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Simple Techniques to Evolve and Expand Our Minds

“A mind is like a parachute, it doesn’t work if it isn’t open.” ~ Frank Zappa
If there is one thing I noticed on my path to consciousness, it’s that the more I open my mind to new experiences and ideas, the more I get to learn.

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Why Can’t We Forgive, and How To Change That

Last year, I struggled to forgive someone in my life. As I was sitting on the floor in a library in Dharamshala, a girl came over to me and handed me a book. She thought the book might interest me or help me in some way. Sometimes, the answers we seek the most come to us at just the right time. The book turned out to be, ‘The Heart is Noble: Changing the World from the Inside Out’, by the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje.

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Mindfulness and Open Focus: Complementary Practices to Drastically Improve Your Life

Mindfulness is defined as an attention training, which can benefit health and general well-being. In this article we present another type of attention training called Open Focus. Combining these two approaches may help you to understand attention training better overall, and to experience its benefits faster and more effectively.

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Sophrology: A Hidden Gem to Tackle Self-Doubt

I’ve suffered from crippling self-doubt for most of my life. Self-doubt first punches me in the face, making me think I will never achieve anything, and then stabs me in the back after I have achieved something, making me wonder if I only made it by sheer luck. Nice work, self-doubt!

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The Pursuit of Everyday Happiness and The Danish Art of Hygge

Voted one of the happiest countries in the world for over 40 years straight, many have wondered how Denmark — a place with depressing weather, a soaring divorce rate and astronomical taxes — could possibly be to home to such happy people. The answer lies in high levels of trust, a vast social safety net, work-life balance, as well as a distinct way of parenting and an overall positive approach to life. But one aspect is especially important for cultivating such contented people — in short, the Danish art of hygge.

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8 Signs You’ve Lost Touch with Your Intuition – and 10 Tips to Help You Reconnect

There’s a lot of buzz about the benefits of tuning into your intuition. We know that intuition helps us make spiritually-aligned decisions, protects us from danger, acts as our inner doctor, gives us the heads-up when we are needed by our loved ones, and serves as the unseen world’s secret gateway to the human world, helping us live our best lives.

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9 Healing Benefits of Music

Music … loved, cherished, and admired by humans for countless ages. It’s shaped culture and society in very profound ways. It has started social revolutions and shifts in collective consciousness. There is a magical feeling that can come from music and its enchanting spell has affected billions of people in sometimes life-changing ways, as it continues to do to this day.

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20 Health Benefits of Fasting for Whole Body Wellness

Fasting has been recognised for its many health benefits dating back to Hippocrates. These benefits extend to everything from better weight management, improved cardiovascular health, healthier blood composition, and better cell recycling, among many others.

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An Open Letter from a Therapist

~ Therapy is a “come as you are” kinda deal. It’s a place where you can be real—let more of yourself roam free. You can be honest. There is no uniform. I don’t care what you look like. You don’t have to put on makeup. You don’t have to wash your hair. Arrive in your pajamas or your Burning Man tutu.

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7 Rituals to Restore Some Calm in our Lives

We live in such a fast-paced world. It’s a world that’s on 24/7 and a world in which we’re faced with a lot of negativity: crime, war, violence, arguments, drugs and ill-health. There’s a lot to test our inner peace, and so often, it can be hard to remain calm in the face of the chaos that surrounds us. I’ve studied mindfulness for many years, and as a result, I’ve honed the skill that is equanimity—something I’d never even heard of six years ago, yet something I now find is the most valuable skill I possess, as it helps me in all areas of my life and work.

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Activated Charcoal Health Benefits

Activated charcoal is a wonderful remedy for a wide spectrum of health issues. Activated charcoal is used as a home treatment for digestive problems, infections, insect bites, and pain. It is even useful as a natural deodorant! And that is just the beginning of the usefulness of this simple remedy.

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4 Affordable Ways to Practise Ayurveda

People often expect a healthy lifestyle to be expensive. But, you don’t need pricey equipment, fancy foods, and snack subscriptions to live a healthy life. In fact, the things people equate with health, such as plastic water bottles and intense workout sessions, may do more harm than good. Ayurveda is all about natural, organic ways in which we can heal our lives. The following ancient practices have added benefit—they are inexpensive too.

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The Work It Takes To Be Truly Vulnerable

Imagine, for a moment, that you wanted to get in better shape. You’d know what you’re in for right? More or less, the formula is to challenge your body in various ways that a) burn fat that isn’t serving you, b) build strength, and c) stress your muscles in order to produce growth. The results certainly won’t be immediate, but over time, we start to see where the grind is paying off. We engage with a stress point, knowing that a better version of ourselves is on the other side of the discomfort.

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Reiki – Hands On Healing with the Energy of Life

Reiki is a traditional Japanese technique for healing, relaxation, and stress reduction. The most well-recognised Reiki technique is where the palms of the hands are held several inches from the body of the person receiving Reiki. However other Reiki practitioners lay their hands on the physical body to transmit healing energy to others.

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4 Quotes to Master the Art of Listening

I’m trying to listen. Not to something or someone, but to simply embody the art of listening. Listening is a lot subtler than we make it out to be. To truly listen, we must momentarily forgo all of our knowledge. Having an empty mind is necessary to truly listen, otherwise our predetermined opinions and beliefs disallow us from hearing another side of the story.

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Simple Ayurveda for a Pain-Free Period

Ladies, I invite you to take a moment to tune in to your physical body. Listen deeply, and explore how your body feels - particularly during your monthly cycle. What do you notice? If you’re like many women, you experience a clear set of symptoms each month that indicate that your body is preparing to cleanse and rejuvenate through the monthly process of menstruation. We often hear this set of symptoms referred to as pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), and most of us are all too familiar with the discomfort this time can present in our lives—from deep back pain to pesky cravings.

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Hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s? What You Need to Know and Why It Matters

Thyroid disorders and autoimmune diseases are on the rise dramatically these days and they are a common phenomenon in most modern societies. But have you ever thought that the information you are receiving and the kind of thyroid or autoimmune treatment you are following is not enough or is not efficient? Additionally, how can you consider any treatment to be efficient if your health is still poor and new negative symptoms keep appearing in other areas of the body? The reality is that without exactly knowing what is going on in your body, you can’t take proper decisions about your health. Here is some essential information you should understand about thyroid disease and autoimmune conditions.

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How a City in Denmark is Fighting Terrorism With an Unconventional Strategy — and Winning

“Every minute, I just imagine him in that solitary confinement, facing 20 years, because I cooperated with the government. It’s a horrible feeling. I can’t get rid of it,” said Sal Shafi, father of Adam, a 22-year-old American suspected of Islamic extremism.

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Synchrony and Exertion of Dancing Found to Encourage Social Bonding, Raise Pain Threshold

To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak.”
~ Hopi Indian saying ~

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Top 20 Ayurvedic Eating Tips to Improve Digestion

According to Ayurveda, there are three major guidelines when it comes to eating. They focus on How, When, and What we eat. In the West, we incessantly obsess over what to eat, constantly arguing over which is “the best” diet, while ignoring the value of how you eat and when you eat. We generally eat on the run, while driving, late at night, throughout the day, or in a rush. Many eat basically the same foods year round.

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All it takes is one experience

One intimate and trusting experience with a healing plant ally to heal the body. After this, we are forever opened up to the enchanting and abundant realm of naturopathy, alternative medicine, and plant extract remedies.

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Using the Vibration of Sound to Heal the Physical and Spiritual Self

Many healing modalities read your symptoms and then tell you what pill to take, or surgery to undergo, but what if you could conduct “sound surgery” sending holistic, healing vibrations into every single cell in your body?

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The 8 Stages of Conscious Evolution

Have you ever wondered … about what level of consciousness you’re truly at? Not in terms of it being a contest, or to say you’re better/worse than other people, but as a kind of inner GPS that simply tells you where you are? As humans, we tend to have very distorted and biased perspectives, especially when it comes to ourselves. It’s really easy to go on a yoga retreat and think you’ve transcended stress forever, or think you’re enlightened after reading a few spiritual books. This is why it’s crucial to have references that “tell it like it is” and objectively reflect where you’re at.

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The Genius That Is Virginia Woolf

I feel like we are all children in a way. We are thrown into this world, innocent, unblemished, and are forced to contend with the sheer magnitude and complexity of being. Even when we become adults, there remains that childlike innocence within us, and I feel as though it might be important to tap into that innate sense of wonder and curiosity so that we may live more happily and be more loving to others. It seems as though when we tap into the child within us, we are living more closely with nature, and this is a powerful thing.

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A Buddhist Perspective on Astrology

On the first day of my Introduction to Buddhism course, the monk explained the birth of the universe. He clarified that Buddhism agrees with the big bang theory. Buddhists accept that there is a gigantic cosmic energy that gave birth to the stars, planets, and all living things.

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True Love Is Watching Someone Die

We come into this world as a bolt of lightning. Screaming and red-faced as we announce we’ve arrived. The elation of that hospital room, bedroom, or bathroom is at a peak—something not often re-experienced as we move through our lives.

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There’s A New Antioxidant In Town: 3 Ways To Boost It

While we give nutrients like vitamins C and E a huge amount of limelight, there is a “secret” master antioxidant that can help prevent numerous conditions including ageing, cancer, heart disease, and dementia. Yes, we can get it as a supplement, but there are more effective ways to build this antioxidant. It’s called glutathione (pronounced “gloota-thigh-own”): and is the mother of all antioxidants, the master detoxifier, and maestro of our immune system.

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Just One Brazil Nut a Day Lowers Inflammation, Blood Sugar, Cholesterol

Brazil nuts are a tasty addition to that handful of nuts we can eat daily. But did you know that eating just one Brazil nut a day can help control inflammation, blood sugar and cholesterol levels?

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Practising Bliss: Calming the Hyperactive Mind with Breath and Mantra
Wouldn’t we all like to live in a space of being consciously aware and experiencing bliss? Wouldn’t it be sweet to have this, rather than being pushed and pulled by all the externals (news, politics, TV, junk food, social media) in our lives? Well, here’s the good news: we can do this through breath and mantra.

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33 Uses of Essential Oils for Home, Health and Happiness
Essential oils are the oil-based aromatic extracts derived from the leaves, stems, fruit, bark, flowers, roots, or seeds of plants. They are a highly concentrated form of volatile oils — another name for essential oils — and have many beneficial properties. Historians estimate that humans have been using essential oils for 5,000 to 6,000 years for medicinal, cosmetic, and hygienic purposes.

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It’s Not About You. 7 Tips and Quotes To Stop Taking It Personally
When something feels like an attack, it can be quite a challenge not to take it personally. It happens all day, every day. We all project our frustrations, feelings, challenges, or things we don’t like about ourselves outwardly. When we do that, we blame it on others. Thus, when someone is projecting their stuff onto us, it can be very hard not to take it personally because it can feel as though it is about us. However, it is not about us. It never is. It only seems that way. It’s a trick of the ego to make it all about us. Don’t fall for the trap!

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The Ocean Cleanup – Amazing Technology Will Launch Within 12 Months
Boyan Slat, CEO and founder of The Ocean Cleanup, has announced The Next Phase to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Initially, Slat predicted clean up would begin in 2020, but with the new modifications and funding, he now promises to begin clean up within the next 12 months!

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The Soul In The Sea: Reuniting With The Dolphins
“What mystery is the sea,” exclaimed Herman Melville, “whose stirrings speak of a hidden soul beneath!”1 I only understood what the great American meant for the first time two years ago, while visiting the Roatán Institute for Marine Sciences in Honduras. It was located at an otherwise uninhabited islet just off the mainland, where a shallow barrier corralled more than thirty dolphins within some six square acres. The top of the fence stood so low above the water, all but the most arthritic dolphin could easily hop over it. In fact, several have made good their escape in this manner, I was told, only to jump back inside a few days later.

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The Difference between Mindfulness and Meditation
“In any one day there are moments where there is nothing going on, but we link up what is happening from thought to thought without any space. We overlook the spaciousness that it’s all happening in,”
~ Gangaji ~

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Why your T3 thyroid hormone is low and why it is the most important factor to know?

