Saturday, September 22, 2018

The Secret Formula for Becoming an Elite Athlete

The take home is that far too much is invested before the mid teens. I think that is somewhat correct, but i also think that we truly miss an important opportunity commencing with the onset of puberty and the closely associated growth spurt.  That spurt can be nurtured and guided to produce an optimized body able then to jump start many other sports disciplines.
It will also be easily sustainable throughout one's life and that is a huge benefit. 

After that bit of tweaking, it still boils down to having the right physical combination and the support as this story makes rather clear.

The Secret Formula for Becoming an Elite Athlete

Research finds that plenty of play and delayed specialization help create elite athletes

Specializing in a specific sport at an early age is not necessary to become an Olympic athlete. In fact, the opposite is true. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

By Nicole W. Forrester, Ryerson University

August 22, 2018 Updated: August 22, 2018

The next Olympics are less than two years away and for many athletes the Games in Tokyo will be the pinnacle event of their career. Aspiring Olympians strive to compete on the world’s largest sporting stage, but only a few will ever realize that goal.

While anatomical and physiological factors clearly play a role in the development of a super-elite athlete, there are other critical components necessary to achieve success.

So, just how does somebody become an Olympian? As an Olympian and former world-class high jumper, I know that hard work and dedication are just part of the formula for success.

It is not uncommon for coaches, parents, and athletes to believe that specializing in a sport at an early age is the secret ingredient to becoming a world-class athlete—especially when you consider the success of athletes like Tiger Woods and Rafael Nadal, who excelled in their sports at an early age. However, research exploring elite athlete development suggests their chosen path is less common than the typical case.
The 10,000-Hour Myth

In addition to the belief that starting early is a path to success, the popularity of the 10,000-hour rule has given rise to the belief that a certain numeric value of time must be acquired for an individual to become an expert.

The 10,000-hour rule is a fallacy that has been taken out of context, neglecting the most significant research findings by Swedish psychologist Anders Ericsson.

In that seminal study into the development of expertise in musicians, Ericsson and colleagues found talent to be the result of “deliberate practice” that occurred over a span of 10 years—or approximately 10,000 hours for some individuals. The study stated the concept of deliberate practice was more important than any magical number.

Deliberate practice is a highly structured activity requiring intense effort and is not inherently enjoyable. It is not about training and clocking in the hours of practice. Rather, it is about being immersed in the action at hand, with the end goal of improving one’s performance. In fact, the acquisition of expertise has been achieved with as few as 4,000 hours of deliberate practice.

Testing the theory of deliberate practice and 10,000 hours, Dan McLaughlin, at the age of 30, quit his job and began to learn how to golf with the hopes of achieving his PGA Tour card. He reached a golf handicap of two by the summer of 2018.

The Importance of Play

Musicians, athletes, and other people in other fields pursuing excellence appear to share the need for deliberate practice. However, sport also requires the unique element of deliberate play—arguably just as important as deliberate practice.

Deliberate play is intrinsically motivating unstructured play in sport, designed to provide a high degree of enjoyment. An example of deliberate play is a group of kids playing shiny instead of an organized hockey game. Ice time and positions are not structured by an adult, and kids of different ages and skills play against each other for the sake of fun.

On the surface, deliberate play may not appear to provide immediate benefits in the advancement of an athlete’s ability. The real benefits of deliberate play are actually realized later in an athlete’s development.

Deliberate play provides a breadth of cognitive and motor experiences while supporting an athlete’s later involvement in deliberate practice activities. Most importantly, it is fun and keeps children enjoying sports. The most common reason youths drop out of sport is that it is no longer fun. That means the best way to ensure your child drops out of sport is to force them to specialize at an early age.

In a study exploring the amount of training time elite hockey players acquired, researchers from Queen’s University found that by the age of 20, an equal amount of time was shared between deliberate play and deliberate practice.
Sport Specific Versus Multiple Sports

There is also a myth that participating in many different sports is not advantageous in advancing an athletes’ ability. By engaging in various sports, athletes are able to develop a breadth of skills transferable to their eventual primary sport. In fact, researchers have found elite athletes spent less time training in their primary sport before the age of 15 compared to their less successful counterparts.

Sports researchers use something called the development model of sport participation to study elite athletes. The model shows that having a diverse sports background does not hinder the performance of elite athletes.

Athletes who develop skills in one sport are able to transfer those skills to another seemingly different sport and still reap the gains. For example, a child who has played soccer may have developed the skill of reading the field of play. This skill is also applicable and transferable to a sport like basketball, where that same athlete must learn to read plays on the court.

Recognizing the progression of athlete development, the Long-Term Athlete Development model is a framework enacted by sport organizations to promote skill learning in accordance to human development. (Sport for Life Society) In the initial phase of the development model, termed the sampling years, athletes are introduced to various sports with a focus on having fun and deliberate play. In their teens, athletes enter the specializing years and begin to reduce their involvement in numerous sports. In this phase, the element of having fun is still important and coupled with the introduction of intentional effort.

As athletes advance in age (approximately 15 years and older), they enter the investment years and begin to focus on a primary sport. It is here where deliberate practice plays a larger role and the role of deliberate play lessons.

While this model is not intended to be the universal approach to developing sport expertise for all athletes, it certainly provides a framework for recognizing the integral role of deliberate play, deliberate practice, and diversification in sport play.

It is worth noting that other factors, such as one’s date of birth)and the size of their town, have also been associated with predicting elite athlete development. These cases highlight the role that environment plays in an athlete’s development.
Sometimes Luck Plays a Role

And then there’s the element of luck, which was a factor in my own athletic career.

Author Nicole Forrester, seen here competing at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, didn’t start high jumping until she was 18 years old. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz) I was almost 18 when a track and field coach saw me and my tall, lean physique working at McDonald’s and gave me the phone number of a high jump coach at the University of Toronto. That fateful day led me to become a member of 20 national teams, an eight-time Canadian champion, an Olympian and a multi-medalist on various major Games, spanning a career more than 15 years.

I attribute my quick progression in the high jump to the various sports I played growing up. Had I started specializing in my sport at an earlier age, I doubt I would have lasted for as long as I did or had the same level of success.

