Thursday, May 30, 2013

Vibrant Living Tips & News

High Fructose Corn Syrup = Cocaine in the Brain

twinkiesResults presented at the 2013 Canadian Neuroscience Meeting shows that high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) can cause behavioural reactions similar to those produced by drugs of abuse such as cocaine. These results, presented by addiction expert Francesco Leri, Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Applied Cognitive Science at the University of Guelph, suggest food addiction could explain, at least partly, the current global obesity epidemic partly caused by these ingredients.

The same brain circuits are involved when people crave high fructose corn syrup as when drug addicts think about drugs. There is significant activity in all areas of the brain, especially in the hippocampus when consuming potent sweeteners. That region is related to learning, memory and is also related to a lot of things such as sensory and motor impulse and emotional behavior. The stimulators also sent messages of satiety to brain circuits in the orbitofrontal cortex and striatum, which have been linked to craving and desire in cocaine addicts.

High-fructose corn syrup, which is a mixture a potent concentrated cocktail of the simple sugars fructose and glucose, came into use in the 1970s and by 2010 the average American was consuming about 80 pounds of it per year. Overall, dietary intake of fructose has increased by an estimated 50 percent in the last thirty years.
VIBRANT LIVING TIP: High fructose corn syrup is nearly impossible to avoid as it is ubiquitous in most "main aisle" products in grocery stores. Because nearly all corn syrup is GMO, it will not be in all-organic products. If you can't avoid it, make sure to supplement your meal with digestive enzymes (DigestZyme) that will help breakdown the sugars and metabolic by-products.

Laughter: The Great Healer

laughter “Nonsense wakes up the brain cells. And it helps develop a sense of humor, which is awfully important in this day and age. Humor has a tremendous place in this sordid world. It’s more than just a matter of laughing. If you can see things out of whack, then you can see how things can be in whack.” ~ Dr. Seuss

The science of mirth is no laughing matter, but it is wonderfully amusing. We've studied laughter, it is its own science called gelotology. Laughter helps us socially, mentally and physically. The philosopher John Morreall believes that people first laughed as a sign of relief after they were exposed to danger and then shared a collective sigh as that danger passed. Laughter is the way we bond with one another. Laughter is contagious, and so are the bonds that are formed among people who laugh. We usually feel closer to those we’ve shared a laugh or two with. It doesn’t even need to be expressed verbally.

When we feel a heart-felt chuckle, it can cure a panoply of ills. Laughter lowers cortisol levels (which are linked to all sorts of stress-related diseases including heart disease and high blood pressure.) Getting the giggles also increases the antibodies in your blood, which boosts the immune system so we can more easily evade bacteria, viruses and parasites.

In a recent study, laughter was found to boost the immune system by as much as 40 percent! In the study women watched funny films in one group and dull boring films in another. When the films were completed, researchers took samples of the women’s killer cells, our natural disease fighting cells, and mixed them with cancer cells to see what would happen. The women who had laughed out loud in the films had much healthier immune systems, capable of even destroying cancer cells, than the women who had watched some boring tourism films.
VIBRANT LIVING TIP: We've had several comments about Clean Sweep where after spraying it in a room of negative people, in a few minutes most everyone is laughing and having a good time. Clean Sweep makes way for that crucial sense of humor to assert itself and do its healing work.

What Happens in Vagus...

Vagus Nerve At the center of our bodies resides a long, sinewy nerve that extends all the way from our medullas down through our chests to beyond our stomachs. This nerve, known as the Vagus Nerve, happens to be at a most fascinating intersection, not only between our two physical nervous systems (our central and autonomic nervous systems) but also between our conscious minds and subconscious minds. As such, it also acts as a bridge between our gross bodies and our subtle bodies. And it’s a nerve probably 99% of the population have never heard of nor even have a clue where it’s located. And yet the Vagus Nerve (ironically pronounced the exact same way as sin city itself, Las Vegas) may be the single most relevant organ in our body relative to our peace of mind and happiness.

