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“The first time I transformed, was in the mountains of Couso. I came across two ferocious-looking wolves. I suddenly fell to the floor, and began to feel convulsions, I rolled over three times, and a few seconds later I myself was a wolf. I was out marauding with the other two for five days, until I returned to my own body, the one you see before you today, Your Honour. The other two wolves came with me, who I thought were also wolves, changed into human form. They were from Valencia. One was called Antonio and the other Don Genaro. They too were cursed… we attacked and ate a number of people because we were hungry.”Manuel Blanco Romasanta

The Romasanta trial is believed to be the origin of the story of “sinister” men with shoulder bags (Sacaúntos), who roamed the countryside murdering children for their fat, a story frequently used to scare provincial children in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Human fat was believed to cure illness and was also thought to be a lubricant superior to animal fats.

The myth became more widespread in Spain with the spread of railways.

Romasanta was the first of several people charged for selling human fat in the 19th century.

Manuel Blanco Romasanta (18th November 1809 — 14th December 1863) was Spain’s first documented serial killer. In 1853 Romasanta admitted to thirteen murders, claiming he was not responsible as he was suffering from a curse that turned him into a wolf.

Although this defense was rejected at trial, Queen Isabella II commuted his death sentence to allow doctors to investigate the claim as an example of clinical Lycanthropy. Romasanta has become part of Spanish folklore as the Werewolf of Allariz or less commonly as the Tallow Man, so named for the rendering of his victims fat to make high quality soap.

Born in Regueiro, Ourense province, Manuel Blanco Romasanta was originally named Manuela as it was initially thought that he was female. He was raised as a girl until the age of six when a doctor discovered his true sex. Because he could read and write, very rare for the time, it is believed his family was relatively wealthy.

As a grown man he worked as a tailor and, according to various accounts, was of small stature, being between 1.37m (4’6″) and 1.49m (4’11”) in height.

Following the death of his wife in 1833, Romasanta became a travelling salesman, initially in Esgos, then eventually throughout Galicia and Portugal. Romasanta was also known to act as a guide for travellers crossing the mountains to Castile, Asturias and Cantabria which gave him further opportunities for trade.

In 1844, Romasanta was charged with the murder of Vicente Fernández, the constable of León. Fernández had been found dead after attempting to collect a debt of 600 reales that Romasanta owed to a supplier in Ponferrada for the purchase of merchandise. For failing to appear, he was judged guilty by default and sentenced in absentia to 10 years.

Fleeing from the threat of imprisonment and with a false passport in the name of Antonio Gómez, a native of Nogueira in Portugal, Romasanta lived in the small village of Rebordechao, in the district of Vilar de Barrio for at least a year. Although he worked as a cordmaker and helped with the harvest, he also became friendly with the women of the village and worked variously as a cook and as a weaver making yarn on a spinning wheel, leading the men of the village to consider him effeminate.

Over the following years, several women and children who had hired Romasanta as a guide disappeared. The disappearances were not immediately noticed as Romasanta delivered letters to their families advising that they had arrived at their destinations and were settling in. However, suspicion was aroused when it was noticed that he was selling their clothing locally and rumours spread that he was selling soap made from human fat. In 1852, a complaint was finally lodged in the city of Escalona alleging that Romasanta deceived women and children into travelling with him, that he then killed them and that he removed their fat which he then sold.

He was arrested in September 1852, in Nombela, in the province of Toledo, and brought to trial in Allariz, in the province of Ourense. In his defense, Romasanta claimed that he was afflicted with Lycanthropy.

In October 1852, Allariz doctors presented the court with a report on Romasanta. Based heavily on Phrenology, the report accused Romasanta of inventing his affliction.

While noting that Lycanthropy can be determined from a “visceral examination” and craneoscopia, the doctors found no causes or motives for his behaviour.

“His inclination to vice is voluntary and not forced. The subject is not insane, dim-witted or monomaniacal, nor were these [conditions] achieved while incarcerated. On the contrary, he [Romasanta] instead turns out to be a pervert, an accomplished criminal capable of anything, cool and collected and without goodness but [acts] with free will, freedom and knowledge.”

Manuela Garcia, age 47, and her daughter Petra, 15, killed in the Sierra de San Mamede while traveling to Santander.