The path to becoming an Olympian requires a mixture of important ingredients that may vary according to the sport and the individual athlete. Ultimately, for many, the path is navigated through deliberate play and involvement in various sports, developed through a commitment of deliberate practice, and reinforced by support, resources, motivation, and effort.

Most importantly, in sports where peak performance occurs after maturation, early sport specialization is not the answer to becoming a super elite athlete.

How “Deliverance” changed the way that we play

How “Deliverance” changed the way that we play

Somehow i lived through all this and barely noticed, except that i was already out there and had lived it during my childhood growing up in a nineteenth century farmhouse on a nineteenth century farm.  That urban children would want those same experiences never occurred to me.

Yet it all revolved around this one movie.

Human deliverance is bound with this meme and will ultimately engulf the planet.. After all the entire of human knowledge and access to all humanity is available today on my cell phone.  We all need to arise in the morning and put in a shift of four hours working with nature and communing with it at the same instance.

How “Deliverance” changed the way that we play
Creek men and women joke that we were out wandering through the woods as soon as we could walk.  Learning how to wear shoes came later!  My “later” came at age 10 when I stepped, barefoot, on a broken Coca Cola bottle.  However, that was not how most people in the United States played and lived before 1972,  when “Deliverance” was released to the world.

Part Five of the Series on “Deliverance” and the enigma of Burt Reynolds
(Includes excerpts taken from © The Lord of Cumberland by Richard L. Thornton)
Journalists, movie-reviewers and bloggers today just don’t get it!  The author of Deliverance, James Dickey, was for his day a social radical. The mere act of four businessmen putting a canoe in a Southern Appalachian river was highly unusual.  Just seeing someone in a canoe in a river would cause traffic on a highway to stop and watch.  The North Carolina and Georgia Mountains were formerly deserted from the end of October to early May.  Most Southerners were terrified of being on a mountain highway, if it snowed . . .   and on a mountain river, anytime of year.  

Construction of some ski resorts in North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, plus Alpine Helen, GA in the 1960s had begun to draw some winter time visitors, but the economic bases of virtually all towns in the region were textile and lumber mills.  All of these plants would be closed within a couple of years after the signing of the North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA) at the end of the George W. Bush presidency in 1992.  However, the tri-lateral treaty was actually proposed by Ronald Reagan in 1981.

Dickey was from the South Carolina Low Country, but as a teen, lived for a few years in the Cherry Log Creek area of Gilmer County, GA.  The Cherry Creek Valley is between Ellijay and Blue Ridge.  This is where he fell in love with the Appalachians.  In fact, his most famous poem, Cherry Log Road, was inspired by after school afternoon trysts in an old abandoned car with a local mountain gal.  You can watch him read the poem at the end of this article.

This love of the mountains soon transcended into a love of whitewater canoeing.  His favorite canoeing river was the Coosawattee River, which was near Cherry Log.  Dicky was horrified when local Boss Hogg’s produced enough political pressure to get approval for Carters Dam, which would back up the Coosawattee River and Talking Rock Creek, plus cover MANY nationally significant Native American town sites.  The creation of Carters Dam was the inspiration for the book.  Completion of the dam and the book were concurrent. Oh, did we mention that at the time Carters Dam was the largest earthen dam in the world and that it was built over a fault line in an active earthquake zone?

The Back to Nature Movement

In 1970, if a young man had asked the typical young lady to go hiking in the National Forest or canoeing on a mountain river with some friends, she would have quickly punched the “weird” button . . . and claimed to have other plans.  Two years later, she would have punched the “cool dude” or “man of my dreams” button . . . especially if she has already gone to see “Deliverance.”   In fact, I distinctly remember asking an Emory University coed for a first date in 1970, in which we would eat at the Smith House Restaurant in Dahlonega then look at the spring flowers and waterfalls along the highway to Blood Mountain.  She laughed at me and told me to find some hick girl for such an outing.

Within a couple of years after the release of “Deliverance,” many young people had “coupled up” and moved to the mountains or at least some fertile valley to live off the land.  Yes, the change in values was that sudden.  After I temporarily settled into the abandoned chicken house near Track Rock Gap, I was astonished to encounter many of my classmates from high school, who had been living in the mountains since the mid-1970s.

One of my cousins received his Masters degree in Computer Science from Georgia State University in Downtown Atlanta then soon, along with his new bride, was running a cow dairy farm in the Northwest Georgia Mountains.  He eventually owned a livestock and feed store then became a county agricultural agent then a professor of Agricultural Science at the University of Tennessee.  Two years after I received my Masters in Urban Planning from Georgia State, my bride and I were restoring an old mountain farm in the Reems Creek Valley, north of Asheville.  We soon would start the second state-licensed goat cheese creamery in the United States and later the first federally-licensed goat cheese creamery in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.  All along, I was a full- time architect and urban designer, but my heart was in Nature and farming.  Yes . . . that meant long hours of work after the architecture work was done.

One of my classmates, who was studying Industrial Science, started the Atlanta Area’s first outdoor recreation, camping and canoeing store after watching Deliverance just before graduation.  Yes, that’s right.  At the time in 1971, when Deliverance was filmed, there is was not a single store in Georgia that specialized in outdoor recreation . . . other than hunting and fishing.   Prior to then, if you wanted a tent or canoe, you could either buy it from Sears or Western Auto or else order it by mail from a catalogue.  My fraternity brother openly admitted that the big change in his life occurred the day we first skipped afternoon classes to go watch the filming of Deliverance on the Chattooga River.

These are images of Midtown made while on a class assignment.  I was required to take two photography classes prior to going to Mexico.

A disdain for the Hippie Movement

The Hippie Movement began in San Francisco, but by the time that James Dickey was teaching English Literature at Georgia Tech in 1969, the nation’s largest Hippie Colony (30,000+) was in Midtown Atlanta, across the Downtown Expressway from Georgia Tech.  Dickey had nothing good to say about what was happening across the expressway.  It was an artificial circus in which most participants play-acted by putting on gaudy clothing and proclaiming an anti-materialistic lifestyle, fueled by a wide range of drugs. Like a 24 hour a day, seven day a week carnival, the sidewalks were packed with people . . . a dozen rock bands and a legend of guitars blending together in the background.  The reality was a parade of drug-overdoses, murders, rapes, mental breakdowns, unwanted pregnancies and disillusionment.  

