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A Man Was Trapped Inside His Own Body For 12 Years Tells The Horrifying Tale

Martin was essentially trapped in his own body; he had full consciousness but couldn’t move his body at all. His mind and body were disconnected. 

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Martin Pistorius was an average young boy who grew up healthy until he turned 12. Shortly after his 12th birthday a debilitating illness began to overtake his body. Doctors were baffled and had no idea why he was slowly shutting down. Before too long he was paralyzed physically and mentally.

Twelve long years passed with little to no improvements and all of a sudden things started to get better. Out of nowhere small signs of progress were appearing and when Martin finally woke up, he revealed the shocking truth.

Early life

Growing up in South Africa with his parents the Pistorius family was very typical. Martin had a pretty normal upbringing, like many boys his age he lived cartoons and lived an active lifestyle.

He would play with friends but his real passion came from electronics and their inner workings. It was the early 1980s and everything seemed very normal, until the day Martin got sick, then it all changed. 

Simple beginnings to a terrible illness. What started out as a simple sore throat turned into something much more sinister. 

His parents took him to doctor’s appointment after doctor’s appointment and the symptoms continued to get worse. Martin’s parents were growing more worried and his illness would get much more severe. 

Martin was eventually diagnosed with a very rare form of cryptococcal meningitis and tuberculosis of the brain. These diseases slowly took away Martin’s motor functions and sadly, it would get worse…

The doctor’s prognosis was that Martin’s illness was incurable and his symptoms would progressively get worse. Eventually Martin lost the ability to control his body and he lost all motor functions…

To make things worse, for some odd reason, Martin lost the ability to make eye contact and eventually lost his speech. The illness wrecked little Martin’s body and mind to the point he was basically in a coma, but was that the end? He was trapped and it would get worse.

Rodney and Joan Pistorius wouldn’t believe that their son’s illness was incurable and irreversible. They couldn’t accept that their little boy who just months earlier was healthy, would forever be a vegetable.  They couldn’t believe their son was trapped in a coma.

All the doctors and specialists continued to tell the Pistorius’ that their son would never recover his motor skills and his brain would never get better. They were instructed to take Martin home and wait for him to die… but something incredible happened… he didn’t die.

Parents can’t just sit idly by as their son waits to die, so the Pistorius’ did everything they could to make their son’s live better. They hired nurses to care for him during the day and at night, Rodney would sit by his son, turning him every two hours, so he wouldn’t get bedsores.

Eventually, the family was forced to use a care facility to help with Martin. Everyday, Rodney would wake up at 5am to get his son ready, loaded in the car and drove him to the facility. After eight hours, he would pick up his son, feed him, bathe him and put him to bed and this continued for years.

Martin’s mother struggled with the mounting pressures of raising a boy with these special needs. She recalls a moment when she walked up to Martin and screamed out loud, “I Wish You Would Die!” She was told Martin couldn’t hear her; this was more of a plea to God to help her out and end her son’s suffering.

Then all of a sudden around the age of 16, Martin began to wake up. He started gaining consciousness slowly at first, he couldn’t sense people around him and wasn’t sure what was happening to him. He did however hear what his mom yelled at him in her moment of weakness. His mind would slowly regain its functions but he still couldn’t move or speak.

Martin was essentially trapped in his own body; he had full consciousness but couldn’t move his body at all. His mind and body were disconnected.  Being trapped is the worst possible feeling.

He couldn’t wiggle a toe, look at things or express himself in anyway. He was mentally a child in a man’s body and he had no idea what had happened. Everyone in Martin’s life had become accustomed to him just being there so they began to ignore him, this is when he realized that he may be trapped in his body forever.

He couldn’t signal to his family that he was in there and not a complete vegetable.   He realized that there was no escape from his literal hell he was living in. He couldn’t signal to his family, he would never live a normal life and he was trapped.

Martin ventured deep into his own mind, trying to find an escape from his mental prison. Nobody knew that he was actually not a vegetable, so he got treated like someone who was dead inside.

The care facility would just sit him in front of a TV and he was forced to watch reruns of Barney & Friends on continuous loops. That’s just the beginning of his torture…

The care facility was torturing poor Martin and there was nothing he could do about it. They would pull his hair, feed him boiling hot tea or soup, slap him around and yell at him constantly. They thought he was a vegetable and these people treated him terribly. 

One woman even sexually assaulted Martin on several occasions, straddling him and touching his privates. Martin lived like this for years, but somehow he stayed strong, hoping one day he would be able to stand up for himself.

Martin tried to ignore the harassment because he was still struggling with what his mother said to him. How could she wish death upon him, how was she feeling, and why?

