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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Creating New Neural Pathways (And Getting a Better Life in the Process)

Here's how the practice of mindfulness and the practice of focusing on positive experiences alters areas of the pre-frontal cortex, the area of the brain that is directly behind the forehead, the area the most differentiates the human from the animal species. In other words, the neuroplasticity of the brain, or the flexibility of the brain, allows it to change when we do certain things. And doing things like being mindful and practising to focus on positive experiences (also gratitude, beauty, etc.), create changes (as per psychiatrist Daniel Siegel, author of - among others - The Mindful Brain: Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-Being, in these functions:
  • regulation of body functions
  • emotional balance
  • social communication
  • mental flexibility
  • empathy
  • insight (awareness of self)
  • regulating fear
  • intuition
  • morality for the good of all
Isn't that reason enough to begin to be mindful???

Here's a wonderful podcast of an interview with Dr. Siegel on the Brain Science Podcast hosted by the magnificent Ginger Campbell, MD. Clicking on the link will take you to the site where you can either listen to the archived audio file or download it.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Our Craving For Stimulation - Any Stimulation

The TV was on over lunch and it was tuned to one of the international cable news channels. Another attack in another Middle Eastern country which caused yet another number of unnecessary and tragic deaths. We see this every day. But what caught my attention was the television anchor cautioning the listener that the images we were about to see would be disturbing.

Disturbing? Because they will show us what they probably would not / could not show us if the deaths had occurred in a Western nation? Disturbing because - as opposed to a violent movie - these were going to be scenes of a real death, not a movie death.

But what struck me more than everything was the fact that they placed such attention on letting the viewer know what was about to come. It was going to be disturbing.

Wouldn't it make more sense that they merely state the facts without showing the blood, gore and dead bodies? Wouldn't that be less disturbing? But they know perfectly well that they will pull the viewer in with those words. We know we will be seeing real death and destruction. And because our adrenalin - just like the Romans when they watched Christians getting chewed up by lions - still revvs up when we hear words like those pronounced by the TV anchor.

Why do you think we like horror movies? (I know, not all of us, but many). It's the adrenalin rush. It makes us feel. And why do we need to feel? Because in many instances our feelings have been numbed, by life, by drugs or prescription medication, by lack of another, healthier kind of stimulation, and by a lack of awareness of the richness of the self.

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Photo: Bora Bora

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Our Language Affects Our Thinking

Once again, TED, one of my favorite websites for brief videos that stir the neural pathways, published a thought-provoking video I've embedded below. Aimee Mullin was born without fibular bones, and had both of her legs amputated below the knee when she was an infant. She learned to walk on prosthetics, then to run -- competing at the national and international level as a champion sprinter, and setting world records at the 1996 Paralympics in Atlanta. At Georgetown, where she double-majored in history and diplomacy, she became the first double amputee to compete in NCAA Division 1 track and field.

In this video she discusses what happens depending on how we decide to use language - specifically with a word heavy on negative connotations - such as disability.



If you experience any difficulty in viewing this video on my blog, please click here in order to view it at the original website.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Awareness Is Distinct From Mental Activity

Your thoughts may come willy-nilly. They may take you here and there, tossing and turning your emotions, depending on what these thoughts are about. You may find yourself laughing at remembering your niece walking for the first time, every so often plopping down on a padded diapered bottom when she lost her balance, and standing up again, or you may feel pain, or even cry, as you hear the lyrics: Can't live, if livin' is without you... and in the next moment you may be frozen with fear as you wonder how you will pay for your bills at the end of the month.

All of that has been mental activity. There has been little or no awareness, other than awareness of the fact that you felt like laughing, crying, or that you were afraid.

But there was no awareness that you could have had a hand in all of this.

In other words, you could choose where your thoughts were going to take you. You could, therefore, choose whether you wanted to experience the above-described emotions or not. How's that for a good idea?

But in order for that to happen, you would need to begin to bolster this state of awareness, encourage and foster it as much as possible in your daily life in order to make it become second nature. Generally speaking, we are not aware in this sense, generally speaking we do allow our thoughts to come and go willy-nilly, and hence, generally speaking, our lives are lived as though we were leaves in the wind, where we are blown here and there by whatever thoughts we may be harboring, but that we have not chosen.

