What is happiness?

I am not the one to ask that question because I’m a developed mindset that seeks to be a little more than mediocre.  How about you?  It appears that some, well, a lot of folk are ok with just being OK.  That is itself is not an issue however practicing it, can be?  Make sense?

Would you allow your kids to be average?  Or would you allow them to graded on a curve?  Hmm?  Not really, I thought so.  In our professions, rarely are you required to do the EXCEPTIONAL…just get through the day and you’re golden, right?  Let me ask you though, where is your mindset and what is YOUR little inside voice saying to you?  It’s a slippery slope but I know you can overcome the mediocrity element of life.

WHO amongst you takes chances?  If you did not raise your hand, that is ok, many will not because they are not ALPHA personalities…Please do not settle, get better by learning new things and making certain you are NOT accepting less.  Make certain folk expect MORE from you and if they do not, ask them why they are ok with average…

Thanks and go out there and have a GREAT existence.  One

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Friday the 13th

Ok, I am certain some are a little fearful of the day called Friday the 13th, right?  Have you all thought about how this came to be?  Me either, I know I was like some of you and really annoyed that it altered folks lives…So let me ask you guys something?  What do you eat on this day?  Is it something scary or the usual. 

Everyday we are out in the field speaking with wellness seeking professionals, parents, teens and older adults and they ask the same things, really!  How do I stay healthy with all the bad food products out here?  Great question and its so convoluted with BAD advice, what does one do?  

1.  Understand your body’s needs and your brains.  With this little tidbit you will lean on food that nourishes not the ones that make you feel good.  That’s it!  Study your family’s background and roots so that you are aware what foods your gene pool ate.  Then you will look and feel like you are supposed to.  How would you feel looking and feeling great and they are synched!!!

So, now you are synched and loaded for whatever life throws your way.  Go out there and LOVE, forget fear and Friday the 13th!

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Manage your manager

Happy Tuesday my people!  I am certain you all are doing ok if you’re reading this.  So let’s examine a topic that many of you have asked me to enlightened you on.  Working is great but one needs to understand their job requirements, after?  Also, your supervisor has to know their role so to the manager.  Each depends on the other, make sense?  When you learn what the goals of each position entails then you can effectively manage your manager.  It’s not simply completing your duties, it’s the way you do it and how, isn’t that right?  So how exactly are you completing your duties?  What consideration have you given to your supervisors needs?  When you do, your stock will sky rocket in your company!  Remember, it’s not about your but about the company’s needs!!!  Figure out what the company wants and simply deliver it, everyday, everyone with no exceptions.  Coach

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Smells like it, then…

Ok, this is a crazy time in the world but one thing we all know…if it smells like it, it usually is!  So what does your day smell like?  This is a fact, do not listen to the ignorant one that was elected.  It will make your health and mindset wane.

Health and Wellness is what we do as you are aware.  So let me ask you all something, how many of you realize that you have the opportunity to be mediocre and still be successful?  Ok, that is a luxury that Black and ethnic folk do not have.  White people know that just by being White, they have an advantage. Most whites are afraid of the reality that they have a built in curve on their grade.  It was INVENTED this privilege they have.  It was systematic and pervasive in that, most white person kept the secret because of personal gain.

Imagine not having all the things you inherited and stole from Native Americans and others?   This system of in-equality must end.  WHITE women, you are with us because remember, Black men got the right to vote BEFORE you did.  Imagine.  



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Sometimes it really does rain in California

Oh how I miss California and I mean all parts of the state.  It was very refreshing and alive with vibrant people seemingly enjoying their own paradise.  Wow!  What a place.  For those of you that have not visited, try to before you leave this planet.  My great fortune presented several natural disasters and the misfortune of the OJ trial and Watts Riots via the Rodney King verdict.  So as you can see so far I have lived through a few crazy California storms.

Who says it does not rain in California?  They’ve never gone cause there are seasons in Northern California and snow on Big Bear.   Whaat!!?  I suppose folk get caught up in smog ridden LA and think that is the real California, right?  Who knows?  I’m just venting and sharing a story or two about fun times and really cool experiences.  Peace

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Really Wednesday

It’s Really Wednesday!?  Well that’s a rip!  With the climate of the world being a little on edge right now, its only right for me to be a little bit frosty as well.  So let me ask you all, how does the climate in the US feel to you?  Oh, I’m not talking about the weather?  Tyranny and ignorance go hand in hand, so please forgive our ignorance because it does not represent the people of the US.  Whew!  I got that out of the way now we can proceed.

Ok, so my speaking engagement was about white privilege  and how it impacts others around you.  You would’ve been proud of these teens because they nailed it.  Its unfair and at times unconscious.  So I ask you non ethnic folk out there, what would you do with the shoe on the other foot?  How would you react to being invisible because of fear and guilt?  Yes that’s right, guilt.  Some realize they benefit just from being white in the US…now EVERYONE else knows it.  So, please recognize, you do not have to be as good as we do to be successful, do your research.  

