Originally, I wrote this article a few weeks prior to the Great Corona Pandemic of 2019-2020. I was planning to publish it sometime in March 2019, but with the population of Western countries held in a prison-like lockdown, it seemed quite pointless to write about why we should quit netflix or any other kind of TV watching as a time when everyone is literally ordered to stay at home. During this time, watching TV may the one thing keeping people sane, providing a kind of story-time soma.
Perhaps there was a reason why so many hours of TV series have been produced in the last ten years. As though in preparation for this moment. And certainly, with this amount of internet streaming, we would need a faster internet like 5*G. I still remember as a kid having to wait a week for the next 30 minute episode of a favourite drama. But now these days you can binge watch an entire 3 or 4 seasons in one go.
However, as the lockdown draws to a close, I think it is time to publish my original article. It will be time to break this new habit of sitting in front a screen. And not just any the TV screen, also our smartphones.
It may come across as irresponsible, but I want to talk about how we are, by our nature, a social species. It is unnatural to keep humans caged up all day, jus as it is unnatural to keep battery chickens caged up. Without exposure to dirt, to people and even to viruses or bacteria, our immune systems have no chance to be strengthened. It is not viruses or bacteria we should fear. It is the overall condition of our immune system that decides whether we flourish or wilter and die.
Some of us have possibly enjoyed our captivity. Able to indulge in exercise, play video games and binge watch TV or even just carry on as normal speaking on the phone with friends. Others have not fared so well. Anxiety, worry, lack of human contact, unable or unwilling to seek medical care for longstanding health problems (which have absolutely nothing to do with corona), but are equally as troublesome if not more.
There are even people in poorer countries who are literally starving to death because they are forbidden to go to work. Does that not seem ironic?
Anyway, I want to iterate my point – that all these streaming services, these entertainment resources, this 24/7 mainstream media, thumping out its negativity and panic mongering with stories of millions of people dropping dead; is not good for us as humans.
This period may have made many of us addicted to these streaming services. Soon will be time to break these addictions. Get out in the sun, meet people, touch people, stand next to people without fear of an invisible danger. Don’t wash your hands except for after going to the toilet or when handling food. And consider your fear of death. It is by fear that we are controlled. It is by the stimulation of any of our emotions and desires (or sins, to be Bibilical), that we are controlled.
Here is my original article:
Quit Netflix, Strengthen your Mind
A couple of years ago, I took out a subscription to Netflix. For a long time, I was impressed with the massive range of TV dramas and movies for such a small amount to pay each month. What’s the catch? I wondered.
The catch is you. It is not the TV drama that is the product. It is you. Or more precisely, your attention. Your focus. Your mind. Your very life force is sucked in by Netflix.
Netflix is designed to have you glued to the box. Why? Netflix is another form of bread and circuses. Keep the masses content with full stomachs and entertainment, and they won’t read the writing on the wall.
In this day and age, all tech companies are vying with each other to grab your attention. You are the product. Facebook, Disney, Apple, Netflix… they all want You!
They don’t want you sitting quietly and reading a book or meditating. They certainly don’t want you thinking. There’s nothing in it for them if you do that. Your mind has got to be occupied all the time.
Fortunately, my generation has had less conditioning than the current. I grew up in a time where there were only 4 TV channels, and most of the day, there was nothing of interest on for young eyes. Saturday afternoon was the golden time, where they showed The A Team. Most of the time, there wasn’t much on, so we just went out and played in the sunlight, fresh air and dirt. And we didn’t wash our hands all that often. When we got a fifth channel – imaginatively named – ‘Channel 5’, we thought we were living the good times. That was until we watched it and realised it was the same as the other Channels.
And then came satellite and the internet and streaming services and now, I can watch anything I want, anytime I want. No more impatiently waiting each week for the next episode to come out. Nowadays, you can binge watch an entire batch of seasons. However, even though I had less conditioning (brainwashing), it still affected my generation pretty hard.
My father’s generation came from the stone ages. He still listens to the wireless (radio). He’s never ever owned a TV. Must be great to tell the TV licence people to “Go Away! – I don’t have a TV, what are you going to do?!”
Not that he would use that tone, but just as an example of how intrusive the BBC license gestapo are, he had to show one of them into his home to prove he didn’t have a TV, otherwise they just kept keep bugging him. My TV is not even connected to an aerial. I use it for DVDs and connect it to the internet, but I still have to pay a license even though I haven’t watched the BBC for years. Some people even go to prison for not paying a TV license.
Philosophically, how can anyone support the BBC when they imprison more women than men, especially single moms or over 70s for not paying a licence. If it’s so important to them, then design a TV that won’t let you stream the BBC or terrestrial TV if a person doesn’t pay their license… and then listen to the great gushing sound as they lose money each year as TV-watching demographics reduce.
So anyway, the choice of having millions of TV dramas and movies to pick from sounds great, but in reality, it’s not. For example, there was this recent release of what the office worker of the future will look like. Hunchback, varicose veins and pasty skin.
If this picture is true, then the office worker of the future will likely spend their evenings watching nonstop Netflix dramas after spending 8 hours in front of a screen at work.
But it is not just the physical effects of non-stop watching TV. We forget the effects this all has on our minds.
Firstly, it dissipates out attention, focus and concentration. A sluggish body makes a sluggish mind. Thinking requires energy, and if your body is not running at optimum, that energy is in a shortfall.
Additionally, too much entertainment makes for gluttony. You don’t appreciate or enjoy what you have, because you have too much of it.
I found that when I watched Netflix. I could not find anything to watch. I would flick through film after film, after film, unable to decide what to watch. I would start a movie, and within minutes grow bored and start watching another one.
Basically too much choice is bad for you.
It also makes us less decisive, less focused, more easily manipulated by the media and basically dull and zombie like. And when you watch a TV drama, you want to eat snacks and junk. Junk and a cool movie is a great combination. As a treat it’s fine to do sometimes, but every day – Trouble.
Hence why you need to focus on strengthening the mind.
And here is the person, who can teach you how – Koichi Tohei
Here is one section where Koichi Tohei talks about why we should learn to focus our mind and not let it be dissipated by various distractions:
Unify your mind
Diffuse sunlight can be concentrated by a lense to create a flame. Dissipated by a search light, however, even the strongest light becomes weak. Concentration is power. The mind is no different. Instead of acknowledging and acting on this simple fact, most people weaken the power of their minds daily doing things like trying to eat while reading the newspaper or studying while listening to music…
Tohei recommends we practice strengthening the mind by sitting in Zazen (a meditative pose) every day and keep the mind focused on one point in the lower abdomen. This is meditation and if you have not practiced it, you will find it incredibly difficult to do. Your mind will go crazy. ‘It is too quiet, how can sitting doing nothing be so hard? Quick reach for the control’.
But it is the problem of having too much entertainment. It actually weakens our minds and our focus. Concentration is a skill. it needs to be developed and practiced.
Tohei recommends the following sitting exercise:
Keep one point
I practiced Zazen with great enthusiasm under a priest in Kyoto during my college years. I tried to keep mind and body unified at all times whether at school or on the train.
A basic precept of Zazen is “Stretch the spine, put the nose and naval in line, line up the ear and shoulder, and sit like a rock… also Keep one point in the lower abdomen. (italics mine)
Even just sitting like this helps strengthens your spine and posture meaning that the hunched back office-look of the future won’t happen to you. Give it a go.
I decided to cancel my Netflix – after I watched everything I wanted to watch. There’s only so much TV I can take. By the way, if you do get a subscription, I recommend the anime – ‘The Disastrous Life of Saiki K’. I also highly recommend the movie Okja, by the Korean director Bong Joon-ho. It will make you think about battery farms and our relationship with animals.
Netflix to Prime
Next, I might write an article about Amazon Prime. My one year old kid keeps buying it. How? You simply just have to get your hands on the Amazon Firestick control and if you press the buttons enough time, you’ll subscribe to Amazon Prime. No need to enter passwords or anything. He’s also bought Rambo 3 the same way, which I still can’t bring myself to watch, even though I used to be a Sylvester Stallone fan. Eventually, I got so tired of repeatedly cancelling my Amazon Prime subscription, I just kept it. Though if you buy lots of stuff from Amazon, it works out as good value.
It is recognised that coronavirus is low risk for children. The highest risk groups are the over 70’s especially those with underlying health issues. It may have made sense for these highest risk groups to have undertaken a self-quarantine for the duration of the peak of the virus, and then gradually get back to being in the world again, socialising and seeing grandkids once the peak was over and enjoying their twilight years.
It is curious that Japan had a death rate of 1000 due to coronavirus and the UK had one of around 40,000. Japan has double the population of the UK making this discrepancy in figures even more curious. They also have a very large number of elderly. Japan didn’t do a lockdown by the way and kept many businesses open. Though they did go full-on with the mask wearing and they did close the schools quite early on as well as being more stricter with flights into their country. Perhaps if we had adopted a similar approach, we could have avoided destroying our economy and had a similar outcome. Consider also that despite locking down – the ‘death rate’ attributed to coronavirus still seemed to rise and rise.
Despite this, in its wisdom to save us all, our politak-crats placed everyone under house arrest, ordered all schools and shops closed. It also made life more challenging for families with small children by closing all soft play areas, zoos and museums. This I can understand, but it went further and shut all the playgrounds.
So I wondered, just what exactly are families with small children supposed to do? Especially if they live in an inner city flat with no private garden.
By doing so, they took away one of the few safe spaces for children to play in – ie playgrounds. For toddler-age children in inner cities, who do not have the luxury of private gardens, local playgrounds are invaluable. Playgrounds are usually gated, so parents can relax while their small toddlers can run around, use the climbing frames, slide, swing and not disappear off out of sight or be at risk of cars on the many roads.
Here are some photos of our local playground:
Interesting slogan: “Together…”
And just to make sure the message is clear, the local Kouncil placed chains around the gates.
The message is clear: Playgrounds are DANGEROUS. They must be closed.
Everything is always “For your Safety”.
By the way, it is summer time, the death rate due to corona is dropping and there doesnt seem to be any flu-like illnesses going around – coronavirus or even the regular flu (if you can remember that it still exists), and yet the parks are still closed.
I have noticed two side effects of this policy. Firstly, with no playgrounds, nurserys or pre-schools and no friends or elderly relatives allowed to help out (lockdown rules), young babies, and toddlers are watching more TV than is healthy.
This lockdown also places more strain on already tired parents who now have to entertain their smaller kids without a break when they are bored of watching TV, and are somehow supposed to do home schooling for older kids. Lest they end up playing video games all day long.
Secondly, when you did go out for your one time/one hour of allowed ‘exercise time’, kids now have to play on the streets and local grassy areas which have not been closed off. There are some downsides to this. On grassy areas, you have to watch out for dog poo constantly because many idiot dog owners let their dogs crap everywhere and just leave it.
Also ‘social distancing’ becomes a joke, when you have a small toddler who wants to run where he wants to. You have to constantly keep your child away from other people. You can see the mental and physical tiredness in other parents with toddlers who don’t want to have to police their child’s movements, but are obligated by the social distancing rule to keep their child away from others (lest lives are lost).
You also have to watch out for cars. As there is less traffic on the roads, people are speeding more. I wonder if traffic accidents have increased?
I wondered if by forcing this lockdown and social distancing rules, other problems have occurred as a result. Like how in the Chinese revolution, Mao ordered the killing of the sparrows that were eating all the crops in order to increase grain production. However, this led to an increase in the numbers of locusts, which ate all the crops anyway, as they lacked a natural predator (the sparrows apparently), causing an even worse grain shortage. The law of unintended consequences.
My local Kouncil went crazy in the way they closed off the playgrounds. They were not taking any chances. In one park, they actually put large fences around all the fun areas. Here are some photos:
This is a large metal fence around the zipliner. Behind, there are fences around the swings. I assume this is because touching the swings and zipliner can spread the virus and hence is DANGEROUS. Unlike pin card machines, door handles, the poles in buses or even shared computers at work. It appears that Coronavirus likes metal surfaces or rope exposed to sunlight and ultraviolet rays.
Here is another zipliner chained up. The Kouncil really hates zipliners.
Then there are the slides. Deadly harborers of infection. This fencing took some creative effort. Our glorious Kouncil actually put a fence all the way around this slide, which is on a slope:
They also fenced off the skateboard park and chained up the tennis courts. We hereby declare that PLAYTIME is BANNED! Get back to your CELLS for your LOCKDOWN Small little prisoner people. Go and watch some more TV and eat your sugar.
And the tire on a rope chain. Alas no more swinging:
Fortunately, in their compassion, our glorious Kouncil left the children this medium-sized rock to play with. Ah bles-sed are the small mercies. This rock was not fenced off. Though, I do wonder if the Kouncil had thought about putting one around it.
Perhaps this means that coronavirus cannot survive on rocks.
However, the kids had had enough. Lacking the regularity of school, haircuts and fun for several week, the children eventually went feral. They organised themselves into gangs and roamed wildly across the land. And then a few weeks later…
They tore down the fences!
Anarchy in the Playground!
The skatepark and tennis courts had also been un-officially re-opened. However, I didn’t take any pictures of it because there were lots of teenagers in there, skating, playing tennis and roller skating and I didn’t want to incriminate any of them. Particularly as none of them seemed to be practicing social distancing.
As far as I could tell they were having fun in the sunshine instead of being at home watching Nickelodeon or the Disney Channel and eating sugary snacks, where they would be safe.
But, do you know what…?
No one died!
There has been no outbreak of coronavirus in the kids in the local area. No teams of hazmat wearing doctors brought into my local area setting up field hospitals with helicopters whirring above. No people dropping dead in the street like those videos from China. No mass graves being dug on the football field nearby. Although there were some other visitors there.
No none of that. Just kids having fun.
BUT WHO DID IT?
I investigated and discovered that a small gang of local teenagers was responsible for breaking the lockdown and tearing down the fences. Here is a picture of the local gang from the Guardian newspaper:
I met with one of the local gangs of kids who were responsible for tearing down this fence and interviewed their leader Ralph.
Me: Thank you for agreeing to be interviewed Ralph. Can I ask, why did you tear down the fences around the playground?
Ralph: The fence around the playground was symbolic. We tore down the fence because, it represented a prison. It sent a message to young children to get used to living in a mental and physical prison state from now on.
Me: But what about the risk of the virus. Isn’t there a risk of infection when kids are touching the swings and slide, or when kids are breaking the social distancing rules?
