Wednesday, 24 August 2016


“How people  treat other people is a direct reflection how they feel about themselves” – Paulo Coehlo
Every relationship we have, can be viewed as a reflection of the relationship we have with ourselves and setting the tone for the right relationships, lies heavily upon us.
By trusting ourselves, listening to our own thoughts, feelings and emotions, we become more authentic and this gives us the wonderful opportunity to become comfortable in our own skin. Yet, when we are not comfortable with who we are, we project onto others, what we cannot accept of ourselves.

12. You are “judgy”.

“Life is a mirror and will reflect back to thinker what he thinks into it” – Ernest Holmes
Remember that each time you lash out against someone, whether it is behind their back or to their face, you are meeting an aspect of your own shadow. So turn those words back around, because what you just said, is exactly what you need to heal, accept and alchemize within you.
Tongue lashing someone with crude remarks is a sure sign that you’re not comfortable in your own skin; you’re too hard on yourself and you lack self-acceptance.
When we judge others, not only are we bringing forward an aspect of ourselves, we are unknowingly hurting someone else, based on our own perception of the world in how we see others.

11. You seek validation from others.

We seek attention and validation from others when there is something missing. A void that needs to be filled, and without the proper tools and the introspection to understand and alleviate the cause, we search for an external reaction.
You are the cause and the reaction. What you seek in the world is already within you, you already know the answer because you asked the question. Measure yourself by your own standards and set the bar high because you’re worth it.

10. You put yourself last.

Doing things for others can bring us joy and satisfaction, but there is a sacred selfishness that we can’t afford to ignore. When we over-indulge in giving our time, our energy and our good nature, we may think that there’s no harm but be warned, like a car we can’t run on empty and we all need a refill. 

9. You repetitively do things you dislike.

Whether it’s a job, a lifestyle or a relationship, continuing on in the same energetic cycle that doesn’t serve your higher good is not only unhealthy, it can cause mental and emotional conditions such as anxiety and depression.
If you find yourself feeling like you are stuck on the rat wheel, you already know its time to get off. 
It will not do you any good now or later, so trust that something better will be waiting for you around the next corner, and it will.

8. You’re angry.

“Anger is a sign that something needs to change” – Mark Epstein
What is anger? where does it come from? and why does it have the ability to boil our blood so much!
A face of the ego, anger can come knocking for a variety of reasons. Anger is a sign that you aren’t satisfied with your current situation, whether it be emotionally or psychologically. To be plain, your basic needs are not being met and your ego “I” is letting you know loud and clear that you need to serve yourself a little better.

7. You let others have too much say in your life.

“Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be?” -Danielle Laporte
Whether its our parents, our friends, coworkers or our bosses, we are always getting advice from somewhere, (whether we are asking for it or not is a different story.)
The point is to entertain a thought without accepting it. Feel for yourself if what you are being told resonates with you, the real you, the child that has hopes and dreams for itself. Be mindful of what you allow into your decision-making, this is your life and you are the only one living it.

6. You tell white lies.

Even the smallest fib, is a reflection of your own self-confidence. Never lower yourself to try to impress someone else. Be you, be real, you are enough just as you are. Anyone who can’t respect the truth, isn’t worth your time.

5. You mask your emotions.

Since I was young, I have always viewed feelings and emotions as separate. I understood that my emotions were based on instances where I had been hurt or wronged and transgressed due to often confusing and difficult times in my life. Whereas my feelings were much different in that they were a clear inner knowing of who I truly was, what I supposed to do and served as my guidepost of light in the darkest of times.
Too often though, I see others unable to differentiate between the two and choose to mask everything that they are feeling due to the inability to comprehend, or the fear of what they might find buried and hidden away in the hidden closets of the mind.
In an attempt to drown emotions, we flush away our elevated instincts (intuition)by use of alcohol, drugs, cigarettes and anything else that can be used as a distraction, keeping us from dealing directly with what is at hand. And the greatest tragedy of the matter, is that when we chose to forget the bad, we also forgot the good.

