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HEALING
OUR WORLD
Human Sexuality
How Cultivating Love Inward
Manifests Loving Outward
ALSO: Ann
Wigmore Memorial, Will Tuttle, John Robbins, Steven Halpern,
Yoga Undressed, Obesity & Cancer, POP Campaign Update, AND MORE!
HIPPOCRATES HEALTH INSTITUTE
VOLUME 32 »« ISSUE 2
Hippocrates Health Institute West
Introduces the California Program
EXCITING NEW
2nd Edition
announcing the 2012 program
in Regeneration Medicine for Optimal Longevity
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Drs. Brian and Anna Maria Clement’s Hippocrates Life Transformation Program
Pioneering program teaching a living foods lifestyle
also featuring Janet Hranicky, PhD (The Younger You™ Program in Anti-Aging & Integrative Regeneration Medicine),
Robert J. Rowen, MD (The Father of Medical Freedom) and Terry Sue Rowen, MD,
Viktoras Kulvinskas (Hippocrates Co-Founder) and Daniela Prauss (Yoga Instructor, Acupuncturist & Oriental Medicine Doctor)
Take control of your personal
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At a Glance [contents]
Love is like the tree of life, with its
trunk, roots, branches, leaves and fruit.
Sexual energy is like the sap moving
within this tree. It is the current that
transports nourishment and vitality
to every cell of the whole.
— John Robbins, page 26
Human Sexuality
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The Seven Keys to Lifelong Sexual Vitality
Drs. Brian and Anna Maria Clement share tips for an
enhanced and prolonged sex life.
Sexy Seniors
Diane Lahoski discusses sex in ones “golden years.”
36
Nonsexual Gratification
37
Sex, Music and Healing
Good Sex Makes the World Go Round
38
Abs For Great Sex
40
Dr. Edwin Riley explains how to improve
sexual communication.
Dr. Wayne “The Mango Man” Pickering expounds how
greater core strength can improve sexual function.
Sexual Healing
Safara Fisher shares her personal story of the role sexuality
plays in healing.
Sex & Love
John Robbins eloquently explains the relationship
between sexual energy and love.
Fertility and the Plant-Based Diet
Steven Lemberg, MD, outlines the role plant-based
nutrition can play in improving fertility.
Rain: Heaven & Earth Making Love
Hippocrates Acupuncture Physician Keith Cini discusses
herbs and practices to cultivate sexual energy.
Sex: Something to Chew On
Dr. David John Carmos examines the nurturing
nature of sexuality.
This issue
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John Kohler suggests alternative methods of gratification.
Popular recording artist Steven Halpern discusses the link
between sexuality and music.
13
Can Raw & Living Food Put You “In the Mood?”
16
The Scent of a Woman
18
Katharine Clark, RN, explains how raw living foods can
boost libido.
LK Walker questions the flawed logic that urges women
to disguise or modify their natural beauty.
Sexuality is Spirituality,
Spirituality is Sexuality,
21
Rita Robinson shares a personal tale of sexual discovery.
Sex, Drugs, Rock-n-Roll & Therapy
Hippocrates psychotherapist Andy Bernay-Roman
looks at the psychology of sexuality.
Luv I am
Rachel Doran offers the story of David and Gissela
Torrella’s mission to spread love energy, one T-shirt
at a time.
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Sexuality is a Divine Gift
Hippocrates psychotherapist and theology expert
Antony Chatham examines the spiritual side of sexuality.
The Sexuality of Dancing
Pam Blue discusses the history of dancing and sexuality.
Suppressing Sophia
Dr. Will Tuttle sheds light on the injustices of our food
system, particularly the factory farming of animals.
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Ann Wigmore Historic Memorial
Commemoration 2012
Hippocrates founder Ann Wigmore is being commemorated
this fall in her home country of Lithuania. Hippocrates
cofounder Viktoras Kulvinskas shares her story.
R e g u l a rs
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POP CAMPAIG N UPDATE: If It Is So Great, Label It!
Mikaële Holzer and Rudi Leonardi offer updates on the battle
to protect organic standards and properly label GE foods.
Doctors and Pharmaceuticals:
Money Making Opportunities?
Dallas Lasalle reports on the shady relationship between
pharmaceutical companies and the medical profession.
What is Plant-Based Nutrition?
24
The Winter 2012 Hippocrates Health Educator class explains
the ins and outs of adopting a plant-based diet.
Is Obesity the “New Smoking”?
Saul Goodman discusses the link between obesity
and cancer.
43
Fundamentals of Cell Health — Redox Signaling
Dr. Gary L. Samuelson describes a new technology — and product — that holds great promise for improving
health at the cellular level.
48
Letter from the Directors
Letter from the Publisher
Contributors
What’s the News?
• Eating Raw Fruits And Vegetables May Alter
Heart Disease Gene
• Obesity During pregnancy Increases Autism Risk
• Brain Tumors linked to Dental X-rays
• Survival in Breast Cancer Patients Boosted by
Cruciferous Veggies
Reviews
Yoga Undressed: The Goddess DVD review
Sheila Skrobeck reviews a sexy but informative new DVD.
Recovery Stories
Secret Place of the Soul:
Laura Grammatico Recovery Story
Hippocrates Health Educator Laura Grammatico shares
her story of overcoming childhood trauma at HHI.
Cindy Nevills: Killing Stage IV Cancer
Cindy Nevills went from a death sentence to running
half marathons.
The Natural Healing Power of the Sun
Robby Besner outlines the health benefits of far infrared.
Building a Healthy Conscious and
Confident Self
Katherine C. Powell, EdD, offers the third installment in her
three-part series on self-realization.
Heal i ng Ou r Worl d »« Human Sexual ity
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From the Directors
The latest book from
Hippocrates directors
Drs. Brian & Anna Maria Clement
Available June 2012
in the Hippocrates Store
Call Toll-free (877) 582-5850
Over time, we have counseled tens of thousands in Europe and North America,
and one common theme has presented itself as a major culprit in creating
physical and emotional disorder. Sex is the culprit’s name and it is usually
wrapped in a veil of deception and marketing.
Most often sex is presented in one of two extremes. It is
either suppressed by finger-pointing factions (who ironically
make headlines every few years for not practicing what they
preach) or, at the other end of the spectrum, it is overhyped
in a cheap frenzy by tawdry zealots who parade themselves
around as sex objects.
Like it or not, we have been influenced by these fabricated
perceptions and notions. This can lead to a lack of fulfillment
in our central biological need. Our common education generally comes from our parents and their way of dealing with
their own sexuality. If they are cold and estranged from one
another and do not show tenderness freely, we most likely
will morph into a similar pattern.
On the other hand, if our parents flaunted their sexuality
and distributed it like water, we may harbor the idea that we
can gain attention and love through perpetual promiscuity.
If we, as children, see our parents using sexuality to manipulate or gain an advantage this can cause serious problems as
well. Girls in particular may get trapped in this mindset and
never discover the fulfillment and true power of their own
maternal strength. Layered on top of these personal experiences comes the often rigid doctrine of quasi-spirituality.
These typically puritanical views warp our understanding
of sexuality, telling us it is a bad thing.
Although we are living in the twenty-first century, we
seem to be lost and confused about sex and its vital importance in the human experience. Our foremost purpose is to
illuminate and perpetuate humanity. An unwavering biological drive is the guiding force for practically every thought,
action and experience in our lives.
It is often said that if our sex hormones were missing, life
would be mundane and dull. Right up the hundred-year-old
men and women who still dress up to go out on dates, our
innate, powerful internal force still drives us to grow
and interact.
Several years ago, we recognized that people were greatly
confused about the act of unity and thought it best that
we write our newest book, The Seven Keys to Lifelong Sexual
Vitality. Our knowledge on this subject comes not only from
the endless learning we acquire during health consultations,
but from our own experience as parents, grandparents and
fellow humans.
As important as it is to have a positive mindset, exercise
and eat well, it is even more important to recognize your
sexuality. Become comfortable with it; utilize its every
nuance in a proper, positive way so that you can gain the
spectacular advantages that it affords you.
This issue of Healing Our World is rich with ideas and
perceptions from a wide variety of contributors. Our ultimate
desire is that these words will impel you enough to liberate
that beautiful, giving person deep in your soul.
Once you energize the force of nature, you will almost instantly become conscious of your ultimate life’s purpose. We
once asked our married friends who were in their nineties
about their sex life. They smiled and said, “We are doing well;
that is why we decided to remain alive.” Although their story
may be rare, your aspiration should be the same: aspire to
lifelong intimacy, tenderness, companionship, love, sharing,
exploration and joy. Become yourself in the way that nature
has intended from the time you were conceived.
Blessings,
Drs. Anna Maria and
Brian Clement
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From the
Publisher
www.HippocratesInstitute.org
DIRECTORS
Anna Maria Clement, PhD, LN, NMD
Brian Clement, PhD, LN, NMD
Publisher / Editor-in-chief / Art Director
Will Burson
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Hippocrates Health Institute (HHI) values the
views expressed by its contributors in Healing
Our World magazine. While HHI appreciates
the work of each contributor, some of the
food items discussed in Healing Our World
magazine are not included in the Hippocrates
Life Transformation Program’s dietary protocol.
The materials, information and opinions
expressed in this magazine are not necessarily
those of Hippocrates Health Institute’s
directors, employees, agents, distributors
and / or its affiliated or related entities, content providers or publisher. This magazine and
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Hippocrates Health Institute is not a health
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In the words of Maude Lebowski (of The Big Lebowski
fame), “It’s a male myth about feminists that we
hate sex. It can be a natural, zesty enterprise. But
unfortunately there are some people — it is called
satyriasis in men, nymphomania in women — who
engage in it compulsively and without joy.”
Sex is, indeed, one of the most joyous
Open dialogue about sexuality
acts humans can engage in. Without
removes the stigma that so
a doubt, it is every bit as natural as
many human institutions have
breathing or eating, as none of us would
shackled it with. This doesn’t
be here to eat and breath without it.
just mean saying what you
Maude is also dead-on about her last
think about sex, but accepting
point — unhealthy sexual compulsion
the views and practices of
can be very problematic.
others, so long as they don’t
Sex is an essential part of life — and
harm anyone else.
not just for procreation. To achieve optimum health, sexuality must be treated
with the same respect as other human necessities, such as proper nourishment,
exercise and sunshine. Too little or too much, as well as the wrong types, of any
of these human essentials can diminish our health, but judicious amounts can
increase our life-force.
A healthy sex life can benefit people in every regard, including: stress reduction,
heightened immunity, improved heart health, boosted self-esteem, improved intimacy, reduction of pain, lowered risk of prostate cancer and improved sleep, not to
mention the fact that many view sex as the best form of exercise.
The dangerous side of sexuality has some similarities to the dangerous side of
food. People can certainly become addicted to unhealthy sexual practices, just as
they can to junk food. Similarly, there is no shortage of misguidance that can alter
people’s perception of sex. Especially evident in many children today, unhealthy
sexual attitudes are imprinted just as early in life as unhealthy eating habits.
The key to healthy sexual balance is the same as in any pursuit. Loving yourself
and making your own well-being your number one priority will guide you to wise
decisions in all arenas. We all have our own natural sexual preferences, including
those of us in same-sex relationships. Gay people and heterosexuals alike can find
our paths to healthy sexuality by quieting the external pressures and distortions
of society and following the voice within. In this regard, we can all take a cue from
another great The Big Lebowski quote: “The Dude abides.”
Yours in health,
Will Burson
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Contributors
Andy Bernay-Roman is a Florida Licensed
Dr. David John Carmos began studying
Rachel Doran is a social worker in beautiful
John Kohler hosts a popular internet show,
Nurse and a Licensed Massage Therapist,
He writes, researches and spends his time
with developmental disabilities and she
front-yard garden in the suburbs of
Mental Health Counselor, a Registered
who has practiced his unique form of
body-oriented psychotherapy at HHI since
December 1990. Find out more about Andy’s
work through his book, Deep Feeling, Deep
Healing: The Heart, Mind, and Soul of Getting
Well, available through the HHI store.
yoga in 1952 and became vegetarian in 1955.
studying ancient healing concepts, nutri-
tion, mythology, weights, cycling, yoga and
the healing secrets of the ancient Essenes.
He is an Essene Bishop. David co-authored
You’re Never Too Old To Become Young.
ness to a cleaner environment and raise
awareness of the positive natural health and
family and friends. Due to illness, she was
recently introduced to the benefits of raw
food juicing and it has become a part of her
University. Her own health challenges and
traditions of holistic healing and integrates
knowledge and experience from psychology,
philosophy and theology, in which he holds
Master’s degrees and doctoral course work.
journey to Hippocrates led her to new
ground, pursuing a MS in Nutrition. She
shares on approaching health through mind,
raw food chef. She facilitates cleansing
regularly at Hippocrates on the issues of
organics and water. Pam is fully committed
natural healing. Katharine consults privately
as well as in the corporate world.
[email protected]
Educator, international speaker and certified
retreats, raw food workshops and guided
meditations throughout the U.S. and Europe.
Her presentation titled Love Your Body — Steven Halpern is the # 1 best-selling
the Natural Health Care Coalition, a
well-being. A visionary composer and
Health Institute (HHI). While he’s not
busy putting together Healing Our World
magazine or attending to his other
duties at HHI, Will enjoys cycling and
reading. Bicycle advocacy and promoting
plant-based diets are his passion.
government supported effort in unifying
the field of complementary health care in
her native Sweden. Anna Maria is a leading
expert diagnostician and is Co-Director and
Chief Health Administrator of Hippocrates
Health Institute.
recording artist of music for health and
pioneering sound healer, he introduced the
concept of ‘sound health’ to mainstream
audiences. His music is played at leading
Mikaële Holzer, a Hippocrates Health
at HHI have developed a state-of-the-art
a life transformation coach. Rudi Leonardi
Asian Bodywork and Chi Nei Tsang, a
therapeutic Internal Organ Massage.
He also teaches Tai Chi Chuan, Qigong
and Meditation. His Qigong Basics DVD
is available in the Hippocrates store
and webstore.
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program for health maintenance and
recovery. His Florida institute has pioneered
a life-changing program and established
training in active aging and disease
prevention that has proven to raise
health and happiness levels.
the Columbia University College of Physi-
neurology and pediatrics.He is a raw, living
foods vegan and expert in meditation who
has lived a wellness lifestyle for decades. He
directs the Oxygen Therapy Center at HHI,
and his goal is to bridge the gap between
conventional medicine and natural healing.
nothing to offer except experimental
album of all time.” His latest releases
(HHI), the world’s foremost complementary
residential health center. He and his team
United States and in the Caribbean.
“the most influential New Age/healing
Oriental Healing Arts with over 25 years
experience. Keith utilizes Medical Qigong,
played in many venues in the southeast
Cindy Nevills is a Stage IV melanoma
His debut release, Chakra Suite, was named
Dr. Brian Clement is Director of the
renowned Hippocrates Health Institute
accomplished musician and as such has
health and healing centers worldwide.
Dr. Keith Cini is a licensed Acupuncture
Physician, a practitioner and teacher of the
the librarian for the institute. Diane is an
cians and Surgeons in 1978, with honors in
founding the first living food organization
Will Burson is Art Director of Hippocrates
Health Institute for the last twelve years in
within the body, mind and spirit.
and benevolence of life.
in Scandinavia and was a member of
www.survivalinthe21stcentury.com.
Dr. Steve Lemberg received his M.D. from
package creating harmony and vitality
Dr. Anna Maria Clement kicked off her
career in natural health advocacy by with Ann Wigmore in Boston. Learn more at
Love Your Life is an all-encompassing
to the Hippocrates program and all things
which honor and respect the intelligence
to cofounding Hippocrates Health Institute
many different positions. She is currently
include organic and wild-crafted super
foods, raw and living foods, qigong and
was a successful computer consultant prior
Diane Lahoski has been with Hippocrates
wellbeing. www.therasage.com
HealthWorks, Inc., in 1987. Her specialties
best-selling author of Survival in the 21st
body and nutrition at www.safaraf.com.
Laura Grammatico is a Hippocrates Health
HHI Oasis Therapy Center and also speaks
Learn more at GrowingYourGreens.com.
his inspiration from Eastern and Western
Katharine Clark, RN, founded her company,
Pam Blue works as a therapist at the
peppers, John offers lectures on raw foods.
Century. He had a career in mathematics and
degree in Education from Columbia
wellness effects of Far Infrared heat and
Negative Ion Therapy, restoring personal
harvesting greens, beans, marigolds and
Safara Fisher, MA, received her masters
Hippocrates guests since 1994. He draws
Company’s mission is to elevate conscious-
lives. Rachel enjoys cycling and being with
Northern California. When he’s not busy
psychotherapist, has worked with
Robby Besner is the CEO of Therasage, LLC,
tic home and office healthcare products. The
assists them in maintaining independent
Growing Your Greens, about his bountiful
Viktoras Kulvinskas is the international
Antony Chatham, a Florida licensed
providing natural, safe, affordable, therapeu-
Lake Worth, Florida. Her clients are adults
daily health regimen.
www.deepfeeling.com
a Florida-based company dedicated to
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Would you like to be a contributor to Healing Our World? Tell us your story.
Email Will Burson with the subject line “HOW Contribution” at [email protected]
include Deep Theta and Paradigm Shift.
Educator, facilitates detox cleanses and is
is a business consultant, mediator and
advocate. He works to create a lasting
impact on businesses, communities and
society through collaborative approaches
and healthy sustainable values. The POP
survivor. Two years ago, doctors had
treatments with no success records and
very aggressive side effects. Cindy decided
to put her healing in her own hands by
attending Hippocrates Health Institute’s
three-week Life Transformation Program
and learned how to heal the mind, body
and spirit by adopting a raw vegan lifestyle.
She has been able to continue her new diet
and has amazed the medical field by
stopping and reversing her cancer.
Campaign invites you to participate and
engage your power. Read the full article on
page 16 or visit www.POPcampaign.org.
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Contributors
Dr. Wayne Pickering faced the prognosis
Rita Robinson fell in love with raw foods
he is an award-winning triathlete, double
In natural health for 25 years, she founded
of death at age 30. Now, at 63 years young,
nominee for the Healthy American Fitness
Leader Award, nutritional performance
coach and disease prevention specialist.
He’s authored 21 books; 22 audio learning
programs; two DVD series; 10 health systems
and over 400 articles on fitness, stress and
nutrition. Learn more at HealthAtLast.com.
Katherine C. Powell, EdD, has written many
articles and books investigating how people
develop confidence, a strong sense of self,
and openness to discovering their true self
or potential. Since 2004, Dr. Powell has
taught graduate and undergraduate courses
at FAU as a fulltime instructor. Her classes
prepare teachers in the psychology of
teaching, learning theories, classroom
eight years ago and it’s still lovin’ her back.
the “Sexy Boomers’ Club — Healthy, Wholesome, Vibrant and Vital, the Real Sexy” to
show baby-boomers how to keep their mojo
flowin’ by lightening up in body, mind and
spirit. Healthy revelry is the best pro-test.
Contact Rita at [email protected]
Gary L. Samuelson, PhD in Atomic/
Medical Physics, devotes his career to the
advancement of promising technologies
addressing major health issues. Some of his
successes include the production of safe,
stable nanoparticle structures capable of
disabling viruses and attacking bacteria.
Lately, his focus has been on applications for
the emerging science of Redox Signaling.
management and self-assessment.
Sheila Skrobeck is a Yoga Alliance
Dr. Edwin Riley is author of Stress Rx, and
15 years experience. She is a full time
a doctor of Mind / Body Medicine, Transpersonal Psychology and Integrative Health
Care. In addition to his private practice in
200hr certified yoga teacher with
Program Consultant and vinyasa flow yoga
teacher at Hippocrates Health Institute.
Palm Beach County, Florida, he periodically
conducts “Stress Reduction Vacations” in the
tropical mountains outside Cuernavaca,
Mexico. Learn more at StressReduction.com.
John Robbins is the author of nine bestsellers that have collectively sold more than
2 million copies and been translated into
30 languages. These include Diet for a New
America, The Food Revolution, and his latest
book, No Happy Cows: Dispatches from the
Dr. Will Tuttle, a former Zen monk and
author of the #1 Amazon best-seller
The World Peace Diet, is a recipient of the
Peace Abbey’s Courage of Conscience
Award, the co-founder of Circle of
Compassion ministry, and an acclaimed
pianist and composer. Read more at
www.WorldPeaceDiet.org.
Frontlines of the Food Revolution. To learn
Lauren Walker is a writer and musician
www.johnrobbins.info.
Medicine Yoga program at Norwich
more, or to join John’s email list, visit
from central Vermont. She runs the Energy
University for military cadets, civilians and
veterans. She publishes widely, including
features in The New York Times, The
Jerusalem Post and Salon.com. Her original
musical SLaM: the Hockey Rock Opera, will
be in the inaugural Pitch festival in Auburn
NY this summer. You can read her work at
LKWalker.com.
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What’s the News?
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Eating Raw Fruits And Vegetables
May Alter Heart Disease Gene
Reprinted courtesy of The Huffington Post
Just when the old adage “an apple
a day keeps the doctor away”
seems to lose any real meaning behind that condescending rhyme, science steps in to
revive the proverb with relevance. While you can’t change
your genes, new research suggests that you can turn them
off by spending more time in the
produce aisle with Granny Smith.
