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Happy Easter and Passover. I celebrated a virtual Passover over Zoom a few days ago, I hope you are enjoying Easter in the best way you can considering the circumstances.

Both holidays include feasts around food….

I guess everyone needs to learn to cook all of a sudden, even if home cooking wasn’t your norm before.

Want to learn along with your kids?

Kids Cook Real Food, an awesome online video cooking class for kids, is supporting social distancing and all the families with lots of extra time on their hands…


… How about a two-week risk-free trial, and 80% off a two-month membership after that? Get the details here, including a guide to making it work without going to the grocery store!  

Get this: The first two weeks of the classes are completely free.

Concerned about allergies? We got you covered there too.

Nothing is easy about having food allergies, and when it’s your kids that have to juggle them, it’s even more complicated.

There’s the isolation.

The constant reading of ingredients and/or having to make everything yourself.

The fear you have of your child eating something they shouldn’t.

The growing up too fast because they have to be responsible.

The only silver lining might be that you have a good excuse to turn down the junk food that other people like to thrust at our nation’s kids! But for many, that’s small consolation.

The best gift you can give your child, whether you have food allergies in the family or not, is the gift of knowing how to cook real food. That lays a foundation for good health and sustenance throughout all their lives.

Your kids will be able to eat on a budget because they know how to cook from scratch, they’ll know how to purchase and prepare vegetables (and hopefully enjoy them!), and they won’t be doomed to subsist on takeout and canned soup as they enter young adulthood.

For kids with food allergies, they’ll quite simply be able to survive – without spending every dime they have on expensive processed allergy-friendly foods (which still probably make you worry about their purity).

That’s why I’m so thrilled that the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse exists, because it’s the only opportunity I’ve found that helps kids learn valuable cooking techniques, using kid-friendly language and invoking the power of positive peer pressure.

Teacher Katie Kimball engages with children in an incredible way, and when kids see other kids on-screen excited about cooking (and even vegetables), they really connect with them. In fact, reports keep coming in from members that kids are trying foods they previously wouldn’t touch!

I met Katie last year when we both spoke on “The Future Of Health Now Stage”. Not only is she fun to listen to, a sign of a great teacher, but through her loving TLC and teachings she, healed her husband’s Crohn’s Disease!

Though her husband is healed, her children possibly have the genetic predisposition for IBD.  Through her passion and teachings, not only are her children cooking and eating real food, they will now grow up with life long habits that significantly reduce the chances of them getting IBD.

And if they ever fall ill with a dis-ease, they now have the cooking skills to incorporate any dietary plan with just a few changes of ingredients.

A valuable investment in life skills that is sure to pay off not just today but for decades to come.

Katie has found that many members are families juggling food allergies and sensitivities, and she’s made every effort to keep the eCourse allergy-friendly. Most recipes used in the course are automatically top-allergen-free and others include a myriad of alternative suggestions to fit nearly every dietary restriction.

The focus is on the 30 basic cooking skills, not just making a recipe. Check out the full course curriculum map HERE.

Here’s what a few of the members with food allergies have to say:

  • “Both my 9 year old and 4 year old have multiple food allergies and so they NEED to learn to cook, especially since almost all of their food needs to be made from scratch. However, I have had a hard time figuring out exactly where to start. We’ll definitely be taking advantage of this course. Thank you!”
  • “My son has food allergies so learning that cook is an essential skill and I have been looking for something like this.”I just watched a video from a few members, check out what they had to say:
  • “Hi. I’m Gabe, and I’m five, and I made my own snacks this week”
  • “Hi, I’m, Jon and I’m eight. Last week I cooked brown beef to help my Mom make homemade sloppy joes.”
  • “Hi, I’m Lea and I’m eleven years old. So far this week in the kitchen I have made beans and rice, three kinds of dessert hummus, Mexican rice and tortillas and I’ve cut apples and peppers.”
  • “Hi, I’m Paul and I’m 14 and this week I was my Moms sous chef. I cut cabbage for salad, potato soup, and peppers for the freezer.”That may sound amazing, but in this eCourse it’s totally normal and your kids can do this too. Imagine the amount of time you will save by having your kids give you a healthy hand in the kitchen!

