Why You Should Not Trust Medical Experts…

Is it just me or are “free countries” like the US and Australia increasingly suffering from epidemics of human complacency, gullibility, and laziness?

These are the traits that breed tyranny in all its “glory.” In the realm of medicine, placing inordinate amounts of trust in designated “experts” is one symptom of our collective complacency. Most people seem to prefer to outsource our intelligence and capacity for critical thought to someone else, someone we’ve been conditioned to trust.

For example: “We asked an expert what would happen if no one got vaccinated and this is what they said, etc., etc.”

Asking “an expert” in this kind of context is an appeal to authority, a basic logical fallacy.

It’s a very appealing way out of actually investigating a subject in depth and thinking for oneself (appealing for some people, that is). Appealing to the authority of an “expert” is just too tempting for many chemically-addled humans at this point. Why painstakingly develop your own sophisticated viewpoint when you can just parrot what an “expert” has pronounced from on high without a second thought? They must know what they’re talking about, right? Why else would they be appearing on TV or radio as an “expert”?

Instead of placing all of your faith in someone promoted as an “expert,” how about something like this:

I investigated for myself and assessed the merits of arguments put forward by MANY “experts”, I learned HISTORY, I read scientific papers, studied clinical evidence and the testimony of endless insiders/whistleblowers, I listened to thousands of bereaved parents, investigated the Vaccine Injury Compensation Payouts ($3.5 billion and counting) and how hard it is to actually achieve justice, I studied the politics of medicine and vaccination (as well as human psychology), I weighed the evidence from all angles, and reached logical conclusions based on said evidence – far too much to get into in a short blog post.

 

But don’t worry, I’m sure your single “expert” knows what’s going on and should be completely blindly trusted, just like a Catholic would trust the Pope.

Vaccines, historically, were NEVER crucial in protecting ANY form of society, “developed” or otherwise.1 The idea of vaccines is to simulate the natural immunity acquired by a community’s contact with a disease – the evidence that vaccines work as advertised is, pardon my French, piss poor. Historians know that sanitation, hygiene, quarantine, water filtration, and better nutrition are to thank for the eradication and/or control of diseases and the reductions in mortality. All of the major reductions in disease mortality happened BEFORE vaccines were introduced as a result of these methods and interventions in living conditions, and moreover, there were some diseases whose mortality rates dropped in parallel and yet there was no vaccine even developed for them! What? You mean to say that vaccines have been given undue credit? Oh yes, absolutely.

In reality, vaccines succeeded in creating a raft of new diseases and harm (encephalitis, paralysis, developmental delays, autoimmunity, genetic damage, and on the list goes), a fact which is actively suppressed by the “authorities,” the same people who censor films like VAXXED and demonise anyone who asks legitimate QUESTIONS as they promote a cult-like ideology and social movement that promotes blind acquiescence over and above critical thinking and investigation.

In Australia we have reached the point where we value sacrosanct medical ideology over individuality, independent thought, and integrity in medicine. We value medical dogma over freedom, in point of fact, or the “authorities” do at least.

The Truth About Experts

“Experts” are people promoted by the pharmaceutical/medical Establishment to reinforce entrenched politically correct medical dogmas that tend, in the case of vaccines, to have little correlation to reality, if any at all. The job of the “expert” is merely to reinforce the lucrative status quo created by a multi-billion dollar industry.

Do you think industry will give that up voluntarily by admitting the truth? Why do you think industry fought so long to control medical education, hmm? In-doctor-ination! Imagine having hordes of mind-controlled board-certified shills out there pedaling your toxic wares for you and calling it “best practice medicine”!

Cha-ching!

Imagine if, at the same time, they also demonised and diminished the value of all of your economic competition?

Double cha-ching!

If you can’t overcome your egoic investment in the PC version of reality for your own sake, at least do it for the children who rely on adults to protect them from junk science and shitty medicine.

The Logic of Forced Medicine in a “Free Country”

There is a disturbing social undercurrent of medical zealotry in some nations, including both America and the Land Down Under. Some people just don’t seem to comprehend that you can’t have both “freedom” AND compulsory medical interventions. In the West it is a joke what we kid ourselves as constituting “freedom”. People push for mandatory vaccination and punitive measures for those who choose differently for their families, and at the same time have the dimwittedness to adhere to the “we’re a free country” fable.

