Immunization

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There was a time when the terms”vaccination”, “immunization”, and “inoculation” were used interchangeably. Not anymore, they are not the same. Perhaps it was a reflection on our collective ignorance of the workings of the immune system. This lack of knowledge can no longer be tolerated; the lives of millions are at stake.

What Does Immunization Mean?

How Does One Develop Immunity?

What Is the Role of Vaccines in Immunization?

Vaccination

Go to: Physical Remedies

There was a time when the terms”vaccination”, “immunization”, and “inoculation” were used interchangeably. Not anymore, they are not the same. Perhaps it was a reflection on our collective ignorance of the workings of the immune system. This lack of knowledge can no longer be tolerated; the lives of millions are at stake.

What Are Vaccines?

How Vaccines Are Created?

How Do Vaccines Function?

Wreaths Across America

Forget Not the Freedom Forgers


“Wreaths Across America” (Unsung: A Hardworking Series by Shell Rotella)
Published on Nov 4, 2016 – Shell Rotella [7,238+]

A boyhood visit to Arlington National Cemetery left a big impression on Morrill Worcester—one he never forgot. Decades later, in 1992, his company’s surplus of 5,000 wreaths and his desire to have them placed at Arlington kicked off an annual tribute that went on quietly for over ten years. With national interest in the project having grown so greatly, in 2007 a dedicated group of volunteers formed Wreaths Across America as a non-profit- Wreaths Across America – to continue and expand the mission to Remember, Honor, and Teach. That vision that Morrill had so many years ago only came to manifest through the hard work and collaboration of all the parties who make it possible every year – from the truckers to the wreath makers to the volunteers in all the cemeteries across the United states and all over the world. [Read transcript – click on SHOW MORE]

Along Came John…


“Vast Voyage” (Theme Song from “High Seas Expedition”)
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The history of Jesus actually begins with his cousin John, the son of Elisabeth who was an elder cousin of Jesus’ mother Mary. Fittingly, the ministry of Jesus also begins with His encounter with John. Let’s start with the “Gospel of Luke” in the New Testament.

Luke 3:1-20 [King James version]
1 Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene, 2Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. 3And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;4As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophetA, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.5Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth;6And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.7Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 9And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.10And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then? 11He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise. 12Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do? 13And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you. 14And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.15And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not; 16John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: 17Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable.18And many other things in his exhortation preached he unto the people. 19But Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him for Herodias his brother Philip’s wife, and for all the evils which Herod had done, 20Added yet this above all, that he shut up John in prison.

Who came into Jordan preaching the “baptism of repentance”? John the son of Zacharias
What prompted him to preach?the word of God came to him [John]
What kind of baptism did he preach?baptism of repentance for the remission of sins
When and where did this happen?Historically, during the 15th year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar (which historians place the beginning of his reign as 14 AD and ending in 37 AD) or about 29 AD., John came into the area all around the Jordan River which provided the water for performing the immersions (i.e., baptisms). The Jordan River runs south from the Sea of Galilee into the Dead Sea, in the land along the east shores of the Mediterranean Sea including Judea, Samaria and Galilee to the west of the Jordan as well as Perea and Decapolis to the east of the Jordan. [See a detailed map]
This situation references what text in the Old Testament?Writings of Esaias the prophet (also spelled Isaiah) as recorded in chapter 40 of the Book of IsaiahA
What did John say to those who came to him?“Bring forth fruits worthy of repentance”. He also mentioned “wrath to come.”
Was John talking about physical fruit from orchards or gardens? or was he speaking in metaphors?When John answered the question, “What shall we do then?” he answered with concrete actions for people to take rather than harvesting instructions. If one has two coats then give a coat to someone who has none; do the same with “meat” (or could that be “food” in general?). John also gave occupation-specific instructions to tax collectors and soldiers. Apparently, his scolding of Herod eventually landed him in prison.
Are there other Bible passages that reveal what John taught?Yes, John is mentioned in all the Gospel accounts attributed to MatthewB, MarkC, and JohnD as well as here by Luke. He spoke of the “kingdom of heaven” saying that “it is at hand”. It seems the remark about vipers was actually directed to the religious leaders of that time, the Pharisees and Sadducees.
What do these passages say about who John was?John earned the moniker “John the Baptist” (or baptizer) because of his activity at the Jordan River. Matthew and Mark’s accounts describe John’s apparel and diet. Matthew’s account states explicitly that John is the person of whom the prophet Isaiah foretold; Mark’s account makes it clear that the “voice in the wilderness” belongs to a person who was sent to prepare the way for yet someone else.
What did John say about himself, about who he was?According to the “Gospel of John”, referring to John the Baptist, “this is the record of John”: most clearly identified himself saying, “I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.” He emphasized who he was by declaring whom he was NOT–not the Christ, not Elias (or Elijah), not “that prophet.” John distinguished himself as the one who baptizes with water and directed the audience attention toward another who would come after him.
What can we know about John’s conception, birth and purpose?Luke’s chronologyE of the gospel begins with the announcement of John’s conception and purpose: “And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. 17And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” As we see from the texts discussed thus far, indeed, Johns seems to have fulfilled his destined role of being the herald of the Gospel.

