Rick Simpson with Tisha Casida – Protecting Medicine Freedom

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Rick Simpson took some time to speak with Tisha Casida about cannabis, hemp, and the importance of standing up for individual’s right to consume this natural plant.  Rick Simpson is best known for teaching people how to create their own hemp oil (some also call it CBD Oil – this stands for Cannabidiol, one of over 85 cannabinoids or phytocannabinoids in hemp).  See more about our Peaceful Rebellion at www.Rebellion.Life

A Serious Discussion About Vaccines

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– Richard Smith, from That’s Natural!

As the vaccine debate rages on, it is important for one to educate themselves on the issue. No matter what side one is on regarding vaccination, it is imperative to truly understand how vaccines work and the potential risks involved, and why there is an ongoing debate to begin with. For instance, the current measles outbreak has affected 171 people across 17 States since this year started. This year we saw a record number of cases with 644 people infected across 27 states (cdc.gov/measles). This is alarming for a couple reasons; one being that we were told in 2000 that measles was eliminated in the U.S.; second, a majority of the cases were individuals who were previously vaccinated for measles.

However, this scenario is not historically unique. In 1984, 21 cases of measles were reported in Sangamon County, Illinois, in which 100% of the people infected were adequately vaccinated. Another study in 1994 found that measles outbreaks still occurred in school populations despite having between 71-98.8% of those affected immunized(1). Yet another example took place in 2011, where 98 Canadians became infected with measles, with 50% of those having received two doses of the vaccine(5).  So the question must be asked, why are those who should be protected still becoming sick and infected? The answer lies within the measles vaccine itself, that’s why its important to understand exactly how it operates.

There are mainly two types of vaccines routinely used: live, attenuated vaccines; or inactivated vaccines. The live vaccines include the MMR, chickenpox and the typhoid vaccine. The inactivated vaccines include the flu shot, the polio vaccine and the pertussis vaccine. Both types of vaccines are intended to induce immunologic memory and protect from disease when exposed to the ‘wild’ version of the virus/bacteria. However, as we will discuss later, this is not always the case.

Measles is a viral infection that causes symptoms typical of most viral infections including fever, cough, runny nose, fatigue, and a skin rash that appears as small red dots with white centers(1). Symptoms generally leave in a week or two and like most viral infections, it is not deadly to those who are well nourished and not immunocompromised. The real danger is to infants, who are still developing an immune system and are unable to inherit natural immunity from a vaccinated mother (more to be discussed on this later).

Measles epidemics were common occurrences during the 1800’s in developing countries like the U.K. and the United States. The epidemics were often deadly, with some reports of 20% fatality rates among children(1).  However, as time went on, sanitation standards were vastly improved – like cleaner water and safer sewage removal – thus deterring  the spread of many infectious diseases(4). Nutrition greatly improved as well, and as more people became what we call the “middle class”, mass starvation was something only seen in the non-industrialized world. A downward trend in mortality from infectious diseases was already taking place many years before medicine like penicillin was widely used in 1944(1). By the 1960’s, with modern nutrition standards commonplace in the developed world, a sharp decline in measles cases were observed even before the vaccine was introduced(1).  So, in 1963, when the first vaccine was licensed, measles was already not the danger it once was. For instance, in 1960, the official number of fatalities due to measles was 380. With the population approaching 181 million at that time, the mortality rate was equal to about 0.24 per 100,000(1). So why then, did we need to create a vaccine? Well, if you are Merck and Co., there is money to be made!

The original vaccine was an inactivated virus, which was hugely unsuccessful for a number of reasons: one being the immunity seemed to wane quickly and secondly,  complications rising from pneumonia, encephalopathy, and a more severe form of measles called atypical measles(1). Shortly after, a live version of the vaccine was introduced and became more widely used between 1965 and 1967. The live vaccine contains an attenuated virus, meaning it undergoes changes to make it less virulent and ‘hopefully’ not disease-causing. However, the attenuation process is highly inconsistent and not totally error proof, so the virus may remain virulent to some degree and still cause disease(2).  Therefore, the vaccine can cause measles infection, also known as “modified measles,” which is likely to be the cause of the recent outbreaks. So it can be reasonably assumed that it is not the natural or wild version of measles causing the outbreaks, but rather the vaccine strain. Yet day after day we hear in the media how it is the children who weren’t vaccinated that are causing the outbreaks, but what evidence do they have to really prove this? The media neglects to ever mention or consider the vaccine strain as possibly the culprit of the outbreaks.

