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Learning How Aloe Vera Works Wonders at a Curaçao Plantation

December 19, 2014 by  

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If you read We Blog the World often enough, you know that we’re huge fans of sustainable travel, eco-green resorts and being as aware as we can about our environment and how to preserve it. I personally am a fan of all things natural, whether that be the food that we eat, the products we digest — vitamins and supplements — or the lotions we use that get absorbed into our system. Aloe Vera is one of those natural wonders that can be used for healing — you can eat it, apply it on your skin or drink its natural juices, which not only have great digestive properties but keeps you running smoothly too. Yes, I mean just that. For those of you who have constipation issues and you know who you are, Aloe Vera may just be your ticket to better health. I learned more about Aloe Vera at the Aloe Vera Plantation in Curaçao recently, where they make natural products under the Curaloe name, ranging from lotions, facial scrubs and masks, to pure juice you can drink. Something you may not realize is that Aloe Vera comes from the…

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Liberians Response to Rise of Ebola

October 28, 2014 by  

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shutterstock_138477560 With global Ebola panic in full swing, it may surprise you to learn how calm many West Africans remain as the disease continues its deadly rampage in their communities. A recent New York Times piece by Liberian-American journalist, Helene Cooper details the admirable resilience of Liberians as they weather the storm of a ruthless illness. As a child, Cooper and her family left Liberia to escape the horrifying violence that plagued their homeland.  Having endured 14 years of civil war, Liberians consider themselves to be a nation of survivors and many of them have the harrowing stories to prove it. “They came by that resilience the hard way,” says Cooper. Her own sister was kidnapped and narrowly escaped death. Another hid in a remote area for two years after seeing a coworker brutally killed by rebels. On a recent visit to her home city of Monrovia, Cooper was surprised to see how calm Liberians are remaining even with the ever-present threat of disease. But given their painful history, Liberians see Ebola as another problem that must be dealt with. She explains: “[Many] Liberians are treating the disease with much the same resignation as…

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Some of the Most Serene Yoga Travel Destinations For Your Bucket List

September 10, 2014 by  

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Most people think of yoga as a turning inward, a solitary practice aimed at developing self-awareness and reflection. People practice yoga to find peace and improve wellness; but ultimately, to feel truly serene, you need to feel united and at home with your environment. Instead of isolating you from your surroundings, these trips connect you with local people, traditions and cultures to help you feel grounded, even in foreign settings. Seek more meaningful encounters than ordinary yoga retreats of personal discovery, as these trips allow you to try something new, broaden your horizons and connect to people with different perspectives. Join the Balinese in firework displays and excitement before a day of silence to celebrate their new year. Participate in the sacred Incan fire ceremony. Volunteer at a home for abused women and the homeless in Greece… then celebrate all of your blessings by learning Greek dance! With these cultural immersion trips, you will stretch more than your limbs. In fact, you will emerge as a much more well-rounded person by the time you return home.

Stimulate Your Inner Incan Fire (Cusco, Peru)

Do yoga in Peru's Sacred Valley. Photo courtesy of Yajra Sol Yoga Adventures.

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Aspen Ideas Festival 2014: Challenging Limitations

July 10, 2014 by  

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The 10th anniversary Aspen Ideas Festival, produced by the Aspen Institute in collaboration with The Atlantic magazine, continues to trumpet optimism over the future, as the event has from its inception a decade ago. Yet this year’s theme of “Imagine 2014″ – looking a decade ahead rather than at the decade past – felt tempered also over concerns about the limitations of progress yet to be won, ranging from the perception of Congressional gridlock and Supreme Court setbacks to deficiencies of funding and civil liberties quandaries resulting from medical and scientific advances, to name a few. A theme running across many of the talks and conversations engaging luminaries in the audience as well as on stage was how to address issues of scarce resources in the face of vulnerable infrastructures, underperforming education institutions, opportunities to conduct hugely promising research and  the challenges of war, human suffering and environmental degradation. But before proceeding, let me describe the IdeasFestival a bit more. Begun in 2004, the event seeks to bring together hundreds of leaders in fields of business, government and scientific endeavor, as well as social entrepreneurs, into a weeklong series of talks and conversations. The festive conference…

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Fed Up Unveils the TRUTH About Food, Obesity & Sugar in America

