To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate?…that is the question!

If you have children, are planning to have children, are currently pregnant, or know other sisters who fit any of the afore mentioned criteria, please read this, comment, and spread the knowledge.  History does not have to repeat itself!  Know the facts and give yourself the right to choose!

In LOVE and TRUTH,

A.K.S.

Answering Pro-Vaccination Questions

Originally Posted by Natural Mama NZ
Recently I got into an online discussion about vaccines (which prompted me to write this post). Two people in particular where adamant vaccines were 100% safe, and that anyone who disagreed was an ignorant quack. They went on to quote what they called “facts” (that were flat out untrue) but they were adamant they were right.

I presented many valid points and studies but they were ignored, and instead I got this response:

‎”There is no comparison between the scientific method and a bunch of yahoos who publish stuff over the internet.”

But I was quoting REAL, scientific studies. It made me realise the vaccine debate has been drawn away from facts – instead pitting people against hated stereotypes to gain a following. I’m not a hippy, I’m not easily sucked in, I like facts, logic, and clear, unbiased stats. So I said to her:

“It’s not a matter of anti-vax versus pro-vax, it’s a matter of decifering common sense and accurate stats from a myriad of bull shit.”

But it fell on deaf ears. On and on the discussion went, back and forth, until I had to leave for a family outing – feeling mentally drained and wondering whether anything I’d said made any difference at all.

The draining discussion did present a gift though, it showed me what questions many pro-vax parents have about vaccines, that NEED to be addressed publicly. Below are statements taken from our conversation and answers to them:

“Thimerosal has not been used in childhood vaccines for 10 years.” 
Thimerosal (contains 50% mercury) HAS indeed been used in vaccines since the 1930’s right through to today, and I’m sure will continue to until there is a law prohibiting it. Ten years ago there was a major enquiry into the effect thimerosal had on young children. As a result major health organizations issued a joint statement recommending it’s removal as soon as possible (excerpt from the CDC website):

“The Public Health Service (including the FDA, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics issued two Joint Statements, urging vaccine manufacturers to reduce or eliminate thimerosal in vaccines as soon as possible (CDC 1999) and (CDC 2000).”

Despite the above statement, no recall of the vaccines containing mercury was ever issued and companies continued to sell lots already manufactured with expiration dates as late as 2007. It is plausible then that vaccines containing large amounts of thermerosal were still being administered to children as recently as 2007. The removal of thimerosal in vaccines has been more of a gradual phasing out, than a sudden halt.

While most vaccines manufactured today have abided by the above recommendation to reduce or eliminate thimerosal, six different types of vaccines in the U.S still contain it, and some are part of the current childhood vaccine schedule:
(Table excerpts from the CDC and Vaccine Safety websites)

Vaccine
Trade Name
Manufacturer
Thimerosal Concentration
Mercury
Influenza
Afluria
CSL Limited
0 (single dose)
0.01% (multidose)
0/0.5 mL (single dose)
24.5 µg/0.5 mL (multidose)
Fluzone6
Sanofi Pasteur, Inc
0.01%
25 µg/0.5 mL dose
Fluvirin
Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Ltd
0.01%
25 µg/0.5 ml dose
FluLaval
ID Biomedical Corporation of Quebec
0.01%
25 µg/0.5 ml dose
Japanese Encephalitis7
JE-VAX
Research Foundation for Microbial Diseases of Osaka University
0.007%
35 µg/1.0mL dose
17.5 µg/0.5 mL dose
Meningococcal
Menomune A, C, AC and A/C/Y/W-135
Sanofi Pasteur, Inc
0.01% (multidose)
0 (single dose)
25 µg/0.5 dose
0
DTwP
All Products
.01%
25 µg/0.5 ml dose
DT
Sanofi Pasteur, Inc
.01%
25 µg/0.5 ml dose
Tetanus Toxoid
Sanofi Pasteur, Inc
.01%
25 µg/0.5 ml dose
Sanofi Pasteur, Inc
.01%
25 µg/0.5 ml dose
Sanofi Pasteur, Inc
.01%
25 µg/0.5 ml dose

Is the amount of mercury in currently manufactured vaccines safe? The safety guidelines set out by the CDC state:

A person must not recieve more than 0.1mcg of mercury, per kg of body weight per day.

An average 6kg 6 month old infant must not exceed 0.6mcg in a single day. Yet as seen in the table above, many vaccinations shots contain 42 times this amount. What compounds the problem is that in other documents the CDC recommends children receive up to 9 vaccination shots at one doctors visit. It’s entirely possible that a child will receive the DTwP and Influenza both at the same doctors visit, where the child will recieve 50 mcg at once, exceeding the mercury toxicity threshold 83 times.

Many of these shots also need up to 5 repeated shots every couple of months, so the child will continue to receive toxic doses of mercury at regular intervals throughout the year. Whether a person will display symptoms of mercury toxicity depends on the person’s individual physical ability to process it – some people can not process mercury at all and will react severely and immediately, others will take days, weeks or years.

