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New Study Shows Chemical Found in Green Leafy Vegetables Can Slow the Spread and Treat Illnesses Caused by COVID-19 and Other Common Cold Viruses

Jim Hoft
March 29, 2022

According to a study led by Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, a chemical that can be found in green leafy vegetables such as broccoli could slow the spread and treat illnesses caused by Covid-19 and other common cold viruses.

Researchers at John Hopkins Children’s Center discovered from their lab experiments on mice that “sulforaphane, a plant-derived chemical, known as a phytochemical, already found to have anti-cancer effects, can inhibit the replication of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, and another human coronavirus in cells and mice.”

“While the results are promising, the researchers caution the public against rushing to buy sulforaphane supplements available online and in stores, noting that studies of sulforaphane in humans are necessary before the chemical is proven effective, and emphasizing the lack of regulation covering such supplements,” Hopkins Medicine stated.

Sulforaphane can be found in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, both red and white varieties, bok choy, watercress, arugula, also known as rocket.

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“When the COVID-19 pandemic started, our multidisciplinary research teams switched our investigations of other viruses and bacteria to focus on a potential treatment for what was then a challenging new virus for us,” according to Children’s Center microbiologist and senior author of the paper Lori Jones-Brando, Ph.D.

“I was screening multiple compounds for anti-coronavirus activity and decided to try sulforaphane since it has shown modest activity against other microbial agents that we study,” she added.

According to Alvaro Ordonez, M.D., the first author of the paper and an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, sulforaphane and remdesivir work better combined than alone is very encouraging.

“What we found is that sulforaphane is antiviral against HCoV-OC43 and SARS-CoV-2 coronaviruses while also helping control the immune response,” Ordonez said.

“This multifunctional activity makes it an interesting compound to use against these viral infections, as well as those caused by other human coronaviruses,” he added.

Read the summary of their finding below:

The ongoing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has created the immediate need for effective therapeutics that can be rapidly translated to clinical use. Despite the introduction of vaccines, effective antiviral agents are still necessary, particularly considering the potential effects of viral variants. New oral antivirals targeting viral enzymes (e.g., molnupiravir and Paxlovid) have recently been approved or are in the process of review for emergency use approval by regulatory agencies, with many more currently under development.

However, this approach can be affected by the emergence of viral variants that change the affinity of the drug to the viral protein. An alternative approach is to target host mechanisms required by the virus to infect cells and replicate. Host-directed therapy is advantageous as it allows preexisting drugs to be repurposed, may provide broad-spectrum inhibition against multiple viruses, and is generally thought to be more refractory to viral escape mutations.

Following exploratory experiments using the in vitro CPE inhibition assay, SFN was identified as a promising candidate to target the host cellular response, given that it is orally bioavailable, commercially available at low cost, and has limited side effects. We observed that SFN has dual antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties against coronaviruses. We determined that SFN has potent antiviral activity against HCoV-OC43 and multiple strains of SARS-CoV-2, including Delta and Omicron, with limited toxicity in cell culture. The similar results observed between the coronaviruses evaluated suggest that SFN could have broad activity against coronaviruses, a feature that may prove invaluable as new strains of pathogenic coronaviruses enter the human population. Moreover, synergistic antiviral activity was observed in vitro between SFN and remdesivir against both types of coronaviruses tested; comparable synergism in vivo would be advantageous in clinical scenarios where remdesivir is currently being used. We demonstrated in vivo efficacy of prophylactic SFN treatment using the K18-hACE2 mouse model of SARS-CoV-2 infection. Prophylactic SFN-treatment in animals reduced viral replication in the lungs by 1.5 orders of magnitude, similar to that reported for remdesivir in the same mouse model. By comparison, BALB/c mice infected with mouse-adapted SARS-CoV-2 had a 1.4 log10 reduction in viral titers when treated with 300 mg/kg of nirmatrelvir 4 h after infection. As expected, SFN treatment also modulated the inflammatory response in SARS-CoV-2-infected mice, leading to decreased lung injury.

In summary, we documented that SFN can inhibit in vitro and in vivo replication of SARS-CoV-2 at pharmacologically and potentially therapeutically achievable concentrations. Further, it can modulate the inflammatory response, thereby decreasing the consequences of infection in mice when administered prior to infection. Given that SFN is orally bioavailable, commercially available, and has limited side effects, our results suggest it could be a promising approach for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 as well as other coronavirus infections. Further studies are needed to address these possibilities.

