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Dylan Charles, Editor
Waking Times

“All the authentic drinkers of yagé in the Amazon that I have met share a great love for nature and all humanity, and they are outspoken protectors of the rainforest and the good way of all that is right.” ~Jonathon Miller Weisberger, Rainforest Medicine

By itself, ayahuasca as a transformational medicine offers us profound opportunities for spiritual awakening, physical renewal and reconnection to the most important aspects of life and nature. Journeying with the vine of souls is unlike anything else in this world, and while many have shared their personal stories of harrowing nights in ceremony, another chief aspect of this medicine tradition is less often discussed: the valuable lessons to be learned from time spent with traditional plant medicine masters.

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Sadly, true Amazonian medicine elders are a dying breed. To be in the presence of a genuine master is a treasured experience, and those of them still with us exemplify the virtues of living a life aligned with nature, devoted to spiritual development, and focused on the well-being of others.

I have been blessed with the good fortune of spending time with and learning directly from Secoya elders, who are the torch-bearers of a unique lineage of spiritual masters in the upper Amazon. Their tradition, that of Gods Multi-Colored People, as they know it, is the longest un-broken and non-syncretic tradition of working with the sacred brew Yagé, or Ayahuasca.

The attitude, demeanor, habits and character of these ‘abuelitos’ symbolize the simple purity and deep peace that may be found with dedication to this spiritual path. Reflecting on my time spent with the Secoya, I’ve realized that many of the best lessons come not when they are teaching, but when they are just being themselves.

Here are 9 simple rules for living, as learned from proper Yagé shaman of the Amazon.

1. Abundant laughter is the hallmark of spiritual achievement. Laugh first and laugh often.

2. All life is beautiful and priceless, and even the most pitiful or comical of creatures is infused with the sacred.

3. Always be productive in the service to others, and even if all you can offer is a smile, your positive contribution is important.

4. Love everyone equally, for we are all equal in spirit and life.

5. Silence is golden. Communicating without speaking is more penetrative than attempting to express the infinite with language.

6. It is in stillness you will find that which you seek. The ability to highly control one’s impulses is the key to spiritual advancement.

7. Gentleness is often more powerful than force.

8. Sincere dedication to spiritual development is the highest calling in life.

9. Follow nature instead of following man, for the lessons in nature are universally true and infinitely pure.

Secoya Elders: Don Delfin Payaguaje, Don Augustin Payaguaje, and Don Rogelio Payaguaje

Final Thoughts

“In the collision between the remoteness and purity of the rainforest realms and the crassness of consumer culture, the difference is so extreme that for the most part there has been no authentic or practical method for this medicine system as traditionally practiced to integrate and adapt to the changing times.’ ~Jonathon Miller Weisberger, Rainforest Medicine

As Ayahuasca continues to push its way ever further into the consciousness of contemporary society, the brew may be available for us to drink, but the presence of traditional elders is fading. The transmission of their priceless cultural knowledge is still happening today, however, and in honoring their presence there is much we can learn about how to live a good and productive life in harmonious balance with nature.

In the following video, ethnobotanist and conservationist Jonathon Miller-Weisberger explains some of the ways in which the Secoya tradition is so unique.

Read more articles by Dylan Charles.

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About the Author

Dylan Charles is a student and teacher of Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Qi Gong, a practitioner of Yoga and Taoist esoteric arts, and an activist and idealist passionately engaged in the struggle for a more sustainable and just world for future generations. He is the editor of WakingTimes.com, the proprietor of OffgridOutpost.com, a grateful father and a man who seeks to enlighten others with the power of inspiring information and action. His remarkable journey of self-transformation is a testament to the power of the will and the persistence of the human spirit. He may be contacted at wakingtimes@gmail.com.

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Heather Callaghan, Guest
Waking Times

Something is causing monarch butterflies to disappear at a dramatically higher rate in Western North America than in the Eastern regions of the U.S.

In the early 1990s, people in the Coastal areas of California noticed a disconcerting decline of the monarch. It turns out they were correct. While scientists have focused on the problems of butterflies in the Eastern region, a new study uses citizen science monitoring over the decades to see a dramatic decline at Western clusters.

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Cheryl Schultz, an associate professor at Washington State University Vancouver and lead author of a new study, said:

Western monarchs are faring worse than their eastern counterparts…

In the 1980s, 10 million monarchs spent the winter in coastal California. Today there are barely 300,000.

And it’s not just that there are fewer monarch butterflies then there were decades ago…

[The study] also tells us that, if things stay the same, western monarchs probably won’t be around as we know them in another 35 years.

What Schultz is emphasizing is that if something isn’t done right now to stop the decline, butterflies as we know them won’t be around for our children. Current trends indicate an extinction risk of 72% in 20 years and 86% in 50 years, according to their analysis.

Emma Pelton, endangered species conservation biologist at the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and co-author of the study, said:

Scientists, policy makers and the public have been focused on the dramatic declines in the well-known eastern population, yet this study reveals that western monarchs are even more at risk of extinction.

We will need significant conservation action to save monarch butterflies in the West.

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Washington State University reports:

Like eastern monarchs, which overwinter in Mexico, western monarchs have a spectacular migration. They overwinter in forested groves along coastal California, then fan out in the spring to lay their eggs on milkweed and drink nectar from flowers in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Utah. They return to their coastal overwintering sites in the fall.

What has disrupted this part of their life cycle?

Since the trend started three decades ago, the scientists surmise that the modification of habitat and increasing pesticide use are likely culprits. Even the USDA scrutinizes pesticides for killing off butterfly populations. It wouldn’t be a true environmental study without also pointing fingers at climate change. However, they admit that we don’t really know what’s going on.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which funded the study, is now considering whether to list the monarch butterfly as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.


The research concludes that to get populations back up, “managers could target historic abundance and high enough growth rates to avoid near-term extinction.”

With hope, there will be souls out there to help replenish populations or else will we have to contend with Robo Butterflies, too?

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About the Author

Heather Callaghan is an independent researcher, writer, speaker and food freedom activist. She is the Editor and co-founder of NaturalBlaze as well as a certified Self-Referencing IITM Practitioner.

This article (Government Considers Adding Monarch Butterflies to the Endangered Species List) was originally created and published by Natural Blaze and is re-posted here with permission. 

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Technicians who put their lives on the line by working on tall towers in remote locations need more than just top-quality safety gear and information about how to use it. They also need a plan for what happens if the unthinkable occurs.

