Friday, December 29, 2006

More Important Health News

I gave you several links yesterday to read, and today I have more. Lots of health information comes to me from many different sources--some of which I track down and some emailed to me. These two links stood out above the rest as important to share with others.

The first link is called "Frankenwine: wines made with GMO yeast hit the market this year." Apparently, some California vitners are trying out these GMO seeds, and the results of drinking this wine has not been fully reviewed and tested. After reading this article, I am switching to wines other than from the state of California! Yuk!

The second link is quite frankly---scarifying! If you don't want to check it out, I completely understand, but I believe it's better to be informed. It's a PBS Special called "Living Old--Aging in America". Their investigative arm Frontline "investigates this national crisis and explores the new realities of aging in America." Soon in America we will have the "first ever mass geriatric society." I think it's time we all consider this likelihood and how we are to manage.

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Thursday, December 28, 2006

Health Information

Photo: terragalleria

When I originally birthed this blog, my intention was to offer information on alternative health, spirituality, articles on living and dying and the research I do on these subjects. However, as quite often happens, we get diverted from our original intention and stray a bit off-course. Thus my postings have gone in all sorts of directions: cats, photographs, comments on other blogs, and so on and so forth.

Looking back over my postings I realize these posts are all relevant to the theme of thriving for the thread which weaves through all the posts have the essence of thriving in them.
Even cats and photographs contribute to our wellness, right?

I've been saving up so many links of health articles which I would like to share with you before they overwhelm me though. It's time I get some of the latest out of the box and put them out there, so here's a post with interesting health information I have collected. There's a LOT of reading here, so I hope you have some time. If not, come back with a nice cup of tea or java and read more later.

1. "You Are What You Eat: 2006 and the Politics of Food" from the New York Times

2. "Quick, Do You Know Your B.M.I." from the New York Times

3. "Urine Therapy: a cure for all diseases" from Shirleys Wellness Cafe

Notice how I put the urine link at the bottom so as not to scare ya off?

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Monday, December 25, 2006

Christmas Blessings

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Holy Day Blessings! Remember to push the plate away when you're full...if you drink, be moderate...and bless everyone you meet and greet. This is the Season of Light for a reason, so lighten-up on yourself and others. Be Merry and enjoy your Noel Nosh!

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Thursday, December 21, 2006

What Do You Choose--Love or Fear?

Artwork courtesy of Josephine Wall

There are many incredible spiritual short movies being produced and available online now. Just the other day I featured a gorgeous one by Spirit Heart Organization on another of my blogs, Who's Yo Mama. Now I have received another beautiful video which I just watched and wish to share with you from the organization I Choose Love.

Featuring the music of Shawn Gallaway, the video asks: "What do you choose--love or fear?" Click here to watch it.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Cats on Tuesday

Recently I discovered a really neat site which allows one to Warholize their photos, and what's better than this--it's free! This method/technology is named after Andy Warhol who made all the famous paintings of celebrities and trendy folks back in the day. With this "warholized" program, you can either order copies of whatever you've warholized or print them out on your own computer. The photo above is of my cat Anela (my nickname for her, Queensie). A photo like this would make a nice Christmas gift!

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Sunday, December 17, 2006

WE are Time Magazine's Person of the Year

It has been reported that Time Magazine is giving the "Person Of The Year" award to none other than YOU! And that means US! We win! We can congratulate each other for finally being honored. "The winners were anyone using or creating content on the World Wide Web." Yipppeeee! So even though we may not be in the finals for the Blogger Contest, we have still won. How about that?! Here's the link for you to read all about it! Bust out the champagne! Let's party! We deserve this for all our hard work, creativity, and enterprise! What a lovely Christmas gift to US!

While we're celebrating our victory, check out this video of another Amazing Being.

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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Guest Article by Gary Craig

The Menacing Mathematics of Multiple Meds

By Gary Craig

There's something scary about drugs that concerns a growing number of
physicians and should wobble the knees of every patient on the planet.It's
obvious to any mathematician but somehow has escaped the general scrutiny of
the health industry.

It has to do with combining meds.

Ever since I can remember I have been fed the perception that drugs are
governmentally evaluated and thus are safe if taken under the guidance of
competent physicians.However, even ifwe accept thepresumed safetyfor the
ingestion of one drug, we must ask ourselves how might thatsafety change if
we take multiple drugs?

For safety assurances, proper testing should be done for every drug
combination we are advised to take. If we take Prozac and Tylenol, for
example, we should be presented with all the possible benefits and
consequences before allowing these two foreign substances to mix with the
chemicals our bodies already create. Same thing goesfor combining Paxil
with Viagra or Interferon with Lipitor.

