It’s with a heavy heart that I write this article, as up until now; I used to enjoy consuming this so-called ‘health food’.
But until recently, I discovered the ugly truth.
“But soy is a health food!”…. I angrily thought when I first read this.
But as I dug deeper; I discovered that fermented soy is the real super food.
“If fermented soy is really good for you, surely regular soy is good too?” – Unfortunately, that’s what the soy industry wants you to believe.
Clever marketing from the soy industry has hijacked the health benefits of fermented soy; claiming that that regular soy is equally as good.
Ironically; this assumption couldn’t be further from the truth.
As you progress through this article; you’ll learn some shocking truths of the terrible illnesses soy can cause… including cancer.
If you’re a soy lover (like I used to be); I encourage you to read on with an open mind.
These facts have been collected from a wide range of doctors as well as double-blind research to eliminate any bias. These doctors have no financial gain or agenda from reporting these dangers. And neither do I.
Video by Dr Josh Axe
On the flipside; when conducting your own research, be wary of ‘astroturfing’. This is where corporations or industries with an agenda try to muddy the waters with conflicting evidence (often paying scientists to conduct bogus research) in a bid to protect their own interests.
Make sure you read until the end to discover the fermented soy products that are really good for you.
Why is soy so popular?
As mentioned above; the soy industry was keen to ‘ride the coattails’ of fermented soy. So they launched a massive ad campaign to promote soy and fermented soy – as having equal health benefits.
This caused a massive shift in the public’s attitude towards soy; skyrocketing sales over a 10 year period from 300 million to 10 billion.
Soy is very cheap to produce and process. It’s also very high in protein and low in calories. So it’s a very attractive ingredient for food manufacturers and marketers alike.
Phytoestrogens… are they good for you or bad for you?
Soy is high in phytoestrogens – which is a plant-based estrogen (‘phyto’ meaning plant).
This is where the water gets muddy. Some sources will tell you phytoestrogens are good for you… and some will tell you the opposite.
Phytoestrogens are a known endocrine disruptor… these disruptions can cause cancerous tumors, birth defects, and other developmental disorders.
Yet there are many studies reporting that phytoestrogens are good for you. Such as reducing blood pressure and lowering cholesterol levels. But then again, could these studies be funded by the soy industry? It’s hard to tell.
Drinking soy milk is a sure-fire way to consume unnatural amounts of phytoestrogens. If you watch the video below by Dr Eric Berg; he is adamant that these phytoestrogens disrupt the body’s hormonal balance, creating estrogen dominance – even citing an instance where two of his male patients consumed so much soy milk that they began to lactate!
Soy is goitrogenic
There are many foods that have goitrogens, but soy is at the top of the list.
Goitrogens suppress the thyroid gland by blocking its ability to absorb iodine. The thyroid gland needs iodine to produce hormones.
Your thyroid produces hormones that are largely responsible for regulating your metabolism.
Prolonged iodine deficiency (from an excess of goitrogens) can result in hypothyroidism, which means you’ll gain weight no matter how much you diet and exercise.
And in some cases; hypothyroidism can lead to thyroid cancer.
Soy is rich in trypsin inhibitors
Trypsin is an enzyme in our stomach that is crucial to digesting proteins. The trypsin inhibitors in soy have been known to cause pancreatic disorders – which are often the gateway to a host of serious diseases like cystic fibrosis, pancreatitis, or in the worst case; pancreatic cancer.
Soy is naturally high in ‘anti-nutrients’
Soy contains naturally occurring anti-nutrients such as:
Phytic acid – which disrupts the gut’s ability to absorb minerals such as; Iron, calcium, magnesium, and zinc.
Saponins – a toxic glycoside with a distinctive foaming characteristic
Protease inhibitors – protease enzymes play an important role in your stomach that break down peptide bonds in proteins.
Oxalates – In high doses can cause urinary problems, kidney stones and gout.
Soybeans are commercially processed in aluminum tanks with acid. This results in high levels of aluminum leaching into the final product.
Soy baby formula – a formula for disaster
Because soy is processed with acid washing; soy baby formula has up to 75 times more magnesium than regular baby formula – not to mention high levels of aluminum.
Aside from all the dangers; there are no health benefits to feeding your baby soy formula.
