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Zach Bush - New Breakthroughs in Gut Health and the Autistic Brain

How to Fix Leaky Gut - Dr. Zach Bush - Restore
"The lycopene that we had in tomatoes in 1950 was completely different than what we have on the shelf today. The food that is on the shelf looks pretty, but its nutrient content is completely devoid. Do we blame the tomato plant for that? No, we blame the soil."

Bruce Lipton w/ Dawson Church - Using the mind to create coherence

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Audio from Natural Medicine Healing & Wellness Summit March 2016

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Effortless Healing with Joseph Mercola

Raphael Kellman, MD - The Microbiome:
The Next Revolution in Modern Medicine


Audio from Microbiome Medicine Summit March 2016

Mark Hyman, MD - Q&A Video Interview on Fat
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James Maskell - The Power of Community to Transform Healthcare

Audio from Winter of Wellness 020916

Katie Singer, author of An Electronic Silent Spring on the health consequences for humans, trees, birds and other mammals of the proliferating wireless revolution 012616

Jeffry Fawcett and Layna Berman - Overdiagnosis of Breast Cancer 011916

Diabetes: Changing the Narrative 011216

Graham Hancock and the Sacred Vine | London Real

Audio Archives on EMFs

San Francisco Food Safety Ratings for Restaurants

Winter of Wellness 2016

World's Most Amazing Anti-Cancer Foods

Metabolism School

The 7 Natural Keys to Wellness - ebook Michael Murray

Cronometer - tracking yr nutrition & health data

Articles

10 Healing Secrets of Mind

Medicine and the Dao: The Macrocosmic-Microcosmic Forces Driving the Rise of the Feminine - Part 2
Erika Fayina Marie 021516

Hacking the Human Biofield Alberto Villoldo

The 10 best and 10 worst neighborhoods in SF for parking 012916

The Genie In Your Genes
12 Advanced DNA Hacks for Peak Vitality and Longevity

10 Healing Secrets of the Mind

21-Day Vegan Kickstart

Wellness Immune Boosting

 

Eat Fat, Get Thin

 

 

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."
                                                                                                                           -- R. Buckminster Fuller      

 

The Truth about Cancer

Dr. Tom O'Bryan

Cyrex Labs

Dr. Daniel Amen

ADD ADHD

Healing ADD Course

 

 

 

Videos, audios, teleseminars...

Wendell Potter, author of Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans 123015 begins @ 8:40

Peter Byrne, Investigative Journalist - What if everything you knew about breast cancer was wrong? 120715 @19:20
Busted! Breast cancer, money and the media. Part one: Renée Willard’s story

Behold, "Frankenfish" - Campaign for GE-Free Seafood

The Truth About Cancer - Episode 1: True History of Chemotherapy
9-part docu-series 10/13 - 10/21/15
Episode 2: Cancer Facts & Fictions, Breast Cancer, Hormones

Karuna Jagger of Breast Cancer Action - What’s wrong with the whole concept of a breast cancer awareness? 100515

Marion Nestle, Professor of Nutrition at NYU, goes on the attack with “Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda and Winning” 081615

David Getoff - Lyme Disease: A Natural Path to Recovery

Audio from Natural Health 365 081615

James Maskell - Building Healthcare from Scratch TEDx 071715

Stoned: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana - Dr. David Casarett 073115

Larry Gust_- EMF Protection

Audio from Natural Health 365 070515

Jed Diamond- Moving into Health through Energy Healing

Audio from New Dimensions Radio

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Keep GMO apples out of baby food

Disband the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and its big pharma board of directors

Articles

Coconut Water Exposed: 9 Brands To Avoid Due To Harmful Chemicals

Busted! Breast cancer, money and the media. Part one: Renée Willard’s story 110515

Today’s best cat foods – reviews of canned and raw options 10/2015

Cell phones are linked to cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, study claims 080815

Is it safe to cook with olive oil?

Cleanest sources for chlorella revealed

How to Make Magnesium Oil

How to Stay Clean Without Showering Every Day

 

Videos, audios, teleseminars...

Katie Singer, author of An Electronic Silent Spring - Technology and Health - The science covering the ecological effects of EMR 120115

Sharon Kaufman, author of Ordinary Medicine: Extraordinary Treatments, Longer Lives, and Where to Draw the Line 072815

Dr. Suzanne Humphries - Vaccination: Enough to Make You Sick

Audio from KPFA's Guns and Butter 061715

Dr. Daniel Amen, Brain Function and ADD 061515

Dr. Tom O'Bryan - Functional Medicine, Autoimmune conditions
and Gluten Sensitivity


Audio from Lisa Garr's Radiant Body Summit 061115...
Dr O'Bryan's The Gluten Summit

Cahooting with the plants who are eager to teach and heal us 052815
Robin Rose Bennett, author of “The Gift of Healing Herbs" w/Caroline Casey

A Mysterious Illness: Parasites, Facebook, And Other Things with Gabrielle Glancy 052715 New Dimensions Radio
Some of My Best Friends Are Germs

Watch The Connection

All about Carobs.. The Greek Survival Food

Take Back Your Power -Full documentary on SmartMeters & EMFs

 

 

Course

Nourishing Herbal Infusions Online Course - Drink Your Way to Health the Wise Woman Way

 

Articles

Is Your Chair Killing You?
Part 2
071015
How Much Exercise is Enough? Part I 052515

How Turmeric Can Save the Aging Brain From Dementia & Premature Death 052615

Antioxidants Dr. Weil

A Supplement to Prevent Alzheimer's Dr. Weil

Affecting the Balance Between Omega-3 and Omega-6? Dr. Weil

Endometrial Biopsy

Vaginal Misoprostol for Cervical Priming before Gynaecological Procedures on Non Pregnant Women

 

Herbalists w/o Borders
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Collective Evolution FB

 

 

The most important lesson from 83,000 brain scans | Daniel Amen | TEDxOrangeCoast Oct 2013

The Woman Who Changed Her Brain: Barbara Arrowsmith-Young at TEDxToronto Oct 2012

Mindfulness and Neural Integration: Daniel Siegel, MD at TEDxStudioCityED May 2012

Daniel Amen - Change Your Brain, Change Your Life - TEDxOrangeCoast June 2011

How Meditation Can Reshape Our Brains: Sara Lazar at TEDxCambridge 2011

 

 

 

 

Videos, audios, teleseminars...

