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It is my passion to help others find health on all levels. As a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, and on staff as a supplement/health consultant in retail environments, I gained much knowledge about physical health. As an individual who has had to deal with my own health problems, as well as those of my wife, I have gained compassion for the difficulty one may have in finding the right kind of information and help navigating those problems. From a dedicated 40 year meditation practice I have gained wisdom and patience in helping others on their path to full wellness.

Over time, I hope to post enough content to guide and inspire those who are having small difficulties, the easy stuff. For the more “stubborn” obstacles to achieving your goals, please feel free to contact me privately here and let’s see what we can do together!

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Spontaneous healing, remissions, and placebo effect

This is excellent. Very well done and inspiring.

Spontaneous healing, remissions, and placebo effect

Is there scientific proof we can heal ourselves? Lissa Rankin, MD at TEDxAmericanRiviera

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Epigenetics – the best possible research study-identical twins/20 years/different diets

This is totally amazingly cool. Identical twins doing different diets over 20 years and prospectively taking blood levels of various biomarkers. The very best kind of experiment you can do.  Give it a listen, only 7 1/2 minutes…

~G

“It Doesn’t Matter What Genes You Have–You Have the Power to Overwrite Them, & It Always Starts with Diet.” 

Rosane Oliveira, DVM, PhD

Don’t miss Dr. Rosane Oliviera’s compelling 7:35 mins. talk at a recent McDougall weekend. Oliviera is the Assistant Director of the Integrative Medicine Program at the University of California Davis Health System & she’s currently studying how gene expression can change (& fairly quickly) when one switches to a whole foods plant-based diet. Oliviera has a personal interest in epigenetics & nutrigenomics. She’s an identical twin–and over the past 20 years her diet & her sister’s have taken different directions. With 20 years of blood tests & medical records in hand, she was able to retrospectively analyze the differences in biomarkers between herself & her sister–& track them to diet changes & the differences in their diets. Weight Watchers, low-carb/low-fat, Atkins, a chicken, fish, & dairy diet, & finally to a low-fat whole foods plant-based diet. Only when her sister’s diet mirrored hers did their biomarkers (e.g. lipids) become identical–because they share the same genes. As Oliviera says, “You CAN change your gene expression. Most of us have genetics that lean toward HIGH CHOLESTEROL & gaining weight. All the women in my family, except me, are overweight with high cholesterol.”

 

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What does “low risk” really mean?

Excellent short video for background to use when you see or hear about the “latest” nutritional research.   Dr. Greger rides again!

When Low Risk Means High Risk

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This is really a “must see” short movie

Processed People

This is such a great movie! Only about 40 minutes long and very inspiring.

Watch it!!!

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Great article on keeping it simple

Very well written simple article about keeping it simple!

Thanks to Jeff Novick, MS, RD for posting it to FB

KEEPING IT SIMPLE

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This is great fun…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvBr-qPAGwI

Freaks of the Garden Sale Mountain Style Hailey, Idaho

Stay With This Plant Sale Commercial Past 30 Seconds. It’s TOTALLY Worth It

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Do we inevitably lose muscle as we age?

Recently several people have told me that they were quite impressed at how good a shape I am in.  One that really stands out in my mind is a young man in his early 30′s who admitted that I am in much better shape than he is. I am 64!  I Do exercise daily, about 40-60 minutes, but I  don’t think it takes even that much. Most Americans don’t exercise at all… Any is much more that none!  There are many reasons to exercise but I find one of the most compelling (second after how much better I feel all the rest of ever day), is what happens as we age.

I have watched quite a number of friends and relatives slowly wind down into helpless weakness, ending up in nursing homes.   Many people seem to believe this is just what happens as we age. THIS IS NOT INEVITABLE! Click on the link below and read the short, excellent article by Dr. Gabe Mirkin to find out why not and what you can do to prevent muscle loss and debility as you grow older–

Lack of Exercise, Not Aging, Causes Weakness and Loss of Muscle in Older People

Even just simple things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator and parking at the farthest away end of the parking lot so you have to walk a bit will help.  It is definitely not all or nothing and not all at once. Every little bit helps and it all adds up.

This brilliant, short video is done 1/2 humorously but is quite serious that what is demonstrated in it will do very nicely for a simple, at home routine you can start today to dramatically improve your fitness, strength, and mobility.  I requires no equipment and very little room.

Simplified Fitness

So what are you waiting for? Get moving!

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Bad Habits and Addictions~The Fast Track to Freedom

Bad Habits and Addictions~The Fast Track to Freedom

Freedom

The REAL trick to quitting any addiction/bad habit is to realize these are just passing physical sensations and “all things must pass” and they will.

Keep your motivation crystal clear i.e. do you want a few minutes of mouth pleasure or do you want robust good health for your entire life. Really, the mental/emotional aspect is almost the entire deal and I really do believe this is true for hard drugs, alcohol, gambling, etc–all the same roots–we get hooked on the sensations caused by whatever, NOT the thing itself.

If you want to fast track your entire life in terms of development, learn Vipassana mediation (traditional Buddhist approach) which requires zero belief or religious changes. It is a very sophisticated technology for learning to tolerate sensations of all sorts without reacting and freaking out.

