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Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Learn What Dr Oz Actually Says About

 African Mango Diet

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Judy MacDonald Johnston: Prepare for a good end of life

06:03 minutes · Filmed Feb 2013 · Posted May 2013 · TED2013
Thinking about death is frightening, but planning ahead is practical and leaves more room for peace of mind in our final days. In a solemn, thoughtful talk, Judy MacDonald Johnston shares 5 practices for planning for a good end of life.
By day, Judy MacDonald develops children's reading programs. By night, she helps others maintain their quality of life as they near death.

What would be a good end of life? And I'm talking about the very end. I'm talking about dying.
We all think a lot about how to live well. I'd like to talk about increasing our chances of dying well. I'm not a geriatrician. I design reading programs for preschoolers. What I know about this topic comes from a qualitative study with a sample size of two. In the last few years, I helped two friends have the end of life they wanted. Jim and Shirley Modini spent their 68 years of marriage living off the grid on their 1,700-acre ranch in the mountains of Sonoma County. They kept just enough livestock to make ends meet so that the majority of their ranch would remain a refuge for the bears and lions and so many other things that lived there. This was their dream.
I met Jim and Shirley in their 80s. They were both only children who chose not to have kids.As we became friends, I became their trustee and their medical advocate, but more importantly, I became the person who managed their end-of-life experiences. And we learned a few things about how to have a good end.
In their final years, Jim and Shirley faced cancers, fractures, infections, neurological illness.It's true. At the end, our bodily functions and independence are declining to zero. What we found is that, with a plan and the right people, quality of life can remain high. The beginning of the end is triggered by a mortality awareness event, and during this time, Jim and Shirley chose ACR nature preserves to take their ranch over when they were gone. This gave them the peace of mind to move forward. It might be a diagnosis. It might be your intuition. But one day, you're going to say, "This thing is going to get me." Jim and Shirley spent this time letting friends know that their end was near and that they were okay with that.
Dying from cancer and dying from neurological illness are different. In both cases, last days are about quiet reassurance. Jim died first. He was conscious until the very end, but on his last day he couldn't talk. Through his eyes, we knew when he needed to hear again, "It is all set, Jim. We're going to take care of Shirley right here at the ranch, and ACR's going to take care of your wildlife forever."
From this experience I'm going to share five practices. I've put worksheets online, so if you'd like, you can plan your own end.
It starts with a plan. Most people say, "I'd like to die at home." Eighty percent of Americans die in a hospital or a nursing home. Saying we'd like to die at home is not a plan. A lot of people say, "If I get like that, just shoot me." This is not a plan either; this is illegal.(Laughter) A plan involves answering straightforward questions about the end you want.Where do you want to be when you're no longer independent? What do you want in terms of medical intervention? And who's going to make sure your plan is followed?
You will need advocates. Having more than one increases your chance of getting the end you want. Don't assume the natural choice is your spouse or child. You want someone who has the time and proximity to do this job well, and you want someone who can work with people under the pressure of an ever-changing situation.
Hospital readiness is critical. You are likely to be headed to the emergency room, and you want to get this right. Prepare a one-page summary of your medical history, medications and physician information. Put this in a really bright envelope with copies of your insurance cards, your power of attorney, and your do-not-resuscitate order. Have advocates keep a set in their car. Tape a set to your refrigerator. When you show up in the E.R. with this packet,your admission is streamlined in a material way.
You're going to need caregivers. You'll need to assess your personality and financial situation to determine whether an elder care community or staying at home is your best choice. In either case, do not settle. We went through a number of not-quite-right caregiversbefore we found the perfect team led by Marcia, who won't let you win at bingo just because you're dying but will go out and take videos of your ranch for you when you can't get out there, and Caitlin, who won't let you skip your morning exercises but knows when you need to hear that your wife is in good hands.
Finally, last words. What do you want to hear at the very end, and from whom would you like to hear it? In my experience, you'll want to hear that whatever you're worried about is going to be fine. When you believe it's okay to let go, you will.
So, this is a topic that normally inspires fear and denial. What I've learned is if we put some time into planning our end of life, we have the best chance of maintaining our quality of life.Here are Jim and Shirley just after deciding who would take care of their ranch. Here's Jim just a few weeks before he died, celebrating a birthday he didn't expect to see. And here's Shirley just a few days before she died being read an article in that day's paper about the significance of the wildlife refuge at the Modini ranch.
Jim and Shirley had a good end of life, and by sharing their story with you, I hope to increase our chances of doing the same.
Thank you.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Are You Passionately Developing Your Unique Miracle Brand?  

Hello my friend,

My friend and mentor, Nick Williams has founded "Miracle Brands" which is based on the belief that we each have a unique purpose on earth and when we show up with our calling and gifts, we offer leadership and we become the answer to each other’s prayers. There are people that are looking for us whom we are here to serve. As Miracle Brand owners, we weave acts of love, inspiration and generosity into the natural course of going about our business. Miracle Brands owners are authentic, trustworthy, have integrity and serve a higher purpose, and are well rewarded for what we offer.

One such person is the American 40 year veteran third generation school teacher Rita Pierson, who mentions that she once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don't like.'"  In a rousing call to all people who are called as educators, to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human and personal level.

This short inspirational video lays down that responsibility of educating our peers, squarely at all the feet of all of us as human beings, I once read a remarkably apt and profound quote by an unknown author in which it is un-categorically stated:"Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do." While this quote is applicable to all of us, we who are reading the contents of this post, it is reasonable to assume, that my definition of reason also rings true:"Reason therefor, consists of the ability to always seeing things as they are."