Benita Garcia Blanco, aged 34, and her son Francisco, 10, killed in Corgo de Boi while traveling to Rua cantabras.

Antonia land, 37 years old, and her daughter Peregrina, killed while traveling to Ourense.

Josefa Garcia and her son Jose Pazos, 21 years old.

María Dolores, 12 years old.

When Romasanta was brought to trial, Galicia was in the middle of one of the worst famines of several that had plagued Galicia throughout the nineteenth century. The famine led to mass migrations and a noticeable increase in insanity.

Romasanta became the subject of a historical judgment: Cause Nº 1778 The Wolfman volume 36 of the courts of Allariz.

The litigation, based on a claim of Lycanthropy, has never been repeated in the history of Spanish law.

Romasanta admitted 13 murders explaining that he had been cursed and had committed them after transforming into a wolf.

The prosecutor, Luciano Bastida Hernáez, asked Romasanta to demonstrate the transformation for the court to which he replied that the curse only lasted for thirteen years and that he was now cured as that time had expired the previous week.

The court acquitted Romasanta of four of the murders he had confessed to after forensic evidence indicated that these victims had died in real wolf attacks. He was found guilty of the other nine, the remains of which exhibited signs of butchering.

On April 6, 1853 Romasanta was sentenced to death by garrotte with 1000 Real compensation to be paid for each victim.

The court case had lasted seven months and the transcript covered more than two thousand pages which were bound in five volumes titled “Licantropia”.

The case was sent for ratification to the Territorial Court in A Coruña which, after considering the case for seven months, reduced the sentence to life imprisonment. The prosecution appealed against the reduction and a new hearing was set for March 1854, which upheld the original verdict from the court in Allariz: death by garrotte.

Luciano Bastida gained considerable fame and prestige for his prosecution of Romasanta and was made a Knight of the Royal and Distinguished Order of Charles III of Spain, the most distinguished civil award that can be granted, and was appointed to the Supreme Court. Bastida died in Ponferrada in 1872 at age 60 and is considered one of the province of La Rioja’s “most illustrious sons” for his legal career.

The bicentenary of his birth was celebrated in La Rioja on 8 January 2012.

“Mr. Phillips”, a French hypnotist living in London had been following the “Werewolf of Allariz” case through the reporting in French newspapers. Phillips wrote to José de Castro y Orozco, the Spanish Minister of Justice, stating that Romasanta was suffering from a monomania known as lycanthropy and was not responsible for his actions. He claimed that he had successfully treated the condition through hypnosis and asked that the execution be postponed so he could study the case. The Minister of Justice wrote to Queen Isabella II who personally commuted the death sentence to life imprisonment by Royal Order of May 13, 1854 and Romasanta was transferred to a prison in Celanova.

Although there is no documentary evidence for the identity of Mr. Phillips, it is believed that he was the French physician Joseph-Pierre Durand de Gros who had been exiled to Britain and who later returned to France using the pseudonym, Dr. Phillips.

Durand de Gros was a significant part of the movement that led to the incorporation and assimilation of “Braidism” (viz., hypnotism à la James Braid;) in France and his works on the influence of the mind were later developed by Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung.

The wolfman trial occurred at the beginning of the golden age of hypnotism.

The Celanova prison and its records no longer exist but it was widely believed that Romasanta died within months of arriving. Locals say it was from illness but there is also a rumour that he died after being shot by a guard who wanted to see him transform.

However, a TVG documentary aired on May 30, 2009 investigated the possibility that he had died elsewhere, suggesting he had died in San Antón Castle in A Coruña. In October 2011, a “Xornadas Manuel Blanco Romasanta” (a symposium and exhibition of Romasanta memoriabilia) was held in Allariz where Galician researchers Félix and Cástor Castro Vicente presented evidence that Romasanta had died in the prison of Ceuta on 14 December 1863. The evidence consisted of two newspaper articles, La Iberia a Liberal journal of 23 December 1863 that included a short sentence reporting that Romasanta had died and La Esperanza newspaper dated 21 December 1863 which reported on its front page:

“In Ceuta prison, the unfortunately famous Manuel Blanco Romasanta, known in all Spain as the werewolf as a consequence of his atrocities and misdeeds and who was sentenced to prison by the Court in La Coruña, died in that place on 14 of this month being the victim of a stomach cancer.”