Dickey told us that mankind was never meant to be packed together like rats at war with nature.  Even though he, himself, was an alcoholic, he was especially condemning of the use of hard drugs to gain enlightenment.  He said that his high was obtained by being on a mountain river.  Little by little, as he showed us color slides of the mountains and the South Atlantic Coast, we began to understand what he was saying.  Many of the things he told Georgia Tech students would appear two years later in the words spoken by characters in Deliverance.

Teotihuacan – Cerro Gordo in the background.  I started walking northward immediately after taking this color slide.
A little over a year after I last heard James Dickey share his worldview with students, I was standing in the plaza in front of the Pyramid of the Moon at Teotihuacan.  Something happened on a sunny June morning in Mexico.  I suddenly had the urge to break free of the un-natural constraints put on me by “civilization” . . . just as Dickey described.   I saw the mountaintop of Cerro Gordo looming in the background and wanted to be there.   Without a canteen or a map, I marched over the Pyramid of the Moon and down the forbidden other side then continued northward across an ancient landscape, covered in broken pottery and stone tools.  It was the first time that I had hiked in the countryside since age 14, when I was a Senior Patrol Leader and Eagle Scout with a Boy Scout troop.  That love of nature had been concealed by the attraction for girls, football, girls, sock hops, parties, girls, good times, plus becoming a man and a professional architect.  Now it was back and there to stay.  By the end of the summer, I was hiking alone in the jungles of Central America, with nothing to protect me but the fearlessness of youth and a US Navy K-bar knife.  My life would never been the same.  I had gone down my own Coosahatchee River.

Looking back all those years ago,  I still can’t decide if James Dickey’s book and movie changed the world we knew or if Dickey somehow sensed that the world was about to change and so wrote a book about it.  Mother Earth News Magazine was first published exactly when the book,  Deliverance, was first published.  Whatever the case, there is was an instantaneous change in North America and Western Europe after Deliverance wowed the movie theaters in the spring of 1972.  Young people started viewing hiking, canoeing and camping in groups as the most preferred form of casual dating.  Suddenly,  one began seeing more and more people on the Appalachian Trail during the winter and early spring. Department stores drastically expanded their selection of camping equipment and supplies.  Stores, specializing in outdoor activities other than hunting and fishing sprang up all over the nation.  Politicians suddenly began approving construction of more hiking trails and canoe access sites for rivers.  State and national parks had to expand their camping facilities. 

Soon the next phase appeared.  After spending so much time in the wilderness, hundreds of thousands of young people decided that they wanted to live with nature all the time.   They would live off the land and grow their own food.  They bought canoes and trail bikes.  Some gave up after one season. Recognizing that the Southern Highlands contained the greatest concentration of these “Back-to-the-Landers,  Mother Earth News moved to Hendersonville, NC in 1979 and established an experimental “Eco-village.”  In our section of the mountains, farmsteaders were highly organized socially.  Almost every weekend, we held potluck dinners, musical jam sessions, volleyball matches, picnics or dance parties. The skilled farmers, especially those with Native American roots, stayed on the land throughout that decade . . . until the first child came.  

Then young couples discovered that doctors, hospitals, supermarkets, car dealers and tax collectors were not interested in bartering organic vegetables in lieu of cash.  There was a horrific recession  during the first two years of the Reagan Administration (1981-82) that was instigated by the interest on loans being allowed to rise to as much as 23%.   Many middle class entrepreneurs went bankrupt, while still running successful agribusinesses, because they couldn’t pay the interest.   That recession pretty much permanently ended the widespread involvement of middle class families in entrepreneurship and speculative agribusiness.  Some Back-to-the-Landers stayed on the land, but drove into town to work at conventional jobs, which would pay for their rural lifestyle.  A few were able to expand their original pioneer efforts into commercial businesses such as smoked trout factories, licensed cheese creameries, large organic farms and rural industrial plants for canning preserves, etc.   The joy of being part of thousands of young people, taking part in the Back-To-The-Land Revolution, was gone. 

Photobiology: How Therapeutic Use of Full-Spectrum Light Can Improve Your Health


This has received zero coverage and it really needs to be properly debated and better understood.

At the very least, all multi residential buildings need to have a public solarium in which folks can receive the sun or alternately use sun lamps as well. Ultimately it is not a lot of space and that same space can be also used for some gym equipment as well.  It can also be easily retrofitted onto the roof as well.

This could easily become a prime selling point on new condo builds.  Unlike pools and most spa oriented hardware, the upkeep can be minimal.

Photobiology: How Therapeutic Use of Full-Spectrum Light Can Improve Your Health

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

Photobiology is the scientific study of the interaction between light and living organisms, and specifically, the therapeutic use of light to improve health and treat disease.
In the interview featured below, Dr. Alexander Wunsch, a physician, researcher and one of the leading experts in photobiology, explains the modern significance of photobiology. In this article we will also look at the historical development of photobiology, to help you get a better appreciation of its incredible healing potential.
I recently interviewed Dr. Wunsch about the dangers of light-emitting diode (LED) lighting. That interview has been viewed nearly three-quarters of a million times at this point. If you haven’t seen it already, please take a look, as that interview went into some very practical, real world aspects of photobiology.
Historical Use of Light Therapy

Light has been used therapeutically for thousands of years. In ancient Egypt, we know that sunlight was used for hygienic purposes, and once humans began manufacturing glass, it also became possible to produce colored light using colored glass as filter technology.
Humans have not only evolved to adapt to sunlight but also to the influence of fire — near-infrared and mid-infrared radiation that is very low in in the blue range wavelength, which is also emitted by incandescent light sources. An important point that needs to be understood is that the human retina is not designed to be exposed to blue light at night. As humans evolved, we were ever only exposed to fire light at night. This is why it’s so crucial to block blue light, particularly at night, but also during the daytime when the light is emitted from artificial sources. Incandescent and halogen lights are acceptable as they produce near-infrared wavelengths, however LEDs are best avoided, since they’re virtually devoid of these healing near-infrared wavelengths, primarily emitting blue light — the effects of which we will explore here.
Around the turn of the 18th century, light began to be used therapeutically to treat illness.
“I call the time before the 18th century the ‘mystical phase’ of light use, because humans already had clear indications that light does them good, but they didn’t explore it in a scientific manner,” Wunsch says.
“In the 18th century — we also call it ‘the age of enlightenment’ — people became much more interested in the reasons why the occurrences happen around them.”
The First Phototherapeutic Device

