Human Trafficking and The Grooming Process


Discussing the grooming process of human trafficking is an uncomfortable issue. Many will turn away from this conversation. Some may even scoff at the thought that the trafficked individual is a victim. "How could they not see through these lies? It's so obvious!" Traffickers are experts at manipulation. Recruiting victims isn't through violence. Understanding how this process will not only educate you further on the complex issue that is human trafficking, but will teach you how to detect traffickers.

What does the term "grooming" mean? Defined by RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), grooming involves manipulative behaviors used to gain victims. This can be done to children, teenagers, and vulnerable adults. 

The information provided below doesn't account for ALL trafficking cases, but this is how the grooming process works overall. The process provided came from research provided by Polaris Project

#1 - Target the victim: The obvious first step would be the trafficker targeting their victim. When someone has a vulnerability, whether that be low self-esteem or loneliness, this creates an invisible target on their back. Traffickers see these targets from a mile away. Sometimes, a trafficker may just be charming and friendly to a potential victim. Multiple sources (i.e. Fight The New Drug, NY Post, Deliver Fund) have shared that social media made targeting victims much easier. For example, FTND shared how a team from online safety company, Bark, pretended to be an 11-year-old girl on Instagram, only to be bombarded by numerous messages from older men asking for sex. Social media has made grooming easier.
#2 - Gain trust: After meeting their victim, a trafficker works hard to gain that person's trust. Traffickers will pretend to care about what their victim tells them. Appearing to be a good listener is common among traffickers' tactics. This causes the victim to believe their potential trafficker cares about what is happening in their life. When it comes from someone the individual knows, such as a family member or family friend, gaining that trust is simpler. 
#3 - Meet the victim's needs: Traffickers will now move to meet their victim's needs. Deliver Fund says that "Traffickers utilize the information they gathered to fill a role in the victim's life. Through gifts, love, friendship, drugs, or alcohol, traffickers force the victims into a dependent relationship." Unbeknownst to the victim, the trafficker gains a power over their victim: the power to give or take away. Traffickers will threaten their victim with taking away that thing they provided, which gives them the upper hand. Not immediately, but later on.
#4 - Isolate: Now a trafficker will make the victim feel totally dependent on the trafficker. By isolating a victim from friends or family, that person now feels completely dependent on their trafficker. Feeling as if they cannot live or survive without that trafficker. A simple way a trafficker may do this is by telling their victim they don't have anyone who cares about them "like I care about you." Once that person feels isolated, a trafficker knows their victim cannot reach out for help.
#5 - Exploitation: Exploitation is manipulating someone to do their will. It may begin as the trafficker asking their victim, "Will you have sex with my friend for money?" Overtime, the victim will become conditioned to believe that having sex for money (or performing other acts) is normal. As stated by Polaris Project, "A victim may even feel like they owe their trafficker for all they have done for them or believe their trafficker when they say that the situation is just temporary or a way for them to reach their common goals, such as getting out of the sex trade and starting a family."
#6 - Control: Polaris Project shared, "The trafficker may keep their victim in the trafficking situation by continuing to isolate them, threatening them or their loved ones if they attempt to leave, controlling them through their addiction, or even manipulating their sense of self." Control is what a trafficker's end goal is. To have their victim completely dependent on them. The process then restarts for the next victim.

Once I learned about how the grooming process works, there is no doubt in my mind (based on what I read from victims' testimonies/transcript) that Ghislaine Maxwell was a trafficker. 

How can we determine who is in a trafficking situation? As discussed in my previous article, get trained. There are free programs you can use to get properly trained in recognizing human trafficking. Both Polaris Project and On Watch have excellent courses. Not to mention it is free, so it's no risk to take it! I just started my training at Polaris Project. These conversations are uncomfortable, but we have a responsibility to help others in need. If you notice something is wrong, speak up. STOP THE DEMAND.

Check out my article for Gen Z Conservative, where I discuss the history of human trafficking!

