I Missed This Sumptuous Visual Feast When It Came Out. Did You? Samsara

“Samsara” — the wheel of life — a sumptuously filmed ‘wordless’ voyage observing many stunning, and some shocking, scenes around the good Earth… A glimpse of things that all go to make me realize how little I have seen or know about this planet we call ‘home’.

Some beautiful, emotionally evocative musical accompaniment also goes to make this a tour-de-force of visual and aural delights… Take a long coffee break and give it a look, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do…

What’s wrong with Humanism?

Someone I respect a lot makes it clear that they are a ‘humanist’

What is humanism? Well, I looked it up to be certain I was ‘right’:

At least Wikipedia sates that: “Humanism is a philosophical and ethical stance that emphasizes the value and agency of human beings, individually and collectively, and generally prefers critical thinking and evidence (rationalism, empiricism) over acceptance of dogma or superstition.”

So this leads to my question, which is… what about intuition and ancestral/inherited/in-born memory — otherwise arguably referred to (in the animal world) as instincts? (i.e. feelings/reactions that appear to be ‘built-in’ to a living being from the moment of birth, or in other words before any ‘learning’ has had time to take place.)

Whilst I, myself, have been educated to understand, to value and to require in most cases critical thinking and empirical evidence… I have remained from an early age influenced by intuition and instinct.

When a dog or a horse (for common example — but in fact any non-human ‘being’ could be cited) reacts to their instinctive feeling that something is ‘wrong’ (with a situation/a person, etc.) this is put-down to being an ‘instinctive’ reaction. This is in reference to the frequently noted times that horses are inexplicably ‘spooked’ and the threat later reveals itself, or the dog that seems to know when its master leaves work though they have no set pattern, hours or itinerary… among many other possible examples (including the oft-witnessed, sad cases of ‘supposedly dumb’ animals reacting to being in the line at slaughterhouses!).

When a human expresses the fact that they ‘feel’ that something is ‘wrong’, or ‘odd’ or indeed ‘right’ — this presumably also is down to instinct or intuition… yet it may often be written-off as ‘just being silly’, or perhaps allowing things (like superstition) to influence them, or just explained as them being ‘impressionable’… Whilst this may be true in some cases, it seems that in this current world we are constantly exhorted NOT to trust these inexplicable feelings, not to react to our ‘instinctive concerns’ and moreover to ‘rely on experts’ in almost all walks of life…

Proof (if some form of empiricism is required) that ‘experts are often wrong’, I am certain, abounds. Proof that ‘intuition’ has been right in many cases is also available (although frequently derided or disregarded on the grounds of being ‘anecdotal’ by those of a scientific bent — although my question has always been, just how many anecdotes does it take before it becomes accepted as empirical data? 5, 10 50, 100… frequently empirical, scientific studies seem initially only to involve an experimental cohort of perhaps 10 or 20 ‘subjects’).

It seems that ‘expertism’ has been an inherent plank of the apparent strategy that has resulted in the progressive dumbing-down of huge tranches of humanity (particularly in the so-called developed world). In all societies it seems that there has been a respected font of wisdom, sometimes called the elder, the wise-man, the shaman, or even witch-doctor (which I presume would be classed as disparaging and racially negative term these days)… we (in the West) have made a whole strata of society into ‘experts’ in various fields that we should ‘rely on’ rather than practicing our own ‘common sense’ or instinctive wisdom, and even simply developing our own skills and abilities (after all, where did those experts themselves ‘start’!?).. The result.. broadly speaking.. a sever decline in common sense (presumably a result of the ‘use it or lose it’ rule!).

So whilst I can wholeheartedly support the idea that people should avoid being influenced by ‘superstition’ or ‘dogma’… things that, after all, have been created as tools and mechanisms for control (along with all frameworks of politics and/or religion… it is an equally inappropriate ‘polar opposite’ to suggest that ‘all the answers’ must be supported by the humanist principle of requiring rational explanation and empirical evidence.

It would seems that any hard line requirement for everything to adhere to rational and empirical guidelines will mitigate against the very real, and very important but admittedly less ‘explicable’ aspects of human nature… intuition and instinct… I would tend to argue that should we ever do away completely with intuition and instinct… we will also, shortly thereafter, be doing away with our species.. But that of course is just my intuitive and instinctive response! And perhaps if one is to consider a future race of humans totally reliant on empiricism, rationality and critical thinking we will then forgo many (if not ALL) future ‘moments of insight’, ‘crazy ideas’ that lead to major innovations, and in general over time, any substantial steps forward for humanity… So perhaps we are really talking about ‘De-Humanism’ if our species is somehow meant to thrive without those critical faculties of intuition and instinct that have so often led to inspiration!

What do you reckon, dear humanists?

What is it to be Human?

Yann Arthus-Bertrand spent three years filming interviews with 2000 people in 60 countries to try to address some of the most basic questions about our ‘humanity’.

In the course of these exceptional films the many individuals express their personal view about what have been important aspects of their lives, their views about life, love and many other things. Many stories relate to the challenges that trying to be a human requires each person to deal with, some are terribly sad, others are beacons of hope, all might touch something deep inside the viewer.