Andreas Gärtner, known as the “Saxonian Archimedes,” built the first phototherapeutical device. It was a foldable hollow mirror made from wood and plaster, covered with gold leaf. Using this, he could concentrate sunlight onto aching joints of patients. People suffering from arthritis, rheumatism and gout found pain relief from this phototherapeutical unit.
Today, we can explain how this device worked without causing a phototoxic reaction or burns. The gold leaf actually absorbs all of the ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight, emitting luminous heat rays in the near-infrared and red wavelengths, which is beneficial because it can penetrate deeply into the tissue.
“It’s interesting that UV behaves quite peculiar in combination with certain metals. For example, silver only reflects about 4 percent of the incident UV radiation. Gold almost absorbs all the parts. The best reflector for UV is aluminum.
When we talk about phototherapy, besides the heliotherapeutic application, we always have to look at the light source, and we have to look at the beam shaping media, such as the reflector or lenses, because they all contribute to the final blend of wavelengths, which then come into action in the phototherapeutical intervention,” Wunsch explains.
The Science of Light in the 19th Century

In the late 19th century, we started gaining a great deal of knowledge about how light acts on the human body. It started with the experiments of A. Downes and T.P. Blunt, who discovered that UV radiation kills bacteria. Researchers were also interested in other parts in the optical spectrum.
General Augustus Pleasonton published “Influence of the Blue Ray of the Sunlight” in 1876 in which he described experiments performed between 1861 and 1876.
He grew grapes for wine, using not only transparent colorless glass, but also blue window glass. With the latter, he got a significant increase in plant growth. Later, he performed similar experiments on humans.
“People in the late 19th century, especially in the United States, would walk around with blue glasses. In a way, they did exactly the opposite of what we do today to protect our eyesight… They even enhanced the blue part of the spectrum because they used it as a kind of booster, a kind of doping, and didn’t care about the long-term effects, which are pretty negative …”
Wearing blue-colored glasses increases the blue exposure and limits the red and infrared. The problem with that is that while short-term use of blue-enriched light has an activating effect, you can quickly develop a tolerance and, long-term, the stimulating effect is harmful to your biology. Hence, wearing blue-tinted glasses on a daily basis is not a good idea.
“You can use them for a few minutes. This can be a good idea. From today’s scientific viewpoint, we need at least one hour of unfiltered daylight [each day] during adolescence in order to prevent myopia. But it’s not pure blue, and not pure blocking. Somewhere in between is the golden pathway to health.”
Reinventing the Wheel

The same year General Pleasonton published his book on blue light experiments, Dr. Seth Pancoast published “Blue and Red Light: Light and Its Rays as Medicine,” covering both blue and red light experiments. Pancoast understood the antagonistic effect of red and blue light, using red light to stimulate sympathetic activity and blue light to stimulate parasympathetic activity.
A year later, in 1878, a year before Edison invented the incandescent lamp, Dr. Edwin Dwight Babbitt published “Principles of Light and Color.” He used the full set of rainbow colors discovered by Newton, and later on used the color set of Goethe. The book is about 800 pages long, but for those with an interest in photobiology, it’s a treasure trove.
“Today in medicine, we start to reinvent what they already knew or what they already found out in the late 19th century — that the colors have specific effects on our health, on our organism. Using the correct colors means you can communicate with all your different organs in your system,” Wunsch explains.
According to Dr. Wunsch, Dr. Babbitt’s tome covers everything we’re currently rediscovering about photobiology and phototherapy. Babbitt even presented information about how atoms are frequency and oscillation.
With regards to the use of colored light, Babbitt used a kind of bottle shaped as a lens. By adding a salt solution, he produced different colors. He then focused colored light on different parts of the human body. Like Pleasonton and Pancoast before him, Babbitt produced therapeutic results using colored light. Wunsch explains:
“The problem was that it’s very difficult to reproduce these effects, starting with the problem that the sun doesn’t always shine… They were pioneers in chromotherapy in a time where electrical lighting was not available… People, in a way, had better circadian rhythm without electrical lighting. But in terms of scientific precision with regard to producing colored light, they had worse conditions than we have. Today, we can exactly produce the same colors anytime, during the day and during the year.”
Dr. Mercola Interviews Dr. Alexander Wunsch About Photobiology

Treating Disease With Light

In 1897, Dinshah Ghadiali, an India native who lived out the second half of his life in the United States, rescued the life of a patient using Babbitt’s instructions. The patient had colitis, an inflammatory disease of the intestines. Dinshah knew, from reading “Principles of Light and Color,” that indigo colored light could stop vomiting and break the disease process. This started a new chapter in chromotherapy, and Dinshah experimented with colored light for more than 23 years before he presented his system to the public.
Another chromotherapy pioneer during the late 19th century was Niels Ryberg Finsen in Denmark. He was the first to make a discrimination between negative phototherapy and a positive phototherapy. He used a very specific red light to treat small pox patients. He removed the short wavelength part of the spectrum, especially the ultraviolet, violet, indigo and blue, leaving the colors located in the longer wavelength of the light spectrum.
“You can be 100 percent sure that if you paint a room completely in red and you’re using red curtains and red tissue or cloth, that you would have 100 percent elimination of blue. The short wavelength part, the blue and the indigo, was the reason for the inflammatory reaction in patients with small pox,” Wunsch explains.
“Finsen … reinvented the negative phototherapy, which means you eliminate certain parts of the spectrum, which would exaggerate the development of a disease … This observation — that the short wavelength in the spectrum would amplify the inflammatory reaction in small pox — led him to the idea that light acts as an incitement. It is able to produce the inflammatory reaction. In small pox, this would be a problem. But he was thinking about the treatment of tuberculosis.
In treating tuberculosis, his idea was if he could produce the inflammation in the tissue, then the body would be able to cure itself. This is what he finally developed: the positive phototherapy, which means he produced exactly this part in the spectrum he formerly wanted to exclude. Using the short wavelength part enabled him to very successfully treat tuberculosis, especially in the skin … His idea was to use electric light …  
In the late years of the 1890s, he established the Finsen Institute in Copenhagen and successfully treated patients with tuberculosis from all over the world. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology in 1903. This was one of the most important persons in the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century.”
Phototherapy Becomes State of the Art Medicine

