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.
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.
Have you ever driven down a road and seen a homeless man with a sign and not known what to do to help? A couple in Tacoma Washington have done some research and come up with a $20 backpack that they build and hand over to the homeless.
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Fasting or abstaining from food is a practice held in many religions. Now there is scientific evidence that shows that this can have health benefits too. Prolonged fasting (abstaining from food for a period of 48 hours to 72 hours) is now being researched and the following benefits have been found:
1. Provides protection to the immune system from damage including damage from chemotherapy toxicity. In mice it has been shown to reduce mortality from chemotherapy treatment.
2. “Reboots” and regenerates the immune system. Prolonged fasting cycles done over a period of six months were found to completely regenerate the immune system and get rid of damaged immune cells.
The author of one study said, “Now, if you start with a system heavily damaged by chemotherapy or aging, fasting cycles can generate, literally, a new immune system.” When we starve, our system begins to conserve energy and to do this it kills off old and damaged immune cells. When we begin to eat again, our stem cells kick in and begin to regenerate our immune cells. So when this cycle is repeated multiple times over a period of six months it is equivalent to building a brand new immune system from scratch.
This is exciting news. Those undergoing chemotherapy or those with compromised immune systems can take recourse to a simple tool: Just undergo periodic cycles of fasting over a period of six months to build up a new immune system. For the rest of us there are implications too. We can use fasting to not only help us with our spiritual goals, but also to help tone up our system and improve its health.
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“Why does it have to be human or divine? Maybe human is divine.”
– Robert Langdon in Da Vinci Code.
This insight provided by Robert Langdon, the character of Tom Hanks, in Da Vinci Code is critical for understanding yoga. For millennia we humans have struggled with the idea of divinity. Our misunderstanding of this idea has been the source of endless conflict. Being divine and human has been considered mutually exclusive. You had to be something special to be divine and to prove your divinity you had to be able to perform miracles. Divinity became a source of contention and conflict.
But yoga changes all that. The deepest insight of yoga is that we are all divine. There is nothing special about divinity. The most vile mass murder also has divinity buried inside him. The choice is NOT between being human OR divine. The choice is between being divine and non-divine. When we are divine we are expressing our humanity in a particular way. When we are being non-divine our humanity is expressed in a different way. The mass murderer is expressing his humanity in the most vile and obnoxious way.
There are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish going the other way, who nods at them and says, “Morning, boys, how’s the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes, “What the hell is water?”
We are like the young fish. We are immersed in Divinity, and yet we are unaware of it. How can this happen? The answer in one word is: Ego. The ego is our source of ignorance. It is the cause of our separation from the whole.