A
ccording to a new study out of
McMaster and McGill Universities led by an international
team of scientists, eating fresh fruits
and vegetables can help turn off one of
the most potent genetic associations
with heart disease, a gene more affectionately known in the medical world
as Chromosome 9p21.
Through one of the largest gene-diet
interaction studies ever conducted on
cardiovascular disease, the researchers analyzed more than 27,000 people
from various ethnicities around the
world and the effects their diet had on
the 9p21 gene.
“We often think of genetic factors
as being unmodifiable factors,”
Dr. Sonia Anand, a joint principal
investigator of the study and professor
of medicine and epidemiology, told ABC
News. “But lifestyle factors can actually
change the genes.”
The results of the global retrospective supported the “five a day” recommendation, finding that diets high in
fresh fruits and vegetables actually
mitigated the
effect of
9p21, regardless
of the individual’s
genetic disposition.
Individuals with the high risk
genotype could reduce their risk
factor to the same level as those with
the low risk genotype when following a
“prudent diet,” one composed of mainly raw fruits, berries, and vegetables.
“What this study seems to imply is
that you shouldn’t throw in the towel if
you have a family history or are at risk
for heart disease because healthy living
with a healthy diet, in addition to other
lifestyle changes such as exercise and
maintaining a healthy body weight, can
take away from the risk that genes give
you,” Beth Abramson, a cardiologist at
St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto who
was not involved in the research, told
The Canadian Press.
This is all welcomed news as in the
U.S. alone, coronary heart disease is
the leading cause of death, with stroke,
another
cardiovascular
disease,
ranking third
on the list of killers.
Regardless if you have
the high risk gene or not,
previous research shows that every
additional serving of fruits or vegetables can bring about a four percent
decrease in the rate of heart disease
related deaths.
“Future research is necessary to
understand the mechanism of this
interaction, which will shed light on
the underlying metabolic processes
that the 9p21 gene is involved in,” the
study’s lead author, Dr. Ron Do, notes in
the joint university press release.
Meanwhile, the report advises
consumption of “more than
five fruits or vegetables” daily
to promote good health.
So in the interim, consider making
that “apple a day” an additional serving,
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September
8 Maine
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13 Connecticut
14 New Jersey
15 Towson, MD
16 Washington, DC
20 – 23Ann Wigmore
Historic Memorial
Commemoration
Lithuania
25 Germany
28 – 30 Denmark
October
12 – 14 Florida (East Coast)
Oct 21 – Nov 3
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16 – 17 Chicago
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Obesity During pregnancy
Increases Autism Risk
A new study suggests obesity during pregnancy may increase
chances for having a child with autism.
Parents today face an average 1 in 88 chance of having a child with
autism. The study’s results suggest that obesity during pregnancy
would increase the average rate to a 1 in 53 chance.
More than one-third of U.S. women of child-bearing age are obese.
The study’s results add yet another incentive for maintaining a
normal weight, said researcher Paula Krakowiak, a study co-author
and scientist at UC Davis. Brain Tumors linked
to Dental X-rays
Exposure to ionizing radiation, such as from X-rays, is the greatest
known environmental risk factor for largely non-malignant meningioma brain tumors. Routine dental X-rays are one of the most
common sources of radiation for most healthy people in the U.S.
A new study suggests that performing frequent X-rays could
expose dental patients to unnecessary risk.
“These findings should not prevent anyone from going to the
dentist,” says lead researcher and neurosurgeon Elizabeth B. Claus,
MD, PhD, of Yale University School of Medicine and Boston’s Brigham
and Women’s Hospital. “But it appears that a large percentage of
patients receive annual X-rays instead of every two to three years,
which is the recommendation for healthy adults.” Survival in Breast Cancer
Patients Boosted by
Cruciferous Veggies
According to a new study, consuming cruciferous vegetables may
have a positive impact on survival in breast cancer patients.
A large population-based prospective cohort study of Chinese
breast cancer survivors, called the Shanghai Breast Cancer Survival
Study, showed that eating cruciferous vegetables after a diagnosis
of breast cancer was associated with improved survival. The study
results were presented at the American Association for Cancer Research 103rd Annual Meeting.
Sarah J. Nechuta, MPH, PhD, a postdoctoral research fellow at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, led the researchers, who found
that, even after adjusting for demographics and lifestyle factors, cruciferous vegetable intake during the first 36 months after diagnosis was
associated with a reduced risk for total mortality, breast-cancer-specific
mortality and recurrence of breast cancer in the Chinese women.
The team observed that across increasing quartiles of cruciferous
vegetable consumption, the risk for total mortality decreased by 27%
(to 62%), the risk for breast-cancer-specific mortality decreased by
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What’s the News?
Viktoras Kulvinskas photograph courtesy of Jennifer Girard
Ann Wigmore photograph courtesy of Holly Longuski
“You are all invited to
join myself, Dr. Brian
Clement and other
outstanding speakers
in Lithuania for
the “Ann Wigmore
Historic Memorial
Commemoration and Festival of Life”
September 20 – 23, 2012. Let us celebrate
together for this great humanitarian and
manifest a major media event. There
will be dance, yoga, music, wheatgrass,
raw food, lectures and much more!”
— Viktoras Kulvinskas
Ann Wigmore Historic Memorial Commemoration 2012
September 20 – 23 • Kruopiai Village, Lithuania
by Viktoras Kulvinskas
H
ere is a little introduction to
a beautiful soul. Our Beloved
Pioneer, Ann Wigmore, incarnated on planet earth in the Pleikiu
Village of Lithuania on March 3, 1909.
At the age of 13, she sailed to the United
States, reuniting with her parents who
had already been living in the state of
Massachusetts. She later married and
gave birth to a daughter, Wilma, and
lived a simple, humble family life.
Years later, in poor health and suffering from colon cancer, Ann started
incorporating the wisdom learned
from her brilliant Lithuanian surrogate grandmother and began using
weeds and wheatgrass to heal herself.
It wasn’t until her divorce that her
vision really began to mold and form.
And so for the next 35 years she studied and spread the natural healing
and optimal nutrition message.
From 1956 until 1964, Ann took her
studies to the next level, achieving
numerous degrees and awards. In 1956
she started her healing mission with
the founding of the “Red Schoolhouse”
which evolved into the “Unity Church
Trainings.” This was later transformed
into “Rising Sun Christianity.” It was
here that I joined forces with Ann.
After a few years, we felt we needed
a more mainstream name that better reflected our intentions, so we
changed the name of our organization,
and together co-founded Hippocrates
Health Institute, laying the solid
foundation for a re-emergence into
the Live Food Diet and lifestyle.
Ann really had a way of putting it all
together in a loving manner. She was a
visionary who called us forth into the
manifestation of our own greatness.
She is an inspiration to all of those
that know her story and contribution
to humanity. Ann did not buy into her
“supposed” limitations. She showed
that a single individual, with no formal
education, having endured tremendous emotional turmoil, with no financial backing and no exceptional talents
can literally change the world.
It was her strong intentions and the
belief in self that fueled Ann’s fire. By
immersing herself into the guidance
of the Divine and focusing on the
truth of service, the acts and deeds
of her higher calling were revealed.
She knew “We Are One.” Regardless
of race, gender, condition or status in
life she treated all as Divine, whether
she met a street person of poverty or
wealthy royalty, she catered to and
served all equally.
This dedication of love eventually
blossomed into the woman called
“Dr. Ann” being presented the
“1970 – 1980 Woman of the Decade
Award” by The Humanitarian
International Association. Ann’s
achievements are far too numerous
to mention in one article, but it
should be said that because of
Dr. Ann’s humble nature she never
bragged about her recognition letter
from the presenters of the Nobel
Peace Prize. No, it was buried in a
drawer of her office desk and was
seemingly unimportant.
Dr. Ann, throughout the years,
continued to research, innovate and
simplify the living food experience.
It is certainly Ann’s legacy that we
now have bountiful indoor gardens in
our own kitchens, be it in the country
or a city apartment.
Ann was legendary for creating a
jungle of greens. She also revolutionized indoor compost production complete with worms! cont’d on p. 50
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The Seven Keys to
Lifelong Sexual Vitality
by Drs. Brian and Anna Maria Clement
We were inspired to write this book in the hope of guiding the masses away from
their current beliefs and thoughts on sexuality. All too often, we see people’s health
and happiness squelched from the systemic misunderstanding that prevails today.
S
exuality has become an icon
for marketers and a menace
for believers. There seem to be
endless manifestations of perverted
thinking that distort this enriching
biological gift. When we perceive the
act of intimacy and love in a contorted way, we suppress our own desires
and needs, which commonly erupts
in psychological and physical ways.
There is such a stigma that surrounds
this subject that most of us had to
learn about the beauty of sexuality
on our own. This is because even our
parents found it difficult to educate
us about intimacy in an honest and
unprejudiced fashion.
We have also observed hundreds
of individuals who found authentic love and shared themselves in a
healthy way via intimacy. This loving
act often manifests into healing and
heightened wellness.
We have approached sexual vitality with a comprehensive view. We
simply looked at the seven keys that
biologically and psychologically contribute to the sex, health and happiness that this force of nature provides.
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As our colleague Dr. George Yu
writes in his forward for the book,
“The ‘chi’ of sexual energy that binds
us together is what perpetuates future
humanity.” This reality is, in and of
itself, the most important reason to
re-think sex and the effect it has on
your life.
KEY ONE: Healthy sex is a
potent medicine.
Through our work, we have seen
first-hand that people in committed
relationships who maintain sexual
intimacy have a three times greater
chance of achieving their health
recovery goals. This is how powerful
a driving force sex can be in
perpetuating life.
Unfortunately, infertility is a huge
(and growing) problem for young
couples. Anywhere from 12 – 33% of
them, depending upon which expert’s
estimate you accept, cannot conceive.
Much of this infertility comes from
our poor lifestyle, which sadly springs
and spreads estrogen-like chemicals
that throw our hormones out of balance, preventing normal fertility.
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Humanity is becoming more insular, in great part due to technology.
As we become more estranged from
personal communication, instead
relying on text messages, email,
Facebook and Twitter, our skills for
courting are rapidly evaporating.
Soon there will be humans looking for
robotic mates.
This is certainly not a healthy trend,
but we must remember that only
a hundred years ago, interracial
marriage was illegal in most of the
United States and other countries
around the world.
Our research also revealed that today’s rate of premarital sex is no greater than it was over 50 years ago. Our
warped view of gender roles is another
repressive arena of deception. Since
nobody seems to possess the ability to
think clearly and speak directly about
sexuality, there are many persistent
myths surrounding the subject.
As I, Anna Maria, a Swede, have
traveled throughout Europe, it has
become evident to me that many
other nations are not as expressive
and open about intimacy as Denmark
and Sweden. This does not mean that
Swedes and Danes are promiscuous;
it just means that we typically have a
healthier view of this sacred gift.
I, Brian, grew up in the New York
area and experienced the universal
stigma surrounding age and sexuality. Somehow we, as parents, think our
children are not going to develop sex
hormones. Thus we do not help guide
them as their sexual desires blossom.
On the other end of the spectrum, we
think after a person matures, they no
longer have any desire for romance.
Both of these examples, along with
many other myths and fabrications,
contribute to the mass confusion
that creates cultural awkwardness
about intimacy.
KEY TWO: Desire starts in your mind.
“Sex is first and foremost a psychological issue,” affirms Dr. Barratt,
President of the American Association
of Sex Educators. When developing a
sane and sound vision of sexuality,
your inhibitions and restrictions will
morph into acceptance and sharing. It
is so important to redefine your view
on intimacy that your life can literally
depend upon it.
As a young child, you were not
sexual, but certainly inquisitive until
your hormones rallied and sexuality
rose. If at this time you were discouraged from expressing yourself, it
created the beginnings of an unhappy
and unfulfilled life. You need to open
your mind to guided imagery, which
will inevitably dispel your current
misunderstandings and open a world
of possibilities.
KEY THREE: Express your sexuality.
Most of us find it difficult to fantasize
and share our fantasies with our partner, yet study after study reveals that
this is healthy and helpful in keeping
sexual intimacy fresh and alive. There
is nothing wrong with being honest,
and just the vision that turns you on
may fulfill your deepest desires without actually experimenting. Research
shows that many men and women
who cheat are not doing so for the
sex alone. 92% of husbands who have
affairs state they had an emotional
disconnect with their wife. Similar
findings surface when wives who
cheat are asked why they have left the
security of marriage and taken a leap
into the unknown.
KEY FOUR: Protect your sexuality.
Making sure you live a biologically
clean life is a critical step in achieving
sexual health as well as overall health.
This includes limiting your use of synthetic chemicals, junk foods, municipal
water, medicines, cosmetics, personal
care products and other consumer
items. Each of these cause a body burden that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, after thousands of
tests, say unanimously alter the health
of the general population.
The core reason that these burdens
affect your sexuality is that they are
hormone disruptive. This manifests
low sperm counts in males and low
egg counts in females. There has been
a plethora of research that established this concrete conclusion. Even
one’s desire for intimacy and libido
response are disturbed by everything
from perfumes to sunscreens
to lipsticks.
Beyond these man-made factors,
another contributor to loss of sexual
interest is lack of participation. This
comes from disorders of desire,
disorders of arousal and disorders of
orgasm. As far back as the mid-twentieth century, anatomical biologists
exposed the disheartening fact that
the less sexual activity you have, the
less ability you have to have sex. It is
almost like the body shuts itself off
waiting for you to turn it on again.
Exercise is also extremely important in keeping the engine tuned and
running. A study recently published
in LiveScience shows that women who
conduct certain abdominal exercises
quite often can bring themselves to
orgasm. This may be a healthy and
viable way to fulfill your desire without resorting to less desirable means.
KEY FIVE: Nourish your sexuality.
Even infertility can be conquered, as
we see time and time again here at
Hippocrates Health Institute. Most
couples who are infertile resort to
fertility medicine, which has a long
list of side effects. Simple natural suggestions to increase sperm and egg
counts and healthy conception range
from ginseng for men to cauliflower
consumption for women. Researchers at Texas A&M University recently
showed that watermelon was as
effective as Viagra in assisting libido.
Only in the case of this superior food,
it worked for both genders.
We conducted a survey of guests
and employees (four couples and four
singles) to gauge how the Hippocrates
diet affects sexual vitality. There was
total agreement that it enhances
libido, sensitivity, intimacy and,
ultimately, fertility. There are also
several foods and nutrients we
have discovered which will help
you regain physical and emotional
strength in sexuality.
KEY SIX: Channel sexual energy in
your mind.
This is not a new concept. Its roots
began thousands of years ago in the
east. Tantra grew out of this and
became the first map to conscious
intimacy. This is meant not only to
control sexuality, but to heighten its
pleasure, stimulation and joy.
One of the foremost problems
with the average five minutes of
intercourse that couples share is
premature ejaculation. Of equal
concern is the fact that the majority
of women are not completely aroused
resulting in climax. Without fail,
practicing Tantric techniques will not
only strengthen your resolve, but biologically improve your body’s abilities.
In all of this, there are, for lack
of a better term, “rituals” involved.
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Pop Campaign Update: If It Is So Great, Label It!
by Mikaële Holzer and Rudi Leonardi
The POP Campaign (Preserve Organic Power) is a national non-profit organization focused on keeping
organic standards pure (nationally and internationally); keeping clear voices and choices in the marketplace; and educating the public and policy makers. The Campaign and its thousands of members desire
to see mandatory GE food labeling and to see more aggressive action to protect organic farms, foods,
supplements and standards.
We discovered a dirty little food secret.
“Conceal and Do Not Disclose” has been
the practice and retail strategy of the
food industry regarding genetically engineered (GE) products for years. The food
industry has used its muscle through
the legislative process to get permission
to deceive us as consumers. Over 80% of
the time we buy any processed or packaged foods, even those labeled “organic,”
we unknowingly are forced to eat GE ingredients and chemicals that are unsafe
for human consumption. To add insult
to injury, companies that seek to offer
healthy alternatives are prohibited from
giving consumers a solid, honest choice.
To label all of our food GE if it contains
any GE material makes sense. As stated
in the recent bicameral letter to the FDA,
“at issue is the fundamental right consumers have to make informed choices
about the food they eat.” The FDA already requires the labeling of over 3,000
ingredients, additives and processes as
it empowers us to make choices. Does
it not make sense to include GE foods?
Consumers seek the truth and expect
the truth from those who grow, distribute and market our food.
“If we do not stand up today and demand 100% labeling
of GE food to know honestly and clearly what products
we are buying, we are complicit criminals in creating
a slippery slope that will reduce Homo Erectus to
Homo Extinctus.” — Dr. Brian Clement, Hippocrates Health Institute
From “The Sky Is Falling” to
“Frankenfish” Overnight
Over twenty years ago, Genetically Engineered food had been significantly introduced into our food chain. Concerns
were raised then regarding the science,
health effects and safety of GE food and
organisms. These concerns were dismissed as “the sky is falling” paranoia
with no satisfactory answers.
Whether you think genetic engineering is good or bad, the fact is the jury is
still out on the subject. The purported
benefits of GE foods, like so much of
the information that comes out of
the biotech industry, will take years of
observation to confirm, and that is assuming there is no manipulation of GE
research. In the meantime, it is crucial
to move forward cautiously with judicious GE labeling.
Today, we know the horrible stories
are no longer myths. It is a fact that
if you eat anything containing soy or
corn, 80% of the time you are eating
GE materials. By the way, when reading
ingredients, you will find virtually all
processed food contains soy and/or
corn, which essentially guarantees your
exposure to genetic engineering.
GE “Frankenfish” is allowed to be used
in food without labeling; agro bacterium is used in creating GE crops and
is linked to Morgellons disease (Vitaly
Citovsky, Stony Brook University, New
York); gut permeability and disruption in
kids is becoming common and thought
to be connected with consumption of
GE foods; “pink slime” beef containing
ammonia is infiltrating school lunches;
a GE corn chip will actually produce a
toxin in the body; more olive oil in the
world is being sold than is grown and
harvested (meaning other types of oil
are used as “filler”; as animals are taken
off GMO food or growth hormones, their
health improves; China may be growing
GE tomatoes and many other products;
and the list goes on and on.
“In this 2012 election year, with two decades of evidence showing that Americans want mandatory GE labeling and many members of Congress up for re-election, the time is ripe this spring/
summer to move legislation (HR 3553) forward in order to avoid this as a possible wild card issue
on election day. You the voter are the wild card, you have the power to make labeling happen by
making it an election issue and by engaging now and staying engaged throughout the year!”
— Beth Clay, Capital Consultants working with the POP Campaign
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“This fanaticism of genetically altering food away from the way nature intended it to be and
being dishonest about its effects is an acute genocide of our fundamental birthright to choose
healthy, alive and safe food.” — Rudi Leonardi, POP Campaign
Why Stand Up Now?
In his book, Seeds of Deception, Jeffrey
Smith (a leading spokesman on the
health dangers of GE foods) speaks of
a “tipping point” to make a difference.
Surveys by MSNBC, Reuters, The Washington Post, ABC and others indicate an
average of 90% of the American people
support GE labeling. This tipping point
has arrived.
GE labeling is a wild card for every
race from the Presidency to Congress
to local seats. Food is a bipartisan issue.
If clear boundaries and empowerment
are not set in 2012, the potential for
derogation is huge. The best chance for
proper GE labeling is now.
Tracking The Major Moves
Nearly 50 countries throughout the
world require labeling. These are the
efforts that need to be tracked in the
United States:
»» H.R. 3553: Genetically Engineered
Food Right to Know Act — introduced by Congressman Dennis
Kucinich requiring labels on all
GE foods and seeds.
»» Senate Version: Genetically Engineered Food Labeling — Stay Tuned
»» A Citizens Petition before the FDA
to mandate GE Labeling
»» The March 2012 Bi-Cameral Letter
sent to the FDA supporting
the Citizens Petition
»» California’s 2012
Label GMO Ballot Initiative
Important Steps To Take:
»» Call Your Two Senators and Your Representative. Tell them you want mandatory
labeling on all genetically engineered
foods. Remind them that:
»» This is a non-partisan issue and is
important to you and your family.
»» This is simply truth and honesty
in labeling.
CORRECT ACTION:
Honest Labeling • Keep the Pressure On
Most shopping decisions these days are
made in non-shopping environments
rather than at the shelves, and few
people look at scorecards before they
shop. Therefore, for most consumers
to be informed is to have obvious GE
labels for on-the-spot shopping decisions. Being aware, speaking up and
taking action over the next six months
is required for success.
Stay informed with the POP Campaign
»» They need to co-sponsor HR 3553
and the Senate Version
»» Fifty-five signatures were on the
bicameral letter
»» A Citizens Petition was sent to the FDA
»» Support California Label GE Initiative/
Passage of the California Ballot measure
»» Speak with candidates at all levels during
this 2012 election cycle and let them know
that protecting organic foods and farming
is important to you and that you want
mandatory labeling of all GE foods.
