The Dude does Not Abide

During this global pandemic, we have seen human behavior that moves into the realm of pure and utter insanity. It could best be described as Dystopia which is defined as: “an imagined state or society in which there is great suffering or injustice, typically one that is totalitarian or post-apocalyptic”

This is where we are at. There has been no governance that is driven to unify and heal and offer possible solutions to our global health crisis that was charging along full steam before the “panda”(pandemic). No..the solutions were reactionary and in direct opposition to our biology, physiology, psychology and common sense.

Stay inside with your artificial light, sedentary cells, far away from tribe and if you dare and venture out, put on a mask and stay far away from humans regardless of your approach to health and longevity, age, risk factor etc. Doing so..abiding became a signal of doing good..a virtue signal that says “I care about you”. One could say it had tinges of Ubuntu philosophy at it’s core. That idea was quickly dispersed as people rushed to pick a side, mostly depending upon their choice of media channel and political affiliation.

Research continued to unfold, far beyond the “science” of NPR, CNN, Fox..(you pick..they are all the same)..that was extremely enlightening.

PCR testing that was done far beyond it’s intended threshhold cycle rate. The inventor of the PCR test won a Nobel Peace Prize for his work and had publicly spoken out against Anthony Fauci and his lack of knowledge regarding illnesses. He died suddenly in August 2019

The insanity continued. California closed beaches and made surfing illegal stripping away millions of peoples health protocal. I would venture to say as a professional movement educator that surfing as exercise overall trumps going to the YMCA and doing a linear assembly line workout. Even these gym monkey acts were also soon not allowed and the overall vibe was just stay inside

The research quickly revealed the true health crisis and that is we are afflicted globally with preventable ailments and over 70% of annual Dis-eases are due to chronic and preventable conditions. THIS is true crisis. And these numbers rise each and every year as we move closer and closer to comfort and technology paves the way to the easy life we are all striving for?!

Another crisis we were in the midst of prior was that of stress, anxiety and mental illness and of course in turn, addiction; especially to pharmaceutical opiates. Over 130 people a day die due to opiod related drug overdoses and if you are reading this(still) you know someone that has died of this, struggled with this. It is fact. Babies are being born with withdrawl symptoms.

Who produces these drugs and has settled massive lawsuits and paid out billions in fines for their criminal activities? Well the companies that produce vaccines of course! Companies like Johnson and Johnson. By now unless you live in a cave(which i wouldn’t blame you for) there is a good chance you know of their track record overall. Here is one of their many infractions via the Department of Justice website

Johnson & Johnson to Pay More Than $2.2 Billion to Resolve Criminal and Civil Investigations

Allegations Include Off-label Marketing and Kickbacks to Doctors and Pharmacists

WASHINGTON – Global health care giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and its subsidiaries will pay more than $2.2 billion to resolve criminal and civil liability arising from allegations relating to the prescription drugs Risperdal, Invega and Natrecor, including promotion for uses not approved as safe and effective by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and payment of kickbacks to physicians and to the nation’s largest long-term care pharmacy provider.  The global resolution is one of the largest health care fraud settlements in U.S. history, including criminal fines and forfeiture totaling $485 million and civil settlements with the federal government and states totaling $1.72 billion.

Another exemplary company is Pfizer.. Here are some of their documented crimes(imagine the still hidden ones).

  • Pfizer received the biggest fine in U.S. history as part of a $2.3 Billion plea deal with federal prosecutors for mis-promoting medicines (Bextra, Celebrex) and paying kickbacks to compliant doctors. Pfizer pleaded guilty to mis-branding the painkiller Bextra by promoting the drug for uses for which it was not approved.
  • In the 1990s, Pfizer was involved in defective heart valves that lead to the deaths of more than 100 people. Pfizer had deliberately misled regulators about the hazards. The company agreed to pay $10.75 Million to settle justice department charges for misleading regulators.
  • Pfizer paid more than $60 Million to settle a lawsuit over Rezulin, a diabetes medication that caused patients to die from acute liver failure.
  • In the UK, Pfizer has been fined nearly €90 Million for overcharging the NHS, the National Health Service. Pfizxer charged the taxpayer an additional €48 Million per year for what should have cost €2 million per year.
  • Pfizer agreed to pay $430 Million in 2004 to settle criminal charges that it had bribed doctors to prescribe its epilepsy drug Neurontin for indications for which it was not approved.
  • In 2011, a jury found Pfizer committed racketeering fraud in its marketing of the drug Neurontin. Pfizer agreed to pay $142.1 Million to settle the charges.
  • Pfizer disclosed that it had paid nearly nearly 4,500 doctors and other medical professionals some $20 Million for speaking on Pfizer’s behalf.
  • In 2012, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it had reached a $45 Million settlement with Pfizer to resolve charges that its subsidiaries had bribed overseas doctors and other healthcare professionals to increase foreign sales.
  • Pfizer was sued in a U.S. federal court for using Nigerian children as human guinea pigs, without the childrens’ parents’ consent. Pfizer paid $75 Million to settle in Nigerian court for using an experimental antibiotic, Trovan, on the children. The company paid an additional undisclosed amount in the U.S. to settle charges here. Pfizer had violated international law, including the Nuremberg Convention established after WWII, due to Nazi experiments on unwilling prisoners.
  • Amid widespread criticism of gouging poor countries for drugs, Pfizer pledged to give $50 million for an AIDS drug to South Africa. Later, however, Pfizer failed to honor that promise.

