Monday, October 31, 2022
The tragedy of Bruce Lee is that we have so little of him and at 32, he was at his prime. No one knows why he died then.
Our bodies have small low risk vulnerabilities unless you train up to an atheletic peak. Which is why you need to retire before fifty to avoid something nasty. Peak performance typically runs from 32 through 42 for sports generally and a lot of that is experiencev driven.
His wife has made a life after him and that is as good as it gets and obviously something is been done to preserve his legacy. He certainly established a high bar for his disciples.
Inside The Little-Known Story Of Linda Lee Cadwell And Her Marriage To Bruce Lee
By Marco Margaritoff | Checked By John Kuroski
Published October 1, 2022
Updated October 26, 2022
From her time as Bruce Lee's wife to her work as a teacher and philanthropist, Linda Lee Cadwell has lived a life marked by great triumph and great tragedy.
Linda Lee Cadwell is many things: a devoted wife, a caring mother, and a proud life-long learner. Those who’ve heard of her know she was Bruce Lee’s wife, but the now-widowed philanthropist can’t — and shouldn’t — be solely described as such.
The Bruce Lee FoundationFrom left to right: Brandon Lee, Bruce Lee, his wife Linda Lee Cadwell, and Shannon Lee.
She met Bruce Lee as a student of martial arts, a practice in which even the most dire-seeming situation often provides a hidden way out. Since then, she’s not only survived the sudden loss of her husband in 1973 but also the shocking death of their son in 1993.
But like a true student of martial arts, she continues to evolve and flow through each new phase, however tragic.
Linda Lee Cadwell at the airport in 1975 — two years after her husband died.
She’s authored several books, most notably the bestselling Bruce Lee: The Man Only I Knew which was later adapted into a biopic called Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story. Linda Lee Cadwell used her personal tragedy to produce something that her late husband’s fans cherish.
From grieving wife and mother to tireless humanitarian, her late husband’s words certainly seem apt: “Do not pray for an easy life; pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.”
How Linda Emery Met Bruce Lee
Before she was Bruce Lee’s wife — and long before he ever made it to the silver screen — Linda Emery was a middle-class Baptist girl. Born on March 21, 1945, she was raised in the drizzly landscapes of Everett, Washington by parents with Swedish, Irish, and English descent.
The Bruce Lee FoundationLinda Lee Cadwell (left) training with Taky Kimura (center) as Bruce Lee (right) observes. The couple married a year later.
She attended Garfield High School where she spent her after-school hours cheerleading. There, she saw interesting visitors from all walks of life stop in to inspire students. Her life changed forever when a young man named Bruce Lee dropped by for a martial arts demonstration.
Before his roles in Hong Kong cinema turned to Hollywood stardom, Lee was tinkering with his fledgling Jeet Kune Do craft — a martial arts style that employed Wing Chun for the physical aspect and philosophical musings to mold the mind. His demonstration at Garfield High stunned Cadwell.
“He was dynamic,” she once told CBS News. “From the very first moment I met him, I thought, ‘This guy is something else.'”
Linda Emery was so enamored by his intellect and physical mastery that she became one of his students upon graduating. She also enrolled at the University of Washington — which Lee had been attending already.
It didn’t take long for the young romance to blossom into a lifelong commitment.
Being Bruce Lee’s Wife
In the same year that Bruce Lee competed in the Long Beach International Karate Championships and performed the iconic “one inch punch,” he tied the knot with Cadwell. On August 17, 1964, wedding bells tolled.
The happy couple had a small ceremony with few guests and no photographer for fear that their interracial relationship wouldn’t be accepted. Shortly afterward and still a few credits shy of graduating, Bruce Lee’s wife discovered that she was pregnant.
Her husband had been teaching martial arts for the last five years and opened his own school in Seattle called Lee Jun Fan Gung Fu — or Bruce Lee’s Kung Fu. As Linda Lee Cadwell tended to home life, Lee refined his craft into a text called The Tao of Jeet Kune Do.
InstagramLinda Lee Cadwell was married to Bruce Lee for nine years. The pair had two children — with Brandon Lee pictured here dying 20 years after his father.
His exciting new blend of Wing Chun and Lee’s philosophical contributions became increasingly popular and celebrities like Steve McQueen studied his teachings.
Their son Brandon was born in 1965. The next year, the family moved to Los Angeles. In 1969, they had another child, a daughter Shannon. Both children studied martial arts at a young age and grew up surrounded by their father’s teachings.
Unfortunately for Lee’s Hollywood prospects, no studio at that time wanted a Chinese man in a leading role, so he sought stardom in China instead. Cadwell, Lee, and their two young children moved to Hong Kong in support of his career.
“It was difficult for him to break into the Hollywood circuit as an established actor because of prejudice towards him being Chinese,” said Cadwell. “The studio said that a leading Chinese man in a film was not acceptable, so Bruce set out to prove them wrong.”
The Bruce Lee FoundationLinda Lee Cadwell helping her husband practice his kick.
Cadwell had a difficult time assimilating to Hong Kong culture but never wavered in her love for Bruce. Later speculation in the tabloids would label Lee a womanizer who tormented his wife with unscrupulous gallivanting. According to Cadwell herself, however, that was never the case.
“Having been married to Bruce for nine years and being the mother of our two children,” she said, “I am more than qualified to give a correct recital of the facts.”
Hard work and a lucky reversal of fortunes saw Lee blossom into a bonafide celebrity. The Big Boss took the world by storm in 1971 and the family soon settled back in the United States. Tragically, he would not get to enjoy his stardom for long, as Lee died on July 20, 1973. He was 32.
Linda Lee Cadwell playing with her son Brandon and baby daughter Shannon.
Linda Lee Cadwell was devastated. The press speculated endlessly about Bruce Lee’s death, with theories ranging from heatstroke to murder. Lee had died in another woman’s apartment, an actress he knew professionally — a fact which would only spark more rumors.
To process her grief, Cadwell wrote Bruce Lee: The Man Only I Knew two years later, which became a bestseller.
Unfortunately, Hollywood would soon be responsible for yet another familial loss — and far more directly.
The Tragic Death Of Brandon Lee
Linda Lee Cadwell married a second time in 1988, to Tom Bleecker. That partnership was shortlived, however, and they divorced in 1990. In 1991, she married stockbroker Bruce Cadwell and the two settled in southern California.
Meanwhile, her son Brandon Lee had begun a career in Hollywood. Like his father, Brandon starred in action movies that made use of his martial arts prowess. Brandon reportedly met with Marvel’s Stan Lee who felt the young actor would be ideal casting for Shang-Chi.
Linda Lee Cadwell fondly remembering her years as Bruce Lee’s wife.
However, at that time comic book movies were far from the juggernauts they are now, so Brandon Lee fatefully turned that role down in favor of starring in The Crow. That role cost him his life — when a stunt gone wrong saw Brandon Lee shot dead with what had appeared to be an unloaded prop gun on March 31, 1993.