It may have been once – and it could be again – but not through the coercive powers of government as it enforces medical tyranny by removing the freedom to CHOOSE. Without free choice there is only violence, coercion, extortion, and mind control. (Mind control is essential to getting the public to the point of fastening the chains to their own ankles, or in this case, campaigning for the erosion of freedom by forced medicine.)

You can’t have it both ways.

When you advocate for mandatory medicine, you advocate for medical tyranny1 – and you do it against the best available evidence.

Freedom means facing the unknowns and uncontrollables of life and having the capacity and the RIGHT to choose the responses to those challenges (real or imagined) that make the most sense to you. Freedom means that you can make that choice without fear of punishment or retribution (by government or anyone else), otherwise all you really have is a dilemma, not free choice.

You’re stuck between a rock and a hard place and all the while your government insults your intelligence by discouraging personal investigation, posing as the definitive arbiters of “truth” – truth that is just so self-evidently “true” that you’d have to be a crazy conspiracy theorist to exercise the audacity to dare researching the foundations of that “truth”… right? Because only baby killers are sceptical of government and medical authority figures, right? Only irresponsible luddites would investigate these things for themselves, right?

Only fans of disease epidemics could possibly entertain the thought of sustained personal investigation into narratives offered by government as gospel…right? Only paranoiacs would entertain neurotic thoughts causing them to want to assess the evidence on which medical authorities and government spokespeople base their opinions…right?

Which side of history do we want to stand on in the end?

Totalitarian regimes rely on many of the psychological and behavioural traits exhibited by people who are hostile to questioning the medical status quo: blind faith, unquestioning loyalty to the “leadership,” high levels of trust, fear of the unknown, abdication of responsibility for thoughts and decision-making, the subconscious drive to conveniently lay the blame for society’s ills on a subset of dissenters who raise questions or exhibit considered scepticism, and so on.

It’s just so much easier to be on the bandwagon than have the gumption, nous, initiative, and courage to critique the bandwagon ideology… until it’s YOUR child that the medical system damages and betrays, like the millions of others.

Unfortunately then it’s too late, and you yourself become a statistic: one of the many parents who bitterly regrets their blind faith in the featured “experts” of the medical system, experts who cannot help you undo the damage, and worse, will deny all responsibility and connection to it in the first place.

Freedom means having the option of not playing this sick game.

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Should You Vaccinate? The Top 10 Reasons to Never Take a Vaccine

There are many, many good reasons to never take a vaccine.

Whether you want to protect yourself against carcinogenic hidden ingredients, disallow toxic adjuvants into your body, defend your immune system against a chemical onslaught or refuse to be part of any sinister schemes of sterilization-depopulation agenda, this information is vitally important. More and more, we are learning the truth about vaccines, what they are really composed of and what they really do to the human body – and the more we learn about them, the more we see just how dangerous and harmful they are. Whatever they may have been or could be, as it stands, they are a weapon of medical destruction that makes billions of dollars for the Rockefeller MedicineBig Pharma cartel. Here is my list of the top 10 reasons for an ordinary person to never take a vaccine, unless they were in a life-threatening situation where somehow the benefit outweighed the risk.

Reason #1 to Never Take a Vaccine: Toxic Ingredients – Formaldehyde, MSG, Antibiotics, GMOs, Polysorbate, Mercury, Squalene and More

It’s still hard to believe in this day and age that vaccines are being touted as “medicine” while being composed of such a veritable concoction of chemicals. There are still several vaccines that contain highly toxic mercury (thimerosal) and squalene. However, even if you avoid those vaccines, you are still likely to get hit with the standard ingredients, which are hardly less toxic: formaldehyde (a preservative and a foul-smelling chemical categorized as a class 1 definite carcinogen by the IARC), MSG (a proven excito-toxin), antibiotics, GMOs and polysorbate. See my article Toxic Vaccine Adjuvants & Ingredients: The Top 10 for a fuller analysis of these and other vaccine ingredients.

