Wolves, like most wild animals whose immune systems are intact, almost never get sick – even a cold. Sporadic viral outbreaks like rabies can be transmitted by other species, but don’t linger in wild populations. Wolves live on average six to eight years in the wild, possibly up to 13 years in protected areas, with the most common cause of death being starvation or battle injuries. However, the extra longevity awarded by protection and domesticity has a tailspin effect on their health and life quality.
Modern dogs deal with allergies, kidney disease, dementia, Cushing’s disease, degenerate heart valve disease, diabetes, obesity, osteoarthritis, pancreatitis, dental infections, and a host of other chronic complications that their ancestors had no idea about.
The same goes for us, humans.
Modern comforts have trapped us in the middle of a multi-millennial poodle transformation, call it poodleification, which has been eroding our immune system since the beginning of agriculture.
Before the poodle began a relatively safe and long life under its human masters, getting fed regularly in relatively predictable circumstances (aside from its slightly unpredictable masters), it was a wolf.
What made the wolf a wolf was not its genes (the same as poodle’s) but a set of unsafe, unstable, unpredictable, and nutrient-scarce circumstances that forced her to move with intermittent, high-intensity bursts, running uphill instead of the treadmill, adapting to the constantly changing elements, occasionally bursting out in attack or defense, then settling down to chill, rest, procreate and play.
The wolf’s beauty, strength, and resilience were transmuted into a sickly furball whose gig consists entirely of pleasing humans to secure the next bowl of compressed bricks.
The gentle slide into a vastly less resilient species took less than 20 short millennia – for both wolves and humans.
The good news is that by merely mimicking some aspects of our wild ancestors, we can vastly improve our own life quality, strengthen our immune system and overall resistance.
Compared to the wolf, we have plenty of mental stressors and few physical discomforts in modern life, so it’s legitimate to argue that we poodleify at double the canine rate.
Our default physical comfort level is so high, in fact, that we choose to pay membership fees to mimic temporary discomfort.
Take the cement bunker, aka gym, featuring bad air and head-to-toe insulation from Earth’s natural fields, where we both look and feel miserable while repeating the same patterns of interaction with lumps of lead or metal. Even the trainers here are sad and hardly ever in perfect shape, told to smile at us with stewardess type leers when they come to point out an angle adjustment in how we lift junk up.
A wolf would never lift junk or hit a gym just to stay fit. She moves with natural exercise bursts that help build up more resistance than a set of mechanical yanks can in a singular state of depression.
The mindset in which we expel physical energy matters.
Hunting (for sights and experiences), playing, or prancing in the wild is going to get you fitter and happier. Treadmill and mechanical repetition are more likely to give you a heart attack.
The physical setting – nature vs. outdoors – is also critical. Exposure to the sun is a prerequisite to over 70 percent of vitamin D production, for example, which is essential to our immune system, lungs, and cardiovascular system.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) levels can quadruple in a room with closed windows, leading to ever less benign forms of hypercapnia (carbon dioxide toxicity) – starting with headaches, vertigo, double vision, blurriness, tinnitus – and leading to suffocation and heart damage.
Lack of oxygen becomes apparent in only a few short minutes. We’re supposed to be inhaling about 21 percent of oxygen (the amount in fresh air) and 0.04 percent of CO2. Anything less than 19.5 percent oxygen leads to a slow death, according to OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Agency) – an equation that’s hard to maintain indoors or in polluted environments.
We exhale 16 percent oxygen and four percent CO2, a mix that we don’t want to inhale again due to closed spaces or other filters (such as out-of-control mask safety regulations).
Then there is grounding, the effects of which are harder to quantify since there are no proper studies on this topic. However, it’s easy to test yourself.
Time your most extended plank position in a gym on a rubber mat – excellent insulation material – and then do the same sans insulation – shoes, or mats – somewhere in nature, in short circuit with the dirt. Divide the insulation vs. non-insulation time measurements to get a multiplier for the relative energy difference between a grounded and a non-grounded exercise setting.