Read more here and below.

Science Papers Now Subject to Extreme Censorship If They Question the “official” Narrative on Anything: Covid, Aids, Vaccines, Climate, Virology and More

The “moderators” at Cornell University‘s arXiv server, an open-access archive and free distribution service for scientific material, have been censoring scientific studies that they claim contain “inflammatory content and unprofessional language.”

A “preprint server” for preliminary versions of scientific studies that are moderated but not yet peer-reviewed or published, arXiv is supposed to be neutral when it comes to what gets published. The reality, however, is that arXiv is selectively censoring studies and even banning scientists for publishing work with “controversial” viewpoints.

In one instance, researchers tried to publish a study presenting an opposing viewpoint to another study about room temperature superconductivity. Those researchers aligned with the opposing point of view study are reportedly now “in hot water” on arXiv for daring to buck the “consensus.”

The server also proceeded to ban University of California San Diego (UCSD) theoretical physicist Jorge Hirsch from posting anything on the platform for six months as punishment for his conflicting viewpoints.

“Hirsch was the author of a number of the papers that sought to represent a different point of view on a particular topic – from a paper published in October 2020 in Nature, authored by a team led by University of Rochester physicist Ranga Dias,” reported Reclaim the Net.

“As scientists do, Hirsch was skeptical of the results of the study and asked for raw data from Dias, some of which was, after many rejections, eventually provided by a co-author. The relationship between the scientists soured, and it became evident in their subsequent papers.”

Hirsch would go on to produce two papers of his own based on the data, only to have both of them blocked by arXiv administrators, who also removed another one by Dias. Many studies have also been retracted due to fake peer reviews.

“The explanation for the latter was ‘inflammatory content’ and bad language – but Hirsch says both he and Dias should not be prevented from publishing papers, since that means preventing scientists from working,” Reclaim the Net added.

“Hirsch thinks the bans and removals are ‘very unfair’ and has called on arXiv not to put its ‘arbitrary self-righteous decorum standards’ above scientists’ right to conduct unstifled debate and have their arguments ‘judged on their merits.’”

How much published “science” is actually real science?

In its defense, arXiv, which hosts over two million preprints, and its 200 moderators say that censorship is necessary to ensure that only papers with the “correct” conclusions get published.

“If we allow this stuff, what is the difference between arXiv and Twitter?” asked University of Oxford physicist Paul Fendley, who sits on arXiv’s advisory committee.

Concerning fraudulent peer reviews and other problematic elements of modern “science,” Dr. Marcia Angell, M.D., gave a lecture unpacking how special interests tamper with “science” to ensure that only certain narratives go public.

Angell attended Harvard Medical School and is a retired editor-in-chief of The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). She has been blowing the whistle on this subject for many years, even when it was unpopular and “conspiratorial” to do so.

“Science these days is more about the art of lying than about verifiable truth and facts,” wrote someone at Natural News.

“So much for the belief in peer review and the honesty and integrity of journals,” expressed another.

As for arXiv, that repository is following in the footsteps of Big Tech by flat-out censoring “controversial” science while apparently propping up status quo pseudoscience.

The moral of the story: be careful what you accept as “science” because it might not be what it seems.

You will find more stories like this one at Censorship.news.

CNN ‘Doctor’: “The Science Has Changed” So Lift COVID Restrictions

Despite nothing changing at all, CNN’s resident ‘doctor’ Leana Wen claimed this week that “the science has changed” and so COVID restrictions including mask mandates should now be rescinded.

Wen failed to cite any studies or data that shows the science has changed.

Wen, who started to admit some weeks ago that masks don’t work in stopping the spread of COVID, stated that “the decision to wear a mask should shift from a government mandate to an individual choice.”

She added that kids in schools should not be forced to wear masks because it can be harmful and makes it harder for them to learn.

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As recently as two months ago, Wen was advocating for the Biden administration to “further restrict the activities of the unvaccinated.”

Wen also previously entrenched a segregated society when she blamed people who hadn’t taken the jab for a COVID-19 “surge” while asserting “we can’t trust the unvaccinated.”

Wen also called for making it “hard for people to remain unvaccinated” by restricting their social freedoms.

She asserted that, “It needs to be hard for people to remain unvaccinated,” claiming that it wasn’t currently difficult (despite the group being demonized and discriminated against on a daily basis).

Wen also previously stated that children returning to school need to be forced to wear industrial grade face masks and should be subjected to weekly COVID tests until they are fully vaccinated.