Reason #2 to Never Take a Vaccine: Toxic Adjuvants – Aluminum

Aluminum (or aluminium in British English) is added to most vaccines. It is rare to find a vaccine with aluminum or some kind of aluminum product such as aluminum salts (aluminum hydroxide, aluminum phosphate and aluminum potassium sulfate). In this respect, it is defined as an adjuvant since it ramps up and augments the body’s immune response to the vaccine. Unfortunately, aluminum is also ramps up your chances of getting muscle weakness, osteoporosis, anemia, impaired immunity, seizures, dementia and cancer. The CDC, intertwined with Big Pharma and a staunch defender of vaccines, tries to defend the fact that aluminum is present in vaccines by claiming that  aluminum is an abundant Earth element is present in the air, water and food. This is technically true but an attempt at fooling you, since it all depends on what form the aluminum is in. Zeolite is a wondrous natural supplement which is basically composed of aluminum and silicon, bound tightly together in an alumino-silicate crystalline structure. The aluminum in zeolite enters and exits your body without remaining there. However, aluminum from other sources such as vaccines does get deposited in your body and leads to neurotoxicity.

Reason #3 to Never Take a Vaccine: Hidden Ingredients – Immunity-Destroying Nagalese

Nagalese sprung into the headlines of Natural Health and Alternative Media websites in 2015 during the spate of dead holistic doctors who were (almost certainly) taken out. The story of nagalese is closely connected to that of GcMAF (Globulin component Macrophage Activating Factor), which is a molecule that numerous holistic doctors were investigating and beginning to use as a treatment for various diseases. GcMAF becomes the GC protein after it combines with vitamin D, and has the potential to be a universal cure for cancer, as well as to reverse autism, HIV, liver/kidney disease and diabetes. Some of the holistic doctors who were killed for their research into GcMAF were having an incredible 85% efficacy rate with it – a number so high it is almost unheard of.

Nagalese is an enzyme which prevents GcMAF from forming the GC protein, thus compromising the entire immune system. As Natural News reported in 2015:

“… Dr. Bradstreet and his colleagues discovered is that the immune system is being compromised by a compound called “nagalase.” Nagalase is an enzyme/protein that’s made by cancer cells and viruses causing immunodeficiency syndromes and has also been linked to autism as well as a “host of other problems,” Dr. Broer explains. “What ends up happening is when the GC protein cannot be converted to McGAF, the entire immune system is compromised.” Some of the doctors who wound up dead or missing believed that the nagalase protein/enzyme was being introduced intentionally into the body either virally or directly through vaccines. “This is such incredibly damning information to the entire medical profession and the immunological profession and those folks that [sic] are producing immunizations, that apparently they didn’t want these guys around,” Dr. Broer said. “I’m not saying what happened to these guys, I’m just saying they’re not on this planet anymore.”

Nagalase is like a stealth bomber, the nagalase enzyme synthesized in or released from cancer cells or a virus particle pinpoints the GcMAF protein facilities on the surface of your T and B lymphocytes and simply wipes them out with an incredibly precise bomb. How precise? Nagalase locates and attacks one specific two-electron bond located only at the 420th amino acid position … like selectively taking out a park bench in a major city from 6,000 miles away. More astonishingly, if that is possible, nagalase never misses its target, so there is no collateral damage. Dr. Bradstreet and his colleagues also learned that the nagalase protein was not present in children at birth but was somehow introduced into autistic children, they felt, during the immunization process.”

So nagalese interferes with GcMAF, somehow gets into the body of autistic children even though it wasn’t there at birth and can cripple the immune system. The jury is still out as to whether vaccines are the source of it.

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Reason #4 to Never Take a Vaccine: Injection of Human and Animal Cells

Vaccines use animal DNA to grow and culture the bacterium or virus being vaccinated against. Today’s vaccines have been made from a variety of animal cells, including but not limited to DNA from birds (chicken cells are very common), cows, pigs, dogs, monkeys, worms and other insects. This in and of itself is a red flag, since the injection of foreign DNA into the bloodstream can lead to all sorts of problems and trigger all sorts of allergies. See my earlier article Vaccine Animal Cells: Bird, Pig, Cow, Dog, Monkey, Mouse, Worm & Insect DNA Used in Vaccines for more information.

