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Science Of Spirituality: Learn The Spiritual Root Causes Of Your Life’s Challenges In Mind And Body

Source: Spiritual Science Research Foundation

According to the science of Spirituality and unknown to modern sciences, 50% of difficulties in our lives are caused solely due to spiritual factors and another 30% due to spiritual and psychological and/or physical factors.

breakdown of the root cause of difficulties in a person's life

One aspect of these spiritual root causes of problems in our lives is the distress caused to descendants by the subtle bodies of their ancestors who have passed away (died). It is also one of the more common spiritual factors that affects almost all of humanity in some form or the other. Before we give a detailed explanation as to why our ancestors would want to cause any kind of trouble for us, let us first examine the kinds of difficulties that people can experience due to departed ancestors.

The distress caused to us descendants by the subtle bodies of our ancestors manifests in many ways in our day-to-day lives.  It creates obstacles in both, our worldly lives as well as spiritual practice. In some cases, it may seem that the entire family has a dark cloud over it and various family members are undergoing various problems despite all efforts to overcome them. The difficulties that are created due to departed ancestors come in various forms as listed below:

  • Inability to get married
  • Marital disharmony
  • Addictions (a sizeable % of addictions are due to ancestral spirits possessing descendants in order to experience the addictive substance or activity)
  • Going blank in examinations despite being well prepared for it
  • Loss of job
  • Difficulty in conceiving a child
  • Miscarriages
  • Bearing mentally challenged children or children with special needs
  • Death during childhood

Miscarriage, death in childhood, etc. happen when the distress by ancestors is coupled with other major spiritual causes such as destined possible death. It cannot happen solely on account of distress of ancestors. While the above types of problems may be a strong indication of ancestral problems, only a Saintor a Guru (a spiritually evolved guide) can tell with certainty the root cause of a problem.

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Wisdom Pills: 7 Reasons Life Really Doesn’t Begin Until 40

By Stanti Rao | Wisdom Pills

I vividly remember my mother’s 37th birthday. We had many guests, and the party went on until quite late. Everyone was laughing and enjoying themselves, but all I could think was,” My mother is getting old, hope she doesn’t die.” At that point, 40 seemed so very far away that I couldn’t possibly imagine a day would come when I would reach that ripe old age.

Now I’m older than she was on that day, and do I feel old? Not at all. Actually, I feel like life is just beginning! I am in fact, having the best time of my life. And, I’ve realized that this is the youngest I’ll ever be — time to enjoy my youth.

So what has changed since my childhood? Is it just my perception?

With the increase in life expectancy from 50 in the beginning of the 19thcentury to 80 currently, it is obvious that what we consider old has changed. At 40, we’ve barely lived even half our lives, and myriad possibilities abound ahead.

Having finally reached that defining moment, I can now see things from the other side of the hill, and they don’t look anywhere near as bleak as I had imagined. Sure, there’ve been a few changes in my body — most things travelling south, of course. And my skin is not as taut as it once was, along with a slight thickening around the equatorial region. These things notwithstanding, I am a big fan of being in my 40’s.

And just in case you’ve bought into the (terribly widespread) idea that your 40’s are the beginning of the end, here are 7 reasons to believe otherwise!

1) You Are Comfortable In Your Own Skin.

You’ve now lived with yourself for 40 years, and have finally become quite familiar with yourself, inside and out. Yes, gravity may be beckoning various parts of your body, and you’ve got a new vocabulary including words such as ‘flabby’, ‘thick’, ‘plus-size’, ‘wrinkles’ and ‘grey hair’, but there’s also a new-found confidence and comfort level with both your body and your persona. Sure, when you think back on your teens you remember your youthful skin and slim body, but you also remember the acne and braces, the gawkiness and goose bumps — and all of the terrible insecurities that came with them. Well, they’re gone now.  You know the person you are well – likes, dislikes, strengths and weaknesses, and you actually like who you are. It is the start of a great and long-lasting friendship.

2) You Are More Confident Than You’ve Ever Been.

You are now (hopefully) settled in in life and have few, if any, of the insecurities that the teenage years, twenties and thirties burdened you with. Most probably, you have found your calling, and have settled into a profession of your choice. You might have found a life partner, or maybe even a couple of them. 😉 There is no question of wondering what the future will be like – this is the future, and it is definitely great. Yes, youth is great too, but you cannot freeze it. Time marches on. If you continue to cling on to the notion of youth, you will be doing a great disservice to yourself and what you are at present. Let go of the past and move on.

3) You’re not 40. You’re 18 with 22 years’ experience.

The wide range of experiences you’ve had by this point have given you a much wiser perspective that no manner of learning can compare to. As all of us realize by a certain age, it’s experience that is the real teacher. Education, relationships, travel, internships, jobs or entrepreneurship – you’ve most likely done many of them, if not all.

You’ve moved out of your secure comfort zone of family and close friends and have cut your way through through jungle of the big bad world. You won some, you lost some, you faltered and then found your feet again, you tried out new things, and you’ve seen new places, eaten grown up stuff – all this has made you the deep and rich person you are today. Each experience has played a role in shaping your unique personality and, trust me, this kind of outlook would not have been possible in your twenties or thirties because you were still in the building stage — still experimenting and venturing.

4) You Possess Actual Maturity, Not the Facscimilie Projected in Youth.

