Occult Ritual Transformation and Coronavirus: How Mask Wearing, Hand Washing, “Social Separation” and Lockdowns Are Age-Old Occult Rituals Being Used to Initiate People Into a New Global Order

by Steve Barwick | May 19, 2020

In previous Bible studies and commentaries, I’ve documented many times now that our global leaders today are largely occultists. (See hereherehere and here.)

So are the owners of many of our country’s largest businesses and sports franchises.  (See here and here.)

Even celebrities push occultism constantly. (See here.)

And quite frankly, many Christian churches have been infiltrated by practitioners of Kabbalah, which is a book of Jewish mysticism, magick spells, enchantments, man-made numerology and other esoteric and occult practices that the orthodox rabbis use in the course of their daily lives, and now teach Christian leaders to use, as well. (See here.)

So, with so many of the world’s “top tier” leaders pushing occultism – including those enemies of Christ who run the four hidden dynasties of politics, education, economics and religion — it should come as no surprise to you that the entire global coronavirus crisis is replete with occult symbology and ritual occult initiation themes.

Indeed, as you’ll see throughout the rest of this commentary, the entire manufactured coronavirus crisis is one giant, occult ritual from start to finish, divided up into four mini-rituals, each with the distinct occult purpose of initiation and transformation of the world and its people into a new global order.

So, let’s start by examining the four distinct, but interrelated, occult rituals that make up this massive global occult ritual initiation ceremony:

  1. Ritual Mask-Wearing
  2. Ritual Hand-Washing
  3. Ritual “Social Distancing”
  4. Ritual Lockdowns

In the course of examining these four occult rituals, I’ll do my best to explain to you how each one is part of an elaborate stage play designed to symbolically initiate the people of this world into their new positions in a new global order – a new order that rejects Jesus Christ and Christianity, and puts the people of this world under the ultimate control of a global elite whose god is the devil himself.

The Ritual Wearing of the Mask

Have you ever wondered why, in Revelation 17:5, Babylon is called “Mystery, Babylon”?

You already know that the word “Babylon” means “confusion.”  But what does the word “mystery” mean?  Here’s what the Strong’s Concordance tells us:

G3466 Musterion — From a derivative of muo (to shut the mouth); a secret or “mystery” (through the idea of silence imposed by initiation into religious rites) — mystery.

Don’t overlook that.  The word “mystery” in the Bible has to do with shutting the mouth as one undergoes a secret religious initiation.  Again, it’s: “the idea of silence, imposed by initiation into religious rites.”

Isn’t that interesting?

After all, at this point in time, 30 countries, including the United States, are now forcing their citizens to wear face masks over their mouths on a mandatory basis, ostensibly to help stop coronavirus infections.

This, even though numerous medical experts, including the Surgeon General of the United States, have openly stated that wearing masks has no beneficial effect whatsoever against coronavirus.

What’s more, numerous medical experts have attested to the fact that face masks can even be dangerous to one’s health in that they curtail clear thinking (and even consciousness) by trapping carbon dioxide in the chamber of the mask, forcing you to re-breathe it over and over, thus depleting your blood of fresh air and the life-giving oxygen component it contains.

So why are the powers-that-be, globally, forcing their citizens to wear these face masks, if the masks simply don’t work against coronavirus, and might very well be dangerous to your health?  The answer might surprise you:

Masking has traditionally played a very important role in occult rituals.

Among other things, the wearing of the mask over one’s mouth is a token of submission…a gesture of your willingness to be subject to others who are not your usual Sovereign.  

But there’s more.  According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, mask-wearing is:

 “A form of disguise or concealment usually worn over or in front of the face to hide the identity of a person and by its own features to establish another being.”

In other words, the wearing of a mask represents an occult transformation — a human alchemy, if you will — from one role to another.  From one manner of being, to another.  Indeed, in this case, from individual sovereign under God to collective subject under the children of the devil.

You see, the masking ritual is specifically designed to reverse the order of hierarchy set in place by God Himself.  In the hierarchy of your heavenly Father, you are a sovereign representative of His Word on this earth.  And your job is to speak His Word, on His Sovereign behalf to others.

In other words, He’s the King, you’re a Prince of His kingdom, and your job is to carry His Word to others, so they too can get on board with it and return to the Father eternally, through Jesus Christ.  As it’s written regarding our primary duty as Christians:

II Timothy 4:2 — Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reproverebukeexhort with all long suffering and doctrine.

In short, your job is to teach your Father’s Word.  And you must be ready and willing to do so at all times (i.e., “be instant, in season and out of season”).

As such, you must always remain unmasked, because your job — in your earthly role as one of His faithful representatives — is to speak and explain His Word to others.  And to do so, you must open your mouth.  You cannot be muzzled.  You cannot be masked.

Wearing the mask is a powerful occult symbol indicating your submission to another power other than the Creator God who gave you the direct commission to preach His Word to the world:

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

 

Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

 

Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

So, in God’s hierarchy, you’re a sovereign representative of His Word on this earth.  And your job is to spread that Word to as many others as possible in the course of your adult lifetime.  But in the hierarchy of the ritualists, it’s quite the reverse:

The entire point of occult ritual mask-wearing is to hammer home to your subconsciousness — until it becomes completely true in your daily life — the idea that things are no longer the same, and will never be the same again.

 

It’s an initiation into a new order.  But it’s also a transformation of the self into a new position in that new order.

Under the sway of the occult ritualist, you, being mouth-masked, are no longer the person you used to be.  You’re no longer a designated mouthpiece of God on this earth.  You’re suddenly demoted and re-assigned to the position of obedient subject. 

Symbolically, you become a serf in the new order.  That’s your new role…your new identity… as represented by the wearing of mask.

The wearing of the mask is simply part of the initiation ritual used to visually and psychologically signal your consent to this new arrangement.  Yes, by wearing the mask, you’re signaling your consent to accept a new and very different position in a new global order. 

Instead of being a sovereign representative of the Most High God and His Word on this earth, in essence, you agree to become a willing subject — a slave — to the very enemies of God and His Christ.  Masked, you’re now willingly serving the enemy’s purposes, and no longer God’s.

When you obediently put the mask over your mouth, you’re symbolically saying to the ritualists, “I admit my words no longer have any purpose or relevance in this life.  My sole purpose now is obedience to your words and commands.”

And in raising themselves to the position of your new sovereign, and muzzling you like a dog in the process, they alchemically create a new you in a new role under new rulers.  That’s the alchemical transformational change involved in the ritual.

They’re quite literally attempting to take the place of God in your life, and make you their willing subject.  They’re becoming your instead-of-Christ.  Your antichrist.

And by placing the mask on your face, you’re becoming their unwitting faithful servant.  You’re being ritually initiated into the new order.  You may not realize it.  But in occult magic, the victim doesn’t have to be knowledgeable of the meaning behind what he or she is being told to do.  The performance of the ritual itself – on demand — is all that matters.

So, who, exactly, is doing this to us?

1 John 2:18 — Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

You didn’t think these “many antichrists” would sit around on their hands all day, doing nothing, in the final days of this flesh earth age while they’re waiting on the return of their father the devil in his role as the false messiah, did you?

Naturally, they’re softening things up for their god – Satan — before he gets here.  They’re using ceremonial occult ritual magic, on a global scale, to capture the entire world in their dragnet.

