Close Encounter Of The Rarest Kind

In the above video, notice that Robin Williams made Koko smile — something she hadn’t done for over 6 months, ever since her lifelong gorilla companion, Michael, passed away at the age of 27. But not only did Robin cheer up Koko, the effect was mutual, and Robin seemed transformed — from a high-energy entertainer, into a mellow, sensitive, empathetic guy, who also just happened to be really funny. Robin Williams and Koko bonded that day and Koko never forgot the encounter.

On Monday, Aug. 11 2014, the day news broke of Williams’ passing, Koko overheard conversations about the news. She inquired with Dr. Patterson who explained to her what had happened. Koko became quiet and looked very thoughtful. Eventually as the news sank in Koko signed “CRY”. By the end of the day Koko became somber with her head bowed and her lips quivering.

Koko and Robin William’s friendship shows the magic that happens when we treat animals as our equals and partners, and give them our undivided love and attention.

More details at the: Gorilla Foundation.

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She Taught Me Love

She Taught Me Love

In a moving, handwritten letter addressed to her fans, Fiona Apple announced, in November of 2012, that she was postponing the South American leg of her tour due to the ill-health of her beloved pit bull, Janet, a 13-year-old rescue dog suffering from Addison’s disease:

It’s 6pm on Friday, and I’m writing to a few thousand friends I have not met yet. I’m writing to ask them to change our plans and meet a little while later.

Here’s the thing.

I have a dog, Janet, and she’s been ill for about 2 years now, as a tumor has been idling in her chest, growing ever so slowly. She’s almost 14 years old now. I got her when she was 4 months old. I was 21 then — an adult, officially — and she was my kid.

She is a pitbull, and was found in Echo Park, with a rope around her neck, and bites all over her ears and face.

She was the one the dogfighters use to puff up the confidence of the contenders.

She’s almost 14 and I’ve never seen her start a fight, or bite, or even growl, so I can understand why they chose her for that awful role. She’s a pacifist.
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Nine Ways To Avoid A Heart Attack

Heart Attack

Heart attack is now better understood as a symptom of widespread inflammation within our body. This inflammation happens for various reasons: Widespread presence of added sugar in our diet, GMO foods introducing unknown proteins in our diet, and also the emotional clogging of our systems due to stress. Here are nine tips to avoid heart attacks:

1. Go to a “zero sugar” diet. Sugar is not just a problem for diabetics. Its pervasive presence in our diet has now turned it into an inflammatory agent. In 1800s we were consuming less than 10 pounds of sugar per year. Today we consume more than 100 pounds! Sugar clogs up our livers causing inflammation in our bodies.

2. Eat whole, fresh, organic, and balanced food. If you must consume animal protein then make sure that it comes from grass fed and farm raised source. Otherwise it is inflammatory. Avoid GMO food. Some of our GMO foods are “engineered” so that they become pest resistant. This happens by introducing genes in the food that produce proteins that bugs do not like. Guess what happens when our bodies have to deal with these proteins? Sometimes these become source of inflammation in our bodies.

3. Get your sun. Get 10 to 30 minutes of daily exposure to the sun. You want direct exposure on the skin without intervening glass. Direct exposure to sun rays reduces blood pressure, softens arteries, improves mood, produces Vitamin D and other hormones that are vital for our well being.
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Love Is Stronger Than Fear!

In this video, yoga teacher Desiree Rumbaugh opens up about her personal journey and how yoga has shaped her has a teacher, a student, and a mother.

Here is a priceless quote from the video: “A yogi is someone who uses everything that happens to him or her to their advantage.”

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No Idea You Were This Religious!

No Idea Religious
A girl asks her boyfriend to come over Friday night and have dinner with her parents. Since this is such a big event, the girl announces to her boyfriend that after dinner, she would like to go out and make love for the first time.

Well, the boy is ecstatic, but he has never had sex before, so he takes a trip to the pharmacist to get some condoms. The pharmacist helps the boy for about an hour. He tells the boy everything there is to know about condoms and sex.

At the register, the pharmacist asks the boy how many condoms he’d like to buy, a 3-pack, 10-pack, or family pack. The boy insists on the family pack because he thinks he will be rather busy, it being his first time and all.

That night, the boy shows up at the girl’s parents house and meets his girlfriend at the door. “Oh, I’m so excited for you to meet my parents, come on in!”

The boy goes inside and is taken to the dinner table where the girl’s parents are seated. The boy quickly offers to say grace and bows his head.

A minute passes, and the boy is still deep in prayer, with his head down.

10 minutes pass, and still no movement from the boy.

Finally, after 20 minutes with his head down, the girlfriend leans over and whispers to the boyfriend, “I had no idea you were this religious.”

The boy turns, and whispers back, “I had no idea your father was a pharmacist.”

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