Favorite Immunity Boosters | Laura Bruno’s Blog

Favorite Immunity Boosters | Laura Bruno’s Blog
Posted January 16, 2018 by laurabruno

I thought I’d reblog this 2009 post listing my favorite immunity boosters. I think I’ve had only two colds or flu’s in the past fourteen years, and one of those was when I forgot to use oil of oregano after spending an unplanned 40 minutes waiting in sub zero temps inhaling car fumes and chemtrails. Under normal circumstances, I don’t get sick.

Since 2009, I’ve also become a fan of Four Sigmatic’s Chaga-Cordyceps and Chaga-Lion’s mane mushroom coffees, as well as Organo Gold Reishi coffee. Those are the only mushroom (or other) coffees I drink, but I love them. I also take some extra vitamin C if I encounter anyone sick.

As usual, this is not medical advice. I’m just sharing my own experiences, because people have been asking how to support their own immune system.

Many blessings and good health to you and yours!

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Favorite Immunity BoostersPosted April 29, 2009 by laurabruno
in Healing Stories, Health. Tagged: Diet and Health, Essential Oils, Health, Immunity, Swine Flu.

With all the concern over the Flu, I thought I’d post some of my favorite tips for staying well. You don’t need to buy into the American pharmaceutical industry in order to benefit from some extra health precautions. I haven’t gotten a cold or flu since 2004, despite working in close proximity with many people who’ve been very ill and coughed or sneezed all over me. 🙂 Here are my top-twelve quick fixes whenever I feel a bit under the weather. As usual, I’m just sharing my own experiences and observations; nothing here constitutes medical advice:

1 )  Oil of Oregano. This stuff rocks! I bring some with me every time I travel by plane, because it’s anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-parasitic. A few drops in water (putting it on the tongue as instructed burns like crazy) helps me feel immune to any sneezing or coughing going straight into recirculated air.

*Note that in some women, Oil of Oregano seems to cause breast tenderness. If you already suffer from monthly breast pain, you might want to choose #3, Colloidal Silver, instead, or just use O of O in the event of direct exposure.

2 ) Yogi Tea  Echinacea Immune Support. Full of a synergistic blend of herbs and spices. If my glands feel swollen, I drink a cup of this, and I usually feel fine by the time I’ve finished the mug. I also love pau d’arco tea for its fortifying and anti-fungal, anti-viral  qualities.

3 ) Colloidal Silver Throat Spray. Not for continuous everyday use, I do find this valuable when that first throat tickle comes on. Like Oil of Oregano, Colloidal Silver also offers anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal activity.

4 ) Probiotics (non-dairy based). I often use Garden of Life’s Primal Defense. Keeping gut ecology healthy helps the body stay healthier all around.

5 ) Green Juice. Lots and lots of celery, parsley, spinach, kale and collards mixed with small amounts of fruit or veggies in juice form. Alkalizing the body automatically prevents most pathogens from thriving. Some people believe regular juice fasting keeps them more resistant to disease and common colds.  In the wild, many animals will not eat when they feel sick. Giving the digestive system a break allows more energy to be directed towards healing.

6 ) Vitamin C. Common knowledge, but also effective! Whether you get it from camu camu powder, Trader Joe’s freeze-dried strawberries, capsules or freshly squeezed orange juice, a little extra vitamin C gives the immune system a boost.

7 ) Medicinal Mushrooms. I don’t use these all the time, but in a pinch, I like New Chapter Organics’ tincture called Host Defense, featuring a synergistic combination of mushrooms designed to amp up immune activity. Some top players include: Reishi, Maitaki and Cordyceps.

8 ) Miso Soup. Miso doesn’t always mean soy. You can find chick pea miso in some health food stores. A warm cup of miso does wonders for sore throats.

*NOTE: If you have Candida problems, skip the miso until you get that under control. Sometimes the koji culture in miso can aggravate Candida.

9 ) Omega-3 Oils. Supposedly, peasants who ate a lot of hemp and flax did not succomb as heavily to the plague. More recent research validates the importance of cold-pressed Omega-3 oils or whole foods containing these oils. They support both immune and hormonal function. If you do not regularly consume hemp and coconut oils together, a high quality vegetarian DHA oil can also help.

10 ) Essential Oils. Other Black Plague lore: supposedly perfumers, who spent their days and nights surrounded by essential oils, did not get sick. These oils not only smell good; they have medicinal effects. My favorites include lavender, jasmine, frankincense, and lemongrass, for their mood-lifting and anti-bacterial effects. Jasmine, in particular, creates a nice scent while also easing coughs. Eucalyptus — of Vick’s Vapo-rub fame — also works well. Most essential oils offer some kind of healing benefit. For more information, you might enjoy this site.

11 ) Garlic, Onion and Ginger. Normally, I do not like too much garlic and onion, but if I feel a cold coming on, this combo stops it in its tracks. Juiced or added into Chinese or Indian dishes, the triple whammy of garlic, onion and ginger has never let me down.

12 ) Rest. Good, old-fashioned R & R, does wonders for the body, mind, soul and spirit. Since illness affects all these levels, it makes sense to cultivate good health in each area.

I drive myself hard, squeezing novel-writing in between busy, intense hours of coaching and intuitive sessions and a marriage. When I start feeling a little sluggish or ill, I know it’s time to take a break. I may not want the break, but the warning signs of illness come as “permission” to slow down and recharge.

