Saturday, November 30, 2013

A Little Encouragement

"Do not be discouraged because you may affirm that you were not born strong. It is true that some types seem to inherit the factor of physical strength, just as some seem to inherit more brains. However, life has taught me in very many examples I have known personally, that with some natural flair for anything at all we can achieve heights quite exceptional if we will only believe in ourselves, and do the essential work, find the true way."
"Indeed--those who are hell-bent to succeed are those who often do what others believe to be implausible or impossible ".  Percy Cerutty.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A Most Important Message

With Thanksgiving and Christmas almost upon us, it's a good time to think and reflect, consider the following:
When people who were about to die were questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. Here are the most common five:

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
This was the most common regret of all. When people realize that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honored even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made.

It is very important to try and honor at least some of your dreams along the way. From the moment that you lose your health, it is too late. Health brings a freedom very few realize, until they no longer have it.

2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.
This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret. But as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.

By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to not need the income that you think you do. And by creating more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities, ones more suited to your new lifestyle.

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.

We cannot control the reactions of others. However, although people may initially react when you change the way you are by speaking honestly, in the end it raises the relationship to a whole new and healthier level. Either that or it releases the unhealthy relationship from your life. Either way, you win.

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
Often they would not truly realize the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.

It is common for anyone in a busy lifestyle to let friendships slip. But when you are faced with your approaching death, the physical details of life fall away. People do want to get their financial affairs in order if possible. But it is not money or status that holds the true importance for them. They want to get things in order more for the benefit of those they love. Usually though, they are too ill and weary to ever manage this task. It is all comes down to love and relationships in the end. That is all that remains in the final weeks, love and relationships.

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again. When you are on your deathbed, what others think of you is a long way from your mind. How wonderful to be able to let go and smile again, long before you are dying.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

More on Protein

I know I've posted on this subject before but what you are about to read is vitally important to your physical and mental health. What you put into your mouth, or don't put into your mouth will effect you mentally and physically.... eventually. Most people believe that their nutritional 'sins'  will only effect their waistline. The reality is that it will impact every part of your body including your brain.
The following is in response to yet another person proclaiming the miracles of veganism. Just deciding you will eat no animal products whatsoever without thinking it through is at best foolhardy. A long term deficiency of quality protein in your diet will lead to premature aging, a lack of vigor, and eventually, a multitude of health problems.
I classify food faddists like I do those who espouse vegan or raw food diets as those who smoke or drink too much alcohol, just because they don't experience any ill effects from their personal choices currently they continue them.
Knowledge is power.




Protein 101: What It Is, Why You Need It

Proteins are known as the building blocks for the body. If you think about this phrase ‘building blocks’ for a moment you’ll understand the importance of continually giving your body the protein it needs to not only survive but to thrive. It’s what the entire body system is built upon.
Proteins are long chains of amino acids linked together by peptide bonds. These twenty different amino acids are each unique and perform specific and different services for the body. From digestion to the building of tissues and muscles, proteins are essential for the body to stay healthy and age well.
Vital organs, muscles, tissues and even some hormones of the body are made from proteins. Additionally proteins create hemoglobin and important antibodies. Proteins are involved in just about every body function from controlling blood sugar levels to healing wounds and fighting off bacteria. More recently many people tout high protein diets as a way to lose weight and get a flat belly too.
Simply put, without proteins life would not exist. If you don’t get the adequate amounts of proteins in your body on a regular basis (out of the twenty amino acids the body can only produce fourteen on its own) and from the right sources you’ll be certain to feel it not just short term (muscle weakness, fatigue, low energy) but down the line as you age too (cataracts, heart problems, weak muscles leading to falls, etc.)

Are You Getting the Right Kind of Proteins?

Knowing what to eat, how much, and when can be overwhelming for many. It seems today in order to stay healthy and keep your family healthy you need a degree in nutrition – and even with that there all seems to be conflicting evidence and studies. I want to help to simplify this sometimes confusing topic for you.
When it comes to protein there are a few basic guidelines to follow; first you must understand that you (and your loved ones) need to consume protein on a regular basis; secondly, you must eat the right kinds of protein for it to have the desired, positive impact on your health. With those two guidelines in mind, let’s explore the eight best natural sources of protein.