Next, we’ll take a closer look at John the Baptist and his relationship to Jesus Christ.


A Isaiah 40:1-5 [King James version]
1Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. 2Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD’S hand double for all her sins.3The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.4Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:5And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.


B Matthew 3:1-12 [King James version]
1In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 2And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.3For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.4And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. 5Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, 6And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.7But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: 9And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 10And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.11I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: 12Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.


C Mark 1:1-8 [King James version]
1The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;2As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.3The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.4John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. 5And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins. 6And John was clothed with camel’s hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey; 7And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. 8I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.


D John 1:19-28 [King James version]
19And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? 20And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. 21And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No. 22Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? 23He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.24And they which were sent were of the Pharisees. 25And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet? 26John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; 27He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose. 28These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.


E Luke 1:5-45 [King James version]
5There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. 6And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. 7And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.8And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his course, 9According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. 10And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense. 11And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 12And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. 13But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. 14And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. 15For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb. 16And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. 17And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.18And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years. 19And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. 20And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.21And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple. 22And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless. 23And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house.24And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying, 25Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.26And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 29And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 30And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. 34Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 35And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. 36And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. 37For with God nothing shall be impossible. 38And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.39And Mary arose in these days and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Judah; 40and entered into the house of Zacharias and saluted Elisabeth. 41And it came to pass, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit; 42and she lifted up her voice with a loud cry, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. 43And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come unto me? 44For behold, when the voice of thy salutation came into mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. 45And blessed is she that believed; for there shall be a fulfilment of the things which have been spoken to her from the Lord.

LOL, the title of this post reminded me of a song . . . .

“Along Came Jones” by Ray Stevens
Published on Jun 12, 2013 – raystevensmusic [160,871+]

Daily Commute 1/25/2016

Perfection, the Words of Sovereignty
172 BE: Kamál el Kalimát-i-Sulṭán

BeMy-1-560x561Monday, the 7th day of the 17th month in the year 172 BE––the first year of the 10th Váḥid in the first Kull-i-Shay’ or the “Beginning of the Love of All Things”. The day began at sunset on January 24 for the Badi calendar.

O SON OF SPIRIT!
The best beloved of all things in My sight is Justice; turn not away therefrom if thou desirest Me, and neglect it not that I may confide in thee. By its aid thou shalt see with thine own eyes and not through the eyes of others, and shalt know of thine own knowledge and not through the knowledge of thy neighbor. Ponder this in thy heart; how it behooveth thee to be. Verily justice is My gift to thee and the sign of My loving-kindness. Set it then before thine eyes.

–– Baha’u’llah, Hidden Words Arabic #2

Monday – LAW 2:
The Law of Giving and Receiving

Badi Challenge: Contemplate Perfection (excellence, fullness, consummation, maturity) as the Words (utterance, the word of God) of Sovereignty (king, lord, majesty, sovereign, monarch, authority, potency, the power of sovereignty, the all-possessing, the most potent of rulers).

Whispers

I bear witness, O my God, that Thou hast created me to know Thee and to worship Thee. I testify, at this moment, to my powerlessness and to Thy might, to my poverty and to Thy wealth.
    There is none other God but Thee, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting.

–– Baha’u’llah, Prayers and Meditations CLXXXI

My Reflections of the Day

Key to the Badi Calendar:
As one would say “Monday, the 25th of January”, so we can say “Perfection, the Words of Sovereignty” or “Kamál el Kalimát-i-Sulṭán.”

weekday: MON. – PERFECTION – Kamál [كمال ]
day: 7 – WORDS – Kalimát [كلمات ]
month: 17 – SOVEREIGNTY – Sulṭán [سلطان ]
The current Bahá’í year is 172 BE (21 March 2015 – 20 March 2016), is year Alif (the 1st, “A”) of the Váḥid Hubb (the 10th, “Love”) in the 1st Kull-i-Shay’ (first 361-year cycle ending in 2205).