Finsen’s work fueled the progress of phototherapy for the next several decades. From 1900 to 1950, phototherapy was a state of the art therapeutic intervention in medicine. Remember, Finsen effectively treated tuberculosis nearly 50 years before the advent of pharmacological medication. There really was no treatment for tuberculosis prior to light therapy. Tuberculosis is a very slow-growing organism that is hard to treat. Today, patients are typically given multiple drugs to treat it.
The reason light works for tuberculosis is because UV light is germicidal. This is one of the reasons why it’s useful to hang your clothes to dry outside. Exposing your laundry to sunlight kills bacteria, viruses and other microbes that might contaminate your bed linens and clothing.
The easiest way to benefit physically from the light therapy provided by the sun is to expose your bare skin to the sun on a regular basis, ideally daily. Most people rarely ever expose more than their face and hands to the sun. Indeed, one of the most important points I want to make here is that a lack of exposure to sunlight can have some really serious adverse consequences for your health.
In the late 19th century, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg invented a phototherapeutic method using red and the near-infrared rays (the luminous heat rays). He founded the Battle Creek Sanitarium, where he performed heliotherapy on patients as early as 1876. In 1891, shortly after the invention of the incandescent lamp, he filed a patent for an incandescent light bath. In the following two years, he treated thousands of patients with this light.
Kellogg exhibited his incandescent light bath system at the world exhibition in Chicago in 1893, where it caught the attention of German chemist Dr. Willibald Gebhardt. Gebhardt visited Kellogg at the Battle Creek Sanitarium, where he learned all about its use, and then brought the technology and knowledge back to Berlin. Over the next few years, Gebhardt established hundreds of light institutes throughout Germany, treating psoriasis and pain associated with gout and rheumatism. These institutes were so successful they even posed a threat to the medical community, as doctors could not provide better relief than what people were getting from self-treatment at these light institutes.
Light Therapeutics

In 1910, Kellogg published a text book called “Light Therapeutics.” It’s a seminal work that has stood the test of time, being as valuable and revolutionary today as it was back then, if not more so, considering all the knowledge we’ve lost to modern science, and are just now rediscovering. You can download the book for free at the link above. It is a great read to see what he was doing more than a century ago.
“I really would recommend this [book] to everyone who is interested in phototherapy, because this is the basic knowledge. Everything you have to know about sunlight, ultraviolet light, visible light, the near infrared, about the use of cold, the use of heat — it’s all contained in this book from John Harvey Kellogg,” Wunsch says.
“It’s still, in my understanding, the first book to read if you want to understand how light in the different parts of the spectrum interact with the organism. It’s very systematically structured … For example, everyone warns you about sunburn, but in the pre-antibiotic era, the medical doctors sometimes had to completely change the direction in a patient … Here, sunlight was one of the therapeutic options.
I would not recommend to use this today, but Kellogg describes in detail the four different stages of a sunburn. The first thing that he says is ‘Sunburn is not a burn injury. A burn injury appears immediately. And a sunburn appears with delayed time of several hours.’
He didn’t know anything about reactive oxygen species these days, but he exactly explained that there is definitely a huge difference between an immediate heat-induced burn and a kind of phototoxic reaction that you find in a sunburn.
He discriminated or described four different stages of a sunburn from one to four. Four is with blisters. One is just the mild erythema. In those days, without antibiotics, sometimes [they] deliberately chose to induce a second degree or third degree erythema in order to change the direction of the development of the health of a certain patient.”
Heliotherapy During Surgery

Dr. Oscar Bernhard, a Swiss surgeon, even used heliotherapy (i.e. sun therapy) during surgery. Bernhard was actually using sunlight even before Finsen inaugurated and popularized his method. At this time in the late 19th century, it had become apparent that as people moved from the country to the cities, rates of rickets and tuberculosis rose, and that a lack of sunlight clearly had something to do with it, eliciting more extensive exploration of light therapy. Further, Bernhard, who lived and worked in the Swiss mountains near Davos, would place his surgical patients in direct sunlight for 10 to 15 minutes, just before closing the wound. He found this significantly improved wound healing after surgery.
Another Swiss “sun doctor” was Dr. Auguste Rollier, who began treating patients using sunlight in 1905. In the 1930s and ’40s, he ran up to 40 different hospitals in Switzerland.
“Rollier only used heliotherapy,” Wunsch says. “He was convinced that artificial light cannot do the job, and that sunlight is superior. Rollier was the master of heliotherapy in these days up to the 1950s … He was treating patients [with heliotherapy for] more than 50 years, from the beginning to the mid of the 20th century …
He was a holistic physician who not only used sunlight in a very skillful manner, but also all the other options, using music and a kind of physiotherapy or work therapy. He invented a lot of different appliances, which enabled the patient to lie in their bed and do some work and be productive …
This was very important for people suffering from tuberculosis being treated in Switzerland, because it was quite expensive to stay there as a patient … He had very good results — much better compared to what we expect from tuberculosis treatment using the five-phase antibiotics treatment we have nowadays.”
This isn’t so surprising when you consider that UV light is directly germicidal to many microbes, and UVB exposure specifically helps your body produce vitamin D. In fact, vitamin D is a biological marker for UVB radiation exposure. When your body has enough, your vitamin D levels go up.
Why Vitamin D Supplements Cannot Fully Replace Sun Exposure

Today, many simply resort to taking a vitamin D supplement, but it’s naïve to believe you’re going to get the same benefits from a synthetic oral supplement as you would from natural UVB exposure. Your body is designed to produce vitamin D in response to sunlight, not through oral intake. I’m not saying you should avoid vitamin D supplements. If you cannot get enough sunlight, that’s your next best option. But the goal should not be to raise and maintain your vitamin D levels only through swallowing a pill. As Wunsch explains:

“[I]f you administer vitamin D orally, it signals your system that you have lots of UV around you. This might even start processes that are not adequate because your skin didn’t actually have the exposure. I think the best idea, if you have the skin type so that you can stand sun exposure, is that you use this natural pathway [i.e. sun exposure]. Because then you have coordinated, coherent action pathways, which are not granted [otherwise].
Another aspect that is still unclear is if orally administered vitamin D really reaches the skin layers where you normally need it as well, in the keratinocyte layer. Cathelicidin is a substance produced under the influence of vitamin D in the skin, which helps the organism to fight germs. This might be one of the reasons why the heliotherapy and the UV therapy were so efficient with regard to tuberculosis treatment.”
Candles — A Healthy Light Alternative