There is no evidence that a soy formula will soothe your baby if they are suffering from colic.
The dangers of GMO
90% of soy crops in the US are GMO (genetically modified).
Monsanto; the company who owns the patent to this GMO variety, needed a genetically modified version of soy to withstand high doses of their toxic herbicide – Roundup
Roundup kills everything except the soybean plant, so farmers can maximize their yield and profits.
This toxic herbicide leeches into the soybean, which can cause a multitude of diseases… but most notably; food allergies in children.
This stems from GMO soybeans containing a gene that is alien to the human food chain. This gene infects the DNA of our gut bacteria and continues to grow – even years after you stop eating GMO soy.
So what soy products are the real superfood?
The Japanese have long been touted for living long and healthy lives… and much research has concluded that fermented soy plays a critical role.
But what about all the ‘bad stuff’?
The fermentation process removes all the anti-nutrients and toxins. Only then can the beneficial properties kick in such as heart and vascular health, healthy probiotics (gut health) and cancer resistance.
What’s more is that the fermentation process produces the vitamin K2 that has a blood thinning effect that can reduce blood clotting and vascular disease. K2 is also considered a key component in maintaining bone mineral density.
For most people; cutting out non-fermented soy from your diet can be relatively easy (if you read your food labels).
But not so much for vegetarians…
Despite the health dangers of soy; moderation is key. Consuming small amounts of soy products occasionally is fine.
Ideally, try to avoid the worst culprits such as soy milk – try substituting soy milk for almond milk.
Check out this great blog on vegan soy-free recipes
So when you weigh these facts up; it’s easy to conclude that the risks outweigh the possible benefits.
I welcome any comments in the comments section below… I’ve done my best to site reputable resources from doctors, scientific journals and health committees – so if you have anything to add, please include a link from a trustworthy source for me to check out.
Your health is your wealth!
Without a doubt, organic produce is better for you… But when the cost is 50% to 250% more than your local supermarket… most folks shrug their shoulders and give up on the idea
But don’t give up hope!
No need to cancel your Netflix account, or give up your next family holiday…
Believe it or not; you don’t need to be wealthy to eat healthily!
I know that sounds weird, but I discovered how it’s possible thanks to my hippie friend Carol.
Let’s look into how you can eat clean while shopping at your local supermarket.
I used to believe that if you can’t afford organic, don’t bother at all… but I was so wrong.
Do the best that you can; don’t subscribe to the ‘all or nothing’ mentality.
You can greatly reduce you and your family’s exposure to harmful pesticides and toxins buy taking baby steps toward smarter grocery purchases.
Firstly, you need to get familiar with your ‘friends’ of the grocery aisle and your ‘enemies’…
Stay away from ‘The Dirty Dozen’
The dirty dozen is a list of the most ‘toxin-rich’ produce you’ll find at your regular grocery store.
If any of your favorite vegetables or fruits is on this list; then you should opt for organic instead (or try my alternative option later in this post).
-Imported snap peas
-Sweet bell peppers
Alternatively; these non-organic fruits and veggies are safe to buy from your local supermarket:
Here’s a list of produce that has little to no pesticide exposure. Some of them naturally repel pests, like cabbage and onions. Some of them have thick skins – which are fine to eat once peeled.
-Sweet corn (if you don’t mind eating GMO)
-Frozen sweet peas
Wash your food
No matter if you’re eating organic or not; you should still wash your fresh produce…
And if you don’t have the budget or the time to visit Whole Foods, you might be forced to buy something from the ‘dirty dozen’…
If that’s the case; peel where you can, or wash them thoroughly to try to remove some of the harmful pesticides.
The best way to wash your veggies is to fill up a large bowl with four parts water and one part vinegar and allow your produce to soak for an hour before using it. Then rinse off and enjoy.
Get into the habit of using a wholesale butcher… or at least a local butcher.
Depending on what country you live in; different meats may have been given growth hormones.
So by visiting an independent butcher, you can ask for help choosing meats without the hormones (local butchers are always friendly and willing to help).
If you’re trying to eat clean, don’t ruin the benefits with processed oils
Vegetable oil sounds healthy, but in reality; it couldn’t be further from the truth.
