The Bible in Acts 2:19 says, GOD WILL SHOW WONDERS IN THE SKY ABOVE AND SIGNS ON THE EARTH BELOW, BLOOD, FIRE, AND VAPOUR OF SMOKE.
In Luke 21:25″There will be signs in the Sun, moon, stars and on earth dismay among the nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves.
In Genesis 1:14, God said, “Let there be lights in the heavens to separate the day from the night and let them be for signs, seasons, days and years.
In Genesis 9:12-17, God said, “This is the sign of Covenant I AM making between Me and you and every living creature with you for all successive generations. I set My rainbow in the cloud for a sign of Covenant between Me and the earth. It shall be when I bring cloud over earth the rainbow will be seen in cloud.
In Luke 21:11, there will be many Great earthquakes in various places, plagues, famines, terrors, great signs in heaven.
In Jeremiah 10:2, Thus says the LORD God Almighty, “Do not learn the way of the nations and do not be terrified by signs of heavens although other nations are terrified by them. In Revelation 12:1, Great sign appeared in heaven and woman clothed with sun and moon under her feet, on her head is a crown of 12 stars. Revelation 12:3, another sign appeared in heaven and great red dragon with 7 heads, 10 horns on heads with 7 crown. In Joel 2:30 God displays wonders in the sky, earth, blood, fire and smoke. In Matthew 24:30,”The Sign of Son of Man will appear in sky and all tribes of earth will mourn. They will see SON OF MAN COMING ON CLOUDS OF THE SKY with POWER and Great GLORY. In Revelation 15:1, I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, 7 angels had 7 last plagues unleashed on earth because the wrath of God is finished.
2 Corinthians 7:1 in the Bible says since we have these promises, beloved, let us clean ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God. And to endure to the end to be saved in Christ Jesus’ Name.
Revelation 6:16 says the wrath of Lamb Jesus comes on earth so people will say to mountains and rocks fall to hide them from Face of God who Sits on HIS Throne. In Hosea 10:8 some will say to the mountains cover us; and to the hills, fall on us in the time of God’s wrath. In Luke 23:30, They say to mountains fall and hills cover from HIM Sitting on the THRONE. The Triune God in Revelation 4:2 works with Messiah Jesus and Holy Spirit to prevent God’s full wrath unleashed on the earth. The wrath of the Lamb affects all people who reject Jesus. John 3:16 says God so loved the world HE GAVE HIS ONLY begotten Son Jesus that all who believe in Him will not perish but have eternal life. The result of wrath of the Lamb is depicted in Revelation 21:8. God’s wrath is with the wicked is who reject Jesus but gives assurance of HIS Mercy and LOVE for righteous. In Revelation 11:18, nations are angry because God’s wrath has come on earth of centuries of warnings. Rapture time for righteous resurrected dead in Christ given rewards as faithful servants of God. Revelation 14:10-13 says wrath of God falls on wicked perish for rejecting Jesus as Messiah and THE SON OF GOD. The peace of God and joy of the faithful believers is counteracted by bitter grief, pain, sadness, sorrow and the torture of those who reject Jesus. The whole world is then judged by God for rejecting the redemption through Jesus so punished. There is no middle ground alternative option available in the time of the wrath of God or wrath of Lamb. People opt for God’s Rule in Jesus’ Kingdom or reject Jesus to side with satan’s rule with dire wrath consequences of destructions. So all stubborn rebellious people who reject God and Jesus prefer death than the eternal life in God’s PRESENCE. The wicked say to the mountains and rocks, fall on us so chose death rather than life. They want to from the Face of HIM sitting on the Throne and from the wrath of the Lamb Messiah Jesus. They reject Deity of Jesus, ALMIGHTY POWER of God in Christ so dread the most horrible punishment afflictions, endless torment of hell so want to die desperately. If only they asked for pardon from God and repent to be the follower of Christ they suffer justly as a consequence of choice to reject God for reproaches of Christ. All who pretend to be Christian are judged by Jesus as sheep and goats to reveal the true believers. The sheep are on God’s Right Hand. But the goats revolt and fight in Armageddon but conquered and taken by Christ eventually put to death and suffering. To confess the God of Jesus is the ONLY TRUE God is the ticket for passage and key to enter heaven. God’s First Born Son Jesus is Higher than kings of the earth and He is equal with HIM God sitting upon Throne, God His Father. Jesus’ wrath is equally dreaded as God’s Wrath yet though He is a Lamb, mild, meek, and gentle but has anger, fury and wrath or indignation in Him, against all His enemies, which is very dreadful and intolerable. Psalm 2:12 says accept Jesus Son of God or He will be ANGRY and lead to destruction when His wrath flares up against His enemies.
In Revelation 6:12-17, a 6th seal opens, so Great Earthquake shakes foundation of churches, stately homes and all assets people put their confidence and trust in terribly shaken and destroyed. God and Jesus’ wraths cause great damages and changes predicted in Bible prophecies of the Scripture. Bible events unfolding declare the end of the world and the day of judgment. So dread and terror seizes on all sorts of people, neither grandeur, riches, valour, strength, can support anyone at that time. They will wish death to end it all, to be no more to live no longer in life but too late for God to save these wicked being punished to pay for wickedness, pain and suffering caused others. Though Jesus Christ is Lamb of God He is angry and the wrath of the Lamb is exceedingly dreadful. Our Redeemer Christ Himself Sacrificed His Life to forgive to appease the wrath of God. So God’s enemies are no more a friends of Jesus to plead for them. They missed day of opportunity and their seasons of grace, so God has HIS DAY of righteous wrath. Time to overthrow satan’s paganistic empire of idolaters described hiding in their dens and secret caves vainly seeking to escape ruin. There is no rest for the wicked in such a day when signs of endtimes show those who reject God will be destroyed. Believers in God’s word know the King of kings Jesus is approaching soon for Rapture. And all Christians are called to share Gospel Good News to save billions of lives before it is too late. Bold confession of Christ, God’s Truth to fellow humans is to endure to the end to be SAVED to belong to God to enjoy everlasting life. Revelation 21:8 describes wrath of God concerns cowardly, unbelieving, vile, the murderers, sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, idolaters and all liars will be consigned to fiery lake of burning sulfur which is second death.” People wish death to save them from wrath of the Lamb Jesus to escape the tormenting fire in vain. God let them suffer perpetually for their evil wicked actions in life against mankind. It is important to accept Jesus and saved in God in Christ Jesus’ Name. 2 Peter 3:3-9 states: Above all, you must understand in the last days scoffers will scoff and follow their own evil desires.They will say, “Where is His Promised Coming? Since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it was in the beginning of creation.”But deliberately forget long ago by God’s word heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by these waters the world of that time was deluged and destroyed.By the same word the present heavens and earth is reserved for fire being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly. Do not forget dear friends with the Lord a day is 1000years and 1000years is like a day.The LORD God Almighty is not slow to keep HIS Promises as you think. God is patient with you not wanting anyone to perish, but wants everyone to come to repentance and be saved in Jesus Name. Call on Jesus and be saved from the wraths of God and Jesus. Let Holy Spirit help you discern God’s Truth for eternal life and be saved in Christ.
The Bible in 1 Peter 3:12-13 says For the Eyes of the LORD God is on all righteous and his EARS are open to their prayers. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? In the face of danger, adversity or storm God hears the sincere heartfelt cries of the righteous and listens to those who remember to call on name of Jesus. As Jesus spoke to calm the raging storm at sea so believers are empowered to call on Jesus Name to defeat the enemy in Jesus Name. The word if God says 1000 will fall at your left side and 10,000 fall on your right side but it shall not come near you in Jesus Name because you are hidden in the secret place of Most High God Yahweh in Jesus Name according to Psalm 91. Praise, Thanks and Glory to God and Jesus through Holy Spirit.