Suddenly all of this has changed for Wen.

It just happens to coincide with the beginning of election season, and Democrats now moving away from lockdown policies they previously vehemently advocated over fears about being wiped out politically.

[ZH: Glenn Greenwald – as always – succinctly sums up the utter f**king farce of it all]

Phizer, Gates Foundation are Funding Most Mainstream News Outlets

Ryan DeLarme
December 5th, 2021

As “fifteen days to flatten the curve” becomes months and years of COVID  psychosis, more and more people are putting together the enormous, grim puzzle of how all this came to be and why it continues to this day. Most recently, we at the Underground Newswire have compiled lists of talking heads, television shows, online publications, and entire television networks that are now in the pockets of Big-Pharma and a certain “philanthropist”.

First, we have Pfizer, who sponsors an alarming amount of establishment (CFR connected) news programs, including but not limited to:

  • Good Morning America
  • CBS Healthwatch 
  • Anderson Cooper 360
  • ABC News Nightline
  • Making a Difference (NBC)
  • CNN Tonight
  • Early Start (CNN)
  • Erin Burnett Out Front
  • This Week with George Stephanopoulos (ABC)
  • CBS Sports Update
  • Meet the Press
  • CBS This Morning
  • 60 Minutes

This list is not comprehensive but may explain why the mainstream refuses to report on the endless inpouring of criticisms, bad press, and antitrust lawsuits filed against the monstrous pharmaceutical company. 

Pfizer’s not the only big-money interest that’s wrapped its tendrils around the throat of the media, everyone’s favorite little creep Bill Gates and his foundation have donated absurd amounts of money to media outlets in an effort to stoke the flames of panic, which just so happens to have fueled the largest upward transfer of wealth in human history. As the saying goes: “You gotta spend money to make money!”

Here’s a small taste of networks and publications that the Gates Foundation has donated to:

Israel On Verge of ‘State of Emergency’ Over New Variant Two Weeks After Having War Games For ‘Omega Strain’

NICOLE S. MURPHY
NOVEMBER 26, 2021

  • The Facts:
    • The WHO has accounced a new COVID variant of interest called ‘Omicron.’
    • Israel is now on the verge of a state of emergency as a result.
    • Two weeks ago, Israel ran a war games exercise preparing for this exact type of announcement, with their new strain being called ‘Omega.’
  • Reflect On:
    • Is it not responsible to watch, explore, and wait to see if this new strain is more severe before sending the world into a state of panic?
    • Many other strains of interest turned out to be ‘nothing,’ what if this does also?

Israel’s Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, announced on Friday November 26, 2021 that the country is on the verge of a state of emergency after three people tested positive for the new ‘Omicron’ variant of the coronavirus.

This announcement comes just two weeks after Israel held the world’s first war games exercise preparing for the possible emergence of a deadly variant of the COVID virus named “Omega” in the practice game.

The new real life B1.1.529 variant recently named Omicron by the World Health Organization (WHO) is currently found in South Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong, Israel, and Belgium, where there is only one confirmed case.

South African Health Minister Joe Phaahla is calling this mass panic a “kind of knee-jerk reaction, [that] really doesn’t make sense.” He stated that this was a variant to be watched, not to jump to conclusions and panic over.

According to a report put out by the UK Health Security Agency on November 26, 2021 this new variant is under investigation and presents a large number of mutations.

“It has a large number of mutations which are likely to be biologically significant, and which may change the behaviour of the virus with regards to immune escape, transmissibility, and susceptibility to some treatments.”

SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern and variants under investigation in England

It is still unknown how contagious and severe this variant is at this time. 

Besides announcing a travel ban to and from African countries, it is unclear what further measures will be taken by Israel if it does go into a state of emergency. 

During the “Omega” drill war-game exercise led by Prime Minister Bennett, that took place just a couple weeks ago, they explored the following:  

  • Restricting gathering, events, curfews and tourism.
  • How to roll out mass testing and booster vaccines. 
  • Enforcement of quarantine. 
  • Responding to disclosure on the internet.

“Now we see a variant that spreads faster and requires us to respond faster. We’ve been working together with other world leaders and now’s the time to act fast, early, hard and strong.”

Prime Minister Bennett

Great levels of fear were used in the past when discussing COVID-19 and new variants. The overall infection mortality rates of previous strains still remains low. With variants such as Zeta and Theta being completely de-escalated by the WHO and longer under monitoring.