Everybody’s gotta eat, so let’s make it real food and involve our kids in the creation of it!


I can’t wait to hear of the healthy creations and loving time in the kitchen you will enjoy with your kids.

To You and Your Kids Health,

BTW – Now is the chance to cook with your kids. They’ll remember this time the rest of their lives…and if you do it right, they’ll know how to cook from now until forever too. Cooking with my Mom brings me so much joy. Imagine every trip home, cooking together in the kitchen – real healthy real food. Because healthy habits start in childhood. There are skills for everyone..beginners, intermediate and advanced. Check out the eCourse Website today, I feel you’ll love it.

BTW2 – VULNERABLE SHARE. Thinking back to my childhood, and the food I grew up on – then carrying those habits into adulthood, I shouldn’t have been surprised with my UC(now Crohn’s) diagnosis at age 28.  I firmly believe that if I had these skills, and knew about the powers of real food, I would never have gotten IBD. Not only that, I would have made friends who also love healthy food at a young age and not have to go through a challenging few years where I was mocked and shamed for my eating habits and love for healthy food. I’ll never remember Chris telling my friends “Stop inviting Joel out, he’s too much a picky eater”. Little did I he I was simply choosing to eat healthy. I believe if I had this KidsEatRealFoods eCourse as a child, I would never have met Chris and had to experience his intolerance because I would have had compassionate healthy eating friends at a younger age.

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How Deep Is Your Love?


Can you love your perceived flaws?

Can you love your pain and suffering?

Can you love the darkest aspects of yourself?

Can you love those that don’t love you back?

Can you love ALL of your ex-partners? In-Laws and  Out-Laws?

Can you love those who you strongly disagree with?

Can you love those that judge you?

Can you love the ugly?

Can you love the ignorant?

Can you love everyone who is an “-ist?”

Can you love the psychopathic?

Can you love the depraved?

Can you love the murderous?

Can you love the genocidal?

Can you love your IBD, Crohn’s, Colitis, Arthritis, Osteoporosis, microscopic colitis, hemorrhoids, and skin tags?

Can you love any anxiety, depression, or lack of energy?

Can you love your first surgery?

Can you love your J-Pouch?

Can you love your Ostomy?

Can you love your Colostomy?

Can you love your “Barbie Butt”?

Can you love your last surgery?

Can you love your gut?

Can you love your colon?

Can you love the parts of your colon you still have left?

Can you love the fact that you may no longer have a colon?

Can you love the surgeon, gastroenterologist, nurse and registered dietitian regardless of what they said or did?

Can you love the Integrative Medicine Doctor, Functional Medicine Coach, Doctor Of Osteopathy, Health Coach, Consultant, Acupuncturist, Chiropractor, Naturopathic Physician,  Naturopath and Massage Therapist – regardless of the results?

Can you love your flatulence, gas, constipation, diarrhea and any other embarrassing symptoms you may be feeling today or have in the past?

Can you love the fissure, fistula, abscess, and pain?

Can you love your Colonoscopy, MRI, MRI, Endoscopy no matter what the results show?

Can you love those who you wish were more supportive of your journey?

Can you love those that you feel abandoned by?

Can you love your sex drive, libido, vaginal wetness and morning wood wether it’s there, or not?

Can you love your moon-face, excess or under weight?

Can you love those that you feel hurt you?

Can you love yourself for the times you said those things that you didn’t really mean?

The strength, depth, breadth, commitment, and unconditionality of your love is the key determinant of your spiritual evolution.

Love doesn’t mean you condone someone’s actions.

Love doesn’t mean accepting what-is and giving up on consciously, intentionally, and mindfully moving forward.

Can you love your life regardless of circumstance?

This isn’t ordinary love.

This is radical, infinite love, which I know deep in my heart that we are all capable of.

We all come from infinite love and are all returning to it.

Humanity has been living by the maxim, “If we hate it enough, it will just go away.”

That approach does not, cannot, and will never work.

What we resist will persist.

The ONLY way out is through.