With much higher volume manufacturing, prices for solar panels have come down tremendously over the past 20 years — from about $1,000 each to less than $200. But solar panels are still very time consuming to install on a roof in a way that will last 25+ years without leaks. The majority of this rooftop work is on the flashings, roof hooks, and special roof mount components.

A new solar collector is starting a trend when it comes to concentrating solar power (CSP) technology. For the first time ever, “ganged heliostats” could be a viable option for new CSP systems.

On Tuesday, September 17 at Yale University, Leonardo DiCaprio announced that his foundation was providing $20M in a portfolio of grants to more than 100 organizations working to preserve habitats, defend indigenous rights and support innovative grassroots efforts aimed at combatting climate change and solving complex environmental issues. 

Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer
Waking Times

Fluoridating municipal water supplies is akin to medicating someone without their consent, and is an abuse of human rights. The practice of fluoridation is justified as a necessary public health intervention to combat tooth decay, even thought the known dangers of fluoridation far exceed the potential benefit.

The notion that drinking fluoridated water decreases IQ in children is backed up by a number of studies and testimony by people at the highest levels of public health. In 2012, a major Harvard study found that public water fluoridation poses a risk to the developing intelligence of children, essentially lowering the IQ of those in communities with public water fluoridation.

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A study published in December of 2016 by the International Society of fluoride Research in New Zealand, entitled, Developmental neurotoxicity of fluoride: a quantitative risk analysis 379 towards establishing a safe daily dose of fluoride for children, concluded that lowered IQ is indeed a risk for children whom consume uncontrollable dosages of fluoride in public water supplies.

Now, another report has been issued, warning expecting mothers that fluoride exposure in utero is linked to lower IQ in children.

“The study, published Tuesday in Environmental Health Perspectives, found an association between lower intelligence and prenatal fluoride exposure in 299 mother-child pairs in Mexico. The team measured fluoride levels from mothers via urine samples and followed up on their children until they were between 6 and 12 years old. Even when other possible factors were taken into account, such as exposure to other chemicals, results continually showed that higher prenatal fluoride exposure was linked to lower scores on tests of cognitive function in children at age 4 and then again between 6 and 12.” [Source]

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The major premise of this study is that babies in utero are much more sensitive to fluoride than children,

“Childhood exposure to fluoride is safer than prenatal. There is pretty good science now to support the fact that the fetal system tends to be more sensitive to environmental toxicants than once the child is born.” ~Howard Hu, founding dean of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto

When you look at fluoridation as medication, which it is, and not just as a food additive, it makes sense that the tiniest and most underdeveloped of us would be more sensitive, for medicines are typically administered in doses proportional to a patient’s weight.

It is known that fluoride exposure can disrupt proper thyroid function and inhibited the endocrine system, which are necessary for proper brain development, indicating a possible relationship between in utero exposure and the development of young children.

This study is being rejected by the American Dental Association, one of the main bodies in America lobbying for continued fluoridation.

The American Dental Association said the study’s findings “are not applicable to the U.S. The ADA continues to endorse fluoridation of public water as the most effective public health measure to prevent tooth decay.” [Source]

READ: 18 Scientifically Validated Reasons to End Public Water Fluoridation Final Thoughts

Not so with water fluoridation, however, in which everyone, big or small, consumes the same ratio of fluoride to water, meaning that anyone who drinks more water will have greater exposure. This is the primary reason why water fluoridation needs to end immediately, there is no way to control individual dosage when it is mass-distributed in public water supplies. Furthermore, there is no practical way to opt out, should someone wish to make their own decision about their dental health and the consumption of the toxic chemical, fluoride.

Read more articles by Alex Pietrowski.

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About the Author

Alex Pietrowski is an artist and writer concerned with preserving good health and the basic freedom to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. He is a staff writer for WakingTimes.com. Alex is an avid student of Yoga and life.

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Finding our truth and living it is no easy feat, especially when we continue to allow the confines of this world to dictate how we’re supposed to live. But it is possible, and there are many of us who walk this Earth who’ve proven that. We all have our own personal stories about the moment we awakened and the many moments following that continued to solidify our beliefs in united consciousness.

The more of us who choose to live our full potential, the more we actually inspire others to do the same and thereby uplift the collective consciousness. One example of this is the story of Attila Akat.

Attila grew up in Germany and moved to the U.S. at the age of 14. He met his wife Alexandra in Holland in 1991 and married her in 1996. In 1991 he found himself excelling in his job and was quickly moving up the corporate ladder, eventually becoming the Senior Vice President of Delhaize America, a large retailer on the East coast.

What prompted Attila’s spiritual awakening was his first taste of the plant medicine brew Ayahuasca, which he took in the Santo Daime in Amsterdam in 2008. Ayahuasca has been a catalyst for many people searching for their true meaning in life. Attila continued to journey with Ayahuasca for the next year and slowly found himself discovering what his true path in life was meant to be. It wasn’t to stand at the top of the corporate ladder with a large salary and luxury car, but to serve others. It wouldn’t be for a couple of years until Attila truly took the leap out of the corporate world, moving from fear into love and discovering his inner authentic truth:

I am committed to my soul; to feel all my feelings with pure honesty, to choose Life and Love over security and power, to leap from the safety of the bank into the middle of the fast-flowing river, to realize the amazing power of the Courageous Lion-Hearted Love of awakening. This love has the power to bloom for us to help us achieve anything we aspire. Thoughts manifest creation, and by giving all, you will receive all… more than you could possibly imagine.

The Sanctuary

Attila’s wife Alexandria was also on her own spiritual journey and together, they shed their corporate identities to establish a healing retreat in Portugal called The Sanctuary, where they hold sacred plant medicine ceremonies in their tipi and yurt — a dream they envisioned for years that they are now finally living.

The Sanctuary retreat is located the Beira Alta province, nestled between the rivers Mondego and Alva. The fully renovated farmhouse was built in the 1860s and converted into a bed and breakfast in the 1990s. From your window you can see the magnificent Serra de Estrela Mountains. The farmhouse is situated on 18 acres (seven hectares) and surrounded by bountiful olive trees, organic fig, plum, apple, and lemon trees, a large wooded area, and a beautiful creek with three waterfalls. The property has four wells that provide amazingly pure drinking water.

The Ayahuasca ceremonies are held in yurt, a Mongolian tent.

The yurt holds an amazing healing and nurturing energy and is a beautiful sacred space for your journey.

Here, you dive deep into the shallows and depths of the person you are. Theres no hiding behind a mask, or pretending to be someone you’re not. It’s you and your naked, bare being. The rawness of it all. The purity of life that you have always craved. That is what you experience here.

