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  2. BRICS countries considering own cryptocurrency as settlement mechanism 4 Sep, 2017 Source: The BRICS Finance Committee is discussing a joint virtual currency for the five nation bloc of developing economies, according to the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) chief Kirill Dmitriev. Read more BRICS bank to begin borrowing in yuan During the BRICS Summit in Xiamen, Dmitriev told journalists that Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa could develop its own alternative to other payment tools. "While there is a focus on settlements in national currencies, cryptocurrencies are also being discussed as one of the possible settlement mechanisms," Dmitriev explained. He added that within BRICS cryptocurrencies could replace the US dollar and other currencies used in settlements among the member states. Snip
  3. The History and Miracle of the Castor Oil Pack Source: A Little History. Castor Oil, or Wonder Oil as it is known in the Netherlands, has a long and colorful history of thousands of years of curative stories behind it. Therapeutically it goes back to ancient times in India, China Persia, Egypt, Africa, Greece, Rome and 17th century Europe as well as the Americas. However, it was the 20th Century American prophet, Edgar Cayce, also known as the “sleeping prophet,” (1877-1945) who brought castor oil pack usage back into the American lexicon. Known as the “hand of Christ” or “Palma Christi,” the castor oil comes from the seed of the plant, itself—the best of which is found in Kerala, India and extracted in a cold press method (not solvent-extracted), leaving the active enzymes still living (raw), virgin and far more able to effectively do their work than the heated, overly processed variety commonly available in America. Historically, castor oil has been used for everything from lubricating leather goods and fuel for lamps to relieving constipation and itching to having a positive effect on cancer. Today, it is popularly used to relieve gallbladder and liver ailments, eliminate kidney infection, aid in killing off parasites and many more uses, including rapid healing of infection as it is ideal for gentle, deep-seated organ and gland cleansing. The secret to a good castor oil is its rich ricinoleic acid and undecylenic acid content—both unique, highly effective, immune-specific and anti-infective fatty acids.If you are old enough, you may remember your grandmother recommending a castor oil pack to cure what ails you. That may have been anything from menstrual cramps to headaches, liver and gallbladder inflammation, poor elimination, appendicitis, arthritis, intestinal disorders, toxemia, tumors and more, including clearing skin disorders and warts. Castor oil is one of the Earth’s most versatile healing gifts. How Does It Work? Castor oil appears to work by drawing blood circulation and enhanced biological energy to the area where it is applied, then drawing lodged toxins out of the body. Many practitioners often use castor oil as an important adjunct to a comprehensive treatment plan for an individual. It is most important to eradicate the root cause of an illness, not only to clear the symptoms of a disorder. Castor oil can do just that—help to detoxify the body a deeper levels, thus eliminating the root causes. One of the chief players, ricinoleic acid, may be responsible for the effectiveness of castor oil. Castor oil is a triglyceride of fatty acids. Almost 90% of its fatty acid content consists of ricinoleic acid. Such a high concentrate of this unusual unsaturated fatty acid may be responsible for castor oil’s remarkable healing abilities. Current research has shown that ricinioleic acid is effective in preventing the growth of numerous species of viruses, bacteria, yeasts and molds. Used topically, castor oil has a high degree of success in clearing stubborn skin ailments such as ringworm and inflammations. Generally, for these conditions, the affected area is simply wrapped in cotton cloth soaked with castor oil for one to several nights in a row until the area heals.Cayce’s often and repeated recommendations to use Castor Oil on a variety of ailments proved to improve the petitioner’s elimination system, lymphatic system as well as to help in the assimilation of nutrients. Overall, a pronounced systemic improvement in organ function with a general lessening of fatigue and depression. How can I benefit from Castor Oil Packs? This is such an easy and painless process, you will be amazed. Simply apply 3-4 tablespoons of castor oil to 3 layers of cotton flannel (cotton that has not been pesticided—you don’t want those toxins going into your body). Place the flannel on the affected area, such as the abdomen, cover with a piece of plastic (so as not to soil the heating pad) and then apply gentle heat for ½ to 1 hour. Do this several times per week.To make a poultice for callouses, moles, ingrown