Monday, June 28, 2010

There are lightbulb moments...

You know those moments where the lift does go all  the way to the top floor  and opens up to a whole new realization. A place where I suddenly get that you create your own reality and energy flows where attention goes, with such clarity.

This was one of those moments:
I'm standing in the line at the post office in a, all is right with the world and peace to all frame of mind, just watching as the world unfolds in front of me.  There is a whole discussion between the server and the client and it is obvious that english is neither ones first language.
The post office server is trying really hard to explain something to the client and the client is trying harder to understand. This is holding up the line and the discussion is loud enough for all to hear but not really understand either...kinda like watching a train smash.

I could feel the energy of frustration rising and started to understand that this is the point where most would be sending daggers and loads of frustrated energy to these two individuals, and it dawned on me that this is where I had the power to shift the energy. I could feed the frustration and send that energy to them and they would take even longer to understand each other or I could send them positive energy, or "love"
I term it this way because to me the energy of love contains patience, understanding, tolerance and compassion and feels good. Now some may scoff at this and call it new age mumbo jumbo or worse but when I think of the positive reality I wish to create or how I would like it to look and feel, its love.

Sending them this energy will help them reach an understanding much faster and move the line along and I can keep my peaceful feeling and get out of there sooner and continue the flow of my day. Another way to look at this would be to visualize them finally "getting" each other and watching the line move on.
Another incident where this applies for me would be when a baby is screaming on a plane as its ears cannot equalize and we generally just wish it would shut up. I am sure if everyone on the plane sent good vibes, good energy or "love", instead of the opposite feelings or energy, the baby would be able to settle down and nature could take it's course.....

Anyhow, the post office moment did make me think about how I move through my day and how my energy and thoughts and feelings affect what I create. It was my moment of clarity!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

How far have you moved away from yourself?

How often do we really contemplate this question...

Am I really here, present in this moment, present in my body. I think, we do not ask this often enough, or slow down long enough to even pretend to.  If we did, we would realize that some of us have no idea who or where we are, what we truly believe and the thoughts we repeatedly think and share.

It is my experience that most people have no idea what messages their bodies are sharing with them on a daily basis. They have very little idea that they are basically on the same treadmill going nowhere. Thinking the same thoughts, stuck in the same belief system. They keep hitting the same obstacles, their bodies keep trying to get their attention, some even going as far as to make them ill enough to try and slow them down so that they may finally pay attention. Maybe even stopping long enough to be present and say, hey what is really going on here. How did I get to this place, this moment... BUT most, EVEN then,  see it as an annoyance and they reach outside of themselves for a drug or advice, some even blaming an outside force/source, just to be able to get back to doing the same thing that brought them to this point in the first place.

Insanity is defined as doing that same thing over and over again expecting a different result.
The problem is that most don't even realize that they are doing the same thing again and again... Isn't that insane...and the cycle continues.
We run around keeping ourselves busy, entertaining our ego's, never paying attention to our essence. Some never even questioning the purpose of it all.

Hence, this question...How far have YOU moved away from yourself??

Monday, May 24, 2010

I sit and/in wonder...

I wonder how often you sit silently,

I wonder if you ever stop...

I ponder if you ever let the moment take you...
flowing in discovery,
stopping time?

I often sit IN wonder...
seeing for the first time,
listening and actually hearing,
truly being,

AND I stay IN wonder!!!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Emotions, Beliefs and our physical health

There has been lots of research connecting the emotional and physical body. I personally believe that most ailments start in the emotional field first but there are also indications that toxins hold their own unique energy and bring about certain mind frames and thoughts.

Candice Pert, a neuropharmacologist, who wrote Molecules of Emotion and, revealed that neuropeptides are present in both the Immune system and on the cell walls of the brain. As these messengers travel through the body they provide vital information and sometimes instant physical feedback.
This discovery shows a close association with emotions and that our emotions and our health are deeply interdependent.  Research indicates an inextricable link between our emotions and the regulatory systems of the endocrine (hormonal system) and Immune system through the Central Nervous System (CNS).

"We can safely say that words, thoughts, emotions and the physical body are all synergistically linked together. A thought expressed in an electromagnetic brain wave that sends a message to the neuropeptides, which in turn is fired off into the CNS to produce the result from the human body. A belief system is a strong enough (or perhaps recurring ) though that is relayed to the neuropeptides within the message system of the body. In turn, the physical body reacts to the emotional Belief System that it is conditioned for. The key is to change the messages that are sent to the body, and to do that we change our Beliefs."  (Vianna Stibal..Theta Healing)

It is crucial to look at the predominant thoughts we think, the emotions we feel and our belief systems as they are creating our health and or maintaining our dis-ease. It is time to be brutally honest with ourselves to begin and progress our healing  to live the lives we were meant to live.

