Hello you beautiful Essential Being,
It’s that time of the month again when I get to use links I’ve been saving up for you.
But first I just want to acknowledge the shocking events over the last 72 hours or so in Beirut, Baghdad and Paris and elsewhere that people don’t sleep easy, like West Papua. I don’t know about you, but such events just fill my heart with a deep sadness. I find it almost incomprehensible that people’s hearts can be so hardened towards the lives of others. And the first place I seem to go is to curiosity. I am genuinely curious about how someone’s heart does become so hardened. What makes them so vulnerable to a dogma of destruction?
You might recall that I wrote about this in my post Being Thankful for the Gifts of Tragic Experiences nearly a year ago just after the Sydney siege. My heart remains open but then I come from a place of relative neutrality. No one I know or love has ever been killed or seriously injured in such an event. And I can honestly say that I don’t know whether my attitude would stay the same or change if things were different. What I do know is that I love Paris – I was there only 2 months ago and the photo above was taken there – but I don’t feel any more sadness for Paris than I do for other places regularly devastated by senseless violence.
My prayers have been and continue to be for peace. For a love-filled world. For a world of compassion and understanding. I bring an image of a member of IS to mind and send them love. In the hope that their heart might soften and the suffering that causes them to act in the way they do might be eased. And so my first link today is to an article that came my way about Daesha (or IS as we know it). It is certainly eye-opening: What I discovered from interviewing imprisoned ISIS fighters.
And now on to links on the topics you have come to expect …
Look at this. I’m not surprised. Are you? Researchers Find That This Simple Daily Practice Can Control Pain Better Than A Placebo.
And here is a very brief article on how yoga and meditation can assist in recovery from drugs and alcohol: The Benefits of Yoga and Meditation to Prevent Relapse.
Part of my daily meditation practice is gratitude and you might even have attended my gratitude workshop a couple of weeks ago. There are now numerous studies that evidence the benefits of a regular gratitude practice. Here’s an article that summarises them: A Dose of Gratitude: How Being Thankful Can Keep You Healthy.
This press release combines diet and cancer. A recent study looked at the dietary habits of cancer survivors and found that they fell short of what was required to protect their health long-term. I find this particularly interesting as I have heard many survivors express how reluctant they are to make the wholesale changes necessary for a healthier life. Often they will say it’s too hard or they’ll miss out on enjoying food with family: Cancer Survivors Often Have Poor Diets, Which Can Affect their Long-Term Health.
Days after the World Health Organization classified red meat as a probable human carcinogen, new research has strengthened the link between red meat consumption and cancer: Eating Red Meat Twice Weekly May Up Cancer Risk Nearly 20%.
For years I used natural skin care and deodorants but I found they didn’t quite do the job. So I started to use commercial brands with gay abandon. What I didn’t realise was that my body was simply so toxic that nothing could mask my body odour. My body was working overtime trying to eliminate what I was putting into it. Since I began this clean-living and detoxifying regime I rarely use deodorant and if I do, it’s one of those salt crystals.
After reading this you might want to think about changing what you put on your body too: Chemicals in personal products may stimulate cancer more than thought.
And just by the by, I have also discovered just how easily things get absorbed by our skin. I was prescribed bio-identical progesterone by my doctor which I apply by rubbing a cream into the back of my hands. My levels rose incredibly quickly. So that’s something to think about next time you are rubbing a cream with parabens into your skin.
But while those creams might increase the risk of breast cancer, here are some foods that reduce it: The foods YOU can eat to prevent cancer.
And on an even more uplifting note, how exciting is this research? You may recall that in Being Linked in October, I told you about having read Bruce Lipton’s book Biology of Belief. In it he discusses that each cell in our body responds to energy. And what is sound, but energy? High-power sound waves used to blast cancer cells.
In this study, sugar was replaced in the diets of children with starches. I wouldn’t have thought it would make this much difference. And their calorie intake wasn’t reduced at all, just proving yet again that not all calories are equal: Cutting this from your child’s diet has incredible effects … why obesity is caused by sugar.
Here’s another article on the same study: Removing sugar from diet for just nine days can have ‘dramatic results,’ new study claims.
And more on the same theme: Sugar is definitely toxic.
My mother will be saying “I told you so!” In 1974 she managed to make me the most unpopular girl in primary school by successfully campaigning for the removal of lollies from the school tuckshop. She was way ahead of her time! I wasn’t so impressed then but now I can really appreciate what she did. Well done Mum!
Is your diet killing you or saving your life? Here are some other studies done that confirm the role of diet in maintaining our health: How a Better Diet Could Save Your Life.
If you want to go backwards in time, and eat what your ancestors ate, it turns out that we don’t need to go back all that far. People in the Victorian era actually had better diets than we do now: Forget Paleo – try the VICTORIAN diet! Eating onions, cabbage, beetroot and cherries meant 19th century people were healthier than we are today.
And here’s some recent research on the health benefits of beetroot, particularly in reducing inflammation: The Potential Benefits of Red Beetroot Supplementation in Health and Disease.
Then liquorice might even reduce weight gain and fat deposits: Dietary licorice root supplementation.
Doesn’t nature rock????
And now for something a little controversial. For years I have been reading about the miraculous benefits of coconut oil. But every time I look behind the claims made about it, I just can’t find any science. Sure there are studies on the individual components in coconut oil, but no specific studies on it as a whole. While I use a little coconut oil in my diet, and I mean a very little amount, but do slather it on my body as a moisturiser, I have been very wary of the hype surrounding it. Ian Gawler posted this blog some time ago. And now one of my other favourite plant-based advocates has done this to help us understand the pros and cons of coconut oil: What’s the latest verdict on the proclaimed health benefits of coconut oil? Turns out we should exercise care …
This is the best reason for giving up eating bacon: Forget cancer: the worst thing about bacon is that it used to be a pig.
Have you ever experienced a memory of something that happened to someone other than you? When I did the Hoffman Process I had the incredible experience of remembering something that happened to my mother when she was a child. When I raised it with her, she told me that she had never told me and was curious about how I knew about it. It was then that I realised that our DNA might contain much more than the instructions for our physiology. And in the last month I came across this article that suggests there just could be some truth to this theory: Science Is Proving Some Memories Are Passed Down From Our Ancestors.
So that’s it from me this week. I hope you have a week filled with love and joy and that you can find some time to send thoughts for peace out into the world. After all, the Buddha said that with our thoughts we make the world. And I truly believe that if enough us open our hearts, and bring the light within to shine forth on all darkness, we can create a world where we live in harmonious community, with each other and all other species.
What are you doing to take care of yourself in amongst all this? Or is there a particular link here you found interesting? Let me know in the comments below or on Facebook.
May all beings be happy. May all beings be well.
And so be it.