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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Trust In Your Body's Ability To.....


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Japanese Symbol for Hope


 " (bow, nozomu). It is translated as look at, hope, etc.
This character is written by Kanzi, Regular script.

Etymology : Ideogrammic compound
 ( minister ) +   ( Expand )

The state that a person stretches his/her neck.

 ( moon )  +   ( lose )
It looks like " moon " sees the distance.  It looks like " lose " looks for a few thing.

Compounds :

希望 (hope, wish),  望郷 (homesickness, nostalgia),  欲望 (greed, desire)

Yes. The man continues looking for something.  It may be our human essence.

However, as for strong "Hope", there is a case to be realized sometime. Of course there is often the case that it is not so.  It may be often that there is the cause of the human failure in "greed".  Ironically, this is the example very often.


Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Humility and Pride - A Quotation from Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov

Humility and Pride - understanding the richness of humility

"Proud people imagine they are dependent on nothing and no one, exactly like a lamp that claims to be the source of light, forgetting that the power station supplies the current.

Those who are humble, on the contrary, know that they are not isolated beings, that they are not independent and that if they do not remain linked to heaven, they will have neither strength, nor light, nor wisdom. They sense that they are a link in an infinite chain, the conductor of cosmic energy that comes from afar and flows through them to other human beings. A humble person is a valley irrigated by the water that descends from the peaks to fertilize the plains; they receive forces that pour forth from the mountains and so they experience abundance. Whereas proud people forget the source of the currents that manifest through them, they believe they are dependent only on themselves, and sooner or later, they end up losing everything. We have not yet understood the full richness of humility."

Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov

Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov was a Bulgarian philosopher, pedagogue, mystic, and esotericist. A leading 20th-century teacher of Western Esotericism in Europe, he was a disciple of Peter Deunov, the founder of the Universal White Brotherhood.

Monday, November 28, 2022

Vitamin C Boosts Health in 11 Powerful Ways by Dr. Diane Fulton

Vitamin C Boosts Health in 11 Powerful Ways

by Dr. Diane Fulton in Green Med Info

Find out the surprising variety of ways vitamin C is healthy for you

Vitamin C has certainly been an important highly-studied vitamin over the centuries. The latest benefits scientists are discovering for vitamin C span from treating sepsis, pneumonia and COVID-19, lowering heart disease risk, preventing respiratory tract infections and protecting the brain, gut and bones, to relieving pain and bleeding after surgeries.

1. Treats Sepsis

Sepsis is one of the major causes of death in hospitals. In a study of 117 patients with sepsis, 56 received an intravenous (IV) placebo of 5% dextrose of 100 milliliter/time, twice a day and 61 received an IV of 3 grams of vitamin C with 5% dextrose, twice a day at the same dose.

The 28-day mortality rate was significantly different in the two groups -- 42.97% in the control group compared to 27.93% in the vitamin C group -- and the 72-hour sepsis-related organ failure scores also differed significantly in the control (4.2) versus vitamin group C group (2.1).[i]

In research of 30 septic shock patients being resuscitated at a hospital, vitamin C supplementation at a dose of 40 milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg) improved peripheral tissue perfusion and microvascular reactivity.[ii]

2. Prevents Respiratory Tract Infections

Recurrent respiratory infections (RRIs) are a common clinical condition in children.In fact, about 25% of children under 1 year and 6% of children during their first 6 years have RRIs, which significantly reduce quality of life and lead to significant medical and social costs.[iii]

Sixty children were enrolled in a study, including 33 in the control group and 27 who were at risk of RRIs. The treatment group -- which drank 100% orange juice with 70 mg of vitamin C daily -- significantly reduced their number of infective episodes.[iv]

3. Reduces Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Vitamin C has been reported to be efficient in preventing complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) from surgeries. CRPS after foot and ankle surgeries has a significant impact on the ability to walk. In a trial of 329 patients, 121 patients were included in the vitamin C group, which took 1 gram per day (g/day) for 40 days, and 208 were included in the control group, without vitamin C. Vitamin C was statistically linked with a decreased risk of CRPS after a foot or ankle surgery.[v]

Similarly, 153 patients who had total knee arthroplasty surgery took 1 g/day of vitamin C for 40 days while 139 in the control group took no vitamin C. Vitamin C significantly reduced CRPS compared to the control (3.9% versus 12.2%).[vi]

In a study of 542 patients undergoing subacromial shoulder surgery, 266 took a no vitamin C placebo and 266 consumed 500 mg/day of vitamin C for 50 days postoperatively. Vitamin C reduced the risk of CRPS by more than 50%.[vii]