toenails, warts and other problem areas, make a paste by mixing about 1/8 tsp of baking soda with 3-4 drops of castor oil in the palm of your hand, then massage into the affected area. You can also wrap a towel over it for several hours. How to Make a Castor Oil Pack Source: Castor Oil was recommended by Edgar Cayce for treating many ailments that resist traditional therapies. It can be applied as a balm for skin problems, a soothing tonic for alleviating allergies, and as a "castor oil pack." Known to conventional medicine only as a strong laxative, this extract of the castor bean is a safe, gentle, easy-to-use remedy for virtually any illness-when it is used externally. What Is a Castor Oil Pack? A castor oil pack is an external application of castor oil to the body. A piece of wool (or cotton) flannel is saturated with castor oil and applied to a specified area with, or without, heat.The Cayce readings recommend castor oil packs in general to improve assimilations, eliminations, and circulation (especially of the lymphatic system) and in particular to breakup adhesions of the lacteal glands. Although this therapy may seem unusual, it is one of the best documented. It was recommended, as part of a holistic approach, for epilepsy, gallstones, scleroderma, constipation (and other intestinal conditions)—just to name a few. How to Make the Pack Materials needed: castor oil (preferably cold pressed/processed), unbleached wool or cotton flannel (3-4 pieces or layers about 12" x 14" each), a 13-gallon trash bag (cut along the edges that seal it thus giving you two identical rectangular pieces), a standard or extra-large electric heating pad or hot water bottle, a large plastic sheet (such as an inexpensive shower curtain liner), an old sheet, paper towels, baking soda, and a wash cloth or sponge. The readings say that it is important to heat the pack1 before placing it on the body. The easiest way to do this is to put the flannel on top of the heating pad (the heating pad is first covered by one of the pieces of the 13-gallon trash bag) and turn the heat on. Saturate the flannel with castor oil (the first time the flannel is used, it will require a large amount of castor oil to saturate it.) This will warm up in about 15 minutes. Additional amounts of castor oil will need to be added to the pack before each use. Note, Heat is not recommended with active infections, bleeding, excessive gas or a recent injury (less than 48 hours old). Please do not heat the pack in a microwave oven. Note: This method is one of the most efficient ways of making a pack. The easier and neater it is, the more likely it will be used. Saturate the flannel, but not to dripping.Download Instructions for Castor Oil Packs (PDF) Where to Place the Pack The pack's placement depends on the issue being addressed. For general use (and in epilepsy), it should be placed over the liver on the right side of the body, extending, top to bottom, from about the sternum (breastbone) to about 4 inches below the navel or to the groin or pubic bone. From left to right, it extends at least from the navel, around the body as far as it will go, covering as much of the right side as possible. A larger pack, consisting of a king-size heating pad (12" x 24") and matching sized flannel, will cover the liver and abdominal area more easily and is highly recommended. Using the Pack If possible, use the pack in the evening, when you are best able to rest. This is an ideal time to pray, meditate, read spiritually uplifting material, or listen to relaxing music. Decide where in your home you will be doing the pack. Set it up so you will be comfortable, with a pillow under your head and another under your knees. Oil always drips from the pack so it is important to protect bedding, cushions, or pillows (some people prefer to use the pack undressed in order to avoid soiling their clothes). Here are the steps for a mess-free pack: Place the large piece of plastic over the area where you will be laying. Place an old sheet over the plastic. Take the second piece of the 13-gallon trash bag and position it across the sheet, under your lower back and beneath the area of your abdomen. Lie down on your back on the plastic bag. Place the saturated pack on your abdomen, with the oiled flannel against your skin and the plastic-covered heating pad on top. Adjust the heating pad control to the warmest setting you can tolerate comfortably. It should be very warm ("as hot as the body can stand"), but not so hot it burns you. And please note that it's easy to fall asleep with the pack in place so if you find that happening, be doubly careful of the temperature setting on your heating pad and lower it if necessary. With a sleeping child, you might want to shut it off completely and allow body heat to keep it warm. Keep the pack on for at least 1 to 1½ hours; this is one treatment where more may be better. It can even be used overnight. Abdominal binders/supports (available from a medical supply store) or a wide bodybuilder's midriff support with Velcro fasteners are useful in holding a pack in place if you wish to sleep with the pack. A large bath towel, folded lengthwise, placed around the entire torso and fastened with safety pins, can also be used. When You Are Finished Turn off the heating pad and put it aside. Take-off the pack with the trash bag and fold it in on itself and store it in a leak-proof container. Wipe off excess oil (keep paper towels near). Cleanse the skin with a solution containing a pint of warm water and a teaspoon of baking soda. Now is the best time for an abdominal and spinal massage if you are using the packs as a remedy for epilepsy. Persistence and consistency are called for with many chronic conditions. Use the pack for 3 days in a row. Then take a break for 4 days, and then repeat. This is a typical series of castor oil packs but other variations were given, too (4 days on with 3 days off, or 5 days on with 2 days off, every other day, etc.). The flannel pack can be used repeatedly and be kept in the refrigerator between usages, although this is usually not necessary as castor oil is very resistant to spoilage even at room temperature. Replace the pack only if it smells rancid or discolors from toxins being released from the body. If despite all precautions, oil gets on the bedding or clothing, launder with an extra amount of your usual detergent and a couple of cups of baking soda. After a Series of Packs On the evening of the final day, Mr. Cayce would generally suggest taking olive oil (not castor oil!) by mouth-typically up to two tablespoons. This was recommended especially for conditions of the gall bladder, liver, and colon. A good time to have a colonic is after a series of packs. For more information: A.R.E. Press books available at
  4. Natural alternatives to anti-inflammatory medication December 23, 2011 Source: Inflammation, swelling and pain commonly occurs in joints such as knees, ankles and the spine and in and around torn or strained muscles, ligaments and tendons. Inflammation, swelling and pain can occur when the body’s natural defences become activated by some sort of stimuli such as an infection, a soft tissue injury or joint or muscle imbalance. This defence mechanism acts to support the healing of the body, however if it becomes excessive or prolonged, it can cause pain and discomfort and impair or slow the recovery process. When we reduce the fluid in these areas, often we find that the pain is also reduced, and healing is increased. Osteopathy, massage and acupuncture can resolve a tissue, joint or muscle imbalance and assist in increasing circulation of fresh, healthy blood towards an area increasing drainage of unhealthy, toxic fluid away from the area. This increased nutrition and removal of toxins from the damaged tissue enhances the body’s natural healing response and speeds up recovery. There are other ways, as listed below and in a previous blog – Ice vs Heat, that you can support your body to heal faster, experience significantly reduced discomfort and therefore get you back on your feet and back to your best earlier. Lectric Soda & Epsom Salts Lectric Soda crystals (calcium carbonate and sodium chloride) are used to draw out excess fluid from tissues and joints to aid in the reduction of swelling, when caused by inflammation. This can be found in the supermarket, in the first aid area or in the washing powder area. Method- Place Letcric Soda crystals in a wrap of soft cotton, a handkerchief or stocking and apply to the inflamed area, approximately 1cm thick. Remove after 30 minutes, or preferably, leave overnight. Can be done every second day for persistent swelling. Epsom Salts (magnesium sulfate) is an effective way to increase magnesium levels in the body for those depleted or lacking adequate magnesium in the diet. In addition to reducing swelling, soaking in these salts can reduce muscle cramping, can calm the nervous system and draw toxins from the body. This can be found in some supermarkets. Method- Place 1 cup of Epsom Salts into a hot bath and soak for up to 30 minutes. You can add a few drops of a qualith essential oils such as Lavender for greater relaxation. Potato Poultice A poultice is a soft, moist mass of material, typically of plant material or flour, applied to the body to relieve soreness and inflammation. A poultice made of potato is a remedy that has been used for centuries to draw out impurities and reduce swelling and pain. Whilst there are several schools of thought on whether to use cooked or raw potato, our experience is that raw potato is the most effective. The fluid drawing power of the potato works in a similar way to the Lectric Soda. Method- Place grated or peeled potato on the skin of the affected area, cover the potato with chux or a tea towel and then wrap with plastic cling wrap. Remove after 30 minutes. This can be done daily in some cases.
