Mediation, Time, Works

Health, take action, safetyI’ve bought several meditations from Deepak Chopra. Each time I had every intention of listening to it while doing the mantra.

While I did follow through with two of them, the others I didn’t.

I’m not sure why. I’ve read many times that you have the time to do what you want, but you must actually set the time aside to do it.

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. ~ H. Jackson Brown

“We all have time to spend or waste, and it is our decision what to do with it. But, once passed, it’s gone forever.” ~ Bruce Lee

“One thing you can’t recycle is wasted time.” ~ Unknown

The Brown quote alone should be motivation enough to use time wisely. And, we all know that being busy doesn’t necessarily mean we’re actually accomplishing anything.

And, I do believe that we have the power to make changes if we believe we can.

But, it’s more than just believing. You must work toward that belief.

Deepak says,”Until your beliefs are expressed through words and action, they’re not dynamic enough to make a real difference.”

Even the Bible tells us that faith without works is dead. (James 2:14-26).

So, the take-away for this post is to take action. Dream your dreams, but don’t just dream. Believe you can accomplish your dreams. Act upon those dreams. Do the work. Walk the walk.

And, for me, I have to just do it. I know mediation works, I just have to do it.

No excuses!




Not All Organic Food is Really Organic

Health TipsIt’s been a while, but life and work have been crazy-hectic. Anyway, I do still read a lot on health and what I’ve been reading lately is sad . . . and frightening.

I try my best to buy organic whenever I can. My children do also. But, I just read an article that informs us that buying organic may not necessarily mean you’re getting ‘real’ organic food.

If you’re into healthy eating, you know that organic foods have taken off. Even the big name brands are jumping on board. While this should be a good thing, it’s not.

The problem with bigger brands manufacturing organic foods is they supply to a much bigger consumer arena.

What does this mean for you and me?

Well, these bigger companies are known for cutting corners and being in it for the profits (as much of it as they can get). So, they’re doing the same with their organic foods. They skimp on quality for the might dollar. This effects you and me.

We have power as the consumer, but we need to know what’s going on and how to buy. Organic Consumer’s Association has great information and the article below explains how we can fight against bad organics:

Be aware though that just reading isn’t enough. You need to take action. As the article states, boycott the brands that aren’t measuring up to the high standards of ‘real’ organic foods.

Better eating and health,


Drug Deliveries By Drones

CautionYep. The title is right. It’s the newest technology!

In an article at, it starts off stating that Americans use “50 percent of all drugs sold globally and 80 percent of the global opioid supply. An estimated 60 percent of patients taking opioid painkillers are also taking other drugs that may be hazardous in combination with opioids — a fact that plays a significant part in the current drug overdose epidemic.”

It also mentions that prescription opioids are killing people at unprecedented rates.

According to WebMd, opioid drugs are a type of narcotic pain medication. And, if not used correctly can have serious side effects. These drugs include codeine, Demerol, and OxyContin.

Needless to say, this is a BIG, no HUGE business, especially in America.

Finding a sliver of ‘silver lining for their pockets’ a Phoenix-based drug innovation firm grabbed on.

According to a senior analyst for the company, they need to compete with ‘street dealers’ in their delivery speed.

You see, 15% of opioid drugs prescribed don’t get filled. OMG! The drug companies are losing money!

How on earth can they get that additional 15% of most likely elderly folks who have a hard time getting to the pharmacy?

Ah, drones!

But, wait, how will ‘the company’ know the patient needs drugs?

Another, Ah. A GPS-enabled fitness band, FixBit. It will continuously monitor the person’s health status (pain level, cholesterol level, depression level, and other tidbits) while worn. It’s all registered through build-in skin sensors and a microphone.

Once there’s an inkling that you MIGHT need medication, it shoots of a notice to the powers that be. And, within ONE hour, a drone will drop off your medicine.

But, wait. Could there be room for error here?

What if you’re watching a sad movie and you cry. Off will go the drone with you antidepressant!

What if you hit your funny bone on something and momentary pain. Off will go the drone with your paid med!

What if your doctor gave you samples to try before you fill the script? And, you’re elderly and don’t realize you shouldn’t take the drone drugs with the doctor’s samples.


