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Rx for Disaster

“I jes watched me sum a dem dere polly-tishuns in Warshington flappin’ dere gums un tellin’ me how deys gonna bring down da cost of perscripshun drugs so’s I an’ da missus kin afford ‘em. I luvs watchin’ dem big polly-tishuns move dere lips like dat. Makes me wonder who’s really pullin’ da strings.” America’s […]

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Gut Reaction

Flip Wilson, groundbreaking comedian of the 1960s and ‘70s, elevated two comic catchphrases to status in the American vernacular. His stage character, Geraldine, played in drag, often ended skits with the expository screech, “The Devil made me do it!” It never failed to bring raucous laughter. Invoking innocence based on the influence of an outside […]

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Hydrate

Next to air, water is the most vital element for human survival. The human body is 75 percent water. You knew that. But if you’re under the age of 50, you may not know that there was a time that you could actually stoop over a creek or stream and dip into cool, fresh, drinkable […]

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Chakras

Google Albert Einstein and you’ll draw about 93 million hits. That’s understandable for such a popular intellectual of the early 20th century. Google someone named “Charles W. Leadbeater” and you’ll get some hits; about 92.7 million fewer. Leadbeater would never be trending on Twitter or news on CNN compared to Einstein. Yet, his contributions to […]

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Do nothing. Rest afterwards.

Meditation. The word is everywhere, even though people misuse it and misunderstand it. Folks think that it’s an activity. Yet, in order to use meditation fruitfully, it has to be exactly the opposite of activity. One wise teacher said, “Do nothing then rest afterward.” That’s closer to it. To understand meditation and why it has […]

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Laughing Your Ass Off

“Laugh, laugh I thought I’d die…” In 1964, Norman Cousins lay dying at UCLA Medical Center. Doctors told him his disease was terminal and there was nothing they could do. They were half right. There was nothing they could do. Cousins didn’t accept their prognosis. While in excruciating pain from ankylosing spondylitis, a rare disease […]

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Into the Great Wide Open

Here comes the sun. In case you haven’t noticed, gasoline is under $1.90 per gallon. That’s crazy. No one can really answer why that is, beyond geopolitical speculation. But really good news helps us predict that solar will be the big move in 2016. The cost of solar will continue to plummet and the output […]

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Corn Wars

Farmers may be the hardest working people in America. Most rise before dawn, crack ice on water troughs for the animals, get out to till the soil or mind their crops. Then go to bed late with dirt under the fingernails. Even those modern corn farmers in GPS-guided, climate-controlled, satellite radio, power steering, John Deere’s […]

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The Hidden Pitfalls of GMOs

Heartland Healing and The Reader are hardly late-comers to the GMO issue. The Reader published our first cover story on the subject way back in 1996, before most people could spell GMO. By now, most people realize that GMO is the popular acronym for “genetically modified organism.” Simply put, GMOs are the product of major […]

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The Power of One

The 1970s was the decade of the digital revolution. Computers existed long before that penultimate chapter of changing history but they came to the fore during the Age of Disco and the “Me Generation.” It was the 1970s when the world began to quantize the universe into a series of ones and zeroes. I was […]