Nibiru, Planet X, Ison and Wormwood (ἀψίνθιον apsinthion, ἄψινθοςapsinthos in Greek is a star with many comets and angels with trumpets pouring wrath of God on earth in Book of Revelation. In Bible Wormwood is mentioned 7 times in Hebrew Bible means bitterness. The word wormwood in Old Testament from the Hebrew term לענה (la’anah, means “curse” in Arabic and Hebrew). In New Testament Wormwood is mentioned once in Book of Revelation when: The third angel sounds his trumpet and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and the springs of water and the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter and many people die from the waters that had become bitter” says Revelation 8:10-11. In Greek it refers to a plant Artemisia meaning a bitter taste. In English “wormwood” refers to a dark green oil produced by the plant used to kill intestinal worms. In Revelations in the Bible it refers to water that turned into wormwood bitter taste. In endtime prophecy, this “great star” represents a cataclysmic and catastrophic important changes in political, ecclesiastic history affecting the whole world. In the Bible dictionaries and commentaries the term refers to celestial being in A Dictionary of The Holy Bible “the star Wormwood denote satan lucifer devil once a mighty prince or power of air God’s archenemy behind all the chaos of the world. Some think since satan fell and was thrown out of heaven so wormwood specifically refers to the devil and demons or fallen angels with satan. And theologians like Matthew Henry and John Gill see verses in Revelation 8 as symbolic references to past events in human history. In case of Wormwood, some interpreters believe this figure represents army of Huns led by king Attila in chronological consistencies in timeline of prophecy in history of Huns in Europe. Others think Arius, emperor Constantine, Origen or the ascetic monk Pelagius who denied Bible doctrine of the original sin of Adam and Eve DNA passed down to all mankind. As a result of the original sin Bible scholars believe that Wormwood represents the endtime transitional bitterness of sin that fill the earth during peak troubled times. Bitter plant wormwood Artemisia absinthium, mugwort, artemisia vulgaris as it expels worms so will eradicate 1/3 of mankind from earth. Bible warns of metaphor of unpalatable bitter events unfolding in the world happening like earthquakes, volcano’s, floods, fires, tsunamis, power shortages, homelessness, Acts of God in natural disasters. The Ukranian word for “wormwood, чорнобиль, chornobyl name of town Chenobyl. Wormwood is in literature and popular culture depicted by Anne Bronte in, “If This Be All” poem, so wormwood in the sixth stanza:
All the good I would impart,
The feelings I would share,
Are driven backward to my heart,
And turned to wormwood there;
C.S. Lewis in Screwtape Letter said that senior demon screwtape wrote 31letters to nephew Wormwood less experienced demon guiding man towards the “father below” devil, satan away from ” Enemy” God. Such writings confuse people who think God only punishes people without showing the True Nature of Our Father GOD in Heaven. A character Lebedyev in Idiotinterprets “Star of Wormwood” as network of railways across Europe. In the Christ Clone Trilogy by James Seigneur, Wormwood is an asteroid. In episode of Bonanza”Wormwood Cup” theme of bitterness affects 2 antagonists leading to conflict. Stephen King’s short story Home Delivery, alien object enters Earth’s orbit and causes the dead to rise as zombies to attack the living by hellish object, a meteor-sized ball made up of many writhing worms, is referred to as “Star Wormwood.” Sylvia Pittson in the Dark Tower speaks of preacher-woman in the town of Tull, refering to the “Star wormwood” of satan during Sabbath. A Star Wormwood mentioned by Mother Carmody in King’s short story, The Mist film adaptation. King’s novel (Cell 2006), a woman mentioned star Wormwood comparing previous events in Boston to Book of Revelation after storms Clay, Tom, and Alice leave the city. Recent eclipse and the triple storms are part of revelation meteors, wormwood among others heading towards planet earth in series of Shadowmancer books by G.P. Taylor as Wormwood is a comet heading straight for London which to destroy Earth. Its potent power is worse than nuclear strikes in the world to get rid of all the metahumans. Speaking of a star called Wormwood, falling to Earth and poisoning water turned to blood as Jesus said like Moses did in Egypt as an enemy is alien called Mrs Woomwood. Manga series in Angel Sanctuary, Egg of Wormwood kept hidden in Hades used to summon a meteor will wipe out 1/3 of the earth’s population, devil, and those who have blaspheme against God. In the Vampire, the Masquerade and World of Darkness game, Wormwood is a harbinger comet heralding God’s Time of the Judgement precipitating End Time Gehenna and Apocalypse. This destroys evil works of God’s Nemesis to recreate specifically New earth accessible to God to relocate to earth dimension permanently a New Heaven. Revelation’s Book of Doomsday Wormwood, God detonates this weapon to destroy evil corrupting world and all responsible. Wormwood destroys prior to the Armageddon battle eliminating abomination of desolation in the Bible summoned by angel trumpeter to start the End of the World and all warriors against God. In the book Soul Harvest, Wormwood is a comet discovered on a collision course with Earth by Global Community. They attempt to destroy it with a nuclear missile, but the object splits into billions of burning pieces, which float down to Earth and taints one-third of its water. Global world events are simultaneously happening as the Bible predicted so it is important to take God more seriously to be prepared for Rapture. Only Father God knows the time, day or hour and so be saved in Christ and in God’s Kingdom for eternal. Jesus warned us about these events thousands of years ago, prophets teachers foretold these Words of God concerning these events. All who take time to research and study the Bible are aware of the judgements of God coming upon the earth. Events taking place now point towards fulfilment of God’s wrath but forgiveness for all those who repent and accept Jesus will be saved.
Autism can be managed to excel at the highest level of education on spectrum range as Temple Grandin, Ph.D. shows. Temple is a gifted animal scientist who designed one-third of all the livestock-handling facilities in USA. She lectures widely on the autism spectrum because Temple Grandin is an autistic woman who thinks, feels, experiences the world in ways incomprehensible to the rest. In her book, Grandin delivers the report on autism from dual perspectives of a scientist and autistic person sharing her experiences and how she managed to function in the world. What emerges in Thinking in Pictures is the document of an extraordinary woman bridging gulf of condition to shed light on a common issue familiar to many people. Oliver Sacks calls Temple Grandin’s book First picture of autism from the inside” quite extraordinary, unprecedented in a way unthinkable.” Sacks told part of her story in his words and in response in Thinking in Pictures Grandin returns to tell her life history with greater depth, insight and feeling. Grandin told Sacks, I don’t want my thoughts to die with me, wants to do something to know my life has meaning. I’m talking about things at the very core of my existence. Grandin’s clearly explains what it is like to “think in pictures” to broaden minds and bring clarity on a whole school of philosophy declaring language as an only necessary tool for expressing thought. So Grandin feels she can see through a cow’s eyes to influence the design of slaughter houses and livestock restraint systems. She has great insight in human animal relations. So would be good if Thinking in Pictures transforms similarly to study religious feelings to make the world better place.
