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New Earth v. Old Earth

Last year I heard Dolores Cannon speak about the Earth splitting into two.

She said this would be an etheric, energetic, psychic and spiritual split not a physical one. The Old Earth would continue to be the embattled place of hardship, war, and adversity that we currently living have known as humanity's history since fighting with flints. The New Earth would transcend, we will beat our swords into ploughshares as the prophet Isaiah once foretold, and we will live within our deepest essence and share with love.

How do you know if you're in the Old Earth or New Earth?

It has already been decided, she said, or rather: you have already decided.

I know I have chosen New Earth.

The Earth will continue, she continued, with two different histories in two different realms. Gradually the New Earth will bear fruit, blossoming in a new spirit of harmony and release.

Kind of like Wall-E, when the animated settlers begin again.

I had put this talk out of my mind for many months. Suddenly last night, as I was thinking about something totally left brain, I got this message out of the blue, literally - the dark blue (call it the blue of Krishna, if you wish). The words were something like: "The battle between Old Earth and New Earth has begun. The war is being waged within as well as without. Choose now and continue to choose, for the New Earth's dawn is close at hand."

Didn't Eckhart Tolle have some bestseller about the New Earth? These are spiritual realities, they are metaphors, they are truths, they are everything and nothing at once.

I recently played pictionary and the word I chose was "neutron." It was interesting watching another player re-creating the macrocosm and microcosm with marker and pad in her effort to explain the concept.

More news:

Plants show some promise here -

Nigerian researchers have found four local plants used traditionally to cure skin and upper respiratory tract infections such as pneumonia, carbuncle, purple, impetigo and tonsillitis to be effective in treating drug resistant microbial infections. CHUKWUMA MUANYA reports.

IT has been blamed for skin, respiratory and genital tract infections with symptoms of persistent itching of the affected areas. It is no respecter of person- it affects both the young and old. Available conventional drugs have failed in containing this dreaded infection.

Drug resistant Staphylococcus aureus is indeed on rampage. However, a recent discovery by Nigerian scientists suggests that the bug could be beaten after all.

Researchers at the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, have investigated six Nigerian medicinal plants used by traditional medical practitioners in Western Nigeria for the treatment of several ailments of microbial and non-microbial origins for in vitro anti-Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) activity. Methicillin is a conventional antibiotic.

The six plants include: Terminalia avicennioides, Phylantus discoideus, Bridella ferruginea, Ageratum conyzoides, Ocimum gratissimum and Acalypha wilkesiana.

The results of the study published in the journal, BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, indicated that four out of six medicinal plants commonly used by traditional medical practitioners to cure skin and upper respiratory tract infections such as pneumonia, carbuncle, purple, impetigo and tonsillitis were active against hospital strains of MRSA. The four plants include: Terminalia avicennioides, Phylantus discoideus, Ocimum gratissimum and Acalypha wilkesiana.

The study is titled "Screening of crude extracts of six medicinal plants used in Southwest Nigerian unorthodox medicine for anti-methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus activity". The researchers include Kabir O. Akinyemi, Olukayode Oladapo, Chidi E. Okwara , Christopher C. Ibe and Kehinde A. Fasure of the Department of Microbiology, LASU.

Staphylococcus aureus (literally the "golden cluster seed" or "the seed gold" and also known as golden staph) is the most common cause of staph infections. It is a spherical bacterium, frequently found in the nose and skin of a person.

About 20 per cent of the population are long-term carriers of S. aureus. S. aureus can cause a range of illnesses from minor skin infections, such as pimples, impetigo (may also be caused by Streptococcus pyogenes), boils, cellulitis folliculitis, furuncles, carbuncles, scalded skin syndrome and abscesses, to life-threatening diseases such as pneumonia, meningitis, osteomyelitis endocarditis, Toxic shock syndrome (TSS), and septicemia. Its incidence is from skin, soft tissue, respiratory, bone, joint, endovascular to wound infections. It is still one of the four most common causes of nosocomial infections, often causing postsurgical wound infections.

MRSA is a bacterium responsible for difficult-to-treat infections in humans. It may also be referred to as multiple-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or oxacillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (ORSA). MRSA is by definition a strain of Staphylococcus aureus that is resistant to a large group of antibiotics called the beta-lactams, which include the penicillins and the cephalosporins.

Over the last three decades, MRSA had caused major problems in hospitals throughout the world. The first outbreak caused by MRSA occurred in European hospitals in the early 1960's. During the late 1970's, strains of S. aureus resistant to multiple antibiotics including methicillin and gentamycin were increasingly responsible for many outbreaks in the United States and United Kingdom, and by 1980's MRSA was considered a major clinical and epidemiological pathogen in human hospitals. Since then strains of MRSA and coagulase-negative Staphylococci had spread worldwide. Recent reports indicated that MRSA strains account for 10 to 40 per cent of S. aureus isolated from some European hospitals.