By turns sad, beautiful, heartwarming, harrowing, spirit-enhancing this wonderful collection of ordinary humans expressing their thoughts and feelings is something that — given the right attitude and approach — we should all watch and can all benefit from.

Arthus-Bertrand’s incredibly beautifully filmed compositions alternate between the interviews and simply stunning footage of aerial observations of many parts of the world, from bustling cities to barren snowscapes, accompanied by a perfectly chosen soundtrack representing the music of many cultures with fine additional music from Armand Amar.

If you manage to restrain the tears within the first ten minutes of watching ‘volume 1’ alone, in this web edition, you are made of sterner stuff than me!

This marvellous project is certainly an emotional roller-coaster ride but one that is not to be missed. Many thanks due to Yann Arthus-Bertrand for taking on this worthwhile and immense task:

Volume 1 (1 hour 23 min):

Volume 2 (1 hour 26 min):

Volume 3 (1 hour 33 min):


Avoiding (or even Curing) Cancer? Simply A ‘Side-Effect’ Of Choosing Healthful Habits!

Herewith, what I hope is a worthwhile re-post of an article I penned last year and originally published on another site, it features a few of my favorite ‘hobby-horses’:

Any Tips Arising From The Following Discussion Might Seriously Improve Your Chances Of Staying Well!

In response to a recent ‘video post’ I happened to see passed around on facebook and concerning the issue of cancer, specifically, I made the following observations (edited below into a more coherent form) that I hope may be of interest:

This (the short video about the real causes of and potential cure for cancer) reiterates my own research over the last few years and I have published some material along similar lines in various places. But here is a summary of just some of the things I have found most fascinating and noteworthy:

From Programmed Death To Re-Incarnation…
Human cells have a marvellous built-in system – apoptosis, or ‘programmed cell death’ – which, when working correctly, literally tells a cell when it is ‘too damaged’ to continue to survive and ‘instructs it’ to self-destruct… But in this case there is an ‘afterlife’ (an interesting observation for those who believe the adage
‘as above, so below’, perhaps?) for although the dead cells are indeed broken down, and the ‘rubbish is dumped’ (removed and or excreted via the action of organs such as the liver, kidneys and mayhap the lungs?) they do not go totally to waste, for the remaining ‘useful parts’ are recycled to build new cellular material… a kind of ‘reincarnation’.

However, when certain processes ‘injure’ the cell’s ‘apoptotic response mechanism’ they cannot then ‘die’ when this in-built safety-system would have told them they should! This can lead to a proliferation of such mutated cells, a cluster of which might be typically diagnosed as a ‘tumor’. Such damage to the cells ‘auto-self-destruct’ response can be caused by things like ‘free radicals’. We are told that a free radicals is: “…any atom or molecule that has a single unpaired electron in an outer shell” – which doesn’t help much to explain the danger they pose to the human biological system, except to imply they need to balance their electron pairs, which essentially leads these free-radicals ‘scavenge’ oxygen, when they get into our bodies, and hence depleting availability of this essential resource that is the key to our cellular-level health, and our indeed our continued existence!

…And Breathe
This is just one aspect that highlights (beyond ensuring we eat a healthful diet, that includes those things that ‘mop up’ free radicals and hence defuses their harmful effects) why you should understand that proper oxygenation (of the body) is so important… How often do you stop to think how ‘efficiently and effectively’ you are breathing? If you are like me you may well have periods of sedentary occupation (stuck in front of a PC screen for hours developing, editing and repairing websites in my case; along with writing an occasional article or two!) and it is common at these times not only to adopt a poor posture, but also to breathe in a shallow and ineffective way. If you live and/or work in a city there is also air quality to consider, whether indoors effects of mechanical sir circulation and cooling/heating) or outside in the plumes of combustion gases… even if you do deep-breathing exercises, you may well wonder: what are you actually breathing-in? (But that’s another issue).

That Dreaded Notion…
Let’s assume, for now, that your typical air is ‘still clean enough’: how frequently do you pause even for 5 minutes to take deliberately deep, slow, even breaths, then hold a few seconds to allow full absorption of oxygen, before exhaling equally slowly, deeply and evenly? Naturally, doing things that stimulate fuller and more healthy breathing can be valuable in increasing your oxygen intake… such as
that dreaded notion (for some) of actually doing more ‘physical exercise’ (as they say, this can be as simple as taking the stairs not the ‘handy’ lift, or walking down to the shops and returning with a few kilos of purchases… rather than lazily ‘hopping in the car’!). But as practitioners know, choosing to adopt yoga as a regular part of your ‘health boosting’ daily regime involves the process of ‘re-learning how to breathe’ properly, and thereby increasing that essential oxygen intake.