At The Sanctuary you will find a number of services available, including breathwork, Ayahuasca, and even Kambo, a purgative and immunity-boosting medicine derived from frog secretions.

You can choose between two retreats.

The ‘Sanctuary Retreat‘ is a three-night retreat that includes two Ayahuasca ceremonies. This retreat allows you to deepen your time with yourself and your soul’s journey and will prepare you with meditation and breathwork to ground and cleanse the body. Alexandra and Attila prepare delicious vegetarian meals according to the dieta that will nourish the physical body. They only take a small group of about seven to eight people, which ensures guests receive a lot of individual attention and nurturing throughout the retreat.

The second retreat is the ‘Immersion Retreat,’ which lasts for seven nights and includes three Ayahuasca ceremonies. This eight-day inner journey is a deep dive to find your inner truth and the next steps toward achieving peace, harmony, self forgiveness, and self love. It will help you to understand that you are a co-creator. In this retreat you will be immersed in silence to further facilitate healing and reconnection to yourself. They also have sharing circles throughout the eight days.

The ceremonies are also held in their amazing newly built yurt.

Here is a message from Rebecca Akat, Alexandra and Attila’s daughter, about what to expect when entering the yurt:

Enter the yurt. Enter yourself. Enter another dimension. Enter the door to the answers you have been looking for. Drink the elixir of honesty. A journey has begun so brutal but so beautiful, you will forget you ever wanted a 6 digit salary or a luxurious car. You will forget that time ever had such an effect on you and that the person you despise is actually a reflection of yourself. Your fears will transform into your strengths. Your sadness will surrender. Reflection will happen. Understanding will take place. Compassion and love will become your essence. You will encounter your soul whispering your purpose into your ears, and your heart jumping of joy for the reclaimed truth. You will meet the shadow parts of yourself only to realise it is what you need to become the light. Ayahuasca will bring you healing. It will bring you back to your purest being. Your roots. Your home.

Step out of the yurt. Look at the stars. Feel at home. This is where you are from. Look at your hands. Feel the stardust flowing through them. Understand we are all the same. We are one. Normality is not part of your world anymore. You have flown far away from it. The journey is over. But your next step has just begun. You walk firm. You walk grounded. You walk free. You are you. It is time to create that path with those flowers you have longed for so long. Forget about the concrete and asphalt. Forget about the factory we have been dragged through to fit the system. You are out. You are now dancing with the feeling of wholeness, under galaxies of possibilities and love that consumes every part of you. It is time to go dive into the world, head first. The water might be cold, but you knew that all along. Dive anyways.

Attila and Alexandra welcome anyone who desires to learn more about their purpose here on Earth. They would love to help guide you in discovering your true potential.

If you’d like to learn more about their next retreat, please visit www.thesanctuary1860.com.


There will be a New Moon in Virgo on September 20, 2017. This is the beginning of a new wave of energy influencing the upcoming month, yet the astrological configurations at this time will have a stronger influence over the following two weeks.

On September 18, less then a day before this New Moon, Mercury finished travelling in the part of the zodiac it occupied during its previous retrograde. These last few weeks (since Sept 5) are known as Mercury’s ‘post-shadow’ period, as there has been more of a forward momentum in response to what transpired during the retrograde and in the aftermath leading up to this New Moon on the 19th.

However, Mercury has also been progressing toward an opposition with Neptune until the 18th/19th, which synchronistically aligned with the end of the post shadow period and transition to a New Moon cycle. In some cases this could still have made the forward momentum of the ‘post shadow’ period a bit confusing or perhaps related it to escapism or deceiving behaviour. However, in some cases, Neptune here along with other planetary configurations could also indicate spiritual healing or awareness that could influence the way we think.

Pluto in Capricorn is currently almost stationary, as it is finishing up its retrograde that started on April 20. It will begin to move forward again on September 28. During the weeks leading up to and following this date (the 28th), Plutonian themes may be surfacing more strongly.

It could be related to power, transformation, death and rebirth, control, hidden matters, secrets, sex, or even money and business. For some people this can be an empowering time, especially for those born in the early 1980s (primarily 1981-1982) or the mid-1960s and mid-late 1950s.

Some of the themes and developments that have occurred between September 17th-19th could be related to what the previous Solar Eclipse in Leo indicated for your personal evolution now and over the coming months. Venus in Leo was at the same spot of the eclipse, triggering it with themes of love, fun, friendships, creativity, and values, along with money in some cases.

New Moon in Virgo in a T-Square With Chiron and Saturn, Three Planets Also in Virgo

Virgo is the sign of health, work, service, routine, lifestyle, details, purity, cleanliness, organization, and pets. Developments related to these themes could already be playing out, but we are moving into a period of increased momentum and clarity and therefore we may be stepping it up or expressing and experiencing these energies even more. Although Virgo season is almost over and we will move into Libra season soon, Venus, Mars, and Mercury will still be travelling in Virgo which is also putting extra emphasis on this sign and its energies.

This New Moon is tightly separating from an opposition to Chiron. This could either indicate challenges with our personal wounds/blockages or it could represent healing and empowerment when also considering Pluto’s transition to forward motion. In many cases this could have occurred in the week and days leading up to this New Moon.

Those who have been experiencing this energy in a challenging way may feel a tug of war between Virgo energy and Chiron in Pisces. This could manifest as Virgo related circumstances and themes (mentioned above) at odds with our blockages and self-imposed inadequacies. Saturn is in a loose square with this opposition, as it was with the previous Full Moon in Pisces. This could emphasize tension pushing us to be more committed, responsible, or realistic, or to have more discipline in overcoming the challenge of this opposition.

Jupiter in Libra Finishing Opposition With Uranus in Aries

Jupiter is finishing off its opposition with Uranus over the next few weeks and it will be strongest around Sept 25th – 30th. This energy started in December and was strong throughout the winter and gradually started to increase again over last six weeks. Jupiter in Libra represents one side that wants to expand in relationships, partnerships, diplomacy, balance, fairness, and equality. It could even be related to those we consult with.

If expressed in a challenging way, Uranus in Aries could disrupt this through surprising/sudden circumstances, and could perhaps bring separations. In some cases it could be some sort of rebellion against other Libra themes mentioned. Alternatively, some people can experience these two forces in a more harmonious way that can be integrating instead of opposing. This could bring expansive breakthroughs, big surprises, freedom, new or revolutionary experiences, or over-excitement, which may be connected to the Jupiter in Libra themes mentioned above.

This opposition is forming quincunx and semi-sextile configurations with the New Moon and Chiron. This could suggest that, however this manifests for you, it may require some adjustments for you to be able to integrate this energy with how you manage your life, work, dealing with blockages, or other Virgo and Chiron related areas mentioned above.