By wearing the mask, you’re being symbolically and alchemically transformed — “reborn” — into their new global system, through occult ritual programming.

More from the Encyclopedia Britannica on ritual mask-wearing:

“The person who wears the mask is also considered to be in direct association with the mask’s spirit force and is consequently exposed to like personal danger of being affected by it.

 

Upon donning the mask, the wearer sometimes undergoes a psychic change, and, as in a trance, assumes the spirit character depicted by the mask.”

Well, folks, the antichrist – the instead-of-Christ — is the “spirit force” of the mask we’re talking about.  You get that, don’t you?  He’s the spirit behind the powers-that-be who are working to pull off this global coup.

And it’s the powers-that-be who have masked, muzzled and demoted you to your new status of slave, on the behalf of their god, the devil himself.

The mask-wearing ritual is designed to posses you with the spirit of subservience to your new overlords, who are the “many antichrists” of 1 John 2:18.

And it sets you up to do the same when the antichrist arrives and offers his actual “mark,” which we’ll examine at the end of this commentary.

If you don’t think wearing the mask quite literally changes people, as the Encyclopedia Britannica states in the quote above, think about all of the masked “Karens” you’ve seen online videos of, wildly chasing people who aren’t wearing masks down the road, publicly berating them for not wearing masks, and screaming at them that there’s “blood on their hands” for not masking up like good little boys and girls always should.

Here’s one, for example, in which the “Karens” are all big, burly, mask-wearing males, quite literally shoving an elderly gentleman out of a store for not wearing a mask:

Through the wearing of the mask, the occult ritualists have created an army of “Karens” – programmed automatons who take the ritual so seriously that they feel personally and physically threatened when you don’t.  And they don’t mind telling you so. Often vigorously.

The Encyclopedia Britannica goes on to say about the masking ritual:

“Usually, however, the wearer skillfully becomes a ‘partner’ of the character he is impersonating, giving to the mask not only an important spark of vitality by the light flashing from his own eyes but also bringing it alive by his movements and poses.”

In other words, in the end, the mask becomes part of the very identity of those who wear it.  The occult transition becomes complete.  The “new you” is born from the ritual.

The Encyclopedia Britannica further states:

“But often the wearer [of the mask] seems to become psychologically one with the character he is helping to createHe seems to become an automaton, without his own will, which has become subservient to that of the personage of the mask.”

You might want to think about those dozens of online videos showing fully-masked hospital nurses and hospital workers participating in elaborately choreographed Tik-Tok dance videos, while simultaneously thousands of hapless coronavirus victims are supposedly dying cruel deaths and being stacked up like cord wood in those very same hospitals.

Yes, a veritable masked dance of death, just like you see in the movies.  And we all know who Mr. Death is, don’t we?

Revelation 6:8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

What’s more, by adding dance to the mask-wearing, the new slaves show their willingness to entertain their captors – to become little more than flesh play-sports to them — just as the Babylonian soldiers of old tried to force the Israelite captives to entertain them with music.  As it’s written:

Psalm 137:1 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.

 

Psalm 137:2 We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.

 

Psalm 137:3 For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.

 

Psalm 137:4 How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?

As you can see, the Israelites of old refused to entertain their captors…refused to provide the requested mirth…asking amongst themselves, “How can we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?”

But unlike the time of the Babylon captivity, today’s coup against God’s People, and today’s ongoing overthrow thereof, is, so far, being accomplished without conventional warfare.

So, the people, by-and-large, don’t even realize the depth and severity of the attempted coup against them, because it’s being accomplished almost solely through occult ritual deception.  Which is why God’s Word warns us that there will be times we can’t even trust our own neighbors.  As it’s written:

Jeremiah 9:4 Take ye heed every one of his neighbour, and trust ye not in any brother: for every brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbour will walk with slanders.

 

Jeremiah 9:5 And they will deceive every one his neighbour, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity.

 

Jeremiah 9:6 Thine habitation is in the midst of deceitthrough deceit they refuse to know mesaith the Lord.

First, the powers-that-be deceive your neighbors into putting on the mask.  Then your neighbors, thinking they’re doing right, work to push you into doing the same, using peer pressure and “virtue signaling.”

And if you refuse to be deceived, as they are, they’ll slander you, turn against you, and work to supplant you.

Does this sound at all familiar to you?

Tell me again, how many cities and states now have highly-publicized “snitch lines” in which your neighbors can call up and report you for not wearing a mask?  One U.S. city alone is said to have registered an astonishing 200,000 “tip-off” calls on their snitch line in a single week.

Yes, it’s just an updated version of what the book of Jeremiah tells us has happened before.  Neighbor being turned against neighbor.  In this case, over their failure to perform a prescribed ritual.

Like the old movie, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, your own neighbors end up as mind-controlled “pod people” who want nothing more than to drag you into the interconnected pod hive with themselves and all of the other victims of mind-control, happily betraying you (and your God-given freedom and position) in the process.

But the mask-wearing has another occult meaning, as well, which we’ve only lightly touched on.  As the Coronacircus.com website states about the wearing of the masks:

To better understand the symbolism of wearing the mask, try typing the word ‘censorship’ into Google Images and see what kind of illustration predominantly comes up. Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find:

That’s also why our figurehead leaders are ostensibly refusing to “mask up”:  We are the one’s being gagged, not them.

These unconscious associations are extremely strong. Gags are a symbol of subservience and domination; they are deeply humiliating (and indeed they are popular in BDSM sexual bondage practices).

That is why people resist them so much; that is also why they are currently being made mandatory the world over. There is little doubt the unproductive barbarians behind this circus are enjoying themselves; they believe they are being subtle.”

Ah, yes.  Subtle like the serpent. Coronacircus.com continues by pointing out:

This also involves imposing their symbols on us. The esoteric interpretation of the mandatory gagging ties directly into the symbology of silence that is as old as occultism itself.”

The symbology of silence is as old as occultism itself.

And here’s one little thing in particular they’d love you to keep silent about:

Yes, they even admit right on the box holding the face masks that they don’t work for coronavirus.

So why would they force you to wear them under penalty of law?  Because, in the grand scheme of things, wearing the mask has nothing to do with coronavirus. It has to do with initiating you into the new global order, and your new place within it.

Finally, as the occult website, Occult-World.com, states about the wearing of masks:

 Ancient peoples understood well the power of the mask. Evidence of mask-wearing in prehistoric societies shows that masks may have been intended to transform the wearer magically.

 

“… The mask has been revered as a sacred object of power, a living thing that either has its own persona or represents the persona of another being. It enables the wearer magically to bring to life, and even become, the persona or spirit being represented by the mask.

 

“…The mask is a mediator between the ego and archetype, the mundane [i.e., worldly] and the supernatural, the sacred and the comic. It connects the present to the past, the individual to the entire collective of race, culture, country—and humanity.”

In other words, mask-wearing is symbolic of the silent acceptance of humanistic one-worldism under Satan.  What might that eventually look like?  How about this:

As you can now see, there’s much, much more to the wearing of masks than what we’ve been led to believe.  Mask-wearing is a very occultic phenomena, and always has been.  Literally for thousands of years.

