Really???

Have you heard the latest ‘theory’ for the cause of autism?

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Namely: Hypersensitivity to pollutants.

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Really?  So, it is not the pollutants that are the problem?  The problem is just that people are hypersensitive?

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If it were one person in millions, well then, maybe it would make some sense. However, autism is becoming epidemic.

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The mind is a fascinating thing, isn’t it?  Talk about being able to justify anything with the intellect.

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You can rational-ize anything.

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Depression

Periods of depression are common.  I have been asked to discuss it.  Let me begin by saying that I have observed over and over again that proper meditation is the greatest cure. Depression is primarily physiological. Proper diet and exercise also help greatly.

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But what about behavioral causes of depression?  Depression is the result of suppressed flow of life force.  There are multiple motivations to stifle your life flow.

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You may have imposed upon yourself a strict value system that is in actuality not in harmony with truth – not in harmony with your true nature and the true nature of life.

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Always trying to do the right thing can be most depressing if in actuality it is not really the right thing for you.  Take care to not devote your life to invalid notions.  You may tell yourself it is valid, but deep inside, where it really counts, you know better.

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You may be more image-conscious than you realize… acting and behaving in a manor that is not your true nature in the name of how you may appear to others.  Proper manners is one thing, but to depress your true nature in the name of a facade you feel will win people over, is quite another.

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Second guessing yourself is another common cause.  You may be unable to make a decision fearing it will be wrong.  Whatever you do, you wonder if you should have made another choice.  You tie yourself up in knots and end up depressed.

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Judging yourself based upon an internalized standard is always depressing. Standards are external.  Internalizing anything external causes depression. Use the external as an aid to explore your inner being, but not as an imposition upon it.  Freedom, joy, and fulfillment come from within.

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The list goes on and on.  However, there is one cause underlying them all – fear.  To discover what depresses you, ask your self what you are afraid of.

Then ask yourself how you impose restriction upon your life as a result of that fear.

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This exploration is not to be taken lightly or acted upon too impulsively.  It is a process.  But rest assured that freeing your self, i.e. living your true nature, is the only path there is to fulfillment.

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Yogurt Cream Sauce

Ever wish that yogurt did not curdle when you cook with it?  There is a simple solution.

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Whisk about one tablespoon of flour into about a cup of yogurt.  That is it.  Now you can go creative.

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For example, sauté some spices in a bit of oil.  Add the yogurt/flour mix and cook.

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How do you know when the flour is cooked?  Taste it.  If it tastes good, it’s good.

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Then add some spinach and/or other veggies.  Simple, healthy, and delicious.

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Regarding yogurts, I always buy real yogurt without the gums, etc.  In the grocery store, the real thing is usually labeled as ‘Greek yogurt.’  Even the fat free kind makes a great sauce.

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Fitness Gurus

The internet is a great thing.  Not so long ago, a great deal of knowledge was stored away in ivory towers… like the stacks in a university library or the shelves of an obsessive researcher’s office.  Today, with the internet, much of that cutting edge knowledge is right there at our fingertips.  We live in a great time, soon in my opinion to become much greater (albeit perhaps through some growing pains–but that is another subject).

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One year ago, at the San Francisco class, I announced it was time to focus on the physical body.  Since then, many of us have enjoyed fabulous results from the Bliss Ayurveda herbs.  A number have also worked with weight loss and physical conditioning.  I have done a great deal of research regarding ‘fitness gurus’ and would like to share those results with you.

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Firstly, and probably needless to say, most of what is seen on television is simply not the best that is available.  Aggressive marketing as opposed to real skill and knowledge seems to determine who gets on TV.

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Of the scores of fitness gurus I have learned about (and put their programs to the test), a small group stands out as truly skilled and knowledgeable.

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If you are interested in an aggressive approach to weight lifting and fat loss, hands down Nick Nilsson is the best of the best.  His programs are unbelievably effective.  “Metabolic Surge” is outstanding for fat loss and conditioning.  “Mad Scientist” is awesome for muscle gain and long-term conditioning.  “Muscle Explosion” is fantastic for short-term (28 day) muscle gain… full body with a targeted muscle group included.  Nick’s programs are not for the faint of heart, but are fantastic if you really want results quickly. He gets my highest rating for sure. He has a new book on Amazon, Muscle Explosion.

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For aerobic exercise and fat burning, I must tell you that jogging is out.  Intervals are in.  The research supporting this is extensive.  Go to www.intervaltraining.net to learn more.  It is a great site.  Doing intervals with weights is even better.  The Spartacus Workout is a really intense approach.  I did it for a short while and liked it, until I discovered Nick Nillson.

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Clubbells are another great thing to know about.  I use them every day for my warmups.  One five-pound club is all you need for that.  Many people use clubbells for their entire workout which if fine.  Many exercises compact the joints.  Clubbells open them.  If you have any sore muscles or joints, clubbells could be the solution. You can watch the video blog I recently posted.

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Alwyn Cosgrove is a highly knowledgeable expert in the field.  His books are great.  I did his Warp Speed Fat Loss program with good results.

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I now prefer Nick Nilsson’s work (see above).  Alwyn is a bit more into interval type work.  Nick is more into weight training.  I did Alywn’s undulating periodization workout from his book “The New Rules of Lifting” with good results.