There is no doubt there is an epidemic of thyroid disorders right now and they are on the rise. It seems that the greater majority of women have some degree of thyroid dysfunction. Unfortunately, medical doctors do not look for the cause of hypo or hyperthyroidism and usually prescribe a medication which masks the actual cause of the actual thyroid issue leading to a worsening of symptoms over time.

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9 Healthy Reasons to Add Flaxseed to your Diet

Flaxseed is one of the oldest crops that humans have cultivated. It was initially grown in the U.S. by colonists for use in textile production. Years of research have shown that flaxseed and its byproducts contain high levels of essential vitamins and minerals, making the crop a staple superfood in various diet schemes. An article in AuthorityNutrition.com lists 10 health benefits of consuming this superfood.

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The Lost Art of “Entertaining the Thought”

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” ~ Aristotle ~

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5 More Lessons from the Animal Kingdom

Nature has many wisdoms and lessons for those who are open to her teachings. 7 years ago I went through a major life change where I began to “wake up.” Fortunately, nature was there, patiently waiting for me. Animals are wonderful communicators and messengers who are more than willing to interact with those open to the possibility.

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Medicating Migraines With No Relief? Try This.

I am now a firm believer that our body is trying to tell us something when we have distressing physical symptoms—and it is in our best interest to find out what that something is. Not listening has significant consequences.

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Eleven Ways To Live In Harmony With Bees

As one of nature’s primary pollinators, honeybees are responsible for one in every three mouthfuls you’ll eat today, and are truly the glue that holds our agricultural system together!.

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Voices in Your Head? Don’t Worry You’re Not Crazy!

Although most people never discuss it, almost everyone hears voices in their heads. In fact, there is usually at least one internal voice that controls our behaviour and enforces perceived limitations. We often know this relentless voice as the “inner critic” or “doubter,” but where did it come from, why is it stuck on replay, and, most importantly, how do we get rid of it once and for all?

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5 Principles for a Pure and Sound Mind

Up until this past year, I always had the good intention of beginning a daily meditation practice, yet I’d keep putting it off ‘until later.’ Meditation just seemed like such a lofty endeavour, and I consequently developed a sort of hang up about it. Ironically, the very thing that was supposed to grant serenity seemed instead to induce panic.

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The Quote That Helped Me Stop Chasing the Tail of Self-Esteem

Some time ago, I was behind a car with a bumper sticker that read, “God, help me be the kind of person my dog thinks I am.” I laughed to myself and thought, “Good thing I have a cat, because she has low standards.”

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Vital Mind Stories: 3 Beliefs Holly Ditched When She Stopped Antidepressants

In January 2014, I decided to come off all psychiatric medication — Zoloft, Lamictal, and Xanax.Though I’d only been taking these drugs for a year and a half, I felt completely destroyed by them. In that short time, I gained 60 pounds, lost my sex drive, and I emotionally flatlined. While I no longer experienced dramatic mood swings, my life was consumed by persistent brain fog and quiet shame about my rapidly expanding waistline.

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Superfoods: Fuel for Self-Care

As an advocate for self-care, I speak about using food as a tool to take the best care of your body. As a holistic nutritionist, I work with people to optimise the meals they are eating each day so that they may be provided with the most nourishment.

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Waking Up to the Sacred in Nature and Reclaiming Our Earth Soul

“In the absence of the sacred, nothing is sacred. Everything is for sale.” Oren R. Lyons, Faithkeeper of the Turtle clan

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10 Truths re Finding Happiness

What is happiness, and how do we find it? It’s the question we’re all trying to find the answer to. We all seem to be pursuing it, yet we so often miss the mark. Happiness is not merely the absence of suffering or a temporary halt in unhappiness; it’s being connected to who we are. It’s less about elation and perfection, and more about purpose and fulfillment.

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Wired for Tribe

I was walking beneath a huge willka tree in the jungle a few months ago when a shiver of realisation ran down my spine. This tree relies on all of its branches, leaves, and roots to interface with the outside environment in a harmonious way in order to survive and thrive. There is no one part that is more important than the other, there is no separation among its many constituents. Every inch of this willka has an important role to play, and the health of the surrounding jungle depends on each tree like this one living in full connection with its neighbours.

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    Buddhists and Leading Neuroscientists Agree: “Consciousness is Everywhere”  

Buddhists and Leading Neuroscientists Agree: “Consciousness is Everywhere”

“Broadly speaking, although there are some differences, I think Buddhist philosophy and Quantum Mechanics can shake hands on their view of the world. We can see in these great examples the fruits of human thinking. Regardless of the admiration we feel for these great thinkers, we should not lose sight of the fact that they were human beings just as we are.” – the Dalai Lama

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Learning to Love your “No.” 4 tips for Boundaries in Dating, Business and Life

I sometimes wonder how a world might look where we truly loved the word “no.” Would it be customary to send our exes a “thank you for not choosing me” note when we get married to the person who is right for us?

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    Kick Your Autoimmune Disorder to the Curb With Yoga and Mindfulness   Seven Foods Rich in Iodine


The thyroid gland synthesises thyroid hormones and iodine is an essential trace mineral that is crucial for the thyroid to function properly. Eating foods rich in iodine ensures the thyroid is able to manage metabolism, detoxification, growth and development.

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    Kick Your Autoimmune Disorder to the Curb With Yoga and Mindfulness   Holding Space When Someone Is In Pain


I first heard the term “generous listening” almost ten years ago, when I took a workshop for doctors with Rachel Naomi Remen, MD. She told us that most doctors don’t listen generously. They’re always in their heads, trying to fix someone, rushing to a diagnosis and treatment plan. Or they’re judging what the person is saying—“Do I like what this person is saying? Or do I not like it?” Or they’re comparing—“Am I smarter than this person? Or are they smarter than me?” Or they’re one-upping, thinking of other patients who are in even more pain or have even more dire straits than the person who’s talking. Or they’re interrupting, barely letting the patient get a word in edgewise.

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    Kick Your Autoimmune Disorder to the Curb With Yoga and Mindfulness   10 Natural Alternatives to Prescription Pain Medication


In an era of overmedication from pain relievers and abuse of the same prescription medications, we might rightly ask, “What did our forefathers do about pain?” Were they “super strong” and are we contemporary humans just weak “snowflakes”? Actually, our forefathers had plenty of natural and non-addictive methods for minimising pain.

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    Kick Your Autoimmune Disorder to the Curb With Yoga and Mindfulness   The 5 Most Poisonous Foods Our Dogs Must Avoid


Dogs are quite fond of picking up things they aren’t supposed to be eating—especially puppies. This is due to their heightened sense of smell, coupled with their curious nature to discover the world around them. Unfortunately, this can lead to some potentially poisonous decisions on our puppy’s part. Some can even be fatal. Sadly, this is not just a puppy-habit. Dogs of all ages can still encounter toxic foods that can cause serious health issues.

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    Kick Your Autoimmune Disorder to the Curb With Yoga and Mindfulness   How to Face Resentment and Other Challenging Emotions


Every time I walked into the kitchen, my blood would boil. The stains from years of cooking irritated the hell out of me. This wasn’t part of the deal. When my girlfriend and I rented this house, we were super excited. It was closer to our families, closer to work, and there was a backyard for the dogs to play in.

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    Kick Your Autoimmune Disorder to the Curb With Yoga and Mindfulness   13 Powerful Lessons That People With Chronic Fatigue Can Teach The World


“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt ~

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    Kick Your Autoimmune Disorder to the Curb With Yoga and Mindfulness   Go Nuts For Seeds: 8 Types to Eat More Oftens

Nuts and seeds are receiving increasing attention day-by-day, and studies show the potential health benefits of them. Seeds are loaded with antioxidants, protein, fibre, healthy fats and a variety of minerals. And it’s easy to include them into your snack and meals. Here are some nutrient-packed seeds you should eat daily:

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    Kick Your Autoimmune Disorder to the Curb With Yoga and Mindfulness   Zero Waste Clothing — The Next Step in Environmentally Friendly Fashion

Fashion: the second dirtiest industry in the world.

There’s been quite the buzz around zero waste over the last few years — and for good reason. As consumerism continues to mount worldwide, so is our trash and pollution problem. Oceans and waterways are clogged with ever increasing garbage, while massive landfills are unable to keep up with the sheer amount of refuge thrown their way. In response, up-cycling movements have been slowly, but steadily, gaining momentum throughout Europe, and now in the United States and Canada as well.

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    Kick Your Autoimmune Disorder to the Curb With Yoga and Mindfulness   Latest Research on CBD Oil Offers New Hope for Healing Leaky Gut Syndrome and Autoimmune Disorders

For years, leaky gut syndrome (LGS) was thought to be nothing more than a myth in medical circles — simply a condition fabricated by ‘fringe’ alternative medicine practitioners to push their agenda. But times have changed and researchers are beginning to take a hard look at the role abnormal intestinal permeability plays in a range of diseases — from autoimmune disorders to food allergies and even cancer. Characterised by abdominal pain, fatigue, inflammation, gas, bloating and intolerance to specific edibles, the syndrome can make life miserable.

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    Kick Your Autoimmune Disorder to the Curb With Yoga and Mindfulness   About Pain and Expression
Pain, Expression, Love, Expansion and Suppression

I woke up the third day in a row with a migraine – and that became a doorway into a new state of awareness. I had had enough of pain, so I decided to face my torturer. I sat down in meditation, mapped the grasp of my pain, its colour, texture, shape, and as I could visualise what I was up against, I asked it: What are you trying to tell me? What am I supposed to learn from this? And it spoke to me! This is what it said:

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    Kick Your Autoimmune Disorder to the Curb With Yoga and Mindfulness   Kick Your Autoimmune Disorder to the Curb With Yoga and Mindfulness

For Sheryl Utal, she never truly felt well. Throughout her childhood and into college, she struggled with muscle and joint pain, dry skin, constipation and fatigue. Doctors always told her to simply “toughen up” and dismissed her symptoms. It wasn’t until she was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s — an autoimmune disorder of the thyroid gland — at the age of 25 — that the pieces of the puzzle finally began to fit together.

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    Maintaining Healthy Boundaries When Being of Service   Maintaining Healthy Boundaries When Being of Service

Being of service to others and the world can bring immense joy, inspiration and fulfillment. But, when offering service, maintaining healthy boundaries is essential if we are to remain aligned and in balance. It’s so easy to become exhausted, depleted or resentful through giving too much of ourselves. In this article we explore what it means to have healthy boundaries and how this enhances our lives and that of those around us.

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    Brain Waves and Binaural Beats: A Gateway to Higher Consciousness, Enhanced Learning and Brain Function   Brain Waves and Binaural Beats: A Gateway to Higher Consciousness, Enhanced Learning and Brain Function

I have to admit, I’ve always had a fascination with shortcuts to higher levels of consciousness and have shamelessly embraced technology to this end. A veteran in all manner of brain wave entrainment soundtracks, I’ve found some work better than others for increasing creativity, focus and learning; supporting meditation and calming an overactive mind, as well as promoting sound sleep.

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    Dying to Live – Embracing Change   Dying to Live – Embracing Change

“Change is the only constant in life”
– Heraclitus

Things are really beginning to be shaken up in the world, and no doubt this is being reflected in people’s personal lives. Climate changes, Brexit, President Trump, and economic uncertainty to name but a few. So we can be forgiven for feeling rather unstable and insecure as the very foundation of our reality is changing.So, how might we embrace this change, both in the wider world and in our personal lives, while maintaining a sense of who we are within all this? The answer — embracing death, in order to truly live.

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    Wind-Powered Device Pulls Up to 10 Gallons of Pure Drinking Water a Day — From Thin Air   Wind-Powered Device Pulls Up to 10 Gallons of Pure Drinking Water a Day — From Thin Air

In the West, it’s easy to take our access to clean water for granted. With modern plumbing, fresh water is at our fingertips with the turn of the tap. But in many developing countries, pollution and waterborne diseases are an unfortunate reality. Around the world, 1.1 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water, and 2.6 billion suffer from inadequate sewage. Women spend hours of their day collecting water from distant and oftentimes polluted sources. Every minute a child dies of a water-related illness. More than 840,000 people die each year from diseases related to tainted water.