Anyone who needs help in dealing with autism can get help through available sources including books, advice from GPs and experts. Grantin’s original book published her life as high-functioning autistic woman. Grandin wrote articles on her life and work as animal scientist in 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. Words of encouragement in support of her work is included here by those who found her books helpful. The Library Journal noted from her autobiography, emerged: Labeled Autistic (LJ 5/15/86), Grandin (animal studies, Colorado State Univ.) on how, high-functioning autistic adult overcame her disability to design livestock-handling equipment. Profiled in Oliver Sacks’s An Anthropologist on Mars (LJ 2/15/95), Grandin lectures on autism at meetings and conferences. Using insights from scientific studies, autobiographies by autistic adults, and her experiences explained how people with autism differently perceive and process visual sensory information and experience to express emotion, develop social skills. She reviews diagnosis and treatment of autism, and discusses its association with talent and genius. And in the book we learn of Grandin’s own strategies for coping with autism. How autism gives advantage to understand behavior of animals. This book is highly recommended for anyone interested in the subject. Published: Lucille Boone, San Jose P.L. Cal. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
A most remarkable woman, Grandin describes her deepest feelings while telling how she made herself a strong and valued individual. Autistic, she was helped by her mother, book’s dedicatee, and mentors who included high-school science teacher, a cattle-rancher aunt in Arizona, and a Swift meatpacking plant manager. Attacks of nerves and panic nearly overwhelmed her in her teens, but carefully selected and supervised drugs eased many of those problems. After earning a doctoral degree, she undertook her first work project, which was called the “Stairway to Heaven.” Instrumental for her in developing that and other methods for the humane treatment of food animals was her ability, determined in some measure by her autism, to think in pictures, her profound caring for the animals, and her engineering capabilities; fully one-third of U.S. facilities for handling hogs and cattle use her designs. Readers of Oliver Sacks’ Anthropologist from Mars, title article of about Grandin, will want to read Grandin’s own heartwarming real story. William Beatty
Online Reviews of the Book
“I hardly know what to say about this remarkable book. . . . It provides a way to understand many kinds of sentience, human and animal, that adorn the earth.” –Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of The Hidden Life of Dogs
“There are innumerable astounding facets to this remarkable book. . . . Displaying uncanny powers of observation . . . [Temple Grandin] charts the differences between her life and the lives of those who think in words.” –The Philadelphia Inquirer
“A uniquely fascinating view not just of autism but animal and human thinking and feeling, providing insights can only be called wisdom.” –Deborah Tannen, author of You Just Don’t Understand
“How does a true marvel let you know it has arrived? It’s hard to imagine an intellect as towering as Sacks’s coming up with perceptions rare completely out of left field as Grandin herself does in this mind-blowing book.” — Newsday
“Temple Grandin’s window onto the subjective experience of autism is of value to all of us who hope to gain a deeper understanding of the human mind by exploring the ways in which it responds to the world’s challenges.” — The Washington Times
“Temple Grandin, anthropologist from Mars, takes us on journey through her inner life and, with exquisite scientific detail offers us near photograph of the workings of her visual mind.” –John Ratey, coauthor of Driven to Distinction
“Temple Grandin’s legacy is invaluable gift of compassion. This is a journey of courage, determination, and, above all, worth. Society is the better for Temple Grandin having left her mark on it.” –Alex Pacheco, President, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
“Thinking in Pictures is beautiful book. Grandin has created a beautifully odd and fascinating picture of her life and mind, and her abiding love of animals.” — Elle
“A tireless researcher with a bionic memory and a superb education, no one can write with Temple’s authority because nobody knows as much as she does! This is an outstanding book that every parent and professional in the field of special needs will want to read, and general reader will acquire a new appreciation of autism, its liabilities, and its formidable assets.” –Annabel Stehli, author of The Sound of a Miracle
“Even Sacks’s fine writing about autism does not really compare to writing from within autism, because autism disorder of interiority. . . . Grandin has replaced the teleology of autobiography with something much closer to her heart: a diagram, in this case a diagram of her own mind.” –Voice Literary Supplement
From the Publisher
The captivating subject of Oliver Sack’s Anthropologist on Mars, is the Temple Grandin’s personal account of living with autism and extraordinary gift of animal empathy transformed her world and ours.
Temple Grandin renowned throughout the world as a designer of livestock holding equipment. Her unique empathy for animals has her to create systems which are humane and cruel free, setting the highest standards for the industry the treatment and handling of animals. She also happens to be autistic. Here, in Temple Grandin’s own words, is the story what it is like to live with autism. Temple is among the few people who have broken through many neurological impairments associated with autism. Throughout her life, she developed unique coping strategies, including famous “squeeze machine,” modeled after seeing the calming effect squeeze chutes on cattle. She describes pain, isolation growing up “different” and her discovery visual symbols to interpret “ways of the natives” Thinking In Pictures gives information from the frontlines of autism, including treatme medication, and diagnosis, as well as Temple’s insight into genius, savants, sensory phenomena, etc. It is Temple’s unique ability describe ways her visual mind works and how she first made her connection between impairment and the animal’s temperament understood extraordinary phenomenal way.
From the Inside Flap
Temple Grandin, Ph.D. is a gifted animal scientist who has designed one third of all livestock-handling facilities in the United States. She lectures widely on autism because she is autistic, a woman who thinks, feels, and experiences the world in ways incomprehensible to the rest of us. In this unprecedented book, Grandin writes from dual perspectives of a scientist and an autistic person. She tells us how she managed to breach the boundaries of autism to function in the outside world. What emerges is the document of an extraordinary human being, one who gracefully bridges the gulf between her condition and our own while shedding light on our common identity. “The innumerable astounding facets to this remarkable book displays the uncanny powers of observation of Temple Grandin charting the differences between her life and the lives of those who think in words.” Philadelphia Inquirer
About the Author
Temple Grandin has a Ph.D. in animal science from the University of Illinois and has designed one third of all the livestock-handling facilities in the United States, and many in other countries. She is currently an associate professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University and a frequent lecturer at autism meetings throughout country. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Thinking in Pictures Autism VisualsI THINK IN PICTURES. Words are like a second language to me. I translate both spoken and written words into full colour movies, complete with sound, which run like a VCR tape in my head. When somebody speaks to me, his words are instantly translated into pictures. Language-based thinkers often find this phenomenon difficult to understand, but in my job as an equipment designer for the livestock industry, visual thinking is a tremendous advantage.
Visual thinking has enabled me to build entire systems in my imagination. During my career I have designed all kinds of equipment, ranging from corrals for handling cattle on ranches to systems for handling cattle and hogs during veterinary procedures and slaughter. I worked for many major livestock companies. In fact, one third of the cattle and hogs in the United States are handled in equipment I have designed. Some people I’ve worked for don’t even know their systems designed by someone with autism. I value my ability to think visually, and I would never want to lose it.
One of the most profound mysteries of autism has been the remarkable ability of most autistic people to excel at visual spatial skills while performing so poorly at verbal skills. When I was a child and a teenager, I thought everybody thought in pictures. I had no idea that my thought processes were different. In fact, I did not realize the full extent of the differences until very recently. At meetings and at work I started asking other people detailed questions about how they accessed information from their memories. From their answers I learned that my visualization skills far exceeded those of most other people.
I credit my visualization abilities with helping me understand the animals I work with. Early in my career I used a camera to help give me the animals’ perspective as they walked through a chute for their veterinary treatment. I would kneel down and take pictures through the chute from the cow’s eye level. Using the photos, I was able to figure out which things scared the cattle, such as shadows and bright spots of sunlight. Back then I used black-and-white film, because twenty years ago scientists believed that cattle lacked color vision. Today, research has shown that cattle can see colors, but the photos provided the unique advantage of seeing the world through a cow’s viewpoint. They helped me figure out why the animals refused to go in one chute but willingly walked through another.
Every design problem I’ve ever solved started with my ability to visualize and see the world in pictures. I started designing things as a child, when I was always experimenting with new kinds of kites and model airplanes. In elementary school I made a helicopter out of a broken balsa-wood airplane. When I wound up the propeller, the helicopter flew straight up about a hundred feet. I also made bird-shaped paper kites, which I flew behind my bike. The kites were cut out from a single sheet of heavy drawing paper and flown with thread. I experimented with different ways of bending the wings to increase flying performance. Bending the tips of the wings up made the kite fly higher. Thirty years later, this same design started appearing on commercial aircraft.
