How Americans Should Read the Chernobyl Mini-Series on HBO

The most important thing for American audiences to understand from the HBO mini-series Chernobyl is this:  the nuclear industry’s safety record is dismal wherever it exists. If you think an accident of that magnitude can’t happen here, you missed the point. Here’s a quick review of U.S. nuclear accidents that Americans need to remember in order to heal our part of the nuclear legacy.

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School Shootings, Gaming and Online Extremism: What Parents Need to Know

Both the Churchchrist shooter in New Zealand, Brenton Tarrant, and the California Synagogue shooter, John Earnest, included the popular meme #subscribetoPewDiePie in their racist, violent hate-filled “manifestos” posted on 8chan’s message boards. Today, I read that one of the STEM shooters, Devon Erickson, followed PewDiePie on Facebook. It’s important for parents to know what the PewDiePie meme is, and what it has come to represent.

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Why We All Need to Detox Now

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 shot at Jones Beach State Park, New York. It was meant to convince the American public that DDT spraying was safe. It wasn’t. DDT is a known carcinogen and is linked to Alzheimer’s dementia.

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Alternative Approaches to Opioid Painkiller Addiction

Those who became addicted to prescription opioid painkillers have been offered few effective treatment options to help themselves, or their families, reclaim their lives before opioid addiction. Especially treatment options that are affordable. In this blog, I review 3 alternative approaches to healing from opioid addiction that are providing new hope for millions of families. These include naltrexone, ayahuasca and iboga.

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6 Things to Know in a Healing Crisis, Starting with Visualization

Healing it a process of recycling and regrowing into a healthy whole state—the state you were designed by universal consciousness to be. Down to our healthy DNA before various epigenetic environmental insults might have damaged our genes. The healthy you. The challenge is to holographically project the memory of the healthy you into the present moment for the bodymind to map as it recycles itself anew in its embodiment.

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Time to Heal: A Meditation on Spontaneous Healing

To change is to adapt, and to adapt is to heal in ways that may be new and different, or may be tried and true, but that nonetheless aren’t habitual, aren’t pre-patterned, and therefore, aren’t unconscious. To change for better health is to be conscious about the changes you make to return to a state of greater wellbeing, as a person, as a family, and as a collective.

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Eating Smart for Lifelong Health and Wellbeing

The practice of smart eating has two aspects. We want to source foods that are low in poisons, and high in nutrients. In other words, the best food to source in any situation is the food that has the highest nutritional yield with the fewest toxins that could poison you, and that your liver will have to work hard to filter, metabolize and excrete.

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Healing without Antibiotics

The moment of prayer captured in this photograph is somatically and emotionally utterly sincere. I was Day 4 of healing a gum abscess near a back molar after my systemic dentist cleaned the abscess out and ozonated the area. In two more days, I would return to my dentist for my one-week follow-up visit, and we would both see the results of my healing—and the consequences of my choice not to take the antibiotics my dentist had prescribed.

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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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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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Pediatric caries is preventable, but there's an epidemic

You hear moms talking about the pediatric caries epidemic at playgrounds and birthday parties. 2-year olds with dental caries—the bacteria that eats away at tooth enamel—on baby teeth. Or a 6-year old who goes to the dentist to discover she has 11 cavities! Parents are 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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Part 2: Caring for an Elder with a Cancer Diagnosis

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.

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Caring for an Elder with a Cancer Diagnosis

Rose arrived 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, and she could end up with a colostomy. Rose, who is 82, agreed that cleansing her colon and liver of waste was a healthy response to a diagnosis like this.

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