Indeed, it’s a striking example of musterion – a secret religious initiation having to do with silence being imposed by shutting the mouth.  Again, according to the Strong’s Concordance, the word “Mystery” from the title “Mystery, Babylon,” consists of “the idea of silence, imposed by initiation into religious rites.”

Surely, by now, you understand that the mask-wearing has nothing to do with coronavirus, but instead, with the filthy pagan and occult beliefs of our present overlords who are seeking to make us their willing slaves through psychological programming, aka occult ritual programming.

Hey, don’t be surprised. This is what occultists do. Like the story of the lady who rescues the hapless snake, only to have it bite her later.  But when she asks the snake “Why did you bite me?” the snake simply replies, “Because I’m a snake, lady.  That’s what we do.”

In making you wear the mask, the powers-that-be are initiating you into their new order.  They’re demoting you from your position as a sovereign representative on earth to the Most High God, to your new position as a dependent slave to their system, aka, their “Mystery, Babylon,” which could very simply be translated: silent confusion.

Can the power of this occult ritual be stopped?  Yes, it can.  And quite easily, for any Christian.  As a Christian, you can simply opt-out of the ritual.  Stop participating.  Withdraw your consent!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ritual Daily Hand Washings

We’ve now discovered that the global mask-wearing phenomena is part of an occult initiation ritual designed to usher the initiate into a new paradigm – a new position in a new global order.  The mask itself signals one’s consent to the change, and symbolizes loss of one’s previous sovereign position as a faithful Christian carrying forth God’s Word.

So, what about the other rituals they’ve imposed upon us, such as the daily ritual washing of hands?

Perhaps you’ve dutifully washed your hands eight or 10 times a day now, for months on end, thinking it’s a way to keep “the virus” from infecting you.  And yes, there’s indeed some truth to the idea of washing one’s hands to help prevent the spread of an infectious microorganism.

But… in reality, for the purposes of occult ritual initiation, the powers-that-be have you symbolically washing your hands of your duties to Christ Himself.

To the occultists, this forced occult ritual washing of the hands reverses Pilate’s public handwashing ritual, which, for the last 2,000 years, has put the onus for Christ’s death on the hands of the ritualists themselves, and absolved Christ (and the Romans) of all guilt:

Matthew 27:24 — When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.

Pilate performed a ritual washing of his hands in front of all of the people of Israel as a means of placing the responsibility for the Lord’s death directly on the heads of those who made sure He would be crucified.

Now, the powers-that-be in this day-and-age – who are descendants of those very same earthly powers who slew Christ on that cross at Calvary — have you working each day, in occult symbolic ritual, to reverse the impact of Pilate’s original ritual hand-washing, as well as his pronouncement of Christ’s innocence.

Wash your hands,” the powers-that-be tell you every single day on the nightly news.  “Spend at least 30 seconds on each finger of your hands, and on your palms and the back of your hands.  Do this repeatedly throughout the day if you want to live.”

So, your acceptance of the ritual mask-wearing alchemically begins creating the “new you” – the initiated servant moving from his old position into the new.  And your ritual washing of hands has you symbolically (albeit unconsciously) washing away your old position – your old Master and his prescribed ways — in anticipation of your new master and his.

It’s that simple.  Hand washing is the occult ritualistic symbol of rejection.

When you fall for the hand-washing ritual, you’re symbolically washing away your old life, under Christ, in willing acceptance of your new life under the new order of the enemy and his “many antichrists” who have been pulling off this coup from the start.

The “Social Distancing” Ritual

So if the masking ritual signal one’s consent to change, and symbolizes loss of one’s previous sovereign position as a faithful Christian carrying forth God’s Word, and the hand-washing ritual symbolizes the washing away of the old Christian order so the new order can be ushered in, what does the “social distancing” ritual signify?

This one’s almost too easy to spot:  Right off the bat, the use of the magical number six – as in six feet apart — should set your Spidey senses on edge, meaning, of course, your God-given discernment.

After all, there’s no more widely used occult number in the world than the number “six.”  As you know, the antichrist’s very number is “six hundred, three score and six,” or 6-6-6.

The powers-that-be assure us that if we’ll all walk six feet apart, we won’t catch coronavirus.  Do you really need me to explain why that’s a bunch of hogwash?

Are you not aware that there are already MILLIONS of viruses in every breath of air you take?  No matter where you walk, those viruses are there – somewhere between 1.6 million to 40 million viruses in every cubic meter of air we pass through as we walk.

So, no matter how far apart from others you walk, those viruses are there.  You can’t escape them, except perhaps in a full-blown Hazmat suit with an air tank that you’d need to leave running 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

So, much like mask-wearing, social distancing is a lie.  It cannot possibly work.  Yet we’re being forced to participate in it.  But why would they do so?  And if it can’t really help against viruses, what’s it’s occult purpose?  Well, try this on for size:

Each of us are individual, but integral, parts of the many-membered body of Christ.  We don’t just walk with Christ.  True Christians walk in Christ.

Colossians 2:6-7 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

But symbolically speaking, the ritual of “social distancing” — at the magical “six feet” apart – is the part of the initiation ritual that SEPARATES YOU from Christ.

Rather than walking in Him, as His personal representative on this earth, you’re now symbolically and ritualistically separated from Him. Like Kevin Bacon and his Six Degrees of Separation.

Six feet from the Father.  Six feet from the Son.  Six feet from the Holy Spirit.  Yes, that’s 6-6-6.

The occult ramifications are undeniable.

But that’s not all:  Each individual Christian must remain six feet away from all other Christians.  Do you understand what the powers-that-be are doing, ritualistically and symbolically?

Let me explain it:  As a member of the Body of Christ, you’re supposed to be an integral part of the “whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth…”  As it’s written:

Ephesians 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint suppliethaccording to the effectual working in the measure of every partmaketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

The term “fitly joined together” in the above verse means “joined, joint-to-joint” or “close-jointed.”  The word “compacted” in the above verse means “united.”

In other words, Christians are supposed to come together, sinew-to-sinew and joint-to-joint, tightly united in the Body of Christ.  And through preaching His Word, we’re to help bring others into the tightly-knit body to help the body grow.

But the occult ritual initiation rule of six feet of separation symbolically neutralizes this command.  (Remember, this is a form of occult magic.  Symbols are everything in occult magic.)

It puts arbitrary man-made distance between those who are supposed to have no distance at all between them.  It rips the metaphorical body of Christ apart at the seams, symbolically speaking.  It separates the “joints and sinews” that are supposed to be so tightly knit together.

But as a well-studied and faithful Christian, you know there’s absolutely nothing on this earth that can separate you from the love of Christ (Romans 8:35-39).  And that especially includes some stupid occult ritual.

Nevertheless, ritual occult magic is what the powers-that-be do.  They glory in it.  Their Kabbalah is full of it.  It’s what they’ve done for thousands of years.  In other words, it’s what they sincerely believe in.  And… it’s what they want us to buy into without critical thought.

Centuries ago, they brought their occult ritual Kabalistic magic all of the way back from Babylon.  Now they’ve opened the ancient books.  And they’re unleashing the rituals in the final days of this flesh earth age.

And the worst part is this:  It’s actually working.  People are falling for it because of the sheer depth and breadth of the deception.  And all of this over a virus with a 98.5% survival rate!  Talk about putting people into a global trance!

