Broccoli Medicine

Broccoli medicine

Broccoli is a star in our garden. I sowed seeds of several different types, purple sprouting, green sprouting and the large headed variety – the purple sprouting is the most prolific and easy going by far. It’s been tough love for the garden. The soil got compacted when we cut down the pine trees to make the garden, we’ve had two years of summer drought with no irrigation. The first seeds were broadcast in seed balls, in the autumn of 2014. I don’t recommend this method as the seedlings were impossible to find and we unknowingly trampled over most of them! I planted out more, grown from seed last spring and we had a seemingly endless supply this year and much of it has self-seeded or grown back from the stalks that I left in the ground. (The broccoli experience has caused me to revise my expectations of permaculture, more on this here: Gaian Permaculture.)

Purple sprouting broccoli
Purple sprouting broccoli

Back to the broccoli. It’s a cruciferous vegetable belonging to the Brassica genus, named because they have flowers with four petals arranged to resemble a cross. Other cruciferous vegetables include: Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, bok choy, collard greens, kale, red and green cabbage, chard, turnip greens, arugula, mustard greens, savoy cabbage, Chinese cabbage, radish, horseradish, turnip and swedes. All these vegetables are nutritionally dense and increase detoxification from carcinogenic chemicals, prevent some precancerous damage to DNA and in some cases stimulate apoptosis. Apoptosis is a natural process of programmed cell death, which causes cells that are not required by the organism to self-destruct.

Cruciferous vegetables contain many potent phytonutrients and the glucosinolate compounds. In the body, glucosinolates break down into numerous other compounds such as indoles and isothiocyanates. Of the isothiocyanates, sulforaphane has been most studied. GreenMedInfo lists over 270 abstracts on sulforaphane research

Broccoli has more glucosinolate compounds than other cruciferous vegetables and over 80 phytonutritional compounds and 3-day old broccoli sprouts are said to be 50 times more nutritionally dense than mature broccoli. Studies have consistently shown that people who consume the most cruciferous vegetables, around 1kg a week, are less likely to get many types of cancer.

However, broccoli does not provide universal protection from all cancers and not all broccoli is not equal anyway, depending on where and how it is grown, freshness etc. There is a good reason why you can’t eat pounds and pounds of broccoli. According to The Weston A. Price Foundation, “When raw crucifers are chewed, or when microwaved and steamed crucifers are digested by intestinal bacteria, they release substances called goitrogens that increase the need for iodine when consumed in small amounts and can damage the thyroid gland when consumed in large amounts.”

Poison is in everything, and no thing is without poison. The dosage makes it either a poison or a remedy.” Paracelsus.

Broccoli for basal cell carcinoma

As I mentioned before in this post, Dean has a recurring basal cell carcinoma (BCC). We know that’s what it is, because he had one cut out before we left London. He also had a parotidectomy (on the same side) to remove a cancerous parotid gland and radiotherapy, because he was bullied into it by the doctors and we didn’t know better at the time. Since then (2004), the cancer industry has been exposed as fraudulent and evidence of natural cures and lifestyle factors have become more widely available. My personal view on the medical profession is that they are very good for emergencies and structural damage, but worse than useless when it comes to most ‘diseases’. I think they cause more disease than they cure and that the system is so corrupt that the only choice with a non-life threatening condition is to work out how to heal yourself.

I first wrote about this in 2015, when we used an aubergine and apple cider vinegar paste on the sore. It worked for a while and I know several people who have had good results with this remedy, but it never quite eradicated the sore completely. Neither did sodium bicarbonate, nor turmeric. It took me a while to recognise that taking an allopathic approach with natural medicine is still just addressing the symptoms. Cancer is a label used in reference to many symptoms, for which the common denominator is some kind of cellular dysfunction. Just to be clear here, I’m not looking for a cure for cancer; my aim is to help Dean bring his cellular metabolism back into balance, which will be evidenced by the disappearance of the BCC. The fact of it is that no one can ever cure cancer as it is not a disease, which is why it is not transmittable – nobody ‘catches cancer’ – it is always just a symptom, caused by an underlying problem, or series of problems. This is the biggest con of the cancer industry, that it is actually treating a disease!