Just prior to the introduction of Adam, in the book of Genesis, the Scripture indicates Eden’s location was west of Ethiopia, voiding a popular notion of Eden being in Iraq, northeast of Ethiopia.  (See Fig. 2)  Since Eden lay west of Ethiopia this would place its garden on the African continent, making Adam the first African.  From what we know about the habitat of Africa, the Genesis account coincides with Eden being in Africa.

Ok, it was a great discussion and love filled the air afterwards.  Its great to clear the air, try it!

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Well, Well…Another great day and hopefully, you are making strides to make everyday count.  I am somewhat perplexed as to what makes some motivated and others not so much…what do you all think?

Of course you know of folk that are not motivated but usually there are reasons for their melancholy mood, right?  Let’s say you asked, what might you expect they’d say?  So that’s the Lick…Find out the reasons, if they are up to it.

You know what, a really good parent of several kids, a couple are mature so he knows parenting.  So check this out, he asked me to ask you all about the age that your kids should leave the nest.  He was really alarmed that Black families seem to push their kids out SOONER than most.  I shared, 20’s for mine or when they are ready to, ABLE to…What about you guys?

Is this a cultural thing or economical or is it something more sinister?  Government involved like Zo suggested?

Let me know…I’m out.

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What’s Good?  I hope you all are great and there are no BURNED eyes from the Eclipse!  As my son and I were watching it we wondered out loud, we are truly in space!  Some forget that and think we are bolted to some immovable object, but alas we are not.  

Next up:  got some great info on the podcast today and it will really make you think.  With all the mess about Race and life, its a wonder Kids are not pulling their hair out.  Adults need to get it together and share the TRUTH (last podcast) with them.  Have that TALK, for real.

Ok, here’s one for you to chew on.  How many American Whites believe they have an UNFAIR advantage provided by the acts of Enslavement on others not like them?  MOST do KNOW this.  They feel really badly about it, IMO.  So lets help them HEAL too.  Don’t feel guilt about the TRUTH.  If the tables were turned, how would you feel then?  

So, with that in mind.  please comment after you listen and HELP society LOVE again.  Chow

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Thursday The Truth

What are universal truths?

The three universal truths are: Anicca-Anicca is the belief that everything changes and that nothing stays the same. Anatta-The belief that there is no such thing as “self”, and that there is no immortal soul.
Ok so we are going that deep but we could, you wont know until you listen.  I guess people would rather make reasons for be mediocre and rationalizing it as ok.  I mean, why achieve when you see Honor Roll students cheating?  Beauty Queens cheating?  ok that one is actually realistic… You get the point though…
The truth is not negotiable!  A lie is a lie.  No exception, everyday, all day forever, a LIE!  Honor the truth sayers cause they are a dying breed.  Look into yourselves for your Truth, what does it look like?
Paint the picture for someone you love.  It will amaze you.
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Wowednesday for Women!  What a great day it is and will be tomorrow, as long as you awaken…Ok so this MILK thing is crazy and I have to get people to STOP drinking this poison!! Read the article and then go straight to the podcast! 

The Truth about Dairy

According to Dr. Willett, who has done many studies and reviewed the research on this topic, there are many reasons to pass up milk, including:

1. Milk doesn’t reduce fractures.(i) Contrary to popular belief, eating dairy products has never been shown to reduce fracture risk. In fact, according to the Nurses’ Health Study dairy may increase risk of fractures by 50 percent!

2. Less dairy, better bones. Countries with lowest rates of dairy and calcium consumption (like those in Africa and Asia) have the lowest rates of osteoporosis.

3. Calcium isn’t as bone-protective as we thought.(ii) Studies of calcium supplementation have shown no benefit in reducing fracture risk. Vitamin D appears to be much more important than calcium in preventing fractures.

4. Calcium may raise cancer risk. Research shows that higher intakes of both calcium and dairy products may increase a man’s risk of prostate cancer by 30 to 50 percent.(iii) Plus, dairy consumption increases the body’s level of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) — a known cancer promoter.

5. Calcium has benefits that dairy doesn’t. Calcium supplements, but not dairy products, may reduce the risk of colon cancer.(iv)

6. Not everyone can stomach dairy.(v) About 75 percent of the world’s population is genetically unable to properly digest milk and other dairy products — a problem called lactose intolerance.

Based on such findings, Dr. Willet has come to some important conclusions:

• Everybody needs calcium — but probably not as much as our government’s recommended daily allowance (RDA) and calcium from diet, including greens and beans is better utilized by the body with less risk than calcium supplements.

• Calcium probably doesn’t prevent broken bones. Few people in this country are likely to reduce their fracture risk by getting more calcium.

• Men may not want to take calcium supplements. Supplements of calcium and vitamin D may be reasonable for women.

• Dairy may be unhealthy. Advocating dairy consumption may have negative effects on health.
If all that isn’t enough to swear you off milk, there are a few other scientific findings worth noting. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently asked the UDSA to look into the scientific basis of the claims made in the “milk mustache” ads. Their panel of scientists stated the truth clearly:

• Milk doesn’t benefit sports performance.