But all this is okay because the FixBit will guarantee the sale of the drugs. If they can get away with it, NO prescription will go unfilled.

Pretty clever, right?

Oh, but wait. What about those street dealers and thieves who would love to get their hands on those drugs?

Oh, yeah. The company thinks they have the solution which I won’t get into because the whole premise is sickening. And, NO, don’t send me a drone with meds! Thanks anyway!

The world is so wrapped up in money and greed . . . I have no words for it (and I’m a writer).

If you can stomach it, read the full article here:

Karen Cioffi is a health advocate and health writer – follow along as she finds health tips, news, and options for a healthier you.


Are GMOs Slowing Down?

GMOs are scaryIf you keep up with what’s good and bad for your body, you know that GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) or GEs (Genetically Engineered foods)) are harmful.

Scientists are making changes to the DNA of the crops, supposedly to make them hardier. But these changes have proven to be harmful to people and animals.

And, to add to the insult, “superweeds and superpests are popping up all over the world.”

I find it hard to understand why everyone isn’t on this band wagon to protect our foods, especially for our babies and children. The government doesn’t care, but we had better.

According to the Center for Food Safety, “Currently, up to 92% of U.S. corn is genetically engineered (GE), as are 94% of soybeans and 94% of cotton (cottonseed oil is often used in food products).”

This is just scary!

Did you know that in the European Union there are very few GMOs available in the supermarkets? And, they’re the largest agricultural market on the entire planet.

The good news is it seems that people around the world are buying less GMOs. This is slowing down their production . . . hopefully this trends continues.

Do yourself and your family a healthy favor, stop eating GE foods.

But, don’t take my word for it. Read up on it from multiple sources. Become informed then take action.

To read the full article, go to:
Market Rejection of GMOs Grows

Some Sources You Can Check Out:

And, here’s an article from The New England Journal of Medicine that should make your shiver:

To your health,

Foods for the Brain

brain foodI read this great article over at Brain MD Life. It lists 11 foods that help keep your mind fit. And, since I experience at least 8 of the 11 factors on the list, I thought I’d share it.

Interesting, the first on the list is blood flow and pistachios happen to raise arginine (a chemical) in the body. I eat pistachios almost every day. I love them!

The second on the list is aging. As we age, our brains become less active. One simple way to help reverse this is by taking cloves. It’s the planet’s most powerful antioxidant.

To read the other nine health issues and helpful tips to avoid or cure them, read the full article:

11 Foods You Need for a Bright Mind

To your health,


Is Multiple Sclerosis a Disability?

Tips on HealthGuest Post by Jamuna Rangachari

What really is a disability? There are many phrases defining this this, some of them are handicapped, differently-abled, ‘special’ – especially in the case of children and many more such terms. The terms are not really very important. Why is important is how easy the world, a nation, a city or even a home, makes it possible for a person with an issue to lead a complete life the way they want to lead it.

When I got diagnosed with MS, I was extremely disturbed that I too may be in this group. This is because we give only lip service to the people with challenges and do not really understand them. Now, after getting to know their world better, I came across several people who have indeed shown the rest of the world how beautiful life is. I have understood what gratitude truly is, when people with all kinds of challenges are thankful that they are able to breathe and are all the time, leading a complete life, despite, sometimes because of the challenge.

In many parts of the world, including India, we have ATM machines on top a building with no lift, trains and buses who make it extremely complicated for anyone, let alone people with a challenge to commute comfortably, a person who cannot see not even be able to read any book or newspaper and a person who is deaf not be able to communicate with anyone using even words. Most of all, these people being shunted into the corner as it is too uncomfortable for others to see them around.

Apart from these physical challenges, there is usually a litany of ‘advice’ given to them on the temples to visit, mosques to go to and churches to pray in. One good part of this dialogue is that at least in this area, people do seem to recognize that all religions are indeed one.

In a civilized world that I hope will arrive soon, the people who overcome challenges are true heroes or heroines.

Personally, I have definitely progressed spiritually because of the entire experience and request everyone to also view all challenges as just that, ‘a challenge’, not a life sentence or a death sentence.

As for me, I discovered a path to wellness through acupuncture after I had understood this lesson of life completely.