Are You What You Eat?
So whilst we breathe to live it is also acknowledged that… we
‘are what we eat’ – a adage we all seem to know, yet so often fail to heed — for, many people just keep on eating processed ‘pseudo foods’ full of the very things that lead to greater acidification of the system and potential cellular damage. This includes the negative impact, for example, of ingredients such as sugars (not to mention the insidious proliferation of non-natural sweeteners!), and many other common additives and ingredients used in processing foods (so-called ‘added value’ which really translates into ‘added profits!), as well as the tendency to consume too much of certain ‘acidifying’ food groups, primarily for example: ‘meat and meat products’! (and that is without getting into the issues of what chemicals and substances may have been pumped into the poor animals, thanks to modern agricultural practices during its sad and often rapidly-enhanced ‘lifetime’, and that still linger within, after slaughter, for us to consume and our bodies to try to deal with).

Killer Foods… And The Survival Instinct At Cellular Level…
Today’s food manufacturers bear a great responsibility for developing
‘killer foods’ that contain not only questionable sugar levels, but ‘high fructose corn syrup’ (even cheaper than sugar) — bulking food out, maintaining our taste for ‘sweet things’ all of which leads to more acidification… In relation to this and the previously discussed concept of depleted oxygen, one fascinating aspect of the ‘built in survival instinct’ of human body cells is that, if they are ‘forced’ to live in an oxygen deprived environment for long enough (a state that often occurs due to us failing to ‘breathe fully and deeply’, not exercising enough to stimulate oxygen intake and good circulation)… then they can ‘save themselves’ by going into are ‘retrogressive’ or ‘devolved’ state… When this happens, rather than continue to operate ‘healthily and normally’ using oxygen (which should be being delivered constantly by a healthy bloodstream) they revert to an ‘anaerobic’ state where the cell manages to ‘limp along’ by using CO2 (Carbon Dioxide). Naturally, this waste-product should be being exported from the body via the blood, to the lungs, and expelled through our breath. But ‘in extremis’ cells can revert to this ‘lower state of evolution’ and a growth of carbon dioxide consuming anaerobic cells can occur… Such cells are generally recognized as a cancerous growth… Ultimately the survival instinct at the cellular level can sow the seeds of death for the larger organism… the human body itself!

Common Sense Strategies For Remaining Healthy
So, essentially – and in simple ‘common-sense’ terms — we need to oxygenate our bodies effectively, keep our blood clean and uncluttered, free flowing and healthy, many (informed folk) would say erring towards the alkaline side for even better healthfulness, which can be achieved all through good eating habits, perhaps combined with regular cleansing, if we know we have allowed ourselves to become too polluted…Exercising daily (it sounds a cliché, I know), stimulating blood flow, and reducing the chances of ‘low oxygen areas’ occurring in the body. Reducing acidity via alkalizing food, you may not want to hear it but this means consuming plenty of leafy green vegetables (glowing with the ‘inner light’ of synthesized sun-energy), along with the intake of sufficient clean pure water to assist with efficient flushing-out of toxins (this, then, does NOT generally mean chemically laced tap water – unless you REALLY have no other choice)… whilst reducing our consumption of acidifying foods and the health-impugning/corporate-pocket lining/supposedly-time-saving ‘processed nibbles’ and ‘ready-made foods’ that many have become so dependent on (not to say ‘addicted’ to!).

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind…
But equally important is good ‘mental health’ in the broadest sense, because even though all the physical factors may be ‘right’, yet your ‘mind is wrong’, the internal environment can never reach its optimal potential! Which implies that actively taking time out to de-stress, possibly by choosing to set time aside to learn and practice meditation regularly, maybe combining this with yoga for its multiple benefits both physical and mental, or whatever else helps YOU to reduce the ‘acidifying effects’ of a poor psychological state… all these can contribute to an
‘holistic approach’ that can both strengthen immunity AND keep cells working healthily and happily. (Evidently there is material here to be discussed in a further article, and I accept I have paid this important aspect short shrift – though I ‘tip my hat’ to the ‘epigenetic’ theories and intelligent presentations to be found online by luminaries such as Professor Bruce Lipton, if you like ‘Googling’ – or ‘Duck-Duck-a-Go-Go-ing’!! and haven’t yet read/listened to his extremely important work. I urge you to do it!)

On a side point that has certainly fascinatedme:
Almost all our many trillions of body cells contain the amazing component – the mitochondrion (or in most cells the plural mitochondria, applies) — some cells such as muscle cells have a good many, the ‘incredibly busy’ liver cells have around two thousand each, others than require little energy may have as little as one of these incredible almost deceptively simple structural elements, or ‘organelles’ – and indeed to be fair, flowing continuously along the liquid ‘nutrition delivery’ highway we refer to as ‘blood’, the red cells have no mitochondria!

Miniscule but Mighty Mitochondria…
Mitochondria are often likened to little ‘batteries’ (though this underplays their mighty significance to our health and functioning) as they are the centers found in the majority of human cells where fuel is turned into energy, and they play a major role in signalling about, and maintaining cell-health (including the aforementioned ‘programmed death’ mechanism). Yet amazingly, whereas most of our human body cell’s DNA is contained in its nucleus, the ‘mighty’ mitochondrion has its own genetic material: “…the mitochondrion has its own independent genome… its DNA shows substantial similarity to bacterial genomes” (source:
wikipedia amongst others). An implication that an essential element/mechanism within the majority of cells within the human body ‘is not of human origin’ …and in a way provides us with a kind of exemplar of the ultimate cooperative, mutually-beneficial ‘symbiotic society’… If only we could learn to ’emulate’ this on the ‘greater scale’?!