The list of possible problems here is monstrously long because there are a
b'zillion drugs and mega b'zillions of combinations. Nonetheless, I've
never seen or heard of anystudies that test any of these combinations ...
have you?

Thus, if you take two drugs, the odds of their combination having been
adequately tested for safety are skimpy at best. But if you take 3 or more
drugs the danger possibilitiesmultiply even faster.

Here's how the mathematics work: If you take 3 drugs then adequate safety
testing of the various combinations require 7 separate tests. If you take 4
drugs the combinations require 25 separate tests. If you take 5 drugs it
amounts to 121 tests. If you take 10 drugs the number of required safety
tests total 362,881.

The conclusion here should be obvious. Namely, there is questionable safety
testing if you take 2 drugs and nominal, if any, safety testing if you take
3. Beyond that you are clearly into the land of,"I have no idea what these
combinations of drugs will do."

To me, this tosses our dedicated docs into a tenuous position. They have
patients with problems who aren't willing to exercise, eat right, do EFT for
emotional issues( ) or much of anything
else to help their own health. Instead, the patients hope the physicians
will produce a magic pill (or pills) to make their problems go away.

I have met many patients who are on several drugs and take some drugs to
counteract the effects of other drugs. As a non-physician I look at this
with a shudder. These folks are being fed chemical cocktails with little or
no safety testing behind the combinations. Maybe I need some help with my
perceptions here but, to me,they are playing drug roulette.

I don't know if lawyers have picked up on the simple, but compelling, math
here. But I do know that I wouldn't want to be a doctor in court facing
these clear facts.

In the 15+ years I have been involved in the health field, I have had the
good fortune to count many physicians as my personal friends. With few
exceptions, they agree that it is our lifestyles, diets and emotional
stresses that cause most of our health problems ... and ... the vast
majority of these problems would vanish if people would live common sense
lives. Yet patients repeatedly abuse their bodies and ask for more and more
"miracledrugs" as the convenient solution. I don't envy the docs at all as
I often hear them complain that this is a highway to NobodyWinsVille.

Maybe what we really need are good salespeople to persuade folks to take
care of themselves. I suspect that, if truly persuasive, they would do more
good than the ocean of drugs at our disposal.

Love, Gary

For more information, check out Emofree.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Cats on Tuesday

This is a photo of my cat Anela posing for her photo for Cats On Tuesday. I promised I would only show the "good" photos, as I know how very vain she is. Anela means angel in Hawaiian, and she has always been an extremely angelic cat in that she doesn't scratch furniture, climb on furniture or counters, knock things over, go to the bathroom on a bed in a peevish moment or jump on the laps of company.

The main reason I attribute her excellent etiquette is this: I am in clear communication with her. We established our nonverbal, telepathic communication since she was young. She came to my life when she was a baby, and since I always have listened to her cat complaints with respect, and she has listened to mine (telepathically, of course), we have been in a simpatico relationship. Just because she has fur and walks on four paws doesn't mean she is LESS, and actually cats are often much MORE than humans give them credit for. Many years ago when I was working with wild dolphins, I had a visit from a vetenarian and his wife from Portugal. Over lunch he confided he never operated on cats anymore because he said they never go quite "out" with any anesthetics, and he sensed they "feel" more of the pain than most vets acknowledge. He said cats are some of the most profound beings on this planet.

Cats see into the spirit world, the invisible worlds surrounding us. This 'seeing' has been validated by scientists. It's something to do with the cones in their eyes...they have lots more cones than humans. Since I know this, I have requested Anela to give me the high-sign when anyone "special" from another dimension or spirit-world is visiting or if there is something she needs to point out to me which I am not 'seeing'. She invariably does so. This doesn't necessarily mean I will see what she is seeing, but I will stop, sense and tune into the energies. She comes in very handy because she contributes to my awareness....and I appreciate her very much.

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Thursday, December 07, 2006

It's time for me to share some great links with you again. I collect them for this blog, and also for my other blog Way Khool Sites. The links I share with you on this blog, however, are more serious, newsworthy, health-oriented and of a spiritual nature. Enjoy and Thrive!

1. "Findings on 420,000 people in Denmark give gadget a clean bill of health" reads the headline about cellphones. Read more here.

2. Here are Ten Tips for Smarter Google Searches.

3. Contribute your six-word memoir for the contest which ends Dec. 25th. I contributed mine. Here's the link.

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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Cats on Tuesday Day Again

Hey, it's already Cats on Tuesday again! Where does the time fly at this time of year? If you're like me, you're BUSY!!!!

