"A revelation of insight into the foundations of human suffering & transcendence. It not only lays out essential steps for inner freedom and joy but illuminates the way to true human potential." Paul Rademacher, author: A Spiritual Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe

"The masterwork of a profoundly gifted healer of the soul. Dazzling, challenging, wondrously useful." Peggy Rubin, author: To Be and How To Be, Transforming Your Life Through Sacred Theatre

"Rewiring the Soul is one the best introductions to the spiritual life I've ever read. Not esoteric but real-world and practical. The implications are profound." Peter Shepherd, author: Daring To Be Yourself

Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Dalai Lama's New Book: Illuminating the Path to Enlightenment

A new book by HH Dalai Lama Illuminating the Path to Enlightenment is available as a free download here

These are the chapters:
  • Prologue
  • General Introduction
  • Features of the Lam-Rim Teachings
  • Relying on a Spiritual Teacher
  • Becoming inspired to practice Dharma
  • Refuge, Karma and Precepts
  • Seeking freedom from cyclic existence
  • Cultivating the altruistic intention of Bodhicitta
  • The ceremony for generating Bodhicitta
  • Bodhisattva outlook and action
  • The Perfection of Wisdom
  • Appendix 1: A Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment
  • Appendix 2: Lines of Experience
  • Illuminating the Path to Enlightenment: Notes

Photo: Mt. Kailash, Tibet

Friday, May 29, 2009

The Inner Life of a Cell

As always, TED brings us fascinating talks. In this case, we are shown an incredible animation of the inner workings of our cells. The hundreds of thousands of micro-machines inside of each of the trillions of cells in each of our bodies, do some jaw-dropping work. Finally, it is so much easier to imagine what Bruce Lipton refers to when he talks about this micro-universe inside of our bodies.

In this video, medical animator David Bolinsky presents a stunning animation that shows the bustling life inside a cell.

"The Inner Life of a Cell," represents the leading edge of medical animation, in both its technical achievement and its focus on compelling, memorable action. Created as part of the BioVision initiative to help explain cellular processes to students at Harvard's Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, the clip has captured the imagination of the press -- and reportedly, of Hollywood.

Should you have difficulty viewing the video, please click here to see it at the original website.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Time to Change Your Energy Level

If you are feeling bad in any way it's time to change your energy level. How you feel is something you can choose to change. Not because you pretend that whatever you are feeling bad about does not exist, but because:
  • you choose to look at it differently
  • you choose to focus elsewhere
  • you choose to think about it in another way
  • you choose to remain aware at all times (aware of yourself in all ways)
  • you choose to move beyond your current comfort zone
  • you choose not to remain at the energetic level at which you currently find yourself
  • you choose to move your energy higher
  • you choose to recognize that frequently how you feel derives from not having made the choice to forgive someone
  • you choose to take responsibility for how you feel at all times
  • you choose to be grateful at any given moment
  • you choose to move into the now

Feeling bad is a choice ... and you can choose to feel differently.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Foolish Branches

There is an Ojibwa Indian saying: No tree has branches so foolish as to fight amongst themselves.

They arise from the same source. They are all interconnected. Why would they fight?

Why do we fight?

When will we realize we are all from the same source? We are all connected. We are all one.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Using Your Feelings

In the blog I've frequently written about the importance of our feelings, our emotions, our energetic frequency as a barometer that can tell us whether we are on the right track or not.

If you are feeling down, sad, blue, depressed, despairing, angry, jealous, etc., you are definitely not in the place you should be in to get further towards whatever goals you are attempting to achieve. Whether these goals are of a personal nature, regarding major relationships in your life, or whether they are of a professional nature, or academic or financial goals ... none will come to you easily if your inner state is not on a track that can lead you there.

You can easily use your feelings to guage whether you are in synchronicity with whatever it is you wish to achieve. And then, of course, once you realize that your feelings are not in synchronicity, you will need to choose to do something about them.

