Category Archives: Wellness

Power of Human Touch and Cuddling

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When H. Melinda Krakowski, a customer service representative in New York City, was married, she couldn’t shake the feeling that she was alone, even when her husband was in the room with her. That’s because they almost never touched, and she felt starved for physical affection.

After Krakowski and her husband separated, she sought out group activities to curb her loneliness. That’s when she discovered cuddle parties: gatherings for people to engage in consensual, nonsexual touch. One facilitator of these events, entrepreneur Adam Lippin, was in the process of creating a professional cuddling agency.

Lippin had gotten into yoga and meditation and wanted to start a new business venture that promoted wellness. His co-founder, Madelon Guinazzo, also a cuddle party facilitator, had already been seeing clients who paid her for private cuddle sessions. So late last year, the two scouted out cuddle party attendees who might be interested in working with them. Read more at WASHINGTON POST. Contact CUDDLIST for more information.

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Xcaret Park Mexico

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In 1984 Architect and visionary  Miguel Quintana Pali purchased 12 acres in the Mayan Riviera in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo with the idea of building his dream house.

However, when he began to clear the land he started uncovering ancient Mayan cenotes, sinkholes and beautiful underground rivers. Awed by this magnificent sight he felt that so much beauty should not be accessible only to a privileged few and began to formulate the idea of a park open to the public.

 

He soon joined forces with Constandse brothers Oscar, Marcos and Carlos, and they began transforming this park into a dream come true called Xcaret. Since its opening in December 1990, Xcaret Park is one of the most famous attractions in the Cancun-Riviera Maya destination, an eco-archaeological park where you can experience the natural and cultural richness of Mexico.

At present, Xcaret group has established itself as a great leader in sustainable tourist recreation and socially responsible, capable of responding to the needs of more than 6 million tourists that visit each year the Mexican Caribbean. This new integration scheme features a complete selection of products which complement each other and will offer the best entertainment and unique experiences surrounded by the natural, cultural and archaeological richness of Mexico.

Mexican Government Recognizes Experiencias Xcaret for its Wildlife Care.
For the last 10 years, at the request of the federal Environmental Protection Agency, Xcaret has looked after 168 specimens of 45 different species.“Xcaret has been a major ally in the care of wild fauna,” says Ludivina Menchaca, federal environmental representative in Quintana Roo.

Mexican environmental authorities acknowledged the contribution of Xcaret Park of Cancún and the Riviera Maya to the rescue and rehabilitation of animals which have been stranded, injured or confiscated from their owners for violations to environmental legislation.

Among the species that have been entrusted to Xcaret are the ocellated turkey and the Yucatan black howler monkey, as well as species of crocodile, deer, pumas, jaguars, falcons, turtles, and ocelots, among many others.

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Mexico is  the country of sea turtles. In 2010, Xcaret was authorized by the Wildlife Department to operate as Rescue and Rehabilitation Center for Sea Turtles. Here, Xcaret caters to all turtles that come to rehabilitate and release.  WATCH.

In Xcaret each year we witness the miracle of life through collaborations park and Flora, Fauna and Culture of Mexico Civil Association. Children from all over the world who visit Xcaret and children from public schools that are free in the Schools program, get to know and learn about the protection of this species. (Remember that the hatchlings in the nest will be visiting Xcaret only from July to November).

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In a little over a year, the scarlet macaw population flying free in the jungles of Mexico has increased 41% thanks to  Xcaret.  “The alliances that have been built are the new path toward the preservation of our natural heritage,” says Rodolfo Raigoza Figueras, from Experiencias Xcaret.  WATCH

The scarlet macaw reproduction program contributes to the dream of preserving this endangered species. Xcaret will continue working through the next years, so that the scarlet macaws keep coloring the skies of Mexico and Central America. In 2013, the park was recognized by Guinness Book of World Records for rescuing this endangered species.

Xcaret is a majestic park by the sea where you can relive the history of Mexico through colorful traditions and shows, endless activities and beautiful native flora and fauna. Truly an amazing MUST-SEE park!

Booking from the US?   Call Dave  @  1-800-942-1280 and find out about the all-inclusive resort, next door to the park!

Real Soulful Site Inspires People

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A new social networking site to INSPIRE US!

Social Networking Entrepreneur Tiffany Cooper is spreading the news about a new online social network that promotes positive social networking and allows users to improve their emotional and mental well-being.

For the month of January, Cooper is inviting users to join the www.realsoulful.com site for a different kind of resolution-setting: helping others. Beginning January 1st through January 31st, the new social network is challenging its users to find one kind act that they can do that benefits someone else.

“So many people spend this time of year thinking of ways to improve their lives, which is great.” says Cooper. “Whether it’s to exercise more, eat less, make more money, spend less – we start out strong, but often lose our way before Valentine’s Day. I believe these goals often fail because they lack true inspiration behind them.”