The 8 Best Natural Sources of Protein

Grass-fed beef

If you’ve been a regular reader of my articles then you already know that you should always be choosing grass-fed beef as opposed to the cattle that are fed grain and other foods they are not intended by nature to eat. In fact, standard practices in feeding cattle calls for including candy (wrappers and all), as well as other unsavory ‘foods’ (like recycled restaurant grease) in these animals’ diets. Grass-fed beef provides a complete protein for the body. That means the body can obtain all of the amino acids needed that the body cannot make on its own. Grass-fed beef has superior nutritional content than traditional grain fed beef. It also contains cancer-fighting CLA and healthy saturated fats. Other good sources of protein similar to beef include bison, venison, and lamb.

Organic chicken

Chicken is used often by body builders to do–what else–but build their muscles. As with the case above it’s vital to choose organic, free range chickens that eat natural diets and are not raised in unhealthy living conditions for the optimal nutrition content and to minimize exposure to toxins.

Free range eggs

Be sure you know the difference between the labels on your eggs. Free range, organic, and cage free do not have the same meaning. You want to be sure that you eat eggs that are from chickens living in the most natural setting. This means they aren’t mandated to their cages all day and night, they’re allowed to feed according to their natural instincts, and they are able to roam freely during the day. One way to ensure you get the healthiest eggs is to raise them yourself. It’s easier than most people think. You can also find a local farmer in your area who sells pastured eggs.

Wild salmon

Salmon is an excellent source of protein providing an average of 30+ grams per six ounce serving. It’s essential to choose wild salmon over farm raised salmon. The nutritional content of wild salmon is far superior and the risk of toxins is lower in wild salmon than in farm-raised salmon.

Nuts and seeds

Good ole nuts and seeds are great sources of protein. Almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds are all excellent sources of protein. Be sure to know the average amount of protein per serving as these are lower in protein count than meats, fish, and eggs.

Legumes

Beans such as kidney, lima, and lentils also provide the body with much needed protein. Many of these legumes are also very high in antioxidants as well.

Mushrooms

Often overlooked as a source of protein, mushrooms do give the body some protein. Again this amount is much lower than in many meats so you must be sure you’re consuming enough each day.

Raw dairy

Raw dairy products such as milk, yogurts, and cheeses are another excellent non-meat source of protein. Be sure you’re buying milk that is raw and not highly homogenized and pasteurized.
These above listed eight foods are the best sources of protein for you. Combine a variety of these foods throughout the week and you’ll be sure to be giving your body what it needs to maintain proper functioning today and into tomorrow.

A Word about Protein Powders

As with many nutrients we often look to supplements to ensure we’re getting enough of each. I always recommend looking to your diet first, but sometimes we need a little extra help. With protein powders (as with many supplements) it’s essential to choose the right one in order to help, not hurt the body.
Many protein powders you’ll find on the grocery or drugstore shelves are actually more harmful than helpful to your health containing toxins such as artificial sweeteners, food dyes, and unnecessary additives and preservatives. If you want to use a protein powder I suggest choosing a raw protein powder from a reputable company such as Raw Protein by Garden of Life. With a raw protein powder you get the most bio-available nutrition available from a supplement on the market.

Getting the Right Amount of the Right Proteins

The average recommended amount of protein a person should consume each day is based on the following formula: take your weight in pounds, divide it by 2.2, multiply that number by 1.5 and that equals the average amount of grams of protein you should consume each day.
But don’t get too caught up in the numbers. Remember, quality is more important than quantity!
Remember too when you choose your proteins to use the eight best sources listed above. Following the above list will ensure you’re getting the best kind of protein along with other healthy nutrients.

There are the fundamentals for everything, including nutrition.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Something To Think About


Leave it to the Mahatma (as in Gandhi) to speak the truth and tell it like it is---Contemplate the following:


7 Deadly Social Sins


Politics without principle


Wealth without work

Commerce without morality

Pleasure without conscience

Education without character

Science without humanity

Worship without sacrifice


Saturday, November 16, 2013

The Essence


The Four Secrets to Longevity

1.Energy balanced diet(do not consume more energy than you exert).

2.Physical activity.