And to change how you are feeling is not quite as hard as it sounds. It has a lot to do with choice, and it has much to do with what you choose to focus on. If your goal is to build a company up from the ground, or if your goal is to set the world record in making the tallest house of cards, or if your goal is to have a loving relationship in your life ... if you find yourself in a negative state, or sad, or angry, or depressed, then you must realize that such an inner feeling state is anything but synchronized with any of those goals.

Your feelings can guide you through your entire life. Observe them, pay attention to what they are telling you, because when you find that your energetic state is poor, when your feelings are low, they are literally serving as a GPS to move you to a better place.

Photo: Valle de la Luna, Bolivia

Monday, May 25, 2009

The Wonder of You

Another inspiring - and awe-producing - one-minute video from the Institute of Noetic Sciences: their One Minute Shift series.

This one is with Deepak Chopra talking to us about The Wonder of You

If you experience difficulties with the video, view it on YouTube by clicking here

Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Successful Agers: The 90+ Study

The NY Times recently published an excellent article about successful aging by Benedict Carey: Brain Power: At the Bridge Table, Clues to a Lucid Old Age. Together with Joshua Shenk's article about the Grant Study at Harvard in the Atlantic Monthly that I blogged about recently: Happiness & Our Relationships: The Grant Study at Harvard, we are given clear indications of some of the most important factors to bear in mind for a healthy aging process. One that both articles refers to is our social or relationship life.

Carey writes: "For all that scientists have studied it, the brain remains the most complex and mysterious human organ — and, now, the focus of billions of dollars’ worth of research to penetrate its secrets."

The world’s largest decades-long study of health and mental acuity in the elderly is located in Los Angeles. Begun by University of Southern California researchers in 1981 and called the 90+ Study, it has included more than 14,000 people aged 65 and older, and more than 1,000 aged 90 or older.

"In recent years scientists have become intensely interested in what could be called a super memory club — the fewer than one in 200 of us who [...] have lived past 90 without a trace of dementia. It is a group that, for the first time, is large enough to provide a glimpse into the lucid brain at the furthest reach of human life, and to help researchers tease apart what, exactly, is essential in preserving mental sharpness to the end."

“These are the most successful agers on earth, and they’re only just beginning to teach us what’s important, in their genes, in their routines, in their lives,” said Dr. Claudia Kawas, a neurologist at the University of California, Irvine. “We think, for example, that it’s very important to use your brain, to keep challenging your mind, but all mental activities may not be equal. We’re seeing some evidence that a social component may be crucial.”

"So far, scientists here have found little evidence that diet or exercise affects the risk of dementia in people over 90. But some researchers argue that mental engagement — doing crossword puzzles, reading books — may delay the arrival of symptoms. And social connections, including interaction with friends, may be very important, some suspect. In isolation, a healthy human mind can go blank and quickly become disoriented, psychologists have found."

“There is quite a bit of evidence now suggesting that the more people you have contact with, in your own home or outside, the better you do” mentally and physically, Dr. Kawas said. “Interacting with people regularly, even strangers, uses easily as much brain power as doing puzzles, and it wouldn’t surprise me if this is what it’s all about.”

Click here to read the entire (fascinating) article (and see a video with some members of the study) here

Earlier articles in this series from the NY Times are:

Photo: Río Negro, Bariloche Argentina

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Brain Fitness: An Overview of New Advances

A website I mention regularly on this blog is Sharp Brains, co-founded by Alvaro Fernandez. He has just come out with the website's first book, and he describes the way it happened like this:

In 2005 I read two books by my now co-author, Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg, that changed my career and life. Dr. Goldberg presented an exciting overview of emerging brain research debunking many old myths. Reflecting on what I was learning, I thought, "If all this is true, there is a revolution in the making that will impact education, healthcare, the way we learn and the way to take care for our brains. Someone will need to act as a translator, analyst and educator, to help individuals and society at large appreciate the implications of this research and start using this knowledge here and now."

