Why I Meditate

Why I Meditate by Michael Braunstein My first brush with meditation turned out to be something other than meditation. As a sophomore in high school, our Jesuit theology teacher wanted to teach us and he gave it a go. ( I love the Jesuits. They taught me freedom of thought and respect for intuitive knowledge.) […]

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But is It Food?

But is It Food? Or the willing suspension of disbelief? by Michael Braunstein They’re all over the news and it’s far too early to tell if they’re here to stay or just a flash in the (frying) pan. They are those, hi-tech, not-meat, faux food meat substitutes gaining traction with a segment of the population […]

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Something in the Air

Something in the Air Negative ions give a positive outlook by Michael Braunstein There’s an old song written by Johnny Mercer and significantly performed by Bing Crosby in the 1944 film Here Comes the Waves. It’s a sort of inspirational tune called “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive.” Mercer maintained that he mined the title idea from a […]

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Sound Mind, Sound Body

Sound Mind, Sound Body Melody loves harmony by Michael Braunstein In the early part of the 20th century, Jesuit-trained cosmologist Georges Lemaitre theorized that the knowable Universe is constantly expanding from one single point of origin. Ironically, it wasn’t until decades later that a detractor of that theory, physicist Fred Hoyle, coined the term “Big […]

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Death by Medicine: Redux

Death by Medicine: Redux by Michael Braunstein Western medical procedures, whether routine, elective or emergent, are too often a preventable cause of death. Years ago, one massive and detailed report revealed that Western medicine is the leading cause of death in the developed world. This is a topic covered many times before and recent news […]

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Yard Chard and Other Superfoods

Yard Chard and Other Superfoods by Michael Braunstein How have humans become so dumb? There are probably a lot of theories. What I know for certain is that it happened relatively recently because when I was younger, we didn’t need labels and analyses to tell us what to eat and the difference between healthful food […]

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No, No, Nano!

No, No, Nano! You have balls in your mouth by Michael Braunstein Sometimes I forget things. As I dressed the scrambled eggs for breakfast this morning, I drizzled a little Kraft Organic Ketchup from the plastic bottle. (Okay, I know, ketchup is junk food.) Down to the dregs of the container, I watched, pleased, as the […]

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Clean Green: Holistic Lawn Care

Clean Green: Holistic Lawn Care by Michael Braunstein Americans love a green, manicured lawn. It’s the mark of success, the badge of beauty for a homeowner. At least, that’s what we’ve been programmed to believe. But in the face of a virtual epidemic of chemically induced cancers, it’s time we rethink how to grow that […]

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Dishing Dirt

Dishing Dirt Clay from Mother Earth has healing properties by Michael Braunstein The story is told of a convicted prisoner in the 16th Century who was condemned to be hanged. In a burst of inspired self-preservation, he struck a deal with the court: “Kill me if you must,” he implored, “But let me drink poison […]

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Farmageddon: Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost: Topsoil an Endangered Species by Michael Braunstein Go find a plot of earth that’s never been sprayed or fertilized. Preferably find one that appears verdant and rife with life. When you dig it, you should find earthworms, bugs, crawly creatures. And those are just the ones you can see with the naked eye. […]

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