Galician tradition holds that the seventh son of a family can be either normal or “lobishome” (a werewolf). If normal, the child will have the image of a cross or the wheel of Saint Catherine inside his mouth while a werewolf will not.

A person will become a werewolf by shedding his clothes and leaving his home at midnight each Friday. He will then visit seven villages, clothing himself in a skin at each one. He can be forced to return to his human form by making him bleed or by burning one of the skins he wears. Becoming a werewolf can be prevented by having one of his brothers sponsor the child for his Baptism and Confirmation.

If none of the werewolfs brothers is eligible to be a sponsor (he must be over 16 and have taken confirmation) then baptizing the child with the name of “Bieito” will also prevent the transformation.

With the cultural movement associated with the Age of Enlightenment, lycanthropy became accepted as a real medical condition. Various causes of the condition were put forward such as, Syphilis, Rabies, Porphyria, Epilepsy and belladonna poisoning.

By the middle of the 19th century psychiatric diagnoses of clinical Lycanthropy became the norm with psychopathological explanations for lycanthropy.

According to the census of 1860, the province of Ourense was predominantly a rural agricultural province. There were no psychiatric hospitals until the opening of the Conxo asylum in 1885 and the insane from Galicia were sent to a hospital in Valladolid. There were no psychiatric doctors at all in Galicia and the only doctors involved in the “werewolf of Allariz” case were the doctors of the town of Allariz.

‘Since the early 1990s, the case has been the subject of many studies by psychiatrists who see the case as a missed opportunity to legitimise psychiatry in 19th century Spain. Psychiatry at the time was generally ignored with the public and judges determining if a defendant was suffering from a mental disorder. It is widely recognised that Romasanta was not psychotic but suffered from a personality disorder, likely Antisocial personality disorder.’

From the earliest times right through until the end of the Victorians, ‘Debtors Prisons’, were in existence but even they were not what you think.

Sure enough, people lost their liberty just for being in debt in some capacity, but once incarcerated it was extremely difficult to get out.

The whole system was designed purely to make money for the PRIVATE CONTRACTOR who ran each prison on behalf of the Government.

The financial rewards were huge, understandably making it a very sought after contract for greedy businessmen.

What it came down to in essence was this…

Innocent men and women (and more often than not, children) were often incarcerated for years at a time in some cases, so that rich businessmen could leech off the prisoners who had to pay for literally everything….

Celebrated author Charles Dickens’ own father was in a debtors prison (The Marshalsea) when Charles was a child.

Now you might think, if you are a right wing or centre politician, that this would be particularly attractive, but consider this.

Sometimes the amounts people were sent to jail for were of such trifling amounts, maybe as low as £10 if calculated at today’s rates.

Often it was because a man on principle would refuse to pay a disputed bill.

For this minuscule amount they could be in jail for years (decades sometimes).

During their time in jail their treatment was entirely dependant upon their means.

If they had money, they could have good accommodation, food, conjugal visits etc, everything a man could desire, save his freedom.

But those were not the norm and for most it was a living hell, where if you could not find a sponsor to fund your stay in prison you were thrown into the ‘Dregs’ and left to rot…

And all this because Conservatives at the time liked to make money from the misery that they deliberately inflicted upon people who had no voice or power.

See this as a lesson from history that is destined to repeat itself unless people start to wake up….

“Before our white brothers arrived to make us civilised men, we didn’t have any kind of prison.

Because of this, we had no delinquents.

Without a prison, there can be no delinquents.

We had no locks nor keys and therefore among us there were no thieves.

When someone was so poor that he couldn’t afford a horse, a tent or a blanket, he would, in that case, receive it all as a gift.

We were too uncivilised to give great importance to private property.

We didn’t know any kind of money and consequently, the value of a human being was not determined by his wealth.

We had no written laws laid down, no lawyers, no politicians, therefore we were not able to cheat and swindle one another.

We were really in bad shape before the white men arrived and I don’t know how to explain how we were able to manage without these fundamental things that, so they tell us, are so necessary for a civilised society”.

John ‘Fire’ Lame Deer ~ Sioux Lakota ~ 1903-1976

By Christina England

According to MK News, the UK Government has decided there is more than one way to force hospital staff into receiving this year’s flu vaccine. Knowing that many hospitals are struggling financially, the government has decided to turn their hand to bribery by offering extra cash to financially dependent hospitals, on the proviso that they vaccinate all their staff with this year’s flu vaccine.

