Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Antidepressants




Apparently psychiatric drugs are the most commonly used medications. Increasingly Americans take a psychiatric drug -- most often antidepressants, sedatives or antipsychotics. And the number of children receiving atypical antipsychotics doubled from 2001 to 2010. ABC news reported that doctors aren’t even sure how antipsychotics work.

It is becoming clearer and clearer that antidepressants are far from benign drugs. And unfortunately, the combination of depression and medication, as well as still being very much trial and error, has some unique worries due to the nature of the condition itself.

As with all drugs some people react badly to antidepressants, whilst side effects can seem quite mild in others. The irony here of course is that, helpful as antidepressants may be for some people at some times, these side effects can be very depressing in themselves. Because no one antidepressant has been proven to be any more effective than any other, the choice of which drug to prescribe often rests on their different side effects!

The overwhelming popularity of SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) was in part due to their apparent "safety" over more toxic drugs when used improperly. Some of the Tricyclics are extremely toxic in overdose.However, in addition to other dangers, there is also an established direct link between suicide and violent behavior and the use of SSRIs.


"The main reason for people stopping a course of depression medication 
is the side effects of the antidepressant."

Antidepressant medication side effects can be physical symptoms like headache, joint pain, muscle aches, nausea, skin rashes, or diarrhea, sleep disturbance such as nightmares and sleepwalking and daytime sleepiness; headache and migraines, flushing, rapid heart rate, weight gain, decreased sexual desire, delayed ejaculation in men, and the inability to have an orgasm in women. But discontinuing your medication on your own is never a good option as there is a dramatically increased risk of suicide.

"Anti-depressant drugs carry massive risks, not only to the brain, but also to the heart, kidneys, liver, and central nervous system. Scientific research that is independent of the pharmaceutical industry has repeatedly shown that S.S.R.I. drugs can cause severe kidney and liver damage. These drugs also have the potential to cause cardiac arrest and a Parkinson's-like syndrome. Doctors are not required to advise patients of these risks, and they rarely do."

So psychiatric drugs may not the best way to treat depression as they are ineffective and fraught with many dangerous side effects. especially among people taking a type of antidepressant known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). These so called tranquilizers can produce an acute psychotic reactions. Many people who have taken psychiatric drugs have found out the withdrawal effects of the drugs can persist for months, even years after they stop taking them. Psychotropic drugs are increasingly being exposed as chemical toxins with the power to kill.

Anti-depressants can cause death.  Psychiatrists claim their drugs save lives, but according to their own studies, psychotropic drugs can double the risk of suicide. And long-term use has been proven to create a lifetime of physical and mental damage, a fact ignored by psychiatrists.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 23.5 million persons aged 12 or older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol abuse problem in 2009 (9.3 percent of persons aged 12 or older). Of these, only 2.6 million—11.2 percent of those who needed treatment—received it at a specialty facility. And those who do get "professional" treatment are often prescribed psychotropic drugs.

Contrary to what the public has been led to believe, the prevailing theories concerning serotonin and serotonin-effecting drugs did not originate from either doctors or scientists. They began life as intensive pharmaceutical marketing programs, which promoted fabricated scientific facts so successfully that they became facts in the minds of doctors, regulators and the general public. Understanding modern serotonin science requires a psychological study of Mass Manipulation.


I think there is a good argument to be made that some substantial percentage of the depression epidemic is manufactured by the medical/pharmaceutical industry. 

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Spiritual Wounds


One of the greatest human problems is the idea that "I am not good enough." This issue affects each of us to some degree and to that extent we are all wounded.

Emotional wounds are one of the most common reasons for human suffering. It is an inner rawness and hurt that doesn't seem to go away. It is like an infection, an inner wound that has festered.

Someone may begin to think that perhaps what happened to them, was deserved because of something they did or the way that they were. They may find it easy to lash out at people who love them, and have done them no harm, and to even blame God for troubles and hardships. Then it is a spiritual wound and demons seem to keep coming back to torment the person.

The result is inner turmoil, and a desire to escape or suppress reality. This can be in the form of overeating, drinking, smoking, porn, spending binges, etc. When a person indulges in escapism, addictions can form, and open the door to spirits of addiction, which makes the addictions hard to break.

