. Read about that here: https://www.scribd.com/document/45877440/When-Was-Jesus-Really-Born

Why would Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25 when they should be made aware that he was born on September 26-27? Hmmm. Maybe Christians should ask themselves why they spend so much money buying presents for themselves when their supposed role model, Jesus, was a poor man who disavowed wealth during his whole teaching career. In fact, he clearly stated that a rich man could never make it into heaven (an odd statement given the Judaism does not have a clear concept of heaven even today).

The birthplace of Jesus–a cave stable, not a wooden stable structure–would not have been visited by three kings. The Magi, if they came at all, would have been sages and astronomers and it would have taken months (maybe a year) before they arrived to see Jesus as a toddler.

The cave birthplace would have been warm from the body heat from the animals and, if necessary, they would have provided milk for the family.

Did King Herod really want to learn the location of the baby so that he could send troops to kill the child? This part of the story is so absurd that I do not feel the need to address it. Herod died shortly thereafter so it is highly unlikely he would fear a Jewish baby.

What about those shepherds? Sure enough. Farmers commonly kept sheep in an arid area so shepherds simply returning home on their nights off could have accounted for that gathering. How many shepherds would it take to make a cave crowded?

And the shining star in the east? Nope. If it existed at all it would have been in the west because the Magi supposedly came from the east (west was the Mediterranean Sea). People in that area in those days referred to directions differently than we do today. Even today a wind that blows to the east is called a west wind.

Why would the family of Jesus (necessarily that of the father, Joseph) have been forced to have birth in a cave? Inns and hotels would have been rare and overloaded with people needing to have their census records updated, so Joseph and Mary would have been forced to stay with relatives. The home would have been so crowded that Mary would have had more space to give birth (and more privacy) in the stable than in a crowded bedroom in the house above.

If the above is true, why would Christianity not have made these facts known? Religions are notorious for sticking with their interpretation of stories no matter what. Like political parties, they will twist facts out of shape just to maintain that what they said in the past is still correct.

Jesus of Nazareth is considered an important prophet in Judaism and a saint in Islam–he is mentioned by name in the Qur’an, his mother is mentioned twice. Jesus is a person of great importance to all Abrahamic religions.

Finally, did the birth of Jesus really mark the birth of the Son of God? In the Bible Jesus never says he is the Son of God. What he does say to Pilate (Easter story) who asks that question is, so to speak, that is just a story that is going around.

Jesus said that each of us can find God within ourselves. That is the only place we should look for God. God is within each of us, we only need to look for him. That makes each of us children of God. Yup, that includes you.

Christian churches may disagree with some or all of the above. But even they can’t agree on what is true and real. When they feel the need, they make stuff up.

Jesus said not to do that. He positioned himself as a role model, not as a leader or as a deity to be worshipped. If you doubt, read the Bible. Don’t listen to religious leaders who make stuff up.

Bill Allin is the author of Turning it Around: Causes and Cures for Today’s Epidemic Social Problems and hundreds of articles that are available free on the internet. Yes, misunderstanding of the Jesus story and abuses that result from it is a social problem.
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The War Against Your Health

The War Against Your Health

Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.
– Charles Darwin, English naturalist and geologist (1809 – 1882)

I hate conspiracy theories. The odd one has sufficient evidence that needs to be addressed (what and who really caused 9/11?) but most are created by people who know far too little and have too great a desire to stand in the public spotlight. And who can make money or gain recognition by spreading their theories widely. Money’s the big reason behind most.

The war against your health is not a conspiracy theory. Nor is it unwinnable as is the case with the War on Terror or the War on Drugs, where the warriors stand to gain by continuing the war rather than solving and ending it.

Be assured that the war against your health is generating obscene fortunes for those responsible for it, just as is the case for the wars on drugs and terror.

The war against your health is based on your ignorance of the basic truths about the health of your body, your gullibility in believing lies about what is good for you, or your reluctance to change your habits to healthy ones even if you know the truths.

Let’s begin with the basic assumption that your immune system is the foundation on which your health is based. Your well-being depends on your not being ill or getting a debilitating disease. For that you need a healthy immune system.

But what is your immune system? Has anyone ever explained to you what it is or where it’s located in your body? For most the answer would be NO. Why? Because your ignorance about your own immune system makes you vulnerable to forces that stand to make huge profits by feeding you stuff that will harm your health and impair your well-being.