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    Chinese Taoist ‘Bone Breathing’ Technique Rejuvenates the Blood, Bones and Immune System, and Reduces Stress   Chinese Taoist ‘Bone Breathing’ Technique Rejuvenates the Blood, Bones and Immune System, and Reduces Stress

Back in 1983, renowned Taoist master Mantak Chia introduced to the West a practice which has revolutionised the way we view healing — bone breathing. One of the first students to learn the technique was a middle aged woman from Los Angeles, California, who was rapidly losing bone mass in her spine. Despite treatment from a range of specialists, her spine continued to deteriorate. She was told the eventual outcome of the disorder would be a full spinal collapse — leading to such severe damage of the nervous system that she would be paralysed and have her life cut short.

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    The Science Behind Our Heart’s Intelligence and Tips on How to Start Listening   Vibrational Healing – Sound Therapy and Bach Flower Remedies

Bach Flower Remedies are the vibrational essences of flowers, the most commonly-known being the Bach Flower blend ‘Rescue Remedy.’ Developed in the 1930s by Edward Bach, a British doctor, homeopath and bacteriologist, they are a form of alternative medicine inspired by the principles of homeopathy. Through his lifetime’s work and research, Dr. Bach found these essences helped to ease emotional states.

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    The Science Behind Our Heart’s Intelligence and Tips on How to Start Listening   The Science Behind Our Heart’s Intelligence and Tips on How to Start Listening

“Listen to your heart.” How many times have you heard this phrase in the course of your lifetime?In mine, I have encountered it countless times. It’s advice I have been given, it’s a message I like to share, and despite its timelessness, is a phrase that I find often gets ignored. So why, since the beginning of time, have we been given this instruction? And why do we so easily file these four words of wisdom away as something to eventually consider instead of something to do, or at very least, be actively open and about?

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    How to compose a love letter   Colorado to Use Marijuana Taxes to Treat Drug Addiction – Instead of Sending People to Prison

Colorado is continuing its role as a leader in progressive approaches to drug policy. The state legalized recreational cannabis in 2014 and has since witnessed extraordinary economic benefits along with tax revenues from the sale of cannabis.Now, Colorado wants to double down against the War on Drugs by using tax revenue from the sales of marijuana to fund a public health approach to drug abuse and mental health — including alternatives to locking people in prison.

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    How to compose a love letter   How to compose a love letter

Sometimes, I worry that we’ve reduced our emotions to 140 characters or to the space of a text message.We’ve confined our language into abbreviations to make more room, but are the messages we convey worthy of saving?

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    Herbal medicine: It goes far beyond just replacing drugs   Herbal medicine: It goes far beyond just replacing drugs

When we are sick we go to the doctor, right? Have you ever thought of seeking advice and guidance somewhere else? In America, the use of herbs is significantly overshadowed by dependence on modern medicine. Big Pharma and pill-pushing doctors have made us believe we need those drugs to cure our symptoms and diseases.

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    Climbing mountains and spanning valleys; forging rivers and surfing tides   Climbing mountains and spanning valleys; forging rivers and surfing tides

Trustin the journey before you that only your own spirit recognises and can uniquely translate.

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    Major Shifts in Consciousness Observed Throughout the Animal Kingdom   Major Shifts in Consciousness Observed Throughout the Animal Kingdom

Humans have long thought themselves to be the smartest animals on the planet, but evidence continues to reveal that even with little shared DNA – animals are catching up, and perhaps even surpassing our own evolutionary intelligence.

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    7 Ways to Increase the Good Vibes in Your Home   Who Do You Think You Are?

In Have you ever looked at someone and thought they might have lost their marbles for not making the same decision you would have? We love to stick our noses into other people’s business. We love to validate, condemn, correct and compare.

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    7 Ways to Increase the Good Vibes in Your Home   7 Ways to Increase the Good Vibes in Your Home

In the past I’ve written about raising your body’s vibration with clean, fresh, high energy foods. Eating this way makes you feel so much more alive, inspired and eager to enjoy the magic of each day. Now I’m taking it a step further, and giving you some tips to energetically cleanse the rooms in your home, office or space.We cleanse our home energetically in order to welcome good, high vibration energy into your space, and clear away any negative vibes. This way, not only are our bodies vibin’ high and in total alignment with our dreams, but so is our home.

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    The 10 Best Herbs for Kidney Cleansing”  width=   The 10 Best Herbs for Kidney Cleansing

Bean-shaped and located along the posterior side of the abdomen, the kidneys have the heavy responsibility of removing waste and toxins from the bloodstream. These vital organs work with other organs to regulate blood pressure, increase red blood cell production, and synthesise vitamin D. A healthy diet, exercise, and staying hydrated are essential for supporting your kidneys. For a little extra help, consider the following kidney cleansing herbs.

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    Why You Should Forgive Your Parents… and How To Do It!”  width=   Why You Should Forgive Your Parents… and How To Do It!

On the surface, forgiving your parents (or anyone for that matter) may seem insignificant but forgiving your mother or father is actually the best thing you can do for the quality of your life. Even low-grade parental blame and resentment perpetuate a cycle of emotional pain and suffering that can negatively affect your adult relationships, finances, and overall wellbeing, ultimately preventing the love, abundance and happiness you desire and deserve.

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    10 Life Lessons I Learned as a Psychiatric Nurse – and Patient”  width=   10 Life Lessons I Learned as a Psychiatric Nurse – and Patient

Over the past 25 years, I have been immersed in the mental health and addiction system as a patient, later as staff, as a Registered Nurse (RN), and eventually as a supervisor. My time in the mental health system officially began at age 17 when I was first hospitalised in a psychiatric unit. This preceded further hospitalisations, a number of treatment episodes for alcoholism/addiction, along with multiple stints of incarceration in jails. Eventually, through this experience, I was able to embrace recovery and ultimately gain employment at some of these same facilities in which I was treated.

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    Spirit Medicine for the Age of Chaos, Division and Decay”  width=   Calm your anxiety and stress with these 10 natural herbs

Anxiety and other stress-related issues are on the rise. Anxiety disorders affect 40 million American adults, which is about one-fifth of the country's total population. Each year, millions of prescriptions are written for anti-anxiety drugs such as Valium, Xanax, and Tranxene (benzodiazepines). They are the most commonly prescribed medicines which account for almost one-third of the total mental health bill.

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    Spirit Medicine for the Age of Chaos, Division and Decay”  width=   Are We Consciously Using Our Power to Choose?

As we move through life, and navigate our experiences, we are constantly in a position of choice. Each moment presents yet another opportunity to choose anew. Each second holds a new choice point from which to start again in the now. With each step forward on our path, we get to choose where we place our foot next.

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    Spirit Medicine for the Age of Chaos, Division and Decay”  width=   Researchers find 'interactions' between cancer cells and their environment

New research indicates that there are interactions between an animal cell and its surrounding environment within a fibrous network called the extracellular matrix, and that in turn plays a vital role in how cells function, including migration and growth.

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    Spirit Medicine for the Age of Chaos, Division and Decay”  width=   New laser technology being tested to protect crops from birds, rats and pests as alternative to poison

It's not often these days that we get to view rapidly advancing technology in a favourable light, but this is one of those rare occasions where high-tech is an incredibly good thing.

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    Spirit Medicine for the Age of Chaos, Division and Decay”  width=   Fight depression with these 15 tips you can use today

Depression comes in many forms and is experienced differently from one individual to the next. Depression can be caused by spiritual, mental, or emotional factors and can be exacerbated by specific experiences. It can be of biological origin, of nutrient deficiency or even hormone changes. Modern psychiatry treats depression as a serotonin deficiency. The common "anti-depressant" drugs (SSRIs) attempt to change how the brain uses serotonin, but this singular mode manipulation often leads to more serious consequences. Serotonin levels are only an indicator, just a symptom. The root problems of depression often go ignored.

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    Spirit Medicine for the Age of Chaos, Division and Decay”  width=   Spirit Medicine for the Age of Chaos, Division and Decay

I find it easy to imagine a better world, one in which compassion and brotherhood reign supreme. Where greed has been dethroned and truth is respected and revered. A world where our resources are applied creatively, where technology liberates people instead of killing them, and where the natural world is as precious as the human body.

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    The Seed of Buddha Meditation”  width=   The Seed of Buddha Meditation

One of my favourite meditations is extracted from Buddhist lessons, and relates to the four dimensions of geometry. Known as “the Seed of Buddha Meditation”, this practice is one of the most powerful meditations I have learned. It is believed that the Buddha himself practised and taught this meditation, just as I learned it from a Tibetan Buddhist monk from Nepal. It is direct and simple, but can open us up to receive profound and infinitely complex spiritual lessons.

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    How to Access the Creative Potential of the Mind”  width=   How to Access the Creative Potential of the Mind

We have all heard that we humans do not utilise the full capacity of our brains, and that only a fragment of the forces of our mind are used in our daily lives. The full utilisation of the potentials of our mindwould, however, add to our personality an immense creative force. The question therefore arises, how are we able to access the creative forces of our Mind?

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    Consciously Healing Our Toxic Emotions”  width=   Consciously Healing Our Toxic Emotions

Toxic emotions are like weeds, that when left unattended, will fester and grow roots, eventually taking over the landscape of our internal garden. They upset the natural healthy balance of our personal ecosystem, causing disruptions, distortions and dis-ease. They influence and shape the way we feel about ourselves, and how we subsequently show up in relationships, which are often really entanglements in disguise.

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    How to Create Real Change: Balancing Heart and Hustle”  width=   How to Create Real Change: Balancing Heart and Hustle

Creating a life change takes some hustle; let’s not beat around the bush here. I’m not talking about struggle, but effort… the kind of effort that says you mean it.

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    India’s Organic Rice Revolution Proves GMOs Are Unnecessary”  width=   India’s Organic Rice Revolution Proves GMOs Are Unnecessary

In a world with an ever-increasing human population, increased food production is of obvious concern. With the world population projected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050, many people, especially those with connections to biotechnology and agrochemical companies, say that genetically modified food (GMO) is necessary in order to satisfy increased global demand for food. However, do we really need GMOs to feed the world?

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    Australia’s Tussle With Natural Health”  width=   Australia’s Tussle With Natural Health

Donald Trump’s victory in the US election and Brexit are two of the loudest signals issued from the Western world that people are deeply disenchanted with the ‘established order’. Immigration issues may have been pushed to the top of the agenda in each case, but there has been a mass of other issues that have featured strongly in both cases. These include distrust of the political allegiance between Big Government and Big Business, and the highly controlled, globalised society that is deemed part of the established order’s package.

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    Trust Your Own Truth”  width=   Trust Your Own Truth

Henry David Thoreau once said “Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” For some time recently, I had been deeply questioning what is true and how can I know what is real? I have wondered what is the purpose of life and what is beyond it. I felt lost and uncertain of life and it’s purpose. What are we all doing here? It came to a point where I felt there were three main things I knew:

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    Tree-Shaped Vertical Farms That Grow 24 Acres Of Crops  width=   Tree-Shaped Vertical Farms That Grow 24 Acres Of Crops

By 2050, the world’s population is estimated to reach 9.7 billion people. Already, 795 million people go to bed hungry each evening. Catching up to – and alleviating – the problem of world hunger won’t be easy, but the task might be realised sooner if innovative tree-shaped vertical farms are invested in and constructed in the future.

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    What Traits and Actions Do 21st Century Activists Embody?”  width=   What Traits and Actions Do 21st Century Activists Embody?

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” – R. Buckminster Fuller

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    You Are the Solution!”  width=   You Are the Solution!

Bob Marley couldn’t have been more right when he sang that there’s “so much trouble in the world”. Our planet is in chaos, and most people are trying their best to pretend that it’s all normal, or that it will go away on its own.

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    The Sleep of Separateness”  width=   The Sleep of Separateness

From the standpoint of ordinary consciousness, separateness seems to be a basic part of the human condition. Most human beings experience themselves as egos trapped inside their own mind-space, observing a world which seems to be out there, on the other side of their skulls. As a result, the normal human state is one of aloneness. We Are always onlookers rather than participants. We can communicate with other people by speaking, writing or gesturing, but they will never be able to truly know us, or to share our thoughts and feelings. Our inner being will always be sealed off from them.

