Wake Up World’s articles to help you keep your beautiful body healthy.

The Other Side: The Spiritual Gift of Borderline Personality Disorder

30th January 2016

By Cortland Pfeffer & Irwin Ozborne

Contributing Writers for Wake Up World

She was crying like I had never seen anyone cry before. As she sat with her head in her hands, the large, clear tears rushed down her cheek and dripped on the floor. Her husband had just informed her that he would be leaving her and taking their six-year-old daughter with him, with the parting words “until you can change.”

The look on her face in that moment is forever engrained in my memory as the pain and anguish which this woman was experiencing was nothing I had ever seen before. She leaned towards me and it took every single ounce of energy left to attempt to speak to me but no words could even make it to the surface. But the look said it all; “Do something! Help me! What is happening to me?”

“All I want to do is lie down and go to bed,” she finally muttered. I knew that there was an implied “forever” at the end of her statement. She was experiencing pain in the form of shame. She has been repeatedly told that she is not OK, she is sick, and she needs to change. Now, everything she has ever loved was going to be taken away from her due to her “illness.”

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Prescription Painkillers: A Gateway Drug to Heroin Addiction

29th January 2016

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

Betty Tully has firsthand experience with the devastating effects of prescription opiate addiction. In January of 2001, she was thrilled to receive a new “miracle drug” from her doctor that would eliminate the chronic lower back pain, which had plagued her for decades. She was also assured that the painkiller wouldn’t put her at risk of addiction.

She began with 20 milligrams of OxyContin, but soon began asking for higher doses. Her doctor complied.

“By June, I was an absolute zombie. I couldn’t work anymore, I couldn’t drive my car anymore. I left my car running one day on the street,” the former real estate agent told the Huffington Post. “I was calling his office and screaming that I needed this medicine.”

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Who’s Living Whom? Bacterial Cells vs. Human Cells in the Body

29th January 2016

By Makia Freeman

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

The bacterial-human cell ratio in the body is quite astounding, if you didn’t already know it. Did you realize that the amount of bacteria in your body vastly outnumber everything else? The bacterial-human cell ratio is estimated to be around 10:1! That means for every human cell in your body, there are roughly 10 bacterial cells. So who’s living whom? Who’s in charge? It’s certainly not the human “you”, because you only have one eleventh of the numbers (although human cells are far larger and heavier).

The bacterial-human cell ratio reaffirms the importance of having a healthy bio-terrain (i.e. having the right balance of, and an abundance of, healthy bacteria in your body), which is what many alternative and holistic healing modalities teach. Ultimately, it also lends weight to the idea that it is your body’s bio-terrain or inner environment that determines your state of health and immunity – not whether you are exposed to a particular bacterium or virus as is the prevailing view in Western Medicine.

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Cannabis Infused Coffee – Consumers Grow Wise to Health Benefits of Marijuana

By Marco Torres

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

A hemp-flavored edge to your morning joe?

Talk to anybody about Marijuana Coffee and they may refer to long existing establishments in Netherlands where licensed coffee shops have been serving it to customers for decades. However, the idea has firmly caught on in the United States, where pot-infused coffee is growing in popularity as more consumers are finally becoming informed on the beneficial properties of this amazing plant.

While pot-infused coffee will get you high, it still has to taste good.

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Quitting Smoking? Try These Herbs, Tips and Incentives to Help You Succeed!

By Christina Lavers

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

“A cigarette is the only consumer product which, when used as directed, kills its consumer.” ~ Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland

Since the 1950s the public has been aware of the dangers of tobacco, and yet the industry continues to thrive. Thinking we’re more powerful than a lowly weed, we allow ourselves to be seduced by the sexy allure of tobacco only to realise, once it’s too late, that we weren’t quite as impervious to its charms as we hoped.

In Native American culture tobacco was viewed as a sacred plant that was used in a ritual context. By limiting its use to ceremonies major problems of addiction were avoided. Today in Western culture the custodians of tobacco are no longer the community’s wise men and women – instead they are some of the most greedy and morally-corrupt corporations on earth, entities that prioritise profit over individual welfare.

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The Amazing Health Benefits of Elderberry (includes Elderberry Herb Syrup Recipe!)

By Elisha McFarland N.D.

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

The elderberry and flowers are used to make wines, cordials, marmalades, jelly, syrups and medicinals. This wonderful fruit grows in many regions of North America, Europe, Asia and North Africa. The most commonly used variety is the European elderberry (Sambucus nigra), as it offers the most health benefits and is also the only variety considered to be non-toxic, even when raw.

Studies have found that elderberry helps to ease flu symptoms such as fever, headache, sore throat, fatigue, cough and body aches. The greatest benefit is achieved when elderberry is started within 24 to 48 hours of the symptoms. One study found that elderberry could cut the duration of flu symptoms by more than 50%.

Elderberry facts

Elderberries contain vitamin A, C, D, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, zinc, copper and selenium. They also contain flavonoids such as quercetin, which accounts for the therapeutic action of the flowers and berries.

