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Can We Save The Earth With Vinegar And Baking Soda?

save the earthIs there a way to save the earth from home?  With vinegar and baking soda?

Taking action in saving the earth should be a priority of us all.

And sometimes big changes are the result of many people taking small steps.

Can one person change the course of environmental destruction with vinegar and baking soda?  Perhaps not.  But suppose everyone stopped using toxic cleaning products? Read on.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014, is Earth Day, an annual event encouraging environmental protection. It’s an important reminder to us all of what’s at stake.

For some time, Native American elders have predicted the time of  “Earth changes” – dramatic changes in weather patterns.  Part of the prediction was that the weather would be in the headlines on a regular basis.

Yes, we’ve reached that point now — this is the fulfillment of Native American prophecy.

The experts say that some of the change in weather patterns cannot be reversed – we just have to learn to adapt to it.

But we can keep it from getting worse by changing some of our own habits and patterns:

Breathing: did you know it’s the Fountain of Youth?

breathingHow is your breathing? Did you know good breathing may be a key to the Fountain of Youth?

It doesn’t take particularly great psychic powers to guess that you might be sitting in a chair as you read this, and it’s likely that you’re slouching or perhaps leaning in over the desk.

And it’s also a good bet you’re breathing shallowly.

And all that is not so good for your health!

Sitting up straight and doing deep, slow breathing is one of the healthiest things you can do, yet few people do it!

In fact, most people need lessons in how to breathe correctly!

Children breathe fully and naturally until about the age of seven.  That’s when they start to take on stress and awareness of what adults are doing and they lose their natural ability for healthy breathing.

How fruit flies proved Dr. Oz wrong about organic produce

organic produceDr. Mehmet Oz caused quite a stir with his December 2012 Time Magazine cover story on conventional versus organic produce.

In “Give (Frozen) Peas a Chance – and Carrots Too,” he shocked many organic food fans, myself included, by saying organic food is no healthier than the frozen conventional vegetables in the supermarket.

Oz said, “nutritionally speaking, there is little difference between the farmer’s- market bounty and the humble brick from the freezer case.”

Nutritionally, he was right.  But in terms of overall health, he was wrong.  Why?  Because he didn’t look at the right studies.

42 things to add to a gratitude list

gratitudeCicero, the 1st Century Roman orator once said: “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.

The U.S. Holiday of Thanksgiving took place last week, but hopefully we’re not expressing thanks just one day of the year.  Daily gratitude is a key to happiness, health, success and balanced living.

So I get to write about it again.

Sometimes people get dejected, or have suffered great loss and find it difficult to find anything to be thankful for.

One of the best spiritual practices I know is to list at least 5 things you are grateful for every night before you go to bed and every morning when you wake up. That can help lift our spirits no matter what is going on.

So my goal today is to help you out by listing things we can express gratitude for – things that we may just take for granted.  Things it may not occur to us to be grateful for.

Here goes:

Why Veterans’ Day just isn’t enough

veterans dayThis Veterans’ Day post first appeared November 7, 2012. I felt it deserved a repeat. 

To me, Veterans’ Day, celebrated this Monday November 11, just isn’t enough to honor what our veterans have done for this country.

Although I am a pacifist, and was an active anti-war activist during the Vietnam War, I was ashamed of the way our veterans were treated when they returned home.

And I am still deeply saddened by the lack of support and care our veterans receive today.

Yes, war is horrendous, and perhaps if women were running the world there wouldn’t be any wars.  But those who did their duty and fought for us deserve better than one day to celebrate them. 

THE CURRENT CRISIS IN OUR MILITARY CARE 

Suicides 

Military suicides are at record levels.  Here are some startling statistics:  

  • More U.S. Military personnel have died by suicide since the war in Afghanistan started than have died fighting the war.
  • While veterans account for 10% of all U.S. adults, they account for 20% of U.S. suicides.
  • Among all veterans, a suicide occurs every 80 minutes, round the clock.
  • While the Pentagon offers a crisis hotline, waits can be long.  Earlier this year, helicopter pilot Ian Morrison called the hotline and waited on hold for 45 minutes; his last text to his wife said, “STILL on hold.”  He committed suicide later that day.
  • It’s not only those seeing combat. Nearly 1/3 of the suicides from 2005 to 2020 were among troops who had never deployed; 43% had deployed only once.
  • 95% of military suicides are male.
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