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Stopping Zoonotic Diseases: The Vegan Lifestyle Matters, Part 1 of 2

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Stopping Zoonotic Diseases: The Vegan Lifestyle Matters, Part 1 of 2

This two-part series focuses on certain epidemics and pandemics from the past two decades that have killed many, such as severe acute respiratory syndrome(SARS), Ebola, swine flu, avian flu, and coronavirus and their roots in meat consumption or animal livestock raising, or both. We also cover how a plant-based diet is the best way to minimize zoonotic diseases or infectious diseases caused by the transmission of germs between animals and humans. “Scientists estimate that more than 6 out of every 10 known infectious diseases in people can be spread from animals, and 3 out of every 4 new or emerging infectious diseases in people come from animals.” This is known as zoonotic disease transmission. The CDC defines an epidemic as the number of cases of a transmittable disease arising suddenly above the expected level in a given population within a short period of time. A pandemic is “an epidemic that has spread over several countries or continents, usually affecting a large number of people.” It turns out that Mother Nature has already warned humanity about the meat-eating habit. The simple solution of adopting a vegan lifestyle to prevent zoonotic epidemics has been known for a long time. However, this obvious answer has been ignored….
Healthy Living
2020-04-18   1031 Views
Healthy Living
2020-04-18

Aerobic Dance – A Fun Way to Get in Shape, Part 1 of 2

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Aerobic Dance – A Fun Way to Get in Shape, Part 1 of 2

Aerobic dancing is a great way to have fun, speed up your blood circulation, and keep your body in good physical condition. Multiple studies have proven that doing aerobic exercises regularly may help to regulate weight, improve cardiovascular heath, lower blood pressure as well as sugar and cholesterol levels, boost the immune system, and reduce chronic pain. In addition to the physical benefits just mentioned, these exercises may also enhance brain power, boost your mood, and alleviate stress. Dancing has a number of advantages over other aerobic exercises and has become one of the most popular ways around our world to get healthy and stay fit. Once you have decided on the right exercise frequency, you will need to select your preferred dance genre. The main types of aerobic dance are Jazzercise, Zumba, ballroom dancing, belly dancing, and Masala Bhangra. Once you have selected the intensity and genre of your dance workout, you need to choose the way to do it - hiring a private instructor, joining a group course, or dance at home.
Healthy Living
2020-04-04   881 Views
Healthy Living
2020-04-04

Dr. Stephen Gorad (Vegan) on Quinoa - Supergrain of the Future, Part 1 of 3

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Dr. Stephen Gorad (Vegan) on Quinoa - Supergrain of the Future, Part 1 of 3

Dr. Gorad, a vegan, attended school in the USA, starting with the Bronx High School of Science and then studying at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He ultimately earned a Ph.D. from Boston University and became a clinical psychologist. He did not feel fulfilled by this career path and thus decided to pursue spiritual practice. As part of his spiritual journey, he traveled to the South American Andes and found out about quinoa. “So, the bottom line is that quinoa is a food, and not only is it a food, but it’s the type of food that could be a staple food. The main thing was that quinoa has more protein than an+H5y of the other grains. So quinoa has all of the essential amino acids. So, in that respect, they call it+G5 a complete protein. But more than that is the ratio of the quantities of each of those essential amino acids. Quinoa has that perfect balance. It’s a perfect food for everybody. Quinoa has no gluten. Quinoa has antioxidant effects on the body. It has anti-inflammatory effects in the body. And some research indicated that it’s actually protective against cancer.
Healthy Living
2020-03-14   538 Views
Healthy Living
2020-03-14

What You Eat Matters: Dr. Caroline Trapp (vegan) on Diabetes, Part 2 of 2

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What You Eat Matters: Dr. Caroline Trapp (vegan) on Diabetes, Part 2 of 2

Some are under the impression that once a person has acquired diabetes, he or she will need to take medication, or live with the condition, for the rest of their life. Dr. Trapp sheds light on this common misunderstanding. “Well, I no longer think that that’s true because I’ve seen people who just by making this significant diet change, have gotten healthier, and who don’t need medication, and who able to turn this disease around. In terms of diet, these are some of the reasons that I hear people or doctors say that their patients can’t do a plant-based diet. So, one is concerns about a lack of protein. No, it doesn’t happen. Another concern is that it’s too hard for most people. It’s doable. And I applaud all of you. We not only want to use less medication, but we want to use more plants. Exercise is really important, but, by itself, it often isn’t enough. Getting enough sleep is also really important. And of course, if you smoke cigarettes, that is the number one recommendation. Quitting smoking will go a long way to protecting the blood vessels that are at risk of damage from diabetes.”
Healthy Living
2020-03-07   437 Views
Healthy Living
2020-03-07

Dr. Stephen Gorad (Vegan) on Quinoa - Supergrain of the Future, Part 3 of 3

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Dr. Stephen Gorad (Vegan) on Quinoa - Supergrain of the Future, Part 3 of 3