The Pentagon would kill for a “magic pill” that gives their soldiers a twenty to thirty percent boost – a level of improvement that is reasonably common with proper grounding.
Grounding not only energizes, but it also counters the effects of oxidative stress (both mental and chemical), the primary cellular damage that accrues from a stressful lifestyle, and contributes to chronic disease.
The wolf’s paws are plugged continuously into this antioxidant power source, an ocean of electrons that pop free radicals like toy balloons, making sure she is tuned up for the next battle, operating at high energy constant.
Where do we get the best grounding, then?
The likelihood is that you’ve already been there, wondering where all the extra juice just came from.
Go back there!
It’s a matter of listening to the body.
Trainers and doctors don’t teach us to listen to the body, unfortunately. When they say “listen to your body,” they mean “follow your prescription” or “stick to this routine.” Most of the time, they see us as the smiley characters from the Traveling Safely leaflet. You know, the one who is smiling while jumping out of a burning airliner.
This is why we get the same diagnosis, protocol, prescription, and routine from the experts – even though we are entirely unique and different from each other energetically.
A wolf doesn’t worry too much, either. It socializes and chills in between the breaks, makes love, plays, and howls. It expends very little energy worrying about what other wolves think of its haircut or Louis Vuitton bag.
The wolf reserves fight-or-flight response exclusively for the real deal.
Most human stress hormones come from rumination – from predicaments that either don’t exist yet or existed in the past but could resurface again in the future – meted out over 24/7/365.
We worry about money, health, look, relationships, jobs, and the future. We also worry about how we come across to our peers, who, in turn, are spending their time worrying about something else.
Have you ever come across a person who seems to live a perfectly healthy lifestyle – nitpicky with foods and habits, sorting supplements in special pillboxes – yet seems to come down with one illness after another? That’s what constant worrying can do to us.
Repetitive worry keeps the adrenaline and cortisol on a constant drip, diverting blood to the exteriors to prepare for (the non-existent physical) battle, shifting energy from basic life support functions (digestion, immune system, sex, brain…) to maximize the speed of the paw – that one we use to play with the cell phone.
Starting up the battle engine and then winding it down several times a day does more damage to the body, amp per amp, than any other known stressor, aside from ionizing radiation. In a self-sufficient energy system, this means that the juice needed to fix the damage has to come from somewhere else – usually at the expense of some essential life support function.
The extra energy drain will show up in our individual Achilles’ heel, first. Maybe the gut. The immune system. Sex drive. Amygdala. Skin. Kidney. Heart. And once that happens, we generally tend to seek advice from the doctor.
The cardiologist, nephrologist, dermatologist, neurologist, urologist, and the gastroenterologist will each proffer a different prognosis. They will know what’s going on in their area of expertise and prescribe medication specific to that part of the body. But they each hardly ever ask the other, very essential question.
I had one close call with a bacterial blood poisoning about 15 years ago when the doctor gave me a 72-hours-to-live prognosis, followed by the suggestion that “we” use an experimental antibiotic.
I couldn’t understand what the doctor was saying. I was under an attack by a vicious microbial organism, OK, got it. But was this bug causing my condition, or was something wrong with me or my defenses that allowed the bug to attack me?
It was too layman of a question. The doctor stared at me as if daffodils were growing out of my forehead.
Finally, I nodded yes to the antibiotics out of sheer fear. I hallucinated for three days and nights with a needle in my paw, dripping ice blue death into my biome. I survived, but nuking my bacterial balance undermined my resistance further.
There were more similar episodes over the next few years. Two more hospital trips, sudden lung infection, food poisonings, inflamed body parts, rashes, wounds that healed suspiciously slowly… increasingly random and entirely disconnected events, according to the doctors.
It took me half a decade of research to realize that everything about us depends on connection, not just between cells and organs, but between body, thoughts, and emotions – even between me and you and us and them.