A bad temper is a common symptom. It becomes easy to lash out or have sudden outbursts of anger, hate, resentment, etc. It can be difficult to deal with everyday chores and responsibilities or to fully feel and receive love or to be in a one-sided relationship where you felt as if you were the one doing all the giving, all the caring, while receiving nothing in return?

Codependency is associated with providing care for and rescuing others in order to quell feelings of inadequacy and shame and gain external approval and validation.

"The Blues" is one of the most popular musical forms, and is also a way of life for many people. The term blues may have come from "blue devils", meaning melancholy and sadness associated with the intense visual hallucinations that can accompany severe alcohol withdrawal. It represents the world of harsh reality: a lost love, cruelty, oppression, and hard times.
 
Maudlin is an adjective: to be tearfully or weakly emotional; foolishly sentimental or effusively sad or full of self-pity; extremely sentimental. When a person indulges in escapism, addictions can form which are hard to overcome.

Transcendence means "going beyond." It is the act of surpassing usual limits. Although death is certain we have the innate ability to think about perfection or bliss. In a way to imagine what lies beyond a boundary is to have already transcended it.

The difference between what we think and what we feel is the essence of the human condition. Perception is unique to every individual and is simply one's interpretation of reality. The phrase "Is the glass half empty or half full" can be understood also as the basic philosophical question. The  question demonstrates that the situation may be seen in different ways depending on one's point of view and that there may be opportunity in the situation as well as trouble.  Any particular situation could be a cause for optimism (half full) or pessimism (half empty), or as a  test to determine an individual's worldview.

Transcendence represents the unfolding of a personal style. In religion, transcendence is the concept that there is perfection beyond all things human or physical. Mystical experience is thought of as a particularly advanced state of self-transcendence, in which the sense of a separate self is abandoned.

Perhaps the soul is the self, the "I" that inhabits the body and acts through it. Without the soul, the body is like a light bulb without electricity. With the introduction of the soul, the body acquires life, sight and hearing, thought and speech, intelligence and emotions, will and desire, personality and identity.

Even among the animals who live in groups, the strongest usually have the most babies. It is nature's way of insuring species survival. But the strongest are also likely to be the most aggressive. Since humans invented weapons, the idea that "might makes right" is a problem. The more lethal weapons become, the bigger the problem. And the problem has reached the point where a few could destroy all.

So it is obvious that we need to pay more attention to the difference between strong and wise. On the one hand we are wired to praise, admire, emulate, and elect strong leaders.

On the other hand those who are for peace, kindness and thoughtfulness may seem old-fashioned and irrelevant. The popular belief that religion is the cause of the world’s bloodiest conflicts is central to our modern conviction that faith and politics should never mix.

Once combatants are convinced that God is on their side, compromise becomes unlikely and cruelty knows no bounds. This fanatical bigotry has spawned terrible theocracies. The result has been that secularism evolved organically.

But the separation of religion and politics has seen a substitution of religion with economic interests. This fundamental reallocation of authority has delivered science into the hands of the greedy and resulted in a moral vacuum.

Unconstrained robber barons have embodied secularism at its very worst and have also fostered fundamentalist movements rooted in a profound fear of annihilation. When secularization has been applied by force, it has provoked a fundamentalist reaction – and history shows that fundamentalist movements which come under attack invariably grow even more extreme.

The "One Percent", refers to the tiny percentage of people who control most of the wealth. And divide between the wealthy and the poor is greater that ever before and growing alarmingly.

Plutocracy is a country or society governed by the wealthy. An autocratic power grab is underway to enthrone corporate power and moneyed elites to rule unilaterally over our government, economy, and environment. There’s nothing conservative about that.

For decades, big corporations have wreaked havoc on our democracy from impoverishing the working class, profiting off military conflicts, poisoning the environment and food supply and taking over public schools. Perhaps, their most destructive target is the broken political system.

Religion and even morality apparently have simply been set aside and ignored. Global plutocracy has the appearance of being potentially the greatest threat humans have ever known. Perhaps it will distract us from our private concerns and turn our attention to the greater good.


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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Self-Help Audio


The your mind is like an iceberg - your conscious mind is the 10% on the surface, but the more powerful, larger area of the mind is the subconscious part, and it is capable of picking up information you are not always consciously aware of. It takes in this subliminal information and stores it within your mind, and with enough exposure you can make changes to your belief systems, ways of thinking, habits, and more.

