I have to say this winter in Miami has been spectacular. Every day beautifully warm, between 78-82 degrees with glorious evenings -many times as high as 72 degrees - ideal for dancing outdoors in the wonderful homes accommodating a few hundred guests at a time, creating barmy evenings full of romance and glamour. This is while the rest of the US and Europe are suffering from dreadful storms and damage and even in Malibu (California) there has been snow, which is quite unheard of. The weather is getting even more temperamental, just like life that seems to have speeded up, resulting in stress and despair in our already very busy lives. However, I am quite proud of myself in being able to slow down a little by making some adjustments – and enjoying some nice celebratory parties.
SOCIETY DINNER PARTY
NEW YEARS EVE CELEBRATION
Rose Marie Cossick, fundraiser for cancer charities; The Mayor of Fort Laderdale Jum Naugle, Lucia McCormick the socialite hostess at her party, and Valerie Austin
Rod Stewart Look-a-like in action
Are you being bogged down by other people's mistakes?
It is steadily getting worst creating extra stress and reason to eat unhealthy
I left my American mobile in the UK and just as I was going to buy a cheap pay-as-you-go (too many mistakes with contracts), I wondered if I could get along without one and I and am proud to report that it has been three months now - such a relief and not at all difficult as I automatically work round it. Also I have little clutter in my handbag it's amazing what you carry around but 'don't' need. I am doing as much as I can to slow time down and enjoy the moment, rather than chasing around letting technology lead me into chaos. Still, my day is taken up with phoning banks, telephone companies and other necessary amenities to correct their mistakes and returning faulty goods such as computers and new printers. It seems to be an endless battle. Banks are high on the list of offenders - I find I have to double-check everything I ask them to do, especially in telephone banking and this is happening on both sides of the Atlantic. Their mistakes are very expensive, with the telephone tellers being either dyslexic or they just cannot be bothered.
The grave's too Small
I have been saying that this new attitude (people no longer having the pride in their work) has been showing up in my training classes for several years and has been getting steadily worse each year. Two years ago, I trained a thousand people in very large classes and although they were delighted with the courses, the lack of concentration and 'can't be bothered to study' attitude was very noticeable. I said we would start to see the results in our everyday life - trains, planes and electrical goods breaking, even where we don't expect it. The most bazaar case was where a lady was greatly distressed when she was burying her husband, only to find that the coffin did not fit into the grave. It had been dug too small.
Is our future going to mean we have to watch out for the enemy in our own camp - the food producers?
In 2007, you may find yourself at a crossroads with a choice of either taking the road to health or ignorant bliss. With the road to health, you will have to be brave and check everything you eat. However, with the road to ignorant bliss you could face a long-term prospect of suffering with arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, strokes and other more unpleasant illnesses, not to mention the dangerous ones such as cancer. Whichever road you take is a lifestyle choice and unfortunately, the healthy route is full of obstacles, but it is well worth it and cheaper in the end. I have been on the party scene for the last few months and it has been great to know my body is in good shape - no midriff bulge or bloatedness from water retention, due to excess salt and sugar. It hasn't been easy with a hectic social scene and I have had to eat virtually every time before I go to the many dinners and gala's, but I feel so healthy that it has been worth it. My taste buds are very keen now and I don't need rich foods. It's amazing what education does for you. Just knowing what is in the foods is enough to have a change of attitude.
Did you ever think why we are advised to drink so much water, at least 5 glasses a day, to get all the toxins out? Even to the extent of creating a fashion carrying an 'unhealthy plastic' bottle around to swig at will. Why would anyone have to drink so much water when for centuries it has never been necessary? It is simple. Our food has become toxic and if we eat it we need to cleanse or detoxify ourselves regularly. I have been writing about the dangers of conventional food for several years but it is now hitting the front pages as if it is new. News of cloned animals in our supermarkets previously undetected by the stores themselves has just been revealed and just as this has been leaked we are shown a glimpse of the future with Germline and genetically modified food coming in next. The scientists are working on Frankenstein food hidden under the pretence of helping us with diseases. It is a very unsafe world we have to eat in. Since a balanced diet is essential for brainpower, it will be fascinating to see the long-term results with modified food. Germline is the most serious and dangerous science to keep an eye on, as it is changing the cell structure. This means the changes go into the next generations and the blueprint is forever changed. A book you may be interested in reading is 'Germline' published in 2003 by Nelson Erkuck. On the cover, W. French Anderson M.D., Director of Gene Therapy Laboratories, called 'the Father of Gene Therapy' says of this novel "Spellbinding! The science is valid and not only could happen but 'will' happen if we as a society do not take steps to prevent it.
In gene therapy, the damaged or defective chromosomes of an individual patient are corrected by the addition of new genes introduced into the patient's DNA. This is a dangerous and controversial technique, on the cutting edge of medical science. "GermLine" gene therapy is even more radical. By altering the reproductive cells, the germ cells, of a single individual, you can forever change the genetic makeup of that person - and all of his or her future descendants! www.nelsonerlick.com
I contacted him and he is having problems with his computer too.
