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From the Inside Out
LITTLE TEDDY STODDARD
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.
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.
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."
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."
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teacher wrote, "Teddy is withdrawn and doesn't show much interest in school.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."
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
sweet tale that's sometimes told by Wayne Dyer
by Sherri in Miami, Florida)
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KINGDOM FOR SOME RICE...
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PEACE THROUGH MUSIC ...
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.
the award-winning documentary, "Playing For Change: Peace Through Music,"
comes the first of many "songs around the world" being released independently...
all started with a base trackvocals and guitarrecorded 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 Elliotta blind singer from
the French Quarteradded 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)
PEACE THROUGH MUSIC "STAND BY ME" HERE
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ALL 8 EPISODES OF ' PLAYING FOR CHANGE' HERE
Yes You Can!
PROLONG YOUR LIFE WITH VITAMIN D
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
You Can Do About The Vitamin D Epidemic ~ By Dr. Soram Khalsa
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
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.
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
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.
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
**I recommend that all
otherwise healthy adults take 2,000 IU of vitamin D daily.
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:
certified in Internal Medicine, Dr. Soram Khalsa is a clinical professor of medicine
and Chairman of the Advisory Committee for Environmental Medicine Center of
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.
VITAMIN D REVOLUTION:
How the Power
of This Amazing Vitamin Can Change Your Life
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.
Soram Khalsa MD
NEW RIDDLE OF THE SPHINX: HOW TO SAVE LUXOR'S AVENUE OF CRYOCEPHALOUS (RAM-HEADED)
SPHINXES, ABOVE, ONE OF SEVERAL EGYPTIAN TREASURES IN DANGER OF CRUMBLING INTO
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.
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.
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.
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.
THE FAMOUS LIGHTSHOW AT THE TEMPLE OF KARNAK IN LUXOR,
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