Each one of us matures at a different pace and age and the final enlightenment hits us at different times. Do you remember feeling envious of your friend who seemed to have it all together, who was confident and elegant? In comparison, you felt like a gawky misfit who wished to curl up and be invisible in public. Well, look at your friend now and think back at how she was all those light years back and you’ll know what I’m talking about. In your forties, you have a better understanding of the world around you. No matter how great you thought you were as a kid or teenager, believe me, you’re better now.

5) You Can See Things More Clearly, Navigating Your Path With More Precision.

This maturity brings with it a great sense of heightened awareness. You know the value of what you have. You don’t hanker after greener pastures on farther hills. You are now in possession of clarity of thought and able to see things in a light much closer to reality, as opposed to the heavily filtered projections of your younger years. Most of the things that took center stage back then – usually superficial – made everything else seem insignificant. But after you cross over the ‘hill’, you realize that you are far less impatient and insecure than you once were, and understand much more about what’s truly important and what’s not.

Does this mean that all your dreams are dead and you have reached a pinnacle from which the journey is just downhill? No way! When you reach as far as you can see, you realize you can see even further, and you’ve got the wisdom to get you there sooner.

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8 Earth-Friendly And Healthy Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Image Credit: Oak Bottle

By Lisa Beres | Earth911

It’s hard to believe Father’s Day is here. If you’re like me, you struggle to find that perfect gift for the pops in your life. I suppose it’s because most men don’t require much, leaving us with few ideas to really knock their gold toe socks off. But, who says you have to get Dad another power tool or grilling gadget this Father’s Day?

I, personally, have learned through the years that the best Father’s Day gift (not just for dad, but anyone), is a gift that keeps on giving. Gifts of health are my personal favorite, but a present that eases it’s toll on the planet – or better yet, reduces it – is also a winner. Why not try something different? Don’t stress over being creative, staying on budget or doing your part to give back.

Father’s Day Finds

I’ve got you covered with eight Father’s Day ideas that will have dad gleaming with pride. This year, think impact. Think future. Think health. Think and go…green!

1.) One-of-a-kind gifts that give back

This is so uber cool. Your dad will be bragging at the office water cooler while also feeling good that your gift helped someone in need. Meet IfOnly! IfOnly is a marketplace for experiences led by national or locally renowned talent and celebrities that benefit select charitable causes. Send dad on an unforgettable adventure. Or, howz ‘bout Harrison Ford’s Han Solo jacket or wine tasting in Napa? Perhaps signed sports memorabilia or the ability to fly with fighter pilots? They’ve got everything for the sporty, active, foodie, adventurous and yes – even geeky – dad in your life.

2.) Front door smoothie delivery

Father's Day Gift Ideas: Daily Harvest Smoothies

This Fathers’ Day, treat your pops to ready-to-blend smoothies delivered right to his front doorstep from daily harvest. Image Credit: DAILY HARVEST (Instagram)

There’s no need to sugar coat it (literally). Why not give dad nature’s perfect treat? Order him a week (or more) of whole food, ready-to-blend smoothies from Daily Harvest delivered right to his front doorstep. Choose from fourteen uh-ma-zing flavors developed by a nutritionist and made delish by a chef. They are power-packed with organic ingredients and superfoods and stored in freezer-ready cups. Choose from greens, fruits – even coffee beans or raw cacao – to get going in the morning. You’ll help dad save time, money and oh, yeah…that little thing called his health! He can continue on his own or skip a week anytime. Smoothies start at $6.99 and include free shipping.

3.) Men’s natural skincare

Yes, we know men age gracefully and look great with grey hair (blah, blah), but don’t worry gals, they, too, show signs of aging on their face. Meet TAUN. This small batch men’s skincare line was created a couple of guys approaching their 30’s who wanted to know how to improve their skin as they aged. The TAUN skin repair formula feels and looks masculine while offering scientifically proven ingredients to fight all signs of aging like crow’s feet, frown lines, under-eye bags, uneven skin tone, dark spots, and restores firmness and elasticity. What’s really cool is TAUN is vegan-friendly and made in the U.S.  If pops doesn’t love it, he can get a full refund in 30 days (or, mom can steal it).

Father's Day Gift Ideas - TAUN Skincare

What’s really cool is Taun is vegan-friendly, made in the U.S. and makes a great Fathers’ Day gift. Image Credit: TAUN (Facebook)

4.)  Natural scents for men

Help hardworking dad relax and unwind by enjoying the transformative power of pure and natural essential oils with the GuruNanda Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser Kit. Don’t let dad pollute his man cave with toxic air fresheners. This diffuser can transform any room from blah to spa in moments. The diffuser includes an ultrasonic diffuser with an energy efficient LED color changing light. The kit comes with Relaxation – a luxuriously soothing blend of lavender, grapefruit, basil and eucalyptus oils. This gift is a steal at under $20.00.

5.) Lift Dad’s spirits (literally)!

Float your finely crafted cocktails! No, really. This is beyond cool, sophisticated and cutting edge. The Levitating Cup from Oak Bottle will be the most impressive and intriguing gift that dad will receive this Father’s Day. Using quantum locking, the gravity defying cup floats and rotates gracefully above its base, holding 10.5 fluid ounces of one’s favorite wine or cocktail. The four LED’s indicate the cup is in position. Dad can watch his cup float and rotate in mid-air like magic. It’s a splurge at $159.95, but dad will be the talk of the town (or, at least the block party).