In many parts of the globe, particularly the developed countries, fluoroquinolones (pefloxacin, ciprofloxacin and ofloxacin) are recommended for serious infections associated with Staphylococci, although, occasional resistance among MRSA has been documented.

Furthermore, in spite of recent reports of vancomycin resistant strains MRSA in some parts of the globe, vancomycin still remains the drug of choice for most MRSA-associated diseases.

The use of medicinal plants all over the world predates the introduction of antibiotics and other modern drugs into Africa continent. Herbal medicine has been widely used and formed an integral part of primary health care in China, Ethiopia, Argentina and Papau New Guinea. Traditional medical practitioners in Southwest, Nigeria, use a variety of herbal preparations to treat different kinds of microbial diseases including MRSA-associated diseases.

In recent times, the number of traditional healers claiming the efficacies of six medicinal plants; namely, Terminalia avicennioides, Bridella ferruginea, Ageratum conyzoides, Ocimum gratissimum, Acalypha wilkesiana and Phylantus discoideus for the cure of patients with Staphylococcus aureus-associated diseases such as, eczema, carbuncles and osteomyelitis is on the increase.

Terminalia avicennioides belongs to the plant family Combretaceae. It is called kpaca in Nupe, kpayi in Gwari, baushe in Hausa, igiodan in Yoruba and edo in Igbo. Terminalia avicennioides is a yellowish brown, hard and durable wood. The roots, which are used as chewing sticks have been claimed to cure dental caries and skin infections. Previous studies showed that the bark extract of Terminalia avicennioides exhibited both vibrocidal and typhoidal activities.

Like other Ocimum species of Lamiaceae family, Ocimum gratissimum, traditionally called efirin-aja in Yoruba and nchuanwu or arigbe in Igbo has been reported to have medicinal properties. The leaf extracts are popularly used for the treatment of diarrhoea while the cold leaf infusions are used for the relief of stomach upset and haemorrhoids. The thymol-riched leaf has been reported to have antimicrobial properties.

Commonly called Red acalypha and Popose pupa locally, Acalypha wilkesiana, belongs to the plant family Euphorbiaceae. It is called aworoso in Yoruba (Ijebu). It is popularly used for the treatment of malaria, dermatological and gastrointestinal disorders. The leaf decoction is used for the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders and fungal infection particularly impetigo contagiosa and Tinea versicolour which affect the back, chest and axillae of many babies in Nigeria.

Phyllathus discoideus, of plant family Euphorbiaceae, is a small tree widely used in tropical West Africa. In Southwest part of Nigeria, the bark extract is used locally to cure stomachache and lumbago. It is also useful in the treatment of helminthes infections. The bark extract of Phyllanthus discoideus is used locally to cure stomachache and lumbago.


According to The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa by H. M. Burkill, the leaves are considered to be antiseptic. Preparations are commonly applied to craw-craw in the West Africa, and to itch in Southeast Asia....

In Congo the sap is put onto prurient affections of the skin. The leaves are cicitrisant. They are applied to chronic ulcers, to bruises, cuts and sores, and circumcision wounds in Nigeria, to cuts and sores in Gabon, Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika) and in Ethiopia, as a haemostatic topically on wounds and haemorrhoids and intravaginally for uterine bleeding in Ivory Coast. The sap or the plant, dried and powdered, is a wound dressing in Tanganyika, and is valued especially for burns, similar uses are recorded in South East Asia.

Bridellia ferruginea, which belongs to the plant family Euphorbiaceae is used for treatment of insomnia. The bark in combination with other herbs is used to cure pile in western part of Nigeria.

The reputed efficacies of these plants have been experienced and passed on from one generation to the other. Apparently, lack of scientific proof of efficacies claimed by traditional medical practitioners in Nigeria called for the LASU study.

The results of the LASU study offer a scientific basis for the traditional use of water and ethanol extracts of A. wilkesiana, O. gratissimum, T. avicennioides and P. discoideus against MRSA-associated diseases. However, B. ferruginea and A. conyzoides were ineffective in vitro in this study. The researchers, therefore, suggest the immediate stoppage of their traditional use against MRSA-associated diseases.

The researchers wrote: "The crude extracts of B. ferruginea and A. conyzoides were weakly active against MRSA strains with ethanol extract of both plants exerting stronger antibacterial activity than water extracts. Previous studies indicated that the crude extracts of these plants were effective against S. aureus. The present study was slightly conformed to their findings but the only area of concern is that while their studies only dealt with the effect of crude extracts on S. aureus, the study focused on the effect of crude extract on the MRSA, and determination of both MIC & MBC values of the extracts....

