FeaturedLGBTQ “MONKEYPOX HYSTERIA” FACTS

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus belongs to the Orthopoxvirus genus in the family Poxviridae. The Orthopoxvirus genus also includes variola virus (which causes smallpox), vaccinia virus (used in the smallpox vaccine), and cowpox virus. Monkeypox is not related to chickenpox.

U.S. monkeypox cases have been very rare. Monkeypox does not occur naturally in the United States, but cases have happened that were associated with international travel or importing animals from areas where the disease is more common. 

Historical research shows Monkeypox was first discovered in 1958 when two outbreaks of a pox-like disease occurred in colonies of monkeys kept for research. Despite being named “monkeypox”, the source of the disease remains unknown. However, African rodents and non-human primates (like monkeys) may harbor the virus and infect people. 

The first human case of monkeypox was recorded in 1970.Since then, monkeypox has been reported in people in several other central and western African countries.

In 2003 records show the United States had the worst cases in numbers of monkeypox human infections (I’ll get to this history section as I continue forward). 

However currently a lot of dialogue in the United States in recent days is based on theories, research in small fractions of humans; monitoring human cases in the United States. The CDC has become subjective to LGBTQ community.

In recent days the CDC has passed down dialogue to individual States. Theories in smallpox have become opinionated to stir Mass Hysteria in media attention in the United State; preying once again on the LGBTQ Community. The CDC pulls data from other sources including the “WHO”. Let’s not forget ‘WHO’ funding from global sources including the United States. Let’s not forget to this day even the Plague exists in the United States. Mass Hysteria through media interaction is more contagious than monkeypox because oftentimes people fear what they do not understand. It has been mentioned in scientific data research that Monkeypox is far less contagious than Covid-19.

In 2003 Outbreak was discovered from Imported Mammals. Forty-seven confirmed and probable cases of monkeypox were reported from six states—Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. All people infected with monkeypox in this outbreak became ill after having contact with pet prairie dogs. The pets were infected after being housed near imported small mammals from Ghana. This was the first time that human monkeypox was reported outside of Africa.

What caused the 2003 U.S. outbreak?

Investigators determined that a shipment of animals from Ghana, imported to Texas in April 2003, introduced monkeypox virus into the United States. The shipment contained approximately 800 small mammals representing nine different species, including six types of rodents. These rodents included rope squirrels, tree squirrels, African giant pouched rats, brush-tailed porcupines, dormice, and striped mice. CDC laboratory testing showed that two African giant pouched rats, nine dormice, and three rope squirrels were infected with monkeypox virus. After importation into the United States, some of the infected animals were housed near prairie dogs at the facilities of an Illinois animal vendor. These prairie dogs were sold as pets before they developed signs of infection.

All people infected with monkeypox became ill after having contact with infected pet prairie dogs. A study conducted after the outbreak suggested that certain activities associated with animals were more likely to lead to monkeypox infection. These activities included touching a sick animal or receiving a bite or scratch that broke the skin. Another important factor was cleaning the cage or touching the bedding of a sick animal. No instances of monkeypox infection were attributed exclusively to person-to-person contact

Are members of the LGBTQ community more likely to contract monkeypox?

United Nations Seeks to inform Americans about falsely associating those within the LGTBQ community with the monkey virus. Stated clearly that Monkeypox is not a sexually transmitted disease but rather another form of smallpox. Quoted in research in close similar circumstances, monkeypox, smallpox, chickenpox and measles are not sexual transmitted diseases. 

As one mentioned in science was to use scabies as an example. Just as it takes close contact to get scabies, it is based on the amount of time spent in a person’s domicile, home, intimacy and to rub faces with other humans to become reactive.

Some recent context passed through and delived by WHO and CDC; monkeypox cases have been identified in homosexual and bisexual men, public health experts are concerned about discriminatory language that falsely associates those within the LGTBQ community with the virus while the cause of the outbreak has yet to be determined.

United Nations health officials expressed concern over the homophobic and racist stereotypes being promoted by media outlets reporting on the virus and reiterated that anyone can become infected.

Monkeypox is not a sexually transmitted disease, but it can spread through intimate contact during sex when someone has an active rash, the CDC explained.

