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The Miracle Of Making Every Day a Vacation part 1 of 5

August 16, 2017

Is it possible to live every day with the thrill and joy of vacation? The answer to this question is a resounding yes! In this series, we shall explore the worldviews of Gandhi and Einstein which will point us in the right direction. The secret is rediscovering our childlike nature and knowing vacation is a state of mind.

There is a famous story of a Western journalist asking Mahatma Gandhi,

You've been working 15-hour days for 50 years. Don't you need a vacation?”

Gandhi replied, “I am always on vacation.

Some view this as an apocryphal story, but from recent findings in modern neuroscience, we realize this story is real.

How could a man who endured so much hardship say every day was a vacation? Let us find out.

Close your eyes. Now imagine yourself at your favorite vacation destination. Take in everything with your five senses. Feel as if you are actually there. If you do not have a destination, then think of an activity that brings you great joy. Take one deep conscious breath in and one conscious breath out. This simple exercise takes 10 seconds. What was your favorite vacation destination or activity? How did you feel?

I went to Kona, HI relaxing with my family on Hapuna Beach. I felt complete peace, joy, contentment and a profound sense of relaxation. You can experience this feeling in any situation! Regardless of your location or life situation, you can engender this relaxation response. When you consciously do so, you have manifested a vacation state of mind. You consciously manufactured neuropeptides associated with happiness, love and compassion.

I will share with you Five Ancient Universal Principles that children live every day and will allow every day to be a vacation! I have created a mnemonic device that will help you remember the 5 principles for inner and outer transformation: L.O.V.E.S. The Answer. These principles have been around for thousands of years and they are universal and can be practiced with any religion.

The first principle: Live Your Truth because knowledge is not enough.

“My life is my message, said Mahatma Gandhi.

Not a single word needs to be uttered because your life is your message. When you live your truth your actions speak louder than words. When you live your truth, you promote health. When you live your truth, like Gandhi, you reduce stress. When you reduce stress you decrease inflammation, oxidation, prevent premature aging, and you preserve your hormone of youth DHEA at the genetic level in the 37 trillion cells in your body. When you don't live your truth, you promote disease. Prajnaparada, a Sanskrit term in ayurveda, is defined as a deliberate willful Indulgence in unhealthy practices that leads to disease. Prajnaparada is also known as a crime against wisdom. Some examples of crimes against wisdom are smoking, not exercising, eating junk food, etc. How many of you have known something was bad for you but did it anyway? Everyone has committed a crime against wisdom.

When we live our truth we promote health, happiness, and longevity. It is difficult to experience a vacation state of mind when we are constantly committing crimes against wisdom that leads to preventable chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. In fact many are killing themselves slowly with the fork at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Many people eat foods that are toxic and do so because of herd mentality or peer pressure.

However, when you live your truth others’ opinions don't matter. When we have enough conviction and self worth to follow our path we immediately experience the relaxation response. Think about it. Small children naturally live this principle. Have you ever told a 3-year-old, hey, you need to live your truth? That would be absurd. When you live your truth, you have contentment, peace, and joy. When you live your truth, your life becomes your message!

What is the secret of living our truth? Putting knowledge into practice! Let me share with you a story.

There was a mother in India who had a 12-year-old son with a sugar addiction. No matter what wise words the mother used to discourage the boys’ sugar addiction, she failed. Frustrated, the mother took a five hour trek, in the scorching sun, for the boy to hear from his idol, Gandhi.

Tired and exhausted after the trek the mother found Gandhi and said, “Oh, Great Soul, Mahatma Gandhi, tell this boy that processed sugar is bad for you and he should stop eating it.”

Gandhi was pensive then replied, “Come back in three weeks.”

The mother obliged. Then, three weeks later the mother took the arduous five hour journey in the scorching sun to meet Gandhi.

Gandhi looked at the boy and said, “Processed sugar is bad for you and you should stop eating it.”

The mother, baffled and perplexed, asked Gandhi why he did not say this upon the first meeting.

Gandhi replied with a serene smile, “I was not qualified to advise the boy. Three weeks ago, I, too, was eating a lot of sugar.”

Mahatma Gandhi embodies the Universal Principle in this story. Live your truth since knowledge is not enough. Gandhi was a man of character as illustrated in this story. He walked the walk.

When you live your truth, you are standing firm and solidly on your own feet. You develop fearlessness, are stress free, and have self-worth. This engenders peace, equanimity, and promotes health.

When you live your truth, you stop committing crimes against wisdom.

