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Are there dangerous chemicals in your home?

How do we know that the cosmetics, personal care products, household cleaners and detergents we use are safe from toxic chemicals? The short answer . . . we don’t. The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976 “that provided the EPA with authority to require reporting, record-keeping and testing requirements, and restrictions relating to chemical substances and/or mixtures” excluded nearly all the items we use in the home. Food, drugs, cosmetics, pesticides, household cleaners and detergents are excluded from EPA…

Gut health is not sexy…. But!

I’ll admit, I rarely think of my gut unless it’s hurting. But I’ve done a little digging. I’m here to tell you that an unhealthy gut can cause all kinds of serious health problems …such as inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and even brain disorders. And even if you are well aware that gut health is important, here are a few things you may not know and why they matter: 1)Taking too many antibiotics can…

More Rituals = Better Health

Victoria and I do some very powerful rituals each morning. The doing of them is a huge boost for our day. How about you? Do you know about the power of rituals? “Research shows that rituals offer numerous psychological advantages such as helping us savor experiences, giving us a sense of control, and reducing anxiety.” We all have our daily routine behaviors such as brushing our teeth, taking a bath, etc. Mostly, we do our routines without much thinking. Rituals…

Contemplating death for a better life.

The other day I ran across an interesting service: “Find happiness by contemplating your mortality. Each day, we’ll send you five invitations to stop and think about death.” It’s common to think of death as something to fear, but when we fear death (or anything), we give up our power to it. We can’t help but feel stressed. A much healthier approach would be to spend some time contemplating death so that you feel more comfortable with it. After all,…

Is anger harming your health?

Anger is one of the basic human emotions, as elemental as happiness, sadness, anxiety, or disgust. These emotions are tied to basic survival and were honed over the course of human history. Anger can be a healthy emotion that energizes us, protects us from danger and helps us work through difficult life events. But, for some people, anger takes control and it begins to surface in unhealthy ways. Are you dangerously angry? The evidence from numerous studies is clear: constant…

Spices for a Healthier Life

Over the years the herbs and spices Victoria and I use to bring out the most flavor in our food …have evolved. Today we are choosing not just for flavor but for the health benefits as well. From the National Library of Medicine:“Spices not only enhance the flavor, aroma, and color of food and beverages, but they can also protect from acute and chronic diseases. There is now ample evidence that spices and herbs possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antitumorigenic, anticarcinogenic, and…

We all Deserve the Perfect Partner

We all want one person in our daily life who showers us with love and adores us unconditionally. Someone we trust without doubt. That’s the perfect partner. Together we can share the best that life has to offer. Yet so few of us ever experience or can sustain this kind of relationship. Look around, do you know of any couples who act like they just can’t get enough of each other? The main reason that so many fail to have…

Our body Temple …why bother

Aging sets in when we give up on our health and well-being. Our body, our physical self, truly is our temple. It is the instrument with which we are able to experience life and express our essence in the world. That being the case, wouldn’t you expect that we would take very, very good care of our temple? But typically we do just the opposite. We build and maintain a separation from our body. When we experience the inevitable challenges…

Why Feeling Useful Matters

By now most of us have learned that the key to a happy fulfilling life has to do with contribution …being useful to others. More and more research has weighed in to demonstrate how being good to others is good for you—for your well-being, health, and even your longevity. But how do we find the best way to make our best, most rewarding contribution? That seems to be a big challenge for many. Your most rewarding contribution may not produce…

What to do when you’re feeling helpless

We’ve all been there. Something devastating happens to us …and we are helpless to change it or make it better in any way. We can’t let it go. We continue to replay it over and over, hoping somehow to feel better. But the replay never helps us feel better. It only makes us feel more pain, more helplessness, more stress. If we don’t stop the replay, that feeling of helplessness (leading to stress) can led to major physical and emotional…