Nutrition and Health

We have the solution to the obesity epidemic: “Fed Up” the documentary


Hello readers, I hate to see people suffer, and I hate injustice.  I just can’t help it! When I read about how lobbies, big corporations, and government intentionally feed the American people lies about public health and the environment, my blood starts to boil.  I am a very peaceful and calm person, and so I […]

Does Duality Make Us Sick?


  Hello readers, From a very young age because of circumstances in my life causing me to be rejected by my family, I have spent a lot of time alone.  Introspective by nature anyway, this solitude caused me to think deeply about the meaning of my life and my place in this world.  Instinctively, my […]

Healthy Relativity


Hello readers, A big part of self awareness is the realization that each being is unique.  I like to pay attention to health-related issues and publications, and I am noticing an increasing consciousness that there is no specific diet that is ideal or that promotes optimal health for everyone.  Basically, each person, as we evolve, is being […]

A Place at the Table: Hunger in the USA


Hello readers, I recently watched a documentary, A Place at the Table (co-directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush and starring Jeff Bridges, 2012) on the subject of hunger in America.  Three different families in three regions of the U.S. are featured with their particular experiences and situations.  According to the film, at least fifty million […]

Against Nature: Creative and Healthy Humans


Hello readers, As creators of culture, humans tend to historically set ourselves apart from nature, maintaining a complex and dual relationship with our self-images and our self-facts.  I do believe there is a way to heal this schism in the way we see ourselves and in the way we function in the world.  In fact, […]

How Can You Tell If You Are Thirsty?


Hello readers, Currently, I am reading (among other books!), “Your Body’s Many Cries for Water: You Are Not Sick, You Are Thirsty!), by F. Batmanghelidj.  The cover of theolder edition (see above) is fairly lurid, and the author goes by the nickname “Batman”, but his arguments are clear and convincing.  If you are the type […]

Touch and Go: Contemporary Relationships


  Photograph by Stephen Willats     Hello readers, I work a lot on myself to grow beyond the pain in my life and to let go of negativity.  Believe me, I have experienced many challenges in life, but it is a lot more pleasant to accept the love and energy that life has to […]

Refreshing: Restoring Energy and Excitement about Life


Hello readers, What do you do when you are tired, feel drained, and need more energy?  I see many people around me who drink a lot of coffee, and advertisements for energy drinks or pills abound in magazines and on television.  Many people are or appear to be bored with their lives, which they assume must […]

Starving or Feeding the Feminine from within: Some thoughts on eating disorders and spiritual purpose


Hello readers, Yesterday, I read a blog post by Elena on thecitizensoffashion.com (see link below) about how young women are promoting and spreading eating disorders through social media.  http://thecitizensoffashion.com/2013/01/09/valeria-levitinthe-worlds-thinnest-woman-campaigns-against-anorexia/ Reading about Valeria Levitin, described as “the thinnest woman in the world” in the article, gave me pause.  I remembered N., a former room-mate from art school […]

Love, Approval, and other Legalized Addictions


Hello readers, I like to try and understand how the human mind and body function.  There is a complex beauty and savagery innate to the structure of our being human.  Our bodies seek balance, and balance must be obtained at all costs in order to maintain life.  For example, from a physical perspective, from what […]

Living Simply: A New Standard of Living


Hello readers, I have always aspired to living simply, and for the most part, I feel I have succeeded.  Although I have never earned much more than $20,000 a year, I manage to live simply with a focus on enjoying the moment.  I feel that a high standard of living means doing work that has meaning, having […]

Healing Through Social Media


http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/25/opinion/iaconesi-cure-open-source/index.html?hpt=hp_c1 Dear readers, Please read the article (see above link) on CNN.com, if you have not already.  Salvatore Iaconesi, pictured above, was recently diagnosed with brain cancer.  As an artist, computer geek, and creative individual with a strong sense of personal and communal responsibility, he decided to open up his personal life and medical files […]

Musings on the future of health


Hello readers.  I don’t know how you all feel about your health and the choices available as far as what to buy, how to prepare it, and what constitutes a healthy diet for yourself and your family.  As a library employee, in addition to the Internet, I have ready access to a lot of information.  […]

The Solace of Food


                    Much of my recent research and reading has been related to food and health.  Food is a complex subject, because it is related to so many aspects of our lives: the physical health of our bodies, cultural and religious celebrations as well as secular festivities, […]