In the end, the ritual of forced “social distancing” is designed to symbolically negate or neutralize God’s Word in a multitude of ways:

  • By eliminating fellowship between believers…
  • By stopping church services worldwide…
  • By causing faithful church pastors to be cited or even arrested for holding church services…
  • By causing faithful congregants to be cited or even arrested for attending church services…
  • By symbolically tearing apart the mystical and metaphorical Body of Christ, which is supposed to be “fitly joined together and compacted.”

In Amos 3:3, the prophet asks a very simple question:

Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

Well, two Christians can’t “walk together” if the powers-that-be can force them to walk six feet apart.  We’re building a many-membered body, folks.  A living temple of Christ, with each brick pressed up against the next like the sinews running through your physical body.  As it’s written:

1 Peter 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

But you can’t put together a many-membered body – a living temple of God on earth — if you can’t press the bricks up close to each other in the building process.  You know what happens when there are gaps in the seams between the bricks:  It gives the “rats” an easy way to get into the temple.

The bottom line is that the “social distancing” ritual is symbolically designed to physically  and spiritually limit the impact of Christianity on this earth, and put a halt to the growth of the many-membered Body of Christ in the final days of this flesh earth age.  It’s a very clever ritual.

But here’s one thing the powers-that-be have overlooked: “What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder” (Matthew 19:6).

God has been putting together His many-membered body in Christ for some 2,000 years now.  And we’ve all worked hard to help build it further.

So that’s our command for these times: “What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”

And we follow that command by exposing the occult rituals of the powers-that-be.  We stop participating in the global rituals and their components. And we resume our work for the Lord.  We walk together, in Christ, tightly knit.  Never six feet apart, physically or spiritually.

And whatever you do, don’t let the “Karens” of this world get your goat on “social distancing,” either.

It’s not their business where, or how, you walk your walk in the Lord.  But always know that these thoroughly addled, out-of-work hall monitors are out there, and they despise you for your choice of not consenting to the new order:

The Ritual of Lockdowns and “Social Isolation”

Stay home.  Stay safe.  Save lives.”

That’s what we’re being told, anyway.  Yet a recent study of NY area hospitals demonstrates that a whopping 66% of all coronavirus hospitalizations have been among people who wore masks, washed their hands, practiced six feet of separation, and stayed home.

In other words, the vast majority of the hospitalizations were among people who followed the rules, prompting the Daily Mail to ask in a headline news article, “Does lockdown even work?”

And if lockdowns don’t work, then why on God’s green earth are our global overlords making us “stay at home”?  From an occult point-of-view, there’s an answer:

Lockdowns are little more than social isolation rituals, performed for the purpose of “purifying” the initiate so he can enter the new order unimpeded by things of the past no longer considered, by the powers-that-be, to be beneficial to the initiate.

There are basically four stages to an isolation ritual:

Stage 1:  Isolation for purification (you’re cut off from the normal, and thrust into a “new normal” that’s completely different than your past life)

Stage 2:  Surrender to the “new normal.”  This often involves being given a token gift (think “stimulus check”) leading the initiate believe he’s being well-taken care of by his new overlords, so there’s no need to rebel against the new order one is being initiated into.

Stage 3:  Sacrifice.  No gift can be given without something being taken. In this case, your dignity…your sovereign independence…your voice…your individual power on this earth as a representative of the Word of the Most High God – all of these things, and more, are being taken from you in exchange for the cold “comfort” of a new way in a new world.

Stage 4:  Submission.  Think:  Mandatory vaccines.  Social tracing.  The willing acceptance of new rules for a new order.

Once again, the idea is that the “new person” being initiated into the “new order” needs to be psychologically, if not physically, purged of the old way, before gradually being initiated into the new way.

At the website AvoidtheMark.com, an article on initiation rituals states:

“The isolation stage of the ritual is for purification. In this stage, the initiate is separated from the mundane. Did you know that mundane literally means “of the world?”

 

The initiate is largely removed from the otherwise familiar persons, places and things that they’re used to, in order to be “cleared” of them.

 

An initiate is forced to become detached and insulated, purged and “purified.”

 

An essential element of this separation from one’s typical environment is the suspension of the normal rules of living that one is used to; the normal way is no more.

 

Most of the initiate’s senses will become commanded and regulated at this time. In other words, the majority of what the initiate sees, hears, smells, touches and tastes, is deliberately controlled.

 

… With nowhere else to go except the places that we’re “allowed,” the insulated, isolated, initiated may be forced to confront his or her own reflection and inner shadows that have been ignored or buried somewhere deep beneath the average day-to-day.

 

…Just as they involve surrender, initiation rituals also involve sacrifice; both the tangible that can be held in the hand, and the intangible, such as behaviors, must be given up by requirement.

 

After all, for something to be “given,” something must also be taken; a token of submissionan ounce of blooda pound of clay to be remolded.

 

Whether dramatically overt or deceitfully subtle, the ritual reinterprets realitynew definition of reality is givenTraining in the form of new behaviors and knowledge, including myths and codes are introduced.

 

Things necessary for new members to function properly in the new version of society they’re being inducted into are all imbued during this time.  Repetition is typical, as it’s use helps hammer home the spell on the initiates.”

 

Just think about it:  What they’re describing is the implementation of the “new normal.”

But you have to lose the “old normal” first, in order to be initiated into the “new normal.”  Hence the lockdowns…loss of work…travel restrictions…business restrictions…food shortages…and much, much more.

In the end, the “new normal” becomes the norm, and the old ways are gradually forgotten.  New mythologies are created for the new world, by our new masters.

And the “new you” – the transformed you – is birthed from the isolation.

In Summary

So, there you have it.  The world today is undergoing a four-part occult ritual initiation and transformation ceremony – largely conducted through symbology, as virtually all occult rituals are – and designed to bring everyone, willingly and subserviently, into the new global order.

The global occult ritual of mask-wearing signals your consent to your new, subservient position, under your new masters, and the loss of your position as a vocal representative of, or mouthpiece for, the Word of God on this earth.

The global occult ritual of handwashing represents the washing away of the old order (i.e., the Christian Order you once belonged to), so a new order can be ushered in and firmly established.

The global occult ritual of six feet of “social distancing” symbolizes the breaking apart of the Body of Christ on earth, so it no longer functions as a stable and cohesive unit.

The global occult ritual of lockdowns symbolize isolation from everything normal so you can be “purified” from your old ways…surrender your former status to the new order…sacrifice your very self to the new order…and finally, willingly submit to the new order through obedience to it. And this will go on until the “new you” evolves like a Phoenix from the drama and trauma, straight into the waiting arms of Satan himself, ultimately.  (Do you see now why our heavenly Father reduced the tribulation from seven years to five months, “for the elect’s sake”?)

All told, it’s an astonishing sight to behold.

The whole thing is being accomplished through a massive, global, theater-like stage play replete with occult rituals that virtually everyone, with the exception of God’s elect, are willingly participating in, ignorant of their true meaning and ultimate purpose.

The Mark of the Beast

All told, these ongoing occult initiation rituals – the wearing of masks…the washing of hands…the six feet of separation…the lockdowns — are the direct precursor, if you will, to accepting the Mark of the Beast.

Now, the Bible tells us that the Mark of the Beast is placed in the forehead and on the right hand (Revelation 13:16-17) of those who willingly take it.