Perhaps the messaging of fear could be reduced for this variant until we know if it presents more severe disease than previous strains.

“We’ll Never Give Up” – Protests Erupt Across World over Gov’t Covid Tyranny

AP News calls them “far-right,” but tens of thousands of freedom-loving people marched against new tyrannical public health measures, such as partial and full lockdowns and health passports and mandatory vaccinations, across Europe.

Demonstrations against new virus restrictions were observed in Austria, Croatia, Italy, Northern Ireland, the UK, France, Germany, and the Netherlands. Outside of Europe, protesters were seen in several cities across Canada, Australia, Japan, and even the US. Some marked Saturday as part of a “Worldwide Freedom” rally to protest COVID-19 restrictions and vaccine mandates.

Some of the most intense rallies, which turned into riots, were in the port city of Rotterdam. Clashes between protesters and police began Friday and continued through Saturday night.

About 30 minutes away, protests transformed into riots in Hague.

Protesters across many European cities shared commonalities as they marched to preserve their lives and liberty. Governments are attempting to plunder that via increased COVID restrictions, mandatory health passports, and forced vaccinations.

The worst of restrictions, or rather the government’s plundering of liberties, was in Austria, where full lockdowns begin Monday. Nationwide lockdowns are expected for at least ten days but can be extended to more than two weeks. Then by Feb. 1, the government will make vaccinations mandatory (only 66% of Austria’s 8.9 million people are fully vaccinated). Good luck with that one.

Saturday’s march in Vienna’s massive Heldenplatz square had many chanting “My Body, My Choice,” “We’re Standing Up for Our Kids!,” and “Resistance!”

One of the biggest protests might have been in Zagreb, Croatia’s northwestern capital, where Citizen Free Press reports as many as 100,000 flooded streets to protest the government’s health passports and new COVID measures.

In Rome, thousands of demonstrators gathered in the capital’s Circus Maximus to protest against “Green Pass” certificates required at workplaces, restaurants, cinemas, theaters, sports venues, and gyms, as well as for public transportation.

“People like us never give up,” read a protester’s sign.

The pushback against totalitarianism is spreading across Europe. Usually, “Europeans generally are more compliant than Americans when it comes to government orders. But even there, citizens are protesting governments seizing power in the name of public health,” said American Thinker’s Thomas Lifson.

People of the world are awakening to government tyranny plundering their life and liberties as the Davos Man, the world’s elites, and their political puppet officials are becoming more unfavorable than ever. The increasing discontent among citizens and their respective governments is dangerous – this is how revolutions begin.

FDA Wants Until 2076 To Fully Release Pfizer Vaccine Data: Lawsuit

The Free Thought Project
November 18, 2021

The FDA has asked a federal judge to make the public wait until the year 2076 to disclose all of the data and information it relied upon to license Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. That is not a typo. It wants 55 years to produce this information to the public.

As explained in a prior article, the FDA repeatedly promised “full transparency” with regard to Covid-19 vaccines, including reaffirming “the FDA’s commitment to transparency” when licensing Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.

With that promise in mind, in August and immediately following approval of the vaccine, more than 30 academics, professors, and scientists from this country’s most prestigious universities requested the data and information submitted to the FDA by Pfizer to license its COVID-19 vaccine.

The FDA’s response?  It produced nothing. So, in September, my firm filed a lawsuit against the FDA on behalf of this group to demand this information. To date, almost three months after it licensed Pfizer’s vaccine, the FDA still has not released a single page. Not one.

Instead, two days ago, the FDA asked a federal judge to give it until 2076 to fully produce this information. The FDA asked the judge to let it produce the 329,000+ pages of documents Pfizer provided to the FDA to license its vaccine at the rate of 500 pages per month, which means its production would not be completed earlier than 2076.  The FDA’s promise of transparency is, to put it mildly, a pile of illusions [ZH, we note that the FDA justifies this by claiming that the rate of 500 pages per month “is consistent with processing schedules entered by courts across the country in FOIA cases,” and blames the plaintiffs for “its own broad FOIA request”].

It took the FDA precisely 108 days from when Pfizer started producing the records for licensure (on May 7, 2021) to when the FDA licensed the Pfizer vaccine (on August 23, 2021).   Taking the FDA at its word, it conducted an intense, robust, thorough, and complete review and analysis of those documents in order to assure that the Pfizer vaccine was safe and effective for licensure. While it can conduct that intense review of Pfizer’s documents in 108 days, it now asks for over 20,000 days to make these documents available to the public. 