Any amount of mercury is toxic and is extremely difficult to remove from the body without chelation therapy. Symptoms of toxicity depend on the amount injected and the person’s ability to process it – but it will cause toxicity make no mistake, it may just be more gradual in some. So no, the amount of mercury in the above current vaccines is not safe.

“There has been no fall in the rate of Autism since thimerosal’s removal from vaccines.”
The removal of thimerosal from vaccines has been a gradual phasing out, not a sudden halt. And it is still in 6 different types of vaccines, in no way has it been entirely “removed”. Vaccine caused autism would match a gradual decline seen in statistics below.

The below graph shows the prevalence of autism in the U.S and outlying areas in the year 2009. Many statistics like this repeadly show children born between the years 1998-2003 make up the majority of those diagnosed with autism, with a decline in those born more recently. (Click for a larger view)

This graph shows some important details:
• Older children with autism are continuing to be identified.
• It takes from 2 to 7 years or longer for older children who have autism to be identified.
• Children under three years of age lag in being diagnosed.
• Prevalence for each birth year will continue to rise until all persons in that birth year are identified.

The problem is current charts often show a continued increase in overall autism rates, which on the surface is misleading. It makes it seem as if each year the number of babies born with autism is sky rocketing. When in fact it is the older children who are only now being diagnosed with autism who are making up the bulk of the current statistics.

My question is what happened to children born between 1998-2003 that triggered a massive increase in autism cases?

“All evidence that mercury causes autism has been refuted.”
In a report authored by the CDC in June 2000 it was concluded exposure to more than 62.5 micrograms of mercury within the first three months of life significantly increased a child’s risk of developing autism. Specifically, the study found a 2.48 times increased risk of autism.

“Exposure evaluated at 3 months of age found increasing risks of ‘neurological developmental disorders’ with increasing cumulative exposure to thimerosal.”

These disorders included developmental disorders, specific delays, developmental speech disorder, autism, stuttering and attention deficit disorder.

“This analysis suggests that in our study population, the risk of ticks, ADD, language and speech delays, and developmental delays in general maybe increased by exposure to mercury from thimersoal containing vaccines during the first six months of life.”

As a consequence of this study major health organizations issued a joint statement recommending the removal of thimerosal as soon as possible. And while many vaccine manufacturers complied, as shown in the above table many still contain amounts that if taken together at the single doctors visit would be far too close for comfort to the 62.5 mcg of mercury mentioned in the CDC’s study.

But even if mercury containing vaccines are not taken together, the amount would still be damaging, maybe half as bad, and I’m sorry I don’t want ANY ‘neurological development disorder’ affecting my child for the sake of a vaccine – it is not a viable tradeoff.

Studies have continued to examine whether there is a link between vaccines or mercury and vaccines, and the link is very clear:

“A thorough review of medical literature and U.S. government data indicates (i) that many and perhaps most cases of idiopathic autism, in which an extended period of developmental normalcy is followed by an emergence of symptoms, are induced by early exposure to mercury; (ii) that this type of autism represents a unique form of mercury poisoning (HgP); (iii) that excessive mercury exposure from thimerosal in vaccine injections is an etiological mechanism for causing the traits of autism; (iv) that certain genetic and non-genetic factors establish a predisposition whereby thimerosal’s adverse effects occur only in some children; and (v) that vaccinal mercury in thimerosal is causing a heretofore unrecognized mercurial syndrome.” 7

“The overwhelming evidence from the peer-reviewed scientific and medical literature favours acceptance that mercury exposure is capable of causing some Autism Spectrum Disorders, particularly in children who are biochemically and/or genomically susceptible to mercury intoxication. A review of treatments suggests that Autism Spectrum Disorder patients who undergo protocols to reduce mercury and/or its effects show significant clinical improvements in some cases.” 4

“The children with Autism Spectrum Disorder:
Had elevated levels of androgens.
Excreted significant amounts of mercury post chelation challenge.
Had biochemical evidence of decreased function in their glutathione pathways.
Had no known significant mercury exposure except from Thimerosal-containing vaccines/Rho(D)-immune globulin preparations.
Had alternate causes for their regressive Autism Spectrum Disorders ruled out.
Had a significant dose-response relationship between the severity of the regressive Autism Spectrum Disorder and the total mercury dose children received from Thimerosal-containing vaccines/Rho (D)-immune globulin preparations.
Were exposed to significant amounts of mercury from Thimerosal-containing biologic/vaccine preparations during their fetal/infant developmental periods, and subsequently, between 12 and 24 mo of age.
Were previously normally developing children prior to mercury exposure.
Suffered mercury toxic encephalopathies (brain injury) that manifested with clinical symptoms consistent with regressive Autism Spectrum Disorders.” 5

