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The Dalai Lama, The Karmapa and an Oracle May 27, 2009

Filed under: Complementary Therapies,Spiritual Wellness — aprasek @ 11:38 am

Yesterday morning, we woke up at 5:00 am (way too early for me) and walked to the Dalai Lama’s temple. After three hours in meditation pose (the entire lower half of my body fell asleep) the Dalai Lama walked by us and then took his seat in the temple. We weren’t far away and were able to watch as he led the service. It was so amazing; chanting, horns, prayers, meditation, the peaceful gathering of a diverse group of people… and of course, His Holiness the Dalai Lama- it was very cool.

After that high, we had to sit through 5 hours of lecture on Tibetan medicine. It was great information, but I wasn’t in an academic mood after the exciting morning. After lecture, we had the opportunity to sit withan Oracle. So fascinating. I’ll post a video when I get back home.

And today, we met with the Karmapa (read about him here). Also a fascinating experience.

Unfortunately, my time here is so tight that I can hardly find a free second. I anticipate coming home and taking some time to breathe, and then get some pictures and videos up on the site. I’ve learned so much here and hope I can share something beneficial as well!

On a side note, I spent two hours at the police station today. The experience was crazy… I’ll share the story in my next post…


The Power of Food May 24, 2009

Filed under: Nutritional Wellness — aprasek @ 9:57 am

Two days ago, I had a wonderful Tibetan meal. Unfortunately, about four hours later I was in rough shape. It felt like I had eaten a giant tape worm. Seriously. I’ll just say that I was worshiping the porcelain god for a good 36 hours. Chills, fever, fatigue… it was bad.

But, this experience taught me (and quite powerfully) how influential food is to our body. There are good and bad bacterias, healing antioxidants, healthy and unhealthy fats, etc. that we ingest every day. And the foodstuffs we eat can influence the functioning of our mind and body in a very powerful way.

While I was recovering from my “Delhi belly,” we had an amazing lecture from Dr. Pema Dorjee, a Tibetan doctor and author. He spoke about the role nutrition plays in our total health. He said, if we do not fill our body with beneficial fuel and do not digest this fuel well, we are not achieving our very basic foundation for health.

This was an amazing reminder to me that I can make choices at each meal to fully nurture and benefit my body and mind.

With that in mind, I’m off to a gut healing dinner of Tibetan soup with vegetables and lemon ginger tea. I’m also going to pray for no more tape worms in my food. Yikes…


Whoa. I’m in India. May 21, 2009

Filed under: Complementary Therapies — aprasek @ 11:50 am

I’ve finally arrived in Dharmsala, India after a frightening 12 hour taxi ride from Delhi. Seriously, my life flashed before my eyes at least 7 times.

We’re off to the Tibetan Children’s Village tomorrow to visit with the young Tibetans who have fled to Dharmsala.

After visiting the children I plan to head to my first yoga class of the trip. Finally!

I will make it back to the internet cafe tomorrow to share something more interesting. I also hope to share some videos from the trip so far, but we’re working on some tiny computers that are very slow, so I’m not sure how possible that is, or even what this post will actually look like…



Off to India! May 15, 2009

Filed under: Complementary Therapies — aprasek @ 4:00 pm

Wellness Gossip will be quite different for the next three weeks…

I leave this weekend for India to study Ayurvedic Medicine, Tibetan Medicine and Yoga. I’ll be studying with some amazing practitioners and anticipate a truly eye, mind and heart-opening experience. I hope to share as much as I can here on WG.

I’ll be blogging about 2-3 days per week. Expect some pics during the trip, posts about my experiences, quotes from the practitioners and hopefully, some video posts.

Also, comment here or email me if you have a question about any one of these modalities (Ayurvedic, Tibetan, Yoga) for the treatment of a specific condition. I’ll ask the experts as many of the questions that I can on film and will post them when I get home.

And if you like, send some positive energy and prayers to our group (there are 16 of us) during our voyage! 





School Junk Food Quiz May 13, 2009

Filed under: Nutritional Wellness,Take Action! — aprasek @ 11:21 am

I just tested my IQ on school junk foods. I ddn’t do so hot.

It seems that the USDA and I don’t see eye to eye on which foods served in our schools should be considered junk foods.

Give it a try- click here to take the quiz (the quiz is in PDF form, just click through it like it was online). At the end of the quiz, you can sign the petition to get junk food out of our schools.


Food Inc. is Coming! May 11, 2009

Filed under: Environmental Wellness,Nutritional Wellness — aprasek @ 6:33 pm

Food Inc., a doco about the American food system, is opening in NYC, LA and SF June 12th (I posted about this doco a few months back).

The doco looks fabulous. You know the film is going to be entertaining and eye-opening when Eric Schlosser (author of Fast Food Nation) and Michael Pollan (author of Omnimore’s Dilemma and other great reads) are involved in the project.




Just beware… once you see this film, you’ll have to change the way you eat. The shocking truths of our corrupt food system will move you right into action. Here are some quotes from the film:

“There is this deliberate veil, this curtain that’s drawn between us and where our food is coming from. The industry doesn’t want you to know the truth about what you’re eating because if you knew, you might not want to eat it.”


“Not only do they not want you to know what’s in it, they have managed to make it against the law to criticize their products … In Colorado, it’s a felony if you’re convicted under a veggie libel law. So you could go to prison for criticizing the ground beef that’s being produced in the state of Colorado.”


“You look at the labels and you see farmer this, farmer that. It’s really just three or four companies that are controlling the meat. We’ve never had food companies this big and this powerful in our history.”


“Cows are not designed by evolution to eat corn. They’re designed by evolution to eat grass. And the only reason we feed them corn is because corn is really cheap and corn makes them fat quickly … The industrial food system is always looking for greater efficiency. But each new step in efficiency leads to problems. If you take feedlot cattle off their corn diet, give them grass for five days, they will shed eighty percent of the E. coli in their gut.”

See more quotes from the film here.

And here are some facts from the film:

In 1998, the USDA implemented microbial testing for salmonella and E. coli 0157h7 so that if a plant repeatedly failed these tests, the USDA could shut down the plant. After being taken to court by the meat and poultry associations, the USDA no longer has that power.


In 1972, the FDA conducted 50,000 food safety inspections. In 2006, the FDA conducted only 9,164.


During the Bush administration, the head of the FDA was the former executive VP of the National Food Processors Association.


During the Bush administration, the chief of staff at the USDA was the former chief lobbyist for the beef industry in Washington.


70% of processed foods have some genetically modified ingredient. 


Find more facts here and a fantastic interview with Schlosser, Pollan, Robert Kenner (Producer/Director) and Elise Pearlstein (Producer). 


Backwards Hamburger May 6, 2009

Filed under: Nutritional Wellness — aprasek @ 9:31 am


Gross. Find out what’s really in your burger… check out Backwards Hamburger...