My friend Gattina started this meme recently, and even though she's Belgium's Blog Queen like I'm Hawaii's Bog Queen, I feel I must contribute since our cat's are friends too. Meow! I write this in jest, of course, and the reason is because Gattina has multiple blogs like myself. At last count, I had eleven! I don't post on every blog every day. Sometimes I don't post on some of them for a long, long time, and a post is way overdue on several of them. Mostly I post when I'm in the mood or there's a meme or reason.

So what's the latest on my spoiled cat, Anela? Not much! Her life is pretty uneventful these days now that the Boxer Dogs in the neighborhood have BOTH moved! Her biggest decision is whether her sleeping spot is going to be a. under the bed b. in the closet or c. sprawled out in the middle of the Master bedroom. The last spot is a new one for her, and 'why-this-spot' has me baffled. A long time ago, I read in a book how cats choose their spots. It might have been in the book Why Cats Paint or some other title similar to that. I loaned the book to a cat friend, and the book never returned to me. In any event, the best I can recall from what I read in this cat book is this: cats always choose a place to lie that has negative energy because they transmute this energy. They will never pick a spot to lie down where a dog would lie because a dog always picks happy, positive spots to lie down. I don't know if any of this information is true, but I suspect there must be some measure of truth to it as dogs and cats rarely like to place themselves in the same spots. There is an old saying that goes like this: Let Sleeping Dogs Lie. My thoughts are the same for cats. Let them lie. Let them sleep. Who knows? Our cats may be transmuting negative energies in our home and performing a grand service for us.

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Saturday, December 02, 2006

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Mo Chicken Adobo

For those that don't know pidgin, the slang language used in Hawaii, 'mo' means MORE. Reading the posting titled "The Denver Post does the Nutcracker" on the blog A Readable Feast, I checked out the recipe for Chicken Adobo written there and my mouth watered remembering this delicious dish.

Here's the back story: I live in Hawaii, and my partner employs approximately 45 Phillipine people. Since I have been to more Phillipino functions than I can remember in the last 16 years, I have eaten a lot of great food, including Chicken Adobo. Even though I didn't know that was the official name, the recipe given in this posting is familiar to what my taste buds remember as I was scarfing it down. Yes, give me MO, MO, least every now and then! The way chickens are raised and treated in this country is disgusting, so if you make this dish, try to find a free-range chicken. I am (for the most part) a vegetarian since my normal diet doesn't include meat or dairy products, but there are times I make an exception to the rule. It's boring to be PURE all the time!

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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Cats on Tuesday

Artwork of Anela done by Marjorie

I was invited by Gattina to participate in this Cats On Tuesday meme because we have already connected with our cat stories. As both Gattina and I are proud slaves of a cat(s), I can tell you this, cat lovers are a special breed. Sometimes this breed can become a tad whacko/nutty/over-the-top, as with some of the people that participate in Catster. It's sometimes challenging to remain balanced because of the devotion and love we have for our masters....errr, our cats.

With that confession out of the way, let me share about a book I recently bought for a friend for her birthday. She is the one that brought my cat Anela into my life, and her birthday was just the other day. The book is titled "Fang Shui" with the subtitle "Feng Shui for Felines" by Catfucius. Naturally, this is a book for cat lovers with a good sense of humor--both of which qualify my friend Basha.

I found this book hilarious...naturally I had to read it first before gifting it. Here's an excerpt on grooming: "Good grooming makes for good feng shui. Clean often, paying special attention to the delicate areas of the hindquarters. This must be done in the northeast corner of the room in full view of everyone, especially guests."

Here's what the back cover of the book says about its author, "Catfucius was born in China in the 5th century during the Meow Dynasty. Little is known of his early life, but historians have confirmed that he was the favored cat of the Emperor and Empress. His inscrutable ways and legendary wisdom drew many to him to learn of his secrets. Of his writings, only this book and the quote that begins it remain."

Even though this is a humor book, there is a lot of wisdom to it. Of course, we all know that cats are wise beings, and that is why we consort with them, right? After all, we're not stupid! Our cats know this, and that is why they chose us!

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Monday, November 27, 2006

Night Leg Cramps

Photo: terragalleria

A very troubling phenomena has begun with nightly leg cramps affecting many women that I know. Apparently these leg cramps are impacting quite a large amount of the population if rumors are true. Why are they happening to women who have never experienced them before?

For me they began about a year or so ago. They were so painful that I would have to get out of the bed in the middle of the night and dance around to relieve the cramping. I tried many different remedies, but nothing seemed to work. When I was having a consultation in Dharmasala, India, this past March with the eminent doctor, Doctor Dawa, (who is also the personal physician of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama) I received his wise advice. He asked in which direction I slept, and I told him with my head to the North and my feet to the South. I had read this was the best direction to sleep. Dr. Dawa told me to sleep with my feet facing West. And so when I returned home, I re-arranged our furniture, and we began sleeping this way. And voila--no more leg cramps!