Martin relied on his brain to fix his body. He knew that the only way to heal his depression was to fix his body. Slowly his mind became stronger and eventually all these neurons were firing and his body started to improve. There were signs of movement…

Martin began to make small movements, especially when prompted with certain things. No one noticed because he was a vegetable for so long, people just stopped looking. His aromatherapist noticed the movement first.

This was the breakthrough that Martin needed. His parents were alerted of his movements and doctors immediately began running tests. Eventually he regained all his brain functions again and by the age of 25 he had much of his mobility back.

He was stuck in a wheelchair but he was alive and conscious, the world was shocked. He forgave his mother for the harsh things she said, but he understood where she was at mentally. In 2007, Martin met his true love, Joanne, a social worker. In 2009, he asked her to marry him.

Martin and Joanne are currently married and live in Harlow. He still is in a wheelchair and he must talk using a voice synthesizer, but he is mostly healed up. 

He had to relearn everything; his alphabet, mathematics and he eventually earned a college degree.

Martin tours the world giving motivational speeches and now he wants to learn to drive a car. He passed his written test already and is taking lessons now. After all he has been through, a simple driver’s test should be nothing. He has proven to be stronger than most of us.

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2021 Will Be a Year of Vaccines, Says a Feng Shui Expert

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The coming year will be the Year of the Metal Ox, according to the Chinese calendar. Consequently, experts speculate that 2021 will be a year filled with massive inoculation as the world comes head-to-head against the dreaded novel coronavirus that has already claimed more than a million lives. COVID-19 vaccines will be provided for many, finally allowing people to reclaim a semblance of pre-COVID-19 life.

“It’s a ‘metal’ year, so it’s a year of vaccination because of the metal element. The metal aspect is the needle (used in syringes to administer the vaccine),” explains Marites Allen, a feng shui guru who is popularly called the “Queen of Feng Shui,” in a recent virtual meeting with various writers hailing from different countries. Allen conducted the said meet-up from London where she and her family are currently based. During the digital gathering, she provided the participants with several predictions for the coming year.

In line with Allen’s forecast, the United Kingdom and the United States have already launched their vaccination campaigns. Other countries are following suit as many of them are also slowly rolling out COVID-19 vaccines among their citizens.  

As regards the economy, Allen predicts that investors will turn to technology-based businesses. “Those that have something to do with earth, such as real estate, may also expect a good year,” she shares.

Nevertheless, she mentions that not everyone will be going all-out in terms of investments and other life-changing decisions. This will be due to the fact that 2021 will lack the element of Fire, a major factor that provides optimism to all.

“Some have doubts in their hearts and minds. Trust will not be there in full swing,” Allen adds as she reiterates the need to save up and only spend money on things that are absolutely necessary.

Aside from finances and COVID-19 vaccines, she also mentions several Chinese zodiac signs that will be lucky next year. People who were born in the years of the tiger, ox, rooster, horse, and rabbit may experience a better year ahead, Allen says. Those, however, who were born during the years of the dog, rat, sheep, boar, snake, and dragon must be prepared to face the different challenges that will arrive.

Nevertheless, Allen points out that she, like other feng shui practitioners, does not do fortune telling. “We are just offering them guides on what the general atmosphere may bring,” she shares. She is scheduled to provide a more in-depth look into the different things that 2021 may bring.

Allen mentions that she is trying to embrace the challenges of the New Normal, adjusting to the demands of the new way of life. She claims that it is important for people to do so, as well. Despite the hopeful promise of COVID-19 vaccines next year, she reminds others to continue being careful so as to prevent the still rapid spread of the deadly disease. Furthermore, those who may want to read more about her predictions can find her via her different social media handles.

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The Truth About Covid-19 Vaccines

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It is noted that the Covid-19 vaccines were created in a short limited time. The technology Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have already gone through the US regulatory process and have been in the pipeline for more than a decade, and was made precisely for pandemic events. 

The developed technology works as a plug-and-play technology that requires the virus’s genetic code and is already available after the new coronavirus was identified and isolated. 

Vaccines usually take time to develop because production must be considered to gain a guaranteed market. In this light, the US government has shelled out billions for companies to secure and create vaccines that will undergo clinical trials that would last for months. 

Where can you get the Covid-19 vaccine? 

The trials were done immediately as the pandemic affected so many lives worldwide. Also, academic laboratories and hospitals did their own testing to speed up the trial. The US Food and Drug Administration scientists who probed the data worked non-stop to double-check the information to formulate a vaccine. 

Conversely, the FDA submitted all results to an independent entity called Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee. With this, they voted that both Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are effective and safe. For curious individuals, you can quickly review these results as they were posted online and published in the New England Journal of Medicine. 

