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"The Greater Akashic System" – July 15, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Caroll) (Subjects: Lightworkers, Intent, To meet God, Past lives, Universe/Galaxy, Earth, Pleiadians, Souls Reincarnate, Invention: Measure Quantum state in 3D, Recalibrates, Multi-Dimensional/Divine, Akashic System to change to new system, Before religion changed the system, DNA, Old system react to Karma, New system react to intent now for next life, Animals (around humans) reincarnate again, This Animal want to come back to the same human, Akashic Inheritance, Reincarnate as Family, Other Planets, Global Unity … etc.)

Question: Dear Kryon: I live in Spain. I am sorry if I will ask you a question you might have already answered, but the translations of your books are very slow and I might not have gathered all information you have already given. I am quite concerned about abandoned animals. It seems that many people buy animals for their children and as soon as they grow, they set them out somewhere. Recently I had the occasion to see a small kitten in the middle of the street. I did not immediately react, since I could have stopped and taken it, without getting out of the car. So, I went on and at the first occasion I could turn, I went back to see if I could take the kitten, but it was to late, somebody had already killed it. This happened some month ago, but I still feel very sorry for that kitten. I just would like to know, what kind of entity are these animals and how does this fit in our world. Are these entities which choose this kind of life, like we do choose our kind of Human life? I see so many abandoned animals and every time I see one, my heart aches... I would like to know more about them.

Answer: Dear one, indeed the answer has been given, but let us give it again so you all understand. Animals are here on earth for three (3) reasons.

(1) The balance of biological life. . . the circle of energy that is needed for you to exist in what you call "nature."

(2) To be harvested. Yes, it's true. Many exist for your sustenance, and this is appropriate. It is a harmony between Human and animal, and always has. Remember the buffalo that willingly came into the indigenous tribes to be sacrificed when called? These are stories that you should examine again. The inappropriateness of today's culture is how these precious creatures are treated. Did you know that if there was an honoring ceremony at their death, they would nourish you better? Did you know that there is ceremony that could benefit all of humanity in this way. Perhaps it's time you saw it.

(3) To be loved and to love. For many cultures, animals serve as surrogate children, loved and taken care of. It gives Humans a chance to show compassion when they need it, and to have unconditional love when they need it. This is extremely important to many, and provides balance and centering for many.

Do animals know all this? At a basic level, they do. Not in the way you "know," but in a cellular awareness they understand that they are here in service to planet earth. If you honor them in all three instances, then balance will be the result. Your feelings about their treatment is important. Temper your reactions with the spiritual logic of their appropriateness and their service to humanity. Honor them in all three cases.

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle
American zoologist played by Sigourney Weaver in the film Gorillas in the Mist would have been 82 on Thursday (16 January 2014)

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Cocoa But Not Tea Linked To Blood Pressure Reduction

Medical News Today

Article Date: 10 Apr 2007 - 4:00 PDT

A German study suggests there is evidence that cocoa but not tea is linked to blood pressure reduction.

The study is published in the American Medical Association journal Archives of Internal Medicine.

Dr Dirk Taubert and colleagues from the Department of Pharmacology at the University Hospital of Cologne, Germany, reviewed the medical literature for dietary effects of cocoa and black and green tea on blood pressure over the last 40 years.

They specifically searched for trials involving 10 or more adults that examined the before and after effects of consuming cocoa, black or green tea for at least 7 days on systolic (when the heart pumps, the higher reading) and diastolic (when the heart relaxes, the lower reading) blood pressure.

Looking at cocoa, they selected 5 randomized controlled trials on cocoa on a total of 173 people lasting for a median duration of 2 weeks. On analyzing the data from these trials they discovered that:

-- The pooled mean systolic blood pressure for the cocoa consumers was 4.7 mm of mercury lower than for the non-cocoa consumers.

-- The diastolic figure was 2.8 mm lower.

-- These effects were sufficiently significant to show that cocoa was linked to reduced blood pressure.

Looking at tea, they selected 5 controlled trials covering a total of 343 people that lasted for a median duration of 4 weeks. The analysis on the tea trials showed that:

-- The pooled mean systolic blood pressure for the tea consumers was 0.4 mm of mercury lower than for the non-tea consumers.

-- The diastolic figure was 0.6 mm lower.

-- These effects were not significant enough to show that tea was linked to decrease in blood pressure.

The researchers concluded that "Current randomized dietary studies indicate that consumption of foods rich in cocoa may reduce blood pressure, while tea intake appears to have no effect".

Dr Taubert speculated that the flavonoid content of cocoa is probably the most likely explanation for the effect on blood pressure.

He was cautious to point out that the specific studies they investigated were of short duration, looking at before and after effects, under controlled conditions.

It does not necessarily mean that eating a little bit of chocolate every day will lower your blood pressure. There are many other factors to consider, for instance the calories consumed, and whether the chocolate that you eat or drink is rich in flavonoids.

Manufacturers of chocolate often remove the flavonoids because they make the chocolate taste bitter. Also, the effect of milk or sugar being present in the chocolate was not examined in this research.

"Effect of Cocoa and Tea Intake on Blood Pressure: A Meta-analysis."
Dirk Taubert, Renate Roesen, Edgar Schömig.
Arch Intern Med. 2007;167:626-634.
Vol. 167 No. 7, April 9, 2007

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