Making Intentions and Things to Consider

What can you do to make your life or work operate more smoothly, organized, and efficient? What lifestyle changes do you need to make to be more healthy and/or overcome blockages and wounds? What have you learned about your personal power and how should you proceed based on this? Also think about anything else that the universe has been showing you over the last few weeks and consider what needs to be done based on this.

The exact time of this New Moon occurred at 5:30am Universal Time on September 20. It is best to make your intentions with the first 24 hours following the New Moon, as close to it as possible. You can click here to see what the exact time was for your time zone.

Looking for more insight on how this period is affecting you? Or perhaps looking to better understand your life and its potentials? Get a personalized astrology reading with Carmen (author of this article) specific to you based on your exact birth date, time, and location. Click here for more information or to order. You can also FOLLOW ME on Instagram for more astrology related content.

Sometimes, there is absolutely nothing to say.  Having a quiet mind can be a gift to those who understand the benefits.  For those that do not; it can be torturous.  Without the inner chatter, you will begin to hear The Universe and what it has to say to you more clearly.  Today, take some time, quiet the inner chatter and listen to the whispers.  Beauty awaits. ~ Creator



Industrial lithium-ion energy storage provider PBES last week said it has signed a partnership agreement with Norwegian Solar AS for the supply of containerized storage solutions for deployment in the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

Industrial lithium-ion energy storage provider PBES last week said it has signed a partnership agreement with Norwegian Solar AS for the supply of containerized storage solutions for deployment in the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

The connection between human consciousness, or factors associated with human consciousness such as intention, thoughts, feelings, and emotions, and the physical realm is fascinating. This is precisely why nearly all of the founding fathers of quantum physics were so preoccupied with learning more about consciousness, and “non-material” science in general. The theoretical physicist who originated quantum theory, Max Planck, for instance, regarded “consciousness as fundamental” and matter as “derivative from consciousness.” Eugene Wigner, another famous theoretical physicist and mathematician, also emphasized how “it was not possible to formulate the laws of quantum mechanics in a fully consistent way without reference to consciousness.”

Fast forward to today, and we now have strong empirical evidence showing that the mind does indeed influence matter, both at the subatomic quantum scale, and at scales consistent with classical physics. Although many mainstream physicists would disagree, many wouldn’t, and don’t.

The classic example to illustrate how factors associated with consciousness are directly linked with the physical world comes from the “double slit experiment.” A paper published in the peer-reviewed journal Physics Essays by Dean Radin, PhD, explains how this experiment has been used multiple times to explore the role of consciousness in shaping the nature of physical reality.

The paper showed that meditators were able to collapse quantum systems at a distance through intention alone.

The meditators were the “observer” in this case.

In fact, as Radin points out in his lecture, a “5 sigma” result was able to give CERN the Nobel Prize in 2013 for finding the Higgs particle (which turned out not to be Higgs after all). In this study, they also received a 5 sigma result when testing meditators against non-meditators in collapsing the quantum wave function. This means that mental activity, the human mind,  attention, and intention, which are a few labels under the umbrella of consciousness, compelled physical matter to act in a certain way.

“Observations not only disturb what has to be measured, they produce it. . . . We compel [the electron] to assume a definite position. . . . We ourselves produce the results of the measurement.”

Radin’s work is a great place to start if you’re curious about this, and probably one of the most well-researched and knowledgable scientists in the field.

He’s published two groundbreaking books that deal with this phenomenon, something Einstein referred to as “spooky action at a distance.” Action at a distance is the idea that physical systems can be moved, changed, or influenced without being physically touched by anything else. It refers to the nonlocal interaction of objects that are separated in space. See his works:

The Conscious University: The Scientific Truth of Psychic Phenomena 

Entangled Minds: Extrasensory Experiences in a Quantum Reality

In fact, quantum entanglement was just achieved in space, as illustrated by a fairly recent study published in the journal Science that showed how scientists were able to produce entangled photons on a satellite orbiting 300 miles above the planet. They beamed the particles into two different ground-based labs that were 750 miles apart, all without losing the particles’ strange linkage. You can read more about that here.

For a selected list of downloadable peer-reviewed journal articles reporting studies of psychic phenomena, mostly published in the 21st century, you can click here.

“Despite the unrivaled empirical success of quantum theory, the very suggestion that it may be literally true as a description of nature is still greeted with cynicism, incomprehension and even anger.” 

– (T. Folger, “Quantum Shmantum”; Discover 22:37-43, 2001)

The truth is, the current scientific worldview is heavily predicated on assumptions that are associated with classical physics, assumptions that have turned into scientific dogma, despite the fact that, at the end of the nineteenth century, physicists discovered empirical phenomena that could not be explained by classical physics. This led to the development, during the 1920s and early 1930s, of a revolutionary new branch of physics called quantum mechanics (QM).

“QM has questioned the material foundations of the world by showing that atoms and subatomic particles are not really solid objects—they do not exist with certainty at definite spatial locations and definite times. Most importantly, QM explicitly introduced the mind into its basic conceptual structure since it was found that particles being observed and the observer—the physicist and the method used for observation—are linked. According to one interpretation of QM, this phenomenon implies that the consciousness of the observer is vital to the existence of the physical events being observed, and that mental events can affect the physical world. The results of recent experiments support this interpretation. These results suggest that the physical world is no longer the primary or sole component of reality, and that it cannot be fully understood without making reference to the mind.”

–  From the Manifesto For a Post-Materialist Science

It’s Not Just at the Quantum Scale Where We See Mind/Matter Interaction

The Manifesto linked above also says:

Studies of the so-called “psi phenomena” indicate that we can sometimes receive meaningful information without the use of ordinary senses, and in ways that transcend the habitual space and time constraints. Furthermore, psi research demonstrates that we can mentally influence—at a distance—physical devices and living organisms (including other human beings). Psi research also shows that distant minds may behave in ways that are nonlocally correlated, i.e. the correlations between distant minds are hypothesized to be unmediated (they are not linked to any known energetic signal), unmitigated (they do not degrade with increasing distance), and immediate (they appear to be simultaneous). These events are so common that they cannot be viewed as anomalous nor as exceptions to natural laws, but as indications of the need for a broader explanatory framework that cannot be predicated exclusively on materialism.

As an avid researcher of non-material science, I find it odd that these phenomena are still so heavily ridiculed, yet have been studied and demonstrated at the highest levels of government, with successful results, for decades.