I’ve often asked myself how so many people – the entire world, actually, with the exception of God’s elect — could possibly take the Mark of the Beast, willingly, since it’s quite literally the most well-known occultic “mark” the world has ever known.

After all, far more people know about the Mark of the Beast, than, say, other “marks” such as the Scarlet Letter (a letter “A” branded in red on the flesh of an adulteress), or the Yellow Star the Jews were forced to wear on their clothing in Nazi Germany.

But what if the infamous Mark of the Beast is not a visible mark, at all?  Not a vaccine.  Not a tattoo.  Not a “quantum dot.”  Not a scarred brand on seared human flesh.  But instead, an invisiblespiritual mark?

Indeed, what if the Mark of the Beast is so seemingly innocuous in nature, one can quite easily be deceived into taking it, through occult ritual magick initiation and transformation, like we’re seeing take place today on a global basis?

The “mark” in the forehead simply means one mentally buys into the new system they’re being initiated into.  And the “mark” in the right hand simply means one begins working for the new system…becoming a full and willing participant in it. 

In other words, what if the Mark of the Beast on the right hand and in the forehead simply means the people buy into the new system, hand-and-mind?

Symbolically speaking, first the initiate willingly believes the deceptive story being promulgated by the powers-that-be (i.e., keep in mind that belief is a function of the mind/forehead), and then the initiate willingly and earnestly participates in the occult initiation and programming (i.e., begins wearing masks…washing hands…social distancing…locking down).

Voila!  You now belong to the powers-that-be, hand-and-mind.  They’ve captured you with a lie, and you don’t even realize it.  In this case, it’s the coronavirus lie.

They’ve got you dancing to their tune.  And that’s precisely what the Mark of the Beast accomplishes, when Satan gets here:  Mental and emotional acceptance of the Satanic “Mystery, Babylon” system by the people of the world.  And willingness – even eagerness – to work within that Satanic system, to its benefit.  That’s your “mark.”  As it’s written:

Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

The only difference at this point is that Satan is not yet physically here to deceive people with his miracles into joining his global beast system and installing him as its god.

But his henchmen are here, and they’re softening up the world with these global occult ritual initiations, in preparation for the time when their father the devil finally arrives in his splendorous role as the false messiah, and offers the “mark” in much the same way its precursor is being offered to us today.

That’s why I say this occult global ritual initiation/transformation is nothing less than a sneak peak at the Mark of the Beast — a global dress rehearsal for it, if you will.

The beast commanded the ritual initiation of the people of this earth, and literally billions of people worldwide fell into stride and unwittingly (yet quite willingly) participated, hand-and-mind, in their ritual.

Think about it.  Virtually the entire world – with the exception of God’s elect — rallied around a singular global banner that was emblazoned everywhere.  And that banner read:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Folks, when Satan finally arrives in his role as the false messiah, that’s exactly what the Mark of the Beast is going to be like:  The whole world coming together as one, and then going to work for the system, under its new leader.

The story you’ll be asked to believe – the lie they’ll be promulgating — is this: “Jesus is here.”  But as the Scripture warns:

Mark 13:21 And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not:

 

Mark 13:22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.

 

Mark 13:23 But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.

If, at that time, you believe the blatant lie that Christ is here, when the Scripture tells you the exact opposite, you’ve taken (rather, you’ve been taken-in by) the first part of the Mark of the Beast, i.e., the mark in your forehead, which represents your belief.

You’ve believed the lie with your mind, just as people today have been completely taken in by the coronavirus lie – the lie that a virus with a 98.5% survival rate constitutes a “global pandemic” through which we must give up all of our liberties and freedoms.

As it’s written of that soon-coming time when Satan is on this earth in his role as the false messiah:

2 Thessalonians 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

 

2 Thessalonians 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Then, when you begin working fervently for the new system, implementing the changes in your life that will be required by its global leader in his role as the god of this earth, you’ve taken the second part of the Mark, i.e., the mark in your right hand, which, Biblically-speaking, is your hand of power and the hand through which you strike an agreement with others.

You’ve embraced the new system with a hand-clasp, just as literally billions of folks around the globe, today, are enthusiastically (yet unwittingly) embracing the ritual occult mask-wearing, hand-washing, six feet of separation, and lockdowns imposed on them by their new global masters.

In short, it’s my belief that what we’re seeing today is a global dry run for when Satan finally gets here, and deceives the world into accepting the true Mark of the Beast.

In Conclusion

The short, 12-minute video below, titled “The Characteristics of an Initiation Ritual,” synopsizes some of the most pertinent points I’ve tried to explain in this commentary.  It’s well worth the listen:

The bottom line is this:  You can choose to become another brick in the wall of this fledgling global order they’re trying so desperately to usher in (and which, I believe, will ultimately fail, based on Daniel 11:14).

Or, you can choose to remain a living stone in the Temple of the Most High God (I Peter 2:5), and stand firm in your purpose as a vessel through which His Word is transmitted to others.  That is your eternal destiny, IF you’re not talked out of it through deception.

Choose very wisely. (Click to Source)

Related topics:

God and Plagues (Then and Now)

The News Media, Mind Control and the Myth of the “Free Press”

When Is It Okay for Christians to Disobey the Government?

The Christian Response to Coronavirus:  Faith v/s Fear

How Christians CAN Fight Back and Make a Difference

Regards in Christ,

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Chemicals supplied by China play a big role in America’s illegal drug trade

Thursday, June 11, 2020 by: Isabelle Z.

(Natural News) Coronavirus isn’t the only deadly epidemic that can be traced to China; factories in the country have also been involved in supplying huge amounts of precursor chemicals to Mexican super labs to produce methamphetamines and other drugs that end up on American streets.

Precursor chemicals are used for the illegal manufacture of narcotics and psychoactive substances. However, they also have legitimate commercial applications and are used legally in consumer products such as medicines and fragrances, as well as for industrial processes. One example of this is phenylacetic acid, which is legally used to produce penicillin and cleaning solutions but can also be used to illegally manufacture methamphetamines.

A former special agent for the DEA, Derek Maltz, told One News Now that China’s participation in the drug crisis that is killing people around world, particularly in America, is an “underreported story” that has been going on for many years.

He said that while the DEA did a great job of stunting the ability of what he termed “mom and pop” labs in the U.S. to make meth, drug kingpins in Mexico spotted an opportunity to make a lot of money, so they began bringing significant quantities of precursor chemicals from China and other Asian countries into Mexican ports, from which point they went on to be used to make street drugs in labs around the country.

“Cartels started dominating the methamphetamine production business inside of Mexico,” he said. “Cartels like the Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco Cartel built super-labs in Mexico to produce massive amounts of methamphetamines, up to seven tons of meth every three days.”

The synthetic drug market is highly profitable for them, he says, pointing out that China is home to more than 150,000 chemical companies and that the country is earning millions of dollars by selling “these poisons.”

They are also making a lot of money by selling massive amounts of fentanyl to Mexican cartels, and some Americans are even managing to buy some of these chemicals from websites in China and having them shipped directly to their homes.

In addition, the Chinese are helping the money laundering for these cartels in the U.S. as law enforcement has a far more difficult time penetrating ethnic Chinese groups than the Mexican ones, given the high number of Spanish-speaking informants used by law enforcement.

