Arkansas School Board Official Fesses Up On CNN Posted on October 29th, 2010
Eating crow is the only phrase to describe Clint McCance’s recent confession on CNN. “I am reaping what I have sowed.” These are the words of the contrite school board vice-president in the state of Arkansas who got caught defaming homosexuals and minorities on his Facebook page. But, McCance had the guts to apologize to the nation and the world in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, for his anti-gay comments. Fie and for shame on someone who is an elected school board official and a representative of the community and the children and families he serves. These anti-gay comments have enraged parents, celebrities and other school officials. With the current focus on bullying it is little wonder. McCance like a lot of other people think that Facebook is a great format to air their seedy views without getting caught. Facebook and other internet addictions are apparently surpassing alcohol and drug use in terms of pervasive, galloping popularity. If you think your spouse or family member is making inappropriate postings or spending an inordinate amount of time on Facebook, check it out. Trust is a pivotal component in a relationship and in any family. Find out what your significant other is doing. Check out their Facebook postings and cell phone records. Imagine, as a result of Clint McCance’s ranting, his family is now in jeopardy. Security measures are now in place to protect his wife. No wonder – saying and doing inappropriate things on the internet reaps results – which are not always pretty but are important life lessons for all.
Dr. Oz Takes on Libido Posted on October 25th, 2010
If you’re female and over 40 chances are libido could be an issue. Declining hormones account for 40 percent of women complaining about vaginal dryness (sandpaper sex)vaginal yeast infections and a general lack of spice in the bedroom. Today Dr. Oz focused on three low-cost strategies. For vaginal dryness, a silicone lubricant was suggested. A probiotic insert Pro-B Capsules insures healthy vaginal bacteria thus eliminating odor and discharge. Finally “Vagifem” vaginal estrogen inserts help to improve the elasticity of vaginal tissue and increase vaginal moisture. Now just find the right partner and enjoy!
Chilean Miners Freed Posted on October 19th, 2010
No one imagined that the 33 Chilean miners that were trapped 3,200 feet below the earth’s surface would be freed. Imagine a group of men trapped in the bowels of the earth for over 2 months. How could they be freed when every channel to their recovery was blocked? The longing and the anguish of their family members on the surface must have been devastating. Then miracles started to happen. A group of experts from all over the world teamed up to strategize how the trapped men could finally be freed. Well, that day finally came and 33 miners were brought to the surface alive and well. The story of the trapped men is a metaphor for how many people live their lives – feeling trapped. How many of us are trapped in unhealthy relationships, boring jobs and unfulfilled lives? How many of us are trapped in emotional pain, addictions, trapped in past mistakes and our own negative thinking. It is time to free the part of us that is trapped and embrace the part of us that is free – free to be creative and fulfilled on every level.
See the Movie Conviction Posted on October 15th, 2010
I have always been fascinated by human motivation. What makes people do great things with their lives and what makes others squander the opportunity?
You won’t be disappointed with the movie, Conviction, a true story of an innocent man who spent 18 years behind bars. The feature film is based on the true story of Betty Anne Waters’s fight to free her brother, Kenny Waters. The struggles that Betty Anne endured are a testament to a sister’s love for her brother and a desire to stop at nothing to see his conviction overturned. Stop at nothing she did.
With incredible courage and determination, Betty Anne Waters, completed her high school diploma, and put herself through college and law school in order to help with her brother’s case. She also worked with the Innocence Project and founder Barry Scheck, to bring about Kenny’s exoneration in 2001.
Kenny Waters served 18 years in prison for murder he didn’t commit before DNA testing proved his innocence. Sadly, Waters passed away six months after his release. He was 47 years old and had spent more than a third of his life in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Thanks to The Innocence Project, cases are being reopened and innocent prisoners are being released on DNA evidence. If this subject fascinates you, read the book: Tested: How Twelve Wrongfully Convicted Men Held onto Hope.
The book tells the story of twelve men who suffered the horrors and injustice of wrongful conviction. It goes past the surface, past the news story and asks the questions: How did you survive? What really got you through this experience? Beyond the tragedy of wrongful conviction, there are amazing men full of hope and resilience who teach us to take nothing for granted and live every moment with conviction and integrity. The book portrays these men and their stories in a way that can help us all cope with the many tests of our lives and come out better for it on the other side. www.testedthebook.com
“Conviction” stars Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell. If you’re a movie buff like me, this is a good one.
Martha Stewart – Larger than Life Posted on October 11th, 2010
What fun to see Martha Stewart on the Oprah Show! As usual the Domestic Diva outdoes herself with a variety of home made creations such as; honey from her own bee hives, an indoor moss garden from the “forest floor”, and a “grilled cheese” bar. Martha Stewart is large. In fact she’s larger than ever before. Standing next to Oprah, the Queen of day-time talk looked small by comparison. What is going on? Martha is a post-menopausal woman. Once menopause sets in, declining hormones and adrenal stress can contribute to galloping weight gain that seems unstoppable. In my best selling diet book; The Body Knows Diet – Cracking the Weight Loss Code, I discuss Martha Stewart and some of the strategies that she could institute to lengthen her life and resurrect her waist line. One of them is to lower carbohydrates, address Candida yeast (the cause of sugar/starch cravings) add some daily exercise and balance hormones. Martha Stewart can afford to consult with a very skilled Bio-Identical Hormone Balancing specialist – I am sure they abound in New York City. Another strategy that would almost guarantee that she retains her waistline and her energy is human growth hormone – HGH. Any good anti-aging specialist would be able to evaluate Martha’s HGH levels and prescribe the correct dose. The use of HGH almost guarantees your ideal weight and waistline. Now back to the grilled cheese bar.