Physicist Russel Targ, the co-founder of a 23-year long government research program known as Stargate, recently gave a TED talk called “Everything I Know About ESP,” which was then cancelled.

Stargate included successful examples of telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, remote viewing, and more. As the research points out:

To summarize, over the years the back-and-forth criticism of protocols, refinement of methods, and successful replication of this type of remote viewing in independent laboratories (Bisaha & Dunne, 1979; Dunne & Bisaha, 1979; Jahn, 1982; and Jahn & Dunne, 1986), has yielded considerable scientific evidence for the reality of the phenomenon. Adding to the strength of these results was the discovery that a growing number of individuals could be found to demonstrate high-quality remote viewing, often to their own surprise, such as the talented Hella Hammid.

Individuals were able to identify objects in hidden locations in great distances, and there are several examples in the declassified literature.

Declassified documents also show that that the CIA kept tabs on other country’s developments with regards to individuals who could work with or break the mind/matter barrier. This document, titled “Research into Paranormal Ability To Break Through Spatial Barriers” is one such example.

It states, “A total of 50 experiments in the ability to break through of spatial obstacles were conducted. . . . Of the 50 experiments, 25 were successful, 17 were videotaped and high speed photography were used in 6,” and goes into more detail about these individuals.

The point is, there are no shortage of individuals who are able to do this, as well as mainstream scientific examinations under strict protocols where mind has been shown to influence matter at all levels, not just the quantum level.

This is precisely why the American Institutes for Research concluded:

The statistical results of the studies examined are far beyond what is expected by chance. Arguments that these results could be due to methodological flaws in the experiments are soundly refuted. Effects of similar magnitude to those found in government-sponsored research at SRI and SAIC have been replicated at a number of laboratories across the world. Such consistency cannot be readily explained by claims of flaws or fraud.

Even as far back as 1985, a report prepared by the Army Research Institute disclosed that “the data reviewed in this report constitute genuine scientific anomalies for which no one has an adequate explanation for.”

Another “proof,” for lack of a better term, is the mind-body connection.  The results in this area are just as strong as those in the “hard sciences.”

In 1999, a statistics professor at UC Irvine published a paper showing that parapsychological experiments have produced much stronger results than those showing a daily dose of aspirin helps prevent a heart attack.

The placebo effect is another great example. As reported in Scientific American:

As neuroscientist Fabrizio Benedetti, one of the pioneers of placebo research, puts it, there isn’t just one placebo effect but many. Placebo painkillers can trigger the release of natural pain-relieving chemicals called endorphins. Patients with Parkinson’s disease respond to placebos with a flood of dopamine. Fake oxygen, given to someone at altitude, has been shown to cut levels of neurotransmitters called prostaglandins (which dilate blood vessels, among other things, and are responsible for many of the symptoms of altitude sickness).

The effectiveness of placebo has been proven time and time again, such as this Baylor School of Medicine study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2002. It looked at surgery for patients with severe and debilitating knee pain. Many surgeons know there is no placebo effect in surgery, or so most of them believe. The patients were divided into three groups. The surgeons shaved the damaged cartilage in the knee of one group. For the second group they flushed out the knee joint, removing all of the material believed to be causing inflammation. Both of these processes are the standard surgeries for people who have severely arthritic knees. The third group received a “fake” surgery; the patients were only sedated and tricked into believing they had had the knee surgery. Doctors simply made the incisions and splashed salt water on the knee as they would in normal surgery. They then sewed up the incisions like the real thing and the process was complete. All three then groups went through the same rehab process, with astonishing results: The placebo group improved just as much as the other two groups who had surgery.

You can read more about the mind-body connection in this CE article:

This Is How Powerful The Mind-Body Connection Really Is

As you can see, the link between the human mind and quantum physics is quite strong.

First, time should be forgotten completely. If you want to enter meditation time should not be of concern to you. If you are in a hurry then nothing is possible, and this has become a most deeply rooted problem for the modern man. The West has made people too time-conscious, not knowing where they are going, but speeding to get there because time is short.

I have heard: Once a pilot communicated on the intercom to his passengers: It seems everything has gone wrong: the radar is not functioning, the radio is out of order, even the compass has ceased to function; but don't be worried, we are keeping the same speed.

But this is what is happening to the modern mind: everything is out of order except speed. Where are you going? For what are you going? Of course, you are going fast, but you are going so fast that you have no time to look at where you are going and why you are going there.


God said:

Sometimes, you drag your feet, and you are not exactly a willing Partner with Me. Beneath your intellect, however, lies your Heart of Gold. Do not kid yourself. You hold My Heart in yours. There are no ifs, ands, or buts. Even when you may be blindfolded, I know undeniably Who You are. There is too much you don’t see and don’t know. You brush off new ways of thinking as you would a piece of lint. Amazing, isn’t it, how you have the ability to fluff off awareness and delete your Self?

Think of My Heart as a Golden Sun. From the Light of My Rays, your Light shines. Of course, you are My Radiance. You are a Reflection of Me. And, in Truth, beyond that, nothing else exists but the One of Us.

I, Who created you, I ride with you. I, Who ride with you, am a Facet of you. You are My Diamond, and We, you and I, ride High.

If you have not yet already realized this, you certainly will. It is My Will that you will. You are My Will. I am in your DNA. I, the Creator, created you from the Throb of My Heart. You exist in the Beat of My Heart.


Year after year, more and more people are becoming aware of the harmful effects fluoride can have on the human body. Fluoride has been a known neurotoxin for a long time, but the government claims it benefits our teeth.

In reality, it’s not even known to actually prevent the buildup of harmful oral bacteria; however, it is known to be toxic, with long-term ingestion linked to brainheart, and bone issues. Fluoride is also an endocrine disruptor, and can affect your thyroid gland, pineal gland, and blood sugar levels.

Many universities and established scientific publications have gathered data on the health risks associated with fluoride. For example, a 2014 study conducted by Harvard School of Public Health and Icahn School of Medicine studied the effects of certain developmental neurotoxicants, including fluoride.

The researchers stated that children exposed to fluoride in drinking water showed “an average IQ decrement of about seven points in children exposed to raised fluoride concentrations.”

Well, another groundbreaking study was just published on Tuesday in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, further supporting that fluoride exposure can cause a reduction in IQ levels. However, this study was conducted in Mexico, where there is no fluoride added to drinking water (though there is some naturally occurring), meaning that much of the fluoride children are exposed to comes from sources outside of water.

Can you imagine how much fluoride we’re exposed to, given that it’s added to most of the drinking water all over North America and it’s in our conventional toothpaste brands, too?