Ralph: What infection? I don’t see anyone around me coughing or sneezing. Do you? I haven’t seen anyone sick for weeks and it is the middle of summer. Besides I thought that is what our immune systems are for – fighting off viruses.
Me: But the rules are there for a reason, if anyone started breaking down fences, or breaking the rules of the lockdown and social distancing when they felt like it, there would be anarchy. Society could not function. Is that what you want?
Ralph: We do not want anarchy. But there needs to be a balance of risk. No one can live in a bubble for ever. Eventually, we must face difficult things. If we spend our lives fearful of all viruses, disease and death, we end up losing the point of living or damaging ourselves in other ways.
Me: Thank you Ralph.
DISCLAIMER: The views of Ralph and his gang are not shared by the author of this blog and website. The interview is presented for informational purposes only.
Update (June 2020): The fences were put back up. I feel there is a metaphor here.
During the Great Corona Virus Pandemic of 2019/2020, one of the rules mandated by the UK government was ‘social distancing’.
You must maintain 2 metres (6’6″) between you and other people who are not immediate family.
This is especially essential in parks, where people might be tempted to break the rules. It’s called Robin Hood syndrome. Where people hide away in nature, build their own communes and escape the rules of the state.
And just in case, you didn’t know how far 2 meters is, the local Kouncils helpfully drew pictures on the footpaths to show us:
The Kouncils also put up signs to remind us that maintaining 2 meters between us and our fellow man, woman and child SAVES LIVES.
And this rule also applies to DOGS. You must keep your dog 2 metres away. Also only one walk a day was allowed.
Footpaths are not usually 2 metres wide, so some people actually walk on the road (the area where cars drive) to maintain the social distancing rule when they pass someone.
Personally I think its safer to keep on the path at all times.
By the way, if you travelled to Europe, you may only need to social distance 1.5 metres (Germany and Poland) or 1 metre (in Sweden and Norway). If you went to Australia, its 1.5 metres. In the USA, around 1 metre (6 feet). I don’t think they even did social distancing in Japan which had one of the lowest rates of Cor*na virus deaths in the world.
All makes perfect sense to me.
If there was a correlation between the length of social distancing and numbers of infected or number of deaths or cases, then in theory the UK should have the lowest number of cases and deaths as we have the furthest social distancing (a whopping 2 metres). And in theory Japan should have the highest number of cases and deaths. But that doesn’t seem to have been the case at all. The UK’s death count is over 40,000. Japan’s is around 1000.
And if you ever felt paranoid that people might be crossing the road when they saw you coming. Well now its true.
Disclaimer: I do not condone or support breaking the social distancing rules. I personally follow the guidelines. However, I do question the sense behind them.
Neither the original Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 from March 26 nor the amendment enacted at 12:01am on Wednesday state that keeping two metres apart is a legal requirement.
This basically means to me that social distancing is not the law. So what is it?
My biggest regret of 2020 is not writing a diary and recording more of what is going on around me, along with photos. These are unusual times and it is becoming aware to me more and more that historical changes are occurring in the UK.
In nearby leafy Muswell Hill, a small Black Lives Matter Protest was held today, 14th June 2020 in the town square (if you can call it that). There were two black women speakers, who spoke about racial issues and discrimination with a degree of intensity. Some names were mentioned of people, who I assume had been discriminated against in the UK. Some people held up signs with these same names on. I was not able to record the names.
The protester’s, who I assume were local residents listened intensely and respectfully went down on their knees when instructed for what seemed to be around 10 minutes (must have been uncomfortable for some). A few people held the ‘black power’ fist aloft. It was a peaceful protest.
I would describe Muswell Hill as a Middle Class, high income area, with many professionals, and many of its young being university-educated. It is predominantly white. As far as I am aware the Liberal party has a lot of support here. It is a very pleasant area with a high amount of politeness and respect toward others. There were two police officers, though they stayed far at the back, out of the way with refreshments. It was highly unlikely there would be any trouble in this area.
The protest lasted around 30 minutes and then the small crowd dispersed. There was a mix of old, middle aged and young adults. Some wore masks. Some practiced social distancing, but due to the limited space, it was not really possible to maintain the full 2 metres. (So I suppose Corona’s gonna get some). Here are some photos:
Taking the Knee…
I do not share any particular affiliation or support for BLM or any other political organisation or protest group. I simple show this for historical purposes only.
‘How Toxic are my Trousers?’ is available on several online market places. Shaun’s book is a personal exploration and experimentation on the effects of man-made and synthetic materials on the energy system of his own body.
I’m very grateful to Shaun for sharing this qigong video and allowing me to use it. Shaun has a wealth of experience in Traditional medicine and healing.
In Part One of my article of the Vailala Madness, I discussed the “dancing mania” that affected tribes-men and women of the Guinea region one hundred years ago. In particular, I discussed how this dancing mania – referred to as the “Vailala Madness” contained aspects of another phenomenon called spontaneous qigong; a topic which I have researched extensively. My first article discussed whether this was an example of group spontaneous qigong.
In my first article, I was quite selective of the material I quoted in order to build a case that the Vailala Madness was indeed a manifestation of spontaneous qigong. However, it would be remiss of me not to discuss another aspect of the Vailala Madness which does not support my hypothesis, and has taken me down an unusual path.
In truth, I have no explanation for this other than speculation. I am referring to the additional observation whereby the natives undergoing the Vailala Madness also displayed two other behaviours. These were:
1) The natives were obsessed with the idea that the spirits of their ancestors were going to return to them in a large vessel. Curiously, these ancestors were going to return to them as ‘white men’.
2) Some natives talked about communication with Jesus Christ or Jehovah (God), with one of the tribesmen describing him as being ‘up there’.
These two points raised two questions for me to consider –
1) What is the effect of the imposition of an organised Middle Eastern religion on a native tribe which has its own customs, beliefs and ideas of spirituality?
And 2) Could this be an example of something more otherworldly – touching upon the theory that our original ‘Gods’ were actually alien visitors, who created us to be their slaves through genetic engineering (hence our ancestors), then left us, but will return at some point.
Here is a quote from the Vailala Madness:
Natives became obsessed with the idea that the spirits of their ancestors were shortly to return to them as white men in a large vessel, and great preparations were made for their reception. Gaily-painted flag poles and numerous tables surrounded with seats were erected in open spaces in the villages, so that they looked as if they were being made ready for a country fair. Usually the tables were decorated with bottles of flowers, which were removed and put underneath the tables during the heat of the day, and once a day the men, dressed in their best clothes, would sit at the tables to partake of a meal after the white man’s fashion. If it had gone no further than this the movement would have been unworthy of notice, but in most of the villages the natives had worked themselves into such a frenzy that it could be described as nothing less than a form of lunacy.
A middle-aged man affected in this way at Vailala, who had destroyed his ancestral charms and induced others to do likewise, came to me on one of my patrols to that village holding out an open Toaripi New Testament, and trembling from head to foot. He was afraid that he would be sent to gaol for such action, but after allaying his fears I got him to talk, and he earnestly informed me that Jesus Christ had come from above and gone through his head, and that he became so giddy that he fell to the ground. Ridicule or reasoning had no effect in them, for they were convinced that their ancestors were shortly to return as already stated, and watched unceasingly for the expected vessel. At night, when somebody imagined that the vessel was sighted, there would be a cry of “Sail, ho!” and instantly the whole village would rush out bearing lighted torches, repeating the cry; and thus kept themselves in a ferment of excitement for weeks and, in some villages even for months.
During all this time ordinary routine of village life was disturbed, gardens were neglected, all regular work ceased and instead of making copra or selling the coconuts to traders the nuts were being stacked in the villages until the arrival of the vessel. During the time that the lunacy was at its height there was a considerable increase in the number of sexual offences, but anyone with an elementary knowledge of physiology can understand how this might possibly be super-induced by unnatural excitement. All natives most seriously affected were brought to the station, where they were put to work and regularly fed until returning to a normal state of mind, when they were permitted to go back to their villages; and in this way some check was put on lunacy. After three or four months it had sporadic outbursts here and there.
This extract from the book – The Vailala Madness, describes a rather curious observation that the natives held a belief that they had received communication from their spirits, with at least one naming Jesus Christ, who were going to return in a large vessel as white men. Logically, we assume these ancestors to return in a sailing ship like one that brought the Europeans. There is an element of cargo cult-ism in this.
The anecdotes of their ‘white ancestors’ returning to them in a boat has similarities to Christian stories such as God communing to Moses or other figures in the Bible receiving communication from God. The messages seemed to be have been conveyed psychically or in dreams.
In another extract, a reference was made to Jehova:
A man was seen delivering an exhortation from the platform of an eravo. Dancing and singing was going on near at hand and his voice was almost drowned, but numbers of people were listening. He spoke at the top of his voice, and very rapidly: the language I am told, was English, and was not understood by the people present. The only phrases to me were “Ihova” (Jehova) (with frequent pointing to the sky): Me wantum kaikai” and “He all right.” The speaker was highly excited, striking himself continually on the chest. Throughout the performance his right leg trembled violently as if quite uncontrolled.
At Arihava, April, 1922.
The destruction of old rituals and ceremonies
It is worth mentioning that in the book ‘The Vailala Madness and the Destruction of Native Ceremonies in the Gulf Division‘, the author also discusses how at the same time that this ‘Vailala Madness’ was occurring, there was at the same time, an abandonment of the native’s traditional rituals and customs, which had been practiced for generations, possibly to be lost forever, especially if the younger generations did not continue their practice.
In some way, I feel that this is also relevant. The planting of a new (white man’s) religion (Christianity) from thousands of miles away, with a new way of life based on trade, money, labour and work (consumerism) must have been a huge change to their life. Also, has this not also happened in every other country, including even the European countries, at some point in time? I touched on this topic in my blog post – ‘The Death of the Shaman‘.
I wonder if these large cultural changes on their sacred and traditional rituals and customs may have somehow triggered these energetic (possibly spiritual) disturbances/awakenings and spontaneous movements?
I would also not discount the question of – what if these mass occurrences were caused by the introduction of a new spiritual entity into their lives, like a kind of possession. However, I have no evidence for this speculation.
I also wonder if the description of a large vessel could even indicate aliens and that these tribesmen were receiving messages about the return of the Annunaki?
This fits into a different theory as put forward by two different authors, one of whom is Dr. Jack Pruett, who wrote a book called ‘The Greatest Deception’. In this somewhat controversial book, the author puts forth the argument that the Gods of the Bible are in fact an alien species (the Annunaki) that actually made humans as a type of slave cattle using technology and genetic engineering. These aliens also have extremely long lives compared to humans who have a life expectancy equivalent to that of a fruit fly in comparison to these aliens.
Pruett also discusses how the Annunaki are far more technologically advanced but unfortunately spiritually un-enlightened. They were involved in family disputes for power over the Earth. Unfortunately, us humans are also caught up in their family dispute. There is also a belief that one branch of the family – including Jesus, will be returning to the Earth to retake dominion at some point in the future at which point, there will be another war afterwards in Israel. Could this be the return of the ancestors (the white men) in a large vessel?
Another source of this alien idea is from the book “Gods of Eden’ by William Bramley, who wrote a comprehensive book about how we have been having contact with aliens for thousands of years, including how the Gods (or custodians) of the Bible are in fact aliens and that they have been influencing us ever since through various secret societies. Sadly again, we are like cattle to them. I would recommend reading this book.
Whether you believe in aliens or not, a scientist could easily explain the Vailala Madness away by saying it was a form of group hysteria or hypno-suggestion gone awry. But I feel there was more to it than that. I don’t think we are anymore wiser than our ancestors . And in fact, as we fast-forward 100 hundred years later from the Vailala Madness of 1919 to today, you could argue that another type of madness has occurred worldwide with the Great Corona Pandemic of 2019/20.
A hundred years ago, a strange phenomenon occurred amongst the Vailala native tribes of the territories of Papua New Guinea. Whole Villages were infected by a spontaneous dancing trance-like disease. It spread from village to village causing the natives to enter into trance-like, involuntary dance movements. The phenomena occurred for a few years from 1919 to 1923 and then died out. It was recorded by the anthropologist F. E. Williams in his book – ‘The Vailala Madness and the Destruction of Native Ceremonies in the Gulf Division‘,
Is this an example of Group Spontaneous Qigong?
I have been researching a phenomenon, I refer to as, ‘spontaneous qi or spontaneous qigong’. For more information, visit this page.
In my research, I suspect that this phenomenon – the Vailala Madness, contains aspects of spontaneous qigong. And in fact, there are several other instances in recorded history of groups of people being drawn into performing spontaneous trance-like dances or involuntary movements.
Such a phenomenon sounds bizarre, just like something out of an X Files episode, but there have been records of it, especially in the so called ‘primitive’ and native civilisations in the World, and even in Europe in the Middle Ages.
Usually in the past, such occurrences have been attributed to a kind of mass hysteria, or some sort of toxin – perhaps mould on their crops causing group hallucinations. In other cases, a specific medical disorder is attributed to these occurrences, though there are no way of proving, disproving or confirming any of these assertions. They are just theories.
Scientists seek ‘rational’ explanations for everything. I suspect if this had occurred today, it would be blamed on global warming or even the corona virus, rather then something supernatural. Personally, I believe these phenomena to have a spiritual and energetic aspect to them, as well as a spontaneous qi component.
Why is this important to research? I think that spiritual awakening offers humanity the one and only true freedom in this world. I believe that spontaneous qi offers a step into this direction.
However, I do not simply want to triumph these phenomenon as only being a positive thing. It is quite possible there are element of spirit possession, possibly even demonic possession in some of these cases.
I also consider that possibly Christianity, in particular the imposition of this Middle Eastern religion onto a people that previously had their own cultures, gods and spirits, can be a distortive and disruptive factor upon these people, and may even be the cause of such dance like phenomenon, particularly the Vailala Madness. I will discuss this in part two of this article.
As with all things energetic and spiritual, there are dangers to be weary of, should you explore these paths.
Appendix B. Extract from Annual Report, 1919-1920, of the Gulf Division, by G. H. Murray, Acting Resident Magistrate.
The Vailala Madness.
A most curious movement originated in the Western part of the Division in August or September, 1919, the villages of Nomu and Arihava both being credited with having started it, but whether any one individual is responsible still remains a mystery. It spread Eastward from village to village, causing intense excitement amongst the natives and alarm to some Europeans, being commonly known as the Vailala or Orokolo kava-kava (madness).