One of the elements of becoming aware is that you become capable of choosing your thoughts, of choosing what you decide to focus on, and therefore, of choosing - in a much greater way than you do with mere mental activity - the manner in which your life unfolds.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Kissing: Its Effect on the Brain

Since it's Valentine's Day, I thought I'd share something I've written about in the past about the effects of kissing on the brain. Anthropologist Helen Fisher, author of numerous books, including:
indicates that kissing may produce:
  • Lust (by driving up the testosterone)
  • Romantic love (by driving up the oxytocin)
  • Deep feelings of attachment (by driving up dopamine)
All of this evidently helps to either bring a couple together in the first place or to keep it together after time has passed.

In this brief video Helen Fisher discusses the effect of kissing on the brain:


If you experience difficulty viewing the video here on the blog, please click here to view it on the original CBS website

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Workshops February - June 2010

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Upcoming Workshops
from the
Conscious Journey Within Series
Read about all 13 Workshops in the Series by clicking here
February 6 (Thursday) Mini Workshop from 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Learning to Love the Self


(Repeat workshop. If you attended the one in December or January, you are welcome to come to this one at no charge)


In this short workshop you will learn new techniques that you can begin to apply right now in order to feel better about yourself, in order to begin to love yourself in a healthy way, promoting well-being in your physical self, your psychological self, your emotional self and your spiritual self. (Cost 25 € if registration and payment are completed prior to Tuesday, Feb. 4th midnight, or 35 € thereafter).

February 11 (Tuesday - WEEKLY GROUPS)
Lunch & Learn / Drink Coffee & Discover


Lunch & Learn Beginning January 12th, weekly meetings of Lunch & Learn are scheduled. Bring your lunch in a paper bag and learn while you lunch. Each meeting will run 90 minutes from 14:15 – 15:45. Weekly cost is 10 €.


Participation is by registering for a minimum of 6 consecutive meetings.


Feb 4: Learning how to deal with your own anger
Feb 11: Can jealousy be handled?
Feb 18: What can we do about depression
Feb 25: Happiness and how we can achieve it daily


Drink Coffee & Discover: With enough interest, weekly meetings of Drink Coffee & Discover can be also scheduled for non-working home-makers from 10:00-11:30 on Thursdays.


List of dates and weekly topics will be supplied to interested parties


16 febrero (martes - GRUPOS SEMANALES)
Almorzar y Aprender / Tomar Café y Descubrir


Almorzar y Aprender: Empezando el 13 de enero, se darán charlas semanales de Almorzar y Aprender. Trae tu almuerzo en un Tupper o en una bolsa de papel y aprende durante la comida. Cada reunion sera de 90 minutos desde las 14:15 – 15:45. Durante la mitad del tiempo hablaré sobre el tema de la semana, y el resto del tiempo, será una charla general. El coste es de 10 € semanales.


Se hace la inscripción con un mínimo de 6 reuniones consecutivas.


Febrero 16      Aprendiendo a trabajar con tu enfado
Febrero 23     ¿Se pueden controlar los celos?
Marzo 2         ¿Cómo se puede vencer la depresión?
Marzo 9         La felicidad – conseguirla a diario


Tomar Café y Descubrir: Si hay suficiente interés, se organizarán reuniones semanales de Tomar Café y Descubrir para personas que no trabajan en una empresa ajena durante el horario de 10:00-11:30.


La lista de fechas y temas semanales se dará a las personas interesadas.