May you enjoy this video as much as you did the spirit of my blog, and if so, kindly share my link with every single, like minded friend , colleague, or family member: http://reallifespices.blogspot.com/

Warm wishes,
Andre' Hartslief

PS: To all mothers, I salute you! may you have a wonderful mother's day tomorrow XOX


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Today's Featured Article:
5 Memory-Killing Foods You Should NEVER Eat

  • A sweet treat you can find at your local grocery store to boost your memory and brain power'
  • A 6,000 year-old Indian remedy - proven to work in 14 modern scientific studies - that will restore your memory and learning abilities, making you feel decades younger
  • A simple, 10-second mind-focusing technique you can use anywhere at any time to instantly feel sharper and more focused;

Hello Dear Follower,

"Did you know that what you have for breakfast can single-handedly make or break your ENTIRE day?"

"Depending on what you eat for the one meal, you'll either be sharp as a tack and laser-focused for the rest of the day... OR you'll have the attention span of a flea, get absolutely nothing done, and forget the important things you are supposed to remember. It's true - let me explain."

Which of These Two Breakfasts Do You Eat?

Breakfast option #1 has you sharp and focused all morning, knocking out task after task, and solving problems creatively and efficiently. Your energy doesn't flag as you work up a healthy appetite for lunch.

Breakfast option #2 has you dragging only an hour later. Unable to concentrate, you reach for that forbidden snack and a cup of coffee.

You feel the familiar rush... but minutes later brain fog returns, so you keep snacking. At lunch you know you should eat healthy, but you end up satisfying your guilty cravings instead.

If breakfast option #2 sounds painfully familiar, don't worry.

The solution is to stop eating the 5 toxic foods that zap your brain, slow your thinking, destroy your concentration and energy, and cause those embarrassing "senior" moments.

By doing so, you'll instantly feel decades younger as your memory gets a boost, while your concentration and focus improve tremendously.

The 5 Foods You're Eating that Are Toxic for Your Brain...

Made up of simple carbs such as white flours and sugars, there are 5 toxic foods that release a tidal wave of sugar into your blood when digested. Your body reacts by releasing an avalanche of insulin from your pancreas - which quickly drives your blood sugar levels down again, literally within minutes.

In fact, insulin does this so efficiently that your body quickly feels it's being "starved" and produces hunger pangs and cravings... setting up the next cycle of snacking, sugar rush, and the crash that follows.

Such cycles of sugar highs, massive insulin release, and sugar lows means your brain cells can't do their job properly... leaving you slow, sluggish, and tired.

And the Science Backs this Up... 

In fact, many scientific studies show that a diet of simple carbs interferes with learning and memory.1 For instance in one study, nineteen schoolchildren were given one of three different breakfasts for four weeks.2 Each breakfast gave them the same amount of energy, but released sugar differently into their blood.

The children whose breakfast caused sugar to enter their blood the slowest were seen to perform better than the others on memory tests. They could also concentrate better and for longer periods, while showing fewer signs of frustration.

Super-charging Your Brain Cells... 

In other words, consuming foods that release sugar rapidly is nothing more than a recipe for loss of concentration, impaired learning ability, foggy memory, and overall mental decline.

But when you leave the 5 toxic foods out of your diet, your blood sugar doesn't seesaw up and down wildly - and your brain cells work the way they should, keeping you alert, sharp, and focused no matter what your age.

Remember, keep an open mind to new ideas, but ALWAYS do your own homework...and combine that with common sense to figure out what's best for YOU.

Also catch Doctor Mercola's article below and take charge of your life by doing the basic research I suggest.. He has included many of the bad varmints as well as some of their natural enemies.
Naturally yours

"Ancient Herb Proven to be a Potential Cure for Alzheimer's."

By Dr. Mercola
Ashwagandha is a small evergreen perennial herb that grows up to nearly 5 feet tall.
Common names used for ashwagandha include: Winter Cherry, Withania somnifera (Latin botanical name), and Indian Ginseng to name a few.
Regardless of the name you use to describe this adaptogenic herb, ashwaganda has been a part of India's Ayurvedic medical system for thousands of years.
There it's regarded as a wonder herb.
While often regarded as an herb for stress reduction and improved energy and vitality, there is a robust body of scientific research confiming ashwaganda's potential therapeutic value in several dozen health conditions.1
Now, new research has revealed this herb may also fight off the devastating effects of Alzheimer's disease. Read on

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

3 hidden memory-destroying triggers no one told you about
If your memory is not what it used to be, you may have one or more of these 3 factors. Here’s the latest scientific research on how to undo the damage, and get your memory back in as little as 30 days.

Many of us joke about “senior moments.” But when they start happening to you more often, they’re not funny at all. Instead, they’re frustrating, embarrassing, and perhaps even worrisome.
For example, do you ever walk into a room—and forget what you went in to get? Run into someone you haven’t seen lately—and can’t recall their name? Misplace your glasses or your house keys?
It’s ironic. Just when you've got all this wisdom and experience under your belt, your brain is no longer “old reliable.” You never know when it’s going to trip you up, frustrate you, embarrass you, or make you wonder if you’re starting to lose your marbles.
The good news is, scientists
just discovered what causes
these frequent memory lapses—
and how to stop them 
fast Watch this video NOW!

Monday, May 6, 2013


The Lazarus Cure
How a Nobel Prize winning discovery can help you live longer and beat almost any disease.