Father's Day Gift Ideas: Levitating Cup by Oak Bottle

The Oak Bottle Levitating Cup, each by Oak Bottle, are two great and unique Fathers’ Day gifts ideas. Image Credit – OAK BOTTLE

6.) The Oak Bottle

Transforming cheap or average spirits to palate pleasing levels in no time, the Oak Bottle (image above) will change the way dad drinks wine, spirits and beer. Made from the best American white oak, this small vessel works as an oak aging accelerator, adding subtle caramel notes, smoothness, and other oak traits to the liquid it holds in a matter of minutes to hours. The sleek bottles’ conveniently portable size, reusability and #1 DAD customization option make it the perfect gift for dad. Retail price ranges from $39.95-79.95

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Olfactory Medicine: Learn How Illness Is Diagnosed By Smell

Source: The Economist

ONE of a doctor’s most valuable tools is his nose. Since ancient times, medics have relied on their sense of smell to help them work out what is wrong with their patients. Fruity odours on the breath, for example, let them monitor the condition of diabetics. Foul ones assist the diagnosis of respiratory-tract infections.

But doctors can, as it were, smell only what they can smell—and many compounds characteristic of disease are odourless. To deal with this limitation Hossam Haick, a chemical engineer at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, in Haifa, has developed a device which, he claims, can do work that the human nose cannot.

The idea behind Dr Haick’s invention is not new. Many diagnostic “breathalysers” already exist, and sniffer dogs, too, can be trained to detect illnesses such as cancer. Most of these approaches, though, are disease-specific. Dr Haick wanted to generalise the process.

As he describes in ACS Nano, he and his colleagues created an array of electrodes made of carbon nanotubes (hollow, cylindrical sheets of carbon atoms) and tiny particles of gold. Each of these had one of 20 organic films laid over it. Each film was sensitive to one of a score of compounds known to be found on the breath of patients suffering from a range of 17 illnesses, including Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, bladder cancer, pulmonary hypertension and Crohn’s disease. When a film reacted, its electrical resistance changed in a predictable manner. The combined changes generated an electrical fingerprint that, the researchers hoped, would be diagnostic of the disease a patient was suffering from.

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Prescription Food: Learn Why Doctors Are Turning To Food To Treat The Body

Source: CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Pharmaceuticals may not be the best medicine for patients. Some doctors are now changing the way they treat patients – by taking them grocery shopping.

Physicians, such as Dr. Daniel Nadeau, are prescribing food rather than pills to fix the body.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half of all Americans routinely take prescription drugs, and 75 percent of all doctor visits involve drugs.

To counter the dependency on drugs, Loma Linda University School of Medicine incorporated a special emphasis on lifestyle medicine in which physicians learn how to prescribe food instead of narcotics.

In fact, there is rising interest from doctors at the annual Food as Medicine Symposium on Feb. 11-12.

“We go to our doctors. We live an unhealthy lifestyle, and we just say: ‘Give me a pill for that,’ and ‘I want to be healthy’,” Nadeau said. “You might get your numbers down a bit, but you’re not going to feel the best that you could feel.”

Nadeau is part of the monthly Shop With Your Doc program at St. Joseph Hoag Health Alliance.

Each month, Nadeau roams the aisles of supermarkets, giving shoppers new ideas to chew on.

Food can help remedy the most common issues with aging, according to Nadeau. “You can really do so much for your brain by including fresh or frozen berries in your diet everyday,” he said.

Nadeau suggests consuming the following items to improve your health naturally:

— Avocados: have very healthy oil, which helps to lower cholesterol

— Carrots: contain a lot of beta kerotene, which is good for the eyes

— Blueberries: help prevent dementia

— Plant-based proteins: beans, seeds and nuts can lower the risk of heart disease

“Cultures that eat the highest number of beans in their diet have the longest life expectancy,” Nadeau explained.

For more information about the Shop with Your Doc program, click here.




35 Super Easy, Healthy And Delish Avocado Recipes

Source: Food & Wine

These delicious recipes include gooey cheese-topped guacamole and chilled avocado soup with crab.

Persimmon-and-Endive Salad with Honey Vinegar and Avocado Oil Vinaigrette

 1. Persimmon-and-Endive Salad with Honey Vinegar and Avocado Oil Vinaigrette


The combination of buttery avocado oil and bracing honey vinegar (made from mead) makes for a fantastic vinaigrette in this crunchy, colorful and delicious salad.

Spicy Avocado and Pea Tea Sandwiches

 2. Spicy Avocado and Pea Tea Sandwiches

These vegetarian sandwiches from F&W’s Ben Mims feature avocado two ways—mashed and in a chunky salad. Both are tossed with a tangy chile-herb dressing.

Hearts of Palm and Avocado Salad

 3. Hearts of Palm and Avocado Salad

This Brazilian-style salad might taste a bit rich—with creamy avocado and a mayonnaise dressing—but it’s really quite healthy.

Avocado Chimichurri

4. Avocado Chimichurri

Inspired by chimichurri, a classic Argentinean herb sauce for grilled meats, this chunky avocado salsa is seasoned with lots of parsley and oregano.

Avocado Hollandaise

5. Avocado Hollandaise

Luscious, rich and lemony hollandaise gets completely re-imagined here in a light, supremely creamy puree of avocado, lemon juice and olive oil.

Avocado Toasts with Oaxacan Sesame Sauce

6. Avocado Toasts with Oaxacan Sesame Sauce

Food writer and stylist Karen Gillingham makes this spicy, fragrant sauce inspired by a version she discovered at a hole-in-the-wall café in Mexico. She likes spooning it over toasts topped with mashed avocado, but it’s also great with eggs and grilled fish.