3.Close knit human bonds,

4.A sense of purpose.

I like this list, I believe the author nails it as far as longevity. The big one for me and the one that I see over and over in other people is #4, a sense of purpose. People who have something they are passionate about doing, be it serving others, teaching, performing, etc., these are the people who live longer, and are most content. They have a quality and richness to their lives. I have, particularly as I've gotten older, had an interest in why people thrive and other seem to wither as they age.Having a purpose is the answer. I dare say that for many, a sense of purpose even makes up for their violating any one or more of the other 3 'secrets'.

In closing, is there a purpose to your life?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Brain Damaging Habits



To reach the top of our game, our brains have to be nourished and not abused. Writing this leads me to consider how incredible our bodies are, they can take a huge amount of abuse for decades without any apparent deleterious effects. But, sooner or later, you will have to "pay the piper" if this maltreatment continues.
So, what can we do, and not do to, to ensure brain health? The following is a great place to start.


1. No Breakfast
People who do not take breakfast are going to have a lower blood sugar level.
This leads to an insufficient supply of nutrients to the brain causing brain degeneration....

2. Overeating
It causes hardening of the brain arteries, leading to a decrease in mental power.

3. Smoking
It causes multiple brain shrinkage and may lead to Alzheimer disease.

4. High Sugar consumption
Too much sugar will interrupt the absorption of proteins and nutrients causing malnutrition and may interfere with brain development.

5. Air Pollution
The brain is the largest oxygen consumer in our body. Inhaling polluted air decreases the supply of oxygen to the brain, bringing about a decrease in brain efficiency.

6. Sleep Deprivation
Sleep allows our brain to rest. Long term deprivation from sleep will accelerate the death of brain cells.

7. Head covered while sleeping
Sleeping with the head covered increases the concentration of carbon dioxide and decrease concentration of oxygen that may lead to brain damaging effects.

8. Working your brain during illness
Working hard or studying with sickness may lead to a decrease in effectiveness of the brain as well as damage the brain.

9. Lacking in stimulating thoughts
Thinking is the best way to train our brain, lacking in brain stimulation thoughts may cause brain shrinkage.

10. Talking Rarely
Intellectual conversations will promote the efficiency of the brain.


I don't know about you, but there were several on this list I was unaware of.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

The Three Prerequisites For Success

If you want success you must:

1. Nurture an unshakeable belief in yourself. Far too many people really don't believe they have the ability to reach the goals they set for themselves.
Why others? Why not you?

2. Have a supportive environment. The people who are closest to you in your life should understand that you feel a need to accomplish something that you believe is important. They may not be able to relate to what you are attempting, but they should respect the fact that you are committed to doing something. Strife in your personal environment is toxic, it can sabotage your quest for success.

3.Confidence that you know you have done the necessary work. If you are an athlete, it's the mental as well as the physical work.
Here's the thing, for those seeking success, you are always learning, always evaluating. You are not living like the average Joe who works, goes home, eats, watches the tube, goes to bed and then repeats the process the next day.
There is a purpose and a passion in your life.

Sunday is a new week and potentially a new beginning.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Hard Times

I've noticed that a lot about getting to the top of your game mentally or physically depends on how you handle adversity. It's all about attitude and how you deal with the setbacks and roadblocks that inevitably arise. Those who take a fatalistic or why me approach are in serious danger of not reaching their goal(s).

Don't despair when times get tough because they are an opportunity to learn and grow as a person and recognize your limitations, limitations that can be overcome with time and work.

Again, it's all about your attitude.

It's easy to quit and leave your dreams unfulfilled. It's easy to become a watcher and not a doer, but it's more satisfying to live a life of purpose. Don't be one of those who live lives of quiet desperation.

Next post this Saturday.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Alarming News!

I don't understand why the media gets pre-occupied with the stories it does. Politics and the bickering that goes on in Washington between two political parties seems to be what the media loves to cover. Two parties which appear to be only concerned with getting the upper hand and not with the best interests of its citizens.
The following story has for the most part been flying under the media radar. It has to do with the health of millions of people as well as the stability of our environment.
It relates to the impact of the Fukushima nuclear plant explosion (meltdown?) a few years back. If you feel I'm being an alarmist, simply Google anything relating to Fukushima and nuclear and you will see what I'm talking about.
A the end of this article I will leave a link where you can read more on this fascinating, yet frightening story.

