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Jul. 11th, 2010

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Ho'oponopono

I operate my life and my relationships according to the following insights:

1. The physical universe is an actualization of my thoughts.
2. If my thoughts are cancerous, they create a cancerous physical reality.
3. If my thoughts are perfect, they create a physical reality brimming with LOVE.
4. I am 100% responsible for creating my physical universe the way it is.
5. I am 100% responsible for correcting the cancerous thoughts that create a diseased reality.
6. There is no such thing as out there. Everything exists as thoughts in my mind.

Jul. 8th, 2010

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FOOD or Industrial Chemicals

Should Your Vitamin and Mineral Supplements Be Made from
100% FOOD or Industrial Chemicals?

Amazingly, 98.97% of people who take so-called 'natural' vitamin products are taking vitamins that are composed of petroleum derivatives,
oils, hydrogenated acetone-processed sugars, and/or irradiated animal fats. And nearly all of the people who take mineral products are taking minerals which are crushed rocks processed with industrial chemicals.

University studies* demonstrate that FOOD Nutrients are Better!

  • No amount of isolated ascorbic acid will ever have the anti-glycation properties of DHA or the negative Oxidative Reduction
    Potential (ORP) of FOOD vitamin C.
    Research has proven that the body can only convert 266-400 mcg of folic acid (folic acid is always synthetic) into usable methylfolate per day, leaving any remaining folic acid to be absorbed into the body causing potential disorders of folate metabolism.

  • The "chlorides", "acetates", "phosphates", "sulfates" and other binding substances in so-called "natural" minerals either accumulate in
    the body or must be disposed of-where is the wisdom in subject­ing your body to that?

  • FOOD brand products never have binders or non-food fillers which place a load on the body to eliminate them.

  • FOOD selenium has been shown to be nearly twice as retained as non-food selenium.

Give your body the FOOD it needs and deserves!

All the vitamins and minerals in FOOD brand products are 100% FOOD. Unless your supplement company is willing to tell you that its vitamins and minerals are 100% food and contain no unnatural isolates, their products are not FOOD.

FOOD brand vitamins and minerals come from these vegetarian foods:

Acerola cherry, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, horsetail and other herbs, kelp, nutritional yeast, oranges, rice, and water thyme.

FOOD brand products contain no isolated USP (United States Pharma­copoeia) vitamins or industrial mineral salts. FOOD brand vitamins
are the real choice for FOOD vitamin and mineral supplementation.

We invite you to visit our website for more scientific information on the wisdom of consuming FOOD nutrients vs. industrial chemicals.

IF YOUR SUPPLEMENT IS NOT 100% FOOD, DO YOU REALLY WANT TO SWALLOW IT?

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If You Are Not Taking FOOD Minerals, The Ones You Are Taking Are From
Rocks Processed With Industrial Chemicals!*
Are Any of These in Your Mineral Supplement?

     

BORIC ACID - is the rock known as sassolite. Used in weatherproofing wood, fireproofing fabrics, and as an insecticide.

CALCIUM ASCORBATE - is calcium carbonate processed with ascorbic acid and acetone. It is a manufactured product used as a "non-food" supplement.

CALCIUM CARBONATE - is the rock known as limestone or chalk. Used in the manufacture of paint, rubber, plastics, ceramics, putty, polishes, insecticides, and inks. Used as a filler for adhesives, matches, pencils, crayons, linoleum, insulating compounds, and welding rods.

CALCIUM CHLORIDE - is calcium carbonate and chlorine and is the by-product of the Solvay ammonia-soda process. It is used for antifreeze, refrigeration, and fire extinguisher fluids. Also used to preserve wood and stone. Other uses include cement, coagulant in rubber manufacturing, dust control of unpaved roads, freezeproofing coal, and increasing traction in tires.

CALCIUM CITRATE - is calcium carbonate processed with lactic and citric acids. It is used to alter the baking properties of flour.

CALCIUM GLUCONATE - is calcium carbonate processed with gluconic acid (which is used in cleaning compounds). It is used in sewage purification and to prevent coffee powders from caking.

CALCIUM GLYCEROPHOSPHATE - is calcium carbonate processed with dl-alpha-glycerophosphates. It is used in dentifrices, baking powder, and as a food stabilizer.