It does not serve you to hold onto the anger, fear or bitterness in your life. There are many different avenues to help you address these feelings and blockages in your system if you find that you cannot do it by yourself, and many of us can't and there is no shame in that....Shame being another emotion that is holding us captive.  Emotional healing and counseling may be what you need, so be open to going down this road. This road may lead you to your inner self and all the mysteries that are locked inside there, patiently waiting for you. Reach out to the network of information around you. Have the intent to resolve whatever may be needed and watch for the messages and people that are there to help you do so.

Contact me for further assistance if you feel stuck or do not know where to begin. It is time to realize that you are unlimited and everything you need is within. I know you hear this so often that it makes you sigh and for some even flips that switch, and we've lost your attention, BUT if this IS what you hear often, maybe its time to pay attention!!!!!!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

You may have heard this...

"Nothing - not all the armies in the world can stop an idea whose time has come"    --Victor Hugo

"You are what you eat..." ???

"Health is a journey not a destination"  - Donald Epstein

"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are."
-- Anais Nin

"How we long to become that which we hardly believe we are"....???

"If it came from a plant, eat it: if it was made in a plant, don't"  - Michael Pollan

"when you make a world tolerable for yourself you make a world tolerable for others." -- Anais Nin

"you are a divine child of God with Unlimited Potential. You are meant to live all that you desire.
You were born worthy, lovable, deserving, and complete. This is the only vision that I hold for you."
                                                                            -- Anisa Aven

"it ain't about how hard ya hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done!! Now if you know what you are worth, then go out and get what you're worth"
                                                                            -- Rocky Balboa

"People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religion, even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within"                          --Romana L Anderson

"to handle yourself use your head, to handle others use your heart"    --Donald Liard

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us"  
                                                                               -- Walt Emerson

"The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it"
                                                                          -- General H Norman Schwarzkopf

"Giving up does not always mean you are weak...sometimes it means that you are strong enough to let go."
                                                                  -- Unknown

"Begin with the end in mind"                -- Stephen Covey

"Speak when you are angry and you'll make the best speech you'll ever regret."   -- Lawrence J Peter

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Alkaline water.....

Alkalizing the body is a hot topic and would probably not be necessary if we all ate enough good healthy greens and vegetables and avoided processed foods, which is the staple of so many western diets.
Herewith some information regarding a specific brand of alkaline water (researched of the web)

Kangen water is one of many brand names for so-called alkaline waters promoted as a healthier form of water with significant anti-oxidant properties. It's generally presented as the result of an electrolysis process which separates ordinary water (H20) into two separate entities. One half of the separated water becomes an acidic HO molecule, while the other becomes an alkaline OH molecule. The producers of Kangen water bottle the alkaline OH water for drinking purposes, while the acidic HO molecule is used for topical applications.
The name kangen is Japanese for "return to the origin," which helps to explain the philosophy behind its promotion as a health food. According to one theory, the human body needs both acids and alkalis to properly process foods, make repairs and generally remain in good working order. Ingesting too many acidic foods and beverages, most notably carbonated soft drinks, can lower the body's natural pH levels to dangerously acidic levels. Kangen water, or other alkaline or ionized waters, could help restore a the body's proper pH level and perhaps even become more alkaline, which would be a positive development, in theory.
Kangen water and other ionized or alkaline water products are also said to have smaller molecules, which means they are more readily absorbed by the body. Ordinary tap wateror unprocessed bottled waters have larger water molecules which tend to pass through the body without reaching individual cells. Without proper re-hydration, these cells can suffer from a form of cellular dehydration and either die too soon or fail to function efficiently. Kangen water is believed to have the ability to rehydrate these cells before they essentially dry out.
While the science behind ionized or alkaline water is fairly solid, the main concern with Kangen water appears to be one of marketing. Kangen water is primarily sold through a multi-level marketing strategy, also known as an MLM. This means the marketer who actually sells the Kangen water company's deionizing machine to a customer must pass along part of the total profit to his or her manager, district supervisor, regional manager and so on. Under theKangen water MLM system, there can be as much as an 8 way division of profits per sale, which means the price of the actual deionizing machine which creates Kangen water can be exceptionally high when compared to similar devices.
There are other deionizing systems which are said to produce the same or even better results than the Kangen water electrolysis system. Even orange juice produces the same level of negative ions as Kangen waterThe idea of consuming more alkaline water for overall health benefits appears to have some merit, but it may not be strictly necessary to invest over $1,000 US Dollars (USD) in a water deionization machine when less expensive alternatives are available.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Sugar may not be a four letter word....

I wanted to post this interesting observation from Dr Mark Kaye, Head of technical services for Metagenics Inc. (one of the leading Nutritional companies currently)

To be honest, the first thought is that most worry far too much about sugar. Sugar is not a four-letter word.