  5. 3.8 Million People Displaced in African Country but Nobody Seems to Care August 30, 2017 Source Link: Written by Darius Shahtahmasebi (ANTIMEDIA Op-ed) As the media — and the governments central to mainstream narratives — flow in and out of a number of humanitarian-related stories, from Syria to North Korea to Venezuela, one of the largest humanitarian crises in the world right now continues to be ignored. According to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHR), the number of internally displaced people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has risen to 3.8 million – the highest number of displaced people in Africa. This has hardly received a headline. The U.N. published the statistic about the DRC on July 7, 2017, but one would be hard-pressed to find a mainstream media outlet that has covered it. The top Google searches bring up Al Jazeera and the Times of India, two non-Western outlets that published their stories on August 27, 2017, and August 29, 2017, respectively — well over a month after the U.N. report was published. At the time, the Washington Post made a passing mention of the statistic in its “World Digest” report for July 12, 2017, but that was essentially the only mainstream coverage this topic received, with few exceptions. Either way, this devastating tragedy has hardly been headline news. This underreporting is suspicious given the drastic rise in the number of displaced people in the region. According to a U.N. official, this figure of 3.8 million displaced people means the number of those displaced in the DRC has effectively doubled in a mere six month period. The latest violence is estimated to have killed over 3,000 people whose deaths were instigated over the killing of a tribal chieftain known as the Kamwina Nsapu, who rebelled against the country’s president. The Times of India also notes that at the same time, 500,000 refugees are arriving in the country amid further fighting in Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic. This conflict, widely regarded to be related to a struggle for control of DRC’s vast mineral supplies (used in our cell phones, for example), has resulted in the deaths of close to 6 million people since 1998. Think of it as the current Syrian conflict death toll occurring every year for almost twenty years straight. There are few surprises here, however, considering that in the 19th and early 20th centuries, Belgian King Leopold reportedly killed as many as 10 million people in the same region — “one of the greatest acts of mass murder in human history,” as the Guardian put it. Yet no one seems to bat an eye as a similar people continue to suffer and lose their lives.
  6. South Asia floods kill 1,200 and shut 1.8 million children out of school Hundreds dead in India, Nepal and Bangladesh, while millions have been forced from their homes and 18,000 schools shut down across the region Thursday 31 August 2017 Source: Link: https:/// Heavy monsoon rains have brought Mumbai to a halt for a second day as the worst floods to strike south Asia in years continued to exact a deadly toll. More than 1,200 people have died across India, Bangladesh and Nepal as a result of flooding, with 40 million affected by the devastation. At least six people, including two toddlers, were among the victims in and around India’s financial capital. The devastating floods have also destroyed or damaged 18,000 schools, meaning that about 1.8 million children cannot go to classes, Save the Children warned on Thursday. The charity said that hundreds of thousands of children could fall permanently out of the school system if education was not prioritised in relief efforts. Snip
  7. Cyclonic winds battering Australia’s east coast a ‘once in three year’ weather event AUGUST 18, 2017 Source Link: METEOROLOGISTS have said the wild winds battering the east coast are a “once in every three year” weather occurrence as gales, worse than what was forecast, smash in to Australia’s east coast. Two people have been injured in Sydney after a glass panel on an skyscraper in Barangaroo came crashing to the ground. Snip
  8. Update Sierra Leone Mudslide AUGUST 16, 2017 Source: RESCUE workers have uncovered nearly 400 bodies so far from a mudslide on the outskirts of Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown, its chief coroner Seneh Dumbuya told Reuters on Tuesday. He said that he expected at least 500 bodies to be uncovered as the search continues. Snip
  9. Sierra Leone mudslide: Hundreds killed in Freetown, including children, as hunt for survivors continues A DEADLY mudslide in Sierra Leone has killed at least 312 people including 60 kids as survivors were seen desperately trying to dig out loved ones. AUGUST 15, 2017 Source Link: Cross posted from 2013 and beyond.... Something Is Going On! as it always does