Monthly Archives: February 2013

Heart: Mikaya Heart

MIKAYA HEART’S REASONS FOR BEING (PT. 1 OF 4)

Kamala Appel: Hi this is Kamala Appel, I’m here tonight with Mikaya Heart. We’re going to share some information to help other people live a healthier life. First I’d like to give Mikaya the opportunity to introduce herself and tell us a little bit about her background. Mikaya, please introduce yourself.

Mikaya Heart: Hi; so I’m an author and I’m now a coach in the art of being fully alive, which is really something I took up doing when I had what I call my epiphany or my “aha” moment; however you put it, when I really changed my life. So anyway what I teach people is about allowing universal energy to move through you freely. There are different ways of doing that for everyone, but that is for me the ultimate definition of good health. And I write books on different subjects, but they are all described as inspiring reads, which I love.

Kamala Appel: So when did you decided to make a commitment to living a healthy lifestyle and why; so in other words what was your “aha” moment that really made you inspired and committed?

Mikaya Heart: I was living the kind of life that everybody lives; which is running around and doing things and staying very busy all day, and getting stressed out. And over a period of what was really a period of about three years various things happened. The first thing that happened is I was diagnosed with Hepatitis C, and that really took me up short.

But I didn’t immediately change my life; I was mulling it over, thinking about it a lot. Then I started really questioning what life was about, and I had a couple of very startling experiences which…they were very personal; so an onlooker wouldn’t have seen anything. One of them was an experience of absolute bliss that I suppose might be called a story of enlightenment.

Kamala Appel: Nirvana?

Mikaya Heart: And left me with very much of an awareness that my being is much more important than anything I do or have. Then another one was, I won’t go into that too much; I met myself in the mirror, and it was very extraordinary. That left me with the awareness that there was nothing…I had no excuse to be motivated by fear, and that I really only wanted to be motivated by trust.

And then the fourth thing that happened, which was most spectacular by a long is that I fell on my head. I fell off a horse on my head, and I lay unconscious in the dirt for probably two hours or so. When I awoke I couldn’t really move, and I just knew that my body needed help. And I wasn’t even thinking bad, I wasn’t thinking in terms of who I was or where I was until I realized that I needed help.

And then I realized that the nearest house was about half a mile away, and I couldn’t even walk. And in the next instant I’d found myself in that house. The woman that lived there said I just fell in the door, and she called an ambulance, it took me to a hospital and I was fine. I had a concussion, I actually spent three days feeling really, really, really, happy, and pleased with life and just appreciating the beauty of life and being me; then I got back into my busy life.

Then there came a time about a few months later, and when I looked back and I thought I have just got back into my busy life and I’ve had all these different wake up calls and now is the time to change. And in that moment I decided that I would do whatever I needed to do to live an absolutely stress-free life.

So I sold my place, what I earned, I sold my place and I took off traveling, and I had some…my life is…I have the most wonderful live now. And over the last few years, that was in 2000 when that happened, and over the last few years I’ve developed my practice as a coach. It’s really about teaching people to be motivated by trust.

Kamala Appel: So did you feel after having a concussion and falling off the horse; hopefully you got your horse back. But after that then did you appreciate things a little bit more? Do you think that was part of what made you feel more blissful or just having that brush of being unconscious for two hours?

Mikaya Heart: I think things got…you know, I fell on my head; I think things go shifted around in my head. I was just able to perhaps…you might put it being more in my left brain and less in the rational part of the brain or more in the part of my brain appreciates things.

Zero2Hero: Evan Money

EVAN MONEY’S REASONS FOR BEING (PT. 1 OF 4)

Kamala Appel: Hello everyone! This is Kamala Appel. I’m here today with Evan Money. We are exploring living a healthier life and Evan’s on that path so he’s with me today. Even tell us a little bit of your background and what did you started with living a healthy life and just a little bit about your background and give me special areas of expertise you want to share with us.

