Much of the mainstream American food supply is laden with unhealthy additives, artificial flavorings, coloring, dyes, preservatives, hormones, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and toxins. Not everyone agrees that GMOs have been proven harmful to humans, which is why the food chains listed here were selected specifically because they are responsible for a wide variety of health violations—the GMOs and their concealment from public knowledge are included for informational purposes.

As with all things, I urge you to read with your head on a swivel, adjusting your worldview based on new information.

 

Many people today are talking about a sacred and ancient plant remedy from the Amazon rainforest called Ayahuasca. For those of you who are drawn to this medicine and its other-worldly effects, I’d like to give you a heartfelt caution. We Americans and Europeans come from a culture of conquest and convenience, and many of us are blind to this programming. It is woven into the fabric of western life – and can been seen in the way many are approaching their own healing and spiritual evolution.

Unfortunately, I’ve seen this mindset applied to Ayahuasca on many occasions. Folks come down to the jungle in droves, thinking it’s the next big thing, but what many do not realize is that indigenous traditions have worked with this plant medicine for thousands of years, yet never viewed it as a quick fix or thrill ride. On the contrary, the locals have always seen it as a tool to be used with great care only by those healers who have gone through extensive training for many years.

One of the hardest experiences a daughter can have in a mother/daughter relationship is seeing that your mother is unconsciously invested in your smallness. For women in this predicament, it’s truly heart-wrenching to see that, out of her own wounding, the person who gave birth to you unconsciously sees your empowerment as her own loss. Ultimately, it’s not personal but a very real tragedy of our patriarchal culture that tells women they are “less than.”

We all desire to be real, to be seen accurately, to be recognized, and to be loved for who we really are in our full authenticity. This is a human need. The truth is that the process of becoming our real selves involves being messy, big, intense, assertive and complex; the very things patriarchy portrays as unattractive in women. 

 

More proof that ageism and sexism do a company no favors: a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers has found that women over 55 tend to be the most qualified candidates to lead organizations through periods of transformational change.

PwC surveyed 6,000 European business professionals to find out who had the “capabilities, attributes, and mindsets” to solve what the researchers call “wicked problems”: those that “directly challenge business-as-usual thinking and even the business model itself.” Specifically, they were looking for people who see situations from multiple perspectives; move easily between the big picture and the details; demonstrate “passionate detachment”; skillfully employ positive language to inspire others; lead with vulnerability and courage; and use power wisely (emphasis ours).

 

Help the people of Petén protect trees, wildlife and our future. The Petén region of northern Guatemala is home to the Maya Biosphere Reserve, a 5.2-million acre (2.1-million hectare) area that is part of the largest intact tropical forest north of the Amazon. It's no wonder Guatemala means "place of many trees." Unique treasures are found throughout Petén, from towering Kapok trees, jaguars, pumas and scarlet macaws to the temples of Tikal National Park, one of the largest cities of the ancient Maya civilization.

 

Terrorism, in the most widely accepted contemporary usage of the term, is fundamentally and inherently political. It is also ineluctably about power: the pursuit of power, the acquisition of power, and the use of power to achieve political change. Terrorism is thus violence — or, equally important, the threat of violence — used and directed in pursuit of, or in service of, a political aim. With this vital point clearly illuminated, one can appreciate the significance of the additional definition of `terrorist’ provided by the OED: `Any one who attempts to further his views by a system of coercive intimidation’. This definition underscores clearly the other fundamental characteristic of terrorism: that it is a planned, calculated, and indeed systematic act. – Inside Terrorism, by Bruce Hoffman.

You Can Train Anywhere
We’re busy moms and business owners (just like you!), so we understand how hard it is to find time to work out every day. But we promise it’s not impossible. And now, with summer quickly approaching, it’s the time to get in as much exercise as possible. Whether you’re at work, the grocery store or even a park with your kids, there is chance to burn calories and tone your body. Read on for moves that can be done anywhere—no bulky equipment necessary.

 

Calling all modern travelers. Thinkers, doers, movers & shakers to the magnificent Maderas Village - just off the beaten boho path in a cooly coastal town on the hillside of Nicaragua. 

Beachy jungle vibes prevail here at this bohemian chic beaut, where cabanas and casitas were built to assimilate into the natural landscape - but provide meaningful connections for your closest. We are a boutique resort with 20 rooms, ranging from individual beds to spacious cabanas that can accommodate up to 35 guests. CASA With each building housing a range of multi-purpose rooms designed for single travelers, couples, or small groups alike, the Casas offer open-air living, views of the ocean, prime jungle positioning, and the space to do whatever it is that you came here to do.

After graduating university with a law degree, David Grossman promptly moved from New York City to the jungle. Well, that’s the short take on a long, lovely story. Since 2010, Grossman has been living in Maderas, Nicaragua, as co-founder ofMaderas Village, a dream-inducing boutique hotel, and CEO of the Maderas Collective line of furniture and accessories as beautiful as its hotel namesake. Grossman often winds down in the stately city of Granada. If you, too, are lured by the colonial-era architecture and the fresh water of Lake Nicaragua, Grossman offers his guide to the perfect day there.

 

Throughout Indonesia, a vast archipelago draped across the equator, a human rights crisis simmers.Over the past two decades, indigenous communities have seen the governmenthand their land over to private companies. These companies are largely producing one of two commodities: fast-growing timber species to supply the pulp and paper industry or palm oil, a remarkably versatile edible oil.

Despite President Joko Widodo’s promise to crack down on deforestation from palm oil expansion last year, the launch of the mandatory Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil certification scheme and a raft of voluntary commitments by palm oil companies, destruction and exploitation remain the norm.

Last month in direct violation of its own laws on "free, prior, and informed consultation" Ecuadorian government officials and oil company technicians entered oil blocks 74 and 75 in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon, without informing many of the communities whose ancestral territory the blocks overlap, in what appears to be part of a plan to pull apart the Kichwa territory in the Bobonazo river basin. The blocks affect 68% of the territory of the Kichwa people of Sarayaku.

 

Breast feeding is a natural phenomenon which has numerous benefits. Ayurveda has always maintained that breast feeding is the best method to bond and share love. A baby’s natural instinct toward its mother is through the smell of breast milk. Having a steady flow of breast milk is crucial if you are opting to breast feed your baby.

The diet for new mothers should be based on the body constitution (prakruti); sometimes, pregnancy may alter one’s specific predominant dosha. A well-versed practitioner will guide you to make suggested modifications and bring balance among all doshas.