Finding your own, proactive version of R & R lets your body and soul know they don’t need to manifest a full-blown illness in order to receive a full-blown break. Go ahead: take a walk; take a nap; watch a movie; read a book; get some Reiki; or … do nothing at all! You deserve a break today. 🙂

In health,

Laura

www.internationalrenaissancecoaching.com

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Yes, There Is A Way To Work Through Family Conflict Mindfully. Here’s How

Yes, There Is A Way To Work Through Family Conflict Mindfully. Here’s How

Photo: Maa Hoo

While Thanksgiving grants us an opportunity to give thanks and reunite with loved ones, it also puts us in tight quarters with family members who may may know how to push our buttons. Conflict in families is natural, but to make your holiday a happy one, here are a few practices that can help you move through tension mindfully.

Use the right phrases and avoid generalizations.

While it might be tempting to raise your voice if you feel like no one is hearing you, do your best to keep your tone even and use phrases that diffuse conflict. “Try using phrases such as ‘I hear what you’re saying’ or ‘I understand that you’re upset’ so your family member feels acknowledged,” suggests psychologist Nathalie C. Theodore. Elizabeth Lombardo, Ph.D., suggests avoiding generalizations and “you” statements. “‘You’ statements like ‘you never help out’ or ‘you always sit on the couch’ come off as accusations,” she says.

Breathe.

It seems so simple, but practicing a little breathwork can make a world of difference. “Just breathe and let it go,” says Theodore. “When you’re home for the holidays and everyone’s at each other’s throats, sometimes the best thing you can do is take a deep breath and agree to disagree.”

Focus on being happy and present.

Do you want to be right and perfect or present and happy? Lombardo suggests you aim for the latter. “Your uncle is not going to suddenly change his behavior, and your mother-in-law is not going to suddenly gush over what a great mom you are. Don’t expect them to be perfect. Your mantra can be, ‘I accept people for who they are’ or ‘I get to choose my reaction to my family. And I choose happiness.'”

And on the note of happiness, Lombardo suggests not focusing on convincing your family of how wrong they are. “Focus on being happy, not right,” she says. “By this I mean don’t try to convince your family that they are wrong now. Now is not the time to make sure others admit to being wrong. Instead, concentrate on topics and activities that you can engage in together that will bring more joy to you and those around you.”

Make self-care a priority.

Last but not least, Theodore suggests you remember to be a little selfish when working through family conflict. “Always remember to make self-care a priority. If too much family togetherness has you feeling stressed, steal some moments away for the sake of your sanity,” suggests Theodore. “Go for a walk, check out a yoga class, or call a friend if you need to blow off some steam.”

Going through a hard time? Read about how the worst year of one woman’s life led to the career of her dreams.

What Eating a Banana and an Avocado Every Day Can Do to Your Body | BeWellHub.com

Two of my favorite breakfast foods are Bananas and Avocados! ~PB

What Eating a Banana and an Avocado Every Day Can Do to Your Body | BeWellHub.com

If you’re fairly familiar with the vitamins and minerals in the most common fruits and vegetables, you may be aware that in bananas and avocados, potassium and magnesium are notable ingredients in both of them. Like all foods, these two powerhouse fruits (because both are fruits rather than avocados being a vegetable) have many other things to offer, but scientists have recently announced that both foods have the potential to prevent heart attacks.

The research was conducted at the University of Alabama and was published in the journal JCI Insight.1 In fact, scientists have revealed that if you eat a banana and an avocado every day, you could eat yourself right into protection from heart disease, or more specifically, the atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries that often leads to a series of disorders, NDTV2 reported.

Additionally, it may also lower your risk of arterial blockages, which often necessitate surgery. It’s the potassium in these foods that can alleviate a large part of the burden, the study indicates. The animal study found it reduces vascular calcification, one of the complications of kidney disease and cardiovascular disease.

Mice were fed alternate diets containing low, normal or high levels of potassium, and those with the highest levels had substantially more pliable arteries, while those given lower amounts had much harder arteries. It works the same way in humans. When you include foods in your diet that contain good amounts of these minerals, these symptoms are alleviated, particularly the stiffness in arteries seen as a precursor to cardiovascular problems.

Problems occur because the stiffness in arteries can cause your heart to work harder to pump blood through your body. Artery calcification is just one of the problems that having a consistent amount of adequate potassium in your diet can help prevent, and all of them are serious and related conditions:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Chronic kidney disease (CKD)
  • Hypertension

 

Calcification and What It Means for Your Arteries

Calcification is a buildup of calcium in your tissues, organs or blood vessels. As it’s in the process of forming, it can call a halt to the necessary process that keeps your body working as it should.

According to Difference Between:

“Arteriosclerosis is a defect occurring in the artery (blood vessels carrying oxygenated blood) walls. It refers to hardening of the normally flexible walls due to loss of elasticity of the arterial musculature. When young, the arteries are flexible due to the presence of a protein called elastin.