And the only way through is love

What if Rumi was right – “Thorugh love, all pain will turn to medicine”

Inspired by Lars King

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Myth: You are one illness away from bankruptcy

Yesterday: “You are one illness away from bankruptcy” 😕

Today: “You are one ambulance ride away from bankruptcy” 😧😲

Only 23% of Americans are able to afford an unexpected medical bill that more than $2,000, yet out-of-pocket medical costs keep rising.

That’s because the #1 reason for bankruptcy in America is medical bills

Not Job Loss

Not Divorce

Not Student Loans, Foreclosure or a Failed Business


My last Ambulance🚑 Ride on March 26, 2017, cost me over $2,500 – for a six-mile ride from Sorrento Valley when I was living with Ipek, Craig, and Faith who were at work.

I could barely walk.

A world of pain

Hyper-inflammation destroying my body

3:45pm is when my body said enough was enough

I called 9️⃣1️⃣1️⃣

My body relaxed

I curled up on the floor

🆘 Help was on the way

I remember the embarrassment and shame wondering what the neighbors would think about an ambulance pulling up to the house

My body told my mind to chill. That’s not important. What’s important is that I finally reached out for help.

The doorbell rang

I waited

Determination to save the 🏠front door and windows kicked in

Ipek kept the home so clean I’d hate for her to have to clean up broken glass.

Somehow I made it to the front door

The paramedics questioned why I even called them in the first place

My disheveled unshowered look while wearing Lululemon sweats didn’t explain the full story

There was no obvious bleeding or broken bones

Crohn’s and Colitis are known as INVISIBLE ILLNESSES

An umbrella🌂 term for any medical condition that isn’t easily visible to others

Conditions like heart disease, diabetes, dementia, psychiatric illness, other autoimmune disorders, and even cancer

Exactly why we all should BE KIND, ALWAYS 

 You Never Know What Someone Is Going Through 

Most of those are who filed for bankruptcy due to medical bills had health insurance

That’s because if you’re dealing with a chronic disease you’re likely spending a boatload of money that’s not covered by insurance

According to Medical Billing Advocates of America up to 80% of medical bills contain errors – and the problem is getting worse

With 70,000 diagnosis codes and 71,000 procedure codes to sift through not even a person with an IQ of 180 would get this right 100% of the time.

The system is beyond broken

If you or someone you know is dealing with medical bills, now you can learn from a health care attorney who has negotiated over $500,000 in medical bills down for his clients.

And from patient advocate, David Dubé, who from his own personal journey with his Mom has negotiated over $50,000 in medical bills.

In a simple, proven 12-step process you will learn how to

👍Win Insurance Appeals

👍 Stop getting pushed by using attorney approved response letters and appeal resource

👍Spot & Correct The 80% Of Billing Errors

👍Negotiate Bills Down by leveraging statistics, industry data and time tested techniques

One user of this system said:

“I had no idea I could negotiate medical bills down. I was able to negotiate my medical bill from $2,348 down to $1000, That’s a 43% reduction on my first try!”

All with a 14 Day Full 💯% Money Back Guarantee Policy

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Sign up on the early-bird list to get access.

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Impossible Burger = The Ecoside Burger

The Ecosystem of the Earth and the Ecosystem of your body.

Good Branding + good marketing, and a snazzy website does not necessarily mean good health

Health is Wealth. Without health, what do you have?

A companies claim that their Mission is to “Save Earth” needs substance, not just convincing words and fancy pictures on their website.

 If you think the Impossible Burger is in any way a health food, think again.

🤔And if you think eating this laboratory experiment is better for the environment, again, you’d better investigate this a little more.

😲 If you think Impossible Burger cares about Moms. Think again

🤢 YUCK! When we look at the ingredients, we see mostly genetically engineered soy – AKA soy that is heavily sprayed heavily with Roundup (glyphosate).

😲 Why is this bad? Well, Roundup is a WATER-SOLUBLE chemical. This means when it gets sprayed on crops, some of it works its way into our soil and then our streams and rivers, some of it gets evaporated into the air we breathe, and eventually, it can even come back down in the rain that falls on us. Yep, thanks to governing bodies that don’t have our backs, our entire environment is now contaminated with this junk.

🔘This wouldn’t be such an issue if Roundup consumption didn’t contribute to Cancer, Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Celiac disease, Fatty liver disease, Autism, Alzheimer’s, and a whole host of other chronic illnesses. The Impossible Burger tested POSITIVE for Glyphosate.

