Divine Health Alchemy Presents: Here’s To Your Health by Anasa Blackman


Hydration For Body Soul & Spirit

We are all spirit beings on an earth bound mission encased in a human body. The human body is a well designed machine housing many aspects of our lives, spirit, mind, body. A healthy body can be the foundation for pleasure, function, peace, fun, enjoyment and fulfillment if taken care of in a way that promotes its youthfulness, flexibility, synergy and flow.

Our body’s need solid foods and liquid nourishment to feed the cells, tissues, organs and provide energy to the muscles, bones and brain. One of the most essential and much over looked forms of liquid required for holistic health is water. Water that is clean and alkaline provides an energizing fluid hydrant most necessary for the inner workings of the body. Everything in the body is energy and movement – vibratory frequency. The bloodstream, organs, brain, muscles, heart, stomach, in fact, the entire body requires fluid to function and work properly together.

Water is a conductor which facilitates movement in the body through the cells, tissues, vessels, organs, and all matter in the body. It energizes the inner environment that is constantly required to vibrate and flow. Water is vital for our hearts to lovingly pump the blood that is transported through out the body to brain. Water is critical for the blood to be liquified in the right proportions to be able to flow without stagnation and for the heart to pump without intermittent timing, palpitations or even failure.

Water is a conduit for God’s vibrational frequency & energy to be transmitted to our spirits and for our spirits to send and receive the connection to the Source, God, Creator. Water, too, has a spiritual nature and thus has memory. Water can take form as liquid, solid (ice/frozen state) and vapor (steam/fog). Without water, nothing on this planet would survive. Without water everything including our bodies would be dried up, dehydrated, lifeless and useless. It is the God consciousness in water that is the prime memory that is most suitable to soothe, energize, moisturize, cleanse and maintain the body to function, give and receive from spirit. Even when we take in and absorb food, we are extracting the spiritual nutrients with which to fortify our whole selves. That extraction requires a measure of fluidity.

The body can utilize the nutrient water from vegetables and fruits which would be considered a form of liquifying the body and that is good and necessary, however no liquid should nor can, take the place of good clean tepid, room temperature water on a daily basis in intervals throughout one’s day. Pure clean tepid water is absorbed without shocking or stressing the system or the heart, digestive tract, brain and other vital organs. For those that prefer cold water, cool is exceptionally more suitable to the inner workings of the body than icy cold.

Adequate hydration supports all internal functions and cleanses the body of dense waste matter, toxins and phlegm. Digestion and bowel function require adequate water hydration to optimally function. Our eyes are a prime example of the need for molecular hydration because our eyes are partially embedded within our body and partially exposed to the outside environment. In order to move and rotate without pressure and stiffness the eyes must be maintained in a certain amount of fluid which is nourished by adequate intakes of water.

The skin is the largest organ of the body and requires water from inside and out. Flawless supple skin is maintained by adequate intakes of water and bathing. Often wrinkled skin is housing a dehydrated body and may smooth out substantially with adequate hydration and moisture. Water also cleanses the skin which allows the pores to breathe and create an effective barrier to stave off ordinary germs.

Our hair and scalp needs water. Course and coily textured hair is often dry and revels from regular wetting, misting and moisturizing (just like a dry house plant that revives when watered). Hands and feet appreciate a good soak in nice warm water. Applying certain essential oils to the soaking water will also assist in detoxifying and drawing out toxins from the body. Spirit, mind and soul tremendously benefit from internal intake of water and water bathing, prayer and oils.

Whenever the body’s immune system is compromised or cold, flu, allergies, disease and toxicity is imminent, water is essential to flush and rinse out and neutralize. The water purifies and regenerates. Colonic hydrotherapy is very useful for cleansing, refreshing and anti-aging as it breaks up and rinses out accumulations and waste matter in the colon. This method of internal cleansing has been used by many Yogis and health enthusiasts worldwide and the method instructed to the ancients is referenced in ‘The Essene Gospel of Peace” by Edmond Bordeaux Szekely.