Trans Fats banned in all restaurants in New York as a danger to your health! Since it is in most prepared food what have they left to serve?
You may have seen my article last year about how dangerous trans fats have no nutritional benefit. A liquid vegetable oil spun around in a machine at high speed with nickel added as a catalyst, turning liquid oil into a plastic-like solid. It is now official that it has no nutritional advantage. It does, however, guarantee a long shelf life for the producers. The once-a-week shop, rather than every other day, is costing you dearly as you get older and your arteries are likely to block up, causing strokes and heart attacks early in life.
Brain Food is there such a thing? You bet!
In the last ten years there has been a growing body of research demonstrating how the mind and body talk to each other, showing how emotional and psychological states affect the chemical balance of the body, which in turn affects the immune, neural, endocrine, digestive and circulatory systems. The chemical messengers are called neuropeptides that carry information from the mind to the body and back again through the body fluids. One of these neuropeptides is beta endorphin which gives you that blissful feeling. Clusters can be found throughout the limbic system, the heart, the sexual organs and even in the stomach, some which give that 'gut' feeling response that we should take more notice of. These neuropeptides provide the link between perception, feelings and thoughts affecting the brain, hormonal secretions, the immune system and every cell of the body, creating a single, whole-body communications system. This means that every part of your body is listening and responding to your mental conversations.
Candace Pert, in her book 'Molecules of Emotion', explains that we can no longer believe emotions are less important than physical or material substances but we should see them as cellular signals translating information into physical reality literally transforming mind into matter.
If something as simple as Vitamin B can turn around a chronic schizophrenia think what good nutrition can do for 'you'!
Mind-body medicine came from a simple discovery of "wherever thought goes a chemical goes with it." In my practice as a hypnotherapist, I found that stress was neither good nor bad but rather how we respond to it. The client's perception relates to how they deal with stress. If you have confidence in yourself and believe you can deal with the problem then it enthuses your creativity to deal with it, but if you think you cannot cope, or are feeling down from lack of nutrition, then you become fearful and the result is negative stress symptoms. Just believing that you cannot cope can be enough to shut down your digestive system, speeding up the heart rate. From minor neuroses to schizophrenia, nutrition can rebalance the brain chemistry, reducing and often eliminating the need for synthetic drugs. Hypnosis is excellent at reducing the stress and can also change your attitude, enabling you to easily keep on a diet for your maximum potential and happiness without missing out on your once favorite foods, whilst correcting your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. The first double-blind study of schizophrenia in North America in the fifties focused on nutrition. Dr Abram Hoffer and Dr Humphrey Osmond in Canada conducted a series of trials comparing patients given a placebo, electroshock therapy or nutritional vitamins. It demonstrated that a short-term course of vitamin B could restore a person with chronic schizophrenia to normal, so this should help you to understand what you are doing to your body by being that 'toxic' person.
Neuroscientists have found that the limbic system is the emotional center of the brain that controls appetite, blood-sugar levels, body temperature, and the automatic functioning of the heart, lungs, digestive and circulatory systems. It is indeed like your own personal pharmacy - releasing the neuropeptides is necessary to maintain a balanced system and keeping yourself healthy by eating non-chemical and healthy foods is a great start. Again, we are what we eat and you can tailor your diet to your brain chemistry. Poor nutrition will send your body chemistry out of whack and taking drugs will just create a chaos. Taking prescription drugs just mask the symptoms so they find another way to signal you.
So what are the cloners and the gene therapy scientists up to now
So what can we look forward to in 2007 and beyond? Cow's that may be bred to just produce enormous amounts of milk, and are bred to be 2-3 times the size with the stress gene taken out, for convenience, so they are like zombies. The new 'gene' junk food may be chicken that tastes of anything you wish. Soda that changes color, everlasting chocolate, in fact just more fake food.
From the same institute where Dolly the sheep was cloned, they have changed the DNA of 500 chickens with their eggs containing complicated medical proteins. They have used 'Germline' therapy that alters the blueprint for all their generations to come and it cannot be reversed. When will they be making us zombies with a simple injection, because they tell us it is good for us in order to stave off possible illnesses?
On to a lighter note:
A customer fed up with trying to get his money back after being wrongly charged £3,400 for going overdrawn sent in the bailiffs to seize the bank's computers and the bank had to pay up immediately while shocked customers watched. A taste of their own medicine!
Greetings until next month, Valerie
Eds Note: VALERIE AUSTIN is an author of six successful self-help books including SELF HYPNOSIS (Thorsons), journalist and trainer with an international reputation in the field of hypnosis. Her best-selling books and training help people achieve their full potential. She founded the Austin Corporate Stress Management Company focusing on reducing stress and anxiety amongst executives and CEO's. She is also founder of UKRAH (1992) The UK Register of Advanced Hypnotherapy. Valerie has also worked as a consultant in hypnosis at the Priory Hospital, the UK's equivalent to The Betty Ford Clinic, which specialises in food addiction and alcohol abuse. Her work in the film industry (Hollywood) interviewing movers and shakers, producing TV news segments and publishing celebrity magazines in London gave her invaluable experience for her current Harley Street practice.