There is lots of research into subliminal audio and subliminal technology generally, and it is becoming more and more accepted - not as an alternative to medical care or the advice of a doctor, but as a tool which really does penetrate into the subconscious mind and can be used to help you to overcome problems and help you to reach your goals easier. The process is effective to help get rid of bad habits and embrace good habits -- quit smoking, loose weight, sleep, self-motivation, get better grades in school, etc.

Subliminal audio messages have really been growing in popularity largely due to commendation from some of the world's leading self-help personalities including speakers from the hit movie “The Secret.” Subliminal audio uses positive affirmations,  picked up and processed by your subconscious mind. A recent review of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies shows that subliminal stimuli activate specific regions of the brain despite participants being unaware.[2]

There are various commercial programs using hypnosis or embedded sound frequency, just on the edge of human hearing levels. But repetition of ordinary audio can also make it’s way into our minds, especially when used during sleep or just before or after sleeping. We are more open to suggestion during transitional state from wakefulness to sleep.

Using the internet to improve the quality of your life keeps easier and more affordable. There are various Ultra Compact MP3 Players that Support MicroSD which is a type of removable flash memory card used for storing information. SD is an abbreviation of Secure Digital, and microSD cards are sometimes referred to as µSD or uSD[1] . The cards are used in newer types of portable media players, digital audio players, expandable USB flash drives.

To date it is the smallest memory card that can be bought; at 15 mm × 11 mm × 1 mm (about the size of a fingernail), it is about a quarter of the size of a normal-sized SD card.[2] There are adapters that make the small microSD able to fit in devices that have slots for standard SD, miniSD, Memory Stick Duo card, and even USB. Many microSD cards sold on the internet and in stores have a standard SD adapter, so that people can use them in devices that take standard SD but not microSD cards.

Small MP3 players can easily fit under a pillow or in a shirt pocket and can cost just a few dollars. The memory cards hold from 2 to 32 GB of audio files, and even a small one can hold many hours of  audio files. And these inexpensive fingernail sized memory cards are easy to pop out and replace so you can save your older ones and build an audio library or share with friends.

An auxiliary audio cable will allow your to plug your MP3 player into an amplifier and most newer radios and stereo systems.and some DvD players.

Also there are various software programs, some are free, to download, edit, and manage audio files. And there are plug-ins for your web browser to save/convert YouTube videos to audio, etc.


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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Lynne McTaggart


Lynne McTaggart is an American lecturer, journalist, author, and publisher. She is the author of sevral popular books, including The Intention Experiment and The Field. According to her author profile, she has become a primary spokesperson on consciousness and the new physics.

The Intention Experiment is a series of web-based experiments with Lynne McTaggart and leading scientists around the world to test the power of our thoughts to change the physical world.
In her book The Field, McTaggart asserts that the universe is unified by an interactive field, based on apparent misunderstandings of physics.[8] The book has been translated into fourteen languages.[6] In a later book, The Intention Experiment, she discusses research in the field of human consciousness which she says supports the theory that "the universe is connected by a vast quantum energy field" and can be influenced by thought. Michael Shermer states that this belief is contradicted by conflicting evidence (e.g. studies on intercessory prayer).[9]

The Field has been called ‘the seminal book of the New Age’ – the first book to synthesize all the discoveries from frontier quantum physicists about the nature of consciousness into a unified theory, comprehensive to the ordinary layman.

The book is also an exciting, compelling read, a scientific detective story. It is the number one read for anyone interested in paradigm shift, the nature of consciousness, the so-called ‘paranormal’. The book has been applauded by notables such a Sir Arthur C. Clarke; and  Dr Wayne Dyer, called it “the most profound and enlightening book I have ever read.”

McTaggart has a personal-development program called "Living The Field" which is based on an interpretation of the zero point field as applied to quantum mechanics. She appears in the extended version of the movie What the Bleep Do We Know!?,[10] (2004).

    "The notion that science and spirituality are somehow mutually exclusive does a disservice to both."   -Carl Sagan

The relationship between religion and science has been a subject of study since classical antiquity, addressed by philosophers, theologians, scientists, and others. McTaggart's ideas about “uniting science and spirituality” has ruffled some feathers as some members of the old school simply refuse the possibility. But evidence is steadily growing that this may well be the theme of a whole new paradigm.