16 febrero (martes)
GRUPO SEMANAL DE APOYO PARA CANCER

El enfoque de este grupo no es solamente apoyar a todos aquellos que han sido diagnositicados recientemente con cáncer, sino también a todos aquellos que llevan viviendo con la enfermedad desde hace tiempo. Debido al hecho de que el mensaje subyacente de este grupo de apoyo será de efectuar cambios que realcen la vida desde el punto de vista de cómo se percibe el cáncer, es decir, desde el punto de vista holistico, cuerpo, mente y espíritu, el grupo también da la bienvenida a todos aquellos que convivan con un miembro de la familia que tenga cáncer, o que tengan un amigo en dichas condiciones. Poder continuar a vivir con un enfoque positivo a pesar del diagnóstico o de la enfermedad, poder reconocer que cuánto más hagas por ti mismo desde dentro, tanto mayor será la posibilidad de vencer la enfermedad. Esta es la meta primordial de este grupo.

Los martes desde las 12:00 - 13:30. Coste: 10 € por sesión pero se requiere un mínimo de 10 reuniones consecutivas.


February 18 (Thursday)
CANCER SUPPORT GROUP (WEEKLY)

This group aims at supporting not only those who have been recently diagnosed with cancer, but also those who have been living with the disease for some time. Due to the fact that the underlying message of this support group will be to effect life-enhancing changes in how the cancer is viewed, from the holistic point of view, i.e., body, mind, spirit, it also welcomes family members and caretakers of those who are ill. Being able to continue to live with a positive mind-set despite the diagnosis or the illness, being able to recognize that the more you do for yourself on the inner level, the greater your chances for overcoming the disease, is the overarching aim of this group.

Weekly on Thursdays from 12 noon to 13:30. Cost 10 € per group, but a minimum commitment of ten consecutive sessions is required.


25 febrero (jueves) Mini Taller de 19:30 – 21:30
Aprendiendo a Amarse a Uno Mismo


En este taller breve, aprenderás nuevas técnicas que puedes empezar a usar ahora mismo para sentirte major en tu piel, para que puedas empezar amarte de una manera más sana, promoviendo así tu bienestar físico, psicológico, emotivo y spiritual. (25 € si la inscripción y el pago se hacen antes del martes 19 a medianoche, o 35 € después). Si ya viniste a una sesión previa de este taller, puedes volver a asistir gratuitamente.


March 4 (Thursday) Mini Workshop from 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Learning to Love the Self


(Repeat workshop. If you attended the one in December or January, you are welcome to come to this one at no charge)


In this short workshop you will learn new techniques that you can begin to apply right now in order to feel better about yourself, in order to begin to love yourself in a healthy way, promoting well-being in your physical self, your psychological self, your emotional self and your spiritual self. (Cost 25 € if registration and payment are completed prior to Tuesday, March 2nd midnight, or 35 € thereafter).


March 13 (Saturday) Marbella
Emotional Unavailability in Relationships:
What does it say about your partner? More importantly: What does it tell you about YOU?


Why do some people frequently find themselves in relationships with emotionally unavailable partners? Why are some individuals emotionally unavailable, yet seek out relationships with unwitting partners who - at least initially - have no idea what they are letting themselves in for? Is emotional unavailability a character flaw? Or does it come about due to conscious and unconscious decisions made throughout the lifespan based on disturbingly painful experiences? Is the attraction to an emotionally unavailable partner inevitable; does it signify there is something wrong with you; or is it also a product of difficult prior experiences? Finally: can any of this be changed?

March 20 (Saturday) Marbella
Learning How to Tap: EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) & Your Health and Well-being


Tapping has been around for about 20 years, and yet most people are only now beginning to hear about it. I’ve been using it for about a decade and in my private practice it has become a most helpful tool. EFT is an energy technique (it uses the energetic meridians to work on blockages in the body’s system) that has been used on just about everything: migraines, panic attacks, relationship pain, jealousy attacks, worry, fear, back-aches, etc. EFT is not hard to learn yourself, and in this workshop you will not only get an introduction, but some real, hands-on training, as well as a manual to use when you are at home. (Cost 60 € ).


April 17 (Saturday) Marbella
Life Focus, Intention, and Success: Understanding the Law of Attraction and Applying it to Your Immediate Life



We’ve all seen The Secret, we’ve all been inundated with information about the Law of Attraction, and I hear people telling me over and over again: “But how do I apply this information? It just doesn’t work for me, because I have no idea how to make use of it.” This workshop aims at resolving precisely that dilemma.