4. Improves Outcomes in Critically Ill Patients

Eighty critically ill patients with severe pneumonia were assigned either to a placebo group that got a saline IV and standard treatment or a treatment group that took 60 mg/kg/day of vitamin C in a saline IV for 96 hours with the standard treatment. This high dose of vitamin C decreased inflammation and duration of mechanical ventilation and vasopressor use without any significant effect on mortality.[viii]

Transfusion-related acute lung injury patients were divided into a group of 40 given 2.5 g per six hours of IV vitamin C over 96 hours and a group of 40 who received a placebo. High-dose vitamin C significantly reduced oxidative stress and pro-inflammatory markers (C-reactive protein, interleukin (IL)-8 and malondialdehyde) and elevated anti-inflammatory markers (IL-10, superoxide dismutase).[ix]

5. Lowers Bleeding After Colon Polyp Surgery

Patients with large polyps were divided into a treatment group with 500 mg IV dose of vitamin C in saline administered two hours before colon polyp surgery and the next two doses administered on days two and three, while the control group received normal saline in a similar fashion with a total of 153 polyps being resected. Vitamin C infusion significantly reduced early and late bleeding by 78% and 76%, respectively, in the surgeries.[x]

6. Diminishes Risk for Metabolic Syndrome, Diabetes and Heart Disease

Scientists have shown that vitamin C can fight high blood pressure (BP),[xi] glucose issues, cholesterol imbalances, obesity,[xii] metabolic syndrome (MetS)[xiii] and diabetes -- risk factors for cardiovascular diseases.[xiv],[xv]

While evidence from 28 short-term studies with 1,574 participants suggests that vitamin C supplementation may improve glycemic control, systolic and diastolic BP and glycosylated hemoglobin --  a diabetes marker -- in people with Type 2 diabetes, additional larger long-term trials are still needed.[xvi]

A meta-analysis of 11 genomes found suggestive evidence that vitamin C levels were associated with a lower risk of cardioembolic stroke and Alzheimer's disease (AD).[xvii] In a gene analysis of 52,676 patients in city hospital-based cohorts and 11,733 people in rural cohorts, insufficient dietary vitamin C intake increased the risk of MetS, hyperglycemia, hypertriglyceridemia and high blood pressure.[xviii]

7. Reverses Cognitive Decline and Protects the Brain

Vitamin C -- a potent antioxidant -- is associated with neurological and cognitive function. In a research study, 215 Parkinson's disease (PD) patients aged 50 to 90 years old were compared with 48 age-matched healthy controls.

A higher proportion of PD subjects had hypovitaminosis C, or lack of vitamin C -- defined as less than 23 micromoles per liter (μmol/L) -- compared with healthy controls (20% versus 8%, respectively). A higher vitamin C level was positively associated with cognitive function in the PD group.[xix]

Vitamin C deficiency has been linked to neurodegenerative diseases including depression, a breakdown in neurons in MS, a decrease in the antioxidant level, higher oxidative stress and disruption of the glucose cycle in Huntington's disease[xx] and inhibition of amyloid-β (Aβ) aggregation -- a known cause of AD.[xxi],[xxii]

In a PD-induced animal model, vitamin C significantly decreased the loss of important brain neurons causing cognitive dysfunction,[xxiii] brain inflammation, restored gait and locomotor activity and offered neuroprotection.[xxiv]

8. Boosts Gut Health

In a pilot study, 14 healthy human participants received a 1,000 mg dose of vitamin C daily for two weeks, which successfully modulated microbiota with shifts in bacterial populations and improved gut health.[xxv]

In research of 20 patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), 80% of the patients had symptoms of clinical scurvy, dry brittle hair, pigmented rash, gingivitis, easy bruising and/or brittle nails, 50% avoided fruits and vegetables and 15% reported reduced intake of fruits and vegetables leading researchers to recommend supplementing vitamin C levels in deficient IBD patients.[xxvi]

9. Regenerates Bones

In a review of 11 papers about the effect of vitamin C on bone healing, vitamin C accelerated bone formation due to enhanced osteoblastic proliferation and differentiation and its antioxidant function.[xxvii]

In an animal study of 75 female ovariectomized rats, treatment with kefir containing vitamin C and omega-3 led to the most significant improvement in bone density of lumbar spine and tibia and reversed high tumor necrosis factor alpha levels, showing its bone loss protection by suppressing inflammation that may help to lower postmenopausal osteoporosis risk.[xxviii]

10. Empowers Cancer Immunotherapy and Inhibits Cancer

In research reviews, scientists find evidence that vitamin C empowers cancer immunotherapy through its pro-oxidant potential, modulates epigenetic factors and regulates cytokine expression involved in immune response[xxix] and glucose metabolism.[xxx]