The journey of my path to wellness has been chronicled in a book published by HayHouse. The details of the book are given here. Those who wish to get in touch with me can do so at

My book, Dancing with Life,  is about affirming the power of life, the power of hope, and the power of strong determination to live life with a purpose. It attempts to give hope and power to everyone, whether or not one has a health challenge.

Most of all, it is a book that aims to convey that one can lead a complete and wholesome life, that MS or any other problem is just a comma in the story of our lives, and not the full stop.
I have learnt a lot of lessons in leading a complete life through my battle with MS (multiple sclerosis). These lessons are relevant to all, ailment or no ailment.

Dancing with Life is now available at:

Living with Mulitple Sclerosis


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ADHD and iPads

All directionsWhile I don’t usually post about this disorder, my 8 year old grandson was recently diagnosed with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, so it’s become of interest to me.

I think the diagnosis was actually for the combined ADHD (attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder). And, his symptoms started at around age 7. He had lots of trouble concentrating in class (2nd grade).

According to, “the symptoms of ADHD include inattention and/or hyperactivity and impulsivity.”

One of the problems is that most 7 and 8 year old boys are a bit hyperactive and can be inattentive. So . . .

Where Does It Cross ‘Accepted Behavior’ Line?

It crosses that line when a child’s behavior it interferes with school, with the child’s ability to sit still and/or pay attention to what the teacher is discussing. This is what happened to my grandson in second grade. Not that it caused him to fail tests or be left back. But, the teacher would have to ‘bring him back’ to focus. And, he felt overwhelmed with lots of homework.

One of my first thoughts is that teachers are in a tough situation. My other daughter is a 3rd grade NYC public school teacher – she’s been teaching for 10 years.

The students today are a new breed. Depending on the geography of the school, students can be disrespectful and feel it’s okay not to do homework or pay attention in class. But, even if the majority of the students are attentive, if a teacher has just one student who needs extra attention or help, it adds an additional burden on her work load. I completely understand this.

A problem that arises is when a child is somewhat hyper and inattentive – unfortunately, in an already overburdened system, there are teachers who simply want the child ‘taken care of’ and may request the school recommend medication.

Now, I have my arms flailing above my head and screaming “WHOA.”

This is when a parent MUST get professional medical evaluations and advice.

There are so many alternative health strategies to take advantage before deciding to medicate a child with medications that ALL have side-effects. There’s allergy testing, there’s diet changes, there’s acupuncture, and there’s Eastern medicine.

ADHD and the iPad

Getting to the title of this post, what I’ve noticed, and my daughter and son-in-law also, is that when my grandson doesn’t use his iPad for a day or two, his behavior is different – it’s better. Not that he isn’t still a bit hyper and has trouble sitting at the table for meals, but it’s not as bad.

My daughter discussed this with my grandson’s psychologist and he said iPads are one of the worse things to happen to young children.

Let me reword that a bit. I think it’s more YouTube on iPads than actually playing games, although I’m not absolutely sure that’s what the doctor meant.

Young children are watching some things on YouTube that they shouldn’t be watching. And, the problem is you can’t ‘parental control’ it. Either you have YouTube access or you don’t. And, it’s near impossible to monitor what a child watches every minute of the day. If the parent is doing laundry, cooking, cleaning, or doing work at home, it’s literally impossible to monitor the child every second. And, we all know, kids will be kids.

So, my daughter is keeping both my grandsons away from the iPad.

Since it’s summer now, we’re waiting to see how my grandson handles 3rd grade. The good thing is my daughter is on top of what’s going on and getting my grandson all the help he needs.

Getting an ADHD Diagnosis

WedMD notes that “for a diagnosis of ADHD, some symptoms that cause impairment must be present before age seven. Also, some impairment from the symptoms must be present in more than one setting. For instance, the person may be impaired at home and school or home and work. Also, there must be clear evidence the symptoms interfere with the person’s ability to function at home, in social environments, or at work.”

I’ll be coming back to this topic now and then.

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Beware – It May Not be Anxiety (it may be heart disease)

CautionA Panic Attack can Mimic More Serious illnesses such as Congestive Heart Failure

By Karen Cioffi, the Article Writing Doctor

Your heart is racing, you’re having difficulty breathing, you have pins and needles in your limbs, you can’t think straight . . . is it a panic attack?

