The Mouth-Body Connection by Gerald P. Curatola, DDS

The Mouth-Body Connection is a must read – whether you are suffering from chronic disease, or just want to bring your health to a new level, the information and insights in this book can help. Dr. Curatola has brought together thirty years of dental experience along with the latest science and developed a program for oral and body health  called The Curatola Care Program.  As detailed in the book, the program consists of learning about the natural micro-biome of the mouth, the hazards of inflammation, and the role of diet, exercise and stress reduction.

For thousands of years traditional Chinese medicine has known to look at the tongue and the mouth as an indicator of a patient’s overall health. Dr. Curatola notes this, adding that now modern science has caught up with ancient wisdom. The author writes, “The mouth acts as a mirror and a gateway and reflects what is happening in the rest of your body, and the health of your mouth appears to have a profound impact on the rest of your body.”

As The Mind-Body Connection makes clear, chronic, low grade oral disease can sometimes result in serious disease throughout the body, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, COPD, some cancers, obesity, and more. According to Dr. Curatola, educating ones self about the role of the mouth’s biome – the good bacteria – is critical. Unfortunately, the recent overuse of anti-bacterial products that “kill 99% of germs” has had unforeseen consequences, including killing the beneficial bacteria as well. (And if you think your “natural” toothpaste or mouth wash are better, you may have to think again!) Just as we’ve recently discovered the importance of gut health, we now learn that maintaining a healthy bacterial balance in the mouth is critcal. Following the author’s 28 day program as outlined in this informative book is a sound and effective way to do it.

 


Loving Out Loud by Robyn Spizman

Whether you are an introvert or extrovert, shy or outgoing, it’s possible to appreciate others out loud. The world needs introverts and extroverts. Consider this an invitation to notice the good in others. When you do so, your blessings will float to the top. Begin with bite-size moments of gratitude, and find ways to appreciate out loud the actions of others.

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Meditation: What IS the Real You? by Dada Jyotirupananda

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Dada Jyotirupananda (video) writes, “The book, “Meditation: Searching for the Real You” came out of my experience as a meditation teacher. Why do I meditate? I first heard about meditation in my university days and gradually understood that it could help me in various ways…

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The Experience of Stillness by Constance Kellough

The shift in consciousness we need requires that we discover and live from the stillness within us. When we come from inner stillness, which, as already stated, is paradoxically a highly active, alert state, it opens us to experience aspects of our true Self and continues to pave the way to felt Self-realization.

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The Apprentice Cards from Monique Fay, Photographer & Healer

Monique Fay is a pioneer and a visionary in the fields of photography and healing. Her practice, based in Santa Barbara, CA, offers a unique synthesis of skills, wisdom and experience. She is the author of The Book of Fay and has just released The Apprentice Cards, a wonderful set of healing cards geared toward inspiring insight and personal transformation. The photos are stunning, and the experience of working with them immersive and powerful.

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The Invitation of Openness in the Midst of a World Falling Apart by Amoda Maa

When I embarked on the journey of offering my essential teaching of “the freedom of openness” in the form of this book, I had no idea the world would almost literally fall apart as the…

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Winter by Marla Stone

An excerpt from The Clutter Remedy: A Guide to Getting Organized for Those Who Love Their Stuff, by Marla Stone. December is dominated by the holiday season, which often involves lots of parties, visitors, travel, and special meals. Maintaining an organized home is a particular challenge this month, given all the pressure to decorate, buy presents, host gatherings, and cook. This is when having a fine-tuned storing system will help a great deal, since it makes it much easier to find all those special-occasion holiday items.

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Spiritual Experiences in Lucid Dreams by Clare R. Johnson, author of Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Lucid Dreaming

In lucid dreams, we are aware that we are dreaming, and with this awareness, we can guide and shape the dream, or go with the flow of events. We may find ourselves flying over magnificent vistas, breathing underwater, transforming into an eagle, hugging a much missed deceased friend, or simply soaking up the astonishingly real imagery and sensations of being conscious in a dream world. When we engage lucidly with our dreams, we illuminate them from within.

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A Conversation with Bridgit Dengal Gaspard, author of The Final 8th

No one enjoys being stuck and the misery is amplified when we have accomplished multiple steps toward a cherished goal — whether breaking a bad habit, losing weight, building a business, finding a mate, or finishing a degree — but just can’t seem to complete it. In The Final 8th: Enlist Your Inner Selves to Accomplish Your Goals, author and therapist Bridgit Dengel Gaspard calls this demoralizing quandary when someone is so close to the finish line but just can’t seem to cross it “the final 8th” and introduces a powerful technique called voice dialogue to help readers recognize and overcome internal blocks that are preventing them from achieving their goals.   We hope you’ll enjoy this short Q and A with Bridgit about the book.

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The Humming Effect by Jonathan Goldman & Andi Goldman

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For those searching for a way to improve their health without medicine, or intrusive measures, The Humming Effect really rewards the reader. This slim book covers a lot of ground showing how humming can make a difference to one’s well being. The authors build a strong case through research and anecdotal data that humming can lead to increased oxygen levels, lowered blood pressure and heart rate, increased nitric oxide, release of endorphins, enhanced lymphatic circulation, and more.

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