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.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Drugs, just for the money.com

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. http://www.mercola.com/ -http://westonaprice.org/

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>>