What we do know for sure – since it’s a historical fact – is that vaccines in the 1950s were contaminated with SV 40 (SV-40 or Simian Virus 40). We were alerted to the SV40 cause of cancer thanks to Dr. Bernice Eddy. In the Congressional papers The Executive Reorganization and Government Research of the Committee on Government Operations United States Senate, Ninety-Second Congress, Second Session [1972] it states on page 500 (according to VacTruth):

“The next and only serious vaccine crisis that has occurred since the polio episode was the realization in mid-1961 that a monkey virus later shown to cause tumors in hamsters was contaminating both polio and adenovirus vaccines. The virus, known as SV40, was entering the vaccines and, just as in the polio case were surviving the formalin treatment.

There were several states by which the full extent of the SV40 problem became known. First was the discovery in 1959-1960 by a DBS scientist, once again Bernice Eddy, that an unknown agent in the monkey kidney cells used to produce polio and adenovirus vaccines would cause tumors when the cells were injected into hamsters.”

Reason #5 to Never Take a Vaccine: Blood Sludge, Hypoxia, Ischemia and Localized “Strokes” in Your Body

Dr. Andrew Moulden was a knowledgeable doctor who died mysteriously in 2013 aged 49. He had done extensive research on the subject of vaccine damage and vaccine injuries. He wrote on the topic as well as producing a DVD series entitled Tolerance Lost, where he explains in great detail (with numerous examples) exactly how vaccines are destroying our health.

Specifically, he reveals how vaccines enter the bloodstream and cause blood sludge. This is due to aluminum, which is present is basically all vaccines. When used in water treatment plants, aluminum causes particles to flocculate (come together) and sludge to the bottom of tanks or containers. Your blood is around 92% water. The vaccines have the same effect on your blood.

Dr. Moulden also highlights the mechanism by which vaccines cause you to have a localized “stroke” in any part of your body, meaning an area where blood and oxygen cannot go. Essentially, vaccines cause an artificial hyperstimulation of your body’s non-specific immune system. The injection of foreign substances causes many white blood cells to roll along blood vessel walls. Since there are too many of these white blood cells, it impairs blood flow. This leads to either hypoxia (inadequate oxygen supply) and/or ischemia (reduction of blood supply to tissues, causing a limitation of oxygen and glucose). On a cellular level, when you take a vaccine, you also suffer from a perivascular “attack” by white blood cells along the outside walls of micro vessels, which causes capillaries to become blocked and plugged. The damaged microvessels close in order to prevent bleeding into tissue (hemorrhagic transformation). This renders some tissue areas without blood supply or oxygen.

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Tragically, many children (and adults) have telltale signs of vaccine damage with droopy eyes and mouths. Dr. Moulden writes:

The measurement system I have created is based on the 12 cranial nerves and the clinical skills doctors are supposed to use to assess brain function and integrity. I have called the measurement system the 12 “Eye” M.A.S.S. Anoxia Measures (12-IMAM).

M.A.S.S. is an acronym for many chronic illnesses and diseases that impair blood flow “Moulden Anoxia Spectrum Syndromes.” One-size-fits-all global vaccination schemes have created M.A.S.S. disorders on MASS scales. MASS disorders, from infectious diseases to vaccinations, have a common sequence of injuries which includes impaired blood flow, oxygenation, blood carrying capacity, and non-specific immune hyper-stimulation.

In essence, we are creating disease and chronic illness by an over-zealous activation of a natural set of healing mechanisms in human physiology – a component phase of the MASS physiological response.

Serial (repeat) vaccinations aggravate the core problems. Once the blood vessels are damaged, to a critical point, the pathological process can take on a self-perpetuating life of its own, from infants to teenagers to adults, to companion pets alike.

Four features of the 12-IMAM measurement system that you can now see, include the eye turning in, the eye turning out, the smile becoming asymmetrical [one side of mouth will droop, while opposite side will not], and the eye blinks coming out of sync. These are strokes, from ischemia, throughout the brain and body, for all. Repeat vaccination is the primary culprit …”

Reason #6 to Never Take a Vaccine: The Herd Immunity Myth Busted

If you think that you are doing yourself and your community a favor by getting vaccinated, think again. The idea of herd immunity is a pseudo-scientific mythHerd immunity is based on numerous assumptions which don’t hold their weight under a closer scrutiny.