MK News, reporting on the story, said:

“Figures have revealed that less than half of all frontline NHS staff are vaccinated against flu, and at some hospitals, this can fall as low as one in five. But in order to give hospitals an incentive for extra cash, the funds will only be released to them if they meet a robust target of vaccinating 75 percent of staff against flu. And while the figures will not affect the hospitals’ £1.4m funding this year, if they do not meet the figures, it will affect the amount they are given next year.”What this means is that any hospital failing to meet this year’s flu vaccination target will not only fail to receive this year’s extra funding, but they will also lose out next year as well”.

UK’s Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt explained that he wanted every NHS trust to vaccinate more than 75 percent of their staff this year in order to protect vulnerable patients.

An Unofficial, Unethical, and Illogical Mandate

However, is forced vaccination the way forward?

Many irate hospital staff are extremely angry and have accused the UK government of emotional blackmail, calling the move unethical. One health care professional, commenting on the story in Nursing Times, stated:

“This isn’t giving people a choice to get vaccinated or not. Sounds like they’re holding trusts to ransom, saying you’ve got to get 75 percent of your staff vaccinated so that the underfunded A&E departments can receive a little top up (after years of under-resourcing). Or, it’s a great ploy of not paying anything at all, as a good guess that there won’t be enough staff getting vaccinated. Flu jabs are no guarantee of keeping people out of A&E over winter. Also, does this mean people who don’t work in the NHS or where there isn’t an A&E won’t have to worry? I [would] like to see/hear chief execs, directors, senior managers and politicians all get their jabs first, then work a couple weeks as frontline staff would between Christmas and New Year, lead by example and put their money where their mouth is.”

Quite right, too. They should indeed put their money where their mouth is.

While these idiots are force-vaccinating NHS staff around the UK, using their cash as nice, fat, juicy carrots, I wonder if they are informing the staff about the possible side effects of the vaccine and telling them that far from protecting them against the flu, the vaccine could give them the flu, instead!

The CDC says:
The nasal spray (also called LAIV or FluMist®):
The viruses in the nasal-spray vaccine are weakened and do not cause severe symptoms often associated with influenza illness. (In clinical studies, transmission of vaccine viruses to close contacts has occurred only rarely.) In children, side effects from LAIV (FluMist®) can include:

runny nose
wheezing
headache
vomiting
muscle aches
fever

In adults, side effects from LAIV (FluMist®) can include:

runny nose
headache
sore throat
cough

The above list of impressive side effects from the vaccine, given by the CDC, certainly sounds like the flu to me. So, what is the point of giving nurses, who spend their time looking after sick and vulnerable patients, a vaccine that will cause the very symptoms they wish to avoid?

The Flu Vaccine Can Cause Death.

In 2011, the co-founder of the Safe Schools Campaign, Mary Tocco, wrote that it is common knowledge that the flu vaccination has “the potential to cause serious side effects including death”

“They combine various flu virus strains based on an educated guess and then recommend the shot to everyone, including children and pregnant mothers. According to the CDC Vital Statistics Report 1999-2003, influenza death for children under the age of 5 skyrocketed as they began to implement the flu vaccine for the children. From 1999 to early 2002, death rates were declining from 25 down to 10 per year. Then, the latter half of 2002 the CDC mandated the flu vaccine for children and the death rate climbed from 25 deaths per year in 1999 to over 90 in 2002!”

Death is a pretty bad vaccine side effect!

Given her evidence, I personally believe that it is far safer to catch the flu, than it is to risk a virtually untested vaccination concocted from an educated guess at what this year’s flu strain is going to be.

Conclusion
Nurses have always been thought of as natural born carers. To force them to have vaccinations by dangling a nice juicy carrot in front of them with a vaccine syringe on the end and saying that their patients will suffer if they do not have the vaccination is pure evil.

This is nothing short of emotional blackmail.

Why should the government think that it is right to deny hospitals much-needed funds all year and then say that the money is only available if they vaccinate their staff with dangerous and unnecessary vaccines?

Let’s face it. If all staff members do decide to have the flu vaccine, “for the sake of their patients,” and 90 percent of them end up with the flu as a result, then what exactly is the government going to do?

I can hardly see the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, changing beds and carrying bedpans.