First–here is what may be the most shocking part for you–your immune system is only comprised about two percent of your own body’s cells. The rest of your immune system is made up of bacteria. These are good bacteria that work with your body to make your body healthy as they survive and thrive themselves in and on you.

These good bacteria are everywhere. On your skin, around your organs, in your mouth, in your bloodstream. The biggest majority of them are in your gut, your intestines, the small intestine and the colon. They live in symbiosis with you. You are, as the Star Trek series used to call them, a symbiont.

The bacteria in your immune system can’t live without you and you can’t possibly survive for long without them. Yet all kinds of products on the market want to kill them. Even your own family doctor may prescribe medicines that will kill your immune system.

Cancer, the most common disease in the western world, is treated–sometimes by law only using these treatments–by chemo drugs and radiation. Chemo drugs are all poisons. No doctor will deny this. They won’t tell you that unless you ask. Radiation is another form of poison. Aren’t you told to fear radiation from broken nuclear generating stations such as Fukushima and Chernobyl? Same stuff as doctors use on many cancer patients. Chemo and radiation make money for the medical community and for the industries that support it.

There are proven cures for cancer. Most are illegal. Ask yourself why. Marijuana is but one example. The United States government has a patent on the only cure for cancer accepted by that government. The patent is for marijuana. And it’s illegal in most of the United States. Other cures receive zero publicity from major media that survive on advertising from the companies that make the stuff that could kill you. Yes, it’s that bad.

Antibiotics are prescribed for people who get sick. Antibiotics kill bacteria and your immune system is their major victim. Mouthwashes claim to kill all the microbes in your mouth. Your immune system again. Your first line of defence against pathogens you put into your mouth. It’s that bad.

Many people in North America consider a daily shower (or two) to be normal. They wash off the good bacteria of their immune system that live on their skin.

Many of the foods you eat contain preservatives. Preservatives are designed to kill bacteria that can make food spoil. They also kill the bacteria that comprise the major part of your immune system once they reach your gut. Check ingredient lists on packaged and canned foods. Those words you can’t pronounce are preservatives, the enemies of your immune system. Preservatives are immune system killers.

Fresh produce, that’s good, right? Actually, most of it has been sprayed with poisons before it reaches your market. Apples, for example, are sprayed with poisons (pesticides and herbicides) from the time the apple blossom first comes out until just before it gets trucked to your market. Every two weeks they get sprayed. Apples. They won’t keep the doctor away if they are infused with poisons right from the seeds on out.

Potatoes are almost as bad. Other fruits and vegetables are not sprayed quite so often. All herbicides and pesticides–anything that ends in “…ide”–are poisons. Poisons kill the good bacteria that are your immune system.

Glyphosate, the major component in Roundup by Monsanto, and its kin by other chemical manufacturers, kills every living thing in the soil it touches. The microbes in soil that make it healthy–the very reason people have grown food in dirt for thousands of years–are killed by these chemicals. Chemical companies sell industrial farms more chemicals, such as fertilizers, to grow the crops you buy as food. That kind of food could be grown in crushed rock or sand.

Fluoride is put into municipal water in many communities. While there is no truth to the rumour that Hitler put fluoride in drinking water he gave to his Jewish prisoners to keep them from rioting, it is still true that fluoride is a poison and it does affect the brain. It is claimed that fluoridation of water prevents major tooth decay in children. So poison them rather than teaching kids how to brush their teeth properly twice a day. In business, anything can be justified if the objective is profit.

Municipal water treatment systems already put chlorine in water to kill off microbes in the raw water they take in. How much poison is acceptable in drinking water?

Does water really need poison? Your mouth’s saliva is already an acid that contains microbe killers secretory IgA and lysozyme.

Where do kids learn how to brush their teeth? Or adults for that matter. Mostly from TV commercials. Every TV commercial I have seen for decades teaches the wrong way to brush teeth. They teach people to brush the parts of their teeth that do not need to be brushed because food doesn’t stick there, such as on the bare open area of teeth. That just makes those teeth extra sensitive as the enamel is worn off. So the manufacturers get to sell you toothpaste for sensitive teeth. And dentists do more work on the teeth you damaged yourself by brushing wrong.