As age advances, there is loss of this elastin causing thickening of the arterial walls. Atherosclerosis is another condition that refers to the deposition of fat plaques and cholesterol globules within the arteries causing narrowing of the lumen of the arteries.”3

The scientists noted that vascular smooth muscle cells, or VSMCs, contribute to vascular calcification in atherosclerosis and that “Arterial stiffness has become an independent predictor of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, representing an important health problem for the nation as a whole.”4

According to their research, vascular calcification may be more culpable in aortic stiffening than scientists originally thought. In fact, a 2009 study is even titled “Vascular calcification: the killer of patients with chronic kidney disease.”5The study noted:

“Previously considered a passive, unregulated, and degenerative process occurring in the arterial media, vascular calcification has now been demonstrated to be a highly regulated process of osteochondrogenic differentiation of vascular cells.”6 Further, VSMCs were found to produce “extracellular matrix proteins” that actually caused the arterial calcification process to happen faster.

 

People With Less Potassium Have Higher Risks

It’s no secret to the scientists that potassium plays a crucial role in staving off arterial calcification and related diseases. In fact, previous studies have made it clear that the association between low blood potassium levels and death from either chronic kidney disease7 or metabolic syndrome,8 while clear, hasn’t been investigated thoroughly. The study made something else clear: that “appropriate dietary potassium intake improves those pathological conditions.”9

The researchers also noted that, whereas the direct influence of dietary potassium on the development of vascular calcification in atherosclerosis hadn’t yet been “established and characterized,” for the first time they’d been able to produce evidence that potassium was the key. While consuming too much of it can cause problems, too, such as a stomachache, nausea and/or diarrhea, according to International Business (IB) Times,10 it’s clear that what you eat directly influences your risk of these serious diseases.

That’s why, for these diseases, especially, bananas and avocados are two of the foods containing the potassium that can lower your risk. In response to the study’s findings, Dr. Mike Knapton from the British Heart Foundation observed that “With more research, we might be able to see if the disease forms in humans in a similar way and develop treatments.”11

Magnesium and Potassium: Interrelationships in Regard to Health

When it comes to maintaining a healthy heart, as well as properly functioning kidneys, nerves and muscles and blood pressure regulation, having an adequate intake of magnesium on a regular basis is key. Because it’s the fourth most abundant mineral in your body, on which more than 600 functions hinge, getting the right amount to avoid a deficiency is critical.12 But there’s more to it than that. The National Academy of Sciences assessed the role of several nutrients, including magnesium, and observed:

“Magnesium has been called ‘nature’s physiological calcium channel blocker.’ During magnesium depletion, intracellular calcium rises. Since calcium plays an important role in skeletal and smooth muscle contraction, a state of magnesium depletion may result in muscle cramps, hypertension, and coronary and cerebral vasospasms.

Magnesium depletion is found in a number of diseases of cardiovascular and neuromuscular function, in malabsorption syndromes, in diabetes mellitus, in renal wasting syndromes, and in alcoholism.”13

“Classic” symptoms of low magnesium include muscle spasms, unexplained fatigue, irregular heart rhythms, eye twitches and even anxiety, but those that can be difficult to spot until after it’s established that low magnesium levelsare what’s causing the problems. Studies show that problems such as asthma and osteoporosis may also be involved, along with symptoms that indicate possible related deficiencies, including potassium.

In response, experts recommend that individuals with these symptoms assume that low levels are likely the problem and begin remedying it immediately by concentrating on higher magnesium intake, either through supplementation or food, and maybe both. One of many reasons is that the body begins stripping magnesium and calcium from your bones during what is called “functioning” low magnesium. Ancient Minerals explains:

“This effect can cause a doubly difficult scenario: seemingly adequate magnesium levels that mask a true deficiency coupled by ongoing damage to bone structures. Thus experts advise the suspicion of magnesium deficiency whenever risk factors for related conditions are present, rather than relying upon tests or overt symptoms alone.”14

One study shows that intracellular concentrations of magnesium and potassium are closely correlated, and the ratios in your cells are what’s important, not the concentrations, and hypokalemia, aka low potassium, “can be induced by the same mechanisms and are often clinically related to one another,”15 especially as they relate to cardiac arrhythmias and, arguably, other heart-related disorders and diseases.

The upside is that when you begin ingesting adequate potassium and magnesium — bananas and avocados would be a great start — the above symptoms can be reversed, i.e., regulation of blood sugar, better sleep, less stress, improved mitochondrial function and increased energy.

Bananas: An Example of the Adage
‘You Are What You Eat’

Kết quả hình ảnh cho Bananas

Bananas are a very popular tropical food, known for being an easy-to-carry snack that doesn’t require refrigeration and can remain clean while you eat it thanks to its convenient peel. Besides high amounts of potassium, one fairly small banana (about 101 grams) provides a good amount of fiber, Nutrition Data16 reports. Vitamin B6 and vitamin C are also plentiful, as are proteins, copper and manganese.

You’ll want to watch your sugar intake, however, as bananas are an example of a fruit with high amounts of natural fructose; one 7-inch-long banana has 12.4 grams. However, just as the potassium content is good for you, IB Times lists a number of advantages to adding a small banana as a snack choice (or dozens of dishes that incorporate them):

  • Bananas help balance your blood sugar level because they don’t raise your glycemic index.
  • Unripe bananas have proven beneficial for people with insulin sensitivity as they contain 15 to 30 grams of digestive-resistant starch.
  • Eating bananas can help maintain a healthy blood pressure level.
  • High-potassium foods can help lower your risk of developing kidney stones.17

Bananas are a wonderful addition to smoothies, making them creamy and delivering a tropical vibe, but they’re also great sliced with organic raw nut butter, aside from just enjoying one for a healthy snack.