Dr. Mario Martinez discusses The Mind Body Code

Is there scientific proof we can heal ourselves? | Lissa Rankin, MD | TEDxAmericanRiviera

Spoken Word Of The Week- 'Thin Line' By Ivori Holson!
Wow! You'll never again think of diabetes in the same way...

Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn - What is Mindfulness?

La Santa Cecilia - Strawberry Fields Forever

GMO Advocate Says Monsanto Herbicide Safe To Drink,
Then Runs Away When Offered Some
032715

Nitrates in Hot Dogs- Can They Make You Sick? - Carson Tahoe
Children Who Eat 12 or More Hot Dogs Per Month Have
9 Times the Normal Risk of Leukemia
031915

David Christopher - Natural Solutions for Colds & Flu 012515

Audio from Natural News Talk Hour with Jonathan Landsman

Shannon Harvey: "The Connection" 012015
Mind-Body Medicine - Craig Hassed
"The Connection - Mind your Body" documentary

SHOCKING NEW INTERVIEW! CHEMTRAILS Kristen Meghan USAF Air Force Whistle Blower! USAF 011715

Gigi Stafne, herbalist & exec.dir of Herbalists w/o Borders - self-care, community apothecaries, people's clinics, seed saving 010815

 

Articles

What to Eat for Breakfast When You Have RA

Why do I experience tiredness and fatigue after eating?
- Alkaline tide
- Alkaline & Acid Tides of Body/Respiratory Control of pH

Are dark chocolate and raw cacao really healthy?

Award-Winning Film “The Breach” Reveals Risks to Wild Salmon 010815

How to Grow Epiphyllum Cactus

Gallery of Cacti

Orchid Keikis

 

 

 

Electromagnetic
Radiation Safety

Electromagnetic Health

Village to Village
Network

Andrew Weil, MD

Neha Sangwan , MD

Coconut Research Ctr

Oasis of Hope

Strawbale Gardens

 

 

Videos, audios, teleseminars...

Camilla Rees - EMF Pollution and Children 121414

ElectromagneticHealth.org

An Electronic Silent Spring - A talk given by Katie Singer

Kate Cooper - The Secrets of Food Marketing

Alison Health, host of EMF Summit
EMF Summit

Is there scientific proof we can heal ourselves? Lissa Rankin, MD
at TEDxAmericanRiviera

Scientific Proof That We Can Heal Ourselves 121014

Chicken factory farmer speaks out 120314

Breathing Technique for Overcoming Insomnia (Pranayama)

[PBS] The Mystery of Chi - Bill Moyers (Full-Length)

Food Chains: New Film Tracks How Immokalee Workers
Won Fair Wages from Corporate Giants
112114

"The GMO Deception": Sheldon Krimsky on How BigAg & the Government Is Putting Your Food at Risk 103114

Monsanto, BigAg Spend Millions Fighting Colorado, Oregon Ballot Measures to Label GMO Foods 102814

Highlights from documentary Fed Up 101914

Bruce Fife, N.D. - Cure Alzheimer's with a Ketogenic Diet

Audio from KPFA's Your Own Health & Fitness 100714

Stop Alzheimer's Now - Dr. Bruce Fife, ND, Part 1 (6 parts)

'Grain Brain', an intimate discussion with Dr. David Perlmutter

 

 

Articles

Scientists Observe Brain Cells While Healing Intention Is Directed Towards Them – Here’s What Happened 121214

If You Eat Chicken, You Definitely Need To See This 121214

Capturing the Essence of Tai Chi Dec 2014

The Downside of Gluten-Free Eating Dec 2014

How Your Friends Change Your DNA Shannon Harvey 111914

New Report Criticizes
Yogurt Industry
Nov 2014
- Yogurt Buyers Guide

How Stress Is Making You Lose Your Mind 110314

California aquifers contam-inated with billions of gallons of fracking wastewater 100914

Curry Color May Deter a Driver of Diabetes and Heart Disease 101314

World’s most widely used insecticide proven to damage bees’ brains

Former CIA director James Woolsey says the hacking vulnerabilities of the Smart Grid render it “a really really stupid grid”.  Cyber security expert David Chalk says: “There is not a power meter or device on the grid that is protected from hacking – if not already infected – with some kind of Trojan horse that can cause the grid to be shut down or completely annihilated.”

“We cannot in conscience pay for the killing of other human beings or pay for war
and preparations for war.  Human life is too precious to drop bombs on people because
we do not like their governments. Developing a new generation of nuclear weapons
which could put an end to life on our beautiful planet is insane.”

                                                                                                          --David and Jan Hartsough

 

Videos, audios, teleseminars...