For the mitochondria to work effectively and remain undamaged, it requires that the cell walls are kept undamaged, semi-permeable, and in good order being constantly provided with the ‘right fuel’; further confirming the need to keep the inner-environment clean through the consumption of REAL unadulterated fresh foods – especially vegetable sources as noted… Supplying fuel efficiently and effectively, of the optimal quality to these miniature ‘energy managers’ is simply essential to our long-term good health… and survival!

And another amazing side note:
Indeed with the aphorism mentioned early (“as above, so below”) it is phenomenal to consider that: besides relying on what may have originally been a ‘non-human’ (bacterial) symbiont for our cellular health and survival, we are also (each individual human, in and of ourselves) a whole world – or possibly a universe (or even ‘multiverse’!) – of microscopic/sub-microscopic lifeforms. For, as you may already know, whilst we consider we are simply wholly ‘human beings’, we actually play host to a FAR greater number of non-human cells than we have actual human cells (and that’s anywhere from about 30 to 70 trillion) in our body.

The Universe Within Us…
Indeed we are host to an amazing array of lifeforms of non-human origin – yet we fail to recognize our own role as ‘walking talking universes’ that show little to no recognition, or respect, for the organisms we provide a home, a world, a universe for!… In fact we pay very little respect to our own bodies, full stop! We expect it to constantly deal with all the rubbish we throw at it day in day out – both in terms of eating poor quality processed ‘so-called’ foods, breathing and re-breathing increasingly polluted air, consuming an array of ‘known-to-be-toxic’ fluids (from acidifying, sugary or worse still ’artificially sweetened’ drinks, often laced with carbon dioxide; to all forms of alcoholic beverage – the stronger the more seriously toxic; and even to tap water that may be ‘laced with’ chlorine and possibly that totally unnecessary ‘industrial waste product’ –
that by the way has no proven positive impact on dental health – the neuro-toxic chemical, fluoride, spuriously foisted on the consumer for ‘our benefit’!). We, most of us, constantly consume these debilitating forms of ‘crude fuel’ for our bodies, along with absorbing the ‘negative energy’ we are exposed to through putting ourselves into stressful positions: sticking at jobs we hate, existing in stress-ridden environments in cities and towns… And then we wonder why our health deteriorates and ask: why have our bodies ‘let us down’?

An Exemplar Of Cooperatives Peaceful Co-Existence: Our Human Body
In all the body itself provides a great example of how a ‘united world’ should work — a set of diverse, complex organs and systems – working harmoniously and constantly around the clock, supporting one another and in optimal conditions, working efficiently for more than 100 years! (Some suggest it could be 150 or more with proper support, care, nutrition, maintenance and exercise! Maybe longer?)

Yet we persist in our typical diurnal self-destructive behaviors — from drinking soda-pop, to eating too much chemically laced food, resorting at the ‘drop of a hat’ to questionable pharmaceutical products to ameliorate symptoms, getting regularly stressed-out at our spouse, our kids, our co-workers, strangers in the street, the dumb politicians, and so on… and so on… until R.I.P.

…Take Care – All the Time!
I can appreciate entirely (without the need for the billions that flow through the coffers of spurious ‘research charities’ into Big Pharma’s so-called-research centers, whilst largely funding who-knows-what hierarchy of management and ‘fundraising’ teams… yes, these supposed non-profits are simply corporate businesses!) that today’s tide, or epidemic, of Cancer (as well as many, if not all, other diseases) — can be halted, avoided, stopped, cured, overcome – BUT NOT by the ‘slash, burn, poison’ tactics of so-called ‘modern medicine’ (all methods which, by the way, have been shown to cause myriad problems themselves, and that can actually prove over time be ‘carcinogenic’!) …But by treating ourselves, our bodies, our minds with care and respect ‘all the time’: by considering every morsel we eat, and every drop we drink, every breath we take, every angry word we find formulating on our tongue-tips, every lost opportunity to walk, jog, run or use our bodies in countless useful energetic ways…

…And simply accepting that it seems to have been ordained that in the ‘pattern of things’ – in the cosmic kaleidoscope, from the smallest to the greatest of thing we can conceive – we are each of us, a universe of creatures, in effect we are the ‘God’ of which they can ‘never know’, yet on which they depend to make the right decisions to ensure both their, and our own, prolonged healthy existence!.. Might they also be ‘thinking’: “As Above, So Below”?

(NOTE: Despite their limitations, and their frequent reliance on largely non-medically-qualified pharmaceutical salesmen for their latest information about ‘medicinal products and treatments’: You are still advised to seek medical advice from a qualified and trusted medical practitioner, at your earliest opportunity, if you think you may have a health problem. Proviso: BUT always remember – Doctors are not ‘gods’ and you retain your own free will when it comes to accepting their analysis, information and advice… if you have any qualms or concerns about any diagnosis, or treatment you are offered, seek second or further opinions! This is your human right, and your health is YOUR responsibility, no-one else’s, so don’t abdicate it!)