Study Illustrates How Fluoride Exposure Can Affect IQ Levels

The study involved approximately 300 sets of mothers and their children in Mexico. The researchers evaluated children on their cognitive development twice over a period of 12 years. To be clear, fluoride isn’t actually added to the public water system in Mexico, but children are still exposed to fluoride through toothpaste, naturally-occurring fluoride, supplements, and fluoridated salt, among other sources.

The researchers measured fluoride through urine analysis. The results showed a decrease in intelligence test scores for every 0.5 milligram-per-liter rise in fluoride exposure beyond 0.8 milligrams per liter found in urine. The researchers noted that fluoride exposure in utero was especially influential on IQ.

The study results read:

In this study, higher levels of maternal urinary fluoride during pregnancy (a proxy for prenatal fluoride exposure) that are in the range of levels of exposure in other general population samples of pregnant women as well as nonpregnant adults were associated with lower scores on tests of cognitive function in the offspring at 4 and 6–12 y old.

The average woman actually had 0.9 milligrams per liter of fluoride in their urine, meaning that many children were affected. Yet these levels are relatively low compared to in places where fluoride is added to the drinking water, milk, salt, and dental products. Can you imagine the effect this would have on children’s cognitive development?

Though there are other studies that have proven the link between decreased IQ and increased fluoride exposure, this is one of the first studies to detect a correlation between high fluoride exposure and lower IQ scores in utero.

The researchers reiterate the fact that fluoride needs to be further studied rather than just blindly added to products, stating: “Our findings, combined with evidence from existing animal and human studies, reinforce the need for additional research on potential adverse effects of fluoride, particularly in pregnant women and children.”

For more information in fluoride, check out the following CE articles:

The EPA Is Being Pressured To Prohibit The Addition of Fluoride Into Public Drinking Water

What Exactly Are We Drinking? Here’s Where The ‘Fluoride’ In Your Tap Water Really Comes From

Fluoride Still Officially Classified As A Dangerous Neurotoxin In Prestigious Medical Journal: Why Is It Still In Our Water?

4 Ways to Detox the Neurotoxin Fluoride From Your Body

Your Mouth Is A Window Into Your Health: Dental Industry Scams & How To Detox Your Mouth

Final Thoughts 

All of this information isn’t meant to scare you, but rather empower you! There are options to detoxify from fluoride as well as ways to avoid it. You can start by looking at some all-natural toothpaste options that are fluoride-free (I like Green Beaver), or even purchase a filter that removes fluoride from your drinking water (like a Berkey)!

What’s exciting is that this information is becoming more mainstream and accepted throughout society. Even CNN covered a story on the study discussed in this article! There used to be this nervous haze surrounding the topic of fluoride — it was sort of the “elephant in the room” — but now it’s part of an important discussion being had by scientists and concerned community members alike.

The CDC has just published a seismic study (Donahue et al. 2017 Vaccine 35:5314) linking spontaneous abortions in women to flu vaccines.  The study reviewed data for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 flu seasons.  Women vaccinated with the inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV) in the 2010-2011 season were 3.7 times more likely to experience a spontaneous abortion within 28 days than women not receiving the vaccine.  Over the entire study period (2010 to 2012), the odds for a spontaneous abortion for vaccinated women were 2.0 times greater than for those women not receiving the flu vaccine.  Both figures showed a statistically significant increase in miscarriages when women received their flu shot.  Most alarmingly, in women who received the H1N1 vaccine in the previous flu season, the odds of spontaneous abortion in the 28 days after receiving a flu vaccine was 7.7 times greater.

The vast majority of these flu vaccines were multi-dose formulations, containing 25 micrograms of mercury via the preservative thimerosal.  In those years, out of approximately 150 million flu shots given in the U.S. annually, less than 50 million or 34% of those vaccines available for pregnant women were thimerosal-free.

For many years, health officials have warned pregnant women to avoid eating mercury-containing tuna. And, even before this latest study, some government scientists were questioning the wisdom of pressuring women to receive mercury-laden flu shots in any trimester of pregnancy.  National Toxicology Program Deputy Director, Dr. George Lucier, said “The developing fetus should NEVER be exposed to any amount of mercury, period!”  In the words of senior CDC epidemiologist, Dr. William Thompson, “So I don’t know why they still give it [the flu shot] to pregnant women, like that’s the last person I would give mercury to.”

…vaccine manufacturers acknowledge that flu vaccines have never been shown to be safe for pregnant women.

CDC officially claims that thimerosal is the “safe” mercury because it is purportedly excreted quickly from the body.  CDC bases this claim solely on its misinterpretation of data from a poorly designed study conducted in the early 2000s by an industry insider, Dr. Michael Pichichero. Subsequent studies have proven that the ethylmercury in thimerosal is actually far more persistent in organs than the methylmercury in fish (Burbacher et al. 2005 Environ Health Perspect. 113:1015) (Rodrigues et al. Arch Toxicol. 2010 84:891).  In flu shot package inserts, vaccine manufacturers acknowledge that flu vaccines have never been shown to be safe for pregnant women. In fact, overwhelming science shows clearly that this preservative is neurotoxic and deadly and that it may be particularly dangerous to the fetus during pregnancy.  When given to pregnant women, mercury transports specifically to the placenta and into the fetus, which does not have any mechanism for detoxification (Ablesohn et al. 2011 Canadian Family Physician 57:26).  In fact, it has been shown that mercury levels in cord blood are on average 70% higher than those in maternal blood (Stern et al. 2003 Environ Health Perspect. 111:1465).

During this time period, pregnant women who received both shots were typically exposed to 50 micrograms of mercury via thimerosal.

The new study confirms the findings of a previous study by Goldman (2013 Hum Exp Toxicol 32:464).  Using CDC’s VAERS database, Goldman showed a similar uptick in spontaneous abortions due to the flu shot, specifically during the time when pregnant women were receiving both the seasonal flu shot and the pandemic H1N1 flu shot.  In fact, the rate of miscarriages increased 11-fold in 2009 when the H1N1 vaccine was added to the recommended schedule.  During this time period, pregnant women who received both shots were typically exposed to 50 micrograms of mercury via thimerosal.

The maternal flu shot, given specifically in the first trimester of pregnancy, has also recently been implicated in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in a paper by Zerbo et al.(2017 JAMA Pediatrics 171: e163609) from insurance giant Northern California Kaiser Permanente.  Kaiser’s data showed that those women who received the seasonal flu vaccine (between 2000 and 2010, when the majority of vaccines distributed contained thimerosal) were 25% more likely to give birth to a child who would later be diagnosed with ASD.  This result was also statistically significant. See this interview from a mother describing her miscarriage immediately following a flu shot.  The aborted child’s twin was born with severe autism.