Avocados: Impressive Nutritional ProfileKết quả hình ảnh cho Avocados

A single avocado provides very impressive nutrients that positively impact nearly every part of your body, but especially your heart and arteries. Fiber is a big one, as well as vitamin C, vitamin K and folate. To start the litany of how well avocados reach your dietary reference intakes (DRI), or how much you need to provide you with the optimal amounts, Nutrition Data18 provides data on the major nutrients one avocado contains and the percentage of daily values:

Fiber — 54 percent Folate — 41 percent
Vitamin C — 33 percent Vitamin B6 —26 percent
Vitamin K — 53 percent Pantothenic acid — 28 percent
Magnesium — 15 percent Potassium — 28 percent

Avocado slices are excellent on sandwiches and salads, topped with mozzarella, basil and black pepper, mixed with salsa and chopped papaya or with poached eggs.

Other foods containing magnesium include greens such as spinach, romaine lettuce and Swiss chard, crucifers like broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, seeds and nuts, fatty fish, such as mackerel and wild-caught Alaskan salmon, specific spices such as fennel, basil, cloves, chives and cilantro, fruits including papaya, watermelon, raspberries and strawberries, and grass fed yogurt.

Good potassium sources include beet greens, carrots, cantaloupe, oranges and most of the foods listed above. If you’ve experienced any of the symptoms listed, upping your intake of these foods can likely improve them and may serve to relieve other problems as well.

Source: healthy-holistic-living

Jenny Schiltz: Time of Surrender and Great Growth

A New Food Label Is Coming Soon And It Goes ‘Beyond Organic’ by Ronnie Cummins, Organic Consumers Association

A New Food Label Is Coming Soon
And It Goes ‘Beyond Organic’

WIN-WIN SOLUTION

WIN-WIN SOLUTION: Let’s all go to a Yoga class and meet halfway. We’ll do Warrior II pose, which is neither standing or kneeling. Seriously, why not?


I did make it to a “Flow and Restore” Yoga class this evening. I have been in the house on the computer most of the time for many days sitting way too much, until today. I had signed up for 2 classes that I canceled on Friday night and Saturday morning.  I was kind of having a Dark Night of the Soul for a few days, and didn’t feel like being around people if I didn’t have to. Almost went to one Sunday, but walked at the pond instead. Almost went last night, but I couldn’t get there in time. Now I feel much better from doing yoga and eating a healthy, spicy meal afterward. ( I went for Thai food, because that’s what my body wanted to feel better. I love Thai iced tea to balance out the heat in the food.)

I actually want to do some more yoga before bed, which is the point of taking classes, to get back into a regular, daily practice. When you stop doing yoga for a long time, then start again, it is not so easy to get back to where you were. Your body protests, and as you breathe into that discomfort, you start to learn about your habits and your what your body wants and needs. To my surprise, I have come to understand it is the long hours at the computer that impacts me the most, not the bodywork on multiple massage clients. It’s all about finding the balance. Balance, that is something I also need to work on more. Sounds like a plan.

(p.s.) Remember, Yoga is for EVERY body. Some clients have told me that they can’t do yoga because “I’ve never been very flexible.” –which is exactly why they need it! The beauty of it is that you are challenging yourself, it is not a competition. Who wouldn’t want to feel better, sleep better, and cultivate better habits?

(p.p.s.) The other benefit of yoga is that is calms one down and helps one gain perspective, because the focus is not out there, it is inside one’s heart.

Psychedelic Medicine Is The Topic For Discussion By Marco Torres, Prevent Disease | Spirit of Change

Psychedelic Medicine Is The Topic For Discussion | Spirit of Change

There is a growing body of evidence that some psychedelic drugs can be used to treat a variety of conditions. The potential, the people and the politics are all up for discussion.

Many researchers have been interested in the idea that psychedelics facilitate communication across the brain and, more specifically, how the default-mode network in the brain, arguably science’s best biological correlate of the self, normally works to constrain this.

Psychedelics” are substances with the ability to expand human awareness beyond our normal modes of perception. Some may be the most amazing substances known to humanity, so potent that just 1/10,000th of a gram can send one on a journey beyond time and space, beyond life and death.

Psychedelic Treatments

Carhart-Harris performed the UK’s first clinical trial of psilocybin — the active ingredient in magic mushrooms — for treatment-resistant depression. It was a small trial with no control group, but the results gave cause for optimism, with 5 of the 12 participants no longer clinically depressed three months after the treatment.

In other psilocybin research, one dose was found to help people with life-threatening cancer face death. Ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic concoction drunk for centuries as part of religious rituals in South America, has also been found to improve hard-to-treat depression. It contains the psychedelic compound dimethyltryptamine (DMT).

The vine is usually mixed with leaves containing the psychedelic compound DMT (diemethyltryptamine). It causes hallucinogenic experiences, and is made up of a chemical compound that already occurs within the human body endogenously (as well as in a number of plants). This means our brains are naturally set up to process the compound because it has receptors that exist specifically to do so.

While research into psychedelics is still thin on the ground, a meta-analysis of six studies carried out between 1966 and 1970 concluded that LSD was as effective as the standard treatment for alcoholism.