Dean is strong, a rapid healer, healthy in mind and body, happy and not stressed – so what could could be causing the cellular dysfunction? I disagree with the view that BCC is caused by sun exposure. I think that they tend to appear in the forties because of less regular sun exposure, like the kind you used to get from playing outside as a kid in all weathers or you would get from working outside. We are not designed to live and work in buildings our entire lives. If sun exposure is a factor in BCC, then vitamin D is a factor too.

In fact, vitamin D is not a vitamin. It is a type of hormone that regulates cell growth, modulates the immune system and helps maintain blood pressure and is produced in a biochemical reaction in the skin, kidneys and probably elsewhere in the body through sun exposure, ie photosynthesis. You cannot get sufficient ‘vitamin D’ through food or supplements, sun exposure is essential. Pale skinned people are very efficient at generating vitamin D through sun exposure; we don’t need much and have an inbuilt monitor for signaling sufficient exposure – our skin turns pink – isn’t that amazing? Sunscreen, most of which is carcinogenic, inhibits photosynthesis and vitamin D production. Dark skinned people need ten times as much exposure to generate the same amount of vitamin D. As Dean’s genetic heritage is Native American and Norwegian, the required levels of sun exposure for optimum vitamin D production would have been very different for his ancestors in their native environments. I suspect that this has created a particular sensitivity that we need to address.

A key factor in the vitamin D process are vitamin D receptors. A specific gene called the VDR (vitamin D receptor) gene codes for this receptor, but sick and unhealthy cells express less of the VDR gene, meaning that they are unable to accept and use vitamin D. Supplementing with more vitamin D won’t help these sick cells. Without a receptor site, vitamin D has nowhere to go, which brings me back to broccoli. Research has shown that the sulforaphane in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables increases the expression of the VDR gene, so that more of the vitamin D that the body produces can be used. The one study I found on links between vitamin D and BCC found elevated levels of vitamin D enzymes and proteins in the cancerous tissue, Link between vitamin D and basal cell carcinoma probed: Study sheds light on development of most common form of skin cancer The study drew no conclusions as to whether the increase in vitamin D was causative or curative, but as the body uses vitamin D to regulate cell growth and modulate the immune system, it seems fairly obvious why it would be present in cancerous tissue!

Another study provides graphic evidence of the effectiveness of broccoli on BCC and explains how to use it. The NZ Journal of Natural Medicine: A Simple, Natural Topical Treatment for Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Maybe Others, by By Dr. J. Rozencwajg, Dean began using fresh broccoli florets, mashed up in a pestle and mortar and taped onto the sore when he’s at home and the BCC already shrunk considerably, after just a few days.

(He is also taking a tincture of Datura Stramonium and St John’s Wort.  This is because the herpes virus (HPV1) is an underlying factor here.   This virus hides in the nervous system in the back of the neck.  The Datura (a minute dose, as it is poisonous) stimulates the nervous system and the St John’s Wort breaks down the outer coat of the virus, so that the immune system can interact with the virus.  Information on the function of the herpes virus emerged in a shamanic realignment session, which will be covered in more detail in a later post.)

Dean’s BCC at the beginning of the process:

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As a note on this, I made a broccoli extract with glycerin and that did not work at all – the BCC began to grow again as though it was being fed.

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Broccoli applied daily to the sore caused it to almost disappear, but it returned if the fresh broccoli was not applied daily.  This wasn’t really good enough and was difficult to maintain.  However, I subsequently learned that most skin cancers are caused by the candida fungus, which is killed by iodine and this has worked completely: Iodine Kills Cancer Fungus

Endnote on apoptosis

“….apoptosis (Greek, “shedding, falling off”), a process of programmed cell death in which an organism sheds part of itself that is no longer viable. In contrast to necrosis, traumatic cell death that results from acute cellular injury, apoptosis is a regulated process that advantages the further mutation of the organism undergoing it. Apoptosis produces cell fragments called apoptotic bodies able to engulf and quickly remove before the contents of the cell can spill out onto surrounding cells and cause damage.