Avocado-Hummus Dip

7. Avocado-Hummus Dip

For a new twist on the usual hummus or guacamole, try this delicious mash-up of the two. It’s great with crudités, crackers and corn chips, or as a sandwich spread.

Avocado Pissaladière

8. Avocado Pissaladière

This pizza-like tart, pissaladière, is a specialty of Nice, France. The traditional toppings include caramelized onions, anchovies and olives but here, creamy slices of avocado are added as well. Using store-bought pizza dough makes quick work of the crust.

Avocado-and-Shrimp Salad with Red Goddess Dressing

9. Avocado-and-Shrimp Salad with Red Goddess Dressing

Chef Jonathan Waxman makes his tangy goddess dressing red instead of the classic green, using red bell peppers for color and flavor.

Avocado-Green Pea Salsa

10. Avocado-Green Pea Salsa

This unusual, colorful salsa from chef Jose Enrique combines green peas and creamy diced avocado with a hit of lime. It’s outstanding with baked rice dishes like arroz con pollo.

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The World’s Longest Study Reveals The Secret To Living A Long And Healthy Life

By Rachel Allen | Hyperbiotics

It seems like every couple of months or so, an article about the secret to living a long, healthy life starts making the rounds.

And it makes sense––we’re naturally drawn to information that we feel can give us a better life, and since lifespans on the whole are increasing, of course we want to know how we can set ourselves up for healthy years ahead.

As engaging as all the advice out there on living a happy, fulfilling life can be, much of it is often based purely on anecdotal evidence, meaning that what worked for one person or small group of people might not be all that representative of what works for people in general.

There’s a good reason for this; to figure out what works for people in general, you would need to do a massive study compiling years and years of data, rigorously maintain the integrity of the study structure, and of course, get continuous funding over decades, something that’s just not that common in the academic world.

But that’s just what researcher Robert Waldinger and his team of researchers from Harvard have been doing for nearly 8 decades, and they started with this simple question:

What Keeps Us Happiest and Healthiest Over Time?

To find out the answer, they started following two groups of men in 1938, asking them questions about their health and happiness, studying their medical data, and considering all kinds of factors, from marriage and accidents to smoking habits and number of children.

And after decades of research, they found some very compelling data about what actually keeps us vital over time. It turns out that the answer isn’t a good diet, exercise, or even access to healthcare. It’s relationships.

These riveting studies show that having at least a few strong connections in your life is found to be a greater predictor of healthy longevity than any other factor you could think of. In fact, the study found that people who are more closely connected to people, whether that’s through their family, their friends, or simply their community, are far more likely to be happier, healthier, and longer-lived than people who aren’t––and that loneliness has the opposite (almost toxic-like) effect.

And while you might think to your bunches and bunches of Facebook friends as being the key to fulfillment and longer life, it’s the quality of the relationships that counts, not the quantity. Waldinger found that people who had a lot of superficial relationships didn’t see nearly the numbers of benefits as those with closer bonds, and people who were in unhappy or isolating relationships (like marriages with a lot of conflict) actually experienced negative health effects.

But what is the positive, physiological change that happens when you do have those meaningful relationships? Among a myriad of benefits, a feeling of unity with others around you actually appears to have a buffering effect on some of the more common health conditions that affect us as we age, both in terms of mental and physical health.

Frankly, We’re Not Surprised––Your Gut Loves Good Relationships, Too.

Research shows that the health of your gut microbiome, which essentially runs the show when it comes to your overall health, is also positively impacted by good relationships.

Being in a relationship supports your immune response by increasing levels of Immunoglobulin A (IgA), an antibody found in mucous membranes that fights antigens within the body—such as in the membrane lining the gastrointestinal tract. It basically gives your immune system the benefit of the upper hand when it comes to invaders (and the majority of the immune system lives within the gut). What’s more, healthy relationships can lower stress levels, which is associated with a healthy microbiome.1

And just as in the case of kids being able to enrich the diversity of their gut bacteria through socializing, adults in a relationship also naturally trade bacteria back and forth through their physical contact.2 Everyone’s microbiome is unique, meaning that they have an individualized mix of bacterial strains. Kissing and skin-to-skin touch allow different strains of bacteria to spread from body to body, naturally diversifying the microbiome.

3 Ways to Find More Connection in Your Relationships

While some relationships naturally develop and stay healthy over time, it can be increasingly challenging to feel connected in today’s world, especially when it’s so much easier to zone out in front of a screen. But since caring relationships are such an important factor in your well-being, here are some tips for enjoying the relationships you have and nurturing the flames of new friendships.

When it comes to loving partnerships…

Whether you’re ready for someone new in your life or you want to rekindle an existing relationship, one of the easiest ways to get sparks flying is to try something new together. Whether you’re making a delicious chocolate cake, spending some time in the great outdoors, or exploring a new place together, the novelty of making new memories together will have your brain firing the hormones dopamine and norepinephrine, which mimic the feeling of first being in love.3

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Welcoming Fall: 30 Yummy Days Of Apple Recipes

Source: Food & Wine

Granny SmithFujiHoneycrisp, Jonagold, GalaGolden Delicious—there are so many varieties of apples we can’t wait to get our hands on this fall. Part of the magic of apple season is getting to pick your own at the orchard, bringing home basketfuls of fresh, crisp fruit. But even if picking apples isn’t your thing, they’re still everywhere you turn. It’s easy to take home enough apples to cook with all season long in a single trip. That’s why we’ve compiled 30 of our best apple recipes for you to cook this fall. From a non-traditional cumin-and-jaggery-glazed apple pie, to cinnamon maple breakfast polenta with sautéed apples, to cider-braised chicken thighs, we’ve got every sweet and savory category covered. All you have to do is go out and get the apples. We’ve got the rest. – Morgan Goldberg

Apple-Plum Tarts with Rye-Cornmeal Crust

1. Apple-Plum Tarts with Rye-Cornmeal Crust

Start your month of apples with these beautiful, rustic tarts from author Susan Spungen. They have a tender tasty crust made with rye flour and cornmeal. They’re extremely easy on the cook because they can be made ahead at any stage: The dough can be refrigerated for up to 3 days and the unbaked tarts can be assembled and refrigerated overnight. You can even freeze them after you bake them and just reheat before serving.