Some believe that the most important discovery ever to made in the world of physics was Einstein's theory of relativity and his famous equation E = mc2. The equation reveals that 1 kilogram of matter corresponds to 25,000,000,000 kWh of energy, which could power a town for 3 years or a car for 100,000 years. The equation shows that energy and matter are different manifestations of the same thing. It shows that there is only one substance "energy-matter", which has a dual nature and can manifest as energy or matter. The same can be said about light, which can either display the behavior of a wave or the behaviour of a particle.

Studies on the rotation of stars around galaxies have shown that 96% of the universe is unaccounted for. This dark energy is a hypothetical form of energy which permeates all of space and has strong negative pressure, which explains the accelerating expansion of the universe. It is a relatively new concept that forms part of the "Standard Model", which states that the universe is composed of approximately 4% visible matter, 23% dark matter and 73% dark energy.

Some people believe that dark matter and energy is the energy-matter is implied in the higher planes of Hindu and Buddhist cosmologies and the hidden spatial dimensions of string theory. Physicist Paul Wesson and his team at the University of Waterloo in Canada have calculated that our entire universe could be the inside of a higher-dimensional black hole.

The Kabbalah has a term to describe "Ain Soph Aur" as the infinite light; the infinite energy that manifests our universe. The ancient terms directly correspond to those used in modern physics, so once again science is catching up with ancient spiritual knowledge.

Hopefully our conceptions of both physical and spiritual reality may be set for a quantum leap.

Lynne McTaggart.com
Lynne McTaggart on YouTube
Lynne McTaggart - audio files


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Brainwaves


There are at least five different brain waves – beta which we operate in most of the time, alpha which is an aware yet relaxed state, theta which is a deeply relaxed internal state that is often a product of REM sleep but can also be entered into through tasks that are so automatic they don’t engage our immediate attention such a driving or taking a shower.  Delta Brain waves are even slower than theta and our found in deep sleep.  Finally we have Gamma brain waves which science has only recently discovered and we continue to learn more about.

Gamma presents itself as where we knit everything together into a broader picture.  While meditation, in its various forms,  typically takes the practitioner into either alpha or theta brain waves, it is now believed that leaps of intuition or creative bursts occur when the brain moves into gamma.

For some time now we have known that there is a cross-over state between alpha and theta that appears to be a great source of creativity.  Much of Mozart’s music was found to take one to this Alpha-Theta cross-over state of being.  And it has been well documented that this brainwave state has a positive impact on the brain development of the young.  In this state one is beginning to access the sub-conscious mind as well as the conscious.

Energy healing modalities, such as Reiki, use alpha brain waves.  Music that promotes the alpha state is used in super-learning technologies as well as relaxation and meditation. In the last 15 years a form of energy healing with theta brain waves has also received a lot of publicity.  Practitioners are being taught to quickly achieve a meditative Theta Brain wave state while waking, use it to access and make changes in the subconscious. They combine this practice with the of principles of Quantum Physics to achieve amazing results.

There are several ways to achieve these alpha and theta states.  One is through music.  Sitting quietly and listening to specially prepared music will take you rapidly to an alpha state and to even to a theta state.  Those with extensive experience in meditation go to a theta state as do some of the people who have been training in the theta energy healing processes.  It is believed that when energy healing occurs in these states what is happening is a moving back and forth between the theta and the gamma state.   Whether you desire to do energy healing with your meditation or just to find calm and peace, the alpha – theta state is the one you’ll visit as you relax.

Theta Meditation is easy to do and may offer profound benefits such as quietening down the mental chatter; deep relaxation and release the stress; improved health and clearer mind; and rejuvenation on many levels.

Hemispheric Synchronization refers to a state when the brainwave pattern of the left and right brain hemispheres become similar. The right hemisphere is associated more with emotions and creativity while the left is associated more with logic and speech. Increased levels of synchronization are found naturally with experienced meditators and people who have found ways of becoming highly content with their lives.  If the two hemispheres are synchronized, the person issaid to be healthier, happier, more optimistic, more emotionally stable, less prone to mental disorders, clearer in the mind, more energized.


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