Evan Money: Oh Kamala I’m super excited to be with you here, that’s number one and look forward to giving you and everyone else a fantastic interview as far as background goes. It’s pretty…it’s a wide again, that the short version is I’m a bestselling author of the cancer-prevention book, I’m a global entrepreneur and I’ve spent probably the last, almost 20 years researching health and nutrition. And unlike some of these “celebrities-whatever” hocking this or that, I’m a firm believer that you got to walk the walk. So I live my beliefs and I think the last time I checked, my body fat was under eight percent and off the charts with all other measurements. I’d like to live the message and appeal to my fans and colleagues; everybody called me the next Jack Lalanne which I’m excited about. That’s some big shoes to fill in, that’s for sure.

Kamala: Well Jack Lalanne was an inspiration I mean into the world’s what he was able to do- no steroids, no artificiality just real body. Tell me a little bit about what about him that inspires you and what aspects you aspire to emulate based on Jack Lalanne.

Evan: What’s interesting about Jack, and I actually got a chance to hang out with him a little bit last year, it’s about a year and a half ago and he’s just an amazing guy. I think that at the time he was still in his 90s he was still swimming a couple of miles a day and just still living the walk basically. But what’s interesting about Jack was you can get him on YouTube now which is great about technology and you can look at all of his old shows that were in the 50s and 60s and what he was talking about then is considered cutting edge today. And you see how revolutionary he was, talking about stuff. We’re talking about 60 years later and calling it cutting edge. And so from a pioneer aspect, it’s just, you got to tip your hat to guys like that because obviously, health and fitness was a much different field back then, than it is now.

Kamala: Right…

Evan: I tip my hand to him for being a pioneer and also for being someone who’s willing to be someone who goes against the grain; be a non-traditionalist; be someone that people like, “Who’s that weirdo doing exercises over there?”

Kamala: And so what are some of the things that you would say would be considered cutting edge today that’s really been around for fifty years and also how do you see yourself as a pioneer?

Evan: Well Jack talking about back then the same stuff we’re talking about now with the dangers of dairy, you know, avoiding dairy, avoiding red meat, saying that. I talk about it in my book is how dangerous refined sugar is. And so those three things have, you know still today they’re finding out more and more; see the tide turning on those things but he was the guy uncovering them. Again, 60 years ago and it’s finally taking. It’s interesting because it’s finally taken the death toll economically on health care system to get people to turn it around. Because once it hits everyone in their wallet, then people start taking notice. So again the interesting thing about Jack there and what I also loved about him, what I want to model my life after is he showed what the human body can do, what’s normal for the human body if you take care of it. So a lot of people don’t know that on his 65th and 70th birthdays he was doing…I mean you’re from the Bay Area. I don’t know if you remember but he used to hand cuff himself and swim from Alcatraz back to the beach handcuffed!

Kamala: Yeah…

Evan: You know, in his 60s and 70s!

Kamala: Yeah…

Evan: And doing crazy stuff like that it’s like, “Wow! You know if I take care of my body I really can do that” versus the mentality we have now, everybody the gold forty, I’m broken down, I’m old and slow and people buy into that and Jack was just like this is how the body works and Jacks the perfect example. He was not an old, broken-down guy in an old age home. He lived until he died; everything until the last couple of weeks, he was swimming, eating and running and doing all the things he normally does so that’s what I admire about him. I would do the same thing. I would be playing football with my great-grandkids. I don’t want to be sitting around all day.

Nutrition: Darren Wayne

DARREN WAYNE’S REASONS FOR BEING (PT. 1 OF 3)

Kamala Appel: Hello everyone, this is Kamala Appel and I’m here with Darren Wayne. We are going to be talking about how to live a healthy lifestyle and it might be easier than you thought which is why we are talking to different people, today I’m talking to Darren. Darren please introduce yourself to everyone so people can know a little bit about you

Darren Wayne: Of course, well I’m Darren Wayne but my colleagues call me Dr. Wayne, whichever is fine though. I have a PhD in Bioscience and I’m Board Certified Alternative Medical Practitioner. I have been in practice well over 20 years but I’ve been teaching ever since I was a little boy. I come from a strong background of natural doctors and naturalists in my family, so I certainly do know a lot about the body more than what medical schools teach I’m proud to say. I’ve heard and seen it all.