In Pidgin-English the symptoms were described as “head going round,” and when word would come that a new village was affected it would be such-and-such a village “head-he-go-round”. It was thus described because with the majority of the natives concerned their heads would jerk quickly from side to side, and, with some, the muscles of the legs and arms would also twitch as in St. Vitus’ dance, and one can readily imagine how the former, if kept up for any length of time, would make them fall to the ground from giddiness.
Some Europeans, who know nothing of the movement except from heresay, may be disposed to ridicule it and say it was all chicanery or mummery, but there is not a shadow of doubt that hundreds of natives were thoroughly sincere in their statements and I believe that they were the victims of auto-suggestion, unconsciously putting themselves into a state akin to hypnosis… Hypnosis, far from being a condition of sleep, is a condition of heightened attention.
And like the corona virus epidemic today, the Vailala Madness spread swiftly through the villages…
The phenomena of the Vailala Madness may be regarded in their collective aspect. Once begun, the madness spread with the swiftness and certainty of an epidemic throughout the coastal villages, meeting almost everywhere ready acceptance or the feeblest resistance.
Spontaneous Qi movements
This extract describes movements that sound very similar to spontaneous qi movements. For example the description of “head-he-go-round”, whereby the native’s heads would jerk quickly from side to side. Also, the movements such as “the muscles of the legs and arms would also twitch as in St. Vitus’ dance” can be observed in people with a spontaneous qi activation.
Additionally, the reference to St Vitus’s dance opens up a whole new avenue, which I will cover in another article. St Vitus’s dance takes its name from a Roman Saint in the 4th century, which legend speaks of, as being a famous healer who performed miracles. St Vitus’ dance refers to a group phenomenon which seems to draw people into a trance like dance. It occurred in Europe in the Middle Ages.
Additionally, the extract above considers that this Vailala Madness is a form of self activated hypnotism. I understand that the spontaneous qi state, is similar to a trance state, albeit it, one where you have full awareness. Alexander Brighton, who wrote a book about spontaneous qigong called ‘Zifagong‘, describes the spontaneous qi state as a ‘hypnagogic state’ – a state in-between waking and sleeping, and a state similar to hypnosis.
The author F. E. Williams gives individual accounts of people he observed affected by the Vailala Madness:
During a moonlight evening numbers of people were collecting in the open squares of the village. A young man named Mara stood on the eravo platform; he was bending, swaying and tottering, hands on hips. He continually rolled his eyes and uttered exclamations, which the onlookers said were unintelligent to them…
On the same evening another man, Mankape, was seen sitting on a verandah. He did not declaim, but moaned and shuddered continually in a way suggestive of teeth chattering.
Mankape is a much older man, of rather forbidding appearance but of mild and pleasant manners. He is popular in the village. He has a reputation as diviner, and possibly as puripuri-man (Sorcerer or medicine man). There was no suggestion of imbecility in his appearance, but he had that lined face and somewhat worried expression which may possibly be associated with puripuri or native occultism.
Lifting the energy around the Solar Plexus Centre (Chakra)?
Another extract shows a young man sounding as though he was trying to activate or raise the energy of the solar plexus centre:
A young man, Karao (of fine physique and appearance)… stood aside, stuttering and mumbling in the familiar manner suggestive of teeth chattering; he made a few symmetrical gestures with both hands, but for the most part motioned with his right hand before his solar plexus as if encouraging his stomach to rise. (Both the symmetrical gestures and the “fanning” movement before the stomach have been noted in one of two other cases).
Meanwhile he heaved long sighs, and looked genuinely distracted. Finally he moved across to the flag-pole, and stamped round and round it, shouting such phrases as – “Hurry up!” “What’s-a-matter?” “Come on boy!”…
I would interpret these actions by Karao as someone who was purposely trying to activate the spontaneos qigong by “fanning” upwards around the solar plexus energy centre. However, it sounds as though he wasn’t able to activate it, hence his frustrated exclamations of “Come on boy!” and “What’s-a-matter?”
Is the source of these Vailala movements coming from the Dantian?
These account examples were of the recognized “Head-he-go-round Men”. What was also described in this book was a subjective description of the symptoms of the Vailala Madness. One example suggests that the movements emanates from the lower belly, which equates to the Dantian field in Traditional Qigong and Chinese Medicine.
The actual feelings of the subject are not very easily understood. The common native name for the condition, Iki haveve, which means literally “Belly don’t know, ” would appear to arise from the facts (1) that the seat of the strange sensations is commonly felt to be in the belly; and (2) that the subject, when overcome by them, does not know what he is about.
The stomach is certainly regarded as the source of inspiration by those especially gifted Automaniacs who can divine; and one of them has defined to me two distinct stages of the seizure: first, iki haveve, when he is simply dizzy or ecstatic; second, iki pekakire – “Belly he think,” when the inspiration rises. Pekakire means literally, “to climb.” As for the alternative name haro heraripe, haro means head, and the word heraripe appears to indicate a whirling motion. It is usd of the wind, bea heraripe meaning a whirlwind.
Here the author shows the connection between the dantian (energy centre) with the ‘spontaneous’ movements of the Vailala madness, but also as the source of power for diviners or witch doctors.
I find it curious that the word “iki” is also a word used in Japanese, meaning ‘life‘, and which would be the source of spontaneous qigong activation.
The word “Pekakire” meaning to climb, possibly alludes to kundalini rising energy or it could be the energy rising from the dantian, maybe up the Ren Channel (Meridian) into activating a spontaneous qigong state.
The word “heraripe”, indicating a whirling movement – suggests the energetic spiral and dancing movement of the whirling dervishes. I have already written before about the spinning motion in spontaneous qigong activation here.
Consider that the dantian (the lower energy centre) is universal energy centre for all humans regardless of where they are from, what race, culture or land they are from. The dantian field is not just a theoretical construct that only the ancient Chinese knew. All humans have the dantian as their energy centre. However, as we have become more modern, civilised, and ‘educated’, we have moved away from the hara (lower belly) as being a source of focus and instead we focus on the brain. Too much yang energy above. Too much yin below, making us unbalanced.
I believe that these trance-like movements, as observed in the Vailala Madness are similar to spontaneous qigong trance states. The movements such as “Head-go-round” -where the head jerks quickly from side to side, and “the twitches of the legs and arms” are movements that can occur in spontaneous qi activation.
What I do find interesting is that the ‘Vailala madness’, (perhaps in actuality a manifestation of spontaneous qi movement), or what I would like to call the ‘sacred dance’, can actually be passed on and spread from person to person just like a viral disease.
This idea I find fascinating, particularly, as at the time of writing this, the world is in the midst of the ‘Corona pandemic’, which has a huge amount of media-driven manipulated fear, and hysteria.
Reading this extract about the Vailala Madness gives me hope because it suggests to me that spiritual awakening – can be passed on from just one single awakened person, to all those around him or her. So therefore if just one person awakens (reaches a state of enlightenment), then potentially everyone around that person, can do too.
This is the end of Part One. In my next article, I will discuss the theory put forward behind the sudden start of this mysterious phenomenon: The Imposition of Christianity and the Vailala Madness. I will also briefly consider spirit possession, or demonic possession. Again, I draw no conclusions. This is a blog post, not a peer reviewed article, so I have the leeway to go wherever I want.
Avicii and the Vailala Madness???
So what’s the Vailala madness got to do with the music star, Avicii?
Yes, it is clickbait, but there may be a connection…
Here is a curious video from Avicii, that for some reason seems to show something quite similar to how the Vailala dance, spreads from person to person.
It makes me wonder if there is a message being sent out by Avicii or at least whoever directed his videos. If you consider that many music videos these days are full of subversive/sexual symbolism and imagery, then it has got to be said that Avicii’s videos bucked the trend. Compared to them, his videos seem more positive.
Next Post –
Part Two: The Introduction of Christianity and the Vailala Madness
In this article, I will highlight a few curious parallels between the 1968 Hong Kong Flu and the current – Great Corona Pandemic of 2019-2020.
What was the Hong Kong Flu?
As per its namesake, Hong Kong Flu emerged in Hong Kong and is said to spread worldwide, lasting from 1968 to 1970, with an estimated 1-4 millions deaths attributed to it. (Source: Britanica.com). It emerged in two waves, with the second wave said to have caused more deaths than the first wave.
There were differences in its effects on countries. For example, in Japan the Hong Kong Flu affected a smaller number of people, but it was more widespread in the USA. The symptoms were of a typical influenza infection – chills, fever, muscle pain and weakness. Symptoms lasted from 4 to 6 days. The highest mortality rates again were in the very young and the elderly. A vaccine was created, but only became available after the peak of the pandemic.
It is worth mentioning that only 10 years prior, there was also the 1957 Asian Flu Pandemic. A curious ten year gap between the two pandemics. Again that started in Hong Kong and spread around the world. So here we go…
Some similarities between Corona and the Hong Kong Flu:
1) Both started in Hong Kong/China
Yes, I know that China and Hong Kong are separate countries with different languages and cultures, though it is more or less the same region. It once was one country during the Qin dynasty (221–206BC), and may become one country once again. And a unification may have been underway, if not for the Hong Kong riots of 2019, which the government could not suppress. Taking a cynical standpoint, it was quite helpful for the Hong Kong government to suddenly have a great big virus appear, enabling them to shut down all these protests in one swoop.
You do have to wonder why China/Hong Kong/Asia is a hotbed of viruses. Is it really because they like wet-food markets and eat bats? If so, how is it that anyone has survived up to now? Surely China should have become another Easter Island by now.
2) Possible prior warnings given by a doctor in both pandemics
In 2020, the western media covered a story of a Chinese doctor whistleblower called Li Wenliang, who warned the world of this new virus emerging in Wuhan, published on a social media site called Weibo. He was warned by the government to stop spreading false rumours. He then came down with symptoms. He tested negatively a few times till eventually testing positive and then died.
He does have a rather intense stare at the camera, when taking his own picture. I dare you to try and take a selfie of yourself whilst intensely staring at the camera. How does it feel? Does it seem natural to you?
Then I saw this newspaper clipping from 1968 and I thought deja vu. This Headline reads: “Hong kong doctor alerted world”. Unfortunately I can’t get a clear image of the text:
3) Use of Masks encouraged, though more so in 2020
It used to be seen as a quirk of the Chinese and Japanese wearing face masks and Westerners would make fun of them. So I was really surprised to see people wearing face masks on the street on London streets. Now everyone is wearing them. I even saw a supermarket worker wearing a visor.
Mask wearing may have happened in 1968, but I don’t think it was very common. There is this clip from 1968. The text reads:
Masks to Stop Flu
Atlanta, Jan 3. About 1000 University of Florida students will wear surgical masks on the campus this month in an effort to combat an expected outbreak of Hong Kong flu…
I did ask my father about the Hong Kong Flu. He was a young man at the time. I asked him whether people were wearing masks at the time but he said he did not remember anyone wearing masks.
He also said, – ‘if you take a picture of a few people wearing masks and then people see that later, they might think that everyone was wearing masks at the time’.
Zoo or seaworld mammals susceptible, but not birds in the sky
And then in 1968, was this headline: “Even Whales Catch HK Flu”:
San Diego, Saturday. Three whales at the Sea World aquarium came down with the Hong Kong flu yesterday and had to be dosed with antibiotic pills concealed in mackeral.
Dr David Kenney, veterinarian for Sea World, said the three – Shamu, Kilroy and Bamu – were sluggish and grumpy, The whales, which are mammals and subject to the same disease as humans, had blood samples taken which showed a flu virus.
Dr Kenney said Ramu had the worst case and was getting 375 pills every six hours – UPL.
So then if Corona can spread from animals (bats) to humans and then back to animals again (tigers), logically, we should assume that pet dogs and especially cats are at risk.
And yes, there were reports of pet dogs and cats getting Corona. But apparently it was not severe in pets and also the media did not hammer this fear too much, otherwise, we’d have a whole new market for dog masks. Oh wait…. We do.
By the way, did you ever wonder why zoo animals/sea mammals getting the flu (but not birds in the sky) seems to make the headlines, despite how bizarre it sounds..?
It’s so they can shut the zoos.
Johnson and Johnson: The two Johnsons
By strange coincidence President Lyndon B. Johnson of the USA in 1968 and Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the UK in 2020 both succumbed to the virus and needed to go to hospital.
The clip above reads:
Johnson is Recovering
Washington Dec 19. President Johnson remained in hospital today recovering from an apparent attack of Hong Kong influenza now sweeping through the United States. The 60 year old President was admitted to the Beth.. Naval Hospital yesterday with a temperature of …. (can’t make out the rest)
Then in 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, went into intensive care with severe symptoms. Fortunately, he survived and that week, along with the usual ‘Clap for Carers’ – (a weekly event on Thursday at 8pm, where households would clap or bang pots and pans from open windows or on their doorstep in honour of frontline healthcare workers), instead a ‘Clap for Boris’ was organised. Though it did not seem to be as popular.
The Dreaded Image of Corona
Finally, Did you ever wonder where they might have gotten the image of the dreaded corona virus from?
Here is an image of the H3N2 strain, said to be the cause of Hong Kong Flu (taken from Wikipedia), magnified 100,000 times:
And here’s the Corona virus image:
Both look very similar, The Corona image, which I assume is computer generated, is polished and more sinister looking.
So basically, it’s a round ball with little sucker-like protrusions sticking out of it and looks creepy. The perfect villain. But then again they do kind of remind me of the Tribbles ( the furry like creature) in Star Trek, which are not so creepy. In fact they are cute pet like, otherwise Lt Uhura wouldn’t have brought one on board the Enterprise
Perhaps they are not actually tentacles. Instead, it is a kind of fur. Would that make corona virus less scary or more?
Hong Kong Flu – never heard of it.
So if this was such a big pandemic back in the 60s and 70s, why had I never heard of it until I came across it by accident? I asked my father about it, and he recalled it, but it did not leave a big impression in his memory.
I certainly never heard of it in from my mother. No one seems to talk about it. My school history text books always had a short mention of the Spanish Flu, but never the Hong Flu.
Fortunately a few people around the world do recall the Hong Kong Flu and also the difference in attitudes back then compared to now. Here are some examples:
Or this perspective of the 1957 Aisan Flu by MickyD1026 YouTube Channel:
The human rights activist, Craig Murray of Mori Momento wrote this about the attitudes towards the Hong Kong Flu compared to today:
There was no massive panic, no second by second media hysteria, over Hong Kong flu. Let me start being unpopular. “Man in his 80’s already not very well from previous conditions, dies of flu” is not and should not be a news headline. The coverage is prurient, intrusive, unbalanced and designed to cause hysteria..
