You might be a goody two-shoes and there’s nothing you can do about it, or you might be a grumpy grouch hating your way through life, and the good news is there is something you can do about it!
A new study asserts that people are born altruistic, perhaps quashing the age old argument of nature vs. nurture.
Altruistic is defined as the belief or practice of disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others.
Hello. This is huge! How many people do you know that genuinely get a boost from doing good for others without any interest in getting something out of it themselves? I know a few, but not enough. Maybe there’s a way to awaken that bodhisattva gene in you, or maybe it’s not a gene at all but a special chemical and physiological condition of the brain. I’ve studied the brain and behavior for many years and my work with oxytocin, dopamine and serotonin triggers suggests that neurotransmitters regulate our mood and behaviour in a feedback loop of constant sensory information that is framed in context to the state one is in, i.e., parasympathetic vs. sympathetic. Some scientists at UCLA have confirmed it.
According to a UCLA neuroscience study, non-invasively dampening certain parts of the pre-frontal cortex disconnected people from their learned selfish and self centered behavior and made them more empathic and prosocial.
So, if you’re generous to a fault, just know it’s not your fault.
Read the study here.
Author: Vic Love, www.Fb.com/Vityalove
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By Jeanette Sousa — 2 years ago
If the eyes are the windows to the soul, the face is the frame. Everyone wants perfect skin, free from blemishes and scarring. We also want even tone and fewer, if any, wrinkles. Yet few of us understand skin and its fickle ways. One day you’re blemish-free and the next you’re battling a break-out. Some of us have aging skin or dark spots. Dermatologists often prescribe pharmaceuticals that effectively wipe away break-outs, but they can leave skin parched and thirsting for a better solution. To improve your skin, start by looking at a couple of factors:
- What is your skin type?
- What are your skin issues?
- What tactics have you already tried?
Flawless skin, starts with genetics, but what you eat and what you put on your skin are also important. According to the Mayo Clinic you need to know what type of skin you have in order to correctly treat it. Next, take into consideration the effects that sun damage could be having on your skin and protect your skin religiously from UVA and UVB rays. Finally, remember that any time you lose moisture, as with a hot bath, you should be sure to give it back.
Selecting Your Products
The products you use can either positively or negatively affect your skin’s look and feel. Reading labels for product ingredients and contraindications can help you to keep the things you can control in check. It is safe to say that buying organic facial and skin care products is a good place to start, but what if that isn’t always an option for one reason or another? If you’re crafty you might find enjoyment in making your own skin care products. You can easily whip up a fresh batch of vitamin lotion or serum in your own kitchen. You’ll wind up with yummy products that contain only the ingredients you put into them, for a fraction of the cost.
There are a few lotions on the market that claim to deliver vitamins directly to the skin. Doctors will sometimes prescribe vitamin lotions or creams that work topically for eczema or psoriasis. The thing is when we hear about vitamin lotions or creams we assume that the vitamins will enter our bloodstream helping our overall vitamin intake, another words we think by applying the cream to our skin daily or as needed it will sink in deeper. Unfortunately, there just isn’t enough vitamins in the cream to go that far- at least not in any over the counter type of vitamin creams. So how can work around this and assist the skin to heal and sustain vitamins topically? You can deliver moisture to the skin by way of a humidifier or, you can create your own vitamin lotions. Doing both things is also another option. Creating your very own serums and lotions that have the ability to deliver better nutrients to the skin is easy and when talking about Vitamin C lotions can also do double duty as a mild dark spot lightener. It should be noted that online retailers, big box stores and natural food stores also carry commercial brand vitamin B lotions and patches. Again, these usually work locally and probably don’t have much impact on overall delivery of vitamins to the whole body.
Making a quick do it yourself at home facial serum looks to be relatively easy. You’ll need;
- L-Ascorbic Acid
- Purified Water(not tap if possible)
- A small dark colored container(Amber or blue glass bottle)
- Measuring spoon
You can usually find Ascorbic Acid online at many retailers or even locally at a naturals store in your area. Using a measuring spoon – take approximately 1/8 a teaspoon of powder placing it in the bottle, pour in small amount of room temp water. Shake well- check the consistency to make sure it is a thin gel. A serum usually can be slightly runny but thick enough to stay in a dropper without squeezing the dropper. If it is runny add a little more powder. Remember the shelf life of Vitamin C is short, it is best to make a small batch and use it up. The less waste the better and the recipe is so simple that it can be whipped up on the spot with little prep. A more detailed explanation of this process can be found here.
www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/skin-care/art-20048237 www.health.harvard.edu/family_health_guide/moisturizers-do-they-work www.whiterskin.info/make-your-own-vitamin-c-serum-or-cream/
By Vic Love — 1 year ago
Cilantro, I love you!