After several meetings with Dr. Goldberg, who kindly responded to my initial unsolicited letter, we decided to partner and create SharpBrains with a mission to "to provide individuals, companies and institutions with independent, high-quality, research-based, information and guidance to navigate the growing cognitive health and brain fitness market."

Since then, we have launched one of the most popular brain websites, blogs and newsletters, two annual market reports that have become the standard in our field, a lifelong learning curriculum taught in multiple universities, and we are now pleased to bring to you our first book. We hope you enjoy it.

The book is: The Sharp Brains Guide to Brain Fitness: 18 Interviews with Scientists, Practical Advice, and Product Reviews, to Keep Your Brain Sharp

Here is what amazon.com has to say about it:

Timely and to the point, The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness is a thorough and highly readable text by Alvaro Fernandez and Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg. In seven meticulously researched and fully annotated chapters with titles like “The Brain and Brain Fitness” and “Brain Training Software: Profiles, Evaluation Criteria and 21 Quick Picks,” the authors provide a concise overview of the four pillars of lifelong brain maintenance and an invaluable perspective on the growing field of Brain Fitness. An accessible and thought-provoking read, this book reviews the most current evidence behind a number of products making brain fitness and brain training claims so that readers can make informed decisions, and also educates professionals and all lifelong learners alike on emerging trends and forecasts of what the future will hold.

About the Author: Alvaro Fernandez is co-founder and CEO of SharpBrains, a leading market research firm covering applications of neuroscience and cognitive science in education and healthcare. He received masters’ in education and business from Stanford University, and teaches at UC-Berkeley Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. A member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils, he has been quoted in The New York Times, CNN, and more. Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg is internationally renowned for his clinical work, research, and teaching in neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience. Co-founder and Chief Scientific Advisor of SharpBrains, he is also a Clinical Professor of neurology at New York University School of Medicine and Diplomat of The American Board of Professional Psychology in Clinical Neuropsychology. He is the author of The Executive Brain: Frontal Lobes and The Civilized Mind and The Wisdom Paradox: How Your Mind Can Grow Stronger as Your Brain Grows Older.

Photo: Bluebay Beach, Zanzibar

Friday, May 22, 2009

Failure: The Secret to Success

You may have seen that I am on Twitter and one of the reasons I am there, is because it is a time-efficient and easy way to follow people such as Deepak Chopra, the Dalai Lama, Marianne Williamson, Jack Canfield, Tony Robbins, and many others.

Not only is it possible to follow people such as the ones I have mentioned, but I can also keep time-efficient tabs on the international press, raw fooders (one of my interests ... as a matter of fact I interview someone from the field of raw food about every 5-7 weeks on my radio show), Miami, Dubai, Cancun, Marbella, and any other place or anything else that hits my fancy.

Recently I noticed a tweet (when someone posts something on Twitter, it is called a tweet) by Tony Robbins about a film called Failure, the Secret to Success.

It's a brief film (8 min), put out by Honda, hugely inspiring, have a look:

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Happiness & Our Relationships: The Grant Study at Harvard

The Atlantic Monthly recently published an article about happiness: What Makes Us Happy by Joshua Wolf Shenk. The article is based on a longitudinal study effected by Harvard covering the lives of 268 young men who entered the university in the late 30's for over seventy years, in order to study their health and well-being over the decades.

The longtime director of the study, George Vaillant, was mainly interested in how these men responded to difficulties that they encountered in their lives, but he was well aware that a mere glimpse into an individual's life was not enough, as it can be "deeply misleading". What is true of a man's reactions to life at age 20 is not necessarily true thirty years later.