What worries me about the current reaction to coronavirus, is that it seems to reflect a belief that death is an aberration, rather than a part of the natural order of things. As the human species continues to expand massively in numbers, and as it continues casually to make other species extinct, it is inevitable that the excessive and crowded human population will become susceptible to disease.
Heck, back then they even had musicans and reggae bands making songs about Hong Kong Flu. Way way better than the TikTok Dance videos in 2020.
By the way, the B side of the single Hong Kong Flu, shown above by the Ethiopians is a song called ‘Everything Crash’!! Wow, prescient or what? First you have the flu, and then next you have the economic crash.
These Lyrics in Robb Jarmain’s song above – Hong Kong Flu, would probably be considered racist today.
I’m telling you, you’ve got the Hong Kong Flu
Everybody’s got it, even Fu Man Chu
There is of course one notable difference between these two pandemics; In 1968, the whole world was not placed under house arrest into a prison-like ‘lockdown’, simultaneously destroying millions of jobs, livelihoods and the economy.
But here in Hong flu, we do see a model, a pattern. Writing this in April 2020, can we expect a second wave of Corona, possibly in autumn or winter, just in time for the usual flu season? Will that second wave have an even higher death count attributed to it, just like the Hong Kong Flu’s second wave? Will be see lockdown again over Christmas effectively shutting down Churches again in time for Christmas – the same way Easter was shut down in 2020? These are just speculations. If this is the case, I would recommend that people continue to stock on long-life foods, Turkey, Macdonalds, and dare I say it – toilet paper. I also recommend that people get torches and other emergency supplies.
Corona does not need to come back each year now. Only the fear of it does to change society. It may, even be like the eerie Sylvia Browne prediction, from ‘End of Days‘ where the Corona pandemic appeared in 2020, causing a “severe pneumonia-like illness” and then suddenly disappears, only to reappear in another ten years time; enabling the next set of lockdowns, stringent measures and other changes to society. By then the so called ‘New Normal‘ will become the ‘New New New New New New Normal’.
Panic during an epidemic harms the spirit and mind, which in turn weakens the body and causes more harm to the individual. Panic itself can make a person sick, or sicker then they would normally have been. Here is a quote:
The mind or “spirit” of an individual often reacts on his body. It is a commonplace of medicine that the patient must not be allowed to become despondent. An epidemic associated with a panic will do considerably more harm than an epidemic without a panic. It would be a good thing during an epidemic if all melancholic forecasts could be prevented. Medicine has often great value in such a case if the patient has faith in it, and quite apart from its real curative value.
W. M. Strong, Government Anthropologist and Chief Medical Officer. 1923
Every single day, every mainstream media outlet in this globalised planet throws out fear and panic with shock headlines and inflated death figures due to the corona virus.
We hear how every day, hundreds of corona patients are dying. How they are burying bodies en-mass by men in hazmat suits in mass graves. We hear of how family members are not allowed to attend funerals and how trucks are lining up outside hospitals ready to take away the piles of dead. PANIC PANIC PANIC PANIC PANIC PANIC NOW.
We don’t seem to hear much of the details on these deaths – about the autopsies, which seem to be carried out very quickly, if at all, or any details of the actual testing. Most deaths are being recorded as corona virus I assume are based on ‘clinical observation’ – that is, if a person presented with any symptoms of corona virus (e.g. cough, flu, shortness of breath), then they can receive a corona virus diagnosis. But I would have thought, that these symptoms need to be differentially diagnosed from other similar diseases. For example – was it the corona or was it a pneumococcus infection responsible for the flu like symptoms – especially if it occurred before a person’s death?
Other scientists question the accuracy of the varous tests, particularly as it seems that it tests for the presence of corona virues (a family of viruses) in general, as opposed to the specific ‘covid 19’ strain. And then some scientists even suggest there are different strains of ‘covid 19’.
So then this leads to another question – how can an accurate va*ccine possibly be developed for ‘covid 19’ if it cannot be distinguished from other less harmful corona viruses? Consider that as yet, there is no cure or vaccine for the common cold. The common cold is a member of the corona virus family. And say, Covid-19 mutates each year? Covid-20, Covid-21 etc…. Then in theory, a vacc*ine would become quickly obsolete, meaning that the whole world could be stuck down by pandemic and lockdowns every few years.
Or is this the plan?
So then we should get used to lockdowns. As well as doing all our shopping online because all the other shops and businesses around us are boarded up, long shut down. And kiss goodbye to Easter. Or holding hands with your new girlfriend. Unless you like the feel of latex.
I suspect we are seeing massively inflated death figures being reported in the news. This in turn creates fear and panic in the general public, who for the most, trust the mainstream media.
We should ask, that if the pandemic is so deadly, why has it been downgraded by the UK government. It is now no longer a “high consequence infectious disease”:
As of 19 March 2020, COVID-19 is no longer considered to be a high consequence infectious diseases (HCID) in the UK… in particular, more information is available about mortality rates (low overall)…
So is it a deadly killer disease or isn’t it? Which is it? If it isn’t, why are the media absolutely terrifying the population with headlines of high death rates and collapsing hospitals with a steady stream of celebrities getting it, and aged celebrities dying from it? What is going on?
All of this over-reporting of death figures due to corona, has one effect. It creates fear and panic in the population; It causes stress, which suppresses our immune systems; It creates irritation which leads to arguments with family members, even worse – violence; It leads to depression and mental health issues leading to self harm or even suicide. These are some real dangers and consequences of this prolonged lockdown. (By the way, the word ‘lockdown’ is a prison expression – Think on that).
In 1923, W. M Strong wrote about the importance of avoiding panic during an epidemic. Panic can cause considerably more harm. In 1923, epidemics were more widespread with TB, Small pox, scarlet fever, dypyheria and many others. They had a much closer contact with infectious and harmful illnesses. 100 years ago, the world was arguably more dangerous and medicine not as developed, and yet a rational and measured mindset was encouraged by the Chief Medical Officer in the face of epidemics. Bear in mind this was written in 1923, just a few years after the Spanish Flu.
Panic freezes the brain. It creates a fear state. It stops rational thought and discourse. It leads to knee-jerk reactions. Shutting down an economy, will have consequences. Strange how that today, panic is the most prominent emotion being pushed on us.
Placebo and Panic
Consider the placebo effect. Placebo is a clinically observed effect, where the mind can heal the body (like magic) simply by believing so.
For example, a person with an identifiable disease is given a sugar pill and told by a doctor that this pill is a new breakthrough medicine which will completely cure the patient of his ailments. The person believes completely in the doctor’s assertions and takes the pill. And then as if by magic, his symptoms and disease disappears. Even if examined under an X-Ray, there will be no more signs of the disease. It is like a kind of miracle. The pill had no active medical qualities in it; it was simple a sugar pill. It was the persons own mind and belief that healed him.
This is a very simplistic example, but it is well recognised that placebo needs to be accounted for when testing new drugs. In fact, scientific studies have to create control groups when testing drugs. For example, one group of patients takes the fake (sugar pill) drug. Another group takes the actual drug and none of the patients are allowed to know which group they are in. This way scientists know whether any curative effects of the drug they are testing is due to the actual drug itself, or whether it is the placebo (i.e. the patients own mind) that is healing him.
However, what should be considered is that the placebo effect can work in reverse.
If the mind can make a person heal, it can also make a person sick It can make a disease much worse than it would normally be. It may even in most extreme cases cause premature death.
And this is why panic during this pandemic is harmful. If you read daily shock reports (which I find to be quite questionable in their accuracy), then it creates an intense fear state in the individual.
If in this fear state, you were to get a simple cold, or regular flu or your asthma was to start playing up due to the change in seasons and pollen as we enter spring; this fear state can play absolute havoc with your mental and physical state.
For example, say that in the back of your mind, you had that pernicious thought – ‘what if I have the deadly corona virus? Am I going to dieeeeeee?“. This is not good for anybody’s healing. Your mental state is an important factor in health and wellbeing. Our thoughts have great power over our mental state and physical body.
Even if you do get sick at this time, keep a positive and optimistic mindset. Avoid despondency (giving up). And if you can stomach it, eat a fresh orange, daily for your vitamin C. Keep your windows open to get fresh air. And absolutely do switch off the TV and avoid reading the news.
Do not fear. Do not listen to the mainstream media. Some of their actions should be considered evil.
In fact, read my book instead – The Genki Health Guide. And consider that we are entering into a new age, where we should be taking more responsibility for our own health and bodies.
Fear will be the new normal unless we learn to accept that death is one stage of our physial life, just as birth is. And that the unknown is a part of our spirtual journey. These are deeper questions that modern life hides under the rug.
Fear of the virus is paralysing our minds. And we are not seeing the bigger picture. Especially all the other monkey games going on around us – much bigger things. Stay Awake.
A side effect of the current apocalypse/pandemic/zombie virus/asteroid is that it seems to make everyone need to poop more.
On the plus side, people are making sure to wash their hands thoroughly after and even sterilising them.
I found this out when I went to Tescos yesterday to get our usual stock of baby wipes (for our one year old) and was met with this:
There were a few left over – the more expensive ones. which I’m not buying.
But it made me wonder – are mothers stocking up on baby wipes (after all – they are quite valuable), or are general shoppers buying them up to sterilise doorhandles and wipe their hands/phones etc? Whichever – it’s a real bugger. Can’t people just calm down a bit?
Fortunately, I usually buy in bulk so I still have a stock. But it’s kind of ridiculous.
My wife’s Mamma friends also shared their photos of shopping at Tesco’s:
Human psychology is fickle and easily influenced. If you see shelves like this, it makes you start to think you need to stock up too, and so you start to panic-buy too. This is the real virus. Not corona. It’s fear.
We are all already screwed anyway. If food supplies ever did get cut off. We’d run out of food surely enough. After all, few are able to grow and stock their own foods. We all rely on the food suppliers.
I already wrote here – my opinion on this virus. The only real panic is the hype stimulated internationally by all the media outlets. That is the real fear we face.
Just imagine if there was a real crisis? Like food or water was cut off? Or if there was a real viral pandemic, killing people in the way coronavirus is professed to do so? How long till we revert to cannibalism, witch-hunts or pitchfork mobs?
Is our supposed human civility and society merely a shallow veneer? Easily shattered when we face hardship.
If so, our highest point of civilisation must have been during the second world war – a time when society did not break down when faced with great dangers and in fact pulled closer together.
I don’t think we are made of the same stuff anymore. But then, back then, they had to impose rationing, otherwise people would have stocked up and sold the excess on the black market. The same is already happening today with facemasks and hand sanitisers sold at inflated prices on Ebay.
And it’s not just the UK. It’s happening everywhere – where-ever there is this entity called ‘mainstream media’, there is panic buying and virus porn.
Here are some videos by Daily Rant Australia showing it happening in Australia particularly with toilet paper and soya milk:
The Russian author Valim Zeland talks about the trap of Pendulums in his book series – Reality Transurfing. Pendulums are essentially waves that we as humans get trapped into, which sucks our energy and carries us into a direction that services the pendulums growth. We become fuel for the pendulum.
Daily life is full of a multitude of pendulums. As more people get sucked into the pendulum’s swing, the more its momentum grows and the bigger it gets, further sucking in more people.
The important thing about pendulums is not to give them our energy. Live apart from them as best as you are able. Be aware of them, but never emotionally invested. It’s a hard thing to do in this day and age, when pendulums are thrust in our faces.
A person trapped in a pendulum may argue – ‘but if you don’t pay attention or play a part in it, it will affect you’. Actually no. The moment you get emotionally involved – either angry or fearful, the result is always a sucking and draining of your energy.
For the last few years in Britain, we’ve had the Brexit Pendulum. It has been full of non-stop debates and arguments between politicians, journalists and the general population. And now, just as a final ‘decision’ on Brexit seems to have been made, suddenly we have a coronavirus pendulum thrust upon us. Will we ever get a break?
And if a person can stop panicking for a moment and consider the last few pandemic scares – SARS, Bird Flu, Ebola, Mad cows disease, Aids… you can see the same patterns repeating again. It is yet another pendulum.
Disregarding the constant red-alarm bells going off in the media regarding coronavirus, here are some starter questions: What if there is no coronavirus? What if people died of other causes and a blanket cause was being blamed? A virus boogeyman. What if regular influenza viruses, pneumococcal infections or regular pneumonia cases were being misattributed to this same mysterious and terrifying virus and then overhyped?
Be aware that all through life and every year our bodies encounter and deal with numerous viruses, including coronaviruses. If our bodies are in a weak state, these viruses can be harmful to us, even fatal. If we are in relatively good health, our bodies deal with them, though we may suffer for a while. Such is life.
But watching the news in this age is fear porn. Stimulating and building us all up to a mad erotic frenzy. Blaming the Chinese, or the Africans. Doesn’t that seem racist? Or has this word been so beaten to death by now it has lost its meaning? Or blaming cows, bats, pigs, or monkeys.
One of the most notable things of the coronavirus is how it was first attributed to the Chinese eating bats. The ‘powers that be’, have a sense of humour. I vaguely remember the same thing about ebola originally being found in a cave somewhere in Africa and again there being a bat connection in the book – ‘The Hot Zone‘.
Here is a picture of a Chinese person eating bats that went viral.
Here is a picture of me eating bat soup. With chopsticks, so you can tell it was in China.
The bat is one of my son’s toys. He likes creepy things. It is made of rubber. It looks less gross than the one eaten in the actual bat photos above that apparently ALL CHINESE eat. Especially in Wuhan. And no, the picture wasn’t taken in China. It was taken in London.
We all remember Dinosaurs went extinct. What kind of flu got them I wonder..? Dino-rona.
What is the point of my bat photos? A little joke, sure, but the consideration here, is can we trust what we see at first glance. Photos can be used to create any kind of narrative. Some degree of objective evaluation should be adopted by the audience, especially in these times. But I am getting ahead of myself here. Back to bats…
Here is an article saying that some of the famous Wuhan bat pictures were actually filmed in Palau or Indonesia in 2016. Not Wuhan. And Apparently, eating bats is quite rare, even looked down on in China:
Videos of Asian people selling or eating bats have been circulating on social media since news broke of the coronavirus outbreak in China, with claims that bats are a possible origin of the new virus. The France 24 Observers team investigated six of the most shared videos. Five were filmed outside China, in Palau and Indonesia. None of the videos had any documented link to the outbreak.