Maltz believes that money may not be the only motivation behind China’s actions, saying: “America is a big adversary to China, so it’s not far-fetched to think the Chinese are purposely killing Americans and making millions of dollars while doing it.”

Coronavirus crisis in Wuhan disrupted the drug trade

Wuhan will forever be associated with coronavirus, but prior to the pandemic, it was known for producing the chemicals that are needed for fentanyl and other opioids. According to the L.A. Times, Mexican drug cartels were their biggest customers.

After the virus emerged and disrupted the fentanyl supply chain, however, Mexican drug traffickers saw their profits take a huge hit, and street drug prices across America started climbing. Lockdowns, travel bans, and other types of virus containment efforts have crippled the narcotics trade, and the Mexican production of meth and fentanyl was particularly hard hit as they were unable to get the precursor chemicals that usually arrive via plane or cargo ship from China.

In addition, new restrictions on entering the U.S. have been another big roadblock for the Mexican drug cartels, and the resulting loss of income is said to be contributing to escalating violence in Mexico, where the monthly homicide figures reached a two-year high in March. As pandemic-related lockdowns start being lifted, however, the illegal drug trade will soon be in full swing once again. (Click to Source)

Sources for this article include:

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Aldous Huxley In 1958 – Pharmacology And Propaganda Will Make The Masses Love Their Slavery

 

As the world is forced into accepting greater and greater levels of government control in all areas of life, remember that nothing in politics happens by chance. There is a science to creating empires. Tomes have been written on the techniques of controlling masses of people.

Three important axioms stand out: people are much easier to control when they love their slavery, people in fear are very easy to control, and individualism is dangerous to the state.

During a prophetic interview with journalist Bill Wallace in 1958, Aldous Huxley commented on what he foresaw as a potential future for the United States and the world.

Huxley’s classic dystopian novel, Brave New World, was written almost 90 years ago in 1931, prior to World War II, and his insight is still highly relevant today. We are seeing in real-time the emergence of a global, technocratic super state, of which pharmaceutical companies play a critically important role, and terrorism is always a lurking background threat.

Huxley, as introduced by Wallace:

A man haunted by a vision of hell on earth. A searing social critic, Mr. Huxley 27 years ago wrote Brave New World, a novel that predicted that someday the entire world would live under a frightful dictatorship. Today Mr. Huxley says that his fictional world of horror is probably just around the corner for all of us. ~Mike Wallace (1958)

If Huxley was able to see all of this coming almost 90 years ago and describe it so well in Brave New World, what are we missing?

He was able to make these predictions because he understood that mass control is the most studied science of the world’s wealthiest and powerful people. He also understood human nature and the nature of government.

…obviously the passion for power is one of the most moving passions that exists in man; and after all, all democracies are based on the proposition that power is very dangerous and that it is extremely important not to let any one man or any one small group have too much power for too long a time.

After all what are the British and American Constitution except devices for limiting power, and all these new devices are extremely efficient instruments for the imposition of power by small groups over larger masses. ~Aldous Huxley

Today, over 40 million Americans regularly take antidepressants, a testament to the omnipresence of the pharmacological state. Huxley foresaw this being a critical tenet of control, for people need to love their slavery, and new drugs can really help with that.

To Wallace, he states:

In this book of mine, Brave New World, I postulated a substance called Soma, which was a very versatile drug. It would make people feel happy in small doses, it would make them see visions in medium doses, and it would send them to sleep in large doses.

…this is the pharmacological revolution which is taking place, that we have now powerful mind-changing drugs, which physiologically speaking are almost costless.

…if you want to preserve your power indefinitely, you have to get the consent of the ruled, and this they will do partly by drugs as I foresaw in Brave New World… ~Aldous Huxley

Furthermore, he spoke about the need to disrupt the natural thought process of human beings, accessing their subconscious minds, so that their emotions instead of logic will lead them. Huxley foresaw advanced forms of propaganda being used to hack the mind’s of the masses.

[They will do it]… partly by these new techniques of propaganda.

They will do it by bypassing the sort of rational side of man and appealing to his subconscious and his deeper emotions, and his physiology even, and so, making him actually love his slavery.

I mean, I think, this is the danger that actually people may be, in some ways, happy under the new regime, but that they will be happy in situations where they oughtn’t to be happy.

…We know, there is enough evidence now for us to be able, on the basis of this evidence and using certain amount of creative imagination, to foresee the kind of uses which could be made by people of bad will with these things and to attempt to forestall this… ~Aldous Huxley

With the state of national media and the clear biases they project onto the population, it’s hard to imagine a more propagandized environment in America; however, the rise of internet censorship foreshadows an even darker future for free thought and free speech.

Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World is emerging all around us. Are you paying attention? (Click to Source)

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‘Young people drop like flies’ Overdoses spike as fake pills go around Tennessee county

by Kaylin Jorge –

A small Middle Tennessee county is dealing with a crises on top of the coronavirus pandemic right now: fake pills and drugs laced with fentanyl claiming the lives of young residents.

Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum said there were eight overdoses reported in 10 days – and three of those were fatal.

Sheriff Shrum said his department has confirmed the substance in fake Xanax and Roxicet pills is fentanyl, a deadly substance 25-50 times more potent than heroin. He also suspects fentanyl is being mixed with heroin and methamphetamine.

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The victims? All in their 30s or younger.

“When you start having young people drop like flies it becomes very, very concerning,” Sheriff Shrum said in one of his Facebook updates on the overdose investigation.

Sheriff Shrum says his agency is small and only has two investigators who are working 16 to 18 hour days following leads in the overdose investigations. Tackling this new crises is taking investigators off other cases that need to be worked.

And right now, Sheriff Shrum said while they’ve made substantial progress in the cases – investigators are still hitting roadblocks.

“Because of this code that people live by, ‘we can’t tell,’ more people are going to die,” Shrum said on Facebook. “It’s going to get worse before it gets better.”

Sheriff Shrum is reaching out to the community, urging people with information to come forward.

“The life you save may be your own,” Sheriff Shrum said. “Without communication from the community we’re not going to solve this.”

Sheriff Shrum said he’s also concerned about the COVID-19 virus, overdoses and protecting his staff.

“We are using precautions working these cases to limit exposure to our people because of COVID-19,” Sheriff Shrum said. “As the virus decreases it will open up new avenues for us to dive deeper.”

Sheriff Shrum says these overdoses are happening in young people – and it’s hitting the community hard.

“Those people who are drug addicts belong to somebody, they are mothers, fathers, sons, daughters,” Sheriff Shrum said. “They belong to somebody. Because they are dealing with addiction doesn’t mean we just mark it up and move on.”

He shared a message directly to those who need help.

“If you’re listening to me and you’re a user, it’s dangerous territory right now,” Sheriff Shrum said. “You don’t know what you’re getting. Seek help if you have a loved one who needs help, talk to them and try to convince them it’s a dangerous thing going on right now.” (Click to Source)

 

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High-dose opioids – five factors that increase the risk of harm

March 30, 2020 11.44am EDT

Sean Jennings started taking opioids in 1993 following a complication from a hernia operation that left him in debilitating pain. His GP initially prescribed codeine combined with paracetamol, but the pain persisted. Every day Sean took more and more pills. His GP eventually prescribed stronger opioids than codeine – tramadol, at first, and then morphine. Twenty-five years on, Sean was taking 160mg of morphine every day – a very high dose – but he was still in pain. He was also at high risk of overdosing.