4. You can’t take the bad with the good.

You can’t add anymore water to your cup if it is already full. When we are unable to release past experiences, by working through them emotionally, psychologically and spiritually we feel like we just can’t take another bad, or we think to ourselves, “if anything else happens I just can’t take it”.
Naturally, we seek out the fun-filled aspects of life and negate all responsibility. Quite often, this is known as a mid-life crisis. It’s all of things that we’ve been avoiding for so long and they will always at some point work their way forward. Whenever we are ready to stop running and surrender to our own pain and suffering, we can release its hold on us and we are ready to take on anew. Empty your cup.
“it is my solemn declaration that the entire purpose of suffering is to awaken the soul”

3. You’re hard on yourself.

It is my personal belief that self-acceptance and humility fall hand in hand. While there are many people who believe that we all make mistakes, I am not one of them. That is to say, we are perfect just as we are. If someone is going to keep score– stop.
Life is about learning and growing, not tallying our karma, and when we can forgive ourselves for the things we didn’t know then, that we know now, we ascend into love and acceptance of self and release the burden.
It’s a weight you’ve been carrying too long, drop the bag.

2. You don’t trust your intuition.

We all have instincts. A flash of insight or an inner voice that guides our decision-making process, but it is your choice whether or not to listen. Make the one that serves you first.

1. You’re not following your heart.

Your heart knows long before your conscious mind has had time to process your feelings. You will always get a soft nudge, an internal knowing, whether you should or should not proceed in any of life’s situations. Yet, it is common that this nudge is overlooked; usually buried by emotional triggers of the brain, that cloud the mind, and steer you off course.
It usually why it said that we should never make a hasty decision, and it is dead on. Always give yourself the time to separate your feeling or inner knowing from your emotions and once you have, trust yourself. Trust your instincts and trust in knowing that in life and in love, it always finds a way.
by LJ Vanier, Team Spirit!

Medications You Can Replace With Turmeric

This article is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It is advisable to seek the advice of your primary healthcare practitioner to discuss any interactions or contraindications with turmeric if you are currently taking any medication. In particular, if you are on blood thinners, diabetes medication or proton pump inhibitors, and are either pregnant or scheduled for surgery.
It is estimated that by 2020, chronic disease will be responsible for 75% of all deaths in the world [1]. Not only is it costing us our lives, but the U.S. is also reported to have spent approximately $2 trillion on public and private health care, the majority of which is spent on the chronic disease burden alone [2].

What’s Being Done

Unfortunately, the healthcare system responds to the disease burden by relying heavily onprescription medications that come with a list of dangerous side-effects, such as weakening the immune system, a whole host of neurological problems and even increasing thoughts of suicide [3]!

The Alternative

So what is one to do when faced with a chronic illness and having to rely on an endless list of prescription drugs? There’s diet, lifestyle changes, and then turmeric!
There have been multiple studies done recently that prove turmeric is as effective as prescription medication — 34 to be exact —  but without the side effects! What is it about this spice that makes it so powerful? It’s the same characteristic that gives turmeric its distinctive yellow tint, the active component known as curcumin.