So many have come from the medical industry of taking drugs and surgery, and have been new to the natural holistic side of treating disease. Many have been pleasantly surprised to know that they don’t have to endure side effects. This is the most endearing aspect of actually treating disease without drugs or pills.

I have had the privilege of talking to people from all over the world many of which have been sent home to die because their doctors can’t help them anymore. There aren’t any more drugs to lessen the pain, and there’s nothing more to cut out of you so they send you home to just tell your family to take care of you and make sure you’re comfortable. Well I’ve seen since I was a little boy with my mother and my grandmother, all of them at that time used strictly food telling people how to eat, what foods are good, and what foods are bad. Now we all know eat fruits and vegetables but people don’t realize that there are several different levels of quality food in this country all the way down to foodless food that isn’t even real food but taste like it. All the way up to food powerful enough actually, you can notice a huge difference and feel less pain in a matter of days kind of like drugs do and everything in between.

I did go to college, university, and I did a lot of volunteer work at clinic so I was able to see the drug side of treating disease. I can tell you that the problems in disease really come down to treating symptoms and ignoring the cause so the wonderful thing about being a natural doctor is I don’t deal with drugs or anything like that. I have no need to do anything like that because I know the power of food. I’ve been teaching this for many years now, few decades already, and I’m happy to share this with your listeners as well.

Kamala Appel: That’s incredible, I think considering now the raised consciousness of addictions and abuse of prescription drugs. That’s like the new pot but it was like pot in the ‘60s and ‘70s, cocaine in the ‘80s, and crack in the ‘90s. Now the new rage is open up your cabinet, whatever people can find, just take it in mass quantities and that’s a pretty horrifying phenomena going on in our country. So I’m wondering, what got you on the path to being so committed to having a healthy lifestyle, did you have an “aha” moment or were you kind of always living healthy?

Darren Wayne: I was raised that way; of course I didn’t I have to choose. I was raised to eat only food, I’m probably only the few people left in this country that has never been vaccinated or inoculated. People think I’m either a mutant or a mad man but I promise you I’m neither. I’m a simple man whose immune system has never been compromised with shots.

Kamala Appel: Wow, when were you born?

Darren Wayne: I was born in the early ‘70s.

Kamala Appel: Okay, so I mean you’re young. It’s not like you’re born in the ‘40s or ‘50s when people got those weird diseases.

Darren Wayne: Oh no, those weird diseases are now very common today though but yeah my parents, they have this knowledge already. Of course if I was raised in a typical family where everyone relied on what mainstream medical said; I’d have a body filled with shots, vaccines, and drugs for every sniffle I have and every type of soda pop you can imagine that I’d be drinking. This is what a typical family that I saw growing up would be doing each and every day, but I myself would often look at them and think to myself, “wow”. They seem to be getting along with people a lot more out there in mainstream but they’re really sick, always sick; allergies, coughs, flu’s every winter. What’s wrong with them? I never got sick so I didn’t understand that growing up.

I thought the healthier you are, the more noticed you’d be and more respected you become, but I realized later in life that no, that’s not how it works. When you’re ridiculed, you know you’re doing something right. When you’re kind of considered an outcast or the alternative crazy health-nut guy then you know you’re doing something right. When you fit in, when you’re part of the pack, when everyone loves you wherever you go, when you can chat about drugs and which drug plan is best, and kind of fit in with the stereotypical patient who is suffering from a disease out there, and get along in their conversation, know what they’re talking about and feel their pain. When you’re able to experience all of that then you fit right in, they say “I’ll pray for you”. Yeah, good luck.

But no one knows anything about how to be healthy. They know to eat fruits and vegetables; they know this already. They’ve heard it their entire life since they were children. Their problem isn’t that they don’t have the knowledge or they don’t have the means to find these healthier foods. It’s just plain old inconvenient and believe you me no one likes to be persecuted for believing what’s right.