Candles are even better light sources than incandescent bulbs; there is no electricity involved, and candles are the lights our ancestors have used for many millennia, so our bodies are already adapted to the light they produce. The only problem is that you need to be careful about using just any old candle, as most commercially produced candles produce poisonous emissions when burned.
As you may or may not know, many candles available today are riddled with toxins, especially paraffin candles. Paraffin is a petroleum by-product created when crude oil is refined into gasoline, and a number of known carcinogens and toxins are also added to the paraffin to increase burn stability. There is also the potential that lead has been added to the wicks of your candles, and soot can invade your lungs.
To complicate matters, a lot of candles, both paraffin and soy, are corrupted with toxic dyes and fragrances; some soy candles are only partially soy with many other additives, and/or many commercial candles use GMO soy. The candles I use are non-GMO soy, which is clean burning without harmful fumes or soot, is grown in the U.S. and is both sustainable and renewable. They’re also completely free of dyes. The soy in these candles is not tested on animals, and is free of herbicides and pesticides. It’s also kosher, 100 percent natural and biodegradable. The fragrances are body safe, phthalate- and paraben-free, and contain no California prop 65 ingredients. You can search online for healthy candles, but if you like, you can use the ones I found at I am not affiliated with the company and I earn no commissions on promoting their candles; I just thought you might benefit from using the ones I use in my home.
You may also like to try genuine Himalayan crystal salt lamps. The wavelengths of salt crystal colors fall within the upper nanometer zone (600-700 nanometers) producing orange/red light. Because of the neutral atomic structure of crystal salt, a heated salt lamp helps you balance artificial frequencies and neutralize electromagnetic radiation. (See: Why You Should Have a Himalayan Crystal Salt Lamp in Every Room of Your House.) — the Editor.
How to Make Digital Screens Healthier

When it comes to computer screens, it is important to reduce the correlated color temperature down to 2,700 K — even during the day, not just at night. It’s even better to set it below 2,000K or even 1,000K. Many people use a program called F.lux to do this, but I have found a far better alternative that health and fitness author Ben Greenfield introduced to me, created by 22yearold Bulgarian programmer Daniel Georgiev.
Daniel was using F.lux but became frustrated with the controls. He attempted to contact the F.lux programmers but they never got back to him, so he created a massively superior alternative called Iris. It is free, but you’ll want to pay the $2 and reward him with the donation. You can purchase the $2 Iris mini software here.
Iris is better because it has three levels of blue blocking below F.lux: dim incandescent, candle and ember. I have been using ember after sunset and measured the spectrum and it blocked nearly all light below 550 nm (which is spectacular) as you can see in the image below when I measured it on my monitor in the ember setting. When I measured the F.lux software at its lowest setting, incandescent, it showed loads of blue light coming through, as you can clearly see in the second image below.
So, if you are serious about protecting your vision, I’d recommend you switch to Iris. I have been using it for about three months now, and even though I have very good vision at the age of 62 and don’t require reading glasses, my visual acuity seems to have dramatically increased. I believe this is because I am not exposing my retina to the damaging effects of blue light after sunset.

More Information

Dr. Wunsch, who has studied photobiology and light therapy for decades, understands the influence of light on health perhaps better than anyone. Having this historical grounding will hopefully help you understand some of these benefits, and inspire you to apply heliotherapy in your own life. All you have to do is step outside and take some clothes off! There’s no question in my mind that sun exposure is as important — or nearly as important — as eating a healthy diet and exercising.
Unfortunately, virtually no one is talking about or teaching this. The point is, they did in the past. We’re now rediscovering what was common knowledge 100 years ago! Sadly, the pharmacological focus of modern medicine has created an enormous, manipulated bias, which essentially directs most of the research away from non-pharmaceutical medicine. If the focus of the medical establishment was authentically and sincerely motivated, based on specific healing principles, we would have expanded on the research into heliotherapy and photobiology. The reason we haven’t is because it’s been artificially suppressed. That’s the sad reality.
The good news is that this is the 21st century — a time when we have access to extremely powerful methods of communication, allowing us to share this information with literally millions of people. By doing so, we can create a foundation of a new understanding, thereby catalyzing research and therapeutic interventions that can help us avoid the expensive and toxic interventions typically recommended for diseases that respond perfectly well to interventions such as light.
It’s truly so simple. Take myopia for example. We’re now realizing that nearsightedness is closely linked to lack of sun exposure, especially during childhood — not a lack of vitamin D, mind you, but a lack of natural sunlight striking the eye. (If you missed my article on preventing myopia with sunlight, please take a moment to check it out now.) Understanding this connection, and doing something about it — sending your kids outdoors for at least an hour a day — could help prevent this extraordinarily common vision problem without costing a cent.

Why Women Need a Tribe

Of course, this does not bother to properly define tribe.  That usually is meant to be a clan which can number in the thousands.  In this case what is properly meant is the natural community of around 150 or so individuals in which the female collective can easily be identified as a sisterhood.  They will all know each other.

The sisterhood aspect actually not only deals with common tasks including childcare but also oversees the sexual life of the community as well which would otherwise be a source of unending strife.  Our present distance from this natural community is a primary driver of most of our more aberrant aspects.

Until we re institute the natural community as such and ensure a natural internal sisterhood evolves, it will be difficult to correctly understand what is truly aberrant.  Homosexuality comes to mind.  That may naturally lead to a natural homosexual community with its own systems in place.

There is a real social science to uncover and rigorously understand here, but it will require direct design and construction to make visable

Why Women Need a Tribe

March 22nd, 2018

By Tanja Taljaard and Azriel Re’Shel

Is Sisterhood the Most Powerful Force for Women’s Health?

“Female friendships are just a hop to our sisterhood, and sisterhood can be a very powerful force.” – Jane Fonda

In ancient times women shared a lot more than they do today. They shared care of their babies, gathered food and cooked together. The women and the children shared their lives intimately, and were a source of strength and comfort to each other on a daily basis. Traditions like the Red Tent, where women came together during menstruation to be together, often with synchronised cycles, were a beautiful time for nurturing, sharing women’s business and keeping each other resilient and happy.