“Boys aged 3 to 17 years (born before 1999 with a vaccination record) who received the first dose of hepatitis B vaccine during the first month of life were 3 times more likely to be diagnosed with autism, than boys either vaccinated later or not at all.”1

“The higher the proportion of children receiving recommended vaccinations, the higher was the prevalence of Autism or Speech or Language Impairment. A 1% increase in vaccination was associated with an additional 680 children having Autism or Speech or Language Impairment. Aluminum, which is found in at least 20 U.S. childhood vaccines (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010), is not only a neurotoxin, but also an immunosuppressant that may allow measles-containing vaccines to create cytokines that damage the brain.Enhanced exposure to aluminum via vaccines may be associated with an increase in the prevalence of neurological disorders such as autism, especially if an aluminum-containing vaccine is administered along with a measlescontaining vaccine.” 2

“Children with severe Autism Spectrum Disorder had biomarkers consistent with mercury toxicity such as significantly increased mercury intoxication-associated urinary porphyrins (pentacarboxyporphyrin, precoproporphyrin, and coproporphyrin); significantly decreased plasma levels of reduced glutathione (GSH), cysteine, and sulfate; significantly increased plasma oxidized glutathione (GSSG). This study concluded mercury intoxication is significantly associated with autistic symptoms.” 3

“Boys who were vaccinated with the Hep B triple series vaccine were 9 times more likely to need early intervention or special education services, than boys who were not vaccinated with the Hep B vaccine.” 6
*Note: The Hep B triple series vaccine contained thimerosal at the time this data was collected



“The anti-vaccination movement twist facts”
To that I replied, “ALL studies and publications twist facts. Yes that’s right, every single study is funded by someone, and each person has their own personal point of view, their own bias.” Again this was brushed off.

It’s an illusion that because a study was conducted by a “scientist” the contents of are of pure truth. We can never be sure a study was accurately conducted, but often it’s all we have to go on. And the stats themselves can be interpreted literally any way you like, the way in which it’s delivered to you will sway you in whatever direction the commentator wants you to go.

For an example of the integrity of today’s scientific studies, there was a recent study,‘Early Thimerosal Exposure and Neuropsychological Outcomes at 7 to 10 Years’published in The New England Journal of Medicine on September 27, 2007 that was touted as a ‘Weight of Evidence Against Thimerosal Causing Neuropsychological Deficits’by many medical publications. But by looking just little closer major flaws in the study became self evident:

– The study specifically eliminated any children with autism or a neurological condition.  Children who had had encephalitis and meningitis were also eliminated. This literally makes the study null and void. And I’m quite dumbfounded every time I read it. They removed any child that would conflict with the outcome they wanted: to show thimersoal does not cause neuropsychological deficits. What a novel way to deal with the problem, just remove the evidence and continue as it you’re conducting a valid study. If the study were conducted honestly these would have been the children they were specifically looking for, they were what the whole study was supposed to be about.

– The authors went on to eliminate 70% of the study participants. The authors themselves also acknowledge that selection bias might have been a factor in the findings. It really sounds more like it was an audition to find the healthiest children, than a valid, randomized group of study subjects.

– The primary concern about thimerosal, that it causes autism, was not addressed or included in the study. The study noted that autism itself – the condition most often connected with thimerosal – was not considered.

 The authors of the study had major conflicts of interest.

Dr. Offit
Serves on the scientific advisory board of Merck (major vaccine manufacturer). Holds a patent on the RotaTeq vaccine produced by Merck.

Dr. Thompson
The lead investigator, is a former employee of Merck.

Dr. Marcy
Has received consulting fees from Merck, Sanofi Pasteur, GlaxoSmithKline, and MedImmune.

Dr. Jackson
Received grant money from Wyeth, Sanofi Pasteur, GlaxoSmithKline, and Novartis. He received lecture fees from Sanofi Pasteur and consulting fees from Wyeth and Abbott. Currently, he is a consultant to the FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee.

Dr. Lieu
Is a consultant to the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunication Practices.

Dr. Black
Receives consulting fees from MedImmune, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, and Merck, and grant support from MedImmune, GlaxoSmithKline, Aventis, Merck, and Novartis.
Dr. Davis – Receives consulting fees from Merck and grant support from Merck and GlaxoSmithKline.

As you can see you’ve got to be very careful which studies you tout as evidence.