Anyone who has suffered with panic attacks knows that it can feel like you’re having a heart attack, stroke, or dying. While an actual panic attack can be terrifying, it is not deadly. But, thinking you’re having a panic attack when it really is a life threatening episode can be deadly.

What compounds this situation and makes it even more dangerous is when those around you, knowing you suffer with panic attacks, don’t take your symptoms seriously. Their first reaction is to assume it’s just another anxiety eruption. This is where you need to use common sense and take cautionary measures.

A True Story

The story of a woman who thought she was suffering from non-stop panic attacks for almost a month is a case in point.

The woman had a history of panic attacks, but at this point in her life she already had an episode with a leaky heart valve. Her symptoms were:

• Shortness of breath and light-headedness when getting out of bed in the morning
• She couldn’t breathe when she climbed stairs
• She had a heavy funny feeling in her legs
• She had an ache in her neck and shoulders; and her heart was racing

Why weren’t warning signals going off in her head telling her to go to the hospital?

Ah, the life and death question.

No one wants to think she’s really sick. She especially doesn’t want to believe it’s a life and death situation. And, no one wants to go to the hospital.

Fortunately, this woman’s symptoms continued to get worse and she finally went to see her regular doctor. This was fortunate because if the symptoms didn’t worsen she may not have sought any medical attention and it could have led to her death.

This is such a common and dangerous scenario: once diagnosed with anxiety and panic attacks the individual and those around him or her don’t give serious warning signs the attention they deserve. This type of reaction delays and even stops the individual from seeking immediate medical attention.

So, beware!

Don’t recklessly treat common heart attack and stroke symptoms as panic attacks. Better safe than sorry.

What Can You Do to Have Your Symptoms Taken Seriously?

• Don’t assume that doctors are always correct in their diagnosis.
• If you’re told, “don’t worry, it’s just anxiety,” but you have a gnawing feeling that something else is going on, get another opinion.
• If you’re still not satisfied, get a third, fourth and even fifth opinion.
• It’s a good idea to write your symptoms down, so when you get to the doctor you don’t have to rely on your memory.
• Try to be calm (not flustered) when describing your symptoms to doctors – having your symptoms written down will help in this area also.
• Remember: It’s important to listen to your body.

You can learn more about anxiety disorders and the heart at:

Anxiety Disorder Association of America 
American Heart Association
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Multiple Sclerosis and Healthy Eating Tips from Dr. Rudy Cartwright

Healthy eating with fruits and vegetablesBy Karen Cioffi

If you’re living with multiple sclerosis (MS) or you know someone who is, you know just how life-altering this disease can be.

It can disrupt your balance, cause shakiness and pins and needles throughout your body. It can cause motor (muscular) disturbance, severe fatigue, vision disturbances, and a slew of other disabling symptoms.

According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, MS “involves an immune-mediated process in which an abnormal response of the body’s immune system is directed against the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves.”

In layman terms, MS is a chronic illness that usually progresses. The body, actually the immune system, attacks the sheaths (myelin) of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, causing lots and lots of life-limiting disturbances. It’s considered an autoimmune disease because of the immune system’s involvement.

Understanding what MS is and how it affects the body, it’s easy to see why anyone suffering with this disabling disease needs to take actions to fight its potential devastating health effects. They need to be informed.

Dr. Ruby Cartwright, a neurosurgeon and MS expert with over 30 years of experience in the field, presented a webinar on foods and Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The doctor is well-versed in MS and his research has found that foods play an important factor in the progression or remission or recovery of the disease.

Here is an overview of Dr. Cartwright’s findings:


– Fruits and vegetable: oranges, pomegranates, apples, broccoli, asparagus (helps in detoxing the body)

– Drink: 9 glasses of water daily (helps with detox)

– Drink 1 cup of green tea (helps reduce inflammation)

– Add supplements to your diet: Fish Oil, vitamin D3, DHEA

*NOTE: When contemplating any supplements or changes to your diet, talk to your doctor first.


– NO gluten or gliadian (wheat, rye, barley, oats). This tip is for everyone with an autoimmune disease.
– NO dairy or calcium supplements.
– NO processed foods.
– NO Red meats.