Linda Lee Cadwell took years to reconcile what had happened to Brandon. After her son’s death, she sued 14 entities and accused various crew members of not following standard protocol to ensure the safe use of firearms on set.
Her lawsuit alleged that after they ran out of dummy bullets, crew members used live ammunition to create a dummy bullet of their own instead of waiting a day to buy a new pack. Nonetheless, she threw her full and immediate support behind the ramshackle reshoots necessary to finish the film and see it released.
Though Linda Lee Cadwell was grateful that “Brandon was a young man who had found his own identity” separate from his father’s shadow, her son’s death remains unfathomable.
The Bruce Lee FoundationLinda Lee Cadwell lives in Boise, Idaho with her third husband, stockbroker Bruce Cadwell.
“It is beyond my realm of cosmic thinking to think that it was meant to be,” she said. “It just happened. I’m not beginning to make sense of it. I just think we were fortunate that he had as many years as he did. They say time cures anything. It doesn’t. You just learn to live with it and go on.”
How Linda Lee Cadwell Moved On Following Two Terrible Tragedies
Ultimately, Linda Lee Cadwell focused on what she could change and completed her remaining college credits required to graduate. She went on to teach kindergarten. Her late husband’s own philosophical musings suggested as much: “Adapt what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own.”
As for that latter part, Cadwell and her daughter Shannon Lee founded The Bruce Lee Foundation in 2002. She had just retired in 2001 and left the nonprofit in the hands of her last remaining child. Cadwell continues to serve as a Volunteer Advisor at the foundation, which runs various programs to spread Bruce Lee’s philosophy and teachings.
The Bruce Lee FoundationLinda Lee Cadwell and supporters of The Bruce Lee Foundation visiting the grave of the martial arts legend.
In the end, Linda Lee Cadwell is doing what she does best. Inspired by the strength and fortitude of her late husband and his teachings, she’s adapting. As Bruce Lee inked in his Tao of Jeet Kune Do, “You must be shapeless, formless, like water like water.”
Perhaps Linda Lee Cadwell put it even better, herself, in 2018:
“Life changes as you go along, and as Bruce always used to say, ‘To change with change is the changeless state.’ So it’s like that water flowing – you never step in the same water twice in a river. It’s always flowing. So you always have to go with the change.”
Let me throw something out there. For the longest time, the majority of scholorship was Christian and that meant essentially believing that Christianity will be adopted by literally all of humanity. and here we are and so far so good.
The organized version of the religion is actually encroaching everywhere and where it is now ignored, it is the dominant cultural system. No one is publically promoting any other form anywhere except through Islam and weakly with oriental forms such as buddism at best. That original MEME has not gone away.
Philosophers are reading those foreign texts and adapting thgem. It is just something we barely need to know about. Just like the thoughts of Plato. I was more annoyed that i could read extensively and only discover the writings of St Augustine late in the day thanks to being completely ignored outside the Catholic world.
Another thought. There were never more than a handful of scholors and until we had Scottish enlightenment, it was that way forever. That was a mere three centuries ago and we have been playing catchup since.
So it is not shocking at all.
Medieval but not Christian
It’s shocking that histories of medieval philosophy celebrate only Christian thinkers, ignoring Islamic and Jewish thought
Known as ‘The Copenhagen Maimonides’, the manuscript of the Guide of the Perplexed was illuminated in Catalonia in the years 1347-48 CE. Courtesy the Royal Library, Copenhagen
is professor of philosophy and the Charlotte Bloomberg Chair in the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. His books include Spinoza’s Metaphysics: Substance and Thought (2013) and Spinoza’s Labyrinths (Oxford, forthcoming). He is also the co-editor of the Gross Library of Jewish Philosophy, a new, 40-volume series of bilingual editions of medieval and early modern Jewish philosophical works.
Edited bySam Haselby
In 1989, Cambridge University Press announced the publication of a new, three-volume book series: The Cambridge Translations of Medieval Philosophical Texts. The first volume – edited by Norman Kretzmann and Eleonore Stump, and dedicated to logic and the philosophy of language – contained 15 medieval texts, of which 15 were composed by Christian authors. The second volume in the series, this time focusing on ethics and political philosophy, appeared in 2000. Seventeen of the 17 texts included in this collection – edited by Arthur S McGrade, John Kilcullen and Matthew Kempshall – were authored by Christian writers. Late-medieval Jewish or Islamic texts on ethics or politics? Not in our school.
The third volume of the series, this one dedicated to mind and knowledge, and edited by Robert Pasnau, appeared in 2002. It contained 12 texts, of which 12 were Christian. No Islamic or Jewish sources made the cut.
Due to the success of the first three volumes, the press decided to expand the series by two more, devoted, respectively, to metaphysics and to philosophical theology. It would not be rash to predict that neither volume will include any works by Islamic or Jewish authors. In all likelihood, a reader of this series would get the impression that there simply were no Islamic or Jewish philosophers in late-medieval times (or, at least, no Jewish or Islamic philosophers who wrote on logic, philosophy of language, ethics, politics, or philosophy of mind, or whose works deserve any attention).
But perhaps we are jumping to conclusions. Perhaps it was the unavailability of competent translators of medieval philosophical texts in Arabic and Hebrew that accounts for this strict exclusion of such works. If that were the case, then we might, of course, wish to enquire about the reasons for the absence of competent translators. But, for all I can tell, the issue of availability of translators from Arabic and Hebrew had nothing to do with the exclusion of Jewish and Islamic works in this series. If this omission were merely a technical matter, it would be easy for the editors to accommodate such difficulty by retitling the series ‘The Cambridge Translations of Medieval Christian Philosophical Texts’ (my emphasis). This would seem to be a simple matter of ‘truth in advertising’. And, yet, they did not make this simple qualification.
Why did the editors of The Cambridge Translations of Medieval Philosophical Texts not adopt a title that would specify that the series was restricted to Christian texts? Presumably, the specification would make the series look much more parochial – as it indeed is – being a set of anthologies devoted to a specific religious tradition. In attempting to present the Christian tradition as the only game in town in late medieval philosophy, the editors of the series apparently thought they were representing universal philosophical discourse (rather than that of a particular religious tradition), and thus the exclusion of Islamic and Jewish works became a device for asserting the universality of Christianity.
An alternative explanation for the exclusion of medieval Islamic and Jewish philosophy might be that the series editors were simply unaware of the exclusionary, distorting and discriminatory nature of their editorial policy: they may have innocently assumed that medieval philosophy is just Christian philosophy. Ascribing conceptual blindness of such a vast scope to highly competent scholars seems to me barely credible, and yet we cannot absolutely rule it out since such blindness is indeed a common mark of activity dominated by ideology.