As a general piece of advice, you should be cautious about putting anything in your mouth or on your body that is advertised on TV. Dig deep enough and you will find scientific evidence to show that every one of those products are bad for your health.

There is more, too much more to report here. But you get the idea.

Why is this all allowed? Too many people are employed (and pay taxes) for governments to risk putting controls on these products. So it’s up to you how much risk you are prepared to take with your health. Will you be a victim of the war on your health or will you step aside from it and treat your body with the care it needs.

A major study just came out that shows that the life span of Americans is now lower than it was in the recent past. This is the first time ever that life span has been reduced in America. Now you know why.

If you want to pursue this subject you may want to research the evidence around the deaths of over five dozen naturopath and holistic doctors and nutrition specialists in the USA over the past year and a bit. Most–all healthy and none beyond middle age–were ruled as suicides by the police, thus excusing themselves from further investigation and problems with big pharmaceutical companies that wanted these natural cure people “disappeared.”

No matter what you think of any of the above, of this you may be certain. You are the only person who cares deeply about your health and has the ability to do something about it. Neglecting your health or planning to “eat healthy” in your future plays right into the hands of the medical community and the drug makers.

Act now. Your future depends on it.

Bill Allin is the author of Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today’s Epidemic Social Problems and hundreds of articles available on the internet. Attacks on your health is a major social issue of today.
Learn more at http://billallin.com

You Are the Weaker Side in a War You Don’t Even Know Is Going On

You Are the Weaker Side in a War You Don’t Even Know Is Going On

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.
– John Muir, Scottish-American naturalist, author, environmental philosopher and early advocate of preservation of wilderness (1838-1914)

[DISCLOSURE: This is a rant. It is filled with personal opinion based on the science I have read and the facts on the ground as I have observed them. You can do anything from rage in disagreement to nod your head in agreement to learning more about these situations before you lose the war against your health and welfare.]

You are an innocent victim in a war going on around you that you might not be aware of. Yes, it sounds like a conspiracy theory. But in this case the evidence is clear and irrefutable. I will not trouble you with the science (study references) here for the sake of simplicity. If you doubt anything, check it out.

Perhaps the most significant characteristic of your life that has not been taught to you by your doctor, your schools or even what you learn from television or the internet is that you are not just one being. What you consider to be you is the host for billions of tiny microbes, bacteria for the most part, that inhabit virtually every part of your body.

It’s called your immune system. That’s right. Your immune system is actually not part of the cell structure of your body. They are independent organisms that live in symbiosis with you. You can’t live without them and they can’t live without you.

Does that sound creepy? That’s what doctors and the media believe you will think. They believe you will appreciate remaining ignorant about what may be the most important part of your body, certainly the one that keeps you alive every day.

Science can’t tell you how many or even how many varieties of microbes compose your immune system. The reason is that it varies from individual to individual. There could be as many as 10,000 different varieties of microbes in your immune system with anything up to billions of each. If you have a healthy immune system. Which you may very well not have.

Shouldn’t your doctor be able to correct your immune system’s deficiencies? Yes. But they don’t. Antibiotics, indeed most pharmaceuticals prescribed by your doctor will impair or even destroy your immune system. Antibiotics are microbe killers. Trouble is, they kill hundreds of times more good microbes than bad. Yes, antibiotics and most pharmaceuticals (especially the most popular ones) harm your immune system. Drugs kill the wrong things. And you believe the doctors.

If you know a little about good health and the immune system you will likely know that fresh fruits and vegetables will boost your immune system. But conventional industrial farms commonly use pesticides (poisons), herbicides (poisons) and chemical fertilizers on the very same “fresh” fruits and vegetables you will see for sale in your supermarket. Nobody knows what effects the chemical fertilizers will have on your health years later. Nobody ever tests for that. Nobody.

You will have heard of GMO (genetically modified organisms) foods and GE (genetically engineered) foods–same thing, different terms in different countries–and likely read how safe they are. The producers of those chemicals that are put on the seeds they produce that accept those poisons create studies that show how safe the poisons are. But are they? The tests are notorious sources for conflict of interest. Independent studies, which receive little or no attention in the media (that profit from the chemical and pharmaceutical companies–same companies really) become buried, hidden from a public that deserves to know.