Basil, please don’t be jealous, I’ll sing your praises another day, but today Cilantro, aka Coriander you are in the spotlight.
And this is because the seed has an ability unlike just about anything else out there to bind and pull mercury and other toxic heavy metals from the brain, intercellular spaces and the nucleuses of cells. Mercury poisoning is one of the most serious risks to our health.
Our external and internal environments are under severe mercury stress. The body manages it by locking it away in tissues. The body does not try and metabolize mercury and other heavy metals because that could spell death. . Locked up in the body, mercury manages to wreak havoc on our most intimate cellular processes. In the brain, mercury erodes entire networks of neurons by stealing receptor sites. The myelin sheath, which is a like a warm and fuzzy cashmere sweater for your delicate neurons gets eroded by the mercury, and entire neural networks are destroyed as the mercury effects a chain reaction of destruction. The University of Calgary did a great video showing exactly what happens to your brain on mercury, you can see it HERE.
If you’ve gotten your mercury amalgam fillings replaced that’s great, but we still need to get that mercury out of the brain.
Dr. Yoshiaki Omura, a fellow with the Heart Research Foundation in New York discovered Coriander is a unique and easy way to remove mercury, lead, and aluminum.
His team and him were having a hard time treating infections with antibiotics and antiviral compounds, seeing them go away with administration of the pharmaceuticals only to have them recur again some time later. Pressing further for an answer, he discovered that deposits of mercury, cadmium, aluminum, and lead were keeping the infection alive and inactivating the antibiotics and antiviral meds.
Testing a patient’s urine one day he discovered that levels of mercury in the urine increased significantly after eating a meal with cilantro. Eventually Dr. Omura succeeded with a protocol for healing chronic infection by using coriander to remove the heavy metals and then natural antivirals such as EPA and DHA for permanent healing.
Dr. Omura was radical, he shed light on a lot of truth. In another study he observed the removal of three amalgam from an individual using all the precautions available to prevent the absorption of mercury from the amalgam. Even with strong suctioning of air and water, a rubber dental dam, significant amounts of mercury were later found in the patient’s lungs, kidneys, endocrine organs, liver, and heart. There had been no mercury in these tissues prior to the amalgam removal!
Using only coriander, Dr. Omura was able to clear the mercury deposits in three weeks!
The best way I found to remove mercury is to use lots of fresh cilantro and coriander oil in your food. This will help to liberate mercury from the tissues. The only quality organic coriander oil I have found that is undiluted and 100% oil of cilantro seed is this one. For me, a good bentonite clay taken at one teaspoon mixed with water three times a day during the mercury removal protocol is sufficient to keep any metals from being reabsorbed in the colon. I also add broken cell wall chlorella to my salad as part of this heavy metal detox regimen for added benefit.
Mercury Detox Salad Dressing Recipe
4 ounce Flax oil, Hemp, or EFA rich oil blend like 5 Seed Oil
1 ounce Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Teaspoon Coriander oil
2 Teaspoons Celtic Sea Salt
Half a lemon – squeezed
1 Teaspoon Chlorella Powder
1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
Mix these well and use as a dressing for your salad or on your rice or other dishes.
Mexican food uses lots of cilantro, so it would be a good idea to make cilantro rich salsas with selenium rich blue corn chips as part of your detox diet.
Another easy way to add coriander oil into your diet is to add a half teaspoon to your green drink or smoothie.
Topical Use Of Coriander Oil For Heavy Metal Mobilization
Wrists and ankles are dense with nerve fibers and when you rub coriander directly in for five minutes, it is absorbed and crosses to the main lymphatic channels where it proceeds to do its magic as a scavenger of heavy metals.
Heavy metal detox should be done slowly so a healing crisis does not occur. I dedicated two years to remediate my own mercury toxicity. If you are averse to cilantro or coriander, for example some people can’t stomach it at all; that is almost a sure sign that you are heavy metal poisoned. You’ll need to add cilantro to your diet slowly, and topical application would be the preferred way to go. Signs of reabsorbing heavy metals during a purge include headaches, nervousness, flu-like symptoms, or fever.