‘Vegetable oil’ is a healthy sounding name marketers use for artificial cooking oils like canola oil, soybean oil, corn or sunflower oil – try to limit your consumption of them as they’re linked to cancer.
Margarine is equally as toxic – natural butter is a far healthier option.
When it comes to cooking oils – stick with either; extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, butter, clarified butter (ghee) or lard (yes, lard is better than artificial cooking oils).
As convenient as canned foods are; most cans are lined with BPA, which is a hormone disruptor.
How to eat organic and SAVE MONEY
My hippie friend Carol has an EX-boyfriend who had been growing his own (ahem) medicine… for his anxiety.
And when he moved out of Carol’s place – he left behind a brilliant homemade Aquaponics set up.
It’s not Hydroponics – that requires spending money on plant food.
Aquaponics is an organic gardening secret that grows up to 10 times the plants, in half the time, with healthier plants…
And fish do all the work!
AQUA-PONICS is the combination of hydroponics with aquaculture.
Aqua-Culture is the process of growing fish in a tank… the fish produce Ammonia, Algae, Minerals, and all kinds of other by-products that would otherwise need to be constantly filtered.
But plants thrive on Ammonia, Algae, Minerals and Nitrates!
Everything that fish produce naturally.
If you connect the fish-tank water to the water of the hydroponics system… your plants get an automatic food supply of almost everything they need to grow from the fish water… and in turn… the plants filter the water for the fish.
Since Carol’s EX moved out; she’s been growing her own organic vegetables.
And she eats the freshwater shrimp as they grow big and plump!
I’m always really surprised by the volume of fresh produce she’s able to grow in such a small space…
It’s a win for me as Carol always gives me a large basket of fresh organic veggie’s to take home whenever I visit.
Apart from the immense savings from growing her own organic veggies and seafood, she saves space in her refrigerator because she only picks what she needs – when she needs it.
Which means less food waste!
Anyone can cheaply and easily set up a homemade Aquaponic system… and grow an abundance of food without hardly any effort at all!
I asked Carol to share her secrets so I could post them here… she agreed, but I could tell by the tone of her reply that she would need to spend a bit of time preparing… So I decided to let her off the hook and found an online expert to share instead.
After hours of research, I discovered:
Aquaponics 4 Idiots – without a doubt, the most comprehensive guide that comes jam-packed with all the step-by-step instructions, secrets and common mistakes to avoid.
You get step-by-step video instructions on how to build your very own homemade Aquaponic system.
Of course, you can skip the aquaponics and grow what you can with a basic herb garden… but unless you have ‘green thumb’ – herb gardens or classic vegetable patches always seem to be a struggle (at least for me anyway).
On the flipside; once aquaponics is set up – everything is on autopilot.
It’s so easy that even your grandma can do it!
Whatever your preference; growing your own organic produce is a great way to offset your grocery bill.
And by keeping clear of the ‘dirty dozen’ at your local supermarket and avoiding unnatural cooking oils; you’re greatly reducing you and your family’s toxin exposure.
Good luck!Continue reading
Whether you realize it or not; your belief system is based on someone or something you trust.
It’s the practice of lying to the public on a grand scale for profit or power.
The word ‘astroturfing’ is a play on the term ‘grassroots movement’ (since Astroturf is fake grass). A ‘grassroots movement’ can often be referred to as a sway in public opinion.
What is the best way to sway public opinion?
By paying professionals we trust such as doctors, scientists, celebrities or specialists to spread misinformation.
Corporations love astroturfing
They pay an industry professional such as a ‘dietician’ or a doctor to speak on a TV commercial or a morning talk-show and ‘inform’ the public on what they should be buying (or not buying). These people are called ‘thought leaders’ and are given a script to read, and are told to stick to it.
Pharmaceutical companies are masters of the this dark art
Let’s say you see a documentary on television with scientists recommending you take a new cholesterol-lowering drug (suitable for children too).
So you do some homework and there is a family health organization that promotes the drug. You Google the name, and you see doctors promoting how good the drug is. You look it up on Facebook and there are hundreds of people who claim the drug is great. So you finally ask your doctor and he also praises the product. So you decide to use it for the whole family.
But what you didn’t know was that the documentary was paid-for and produced by the pharma company.
The health organization is an affiliate for the pharma company.
The pharma company has flooded the internet with false testimonials to drown out any negative press about the drug.