The opinions and views expressed in this article are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of BahaiTeachings.org or any institution of the Baha’i Faith.

Daily Commute 1/24/2016

Beauty, the Mercy of Sovereignty
172 BE: Jamál el Raḥmat-i-Sulṭán

BeMy-1-560x561Sunday, the 6th day of the 17th month in the year 172 BE––the first year of the 10th Váḥid in the first Kull-i-Shay’ or the “Beginning of the Love of All Things”. The day began at sunset on January 23 for the Badi calendar.

O YE PEOPLE THAT HAVE MINDS TO KNOW AND EARS TO HEAR!
The first call of the Beloved is this: O mystic nightingale! Abide not but in the rose garden of the spirit. O messenger of the Solomon of love! Seek thou no shelter except in the Sheba of the well-beloved, and O immortal phoenix! dwell not save on the mount of faithfulness. Therein is thy habitation, if on the wings of thy soul thou soarest to the realm of the infinite and seekest to attain thy goal.

–– Baha’u’llah, Hidden Words Persian #1

Sunday – LAW 1:
The Law of Pure Potentiality

Badi Challenge: Contemplate Beauty or charm as the Mercy (blessing, grace, favour, loving kindness, providence, compassion) of Sovereignty (king, lord, majesty, sovereign, monarch, authority, potency, the power of sovereignty, the all-possessing, the most potent of rulers).

Whispers

Intone, O My servant, the verses of God that have been received by thee, as intoned by them who have drawn nigh unto Him, that the sweetness of thy melody may kindle thine own soul, and attract the hearts of all men. Whoso reciteth, in the privacy of his chamber, the verses revealed by God, the scattering angels of the Almighty shall scatter abroad the fragrance of the words uttered by his mouth, and shall cause the heart of every righteous man to throb. Though he may, at first, remain unaware of its effect, yet the virtue of the grace vouchsafed unto him must needs sooner or later exercise its influence upon his soul. Thus have the mysteries of the Revelation of God been decreed by virtue of the Will of Him Who is the Source of power and wisdom.
–– Baha’u’llah, Gleanings CXXXVI [para. 2]

My Reflections of the Day

 
 
Key to the Badi Calendar:
As one would say “Saturday, the 24th of January”, so we can say “Beauty, the Mercy of Sovereignty” or “Jamál el Raḥmat-i-Sulṭán.”

weekday: SUN. – BEAUTY – Jamál [جمال ]
day: 6 – MERCY – Raḥmat [رحمة ]
month: 17 – SOVEREIGNTY – Sulṭán [سلطان ]

The current Bahá’í year is 172 BE (21 March 2015 – 20 March 2016), is year Alif (the 1st, “A”) of the Váḥid Hubb (the 10th, “Love”) in the 1st Kull-i-Shay’ (first 361-year cycle ending in 2205).

The opinions and views expressed in this article are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of BahaiTeachings.org or any institution of the Baha’i Faith.

Daily Commute 1/23/2016

Glory, the Light of Sovereignty
172 BE: Jalál el Núr-i-Sulṭán

2013-02-14 04.12.05Saturday, the 5th day of the 17th month in the year 172 BE––the first year of the 10th Váḥid in the first Kull-i-Shay’ or the “Beginning of the Love of All Things”. The day began at sunset on January 22 for the Badi calendar.

O SON OF SPIRIT!
My first counsel is this: Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart, that thine may be a sovereignty ancient, imperishable and everlasting.

–– Baha’u’llah, Hidden Words Arabic #1

Saturday – LAW 7:
The Law of Dharma (or purpose in Life)

Badi Challenge: Contemplate Glory or majesty as the Light (radiance, brightness, splendour, effulgence, illumination) of Sovereignty (king, lord, majesty, sovereign, monarch, authority, potency, the power of sovereignty, the all-possessing, the most potent of rulers).

Whispers

Blessed is the spot, and the house, and the place, and the city, and the heart, and the mountain, and the refuge, and the cave, and the valley, and the land, and the sea, and the island, and the meadow where mention of God hath been made, and His praise glorified.
–– Baha’u’llah, quoted in The Advent of Divine Justice by Shoghi Effendi [para., “This is the day in which to speak”]

My Reflections of the Day

I’m reminded that our own bodies can be considered a sanctuary for the Holy Spirit or a dwelling place of God. Perhaps, blessedness can be our individual state as well–by our feelings, thoughts, words, deeds in our soul, mind, heart, and body.