5 Other Supplements That Help Remove Toxic Metals
- Taurine and methionine. These are sulphur-containing amino acids. They decrease oxidative stress resulting from heavy metal exposure. Sulfur rich foods like Garlic are a good bet.
- Fulvic Acid. Anyone trying to get heavy metals out of their body should get themselves familiar with this miracle of nature. Fulvic acid compounds are able to bind heavy metals and transport them out of the cell. I wrote an article about it HERE.
- N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC). This is an orally taken precursor of cysteine, a known chelator of heavy metals and also known to stimulate glutathione production, particularly in the presence of Vitamins C and E.
- Apple Pectin. Pectin is found in many fruits with properties that are excellent for making jellies. Pectin also has the added benefit of being able to pull heavy metals out of the blood. The rinds of many fruits have pectin; these include banana, apples, and grapes. Applesauce is a great source of pectin.
- Selenium. Selenium depletion in the face of mercury exposures also depletes seleno-enzymes. In humans, organic selenium supplementation was beneficial in a controlled trial among 103 mercury-exposed patients.
Author: Vic Love, www.Fb.com/Vityalove
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Organic selenium supplementation increases mercury excretion and decreases oxidative damage in long-term mercury-exposed residents from Wanshan, China.
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By Vic Love — 1 year ago
My 5 Day Dry Fasting Adventure
Dry fasting is simply getting up in the morning and seeing how long you can go without putting anything in your mouth. You already have at least 8 hours into it, why not go at least 16 hours so your body can benefit from the rest from having to constantly process food and rewarding you with a boost of growth factors. The first time I dry fasted was in my early 30’s and a tooth infection hit me, so I did what I saw animals do, I stopped everything, I know that’s extreme but it works, after 3 days of not eating or drinking anything including water the infection went away, and my tooth was good as ever. At that point I wasn’t hungry and had plenty of energy, and so did another nine days just on water with no change in lifestyle. At the end of the 12 day fast I had only lost five pounds and proved to myself that really humans can exist on a lot less than we think. I went back to food out of boredom, and not only appreciated more, but my digestion became even better. Maybe it was easier for me than others because I had practiced sun gazing for a number of years.
The modern resurgence of medical dry fasting was popularized by Ukrainian doctors. They figured out that of chernobyl radiation poisoning victims of the ones that dry fasted, they were able to purge the radioactive particles from their bodies and live, versus those that did nothing and succumbed to radiation poisoning. I was born in the Ukraine, so I understand that drive to get creative and do what you have to do and what it takes to survive and thrive.
Why dry fasting is so profound is because when you cut off food and water, after a while, your body, seeing as nothing is coming in, gets really efficient with what it has. The hunter instinct takes over and your level of alertness and sensory awareness is activated. Cells compete for water and only the healthiest cells win out, all others dehydrate and self destruct, there’s no more effective way to cleanse than to let the body do all the work. Bacteria and viruses get out competed for water and nutrients by healthy cells. Furthermore, growth hormone is produced by the body when it is not insulin dependent, so your blood is flooded with powerful nerve and tissue growth factors. Unnecessary fat is burned very efficiently, and research and experience shows that the more you do it, the longer the long-term benefit.
I forgot about that first dry fasting experience for a decade until a friend showed me some videos on YouTube of a few dry fasting enthusiasts talking about their experience going the clinically recommended 5 days. The science behind it made solid sense to me. I was re-inspired, if they can do it, so can I.
I’m unconventional, every year, I try to fast on thanksgiving. I figure what better way is there to feel grateful, to give the body a rest, and the feeling of emptiness to acknowledge those that go hungry for no logical reason rather than give thanks by gorging oneself into a food coma. Thanksgiving came and went, and I kept the dry fast going for 121 hours, five full days of existing on sunlight, air, the grace of God and nothing else. Allow me to share some of the deeper insights from that experience.
Leading up to the fast is important, make sure you are well hydrated and well nourished a week leading up to the fast. I was in our studio kitchen filming delicious Life Food vegan recipes all week so I was buzzing with wellness.
I feel like dry fasting is the best pattern interrupt one can do on themselves. All it takes is a little willpower and you can retrain your habits. Many people who can’t live without a late night snack or a morning coffee can take this as an opportunity to re-pattern their consumption habits by giving all cravings and substance addictions a rest.
