Showing posts from July 2, 2017

The Real Reason Wheat is Toxic (it’s not the gluten)

by  Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist The stories became far too frequent to ignore. Emails from folks with allergic or digestive issues to wheat in the United States experienced no symptoms whatsoever when they tried eating pasta on vacation in Italy.   Confused parents wondering why wheat consumption sometimes triggered autoimmune reactions in their children but not at other times.   In my own home, I’ve long pondered why my husband can eat the  wheat I prepare  at home, but he experiences negative digestive effects eating even a single roll in a restaurant.   There is clearly something going on with wheat that is not well known by the general public. It goes far and beyond organic versus nonorganic, gluten or hybridization because even conventional wheat triggers no symptoms for some who eat wheat in other parts of the world.   What indeed is going on with wheat? For quite some time, I secretly harbored the notion that wheat in the United States must

Inspirational Quote – July 8, 2017

“Go out looking for one thing and that’s all you’ll ever find.” This reminds me of horses with their blinkers on, unable to see anything but what’s straight ahead. They don’t have a choice about whether or not to be blinkered but we do, don’t we? If we choose not to see the opportunities and possibilities “outside the box” then we have only ourselves to blame. We should strive to be open to every opportunity that comes our way in life. We don’t need to take every one presented to us but we should at least acknowledge it as an opportunity, consider it, and either discard it or go for it! Who knows what adventures we will have and the treasure we will discover? Wonderful!

How Do You Build a Sacred Space?

Can architecture actually become a prayer answered? Can a building capture and transmit a sacred response through the play of light and materials? Architect Siamak Hariri describes the transformative potential of architecture in this TED talk. Listen to his creative journey and watch the sacred geometry unfold as the first international Baha'i' temple in South America comes alive.

What If a Poor Person Ran the U.S. Economy?

Research suggests that someone from a disadvantaged background might run the economy with more compassion and integrity. BY  DACHER KELTNER One of the mysteries of the Trump presidency boils down to this question: Will he prove to be an economic populist and advance the economic well-being of the poor and, most strategically, the rural white voters who turned out in droves to support him at the ballot box? Or will he prove to be the champion of the economic status quo, advancing policies that have given rise to the historic levels of inequality that are of such intense focus today? At a rally in Iowa, Trump gave himself away, saying he wouldn’t want  a poor person running the economy . So what if a poor person did run the U.S. economy? For the past 15 years, my lab has been studying the decision-making and ethical tendencies of the rich and poor, which I summarize in my book,  The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence . This has given us a pretty good picture of what