Thimerosal exposure has previously also been associated with birth defects (Heinonen et al. 1977 Birth Defects and Drugs During Pregnancy, Publishing Sciences Group, Littleton, MA), tics (Thompson et al. 2007 NEJM 357:1281), speech and language delays (Andrews et al. 2004 Pediatrics 114:584, Verstraeten et al. 2003 Pediatrics 112:1039), among many other developmental disorders.  My book, Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak, details over 400 studies on the toxic effects of thimerosal.  Given all of this evidence, it is now past time to completely protect our children and pregnant mothers from this potent neurotoxin.

Accumulating research indicates that flu vaccines, perhaps even those without thimerosal, administered during pregnancy, can induce an inflammatory response in the mother and potentially cause harm to the fetal brain during critical windows of neurodevelopment, including harm associated with autism.

. . . found that elevations in CRP, the same marker of inflammation that increases after flu vaccination, are associated with a 43% greater risk of having a child with autism.

study by Christian, in 2011, found an increase in two inflammatory markers, C reactive protein (CRP) and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-a) in pregnant women given a seasonal flu vaccine. Increases in these inflammatory compounds indicate a significant level of inflammation, which was identified during the first two days following vaccination. It is unclear from this study how many of these flu shots contained mercury, but there is good reason to be alarmed by these findings.  A 2014 study by Alan Brown, M.D. and his colleagues of over 1.2 million pregnant women found that elevations in CRP, the same marker of inflammation that increases after flu vaccination, are associated with a 43% greater risk of having a child with autism.  An earlier study by Lisa Christian, Ph.D. and her colleagues found that pregnant women suffering from depression developed a more marked inflammatory response to influenza vaccines than women who did not have symptoms of depression. Researchers found that depression during pregnancy has also been associated with an increased risk of autism.

The CDC’s current recommendation that all pregnant women receive flu shots is a dangerous proposition according to California Institute of Technology Professor Paul Patterson, a neuroscientist whose research has included immune activation during pregnancy. In his research, Dr. Patterson reported that any immune activation during pregnancy, whether from an infection or a vaccine, can cause damage in the developing fetal brain. In 2008, Scientific American Mind quoted Patterson criticizing the CDC’s policy of administering flu vaccines during pregnancy, “I don’t think they have considered this risk.  In fact, I know they have not considered this risk.” Patterson elaborated, “If you take it seriously and vaccinate everybody, then what is going to happen? Researchers cannot yet predict how often a prenatal immune response might lead to fetal brain damage, but even if it happens less than 1% of the time, vaccinating an entire population of pregnant women could affect thousands of children.”

In a study published in the British Medical Journal in 2014, Giuseppe Traversa and colleagues assessed maternal, fetal, and neonatal outcomes of women given the influenza A/H1N1 vaccine. The outcomes of over 86,000 pregnancies revealed that vaccinated women had significantly higher rates of gestational diabetes and eclampsia. Eclampsia is the development of seizures in a woman with severe toxemia, a condition characterized by high blood pressure and protein loss in the urine. Eclampsia is fatal in 2% of women affected and can result in long-term health problems in those who survive. Fetal complications, including neurological damage and death, are also common. Both gestational diabetes and eclampsia are related to inflammation and immune dysregulation, making the connection to the immune stimulation of the flu vaccine very plausible.  A 2016 study by Chambers et al. found a moderately elevated risk for birth defects among children born to mothers who received one flu vaccine during the 2010-2014 flu seasons.

Among the team of researchers who authored CDC’s earthshaking new flu study is Dr. Frank DeStefano, the Director of CDC’s Immunization Safety Office. The CDC’s official reaction to the study has been a gag order forbidding any CDC vaccine division employee even talking to the press or responding to inquiries.  At the end of the Donahue et al. paper, CDC has also announced a follow-up study on the 2012-2015 influenza seasons but it will not report the results until next year.  Perhaps, the CDC should move things along faster, with four million babies at risk this flu season.

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“We have the most money going into healthcare out of any country in the world, and yet we have some of the worst statistics of healthcare.”

– Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D

As promising as many of the most recent advancements in science and healthcare may be, one thing is for certain: We can’t keep treating illness and disease the way we do right now — at least not if we truly intend to heal ourselves.

We all know that Western medicine has and will continue to work wonders when it comes to emergency response and the treatment of acute disease, but do chronic ailments require an entirely different approach?

It is this question that director Kelly Noonan Gores sought to answer in the film HEAL, a documentary that has already begun to take the world by storm through the film festival circuit.

The film features interviews with Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Gregg Braden, Michael Beckwith, the above-mentioned Bruce H. Lipton, and Anthony William, the Medical Medium, among several other prominent figures in the fields of science, spirituality, and healthcare.

Each expert offers their take on why it’s so critical that we get to the true root cause of our ailments rather than simply treat their symptoms.

The film explores several alternative modalities, including energy work, diet, and emotional therapy, while simultaneously following the healing journeys of a number of individuals, each struggling with a different condition. We as the viewer are given inside access to not only the holistic approaches they explore, but also their struggles, and insights gained along the way.

Here is newest trailer for HEAL:

“Every organ in the human body has the ability to heal itself under the right conditions… what are those conditions? That’s the question.”

– Gregg Braden

Do you believe that our thoughts, beliefs, and emotions impact our ability to heal? This film helps us all to answer that question, while remaining unbiased in its approach by not only taking into consideration but also respecting every healthcare approach we’ve taken thus far and have the potential to take moving forward.

The film will continue on the festival circuit, but will be making its theatrical release in select cities, including in Los Angeles on October 20 and New York on October 27. To see the full list and to plan your attendance at an upcoming screening, click here.

Digital release of the film is slated for December 5!

The eye of Category 5 Hurricane “Maria” was raging across Dominica for more than 2 hours on September 19, 2017, as the strongest storm to hit Dominica ever. It hit the country’s southeast regions about 01:00 UTC (21:00 local time) with maximum sustained winds of 260 km/h (160 mph) and exited in its northwest after 03:00 UTC (23:00 local time). Although some fluctuations in intensity are likely over the next 24 – 48 hours, Maria is forecast to remain an extremely dangerous hurricane as it approaches the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

By The Watchers

“We do not know what is happening outside. We do not dare look out. All we are hearing is the sound of galvanizing flying. The sound of the fury of the wind, as we pray for its end,” Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said in a Facebook post as the hurricane raged through the island. “My roof is gone. I am at the complete mercy of the hurricane. House is flooding,” he posted soon after that, as he was waiting to be rescued.