Below is a large excerpt from Immunization Awareness Society Inc website, with some rather damning info regarding the integrity of scientific studies:

Conflict of Interest
The burgeoning problem of conflict of interest was discussed in a paper in a 2002 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association:

The vast majority of doctors involved in establishing national guidelines on disease treatment have financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry that could potentially sway their recommendations and inappropriately influence thousands of other physicians… 38% of respondents said they had served as employees or consultants for pharmaceutical companies and 58% had received financial support for medical research. In addition, 59% had links with drug companies whose medications were considered in the particular guidelines they authored… 19% said they thought their co-authors’ recommendations were swayed by their relationships and 7% said they thought their own relationships influenced recommendations.”1

On the same topic a Lancet editorial asks just how tainted by commercial conflicts has medicine become? The author concluded that the answer was heavily tainted, and damagingly so.2

A paper published in the British Medical Journal in 2003 found that:

“Research sponsored by the drug industry was more likely to produce results favouring the product made by the company sponsoring the research than studies funded by other sources. The results apply across a wide range of disease states, drugs, and drug classes, over at least two decades and regardless of the type of research being assessed.”3

In another paper, published in the journal Psychological Medicine in 2006, Researchers found that in studies on psychiatric drugs favorable outcomes were significantly more common in studies sponsored by the drug manufacturer (78%) than in studies without industry sponsorship (48%) or sponsored by a competitor (28%).

Another study into bias in reported research on psychiatry drugs in 2007 “confirmed previous findings that industry-funded studies are less likely to report negative findings.” The authors went on to say that their “novel finding is that this effect appears to be largely or exclusively due to the presence of a company employee among the authorship.”4

These are just three of many, many papers on conflict of interest within the pharmaceutical industry and the reporting of drug trial results. Such conflict of interest is so widespread and has become such a significant problem that is has begun to be addressed by the major peer-reviewed medical journals. Many medical journals have initiated stricter ethics codes for publishing research funded by pharmaceutical or medical device-makers, including many journals that have instituted zero-tolerance policies for study authors with financial ties to drug companies.

However, this doesn’t avoid the problem of many studies that produce negative results never being published at all. Added to this is the use of spin to convince readers of a more favorable result.

In a 2009 report, Dr Isabelle Boutron said that more than 40% of studies with negative findings were “spun” and even in trials with favorable outcomes, 49% of phrases considered to be positive “spin” weren’t accompanied by any mention of a statistically significant result.

The researchers defined spin as an attempt to “convince the reader that the treatment is important” even though the trial had nonsignificant findings.5

Another problem can be the mismatch between what is reported in the media from a study, or even between an abstract and the rest of the paper. If possible don’t just rely on reading an abstract as they can mislead and conclusions drawn may not match the actual results of research.

For example, in a 1998 study of the efficacy of the hepatitis B vaccine in Gambia, the researchers found that, 14 years after administration of the vaccine 37.4% of participants in the study in had been infected, and of the uninfected, 36% had undetectable levels of antibodies.6 In total, 61% of the adolescents and young adults had no immunity to hepatitis B only 14 years following vaccination. Incomprehensibly, the authors concluded in the paper and the abstract of the paper that vaccine efficacy was remarkably well maintained. Only by reading the full paper was it clear that the vaccine had a very low efficacy. No refusal to publish here, just conclusions that are diametrically opposed to the facts.

References:
1. Choudhry, N.K., Stelfox, H.T., Detsky, A.S., 2002: Relationships Between Authors of Clinical Practice Guidelines and the Pharmaceutical Industry, JAMA, 287: 612-617.
2. No Author Listed, 2002: Just how tainted has medicine become? Editorial The Lancet, 359, 9313.
3. Lexchin, J., Bero, L., Djulbegovic, B. and Clark, O., 2003: Pharmaceutical industry sponsorship and research outcome and quality: systematic review British Medical Journal, 326:1167-1170
4. Tungaraza, T, and Poole, R., 2007: Influence of drug company authorship and sponsorship on drug trial outcomes, The British Journal of Psychiatry (2007) 191: 82-83.
5. Boutron I, et al, 2009: Spin’ in reports of randomized controlled trials with nonstatistically significant primary outcomes, International Congress on Peer Review and Biomedical Publication.
6. Whittle, H., Jaffar, S., Wansbrough, M. Mendy, M., Dumpis, U., Collinson, A., Hall, A., 2002: Observational study of vaccine efficacy 14 years after trial of hepatitis B vaccination in Gambian children, BMJ, 325: 569.

I hope this info has answered some of the questions that linger around in vaccination debates. I know there’s plenty more questions, so I’ll continue researching.

Sources:
Child Vaccination – Mercury
Cherie Raymond
Changes in the California Caseload An Update: June 1987 – June 2007
Andrew T. Cavagnaro, Ph.D.
Autism – Statistics, Incidence, Prevalence, Rates
by Thoughtfulhouse.org
Critique of CDC’s Thimerosal Study
by Thoughtfulhouse.org
Risk of neurological and renal impairment associated with thimerosal containing vaccines
Thomas Verstraeten and others
Dissecting a Thimerosal Study
Heidi Stevenson
Changes In The California Caseload:An Update: 1999 Through 2002
by CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES
Autism Survey
by Generation Rescue
Cal-Oregon Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated Survey
by Generation Rescue
1. HEPATITIS B VACCINATION OF MALE NEONATES AND AUTISM DIAGNOSIS,
NHIS 1997–2002