10 Celebrities Dedicated to Fighting Human Trafficking


We all know how Hollywood, sports, and music act. Everyone appear to be involved in some form of human trafficking. Whether it be Charlie Sheen buying sex or Lebron James using child labor for his Nike products, it appears these stars do not care about human trafficking. However, there are a few who are involved in the fight against human trafficking. Here is a list of 10 celebrities dedicated to fighting human trafficking. 
  1. Tim Tebow: Tim Tebow is arguably one of my favorite celebrities. I truly respect him as a person. He has been involved in the anti-trafficking movement since 2013, when his father introduced him to the crime. Robert Tebow was on a missionary trip, where he bought 4 girls who were going to be sold. "My dad was not going to be the man who did nothing. Had he just stood there silently, who knows where these girls would have been taken and what would have been done to them," Tim shared. Since then, his Foundation has been fighting human trafficking worldwide.
  2. Ashton Kutcher: I'm willing to overlook someone's politics (for the most part) when I see how involved they are with fighting human trafficking. Ashton and Demi Moore (the co-founder of Thorn, along with Ashton) shared that they became involved in the fight against human trafficking after watching a documentary of trafficking in Cambodia. According to Thorn's website, the pair said "You learn something about the world that you can’t un-know." After learning human trafficking is equally bad in the U.S., that's when they began getting involved. Ashton once shared a heart wrenching speech, discussing a case of child exploitation and how that impacted him as a father.
  3. Terry Crews: Terry Crews is a well-respected actor in Hollywood. Since breaking his porn addiction, Crews has been involved in the fight against human trafficking, as well as against the harmful effects from pornography. He even shared in one tweet, "I pray for the many women trapped and trafficked in the life of the sex industry and see no way out. I want them to know they are not product to be used, but people to be loved."
  4. Paris Berelc: I was pleasantly surprised to hear Paris is strongly outspoken on human trafficking. She is involved with Fight The New Drug, and she shared on their "Consider Before Consuming" podcast that she is so outspoken because she knew how little people understand what human trafficking is, or how prevalent the crime is in our society. She said since she has such a large following, she uses it to inform others.
  5. Ricky Martin: Ricky Martin is a well known Spanish singer, but he's also well known in fighting human trafficking. According to Martin, he began his foundation (dedicated to helping victims of human trafficking) after witnessing and rescuing three girls who were about to be sold into prostitution during a trip to India in 2002. He places significant focus on trafficking in Puerto Rico (his home country) and the Caribbean. 
  6. Julia Ormond: She uses her voice to bring awareness to human trafficking. She was appointed UNODC Goodwill Ambassador in 2005, and used her platform to fight human trafficking. She stated, "Traveling to the countries where human trafficking occurs would take me to every country in the world." 
  7. Blake Lively: Blake Lively is an inspiration to young women around the world. She is dedicated to fighting human trafficking, especially the trafficking of children. She gave an emotional speech discussing the first time she heard about infant trafficking. She has often encouraged her audience and supporters to get involved in the fight against human trafficking.
  8. Adam LaRoche: LaRoche gave up his MLB career after volunteering with The Exodus Road undercover to expose sex trafficking rings. "I got opened to a whole new world of oppression that I didn't know existed," LaRoche stated. He also shared that as a Christian, he felt he couldn't continue his career knowing sex traffickers thrive. 
  9. Sylvester Stallone: The actor received insane backlash over his portrayal of human trafficking at the border in Rambo Last Blood. He had a "Trump-esque" view of Mexico. Hollywood prefers to use the "action" version of human trafficking. Failing to focus on the more common cases of human trafficking (i.e. through familiarity) Nonetheless, I thought Stallone portrayed human trafficking at the U.S./Mexican border perfectly. Stallone said, "Human trafficking is really, really bad and I thought, let me get in the mix of that."
  10. Marisol Nichols: Nichols, like LaRoche, works as an undercover agent to fight human trafficking rings. As a victim of child sexual assault, she wants to help law enforcement stop these evil men and women.  
Do you have to be a celebrity to fight human trafficking? Absolutely not! Change begins with you. Anyone can be involved in this fight. Seeing celebrities use their voice to bring awareness to modern day slavery is great, but understanding what human trafficking is, that makes a major difference more than you know. Use social media to share these facts with friends or family.