That is... until recently! I have begun experiencing the night leg cramps every now and then, even though my diet hasn't changed. This makes me wonder what is going on with the frequencies of the Earth. Have the Earth frequencies shifted again? Do I need to change my sleeping position again? If only Dr. Dawa was easily available to consult on matters such as this!

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Friday, November 24, 2006

Folic Acid Cuts Heart Attack Risk

It never ceases to amaze me when I read about the studies conducted by orthodox researchers. Oftentimes what the scientists have researched is such Common Knowledge and established by alternative health experts that I wonder why all the money was wasted on another study! For instance, I read recently where scientific research has discovered red wine is good for you. Duh?! Don't we already know that?! However, I realize this: for the dominant left-brained people of the world, these scientific studies are necessary proof.

The news I read today on Yahoo was about folic acid supplements. The article is here. To sum up the article: "Can taking folic acid supplements reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke? British researchers believe it can."

I would like to add my two cents on this topic of heart disease and stroke, although my speculations haven't been funded by massive amounts of money through scientific research. My words come merely from observation and experience.

So here goes: if you wish to maintain a healthy heart, deal with your 'heart' issues such as your feelings and your emotions. Dealing with or processing your feelings will do more for you than taking a folic acid supplement every day. I'm NOT SAYING don't take a supplement, I'm saying that the primary importance and action ideally would be to find a way to resolve heartbreak, heart issues, grief and sadness around the loss of love, unrequited love and all these other 'heart' issues. And once again, I recommend Emotional Freedom Technique because of its speed, the ability to help yourself with your own hands tapping, and the results. If you want to work with a practioner of this technique, there are many listed on the website.

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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Horse Rescue Video!

This is truly an inspirational, uplifting video!

In order to watch the video, you will need to click on Zoeken to the right.

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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Stop The Watch

Reading Katiebird's post about her broken Eat Watch on her blog Eat4today, I have some ideas to share with her and with readers. Having at one time been a weight-loss counselor and also read a ton of books about weight-loss, I feel I have something of value to offer.

Katiebird got the concept of the "Eat Watch" from author John Walker: "According to him people like me, who eat when they're not really hungry and don't stop eating when they're actually full have a broken Eat Watch. We don't have a natural eating regulator in our brains to keep us from overeating. So we can, without even noticing, nibble our way through the day." She continues with the solution: "For those of us with broken Eat Watches, there is hope. Recent research indicates that people who weigh themselves everyday have more control over maintaining weight loss than people who don't."

I TOTALLY endorse this method of daily weighing-in AND here are my weight-loss tips to add to this wisdom:

1. Add Organic Flax Oil to your diet. The flax oil capsules are the easiest and take them first thing in the morning-- also spaced out during the day. Because it's an oil, the capsules will need to be refrigerated, so if you take them with you to work, find a way to refrigerate the bottle. You don't want the oil to go rancid. Flax oil is a natural, non-buzzing way to diminish your appetite.

2. If you drink LOTS of water, you will feel so FULL that the munchies can't grab you so hard. Add a splash of organic sugar free cranberry juice for taste and as a diuretic. An excellent brand of cranberry juice is L & A which has no sugar, sweeteners or colors added, no preservatives and very low sodium.

3. Use the Emotional Freedom Technique. It's fast, free and easy to do. Lots of people loose weight using this technique of tapping on certain meridians and keep it off because the truth is "broken watches" are primarily emotional issues.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Monday, November 13, 2006

Yipppeeee....the deer fights back!

I've waited my whole life to see such a video! This is the most amazing footage of a deer attacking his hunter! Having had a hunter father and brother and been so grossed out and detesting the whole hunting "sport" from a young age, I feel absolute glee in watching this deer go after the hunter.

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Friday, November 10, 2006

Natural Cures

If you're like me, you're hooked up all over the Net, so when an email starts making the rounds, you receive the email umpteen jillion times. And so it was with the email which touted WD-40 recently. I read through all the amazing things this product does, and saved it in a file for reference material. I will include a partial listing of all the magical uses WD-40 has at the end of this posting. In the meantime, I have a story to share with you.

Because of the ongoing discomfort with my left elbow--"tennis elbow" it is fashionably called-- I remembered what I read on the list for the applications of WD-40, and today I thought 'what the heck, let's give this a try'. I rubbed some of the solution on my left elbow because of #36 on the list which reads, "Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain." There was no mention of elbows, but how different is a knee from an elbow?