May 15 (Saturday) Marbella
Jungian Dream Symbolism and Interpretation in Relationships: How your Anima and Animus appear in your dreams to show you the direction you are taking

Have you ever wondered what your dreams really mean? Is it possible that you dream for no real reason? Or do you dream because your dreams are in fact a mechanism by which your subconscious mind tries to communicate with your mind? If so, then it might be very important to not only remember your dreams but particularly, to learn how to understand them. This introductory workshop focuses on exploring a variety of dream interpretation techniques and on beginning to understand the rich symbolism of dreams, because by understanding your dreams, you can also acquire a greater degree of self-awareness and self-understanding. (60 €)


June 12 (Saturday) Marbella
Past Life Regression:
Its Role in Healing Unresolved Parental Issues and Relationship Difficulties


How many people have done a great deal of work on themselves and their relationships in therapy, in exercises of all types, in bodywork, meditation, and all kinds of other practices, only to find that although they may have gained a great deal of understanding, and their stress levels may have decreased substantially, that they have in fact, not solved the initial problem? In cases such as these, past life regression is frequently the method that finally brings them the answers they have been searching for with such fervor. Past life regression weaves together strands of eternal connection between you and others in your life that have had an important impact on you - whether that impact was positive or negative. One method for resolving the impact that was created is by re-living and understanding the bond or links that you share with the other person. This workshop which also includes a lengthy experiential group regression session, aims at explaining not only these fundamental timeless associations, but also how past life regression may be a tool in their comprehension.

VENUE:

Marbella: Guadalmina Alta (San Pedro de Alcantara)

Time: (for Saturday workshops): 10:30 – 14:30. Doors open at 10:00 (all other workshops, see times above)

Cost: 60 € in advance (bank transfer or deposit or cash), by the Thursday prior to the workshop date (midnight), or 85 € thereafter.

Exceptions:


Astrology Workshop – Cost 100 €
Mini Workshops – Cost 25 €
Lunch & Learn (see above)

Further Information:


Email: info@advancedpersonaltherapy.com
Phone: +34 952 929 071

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Doctors Who Are Curing Cancer

Knockout: Interviews with Doctors Who Are Curing Cancer--And How to Prevent Getting It in the First Place
The latest book written by prolific non-medical professional Suzanne Somers: Knockout: Interviews with Doctors Who Are Curing Cancer--And How to Prevent Getting It in the First Place came to me right after another friend had succumbed to breast cancer. Due to that death, that I felt was so unnecessary, as well as due to the death of so many from my inner circle over the past years --- almost all to cancer, and due to my own bout with it several years ago, I felt impelled and obliged to read this one.

The book is filled with interviews with doctors who are curing cancer, doctors who are showing a much better rate of survival than the one we find in usual oncology-speak of about 5%, doctors who don't tend to go down the surgery-and-chemo-route, and yet doctors who are physicians, not doctors who are charlatans or worse.

Some of these doctors have been jailed (due to allegations by the FDA - here in Spain similar organisms have done the same to other doctors who also work on the healing side as opposed to mutilating side of cancer treatments), others are ridiculed, and so on, but judging by the reports contained in this book, all are revered by their oncology patients. That kind of says it all.

Go have a look at the book using the link above, read some of the readers' comments (not all like the book), buy it, and judge for yourself. If I ever had cancer again, after what I learned during my own bout with it, as well as watching so many die from it, I can tell you that the one road I not would go down is the one that connects to mutilating surgery and devastating chemotherapy. There are other choices and there is hope!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Letting Love Guide You

This is a hard one. Letting love guide you sounds so spiritual, so good, so something that the typical reader of my newsletters might actually be interested in doing, and yet, and yet ... it is not easy.