Apple Ginger Crostata

2. Apple-Ginger Crostata

Food & Wine’s Justin Chapple makes an apple crostata quick and easy by using a sheet of store-bought puff pastry as the base. To give the apples a little boost of flavor, he tosses them with lemon juice and fresh ginger and then brushes the finished tart with apricot preserves.

Braised Chicken with Apples and Calvados

3. Braised Chicken with Apples and Calvados

Chef Matthew Accarrino uses apples, apple cider and the apple brandy Calvados to add layers of flavor to his braised chicken. If that wasn’t enough apple for you, he uses two Granny Smith apples, too. We love this fall chicken dish that’s perfect for an easy weeknight dinner.

Brussels Sprout Slaw with Ginger Gold Apple

4. Brussels Sprout Slaw with Ginger Gold Apple

At Graft Wine + Cider Bar in the Finger Lakes, chef Christina McKeough uses local apples in everything from salads to pie to the tangy mostarda slathered on her smoked-Gouda grilled cheese sandwiches. She loves to use a tart-sweet Ginger Gold in this Brussels sprout slaw for its crisp texture. We love it, too.

Bacon, Fennel and Apple Chutney

5. Bacon, Fennel and Apple Chutney

Chutney is a favorite condiment for everything from cheese to roasts. This sweet-and-smoky versionis made with bacon, fennel and apples and is perfect on top of crackers as a starter, spread on a grilled cheddar sandwich for an upgraded grilled cheese or served with tender roasted pork for a main.

Cumin-and-Jaggery-Glazed Apple Pie

6. Cumin-and-Jaggery-Glazed Apple Pie

Of course, we’re going to hit you with an apple pie recipe, but not the classic one you might think. Cookbook author and chef Asha Gomez’s striking apple pie gets a glossy finish from melted jaggery, a deep amber sugar, and piquant cumin seeds. Save any extra glaze for a last-minute drizzle before serving.

Hot Dogs with Cheddar and Sautéed Apples

7. Hot Dogs with Cheddar and Sautéed Apples

If you like hot dogs (and of course you like hot dogs) then you will love this recipe. If you’ve never tried the combination of cinnamon-y sautéed apples with slices of sharp cheddar cheese, it’s a must this fall.

Apple Caramel Sundaes

8. Apple-Caramel Sundaes

For an easy dessert, Food & Wine’s Justin Chapple takes apples, chops them up and mixes them into a buttery brown sugar caramel that’s perfect for an autumnal ice cream sundae.

Farro with Vinegar-Glazed Sweet Potato and Apples

9. Farro with Vinegar-Glazed Sweet Potato and Apples

This easy weeknight dinner dish practically screams fall. Roasting sweet potatos and apples with a little sherry vinegar and tossing them with farro, dried cherries and roasted cashews makes for a hearty cool-weather dish that you’ll want to keep making all season long

Beet-and-Apple Salad

10. Beet-and-Apple Salad

For the salad at his restaurant, George Mendes uses fresh horseradish and Gegenbauer cider vinegar, a rare Austrian import. But this home version calls for jarred horseradish and supermarket apple-cider vinegar. It makes for a bright, refreshing salad with an extra punch.

Candied Lady Apples

11. Candied Lady Apples

Candied apples make us nostalgic for our childhood, but they were usually so basic back then. We are here to give them an upgrade. Justin Chapple uses tart pomegranate juice to add a pretty rose color and additional flavor to his Candied Lady Apples.

Tuna-and-Apple Crostini

12. Tuna-and-Apple Crostini

This sophisticated take on an open-face tuna sandwich includes sliced tart green apple and a little parsley. It’s light and tasty, plus it’s super easy to make, which makes it the perfect quick appetizer for fall entertaining. We recommend you and your guests try it with a sparkling rosé.

Anise Pork with Figs and Apples

13. Anise Pork with Figs and Apples

The sweet licorice flavor of aniseed or fennel seeds adds depth this pork dish. For the sauce, look for dried figs that are soft and moist. If they seem dry, soften them in hot water before cutting.

Babette Friedman's Apple Cake

14. Babette Friedman’s Apple Cake

Le Coucou chef Daniel Rose stirs apples into the batter of this pound cake–like dessert and then tops it with more of the Calvados-spiked fruit. We think we could eat this cake pretty much each and every day of the fall and be extremely happy. We think you would be too.

Saffron Butter-Basted Poussins with Apples (Joojeh ba Sib)

15. Saffron Butter-Basted Poussins with Apples

Poussins, the tender, juicy little chickens, are ideal for special occasions because you can serve each guest a whole bird. And roasting them with shallots and apples creates an easy and delicious built-in side dish. Try making these for your next dinner party. We guarantee they will be a hit.

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Meditation, Mindfulness, Psychedelics: Helping Veterans Suffering From PTSD

By Frances Arnold | Namaste Nutritionist

What affects one of us affects all of us.