Vaillant has written extensively about many of the men in the study (anonymously), and Joshua Shenk, the author of this article, recounts Vallaint's take on one in particular. Vallaint presented him "as an exemplar of how mature adaptations are a real-life alchemy, a way of turning the dross of emotional crises, pain, and deprivation into the gold of human connection, accomplishment, and creativity. ´Such mechanisms are analogous to the involuntary grace by which an oyster, coping with an irritating grain of sand, creates a pearl,´ he writes. ´Humans, too, when confronted with irritants, engage in unconscious but often creative behavior.´"

By the time the members of the study were reaching retirement, Vaillant identified "seven major factors that predict healthy aging, both physically and psychologically."
  • employing mature adaptations
  • education
  • stable marriage
  • not smoking
  • not abusing alcohol
  • exercise
  • healthy weight
Vaillant concluded that in order to reach the age of 80 in a good place, five or six of these factors had to be in place at age 50. Of the men who only had 3 or 4 of these factors in place at age 50, none reached the age of 80 in a good place.

One of Vaillant's main interests was the power of relationships. "It is social aptitude, not intellectual brilliance or parental social class, that leads to successful aging." When asked what he had learned from the men in the Harvard study, he responded: "the only thing that really matters in life are your relationships to other people."

The article is enormously interesting and goes into great detail about the study. Read the entire article here.

You can also watch George Vaillant here on this 6-minute video talking about Harvard's enormously fascinating study of 268 men for over 70 years.

In it he says a number of things I wanted to enumerate:
  • Aging is a lot less scary than people think it is
  • The take home lesson is always to enjoy where you are now
  • Playing and loving and working is what is important
  • Loving is probably the most important
  • Happiness is love

    If you have difficulties viewing the video, click here to see it at the original website.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Body and Your Thoughts

The messages that are sent out by Abraham remind us that even our body plays its role in reacting to what we think about. Law of Attraction is effective in all sectors of our lives. The energy of thoughts and feelings creates energy of another kind even in the body.

Here is one of the most recent ones:

Do you have to think specific positive thoughts about your body in order for your body to be the way you want it to be? No. But you have to not think the specific negative thoughts. If you could never again think about your body and, instead, just think pleasant thoughts -- your body would reclaim its place of Well-being.


Sunday, May 17, 2009

Radio Program "Re-Wiring the Soul" June 2009

Once a month I post the current list of topics for my weekly radio show, live every Wednesday at Rewiring the Soul.

This is what the June 2009 schedule looks like:

  • June 3: Brenda Cobb: Cancer Survivor Thanks to Raw Food. Brenda Cobb, Founder and Director of the Living Foods Training Center, overcame breast and cervical cancer without the use of drugs or surgery by following the simple principles of detoxification and nutrition. She also got rid of allergies, acid reflux, indigestion, arthritis, obesity, age or liver spots, and gray hair. Her eyesight even improved! She looks and feels 10 years younger than she did 10 years ago. Click here for Brenda’s website and here for a direct link to the show. Note: due to last-minute programming changes this show will air live at 7 pm Central European, 1 pm EDT or 10 am PDT.

  • June 10: Stella's Mum Gets Her Groove Back: A True Story by Elisabetta Franzoso: Elisabetta Franzoso's story of her triumph over traumatic childhood events shines a light where there has traditionally been much darkness. Building the foundations for a future that breaks the chains with our past has to be a deliberate choice. Elisabetta Franzoso made that choice 10 years ago and started on an emotional journey of change and growth. She has had the courage to speak out and share her story, which provides insight, wisdom and inspiration for us all. Elisabetta spent many years hiding in shame and denial that she, like so many millions of other children had been physically, verbally, emotionally and sexually abused. Join me to hear her story. Click here for Elisabetta’s website and here for a direct link to the show.

  • June 17: Resonance Repatterning with Michael Fisher: Michael Fisher, originally from South Africa, and located in Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada joins me today to discuss a healing method known as Resonance Repatterning. "All matter consists of vibrating wave patterns of energy. Therefore, all problems or symptoms of distress are also frequency wave patterns of energy." Click here for Michael’s website and here for a direct link to the show


From now on the show will be at 7 pm European time and 1 pm Eastern or 10 am Pacific.