So, let’s get this straight. The federal government shields Pfizer from liability.  Gives it billions of dollars.  Makes Americans take its product.  But won’t let you see the data supporting its product’s safety and efficacy.  Who does the government work for?

The lesson yet again is that civil and individual rights should never be contingent upon a medical procedure.  Everyone who wants to get vaccinated and boosted should be free to do so.  But nobody should be coerced by the government to partake in any medical procedure.  Certainly not one where the government wants to hide the full information relied upon for its licensure until the year 2076!

The FDA’s Cushy Relationship With The Pharmaceutical Industry

Ryan DeLarme,
September 12th, 2021

People are rushing to tout the recent FDA approval of Pfizer’s mRNA vaccine as if it were some great scientific victory. The troubling part is that the institution’s shady history seems to be all but forgotten.

No matter how you slice it, the Pharmaceutical industry is the central engine of the global health establishment. The industry’s larger corporations (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, etc.) provide funding for the FDA, the CDC, the WHO; they do this both directly and through NGOs like the EPDA. It was recently reported that pharmaceutical giants are raking in the money with the sale of their novel and inadequately tested COVID-19 vaccines. Pfizer expects to earn $33.5 billion in 2021. J&J estimates its full-year COVID-19 vaccine sales to be $2.5 billion while Moderna forecasts $19.2 billion. These enormous figures will be grossly surpassed when one considers the forthcoming round of booster shots and the profits those will yield. 

When it comes to lobbying money spent in 2021, the Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America group ranks number three nationally. Interestingly, the fourth, fifth, and sixth positions are also members of the health establishment. These are the American Hospital Association, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and the American Medical Association, respectively. Pfizer by itself is number 15.

The ties between the FDA and Big Pharma run deep, their relationship has become so symbiotic that neither could exist without the other unless massive reforms were to take place. Big Pharma relies on the FDA to approve and rush their products to market and the FDA relies on Big Pharma to receive its funding. Not only that but there seems to be a revolving door of FDA Commissioners landing on the boards of these Pharmaceutical companies. 

Scott Gottlieb, who stepped down as FDA Commissioner in the spring of 2019, soon found himself sitting comfortably on Pfizer’s board of directors.  Gottlieb’s predecessor, DR. Margaret Hamburg, landed a cushy position on the board of Directors for Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Steven Hahn, the former FDA Commissioner under Donald Trump, wound up at Flagship Pioneering; the venture capital firm that launched Moderna. 

The list goes on and on, in fact, 9 out of the last 10 FDA commissioners —representing nearly four decades of agency leadership— have gone on to work for pharmaceutical companies. The lone exception was David Kessler, who joined the ranks in academia before eventually settling in his current position as chair of the board of directors at the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Criticism towards the modern medical-industrial complex has triggered many arguments, this is particularly true in the age of COVID. Regardless of whatever stance you take on any medical debate, it is undeniable that the industry operates in the same mafia-esque fashion as the Media, Big Tech, and Big Government.

Forbes Tells Readers “You Should Not Do Your Own Research”

Joe Martino
August 8th, 2020

  • The Facts: An article written by astrophysicist Ethan Siegel Ph.D. in Forbes tells readers it is dangerous to do your own research on important topics of our time. He suggests we should only listen to experts.
  • Reflect On: Why do we hold on to ideas even when new evidence tells us it’s time to question? What state of being identifies so strongly with ideas of the mind that we think those ideas are our identity?

In a recent article out of Forbes, scientist Ethan Siegel suggests people should not “do their own research” on topics as they are not qualified to understand, and doing that research yourself could be dangerous. Throughout the article, Siegel cites the public health disaster that he believes ensued as a result of people questioning vaccines. He also points out that people doubt the validity of water fluoridation due to their dangerous research, and now there exists people who question water fluoridation when they shouldn’t.

To both vaccines and water fluoridation, Siegel believes there is scientific consensus on safety and effectiveness, and therefore anyone doing their own research must stop, and if they come to a different conclusion than the consensus, they must be unqualified.

This is where Siegel’s lack of digging and research is revealed. There is plenty of scientific evidence that would lead any functioning individual to question the safety of both vaccines and water fluoridation. In fact, the science is on the sides of both vaccines having inherent dangers we need to come to terms with, and water fluoridation having serious effects on brain function. Thousands of scientists see this. These are not rare, internet-driven realities, they are extremely well scientifically backed, and the only thing to points to them being untrue is unbacked mainstream scientific culture.