Farm workers who apply the chemicals must wear hazardous materials suits that completely enclose their entire bodies.The most famous is Roundup, by Monsanto. Its main active ingredient–glyphosate, claimed to be perfectly safe (yes, a poison they claim is safe)–has been found in mother’s breast milk, in baby foods, in vaccines, in fresh organic foods, in most chemically treated city drinking water, in air samples in a majority of cities, virtually everywhere.

GMO food crops and seeds have been banned in a large number of countries of the world. Glyphosate and similar poisons have been banned in a large number of countries. Banned because they are carcinogens, chemicals that cause cancer. Yet you can buy Roundup freely over the counter in the USA and Canada. And when you apply it you are not required by law to wear a HAZMAT suit like the industrial farmers do. You aren’t even advised to wear a mask or apply it downwind.

Generally speaking, mold, bacteria, insects and many larger animals will avoid eating a majority of food that is available in a supermarket. Some will avoid it even when they are starving because they do not recognize it as “food.” The poison itself is so effective that it kills every living organism in the soil. Everything. How do you think that affects the food chain whose larger organisms feed you?

People are finding themselves allergic to the clothes they buy and the new furniture and draperies they install in heir homes. Others find themselves ill in other ways, including cancer, from the chemicals embedded in the fabric to make it “look better.” You can ask your doctor about any of this.

Your government likely warns you about climate change and advises you that your car emits too much greenhouse gases. Your government does not tell you that airplanes–many fewer than cars–emit almost as much greenhouse gas as cars. They also do not tell you that one of the greatest sources of greenhouse gases is power generating stations that account for almost one-quarter of all emitted greenhouse gases. Those power stations are usually owned by the same governments that want you to cut back on driving your car.

If there is something wrong that is a public hazard, you may be assured that a government will blame you for it. That will distract you from the fact that governments are the greatest hazards to health on the planet. They do not protect you from air pollution. They do not protect you from water pollution. They will not enact legislation that will make your food free from hazardous ingredients. They will not insist on proof that new drugs–always man-made chemicals, never natural products grown in nature–are safe. Testing of new drugs is from three months to a year, usually. Yet they could affect your health years later. You will never know and never suspect it when you are dying and don’t know why.

If you live in a democracy, you vote for the people who make decisions that affect your life and your health and your future. Legislators are ordinary people like you and me. They often make a lot of critically important decisions based on very limited input. Often that input comes from the very people who stand to benefit from their decisions. Or from lobbyists who are paid by the stakeholders.

You should learn. You should teach your legislators. Without your pestering, they may not even know the harm their decisions will make.

You should not be the victim of their ignorance or neglect. Nor should you allow yourself to be a victim of your own ignorance.

Bill Allin in the author of Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today’s Epidemic Social Problems, a book about inexpensive and easy solutions that people are not taking to overcome serious problems. The “war against health” is a serious social problem. He has authored hundreds of articles that are available free on the internet.
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TV Commercials Can Ruin Your Life and Health

TV Commercials Can Ruin Your Life and Health

The question for me was, could TV actually teach? I knew it could, because I knew 3-year-olds who sang beer commercials!
– Joan Ganz Cooney, American television producer, one of the founders of Sesame Workshop, home of Sesame Street (b. 1929)

[DISCLOSURE: The purpose for this article is to make readers aware of the effects of following life and health advice offered by TV commercials. These are science based facts, not opinions. The science part is left out to make it easier to read.]

Children, adolescents, even adults learn about life and life skills by watching television. As odd as that may sound, they have few other convenient sources for information they need. Today’s parents literally know almost nothing about parenting and the needs of children other than food, clothing and shelter.

For most of human history children learned about life from their parents and neighbours as they worked and played alongside their parents in fields and workshops. Today children are separated from their parents for almost all of their waking day, leaving surrogates to do the job of teaching them about life.

TV fills that role magnificently as it seeks to mold the minds of children to become devoted consumers of particular products as they get old enough to spend money. The prime objective of programming is to entertain people long enough that they will stay around for the next set of commercials.

But what are television commercials teaching? Is it worthwhile life advice? No. Do parents realize that they have turned the job of teaching almost everything their children learn over to pathological commercial interests who want people to follow what they teach with the same devotion as people give to their religions or their preferred political party? Again, no.