The Facebook page is owned by the drug company… along with the fake FB profiles (bots).
And your doctor has been influenced by cherry-picked research results… along with incentives to prescribe the product.
And to top it all off – the concept that cholesterol causes heart disease is based on a theory that has ZERO scientific backing (the lipid hypothesis)… meaning you were being tricked into thinking you needed the drug in the first place!
Now that’s evil!
The oil industry used astroturfing to convince the public that leaded fuel was safe. They paid scientists to come up with false scientific conclusions. This stunt allowed petroleum companies to shorten the lives of hundreds of thousands of people over the span of 50 years.
Tobacco companies used astroturfing for decades to fool people into thinking that smoking didn’t cause cancer.
The breakfast industry uses astroturfing to trick us into buying their products to this day…
We constantly hear this famous tagline: “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”
The breakfast industry is an international network worth billions of dollars… and this single phrase is the foundation that it was built on.
But did you know that this famous phrase is a giant sham?
Breakfast literally means “to break your fast” (because the 12 – 15 hour period between dinner and when you wake up is considered a fast).
You may have read lately that fasting is a popular way to lose weight. Intermittent fasting is a popular weight-loss technique where you skip breakfast and try to hold out for lunch as long as possible.
But the breakfast industry doesn’t want you to believe that… So they roll out some ’dieticians’ to muddy the waters with the lie: “you need breakfast to kick-start your metabolism otherwise your body will go into ‘starvation mode’ and actually hold onto fat rather than burning it” – but this is simply clever marketing spin.
Your local personal trainer and doctor hears about the lie, and without fact-checking; they start spreading the rumor further…
The trouble with astroturfing is that it can be so believable that it influences even the most educated people. It can sway the opinion of doctors, scientists, and government officials. That’s when a lie becomes ‘the truth’. People don’t bother to fact check because the ‘fact’ has become ‘common knowledge’ – “if it’s on Wikipedia then it must be true”.
Wikipedia is an astroturfers dream… Wikipedia claims to be ‘open source’ but couldn’t be further from the truth… Wikipedia works with corporate and political interests to serve their agendas
Check out ‘the lipid hypotheses’ on Wikipedia… even though there is zero scientific evidence supporting the hypothesis; Wikipedia has watered-down and twisted the words of the ‘controversy’ at the bottom of the page to appease the all-powerful drug companies.
Powerful interests trying to manipulate your opinion using non-profit organizations
Another classic example of astroturfing is a ‘non-profit organization’ that fights regulation… when in reality; the non-profit org is a front-group acting in the interests of a corporation. Or a group of corporations that risk losing profits from certain regulations.
Eg: The group ‘Save Our Tips’ organization which is meant to be representing restaurant staff is actually a front-group funded by a body of restaurateurs that disagree with a minimum-wage price hike.
‘The National Wetlands Coalition’ worked on behalf of oil companies and property developers.
‘The American Council of Science and Health’ is funded by chemical corporations and oil companies.
The ones that cry ‘fake news’ are often the ones who are bias
Astroturfers seek to controversialize those who disagree with them… calling them fake news, a conspiracy theorist, a quack, crazy or even a bigot. This is a popular technique in politics.
Astroturfing is rife within politics
Around the time of an election, pick up your local paper and you will find countless letters from ‘concerned resident X’ objecting to the disastrous policies of Y.
Although it sounds hard to believe that a political power would stoop to such a low level; most of this low-level astroturfing is done by ‘bots’. These bots come in the thousands and are ‘virtual astroturfers’ complete with fake IP addresses and fake online histories.
Lazy reporting makes matter worse
Newsgroups aren’t interested in reporting the proper news. They report on ‘clickable news’ or sensationalist news… the type of news that will make sure you keep watching after the commercial break. This complacency in the media is where news outlets don’t bother fact-checking. They use astroturfed ‘facts’ and perpetuate the myth by reporting on it.
So how can astroturfing affect the quality of your life?