Author bio: Al G Smith has published health-related and other articles widely, online, over the last decade or so. He is not a medical practitioner (that’s the good news!) he is an ‘independent researcher’ but lays no claim to providing anything in any article that can be construed as diagnostic advice. Al G Smith publishes his own ‘eclectic’ blog at http://algsmith.com, and an organic lifestyle ‘online resource’ at www.goNandO.com (Go Natural and Organic). He is also currently involved with the life-changing, ‘nascent’ eco-project at www.ValleyofPleasures.com, set in central Portugal, which is being largely funded through his website development work undertaken through http://eiWebDesign.com where he specializes in helping people with their WordPress websites and social media management. Al also writes and illustrates children’s books and has created the online book club for children: http://Kindling.Club …amongst other things!
If this article makes you want to ask me a question feel free to contact me through the blog site contact page. Thanks for your interest and taking your time to read this article.

Just Brilliant Work: Geoff Lawson Greening the Desert

Just a quick post, more for me to have a link to the video of this interesting and pretty amazing project, by Geoff Lawton, permaculture guru!

Just shows what can be done when things are tackled in the right way using Nature as the exemplar…


Identifying with The Dream

OK so I don’t watch TV any more — not for about 11 years now… Albeit that living in Portugal and/or Spain these days almost every cafe/bar has TV on interminably… yet as I am still limited enough at these languages not to be able to understand the majority of what’s said, I don’t count seeing some snippets when I pop in for a loaf or bread, a pastel de nata, or a chilled Sagres as actually ‘watching tv’ in a strictest sense.

But this preamble is just to say that having not seen UK TV for years, I stumbled (via YouTube, because yes I do –obviously– use the Internet!) on the successful entrants in last year’s Britain’s Got Talent (2104), the group that Brits will almost all now be familiar with as Collabro!… But which I had not even heard of before this evening!!

I still recall Susan Boyle’s distinctive ‘moment’ on this lightweight fodder for the masses, SyCo enriching, undoubtedly popular programme… And like many people was moved by her rendition of the ‘Les Mis’ number, back in the day… But these young guys did a great treatment, on (?) QVC of all places, of ‘I Dreamed A Dream’ — that I probably identify with even more strongly these days than I did when it all originally ‘Boyled over’…

It’s a great lyric and an emotionally stirring tune… and I post it here because I (almost) unashamedly like it and there are a couple of lines there that are just too close to the knuckle to listen to without a tear welling — (Indeed… “I had a dream my life would be, so different…”) — here it is:


…And while I am still maudlin’ 😉 and having now just seen this (while it is still viewable, lol!) …more reasons to blubber if you (too) can relate to A Great Big World’s beautiful but melancholic lyrics:

Electrosmog and EMF? Read this then this… (Oh Dear Smug, Intellectual Ignoramuses of the UK, What Uninformed Idiots You All Still Are!)

OK — so I may be accused of having-sat on the fence to a large extent regarding the issue of EMF — which many of you will know refers to Electric and Magnetic Fields — the fields that emanate from all electrical equipment, cell phones/mobile phones, cabling, power lines and get all kinds of mixed-up in folks minds (well mine at least!) along with the frequencies emitted by mobile phone masts/cellphone towers and the wifi signals from your router at home as well as larger scale city ‘hotspot’ equipment.. and so on…

Now my general excuse for fence-sitting has largely been down to the fact that it seems we are bombarded with as much conflicting information as we are forms of EMF energy these days… But frankly it seems as if the balance has been inexorably shifting towards the ‘not good’ side of the argument over and against the ‘best thing since sliced bread (???)’ alternative viewpoint…

Yet, in two consecutive articles I stumbled on (just an hour ago) I think you have a good opportunity to ‘take sides’ with a firmer stance and also to shake your head pitifully at the so-called relative-intelligentsia of a country like the UK — who evidently spend more time inventing ‘amusing online blog-commenting sobriquets’ than they do actually looking into the topics of news under discussion, as they attempt to outdo each other in being ‘oh-so-amusingly’ dismissive about!

So here they are (the articles I refer to having read) — I’ll leave you to make up your own minds — safe in the knowledge that most probably: TheVenerableBeads, HorseloverFatarse, CiggyStardust, crasspymctabernacle, RichardLittleJohnson, TheOLEDman, stultusincubulo, mavisbicuspid… and any number of their equally ‘oh-so-terribly-wittily’ named commenting-cronies on the Grauniad’s* online article repository will ever see THIS item on my inconspicuous blog! Indeed it is probably more likely that any number of those ‘incredibly funny’ commenters who happily dismiss (along with the article author)  the opinions of an admittedly rather smarmy and irritating TV personality — convinced that he could have no worthy things to say! And after all, the article author seems to be merely citing an original interview published in the ‘terribly working-class‘ Mirror newspaper (oh-how-awful!)— and immediately indicative of anything coming therefrom as being trite, tabloid, adult-comic-book nonsense — I suppose? — at least in the eyes of this ‘straw poll’ of presumably typically, ‘online Guardian readership’!:

ARTICLE (1) — By Michael Segell, for NBC
Updated in 2010!! (i.e this information available for 5 years as of writing this!):

ARTICLE (2) — Online Guardian — Environment  (author unknown — probably too ashamed?)
Published August 2015 (Less than 2 months ago at the time of writing this!):

The NBC article seems a well written and interesting piece with some apparently damning, if anecdotal, evidence against the variant of EMF referred to as transients or ‘dirty electricity’! But just how many people know about this issue even now 5 years on? I’ve read a fair bit on this topic and had not seen this so clearly stated before!