Surely Moderna is better though right? Read below…

“An anti-corruption watchdog group is urging the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate top executives at Moderna, the biotech firm developing a promising coronavirus vaccine, for allegedly manipulating the stock market. “”

“This misconduct was particularly egregious because it involved not only financial fraud and manipulation of the financial markets, but also because it exploited widespread fears surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” wrote Kyle Herrig, who heads Accountable.US, in a letter to the SEC. “I strongly urge the SEC to investigate these matters.”

The group’s concerns center on insider trading activity at Moderna after the company last month announced positive results in Phase 1 trials of its coronavirus vaccine. The news pushed up the company’s stock price 30% to an all-time high of $87. In the days following the announcement, Moderna’s CEO, other executives and funds controlled by the chairman of its board sold about $90 million worth of company shares. “

As we moved along into the year, we saw censorship happening at levels that would be considered normal in China or Cuba, but certainly not here eh? Joe Rogan himself called an emergency podcast for the first time in the history of his show to bring the insanity to light. Much of this was due to the research on the use of Ivermectin as a possible treatment for Covid 19. Rogan had on his show two guests. Dr. Pierre Kory an ICU and lung specialist who is an expert on the use of the drug ivermectin to treat COVID-19. and Bret Weinstein an evolutionary biologist, visiting fellow at Princeton, host of the DarkHorse podcast, and co-author (with his wife, Heather Heying) of the forthcoming “A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century.” What they unveiled was known to many of us who have been diving far beyond NPR but it was a little glimpse for the mainstream into how this whole at was crossing over into our freedoms. Here is a link

I could go on and on and on and it is not a conspiracy. Early on in this, it was considered a conspiracy to talk about vaccine passports and many posts and videos were pulled down implying this could happen. Same with the lab leak “theory”, which is now pretty widely accepted even amongst hyper mainstream liberal comedians like John Stewart seen here.

It is actually amazing that this hasn’t been censored by the king of censorship..the Google/Gates empire. Yet i digress.

We are now being forced to take vaccinations so we can return to normal and corporations can fully sell us on all fronts. We must fill stadiums and chain restaurants and continue to be led by idiots like Trump or Biden right? No.

There is a quest to return to normal. Normal is what got us here in the first place. If our priorities were more in line with true health and longevity vs comfort and consumption, maybe we could realize that normal is NOT what we need.

We need to renew our approach to our humanity and it starts with our bodies and our health. An embodied cognition highlighted in “New Old Way” by Frank Forencich. Embodied cognition means the nature of the human mind is largely determined by the form of the human body- that ideas, thoughts, concepts, categories and all other aspects of the mind are shaped by the body.

Keep that concept close as we move forward time wise and remember this time, the Dude does NOT Abide.

Getting RootsWise With Megan Walsh

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-vgamy-fb2096

Rapping with Megan Walsh, RN, functional health coach, herbalist, athlete etc on wide range of topics from state of medical system, LSD, mountain biking, outhouses, living in small spaces, Michael Moore, how it is living with a surfer and much more!

 

 

Mocean365 Pandemic Tips

This is what we train for. We train outside anyway, not because we have to, but because of the research and science of the benefits of outdoor exposure partnered with our dedication to outdoor programming for well over 2 decades. This might sound self serving and condescending and we apologize if you may think that. It’s more of a global awakening to the level of unhealthiness globally, not just of us, but our biospheres from soils to air quality to our microbiome, the source of life as we know it.

Many are moving to the outdoors only because they can’t train indoors and that is great, and we hope an eye opening experience. We have many partners and friends that operate indoors exclusively and this is no slight to them.