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Has This Intuitive Healer Solved the Mystery Behind Chronic Illness? The Answer May Surprise You

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

“Within the first 3 minutes of speaking with me, Anthony precisely identified my medical issue! His abilities are unique and fascinating.” ~ Dr. Alejandro Junger, bestselling author of Clean Eats and founder of The Clean Program.

Imagine a future where doctors are rarely consulted for the diagnosis of disease. Rather, intuitive healers pinpoint the root of a disorder in seconds — without invasive tests, questionable pharmaceuticals or dangerous procedures. Gone are the days of seeing multiple specialists for chronic disease that defies explanation. Instead, health issues are quickly and accurately identified, and resolved.

Sound far fetched? Not in the case of Anthony William, a medical medium with an unusual gift for recognizing the exact cause of any health challenge — and how to heal it.

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Psychological Education and Healing – A Necessity for Humanity

By Humberto Braga

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

What is it that essentially holds humanity back from creating world peace? We have the resources, the scientific understanding, the environmental awareness, the community, and the inner drive to create a paradise on earth. So why is humanity constantly falling back in to the same old self-consuming patterns it has suffered throughout history? What is at the root of all our problems, and how can we fix it for once and all?

I propose that it all starts with one thing: psychological education and healing.

 “A great change of our psychological attitude is imminent, that is certain… We need more psychology, we need more understanding of human nature because the only real danger that exists is man himself. He is the great danger, and we are pitifully unaware of it. We know nothing of man, far too little. His psyche should be studied because we are the origin of all coming evil.” ~ Carl G. Jung

If history has shown us anything, it’s that the human capacity for normalizing unhealthy, pathological behavior is astounding and perilous. It happens on every level of life, and more often than you’d think!

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Alcohol Overload? How to Minimise the Harmful Effects of Excess Drinking

By Christina Lavers

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

“It only takes one drink to get me drunk, but I can’t remember if it’s the thirteenth or fourteenth.” ~ George Burns (1896 – 1996)

Excessive alcohol consumption is often considered a central part of being social and having a good time. One of the reasons it is so popular is because so many people in today’s society are affected by stress and self-consciousness. And as alcohol is considered a legal, ‘socially acceptable’ substance that helps us to relax and lessen our inhibitions, it tends to be the drug of choice for many.

Unfortunately alcohol isn’t as innocuous as the playful, comforting advertising campaigns would like us to believe. It is a drug, after all. The damaging effects of excess alcohol go beyond the humiliation of doing something silly, like dancing on our boss’ desk at the annual Christmas party. Many studies have clearly demonstrated that alcohol can have extensive negative effects on our social, psychological and physical health.

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Toxic Products to Ban From Your Home – Plus Healthier Alternatives to Help You Do It

By Elisha McFarland N.D.

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

The average American spends 90 percent of their time indoors. While people are aware of the health risk caused by outdoor air pollution, few may consider that indoor air quality can also have a negative impact on their health. According to the EPA levels of indoor air pollutants can be 2 to 5 times higher than outdoor pollution levels. In fact indoor air pollutants are ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health.

Since we spend so much time indoors it is important to create a healthy, toxin-free indoor environment that is safe for everyone. Here is a list of toxic products you may like to consider banning from your home, plus some healthier alternatives to help you do it.

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Monsanto Charged With Crimes Against Nature and Humanity, Set to Stand Trial in 2016

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

People are fed-up. And angry. We simply no longer accept that corporations have the right to ride roughshod over the environment or destroy the health of its inhabitants. We refuse to remain silent when faced with companies who contribute to poisoned rivers, people and wildlife — where the only concern is for the mighty dollar. No longer will we stand by and watch as beauty and the balance of nature is laid to waste.

Monsanto, in particular, is known as one of the most destructive corporations of all times. In response to the ongoing damage caused by the company, a coalition of food, farming and environmental justice groups — including the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM), Navdanya, Regeneration International (RI) and Millions Against Monsanto, among others — have taken matters into their own hands. During the COP21 event in Paris, the alliance announced that Monsanto will be put on trial in The Hague, Netherlands for “crimes against nature and humanity” come autumn 2016.

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Addiction is Not Necessarily an Addiction for Life

By Dawn Walton

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

There is an accepted idea out there that once addicted to something, you will always be prone to returning to your addiction. This idea is reinforced by mainstream media, with constant stories of celebrities going into rehab or, even worse, taking their own lives through substance abuse. Alcoholics Anonymous encourage the idea that you will always be an alcoholic but that you can follow 12 steps to get off and stay off using alcohol. Many smokers will still answer that they are a smoker even when they have given up smoking for a while.

It is accepted that, given a certain set of circumstances, people will return to their addiction. It is also accepted that there is such a thing as an addictive personality. In fact, for many years I believed I had an addictive personality and would stay away from addictive substances because of the belief I would never be able to stop if I started.

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