Now, in my work, before I attempt any construction, I test-run the equipment in my imagination. I visualize my designs being used in every possible situation, with different sizes and breeds of cattle and in different weather conditions. Doing this enables me to correct mistakes prior to construction. Today, everyone is excited about the new virtual reality computer systems in which the user wears special goggles and is fully immersed in video game action. To me, these systems are like crude cartoons. My imagination works like the computer graphics programs that created the lifelike dinosaurs in Jurassic Park. When I do an equipment simulation in my imagination or work on an engineering problem, it is like seeing it on a videotape in my mind. I can view it from any angle, placing myself above or below the equipment and rotating it at the same time. I don’t need a fancy graphics program that can produce three-dimensional design simulations. I can do it better and faster in my head.
I create new images all the time by taking many little parts of images I have in the video library in my imagination and piecing them together. I have video memories of every item I’ve ever worked with—steel gates, fences, latches, concrete walls, and so forth. To create new designs, I retrieve bits and pieces from my memory and combine them into a new whole. My design ability keeps improving as I add more visual images to my library. I add videolike images from either actual experiences or translations of written information into pictures. I can visualize the operation of such things as squeeze chutes, truck loading ramps, and all different types of livestock equipment. The more I actually work with cattle and operate equipment, the stronger my visual memories become.
I first used my video library in one of my early livestock design projects, creating a dip vat and cattle-handling facility for John Wayne’s Red River feed yard in Arizona. A dip vat is a long, narrow, seven-foot-deep swimming pool through which cattle move in single file. It is filled with pesticide to rid the animals of ticks, lice, and other external parasites. In 1978, existing dip vat designs were very poor. The animals often panicked because they were forced to slide into the vat down a steep, slick concrete decline. They would refuse to jump into the vat, and sometimes they would flip over backward and drown. The engineers who designed the slide never thought about why the cattle became so frightened.
The first thing I did when I arrived at the feedlot was to put myself inside the cattle’s heads and look out through their eyes. Because their eyes are on the sides of their heads, cattle have wide-angle vision, so it was like walking through the facility with a wide-angle video camera. I had spent the past six years studying how cattle see their world and watching thousands move through different facilities all over Arizona, and it was immediately obvious to me why they were scared. Those cattle must have felt as if they were being forced to jump down an airplane escape slide into the ocean.
Cattle are frightened by high contrasts of light and dark as well as by people and objects that move suddenly. I’ve seen cattle that were handled in two identical facilities easily walk through one and balk in the other. The only difference between the two facilities was their orientation to the sun. The cattle refused to move through the chute where the sun cast harsh shadows across it. Until I made this observation, nobody in the feedlot industry had been able to explain why one veterinary facility worked better than the other. It was a matter of observing the small details that made a big difference. To me, the dip vat problem was even more obvious.
My first step in designing a better system was collecting all the published information on existing dip vats. Before doing anything else, I always check out what is considered state-of-the-art so I don’t waste time reinventing the wheel. Then I turned to livestock publications, which usually have very limited information, and my library of video memories, all of which contained bad designs. From experience with other types of equipment, such as unloading ramps for trucks, I had learned that cattle willingly walk down a ramp that has cleats to provide secure, nonslip footing. Sliding causes them to panic and back up. The challenge was to design an entrance would encourage the cattle to walk in voluntarily and plunge into the water, which was deep enough to submerge them completely, so that all the bugs, including those that collect in their ears, would be eliminated.
I started running three-dimensional visual simulations in my imagination. I experimented with different entrance designs and made cattle walk through them in my imagination. Three images merged to form final design: a memory of a dip vat in Yuma, Arizona, portable vat I had seen in a magazine, and an entrance ramp I had seen on a restraint device at the Swift meat-packing plant in Tolleson, Arizona. The new dip vat entrance ramp was a modified version of the ramp I had seen there. My design contained three features that had never been used before: an entrance would not scare the animals, an improved chemical filtration system. And use of animal behavior principles to prevent the cattle from becoming overexcited when they left the vat.
The first thing I did was convert the ramp from steel to concrete. The final design had a concrete ramp on a twenty-five-degree downward angle. Deep grooves in the concrete provided secure footing. The ramp appeared to enter the water gradually, but in reality it abruptly dropped away below the water’s surface. The animals could not see the drop-off because the dip chemicals colored the water. When they stepped out over the water, they quietly fell in, because their center of gravity had passed the point of no return.
Before the vat was built, I tested the entrance design many times in my imagination. Many of the cowboys at the feedlot were skeptical and did not believe my design would work. After it was constructed, they modified it behind my back, because they were sure it was wrong. A metal sheet was installed over the nonslip ramp, converting it back to an old-fashioned slide entrance. The first day they used it, two cattle drowned because they panicked and flipped over backward.
When I saw the metal sheet, I made the cowboys take it out. They were flabbergasted when they saw that the ramp now worked perfectly. Each calf stepped out over the steep drop-off and quietly plopped into the water. I fondly refer to this design as “cattle walking on water.”
Over the years, I have observed that many ranchers and cattle feeders think that the only way to induce animals to enter handling facilities is to force them in. The owners and managers of feedlots sometimes have a hard time comprehending that if devices such as dip vats and restraint chutes are properly designed, cattle will voluntarily enter them. I can imagine the sensations the animals would feel. If I had a calf’s body and hooves, I would be very scared to step on a slippery metal ramp.
There were still problems I had to resolve after the animals left the dip vat. The platform where they exit is usually divided into two pens so that cattle can dry on one side while the other side is being filled. No one understood why the animals coming out of the dip vat would sometimes become excited, but I figured it was because they wanted to follow their drier buddies, not unlike children divided from their classmates on a playground. I installed a solid fence between the two pens to prevent the animals on one side from seeing the animals on the other side. It was a very simple solution, and it amazed me that nobody had ever thought of it before.
The system I designed for filtering and cleaning the cattle hair and other gook out of the dip vat was based on a swimming pool filtration system. My imagination scanned two specific swimming pool filters that I had operated, one on my Aunt Brecheen’s ranch in Arizona and one at our home. To prevent water from splashing out of the dip vat, I copied the concrete coping overhang used on swimming pools. That idea, like many of my best designs, came to me very clearly just before I drifted off to sleep at night.
Being autistic, I don’t naturally assimilate information that most people take for granted. Instead, I store information in my head as if it were on a CD-ROM disc. When I recall something I have learned, I replay the video in my imagination. The videos in my memory are always specific; for example, I remember handling cattle at the veterinary chute at Producer’s Feedlot or McElhaney Cattle Company. I remember exactly how the animals behaved in that specific situation and how the chutes and other equipment were built. The exact construction of steel fenceposts and pipe rails in each case is also part of my visual memory. I can run these images over and over and study them to solve design problems.
If I let my mind wander, the video jumps in a kind of free association from fence construction to a particular welding shop where I’ve seen posts being cut and Old John, the welder, making gates. If I continue thinking about Old John welding a gate, the video image changes to a series of short scenes of building gates on several projects I’ve worked on. Each video memory triggers another in this associative fashion, and my daydreams may wander far from the design problem. The next image may be of having a good time listening to John and the construction crew tell war stories, such as the time the backhoe dug into a nest of rattlesnakes and the machine was abandoned for two weeks because everybody was afraid to go near it.
