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From the Inside OutRandom Acts of Kindness
LITTLE TEDDY STODDARD

There is a story many years ago of an elementary teacher. Her name was Mrs. Thompson and as she stood in front of her fifth grade class on the very first day of school, she told the children a lie. Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said that she loved them all the same. But that was impossible, because there in the front row, slumped in his seat, was a little boy named Teddy Stoddard.

Mrs. Thompson had watched Teddy the year before and noticed that he didn't play well with the other children, that his clothes were messy and that he constantly needed a bath. And Teddy could be unpleasant. It got to the point where Mrs. Thompson would actually take delight in marking his papers with a broad red pen, making bold X's and then putting a big "F" at the top of his papers.

At the school where Mrs. Thompson taught, she was required to review each child's past records and she put Teddy's off until last. However, when she reviewed his file, she was in for a surprise. Teddy's first grade Teacher wrote, "Teddy is a bright child with a ready laugh. He does his work neatly and has good manners...he is a joy to be around."

His second grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is an excellent student, well liked by his classmates, but he is troubled because his mother has a terminal illness and life at home must be a struggle."

His third grade teacher wrote, "His mother's death has been hard on him. He tries to do his best but his father doesn't show much interest and his home life will soon affect him if some steps aren't taken." Teddy's fourth grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is withdrawn and doesn't show much interest in school. He doesn't have many friends and sometimes sleeps in class."

By now, Mrs. Thompson realized the problem and she was ashamed of herself. She felt even worse when her students brought her Christmas presents, wrapped in beautiful ribbons and bright paper, except for Teddy's. His present was clumsily wrapped in the heavy, brown paper that he got from a grocery bag.

Mrs. Thompson took pains to open it in the middle of the other presents. Some of the children started to laugh when she found a rhinestone bracelet with some of the stones missing and a bottle that was one quarter full of perfume. But she stifled the children's laughter when she exclaimed, how pretty the bracelet was. She put it on and dabbed some of the perfume on her wrist. Teddy Stoddard stayed after school that day just long enough to say, "Mrs. Thompson, today you smelled just like my Mom used to." After the children left she cried for at least an hour. On that very day, she quit teaching reading, writing, and arithmetic. Instead, she began to teach CHILDREN.

Mrs. Thompson paid particular attention to Teddy. As she worked with him, his mind seemed to come alive. The more she encouraged him, the faster he responded. By the end of the year, Teddy had become one of the smartest children in the class and, despite her lie that she would love all the children the same, Teddy became one of her "pets."

A year later, she found a note under her door, from Teddy, telling her that she was still the best teacher he ever had in his whole life. Six years went by before she got another note from Teddy. He then wrote that he had finished high school, third in his class, and she was still the best teacher he ever had in his whole life. Four years after that, she got another letter, saying that while things had been tough at times, he stayed in school, had stuck with it, and would soon graduate from college with the highest of honors. He assured Mrs.Thompson that she was still the best and favorite teacher he ever had in his whole life.

Then four more years passed and yet another letter came. This time he explained that after he got his bachelor's degree, he decided to go a little further. The letter explained that she was still the best and favorite teacher he ever had. But now his name was a little longer. The letter was signed, Theodore F. Stoddard, MD.

The story doesn't end there. You see, there was yet another letter that spring. Teddy said he'd met this girl and was going to be married. He explained that his father had died a couple of years ago and he was wondering if Mrs. Thompson might agree to sit in the place at the wedding that was usually reserved for the mother of the groom. Of course, Mrs. Thompson did. And guess what? She wore that bracelet, the one with several rhinestones missing. And she made sure she was wearing the perfume that Teddy remembered his mother wearing on their last Christmas together.

They hugged each other, and Dr. Stoddard whispered in Mrs. Thompson's ear, "Thank you, Mrs. Thompson, for believing in me. Thank you so much for making me feel important and showing me that I could make a difference." Mrs. Thompson, with tears in her eyes, whispered back. She said, "Teddy, you have it all wrong. You were the one who taught me that I could make a difference. I didn't know how to teach until I met you."

Never underestimate the Power of Random Acts of Kindness: You never can tell what type of impact you may make on another's life by your actions or lack of action. Imagine there is a bank that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening it deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course! Each of us has such a bank. Its name is TIME. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day's deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against the "tomorrow". You must live in the present on today's deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success! The clock is running. Make the most of today by warming someone's heart.