Apparently, this lady in the screenshot above may have eaten the bat in the Pacific nation of Palau last year. And media reports of the Chinese eating bats were picked up and spun out of the control by sensationalist media outlets (pretty much all Western media then):
We found the Douyin account (Chinese version of TikTok) who posted this video (木タ木琪77).
In her profile, she says she is a student at the University of Wuhan. When we checked her account on January 28, we saw that she had deleted all her posts. She had also added a phrase to her profile, reading…
“Stop being idiots; these videos are from last summer!”
Just think, one day, you’re taking selfies whilst on holiday in Palau or Indonesia eating bats and bugs for your Instagram account. And then a year later, you’re Patient Zero in the Zombie Apocalypse. Who’d have imagined it?
This is just one of the unusual bits of drama and spin arising around the coronavirus. The other is the mysterious account of the whistleblower doctor Dr Li Wenliang, who first alerted everyone to the virus, was warned by the government against spreading panic, and then died from the virus. (despite testing negatively for it several times previously). It could almost pass for the plot of a movie. Perhaps it is.
Then of course, there are the various reports of bioweapons, predictive programming from a Dean Koontz book, and Bill Gates gets mentioned as he usually does. It’s all so very disorientating. And I think that is the point. The Pendulum wants us to be disorientated.
Lies and Panic
Can you really trust the information in front of you? Does anyone else remember that expression – “Weapons of Mass Destruction”? We are lied to all the time. How many families lives were destroyed because of that brutal piece of propaganda?
There are unseen costs to an epidemic, so we had better be sure we are in one. How much misery is inflicted on the world especially for businesses and hotels on the financial edge, going bust, or businessmen losing everything and committing suicide in despair due to the collapse in the tourist industry, leaving behind families. Will we see these kinds of stories emerging in the aftermath? We can wait and see, but I’m getting ahead of myself.
The message transmitted in coronavirus is simple – You are all going to DIE, so PANIC! Don’t think – PANIC! Shut your brain down. Listen to us. Believe everything you hear. Give your mind over to us!
Jon Rappoport questions the whole paradigm of these deaths being caused by a mystery virus. What if a virus is not the cause? Jon wrote a book called Aids Inc: The Greatest Scandal of the Century, and I did not know it at the time, but there were a number of distinguished doctors, scientists and molecular biologists in the 1990s who questioned the whole HIV = AIDS paradigm – here and here.
One physican – a Dr Robert Willner even purposely injected himself with HIV infected blood in a press conference in front of the cameras to demonstrate that the whole things was fake. He tested negatively afterwards,
One of the arguments in a nutshell being that they are unable to properly identify the virus. And yet, despite these credible scientists and doctors questioning the whole HIV = AIDS paradigm, the mainstream medical system and media ignored it. All through the 80s and 90s we had AIDS fear thrust in out heads. As a kid I remembered some of those terrifying TV commercials. Everyone was and is terrified of it. Yet was it all true?
Update: July 2020 – Interesting that the Immunologist Dr Fauci, who has been so prevalent in pushing the coronavirus fear in the US, was also prominent 40 years ago in the original AIDs epidemic.
Another virus on the block
What has AIDS got to do with Coronavirus? Coronavirus is another in a line of viral scares that ‘the powers that be’, throw at us every few years or so. If you think I’m a conspiracy nut, think about it for a while: We’ve had Zika, Ebola, Bird Flu, SARS. Every virus is going to kill us. This time it is the big one.
And there is a part of us that wants to think it is the End. We want to believe the collapse is coming. Perhaps it’s a fear ingrained in our psyches after experiencing the great flood of Biblical times, an event which was recorded by cultures all around the worlds. Perhaps, we have a collective memory of being annihilated. A kind of PTSD or Stockholm syndrome when it comes to matters pertaining to the apocalypse. Paul Simon sings – “every generation throws a hero up the pop charts”, here we have – every generation is terrified by a new viral boogeyman, or several.
Back to Corona virus – So what is causing these deaths?
Jon Rapport puts forward an argument that pollution could be a significant causative factor for these deaths. China is well known for being heavily polluted. In Wuhan, just last year, there were protests against an increased risk of pollution, since a new factory plant had been built. The kind of pollution the Chinese face, is a toxic combination of industrial age pollution (smog) and modern pollutants – chemicals, plastics and who knows what else in the air. Jon writes:
At the very beginning of my coverage of the “China epidemic,” I cited evidence the air quality in Wuhan is chronically dangerous.
Among other sources, I referred to a Yale review which stated that the mixture of toxic elements in the air is unprecedented in human history. The synergistic effects of these individual toxins is unknown.
I also mentioned the large street protests against air quality in Wuhan that took place last summer. These protests were also carried out in other Chinese cities. The government was obviously alarmed at the nascent rebellion.
The protests are now gone. Because the cities are locked down. It’s all about “the virus” as the cause of illness.
Horrific air quality brings on lung infections of all kinds, including pneumonia. Pneumonia is THE illness attributed to the coronavirus. How convenient.
The Chinese government has recently ruled that testing patients for the coronavirus isn’t necessary for a diagnosis of “epidemic illness.” A CT scan of the lungs is sufficient. If the patient thus shows signs of pneumonia, he is labeled “a coronavirus case.”
Air quality? Brushed aside.
Assessing studies of annual pneumonia deaths in China – covering years long before the supposed emergence of the new human coronavirus – I settled on the estimate of 300,000 deaths a year.
Assuming this death rate is more or less constant, hundreds of thousands of people could now be called deceased “coronavirus cases” without a flicker of interest in the actual cause of their illness. Those CT scans, picking up signs of pneumonia, and absurdly leading to the label “coronavirus”, are a perfect tool for deception.
Recent weeks have seen major protests there – in themselves a rarity in China – over plans for a new garbage incineration plant.
Holding banners with slogans such as “We don’t want to be poisoned, we just need a breath of fresh air”, thousands of people took to the city’s streets over two weeks in June and July calling for the suspension of plans to build the plant.
“We are fearful that the plant is too close to residence area”, one protestor in the city of 10 million told state media. Others expressed concern that emissions could worsen air pollution and harm residents health.
Local officials were apparently surprised by the scale and size of the protests, which came after several similar waste plants were reportedly found to be giving off dangerous emissions. Photos and videos shared on social media showed large crowds marching in the streets near where the plant was to be built, and police arresting numerous protestors.
The government has since suspended building of the plant, which locals said had halted protests, but a heavy police presence remains in the city where the situation is tense.
CNN article, written by James Griffiths, July 11th 2019
This is China. People have got to be really angry to protest against the government. I think that something like your kids and family members having to breathe toxic polluted air would be such a breaking point.
For years Western countries have been shipping their garbage – our plastics to China for recycling. A lot of these recycling plants were actually small scale family workshops where the whole families would work daily recycling these plastics into some kind of recyclable pellets. It is a hugely time-consuming process.
Here is an Amazon Prime movie called ‘Plastic China‘, which I recommend at least watching the trailer for, as it shows a small-scale family-run recycling workshop, with this man’s kids spending their days playing among a sea of plastic waste from the West (and no doubt ingesting small amounts of it into their bodies). But we don’t care, because we don’t see our plastic once we throw it away, and anyway they all eat bats.
According to the most recent statistics, provided by the Chinese Plastics Processing Association, in 2006 the country was home to roughly 60,000 small scale, family owned workshops devoted to recycling plastic.
Yi Jie, age 11 with her mother and sister, from one of these family owned recycle workshops – recycling our plastics. Screenshot from ‘Plastic China’.
These are some of the plastics they have to deal with. Can you recognise what they are?
If you cant see the picture clearly, it’s medical waste. I sure hope it wasn’t used. However, in the documentary, apparently, they also received things like used syringes to recycle. And one of the sorter’s biggest fears is getting pricked (and potentially infected with who knows what). This is very wrong.
Ironic, that the Western world panics about an over-hyped virus, while the real apocalyptic factors of this planet – plastics and pollution are ignored. Perhaps this really is the End Times.
Take it Back. We dont want it!
But now, the Chinese have stopped accepting it all. The whole plastic recycling thing just doesn’t work. And now, China is stuck with millions of tonnes of Western waste – a lot of it plastic. So what are they going to do with it all? Answer – burn it. Burn it all.
Yes – all that plastic, we diligently separated out and shoved in the correct bin. Never aware of the carbon footprint as it is shipped to the other side of the planet. It turns out that even with billions of people and thousands of family-run recycling workshops – its just too much plastic to recycle. They don’t want any more otherwise the whole of China will turn into one giant landfill. It probably already is. So they are going to burn it.
It’s ironic. As we try to be more greener, we only make it worse for the planet. We could have just burnt the plastics in our own countries. Or at least buried it. But instead, we found it more efficient to ship it to China for them to burn. Can’t risk those carbon credits – we’ve got to get carbon neutral here. Perhaps, instead of sending them our plastic, we needed to ship out Greta and her cohort to educate them all.
And all that pollution burning… Wouldn’t that be a causative factor in causing respiratory distress, pneumonia, lung disease, COPD, even death in the local population. Also, as we are in the flu season, if you added in a flu virus, could that be the final breaking point? Well yes.
Images of recycling plants in China and burning of plastic computer parts.
I often wondered what happened to all those old white desktop computers that everyone used to have 10-15 years ago? They didn’t go to computer heaven. Well in a way they did – as their plastic components joined the ether as smoke and pollutants. To be breathed in by the Chinese and their children.
I bet that sometime in the past, this canal must have been so much clearer. Possibly people could bathe in it. Have picnics by the side of it. Is this really progress?
More than that, the pollution is affecting the health of the Chinese. The image above shows children with respiratory disease at a hospital in Hangzhou for various reasons, possibly pollution (But not Coronavirus).
Coal, automobiles, burning plastics and chemicals: A REALLY BAD combination of pollution
But real air pollution is not so simple. The new study argues that smogs in China contain more ingredients than those found either in the legendary “pea-soupers*” of 19th and 20th century Europe and North America or in the modern rich world, vehicle-generated smogs.
*’pea souper’ – English expression referring to Pea Soup fog’/’killer fog’/’black fog’. Pea soup fog – a thick yellowish-greenish coloured smog.
In China… the development of coal-fired industries and increased automobile use have overlapped, which has resulted in the emissions of a complex mix of air contaminants.
Three other cities listed as regularly suffering dangerous levels of four or five of the pollutants are Jining, also in Shandong, Wuhan in Hubei province, and Jiayuguan and Jinchang in Gansu.
Picture of Wuhan air pollution in 2009
It looks pretty built-up in this city in Wuhan. Are there any parks? Trees? Pandas? What kind of air do they breathe there?
Anyone remember the ‘Great Year of Smog’ in London, 1952?
It was before I was born, but my father told me about it. He grew up in London in the 1950s. The Great Smog was a combination of cold weather, no wind, and smoke from coal-burning, which created a thick heavy smog that blanketed the city for a week causing respiratory distress, and death. It also reduced visibility, hence the stereotype of London being a dark foggy (smoggy) city, frequented by Jack the Ripper types. Little has changed, except there is no more smog.
According to reports, 4000 people died as a direct result of the smog and a further 10,000 were made ill due to the smog’s effects on the respiratory tract. Most of the dead were young, elderly or had preexisting respiratory problems. (Source Wikipedia, yes, I know sorry)
Notice how they are wearing face masks (well kerchiefs). Just like today in Asia. Also notice how they are really well dressed compared to today. But that’s another topic.
Hard to imagine, but SMOG actually causes respiratory disease
Doesn’t that all sound kind of similar to Wuhan?
On February 13th, the death toll from the coronavirus was 1,367 according to China’s National Health Commission. Now deaths are over 2000 worldwide on the 24th Feb, 11 days later. And yet still this number is less than the 4000 who died in the Great Smog of London, which lasted only four days from the 5th December to the 9th December, until weather changed and quickly dispensed the pollution. Additionally, a further 100,000 were made ill with respiratory disease due to the Great Smog. The population of Britain in the 1950s, was undoubtedly much smaller than the population of China today.
However, it is still early days yet for coronavirus, and there is another trick they have. Here is another CNN article:
Note that the title of the article above reads – “as country expands diagnosis”
The BIG question is just what does that phrase “expands diagnosis” mean? Well that is the trick to dramatically increase the number of people infected with coronavirus, so that we well and truly have a pandemic.
Here is an extract from the article:
The government explained the spike as due to a change in how the cases are tabulated – the total will now include “clinically diagnosed cases” after rising numbers of residents complained about the difficulty in getting tested and treated for the virus.
“Clinically diagnosed cases” are those patients who demonstrate all the symptoms of Covid-19 but have been unable to be scientifically tested, or died before they were tested… Almost 34,000 patients have been hospitalised across Hubei, the central Chinese province of which Wuhan is capital, including 1,400 or so in a critical condition. So far 3,441 patients have recoved and been discharged.
Ok, so this symptom checklist is just too general. And also I think they need to add two more symptoms formally to the list. (Though they are unofficially there already). These additional symptoms are:
Have come from Wuhan, (but actually anywhere in ‘ASIA’ counts).
So I checked the WHO website and really could not find any actual definition of symptoms. The closest I found was this:
Infection with 2019-nCoV can cause mild symptoms including a runny nose, sore throat, cough, and fever.
It can be more severe for some persons and can lead to pneumonia or breathing difficulties. More rarely, the disease can be fatal. Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as diabetes and heart disease) apear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus”
This sort-of-definition from WHO doesn’t even include ‘shortness of breath’ as a symptoms, making it more inclusive.
In black and white, these types of symptoms do not seem so sensational. It certainly doesn’t sound like a ‘death virus’.
As far as I can tell – these symptoms could be due to any other type of flu, pneumococcal infection or pneumonia. These are the types of diseases that sweep the world every single year, infecting tens of thousands, and in some cases can kill the very young, the elderly, the malnourished and immuno-compromised. The same kind of flu’s, which we are always being hammered into getting a flu va*ccine for. Again to put it in some kind of perspective, there were an estimated 50,000 winter deaths in the UK between 2017/2018, which the Telegraph reported:
It is likely that last winter’s increase was due to the predominant strain of flu, the effectiveness of the influenza vaccine and below-average winter temperatures.