For some who may have missed this, I will be posting stories on Wednesday and Saturday each week instead of daily.

Now for the story:

28 Signs That The West Coast Is Being Absolutely Fried With Nuclear Radiation From Fukushima

radiation
The map below comes from the Nuclear Emergency Tracking Center.  It shows that radiation levels at radiation monitoring stations all over the country are elevated.  As you will notice, this is particularly true along the west coast of the United States.  Every single day, 300 tons of radioactive water from Fukushima enters the Pacific Ocean.  That means that the total amouont of radioactive material released from Fukushima is constantly increasing, and it is steadily building up in our food chain.  Ultimately, all of this nuclear radiation will outlive all of us by a very wide margin.  They are saying that it could take up to 40 years to clean up the Fukushima disaster, and meanwhile countless innocent people will develop cancer and other health problems as a result of exposure to high levels of nuclear radiation.  We are talking about a nuclear disaster that is absolutely unprecedented, and it is constantly getting worse.  The following are 28 signs that the west coast of North America is being absolutely fried with nuclear radiation from Fukushima…
Fukushima Radiation
1. Polar bears, seals and walruses along the Alaska coastline are suffering from fur loss and open sores
Wildlife experts are studying whether fur loss and open sores detected in nine polar bears in recent weeks is widespread and related to similar incidents among seals and walruses.
The bears were among 33 spotted near Barrow, Alaska, during routine survey work along the Arctic coastline. Tests showed they had “alopecia, or loss of fur, and other skin lesions,” the U.S. Geological Survey said in a statement.
2. There is an epidemic of sea lion deaths along the California coastline…
At island rookeries off the Southern California coast, 45 percent of the pups born in June have died, said Sharon Melin, a wildlife biologist for the National Marine Fisheries Service based in Seattle. Normally, less than one-third of the pups would die.   It’s gotten so bad in the past two weeks that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declared an “unusual mortality event.”
3. Along the Pacific coast of Canada and the Alaska coastline, the population of sockeye salmon is at a historic low.  Many are blaming Fukushima.
4. Something is causing fish all along the west coast of Canada to bleed from their gills, bellies and eyeballs.
5. A vast field of radioactive debris from Fukushima that is approximately the size of California has crossed the Pacific Ocean and is starting to collide with the west coast.
6. It is being projected that the radioactivity of coastal waters off the U.S. west coast could double over the next five to six years.
7. Experts have found very high levels of cesium-137 in plankton living in the waters of the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and the west coast.
8. One test in California found that 15 out of 15 bluefin tuna were contaminated with radiation from Fukushima.
9. Back in 2012, the Vancouver Sun reported that cesium-137 was being found in a very high percentage of the fish that Japan was selling to Canada…
• 73 percent of mackerel tested
• 91 percent of the halibut
• 92 percent of the sardines
• 93 percent of the tuna and eel
• 94 percent of the cod and anchovies
• 100 percent of the carp, seaweed, shark and monkfish
10. Canadian authorities are finding extremely high levels of nuclear radiation in certain fish samples…
Some fish samples tested to date have had very high levels of radiation: one sea bass sample collected in July, for example, had 1,000 becquerels per kilogram of cesium.
11. Some experts believe that we could see very high levels of cancer along the west coast just from people eating contaminated fish
“Look at what’s going on now: They’re dumping huge amounts of radioactivity into the ocean — no one expected that in 2011,” Daniel Hirsch, a nuclear policy lecturer at the University of California-Santa Cruz, told Global Security Newswire. “We could have large numbers of cancer from ingestion of fish.”
12. BBC News recently reported that radiation levels around Fukushima are “18 times higher” than previously believed.
13. An EU-funded study concluded that Fukushima released up to 210 quadrillion becquerels of cesium-137 into the atmosphere.
14. Atmospheric radiation from Fukushima reached the west coast of the United States within a few days back in 2011.
15. At this point, 300 tons of contaminated water is pouring into the Pacific Ocean from Fukushima every single day.
16. A senior researcher of marine chemistry at the Japan Meteorological Agency’s Meteorological Research Institute says that “30 billion becquerels of radioactive cesium and 30 billion becquerels of radioactive strontium” are being released into the Pacific Ocean from Fukushima every single day.