CALCIUM HYDROXYAPATITE - is crushed bone and bone marrow. It is used as a fertilizer.

CALCIUM IODIDE - is calcium carbonate processed with iodine. It is an expectorant.

CALCIUM LACTATE - is calcium carbonate processed with lactic acid. It is used as a dentifrice and as a preservative.

CALCIUM OXIDE - is basically burnt calcium carbonate. It is used in bricks, plaster, mortar, stucco, and other building materials. It is also used in insecticides and fungicides.

CALCIUM PHOSPHATE - tribasic is the rock known as oxydapatit or bone ash. It is used in the manufacture of fertilizers, polishing powders, porcelain, pottery, and enamels.

CHROMIUM CHLORIDE - is a preparation of hexahydrates. It is used as a corrosion inhibitor and waterproofing agent.

CHROMIUM PICOLINATE - is chromium III processed with picolinic acid.  Picolinic acid is used in herbicides.

COPPER ASPARTATE - is made from the reaction between cupric carbonate and aspartic acid (from chemical synthesis). It is a manufactured product used as a "non-food" supplement.

COPPER (cupric) CARBONATE - is the rock known as malachite. It is used as a paint and varnish pigment; plus as a seed fungicide.

COPPER GLUCONATE - is copper carbonate processed with gluconic acid. It is used as a deodorant.

COPPER SULFATE - is copper combined with sulfuric acid. It is used as a drain cleaner and to induce vomiting.

DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE - is the rock known as monetite, but can be made from calcium chloride and sodium phosphate. It is used as a "non-food" supplement.

FERRIC PYROPHOSPHATE - is an iron rock processed with pyrophosphoric acid. It is used in fireproofing and in pigments.

FERROUS LACTATE - is a preparation from isotonic solutions. It is used as a "non-food" supplement.

FERROUS SULFATE - is the rock known as melanterite. It is used as a fertilizer, wood preservative, weed-killer, and pesticide.

MAGNESIUM CARBONATE - is the rock known as magnesite. It is used as an antacid, laxative, and cathartic.

MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE - is magnesium ammonium chloride processed with hydrochloric acid. It fireproofs wood, carbonizes wool, and as a glue additive and cement ingredient.

MAGNESIUM CITRATE - is magnesium carbonate processed with acids. It is used as a cathartic.

MAGNESIUM OXIDE - is normally burnt magnesium carbonate. It is used as an antacid and laxative.

MANGANESE CARBONATE - is the rock known as rhodochrosite. It is used as a whitener and to dry varnish.

MANGANESE GLUCONATE - is manganese carbonate or dioxide processed with gluconic acid. It is a manufactured item used as a "non-food" supplement.

MANGANESE SULFATE - is made from the reaction between manganese oxide and sulfuric acid. Used in dyeing and varnish production.

MOLYBDENUM ASCORBATE - is molybdenite processed with ascorbic acid and acetone. It is a manufactured item used as a "non-food" supplement.

MOLYBDENUM DISULFIDE - is the rock known as molybdenite. It is used as a lubricant additive and hydrogenation catalyst.


 

POTASSIUM CHLORIDE - is a crystalline substance consisting of potassium and chlorine. It is used in photography.

POTASSIUM IODIDE - is made from HI and KHC03 by melting in dry hydrogen and undergoing electrolysis. It is used to make photographic emulsions and as an expectorant.

POTASSIUM SULFATE - appears to be prepared from the elements in liquid ammonia. It is used as a fertilizer and to make glass.

SELENIUM OXIDE - is made by burning selenium in oxygen or by oxidizing selenium with nitric acid. It is used as a reagent for alkaloids or as an oxidizing agent.

SELENOMETHIONINE - is a selenium analog of metbionine. It is used as a radioactive imaging agent.

SILICON DIOXIDE - is the rock known as agate. It is used to manufacture glass, abrasives, ceramics, enamels, and as a defoaming agent.

VANADYL SULFATE - is a blue crystal powder known as vanadium oxysulfate. It is used as a dihydrate in dyeing and printing textiles, to make glass, and to add blue and green glazes to pottery.

ZINC ACETATE - is made from zinc nitrate and acetic anhydride. It is used to induce vomiting.

