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September 25, 2015

A Bold New Stance by the United Nations

The UN threw a gauntlet this weekend at their General Assembly. The goals are meant to guide development priorities around the globe over the next 15 years. Critics say it is too ambitious but I say, “hell yes”. This is the kind of thinking we need right now and the UN has stepped into a nice leadership position by being bold here.

Let’s look at the 17 points and tease this out.

1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere.

This is one is ambitious and awesome. The target is to have no one living in extreme poverty — less than $1.25 (US) a day (anywhere) by the year 2030.

2. End hunger, achieve food security and [...]

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June 12, 2015

Is Gluten really that bad? It depends…

By now you’ve probably heard that gluten can be harmful, but do you know why? For many people, avoiding gluten has become a cultural as well as a dietary choice. Gluten allergies and sensitivities are on the rise and we hear about this everywhere. Although the gluten-free lifestyle appeals to roughly 30 percent of  U.S. adults, it seems like gluten is often misunderstood. I want to get to the bottom of this so I invited Dr. Tom O’Bryan, a highly esteemed clinician who specializes in Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, to join me on the set of the Urban Monk TV show to talk about it.

As it turns out, there is a need for us to be concerned [...]

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December 21, 2013

Are you Well-Rested and Ready for 2014? Why the Winter Solstice is Important.

Happy Winter Solstice!

For years I’ve been preaching to patients and students that they need to chill out and relax around this time of year. The ones that listen, really thrive.

Why is that?

The holidays were traditionally about pulling people out of a funk. In the Western tradition, peoples of the Northern hemisphere would hunker down after the fall harvest and dig their heels in for a long, cold winter. There wasn’t much to do (except make babies) so people would feel cooped up with cabin fever by late November or so. The holidays were a way to get people out of their depression and out with others- some stimulation please…

Today we [...]

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July 19, 2013

Value of Nature and Feeling Human In The Modern World

Last summer a handful of us took a Wilderness Survival Course with Cliff Hodges. He’s the founder of Adventure Out which is an amazing company that teaches people how to connect with nature. Whether it is actual survival skills, primitive tracking, bow making, rock climbing, or even surfing, these guys train city folks how to get out and feel comfortable in the woods. Why? Because there’s something missing for most of us- the dreary daily commute to work, spreadsheets, meetings, meetings about those meetings, back home, and some stupid TV…yawn.

Cliff is a modern-day hero. He’s holding it down for the rest of us and is enthusiastically ready to help us [...]

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