Also, how many people are aware that — as Michael Segell’s article states:

…In 2007, the Bioinitiative Working Group, an international collaboration of prestigious scientists and public health policy experts from the United States, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, and China, released a 650-page report citing more than 2,000 studies** (many very recent) that detail the toxic effects of EMFs from all sources. Chronic exposure to even low-level radiation (like that from cell phones), the scientists concluded, can cause a variety of cancers, impair immunity, and contribute to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, heart disease, and many other ailments. “We now have a critical mass of evidence**, and it gets stronger every day,” says David Carpenter, MD, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany and coauthor of the public-health chapters of the Bioinitiative report…

…at least — NOT TheVenerableBeads and friends methinks?

Let’s be clear– by the time the either ‘authorities’ acknowledge, or the relevant multi-bililon dollar industries turn around and admit that we may be being harmed by being bathed ever more copiously in the sea of Electric and Magnetic Fields that their products produce… we will be in a worse health situation cased by this ‘electrosmog’ that was ever caused by the London smog of the Victorian era! …Or that has been and is still being caused by tobacco! Or sugar consumption? Or alcohol!!

Especially fascinating is the ironic but apparent intimation that the very products aimed at ‘saving energy’… that folks such as  FatArseHorseLover and CiggyStardust probably have rife throughout their intellectually-blessed household… maybe be particularly critical in creating the dirty electricity that could be prove to be the major carcinogen of ‘modern society’!.. And even if you are the least eco-friendly person in your neighborhood, you and your family might be being slowly killed by your neighbours’ environmentally (supposedly) sound electrical choices.. Note: AND they are probably Guardian readers!

How many of those who merrily dismiss the recently articulated concerns of a relatively-minor celebrity like Noel Edmonds will be crying ‘why me?’ in a few years time, when they are diagnosed with one or other type of cancer? Multiple-sclerosis? Chronic auto-immune disease? Or other life-shortening ailment? Probably they will still be anything-but-blissfully ignorant of the dangers of EMF as they bemoan their misery at length to some ‘pal’ or other on their mobile phone!

*Grauniad: deliberate homage to old favorite The Private Eye magazine — and reference to the Guardian newspaper’s infamous tendency to fail to proof read well enough!!

** My choice to ’embolden’ these phrases!

Do You Still Believe The Vaccination Hype?

Before this ‘blog was wiped last year and the numerous articles of varying length (and, no doubt varying quality) posted over a period some six years or so, were assigned to the great virtual green dustbin at the side of the virtual highway (thanks to the ‘bad’ auspices of the the ‘monstrously’ aggravating hosting company it was supposedly in the safe hands of!)… there featured amongst those article a soap-box-style railing against the insistence that the current raft of vaccinations prescribed from neo-natal age and onwards to adulthood, are efficacious… or indeed even safe!

At that time I hadn’t even heard of Dr Suzanne Humphries. Although I had read ‘Evidence of Harm’ by David Kirby, and afterwards was somewhat aware of the efforts by the ‘establishment’ to denigrate and deride his efforts to support the mere fact that more serious research was needed to establish whether or not Thimerosal — the mercury based preservative, or perhaps other adjuvants, may have led to direct harm, in the form of causing autism spectrum disorders, to many thousands of US children.

As with most others who have dared question the efficacy of, and supposed science supporting the vaccine argument, Kirby was ‘written off’! But then again — when you are talking about just one aspect of an industry (sometimes referred to by ‘concerned citizens’ as ‘Big Pharma’ — the oligopoly that comprises the handful of multi-billion dollar corporates entities that sell Pharmaceutical drugs) that alone is worth many billions in profit annually, you can soon appreciate why ‘gainsayers’ are so effectively shut-up. shot-down, or metaphorically (if not literally?) assassinated.

Dr Suzanne Humphries
(photo source: http://drsuzanne.net/)

So it is ‘refreshing’ — if somewhat disheartening — to revisit this topic with ‘updated insight’ from the lucid and informed source that is Dr Suzanne Humphries. Dr Humphries is a Nephrologist (i.e. specializes in treatment of kidney related disorders) and when she began questioning hospital policies (within the hospital she had worked as a respected member of the staff) regarding the vaccination on admission of all patients (no matter how seriously ill  (and no matter the fact that there were clear contra-indications for patients with kidney problems to be dosed with vaccines particularly containing mercury or aluminum — typically used in many vaccines as preservatives yet also both acknowledged as highly toxic substances, in their own right).. and how the correlation between renal failure following vaccinations in some patients was very clearly evident… she ran into the same stonewalling, castigation and reputation assassination as others before had experienced… For now she battles on amidst cries of ‘quackery’ and other such unsupportable insults… More power to her and may her courage persist. It’s proven to be a ‘risky road’ to try and take on the massively funded entities that profit so handsomely from the ‘illness business’!