ZINC CARBONATE - is the rock known as smithsonite or zincspar. It is used to manufacture rubber.

ZINC CHLORIDE - is a combination of zinc and chlorine. It is used as an embalming material.

ZINC CITRATE - is smithsonite processed with citric acid. It is used in the manufacture of some toothpaste.

ZINC GLUCONATE - is a zinc rock processed with gluconic acid. Gluconic acid is used in many cleaning compounds.

ZINC LACTATE - is smithsonite processed with lactic acid. Lactic acid lactate is used as a solvent.

ZINC OROTATE - is a zinc rock processed with orotic acid. Orotic acid is a uricosuric (promotes uric acid excretion).

ZINC OXIDE - is the rock known as zincite. It is used as a pigment for white paint and as part of quick-drying cement.

ZINC PHOSPHATE - is the rock known as hopeite. It is used in dental cements.

ZINC PICOLINATE - is a zinc rock processed with picolinic acid. Picolinic acid is used in herbicides.

ZINC SULFATE - can be a rock (historically known as "white vitriol') processed with sulfuric acid. It is used as a corrosive in calico-printing and to preserve wood.

* DID YOU KNOW:  With the exception of chromium GTF (which occurs in living organisms), two-word mineral descriptions on supplement labels (i.e. calcium phosphate, magnesium carbonate) are referring to some type of industrially-processed rock and not a mineral form found in food.  Minerals in foods are in elemental forms with protein chaperones (not chemically-bound like industrially-processed rocks).

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How To Read Your Vitamin Labels

The structural and chemical forms of Food and synthetic nutrients are normally different. Read the label of any supplement to see if the
product is truly 100% Food. If any Non-Food vitamin analogue is listed, then the entire product is probably not Food (normally it will be
less than 5% Food). Vitamin analogues are cheap (or not so cheap) imitations of vitamins found in foods.
 
Vitamin Food Nutrient Non·Food Vitamin Analogue*
Vitamin A/ Retinyl esters; mixed carotenoids. Vitamin A acetate; vitamin A palmitate
 Betacarotene   betacarotene (isolated).
Vitamin B-1 Thiamin pyrophosphate (food). Thiamin mononitrate; thiamin hydrochloride;
    thiamin HCL.
Vitamin B-2 Riboflavin, multiple forms (food). Riboflavin (isolated); Non·Food vitamin B2.
Vitamin B-3 Niacinamide (food). Niacin (isolated); niacinamide (isolated).
Vitamin B-5 Pantothenate (food). Panthothenic acid; calcium pantothenate.
Vitamin B-6 5'0 (beta-D) pyridoxine. Pyridoxine hydrochloride; pyridoxine HCL.
Vitamin B-9 Folate. Folic acid.
Vitamin B-12 Methylcobalamin; Cyanocobalamin; hydroxycobalamin.
  deoxyadenosylcobalamin.  
Vitamin C Ascorbate; dehydroascorbate. Ascorbic acid; most mineral ascorbates.
Vitamin D Mixed forms, primarily D3. Vitamin 01 (isolated); Vitamin 02 (isolated); Vitamin 03
    (isolated) ; Vitamin 04 (isolated); ergosterol (isolated);
    cholecalciferol (isolated); lumisterol.
Vitamin E RRR·alpha·tocopherol (food). Vitamin E acetate; most mixed tocopherols;
    all·rac·alpha·tocopherol; d-|--alpha-tocopherol;
    d-alpha-tocopherol (isolated); di·alpha-tocopheryl
    acetate; all acetate forms.
Vitamin "H" Biotin. All non-yeast or non-rice vegetarian forms.
Vitamin K Phylloquinone. Vitamin K3; menadione; phytonadione; synthetic
    naphthoquinone.

* Note: This list is not complete and new analogues are being developed all the time. Also the term '(isolated)" means that if the word

"food"
is not near the name of the substance, it is an isolate (normally crystalline in structure) and is not the same as the true vitamin
found in
food.
 
What Is Your Vitamin, Really?
 
