Articles from: November 2012

Usher in the New Era With “Four Agreements” Author Don Miguel Ruiz


Bestselling author don Miguel Ruiz, best known for The Four Agreements, and his highly regarded family of Toltec teachers are offering are offering adventurous souls the opportunity to close out the Mayan calendar and usher in the new era in Teotihuacan, "the place where humans awake and become God."

Within the sacred site of Teotihuacan, on the outskirts of Mexico City, The Ruiz Family will host "Awakening The Giant" on Dec. 17-21, a sacred, powerful and intimate transformational experience that is equal parts spiritual learning experience, musical celebration, and mystical gateway.

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Loving It: Fast Food that’s Good Food

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Mike Roberts, once the president and CEO of McDonald’s, has co-founded Lyfe Kitchen, a restaurant chain that aims to serve healthy food on a fast-food scale. The acronym Lyfe stands for Love Your Food Everyday, and the food is made without butter, cream, white sugar, white flour, high-fructose corn syrup, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), trans fats or additives.

He foresees hundreds of the alternative bistros opening across the country, all serving locally sourced, sustainable gourmet meals with the efficiency and economy usually found in a fast-food chain. With free-range chicken; burgers from grass-fed, humanely raised cattle; roasted kabocha squash; beet and rice salad and Napa cabbage salad, costs are expected to be pricey at first, but decrease as more locations are added.

Eco-Gyms: Workouts Feed the Grid

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A new crop of environmentally conscious gyms and fitness centers are adopting practices to save energy by adding electricity-generating workout equipment and using other strategies to reduce environmental impact. It’s known as the green gym movement, which continues to grow and innovate.

The Los Angeles Times reports that members of AC4 Fitness, in Goleta, California, generate power and feed it back to the grid every time they step on a treadmill or elliptical. They also bring their own refillable bottles and have access to a hydration station that provides free water, filtered by reverse osmosis. Patrons can store their belongings in lockers made from recycled plastic. The Greenasium Fitness Studio, in Encinitas, California, sports floors covered with mats made from recycled tires and their dumbbells are used and refurbished. Stay tuned.

The Other Problem with Trans Fats

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To keep the holidays merry, rather than moody, check labels when stocking the pantry and avoid products containing trans fatty acids, which not only contribute to insulin resistance, inflammation and heart disease, but also exacerbate mood swings. After studying nearly 1,000 men and women of all ages and ethnic backgrounds, researchers at the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine found that consumption of dietary trans fatty acids (dTFAs) was significantly associated with greater aggression and irritability.

Good Foods to Keep the Brain Sharp

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New research reveals that diet may make a difference in reducing the risk of developing the most common form of dementia, known as Alzheimer’s disease. A study published by the American Academy of Neurology suggests that eating foods containing omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish, chicken, salad dressing and nuts, may be related to the lower blood levels of a protein called beta-amyloid associated with Alzheimer’s and memory problems.

EFT Relieves Veterans’ Post-Traumatic Stress


Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) uses tapping along acupuncture meridians to relieve stress so the body can resume the natural function of self-healing. Through the Veterans Stress Project (, the therapy is now being used and tested with veterans exhibiting post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms such as insomnia, anger, grief and hypervigilance.

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Antibiotics Overused for Sinus Infections

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A study by investigators at the Washington University School of Medicine, in St. Louis, concludes that antibiotics typically prescribed for sinus infections aren’t any more effective than inactive placebos. “Patients don’t get better faster or have fewer symptoms when they get antibiotics,” says Dr. Jay F. Piccirillo, a professor of otolaryngology and the study’s senior author. He adds, “Our results show that antibiotics aren’t necessary for a basic [acute] sinus infection—most people get better on their own.” The researchers do suggest treating symptoms such as pain, cough and congestion and carefully watching to see if further treatment is necessary.


More Americans are Eating Fresh

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It’s official: Americans are eating more fresh foods than they did five years ago. A recent survey of 800 U.S. adults by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation reports that more than 68 percent of respondents say they eat more whole grains, fruits and vegetables than they did in 2007. Farmers’ markets and stands have attracted 70 percent of the survey participants, although only 14 percent regularly shop at such venues. More good news: 64 percent of the respondents agree that it’s very important that produce be grown in an environmentally friendly way and also important that the fruits and veggies be organic.


A Balanced Approach to Energy Management

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With the holidays approaching, a personal energy management system is more important than ever. While freelance writer Debra Melani brings to our attention that exercise, not coffee or energy drinks is where one should look to gain access to one’s “power” source, it is good to expand our awareness about energy and understand that it first comes from within. While exercise induced vitality is a positive weapon against fatigue and stress, as with artificial drinks and supplements, too much can be harmful and possibly deadly. We live in an over stimulated and fast-paced society, looking for an extra edge. Boundaries are critical to energy balance. The lack of boundaries today is evident in the increasing obesity rate and addictions. Why not hit the pause button and look at what is out of balance in your life that is causing energy leaks. Energy should not be something we have to think about. Have you ever watched a cat? They rest, eat, and play. One minute they are curled up in a ball; the next minute they are running around, faster than you can catch them. Are they thinking, gosh…I need to figure out a way to have more energy? No, they are balance in its purist form.  

Staying Healthy Naturally Top Cold and Flu Fighters for Children

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With the onset of school, parents are stocking up on essentials, including at-home remedies to help keep kids healthy this winter. Natural Awakenings has compiled several leading experts’ best tips.

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Dr. James Balch, a leading natural health expert, urologist and pioneering author in healing nutrition, recommends menus rich in colored fruits and vegetables filled with carotenes. “These foods are potent antioxidants, help with immune function and are involved with the growth and repair of tissues,” he writes. For picky eaters, serve crispy carrot sticks, buttery sweet potatoes and juicy apples.

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