First, I want you to think about all the TV programs you know. Which among them has role models you believe children should follow? Of course we need buffoons to laugh at and actors to play conflicted characters for drama. Would you change lives with any of them?

As you think about the TV programs you know, one that would interest kids, adolescents or poorly educated adults, can you think of any you would like to represent life in your home or workplace? Even one? I can’t.

TV news is filled with violence and perversion. Shows that emphasize personalities tend to have them conflicting among themselves. Comedies show people with personality problems, social problems, even mental illnesses (never identified as such). Dramas (mostly soaps) show people with lives that no one would want to emulate.

Commercials are where real life teaching takes place. Commercials pay the freight for programming. And they are often better produced. Their messages are meant to be taken literally, also to create a long term following. That’s why you see the same commercials repeated over and over. And over. And over. As a hypnotist would do when putting a volunteer into a trance. The rule of thumb in TV advertising is feed the same message to people ten times or more and they will believe it. Anything.

Let’s set aside anything to do with political or religious advertising as it is filled with so much brain twisting propaganda and distortions of truth that networks and stations should be required to flash warning signs before and after them. Networks don’t bother big advertisers because there is too much income at risk.

Let’s begin our look at commercials for personal care at the top. Hair care companies may have done the most and best research about hair care than any commercial product manufacturer. But their products only heal what other products have broken. In fact, most hair would be best treated with a simple soap wash every few days. The hair of a person who eats a healthy diet will look good so long as the natural elements of hair are not stripped away by chemicals. Wash, rinse with clear water, then leave the hair alone for a few days, other than brushing.

Any commercials to do with mouth care are deceptive, if not outright harmful. I have not seen one teeth brushing commercial in decades that shows a person brushing their teeth in a way that would avoid cavities. On the contrary, the ones I have seen would promote cavities and sensitive teeth. Neither is necessary, but both keep other industries like dentistry and teeth cleaners alive and flourishing.

The mouth (along with the skin) is a secondary part of the body’s immune system. After the major immune system component in the gut, the mouth is the first line of defense against attack by diseases. Kill all microbes in your mouth and you destroy one component of your immune system. Wash your body with soap thoroughly in a daily shower and you will decimate another part. Take doctor-prescribed antibiotics and you will destroy the major component of your immune system. That’s what these products you see advertised do. The advertisers make fortunes on your devotion to their somewhat or totally harmful products. Your doctor will come to know you intimately from your frequent visits.

Skin care products are a travesty against good skin health. To begin, cosmetics for women produce a look that studies have shown men do not prefer over the look of no cosmetics. Men know that cosmetics mean “fake” and act accordingly. Women who claim that they make themselves up to make themselves feel better have self esteem issues. Are they trying to compete for attention with other women or attract them?

Clothing fashions are another issue of brainwashing. A man or woman who believes that he or she performs better at work because they look better is a victim of effective advertising and self deception. Most bosses look at job performance before apparel. Should you be known for your good looks or your job skills?

Teeth whitening was originally used by movie actors to make them stand out from other actors on set. Teeth whitening, like fashion and cosmetics, was an industry founded by people who wanted to sell something that people did not need, except to impress others. Generally speaking, those with real talent and skill do not subscribe to that kind of fake.

People who whiten their teeth to look better in real life do indeed stand out. They stand out as being needy, prepared to do anything to get attention. Anyone who chooses a life mate based on white teeth, fashionable clothing, beautiful makeup, type of footwear or kind of car driven is bound for breakup when the fake wears off. Yet that is what TV commercials teach in North America, where the divorce rate is now well over 50% and a majority of kids in school classrooms live in single parent households.

Generally speaking, if you depend on TV commercials or programs to tell you how to live your life you will live a troubled life. And probably in debt.

When you think about buying something you have seen advertised on TV, remember that the choice is yours. Will the long term disadvantage of harm to you outweight the short term benefits? Of this you may be certain, the advertiser always wins. The advertiser has no obligation to benefit you, only to make you believe that you will benefit from the product. What will you believe?

You may think that what you have just read is opinion by one person. It’s not. I don’t care what you do or wear or how you live your life. That is your business not mine. I don’t have time or interest in meddling in your life.