·         The metabolic end fate of ANY carbohydrate, whether fruit, vegetable, fructose, sugar, agave, or HFCS is conversion to glucose.
·         The main macronutrient source for the muscles is carbohydrate – glucose, sugar.
·         The organ that uses the greatest percentage of dietary carbohydrate is the brain. The only source of nutrition for the brain (in absence of starvation / fasting) is sugar / glucose.
·         Fructose, as it is a carbohydrate as found in fruits and most vegetables, has been consumed by man for millennia.
·         The differences today? Cheap food; excess calorie consumption, consumption of primarily highly-processed foods; along with absence of consumption of whole foods.
·         Most are consuming magnitudes increase in calories – often from empty-calorie carbohydrates – and not nutrient-dense, calorically-balanced foods.

Whether from pure sugar, honey (which is high in fructose), agave syrup, or similar, in moderation carbohydrates are necessary parts of the diet (and in sweet foods, a treat), again, in context with an overall healthy diet. We need to read closely exactly what is being said:

“…"Agave syrup is almost all fructose, highly processed sugar with great marketing," said Dr. Ingrid Kohlstadt, a fellow of the American College of Nutrition and an associate faculty member at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. "Fructose interferes with healthy metabolism when (consumed) at higher doses"…”

Yes, out of balance, without moderation, ANY sugar is an issue. No one consumes “glucose” alone.  Most always, anytime one consumes carbohydrate one consumes fructose. While fructose is metabolized differently than glucose, the metabolic end-fate is the same, conversion to glucose. The issue with fructose, again, is volume. It is well known that many people get a majority of their carbohydrate intake from both processed juice drinks and soda.

“…If you simply must have some sweets, a small amount of agave nectar every once in a while isn't going to kill you. Just don't buy into the idea that it's any better for you than plain old sugar or HFCS…”

Nor any worse. At its most basic, what is fructose? A low-glycemic index, non-insulinogenic carbohydrate as found in fruits and many vegetables.

“… A sugar is a sugar is a sugar, [says Kantha Shelke, a food chemist specializing in natural foods and principal with the Chicago-based food science think tank Corvus Blue]…”

Yes, and sugar [carbohydrate] has been consumed by man since his existence began. The difference today? Imbalanced food intake. Period. Fructose, regardless of form, is the major carbohydrate in fruits and vegetables. The issue is volume.

The question may be what is the agave nectar being used on?

If someone is mixing up a big glass of agave-sweetened water, how different is that from soda? Not much. Empty calories.
If someone is using agave syrup in moderation, along with a macronutrient balanced, calorically balanced, whole-food diet, is it an issue? I think most all would agree that no it is not.

What is interesting regarding the question on PCOS, is that is “sugar” the main problem in PCOS? In some yes, the majority no. The issue in PCOS is likely genetic insulin signaling so that those who still consume a quality diet may have symptom. That is why compounds such as myoinositol, which function on signaling / messenger molecules, are of help in many with PCOS away from straight diet (which should be the first item addressed in any patient). Many women with PCOS are of normal insulin and normal weight.

“…Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a syndrome involving defects in primary cellular control mechanisms that result in the expression of chronic anovulation and hyperandrogenism. This syndrome has been for many years one of the most controversial entities in gynecological endocrinology. Polycystic ovary syndrome has been proven to be a familial condition. Although the role of genetic factors in PCOS is strongly supported, the genes that are involved in the etiology of the syndrome have not been fully investigated until now, as well as the environmental contribution in their expression. The heterogeneity of the syndrome entertains the mystery around this condition which concerns thousands of infertile women worldwide. Some genes have shown altered expression suggesting that the genetic abnormality in PCOS affects signal transduction pathways controlling steroidogenesis, steroid hormones action, gonadotrophin action and regulation, insulin action and secretion, energy homeostasis, chronic inflammation and others. The present review of the contemporary literature constitutes an effort to present all the trends in the current research for the etiology of polycystic ovary syndrome…” Hippokratia. 2009 Oct;13(4):216-23. Genetics of polycystic ovary syndrome. Prapas et al.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

GMO foods......are we going to outa real food soon????