To find out how many people there are like Sean, we conducted a study, synthesising all the published research on high-dose opioids. We found that of 4.2 million people taking prescription opioids in Australia, the UK and the US, over 154,000 were taking high doses. We also found five factors linked to the use of high-dose opioids: being prescribed benzodiazepines (such as Valium), increased visits to emergency departments, depression, unemployment and being male.

Of these factors, the combined use of high-dose opioids with benzodiazepines is the most worrying. Benzodiazepines, also called “benzos”, are sedative drugs that are prescribed for anxiety and poor sleep – common in people with chronic pain. But people taking high-dose opioids plus a benzodiazepine have a tenfold greater risk of unintended overdose than people taking opioids alone.

Sean Jennings’ story.

Gradual process

High doses of opioids aren’t used at the start of treatment. The escalation in dose is usually a gradual process, occurring over many years. While high doses are necessary for people receiving palliative care and cancer treatment, no clinical trials of the benefits and harms of using opioids in high doses for chronic pain have been conducted. Despite this, prescriptions of high-dose opioids have increased in AustraliaCanadaEngland and the US.

Reducing the amount of high-dose opioid prescriptions can benefit stretched healthcare budgets and systems. In England, if GPs reduced the number of high-dose opioid prescriptions, £24.8 million could be saved in six months. And visits to the emergency department would be reduced too.

But there is a critical gap in our understanding of this problem as most studies were from the US, with one from Australia and one from the UK. This is because access to electronic patient records is very limited globally, and not much research has evaluated the prescribing of high-dose opioids. Data on the number of prescriptions is more readily available, but to understand what dose people are prescribed, we need patient-level data.

Through self-management with exercise, mindfulness and group therapy, Sean has been opioid-free for two years and is “thriving”, although he is still in pain. He is living proof that life without high-dose opioids is possible. Sean says that social prescribing, where GPs refer patients to a local community group or social activity, such as art classes, in addition to standard clinical care, is the way forward.

We must rethink the prescribing of high-dose opioids for people with chronic pain. There are many unanswered questions, but turning to the prescription pad will not solve the problem. Lower doses of opioids are safer, will benefit strained healthcare budgets and reduce the burden on healthcare systems globally. Sean is proof that there is another way. (Click to Source)

 

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There’s no real evidence that prescription drugs can treat chronic pain in children, but doctors prescribe them anyway

Monday, March 16, 2020 by: Isabelle Z.

(Natural News) It’s easy for adults to chalk up chronic pain to part of getting older, but for children who are otherwise healthy, it can be downright devastating. Unfortunately, when these kids are prescribed drugs to address such pain, they are taking on a host of side effects for something that hasn’t even been proven to help them feel better.

When it comes to chronic pain among children, some of the most common varieties are headaches and migraines, musculoskeletal pain, and recurrent abdominal pain. This pain can really impact their quality of life, with many children who suffer from chronic pain missing school regularly and becoming isolated from their peers. They also tend to have more depression and anxiety than children who don’t have pain, and it can adversely affect their ability to reach their full potential in life in the long term.

While drug therapy is often the first course of treatment for these kids, a recent study shows there is very little evidence supporting this option. In fact, according to the researchers from the University of Bath who led the review, there isn’t any high-quality evidence pointing to the safety or efficacy of the drugs commonly used for chronic pain in children.

The study, which was summarized in the journal PAIN, outlines the serious lack of information we have about the treatment of chronic pain in children and determines that a lot more must be done to obtain more and better evidence.

To get an idea of just how little evidence there is, consider this: More than 300,000 patients have been studied across hundreds of trials for adults with chronic pain. The number of studies that have been carried out in children, however, is just six, with 393 kids involved in total. That’s hardly enough to draw a reliable conclusion about children in general.

The researchers pointed out that it’s not very reliable to simply apply the conclusions of studies carried out in adults to children as both their biology and metabolism function differently than those of adults.

Study co-author Dr. Emma Fisher said: “Children are not just small adults, so we cannot simply extrapolate evidence acquired from adults and use it in children.”

She added that the evidence we currently have available to us is not sufficient to say with any certainty whether the drugs that are used are the right approach. However, she said that with the current rate of reporting on clinical trials of just 1 every 3.5 years, it would take more than a thousand years to accumulate an acceptable base of evidence to make informed decisions. She called for urgent attention and funding to improve the knowledge base in this regard.

One part of the problem is that there are ethical barriers to carrying out randomized control clinical trials on children, and there are also some practical barriers as well.

Alternative treatments for children with chronic pain

Why aren’t more children being given non-drug treatments to address chronic pain? There have already been studies showing that psychological therapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, can have some success in reducing the pain and disability in children and adolescents, as can acupuncture. Other approaches could also prove useful, such as meditation yoga, exercise, massage and music therapy.

With one out of every five children reporting experiencing chronic pain, it’s clear that a better solution is needed or we could be setting up children for a lifetime of dependence on drugs that offer very little in the way of relief in exchange for substantial risks. (Click to Source)

 Sources for this article include:

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The opioid crisis may be far worse than thought, making the epidemic harder to fight

There may be a gross underreporting of opioid-related death rates

 

As Drug Overdose Deaths Escalate, Opioids Continue to Be the Top Killer

There may be a gross underreporting of opioid-related death rates, leading to misrepresentation about the extent of the epidemic, according to a new study.

A substantial share of the documentation on fatal drug overdoses may be missing information on the specific drug that caused the overdose.

The study, published in the journal “Addiction,” looked at a total of 632,331 drug overdoses between 1999 and 2016. Of these deaths, 78.2% were drug overdoses with known drug classification and 21.8% were unclassified drug overdoses. Of the unclassified drug overdoses, further investigation revealed that 71.8% involved opioids, translating to 99,160 additional opioid-related deaths.

There were over 70,000 drug overdose deaths in 2017, according to an estimate from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Based on findings from the new study, over half of those deaths — about 47,000 — are suspected to have involved opioids.

An issue with documenting drug overdose deaths

“The number of deaths from opioid-related overdoses could be 28% higher than reported due to incomplete death records,” said Elaine Hill, Ph.D., an economist and assistant professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center Department of Public Health Sciences and senior author of the study.

“Other work has already exposed the ways in which coroner versus medical examiner systems undermine accuracy in death records, but the opioid crisis and our research highlights the extent of the problem,” Hill told ABC News.

Death certificates issued after fatal drug overdoses are often missing information on the specific drug involved — something that is causing the underreporting of opioid-related deaths and downplaying the extent of the opioid epidemic, the authors of the new study concluded.

“The risk of underreporting these cases is to underscore the scope of the current crisis which could lead to a slower or less intensive response in coming up with a viable solution,” says Dr. Shailinder Singh, an emergency room psychiatrist practicing in New York City.

Besides overdose deaths, there are other consequences of the opioid epidemic including increased risk of infectious disease among IV drug users, a greater number of newborns with neonatal abstinence syndrome and higher rates of emergency department visits for opioid involvement.

While the majority of overdose-related deaths in the past have involved an opioid, with illicit fentanyl as the primary driver of these deaths, however this data is likely underreported.