• There’s no evidence that dairy is good for your bones or prevents osteoporosis — in fact, the animal protein it contains may help cause bone loss!

• Dairy is linked to prostate cancer.

• It’s full of saturated fat and is linked to heart disease.

• Dairy causes digestive problems for the 75 percent of people with lactose intolerance.

• Dairy aggravates irritable bowel syndrome.

Simply put, the FTC asked the dairy industry, “Got Proof?” — and the answer was NO!

Plus, dairy may contribute to even more health problems, like:

Allergies (vi)
• Sinus problems
• Ear infections
• Type 1 diabetes (vii)
• Chronic constipation (viii)
• Anemia (in children)

Due to these concerns, many have begun to consider raw milk an alternative. But that isn’t really a healthy form of dairy either …

Yes, raw, whole, organic milk eliminates concerns like pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, and the effects of homogenization and pasteurization — but to me, these benefits don’t outweigh dairy’s potential risks.
From an evolutionary point of view, milk is a strange food for humans. Until 10,000 years ago we didn’t domesticate animals and weren’t able to drink milk (unless some brave hunter-gather milked a wild tiger or buffalo!).

If you don’t believe that, consider this: The majority of humans naturally stop producing significant amounts of lactase – the enzyme needed to properly metabolize lactose, the sugar in milk — sometime between the ages of two and five. In fact, for most mammals, the normal condition is to stop producing the enzymes needed to properly digest and metabolize milk after they have been weaned.

Our bodies just weren’t made to digest milk on a regular basis. Instead, most scientists agree that it’s better for us to get calcium, potassium, protein, and fats from other food sources, like whole plant foods — vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and seaweed.

So here is my advice for dealing with dairy.

6 Tips for Dealing with Dairy

• Take your Cow for a Walk. It will do you much more good than drinking milk.

• Don’t rely on dairy for healthy bones. If you want healthy bones, get plenty of exercise and supplement with 2,000 IU of vitamin D daily.

• Get your calcium from food. These include dark green leafy vegetables, sesame tahini, sea vegetables, and sardines or salmon with the bones.

• Try giving up all dairy. That means eliminate milk, cheese, yogurt, and ice cream for two weeks and see if you feel better. You should notice improvements with your sinuses, post-nasal drip, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, energy, and weight. Then start eating dairy again and see how you feel. If you feel worse, you should try to give it up for life.

• If you can tolerate dairy, use only raw, organic dairy products. I suggest focusing on fermented products like unsweetened yogurt and kefir, occasionally.

• If you have to feed your child formula from milk, don’t worry. The milk in infant formula is hydrolyzed or broken down and easier to digest (although it can still cause allergies). Once your child is a year old, switch him or her to real food and almond milk.

Still got milk? I hope not! Remember, dairy is not crucial for good health. I encourage you to go dairy-free and see what it does for you.

Now I’d like to hear from you …

Do you agree or disagree that dairy is bad for you?

Have you experienced any problems consuming dairy?

What changes — for better or worse — have you experienced if you’ve tried eliminating dairy?

Please let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below…

To your good health,

Mark Hyman, MD


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(ii) Feskanich D, Willett WC, Colditz GA. Calcium, vitamin D, milk consumption, and hip fractures: a prospective study among postmenopausal women. Am J Clin Nutr. 2003 Feb;77(2):504-11.

(iii) Tseng M, Breslow RA, Graubard BI, Ziegler RG. Dairy, calcium, and vitamin D intakes and prostate cancer risk in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Epidemiologic Follow-up Study cohort. Am J Clin Nutr. 2005 May;81(5):1147-54.

(iv) Huncharek M, Muscat J, Kupelnick B. Colorectal cancer risk and dietary intake of calcium, vitamin D, and dairy products: a meta-analysis of 26,335 cases from 60 observational studies. Nutr Cancer. 2009;61(1):47-69.

(v) Brannon PM, Carpenter TO, Fernandez JR, Gilsanz V, Gould JB, Hall KE, Hui SL, Lupton JR, Mennella J, Miller NJ, Osganian SK, Sellmeyer DE, Suchy FJ, Wolf MA. NIH Consensus Development Conference Statement: Lactose Intolerance and Health. NIH Consens State Sci Statements. 2010 Feb 24;27(2).

(vi) Bartley J, McGlashan SR. Does milk increase mucus production? Med Hypotheses. 2010 Apr;74(4):732-4.

(vii) Luopajärvi K, Savilahti E, Virtanen SM, Ilonen J, Knip M, Akerblom HK, Vaarala O. Enhanced levels of cow’s milk antibodies in infancy in children who develop type 1 diabetes later in childhood. Pediatr Diabetes. 2008 Oct;9(5):434-41.

(viii) El-Hodhod MA, Younis NT, Zaitoun YA, Daoud SD. Cow’s milk allergy related pediatric constipation: Appropriate time of milk tolerance. Pediatr Allergy Immunol. 2009 Jun 25.

Mark Hyman, M.D. practicing physician and founder of The UltraWellness Center

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