German scientist Karl Vogt first described the principle of apoptosis in 1842, and in 1885, anatomist Walther Flemming produced a more precise description of the process of programmed cell death, based on studies of the developing tadpoles of the midwife toad.”

Is Pepe the Frog a Witch’s Familiar? Deeper Dimensions of the Froggy Meme, John Lash

The cultural meme John highlights in this essay has its physiological correlates in the human body, in accordance with the Hermetic Principle: ‘as within so without’ (of which the inverse is also correct). So, the parts of society that no longer serve the Anthropos are falling away at the same time as the A10 cells in our bodies are being shed to make way for A11. Whether you, as an individual, experience this process as traumatic or transformational depends upon your capacity, health and personal circumstances and most significantly on what narrative  framework shapes your perception.

Seen from within the framework of the Sophianic Narrative, a BCC is like a biofeedback alarm, indicating the need for some corrective action so that the mutation (apoptosis) we are undergoing as a species can proceed smoothly for that individual. It is not a life-threatening condition, but it does bring your attention to how you live you life.  We have made significant adjustments to our lifestyle, we live off-grid in a house built of natural materials, we have our own water supply and we grow as much of our food as possible.  We’ve paid particular attention to reducing our exposure to dirty electricity and EMFs, as it’s my view that this interferes with the natural frequencies of the earth.  All of this has been a great pleasure, washed down with excellent Spanish wine!

Usnea Barbata, Old Man’s Beard

Usnea, Old Man’s Beard

Lichens are composite life-forms, the product of a symbiotic relationship between algae, funghi and yeast. Many of them look like plants, but they are not plants at all. Lichens can grow in almost any environment, from bare rock to arctic tundra, deserts and even toxic slag heaps. Some even grow inside rock and others spend their entire lives blowing in the wind. They survive because the algae provide food for the funghi through photosynthesis and the fungi provides filaments that protect the algae from the environment and moisture that it draws from the air.  The yeasts help the lichen produce acid to defend itself from other microbes. Lichens are not parasites; where they grow on living trees they don’t harm the trees in any way, they might even provide benefits.  Lichens provide food and medicine, often in the most inhospitable places and Usnea Barbata, Old Man’s Beard is one of the most useful.

Modern science likes to isolate and study the components of life, without attention to the interactions between them. As such, science has identified the ‘main compound’ behind bearded usnea’s health properties as the bitter usnic acid. Repeated studies have shown the usneas to be effective against Gram-positive bacteria, such as Bacillus subtilis, Enterococcus faecalis, Mi-crococcus viradans, Staphylococcus aureus, streptococci and mycobacterium tuberculosis, often with very low concentrations.

Source: Identification and Quantitation of Usnic Acid from the Lichen Usnea Species of Anatolia and Antimicrobial Activity

A wide range of symptoms and everyday illnesses are attributed to these bacteria, many of which are also considered to be ‘antibiotic resistant’. Bear in mind the etymology of ‘anti-biotic,’ which literally means against life; if you killed all the microbes in your body, you would die. We already live symbiotically with many micro-organisms, which makes a creature like lichen a very useful plant teacher, given its unique symbiotic expertise.

According to the NHS website in the UK, these diseases can be attributed to Staphylococcus aureus:

“There are many types of Staphylococci, but most infections are caused by a group called Staphylococcus aureus.

This group of bacteria includes meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which is resistant to certain antibiotics that are commonly used for staph infections, such as flucloxacillin.

It also includes PVL-Staphylococcus aureus, which produces a toxin called Panton-Valentine leukocidin (PVL), which kills infection-fighting white blood cells and can cause recurrent skin infections, such as boils and abscesses.

This page covers some of the main types of staph infection, including information on how these infections are spread and treated.

Types of staph infections

Staph infections can be broadly classified into two groups: skin and soft tissue infections, and invasive infections. Examples are given below.

