The Year Of The Dragon

2012 The Year Of The Dragon

2012 The Year Of The Dragon

In Chinese astrology the dragon is quite special and very much revered.

The dragon holds special significance for the Chinese people.

More than 4,000 years ago, there were two large tribes and many smaller tribes in China. The tribes had animals as emblems. The two large tribes unified and chose the dragon as their symbol. In fact, the Han Chinese still call themselves the descendants of the Dragon. Still today, the Dragon is a revered symbol. You can see many sculptures and carvings of the dragon. Even today, the Chinese associate the dragon with power and wisdom. In Chinese astrology a dragon person is special. Born in the Chinese Year of the Dragon they usually stand out as befits a dragon. They are powerful and wise.

In a group of people, “the Chinese Year of the Dragon person” stands out. There is a certain aura about them.

They certainly are not shy – they demand attention and respect.

The dragon is a symbol of power.

Therefore in Chinese astrology the dragon person born under this Chinese Zodiac sign tends to be a “doer” – they do things and achieve power by getting things done. The Dragon is the fifth sign in the Chinese Zodiac and in ancient China, a dragon represents an emperor or power.

What does 2012 and the Year of the Dragon have in store for us? Anticipate a wild [Read more...]

Beyond My Yoga Exercise

I was introduced to Bikram Yoga practice about 9 years ago and I had been practicing since. I had treated my Bikram Yoga practice more as a stretching exercise and now I have learned a lot about the medical benefits of it.

Since I started reading more about it I discovered that a lot of the gurus of Yoga came to the West in the early 1920’s teaching the mind-body connection of yoga. Since I am Chinese I cannot help but be influenced by the Tao teaching, as well as Buddhist teaching, as that was very much a part of my heritage. I also came from a family that was influenced by British missionaries, and our family had been Christian for four generations. To put it mildly, I am spiritually diverse!

The seeking of information about Yoga philosophy was my curiosity. In my inherent quest for knowledge I decided to find out how different the Yogi’s thinking is in relationship to [Read more...]

China Project: Famous Cornell Oxford Study

EAT like rural Chinese
Live like modern American

President Clinton followed this diet so he can lost 17 lbs so he would [Read more...]

Will Power: It’s In Your Head

This article appeared in the November 27, 2011 issue of The New York Times. I was fascinated by the content and often wonder if we can control our will power by our sheer determination. The question remains: “Is will power an illusion?”

In her 2008 book Health at Every Size, nutritionist Linda Bacon argues that because of how the brain’s hypothalamus works, it is a “myth” that anyone can will themselves to lose weight by maintaining a diet. “It’s not your fault!” she writes, “Biology is so powerful that it can make you break the diet.”

This year, in their book Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength, Social Psychologist Roy F. Baumeister, and New York Times science writer John Tierney survey a large body of scientific research to conclude that will power is limited and depends on a continuous supply of simple sugar glucose. When glucose is depleted, you fall prey to impulse shopping, affairs and cookies. The solution is:

“Try to get some glucose in you.”

Time’s writer Greg Walton and Carol Dweck do not think so. In research that they conducted — with psychologist Veronika Job — they confirmed that will-power can be quite limited – if only you [Read more...]

The Health-Boosting Properties of Super Food part II

I have mentioned in part I that Gary Null Phd and Martin Feldman, MD had culled through research papers and also medical literatures and have come up with 18 super foods. Part I covers 9 super foods and part II here I will present the other 9 super foods.

Goji Berry

Also known as wolfberry in it’s native Europe, the goji plant is found in much of Asoa, where it appears in Tibet and Himalaya area. This berry is common ingredient in Traditional Chinese Medicine TMC, dating back thousands of years in use.

It has a high concentration of phytochemicals, amino acids, vitamins B and C, and beta-carotene. It contains 11 essential and 22 trace dietary minerals, is an great source of antioxidant lycopene and is moderately high in alpha-linolenic acid. It also can supply extra protein, dietary fiber, calcium, zinc and selenium.

This fruit protects against cardiovascular and inflammatory diseases and age-related [Read more...]

The Power Of Coincidence

This recent Labor Day weekend was a good time for me to clean up my guest room and I came across this book called The Power Of Coincidence, by David Rico, who is a therapist, teacher, and author who leads popular workshops around the country.