This process of association is a good example of how my mind can wander off the subject. People with more severe autism have difficulty stopping endless associations. I am able to stop them and get my mind back on track. When I find my mind wandering too far away from a design problem I am trying to solve, I just tell myself to get back to the problem. Interviews with autistic adults who have good speech and are able to articulate their thought processes indicate that most of them also think in visual images. More severely impaired people, who can speak but are unable to explain how they think, have highly associational thought patterns. Charles Hart, the author of Without Reason, a book about his autistic son and brother, sums up his son’s thinking in one sentence: “Ted’s thought processes aren’t logical, they’re associational.” This explains Ted’s statement “I’m not afraid of planes. That’s why they fly so high.” In his mind, planes fly high because he is not afraid of them; he combines two pieces of information, that planes fly high and that he is not afraid of heights.
Another indicator of visual thinking as the primary method of processing information is the remarkable ability many autistic people exhibit in solving jigsaw puzzles, finding their way around a city, or memorizing enormous amounts of information at a glance. My own thought patterns are similar to those described by A. R. Luria in The Mind of a Mnemonist. This book describes a man who worked as a newspaper reporter and could perform amazing feats of memory. Like me, the mnemonist had a visual image for everything he had heard or read. Luria writes, “For when he heard or read a word, it was at once converted into a visual image corresponding with the object the word signified for him.” The great inventor Nikola Tesla was also a visual thinker. When he designed electric turbines for power generation, he built each turbine in his head. He operated it in his imagination and corrected faults. He said it did not matter whether the turbine was tested in his thoughts or in his shop; the results would be the same.
Early in my career I got into fights with other engineers at meat-packing plants. I couldn’t imagine that they could be so stupid as not to see the mistakes on the drawing before the equipment was installed. Now I realize it was not stupidity but a lack of visualization skills. They literally could not see. I was fired from one company that manufactured meat-packing plant equipment because I fought with the engineers over a design which eventually caused the collapse of an overhead track that moved 1,200-pound beef carcasses from end of conveyor. As each carcass came off the conveyor, it dropped about three feet before it was abruptly halted by a chain attached to a trolley on overhead track. The first time the machine was run, the track was pulled out of the ceiling. The employees fixed it bolting it securely and installing additional brackets. This solved problem temporarily, because the force of the carcasses jerking the chains was so great. Strengthening the overhead track was treating a symptom of the problem rather than its cause. I tried to warn them. It was like bending a paper clip back and forth too many times. After a while it breaks.
The line between autism and genius is a well known factor in history. As many great and accomplished achievers in the fields of life ranging from the academics in education, creative personalities and maestro musicians among others have level of autism. An important factor is to identify the specific talents, interests, abilities and needs of a child. As Temple demonstrates her ingenuity plus a good support network of family, teachers an aunt with a farm among many made it possible to achieve her best interests. So a verbal word oriented society designed to function mostly on verbal ability to read and write exams is justice being done to autistic children. School system is based on use of words in a preferred language so what mechanism is in place ensures nonverbal visual measurement of talent and skills. Is it fair to insist one size fits all education compares autistic children in the classroom to gifted or a usual average child.
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Many autistic people will experience meltdowns. The public ofinds it hard to tell the difference between an autism meltdown and temper tantrums, but they are different things. You can help by understanding autism, the person and what to do if you see someone having a meltdown. If your family member or the person you support has meltdowns, find out how to anticipate them, identify causes, and minimise their frequency.
What is a meltdown?
A meltdown is ‘an intense response to overwhelming situations’. It happens when someone becomes completely overwhelmed by their current situation and temporarily loses behavioural control. This loss of control can be expressed verbally (eg shouting, screaming, crying), physically(eg kicking, lashing out, biting) or in both ways.
Autism meltdowns are not the same as temper tantrums
A meltdown is not the same as a temper tantrum. It is not bad of naughty behaviour and should not be considered as such. When a person is completely overwhelmed, and their condition means it is difficult to express that in appropriate way, it is understandable that the result is a meltdown.
Meltdowns are not the only way a person with autism may express feeling overwhelmed. Other behaviours that may appear are less explosive but are equally common, such as refusing to interact, withdrawing from situations they find challenging, or avoiding them altogether.
What to do
If someone is having a meltdown, or not responding to you, don’t judge them. It can make a world of difference to someone with autism and their carers.
Give them some time – it can take a while to recover from an information or sensory overload.
Calmly ask them (or their parent or friend) if they’re OK, but bear in mind they’ll need more time to respond than you might expect.
Make space – try to create a quiet, safe space as best you can. Ask people to move along and not to stare, turn off loud music and turn down bright lights – whatever you can think of to reduce the information overload, try it.
Anticipating a meltdown
Many autistic people will show signs of distress before having a meltdown, which is sometimes referred to as the “rumble stage”. They may start to exhibit signs of anxiety such as pacing, seek reassurance through repetitive questioning or physical signs such as rocking or becoming very still. At this stage, there may still be a chance to prevent a meltdown. Strategies to consider include distraction, diversion, helping the person use calming strategies such as fiddle toys or listening to music, removing any potential triggers, and staying calm yourself.
Identifying the causes
A meltdown is a reaction to an overwhelming experience. If your family member or the person you support has meltdowns, identify what is overwhelming for them. Complete a diary over a period of time. Record what happened before, during and after each meltdown. Patterns may emerge. You may find that meltdowns occur at particular times, in particular places, or when something particular has happened.
Many autistic people have sensory differences. They may be over-sensitive to some senses, under-sensitive to others and often a combination of both.
For example, for someone who is over-sensitive to touch and sound, people brushing past them and a loud announcement at a train station could cause pain and sensory overload, leading to a meltdown. In this situation, it could be helpful to listen to calming music on headphones to block out loud noises and wait until everyone has got off train before approaching platform to avoid crowds of people. Other situations to consider include creating low arousal environment (eg remove bright lights, soundproof walls) or using sensory equipment (eg glasses with dark or coloured lenses, ear defenders, a weighted blanket).
Change in routine
Consistent, predictable routines and structure are very important for autistic people and a change to routine can be very distressing. For example, the panic caused by needing to drive a different route to school due to roadworks could trigger a meltdown. In this example, a clear visual support explaining change, reassurance that the rest of the routine remains the same and adding extra support such calming/ comforting activity to do in the car could help. For an unexpected change, there can be a particular plan in place, such as the use of a picture symbol to explain the change, reinforcement of the rest of the day being the same (if that’s the case), a chance to express any frustration appropriately (such as hitting a pillow, ripping paper) followed by an activity that is known to calm the person such as taking deep breaths, listening to calming music, going for a walk, or squeezing a stress ball. It may help to increase structure around ordinary transitions, helping the person to navigate the change from one activity to another throughout the day. Using a clear timetable explaining when the transitions will be, using timers to countdown to transitions, using a favourite toy or character to be part of the transition, can all help.
With unwritten rules and unpredictable nature, the world can be an extremely challenging environment for autistic people and many experience anxiety. If a person does not have tools to calm down when anxious, they may have a meltdown. Develop strategies to manage anxiety, such as introducing our Brain in Hand app. Have a plan beforehand of what to do if the person feels anxious, such as a calming play list to listen to at the shops or a stress ball in their pocket. Build relaxation time into the routine. The person will generally feel calmer and better able to cope when something that could trigger a meltdown, occurs. What it means varies from person to person, and may consist of quiet activities, eg taking a walk, listening to music, and reading, doing puzzles, using fiddle toys, or more strenuous activities, eg jumping on a trampoline, going to the gym, playing a computer game. In the case of strenuous activities, observe if the activity really does calm the person down. If it doesn’t, but is just an activity they really enjoy, still build in time for that activity but try to find an activity that genuinely calms them and make time to use it well.