That’s 50,000 deaths during one winter (and in one country) – no doubt the elderly, homeless and immuno compromised. But compared to Coronavirus deaths (2000 deaths worldwide), which sounds like the real pandemic?
Consider also that in 2018, 2175 people in the UK died of pneumonia (Source: Express & Star). Yet, to add an interesting twist, some pneumonia deaths in China are not all being attributed to Coronavirus (Source: South China Morning Post). Though I wonder if this is the case for all pneumonia cases and all hospitals? I kind of doubt it and suspect that corona is being diagnosed in a blanket type way. But then again, this is all just speculation on my part.
So if you have the symptoms of regular flu or fever, you too can get diagnosed with coronavirus. Of course, there needs to be an Asian connection. Either you came back from there or met someone from there. And by Asia, yes, I do mean the entire continent of Asia stretching from Russia to Japan. Singapore, India, Mongolia, Korea, Pakistan, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia. Its all ASIA and they all eat bats over there. Seems kind of racist…
STOP THE PRESS: But wait, every week brings something new – now Italy is the new hotzone. Tomorrow: Who knows? It’s the Silk Road… The Silk Road Damn it. As it was for the Black Death, so it is with Corona.
The Dummies Guide to Diagnosing Apocalyptic viruses
So going back to the topic of clinical diagnosis – what this means is that if you present with symptoms of the flu or cold (e.g. high temperature, cough, sore throat, fever), then you too can be diagnosed with coronavirus. No actual tests necessary. Of course, there needs to be an Asian, bat and now an Italian connection. Though, no doubt that will expand over the next few weeks.
Just how accurate is that really? I mean its not like the bubonic plague where a 14th century, poor, malnourished peasant could be clinically diagnosed if he presented with multiple flea bites, enlarged swollen lymph nodes, bulbous abscesses (bubos), and everyone in the village had the same symptoms. Then it would be a pretty good giveaway that it was has the bubonic plague and you probably don’t need to carry out tests to be sure it is the Bubonic Plague. Clincial diagnosis would be good enough.
But with coronovirus, someone may catch a regular flu or fever and then suddenly its like…
Donald: CORONA DEATH VIRUS!!!! Screams in high pitch
Woman: No! its just a nasty cold!
Screenshots from Invasion of the Body Snatcher, 1970s version
Consider that in a regular flu outbreak, deaths in the sick and elderly increases. In these circumstances, the deaths can be attributed to flu. But would that be truly accurate, if the person was severely immuno-compromised or elderly with underlying health conditions and which led to pneumonia.
And by the way, at the time of writing this article in the UK, there is flu and cough going around. I see people coughing and sneezing in Town. People in workplaces and schools have colds. It is that transitional point between winter and spring when colds and flu’s become commonplace. How easy it would be to diagnose any of these cases as coronavirus – especially if you have just come back from China (or Italy now).
Flu and Pollution Deaths
Lets go back to pollution as a cause of death:
Notice how China comes up as a dark red – 500,000 to 1,250,000 deaths in 2017. Wow, that is a lot of deaths! How many deaths due to coronavirus so far? – around 2-3000. I wonder – will the number of pollution deaths actually go down in 2020 because deaths are attributed to something else? – Say like a mysterious virus?
And how about, Chinese politicians and big business gets tired of the rising deaths of pollution and people protesting, but they don’t want to cut down on business. What can they do?
Here’s the same chart interpreted a different way:
A record number of US patients died from flu last year, with 80,000 deaths recorded in 2017-18, says the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Robert Redfield.
He gave the 80,000 estimate during an interview with the Associated Press in New York… it means that the 2017-18 period will have had the highest number of deaths from flu, by some margin, since tracking began in 1976. The previous record as 56,000 in 2012-13.
Putting these figures into some kind of perspective, coronavirus deaths is far less than regular flu deaths in previous years. And much less than deaths attributed to pollution.
You may argue that the virus has only just gotten started. It will be a pandemic sweeping the world, killing everyone. Just like ebola, just like SARS, just like Zika, Oh wait…
Except that those particular diseases didn’t do that. Even though the media got us all thinking that they would.
Hmm… I spot a pattern here.
‘But NO’, you argue. It’s different this time. Its the next Spanish Flu! Its the next T virus! Its a bio weapon. The smoke in Wuhan is not pollution. They’re burning the bodies. It’s the CIA. It’s Bill Gates.
I’m not saying it couldn’t be any of those things. Maybe it is. I’m just stating that the one thing it most definitely is – is HYPE. Massive amounts of it. The media and the powers that control it are hyping and sensationalising it all. For what purpose I can only speculate.
I’m also throwing up another possible cause of these deaths in China – Pollution leading to an increase in pneumonia cases and lung diseases, with deaths attributed to the newly discovered mystery Corona virus. Followed by both the Chinese and Western Medias over-hyping it and attributing their own regular flu and pneumonia cases, in their respective countries, to coronavirus statistics.
And as I mentioned earlier, this idea is not my own – but something considered by Jon Rappoport who knows a lot about virus hype. Out of all the theories being banded around by mainstream and alternative media, that sounds quite logical to me. Far better than theories of CIA plots, GM viruses escaping labs in order to further Agenda 21 and the Georgia Guidestone’s Master Plan, mastered by Bill Gates.
Of course, there may be some of that in there too. But in this situation, I’m going to veer towards it being the hype hypothesis.
I argue here – that we can’t believe all the reports or the hype. Nor can we believe that this virus is the killer it is said to be. We should even question the presence of a virus in many of these ‘confirmed cases’. I believe there may be other explanations for the deaths and diseases in Wuhan, that need to be considered more thoroughly.
STOP: don’t ask questions. don’t evaluate anything you hear….
PANIC – DO IT NOW! It’s the Apocalypse!
Forget these surgical masks. If anything instills panic, it’s them. No, If you’re going to wear a mask, then get one that covers your face and has holes for eyes. Look like you mean business.
And buy a chainsaw.
Fear is contagious
It is what we are not being told that matters. And we will rarely get the full facts. Instead all we get is media hype, fear mongering, ie fear porn, which activates the reptilian brain fight or flight response.
Just last week, I heard a story from someone. He had gone to hospital for a consultation. In the waiting a room, a family came in with a small child with cold and fever. It was heard that they had just got back from “Asia”. Suddenly, fear and panic swept over the hospital waiting room. The other patients started leaving the area. The family were told to return home. No doubt guys in white suits would come along after to disinfect the waiting room.
Asia is a big continent. And kids… kids get colds and flus and fevers all the bloody time. Especially in the winter and spring months with the change of temperature and weather. C’mon. But no, if you are Asian and have a fever and have come back from Asia (Pakistan?) then you have the death virus.
It can be worrying enough dealing with a young kid with a high temperature or infection. But then when you add something like fear of the coronavirus into the mix, it can easily become the final fuse blown in a tired, frazzled parent’s brain. We get mental shutdown and people just go along with it. It is hard even for the most rational-minded person to not get sucked in by the pendulum, when they are facing a continuous onslaught of hype and media fear-porn.
Panic, everybody panic.
The Marie Celeste
In Yokohama, there has been this somewhat bizarre quarantine-type drama going on, with passengers on board the cruise ship – the Diamond Princess, confined to their cabin rooms after an outbreak on the cruise ship. I suppose the cabin crew are still allowed to move around to feed the holiday makers, otherwise we’d have seen a famine as well as a siege. (Update – now there is a similar quarantine drama going on in a hotel in Tenerife full of British holidaymakers).
Just what kind of movie drama was going on there? Where is Steven Seagal when you need him? Under Siege III needs to be made.
Steven: WE KNOW YOU LIKE JAPAN. Get over there and SUSHI some CORONA ASS!
And get your ass to China on the way there Steven. Kung Fu some Corona. In fact, Steven did star in a movie where he killed some vampire-type creatures. There’s your bat connection there.
What has corona go to do with Steven Seagal? Well what has corona got to do with bats or even seafood markets?
Are we so fragile as a species that a minuscule virus can appear in a bat in a Chinese wet market and within weeks destroy human civilisation? Really question – Just how on Earth did we survive all these years without hand sanitiser and face masks? Boy we must have dodged so many bullets (or bats) just to make it this far. And this does not mean I believe in it being a bioweapon either.
In fact, I am so fed up with this discrimination against bats (and Chinese), that I have decided to attribute the cause of coronavirus to Steven Seagal. Yes that is right. Steven is responsible. Forget animal to human viral transmission. Here we have Steven to Humankind transmission.
I mean it’s no less scientific an explanation than anything else the media drudges up.
The Diamond Princess
And what of the elderly couple that died on board the quarantined cruise ship the Diamond Princess? Did they truly die of coronavirus as was reported? Or was it the fact they were confined to a cabin without fresh air, like prisoners? What if they had other health conditions? Will we hear about that? Or will their unfortunate deaths be counted as coronavirus statistics? Which they have done already.
And in fact, we now know that they did have underlying health conditions:
Two passengers from the cruise ship quarantined in Japan have died after contracting the new coronavirus, the first deaths among the more than 600 people on board who have been infcted, a Japanese health ministy official said on Thursday.
The two people, both Japanese, were an 87 year old man and an 84 year old woman, the Japanese broadcaster NHK reported. They were taken to hospitals on Feb 11 and 12 and both had underlying health issues, the broadcaster said. No other information about them was immediately available.
And just how were they tested? You have to dig very hard to find any examples in the news of how the tests were carried out. All I can find is that people were tested as either positive or negative and there was some questioning about the accuracy of these tests by some of the infected. Yet little about how the virus is actually tested. So I assume they were tested based on symptoms.
But here you have Elderly couples cooped up in a prison cell, I mean cabin, unable to go out, get fresh air, get exercise, and are fearful and stressed – then get sick. What a surprise. They had underlying medical conditions, which we are told nothing about. What if they ran out of medication? What if they needed to see a doctor but were unable. So many ‘whats’.
The only thing I know for certain, is I will never go on a cruise. And if at any time in my life (perhaps when I am elderly), the idea starts to appeal to me, someone please slap me. We’ve had cruise ships sinking and now Ghost ships. No thank you. I think if I travel, I’ll do like my father, and backpack.
(Update: 20th April – Now a few weeks after the whole world has been put into a so called ‘quarantine’, i.e. lockdown. I realise now that the original lockdown on board the Diamond Princess was probably an early test for doing a lockdown on a wider scale – ie on entire countries. And we can see from the Diamond Princess just how ineffective that was). So what is the point? I wonder if we are being treated like lab rats in a giant social experiment?
There are deep concerns laboratory tests are incorrectly telling people they are free of the coronavirus. Stories in several countries suggest people are having up to six negative results before finally being diagnosed.
Meanwhile officials in the epicentre of the epidemic, Hubei province, China have started counting people with symptoms rather than using the tests for final confirmation.
As a result, nearly 15,000 new cases were reported on a single day – a quarter of all cases in this epidemic.
A question: Why do they keep retesting the same person, until they get a positive result for coronavirus? Is it a case of – ‘we’ll just keep testing you, until the we get the result we want’? ie. The ‘Positive result’ being the right one – like a test on an exam.
Well I suppose they will argue that people can still be infected even without a positive result, or perhaps they will argue that it takes time for the virus to show up. Who knows? It all sounds like a fudging of results.
This BBC article also brings up other points where the tests can show fake results. I won’t go too deeply into this, But I think the main point to take from this article is not that people are not being diagnosed enough. But that testing for coronavirus is inaccurate and flawed.
Hence why diagnosis is based on clinical signs and symptoms rather than actual tests. But considering that the symptoms of coronavirus are EXACTLY the same as symptoms for other flus and fevers, just how accurate is this? Not very.
What we then get is not an under-reporting of coronavirus cases. But actually an over reporting. That is not true science. Or medicine.
Additionally, again by changing the way they diagnose it – by basing it on these generalised symptoms – suddenly the number of cases dramatically increases. Like widening the goalposts. By a lot.
BUT wait: Update – the Chinese reverted back to the old way of counting cases. So now the cases will go down again. Its a magic counting system. Kind of like snakes and ladders. The pendulum swings again, giving us more drama and frustration and keeping us on our toes
The problem with writing about this particular coronavirus scare – is that news updates and panic about the whole epidemic/pandemic/apocalypse comes thick and fast every day and every week. Even the smartest, most vigilant people can find their resistance worn down by the constant spin, till you start believing in the stories and then start fearing. Then the pendulum has you.
For example, just now, we hear of an outbreak of cases in Northern Italy accompanied by images of people spraying the streets with ‘who-knows-what’ kind of chemical in order to kill the evil death virus.
How effective can such a method be? Very ineffective, I should think. Generally viruses don’t survive well outside the body, and I should think there’s even less chance of surviving, let alone infecting people if remnants of such a virus are lying on some street or road.
I suppose theoretically some pigeon may get infected by hopping around on the street and then spread it to some pigeon-loving local, feeding it pizza on a park bench. So hey, let’s spray that poison (or whatever it is). It looks more dramatic and action-like. And it contributes to the pendulums growth.
If it was really lethal, we would be seeing a real lockdown
Instead, people are allowed to travel and ‘infected people’ allowed to return home. If it is so lethal, people wonder why people at risk of infection are being flown back into their home countries? To spread it of course – the fear that is, and the virus. The pendulum needs more people infected to continue its momentum.
If it really was a death virus – for example – that you only have to be in the same room as an infected person, and you will die – then it is highly doubtful, these people would be allowed to travel. The rich and poweful need servants too. They don’t want to catch something from the help.
Ebb and Flow
Another thing to consider is that in a year’s time, the whole hype and epidemic will be finished, and be collectively forgotten about, much like SARS and EBOLA. Does anyone even remember Zika anymore? And then everyone will settle back into collective complacency again. Until the next big scare is released and our apocalypse PTSD is triggered, kind of like a Manchurian Candidate trigger is switched on in our brains.
Coronavirus is a pendulum. It is running its course. When it is finished, a new fear will be invented. And it will probably have a quirky name like they all have.
Do we want our emotions and minds toyed with, manipulated like we are test subjects in a lab rat experiment? We must question everything we hear. Even the alternative media should be questioned.
That is how to escape this pendulum. Don’t succumb to fear. Question everything.
And if you want some guidelines, here are some:
Wash your hands (especially after using the toilet), don’t defecate on the street, don’t spit on the ground or in elevators and don’t eat bats. Some things are just not meant to be eaten. Oh, and perhaps it’s time to so something about our garbage and plastic problem. But unfortunately, that may be beyond our ability at this point in reality.
