Everybody Hurts…

A colleague of mine, Jason Moskovitz, wrote a short and elegant article about the experience of pain.  I am linking you to it, as I really couldn’t have written it better myself.

Here is an important excerpt from the article:

“In an era where we have our own living space, our own car, our own schedule, the idea of community seems almost antiquated. We’re left to sift through our own pain, making it very easy to believe we are alone in our suffering, which only serves to compound our pain. These days, community has been replaced with the social network. We, sitting behind our own computers, select digitally who are our own friends, and become digitally oblivious to our pain.

It’s time to let go, to disown what we own. Cast off the idea that our environment would rather have us deal with our own problems by ourselves in the confines of our own life. Release into a world knowing that everyone is in pain. Everyone. And that this is normal.”

 

Chinese Medicine is coming back…in China

During the Mao years in China, Traditional Chinese Medicine was sabotaged by the dictator in favor of “progressive” Western medicine.  Mao’s desire for China to be seen as current and cutting edge left little room for the perfectly aged, “folkloric” traditional medicine of the country.

However, the medicine is making a comeback according to this article on an online Chinese news source.

An excerpt:

Wang Guoqiang, vice health minister and director of the State Administration of TCM (SATCM), made the remarks here Thursday at the annual national conference on traditional Chinese medicine.

In terms of inheritance, Wang urged efforts be made to establish databases of ancient traditional Chinese medicine publications, to study its basic theories and to conduct a general survey on TCM resources.

He also called for innovation in building a clinical R&D system, setting up key TCM labs, facilitating technology transfers into the industry and improving R&D management and quality control.

Wang also disclosed the following figures concerning the country’s previous efforts in promoting traditional Chinese medicine:

In 2010, the SATCM accepted the registration of 400 important ancient traditional Chinese medicine books.

Besides providing inheritance studios for 181 TCM masters, the SATCM started a comprehensive service platform for the exchange of their clinical experiences and academic thoughts.

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This is very good news, especially exciting to know government officials are discussing Research and Development, and enhancing quality control.

Here is a link to a timely and complimentary article on Blue Poppy’s blog regarding potential future laws and regulations of Chinese herbs here in the U.S.

What is Your Fitness Type?

This is a fun little quiz, based off the Myers- Briggs Jungian personality typing quiz, that helps determine what type of fitness person you are. I really believe we all know the truth about ourselves, but we so easily become so mired in the muck of other peoples expectations and opinions (or what we egocentrically think are other peoples opinions of us) of us, that we cannot see the forest for the trees.

Have fun! Any other Red Efficiency types out there?

Wonderful Egg Dish

I came up with this savoury mini- souffle egg dish that would be great for breakfast, dinner or a snack on the go. It’s totally versatile!

Makes 6 large “muffins”

3 whole eggs
3 egg whites
2+ cups fresh baby spinach, rinsed and torn by hand into smaller pieces
3 scallions finely sliced (cut off roots, slice up to the leaves)
1 green pepper finely diced
1 tsp non-aluminum baking powder
1-2 Tbsp fresh finely grated parmigiano reggiano (or whatever Parmesan cheese you have)
Spike for seasoning (about a tsp)

Optional: Add Smoked salmon and tomato- amazing!

Mix all together. Spray muffin wells and spoon in mixture evenly (about 1/2 full). You may want to lay aluminum foil beneath tray in case of spillage (only one of mine overflowed, only a little).

Bake at 400 for about 10-15 mins. Viola!