This is though, the natural progression of information. At first, it is ridiculed heavily, even when the evidence points to the fact that we are incorrect to ridicule. It’s odd because many scientists seem to throw the scientific method out when doing their work. “Once we know something, it cannot change, even when new research comes forth” This is the unscientific sentiment it appears many are operating from. But why? Why do we get so stuck in our ideas?

In a new episode of the Takeaway, our first segment explored this article as well as all the details Siegel seemed to miss when it comes to vaccination, water fluoridation and the fact that people truly do need to do their own research, otherwise, no one will hold scientists, corporations and governments accountable for their deception. We also discuss the human condition and state of being that gets us stuck in these ideas. By shifting this state of being, we can once again open up and free our minds.

Memberships are how we support our work at this time, due to the fact we have been demonetized for doing our own research 🙂

8 Creative Ways to Cope and Thrive Through Coronavirus and Beyond

  Jack Adam Weber,
May 6th, 2020

Originally published @ Wake Up World

It took me about two weeks into our current pandemic, after I emerged from shock, to realize how precisely applicable the content of my new book, Climate Cure: Heal Yourself to Heal the Planet, is for navigating our current pandemic. This is because the pandemic shares common root causes with climate crisis via what I call our “Triangle of Resilience Relationships.” These three relationships consist of 1) our relationship with ourselves (inner healing), 2) our relationship with the natural world (nature connection), and 3) our relationship with one another (building heartfelt community).

In Climate Cure I explore how a deterioration of these essential relationships has caused and perpetuated climate crisis. The good news is that revitalizing these three relationships is a radical means to transform both our inner worlds as well as to promote the more beautiful planet we want to create.

Amid the suffering and devastation the pandemic, it is also causing many of us to slow down, break our habitual and mesmerizing routines, spend more time with ourselves and our families, and question our purpose and future in new ways—the exact conditions we need for genuine transformation and initiation.

The eight creative ways to cope that I share below are primarily geared to those of us with the privilege to choose a response to the pandemic—which we all possess to some degree—more than it is for those whose only choice is to respond to the call of essential medical duty, work overtime, or otherwise fight for survival minute to minute. By focusing on radically sustainable and creative ways to cope and thrive, we can revolutionize our own lives and use our privilege to create more justice.

While there are many recommendations for which natural remedies to take—and I have blended two potent herbal extract formulas for this purpose—I wanted to share some less common ways to cope and thrive through this time of simultaneous tragedy and opportunity. All are integral to Climate Cure and, as you may notice, each fortifies one or more of our Triangle of Resilience Relationships.

1 – Engage Inner Work

Inner work pertains to Triangle of Resilience Relationship #1 and is at the heart of Climate Cure . It hinges on the inner-outer, Yin-Yang dynamic formalized by the great Carl Jung and social justice hero Mahatma Ghandi: what we create in the world is a mirror image of what’s inside us. Reckoning with grief and shadow work, as well as how to manage anxiety and work with fear, are at the heart of this inner work.

Many of us have been thrown into the proverbial yogi’s meditation cave or onto the therapist’s couch. We are forced to be face ourselves, without many of the distractions that prevent us from—or which we use to prevent—our deeper emotions and chronic bad habits. I’ve been personally retreating into a more internal space, revisiting old hurts and unresolved issues that arise just by slowing down and being more quiet and sensitive to my inner life.

This is a time for finding value and meaning in our own company as we learn new ways to regulate our minds and emotions. Struggles with sadness and depression, frustration and anger, fear and anxiety, helplessness and despair, are common struggles I hear these days. All are comprehensively explored in Climate Cure and will be reviewed more in depth in a sequel article, as it is beyond the scope of this one to address them.

Changing our perspective from “deprivation to development,” as my friend Amy Belanger put it, can help us harvest the best from this opportunity, as we radically accept our predicament. Taking tough times on as a personal challenge to adapt and thrive rather than merely as a frustration or inconvenience can make all the difference in coping through rather than sinking from the stress of the pandemic and the overarching issue of climate change.

Book Let’s All Be Brave: Living Life with Everything You Have

2 – Wave and Adopt

Wave: When in town, I wave to and greet as many people as I can. Most of us feel isolated and more afraid, so waving to, smiling, and greeting people—even as they drive by—uplifts me and seems to be a welcome relief for those who receive my salutations. Their return greeting helps me feel more connected and is a palpable reminder that we truly are all in this together.