By day two my hunger disappeared and by day three I really started to appreciate the simple things in life like the warm sun shining on my face, feeding me, the feel of moisture in the every deep breath, the ability to fall into stillness and meditation without effort and experience the present moment, observing my thoughts, my inhale and my exhale. Awareness is incredibly heightened during a dry fast as the senses come alive unencumbered by digestive processes.
The important thing to remember is the fast should be discontinued if your mouth dries out and you have no saliva. If you can’t draw any saliva up, its time to discontinue the fast, you are too dehydrated. Your mouth may get dry but as long as you can create saliva that is thin and wet, you can go many days on a dry fast. An important practice while dry fasting as well as every day life is always breathe through your nose, 99% of the time. Many people who are mouth breathers can’t breathe through their nose because of a lingering nasal infection. The sinus cavity surface area is much more massive than you think, and infection can linger and hide out for decades, an most people learn to live with it.
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Another consideration, because you don’t have the luxury of taking long hot showers, as your contact with water should be minimal, one can tend to get cold easily. So, my advice on a fast is to guard your precious body heat, maintain 98.6 degrees or higher. And actually, when toxins are burning up you can develop a slight and temporary fever. This happened to me. There is so much happening at the intercellular level that it is difficult to sleep. Weird aches, and memories of past trauma are quickly experienced and cleared, pathogens hiding deep in the interstitial fluid are incinerated. When the body is put on this fast, the body’s primary objective becomes to attack all dysbiosis radically and clean house. The electrical potential of the cells is increased and if you want to have some fun, sleep with a down comforter, in a low humidity room, you are so charged that the static electricity creates a phenomenon of blue sparks coming off your fingers when you touch the down. It took me by surprise at first, but then as I lay awake, unable to sleep I would make my blanket crackle with blue sparks, little bolts of voltage from my fingers, maybe this is how Yoda got started.
It would be wise on a dry fast to keep talking and mental tasks to a minimum, and not to overstimulate the most wondrous of devices in the known universe, the human brain. The brain that is engaged in constant mental activity burns 500 calories a day or more, compared to a body conserving energy that can exist on 30 calories or less per day. Can you see just how much more fuel is needed by the brain? So when fasting, be kind to yourself and give it a rest. Let those higher universal frequencies come and and bathe you in resonant stillness instead of entertaining all the ceaseless chatter in the head. The ability to relax and release becomes very natural, as resistance is overcome, chaotic alpha and beta brain waves are harmonized and subsonic delta and theta frequencies envelop. Cells communicate via structured light. These microtubulin pathways are cleared; trash that has been on the street for years is finally picked up, recycled and upcycled for energy. You can make energy with solar or burning wood, but one of these is going to leave carbon and phosphoric ash.
By day five my most intimate friend became my breath, and I felt less like I was the one breathing and more like the one being breathed. Through my nose, deep to the back of my spine I inhaled my sole source of nourishment. I literally could feel oxygen working its way into the blood, cleaving hydrogen off lipid molecules to create cellular water. That’s right, when needed your body makes its own water from fat stores. Even five days with no food or water and I still had to pee two to three times a day. This is the old cellular waste being eliminated.
I broke my fast at the 121st hour on warm water with fulvic acid. Fulvic acid, even at a low amount of less than 1000 PPM in water has incredible benefit. It is one of the only substances in nature that can transport toxins out of the cell while at the same time bringing nutrients in. It is a great way to come off a fast as any toxins not dealt with during the cleanse are transported with the needed boost from the fulvic. You can read about Fulvic Acid in my recent article here.
After I broke the fast, It took another three days before I could have solid food again; a big part of successful fast is how one comes out of it. The stomach has shrunk down quite a bit and by five days in the body has gotten used to not having very much, so it is important to start slowly, reintroducing back vegetable broths, and juices not overly sweet, and then for food easing back into the eater’s world with berries and avocados, sprout salads with coconut and hemp oils, and other lite fare.
For six weeks after the fast I felt incredible, thanks to the growth hormone that had flooded my bloodstream, I entertained a renewed vigor for strength training. In less than five weeks I gained over ten pounds of muscle. I went from being able to do three pull-ups in a row to sixteen, back to my peak form. Intense workouts did not produce any lactate buildup the day before. I attribute the lack of soreness from weight training to be directly caused by dry fasting.
Convinced yet you should do a dry fast? I am convinced this is the best self healing mechanism that we have. We are genetically predisposed to living on light and air, it’s in our nuclear DNA.
When it comes to youthing, there is nothing better than dry fasting.
Author: Vic Love, www.Fb.com/Vityalove