Before we discuss what readers of the Cambridge volumes are missing, let me make one brief observation. Current Anglo-American philosophy is seriously (and rightly) engaged with the question of how to rectify the historical exclusion of various groups from the philosophical tradition. The neglect of medieval Islamic and Jewish philosophy from the historiography of medieval philosophy is only partly like the exclusion of other groups, however. There is a crucial irony to this particular exclusion. Medieval philosophical culture, despite all its problems, was significantly multicultural; Islamic, Jewish, and Christian authors frequently engaged with each other’s work, sometimes even collaborating. It is only we, today, who are creating a purely Christian narrative that excludes Jewish and Islamic authors from the philosophical discourse.
But what do we, as readers and scholars, miss out on if we neglect medieval Islamic and Jewish philosophy? I will speak to the case of Jewish philosophy, but the same ideas (though with edifying variations and divergences) apply to Islamic philosophy.
Medieval Jewish philosophy engages with arguments related to its two main textual sources: Aristotelian philosophy, and classical Jewish works (the Talmud, midrash, and Scripture). So far, this characterisation is not that different from medieval Christian philosophy. However, on a closer look, the differences abound.
Judaism was a small, marginal and dispersed religious minority in the Middle Ages. These characteristics played a role in determining the features of its philosophical discourse. Partly due to its far-flung social distribution, and partly due to its stress on performance of religious commandments (ie, actions) rather than beliefs, rabbinic Judaism never developed a set system of binding dogma. There were attempts to create such a system – the most famous of which was Maimonides’s enumeration of his Thirteen Principles of Faith – but without exception such attempts were colossal failures. As a result, on many issues of theological and philosophical significance, the views of medieval Jewish philosophers were all over the place.
Some claimed that God has no physical features, while others viewed God as encompassing all of space within himself (or even as having a body); some viewed God as having no personal features whatsoever, while others ascribed to God feelings, such as regret, love, and even guilt. Does this variety of perspectives reflect a principled commitment to tolerance of diversity? Not necessarily. A certain degree of tolerance was required for the sheer survival of Jewish communities: the price of a harsh policy against dissent would have been the loss of members of the community and, for such a small community, such a loss would be a heavy price to pay.
Medieval Jewish philosophy was, above all, deeply informed by the literary persona of a single author: Moses Maimonides (1135-1204). Maimonides was not only the greatest medieval Jewish philosopher but also one of the greatest rabbinic authorities of all time. His Mishneh Torah is still widely considered one of the two most authoritative codifications of Rabbinic law. And yet, paradoxically, Maimonides was also considered by many Jews to be one of the greatest heretics of their religion.
Maimonides privileged daring, unorthodox philosophical positions, denying that God has any personality
Although Maimonides was quite loyal to the teachings of Aristotle, he took far bolder positions on theological issues. Thus, for example, in his philosophical masterpiece, the Guide of the Perplexed, Maimonides argued that, if unbiased philosophical enquiry led to belief in the eternity of the world, rather than in the Biblical account of creation, one should not shy away from affirming philosophical truth just because it conflicts with Scripture. He pointed out that there are many more passages in Scripture that ascribe corporeality to God than passages that support creation ex nihilo. Resolutely advocating a radical reinterpretation of all such passages to make them conform to the philosophical view that God is incorporeal, Maimonides claimed that we should likewise reinterpret all Biblical passages referring to creation to imply that the world is eternal, if that was the more tenable philosophical view.
On several key religious issues, Maimonides also privileged daring and unorthodox philosophical positions, denying that God has any personality (can a non-person be a lawgiver?), as well as naturalising the notion of divine providence (so that ‘reward’ is just the natural result of conducting ones’ life rationally and properly). He deflated the miraculousness of divine miracles, and carefully crafted a denial of personal immortality.
The first reactions to Maimonides’s claims were quite volatile, but his supporters were also numerous among the rabbinic strata. And when some of his opponents announced a ban on studying philosophy for anyone under the age of 25, Maimonides’s proponents responded by announcing a counter-ban on those who disallow the study of philosophy. Maimonides’s followers were numerous among medieval Jewish philosophers and, within a short period of time after his death, one can already speak about a Maimonidean school – or rather, schools – of philosophy, distinguished from each other by the degree of boldness in their pursuit of the philosophical truth, regardless of its agreement with common religious beliefs and norms.
Benedict de Spinoza (1632-77) and the audacious rationalist philosopher Salomon Maimon (1753-1800) were two of the latest representatives of this school of radical Maimonideanism. Both were willing to pay a significant personal price for the sake of maintaining their intellectual and philosophical integrity. The radical Maimonideans were not atheists. In fact, the very opposite is true: they were motivated by a genuine zeal for a true conception of God, a conception that is free and clean from the widely prevalent anthropomorphic portrayal of God among both the masses and a significant share of the rabbinic elite. In this context, Maimonides himself would occasionally refer derogatorily to ‘Hamon ha-Rabbanim’, literally, the rabbinic multitude, or, if you wish, the rabbinic hoi polloi, though his rabbinic qualifications were far more impressive than the vast majority of these ‘commoners’.
The Janus-faced reputation of Maimonides and his thought persisted in conflicted attitudes during the early modern period. In the 18th century, Rabbi Jacob Emden (the rabbinic consultant of Moses Mendelssohn, the leader of the Jewish Enlightenment movement) proposed that perhaps there were two authors named Moses Maimonides, for one could not possibly comprehend how the illustrious author of the celebrated rabbinic code, the Mishneh Torah, could also pen the horrible philosophical assertions found in the Guide of the Perplexed.
A similarly ambivalent response is reflected in a common practice among early modern central-European rabbis who wished to study Maimonides’s Guide of the Perplexed. A 16th-century document issued in Prague contains a detailed list of the suspicious, heretical opinions one can find in the Guide. Any rabbinic scholar of the time who wished to study the book was required to review this list of opinions and to confess, on the one hand, not to believe in any of these heretical opinions while, on the other hand, promising not to impute any of them to Maimonides, the great Talmudist.
Thomas Aquinas’s writings demonstrate sustained interest in the views of non-Christian writers
In many ways, Maimonides was a Mediterranean thinker, as Sarah Stroumsa puts it in her fascinating study. This characterisation is apt not only in terms of his actual biography (he was born in Córdoba, Spain, emigrated to North Africa, then Palestine, and eventually settled in Fustat, Egypt), nor even in terms of his correspondence (which ranged from Provence in the west, to Yemen and Baghdad in the east) but, even more so, in terms of the community of philosophers with whom he was conversing. His two favourite philosophers were Aristotle and al-Farabi (for the most part, Maimonides had little appreciation for his Jewish philosophical predecessors). Indeed, Maimonides bluntly asks his readers to avoid evaluating views according to our social disposition or our categorisation of the speaker who expresses them. ‘Hear the truth from whoever spoke it’ became a slogan of this attitude of Maimonides. Judging opinions according to their veracity, rather than the social milieu of the speaker, is a recommendation that is still very much advisable today.