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    Ways to Improve Memory and Live Longer with Music”  width=   Ways to Improve Memory and Live Longer with Music

We intuitively know what scientists are now proving – that music helps you remember, get smarter, and live longer.Let’s take a look at how music helps us remember, how music is being used to rehabilitate the brain, and how it can lead to a longer, happier life.

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    Cook these six vegetables for even greater health benefits”  width=   Cook these six vegetables for even greater health benefits

"To cook or not to cook?" has been a topic of heated debate among some health food advocates. Raw food junkies claim that eating foods in their most natural state is the answer to all our issues and diseases, cancer included. They believe that cooking destroys essential vitamins, live enzymes and antioxidants vital to our health.

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    Self Criticism? How to Overcome Your Inner “I’m Not Good Enough” Voice   Self Criticism? How to Overcome Your Inner “I’m Not Good Enough” Voice

We live in a world where the theme of unworthiness shows up in all areas in life. As kids, we proudly show off our high marks and perfect behaviour knowing they will earn us praises and approval from adults, and as adults, we constantly judge and punish ourselves for our lack of wealth, success, relationships and others’ good opinions of us. In my healing and coaching practice, the most common story that is told over and over is the one of“I’m not good enough.”

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    How Language Limits and Liberates Us   How Language Limits and Liberates Us

Human beings perceive everything within their realities through the five basic senses of taste, touch, hearing, sight, and smell (we will limit this article to five when in reality there are upwards of 20). By experiencing the sensations of the reality around us, we create a subjective understanding of what reality is and how we perceive it to be constructed. According to the generally accepted evolutionary framework for the human race, language did not arise until very recently.

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    A New Take on Sewage: How to Harness the Superpowers of Poo and Pee for Better Ecological and Human Health   A New Take on Sewage: How to Harness the Superpowers of Poo and Pee for Better Ecological and Human Health

What happens when we flush the toilet is not normally high on the list of dinner table topics, but a few forward thinking individuals are taking the subject seriously. Since water security, ecology and health are all top concerns facing us today, technology that addresses our wasteful bathroom and household practices is nothing to be scorned. In fact, our poo and pee can be environmental champions, if given half a chance.

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    8 Steps to Turn Conflict Into Spiritual Gold: A Practice   8 Steps to Turn Conflict Into Spiritual Gold: A Practice

Let’s say conflict arises when you’re with someone. It could be anyone — a friend, your spouse, your child, your boss, a stranger in line at the supermarket, your employee. Something happens, and you are triggered. The story of what triggers you doesn’t matter so much. Someone cut you off in traffic. Your boyfriend is flirting with another woman. Your mother criticised you… again. Your boss demeaned you… again. Your child just overstepped the boundary you set… again. Or it could be more serious. Your husband cheated. Your daughter stole from you. Your boss made a pass at you. Your best friend just slept with your girlfriend. Your business partner embezzled from you.

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    Re-Connect With Ancient Indian Holistic Wisdom to Treat the Root Cause of Pain   Re-Connect With Ancient Indian Holistic Wisdom to Treat the Root Cause of Pain

The human body is a latticework of energies vibrating at different frequencies, which encompass physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects. It has been perfectly created to provide optimal function as long as we observe the laws of nature. When we divert from these laws through breathing polluted air, eating food far from its natural state, drinking chemical-laden water, ingesting toxic medications, smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, usinginorganic body care and household products, being exposed to electro-magnetic pollution, and even thinking negative thoughts, imbalances result within our energies, leading to dis-ease.

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    Respect Nature – Don’t Bite The Hand That Feeds   Respect Nature – Don’t Bite The Hand That Feeds

We shouldn’t underestimate nature — it could easily take this planet back. Not only do I think we should respect it, I think we should revere it.

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    Energy Cleansing and Meditation Using the Elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air   Energy Cleansing and Meditation Using the Elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air

There is something very primal about using the elements to cleanse our energetic bodies. Given we are made from the same matter as Mother Earth, utilising the four physical elements is a way of connecting us back to our roots. And one does not have to be in the middle of a forest to utilise the power of the elements… for someone like myself who lives in a city, utilising the four elements for cleansing the energetic body helps maintain a connection with and grounding to Gaia.

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    Kids Meditate Instead of Taking ADHD Medications and See Amazing Results   Kids Meditate Instead of Taking ADHD Medications and See Amazing Results

Firmly embedded into our culture now, pharmaceutical companies create so-called cures and treatments for every human condition, and modern psychiatry has become an institution that works to create lifelong dependencies on medications to help people adapt to the stress of modern life and to conform to the rigid corporate/consumer culture that has come to be known as life.

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    The Truth About Chemotherapy – History, Effects and Natural Alternatives   The Truth About Chemotherapy – History, Effects and Natural Alternatives

Treating cancer is BIG business. In fact, each year in the USA, allopathic (conventional) cancer treatments generate over $200 billion in revenue. Despite this, cancer is still the #2 leading cause of death in the United States and Great Britain, and the #1 leading cause of death in Canada and Australia. Experts believe these statistics are only going to worsen.

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    Why ginger is an effective cancer fighter   Why ginger is an effective cancer fighter

Scientific research shows that ginger offers a variety of therapeutic properties. One of the herb's many uses includes its ability to alleviate symptoms of gastrointestinal distress, including seasickness.

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    Learning to Live (Die) with Your Disease   Learning to Live (Die) with Your Disease

Have you heard the latest ‘medical wisdom’? It’s become a mantra for chronic diseases, from arthritis, to diabetes, to depression to dementia. “Learn to live with your disease.” But it’s a lie. What is really being said is “Accept the fact that you are going to die with your disease.” Learn to die with your disease.

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    Health Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water   Health Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water

A glass of lemon water to start your day can help keep the doctor away. Why do I say that? According to Hippocrates “All disease begins in the gut”, and modern research has also concluded that an unhealthy gut environment impacts the immune system and leads to a myriad of diseases.

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    Using Our Powerful Authentic Voice, Even When It’s Hard To Speak width=   Using Our Powerful Authentic Voice, Even When It’s Hard To Speak

Being an authentic voice of change can be what breaks through the collective illusions — especially when it’s hard to even speak above the deafening roar of unconsciousness, judgements, and social programming. Such authenticity has the power to dissolve the veils of separation, awaken those who are asleep, and remind those who may have forgotten what incredibly powerful, spiritual energetic beings of light, we all truly are.

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    The Forgotten Chakras and the Earth Element width=   The Forgotten Chakras and the Earth Element

Walking Meditation was a natural custom for the ancients on planet Earth before the matrix invaded and took over. Besides for meditating, it was a natural routine to spend many hours a day barefoot in the fields or in the jungles searching for food.

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    Ying_yang_symbol CROPPED   Healing the Psychic Split Which Causes War

A world at war is the manifest outward projection of widespread inner human conflict, a world where nations see other nations as ‘enemies’ reflects the external projection of unresolved internal fears, a world where light and dark are conceived as irreconcilable opposites reflects an inner world torn asunder by rampant conflict.

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    Climate Engineering Contamination: Staying Healthy in a World That Isn’t   Climate Engineering Contamination: Staying Healthy in a World That Isn’t

How does one retain some semblance of health while existing in a world that has become alarmingly toxic and increasingly incompatible to life as a whole?

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    Synthetic Cannabis Extremely Dangerous Compared to Natural Marijuana, New Study Reveals   Synthetic Cannabis Extremely Dangerous Compared to Natural Marijuana, New Study Reveals

The criminalization of cannabis has led to the creation of a synthetic cannabinoid analogue black-market that is far more dangerous than the cannabis plant, a new study reveals.

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    The Secret of Success: Relax, Do Nothing… and Just BE   The Secret of Success: Relax, Do Nothing… and Just BE

Great ideas and discoveries don’t come from thinking or doing, but from being.

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    How Culture and Society Influence Healthy Eating   How Culture and Society Influence Healthy Eating

There are many factors that influence your diet. In this article, we are going to focus on the impact social and cultural factors have on healthy eating. To fully understand the concept, let’s look at the basic nature of the human social environment.

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    The Power of Forgiveness: The Transformational Effect of Letting Go of Resentment   The Power of Forgiveness: The Transformational Effect of Letting Go of Resentment

Recently I met a woman called Sena, whose brother was killed 13 years ago. Tony, her brother, was working as a chef in the British army, when he was shot by one of the soldiers in his own unit. The soldier claimed it was an accident, that the gun had just gone off as he put it over his knees. He was eventually sentenced to two years in prison for manslaughter. The death was made even more tragic by the fact that Tony’s wife was pregnant with their first child.

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    Scientists Discover Gut Bacteria That Eat Brain Chemicals   Scientists Discover Gut Bacteria That Eat Brain Chemicals

Beneficial gut bacteria are the latest darlings of neurological health as researchers continue to uncover new and fascinating roles they play in our level of happiness, serenity and emotional well-being. Incredibly, a lack of specific types of gut bacteria (or excess of harmful microbes) are associated with autism, irritable bowel and chronic fatigue syndrome, along with a range of mood disorders — including anxiety, depression and poor response to stress. These microorganisms are so powerful that if they become imbalanced in the gut, it can mean the difference between living a joyful life or one where we can barely drag ourselves out of bed.

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    Is caring about what others think holding you back?   Is caring about what others think holding you back?

The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages
Virginia Woolf

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    How a “No-Till” Method Can Grow Vegetable and Fruit Gardens Without Irrigation, Fertiliser or Gruelling Labour   How a “No-Till” Method Can Grow Vegetable and Fruit Gardens Without Irrigation, Fertiliser or Gruelling Labour

Food self-sufficiency is a hot topic in the U.S. and beyond. As our industrial agricultural system begins to crumble, poisonous conventional farming methods are brought to light and the crisis of our depleted topsoil looms ominously. In response to these threats, homesteading and community gardens are on the rise across the nation as people take control of both the quality and cost of their food. It’s a modern spin on the classic Victory Gardens of the past.

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    Why Working Less is Essential for True Wealth and Sustainability   Why Working Less is Essential for True Wealth and Sustainability

Consumerism goes hand-in-hand with the “the good life” — at least according to our contemporary Western culture. Massive advertising, securing the bargain, garage sales and credit cards are simply par for the course and rarely questioned by the average person. Shopping during our lunch hour is a national pastime, we wander through shopping malls on our days off, and make online purchases late at night. And it’s not just about comfort, our way of living needs to border luxurious. The yardstick of “keeping up with the Joneses” has evolved beyond our neighbours — we’re now competing with the lifestyles of the upper middle class and wealthy. It’s a vicious cycle — and we’re miserable for it. The environment also suffers as our material aspirations climb.

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    6 Plants Other Than Cannabis That are High in Healing Cannabinoids width=   6 Plants Other Than Cannabis That are High in Healing Cannabinoids

Cannabis is not the only plant that contains medically beneficial cannabinoids, although it has driven the research to understand the powerful therapeutic properties of these plant compounds. In actuality, there are several plants that are also rich in cannabinoids and benefit the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for helping the body maintain internal balance, or homeostasis, which is needed for attaining optimum health.

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    Cancer patients who practice yoga experience far less pain and anxiety width=   Cancer patients who practice yoga experience far less pain and anxiety

Many people who practice yoga report that it reduces stress and helps them gain a sense of inner calm. The ancient practice, which combines movement with breath, is being explored by researchers as a way to help cancer patients alleviate symptoms and boost their outlook and quality of life.

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    The Top 20 GMO Foods and Ingredients to Avoid – and Why   The Top 20 GMO Foods and Ingredients to Avoid – and Why

In the very short time since GMO foods were first introduced, they have tainted ecosystems, created financial strains for farmers, and introduced unnatural elements into the local, national, and global food supply.

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    Overcoming Negative Thinking – The #1 Cause of Chronic Depression   Overcoming Negative Thinking – The #1 Cause of Chronic Depression

It is not a surprise that all negative thinking is fear-based, but did you know that chronic negative thinking that goes on day-after-day creates stress that can damage the body and mind, resulting in disease or worse? Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, the mind/body has a hidden defence that safeguards us from the extreme damage of fear, anxiety and worry. That defence is depression.