Furthermore, evidence shows that the vaccine strain of measles is not necessarily cleared totally from the body, thus it can cause disease and also be contagious(1). This vaccine that induced measles, or “modified measles”, was first discovered in the early 1960’s when the live vaccine was first being used, but it was always assumed that it would only be a subclinical manifestation without severe symptoms. Unfortunately, it has been repeatedly shown to cause disease (like in the outbreaks previously mentioned) and even the more virulent atypical measles(1).

However, “modified measles” isn’t the only problem associated with the vaccine. For instance, the vaccine strain has been found in urine and various blood cells and immune cells of patients with autoimmune diseases like inflammatory bowel disease and autoimmune hepatitis(2).  Thus, there is evidence that the vaccine strain can persist in the body for many years and cause disease rather than offer protection.

Yet, to me, the biggest issue is the loss of natural immunity that mass vaccination has created, particularly since the 1960’s. Natural immunity, unlike vaccine induced immunity, is generally ‘lifetime protection’. Vaccine immunity wanes over time, it may last up to 25 years, but some research predicts it may even be lost in as little as 10 years(1).  Therefore, vaccines may only postpone the onset of contracting a given disease that immunizations are intended for. Natural immunity comes after exposure to the wild virus or bacteria by means of natural occurrence and not artificial immunity(4). Antibodies from natural immunity are much more effective at clearing a pathogen from the body, and can be passed naturally from mother to child via the placenta and breast milk(2). Vaccine induced antibodies are not produced in the mammary gland, so they cannot be transferred via breast milk. Mucosal, or natural exposure to a virus via the mucous membranes, is needed to transfer immunity by breast-feeding. Vaccinated mothers also have less antibodies in the blood compared to naturally acquired immunity, hence the placenta is also an unreliable source to transfer any vaccinated immunity the mother may have(2). Consequently, infants are at a dire risk for contracting measles if born to a vaccinated mother because they are unable to acquire any immunity that would protect them. Thanks to vaccines, with mass vaccination beginning in the 60’s, most people were not allowed to contract measles at a safe age and therefore pass on natural protection to their offspring(2).  Infants are particularly susceptible to disease due to their under-developed immune systems and therefore it is not practical to give a newborn a live vaccine. We have created a generation that will be born without the protection they need from a virus that is still around thanks to the idea of artificial immunity.

Is the measles vaccine justified? Why was it created in the first place? How do we know how effective it actually is? More research needs to be done to really get a definitive answer, but we cannot look past how much money vaccines make for the industry, so undoubtedly profit is a big and driving force. As far as the effectiveness goes, we must remember that, for obvious ethical reasons, vaccines cannot be tested by way of randomized control trials like other medications. Their effectiveness is based on how well it makes the individual produce antibodies and statistical data collected after it’s unleashed upon the public(2).  Nonetheless, there is an ever increasing movement to make vaccination mandatory and subject to law, but we cannot forget the questions that vaccines continue to bring up and the rights we have as individuals.  The debate rages on.

“Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.” – John F. Kennedy

References:

1. Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, and the Forgotten History. Humphries, Suzanne and Bystrianyk, Roman, 2013 

2. Vaccine Illusion: How Vaccination Compromises our Natural Immunity and What we can do to Regain our Health. Obukhanych, Tetyana, 2011

3. Vaccine Epidemic. Habakus, Louise Kuo, et al. Skyhorse Publishing, 2012

4.  Anyone Who tells You Vaccines are Safe and Effective is Lying. Here’s the Proof. Coleman, Vernon. European Medical Journal, 2011

5. Poland, Gregory A., and Robert M. Jacobson. “The Re-Emergence of Measles in Developed Countries: Time to Develop the Next-Generation Measles Vaccines?” Vaccine 30.2 (2012): 103–104. PMC. Web.