This book helped me understand the unexplained events in my life that changes me and how all of these events are catalyst of my transformation and lead me into my path of doing what I am suppose to do in this life time.

According to Rico, most of us are quite aware of our limited powers and yet not so aware of our boundless potential. This potential is our true self, an energy that unconditionally and universally loves, discerning with the wisdom of ages, and abundantly rich with healing power. When these sleeping powers are activated, we are acting accord with the best in us. Our spiritual powers may remain sleeping giants in our psyche and never display themselves in our actions. When our destiny remains unfulfilled and a sense of “something missing” may pervade our life.

Synchronicity (coincidence) comes along to [Read more...]

The Health-Boosting Properties Of Super Foods Part I

In this article Gary Null, PhD, and Martin Feldman, MD present 18 super foods that should be featured in the diet of health-care providers and their patients. In this article I will present 9 of them in Part I and another 9 in the Part II.

The benefits described have been culled from the medical literature, and a sampling of the research conducted on these foods and their nutritional components is included in the references. What follows is a look at the specific preventive and curative properties of these super foods.

Apples

For thousands of years, apples have been used to address numerous medical conditions, including diabetes, fevers, inflammatory disorders, and heart ailments.

One phytochemical found in apples is phloretin, a natural antibiotic. Apples also contain pectin and pectic acids that add essential bulk to a diet.

Apples also have high levels of phenols and poly phenols and poosess other antioxidant, chemoprotective properties. Consequently they help guard against a variety of cancers, including leukemia and cancer of the colon, lung, breast, liver and skin. These chemicals also provide essential nutrients that improve cardiovascular health, reduce the risk of coronary hear disease and stroke and prevent atherosclerosis.

Apricot

This fruit has a long and rich history in the medical practices of China and India. In Traditional Chinese Medicine ( TMC), apricots and their kernels and prescribed for the treatment of asthma, cough and [Read more...]

Baked Sweet Potato Latkes

Serves: 7-8, Prep: 15 min, Cook: 35 min, Total: 50 min

(These can easily be reheated in a skillet with a little oil)

Ingredients

  • 1 pound grated sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten (Vegan substitute: Ener-G Egg Replacer—potato & tapioca starch) [Read more...]

What Is Bodhisattva?

A Lesson from My Friend Sabrina.

I had never heard this word before in my life until my high school class mate Sabrina called me from India about three years ago and said:

“May do you know the meaning of the Quan Yin’s chant Om Ma Ne Pad Me Hon, I am in India take a pen and write it down. It means Lotus jewel, grant me omniscience, manifest compassion effortlessly, fulfilling all wishes. I am reading this from a book written by Osho and why don’t you go and buy all his books. I like to be a Bodhisattva.”

I thought, what does all this mean? She did not need to call me all the way from India just to tell me this.

My friend died prematurely last year from a fall in a shower. Ever since that time I have been thinking about her and really miss her soul. Yes her life was short, yet I had been influenced by her greatly. We had gone to a retreat together that was run by her guru Rinpoche in San Francisco and I had started to understand [Read more...]

HFI Is Your First Line Of Defense

Nearly fifty years of research suggests that a compound of humic fulvic acid is a valuable support for people who seek relief from nutritional imbalances, immune system disorders and viral diseases.

Humic fulvic acid’s greatest contribution to human health will be as a preventive dietary supplement. Every scientific test of humic fulvic acid has conclusively proven that it is most effective and efficient when it’s introduced into the system before a threat appears.

With new strains and mutations of microbes constantly popping up around the globe, our immune systems are being challenged like never before. That is why we suggest the use of a purified, refined, and standardized humic fulvic acid supplement on a daily basis, as a part of your regular health maintenance routine. Daily use of humic fulvic acid will assist the body in manufacturing the glycoproteins that balance and regulate the various components of the immune system.

Along with microbial threats, we are witnessing a continuing influx of industrial and agricultural toxic pollutants into our air, our water, and unfortunately, even into our food supply. Humic fulvic acid will act as a gentle and mild daily detoxifier that will inhibit and reverse the build-up of [Read more...]