(DISCLAIMER: No fear-porn will be promoted in the following extract):
Update – 15th March 2020
So a few days after writing this, Japan succumbed to the fear and shut down their schools setting off the wave of panic in Japan… The pendulum grows. Mind you, they do have big stakes in all of this. Japan is holding the Olympics and I am quite sure they absolutely do not want to cancel or even postpone this event. This is a country that likes running to clockwork, so I can understand this action.
(Update 4th April 2020 – Olympics were cancelled till 2021)
And since then, the rest of the Western world is also in the process of being locked down. Curfews in place – right in front of our eyes. Police state powers introduced and incredibly, people are actually welcoming these changes. This is truly a different event.
Odd that celebrities and politicians seem to be getting infected all over. Though, I am yet to meet a Bill or Betty around me with the diagnosis*. **, And curiously whenever these celebrities and politicians get it, it’s so mild because they still seem well enough to make broadcasts.
I remember catching flu in past years, and the last thing I wanted to be doing is speaking with the outside world in any way at all because I felt so wretched. Yet they all seem quite alright, considering its a killer disease. Of course, when the average person gets it, it’s a killer. FEAR FEAR FEAR.
*Update 16th April 2020 – Ah wait, Prime Minister Boris got it and had to go to ICU.
Curiously, this whole ‘celebrity-getting-the-corona-virus’ seems to be a worldwide anomaly from the USA to Britain, Japan, even Thailand. It’s not the homeless on the street getting it, with their dirty unwashed and unsanitised hands and poor diets. Oh no, – it flies right over them and goes straight and attacks the famous in their 5 star hotels and gated mansions. They had better hire a new cleaner. Their old ones are clearly not scrubbing the surfaces adequately.
We’re also seeing his pattern of aged comedians in various countries apparently dying from it. Ken Shimura in Japan. Eric Large in Britain. The media… is going into overdrive, ney – hyperdrive. And we are still not at peak media fear-mongering yet.
**(Update 04/04/20 – Actually, I am aware of one person who was told she has Coronavirus, but no test was carried out, it was based on her symptoms and the person in question was told to stay at home and was not sent to one of these makeshift hospitals)
Oh, yes, and toilet paper, and various other products are stripped off of supermarket shelves all over the world. People are afraid – afraid of death, afraid of the unknown, and this fear is being played upon by those that people trust (the powers that be) causing them to panic and act irrationally. All they are trying to do is protect themselves and their families. But they have been swallowed by the pendulum.
My opinion on this whole coronavirus hype has not changed, despite the headlines and ‘supposed increasing death rate’ (mis) attributed to coronavirus. I still stand by the assertions I have written about in this article.
Further Update 04/04/20
At the time of originally writing this article and publishing it, the corona virus was mostly predominant in China and on board a cruise ship in Yokohama. Since then, it has decimated Italy and is now spreading through the rest of the world. It is just getting started in the USA. I wonder how lockdown and curfews will be received in a country that has guns? I wonder how they will cope when all fast food restaurants are shut down? When Postal meets Corona. The may be another reason for all those makeshift hospitals, that will become apparent as events unfold. What happens when the citizenry of a country rebel?
And what of the arguments I raised in this article – that corona virus is a blanket term for different causes of death related to lung and respiratory type diseases – pneumonia, pollution-related deaths, influenza as well as other complications particularly in those with compromised health and disease?
On the face of it, these arguments seem weaker, however, if we do a little research we can find that some of these arguments still apply. For example, I discussed about how a particularly pernicious form of pollution should be considered as a factor in the high death count in China. In fact, this also applies to Northern Italy. One of the few true journalists left in the world – Peter Hitchins, explored this in his interview with Professor Dr Sucharit Bhakdi, one of the most highly cited research scientists in Germany and an infectious medicine specialist.
Here is a quote from Dr Bhakdi:
Different mortality rates may well be due to different local situations. For example, what does Northern Italy have in common with China?
Answer: Horrific air pollution, the highest in the world. Northern Italy is the China of Europe. The lungs of inhabitants there have been chronically injured over decades. And for this simple reason the situation may not be comparable to elsewhere.”
So Northern Italy has more in common with China then we think. In fact, you could even call it the Italian China. This is because, the Italian manufacturers have been playing a little trick on us consumers. Whilst the rest of the world has shipped all their industries and factories to China to take advantage of their lowly paid slave-work force and lower quality. The Italians didn’t want all there supposed luxury clothes and handbags to have the “Made in China” label. So rather than ship their factories over there. Instead they shipped thousands of Chinese to come over there to work in little factories in Northern Italy.
I had wondered why some products with the “Made in Italy” lately seemed so cheaply made. Now I know. Here is a video from the YouTube Channel ‘China Uncensored” which discusses this sleight of hand. Watch it soon, because China Uncensored will probably get censored at some point.
If you can’t bring Mohammed to the mountain. Bring the mountain to Mohammed. Or something like that.
This is not to say that pollution is the cause of it all. Or that it is the Chinese that are spreading it. Certainly a very bad form of influenza may well have been spreading among the Chinese migrant workers from Wuhan to Northern Italy and into Europe. But that this virus (corona) is mutating and spreading like a demented version of the T-Virus in the movie Resident Evil and infecting the planet, is questionable. It is just one factor among many in this huge event that will be known in future history textbooks as the ‘Great Coronavirus Pandemic of 2020’. Our descendants will be looking back on this time the same way we look at the Spanish flu. So wear your best clothes when taking selfies of yourself wearing a mask. Future kids doodling in history text books at school will be judging what you are wearing.
Conclusion (Update 4th April 2020)
I would also like to leave a little fuel for thought: Just the fear itself of getting ill can make a person ill. This is the power of the placebo effect. The body has the ability to heal itself. especially spontaneously heal itself with the power of the mind, as we can see with the phenomenon known as ‘Spontaneous healing’, but it also has the power to make a person sick.
If you are under lots of stress for various reasons – perhaps you lost your job (which has been happening a lot recently), or you have financial stress. And then perhaps a bereavement or divorce thrown in for good measure. And don’t forget the quarantine – the lack of sunshine, fresh air and Vitamin D. All this makes your immune system weak. And then at the same time you get symptoms of a cold.
Well if you are already weak and then you are also subjected to this 24 hour media fear-mongering porn which the media is firing at you, telling you you are going to die if you walk within 6 feet of someone especially if you don’t have on a mask and gloves, then in your mind, suddenly that cold may be something much much worse. The programmed thought creeps it – “it could be the killer virus!” How will that affect your healing with that fearful state of mind? It could possibly make it much much worse.
This pandemic is a challenge to our mental state more than our physical state. It is an assault war against our minds.
Instead of healing naturally, the excess worry and fear may slow down healing. The mental stress will subdue the immune system. Then it is not inconceivable that this cold or flu becomes pneumonia, and then is diagnosed as corona virus. Such is the power of the mind. Things are not always so straightforward when it comes to health.
By the way, are homeless people getting corona? Is there an epidemic of homeless people flooding the hospitals? I don’t think they wash their hand all that much. Well???
I had hoped to leave this article alone and be enjoying the spring and summer. I had been planning to travel abroad. But I feel the need to keep updating it, because I am in the middle of this movie and it is still playing out. Also I am ordered to stay at home, and I must obey.
Much of the world is being shutdown, quarantined, locked down. By the way, the expression “Lockdown” is prison speak for shutting up the rioting prisoners. It is a form of punishment.
A cynical, conspiracy-minded person may think we were being lock-downed as punishment. For what? – well perhaps for misbehaving. All those protests – the Yellow Vests in France. The Hong Kong riots. Maybe even Brexit falls under that. As Micheal E Jones said – “the oligarchs are losing the narrative. This is their way of regaining it”. This is one of several plausible explanations.
Personally, I don’t believe in 5G or in the bio weapon theory escaping from a lab in China, which kind of reminds me of the storyline from the ‘Return of the Living Dead’ movies back in the 1980s – “Brains, Brains, Brains” – where has everyone’s brain gone?). And I really don’t believe in Qanon. Anything where President Trump is the hero has got to be a joke. As I said before, The Powers That Be have a sense of humour. But, I think the answer is much more right in front of your eyes.
Very few people are looking at the wider issues that this whole lock down is bringing up. We all need to stop the panic and take a broader view of the whole situation. Also look at what is to come.
We are following China’s model. China is a police state that treats its citizens like worker slaves. China has a tradition of murdering millions of its own people. By the way – google ‘illegal organ harvesting in China’, to see just how awful that country is. In the West we are meant to stand for freedom. The Chinese government lies – all the time. It also uses very crude, almost comical levels, of propaganda. This is not the model we want to be following. Seriously, no matter how scared of this invisible virus we are; after the whole thing abates, what kind of society are we going to be living in? Read or reread 1984 again during this lockdown to understand where this can all go.
Secondly, do you think we can shut down all these businesses, cut all these jobs without there being a massive impact on people’s lives and the economy. It was sucking before. It was abnormal before. But we are going to be seeing big changes. It may be months down the line, perhaps years, but things are going to change in a big big way. Because what we are looking at is another 9*11 event. And that is the real thing we should be paying attention to.
Because maybe then, we will finally need all that toilet paper we’ve got stocked up in our spare rooms and balconies. To eat.
Here is a YouTube Video I made, on my newly named YouTube Channel: ‘JohnDixonAcu’:
The subject is about Ulcerative Colitis – an Inflammatory Bowel Disease, which I suffered from in my 20s and which I have learnt natural ways of managing. Apologies for any background noises in the recording. This is something I will be aware of in future recordings.
I really like this video made by Micheal Chang on stretching for flexibility.
I was debating with myself over whether I should promote a Mike Chang video.
He is a YouTube star, and merchant, who made a fortune, with the promoting of his exercise programs including building a six pack.
On a plus, he motivated a lot of young people to get into fitness. On the other hand, he got criticism for being very salesy and money orientated. Selling various products and promoting hard a typical – ‘buy my products and you will get 6-pack abs in weeks!’ – kind of thing. However, he seems to have changed now and matured.
I think that self-improvement is a good thing. Though we are far more obsessed with how we look compared to earlier generations. The idea of taking photos of yourself and posting it in public, is completely alien to my father’s generation, who grew up during the 1940s. Hence the massive increase of instagram models, which has just exploded in the last ten years. There was never this kind of thing before. A new kind of narcissism.
The other thing is this constant drive to make the ‘dollar’. It’s permeated in our culture and is to our detriment. As though we are a species of Ferengi (from the Star Trek Universe). Though what can you do when you live in such a money (is debt) orientated society? And no one, absolutely no one, looks up to the Ferengi.
Anyway, this was a good video by Mike Chang with a really simple approach to stretching and gaining flexibility.
And he really looks so much better now, than when he was younger, bigger and salesy.
Mike Chang: How Often Should I Stretch to Get Flexible
Here are some points that Mike Chang mentioned in the video:
Stretch throughout the entre day, anytime you feel tightness, stretch.
Stretching is nothing fancy. You are just stretching out your body. But you can’t leave your body constantly feeling tense.
Don’t worry about how far you can go. Even after 10 minutes of stetching, you will find you will be able to further than 10 minutes ago. Your body will start letting go more.
It’s all about progression, and letting the body let go of tension and relax. As we let go of tension, we let go of stress, trapped in areas of the body that are tense.
If we are constantly stressed, then we need to stretch more to let go of tension. We don’t want it in the body. It is bad for the body.
We all have time to stretch. We all have 24 hours a day. We all have the same amount of time. But some people complain they don’t have time and others do a lot with the time they have. We all have just 5 or 10 minutes to stretch.
Stretch anywhere – on the train, when travelling. You don’t need to be in a studio or working out. You can do it anywhere. Whenever you feel tense or tight.
You don’t need to sit or lie to strech. You can stretch standing up like with a standing forward bend. Open your chest, stretch out your hamstrings. You can do all sorts of stretches.
We get so used to not taking care of the body, that stretching becomes some kind of special event. And when the body doesn’t feel good, you don’t want to use it. It becomes easier to just lay around. So you have to start small. Work your way up. Do whatever is comfortable, then stretching becomes normal. It becomes habit.
Change the way your body feels. Lift up your perception of your body. Start stretching throughout the day, so that stretching and letting go becomes a habit.
You dont need permission to start stretching. Just go ahead and do what your body wants. Anytime you feel tightness, stretch.
When we are constantly tense, it fires the flight or flight nervous system and the sympathetic nervous system. We are always tense. If our body is tense, so too is our mind. Stretching activates the parasympathetic nervous system.
When you are in tune with your body, you will become aware of any areas of tension and stress. When we let go of tension, we let go of stress and we let go of the negative emotions that stay in the areas of the body which are tense.
I am grateful for the support and work provided by Caroline in narrating these videos. It has been a very challenging task, particularly as I have a noisy household (small children) and making audio recordings is very challenging due to background noises and other distractions. Despite our best efforts, there are some background noises, which I was not able to edit out.
Available in a series of videos on my YouTube Channel. Book available on Amazon.
Chapter Four: Visit to the Hachioji Metropolitan School for the Blind
Regular physical activity can help keep a person young. Our bodies are designed by nature to be used. As my father says – “What we need is a good sweat”.
However, ‘civilised’ modern living moves us moving us further and further from this. A lot of the more desirable and higher income jobs are also some of the more sedentary. Office jobs and professional occupations expend lots of mental energy, but little physical. Even jobs that do require activity don’t necessarily make for healthy people.
As a counterbalance, we have to incorporate regular activity, exercises, training or gym-work into our daily lives. Even cleaning your home with vigour (a practice of George Ohsawa) can make a difference. But first the habit to do so has to be made and then maintained. If not, it is so easy, to go the path of least resistance – of doing nothing physical and gradually becoming unfit as the years progress. Eventually when you get old, it catches up with you.
Regular practice of any sports or exercise is what is needed. It doesn’t matter whether it is tai chi, yoga, martial arts, dancing or gardening. It is the activity that keeps you young and mobile.
An old English proverb:
A rolling stone gathers no moss
Movement keeps us clear of Ki-energy stagnation and muscular restrictions. It keeps us loose and supple.
Here is an quote from the Yoga teacher Richard Hittleman from his book – Be Young with Yoga:
Flexibility and Grace; Stretching your Way to Beauty
Usually the first physical characteristics of which we become aware when we see someone is his or her movements and posture. The way in which a person moves, gestures, walks, sits and stands actually makes a strong impression upon us.