Skin and soft tissue infections

Most infections caused by staph bacteria are relatively minor and only affect the skin or underlying tissue. Common examples include:

  • boils – red, painful lumps on the skin that usually develop on the neck, face, armpit or buttocks
  • impetigo – a highly contagious skin infection that mainly affects children, which can cause sores, blisters and crusts to develop on the skin
  • cellulitis – an infection of the deep layers of the skin, which can cause affected areas to quickly become red, painful, swollen and hot
  • skin abscess – a collection of pus that appears as a painful lump under the surface of the skin
  • folliculitis – an infection of a hair follicle (small sac in the skin that a hair grows from), which causes an itchy pus-filled bump to develop
  • wound infections – an infection of a cut or graze or surgical wound, causing redness, swelling, pain and pus
  • staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome (SSSS) – a more serious condition that mainly affects babies and young children, where staph bacteria release a toxin that damages the skin, leading to extensive blistering that looks like the skin has been scalded

Invasive infections

In a small number of people, a staph skin infection can lead to a more serious, invasive infection deeper within the body. Examples include:

  • septic arthritis – a joint infection that causes pain, swelling, redness and tenderness in affected joint
  • osteomyelitis – a bone infection, usually affecting one of the legs, causing bone pain, restricted movement, and swelling, redness and warmth in the affected are
  • pneumonia – an infection of the lungs that causes persistent coughing, breathing difficulties and chest pain; this often occurs after a viral illness such as fl
  • endocarditis – an infection of the inner lining of the heart, causing a fever, chest pain, coughing, weakness and shortness of breat
  • sepsis – an infection of the blood that causes a high temperature (fever), rapid heartbeat and rapid breathin
  • toxic shock syndrome – where bacteria release toxins into the blood, which can cause a sudden fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, faintingdizziness, confusion and a rash.”

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Staphylococcal-infections/Pages/Introduction.aspx

This is what the same NHS site has to say about Streptococci infections:

“Minor strep A infections

Most infections caused by strep A are unpleasant, but don’t pose a serious threat to your health. These include:

  • throat infections (pharyngitis or “strep throat”) and tonsillitis – which can cause a sore throat, swollen glands and discomfort when swallowing
  • impetigo – a skin infection that can cause sores, blisters and crusts to develop on the skin
  • cellulitis – an infection of the deeper layers of the skin, which can cause affected areas to quickly become red, painful, swollen and hot
  • a middle ear infection – which often causes earache, a high temperature (fever) and some temporary hearing loss
  • sinusitis – an infection of the small cavities behind the forehead and cheekbones, which causes a blocked or runny nose and a throbbing pain in your face
  • scarlet fever – an infection that causes a widespread, fine pink-red rash that feels like sandpaper to touch

Invasive strep A infections

In rare cases, strep A bacteria can penetrate deeper inside the tissues and organs of the body, and become what’s known as an invasive infection.

These infections are much rarer and usually affect certain groups of people, including babies, elderly people, people with diabetes, and people with weak immune systems (for example, because of cancer treatment or HIV).

Examples of invasive infections include:

  • pneumonia – an infection of the lungs that causes persistent coughing, breathing difficulties and chest pain
  • sepsis – an infection of the blood that causes a fever, rapid heartbeat and rapid breathing
  • meningitis – an infection of the protective outer layer of the brain that causes a severe headache, vomiting, stiff neck, sensitivity to light and a distinctive blotchy red rash
  • toxic shock syndrome – where bacteria release toxins into the blood, which can cause a sudden high fever, nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea, fainting, dizziness and confusion
  • necrotising fasciitis – an infection of the deeper layers of the skin, fat and covering of the muscle (fascia), which can cause severe pain, swelling and redness of the affected area that can spread very quickly

Group B strep

Group B strep (strep B) usually live harmlessly inside the digestive system and in the vagina.

Strep B can sometimes cause urinary tract infections (UTIs), skin infections, bone infections, blood infections and pneumonia, particularly in vulnerable people, such as the elderly and those with diabetes.”

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/streptococcal-infections/pages/introduction.aspx.