Today, women are a lot more isolated in their own homes and lives and more separate from each other. The opportunities for coming together are much more limited and the time spent together in this way greatly reduced. Because of this women miss the beautiful healing and nourishment that comes from being with other.

Creating a Cycle of Nourishment

Women are at the centre of family life, the pillars of a family, providing care for children and often the wider community. Other women fill the emotional gaps in the intimate partnerships women have. They strengthen these relationships, as a support and assurance that one person cannot be everything to you. Being with other women helps you to be a better mother, and the moral support, physical, emotional and mental support and stimulation create a beautiful harmonious environment for children to thrive.

Women are natural nurturers and empathic givers. It is vital for them to receive and be nourished as continual giving out ends in depletion, an increasingly common health problem. Women instinctively know how to nourish each other, and just being with each other is restorative.
The Power of Female Friendship

The true benefits of friendship are immeasurable. Friends make our lives better and studies show that friendship has a bigger impact on our physical and psychological wellbeing than family relationships [1]

Women share a special bond; they bare their souls to each other, support and encourage one another. The author Louise Bernikow said: Female friendships that work are relationships in which women help each other to belong to themselves.

The power of female friendships has also revealed some of its secrets to science. Researchers have found that the hormone oxytocin is, for women especially, the panacea of friendship and, by extension, health.
How Friendships Reduce Stress

A landmark study has found that women respond to stress differently than men. This fact has significant health implications. When people experience stress, the fight or flight response is triggered and releases hormones such as cortisol. Oxytocin – a hormone studied for its role in childbirth and bonding – is another hormone that is secreted by both men and women in response to stress. In women, it buffers the fight or flight response and encourages them to protect and nurture their children and to gather with other women.

Women instinctively know how to nourish each other.

Drs Laura Klein and Shelley Taylor refer to it as the “tend and befriend” pattern [2], and it happens with not only humans, but also the females of many species. When we actually engage in tending or befriending, even more oxytocin is released, further countering stress and calming us down. Until fairly recently many research studies on stress focused on males, Taylor said. “Women were largely excluded in stress research because many researchers believed that monthly fluctuations in hormones created stress responses that varied too widely to be considered statistically valid.”

Men produce high levels of testosterone when they’re under stress, and according to Dr Klein, it reduces the calming effects of oxytocin. They are therefore more likely to deal with stress with aggression (fight) or withdrawal (flight). A woman on the other hand, produces estrogen that enhances the effects of oxytocin and compels them to seek social support.

Aggression and withdrawal take a physiological toll, whereas friendship brings comfort that diminish the effects of stress. “This difference in seeking social support during stressful periods is the principal way men and women differ in their response to stress, and one of the most basic differences in men’s and women’s behaviour,” Dr Taylor said. This difference alone contributes to the gender difference in longevity.

A 2006 breast cancer study found that women without close friends were four times as likely to die from the disease as women with 10 or more friends. And notably, proximity and the amount of contact with a friend weren’t associated with survival. Just having friends was protective. [3]

Jane Fonda, activist and actress says: “Friendship between women is different than friendship between men. We talk about different things. We delve deep. We go under, even if we haven’t seen each other for years. There are hormones that are released from women to other women that are healthy and do away with the stress hormones. It’s my women friends that keep starch in my spine and without them, I don’t know where I would be. We have to just hang together and help each other.”

Fonda and her close friend Lily Tomlin did a TED talk on the importance of female friendships, and likened women’s friendships to a renewable source of power:

Female friendships are just a hop to our sisterhood, and sisterhood can be a very powerful force, to give the world … the things that humans desperately need.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Scientists reveal technique to make 'unlimited renewable energy' by boosting photosynthesis using a 'dormant' chemical found in algae

Now imagine having a highly efficient form of advanced photosynthesis.  This could power agricultural productivity a hundred fold.  Thus our globe could become naturally able to support a human population of ten trillion using naturally grown biology.
The majority would need to reside underground but that is no different than today in which we live in high rises while only occasionally mixing at ground level.  A single tower housing say a couple of thousand with a one acre footprint could be linked underground to a silo housing tens of thousands who could all come to the surface to enjoy the weather at their leisure.   This would all interact with a square mile of active farm.

The take home is that mother nature keeps 99 percent of its potentiality in reserve.  Even then we can pack 100,0000,000,000 on the surface of the Earth and feed them while optimizing a sustainable, even almost wild biology constantly groomed by ourselves and robots...

Scientists reveal technique to make 'unlimited renewable energy' by boosting photosynthesis using a 'dormant' chemical found in algae 
The technique involves using semi-artificial photosynthesis
It could create an unlimited source of hydrogen for renewable energy
They did it by using a mixture of photosynthesis and manmade technologies

By Phoebe Weston For Mailonline

Published: 12:59 EDT, 4 September 2018 | Updated: 17:32 EDT, 4 September 2018

Scientists have developed a way to transform sunlight into fuel that could lead to an 'unlimited source of renewable energy'.

Researchers from the University of Cambridge have reached this 'milestone' by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen.

They did this through using a technique called semi-artificial photosynthesis that is based on the same process plants use to convert sunlight into energy.

Hydrogen, which is produced when the water is split, could potentially be a green and unlimited source of renewable energy.

Researchers did this by reactivating hydrogenase, an enzyme present in algae, that can reduce protons into hydrogen.

Oxygen is produced as a by-product of photosynthesis when the water absorbed by plants is 'split'.

It is one of the most important reactions on the planet because it is the source of nearly all of the world's oxygen.

Researchers used natural sunlight to convert water into hydrogen and oxygen using a mixture of biological components and manmade technologies.

Academics at the Reisner Laboratory in Cambridge's Department of Chemistry developed the new technique of solar-driven water-splitting.

Scientists have developed a way to transform sunlight into fuel that could lead to an 'unlimited source of renewable energy'.

Researchers from the University of Cambridge have done this by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen.

They did this through using a technique called semi-artificial photosynthesis that is based on the same process plants use to convert sunlight into energy.

Artificial photosynthesis has been around for decades but it has not yet been successfully used to create renewable energy.

This is because it relies on the use of catalysts, which are often expensive and toxic.