Adopt: Pick someone or something that is underprivileged and “adopt” them. I have chosen to give free health support, products, and money to a couple others who are especially struggling, as well as make myself available for numerous others who are emotionally challenged. Another friend in my community, Brian Berman, has dedicated himself to printing headbands for medical workers who desperately need them.

Both “Wave and Adopt” especially help boost Triangle of Resilience Relationship #3, our connection with one another, during this time when we are kept apart from our larger community.

3  – Reckon with Mortality

While on a recent hike to the river bottom with my brother, I was suddenly confronted with my mortality. As we sat together in silence on our respective, socially distanced boulders, the water coursed around the river rocks. In that moment, beneath the level of thought, I had a deep visceral reckoning that I—and my whole family—would one day become that water, that rock, that earth. This was instantly juxtaposed at a feeling level with images of us all endlessly running around tackling the endless list of chores and obligations we have each day.

This experience occurred within a period of seconds, while the poignant and comforting sense of temporality lasted all evening into the next day. It brought on a wholesome grief that was not depressing or morbid. Rather, it was refreshing and helped calm my anxiety (as grief does) and settle me into an immediate aliveness and appreciation of the moment. It settled me into the belly of my experience of this pandemic.

Others have also shared with me that the theme of death is arising for them, and spontaneous reckonings like the one I describe, seem more common, as medicine for our times. Such encounters help us meet and process our losses, surrender neurotic control, and soften our hearts.

4 – Stoke the Absurd

There is plenty to be distraught about these days. At the same time, we can appreciate how bizarre and ridiculous this whole thing is—the intense and even bizarre measures effected in the face of the pandemic and the insanity of our species generally! None of this is to minimize the suffering and a compassionate response, or the seriousness of the issue. Rather, it is a way to lighten our stress around it, give our brains a break, and continue to stay apprised and functional.

Absurdity includes being silly. So find any opportunity to laugh! I have made up several nicknames for the virus, for example, which I bandy about with friends, who also appreciate such silliness. I even invent and bust our nonsensical songs about the virus.

My best friend and I have recently taken up the practice of creating elaborate treasure hunts (in unpopulated areas). We leave notes and clues in strange places and send each other on wild goose chases that end in a surprise treat. Some hunts take as long as an hour to complete! And we make up absurd stories along the way, such as the likelihood that badgers might get to the treasure before the other finds it. Thus, we recite the mantra: “beat the badger.”

Embrace your own version of absurdity and silliness, and laugh often!

5 – Accept That You Might Get the Virus

One morning early last week, while still in bed, I had a spontaneous breakthrough. I realized and deeply accepted that I might get the virus and contract Covid-19. This wasn’t an intellectual process and conclusion, but a spontaneous acceptance, like my river bottom experience with death.

This might seem like an unwise thing to accept, but it deeply helped me, paradoxically. I didn’t realize just how much fear I was holding until that morning (note: I don’t consider fear all bad; it is in fact adaptive in the right amount, as I discuss in depth in Climate Cure). But fear can build up unnecessarily when we are unawares. My psyche seemed to recognize that I was carrying an excess and it helped me let go by delivering the full-bodied reckoning that I might get the virus. As a result, and paradoxically, I felt relieved.

This acceptance doesn’t change my actions and the precautions I take to avoid the virus; I’m just not carrying around as much unnecessary fear as I used to. Recently, I heard of a Covid patient who was relieved that what she most feared finally came true, and that it was not nearly as scary as what she had anticipated. Her fortunate experience, of course, is not everyone’s.

Radically accepting this possibility helped my nervous system downshift two gears, a form of radical inner acceptance. I recommend not trying to accept this reality, just be open to its possibility for if it happens to visit you.

6 – Welcome Hardship

There seems a pervasive need to turn everything into a positive, to make the best of the pandemic, and to do anything to make it better. While it’s often helpful to make the best of situations, it can also be exhausting and get in the way of deeper change. I know several people who have burned themselves out trying to do just this. Sometimes we frantically try to be positive as a result of being anxious and not being able to modulate this anxiety. Taking deep breaths often and naming our anxiety and fear when they arise can help us gain a little distance from these powerful emotions to allow us to be with them and not give in to our compulsions to frantically get away from them, which takes a lot of energy!