“Initial reports are of widespread devastation,” he said just before 06:00 UTC (02:00 local time). “So far we have lost all that money can buy and replace. My greatest fear for the morning is that we will wake to news of serious physical injury and possible deaths as a result of likely landslides triggered by persistent rains.”

“The winds have swept away the roofs of almost every person I have spoken to or otherwise made contact with. The roof of my official residence was among the first to go and this apparently triggered an avalanche of torn away roofs in the city and the countryside,” he said.

“Come tomorrow morning we will hit the road, as soon as the all clear is given, in search of the injured and those trapped in the rubble. I am honestly not preoccupied with physical damage at this time, because it is devastating…indeed, mind-boggling. My focus now is in rescuing the trapped and securing medical assistance for the injured.

We will need help, my friend, we will need help of all kinds.

It is too early to speak of the condition of the air and seaports, but I suspect both will be inoperable for a few days. That is why I am eager now to solicit the support of friendly nations and organizations with helicopter services, for I personally am eager to get up and get around the country to see and determine what’s needed.”

Charles Jong, PM’s Head of Communications, said it feels like a tornado outside and an earthquake inside.

At this time (07:04 UTC / 03:00 local time), nobody in Dominica is allowed to go out.

At 06:00 UTC on September 19, the center of Hurricane “Maria” was located 70 km (45 miles) WNW of Dominica and 380 km (235 miles) SE of St. Croix. Its maximum sustained winds were 250 km/h (155 mph), which placed Maria on the upper edge of Category 4 hurricane. The system is moving WNW at a speed of 15 km/h (9 mph) with the minimum estimated central pressure of 942 hPa.

Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, but Maria is expected to remain an extremely dangerous Category 4 or 5 hurricane while it approaches the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for:

  • Guadeloupe
  • Dominica
  • St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Puerto Rico, Culebra, and Vieques

A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Saba and St. Eustatius
  • St. Maarten
  • Anguilla
  • St. Lucia
  • Martinique

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for:

  • Saba and St. Eustatius
  • St. Maarten
  • St. Martin and St. Barthelemy
  • Anguilla
  • Isla Saona to Puerto Plata

A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:

  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • West of Puerto Plata to the northern Dominican Republic-Haiti border

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.

Interests elsewhere in Hispaniola, the southeastern Bahamas, and the Turks and Caicos Islands should monitor the progress of Maria. Additional watches and warnings may be required today.

Winds over Dominica are now diminishing. Hurricane conditions should spread throughout portions of the hurricane warning area in the Leeward Islands this morning. Hurricane conditions should spread through the remainder of the Hurricane Warning area later today and Wednesday.  Hurricane conditions are possible within the Hurricane Watch area in the Dominican Republic late Wednesday, with tropical storm conditions possible by early Wednesday.  Tropical storm conditions are possible in the Tropical Storm Watch area in St. Vincent and the Grenadines this morning, and are possible in the Tropical Storm Watch area in the Dominican Republic on Wednesday.

Wind speeds atop and on the windward sides of hills and mountains could be much stronger than the near-surface winds indicated in this advisory.

A dangerous storm surge accompanied by large and destructive waves will raise water levels by as much as 2.1 to 3.3 m (7 to 11 feet) above normal tide levels in the hurricane warning area near where the center of Maria moves across the Leeward Islands and the British Virgin  Islands.

The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. The water is expected to reach the following heights above ground if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide:

Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands: 1.8 to 2.7 m (6 to 9 feet)

The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast near and to the north and east of the landfall location, where the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves. Surge-related flooding depends on the relative timing of the surge and the tidal cycle, and can vary greatly over short distances.

Maria is expected to produce the following rain accumulations through Thursday:

  • Central and southern Leeward Islands: 254 to 381 mm (10 to 15 inches), isolated 508 mm (20 inches).
  • U.S. and British Virgin Islands: 254 to 381 mm (10 to 15 inches), isolated 508 mm (20 inches).
  • Puerto Rico: 304.8 to 457.2 mm (12 to 18 inches), isolated 635 mm (25 inches).
  • Northern Leeward Islands from Barbuda to Anguilla: 101.6 to 203.2 mm (4 to 8 inches), isolated 254 mm (10 inches).
  • Windward Islands and Barbados: 50.8 to 101.6 mm (2 to 4 inches), isolated 152.4 mm (6 inches).
  • Eastern Dominican Republic: 101.6 to 203.2 mm (4 to 8 inches), isolated 304.8 mm (12 inches).

Rainfall on all of these islands could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

Swells generated by Maria are affecting the Lesser Antilles. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

Featured image: Category 5 Hurricane “Maria” hits Dominica on September 19, 2017. Credit: NOAA-GOES16, NWS OPC

This article (Category 5 Hurricane “Maria” hits Dominica, Puerto Rico bracing for catastrophic impact) was originally published on The Watchers and syndicated by The Event Chronicle.



At least 56 people have been killed, nearly 200 000 are homeless and more than 11 000 homes have been destroyed by floods since the start of the rainy season in May, country’s interior ministry reported Tuesday, September 19, 2017.

By The Watchers

The hardest hit is capital Niamey along with Dosso in the south. A humanitarian source told AFP last week that exacerbating the problems were rising River Niger water levels, leading to fears of a repeat of serious flooding in 2012 which left dozens dead and some 500 000 homeless.

Food production will also take a hit, with the flooding killing some 16 000 cattle and about 12 000 hectares (30 000 acres) of crops being ruined, according to UNOCHA.

Last week, Niger said it had launched a campaign to destroy mosquito breeding sites to help combat the spread of deadly malaria in Niamey after the rain transformed some areas into swamps.

Before the start of the rainy season in May, the government advised people living in flood-prone areas to leave their homes before the rains began, said Boubacar Sidikou, secretary general for Niger’s Ministry of Humanitarian Action and Disaster Management, as reported by Reuters.

But few heeded the advice “because they refused to abandon their homes or had nowhere else to go”, he said.

According to Katiellou Lawan Gaptia, head of meteorology at Niger’s Met Office, climate change in the Sahel is creating warmer conditions where the atmosphere can hold more moisture, often increasing the volume of rainfall.

“This year’s rain is just extraordinary,” he said. “In Niamey alone, the season’s rainfall has increased by 84% since 2010.”

Featured image credit: AFP

This article (56 dead, 200 000 homeless and 11 000 homes destroyed as floods ravage Niger) was originally published on The Watchers and syndicated by The Event Chronicle


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