“It’s amazing, though, what we can do when we stop focusing on ourselves and set out to help others,” explains Cooper. “Performing daily acts of kindness has been sceintifically proven to benefit a person’s heart, reduce anxiety, allow for better sleep, improve relationships, lower blood pressure, and simply make people happier and more satisfied with their lives. Who could ask for more in the New Year?”

Realsoulful.com launched in Beta-mode in February 2014 and has over 750 global users to date, with a demographic of 58% female and 42% males. Users are encouraged to share their stories of kindness on the realsoulful.com site to help “promote positivity and inspire others.”

Found at realsouful.com, the “Soulful Networking” site is designed to go beyond sharing everyday happenings (like on most social networking sites) to connecting people on a higher level in areas such as personal growth, gratitude, inspiration and supporting one another’s dreams in a purely positive space.

Cooper explains that many social media sites deal with our basic extrinsic needs, which revolve around status, image and success. While those needs are valid, the idea behind RealSoulful is to connect people at a more profound level to help meet intrinsic needs such as helping others, discovering purpose and creating a better life.

On realsoulful.com users create their own content. They can make a personal space, a “MySanctuary” page, and also post and make comments on a central forum called the “SoulCentral Stream.” In these ways it’s like other sites, but it is with a more soulful context and free of the negativity that exists on other sites.

Realsoulful.com is a free site open to anyone who is willing to abide by the site’s “Playground Rules” which include checking your ego and judgments at the door; being kind and supportive, and saying something nice or nothing at all.

Ambulance Wish Foundation made the Farewells Possible

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The man above , Mario (patient last name withheld), is a 54-year-old volunteer who worked with the Rotterdam Zoo in the Netherlands for years. He has been diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor and had one wish: To say goodbye to the animals he had cared for.

Thanks to a Dutch organization called the Ambulance Wish Foundation, Mario is one of a few lucky people that are granted a final wish when they are terminally ill. The photo, which was shared on the AWF Facebook page Thursday morning, shot to the front page of Reddit only a few hours later. Much like the American organization Make-A-Wish, AWF operates thanks to the kindness of volunteers that work together to bring people’s dreams to fruition.

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TRANShumanism…Discovering Humanity’s Potential

At its core, transhumanism is about discovering humanity’s potential, an
idea that’s been around for centuries. Yet at times we’ve also done the
opposite by selling our species short and throwing in the towel early.
Towards the end of the 1800s, for example, conventional wisdom suggested
that all the great scientific discoveries had already been made and
that there wasn’t much left to do beyond some “tidying up” of existing
theories. 
As Charles Duell , commissioner of the United States
Patent Office, boldly asserted in 1899, “Everything that can be invented – has already been invented.”

 

Only Make Believe Continues to Bring Laughter to Children in Hospitals

 Only Make Believe is the New York City and newly, Washington D.C., based
non-profit organization that brings laughter and imagination to
children suffering from chronic illnesses and disabilities. 
Since
1999, this organization has brought interactive theater performed by
professional actors to over 35,000 children and families in 52 hospitals
in the NYC metro area and 3 hospitals in the D.C. area. 


With celebrity
support from Jude Law, Mike Myers, Sir Ian McKellen, Julia Stiles, Rachel Weisz, Alan Cumming, Kathie Lee Gifford, Chistopher Meloni, Petra Nemcova, and
more, Only Make Believe has brought joy and hope to the hearts of
families and children facing hard times. With the recent opening of
their Washington D.C. sector, they have already brought the healing
power of laugher to almost 300 children in Washington D.C. within one
year and do not plan to stop now! For more information on the
organization, please visit: www.OnlyMakeBelieve.org.  

                                                     

Dena Hammerstein founded the non-profit Only Make Believe in 1999 in memory of her late husband, Broadway producer and director James Hammerstein, son of Oscar Hammerstein part of the legendary musical writing and composing duo Rodgers and Hammerstein.
The organization was created to bring live interactive theater
free-of-charge to children living with chronic illnesses and
disabilities. Only Make Believe provides theatrical workshops
conducted by teams of professional actors, once a week for six weeks,
free-of-charge to hospitals and other medical institutions.

 

Only
Make Believe’s interactive live performances encourage children to
participate and perform alongside actors, transporting them from a
hospital to the enchanting world of make believe. Director of Child Life
at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center explained, “It
was truly wonderful to see the patients clapping, singing and dancing to
the music when often times we just see them lying in bed.” While Only
Make Believe does wonders to help bring happiness to the lives of
children suffering from chronic illness and disease, it also helps to
bring joy back into the hearts of parents. One parent explained, “After
each play, I feel like a new person who’s ready to face life. This show
helps me gain my sense of humor again.” For children and their families,
Only Make Believe strives to uphold the principle that
freeing a child’s imagination is a valuable part of the healing process.

