Monthly Archives: November 2011

What would have happened if Kim Kardashian had a regular yoga practice…..

It’s not very enlightened of me, but I can’t get enough of Kim Kardashian and her failed nuptials these days.  Although the ending is predictable, I can’t help but divulge myself in the sordid details of what led up to her quickie marriage and even quicker divorce.  I feel sorry for her, am ridiculously jealous of her luxury and bling and am disgusted by her and all she represents all at the same time.  But I can’t help but just suck up all the sordid minutiae of it all.

For serious yoga practitioners, staying with something, even when it is confusing, difficult and unpleasant is what commitment and discipline are all about.

For the former Mrs Humphries (although we all know she didn’t take his name)  dedication in the face of adversity are things that a dedicated practitioner is used to dealing with. By being focused on the present moment, you learn to breathe through confusion and chaos so you can find you center.

Attachment: Who wouldn’t want to stay in Hollywood and keep on getting paid $50-100k an appearance at a party and 10k for a tweet and give up that for the mediocrity that would come with raising kids in the confines of a Missouri suburb.  With a regular practice, maybe she could have learned to detach from all those hedonistic trappings of fame.

Ego-Identification: Being trapped in the identification of your ego-self and being more concerned with how the external world perceives you and not seeing how you perceive yourself at the level of soul can create a sense of disillusionment.

Clarity:  We all saw it coming on E! as they were getting ready for their nuptials, they were already having a clear battle of values and priorities.  Her first allegiance was and is to her brand and family, which is why she didn’t want to change her name and she didn’t value creating a strong partnership with her now X-BBall player hubby.  She didn’t even let him choose his own tuxedo!  He almost had to insist on being able to see their Montecito wedding venue before she put down a deposit on it.

Non-greed: Being paid an exorbitant sum to film your nuptials, (not to mention she was gifted almost everything associated with the weddings, her 3 Vera Wang dresses, the cake, the band, the limos, etc) can color your thinking.  What would have happened if she had declined to profit from her nuptials and she had just gone done to Mexico and gotten married just the two of them with no fanfare and no spotlights?  Maybe she would have been able to have more clarity about the lack of a common vision.

Centered: Rushing into marrying someone, even as the grenades are starting to go off in the planning process can throw anyone off kilter.  Taking your time, keeping the event modest can let you be more focused on your lifelong commitment and not which designer gowns to wear.


What about you?  Chime in on your thoughts of KK


By, Jasmine Kaloudis

The Diet Connection::Part 4 The Asian Tradition

A Four-Part Series by Susan Silberstein, PhD, Center for Advancement in Cancer Education

Previously in this series, we have discussed “diet and demographics,” “the bad news,” and “the good news.”  Continuing with the empowering aspects of dietary change, let us now highlight certain aspects of the traditional Asian diet that are particularly protective against breast cancer.  Certainly, a heavily plant-based diet of vegetables and grains with little or no meat, dairy or saturated fat is protective in the ways we discussed earlier in this series.  In addition, let us examine four specific staples of the Asian diet.

First, consider green tea, from the plant Camellia Sinensis.  Green tea contains antioxidant compounds called catechins, polyphenols and EGCG, which fight cancer and are highly stimulatory to the immune system.  In a study published in 1994 (Cancer Letters), green tea was shown to inhibit breast cancer growth.  Two groups of female rats were pre-treated with carcinogenic chemicals that caused breast cancer.  One group was also given green tea.  After 36 weeks, the number of survivors in the green tea group was significantly higher (94%) than in the non-green tea group (33%).  At week 18, when all the animals were still alive, the average tumor size was much smaller in the green tea group.  Several studies have also featured human breast cancer-related green tea research.