Water has been called the river of life and rightly so because without it life would cease to exist. We can go without food for a good number of days but not water. The efficacy and purification of water has become a controversial subject around the globe, because some water due to the detriment of man’s behavior and/or even climactic changes render some water unsafe or impure or too acidic to be beneficial to the health of humans, Mother Earth and all forms of life. In future offerings we will write and present views on various types of water suitable for consumption (bottled, filtered, spring, deionized, purified, mineral, tap, pond, well, structured, alkaline, and we will discuss water storage (plastic vs. glass).

There is an African proverb spoken by the traditional Ifa Yoruba Prophet Orunmila who said, ‘Water has no enemy’ which was immortalized in a song by the late Fela Ransom Anikupolo Kuti, ‘Water No Enemy Get’, which means that all life force needs elemental water. Water is used for pouring libations and for spiritual purification bathing.

The Japanese author Dr. Masaru Emoto wrote many books about the memory and spirituality of water including, ‘The Secret Life of Water’, ‘The Message From the Water’ and others. He brought to the forefront in his writings the knowledge that “human consciousness has an effect on the molecular structure of water” and that “water takes on the resonance of the energy which is directed at it” and that “polluted water can be restored through prayer and positive visualization”.

The Iranian physician Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj presented the book ‘Your Body’s Many Cries For Water’ in which he suggests drinking 2 quarts of water every day and 1/2 teaspoon of salt which balances the inner water balance. He also maintains that regular water consumption can eradicate toxins and diseases from the body.

The Holy Bible speaks of water in Revelation 22:1-2 “Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city.”

The 34th Divine law or commandment in the 42 Principles of the ancient Egyptian Khemetic Goddess Ma’at, was proclaimed daily by devout followers stating, “I will not waste water” and another translation of the 34th and 35th Divine Laws of Ma’at state “Thou shalt not waste the running water” and “Thou shalt not pollute the water or the land”.

The Indian holy scriptures of the Bhagavad-Gita state “One may cleanse himself daily by taking a bath in water but if one takes a bath even once in the sacred Ganges water of Bhagavad-Gita, for him the dirt of material life is altogether vanquished.” Often a special cistern or vase of water is kept inside the home in a sacred space.

Baha’u’llah, the Persian noble Prophet who founded the Bahai faith said in his book “The Seven Cities”, those who are the thirstiest will most appreciate water.”

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus left us with a truism to ponder “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”

The Holy Koran says “We have created every living thing from water”.

The native American Cherokees consider any body of flowing water such as a stream, river, creek or tributary to be sacred. Many purification sacred rites were conducted in pristine moving bodies of water.

To the Buddhist’s water represents purity. Many cultures all over the world revere the sacredness of water and keep an open vessel, vase, glass or container of water near the head of their bed when they sleep at night to absorb and cast off negative energies.

Why can “we” see “our” reflection in a body of water? As it is said in the Bible, English Standard Version, Genesis 1:2 “The spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Many traditions and cultures world wide appreciate and understand the spiritual significance of water on many levels and in many dimensions.

It is said that whomever offers water to another offers life. even to his or her own self. When you drink water you are offering life to yourself.

And now a days there is an app for your phone called Daily Water. You set the number of times per day it should pop up and remind you to drink water. Soon it will become habit.

Drink some good clean water. Give yourself the gift of life now.

Say NO to GMOs

Food&WaterWatch.org has started a petition to raise awareness about Wal-Mart’s use of Monsanto’s GE (genetically engineered) sweet corn and is urging Wal-Mart to stop selling and to reject Monsanto’s GE Sweet Corn by April 1, 2012.