Streptococci and Staphylococci commonly live on the skin of humans and other animals. They are not usually problematic, but they are opportunistic and like to get into open wounds where they can cause problems, especially for a weakened or poorly trained immune system. They are highly infectious, from human to human and between humans and other animals.  I hold the view that exposure to these kind of bacteria are useful to a healthy individual, training the immune system and keeping the local bacterial colony in check.

I’m not going to go into detail regarding all the bacteria that usnea is effective against, it is generally regarded as effective against most gram-positive bacteria. Its effectiveness in strep and staph infections is sufficient for it to hold its place in Panacea’s chest. And it grows locally.

I first noticed Old Man’s Beard on the edge of the clearing where I do special cordings, a place of power. I didn’t know what it was at first, receding shyly amongst the Stag’s Antler Lichens on the oak trees. It has a slightly more yellow hue than the Stag’s Antler (Evernia Prunastri) and has beard-like tufted fibres that are rounded, as opposed to the flattened lobes of the Stag’s Antler, that is also known as Oak Moss. I usually notice plants and minerals only at the exact time I need them, but I didn’t have any specific need for usnea when it called my attention. After I looked it up and realised just how useful it is, I went and harvested some to make a tincture. I’ve used it many times since then and consider it to be one of the most useful tinctures to have to hand.

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Usnea Barbata, Old Man’s Beard
Evernia Prunastri
Evernia Prunastri

 

How I’ve used usnea:

Usnea for infected wounds

Recently, Freya gashed her leg quite badly one evening. Overnight, she managed to turn a nasty gash into a gaping wound, so we decided to take her to the vets to get stitched up. The position of the wound put a huge strain on the stitches and by the next day she’d ripped several out, leaving a nice little pocket for bacteria to colonize. The wound got infected and began to smell, so I cleaned it and dosed her with Usnea Barbata tincture, internally and directly on the wound. By the next day the infection had cleared and she’d managed to rip the rest of the stitches out, leaving an open but clean wound.

I don’t have any photos of when she first did it, or the infected stage, but this is the wound six days after she did it, after the infection was cleared and she had begun healing. This is the wound xxxx days later. We have been treating it with yarrow in coconut oil to keep it clean and stimulate healing.

Freya's wound day 7
Freya’s wound day 7
Freya's wound day 18
Freya’s wound day 18

Usnea for cystitis

A visitor here felt cystitis coming on, so I gave her Usnea Barbata tincture to take in a glass of water every hour. Within three hours the symptoms had reduced, but she had to leave and I didn’t have enough tincture to give her.  I’m fairly sure that the tincture would have resolved the problem if she had been able to continue taking it.

Strep and staph are often involved in cystitis, along with other bacteria. Correcting the strep and staph imbalance can provide a sufficient boost, so that the immune system can take care of the rest.

Usnea for sore throat

Streptococcus bacteria cause many throat infections. Infections often occur when seasons change, or when groups of people get together. I got strep throat around the autumn equinox and there are four of us here right now. I took usnea tincture when the symptoms first appeared like a rasping in the back of my throat and it cleared up the next day. A few days later it came back causing swollen glands in my neck. Once again I took usnea tincture, s a dropper full three times a day and it cleared up within 24 hours.

Preparation of usnea tincture

My preferred method is to dry the clumps of Old Man’s Beard, in a dehydrator or naturally, then grind it up in a coffee grinder till it forms a fine powder. I then simmer it gently in alcohol for 20 minutes, I use local orujo, let it cool and simmer it again. Once it’s cooled the second time I put the whole lot in a jar and leave it to steep for a week or so.

I’ve tried it without grinding and the resulting tincture lacks the green colour of the powdered version and doesn’t taste so much of the lichen.