“Stigma and blame undermine trust and capacity to respond effectively during outbreaks like this one,” UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director Matthew Kavanagh said in a press release. “Experience shows that stigmatizing rhetoric can quickly disable evidence-based response by stoking cycles of fear, driving people away from health services, impeding efforts to identify cases, and encouraging ineffective, punitive measures.”

How was the 2003 outbreak contained?

CDC and the public health departments in the affected states, together with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, and other agencies, participated in a variety of activities that prevented further spread of monkeypox. This included extensive laboratory testing; deployment of smallpox vaccine and treatments; development of guidance for patients, healthcare providers, veterinarians, and other animal handlers; tracking potentially infected animals; and investigation into possible human cases. Partners in the response issued an immediate embargo and prohibition on the importation, interstate transportation, sale, and release into the environment of certain species of rodents including prairie dogs. FDA later rescinded the part of the order that restricted the capture, sale, and interstate movement of prairie dogs or domestically-bred African rodents. However African rodents are still restricted in the United States.

Spirituality; Power of Persuasion

FeaturedSpirituality; Power of Persuasion

“Spirituality; Power of Persuasion”

Aristotle Wrote:
“All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion and desire”

Spirituality as we know comes in many forms through core values, exposure, personalization, ethnic, culture, religion, beliefs, etc.

Spirituality is within a person’s inner source, intuitive thoughts and how one might perceive things in life.

Elements within a person’s core values may reflect traditional methods through integration and/or congregation within one’s own habitat. One may choose to surround themselves in a manner of how one perceives life’s spiritual values.

Where the wheel spins within ones thoughts and human behavior, actions form in regards as to how a person responds to circumstances in life; at times bring more spirituality into life in such divine ways.

Cause & Effect:

Circumstances within cause and effect may compellingly choose to respond with or without engaging in some form of action. Cause and effect may acknowledge its existence in an underlining source subconsciously.

Through subconscious awareness one may link in some sort of inner source; connective thoughts lay down a foundation of complexity placed within itself. Sometimes collective thoughts may form visions about life. One where most people are better in the abstract; a mindset how one wishes things to be.

However disarray may at times mimic a cluster of personal distress and how one function in everyday life. At times during emotional distress one might feel as life has become an avalanche.

One where everyday stress may build-and-build until it all unfolds; pours out in a colossal mess…

Finding Balance:

Cause and effect through turbulent emotions may at times linger or fester and lead to explosive reactions when things to become bothersome.

Someone once said “it comes in a can.” This implies at times one can become stuck reminiscing, ruminating and over-thinking situations by setting the stage and making things appears worse than they really are. This at times this may create problems that were never there to begin with. Almost as if one were to mix magnesium sulfate with soda to calm a storm.

However, staying in the present moment and not allowing things to unfold in the heat of moment can lead to more positive outcomes. But also learning to stay mindful with reminders to not let things become bothersome and spiral downward by placing defensive reactions out of an alarming emotional response. Reminders to not to over-think; explaining the same thing 5 different ways.

Finding balance in life will be the most beneficial element to achieving respite within. Most of us will spend a lifetime searching for this. Life doesn’t come with instructions and neither does balancing our everyday lives. But through our own trial and error we can adopt readiness guided by willingness to make personal change.

Conditioned to Crisis:

A crisis can condition a person to stray far from stabilization in any manner within cause and effect, creating an avalanche effect that may continue to build regardless.

Many individuals at one time or another have come across circumstances in their lives that sent them on a mission in an overwhelming emotional state. This doesn’t necessarily change or modify another person’s elevated emotional state of mind, but rather dysfunction may occur.

One may at times mimic or draw conclusions to reflect on their own emotional response, conditioned through a belief system right down to personal and core values.

One may find within their own personal habitat that their own state of mind may react spontaneously to a crisis mode (often referred to as a rescue mode).

Perhaps worrisome thoughts have captured an emotional response and created a downward spiral of emotions flooding in a state of panic towards one’s spouse, family member or a loved one. In a state of panic (rescue mode) to rid unwanted emotions or problem solve we sometimes become compelled in stressful situations to place ourselves in the driver’s seat of a vehicle, only to find that one is in overdrive with their foot floored to the gas pedal based in a state of fear to React! Respond! Do Something!

The Impact Effect:

Many individuals at one time or another have come across circumstances in their lives that sent them on a mission prompted by emotional state of reaction to current events.