Joel Moskowitz - Cell phone radiation, film Mobilize 091114 2nd half

Katie Singer, author of Electronic Silent Spring 081414

GREED: Robbing America's Health
A film by Burton Goldberg / Password: greed

Vandana Shiva on the link between ecology & economy 081414

Do animals hold the key to your health? Aysha Akhtar
at TEDxFoggyBottom
040214

Home Remedy for Toenail Fungus & Athlete's Foot |
Natural Fungus Killer by Nicoles Heart

Under Our Skin—A Shocking Film Exposes the Hidden Reality of Lyme Disease 072614 - Free viewing thru August 1st

Dan Barber, author of The Third Plate:...the Future of Food

Audio from KPFA's Uprising 063014

It Takes Villages: Judy Willett at TEDxBoston July 2011

Dr. Oz's Best Anti-Aging Tips

Toms River: How a Small Town Fought Back Against Corporate Giants for Toxic Dumping Linked to Cancer 042314

Joel M. Moskowitz PhD & Layna Berman - Wireless Phone Risks 042214

John Hagelin at TEDxWomen the benefits of Transcendental Meditation

 

Articles

Publishers withdraw more than 120 gibberish papers 022414
-- Conference proceedings removed from subscription databases after scientist reveals that they were computer-generated!!!

Multiple Toxins from GMOs Detected in Maternal and Fetal Blood: What does this Mean for your Baby? 012714

50 Steps To Restore Immunity PDF Nick Delgado

 

Resources

How To Use the Coco Jack

Vegetable Planting Chart - San Francisco Bay Area

Recipes

Cilantro Walnut Pesto

 

"We have the opportunity to work for the freedom and liberation of all species and all people. Something as simple as food has become the site for these liberations... every one of us has an opportunity to participate."
                                                                                                                             -- Vandana Shiva

 

The Power of Garlic

•  Antioxidants Garlic - Rich in antioxidants including vitamin E, glutathione and vitamin C. These antioxidants can fight off free radicals (harmful particles in your body) and reduce or help prevent chronic diseases.
•  Anti-Inflammatory - Activation of nuclear factor (NF-kB) promotes transcription of inflammatory response genes and is a part of a signal pathway promoting inflammation. Thiacremonone, a sulfur compound found in garlic inhibits NF-kB, thus reduces inflammatory response.
•  Anti-Bacterial - Research indicates that fresh garlic has anti-bacterial properties that may help prevent food poisoning by killing bacteria such as E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Salmonella enteritidis.

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Save the Honeybees!
- Infographic: Bees Toxic Problem
- Greenpeace
- Endangered Species Coalition
- Crop Plants Pollinated by Bees
- Honey Bee Collapse: A Lesson in Ecology

Shanti Susan Chernak McElroy 072514
profoundly moving look at bees, the drama within the hive when misfortune strikes

 

Bernie Siegel, MD

Mark Hyman, MD
- Blood Sugar Solution

Foodopoly

Be Aware Foundation

Your Own Health
and Fitness

Food Democracy Now


---- Facebook

EWG's Skin Deep
Cosmetics Database

Kitchen Gardeners Int'l

Alliance for Bio-Integrity

Millions against Monsanto

*fair companies

Earth Economics

Food & Environment
Reporting Network

Wake Up World

Native American
Herbal Remedies

Institute of Natural and
Traditional Knowledge

Planet Natural

 

Videos, audios, teleseminars...

Layna Berman, Jeffry Fawcett, Ph.D. - Dependencies: Solutions

Audio from KPFA's Your Own Health & Fitness 123113

Dr. Joel Moskowitz - Cell Phones & Brain Cancer: What Research Shows 120913

This Is What Happens When A Little Girl Gives Marijuana A Try...

'Grain Brain', an intimate discussion with Dr. David Perlmutter 112513

Fukushima at our Shore - MaryBeth Branagan & Jim Heddle 111213

Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2013: Vandana Shiva - Growth = Poverty

Dr. Paul Connett - Water Fluoridation 110613
Twelve arguments against the fluoridation of drinking water: fluoride not a nutrient; fluoridation not pharmaceutical grade, but toxic waste-product from industry; harmful effects to human tissue, including, but not limited to, bones, joints, thyroid, brain, pineal gland; fluoridation not effective in fighting tooth decay; concentration versus dose; no adequate margin of safety to known health effects.

Sondra Barrett - Your Cells Are Listening - "Insights at the Edge"

Bruce Lipton -Biology of Perception, Psychology of Change (2 hours)

Dr. Mercola and Dr. Perlmutter on Alzheimer's Prevention 092613

NeuroSummit With Lisa Garr and Anat Baniel 081213 .
Anat Baniel Method - 25 videos

NeuroSummit Day 4 - Lisa Garr and Donna Eden 080813

Cell Phones and Breast Cancer 080613

Rachel Parent debates GMO's (vs) Kevin O'Leary on CBC's Lang & O'Leary Exchange 080213 -
Rachel is a 14-year-old activist and awesome communicator!

9th grade student "Cress + WiFi" experiment attracts international attention 051613

ManYun Fan 2012 -- 24 Simplified Tai Chi led by Fan Man Yun

10 American Foods That Are Banned in Other Countries 071013

Kris Carr - Embracing a Plant-Empowered Lifestyle

Audio from Hay House World Summit 2013 060213

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Whoa! Don't just toss those fluorescent bulbs -- recycle

Ink cart. Recycling Locator

Recycle Ink Carts. for Vets

10 Things to Recycle for Charity

21 Ways Canada's Single-Payer System Beats Obamacare Ralph Nader

Vacuum School

Some of My Best Friends Are Germs 051513

Donald Rumsfeld and the Strange History of Aspartame 010611

A Better Option than Airborne or Emergen-C?