The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease published results from the first study of LSD’s therapeutic potential in humans to appear in more than four decades. The controlled, double-blind study, which was conducted in Switzerland under the direction of Swiss psychiatrist Peter Gasser, measured the impact of LSD-assisted psychotherapy on 12 people with life-threatening diseases (mainly terminal cancer). “The study was a success in the sense that we did not have any noteworthy adverse effects,” Gasser says. “All participants reported a personal benefit from the treatment, and the effects were stable over time.”

LSD reduces connectivity within brain networks, or the extent to which nerve cells or neurons within a network fire in synchrony. LSD also seems to reduce the extent to which separate brain networks remain distinct in their patterns or synchronization of firing. Overall, LSD interferes with the patterns of activation in the different brain networks that underlie human thought and behavior.

And Ibogaine — derived from the iboga plant — has been used to treat heroin addiction. MDMA, or ecstasy, was found to help people who have experienced trauma.

Psychedelic drugs are not physiologically addictive and they are not necessarily that pleasurable either. “People often say, as our patients did, that this isn’t a moreish drug. It’s certainly not a hedonic drug,” says Carhart-Harris. “Some even challenge whether it’s a drug of recreation; maybe it’s a drug of exploration.” People taking such substances can have intense and disturbing experiences — aka a bad trip.

Mind And Brain

There are a wealth of ideas about what goes on in the mind after someone takes a psychedelic substance. One is that the ego — your sense of yourself as a separate entity — dissolves, as the brain’s “default mode network” goes offline, and brain areas that do not normally communicate with each other start working together.

Such drugs may also make our minds more malleable and open to new ways of thinking about the world and ourselves, which could help to break the negative patterns often associated with depression. Psilocybin may even offer a window into the consciousness of babies.

Brain scanning technology has allowed objective neuroscience to start catching up with the subjective experiences brought on by psychedelics. Scans have helped us discover that people who under the influence of psychedelic drugs show more diversity in their patterns of brain activity than people who had not taken the drug.

Recent work may have found out how LSD creates its long-lasting trippy effect. And brain scans of frequent ayahuasca users suggest that the visions it induces appear to be as real as anything the eyes actually see. Yet a psilocybin trip may be similar to a dream — they look similar in an fMRI brain scanner.

The People

Many creators of psychedelic drugs famously tested their products on themselves first. Alexander Shulgin, considered the world’s foremost “psychonaut” is among those featured in our gallery of self-experimenters.

Some people hope to derive benefits from psychedelics without the tripping, by taking a low dose daily. Proponents say it improves their work-life and mood. Janet Lai Chang, a digital marketer in San Francisco, who took microdoses of LSD with her breakfast to help her deal with social anxiety. And one of our journalists took part in a trial of MDMA, which included getting his brain scanned after taking the drug. It was quite an eye-opener.

The Politics

In 2009, David Nutt was dismissed as chairman of the UK government’s Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs. A week after his dismissal he wrote an editorial for New Scientist, urging the UK government to “take careful note of the evidence and develop a rational drug policy.” He lamented that “Some politicians find it easier to ignore the evidence, and pander to public prejudice instead.” Nutt’s editorial provoked a big reaction from our readers.

In the UK today, the many obstacles to psychedelics research prevent scientists from uncovering medical benefits that could destabilise the UK government’s tough stance on drugs, according to Ian Dunt, editor of Politics.co.uk.

While psychedelic medicine is experiencing a nascent renaissance, particularly in the US, the ascension of US President Donald Trump has sparked worries of a renewed so-called “war on drugs.”

Despite this, the renewed interest in psychedelics science, and the necessarily painstaking nature of today’s researchers, make it unlikely that this genie will be squashed back into its lamp any time soon.

This article was republished from Prevent Disease.

See also:
Magic Mushrooms Finally Being Accepted As Viable Treatment For Depression
A History of Medicinal Mushrooms

In Victory for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Court Finds That Approval of Dakota Access Pipeline Violated the Law

Victory: Ruling: Trump administration shortcut environmental review; Court seeks additional briefing on whether to shut down pipeline
Flags fly at the Oceti Sakowin Camp in 2016, near Cannonball, North Dakota.

Flags fly at the Oceti Sakowin Camp in 2016, near Cannonball, North Dakota.

Lucas Zhao / CC BY-NC 2.0
June 14, 2017
Washington, D.C. —

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe won a significant victory today in its fight to protect the Tribe’s drinking water and ancestral lands from the Dakota Access pipeline.

A federal judge ruled that the federal permits authorizing the pipeline to cross the Missouri River just upstream of the Standing Rock reservation, which were hastily issued by the Trump administration just days after the inauguration, violated the law in certain critical respects.

In a 91-page decision, Judge James Boasberg wrote, “the Court agrees that [the Corps] did not adequately consider the impacts of an oil spill on fishing rights, hunting rights, or environmental justice, or the degree to which the pipeline’s effects are likely to be highly controversial.” The Court did not determine whether pipeline operations should be shut off and has requested additional briefing on the subject and a status conference next week.

“This is a major victory for the Tribe and we commend the courts for upholding the law and doing the right thing,” said Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II in a recent statement. “The previous administration painstakingly considered the impacts of this pipeline, and President Trump hastily dismissed these careful environmental considerations in favor of political and personal interests. We applaud the courts for protecting our laws and regulations from undue political influence and will ask the Court to shut down pipeline operations immediately.”