2. A positive association found between Autism prevalence and childhood vaccination uptake across the U.S. population
3. Biomarkers of environmental toxicity and susceptibility in autism
4. A comprehensive review of mercury provoked autism 
5. A Case Series of Children with Apparent Mercury Toxic Encephalopathies Manifesting with Clinical Symptoms of Regressive Autistic Disorders
6. HEPATITIS B TRIPLE SERIES VACCINE AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY IN US CHILDREN AGED 1‐9 YEARS
7. Autism: A Unique Type of Mercury Poisoning

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Self-Awareness

The following information is probably one of the most thorough introductions to spiritual sexuality– getting to know yourself– I have come across to date.  Sometimes it can be an intimidating twist of understanding to consider spirituality doubled as sexual enlightenment, but I for one, feel closer to true freedom every time I grow in knowledge, shedding layers of shame, compression, misinterpretation, LIES, and unrestrained pleasure, for the simple understanding that what we were born with is all we need to fulfill our purpose.  I can honestly say that I’ve spent over two decades with the wool over my eyes. But my new truth is that happier, free people equal a happier, free stint on earth!  Treat yourself and explore this posting in it’s entirety!

In Love and Truth,

A.K.S.

original post found here

Getting To Know You 

(Excerpt from: Sacred Sexuality–A Manual for Living Bliss by: Michael Mirdad)

Self-awareness means just that-you are aware of, and can focus on, yourself. You give top priority to the physical, energetic, emotional, mental, soul-level, and spiritual aspects of your being. Furthermore, you take responsibility for your own safety and growth.

To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.
– Oscar Wilde

Although the question concerning how to find the “perfect partner” is often raised, the answer lies in loving and respecting yourself-first. As you heal your issues and become healthier, you’ll feel happier and more attractive. When you feel good about yourself, it sends out positive “vibes” that are appealing to healthier partners. Then, if and when you do choose to relate with another, you’ll have a much better chance of developing a rewarding relationship from a solid foundation. As you get to know yourself, you will discover personal, preconceived beliefs about love, romance, and sex. Whether conscious or not, these preconceptions definitely have an effect on your existing relationships and on those you will attract in the future. Consequently, without the necessary self-awareness, healing, and growth, changing relationships can be like changing places of residence. You always end up having more “baggage” than you thought.

Your Body

You can never truly give to another, what you have not accepted for yourself. So, the ability to fully give your body to a partner in sexual intimacy depends upon your ability to completely accept your body. In other words, if you want your partner to accept your body, you must first accept it yourself. You must also see yourself as loveable and worthy of acceptance.

If you don’t have love for yourself, you can’t be loving to others.
-Dr. Wayne Dyer

Personal Hygiene

Good hygiene is an important part of getting in touch with your body and your sexuality. There are several aspects of personal cleanliness that are invaluable, including oral, genital, and overall body hygiene. Cleanliness in all of these areas is essential in the art of sacred sexuality. Your body should have the scent of someone who takes care of himself or herself.

Masturbation

There are both positive and negative aspects to masturbation, or self-pleasuring. With the proper focus and intent, self-pleasuring is an act of self-love. It is an effective method for awakening one’s physical
level of consciousness as well as for relaxing, learning, exploring, and awakening repressed parts of the sexual anatomy. When used properly, self-stimulation can ignite powerful surges that awaken energetic ecstasy. Also, for individuals who have issues with self-love, pleasuring themselves can be a means of developing self-acceptance.

Self-pleasuring also has its darker, addictive side. Although it is quite natural for a person to stimulate and explore his or her own body, masturbation has become a rampant addiction (repetitive attempts to fill a perceived void) for many men and a growing one for women. Men have gained a reputation for browsing the internet for porn sights to appease their need for a sexual release. Women, on the other hand, are becoming accustomed to reaching for a vibrator to assist their pleasuring. But if vibrators are used excessively, it can result in their bodies’ refusing to respond to any other form of stimulation, such as touch or intercourse. This dependency on a mechanical device is counterproductive to the goal of intimacy and sacred sexuality.

Anatomy 101

A basic, elementary way of differentiating a male from a female in nearly every species is by checking the genitals because our eyes tell us there is such an obvious distinction between the sexes. Yet, contrary to what most people believe, the sexual anatomy of a male and a female is actually very similar, despite having some differences. Although not evident to the eyes, this fact remains true. Our genitals are merely the outer manifestations of our primary physical expressions as either predominately male or female. During the earliest stages of fetal development, there is no known sexual differentiation between the two genders. Sexual differentiation does not become apparent until the fetus is several weeks old.

Each major part of the human sexual anatomy of one gender is analogous to the anatomy of the opposite gender. For example, a clitoris is merely a female’s version of a penis, and a man’s prostate is the male’s version of a G-spot. Examples of the anatomical parallels include:

THE FEMALE

The female sexual organs are divided into two groups. The external genitalia, which is known as the “vulva,” and the internal cavity, commonly called the “vagina,” which means “sheath” or “purse” (a pouch in which to place something).