»» Speak up with friends, especially at the
grocery stores and markets. Please contribute and visit the
POP Campaign website at
www.popcampaign.org
“There is a new activism that is taking hold — a grassroots
trickle effect is thriving and building from a position of
genuine caring to make a difference and to take correct
action. It’s out of love rather than out of fear.” “GE labeling is
essential and
would make it easy for busy
moms — and busy people for
that matter — to make informed,
healthy choices on the run.”
— Rachel Pachivas, East Bay Area Coordinator
for California’s Label GMOs Campaign
— Mikaële Holzer,
POP Campaign
“Genetic engineering” defines any process that alters an organism at the molecular or cellular level by
means that are not possible under natural conditions or processes. Such means include, but are not
limited to, recombinant DNA and RNA techniques, cell fusion, microencapsulation, macroencapsulation,
gene deletion and doubling, introducing a foreign gene, and changing the position of genes. Genetic
engineering does not include modification that consists exclusively of breeding, conjugation, fermentation, hybridization, in vitro fertilization or tissue culture.
— Citizens Petition to the FDA, 2012
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Doctors and Pharmaceuticals:
Money Making Opportunities?
“Is it not strange that desire should so many years
outlive performance?”
— William Shakespeare
by Dallas Lasalle
I
t’s common knowledge that pharmaceutical companies frequently
send drugs to doctors for them
to distribute to their patients free of
charge. Fewer people realize these same
pharmaceutical companies also hold
seminars and courses that are not monitored for objectivity and may not be
relevant to the doctor’s specialties. There
is a required disclosure of who finances
a course and any ties to corporate sponsors, but classes are not monitored for
bias. The classes are “taught” by pharmafunded specialists, often MDs-for-hire.
What’s worse is doctors are required
to sit through these seminars (which
sound more like time-share presentations) and answer a quiz just to keep
their state licenses and sometimes their
malpractice insurance policies.
Advertising of pharmaceuticals on
television and radio is another growing problem. The TV and radio spots
(paid for by the same corporations who
“taught” the doctors at their unmonitored courses and seminars) encourage
listeners to “ask your doctor if drugs
X, Y and Z are right for you.” When one
considers where the doctors get their
information regarding the drugs their
patients are asking them to prescribe,
a serious conflict of interest emerges.
Long ago, pharmaceutical companies
were not allowed to advertise. Their
sole outlet for promoting new products
was the doctors. The pharmaceutical
companies had to give specific information to the doctors in order for them to
prescribe a new drug. Now, in a market
saturated with new drugs, it is much
more difficult for doctors to keep up
with the products and find out which
are best to help their patients.
Prescription drugs, used as directed,
kill 100,000 Americans per year (more
than twice as many deaths as from
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auto accidents). Melody
Petersen, former New
York Times reporter
and author of Our Daily
Meds adds, “The study
estimating that 100,000
Americans die each year
from their prescriptions
looked only at deaths
from known side effects.
That is, those deaths didn’t
happen because the doctor
made a mistake and prescribed
the wrong drug, or the pharmacist
made a mistake in filling the prescription, or the patient accidentally took
too much. Unfortunately, thousands of
patients die from such mistakes too, but
this study looked only at deaths where
our present medical system wouldn’t
fault anyone. Tens of thousands of
people are dying every year from drugs
they took just as the doctor directed.
This shows you how dangerous medications are.”
Doctors need to question the verbiage and veracity of the pharmaceuticals because the primary motivation
of the pharmaceutical companies is
selling a product. AstraZenica, GlaxoSmithKline, Janssen, Vovartis, Pfizer,
Bristol Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly, Shire
and others are all in the business to
make money for their investors.
The responsibility of these firms is
to market drugs, not to dispense
information about the drugs and
their potential side effects to the
general public.
This environment doesn’t encourage
doctors or patients to make informed
decisions. In the eyes of the pharmaceuticals, this is a business. They conduct it like any business — not for the
good of the people, but for the good of
the company, and business is booming.
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Americans spent $307.4
billion on pharmaceutical
drugs in 2010, according to
a recent report from the consulting
firm IMS Health.
Pharmaceuticals need
more regulation, but a
federal appeals court
turned away the Food and
Drug Administration’s bid
for oversight of the industry
on the grounds of freedom
of speech. This ruling keeps the
claims of pharmaceutical companies
above scrutiny, with no guarantee their
products can do what they claim to.
The use of hyperbole in the publicity
for a new product is not subject to an
informational check and the advertising is free to mention only the positive
effects of the product and then in tiny
print or indiscernible voice-over list the
side effects, which often include death.
We, the patients, must research the
drugs anyone proposes we use. It’s
our responsibility to find out if they
are truly beneficial and specific to our
problem. We cannot let ourselves be
persuaded by advertisements or publicity to take a product we might not even
benefit from.
Following a healthful diet and exercise program is the best basis for a life
free of disease and drugs. But, if we do
have a disease and a doctor prescribes
a drug, there is information available to
us regarding benefits and detriments
of the product. We must take it upon
ourselves to find out if the product
would truly help in our search for good
health and a great life. References:
“Is Your Doctor’s Continuing Ed Funded by Pharma?”
by Martha Rosenberg, Epoch Times
“Who’s teaching the doctors? Drug firms sponsor
required courses — and see their sales rise” by
Dan Vergano, USA Today
Sexy Seniors
by Diane Lahoski
When researching this article, I found it amazing that some in the media consider over 40 to be “older”! Au contraire! I am talking about women in their 60s,
70s and 80s. The normal, healthy woman wants not just a “cuddle” but full out
sex with her partner. Researchers have found that contrary to popular belief, a
very large percentage of people aged from 60 to 85 and in good health have
a satisfying sex life.
T
here is a difference in the genders in senior sexuality. Part of
the difference is there are many
more single women in this category
due to women living longer than men.
In adult living communities there will
be many more women living alone
than men, and most of these women
desire a satisfying relationship.
Some of the disparity of men being
more satisfied with their sexuality than women has to do with the
amount of “help” available to enable them to maintain an erection.
Unfortunately, until recently, there
was nothing available to help women
attain orgasm.
As recently as the late 1900s, it
was thought by some people that
sex was harmful and inappropriate for women over fifty, as erotic
thoughts could cause disease and
even borderline insanity. No one
wanted to believe that their parents,
much less their grandparents, were
“doing it.” According to statistics,
they sure are!
The biggest issue for both men and
women is their health. As long as they
keep a proper diet, exercise regularly,
live in an environmentally safe place
and, in general, live healthfully, sex
can be an integral and fun part of life.
Unfortunately, with age some people
do have health issues that must be
considered. Also, too many older
people are prescribed medication
that kills their libido and energy and
therefore they spend too much time
sitting in front of the TV.
The sad part of life today is the
prevalence of sexually transmitted
diseases (STDs). Believe it or not, STDs
are increasing exponentially in the
elderly population. Studies have
shown that syphilis, chlamydia and
gonorrhea have increased in adults
over 55. HIV rates in seniors have
also risen. Information about these
problems needs to be distributed to
stop the escalation of these dangerous
diseases. Many of the baby boomer
generation still think the rules of
sexual practices they learned as teens
are still in effect today. Times have
changed and people need to learn the
“new facts of life.”
One reason for the low use of condoms among seniors is the fact that
they no longer have to worry about
getting pregnant. The fact is they do
need to worry about STDs! One study
showed that men who took Cialis, Levitra or Viagra had almost twice the risk
of being diagnosed with an STD as men
who did not. Most seniors do not talk
with their doctors about their sexual
activity. They find it too embarrassing
and feel it’s nobody’s business but their
own. The truth of the matter is they
need to know the risks and they need
to protect themselves from STDs in
order to enjoy a long and healthy life.
Sex is exciting and wonderful and
it is a pleasure at any age. Enjoy! Heal i ng Ou r Worl d »« Human Sexual ity
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Good Sex Makes the World Go Round
by Dr. Edwin Riley
Air, food and sex are three of our most basic human needs, but sex is by far the most complicated. In fact, most statistics blame sexual problems as the primary cause for relationship failure. Because of enormous stress created among couples who fail to communicate their sexual
needs and accept their differences with understanding, I devoted an entire chapter to this topic in
my book Stress Rx: 103 Prescriptions for Overcoming Stress and Achieving Lifelong Happiness.
(available in the Hippocrates store).
S
ex, like food, also has an emotional component. As such, the
act of sex can take us to extreme
joy and great heights and also plunge
us into deep despair. To build intimacy, start by opening lines of communication. Share a desire and encourage
your partner to do the same. Studies
have shown that simply telling your
partner what you want in bed leads
to deeper emotional intimacy. Enjoy
time together without interruption,
both in and out of the bedroom, to
promote a connection.
So why is sex such a big problem
with so much misunderstanding and
emotional charge surrounding the
topic? Let’s first look at the conundrum of “What Men Need to Know
About Women” and then look at the
flip side of “What Women Need to
Know About Men.”
What Men Need to Know
About Women
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Women need kissing and cuddling.
You cannot always pop a Viagra and
get right to it. Think of foreplay as the
appetizer before the main course.
It’s important to remember that
women’s needs are different from
men’s. Women need to feel sexy
and aroused, which usually happens
during foreplay. Although there
are plenty of lubricants on the market,
only the natural secretion from
the woman’s body will sustain the
sex act over a period of time (see my article “Like Water For Sex”
in Healing Our World Volume 31,
Issue 2.)
Women (and often older men) have
a greater need for emotional stroking in addition to physical stroking.
Sexual self-esteem becomes more
of an issue when a woman or man
reaches their fifties and beyond and
can often escalate as one ages.
A man can make a woman feel
sexy by telling her how much she
turns him on and holding steady eye
contact. He can also make her feel
loved by appreciating her (not just as
a sexual partner).
Women need more emotional intimacy than men. There is a spiritual
exchange that needs to take place
before a meaningful sexual connection can occur. For some men, but for
most women, they need to feel they’re
reaching a higher plane than a quickie
roll in the sack provides. They connect
with the heart and head before sex
even factors into the equation.
What Women Need to Know
About Men
While women need physical stroking
to get warmed up, men often require
verbal stroking before, during and
even after sex. As a man gets older he
may require more physical stimulation due to physical changes. Sexual
health and mental well-being are also
dependent on physical factors such as
high blood pressure or diabetes, and
may play a role in what is required to
stimulate the man.
Young men (womanizers in particular) often don’t care how they perform
as long as they add a notch to their
belts. But as men mature, fulfilling a
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woman’s sexual needs becomes more
important, and being a considerate
lover adds to their sense of pride.
Since most sex requires two people,
it stands to reason that the more
positive reinforcement a man receives
from his partner, the more loving he
will become. Positive (and passionate)
reinforcement sends the message to
a man that he is fulfilling her needs and that’s a good thing for the man.
If your partner is not touching
you the right way, tell him what you
need, not what turns you off. Some
men like hearing a woman moan,
sigh and groan. It tells him he’s on the
right track. If a woman is not making
sounds, the man might think his partner is not enjoying herself. But some
women are just quiet during the sexual
act, and it does not mean that they are
unhappy with their partner’s performance. Discussing this often helps to
ease concerns a partner may have.
Now that we’ve looked at both the
men’s and women’s “need to know”
lists, let me add that, as a therapist, I
work with individuals and couples on
divisive sexual issues. I have learned
there is more to sex than sex itself. Sex
for the sake of sex usually won’t sustain over time. Intimacy and communication, however, will last indefinitely
when properly nurtured. The willingness to work, love, invent, create and
enjoy sex as a couple is truly fulfilling,
both physically and spiritually.
Fix your spiritual, emotional,
mental and physical self and
appropriate sexuality will usually
follow. Hallelujah! Health Educators in the News
“The Hippocrates Health Educator program continues to make progress in its design of educational standards.
Setting a new mark this season are several students from the Winter 2012 cohort. Students elected to take on
a project whereby they researched the term “plant-based nutrition” so that they might present some factual
information regarding this topic. Pictured below are the individuals who were included in this task followed
with a summation of their findings.”
— Alea M. Deeter, Eds, MA, BS
What is Plant-Based
Nutrition?
P
lant-based nutrition is a philosophy that regards the body as a
whole and promotes the growth
and consumption of natural foods,
urging maximum intake of fresh, raw,
living produce with minimal use of
cooking and other forms of processing.
The diet incorporates a healthy balance
of preferably organic fruits, vegetables,
sprouts, seeds, nuts, algae, grasses,
flowers, sea vegetables, grains
and legumes.
This dietary lifestyle is optimal in
providing the necessary elements for
humans to thrive, including vitamins,
minerals, fibers, enzymes, oils, proteins
and carbohydrates in bio-available
form. Perhaps the single most essential
nutritional substance in a plant-based
diet is chlorophyll, which transforms
sunlight into proteins, starches and
sugars. Its molecules are almost identical to human hemoglobin; therefore
it is immediately assimilated upon
consumption.
The History of Plant-Based Nutrition
Eating a plant-based diet has a rich and
diverse history. Many cultures and civilizations around the world have been
eating plant-based and raw diets for
years. Their diets are largely regarded
as a key contributor to their longevity
and health.
Some of our great thinkers, peacemakers and teachers in the past 2500
years have eaten predominantly plantbased diets. Among them are Buddha,
Socrates, Leonardo
da Vinci, Gandhi
and Einstein. 2400
years ago Hippocrates stated,
“Let thy food be
your medicine,
Fall 2012 Health Educator Study Group (full class not pictured)
and medicine
Back Row (from left): Kent Lawrence, Diane Stackhouse,
be thy food.”
Alethia Barrett, Linda Cartwright, Lena Forré
Mahatma Gandhi
Front Row (from left): Jennifer Woodruff, Emily Pearson,
was called to
Barbara Barcelo, Gemma Bartlett, Geni Fife, Judy Lindley, Aylin Filiba,
become vegetarAlia Baith, Alea M. Deeter (Hippocrates Health Educator Program Director)
ian in 1931 and his
Not Pictured: Kate Roberti
focus was a precursor to the ideas of the Vegan Society our dental structure has changed very
in 1944. The term “vegan” was coined
little over millions of years and indicates
in England in 1944 by Donald Watson,
that our dental structure was designed
co-founder of the British Vegan Society,
to eat fruit, nuts, seeds and greens.
to mean “non-dairy vegetarian.” The
Known Effects/Benefits of
society also opposed the use of eggs
Adopting a Plant-Based Diet
as food. In 1951, the society clarified the
definition of “veganism” to mean “the
Research supports the idea that plantdoctrine that man should live without
based foods protect us against disease,
exploiting animals.”
while animal-based foods, which are
During the vast majority of our
high in fat, cholesterol and protein,
existence on this planet, the original
promote disease. Some of the many
diet for humans consisted primarily
health benefits of a plant-based diet
of vegetables, fruits and nuts. Many culinclude reduction of cardiovascular
tures today and throughout time have
disease, lowered risk of prostate and
sustained themselves with plants, seeds, other cancers, and prevention of
grains, roots and fruits. The diet of early
diabetes, obesity and diseases related
humans provided little starch and no
to the bone, kidney, eye and brain.
refined sugar or salt. Plant-based foods
A plant-based diet can afford us longer
such as fruit, vegetables, nuts, vegetable
lives. Quality of life is also sure to
oils and whole grains are important
improve as we look and feel younger,
components of traditional diets in Medi- have more energy and maintain
terranean and Asian regions. Skeletal re- a healthy weight with ease.
mains of ancient humans show us that
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Wayne Pickering at 63 years young
Abs For Great Sex
Sexy Abs Aren’t Just Window Dressing
by Dr. Wayne “The Mango Man” Pickering
Ever noticed those who have big muscles and poor abdominal muscles (abs)
don’t look nearly as good as those who have less muscularity but great abs?
And the ones with the best abs seem to be more sexually appealing.
Since sex is an integral part of life, let’s address this area.
What are the major benefits of good abs relating to our sex life?
Abs Will Improve Your Sex Life
It’s a pretty common fact of human nature that men are physical
and women are emotional. Women
claim the greatest sex organ is the
brain; men say it’s about three feet
due south. What say we split the
geographic difference and focus on
what’s really important to a great
sex life — core strength.
You know the old phrase, “It’s not
the size of the ship; it’s the motion
of the ocean”? Well let’s take that to
heart. We can’t improve upon what
God gave us but we can rebuild our
body to maximize the rocking and
rolling that goes on below deck. Here
are three benefits that can help you
pull that ship into port:
1. Better Stamina: The thrusting power you generate during sex
doesn’t come from your legs or arms,
rather from your core strength. Strong
abdominal and lower back muscles
are not only attractive to help stimulate an emotional response from your
partner. Most importantly, strong
core muscles give you the stamina
and strength to try new positions.
They also give you the consistency
to support your endurance and your
partner’s pleasure.
2. Healthier Erections: It’s known
that over 30 million American men
have some kind of erectile dysfunction. Though it’s caused by many
things, one of the major causes is
simply poor blood flow.
These components are some of the
biggest contributors to poor blood
flow: inconsistent fitness, poor quality
drinking water, negative emotions, inferior air, lack of sound sleep patterns
and — very obviously — miserable
nutrition!
Greasy foods, white foods and fizzy
drinks should never be consumed if
you are to have a great, fit, healthy
body with good-looking abs (this is
the ideal kind of body to have for the
best sex).
When you are unhealthy, and
especially if you are overweight, the
“crud in the blood” that gums up the
blood vessels leading to your heart
and brain also gums up the vessels
that lead to your genitals. Plaque
forms on the inside of your arteries,
narrowing the passageways through
which blood must flow. Think of
several lanes of traffic narrowing into
one. Your blood vessels can become
so clogged in your pelvic area that a
sufficient supply of blood can’t get
through to form an erection.
You don’t need to be a college
graduate to understand this equation.
Increased fat equals decreased blood
flow. Decreased blood flow equals
softer (or no) erections. Softer (or
no) erections equals a lousy sex life,
and that’s just the way it is. Clogged
blood vessels have the same effect on
women, leading to decreased lubrication, sensitivity and sexual pleasure.
3. “Greater Than Before” Length:
If a man has poor abs and has an
excess of fat, it will make his privates
appear smaller than actual size. The
length of the average man’s penis is
about three inches while limp, but
the fatter he is, the smaller he’ll look.
That’s because the fat at the base of
a man’s abdomen covers up the base
of his penis. Losing just 15 pounds of
fat and developing better abs will add
up to as much as half an inch to the
length of his penis. Although it’s not
technically growing, the decreased fat
that surrounds it will allow all a guy’s
got to actually show.
Commit to be fit as stronger, leaner,
well-sculpted abs are one sure way to
a healthier, more enjoyable sex life.
In our next article on fitness, I will
be sharing with you “Why We Need
To Change Our Fitness Routines
Per Season.” Don’t miss it! Heal i ng Ou r Worl d »« Human Sexual ity
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Yoga Undressed: The Goddess
DVD review by Sheila Skrobeck
Hmm … naked yoga. Admittedly, when I was asked to review this DVD I chuckled.
Yoga Undressed? Must be a new gimmick to sell an old practice. The trailer featured two
yoginis with unrealistically perfect bodies, so I was further convinced I would be watching a sexy DVD with little substance.
M
y first thoughts about the merits of nude yoga were
skeptical. Freedom of movement came to mind, but
meant little to me. After all, yoga clothes are typically
comfortable, lightweight and stretchy; I’ve never felt like they
constricted my movement.
And what about the belief that yoga is intended to draw us within our bodies, to feel and connect to what is happening inside
instead of outside? Upon review, the Yoga Undressed: Beginner DVD was quite
the pleasant surprise. It was beautiful to watch and the narrative
was superb, offering excellent instruction on breathing and pose
sequencing.
The DVD introduced the kundalini yoga philosophy and
maintained a soft spiritual dialogue throughout the practice. The production was both tasteful and sensual.
Moving through a flow of naked poses with a heightened sense of awareness, completely free to feel and explore new feelings.
Sounds like the perfect way to practice partner yoga, which
comes later in the Yoga Undressed “The Goddess” series. HIPPOCRATES 3 WEEK FRANCOPHONE PROGRAM
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by Safara Fisher
I recently read a wonderful description of sex in a book
on Taoism. The writer described sex as the most honest
portrayal of our personalities that we share with another person, one that reveals our
truth and the core of who we are. Perhaps this is why the topic of sex is so difficult to
approach, particularly in times of declining health.
W
www.YogaUndressed.com
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hen we are unwell our
entire biological and
emotional grid has been
disturbed. We walk around unbalanced, disconnected from ourselves
and others. Most immediately this
resonates as physical pain in our bodies. However, when we look closer at
the source of our discomfort we often
see that underneath this pain are layers of emotions such as anger, regret,
fear, jealousy and sadness that have
laid dormant in our bodies.
What we then seek, when we begin
a path toward healing, is to take steps
that will realign us with who we really are and uncover these pains. We
recognize the strong disconnect we
have within ourselves and learn to
practice self-realization, moving us
closer to self-healing.
This process requires us to consider
who we are in all aspects of our life:
how we live our life, who we have
invited to share our life and what we
have chosen to make a priority in our
goal of self-fulfillment. With this in
mind, I believe anyone who has set
out on the path toward healing will,
at some point in their journey, sit
down and reflect on their sex life.
