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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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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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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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