Misinformation can influence your lifestyle choices such as:
Your diet – “Eat margarine instead of butter for heart health” (Ironically, margarine causes heart disease)
Drugs you take – “Take these drugs for depression” (side effects may cause suicidal thoughts and tendencies)
The way you bring up your children – “Growing bodies need carbohydrates… this breakfast cereal is high in carbohydrates to fuel your child’s brain while at school” (‘high in carbohydrates’ is a loose term for 35% sugar)
How you spend your money – “This celebrity uses ‘wrinkle eraser X’ to look more youthful (when in reality, you’re rubbing unnatural chemicals into your body that can mess with your hormones).
Astroturfing is a minefield to navigate through…
It is so poisonous that many people throw their hands in the air and dismiss the good information with the bad.
I urge you not to be a total skeptic, but an open-minded skeptic, giving both sides of a story a chance.
Most importantly, be mindful of the drugs that the pharma industry tells you are safe to take.Continue reading
Decades of studies conducted on literally hundreds of thousands of participants all over the world have concluded with rock-solid evidence – that most vitamin supplements are useless.
And furthermore; taking them in the slightest excess actually increases your chances of cancer and other illnesses!
If you live in a developed country; even if you don’t eat a particularly healthy diet – you’re still likely getting the vitamins you need. As crazy as it sounds; many junk foods (even though they are combined with unhealthy ingredients) still contain vitamins and minerals.
Know your dosage
The vitamin supplement industry is poorly regulated, and these vitamins don’t have to go through the stringent tests that medicine has to endure. They are also exempt from disclosing any possible side effects.
The next problem with vitamin supplements is that it’s near impossible to be sure you are getting a safe dosage.
Taking a much higher dose of vitamins than nature intended in an effort to ‘cancel out’ the sins of your diet doesn’t work. Your body is a complex machine that relies on a fine balance of what it needs. Yet in this age of information, too many people still think that consuming more than what your body needs means they’ll grow stronger like some kind of superhero.
It is a common misconception that high doses of vitamins wards off illness… in fact, it does the opposite (I will explain later in the article).
Nature intended that you get your minerals and vitamins naturally from food. By doing so, you can’t ‘overdose’ on vitamins (this is why juicing your fruit and veg isn’t healthier). It’s very simple – if you have eaten enough kale (or whatever nutritious food) to make yourself full… then you have maxed out on your vitamin dosage.
Another reason we take vitamin supplements is because of one the greatest marketing buzzwords in the health industry – Antioxidants
Antioxidants are hailed as the ‘holy grail’ for good health – They fight the evil free radicals
We have all heard that popular buzzword – free radicals… and how they wreck your body.
It’s true. Free radicals cause oxidation… and oxidation can lead to disease.
Some free radicals are formed as natural byproducts of your body’s processes, including eating and breathing and immune system responses.
But free radicals are also plentiful in things like:
Oxidation causes a number of health problems:
Heart – High Blood Pressure, Cardiac Fibrosis, Metabolic Syndrome
Skin – Premature Aging, Psoriasis, Dermatitis, Melanoma
Eyes – Cataracts, Retinal Degeneration
Kidney – Chronic Kidney Disease
Joints – Rheumatoid Osteoarthritis, Psoriasis
Immune System – Chronic Inflammations, Auto-Immune Disorders, Lupus, MS, Cancer
Brain – Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease
Lung – Asthma, COPD, Cancer
So how do these free radicals cause oxidation?
Without overwhelming you with complicated science jargon; free radicals are molecules that are highly reactive with other cellular structures.
These free radicals are missing an electron – so they steal the electron they need from your cell membranes, proteins and DNA. This is electron stealing is called oxidation.
So how do antioxidants fight these free radicals then?
Antioxidants have an extra electron – Free radicals need an electron.
So the antioxidant gives its extra electron to the free radical – which means free radicals don’t need to steal electrons from your healthy cells.
OK then, so it’s only logical that I take as many antioxidants as I can to fight all these free radicals right? (Especially if I lead an unhealthy lifestyle)
As much as the vitamin supplement industry would like you to think this – this assumption is very wrong. In fact, taking lab made antioxidants will increase your chances of cancer.
Sounds crazy right? If antioxidants cancel-out the negative effects of free radicals, how can antioxidant supplements be harmful?
Scientists conclude that free radicals aren’t quite as nasty as the marketing department of the health industry portrays them to be.
Even though it’s clear that free radicals cause damage, we actually need free radicals to kill bacteria and repel cancerous cells.