Letting love guide you means many things, some of which are:
  • letting go of being right (sign up to receive my February 2010 newsletter to read more about that
  • letting go of ego (the part of you that insists so much, and so frequently, and so loudly that it knows better than you)
  • understanding that from here on you will think differently about your thoughts, feelings, and actions when something happens that is not to your liking, and therefore leaving your comfort zone
  • allowing compassion for others to fill you
  • remembering your boundaries, but remembering that to uphold them, you need not insist on being right
  • looking at yourself each time you wish to react in unkind or thoughtless ways
  • remembering the importance of what Tolle has called the pain body, i.e., the blind, unaware reaction to anything that evokes a strong feeling response in you, and then resolving to change that response
  • realizing that letting love guide you does not mean only with regards to others, but also, and very particularly, with regards to yourself
Why is is so hard for us to let love guide us? Doesn't much of it have to do with the fact that we need to be right? Or - in other terminology - we need to win? Where does kindness go in those instances ... those many, many instances?

And here's another thing: we don't practice it, so it never becomes a habit.

How can you acquire a habit if you don't practice? Have you ever tried to rid yourself of complaining? Remember the man who started the 21-day-no-complaint challenge? Well I took him up on it, and although I haven't mastered it to perfection, I now rarely find myself complaining, and because I don't, I've become so much more aware of how much time we humans tends to spend on such a useless activity, that only serves to make us feel less good than we could. Then I started working on judgement and criticism. I'm still working. But of course, in the process, I've become so much more aware of the times that I do it. So although it's still a work in progress, and may continue to be so for a long, long time, it's nevertheless continually at the forefront of my conscious mind, and so it is much easier for me to continually remind myself - if I begin to judge or complain - that I actually don't want to go down that road. So I'm practicing. And it's certainly not always easy. My ego likes to remind me, if I walk down the road of judgement, that after all, because I understand so much more about this and that than others, I am allowed to judge... and of course, that is far, far, far from the truth. So I do battle with my ego. I inform it that it is not in charge. I may strengthen my resolve by reading something that keeps me on the right road, or listen to something that does the same job. In other words, I try to support that part of me that wants to be non-judgemental, by making more and more choices that lead me there.

Letting love guide you is like that too. First you need to be convinced that this is a muscle you wish to develop. Then you keep reminding yourself that this is on your list, and when you find yourself in a position where you can make the choice, you make it. And if you make a bad choice because you forgot your good intentions, you forgive yourself (love yourself), tell yourself that at least you remembered that you forgot to make the right choice, and resolve to do better next time.

For whom are you doing this? Yes, for others, of course, but remember, you are, in fact, also doing it for yourself  because the more you allow love to guide you, the more you will be filled with love, and the more you are filled with love, the closer you are to that being that you came here to become.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Compassion & Forgiveness

I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
Invictus by William Henley

In the movie Invictus, starring Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela, and directed by Clint Eastwood, Freeman recites the above lines to demonstrate how Mandela was able to give himself encouragement and motivation in those long decades in Robben Island.

But the true beauty of this magnificent film is how it once again underlines the enormity of Mandela's spirit in feeling compassion and being able to forgive all that was done to him after he was released and became South Africa's first black president. He was no only an inspiration and example to his fellow countrymen, but he is and shall remain an example to us all.

Let's attempt to emulate him in order to create in our global community what Mandela intended for South Africa: equality and peace.

The full poem from which the above two lines were taken follows below:

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

Invictus by William Henley


Photo: Nelson Mandela at the World Cup Rugby Final in Cape Town, June 24, 1995

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Research Suggests Antidepressants Are Basically Expensive Candy

Research is taking us to a place I have been longing for ... a place where it is finally and conclusively proven that anti-depressants are "basically expensive tic-tacs", as an article in Newsweek reports.

This is not to say that patients don't improve, and often do so substantially, "on SSRIs, tricyclics, and even MAO inhibitors, a class of antidepressants that dates from the 1950s. This improvement, demonstrated in scores of clinical trials, is the basis for the ubiquitous claim that antidepressants work. But when Kirsch (one of the authors  of a 1998 clinical trial which examined 38 manufacturer-sponsored studies involving just over 3,000 depressed patients) compared the improvement in patients taking the drugs with the improvement in those taking dummy pills—clinical trials typically compare an experimental drug with a placebo—he saw that the difference was minuscule. Patients on a placebo improved about 75 percent as much as those on drugs. Put another way, three quarters of the benefit from antidepressants seems to be a placebo effect."