Usnea Barbata in tincture
Usnea Barbata in tincture

Useful resource on usnea:

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Thuja Occidentalis

Thuja Occidentalis, Arborvitae – release from self-sabotage

“The complicity [between victim and perpetrator] implies a kind of contact of sin, with both parties falling short of God’s command. Perpetrators who harm others are obviously sinners, but so are the people they harm, who may well believe they are being justly punished by a higher power. The wrong done to victims is due to the wrong they have done in the eyes of God. To make matters worse, the twisted syntax of the victim-perpetrator bond condones domination, violence, aggression, and murder as expressions of divine retribution. Those who enact the will of God in violent ways are as righteous as those who suffer violence, because the bond prescribes and legitimates both roles. A deal that sanctifies violence and guarantees the righteous vindication of its victims is hard to beat.”

John Lamb Lash, Not in His Image

Glorification of the ultimate act of self-sabotage is the centre piece of Christianity.  Every other creature on this planet uses whatever defense mechanisms it has instinctively, without hesitation. The insidious indoctrination into self-sabotage turns victim-hood into such a virtue that even the perpetrators pretend to be victims.  It takes force to break the victim-perpetrator bond and the victim cannot command this force while under the spell of self-sabotage.

The Spell of Self-Sabotage

The spell of self-sabotage has become an epigenetically normalised pattern of gene expression for most native Europeans.  Perhaps it has for other races too, but I can’t speak for them.  It is evident in the proliferation of harmful addictions, auto-immune conditions and patterns of learned helplessness.  For sure, self-sabotage is not the only problem, but it is a problem that is entirely within our gift to resolve, freeing us up to deal with the other problems we face.

In German, Gift means poison.  When the ‘gift’ comes from the Planetary Animal Mother, it can bring life or death, depending on amount and timing.  The English word ‘poison’ is Latin, but the Indo-European equivalent is ‘virus’.  In this sense, mild childhood viruses could be considered as the gift of the Aeonic Mother, strengthening and informing the physical sense of self, so that we can deal with predators we might encounter later in life.  At the most basic level the immune system is part of the mind-body system that interfaces with the external world.  Its key role is in binary self-identification, ‘me/not me’ so that it can initiate appropriate responses to invaders.  Vaccinating a newborn before it has developed a bond with its mother or any self-identity sets up a potentially life-long dependency on others for identity and validation.  These forlorn creatures are like the forest dwellers of Narnia, living in fear and locked into the perpetual winter of the soul under a spell they cannot break. They do not even know they are under a spell.

If you are reading this, you have sufficient wherewithal to break the spell, but you can’t do it without the gift; the poison of the Scorpion Mother.  I took the poison and broke the spell.

The Gift of Arborvitae

Thuja Occidentalis is also know as White Cedar and Arborvitae, the Tree of Life.  It has a long history of use in Native American medicine and in Traditional Chinese Medicine, where it is known as Thuja Orientalis.  It is not considered to be a native of Europe, which seems odd. Some fossilzed remains from before the last ice age have been identified in Poland, perhaps the cold wiped them out.

I felt the call of the White Arborvitae last year and bought several small trees and planted them, so that they can become ‘native’, as home-grown medicine is always more effective.  I was delighted to discover that one of the oldest known Thujas in North America is The Witch Tree on the shores of Lake Superior in Minnesota, where my husband is from.  It is said to date from 1731 and embodies the determination and resilience of the Ojibwe people, who call it Little Spirit Cedar.

Little Spirit Cedar
Little Spirit Cedar

I have tried a Thuja homeopathic remedy before with Riley, for her vaccine induced allergies.  I didn’t notice any results at the time.  Since then I’ve realized that not all homeopathic remedies are authentic.  I also think that in many cases we have strayed so far from our natural environments and are so poisoned, that subtle changes in the mind-body system are not sufficient to bring about sustainable changes by themselves. Nonetheless, something about Thuja stuck in my mind and after Riley died and Freya came into our lives, I decided to give it another go.

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We adopted Freya, via SOS Dobermann España.  She was found abandoned in Murcia and. although relatively healthy, she was malnourished, hunch-backed and we had been unable to prevent her from being vaccinated for everything possible, including rabies, before we got her. She is very sweet and loving, but would get over-excited and manic too easily and had terrible separation anxiety.  Over the past few years, I’ve noticed the same tendencies in people’s children who have been vaccinated.  It seems as though the ability to handle strong emotions has been impaired and that this induces fear.

