Choosing the route of mindful parenting is far from the traditional style of “do it because I said so”, a familiar phrase heard by children across the globe by parents and elders. Treating children as inferior to adults is the foundation of this mindset, and the ways this presents itself in the parent-child relationship are often very subtle. For example, even in the way we talk about "raising" children assumes that parents have an authoritarian role in the relationship, and this mindset can often lead to many unintended traumas and harms that perpetuate suffering that is passed from generation to generation. It's important to be aware of even how we talk about our relationship with our children if we want to shift to a truly supportive and nurturing role as parents that empowers our children to be who they are as whole individuals and express their full potential. There is
Turmeric’s Healing Roots By Joshua Avritt, MS             According to a 2012 survey put out by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 23 to 25 million people in the U.S. suffer from pain on a regular basis [1].  Additionally, chronic diseases such as depression, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, and stomach conditions are all on the rise [2].  Interestingly, virtually all of these health conditions stem from the same root problem: inflammation.  Now inflammation is an important part of our immune system.  It is needed to fight off infections, heal wounds, repair cellular damage, and grow tissues.  However, if inflammation tips out of balance due to many various factors (e.g. toxic eating habits, environmental toxins, chronic stress, unresolved emotional/psychological trauma, lack of antioxidants, etc.), then we increase the risk of developing one or many of these chronic diseases.  Western medicine will routinely treat these imbalances with multiple drugs that
For over 75 years, this famous study has tracked the lives of 724 men. This was the strongest predictor they found for a happy and healthy life. What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it's fame and money, you're not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you're mistaken. As the director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life.   Robert Waldinger · Psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, Zen priest Robert Waldinger is the Director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, one of the most comprehensive longitudinal studies in history.  
Flu Vaccine Effectiveness How effective is the flu vaccine, and will getting vaccinated reduce the severity of your illness even if the vaccine is a poor match to circulating influenza virus strains? While public health officials insist vaccination is the best way to prevent the seasonal flu, the evidence calls this assumption into question, and most health care professionals won’t even get the flu shot if it’s voluntary.1 In its 2014 meta-analysis2 of the available research on inactivated influenza vaccines, the Cochrane Collaboration (which is considered by many as the gold-standard for scientific meta-reviews), reviewed evidence related to influenza and influenza-like illness (ILI) that people experience during flu seasons and stated: “Over 200 viruses cause ILI, which produces the same symptoms (fever, headache, aches, pains, cough and runny nose) as influenza. Without laboratory tests, doctors cannot distinguish between ILI and influenza because both last for days and rarely cause serious illness or
What's Inside This Article: Non-toxic cleaning recipes that really work (ALL PURPOSE CLEANING, DISHES, LAUNDRY, GLASS/MIRRORS, TOILETS, and GRANITE COUNTERTOPS), plus what to buy when you don’t want to DIY.  Let’s play a game. You choose any cleaning product on the shelf at your local market and state what’s in it. Easy, right? All you need to do is read the label. There’s only one problem – ingredients are not required to be listed unless they’re already known to be harmful, and pretty much no one’s checking to find out if they are. The government only requires companies to list ‘chemicals of known concern’ on their labels. The key word here is ‘known’,” consumer advocate Sloan Barnett told Scientific American. “The fact is that the government has no idea whether most of the chemicals used in everyday cleaning products are safe because it doesn’t test them, and it doesn’t require manufacturers
Interestingly, a food’s color actually tells you exactly what it is used for in the body. Science is just beginning to notice and realize that often the components of plants that have the highest medicinal properties are the colors themselves. This is fascinating research, and Chinese medicine has taught us much about how the colors of our foods cultivate health in specific areas of our bodies and the energetic components of each. The term for the color pigments in foods are appropriately termed "phytonutrients" ("fight"-o-nutrients) because it turns out that the colors in our food are what help us "fight off" disease and aging. Armed with this information, we need to look beyond the typical nutrition label and begin considering the color and vibrancy of our food choices. As it turns out, our bodies actually have specific receptors to various food color pigments, and this is why it is critical we
In a world built on fear, domination, manipulation, conflict, and greed, embracing pronoia is a radical act. Pronoia is not about being against anything. It’s about standing for who you are and your deepest truth here in this moment. Pronoia is much more than a “concept” or “idea.” It is a personal mindset and way of life. It’s believing in every fiber of your being that you matter and every circumstance of life, blissful or challenging, is a new opportunity to receive a blessing. Pronoia is not about looking at life through rose-colored glasses or believing that everything is sunshine and rainbows. On the contrary, it is seeing the truth of this moment for exactly what it is and intelligently acting with the care, grace, and love that is required. As author Rob Brezsny says, “pronoia is the antidote for paranoia.” When we open ourselves to see the opportunity, the
Biophotons Science History and Research Alexander Gurwitsch (1874-1954) was a Russian-Soviet biologist who was the first researcher to discover the biophoton and originated the “morphogenetic field theory.” Biophotons are ultra-weak light emissions that are emitted by all living organisms. This is a well-documented science, and benefits of biophoton and bioelectron science extend from raw food nutrition and yoga to meditative practices and multivariate ways to measure health and disease within the body (1-3). Gurwitsch spent much of his time studying plants, living embryos, and the intricate processes of cell division. In 1922, he described the morphogenetic field: “such a field is produced by the developing body itself, rather than appearing in an unknown way in the space surrounding the developing organism” (4). Other researchers, such as Pjotr Garjajev and Fritz-Albert Popp, further expanded on these discoveries and were able to measure communications from DNA molecules in the form of ultraviolet
A supercharged nutritional lifestyle has three main aspects of radiant health empowerment, and each step builds on the next: Step 1: Diet The foundation for what we eat on a daily, meal-by-meal basis. Ideally, whole plant foods will comprise 90 percent or more of calories consumed every day. (Optimal: mostly plant based, “nutrient dense”, vibrant, colorful, fermented vegetables, utilizing various herbs and spices, etc.) Step 2: Insurance Policy Once diet is established, the next step is to fill in the nutritional gaps that are missing from our diets due to various uncontrollable factors (e.g. demineralization of the soil, factory farming, poor climate conditions, sub-optimal growing conditions, etc.). Even a varied and completely plant-based diet in today’s commercial farming and mass producing world will be deficient in some, if not many, critical nutrients needed for health. Many people take a multi-vitamin and/or multiple supplements every day as a way to fill
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