I. THE OUTSIDE (Vulva)

The anatomy of the vulva (as described in this book) includes all visible parts of the genitalia including the pubic mound, the lips majora, and the clitoris.

The clitoris is like a flower. The head is the bud, the shaft is the stem, and legs are the roots. The stem passes from the head, through the shaft and into the legs of the clitoris. The clitoris varies slightly in size from one woman to the next. When stimulated, a clitoris (like a penis) can engorge to two or three times its flaccid size.

II. THE INSIDE (Vagina)

The internal female sexual organs are all housed within the pelvic cavity. The primary internal sexual anatomy of a woman includes the labia minora, vestibular bulbs, the G-spot, the vaginal canal, and the uterus and ovaries.

The vaginal canal is an energetic cauldron whose magic is best activated by focusing on love, being present with your lover, and making the proper contact with and stimulation of her other sensual triggers, such as the breasts, clitoris, G-spot, and anus. The magical ingredients of this sacred, energetic cauldron respond best when cooked slowly and left on simmer. This simmering activates energy within the vagina that can send powerful surges or gentle waves upward through a woman’s body.

The G-Spot was named after the doctor who is reported to have “discovered” it, Dr. Ernst von Grafenberg. The ancients actually referred to it as the “sacred spot.” The G-spot, by any name, is actually not a “spot” at all, but a region. It’s an area within the vaginal canal filled with nerves that respond to arousal. The paraurethral (Skene’s) glands that create vaginal orgasm and ejaculation with proper stimulation are a part of the G-spot region located on the roof of the vagina, just an inch or so from the vaginal opening.

To find the G-spot, insert one or two fingers into the vagina and stroke or massage the spongy tissue at the roof of the vagina. The G-spot swells when stimulated and feels similar to the rough or bumpy section on the roof of the mouth. Since the urethral canal runs through the center of the vagina’s roof, stroking can add to the sensation to urinate. This sensation can be avoided by not massaging directly in the center of the vaginal canal. Strangely enough, even though the G-spot can be felt and its stimulation can trigger a unique form of orgasm, many medical researchers and manuals do not acknowledge its existence-even in today’s “modern” age. The G-spot is the place where women psychically store their cellular memories of sexual issues and abuses. Therefore, massaging this area can sometimes result in the release of old wounds. If cellular memories and sexual wounds are accessed therapeutically, the results can be profound.

The Uterus is, in Taoist sexual practices, referred to as “The Heavenly Palace.” The uterus is depicted as “heavenly” because of its abode-hovering above the other sexual organs-and because of its purpose, which is to be a heavenly home for the developing fetus prior to entering the earth plane.

Blessed be thy womb, without which we would not be.
-Wiccan Incantation

The uterus, or womb, is a muscular organ located behind, and slightly above, the bladder. Shaped like an upside down pear, the uterus is, on average, three inches in length and two inches at its widest portion. The uterus is typically overlooked as part of the sexual anatomy. This neglect results primarily from its lack of exposure to direct physical stimulation and from a lack of understanding concerning how it can be
energetically activated. The uterus is such a vital part of the female sexual anatomy that it is a primary storehouse for memories from physical, emotional, and psychic sexual abuse. Every woman should connect and share healing time on a regular basis with her uterus. Some of this healing can be done through energy work, prayer, journaling and/or visualization. Doing healing energy work on the uterus and ovaries is a subtle and complicated process, difficult to describe and in need of a very sensitive, intuitive healer. Reiki is an excellent method for sending love into either the uterus or the ovaries.

THE MALE

Like the female anatomy, the male sexual organs can be divided into two groups. The external portion is known as the scrotum and penis. The internal portion includes the testicles and prostate gland.

I. THE OUTSIDE (Scrotum and Penis)

The anatomy of a male (as described in this book) encompasses all visible parts of the genitalia including the outer skin of the scrotum and the primary anatomy of the penis with its internal parts. The male penis is known in Sanskrit by other names, including lingam (meaning “Wand of Light”) and vajra (meaning “Lightning Bolt”). A woman’s yoni may be a sacred cauldron, but the man has the wand that stirs and ignites the magic.

The scrotum is the sack that hangs below the penis. From the outside, the scrotum looks like only one single part. But internally, it is divided into two parts (left and right), each containing one testicle. The left testicle hangs a little lower than the right, preventing excessive bumping between the testicles.

The penis in its flaccid, non-erect, state averages three inches long and one-and-a-half inches in diameter. The average erect penis is between five and six inches. The longer a penis is when it’s flaccid, the less it will grow to reach an erection. An erection is the result of blood engorging tiny caverns, or sinuses, within three chambers that run the length of the penis. The amount of blood that flows into an erection is nearly ten times that which is present before the erection.

