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5 Essential Questions to Lead You to Your Calling

5 Essential Questions to Lead You to Your Calling

Commented Aug 16, 2013 at 15:44:32 in Healthy Living

“Hi Agapi,
Thought provoking article, and I love the idea of putting everything that happens to us in life in the context of the 5 questions. Somehow it all begins to make sense.
xoxo Susan”
Farm to Fork Across America: East of the Cascades in a Sea of Emmer

Farm to Fork Across America: East of the Cascades in a Sea of Emmer

Commented Jan 10, 2013 at 19:52:47 in Home

“Great farm to fork story. I never realized that emmer could be found in the US (except for my family members!).”
Weekly Health Tip: Mercury In Fish -- How Much Is Too Much?

Weekly Health Tip: Mercury In Fish -- How Much Is Too Much?

Commented Jul 11, 2011 at 17:09:12 in Healthy Living

“Dear Deepok,

Thanks for this article. I actually had mercury poisoning when I lived in NYC. My doctor attributed it to eating way too much sushi and tunafish sandwiches. I stopped eating fish for a year, and my levels went down. I'm now a bit paranoid about eating fish, and take high quality fish oil supplement insstead.

Since I love fish, this article makes me feel that I can still enjoy this excellent source of protein and oils, as long as I stick to a variety of species instead of just tuna!”

Josephius on Jul 11, 2011 at 19:16:38

“Avoid fish that eat other fish, that eat other fish. As they are called, keystone predators (at the top of the food chain) bio-accumulate methyl-mercury and other pollutants.

Salmon, halibut, trout, bass, etc. are all on the menu.”
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The Leakeys' African Jewelry Makes More Than A Fashion Statement

Commented Jun 20, 2011 at 22:47:21 in Style

“I met the Leakeys at a green event, and was so impressed by what they are doing for the women in Kenya. I also bought two of their beautiful necklaces and always receive compliments whenever I wear them.
Susan”
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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Psychotherapy

Commented Mar 5, 2011 at 16:28:16 in Home

“John,
I have suffered from CFS for 20 years & fibromyalgia for about 10, so I can intimately relate to your story. I was working a high-profile job in NYC, and one day just couldn't get out of bed. I experienced everyCFS symptom and spent about 6 weeks in bed. I finally returned to work, hiding the fact that I felt sick, and was able to fake it on and off for years. I would go to work and come home and get in bed. I basically became a recluse because I didn’t have any energy left for friends. It finally got so bad that I had to go on disability.

I realized how much stress I was causing myself by hiding my illness. I decided I no longer was going to identify myself by my illness, and it wasn’t going to control every aspect of my life. I had missed out on all the fun of my 30’s, but being bitter wouldn’t change the past. I also decided to leave NYC’s toxic environment and move to the west coast. I love the outdoors, so I started walking. I learned not to overdo it on days that I was feeling better to avoid a relapse. Also focusing on something other than myself is a good idea. I’ve rescued 2 dogs, and having to walk motivates me to take care of myself. I’m also constantly experimenting with different foods, supplements and medications because my body’s needs change all the time.”
How To Treat Chronic Fatigue And Fibromyalgia

How To Treat Chronic Fatigue And Fibromyalgia

Commented Feb 6, 2011 at 22:13:58 in Home

“I was diagnosed with CFS in 1991 after becoming very ill with CMV. I spent many years trying to hold down a high-powered job and a semblance of a personal life while battling debilitating fatigue, and other symptoms such as fainting, brain fog, migraines, Raynard's, etc. I tried to fight the disease, but ended up having to live with my parents for a time, and then went on disability. I also became a bit reclusive because it was easier than having to cancel all the time.

I never wanted to be sick, and had to go on a very long journey of research and self-discovery to figure out what mattered. I finally started making a turnaround when I moved to the west coast, and decided that I wouldn't let CFS and Fibro. define who I was - - they were just part of the package like blond hair and hazel eyes.