 

Cat purring 9 hours - kittens, nature sound, relaxation, meditation, purrrification

"To find Health should be the object of the physician.  Anyone can find disease."
                                                                              -- Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, founder of Osteopathy

 

 

TURN - The Utilities
Reform Network

Friend in Cheeses Jam
- Facebook

Potted Vegetable
Garden Lifestyle

Institute for Functional
Medicine

Mama Baretta

Good Eggs

Air B&B

Green Polka-Dot Box

Eden Energy Medicine

Marshall's Farm
Natural Honey

Global Sufficiency
Network

The Minimalists

Debtorboards

Suddenly Frugal

Natural Health 365

Irene Florez

East West School
of Planetary Herbology

Global Health Summit
November at Holidays

 

 

Qi Gong: 7 Minutes of Magic (for Health)

I Stand with Farmers vs. Monsanto
Farmers v. Monsanto

Dr. Andrew Weil - Full Show (2000)

"We are Farmers, We Grow Food for the People"

Dr. Oz Discusses Glutathione - The Master Antioxidant
- Glutathione: The Mother of All Antioxidants
- Natural Foods That Are High in Glutathione
- When you choose to eat these scrumptious 11 foods that boost glutathione, you help detox your body and heal

Andrew Weil - What Is Integrative Medicine?

Michael Mosely, physician/journalist - Eat, Fast & Live Longer

How Childhood Trauma Differs from PTSD 041913

One Hundred Years Young - Interactive Video Course w/ Mario Martinez
- 100 YearsYoung PowerPnt

Wenonah Hauter, author of Foodopoly - Scratching the veneer
off the label "organics"
040213

Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America from Monsanto to Wal-Mart 040213

The Monsanto Protection Act? A Debate on Controversial New Measure Over Genetically Modified Crops - 040213

John & Ocean Robbins - The Food Revolution

Audio from Winter of Wellness w/Edward Mills 030713

Micah Nelson - Alchemical herbal medicines for these Pisces times
Audio from Visionary Activist Show w/ Caroline Casey 030713
Micah Nelson -- Al-Kemi

The Agenda with Steve Paikin: Mario Martinez: How Culture Influences Aging 030613

Salt Sugar Fat: NY Times Reporter Michael Moss on How the Food Giants Hooked America on Junk Food 030113

Pandora’s Lunchbox: Pulling Back the Curtain On How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal 030113

 

 

Eat your Medicine

Dr. Weil's Anti-Inflammatory Diet Food Pyramid

Glutathione: The Mother of All Antioxidants
- Dr. Oz on Glutathione

20 Common Foods with the Most Antioxidants

Why You Should Eat Sulfur-Rich Vegetables
- Foods Rich in Sulfur
- Sulfur ... Deficiency

Carrageenan - How a "Natural" Food Additive is Making Us Sick
- Is Carrageenan Safe?

Shopping Guide to Avoiding Organic Foods with Carrageenan

Dr. Daniel Amen’s Change Your Brain, Change Your Body Questionnaire

To eat or not to eat soy
- Rethinking Soy?
- Fermented Soy is Only Soy Food Fit for Consumption
- Is Soy Milk Safe?

Give Yourself a Biologic TuneUp

Starch Thickeners

What Does It Take to Clean Fresh Food?
- Homemade Fruit and Vegetable Wash Solution
- Water Disinfection for Travelers

Why Baby Carrots Are Killing You 110712

 

Cheng Man-Ching's
Short Form Tai Chi

Cheng Man-Ch'ing
Short Tai Chi Form
(rare footage)
-
This is the Master himself.

Cheng Man Ching
37 Posture Tai Chi
Yang Short Form (1)

and (2)

Tai Chi Chuan 37
Forms- front view
(with posturn names)

Yang Style Tai Chi,
Cheng Man Ch'ing
Lineage Form Demo
- Tricia Yu

Cheng Man Ching Short
Form
(William 1995)

Cheng Man-Ching Inter-
view - Ken Van Sickle

Yang Style Taiji 37

CMC Short Form
(demonstrated from side)

Cheng Man Ching

The Professor: Tai Chi's
Journey West
- Facebook

Soft Answer Tai Chi
Ben Lo, etc DVDs

 

 

Every Body WALK!
The Campaign to Get
America Walking

Walkers Speak

Walk for Health: The Best Medicine

Easy Walking Workout Indoors: Low Impact Exercise

Walking, Exercise: Dance Walk (walking workout, low impact, fat-burning cardio)

Walking Cardio Shape up My favorite

3 Fast Miles - Walk Away The Pounds

Sweatin to the oldies - Disco Sweat

Stride & Strength (walking workout to burn fat, lose weight)

EvBody Walk Facebook

They called her Wild
Cat from Sumatra

Smoothing out Sweep the Lotus Tai Chi

Kyphosis exercises

"We can give soul to money in the way we earn it, in the way we spend it, in the way we invest it, in the way we save it, and in the way we contribute it."
                                                                                                                   -- Lynne Twist

 

 

 

 

 

Mario Martinez - The Mind-Body Code @ 00:02:10
John La Puma - ChefMD 's Big Book of Culinary Medicine @ 01:08:30

Audio from KPFA Sunday Show w/Philip Maldari 022413

Bowman v. Monsanto: Indiana Farmer’s Supreme Court Challenge to Corporate Control of Food Supply 022113

Neuropsychologist Mario Martinez - The Mind-Body Code @ 0:09:25

Audio from KPFA Up Front 021913

The Energies of Love - Donna Eden and David Feinstein, PhD 021913

Debunking the paleo diet: Christina Warinner at TEDxOU 021213

Embodying The Four Immeasurables with Dr. Mario Martinez 072211
Mind Body Code, Dr. Mario Martinez - KG Stiles, Host CBS Radio 061710

John La Puma - Make yourself better with what you eat TEDx Talk

Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA TED Feb 2012

60 Minutes: 40 Million Mistakes: Is your credit report accurate? 021013 The ONE thing to know about your credit report
Request your free annual credit report

Robert Proctor: Cigarettes - world's deadliest invention?