The first assumption of vaccine efficacy. If vaccines are truly effective at protecting you against a disease, why worry that if those around you get that disease? If you’re protected, you’re protected, right? The second assumption of supposed lifelong immunity. If herd immunity is really so important to protect a community, that would presuppose that the vaccinated could fight off the disease – whenever it struck. But what happens after 5 years go by after you get your shot? 10 years? 20? 30? The very existence of booster shots shows that vaccine-induced immunity wears off after time. The third assumption is that the vaccinated cannot transmit the disease. However, as reported by Mercolain 2013, a FDA study concluded that those vaccinated against pertussis or whopping cough could still carry and transmit the disease, even if they got no symptoms. They’re called an asymptomatic carrier.

Lastly, it’s important to make the distinction between of acquired immunity(i.e. vaccine-induced immunity) vs. natural immunity. There is a world of difference between artificial vaccine-induced immunity and naturally-acquired immunity which is attained through contracting and successfully fighting off a disease. The human immune system is vastly more complex and sophisticated than we understand, and is made up of specific and non-specific parts. A vaccine does not closely resemble natural immunity in many ways, including only engendering a specific response, having a completely different point of entry, not conferring lifelong immunity, etc. Immunity is far more mysterious than just a measure of antibody titers.

Reason #7 to Never Take a Vaccine: Viral Shedding

As mentioned above, viral shedding is a big but untalked-about problem with vaccines. It explains why groups of vaccinated people contract the disease they are supposedly vaccinated against, while the unvaccinated remain unaffected. Viral vaccines are vaccines containing live viruses, even if they are weak or attenuated strains. These live viruses shed for varying amounts of time in the body fluids of a vaccinated individual – and can be transmitted to others. You can absolutely catch the virus (or bacterium) from someone who has just been vaccinated against that disease. Not only that, but viral shedding from vaccines is leading to viral and bacterial mutations, helping to create a phenomenon of new and dangerous strains of disease which can evade treatment by becoming accustomed to whatever drugs get thrown at them.

I quoted Barbara Loe-Fisher, co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) in this article:
“The live polio vaccine, the Sabin vaccine, which followed the inactivated Salk vaccine, was given orally [and] contains live attenuated polioviruses. Those polioviruses, when you take that [live] vaccine, you shed them in your body fluids – your saliva, urine, and stool. Vaccine-strain viruses like disease viruses or infections can be found also sometimes in tears and vomit. This is true for the Ebola virus as well. Whether you have the viral infection or you get the live attenuated vaccine, you shed live virus in your body fluids and you are able to transmit the virus to other people who come in contact with your body fluids [my emphasis]. I think this is a very important thing for people to understand.”

Reason #8 to Never Take a Vaccine: Possible Side Effects of Paralysis and Death

People have suffered horrendous side effects from vaccines, including but not limited to allergic reactions, nerve disorders, autism, partial or full paralysis (e.g. Desiree Jennings who got Guillain-Barré Syndrome from the flu shot) and even death. This is provable fact. Have you thought your decision through? Have you fully weighed the risks and the benefits?

Reason #9 to Never Take a Vaccine: Insufficient Legal Recourse

Big Pharma has long overtaken the FDA and CDC. It has twisted the arm of the US Government. It has managed to get Congress to grant it sweeping legal immunity from ever being brought before a real court to face its victims. Instead, we have a special court set up outside of the bounds of constitutional courts to hear cases. If Big Pharma’s vaccines are so safe and effective (cue the mantra), why does Big Pharma require such legal protection? Why would you put yourself in such a position when you willingly accept to get injected? If you could choose it, would you willingly put yourself at a massive legal disadvantage in any other sphere of your life?

Reason #10 to Never Take a Vaccine: The Vaccine-Sterilization-Depopulation Connection

Lastly, consider this: vaccines have been used as delivery systems for sterilizing agents. Not all vaccines are used for this purpose, however the fact that some have – usually against women from poorer countries such as the Phillippines and Kenya – cements the connection between vaccines, depopulation and eugenics.