Autistic people can find it difficult to express their wants and needs, from a non-verbal child struggling to express need for a drink to a teenager finding it hard to express their emotions. This can result in overwhelming feelings, such as anger and frustration, leading to a meltdown. Support the person to find ways to understand and express their emotions appropriately before they get overwhelmed, and find ways to make your own communication more easily understandable. Verbal communication is challenging for autistic people due to potential misunderstanding of the body language, tone of voice, irony, sarcasm.
The Autism Helpline provides impartial, confidential information, advice and support for autistic people and their families.
Miracle Cure for autism
Nutritionist Susan Levin (center), with children Ben and Alina, claims that Ben’s autistic condition was improved by the yeast-free Body Ecology Diet. So when a doctor told Susan Levin her 4-year-old son, Ben, was autistic, she was shocked. In October 2007, and autism wasn’t mentioned in media nearly as much as it is today. “I remember thinking, ‘Oh my God. What are we going to do?’ ” Levin recalls. “Everyone knew autism was a lifelong disorder and couldn’t be cured.” Except that in Ben’s case, it could be. And it was. The family’s journey the many treatments tried and dismissed, from biomedical interventions to speech therapy to occupational therapy and more is detailed in her new memoir, “Unlocked: A Family Emerging From the Shadows of Autism.”
Levin doesn’t call this particular cure a silver bullet for autism: There is no silver bullet, no one-size-fits-all approach. Rather, she credits his transformation to a number of things, including a home based and child centered social-relational program called the Son-Rise Program.
But one of the biggest factors was what was on his plate. “Hippocrates was right when he advised, ‘Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,’ ” she says. Levin is part of a growing group of people who are paying more attention to diet, organic, gluten- and casein-free among them, as a way to treat the symptoms of autism and other disorders. So strongly does she believe in the healing possibilities of food that she’s now a family wellness coach working exclusively with families of autistic children. While the scientific verdict is still out on diet as a cure, statistics point to a definite link between gastrointestinal issues and autism. A 2012 study published by the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology found a direct link between GI issues and behavior. 70 percent of children with autism have gastrointestinal issues during childhood or adolescence, food sensitivity, diarrhoea and constipation can cause extreme discomfort, leading to irritability, and erratic or withdrawn behaviour. But not everyone convinced.
“Over the years I’ve been privy to a million parents, a million cures,” says Andrew Baumann, president and CEO of New York Families for Autistic Children. “Parents are willing to try just about anything.” And while he concedes that diet can have a very positive effect, he just doesn’t see it as a cure for autism: “You can’t cure something [when] you don’t know what the cause is.”
Parents are willing to try just about anything. You can’t cure something [when] you don’t know what the cause is.
– Andrew Baumann, president and CEO of<br /> New York Families for Autistic Children
Kathleen DiChiara begs to differ. The former Fortune 500 executive was diagnosed with sudden onset neuropathy, which left her unable to walk. When the doctors told her there was little to be done, she went back to school to study. She’s now a nutrition educator, chef and speaker who credits an all-organic diet for healing not only herself, but her 11- year-old son, Steven, who’d been diagnosed as autistic but is no longer considered to be.
Why are people resistant to the idea of food’s effect on illness?
“It’s socially inconvenient,” DiChiara says. “They’re already struggling, and the idea of removing things from the diet is so daunting. But it’s the difference between the children who get well and the ones who don’t.”
Maria Rickert Hong, author of “Almost Autism: Recovering Children From Sensory Processing Disorder,” credits a gluten-free, dairy-free diet with the recovery of her two children from sensory-processing disorder.
“In a child with neurodevelopment disorders, the brain is inflamed, and the gut and the brain are connected,” Hong says. “Most of these kids have gut dysbiosis — an imbalance of good versus bad bacteria, like having too many weeds in your garden. When you have that, the body’s immune system is off.”
Levin and her family initially started Ben on a gluten-free and casein-free diet, later eliminating soy, corn, potatoes and rice. But as soon as one offending food was removed, she says, a reaction to another popped up.
Then they tried the Body Ecology Diet, an anti-yeast diet high in grain-like seeds such as amaranth, quinoa, millet and buckwheat. Almost overnight, Ben calmed down and started making eye contact.
Now 12, Ben is studying for his bar mitzvah. Eight years after that chilling diagnosis, he’s become more empathetic, frequently saying “I love you” to his mother, his father and sister.
Levin says his newfound compassion is nothing short of a miracle.
“It doesn’t matter what people say,” says Levin. “I have my kid back.”
Starting a family can be tricky business so you need to know when the time is right and if your partner is ready, and whether you can cope. Not all families are planned but more often than not, parents have given some thought to it. The best age to become a mother or dad is often a decision many have to make at some point in their lives. Now a new research by scientists point to ideal age 35 years. Thanks to science and media, according to Mirror Newspaper, signs, pressure and constant discourse about fertility seem to point to “sooner rather than later time as previously thought. A new research discovered the benefits of motherhood contrary the conventional wisdom. This new study conducted at the University of Southern California found out having a baby after age 35 improves mental abilities of the mother. Serena Williams played tennis during pregnancy and won with baby Alexis Jr. A sound preparation towards family life helps both parents to nurture the child better. The Guinness Book of Records the new mothers existing beyond age 60 as the geriatric mothers. Evidence of having baby after 35 years can increase life expectancy as research shows. This research of 830 postmenopausal women did several tests performed as part of research revealing participants tested on planning, visual perception, verbal memory, concentration and attention performed better. Women who had a first baby after 24 performed better on the mental acuity tests, problem solving, and verbal skills compared to mothers between the ages of 15 and 24. Mothers who had last baby after 35 had the better verbal memory and cognition results. Their increased mental clarity is thought to be related to oestrogen surge and progesterone in pregnancy. And the hormones are believed to improve their brain chemistry and functions if their pregnancy occurred later. Whether or not this informs a woman’s decision to have a child is up to them and should always consult your doctor about any worries but it’s still refreshing to hear having a baby at age 35 or onwards is not all bad news. So there is hope for many single women worried about their body clock. Since frontal cortex brain does not form before age 25 on average it makes sense to grow up first before trying to have a child. Often the world is full of children having children and struggling with shock and reality of caring for children and the pressures of motherhood in general. A 35 year old matured and experienced woman can perhaps handle pressures of sleepless nights better than 15 year old. Research confirms need to grow up first before taking on a responsibility requiring life commitment of financial burdens of taking care of children. Support is also necessary whether one has the children earlier or later in life. Most men really do not fully mature until about 45 years so worth noting that impacts their life. A family life requires hardwork, quality time and lifelong commitment so a child is for life no matter the age of parents.
Today’s world of young people obsessed with using smartphones are affected as teenagers have no Frontal Cortex Brain. This generation who spent their entire childhood and adolescence with USD of computers or smartphones feel effects, including negative impacts on mental health, says author Jean Twenge. Both children and parents can cut down on endless addictive use of computers ny ceasing the plug for starters, allowing supervised use within specified times including the smartphones and TV. A whole generation defines their identity by social media damaging family life, communication or socializing life skills. Many look Dow 24/7 without any breaks so affecting their sleep and mind throughout the day into the early hours of the morning. Many sleep less than 6 hours and function on clouded fogged heads we without clarity of thought or spatial awareness to adapt in dynamic here and the now moments of life. This ‘victims of technology’ success cannot blame their additive cybercondriac’s inadvertent lifestyle creation as addicts on computer gadgets, phones constantly monitored due to obsessive fear of their missing messages. And so people are too busy online in fear of missing messages that some put their lives at risk. Many lost lives not paying attention on the roads or when crossing traffic lights so endangered themselves and motorists. Now extreme measures are taken to endure safety on pavement light guides for ‘smartphone zombies.’