Like a woman’s clitoris (her version of a penis), a man’s penis divides into three parts: the head (or glans), the body (or shaft), and the legs (or crura). Also, like a clitoris, the penis is only partly exposed, with just the head and most of the shaft being visible. The roots or legs of the penis are inside the man’s pelvic cavity. The penis also has a base, which extends internally into the pelvic cavity. The male corpus spongiosum runs from the head of the penis down to the base, which terminates at the bulb below the pubic bone and is energetically connected to the prostate.

II. THE INSIDE (Reproductive System)
Like the female’s internal, sexual anatomy, the male’s sexual organs are all housed within the pelvic cavity, with the exception of the testicles, located in the externally hanging scrotum. The internal anatomy of a man includes the prostate and testicles.

The prostate is the male equivalent of the female G-spot. The prostate secretes most of the seminal fluid, a thin alkaline substance that neutralizes the acidic environment of the vagina. This fluid combines with the secretions from the seminal vesicles and the sperm from the testicles before flowing into the urethra. The prostate can be accessed internally through the anus or externally by touching the slight indentation in the perineum, located halfway between the anus and testicles. Prior to ejaculation, the penis usually releases a few drops of a clear, mucous-like fluid (secreted from the Cowper’s Gland located below the prostate) that exits first-commonly called “pre-cum.” This fluid is not semen or sperm.

FEMALE AND MALE

Although men and women have sexual anatomy appearing unique to their gender, they also share some of the same anatomical features. Some similarities include the urethra (which empties the bladder from the body), the perineum (the group of muscles at the base of the torso), the PC muscle (the primary muscle of the perineum region), the ring muscles (the muscles that form a ring around orifices such as the anus), and the nipples (which are excitation points for the chest, breast, and heart chakra-as well as the genitals).

The PC (pubo-coccygeus) muscle is part of the perineum and may be the most important single muscle for healthy sexuality. It is also the muscle contracted and relaxed during “Kegel” exercises. Unfortunately, most people, including women, don’t know where it’s located, let alone, what it does. The PC muscle can enhance sexual wellness in numerous ways. It can be used to enlarge the male penis, tone the female vaginal canal, prevent energy leaks from the sexual organs and anus, massage the prostate, and
prevent ejaculation. For a female, the tightening and relaxing of a well-toned PC muscle is experienced as the contraction of the vaginal walls.

The PC muscle is located between the genitals and the anus. It extends from the base of the spine (where it connects to the tailbone) to the front of the body (where it connects to the pubic bone). The PC muscle controls the opening and closing of the urethra, the seminal canal, the vagina, and the anus. It also increases blood flow to the genitals. Proper use of this muscle can increase early stages of arousal and the intensity of an orgasm, as well as the effectiveness of energy movement.

Does Size Really Matter?

In the context of sacred sexuality, the size and shape of a person’s body or its parts, such as breast and penis, make no difference, since the focus is on the soul. Even without knowledge of sacred sex, most people would still not place quantity (size) over quality. Furthermore, studies have proven time and again that there is no consistent pattern that determines our breast or genital size. This means that despite social beliefs and media hype, the size of our sexual organs is not determined by, nor reflected in, the size of our nose, feet, hands, or body.

From the standpoint of sacred sexuality, there are two crucial points of emphasis on the genital size. The first is that the genitals need to be as compatible as possible. In other words, there are more healing benefits to intercourse when the genitals of a man and woman fit well and are of compatible size. This allows more skin-to-skin contact and allows each person to relax more, knowing they not fear the oversize of their partner nor have to do extra work to compensate for undersize. Second, it serves the principles of sacred sexuality for partners to be as attracted as possible to each other. Therefore, although the size and shape of the body need not be the only priority, nor the highest, it can be honored as an important piece of the natural attraction.

Ejaculation

Female ejaculations, according to medical science, are still a doubtful occurrence. In fact, many medical experts are not certain that a woman even has an orgasm, let alone an ejaculation. They especially deny that a woman can release an ejaculate fluid. Yet, this fact was not unknown to the ancients. In classic writings on sacred sexuality, a woman’s ejaculate fluid is called amrita, or “divine nectar.”

The semen of the female falls in the same way as that of a male.
-Kama Sutra

Despite the denial of many medical experts, a modern laboratory analysis found that a woman does indeed release an ejaculate from the vestibular (Bartholin) glands (located towards the lower portion of the vaginal opening) and the paraurethral (Skene’s) glands (located towards the upper portion of the vaginal opening). A woman’s ejaculate, or nectar, varies in color from clear to slightly opaque and varies in taste from astringent to sweet or has no taste at all. A woman often inhibits ejaculation because of the sensation of urination when she is about to release the amrita. So she consciously or unconsciously tenses up and holds back. But when a woman lets go, she can actually have an ejaculation. The quantity of fluid can range from a teaspoon to a cupful. The amount partly depends on whether her orgasm also triggers a release of her bladder, in which case a larger quantity of fluid is released.