Climate Change & Health Problems – Other Contributing Factors

I think it is a bit frightening to have our President openly declaring that his daughter’s asthma has now made Climate Change ‘personal’ to him.  I have absolutely nothing against people who believe in Climate Change, because I share in the sentiment that it is changing, does change, and has changed for thousands of years.  I do have a real problem with trying to blame health problems like asthma on Climate Change specifically, because I think there may be some other contributing variables to this – variables that we CAN control and be actionable versus just spout vitriolic rhetoric at each other.

1. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) – Our federal government had the audacity to allow GMO products into our food supply without any type of labeling, without telling the American public, and while protecting Monsanto and associated companies from culpability (see the ‘Monsanto Protection Act’).  GMOs, which have not been adequately studied, may have drastic effects not only on our health – but on our genetics – so that problems with GMO foods may actually not be seen until the next generation.  This is something the federal government HAS control over, and could immediately do something about.  But, instead of protecting the American public’s health – they have aided the enemy – the companies that created these GMO products.

2. Radiation – Our country, Russia, and several other countries have, since the invention of nuclear warfare, been setting off these types of bombs.  They do this far away from ‘the public’, however, fail to recognize that this type of fallout, doesn’t go away and can traverse the globe through sea and sky.  In addition to the use of nuclear weapons, there is the use of nuclear power, that can fail – like that of Fukushima.  Instead of focusing time and effort on how to protect humans from the continued leakage of radiation – our federal government is focusing on climate change as a direct cause for sickness.  Call me crazy – but shouldn’t we worry about what we absolutely know about first?  Radiation is extremely deadly – right now, to everyone equally.  All I am asking for is a prioritization of what we know and what we can control.  Control is the key here.  The major CO2 polluters – India and China – don’t have to obey any laws on climate – and therefore, we MUST focus on what we CAN control and do something about NOW!

3. Strange and Secretive Adventures into Science – The Large Hadron Collider, which can smash atoms together at the speed of light – is an amazing creation, that could very well tell us many neat things about the Universe.  However, if we are worried about Climate Change affecting human health, shouldn’t some of this time, energy, and expense go to making sure we protect humanity by cleaning up the air?  On that note, HAARP (High-frequency Active Auroral Research) created in 1997 and located in Alaska, has the ability to shoot rays of energy into the atmosphere from strategically placed antennas.  These highly concentrated rays of energy could, in theory, burn a hole in the ionosphere.  Remember the whole Climate Change thing?  Well, imagine our government heating up the ozone and burning a hole in the ionosphere – those are things that could contribute to the problems we are having.  This is something that we DO have control over – why isn’t our government doing anything about it (supposedly the U.S. Air Force has told Congress its intent to shut this facility down, but I am not buying that)?

This is not about whether you believe in Climate Change or not.  The fact is – people ARE getting sick, from a myriad of different things, and I feel it is important to address those things that we can absolutely control and DO something about.  Because I really CARE about the health of our country – and if our “leadership” really cared – they would actually do something that made a difference.  Like, require the labeling of GMO foods to let people make an individual and independent choice of what they want to consume.  Like, focus taxpayer money  on protecting people from the radiation still coming from Fukishima.  Like, truly stopping and destroying HAARP so that this machine could never be used in warfare, which could result in the destruction of mankind.

The President is not my King.  I do take what is happening in the environment very personally, as we all should.  And surely some common sense can prevail in direct causes and effects of the issues and health problems that we face.

– Tisha T. Casida

Movie – What If Cannabinoids in Cannabis Cured Cancer & Other Diseases?

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That’s Natural! stands behind and applauds research and smart drug policy that allows for the use and research of cannabis.  This video has many excerpts, diagrams, and summarizing information on cannabis, the 421 related compounds found in the cannabis plant, Cannabidiol or CBD and the non-psycoactive effects that may help with inflammation, anxiety, and more, as well as the Endocannabinoid System and how this system responds to cannabinoids.

1 in 5 People, Drugging Themselves to Relax

We love drugs.  I mean, coffee and alcohol are drugs too, and Americans, God love us, have a special affection for drugs.  And, at REBELLION.life, we have a special affection for protecting your right to use them.

