Eschewing animal products isn’t only good for the planet, it improves your odds of living a long and healthy life!

At present, 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women in the United States will develop cancer in their lifetimes. Furthermore, the number of cancer cases is expected to double by the year 2050. Obviously, this news is distressing. However, there is hope, and the solution could be as simple as eating more unprocessed plant-based foods.




According to a study conducted in 2005, scientists have learned that blood taken from vegans is 8 times more effective at killing cancer cells than blood taken from those following a Standard American Diet.

A series of experiments helped unearth these findings. Collective Evolution relays that test subjects were assigned opposing diets which they maintained for over a year. After participants’ blood was taken, it was pitted against cancer cells in a petri dish. The ultimate goal was to determine which diet resulted in blood that was more effective at suppressing cancer growth in the prostate.



“Experimental group patients were prescribed an intensive lifestyle program that included a vegan diet supplemented with soy (1 daily serving of tofu plus 58 gm of a fortified soy protein powdered beverage), fish oil (3 gm daily), vitamin E (400 IU daily), selenium (200 mcg daily) and vitamin C (2 gm daily), moderate aerobic exercise (walking 30 minutes 6 days weekly), stress management techniques (gentle yoga based stretching, breathing, meditation, imagery and progressive relaxation for a total of 60 minutes daily) and participation in a 1-hour support group once weekly to enhance adherence to the intervention.10 The diet was predominantly fruits, vege- tables, whole grains (complex carbohydrates), legumes and soy products, low in simple carbohydrates and with approx- imately 10% of calories from fat.11 The diet is intensive but palatable and practical. In earlier studies most patients were able to adhere to this diet for at least 5 years.”

The blood belonging to vegan eaters had nearly eight times the stopping power when it comes to cancer cell growth. It is important to note that participants on the plant-based diet also partook in stress management groups, yoga, and other techniques to show how lifestyle choices affect cancer.

Subsequent studies  against breast cancer revealed the power of eating plants for just two weeks. After just 14 days, a dramatic strengthening of cancer defenses was shown from eating a plant-based diet and engaging in light exercise (walking between 30 to 60 minutes a day).
Samples of blood were taken from women with breast cancer, and then the women were asked to spend 14 days on a plant-based diet and perform 30-60 minutes of light exercise daily. After 14 days their blood was taken again and found to significantly slow down the growth of cancer, as well as increase the blood’s ability to kill cancer cells.

However, because scientists wanted to determine how much effect the exercise component had in suppressing cancer growth, or whether the plant-based diet was solely responsible for the boost in defense, a separate experiment was conducted. The results found that exercise helps suppress cancer growth, but a plant-based diet alone has twice as much power to kill cancer cells.

Clearly, lifestyle changes can have a huge impact on one’s long-term health and quality of life. And, having blood that’s more inhospitable to cancer growth is just one major health advantage of consuming a vegan diet. Other benefits include reducing carbon output and saving hundreds of animals’ lives each year.

If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. -William Blake
Life doesn’t always go our way but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Being fired from a job today might mean you finally push yourself to make your dream a paying reality. Much of life is like art…it is in the eye of the beholder. What one person sees as a tragedy another might see as an opportunity.
Changing your perception of life is easier said than done, but then again, so is everything. It is much easier saying I want to write this article than it actually is to write it. But if even one person feels better after reading this, it was completely worth the time and effort.
Here are 10 Signs You’re Doing Well In Life Even Though You Don’t Think So:
1) You’re alive!
After all of your trials and tribulations you have faced in life, it hasn’t knocked you out. When I think of life, I am reminded of Viktor Frankl. Dr. Frankl was a prisoner at Auschwitz concentration camp during the Holocaust. Despite this horrible situation he was able to find the silver lining.
Watch the 2 videos below for a bit of inspiration from Dr. Fankl:



2) You have a roof over your head.
This is something I try to remind myself of on a daily basis, especially when you consider:
On a single night in January 2013, there were 610,042 people experiencing homelessness in the United States, including 394,698 people who were homeless in sheltered locations and 215,344 people who were living in unsheltered locations. –HUD
That statistic gave me a new appreciation for sleeping in my bed.
3) You’re working to improve yourself.
If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. -Bruce Lee
Bruce has it right. There are no limits, only plateaus. Perhaps you feel like you’re stuck on a plateau, but just being conscious of that fact is HUGE. It means you know a change needs to happen.
4) You dream big.
The world you see today was created by dreamers. Before reality takes hold the process of imagination and dreaming must take place. Some of the greatest minds in the world came up with their best ideas through dreaming.
5) You are forgiving.
Holding onto anger, resentment and hurt only gives you tense muscles, a headache and a sore jaw from clenching your teeth. Forgiveness gives you back the laughter and the lightness in your life. -Joan Lunden
Forgiveness is one of life’s most important lessons. Those that can learn to forgive tend to live in more peace, and it is important to remember that forgiving yourself is just as important.
6) You are loved.
Few things are more beautiful in life than having friends, family, or a significant other that loves you. Never take these relationships for granted and always take a moment to thank these people for being in your life.
7) You have clothes.
You don’t need much in your wardrobe. I only have enough clothes to fit in one suitcase, but I also don’t allow myself to get sucked into the world of fashion. Be happy you have sufficient clothing for your life.
8) You have clean water.
The UN released a report that shows:
783 million people do not have access to clean water and almost 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation
Think about that for a moment. Let it sink in. If you have clean water you are very fortunate.
9) You are genuine.
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. -Oscar Wilde
Staying genuine in a society surrounded by false advertising is difficult. If you know who you are, what you want in life, and refuse to sell part of yourself for monetary gain be thankful. Some have no idea who they are even with all the money in the world.
10) You have traveled to another country.
Truly great experiences come to those who stay open to possibilities. Being able to experience life in another country is eye opening and will benefit you far into the future.
Source: expandedconsciousness.com

(UR) Syria — According to state-run Chinese news outlet Xinhua, the Chinese military — citing remarks made by a high-ranking military official during a rare trip to Damascus — is seeking closer ties with war-torn Syria, offering to supply humanitarian aid and even train Syrian military personnel.
On Tuesday, the Director of the Office for Military Cooperation of China’s Central Military Commission, Guan Youfei, flew to Damascus to have discussions with Syrian Defense Minister Fahad Jassim al-Freij, Xinhua says. Director Guan, speaking with Xinhua, noted historical ties between the two countries and highlighted the positive role China has played in seeking a resolution to the fighting in Syria.
Reuters points out that Xinhua, paraphrasing Guan’s words, states: “China’s and Syria’s militaries have a traditionally friendly relationship, and China’s military is willing to keep strengthening exchanges and cooperation.”
China depends on the Middle East for oil imports, but in the past has tended to leave diplomacy to member nations of the U.N. Security Council — chiefly, the U.S., Britain, France, and Russia. However, China has inserted itself more deeply of late.
Writes Reuters:
“But China has been trying to get more involved, including sending envoys to help push for a diplomatic resolution to the violence there and hosting Syrian government and opposition figures.”
The news comes as Syrian government forces, backed by Russian airpower, have established a siege around Aleppo, the last remaining enemy stronghold. Syrian and Russian forces have established humanitarian corridors for which civilians and even rebel fighters can escape — and maintains daily ceasefires for them to do this. Given these developments, it appears the last stand of the rebels may be imminent.
As Underground Reporter has previously written:
“All evidence points to the fact that the Syrian government is attempting to give the rebels within Aleppo a chance to surrender without further bloodshed. The rebels, however, appear steadfast. It was recently reported that 7,000 fighters are headed toward Aleppo from the southwest.”
Interestingly — and, to be sure, concerningly — Xinhua noted that while Director Guan was in Damascus on Tuesday, he met with a Russian general; though the agency provided no further comment on the matter.
In April, China sent a special envoy to Syria in order to work toward a peaceful resolution to the conflict. The man sent to participate in the talks had previously “praised Russia’s military role in the war, and said the international community should work harder together to defeat terrorism in the region,” according to Reuters.
The prospect of Chinese involvement in Syria could prove troublesome to that very “international community.”While, thus far, China hasn’t demonstrated a desire to involve itself in the fighting directly, its presence will almost certainly escalate tensions between itself and the United States.
Remember, the U.S. and China are on the verge of all-out naval warfare in the South China Sea, with neither side willing to give an inch. Recall also that U.S.-led NATO is in Eastern Europe, along the border with Russia, conducting what many have called provocations in an attempt to elicit a response from the Russian military.
Now, with China’s presence in Syria — and on the side of Russian and Syrian forces, no less — the last remaining global superpower has injected itself in the most hotly-contested military conflict on the planet.
As Zero Hedge fittingly summarized:

“Which means that at this moment, every major world superpower is officially involved in the Syrian war, which has on various occasions been aptly called a powderkeg for what may be the next global military conflict — to be sure, all required players are now officially involved.”
Source: undergroundreporter.org


If you’ve ever had to endure the hardship that comes with a long distance relationship, you know just how difficult it can truly be sometimes. Even with endless ways to communicate with each other from around the globe, nothing will ever be able to beat actually being with your favorite person.
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