Such was Dr Humphries knowledge, experience, insight and understanding that she left the hospital in 2011 and has focused on trying to raise awareness of vaccination issues through research,  publications and public presentations worldwide since that time.

This blog post was however meant to mentions just one key quote from her own blog at http://drsuzanne.net… and that is in relation to the often experienced, misinformed and lamentable ‘outcry’ from other people who have vaccinated their children when faced with the knowledge that someone else’s child has NOT been forced to be pumped full of chemically toxic-shots — hence:

Here are a few common misconceptions about NOT vaccinating:

  • You are putting other people at risk by not vaccinating.  At risk for what?  Chicken pox? Ask your grandmother if she knew anyone who died from measles.  Different diseases have different degrees of severity in different age groups.  The misconception that “if you don’t vaccinate, you place others at risk” is based on an assumption that vaccinated people do not get the disease they were vaccinated for.  Did you know that a controlled study published in BMJ in school age children showed that of all the whooping cough that was diagnosed, over 86% of the children were fully vaccinated and up to date for the whooping cough vaccine? There are similar studies showing that mumps and measles breakouts often affect the vaccinated. People who are vaccinated can have their immune systems altered in a manner that leads to susceptibility to other infectious diseases, and can also leave them vulnerable to the disease they were vaccinated for due to a phenomenon called “original antigenic sin”.  What is ”original antigenic sin”?  This is where an injected vaccine antigen programs the body to react in a manner that is incomplete, and different to the natural response to infection .  When the vaccinated contact that disease again, they are unable to mount an effective response to the pathogen because vital first steps are missing.  The whooping cough vaccine is an example of this.

In other words — you are being put at greater risk for some diseases by BEING vaccinated! …Which implies that when outbreaks occur the vaccinated child is a creater source of threat to other vaccinated children!! And often times these are diseases, whilst ‘unpleasant’ and uncomfortable for many sufferers… they are readily recoverable from without lasting effects (in the vast majority of cases)… AND if allowed to occur naturally, will then provide natural immunity in a way that the body is properly designed for!

And another quote:

There is no evidence whatsoever that having an 85% or 95% vaccination rate protects from outbreaks.  This theory has been disproved time and again in highly vaccinated populations.

  • The non-vaccinated spread disease.  Actually it is the opposite.  Live vaccines are known to spread to close contacts.  Here is one recent example.

Dr Humphries has published numerous highly informative, objective, lucid and interesting presentations on YouTube and there are a few links worth sparing an hour or two to view below. We can only wish more power to her and those like her who have been prepared to ‘ruin their careers’ by standing-up against the ‘system’ that is now more about earning massive profits for the pharmaceutical companies than about truly caring for patients: the so-called field of “Modern Medicine”, where Doctor and Specialists have devolved into becoming mere puppets of these corporate behemoths and the ‘clear and present danger’ they have become to the public in general and those who are unfortunate enough ‘fall ill’ in particular!:

A 6-part presentation publish a few days ago (mid April 2015) but not embed-able:
PART 1: Vaccines-Honesty vs Policy – Part I.

(other parts follow on automatically if you use this link — I’d take a look now as it is pretty likely that YouTube/Google will decide to take it down fairly quickly!)

The Golden Rule

One of my favorite posts — recovered and reposted to set the ball rolling…

The Golden Rule

Originally Posted January 20th, 2008 — 05:51 pm

THE GOLDEN RULE is the foundation advice for life that is cited by all the major religions. This page – quoted directly from the official Universal House of Justice website, HQ for the Baha’i faith. I hope you too will spread this around…by word, deed and ‘blog!

This advice appears so widely yet seems so often overlooked. If only we could wake up tomorrow and suddenly lead our lives with the ‘golden Rule’ at its center – the world would INSTANTLY be transformed into paradise of peace, plenty and personal fulfillment.

The only real question that remains is WHY, with our supposedly advanced intellectual  capabilities, don’t we just grasp this and START applying it? After all — whatever color, race or CREED…the same advice for life has been handed on down through the ages for thousands of years!:

REFERENCE: Online 16 Jan 2008: http://www.uhj.net/the-golden-rule.html


“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”

“Jesus said to him, You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your mind and with all your soul… and You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
(Jesus Christ, Matthew 22:36-40)


“O son of man! If thine eyes be turned towards mercy, forsake the things that profit thee and cleave unto that which will profit mankind. And if thine eyes be turned towards justice, choose thou for thy neighbour that which thou choosest for thyself.”
(Baha’u’llah, The third Leaf of the Most Exalted Paradise, Tablets, p. 64)


“Hurt not others with that which pains yourself or in ways that you yourself would find hurtful. One should seek for others the happiness one desires for one’s self”
(Udana-Varqa, 5:18)