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Jeff Cavalier (AthleanX)is also very good.  He is really into functional fitness for athletes and general conditioning.  His program is very good, though I prefer Nick’s.  Jeff and Nick are both on youtube. Though the real genius of Nick is in how he puts it all together more so than his specific exercises.

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Craig Ballantyne deserves mention.  Good basic information and he writes a lot of free articles.  In a nutshell I guess you would say he is into full body compound exercise interval type of routines.

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Mike Geary is also very good.  I did his routines for a while… similar to Craig’s routines.  Personally I prefer Mike.

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Of course, hatha yoga is good but most everyone knows about it.  Personally, five or ten minutes of yoga a day feels like enough for me, just to keep the muscles stretched.

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So there you have it.  Check all this out and, in my opinion, you are well on you way to the best the fitness gurus have to offer.

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End of Life Consults

There has been debate in the news lately regarding the end of life or so called ‘death’ panels.

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Advocates feel that support and education is a bonus.  Opposition claims it is an imposition of government, herding and pushing people in a direction.  The truth is that it could be either of those things.  It depends mostly upon the bias of the current administrators and implementers of the program.

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Even if a panel of doctors is in charge, some doctors favor a liberal and others favor a conservative perspective.  The matter is really more of a philosophical, personal, and/or religious matter than a purely medical one.

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This addresses an important general issue.  When the government creates policies to channel or guide the public, it opens the door to the bias of whatever the philosophy of the current administration may be.  Even if the current administration is fully well intended, a system would be put in place that would allow for future, perhaps tyrannical, administrations to impose their will upon the people.  It essentially opens the door for a controlling 1984 big brother type of system from either side of the philosophical/political spectrum, if not in the present time, then perhaps in future administrations.

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This is also seen in the arena of food.  People in power have their convictions.  Some say, for example, milk is good for you.  Others say it should not even be allowed in school lunches.  Some say only skim milk, others say only whole milk is okay.  Yet the problem is most complex.  For example, transfats I believe are very unhealthy.  There is much research to support that.  Many feel they are worse for you than cigarettes.  Let us assume that is true. What to do?  Should restaurants be allowed to use them, without their customer’s knowledge?  Where should the line between just government control and over-the-top imposition of will be drawn?  The balance is most delicate.

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As with all things, evolution of consciousness must come first.  Then and only then, will wise government reign.  As is said, we get the government that the level of group consciousness merits.

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Body Mass Index

WATCH A VIDEO where Michael talks about body fat percentage.
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PERCENT BODY FAT MEASUREMENTS
A waist measurement is made at the level of the navel (umbilicus or belly button) parallel to the ground. The second girth measurement is neck circumference, measured just below the adam’s apple with a slight downward tilt (front slightly lower than back). The neck circumference is subtracted from the waist and that figure is used along with height to determine body fat percentage from the table.

Measurements are made to the nearest half inch and rounded up for the neck and rounded down for both waist and hips.
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For more information, CLICK HERE. There is a 28 page download. Toward the end of that document you will find the required charts.

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GOOD SOURCE FOR CARB CYCLING
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GOOD SOURCE FOR INTERVAL TRAINING

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If you are interested in reading more on the subject of physical exercise I would recommend going to Amazon and searching the author Alwyn Cosgrove.  He also has some very good articles at bodybuilding.com.  Just go the the main site and search his name.

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Shirataki Noodles

If you like pasta but do not like the calories, you may want to check out shirataki noodles.  You can get them at Whole Foods, Earth Fare, and maybe even your regular grocery store.

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Shirataki noodles are almost all fiber (something people generally do not eat enough of) and have almost no calorie impact.  You can use them with  an Italian tomato sauce or an unlimited number of other ways.

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A great satiating fill up food when you prefer not to add additional calories to your diet.

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I do not have any knowledge about how healthfully these noodles are processed, though I did learn about them through a health advocate. If anyone has any additional information, please post it here.

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Salt Compress

For sore muscles, cramps, arthritis, etc. you may consider a salt compress.

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I heat regular salt in a bowl in the microwave for about 6 minutes.  Then put it in a cotton pillowcase or sock and apply it to the area like a heating pad.

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Note that the bowl gets very hot so you will need to be careful and use potholders to handle it.

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Your Self-Correcting Mechanism

The development of psychodynamic health has to do with the alleviation of stress.  Inherent in that statement is a rather intriguing understanding:

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The state of the physiology itself is intrinsic to the state of psychodynamic health.

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This understanding is fundamental to an effective, wise, and intelligent approach to psychological health.   The basis of your psychodynamic health, inner wisdom, and intelligence is already there.

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We know that if we cut our finger all we have to do is put a bandage on it and keep it clean.  The inner intelligence, an inner self-correcting mechanism, will cause it to grow back together.  The finger knows how to grow back together.  We just have to create a situation that accommodates that process.

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We need to recognize that the self-correcting mechanism, which heals our finger, is the same mechanism that comes into play in our psychological health.  Our attitude about our mental health is that we need to impose health upon it from the outside.  We say, Think this way.  Hold on to these commandments.  Get rid of that aspect of your being. Align with this behavioral modality.

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Everyone knows that a rose bud cannot be turned into a blossom by peeling back the petals.  Doing that would only make a mess out of the bud.  The ability of the bud to unfold into an exquisite blossom is inherent in the nature of the plant.

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Our psychological health is the same.  I call that inner intelligence the self-correcting mechanism.

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