In the next installment, through Einstein’s wisdom, we shall explore The second principle:

One Presence and One Power Unites Us All.


Synchronicity in Jamaica

December 24, 2016

What happened today is unfathomable. Luckily, my daughter captured a video. At the end of this blog, you shall see the footage that confirms this uncanny synchronicity!  A conspiracy of countless improbable events transpired, with a climactic ending in Jamaica.

The chain of events began almost twenty-two years ago. In fact, during the fall of 1995, I was a pre-medical student in college at F.I.U. To release stress from studying, I was singing and dancing to reggae in the dance halls of Miami. ...

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The Magic Of Transformation

December 21, 2016

“Quit your job now, pursue your dreams, and live a long and happy life. Otherwise, prepare for a premature death because stress is killing you, Hombre!” the pot-bellied Cuban doctor reprimanded Pedro. 

Pedro is a rotund man, with a big red nose scarred by rosacea, and a gray mustache. He is an overworked, underpaid, frazzled truck driver. When his doctor gave him the diagnoses of high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity, he was in despair. Cheap rum became his medicine.

“I am killing mys...

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My Mysterious Diagnosis

September 19, 2016

On Friday, August 19, 2016, I developed an insidious left flank pain. My mind thought the worst: it must be a malignant solid tumor compressing my internal organs. With such a grave predicament, my time is limited. I kept this information quiet since we were going on an epic journey. The next week, my family and I vacationed in Yosemite National Park. My mysterious pain that had a potential ominous diagnosis would not impact a once in a lifetime trip to one of America's Great National Parks. ...

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Diagnosis and Treatment Of Low Testosterone

September 10, 2016

Summary on Diagnosis and Natural Treatment of Low Testosterone in Men

What is Low Testosterone?

It is estimated that millions of American men have hypogonadism, which is defined as low serum testosterone with clinical symptoms of androgen deficiency. (1)  There is a relative decline in testosterone with increasing chronological age, and there are other health and lifestyle factors that contribute to a decline in this vital hormone. (2,3) The lowering of testosterone is a complex and multifacto...

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Work Stress, Your Dream Job, and Dr OG's Story

September 2, 2016

In modern society, work-related stress places a tremendous burden on an individual's mental, emotional, and physical health. This work-related exhaustion causes premature aging. We have known for years that on Monday mornings, there is a greater incidence of heart attacks than on any other day of the week. Why? The dread of returning to work after a relaxing weekend, to a stressful job, causes an increased release of cortisol and adrenaline. This upsurge of stress hormones causes higher blood...

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Olympic Stir Fry, Dr. OG's Rap!

July 2, 2016

It is all smiles

during the Olympic Trials.

Minds are open,

one bad omen,

hearts are broken,

dreams are stolen.

After many miles of training,

precious time is waning.

The best athletes are here,

no more complaining.

Historic Hayward field offers the thrills and the chills. Ironic, how some athletes barely make enough to pay the bills,

while others make millions.

I’ve digressed.

Can you guess?

What is the secret to their running success?  

More importantly, what is the secret to avoid sudden death?...

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Superfood For Preventing Sudden Death

June 24, 2016

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For pennies a day you can keep the doctor away. Regular consumption of this high protein superfood can also prevent our number one killer: heart disease. This epidemic kills one out of three men and women in America. The first symptom can also be the last: Sudden Death. If Americans centered their meals around a plant-based diet, with a large serving of kale, heart disease could be preve...

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Too Much Animal Protein is Toxic!

June 24, 2016

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The wildly popular low-carb diets, such as paleo, that aim to lower carbohydrates and increase animal protein, are toxic to the human body! Anyone on a Paleo type diet is increasing their risk of death from all causes.  We know that diets high in animal protein are linked to weight gain and premature death.  Older women are especially at risk of premature death from heart disease ...

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Detox From Dangerous Supplements and B6 Toxicity.

May 16, 2016

“Doctors give drugs of which they know little, into bodies, of which they know less, for diseases of which they know nothing at all.” - by Voltaire

Are you experiencing problems with your liver or kidneys? Are you experiencing headaches or nerve problems? Unexplained high blood pressure or kidney stones? Memory problems? Unexplained nausea or dermatitis? These are just a few symptoms that “natural” supplements can cause. A myriad of health concerns exist with over-the-counter supplemen...

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Orestes Gutierrez, D.O. Board Certified in Family Medicine and Integrative Holistic Medicine. Author and All American Masters Runner.

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