“This is the sum of duty: do naught unto others that which would cause pain if done unto you.”
(Mahabharata 5:1517)

“Do not to others what ye do not wish done to yourself; and wish for others too, what ye desire and long for, for yourself. This is the whole of Dharma, heed it well.”
(The Celestial Song, 2:65)


“That nature ONLY is good when it shall NOT DO unto another whatever is not good for its own self.”
(Dadistan-i-Dinik, 94:5)

“Whatsoever is disagreeable to yourself do not do unto others.”
(Shayast-na-Shayast 13:29)

That which is good for all and any one, for whomsoever – that is good for me. What I hold good for self, I should for all. Only Law Universal, is true Law.”
(Zoroaster, Yasana-Gathas)


“A man should wander about treating all creatures as he himself would be treated.”
(Sutrakritanga 1.11.33)


“Precious like jewels are the minds of all. To hurt them is not at all good. If thou desirest thy Beloved, then hurt thou not anyone’s heart.”
(Guru Aranj Devji 259, Guru Granth Sahib)


“Do not unto others what you would not have them do unto you.”
(Analects, 15:23)

“If one strives to treat others as he would be treated by them, he will come near the perfect life.”
(Book of Meng Tzu)


“What you wish your neighbors to be to you, such be also to them.”

“We should conduct ourselves toward others as we would have them act toward us.”
(Aristotle, from Plato and Socrates)

“Avoid doing what you would blame others for doing.”

“Do not to your neighbor what you would take ill from him.”

“Cherish reciprocal benevolence, which will make you as anxious for another’s welfare as your own”
(Aristippus of Cyrene).

“Act toward others as you desire them to act toward you”


“Pity the misfortunes of others; rejoice in the well-being of others; help those who are in want; save men in danger; rejoice at the success of others; and sympathise with their reverses, even as though YOU WERE in their place.”

“The sage has no interests of his own, but regards the interests of the people as his own. He is kind to the kind, he is also kind to the unkind: for virtue is kind.”
(T’ai Shang Kan Ying P’ien)


“Love your friend and never desert him. If you see him surrounded by the enemy do not run away; go to him, and if you cannot save him, be killed together and let your bones lie side by side.”
(Sur-AR-Ale-Shar, The Lessons of the Lone Chief)

“Do not kill or injure your neighbor, for it is not him that you injure, you injure yourself. But do good to him, therefore add to his days of happiness as you add to your own. Do not wrong or hate your neighbor, for it is not him that you wrong, you wrong yourself. But love him, for The Great Spirit (Moneto) loves him also as he loves you.”

“Respect for all life is the foundation.”
(The Great Law of Peace)


“A SAGE is ingenuous and leads his life after comprehending the parity of the killed and the killer. THEREFORE, neither does he cause violence to others nor does he make others do so.”
(Yoruba Proverb, Nigeria)

“One going to take a pointed stick to pinch a baby bird should first try it on himself to feel how it hurts.”
(Yoruba Proverb, Nigeria)


“Not one of you is a believer until he desires for another that which he desires for himself.”
(Muhammad, 40 Hadith of an-Nawawi 13)

“Do unto all men as you would they should do unto you, and reject for them that which you would reject for yourself.”


“What is hateful to you, DO NOT to your fellow man. That is the law: all the rest is commentary.”
(Talmud, Shabbat 31a)

“Thou shalt LOVE thy neighbor as thyself: I am the LORD.”
(Moses, Leviticus 19:18)


“All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.”
(Matthew 7:12)

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
(Luke 6:31)


“Blessed is he who preferreth his brother before himself.”
(Baha’u’llah, Tablets, p. 71)

“Lay not on any soul a load which ye would not wish to be laid on you, and desire not for any one the things ye would not desire for yourselves.”
(Baha’u’llah, Gleanings LXVI, p. 128)

“Ascribe not to any soul that which thou wouldst not have ascribed to thee, and say not that which thou doest not. This is my command unto thee, do thou observe it.”
(Baha’u’llah, The Hidden Words, Arabic # 29)

“Choose for thy neighbor that which thou choosest for thyself.”
(Baha’u’llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 30)

Starting Over…

Frustrating isn’t word enough — over 5 years of ecelectic and original content removed from the face of the virtual world at one swipe… (or should that be… by one a*swipe?)

But to be fair (at least as fair as it is possible to be, when on wants to be kicking some serious butt all over the town, having lost massive amounts of work and value from innumerable websites thanks to hosting co faux pas!) I had not really been ‘keeping up’ with regular blogging on my site having let other projects distract me in the last months… Just a pity that some reasonable articles went west! (if I say so myself ;-D)

But… eventually you’ll see some posts here– a few ‘re-posts’ of articles I managed to recoup — and hopefully the odd new item when the mood and the muse takes me…

Meanwhile… welcome back to Al G Smith — The Blog, to all those avid regulars (hahaha!), and if you’ve never visited before I hope you’ll give it another chance wwhen a few more days of refurbishment have gone into the site..

Thanks for your patience… and interest!