Vitamin Food Nutrient Non·Food Vitamin Analogue and Some Process Chemicals
Vitamin A/ Carrots Methanol, benzene, petroleum esters; refined oils.
 Betacarotene    
Vitamin B-1 Nutritionalyeast,rice bran. Coal tar derivatives, hydrochloric acid.
Vitamin B-2 Nutritional yeast, rice bran. Synthetically produced with 2N acetic acid.
Vitamin B-3 Nutritional yeast, rice bran. Coal tar derivatives, 3-cyanopyridine.
Vitamin B-5 Nutritional yeast, rice bran. Condensing isobutyraldehyde with formaldehyde.
Vitamin B-6 Nutritional yeast, rice bran. Petroleum ester & hydrochloric acid with
    formaldehyde.
Vitamin B-9 Broccoli, rice bran. Processed with petroleum derivatives and acids.
Vitamin B-12 Nutritional yeast. Cobalamins with cyanide.
Vitamin C Acerola cherries, oranges. Hydrogenated sugar processed with acetone.
Vitamin D Nutritional yeast. Synthetically produced with irradiated animal fat
    and other substances.
Vitamin E Rice Trimethylhydroquinone with isophytol; refined oils.
Vitamin "H" Nutritional yeast, rice bran. Biosynthetically produced.
Vitamin K Spinach Synthetic napthoquinone derivative.


How To Read Your Mineral Labels
 
With the exception of Chromium GTF (which is the form in which chromium is found in food), if the minerals are listed using two words
(such as calcium carbonate, calcium citrate, chromium picolinate, magnesium oxide, or zinc chloride), then the minerals in your supplement are commercially processed rocks. Read inside for more information.

Jun. 8th, 2010

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Healing as an Art

What's Science Got to Do With It?
by Susun S Weed

Once upon a time, healing was considered an art. Healing was understood by all to be a complex interaction between the patient, the healer, the community of living people, the communities of the plants and animals (and insects and rocks and fish), the communities of the non-living people (such as ancestors, spirit guides, and archetypes) and that mysterious movement known by so many names: Creator, God/dess, All High.

The healing arts included a keen knowledge of human behavior, a thorough knowledge of plants, a flair for the dramatic arts, especially singing/chanting and costuming/body painting, and a comprehensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry. (If you think these areas are not arts, look at the system used by Traditional Chinese Practitioners which includes such "organs" as the triple heater and a dozen different pulses.)

Art does not preclude or oppose science. Science is, after all, only the honest testing of ideas and the ability to observe clearly the confusing relationship of cause and effect. The best of science is deeply indebted to art. Art understands that science is left-brained and art is right-brained, and a whole brain includes both.

Science, however, is not so easy with art. Science believes art is superstition. Science believes art is fuzzy, soft, not-replicable, and therefore untrustworthy. (It is interesting to me that the Liberal Arts University I attended -- UCLA -- required students to take a variety of science courses, but the Science College I turned down -- MIT -- did not require students to study the arts.) Science defines itself as factual and art as fantastical.

Truly great scientists understand the need to honor intuition along with information. But the world is rarely run by the truly great. So bit by bit, the art of healing is denigrated and the science of healing is venerated. The healer spends more and more time interacting with machines and drugs and technology and less and less time with the patient; more and more time studying books and less and less time learning about the strange, symbolic, provocative powers of the psyche. The healer focuses more and more on fixing the sick individual and less and less on the patient's need for wholeness in self, family, and community.

The herbalist becomes a biochemist. The pharmacist no longer needs to know botany. Herbs are presented as drugs in green coats. And the active ingredient is the only one worth mentioning.

Is this what I want? Is this what drew me to herbs? Is this what fascinates me about herbal medicine? My answer to all these questions is absolutely NOT. While acknowledging the usefulness of science, I maintain the right-brain's superior abilities in the art of healing. I defend the rights of the miracle-workers, the shamans, the witch doctors, the old-wif herbalists, the wise women, those who have the skill, the personal power, and the courage to midwife the changes -- large and small, from birth to death and in between -- in the lives of those around them.

