Stress is a common and irritating part of your daily life.  Nearly twenty-five percent of Americans suffer from abnormally high stress levels. Stress is actually caused by a mammalian survival mechanism known as the “fight or flight” response.  It is called the fight or flight response because it prepares animals – and humans like you – to fight or run away from a threat.

The Internal Process of Stress

This physiological stress response is due to the sympathetic nervous system. Visual and auditory signals are sent to the emotional processing center of the brain called th ...[click to continue]

Quick Ebola Update

A couple of weeks back I wrote about the Ebola outbreak and how it was mainly a marker for the distressed health condition of the unfortunate victims, rather than a measure of the viciousness of the virus itself. In other words weakened people will have a disastrous experience, strong healthy people will probably fight it off rather easily. That’s contrary to the hype and junk science that wants you to believe there’s going to be a scary new pandemic and you had all better fling yourselves helplessly into the arms of Big Pharma, the only means of your salvation. If God is on your side there will be a vaccine made available in the nick of time and you will all be saved… Hallelujah! If not…well. ...[click to continue]
The dictionary defines happiness as the state of “feeling pleasure or contentment.” Your definition of happiness may be different from someone else’s.  We all have our own way of personalizing what brings us the greatest joy. What is happiness question For some individuals, it’s a peaceful bike ride alone while others may find being surrounded by a boisterous family is the perfect way to spend a day. It is generally believed happiness in life is a static emotion.  A happy state of mind expands and retracts as life event ...[click to continue]

"Be brave enough to live creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can't get there by bus, only by hard work, risking, and by not quite knowing what you're doing…" ~ Alan Alda

I’m not scared of “not quite knowing what I was doing”—I live like that most of the time!

As most of you know, I was in Australia for the last three weeks. It was a great trip. I found there some friendly people who were literall ...[click to continue]

No prizes for guessing where I’ve been the last 2 weeks, when I tell you I took this photo! KSM Aust. I think Sydney opera house is one of the four most beautiful and iconic buildings in the world—and I’ve seen the other three: the Taj Mahal, The Alhambra and the Mesquite in Cordoba (Spain). I finally got to see it in person and went to a performance of Don Giovanni. This picture I took from Sydney harbor bridge. It filled my heart more than taking pictures of kangaroos, kookaburras and koalas! I was in Australia to further my r ...[click to continue]
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), chronic headache disorders – such as migraines, tension headaches, and cluster headaches – are the most common nervous system disorders.  They estimate that approximately 47% of the world population has experienced at least one episode within the last year.  Of those numbers, almost 10% are classified as migraines. Signs of a Migraine
  • Pounding, throbbing, or pulsating pain in the head
  • Starts on one side of the head and may stay there
  • Intense pain along the temples
  • Lasts anywhere from 4 hours to 3 days
  • Nausea and vomiting – resulting loss of appetite
  • Dizzin ...[click to continue]
Regulars will know about my "I Told 'Em!" series. It's almost embarrassing, being 20 - 30 years ahead. In the early 1980s I had streams of sick patients, many with food allergies, but also with real sensitivities to mold toxins (mycotoxins). It was obvious what was going on. But of course it was all labeled as delusion and fraud because there was "no scientific proof"; the mere fact I got results with my own eyes and own activity doesn't cut any ice with these guardians of scientific thinking. Of course with them there would never be any progress; no aircraft, because there was "no scientific proof" that a heavier-than-air machine could fly at the time Orville and Wright took to the air at Kittyhawk. ...[click to continue]
Apparently, Dr. Ronald Krauss, UCSF Adjuvant Professor and Director of Atherosclerosis Research at Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute, is really to blame for the horrible story, which all vegans and vegetarians are incensed about. It was a recent front cover headline by Time magazine: “Eat Butter”. They are calling him “Doctor Lard” (in derision). The magazine had the temerity to argue there was no science for the value of a low-fat diet and, moreover, the feature article pointed out there was GOOD science to tell us about the benefits of eating saturated fats. The author, Bryon Walsh, is decried as a sloppy author (or worse). Vegetarians and vegans, in my experience, are not inter ...[click to continue]
Alternative medicine and traditional healthcare are two terms tossed around the modern health industry rather often.  There are negative opinions about both but each has their place in today’s health environment. Traditional healthcare is referred to as Western medicine because it is traditionally used by the United States and Western Europe.  It is defined as the medical treatment based on the use of drugs and surgery to treat symptoms (signs of illness). Alternative medicine covers a broad range of treatments and is also referred to as complimentary alternative medicine (CAM).  Practitioners emphasize education, prevention of disease, and holistic treatment. Some of the most well-known alternative ...[click to continue]

Is Tree Hugging Good For Your Health?

Years ago I lost a mighty volume of poems I had written. As an already-published poet they were not just dreams or self-delusions; these were GOOD poems. I wept over that notebook. It still haunts me; the beautiful language that came to me in the night; up in the skies; on far-flung mountain tops; and by the ocean shore… All gone!

I’ve tried to re-construct some of it but poetry isn’t like that. It’s a moment of intense creation that never comes again.

But I do remember one of them was about hugg ...[click to continue]

Are there easy ways to reduce stress and anxiety naturally?

Tense moments such as paying bills or looming work deadlines will trigger several stress hormones in the body, which cause muscle tension, sweating, increase in heart rate and, increased respiration. Stress is a silent killer and puts you at risk for chronic diseases, obesity, and insomnia. I am sure you feel the hectic pace of everyday life wearing and tugging on you and you aren’t alone...did you know that worldwide nearly 500 million people suffer from stress?  It’s shocking yet true. Mental and emotional stress can even cause chronic muscle pain and depression.  What mimics a crippling disease is actually an emotional state that is programmed by basi ...[click to continue]

Pain is the King of symptoms; it demands respect and can be cruel when ignored. It erodes the quality of life, demoralizes the patient and causes a horribly negative emotional response. Those in chronic pain are particularly miserable, because they know it will be back again tomorrow, and the next day, and the next…

But acute pain is bad too, because the patient is not used to it and has no practice at enduring its difficulties.

Yes, pain is medicine’s number one call to action. Nobody likes pain. ...[click to continue]

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