The Tribe’s inspiring and courageous fight has attracted international attention and drawn the support of hundreds of tribes around the nation.

The Tribe is represented by the nonprofit environmental law firm Earthjustice, which filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for issuing a permit for the pipeline construction in violation of several environmental laws.

“This decision marks an important turning point. Until now, the rights of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe have been disregarded by the builders of the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Trump administration—prompting a well-deserved global outcry,” said Earthjustice attorney Jan Hasselman. “The federal courts have stepped in where our political systems have failed to protect the rights of Native communities.”

The Court ruled against the Tribe on several other issues, finding that the reversal allowing the pipeline complied with the law in some respects.

The $3.8 billion pipeline project, also known as Bakken Oil Pipeline, extends 1,168 miles across North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois, crossing through communities, farms, tribal land, sensitive natural areas and wildlife habitat. The pipeline would carry up to 570,000 barrels a day of crude oil from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to Illinois where it links with another pipeline that will transport the oil to terminals and refineries along the Gulf of Mexico.

Read the decision.

For more background on this case, read the FAQ on this litigation.

The Energetics of Food: How the Food You Eat Affects Your Mental and Emotional Health| Wake Up World


The Energetics of Food: How the Food You Eat Affects Your Mental and Emotional Health

By Justin Faerman  Guest writer for Wake Up World

 

When considering the health benefits of the foods we eat in the West, we tend to think of them in terms of their nutritional value—the vitamins, minerals, fats, proteins and carbohydrates, but in other parts of the world, primarily China, India and the surrounding areas, the health benefits of food are categorized more by their energetic effects on the body and mind. It’s a simple but important distinction, yet these two viewpoints are not necessarily at odds with each other. In fact scientific studies into the nutritional value of foods often confirm ancient views of their energetic effects on the body.

 

For example, in Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine (one of the oldest on the planet dating back over nearly 7,000 years), ghee, which is clarified butter, is believed to be calming and relaxing in its energetic effects. Western nutritional analysis of ghee reveals it is one of the most concentrated sources of beneficial saturated fat known to man. Saturated fat, it has been shown, is an essential component of the myelin sheathing that coats nerve endings. If this myelin sheathing is thin or of low quality (due to consuming refined, low quality foods and fats, or having a deficiency of saturated fat in your diet), it causes over-stimulation of nerve endings, which has been shown to cause anxiety and agitation. Consequently, when we have abundant sources of high quality saturated fats like ghee or coconut oil in our diet, this myelin sheathing is strengthened and we are calmer as a result.

 

The point of and benefit to understanding food energetics is to develop a more holistic perspective on our own health.  There is a danger in focusing solely on nutritional properties of food when considering its effects on our health, and that has to do with ignoring the energetic properties of food.  For example, in the West, fruits are considered to be extraordinarily healthy pending they are fresh, grown organically, are non-GMO and produced without the use of chemicals and pesticides.  They have many great nutritional qualities like being high in fiber, rich in water, minerals, and B-vitamins, and are also full of antioxidants and many substances that have been show to fight cancer, improve mood and energy, and generally support overall health and wellness.  Sounds like a great idea to eat them all the time, right? Well, not so much when you understand food energetics. Here’s why: in Traditional Chinese Medicine, for example, sweet, cold, raw foods like fruits are known to create dampness in the body and contain some degree of mold, which isn’t a problem when eaten in moderation.  However, when eating too much fruit, it can become an issue.  Dampness is just what it sounds like: swampy, musty, cold, wet… what you would experience on a foggy day just after a rain.

Overeating fruits causes dampness to form in the intestines, and dampness in the intestines eventually causes chronic diseases to form like candida, a fungal infection that thrives in damp, moldy environments and can be hard to get rid of.  Candida causes a number of unpleasant symptoms from rashes to brain fog, to chronic fatigue, allergies to food, lethargy and more.

 

As you can see, when considering the Western nutritional value of a food, fruits seem awesome! By that logic, you can’t go wrong eating fruit all day. However, when we integrate the energetic perspective on fruit, it becomes clear that you don’t want to overdo it.  When we view food in terms of its energetic properties, we begin to understand a key principle in creating radiant, lifelong health, which is balance. So long as a food is natural, unprocessed, non-GMO, fresh and grown without chemicals it is inherently healthy in terms of its energetics—so long as it is eaten in moderation and in balance in relation to the energetics of the rest of the foods in your diet as well as your personal constitution, which we’ll get into shortly.  What is important when considering food energetics is that you maintain balance across the different types of food energies that can be present in your diet.

 

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, for example, there are many different ways we can categorize the energetics of a particular food, a few of which are as follows:

 

Yin-Yang Spectrum

Yin foods are cold, wet, sweeter, contain more water and less protein.  Common yin foods are fruits, beans, milk products like unsalted butter, ice cream, fresh cream, vegetables that grow above ground and/or that tend to be sweeter or more watery, many nuts and seeds, and blatantly sugar-rich products like honey and other sweeteners. Processed foods tend to be very yin as well, but in a detrimental, unbalancing way.  Essentially the more sweet, watery, cold, light and airy a food is, the more yin it is.

 

Yin foods tend to be calming, expansive and cooling in their effects on the body.

