Heartland Healing: Now More Than Ever

Heartland Healing: Now More Than Ever by Michael Braunstein If you are old enough to remember, and bright enough to have been paying attention, you may have noticed something disconcerting back during the Great Economic Contraction of 2008. While brick-and-board businesses and the housing market were floundering, while people were losing their life savings and […]

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Jim Corbett

Jim Corbett: A Place on the Peace Wall by Michael Braunstein I was always jealous of Jim Corbett’s guitar-playing talent as he effortlessly fingered the fretboard of his beautiful Martin acoustic in the basement of my Spencer Street home. I coveted that guitar. I wanted one almost as badly as I craved a 1968 E-Type […]

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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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Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants by Michael Braunstein There’s an irony about the terms “alternative medicine” and “traditional medicine.” They are used exactly backwards. Ask the average American to describe “traditional” medicine and they’ll tell you it is the kind found at the behemoth hospital centers. It’s where  medical doctors use drugs, surgery and […]

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Garden of Eatin’

Garden of Eatin’ (good things bear repeatin’) by Michael Braunstein When technology fails, when the grid goes down, when the dollar and the economy collapse, you’ll still want to eat. Will you know how? Supermarkets won’t help. With trucks at a standstill, within hours after the crash, store shelves will be bare. With electric power […]

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Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning What’s Under the Sink? by Michael Braunstein Read this sentence carefully: Humans have found, invented or synthesized over 50 million different chemicals over the course of history, the vast majority of them since World War II. That’s millions of chemicals the human body, or the world, for that matter, has never experienced or […]

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You Can’t Die Laughing

You Can’t Die Laughing Healing with humor by Michael Braunstein “Laugh, laugh I thought I’d die…” In 1964, Norman Cousins lie dying at UCLA Medical Center. Doctors told him his disease was terminal and there was nothing they could do. They were only half right: There […]

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