Research indicates that a healthy vagus nerve is vital in experiencing empathy and fostering social bonding, and it is crucial to our ability to observe, perceive, and make complex decisions. Tests have revealed that people with impaired vagal activity have also been diagnosed with depression, panic disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, panic disorders, violent mood swings, fibromyalgia, early Alzheimer’s and obesity. Given the state of society today and the vast array of dis-eases associated with unhealthy Vagus Nerves, it doesn’t take a medical doctor to conclude that by healing our collective Vagus Nerves, we can heal a lot of societies woes. Scientists have discovered that artificial Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS), through electrical impulses via a surgically implanted pacemaker like device, shows promising results in reducing depression, anxieties and even conditions such as epilepsy and obesity.

Laughter and weeping are also powerful stimulators of the Vagus Nerve. Yogic breathing techniques also directly impact the Nerve, soothing and normalizing the entire parasympathetic nervous system via the Vagus Nerve.
VIBRANT LIVING TIP: Use Formula E-1 to energetically support the Vagus Nerve. E-1 normalizes the parasympathetic nervous system, leading to enhanced mood, immunity and well-being.

Product News

3 NEW Meditation Elixirs from Energy Tools!
Meditation Elixirs We are very excited to announce three additions to our Meditation Elixir Trio! These are extremely helpful elixirs for the spiritual seeker and meditator. The new formulas are: Alchemy of Transformation, Higher Guidance, and Zen. Each formula has a very specific energy that allows for a quantum leap in understanding, sensitivity and well-being. These Subtle Energies works like the body's "software" to govern all functions of the mind and body. These subtle energy formulas are encoded with information your mind and body can use for higher development, for healing and for functioning at optimum levels. These meditation formulas help you to use the "intent" of your mind to direct subtle energy where it is most needed. You can receive the Meditation Elixir 6-Pack for a discount and free shipping, or order formulas individually. Explore new realms of awareness and spiritual attainment, and experiment with what these formulas can do for you!
NEW Energy Sprays to Transform Your Space
Primal Elements Sprays We're very excited to be partnering with world renown aromatherapist, Candice Covington, to bring you her latest creations, the Primal Elements and Pure Collection sprays. These are very potent formulas with synergistic blends of essential oils, gem and plant elixirs, specifically formulated to conjure the archetypal energies of each element. The Pure Collection is very purifying, stabilizing and fortifying, these energies that can be used with the Primal Elements to clear spaces, neutralize negative energies and uplift the spirit. Candice is best known for her work at the Chopra Center in California, and is the creator-goddess behind the powerful and exotic Tattvas Oils. Both the Tattvas Oils and Primal Elements Sprays are a potent healing and clearing system that is easy to understand and apply. Check it out!

Gem Elixir of the Month (June)

"The Stone of Purification"

Spiritually: Protective stone for the aura. Aligns and purifies the subtle bodies releasing toxins at all levels. Clears the way to receive information from the higher self. Attuned to the attainment of spiritual truth.

Emotionally: Increases clarity and patience, helping with the release of negative emotions. Promotes a positive outlook on life.

Mentally: Sharpens the mind and opens it to new levels of awareness. Helps you to take responsibility for your own life.

Physically: May stimulates tissue regeneration and removes toxicity from the physical body. May strengthen the metabolism; may aid the heart, thymus, lungs, gallbladder, spleen, intestinal tract, ulcers, and strengthen eyes.

Peridot Intelligent Elxir is on sale this month for 30% off with discount code PERI30 (enter the code in the indicated box as you checkout through the website shopping cart).