The Healing Powers of Turmeric

Here are just some of the amazing benefits of this miraculous spice:
  • Relieve Painful Joints and Inflammation
    Chronic inflammation is at the root of every single chronic disease there is. Fortunately, studies have found that curcumin actually targets inflammation on a molecular level, helping to treat and reduce chronic inflammation [4].
  • Prevent Heart Disease
    One of the major factors involved in heart disease is known as endothelial dysfunction, which disables the blood vessel’s ability to properly regulate blood pressure, blood clotting, and other factors. Studies have shown that curcumin intake leads to improvements in endothelial function, preventing heart disease [4].
  • Anti-Cancer 
    This deadly disease is caused by healthy cells becoming mutated and growing uncontrollably. Curcumin can reduce the growth of new blood vessels in tumors, and actually kill cancerous cells [4]!
  • Prevent Premature Aging
    Free radicals can cause oxidative damage in our bodies, which can lead to premature aging. Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant that can fight these free radicals, and also energize the body’s own antioxidant enzymes, making it twice as effective against free radicals [4].
  • Lower Risk of Brain Disorders
    Many common brain disorders like Alzheimer’s and depression have been linked to a decrease of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), a hormone that promotes healthy brain growth. Luckily, curcumin can increase the levels of BDNF, effectively delaying brain degeneration and is also effective against Amyloid plaques, which can build up in the brain of Alzheimer’s patients [4].

The Best Way To Take Turmeric

So then is it as simple as sprinkling some turmeric into your meals? Not quite. While a teaspoon of ground turmeric powder provides approximately 45 mg of curcumin, all research conducted on the therapeutic use of turmeric uses doses higher than 100 mg, all the way up to 3000 mg per day. Unless you want chug back tablespoons upon tablespoons of turmeric, the easiest way to achieve clinical results is by using it in its non-food form!
Here are the 3 ways to achieve optimal potency and absorption of curcumin:
  • Take it in the form of a supplement. You can get dosages between 200-300 mg in capsule form, or if you’re not a fan of pills, you can get the same dosage from a few drops of Purathrive Liposomal Turmeric.
  • Take it in liquid form, if possible. While capsules are convenient, unfortunately, the absorption depends on the strength of your stomach acid to break down the glycerine or gelatin capsule that’s surrounding the turmeric powder. If you use liquid, turmeric can go directly into your bloodstream without the need for digestion.
  • Take it in liposomal form. Turmeric is fat-soluble, which means it needs to be taken with a good fat for optimal absorption. Most liquid supplements on the market are not bound to a fat, which means you would probably have to chase it down with a teaspoon of ghee or coconut oil afterward!

    Luckily, there are a few companies on the market such as Purathrive that offer liposomal technology, where the turmeric is encapsulated by an essential fatty acid (called a liposome), delivering it directly into our cells! As a bonus, Purathrive also contains fulvic acid which not only contains over 77 macro and trace minerals, but also optimizes nutrient absorption further.

The Exact Dosages You Can Use

Research has been done comparing curcumin to the exact medications listed below. And guess what? Results showed curcumin was either comparable or better!


  • Medication to swap out: Prozac, Prozac Weekly, Sarafem, Rapiflux (all contain fluoxetine), Tofranil, Tofranil PM (Imipramine) [5].
  • Some side effects of these medications are joint or muscle pain, anxiety, mood changes, restlessness, and inflammation of the skin [6].
  • How to swap it with turmeric [7]:


  • Medication to swap out: Glucophage, glucophage XR, glumetza, fortamet (metformin) [5]
  • Some side effects of these medications are painful urination, muscle pain, difficulty breathing, chest pain, and depression [8].
  • How to swap it with turmeric [9]:

Inflammation (Arthritis, Joint Pain)

  • Medication to swap out: Advil, Motrin, Motrin IB (Ibuprofen), Ecotrin, Bayer Aspirin, Aspir 81 (aspirin), Clinoril (sulindac), Aleve, Naprosyn, Anaprox (Naproxen), Indocin, Tivorbex, Inocin SR, Indocin IV (Indomethacin), Voltaren, Cataflam, Cambia, Zorvolex (diclofenac), Decadron, Decadron Phosphate, Dexamethasone Intensol, Dexasone (dexamethasone), celebrex (celecoxib) [5]
  • Some side effects of these medications are dyspepsia, renal failure, cardiovascular disease, hypersensitivity, and seizures [10].
  • How to swap it with turmeric [5]:


  • Medication to swap out: Lipitor (atorvastatin)[5]
  • Some side effects of these medications are weakened immune system, kidney failure, and inflammation [3].
  • How to swap it with turmeric [5]:

Peptic Ulcer, Gastritis

  • Medication prescribed*: Prilosec (omeprazole), Prevacid (lansoprazole), Aciphex (rabeprazole), Nexium (esomeprazole), and Protonix (pantoprazole) [11].
  • Some side effects of these medications are bloody urine, joint pain, unusual bleeding or bruising, and stomach pain [11].
  • How to swap, or support, with turmeric [12]:


  • Medication prescribed*: Azasan (azathioprine), Purixan (mercaptopurine), corticosteroids, and Humira (adalimumab) [13].
  • Some side effects of these medications are body aches, stomach pain, difficulty breathing, dehydration, bleeding gums, and chest pain [13].
  • How to swap, or support, with turmeric [14]: 


  • Medication prescribed*: There is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s, but medications used for memory loss are Aricept, Exelon, and Razadyne (cholinesterase inhibitors) [15]
  • Some side effects of these medications are nervousness, weight loss, vomiting, changes in vision, and joint pain [15].
  • How to swap, or support, with turmeric [16]:
For the dosages listed above, be sure to take a liquid form that has liposomal technology such as Purathrive, or if you are taking a capsule then make sure it is bound to a fat for optimal absorption. When taking Purathrive, keep it in your purse or at your desk, and simply take it on its own, mix a few drops in water or your favorite smoothie!

*While clinical research was conducted to test the efficacy of curcumin at the dosage listed for this issue, unlike the other examples given in this article, curcumin was not directly compared against medication in these studies. 

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Saturday, 20 August 2016


The brain and consciousness are inextricably linked, meaning that shifts in one of these aspects of the self produce corresponding shifts in the other. This is in large part because consciousness is not restricted to existing only in physical form and is in fact a non-local field of energy which means that the brain is simply an organ which interfaces the mind with physical reality.
To draw an analogy, it is a translator of physical sensation and other experiential phenomenon from the body to the mind and from mind to the body. The brain allows the mind to control and move through the body, but the mind exists as an energetic field independently of the brain, which is why scientists have never been able to pinpoint consciousness to any specific part of the brain or to the brain itself—because it does not arise from the brain.
Metaphorically speaking, the brain is simply a tool that the non-local mind uses to interface with and experience physical reality.
With the brain being the primary organ through which consciousness experiences reality, its health and functioning affects our experience of consciousness in a significant way.
If our brain is undernourished, nutrient deficient, stressed out or in experiencing disharmonic brainwave patterns, our experience of consciousness in physical form (reality) will be diminished, which means that we’ll tend to experience more fear, anxiety, depression, stress, frustration, mental cloudiness and so on with a noticeable diminishment of higher, intuitive-transpersonal mental functioning, in other words, a shutting down of our higher intuitive abilities and spiritual awareness.

On the other hand, if our brain is nourished and relaxed with the two hemispheres operating in sync and harmony, our experience of reality will be exponentially improved (If you are interested, you can learn more about how consciousness interacts with reality here: the six phases of higher consciousness).

The Effects of Brainwave Patterns on Consciousness and the Experience of Reality

The brain operates largely through electrical signals sent between approximately 100 billion neurons (nerve cells) spread out across different regions.
The firing of these neurons happens rapidly and creates wavelike rhythms of activation and rest, which can be measured by sensitive machinery.
The rate at which the neurons fire and the synchronicity between the firing generates varying wave frequencies, which scientists have mapped, categorized and correlated to different states of consciousness as follows:

Alpha Waves: 8 Hz – 12 Hz
In the alpha wave state, you’ll most likely feel awake but also simultaneously quite relaxed and without a loss of brain function like you would if you were very tired. When you get up in the morning and just before you fall asleep, you are naturally in this state.