It’s always easier to follow the crowd and what’s up with the crowd these days? Well, they’re dying left and right, every single day a baby dies; a little boy, a little girl, a mother, a father, some child, grandmother, grandfather dying every single day from completely preventable diseases all because they follow a crowd. They only know the thought of the crowd which is treat symptoms, pray, and hope for the best. That’s all they got, that’s all they go for and they’re so dependent on this system of treatment and so loyal to it that if anyone ever tries to suggest that there is another way. They’ll either ridicule you, they’ll make fun of you, or just straight out hate you and think you’re a snake oil salesmen.

Kamala Appel: Well I think there is something to that statement of misery likes company. Also how the leaders at some point, if you look at basic history, leaders pretty much in every field of thought from philosophy especially science; but even in literature and music that leaders in an industry tend to be treated as the outcast because no one else can get their mind around it. Then a hundred years later, people say “well it’s so obvious that the world isn’t flat”. Well I bet you if you were alive five hundred years ago, you would have been one of those laughing at someone thinking “well we probably could go around the world and not fall of the edge.”

Darren Wayne: Well yeah actually, when you introduce something new in my case telling people to eat healthy food, I can imagine that everything new; nevertheless it seems to be regarded as the alternative. If you go back in time far enough, drugs and surgeries are far more alternative than eating food, but okay fine I will stick with that stereotype of being the alternative natural doctor. Sure, that’s okay I can live with that but there are many medical doctors in the past who have come to the realization that the system in which they are using does not cure anyone. Why do you think every surgery you do, you have to sign your life away to a statement that says “oh if we kill you, you won’t sue us” because they know they can’t cure a thing and if they did they lose billions and trillions of dollars.

There’s this one medical doctor a few decades back, Glenn A. Warner M.D., he was quoted saying, “we have a multi-billion dollar industry that is killing people, right and left, just for financial gain. Their idea of research is to see whether two doses of this poison is better than three doses of that poison.” That is the entire medical industry in one little nut shell, that’s the entire industry. It has nothing to do with health. It has nothing to do with curing anything, and if you think throwing money at a disease is going to cure it. It’s probably you added up all the donations for cancer, heart disease, and diabetes alone. We’re talking probably half a trillion dollars, do you actually think another million is going to make a difference? They’re not aiming at a cure and they don’t want to. I’m sorry to say, they don’t want to and they really can’t because if they did cure this disease, billions of dollars worth of income that families are earning from drugs, surgical equipment, salaries, etc., a lot of families’ lives would be ruined. It’s so entrenched in societies nowadays that you really can’t, even if all the governments got together, something wonderful happen in their brains that told them all at once, “you know what let’s cure disease right now, here it is.” Even if they did do that, society would come to a standstill because so much is relied on the medical industry. So it’s not my goal to change society, I just want to help a few people along the way.

Anti-Inflammation Diet Update

Liking the chia seed “gel” before meals (AM and PM) it does seem to curb my appetite and cravings for some junk. I noticed my tongue is brighter since I switched toothpaste. And my breathing is better through my nose. And dare I say that my tummy is making a comeback. Yeah!

Nutrition: Tara Rayburn

TARA RAYBURN’S REASONS FOR BEING (PT. 1 OF 2)

My name is Tara Rayburn, aka the “Healthy Habit Coach”. I empower people with daily, sustainable and uplifting habits. My degree is in Radio and Television, but my heart and soul is in inspiring others to become “Ripples of Health” in our world. My expertise is learning the wisdom of old world ways and how we can take those to our daily lives for a great foundation of health.

Although my mother and granny instilled a desire to discover healthy things in our world, my commitment to health became my purpose after having children with severe allergies and sensitivities. The “Ah-Ha” moment came when we all hit rock bottom (thought we were doing things well). I learned that it is rarely only 1 thing that causes us “Disease” or “Illness” nor is it usually just 1 thing that builds long lasting health.

I have found many wonderful surprises when it comes to health and fitness. First and foremost, those crazy things my mom and granny used to tell us to do all had very sound foundations. For example, granny wouldn’t let us drink water with our meals. She said it diluted our digestive juices. I finally agree. That afternoon nap they used to require me to take has become my ‘reset’ button.

