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Can Paleo Diet Cure Overweight and Obesity?

“The great accomplishments of modern humans -our ability to create an abundant food supply and our increasing release from manual labor- is, to a great degree, working against our genetic design. Although we cannot go back in time, we must, in a certain sense, re-create the eating patterns of our ancestors if we are to restore our health and survive as a species. That means eating far more whole, unprocessed plant foods and limiting the quantities of animal foods, especially those rich in saturated fat. At the same time, we must increase our physical activity. To our ancestors, daily life was an enormous physical struggle simply to stay alive. For us, physical activity must be conscious forms of exercise.” (p. 69)

Kash, P., Lombard, J. and Monte, T. (2008). Freedom from Disease. New York, N.Y.: St. Martin’s Press.

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What is the Paleo Diet? —Paleo Diet Explained

What is the Paleo diet and why should you care? Here the world’s #1 expert, professor Loren Cordain, explains what you need to know and answers common questions.

Professor Cordain’s website: http://thepaleodiet.com

Diet Doctor: http://www.dietdoctor.com


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Family Involvement in the Adolescent Recovery Process

“It is not a coincidence that some of the most successful substance abuse prevention and treatment programs for adolescents are strongly family-based. Any discussion of family involvement in services, however, must ask the question, Which individuals in a person’s life constitute family? For the purposes of helping an adolescent to move forward in treatment and recovery, it may be helpful to be very flexible in the definition of family. A useful distinction has been made between traditional families, extended families and elected families, with elected families representing families self-identified and formed by choice and not by blood, marriage, or law. Elective families may include godparents and other significant but non-biologically-related significant others. The most helpful strategy is that the entire network of support and resources be utilized during treatment and relapse prevention.” (p. 5)

Source: Engaging Family Members Into Adolescent Drug Treatment by Daniel Santisteban, Ph.D., May 2008 (Florida Certification Board/Southern Coast ATTC Monograph Series #3)

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1 HOUR Healing Meditation Music – Relax Mind and Body – “Eternal Light” – Endless Sky Album

Deep meditation, chill out, yoga, spa music to relax mind and body. This is track four of “Endless Sky” album. The music in this album was inspired by lush sounds that can take you deep in thought. Also featuring beautiful landscape photography from Larisa Koshkina. This will look great on your big screen TV with surround sound. Enjoy!

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Balancing Work and Life

  • Are you doing that which energizes and renews you?
  • What gives you the greatest joy?
  • Do you continue to expand your business in response to the opportunity to make more money to the detriment of your health and personal life?
  • Do you devote more time to work in order to escape problems at home?
  • Do you spend wastefully and then work overtime to pay your bills?
  • How would you really like to spend your time?
  • What are the things you always wanted to do but do not because of lack of time? How can you find the time to do these things?

Source: Eliopoulos, C. 2004. Invitation to Holistic Health: A guide to Living a Balanced Life. Sudbury, M.A.: Jones and Bartlett Publishers. (p. 187)

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Friends and Dementia

Sometimes friends and neighbors find it hard to accept that a person has dementia when he looks fine. Many people do not know how to act around a person who is forgetful or whose behavior changes. You may want to explain that this is an organic disease that causes gradual deterioration of the brain. The person cannot help his behavior and he is not crazy or psychotic. Dementia is a disease condition and not the inevitable result of old age. Even if the person can talk quite reasonably and a casual observer cannot see any sign of mental deterioration, he may still not be remembering names or really following conversations. It is important to explain to friends that forgetfulness is not bad manners but something the person cannot avoid. It can be painful to tell old friends what is happening; some families have solved this problem by composing a Christmas letter, lovingly and honestly sharing this illness with distant friends.

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How do I make a big change?

  • Have a vision.

You can’t achieve something if you don’t know what it is! Maybe you want to start thinking more positively. The vision will give you something to focus on and writing it down will help you stay on track…Answer the call from within to connect to what’s true for you.


Vanzant, I. (2013). Iyanla, Fix My Life! Oprah Magazine, 14(9), 58.

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Homelessness has fallen. But will it stay low?

“Although unemployment is recovering, the number of people at risk of becoming homeless is staggering. In 2011 8.5 million households were spending over half their income on rent and earning less than half of their area’s median wage. Since then, rents have gone up. But incomes have not, and the poverty rate is unchanged. Poor households are one small financial crisis away from losing their homes.”

Tales from the streets, The Economist, Dec. 7, 2013, p. 33

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