Motivation alone works like a thrust lever on mitochondrial ATP production. A moment of doubt about ourselves, who we are, or what we’re supposed to be doing, can dip energy instantaneously. And that dip can cause feedback to our confidence level, a self-reinforcing cycle that continues the drain until our shape, appearance, and behavior become foreign.
In the medical world, we’re either “healthy” or “sick,” as if there is no grey area between them. The reality is that 100 percent of humanity lives in a constantly fluctuating energy cycle that operates somewhere in the grey zone.
We’re a grand collective of several hundred trillion microorganisms (viruses, bacteria, parasites), 37 trillion cells, 60.000 miles of arteries, 100.000 miles of veins, 90.000 miles of nerves, 640 skeletal muscles, 206 bones, 78 organs, seven brain parts, four limbs, a neck, and a head that exchange energy and information with varying degrees of efficiency.
The exchange happens through constructive and destructive wave interference, followed by much slower, chemical, molecular and cellular effects – all of which are intimately connected to our mindset and lifestyle.
In my case, the doctors concluded that I was repetitively attacked by bugs and aggressors that had to be destroyed with antibiotics or drugs. If I look at the episodes with some hindsight, another picture emerges.
At the time of the incidents, I had a disconnection with the place where I was living. And another disconnection with what I was doing. And a third disconnection with who I was doing it with. I was doing everything else “right,” or so I thought while reading alternative health gurus. Eating whole foods, good fats, avoiding sugar, exercising, detoxing, taking supplements – the whole shebang.
Turns out that the whole shebang doesn’t count when there is disconnection.
Disconnection is the primary driver of chronic stress, at least in my own experience.
Mitochondria, the proton-pumping, amp-charging organelles that produce 95 percent of our cellular fuel, take the first brunt of this disconnection – via stress hormones.
In my case, the extra energy drain showed up first in my particular Achilles heel: the immune system.
Hence the rashes, swellings, poisonings, and infections.
All connected – like lemons on a lemon tree.
The simple quest of looking for these connections has kept me free of chronic issues ever since.
We have one advantage over the wolf: we can influence our energy and degree of connection not just instinctively but also consciously.
First, we can mimic aspects of the wolf lifestyle that are energy positive – even without living permanently in the wild.
We can benefit from intermittent fasting, for example, without being constantly hungry. We can mimic hot and cold exposure that makes us more resilient to physical stressors. We can amp up on grounding, sunlight, and fresh air. We can eat less frequently, more healthy fats and proteins, and avoid sugar. We can reduce exposure to EMF via microwave gadgets. We can hydrate, sweat, and move more. We can place more emphasis on social connections, hang out with our extended kin. We can stop sterilizing everything in our path and build a healthier gut biome.
Second, we can steer away from places, people, projects, and beliefs that we’re not aligned with, to maximize our sense of connection, meaning, and purpose. The wolf doesn’t howl out of anxiety, but out of joy and belonging.
Third, we can stop chasing stability, security, comfort, and peer approval for their own sake. It’s a self-effacing goal that we never manage to reach in any case. Life is terminal, by design.
We don’t have to commit to a sudden, radical transformation to get a benefit. At some stage of the calibration process, even if it happens in baby steps, the old stress signals fail to rattle the cage the way they used to, giving us the confidence to take more risks, lay more trust in our own senses – leading to a positive feedback loop, more vitality, and less reliance on medical dogma.
The ultimate result is both longevity and life quality – the best of two worlds.
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Imagine a cute little American town, population 100,000, with an average Western diet, lifestyle, disease, and death rates. Let’s name it the city of Sobering since it’s a sobering tale of the American dream before and during the age of COVID-19.
At least half or 50,000 people in Sobering have one or more chronic diseases in which lifestyle, nutrition, and environment play a significant role.
The average inhabitant digests 170 lbs (70 kg) of sugar per year, with high intakes of processed meat, pre-packaged foods, butter, candy and sweets, fried foods, dairy products, eggs, refined grains, potatoes, corn, high-fructose corn syrup, and high-sugar drinks. Another 80,000 industrial and agricultural toxins, polluted water, lack of exercise and little sunlight contribute to their cumulative plight.