I still find it challenging to keep practicing healthy habits over the holiday period from Halloween to New Year’s Day. I have kids and coming up with healthy, fun alternatives for all the gatherings can be tough. Keeping a good balance of work, family and me time is really tricky. But I manage to stay motivated for two reasons: First, my children and next my faith.

If you are struggling to stay motivated I encourage you to find a higher purpose in your goal. I don’t know about you, but trying to fit into that pair of jeans I wore in high school only gets so far in getting me to the gym. However, realizing that by walking my talk and by showing up to the plate, I can oftentimes encourage those around me struggling with even greater challenges. That is a fantastic motivation for me.

All Heart Month

Can you believe it’s already February? I can’t. February promises to be an action-packed month:

1) First and foremost is Super Bowl Sunday and my team’s in it to win it- GO NINERS! It’s no secret that I’m a BIG 49ers fan and I’m probably going to watch at Skates in Berkeley (great view, big screens, but not drunken), so if you’re interested in joining me, please contact me (I’d love to have a pack of rowdies with me).

 

2) If you’re interested in marketing and mingling, the SFAMA is hosting two super-hot events this month: One mixer and one educational (social media). I will be there with bells on and hope to see some of your smiling faces as well. They both promise to be packed and sell out, so don’t delay, register today: http://sfama.org/category/events/

 

3) Some of you know that I’m a fan of taking control of your health and not taking it for granted. Some of you may know that February is Wear Red Month in honor of the American Heart Association’s campaign to raise awareness about heart disease (the Number #1 killer in our country). A few of you may even know that I was a volunteer coach for the AHA Marathon Running Team, but do any of you know why?

I going to share a memory that is very painful for me to revisit, but I will do so because I want to remind you all to be grateful for your health and not let your quest for success lead you astray:

Exactly one day and one year after September 11th, my family’s life changed for the worse. I entered my mother’s house and when she didn’t respond to my calling her name, I went to look for her. I noticed that there was water all over the bathroom floor and in the hallway leading up to her room. I had no idea what had happened. Then I found her lying unconscious on her bedroom floor.

“Mom?” I uttered, trying to awaken her, but she didn’t respond.

I had a feeling that she had an accident and possibly a stroke so I immediately called 9-1-1. After telling the dispatcher that I thought my mother had a stroke because she was unconscious and unresponsive, and telling him the address. I struggled to pull her on to her bed and get her dressed before the EMTs arrived. She apparently had fallen when exiting the shower, so I wanted to preserve her dignity by dressing her.

I managed to lift and dress her, and call work and my assistant to say I wouldn’t be there because I had to go to the emergency room with my mother all before the ambulance arrived. It felt like an eternity before help came. I was in a daze, a complete state of shock. I couldn’t believe this was happening. I went back in to check on my mother and tell her what I thought was happening: that I feared she had a stroke and that I called an ambulance to take her to the hospital. She mustered up the strength to softly utter the last words that I would hear her say with her original normal voice- “Thank you.”

I can’t begin to tell you how much has changed for the worse since that day. She suffers from aphasia and dizziness from the multitude of medications she has to take. I am the only one who helps her and she refuses to take advantage of the resources that all of our taxes pay for, including hers for the 30+ years she worked for the State of California. I lost my job because Peralta Colleges didn’t like the fact that I took the day off to go to the ER.

Enough said about dark moments. My point of sharing this with you all is that we are more than a community of business owners, we are a community of people with challenges in our lives that shape us and motivate us to do good beyond just good work. I would not wish my experience on anyone else, but wishing is not enough. I was willing to hit up everyone I knew for cash during the recession, host a film festival, and walk from El Cerrito to Oakland asking for sponsor donations to raffle off, because I wanted to raise $4,000 to prevent what happened to my mother from happening to anyone else, and to keep another family from becoming collateral damage of a stroke. I encourage you all to take advantage of February to think about how you can be a little healthier and bring the gift of good health to others. If you’re looking for support and easy tips, check out my free community http://www.facebook.com/reasonsforbeing and I’d love it if you liked it. (-:

 

Happy Feb Club!

 

Kamala, KEA Productions

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