COVID and Human Trafficking


Covid-19 has been considered the worst epidemic in our generation. Every elected official will tell you how dangerous the virus is, and how dangerous the unvaccinated are. What you rarely hear these people discuss is how human trafficking was impacted by Covid-19. This is an already well-hidden crime, but now that you add individuals were forced to stay home without work, without any way to provide for themselves, what do you think will happen? This raises the question: Was human trafficking impacted by Covid-19? In short, yes. How was modern day slavery impacted by the pandemic? Here's how:

Vulnerability of the unknown

Traffickers knew how to adapt to these unprecedented times. Understanding the benefits from the loss of income by being forced to "stay home, save lives" combined with fear of the unknown, traffickers sprung at the potential income they would receive. Many people became vulnerable. With no way to pay bills or feed their family, how would they survive? Nobody knew. This placed millions of Americans (as well as others worldwide) in danger of human trafficking, due to this sudden vulnerability. This fear was manipulated by human traffickers, who promised many victims money and safety. The U.S. State Department shared in their 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report that the pandemic "increased the number of people at risk of human trafficking."

More time online

What did the majority of us do while on lockdown? Use social media more or browse the Internet more often. Students who moved online, from kindergarten to college, were in contact with traffickers. The Internet and social media has become a helpful tool for traffickers to find and groom victims. Between March and April of 2020, the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children reported that there was "an increase of 2.2 million incidents of online exploitation." NCEMC also reported that their cyber tip line had received more than 21.7 million reports of suspected child sexual exploitation. Facebook, as I have mentioned before, was responsible for 59% of child sex trafficking cases. Nobody my age uses Facebook, let alone children

Less resources available

Numerous organizations dedicated to fighting human trafficking and rescuing victims were stopped from doing their jobs. Everyone was told to not leave the house, and businesses must shut down for a certain period of time. This included every anti-trafficking organization. These organizations could not complete any rescues, nor could law enforcement be notified to assist. Not only this, but safe houses and places for trafficked victims to receive necessary assistance were hard to reach, since these resources were shut down. Trafficked victims were alone in dealing with their traffickers, which leads me to my final point.

Danger for those in trafficking situations

Because of the stay-at-home orders placed around the world, victims of human trafficking were forced to remain home with their trafficker. Whenever you hear of cases where a victim or victims were rescued, especially when it comes to children, it can involve them notifying someone nearby. Sometimes, an ordinary person like you or me discover that someone is a victim of human trafficking, and alert authorities. How could anyone receive help if they are forced at home? Abusers and rapists, as well as traffickers, could continue their crime undetected, while the victims were forced to stay home with them.

Porn sites profited from the pandemic

Something worth noting is how porn sites profited during the pandemic. The number of users and profit sugar dating or porn websites made is INSANE. We've established how porn sites are complicit in allowing abuse to be on their platforms. How many videos were made during the pandemic that were uploaded? How many contained victims of rape, sex trafficking, or CSE? We may never know. Nonetheless, we have to look at what is truth.

Conclusion

Discussing the effects COVID had on human trafficking shouldn't be political. The truth of the matter is that the lockdowns and the pandemic caused more damage than good, especially regarding human trafficking. I hope more people become outspoken on this. Human trafficking isn't a political issue, but a human rights issue.