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    How to Increase Dopamine, the Motivation Molecule   How to Increase Dopamine, the Motivation Molecule

Dopamine is a key neurotransmitter for motivation, focus and productivity. Learn the symptoms of dopamine deficiency and natural ways to increase dopamine levels …

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    9 Uses For Hemp You Won’t Learn From Mainstream Media   9 Uses For Hemp You Won’t Learn From Mainstream Media

These are the most newsworthy benefits of industrial hemp corporate media won’t teach you about.

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    Do We Really Practice Yoga In The West?   Do We Really Practice Yoga In The West?

Yoga is one of the most prominent well-being practices today. Even if you are not currently practising, or have not practised in the past, you have probably thought about joining a Yoga class. In the US alone, it is a market that is worth $9 billion a year, with over 20 million regular Yoga practitioners; and 45% of the population showing interest in trying it out. As incredibly popular as it is, we need to better understand the Yoga that is being practiced in the West.

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    Making Any Kind of Art Reduces Stress Hormones   Making Any Kind of Art Reduces Stress Hormones

Whether you are Van Gogh or a stick-figure sketcher, a new Drexel University study has found that making art can significantly reduce stress-related hormones in your body.

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    chronic illness CROPPED   5 Things I Learned From Having a Chronic Illness

Seven years ago, when I emerged from the doctor’s office after having my worst fears confirmed, I knew that I had some big decisions to make. With the words; “most likely Multiple Sclerosis” reverberating around my mind I felt shaky and nauseous. I wanted to crawl into bed and drown in a deluge of tears and despair. This was not how I had envisaged my charmed life unfolding. I was with the love of my life and we had a nine month old baby; this was supposed to be the happily ever after part.

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    Jacob Barnett CROP  

Autistic Boy With Higher IQ Than Einstein Discovers His Gift After Removal From State-Run Therapy

In yet another example of how an out-of-control Goliath state system can cause more harm than good, a teenage boy who was diagnosed with autism at a young age has risen to stellar heights after quitting the special ed system with the help of his concerned mother.

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    grounding CROPPED   Grounding: The Gift of Being in Your Body

The best thing about grounding is that there really is no wrong way to do it. You may already have your own way that works for you. If that’s the case, congratulations, you’re doing Earth right! For the rest of us, here are some tips:

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    body talk CROPPED   Could Talking to Your Body Be the Answer to Your Health Complaints?

Have no doubt, the mind can be a powerful healing tool. And science is beginning to acknowledge what shamans, healers, intuitives and spiritual masters have known for millennia. Researchers like Bruce Lipton, Ph.D. have shown that our thoughts, whether conscious or not, have a profound impact on our bodies — right down to the cellular level and our very DNA. Time and again, it has been demonstrated that when we harbour ill-will toward ourselves with negative self-talk and beliefs, our well-being and health eventually suffer. Fortunately, the reverse is also true. When we hold ourselves in unconditional, genuine love — miracles happen as a matter of course.

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    The World’s Mad Obsession With Unlimited Economic Growth   The World’s Mad Obsession With Unlimited Economic Growth

“Anyone who believes that exponential economic growth can go on forever on a finite planet must either be a madman or an economist”

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    10 Detox Water Recipes to Try at Home   10 Detox Water Recipes to Try at Home

Detox water has become a wildly popular diet craze. Many hail it as a miracle diet and think it can support weight loss. Could this be a revolutionary new way to drop pounds and trim the physique, or is it just another fad diet? Let’s start by understanding what detox water is.

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    Cannabis: The Plant that Stops Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria   Cannabis: The Plant that Stops Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria have become an out-of-control problem in our world, as doctors and leading health officials know too well. For over 100 years, Western Rockefeller Medicine and Big Pharma have been conjoined twins attached at the hip; you cannot have one without the other. Western medicine has fully embraced the drugs, radiation and surgery model, and ever since the invention of drugs like penicillin and methicillin, it has been throwing synthetic chemicals at its patients to “cure” them.

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    Drinking champagne regularly combats Alzheimer's disease while boosting spatial memory   Drinking champagne regularly combats Alzheimer's disease while boosting spatial memory

If you were looking for an excuse to drink more champagne, we have some good news for you. Now you don't have to wait for New Year's Eve or your anniversary to break out the bubbly, as a study from a respected university shows that drinking champagne can help to prevent Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

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    14 Foods That Cleanse the Liver   14 Foods That Cleanse the Liver

When we overeat or eat processed or fried foods, and anytime we are exposed to environmental pollutants or stress, the liver becomes overworked and overloaded. When the liver is taxed, it can’t process toxins and fat in an efficient way.

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    Seven Foods Rich in Iodine   Seven Foods Rich in Iodine

The thyroid gland synthesises thyroid hormones and iodine is an essential trace mineral that is crucial for the thyroid to function properly. Eating foods rich in iodine ensures the thyroid is able to manage metabolism, detoxification, growth and development.

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    Jackfruit: Can This Nutritional Powerhouse Prevent Widespread Famine?   Jackfruit: Can This Nutritional Powerhouse Prevent Widespread Famine?

Unlike the United States — where self-sufficiency and food security is persecuted — the government of Venezuela is pushing its population to grow urban gardens and raise chickens in response to severe food shortages. Venezuelan president Maduro himself produces everything his family eats with the help of 60 laying hens. While not considered a famine yet, the shortages are acute enough that malnutrition is a serious concern, especially in the case of children.

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    The health benefits of keeping Himalayan salt lamps in your home   The health benefits of keeping Himalayan salt lamps in your home

If you've never heard of Himalayan salt lamps – and most people haven't – you don't know what you're missing in terms of how they can dramatically improve your overall health.

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    Learn to recognise and prevent early warning signs of high blood sugar and diabetes   Yoga expert reveals life-changing health benefits of deep breathing, including improved focus, peaceful sleep and tension relief

As we turn to any number of external sources to deal with what ails us both physically and mentally, it is easy to overlook some of the simpler solutions that are literally right under our noses. One powerful method of healing is something we do all the time, without giving it a second thought. In fact, you are doing it right now - breathing.

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    Learn to recognise and prevent early warning signs of high blood sugar and diabetes   Healthy lifestyle can reduce breast cancer risk even in women who are genetically predisposed, study finds

Adopting a healthy lifestyle can significantly slash the risk of developing breast cancer in women who carry common gene variants linked to breast cancer, a new study published in JAMA Oncology suggests. The discovery marks a significant shift in the cancer conversations and prevention strategies to help women reduce their odds of developing breast cancer.

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    Learn to recognise and prevent early warning signs of high blood sugar and diabetes   UK College Of Medicine Addresses Food, The Forgotten Medicine

In a break away from the past conference convention, health charity, the College of Medicine held its 2016 conference on food and medicine in June. Acknowledging the impacts of diet and lifestyle choices on health, this was a first for conventional clinicians in the UK. It was a conference orchestrated by clinicians for healthcare professionals with a desire to understand how food can be used to prevent and treat different problems and diseases.

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    Learn to recognise and prevent early warning signs of high blood sugar and diabetes   Why We Honour The Ancestors

I think many people look at earth-based spirituality as worshiping the outside world; something outside of yourself. Spirit has shown me it’s about honouring, remembering, celebrating an aspect of myself, wisdom that is being passed on to me and that I feel called to reclaim.

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    Learn to recognise and prevent early warning signs of high blood sugar and diabetes   10 Signs of Our Global Awakening

Since time immemorial, under the ruling thumb of the world’s dark overlords, humanity has been hacked, stymied, suppressed and coerced into submission through mind controlling, soul destroying atrocity. Those unable to see that just about every subject under the sun is a deception and how their family and friends are affected don’t yet realise the extent to which the dark overlords have us snugly stitched up.

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    marijuana   6 Signs Someone In Your Life is a ‘Control Freak’ … and What To Do About It

We all know someone who is a “control freak.” He or she can’t seem to stop giving unsolicited advice or tell you what to do, and how to do it. At first, you might actually get along, but soon you realise that the attitude of “listen to me, I know better!” seems to permeate the majority of their interactions, and will ultimately end up pushing people away. Control freaks feel compelled to orchestrate and manipulate people and situations to make sure everything goes “their way,” and even if their intentions might be benign, it can cause a lot of pain.

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    marijuana   The Healthy Reality Diet – What We Feed Our Mind and Soul is Just as Important as What We Eat

People are more interested in nutrition than ever before. According to Euromonitor, the health and wellness industry is projected to be a trillion dollar industry by 2017. Aware that the quality of the food we put into our systems will have an important impact on our state of health, consumers who have embarked on a wellness journey are increasingly seeking out high quality alimentary products. It seems fairly obvious that if our diet is comprised of crappy processed, chemically-laden food our health will ultimately suffer. While if we consume fresh, high quality wholefoods our state of health surely must improve.

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    marijuana   Learn to recognise and prevent early warning signs of high blood sugar and diabetes

With obesity on the rise in America, the incidence of diabetes has also climbed dramatically, and this is especially true, unfortunately, among our youth.

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    marijuana   While insisting marijuana has no medicinal value whatsoever, government approves new drug derived from cannabis to treat multiple health conditions

Hypocrisy on the part of the FDA regarding the effectiveness of marijuana as medicine has once again been clearly documented as the agency - after insisting publicly for years that 'cannabis has no medicinal value' - is now ready to grant a license to GW Pharmaceuticals to begin marketing a cannabinoid-based drug which will be used to treat multiple sclerosis.

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    Are You Awake? Or Just Informed?   Are You Awake? Or Just Informed?

This is a very interesting question, and perhaps a provocative one. With the information explosion drastically influencing so many lives there appear to be many strata of awakening levels arising. Once people start connecting the dots of now available facts and formerly unavailable research, whole new paradigms through which to perceive our changing reality emerge.

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    Can You Hear the Whispers of Love?   Can You Hear the Whispers of Love?

“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” ~ Carl Jung

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    Potty Talk: Why You Should Squat for Better Digestive Health   Potty Talk: Why You Should Squat for Better Digestive Health

Toilet talk isn’t necessarily a popular subject, but maybe it should be! In this out of sync, fast paced, wild and modern world we are living in, we have become so disconnected from the simple, natural and beautiful things that make us who we are – humans.

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    Tree Bombs: How Old Warplanes Can Plant Up to 900,000 Trees a Day   Tree Bombs: How Old Warplanes Can Plant Up to 900,000 Trees a Day

Imagine old military planes used to revitalize barren areas of the earth, instead of causing death and destruction to the environment and wildlife. This reality may be closer than you think. Former RAF pilot, Jack Walters of Shropshire, England, believes C-130 transport aircraft — originally used for carpeting landmines across combat zones — could easily be refitted to deliver something exceptionally beneficial and peaceful: tree bombs.

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    Could Talking to Your Body Be the Answer to Your Health Complaints?   Could Talking to Your Body Be the Answer to Your Health Complaints?

Have no doubt, the mind can be a powerful healing tool. And science is beginning to acknowledge what shamans, healers, intuitives and spiritual masters have known for a millennia. Researchers like Bruce Lipton, Ph.D. have shown that our thoughts, whether conscious or not, have a profound impact on our bodies — right down to the cellular level and our very DNA. Time and again, it has been demonstrated that when we harbour ill will toward ourselves with negative self-talk and beliefs, our well-being and health will eventually suffer. Fortunately, the reverse is also true. When we hold ourselves in unconditional, genuine love — miracles happen as a matter of course.

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    Nutrition For Better Skin Health   Nutrition For Better Skin Health

Proper skin care is important, since the skin is the bridge between the outside and the inside of the body. What you put on your skin gets directly absorbed into your bodyut toxins on your skin, and your body will take the toll. For this reason, avoiding toxic products from the cosmetic industry and instead using food-grade ingredients on our skins has become the routine of many.

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    Is Your Heart Being Electromagnetically Distorted by Microwave Radiation?   Is Your Heart Being Electromagnetically Distorted by Microwave Radiation?