Examining sex as it ebbs and flows
in my life has been a priority in my
healing. My sex life has undergone
radical changes since I was diagnosed
with ulcerative colitis ten years ago,
in my late twenties. At times I felt
completely sexless, wrapped up in
my inadequacy and disapproving
and unforgiving of my body’s slow
healing process.
This sexlessness was due to the loss
and gain of my femininity through
the transformation of my biological
health. My body shriveled to resemble
the figure of a young girl, then I
regained weight and health, and my
menstrual cycle and womanhood
returned. This cycle has repeated
itself each time my health has been
in decline, and at these times I have
misplaced my sexual identity.
This has been particularly relevant
to my intimate relationships. When
we are unwell, our focus is so primal,
sometimes our prayer for the day is
as simple as, “Please let my body be
well enough that I may eat a full meal
comfortably.” Taking care of our basic
needs becomes our daily life and the
life of those who care for us.
In doing so, the intimacy of a romantic relationship can dissolve as the
partners take on the roles of patient
and caretaker. This change has direct,
but often imperceptible, consequences
regarding the couple’s sex life. Abandoning ourselves to an illness and taking on different routines can diminish
opportunities to be close, to touch and
feel one another with passion and,
ultimately, to enjoy sexual encounters.
In my own effort to address this
dynamic, I have had to confront my
addiction to the ill state of being. It
has taken ten years, but I have been
successful. Today I look forward to sex
as a part of being well. Maintaining
and nurturing my libido means I am
well and strong. It means that my
body is healing and that I am turning
towards wholeness. I talk about
sex with my partner; I cry about it and
I laugh about it. I have treated sex as
I do all other aspects of how my body
looks and feels during each stage of
my healing because I recognize that
sexuality is central to being intimate.
If sex hasn’t been a priority in your
healing, make it one. If you haven’t
had a conversation about it with
your partner, start one. It is essential
that we, as leaders of our own health
quests, acknowledge sex as a vital
part of our well-being. By opening
the door to our sexuality, we can fully
continue the journey of health.
If this seems a bit too much to
take on all at once, consider saying a
little mantra to yourself to get things
flowing. I leave you with my own:
“I am a young 30-something-year-old
in the prime of my life, where sex and
sexual fulfillment is something I will
pursue with rigorous vigor!”
I have a blog about health
and managing ulcerative colitis:
www.safaraf.com. I welcome
your posts.
I am also writing a book on being
a woman with ulcerative colitis. Heal i ng Ou r Worl d »« Human Sexual ity
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Is Obesity the
“New Smoking”?
Sex & Love
by Saul Goodman
By John Robbins
There is a dynamic relationship between sexual energy and love.
They inter-relate deeply; they work together to bind creation into
a cohesive whole.
L
ove is like the tree of life, with its trunk, roots,
branches, leaves and fruit. Sexual energy is like
the sap moving within this tree. It is the current
that transports nourishment and vitality to every cell
of the whole.
Sexual energy is not merely the urge toward reproduction. This is but one small expression of its
purpose. For just as love is an expression of the ultimate oneness of all life, the sexual force is the living,
breathing energy of polarity within that oneness.
And it is this same energy, when blocked, that leads
to war and destruction, and then once more strives
to rebuild.
Sexual energy is the call of the future and the drive
toward expansion. It is the ever-present insistence
of life that everything continually evolve.
All this action and movement, this pulsating life
force, this ongoing transformation, is the flow of sap
moving within the eternal tree of life, which is love. Excerpted from The Awakened Heart by John Robbins and Ann Mortifee.
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The urge toward consummation is where sexual
energy is most obviously identified, but it is this
same energy that builds temples, plants gardens,
writes books and adventures into the unknown.
It is this same energy that invents, aspires, inquires
and evokes.
New from the bestselling
author of The Food Revolution
AVA I L A B L E W H E R E V E R B O O K S A N D E B O O K S A R E S O L D
It is the energy of attraction and repulsion. It is what
draws together and propels apart, what unites and
separates. It is a wave that ebbs and flows, that
waxes and wanes, that builds and declines, creates
and destroys.
“Do yourself a favor and
read this book.”
—Kathy Freston,
author of the New York Times
bestselling Veganist and
Quantum Wellness
Conari Press
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800.423.7087
[email protected]
Cancer is generally thought of as something that is beyond the realm
of human understanding and control. Because there is no “cure,” people
often feel helpless when it comes to reversing such a serious disorder.
Throw in the odd story about someone who never smoked contracting
lung cancer, and this only adds to the confusion.
F
ortunately, the cancer mystery is
starting to come a bit more into
focus. More and more people are
learning that certain foods, such as
broccoli and other vegetables, can aid
in cancer prevention. It is starting to
become accepted by the general public
that lifestyle and cancer have a strong
connection. Ironically, at the same time
this acceptance of cancer’s lifestyle correlation is growing, so is the prevalence
of the lifestyle habits that can encourage cancer.
One of the greatest factors that can
lead to cancer is obesity. In Canada,
statistics from 2007 to 2009 showed
that approximately 24% of adults and
9% of children were obese. In addition,
the obesity rate in Mexico runs a close
second to the United States. According
to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the obesity
rate in Mexico was 30% as of 2006, running closely behind the United States at
33.8%. It is commonly known that obese
people are at a high risk for heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes, but it
may be news to some that obesity also
increases the risk for uterine, cervical,
breast, ovarian, colon, rectal and prostate cancers (source: MayoClinic.com).
While obesity is now largely considered to have more deleterious effects
on health than cigarette smoking
(source: American Journal of Preventive
Medicine), an interesting fact is that
obesity is about to outpace cigarettes
in causing cancer. That’s right — being
obese is just about as likely to cause
cancer as smoking cigarettes. According to Professor Jeffrey M. P. Holly, PhD,
obesity will replace smoking as the
number one preventable cause of many
common cancers in just a few years.
Professor Holly, a Clinical Sciences Professor at the University of Bristol, U.K.,
is examining how fatty acids affect the
actions of insulin-like growth factors,
which may promote cancer.
There is also a growing body of
evidence that diabetes is linked with
cancer. The correlation between obesity
and diabetes has long been established, and it’s becoming common
knowledge that type 2 diabetes
is a lifestyle disorder and can always
be reversed through adopting a
healthier lifestyle.
Vuk Stambolic, a cancer researcher
at the University of Toronto in Canada,
has been studying the effect of insulin
on breast cancer tumors. Add a large
dose of glucose, a growth factor called
EGF and insulin to a tissue culture, and
tumor cells will be fruitful and multiply.
When you try to wean the tumor cells
off the insulin, they “drop off and they
die,” says Stambolic.
When one considers today’s public
rejection of smoking, there are some
interesting implications. Over the past
few decades, smokers have been confined to smaller and smaller designated
areas and it is now illegal to smoke in
virtually all restaurants and bars, not
to mention many outdoor public areas.
These smoking bans are largely due to
the link between secondhand smoke
and cancer.
For the first time since the mid1960s, the number of adult smokers in
the United States has recently fallen
below 20% (source: CDC, Morbidity
and Mortality Weekly Report). Considering there are now more that 50%
more obese adult Americans than
there are adult Americans who smoke
cigarettes, it will be interesting to see
As of November 2011, Statistics Canada
reported cancer was the leading cause of
death in every province and territory for
the first time. In the United States, cancer
deaths are outnumbered only by those
from heart disease.
how government oversight plays into
the growing obesity epidemic. Everyone remembers what happened with
cigarette advertising. When Joe Camel
and the Marlboro Man were no longer
allowed on billboards, the news made
headlines. How long will cookie-baking
elves and cola-swigging polar bears be
allowed to peddle their wares to our
citizenry, tempting our children with
their sugary products?
Then there’s the product packaging
to consider. The warning labels citing
smoking’s link to cancer and other
diseases keeps getting larger, taking up
nearly the whole package in many European countries. Other countries have
proposed putting pictures of diseased
lungs on cigarette packs. Imagine a box
of cookies with large cancer warnings
on the wrapper — or graphic depictions
of obese, cancer-ridden bodies.
Just over 20 years ago, people
smoked in their offices, on airplanes
and even while they got haircuts. In
the 1980s, if someone heard about
public smoking bans, especially ones
in outdoor areas, they’d think the idea
was ludicrous. The idea of a “fat tax” on
sugary foods and drinks may sound just
as ludicrous to some in today’s society,
but action against those who neglect
to adopt healthier habits may be imminent as healthy citizens refuse to foot
higher health care and insurance bills
for the sake of their less responsible
neighbors. cont’d on p. 63
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Fertility and the
Plant-Based Diet
Four important types of plant foods to maximize fertility:
1.Whole sprouted grains are good for insulin function. These include millet, quinoa, buckwheat and amaranth.
2.Healthy fats reduce inflammation and increase insulin sensitivity. These include avocados, nuts and sesame and pumpkin seeds.
3.Folate is an important nutrient to load up on before pregnancy to prevent birth defects.
Folate-rich foods include green leafy vegetables, strawberries and citrus fruits such as oranges.
4.Protein from plant sources such as beans, peas, nuts, sprouts and algae (both sea and fresh water varieties).
Are Vegetarians and Vegans More Fertile Than Others?
by Steven Lemberg, MD
Current research has found that eating more foods from the vegetable
kingdom while reducing consumption of foods of animal origin may improve
fertility. There are those who question whether a vegan diet, one that eschews
all meat, poultry, fish, dairy products and eggs actually works against one’s
ability to conceive, or is, in some way, too extreme. The answer to this
question is a resounding “NO.” In fact, more and more evidence suggests
the opposite is true: plant-based foods enhance fertility. Therefore, vegans
and vegetarians are actually at an advantage when it comes to fertility.
I
n my 34 years of medical practice,
I have never seen a healthier diet
than the raw, living foods vegan diet outlined by Hippocrates Health
Institute. I have happily embraced
this fare in my own life. Every one of
these plant foods is powerful, nourishing and loaded with oxygen, enzymes, alkalinity, antioxidants, phytochemicals and healthy hormones.
It makes sense that the human
body, and all of our organs, thrive on
this type of nourishment, made up
of the best foods from the land, the
oceans and fresh water. This food
invigorates our bodies, which are
often depleted from toxic exposure to
the environment, improper nutrition,
chronic stress, lack of exercise, poor
sleep and inadequate relaxation.
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These nutrients provide energy
and myriad healing factors to organs
that have been operating under stress
and poor nutrition for a long time.
All the tissues and organs of the body
respond to better nutrition; these
are, in fact, the building blocks of the
organs themselves. If you provide
the best construction materials, you
build the strongest, best-functioning
organs. This applies to our reproductive systems, as well.
Men who are vegan have lost the
excess fat that impedes athletic
performance. Sexual vigor increases
as the man has more energy, better
circulation and a better self-image.
All these factors improve libido.
The same is true for both sexes;
the healthier functioning ovaries in
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women should produce healthier eggs
and the male should make healthier
sperm. Ultimately, even the egg and
sperm are made up of the nutrients
we consume.
A well-planned vegan diet includes
all the special nutrients needed for
conceiving a child and maintaining
a healthy pregnancy. In fact, this is
the healthiest diet for humans in
all stages of life.
The important thing is to be nutritionally balanced and — especially
for women — to maintain a healthy
weight while trying to conceive. By
incorporating great variety in one’s
plant-based diet and exercising effective supplementation, all vital specific
nutrients can be obtained, curbing
infertility. These nutrients include
Millet
Avocados
iodine, vitamin B12, iron, vitamin D,
omega 3 fatty acids (flax seeds, chia
seeds, green and blue-green algae,
walnuts) and calcium. These nutrients
are already present in abundance in
the Hippocrates diet.
It has long been suspected that a
plant-based diet leads to enhanced
fertility. The Nurse’s Health Study
supports this premise. This study
found that women who consumed
protein from vegetarian sources
rather than from meat had a lower
incidence of infertility related to
problems with ovulation than a
cohort group who consumed more
meat. In fact, a high percentage
of infertility is accounted for by
problems with ovulation.
Oranges
There may be several reasons why
plant-based diets inherently have
some advantage to those wanting to
conceive. People eating a plant-based
diet generally maintain a healthier
weight than those consuming foods
of animal origin. Maintaining a
healthy weight confers some advantage when it comes to fertility.
Conversely, the evidence shows that
being overweight or obese decreases
fertility in men and women. Animal protein, which is high in
saturated fats, can increase insulin resistance, a known culprit in
infertility. When there’s more insulin
circulating in your body, it can affect
the hormones that regulate ovulation.
Insulin resistance is one component
Almonds
of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS),
another leading cause of infertility in
women. Seafood, meat, and poultry
also contain chemicals such as dioxin,
which can adversely affect hormones.
Vegetables, on the other hand, contain
more protective antioxidants, alkalinity and phytochemicals.
The key with any health-enhancing program is balance. If your
nutritional program is well-balanced,
including adequate supplementation,
exercise, stress reduction through
yoga and meditation, adequate sleep,
rest and recreation, you can improve
your health so much that “everything”
functions better, including your
reproductive health.
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Fundamentals of Cell Health — Redox Signaling
by Dr. Gary L. Samuelson
It has been a lifetime pursuit of mine to find promising technologies that have the potential
to make a real, positive impact on humanity and to help get them to the people who need
them. As an atomic physicist and medical researcher, I typically study the processes of life
on the fundamental molecular level. I have found that it is extremely rare to find something
that is safe, non-toxic, and yet has clear benefits toward advancing health. Historically, when
found, such discoveries have fueled some of the greatest advances in health science.
R
ecently, I have been studying
a technology that holds such
promise. About four years ago, I
was introduced to a method of producing a certain balanced set of reactive
molecules (over 15 different kinds)
from salt and water. Though I was very
skeptical, I was convinced to read over
17 years of comprehensive studies that
established that this particular set of
reactive molecules is completely safe,
non-toxic, soothing and supports the
immune system and the normal healing process. My curiosity was piqued.
As I put the puzzle together, I discovered that this specific set of molecules
was identical to the redox signaling
complexes that are native to our body
and are naturally produced by the
mitochondria in the saltwater fluids
inside all the cells in our body. Typically,
some of the individual components
are short-lived and difficult to produce
outside of living cells. However, the
proprietary production method solved
this problem and, in effect, was able
to produce highly stable redox signaling complexes outside of the body; the
same molecular complexes that are the
fundamental components of cellular
communication networks, as well as
being the primary weapon of choice for
the immune system.
Redox signaling molecules are the
most fundamental messengers inside
all types of cells in all forms of life
on earth. In fact, redox signaling is
an entire subfield of science in redox
biochemistry, studied worldwide with
hundreds of scientific articles pub-
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lished per month. These tiny redox
signaling molecules surround and
mediate all inner cell communication, damage control, defense, repair,
and replacement on the cellular level
throughout the whole organism. The
wonderful thing about this is that our
cells are naturally programmed with
the ability to fix themselves, to fight
off the threats, and to repair damage.
Proper redox signaling makes all this
possible. But as we age or are stressed,
our cells produce less of these redox
signaling molecules and the whole
process slows down.
To better see how important cell
communication is to our health, we
can think of the communities of cells
in our tissues as microscopic communities of houses along streets. The blood
vessels, just like streets, connect all of
the living cells in our tissues in order to
bring them the supplies they need to
live and carry away the waste that they
generate. Communication lines are
built into our cells and along our nerves
and blood vessels, similar to the phone
lines, mail systems and electronic communication systems that connect the
houses in our communities. When any
individual cell becomes stressed, damaged or threatened it sends messages
to surrounding cells and the immune
system about its state of affairs. If
these messages are clear, appropriate
responses are facilitated.
Imagine how important effective
communication is to these cell communities, especially in the case of emergency response. Billions of these cells
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are damaged every day by infections, for
example, or DNA damage, environmental toxins, injuries, malfunctioning cells,
or lack of nutrients. The damage must
be detected and repaired or the cells
must be replaced. The role of these tiny
redox signaling molecules is to make
the communication system (I like to
think of them as “cell” phone systems)
work efficiently, allowing the cells to
efficiently do what they are designed
to do: get rid of bad tissue and rebuild
healthy tissue. It is not hard to see that
a technology that creates these redox
signaling molecules outside the body
and delivers them in supplement form
has incredible potential.
This potential is just starting to be
realized. Four years ago, I was fortunate
to be part of a team that, after additional years of development, and much
effort, further stabilized that redox
signaling compound and created an
oral redox signaling supplement: ASEA.
ASEA, simply put, is a redox signaling
supplement that replenishes the redox
signaling molecules lost by natural aging and stress. ASEA has the potential
of helping billions of people worldwide.
It is my hope that ASEA will be able to
find its way to all those who need it. Now Available in the Hippocrates Store
To order call (561) 471-8876, ext. 171
“When Heaven and Earth Make Love, it Rains.”
Rain
— Dr. Bella Lauren, Midwife, Acupuncturist, Massage Therapist
Heaven & Earth Making Love
by Keith Cini, Acupuncture Physician
Take note next time it rains as you become the witness of Heaven and Earth
in Holy Union. Heaven rains down upon the earth and the earth brings forth life.
A sprouting sunflower seed emerges from the fertile soil after the rain pours
down upon it, nourishing and continuing the sustenance of life. There is a natural ebb and flow or rise and fall of these creative life force energies. Birth, death
and regeneration.
T
here are many ancient philosophical writings in the Taoist,
Hindu and Western Alchemical mystical traditions on the subject
of sexual energy. These teachings
promote the union of polar energies
to cultivate our own vital life force
energy. Harnessing these energies
and stimulate the union of Heaven
and Earth through the meeting and
merging of masculine and feminine
polarities. It’s as combustible as rubbing two sticks together to start a fire,
generating the spark of life. The union
of sperm and ovum into a cingular
embryo. A new life created.
Taoist sages created the Microcosmic Orbit of energy circulation also
called Small Earth Heavenly Cycle
Meditation. This practice promotes
the circulation of Qi from the Du
(Governing Vessel) to the Ren (Conceptions Vessel). Originating from our
Dantien (or Tan-tien), located three
finger breadths below our navel, half
way between our front body and back
body, also referred to as the Hara in
Japan. The energy descends from our
Navel Psychic Center to the perineum,
at the base of our pelvic floor, rising
to pierce the coccyx where it is able
to enter our spine, continuing to pass
through the sacrum, lumbar, thoracic
and cervical vertebrae to the top of
the head, at the fontanel. This point is
called Du Mai 20, translated as Onethousand Petaled Blossoming Lotus.
The energy travels from our fontanel, eventually descending down
our anterior body through what is
referred to in CranioSacral therapy
as the falx cerebelli, passing through
the third eye (between our eyebrows)
to the soft upper palate, where you
engage the tip of the tongue allowing
the energy to continue descending.
Note: Engaging the tip of the tongue
to the soft upper palate is critical,
otherwise energy may stagnate in
our heads leading to headaches, hot
flashes or even mania. As the energy
continues to descend through our
throat chakra (thyroid), heart chakra
(thymus), solar plexus (pancreas) and
eventually returning to Dantien to
continue the cycle once again.
Hindu adepts work with the philosophy of Tantra, or the yoga of sex,
utilizing Kundalini energy. Shiva and
Shakti in ecstatic union spiral along
the sushumna (spine), connecting to
God through the chakras or energetic
wheels of light. This image is depicted
in the symbol for the American Medical Association as Asclepius, the two
winged snakes wrapped around a
staff. The coiled serpent resides within
the sacrum “sacred bone” rising up our
spine, projecting out of our fontanel to
connect to Atman (God).
Alchemists believe in the transformation of all attachments and desires
leading to enlightenment and illumination. Tantric practices are often
misconstrued as sex or sexual positions, such as those depicted in the
famous explorer Sir Richard Francis
Burton’s translation of The Kama Sutra
of Vatsyayana. Some of the practices
described include Vajroli mudra (seminal retention) and Mula Bandha (root
lock) in the Hindu Tantric tradition, as
well as, and most importantly, breath
work or pranayama. cont’d on p. 56
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The Natural Healing Power of the Sun
Far Infrared Heat Technology: The Key to Heat Therapy
by Robby Besner, CEO, Therasage, LLC
Far infrared is touted as the safest and “most beneficial” spectrum of natural sunlight. This wavelength can improve
circulation, enhance natural detoxification and reinforce our body’s natural immune response. It can deliver healing relief for joint and muscle pain and inflammation, enhance cardiovascular function, lower cholesterol, revitalize skin cells,
emulsify fat, increase metabolic rate and curtail the spread of infection. Imagine, far infrared can help us derive many
of the benefits of sunshine, even when we don’t have regular access to it, and without any of the damaging effects of
ultraviolet rays.
Y
ou can bring a positive change to
your life with daily, 30 minute far
infrared therapy sessions.
What is Far Infrared Heat?
Far infrared heat is a natural form of
deep, penetrating, long-lasting heat. It is
easily absorbed directly into our muscles
and lasts over one and a half times longer than the actual applied treatment.
In contrast to other forms of tactile heat,
far infrared does not generate any harmful EMF and is seamlessly absorbed by
our bodies. When far infrared heat penetrates through the skin, it miraculously
transforms from the spectrum of light
energy into heat energy. The far infrared
frequency resonates at the same level
as the water molecules in our bodies.