As we move forward in this modern age, we see a slew of issues with sedentary and indoor based living and have been on this tip from day one. We were built for adversity and to toil and to get cold, hot and keep our systems in tune so they can regulate and steer us towards the elusive homeostasis.

We have asserted from day one that we are guides on this journey and You are really steering the ship. We might just help with the navigation so you can have a smoother journey and we offer support along the way.

Connection, awareness and skill development remains the cornerstone of what we teach here at Mocean365 and we see our students coming out the other end of this very strongly. Boosted immunity, increased body and situational awareness and newfound movement aptitude.

One gift from this time may be a reassertion of priorities. For all of the turmoil and chaos we are also seeing the converse. We are noticing families bonding and spending quality time together for the first time in years. We are seeing a closer look at educational modalities and a more proactive level of teaching. We are seeing people enter health food stores for the first time and see how important immunity is. Outdoor sports are booming. Surfing participation is at a literal all time high. The mountain bike industry is seeing historic levels of demand and wait times for parts and bikes is months.

This is not to say we are not also seeing the opposite including loss of life and loved ones globally and for those in marginalized communities, a real tangible uphill battle. We will also soon be faced with moral dilemmas as a vaccine is rushed to market and likely be required to participate in travel, work, school. Loved ones not able to be close their families at their time of passing and our elderly forced to be alone in nursing homes. This is truly a test.

We are here to do our best. We are looking at the research and gaining perspectives and trying not to allow our biases to get in the way of others opinions or conflicting science. We are quick to not write off counter views as conspiracy theory as we can see via the political world, most anything is possible.

I have been traveling, teaching 5-7 days per week during this, and working in the building trades. Talking to people from many walks of life, with very differing views and backgrounds and leanings. I know there is more to this than the generic big three…”Sanitize with chemicals, wear a flimsy mask and stay away from fellow humans”.

Here are some ideas:

Breathe Consciously-Learn about the function of diaphragmatic breathing and it’s importance ranging from nervous system regulation to a range of performance benefits. Meditation can also be vital here and is now scientifically proven.

Move Dynamically-From joint health, to eye function, posture and much more, dynamic movement is a necessity. Occupations are moving further and further away from movement and now keep many locked up in a non dynamic position for hours. Think about the ratios…Are you inactive for 23 hours a day? That ratio may need some work. I have been an advocate for many years for active jobs and will continue to do so until my time is done here. The greatest impact you may have on your health is to change what you do day to day and your occupation is one big way to make changes. This pandemic has also exposed a level of uncertainty to certain occupations and i’ve talked to many who have decided they no longer want sedentary based work. Explore dynamic movement options and if you must stay in sedentary/home based work, look at implementing more movement into your day.

Connect More– We are part of this biosphere..all of it from our fellow humans to the animals, flora and fauna etc. Connect more deeply however you can. Human touch is vital and think of all those hugs you have been suppressing. Hugs those you are living with more, love more deeply. Listen, take time to be there, we need this!

Get outside– The science world has spoken and there is countless studies on the benefits of outdoor exposure, even just being able to see outside for hospital patients! Look into the benefits of grounding. Even the mainstream is seeing interest in this area with people like Wim Hof and others making outdoor exposure more popular.

Toil-This is a major lack that is more and more apparent. This applies to the physical aspect which in turn dramatically affects us mentally. Not talking about hammering away on the computer or desk. Get your hands dirty, lift heavy odd objects, get cold/hot, hungry and tired. Take up a new hard endeavor that requires hard physical work. Imagine the work that millions and millions of the worlds population must do just to have access to clean water or to get to work. Remind yourself what it is like to do physical work and struggle, even if just a bit.

Learn new skills– We can benefit greatly from skill work and extensive research in the world of neuroscience proves that the learning process is highly beneficial. Are you a one trick pony? Stop that! Put yourself out there and keep learning, like we do as kids. Keep progressing, it is NEVER too late.

Lift up others-Many are struggling as the world keeps changing. In the midst of a pandemic throw in wildfires, economic crisis, war, climate change, social uprising, political chaos. We will likely see unparraleled levels of mental illnesses and its after affects(suicide etc) as we move through this pandemic. A simple smile, offering a neighbor help or even honoring others beliefs even when they might not align with your own. No politician is worth losing a friend, loved one, neighbor or connection over.

Immune Boost-Our immune systems have historically been capable of great feats for those that do their best to build them, instead of suppressing them. Our connection with the food we eat, the water we drink, the nutrients we take in, the quality of the air we breathe, our connection with the sun and the importance of sleep and recovery are vital. As soils deplete and animals we eat are poisoned, we must now look at supplementing our nutrition.