In 2006 & 2007, after Hurricane Katrina, I went to New Orleans to help with rebuilding efforts. The International Association for Human Values (IAHV) offered trainings to help people with therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after the devastation of losing their homes. During this time, the IAHV trained me, and dozens of other young people, to help the community.We learned to teach a program called “Breath Water Sound”.This was a community workshop, held over 3 evenings, that helps traumatized and stressed individuals.

IAHV operates with the low overhead. For example, many non-profit organizations pay large salaries, use large marketing budgets, and pay for trainings and travel. IAHV relies almost entirely on volunteers, who pay their own expenses for training and travel. This helps keep costs down, and results in IAHV spending only 3% on their overhead.

This is the lowest figure that I’ve seen.

Our soldiers are in desperate need for therapy from the psychological trauma experienced in war.

At Namaste Nutritionist, we support a program called “Project Welcome Home Troops (PWHT)“, which is run by IAHV. We recognize that our US soldiers are in dire need of support after war. PWHT aims to address the intense distress some returning veterans experience. Many of these brave men and women have been repeatedly exposed to traumatic events and life-threatening situations on multiple deployments to combat zones.

We donate 5% of our income to supporting our veteran’s recovery through PWHT courses. We feel much more indebted to them, and they deserve so much more. But this much we can do, to start.

Soldier suicide rivals, and possibly outnumbers, the death toll of soldiers on the battlefield.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that PTSD afflicts:

  • Almost 31 percent of Vietnam veterans
  • As many as 10 percent of Gulf War (Desert Storm) veterans
  • 11 percent of veterans of the war in Afghanistan
  • 20 percent of Iraqi war veterans

Source: The National Institutes of Health

Soldier suicide rates

Breathing, mindfulness and meditation are helpful adjunct therapies for many PTSD sufferers.

One of the reasons I support PWHT is that traditional talk therapy and anti-depressants for PTSD is underwhelming in its results.

“Previous studies suggest that war-related PTSD may be more prevalent and harder to cure than PTSD caused by other types of trauma, and this study may help establish the relationship between trauma etiology and treatment efficacy. . . According to some estimates, a single diagnosis of PTSD can cost up to $1.5 million in taxpayer-funded benefits over a soldier’s lifetime. In 2011, the U.S. Veterans Administration spent about $5.5 billion on PTSD disability payments to approximately 275,000 veterans, with costs and numbers of veterans with PTSD continuing to increase.” – MDMAPTSD.ORG

Pychedelics, MDMA – assisted psychotherapy for PTSD treatment

Another therapy with research underway is MDMA – assisted psychotherapy. This is a potentially more effective and less expensive form of therapy for veterans suffering with PTSD.

Says former Army Ranger about the MDMA-assisted psychotherapy he experienced,

“It’s basically like years of therapy in two or three hours. You can’t understand it unless you’ve experienced it.” – Military.com (March 2009)

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5 Tips For Exercising When You’re Too Busy

By Marissa Coyle | Mother Earth Living

As a new mom who works 8-5, I don’t have a ton of spare time. I am up for at least one to three hours in the middle of the night, depending on how long it takes my son to fall back asleep after his middle-of-the-night feeding. I wake up around 6:30 to get him ready to go to his grandma’s for the day and to get myself ready for work. By the time I’m home from work, I just want to rest. I’m extremely lucky to have a job that I love and that it isn’t physically-strenuous, but I’m definitely ready to heat up a microwave dinner, cuddle with my son, and play on my phone until we go to bed. As you can see, I’m not in the mood to go running or partake in exercise in general. However, I know that it’s important that I should. Here are some ways to work in some exercise if you can’t make it to the gym.

1) Take a hike (or at least a walk around the block)

If your work allows you to take walking breaks, go for a stroll with some co-workers. Some of the ladies in the office go for walks around the vicinity when the weather is decent. I don’t always go (like if it’s a day that I’m wearing heels or I had an especially sleep-deprived night), but I enjoy the time to chat with my co-workers and get a bit of fresh air.

2) Chase your child/pet/etc.

While my son isn’t up-and-walking yet, I’m looking forward to chasing him around the playground because I don’t see this fun activity as exercise. For now, carrying him in my arms or wearing him on my chest allows me to work my upper body while getting things done.

3) Have an accountability partner

My wake-up call to eating better was when my mother’s Type II Diabetes got worse and she was put on a low-carb diet. Because I have PCOS, I’m more likely to develop Type II Diabetes if I don’t manage my lifestyle better. I will be starting a low-carb diet soon (hopefully by mid-September). I am asking my mom to keep me accountable for my diet and activity. Knowing that I will report my habits makes me think about the choices that I make.

 

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Conscious Eating: Don’t Be Fooled By These 11 Food Frauds

By Gabrielle Van Tassel | Extra Crispy

In my effort to eat healthier and more ethically, I tend to gravitate towards foods that are organic, non-GMO, and locally grown—hence the $8 eggs I accidentally bought last week. Have you ever stopped to wonder what those phrases and certifications on food labels actually mean? Remember when Naked got in trouble for falsely advertising their juice as containing quality, healthful ingredients? And when we found out the truth behind food labels like cage-free, antibiotic-free, and certified organic? These are examples of food fraud.

Food fraud is not just when companies fraudulently market their products as something they’re not. Dr. John Spink of Michigan State University’s Food Fraud Initiative defines food fraud as “a collective term used to encompass the deliberate and intentional substitution, addition, tampering, or misrepresentation of food, food ingredients, or food packaging; or false or misleading statements made about a product, for economic gain.” No matter how you spin it, food fraud is shady business.