As mentioned earlier, free radicals are produced naturally, regardless of external circumstances.
So when people take high doses of antioxidants, they are creating an unnatural environment where the immune system is unable to do its job properly. This phenomenon is called ‘the antioxidant paradox’. And research concludes that it causes cancer.
As mentioned earlier; only consume antioxidants (and vitamins) the way nature intended. This ensures you don’t overdose on them.
There are literally hundreds of medical and University studies that prove that overdosing on vitamins and antioxidants heightens your chances of cancer.
In 1994 Finland’s National Cancer Institute studied 29,000 male long-term smokers 50 years+. They were chosen because of their high risk of heart disease and cancer. Different groups were given either vitamin E, beta-carotene or a placebo.
The results were startling – the subjects who took vitamin supplements had the highest rates of heart disease and lung cancer.
In 1999, research by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center of more than 18,000 participants who had been exposed to asbestos and who were at a high risk for lung cancer, found that patients who took vitamin A, beta-carotene or both were at a 28% and 17% higher risk of dying from lung cancer or heart disease from those who didn’t take any supplements. The study was quickly brought to a halt.
Researchers from the American National Cancer Institute studied 11,000 men in 2007 examining the effects of multivitamins. The group that took the vitamins was 50% more likely to die from prostate cancer.
A similar study on women in 2011 from the University of Minnesota tested 39,000 older women who took multivitamins. The group that took multivitamins all died at higher rates.
If lab created vitamin supplements are so bad, why does everyone take them?
It all comes down to one man – Linus Pauling. He was once considered one of the greatest scientists who ever lived… but because of his great fall from grace, he is mainly remembered for one thing – vitamins.
At the age of 30, Linus Pauling released a scientific paper called “the nature of the Chemical bond” it was so groundbreaking there was nobody qualified to review it. When Albert Einstein was called to look at it he shrugged his shoulders and said: “it’s too complicated for me”. Pauling’s breakthrough earned him his first Nobel Prize – in Chemistry.
He also published a paper that not only cured sickle cell anaemia but was so brilliant that it gave birth to a totally new science – molecular biology.
He made plenty more groundbreaking discoveries and went on to collect national and international science prizes as if they were baseball cards.
As a peace activist, he made such a name for himself – that he earned a second Nobel Prize… a Peace Prize. He was the first person to earn two different Nobel Prizes.
He was awarded Time magazines ‘Man of the Year’.
The media couldn’t get enough of him. And his ego grew.
That’s when he began his research into vitamin C.
Pauling claimed that high doses of vitamin C could cure everything from cancer to HIV and everything in between… he was convinced that it would allow humans to live up to 150 years old.
Other scientists jumped on the bandwagon supporting Pauling’s claims reporting that high doses of vitamin C were the cure to the common cold.
Because of Pauling’s legendary status, half of America was now taking vitamin C supplements.
When scientific studies concluded that vitamin C did nothing to cure cancer, Pauling was outraged. He insisted that the study was conducted wrong.
So research was re-done to Pauling’s standards… and was given the same conclusion.
But Pauling wouldn’t swallow his pride.
This time he doubled-down on his theories. He claimed that an extremely high dose of vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin E, was the winning combination for curing ALL ailments.
Although there was no scientific evidence to back it up, Pauling still had a lot of clout with the media, so Time magazine picked up the story and put it on their front page.
The vitamin supplement industry couldn’t believe their luck… the FDA had been on their back questioning the efficiency of their products… now a double Nobel Prize winner was heavily promoting their products.
The Pharmaceutical industry saw their opportunity and took it… using the leverage of Pauling’s status, they were able to steamroll the FDA with their lobbying in Congress and paved the way to make vitamin pills a billion dollar industry.
And that’s the reason people still take multivitamins today.
The pharma industry knows vitamin pills are useless and can increase your chances of cancer and other diseases… but then again, the pharma industry isn’t in the business of healing people. They’re all about making billions off the backs of sick people.
Since then, Pauling’s claims on vitamin supplements have been debunked decade after decade… sadly leaving his brilliant reputation in tatters.
Linus Pauling never once admitted he was wrong and continued to take high doses of vitamins.
He died of prostate cancer and his wife of stomach cancer.Continue reading
Free ebook – How the writings of a very wise 1800 year old Roman Caesar will drastically change your life.