I do take an interest in helping people to think about choices they make, what effects those choices have on themselves and on others. If you “dress for success” to impress others, you will have bought into the model that industry leaders want. You will be a follower, not a leader. A consumer, not an independent innovator.

Bill Allin is the author of Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today’s Epidemic Social Problems, a book about inexpensive solutions to major social problems. If you have hear the word “sheeple” you understand that what you have read above is indeed a social issue.
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Marijuana, Maybe Not What You Thought

Marijuana, Maybe Not What You Thought

When Mexico sends its people [into the U.S.], they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.
– Donald J. Trump, American actor (b. 1946)

Donald Trump is merely the latest loud voice to rail against the coming to the United States by Mexicans fleeing their homeland hoping to find a better life. At the turn of the 20th Century, Americans with similar feelings adopted the Mexican Spanish word marijuana for what most of the rest of the world called and still calls Cannabis. Before the 20th Century everyone called it Cannabis.

The American campaigners originally tended to spell it marihuana, which is closer to the Mexican pronunciation of the word, but eventually the Mexican spelling marijuana prevailed.

Anti-immigrant advocates in the U.S. expressed their aversion to foreigners invading the land they themselves had only recently invaded and stolen from native Americans that they used the newly adopted word marijuana as an expression of the evil that they claimed the foreigners brought with them.

Is it possible that the U.S. Congress passed laws criminalizing the growth and sale of cannabis marijuana specifically to discourage Americans who had neutral feelings about Mexican migrants so that they would associate the Mexican word for the now-illegal product with migrants who entered the U.S. illegally? That may seem a strong claim but prejudiced Congress members have passed many laws in the past to advance their various bigoted causes.

How strongly did these politicians feel about turning Americans against Mexicans by making marijuana seem like a Mexican curse? The only cure for cancer that has ever been patented in the United States was filed by the U.S. government itself, in 1937. The government of the country with the highest cancer rates in the world withheld a cure for cancer rather than make the all-natural chemical-free plant marijuana acceptable to the American public. That patent holds today, though many others of that time have been allowed to expire.

Not all varieties of Cannabis are alike. C. ruderalis is generally agreed to be of little value for either recreation or medicine. Though uncommon, it is still illegal, yet it could be feral so it might be found growing in your back yard. Illegally, of course.

Etymologists give various origins for the name Cannabis, but the plant indisputably originates in Asia. The Chinese used it to relieve various conditions from constipation to malaria as far back as 2700 BCE. In India it was considered a sacred plant used for its psychotropic and medicinal effects. Mind-altering natural products that improve sensitivity and intellect temporarily are not considered sinful in many cultures and have been used for that purpose for thousands of years.

Cannabis is mentioned in the Jewish Talmud. Traces of its pollen or oil have been found in various tombs of ancient Egyptians, including that of the famous Rameses II. The nomadic Scythians, who were documented in 450 BCE to have used it in funeral rites by Greek historian Herodotus, likely brought it to Europe.

But which variety of cannabis? C. sativa and C. indica are the two best known. But they are often confused even in modern literature. Some claim that C. sativa has the most psychotropic ingredient delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in its sticky resin. Other non-scientists claim that C. indica has the most cannabidiol (CBD), claimed to be the primary medicinal ingredient and a sedative.

Both groups are mistaken. Both varieties are high in THC and relatively low in CBD. Much research is taking place with CBD because of its anti-inflammatory effects. Inflammation is known to be the starting place for cancer.

Researchers have found that CBD results in weight loss in their studies of overweight mice. No one has risked experimenting on humans, despite that fact that the U.S. has the highest rate of obesity in the world. Nobody knows how to tell if mice get the munchies.

Then we have what may well be the most useful subspecies of cannabis, Cannabis sativa L, more commonly known as hemp. Hemp grows much faster than trees and can be used to make paper (thus saving forests), clothing, building materials (someone made a whole car from it) and it can be used to replace oil. Yes, this renewable energy source could replace the non-renewable oil that is extracted from the ground and it can even be grown in less than ideal agricultural conditions.

That is, if it were legal. Which it isn’t in the USA. Hemp is grown legally in Canada and many other countries. But not in large quantities that could be exported to the U.S.

Bill Allin is the author of Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today’s Epidemic Social Problems and hundreds of articles which are available on the internet.
Learn more at http://billallin.com

[Primary resource: Discover, April 2016]