Personally... from the President

How All of Us Are Wrong About Healing

soapbox The recent "prophylactic" double mastectomy by Angelina Jolie really got me up on my soapbox a couple of weeks ago. There was so much wrong with it:

  1. The "genetic marker" Jolie and her horribly profit-motivated doctors were so focused on is a promotional hype of the worst kind. The BRCA1 gene has been linked to only 2% of diagnosed breast cancers in those carrying the gene.
  2. The monumental fear-mongering Jolie's actions represent, particularly because she is a world-renown celebrity, amount to psychic terrorism of the worst kind.
  3. There is NO, nada, zero evidence that "preventative surgery" allowed anyone to "avoid" actual cancer in the long term. The entire premise is flawed, based on on "risk assessments" that have profit motives. The BRCA1 gene has a patent on it, so any research or diagnostic procedures around it must be licensed, which is why the BRCA1 marker test is prohibitively expensive, and not covered by most insurance.
  4. Drastic surgery like this is a major amputation. If anything, Jolie is majorly stressing her immune system and making it more possible for her to "get" cancer. Just the fear alone she must have to do such self-mutilation has all kinds of side-effects for her immune, cardiovascular and endocrine systems. It's like seeing a fly and because you are terrified of flies, you attack it with a sledge hammer, but the moment the sledge hammer strikes you see it was merely a shadow of a fly.
There are more reasons, but you get my point. I hope!

I further posit that we, in "modern" society, have no clue about what our bodies are telling us. We don't understand pain--other than it is something to get rid of as fast as we can. We don't understand the whole concept of "symptomology". And we certainly do not understand the concept of "disease", or "healing".

chakras In holistic energy medicine--quantum medicine, if you will--a person is considered a spiritual being who is quantum-entangled with a body. It is sort of like having a pet. The "pet", however, is made up of complex energy patterns that it is continually attempting to balance, harmonize and bring to homeostasis. A person's thoughts, feelings and actions all affect this matrix of body energy.

We have made an agreement with this body system that whenever there is a "disturbance in the force", there is a corresponding signal to the body's command center, the brain. This signal can be in the form of evergything from pain to mild discomfort. No matter what it is, it is a disturbance in the energy field of the body, and those sensations we all feel are the body's efforts to return to homeostasis.

This is where we have given up personal responsibliity, canceling our intuitive abilities, and handing everything over to "medical professionals" whose entire livelihood depends upon something being wrong with us. They perform perverse tests against mostly arbitrary "norms", have outrageously wrong ideas about nutrition, and an entire belief system that ignores the FACT that the body is a living energy system. These "experts" INSIST the body is instead a MACHINE that suffers "deficiencies" and "breakdowns" over time. We all buy into this, and like zombies, get our annual "checkups" that compare our blood, urine and hair against what is accepted as "average", "normal" values. If we're outside the lines of what is "normal", these medicos parade out the latest pharmaceutical "science" to somehow "regulate" something our bodies are already working to regulate.

This interference with the body's process of re-establishing balance leads to further "symptoms" that require more and more actions by the medicos. It's not surprising that the greatest sources of diseases and conditions are hospitals.

The questions abound: Why is preventative medicine not practiced by the majority of doctors? Why are doctors not required to be trained in nutrition? Why are spontaneous healings hardly ever seriously researched? Why are alternative methods of treatment that have been shown to work, not researched, and instead attacked as "quackery"? The simple answer is self-defense.

big pharma Doctors are in the business of disease, not health. Most "conditions" are treated in such a way that virtually guarantees failure. Even if there may be a temporary improvement, at some point down the line, the condition returns, or some other condition crops up as a result of the treatment. A perfect example is chemotherapy, with its 3% lifetime "success rate", and which has been proven to make cancers more aggressive. Yet, we keep submitting to this outrageous procedure believing it's our "best shot".

I'm a big fan of Dr. Carolyn Dean, M.D., who calls what she does "the future of medicine." On a recent conference call she was berating some of what is considered "normal" for such tests as cholesterol. She noted that 40 years ago, 220-240 was a "normal" reading. Now it's considered too high, requiring drugs to bring it down. Blood pressure is another one, which can vary greatly from person to person, environment to environment, often depending on the person's belief system. She believes in letting the body run its own processes, and support it with smart self-care.

Now I'm not saying that Western Medicine has no place in the world--that would be throwing the baby out with the bath water. What I'm referring to here is the extreme narcissism of it and its refusal to acknowledge that the body is a self-correcting energy system. Emergency medicine has an important place, as does preventative medicine. But that's just about where it should end.