Dr. Cartwright emphasized that this diet is geared to aid in the recovery of MS.

If you’d like to listen to the talk, CLICK HERE.

I’m not sure how long it will be available, so check it out soon.

Also, for a quick look at what happens to your body with MS, check out this YouTube video:


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The Number One Food to Avoid for a Healthier You

Tips on HealthBy Karen Cioffi

Whether you’re in the children’s group, the teen group, the 20s, 30s, 40s group, or you’re in an older group, there are certain foods that are downright unhealthy for you.

In this ‘unhealthy’ category are processed foods, junk food, fatty foods, and GMOs (genetically modified foods). But, the #1 food that should be avoided or at least eaten in very moderate amounts is . . . sugar.

The #1 Food to Avoid is Sugar

According to Henry Lee, a Chinese acupuncturist and herbalist in practice for over 35 years, sugar is very harmful. He explains that eating sugar weakens your immune system; in fact, it plays havoc on your immune system and produces inflammation in the body, among other harmful effects.

Dr. Mercola concurs with this, “Science has now shown us, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that sugar in your food is taking a devastating toll on your health.” Once you eat fructose, it turns into fat that’s deposited throughout your body. But, even more dangerous is fructose elevates uric acid, causing other reactions within the body. This causes higher blood pressure and also “leads to chronic, low-level inflammation.” This chronic inflammation contributes toward heart attacks, strokes, and possibly cancer. (1)

The problem in avoiding sugar is it’s now in just about everything. Sugar, including high fructose corn syrup is in:

  • Processed foods, including breakfast cerealsBaked goods
  • Soft drinks
  • Cold cuts
  • Pretzels
  • Many cheeses
  • Juice and sports drinksInfant formula

This is just a tiny sampling of the foods that contain some form of sugar. It doesn’t mention the sugar added to foods in restaurants and fast food places. And, it’s frightening and appalling that food manufacturers are adding this harmful ingredient in foods for infants, babies, and toddlers.

Are All Sugars the Same?

All sugars aren’t the same and it’s important to know the differences as some are more harmful than others.

Intrinsic or simple sugars are those that are found naturally in honey, sugar beets, sugar cane, fruits, vegetables, and other natural sources.

These sugars are known as glucose, dextrose, and fructose.

Extrinsic sugar (or added sugar) refers to sucrose or other refined sugars that are ADDED to beverages and foods. This type of sugar includes high fructose corn syrup. These are sugars added to foods and beverages by food manufacturers. It’s also the sugar added by chefs and cooks to the foods they’re preparing.

Another label for extrinsic sugar is ‘free sugars.

Then there are sugar substitutes, such as sucralose (Splenda) and aspartame. There are sugar alcohols, such as xylitol and sorbitol. And, there are products like agave syrup.

How Much Sugar Should You Be Eating?

Due to its concern over the ‘sugar epidemic’ and its effect on the public, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a new draft guideline for sugar consumption earlier this year.

In a Huffington Post article, “Eating Sugar Causes Massive Health Problems,” it states that WHO is prompting people to reduce their ‘free’ sugar to 10% of their daily calorie intake.

To get an idea of the significance of 10 percent, in ‘trend’ research noted by Dr. Mercola, in 2009, over 50 percent of Americans consumed half-a-pound of sugar a day. That’s A LOT of sugar!

The new WHO guidelines would have adults cutting their sugar intake to six teaspoons a day. There’s more sugar than that in just one can of soda.

And, for children, the guidelines suggest no more than 3 teaspoons of sugar a day.

Is this even possible with the American diet?

What’s a Person to Do?

There are several steps you can take to help reduce the amount of sugar you and your family intake:

  1. The first course of action is to become familiar with the harmful sugar names.
  2. With this knowledge, you need to READ the ingredient labels on the foods you buy.
  3. Limit the amount of food you eat out.
  4. Keep informed on healthy eating tips.
  5. Buy and eat organic foods.
  6. Limit the amount of sugar-filled foods and beverages you consume.
  7. Learn of healthier ‘sweet’ options, such as using honey and Stevia.

For a comprehensive article that covers all the health dangers of sugar, readFructose – This Addictive Commonly Used Food.”




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