The New Feminism: Taking It Back

We must balance woman and mother.

A Kundalini practitioner recently shared with me the symbology of the Adi Shakti. It's a mesmerizing interlocking of a karmic circle, a double-edged weapon, and two encompassing swords. This is a representation of primal feminine power from a tradition that champions, not male-female equality, but all that is incomparable about a woman’s energy.

In this depiction, every female is charged with balancing the woman and the mother:

As a mother you are supposed to sacrifice, tolerate, be very patient, be very thoughtful of others, and understand all the pros and cons of any situation. As a woman you must give nothing; you have to protect yourself first; and you need not tolerate any nonsense. Woman must be able to ascertain which is the correct relationship—woman or mother, sword or shield. - The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan

The sword is her incisive determination to dedicate herself to a path of truth, intolerance of assault, and fierce rejection of all that comes between her intuition and her integrity. As she is a warrior, she is also a nurturer …Read More >>

Eat Your Probiotics - Episode 52

Are you ready to get cultured foods into your kitchen? 

What are cultured foods? Why are they called cultured? Are they just pickles or is there more to it? Are we talking about German sauerkraut and Korean kimchi? Japanese miso and Greek yogurt?

(Quick answer: all of them!)

What are some of the different ways to use ferments? Are they just snacks and accents or can they be part of your daily recipes? Tell us about rejuvelac and kvass!

How can you tell the difference between a live ferment and a pasteurized pickle?

How, exactly, are these foods nourishing and healthy? What do they have to do with probiotics?

Are ferments difficult to make? What tips can you offer? Will my kids eat them?

Host Toni Bark interviews the author of The Cultured Kitchen, which draws on the traditions of fermentation from around the world … Read More >>

Bought, the Movie: The Big Health Sell Out – Episode 51

Listen to the inside story behind the making of BOUGHT!

To some degree, most of us are "bought." If we shop at big-box stores or watch mainstream TV, for example, we willingly expose ourselves to some of the best influence that money can buy. We may think we have freedom of choice when, in fact, we participate in and fund (through our purchases) a process that allows our choices to be constrained for us.

No one believes she's an easy mark. But there's a good reason that drug companies spend like mad (24.3% of total revenues) to sell us hard. It works. Americans fill 4 billion prescriptions per year costing $320 billion (excluding OTC meds and vaccines). Since 30% of us opt out, we're talking about 18 prescriptions -- not pills! -- per Rx-popper.

Now what if I told you that Americans spent more on healthcare ($3.8 trillion!) and less on food than any other country in the world? Would that make you curious? Would you wonder if there was a relationship? Would you follow the money where it took you, inside the controversy and to the front lines of the battle? Would you take on vaccines and GMOs and place a bullseye on Big Food and Big Pharma? …Read More >>