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Anchorage municipality, Alaska: What Is Butea Superba?

As people who use and promote Butea Superba powder regularly , one of the most common questions we here is, What is Butea Superba? We’ll do our best in this article to give you all the basics about this simple, yet powerful superfood.

Butea Superba is a perennial plant that grows high up in the Thailand mountains (above about 14,000 feet – 3500 m). Growing in some of the most hostile regions on the planet, Butea Superba thrives where other plants can’t. The tuber, similar in size and shape to a white turnip, is eaten by animals of the region and has also been used by people indigenous to Thailand mountain ranges for 1000s of years.

What Is Butea Superba Good For?
For people working at such high elevations in oxygen starved air, Butea Superba has been a true blessing. One of the most what is notable properties of Butea Superba is how quickly it increases strength, stamina and endurance. Butea Superba has also been used traditionally to boost fertility for both livestock as well as humans. This use dates back about 1000 years that we know of and continues to the modern day. Butea Superba is regularly prescribed by doctors in Thailand to support fertility in both men and women.

What is Butea Superba in Terms of Western Medicine
Although Butea Superba has always been known and commonly used in modern Thailand, it wasn’t until the last 30 years or so that it attracted the attention of medical researches and natural health practitioners. In the 1970s it was discovered that Butea Superba is one of those few unique plants that is an adaptogen. Adaptogens are very powerful in that they are able to “adapt” to a given body’s health condition and in many cases stimulate it to heal whatever is out of balance. Another more famous adaptogen that you might have heard of is Ginseng, which has enjoyed a tremendously long history of use in Asia.
Because of its adaptogenic properties, Butea Superba works to help improve a wide variety of health conditions. Over 254 studies on PubMed database and 100s of others have shown that the major benefits of taking this herb include:

More energy and endurance
Higher stamina and muscle strength
Elimination of chronic exhaustion (fatigue) syndrome
Higher libido in both men and women
Enhanced fertility in people and animals
Hormonal balance during menopause & andropause
Decreased depression
Reduced anxiety, worry and stress
Improved circulation leading to reduced anemia and faster wound healing
Enhanced memory, learning, and mental ability
Improved and more youthful skin appearance
Healthier teeth and bones

What Is Butea Superba Powder Made Of?

High quality Butea Superba (and not all of it is) is made by simply washing, cutting and drying the root vegetable at low temperatures (ours is sundried). Keeping the drying process under 45c or 120F is of the utmost importance to preserve the healing properties of Butea Superba. Butea Superba that has been dried in such a fashion is considered “raw,” and therefore premium. Once the pieces have been dried, they are then ground into a fine powder.

What Is Butea Superba ‘s Taste Like?

Butea Superba has a unique and pleasant malty taste, so most people choose to use Butea Superba in powder form. Butea Superba can be taken mixed into water, juices or smoothies. You can also simply eat it straight out of the bag. Some people choose to purchase Butea Superba that has been put into capsules. The disadvantage of this is that capsules sometimes don’t dissolve well in the stomach which means less Butea Superba will be absorbed than if you take the powder. Also, Butea Superba in capsules tends to be very expensive relative to the powder.

Who Uses Butea Superba? There are hundreds of thousands of regular Butea Superba consumers in the world. Outside of Thailand, the herb is used in Europe, the United States and Asia/Pacific. It is a very commonly prescribed by fertility doctors to help people conceive naturally. It is also quite common for women passing through menopause to use the herb. Beyond that, Butea Superba is popular among athletes. Endurance athletes such as runners and cyclists use the herb to boost their stamina. And natural body builders use it to increase their muscle mass and strength. Another group of people who use Butea Superba regularly are people committed to eating a very healthy and high energy diet.


So, in just a few words: what is Butea Superba? Butea Superba is a gift from nature and one of the most potent superfoods in the world.