How You Can Help Fight Human Trafficking


In honor of #WearBlueDay, which is also known as National Human Trafficking Awareness day, I'd like to share the different ways you can help fight human trafficking. People often believe that the only way you can make a difference in this global fight is if you are a well known actor or actress with a large following. This couldn't be further from the truth. Anyone can make a difference in this fight. How can you help fight human trafficking? Here are three ways:

1) Learn what human trafficking, and what the signs are. Because of the impact Hollywood and mainstream media has, the truth of human trafficking is blurred. Many myths are believed as truth. When people think of human trafficking, they think of a Taken situation, where a stranger kidnaps a woman in a foreign country. Or that human trafficking only occurs at the US/Mexico border. Now, these situations do happen, but for many, they think this is the only form of human trafficking. In actuality, human trafficking happens everywhere, including in your town. Also understanding what the signs of human trafficking are can have significant impact. You can get trained in learning human trafficking on websites like Polaris Project or On Watch. I recently completed my training with On Watch, and I recommend using this program. Very simple and quick to complete. You can work on it at your own pace. I finished majority of the program within an hour. I do think I'll also take Polaris Project's training program.

2) Become a conscious buyer. I've found that this confuses people. When I say "Become a conscious buyer," I mean you understand what you are buying. Many products come from forced labor. You may think that you do not contribute to human trafficking. What are popular products made from victims of forced labor? Mica, an ingredient used in majority of eye shadows, come from child labor or forced labor in India. Other products include coffee, tobacco, bricks, coal, tires, iPhones, clothing, and many more. When you are shopping for food, look for products made from ethical companies. Companies that practice organic or fair trade do not exploit workers. Now, we all have things we need. You need clothes, food, tires for your car, etc. While I recommend understanding wants versus needs, you cannot feel guilt for buying these things. All you can do is pray that the product you are buying doesn't come from forced labor. Switching gears, you can be a conscious buyer against sex trafficking. Refusing to watch pornography, an industry that profits from sex trafficking while simultaneously desensitizing viewers from understanding what is consensual versus nonconsensual, has an enormous impact on sex trafficking. Refusing to participate in watching porn cause sex traffickers to lose business.

3) Volunteer in your community. There are numerous organizations fighting human trafficking. You just have to do a quick Google search. You can also ask around at your school and in your community. Many of these local organizations don't have the resources national or global organizations have. They don't have the ability to find or reach out for volunteers. However, they do need volunteers. I decided to do some research on Google, and that was how I came across Stop The Demand Project. If you can find an anti-trafficking organization to work with, that is amazing. If you find that there isn't an organization in your community, the next best thing would be to create your own! Find some friends and family who share your vision, and invite them to join you.

Fighting to end human trafficking is not something we can solve overnight. To be honest, I don't know that we will ever truly eradicate human trafficking. As long as evil exists, human trafficking will continue to thrive. These three examples I have provided, however, is an excellent way to do your part in fighting this epidemic. Join me in fighting human trafficking.

The Porn Industry and Sex Trafficking

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If you were to ask someone if they are against sex trafficking, you will hear an emphatic "Absolutely, I am against it." Now, if you were to ask that same person if they are against the porn industry, you may not hear the same response. A 2018 Gallup poll found 43% of Americans said pornography is "morally acceptable," a 7-point climb from 2017. Here's what I'd like people to understand: you cannot say you're against sex trafficking and support pornography. Pornography normalizes these acts.

How does the porn industry normalize sex trafficking? When you watch pornography, you become desensitized to the acts you watch. Continuous exposure to these violent acts will cause your brain to become conditioned into believing these acts are normal. Your brain will not notice the performer looks terrified, is getting raped, or anything. You will just watch to get the pleasure you desire without noticing the true act happening. Think of how normalized porn has gotten. If I were to ask you right now if you could name 5 movies that had sexual content, you could answer that quickly. Our society is obsessed with sex, which fuels the need for sex trafficking. Supply and demand.