High-dose vitamin C synergizes with oncolytic adenoviruses against tumors by enhancing immunogenic tumor cell death and reprogramming tumor immune microenvironment in an in vitro study.[xxxi]

In both animal and in vitro studies, vitamin C inhibited liver cancer stem cells and the growth and metastasis of liver cancer cells by increasing the production of hydrogen peroxide and inducing apoptosis, or cell death.[xxxii]

11. Helps Severe and Long Haul COVID-19 Patients

Preliminary observational studies indicate low vitamin C status in critically ill patients with COVID-19.[xxxiii] In a recent small study in China, researchers noted significantly decreased mortality in severely ill COVID-19 patients who received vitamin C intervention.[xxxiv]

In several reviews of research, vitamin C increased the survival rate of COVID-19 patients by attenuating excessive activation of the inflammatory and immune responses, increasing antiviral cytokines and free radical regulation,[xxxv] which decreased viral yield.[xxxvi],[xxxvii]

Oral vitamin C (2 to 8 g/day) may reduce the incidence and duration of respiratory infections, and IV vitamin C (6 to 24 g/day) has been shown to reduce mortality, intensive care unit and hospital stays and time on mechanical ventilation for severe respiratory infections like COVID-19.[xxxviii]

Vitamin C ​​-- as both an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory -- may prevent severe complications in respiratory illnesses like COVID-19 by triggering nod-like receptor family pyrin domain (NLRP3) -- a critical part of your innate immune system -- and nuclear factor-kB (NF-kB) -- a key regulator of your inflammatory response and cytokines.

In a systematic review of vitamin C and its effects on fatigue in cancer and viral infections, researchers analyzed nine studies with 720 participants. Vitamin C significantly decreased fatigue scores in 75% and fatigue levels in 80% compared to the control. Thus, high-dose IV vitamin C is recommended to fight long-haul COVID-19 fatigue.[xxxix]

Vitamin C As a Powerhouse Remedy

If you are looking for a vitamin that can really boost your health, vitamin C would seem to fit the bill, from helping to prevent metabolic disorders, diabetes, CVD, pain and bleeding from surgeries, fighting cancer, viruses, sepsis, pneumonia and respiratory infections, to restoring bone, gut and brain health.


Sunday, November 27, 2022

Though All Looks Bleak - Five Variations Of The Same Theme - Five Poems by M.N. Hopkins

Version # 1

Though it all looks bleak

Old seeds begin to now spout

Restoring Mankind

©  2022  M.N. Hopkins

Version # 2

Though it all looks bleak

Old seeds begin to now spout

Reason, Love return

©  2022  M.N. Hopkins

Version # 3

Though it all looks bleak

Old seeds begin to now spout

Watered by new hope

©  2022  M.N. Hopkins

Version # 4

Though it all looks bleak

Old seeds begin to now spout

Faith will be restored

©  2022  M.N. Hopkins

Version # 5

Though it all looks bleak

Old seeds begin to now spout

With Divine support

©  2022  M.N. Hopkins

Note:  I wrote these poems a few days ago and published them for the first time today, the 27th of November, 2022. I started by writing one poem and decided to change the meaning slightly while still remaining within the same theme. If any of the poems resonate with you more than the others, please reply and write the version number in the comment section below.

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Friday, November 25, 2022

Evil is Evil With No Power By Itself - A Quotation by M.N. Hopkins

Evil is evil with no power by is submission and compliance to it that strengthens it.  Evil is that which uses our own power against ourselves by trickery and deception while playing upon your weaknesses. Without your agreement using your own free will, evil could not exist. 

© 2022  M.N. Hopkins

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Monday, November 21, 2022

Like A Bard Of Old - A Poem by M.N. Hopkins Как старый бард - Стихотворение М.Н. Хопкинса

Like a bard of old

Singing what has been forgotten

Motherland smiles

©  2022  M.N. Hopkins

Как старый бард

Поет о том, что было забыто

Родина улыбается

© 2022 М.Н. Хопкинс

Note:  I wrote this poem a few days ago while watching a documentary on Poets, and Musician/Song Writer, artists in the Ukraine.  One of the featured artists by the name of Akim was a very talented and inspired young man in  my opinion.  I revised the poem from its original version.   The words just came to me.  I do not know if the poem reached him as my only motive was to send him some kindness.  To see the documentary, click on the link provided:

