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Filling in the GAPs

The father of modern psychiatry French psychiatrist Phillipe Pinel (1745-1828), after working with mental patients for many years, concluded in 1807: “The primary seat of insanity generally is in the region of the stomach and intestines.”

-Natasha Campbell-McBride MC, MMedSci (neurology), MMedSci (nutrition) – GAPS Gut and Psychology Syndrome

Inflammation is the cause of nearly all disease – Here’s how to prevent it – NaturalNews.com

Someone asked me to do a post on helping the body deal with inflammation naturally. I found this article and it seems to address major issues in a straight forward way. Inflammation is an underlying cause of many illnesses which are prevalent today. I recommend checking this article out if you suffer from arthritis, high cholesterol, and any other type of inflammation problem.


Inflammation is the cause of nearly all disease – Here’s how to prevent it

via Inflammation is the cause of nearly all disease – Here’s how to prevent it – NaturalNews.com.

Black Cumin Seed Oil – Skin and Health Benefits – Why you should be using this oil

Black Cumin Seed oil – anti-bacterial, anti-aging, anti-microbial,anti-inflammatory.



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Skin & Health Benefits

Black Seed Oil

Where to buy & uses of Black Cumin Seed Oil

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I know I talk about coconut oil for health a lot & I do talk about other great oils like olive oil, sesame oilPalm Shortening & Palm oil etc. But I do love Black Cumin Seed Oil or Black seed oil as many call it & I do recommend it when a question that arises with it as the answer. Somehow I have written this many blog post & not done a post on one of my favorite oils, Black Cumin Seed Oil, so today I am correcting that & telling you about this amazing oil for skin & health you just might not know about, so sit down, get a1comfortable & enjoy!

Now through August 14th 2014 you can purchase high quality Black seed oil from Tropical Traditions for 30% off…

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Bicycle Law in Korea

Some interesting information about cycling in Korea.



I recently read in the news that a total of 126 people died (2009-2012) as a result of bicycle-related traffic accidents just in Seoul, Korea. There were almost 12,000 bicycle-related accidents in that period. Indeed, the number of cyclists in Korea has steadily increased in the last few years. There is even a slang term, “자출족” which refers to people who commute to and from work by bicycle. “자출족” stands for “자전거로 출퇴근하는 사람들.”

I. Let’s Define “Bicycle” (자전거)


In Korea, there are two special laws that regulate bicycles and bicycle use. One is the Road Traffic Act (도로교통법), and the other is the Promotion of the Use of Bicycles Act (자전거이용활성화에관한법률). According to the latter, a “bicycle” (자전거) is defined as:

1) “a vehicle with two or more wheels” +

2) “and a driving device operated by human-powered pedals or hand pedals, a steering system, and a brake system” +

3) “which is of a size and structure as specified the…

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Some Advice on How to Sleep Well

This is an excerpt from Sarah Wilson’s Sunday Column in August 2009:


Sarah on sleep:

So, yes, this week I’ve been on a sleep retreat at Gwinganna in the Gold Coast hinterland. For those too fatigued to make it to the end of this page, a few drop-into-your-next-water-cooler-chat factoids: eat turkey and pepitas to sleep better; please don’t eat avocado, cheese or rice (!) at night (they contain tyramine which blocks melatonin production), nor grapefruit. Go to bed by ten. If you don’t, your body will ache (body repair occurs between 10pm and 2am). And get 7-8 hours. Or you’ll get fat. There that woke you up! Sleep debt causes cortisol to rise, which shuts down metabolism (more on this in a few weeks).

However, the real secret to perfect, age-restoring, fat-fighting, cancer-preventing sleep is….got your fluorescent highlighters ready?…routine.

It’s really not a sexy revelation, is it. But I’ve just had a solid week of rigid, wholesome, wrapped-in-hessian routine and I can’t tell you how liberated I feel. And I lost 2kg.

I’ve taken what I learnt, added my own frosting and here, dear reader, the cupcake of routine goodness that now works for me: rise at 6am. Slide straight into your sneakers. Exercise straight from home – none of this driving to the gym business. It invites procrastination or piking. A simple 30-minute walk is perfect. Then I meditate. By exercising first, I find, my mind is settled ready for meditation.

I then shower, take a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar (to wake digestion) and eat porridge. According to Eastern traditions, a hot, dense breakfast is the best way to ground your energy; cold foods, such as muesli, require heat to digest, which saps energy from your system at that hour.

At night, it’s simple. Eat by 7pm. Computer off by 8pm. In bed by 9.45pm. Repeat for a week and watch your skin glow, your phone manner become more attentive and sleep strike you like a blow to the head with a fat doona.


Lots of very successful people have routines. I know this because I used to read the RSS feeds late at night from dailyroutines.typepad.com, which chronicles famous people’s routines in ablutive detail. See if you can see a pattern here. Winston Churchill and Truman Capote cite haphazard routine, a few hours sporadic sleep and highly toxic tendencies. The closest Churchill got to routine was a daily whisky at 11am.

At the other end of the spectrum, C.S. Lewis, Michelle Obama, the delightfully Zen writer Haruki Murakami and Benjamin Franklin boasted routines of rising early, exercising, and eating and retiring at regular times. Franklin even wrote a flow-chart. 7pm: “Put things in their places. Supper. Music.”

I don’t need to spell it out, do I? Or finish with a concluding line that says, yes, sleep is making my life sweeter and less achy? Or admit, yes Mum, you were right, your frenetic daughter with a shemozzled set of life systems could do with a dull routine? Do I?


This seems pretty straight forward, but we always need reminders, don’t we?

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Well Preserved

Fermented foods are highly nutritious. Great recipe for kimchi in this post. Thanks to Agrigirl for it!

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What is old can sometimes make a better new. Of course, that is my own philosophy demonstrated by the dress that I recently wore to the Black and White ball but it was also the conclusion of a fascinating article Older, Better, Smaller produced by the Preservation Green Lab of National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Preservation in the Kitchen Preservation in the Kitchen

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