Can you?


References
1. Boost For Hospitals

2. Daily Mirror

3. THE NURSING TIMES

4. CDC.GOV

5. NEWS WITH VIEWS

People with Rh-negative blood type who get infected with toxoplasmosis face a higher risk of road accidents since their reactions are slower, Czech scientists from Charles University and the Central Military Hospital have discovered.

The result of their unique research has been published in the BMC Infectious Diseases international journal.

Toxoplasma gondii (Apicomplexa) parasite, which is transmitted to humans from cats or other felids, causes an infectious disease similar to virosis that can even harm a foetus in the mother’s womb.

“We have explored reactions of people infected with toxoplasmosis in laboratory conditions, but also in real environment.”

Healthy and ill people with Rh-positive factor had similar reactions to stimuli.

However, reactions of the people with toxoplasmosis and Rh-negative blood deteriorated very much,” leading Czech parasitologist Jaroslav Flegr told the daily Hospodarske Noviny (HN).

The finding is in compliance with the results of two studies in which the same research team monitored reactions of Rh-positive and Rh-negative persons infected with toxoplasmosis.

Within the study, 3,900 future drivers of military vehicles were tested for toxoplasma infection and their blood group was registered when they started their military services.

Afterwards, the traffic accident occurrence was analysed, on the basis of the military police recordings, in the groups of infected and not infected drivers with Rh-negative and Rh-positive factors.

The Czech scientists found out that the infection increases the risk of accidents 2.5 times in the case of Rh-negative drivers, but it has no impact on driving ability of those with Rh-positive factor.

In the case of drivers with a relatively fresh infection, the risk rises from 2.6 percent to 16.7 percent.

This is why, the researchers propose that, for instance, Rh-negative pilots and air traffic controllers be regularly tested for toxoplasma infection.

The Czech team has for the first time proved a difference between Rh-positive and Rh-negative persons in this respect.

About one-third of the world’s population is infected with the toxoplasma parasite.

Note: The original www source has now gone:

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SIR CLIFF RICHARD’S ISRAEL CONNECTION….

GUEST WRITER

The Renegade Journalist

Sir Cliff Richard, remains one of Britain’s biggest selling musical artists in past decades, selling more than 260 million copies of his many albums.

He also represented his country in the Eurovision Song Contest twice, in 1968 and 1973.

Sir Cliff, whose name has come up several times linked with people in the Jimmy Savile investigations and who allegedly once lived with the black male calypso singer Cy Grant for some time, was also named by the Kray twins as one of Lord Boothbys ‘bum-boys’.

The Krays were well known for controlling a large number of pretty boys who were lent or rented out to homosexuals in the entertainment and political worlds.

“Grannies favourite” Sir Cliff has never once replied to any criticism that he allegedly entered the profession as a male prostitute, although rumours persist that many performers have refused to share a stage with him in the past.

The Metropolitan police have security cameras trained on the Chelsea army barracks and have also allegedly complained unofficially of Cliff Richard’s car number constantly being flagged up on numerous occasions as Sir Cliff was rumoured to be trying to chat up the soldiers.

But the most persistent rumour that annoys most people is the false facade, his pretence of being a Christian while supporting the Israeli genocide of palestinians, and killing foreign citizens in their own country who disagree with Israeli policies.

Insiders in the music business say Cliff has always been managed by Jewish financiers and could not really refuse to visit, but many others have refused in the past, Colin McCafferey on his music blog claimed that when a career is over, the ideal way to get some publicity is to visit a controversial country like Israel, but this will usually end up damaging their reputations in the UK.

Sir Cliff first performed in Israel in September 1963.

Then, as a teen idol, he was greeted at Ben-Gurion Airport by some 2,000 fans.

He returned to the Jewish state in the late 1960s, when he filmed the musical documentary “His Land,” and again in 1988 as part of Israel’s 40th anniversary celebrations.

Throughout his long career, Richard had more than 100 singles in the charts, and is allegedly very difficult to recognise when he’s dressed as a woman to tell that he is in fact, male.

Richard’s arrival in Israel in the 1960s was discussed later on in a Yedioth Ahronoth article written by Emanuel Bar Kadma in 1976, which claimed that legendary producer and impresario Giora Godik chose to bring Richard to Israel as The Beatles refused.

