Happy Dirt is Nature’s Prozac

Recently we wrote about the human proclivity to kill everything. We called the cause of this behavior, “biophobia” or a fear of life. We stomp on bugs, sometimes just because we can. We hunt giant mammals and shoot them for sport. We kill other humans for a variety of reasons. And everywhere, we try to eliminate every bacteria or virus we possibly can in the mistaken belief that it will keep us safe and healthy. The unvarnished truth is that the more we kill, the less healthy we become. And that goes for killing bacteria and viruses.

One common bacteria in particular (and logic would deem others) improves our mood, increases our ability to learn and boosts our immune system.…

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Blinded by the Light

It took only a few seconds for me to realize it. I was lying in bed in the wee hours, staring at late night movies on TV. Most everyone in the music business in Los Angeles in the ‘70s and ‘80s knows the stare, the insomnia trance. Light from the TV was piercing my brain, not helping at all. But then I tossed a glance at the TV’s reflection in the bedroom window and noticed my eyes relaxed right away. Back to the TV. My eyes squinted and ached. Back to the reflection in the glass. Ahhh, that’s better. The realization: It’s easier on the eyes to watch TV in a reflection rather than directly.

Alright, admittedly it’s one of…

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Biophobia: The Global Epidemic

Health officials, both in the United States and internationally, have rightfully noted that the irrational fear associated with the Ebola crisis in Africa is more dangerous than the disease itself. Fear causes people to do all sorts of crazy things. Fear makes people pick up guns and shoot other people. Fear makes people lock doors and keep lights on all night long, illuminating empty buildings and wasting resources. Fear makes people horde and steal and overlook reality. Fear makes people believe fear mongers. Fear loves hysteria and feeds on the suspension of rational thought. Fear makes us sick.

The term is self-explanatory, a portmanteau of two common word bits: bio-, meaning “life” and phobia, meaning “irrational fear.” We are afraid…

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Top Ten Reasons to Attend Omaha Health Expo

The eighth annual Omaha Health Expo takes place April 11 and 12 at the CenturyLink. It’s an important convocation because it’s the only assemblage of its kind in the region. With a focus on holistic approaches to wellness, the Omaha Health Expo stands alone in providing information and access to ways to get healthy and stay healthy outside the conventional drug, surgery and techno-pharmaceutical industry that has overwhelmed American healthcare.

Emphasizing holistic medicine and treatments, lifestyle change, exercise and nutrition awareness, the Expo brings about 200 such practitioners under one roof. And, once again, admission is free.

The two-day event will also include a benefit Walk for Alzheimer’s, Midwest Chapter on Saturday with registration at the CenturyLink at 9:30 (or…

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Corn: Nothing Green About It

A plague is upon us; pestilence abounds; a pox we planted ourselves. Forget locusts. Forget frogs. Forget bird flu, kudzu or African snails. The invasive species strangling, starving and drying up America came all the way from the St. Louis laboratories of Monsanto. It’s corn.

The Yellow Peril. Our country is being overrun by corn. It’s the killer crop of the 21st century. How? We got sold a bill of goods — several, it turns out.

It’s a shame because so many hard-working farmers are addicted to corn as a cash crop. But they are financially marginalized by a crop that keeps them on a razor-thin budget while filling the coffers of Big Agriculture. Who’s getting rich? It’s not most…

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Devil in the Detail

Do you suffer from “Fact Fatigue”? Are you confused and exhausted after turning on the television, opening up Google alerts or reading the newspaper (remember those?) under the constant barrage of factoids about the latest thing that makes you fat, keeps you skinny, heals your heart, hurts your heart, kills you, saves you, saves the planet, kills the planet and on and on? Are you tired of reading and hearing a new “fact” that scientists or researchers have figured out? Have you realized by now the Byzantine byproduct of scientific research is a mountain of questionable findings that are overwhelming, contradictory and of very little help in living a happy or healthy life?

Is sunshine a source of healthy vitamin…

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Wahls Diet for Multiple Sclerosis

There are 200 new cases of multiple sclerosis diagnosed in the United States each week. MS is usually classified as an autoimmune disease. But really, the jury is out on how or why people get MS. We do know that the myelin sheath surrounding nerve cells is affected as the malady progresses. That is but a symptom. Causes are harder for Western science to understand or find. The typical result of MS is a weakening of muscles that obviously leads to immobility. Since MS manifests as deterioration of the nerves, there is very little of the body’s functions that isn’t affected. As with so many diseases, Western medicine does not understand a cure. Doctors will tell you that nobody gets…

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