Humic Fulvic Minerals Instead Of A Flu Shot

It’s getting close to the year when flu vaccines are pushed on us to supposedly ensure we won’t get sick. Our HFA supplier sent us this article which we really like since we don’t believe in vaccines.

An old remedy from the soil resurfaces to help those who cannot access flu vaccines. Natural humic acid coats viruses and makes it more difficult for them to attach to healthy cells and multiply. It has shown to reduce viral counts in numerous patients with a variety of viral inflictions including hepatitis and HIV.

Viruses are extremely small organisms that can easily get inside cells. They are parasitic in that they enter healthy cells where they reside and feed off these cells. They raise their young within these cells to be spread to other cells inside and outside the body (through sneezing, excretion of body fluids, sexual transmission, etc.)

Viruses contain a receptor-binding protein that keeps them attached to the healthy cell. This protein encapsulates the virus and makes it resistant to attacks from the immune system. Humic acid is a nutrient from the soil that dilates a healthy cell and causes permeability so it can enter.

When humic acid finds a virus it coats it with a substance that not only [Read more...]

Brewing Oolong Tea

  • One 4-cup teapot
  • 4 teaspoons of Oolong tea

Heat water and pour hot water to cover about 1/3 of the teapot. Wait for 10-20 seconds and pour the water out completely. Pour hot water again into the teapot until it is completely full. Brew for 2 minutes and pour the 4 cups of tea to any container and enjoy. The Wu-long tea may be brewed up to 3-4 times but for each additional brew one must add more time to allow the tea to be brewed properly. E.G. 1st brew 2 minutes, 2nd brew 4 minutes, 3rd brew 6 minutes, etc.

One should drink about 8-12 cups of Oolong tea with the fruit juices or [Read more...]

Pozole De Jai Ba (Crab And Hominy Soup)

Pozole De Jai Ba (Crab And Hominy Soup)

Pozole De Jai Ba (Crab And Hominy Soup)

  • 1 can (29oz) Mexican style hominy
  • 1 Ancho chile
  • 3 guajillo chile
  • 1 quart shrimp broth
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ⅓ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ⅓ teaspoon ground cloves
  • [Read more...]

The Art of Letting go

St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis of Assisi

It seems like life has been difficult for a lot people lately and I too had experienced a lot of changes and difficult times. With the economy in bad shape and with so many natural disasters happening to so many people, we wonder if we are going through a period of redefining our value and belief system.

I came across an article by Richard Rohr who is a Franciscan priest who writes about the art of letting go: living the wisdom of Saint Francis. What he taught was so helpful that I decided to summarize it because it is so relevant to what is happening now.

He said, “You must lose your life to find your life, and if you do not let it go you will never find it.” – the paradox is that it is through loss, crisis, stress or limitation that we [Read more...]

What is sub-cellular sonic wave music?

Tao of Music Alpha Wave CD

Tao of Music Alpha Wave CD

Just like heat and light, musical sound is a form of energy. You cannot see music, yet you know it has physical properties because something makes your eardrums vibrate so you can hear tones!

Any sound, including music, may be pleasant or unpleasant to listen to. We all have experienced feelings of excitement when we hear a dance beat, tension when we hear angry sounds, joy when we hear uplifting music, and peace when we hear calming music or the wonderful sounds of nature. There is no denying that music (sonic energy) affects us physically. In fact, music can profoundly affect our physical and mental health.

Most of us turn on the radio, find our favorite station, and listen to whatever the disk jockey plays, including news and commercials. Without realizing it, we are allowing the sounds we hear to [Read more...]

Cooked Vegetable Salad

  • 1 lb asparagus
  • 1 lb green beans
  • 3 yellow beets
  • 1 teaspoon of [Read more...]

Laughter

In Norman Cousin’s book “The Anatomy of an Illness,” he shared how he was able to use laughter to cure himself. I still remember reading that book and thinking: “I am going to live the kind of life that has as much laughter as possible.” That was in the 80s.

Today, I read the New York Times (September 14, 2011), and found an article titled: “Scientists in Britain Say That Laughter Releases Endorphins, Limiting Pain.” Laughing until it hurts may make it hurt less.

The answer, reports Robin Dunbar, an evolutionary psychologist at Oxford, is not the intellectual pleasure of cerebral humor, but the physical act of [Read more...]