For those of you who do not know, Monsanto is the world’s largest seed company focused in biotechnology (genetically engineered foods).  According to gmwatch.org, “Based on industry statistics, ETC Group estimates that Monsanto’s biotech seeds and traits (including those licensed to other companies) accounted for 87% of the total world area devoted to genetically engineered seeds in 2007.”  This is serious business people!  Many of us are not concerned with all the specifics of foods unless we are trying to lose weight or experiencing some pressing health problem.  We still eat a lot of junk, fast foods, and other things that are far from conducive to our quality of health and longevity of life.  And that’s okay because it’s your choice. There is enough information out there about those foods to make an informed decision. On the other hand, I understand that sometimes vesting in deeper thinking can incite fear because it then petitions your conscience for change, but I ask you, is this not the time for true, chokehold breaking change in your life?  What are you creating for yourself, your future?  Many of us have been guilty of taking an Ambien to the more arduous aspects of our journey, in hopes of tapping into the “ignorance is bliss,” paradigm.  We would like to believe, if we just go to sleep it will all be over when we wake up, but it won’t.  Those same challenges will be here, waiting to greet us with open arms.  I do not mean to sound preachy and I apologize if I do, but I am passionate about our right to choose and I am passionate about your health. What we resist, persists, and can even worsen since it has been left to fester; therefore, I encourage you to face what you deem adverse with feet firmly planted, take it head on, and let come what may.

It’s Just Corn, right? How Much Harm Could it Do? With greater technology comes greater responsibility and food just isn’t what it used to be.  Some may say, “I don’t even eat that much corn or I don’t even like corn or okay, I’ll just stay away from corn then,” that is not the point and it’s not that simple.  Did you know that most of us eat an alarming amount of corn every day?  You can pick up almost any product, read the labeling and you will rarely find one without mention of high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup or corn sugar, all of which is the same product?  The primary argument is no longer whether corn syrup or the likes of it disrupts normal metabolic function, but whether those corn products in your cereals, sauces, dressings, canned vegetables, etc., is derived from a corn source that has been genetically modified (GMO/GE). If that’s not enough our food is also threatened by genetically engineered soy, alfalfa, potatoes, etc. Are you aware of the recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH)? Oh, this goes deep! “rBGH is a genetically engineered artificial hormone injected into dairy cows to make them produce more milk.”1 What repercussions do you think will and has come of this? Have we looked at or even considered the long term effects it will have on congenital birth defects, genetic mutation (physiologically visible and non-visible)? And this list, again, goes on and on. Monasanto and its affiliates, including those in the White House administration that we look to for security and justice, are creating known teratogens at the expense of generations, just to line their pockets and maintain power over the world. Remember this, those who control the food control the people!

I know this information is intense and exhausting, but I applaud you for your concern, effort and persistence to continue reading and discovering.

Do you really think Monsanto cares about any of this? Well, if you think so check out the size of the cojones they are sporting these days; according to a 1998 NY Times article, “Playing God in the Garden,” Phil Angell (Monsanto’s director of corporate communications) told Michael Pollan (American author, journalist, activist, and professor of journalism at the US Berkley Graduate School of Journalism), “Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food,” he said. ”Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the F.D.A.’s job.”2 There you have it folks, loud and proud! I can hear the logical minds churning, weighing responsibility and playing devil’s advocate saying, “I see their point.” Well, I might too, if they weren’t playing both sides of the fence. How? I’ll explain later.

