The Pigment Genes: The Myth of Race

Posted on March 22, 2017

Excerpt from The Genetics of Health Humans and their closest living relatives, apes like chimpanzees and bonobos, were separated from their common ancestor around six million years ago, and with this severance came the differentiation into many species of humans or apes. This common ancestor was covered with dark hair and had light skin underneath. Around four million years later, or two million years ago, Homo erectus migrated out of…

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Rev. Michael Beckwith: My Entry into the Spiritual Life

Posted on March 20, 2017

Excerpt from Spiritual Liberation Social activism and making a constructive difference in the world were focal points in the Los Angeles household of my childhood. My parents’ generosity of heart and community values were strong influences on me and my two brothers. Their example contributed to my involvement in anti-Vietnam protests during high school, boycotting businesses that paid unfair wages to people of color, and my membership in the Black…

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Neurotransmitters and How to Use Them

Posted on March 10, 2017

Excerpt from Think Eat Move Thrive Our thoughts and how we Think have everything to do with our brains and, more specifically, our brain chemistry. How we Eat and Move directly impacts our brain chemistry as well, which is why eating well and moving daily are essential components for clarity, positivity, calmness, creativity, and happiness. The human brain, a three-pound organ that sits suspended in a fluid cushion inside the…

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How Neurochoice Builds the Neural Network of Meaning You Seek

Posted on March 10, 2017

Excerpt from Awakening the Brain There is a concept in neuropsychology called Theory of Mind, which is considered to be one of the brain’s functions. We all have a theory about what is in the minds of other people. After years of knowing each other, we think we know what is in the mind of our parents, children, partners, or colleagues. We develop a theory based on past experience of…

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Movement Maketh the Brain

Posted on March 8, 2017

Excerpt from The Genetics of Health As Haruki Murakami writes, “I move, therefore I am”—no movement, no life. That’s not quite true if you ask a slumbering sloth. You should ask a sea squirt instead. These are fascinating creatures. The English neuroscientist Daniel Wolpert always uses the sea squirt as an example of why the brain evolved primarily for movement. About 70 percent of our planet is seawater, so it…

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The Food Genes: Eat Right For Your Gene Type

Posted on March 3, 2017

Excerpt from The Genetics of Health Patients often ask me about food allergies or what they can (or cannot) eat to improve their skin. The reason our guts matter is because our digestive systems not only provide us with fuel to function, but they also shape our internal cellular environments. We’ve already discussed how the environment and genes are entwined. This may be even more pertinent when it comes to…

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Setting Up a Living, Sexy Kitchen

Posted on March 2, 2017

Excerpt from Healthy Happy Sexy The Dalai Lama once said, “Western women will change the world.” I believe him. Nicole Daedone, founder of One Taste, a cool organization that teaches people how to hold space for female sexuality, went on to elaborate on the Dalai Lama’s quote, stating that it will be “turned-on women that change the world.” I agree. I also think that when the women of the world…

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Cell-Level Healing: Medication

Posted on March 1, 2017

Excerpt from Cell-Level Healing Most of us, at some unexpected and unwelcome time, will require medication that we would rather not need to take. From a strong anti-inflammatory for plantar fasciitis to prednisone for bee stings to chemotherapy for cancer treatment, the arsenal of strong medicines developed by modern science can frighten the formerly healthy. The need for pharmaceutical drugs is particularly challenging for those of us who eat organic…

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Forgiving Family Members

Posted on February 27, 2017

When we are talking about forgiveness and self-forgiveness, what we’re really talking about is making a small decision to do better. We’re saying, “I’m going to try to be conscious of this. I’m not going to do that anymore. I’m making a promise.” When someone accepts an apology, they’re accepting that promise, and they are saying that they have empathy about the behavior. This is especially important for recovery, because…

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Find an Activity You Love

Posted on January 13, 2017

Excerpt from Ignite Your Spark By Patricia Wooster What do you like to do in your spare time when you’re not in school, spending time with your family, or hanging out with friends? Are you running from activity to activity because you have so many interests and are overcommitted? Maybe you’ve found the perfect balance between school, activities, and family time. Or are you still struggling to find your niche…

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