Our bodies are more than 70% water
so the infrared wave energizes the H2O
molecules releasing heat and stimulating our body (on a cellular level) to purge
all of its stored toxins (including heavy
metals). This form of natural sun energy
is so safe it is effectively used in neonatal care in hospitals. Whatever excessive
amount of far infrared energy our body
absorbs, it simply emits to maintain a
constant core temperature.
History of Far Infrared Research
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Over mankind’s history, heat therapy
has taken different forms. The first
documented use dates back to Hippocrates in the fifth century. Greek
physicians believed that if one could create a fever, one could cure all illness. The
early Romans built on this discipline,
using elaborate hot baths and bathhouses. Even Native Americans have
used “sweat lodges” for both physical
and spiritual cleansing practices.
At the start of the 19th century, the
English astronomer Sir William Herschel first understood the infrared light
spectrum. His experiments with this
radiant heat began wide scientific interest, which continues today. Utilizing the
early exploratory work of some of the
greatest minds of our time, such as Albert Einstein, scientists have researched
the positive effects of the sun’s thermals
on our own atmosphere and human
life. NASA’s own scientists studying the
positive attributes of far infrared heat
determined it is so important to maintaining health that they incorporated
part of the technology into their space
shuttle systems. Two of the most prestigious medical publications, The Journal
of American Medical Association and The
New England Journal of Medicine, have
both published volumes on the positive
effects of far infrared heat therapy.
On Detox
If you can incorporate some method
of detoxification in your daily routine
along with your live food nutrition you
can improve health exponentially.
Our environment is becoming
increasingly more toxic despite all humanitarian efforts. Our bodies have become bio-filters that absorb and retain
many of these poisons via air, water and
food product consumption. When toxins
are present, blood circulation is blocked
and cellular energy is impaired. Most of
our toxic load is stored in fat, muscle,
soft tissues and the organs of our bodies. With the increased advancement of
modern diseases, science is suggesting
that cleansing our bodies on a regular
basis will improve overall health and
might be a key element for longevity.
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As far infrared heat jostles loose deep
hidden toxins into our bloodstream
and interstitial fluids, we then have to
shuttle these poisons out of our bodies.
Dr. Oz has been quoted as saying that
far infrared sauna is the best natural detox device that money can buy
because it is the most efficient way to
dislodge and evacuate toxins from the
body. Sweating is the best way to get
the toxins out of your body. Daily sweating, along with blood circulation and
lymphatic flow, releases built-up toxins
and waste. The flushing of these toxins
from the lymph areas and from our largest organ of elimination, the skin, is the
source of many health improvements.
Medical studies have targeted toxemia
as the number one reason so many of
us become ill. With the elimination of
these poisons from deep within the
body, the organs become less encumbered and stressed. Measuring a drop of
sweat from far infrared sauna indicates
85% more toxins than steam room or
hot rock sauna. On Circulation
If you can improve your circulation,
you can improve your long-term health
and wellness
Our blood carries all the properties for
sustainable health. Nutrition, oxygen,
healing properties and genetic information are all communicated in our blood.
The thermal effect of far infrared is
absorbed within the deep tissue layers
causing the blood vessels to expand or
dilate, improving local blood circulation
and increasing our metabolic rate, without increasing blood pressure.
cont’d on p. 52
Sex
Something to Chew On
by Dr. David John Carmos
Sex is an aspect of all creatures from insect to humankind. It is
interwoven throughout our philosophies, our theologies, our religious belief systems and our cultures. It is a defining aspect of our
human nature, and it can also be the way we as humans express
our love, our anger, our desires and our human needs. Sex may
also be a manifestation of our frustration, our need to communicate,
our need for fulfillment, our need to share and our desire to propagate.
A
realization came to me as I
meditated several years ago.
It defined one difference
between love and lust; the realization
was “speed.” Another thought to consider is that love gives, while lust takes.
For many people what they think of
as “making love” involves nothing
more than using someone else’s body
to help themselves masturbate. When
that goal is achieved, they are finished.
There is no wish or even attempt to
satisfy the other’s desires or needs.
This is sex, but it is definitely not love.
We all need to be nurtured. It is
among the most essential of our
needs. If we do not receive this nurturing from our surroundings, we tend to
nurture ourselves on a more personal
level. Depending on our individual
tendencies, our programming and
our availability and access to things
we are attracted to, we will begin
nurturing ourselves often without
any control. The most common way
to fulfill our need for nurturing in our
society is through eating.
We tend to be oral creatures from
the time we first nurse on our mother’s
breast, to our first exciting kiss, to
munching on a piece of tropical fruit
while inhaling its aroma. For many,
fulfillment might involve acquiring
things ranging from clothing to more
expensive “creature comforts.” Yet,
all of these acquisitions serve to be
only temporary forms of nurturing
since they are manifestations — that
is, things outside of ourselves. Those
things which truly nurture us are
those which tend to fulfill us from
within — not things which we acquire, but things which we become.
All the great philosophies throughout time have taught us the development of virtues is the path to spirituality. Many of the great souls who
have inhabited our planet became
so adept at the development of love,
patience, compassion, tolerance,
understanding and the more spiritual aspects of our being, that their
need for sex was reduced to the point
where some actually become celibate.
We don’t necessarily have to go that
far, but it certainly seems a better
alternative to its opposite, where
many in our society have become sex
addicts who live in a totally uncontrolled existence, destroying their
personal relationships and even their
friendships in their attempt to fulfill
the need to be nurtured.
One way of dealing with food addiction is eating things that require
chewing. The more we tend to chew
on something, the less we tend to
eat of it. This is because chewing
satisfies the nurturing gene. Note
the foods that tend to put on weight
easily, such as ice cream and mashed
potatoes. These are things we tend
not to chew. Many people can easily
polish off a pint of ice cream, yet the
equivalent amount of raw carrots (16
oz.) would be virtually impossible for
the average person to get through in
the same amount of time. So when
dealing with an aspect of our nature
such as physical contact with another
creature, instead of the motivation being frustration, anger, rage or desire, it
tends to be more in the vein of fulfillment and the nurturing of another.
Why? Because in fulfilling the needs
of another, that, in itself, nurtures us. cont’d on p. 56
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Suppressing
Sophia
Our Misguided Domination of the Feminine
by Dr. Will Tuttle
It’s spring, and the glorious time for planting is here! From one seed spring
hundreds, thousands, and millions of seeds, each of which has the same
potential. How do we respond to this existential exuberance of life bursting with
more life? Strange as it may seem, I believe our response depends on our food.
F
rom the early days, there have
been two types of agriculture:
plant and animal. Plant agriculture is essentially more feminine
work. It involves cooperating with
the cycles of nature, nurturing the
spontaneous growth of herb-, fruit-,
nut-, and seed-bearing plants and saving the precious seeds so they can be
planted again the following season.
For thousands of years, sacred rituals
celebrated the miraculous abundance
of the Earth: the powers of rain, sun
and green growth, the fecundity of
Nature’s ever-giving and replenishing womb, and the joy of receiving a
bounty of fragrant, delicious, and lifegiving vegetables, fruits, and seeds.
From the beginning, roughly eight
to ten thousand years ago, animal agriculture was essentially men’s work,
and it required violence and the cruel
domination of animals who always
resisted as best they could the mutilations, thefts, confinements and killings
that were forced on them for their
flesh, fur and secretions. It began with
wild sheep and goats and spread to
cows, pigs, chickens and other animals,
and it unfortunately brought out the
worst in the people who practiced it.
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Additionally, it has been the female
animals who have been most cruelly
treated from the beginning. Their
reproductive organs are invaded and
manipulated, their milk, eggs and
babies are stolen and their sexuality
and maternity are exploited.
Universally, we feel a sense of
wonder and joy upon entering a
lovingly tended organic garden. It
exudes beauty and abundance, and
we instinctively feel grateful, humble
(from humus, earth), and blessed in
the presence of the gifts we receive
so freely from forces that accomplish
what we can never do: bring forth
new life from seeds, roots and stems.
And universally, we are repulsed
by the violence that is inevitably required to kill animals for food, and
at a deep cultural level, we feel
ashamed of our relentless cruelty
against animals for our meals. We
cannot create life, but we can most
certainly cause death, and we do so
on an industrial scale.
Over the millennia, this mentality
of domination has spread to our plant
agriculture as well. Today, though
we could humbly cooperate with life
by creating widespread networks of
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small-scale organic
gardens and orchards,
we tend instead to
dominate nature
violently — the way we
dominate animals for
food — and create the
kind of pesticide-ridden,
mono-cropped industrialized agriculture that is
actually a manifestation
of the same mentality required for our thousands of
years of animal agriculture.
As children, we are all
taught to disconnect from our
natural sense of compassion
and mercy, and to participate in
eating foods of blood and terror
soon after we lose our mother’s
breast. We are injected with
all the stories that rationalize
our violence: animals don’t have
souls; if not for animals where
would we get our protein; animal
flesh, eggs and milk taste good;
humans are a superior species who
can do with animals as they please.
We cling to these baseless stories to
armor our true feelings.
cont’d on p. 60
Nonsexual Gratification
by John Kohler
We are all familiar with the term “sexual gratification.” To define the term, let’s
look at its individual words. “Sexual” means “of, relating to or involving sex.”
“Gratification” means “to be pleased and satisfied.” So sexual gratification
means to be pleased and satisfied by means of sex.
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ex is one of the most enjoyable
feelings we can experience.
Why is this? Simply put, sexual
pleasure is hardwired into us as an
incentive to procreate. This procreation
ensures the survival of our species. In
other words, if sex was no more pleasurable than, say, a visit to the dentist,
the human race just might become
extinct.
In today’s society, we like things fast
and easy. Examples of this preference
include fast food, fast cars and even
fast women. But fastest is not always
best. Eating fast food can put you in
the hospital. Fast cars can get you
plenty of speeding tickets (I know this
from first-hand experience). As for fast
women, well, I’ll let you know when I
figure that one out.
Sex is a very fast and easy way to
feel pleased and satisfied, but there are
many other ways to achieve similar
results. In this article, I will share my
thoughts on how we can be gratified
without relying solely on sex. Don’t get
me wrong; I enjoy sexual gratification
as much as the next guy. The problem
is that society seems to focus on sex as
the only form of gratification.
Everyone has heard the phrase “Sex
Sells.” We, and perhaps more importantly the children in our society, see
this every day in advertisements on
TV, billboards, buses and magazines.
When an ad features a scantily clad
girl or well-built guy, people tend to
tune in.
The “Sex Sells” paradigm is especially apparent on the internet. The
popular website, YouTube, that I use to
share my wealth of knowledge about
growing food, health and appliances
is a great example. The majority of
YouTube visitors are guys, and videos
with half-naked girls have exponentially more views than a video by the
same title featuring a male — even if
the picture preview does not represent
the actual content of the video!
Let’s look at some other areas to focus our energies in today’s fast-paced
lifestyle. Probably the next biggest
category of human gratification is
food. After all, it’s food that sustains us
until our next episode of sexual gratification. I constantly indulge in foods
that satisfy me. No, I don’t mean candy
bars, fast foods and other junk foods.
I have learned that the foods that
gratify me the most are fresh grown,
fresh picked, high quality, good tasting
foods. They really “light me up” if you
know what I mean.
I strive to grow all my own food
when at home in Northern California.
While I’m away, I make it a priority
to seek out the freshest and highest
quality foods. On a recent trip to South
Florida, I gratified myself by enjoying tropical fruits such as sapodilla, a
delicious fruit that has the consistency
of a pear, but the taste of mildly-sweet
brown sugar. Another gratifying morsel was canistel, or egg fruit, which has
the texture of a hard-boiled egg, and
is about the same color. While in the
tropics, I also get to enjoy one of my
favorite perennial edible greens. Katuk
(or sauroupus) is a shrubby-type plant
that grows year-round in tropical climates. It is a leafy green vegetable that
tastes somewhere between a snow
pea and peanut butter!
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Fruits and vegetables like these may
be hard to find, but that only adds to
their alluring “gratification factor.”
Eating locally and seasonally will
introduce all kinds of unique flavors
to your life and give you even more to
look forward to when you travel. The
easiest way to enjoy these “exotic”
food gratifications in your home is
to start your own garden. When you
grow your own food, you can experience thousands of crops that each
have unique tastes and, more importantly, different nutrients that can help
you obtain excellent health, including
sexual health.
Another way I gratify myself is by
sleeping. Along with proper nutrition, sleep is very important for good
health. Upon waking up in the morning, don’t you often feel great? I don’t
know about you, but I love the feeling
of waking up in the morning with
a full day ahead of me to make the
world a better place. I encourage you
to get your sleep gratification every
night by sleeping the appropriate
number of hours for you. How many
is that? I use a simple “rule.” When I
start to feel tired, it’s my body signaling me that it’s time to go to bed for
the evening. I then wake up naturally,
without the use of an alarm clock. If
you have to go to work in the morning,
you can continue to use your alarm
and make your goal to wake up just
before the alarm goes off — or to at
least feel rested when it sounds. If you
constantly feel like you did not get
enough sleep when the alarm goes off,
the best thing would be to go to sleep a
bit earlier at night. cont’d on p. 59
Sex, Music and Healing
© Steven Halpern 2012. www.StevenHalpern.com
by Steven Halpern
If you ask most people what first comes to mind in setting the mood for
love, you’ll get responses like “Let’s Get It On,” “Sexual Healing” and
“Love to Love you, Baby.”
You’ll want to explore the many benefits that adding relaxing and healing
music to your romantic playlist after reading this article.
I
n this article, I’d like to show
you why you’ll want to include
music without pulsing rhythms
or suggestive lyrics. What I’m suggesting is a complementary approach
to creating a soundtrack for romance,
sexuality and well-being that pays
immediate dividends for you and
your partner. As you’ll discover,
there’s more to enjoying music than
meets the ear.
When we respond to the rhythm
of a song, our bodies entrain (synchronize) to the beat of that external
stimulus. Your body has no choice
but to breathe in sync with the beat.
If it feels good, cool. If not, it will
work against you, both emotionally
and physically. Words also affect our
emotional response. In both cases,
you’re paying attention to a third
party, which makes it difficult to focus
on your partner.
On the other hand, when you learn
to “tune in” to your partner, rapport
increases, your sensitivity to each
other increases, and the nature of
your connection rises to new heights.
Orchestrating A Loving Connection
When I released my first album for relaxation and meditation back in 1975,
I was surprised and delighted how
many listeners wrote to me about
their non-advertised discovery. A
typical letter: “My wife and I want to
thank you for helping us bring back
romance into our bedroom. Did you
know your relaxing music could be
used for this purpose?”
Well, yes I did! I always “field test”
my recordings, and was likely the first
to discover several benefits of setting
the mood for love with beautiful, atmospheric music, without words and
without pulsing rhythms. The key, I
believe, taps into the larger context of
the many positive healthful benefits
of evoking your innate “relaxation
response.” cont’d on p. 47
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Part three in a three-part series:
Building a Healthy Conscious
and Confident Self
by Katherine C. Powell, EdD
Can Raw & Living Food
Put You “In the Mood?”
by Katharine Clark, RN, Hippocrates Health Educator
Sexuality is one of the great mysteries of life, synonymous with life itself. More than
simply creating new life in the form of babies, sexual energy can also be skillfully channeled into creativity, industry and a passion for almost anything. Taoists, Buddhist and
Hindu traditions teach how to harness this powerful energy for the purpose of activating spiritual awakening, vitality and longevity. The level of sexual energy is undeniably
related to the vitality and health of the organism, no matter what kind of food is eaten.
I
’ve been asked many times if I
think eating raw and living foods
increases libido or if I think raw
foodists are “hornier.” My conclusion
is, yes, eating raw is likely not only
to support more sexual arousal, but
also to enhance sexual satisfaction
and the ability to enjoy sex longer. I
conducted an online survey and more
than half the respondents noted an
increase in sexual energy after starting to eat 80% or more raw vegetarian foods. A few of the respondents
over 50 years old stated that their
increased interest in sex and sexual
activity were the opposite of what
their age might have led them to
expect. Feel free to take my survey at
www.surveymonkey.com/s/JRTNWCG.
When one starts eating a primarily
raw and living foods diet, they usually
experience remarkable energy levels
and an increase in all sensory awareness, such as improved visual acuity
and a stronger sense of smell, hearing,
and touch. The overall increase in
sensitivity is often accompanied by
an increase in sensuality and a sexual
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awakening. This is because people
can be sexually aroused by different
things, in a variety of situations. An
arousal may be physical or mental
in nature. A person may be sexually
aroused by particular aspects of a person (cleavage, thighs, muscles, build,
smell, smile, hair color, familiarity,
etc.), or through the person’s touch.
Consider the suggestive nature of
food itself and the ritual surrounding
the presentation of food. Take into
account the shape of an avocado or a
papaya — or the beautiful color and
fragrance of a strawberry or mango.
Certainly many smells, sights, sounds
and scenes from nature can arouse
your passions.
Since research already suggests
that eating a plant based diet is helpful for normalizing all body processes,
including digestion, elimination and
immune function — not to mention
plant foods’ ability to normalize high
blood pressure, cholesterol and blood
sugar — it stands to reason that with
higher levels of vitality, some of the
newfound energy would go toward
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your sexual life. No more headaches
for you! How do raw foods accomplish
their job? It is their adaptogens that
resist stress, increase blood flow and
positively affect neurotransmitters.
Circulation is very important for
sexuality in men and women alike. A
diet high in cooked fats, refined carbs
and animal proteins can lead to blood
thickening, so the blood has difficulty
circulating through the smaller vessels of the brain and genitals. The raw and living food diet provides the nutritional power pack that
a long and healthy sex life requires.
Abstaining from animal foods and
eating primarily raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds will help alkalize
and detoxify the body, improving
appearance and normalizing weight.
Any or all of these effects can improve
libido. Obviously these foods are so
health-promoting that they not only
enhance sexual energy, but could
even enhance fertility. (See Dr. Steven
Lemberg’s article in this issue for
more on fertility.) cont’d on p. 64
A confident person has an integrated, strong sense of self. Self-confidence implies a deep belief in
self (internal awareness of capability) and is derived from Latin which means “trust within self.”
Dictionaries have defined confidence as a “consciousness of one’s power” and self-reliance in
various situations. Self-esteem (how you feel about yourself) and self-concept (what you think
about yourself) are interdependent within the realm of self-confidence.
A
wareness of your strengths
and weaknesses can help
you reach goals with selfcompetency. Trusting your instincts
when making choices and decisions
builds high self-esteem. Through
self-evaluation you can maintain an
integrated, balanced, and controlled
sense of self with valid perceptions. For
example, when you believe you can win
a game after you have won before, your
confidence is reinforced. Confidence increases upon each successful endeavor.
Your belief in self implies being
aware of your integrated self (physical,
emotional, and mental) and your capabilities. For example, when playing golf,
the integrated self remembers that you
have done this before and you know
you can reach the hole. Thus confidence
builds from previous practice and
awareness. When playing tennis you
are in a psychological battle of wills, as
each person tries to be on top by getting the other person off balance.
A strong sense of self maintains confidence when external events change.
When accepting new challenges you
can then build upon confident feelings derived from previous experience.
Being conscious and aware means
knowing where you are, what you are
thinking and if you feel competent to
participate. Do things that shed light
on the skills you can build upon to gain
self-respect and high self-regard. Once
you have succeeded with maintaining
self-confidence, you can then apply
this new strength and feeling to doing
unknown or difficult tasks.
The formula for integration and selfbalance is different for everyone based
on personal experience, strengths and
weaknesses. Self-concept affects your
view of self in the world and self-esteem affects your feelings and emotions. If you are too sad or depressed,
you can become inactive by waiting for
something to happen, which leads to
no action. Thinking can only be clear
when you are not overwhelmed. You
need to be conscious and present to
judge realistically what you can do
each moment. You also must be brave
enough to try new things. For example,
if you beat yourself with thoughts such
as, “I am not good enough” or “I can’t
do this,” it would be hard to see an
accurate picture of yourself. Your new
confidence builds upon your previous
confidence. For example, I love to dance
and I have been a dancer since age two.
I do not have to think about how to
move or how to express myself since
I just do it. Once done, I feel great and
my confidence is high, ready to tackle
something else that might be feared.
Confidence is maintained through
a personal formula of knowledge that
builds upon a balanced sense of self.
When emotions are out of balance, it is
difficult to express yourself. Emotional
stability and balance in your life aid in
building self-worth. Old messages of
self-doubt can hinder your expression
of self. Feeling confident through practice can overcome fear and negative
messages and aid in self-expression.
Integrating the self involves accepting all parts of self (physical, emotional
and mental) and feeling centered
or unified. Belief in self is dependent
upon a strong foundation and a sense
of self balance.
For example, my weakness is my
emotional self so I have to calm myself through deep breathing, special
exercises and meditation to get into
a balanced state and attain a realistic
picture of the situation. Balancing yourself involves knowing what you can do
to build your confidence by compensating for the weaker parts of self. Once
weaker parts of self are managed, you
can then be open to gain integration,
fulfillment and confidence.
We build a strong sense of self with
balanced emotions. The emotional
self is the most powerful part of the
integrated self since it is the most
hidden and vulnerable. The emotional
self has no verbal language; however,
artistic expression such as poetry can
reveal feelings in a musical or rhythmic
manner.