The Impossible Burger🤭So when you eat your Impossible Burger thinking you’re being healthy, remember that all you’re doing is slowly increasing your risk for cancer and chronic disease (Not that eating industrial meat would be any better. Always stick to local farms and grass-fed animals)

🤭And when you think you’re supporting the environment, remember that you’re really supporting the slow destruction of our planet because of More Genetically Engineered Crops = More Roundup Sprayed = More Toxic Earth

👩‍👧‍👦 Impossible Burger attacked Moms Across America (MAA) founded by Zen Honeycutt for speaking the truth and publishing the pesticide results of this impossibly unhealthy burger. Rather than acknowledging that glyphosate in their food could be a problem — especially in light of the recent court cases against Bayer (which acquired Monsanto in 2018) totaling billions in judgments due to people who developed cancer as a result of Roundup use — they engaged in a veritable smear campaign against MAA, including insults and name-calling.

As for MAA’s statements that glyphosate-based herbicides have been “proven to be carcinogenic,” Impossible Foods stated this is “a ridiculous claim” and “No regulatory authority in the world considers glyphosate to be carcinogenic to humans at current exposure levels,” tell this to the victims behind the at least 13,400 lawsuits that have been filed claiming exposure to glyphosate-containing Roundup caused health problems, including cancer.

🖍 Pat Brown, the CEO, and Founder of Impossible Foods wrote a Medium dot com article entitled How our commitment to consumers and our planet led us to use GM soy with a lot of numbers and “facts”🤥.

Three comments on that post sum up my opinion:
a) This is either asinine, diabolical, or both. One word: boycott.

b) Industrial legume ag is an act of violence upon the earth.

c) Bullshit

I actually tried the impossible burger highly processed pseudo-food recently, wasn’t too impressed with the flavor, nor how I felt afterward. 🤢 Swipe Left. Next!

🙏 Guy Fasciana for your research which inspired me to dig deeper

🙏 – Regenetarianism – Formerly L.A. Chef’s Column

🙏 Organic Consumers Association

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Happiness Quiz

The Oxford Happiness Questionnaire was developed by psychologists Michael Argyle and Peter Hills at Oxford University. Take a few moments to take the survey. This is a good way to get a snapshot of your current level of happiness. You can even use your score to compare to your happiness level at some point in the future by taking the survey again. If you are using some of the interventions presented on this site to raise your happiness level, you can see whether your score on the Oxford Happiness Questionnaire goes up as a result.


Below are a number of statements about happiness. Please indicate how much you agree or disagree with each by entering a number in the blank after each statement, according to the following scale:

1 = strongly disagree
2 = moderately disagree
3 = slightly disagree
4 = slightly agree
5 = moderately agree
6 = strongly agree

Please read the statements carefully, because some are phrased positively and others negatively. Don’t take too long over individual questions; there are no “right” or “wrong” answers (and no trick questions). The first answer that comes into your head is probably the right one for you. If you find some of the questions difficult, please give the answer that is true for you in general or for most of the time.

The Questionnaire

1. I don’t feel particularly pleased with the way I am. (R) _____

2. I am intensely interested in other people. _____

3. I feel that life is very rewarding. _____

4. I have very warm feelings towards almost everyone. _____

5. I rarely wake up feeling rested. (R) _____

6. I am not particularly optimistic about the future. (R) _____

7. I find most things amusing. _____

8. I am always committed and involved. _____

9. Life is good. _____

10. I do not think that the world is a good place. (R) _____

11. I laugh a lot. _____

12. I am well satisfied about everything in my life. _____

13. I don’t think I look attractive. (R) _____

14. There is a gap between what I would like to do and what I have done. (R) _____

15. I am very happy. _____

16. I find beauty in some things. _____

17. I always have a cheerful effect on others. _____

18. I can fit in (find time for) everything I want to. _____

19. I feel that I am not especially in control of my life. (R) _____

20. I feel able to take anything on. _____

21. I feel fully mentally alert. _____

22. I often experience joy and elation. _____

23. I don’t find it easy to make decisions. (R) _____

24. I don’t have a particular sense of meaning and purpose in my life. (R) _____

25. I feel I have a great deal of energy. _____

26. I usually have a good influence on events. _____

27. I don’t have fun with other people. (R) _____

28. I don’t feel particularly healthy. (R) _____

29. I don’t have particularly happy memories of the past. (R) _____

Calculate your score

Step 1. Items marked (R) should be scored in reverse:

If you gave yourself a “1,” cross it out and change it to a “6.”
Change “2” to a “5”
Change “3” to a “4”
Change “4” to a “3”
Change “5” to a “2”
Change “6” to a “1”

Step 2. Add the numbers for all 29 questions. (Use the converted numbers for the 12 items that are reverse scored.)

Step 3. Divide by 29. So your happiness score = the total (from step 2) divided by 29.

I recommend you record your score and the date. Then you’ll have the option to compare your score now with your score at a later date. This can be especially helpful if you are trying some of the exercises, and actively working on increasing your happiness.

UPDATE: A lot of people have been asking for some kind of interpretation of the raw number “happiness score” you get in step 3 above. What follows is just off the top of my head, but it’s based in part on the fact that the average person gets a score of about 4.


I suggest you read all the entries below regardless of what score you got because I think there’s valuable information here for everyone.

1-2 : Not happy. If you answered honestly and got a very low score, you’re probably seeing yourself and your situation as worse than it really is. I recommend taking the Depression Symptoms test (CES-D Questionnaire) at the University of Pennsylvania’s “Authentic Happiness” Testing Center. You’ll have to register, but this is beneficial because there are a lot of good tests there and you can re-take them later and compare your scores.

2-3 : Somewhat unhappy. Try some of the exercises on this site like the Gratitude Journal & Gratitude Lists, or the Gratitude Visit; or take a look at the “Authentic Happiness” site mentioned immediately above.

3-4 : Not particularly happy or unhappy. A score of 3.5 would be an exact numerical average of happy and unhappy responses. Some of the exercises mentioned just above have been tested in scientific studies and have been shown to make people lastingly happier.

4 : Somewhat happy or moderately happy. Satisfied. This is what the average person scores.

4-5 : Rather happy; pretty happy. Check other score ranges for some of my suggestions.

5-6 : Very happy. Being happy has more benefits than just feeling good. It’s correlated with benefits like health, better marriages, and attaining your goals. Check back – I’ll be writing a post about this topic soon.

6 : Too happy. Yes, you read that right. Recent research seems to show that there’s an optimal level of happiness for things like doing well at work or school, or for being healthy and that being “too happy” may be associated with lower levels of such things.

The highest score you can get on an item is a 6, and the lowest a 1. If you add up all your scores and divide by the number of questions (29 questions), you’d get an average score for all the questions. The highest possible average would be 6, the lowest possible would be 1. Right in the middle would be 3.5, so you might think that’s what the average person would get, but this is just a raw score. In fact, other studies show that people are generally somewhat happy on average. So it may not be surprising to hear that the average score on the Oxford Happiness Questionnaire is right around a 4, which is essentially what you got (since you got 3.9 out of 6).

Rather than compare yourself to other people, it’s probably more meaningful to compare your score now to your score later and see if there’s a change. Some of the exercises on this site have been shown in scientific studies to make a lasting, positive impact on happiness. You might want to try some of them (I’ll be adding more), and see if they work for you. A few gratitude exercises are already on the site:

*Gratitude Journal & Gratitude Lists

*Gratitude Visit


Hills, P., & Argyle, M. (2002). The Oxford Happiness Questionnaire: a compact scale for the measurement of psychological well-being. Personality and Individual Differences, 33, 1073–1082.

I’ve used “don’t” rather than the more staid and formal “do not” in the phrasing of the questions above; I decided to give preference to my own sense of what is more natural and conversational in American English. (Remember that the questionnaire was developed in England.) I’ve also added the phrase “(find time for),” which psychology researcher Sonja Lyubomirsky uses for clarification in question 18.

Written and posted by Dr. Steve Wright @
Dr. Wright is a research scientist. NIH-TL1 Postdoctoral Scholar, Dept. of Medicine, Georgetown University.