His last visit to Israel was in 2013.

Christian groups urged him to boycott the performance

Sir Cliff’s official movements throughout his career


Admin’s Note: Sir Cliff Richard’s name – or his alleged alias – appeared on a list recently that was uploaded to the Internet, supposedly hand-written by Mary Moss and Chris Fay, in relation to the current investigation into child abuse that has been alleged to have taken place at the Elm Guest House, Rocks Lane, Barnes, London. It is my belief that the list is completely worthless as it contains many false leads, and has served as a distraction only. Chris Fay has since published a retraction as to the list’s authenticity, although some people on the internet still – of course – believe it’s genuine.


During the second Iraq invasion by the US military and some of its NATO partners, a group of British special forces operatives dressed up as arab terrorists were caught by Iraqi security forces with a carload of bombs and were attempting to instigate a false-flag terrorist attack.

They were taken to an Iraqi security forces jail where they were held until another British special forces group attacked the jail and broke them out.

There was another incident in Afghanistan where the US employed a very well known mercenary group which was caught bringing a helicopter load of arms to the Taliban.

When asked what they were doing, they openly stated that if there is going to be a war ‘we need a viable enemy’.

Geraldo Rivera of Fox news was featured in a special video report from Afghanistan interviewing a US army officer in front of an opium field. This particular officer, a Colonel, claimed that the US Army had to protect the Afghan opium crop otherwise they would side with the Taliban.

This again was obvious disinformation since the Taliban are against any Opium growing and nearly eradicated it when they were in control.

There are many who view this report as first hand direct evidence that the rumours about the US invading Afghanistan to revitalise and capture the distribution of the 550 Billion dollar (US) opium business.

It is now generally believed among many researchers including retired government, military and intelligence that the attacks on 9/11 against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were a false-flag attack, that is an “inside-job” instituted by the US Government as a “self-inflicted wound”…. apparently with a little help from Mossad.

Astute researchers quickly discovered evidence that false-flag attacks have been used in the past such as the Gladio attacks in Italy that were so thinly disguised that those responsible were actually caught.

A thirty second internet search will find the recently declassified “Operation Northwoods” plan of the US military to stage numerous false flag attacks against the USA bearing a false flag against Cuba.

This involved blowing up an American Airliner and a host of other murders.

The military was convinced it was a good idea and wanted to institute it but President Kennedy refused to go along with it.

Some researchers believe that a certain part of the US Military intended to use the JFK Assassination as a false flag attack on the US from Cuba and Russia, by setting up Oswald as an assassin working on behalf of Castro and the Russians.

This “mad dogs of war” faction in the US military allegedly wanted to use this as pretext to start WW3 and rumours still circulate that they planned to shoot a missile at a major US city and blame it on Cuba and the Russians in order to use that as a basis to counter-attack with a full nuclear retaliatory launch.

Thankfully, cooler heads in the military command prevailed and were able to prevent WW3, which they believed would result in complete devastation of all modern industrial civilisation with no clear victor.

The Nazis were believed to have used on to start WW2 by disguising their special ops as poles and attacking Germans. Nazis dressed up as poles attacked a radio station in Gleiwitz, Germany and this was used as a pretext for the Nazis to invade Poland.

And it is now common knowledge that the attack on the USS Liberty by Israeli jets off of the coast of Egypt was a false-flag attack under authority of Lyndon Johnson to be used as a pretext to draw the US into a war with Egypt.

But due to the tremendous heroism of the crew and the top quality construction of the ship, it remained afloat and some of the crew survived to tell the story.

Incidentally they were threatened and told never to talk of the incident.

These survivors felt so frightened that only many years later did they start telling the truth in public.

There is an almost forgotten aspect of World War II that still generates discomfort and controversy in both India and the rest of Europe.

Some historians still allege that Hitler embraced Indians only as a means to disrupt Britain, by creating dissent within the Empire. However, the true facts are that a great many Nazis admired and worshipped ancient Indian culture, particularly its strict caste structure and military traditions.

At the very core of Nazi ideology lay the concept of the “Aryan race” and many German Nazis (certainly not all) regarded Indians as “Aryans,” originators of a culture they idolised and sought to emulate.

In response, many Indian Hindu nationalists admired and supported Nazi Germany, not only as an expression of opposition to Britain, but also because they shared many of the same notions of maintaining racial purity and a strictly disciplined society.