Herbal medicine. Magical plants. Psycho-active plants. There is a thread here, and it goes a long way back. At least 40,000 years. The plants say they spoke with us all until recently. Forty thousand years ago we know our ancestors were genetically manipulating, hybridizing, and crossbreeding specific psychedelic plants. And using them in healing. Maria Sabina, one of the twentieth century's most renowned shamanic healers, went into the forest as a small child and ate psilocybin mushrooms because they spoke to her. She healed only with the aid of the
"little people" (mushrooms) and she healed not just body but soul. In the Amazon, the students of herbalism, of healing, are apprenticed to psychoactive plants as well as to human teachers.

There is a lot of talk lately about the active ingredients in plants. I've had many a chuckle as product ads claim to have the most of this or that only to be superseded by the announcement that a new, better, more active active ingredient has been found.

For example, when Kyolic Garlic was shown by Consumer Reports to have virtually no allicin (the "active" ingredient), Kyolic countered with an ad campaign claiming superiority because it contained a different, stronger, active ingredient.

For instance, most standardized St. John's/Joan's wort tinctures are standardized for hypericin. But the latest research shows that hyperforin is the real active ingredient!

To illustrate: an article several years ago in JAMA on use of Ginkgo biloba to counter dementia explained that no active ingredient from among the several hundred constituents present had been determined and it was, in fact, likely that the effect resulted from a complex, synergistic interplay of the parts. An article in the New York Times, however, cautioned readers not to use ginkgo until an active ingredient had been established.

It happened to me: An MD on a menopause panel with me told the audience that no herb was safe to use unless its active ingredient was measured and standardized. What can I say? To me the active ingredient of a plant is the very part that cannot be measured: the energy, the life force, the chi, the fairy of the plant, not a "poisonous" constituent. To the healer/artist/herbalist, the active part of the plant is that part that can be used by the right brain to actively, chaotically, naturally, "jump the octave" and work a miracle. This active part is refined away in standardized products, for the real active part is the messy part, the changeable part, the subtle part, and the invisible part.

Does science have anything to do with it? Certainly! The process of identifying specific compounds in plants, replicating them in the laboratory and mass-producing them as drugs cannot be replicated by or superseded by any healer or herbalist. Preparation of standardized drugs protects the consumer (usually) and protects the plants from over-harvesting (although the net effect on the environment may be detrimental).

If we put into the lap of science anything having to so with measuring and certifying, then surely I beg science to be the guardian of the purity of the herbs we trade in our commerce, knowing that art is the guardian of the purity of the herbs we gather ourselves. (A tip from the apprentice book: When Harvesting put only one kind of plant in a basket. This allows one to quickly and easily notice if an interloper has been mistakenly introduced.)

This story doesn't have an ending, for it is ongoing. The dance of health and illness, of art and science (and don't forget commerce) has no pause. So the ending of our tale is not happy, but neither is it sad. Take a look, the real ending of the rainbow is in your own heart.

To learn about the three traditions of healing, see Healing Wise by Susun Weed.

May. 18th, 2010

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Nomadic Itch

Nomadic Itch

Nomadic Itch

Written by Cherie Ve Ard

Topics: Nomadic Lifestyle

While our nomadic spirit is constant, our desire to be in actual motion waxes and wans. We go through periods of constant motion, a new place every night or two.  And then we crave stillness to absorb what is around us and concentrate on momentum in other areas of our lives.  And when the nomad is still for too long, she eventually craves motion again.

It’s a nagging feeling that you’ve learned all you can for now at this location and you’re meant to be somewhere else, experiencing something new. It’s not a reflection of the current place at all – as great as the people are, as great as the scenery is, as perfect as the climate may be – it’s simply time to move on.

We’ve come to call that feeling the Nomadic Itch.

And its cure doesn’t come in a creme or pill form. When the itch hits, it’s simply time to move on. The nomad designs their life to be mobile for the ability to scratch that itch when it calls.

Nomads always know that nothing is permanent in their lives, and we must really appreciate the now. That’s why we sometimes feel compelled to fully embrace where we’re at, for we know the itch may flair up at anytime and we’ll be heading on down the road. Sometimes the feeling of unfinished business just doesn’t override the feeling of being still too long.

Some nomads may get the itch after just a couple days. Others may thrive best with several month long stays. Some have a lot of variability. There’s no formula for how much motion one must have to be a nomad.  The trick is being able to listen to yourself and find your own unique balance between motion and stillness, of routine and of change.