The confident self is a function of
your personality, emotions, knowledge,
and personal sense of accomplishment
or talents. Internal awareness and
consciousness help build confidence
when you do things you know how to
do very well. You can then accept more
challenging endeavors.
Maintain your confidence and keep
your sense of self strong by surrounding yourself with people who support
you. Who you are is a summation of
all that you do. Keep adding to your
talents since each layer builds an arch
that supports the foundation of self.
Happiness is being in control, feeling
competent and knowing that you are
confident! Do not wait to feel good.
Find and trust yourself; cherish it; and
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The Scent of a Woman
by LK Walker
There is much grooming advice given to women that
undermines our personal power. The first, and most
insidious, grooming rule is the required removal of
nearly all body hair except on the top of the head.
W
omen are enjoined to
shave, wax, laser, tweeze
and bleach every hair
under their arms and on their faces.
There’s the thinning of eyebrows
and the removal of all hair from the
upper lip and in front of the ears. Not to mention the entire leg and,
to varying degrees, the entire pubic
area. Some women have even been
known to wax their entire arms
down to their wrists.
What is this obsession with
hairlessness?
In the first place, removing all the
underarm, leg and pubic hair creates
the look on a grown woman of being
a child. Is the abuse of child pornography really surprising in a world
that forces all of its women to look as
infantile as possible — and then to be
sexual beings?
We have been led to view the body
as “unclean” in its natural state. The
truth could not be further from that.
Each part of the body that is thickly
covered with hair is an erogenous
zone. The purpose of this hair is to
hold and disseminate the scent of a
woman, or a man, helping to attract
the opposite sex.
Obsession. Banish. Contradiction.
Decadence. Desire. Unzipped.
These are the names given by the
Madison avenue mavens for perfume
scents. It is a multi-billion dollar
industry which, like the cosmetic and
fashion industries, is designed to play
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on the fears of inadequacy and the
deep seated longings of women and,
increasingly, of men.
The primary ingredient for all
perfumes is musk, which was originally collected from the sweat glands
around the anus of a musk deer, an
endangered deer native to Tibet,
India, Pakistan and Mongolia. The
animal needs to be killed to extract
the musk. Now musk is made with
chemicals. The word “musk” comes
from the sanskrit word for testicle.
Basically, women are putting
synthetic testicle juice on their
bodies to attract a man. Parfumeries want you to be so
insecure about your own natural
body, that you put testicle juice
behind your ears. They want you to
fear you are not enough. They want
your senses to be unclear and your
confidence low. They want to tell you
what to wear, where to live, how to
shop, what to look like and how to
smell. And then, they tell you, you’ll
be happy.
But our bodies are infinitely more
intelligent than Madison Avenue
marketing ploys. Each person has a
signature scent, the same way we
have unique fingerprints. There is a
natural scent, or perfume, that we put
out that is smellable to our conscious
minds. But there is also a “secret”
scent called pheromones. These are
small scent molecules undetectable to
our noses, but detectable to the brain
stem where the nose brings them
upon inhalation.
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The right scent
for a woman
is none at all
— Cicero
These “pheromones” have been
called the “sex” scent. It is part of
that invisible “je ne sais quois” that
attracts or repels us from a person.
Some of the research done on pheromones has gone so far as to say that
people with DNA unmatchable to
our own will be found repulsive to us
through these secret scents.
So many people mask their own
natural odors with copious amounts
of perfumes that our built in fail-safe
discernment process is undermined.
We can no longer tell, with our most
primal instinct, if a person would be a
good mate for us.
So we fall for all the usual tricks.
And here we are then, walking down
the aisle with Mr. or Ms. Right.
Fast forward to the weeks after the
wedding. Now we are living together.
And sleeping together. And showering together. And you don’t always
put your perfume or cologne on right
away. Sometimes you just climb into
bed clean, but smelling like your true
natural self. And then, look out.
All of a sudden you find out, wow,
this guy or this girl really stinks.
I don’t mean he’s got BO, but there
is something about him that I just
don’t like.
And there it is. You can’t get
away from it. You’re married to
the wrong man. All because of
Calvin Klein. cont’d on p. 54
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I was standing at the back of a crowd of younger people, mostly much younger,
loosely clad in gauzy garb and happily gyrating to the love-is-all-there-is tunes
of J Brave and the Luminaries at the Raw Spirit Fest.
I was dancing, sort of, with small movements, remaining relatively
inconspicuous, watching more than joyfully moshing.
I
looked up at the June full moon
illuminating our chirpy enclave of
merry pranksters tucked in the recesses of the Santa Barbara Mountains.
It was so bright that I could see the
prickly tips of the pine needles silhouetted against a beaming moon-face
that seemed to take up the night sky.
Suddenly, in a blink of my eyes, I
was that pine needle, that tree, that
leaf, that mountain, that rock — that
little, that much. Everywhere I looked,
I was there.
I Am That, I Am
I turned back to the bouncing heads
on bee-bopping bodies stacked one on
top of the other in front of the stage,
and I began to dance.
I didn’t have much space but I
began to unfurl, big time. Something
had gotten into me and was pouring
out through every pore in my body,
like it was washing down on me,
through me and out of me. All I could
do was be there and let it.
Arms and heart open wide, my
movements began to turn expansive,
my arms flowing in waves over the
ground, my legs beating with the
drums, my body lifting and turning,
my smile now as big and bright as the
sky. I looked at the young man standing next to me, who was trying not to
notice; we smiled heart-to-heart and
he gave me room. Soon there was a
circle of space around me and the kids
were joining in with their own version of letting go. It was all right.
That night, I sat outside my tent at
the edge of the campground where
the sage and prickly pear took on silvery hues, eye-locked with the moon.
All night. There was no turning back
or turning in. It didn’t help that the
generator for the entire campground
was parked in the middle of the
“family” camping area I was in, and
complaints from parents with sleepless children could be heard loud and
clear the next day.
I couldn’t wait to leave, honestly.
My body was overwhelmed, my spirit
wrung out. The mood in the camp
was still lit up, sparkling, aglitter. It
wasn’t that. It was me. I don’t drink,
smoke or imbibe in anything toxic.
And I hadn’t that night. I had simply
had an all-nighter with the man in
the moon.
My philosophy is if I have to induce
the state of nirvana, I ain’t there yet.
Just because I’m vegan doesn’t mean
all plants are carte blanche. Most
plants, in reality, are toxic and a little
dose of poison is as potent over the
long run as a deadly one, as is evident
with fast-food and pharmaceuticals.
For me, it’s about getting as clean
as possible so all circuits are open
to receive as much high, live, wholesome, pure energy as I can contain. I
didn’t even partake of the raw cacao
chocolates tripping the night fantastic. Maybe that’s what made me ripe
for the clear-voyant, celestial experience. Anyway, by morning, I think my
container had overflowethed. I later
learned I had become, as Happy Oasis,
organizer of the Raw Spirit Fests, happily coined, a Celestial Terrestrial. At
this moment, however, I felt like I had
gotten my mortal butt kicked and was
in desperate need of deep hibernation.
Since I had driven up with a friend
who had slept and was ready to roll
the entire weekend, I grabbed the arm
of a day-tripping couple I knew and
hitched a ride down the concrete car
conveyor to South Orange County later that day. I went home, and returned
to my routine, not really knowing
the depth of what was germinating
inside of me. cont’d on p. 54
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“A sea was stormin’ inside of me
© Jim Britt
Sex, Drugs,
Rock-n-Roll
& Therapy
Baby, I think I’m capsizin’
The waves are risin’ and risin’
Laura Grammatico Recovery Story
And when I get that feeling
I want Sexual Healing
Sexual Healing is good for me
Makes me feel so fine, it’s such a rush
Helps to relieve the mind...”
by Andy Bernay-Roman
— Marvin Gaye
“I miss the warmth and closeness of erotic touching and orgasm, and I want it
back!” complained my 93-year-old client. “Our daughter who is five, spends time
every evening masturbating herself to sleep. Should we be worried about her?”
A
ccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(1995), two thirds of all high
school seniors in the USA have had sex.
According to a survey taken by Modern
Maturity magazine, 26% of men and
24% of women over the age of 75 have
sex one time a week or more.
Sexual Identity
Sex spans the life span. If the subject
did not come up in therapy, I’d be concerned. It is a topic that spills over into
therapy in both positive and negative
ways. Freud attributed all human
motivation from infancy on (referring to the eroticism of babies as, get
this, polymorphous perverse!), to the
libidinal impulse, and many theorists
today basically still agree with him.
Sex Rules
Sex is introduced socially at an early
age as we begin to base our sense
of self in the world through gender
identity. Boys and girls are treated
differently, and from an early age are
conditioned to perform in the way
society perceives them. Our sexual
identity eventually extends beyond
gender roles into the realm of personal relationships. Orgasm feels good, so
good in fact that it is easy to convince
ourselves that it is enough of a bond
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with another. Heart also experiences
the urge to unite by knowing and being known, by loving and being loved.
Herein lies a problem: sexual urges
and heart urges become misaligned,
and imbalance and suffering occur.
What we won’t do for sex! What we
won’t do for love! But what do we do
to bond the two?
Excitement and Libido
Let’s back up a bit and look at sexual
energy from the body’s point of view.
Just what is it? The nervous system
runs on bio-electrochemical energy (a
fancy euphemism for libido?), which
contains all the dynamic energy
properties of electrolytes in a fluid
system, such as buildup, polarization and depolarization wave (these
describe how nerve impulses are
generated at a cellular level, and how
they move through the body) all of
which gets sexualized at puberty. The
prepubescent version of this energy
experience — excitement — is a measure of aliveness. We can respond to
excitement either by embracing it,
and riding the wave of creativity and
intimacy that comes with it, or we can
stifle it. As kids we quickly learn what
level of excitement is acceptable, both
at home and at school, and generally
we are taught to keep excitement lev-
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Secret Place
of the Soul
els down. As teens we are collectively
compelled by dramatic changes in our
own physiology to cut loose and reject
the inhibitions imposed on us. Every
generation has its “rock ‘n’ roll” to help
the process along.
Sex Mask
Besides all the wonderfulness about
sex, people also commonly use it as
a major tool to mask pain. To undo
the negative “charge” of certain feelings, people use sex to discharge the
discomfort. Sexual stimulation, which
provides touch, excitement and a
sense of safety and pleasure, is often
purposefully introduced into painful feeling situations for the sake of
making the pain go away, somehow
overriding it. It isn’t too farfetched,
either, to think it possible to balance
or neutralize pain by adding pleasure.
People who use this strategy in the
face of emotional pain are too often
disappointed, because in fact one does
not cancel out the other.
With the endorphin rush that
comes with orgasm, sex is like a
drug that can be abused. (Remember,
endorphins are primarily painkillers).
In addition, orgasm triggers hormone
responses that induce sleep, reinforcing sexual release as a form of selfmedication. cont’d on p. 62
How do I find words powerful enough
to thank an entire team of loving
professionals for giving me my life back?
S
everal events in my early years left
me a very frightened and shattered
little girl. I often questioned why I
was brought into this world. I wondered
if I could ever overcome the hurt and if I
would ever lead the life I knew I deserved.
I did my best, with the tools I had
available, to forge ahead. Yet, I always
felt that painful divide between my inner and outer world. I could see her, that
fearful little girl, peering out of life’s
window. She stared at me, lifeless and
brokenhearted, from inside a solid glass
box. I would go in on occasion to sit by
her side, but I had no idea how to rescue
her from that secret hiding place.
Over many years I sought help
through religion, mentors, doctors,
therapists and books, all of which did
help tremendously in my learning to
mature and let go. However, the scars
went deep and anxiety still had its
violent grip on me.
As I grew older, my system grew
weaker. I was no longer able to handle
stress or to properly digest food, and my
adrenals had nothing left to give. I rarely
slept and was losing faith and hope.
After 20 years of disillusionment
with doctors and well-meaning naturopaths, I considered Hippocrates Health
Institute. Could I muster enough trust
for one more person to take me down
this road again, or would another disappointment break my heart for good?
I explored the website, where I read
every word, listened to every audio
recording and watched every YouTube
video I could find. Then, I got into my
car and drove to a Save Your Life meeting December 28, 2011.
My intent was to arrive early, sit
quietly on the grounds and see how
Laura Grammatico (center) with Hippocrates directors Drs. Brian and Anna Maria Clement
the energy resonated with my own.
I walked into Wigmore Hall at three
o’clock in the afternoon. Not a soul was
around. I saw offices to the left. I gently
knocked on a door and walked in. An
assistant was on the phone, so I waited
patiently and gazed about the room. A
door opened directly in front of me and
there stood Dr. Brian Clement, the very
man I had been listening to through
my computer screen for weeks, and
the first friendly face to greet me at
Hippocrates that day.
He smiled and gently said (as he
often does to his guests), “Hello Love,
how are you?” I smiled back, “I am well,
thank you.” At least that was my outside
response. On the inside, however, something very unusual happened. I saw another part of myself collapse to the floor
right before me as if to say, “Finally I am
in the hands of someone that can help.”
I knew then that I was exactly where I
was supposed to be. I started the Life
Transformation Program four days later.
The food and juice cleansed my
body, the lectures educated my mind,
the therapies relaxed my soul and the
emotional regression healed the hole
in my heart. I sat in psychotherapist
Antony Chatham’s chair as he led me
on a mental journey down the corridor
of my life. “Choose a door for me,” he
said, “one that you believe is tied to
your issues now and look inside. What
do you see?” I saw a beautiful little girl,
vibrant and hopeful, singing a Whitney
Houston song into her hairbrush in one
moment and then emotionally shattered by life in the next.
Through his guidance I communicated
with her. I wept. I apologized for not
comforting her that day or any of the
other days that followed. I asked her forgiveness for not knowing how to parent
her and abandoning her in that pain.
I told Laura, who was then age 10, I
wanted to remove her from that scene
and take her back with me to Laura age
41; that I needed her as much as she
needed me. I whispered that neither of
us could heal without the other. She did
not trust me. She did not trust anyone.
I slowly convinced her I was not the
same person I was thirty years ago, that
I knew much more now and together
we would be whole.
I left Antony’s office that day knowing I had finally integrated my inner
and outer world. I had closed the gap
between past and present and reunited
with my best friend. She is with me
now, that playful young girl excited to
experience life. She trusts and loves me
and I love her.
All of this took place because a system exists to help each of us heal from
the inside out. A team of people show
up every day in a spirit of service and
compassion to help restore humanity
one heart at a time. They have created
an environment of peace with a message of health and surrounded it with
love. It is a safe haven for any weary
soul to find rest and hope.
I am grateful beyond measure to my
Hippocrates family for the gift I now
have. I am grateful for the time spent
with all my “brothers and sisters.” I’ve
been humbled by their beauty, transparency and unassuming grace.
I am grateful for my loving, kind and
ever patient “Aunt” Kathryn Lippman
who never ceased in making me feel
special. No question went unanswered,
no concern ignored. cont’d on p. 54
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Luv I am by Rachel Doran
Below: Detail from Khajuraho Group of Monuments
Background: Kandariya Mahadeva Temple © China Crisis
On a beautiful morning, David Torrella was enjoying
his breakfast and the sunrise while his wife of
seventeen years, Gissela, was on a four day jaunt
as a flight attendant. Nothing was out of the ordinary,
until David lifted the spoon to his mouth and felt a
twinge of emotion.
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his twinge quickly overwhelmed
David as the emotion manifested as a physical reaction.
He suddenly found himself with tears
flowing down his cheeks.
The tight sensation in his chest was
reminiscent of the immense love and
adoration one feels during the early
stages of relationships. Just as quickly
as it started, the feeling dissipated.
Rather than react, David was compelled to fully experience it. He felt no
fear, only love and joy. After a few moments, these sensations passed and David was left spellbound. Realizing that
he had four days alone, David decided
to set out on a personal journey of
meditation and introspection in order
to discover the source of his experience.
After several days David gained a
better understanding of his experience but, other than describing the
experience, he was left unable to put
into words the spiritual nature of it.
He looked forward to Gissela returning
home and sharing his story. That day
came and, as he always did, David met
her at the door. Their usual greeting
consisted of David asking how her trip
was, but this day was different. Upon
seeing Gissela with her rolling bag, David suddenly said, “Love I am.” This, of
course, confused Gissela, but David was
elated. The words he divined seemed
to perfectly express the spirituality of
his experience. David’s experience was
so organic and innate that he knew
it had happened to him for a reason.
The couple spent a great deal of time
discussing the experience and they
decided to follow the path that had
been laid in front of them.
Over time, things fell perfectly into
place and David and Gissela started
their own company. Love Resonance
became the name, Love I am, the message. It had become clear to them that
the “feeling” David had experienced
was not a feeling, per se, but energy.
An energy of love, to be exact. We, as
humans, tend to think of love solely as
an emotion felt for people close to us
in life. While this is true, it is a limited
view. Love is energy. Energy never begins and never ends. David and Gissela
believe that if we can begin to see love
as energy, we will also begin to see that
it exists at a vibrational level that flows
through each of us. Love flows through
us and connects to the energy of those
around us.
After his experience of pure and
unadulterated love and joy, everything
else became relative. Noticing T-shirts
with funny, attention grabbing and
generally negative messages, David
came to the realization that clothing
was the most effective way to spread
his message. With great enthusiasm,
David and Gissela had T-shirts made
with the words “Luv I am” printed on
them. I was one of the first people
lucky enough to own one of these
shirts. I paid close attention while
wearing it and immediately saw
people’s eyes drift to the words and
back to my face. I have yet to be asked
about the meaning of the shirt, but at
least 70% of the people I encounter noticeably read the shirt; therefore seven
out of ten people I meet are being
impacted in a positive way. For me, that
is worth a few bucks. The shirts have
since evolved into messages of Living
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One Vibrational Energy (L.O.V.E), Love
Resonance, and the ever popular Love:
The Number One Silent Healer. Gissela,
a student of holistic healing, expresses
the importance of love and healing.
“Love,” says Gissela, “heals all, cures all
and repairs all. There is not a problem
in life that cannot be solved by love.”
If love is an energy that flows from
us, through us and to others, there must
be a way to access it, right? Simple. Remember the beautiful morning? Without even intending it to happen, David
was in a self-imposed state of euphoria.
Imagine that his wife of seventeen
years was with him at that moment.
David’s sense of euphoria was the
channel opening and allowing his love
energy to vibrate freely. Now, imagine
if Gissela also allowed her channel to
open. Love would have resonated.
When one is having an intimate
encounter, there are generally fears,
self-consciousness and expectations.
These human characteristics limit us
by blocking our channels. What if we
all let go of our fears, accepted ourselves for who we are and dropped all
expectations?
What if you could feel that pure and
raw love energy, the way that David
did at the breakfast table, while with
your partner? What if you and your
partner made the conscious choice to
unblock your channels, allowing your
love energy to vibrate freely, openly
and together? What if you connected
your minds, spirits and bodies?
How do you think this would impact
your sexual experiences? As David says,
“Try it; you’ll get a bang out of it!” Sexuality is a Divine Gift
by Antony Chatham, MPhil, MTh, MSW
“We hardly have a sex life any more.” It is not uncommon to hear this in therapy sessions
from women who are around the age of menopause, or from men who are fighting
prostate cancer, or from people who are taking medication for heart-related illnesses.
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here is truly a sense of loss
in the tone of the statement;
very few, however, seem to do
anything about it even though they
know that their partners also suffer
from the loss. Sometimes I wonder if
some such couple who ignores their
sex life are justifying their lack of sex
life by (incorrectly) assuming that giving up sex is natural because the act
has become routine and is, therefore,
unimportant. Such people are not only
forgetting to enjoy their own divine
gifts; they are denying their partners
of such privileges.
Being able to be intimate with another human being in body, mind and
spirit is just as much sacred and divine
as it is earthly and biological. Gone are
the days when sex was associated with
the “original sin” of Adam and Eve in
the Garden of Eden; however, it is not
easy for the Western mind to accept
sexuality as divine and as an intrinsically good and natural way to enhance
love and intimacy between two individuals. It is encouraging to note that
more and more people are accepting
sexual desire and pleasure as normal
and positive. The biological and spiritual benefits of sex warrant special attention. A philosophical foundation for
the connection between sexuality and
spirituality can be seen more clearly in
the Eastern religious traditions such as
Tantrism (a Hindu tradition) and Taoism than in Western traditions.
An Erotic Ascetic?
Can you imagine an ascetic who is
at the same time erotic? It sounds
like a contradiction, especially from a
Christian perspective. An ascetic, from
our Western perspective, should be
one who completely rejects his or her
sexuality. However, from a Hindu perspective, an erotic ascetic, as Lord Shiva
symbolizes, is not a contradiction. Of
course, the concept of an ascetic is
typically that of restraint and denial
of comfort; however, in Hinduism in
general, and in Tantra, which is one of
its traditions in particular, sex is a cure
for desire, and is deeply spiritual.