17. According to Tepco, a total of somewhere between 20 trillion and 40 trillion becquerels of radioactive tritium have gotten into the Pacific Ocean since the Fukushima disaster first began.
18. According to a professor at Tokyo University, 3 gigabecquerels of cesium-137 are flowing into the port at Fukushima Daiichi every single day.
19. It has been estimated that up to 100 times as much nuclear radiation has been released into the ocean from Fukushima than was released during the entire Chernobyl disaster.
20. One recent study concluded that a very large plume of cesium-137 from the Fukushima disaster will start flowing into U.S. coastal waters early next year
Ocean simulations showed that the plume of radioactive cesium-137 released by the Fukushima disaster in 2011 could begin flowing into U.S. coastal waters starting in early 2014 and peak in 2016.
21. It is being projected that significant levels of cesium-137 will reach every corner of the Pacific Ocean by the year 2020.
22. It is being projected that the entire Pacific Ocean will soon “have cesium levels 5 to 10 times higher” than what we witnessed during the era of heavy atomic bomb testing in the Pacific many decades ago.
23. The immense amounts of nuclear radiation getting into the water in the Pacific Ocean has caused environmental activist Joe Martino to issue the following warning
“Your days of eating Pacific Ocean fish are over.”
24. The Iodine-131, Cesium-137 and Strontium-90 that are constantly coming from Fukushima are going to affect the health of those living the the northern hemisphere for a very, very long time.  Just consider what Harvey Wasserman had to say about this…
Iodine-131, for example, can be ingested into the thyroid, where it emits beta particles (electrons) that damage tissue. A plague of damaged thyroids has already been reported among as many as 40 percent of the children in the Fukushima area. That percentage can only go higher. In developing youngsters, it can stunt both physical and mental growth. Among adults it causes a very wide range of ancillary ailments, including cancer.
Cesium-137 from Fukushima has been found in fish caught as far away as California. It spreads throughout the body, but tends to accumulate in the muscles.
Strontium-90’s half-life is around 29 years. It mimics calcium and goes to our bones.
25. According to a recent Planet Infowars report, the California coastline is being transformed into “a dead zone”…
The California coastline is becoming like a dead zone.
If you haven’t been to a California beach lately, you probably don’t know that the rocks are unnaturally CLEAN – there’s hardly any kelp, barnacles, sea urchins, etc. anymore and the tide pools are similarly eerily devoid of crabs, snails and other scurrying signs of life… and especially as compared to 10 – 15 years ago when one was wise to wear tennis shoes on a trip to the beach in order to avoid cutting one’s feet on all the STUFF of life – broken shells, bones, glass, driftwood, etc.
There are also days when I am hard-pressed to find even a half dozen seagulls and/or terns on the county beach.
You can still find a few gulls trolling the picnic areas and some of the restaurants (with outdoor seating areas) for food, of course, but, when I think back to 10 – 15 years ago, the skies and ALL the beaches were literally filled with seagulls and the haunting sound of their cries both day and night…
NOW it’s unnaturally quiet.
26. A study conducted last year came to the conclusion that radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster could negatively affect human life along the west coast of North America from Mexico to Alaska “for decades”.
27. According to the Wall Street Journal, it is being projected that the cleanup of Fukushima could take up to 40 years to complete.
28. Yale Professor Charles Perrow is warning that if the cleanup of Fukushima is not handled with 100% precision that humanity could be threatened “for thousands of years“…
“Conditions in the unit 4 pool, 100 feet from the ground, are perilous, and if any two of the rods touch it could cause a nuclear reaction that would be uncontrollable. The radiation emitted from all these rods, if they are not continually cool and kept separate, would require the evacuation of surrounding areas including Tokyo. Because of the radiation at the site the 6,375 rods in the common storage pool could not be continuously cooled; they would fission and all of humanity will be threatened, for thousands of years.”
Are you starting to understand why so many people are so deeply concerned about what is going on at Fukushima?

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2013/09/fukushima_disaster_new_information_about_worst_case_scenarios.html