Maimonides was not at all unique among medieval philosophers in ascribing much importance to the philosophical views of thinkers who were not his co-religionist. Thomas Aquinas’s writings demonstrate sustained interest in the views of Maimonides, Avicenna and other non-Christian writers, and Aquinas’s discussion of these writers is respectful and serious. We should not disregard the significant religious violence that was not uncommon in the later Middle Ages. Still, there is something quite impressive in the manner in which medieval Christian, Islamic and Jewish philosophers read the works of each other, frequently disagreeing, but not that rarely also taking inspiration from the writing of thinkers belonging to other religions.
Let me return to the riddle of Maimonides. What happens to a culture whose greatest religious scholar is also its greatest heretic? This question has bothered scholars of Maimonides, of medieval Jewish philosophy, and of rabbinics for a very long time, and we are still far from having a satisfying answer to the question. It is clear, however, that many standard assumptions are suddenly called into question by virtue of the centrality of such a thinker. ‘If Maimonides could assert x, why may not I?’
The only way to embark on such questioning of our assumptions, prompted by past philosophical insight, is by studying the actual works of the philosophers whose insights move us. Many such gems of philosophical wisdom are contained in medieval and early modern Jewish and Islamic philosophical works. And there are many. But to study this corpus of philosophical literature, we must first acknowledge its very existence. And this is something that present-day assumptions about the scope and study of philosophy’s past have lamentably obscured.
It has been painful, but the obvious truth will be extablished once and for all. This always happens for those who commit fraud. All lies have due dates in which they evaporate.
That is why victories based on lies always crush historians.
I so look forward to a complete revamping of the so called progressive enterprise in Academe. Make them all take calculus.
Election Denial Will Win
Former President Donald Trump arrives at the "Save America" rally in Robstown, Texas, on Oct. 22, 2022. (Brandon Bell/Getty Images)
October 24, 2022 Updated: October 26, 2022
All indications now are that the Democrats are finally about to pay for using hate of Donald Trump as a substitute for governing for two years, just as, for four years prior to that, they used Trump hate as a substitute for normal opposition.
The entire fabric of myths, frauds, and defamations that the national political media have conveniently held up as a safety net for the Democratic Party and this terribly incompetent administration is about to disappear, and the Democrats will finally carry the can for 14 years of incompetence and venality—10 failed years under Barack Obama and Joe Biden, with a four-year interlude when frenzied antagonism to the Trump administration was a divertissement of shamefully unconstitutional and obstructive opposition.
The greatest liberation of all in the national purgation that now seems likely in the midterm elections in two weeks will be the debunking of the totalitarian fiction that the 2020 election was unquestionably fair. This fraud hangs around the neck of America like an albatross and has been repeated like a catechism by practically every member of the national political media for two years. The ranks of Congress and of the nation’s governors will be crowded with highly motivated, capable, and ethically elected occupants who have campaigned explicitly and energetically on the alleged fraudulence of the 2020 presidential election result.
Most of the more knowledgeable upholders of this almost manifest untruth know that there were potentially millions of harvested ballots; that it was impossible to verify the authenticity of those alleged ballots; that a great many of them likely came in huge bulk at the improvised dropboxes in the middle of the night; that 50,000 fewer Biden votes in Pennsylvania and any two of Arizona, Georgia, and Wisconsin would have given the election to Trump in the Electoral College; and that the entire judiciary from state courts to the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear on their merits or judge any of the 19 lawsuits against the constitutionality of the voting and vote-counting rules that were altered, supposedly to promote voting during the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the least, 2020 was an election like 1960 (Kennedy–Nixon) and 2000 (Bush–Gore), where it will never be certain who would have won the election if all the valid ballots and no invalid ballots had been counted.
According to Peggy Noonan, former Reagan speechwriter and Wall Street Journal columnist and the most civilized of the Trump-haters, writing in the Wall Street Journal on Oct. 21, the national political media have been almost entirely hostile to Trump because most of the media are in New York, where for 30 years, they saw him as a tasteless and vulgar businessman who often appeared to be on the verge of lawbreaking. That’s probably an insightful explanation, but it isn’t an excuse, and after Nov. 8, it’s going to be extremely difficult for the Biden administration and its desperate media helpers to revert to that shabby substitute for impartial political reporting.
Noonan also attributed the views of the “election deniers” (an annoying phrase designed to incite the opprobrium of Holocaust denial) to the argumentative, ornery, and individualist nature of many Americans. She must know this to be a pastoral dream substituting for the inconvenient facts of a partially rigged result (as is well-documented in Mollie Hemingway’s rigorously non-conspiracist book, aptly titled “Rigged”). The almost unanimous and carefully confected and enforced consensus that it was a fair election, like the fraudulent claim that “97 percent of scientists believe climate change is dangerous” and like the 99 percent of people who once thought the sun revolved around the earth, is bunk.
For two years, one of the many irritating aspects of the frenzied Democratic harassment of the Trump administration was the sanctimonious belief that they had an almost constitutionally entrenched right to have Trump constantly under criminal investigation.
The Russian collusion inquiry was proved to be nothing but a smear job. But when then-presidential candidate Joe Biden was asked about his son’s financial activities in Ukraine, he self-righteously remarked that the investigative focus was on Trump and that he wouldn’t be a party to allowing Trump to escape the well-justified inquiries into his probably illegal conduct by permitting any distraction from it.
Questions about Hunter Biden’s large income as an adviser to Ukrainian, Chinese, and other potentially controversial connections were impertinent (and Joe Biden knew nothing about them anyway). We now know that there’s allegedly extensive evidence of questionable activities of Hunter Biden in a number of foreign countries and that his father almost certainly financially gained from these activities.
I’ve never believed that there was any evidence that money given by foreign entities to the Biden family caused a change in U.S. government conduct toward those countries. But Joe Biden has allegedly lied to the public about all of this for years; he wasn’t under oath, but that kind of breach of faith with the people doesn’t do wonders for a leader’s political capital.
It has always been obvious that the last thing Trump wanted on Jan. 6, 2021, was mob violence in the U.S. Capitol. The Jan. 6 hearings of the House of Representatives will take its place beside the Mueller commission and the two Trump impeachments as the greatest mockery, not only of legislative investigative justice but of the entire broad canvass of select congressional investigative committees. It didn’t do as much damage as the demagogic grandstanding of Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy in the early 1950s, but it was, if anything, a more heavily loaded and biased committee and was even more contemptuous of normal civilized rules of production of evidence, the examination of witnesses, and bipartisan composition.
Trump did everything he reasonably could to warn the speaker of the House and the mayor of Washington of possible disorder and to encourage the presence of adequate forces to assure the Capitol’s security. Despite nearly two years of prosecutors’ outrageous shakedowns to extort inculpatory evidence under the corrupt American plea bargain system, no link between the wrongdoers of “1/6” (jargon attempting to link it to “9/11″) and Trump has been exposed. This is just another attempt at bloodless Trump assassination.
