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A minute of silence can be more productive than an hour of debate.
~Terry Braverman

Arrest yourself when under the influence of a negative thought.
~Terry Braverman

Give me levity, or give me death!
~Terry Braverman

An intimate relationship is the ultimate training.
~Terry Braverman

Clarity of purpose is the ultimate decongestant.
~Terry Braverman

Faith keeps the voice of fear out of your ear.
~Terry Braverman

Peace begins between your ears.
~Terry Braverman

Peace begins between your ears.
~Terry Braverman

Be patient, before you become a patient.
~Terry Braverman

Over-analysis causes paralysis.
~Terry Braverman

May the 'farce' be with you.
~Terry Braverman

Plan some time to be spontaneous.
~Terry Braverman

Laugh at yourself, and you will always be amused.
~Terry Braverman

Imagination sharpens the dull blade of routine.
~Terry Braverman

Inquisitiveness cures boredom; nothing cures inquisitiveness.
~Terry Braverman

Feed your soul, starve your worries.
~Terry Braverman

Avoid time in the Tower of Babble.
~Terry Braverman

Release any false sense of insecurity.
~Terry Braverman

Life is a fantasy, made real by our thoughts.
~Terry Braverman

Coconut Inspires An Oil Change

A few weeks ago in The Replenisher I reported a recent study of how organic virgin coconut oil prevents unwanted short-term symptoms of neuro-degenerative disease states such as Alzheimer’s.  The myriad benefits of this versatile oil do not stop with a brain tune-up. In fact, when you read the list below, and taste this deliciously natural flavor enhancer, you will want to include it or even replace other oils in your kitchen pantry, not to mention your medicine cabinet. Coconut oil is making its claim to fame for good reason.


The tropical-based oil was initially given bad publicity, as it was equated with unhealthy saturated fats in products such as margarine and shortening.  But the saturated fats in coconut oil come from medium chain triglycerides. These shorter fat chains are easily put to use by the body and are not simply stored away as fat.  This means that coconut oil boosts energy levels, raises good cholesterol, and balances out blood sugar without the weight gain, cholesterol, and other health risks that come from other saturated fats.


I must emphasize that it is organic virgin coconut oil I speak of, not the commercially-processed refined oil found in most supermarkets. High heat is used to deodorize refined coconut oil to remove its distinctive odor and flavor. Sodium hydroxide is often added to prolong its shelf life. To obtain the most oil, some brands use chemical solvents to extract as much oil as possible from the meat. They may partially hydrogenate the oil, too, which means it will contain trans-fats.


The healthy all-purpose organic virgin coconut oil is antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, and antiviral. It also aids in the absorption of vitamins and minerals. These immune boosting properties make it the perfect oil to use in a million ways. Here are 50 of my favorites, courtesy of


Cooking – Coconut oil doesn’t form harmful by-products when heated like most other oils and animal fats. Use it to replace butter, cup for cup in recipes. Sauté, cook, bake, broil, braise, and more using coconut oil as a healthier alternative.


Fitness – Coconut oil boosts energy, increases metabolism, improves thyroid function, and aids healthy weight loss. It is the perfect addition to any workout or fitness regimen.


Curb Appetite – Take a spoonful before meals to curb appetite so you don’t overeat.


Moisturizer – Coconut oil is an excellent way to soften and hydrate dry, rough, or damaged skin.


Face Scrub – Mix coconut oil with baking soda, sugar, or cinnamon and oatmeal for the perfect face scrub and exfoliator.


Wrinkles – Rub into lines, creases, and wrinkles to rehydrate skin and soften those wrinkles away.


Lip Balm – Coconut oil hydrates and protects lips. Coconut even offers some protection from the sun, about an SPF 4.


Cold Sore – Coconut oil has antiviral properties that will help the body get rid of the virus that causes cold sores. Rub it on when needed and add a drop of oregano oil to speed healing.


Sore Throat – Dissolve a spoonful in your mouth and let it slowly roll down the throat. This will coat and protect the throat, boost the health of mucus membranes, and fight any infection.


Lubricant – Coconut makes an all-natural personal lubricant for intimate moments without chemicals.


Massage Oil – Coconut oil soothes tired and sore muscles. Add a few drops of essential oils for more effect.


Dandruff – Massage coconut oil into the scalp to ease symptoms of dandruff, both itching and flaking.


Yeast Infections – Coconut oil fights these fungal infections internally and externally.


Athletes Foot – The powerful antifungal properties of coconut oil make it perfect for any fungal infection. Add a few drops of oregano or tea tree oil for more antifungal power.


Acne – Coconut oil gently fights the bacteria that cause acne. Dab it directly on the offending pimples and watch them shrink.


Cleanser – Coconut oil makes an effective and gentle cleanser to remove the grime of the day.


Lice – Coconut oil kills and removes this pesky problem.


Stretch Marks – Prevent and soften stretch marks from pregnancy with coconut oil for soft and supple skin.


Warts and Moles – Rub oil into area and cover with a bandage. Rub in fresh oil and place a new bandage each day.