Remember that Bill Gates himself, point man for the NWO agenda, has slipped up and admitted there is a vaccine-depopulation link on at least 2 occasions:

“… if we do a really great job on new vaccines … we could lower that (i.e. population growth) perhaps by 10-15% …”

“… the benefits (of vaccines) are there in terms of reducing sickness, reducing population growth …”

In 2015, a Catholic priest whistleblower in Kenya exposed that vaccines were as tools to conduct sterilization programs. This priest discovered that a tetanus vaccination program (sponsored by the WHO and UNICEF) contained vaccines laced with HCG or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin. This is a hormone that the human embryo produces after conception to enable it to be implanted in the womb. However, when the body takes in HCG via a tetanus vaccine, it treats the HCG as an antigen (a foreign substance) and makes antibodies to the HCG. Those antibodies cause the woman’s body to reject future embryos, effectively sterilizing her.

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Final Thoughts

A quote widely attributed to James Shannon, former director of the NIH, is that “the only safe vaccine is one never taken.” Mahatma Gandhi said that “vaccination is a barbarous practice and one of the most fatal of all the delusions current in our time.” Although Big Pharma and its medial mouthpieces love to repeat the mantra that vaccines are “safe and effective”, the evidence shows there are neither, but rather, experimental tools whose effects can be devastating: procurement of the disease itself (that is supposedly being vaccinated against), sterilization, ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), paralysis, cancer and death.

You may want to think twice – or better yet, at least 10 times – before taking that shot.

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12 Science-Based Benefits of Meditation

The popularity of meditation is increasing as more people discover its benefits.

Meditation is a habitual process of training your mind to focus and redirect your thoughts.

You can use it to increase awareness of yourself and your surroundings. Many people think of it as a way to reduce stress and develop concentration.

Young Woman Meditating By the Ocean

People also use the practice to develop other beneficial habits and feelings, such as a positive mood and outlook, self-discipline, healthy sleep patterns and even increased pain tolerance.

This article reviews 12 health benefits of meditation.

1. Reduces Stress

Stress reduction is one of the most common reasons people try meditation.

One study including over 3,500 adults showed that it lives up to its reputation for stress reduction (1).

Normally, mental and physical stress cause increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol. This produces many of the harmful effects of stress, such as the release of inflammation-promoting chemicals called cytokines.

These effects can disrupt sleep, promote depression and anxiety, increase blood pressure and contribute to fatigue and cloudy thinking.

In an eight-week study, a meditation style called “mindfulness meditation” reduced the inflammation response caused by stress (2).

Another study in nearly 1,300 adults demonstrated that meditation may decrease stress. Notably, this effect was strongest in individuals with the highest levels of stress (3).

Research has shown that meditation may also improve symptoms of stress-related conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder and fibromyalgia (45678).

Summary: Many styles of meditation can help reduce stress. Meditation can also reduce symptoms in people with stress-triggered medical conditions.

2. Controls Anxiety

Less stress translates to less anxiety.

For example, an eight-week study of mindfulness meditation helped participants reduce their anxiety.

It also reduced symptoms of anxiety disorders, such as phobias, social anxiety, paranoid thoughts, obsessive-compulsive behaviors and panic attacks (9).

Another study followed up with 18 volunteers three years after they had completed an eight-week meditation program. Most volunteers had continued practicing regular meditation and maintained lower anxiety levels over the long term (10).

A larger study in 2,466 participants also showed that a variety of different meditation strategies may reduce anxiety levels (11).

For example, yoga has been shown to help people reduce anxiety. This is likely due to benefits from both meditative practice and physical activity (12).

Meditation may also help control job-related anxiety in high-pressure work environments. One study found that a meditation program reduced anxiety in a group of nurses (13).

Summary: Habitual meditation helps reduce anxiety and anxiety-related mental health issues like social anxiety, phobias and obsessive-compulsive behaviors.

3. Promotes Emotional Health

Happy Woman Meditating

Some forms of meditation can also lead to an improved self-image and more positive outlook on life.

Two studies of mindfulness meditation found decreased depression in over 4,600 adults (114).

One study followed 18 volunteers as they practiced meditation over three years. The study found that participants experienced long-term decreases in depression (10).

Inflammatory chemicals called cytokines, which are released in response to stress, can affect mood, leading to depression. A review of several studies suggests meditation may reduce depression by decreasing these inflammatory chemicals (15).

Another controlled study compared electrical activity between the brains of people who practiced mindfulness meditation and the brains of others who did not.

Those who meditated showed measurable changes in activity in areas related to positive thinking and optimism (16).