Примечание: Я написал это стихотворение несколько дней назад во время просмотра документального фильма о поэтах и музыкантах/авторах песен в Украине.  Один из художников по имени Аким был очень талантливым и вдохновенным молодым человеком, на мой взгляд.  Я пересмотрел стихотворение по сравнению с его первоначальной версией.   Слова просто пришли ко мне.  Я не знаю, дошло ли стихотворение до него, поскольку моим единственным мотивом было послать ему немного доброты".  Чтобы посмотреть документальный фильм, нажмите на указанную ссылку:

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Sunday, November 20, 2022

A Rose At Hell's Gate - A Poem by M.N. Hopkins Роза у врат ада - Стихотворение М.Н. Хопкина

So sad, black widow

Your heart flew to war's darkness

A rose at hell's gate

©  2022  M.N. Hopkins

Так грустно, черная вдова

Твое сердце улетело во тьму войны

Роза у врат ада

© 2022 M.N. Hopkins

Note:  I wrote this yesterday after viewing a video documentary of poets and songwriter/musicians in Eastern Ukraine.  One young woman who was a poet who carried so much sadness and had two husbands who died in the militias defending Eastern Ukraine was nicknamed, the Black Widow by Ukrainian trolls. The words just came to me.  I do not know if the poem reached her as my only motive was to send her some kindness.  To see the documentary, click on the link provided:

Примечание:  Я написал это вчера после просмотра документального фильма о поэтах и авторах песен/музыкантах в Восточной Украине.  Одна молодая женщина, поэт, которая несла в себе столько печали и имела двух мужей, погибших в ополчении, защищавшем Восточную Украину, была прозвана украинскими троллями "Черной вдовой". Эти слова просто пришли ко мне.  Я не знаю, дошло ли стихотворение до нее, поскольку моим единственным мотивом было послать ей немного доброты.

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Saturday, November 19, 2022

Happiness as Defined by Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov

Happiness - establishing harmony between our earthly nature and our heavenly nature

"As long as human beings persist in transgressing the laws established by Cosmic Intelligence, they will receive nothing of heaven’s positive influences and currents. Nothing can penetrate them; everything flows to the side because they are negligent, rebellious and anarchic.

The earth must become humble, the earth must bow down; it must submit and carry out heaven’s orders. The earth is ourselves, our human nature; and heaven is our spirit, our divine spark, our higher self. So, our earth must harmonize itself with this spark, with this divine spirit within us. Human beings can be happy only once harmony is established between their earthly nature and their heavenly nature."

Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov

Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov was a Bulgarian philosopher, pedagogue, mystic, and esotericist. A leading 20th-century teacher of Western Esotericism in Europe, he was a disciple of Peter Deunov, the founder of the Universal White Brotherhood.

Friday, November 18, 2022

Die mensdom is siek deur ... 'n Aanhaling van MN Hopkins

Die mensdom is siek deur begeertes na mag - nie die ware krag van Syn nie, maar die waansin wat vir mag in ons wêreld inhou. Die donker tye kom nou vinnig nader maar anderkant hierdie siekte lê 'n wêreld van samewerking en die vreugde van saamleef in gemeenskap.

©  MN Hopkins

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İnsanlık Hastalandı.... M.N. Hopkins'ten bir alıntı

İnsanlık güç arzusuyla hastalanmıştır - Varlığın gerçek gücü değil, dünyamızda güç için ortaya çıkan çılgınlık.  Karanlık zamanlar hızla yaklaşıyor ama bu hastalığın ötesinde bir işbirliği dünyası ve topluluk içinde birlikte yaşamanın sevinci yatıyor.

© M.N. Hopkins

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एमएन हॉपकिंस के एक उद्धरण द्वारा मानव जाति को बीमार कर दिया गया है

मानव जाति शक्ति की इच्छा से बीमार हो गई है - होने की वास्तविक शक्ति नहीं बल्कि पागलपन जो हमारी दुनिया में शक्ति का कारण बनता है। अंधेरा समय अब ​​जल्दी आ रहा है लेकिन इस बीमारी से परे सहयोग की दुनिया और समुदाय में एक साथ रहने की खुशी निहित है।

©  एमएन हॉपकिंस

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मानव जातिले बिरामी परेको छ .... MN Hopkins को उद्धरण

मानिसजाति शक्तिको चाहनाबाट पीडित भएको छ - अस्तित्वको वास्तविक शक्ति होइन तर हाम्रो संसारमा शक्तिको लागि खडा गर्ने पागलपन। अँध्यारो समय अब ​​चाँडै आउँदैछ तर यस रोगभन्दा पर सहयोगको संसार र समुदायमा सँगै बस्ने आनन्द छ।

© MN Hopkins

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