  • June 24: Martina Sheehan: Neuroscientific Approaches to Brain Training and Happiness Train your 100 billion neurons to live well and work well with Brain Trainers™ You might not realise it, but you have been training your brain since the day you were born. Everything you learn, everything you think, and everything you do trains the billions of neural connections in your brain and builds habits that can last a lifetime. Use Brain Trainers™ to focus on the habits you want to strengthen in your life. Join me to speak with Martina Sheehan, Director reinvention® and Brain Trainers™ about these cards that she and her partner Susan Pearse have developed and will be developing.
    Click here to access the show See their website http://www.brain-trainers.com/

    Ways To Listen:

    1. LIVE on the web here
    2. Past episodes here (these episodes only include shows since Januray 14th, 2009. For prior shows see the next point). These clips are for listening when the show is no longer live, for downloading, etc.)
    3. Listen to over 150 archived audio files on my website (in the past it has always taken some time for me to get new shows up on my website due to logistical problems. Now, with the new program Re-Wiring the Soul, new clips will be up in a matter of minutes, for re-listening or downloading ... for adding to ITunes or your IPod)
    4. You can also listen to past episodes on my blog ... scroll down on the right sidebar to just below the photo of myself wearing earphones

    Show Time & Equivalent Times in Other Locations:

    (Locally: 12 noon CET: Central European Time) or go to http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html to convert from your time zone

    - 12 noon (European Central Time) Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Rome (local: Marbella, Spain)
    - 1 am Hawaii
    - 6 am New York City
    - 7 am Mexico City
    - 1 pm Cape Town
    - 2 pm Moscow
    - 3 pm Dubai
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    - 7 pm Hong Kong
    - 8 pm Tokyo
    - 10 pm Sydney

    Participating in the Show:

    If you want to call in during the show, call this US number (646) 727-1281. You can also - at the show's website - "click to talk" online, with no need to make a phone call.

    Alternatively, you can chat with me and other listeners online during the show by signing in once you are at the site of that day's episode (see above as listed at the end of each show's description).

    Information About This New Show

    Many changes have taken place at the local studio where I had been broadcasting for the past five years from 2003 - 2008, and they finally closed their doors to the international section of their station.

    Hence, I am continuing to broadcast via another medium and under the name Re-wiring the Soul.

    After five years of broadcasting a conventional radio show in Southern Spain about topics in the broad (and frequently eclectic) fields of integral psychotherapy and positive psychology, I wanted to venture further abroad. Thanks to my incredible interlocutor at the station, Brenda Padilla, we managed to produce 150 audio clips from that show and they are all available via my website or blog.

    Re-wiring the Soul is the result of my desire for a change. Psychology per se is good, but we need to reach much further in our quest to create the balanced human being. The mission statement for this show might be
    “using all tools available via nutrition, fitness, psychology, cutting-edge empirical research, holistic therapies, spirituality, neuro-science, etc. to further the growth of the soul.”

    This call-in talk show welcomes and interviews guests from all walks of life, although occasionally I will be speaking alone. Those of you who have listened to my past programs know that the main message I have always woven through the shows has consisted of the need for becoming aware and then making good choices from this position of awareness. On this show that will be our guiding dictum.

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Laughter & Tears in Midst of Hunger

Chicken a la Carte: Director: Ferdinand Dimadura Genre: Drama Produced In: 2005

This film is about the hunger and poverty brought about by Globalization. There are thousands of people dying everyday due to hunger and malnutrition. This short film shows a forgotten portion of the society. The people who live on the refuse of men to survive. What is inspiring is the hope and spirituality that never left this people.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Where is Your Attention?

Consider where your attention tends to be during your day. Obviously part of your attention is on the things you must do. Get up, exercise (I hope), shower, eat breakfast, drive to work, work, have lunch, more work, drive home, have dinner, do household chores, watch TV, go to bed.