Audio from KPFA Against the Grain w/Sasha Lilley 020413

Vandana Shiva Talks Food Sovereignty 013113
(her talk - Seed Freedom is Food Freedom - begins at 2:00:00)

John Robbins Interviews Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn: You can prevent and cure heart disease. 010113

 

 

ChefMD on YouTube
- Gluten Free Quiz

Dr. Weil's Personal Vitamin Routine

Happiness Survey

Powerful Help for PTSD

Donna Eden - Introduction to Energy Medicine

 

Articles

America's 50 Worst Charities 082013

Connecticut passes GMO labeling law 060513

Astrology, Doctor? Are You Kidding? Dr. Christiane Northrup 053113

Women’s Cardio Deaths Cut by Cocoa, Veggies 050613

GMO Supporters Reap What They Sow in Government Funding Bill 032113

Oceana Study Reveals Seafood Fraud Nationwide 022113

9 Tips To Cut Down On Exposure To Computer Radiation

 

 

 

"Who controls the food supply controls the people."
                                           --Henry Kissinger

 

 

MapLight
Revealing Money's Influence on Politics

Millions Against Monsanto Actions

 

 

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Tell the USDA: No More Field Trials of Unapproved GMO Crops!

Stop Monsanto amendment to 2013 Farm Bill

 

 

Tell The President: No Social Security Cuts

Tell the FDA: NO Frankenfish!

 

 

 

"If this country is to survive,  the best-fed-nation myth had better be recognized for what it is: propaganda designed to produce wealth but not health."
                                                                                                                             -- Adelle Davis, ca 1970

"One of the pioneers of the movement toward healthier eating — Adelle Davis — raised many food safety and health issues based on her own research. Her views were not accepted by the scientific community at the time. Now the weight of medical evidence — including former Surgeon General Koops’ Report on Nutrition and Health — has vindicated her views."
                        
-- Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, in a 1998 press release setting forth his opposition
                               to lawsuits being brought against people who question the safety of our food supply

 

Munira's Journey - The Many Looks of Cancer

 

Gerson Treatment

Iodine Research

Iodine Workshop

Breast Cancer Action

Burzynski Clinic

Nicholas Gonzalez

Gerson Institute

Cancer Decisions -
Ralph Moss

James Forsythe, MD

Burton Goldberg

 

 

                                                 Cancer Treatment Resources

Videos, audios...

The Truth About Cancer - Episode 1: True History of Chemotherapy
9-part docu-series 10/13 - 10/21/15
Episode 2: Cancer Facts & Fictions, Breast Cancer, Hormones

Stage Three Colon Cancer Winner 051315
GcMAF.se -

Dr. Patrick Vickers Explains Gerson Therapy for Healing Cancer Naturally

The Gerson Therapy - Charlotte Gerson on Curing Cancer

Breast Health World Summit  --  Audios
Free Online Event October 23-30, 2014

The Quest for The Cures Continues

Dr. Burton Goldberg Cancer Interview - Biopsy cause more? cancer!

"Crazy Sexy Life" Kris Carr at Wanderlust's Speakeasy

Kris Carr on Oprah - Crazy Sexy Cancer

Burzynski: Cancer is a Serious Business
Anyone concerned about cancer MUST see this!

Cancer Conquest DVD - Burton Goldberg - Alternative Treatments

Crazy Sexy Cancer Documentary Trailer

A Cancer Cure 40 years ago - Full length video

The Medical Failure (and dangers) of Mammography
Moshe Dekel, MD - 042913

Reverse Stage-3 Colon Cancer - Naturally 042013

The Most Honest (Medical) Reason Why Chemotherapy Fails Nicholas Gonzalez, MD - 040313

Dr. Ralph Moss on Alternative Cancer Treatments, Part 1 - Part 2
Iscador/Mistletoe   -   Therapeutic Apheresis

Cancer Experts Speak Out DVD

Articles

Breast Cancer and
Uterine Cancer
Andrew Weil

Treating Cancer: Integrative Medicine and
Lowering Cancer Risk
Donald Abrams - Integrative Oncologist

Experts in the Dr. Weil Tradition

GcMAF for the treatment of cancer, autism, inflam-mation, viral and bacterial disease

Do Antioxidants Harm Cancer Patients? 04-2013

The Stages of Multiple Myeloma 031013

 

 

 

Townsend Letter

Rational Therapeutics

Kris Carr

Suzanne Somers
Cancer Archive

Forever Health

Multiple Myeloma
Research Foundation

 

                                                 Cancer Treatment Resources, cont.

Videos, audios...

Dr. Ralph Moss on Alternative Cancer Treatments, Part 1 - Part 2
Iscador/Mistletoe   -   Therapeutic Apheresis

Gregg Braden on Curing Cancer using our own Technology of Emotion 111410

Kris Carr's Health & Wellness Vlog #2: Perfection 061010

Kris Carr speaks about cancer and The China Study 012810

Cancer Conquest: The Best of Conventional & Alternative Medicine: Summary and DVD Preview

PINK RIBBONS (Trailer)
Feature documentary that shows how the devastating reality of breast cancer, which marketing experts have labeled a "dream cause," has been hijacked by a shiny, pink story of success

Pink Ribbons, Inc. - A Conversation with Ravida Din

Charlotte Gerson on Cancer and Disease

Essiac and Cancer - Rene Caisse Part 1 of 3

Coffee Enema Procedure

One Answer to Cancer
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Are cancer patients' hopes for chemo too high? 10-2012

Patients with Metastatic Cancer Treated with Integrative Regulatory Therapies 08-2012

An Anti-Aging Medical Approach to Cancer Prevention 08-2012

War on Cancer Ralph Moss 06-2011

Donald Rumsfeld and the Strange History of Aspartame 010611

Chemosensitivity Tests – Why Does Big Pharma Know About Them and WE Don’t? Suzanne Somers 103009

Beating Bone Marrow Cancer 030106

Multiple myeloma
Mult Myeloma - Moss report

Multiple Myeloma Health Ctr
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Bone marrow transplant

 

Breast Health World Summit - October 23-30, 2014

 

