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A Passion for Fresh, Simple Cooking- Tuscan Chef and Author Gabriele Corcos’ Brooklyn Life

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From the tender age of 5, Tuscan chef and cookbook author Gabriele Corcos cooked with his grandmother. By 7, he was skilled enough to have earned an inheritance: her recipe for almond cake. He recalls, “She entrusted me with a family heirloom although I didn’t really see it that way at first.” The recipe sharing was life-defining for Corcos. Besides ... Read More »

Don’t Die with Your Music Still in You- Introduction by Wayne Dyer

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In the late 1990s, I was being interviewed on a late-night talk show in Sydney, Australia, and I was asked a question that I pondered quite a bit before responding to the host of the show. Upon returning home, I decided to write a book that would more thoroughly and conscientiously answer what I’d been asked. The host’s question had ... Read More »

The Stigma and Branding of Mental Illness

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“There is a perception that there is no stigma, but know that it is alive and thriving” Mental illness can strike anyone at anytime! It knows no age limits, economic status, race, creed or color. Yet despite widespread efforts to reduce the stigma attached to mental illness, Americans still perceive it as shameful. The Surgeon General, after reviewing scientific evidence, concluded  that the stigma attached to mental illness constituted ... Read More »

Lustrous Pooch- 10 Foods to Make a Dog’s Coat Glow

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To keep our dog’s skin and coat healthy, supplements may first come to mind, especially oils and powders. However, whole foods deserve a closer look for naturally elegant results. Chia Chia seeds contain more healthy omega-3 fats and fiber than flax or other grain seeds and are a good source of protein and antioxidants, notes Patrick Skerrett, executive editor of ... Read More »

Give Freedom a Hand- Let Peace and Prosperity Ring Around the World

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2048 is a plan to prevent wars, eliminate poverty and create the conditions for global sustainability by the time we celebrate the centennial of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, unanimously adopted in 1948 by all UN member countries. 2048 dispels myths, including a major misconception that peace and prosperity are hopelessly complicated and unattainable. In truth, both ... Read More »

James Gormley Takes On the FDA- Why the Natural Health Movement Must Protect Itself

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James Gormley, a leader of the natural health movement in the U.S. and an award-winning health journalist, is a passionate advocate for natural health. For more than 20 years, he’s been at the forefront in the fight against government restriction of dietary supplements and for transparency in the food industry, and has twice participated in America’s trade delegation to the ... Read More »

Fracking Versus Food- America’s Family Farm Heritage and Health at Stake

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What if farmers couldn’t confirm that what they grow and produce was devoid of toxins, cancer-causing chemicals, radioactive materials and other pollutants? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other federal and state agencies set standards and enforce regulations to ensure what we eat is safe and that production is secure. But hydraulic fracturing, ... Read More »

Sperm Killer- Monsanto Roundup Herbicide May Cause Gene-ocide

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ruled to allow Roundup herbicide residues in food at concentrations a million times higher than levels already shown to be carcinogenic in cell research. Now a new study published in Free Radical Medicine & Biology adds to a growing body of research implicating the herbicide’s main ingredient, glyphosate, at concentration ranges well within the EPA ... Read More »

Strength in Numbers- It Takes a Village to Feed the World

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Organizations worldwide are working to create a more sustainable and just food system. Food Tank lists 101 organizations to watch in 2014 (Tinyurl.com/FoodTank100). All are vital in creating a better food system. Here are a few examples. Food MythBusters is telling the real story of how food is produced through short films, showing that we can have a food system that ... Read More »

Relaxing Rules- U.S. Organic Standards Under Siege

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Last September, without any public input, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), under pressure from corporations, changed the way the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) decides which non-organic materials are allowed in products labeled as Certified Organic, all but guaranteeing that when the NOSB meets every six months, the non-organic and synthetic materials allowed in organic items will increase. Certain ... Read More »