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“Silence is a source of great strength.” ~Lao Tzu (Originally written by Samuel McCree) For over two years I spent one out of every four weeks in silence. At the time I was living at a Zen Monastery and every month we would have a week-long silent retreat. During this retreat we sat meditation in [...]

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Gluten intolerance isn't the only reason some people refrain from eating breads. While it may be satisfying to eat, commercially-baked bread is full of stuff we don't really want to eat and most have been stripped of nutrition in the processing. Modern wheat has been cultivated for yield, not nutrition. On the contrary, eating wheat [...]

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Fast, Easy and Painless Blood Testing is coming to a Walgreens Theranos Wellness Center near You. Thanks to a 30 year-old Stanford dropout named Elizabeth Holmes, consumers nationwide will soon, if not already, have access to fast, convenient and low cost blood testing at a Theranos™ Wellness Center in one of 8,200 neighborhood Walgreens’ pharmacies [...]

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"Stand up straight!" my mother used to say as she'd come up behind me and grasp my shoulders, pulling them back as she put her knee into my lower back. Used to drive me nuts. She did have a point, though. Beside looking terrible, poor posture can cause neck, back, and leg pain. Slouching is [...]

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Warts and corns are the most common afflictions of the skin. Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and corns by continual pressure. Garlic is known as an effective remedy for skin conditions such as acne, ringworm, athlete's foot, and influenza due to its antibiotic, antifungal, and antiviral properties.[1] Garlic has also shown to [...]

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In (not-so-long-ago) days past, many families kept a little herb garden--even if it was in a windowbox. The herbs were good for cooking but also for first aid and healing of various physical woes. You had what you needed growing fresh at your home, ready for the picking. The need is no less now. You [...]

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Soy became somewhat of a fad starting in the late '70s. With the alarming rise in the numbers of people manifesting wheat sensitivities, soy was a versatile, prolific, and inexpensive substitute. The promoters of soy as a staple missed a few important facts about soy, however, that are now becoming apparent in the development of [...]

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It's a bizarre, circuitous story. The best kind. Several years ago, a researcher working on the development of cancer drug cetuximab found that several people in his clinical trials were experiencing allergic reactions to the medication. He approached the Director of the University of Virginia School of Medicine's allergy division Thomas Platts-Mills to help him [...]

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