The Dirty Dozen Fish | 12 Fish You Should Avoid

You’ve probably heard of the “dirty dozen,” or those fruits and vegetables that you should always buy organic.  These are the produce items that tend to absorb more pesticide and toxins than other fruits, so you should always buy these items from the organic section.  Did you know that there are also about a dozen seafood items you should avoid eating? Continue reading “The Dirty Dozen Fish | 12 Fish You Should Avoid” »

Do You Always Tell the Truth? Part II

What would happen if you always told the truth?  It has been estimated that we all tell an average of 40-something white lies per day!  That isn’t necessarily a bad thing-white lies are usually harmless anyway.  You don’t always share your uncensored thoughts about another person’s outfit, hairline, or waistline, right?  Do you ever minimize the truth (“this stick will feel like a mosquito bite”) or embellish the facts?

If someone asks you how you’re doing, do you always give an honest reply?  I don’t.  I’m not always interested in sharing how I’m really doing, and I”m certain the other person isn’t really interested in hearing it.  There are also certain things I’d never say to anyone like, “You look so tired.”  I find that rude, and I’m pretty sure they know how tired they are without me telling them that they look like shit.

Count your white lies today.  Was your number in line with the daily average?

Here is a quick repost of an article I wrote on this topic: Continue reading “Do You Always Tell the Truth? Part II” »

Mind Over Matter

Yesterday, I wrote about the merging fields of quantum physics, biology, and epigenetics and how your thoughts create energy that can potentially change your DNA.  In other words, DNA is not the “be all, end all.”  Energy from your environment, your beliefs, radio frequencies, sound, and even other people can powerfully impact your health.

This morning, I visited one of my favorite author’s blogs-Martha Beck.  Imagine my delight when I found her recent blog post entitled, “Mind Over Matter,” featuring a video of Martha doing a demonstration of quantum physics!  This is an amazing, concrete illustration of yesterday’s post wherein I talked to you about the power of energy. Continue reading “Mind Over Matter” »

Mind Over Genetics: Genes Have Been Demoted

Do you ever worry about your family genes?  Do you ever think, “Well, I’m this size because it runs in my family,” or “Alzheimer’s is in my genes, so I’m probably in for it one day.”  Or maybe you hear a report about a new gene variant associated with autism, and you feel worried that maybe your newborn has that one, too.  Whatever the case, I’ve got good news for you.

Epigenetics, or the study of that which is “over genetics,” is teaching us that genes are not the sole determinants of our health or our fate at all.  The factors that happen to have power “over our genes” are related to energy-energy from light, sound, radio frequency, thought, and other energies.  This probably accounts for many of the miraculous healings and spontaneous remissions from diseases we hear about from time to time.   Continue reading “Mind Over Genetics: Genes Have Been Demoted” »

Laughs and Tears

Internet friends, I am sorry that I have not written to you over the past two weeks.  I’ve had a lot going on lately and need to bring you up to speed on things but before doing so, I would like to offer a token of my sincere apology.

I’ve been in the business of tears for a long, long time, so I love it when people laugh until they cry.

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Play and Health

I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth, Internet friends.  I’ve been mom-napped.  Summertime is here, and I swear my daughter knows exactly when I need a minute because she always gets into something or makes a mess.  Or dresses the dog up like a princess.

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Racism, Moms, and Politics

SC GOP primaries results are in:  Haley wins the Republican nomination, hands down.  This is an exciting improvement over current Governor Sanford, particularly because she’s 1)female 2) a mom 3) smart and attractive.  With this in mind, check out the first sentence of the following article published this morning on MSN.com: Continue reading “Racism, Moms, and Politics” »

Music, Mood, and Health

Do you ever hear a song that just “does it” for you?  Music can be incredibly therapeutic and is one of many behaviors we can use to stay happy and healthy.

Music with a regular beat can increase serotonin, the neurotransmitter (serotonin) associated with mood, sleep, satiety, and feelings of safety.  Remember that serotonin is usually the neurotransmitter targeted by antidepressants. Continue reading “Music, Mood, and Health” »

Is Sugar More Addictive Than Cocaine?

MM ButtonDo you love sweets like cookies, cake, and ice cream?  Maybe you’re a pie person instead.  Join the crowd!  There are times every month that I could eat “Sugar in the Raw” straight from the packet in public.  I also crave sweets after Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, and always after vacations when we have dessert each day.  It’s an easy habit to start, but it’s hard one to kick when vacations or holiday seasons end…..and it’s no wonder.  Sugar is addictive, and in fact, some research suggests that sugar can be just as addictive as cocaine! Continue reading “Is Sugar More Addictive Than Cocaine?” »

Expectations

Whenever I visit Disney World, I always find myself wondering why so many parents look pissed off mid-day.  It never fails that I see several Pissy Parents shortly after our arrival.  I think to myself, ‘what is that about???  how could anyone look so annoyed in Disney World?’  Last week, I figured it out.

Conversation with husband on first day of trip: Continue reading “Expectations” »