In this view it is possible to attain
spirituality through sexuality — not
by avoiding it but by quelling it in a
controlled form. The Lord Shiva is often
depicted along with his consort, Shakti
(the iconic representation of lingam
(phallus) and yoni (vagina)). These
figures are a representation of the
source of life, and they are displayed in
the “holy place” in Hindu temples, thus
“spirituality through sexuality” is not
a contradiction. From a Western point
of view, which is influenced by Gnostic
philosophy of the dichotomy of the
body and spirit, the presence of such
an icon would make the sacred place
“unholy.” The underlying philosophy of
such a perspective is that these worldly
pleasures are bad and that spiritual fulfillment presumes denial of the body
and all its pleasures. cont’d on p. 58
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Dance brings us face to face with an
art form. While dance is the medium,
our body is the vehicle that takes us
deep into a place where our sensuality,
sexuality and gender identity resides. It
is there in the body that this identity is
intimately explored and presented via
the art of dance.
The Sexuality of Dancing
by Pam Blue
O
ur body, containing all that
has been with us since birth, is
imbued with a power or force
capable of creation and a sacred intelligence. It is activated and influenced
by what we feel. So what gives us feeling? What turns us on? The answers to
these questions are inevitably leading
us into our bodies and, ultimately, into
our sexuality.
For many people, music makes us
feel. It turns us on with its depth,
rhythm and emotion; it give us the impulse to move in union with it, which
becomes something intensely expressive. Anais Nin, a French author of
erotic literature, describes it beautifully when she says, “Music melts all the
separate parts of our bodies together.”
From this deep place of union initiated
by music, the body becomes an instrument to express ourselves nonverbally.
Taking into consideration that 80% of
communication is nonverbal, it’s only
natural that dance is a potent form
of communication. Those engaged in
dance, as well as those observing it, are
conversing.
This type of conversation dates back
to prehistoric times, as evidenced by
9,000 year old Bhimbetka rock shelters
and ancient paintings in India and
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Egypt, which reveal dancing figures as
a part of life. Dance evolved into rituals
and entertainment for celebrations.
Like other art forms from primitive
times, dance revolved around daily activities such as hunting, war, worship
and mating. Each involved communication in one way or another. This
deeply rooted nonverbal state of connection to our feelings through dance
naturally aligns us with expression of
our own sexuality.
Dance is not only an avenue of
exploration into expression and communication, but also into movement.
Since the body is built to move and is
nourished by movement, dance is a
way of honoring the body. As we honor
our bodies, we honor ourselves, raising
our self-esteem.
This feeling we have for ourselves
cannot just be given to us. It is something that is generated for us and by
us. Our brain is said to be the most
powerful “sexual” organ for both men
and women, so the better we think of
ourselves, the more we can effectively
express our sexuality.
Dawn Rhys, owner of Imperial Bellydance Studio in West Palm Beach,
Florida, has been raising self esteem in
women of all ages for years. She helps
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them express their sexuality through
dance and movement on a daily basis.
In her words, “Dance has been used for
thousands of years to express sexuality through the movements of the
body: lifting the legs, swinging the
arms, head and hair, and, of course,
rolling the hips.
Whether alone or with a partner,
George Bernard Shaw said it best
when he said, “Dance is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.”
Specific types of movements initiated through dance tend to free the
physical and emotional body, creating
a deeply open state within. This total
release of inhibitions is the perfect
state for desire to awaken and union
to occur.
Dance enables us to express, honor
and open ourselves to our sexuality.
It integrates a certain level of acceptance of our bodies. This acceptance
and celebration stimulates and fosters
an inner confidence in our physicality.
In fact, Aimee Mullins, an American
athlete and model who had both of
her legs amputated believes that
“confidence is one of the sexiest
things a woman can have, much
sexier than any body part.”
cont’d on p. 52
Sex, Music and Healing, cont’d from p. 37
When you’re stressed, it makes it hard to open up and warm
up to your partner. Thus, reducing stress is now recognized
as a vital foundation of a well-rounded healthy lifestyle program. Listening to relaxing music is one of the easiest and
most enjoyable ways to help you shift gears from the
stresses of the day into a more romantically receptive mood.
With regards to our general health and well-being,
relaxation supports our body’s innate ability to heal itself,
and nurtures body, mind and spirit. When you shift into the
state of relaxation, a whole cascade of healthful neuropeptides and endorphins are released by your brain and flood
your body with these “feel good” hormones. Organs work
together in greater harmony. With less interference, less
energy is wasted, thus freeing up more energy for loving.
When you relax, you breathe slowly and deeply. It’s easier
to tune in to your partner’s breathing rhythm, and, literally,
as you breathe as one, rapport naturally increases.
Blood circulation is also enhanced when you relax. Without taking a pharmaceutical supplement, men will typically
notice increased blood flow to the genitals. This has the
obvious benefit of allowing men to be more comfortable
and confident in their state of arousal.
Another benefit of relaxation is that the nerve endings on
the surface of the skin become highly sensitized. Stroking
and caressing each other feels better than when the nerve
endings shut down, which they tend to do when assaulted
by loud music, especially if the tone quality of the music is
strident and piercing.
The combination of these factors makes it easier and more
natural for partners to stay present with each other. The rush
to orgasm is replaced with the pleasures of the journey.
And when you’re ready for orgasm, you’ll find that there’s
a bigger energetic release than from a rushed “quickie.” You
both bask in the afterglow of a truly harmonious blending
of energies.
Choosing the right music creates sacred space automatically. That’s why many Tantra and conscious loving instructors include music in their teachings. You’ll want to
assemble your own soundtracks. Back in the day, making a
mix tape for you and your lover to enjoy was a big deal. Now
it’s easier than ever.
As a music producer who began my career when vinyl
LP albums were the state of the art, I chose to maintain the
mood throughout an entire album. Although some record
reviewers might have preferred more variety, my target
audience wanted to stay in the groove. That’s why my albums, like Chakra Suite, Relaxation Suite, Music for Lovers and
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Cindy Nevills
Killing Stage IV Cancer
“Cancer” is such a scary word. It’s sickening!
It’s ugly to the core! It weakens you! It
challenges your mortality! And that’s just
the word itself.
I
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being cancer free.
My doctor now says “keep doing
what your doing and keep eating what
you’re eating.” Some people call it a
miracle. I don’t. It’s really quite simple.
Fill your body with highly nutritional,
cancer-fighting foods and juices, and
your body knows what to do. God gave
us our bodies; he did not give us cancer.
So it’s time to fight this disease the
way God intended.
I’m feeling better than I have ever
felt. I even have proof; I just finished my
seventh half marathon in the last few
years with my personal best time of
2:04. I’ve already signed up for my next
half marathon, number eight.
Two years ago I weighed 35 pounds
more than I weigh now. I had high
cholesterol and high blood pressure;
I was always tired and depressed;
I had no hope. I kept searching for
any twinkle of hope, and I found it.
I now have a positive outlook on
everything I do in this life. My weight,
cholesterol and blood pressure are all
in check.
My new life’s mission is to reach out
to those who are battling health challenges, both serious and minor, as well
as those who have had a health challenge in the past. I want them to know
there are options.
I know that God is in charge of our
destiny. I guess he just wasn’t finished
with me here on earth yet. KEY SEVEN: Prolong your sexuality.
One of our happiest findings were
couples married for 60 years and
more who are still making love. When
speaking to them, a certain theme
always seems to present itself. One’s
state of mind and continual sexual
indulgence will forge a long sex life.
There are many common myths
about aging and sexuality. One of the
most absurd is that women do not
share the same sexual desire as men.
By knowing that women’s bodies
do not sexually peak until their 30s
and 40s, it is clear that they would
be likely to have sexual desire into
their 70s, 80s and 90s. A man sexually
peaks before he is 20.
One of the other enduring myths is
that you cannot be sexy when you get
older. How many actors and actresses
do you still have an attraction to who
are well beyond 60? How one carries
themselves and perceives their own
sexual vitality is more important than
the number of wrinkles they have.
Another perk to maintaining your sex
drive is that sexual expression lengthens life span.
We hope that we have stimulated
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We are not discussing sexual liberation, but sexual normalization. Nature
and God, if you will, partnered in the
process of perpetuation by giving us
an instinctual drive, free will and a
body that has the ability to reproduce.
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That was two years
ago. I decided not to
take the standard
treatment approach
“The Hippocrates lifestyle isn’t just for
and instead do what
those who are fighting disease — it’s
God wanted me to do.
I spent three weeks
also for those health-seeking individuals
at Hippocrates learnwho understand the importance of
ing how to fight this
protecting their bodies from disease
disease with what
in the first place.”
I ate, drank and
thought. I learned
incredible amounts of life saving
know the conversation very well.
information every minute of every
“I’m very sorry. The scans show that
day for my entire visit.
there is now metastatic disease in
My healing involved me building my
the liver and lung. We now have to hit
immune system to levels that are off
this head on. I have a systemic treatthe charts rather than depleting it with
ment that might slow this down. Surintensive chemotherapy. I was told by
gery is no longer an option.” Those are
Dr. Brian Clement, the director of HHI,
the words I heard on January 29, 2010.
I was already diagnosed as a Stage IV that it could take up to two years to see
results from this healing lifestyle. Mine,
cancer patient at the time and knew
however, started showing immediately.
so well what those words meant.
My medical doctors were very conI would be blasted with a chemo
fused and surprised when they saw my
treatment that most melanoma
first CT scan only two weeks after my
patients don’t survive.
stay at Hippocrates. The results of that
I took a deep breath and knew this
appointment, conveyed by my docwas the time to ask the Lord what I
tor, were, “I don’t feel like treatment is
should do. I knew God was my only
necessary at this time; keep doing what
hope. I prayed some very intense
you’re doing.”
prayers. I had already lost hope in my
I continued the Hippocrates lifestyle
body’s ability to heal since I had been
and saw each scan result over the past
battling this disease for over five years.
two years getting better and better. I’m
My prayers were answered. I was led
sitting here reflecting on my latest scan
to Hippocrates Health Institute (HHI).
on January 31, 2012, showing almost no
That is when I found out there was
detectable disease. I am on the verge of
more to healing than I ever imagined.
The Seven Keys to Lifelong
Sexual Vitality, cont’d from p. 15
This may sound mystical, but it is
more practical than one may think.
Picture arriving home after a hard
day at work to a candlelit abode
with rose petals leading you to
your room and your sensual mate.
As you can see, rituals can
create psychological and physical
heightening of desire. It actually
seems to transcend the physical,
raising intercourse to a sacred place.
This is not by chance, since the
ultimate purpose of partnering
is to connect with the totality of
the universe.
Orgasms can actually be separate
from ejaculations. Ejaculation is
a glandular reflex where orgasms,
on the other hand, is emotional,
energetic reflexes. With focus
and control, you can prolong and
expand the pleasure and purity
of intercourse.
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Ann Wigmore, cont’d from p. 13
She was adamant that there is no
excuse for a person to be unhealthy
or need a doctor, that everyone should
be their own doctor. I always thought
that it was revealing how simple and
easy she made it all seem.
Many wonderful souls were guided
into her lifestyle. However, she only
attracted those whose lives were ethically congruent with her own goals of
service and comfort.
Everyone was deeply touched by
her wisdom, energy and love for all
life. Indeed, all the great teachers that
have followed her and have continued
to share her message have had a dramatic, worldwide healing effect in the
detoxification, health and optimum
nutrient realm.
I remember seeing an article in
The Boston Globe Parade Section about
the world famous model Twiggy and
the cleansing detox program she was
experiencing with Dr. Ann. Soon after
that, I went and stayed with Ann for
three weeks and basically experienced
a revelation of my own. I could see
the amazing work she was already
doing alone and knew she could use
some help.
At that time, I had an extremely
successful computer consultant and
system development career and was
now being called to service, nature and
a deeper understanding of the inner
self. So, goodbye Harvard, Smithsonian,
MIT, The Apollo Project and other high
profile jobs. I just left it all behind.
When Dr. Ann offered me a place
to stay at her farm, it was an offer I
could not refuse. It was then that
I took a vow of Service, Charity and
Chastity and to make myself available
to her 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
There was no “Master Plan,” no
specific guidebook for healing,
cleansing and detoxing; it just
slowly evolved.
Initially, the diet at Rising Sun
Christianity in Boston was vegetarian, which transitioned into vegan.
Then, as a result of many influences
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and positive, successful experiences,
we noticed ourselves and our clients
eating only living foods. Then the permanent diet of raw, life-giving foods
was incorporated.
My research expanded tremendously as I spent a great deal of academic
time at Harvard Medical Library. I
yearned to create a bridge between
what we had been experiencing in
regards to health and healing and
what was known in the medical and
nutritional research community.
The many years and thousands of
hours of research are what gave birth
to my book, Survival in the 21st Century
(www.survivalinthe21stcentury.com).
It was the template for the holistic
model we had created. In the early
years I discovered many “new” and
delicious living foods. Blessings such
as buckwheat lettuce, sunflower and
pea greens, as well as ferments like raw
kraut and seed cheeses. All created new
flavors, textures and nutrients in the
sprout and live food oriented diet.
Ann always experienced great joy
in tasting and creating the new living
food recipes we discovered. She loved
the passion of our new era of growing
interest in the raw lifestyle, with
fantastic new recipes coming out
every day! Ann was a prophet and
knew her mission would manifest.
Drs. Brian and Anna Maria Clement
are the brilliant minds that formalized Ann’s live food system and took
Hippocrates Health Institute (HHI)
and the entire global living foods
community to the next level.
Under their leadership, dedicated
hard work and organizational focus,
Hippocrates has been rated the
World’s # 1 Health and Healing Spa.
HHI continues to grow and expand
constantly. Their passionate drive to
carry out Ann’s message is unparalleled. With their global networking
and breakthrough technologies, they
have created what could be considered the rejuvenation center of the
future. I am always amazed at what
Brian and Anna Maria have accom-
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plished and hold eternal gratitude for
them, as would Ann.
No one has created more raw
food chefs in the world than
Cherie Soria. By 1992 she had already
been teaching vegetarian culinary
arts for 20 years. She became very
intrigued when she discovered
Dr. Ann’s books.
Cherie Soria: “The amazing results
she achieved using wheat grass and
raw food to help reverse cancer and
other terminal illnesses guided me
to study with Dr. Ann Wigmore. I had
no intention of trading my cooked
vegan diet for a raw food diet, but
after witnessing the amazing healings that transpired, I came home a
true believer in the power of the live
food lifestyle and immediately began
creating all the gourmet, raw vegan
recipes I could. Dr. Ann loved the
dishes I was inspired to create. She
told me that I would be a beacon of
light for her teachings. She suggested
that I go out and share my delicious
meals with the world.
“Later, it was my friendship with
Viktoras Kulvinskas that truly
motivated me to start Living Light
Culinary Arts Institute. Viktoras was
adamant that this style of cuisine I
had created should be taught to the
top chefs in the world.”
One of Ann’s close students,
Dr. Flora Van Orden met her in the
early 1970s. In her view, she saw
Dr. Ann as a female Einstein and fondly remembers how Ann was a
perfectionist and a hard task driver.
Dr. Flora Van Orden: “Ann never
wanted any details left out so there
would be no reason for anyone
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The Sexuality of Dancing,
cont’d from p. 46
This inner confidence and enjoyment
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can be expressed and evidenced
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The dance historian Curt Sachs said,
“Every dance is and gives ecstasy.”
Dancing and sexuality become
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There is no money to be made if a woman feels good about
herself, confident in her looks and bearing and sure in her
spirit and soul. It is important to remember that Ralph
Lauren and Calvin Klein do not have your best interests at
heart. They are here to make money, nothing more. The
advent of consumerism began with the creation of false
needs, and then the design of products to fill them.
Humans have always adorned and transformed their
bodies. From the lip plates worn by African tribeswomen
to the poisonous make-up made with various colors of lead
from the time of Cleopatra. But underneath it all, there is
no way to not be who you are. And eventually, possibly to
your chagrin, your significant other will find out. My advice: go unscented before the wedding, and save yourself
some time and heartache. Sexuality Is Spirituality,
cont’d from p. 41
Not the First Time
Without a doubt the most remarkable
to date, it wasn’t the first time I had
experienced this blinders-busting
sensation and exposure to a much
bigger, undefined but highly refined
vantage point. A few months earlier,
in the spring, I was hiking up my
neighborhood trail to Aliso Peak, a
pretty regular occurrence. It’s a break
that brings out a spiritual appreciation, reminding me that my church
is communion with nature.
At about that time, I was enjoying
the idea that God is within me, i.e.,
that paradise is within, which I now
realize was a pleasing but fairly egocentric concept. I looked up from the
rocky trail and noticed the scrub oak,
the sticky berries of the wild lemon
bush, the coastal black sage, the dots
of butterscotch-colored monkey flowers and then the big Pacific blue all
around me, and realized I was within
God, part of a bigger fabric that held a
level of integrity I was yet to fathom.
And Not the Last
Up to now, right or wrong, I had accepted the idea that life was going to
be just the way it was — me, myself
and I. I was 57, a single mom, far from
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Secret Place of the Soul, cont’d from p. 43
I am grateful for my incredibly wise and gentle “Uncle”
Antony Chatham for bringing ashes to elegance and
aligning the very essence of who I am. He held my hand
in that secret place and helped me give flight to my soul.
And I am especially grateful for the “Mama and Papa”
of the Hippocrates family, Drs. Brian and Anna Maria
Clement. They did exactly what they said they would at
that Save Your Life Meeting. They were loving parents
who gave a child roots and wings for her journey.
My legs have found solid ground. My voice has found
its chord. My wings have unfolded and I clearly see my
path. This happened because they cared.
I feel connected, important, liberated and loved. Not
just because they said so, but because they said so until
I believed them. Now this child is ready to soar! financially set but making it work
somehow as a freelance journalist,
determined to stay healthy and fit
(still looked pretty good in a tankini).
I felt almost invisible from doing so
many things by myself over the years;
I figured that’s just how it was going
to be, so I might as well relax and
accept it.
My mantra had become “Everything is perfect, perfect, perfect.
Everything is perfect just the way
it is.” And it helped, a little (until
I’d get a picture in my head of the
South Park tweeners laughing
their boo-tays off at me and then
scrambling in all directions).
I was alone again tonight. A summer art festival was opening in the
canyon. It was a big night for locals
only, who would be milling about in
the midst of warm ocean breezes and
the connubial scents of fresh cedar
chips and spilled red wine. Lucky
for locals, the Missiles of October, a
stellar rock band of slowly aged and
experienced musicians, got stuck in
a smaller pond and were once again
sending their funkified beat into the
starry sky. My senses were yearning
for the delights of a fantasyland I had
fallen in love with 30 years ago in a
canyon once affectionately christened
Woodstock West.
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I wanted to go. So I let my frumpy
writing-mom clothes fall to the floor
and jumped into the shower, hoping
the cleansing effect of warm water
cascading like quicksilver over my
skin might revive me.
I dried off, slipped on my red satin
pants and black, form-fitting tunic,
messed up my short, dark hair and
put on some big hoop earrings.
Now it was gettin’ funky, the way
I like it, a little bling-bling glam meets
Betty Boop ready to rock-n-roll.
I walked up the wooden stairs to
the main stage where the Missiles
were firing full-bore; the crowd knew
each song by heart. I started moving
to the rolling rhythms. This is what
I needed.
The people in front of me were
passing a joint, right out in public,
blatantly. And laughing like it was
suddenly legal. One of them dropped
the doobie and they all started scrambling for it on hands and knees as it
rolled over the rough wood beams.
A woman grabbed it just before
it slipped down a crack and into
oblivion, and the people watching
started to cheer.
The Laguna Beach surreality
show was all pretty entertaining.
Even though I didn’t imbibe, I danced
a little groovier. I felt a tap on my
shoulder and looked over. “We could be doing this together,
you know,” he said.
Head of straight white hair sprayed into place; rectangular glasses, a crisp summer suit and striped tie that stood
out in a crowd of Rainbow-footed sand dabs; a friendly
enough face and smile but definitely not my type.
I said, “Okay.”
And we started the dance.
His name was Kyle, he was an attorney and had just
moved from the suburbs of northern California. We became friends and he became a full-fledged vegan instead
of the fishy one he had professed that night. He started
making green smoothies for breakfast packed with veggies he grew in pots on his patio. Not bad for a newbie.
I was meeting Kyle after a raw food potluck in Dana
Point, bringing containers of left-over goodies and chocolate-hemp mylk. He was recuperating from a “delicate
medical procedure.” When he walked up to greet me on
this sun-drenched Sunday afternoon, he looked different,
confident, more relaxed, his hair untethered, the sleeves of
his baggy T-shirt pushed up, his feet free in flip-flops. And
really attractive.
After he ate the live-food offering with gastronomic
appreciation, he wanted to drive down to the harbor for
a sunset walk. So we did. On two occasions, completely
unexpectedly, he took my face in his hands and planted
a big smooch on my mouth. Okay, I thought, part of the
anesthesia wearing off. And it was pleasant enough, but
not earth-shaking.
Whatever had ignited in me that night in the
Santa Barbara Mountains would no longer be denied.
My eyes rolled back with my head, my knees buckled,
one after the other, and I nearly lost my balance and my
consciousness right there on the asphalt, a dithering
puddle of love. I don’t think he noticed.
Looking out at the bobbing boat lights and trying to
get my land legs back under me, I turned to look at him
directly and asked a little too formally, “What is your intention for this relationship?” He stretched his arms behind
his head, took a deep breath and leaned toward me. “I’ve
had a huge crush on you.” My thought? “Oh, dear.”
