The Agelessness of Dementia

Elders are not the only ones who develop dementia or act demented. So I want to talk about the false belief, common in the U.S., that dementia is a natural consequence of aging. The belief that dementia is something that naturally happens to elders is partly misconception (it’s a symptom of illness, not natural to aging at all) and partly wishful thinking (it can happen to anyone at any age). The truth is, dementia is both unnatural and ageless rather than natural to the aged.

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How root canal epidemic and kid's caries epidemic are connected

You hear moms talking about the epidemic at playgrounds and birthday parties. 2-year olds with dental caries—the bacteria that eats away at tooth enamel—on baby teeth. A 6-year old who goes to the dentist to discover she has 11 cavities! You hear them talking about dentists having to put their children under anesthesia, an invasive procedure for kids, because they have so many cavities to treat at once. Some parents are truly baffled. They help their children brush, they help their children floss, they avoid sugar and processed foods, and still…the cavities keep coming…

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A Healthy Response to the Shooting Spree Crisis

School is back in session, and this fall the trauma of our shooting spree crisis is causing fear and confusion for everyone. It's time to understand shooting sprees in a broader social context. I'm going to share with you my point of view as The Healist—a somatic-emotional educator and therapist, and a former university professor for 20 years. I'm going to talk primarily to educators, but parents and students listen up.

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Part 2: Caring for an Elder with a Cancer Diagnosis

5:45 AM. It’s been 21 days since Rose received a rectal cancer diagnosis. I just received a text message from Rose's daughter Amy that she and Rose have arrived safely in Las Vegas, where Rose would stay for the next month with Amy's daughter, Toni. The night drive from LA was a response to the weather turning against us—by noon it would hit 106 F in Las Vegas. Today, Rose is on day 16 of her detox. What started as a 10-day detox became a 21-day detox. And if there’s anything you don’t want to experience while detoxing, it’s dehydration. Driving in the day in the heat was too risky. So Amy and Rose left in the middle of the night to make the drive. 

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Caring for an Elder with a Cancer Diagnosis

Rose arrived at our place pale and anxious. Five days before her arrival, she had gotten a rectal cancer diagnosis, stage one. The tumor could be surgically removed, but healing from rectal surgery can be a real challenge. Rose, who is my mother’s cousin, is a few months shy of 82. She, her daughter Amy, and her granddaughter Toni who's a wellness life coach in Las Vegas, agreed with me that a detox that cleanses the colon, rectum and liver of fecal matter, food waste and metabolic waste was a healthy response to a diagnosis like this.

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Why Don't You Take Care of Yourself?

Think of how many conversations you’ve personally had with struggling spouses, family members, friends and colleagues who say “I don’t know,” when you ask them why they don’t take care of themselves. “I don’t know” is a mantra we hear too often when we ask hard questions about personal health and wellbeing. 

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Healing Our Suicidal Side-Effects

Let’s start with a difficult fact. The U.S. suicide rate has shot up 25% in the last two decades. That surge is so great there are few families and communities that haven’t been affected. If we can lovingly place both Kate Spade’s and Anthony Bourdain’s recent suicides within this social context, it will help us answer the questions that any family and community ask, What happened? And what was the feeling of what happened? It will also help us prevent other suicides in the future.

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3 Ways You Can Hurt Yourself With a FitBit

Watch the video on this concerned fellow’s blog showing his Fitbit Charge HR hitting 480 mW/m2. He measured alternating spikes peaking between 280 mW/m2 to 560 mW/m2. The problem is that those readings are nowhere near the recommended safe range of <10 mW/m2 during the day and only half that at night, as our bodies absorb more EMF/EMR radiation when asleep than awake. 

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Changing the Way We Heal

When we get sick, any of us, we get sick in mind and body and heart and spirit—all at the same time. Because it’s all connected. This fundamental truth about healing explains why the chronic disease epidemic challenging 50% of people living in the U.S. parallels a spike in the divorce rate, which has doubled since the 1990s.

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Ending the War on Cannabis

The U.S. federal government ruled again in 2017 that cannabis—an adaptogenic herb like ashwaganda— has no medicinal value and is as highly addictive as heroin. Why would the U.S. Attorney General and FDA say that, when cannabis is not addictive, and has dozens of proven medicinal applications?

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Let's Talk About Emotional Honesty

Our emotions evolved over millennia. They’re part of our intelligence. They helped get us this far. And they will help us find our way now through a chronic disease epidemic that is threatening our personal and collective wellbeing. We won’t be able to turn those rates around without equal amounts of introspection and honesty. 

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12 Thoughts that Make You Sick

This famous photo by George Silk for Life Magazine in 1948 featured model Kay Heffernon posing in a cloud of DDT with a hotdog, a soda and a plastic straw. The publicity stunt was meant to convince the American public that DDT spraying was safe. But thinking environmental toxins are safe when they're not have made people and planet sick.

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Could Fukushima happen here?

Could Florida be the next Fukushima? Americans have been so busy fearing a nuclear threat from North Korea or Iran that we haven't been looking at the threat right here at home that we created ourselves. When Hurricane Irma—the strongest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded—barreled toward a nuclear power plant directly in its path just south of Miami in 2017, that question suddenly became foreground in everyone's mind.

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The Cancer List

If you've been given a cancer diagnosis, check out these 10 resources before you decide on conventional medical treatment including chemotherapy and radiation therapy. They will take you on a journey into alternative approaches to healing that could change everything. Those supporting people with a cancer diagnosis or who have a family history of cancer will want to read this list too. But the truth is, with an almost 1-in-2 cancer rate, all of us need to read this list.

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Family Healing

Whatever ails us physically, emotionally or spiritually, whether it’s a health challenge, a diagnosis, a divorce, or losing a loved one, I believe the best healing starts and ends in the family. And that’s the way it should be. Because home is the natural place for prevention oriented self-care, care of the other, and family healing.

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The Real Angelina Effect

Some things are hard to talk about, hard to say. And sometimes they are the most obvious things. Often they’re what you know in your heart to be true. So let’s talk about Angelina Jolie’s prophylactic double mastectomy and hysterectomy as a real factor in her and Brad Pitt’s breakup. After all, how could it not be?

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