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Are Humans Wired to Sleep Twice a Day? The Benefits of a Two-Phase Sleep Cycle

26th May 2016

By Christina Lavers

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

Until recently, most of us just assumed that sleep is a nocturnal activity that naturally occurs in one long block. Today, largely thanks to historian and researcher Roger Ekrich, this long held assumption is being revisited. Ekirch published a study that examined hundreds of diaries, court records, and instructional manuals which demonstrated that, prior to the industrial revolution, most humans slept in two shorter blocks rather than one single large one. Based on his research, which found countless references to ‘first’ and ‘second’ sleeps, it appears that historically most people went to bed after dinner when the sun went down, slept for approximately 3-4 hours, then woke up for a couple of hours in the middle of the night, and then finally returned to sleep until dawn.

Two factors are believed to have influenced the shift from a multiple to a singular sleep session. The first is electric lighting, the second was the industrial revolution.

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7 Domestic Factors That Can Make or Break Your Health

26th May 2016

By Dr. Joseph Mercola

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

More than 80,000 man-made chemicals are put into American household products, food, and food packaging each year, a majority of which are not tested for safety beforehand.

The typical American home contains an average of 3 to 10 gallons of toxic materials in the form of household cleaning products alone.[1]

In Europe, more than 1,300 chemicals are banned from use in lotions, soaps, toothpaste, cosmetics, and other personal care products. In the U.S., a mere 11 have been banned.[2]

Add to this toxic flame retardants, found in countless items from furniture to baby products and electronics, and it’s easy to see why some experts warn that many are likely to be exposed to dangerous levels of chemicals.

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How This Simple Educational Model Can Change the World

25th May 2016

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

“In the modern age of production and consumption, in the age of money and power, the meaning of education has become distorted. The Latin root of the word education – educare – means to ‘bring out’, whereas the present implication of the word education is to ‘put in’.” ~ Satish Kumar

America — and the world at large — is in crisis. From education to the environment and how we relate to one another, most would agree, something needs to change — and quickly. As overwhelming as this state of affairs can be, Satish Kumar, a former Jain monk, long-time peace activist and ecological champion believes we can radically re-establish balance to our planet and its inhabitants with one straightforward idea. The key to such a metamorphosis? Our educational system.

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Love, Pristine Consciousness and Death: What They Have in Common

25th May 2016

By Harry Krueger

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

Love – used here as a term derived from the Indo-European and Sanscrit: The desire to be united with its Beloved. Love is the Action of Intelligence when expressed through the pristine consciousness. Any other expression is a demonic spirit of the fragmented energy (mind).

Pristine consciousness is content-less and so cannot of its own have an opinion or belief about anything.

Eons ago, at the cradle of humanity (and before civilization) pristine consciousness never had to doubt what passed before it. Other than the necessary steps to provide for the necessities of living, it saw no need for personal plans because it did not see itself as separate from its awareness. It trusted in its relationship with its Beloved (Intelligence).

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5 Remedies for Leaky Gut

24th May 2016

By Dr. Edward Group

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Digestion is a complex process with many moving parts and there are many steps along the way for something to go wrong. One of the more increasingly common disorders is a condition known as “leaky gut.” Leaky gut, otherwise known as intestinal hyperpermeability, is when perforations develop and allow undigested food and toxins to pass back into the body. Sound like a problem? It is. Leaky gut can be the starting point for anything from food intolerances to inflammatory bowel disease. If leaky gut is a problem for you, you have options, and here are five to get you started.

1. Water

One of easiest things you can do to defend against leaky gut is to stay well hydrated. Chronic dehydration causes constipation. This, in turn, allows bacteria to linger and inflame the intestinal lining, leading to—you guessed it—leaky gut.

