phoenix island

the things that strike me or need questioning

Saturday, March 20, 2010

How much of your brain do you use?

"Do We Use Only 10% of Our Brains?

Let me state this very clearly:
There is no scientific evidence to suggest that we use only 10% of our brains.
In other words, the statement, "We use only 10% of our brains" is false; it's a myth. We use all of our brain. Let's look at the possible origins of this myth and the evidence that we use all of our brain.

Where Did the 10% Myth Begin?"

From the Neuroscience for Kids website
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Dance music genre guide

Just in case you were interested in how to classify the type of dance music you like, the electronic music guide is just the ticket. Check it out.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

hope springs eternal


COLUMBUS, Ohio – A growing body of research suggests that there is a potent way to fight symptoms of depression that doesn’t involve getting a prescription.

This potent weapon? Hope.

“We’re finding that hope is consistently associated with fewer symptoms of depression. And the good news is that hope is something that can be taught, and can be developed in many of the people who need it,” said Jennifer Cheavens, assistant professor of psychology at Ohio State University.

full story >>

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Drugs, just for the

I know that I shouldn't judge anything as we all know the JC admonition "as ye judge so also shall ye be judged", but I just could help pointing out a site that really gets my healthy goat. I am an advocate of whole unprocessed organic foods and a follower of natural health principles. The last thing I want in my body is western scientific pharmaceuticals.  In all fairness I won't say they are all bad. In fact many of the modern scientific breakthroughs have afforded us a sort of golden period free from horrible diseases and new discoveries are being made all the time. However, antibiotic resistant super-bugs are making their appearance because of the over use and over dependance on antibiotic drugs.  I too am a fan of instant gratification and the "just fix me" school of healing wherein I don't have to do anything but take the drug. The Evil lies in the manipulation of the masses via slick advertising for prescription drugs. So to see a site like this one making western scientific pharmaceuticals look healthy, happy, fun and cool is sad indeed. But of course I am also an advocate for taking responsibility for your health and those who choose to trust GIANT drug companies with their health have that right. If you're ready to take back your health here are a few good sites. -

Health, wealth and happiness to all no matter what path you choose

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Gluten free chocolate bread recipe

I have recently been investigating the Blood Type Diet and the Genotype Diet and found out for my blood type and genotype pretty much all grains are not good for me. Some grains are neutral such as rice and quinoa, both of which have no gluten. Gluten can also cause serious problems for those suffering from celiac disease. While visiting my friends in LA I was informed of a gluten intolerance within the family and an experiment of three months to avoid gluten. A plaintiff sigh escaped from deprived lips for a sweet bread so I whipped up some gluten free banana bread and then a chocolate version to instant acclaim from the newly de-glutenized. The following is my basic recipe with a few refinements from my friend. Enjoy.

Gluten free chocolate bread

1 cup rice flour
1/2 cup tapioca flour
1/3 cup flax seed flour (I ground up the seed in my coffee grinder. Worked like a charm)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 Tablespoons unsweetened chocolate powder (I used Green & Blacks)
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup rice milk (or goat milk)
4 Tablespoons oil (I used coconut oil...tasty)
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla (make sure it is not distilled by a grain alcohol)

Alternations: add blueberries, walnuts or chunks of dark chocolate...or all for that matter.

Mix wet ingredients. Mix dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients to dry. Mix. Pour into small greased loaf pan. Bake in 375° preheated oven for 45-50 minutes. (I baked at 425° for about an 45 minutes-hour in my oven, but that says nothing). Test with a toothpick to make sure thoroughly cooked. Let cool on wire rack. Or dive right in. I rarely can wait to eat it myself.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Get out of my way fool, I'm enlightened

Hitch a ride to freedom with the NY Times best seller "get out of my way fool, I'm enlightened". I. B. Wisdom's new book shows you how to "jump to the front of the line through the power of radiant light". With verbal aplomb not seen since Jesus, Wisdom takes us on an exhilarating ride of conversational repartee and Jedi like skill that leaves slack jawed yokels standing back in awe as he takes over whatever situation he's in. Voted in High School as the least likely to have a third eye, Wisdom shatters the "meek shall inherit the earth" myth with balls to the wall spiritual muscle flexing which leaves Arnold Schwarzenegger. claiming "I'm a girly man". "When I realized I could knock people over with my halo, I immediately surrendered my power over to the highest good and this book was born.", so states Wisdom in the intro. Regardless of your spiritual inclination, Get out of my way fool, I'm enlightened is destined to become a new thought classic.
~phoenix ashvaganda papa ya rama