The rate of non-fatal overdoses has also increased and is likely underestimated. “Unless these individuals are able to receive urgent medical care and the case is reported in that manner, there is little incentive for a person to report the overdose themselves due to fear of possible litigation or stigmatization,” said Singh.

Three phases of the opioid epidemic

The opioid epidemic today progressed in three phases, according to the CDC. The first, involved deaths caused by prescription opioids, the second, an increase in heroin use, and the third, a surge in the use of synthetic opioids or fentanyl.

The United States is right in the middle of the third phase of the epidemic, due to the increasing availability of fentanyl and increasing rates of overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids.

In 2017, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C., had the highest overdose death rates in the country. However, accurate data is not being collected from rural areas and therefore these areas receive significantly less federal funding to combat the crisis.

“The rates of both lethal and non-lethal overdoses have undoubtedly increased due to the addition of synthetic opioids available as pills or mixed in with heroin,” said Singh.

“Most notably, these include illegally manufactured fentanyl and carfentanil, which are 50 times and up to 5,000 times more potent than heroin, respectively.” he added.

As the U.S. faces a rise in the number of overdose deaths involving heroin and fentanyl, the federal government has readjusted its strategy to combat the epidemic. This includes expanded access to treatment medications for opioid use and to the opioid overdose antidote, naloxone.

Also crucial among those efforts is collecting accurate data. Correct data regarding deaths from opioids is critical to know when implementing policies. Federal funding is also highly dependent on accurate statistics.

“Funding from federal agencies is often tagged to areas with the highest rates of opioid mortality. If these data are inaccurate, then areas in need may receive less funding than they need to address the crisis,” said Hill. (Click to Source)

Yalda Safai, MD, MPH, is a psychiatry resident in New York City. Melanie Graber, MD, is an internal medicine resident in Connecticut. Both are contributors to the ABC Medical News Unit.

 

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Surpassing Overdose: Study Links Opioids to Heart-Related Deaths

 

 

The opioid epidemic has been a topic of conversation for a years now. With doctors and pharmacies being instructed to be more careful with their prescribing of the medication, and some states even asking them to look up a patient’s drug history before dispensing the drugs, it comes as no surprise that abuse and overdose are two huge issues. However, research suggests that many patients, especially those on long-term opioids, are dying not only because of overdoses, but simply because they are using them for far too long.

The study, which reviewed 45,000 patients from Tennessee from 1999 to 2012, found that those who had been prescribed opioids had a 64% increased risk of dying within 6 months of starting a regimen of the pills, compared to patients who were on other types of medications.

Although overdose and sharing medication is certainly a risk, the study claims that many doctors prescribe medication without thinking about the risk they may have for cardiovascular patients.

Patients with heart problems are the most vulnerable, as long-term opioid use can lead to slowing down of the heart, particularly when mixed with alcohol. This can lead to an accidental death. Opioids are also particularly dangerous for patients with sleep apnea, as the pills can disrupt the patients’ breathing patterns even further. This can lead to irregular heartbeat, heart attacks, and in some cases, even death.

All of the patients in this study were on Medicaid and were receiving long-term opioids for problems such as backaches, and chronic asthma and bronchitis. None had a history of abusing drugs.

Because they were on Medicaid, it is possible that they were unable to access medication that would actually treat the problem they had, thus doctors were over-prescribing opioids for temporary relief of the symptoms without curative benefits.

Dr. Magdalena Anitescu, a pain management expert at the University of Chicago, stated that there needs to be a huge change in how treatment is regulated. She states that alternative treatments can be just as effective, however, patients need to be granted access and doctors need to be educated on what else can be done besides simply prescribe opioids.

“We have a major cultural shift ahead of us,” said Dr. Chad Brummett, director of pain research at the University of Michigan Health System. (Click to Source)

The results were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

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Trump administration doubles down on anti-marijuana position

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Analysts previously predicted Donald Trump might support marijuana legalization to boost his chances of re-election this year. Instead, the opposite has happened. The Trump Administration has proposed removing medical marijuana protections in the 2021 fiscal budget and leaked audio revealed the President’s belief that smoking weed makes you dumb.

Trump has done little to reverse this appearance of an anti-marijuana sentiment building in the White House. Rather, a top Trump campaign spokesman doubled down and said marijuana should remain illegal at the federal level. During an interview with Las Vegas CBS affiliate KLAS-TV, Marc Lotter, who serves as director of strategic communications for Trump’s 2020 campaign, was asked about the President’s stance on changing federal cannabis laws.

“I think the president is looking at this from a standpoint of a parent—a parent of a young person—to make sure we keep our kids away from drugs,” Lotter said. “They need to be kept illegal. That is the federal policy.”

This complicates what Trump stated during his 2016 campaign and time in the White House. Previously, Trump supported leaving marijuana legalization to the states and voiced support for the STATES Act, bipartisan legislation that would prohibit federal prosecution for those living in states with legal cannabis.

“I think the president has been pretty clear on his views on marijuana at the federal level. I know many states have taken a different path,” Lotter said.

It could also signal a change in political strategy from the president in the upcoming election. Outside candidates Joe Biden and Mike Bloomberg, the Democratic presidential nominee will support legalizing cannabis at the federal level. Trump could see it as an advantage to position himself opposite of his eventual opponent. For now, Trump appears comfortable allowing himself being seen as someone who will uphold federal cannabis prohibition.

Said Lotter, “If he changes that, obviously that would be something I wouldn’t want to get out in front of him on that.” (Click to Source)

 

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Long-term use of depression drug may cause addiction

 

In a new study, researchers say that people who have taken antidepressants for years should consider coming off the medication.

However, these people will likely face difficult and even dangerous withdrawal symptoms due to physical dependence.

The best process is to follow a tapering schedule while consulting with a physician. Stopping medication outright is almost never advisable.

The research was conducted by a team at Midwestern University Chicago.

The team says many people feel safe in that their depression or anxiety is continuously managed by medication.

However, these are mind-altering drugs and were never intended as a permanent solution.

Once the patient’s depression or anxiety has been resolved, the physician should guide them toward discontinuation, while providing non-pharmacologic treatments to help them maintain their mental health.

In the study, the team found patients who stop taking their medication often experience Antidepressant Discontinuation Syndrome (ADS), which includes flu-like symptoms, insomnia, nausea, imbalance, sensory disturbances often described as electric shocks or “brain zaps”, and hyperarousal.

Older, first-generation antidepressants often come with additional risks for more severe symptoms, including aggressiveness, catatonia, cognitive impairment, and psychosis.

Discontinuing any antidepressant also carries a risk for gradual worsening or relapsing of depression and anxiety, as well as suicidal thoughts.

A recent report from the CDC said a quarter of people taking antidepressants had been using them for a decade or more.

The team says this data makes the case that patients and physicians are overly reliant on medication without concern for long-term consequences.

While relatively safe, antidepressants still carry side effects, including weight gain, sexual dysfunction and emotional numbing.

The team also urges caution as the evidence for antidepressant risk factors is based on short-term usage and says there are no sufficient longitudinal studies on the neurologic impact of taking antidepressants for decades.

The lead author of the study is Mireille Rizkalla, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Integration. (Click to Source)

The study is published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.

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