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Wednesday, 30 May 2012 17:57

All How You Look at It

alan cohenI have been a vegetarian for many years for all kinds of reasons: health, morality, energy, ecology, and on and on. I don’t think everyone should be a vegetarian, and I have never proselytized. I think everyone should follow their own body’s guidance toward food that works for them. I just know what works for me.

When Dee and I grew a family of dogs, we decided to feed them meat. That was a big decision for us, since we had never had meat in the house. But we love our “kids,” and we want them to be happy.  Why impose our diet on them? So we buy them canned dog food and cook meat for them.

Published in Alan Cohen
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 17:15

Editor's Thoughts - MMMM MMMM Good

Chef AnitaI know I've been on a political rant lately. The conservative war on women just got my hackles up. But I can take only so much intensity before I just say, F&*$k it and turn my attention to something that won't raise my blood pressure so much. Oh, I'm still doing what I can to turn the tide of destruction of all that we have fought so hard for as women, but I'm taking an anger break and will continue to fight with my vote, plus spread the word via social media. In the meantime, I am focusing on something else dear to my heart, REAL FOOD COOKING.

I have put aside my great American Novel for a bit and am concentrating on something I have wanted to write for a long time—cook books, starting with my favorite goodie of all all time, home-made Bread. Home made bread is so sublime that I hate it when I'm too busy to bake and have to buy my bread. Right now, my house smells amazing because I am testing bread recipes for the book. The only problem is it goes so fast I only get a slice or two before I am staring at a deflated, empty bread bag populated with lonely crumbs.

Published in Food for Health

(NaturalNews) Kombucha tea is becoming all the rage in popular culture today, with entire refrigerator cases at health food stores now exclusively stocking the stuff, and celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, and Orlando Bloom regularly drinking it for increased longevity and improved health. But with its growing popularity has come a whole lot of scaremongering by the disease industry over its supposed dangers, which begs the question -- is kombucha tea a potentially-dangerous fad, or is it truly the health-promoting wonder elixir that many people claim it is?

First of all, kombucha tea has been around for thousands of years, and has long been used by traditional cultures to improve digestion, boost immunity, eliminate kidney stones, reduce high blood pressure, and create sustained and lasting energy.

Published in Food for Health
Sunday, 01 April 2012 17:16

Your Body’s Wisdom

You may be surprised to learn that your body has its own wisdom, which is separate and distinct from the wisdom of your mind.  The mind thinks, while the body feels. The body can give us feedback that’s different from the mind. We can learn to tap into and be informed by this wisdom, and use it to transform our lives and improve our health. Although the body is often dismissed as something less than the mind or soul, our body is a special, unique and valuable part of who we are.   

We can learn things from our bodies beyond what our minds can access. Antonio Damasio is an internationally recognized leader in neuroscience, and director of the USC Brain and Creativity Institute. He has done extensive research on the body’s ability to feel and process information. Mr. Damasio  discovered that “The mind is embodied, not just embrained.”  One of Damasio’s discoveries is how the feelings of the body influence rational thought without us even being aware of the process. 

Published in Health Practices
Sunday, 01 April 2012 16:26

Heaven Scent

GlennyceEckersleyPerhaps the most gentle of all angelic interventions takes the form of fragrance. This can be so subtle that at times it leaves people wondering if they have imagined it. Others, however, find an angelic fragrance to be so distinctive that there can be no doubt about its origins. I have heard such fragrances described as unique combinations of flowers, spices or essential oils aromas that are, quite frankly, beyond description.

Published in Glennyce Eckersley
Sunday, 01 April 2012 16:06

Good Enough to be True

alan cohenWhen I began to teach classes on spiritual principles, I devoted some time at the end of each class meeting to pray for students and their loved ones. One woman asked the group to pray for the continued health of her sister, who had had cancer, but the disease was now in remission. At that time I had not heard the term “in remission, so I asked her what it meant.

“It means that the disease went away for now, but it might come back,” she explained.

The explanation made no sense to me then, and it makes even less sense to me now. The idea is that the disease is here and real, a prevalent condition, but it has temporarily gone behind a curtain and may pop out again. The notion was jarring to me because my understanding is that health is our prevalent condition and our natural state. When a disease occurs, our health is temporarily in remission, and will return when the temporary condition of the disease has been alleviated.  

Published in Alan Cohen

From NaturalNews.com

Before, to be diagnosed with the big C seemed to be an implied death sentence. Patients even go through a stage of self-denial. Who can blame them? Conventional medicine paints a rather bleak future for cancer patients and the remedy it offers does nothing to improve their quality of life, nausea and falling hair not to mention.

However, the recent breakthroughs in science have allowed a peek into the true nature of cancer, allowing researchers to consider the concept of nutritional care. They are now faced with the idea that preventing and maybe even reversing cancer may not necessarily involve the development of expensive drugs but something already available in nature: food and sunshine! (http://www.naturalnews.com/034286_cancer_prevention_nutrition.html)

Published in Food for Health
Tuesday, 28 February 2012 13:43

Gluten Shmooten, Where's My Bread?

I usually write about my whacky life and this is probably a detour from that, but not completely. Although I have lived the life unusual, it has not been without come-uppance karma. My childhood of the five food groups—sugary, salty, crunchy, greasy, and gooey, plus my early adult life of partying, drinking, smoking, and, well other stuff,  left its toll. One of them was something that seems to be catching up to a lot of us—Gluten allergy and intolerance.

According to people who track this sort of thing, Gluten intolerance is rampant. Just take a look at Amazon's offering for cookbooks and you'll see a lot of gluten free titles. Search "Gluten free" on Amazon and you come up with thousands of titles.

I've read that many people don't even know what's wrong with them, they just feel aweful, have rashes, migraines, digestive problems, joint pain, weakness, depression, and a host of other symptoms. The lucky ones figure out that they have a problem with gluten or wheat—no drugs or surgery required.

Published in Food for Health
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 10:33

Brain Power

brain-powerImprove Your Mind as You Age

Michael J. Gelb and Kelly Howell

Publisher's Description: Virtually everyone fears mental deterioration as they age. But in the past thirty years neuroscientists have discovered that the brain is actually designed to improve throughout life. How can you encourage this improvement? Brain Power shares practical, state-of-the-evidence answers in this inspiring, fun-to-read plan for action. The authors have interviewed physicians, gerontologists, and neuroscientists; studied the habits of men and women who epitomize healthy aging; and applied what they describe in their own lives. The resulting guidance — along with the accompanying downloadable Brain Sync audio program — can help you activate unused brain areas, tone mental muscles, and enliven every faculty.

Published in Health and Healing
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 10:15

A Talk with Stan Goldberg,

author of Leaning Into Sharp Points:

 Practical Guidance and Nurturing Support for Caregivers

Stan Goldberg’s Lessons for the Living won the London Book Festival’s Grand Prize in 2009 and was featured in Best Buddhist Writing of 2010. A private therapist, clinical researcher, and former San Francisco State University professor, he lives in San Francisco. He was named Hospice Volunteer Association’s Volunteer of the Year 2009 and his website is www.StanGoldbergWriter.com.

What’s involved in caregiving? 

Published in Aging
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