Why is this, a big deal?  On a larger scale, our freedom of choice is being robbed of us!  We have to DEMAND labeling of genetically modified foods; therefore, if we do eat GMOs, it will be choice not force.  The Obama Administration (The Dept of Agriculture (USDA)) tiptoed through legislation during the Christmas break and silently approved the drought-resistant corn by Monsanto (Mon 87460).  This is but one of the varieties that you are now subject to in your food content.  What is scary about this?  If I may digress slightly, for just a moment, I will explain.  For one, the approval of this droid food is very reminiscent of the many concerns we shared regarding former decisions made by this administration, which questioned and threatened current and prospective integrity of our government’s views of public safety and health interests and what roads those decisions would lead us down.  What am I talking about?  Let’s go back for a minute, shall we, and reflect on other decisions the Obama Administration has made respective to another food regulatory agency.  Can you say FDA?  On or about July 7, 2009, Michael R. Taylor, Monsanto’s former Vice President for Public Policy became senior adviser to the FDA Commissioner.  To add insult to injury, in just six short months, January 2010, our noble administration thought Mr. Taylor needed a larger role and appointed Taylor to the newly created post of Deputy Commissioner of Foods, overseeing the office of Foods that was created in August 2009, according to the FDA.3 *Buck-eyed with two blinks* In my humble opinion, this decision was likened to leaving our children with a known child molester.  I apologize for my strong analogy, but that is how paradox this appointment was and I say this not simply because Taylor is a former player for team Monsanto, but moreover due to his CONSISTENT history of double-minded two-faced game play in the world of politics, biotechnology and so-called public interest.

Seriously, what is really going on?  Mr. Taylor has a long ping-pong history of playing both sides of the table.  He stays on the private side pushing agendas and manipulating technologies, and then conveniently jumps to the public side to become part of the team that regulates the very practices and interests he lobbied to promote.  There is something very wrong with this picture my friends and I am not the only one that sees it.  The General Accountability Office led an investigation to address the conflict of interest allegations made against Mr. Taylor, but cleared him of all charges.  The GAO is the investigative arm of congress to which we look, to ensure justice and rightful practice on the political playgrounds.  Does this investigation’s finding prove that there was no wrong doing?  Were those supporting public interests during this investigation armed with the right information, asking the right questions, providing the right evidence?  Or was this smoke and mirrors propaganda to facilitate a widespread agenda for disinformation before awareness of this debauchery became epic?  What say you?

And if that’s not enough for you, do you think this is just one man from Monsanto that has done this? Think again. There’s at least a dozen more in this dance. Look at this table. (Once you click the link, click on “Monsanto’s Government Ties.”)  It’s not a complete listing for each individual’s activities, but it definitely gives you an idea of what we are up against.

Secondly, besides the obvious concerns for man-made pest-resistant, drought-resistant foods, have we not noticed that diseases and ailments are on the rise in astronomical numbers?  Our bees and other ecosystemic organisms, which we need to ensure our own survival and the health of the planet, are dying.  Not to mention there is very little information (real information) available regarding short or long-term health risks including exposure caused by transgenic pollution (cross pollination with GE sources and native ones), which risks immeasurable dangers on so many levels to all forms of life on the planet. There have been numerous reports of a significant decrease in bee populations across the world, but are more prominent in Germany and the United States with the United States’ numbers being observed in stark disparity to Germany’s. Walter Haefeker, Vice President of the European Professional Beekeepers Association, has been quoted several times regarding his speculations about the causes that may factor into this growing problem and GMOs is one of them.  There simply isn’t enough information on this topic or cross examination of the particulars to rule that GMOs have no bearing on bee population survival.  It seems odd to me, from a common sense perspective and of course that is not fact, so take it for what it’s worth, but ever since this GMO technology became commercial (more widespread) bees have mysteriously started dying in larger numbers and with greater frequency than ever before.  To stress my point even further, there was a study done a few years back that made the same observations. According to spiegel.de The study in question is a small research project conducted at the University of Jena from 2001 to 2004. The researchers examined the effects of pollen from a genetically modified maize variant called “Bt corn” on bees. A gene from a soil bacterium had been inserted into the corn that enabled the plant to produce an agent that is toxic to insect pests. The study concluded that there was no evidence of a “toxic effect of Bt corn on healthy honeybee populations.” But when, by sheer chance, the bees used in the experiments were infested with a parasite, something eerie happened. According to the Jena study, a “significantly stronger decline in the number of bees” occurred among the insects that had been fed a highly concentrated Bt poison feed.”  Do you really think this is a coincidence?  Monsanto’s choice to avoid thinking seriously about whether or not these genetic food modifiers have impacted or manipulated the natural environmental process in some way is blatantly arrogant and negligent.