A Gallup survey has recently shown that approximately 20% of Americans admit to using drugs to relax.  Self-medicating is nothing new to society, however, the range and the types of drugs available to alter one’s mood are increasing.  We think there are more healthful approaches (e.g. exercise, outdoor-time, etc.), but the fact is, a lot of people take some type of medication to relax.  And that’s… well, scary.

Mind-altering drugs that are synthetic have a host of potential side-effects, some of which can be horrific for society.  Addiction to these synthetic drugs is damaging and deadly.

In Colorado, voters went so far as to approve having marijuana (much, much safer) as a drug choice.  And here at REBELLION.life, as people who whole-heartedly support hemp, cannabis, and the non-psychoactive parts of hemp (Cannabidiol or CBD) – we hope that more people start investigating alternatives to the synthetic drugs that exist.

There won’t be a movement any time soon to figure out non-drug ways to relax.  However, we feel there is a lot of promise and opportunity to educate and inform people about natural alternatives to synthetic mind-altering drugs.  The use of marijuana exists for people who love THC and the psychoactive ‘high’.  And for the rest of us, who don’t necessarily want the high, but want to experience the health benefits of CBD – there is hemp – which is legal to consume in all 50 States and now legal to grow in 19.

Exercise your sovereignty and your right to relax.  And if you so desire, check out alternatives to synthetically-derived drugs that could wreak havoc on your system, and consider a natural solution, instead!

Nullification, Legalization, Cannabidiol, Oh My!

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Colorado nullified federal law in 2012 with the passing of Amendment 64.  More people voted to legalize marijuana in Colorado, than voted for Barack Obama.  That’s right – more people came out to vote for the legalization of a plant than the sitting President.

By Colorado celebrating its sovereignty as a State, and letting its citizens to decide for themselves what to use as medicine, we have led the way in effectively using and regulating cannabis – which includes not just marijuana, but also hemp!

Hemp products are and have been legal to buy and sell in all 50 States, however, growing hemp as a plant is only legal in 19 – Colorado being one of those.  Slowly but surely, more States will follow in adopting sound agricultural and social policies to allow their citizens to grow, buy, sell, and use all types of cannabis products – it is good for business, and it is GREAT for Food and Medicine Freedom.

You can be a part of this movement with That’s Natural!  We have a list of extensive, independent research on hemp and cannabidiol, or CBD.  And we are offering the most premium CBD Hemp Oil, that has Colorado-grown hemp, is independently verified, and is processed using a supercritical CO2 extraction process – we never use dangerous solvents.  If you love it, you can even be a part of our dedicated sales and distribution team – reaching customers all across the country.

We are celebrating our sovereignty – as individuals who can make choices for ourselves what we eat, drink, and use as medicine.  Come be a part of the medicine freedom revolution at www.cbdoil.life!

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Feet in the Dirt

Have you put your feet in the dirt lately? Did you know that the earth carries a negative charge, and that you may actually feel better if you take five or ten minutes to stand barefoot in the dirt (or even in the grass)? Some people call this “grounding”, and for myself, has been a wonderful way to feel better after staring at a computer screen, or being on a cell phone, all day. Most objects on the ground carry a positive charge, and so by actually physically connecting with the earth, you can “stay balanced” electrically (we are energy).

 

The earth, and us as human beings, have an amazing connection. Just like we depend upon the earth (and universe) for energy to power up our computer and phones, we also rely on the earth to feed ourselves, and to of course, to have a clean water supply. There are many people in our country, who do not have the time to go and take their shoes off to stand in the dirt – there are arguably people who have never touched the earth’s surface with their bare feet – and it is my hypothesis that this creates people who are out of touch with the planet – literally and figuratively.

 

Until to put your feet in the dirt, or take your shoes off and put your feet in a stream or creek – you may not realize just how powerful the phenomena is. It is my goal to get as many people as possible taking their shoes off and taking 10 minutes to stand in the dirt. If you can actually get out on a trail, out of the city, that is even better. If you can put your hands in the dirt too, and plant something or grow something to eat – that is the next step to connecting to your power source – agriculture. But just a little bit helps – I bet you will see positive health benefits.

 

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