I am aware of the fact that the day I have portrayed sounds abominable for its lack of anything at all in it to redeem it (maybe the food? the scenery on the drive to work? maybe you enjoy the exercise?) ... but in a nutshell, that is, in fact, what many people's Monday - Friday lives boil down to. (And if the Monday to Friday is not good, the probability that the weekend will be better is not great, or even if it is, it may be plagued with headaches, backaches, etc., trying to call your attention to the fact that you need to change something about your life). Add in a spouse or live-in partner, factor in some kids, parents-in-law or other relatives, add in night studying to prepare yourself for greater ease in the job market, and the daily routine becomes even more congested with elements that may not give you great joy (or, if you've become more aware, perhaps they do).

So here's the thing: in this day of yours, where is your attention?
  • Is it on the fact that you don't like your day?
  • Or is it on the fact that you find your day mind-numbingly routine?
  • Or is it on the fact that you don't like your job?
  • Or the commute to work?
  • Or that you find your car embarrassing?
  • Or that you are so tired because you didn't get enough sleep?
  • Or that you are dreading the presentation you have to give at the meeting at work today?
  • Or that you find your colleagues stultifying?
  • Or that you are worried because your doctor told you that you will have to cut down on the cholesterol?
  • Or that you need to exercise and never seem to find the time?

So let's assume that your attention is on some of those points, or others of a similar nature. Now what happens to your energy while your attention is there? After all, attention in that place means that your attention is in a negative place, and therefore your energy can't possibly be high. And apart from the fact that when your inner energy, the frequency at which you are vibrating inside of you, is low, due to the place where your attention is, things like your immune systems are implied, and so it would be easier, for example, for you to catch a cold, or the swine flu, it also means that what your are sending out there for yourself in the world, can't possibly reflect anything positive back to you.

So it's very important to catch yourself in the act of having your attention on the wrong things. You can do that more easily by paying attention to the way you feel. When you realize you are low on that vibratory scale (which right now may be most of the time), you know that you have to do something about it. And one of the things to do, is to re-focus, focus on something else, something that gives you pleasure, something that excites you.

So here you are in the car thinking about the dreariness of your commute, and you can focus on the brilliance of the blue sky. Or you can focus on what you are planning to do so that the commute will soon be a thing of the past (as in re-engineering your life so that you can find a different job), or you can daydream for a bit, by focusing on something that suffuses you with pleasure, such as, for example, sailing around the world on a sailboat, or re-tracing Marco Polo's Silk Road in a Jeep. The possibilities are endless, and it is - of course - up to you to come up with some scenarios that will give you pleasure, but in so doing, you change the energy of your self, and once that is done, it will be easier for you to focus on the here and now with a new outlook.

Pay attention to where you attention is and you may change your life.

For more ideas about this, read some of my (many) earlier posts on energy.

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Meditation & Brain Growth

Science News has published an article indicating that meditation may result in brain growth.

A group of researchers at UCLA used high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to scan the brains of people who meditate. In a study published in the journal NeuroImage ,the researchers report that certain regions in the brains of long-term meditators were larger than in a similar control group.

Read entire article here

Photo: Corniche - Abu Dhabi (UAE)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Walking Together In the Shadow of a Rainbow.'

An enchanting story by Tom Sears and a mother bear and her 5 cubs that he managed to photograph not only the year the cubs were born - already an almost impossible feat, but to photograph them again the following year.

This photo is the first one he shot of the entire family:

And by clicking here you can find the entire story and the second photo one year later.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

What Would the World Look Like If It Embodied Our Highest Potential

The Global Oneness Project has come out with a magnificent film about possibilities. Our world at its highest potential.

You know how children and students react when a teacher believes in them? They do better, they get better grades, they begin to give greater credence to the version of themselves that the teacher or parent sees, perceives, or believes could be possible...

Watch this 25 minute film. Maybe you will also improve just by seeing what is possible.

And remember: change does not happen out there ... it starts inside ... inside each of us.

If you experience difficulties viewing the video, please go to the original website here:

Saturday, May 9, 2009

What If Your World Were an Illusion? LEAP: The Movie

Here's a new - potentially - thought-provoking film in the style of What the Bleep Do You Know? and The Secret.