Six years ago, Trump’s only supporter in the U.S. Senate was Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), whom Trump rewarded by naming him attorney general (where he was a complete failure). The shock of Trump’s election was so great that almost nobody believed that it was a genuine result. Trump has now seen off the Clintons, the Obamas, and the Bushes and remains the principal political personality in the country. It’s obvious to everyone that Trump’s administration, while afflicted by serious stylistic infelicities, was as successful as its successor is a failure. Everyone sees America floundering, and everyone sees who’s now its dominating political personality.
If the Trump-backed Senate candidates win any two of Georgia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, Trump is almost certainly the next president. And it’s unlikely that the country will indulge another completely spurious, desperately political, legal assault against him. The Democrats have shot that bolt, and Trump is the recent political past, the preeminent present, and the likely future. The country could do worse, and it has, ever since the retirement of Ronald Reagan.
Obama remains popular personally as a somewhat charming public personality who’s fluent and physically agile and the personification of the immense and largely successful effort that the United States has made these 60 years to promote the comprehensive equality of the long-subjugated and then segregated African American people. But the Obama administration’s only accomplishments were the Iranian nuclear deal, which has been a disaster; various green measures and the Paris Climate Accord, which have also been disasters; and Obamacare, which was dishonestly claimed to enable everyone to keep their existing doctors. It undoubtedly extended benefits to many people, but it seriously inconvenienced tens of millions of others.
The Biden administration has been a colossal fiasco in every significant respect but especially inflation, exploding crime, allowing millions of illegal migrants into the country, the Afghanistan debacle, and the inability to gain the respect of China, Russia, or even North Korea.
As posted before, there is a huge secret WAR underway that we cannot really see except through an increasing silence. That should soon end. DUMBS that go BOOM appears to be ending according to this item.
Russia and China are convulsing but no one knows. The Ukraine conflict should now end.
This item adds many more specifc details to what has been reported in the past and is a fair update. The heavy fight is over and we won that. That means disclosure is coming soon.
Russian Tribunals Have Begun, Large Scale DUMBs Are Being Destroyed, Scare Event Coming
We're keeping Hopium alive today with this audio by SG Anon, who claims to be in touch with a White Hat source who tells him that Donald Trump, Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin and Mohammed bin Salman Al-Saud are working together, with a total of 32 nations to take down the Deep State mafia, worldwide.
He says Trump never left the Presidency, he just "left" for optics and for the sake of this operation. He says that the real Joe Biden died on March 31st, 2019 and that he is currently being played by an actor who was installed by the White Hats and who is there to help root-out the traitors in our bureaucracy.
He says the war is essentially won but that the threat of assassination is still real and how when you’ve cornered an animal, it fights the hardest – and that's where they’re at, right now.
He says Trump will be arrested as part of this operation and he still doesn't believe that the Midterm Elections will be held on November 8th.
HOW WE GOT HERE
SG Anon starts by saying, "We have a worldwide mafia syndicate, a worldwide control structure that is entrenched in money, finance, power, government, economics and law all around the world. This particular mafia has controlled how money is valued and how money is used, replicated and circulated for many hundreds of years."
This power structure can be summed-up in the infamous quote of Mayer Amschel Rothschild, "Give me control of a nation's money and I care not who makes its laws".
SG Anon says, "They are lawless, they are evil and they are bent on world domination and forced population reduction, which is a fantastically polite way of saying 'mass genocide on a global scale'."
History has been written by the victors, who have ruled over us for millennia behind the scenes. Just about everything taught in the educational system, including graduate, doctoral and fellowship programs, as well as scientific research and academia and text books were created to support certain narratives.
Much of what we've been taught have been lies or at best, incomplete truths. Much of what we've been taught to be "true" or "just the way things are" are actually neither.
He explains that we are at a point, for the first time in human history where this corrupt club is being revealed all over the world and that Trump's 2016 victory was the beginning of the end for them.
He says that starting in 2001, deep military intelligence and deep military patriots began outlining and implementing the final phases for a full worldwide takedown of this evil group. He says:
"I can tell you unequivocally that [9/11] was a Black Hat operation. It had one main purpose and many side purposes that branched from the main purpose. The main purpose was to prevent the financial system of the world from being changed.
"There is a law signed by President Bill Clinton at gunpoint by Special Forces from the United States Army called the National Economic Security and Reformation Act (NESARA). This law was buried by the Bush administration and that burial process was completed with the appointment/confirmation and seating of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, John Roberts.
"John Roberts has been implicated in an elite child trafficking scheme involving former Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence and involving adoption agencies and CPS organizations in the United States."
The above criminal accusations about John Roberts (not about NESARA) are identical to the affirmations/affidavits of former Maryland US Senate candidate, Jon McGreevey and filed by attorney, Lin Wood.
SG Anon continues, "John Roberts is also a Knight of Malta – formerly, now that that particular organization has been dissolved – and a Jesuit.
"So, between the Bush administration of 2000-2008, the appointment of several corrupt Supreme Court justices beholden to a Deep State agenda between 2004 and 2014 and then, the presidency of Hussein Obama from 2008 to 2016, that entire period of time in the United States was not reflective of the will of the People. President Obama cheated his way to victory in 2012 and George W Bush cheated his way to victory in 2004-2005."
In other words, the will of the people and the direction of the country have been divergent for a very long time. He continues:
"The military was ready, as early as 2011 to begin enacting a process to forcefully remove Barack Obama. The military had evidence, going all the way back to before 2000 and certainly through the first decade of the 2000s to implicate them and their whole group in Treason, Sedition, Crimes Against Humanity/Children, etc...
"However, that plan was tabled when the military reached out to several patriotic billionaires who had celebrity appeal, likeability with the people and obviously, were not beholden to other interests. The man who agreed to run for President of the United States was Donald J Trump.
"The presidency of Donald J Trump, beginning in 2015 during the campaign and leading through 2016 and up to 2018 and 2020, that entire period of time was the unfolding of the first large operational phase of a years'-long military coup in the United States.
"The option was to remove the traitors from all levels of government, so including Congress, the bureaucracy in DC, all of the Federal Agencies, many of the state agencies, many state governments, including governors, the President of the United States at the time [Obama], as well as his entire administration and approximately 40% of the United States military, as well.
"The option was to do all of that by force and risk throwing the country and the entire world into a conflict that simply could not keep the lid on – or to do so as quietly and covertly as possible, having the power of the lawful Executive of he United States.
"The NSA monitored the Election of 2016. The NSA helped to un-rig and ensure that the Election of 2016 went to the appropriate and correct winner. That individual, as we all know was President Donald J Trump."
SG Anon says that there is a worldwide collaboration of military patriots all over the world and that he checked a flight radar app this week and saw military planes from 10 separate countries flying in US airspace. He says that likewise, you'll find US National Air Guard and US Navy flying over other countries right now.
SG Anon says that all of the actions and meetings of the Trump Presidency were towards fortification to ensure the country could withstand the "cleaning operation" through which we've been living for the past almost-2 years and which is about to go into a much more public and dynamic phase.