Summary: Some forms of meditation can improve depression and create a more positive outlook on life. Research shows that maintaining an ongoing habit of meditation may help you maintain these benefits long term.

4. Enhances Self-Awareness

Some forms of meditation may help you develop a stronger understanding of yourself, helping you grow into your best self.

For example, self-inquiry meditation explicitly aims to help you develop a greater understanding of yourself and how you relate to those around you.

Other forms teach you to recognize thoughts that may be harmful or self-defeating. The idea is that as you gain greater awareness of your thought habits, you can steer them toward more constructive patterns (171819).

A study of 21 women fighting breast cancer found that when they took part in a tai chi program, their self-esteem improved more than it did than in those who received social support sessions (20).

In another study, 40 senior men and women who took a mindfulness meditation program experienced reduced feelings of loneliness, compared to a control group that had been placed on a wait list for the program (21).

Also, experience in meditation may cultivate more creative problem solving (22).

Summary: Self-inquiry and related styles of meditation can help you “know yourself.” This can be a starting point for making other positive changes.

5. Lengthens Attention Span

Focused-attention meditation is like weight lifting for your attention span. It helps increase the strength and endurance of your attention.

For example, a study looked at the effects of an eight-week mindfulness meditation course and found it improved participants’ ability to reorient and maintain their attention (23).

A similar study showed that human resource workers who regularly practiced mindfulness meditation stayed focused on a task for longer.

These workers also remembered details of their tasks better than their peers who did not practice meditation (24).

Moreover, one review concluded that meditation may even reverse patterns in the brain that contribute to mind-wandering, worrying and poor attention (25).

Even meditating for a short period may benefit you. One study found that four days of practicing meditation may be enough to increase attention span (26).

Summary: Several types of meditation may build your ability to redirect and maintain attention. As little as four days of meditation may have an effect.

6. May Reduce Age-Related Memory Loss

Improvements in attention and clarity of thinking may help keep your mind young.

Kirtan Kriya is a method of meditation that combines a mantra or chant with repetitive motion of the fingers to focus thoughts. It improved participants’ ability to perform memory tasks in multiple studies of age-related memory loss (27).

Furthermore, a review of 12 studies found that multiple meditation styles increased attention, memory and mental quickness in older volunteers (28).

In addition to fighting normal age-related memory loss, meditation can at least partially improve memory in patients with dementia. It can also help control stress and improve coping in those caring for family members with dementia (2729).

Summary: The improved focus you can gain through regular meditation may increase memory and mental clarity. These benefits can help fight age-related memory loss and dementia.

7. Can Generate Kindness

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Some types of meditation may particularly increase positive feelings and actions toward yourself and others.

Metta, a type of meditation also known as loving-kindness meditation, begins with developing kind thoughts and feelings toward yourself.

Through practice, people learn to extend this kindness and forgiveness externally, first to friends, then acquaintances and ultimately enemies.

Twenty-two studies of this form of meditation have demonstrated its ability to increase peoples’ compassion toward themselves and others (30).

One study of 100 adults randomly assigned to a program that included loving-kindness meditation found that these benefits were dose-dependent.

In other words, the more effort people put into Metta meditation, the more positive feelings they experienced (31).

Another group of studies showed the positive feelings people develop through Metta meditation can improve social anxiety, reduce marriage conflict and help anger management (32).

These benefits also appear to accumulate over time with the practice of loving-kindness meditation (33).

Summary: Metta, or loving-kindness meditation, is a practice of developing positive feelings, first toward yourself and then toward others. Metta increases positivity, empathy and compassionate behavior toward others.

8. May Help Fight Addictions

The mental discipline you can develop through meditation may help you break dependencies by increasing your self-control and awareness of triggers for addictive behaviors (34).

Research has shown that meditation may help people learn to redirect their attention, increase their willpower, control their emotions and impulses and increase their understanding of the causes behind their addictive behaviors (3536).

One study that taught 19 recovering alcoholics how to meditate found that participants who received the training got better at controlling their cravings and craving-related stress (37).

Meditation may also help you control food cravings. A review of 14 studies found mindfulness meditation helped participants reduce emotional and binge eating (38).