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San Antonio, Texas: Interview with James DeMeo about Orgone technology

In our interview, we explored the work of the late Dr. Wilhelm Reich and his findings on the orgone energy, or life-energy, which have been subjected to careful scientific scrutiny and evaluation, being verified and confirmed in their major aspects, even while his malicious critics continue to ignore or distort this record of accomplishment and discovery. We also discussed three areas pertaining to orgone energy: as a health modality, as an energy source, and as a method of drought abatement. We also discuss an upcoming conference on orgone energy, which you are welcome to attend at his lab in Oregon.

Dr. Reich started out as a psychoanalysis specialist. It was in his research on Freud's "libido", that he discovered ways to document this as a concrete energy in the body. In the process of documenting this, he came up with the "Orgone Accumulator" chambers in which his patients would report improvement in various ailments and a general increase in energy. He noted that these accumulators were impaired during cloud cover, in proportion to the extent of the cloud cover, which led to his work in the "cloudbuster" research.

Weather Work

That's where DeMeo's carreer began. His Master's thesis in 1979 at the University of Kansas confirmed Reich's weather work. He said the apparatus consisted of a system of long tubes that he aimed at certain compass points, stimulating a flow of energy into the area, apparently via the jet stream, increasing rainfall.

You would think that work like this would receive international prime-time coverage and be elevated to the level of "monumental". However, so far this has not been the case. Reich, who had immigrated to the US from Germany in 1939 to escape the rise of Hitler, was shut down and imprisoned by the FDA, and his books were burned in an incinerator. He died in prison. DeMeo's reception wasn't much warmer. He said the powers-that-be in Washington, via the National Academy of Sciences, contacted the University of Kansas and warned them to the effect, "Either you stop supporting DeMeo, or we'll pull all our funding to your school."

After serving as a professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at Illinois State University and at the University of Miami, DeMeo eventually (1980s) founded the Orgone Biophysical Research Lab in Oregon in order to raise funds to advance the orgone research. Ironically, he's had more invitations to speak at universities since he left his university posts.

He said he was invited by the Israeli government to come and use his Reich technology to try and help alleviate a three-year drought they were having. They then had record-breaking rains, but meteorologists ascribed it to the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo, which DeMeo said did not coincide with the break of the drought nearly as closely as his work did.

He was then invited by a private group to Eritrea, where they were having a 30-year drought. While he was there, the rainfall doubled each year for five years. That project was cut short due to national violence with Ethiopia that erupted. A few years prior, he went to Namibia, and "ended a 3-year drought with very good rains."

Other Orgone Applications

DeMeo also said that he has repeated the work Reich had done in photographing a visible life-force glow from certain organisms such as red blood cells and some microorganisms, especially those associated with hot springs, which people have found to have healing powers. It used to be that spas and healing centers were located near these natural hot springs until the 1940's when the FDA (USA) ordered such to be shut down, saying such claims were untenable (because they are natural, and not supported by lobbyists?).

I asked him to comment on the various non-visible sources of everywhere-present, universal energy, such as "Zero Point Energy," "Aether", "Orgone", and the more conventional "Dark Energy", and how these relate to one another, if they do. He said it was probably like the story of the blind men and the elephant -- different disciplines describing what they observe in their particular field, and thus defining the energy as being one way; each discipline giving what appears to be a very different description; when in reality they may all turn out to be different facets of the same natural force.

DeMeo said that at one point, Reich had devised a mechanism whereby he was able to harness the orgone from an accumulator and use it to turn a small motor. A lot of people have tried to replicate that effect, but apparently some important details have been lost, so no one has been able to do so yet.

I asked him if he thinks it is likely that if someone figures out how to harness the power of lightning, that it will be because they have training in the field of orgonomy. The primary problem there are 1) drawing the lightning to the receptacle and 2) containing and storing the intense discharge. He replied that the phenomenon of lightning is a function of a high electrostatic differential between the ground and the sky, which always exists to varying extents -- on the order of several hundreds of thousands of volts -- and referred to some researchers who have been able to tap that ever-present electrostatic potential to produce electricity for use. It's not yet a matured field, but is certainly interesting.