Your heart produces an electromagnetic field 5000 times as powerful as that produced by your brain.This field projects from your physical body to contribute to the circumvent field or aura. 60–65 % of heart cells are neural cells connected to the central nervous system and brain and concomitant with the amygdala, thalamus, hippocampus and cortex.

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    Finding science in acupuncture   Finding science in acupuncture

This article title is taken from a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) article by Belinda Beck, WSJ health writer. She turned in a good journalistic effort, undergoing treatments herself for chronic neck and back pain.

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    It’s Time to Pop Your Conspiracy Theory Cherry   It’s Time to Pop Your Conspiracy Theory Cherry

Anyone who has spent the time going deep down the “rabbit hole”and researching in the realms of alternative information/conspiracy theory knows that a large majority of the world’s population hasn’t a clue as to what’s really going on in the world. However, all alternative researchers can relate to this because at one point they too were admittedly naïve and asleep to it all. In fact, almost all humans are born into some form of limited perception. There is a reason that the term “awakened” is often used by people in reference to their personal transformation from an “in-the-box indoctrinated consumer” to an “open-minded free-thinker.”

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    Millennials ditch alcohol for green juice, booze-free bars and sober raves   Millennials ditch alcohol for green juice, booze-free bars and sober raves

It's a development that some sociologists say could be the beginning of a major shift in the behaviour of younger people.

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    The 9 Best Herbs for Lung Cleansing and Respiratory Support   The 9 Best Herbs for Lung Cleansing and Respiratory Support

Your respiratory system is constantly working. All day, every day, it is the vehicle for oxygen to enter your body. Unfortunately, it can also be an entry point for pollutants, irritants, dust, mould, fungus, harmful organisms, and other toxins. Unless you’re living in a bubble, the constant assault from impurities can take its toll.

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    3 Cutting-Edge Ways to Overcome Your Depression and Anxiety   3 Cutting-Edge Ways to Overcome Your Depression and Anxiety

When I fell into a deep depression in 2010, I felt like I would never be able to escape it. Doctors made it seem that antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication were my only options. That was it. I was left in the dark. I had no other options and nowhere to turn, so I had to resort to pharmaceuticals.

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    Be Like Water: The Need for Adaptive Fluidity   Be Like Water: The Need for Adaptive Fluidity

As the proliferation of staged events and the accompanying fear campaigns and predictable clampdowns ensue, it’s always good to take stock of any situation unfolding and assess how best to handle what’s transpiring. With the playing field changing at such a rapid rate, locally as well as globally, it’s wise to see how to perhaps adjust our sights as well as personal attitudes and outlook, all the while staying completely clear of any reaction with even the faintest smell of fear.

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    The Shaman Within: Channeling Universal Life Force to Heal Your Body   The Shaman Within: Channeling Universal Life Force to Heal Your Body

We live in a sea of subtle energies. When we become conscious of them, we can learn to use them.

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    The Zero-Waste Revolution: A New Wave of Eco-Conscious Living   The Zero-Waste Revolution: A New Wave of Eco-Conscious Living

1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted worldwide each year. It’s time to change our habits.Zero-waste is the latest trend among eco-friendly and sustainable-living circles — and it’s taking the world by storm. From legislation in France forbidding supermarkets from throwing away unsold food, to completely waste-free stores, to a restaurant owner who installed a fridge laden with uneaten food on the street to feed the needy, concerned individuals are taking a hard look at our oftentimes excessive and wasteful habits, and finding creative and innovative ways to close the loop.

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    Why kids who play outside are smarter, more creative and better adapted to the challenges of real life   Why kids who play outside are smarter, more creative and better adapted to the challenges of real life

Somewhere deep inside every one of us, beating as natural as a heart's pulse, is innocence and goodness. Somewhere deep inside, our inner child desires a sense of freedom, to take up the calling of who we are, to build something of our own, to explore the unknown, to be unique. Somehow along the way we've been instructed to follow along, to get in line, to learn a certain way.

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    Are Doctors Making You Sicker? Reclaim Your Innate Power to Heal!   Are Doctors Making You Sicker? Reclaim Your Innate Power to Heal!

Did you know that your mind/body is the world’s most sophisticated quantum computer – capable of amazing rejuvenation and great healing? Every organ, cell and body part functions harmoniously because they are programmed to do so, and if there is a problem, your mind/body knows how to heal.

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    Breaking The Spell Of Our Cultural Imprisonment   Breaking The Spell Of Our Cultural Imprisonment

What would the world look like if instead of living our lives according to how we are told we ‘should’ be, we were all free to follow the deep callings of our hearts? Diehard capitalists would recoil at the thought and insist that civilization would come to a halt. But would everyone really stop working and choose to spend their days lounging around doing nothing? I don’t think so. We humans are curious, industrious creatures who are naturally driven by a passion to explore, learn and create.

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    The holistic health approach is the best way to fight cancer fatigue   The holistic health approach is the best way to fight cancer fatigue

Many people are unaware that fatigue is the most common side effect of traditional cancer treatments. In fact, there is research suggesting that most people receiving traditional cancer treatment, including chemotherapy and radiation therapy, are beset with fatigue, which is described as the physical and/or mental state of being tired and weak.

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    v   Nine Powerful Life Lessons From Studying with a Monk

When I was 18 years old, I suffered from anxiety and stomach problems. A compassionate physician and practicing Buddhist referred me to a Taoist monk who specialized in meditation and martial arts. I ended up healing myself of anxiety and stomach issues by doing meditation, and went on a great journey of self-discovery.

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    Protect your health at the roots, literally, with these five healthy medicinal roots   Protect your health at the roots, literally, with these five healthy medicinal roots

The roots of a plant do more than just anchor it in the soil. Roots are like foragers, blazing trails into the unknown soil. As they reach out in search of food and water, roots form tiny hairs that help draw in the moisture and minerals that the whole plant needs. The water and mineral salts are then carried into the rhizome, the trunk, the branches, the flowers and the leaves, providing life and vitality to every part.

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    Medicinal sensation lemongrass: why does everyone seem to swear by this essential oil?   Medicinal sensation lemongrass: why does everyone seem to swear by this essential oil?

As the invigorating scent of fresh-cut lemongrass fills the air, the mood changes, lifting the spirits of all nearby. The scent of lemongrass alone has a noticeable effect on the mind. Lemongrass essential oil is lemony-bold and bitter-sweet. It adds a powerful flavour to oriental dishes, is a staple culinary herb in south East Asia, and is prevalent in Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Vietnam.

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    The best way to relieve a stubborn headache is by first figuring out what kind you have: different causes need different solutions   The best way to relieve a stubborn headache is by first figuring out what kind you have: different causes need different solutions

When you have a headache, do you immediately reach for a bottle of painkillers? Next time, take a moment first to figure out exactly what type of headache you actually have. That's because the most common types of headaches actually have very different causes, and will respond best to very different treatments.

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    Healing Ourselves (and the World) with Flower Essences   Healing Ourselves (and the World) with Flower Essences

When we look at a medicinal plant, we see the different parts used in various ways. Sometimes the roots are medicinal, or sometimes the leaves and stems have healing properties. However, when we look at the flower of any given plant, it is clear that it is often the most vibrant, attractive and spectacular part of the plant. It is the quintessential expression of that plant’s life force.

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    Here's how to evaluate heating and cooling properties of food using traditional Chinese medicine   Here's how to evaluate heating and cooling properties of food using traditional Chinese medicine

Did you know that almost all foods have a heating, cooling, or neutral effect? Understanding these properties is important when it comes to using food as medicine. For instance, tropical foods are much more cooling than those grown in temperate zones, Rebecca Wood explains in her book, “The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia: A Comprehensive Resource for Healthy Eating.”

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    Ginger:   Ginger: The Herb For Everything?

Weight loss? Check. Antibacterial? Check. Liver Protection? Check. Is there anything ginger can't do?

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    Need   Need to speed up your metabolism? Turn to these teas to fight fat in all the right places

Are you already eating a healthy diet, but you need an extra boost to shed or keep off some extra pounds? Why not try adding a healthy tea to your daily routine?

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    MDs all say 'everything is genetic,' but that does NOT necessarily mean it's inheritedSpicing Up Your Hormones Without Hormone Replacement   Spicing Up Your Hormones Without Hormone Replacement

One of the insurmountable problems with hormone replacement therapy is that when you replace a hormone you risk feeding the underlying glandular deficiency. Another approach is worth considering...

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    MDs all say 'everything is genetic,' but that does NOT necessarily mean it's inherited   MDs all say 'everything is genetic,' but that does NOT necessarily mean it's inherited

Genetics is the study of genes and genetic variation in living organisms. Every cell in the body contains 23 pairs of chromosomes that each contain the genes you inherit from your parents. From each and every pair, one chromosome is inherited from your mother and the other from your father.

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    The Hijacked Mind: Healing a Society in Trauma   The Hijacked Mind: Healing a Society in Trauma

The hijacking of our minds and our consciousness with fear-based societal manipulation is the foundation for many of our most deeply rooted beliefs and perceptions. The institutions of our society are designed to produce fear, stress and trauma via manufactured systems of power, governance, education, religion and finance (just to name a few) — all of which serve to propagate institutional instead of personal power. And, while we are spiritual beings having a human experience, we are human after all, and our psychology and biology play compelling parts in our behaviour and reactions to those manipulative stimuli.

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    Has Cancer Been Completely Misunderstood?   Has Cancer Been Completely Misunderstood?

Cancer can no longer be viewed as something bad that happens to an intrinsically healthy body. Rather, cancer is something the body actively does in response to an intrinsically unhealthy cellular, bodily and planetary environment.

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    Sleep Problems Come From the Day Not the Night   Sleep Problems Come From the Day Not the Night

Many people struggle with sleep. Some struggle to get to sleep, some wake up multiple times through the night and others don’t get a very long sleep. Some people have all of these problems.

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    Ditch the soy: There's a lot more risk in this than you'd ever imagine   Ditch the soy: There's a lot more risk in this than you'd ever imagine

In an attempt to eat better, many people opt to replace farm-fresh eggs and grass-fed meats with tofu, mostly likely because we've been "fed" a line by the soy industry that it is a healthier option.

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    The seven most common factors responsible for chronic illness  

The seven most common factors responsible for chronic illness
Many people struggle on their path to meditative states of consciousness, becoming downtrodden when their minds refuse to obey the orders to be silent and blank. A cycle of periodic “empty” mind moments infiltrated by incoming thoughts erupts, infuriating the practitioner who simply wants to achieve a peaceful state on their path to personal enlightenment.

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    Eight health-promoting veggies that can easily be regrown over and over again  

Eight health-promoting veggies that can easily be regrown over and over again
Many people struggle on their path to meditative states of consciousness, becoming downtrodden when their minds refuse to obey the orders to be silent and blank. A cycle of periodic “empty” mind moments infiltrated by incoming thoughts erupts, infuriating the practitioner who simply wants to achieve a peaceful state on their path to personal enlightenment.

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Avoiding these environmental, dietary and lifestyle risks can help prevent cancer
“How to Fight Cancer & Win” by William L. Fischer, teaches readers truly everything they need to know about cancer, including its causes and how it spreads. This article provides a snippet from a section of the book that focuses on the environmental, genetic, dietary and lifestyle factors that cause cancer. Learning these important contributors now can save your life later on.

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Binaural Beats: A Meditative Gateway to Altered States of Consciousness
Many people struggle on their path to meditative states of consciousness, becoming downtrodden when their minds refuse to obey the orders to be silent and blank. A cycle of periodic “empty” mind moments infiltrated by incoming thoughts erupts, infuriating the practitioner who simply wants to achieve a peaceful state on their path to personal enlightenment.

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Fruit and Vegetables Reaching an Alarming State of Nutrient Depletion
What if our food has been getting less and less nutritious? What if modern intensive farming methods — many of which solved malnutrition problems when they were first introduced — have affected the mineral and vitamin content of what we eat? Could having a constant supply of varied produce and introducing genetically modified foods be compromising nature’s goodness?

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Top German supermarket bans neonicotinoid pesticides linked to mass honeybee deaths
German supermarket chain Aldi, has become the first major European retailer to ban pesticides that are toxic to bees, including neonicotinoids such as imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam. All suppliers of produce sold in Aldi stores across Europe and the U.S. are now required not to use those pesticides during production.