He says the original plan was to lock down the global population for 3 to 5 years and then to make the Death Shot the only condition of coming out of the lockdown, saying:
"This forced-vaxxination campaign tied directly into the weaponization of a technology called 5G. 5G, in an of itself is a frequency range that can be harmful or helpful, depending on who is controlling the emitters and the receivers.
"The technology...was designed to be a mass murder weapon, because it was designed to shred your blood cells. The COVID vaxxines contain various substances that are toxic to the body. Some of those substances can be activated and controlled with 5G frequencies and made to behave in certain ways.
"Nanotechnology has also been present in many of those Kill Shots, especially from Pfizer and Moderna and so that was yet another angle. This was going to play out towards a mass depopulation and then those who survived would lose their freewill...
"These shots were designed...to give them control over those electrochemical processes [in the brain]. They were literally going hijack your ability to think for yourself.
"This worldwide alliance that President Trump and many other world leaders formed has undertaken the largesse task of bringing to justice the teeth of this power structure, while simultaneously informing the entire population of the world and the free peoples of the world just what was going on, what almost happened to them and how we can move forward from here as civilization."
Meanwhile, he says the fake US Government is imploding and that some actors were placed by the White Hats into the Government to play their roles; "Joe Biden" has played the Judas Goat and the Biden Regime is designed to cripple the American Deep State apparatus and to simultaneously show it for what it is to the American People.
WHERE WE'RE AT
SG Anon says that one of the reasons why the White Hats didn't go in and end the Joe Biden Presidency on January 22nd, 2021 after the fake inauguration was due to threats by the Deep State of dirty nukes being set off in large population centers of the US.
The international military patriot alliance has since been quietly hunting down and neutralizing the estimated 20 nuclear warheads that had gone missing since the Cold War and to neutralize other threats, in addition to destroying the networking, tunneling and trafficking systems around the world.
He says there are tunnels leading from the Baltic to Ukraine, amid the 37,000 miles of tunnels that exist throughout Eastern Europe, which are being destroyed by the international patriot coalition, while Vladimir Putin is handling the public-facing part of removing the Nazis from Ukraine.
He says the Ukraine government, installed illegally via a CIA coup in 2014 will fall and that Zelenskyy has not been within Ukraine's borders for months. Meanwhile, Russia is starting war crimes tribunals in Donbas, in which contractors of the CIA and US biomedical firms will stand trial.
Hillary Clinton's charter was to take the United States into a global nuclear war and to take the United States into a global pandemic with a pathogen that was actually very lethal, developed in the Ukrainian labs that Putin has now neutralized.
Belarus is getting involved in the Ukraine conflict, as Russia deploys 300,000+ troops for a full scale invasion to finish what they started.
SG Anon says that rumors of US light infantry divisions being deployed into the Ukrainian countryside without declaring war are "unfortunately true", as there are factions within the US military that are loyal to the Globalist Manchurian Biden Regime. He says they're about to be taken out by the patriots in the military and that this is an unfortunate scenario that will be played out all over the world, in which militaries will be taking out the Globalist agents within their ranks.
SG Anon believes that the treasonous General Mark Milley will be implicated in helping Ukraine to either detonate a dirty weapon or conceal an attempt to detonate a dirty weapon. He says:
"General Milley was detained and given a part to play about July of last year...He was removed from command by Marine Corps General David Berger and a platoon of Marine MPs.
"This happened around the same time that Major General Daniel Hokanson of the National Guard Bureau was also identified as a traitorous asset and given a 'tropical reservation' [at the 'spa' in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba].
"The next few weeks that we're going to live through are going to be life-changing and world-changing. They will be clarifying in ways that we never really thought possible. They will be comforting to anons and patriots everywhere."
He says he stands by his previous prediction that the 2022 Midterm Elections will not be held, saying that a nuclear event, such as a nuclear false flag on US soil would be cause for the fake Biden Regime to suspend the electoral process but that he can't imagine the White Hat command allowing such a devastating weapon to be used.
He says that CGI and advanced filmmaking could be used to create the illusion of something that absolutely did not happen, adding, "We are waiting for a very large national event of some sort, either in the United States or somewhere in Europe or the rest of the world that directly affects and draws in the United States."
He says there are still a few days left in October and that the 31st is Halloween, which is a Luciferian feast day. Regardless, he says our vindication is at hand.
He drops some intel on California listeners, telling them that they will be experiencing quakes up and down the coast over the next several days, which he says are indicative of "full-scale tunnel destruction". He says recently, 3,500 children were rescued from the DUMB beneath the US Navy base at China Lake.
He says the recent explosions heard at FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC were related to the destruction of tunnels in that city.
Having emptied these bases of their victims and perpetrators and completed their intelligence-gathering, he says they are now working on the physical destruction of these apparatuses of evil.
WHERE WE'RE GOING
He says this war is not just about the peoples of the world versus the Deep State. This is its current physical manifestation but he says this war goes back thousands of years.
"The war that is playing out, that we are a part of, is a war between the Almighty Creator of everything, the endless love that sustains life everywhere, in all of the realms, for all of everything versus its very antithesis: The Evil One.
"The minions of the Evil One have controlled this particular realm for thousands of years. We, as human beings and mankind are created in the image and likeness of that Source Creator. Man is the only creature in the world that is endowed with the ability to select its emotions based on its environment. We are also the only lifeform in the world endowed with the ability to conjure organic, original creation that has not been seen before."
He says that we, his listeners, as people who are waking up earlier than others are very important to the mass Great Awakening that is currently underway; that we'll be needed to help facilitate this.
He finishes by saying that, "We're going to go through a short period of intense discomfort and public disclosure, all of which will lead us into what I believe is the greatest life that we could live, outside of being reunited with the Creator."
Saturday, October 29, 2022
These have all with us forever. but not so well known as often as not. Of course, local healers would surely have them all.
The problems addressed are common enough and i particularly note hte threapeutic application of intimacy to overcome depression. This is new to me but also self obvious as well and it needs to become the goto therapy to help tnhose depressed. Lots of hugs here!
Can it really be that easy to overcome a setrious problem. a partner pays the price, but then the probem resolves for the nonce.
12 'Ancient' Natural Alternatives Better Than Drugs
Posted on: Wednesday, October 26th 2022 at 7:45 am
Written By: GreenMedInfo Research Group
When it comes to traditional remedies, don't mistake "old" for obsolete. In the case of these 12 natural remedies, they may be old, but they really are tried and true
In the modern digital age, information that has stood the test of time is increasingly drowned out by the latest crazes. Health trends and fad diets hawked by fitness gurus offer you endless ways to get fitter and be better than you were yesterday, but how much of their advice will actually "stick" and become multi-generational wisdom?
If you'd like to learn a dozen best-practices for your health that are "Grandma approved," read on and discover 12 natural remedies that were passed down through the ages because they actually work.