Conclusion: Regardless of which side of the fence you stand on with respect to these issues I’m sure each of us would like the right to choose.  Do we really want to give the government and, or corporate interests the power to decide what is and is not important for us to know, especially when it comes to something as personal as what we put into our bodies?  To even suggest such a thing, jeopardizes our basic human rights, not to mention the constitutional rights for citizens of the United States.  Our inability to make an informed decision as to what we are consuming infringes upon our first amendment rights.  The first amendment states in part, with regard to religion, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” Many theologies address diet within its doctrines as a practice and path of the spirit. When our ability to make an informed choice is removed, by a conscious and deliberate act to deceive, it inadvertently affects our freedoms to fully honor our theologies.  I urge each of you to take a closer look and educate yourselves on the dangers of GMO foods and I encourage you to get involved in the fight to keep our food clean, healthy, and our choice.

For those who are interested: Here is the link to the petition to Wal-Mart to reject Monsanto’s sweet corn

Resources used for this article:

1.) Sustainable.org or also see Cancer.org

2.)  FDA.gov

3.) NYTimes.com

4.) Organicconsumers.org (A link to a table of Monsanto’s  history and government connections). Once you click on the link, click on “Monsanto’s Government Ties.”

5.) Food&waterwatch.org

I would like to thank all the sites that continuously work so hard to put out solid and timely information.  Your efforts and advocacy is ineffably appreciated and some of your posts was a reference or reflection for this article.

1.) Grist.org

2.) Gmwatch.org

3.) Organicconsumers.org

4.) Sourcewatch.org

5.) Bestmeal.info

6.) Justlabelit.org

7.) Labelgmos.org

8.) Spiegel.de

9.) Cornell.edu

10) Capwiz.com  (And yes I took action while on this page)

11) Gmwatch.org

Coconuts Are One of Our Best Allies

Did you know that the coconut is one of our best allies?  Well, it is!!! Coconuts are one of those simple blessings that many of us have come to overlook and perhaps fail to appreciate.


First, let me point out that coconut milk and coconut water are very different things.  Coconut milk is extracted from the matured meat of a coconut and coconut water is an naturally occurring liquid inside young coconuts, but is replaced in time by coconut meat and air.  A very young coconut has very little meat, the gel-like substance inside the fruit that eventually becomes firm as it whitens and matures.


The term coconut is very misleading since a coconut it is not a nut at all. I’m not kidding, it’s a fruit! To be more precise it is a drupe, like that of a peach, cherry, plum, nectarine, olive,  date, or mango. Another term for a drupe is stone fruit.

Now that you have a better understanding about what a coconut is (some of you already knew  this and I thank you for your patience) and how its water is distinguished from its milk, let’s talk about the benefits of drinking coconut water, since that is the true focus of this article. You know I had to give you nuts and bolts of  it before I got to the point, right? *Awkward Grin* Yes, I realize that was corny. Hence, my attempt now to move on. I wanted to share some information with you all about a great new product that I’ve come across…

O.N.E (One Natural Experience) 100% Coconut Water!

Are you looking for a great refreshing drink that will restore your electrolytes? Are you looking for a drink with a nominal amount of sugar but still tastes great and doesn’t have an after taste?  Well look no further, O.N.E. is a phenomenal product and once you’ve tried it, you’ll be hooked, just like me. Of course, after spending a lot of time in Kauai, Hi I’ve become accustomed to drinking lots of pure coconut water straight from the fruit and now that I don’t have access to my green friends, O.N.E has been a great substitute. Yes, it really is that good and by good, I also mean good for you.  I have not been this excited about anything in a long time, but O.N.E. Coconut Water gets my vote, HANDS DOWN!