Isn’t it true that if a person, regardless of age, moves with a certain sprint and agility that he appears youthful and alive? Is there not something magnetic and radiant about the man or woman who walks, stands and sits with natural grace and poise? And on the other hand how quickly we will regard as “old” those people who have allowed their spines and limbs to grow stiff. Stiffness and tightness will always lead to varying degrees of immobility, slumping, stooping and awkwardness and we seem to be instinctively repelled by those characteristics which detract from what should be the natural beauty of the body.
Flexibility, balance and poise are not characteristics which can be “faked”. That is, you cannot force a good posture or move with grace and agility if you don’t really feel these naturally. But in reality the body is the temple of the spirit; therefore, it is the natural condition of the human body to have the attributes of youth and beauty and it is only through neglect that they are lost. We can regain them as we stimulate and increase the vital force through the Yoga exercises.
The major offenders from the standpoint of stiffness, tightness and resulting lack of agility and poise are the spine and back. The joints also play a major role… The Yogi will tell you that you feel and look as young as your spine is elastic. You have only to look at the people around you to determine the truth of this idea. Your friends and relatives who may be young in years will appear to be “aging” as their spines and joints stiffen and they find it increasingly difficult to accomplish the necessary tasks of everyday life, let alone moving their body with agility and poise.
On the other hand you will find a certain “ageless” quality in that person who regardless of age in years, has maintained the elasticity of his spine. He walks, moves and bends with ease and grace; he appears poised and agile and as such is bound to radiate the characteristics of youth, health and even optimism, attributes which we find so positive and attractive.
Some examples of how daily exercises over a lifetime (in any discipline) can help you ‘Be Young’:
Madam Suzelle Poole – Started ballet at 7 years old and was still dancing at age 77. (YouTube Video BBC3)
Tao Porchon-Lynn, 93 year old yoga instructor, and listed in the Guinness Book of Records. (YouTube Video)
Jack Lalanne (YouTube Video), The American Exercise guru – age 95
Obviously, these people have made physicality a major part of their life, far more than the average person. But we all have the potential to maintain some level of youth-ness. And I would argue that we have a duty to do so for the betterment of society and to enjoy and help our families.
The challenge is how to add more activity into our daily lives.
Maintain the basics
I think, simple daily exercises can be a good starting point. As Richard Hittleman said – a supple and loose spine is a sign of youth and health. For example, something like the basic forward bend can help stretch and loosen the muscles around the spine. This is one of the basic exercises promoted by Richard Hittleman in his book – Be Young with Yoga.
Here is the exercise as taught in Richard Hittleman’s book:
Preliminary Leg Pull – Technique No. 1
The Preliminary Leg Pull:
Encourages elasticity in the spine through a concave stretching movement. Also reduces stiffness.
Helps relieve tension in back.
Strengthens and stretches the legs.
Makes leg muscles and skin more firm and taut.
Sit on the floor. Extend your legs in front of you. Bring your feet together and make sure the back of the knees touch the floor.
Extend your arms in front of you, kepp arms at eye level.
Very slowly stretch forward, as far as you can aim to reach the furthest point of your legs.
Grasp the furthest point of your legs, which you are able to hold without strain. For exmple, the knee, calves, ankles, feet or toes.
Gently and slowly, bend your elbows and pull yourself further, beyond the point where you can longer stretch confortably. Stop when the movement becomes difficult.
Do not strain. Never jerk or fight to go further. Hold the movement motionless for 10 seconds.
When finished, slowly raise your trunk upright and and rest for a few moments. Then repeat the exercise again.
Gradually increase the exercises by a few seconds each week until you can hold for 20 seconds. Practice 3 times a day either in the morning, afternoon or evening
Make sure legs are straight and knees not bent. When you pull forward, do so by bending the elbows.
Never jerk or force yourself to go further and never strain. Hold the pose in a relaxed way. Over time, your will find your spine will automatically and naturally gain in elasticity and flexibility.
My note: This book was written in the 1960s. However these-days it is more common practice to carry out the forward bend with a straight spine, head more upright and to ensure the bend comes from the hips. In these photos, it looks like that the model is bending her neck and head downwards. This may not be the best form.
Richard Hittleman also advises:
Important things to know about the Preliminary Leg Pull
This technique will be an indication as to how stiff and tight you may have grown in ‘Key’ areas throughout your back and legs. The PRELIMINARY LEG PULL will begin to loosen these tense and cramped spots and provide you with elasticity of the spine. By following the directions exactly as given and holding your extreme position without movement for the number of seconds indicated, you will soon be able to place your forehead very close to, if not actually on your knees.
We have a Whole Foods close to where we live. They’ve got a great selection of foods and products, but generally we avoid shopping there, because at the prices they charge, I’d need to take out a bank loan.
There is this old joke: –
Only sick people shop in health food stores.
Is it true? Possibly. The first time I ever went into a health food shop was after I got sick with a digestive illness in my 20s and I started to learn about diet.
I tried out all sorts of foods and supplements. Things like: Quinoa – made me vomit, Udo’s oil – too oily for me, Spirulina – gave me a boost of energy when I first started taking it, but then the effects stopped, Rescue Remedy – like those fresh-breath sprays from the 90s, and various organic fruits and vegetables for juicing – definitely needed to take out a bank loan to buy those.
I don’t mean to criticise health food shops. I think they are a great alternative to the awful and exploitative conglomerates/corporations like Tescos and the rest. Though I do sometimes feel we get better value and food quality from some of the smaller businesses by non-British, which sell simple ingredients for cooking staple foods. The kind of stuff our ancestors have been cooking for centuries.
Recently, I discovered Polish bread sold in a local off-license food store. It tastes a lot better than the standard bread from supermarkets and is much cheaper than bread from the health food shops, which I understand is called ‘artisan bread’. As though bread is a piece of architecture.
I think that a lot of the foods and products they sell at Wholefoods are ego items. It’s a way to feel more healthier and wholesome by spending more money on products that have a ‘healthy’ label.
On the other hand, there are things you can buy in health food shops that you can’t get in regular shops – like flouride-free toothpaste. So I am grateful for them to give us a choice. Isn’t it curious why Tescos can stock 5 or so different brands of fluoridated toothpaste, but not one single non-fluoride option? Or is that my conspiracy mind kicking off? Perhaps it depends on the store.
Organic Fried Chicken
I wonder what would happen if Macdonalds sold an Organic Big Mac for £1 more. Would people be tempted to buy it, telling themselves that it is healthier? Or if KFC sold battery free organic fried chicken? Maybe not. I wonder why they haven’t attempted it yet.
It wouldn’t be difficult for KFC to fence off a section in their factory farms, cram it full of chickens allowed to run around on their short stumpy legs, (hence free range) and throw organic chicken feed at them. They could even inject them with organically derived antibiotics and organic growth hormones so they plump up just great.
It’s not so far fetched. If Burger King can make the so called vegetarian – ‘Impossible Burger’ (and get sued (ironically) by vegetarians because they are cooked on the same grill as meat – yes that did happen), then organic Big Mac’s are quite possible. By the way, there will come a time in the future where Macdonalds and Burger King will have to display disclaimers on their menu boards to stop themselves getting sued.
Burger King Products are manufactured in a place that processes and handles MEAT. Vegetarian options may contain TRACE amounts of MEAT!
If you are a true vegetarian, you have no place philosophically, stepping foot in a Burger King. Certainly not giving them any money to fuel their animal-killing empire. Perhaps an exception can be made if you just want to use their restroom, but even then it’s still pretty questionable. I mean, you’d have to be close to pissing yourself in the street to accept that it is justified to use, hence justify, the existence of a Burger King or Macdonalds.
Anyway, the point of my article is that whether you buy the best and healthiest food’ or not, the most important component to robust health and a longer life is physical work, toil and activity. In fact, a combination of an active physical life and simple foods are key factors in reaching an old age. Certainly junk foods and snacks are not good for us, but I also think that the so called ‘health foods’ don’t matter as much as we think.
You can eat all the organic mung beans and soya you want, but if you don’t use your bodies the way nature intended them to be used, good health is not guaranteed. And our bodies are meant to be used. Conversely, you can eat a less than optimal diet, but if you are active throughout your life, you can maintain a good level of health.
Don’t believe me? Here’s a quote from the octogenarian Qigong master Geoff Pike. He passed away a few years ago after a very long life. He also survived cancer in his 40s.
I once worked with a lumberjack named Cauliflower Sid, who ate little but tinned cauliflower, as the ever growing mountain of tins outside his tent testified. But he also felled more timber than men half his age. He was seventy-two and died at eighty two after falling from a galloping horse. I have shared the dubious delicacies taken from fly-blown saddle bags with men who are sixty and as lusty as nineteen year olds. The fact is, the average lumberjack, cattlehand, seaman, soldier or labourer will often out-work, out-play and out last his diet-conscious brother because his daily existence keeps him fit. With the greatest respect for health foods, such men have probably never heard of ‘we are what we eat’, otherwise they would all have gone to an untimely grave under a monument of empty cans, bacon grease, dried meat, hard tack and bangers ‘n mash… not to mention the hard liquor.
Consider the huge work force of the Third World. Throughout the East you will find middle-aged to old Chinese women trotting up and down the planks of building sites all day balancing baskets of sand and cement; Indians, Indonesians, Filipinos and Malays labouring ten to sixteen hour days – all on a bowl of rice, a chunk of dried fish or meat and a spoonful of green vegetables if they’re lucky. They smoke cheap cheroots, drink cheap booze, gamble half the night, bear many children and usually call it a day in their eighties, with a roomful of respectful great-grandchildren paying for a festive send-off.
All this should indicate that physical toil is nature’s exercise which all of us were built to perform, and it helps greatly when it comes to avoiding the results of inadequate or unwise diet. How does this knowledge help us in our own situation, surrounded as most of us are, by a convenient variety of highly refined processed, frozen, dehydrated supermarket edibles?
If we are honest with ourselves, we probably accept that a dramatic change in our eating habits is unlikely to last. If there are certain things you really enjoy eating and that you have always eaten, giving them up altogether may not seem worth the sacrifice. Perhaps it isn’t. With the tremendous research and millions of words written on the subject of ‘eating for health’, we all have a fair idea of what we should and shouldn’t put into our stomach.
If we are not prepared to take a course in mathematics in order to compute the exact measurements and balance accurate combinations, there is always a simple formula.
Eat less meat and more fish and fowl.
Eat less carbohydrate and more protein and grain.
Eat less processed food and more raw vegetables.
Eat less animal fats and more vegetable oil.
Eat less white sugar and sweets and more honey and raw sugar.
Eat less white flour and biscuits and more fresh fruit.
Geoff makes some interesting points in this extract. However, there are some statements which I would question. When he describes the lifestyle of the Third World workers of drinking, gambling all night and living to their 80s, I don’t think this applies to everyone. Because even with a life of physical toil and labour, if you don’t look after your body and diet, you can wear it out quicker. Bear in mind, these are countries lacking in medical care. Also, I am not sure about his advice of eating more vegetable oil rather than animal fat. I think that there is some research to show that animal fats are actually more healthier than processed vegetable oils. But either way, I think the quantity of fats in general needs to be reduced. Other then these points, I think his writing is pretty valid.
A personal example
For example, my father who has recently reached his 80’s has spent his entire life doing physical work as a farmer, brickie, and then as a gardener for the last 40 years, along with various other jobs here and there. He still works as a gardener at the time of writing this article. I worked with him for a few years, and can say, I didn’t enjoy the work as I am much more suited to working indoors and prefer wearing clean clothes (yes I’m soft), but I totally respect him for being able to do what he does, especially in the winter and rainy weather. And England does rain a lot.
I also see that it is this lifetime of physical toil that has conditioned him this way and has enabled him to get to the age. He has a simple diet of his own grown vegetables, store-bought porridge oats for breakfast (a favourite of Rupert Murdock, so I’ve heard), and some fish or meat bought from a local butchers or fishmonger. He is not fussy where he shops as long as they have the simple foods he wants at reasonable prices.
My father never eats sugar, biscuits, crips or chocolate and definitely not Macdonalds though occasionally he will eat from a fish and chip shop. He has no taste for those foods. He also happily drinks regular tap water. Not filtered, – just regular tap water.
Additionally, my father has never once stepped foot in a Whole Foods store. Perhaps I should encourage him to go. I’d love to see his reaction when he saw the prices. The shelves of a Whole food store with its packaged products are a far cry from the homegrown veggies of a London allotment. Which one is really healthy?
I think also the nature of processed food has changed. Cauliflower Sid survived on tinned cauliflower. It may have been lacking in vitamins and nutrients, but it is still better than some of the processed and junk foods, he would have been able to choose today, which contains all sorts of additives, chemicals, especially appetite-inducing substances like MSG. It’s ok as a treat here or there, but this stuff is bad for you in large doses.
The problem is that I, like many other people of my generation and younger, have been adulterated by snacks, sugar, junk and convenience. I wouldn’t even know personally how to grow my own veggies. These processed snacks and foods are very addictive like a drug. It takes willpower to break these addictions. They are comfort foods as well as stress-dealing foods.
The risk of them is that the more stress you have, for example due to a shitty job – the more of these foods you will eat, and the more damage you will gain whether it is weight-gain, or disruptions to your hormonal system. It becomes a kind of vicious circle, because you start feeling worse about yourself and so keep on eating more of these foods in order to lift your mood, but it only makes the problem worse.
When Macdonalds is better value than health food…
We have more junk food available. It’s the only thing that is not affected by inflation. Doesn’t that seem strange? Whereas everything else is becoming expensive – bills, living costs, rentals, and salaries are stuck. Additionally, we work more than previous generations, with more women and men in the workplace, more stress and more pressure. Consequently we have more obesity and increases in diseases. General health is on the decline.
Bread and circuses anyone? Keep people’s bellies full, then they won’t get too upset that they are getting a raw deal.
I think one thing that can help us all is by getting into physical activity. Be-it sports, or regular training of some sort. Because when we learn to appreciate and respect our bodies, we also care more about what we put in them. It becomes not a vicious circle, but instead a ‘splendid’ circle, because as you feel better about yourself, you feel more encouraged to live and eat more healthier.
In other words, “We Eat to Live. Not Live to Eat”, as my dad has sometimes quoted to me.