Water, the next oil

What could be more important to the continuance of life than water. Increasing news articles, mostly negative about the polluting, wasting, or drying up of water resources has brought this issue into the forefront as it should be. This beautiful book, Blue Planet Run, practically jumped off the shelf at me. Its oversize dimensions, superb photographs and graphics tell the worlds water situation with force and clarity as well as an organization that is doing something about it to boot. Here are a few facts from their website:

1.1 billion people in the world do not have access to safe drinking water, roughly one-sixth of the world's population.

2.2 million people in developing countries, most of them children, die every year from diseases associated with lack of access to safe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene.

Half of the world's hospital beds are filled with people suffereing from water related illnesses.

In the past 10 years, diarrhea has killed more children than all the people lost to armed conflict since World War II.

An estimated 25% of people from cities in developing countries purchase their water from vendors at a significantly higher price than piped water. In some cases, at the cost of more than a quarter of their household incomes. read more>>

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Popular elves uncommonly slain

Popular commercial icons, the Kebbler Elves were found dead today in what appears to be a gangland style massacre. Company employees first on the scene described it as chocolate covered blood bath. The murders are though to have been carried out by a renegade band of "real" elves unhappy with the popularity of the obvious impostors. A note left at the scene said not only have they perpetrated an ogre size hoax on the world but have been responsible for addicting a whole generation of children to white flour and sugar, an unconscionable act for any elf, real or otherwise. The company issued a statement expressing their grief to the families of the slain bakers and said in no way will this stop the mega profitable health destroying junk food behemoth of Kebbler Brands.

Gene pool lotto winners now on hit list

The end of the American halcyon days are on the horizon. Gene pool lotto winners are now on the worlds hit list. Rich and upper middle class white kids born into a European genetically controlled world are on the short list for underclass anger. Many are fine people even if they are often living in denial about the effects of their status quo life on the rest of the world. Beauty, privilege and healthy dose of entitlement are being chipped away by bearded religious desert fanatics who utter such phrases as: “We love death. The US loves life. That is the difference between us two.” How can they sit there in their pleasurable stupor licking their Tastee Freez while innocent children's body chunks are flying about like a Quentin Tarantino cinematic moment. I too am on this list by virtue of my hazel eyes and access to cheap oil prices. The idiots of mass media pumping up the heat feeding MASSIVE lies to the unsuspecting monkey mind. I weep and gnash my teeth and pray to play the victim of this mindf*&k propaganda. Perhaps with grace our privilege will flower in awakening and somehow at the 11th hour we'll pull our head out of our nether regions to live the prayer for the planet outlined by my friends following poem.

Born out of a universal love, a time will come when the future is
When relaxing is a virtue, health is a prevalent given, and people will

laugh for a living
The Spirit will be honored above all else and your neighbors will be
your friends
Holding someone will be joyful and pain will cease to exist
This is my prayer for our world
Be hopeful young children, we who love you are here; and people still
All is not lost in this world as a tree is being planted every day, and

for each tree a gardner is born
These gardens will flower into a oneness of earth and time, yet space
will be no more
All that is wanted for will be had and peace will abound
This is my prayer for our world

Lisa S.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

The best water pick

I actually found this product last year in a search for a travel water pick. Its really simple and requires no electricity. The only draw back is it will probably only work in the United States, however I haven't checked faucets in other countries so I may stand corrected at some point.  This model is called the Quick Breeze and you replace the faucet aerator with the supplied one and the water pick clips on in 2 seconds. Boom, instant water pick. I've done this at friends houses when visiting and no one was even aware of it. Its not easy enough for just a few days visit but if you're going to be somewhere for a few weeks then I'd say go for it. Sometimes you might need a pair of pliers to remove the old aerator and to tighten the Oral Breeze aerator enough so it doesn't leak. This is not made for travel per say and I also recommend the Oral Breeze for your home as well. No moving parts. Will probably last a lifetime!