And guess what? It worked! My elbow feels a LOT better. Who would have thunk? Now I have to buy some cinnamon at the store to try this recipe I read about for weight loss. This recipe mixed honey and cinnamon, and like the WD-40 one-product-does-all, so apparently does honey and cinnamon.

Here's some of the applications of WD-40 I promised you:

1) Protects silver from tarnishing.

2) Removes road tar and grime from cars.

3) Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.

4) Gives floors that 'just-waxed' sheen without making it slippery.

5) Keeps flies off cows.

6) Restores and cleans chalkboards.

7) Removes lipstick stains.

8) Loosens stubborn zippers.

9) Untangles jewelry chains.

10) Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.

11) Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.

12) Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing.

13) Removes tomato stains from clothing.

14) Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots.

15) Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.

16) Keeps scissors working smoothly.

17) Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in homes

18) Removes black scuff marks from the kitchen floor! Use WD-40 for those nasty tar and scuff marks on flooring. It doesn't seem to harm the finish and you won't have to scrub nearly so hard to get them off. Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks.

19) Bug guts will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly! Use WD-40!

20) Gives a children's play gym slide a shine for a super fast slide.

21) Lubricates gear shift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding mowers.

22) Rids kids rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises.

23) Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open.

24) Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close.

25) Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers.

26) Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.

27) Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.

28) Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy handling.

29) Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly.

30) Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.

31) Removes splattered grease on stove.

32) Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.

33) Lubricates prosthetic limbs.

34) Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).

35) Removes all traces of duct tape.

36) Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain.

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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Christmas Card Time

Photo: terragalleria

Sometimes people can live continents away but be soul twins. I think such is the case with Miscellaneous Mum and my partner. She lives in Australia, and my partner lives in Hawaii, but they have the first-Christmas-card-in-the-mail obsession. Obviously when I read her post titled "Christmas(card)Time Is Here Again", I wondered if the two of them had been separated at birth. After more thought, I realize they have the major seasonal disorder called Christmas Card Anxiety, a not-so-well-known malady that usually flares up in October near Halloween.

I don't have all the details on Miscellaneous Mum, but she seems to be joyful about performing the Christmas card ritual. It's a different story in my home! This is how it goes with these sentences spoken by my partner:

"You'd better begin writing the Christmas card letters soon!
"We're not going to be able to get the Christmas cards out if you don't start soon."
"Have you begun the Christmas letter yet? You haven't?" (Horror on my partner's face!)
"Don't forget to add blah, blah, blah (everything in the world which happened to us this year)."
"Did you buy the Christmas card stationery yet?"

Talk about being a NUDGE! He drives me nuts with his constant commands for the Christmas Cards and letters, none of which he can contribute any time to because HE'S TOO BUSY! After I've written the Christmas letter (a five-page opus), he proofs it, re-writes it for days and makes more additions. By now, it's become a six-page opus. Yet we don't have the Christmas letter sent to the printer because he wants to review it ONE MO' TIME!

This is one of the MANY reasons why I'm thrilled Christmas only comes ONCE a year! So Miscellaneous Mum, send us one of your Christmas cards, and we'll send you one of ours. If you can deal with that ugly spider in your house, maybe you can deal with our Christmas card and letter, eh?

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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Monday, November 06, 2006

Our Buzzed World

Recently my daughter began a search for another place to rent on Maui. Her intention was to locate her dream cottage in Kula which didn't cost an arm and a leg. And she found it! One of the reasons she was successful is that the landlord could tell she wasn't (as he phrased it)"tweaked". I asked my daughter what that word meant as I was unfamiliar with it, and my daughter said that 'tweaked' meant someone who is jacked up on crack or buzzed with some other speed drug.

Everyone by now knows that crack (or ice as it is commonly known) has become a country-wide horror. I heard Oprah even did a show about it on her neighbors in Santa Barbara. And the buzz doesn't just end with so-called "hard drugs", the buzz is in the ENERGY drinks you can purchase in grocery and convenience stores.

The most popular of these caffeine/sugar laced energy drinks is Red Bull. Other brands are Monster, Rockstar and Cocaine Energy Drink. More energy drinks are being launched all the time because of their current popularity. There is even a website reviewing these drinks: Energy Drink Review.

I've been musing over why these energy drinks and the hard meth stuff are so popular. Is it that people (especially teenagers who are some of the biggest energy drinkers)
feel that time is running out so they want to move faster? What is going on with our world that makes so many want a buzz? What is the appeal? Comments anyone?