Sugar beet industry converts to 100% GMO, disallows non-GMO option

The US sugar beet industry coordinated an industry-wide conversion to genetically modified sugar beets, thus eliminating a non-GMO alternative for food manufacturers and consumers. Meanwhile, production of GM sugar beet seed is likely to contaminate organic and conventional vegetable seed production in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.
Frank Morton faces a major threat to his livelihood. Morton’s business, Wild Garden Seed, which sells organic vegetable and flower seed in Philomath, Oregon, is threatened by the incursion of genetically modified sugar beets in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.
The Willamette Valley is known as a center of seed production. The valley features fertile soil with ample water from irrigation. Winters are mild and wet and summers are dry, and not too hot. Seeds for specialty crops such as the Brassica family, which includes cabbages, broccoli, cauliflower, mustard seed, and canola are grown here, along with onions, spinach, beets, chicories, endives, chard, and many flowers. “It’s seed dreamland,” Morton says.
Unanimous decision to go GMO
The Willamette Valley is also home to all the sugar beet seed production in the United States.
Two large companies, Beta Seed and West Coast Beet Seed, supply seed to sugar beet farmers in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Minnesota, North Dakota, and other states where the beets are grown. Harvested beets are processed by seven processing companies, the biggest being American Crystal Sugar Company, based in Moorhead, Minnesota. These processors supply beet sugar, which accounts for one-half of the US sugar production, to food and candy manufacturers, such as Mars and Hershey’s.
Three years ago, these processors decided to convert the entire US sugar beet production to Roundup Ready genetically modified varieties, developed by Monsanto Company. The industry said farmers needed the GM beets for better weed control.
Unanimity was necessary, Morton says. “If any one of the beet processors or a major candy company had rejected the idea of GM beets, the introduction would not have gone ahead.”
Unlike corn and soybean production where non-GMO alternatives are available, the sugar beet processors did not want that option.
“This was a coordinated effort to genetically modify an entire sector of the processed food industry simultaneously and without holdouts that might otherwise have provided a source of conventional beet sugar to fulfill non-GMO consumer demand,” Morton says.
Stealth introduction in the Valley
Field trials of the GM beets began in the Willamette Valley in 2005—quietly, Morton says. “The initial stages of GM beet seed production were carried out in secrecy for at least two years without other sugar beet seed growers having any knowledge or notification that GMOs were in the air, literally,” he says.
The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) did not ask for public comments nor notify anyone about the trials. “A farming technology revolution went on silently for three years, and was definitely not televised, or bragged about,” Morton says.
Restricted GM canola
The Willamette Valley specialty seed industry has a tradition of ensuring seed purity. Seed producers adhere to requirements for isolation distances between crops to prevent cross pollination. Vegetable seed must be 100% pure.
“We take purity seriously,” Morton says.
When some farmers wanted to introduce GM canola for biofuel production in the valley, the Willamette Valley Specialty Seed Association (WVSSA) worked with the ODA to restrict plantings. The Rapeseed Control Areas rules aim to protect specialty vegetable seed production from cross pollination by GM canola.
At a hearing at the ODA, Morton pointed out a double standard with the restriction of GM canola and the allowance of GM sugar beets. “I remarked at the irony that one of our own (seed association) members had just converted 95% of its 2008 crop to Roundup Ready technology, but no one bothered to mention that as they bashed Roundup Ready contamination by biofuel canola,” he says.
“Contamination is inevitable”
Cross pollination between GM sugar beets and related plants, such as chard and table beets, is a major threat in the valley where sugar beets are the predominant crop. Morton says there are many areas where chard and sugar beet fields are “rubbing up against one another.” The two plants cross pollinate because they are the same species.
Sugar beet seed producers wanted to establish a six-mile isolation distance between GM sugar beets and non-GM crops in the valley, based on research showing such a distance was necessary to keep GMO contamination down to .01%. They wanted the distance to protect themselves from potential lawsuits in case of contamination problems.
Morton says such a distance would be impossible to achieve, given the size of the Willamette Valley. “They would overlap existing farms. If my closest sugar beet neighbor had six miles, it would take out all my fields,” he says.
The WVSSA refused to approve the six-mile isolation, and instead lowered it to three miles, and thus increased the risk of GMO contamination to conventional and organic seed.
Morton is angry. “GMO contamination is inevitable under the current situation.”
A sugar beet company representative even admitted this in a meeting Morton attended.
“Organic seed growers in the Willamette Valley must now test their chard and table beet seed for transgenic contamination, paying an expense on account of a technology that will destroy the value of our crop if we get positive results,” he says. “Nobody considered that Roundup Ready sugar beet in one generation might turn up as Roundup Ready salad greens in the next.”
“Last step”: Lawsuit
Seeing no other recourse, Morton joined a lawsuit organized by the Center for Food Safety to sue the US Department of Agriculture for failing to conduct an environmental impact statement (EIS). “USDA didn’t consider the impact on all these farms and markets to where we sell seeds. My markets have zero tolerance to GMOs,” he says. “If there is any GMO contamination, my customers won’t buy the seed. Who is going to pay for that?”
Morton and the other plaintiffs hope that a judge’s ruling last year requiring USDA to conduct an EIS for Roundup Ready alfalfa will set a precedent for their case.
The suit was necessary to save precious seed resources. “This was a last step to protect an industry and our businesses from introgression of genetic pollution into the Willamette Valley,” Morton says.
Copyright The Organic & Non-GMO Report June 2008.