Ring Worm – Rub oil onto affected area to kill the fungus that causes unsightly ringworm. Add tea tree oil to clear the infection even faster.


Gum Removal – Coconut oil gets the sticky stuff out of hair, carpet, and anywhere else it doesn’t belong.


Pet Health – Coconut oil can do a multitude of things for pets, both topically and internally. It improves breath, makes for a shiny coat, eases joint problems, cleans ears, gets rid of fleas, and much more.


Styes/Pink Eye – Rub a small amount of coconut oil on the sty or around the eyes to get rid of these painful and annoying infections quickly.


Earaches – Earaches, swimmer’s ear, and ear infections clear up fast with a few drops of coconut oil mixed with garlic oil.


Cradle Cap – Coconut oil is gentle and safe for infants and helps ease the itching, pain, redness, and flaking associated with cradle cap.


Diaper Rash – Coconut oil can help heal mild diaper rash gently and effectively.


Bruises – Rub coconut oil into bruised skin to speed healing and watch the bruises fade fast.


Age Spots – Coconut oil has beneficial effects on any skin blemish. Use it to help fade age spots with powerful antioxidants.


Shaving Cream – Coconut oil keeps the razor gliding smoothly while leaving skin smooth and soft.


After Shave – Don’t want unpleasant bumps and rashes after shaving? Coconut oil soothes sensitive skin and promotes healing.


Toothpaste – Mix 1 part coconut oil with 1 part baking soda and add a couple drops of peppermint oil. This makes a refreshing, natural toothpaste that whitens and cleans without added preservatives, fluoride, sweeteners, or other chemicals.


Chicken Pox – Ease the itch and encourage healing with dabs of coconut oil. It also works on poison ivy, poison oak, mosquito bites, and other insect stings or bites.


Makeup Remover – Coconut oil removes oil-based makeup easily, like mascara. It cleans, hydrates, and makes skin glow.


Conditioner – Coconut oil conditions, strengthens, and repairs hair. Massage it in and rinse it out after ten minutes. A small amount can be rubbed in to dry hair to tame frizz.


Polish Furniture – Coconut oil gives a protective shine to wood furniture. Just make sure you test it out on a small area to make sure you like the outcome.


Energy – Coconut oil and its medium chain triglycerides make it an excellent energy source to improve stamina, endurance, or just to give you a boost through the day.


Deodorant – Mix coconut oil with cornstarch, baking soda, and your favorite essential oils for a natural deodorant that smells fantastic.


Eye Cream – Reduce puffiness and dark circles with a few dabs of coconut oil.


Eczema – Coconut oil reduces the itchiness, pain, flakiness, and dryness of eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis.


Sunburn – Coconut oil can help prevent sunburn for short exposures. When you burn, it will also speed healing and take some of the sting away. Make sure you wait until all the heat has dissipated before applying it or you trap the heat in. Wait 24 to 72 hours depending on the extent of the burn.


Hemorrhoids – Coconut oil eases the pain and discomfort of hemorrhoids and encourages natural healing both internally and externally.


Nose Bleeds – Rub a bit of coconut oil in nostrils to fight the dry cracking that can lead to nose bleeds and pain.


Canker Sores – Dab coconut oil on canker sores to kill infection and speed up healing. Coconut oil is also a far tastier way to treat canker sores than most other methods.


Toothaches – Coconut oil eases the pain and strengthens teeth. You can mix it with a drop of clove oil to almost instantly relieve pain.




Acid Reflux – Take a small spoonful with meals to keep acid reflux and heartburn at bay.


Urinary Tract – Treat urinary tract infections with a spoonful of coconut oil. It may even ease the painful passing of kidney stones.


Nursing – Coconut oil works great to repair dry, cracked skin, including sore nipples from nursing.


Alzheimer’s – Some research points to coconut oil as a way to slow the progression of or prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia.


Bones – Coconut oil aids the body in the absorption of calcium and magnesium. Both minerals are important for strong bones and teeth.


Epilepsy – Coconut oil may reduce the incidence and intensity of epileptic seizures.


Uses for this miraculous oil seem endless. Make it an integral part of your health and well-being!



Plymouth Rocks

In 1620, a small ship called the Mayflower left Plymouth, England, toting 102 passengers—an assortment of religious renegades seeking a new land where they could freely practice their faith plus other adventurous, liberty-loving folks lured by the promise of land ownership and prosperity in the New World. They initially dropped anchor near the tip of Cape Cod; one month later, the Mayflower crossed Massachusetts Bay, where the Pilgrims, as they are now commonly known, landed at Plymouth Rock to begin the work of establishing a village.

The first winter was brutal, with only half of the Mayflower’s original passengers and crew living to witness their first New England spring. In March, the remaining settlers relocated ashore from the ship, where they received a surprise visit from an Abenaki tribal member who greeted them in English. Several days later, he returned with another Native American, Squanto, who taught the Pilgrims, hampered by malnutrition and disease, how to grow corn, extract sap from maple trees, snare fish, and detect both edible and medicinal plants. He also helped the settlers forge an alliance with the Wampanoag, a local tribe, which would endure for more than 50 years and tragically remains one of the rare examples of harmony between European colonists and Native Americans.