Fifty-thousand have heart disease. Ten thousand have diabetes. Thirty thousand have prediabetes. Forty thousand are obese. Seventy thousand are overweight. Forty thousand will end up with cancer in their lifetime.
Only five thousand, or five percent, are perfectly healthy, a historically unprecedented ratio that is reflected in the town’s cause of death statistics.
Last year, 938 died.
Seventy-one percent, or 665, died from chronic diseases.
Another 216 died from more immediate causes, such as…
Accidents – 57
Drugs & Painkillers – 33
Virus (mostly influenza) – 19
Suicide – 16
Firearms – 13
Alcohol – 12
Other – 85
The 938 total deaths coincided with 1,284 births, bringing the net tally to 346 surplus Soberians.
A microbial Hell breaks out in a Chinese bat meat market, or maybe a lab technician misplaces a vial, we’re not sure, but the end effect is that an ugly piece of DNA gets unleashed on Sobering. The COVID-19 pandemic kills 20 people in Sobering in the first three months. Experts warn it could kill up to 80, if not adequately contained (four times more than influenza).
The news scares the bejesus out of the people. Soberians agree to self-isolate against the “rampant killer,” at least until the cavalry arrives.
The strategy to “flatten the curve” with a quarantine omits a bigger picture, however. Sobering already has an existing chronic disease epidemic, the scale, and type of which has never been witnessed in history.
While the town waits for the vaccine and the economy nosedives, the people with existing chronic issues are hit hardest. Some lose their access to proper foods, meds, necessities, or other forms of primary care. Add lack of sunlight, movement, and social activity; compound with stress, fear, and isolation, and we have the perfect psycho-chemical cocktail to weaponize the virus against an already immunologically suppressed population.
But the authorities in Sobering ignore co-morbidity, the fact that every disease-related fatality is caused by more than one condition.
It’s as if the virus ran a masterful PR campaign to be perceived as a vastly more vicious beast to the world than it actually is.
If an arrow managed to knock down a castle in a medieval battle, the king or lord of the castle would probably have the architect hung.
When it comes to our health and immune system – our castle – it’s easier to blame the arrow.
In a healthy human body, bacteria outnumber human cells by 10:1 and viruses by 100:1, simply because we’ve been adapting to and living symbiotically with pathogenic intruders ever since we became a multicellular organism.
Our castle is built from the arrows of past warfare, so to speak, which is what makes us particularly resilient to novel attacks, unless we are already compromised.
The general rule is, the more we interact with other lifeforms, the stronger our immune system. Aside from a handful of genuinely legitimate, external infectious agents out there, the real threat lies elsewhere – driven by our conscious and unconscious daily choices.
In addition to viruses and other arrows, consider that sugar, chronic stress, sedentary lifestyle, obesity, nutritional deficiencies, processed foods, trans fats, industrial and agricultural toxins, electrosmog, endocrine disruptors, polluted air, lead – and fluoride-rich water, excessive use of antibiotics and antiseptics, and a long list of other stressors have become the norm in Sobering.
To become aware of the broader spectrum of energy inhibitors is not just necessary for survival but also for the quality of life itself. In Sobering, life carries on at, at best, half of it’s mental and physical potential.
The good news is that since we are the architects of our castle, we can also decide to tilt the energy balance in our favor.
The electrochemical energy plants inside our cells, the mitochondria, produce roughly 80kg or 176 lbs of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) per day to meet 95 percent of our daily energy demand, in a complex and delicate electrochemical process that is extremely sensitive to lifestyle, nutrition, even our mindset.
Ample energy is particularly critical for the immune system, which happens to be the most significant energy guzzler in the body. Remember the last time when you fought a “mild” flu, prompting you to lie comatose between the sheets? That’s how much juice the immune system can command.
How do we make sure the castle has enough fuel?