Educate Yourself– We are in the age of too much information eh?! The struggle these days might be sifting through it all. Think about starting with the basics. Read a book, write a letter, journal, listen to a educational podcast. Be mindful of cognitive dissonance. Go on a journey and lose the story that you tell that “I’m not a reader”, “Can’t teach an old dog new tricks” etc..Think simplicity first then build from there. The news is not education.

Ninja MTB Performance and Mocean365/Mocean MTB

In 2019-2020, Skye partnered with Ninja MTB Performance and began teaching 2 day skills clinics via their program, throughout the West Coast. He taught in Bend(2 different times), Hood River, Oakridge, Mt Shasta, San Francisco(twice), Orange County, Santa Cruz as well as in Bandon, on the southern Oregon coast.

He just wrapped up the last clinic for his season the second week of November and is looking forward to even more clinics in 2020. At this point he will be at 14 clinics in 2021 throughout the PNW and California and will be adding some beyond.

The clinics offer participants a range of skill acquisition. During the two day clinics, there are specific focuses that riders can pick, or they can take the full two day curriculum. The clinics start with Fundamentals on Saturday morning. This portion of the clinic offer a focus on the needed and essential skills every rider should know to be safe and to have lots of fun on the trail whether they are just starting out or have been riding for years and needing a refresher. These can be taught in a gender specific setting(Women’s Fundamentals) or as a Co-Ed offering or even kids and all clinics are 6 to 1 student to coach ratio except kids which always have 2 instructors.

Moving from there, Saturday afternoon is dedicated to catching air, for the Mini-jumping Clinic. The focus here is setting a strong foundation and learning the concepts of airtime, including safely and systematically breaking down wheel lifts like the front and rear wheel lifts, manuals, bunnyhops and more.

Most often portable ramps are brought in or some venues offer natural jumping options. Participants are progressively taught right through the whole process until they are eventually learning how to first absorb jumps then moving into how to air jumps.

Sunday is dedicated to Intermediate/Advanced skills including drops, technical ascents/descents, navigating challenging terrain, strategies to increase speed and flow and a dedicated cornering clinic which for many is the highlight of the day. Cornering for many is the holy grail of bike handling and this portion sees pretty amazing progress as participants learn the art and flow and anatomy of cornering.

Skye is also stoked to partner with Ninja and offer private /individual/small group coaching. This is where people pick what they want to focus on and we meet at a venue and get instruction 100% geared towards your specific goals. Check out his instructor profile Here

Check out the full clinic offerings here and contact us if you are interested in either clinics or private coaching as we have discounts available to those of you reading this here.

Skye Interviewed for The Sapience Project

This spring Skye was honored to be featured on Frank Forencich’s new project, called The Sapience Project. Frank as you may or not know, is an internationally renowned expert on health and human adaptation and the author of numerous critically acclaimed books. He has been a featured speaker and presenter worldwide include Ted talks, Ancestral Health Symposium, Stanford University and many more. You may have heard of his extensive work as Exuberant Animal as well.

Franks books are required reading for Mocean365 coaches in training and highly recommended for everyone in these trying times. This interview was held in person in Bend Oregon at the onset of the CoronaVirus Pandemic and touches on a variety of topics and challenges we are currently facing.

Link to the interview Here

One Step=100% More

Lots of the work I do with students is to help them develop their own movement/lifestyle practice. A large amount of the population struggle greatly with just starting, following through or consistently practicing.

A large problem is the misconception often perpetuated that you need to do an hour of something to get benefits. So people start with that in mind and often go out too hard and either burn out, get hurt or quit if they cant find the time. Remember that you are embarking on a new path of learning so develop that mindset. Curiousity. And The Process. Here are some thoughts:

  • START SMALL. “It is better to do less than you hoped than nothing at all”-James Clear 1 rep is 100% more than zero. Do one pullup, 1 min of MTB practice, write one sentence. It is kind of a trick we are going for here with the brain. Just do one. This is the most important step..the FIRST ONE!!
  • Be consistent-” A little bit, alot” -Me. Even if that means consistently inconsistent. You don’t have to always do the same..just always do something moving you towards good habits,
  • Get creative-There is more than one way to do something and you do not have to follow a traditional path. Mix it up-If part of the challenge is you’re dreading what you are doing..mix it up! Don’t have equipment? Make it. etc
  • Ask for help-Being alone in this can trigger overwhelm. Grab a friend or tell others this is important to you and you need support. Community.

  • Stare are what you want to become“-Daniel Coyle said this and he is so right.-Spend time deeply observing other learners. Studies have shown the benefits of even brief exposure to a role model.

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