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Vegetable oils cause cancer, heart disease, diabetes and more: Use these healthy alternatives instead
Vegetables oils have been heralded as a healthy alternative to using normal fat when cooking. However, it turns out that vegetable oils are not all they're cracked up to be when it comes down to it. We've all been told, even by government and medical associations, to use more vegetable seed and bean oils, such as soybean, corn, safflower and canola.

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California college now offering doctorate programs for Ayurvedic medicine
Despite the fact that strict regulations govern approved medical practice, one can never escape the potential side-effects of new drugs. These negative reactions occur in a very small percentage of patients, making the drugs "safe" to use for everyone else. What's worse is that some big pharma products take an entire generation for their full impact on health to be assessed. Sometimes, clinical trials can also be manipulated.

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Gratitude is Good for the Heart and Soul
A new study discovered the more grateful you are, the lower your risk of heart attack. Is there a recipe for gratitude? Learn what highly grateful people do differently from the rest.

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    Is the Paleo Diet Right for You?  

Man patents natural, non-toxic pesticide that could make many agricultural chemicals obsolete
Back in 2006, one of the world's foremost mycologists secured a patent that, once fully developed, could shatter the power of the pesticide industry. This would be a major setback not just for manufacturers of chemical poisons like Dow, but also for companies like Monsanto that genetically modify crops to produce the Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) pesticide in their tissues.

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    Is the Paleo Diet Right for You?  

Is the Paleo Diet Right for You?
There are many lofty claims being made about the benefits of the Paleo diet, but are they really true? With such a bombardment of dietary advice from so-called experts—much of it based on outdated standards and flimsy science at best—it can be difficult separating fact from fiction.

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    No One Escapes The Shift  

No One Escapes The Shift
It’s such a remarkable time we’re living in right now. All of this going on both within and without us is happening almost before we can even begin to identify what it is we’re going through or where we’re headed. It’s very much like we’re flying over and around new rocks in the stream of life and shooting down even more unexpected and sometimes seriously daunting rapids.

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    10 Ways To Be A Proactive Patient  

10 Ways To Be A Proactive Patient
As I have written about previously, too many patients hand the power of their health over to physicians who they believe will fix them, and then if the doctor fails to cure what ails them, they get frustrated and feel like helpless victims of bad luck or bad genes.

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    The Other Side: The Spiritual Gift of Borderline Personality Disorder  

The Other Side: The Spiritual Gift of Borderline Personality Disorder
She was crying like I had never seen anyone cry before. As she sat with her head in her hands, the large, clear tears rushed down her cheek and dripped on the floor. Her husband had just informed her that he would be leaving her and taking their six-year-old daughter with him, with the parting words “until you can change.”

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    Himalayan locals sustainably cultivate natural aphrodisiac as Big Pharma seeks to cash in  

Himalayan locals sustainably cultivate natural aphrodisiac as Big Pharma seeks to cash in
High up in the Himalayan mountains, hidden in the quiet pastures, grows a rare medicinal fungus. Speculators from around the world have heard what the fungus can do. (It's a powerful aphrodisiac.) They have learned how valuable it is. (It's more valuable than gold in the Chinese markets.) It's an understatement that Big Pharma's eyes are getting big - their greedy grin widening. The rush for the rare medicinal fungus Yartsa gunbu is on.

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    Oxytocin Bliss: The Super Intelligence Coded in Your Hormones  

Oxytocin Bliss: The Super Intelligence Coded in Your Hormones
We seek bliss continually, constantly craving and desiring, because we – with our coming into existence on this gorgeous blue planet – inherit a programming of our minds that leads us to believe that we have to leave our natural, universal connection, and plug into the man-made systems in order to achieve bliss. I’ll give you a few examples: Ever heard of somebody chasing higher levels of success, the one true love, more money, a perfect body, or a bigger house in the pursuit of happiness, only to discover that the sense of relief and joy they were seeking did not set in?

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    How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One  

How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One
Breaking the habit of being your self requires – dare I say it? – discipline. Daily discipline. And once you embark on it, it’s the most wonderful process in the making. It is exciting and fun, and it becomes easier and easier with every time you practice, just like training a muscle. You do indeed create your life! You’re in the driver’s seat, entirely. And if that’s not great news, I do not know what is! You absolutely have the power to change your life in any way you desire. You create your life every day, with volition or without, on a nerve cell/brain structure and thought/quantum level.

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Lone Indian Man Plants 1,360 Acre Forest
A little over 30 years ago, a teenager named Jadav “Molai” Payeng began burying seeds along a barren sandbar near his birthplace in northern India’s Assam region to grow a refuge for wildlife. Not long after, he decided to dedicate his life to this endeavour, so he moved to the site where he could work full-time creating a lush new forest ecosystem. Incredibly, the spot today hosts a sprawling 1,360 acre of jungle that Payeng planted single-handedly.

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Learn how raw honey can improve digestion, relieve burns and improve your health
Honey, referred to by some as "Mother Earth's Liquid Gold," has been around for centuries. It has been part of many traditional medicines, including Ayurvedic treatments. And in ancient Greece, Hippocrates used it in nearly all his medicinal formulations. Raw honey owes its remarkable benefits to a special cocktail of natural sugar, trace enzymes, minerals, vitamins and amino acids.

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How to Make Your Own Healing Salve with Plantain-infused Olive and Coconut Oils
Whether you are looking for a safe salve for nappy rashes, or something to rub into working hands that could use a little TLC from all those weather cracks, or an active playful child who has knees and elbows, this salve is for you. It’s good for use on insect bites, scratches, rashes, nicks, cuts, dry skin, you name it – and even works as an earthy lip-balm.

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Stroke (Aphasia) Recovery Technique Brings Tears of Joy
There are millions who suffer from stroke-related aphasia, but no effective drug-based treatments exist. However a music-based therapy called Melodic Intonation Therapy may give people hope for recovery and hold the secret for helping those suffering from aphasia.

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Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes and Moths Ready
to Spread Like Wildfire
While countries around the globe are still assessing the risks – and experiencing the environmental backlash – of genetically engineered (GE) plants, biotech companies are moving on to their next targets – insects. The latest science project, courtesy of researchers from the University of California, is mosquitoes genetically engineered to stop the spread of malaria. In theory, the idea sounds promising, at least on the surface …

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Magnesium — A Key Nutrient for Health and Disease Prevention
Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in your body. More than 3,750 magnesium-binding sites have been detected on human proteins, and it’s required for more than 300 different enzymes in your body.

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Coconut Oil and Other Saturated Fats Are Essential for Health
Saturated fats are commonly solid fats like animal and dairy fats and plant fats like nuts, avocado, and coconut oil. Unprocessed coconut oil remains solid up to 76 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Using Water As Medicine – Drinking Water On Empty Stomach To Treat Specific Diseases
Drinking water on an empty stomach first thing in the morning is a new trend which is suggested by Japanese medical experts. And research has been shown that you would get lots of health benefits by doing this.

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The Healthiest Broccoli Smoothie That Fights Against Cancer and Regulates Blood Pressure
Broccoli is a dark green leafy vegetable which is loaded with lots of essential minerals and vitamins and packed with tremendous health benefits. It’s a powerhouse of iron, calcium, protein, vitamin A and vitamin C. It also contains rich antioxidants that fight against many infections and illnesses, including cancers.

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Is Pharma Trying to Eliminate the Homeopathic Competition?
Homeopathy is a thorn in the side of Pharma because of the fact that its unique medicines are FDA regulated, safe, inexpensive, and can't be patented.

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Hidden and Unexplained: Feeling The Pain of Fibromyalgia
For some people, waking up every day means the start of persistent pain that affects their mood, thinking and relationships. This experience is more difficult when the pain doesn’t seem to have a cause; at least not a visible one.

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The Powerful Health Benefits of Coffee Enema Therapy that Big Pharma Does Not Want you to Know
Why does Big Pharma hate coffee enema therapy? The answer is that coffee enemas are a powerful liver detoxification tool, a pain relieving therapy, and a therapy for cleansing and healing the colon.

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Should You Really Chew Your Food 32 Times?
You probably don’t give much thought to chewing your food. For most of us it’s second-nature, and once you put food in your mouth chewing it is likely as automatic as breathing.

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    How to Stay Healthy on a Budget with Citrus Rind   How to Stay Healthy on a Budget with Citrus Rind

While enjoying your favourite citrus fruit, little did you know that you were tossing out the most powerful, health-enhancing part — the peel. Brimming with beneficial natural compounds, like d-limonene, the skin of citrus helps to discourage inflammation, tame anxiety, improve digestion and reduce excessive weight gain. Not only that, promising research has shown limonene deters and helps to heal cancers of the skin, breast, colon, liver, lung and pancreas.

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    Change Your Habits and Lose Belly Fat Naturally   Change Your Habits and Lose Belly Fat Naturally

Everywhere you look, there’s a new trick for losing belly fat. It’s plastered on billboards, social media, and even in doctor’s offices. With obesity on the rise, marketers are taking advantage and making a mint off treatments that don’t work nearly as effectively as the makers claim.

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    10 Natural Homemade Pesticides   10 Natural Homemade Pesticides

Pests are not only annoying, they can also wreak havoc on your garden and your life. Pests can destroy plants and make their way into your home, causing health problems. Even insects that don’t spread disease, such as termites, can destroy the foundation of your home. Unfortunately, most people turn to chemical means to get rid of them. Man-made pesticides are essentially poison, and often cause as much harm to humans and animals as it does to pests. Before calling a professional pest control company, try the following homemade organic pesticides:

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    Healthy Ginger Tea: Fights Cancer, Respiratory Infection and Dissolves Kidney Stones   Healthy Ginger Tea: Fights Cancer, Respiratory Infection and Dissolves Kidney Stones

Ginger is a pungent, fiery rhizome with many health benefits. While the taste of ginger is distinct enough to make it a main ingredient in some desserts, its ability to soothe an upset stomach has earned it some quiet fame with those who prefer holistic healing at home.

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    8 Foods To Reduce Joint Pain and Fight Inflammation   8 Foods To Reduce Joint Pain and Fight Inflammation

Joint pain and inflammation is one big inconvenience that can hamper our mobility and decrease the zest we feel for life as we get older. However there are plenty of tasty anti-inflammatory foods that can ease swollen joints, finger pain, and even symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

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    How Old Grows Young – Preschools in Nursing Homes Give New Life to Elderly Residents   How Old Grows Young
– Preschools in Nursing Homes Give New Life to Elderly Residents

Ageing can have a lot of issues attached to it: The body is no longer at the top of its game and gravity is slowly but surely drawing the body down to its final resting place. We try not to complain, but Bette Davis probably said it best: Old age is no place for sissies.

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    5 Kidney Cleansing Drinks   5 Kidney Cleansing Drinks

The kidneys are the organs that filter out toxins and waste from the bloodstream. Because toxins can affect your entire body, there is no question that supporting your kidneys is crucial for keeping your overall health in check. Without a balanced diet, purified drinking water, and body cleansing, toxins can build up and affect the function of the kidneys, liver, and neighbouring organs … and may even lead to kidney stones and other problems.

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    The Top 10 Causes of Adult Obesity   The Top 10 Causes of Adult Obesity

The debate rages. The public appears desperately confused. What’s causing it? We refer of course to obesity, the ‘epidemic’ of excess human body weight that’s weighing down society with a healthcare bill it can ill afford, but also seriously lowering the quality of lives of the nearly 1 in 4 Westerners who suffer the condition as adults.

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    Science births recognition of dietary nucleotides as new nutrient group   Science births recognition of dietary nucleotides as new nutrient group

Last Friday I, among several others, gave a lecture at a seminar in London for practitioners on the subject of nucleotides. I’ve been working on various aspects of this category of nutrients, as well as taking them in dietary form at elevated levels, for several years. I’m not planning to stop taking them any time soon, such is their effect and benefit. I’ve worked alongside some of the scientific luminaries in the field, including Professor Angel Gil from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Granada in Spain, who was among the scientists who first identified, during the 1980s, the essentiality of this category of nutrients for infants.