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Friday, November 03, 2006

Outsourcing Health Care

Art courtesy of Love Peace Happiness

The first time I heard about outsourcing health care from America to third world countries was on an episode of the hit television series "Boston Legal." Now the story about American's travelling abroad (either forced or chosen) has made the news. Read here for the recent Yahoo online article. Apparently this is the situation our country has gotten itself into: most people (even with health coverage) can't afford the high costs of major medical care and surgery in America anymore! So the option of traveling abroad for the necessary procedures is becoming more and more popular. And businesses may move their health care overseas too. Check out Planet Hospital. This organization arranges everything for you so that you feel safe, comfortable and cared for far from home.

Friends of mine have traveled abroad to have surgery in foreign countries, and they have reported back to me that the facilities were amazing, clean, and ultramodern...and very different than America. For instance, in Brazil there were LIVE plants in the hospital rooms, and in India your relative can have a bed moved into the hospital room to stay with you while you're recuperating.

I would consider having surgery in another country if I had to because the costs of surgery in America are so outrageous! Of course, you have to use discernment in selecting a facility outside America, but hey--malpractice happens right here too! What are your thoughts? Comments, anyone?

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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Looking Good For Yourself

There is something to be said about Looking Good For Yourself --for when you take the time to make yourself feel and look good, it 'ups' your morale. In Nola Cooper's November 1st posting on her blog The Classic Life, she writes, "Taking a few extra minutes to look nice in the mornings gives you more confidence during the day...", and I completely agree with her.

It's an easy habit to fall into 'to let yourself go' when no one is around to see you. But the truth of the matter is YOU SEE YOU! Even if you don't spend hours in front of the mirror after the husband has left for work and the kids are are school, the small bit of time you give to YOURSELF in the morning gets your day off to a good start. And I'm not only talking about applying makeup!

Whatever it is that makes you feel good should be a priority-- whether it's meditating, exercising, giving yourself a facial, taking an aromatherapy bath or journaling for example. Everyone has their own FEEL GOOD activities. Here are some of mine which I do daily and the approximate time spent:

Skin care regime: four minutes
Teeth care: four minutes
Makeup basics: one minute
Manicure, pedicure upkeep: two minutes
Meditation: minimum twenty minutes
Taking vitamins and making morning health drink: one minute
Hair care: two minutes
Morning phone conversation with daughter: five minutes

Thus, I spend approximately 40 minutes a day giving myself a gift! Time Well Spent!

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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Monday, October 30, 2006

Surrogate Tapping

Art Courtesy of Love Peace Happiness

For many years I have been using the energy technique called Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT for short. I have this organization linked on my sidebar because I believe it to be an invaluable tool for well-being. I use it often, and I tout it to everyone who will listen. As an ardent supporter of EFT, I also receive the weekly updates in my email box from the founder and developer of EFT, Gary Craig. This newsletter update has the most interesting articles. The article that really excited me was part of the newsletter which came in yesterday. It was titled, "Stunning surrogate use of EFT during the world's largest timed cycle race".

I will give you a brief synopsis because I can't get the link to download. The possibilities which come to mind with surrogate tapping are mind blowing. Basically what surrogate tapping proves is we REALLY CAN HELP EACH OTHER--we are connected!

Let me back up a bit for those unfamiliar with tapping. Like the article states, "Tapping may seem quite strange....even uninformed skeptics. However, the reports are far too numerous to ignore and THIS report (below) by Madelein Walker from South Africa (referring to the article I have linked above) is flat out stunning. If you haven't tried Surrogate EFT before, this article should give you the motivation to do so."

For those that don't understand even now, let me spell it out for you. You tap on yourself--on your own body--for someone else. During this Argus race, the biggest timed cycle race in the world with about 36,000 cyclists doing the challenge, other EFT people were tapping for the cyclists. The EFT tappers were rather far away (1,400km's), but the EFT magic prevailed anyway, and the cyclists received assistance with their painful quadriceps, positive mental attitude, high energy levels and lack of runny nose! And all because of a far-distant EFT surrogate tapping away! Yes!!!

Here are some books to consider reading about Energy Medicine, the wave of the future:

"The Unmistakeable Touch of Grace" by Cheryl Richardson
"The Biology of Belief" by Bruce Lipton
"The Promise of Energy Psychology" by Donna Eden
"Your Hands Can Heal You" by Eric Robbins

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Friday, October 27, 2006

Art Anchoring

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler." Henry David Thoreau

It's my sense that everyone needs to carve out a corner or a space from their dwelling that is their OWN, be it a work/hobby area or sanctuary. I did so this past year, and the photo is part of my OWN little corner where I keep art supplies, files, magazines, and many projects in process. My inspiration was a book I purchased titled "Where Women Create...Inspiring Work Spaces of Extraordinary Women" by Jo Packham.

