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A Meditation for Humanity

Below you’ll find a favorite meditation of mine that I like to read as I take a morning walk.  It was written around 700 A.D. by the Buddhist monk Shantideva.  He is the author of the text called Bodhisattva Way of Life.  This text is taught to develop altruism in one’s character and the spirit of awakening.  Enjoy! Bodhisattva Prayer for Humanity “May I be a guard for those who need protection A guide for those on the path A...

Please Help My Acne!

My teenage niece texts me this past weekend:  “I was wondering if we could talk about me going on birth control for my acne. Can you help me find what kind would be best for that?” My niece is in high school, and I’m now trying to read through the lines. Does she really just want help with her acne? Are contraceptive needs also being considered?  We chat on the phone and I let her know that there are many...

This is Da Balm!

My favorite lip balm is called Olio E Osso No. 1, made by hand in small batches in Portland, Oregon.  The product’s natural ingredients (organic olive oil, natural shea oil, natural beeswax, natural grapefruit essential oil – that’s it!) give one confidence in what we are putting on our skin.  The dreamy aroma takes one to another world, instantly.  It’s cute and fun to put on.  Try it, you’ll like it!  $28 for .35 oz. Available at:  https://www.olioeosso.com “For beautiful...

Machu Picchu & Beyond

Often on many peoples’ travel bucket list, Machu Picchu is indeed a mysterious, interesting, and exciting adventure.  Located high in the Andes Mountains in Peru, this 15th century Incan Citadel invites visitors to wander through its stone walls and climb its steep stone terraces.   Machu Picchu is said to be the most significant legacy of the Incan civilization (used for religious and other ceremonies, astronomy and agriculture).  The city is divided into a lower and upper part which separates farming...

The Art of Hormone Balancing

Hormones out of whack?  Not sleeping well?  Losing hair? Gaining weight? Losing your desire?  Experiencing hot flashes? Often the root cause of these problems is a result of the inevitable depletion and shifting of hormones within the body.  During this process, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, pregnenolone, and thyroid levels may fall, resulting in sometimes a chaotic emergency within the body.  Some people may resign themselves to accepting this as a normal and irreversible change of aging.  Some instead decide to...

Gluten-Free Blueberry Pie

Looking for a fresh fruit pie you can make yourself?  How about this gluten-free, vegetarian Blueberry Pie recipe?  It’s been a hit with my family, and hopefully with yours too! Can be made a day in advance (the dough, dairy, and blueberry filling) and put in refrigerator to be put all together the next day. “STRESSED spelled backward is DESSERTS!”  Anonymous Crust Ingredients: (Yields one 9-1/2″ tart) 1/2 c. (2 oz.) chopped walnuts, toasted 12 T. (6 oz.) butter, slightly softened...

Hair Color to Dye For

If you are not quite ready to go “au naturel” and go grey, and prefer to minimize the chemicals you add to your body, consider this hair color: Naturcolor (hair color with plant extracts) by Herbaceuticals Its ingredients include:  plant extracts, and no ammonia resourcinol or parabens. It was first recommended to me by my friend and acupuncturist after I asked her if she knew of a healthier hair color brand.  I find that it works great, is easy to...

Three Days in Mexico City

My wife, Dr. Zaid, and I recently had the opportunity to visit Mexico City in the spring.  Dr. Zaid was hired to speak to physicians at a bilingual medical conference on bio-identical hormone therapy.  Fortunately, her medical talks were spread over the week leaving us time to explore this beautiful and lively city! Mexico City is a very lively and sophisticated place full of history, culture, and world class cuisine.  For those seeking something different and don’t mind a bustling...

Does HCG Hormone Work for Weight Loss?

Have you heard of weight loss with HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin)?  HCG is the human pregnancy hormone, found to help with weight loss in the 1950s by a British doctor in Rome, Dr. A. T. W. Simeons.  It was originally only available as HCG injections, but now there are HCG homeopathic drops that also work. Dr. Simeons was an endocrinologist who was aware of Frohlich’s syndrome, where teenage boys have too much fat on their hips and thighs.  HCG was...

Ugly but Good Cookie Parfait

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.”  Hippocrates, 460 BC Here’s an easy breakfast / brunch / dessert parfait that’s vegetarian, gluten-free, and dairy-free!  The components are :  yogurt, honey, fruit & Italian cookies. I made the cookies the night before, and put the parfaits together in the morning.  My husband says he enjoyed the breakfast change! I used the new plain almond yogurt by Kite Hill with live active cultures.  I found it to be  a...