Researchers used natural sunlight to convert water into hydrogen and oxygen using a mixture of biological components and manmade technologies.

Researchers reactivated a process in algae that has been dormant for millennia.

They did this using hydrogenase, an enzyme present in algae that is capable of reducing protons into hydrogen.

'During evolution, this process has been deactivated because it wasn't necessary for survival but we successfully managed to bypass the inactivity to achieve the reaction we wanted – splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen', said Katarzyna Sokół, first author and PhD student at St John's College.

Ms Sokół hopes the findings will enable new innovative model systems for solar energy conversion to be developed.

Their method also managed to absorb more solar light than natural photosynthesis, according to the paper published in Nature Energy.

'Natural photosynthesis is not efficient because it has evolved merely to survive so it makes the bare minimum amount of energy needed – around one to two per cent of what it could potentially convert and store', said Katarzyna Sokół, first author and PhD student at St John's College.

Artificial photosynthesis has been around for decades but it has not yet been successfully used to create renewable energy.

This is because it relies on the use of catalysts, which are often expensive and toxic.

Scientists have developed a way to transform sunlight into fuel that could lead to an 'unlimited source of renewable energy' (stock image)

Dr Erwin Reisner, Head of the Reisner Laboratory, a Fellow of St John's College, University of Cambridge, and one of the paper's authors, described the research as a 'milestone'.

'This work overcomes many difficult challenges associated with the integration of biological and organic components into inorganic materials for the assembly of semi-artificial devices and opens up a toolbox for developing future systems for solar energy conversion', he said.

Researchers not only improved on the amount of energy produced and stored, they managed to reactivate a process in the algae that has been dormant for millennia.

'Hydrogenase is an enzyme present in algae that is capable of reducing protons into hydrogen', said Ms Sokół.

'During evolution, this process has been deactivated because it wasn't necessary for survival but we successfully managed to bypass the inactivity to achieve the reaction we wanted – splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen', she said.

Ms Sokół hopes the findings will enable new innovative model systems for solar energy conversion to be developed.

'It's exciting that we can selectively choose the processes we want, and achieve the reaction we want which is inaccessible in nature.'

'The approach could be used to couple other reactions together to see what can be done, learn from these reactions and then build synthetic, more robust pieces of solar energy technology.'

Head-turning violence helps tiny songbirds kill big prey

Best described as Nature's martial arts experts.  Effective and surprising and worth noting.

I had not seen this mentioned at all else where and we should have seen it talked about.

All good and it does possibly explain the existence of the hook on the beak itself....

Head-turning violence helps tiny songbirds kill big prey: study


Researchers say shrikes use powerful beak-and-jaw motions to shake their victims vigorously, causing injuries akin to whiplash
They may be small and striking, but shrikes are songbirds known for viciously impaling their victims with a razor-sharp bill although experts have long wondered about their ability to subdue much larger prey.

Now researchers say these carnivorous killers use powerful beak-and-jaw motions to shake their victims vigorously, whirling them around at speeds which cause injuries akin to whiplash.3

"We already knew that they can kill surprisingly large animals for their size, but we didn't know specifically how they do it," said Dr Diego Sustaita, lead author of a study published in Wednesday's Proceedings of the Royal Society journal.

Although shrikes have sharply hooked, falcon-like beaks which they jab into the head or neck of their prey, causing partial paralysis, they don't have the large talons possessed by other birds of prey to help them finish the job.

But researchers at San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research on California's San Clemente island found clear evidence of violent shaking in a motion which uses the victim's weight against it, Sustaita said.

"The way that shrikes shake their prey is likely to be important for immobilising and killing it because the accelerations of the prey's own body around its neck results in forces that could break or damage the neck," he told AFP.

"The rate at which the shrikes shake their heads was surprising, especially with relatively large animals in their jaws!" he said, with the study suggesting the movement resulted in accelerations equivalent of around 6g-force.

- 'Like a raptor' -

For the study, researchers studied footage of attacks by 37 loggerhead shrikes involving live domestic black mice and other creatures. In 28 cases, they observed prey-shaking behaviour with the results giving a clear indicator of how the birds subdued larger creatures.

"They help explain how a small songbird is able to kill relatively large animals in ways that differ from large raptors like hawks. Shrikes have some of the 'equipment' like the sharply-hooked beak, but not all, like the talons, and so they seem to have found another way to get the job done."

Shrikes, he said, are disproportionately strong for their size but their ability to kill is actually more reliant on speed.

"As a group, shrikes can take prey larger than you would expect for their body sizes and 'types' -- keep in mind, these are songbirds. You wouldn't expect a robin, for instance, to have the strength to kill a mouse and they don't," he said.

"This particular behaviour relies more on speed to generate accelerations to take advantage of the prey's body weight, so it might not necessitate as much strength as it would seem."

Qanon NAZIs

  I posted some months ago that the whole NWO meme was NAZISM reconstituted.  In this recent drop, Q addresses that and reports that  the NAZIs surely created the equivalent of the International of the Communists and left behind a natural network of international supporters who have continued their MEME.

What makes it horrible is that they also retained massive pools of capital which makes their mischief making pernicious.  It has been stated that Central bank money was and is behind all of their activity.

What is clear to this observer is that they adhere to a set of bad ideas regarding how their wealth is created.  They have been able to apply these ideas to the whole global economy for a long time.  They need to be replaced and a new understanding of money and economics needs to be deployed.

Q !!mG7VJxZNCI ID: ba13e3 No.2770674
Do not force those not yet ready.
The FAKE NEWS narrative (make-believe) has been ingrained for a long time.
Do not isolate yourself within your own family.
Dark to Light.
Impossible to DEFEND.
Impossible to IGNORE.
Stay Strong.
You are NOT ALONE.
Patriots ALL.

Symbolism will be their downfall.
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Anonymous ID: 822c66 No.2770076 

…and Iron Eagle??????
Double meanings exist.
Q !!mG7VJxZNCI ID: 6da085 No.2762796

Was 'Nazism' ever truly destroyed?
Was it merely a sub-division within a larger organization?
One finger attached to a hand?
Did ANTIFA organically form?
Flag design coincidence?
Socialist push in US/WW coincidence?
Global power struggle.
There is a price we will not pay.
There is a point beyond which they must not advance.📁📁

We, the PEOPLE.