~A sweet tale that's sometimes told by Wayne Dyer
(Contributed by Sherri in Miami, Florida)


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The act of playing music with people of different cultures, religions, economics and politics is a powerful statement. It shows that we can find ways of working together and sharing our experiences with one another in a positive way. Music has the power to break down the walls between cultures, to raise the level of human understanding. From the award-winning documentary, "Playing For Change: Peace Through Music," comes the first of many "songs around the world" being released independently...
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It all started with a base track—vocals and guitar—recorded on the streets of Santa Monica, CA, by a street musician named Roger Ridley. The base track was then taken to New Orleans, LA, where Grandpa Elliott—a blind singer from the French Quarter—added vocals and harmonica while listening to Ridley's base track on headphones. In the same city, Washboard Chaz added metal percussions. From there, it just gets better and better: The producers took the resulting mix all through Europe, Africa, and South America, adding new tracks with multiple instruments and vocals, which were assembled into this final version — all done with a simple laptop and some microphones. (Contributed by Gabrielle in Santa Fe, NM)

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PROLONG YOUR LIFE WITH VITAMIN D

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The medical journal, The Archives of Internal Medicine published a study in August 2008 concluding that overall, people are 26% more likely to die prematurely if they are severely deficient in Vitamin D. In the science world and the real world both, this means an enormous number of people are affected. Alarmingly, findings in recent years show we are now in a global epidemic of Vitamin D deficiency. Why? Because we go from house to car to work indoors and use UV protective sunscreen when we spend any time outdoors and leave little chance for our skin to produce vitamin D. Why do you need Vitamin D? Like many, you may have been taught Vitamin D keeps your bones strong as an adult and growing properly if you are a child. While this is true, we now know there are many more vital functions of this fascinating vitamin. So maintaining adequate Vitamin D levels could prolong your life (READ MORE HERE)! Recent research "provides the strongest evidence to date for a link between vitamin D deficiency and cardiovascular mortality," said Dr. Edward Giovannucci of a Harvard study of 18,225 men. Low vitamin D levels also have been linked with several kinds of cancer and some researchers believe the vitamin could even be used to help prevent malignancies. Diet sources include fortified milk, which generally contains 100 international units of vitamin D per cup, and fatty fish (3 ounces of canned tuna) has 200 units. The National Institute of Health's current Vitamin D recommendations (SHOWN HERE ) are 200 units daily for children and adults up to age 50, and 400 to 600 units for older adults. But some doctors believe these amounts are far too low and recommend taking Vitamin D-3 which is also available as an inexpensive supplement.**

What You Can Do About The Vitamin D Epidemic ~ By Dr. Soram Khalsa

There are two serious vitamin D health epidemics in America today; one is the epidemic of vitamin D deficiency and the other is the epidemic of ignorance about vitamin D deficiency. As a board certified internist, I have chosen, for the last 30 years, to take a personalized approach in my practice of integrative medicine. I have worked with literally hundreds of herbs, vitamins and dietary supplements, to help my patients, often when drugs did not work. In all this time, I have not seen one nutritional supplement that has the power to affect human health as much as vitamin D. This is because Vitamin D is not actually a vitamin — it is a hormone that has the ability to interact and affect more than 2,000 genes in the body.

It is for this reason that vitamin D deficiency has been linked with many of the diseases of modern society. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with 17 types of cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, autoimmune disease, chronic pain, osteoporosis, asthma, and most recently with autism. Over my 30 years of practicing medicine, countless times I have had to deliver or discuss with a patient their sad and possibly terminal diagnosis. Diseases like cancer and heart disease are at best life altering, and most times life threatening. When I have this kind of difficult conversation with a patient, I often reflect that if their vitamin D level had been normal for the previous many years, maybe they would never have developed this disease.

Worldwide, it is estimated that the epidemic of vitamin D deficiency affects one billion people. In America, medical journal articles estimate that 30-50% of Americans are deficient in vitamin D. I question whether this number is really too low, as in my practice in sunny Southern California, 90% of my new patients have a vitamin D deficiency when they start with me. This understanding has fueled my passion about vitamin D and inspired me to write my book, The Vitamin D Revolution (see below). In the hope of preventing unnecessary suffering and loss of life, I want to spread the word about the importance of taking this supplement every day.

Ideally, your health care provider is your partner in exploring your vitamin D status, but patients usually do not want to visit their doctor just to ask for a vitamin D level, and many doctors are not yet up to date on the importance of vitamin D. If you use an at-home test kit and your blood level of vitamin D is low, I would encourage you to discuss this information with your physician. I have provided a special section in my book showing how I treat the various vitamin D levels that can help facilitate the discussion that you have with your doctor.

