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Enlightened Entertainment: Rise of Skywalker

Enlightened Entertainment Finding Life Lessons in Movies & Television: “The Rise of Skywalker”

The entire Star Wars saga is engrossed in Buddhist and Taoist teachings. Some of these lessons are more obvious than others, from Rey meditating to connect with the Force to everything Yoda says, ever. But some of the wisdom in the newest episode The Rise of Skywalker is a lot more subtle.

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Enlightened Entertainment – Spider-man: Into the Spiderverse

Enlightened Entertainment Finding Life Lessons in Movies & Television: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse”

“With great power, comes great responsibility”. This saying became part of mainstream culture since Sam Raimi created the first Spiderman movie back in 2002 but the aphorism has been around in some variation in history (and in comics) for centuries. While the ‘Peter Parker Principle’ is an extremely edifying proverb that is essential to this movie’s context, Spider-Man; Into The Spider-verse is filled with life lessons and undertones of true enlightenment synced up to a killer soundtrack.

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Natural Medicine ChestAt Home Remedies Blogs

The Natural Medicine Chest

Natural Medicine ChestThe Natural Medicine Chest (Stuff to Always Have on Hand)

Looking through my medicine cabinet the other day, I realized the stuff in mine is probably a bit different than the contents in most other peoples’ chests. While I probably have a closet worth of supplements at home for emergency situations, I have a few go-to remedies that I think everyone should have on hand.

Check out what I always have on hand for the natural treatment of acute situations.

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Manuka Matata – Wonderful Ways to Use Manuka Honey

Honey is great for treating the symptoms and effects of colds, sore throats and the flu. But few of us know that there are tons of different types of honey out there and they all differ in how they work and how well they work.

Manuka honey, for instance, is the not the typical honey you might find in grocery stores and has some great medicinal properties. This honey is only cultivated in New Zealand and parts of Australia, where the tea tree plant grows (beware the ‘Manuka’ honey that doesn’t come from this region). It has an active chemical called Methylglyoxal or MGO. MGO can be measured in Manuka honey to determine how medicinal it is. MGO can range anywhere from 100 to 550 parts per million (ppm). But to be antiviral and antibacterial, it has to have 250 ppm or more MGO.

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Naturopathic Confession #1

Recently in my practice, I’m coming across a lot of guilt from patients when they can’t stick to their diet or take their supplements everyday or exercise regularly; even though I make an effort to make it perfectly clear that it’s ok to mess up.

To show the world that it’s ok (and healthy) to not be perfect, I came up with the idea of ‘Naturopathic Confessions‘ (*read in a whispered voice*). Weekly, I’m going to post a quote from naturopathic doctors stating how they’re not always perfect when it comes to this stuff, too.

None of us are perfect and this is my effort to spread the word that even we don’t always stick to the plan.

So here is one (of many) of mine. Stay tuned weekly for confessions from some of your favorite naturopathic doctors.

 

Free-Range ChildrenBlogs

Free-Range Children

How many times did you hear one of your parents tell you to go out and play as a kid?  If you were lucky like me, you heard it a lot. Why is that lucky? Because studies are showing that being outdoors can have a huge impact on the welfare of children and their present and future health.  In fact, more and more studies have shown that “natural environments” have a direct and positive impact on the well-being of one’s childhood, and later into adulthood [1].

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.”

― Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

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Treat the Gut  (When You’ve Got the Blues!)Blogs

Treat the Gut (When You’ve Got the Blues!)

Depression and anxiety are common paralleling symptoms in patients with Ulcerative Colitis (UC) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) [1].  Often, the mental symptoms precede the physical symptoms in patients with UC by about a year [1].  The reverse is generally true of IBD, with depression or anxiety following the actual physical disease [1].  Whether the mental symptoms follow or precede the physical disease, the connection is shown in both clinical and research settings.

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