The Disease of Being Busy


Beautiful reminder – how is your heart doing today, dear?

Originally posted on Live & Learn:


The Disease of Being Busy by Omid Safi, recipient of the 2009 Teaching Award for Professor of the Year at Duke University:

I saw a dear friend a few days ago. I stopped by to ask her how she was doing, how her family was. She looked up, voice lowered, and just whimpered: “I’m so busy… I am so busy… have so much going on.” Almost immediately after, I ran into another friend and asked him how he was. Again, same tone, same response: “I’m just so busy… got so much to do.” The tone was exacerbated, tired, even overwhelmed.

…How did we end up living like this? Why do we do this to ourselves? Why do we do this to our children? When did we forget that we are human beings, not human doings?

…In many Muslim cultures, when you want to ask them how they’re doing, you ask: in Arabic, 

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I Want to Share This Amazing Summit

Have you been to many doctors but still do not get or feel well?  There is a good chance that you are suffering from a category of condition called Autoimmunity Disease (AD), which is not currently embraced by the medical community as a category of disease, but is the underlying cause of more than 100 serious, chronic illnesses. Of the 50 million Americans living and coping with autoimmune disease, more than 75 percent of them are women, according to the National Institutes of Health, which names AD as a major women’s health issue (see table below).  These conditions are costing more than $100 billion of health care direct spending. AD is also affecting yours truly.

Table I (Source: AARDA)
Female:Male Ratios
in Autoimmune Diseases
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis 10:1
Systemic lupus erythematosus 9:1
Sjogren’s syndrome 9:1
Antiphospholipid syndrome-secondary 9:1
Primary biliary cirrhosis 9:1
Autoimmune hepatitis 8:1
Graves’ disease 7:1
Scleroderma 3:1
Rheumatoid arthritis 2.5:1
Antiphospholipid syndrome-primary 2:1
Autoimmune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) 2:1
Multiple sclerosis 2:1
Myasthenia gravis 2:1

You will be surprised to know that only 25% of autoimmunity is caused by genetics, and the other 75% is environment.

Here comes a free online Autoimmune Summit from November 10 to 17.  Dr. Amy Myers plus almost 40 experts in the fields of Functional Medicine, nutrition and autoimmune diseases have come together to explain how leaky gut, genetics and environmental triggers such as toxins, food sensitivities, infections and stress all play a part in the development of autoimmune disease.  The good news is that there are natural ways to treat autoimmunity.  You can learn more about it and register here.

If you want to watch all the video presentations (plus bonuses) at your own time, you can get them here before they increase in price after 9 November.  I hope you will help spread the words to your friends, family members, and those in the health care world and share these presentations before the show begins.  Enjoy good health!

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Love of the Coconut Oil

(Courtesy of - mixing coconut oil with lemon and baking soda for a lemony face scrub with antimicrobial function.)
(Courtesy of – mixing coconut oil with lemon and baking soda for a lemony face scrub with antimicrobial function.)

No wonder the coconut oil at Trader Joe’s gets sold out so quickly.  I am in love with the natural uses of coconut oil – you can use coconut oil in as many as 101 ways!

Here is a great article from Dr. Axe on 40 uses of the coconut oil – food, beauty, skin, and medicinal uses, and also one about the 101 uses from Wellness Mama - two natural cure websites I enjoy reading.

My favourite uses of coconut oil (from Dr. Axe and Wellness Mama) are:

Energizer – Mix 1 tbsp coconut oil with 1/2 tbsp chia seeds as energy fuel.  The MCT’s in coconut oil plus nutrients in chia will send your energy soaring.  (warning – don’t use it at night!)

Eye Makeup Remover – Use with cotton swab as eye makeup remover instead of chemicals. (Save me money and time for sure!)

Cure Infection – Topically (add some raw honey as well), can help skin heal faster after injury or infection.  (It works!)

Natural Deodorant – and here is a recipe and more:  (I am looking forward to this DIY)

Mineralizing toothpaste - Mix equal parts of coconut oil with baking soda then add a few drops of peppermint essential oil for homemade toothpaste.  (Great, I don’t use fluoride any more).

Alzheimer’s Treatment - Take 1 tbsp daily to support brain health and prevent Alzheimer’s as part of ketogenic diet. (Absolutely important news!)

Dark Chocolate Browniesrecipe courtesy of Gluten-Free Goddess (Love it! Who can refuse this one!)

