Saying Goodbye to the Monsters

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Last night I finished the biography of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles.  Over the past year and a half, I have read the biographies of George Washington, J.P. Morgan, and John D. Rockefeller (all by Ron Chernow).  In this same time period, I was given a book called “A Course in Miracles” by a very dear friend and fellow Ron Paul supporter.  And since beginning to really focus in on politics since 2009, as well as run for Congressional office in Colorado in 2012 and 2014 (and exploring a third in 2016), one thing has become very apparent to me.

I am saying goodbye to the monsters.  There are so many people who exist, who seek to raise fear and use fear as a tactic to stop you from achieving your dreams – or achieving anything for that matter.  Even people who claim to support the same things that you do – when I have stood up for that – they repeatedly tell me how scared I should be of this ominous force that seeks to destroy me.

For years and years I have been told to prepare for the next economic collapse – all while I take time and energy away from actually engaging in positive and productive actions that may stop me from ever being rampaged by such a catastrophic event in the first place.  By using this fear of a tragic event to come, these people who behave like monsters, lurch behind you, using facts and data to support something that is obviously very real – but not really any different than anything that has happened for hundreds and thousands of years.

After reading these truly wonderful biographies, I was astounded at how again and again – instances of politics (the attempted destruction of individual liberties, the use of force by government, the use of force by corporations, politicians being bought by various interests, the strengthening and weakening of the federal government over States’ rights) repeated.  Again and again.  What we are seeing today, is absolutely nothing new.  This is how we roll.  This is life.

You see, there are good times and there are bad times.  There are times of economic prosperity, and there are times of stagnation and depression.  There are times of achieving liberty and there are times of oppression.  History continues to repeat – and here we are in this present moment – this “holy instant” – and what do we do with it?  What do we do with RIGHT NOW?  Because the past is gone and the future is unknown, how are you going to take this holy instant and what will YOU do with it?

I am saying goodbye to the monsters.  I want to use my precious seconds on Earth, to love, to give peace, and to peacefully rebel against people who use fear to stop others from expressing themselves and living in liberty.  True liberty is taking off all of the shackles of fear away from your heart and your mind.  All of the bad, the disaster, the war, the pain, the evil – can you imagine yourself not feeding it anymore?  Can you imagine acknowledging something but not giving your heart and mind to it?  Can you imagine, instead, believing in goodness, peace, and kindness?  In your seconds, you have the choice for what you feed your mind.  I am no longer feeding these monsters of fear.

How the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Could Hurt You

Say NO to the TPP

The TPP is billed as a “free-trade” agreement between the United States government (representing the interest of the large corporations who have bought it) and 11 countries – Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam.

Here is the only question you need to ask yourself – if trade were allowed to be free amongst individuals, companies, and other individuals and companies – why would you need an agreement?

Free trade, in its simplest form, means that people are free to trade with other people.  You don’t need an agreement, or a pact, because people are free to do what they want, and individuals and the market will respond accordingly. That is what “free” means.  If there is nothing stopping someone – they are free.

However, the TPP could very well end the freedom of individuals to both trade freely with other individuals, as well as have their individual rights eroded.

The agreement would allow food products from other countries into our nation’s food supply as long as the exporting country says they are ‘safe’.  This is a grave danger to the health and well-being of America’s citizens who enjoy the ability to consume foods that are extremely regulated in comparison to other countries, especially when it comes to the use of toxic pesticides and monitoring of heavy metals. Food labels could actually be considered a “trade barrier“, and the TPP would rather allow products to flow “freely” without allowing people to know where exactly their food is coming from.  And of course, I believe, that consumers deserve to make an informed decision of whether or not they want to eat a product – and the country of origin is certainly part of that decision.

Small companies and producers never benefit from such large, over-reaching agreements.  Only gigantic multi-national corporations, who purchase our representatives in Washington, need this type of blanket agreement with other governments – to preserve their trade.

The smoking gun here is that our government, that promised un-compromised transparency, will not allow us to see the actual text of the TPP agreement.  However, Wikileaks has a portion of this document available here.

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton won’t speak to this issue, as another smoking gun, that the TPP is latent with corruption and does not deserve the support of our representatives.  We hope you will make an informed decision about who should represent you in 2016, and consider “cleaning your house” as a precaution.

– Tisha Casida

Never Be Afraid of Your Government – Case Gyrocopter Mailman

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So, believe it or not, a man (Doug Hughes) who broadcast his plan to fly his gyroscope ‘non-violently’ to the capitol to deliver a message to Congress – was not stopped by the military, police, or otherwise – he made it all the way to the capitol lawn.

Now, this is some gutsy civil disobedience!  He is incredibly lucky that he wasn’t shot on landing, and we are glad he is alive and okay.

I believe this is a very strong testimony to the very painful misallocation of resources when it comes to Homeland Security.  In addition to resources, it is probably saying something about the organization and culture of people who are supposed to be “protecting” the American people.  Because if someone can fly a gyrocopter onto the lawn of the capitol, without triggering some type of alarm – there is a real problem.

Do we really believe that the federal government can “keep us safe”?  I would think that giving them the authority to patrol our borders and capitol against terrorists is a good thing, but when it comes to our own States, cities, counties, and homes – I think I would rather protect myself!  Or depend on a State or local government have more control, where I can keep an eye on them.

I am happy that the non-violent protest of civil disobedience by Mr. Hughes ended with him alive and probably in a lot of trouble.  What a wonderful reminder that “government” is only as smart and savvy as the people IN government.  I hope you consider cleaning your house this election and voting in some new blood with a new focus on effective policies that truly protect people.

– Tisha Casida

CBD OIL BANNED FROM AMAZON – Get Yours NOW while you CAN!

Protect Your Medicine Freedom - Buy While You Can

Amazon has made the decision to no longer allow merchants to sell their CBD hemp oil via their market platform.  In addition to this, Google AdWords has recently banned certain CBD oils from being able to advertise (namely those who disclose what is in their CBD oil on their website).

In our conversations with customer service, they are not able to give us a direct reason why, so we can only assume that big-pharma and big-government (that has its big hands on the throats of both of these online platforms) is cracking down.  They want to stop consumers from being able to choose for themselves what they use as medicine.

At this time, they cannot stop us from independently selling this product online via our website and they cannot stop us from bringing this product to retailers and your doorstep.  And we will.  We will not stop and we will not be stopped by big-pharma and big-government that is afraid of the profits they will be missing as more and more people make individual choices about how to treat their pain and disease – outside of the pharmaceutical industry.

You are in control of your health and medicine choices.  If you want a third-party verified, transparently-produced CBD Hemp Oil from Colorado-grown hemp – this is your chance to purchase it and tell your friends at www.cbdoil.life.  At That’s Natural! we will fight back to protect your right to medicine freedom – please support us by sharing this with your friends and family.

PS: As of this writing not ALL of the products have come down off of Amazon because they have figured out “work arounds” to keep up (according to customer service at Amazon).  We can only wonder if part of these other CBD oil’s strategy is to not disclose where their hemp is coming from, as we make it clear that our product is U.S.-grown in Colorado.

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.

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