You end up with huge amounts more room for creative response instead of reflex twitches. The only down side is that you start to see how much of most peoples’ lives is just reflex twitches and robotic reactions. And even that does not bother you much because, after all, any negative reactions you have are just sensations too and you now how to tolerate them well. So you get to choose the best way to try to help those folks get free!

Geoffrey Levens, L.Ac., Health coach 2020.2014

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Addiction Is It Really (like love) Forever?

Addiction Is It Really (like love) Forever?

Are we “powerless over” _________________(pick yer poison)? I think that model is flat out b.s. and unfortunately, profoundly disempowering and damaging.  Shocked? Good!  Read on… (If you know me personally or have read a couple of my previous postings on addictive behavior maybe not so surprised but read on anyway)

First, we now know from the science, that at root, all addictions arise from the same neuro-chemical and neuro-electric pathways; PET scans, blood work, etc. clearly demonstrate the same pathways lighting up regardless of whether the addiction is to alcohol, heroin, speed, sex, gambling, chocolate, video games… The same reward systems get triggered and we want more-more-MORE!

What are ya gonna do? The AA model is “once an addict, always an addict.” While it is true that during the recovery phase if you indulge even a tiny bit, it is very likely you will fall back into the pit, this is not necessarily a permanent situation.  The roots can be cut out. You can change your relationship to the world and to yourself and be free, really free. The best part is that by actually radically freeing yourself from a particular addiction, there tends to be a great spillover of increased freedom in all areas of your life; you become more able to creatively respond instead of reflexively reacting to new situations, or a repeat of old ones.

To cut to the chase, here is my m.o., tried and proven on yours truly, an experiment with N=1 (one subject, no controls), two methods that work together and reinforce each other.

Must add that I thought this was crap going in, that the physical stuff I could indeed not do but the mental/emotional stuff always had already happened by the time I had noticed it and there was nothing I could do about it. BUT I tried the experiment anyway and learned something new.~

1) First is method detailed here in previous post: Changing Habits – it ain’t easy!

This is really a version of mindfulness meditation that is more specific. It does not go as deep but may be particularly useful when you are “in the grip” so to speak.

2) More directly Vipassana/Mindfulness linked— just” stop, do not act yet, take a deep breath and slowly let it out. Relax. Close your eyes. Being comfortably seated in a chair can be helpful; feet flat on the floor, legs and ankles not crossed, hands in comfortable resting position. Eyes closed is best and easiest.  Now notice how you feel, both in general and in the detailed specifics. No need for any sort of labeling or internal verbiage. Just pay objective attention to your sensations and feelings as objects. After all, you are experiencing them. They are objects of your attention and not you!

As you watch them, they will change. Absolutely guaranteed! Everything changes, constantly and always. This is no exception. Might get weaker or stronger, might move around, might change quality completely, but it will change… Hang in there. As best you can do not allow yourself to get distracted or sidetracked.  When/if he sensations and feelings vanish in the general feel of you body, you are done for now; the craving has subsided at least for the moment

If after some time, they linger on or are even stronger, no worries, you have still been successful. In this case, take a quick inventory again of how you feel overall. And go ahead and move on. If possible do NOT indulge the craving but if you slip up, it is not “the end” but only the beginning of your journey. Pay attention to what exactly pushes you over the edge. Do you just give up? Is there some particular rationalization you use? Just note all this for future reference as you may come up with creative work-arounds.

Either way, doing this repeatedly, as often as the issue comes up, will set you free.

How do I know this to be true? My own addictions and the results of these practices.

I have been addicted to tobacco/cigarettes, marijuana, refined starchy foods, sugar,  and sugar and sugar, thoughts/obsessive day dreams of righteous violence, thoughts/day dreams of very explicit sexual activity… All of these have served to distract me from my real life, the real issues I have faced. After applying the two methods outlined above they are all now non-issues, dead ashes. Examining them now reminds me of picking up some toy I treasured when I was a very young child, I remember playing with it and what it felt like, but it now seems almost like someone else’s, not mine.

It is true that some addictions go MUCH deeper than others. The roots of most all of them are in our early programming and imprinting, childhood, infant, and birth traumas.  BUT THEY CAN ALL BE ELIMINTATED!  It is just that for some the bomb squad (you) has to be more patient, slowly cutting one wire after another, until the explosives can be safely picked up and tossed in the trash.

You can be free~May it be so!

Please feel free to contact me privately or in the comments, for trouble shooting or further details on how to make this work for you.

Geoffrey Levens, L.Ac., Health Coach

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Embarking On The Journey Of Consciousness: Staying On The Train [in the face of the catastrophe of modern life -GL]

This is great.  Long but well worth the read.  What I consider to be a truly spiritual response to the multi-faceted global calamities facing us TODAY!
~GL

“Whether we acknowledge it early or late in the journey, we eventually grasp that what we are ultimately confronting is our own death. The sooner we can honestly confront our mortality, allowing ourselves to actually feel it in the body, the easier it becomes to ingest and assimilate more distressing information. For example, when I have led some people in a “die before you die” exercise, they have often told me that once they sat with their own death and how it might actually feel, they felt more capacity to face not only near-term extinction but a variety of losses and catastrophes….

Eventually, death becomes not a symbolic surrender but a literal necessity, and the question of what needs to die in me today becomes a declaration that today is a good day to die. For this is indeed is the culmination of all spiritual teaching and the destiny toward which every being is headed from the moment of birth….”

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