1. Neti Pot for Allergies
A neti pot is a traditional remedy used to cleanse the sinus passages of mucus, dust and irritants, in much the same way that we bathe our bodies. Popular in the Far East, the tradition of the neti pot has not been widely adopted in the U.S. However, natural health enthusiasts have kept the tradition alive to aid with seasonal allergies and most drug stores and pharmacies have them in stock.
A warm saline solution is prepared in the neti pot using distilled water. The spout is placed against each nostril, and with your head slightly tilted, the water is poured into each nostril while breathing through your mouth.
The water flows out the opposite nostril, carrying debris and pollen that lodge in your sinus cavities and cause irritation. The warm water soothes and relaxes the delicate sinus tissues and breathing can return to normal. Like bathing, neti pots must be used regularly to adjust to the routine and keep pollens at bay during allergy season. Some important neti pot tips:
Use distilled water only
Warm the water to 98.6 degrees F
Use saline packets or make your own using 16 ounces of distilled water to 1 teaspoon mineral (not iodized) salt
2. Hot Tea for Cold and Flu
Tea is one of the oldest healing potions in the modern world. With more than 124 beneficial pharmacological actions in our GreenMedInfo.com database, there are hundreds of reasons to drink tea. And here's one more: it can help you get over a cold or flu faster.
Green tea is known to possess antiviral components and has demonstrated in trials to be inversely associated with influenza infection.[i] These benefits are not limited to green tea. The herbal tea Echinacea Plus was found in a clinical trial to shorten cold and flu symptoms compared to placebo.[ii]
Why not add some honey to your cup? During cold and flu season, honey is a great way to enhance your tea's taste and healing properties. Honey not only increases flavor, it can boost your immunity to influenza.[iii] And if you have some, add a squeeze of lemon juice for extra vitamin C and anti-inflammatory effects.
3. Turmeric for Joint Pain
One of the most therapeutic substances on Earth is a flowering plant known as curcuma longa. You may not recognize the plant's name, but its use is unmistakable -- a bright orange culinary spice that is a key ingredient in many popular Asian dishes. Turmeric, the exotic spice produced by grinding the curcuma longa plant's roots into a fine powder, has been studied in thousands of scientific trials, not for the enticing flavor, but for the herb's near-limitless healing properties.
For millennia, scientists and herbalists have been exploring the therapeutic properties in this magical herb. Widely used by athletes and active adults, turmeric and its isolated active ingredient, curcumin, have been shown to reduce joint pain and inflammation in ways that outperform many modern drugs.
In fact, a 2012 study showed that curcumin outperformed diclofenac, a standard arthritis treatment, and ibuprofen on arthritis pain and quality-of-life indicators with no negative side effects.[iv]
Like most herbs, consistent supplementation is key to effectiveness. That's not hard to do with turmeric. You can add it to your diet in delicious curries and exotic dishes or take it in supplement form. Golden milk tea, also called the turmeric latte, is another delicious way to benefit from the anti-inflammatory properties -- and delicious taste -- of this priceless plant.
4. Hydrotherapy for Muscle Strain
Spa bathing has been used to soothe the body and spirit for thousands of years. Ancient Romans used intricate plumbing systems to pipe and heat the healing mineral waters of places like Bath, England, so they could physically rejuvenate and relax from the stressors of life.
Whether it's occasional body pain from strain or overwork, or a chronic condition such as back pain or fibromyalgia, soaking, steaming and showering can be the remedy to set you on your feet again. The best part? You don't need to travel to a health spa to enjoy the benefits of hydrotherapy. Turn your bathroom into a healing oasis with three simple things: hot water, cold water and magnesium chloride, also known as Epsom salts.
The next time you're feeling strained, draw a warm bath and add at least 2 cups of Epsom salts. Thermal mineral water contains important minerals, including calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium, and a 20-minute soak soothes inflammatory pathways that are linked to pain response. A 2019 study found that daily mineral soaks provided clear therapeutic benefit for several musculoskeletal diseases.[v]
For an extra therapeutic boost, try finishing off your hot bath with a cold shower. It may seem like an abrupt way to finish, but just two minutes under a cold stream of water increases blood flow and lymphatic circulation and boosts your immunity, among other health benefits.
5. Ice Packs for Swelling
Some minor injuries, such as a pulled muscle or a mild impact that causes swelling, can be effectively treated at home by applying an ice pack to the affected area. But how do you know if your injury should be treated by soaking in a hot bath or applying a cold pack?
Cold and heat are the most commonly applied at-home pain remedies. Heat therapies, such as a thermal mineral bath, are for relaxing stiff, aching muscles and increasing blood flow to the area. Ice is generally used for recent acute injuries where swelling is present. Ice packs can help reduce swelling and pain from twisted ankles and strained elbows and slow any bleeding into the tissues that causes bruising.[vi]
The key to this remedy's effectiveness lies in elevating and resting the swollen area and applying the ice pack right away. Do not place ice directly on the skin; use a towel or cloth as a barrier. You can use a bag of frozen vegetables or place ice into a tea towel, just watch the area for signs of ice burn (when the skin turns pink) and do not ice for more than 30 minutes at a time.
6. Black Seed for Stomachache
You may already know about the therapeutic properties of black seed, aka nigella sativa. A traditional remedy that is said to cure "everything but death," black seed is taken as a dietary supplement by natural health advocates the world-over. One of the ailments that black seed has proven useful for is gastritis, or inflammation of the stomach lining, a problem that affects everyone on occasion.
The use of oral medications, consuming too much alcohol or rich food, or simply experiencing a stress-filled day wherein proper nutrition is neglected can all ignite a bout of gastritis or upset stomach, symptoms of which include stomach pain, cramps, nausea and sometimes vomiting. Another common trigger for gastritis is Helicobacter pylori, also known as H. pylori, a bacterium found in half the world's population that can lead to the development of stomach ulcers if left untreated.[vii]
To combat gastritis and calm inflamed stomach tissues, research has shown that a spoonful of ground black seed and honey paste, taken three times a day after meals, can significantly reduce symptoms and even eradicate the presence of H. pylori bacteria.[viii]
Making black seed a regular addition to your diet can have added benefits, as well. Multiple studies have shown the lipid-lowering effects of black seed on hypercholesterolemia, for example.
7. Intimacy for Depression
While it's important to take care of the physical body, the need for trusted social bonds is equally necessary for a vital, healthy life. Intimate relationships, be they physical, emotional, or both, are proven to be critical to your happiness and overall quality of life.
In a longitudinal study of young adults over 40 years that measured their happiness during college and again 35 years later, the happiest participants were the ones who said they valued and enjoyed their close relationships.[ix] It wasn't critical to keep the same partners to benefit; those who placed a high value on developing close bonds were the happiest across time.
In terms of intimacy versus isolation, intimacy is the remedy when isolation creates disease of the spirit. If you are partnered, make the effort to strengthen and sustain closeness by cuddling, eye-gazing and sharing and listening with empathy.