People with allergies cannot get the vaccines

People who have an allergic reaction to the vaccines’ ingredients are not allowed to get them. However, its listed ingredients are short and might only include polyethylene glycol. 

Flu vaccines grown in eggs are not allowed for people who have egg allergies and are warned not to get such vaccinations. Consequently, flu vaccines have been developed and reformulated over the years, making it egg-free. Additionally, the Covid-19 vaccines did not maximize eggs and did not contain preservatives that might trigger allergies. 

According to Dr. Elissa Malkin, an assistant research professor of Medicine at the George Washington University and a co-investigator on the Moderna vaccine clinical trials stated that anaphylaxis and other adverse allergic reactions are always considered a potential risk for every licensed vaccine. 

She also stated that it is expected that more people will show allergic reactions to the newly developed vaccines as more people get vaccinated. 

During Pfizer and Moderna’s clinical trials, 80,000 people were involved, and no allergic reactions were seen. However, it is most likely that allergic reactions to the vaccine will appear as it would roll out to millions of people. 

A health worker who experienced an allergic reaction in Fairbanks said that she wanted to get vaccinated again because anaphylaxis is rare and an expected side effect that is treatable and has no long term health implications Covid-19.  

“I’ve seen firsthand the suffering and death of COVID patients, and my adverse reaction to the vaccine pales to what Covid infection can do to people.”

Rumors about the Covid-19 vaccine

There are speculations that the vaccine will permanently alter your DNA. However, this is not true because the vaccines used RNA, which does not stay long in the body. 

Former US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Tom Frieden came up with this analogy:

“An mRNA vaccine doesn’t actually contain the virus itself. Think of it as an email sent to your immune system that shows what the virus looks like, instructions to kill it, and then—like a Snapchat message—it disappears. Amazing technology. ” 

The vaccines are also far safer than getting Covid-19 because they only impose minor temporary side effects. 

Lastly, the coronavirus is not a myth. If it were a conspiracy, then thousands of nurses and doctors, along with every nation, should be against this lie. Unfortunately, it is evident as many people have posted and attested their sufferings because of Covid-19. 

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Beauty Brands are Now Turning Focus on the Home

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Work-from-home (WFH) arrangements and stay-at-home routines are now preventing many from using their makeup collections. These days, most do not have the opportunity—and need—to wear those red lipsticks or smoky eyeshadows that used to drive women in droves to boutiques, salons, and other beauty stores. In fact, many beauty brands have been experiencing a drastic decrease in sales due, especially, to the prolonged onslaught of the epidemic.

Just last week, Ulta Beauty Inc. reported an 8.9% decline in sales during this last quarter. For the upper echelons of beauty brands and products, the NPD Group reports an unfortunate drop of 17% in sales during this year’s third quarter as compared to that of the same period last year.

Nevertheless, the waning of foot traffic and walk-in clients are only some of the reasons why many beauty brands are experiencing massive setbacks. Experts believe that the reasons are more intricate and convoluted that these mere numbers stipulate. Fortunately, these beauty brands including their retailers and resellers understand the root of the problem.

While it is understandable that most people have no reasons to purchase these beauty brands during this time—due, of course, to the lack of opportunities to dress up during this pandemic—many of these beauty brands draw a bulk of their sales from having prospective clients try on their lipsticks, eyeshadows, pencils, liquids, and creams.

Because of the necessity of heeding the anti-COVID-19 protocols, however, many customers are not provided with this age-old activity. So, the less opportunity to check out this makeup implements in person, the less sales are made.

As it happens, several beauty brands like Sephora and Ulta were forced to label their testers as “For Display Only.” This means, then, that customers are hindered from outrightly experiencing these products first-hand, which causes a huge fall in potential sales. Key selling strategies like open conversation between salesperson and client, for instance, have been made limited as well. To that effect, many of the beauty meccas have become ghost towns since the onset of the pandemic.

However, there is hope for these beauty brands—they can cater to stay-at-home individuals, increasing their products for people who are forced to work from home. Because, beauty and self-care are not only needed outside of the home. It is essential for people to maintain a sliver of their beauty regimen even as they are driven to remain within the enclosures of their houses.

Nail care products saw a 13% increase in sales as compared to last year’s third quarter. Body exfoliating products witnessed a 48% climb as well. Hair colors, masks, and other treatments also saw a 48% sales increase.

There is still hope for these beauty brands, then, if they turn their focus on products that can be utilized within the safety of the home. In truth, these cosmetics can even provide psychological and mental health improvement especially for those who are used to being in beauty salons regularly. These do-it-yourself beauty treatments can help.  

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