Summary: Meditation develops mental discipline and willpower and can help you avoid triggers for unwanted impulses. This can help you recover from addiction, lose weight and redirect other unwanted habits.

9. Improves Sleep

Nearly half the population will struggle with insomnia at some point.

One study compared two mindfulness-based meditation programs by randomly assigning participants to one of two groups. One group practiced meditation, while the other didn’t.

Participants who meditated fell asleep sooner and stayed asleep longer, compared to those who didn’t meditate (39).

Becoming skilled in meditation may help you control or redirect the racing or “runaway” thoughts that often lead to insomnia.

Additionally, it can help relax your body, releasing tension and placing you in a peaceful state in which you’re more likely to fall asleep.

Summary: A variety of meditation techniques can help you relax and control the “runaway” thoughts that can interfere with sleep. This can shorten the time it takes to fall asleep and increase sleep quality.

10. Helps Control Pain

Woman Meditating at Home

Your perception of pain is connected to your state of mind, and it can be elevated in stressful conditions.

For example, one study used functional MRI techniques to observe brain activity as participants experienced a painful stimulus. Some participants had gone through four days of mindfulness meditation training, while others had not.

The meditating patients showed increased activity in the brain centers known to control pain. They also reported less sensitivity to pain (40).

One larger study looked at the effects of habitual meditation in 3,500 participants. It found that meditation was associated with decreased complaints of chronic or intermittent pain (1).

An additional study of meditation in patients with terminal diseases found meditation may help mitigate chronic pain at the end of life (4).

In each of these scenarios, meditators and non-meditators experienced the same causes of pain, but meditators showed a greater ability to cope with pain and even experienced a reduced sensation of pain.

Summary: Meditation can diminish the perception of pain in the brain. This may help treat chronic pain when used as a supplement to medical care or physical therapy.

11. Can Decrease Blood Pressure

Meditation can also improve physical health by reducing strain on the heart.

Over time, high blood pressure makes the heart work harder to pump blood, which can lead to poor heart function.

High blood pressure also contributes to atherosclerosis, or narrowing of the arteries, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

A study of 996 volunteers found that when they meditated by concentrating on a “silent mantra” — a repeated, non-vocalized word — reduced blood pressure by about five points, on average.

This was more effective among older volunteers and those who had higher blood pressure prior to the study (41).

A review concluded that several types of meditation produced similar improvements in blood pressure (42).

In part, meditation appears to control blood pressure by relaxing the nerve signals that coordinate heart function, tension in blood vessels and the “fight-or-flight” response that increases alertness in stressful situations (43).

Summary: Blood pressure decreases not only during meditation, but also over time in individuals who meditate regularly. This can reduce strain on the heart and arteries, helping prevent heart disease.

12. You Can Meditate Anywhere

People practice many different forms of meditation, most of which don’t require specialized equipment or space. You can practice with just a few minutes daily.

If you want to start meditating, try choosing a form of meditation based on what you want to get out of it.

There are two major styles of meditation:

  • Focused-attention meditation: Concentrates attention on a single object, thought, sound or visualization. It emphasizes ridding your mind of attention and distraction. Meditation may focus on breathing, a mantra or a calming sound.
  • Open-monitoring meditation: Encourages broadened awareness of all aspects of your environment, train of thought and sense of self. It may include becoming aware of thoughts, feelings or impulses that you might normally try to suppress.

To find out which styles you like best, check out the variety of free, guided meditation exercises offered by UCLA and Head in the Clouds. They’re an excellent way to try different styles and find one that suits you.

If your regular work and home environments do not allow for consistent, quiet alone time, consider participating in a class. This can also improve your chances of success by providing a supportive community.

Alternatively, consider setting your alarm a few minutes early to take advantage of quiet time in the morning. This may help you develop a consistent habit and allow you to start the day positively.

Summary: If you’re interested in incorporating meditation into your routine, try a few different styles and consider guided exercises to get started with one that suits you.

The Bottom Line

Meditation is something everyone can do to improve their mental and emotional health.

You can do it anywhere, without special equipment or memberships.

Alternatively, meditation courses and support groups are widely available.

There’s a great variety of styles too, each with different strengths and benefits.

Trying out a style of mediation suited to your goals is a great way to improve your quality of life, even if you only have a few minutes to do it each day.

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