 

Yang foods are basically the opposite of yin foods.  Yang foods are warm, salty, dry and dense, and include most meats, most whole grains, root vegetables, salted butter, hard and/or salty cheeses or milk products, many spices, sauces and broths, and seaweeds.  Cooking or heating food makes it more yang in its effects.  Essentially the more salty, dense, spicy and warm a food is, the more Yang it is.

 

Yang foods tend to be stimulating/energizing, contractive and warming in their effects on the body.

Here’s a simple graphic from model4greenliving.com that illustrates this principle:

 

Taste and Flavor

 

Each food also has a specific taste or flavor which produces different energetic effects on the mind and body as well.

 

Sour: Sour foods affect, stimulate, and balance the liver and gallbladder. They produce yin effects on the body and mind. Sour-tasting foods can be moistening or drying depending on other energetic factors in the body. They help with digestion and can be calming, as well as astringent and contractive. Sour foods can also help the body process fatty foods.

 

Examples are: vinegar and acidic fruit, such as tomato, orange, and kiwi.

 

Bitter: Bitter foods affect, stimulate and balances the heart and small intestine, producing yin effects on the body and mind. Bitter foods help fight dampness in the body and are often used to treat things like yeast infections, parasites, skin problems and other conditions that arise from dampness. They are drying and contractive and tend to stimulate digestion and detoxification.

 

Examples are: dark leafy greens, herbs.

 

Sweet: These foods affect, stimulate, and balance the the spleen/pancreas and stomach, producing yin effects in the body and mind. Sweet foods are moistening and calming and will slow an overactive heart and mind, though they can cause lethargy and brain fog if eaten to excess.

Examples are: rice, wheat, sugar, and root vegetables.

Spicy (Pungent): Spicy foods affect, stimulate, and balance the the lungs and large intestine. They produce yang effects in the body and mind. Their qualities are stimulating and activating, sometimes causing sweating and detoxification. While they promote circulation and clears stagnation, they can be overstimulating when eaten in excess. Spicy foods are also warming in the body, which helps relieve dampness and improve digestion.

Examples are: onion, ginger, garlic, and peppers.

Salty: Salty foods affect, stimulate, and balance the the kidneys and bladder. They generally produce yang effects in the body and mind although if you are dehydrated, can also produce some yin effects as well. These foods are drying and energizing while simultaneously being calming. They serve to replenish deficiency of minerals and electrolytes and also stimulate appetite and digestion. They have rebuilding qualities and strengthen the kidneys.

Examples are: salt, olives, some meats.

Balancing Yin and Yang: As you can see, each food has yin or yang effects as well as a flavor that confers additional effects in the body and mind. Eating too much of any one type, taste or category (yin/yang) of food can cause an imbalance in your health and energetics. In Chinese culture, for example, where much of this knowledge originated, in most dishes and recipes they strive to include all five flavors and foods that are both yin and yang. This way, the body naturally stays in balance on an energetic level throughout the day and health is maintained effortlessly.

 

Your Personal Constitution and Food Energetics

 

Although understanding basic food energetics is fundamental for creating radiant, lifelong health, the rabbit hole goes quite a bit deeper than that when it comes to food energetics. In addition to each food having its own unique energetic properties and constitution, your body does as well. In Ayurveda, this is called your doshic makeup (or prikriti/vrikriti) and in Chinese Medicine each person is believed to have an elemental type: water, wood, metal, earth and fire. For the sake of simplicity, we’ll focus in on the Ayurvedic doshas here, although do know that there is quite a bit of overlap between these two systems.

 

Ayurvedic Doshas

Vata: Vata types tend to be skinny, sometimes tall as well.  They have quick minds and fast metabolisms and tend to embody the elements of air and ether.  Vata types need a lot of oils in their diet, which are grounding and calming and help to balance out their racing heart and mind tendencies.  An overly light diet of salads and fruits can make Vata types overly anxious or agitated, which they have a tendency to become anyway. Protein can also be important for Vata types to maintain their high nutrient needs due to their active metabolisms. Vata types shouldn’t skip meals—except during short fasts—as this tends to add more ‘air’ (the lack of food creates more space or air) energetically, which causes them to become ungrounded.

 

Pitta: Pitta types tend to be of a medium build and have a lot of fiery energy. They tend to have sharp minds and be confident, energetic and assertive. The skinnier a Pitta type is, the more fiery they will be and the bigger/heavier their build, the more watery/earthy they will be on an energetic level, meaning more grounded, paced and methodical.  Pitta types do well on a balanced diet with a slight preference toward yin foods, which cool and balance out their fiery nature. Generally avoiding spicy/pungent/hot foods keeps them in balance.  Protein can be important for Pitta types to fuel their burning ‘fire’. Heavier Pitta builds may want to incorporate elements of the Kapha diet to keep them in balance as well.

Kapha: Kapha types tend to be of a heavier build and have a slower, more methodical and balanced demeanor and body/mind.  Not to be confused with being dumber, Kapha types are equally as intelligent as Pitta and Vata, however, the their thinking tends to be more paced and intentional.  Kapha types embody the heavier water and earth elements.  They move slower, have slower digestion and metabolism, and bigger bodies.  As such, they do much better with spicy/pungent/hot foods, which stimulate their often-sluggish digestion. They should avoid too much fruit or sweet foods, which can aggravate the already heavier, damper water/earth elements they embody and cause lethargy.  A balanced diet with a focus on more yang foods, vegetables and grains can be beneficial for Kapha types.