Burton Goldberg - Voice of Alternative Medicine
Discover The Real Causes Of Breast Cancer


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• Francisco Contreras - Oasis of Hope
The Keys To World-Famous Alternative Cancer Treatments


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How Cancer Is A Global Illness That Exists From Head To Toe


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• Dr. Blanche Grube - Biological Dentistry
How Root Canals & Mercury Amalgams May Contribute To Breast Cancer


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• Dr. Veronique Desaulniers - Heal Breast Cancer Naturally
Learn To Bust Breast Cancer Myths


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BioInitiative 2012

• Mark Waldman - Change Your Brain, Change The World
How Mindfulness Is The Most Effective Strategy for Treating and Preventing Breast Cancer


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• Bernard S. Siegel, MD - The Art of Healing

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• Helayne Waldman, Ed.D., M.S. - Whole Food Guide to Preventing & Healing Breast Cancer

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• Ocean Robbins - Food Revolution Network

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• Ruth Heidrich, PhD - A Race for Life
How A Breast Cancer Survivor Became One Of The Top 10 Fittest Women In North America!


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http://vsh.org/ -- Vegetarian Society of Hawaii

• Jean Swann - Integrated Health International
The Destination Method to Transform Emotional Trauma


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• Donna Gates - The Body Ecology Diet
How Your Genes Play A Role In Breast Cancer


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• Dr. John Douillard, DC - LifeSpa Ayurvedic Retreat Center
The Ancient Ayurvedic Approach To Breast Cancer Prevention & Healing


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• Lynne Farrow - The Iodine Crisis
How Reversing Iodine Deficiency Can Transform Sick Breasts


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• Kara Maria Ananda - Women's Empowerment Coach
Discover Your Natural Choices For Breast Health, Vitality & Sensuality


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Viva La Boobies! 7 Things to Know About Breasts
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• Nadine Artemis - Living Libations Skin Care
Miracle Of Your Breasts And How To Honor Them


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• Lynne McTaggart - What Doctors Don't Tell You
Why A Cancer Diagnosis Is Not A Death Sentence


http://www.lynnemctaggart.com/
What Doctors Don't Tell You magazine
http://peopleagainstcancer.com/

• Dr. Nick Delgado, PhD - The Delgado Protocol for Health
How To Naturally Annihilate Breast Cancer Now


http://fightdisease.info/

 

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Awakening the Dreamer

Reinventing Money

Ithaca Hours

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Matthew Wolf-Meyer - Sleep, insomnia, and capitalism

Audio from KPFA Against the Grain 110512

Michael Pollan: California’s Prop 37 Fight to Label GMOs Could Galvanize Growing U.S. Food Movement 102412

Charlotte Silver, Carolyn Raffensperger and Janet Brown
on Prop 37 - Labelling of GMO foods


Audio from KPFA The Visionary Activist w/ Caroline Casey 101812
Janet Brown: Allstar Organics Farm
Science & Environmental Health: Carolyn Raffensperger - SEHN
Charlotte Silver: CA's Prop 37: Monsanto, GMO labelling & public interest

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Ruth Rosen and Dean Baker - Economic policy 2nd hour

Audio from KPFA Sunday Show 092312
Alliance for Bio-Integrity
Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government,
and Systematically Deceived the Public

Ca$hi - 7 Grains... Lying ToYou 081512
In the spring of 2012, investigations revealed that Kellogg was using GMOs in some of the 'natural' products they sell under the brand name of Kashi --and donated $791,000 to defeat Prop 37

Pam Warhurst: How we can eat our landscapes TED Aug 2012

Deepa Kumar - Islamophobia- 1st hour
Arleen Blum - Fire retardent chemicals - 2nd hour

Audio from KPFA Sunday Show 070812
Green Science Policy Institute

 

 

 

Monsanto

The World According to Monsanto (Full Length)

Did Monsanto Win Prop 37? Round One in Food Fight of Our Lives 110912

Jon Rappoport: Did Prop 37 Really Lose or was it Vote Fraud 110812

Ocean Robbins: Did Monsanto Trick California Voters? 110812

Monsanto’s Crimes Against Humanity

New Chapter Supplement Company Bought by Monsanto-Linked Proctor & Gamble 032212

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An Anti-Aging Medical Approach to Arthritis Management Oct 2012

23 Ingenious Uses For White Vinegar 072112

In-Law Trouble / Proponents say legalizing so-called "granny flats'' will ease the housing crunch for a city in crisis

10 Things You Should Know About Writing a Will

 

"The idea of going out shopping and buying something that you’re just going to use once will seem dumb to our kids."
                                                                                --Rachel Botsman, co-author of What’s Mine is Yours

 

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Damon Nagami - Frakking in California - 2nd hour @ 1:01:05
Natural Resources Defense Council
Steve Horn & Sarah Blaskey - Fossil fuels industry and ALEC (Amer.Legislative Exchange Council) @ 1:13:00
Exposed: The Other ALECs' Corporate Playbook

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Senator Murkowski Takes to the Senate Floor to Discuss her Frankenfish Amendment 052312

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May Day and Nonviolence - 2nd hour

Audio from KPFA Sunday Show 042912

Linden blossom infusion / Basswood / Lime Tree (Tilia) is an anti inflammatory

Challenges to the Affordable Care Act

Audio from KPFA Sunday Show 040112

Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio - Artists' Talk
Food throughout the world - 030512

Mortgage-free, tiny home on a housekeeper's salary
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What Happens in Your Body when You Eat Ramen and Gatorade
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Occupy Wall St - The Revolution Is Love
Sacred Economics -- Charles Eisenstein

Charles Eisenstein on Sacred Economics  

Audio from Beyond Awakening Series with Terry Patten

Amateur color film of San Francisco, 1955

 