Marcus Aurelius is widely considered one of the greatest Roman Caesars of all time. He wrote a great deal of philosophy and was known as a moral man and fine thinker.
His classic book has inspired generations of people from all walks of life as well as great leaders… and is free for you to download.
Or listen to this Youtube audio version:
Marcus grew up as Roman elite… so at a young age he was educated by some great philosophers such as Seneca and Epictetus with the intention of him taking a place in the Roman senate.
The philosophy he was taught and then wrote about is called stoicism.
Stoicism is not a religion, but a way of thinking to help you deal with the inevitable pitfalls and stress of everyday life.
Caesar Aurelius’ writings weren’t intended to be published as a book. This free ebook he wrote is called ‘Meditations’ because they were mantras he lived by… and lessons he learned from the stress of leading a colossal empire.
“Whatever happens to you has been waiting to happen since the beginning of time… The twining strands of fate wove both of them together: your own existence and the things that happen to you.” – Marcus Aurelius.
Stoics believe in fate… and if you also believe in fate; this philosophy becomes very easy to adopt.
But you don’t need to believe in fate to appreciate and benefit from stoic teachings.
One of the cornerstones of stoic philosophy is that we may not always have control over what’s going on around us; but we do have control over how we react to it.
This way of thinking has inspired generations of leaders and thinkers the virtues of tolerance and self control.
This free ebook is the same book that guided and comforted Nelson Mandela while he was a politically imprisoned for 27 years as he fought for racial equality in South Africa. After his release, he used his stoic beliefs to preach peace and forgiveness despite the terrible injustices of his oppressors.
Stoicism these days is a term for someone who remains calm under pressure and avoids emotional extremes – someone who rids themselves of negative emotion.
If you happen to be ‘hot blooded’ or sometimes ‘fly off the handle’ easily due to the stress of modern day living – you might also want to read this article about how stress and anger is harming your heart (which is a great reason to download this inspirational book).
“Some things are up to us, and some things are not up to us” – Epictetus.
The Stoics believed that most things in life are ‘not up to us’ and out of our control such as:
Although we are able to influence these things to some degree; ultimately these things are out of our complete control.
The things the stoics believe are ‘up to us’ are things that come from our mind such as:
Stoics believe that people set themselves up for misery and sadness because they base their happiness on things they cannot control – which was described by the philosopher Epictetus as “self-imposed slavery”.
This means that a stoic’s happiness is not dependent on things outside of their control…
Here’s a great quote from the philosopher Seneca:
“It is in no mans power to have whatever he wants. But he has it in his power not to wish for what he hasn’t got – and cheerfully make the most of the things that do come his way”
The stoics used philosophy as a tool that can sculpt and shape our character into an impenetrable fortress – one capable of withstanding struggles and adversity with calmness and strength.
A famous stoic quote (Epictetus) “We suffer not from the events in our lives, but our judgments about them”… a quote that resonates with modern psychology, religions such as Christianity and Buddhism and the self-help movement.
This way of thinking focuses on changing the self defeating attitudes people form about their life circumstances.
Let’s face it. Life is difficult… but all too often, television, movies and social media lead us to believe that everyone should be living a magical fairy tale life. And this belief system sets us up with high expectations.
Stoics believe that anger, misery and sadness arise when misplaced hope smashes into an unforeseen reality…
Anger and sadness only arise when something is considered ‘bad’ while being unexpected. But you don’t get sad and angry when it we get caught in an unexpected storm – even though it’s cold, wet and unpleasant. That’s because we have learned to expect storms.
That’s what the stoics want you to understand. You should learn to expect betrayal, misfortune, accidents, theft etc… So when it eventually happens, you can handle the stress better. A wise and stoic person should aim to reach a state where nothing can suddenly disturb their piece of mind.
This doesn’t mean we should be pessimistic – it just means we should be realistic… and not let external circumstances affect our happiness.
Expectation management: this is a concept that should be taught in school. We should apply this with our own thinking – but also with dealing with others such as business, parenting, friendships etc…
Failure to meet expectations results in disappointment, anger and sadness.
With social media and television giving people false impressions of what their lives should be like, stoicism is a great tool to bring our life expectations back to reality…
If we can learn to rewire our brain to let-go of circumstances that are out of our control – only then will we be truly happy. These are the lessons that children need to learn in school. These are lessons young and old must learn in order to survive the hardships of today.