It is also important to note that no one embodies only one dosha.  Everyone has a dominant doshic type and a subdominant type.  In rarer cases someone might have a perfect balance between two doshas and in even rarer cases be perfectly tridoshic.  We all have elements of all three doshas in our constitution, however, as a general rule of thumb, whichever dosha or doshas are most strongly dominant will determine what our bodies most need on an energetic level.

 

Eating for Your Constitutional Type

 

Depending on your doshic makeup, you will want to adjust your diet accordingly. For example, Pitta types should place a slightly greater emphasis on yin foods generally speaking as the cooling effect they have on the body will balance out their fiery nature.  Vata types need to strive for balance between yin and yang foods and Kapha types generally do better with slightly more yang foods in their diet.

 

Energetic needs also change greatly with the seasons and climates.  In the summer, the body will naturally crave more yin, cooling, sweet foods to help dissipate the heat in the environment and keep the body in balance, no matter what your doshic makeup.  In the winter, on the other hand, yang, warm foods will generally be craved to balance out the colder temperatures.  In warm, tropical climates, there grows an abundance of fruit (yin) because that is what the body does best on, and in colder climates, there tends to be mainly root vegetables and meat (yang), which is what the body needs to thrive there.

 

As you learn the energetic properties of the foods you eat and begin to tune into that level of awareness in your body, you will begin to sense when you are getting out of balance and need to eat certain foods to bring yourself back into homeostasis.  For example, have you ever noticed that after eating really salty foods that you crave something sweet or vice versa? This is your body seeking to maintain energetic balance within your system.  In fact, we are always getting signals like this, but it requires us to develop a more intimate connection with our bodies to tune into the oftentimes subtle intuitions and signals they are sending telling us exactly what we need to thrive and what we should be eating next to stay in balance and good health.  If you start to pay attention to these signals regularly, over time it becomes quite easy to maintain energetic balance within your body and mind, which always leads to greater health, happiness, harmony and flow.

 

Here’s an exercise to get you started on the journey of becoming more aware of the connection between your body, mind and the energetics of the food you eat, and what you need to eat to harmonize all three:

Exercise: Sensing the Energetics of Food

 

Typically when we eat a meal, we eat multiple foods and ingredients at once. This is not necessarily a problem, but when learning to sense the energetics of food and how they affect your body, it can make it difficult to discern what’s what—that is, which ingredient is having which effect on your state of mind and health.

 

To begin developing or refining your energetic sensitivity, try the following:

About 20-30 minutes before eating your next meal, take just one ingredient you are planning on using and eat it by itself. For example, have a piece of fruit, a handful of almonds, a few bites of whatever vegetable you are making, or dip your fingertip in a spice you plan on using and taste it. Within about 5-15 minutes, you should notice a shift in your body, mind and energetics after eating just this single food by itself. Sometimes it happens instantly, sometimes it takes a bit longer.  The point is, you want to begin eating foods by themselves without the contaminating effects of anything else for a little while before and after eating it.

 

Doing this allows you to get a clear read on how that one food is affecting you on a mental, emotional, physical and energetic level. Does the food make you feel energized or calm? Does it warm you up or cool you down? How do you feel after you eat it? Better or worse or neutral? All of this is energetic data about how this food affects your constitution and health.  Obviously, whatever makes you feel good and/or brings you back into balance if you are feeling over- or under-stimulated is ideal.

 

Also notice how you feel after you eat your meal.  Are you craving something sweet afterwards? Your meal may have been overly salty and yang, and your body is now craving something sweet and yin to balance it out.  Or vice versa.  Many people eat very sweet breakfasts in the West and then you might find yourself craving a salty, yang snack shortly thereafter.

 

Your body is constantly giving you data about what you are eating and that data comes in the form of food cravings, intuitions, feelings, sensations, states of mind, and other subtle or overt ways your body shifts in relation to what you are eating. By paying attention to these signals and using the food energetics guidelines outlined in this article, you can get a quick sense of how something is affecting you energetically and what you need to shift to maintain balance—because at the end of the day, balance equals health.

References:

  1. Taste and Action of Chinese Herbs – Traditional and Modern Viewpoints – http://www.itmonline.org/articles/taste_action/taste_action_herbs.htm
  2. The Three Doshas in Ayurveda – http://www.bluelotusayurveda.com/resources/the-three-doshas-in-ayurveda-vata-pitta-and-kapha/
  3. Ni Maoshing (trans). The Yellow Emperor’s Classic Of Medicine. Shambhala. Boston. 1995.
  4. Ni Maoshing and McNease Cathy. The Tao of Nutrition. Seven Star Communications. California. 1987.
  5. Frawley D. Ayurvedic Healing, A Comprehensive Guide. Lotus Press; 2000.

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Justin Faerman is a visionary change-agent, international speaker, serial entrepreneur and consciousness researcher dedicated to evolving global consciousness, bridging science and spirituality and spreading enlightened ideas on both an individual and societal level. He is the co-founder of Conscious Lifestyle Magazine and the Flow Consciousness Institute and a sought after teacher, known for his pioneering work in the area of flow and the mechanics of consciousness. He is largely focused on applied spirituality, which is translating abstract spiritual concepts and ideas into practical, actionable techniques for creating a deeply fulfilling, prosperous life.

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