If you're single, consider the many health benefits of dancing with a partner. Age is not a barrier to entry, nor to receiving the positive effects. A 2009 study of patients in a dementia care unit showed 67% of patients who danced with staff members experienced a significant reduction in agitation, uplifted mood, increased social bonding and improvement in overall quality of life.[x] Added bonus -- it's a great way to stay fit.
8. Apple Cider Vinegar for Odor
Another old remedy that really works was reportedly used by Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, as far back as 400 B.C. Apple cider vinegar, or ACV, has health benefits that have been known for millennia, thanks to powerful antifungal and antimicrobial properties.
Thanks to its high acid profile, apple cider vinegar makes a wonderful remedy for halitosis. For an instant bad breath remedy, add 1/2 tablespoon of ACV to a cup of purified water and gargle the mixture in your mouth for 10 seconds at a time until the cup is empty. Be sure to swish in the back of your cheeks and into your upper and lower gumline to eradicate any odor-causing bacteria.
ACV can help combat unpleasant body odors by adjusting your skin's pH level, which eliminates odor-causing bacteria. For armpit odor, wipe your underarm area each morning with undiluted apple cider vinegar on a cloth or cotton ball before applying a natural deodorant. Be sure to avoid antiperspirants containing aluminum and other cancer-causing chemicals. For foot odor, fill a pan with warm water and add 1/3 cup of ACV, then let your feet soak in this mixture for 15 minutes once per week.
9. Pomegranate Juice for Fatigue
Pomegranate may be without equal when it comes to healthy foods. Eating the fruiting ovary of the pomegranate bush is so beneficial, it just might save your life. And on those low-energy days, a shot of pomegranate juice may also save your to-do list.
For a quick pick-me-up, 4 to 6 ounces of pomegranate juice is a great way to ward off fatigue by supplying vital nutrients, a mega-dose of antioxidants and helping maintain stable blood sugar levels. Pomegranate juice has demonstrated in multiple trials to contribute to blood sugar homeostasis,[xi] making it useful in managing energy throughout the day.
Pomegranate juice can help regulate blood pressure,[xii] another factor that can contribute to fatigue. Pomegranate's remarkable astringency can be felt in your mouth after eating the fruit or drinking its juice, and it may be key to pomegranate's energizing superpowers.
When blood flow is impeded to the heart, energy levels dip, such as in cases of atherosclerosis, when arterial plaque builds up in the arteries. In a three-year trial of patients with atherosclerosis who supplemented their diet with pomegranate juice, artery-clogging plaque was reduced by up to 30%, effectively reversing the disease process by up to 39% within one year.[xiii]
Additional benefits included a 130% increase in patients' antioxidant status.[xiv] So, raise a glass of pomegranate juice and drink to your health and high energy.
10. Arnica for Bruising
Arnica montana is a perennial flower in the same family as sunflowers, dandelions and marigolds. Sometimes called the "mountain daisy," arnica is a natural ibuprofen alternative that can be useful to quell minor pain and bruising associated with superficial injuries.
Due to the highly addictive nature of opioids and arnica's usefulness for both pain and bruising, arnica has become a popular remedy after cosmetic surgeries such as face lifts. A study comparing the effects of topically applied compounds on bruise healing found that 20% arnica reduced bruising more than .003% white petrolatum, 1% vitamin K and 3% retinol creams.[xv]
Arnica is generally applied as an ointment or gel and can be purchased in homeopathic formulas and as a flower remedy.
11. Eucalyptus for Stuffy Nose
Known for its invigorating fragrance, eucalyptus is revered for its ability to soothe irritated sinuses and make breathing easier when you have a stuffed-up nose. Eucalyptus has anti-inflammatory properties that may contribute to this airway-clearing effect.
You can enjoy the therapeutic properties of eucalyptus by adding a few drops of essential oil to a humidifier, especially if you place it by your bed at night. If your stuffy nose is acute, try adding fresh eucalyptus leaves or 10 to 12 drops of essential oil to a bowl of steaming water, then placing a towel over your head while you breathe in deeply.
This practice can also have a beneficial effect on your lungs, as evidenced by a 2018 study on mice with induced emphysema that experienced lung repair after inhaling eucalyptus vapors 15 minutes a day for 60 days.[xvi]
12. Healthy Habits for Under-Eye Circles
Dark circles under your eyes can be the result of many causes, including genetics, dietary deficiencies, stress, sleep deprivation and smoking, among other factors. No single remedy will work for everyone; however, you can take a multi-pronged approach to reduce dark circles and restore a fresh-faced appearance.
Make sure you are well hydrated by consuming around 2 liters of purified water each day. Next, eliminate nutrient deficiencies by eating a diverse diet of whole, organic foods. Sleep is crucial to reducing dark circles, so do your best to get a full seven to nine hours of sleep each night, preferably in a cool room with fresh, circulating air.
If you're currently using cigarettes, consider a smoking cessation program. Radiation exposure from cigarettes is 36 times worse for your health than working at a nuclear reactor,[xvii] so you can bet it contributes to dark under-eye circles.
Finally, sunlight deficiency may be as deadly as smoking,[xviii] so be sure to get at least 15 minutes of unfiltered sunlight through your irises daily to boost important vitamin D levels.
While some stress is unavoidable, don't let life's pressures deter you from adhering to these basic healthy habits. By prioritizing self-care, you will remain stronger, healthier and more capable of managing life's stressors in a balanced way.
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[xiii] Michael Aviram, Mira Rosenblat, Diana Gaitini, Samy Nitecki, Aaron Hoffman, Leslie Dornfeld, Nina Volkova, Dita Presser, Judith Attias, Harley Liker, Tony Hayek. Pomegranate juice consumption for 3 years by patients with carotid artery stenosis reduces common carotid intima-media thickness, blood pressure and LDL oxidation. Clin Nutr. 2004 Jun;23(3):423-33. PMID: 15158307
[xiv] Michael Aviram, Mira Rosenblat, Diana Gaitini, Samy Nitecki, Aaron Hoffman, Leslie Dornfeld, Nina Volkova, Dita Presser, Judith Attias, Harley Liker, Tony Hayek. Pomegranate juice consumption for 3 years by patients with carotid artery stenosis reduces common carotid intima-media thickness, blood pressure and LDL oxidation. Clin Nutr. 2004 Jun;23(3):423-33. PMID: 15158307
[xv] S Leu, J Havey, L E White, N Martin, S S Yoo, A W Rademaker, M Alam. Accelerated resolution of laser-induced bruising with topical 20% arnica: a rater-blinded randomized controlled trial. Br J Dermatol. 2010 Sep;163(3):557-63. PMID: 20412090
[xvi] Emanuel Kennedy-Feitosa, Isabella Cattani-Cavalieri, Marina Valente Barroso, Bruna Romana-Souza, Lycia Brito-Gitirana, Samuel Santos Valenca. Eucalyptol promotes lung repair in mice following cigarette smoke-induced emphysema. Phytomedicine. 2018 Aug 8 ;55:70-79. Epub 2018 Aug 8. PMID: 30668445
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