The researchers said that the results offer a scientific basis for the traditional use of both water and ethanol extracts of A. wilkesiana, O. gratissimum, T. avicennioides and P. discoideus separately against MRSA-associated skin and respiratory diseases. But said in vivo studies on these medicinal plants are necessary and should seek to determine toxicity of the active constituents, their side effects, serum-attainable levels, pharmacokinetic properties and diffusion in different body sites.

They said that the antimicrobial activities could be enhanced if the active components were purified and adequate dosage determined for proper administration. "This may go a long way in curbing administration of inappropriate concentration, a common practice among many traditional medical practitioners in Nigeria. This study represents the first preliminary report on anti-methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus activity of the crude extracts of these medicinal plants in Lagos, Nigeria," they concluded.

Here's an interesting post entitled, Do Layoffs Cause Cancer? I hope not, but the author offers some insurance resources for those in need:

There are over 10,000 children diagnosed with cancer ever year. In 2004, 64,800 young adults, 15 to 39 years old, were diagnosed with cancer.

You know these people and you know me. I'm the Mom you see at daycare drop off or at the PTA meeting. The kid you know from church on Sunday. I'm the woman that works with you or your son's soccer coach. I am just like everyone else. I am also a breast cancer survivor diagnosed at age 38. I had no family history. I had only had one mammogram, because I was 38.

I had lots of treatments. Two surgeries, 12 rounds of chemotherapy, 35 doses of radiation, physical therapy and more vials of blood drawn than I care to remember. I have health insurance and I believe that I am alive because of it.

I've been watching the news lately about the economy. I am concerned about the hundreds of thousands who are losing their jobs and likely their health insurance. There can be no doubt that some of these people are in treatment for cancer. Not to mention those who are receiving medical care for diabetes, heart disease, epilepsy and more. What happens to them?

I am insured through my workplace. I have a (relatively) secure position working for the State of North Carolina but depending on what happens to the economy we could all be at risk. I recently read that the State Health Plan of North Carolina (my insurer) is in trouble. They are putting some mechanisms in place to keep it solvent through March or April. They report that if they were not doing this the plan would be out of money by January, yes right now.

I don't write a check for my coverage but I wanted to know how much it would cost if (god forbid) I got laid off. I'd heard the horror stories but never checked it out for myself. So I called some insurance companies for a price quote for individual health insurance.

Of four companies, three would treat the breast cancer as a pre-existing condition. No coverage for any services related to the breast cancer. No coverage for follow up appointments, annual PET scans ($3,000), no Femara ($381 per month for 5 years).

Here's something unusual - a website features natural mental health advice, including a book entitled Bipolar Love Story:

36% of U.S. adults use some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). These therapies include alternative medical systems like naturopathic medicine, creative arts therapies such as art or music, nutritional approaches, energy therapy like prayer, protection from EMF, massage with therapeutic grade essential oils, aromatherapy with therapeutic grade essential oils, and mind-body approaches like bio-feedback (galvanic current is used in bio-feedback).

Some types of alternative medicines or therapies have become so accepted and commonplace that they are integrated into traditional western treatment plans. It's difficult to call massage an alternative anymore. It's mainstream. So is chiropractic care.

Prayer is highly regarded by people in all cultures as a safeguard against ill health and as a way to reach for good health, especially by those folk who believe God is compassionate and loving...caring for the individual. Prayer works when you are devoted to Him, serving with all your heart and mind and soul. And sometimes "it works" for anyone who will call out in dire need...so don't let this alternate form of medicine elude you!

At best, western based medicine can diagnose and treat with drugs many conditions of ill health that are not recognizable by the average person. But mainstream medicine has severe limitations. In recent decades, interest in complementary and alternative forms of treatment has greatly increased. Approaches from different parts of the world , mostly Eastern approaches, have gained popularity and trust in the western world.

Most Eastern alternatives view disease or disorders (including mental problems and imbalances) as indication of blocked energy in the body.

By the way, it's complementary medicine not complimentary.

More news -

Our law office continues to get calls from practitioners both licensed and unlicensed, such as medical doctors, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, chiropractors, massage therapists, homeopaths, naturopathic physicians, hypnotherapists and healers, about legal issues relating to their CAM practice.

We are particularly now handling calls from graduates of the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona who may be setting up clinical practices and want to know how to address CAM related legal issues such as fee-splitting, malpractice liability, professional (medical board) discipline, scope of practice when including non-MD practitioners, and other legal issues affecting their practice.

Feel free to call Law Offices of Michael H. Cohen for a consultation as we may be able to help you navigate your legal issues relating to complementary and alternative medicine.

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