This supergrain has many different colors and other distinguishing features. Dr. Gorad explains more. “There’s red, white, and black. There are actually several thousand different quinoas. So that’s something that concerns me, because when I started with quinoa, one of the things I talked about was the diversity of genetic material in quinoa.” As our world transitions to plant-based eating, those engaged in animal livestock raising will also change to compassionate livelihoods. “The spiritual meaning of respecting animals’ lives is one thing. The other thing is the kind of ecological disaster that raising animals is causing on the planet. Someone calculated the amount of energy it takes to produce a unit of protein. So the ratio for meat is 50 to one. For fish, it’s 10 to one. Chicken is four to one. Soy is two to one. You only need two units of energy to produce a unit of protein. Quinoa. Less than one and a half to one.(Wow.) It’s the most efficient plant for producing protein. Maybe it’s not so important now, but it’s going to be important in the future.”
Healthy Living
2020-03-28   395 Views
Healthy Living
2020-03-28

Stopping Zoonotic Diseases: The Vegan Lifestyle Matters, Part 2 of 2

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Stopping Zoonotic Diseases: The Vegan Lifestyle Matters, Part 2 of 2

Today, we will talk about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and provide some tips from experts to help lessen the risk of infection. Like other coronaviruses, SARS-CoV-2 jumped from animals to humans. Some scientists theorize the pathogen started in bats, jumped to pangolins, and then to humans. The data and research findings from previous zoonotic disease epidemic and pandemic events and the current situation with COVID-19, clearly demonstrate that emergency action is needed and governments worldwide should now immediately ban all animal livestock raising and the sale of meat whether from domestic or wild animals to not only to protect global public health and save lives but also to show kindness and respect to our animal friends. Currently, the best way to protect yourself from getting infected by the novel coronavirus is to avoid being exposed to it. Regular hand washing is strongly recommended to help prevent infection. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers (at least 60% concentration). To avoid crowds and large gatherings, skipping non-essential trips outside the home and avoiding close contact with others by foregoing greetings like handshakes and hugging. A surgical mask is designed to guard against splashes and droplets and also wall off the droplets from the wearer.
Healthy Living
2020-04-25   358 Views
Healthy Living
2020-04-25

Hydroponics for a Sustainable and Healthy Life

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Hydroponics for a Sustainable and Healthy Life

Hydroponics has gained popularity in recent years. Hydroponics may be defined as the science of growing plants without soil. A nutrient solution that contains all the essential elements needed for optimum growth and development is delivered directly to the plant. Hydroponics is not only a convenient and affordable method of farming but also contributes to a sustainable lifestyle. The growth rate of a hydroponic plant is 30-50% faster than a soil-based plant grown under the same conditions. Hydroponics can help address the issue of food shortages globally and bring fresh, healthful produce closer to densely-populated areas. With the advancement of technology, the footprint required for hydroponics is decreasing. Hydroponics allows people to grow plants year-round, regardless of unfavorable weather or environmental conditions such as poor soil. Hydroponic cultivation in urban and suburban spaces can be a bonding activity for family and friends, thus boosting people’s mental health.
Healthy Living
2020-05-02   317 Views
Healthy Living
2020-05-02

Dr. Stephen Gorad (Vegan) on Quinoa - Supergrain of the Future, Part 2 of 3

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Dr. Stephen Gorad (Vegan) on Quinoa - Supergrain of the Future, Part 2 of 3

He was so impressed with this crop that the felt a calling to make quinoa a food that can be enjoyed by people everywhere and has spent over four decades on this mission. “Because as the climate changes, agricultural practices are going to change also. And quinoa has several advantages. Quinoa is drought-resistant. It’s frost-resistant, and it’s salt-tolerant. I think quinoa is a miracle. It’s a miracle food in that it’s the mother grain.” Quinoa is called a superfood for its many beneficial nutritional properties. This supergrain is high in iron, an essential mineral that makes up hemoglobin that is found in oxygen-carrying red blood cells. Quinoa is also rich in riboflavin or vitamin B2 that aids with metabolism in brain and muscle cells. “You put quinoa in a glass of water. Four hours and it starts growing. So it’s like the quinoa grain is bursting with energy to grow. That’s the energy that we’re taking into our bodies when we’re eating quinoa.”
Healthy Living
2020-03-21   242 Views
Healthy Living
2020-03-21

Aerobic Dance – A Fun Way to Get in Shape, Part 2 of 2

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Aerobic Dance – A Fun Way to Get in Shape, Part 2 of 2