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Everything in the universe has its own resonant frequency.
When you break things down to an atomic level, nothing can truly be regarded as a solid. All matter, whether it’s a solid, liquid or gases are composed of the tiniest particles called atoms. And these atoms are made up of smaller particles called protons, neutrons and electrons. And these particles are made up of even smaller matter such as quarks, bosons and leptons.
Which means; at an atomic level, the thoughts we think and the air we breathe and the sounds we hear are just as real as steel or stone.
Everything is made up of the same principal particles. What makes them different is the arrangement of these particles and the way they are bound together. This is what makes up a substance.
Atoms are not solid either.
Rather, they are infinitely small solar systems made up of even smaller particles vibrating at incredible speeds that are bound together by powerful forces.
Simply put: everything in the universe is made up sub-atomic particles vibrating at different frequencies.
Sound = Vibration
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden were the first to prove the sound frequency of an atom. The sound, known as a surface acoustic wave (SAW) is the weakest sound possible.
Even the universe also vibrates at its own frequency.
Recently, two physicists at The University of Southern Mississippi, Lawrence Mead and Harry Ringermacher, have discovered that the universe is not only be expanding, but also oscillating or “ringing” at the same time. Their paper on the topic has been published in the April 2015 issue of the Astronomical Journal.
Sound Therapy in Modern Medicine
Modern medicine uses sound frequencies for many different applications. The most widely known use is ultrasound.
Although ultrasound equipment appears silent, the high frequencies they emit are far more intense than the scream of a jet engine.
The power of concentrated sound frequencies can also destroy or rearrange molecules.
If you amplify a frequency, the molecular structure will change. A great example of this is an opera singer shattering a glass with their voice.
This same principle is used for non evasive surgery.
Ultrasound frequencies are used by doctors to reduce joint pain and inflammation.
Newer uses of ultrasound have been used for non-evasive surgery where highly focused ultrasound frequencies are used to destroy tumors.
Modern medicine also uses pulsed infrasonic sound waves to break up kidney stones.
Frequencies of the human body
Just like everything else in the Universe, Our bodies are in constant vibration, every atom, vein, organ, bone, our brain – all have a particular sonic signature with numerous, complex energetic interactions continually taking place. At each of these levels, the communication includes finely attuned bio-electrical transmitters and receivers, which are harmonized like tuning into a radio station.
Frequencies of our meridian system
All parts of the body form an interconnected, vibrating energy network known as our meridian system.
Chinese medicine states that when our body becomes diseased or struck with pain; it’s because one or more of our meridians have an energy blockage.
Blockages within our meridian system occur when our body isn’t resonating at its prime frequency.
Energy imbalances and blockages can be a result of;
Traditionally, the most popular methods for restoring congested or blocked meridian lines are to either use Acupuncture or Acupressure.
In some cases, Chinese doctors will use electricity for chronic illnesses or strong pain – this is called Electro-acupuncture.
Needles are not the only solution
Blockages within the meridian system can also be cleared using sound frequencies. This is achieved through the science of entrainment.
A basic definition of entrainment is when a stronger rhythm, causes another rhythm to vibrate in harmony with it.
It’s a law of Physics. When two objects are entrained with each other, they expend less energy.
On an atomic level; everything vibrates at different frequencies – including our biological rhythms.
– Which is why our body will entrain to a new time-zone after a long flight.
– Our heart rate and brain waves will entrain to a hectic or a quiet environment.
– Our hormonal cycles entrain with phases of the Moon
-Female roommates menstrual cycles become entrained to the same week of the month
– Even our mood is susceptible to entrainment – which is why most people don’t like to be around a negative person.
This phenomenon is the cornerstone of Acu- acoustic therapy.
Using the correct bio-frequency; you can synchronize a blocked meridian back to its natural free-flowing state.
This is extremely beneficial for people who have needle phobias. And it is ideal for people who practice meditation.
If you have a nagging ailment and tired of taking expensive medication; Chinese medicine can most likely help.
Check out this short video which shows you how the power of acupressure combined with the science of entrainment can deliver the same miraculous healing benefits of electro-acupuncture.