He told me that in the hospital, he was scared and
started praying. The message he got came loud and clear:
“Move in Rita’s direction.” He kissed me again and this
time I felt parts of my body I never knew existed, at least
not like that. Juicy, soft, full and open, softly glowing like a
Himalayan salt lamp. The lotus of love unfolding in all its
glory. How corny was that? Satire aside, now I was experiencing all that delightful headedness for real.
cont’d on p. 61
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Rain: Heaven & Earth Making Love, cont’d from p. 31
The importance of kegel exercises for men and women
are essential, in moderation. Kegel exercises should
be performed in sets of three, up to thirty repetitions,
no more than ninety. You can draw up your perineum
towards the Dantien, upon exhalation and after the last
contraction hold for 30 seconds, just on the last repetition. Please work your way up slowly. Wheatgrass juice
implants are also healthy for maintaining the health
of the prostate. These practices will lead to increased
energy and vitality using sexual energy to improve our
health and overall well being.
It is important to cultivate your sexual energy and
keep your organs healthy and happy by learning how to
circulate the energy from your Dantien to the five major
organs. These organs include the liver, heart, spleen, lungs
and kidneys as well as our brain. It is also important to
exercise your prostate gland (for men) or strengthen your
vaginal walls and pelvic floor (for women), to experience
multiple orgasms and become a better lover.
Henry Havelock Ellis wrote that when marriage
partners best approach the conjugal mystery as a sacrament, “they are subtly weaving the invisible cords that
bind husband and wife together, more truly and more
firmly than the priest of
any church.” Sexual union
with the right partner, with
love, respect and tenderness, can open the way to a
new dimension in your life.
After all, the Universe and
everything in it, including
human beings, was created
through the union of these
same Cosmic forces.
A few potent herbs
which strengthen our
reproductive organs are
ginseng, maca, horny goat
weed (Yin Yang Huo),
Angelica root (Dang Gui)
and foods such as
asparagus and avocados. Sex: Something to Chew On, cont’d from p. 33
There is a little joke I have been sharing at presentations
over the last forty-five years. It refers to the importance
of chewing. Most people don’t chew thoroughly. They
chew each mouthful only three or four times and then
they swallow. It is important to chew, especially in the
consumption of carbohydrate foods, because there is an
enzyme in the saliva called ptyalin (tie-a-lin). It is a form
of amylase, the digestive element for starches. If we do not
chew well enough, the ptyalin is not released and mixed
into the food, and the digestion of carbohydrates cannot continue further in the intestinal tract or among the
visceral organs.
I tell the audience I have a theory on why people don’t
chew their food. I think it’s because they remember hearing as children, that too much mastication can cause blindness. Of course, some people tend to chew less than others
and they end up wearing glasses. I finalize this story by
sharing that statistically, the more you masticate, the
greater the tension release.
Everyone over twenty-five gets the joke; most under
twenty-five don’t. Yet, even this may be used as a guide,
that chewing not only helps our digestion, it also helps to
nurture us, and that is what the game is all about.
savings are here
Suggested Resources:
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Dr. Stephen T. Chang
The Alchemy of Sexual Energy,
Mantak Chia
The Enlightened Sex Manual,
David Dieda
Tantra: The Art of Conscious Loving,
Charles and Caroline Muir
Tantra: The Supreme
Understanding, Osho
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Green juices made from cucumber,
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sprouts or other forms of greens, such
as spinach pâté.
Sea vegetables are an important
source of minerals, especially iodine. Try
kelp in salad dressings or sprinkled on
your food as a seasoning. Dulse, when
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crunchy snack.
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friendly bacteria keep the body operating at an optimal level.
Drink plenty of water throughout
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Focus on getting your diet up to
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Some additional helpful hints: Make
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“un-cook” books about raw foods on the
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that can be located on the internet and
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While the focus of this article is on
the consumption of plant-based foods, it
must be noted that human health is not
dependent on diet alone. One should additionally focus on mental, physical and
spiritual well being. Therefore, important health considerations, beyond diet,
include: daily exercise, adequate rest and
sleep, attention to positive thoughts
and a practice of meditation, prayer
or contemplation.
The process can and should be fun.
Start your journey today; your body
will thank you throughout your life! Sexuality is a Divine Gift,
cont’d from p. 45
to them to enjoy true and ultimate
liberation.
Matter and spirit: are they
dichotomous?
Jing enhances Chi
to “be fruitful and multiply” (1:28)
and, “God saw everything that he had
made, and behold, it was very good”
(1:31). Both texts indicate that they are
sex-affirming. Historically, Christianity’s discomfort with sex is attributed
to the writings of the third, fourth, and
fifth century leaders of the Church like
St. Gregory of Nyssa, Tertullian, Origen,
St. Jerome and St. Augustine. Their
personal preferences and philosophical influences like those of Gnosticism,
and monastic asceticism led them to
restrict sexual expressions and tolerate
sexuality almost as a “necessary evil”
for the obligation of procreation. To
cultivate a respectful understanding of
our sexuality and a healthy spiritual
awareness of it, we must free ourselves
from such philosophies and accept our
sexuality as a divine gift — one that is
inherently good and life-enhancing. What is Plant-Based Nutrition?,
cont’d from p. 21
Tips for Transitioning to a
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»» Establish connections with outside
support. A friend or acquaintance
who is already committed to this
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fun, monthly potlucks in your area.
You can meet new friends, try a
variety of raw, vegan foods and
share recipes. Meetup.com is a
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resources may also be of help.
»» Be sure to get adequate nutrition
so that your body does not crave
the foods you are leaving behind.
Important Foods and Their Benefits
There is no dichotomy between matter
and spirit in the Hindu view. Spiritual
fulfillment of union with the infinite
can be achieved by pursuing four
goals: kama (sexual love), artha (power
and material gain), dharma (spiritual
duty) and moksha (total liberation).
This view seems holistic and balanced
because the first two deal with desire
and the last two deal with detachment. This view also indicates that
pansexualism is an exaggeration and
that total abstinence is unrealistic.
As humans we are sexual beings, but
we are also spiritual beings. Sex and
power (wealth) can enhance us, but
we must be free from the attachment
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Chi, in Chinese tradition, is the lifeforce of the universe and of each individual. Jing, a type of sexual energy, is
a powerful force that can help spiritual
growth and healing by enhancing
the Chi. Union of man and woman,
according to The Joining of Essences, an
ancient Chinese text, would result in
the creation of Jing.
A Positive Interpretation
If we look at the Christian tradition, we may see an evolution in the
understanding of sex from the sexaffirming Hebraic culture to Christianity’s persistent discomfort with sex
and pleasure. We read in the book of
Genesis that God asked the humans
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Nonsexual Gratification, cont’d from p. 36
Another perk of sleep? If you have a partner, sleep often
means sexual gratification just occurred — or is about to
upon waking.
Another form of gratification I enjoy is exercise. I exercise
every single day. Ever hear the term “runner’s high”?
It has been shown that running, or other intense or sustained exercise, release a flood of endorphins in the brain.
Endorphins are associated with euphoria and elevated
mood, hence the “high” runners feel. Endorphins aside,
I just feel satisfied after getting a good physical workout.
My workouts don’t take place in an air-conditioned gym;
I am out in nature, doing my everyday work, such as when
I’m gardening. When I am working up a sweat moving
wheelbarrows of compost, I can also feel satisfied knowing
that I just planted some food crops, and in about 45 days
I will be partaking in food gratification.
One more way I gratify myself is by teaching and sharing
what I have learned. One of my mottos in life is to “Live in
Service.” I feel both pleased and satisfied when I am able to
have a positive impact in helping people and making the
planet a better place. It’s really nice to get feedback from
some of the 20,000+ people who subscribe to my videos
on YouTube. It’s very rewarding to know that I am making
a difference in their lives, usually by encouraging them to
change their diets and grow their own food.
Hopefully you
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of “NonSexual
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Suppressing Sophia, cont’d from p. 34
As we get older, we are forced by our
culture’s institutions to participate
in preparing the foods, cutting flesh
from bone, hooking unsuspecting
fish, stabbing “meat” and learning
to harden our hearts to the cries of
terrified calves and of the starving
children, whose grain we use to fatten
our livestock.
All of us, both male and female,
have inherent within us what I refer
to in The World Peace Diet as Sophia,
the sacred feminine. Sophia, the Greek
goddess of wisdom, is the dimension
of our awareness that yearns to love,
protect, and nurture the life we see
around us. If there is one thing in nature that we all know in our bones we
should respect and not interfere with,
it’s mothers giving birth, and nursing
and protecting their offspring.
And yet, with animal agriculture,
men have had to repress this natural
Sophia wisdom, and abusively violate
female cows, sheep, turkeys, and
other livestock animals in brutal ways
that cause suffering not just to these
mothers and their babies, but ironically to the perpetrators as well.
Today, as a culture, we routinely
repress the sacred feminine dimension of our consciousness as we unnecessarily confine and kill animals
for food and steal milk, eggs, and
babies from many millions of animal
mothers. Our culture indoctrinates us
to consume these foods from infancy,
and this systemic repression of our
innate Sophia wisdom is perhaps
the most grievous wound we suffer.
It causes untold disharmony in our
relationships, especially between the
sexes, and also spurs our violence
toward the Earth.
We have cast our culture out of
the garden and into the rat race of
competition and consumerism. As
we repress the shame of our routine
violence toward nature and animals,
our resulting hidden low self-esteem
drives the profits of corporations that
enrich themselves through our craving for gadgets, drugs and entertain-
ment to help distract us from what
we know in our hearts, and to gloss
over the violence of our meals. But as
we question this mentality of domination and choose compassion, healing and peace by eating plant-based
meals, we find our joy rising, our spirit
deepening, our mind quickening, our
feelings softening, our energy increasing and our creativity flourishing.
We are all connected. At the core of
virtually all spiritual teachings are two
interdependent directives: to love God
(i.e., to connect authentically with the
transpersonal dimension) and to love
our neighbor (i.e., to treat other expressions of life with kindness and respect).
In the Buddhist tradition, as but one
example, these are considered to be
mutually supporting, so the more authentic our meditation experience, the
more we become spontaneously compassionate; and the more we practice
compassion, the deeper our meditation
practice will be able to bring us.
At the core of the Buddhist teaching
of ethical living is the Five Precepts,
which are simply the five universal
taboos that virtually every culture on
this planet has honored and required
of its members: 1. Do not kill; 2. Do not
steal; 3. Do not commit sexual violence
or misconduct; 4. Do not deceive; 5. Do
not force alcohol or drugs on others.
When we act in these violent ways,
we not only harm others, we harm
ourselves. As we sow, we inevitably
reap. In animal agriculture, we
routinely break all five of these
precepts against animals used for
food. Animals are: 1. mutilated and
killed by the billions every year;
2. have their babies stolen from them,
as well as their milk, their eggs and
their freedom; 3. are sexually abused
and forcibly inseminated by the
billions every year; 4. are deceived
by barbed hooks and dark tunnels
ending with electroshocks, stun guns
and stabbing blades; 5. are forced to
take antibiotics, drugs, hormones and
psychotropic pharmaceuticals against
their will. This violence lurks in all the
animal-derived foods we eat, includ-
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ing the “humanely-produced” meat,
dairy, and eggs that are growing in
popularity.
Sophia, the sacred feminine within
us all, is resurrecting everywhere
today it seems, and as she does, we are
witnessing a rising consciousness of
wellness, kindness, interconnectedness and peace. We can each be part of
this awakening and experience healing on the deeper levels of our being
by questioning our culture’s obsolete
food dogmas, and partaking of foods
given to us from the lovingly tended
gardens and orchards of our Earth.
Each of us is a seed who can bless
ten thousand, and this is not just our
potential but our joy. Mindfulness of
our food choices is the key to creating not just outer gardens of beauty,
sustainability and nourishment, but
to nurturing and healing the inner
garden of our hearts.
It is time for us to discover that
choosing plant-based meals is the
foundation of spiritual awakening,
cultural harmony, radiant health
and protecting the future of life on
Earth — the ten thousands depending
on us today. We are all connected. "One of the most important books of
the 21st century." — Dr. James Macy
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Sexuality Is Spirituality, cont’d from p. 55
And it didn’t stop. Nor did it always involve physical passion. We even experienced what my daughter later told me was the third-eye kiss while standing
on the landing of a beach stairway above the surf. Kyle was leaning back on
the railing. I wrapped my arms through his and leaned into his body, resting
my forehead on his. With a jolt, my consciousness darted like a UFO out into
the Milky Way, hovering amongst the stars in timeless space for who knows
how long.
When I came back to earth and opened my eyes, he was opening his eyes, too.
Nose to nose, he said, “What was that?” I had no clue.
That was many in a long string of what I call sacred sexual experiences that
opened my body to heights never anticipated. I had always thought the gushings
about the sensations of falling in love were just that, sentimental exaggerations
meant to sell songs and mementos. It took me 57 years, and, more directly, eight
years on nutrient-rich raw fruits and veggies, to be open enough, vulnerable
enough, clean enough to be able to experience this depth of sensual spirituality.
Keepin’ On
The relationship ended as strongly as it began. The fish, as well as fear of the
world’s financial future, got the better of him and a shared pesca parasite he
was housing put the kabobs on the whole affair. But what Kyle had so generously opened up in me would never leave me. I knew I wanted that and more.
On March 27, I celebrated eight years as a raw vegan, ever fine-tuning the
quality of what goes in my body and constantly practicing to improve what
comes out in thoughts, emotions and words.
When I went raw, there’s no denying it, cheesy or not,
my heart, body and soul opened wide up and the flood gates
released. My body became a tuning fork for highly sexual
spiritual reception, which is available to us all whether
we’re in an intimate relationship or not. It is, after all, how
we were born. Full of hormones and light playful energy,
which, to me, is our original sexual natures, our life force. As
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It was sexually (as in life-giving) titillating to our beings.
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I have learned to only share intimate sexuality with
someone I know well and with whom I am deeply in
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Sex, Drugs, Rock-n-Roll & Therapy,
cont’d from p. 42
Because the nervous system is like a
battery that discharges with nerve
conduction and then needs to recharge at regular intervals, the body
cycles between contact and retreat
modes to keep proper balance. The
mind, active and engaged for hours at
a time, also seeks stillness. We depend
on sleep to help us to gather strength
and reorganize. Babies, whose systems
lack sophisticated filtering mechanisms for the raw voltage of experience, must sleep a large portion of the
time in order not to become overtaxed.
Sleep is vital to the body’s well-being
and survival. Why is orgasm so closely
linked to sleep and endorphin release?
Sexual release and the ensuing sleep it
induces serve to help keep high voltage
levels of pain buried, so the body can
continue functioning without having
to deal with awareness of pain.
After eons of evolution sex has
been wired into us — reinforced
with bliss — not only to reproduce
offspring, but as a protection against
overload, against pain and, unfortunately, against consciousness.
Unconsciousness has great survival
value, and thus whatever reinforces
it also makes it through the selectivity gates of evolution. The compelling
and abiding force of sex rests not just
in its ability to carry on our genetic
material or in providing a built-in
source of pleasure, but because of its
painkilling, sleep-inducing properties.
This is where sex gets abused.
Sex Addiction
The endorphin high from orgasm is
sought out again and again by the
sex addict to keep from feeling pain.
“Compulsive sexuality means being
motivated to engage in sexual activity
time and time again in hopes of finding some sort of fulfillment,” explains
Al Cooper, PhD, clinical director of the
San Jose Marital and Sexuality Centre
in San Jose, California.
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People treated for compulsive
sexual behavior often have difficulties
with genuine intimacy and use sex as
a means of dealing with other problems: loneliness, depression, anxiety
or daily stresses. “They compulsively
use sex as a form of physical and psychological release,” Dr. Cooper says.
Pornography also serves as a quick
fix to soothe unexpressed disappointments in real relationships, and is
used to self-medicate against feelings
of anger, disappointment, boredom or
sadness. Such mood altering strategies keep individuals from developing
healthier ways of managing emotions, and keep them emotionally immature. I personally and professionally have come to believe that beyond
just the category of compulsive sex,
what our culture considers a “normal”
sex drive, is more addictive and paindriven than we’d like to admit.
Childhood Sexual Abuse
More than any other sexual experience, childhood sexual abuse sets in
dysfunctional patterns which hugely
influence one’s sexuality for life,
often freezing into space and time
the child’s confusion about pleasure
(feeling good is bad), embodiment
(to survive I must leave my body),
gender (bad things happen because
I have breasts). Where the body played
such a central role in the early trauma,
a focus on bodily-reality in the healing emerges as paramount. To think
intellectual insight or understanding
alone can heal sexual trauma, without accessing the body’s response, is
delusional.
Sexualizing Non-Sexual Experiences
Sexual feelings often get linked to
other feelings and “issues.” What are
often perceived as sexual issues are
not sexual at all, but simply represent
the sexualization of deeper pain or
unmet needs that are emerging. A
woman, for whom sexual intercourse
with her husband was painful, finally
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opened up a Pandora’s Box of feeling
when she admitted to feeling used,
unloved and unappreciated in her
marriage. Her honesty initially led to
massive discomfort, but eventually
opened a deepening of communication with her husband and a reconnection at a feeling level. Enjoyable
sex followed naturally.
Sex as Microcosm
Sexuality has been referred to as a
microcosm of our relationship life
and cannot be treated as separate.
Although sex therapy can correct
mechanical sexual dysfunction, it
does not necessarily address, or even
claim to address, the bigger picture of
feeling. Conversely, addressing the big
picture of feeling, and integrating repressed pain, often translates directly
into sexual healing. Arthur Janov (the
creator of primal therapy, a treatment
for mental illness that involves repeatedly descending into, feeling, and
expressing long-repressed childhood
pain) reported that many of his patients had greatly reduced sex drives
after primal therapy, along with a
deeper experience and appreciation
of sexual enjoyment.
A significant number of his patients
reported the erasure of premature
ejaculation, frigidity, sexual anhedonia (lack of sexual pleasure, even during orgasm) and some even reported a
reversal of homosexuality. That’s how
intimately deep feelings and sexuality get interwoven.
My commitment as a therapist is to
help unravel the threads that strangle
the free-flow of natural health, and
help reweave them into a reality that
is livable, workable and in alignment
with the true destiny of the client.
Lust is a many-splendored thing.
When it twists into inner and outer
misuse and abuse, it cries out to be
healed. Our yearnings for closeness
and true intimacy beg us to do the
inner work to have the happy life and
balanced sex life we deserve. Is Obesity the “New Smoking”?,
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Can Raw & Living Food Put You “In the Mood?”,
cont’d from p. 38
Some particular foods have a heightened effect on your
libido. There is centuries of literature about the aphrodisiac
properties of certain foods. An aphrodisiac is a substance
that increases sexual desire. There are certainly foods
for which the argument of their aphrodisiac power can
be made soundly. As one example, take fenugreek. This
sprouted seed is one of the staples of the Hippocrates buffet. Many lovers enjoy the sweet, spicy aroma of sprouted
fenugreek that sweetens the breath and exudes from the
pores of fenugreek eaters.
Fenugreek is one of the oldest recorded medicinal and aphrodisiac herbs and is regarded as a treatment for just about
every ailment known to man. The Egyptians, Greeks and
Romans used the aromatic seeds extensively. It was a staple
in the diet of concubines, who used the herb to increase the
size and roundness of their breasts. Fenugreek is also said to
have beneficial effect on the kidneys. It helps to detoxify the
body of impurities and strengthen the kidneys, and anything
that nourishes the kidneys contributes to an active sex life.
Steroidal saponin diosgenin, choline and trimethylamine
(a sex hormone in frogs) are found in fenugreek. Diosgenin is
an important precursor for the synthesis of a number of sex
hormones and also exhibits estrogenic effects.
Fenugreek is packed with nutrition. Fenugreek is 30 – 36%
protein and loaded with all the essential amino acids.
It offers more than 25 different vitamins, essential oils and
over 10 essential micro-minerals including zinc. Zinc is
lost in ejaculate, so foods rich in zinc are helpful for the
sexually active male.
At Hippocrates we eat our fenugreek sprouted.
Sprouting means bringing the seed to life by germinating it. Germinated seeds supply predigested nutrients.
Predigestion means there is a profound increase in the
nutritional and energetic potential of the seed, nut, grain
or grass. Foods that are living when you eat them supply
an essential energy that contributes to vitality. So, by eating raw living (germinated) seeds, nuts and grains, the
life-force nutrient load of the food is maximized.
It may sound like fenugreek is the strongest aphrodisiac of the living raw food diet, but it is not; it was only
cited here as an example. Asparagus, bananas, avocados, horny goat weed, saffron, garlic and many more
foods have centuries of aphrodisiac fame. Certainly the
sprouts, ferments, seaweeds and chlorophyll-rich foods
in the raw and living foods diet are supportive to your
whole body, which includes your sex system.
Your sexuality is connected to your nutrition and a
healthy sexual attitude is an important part of a long
life. Whatever your goals may be for increasing sexual
energy, enjoying a healthy sex life or increased sensuality, or maximizing blood flow or spiritual awareness,
evidence shows that some raw and living foods can
certainly put you in the mood. Hranicky
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