Jo writes in the overleaf, "Creativity comes from the heart and soul, but where you work can either interfere with or inspire the artistic process. For some, it may mean claiming a little nook in the family room. For others, it's important to set up a studio in order to start a business. Whatever your size limitations, you can carve out a space dedicated to making your dreams come true."

Leafing through this book with its amazing photos and text of 20 talented women artists who have created their own magical art spaces inspired me so much that I went to work. I dragged a heavy table from one room all by myself, collated all my art supplies and items,found stackable containers and baskets, added sentimental items, then organized everything and voila!, my OWN ART SPACE. I felt so much better as if the creative buzz inside was now outpictured! Try works!

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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Soul Sanctuary

Reading the recent posting titled "What Make A House A Home" on the blog Your Elegant Bed and Bath, I resonated with what Sharon wrote. Since I am a 'homebody', 'nester', and a born pillow fluffer extraordinaire, I would like to add to what she wrote. Having lived in many places and having had many homes both with money to spend on interior design and without money to spend, I have some experience with this topic. Money is not the key ingredient in turning a house into a home.

Sharon writes, "I think we need to surround ourselves with things that are important to us, that have an emotional resonance." Agreed! It's the little chachtkas, treasures from family and friends, and our own artistic flourish which make a house a home. This is what we are looking for when we decorate--the soul connection.

And here's how this 'soul-connection' plays out in my home:

a specific incense and a specific aromatherapy blend from a diffuser
framed photos of loved ones and awakened beings
live bamboo and orchid plants
books in every room
an earthy color scheme
wind chimes and mobiles outside the windows
exotic furnishings and items collected from all over the world
beautifully crafted items like quilts made by Mothers

gifts from beloved others such as the mermaid witch pillow given to me by my daughter for my 2006 Halloween gift

lots of candles, pillows and music

And last, but not least, MAGNETS on the fridge! As tacky as some might say this it, I trust that a house is a soulful home when I see the fridge magnets!

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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Monday, October 23, 2006

Knowing When to Choose Your Medicine

Photo: Charles Pfeil

Having had bursitis in my left elbow for several months and seeing it grow to the size of a small ping-pong ball, I have been researching and weighing my options. What to do? I ordered a specific homeopathic remedy which still hasn't arrived by mail, and have been nursing the elbow with homeopathic creams and homeopathic inflammation remedies. Zero success. So today I bit the bullet and went to the regular doctor.

I happen to really adore my "regular" medical doctor. He's a good man and a fine doctor, maybe even a great doctor. However, I don't pay that many visits to much so that when he sees me, he knows I have concern over a health issue. He works for a large HMO, and even though he could probably have made much more moolah working out of this arena, he has chosen to stay with Kaiser. I met him years ago and recognized a kindred spirit-- a being who has ideals, ethics and integrity. Money wasn't what motivated him. So when he moved to another location on Maui, I moved with him. He was a doctor whom I appreciated, honored and trusted. That means a lot to me.

Today he had to do the 'painful' thing (which I had already researched on the net and knew there would be some pain involved!), and he stuck the big fat needle in me to suck out the yukky stuff from my inflammed elbow. Bursitis is what he called it. Tennis elbow. A funny looking nob on my elbow is what it looked like, and I knew I couldn't wait any longer for a homeopathy solution for I needed a doctor quick-fix. After he drained all the stuff out, he gave me a shot of cortisone? Well, it was something like that. I felt a lot bettah immediately knowing all the blood and cells and water and whatever was in my inflammed elbow was gone!

The point of this post: it's a balancing act in knowing which type of medicine to use at any moment, and sometimes we have to choose one or the other because of timing. There's a saying that goes: It's All Good! We live at a time in history where we have so many choices as to how to receive treatment for our health issues. It's best when we can tune-in and know which one is right for us in the moment.

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Saturday, October 21, 2006

Fountain of Youth

I discovered an interesting new site titled Earth Clinic. If you look younger than your age, you can share your secret(s) with their readers on their Fountain of Youth segment on their sidebar. Reading these home remedies and youngering techniques, remedies and practices, I was struck with how the Fountain of Youth thoughtform/paradigm has been part of our programming on Earth for a long, long time. It's almost as if we intuitively feel/know that we were originally designed to live for a lot longer than we do.

And yet, we age! Some of us do it slower, and some of us age faster. What are YOUR secrets? You can comment below if you wish to share.

I'll share with some of my personal & proven anti-aging theories:

Laugh often! Live in the present moment! Love even when it hurts!

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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Balance in Our Lives

I read a posting which shared words of wisdom we all need to be reminded of from time to time. Written by Holly of HollysCorner , this posting addresses the matter of balance. It is titled, "Simple Balance, Technology and Resources". In this posting, Holly lists THREE important methods to attain and maintain this balance: "We prioritze. We prepare. We live." And in those six words, she captured the essence of the balancing act we all need to execute every day.