Fight The New Drug says, "You can't be anti-sex trafficking and pro-porn. One industry supports the other." This is the truth. Most people who defend pornography or porn stars state that "Not all pornography is an act of sex trafficking." First off, what does pornography do? Exploit the performer for money. It's no different from sex trafficking

When you watch a porn video or see pornographic images, you cannot discern if 1) the performer is consensually performing, and 2) if the performer is of legal age. One popular story was with the creators of the website, GirlsDoPorn, was arrested on rape and sex trafficking charges. One "performer" was told the lie she was modeling, but quickly learned these were lies, as she was kidnapped, coerced into signing a document, raped, then her videos were uploaded on numerous sites. Jane shared, "I didn’t know if they were going to kill me. Watching the video now, I can see it in my eyes. The quivering of my lips and my voice, I know exactly how I was feeling in that moment. But to anyone else who sees it, they see what they want and they think I was complicit."

Traffickers know how lax security is on these porn websites. These sites do little to ensure the content on their platform is legal. It's all about the profits. Because porn companies do not care about people, traffickers can continuously exploit their victims through these websites.

Numerous porn websites have been sued by a number of "Jane Does" who stated these companies refused to take down the videos of their rape or abuse. To claim that the porn industry is pro-woman and safe is a blatant lie. A 2019 Polaris Project report shared that pornography was the third most common form of sex trafficking, behind escort services and massage parlors. I'd be willing to bet these numbers increased during the pandemic. There's also the issue of CSAM and CSE. Both have been on these porn websites, but never taken down until authorities got involved. These websites profit from these crimes.

"Sex sells" is a common phrase we hear. It's used as a marketing technique. Well, it also means that wherever sex is sold, guess what? Trafficking will always occur. Whether it's a populated city or rural town, human trafficking exists. Understand this, and you will be able to fight human trafficking. How can we live in such a "woke" and "based" culture, but claim pornography is acceptable or pro-woman. Just like drugs or alcohol, you can be addicted to porn. After all I have shared, do you really believe that pornography doesn't profit, normalize, or drive sex trafficking?

Children as young as 13 are getting exposed to hardcore pornography. This includes BDSM, rape, or sexual abuse. What happened to Billie Eilish is growing. We cannot allow our boys to think that beating a woman is acceptable. We cannot allow our girls to think being treated with abuse or pleasing a man sexually is acceptable. We cannot stay silent on this.

This article is not to say that everyone who watches porn is a rapist or sex trafficker; nor is this to say that anyone guilty of sex trafficking are innocent just because they watched porn. But if we are to fight human trafficking, we have to also hold the industries that make these crimes go viral, like pornography. Porn fuels the demand for sex trafficking. Do NOT let anyone tell you otherwise.

If you or someone you know is struggling with porn addiction, visit Fortify, which is a science-based program, or visit Love Always Ministries, a faith-based program for recovery, and check out their course called "Search." We’re all human and make mistakes. You can fight this addiction, and you can get past this. I’m rooting for you!

Why Are Men Underrepresented in Human Trafficking?

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January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. This month was signed into law in 2010, and has been observed since then. We recognize this month to bring awareness to modern day slavery. For the month of January, I will be writing articles specifically dedicated to human trafficking to bring awareness to the issue. The first one will be discussing why I think men are underrepresented in human trafficking. I will leave the disclaimer that I wrote something similar to this for Stop The Demand Project.

When most people discuss or hear about human trafficking, we often think women and children as the main victims. The other stigma people have is that all traffickers are men. This couldn't be further from the truth. Men are also victims of human trafficking. Currently, men make up nearly 30% of trafficking victims. Because human trafficking is already a well-hidden crime, we don't know how close these numbers are.

Why are men underrepresented in human trafficking? 

There are a number of reasons, but it can be summed up in two words: gender bias. Society has gender biases of the victims of human trafficking, and who the trafficker is. Society views women as vulnerable and weak, whereas men are strong, greedy, and even sex-driven (making the assumption that only men can be traffickers legitimate). Hollywood always make men the perpetrator of human trafficking. Society also has the view that since men are "strong," they should be able to fight off their traffickers and avoid exploitation. Not only does this give an improper understanding of what human trafficking is, which is that the victims and the traffickers have no specific gender or race, but it also hinders men from coming forward about their story and experience.