Pavement lights have been installed at a pedestrian crossing in a Netherlands town to help smartphone users cross the road safely. The light strips designed to catch the eye of people looking down at their device changes colour to match traffic signals. The lure of games and social media has come “at the expense of attention to traffic”, said councillor Kees Oskam. Dutch road safety group VVN said idea “rewards bad behaviour.” It is not a good idea to help such mobile phone users look at their phones,” said Jose de Jong of VVN, the Dutch Traffic Safety Association. We do not want such people to use phones when dealing with traffic, even when walking around. The people must always look around them, to check if cars are actually stopping at the red signals.” The lights have been installed on a trial basis at one crossing, close to 3 schools in Bodegraven. The company that developed the technology says it hopes to offer the strips to other towns in the future. Similar pavement lights are being tested in German city of Augsburg to help so-called “smartphone zombies” navigate level crossings.
Honolulu in Hawaii has become the first city in the world to ban people from looking at their phones or other digital devices while crossing the roads. The law, passed in July in an attempt to reduce injuries and deaths that occur while people are distracted, came into force on Wednesday. First offenders will face fines of up to $15-$35 (£11-£26) while repeat offenders face fines of up to $99. Urgent calls to the emergency services are exempt from the ban.
Not playing outdoor sports or engaging in any physical activities unless gadget oriented therefore impacts their health and emotional well-being. This curious evolution in technology affects lifestyle connections, collaborating, awareness, appreciation of natural environment. Is replaced by downward spiral of looking down without switching off smartphone to look up at natural beautiful world. So overwhelms human mind by too much information cluttering though process. It causes unnecessary anxiety and panic attacks seen in some people. Teenagers with diets lacking in fatty acids become anxious adults. Omega-3 deficiency is widely recognised as a major risk factor associated with such neuropsychiatric conditions as depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Existing research has consistently shown the importance of good omega-3 status during critical development periods of perinatal and adolescent life stages. According to new research imbalances in adolescence may have long term implications for emotional well-being and cognitive functions said co- lead author of study concluding: “Omega-3 PUFAs dietary deficiency during adolescence and in childhood found strong increases in anxiety and anhedonia which lead to decreases in specific cognitive functions in adulthood.” Adolescence is important time in development. The structure and function of brain changes most during adolescence, meaning it is important for individuals this age to maintain healthy diet. However it tends to be time when exact opposite happens. Independence means they start making their own food choices and as a result skip nutritious options in favour of easily accessible convenience foods typically lacking in nutrients, omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. Diet is critical as fact omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids cannot be produced by the human body and must be obtained through food. The study involved latest research conducted by a multi-institutional French research team with result published in Journal of Neuroscience. This subject requires teens cut down sugar intake and junk food so human’s genetic make-up impact of nutrients must be taught more in schools to help educate pupils and parents from the early years. It must be a general study course for knowledge and awareness throughout life. The damage caused by lack of these nutrients is irreparable so must be taken seriously. A balanced diet meal is essential especially in the early years and adolescence at which point diet requirements need omega-3 fatty acids most. Glamorous poor diet during adolescence reduces levels of nutrient in prefrontal cortex region important in regulating emotions risks, consequences nucleus accumbens primarily involved in addiction. It explains why addictive behaviour is most prevalent in teenage years. The low-quality diet weakens connections between neurons in these regions, impairing brain development and resulting in observed emotional and cognitive changes. Research result supports earlier research of long-term consequences of the poor nutrition in adolescence and importance of making sure food choices contains the nutrients essential for brain health. Breakfast is key for parents to ensure kids are well nourished in the morning and given vitamins to supplement foods eaten. To eat more fresh greens and vegetables everyday enhances brain performance.
How to cope with anxiety
Dr Rachel Andrew offers her advice for teens struggling with anxiety:
Seek appropriate help if you feel you need it
Remind yourself that it only forms a part of your strengths, talents and abilities
Try and practise mindfulness to stay in the moment, as your anxiety will drive you to constantly think of the future and worst case scenarios
Try to stay focused on the present and more manageable situations
Take a break on social media or at least have moments in the day where you switch alerts off
Cyberchondria” is fuelling the epidemic health anxiety of people as 1/5 NHS appointments is hypochondriacs and those with irrational fears, experts have warned. Researchers from Imperial College London said internet searching and use of fitness trackers is heaping pressures on busy hospital clinics. The Health anxiety is estimated to cost NHS more than £420 million each year in outpatient appointments alone, with millions more spent on needless tests and scans, they warned. Instead, such cases should be offered a course of counselling, psychiatrists said, following a five-year study of patients treated in five English hospitals. Researchers said the internet was feeding a “silent epidemic” of health anxiety, where harmless ailments could be mistaken for terrifying diagnoses. And they said the growth of fitness trackers was likely to increase levels of hypochondria, heaping pressures on cardiac clinics and neurology units.
Dr Helen Tyrer, a senior clinical research fellow at Imperial College London, said the anxiety was often triggered by an event, such as the patient suffering a health scare, somebody in their family getting ill or dying, or a celebrity their age dying or getting sick. The internet is fuelling unnecessary health scares as they are convinced they have or are developing a serious underlying disease, or that an existing medical problem is much more serious than it is,” she said. “The belief is held despite all medical evidence to the contrary.” Lead author Professor Peter Tyrer said the internet appeared to be fuelling the trend: “We suspect it is increasing in frequency because of this cyberchondria,” he said. “People now go to their GPs with a whole list of things they’ve looked up on the internet and say ‘what do you make of this?’, and the poor GP, five minutes into consultation, has 4 pages of reading to do. Although,
“Dr Google is informative it does not put things in the right proportion,” he said.
The study, funded by National Institute for Health Research tracked 444 patient with severe health anxiety at cardiology gastroenterology, neurology respiratory departments. Some had genuine health complaints, or had suffered from them in the past but all had abnormal levels of anxiety. Those given the cognitive behavioural therapy saw a significant drop in anxiety levels five years on with similar death rates to those given the standard NHS care counselling led to discovering life-threatening illnesses researchers found.