    “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”
    1 Corinthians 6:9 [King James Version]

With that in mind, exploring the purpose of human life is inviting. If the FIRST advice given tells us to steward our hearts, then what must be the divine mission entrusted to each of us? Perhaps more importantly, how is each one of us to carry out that mission given the diversity of talents, interests, and capacities we display? Indeed, it seems this has been the question down through the ages. The answers espoused have varied and often no answer is proffered.

Here are some notions to consider:

  • At the macro level: humankind
    All men have been created to carry forward an ever-advancing civilization. The Almighty beareth Me witness: To act like the beasts of the field is unworthy of man. Those virtues that befit his dignity are forbearance, mercy, compassion and loving-kindness towards all the peoples and kindreds of the earth.
    –– Baha’u’llah, Gleanings CIX
  • At the micro level: individuals
    The Prophets and Messengers of God have been sent down for the sole purpose of guiding mankind to the straight Path of Truth. The purpose underlying Their revelation hath been to educate all men, that they may, at the hour of death, ascend, in the utmost purity and sanctity and with absolute detachment, to the throne of the Most High.
    –– Baha’u’llah, Gleanings LXXXI

[NOTE: Please forgive English, “All men” is inclusive without gender distinction; mankind, humankind.]

Perhaps the answer is more personal . . . how shall a person acquire and apply divine education to attain purity, sanctity and absolute detachment?

Key to the Badi Calendar:
As one would say “Saturday, the 23rd of January”, so we can say “Glory, the Light of Sovereignty” or “Jalál el Núr-i-Sulṭán.”

weekday: SAT. – GLORY – Jalál [جلال ]
day: 5 – LIGHT – Núr [نور ]
month: 17 – SOVEREIGNTY – Sulṭán [سلطان ]

The current Bahá’í year is 172 BE (21 March 2015 – 20 March 2016), is year Alif (the 1st, “A”) of the Váḥid Hubb (the 10th, “Love”) in the 1st Kull-i-Shay’ (first 361-year cycle ending in 2205).

The opinions and views expressed in this article are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of BahaiTeachings.org or any institution of the Baha’i Faith.

Sparks: Ten Jump-Start Tips

Read: “Action Plan for the New Year” by Dr. Mercola
Mercola-2016-0101--healthy-life Happy New Year! This year, what do you say we all skip the New Year’s resolution? About half of Americans make them, and most start out strong but come February or March, many have already thrown in the towel.

Mercola’s Story At-a-Glance
– Ninety-two percent of Americans fail to achieve the resolutions they commit to on New Year’s Day
– In place of a New Year’s resolution, make a commitment to simply live better this year
– My top 10 steps for living better in 2016 are discussed

This is an ongoing process, a lifestyle change, not an impulsive resolution that you blurted out at midnight and have all but forgotten by morning. It’s also not something you can achieve overnight. Rather, this is a plan you can live by.

10 Steps to Changing Your Life for the Better in 2016

It’s the start of a new year — what better time to start fresh with some positive changes? The 10 that follow are the crème de la crème of lifestyle tricks you can use to live better and be happier — and isn’t that really what virtually all of us are after?
[Read full article]

Lest I steal Dr. Mercola’s thunder and become guilty of plagiarism, below I simply offer my thoughts on his recommendations

Be sure to check out Mercola’s comprehensive nutrition plan.

For starters, the Ten Jump-Start Tips are great to implement at any time; so don’t wait for annual resolution time–you can begin today!

1. Give Up Soda – There are better ways to hydrate the body and still get that dopamine pleasure kick. Want fizzy? Try kefir or kombucha. [Learn more]

2. Eat Two Meals a Day, Within an Eight-Hour Window – Heck many ofus are too busy to eat “three squares” anyway. Eat less, digest more . . . then you can focus on quality intake instead of quantity and ditch calorie counting! One trick is to get to sleep before the late night munchies set in . . .

3. Get Eight Hours of Sleep Each Night – Early to bed…healthy, wealthy, and wise–early is . . . before “munchies” set in (see Tip #2). Sleep time is body-repair time; the rejuvenating sleep cycle allows the body to assimilate the good food and gather waste for elimination–have a good morning poop!