(More recipes here from Gluten-Free Goddess)
(More recipes here from Gluten-Free Goddess)
(Courtesy of - coconut oil is a great eye makeup remover; plus himalayan sea salt, you get a nice sea salt face scrub.)
(Courtesy of – coconut oil is a great eye makeup remover; plus Himalayan sea salt, you get a nice sea salt face scrub.)

One Year To Live


Great inspiration – thrive to bring out the best in us everyday.

Originally posted on Morning Story and Dilbert:

Morning Story and Dilbert
Vintage Dilbert
October 30, 2014

Anthony Burgess was 40 when he learned that he had only one year to live. He had a brain tumor that would kill him within a year. He know he had a battle on his hands. He was completely broke at the time, and he didn’t have anything to leave behind for his wife, Lynne, soon to be a window.

Burgess had never been a professional novelist in the past, but he always knew the potential was inside him to be a writer. So, for the sole purpose of leaving royalties behind for his wife, he put a piece of paper into a typewriter and began writing. He had no certainty that he would even be published, but he couldn’t think of anything else to do.

“It was January of 1960,” he said, “and according to the prognosis, I had a winter and spring and…

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The Six Mantras – Art of Communicating

The subject of communication always fascinates me. In Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s latest book, The Art of Communicating, he talks about the 6 Mantras of loving speeches, and I know he is on to something very important – how to keep the door of communication open.

They come in this particular order, and before you say any of the mantras, perform 3 “breathe in, breathe out” to bring calm to yourself:

I am here for you.

Powerful statement to show you are present and you are there with the other person. Or say this to yourself to bring you to the present.

I know you are there, and I am very happy.

Say this after you have practiced the first one. This mantra is important to reaffirm that the presence of the other person means a lot to you, and they will feel they are loved.

I know you suffer, and that is why I am here for you.

When you sense that things are not going well with the other person, rather than trying to fix things for her or him, say this to offer your presence.

I suffer. I want you to know it. I don’t understand why you did or said what you did. So please explain. I need your help.


I suffer, please help.

When you get hurt especially by someone you care a lot about, you either suffer silently or get back at the other person. By saying this, you open a dialogue, and you immediately suffer less.

This is a happy moment.

You show the other person how lucky you feel when they are there, and you can enjoy happiness together right here and right now.

You are partly right.

This is the mantra when you are praised through the moon by someone, or when someone criticizes you. They see only a part of you and not the total you. You can use this when you look at other people too. Maybe you become more understanding.

Understanding – Compassion – Connection – Happiness

Delicious Banana Bread

I have never been a baker, and I stay away from gluten and hence bread.  I thought baking bread takes a lot of work.

However, this recipe from the Clean Eats Newletter by Dr. Alejandro Junger has inspired me to bake my own bread (and gluten free) for the first time!  I have also learnt about gut health and clean eating from Dr. Junger a couple of years ago and have realized that your gut is your second brain.  Your gut is where your immune system lies, and so you really have to treat it nicely by avoiding food allergens and eating clean food!

Banana Bread Breakfast Bake_Cropped

(photo courtesy of – I wish my banana bread came out as beautiful as hers; well, next try!)

Adapted from the Clean Eats Newsletter:

2 medium mixing bowls

fork or potato masher

1 medium loaf pan

Coconut oil to grease pan


2 spotted/mushy bananas (medium-large)

2 tablespoons of softened coconut oil  (extra virgin)

1 medium egg (cage-free)

1/2 cup gluten free flour e.g. cashew flour, coconut flour.

1/2 cup almond meal/flour

1/2  teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon baking powder  (note you have to use both baking soda and baking powder and cannot just use one or the other)

1/2  teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Pieces of nuts of your choice and/or coconut flakes


1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Grease the pan very well with coconut oil. Combine wet ingredients (bananas, coconut oil, eggs) in a large mixing bowl until soft (use fork or potato masher).

2. Mix the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl.

3. Combine wet into dry. You can add any nuts (pecans, walnuts, almond pieces, etc.) or chocolate chips or coconut flakes at this point.

4. Pour dough into the pan and bake until a toothpick comes out clean (roughly 40 minutes). Keep checking and remove when the top is golden brown. Let cook for 8 minutes and then remove from pan, slice and serve. You can save it in the fridge for several days or freeze it for consumption for a couple of weeks.

The bread tastes even better after freezing it. You can toast it as well.  I highly recommend giving this a try.