Supernaturally Jesus’ Miracle POWER from God as The Seed of the woman crushed head of serpent the snake by a fatal blow in Genesis 3:15 in Bible. Jesus defeated God’s arch- enemy serpent and death at Calvary Cross as foretold after Adam and Eve sinned God said the Seed of the woman Jesus will bruiseserpent’s head. The serpent or snake caused the deception of Adam and Eve to fall into sin in Genesis 3 to be separated from direct interaction with God. Their sin affected the perfect relationship with God so contaminated DNA of mankind. God set up redemption plan to restore mankind to God through Seed Jesus so forgives those who accept Jesus the Son of God and Messiah. The serpent snake fallen angel satan devil lucifer punished by God’s Seed Jesus for attacking God’s Children is crushed forever. Miraculously, redemption from the generational sin of Adam and Eve is through the Seed Jesus. God PROVED HIS POWER over death in Jesus to save all mankind. Again, God called Moses in Exodus 4 by turning his stick into snake to PROVE GOD I AM sent Moses to Egypt to speak to Pharaoh to let HIS people go from the slavery. Exodus 7:10-15 says Moses was accompanied by his brother Aaron so appeared before king Pharaoh who stubbornly refused to let God’s people go. God commanded Moses to go to Pharaoh and demand release of the slaves to go and worship God. When Moses and Aaron appeared before king Pharaoh Aaron’s rod transformed into a serpent snake. Then pharaoh’s sorcerers and magicians also changed their staff into snakes. Aaron’s Serpent swallowed the magician’s serpents before Pharaoh in Egypt to prove that Highest POWER belongs to God over serpent satan. The LORD God told Moses, “Pharaoh will refuse to listen so MY wonders will multiply in Egypt. So Moses and Aaron performed all these wonders yet Pharaoh hardened his heart so did not let the Israelites go out of his country. After several miracles and the death of first borns of Egyptians Hebrews gained freedom at last and left Egypt. Exodus 7:10-12 highlights again and again in Scripture in all generations how MIGHTY POWER of Living God subdues evil. Practice of snake worship some say is traditional alternative to Christianity. Culturally biased people seek true justice so put confidence in the creature in Romans 1, not Creator God Ultimate Saviour from swallowing by God’s Serpent. Despite miracles of Aaron and Moses’ snakes proving the Almighty God’s POWER swallowing sorcerer’s snakes still God hardened heart of Pharaoh. Those seeking deliverance or repent to stop following satan can face such challenges after salvation. The snake serpent stronghold defeated by God’s POWER, SUPERIOR SUPERNATURAL MIRACLE SUPERCEDING such snakes relentlessly want to attack. The good news is Jesus crushed serpent’s head so saves all who repent by a changed heart. The miracles of God’s POWER is duplicated by sorcerers and occult because the serpent was once angel of God. So the reason for what God does may not be understood but it is Best to belong to God’s SUPERIOR POWER of the Universe. God’s Perspective is above all the imitated counterfeits of the devil which cannot compare with Almighty God’s MEGA SUPERPOWER Proved over and over again in living history into infinity in Jesus, Moses among others in brass serpent story. In John 3:14-15 Jesus told Nicodemus He is Like the bronze serpent in Numbers 21:4-9 as Moses lifted up snake so those who lift up eyes to look to Jesus saved from venomous bite of devil. God sent Jesus to save all mankind from snake worship culture. Jesus said be wise like serpents among enemies in the world. The serpent is crafty so tricks, deceives people to sin against God. The devil is spirit behind tricks of people of thinking the snake has mystical powers. Though it is true magician’s had some power to change their sticks into snakes the spirit behind that power is satan the devil. So God says do not gain whole world and lose your soul to the devil. Pursuit of material assets caused some to trust satan not God. In Psalm 91 POWER is given to believers over adders, serpents, snakes, young lions, scorpions to tread and CRUSH under the feet because Jesus lives in you as Paul demonstrates here. The Christian’s POWER and Authority over snakes is seen in St. Paul’s actions in Acts 28:1-10 in Malta after shipwreck. Paul gathered sticks laid on fire when the poisonous snake driven out by heat bit him on the hand between AD 59-AD 60. They arrived ashore after shipwreck in which ship was lost but all lives saved as God told Paul. God uses such occasions to show HIS POWER over snakes in many lives. This power is not to be abused to tempt God to taunt snakes unleashed to show off. Some people died in ignorance by going out deliberately to collect snakes to invade their private space and died bitten by snakes. There is absolutely nowhere in the Bible God Commands a Christian to only focus on treading on serpents. A believer is to share Gospel daily and win souls without tempting God’s POWER. Snakes in nature are part of food chain to fight rats, mice etc. Zoos or private collections keep them in view for the public to see and study them. So ritual abuse of God’s POWER this blog is talking about. God’s MIGHTY POWER is manifested through Jesus’ Power and Victory over serpent satan. The Bible describes satan as serpent and wicked as possessed by the serpentine spirit. So God warns against snake worship of the creature. Things done by serpent spirits can be mistaken for God’s Holy Spirit if not discerning. Fear in snake worship is the foundation of binding covenants in many families keeping ritual snakes. A sense of belonging devotees experience, cause them to prefer gathering of such similar minded people in shrines often to sacrifice during annual ceremonies. Paul wrote in Romans 1:18-32 on God’s Wrath on Unrighteousness. 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness unrighteousness of men who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 They know God plainly, because God shows 20 HIS invisible attributes, HIS ETERNAL POWER and Divine Nature 20 clearly perceived since creation of the world in things made. So they are without an excuse. 21 Although know God, do not honour HIM as God or give thanks to HIM, but futile in thinking their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise became fools 23 exchanged GLORY of Almighty Immortal God for images resembling man, birds, animals and creeping things. 24 So God gave them up to lusts of their hearts to impurity to dishonor the bodies among themselves. 25 They exchanged Truth about God for a lie to worship and serve the creatures than Creator Blessed forever! Amen. So 26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonourable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those contrary to nature 27 men gave up the natural relations with women consumed with passion for each other, men committing shameless acts with men receiving in themselves God’s due penalty for error. Pharaoh and enemies of God were swallowed by God’s wrath. 28 They did not see fit to acknowledge God so God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. 29 With manners of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice, full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malicious gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 And foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Though they know God’s righteous decree those who practice such things deserve to die not only do so but approve of those who practice them. Such serpent shrines or temple prostitution use rampant fear to control shrines dominated by the leader to deceive the devotees. Wielding power over vulnerable soul-searching people looking for answers in life often drawn to cults orgies of coerced false promises. Some sex traffickers initiate victims by rituals to influence their minds. There are stories told of people losing ritual snakes and begging people not to kill them or they will die. Others practice divination occult serving snakes. Such powers are not acceptable to God as born again believers in Christ. Moses’ stick turned back into wood again now kept in Birmingham Museum in UK. It was same the stick used in the miracles including parting of red sea to Canaan.The serpent is God’s nemesis devil that destroyed humanity so why is believer worshipping God’s enemy? This article shares Christ’s Love so people will know God does not want HIS Children to be involved in snake shrines to perish. The serpent or snake, represents satan the devil and most evil all of God’s creation. Some people worship snakes literally carried inside body or kept at home as their god. The shrines have live snakes fed daily and given blood sacrifices by all those who serve shrine. Emmanuel Eni, once part of kingdom of darkness shared testimony of carrying snake in his leg. Such wealth seekers initiated in snake shrine are given token snakes to keep as point of contact for allegiance to shrine. Such people have logo symbols of snakes as a sign of potent power to try to put fear in them. Jesus, the Head of all principalities and powers has the Highest POWER people search for. God PROVES HIS POWER to Moses in Exodus by turning his stick into snake to PROVE HE IS I AM to convince Moses to go back into Egypt to speak to Pharaoh to let HIS people go from slavery.
Saviour Messiah Yeshua is second Adam Seed born of the woman Mary Who will save mankind. Just as in Exodus 7:10-15 God Commanded Moses to see Pharaoh with Aaron to demand Hebrew freedom so Jesus delivers from bondage to snake. God sends His Words to people to be set free from captivity and slavery of sin of snake worship. God is calling on people to change their hearts and minds to gain understanding and wisdom to be saved in Jesus Name before it is too late. Jesus defeated serpent so cast the great dragon out, that old serpent, called the devil, and satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth and his angels were cast out with him in Revelations 12:9. So Jesus will cast them into hellfire eternally. All POWER and AUTHORITY is given to Jesus to cast out devil and demon from people. Jesus cast 1000 demons out from Gadarene demoniac. All who truly repent and seek God will receive salvation, deliverance and healing from serpents and snakes destroyed to set free from ritual bondage. There is no need to gain the whole world and lose the soul. The material things obtained by those sacrifices are accompanied by so many unforeseen tragedies. The BLOOD of Jesus cleanses from all sin so those who accept Christ Jesus genuinely are set free in Jesus Name. Many people are serving the living God today who were once under such bondanges. Whom the Son Jesus sets free is free indeed thanks and Glory be to God Almighty.