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ExPats — by Pat Garcia

To live abroad will change your ways of perceiving things. You become an ExPat, a new person just as the patriarch, Abraham.  ExPat is not a meltdown.  He or she does not submerge him or herself into a different society and lose their personality. Becoming an ExPat is not some kind of fusion process where you amalgamate into a new culture; it is a cohesion process that moves the ExPat into the periphery of objectivity as it strengthens the experiences acquired.

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A Woman Writing about Iran – by Lori Foroozandeh

If you write a book about something that is little known, you have to be prepared for questions. Some will be silly and trivial, some will be deeper: but there will be questions. I wrote about Iran. Immediately I learned that many Americans know little about that country and its culture. Many of the questions I have been asked have been about the women of Iran. They seem so different from the women of America, so different and so very hard to comprehend.

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A Poem and Prayer in a Soldier’s Memory — by Deborah Levine

For those who put themselves in harm’s way for their families, friends and country,
For those whose lives were taken in war-torn lands far from home And for all those who carry the wounds of war proudly and with honor,
Let us say a prayer of thanks and remembrance of courage and of valor.

To recall a war whose evil was heard around the globe and changed us forever,
To watch the destruction of civilization and hear the cries of the oppressed,
Is to know that good people cannot remain silent or deny commandments from above.
But must believe that “There, but for the Grace of God,” go you and I, and all we love.

As peaceful as this field of headstones As beautiful as the bouquets that mark your graves,
So may be – the rest you’ve earned so well,
While your lives touch our hearts with the stories that they tell.

 

A Shout-Out Against Domestic Violence – by Terry Howard

There’s been so much in the news lately about gender, women in particular, specifically about the plight of women globally, how they’re faring in the sciences and on corporate boards, the abduction of the girls in Nigeria, the national fixation on Hillary …and it goes on and on and on. However, when it comes to gender, for me there’s no greater gift than my 4-year-old granddaughter, Nadia Lucille Howard.  You see, Nadia owns me, plain and simple. And she knows it.

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Does Religious Diversity Have a Future? – by Deborah Levine & Terry Howard

Despite an increase in lawsuits related to religious expression and workplace discrimination, religious diversity is an area of Diversity & Inclusion often missing from leadership development.  The silence is due to lack of exposure and to fear, perhaps well-founded, that religious diversity training may actually increase animosity in the workplace, rather than build bridges. Given the recent Supreme Court ruling sanctioning public prayer as an American tradition, a tradition that has often been Christian, the role of diverse religions in the US is increasingly murky and contentious.

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About God Bless America — by Terry Howard

This headline makes for eye-catching copy, does it not? Now, if I said that these are the actual words that accompany the email signature of a person in the U.S. who communicates, often globally, to members of his organization, would you believe me? Well, that’s the truth. I kid you not.

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Hey fellas, let’s listen up! — By Terry Howard

One of the many benefits I enjoy from writing this column is that I get to stir stuff up from up here on my, shall we say, “perch.”From here, I get to rant and rave, sprinkle dashes of the uncomfortable into conventional wisdom and comfort zones, take folks dangerously close to the edge, leave them suspended Wile E. Coyote-like midair, then lasso them in before they plunge over the cliff into the “diversity dangers” that may lurk below. From here, I also get to do some vigorous backpedaling, or source attribution when I need to pass the buck if things get a tad too hot or have the potential to backfire on me.

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Global Physical Inactivity – by Julian Kaufman

I recently attended a fitness symposium featuring a presentation of the findings of the Lancet Study on global physical inactivity. The Lancet study on global inactivity was an attempt to measure global inactivity.  And while the task could not be performed as scientifically as one would hope, the Lancet study is a milestone in researching the pandemic proportions of global inactivity, its determinants, harms, and strategies for intervention.  Data was collected in 122 countries on adults and 105 countries on children. The information that I’ll share with you comes from the largest study on physical inactivity ever.

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Culture and Longevity – by Julian Kaufman

A few years ago I read Dan Buettner’s book, Blue Zones. He has written a follow up and has continued to research.  I want to share with you what he calls the Power of 9.  According to Buettner’s, Reverse Engineering Longevity, Life expectancy of an American born today averages 78.2 years. But this year, more than 70,000 Americans reached their 100th birthday. What are they doing that the average American isn’t (or won’t)?

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Gluten and Healthy Eating – by Julian Kaufman

I get asked about gluten on a regular basis! “Gluten free” has become the new health fad, and, as with most health fads, it has created a lot of confusion.  The truth is that we don’t know a lot about it! We know that it is a protein complex found in wheat, kamut, spelt, barley, rye, corn, rice and farro – although corn and rice contain gluten too, it is a different form. Gluten gives dough its chewy, doughy feel and taste. It is also used as a stabilizing / thickening agent in many processed foods like ketchup, ice cream, pasta, beer, salad dressing and cold cut meats.

We also know that not all flours contain gluten, because not all flours are made with wheat. Gluten free flour can be made from potatoes, tapioca, amaranth, arrowroot, millet, montina, lupin, quinoa, sorghum, taro, teff, chia seed, yam, soybean, nut flours, buckwheat, gram flour and chick pea flour.  Nut, seed, bean and vegetable flours are gluten free. In short: nut, seed, bean and vegetable flours are gluten free.

Who needs to avoid gluten? Anyone who has been diagnosed with celiac disease, an autoimmune disease that keeps a person’s body from tolerating gluten. When a person with celiac disease eats gluten, his or her small intestine becomes inflamed and damaged, resulting in malnutrition and unhealthy weight loss because necessary nutrients cannot be absorbed properly. Symptoms may include a variety of gastrointestinal symptoms, fatigue and headaches. Celiac is diagnosed through a blood test and a small bowel biopsy.

Some people simply have a sensitivity to gluten. Their symptoms are similar to those with celiac. For some, irritation is reduced when they eat less food that contains gluten; others must stop eating food with gluten all together.

However – for those who are not celiac and do not have a sensitivity, there is not a health benefit to discontinuing the use of foods that contain gluten, other than avoiding those which are not whole clean foods and are processed and refined!

There are many nutrient dense healthy foods that are high in gluten. In fact, if you eliminate all foods that contain gluten, and especially healthy one’s like whole wheat, kamut, spelt, rye and farro, there is a possibility that you might develop nutritional deficiencies.

As always, the key to nutrition lies in eating the following foods, in the following order:

  • Green Veggies / Cruciferous Veggies
  • Fruits and other vegetables
  • Beans, Nuts, Seeds Potatoes / Corn / Whole Grains (except for those who are celiac or gluten sensitive)
  • Organic Dairy Products from Grass Fed Sources (mainly plain yogurt)
  • Beef, Poultry, Pork from free range / grass fed sources & Wild caught fish/seafood

Avoid refined processed foods. They are not foods at all. Eat a diet rich in a variety of clean whole foods, based in plant products. If you have any questions contact your physician, but remember that true medicine is regular exercise and clean whole foods.