She also recommends GMail, and I'm with you there Holly! GMail is the best email system I have used, and I have danced with them all! :-) With GMail, you have a lot of storage space, ability to archive, great spam protection and an email dialogue is all tied together in some miraculous, technological fashion. I love it! Plus I understand (even though I have yet to put it into action because I already have plenty of blogs), Google offers you a free site if you have GMail. Thank you Google!

Holly addresses technology, and writes, "These pastimes aren't just hollow time fillers."
She then elaborates on this subject, and once again, I am in total agreement with her. We have all been blessed by the new technologies for communication. These technologies assist us in streamlining our busy lives, facilitating new friendships, maintaining old ones and making our lives easier in umpteen ways.

I am reminded of the Star Wars line about using the Force. Technology can assist us to achieve our goals and enrich our lives if we use it with simple balance, but if we abuse the technology, it can destablize us and throw us off balance. What's it going to be? Remember to use Holly's six words of wisdom, and balance will be restored.

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Monday, October 16, 2006

The Magic of Creation

I would be remiss if I didn't post about the event which is supposed to happen tomorrow on Oct. 17th. Here is the website called Mission 1017 about the wave of ultra violent beam which will be impacting us. You can read more information here at the Great Dreams website which explains how the crop circles portend this event. On the Mission 1017 website, there is also a mailing list you can add your email address to if you want to keep informed of the latest updates.

This is The Day to create and manifest your dreams. Our Sun aligns with Spica and Arcturus tomorrow. Venus and Mars join in the fun. The energies have been building. Can you feel them?

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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Reflections On Being A Stay-At-Home-Mom

Photo: Courtesy of Josephine Wall

Reading the blog Bebestages sparked a memory of when I was in this blogger's (Liz Smith) bebe stage. She writes in her posting titled "Is 3 really better than 1 or 2?","Never in a million years did I think I would be doing this for a living. I worked in a huge company, had long hours and loved what I did. When I decided to stay home, my whole world changed and life turned around."

Oh, do I ever remember that time in my life when I did the 180 flip! Here are some of my reflections on that time in my life to share: I was a driven, ambitious non-desirous-of-children career woman. I had been that way for a long time, and I had zero desire to become pregnant and be a stay-at-home-mom. In truth, I was rebelling against what each parent wished for me, and therein was the conflict. My Father wished for me to be a stay-at-home Mom, and my Mother wished me to be a career woman as she had been. I lived with the conflict of their wishes for most of my young adult life until I became pregnant. I continued working throughout my pregnancy because I had my own business and loved it. I didn't want to let pregnancy slow me down. And I didn't!

However, there was another surprise for me I hadn't seen coming. A week after returning home with my child from the hospital, the Mother-in-Law comes to visit her new grandchild. We have a special bed set up for her in the nursery. She is pleased Jewish Grandmother, and life was going to be back to normal. I was planning to return to work with nanny help.

I received a knock on our bedroom door in the middle of the night. It was the Grandmother. She had seen a bright light flash across the room which had awoken her, and so she had gone to check on my daughter. She sensed something was wrong and looked at my daughter's coloration, and my daughter was ghostly white. She had my daughter in her arms when she knocked on the door. The Grandmother's expression said it all.

Taking one look at my daughter's condition and seeing that she was to weak to take my breast, I went into action. The rest is something of a blur because time was of the essence, and all of us were in a state of shock. In short, my daughter was checked into the hospital by a doctor other than the one I had, and she was diagnosed with a severe case of spinal meningitis. and not expected to live very long. However, since I was ALSO working with a group of healers in the area where we lived at that time, I called them into action, and they made regular visits to the hospital room where my daughter lay. Each healer worked in their own way.

The doctors kept saying that my daughter most likely wouldn't survive and that if she
did survive, she would be a vegetable. Of course, I was deal-making with God. "If you let my daughter live, then...." You know how that goes! The amazing healers kept telling me that she would survive and grow up to be a healthy, bright, vivacious child. (I thanked them then, and I thank them again now wherever they be) Well, guess who was right? Yes, my daughter is now in her thirties, and she is an amazing woman. It's not just her Mother that says that either! Most people are blown away by her beauty, wisdom and charisma. She is a animal and child magnet too.

But back to the story: so this is how I became a stay-at-home-mom. The doctors told me she was a "Miracle Child", and that I had best watch over her personally in the ensuing years because sometimes the menigitis returns. I had a choice, and it was an easy one at this point. I have never regretted it, nor looked back. Staying home with my daughter and spending time with her as she grew up was a treasure I gave myself.

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