A Look at the Field

Reich's materials were locked away for 50 years, per Reich's request, and it was only last year that they were opened.

DeMeo said that by far the greatest interest in pursuing Reich's research has been by medical doctors wanting to apply the orgone therapy (accumulators) in their clinics, observing the success of other practitioners.

DeMeo publishes an orgone journal, Pulse of the Planet, five issues thus far, including experimental papers and theoretical work. He's also holding an international conference on New Research in Orgonomy at his lab in Oregon on Aug. 1-2. Subjects will include such things as the orgone accumulator in the treatment of diseases, the physics of the orgone accumulator, cloudbusting methods, and the effects of orgone energy in chemical systems. You'll see from the photos from previous years that the setting is informal and intimate.


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Henderson, Nevada: Michigan 'genital mutilation' case will test our country’s political correctness

Charges of Islamophobia should not be used as an excuse to allow continued violation of little girls.

In February, federal investigators uncovered a Michigan-based network of doctors and others who practice female genital mutilation (FGM) on girls as young as six at medical clinics in the state. FGM is the cutting of a girl’s genitalia with the aim to “purify” her and repress her sexuality. All defendants in the case are members of the Dawoodi Bohra, a religious Muslim group. One of the girls who underwent the procedure was reportedly told that she was going on a “special girls' trip” to “get the germs out.”

While the victim in this case may find justice in the courtroom, their lives and bodies have been irrevocably changed. Survivors of FGM whom I spoke to for my documentary film Honor Diaries tell of the physical and emotional pain that remains long after the abuse. Sexual intercourse and childbirth become horribly painful and traumatic experiences. Women may have chronic urinary tract infections and are often plagued with depression and other invisible scars.

The World Health Organization estimates at least 200 million women today live with the consequences of FGM. In the United States, 507,000 women are at risk or have undergone the procedure. In the U.S., there is a federal statute against the practice and it is criminalized in several states. However, these laws have not prevented families from mutilating their girls or traveling overseas to undergo the process. All that might change.

The arrest and prosecution of the Michigan perpetrators is a groundbreaking moment for women’s rights activists in the United States and globally. I applaud the federal investigators and prosecutors who took a stand against gender-based violence. It is the first national prosecution of an FGM case and many important questions will be raised during the course of the investigation and trial.

Already, defendants attempted (and failed) to receive bond by using their religious freedom as a defense. Defendants asserted the practice should not be classified as FGM, but rather as a religious practice. U.S. Magistrate Elizabeth Stafford denied bond stating that religion would not be used “as a shield” in the case. However, it is likely that as the case continues, religious freedom will be argued again.

I am concerned for the maelstrom which may ensue when the case goes to trial. At that moment, will women’s rights be asserted or will they be diluted in favor of political correctness? In the past, I’ve witnessed the disintegration of women’s rights in favor of political correctness: my film Honor Diaries was censored (in Michigan, actually) when certain groups deemed it “Islamophobic” for bringing up FGM, forced marriage and honor killings. Instead of focusing on the inherent misogyny of these practices, my film was vilified for having difficult conversations about cultural and religious practices.

The first federal FGM case will raise challenging questions. There is a simple metric we can use to evaluate competing claims: culture is no excuse for abuse. No religion or culture should be the impetus for hurting, mutilating or abusing anyone, and our children should be protected. For too long, FGM has been practiced under the radar in the United States. The arrest and prosecution of these individuals is a step in the right direction, but the true test will come at trial: will we allow our political correctness to coax us into complacency? Or will we use this moment to assert our loftiest convictions: that all people are equal and should be treated as such, regardless of their religion and culture? My hope for all women and girls is that we will stand for equality.

Paula Kweskin is an attorney specializing in human rights law. She is the producer of Honor Diaries and the founder/director of the Censored Women’s Film Festival, a response to the censorship she and other filmmakers have received for highlighting women’s rights.


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