The basic steps for ejaculating are as follows:
1. You must feel physically and mentally prepared.
2. You must stimulate the G-spot enough to engorge with fluid.
3. You should keep some pressure on the G- spot while you stimulate the clit to point of orgasm.
4. Then, as you reach a high clitoral orgasm, release the pressure on the G-spot and push.

Male ejaculations actually occur in two stages. The first stage is the ejaculation preparation stage, wherein the seminal fluid, including the sperm, flows into the urethral bulb. The prostate enlarges, as it fills with secretions, until it is full and cannot contain any more tension.

The second stage is the actual release of fluid, wherein semen (trapped in the urethral bulb) is released as the external urethral sphincter relaxes. The sperm and other fluids then pass through the urethra and out of the penis, after which the prostate shrinks back to its normal size. The average amount of sperm released by a male is about one teaspoonful.

If the PC muscle is strong, it can (during the contractions) put enough pressure on the channel that passes the prostate gland to prevent semen from passing through. The body can recycle the preserved seminal fluid and transport these juices (filled with nutrients and life-force) into the bloodstream via the lymphatic duct. Semen retention, of course, nourishes the body because instead of expelling this energy, it is reabsorbed into the system. This technique of using the PC muscle to prevent the passing of semen is crucial to turning an e-jaculation into an in-jaculation. Practicing in-jaculation, or “ejaculation control,” is one of the best methods for preventing premature ejaculation or premature orgasms.

In sexual intercourse, semen must be regarded as a most precious substance. By saving it, a man protects his very life. Whenever he does ejaculate, the loss of semen must then be compensated by absorbing the woman essence.
-Peng-Tze (Secrets of the Jade Bedroom)

Ejaculations and orgasms are not the same. An ejaculation is purely physiological-an involuntary muscle spasm. An orgasm, on the other hand, can be a spiritual, energetic, and physiological experience. Ejaculations and orgasms can be separated at the moment of climactic arousal. This separation process allows the male to experience ejaculations without orgasms or, better yet, experience orgasms without ejaculation, which prevents the loss of the male’s energy and erection.

Physical Orgasms

The most common type of orgasm is the physical, peak, orgasm, which usually results from direct stimulation of the penis or clitoris (the female’s version of a penis). During this level of orgasm, there are similarities and differences between the physiological responses of a man and woman.

Building an Orgasm

To build an intense orgasm for your partner (or yourself), bring your partner as close as possible to orgasm and keep him (or her) on that plateau, not allowing an actual release. You can prevent your partner from “going over the top” by changing rhythm, pace or pressure. Once your partner comes down a little, repeat the process. Then draw them up again, getting him (or her) as close as possible to peaking without going over the top. Assist your partner in riding the plateau just before orgasm. Repeat this
practice at least three times or perhaps more. Each time the energy is built up, it increases the amount of physical, emotional, and spiritual energy to be released. The intent is to build a constant increase in excitement to intensify the resulting orgasm. The secret to building an orgasm without going past the point of no return is to know when your partner is about to climax. The closer you can bring them to the point of orgasm (but not release) with the greatest number of repetitions of this process, the more the ecstatic energy builds, resulting in an intense, sustained orgasm. Once you deepen the level of orgasm, the energy spreads, and the pleasure increases. The whole nervous system is thereby flooded with lifeforce.

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Erykah Badu Training As A Midwife

My King and I recently discovered the following interview with the Lovely sister Erykah Badu and were pleasantly surprised to hear that she is a natural birthing Doula (on the welcoming committee) for new life!  I, for one, don’t know why I was surprised though, this Goddess is also a vegan and very conscious surrounding her health and family affairs!  Check it out for yourself!  Also, see the article posted below that speaks more to her work, and decision to become a Midwife as well!  Spreading the knowledge:)

In Love and Truth as always,

A.K.S.

Original Post by Claire Shefchik on September 6, 2011

Erykah Badu
Erykah Badu performs in concert at the American Airlines Arena in Miami on April 8, 2010. UPI/Michael Bush

Erykah Badu is training to become a midwife, People Magazine reported in an interview with the singer.

Badu, 40, is currently working as a doula, providing expectant mothers with Reiki treatments, massage and support during childbirth, all at no charge. She said she was inspired after helping a friend through a difficult childbirth in 2001, and told the magazine her clients call her “Erykah Badoula.”

Doulas do not provide medical care, but the “On and On” and “The Cider House Rules” singer and actress is a spokeswoman for the International Center for Traditional Childbearing. She aims to get her professional certification so she can open natural birthing centers in inner city communities.

“I’ve always had a mothering nature. But I didn’t plan on becoming a doula. I just wanted to care for my familyand friends,” Badu told People. “Nothing gives me more pleasure,” than helping in natural childbirth, she added. Badu has three children of her own.

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