More Info For Those Who Like Detail: It is also an excellent source of naturally occurring potassium, which helps to regulate blood pressure and heart function as well as balances your pH levels, amongst other things. (1)  According to O.N.E it’s “the perfect isotonic beverage and optimum hydrator.” They also tout that O.N.E “optimally contains all five electrolytes found in the blood: calcium, sodium, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium.” (2) It’s true!  In fact, during World War II, the water of fresh young coconuts were used as intravenous drips to rehydrate the body. There was also a recent case of a man receiving a Coconut IV in the Solomon Islands for Intravenous Hydration.(3) Chemically speaking, some experts say that young coconuts are more closely related to our intracellular fluids than blood plasma and has been used in intravenous therapies in Cuba. (4)

Do your body a favor and treat it with this wonderful alternative or complement your favorite sports drinks with it for electrolyte replacement.

More Info: If you would like more information on the benefits noted by O.N.E. Coconut Water and you didn’t notice the link provided above (O.N.E. (One Natural Experience) 100% Coconut Water!) – Then scroll back up to the link and hover your cursor above it and it will provide a preview window option off to the right or you click on the link and hyperlink to O.N.E. site’s benefits page.

I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences with O.N.E. Coconut water or any other coconut water experiences that you would like to share.  And if you liked the article, please take a moment to rate it and, or comment. I look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks for reading, enjoy and replenish!


1. The Treatment and Support of Cancer: Potassium

2. Conis, Elena, Coconut Water: a health drink that’s all it’s cracked up to be?LA Times (Special) Mar (2011)

3. Campbell-Falk, D et al. The intravenous use of coconut water. Am J Emerg Med 2000 Jan;18(1):108-11

4. Goldsmith, H.S. (1962) Coco-nut water for intravenous therapy. British Journal of Surgery, pp.42-422

How Are People Responding To The News About Jani Schofield?

7-year-old Jani Schofield, born August 2002, has been diagnosed with Childhood Schizophrenia.  Jani was born, “January Schofield.”  However, according to Oprah.com and the interview documented there, she prefers to be called Jani.  Apparently during their interview they found out that calling her January is one of her triggers for an onset of emotional upset. Over time Jani has become more accustomed to violent rants and outbursts. She insists on being called Jani or Jani FireFly or Blue-Eyed Tree Frog, according to her father. These points of mention are small in comparison to the larger battles that this young soul battles on a consistent basis. This condition has affected a large number of our society and will require a great deal more research to gain any viable solutions. As a community,  however, we have been sharing our expertise. I have seen many posts and blogs around the internet on this little girl and I have seen lots of video footage as well.  There is a community of folks that have commented on this news story and have done everything from praise the family for its bravery and honesty in sharing what they have experienced on their journey to bashing them and calling the parents child abusers. There are varying degrees of emotional responses flooding the internet from a slew of observers.

Michael Schofield, Jani’s father, has his own blogsite where he regularly blogs the family’s journey with Jani.  There are claims that Michael Schoefield openly admitted to physically abusing and starving Jani out of frustration and as a means to an end.  Personally, I have not have not seen the comments that were allegedly made by Mr. Schofield and therefore cannot offer anything either way.  Many concerned citizens belonging to a group of onlookers that believe that Jani’s parents have been negligent and abusive in their care have gone to great lengths to express their disapproval and outrage.  Some of those who are concerned are even blogging endlessly about it and their readers, equally as put off, are commenting without cessation.  Many of which are pointing the finger at abuse and assigning it as the culprit for Jani’s condition. Apparently, quite a few people are under the assumption that Jani was a very spirited child prior to the onset of her Schizophrenia and her parents, in an uncontrolled state, physically assaulted this child as a means to controlling her, triggering her to go inside to deal. It is amazing to me how we can come up with all these conclusions about someone’s life that we lack the privilege of knowing outside of what has been observed in the media and community forums. I urge each of you to remember that without the observation of trained professionals and a proper diagnosis, no one can accurately gauge “when” Jani began to experience Schizophrenia. As we know, simply having imaginary friends and, or places does not constitute signs of a Schizophrenic, since those behaviors can be quite normal for many children. The psychiatric community currently has no documented evidence that concludes that abuse (physical or sexual) is a and, or the causative factor for this psychological disorder.