"To be sure, the drugs have helped tens of millions of people, and Kirsch certainly does not advocate that patients suffering from depression stop taking the drugs. On the contrary. But they are not necessarily the best first choice. Psychotherapy, for instance, works for moderate, severe, and even very severe depression. And although for some patients, psychotherapy in combination with an initial course of prescription antidepressants works even better, the question is, how do the drugs work? Kirsch's study and, now, others conclude that the lion's share of the drugs' effect comes from the fact that patients expect to be helped by them, and not from any direct chemical action on the brain, especially for anything short of very severe depression."

"But if experts know that antidepressants are hardly better than placebos, few patients or doctors do. Some doctors have changed their prescribing habits, says Kirsch, but more "reacted with anger and incredulity."

Irving Kirsch, Ph.D. is the author of The Emperor's New Drugs: Exploding the Anti-depressant Myth.

"The boy who said the emperor had no clothes didn't endear himself to his fellow subjects, and Kirsch has fared little better. A nascent collaboration with a scientist at a medical school ended in 2002 when the scientist was warned not to submit a grant proposal with Kirsch if he ever wanted to be funded again. Four years later, another scientist wrote a paper questioning the effectiveness of antidepressants, citing Kirsch's work. It was published in a prestigious journal. That ordinarily brings accolades. Instead, his department chair dressed him down and warned him not to become too involved with Kirsch."

"But the question of whether antidepressants—which in 2008 had sales of $9.6 billion in the U.S., reported the consulting firm IMS Health—have any effect other than through patients' belief in them was too important to scare researchers off. Proponents of the drugs have found themselves making weaker and weaker claims. Their last stand is that antidepressants are more effective than a placebo in patients suffering the most severe depression."

A JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) study from early January 2010 concluded that "Most people don't need an active drug. For a lot of folks, you're going to do as well on a sugar pill or on conversations with your physicians as you will on medication. It doesn't matter what you do; it's just the fact that you're doing something."

Note: "Kirsch warns—in boldface type in his book, which is in stores this week—that patients on antidepressants not suddenly stop taking them. That can cause serious withdrawal symptoms, including twitches, tremors, blurred vision, and nausea—as well as depression and anxiety."

Read entire article here.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

More On the Wonders of Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a topic I mention frequently on this blog, simply because so much new information about its benefits for our health are coming to light. Not only the naturopathic and alternative sectors are singing its praises, but also mainstream medicine and the mainstream press, as we can see in this article in today's NY Times:

"Imagine a treatment that could build bones, strengthen the immune system and lower the risks of illnesses like diabetes, heart and kidney disease, high blood pressure and cancer."

"Some research suggests that such a wonder treatment already exists. It’s vitamin D, a nutrient that the body makes from sunlight and that is also found in fish and fortified milk." [...]

“People may have high vitamin D levels because they exercise a lot and are getting ultraviolet-light exposure from exercising outdoors,” Dr. Manson said. “Or they may have high vitamin D because they are health-conscious and take supplements. But they also have a healthy diet, don’t smoke and do a lot of the other things that keep you healthy.”

"Dr. Manson is leading a major study over the next five years that should provide answers to these questions and more. The nationwide clinical trial is recruiting 20,000 older adults, including men 60 and older and women 65 and older, to study whether high doses of vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids from fish-oil supplements will lower risk for heart disease and cancer. (Learn about taking part in the study at http://www.vitalstudy.org/ )." [...]

"Vitamin D is found throughout the body and acts as a signaling mechanism to turn cells on and off. Right now, the recommended dose from food and supplements is about 400 international units a day for most people, but most experts agree that is probably too low. The Institute of Medicine is reviewing guidelines for vitamin D and is expected to raise the recommended daily dose."

"Study participants will take 2,000 I.U.’s of vitamin D3, believed to be the form most easily used by the body. The study will use one-gram supplements of omega-3 fish oil, about 5 to 10 times the average daily intake."


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