In November 1621, after the Pilgrims’ first corn harvest was deemed successful, Governor William Bradford organized a celebratory feast and invited a group of the fledgling colony’s Native American allies, including the Wampanoag chief Massasoit. Now remembered as the first “Thanksgiving”—although the Pilgrims themselves may not have used the term at the time—the festival lasted for three days. A holiday that now tends to stress immediate family bonds, its original spirit is a tribute to the family of humankind, and the values of liberty, mutual respect, and working together for the common good.

Life After Debt

My friend Michael Horn once said, “Are you wondering if there’s life after debt?” When the going gets tough around money, a sense of humor and perspective will help you navigate through difficult financial times. It can even be hysterically funny how worried, attached and obsessed we get with our money!


Comedian Jack Benny, the acknowledged king of the tightwads, satirized this brilliantly in a sketch that had him being held up at gunpoint. When the gunman says menacingly, “Your money, or your life!” Jack strikes his patented pose, pondering the choice, and says, “I’m thinking...” In real life, Jack was reputed to be a generous man. Making fun of the tightwad persona reminds us all to lighten up our relationship with money.


If your money could communicate to you, what would it say? “Darling, take me out before I get old and wrinkled,” or conversely, “You don’t give me a moment’s rest! I feel used up. Would your money say, “You just don’t appreciate me; I feed you, clothe you, give you a comfortable home and a car, and you treat me like dirt. I’m outta here!” Or, “Do you want me locked up in a safe all day? You’re too possessive! I need to go out and circulate.” Money is like any other form of energy, it is meant to circulate. Of course, it helps to be prudent in deciding how to circulate your money. From the book, Accent On Humor: “Last week I spent $450 to fly to Florida, $350 to rent a car, and $80 for gas to drive to a $250 a day resort and attend a $1,995 seminar called ‘Money Isn’t Everything’”


Prosperity is a state of mind. If you can see, hear, touch, taste and smell, you’re conscious of prosperity, or at least the sensual banquet of life. Having enough is a very relative concept. Millionaires have a lot of money in most people’s eyes, yet some of them are chronically worried about money, while some of the poorest rejoice in what little they have and feel as though all their needs are being met. In his book “Everyday Wisdom,” Dr. Wayne Dyer says, “The first step towards discarding a scarcity mentality involves giving thanks for everything that you are and everything that you have.”


So what does humor have to do with money? It keeps us in balance when we undergo financial setbacks. It keeps the little voice of fear out of our ear. In the documentary film “Marx Brothers In A Nutshell,” writer Norman Krasna reflects on an encounter with Groucho: “One afternoon in 1929 Groucho lost $230,000 in the stock market. Years later, he took me to the VIP gallery at the stock exchange. At the top of his lungs in a vaudeville voice, he starts to sing `When Irish Eyes Are Smiling. ‘The whole stock exchange froze like a painting. He sang two lines, then stopped and said, `Fellas, I lost $230,000 here one Friday afternoon in 1929. I am now going to sing two choruses of `When Irish Eyes Are Smiling.’ And he started again. Now, the (ticker) tape is coming in blank all over the world. They must think there’s an earthquake in New York. So Groucho finishes the song and everyone gives him a tremendous hand. He looks down to the floor and says, ‘Don’t just stand there, you could be wiping someone out in Beverly Hills,’ and continues to do five minutes of shtick. They were roaring at every joke, and the stock market went up several points that day. I don’t see why they didn’t keep Groucho there permanently.”


Excerpts from the book, “When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough, Lighten Up!’ 


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Best Excuse for Lying Down on the Job

Want to brainstorm or master mind for a great idea? We're smarter and more creative lying down than standing up, according to research on workplace productivity from Australian National University. 


In a study led by psychologist Darren Lipnicki, 20 people were given 32 five-letter anagrams to solve, such as "osien" and "nodru." Anagrams were ideal for the study because they are insight problems requiring creative thinking that are solved in a moment of sudden awareness, unlike a math problem. The participants were able to solve the anagrams more quickly if they were on their backs than if they were on their feet, report ABC Science Online and "[Often] the solution just pops into the mind similar to the 'aha' or 'eureka' experience associated with large-scale creative breakthroughs," Lipnicki told ABC Science Online. "In that sense, anagrams replicate the experience because it's easier to solve them, or solve them more rapidly, lying down.”


It's brain chemistry, specifically how neurotransmitters are released when we're lying down or standing up. Noradrenaline is a chemical associated with cognitive ability and attention but is also thought to weaken creative thinking. Less noradrenaline is released when we lie down than when we're upright. Lipnicki says his research is still preliminary, and says it's too soon for companies to rush out and buy beds for their conference rooms. The study findings will be published in the journal Cognitive Brain Research.    

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