“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done.
One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day
to love, believe, do and, mostly, live.” — Dalai Lama
“The best things in life make you sweaty” — Edgar Allen Poe
The Dalai Lama and Edgar Allen Poe are not your usual bedfellows. But when, by chance, we came across these two quotes, we had to acknowledge a certain confluence, a shared wavelength — both celebrating the importance of living fully in the moment. We hope you’ll join in the festivities!
Welcome to the here and now! It’s 2015 — FACT’s 44th year!
To your health!
Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy (FACT)
Is Tech Dumbing Us Down?
Scientists tell us that keeping our minds active is as important as physical exercise, so iPhones, laptops, and the like must be making us smarter, right?
According to The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, a Pulitzer-nominated 2011 book by Nicholas Carr, tech advancements definitely have their positive side, but excessive use can come with unintended, possibly severe, consequences. Here are some of the ways: READ MORE
• Smiles cost nothing, but add value to everything.
• Smiles enrich those who receive them without impoverishing those who give them.
• Smiles happen in a flash, but the memory of them sometimes lasts forever.
• None are so rich they can get along without smiles, and none so poor they are not richer for their benefits.
• Smiles create happiness and foster goodwill wherever they are given; they are the countersign of friends.
• Smiles cannot be bought, begged, borrowed or stolen for they are something that is no good to anybody until given way.
• Smiles are rest to the weary, sunlight to the discouraged, a morale boost to the sad, and Nature’s antidote for countless ills.
• If others are too tired, preoccupied or serious to give you a smile, leave one of yours anyway. Nobody needs a smile so much as those who have none to give.
Chinese Proverb: “A man without a smiling face must not open a shop.”
What’s in a “Moo”?
In search of ways to evaluate the welfare of animals, researchers in England have been eavesdropping on “conversations” between cows and their calves. Using highly advanced acoustic equipment and analysis techniques — never before applied for this purpose — they discovered that moos convey a lot more meaning than ever imagined!
The scientists spent 10 months digitally recording call sounds from two herds of free-range cattle on a farm in Radcliffe-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire. After a year analyzing all the data gathered, it was determined that mother cows use two types of contact calls with their calves: a quiet low-frequency call when the calf is nearby and a loud high-frequency call when the calf is far away. Calves produce one type of contact call when they’re separated from their mothers and they want to nurse.
But that’s not all the news about cow vocalizations. READ MORE
Does Apple Cider Vinegar Each Day
Keep the Doctor Away?
Raw (unpasteurized) apple cider vinegar (ACV) has been used for healing by most all civilizations going back at least 10,000 years. It’s been touted as a cure for just about everything from coughs to constipation to cancer. But is there any truth to all the lofty claims?
The fact is, not a lot of scientific research has been done on ACV because, not surprisingly, there’s not much commercial interest in investigating natural remedies. The big money is in patenting drugs made from synthetic materials. But the few studies that have been done, as well as the weight of historical and anecdotal evidence, show that ACV can be, indeed, quite a useful thing to have around for humans, as well as animals, internally and topically, for a variety of situations like managing type 2 diabetes, skin and stomach problems, infections, sore throat, cough, arthritis and much more.
The source of ACV’s power, however, is rather a paradox. READ MORE
Not Your Supermarket Ketchup
- 1 ½ cups tomatoes, chopped
- 2-3 tablespoons raw honey
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon unrefined salt (sea salt, Himalayan, Celtic)
- 1 tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar
- Optional seasonings: ¼ teasp. mustard, pinch ground cloves, ground allspice, cayenne
- ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes (dry — do not soak)
- Blend everything except the sun-dried tomatoes until smooth. Add the sun-dried and blend until you get a ketchup-y consistency.
- Place the ketchup in a jar in the refrigerator. Keeps a week or so (for peak flavor).