When it comes to the victims, what do they all have in common? They were either abused, endured poverty or violence, or something else harmful to their mental and/or physical health, placing an invisible target on their back. 

Women as Human Traffickers?

This also brings up the discussion of  how women can be traffickers. A report from the United Nations Global Report on Trafficking in Persons stated that "A disproportionate number of women are involved in human trafficking, not only as the victims, but also as traffickers." Gender bias, as well as cultural bias, cause female traffickers to remain hidden and succeed in their crimes. Majority of society believes only men are traffickers, and only women and girls are victims. Because women are seen as "maternal" or "safe," they are not considered a threat, which makes a trafficker's job that much easier. There is not enough discussion on female traffickers. Look, the Ghislaine Maxwell verdict came in a few days ago for her role in trafficking minors. She's a prime example that women can be human traffickers.

Little Understanding for Male Victims of Human Trafficking

Fight The New Drug shared a study from ECPAT-USA, the leading anti-child trafficking organization in the United States. In this particular study, you learned how law enforcement did NOT have adequate training for male victims of human trafficking. "Several key informants said that law enforcement believes that boys are not pimped and therefore not in need of services," the article shared. The same informants involved in the study shared how law enforcement had little understanding that boys can be victims of CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation), compared to girls. "One informant said she was forced to explain to law enforcement professionals before filing a report that boys and young men can be bought and sold just like girls." 

Sean Wheeler shared his story with Fight The New Drug, and I wanted to leave this quote for you. "The range of estimates comes down to underreporting, and the underreporting comes down to stigma. This is a problem because as organizations try to raise the alarm on sex trafficking and sexual exploitation, support services may continue to be in low supply for male victims simply because many people do not realize how they are involved and victimized."

Anyone who hears of a female victim or minor victim of human trafficking, we are immediately emphatic to them. Men, on the other hand, do not get equal consideration. Again, because society perceives them as "strong," nobody considers them victims. In an article from USA Today, one male victim of child trafficking kept his trauma to himself for 15 years, tried to kill himself twice, before getting the help he needed. 

The author of the USA Today article shared the following: "The result is that tens of thousands of boys and men continue to suffer in silence. And like other victims of sexual abuse, they’re at greater risk of depression, suicide and chronic diseases. They’re more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol."

Society needs to come to the realization that gender biases have no place in the anti-trafficking movement. Victims have no specific gender, and if we are to fight human trafficking, we must help all victims.

KEEP THESE RESOURCES SAVED:

National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888
Text HELP or INFO to 233733
National Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
National Missing and Exploited Children Hotline: 1-800-843-LOST (5678)

The Media and Elected Officials Won't Acknowledge Basic Health Practices

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The White House recently shared this press release with an ominous message to those who haven't gotten vaccinated against Covid-19. See highlighted area. The "most compassionate and unifying administration" has issued this statement against unvaccinated Americans. This raises the question of why aren't you hearing of other medicinal practices to stay healthy. All you hear from these people are how you need to get vaccinated. How you need the booster. How you need to keep 6 feet apart. How you need to mask up. Nobody is bringing up traditional methods of staying healthy or preventing sickness.

Before I continue, let me reiterate my disclaimer that I am not a medical professional.

I've spoken on Ivermectin and its benefits. Everyone who I know used Ivermectin, or even Hydroxychloroquine, have testified their recovery was quick. The drugs clearly work, and numerous doctors have shared the success of Ivermectin, yet the drug is still mocked as "horse paste." Me discussing Ivermectin as a medicinal approach isn't the forefront of this article. What I wanted to focus on are simple, but effective, medical practices that I have not seen many in the current administration, Republicans, or the media discuss. 