It’s interesting to note that when you close your eyes your brain naturally starts producing more alpha waves, however there are varying degrees of the alpha wave state and when you really drop in deep it’s far more powerful and profound than what you might feel or experience just from closing your eyes.
Deep alpha wave states are frequently seen in and experienced by meditators. Alpha activity also heightens your imagination, visualization, memory, learning and concentration and is correlated with a decrease in stress and anxiety.

Beta Waves: 12 Hz – 27 Hz
In the beta state you are essentially wide awake. Beta brainwaves are associated with normal waking consciousness and a heightened state of alertness, logic and critical reasoning. This is the dominant mental state most people are in during the day and the majority of their waking lives.
Although this state tends to be uneventful, don’t underestimate its importance.

Many people who lack sufficient beta activity may experience mental or emotional disorders such as depression or ADHD, and low SMR production (a sub-range of beta at 12-15 Hz) may be related to insomnia. While Beta brainwaves are important for effective functioning throughout the day, they also can translate into stress, anxiety and restlessness.
The voice of beta can be described as being that nagging little inner critic that gets louder the higher you go into the range.
On the other hand, stimulating beta waves in under active individuals can improve energy levels, concentration, attentiveness and emotional stability, however, most people notice more benefit from shifting their brainwaves into other less frequently experienced states such as alpha, delta, theta and gamma.

Delta Waves: 0.2 Hz – 3 Hz
Delta is the slowest band of brainwaves and is experienced in deep, Stage 4, dreamless sleep. When your brain is in a full delta wave state, your body is healing and repairing itself and resetting its internal clocks. You don’t actually dream in this state and are more or less completely unconscious. Delta has also been seen in very deep states of meditation as well.

Gamma Waves: 27 Hz and up
The Gamma wave state is associated with expanded awareness, creativity, activation of the pineal gland, heightened intuition, enhanced mental clarity and focus, deep feelings of peace, joy and oneness, formation of ideas, language and memory processing, and various types of learning.
As such, this is generally a highly desirable state to be in.

Unsurprisingly, Gamma waves have been identified as a characteristic brainwave pattern of regular meditators and monks and are present when we are dreaming, although they can arise in normal waking consciousness as well.
However, research has shown that by practicing forms of meditation and mindfulness regularly, you can literally rewire your brain to experience Gamma waves more frequently.

Theta Waves: 3 Hz – 8 Hz
Theta brainwaves are present during deep meditation, relaxation and light sleep, including the dream state. Theta has been shown to be a very receptive brainwave state that has proven useful for hypnotherapy, as well as self-hypnosis using recorded affirmations and suggestions. They are also strongly correlated with bursts of creativity, inspiration and vivid daydreams and visualizations.
According to brainwave experts, it is at the Alpha-Theta border, from 7 Hz to 8 Hz, where the optimal range for visualization, mind programming and using the creative power of your mind begins.

Clearly there are great benefits to be had by shifting your brainwaves into highly specific states, allowing your consciousness to experience reality through different ‘lenses’ that help it focus in positive, expansive and often times deeply healing ways. 
The exercises, technologies and nutraceuticals below have all been proven to shift brainwave patterns and improve trans-hemispheric communication in the brain, allowing for an expanded experience of consciousness.
They are a blend of both organic, ancient practices and more modern technological advances, allowing you to blend the best of both worlds to your liking and suit your specific needs.
By: Justin Faerman

Wednesday, 17 August 2016


Chances are, like most people you still use store-bought toothpaste. Maybe you’re informed enough to know that they contain chemicals like fluoride, SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate), artificial sugars like aspartame, etc that aren’t good for you. Some even have tiny bits of plastic call ‘microbeads’ that are wreaking havoc on marine ecosystems. If you already avoid brands with these horrible ingredients (like Crest, Colgate, Sensodyne) then good for you! If not, then you really need to read this.
You should also know that certain brands we once thought were safe can also have some of these chemicals in them now. Burt’s Bees is one example. Tom’s of Maine is another, after it was bought out by Colgate and they sneakily started putting chemicals like SLS in their product. That’s why many people are starting to make their own toothpaste at home. And why not? If it’s good for your health then it’s certainly worth it! Here are 6 important reasons why we feel it’s best to make your own toothpaste with coconut oil.