Although the majority of the health food store vitamin D supplements are very reputable, there are still some companies out there that are not so reliable. A consumer often cannot tell the difference between the two, and for that reason I have worked closely with a supplement manufacturer that normally makes products only for physicians' offices. Through our partnership, we have been able to make Pharmaceutical Quality Vitamin D, with guaranteed potency, available at supermarket prices.

**I recommend that all otherwise healthy adults take 2,000 IU of vitamin D daily.

I invite your comments and your questions on my Vitamin D Blog. There you can also watch my interview with Joel Roberts or go to Vitamin D News to find details about my project. Here are two other websites where you can learn more about Vitamin D deficiency: http://VitaminDHealth.org and www.VitaminDCouncil.com


~Board certified in Internal Medicine, Dr. Soram Khalsa is a clinical professor of medicine
and Chairman of the Advisory Committee for Environmental Medicine Center of Excellence
at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Phoenix, Arizona. In his private medical
practice, he integrates phytotherapeutics, homeopathy, acupuncture and environmental
medicine with traditional internal medicine. Dr. Khalsa graduated from Yale University and
is an associate physician in the Division of Internal Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.



THE VITAMIN D REVOLUTION:

How the Power of This Amazing Vitamin Can Change Your Life

Recent, groundbreaking medical research has made a connection between Vitamin D deficiency and 17 types of cancers, including breast, colon, and prostate. Illnesses such as influenza, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and coronary heart disease have also been connected to a lack of this vitamin. Until not too long ago, not getting enough Vitamin D (the sunshine vitamin) was only associated with rickets, the childhood bone disease. Now, Soram Khalsa, M.D., sheds new light on the power of this long-forgotten vitamin. He reveals how to recognize signs of Vitamin D deficiency, which has reached epidemic proportions in North America, and then shares insights from his own medical practice where he normalizes his own patients’ Vitamin D levels for their optimal health. In 2007, Dr. Khalsa was chosen by his peers as one of the “Best Doctors” in America and serves in this capacity as a consultant for integrative medicine. This is an extraordinary book which is clearly written in non-technical language and is carefully and extensively researched.
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The temple of Karnak was known as Ipet-isut ('most select of places') by the ancient Egyptians. It is a city of temples built over 2,000 years and dedicated to the Theben triad of Amon, Mut and Khonsu. The mother of all religious buildings, it is the largest ever made and has been a place of pilgrimage for nearly 4,000 years. It covers about 200 acres (1.5km by 0.8km). The area of the sacred enclosure of Amon alone is 61 acres and would hold ten average European cathedrals. The great temple at the heart of Karnak is so big, St. Peter's, Milan and Notre Dame Cathedrals could be lost within its walls. The Hypostyle hall at 54,000 square feet with its 134 columns is still the largest room of any religious structure in the world. In addition to the main sanctuary there are several smaller temples and a vast sacred lake. The lake was used during festivals when images of the gods would sail across it on golden barges. Karnak was also the home of a flock of geese that were dedicated to Amon.

Avenues of ram-headed sphinxes lead to the enclosure of Amun from the west and south and define the two principal axes of the temple. The sphinxes with the heads of rams, sacred to Amon, represent the god that protected the Pharaoh. They have sun discs on their heads and the mummified form of Ramses II between their forepaws. Because Karnak was successively enlarged over the centuries, the innermost structures are the earliest and the outermost structures are the latest.

Working with the National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics in Egypt, and with support from the University of Missouri Research Board, researchers studied treasures in the Egyptian city of Luxor. Because of the rise in the water table, groundwater comes into contact with the foundations, columns and walls of the antiquities, causing structural damage. The sandstone used in these structures is relatively porous and weak. The porosity allows for capillary action — and the upsweeping groundwater appears to be dissolving the cementing agent in the sandstone, and the sandstone basically goes back to sand.

Additionally, due to the intense heat and very low humidity common in southern Egypt, groundwater is rapidly evaporated at the surface. Any salts that were in the groundwater would precipitate out during evaporation, causing salt build-up in and on the sandstone blocks. These salt precipitates may be expanding and possibly speeding the degradation by exploding the sandstone from the inside out. While much of the damage to Luxor's antiquities has occurred over time, the rate of degradation has increased dramatically in recent years. Modern irrigation and drainage practices have added to the problems. The UMR study is a preliminary investigation, the purpose of which is to help better define the scope of the chemical properties of the soil and the water, and the capillary action of the sandstone.

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