 

For more information, please visit: www.OnlyMakeBelieve.org

 

New Cancer Study from John Hopkins and the Importance of Diet

AFTER YEARS OF TELLING PEOPLE CHEMOTHERAPY IS THE ONLY WAY TO TRY AND ELIMINATE CANCER, JOHNS HOPKINS IS FINALLY STARTING TO TELL YOU THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE WAY …


1. Every person has cancer cells in the body.
These cancer cells do not
show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few
billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer
cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are
unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the
detectable size.

2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person’s lifetime.

3. When the person’s immune system is strong the cancer cells will be
destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.

4.
When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple
nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental,
food and lifestyle factors.

5. To overcome the multiple
nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will
strengthen the immune system.

6. Chemotherapy involves
poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys
rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastro-intestinal
tract etc, and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs
etc.

7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce
tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not
result in more tumor destruction.

9. When the body has too much
toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is
either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various
kinds of infections and complications.

10. Chemotherapy and
radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and
difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to
other sites.

11. An effective way to battle cancer is to STARVE the cancer cells by not feeding it with foods it needs to multiple.

What cancer cells feed on:


a. Sugar is a cancer-feeder.
By cutting off sugar it cuts off one
important food supply to the cancer cells. Note: Sugar substitutes like
NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is
harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses
but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make
it white in colour. Better alternative is Bragg’s aminos or sea salt.


b. Milk
causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the
gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and
substituting with unsweetened soy milk, cancer cells will starved.


c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment.
A meat-based diet is
acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken rather than beef
or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and
parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.


d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds,
nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment.

About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable
juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to
cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of
healthy cells.

To obtain live enzymes for building healthy
cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including
bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes
are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).


e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine
. Green tea
is a better alternative and has cancer-fighting properties. Water–best
to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy
metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

12.
Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive
enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines will become
putrified and leads to more toxic buildup.

13. Cancer cell
walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less
meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells
and allows the body’s killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

14. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flor-ssence,
Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc.) to enable the
body’s own killer cells to destroy cancer cells. Other supplements like
vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the
body’s normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded
cells.

15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A
proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a
survivor.

Anger, unforgiving and bitterness put the body into a
stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving
spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.

16. Cancer cells cannot
thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep
breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level.
Oxygen
therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

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Jonah Mowry – Bullied Kid Does Not Commit Suicide – Luckily

Thank goodness for the Internet. It has flattened the world and connected us all –  at the speed of light!

An very emotional video showed up this past August on YouTube – but somehow, has recently gained  world attention.

A teenage student’s distress after years
of homophobic bullying has prompted hundreds of messages of global
concern and support for him. He is a brave kid, and he bared his soul to all of YouTube. THESE KIDS  ARE CRYING OUT FOR HELP!

You are loved.”

We do  support you.” 

It gets better.”

Stay strong.”

These are just a few of the encouraging comments flooding in for Jonah Mowry.

As word spreads about the video this week, out gay ex-Star Trek actor George Takei and American author Anne Rice – who is the mother of a gay son – have been among several notables urging people to take a look and spread the word.

The original Jonah  video

Jonah  is  THANKFUL  for all of the support – and issued a brief statement  

Jack Mackenroth Calendar for Charity


 

New Yorker Jack Mackenroth competed in the fourth season of  Project Runway. Mackenroth was the first openly HIV-positive contestant in the show’s history.

This month he  launches his 2012 Calendar with 100% of


Proceeds Benefiting amfAR —
The American Foundation for AIDS Research



As the first television personality since Pedro Zamora to be vocal about his HIV status, Jack Mackenroth has quickly become the most visible, out HIV+ advocate and educator in the country. . . if not the world. With the release of his 2012 calendar, he hopes to raise both money and awareness for AIDS research, and to show through his photographs that a person living with HIV can be in top physical form, healthy and sexy. All proceeds from the calendar will go to amfAR (Amfar.org) to help find a cure for AIDS. Mackenroth has been living with the disease for 22 years.



Designer, athlete and HIV/AIDS activist and educator Jack Mackenroth has had the priveledge of shooting with some of the best photographers in the business. Each month of the 15 month calendar will feature a different photographer with a very different style. Jack is a role model to many people in the HIV community and a fitness model that many aspire to emulate.




Jack has been a vocal and visible advocate of the HIV community, touring the country through numerous speaking engagements and special appearances at events. He continues to speak around the country and will be planning calendar signing events in the upcoming months. His memoir, “Making Lemonaids” will be released this winter.



The autographed calendar will be available for pre-sale NOW, with shipping starting Sept. 15, 2011. All proceeds benefit amfAR—The American Foundation for AIDS Research. (Amfar.org) The calendar’s dimensions are 8.5 x 11 inches, and are available through (ONLINE NOW) for $14.95 (plus tax and shipping).





For additional information, please visit Jackmackenroth.com.