What are some basic health practices? 
  • Getting a good night's rest: In one study shared by the US National Library of Medicine, the authors shared how proper sleep impacts your body's response to sicknesses. When you are sleep deprived, you naturally become more irritable and stressed. This creates immunodeficiency, which can cause major problems. Additionally, poor sleep can cause "a manifest immunodeficiency characterized by an enhanced susceptibility to infections and a reduced immune response."
  • Eating a proper diet: Having a healthy gut can have major impacts on your body's ability to fight infections or diseases. The gut and your immune system have a direct correlation to one another. The bacteria found in your gut has been proven to have significant impact on the rest of the body's abilities. The good bacteria in your gut communicates with your T-cells, which learn to destroy certain viruses and infections found in your body, to fight off infections. Gilbert Lab shares, "When these two are in good relations, the body is equipped to respond to pathogens and to tolerate harmless bacteria, preventing an autoimmune response and ensuring overall well-being." If your gut isn't healthy, such as having a poor diet (i.e. always eating junk food), your gut and immune system won't have that communication to fight off diseases. Eating a proper portion of fruits, vegetables, nuts/seeds, lean meats, or fish will promote a healthy digestive system and healthy gut, which will also promote a healthy immune system. 
  • Taking vitamins: We've known of taking Vitamin C (at least) since childhood. Have you heard many medical professionals or anyone in the White House mention this? What about the effects Quercetin and Bromelain have on fighting Covid? As mentioned in one of my articles, one study showed that patients with Covid-19 taking Quercetin, Bromelain, and Zinc were less likely to develop hyper-inflammation and cytokine storm. Zinc has a major impact on your immune system. Vitamin C (as well as Magnesium) has a big impact on opening airways. Vitamin D "plays an important role in the formation and maintenance of epithelial and endothelial barriers, including lung tissue," said Frontiers in Nutrition. What did Fauci and the WHO tell us to do when Covid broke out? "Stay home and save lives." One of the main sources of Vitamin D is sunlight. This could potentially have a correlation to the number of deaths who had a deficiency of this particular vitamin.
  • Exercise: Again, this is an obvious one. Exercise has numerous benefits, but I am focusing on the one for your health and immune system. It can help with a plethora of health concerns, as well as help you fall asleep quicker. As I mentioned earlier, the importance of good sleep in having a healthy immune system is beneficial, so exercise is another important practice.
  • Staying hydrated: Drinking plenty of water is a major practice that many fall flat on. To have a healthy immune system, you must stay hydrated. Our body is 70% water, and that water carries nutrients to help assist different organs. If our body doesn't have proper hydration, it can't carry these necessary nutrients throughout the body. Not to mention when you are properly hydrated, this also contributes to a healthy digestive system. Remember what I said about your gut? See how these practices all tie into one another?
All of these practices are proven to make an impact on your health. Because of my gut issues, I have been eating right and exercising. I made a post on my Instagram story talking about all the bad things in bread, compared to eating something as simple as roti. Roti only has 4 ingredients: flour, olive oil, baking soda, and water. I'd have to make a whole list of ingredients and preservatives bread has. The importance of living a healthy lifestyle is something we should all strive for. 

Why won't the media or 90% of our elected officials focus on these practices? You just hear them shove the vaccine down our throats, with no regard to these easy practices. Why are these so called leaders not telling Americans about these practices?

Again, I am not a medical professional, but based on the research I have done, there is reason to believe the practices should be discussed more. I'm just fed up with this rhetoric. You hear Republicans like Sean Hannity, Ted Cruz, or even Donald Trump tell you "Please get vaccinated or get the booster to return to normalcy." Why won't any of them discuss what I have shared? We know big pharma won't. Vaccines make them money. Healthy practices and over-the-counter drugs don't line their pockets. 

I know I included many studies and articles, but I implore you to read them. Don't believe what I said just because I said it. I learned so much in reading these articles, and that's why I included them. People should know these things. Even Joe Rogan has blasted Biden and his administration for NEVER discussing basic health practices!!