Food allergies and sensitivities are another reason for weight gain. Most people are sensitive to common foods such as dairy products and glutinous grains. I suspect that Martha’s diet, not to mention the grilled cheese bar offers multiple exposures to these food culprits. Every time an offending food is ingested, fluid retention and weight gain result. If it were my grilled cheese bar, I would offer all of the condiments Martha used, but I would switch the cow-dairy cheese for a selection of goat cheese and I would use a base of 100 percent rye bread or millet and almond flour bread in place of wheat bread.
The Downside of Cheating and Deceiving Posted on October 8th, 2010
If you watched the Oprah Show today, you were probably stunned to hear one woman’s story. Bridget B. was happily married (or so she thought) to a Hollywood executive and her harrowing tale of lies and betrayal gives one pause to consider “the shadow side.” Bridget had a story-book-wedding and what seemed to be the perfect life until she discovered that she contracted HIV a few months after her honeymoon. She had only been intimate with one man – her husband. It took a while for Bridget to uncover the fact that not only was her husband having extra marital affairs – he was having them with men.
What would you do if you discovered your soul mate, the man you want to share your life—and your bed—with was sneaking out and having sex with other women – even other men? What would you do if you discovered that your spouse was engaged in cyber-sex with multiple internet partners? What would it feel like to have a sacred trust violated? How would it feel to have all your close personal relationships damaged and shattered because of the fallout of lies and deceit? These kinds of addictive behaviors are taking place in thousands of homes across the country- right now. This is called “The Shadow Side” or the dark side of the personality. The shadow or addictive side over-takes the voice of reason. The addict becomes entangled in a web of lies, deceit and cover-ups and becomes immune to integrity and what is right.
In my work as a medical intuitive, I see addictive nature played out in health related issues – high blood pressure, digestive issues, headaches and pain of all sorts. It is not possible to live a lie and have optimal health.
We all have a shadow side. We all have that “flaw” that we are working to overcome. We should all be doing our “inner growth work” to uncover our hidden facets. This is what personal development is all about. I am not a religious person but I find the Gospel of Thomas quite interesting. This gospel is considered to be a “hidden gospel” and not part of the Bible as we know it. In this specific passage, Thomas says,” Know what is in front of your face; what is hidden will be disclosed. For there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed.” This is a time of planetary transformation. Everything that lies below the surface will not lie dormant forever, it will have to surface to be examined and healed. Trust your guts and your instincts. If something does not “feel right” about another person’s behavior – investigate it. Your hunches are probably correct. The Universe has a way of delivering the information that we need to know – on cue. Many lives will be saved as a result of Bridget B’s story and also many lives will be turned upside down. Do your homework. Know who you are living with.
“This hidden culture of men living a dangerous lie has ruined so many lives,” Oprah says. “It’s broken up families and put so many women at risk.”
Post Partum Depression – Studying Women’s Brains Posted on October 8th, 2010
We are beginning to understand a lot more about post-partum depression or the “baby blues” as it is sometimes called. Post partum depression results from a rapid drop in estrogen, progesterone and cortisol soon after giving birth. In the U.K. as a prophylactic measure, progesterone is given universally to new mothers for three months after delivering a baby. But a new study from the University of Pittsburgh and the Cardiff University School of Medicine in Britain shows an alternative explanation. According to the study, the brains of women who suffered post partum depression “reacted differently to images” of faces that were scared or angry than did the brains of healthy mothers. Have you ever heard of anything so ridiculous! What will these researchers come up with next? It is perfectly obvious that post-partum depression is a recognizable and treatable hormonal imbalance. Showing women scary pictures would make anyone suffering from depression feel worse. According to the study “more research is needed.” You bet. Let’s research and study the brains of the noodle heads that conducted the study.
Americans Say NO to Veggies Posted on October 4th, 2010
Despite the fact that obesity rates are climbing, people are still not eating enough vegetables according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Across the country, the percentage of adults who eat fruit twice a day or more is just 32 percent in 2009. The highest consumption of vegetables is in Tennessee at 33 percent and the lowest is Washington State at 22 percent. No state met the government target that aimed to have 75% of the population consume 2 servings of fruits or vegetables a day. With alarming colon cancer statistics you’d think that people would want to increase their vegetable intake. Even obesity and adult-onset diabetes should send people to the vegetable aisles in droves. After all how bad can grated zucchini sautéed in delicious and healthy coconut oil be? What about a great ratatouille consisting of red bell peppers, onion, garlic, eggplant and zucchini garnished with grated pecorino cheese. Vegetables are wonderful, they provide vital nutrients, help with blood sugar balancing, help move wastes through the body, help us keep our waistlines and keep us out of the cancer zone. The food we eat affects our health on every level. Remember what your mother said – eat your vegetables!
Are You Reading Food Labels Posted on October 1st, 2010
Food labels are important. Wouldn’t you like to know if your soup contains MSG or your mayo contains soy? New York City Dietician Bonnie Taub-Dix, has just come out with a new book, Read it Before You Eat It which spells out the intricate terrain of calorie, fat, sodium and sugar content on every processed food item label. Reading labels is an essential part of getting well. But often is next to impossible to figure out what labels mean. Look at a label. The basic things you need to know are an item’s sugar and carb content. For sensitive people watch for additives and preservatives. Then there’s fat. Look for healthy fats not processed or trans fats.
An easy way to get healthy is to buy whole organic foods like vegetables and fruits that don’t need labels. Eggs, fish and organic meats and whole grains don’t need labels either. If those food items form most of your diet, then a few items with hard-to-decipher labels is not going to tip the scales.