At times current events may have unfolded in our community or around the world, leaving a reaction of overwhelming emotional response prompted by chain of events. The cause and effect reactions to how one may feel about presumable actions or a crisis in current events that may prompt a reaction within one’s own emotional state of being.

Unfortunately prompted in a crisis mode in current events we may at times unintentionally create more havoc.

 Spirituality in the Making:

Perhaps a loved one has been ill with a serious medical condition and you find yourself facing fears head on. Maybe it’s a friend having a difficult time managing his/hers mental health distress or perhaps it is someone close to you fighting a drug/alcohol addiction and you feel absolutely powerless to do anything.

In any state of being it can be difficult to carry someone close to one’s heart who inflicts emotional harm onto themselves or others, leaving one to be unable to receive a healthier connection.

In some cases where one’s spiritual beliefs may be in distress and broken down. It can be difficult for a loved one to comprehend the impact of cause and effect. To learn to set aside differences because each person is unique to their own core values when it comes to spirituality.

At times it is necessary to place one’s own spiritual beliefs aside; to be checked in and left at the front door. Individuality creates each person to uniquely define their own core values; their own belief system.

At times ones spiritual beliefs may lead one to believe notions through spiritual entity to be the only path in such divine ways. Ultimately by engaging in a sense of notions disagreeable to another may prompt one to create actions that may do more harm than good.

Validation:
Most often relationships become much more wholesome when a person can relate on a more personal level without judgments and lack thereof the use of words that may hinder a person’s ability to feel validation.

Validation is crucial part of communication when it comes to a healthier connection, whereas one being empathetic in comparison isn’t because it may become misguided words.

Things in life aren’t intended to be all-or-nothing; black-or-white. There are many shades of gray to lay down a healthy foundation in one’s life.

Spirituality Right Down to the Core:

If I were to use addiction as an example with someone struggling to find reasons to believe things will get better. Most often a person’s addiction can spiral into a path of destruction, leaving one’s self-worth, personal core values to plummet downward.

One’s spirituality may have already been hindered collectively through emotional duress without the ability to reason and/or see things differently.

For some spirituality may falter so far that even an avalanche couldn’t persuade one to find shelter.

Quote:

“It is often said when it comes to addictions, mental illness, health conditions one may strive at a bare minimal in times of struggles. One’s ability to maintain a faction of hope strays far, just enough to keep a person on solid ground and living moment-by-moment in any given circumstances where there are shadows of doubts…”

Marsha Beede

The Eagle Soars; Covid No More

Inferno named Covid, a mighty beast has forsaken many lives. Countless lives have vanished; emotionally shed tears of sorrow, tears of raging thunder that have soared beyond reach.The beast mutates constantly spreading sheer hell on earth. He’ll sneak up on us when least expected, wreak havoc in unforeseen ways. 

I flashed back on tides when we weathered a Covid Storm that hit close to home. I walked through wooded terrains. I framed an Eagle as it stood silent above on a Willow tree. Our eyes met and somehow I sensed he too weathered a storm with a broken heart. He followed me with his eyes while I embarked on a new foundation, leveling the ground beneath me. I walked picking up branches one by one. I carried them until I reached the fire pit where I sat with my mother and threw those branches into the inferno.

She too noticed the Eagle, sensed his presence while he soared high circling back and forth only to rest on a fallen tree. I turned my head and laid my eyes upon him. The Eagle stood strong on a branch 2 feet from my mother. She rested on a chair 20 feet away from the fire pit drinking her tea; a daily reminder of what was left behind. Not too long ago the beast relentlessly fought to take away what wasn’t his to own; trying to suffocate her till her life was no longer her own.

I sat next to my mother and said “we conquered the inferno, we weathered the storm and we fought the mighty beast. Your life was not his to own; Covid, the mighty beast didn’t win this fight. The inferno you felt was your strength fighting for what was yours. Covid left his mark with a trach of your own. But we won’t let him win this fight because this trach he left you doesn’t define you, outshine you, nor is it beneath you. You are the Eagle that follows me, walks with me, leads with me onto new journeys; we’ll call it our own and leave the madness behind.”

However Covid hasn’t conquered all, but rather we the people can and will make him weaker. One day we’ll level this beast, place him beneath the ground we walk upon. We’ll flourish and soar higher than this beast. Someday we’ll break his spell and send him straight back to hell.