The Nazis venerated the ideal of a “pure, noble Aryan race,” that is believed to have invaded India thousands of years ago from Central Asia and established a martial society based on a rigid social structure with strict caste distinctions.

While scholars in both India and Europe have debunked the notion of an “Aryan race,” the myths and legends of ancient Vedic-Hindu India have had a widespread influence, and nowhere more than among the Nazi elite in Germany.

Heinrich Himmler, Reichsführer of the SS, himself patterned the brutal militia on the Kshatriya (the Warrior) caste of ancient India, which he glorified.

This placed India and especially Indian soldiers in a unique and uncomfortable position during World War II.

By the middle of the 20th century, India’s military was dominated by Sikhs, the bearded, turbaned Punjabis who formed the core of the fighting forces.

Germany (and Hitler) provided what many Indian nationalists viewed as an alternative to British imperialism.

During the war, the Indian nationalist Subhash Chandra Bose (who was not a Sikh) spent years in Germany seeking the Nazis’ help in launching a war directly against British rule in India in order to gain independence for his country.

Bose seemed to have little or no compunction about allying himself with the Nazis.

In fact, Bose once delivered an emotional speech for British soldiers of Indian origin, who were captured by the Wehrmacht in North Africa and who were held in Germany as POWs.

He said to them: “Hitler is your friend. He is the friend of the Aryans, and you will return to India as the liberators of your motherland.”

Indeed, in 1941 the German Wermacht formed an Indian military unit commonly called Indische Legion (“Indian Legion”) that fought on the side of Hitler.

Initially, the Indian recruits were students studying at German universities; later, Indian POWS captured in North Africa and Italy joined in. (Interestingly, Indian soldiers refused to serve under Fascist Italian commanders, but they willingly served under the Germans.)

Thus, Indian soldiers who had once sworn allegiance to the King of England now switched their allegiance to the Fuehrer, with the following oath:

“Before God… I will obey the Head of State and (of) the German people, Adolf Hitler, German Commander of the Armed Forces during the fight for freedom from India, whose leader is Subhash Chandra Bose … I give my life for this oath.”

By 1944, the Indian Legion (which included many Sikhs) became part of the Waffen SS, a military wing of the SS in cooperation with the aforementioned Bose.

After the war, with the defeat of Germany, most of the surviving Indian soldiers who fought on behalf of Nazism returned to India and faced charges of treason, followed by prison sentences.

In India today, these soldiers are widely regarded as collaborators or dupes, however, Bose remains a nationalist hero almost on par with Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru.

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Admin’s Note: One of the last German Units to fight the Soviet onslaught of Berlin in 1944 was the Sikh Legion of the German Army (erroneously called the Indian Legion). It is believed that the survivors of the legion, if any, were transported to the Gulags in Siberia.

The lancet fluke Dicrocoelium dendriticum, forces its ant host to clamp itself to the tip of grass blades, where a grazing mammal might eat it.

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It’s in the fluke’s interest to get eaten, because only by getting into the gut of a sheep or some other grazer can it complete its life cycle.

Another fluke, Euhaplorchis californiensis, causes it’s host fish to jump out of the water, greatly increasing the chance that wading birds will grab them.

If you think that flukes make their hosts behave differently, wait until you meet Toxoplasma gondii.

This single-celled parasite lives in the guts of cats, sheddding eggs that can be picked up by rats and other small animals that can be eaten by cats.

Toxoplasma forms cysts throughout its intermediate host’s body, including the brain.

And yet a Toxoplasma-ridden rat is perfectly healthy.

That makes good sense for the parasite, since a cat would not be particularly interested in eating a dead rat.

But scientists discovered that the parasite changes the rats in one subtle but vital way.

Toxoplasma-carrying rats, for the most part indistinguishable from healthy ones, were more likely to get themselves killed.

Why?

They are not in the least bit afraid of cats!

Scientists have speculated for years that Toxoplasma secreted a substance that was somehow altering the patterns of brain activity in the rats. This manipulation likely evolved through natural selection, since parasites that were more likely to end up in cats would produce more young.

The scientists were only too aware that humans can be hosts to Toxoplasma, too.

People can become infected by its eggs by handling soil or cat litter.

