A study in the journal Cancer Prevention Research showed that red grapes can block the formation of tumors that lead to breast cancer. That’s not to say that grapes are like a cancer vaccine, but this study offered some proof that consuming the reservatrol found in grapes can be good for your health. So why not eat a handful every day. And in case you're thinking that red wine might be just as effective, the study indicated that red wine did not offer the same benefit.
"If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place." -Lao Tzu
Lao Tzu was born around the year 604 BC in Louyang China to the name Li Erh, and it is said that he had a head of completely white hair! The name Lao Tzu (often also called Laozi) was given to him later on in life when he worked for the King as the keeper of the imperial archives. The name translates to mean "The Old Master."
Lao Tsu was a philosopher /sage of ancient China, best known as the author of the Tao Te Ching. This writing has led him to be traditionally considered the founder of philosophical Taoism. Taoism is a philosophical and religious tradition that emphasizes living in harmony with the Tao which means the "way", "path" or "principle", the "driving force" behind everything that exists. The Tao Te Ching offers you Divine guidance on virtually every area of human existence.
Dr Wayne Dyer, through his book "Living the Wisdom of the Tao", has managed to capture the scared teachings of the Tao in an easy to understand book. Although just 81 short verses, the Tao encourages you to change your life by literally changing the way you think. By reading through the verses presented in Dr Dyer's book (which he's pieced together after reviewing hundreds of translations), along with the corresponding affirmation he's created for each verse, you'll be embarking on a path that encompasses the profound ideas that Lao-tzu intended to convey.
A new study released by the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) School of Public Health raises fresh concerns about the safety of using conventional lipstick products, as many of them were found to contain dangerously high levels of aluminum, cadmium, lead and other toxins.
Testing of 32 commonly sold lipsticks and lip glosses found they contain lead, cadmium, chromium, aluminum and five other metals — some at potentially toxic levels, according to researchers at the University.
"Just finding these metals isn't the issue.It's the levels that matter," says co-author S. Katharine Hammond, professor of environmental health. She says some of the toxic metals are occurring at levels that could pose health problems in the long run.
"This study is saying, 'FDA, wake up and pay attention,' " she says.
Lipstick and lip gloss are ingested or absorbed by the user. The health effect depends partly on how often and how heavily the product is applied.
For even the average user, the study found that some of the lipsticks could result in excessive exposure to chromium, a carcinogen linked to stomach tumors. High use could potentially cause overexposure to aluminum, cadmium and manganese.
Hammond says the results are preliminary and more research needs to be done, because there's no U.S. standards for metal content in cosmetics. The European Union views cadmium, chromium and lead as unacceptable ingredients, at any level, in cosmetic products.
Although the study is small, Hammond says, the 32 tested products are common brands sold in stores nationwide. The studies findings appear in the the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.
I've just finished reading 'No Sweat' a fabulous little book by The Wellness Brothers. Most people I meet seem to have very little time for exercise in their day, yours truly included, and my advice is always to increase activity as much as possible by using stairs and walking whenever possible, and also by providing people with online resources for exercising in the comfort of their own home (look at my previous posts)...well this book tackles just that, and in an easy to follow guide. 'No sweat' shows you how to include short bursts of exercise into your day (only 2-3 mns each time) and in the process work your whole body out. I love how the well thought out exercises cover upper body, lower body and core so that you have an evenly balanced body … and you can honestly do these anywhere...I highly recommend it to anyone struggling to find time for fitness and is desperately looking for a solution…well here it is!
A ground-breaking study conducted by a group of researchers from the University of Granada in Spain and published in the journal of Environmental Research found that people with higher concentrations of DDE (from the pesticide DDT), are four times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes - a result that could explain the significant increase in the health condition in the last few years. Additionally, exposure to a chemical found in the common pesticide Lindano also increases the risk of developing diabetes. Researchers have suggested that these pesticides might cause an immunological response in tissues associated with the metabolism of sugars, hence increasing your risks significantly.
Internationally, diabetes rates have risen over the past few decades and the estimates are that by 2030, approximately 4.4 percent of the global population is expected to develop diabetes.
One more reason to eat Organic!
"In many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of the four questions: When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence?"
~ Gabrielle Roth
The US government this week enters the final stages on its deliberations on whether to allow commercial production of a Genetically Modified Salmon. AquAdvantage salmon is the trade name for a genetically modified Atlantic Salmon developed by Aquabounty Technologies.
The AquAdvantage salmon has been modified by the addition of a growth Hormone regulating gene from 2 other fish. These genes enable it to grow year-round instead of only during spring and summer. The purpose of the modifications is to increase the speed at which the fish grows, without affecting its ultimate size or other qualities. The fish grows to market size in 16 to 18 months rather than three years. Separately, conventional salmon growers have publicly challenged the purported fast growth rates of AquaBounty's salmon and a committee in Congress took up a bill that would potentially outlaw GM salmon entirely.
If approved however, the salmon could be the first of some 30 other species of GM fish under development, including tilapia and trout. Researchers are also working to bring GM cows, chickens and pigs to market.
This news absolutly shocks me - I cannot believe that GM foods are actually still being entertained by the FDA when the evidence on the harmful effects is so overwhelming. What kind of world are we handing over to our children and are we condemning them to a future of ill health? and why is this firm hidden away in Panama? Someone wake up please!
"Falling into prayer is exactly the same as falling in love. It is an infinite fall; you never come out of it. In all of human existence, these two experiences are the highest." ~Yogi Bhajan
Look at what arrived in the post this morning! My long awaited for Shakti Mat...
Ouch I hear you say! I know it looks like a torture instrument but the Shakti Mat simulates the Indian bed of nails.
The tiny points on the discs are used to recreate the accupressure effect of the Indian Yogis' nail bed. When you lie on the mat or use it for Yoga, you are promised to experience the unique acupressure therapy as the tiny points stimulate your skin. The pressure of the points increases circulation and increases the release of Endorphins the 'Feel Good' hormones. I used it during my meditation this morning and it definetly made for a very interesting experience! The Shakti Mat is not made to use during a yoga session in case you're wondering. It is more of a therapeutic tool that can be used basically over the entire body. From the spine, the nerves radiate out and reach all parts of the body, which means that a back treatment can affect the entire body. Simply lie on it, relax and practise deep breathing, the rest happens on its own! Check the website for more information and ordering online: http://www.shaktimat.co.uk/
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