What’s your balance? How have you designed your life to respond to the itch when it hits?

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A couple thoughts on how to live a nomadic lifestyle…

“What you own ends up owning you.”

  • Carry a low “life overhead”: remember that “owning little” is as much of an attitude or an approach to life than a description of how much you carry with you.
  • The more expenses you have, the more you have to make to cover expenses, the more you have to work.
  • Give away what you don’t need. And while you’re on a trip, don’t carry what you don’t need: consider donating to goodwill, giving away things to friends, or mailing unneeded items and souvenirs back to your home base.

Leave an impact but leave no trace.

  • Leave a positive impact on people’s lives. People have enough of their own worries in their lives, don’t burden them with your daily problems.
  • Be a good houseguest; bring a sleeping bag, pillow and linens, and use them.
  • Always carry a towel.
  • Buy meals and bring alcohol.
  • Consider alternate accommodations near your friends; it could make all of your lives easier.
  • Be respectful of people’s lives while you are out gallivanting. You’re a tourist and want to explore, see new sights, eat at restaurants and tour the town, but think about what you would normally be doing on a Tuesday night after you’ve gotten back from a day at work, running errands, paying bills and living the daily life.
  • Ask questions, soak up information. Respect people’s time, thank them, and learn to both accept and give graciously. Remember what you’ve received when it’s your turn to give.

Live for the upside and the downside.

  • Travel carries its ups and downs: carry both in your memories.
  • Learn to create your own oasis wherever you are. Use it.
  • Be flexible; stuff happens, schedules shift and unexpected delights force you to re-think your plans.
  • Live for the angles in life. Learn where to find the best places to stay in towns. Learn when to visit tourist locations, when to do your shopping, when to explore areas, where to go. Learn how to negotiate. Learn your way around towns fast, where to find markets, daily needs, tourist sights and hidden gems.
  • Take advantage of the upsides. Explore when you have the opportunity; a return or another chance might never come.
  • Be prepared for the downsides. Plan on spending to replace things that break, get lost, get stolen. Photocopy important documents and store online and offline. Create backups. Use webmail. Carry important digital documents and files on USB sticks. Use an online backup service like Mozy (a personal thanks to Anil for the reminder).
  • Whatever happens, by the nature of simple probability it probably won’t be the worst thing that has ever happened to you or will happen to you.
  • We never know it at the time, but you might be living the defining moment of your life right now. What would you do if it was?

What are your tips?

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Feb. 10th, 2010

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Re-Wilding

It's nice when you feel a certain way, but annot articulate it until you see it written out somewhere.
I'm a huge believer in the ned to Re-Wild ourselves. The Following, are not my words, but I'm totally on this train:

"For most green/anti-civilization/primitivist anarchists, rewilding and reconnecting with the earth is a life project.
It is not limited to intellectual comprehension or the practice of primitive skills, but instead, it is a deep understanding of the pervasive ways in which we are domesticated, fractured, and dislocated from our selves, each other, and the world, and the enormous and daily undertaking to be whole again. Rewilding has a physical component which involves reclaiming skills and developing methods for a sustainable co-existence, including how to feed, shelter, and heal ourselves with the plants, animals, and materials occurring naturally in our bioregion. It also includes the dismantling of the physical manifestations, apparatus, and infrastructure of civilization. Rewilding has an emotional component, which involves healing ourselves and each other from the 10,000 year-old wounds which run deep, learning how to live together in non-hierarchical and non-oppressive communities, and deconstructing the domesticating mindset in our social patterns. Rewilding involves prioritizing direct experience and passion over mediation and alienation, re-thinking every dynamic and aspect of our reality, connecting with our feral fury to defend our lives and to fight for a liberated existence, developing more trust in our intuition and being more connected to our instincts, and regaining the balance that has been virtually destroyed after thousands of years of patriarchal control and domestication. Rewilding is the process of becoming uncivilized."

Who's with me??








 

Sep. 29th, 2009

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My Exact Age

As of now:


I have been living for 43 years, 1 months, and 25 days.
My age in months - 517 months
My age in weeks - 2251 weeks
My age in days - 15762 days
My age in hours - 378288 hours
My age in minutes - 22697280 minutes
My age in seconds - 1361836800 seconds
I've seen 10 leap years.

