Sex is one of the most misunderstood human experiences. The very word triggers a whole gamut of conflicting emotions and ideas, eliciting thoughts that are pleasurable or otherwise. But rarely does it ever draw our minds to the fundamental reason for its existence in our lives. If we go back to the very beginning of human life, sex had but one purpose, and that was to ensure the perpetuation of the human race. Clearly, we have strayed from this very simple concept.

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These days, the greatest preoccupation we human beings seem to have is our search for the one grand solution to the many ills and problems that plague our lives. Harried and confused, we go about seeking It in all possible places except, perhaps, there where we may find clues to some of the answers. Although through the use of our basic common sense, we know that there is not one particular source from which all problems and ill-fortune emanate, we insist just the same on going about this exercise in futility. But if we were to recognize the one thing that conics closest to being a source of many of our problems, it would surely be self-esteem or the lack of it.

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We are living in a society where most of the adult population is insecure and functioning from a position of fear- fear of relating to others, of public speaking, of confronting an important issue, of letting go, of allowing the true self to emerge, etc. These insecurities and fears reflect in personal, family and social habits that compound the issues: food, alcohol and drug (ab)use; crime, violence and war, child abuse; physical and mental illness; environmental and economic irresponsibility; etc. as a result, it is easy to understand why today’s children are confused and why our society is searching for methods to overcome these fears.

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The risk of cancer (an unrestrained growth of abnorma cells) is dramatically increased with the use of drugs like Proscar, according to Jan-Ake Gustafsson, M.D. and professor of medicine at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. Dr. Gustafsson concluded his extensive study on the effects of common prostate medicines on the body, reporting his initial findings in 2001. Recent, more comprehensive studies proved that certain pharmaceuticals dramatically increased the risk of cancer by inhibiting the release of testosterone in the prostate and thereby limiting its essential by-product, beta-receptor, which carry out the critical role of controlling the growth of the prostate cells. These findings, once again, expose the hazardous nature of some pharmaceuticals in their purported quest to heal disease.

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As a psychotherapist arid a wellness coach, I often hear people interpret the suc­cess or failure of their lives in terms of their experience in relationships, Those who can establish a positive relationship with the world around them find their lives to be successful and blissful-a sign of wellness. Those who fail to do so find their lives meaningless and miserable a sign of illness.

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Like the tigers he cares for, Steve Sipek, formerly Tarzan in early 1970's B-rated films, finds his peace not with man but with animals. Currently custodian for a black leopard, a lioness, and a pair of two-year-old tigers, Bo and Little Bo, on his Loxahatchee, Florida property, Sipek feels safer with these predators than with people.

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No man is an island, and there is no question that we need others in our lives to maintain vitality. In fact studies show that interaction with others is a major factor in longevity. The simple act of reaching out lowers our blood pressure and releases endorphins. It is a fact that those who have the largest support systems also live the longest.

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The skin is a very important organ of detoxification, sometimes compared to a second liver. By way of perspiration, the body eliminates about 1 pound of water a day. Therefore it is important to take care of our skin, removing dead and dry skin and keeping the pores open, to allow toxins to come out and minerals to be absorbed.

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More often than not, the mystics tell us to be selfless. Unfortunately, there is a little truth and a lot of problems in this thinking. When losing self, one loses meaning. Meaning is the central reason for our existence. It may be the fundamental act of procreation, the desired act of fulfilling ourselves with meaningful work, or the spectacular joy of achieving happiness in all that we do. These viable, real world happenings demand self. Without a committed conviction and achievable plan, one cannot bring about her/his inherent greatness. Selflessness should be restated as humility. In the act of achieving your own maximum benefit, it is being humble that allows it to be without ego. Anything that is achieved with maximum effort and not used as a shallow representation of who we are, is God’s work. It is only ego that creates the wedge between harmony and disharmony.

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One of Hippocrates’ favorite globe-trotting graduates, Jill Swyers has been promoting health since completing the Hippocrates Health Educator Program in 1998. While inspiring individuals around the world, her journey as a health advocate has taken much dedication and perseverance. Her core strength manifested by overcoming a major health challenge.

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Health Educators in the News

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We live in exciting times. Like never before, we realize that we can indeed individually change our life, our philosophy, and our consciousness. We are less confined by conventions than ever before. We can recreate the world around us and render it more peaceful and sustainable. We can alter our patterns of behavior and get closer to our true inner being. When we actively participate in positive change, we derive a new sense of purpose not only for ourselves but also for our children. And when we change our own paradigm from one of defensive reaction to one of co-creating the world, we enable our children to live empowered, truthful, and more conscious lives.

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Your thoughts have consequences. I learned this at a young age as I watched my father die from cancer. From the moment he was diagnosed as “terminal” and told, “there is nothing we can do, get your affairs in order,” my dad in an instant transformed from a strong, proud man to a weak, broken defeatist who spent most of his time crying. Given nine months to live, his health deteriorated practically overnight and he barely made it through three months before I heard his very last heartbeat as my head lay on his chest. I knew back then, almost 20 years ago, that it was his mind that killed him way before the cancer even had a chance.

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During the last few months I have taken individual threads that have been hanging around in my mind for years and began to weave them into a book that I expect to finish by 2014. After four decades of working on the front lines of disease reversal and life prolonging with pure organic and plant-based methods, a vivid pattern of cause and effect has emerged. For so long, my mind labored in the arena that caged me from going beyond the concept of flesh and blood anatomy. It often reminded me of beginning school at a first grade level and wanting to read Socrates without the ability to do so. Like a bolt of lightning, many revelations came together and began to expose the cycle of life which is the true engine that runs our bodies and the total universe that we reside with, on and in.

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Is It The Quantity or the Quality That Matters?

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Recently, as I waited out a two-and-a-half hour lay-over in a Midwest airport terminal, it dawned on me that my entire day had almost gone by without stretching, stimulating nor ever flexing any muscle in my poor body. While pondering this situation, the loudspeaker announced that my flight was boarding at the opposite end of the terminal. I looked down at my hand-luggage which was relatively small and light, grabbed it under my arm and began my day

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On Thanksgiving Day 2006, we launched a project for peace here at Hippocrates. There couldn’t have been a better time and place to set such a movement in motion! With a few hundred loving and caring souls gathering on this sacred land, surrounding the lake and holding hands, we learned of a simple gesture that would contribute to the healing that is so urgently needed around the globe.

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The National Institute of Dental Research states that 75% of the adult population has moderate to advanced periodontal infection, 90% has some form of gingivitis, and 30% of children have pathogenic microorganisms. According to the National Institute of Health, “the incidence of PI exceeds 70% in the 30 – 44 age groups and 90% in the 55 – 64 age group… the prevalence and severity of PI will increase as the life expectancy of the population and retention of teeth increase.”

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There are some psychologists who adhere to the Systems approach to mental health. The central idea here is that each individual lives and functions within a larger psychological system, like the family unit, a peer group, etc., and that within that system, our sense of self and well-being are derived and nurtured, this, of course, is especially true for young children, who, in their immature sense of personal boundaries, are wide open to external influences. Even a person’s sense of his own separateness is learned within the setting of the family system. If this system has the qualities of openness, truthfulness, acceptance, and love, then a child’s emerging self-image will naturally tend to be healthy. Where the communication is stifled or warped in a family system, the individual’s self-image can easily become unhealthy. Besides exploring our own personal history to clean up unhealthy impressions we may be carrying and acting out, there are some life-style choices we can make in our present circumstances to keep our psychological environment “clean”.

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