Consider letting part of yourself accept the hardship of these times without trying to change it. Experiment with accepting some of your suffering and just letting it hurt. This said, you don’t have to suffer needlessly, so discern which aspects of your suffering to address proactively and which aspects you can’t control to just let be. Acceptance can cause less suffering and nurture growth that takes us beyond our current limitations, especially when we don’t try to constantly avoid hardship.

Transformation, after all, usually happens by being with difficulty, letting yourself be changed by it, not by trying to constantly transform it.

7 – Cultivate Radical Joy

Radical joy might seem incompatible with accepting hardship, but we can embrace both, as a tension of opposites. This is holistic, integral thinking as opposed to oppositional, binary thinking.

Poet and essayist Wendell Berry wrote, “Be joyful, though you have considered all the facts.” In other words, we can also honor and consecrate joy amid challenging circumstances. Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl also tells of generating radical joy in the concentration camps; his classic book Man’s Search for Meaning is a potent read for these times and one I reference in Climate Cure.

Set aside time each day, or throughout the day, to allow yourself to experience joy. Don’t grasp at joy, just create the ripe environment for it to find you. Again, laugh every chance you get!

In addition to the joys of eating, sex, and sleeping, try inviting more enjoyment through your own creativity, the joy of being in nature, bonding with your family (it’s a practice!), and the joy of letting your body and mind rest and unwind during this time of pause. Several families I know have shared that they are coming together now more than they have in a decade. Also, finding joy in what is free and still abundantly available is radically resourceful and especially important these days of relative deprivation.

Maybe now is time to begin the book you’ve always wanted to write, exercise more, begin a regular meditation practice, learn about wild edible plants in your area, plant a garden, or begin composting. I’ve been making salads from wild mustard, mallow, and arugula, and harvesting wild oats, whose milky seed pod that emerges in spring is an excellent nervine (nervous system relaxant). Or maybe you want to get more serious about living in community or moving to the country.

For a more sublime and subtle joy, see if you can tap into the joy that the animals, and maybe even the plants, might be feeling or sensing without so much of our intrusion, noise, and pollution-making. I have rejoiced in the birdsong which seems clearer and more pronounced now due to lower ambient noise.

8 – Practice for Climate Crisis

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Last—and definitely not least—it’s important to keep the bigger picture and our longer trajectory in mind. Here we are in a mini, climate-like collapse, with the opportunity to practice adapting.

Our disturbed relationship with the natural world, pursuing infinite growth on a finite planet, and feeling entitled to comfort in every way, are some of the same underlying drivers for climate crisis. As I discuss in Climate Cure, many of our current challenges— including the wisdom for how to navigate difficult emotions such as anxiety, fear, and grief—are the same as those we encounter facing climate change. (An excerpt from the book on how to manage anxiety and depression, for example, can be downloaded here.)

Let’s use this time to practice for the long run, for climate crisis proper, the likelihood of more pandemics and more severe limitations ahead, or for any future challenges. Many of us may soon be confronted with having to evacuate wildfires and floods; will we shelter in place to abide social distancing or evacuate and expose ourselves to others as we flee natural disaster?

Simplifying and decluttering our lives is key to adapting to the Covid-19 pandemic and Climate Crisis. Degrowth, or consuming less of everything, is also beneficial long-term to reduce your carbon footprint, even if doing so is largely a means to come into right alignment with our struggling planet. See what aspects of normal you can let go and do without to reduce stress, save money, and create more freedom.

Reflections:

I invite you to pull out your journal and jot down responses to the following:

  1. Which aspects of this essay most spoke to you?
  2. Which aspects of the essay spoke to you the least?
  3. After reading this essay, In what ways are you inspired to consider changing, commit to change, or to continue (or adjust) what you’ve been doing?

About The Author

Jack Adam Weber, L.Ac., M.A., is a Chinese medicine physician, having graduated valedictorian of his class in 2000. He has authored hundreds of articles, thousands of poems, and several books. His latest prose work is Climate Cure: Heal Yourself to Heal the Planet, (September, 2020). Weber is an activist for embodied spirituality and writes extensively on the subjects of holistic medicine, emotional depth work, mind-body integration, and climate crisis, all the while challenging his readers to think and act outside the box. He is also the developer of the Nourish Practice, a deeply restorative, embodied meditation practice, as well as an educational guide for healing the wounds of childhood. His work can be found at jackadamweber.com, on Facebook, or on Twitter, where he can also be contacted for medical consultations and life-coaching.

SOURCE: https://wakeup-world.com/2020/05/06/8-creative-ways-to-cope-and-thrive-through-coronavirus-and-beyond/