What we, as body owners, must understand is that the body is in a constant state of change, re-balancing, and normalizing. It knows what to do. Too often we jump off into fear mode at the least little twinge, and go running to doctors or healers under the mistaken belief that something is really wrong. Well, something might be really wrong, it's true, but the body is already working on it, and knows what to do about it. We need to relax, breath, take a drink of water, and do our spiritual work. That is where our real job lies.

body love So how should we approach body pains and discomforts? Observe them, accept them, embrace them, ask what to do to help. Establish a pet/owner relationship with your body. Love it, listen to it, take care of it. It will tell you what it needs for you to do, if anything. If you have anxiety about how the body feels, do some personal inquiry on the true source of that anxiety, since the anxiety itself may be what is exacerbating the condition or preventing the body from quickly resolving it.

Again, it's all about energy, and we all have the super-ability to change our minds and change our feelings. The body is crying out for us to feel good, be happy and be in love. It makes the body's job a whole lot easier.

In vibrant health,

Boyd Martin, President

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Vibrant Living News & Tips

Oil Pulling: Simple but Effective

oil pullingOil pulling is an age old Ayurveda process which works on the root cause of symptoms and helps the body in its healing process, hence takes significant amount of time in giving you the desired results. The cost is the price of a daily spoonful of coconut oil–cheaper than even a vitamin tablet. Yet it is one of the most powerful forms of therapeutic techniques available.

Oil pulling or oil swishing involves swishing oil in the mouth. Ayurvedic literature describes oil pulling as capable of both improving oral health and treating serious and systemic diseases such as diabetes mellitus or asthma. According to Dr. F. Karach, M.D, oil pulling is very simple, completely harmless, and inexpensive therapy which totally heals head-aches, bronchitis, tooth pain, thrombosis, eczema, ulcers and diseases of stomach, intestines, heart, blood, kidney, liver, lungs and women’s diseases. It heals diseases of nerves, paralysis, and encephalitis. It prevents the growth of malignant tumors, cuts and heals them. Chronic sleeplessness is cured.

The oil, usually coconut or sesame, is "worked" in the mouth by pushing, pulling, and drawing it through the teeth for a period of 15 to 20 minutes. It is done one to three times a day on an empty stomach. The best time is in the morning before eating breakfast, but can be done before any meal. The used oil is discarded and the mouth rinsed out with water. The oil is never swallowed because it is loaded with bacteria, toxins, pus, and mucous.
VIBRANT LIVING TIP: Enhance your oil pulling exercise by supplementing with enzymes, and in particular for de-toxing, PureZyme. Taken between meals, this formula digests harmful proteins in the blood, allowing better circulation, immunity and well-being.

5 Ways to Reduce Inflammation

inflammation Inflammation is behind most diseases as well as chronic pain and even emotional disturbances. Use these five points to reduce or prevent inflammation in your body.

1. Make sure to get your omega-3 fatty acids. EPA, one of the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, fish oil, and algae-based supplements along with DHA, has anti-inflammatory properties. Unfortunately, plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids like flaxseed and walnuts provide alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which does not have anti-inflammatory properties until it's converted by your body to EPA and only a very small amount of ALA gets converted. To truly reap the anti-inflammatory benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, it’s best to consume EPA directly by eating fish, taking fish oil, or an algae-based EPA and DHA supplement.
2. Avoid omega-6 fatty acids and trans fats. Omega-6 fatty acids promote inflammation in the body through the production of inflammatory compounds. Most people eat way too many omega-6 fats, which you will find in corn, soybean, and cottonseed oils. Another type of pro-inflammatory fats are trans fats, found in any products with “partially hydrogenated oil” in the ingredient list. They are usually found in baked goods, shortening, and margarines.
3. Avoid sugar and refined carbohydrates. Sugar and refined carbohydrates contribute to elevated blood sugar and insulin levels, which may cause and exacerbate inflammation. In addition, sugar and refined carbs also contribute to weight gain and can make it more difficult to lose weight. Excess body fat is another major contributor to inflammation.
4. Eat antioxidant-rich foods. Free radicals are highly reactive compounds that can damage the cells of your body and create and contribute to chronic inflammation. Antioxidants are able to neutralize these free radicals to reduce inflammation. Antioxidants include vitamins A, C, and E as well as the colorful pigments of fruits and vegetables.
5. Make sure you’re getting plenty of vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with several inflammatory and autoimmune conditions like Crohn’s disease and multiple sclerosis, though it’s specific role has not yet be elucidated. The two main sources of vitamin D are the sun and food. Many people, especially those who live further away from the equator, don’t get much sun exposure especially during the winter. When you aren’t making enough vitamin D in your skin from sun exposure, make sure to include food food sources of vitamin D like fish and egg yolks and foods that are fortified with vitamin D like almond or coconut milk.
VIBRANT LIVING TIP: Use PureZyme enzyme formula. Protease dissolves protein deposits in the joints and ligaments, as well as in the blood that leads to pain and chronic inflammation.