1. No Harmful Chemicals
Of course we had to start with the chemicals. It is, afterall, the main reason we’re avoiding store-bought toothpaste to begin with. Out of all the chemicals in conventional toothpaste, Fluoride is probably the worst. Sodium Fluoride is a toxic industrial waste product from the aluminum and fertilizer industry that is a poison to your body even in trace amounts. It is NOT the same as calcium fluoride which is found in water naturally.
Another dangerous chemical in conventional toothpaste (such as Colgate Total) is an antibacterial chemical calledtriclosan, which has been linked to concerns over antibiotic resistance and endocrine disruption.
Endocrine-disrupting chemicals are a serious concern, as they can promote a wide variety of health problems, including: breast, ovarian, prostate, and testicular cancer, preterm and low birth weight babies, precocious puberty in girls, and undescended testicles in boys. Some animal studies showed that triclosan caused fetal bone malformations in mice and rats, which may hint at hormonal effects.
2. Powerful Against Bacteria, including Cavity-Causing Bacteria
The antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties of the medium chain fatty acids/triglycerides (MCTs) found in coconut oil have been known to researchers since the 1960s. Research has shown that microorganisms that are inactivated include bacteria, yeast, fungi, and enveloped viruses.
Research also shows that massaging coconut oil into your gums for about 10 minutes daily (continued for three weeks) significantly reduces decay-causing Streptococcus mutans as well as plaque. (Google Oil Pulling too!)

3. No Foaming Agents
Okay. This is technically about another common chemical additive. But it’s important to mention as well! Many toothpastes also contain surfactants like sodium laurel sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate (SLS), or sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES). Surfactants are chemicals responsible for the foaming action of the toothpaste, but they also interfere with the functioning of your taste buds by breaking up the phospholipids on your tongue.
This enhances bitter tastes and is thought to be the reason why everything tastes so bad right after you’ve brushed your teeth. This may also be part of why coconut oil works so well for oral hygiene, as it helps maintain a more natural balance of lipids on your tongue, while still having potent antibacterial properties.
Not to mention, SLS has even been linked to painful canker sores, with research suggesting an SLS-free toothpaste should especially be used for people that have the problem quite often.
4. Inexpensive
Coconut oil is so cheap! Even for the organic stuff you can usually get at least a 6 month supply for under $20. That’s because it only takes a small amount of coconut oil to keep your teeth clean, and one jar can easily last you months, making it a very inexpensive toothpaste.
5. You Can Use It on Your Dog’s Teeth!
While you wouldn’t want to brush your pets’ teeth with ordinary “human” toothpaste, coconut oil is effective and safe for dogs and humans alike. Applying it with a toothbrush would be best, but your pet may even get some oral health benefits just from licking a small amount of oil. However, please note that the recipe below is not recommended for dogs. Some ingredients that are fine for human consumption can be toxic for pets.

6. Simple to Make
Toothpaste made with coconut oil is so simple to make! Here are the basic ingredients, but you can always add or subtract something to make it your own.
-Coconut oil
Baking soda, which acts as an abrasive and helps with whitening
Essential oils to give your toothpaste flavor and add additional therapeutic benefits. Peppermint oil extract, for instance, has been shown to be superior to the mouthwash chemical chlorhexidine in inhibiting the formation of biofilm formations linked to dental cavities.
- Erythritol, xylitol, or stevia (optional), which are natural sweeteners. Xylitol, in particular, has been linked to reductions in cavities. However, if you plan to give this toothpaste to your dog, do not include xylitol, as it is toxic to dogs.
-Bentonite clay, which adds a paste-like consistency and may help draw out toxins from your gums and tongue
h/t to Dr Mercola