Have a look at the trailer here

Here is what the link for the movie in YouTube says:

If you're ready for a movie that stretches far beyond secrets and melts the rabbit hole, turn on LEAP! and let your adventure begin. If you saw The Secret or What The Bleep, but felt you wanted more depth and meaning, you are ready to go on a journey far beyond where those films left off. Youre ready for LEAP!

Two filmmakers set out to explore the ancient spiritual idea that our world is an illusion. As their journey deepened they were taken on a cosmic adventure to the source of reality itself, and through personal breakthroughs to more love, abundance and creativity than they thought possible. Along the path they made discoveries that will change your life profoundly for the better.

LEAP! features interviews with many of the greatest visionaries, scientists and authors in the world today. It is mind-expanding, heart-opening, and a real treat for the senses.

If you're finally ready to be pointed to YOUR TRUTH, turn on Leap! Visit us at: http://www.leapmovie.com/

Friday, May 8, 2009

Greens and Mineral Broth for Osteoporosis

Contrary to what we are normally led to believe, Dr. Ben Kim, chiropractor and acupuncturist in Barrie, Ontario, Canada, writes an informative article about steps to take towards the prevention of osteoporosis.

Here are the highlights (each point is explained in detail in the article):

How to Build and Maintain Healthy Bones
  • Be physically active.
  • Eat mineral-rich foods on a regular basis.
  • Consider drinking mineral-rich broths on a regular basis.
  • Ensure adequate vitamin D status.
  • Eat high quality fats and cholesterol.
  • Learn how to effectively manage emotional stress.
  • Avoid regular consumption of foods that may cause your bones to lose calcium
  • Regularly eat foods that are rich in vitamin C.

Dr. Ben Kim ends the article with this thought-provoking paragraph:

I hope that this article makes it clear that your bones are active organs that are slowly supported or eroded by every food and lifestyle choice that you make. Addressing osteoporosis with a calcium supplement or drug without regard for your overall health will not allow you to build and maintain the healthiest bones that your genetics and upbringing will allow. If you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, please be encouraged by this article; weakened bones can become healthy again if you consistently make the right choices in the days ahead.

Read the entire article here.

Photo: Oman - Musandam Peninsula

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Judging ... A Noxious Habit We All Need To Eliminate

I was recently in Dubai, Oman, and Abu Dhabi. It was not my first visit to the Gulf, and as before, I enjoyed my time there enormously.

Nevertheless, being faced with women wearing (mainly) black abayas on a frequent, if not constant basis, does make a Western woman think. One thinks about how differently one has been raised, one thinks about what for one might signify freedom, for the other might signify a lack of morality. And so on. There are no swift and easy answers.

But ... as I said, it does make one think. And so I was highly interested in a recent CBS News article by Mary Walsh about her experiences as a female reporter in Saudi, a Gulf country that I have not visited, although I have made the acquaintance of a number of its citizens. Read her impressions (and readers' comments) here .

And watch the 60 Minutes video about the story she went to Saudi to write about below:

(If you experience difficulties in viewing the video, watch it at the original website here)

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Judge Not...Lest One Day You Find Yourself In That Place

Connie Culp's face was injured in ways we can barely fathom. She has been through multiple surgeries to allow her to breathe and barely function. She was a lovely young woman prior to these injuries, and has had to live with a face that has nothing to do with the one she was born with.

In December of last year she was able to undergo face transplant surgery, and now has a face that is immeasurably less disfigured than her own after the injuries, but continues to be a face that does not look like what we consider a face to be.

This brave woman has now faced the media and has shared something with us all of great value:

You never know what might happen. You might get in a car wreck and think you're beautiful one day, so don't judge people who don't look the same as you do, because you never know. You never know, one day it might all be taken away.

We judge so much ... every day, in so many moments, by standards we often don't even know how we arrived at ... let's use the words of this courageous young woman to learn a lesson ... the outside is never as important as the inside, and externals are not a great way to make decisions about anyone.

Watch the MSNBC video of Connie Culp addressing the media here.

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If you have difficulty viewing this video, go to the original website to see it here