Thumping to Enhance Immunity

thymus Thump the thymus gland over the center of your chest to BOTH calm the energies of the "Triple Warmer" (your fight or flight response mechanism) and to strengthen your immune function. It is one of the few ways to reduce your stress and increase your immune function simultaneously. As is well-documented, stress is one of the primary causes for compromised immune function and many diseases. Thumping the Thymus has been shown to increase T-Helper Cells. T1 cells help protect you against cancer, supports HIV and kills viruses. T2 cells go after bacteria. They are also beneficial for allergies and auto-immune diseases. The thymus gland is linked between the mind and the body thus when there is emotional or physical disturbance can cause the thymus gland to shrink and cause depletion in this vital life energy. You may thump in the middle of your chest with your fist (think Tarzan) on the point shown on the picture. Or, you may want to rub softly or firmly or scratch with four fingers of your hand. Do this for about 20 seconds and breathe deeply in and out. You can also add an affirmation such as “all is well in my world.”
COMMENT: The field of neuro-lymphatic massage is quickly gaining popularity. It is based on principles of acupuncture as it relates to nervous system functions. Further research and successes in the fields of kinesiology and neuro-linguistic programming have solidified these practices that have become mainstay recommendations for many alternative health care professionals.
VIBRANT LIVING TIP: Use Formula E-4 to energetically support the thymus. E-4 is a "foundational" energy and enhances the production of Killer T-cells for greater immunity.

Gem Elixir of the Month

"The Stone of Successful Love"

Spiritually: Stimulates gathering of wisdom. Opens the heart chakra. Aligns the subtle bodies. Enhances psychic abilities and increases clairvoyance.

Emotionally: Soothes fears and increases sensitivity. Stabilizes the personality. Imparts strength of character to overcome misfortunes. Brings domestic bliss and loyalty; enhances unconditional love and partnership.

Mentally: Increases mental clarity, strengthens memory, inspires deep inner knowing.

Physically: May aid in recovery after infectious illness; may help muscles, spine, heart and lungs, liver, and pancreas. May strengthen the heart to deal with the detoxification process. May strengthen kidney and liver to remove toxins from the body. May assist with the formation of hemoglobin and plasma.

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Personally...from the President

It's All Belief

disclaimer I had yet another interesting email exchange with my younger brother the other day. He has a way of getting me up on my own soapbox, I think because he speaks in such broad generalities I can't help but wade in and make some distinctions.

In this case, he was talking about his extreme distrust of any method of medical treatment--from surgery to energy medicine. His main beef with it was when practitioners or product hawkers post "disclaimers" about the efficacy of their services or products. The fact they "disclaim" to him meant they had uncertainty themselves as to whether or not their products or services were even valid.

I pointed out that the whole disclaimer thing has been made necessary because of the litigious nature of mainstream medicine in cahoots with insurance companies and government agencies. It has little to do with whether or not a particular product or service works.