May 11, 2014 by  

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Healthy food Lately I have been busy trying to help my family really understand how to live a healthy lifestyle. I realized it is not only about exercise or eating food that seems “healthy”. It is also about understanding what are the right foods to eat and to control things like the amount of sugar being consumed. We have a history of diabetes in our family so it is especially important. I really did get “Fed Up” with the type of foods in the schools, restaurants and even grocery stores that have moved so far away from whole food ingredients. We just recently started cooking from scratch, adding more plant foods and even making my kid’s lunches for school. I am also trying new nutritional apps and websites that I am excited to talk more about in future posts. But for today, I am excited that Katie Couric took her amazing background in investigative journalism and worked with Laurie David (Oscar winning producer of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH) and director Stephanie Soechtig, to create a documentary on the truth behind the obesity crisis in America called Fed Up opening in Theatres across the country today…

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Sun Valley’s Zenergy, the Family-Oriented Gym & Spa on Steroids

April 29, 2014 by  

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I discovered Zenergy from a couple of sources before even setting foot in Sun Valley Idaho. The fitness center, health club and spa combo is a massive property with a diverse array of dynamic programming and so many programs and offerings, you’ll never run out of things to do. Zenergy is a 48,000-square-foot facility that features a world-class spa with nine treatment rooms, a variety of massage modalities, acupuncture, reflexology, a nail salon, Greg Hinshaw’s hair studio, and tanning services. The health club includes indoor and outdoor saline pools, tennis courts, cardiovascular & weight training gym, squash court, Pilates, group fitness, indoor cycling, and yoga studios. The health club’s main fitness floor provides state-of-the-art cardiovascular and resistance training equipment with a large open format and a vast north facing view of Idaho’s majestic mountain ranges.  They also have Personal Training, and Physical Therapy. Their spa offers body treatments, massage, reflexology, acupuncture, waxing and facials. Zenergy is no ordinary “gym” and spa. On my visit, I noticed a number of women sharing fitness experiences with their kids; the property is…

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The Bamboo-Fibered Nufabrx Pillow Fights Acne While You Sleep

April 2, 2014 by  

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I recently met young Seattle startup Jordan Schindler, who at only 22 years old, started a company called Nufabrx after learning about how dirty pillowcases are and how they can contribute to acne. Some of us may already know this, but not everyone does. His clear skin pillow helps you fight acne while you sleep. For travelers who know how dirty pillowcases can get on the road, you already know this is a godsend if you have blemished skin. Another stat you probably don’t want to know is that researchers swabbed 40 pillowcases and toilet seats and found that the bacteria on each was so similar the samples were virtually indistinguishable! AND, that dermatologists recommend changing your pillowcase every 2-3 days. The Nufabrx $29.99 pillowcase contains bamboo fibers and microcapsules that release a special serum into the skin that helps reduce facial bacteria. The product, which contains tea tree oil, can be washed and typically lasts one year.
Innovative microencapsulation technology allows their all natural scientifically formulated serum containing lavender, lemon balm, tea tree oil and wintergreen oil to remain embedded within the fibers of the pillowcase wash after wash. The


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Is Technology Making Us All Autistic?

February 9, 2014 by  

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Autism.jpg This ad for  Autism Speaks at a San Francisco bus stop reminded me of an excerpt from an article written by Curt Woodward, senior editor at  Xconomy, about the lack of eye-contact within Google’s top echelon:
During Schmidt’s decade as Google CEO, before co-founder Larry Page took the helm, there was a standing rule for one senior-executive meeting: No computers, no smartphones, and talk to each other face-to-face for one hour per week. It was so hard to resist the pull of the Web, though, that Schmidt had to walk around the meeting room and look for people hiding their phones under the table, dispensing fines to the offenders. “Even one hour per week, you couldn’t have a civilized conversation. So when Larry replaced me, he gave up. And now I sit in the meeting, typing away like everybody else, with no eye contact. So, if you like eye contact, I’m sorry–you lost,” he said to laughs.
Schmidt: Google Glass Critics “Afraid of Change,” Society Will Adapt | Xconomy The lack of eye-contact is pervasive and extends well beyond the Google C-suite. It seems likely that our technologies are encouraging autistic types of behaviors. We…

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