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    How to Use Meditation to Help You Out of a Depressive State   How to Use Meditation to Help You Out of a Depressive State

We live in interesting times. On the exterior, we live in a vastly advanced society with impressive social structure and the ability to innovate. On the exterior, we have hundreds of differing medicines and procedures to help us deal with a myriad of physical ailments that could affect us. As they say, beauty is only skin deep.

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    11 Ways To Be A Proactive Patient   11 Ways To Be A Proactive Patient

Too many patients hand the power of their health over to physicians who they believe will fix them, and then if the doctor fails to cure what ails them, they get frustrated and feel like helpless victims of bad luck or bad genes. But studies show that being proactive about your health not only results in better health care; it also strengthens your body’s natural self-repair mechanisms and helps your body fend off illness.

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    Top 7 Houseplants for Clean Air and a Restful Sleep   Top 7 Houseplants for Clean Air and a Restful Sleep

If you are weary of tossing and turning and are unable to sleep at night, a NASA study might just help deliver sweet dreams. The study which looked at plants that dramatically purify indoor air, found there was one particular plant that releases substantial levels of oxygen in the evening and enhances restful sleep.

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    Biotech corporations can't patent cancer-causing genes, Australian court rules   Biotech corporations can't patent cancer-causing genes, Australian court rules

A ruling by Australia's highest court stating that a gene is not a "patentable invention" comes as a huge victory for those who have long awaited such a decision. The ruling specifically zeroes in on BRCA1, a gene associated with an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer; the case being a United States biotech company Myriad Genetics vs. Australian resident Yvonne D'Arcy.

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    Recipe for Change   Recipe for Change

Contrast is crucial, bright/dark, sound/silence. We always forget our deep need for quiet as we go through our day of achieving, solving, hesitating, and wondering if we’ve done all we should. How refreshing a change would be right then, in the middle of the action!

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    You don't need harmful chemicals to get rid of gout, acne or toenail fungus   You don't need harmful chemicals to get rid of gout,
acne or toenail fungus

In a recent column, Fox News health writer Dr. Manny Alvarez was asked about three separate medical conditions — gout; cystic acne on the face, back and chest; and toenail fungus. In each case, instead of recommending chemicals, he suggested natural remedies that have been proven to work every bit as well.

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    These emergency foods have helped millions survive famine   These emergency foods have helped millions survive famine

As the saying goes: "Necessity is the mother of invention," and the need to continue eating for survival's sake during various historical famines has prompted people to come up with some interesting and innovative solutions for supplementing a meagR diet.

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    How To Build A More Positive Brain   How To Build A More Positive Brain

While the idea of having either a sunny brain or a rainy brain is a little bit extreme, it’s not too far off base because optimistic brains actually do function differently than pessimistic ones.

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    Tantra, Mantra, Yantra and Tibet – Where Imperialism and Spirituality Collide   Tantra, Mantra, Yantra and Tibet
– Where Imperialism and Spirituality Collide

The word ‘tantra’ signifies confluence and integration; a fusion. Sanskrit for ‘loom’, a device which weaves together string into cloth, tantra is an ancient word with many properties and uses; it has been variously used to describe the knots of strings weaved together in a rug, and the cord on which sacred mala bead necklaces were strung. (Mala beads are Tibetan prayer necklaces of 108 beads used to assist mentally or vocally repeating a mantra 108 times.) Today the word tantra is often used in reference to the union of lovemaking.

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    Dadirri: An Indigenous Approach To Healing Trauma   Dadirri: An Indigenous Approach To Healing Trauma

The Healing Power of Listening in Stillness

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    Conscious Death, Sacred Service and Green Burial   Conscious Death, Sacred Service and Green Burial – Leaving a Legacy of Meaning and Conservation

We’ve all been touched by death in one form or another — whether through a beloved animal, the rhythm of nature or someone close and dear to us. As commonplace as the cycle of life and death is, those in the West tend to have an aversion to the reality of this most natural of transitions. We try our best to evade the aging process and glorify youth — while ignoring the elderly and dying. Many times, we are completely numb to our emotional terrain or become overwhelmed when faced with death.

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    Nine Powerful Life Lessons From Studying with a Monk   Nine Powerful Life Lessons From Studying with a Monk

When I was 18 years old, I suffered from anxiety and stomach problems. A compassionate physician and practicing Buddhist referred me to a Taoist monk who specialised in meditation and martial arts. I ended up healing myself of anxiety and stomach issues by doing meditation, and went on a great journey of self-discovery.

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    Healthy gut bacteria and the understanding of interconnectivity is the key to longevity   Healthy gut bacteria and the understanding of interconnectivity is the key to longevity

The prevailing belief portrayed in the world today is that people are separate from one another. Many people believe they are separate from the natural processes occurring here on Earth, such as how soil is replenished, how food is grown, and how proper nutrition creates well-being inside.

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    Go-to guide for healthy teas   Go-to guide for healthy teas

Every moment of every day, someone is making an unnecessary trip to see a doctor. Doctors often feel pressured to intervene with drugs and tests because so many patients are clueless and out of touch with their own body signals and imbalances. Medical doctors can only do what they know best: collect insurance reimbursement by scheduling needless tests and prescribing unnecessary drugs.

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    Do You Have a Calling to Heal the World? How to be an Agent of Change   Do You Have a Calling to Heal the World?
How to be an Agent of Change

So, here you are on Earth noticing all that is wrong – and yes, there appears to be a great deal that is ‘wrong.’ When we look at all the problems in the world, it is easy to get overwhelmed and bury our heads in the sand, however, that is not why we came here.

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    7 Ways to Increase the Good Vibes in Your Home   7 Ways to Increase the Good Vibes in Your Home

In the past I’ve written about raising your body’s vibration with clean, fresh, high energy foods. Eating this way makes you feel so much more alive, inspired and eager to enjoy the magic of each day. Now I’m taking it a step further, and giving you some tips to energetically cleanse the rooms in your home, office or space.We cleanse our home energetically in order to welcome good, high vibration energy into your space, and clear away any negative vibes. This way, not only are our bodies vibin’ high and in total alignment with our dreams, but so is our home.

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    The 10 Best Herbs for Kidney Cleansing   The 10 Best Herbs for Kidney Cleansing

Bean-shaped and located along the posterior side of the abdomen, the kidneys have the heavy responsibility of removing waste and toxins from the bloodstream. These vital organs work with other organs to regulate blood pressure, increase red blood cell production, and synthesise vitamin D. A healthy diet, exercise, and staying hydrated are essential for supporting your kidneys. For a little extra help, consider the following kidney cleansing herbs.

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    Understanding Inflammation and How To Eliminate It Naturally   Understanding Inflammation and How To Eliminate It Naturally

One of the most common physical symptoms people suffer from is inflammation. It is a sign that the body has initiated self-healing, but when inflammation is prolonged, it can result in an excessive free radical activity and tissue damage.

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    Five good mood foods that support mental health   Five good mood foods that support mental health

Studies find that what you eat plays a huge role in lowering your anxiety and boosting your mood. The more you choose a healthy, whole-food treat over a nutrient-empty, quick fix, the more you'll reap the benefits - both now and later. Here are a few snacks that can bring you the boost you're looking for.

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    8 Health Benefits of Olive Oil   8 Health Benefits of Olive Oil

Olive oil has received well-deserved attention over the last 10-15 years. This is the main ingredient that plays an important role in the Mediterranean diet. For years, studies have shown people who consume this type of diet live longer and enjoy a better quality of life.

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    Humanity is Waking Up to the Intelligence of Nature   Humanity is Waking Up to the Intelligence of Nature

There is a heightening level of awareness within the human race with regard to nature and all that it contains within it. Everything from the discoveries of the rudiments of language in monkeys, metacognition in dolphins, self-awareness of elephants, the ability for animals to tell “right” from “wrong”, to the creation and extension of bills of rights for animals and plants by countries such as Switzerland and Ecuador as well as the acknowledgment of dolphins as being non-human persons.

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    Rooftop Gardening – The World Is Finally Growing Up!   Rooftop Gardening – The World Is Finally Growing Up!

In the last five years a super-phenomenon has been rising from the mists as urban sprawl decays around the globe. In the midst of a sea of concrete and tar, a mirage of living, breathing architecture is forming before our very eyes, taking shape and emerging as an Oasis.

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    16 Foods That’ll Re-Grow from Kitchen Scraps   16 Foods That’ll Re-Grow from Kitchen Scraps

Looking for a healthy way to get more from your garden? Like to know your food is free of the pesticides and other nasties that are often sprayed on commercial crops? Re-growing food from your kitchen scraps is a good way to do it!

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    8 Foods That Boost Your Immune System   8 Foods That Boost Your Immune System

If you’re looking for an immune system boost, the right vitamins and minerals can help. Although diet gets little attention in conventional media when it comes to supporting the immune system, it is one of the most powerful methods for keeping colds and other illnesses at bay. Nutrition isn’t the only means of immune system support but it is one of the oldest and most reliable natural approaches.

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    Eating Black Sesame May Slash Heart Disease Risk   Eating Black Sesame May Slash Heart Disease Risk

Blood pressure is a major focus of cardiovascular disease prevention, but the blood pressure lowering drugs may actually increase mortality. We need food-based drug alternatives now more than ever, and black sesame may be the perfect candidate.

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    How Awe Makes Us Generous   How Awe Makes Us Generous

What do the Grand Canyon, Sistine Chapel, and gazing at distant stars all have in common?

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    Drinking coffee can help protect healthy brain function as you age   Drinking coffee can help protect healthy brain function as you age

Coffee often gets a bad reputation because of all of the sugar and additives that are mixed in with it. Companies like Starbucks welcome diabetes by selling espresso drowned in inane amounts of sugar. Their newest Frappuccino line contains 400 percent the daily recommended amount of sugar, which equates to 30 cubes of sugar per beverage!

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    Befuddled, Exhausted or Unwell? Transform Your Life with the Power of Energetic Yoga   Befuddled, Exhausted or Unwell? Transform Your Life with the Power of Energetic Yoga

Whether you’re an old hand at yoga or new to the game, everyone can benefit from a unique form of the practice: Energy Medicine Yoga. Developed by Lauren Walker, the program utilizes familiar stretches, but with a twist. Lauren seamlessly blends traditional asanas (yogic postures) with the wisdom of the nadis, chakra system and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) meridians.

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    Emotions and Truth: Our Human Experience   Emotions and Truth: Our Human Experience

Emotions spontaneously arise each day despite our efforts to control them. They often surface without warning, whether we want them to or not. Fortunately, many of these emotions translate as pleasurable ones – feelings of joy, contentment and love. However, like it or not, there are times when less than desirable emotions come forth – anger, frustration or possibly fear. But experiencing these unpleasant emotions is not necessarily a bad thing.

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    7 Ways to Increase the Good Vibes in Your Home   7 Ways to Increase the Good Vibes in Your Home

In the past I’ve written about raising your body’s vibration with clean, fresh, high energy foods. Eating this way makes you feel so much more alive, inspired and eager to enjoy the magic of each day. Now I’m taking it a step further, and giving you some tips to energetically cleanse the rooms in your home, office or space.

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    3 Steps To Healing Any Relationship   3 Steps To Healing Any Relationship

Do you have a relationship you would like to heal? I want to share my secret for healing any relationship. I offer this advice as a seasoned relationship coach and someone who has personally healed her own relationships. The best part about this 3-step process is that you do it on your own. You do not need the other person to actively participate. It is all you.

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    Music is Love   Music is Love

Where Have All the Flowers Gone? In 1967 we saw ‘The Summer of Love; gathering speed, setting the stage in San Francisco for a radical change that no one could have predicted. Well, maybe Nostradamus and Edgar Cayce saw it coming.

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    We Can't Eat GDP: Global Trends on Alternative Indicators   We Can't Eat GDP: Global Trends on Alternative Indicators

The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is the best-known “number” in economic governance. It drives national policies, sets priorities in the social fields (e.g. there exists a ratio between GDP and how much spending in welfare is considered appropriate by many countries) and ultimately affects the societal landscape of a country (e.g. by determining labour-business relations, work-life balances and the type of consumption patterns adopted by citizens).

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