Undaunted, he retorted that most "new-agey", "woo-woo" products or techniques have little or no "real science" backing them up. He sees that as an admission that it's all snakeoil. Further, he says, "I believe 98.999999% of the time any naturopathic products that 'work' are based in pure belief, not actual physical effect."

Aside from the obvious naivete oozing from that statement, I had to respond to the "belief" part of his assertion:

believer Hate to break it to ya, but it's ALL BELIEF. Medications work because they are metaphoric symbols, and their curative power lies in that symbol. Just because it is a symbol does NOT minimize its effectiveness. In many instances, the "placebo effect" is just as effective, or more so, than the "remedy" itself. It's all about what we truly, deeply and intuitively believe is true about something.

In Taoist practices, for example, saliva is considered the "fountain of youth," and meditations involve embuing saliva with light from the imagination and then swallowing the light. There's actually mundane scientific research done on this that found that consciously swallowing saliva increases the growth hormone content of the saliva.

Beyond all that, it is our BELIEFS that determine our level of health, and ability to heal. There are so many examples of people doing only meditation and fasting healing themselves of "terminal" diseases.

Japanese scientist, Masura Emoto, did breakthrough research on the quantum properties of water, and found that the electrical makeup of water is influenced by human thought, and that when frozen, water that has been exposed to life-affirming and positive thoughts makes perfectly symmetrical crystals, and water exposed to negative thoughts has no symmetry when crystalized. Since our bodies are around 90% water, this research has some impact.

I use several supplements, and every time I take a supplement I create positive energies for it to work in when I swallow it. In that way, it helps to override any subconscious negativity about it "working", and allows the body to take full advantage of what the supplement could do for it.

Anywho, yeah, I agree with you.

Mr. Smith In response, my brother admitted he had little belief in his ability to change or alter his own beliefs, and that it was a problem. He sees the world as Mr. Smith in The Matrix movie, "I hate this place...this zoo.. this prison, this reality, whatever you want to call it. It's the smell. I feel saturated by it. I can taste your stink. Every time I do I feel I have somehow been infected by it."

I pointed out that with a world view like that, it's no wonder he has trouble visioning a healing and supportive world for himself. The trick for him, I think, is to stop caring what "others" are thinking and saying. Being a big fan of the Abraham material, he pointed out what Abraham says, "Stop asking them what they think. Start paying attention to how you feel. Joy will be yours immediately, and everything else that you have ever thought would make you happy, will start flowing, seemingly effortlessly, into your experience."

My brother did go ahead and order a couple of products I recommended, but remains highly skeptical and grumpy. But, I have every intention of continuing my campaign...

In vibrant health,

Boyd Martin, President

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Vibrant Living Tips

Useful Tibetan Eye Exercise

Tibetan eye chart For generations, the people of Tibet have used natural methods to correct visual weakness and improve their eyesight. Chief among the methods employed has been the use of certain exercises which have proved useful over long periods of time. The figure on this eye chart was designed by Tibetan Lama Monks to give the necessary corrective exercises and stimulation to the muscles and nerves of the optical system. The eye muscles focus similar to a camera shutter. The purpose of these exercises is to strengthen the eye muscles to improve vision. A few minutes practice morning and evening will bring immediate effects and over a period of months a most definite improvement will result. These exercises are to be done without eyeglasses or contacts. Do each movement for 30 seconds while in a sitting position, spine straight and do not move the head side to side. Move only the eyes. [Large Version of Chart]

  1. With the palm of each hand cup both closed eyes to relax them.
  2. Move the eyes clockwise around the outer circle of dots
  3. Repeat this movement in a counterclockwise rotation
  4. Move the eyes back and forth between the dots at 2 and 8 o’clock
  5. Repeat this movement back and forth between dots at 4 and 10 o’clock
  6. Blink the eyes briefly and finish therapy with the palming same as exercise #1
Repeat exercises as desired being careful to avoid strain. After beginning therapy wear eyeglasses and contacts as little as possible. In time these crutches will become unnecessary.
VIBRANT LIVING TIP: Use Diamond Gem Elixir as it helps support the eyes and clear vision.
Stop Doing These Things if you Want to Be Happy