4. Eat More Healthy Fats and Fiber – It’s true, butter is better and enjoy the coconut. Veggie and fruit fiber beats shredded wheat. [Learn more from Mercola.com]

5. Eat Fermented Vegetables – What could be better than fresh garden veggies? Consider fermented goodies with an amazing shelf life and increased nutritional content–let those good little bacteria whip up a potent batch of enzymes, antioxidants, probiotics, and other nutrients for you!

6. Sit Less and Walk More, Work on Your Flexibility – An “active” lifestyle is not necessarily about spending hours in a gym or on the court(s). Here’s an AFoRMation for you: If you move it, you’ll improve it — Agility, Flexibility, Range of Motion.

7. Have Your Vitamin D Level Tested – In school we worked to avoid D’s especially on tests but Dr. Mercola suggests we get tested for vitamin D and pray our levels aren’t low–25(OH)D or 25-hydroxyvitamin D. However, don’t be quick to grab D-fortified drinks and foods because synthetic vitamin D is not what we need. We want the ideal ID, the internal not infernal D!

8. Eat Nutrient-Dense Protein (Quality not Quantity) – Moderation in all things works but one needs ALL things–whatever your source: pastured-based meat, fish, free-range/soy-free eggs, grassfed dairy products, or GMO-free legumes and nuts. You may not need much so seek protein that is PRO-Team: terrestrial (pasture-based), ecological (GMO-free), amicable (humanely cultivated), and manageable (assimilates well with you). Mercola suggests additional protein sources.

9. Meditate for 5 to 10 Minutes a Day – Check out Seduction of Spirit

10. Help Others and Be Active in Your Community – We applaud those who invest themselves in the welfare of others…hands for healing hands! The cycle of giving primes the pump for receiving.

Join the Whole Life Party – Everyone Invited!

Whether you’re the patient/client, caretaker/mother, or healthcare provider, a holistic approach to life can relieve stress, bring greater joy, and rescue us from the rabbit hole of ill-health and dis-ease.

Enjoy “The Electric Slide” – It’s Holistic

ElectricSlide-4Skip the Whole Life Insurance, let’s get to the Whole Life Party! Ever been through the “Bounce House of Health“? or the “Tread Mill of Dread“? Let’s hop on a “New Train of Thought” enroute to the “High Air Balloon of Healthy Behaviors“!
Inspired by Marcia Griffiths’ “Electric Boogie” promo video on YouTube.com

Holistic Health for Nutters, Poppers and Fritters – BlogTalkRadio

Hands for Healing presents a new audio podcast series . . .
gene-wallsJoin Gene Marie for a cruise down “Healthway 66” towards a lifestyle of robust radiance and joy.

We’ll talk to the Nutters who “sample” every health scheme that comes down the pike.

We’ll hang with the Poppers who run a track record of hits and misses–kinda like popcorn, some kernals never get fluffy.

Then we’ll gawk at the Fritters who get fried because they can’t decide.

Let’s get on with the party, paint flowers on the walls, and get out on the dance floor of life!

WORK STILL IN PROGRESS
Please forgive our mess.

Treasuring the Global Family

Special-Ideas-InterfaithButton Healthway 66 is about cherishing ourselves and each other so we can partake of and enjoy the richness of what it is to be human–no matter where or how we live, regardless of what we believe or do. We are all part of The Great Experiment and there is so much to learn from and with each other. This is the real journey. This is the divine odyssey.

Inspired by Image from Special-Ideas.com – Be sure to visit and shop for your own favorites!

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The Moving: HUMAN, the Movie – Vol. 1

If eyes are the mirrors of the soul, do we all have the same desires . . . what does it mean to be “human”? Why is it still so hard to understand one another?

Traveling through 65 countries in search of answers, filmmaker and artist Yann Arthus-Bertrand captured the voices of “people we talk about … people we never talk about”. The wealth and diversity of these voices reveal the heart of humanity.

HUMAN, Volume 1

Published on Sep 11, 2015 – The VOL.1 deals with the themes of love, women, work and poverty. [Turn on the Closed Captions (CC) to know the countries where the images were filmed and the first name of the interviewees.]

What is it that makes us human? Is it that we love, that we fight ? That we laugh ? Cry ? Our curiosity ? The quest for discovery ?

Driven by these questions, filmmaker and artist Yann Arthus-Bertrand spent three years collecting real-life stories from 2,000 women and men in 60 countries. Working with a dedicated team of translators, journalists and cameramen, Yann captures deeply personal and emotional accounts of topics that unite us all; struggles with poverty, war, homophobia, and the future of our planet mixed with moments of love and happiness.