A month or so ago I made a tincture with leaves from the Thujas and local orujo.

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The tincture turned emerald green and had a delicious fresh=sweet perfume, a little like vanilla-infused eucalyptus.

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As the leaves transformed into tincture I thought about vaccinations and realised that Dean and I needed this medicine too.  We had both been vaccinated in childhood and although we had had nowhere near the number of vaccines as given to children today, our innate healing abilities were still damaged by this assault.  The more I’ve looked into the history of medicine, Rockefeller medicine that is, and the profit-not-people pharmaceutical industry, the more appalled and disgusted I become and all the more determined to stay away at any cost.  The detailed, factual account of the history of vaccines is far from the Disney-esque version preferred by the medical profession and the list of vaccine ingredients reads like something out of a horror movie.

The vaccine issue sign-posted the way to Arborvitae, but the underlying issue of self-sabotage is far deeper.  i have worked to resolve many of my self-sabotage tendencies, but the unconscious programmes are very difficult to shift.  These would show up for me as accidents or sudden illnesses before events or activities that were important to me, or that feeling of hard-grinding gears when things I really want to happen aren’t working out.  This is not how PAM intends us to live and I’ve had plenty of experience of things working out with dream-like ease, but the correlation between intensity of desire and resistance was baffling.   I took a small amount of Arborvitae tincture twice a day for three days and it had me flat-out and spaced-out for the whole time.  This is the active ingredient, thujone, at work.  By the end of the three days I was aware of the depth of the self-sabotage spell, how vaccines intensify that spell and that the spell is broken simply be seeing it and making a different choice than I would have done when under the spell.  I am now able to feel more light-hearted about problems solving, especially about the things that are important to me and it feels as though I’m functioning at a more optimised level. I am also noticing how I am reading my own DNA and what this means in terms of Gaian Alchemy, on which I’ll write more another time.

Freya also had the tincture for three days, about half the amount I took and she just slept a bit more than usual.  By the end of the three days she was much less manic, much calmer and the extremes of her emotional responses have evened out.  When she plays with the other dogs it’s not escalating like it was before and she is listening better.  She seems happier and more relaxed – and even sweeter than ever, which hardly seems possible. Note that a dog, like all non-human animals, cannot commit self-sabotage, because they cannot deny their instincts.  Arborvitae works on the physical body and it is the effect on the physical body that generates the psychological change in humans, the release from self-sabotage.  This psychological effect is redundant in other animals and fundamental in us.

Dean took the tincture too.  He was very tired for one day, but did not report any other sensations or insights..  However, he immediately broke out in a cold sore, which showed an interaction with the herpes simplex virus.  More on this in another post.

Thujone – the Poison

Thujone, the active ingredient in Thuja/Arborvitae, is also found in wormwood, coriander, tarragon and many other herbs and spices.  Thujone gives absinthe its mind-altering properties.  It is toxic if taken in large quantities and should not be taken in any form for long periods.

Many studies provide evidence of its beneficial effects:

A review of its pharmacological and clinical properties.

Thuja and HPV

Thuja: A good remedy for warts and tumours

The pharmacological/allopathic approach focuses on thuja’s effectiveness in alleviating symptoms, not the underlying causes.  The homeopathic approach takes underlying causes into consideration, but is less widely researched.  No one seems to be looking at the function of viruses within the broader context, how some can be beneficial and others have mutated into harmful forms.  Thuja, Arborvitae is one of the most powerful tinctures I’ve used and I think it has much more to teach.

 

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Tara’s compassion is manifest in allowing people to count themselves out of beauty and enlightenment, if they wish to do so.

She does not tyranically select anyone, nor does she gather together an elite group of the privileged or saved. The privilege of complete pleasure and self-liberation is open to all, with the option to count yourself out, to elect not to participate.

Tara is the representation and agent both of selection and deselection. She presents the proof that self-liberation cannot be either faulted or disregarded, and that it excludes no one.