Book Review: Close Enough to Hear God Breathe

  • Posted on: 18 August 2012
  • By: mokshalom

This is a beautifully written book that tells of the author's personal experience with God. His God is an intimate, loving God, not the God of punishment or judgment. The book is filled with lovely, personal anecdotes written with heart, many of them quite poignant. It's thoughtful, well-written and digestible. While you can read all the way through, it's also a book you can pick up and turn to a random page for inspiration and food for thought.

How to Tell if Your Eggs are Still Fresh

  • Posted on: 21 May 2012
  • By: mokshalom

Usually you can use your eggs past the expiration date. But how do you know if they are still good? Here's an easy test:

Put your egg into a bowl of cool water.

If the egg sinks to the bottom of the bowl, it is fresh.

If one end of the egg sinks, while the other end floats up (so the egg looks like it is "standing" on one end), then it's not fresh but still OK to eat.

If the egg floats all the way to the top, it's bad.

Scary Flesh-Eating Bacteria

  • Posted on: 14 May 2012
  • By: mokshalom

One of the top headlines today is a story about a 24-year-old woman who got flesh-eating bacteria, or "necrotizing fasciitis," after a fall from a zip line. She's had one leg amputated and may lose some fingers and her other foot.

This is one of those scary stories that makes us wonder how vulnerable we might be to just the most minor of scrapes and cuts. Western medicine has some basic advice to give people to prevent such problems:

There is no known way to fully prevent the illness, but the National Necrotizing Fasciitis Foundation suggests these common sense tips: frequent hand-washing, immediate medical treatment for wounds (thorough cleansing of the area and application of an antibacterial ointment), limited contact with anyone with a strep infection, and teaching children the need for cleanliness.

Nutella: Eat in Moderation

  • Posted on: 8 May 2012
  • By: mokshalom

A woman recently filed a lawsuit against Nutella for misleading advertising - she was angry that she thought she was feeding her child something "healthy" - despite Nutella being the flavor and consistency of a melted chocolate bar.

But Nutella isn't bad for you, as long as it's consumed in moderation. Don't put a big spoonful in your mouth - especially one after the other - because one tablespoon contains 100 calories. But a small amount spread upon a piece of whole grain toast shouldn't kill you.

From Slate:

Using a Feeding Tube to Diet?

  • Posted on: 22 April 2012
  • By: mokshalom

What's next? Gluing your mouth shut so you can only eat what fits through a straw? The latest fad diet is the "feeding tube diet," which involves a doctor putting a feeding tube down your nose and carrying around a bag filled with liquid proteins and fats.

This seems like an extreme way to lose a few pounds. My question is, can you eat other things while the tube is down your throat? Would it stop you from downing a Twinkie or some ice cream?

Book Review: Beyond Human

  • Posted on: 19 September 2011
  • By: mokshalom

Beyond Human could be just another "think positive" Law of Attraction self-help book. Thankfully, it goes "beyond" simple "just think good thoughts" advice and provides some innovative tools and ways of approaching things that you might not have heard of before.

Right off the bat, the author, Jaden Rose Phoenix, sets herself apart by commenting on the lack of "out of the box" thinking that traps so many people in mediocrity. If more people took her advice on just trying new things to solve problems, the world would probably be a better place.

Book Review: Doing Virtuous Business

  • Posted on: 8 September 2011
  • By: mokshalom

Doing Virtuous Business is about how the best businesses utilize spiritual principles to not only achieve success but make the world a better place. It's a compelling idea and one that we should, as a culture, explore further. The author comes at the subject as a devout Christian, and so much of the theory is based in Christian principles and ideals; however, he does endeavor to expand the playing field to other faiths.

Important Warning If You Use a Neti Pot!

  • Posted on: 19 August 2011
  • By: mokshalom

Deadly "brain-eating" amoebas have been in the news lately, as a number of people have died this year from being infected with them through contaminated water. From Yahoo News:

The third case, in Louisiana, was more unusual. It was a young man whose death in June was traced to the tap water he used in a device called a neti pot. It's a small teapot-shaped container used to rinse out the nose and sinuses with salt water to relieve allergies, colds and sinus trouble.

Health officials later found the amoeba in the home's water system. The problem was confined to the house; it wasn't found in city water samples, said Dr. Raoult Ratard, Louisiana's state epidemiologist.

The young man, who was only identified as in his 20s and from southeast Louisiana, had not been swimming nor been in contact with surface water, Ratard added.

He said only sterile, distilled, or boiled water should be used in neti pots.

Do You Need Anti-Depressants? Can You Afford to Take Them in the First Place?

  • Posted on: 6 June 2011
  • By: mokshalom

A Facebook friend posted a link to the following article, which talks about the theory that anti-depressants not only don't cure depression, but make it worse by altering brain chemistry in negative and sometimes long-lasting ways:

The Epidemic of Mental Illness: Why?

Not surprising, many responses to the article were from folks who were attached to the belief that they needed psychiatric "rescue" by drugs. I posted a reply (admittedly, sometimes I waste too much time debating on Facebook), but thought it might be good to share here on my blog. Given that anti-depressants may make you depressed for life, can you afford to take the risk of using them? Wouldn't it be good to know that there is another way?

Here is my Facebook response:

Affordable Cloth Pads on eBay

  • Posted on: 22 April 2011
  • By: mokshalom

More and more women are choosing reusable cloth menstrual pads over disposable pads and tampons. Reusable cloth pads are better for the environment and surprisingly more comfortable than commercial menstrual pads. And, with concerns over dioxin in tampons, cloth pads are safer too.

Cloth pads require an upfront initial investment, however, and you could spend $100-200 getting your pads. There are some great, inexpensive cloth pad shops on eBay. The nice thing about the price of these pads is that you can test them out without a large upfront investment. Here are a few cloth pad shops on eBay I've tried:

Cindy's Cloth
Cindy's Cloth offers really high quality cotton-top pads. They are extremely well-made and comfortable. Many cloth-pads are topped with fuzzy flannel - but, especially in hot weather, cotton is more comfortable.

MonoMio's Cloth Pad Shop