But without a subscription to The United States Pharmacopeial Convention food fraud database, how do you protect yourself against food fraud? The answer is, well, it’s hard. There are thousands of ingredients and food fraud records in the database. To help you out, I put together a fairly short list of common foods that you should always keep an eye on.

The most dangerous example of food counterfeiting is olive oil. Olive oil, especially extra virgin olive oil, is the healthiest oil we can eat. However, the hard truth is that according to a study conducted by the UC Davis Olive Center, only 69 percent of bottles labeled “extra virgin” are actually extra virgin. The harder truth is that manufacturers can cut it with vegetable, soybean, and sometimes a nut oil. That poses a severe health risk for some people with allergies.

Fish is another big source of food fraud. Oceana.org found that 39 percent of seafood in NYC alone was mislabeled. A lot of fancy fish you’re buying could actually be a cheap, bottom-feeding substitute like Escolar instead of Tuna steak. The danger is that Escolar contains indigestible esters that can cause food poisoning and other shitty side effects (pun intended).

As for ground meat, you might be getting a mystery animal in your marked package. Remember the horse meat scandal in England? Lucky for the US, meat substitution is not as common here.

Another upsetting one is milk. Never use powdered milk, especially if it’s from China. Worse than drinking a mix of various livestock milk (as in, not just cow), some powdered kinds of milk can contain chemicals like melamine, urea, and detergent.

Far less terrifying is the wide-spread fruit juice fraud. Beyond various companies claiming unproven health benefits on the labels, a lot of juice companies will claim the product is “100 percent juice.” The trouble is, that bottle of juice is probably 100 percent juice, but it’s not straight grapefruit, pomegranate, orange, or what have you. It’s probably cut with something cheap and sugary, like apple juice. Some juices even contain clouding agents to make them look “fresh squeezed.” No thanks.

You probably already knew about honey and food fraud, but it’s one of the worst offenders. Those plastic bears are loaded with additives like high fructose corn syrup, so just stick to your local apiaries.

Coffee is another common one because it’s easy to hide other brown things, like twigs, in coffee grounds. Ever wonder why your pre-ground coffee has a particularly earthy taste? Do yourself a favor and buy whole beans.

Ground black pepper is another easy way to dupe consumers, so buy whole peppercorns and a grinder and do it yourself. Freshly ground pepper tastes better anyways.

The next thing you should be scrutinizing is your vanilla extract. Vanilla is the second most expensive spice, so it’s not surprising that the extract is made up of vanillin instead. While vanillin is a naturally occurring compound, most commercially sold bottles of extract synthesize it in a lab for cheap.

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Breakthrough Discovery: Scientists Find Multidimensional Universe Inside Brain

By Ivan | Ancient Code

Mathematical methods of algebraic topology have helped researchers find structures and multidimensional geometric spaces in brain networks.

According to experts, a new study has proven that the human brain is home to structures and shapes that have up to 11 dimensions.

Human brains are estimated to be home to a staggering 86 billion neurons, with several connections from each cell webbing in every possible direction, forming a super-vast cellular network that SOMEHOW makes us capable of thought and consciousness, reports Science Alert.

An international group of scientists gathered around the Blue Brain project has obtained results never before seen in the world of neuroscience, according to the study published in the journal Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience. This team managed to find structures in the brain that present a multidimensional universe, uncovering the first geometric design of neural connections and how they respond to stimuli.

Scientists made use of in-depth computer modeling techniques to understand how exactly human brain cells are able to organize themselves in order to carry out complex tasks.

Researchers used mathematical models of algebraic topology to describe structures and multidimensional geometric spaces in brain networks. In the study, it is denoted that structures are formed at the same time that they are interlaced in a “union” that generates a precise geometric structure.

Conceptual illustration of brain networks (l) and topology (r), courtesy of Blue Brain Project.

Henry Markram a neuroscientist and director of Blue Brain Project in Lausanne, Switzerland said: “We found a world that we had never imagined. There are tens of millions of these objects even in a small speck of the brain, up through seven dimensions. In some networks, we even found structures with up to 11 dimensions.”

As noted by experts, every neuron inside of our brain is able to interconnect to a neighboring one, in a specific way to form an object with complex connections. Interestingly, the more neurons join in with the clique, the more dimensions are thus added to the object.

Using algebraic topology, scientists were able to model the structure within a virtual brain, generated with the help of computers. Afterward, scientists carried out experiments on real brain tissue to verify the results.

After scientists added stimulus into the virtual brain tissue, they discovered that cliques of progressively HIGHER dimensions assembled. They found that in between these cliques were holes or cavities.

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Study Shows People With RH Negative Blood Type Have DNA Not From Earth

Source: irelease.org

All human blood types contain and are categorized by amounts of protein—except type RH negative, that is.

Is it possible that human beings possessing the latter blood type are actually from Mars, Venus, or elsewhere in the universe? Well, since the known laws of physics breakdown past the horizons of black holes, truly anything is possible. But is it likely that RH negative blood has unearthly origins?

Only 15% of human beings have this strange type of blood, and what’s more, these individuals have been described as having strange personal characteristics as well. Oddly enough, RH negative blood can be utilized by any human being in need of a transfusion, but people with RH negative naturally coursing through their veins cannot make use of any other type of blood at all. Furthermore, the vast majority of these latter individuals happen to reside in northern Europe.

