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Peaceful Parenting

Gandhi adherence to nonviolence was not limited to the political sphere. It permeated every aspect of his life and his children followed his example. Dr. Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi shared the following story as an example of nonviolence in parenting: “I was 16 years old and living with my parents at the institute…

The roots of violence

Why do we pretend violence is random, when it so strongly correlated with childhood violence? Why are we so accepting of the initiation of force against the most vulnerable members of society? Why are we so hesitant to challenge parents acting violently towards their children in ways that would never be acceptable towards another adult?…

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Wake Up and Savor your Food

Low fat, low carb, high protein, grapefruit or even Twinkies any number of diverse diets can lead to weight loss.How can that be?  I’m convinced the answer is mindfulness. Our culture is geared to thoughtless eating.  We pop it out of the package and pop it into our mouth while we drive, work or watch…

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The problem is not the drug but the cage

  Because it’s a myth that drugs are addictive. Drugs are not by themselves addictive, because most people who try most drugs never become addicted. So the question is: why are some people vulnerable to getting addicted? Just like food is not addictive but to some people it is, shopping is not addictive but to…

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Supranormal stimuli

The pornography of high speed internet is changing men, their brains, their moods and their sexuality. In Japan the country with the best high speed internet 36.1 percent of Japanese males, aged 16 to 19, had no interest in sex whatsoever — up from a 2008 record of 17.5 percent. We live in an era…

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Marriage and the 4 Horseman

Marriage can be a key factor in promoting health. UCLA Professor Robert Coombs found, “Virtually every study of mortality and marital status shows the married of both sexes have lower death rates, whether by accident, disease, or self-inflicted wounds, and this is found in every country that maintains accurate health statistics.” Men show the largest…

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Stressed Out

As I witness the epidemic of stress and stress related illness, I’ve often wondered why is this happening now in the midst of unprecedented material wealth. The epigenetic revolution is one of the most fascinating areas of science, and I believe provides an answer. We often hear the debate of nature vs nuture, genes vs…

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You are an Ecosystem

You might not have thought of it before, but you are an ecosystem.  Ninety percent of the cells in your body are not human.  We share our bodies with 100 trillion  microbes, living on our tongues, teeth, and skin and in our intestine. While we have just over 20,000 human genes our microbes have eight…