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The Little Banks that Can

99 Great Ways to Save
The Leap to Cheap
Living on the Edge
50 Thrifty Ideas

The Best Gym Deals in America

The New Era of Secondhand Shopping

4 Ways to Spot Counterfeit Money

Align Your Money with Your Values

50 Ways to Leave Your Banker 110111

What to Do When You Run Out of Money 082811

IMF Pushes for Alternative to US Dollar as Reserve Currency 021111

Rent Control - Coverage & Rent Increases - San Fran

10 Most Fuel Efficient Non-Hybrid Cars 010511

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Oro Gold Cosmetics Scam

Gold Face Cream: A Costly Leap of Faith 052410

 

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Roger Doiron - A Subversive Plot: How to Grow a Revolution in Your Own Backyard TEDxDirigo 2011

Graeme and Lillian Munro on toxic dentistry part 1

The Right to Know - A Message From LabelGMOs.org
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Veronica Faisant & Laurence Schechtman
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Currency of Connection: Evolving Your Relationship With Money

Graeme Munro Hall shares his personal story with dental amalgam and UN environmental program UNEP 012911

 

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Calcium Mislabeling Mischief

Can Supplements Reduce Damage From Radiation?

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EWG's Shoppers Guide to Pesticides

Sweetly Raw - Adventures of Raw Food Dessert Chef: Heather Pace

Arthritis - Food/Diet Therapy
Which fruit and vegetable juices alleviate arthritis pain without drugs
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Fight Cancer with Food

Health Encyclopedia AARP

Weight loss after 40: Why it's so hard—and what works

Seven Foods That Help You Lose Weight

6 Ways to Ruin Your Knees

 

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Yes, You Can Grow Food and Flowers in Your Apartment

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7 Killer Ways to Get Rid of Weeds Naturally

Get Rid of Weeds with Natural Homemade Non-Toxic Weed Killers

The Ultimate Weeder: My Search for Perfection

13 tools every gardener should own

 


 

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The Leap to Cheap

Spending is out, simplicity's in. Why the nation's thriftiest people are also the happiest.

by Jeff Yeager

 

"Sure, we could afford to spend more," Bruce Ostyn told me as he rinsed the plates from dinner in a shallow plastic dishpan. "But why would we? It wouldn't make us any happier."

Ostyn then headed to the patio to carefully redistribute the washwater to some thirsty potted plants. When I tried earlier in the evening to be a helpful houseguest and put the dinner dishes in the dishwasher, I was promptly reprimanded. The appliance wasted too much water and electricity. "Besides, it's full," Ostyn noted. "We use it to store ramen noodles and other bulk foods for our camping trips." You never know what you'll find in a casa de cheapskate.

Frugality, formerly an everyday virtue, hasn't gotten much respect in recent decades. Yet when the stock-market crash of 2008 pushed a stalled economy into the Great Recession, bam!—suddenly thrift was in vogue again. A recent Gallup Poll found that 62 percent of us would rather save money than spend it, up from 48 percent in 2001.

Being a cheapskate is my chosen profession, come by honestly from a boyhood in the farmlands of Ohio—where you learn to use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without—and 24 years running nonprofit groups. In the spring of 2008, as the Dow seesawed, I crisscrossed the country on a 30-year-old bicycle to research my second book, The Cheapskate Next Door. I had surveyed more than 300 of my "Miser Advisers"—a network of superthrifty folks I've developed—about their financial habits, and I wanted to take a closer look at them. I met near-millionaires and people who earned so little they could qualify for public assistance but chose not to—they had more than enough to live as they wished. What they all had in common: they've found ways to be wealthy that don't depend on earning more cash or buying more things.

That's right—the reality of the frugal life upends stereotypes. These aren't latter-day Scrooges, though I've yet to meet one who doesn't sport apparel dating to the Carter administration, or earlier. For its adherents, thrift is more about knowing what you cherish, then skipping the rest.

Ostyn, 59, and his longtime partner, Daniel Newman, 45, are prime examples of people who enjoy the good life while spending far less than their neighbors. The couple live in southern Arizona, in an average-size but Architectural Digest—gorgeous ranch-style house (which they paid for in cash). They travel throughout North America for at least two months every year, following the migratory birds they love to watch and sleeping in the comfortable camper kit they installed on their pickup. The pair run their own interior-design service, a venture that typically nets them a modest $20,000 to $40,000 a year, but they still put "at least 25 percent into savings," says Ostyn.

Among their savings secrets: Live cell-phone free ("It's a quality-of-life issue, too"), wear your clothing until it's truly worn ("It's like losing a friend when we consign a shirt to the rag bin"), and save twice the amount needed for a major purchase before you buy it ("It lets you make sure you really want it, and—if you do buy it—you don't feel broke afterward").

"For us," Newman told me, "a true sign of wealth is free time—freedom from drudgery and unwanted commitments. In terms of baubles, we might be living below our means, but in terms of the things that really matter, the Queen of England doesn't have it any better."

You don't need to go back to the Puritans or Poor Richard's Almanack to find when penny-pinching was last a source of pride. The YMCA and other civic groups launched National Thrift Week in 1916 to promote frugality "For Success and Happiness"—or so the official slogan proclaimed. Thrift Week celebrations were held throughout the land, and they included sexy-sounding events such as Have a Bank Account Day and Pay Bills Promptly Day.

National Thrift Week had a long run—until 1966. That year, it so happens, "Time" magazine ran a cover story entitled "What's Good for the Economy." An excerpt: "For 62 fat months, prosperity has fed itself because Americans have spent, lent, borrowed and invested with confidence. They have felt correctly that jobs, production, profits and paychecks would continue to go up and up." Meanwhile, household debt as a percentage of disposable income had nearly doubled since 1950, from roughly 35 percent to nearly 70 percent. Thrift Week had been replaced by a newer national mandate for success and happiness: Spend more than you can afford, and our economy will boom.