Anything good for the mitochondria, is good for the ATP, is good for the immune system. Nutrient-rich foods, sunlight, air, clean water, fasting, exercise, nature, grounding, social activity, positive attitude, and a sense of purpose are some of the things that charge mitochondria.
Most of the lifestyle norms in Sobering do the opposite, with psychological factors usually causing drain faster than chemistry alone.
Fear or anxiety, for example, activates stress hormones that inhibit the immune system in order to conserve energy for fight or flight situations. When this happens repetitively, the body develops an addiction to the stress chemistry, with grave consequences that drive emotions, thoughts, and behavior, and ultimately, our health.
The first step to rewiring our health is to identify and correct the causes of psychological stress.
Folks in Sobering are unable to sit still or be present for longer than 10 seconds partly because of the addiction to stress chemistry, pushing them to subconsciously look for distractions and excuses to get jacked up with more worry or preoccupations.
The mass media feeds this addiction with daily, predominantly imaginary threat scenarios.
Ergo, hysteria itself has become a norm on a collective level.
Self-observation – whether it’s during meditation, a hike in nature, or a full-blown relationship outburst – can help us disarm some of the adrenal triggers that drive our automatic patterns. Catching even a small part of these triggers in action can save us enough energy to deal with a thousand viruses, figuratively speaking.
Since we are both chemical and electric beings down to our smallest building blocks, we need to also look at the impact of human-manufactured frequencies (EMF) on our well-being.
Both human-manufactured and natural radiation have an influence on living organisms, especially on mitochondria, which are the most sensitive organelles in our bodies.
Nature has an exceptionally regenerative effect, for a reason, which has to do with the rich spectra of natural, coherent frequencies that support cellular health. Coherence equates with energy and information flow. When we take a walk in a forest after spending a week holed up in the bunker, we can feel that flow.
In contrast, some human-made EMF, such as cell phones and wifi routers, cause wear and tear on mitochondria given repetitive and cumulative exposure. Most of us are not sensitized to attribute the source of various effects such as fogginess, drowsiness, headaches, migraines, or sheer exhaustion, to a pinpointable source. Actual disease complications may manifest decades later, but the energetic, immune-depleting drain is a factor in our everyday lives.
Modern safety guidelines fail to address non-thermal effects of human-made radiation, such as the impact on so-called voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs), that reside in cell membranes and control neurotransmitter release and muscle contraction, amongst other things. It’s hard to estimate the cumulative impact of VGCCs, but there are flags in our disease statistics from the 1990s forward that deserves a deeper look. The world has sustained a fifty percent drop in overall male reproductive quality since we started pocketing microwave devices, for example.
The good news is that we can reduce the impact of electrosmog with simple measures to boost our energy level and resistance significantly. Switching the EMF sources off when we sleep or travel, and keeping a distance from the emitters, can already drop the exposure to a safe limit. Otherwise, it’s a constant drain on our system.
Frequencies can also be harnessed for our benefit when they mimic natural, coherent sources. Some of the world’s top athletes even use advanced frequency therapies to heal faster from injuries and pain.
Meanwhile, nature is always out there, waiting for us to leverage its genuine healing power to our benefit.
The modern medical promise of a panacea in a pinprick or a pill got overblown in the 20th century to the point that we forgot to take care of our castle. Even if we are 100 percent comfortable with vaccines, it’s a good idea to put more attention on our natural ability to create resistance with daily life choices.
Data from the past 300 years supports the idea that sanitation, waterworks, nutrition, disinfection, and better living standards, in general, played a huge role in propping up our resistance to pathogens. As a result, the death rates from measles, typhoid, scarlet fever, whooping cough, and diphtheria, for example, were mitigated before the introduction of their respective vaccines.
The immunological resistance we built up with better living standards in the 19th and early 20th century, we pretty much wiped out with modern diet and habits in the latter 20th.
The last fifty years have been a deep dive into the reality of Sobering, where a single arrow can cause an entire community to shut down.
The COVID-19 health crisis didn’t come from a bat or a lab. We made it happen.
The good news?
With that much power over our destiny, we can also take back the castle.
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