Jun. 29th, 2009

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color code your eating

color code your eating...

by janet zimmerman - the press enterprise

nutritionists recommend eating five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day for optimum health. but only a third of americans fulfill that requirement, according to the government estimates. in hopes of getting more people to eat their veggies, the national cancer institute, the american cancer society and other groups have teemed up on a ' 5 a day for better health ' campaign.

they are promoting a colorful diet, with recommendations to eat produce from the five color groups every day. each color represents different phytochemicals, which are plant compounds that fight cancer, heart disease and the effects of aging.

phytonutrients, also known as phytochemicals, are natural plant compounds that can help protect against cancer, heart disease and age-related cognitive and physical decline. research also has linked the compounds - which include antioxidants, vitamins and minerals - to strong bones and teeth and reduced incidence of muscular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness among the elderly.

researches know that none of the phytochemicals work alone, they are boosted by each other, the more variety you get, the more benefits you get. and that is why health experts promote a color-coded diet.

here is a breakdown of the groups and their benefits:

blue & purple- benefits - lowers risk of some cancers, helps maintain healthy urinary
tract, boosts memory function, aids in healthy aging.
includes - blackberries, blueberries, black currants, dried plums, elderberries, purple figs, purple grapes, plums, raisins, purple asparagus, purple cabbage, purple carrots, eggplant, purple belgian endice, purple peppers, potatoes [ purple fleshed ], black salsify.

green - benefits - lowers risk of some cancers, aids in vision health, promotes strong bones and teeth.
includes - avocados, green apples, green grapes, honeydew, kiwifruit, limes, green pears, artichokes, arugula, asparagus, broccoflower, broccoli, broccoli rabe, brussel sprouts, chinese cabbage, green beans, green cabbage, celery, chayotesquash, cucumbers, endive, leafy greens, leeks, lettuce, green onions, okra, peas, green pepper, sugar snaps, peas, spinach, watercress, zucchini.

 white - benefits - raises heart health, maintains cholesterol levels that are already healthy, lowers risk of some cancers.
includes - bananas, brown pears, dates, white nectarines, white peaches, cauliflower, garlic, ginger, jerusalem artichoke, jicama, kohlrabi, mushrooms, onions, parsnips, potatoes [white fleshed ] shallots, turmips, white corn.

yellow & orange - benefits - helps sustain a healthy heart, promotes vision health, boosts immune system, lowers risk of some cancers.
includes - yellow apples, apricots, cantaloupes, yellow figs, grapefruit, golden kiwifruit, lemons, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, yellow pears, persimmons, pineapples, tangerines, yellow watermelon, yellow beets, butternut squash, carrots, yellow peppers, yellow potatoes, pumpkin, rutabagas, yellow summer squash, sweet corn, sweet potatoes, yellow tomatoes, yellow winter squash.

red - benefits - raises heart health, boosts memory, helps maintain healthy urinary tract, lowers risk of some cancers.
includes - red apples, blood oranges, cherries, cranberries, red grapes, pink and red grapefruit, red pears, pomegranates, raspberries, strawberries, watermelon, beets, red peppers, radishes, radicchio, red onions, red potatoes, rhubarb, tomatoes.

if you are shooting for a healthful diet packed with colorful fruits and vegetables, don't forget the nuts. nuts provide the brown color. here we have another plant food that is traditionally not viewed as a fruit; but could be used instead of animal products with health advantages. said dr. joan sabate, a loma linda university professor, who has spend 15 years studying the benefits of nuts.

nuts contain antioxidants, which help prevent heart disease, said sabate, chair of the university's nutrition department. they also provide fiber and high quality protein without the fat. one of sabate's studies, published in 1993 in the new england journal of medicine, found positive effects on blood cholesterol in healthy young men who replaced some of the saturated fats in their diets with walnuts.

other research has shown similar benefits for almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pistachios and peanuts.

be well. treat the planet well

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Toxic Avenger the Musical

Toxic Avenger the Musical
THIS JUST IN!! -- TOXIC AVENGER named BEST OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL - 2009 THEATRE FANS CHOICE AWARDS (BROADWAY WORLD)!!
Toxic Avenger the Musical! is now the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical!
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