Fast-forward to today, with personal bankruptcies and home foreclosures near all-time highs. The average U.S. household owes about $7,500 in credit-card debt. Almost half of workers live paycheck to paycheck. Sometime in the 1990s, says Boston College sociology professor Juliet Schor, Ph.D., consumers went into overdrive, egged on by easy credit and real-estate values on steroids.

According to Schor, author of The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don't Need, keeping up with the Joneses suddenly wasn't enough anymore. Now we had to surpass them, to live, as Robin Leach would say, the lifestyles of the rich and famous.

How long ago that now seems.

A familiar line item in the budgets of the thrift mavens I met is zero. They spend nothing, or close to it, on fast food, clothing, or the latest whatsit. "Like a lot of moms," says Welmoed Sisson of Gaithersburg, Maryland, "I love shopping with my daughter, but it's just to laugh about how much stuff people buy that's totally unnecessary, not to buy things ourselves. It took me a while to explain to our kids that if a company needs to advertise all over the place, it's something that people really don't need. But eventually they got it." Confirmation came when her daughter scored a thrift-store find: an elegant black dress for $12.50 that she wore to her senior prom.

Sisson and her husband, Bob, both in their early 50s, display the zeal of converts. Bob quit a high-level corporate job a decade ago. Together the couple started a home-inspection business and now typically earn around $80,000 a year. Three years ago they moved from an 8,000-square-foot home to one about a third that size.

"Moving made us realize how much we owned that wasn't being used and wasn't necessary," says Welmoed. "When you look at how much most of us have compared with world standards, it's almost embarrassing."

One of the joys the Sissons discovered as they downsized their lifestyle was each other's company. "We started eating nearly all of our dinners here at home, as a family, and—I'm not exaggerating—sitting around the table for a good hour after the meal was finished, just talking about our days," says Welmoed. "We started sharing so much more as a family."

For many cheapskates the formula is simple: spending less money creates more time. "The relentless pressure to buy more crap makes things like sleep, free time, and relationships the real luxuries these days," says Jacquie Phelan, 55, a professional mountain biker I met in Fairfax, California, outside the rustic home she proudly calls the Taj Mahovel. The only way most people can afford simple pleasures, she adds, is to "spend less, not earn more."

In 1992 Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez published Your Money or Your Life and became champions of the neglected notion that your time is more valuable than money. A bestseller when it first came out, the book was reissued in 2008 and once again climbed the charts.

Robin, who now lives in a sustainability-minded community on Whidbey Island in Washington State, sees the tight economy slowly changing more people's minds about what she calls "the true cost of stuff." The current flood of books about de-cluttering your life is evidence, she says, that Americans are realizing less can be more. "For years we cheapskates picked on gas-guzzling SUVs as symbols of excessive consumption," Robin says. "When GM announced it will shut down Hummer production, some called it the result of higher fuel prices. I call it a return to common sense."

In her research for The Overspent American, Schor concluded that many of us could trim spending by 20 percent and not feel it. "Most people are caught up in fantasy desires," she says. "We tell ourselves we want an expensive car because it's safer, or a gourmet kitchen because we want to do more cooking, but that's rarely the truth." To prevent buyer's remorse, Schor suggests putting off until tomorrow what you're tempted to buy today. "Every parent knows that children will probably lose interest in an item if told to wait," she says. "Adults are really no different."

Schor is board cochair of the Center for a New American Dream, a nonprofit group that's out to help people "consume responsibly." A survey it sponsored revealed that 86 percent of Americans feel the phrase "more of what matters in life" fits their concept of the American dream better than the term "more is better."

What matters most to many folks I met, like Bruce Jackson of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, is sharing their wealth with others. A 64-year-old retiree, he relies on Social Security to cover most of his needs (apart from medical expenses). A key to his financial independence was his decision to buy a duplex and rent out half: the income stream helped him pay off his mortgage in eight years. Living in Lewisburg also helps minimize expenses. Bucknell University, a rich source of free or inexpensive entertainment, is close by, and Jackson's "two-mile rule" means he walks or bicycles to any destination within that radius whenever possible.

The satisfaction of giving drives his choices. He estimates he donates 15 percent of his income to assorted charities and the church he attends (the average of those I surveyed was nearly 5 percent; the national average, less than 3 percent). "Most of my estate is slated to go to charities," he says. "The more careful I am with my money, the more I can pass on to someone else who really needs it."

Have we reached the tipping point—or perhaps the "no-tipping" point—where thrift is here to stay? Schor thinks the stigma of "cheap" may be fading. "With friends it's easier to raise whether you can afford to go out," she says. "Frugality is hipper now." There's even a movement afoot to resurrect National Thrift Week. Maybe we'll celebrate Keep a Budget Day once again. But Lauren Weber has her doubts. Weber, a historian of thrift, is the author of In Cheap We Trust. "History shows that in hard times, we hunker down and make do with less," she says. "It also shows that as soon as the danger passes, we cheerfully reset our appetites a notch or two higher."

Maybe so, but when the economy roars again, I'm certain my fellow cheapskates will persist. We have it too good. My questionnaire ends with a hypothetical: Someone drops a million dollars on you—how would it change your life? More than 9 out of 10 replies said, in so many words, that money cannot alter their lives. They already have what they want.

Bruce Ostyn and Daniel Newman put it this way: "Honestly, it would change our lives very little. It would just serve to reinforce what we have already learned—that we have enough right where we are, and we realize that is a gift most people don't ever choose to receive."

Jeff Yeager is the author of The Ultimate Cheapskate's Road Map to True Riches and The Cheapskate Next Door. Read his tips on living below your means at aarp.org/savingschallenge.

 

AARP The Magazine | July/August 2010

 

 

 

 

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