For most people, the infection causes no harm. Only if a person’s immune system is significantly weakened does Toxoplasma grow uncontrollably.

It’s the reason pregnant women are advised not to handle cat litter and why Toxoplasmosis is a serious risk for people with HIV/AIDS for example.

Otherwise, the parasite lives quietly in people’s bodies (and their brains).

It’s estimated that about half of all people on Earth are infected with Toxoplasma.

Given that human and rat brains have a lot of similarities (they share the same basic anatomy and use the same neurotransmitters), the question becomes inevitable:

If Toxoplasma can alter the behaviour of a rat, could it alter human behaviour?

Some schools of thought believe that Toxoplasma changes the personality of its human hosts, having a different effect on men and women.

Parasitologist Jaroslav Flegr of Charles University, Prague, administered psychological questionnaires to people infected with Toxoplasma.

Those infected, he found, show a small, but statistically significant tendency to be more self-critical and insecure.

Paradoxically, infected women, on average, tend to be more outgoing and warmhearted, while infected men tend to be more jealous and suspicious.

Though controversial and disputed by some, it attracted the attention of E. Fuller Torrey of the Stanley Medical Research Institute in Bethesda, Maryland.

Torrey and his colleagues had noticed some intriguing links between Toxoplasma and schizophrenia.

Infection with the parasite has been associated with damage to a certain class of neurons (astrocytes).

Very similar symptoms to schizophrenia.

Pregnant women with high levels of Toxoplasma antibodies in their blood were found to be more likely to give birth to children who would later develop schizophrenia.

It’s conceivable that exposure to Toxoplasma causes subtle changes in most people’s personality, but in a small minority, it has more devastating effects.

So Fuller and other scientists combined their research to find an answer to the next logical question…

Can drugs used to treat schizophrenia help a parasite-crazed rat?

They reported their results to the Royal Society B.

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They treated the rats with haloperidol and several other anti-psychotic drugs.

They discovered that the drugs made the rats more frightened.

They also found that the antipsychotics were as effective as pyrimethamine, a drug that is specifically used to eliminate Toxoplasma.

So what is Toxoplasma releasing into the brain to manipulate its hosts?

And how does that substance give rise to schizophrenia in some humans?

The research continues.


Further Reading:

Toxoplasma and Rhesus Negative Bloodtypes

NHS UK

CATS PROTECTION

This is not so much about what Confucius said, it is more about what he did.

It is said that he never ate a meal without the addition of ‘Zingiber Officianale’.

King Henry VIII recommended it to keep the plague away.

The Romans and Greeks used it to treat sea-sickness during long voyages.

Indians used it in Ayuverdic concotions.

English taverns in the nineteenth century used it in their beer.

In India, children are given it to guard against whopping cough.

So what is this miracle substance?

Ginger.

This incredible ‘hand’, or root of the Zingiber officinale, is an incredible food with numerous and wonderful healing qualities that have been experienced for at least the last 4400 years, if not longer.

Ginger originates from Southeast Asia, but grows well in multiple climates. It now grows all over Europe, the US, China, Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, and elsewhere.

Full of antioxidants, iron, phosphorous, potassium, riboflavin, and more, ginger can kill salmonella as well as other undesirable viruses (including the common cold), and clots blood better than onion or garlic while reducing blood coagulation by inhibiting the cell synthesis of thromboxane.

The spice can lower ‘bad’ cholesterol, can be used as a drug-free pain killer, helps with stomach ailments, and reduces nausea.

It improves digestion by increasing salivary and stomach secretions.

Japanese biochemists have also proven that ginger is one of many cancer-fighting foods, reducing cell mutation which can lead to cancer.

Another study coming to similar conclusions showed that ginger extract triggered apoptosis of G cells HCT 116 and HT 29 – cancer causing cellular lines.

Ginger can be used in cooking, taken as a supplement, or even consumed in teas or ginger confectionary.

Just a ¼ teaspoon of ginger per serving of cooked foods can deliver a great zing to vegetables or broths for soup and deliver all the powerful medicine that ginger offers to cure multiple ailments.

It is highly recommended to deliver both great taste and overall immune support and to facilitate overall physical well-being.

A powerful and wholly natural ally indeed.


FURTHER READING:

HAPPYHAPPYVEGAN

THE BENEFITS OF GINGER

JUICING WITH G

HEALTH AMBITION