hsppiness Happiness, after all, is a decision. And it is a decision we can make at any time, BUT, you have to recognize when you're headed toward unhappiness. Use these signposts to trigger your decision to be happy. 1. Stop worrying about the future and obsessing about the past - Don’t waste time worrying about things you can't control. Life is a series of ups and downs, and learning to ride the wave can help you feel more comfortable in the now. Recognize that worry is kind of like praying for what you don't want! Yuck! Who wants that?
2. Stop thinking and start feeling - Listening to your fear and believing that it's real can stop you from reaching your full potential. Too often we listen to our rational mind and to what other people think, failing to ask ourselves how we feel about our current situation. Dropping the focus from your head to your heart, and then acting on your true feelings will help you tap into an unlimited source of happiness.
3. Stop numbing yourself - The endless cycle of numbing ourselves to escape from our fears and doubts has become a regular part of the human condition. The moment a feeling creeps in, we are quick to cover it up with sugar, shopping, drugs, alcohol, over-working, over-spending, over-analyzing, over-anything to keep from feeling anything negative. To truly be happy, get in touch with your feelings, pronto!
4. Stop thinking other people’s opinions matter - People will always have an opinion, and that's a beautiful thing! Our differences can unite us. But taking on what other people say as your truth can hurt your mental health and your ability to be happy. Recognize that what people say is a reflection of them, not you.
5. Stop putting off your health - What you do to your body makes a huge impact on your overall happiness and health. If you're failing to take care of yourself, nothing else will matter, so take steps to eat better, exercise and make your body--your habitat--a beautiful place.
VIBRANT LIVING TIP: Use Deep Insight Elixir to greatly improve your self-awareness and ability to see and reflect on what is going on around you.

"Non-Biological Factors" Cause Most Deaths

argument Over 50 percent of deaths in the United States can be attributed to behavioral and social factors, says psychologist Oakley Ray, Ph.D., of the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University who reviewed the last century of research on psychosocial factors and health. Furthermore, recent research provides evidence that stresses that affect the brain can hurt the body at the cellular and molecular level and diminish a person’s health and quality of life. But, the research also says that maintaining a positive frame of mind can help a person overcome some of these stress effects, fight disease better and ultimately delay death. These findings are reported on in this month’s American Psychologist, published by the American Psychological Association (APA). Ray’s review of the 100 years of the psychological literature on stress, disease and behavioral medicine adds support to the growing body of evidence of the impact of non-biological factors on health. The challenge now, according to Ray, is to bring this new knowledge to the healthcare system. “Knowing how the brain influences peoples’ health and susceptibility to illness can bring important changes to the healthcare system. Understanding how the mind, the endocrine system, the nervous system and immune system all interact (better known as ‘psychoendoneuroimmunology’(PENI) is crucial in helping people conquer the stress in their lives and stay healthy,” said Ray.
COMMENT: Outside of outright accidents, we would venture to say that nearly 100% of deaths can be related to emotional issues that lead to fears and other negative emotions. These lead to bad decisions, such as diet, lifestyle and relationship situations. The key is mindfulness. Simply be aware of your state of mind, and strive to keep it positive. Since NOW is all there is, dwelling in the past or fretting over the future are exactly the wrong things to do for your health.

Company and Product News

NEW Energy Sprays to Transform Your Space
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Gem Elixir of the Month

"The Stone of Clarity"

Spiritually: Cleanses the aura allowing the soul's light to shine out. Removes blockages in and activates the crown chakra linking it to divine light. It reminds you of your soul's aspirations and aids spiritual evolution.

Emotionally: Imparts fearlessness, invincibility and fortitude. Clears emotional and mental pain, reduces fear and brings about new beginnings. Stimulates the imagination and inventiveness.

Mentally: Provides a link between the intellect and the higher mind. Brings clarity of mind and aids enlightenment.

Diamond Intelligent Elxir is on sale this month for 30% off with discount code DIAM30 (enter the code in the indicated box as you checkout through the website shopping cart).