In this episode, we’ll talk about selecting appropriate workout gear and dance music as well as give some tips to help with forming an exercise habit. For aerobic dance,it's best to wear material that is stretchy, breathable, and moisture-wicking, such as lycra or spandex, or wear loose-fitting sweatpants and a t-shirt. Since aerobic dancing involves plenty of footwork such as twisting, sliding, jumping, and leaping for extended periods, wearing proper dance shoes is crucial. Combining aerobic dance workouts with a healthy vegan diet will further improve your fitness. A plant-based diet is usually high in carbohydrates, which is the major energy source for aerobic exercises. Music is an integral part of aerobic dancing, and for those exercising at home, choosing tracks based on enjoyment and rhythm help you build momentum to keep you going. Aerobic dancing is a great exercise that everyone can benefit from and enjoy.
Healthy Living
2020-04-11   203 Views
Healthy Living
2020-04-11

Healing through Playing with Art: Art Therapist Joan Stanford (vegan), Part 1 of 3

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Healing through Playing with Art: Art Therapist Joan Stanford (vegan), Part 1 of 3

According to the British Association of Art Therapists, art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of expression and communication. Art is not used as a diagnostic tool but as a medium to address emotional issues, which may be confusing and distressing. We are honored to feature and interview with Joan Stanford, a vegan board-certified art therapist, who will graciously introduce us to the practical uses and positive effects of art therapy. “The directive that I was taught in my training was to hold it in your hands as though it was your heart or you. Something, so you’re very gentle with it. Like you spent five minutes just holding clay in your hands and manipulating it in some fashion. How did that make you feel? And often, people cry because it’s a tactile medium, so it’s a very early stage in our development, pre-verbal and all of that, and it just opens up things.” “A dramatic example I remember was with a young boy that had night terrors. He had a really horrific thing happen in his life. And I asked him to, on this piece of paper, put something symbolic of the fear, so he put… and then I said, ‘Well, now fold that up, hide it.’ So, he folded it up… but over the next few weeks, he stopped having the night terrors.”
Healthy Living
2020-05-16   169 Views
Healthy Living
2020-05-16

Healing through Playing with Art: Art Therapist Joan Stanford (vegan), Part 2 of 3

00:16:23

Healing through Playing with Art: Art Therapist Joan Stanford (vegan), Part 2 of 3

Today, we will continue to introduce her (Joan) publication and explore other beneficial aspects of art therapy. “The book came out of wanting to let other busy people know that this is something they could do and add to any spiritual practice they have or anything really. So it’s letting people re-own that they have this creative spirit and re-own that child that desperately wants to play and enjoy life, rather than kind of see it as a drudgery.” “Because it opened up such a world for me and changed my attitude towards my own life, I wanted to invite other people, other busy people that would never consider playing with art materials, playing period, really. So that’s why I came up with the idea of offering playshops. I want to keep it light, but it’s always therapeutic when you do something and have fun.” “Imagery is evocative. So, if you ask someone to do something with imagery, it’s pulling from that inner self and to me that’s how it connects to being more aware of your own projections, prejudices, and misconceptions. It clarifies how you see the world. You get more in touch with it. Everybody that has any kind of sense of spirituality, you understand the mind, body and all of that, but it really makes it real; it really makes it real.”
Healthy Living
2020-05-23   110 Views
Healthy Living
2020-05-23

Healing through Playing with Art: Art Therapist Joan Stanford (vegan), Part 3 of 3

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Healing through Playing with Art: Art Therapist Joan Stanford (vegan), Part 3 of 3

Today, Joan will continue to elaborate on how this treatment modality assists individuals to achieve better lives and how creativity is associated with our physical wellness. “Whenever people talk about wellness, they talk about diet, nutrition, exercise, meditation, and relaxation, but very rarely do they talk about creativity as being an essential pillar and I think it really is because when we tap into our creativity, it's so enlivening enlightening; it’s energizing.” The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Joan teaches a class called “Artful Nutrition” and explains how the creative process she teaches in this course can help remove negative thoughts. “My part in that is to get to the underlying saboteur that tends to get in the way of your good intentions. So I've usually had them make some representation of that voice inside them that says, ‘Oh, you'll never do it, or you're not worthy of being healthy, or you're too this, or you're too that,’ that very nasty, nagging voice that stops our good intentions. Again, it's a very emotional process for a lot of people because it's a message they heard from someone else usually that they're not good enough or whatever and I'll have them make some representation of that voice or that critic, that I call the inner saboteur, because to me it's the underminer and it stops you from doing what you say you want to do.” In terms of nourishment, a vegan diet is recommended by doctors and been proven in numerous scientific studies to be the most healthy and energizing lifestyle choice. By not consuming animals, our mental wellness is also uplifted as our conscience is clear. Joan and her husband Jeff are both vegan, and she now shares with us why they chose plant-based eating as well as how it benefits them. “We did a lot of radio interviews, and we both said it was like we essentially see it as eliminating a huge conflict. And I think whenever you can eliminate conflict in yourself, inner conflict, two voices, you're more at peace and when you're more at peace, you're healthier, and you're happier.”
Healthy Living
2020-05-30   101 Views
Healthy Living
2020-05-30
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