What comes to mind when I think of the speculation of abuse being the cause and, or a factor of Schizophrenia, I am reminded of the millions of Holocaust victims and the millions of slaves that were physically, sexually, and psychologically abused. The torture that was endured during these historical events were horrific and yet, there is no historical evidence that would lead us to believe that Schizophrenia was present in these populations. It would have been hard to ignore if it had. It would have also been very unproductive for their tyrants.

People seem to be hopping all over the place emotionally in response to Jani’s story because their buttons have been pushed.  Why do we always look for someone to blame?  Is this journey not challenging enough? There is too much speculation without enough evidence.  It is apparent that Jani is a very intelligent child.  She is also very verbal. If she was being abused, it seems likely that she would speak out about it. It is implausible that she would speak about it intentionally with her fragmented bouts with “our” reality, but I do find it probable that she would honestly and unintentionally speak on it or make some sort of reference within the framing of one her many outbursts and moments of sharing. Jani is very adamant about what she wants and does not. From my observation of her during some of the videos, she has no problem making her point when she is dissatisfied. I am not suggesting that this young girl can protect herself or that you should close your eyes and become unobservant to what stands out to you. I am simply saying, before you cast judgment and sentence her parents or anyone else, in any other situation for that matter, make sure your assessments are reasonable.

In addition to the personal attacks on the Schofield family, people have begun attacking, most recent interviewers, Shari Roan (LA Times) and Oprah (Harpo Productions), verbally whipping them in their commentary for allegedly omitting the facts about the physical assaults on this young girl, accusing them both of turning a blind eye.

My question is this, “why would Oprah or Shari, people whose fame largely comes from exposing truths, turn a blind eye to something like that?  What would they have to gain from doing such a thing?” I cannot conceive, with the information currently available to me, how they would gain anything. Maybe I am missing something here, but it is likely a stretch of the imagination, out of a need to justify and blame someone, anyone, to say that Shari and Oprah ignored to report Jani’s alleged abuse. It would actually have benefited them more by bringing those factors to light, considering the business that they are in, if in fact the rumors are true. 1) It adds to the drama of the story (drawing attention to a greater number of viewers/listeners) and  2) It would lend credit to the hypothesis that abuse is a precursor to the onset of this condition, offering greater evidence to the possibility of Schizophrenia as a subcategorical manifestation of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Think about it, we would be identifying abused children by a whole new checklist, not just bumps and bruises or broken bones, but mental disorder. Wow!  The criminal charges behind that would be mind blowing.

During this technological era, we have enormous bits of information at our disposal. Yet, it does not stop us from spreading invalidated rumors. We hear one person say it or we read it somewhere and we automatically assume it’s the truth. This is one of the reasons Snopes.com has become so popular, to encourage people to advocate and pass on good information, to at least attempt to get the facts before arbitrarily cosigning the rumors.  We, as a people, cast too many stones and judge too quickly.  Hasty judgments are made and nasty rumors are spread before substantiating what is real or not, never considering the damage that such accusations can cause. If there is foul play, I am prayerful that those truths will surface.  However, in the meantime, I must give the parents the benefit of the doubt and you should too.

Empathy at this point would be a far stretch in helping those of us on the outside touch the tip of  the iceberg in trying to understand what is going on in the minds, hearts, and lives of this family.  Nonetheless, it is the most realistic sense of comfort that we as a society can offer.  Please send your prayers and hold a vision for healing, not only for Jani, but for her entire family.  Regardless of what perspective you hold on the story, the bottom line is that they all need help and prayers.  Let us be compassionate and extend loving thoughts for the health of the Schofield family and our communities at large.

For those who are unfamiliar with the family and Jani’s story, I have embedded a clip below, compliments of the LA Times.