Even more fascinating are the facts that these people tend to have green or blue eyes, naturally orange coloured hair, cool body temperatures, and sensitivity to hot temperatures. More intriguing yet are claims that the physical, mental, and emotional awareness of these individuals is heightened—and no, this is not a sneaky lead into an upcoming movie, or any sort of promotion whatsoever!

In fact, it is widely known that pregnant women with type RH negative blood have extreme difficulty giving birth when their babies also possess the same blood type; in this situation, it is not a stretch to say the woman’s body actually attempts to kill the baby inside of it.

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Could Caffeine Be Causing Your Back Pain?

By Sarah | The Healthy Home Economist

Back pain affects 9 out of 10 people at some point during their lives.  It is one of the most common reasons for people to miss work or visit the doctor to find relief.

Many cases of chronic back pain can be traced to structural problems with the spine such as scoliosis or, of course, injuries such as car accidents.

However, for many who suffer from chronic back pain, the reasons are less obvious and in some cases, downright baffling.

What if a simple caffeine habit like a daily cup or two of coffee or even that afternoon chocolate pick me up is causing your sore lower back?  Is this really possible?

Could your morning cup of Joe be having unintended consequences? Let’s find out.

You see, caffeine stresses the adrenal glands, round disk shaped organs only a few inches across which sit atop each kidney on the posterior side of the body which is, you guessed it, right in the area of the lower back.

Just a single caffeinated drink stimulates your adrenal glands which translates into the energy boost that is the primary reason folks consume caffeine in the first place.

While this little boost is not a problem for most people on occasion, it can rapidly lead to weakened adrenals over time when this hit of adrenaline is sought day in and day out or even several times a day if that morning cup of coffee is followed by a caffeinated soda or chocolate bar in the afternoon and an espresso after dinner.

What about those 5 hour energy shots at the grocery store?  I call them “chronic back pain in a bottle”.

How Caffeine Weakens the Adrenals and Leads to Chronic Back Pain

Here’s what happens as explained to me by a chiropractor friend.  Stressing out the adrenals all the time with an unchecked caffeine habit weakens not only the adrenal glands but the entire area around them which includes the lower back. Weak adrenals also suck vital nutrients away from the ligaments and tendons as keeping an important organ like the adrenals happy is more important that strong connective tissue.

The body is very good at sending nutrients to the area that needs them most.   Trouble is, the less vital areas that get shortchanged in favor of the adrenals – such as the ligaments and tendons – suffer and over time, the first ligaments to go are typically the ones that support the sacroiliac joint which supports the weight of the entire body.

Where is the sacroiliac joint?   In the low back/pelvic area of course!

Have you ever gone to the chiropractor to get an adjustment for a sore lower back only to find that by the time you got into the car to drive home, your back was out again?

This is what happens with weakened ligaments and tendons – chronic subluxations and folks who practically live at the chiropractor’s office.

Wouldn’t it be smarter to end the caffeine addiction once and for all, give your adrenals some relief, and strengthen those tendons and ligaments so your back doesn’t go out all the time anymore?

How to Determine if Chronic Back Pain is from Adrenal Burnout

If you suspect that adrenal burnout is causing your chronic back pain, here are some simple at home tests to determine if you are on the right track as described by Dr. L. Wilson MD:

  • First, take a fork and run it gently across the inside of your forearm.  Within about 10 seconds, the lines should turn red.  If the lines don’t turn red very readily, this can be a sign of adrenal fatigue. This article contains other little known adrenal fatigue symptoms for you to check such as wrinkles on the underside of your fingertips.
  • Another way to test your adrenals is to lay down on the floor for a few minutes and then get up very quickly. Does your blood pressure drop and do you feel lightheaded like you might even pass out?   This is another sign that your adrenals are struggling.
  • The final test is to take a flashlight and look in the mirror.  Shine the flashlight into one eye and notice if the pupil very quickly contracts as it should.  If not, adrenal weakness is a likely cause.

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Healing Sound: Neuroscientists Discover A Song That Reduces Anxiety In Listeners

Source: Awareness Act

Millions of Americans suffer from anxiety disorders, many people even suffer from a Chronic Anxiety Disorder. With anxiety, it can feel impossible to find anything to help.

Although you do not always realize it, there are some ordinary and strange things that may alleviate your symptoms. According to Neuroscientists, this one song can reduce anxiety by 65%!

Anxiety can be a debilitating disorder. Side effects of anxiety include numbness or tingling, dizziness, chest pain, headaches, and an upset stomach. Anxiety is defined as a state of uneasiness or apprehension. Anxiety occurs when we behave in an apprehensive manner, such as worrying about an upcoming event. There are many drugs out there that are said to treat anxiety. While some may work temporarily, they also come with harsh side effects and dangerous chemicals. The Pharmaceutical Industry is a nothing more than a money scheme, so try listening to this song!

Neuroscientists have proven in a study that a particular song can reduce your anxiety by 65%.  The study was done at Mindlab International in the U.K. The researchers wanted to know what kind of music makes a person feel the most relaxed sensation. The study involved participants trying to solve different puzzles, while connected to a sensor.  While they did the puzzles, the participants listened to a variety of songs. Researchers recorded their brain activity, heart rate, blood pressure, and rate of breathing.

The song Weightless by the Marconi Union, resulted in a 65% decrease in the participant’s overall anxiety! They also had a 35% reduction in their usual physiological resting rates! The song was specifically designed to induce a feeling of relaxation. The musicians teamed up with sound therapists to create the song. You can listen to it below.

Read more great articles at Awareness Act.