I was lucky to have a wonderful family and group of friends who were always supportive, even when others were saying "it was all in my head." I also found a great specialist in NY, Dr. Derek Enlander, who truly listens to each and every patient, and knows there is no one size fits all in terms of possible causes and cures.

I'm much improved, but there are good days and bad, and I will always have to watch that I don't overdo it. I wish all of you the best on your journey.”
Is Your Longing Preventing You From Actualizing Your Dreams?

Is Your Longing Preventing You From Actualizing Your Dreams?

Commented Sep 3, 2010 at 12:06:23 in Healthy Living

“Hi Agapi,

What a lovely story and a thought-provoking article. It's so true that most people are paralyzed both by longing and fear, but by being in the present and just focusing on taking action, you gain self-confidence to continue, and soon you're enjoying the journey.”
Soy: Blessing or Curse?

Soy: Blessing or Curse?

Commented Aug 7, 2010 at 14:52:12 in Healthy Living

“Thanks for putting the soy debate in some perspective. I have many food allergies, but I can handle whole soy - mostly organic tofu and soy milk. I stay away from all processed foods including soy. Also, based on personal experience, I do think that soy helps with PMS, perimenopause and menopause. I have had absolutely no symptoms as compared to many friends who are suffering greatly with hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings, etc.

As with any food, moderation is the key.”

Dolphinfan65 on Aug 7, 2010 at 17:06:49

“BINGO”
American Factory Farming: You Owe It to the Animals to Watch This (Video)

American Factory Farming: You Owe It to the Animals to Watch This (Video)

Commented Jul 15, 2010 at 18:54:14 in Healthy Living

“I've posted the link to the article and video on my facebook page. I can't believe that anyone that knows about how our farm animals are raised, can continue to sit by and do nothing. At the very least, vote with your wallets and do not buy factory raised animals. It's better for the animals, for us and for the planet.”
Pesticides In Food: What To Eat And What To Avoid (PHOTOS)

Pesticides In Food: What To Eat And What To Avoid (PHOTOS)

Commented May 25, 2010 at 15:33:04 in Green

“Scary news! It is important to note that water alone will not remove all the pesticides from produce whether it is organic or not. I recently found a great product called Eatcleaner (www.eatcleaner.com), that is available as a spray or wipes and removes 99% of all pesticides. It's not a total solution, but every little bit of prevention adds up.”
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What I Learned Going Home on the Number Seven Bus

Commented Apr 30, 2010 at 19:20:49 in New York

“This is why I miss NYC and public transportation!”
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Announcing Our Oceans, A Special HuffPost Green Project

Commented Mar 29, 2010 at 13:56:08 in Green

“Thanks Katherine for focusing on this issue. Education, increasing awareness, and starting a conversation about the importance of our oceans is key, and I'm looking forward to your upcoming coverage.”
Eco Etiquette: 5 Green Ways To Fight That Cold

Eco Etiquette: 5 Green Ways To Fight That Cold

Commented Mar 18, 2010 at 14:48:12 in Green

“I also killed many a tree during my last bout of sinusitis, but the recycled tissues just irritated my raw nose even more.

We should listen to our grandparents when it comes to non-medicine alternatives. My grandmother was a firm believer in hot water with lemon every night, gargling with salt water and eating herring (okay I'll skip that last one).”
K9 Connection: At-Risk Teens And Shelter Dogs Get A New 'Leash' On Life

K9 Connection: At-Risk Teens And Shelter Dogs Get A New 'Leash' On Life

Commented Dec 17, 2009 at 12:35:19 in Healthy Living

“One of my rescue dogs (Spencer) and I have had the pleasure and amazing experience of volunteering with the K9 Connection organization. You will never find such a dedicated group of people from the co-founders, Pat and Katherine, to the volunteers, to the participating schools.
But best of all is being able to witness the special relationship that develops between the kids and the dogs, and then watching them both bloom with newly found self-confidence.

I only wish there were more programs like this one.”