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I used to dislike January, because it came after the holidays. I love the lights, and music, food and traditions of the holidays so much, that January would always seem dreary to me.

But now I love to see January as a time of new light - of renewal and change.

This year in particular, holds the promise for change and healing.

Never, it seems, has there been a year that holds so much potential, so much portent, so much imperative for change, for action and for healing.

How can we help ourselves to be ready for a year that needs us all so much to be present, calm and united?

MORAL OUTRAGE SHOULD NOT BE THE SAME AS PERSONAL OUTRAGE

Those of us who feel deeply, who care about the Earth, about other cultures, people, and animals, feel that 'knowing what is going on' is necessary in order to feel that we are doing something about all the incredibly intense events that are happening daily.

"Knowing what is going on" takes the form of endless media consumption on many platforms. We are bombarded by daily occurrences, most of which we have...

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It might happen overnight, while we’re sleeping. The Affordable Care Act is on the verge of being repealed right before our eyes. And while it has hardly revolutionized healthcare, with its skyrocketing, unchecked premiums and massive deductibles. It did give us a modicum of a safety by allowing pre-existing conditions to be covered. But that is all fleeting and hardly an answer to a system so broken, I can scarcely call it a ‘healthcare’ system, because it mostly engenders stress in individuals, which is the opposite of health.

We’ve come to expect so little.

In actuality, it would help all of us to stop calling it a ‘healthcare’ system, and call it what it really is: an insurance system. A healthcare system would be a comprehensive system of care that included access to many modalities of medicine, prevention, nutritional guidance, manual therapies, access to pharmaceuticals, when needed, and life saving measures (such as surgery, reconstruction, antibiotics) when needed. But, in all honesty, we now pay exorbitant monthly premiums IN CASE something happens...

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“Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good” C. Estes

Two days after the election, with profoundly disturbing changes sweeping our country, I found myself in a room full of homeopaths. Practitioners from around the world gathered to learn some of the latest clinical results and methodologies in our field. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to process our collective experience, than in the comfort of community - surrounded by people dedicated to healing.

The room was full of different languages, accents, ethnicities - all of us in the service of health, healing and change. I have always found inspiration, motivation and fortitude in community. Be it activists, community organizers, artists, filmmakers - it is the spirit...

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In two weeks, I’m off to California get training and certification in a method of healing, called CEASE therapy.

I’m so thrilled!

I’ll be joining homeopaths from around the world to learn this powerful method of alternative medicine used to treat autism and autism spectrum disorders.

CEASE (which stands for Complete Elimination of Autism Spectrum Expression), is a protocol created by Dr. Tinus Smits, a Dutch homeopathic physician. It is aimed at treating the underlying toxicity of the human organism, as presented in those on the autism spectrum. However, more recently it is also being used in other expressions of this issue - when underlying toxicity is at the core of someone’s chronic disease picture.

Here’s a great description of the issues around human toxicity from a CEASE therapist:

“Our modern environment contains literally thousands of toxic chemical substances that assault our bodies on a daily basis. Toxic influences can include chemicals in floorings and furnishings, medications, vaccines, heavy metals, pesticides and mercury amalgam...

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In honor of early voting starting this week, I wanted to give you one more reason to step out to the polls.

Clause 2706 of the Affordable Care Act.

This small, almost unheard of clause is the tiniest most incremental step towards our health care system beginning to accept Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) practitioners as legitimate providers, by allowing consumers to file claims for coverage of their services.

According to studies over 1/3 of Americans use some form alternative medicine regularly. So, our established healthcare system beginning these small steps towards accepting this fact by compensating practitioners and consumers, seems like a good place to start.

Clause 2706 is called the “Medical Non-discrimination Clause” because it basically states that insurance companies may not discriminate against consumers based on what type of medicine they choose to consume, by denying coverage of a particular modality. You may not know this, but it has been in effect since 2014, and still hardly anyone has heard of it.

Why is Clause...

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