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Two of Everything: Navigating Duality

24th May 2016

By Sarah Elkhaldy

Guest writer for Wake Up World

In the thickets of this experience here on earth, it can feel sometimes like we are lost in a forest leaving breadcrumbs for ourselves down different trails as markers to map out our understandings. We don’t always see everything laid out neatly, and it can take us a few lessons with laps around the same part of the woods until we can feel that we have developed the necessary insight and clarity to enter a new chapter.

There is a core marker I use as a compass to help me gauge the internal and external reality — by recognizing the duality embedded within nature. If we can observe an instinct, emotion or quality through the lens of having both a positive and negative expression, we can build our discernment in any given circumstance to aid in reclaiming our sovereignty through trusting our inner sight.

Here are a few examples of how we can use this tool to better understand life:

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All Eyes Are On the Control Matrix

23rd May 2016

By Phillip J. Watt

Guest writer for Wake Up World

No matter if you’re asleep at the wheel of life or have awoken to not just the consciousness of reality, but also the corporatocracy that has hijacked our world, most of us are paying attention to our shrinking wallets, as well as the political circus. The system is in the limelight, but not how the power structure would like it to be.

The social engineering agenda of dumbing the masses into good little minions of the system has been highly successful, however too many people are now suffering and looking for answers why. Sometimes it feels that the alternative media gives them too much credit too, because it’s also been highly successful at exposing itself and therefore waking up people to their enslavement, as well as the lies, deception, toxicity and control matrix itself. Continue Reading – All Eyes Are On the Control Matrix

Could Official Accounts of History Be Little More Than ‘Mind Mush’ for Mass Consumption?

23rd May 2016

By Sylvie Iwanova

Guest writer for Wake Up World

Who shaped most of what we call civilisation? “The Romans” is the most popular answer, but is this hypothesis based on any artefacts or historic chronicles? Not really.

In the older layers of the “Roman” edifices we see that same megalithic base-style is identical to that of the uniform huge “mystery” megaliths all around the globe (Peru, Turkey, Egypt, Cambodia, etc). As the layers get more recent, clear degradation of building techniques is observed, nothing to suggest that the Roman invented anything at all – just the opposite – and much like everybody else, they were the degrading descendants of advanced ancestors. Moreover, Roman aqueducts along with plenty of Roman artefacts are found in America, and it is strange that the Romans did not build their best masterpieces of architecture in their own “capital”, Rome in Italy.

Do we need to unlearn and ‘start over’ with what we think we know about our historical past?

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The Amazing Health Benefits of Beetroot

22nd May 2016

By Katrin Geist

Guest writer for Wake Up World

The one sentence summary of this article goes: organic beetroot is goooood for you! Find out more than you ever wanted to know below, including a delicious recipe at the end of this article.

An estimated 22% of adults the world over exhibit raised blood pressure (WHO 2014), and systemic hypertension remains the largest attributable risk factor for mortality worldwide – tendency increasing (Kapil et al. 2015).

On the brighter side: recent studies provide compelling evidence that ingestion of beetroot (Beta vulgaris rubra, red beetroot) offers beneficial physiological effects that may translate to improved clinical outcomes for pathologies such as hypertension (high blood pressure), atherosclerosis, type 2 diabetes, and dementia. Beetroot positively influences the cardiovascular system. Regarding hypertension, numerous studies showed beetroot significantly reduced systolic and diastolic blood pressure (Box 1) when delivered acutely as a juice or in bread (Clifford et al. 2015).

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The Information Carousel to Nowheresville

22nd May 2016

By Zen Gardner

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

Have you ever felt like you’re in a wash-rinse-repeat cycle watching the news, not just mainstream but even alternative media? Much of it is just that, in effect, if it doesn’t draw actionable conclusions or serious elevation in thought and perception. If newly discovered or implicated avenues of personal as well as social expression aren’t pursued, what’s the purpose of pointing out the need for them?

Yes, information is crucial to awakening humanity from its disconnected slumber. But when the dots are connected and we realize we’re in a fabricated landscape of illusion, what then?

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