Reduced risk of breast cancer among Asian populations as compared with western populations is often attributed in part to the prevalence of soy in the diet.  Soy contains phytoestrogens, or weak plant sources of estrogen, known as isoflavones. One major isoflavone is genistein, which interferes with the tumor’s ability to develop its own blood supply. Genistein has been shown to inhibit the growth of human breast cancer cells (Cell Growth & Differentiation, 1996).  Research has demonstrated that soy isoflavones can block the effect of the more dangerous estrogens on breast tissue.  In laboratory and animal experiments, soy has inhibited growth of both estrogen receptor positive and estrogen receptor negative breast cancer cells.  In a study of pre- and post-menopausal women, 45 mg of soy isoflavones daily decreased circulating levels of estrogen, thus helping to prevent breast cancer.  In research  conducted at Queen Elizabeth Medical Center is Australia, women with the least amount of phytoestrogens were three times more likely to have breast cancer than those who had the most (Lancet, 1997).

A 1996 study showed frequency of soy consumption was more than twice as high among Asian American women born in Asia (62 times/year) as among Asian American women born in the US (30 times/year).  New research on over 1500 Asian American women showed that high consumption of soy-based foods during childhood could reduce the risk of breast cancer later in life by 58 percent (US National Cancer Institute, 2006).

Because of its estrogen content, some oncologists restrict patients from consuming all soy products.  However, soy can be extremely beneficial if the type and quality of the soy are clearly defined.  Fermented soy as consumed in Asia (for example, tempeh and miso) is generally much safer and more effective than modern processed soy consumed in the west.

Another key component of the Asian diet is sea vegetables like kelp, nori, and wakame.  Sea vegetables are valuable in the fight against breast cancer in three ways.  First, they contain special fibers which can bind up free form estrogen before it can stimulate cancer cell growth.  Second, seaweed is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which inhibit breast cancer and stimulate the immune system.  Third, sea veggies contain the mineral iodine — and breast tissue is a sponge for iodine.  Iodine deficiency increases the sensitivity of breast tissue to estrogen, leading to fibrocystic breast disease and breast cancer — both of which tend to resolve with iodine replacement therapy. (Journal of the American Med. Assoc. 1967, Can. Journal of Surgery, 1993).

Finally, let us mention the shitake, a mushroom has been a traditional food in Japanese and other Asian cultures for centuries. Shitakes contain a compound called lentinen, which can increase T-cell counts, especially the T-helper counts and Natural Killer cell counts — all key players in the immune response to cancer.  Shitakes also stimulate interferon and interleukin production, which provides a woman her own immunotherapy in biologically appropriate doses.

Sadly, as Asian women abandon their traditional oriental dietary patterns in favor of western ways, their rates of breast cancer, like all killer diseases, are rising.  Fortunately, however, returning to traditional eating habits can help not only prevent the disease but also slow the progression of active breast cancer.  According to the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (1993), poor dietary habits are strongly associated with risk for treatment failure, and dietary intervention could be a valuable approach for improving treatment outcome.


The Human Body –

I ride my bicycle, answer the phone, hold a meeting, write a paper, mince garlic, rake leaves, sleep, breathe, while my body quietly lives.

An amazing organism; this body is in constant production, destruction, and repair.

It is responsible for the function of skin, muscles, bones, nerves; renews blood cells, hormones, and enzymes; repairs scrapes, wounds, and intestinal lining; looks after the brain; gushes with tears, mucus, gastric juices, and saliva; constantly grows hair and nails; makes cholesterol, bile, urine, stool, and myriad chemicals.

It maintains a clutter free internal environment; eliminates leftover waste after digesting and burning oats, oreos, broccoli or burgers; clears white and purple pills from our system; destroys cancer cells that went berserk and no longer work as a team. It sweeps the inside of arteries so our blood can flow freely; directs vitamins, antioxidants, and phytochemicals to vital tissues everywhere; turns inflammation on and then off as needed.

It is in constant communication with every part of itself: the feet with the hands, the thyroid with the pituitary, the pancreas with the mitochondria. It interacts with space, temperature, and surroundings. It can tell hostility from compassion and competition from joint effort.

Our body communicates with the whole organism and lets us know when we are tired, that we are stressed or satisfied, that we are awake, that we need to pay bills, go to work, make dinner, that we want to make love.

Given to us at birth, this organism houses our self for life. And it counts on our nourishment to sustain its day to day precious balance.


By, Ana M Negron