We are beyond excited to announce that we've published our first ever coloring book
This coloring book is unique in that it combines the fun and relaxing experience of coloring with a learning experience, so as you color through the book you learn about your energy centers: the Chakras.
Susan Shumsky the author and featured artist dedicates this book to the playful divine Spirit within all beings.
As you awaken this creative spirit, let your heart open to the joyous presence of divine love,
and let your mind uncover layer upon layer of the profound depth of divine wisdom.
May joy guide you to the realization of who you really are,
and may you forever dwell in happiness, which is your true nature of being.
February 2015, I wrote an article for this blog titled “The Graveyard
Werewolf.” It was focused upon a wave of encounters with a wolf-man-like beast
in central England. In part, I stated:
“The controversy (which soon overflowed
with hysteria) began in late April 2007, when the local newspaper, the Stafford
Post, astounded and entertained the folk of the Cannock Chase with the
following story: ‘A rash of sightings of a ‘werewolf’ type creature prowling
around the outskirts of Stafford have prompted a respected Midlands paranormal
group to investigate. West Midlands Ghost Club says they have been contacted by
a number of shocked residents who saw what they claimed to be a ‘hairy
wolf-type creature’ walking on its hind legs around the German War Cemetery,
just off Camp Road, in between Stafford and Cannock. Several of them claim the
creature sprang up on its hind legs and ran into the nearby bushes when it was
I also noted in the article that Nick
Duffy, of the West Midlands Ghost Club, said the following regarding this very
weird mystery: “The first person to contact us was a postman, who told us he
had seen what he thought was a werewolf on the German War Cemetery site. He
said he was over there on a motorbike and saw what he believed was a large dog.
When he got closer, the creature got on his hind legs and ran away.”
So, why am I bringing this matter up now?
Well, the answer is simple: in the last couple of weeks something very similar
has been afoot in the north of England. And to the extent that not just the
local media, but the national media, too, have been busy chasing down the
strange and sinister story of what has become known as the “Werewolf of Hull,” reportedly
an eight-foot-tall, hair-covered monster.
Most of the reports have surfaced in and
around the vicinity of what is called the Beverley and Barmston Drain, a land
drainage operation, the origins of which date back to the latter part of the
1800s. A tunnel that carries the drain can be found below an old bridge on
Beverley Beck, a canal in East Riding, Yorkshire, England – a location where a
number of the encounters with the hair-covered thing have taken place. The
bridge connection is an important one that should not be overlooked.
In her 2006 book, Mystery Big Cats,
author Merrily Harpur provides the following words on what she terms “liminal
Zones:” “These are the transitional zones between one area and another – the
kind of no-man’s-land traditionally regarded as magical.” Harpur’s research has
shown that such “zones” include streams, gates, churchyards and bridges. With
that in mind, there’s a good chance something of a definitively supernatural
nature is afoot at the Beverley and Barmston Drain.
In December 2015, a woman who encountered
the beast said: “It was stood upright one moment. The next it was down on all
fours running like a dog. I was terrified.” Of course, this is very similar to
the reports coming out of the Cannock Chase in 2007, of a dog / wolf-like creature
that had the ability to run on both two legs and four.
Even more controversial was the story of a
husband and wife who claimed to have seen the monster of the Beverley Beck
canal feasting on a dead dog, and which bounded over a fence more than two-meters
in height – and with the remains of the poor dog clamped in its jaws, no less.
Very wisely, the couple’s very own dog made it abundantly clear it had no wish
to head down to the canal. Even the local authorities have gotten involved.
Labor councilor Steve Wilson said: “I am happy to keep a diary of sightings by
people around here and report them to Hull council.” Although, what the local
council might be able to do about a rampaging werewolf on the loose is anyone’s
guess. Arm the local police with silver-bullets, perhaps?
So, what might the creature be? The U.K.’s
media has picked up – and picked up quickly and widely – on a local legend of
an abominable beast known as “Old Stinker.” It’s a terrifying half-human /
half-animal-style thing that has a long history in the area – one which dates
back centuries. So the story goes, it took its name from the legend that it
allegedly suffered from severely bad breath! And its physical appearance was said
to have been no better either: it was covered in hair, and had piercing and glowing
red eyes. On top of that, it regularly devoured the corpses of the recent dead.
As for the hunting grounds of Old Stinker, they were said to be the Yorkshire
Wolds, which – interestingly – are just north of the Beverley and Barmston
Have we seen the recent and sudden resurrection
of a very old monster? Maybe so. As for why? Well, right now, it’s a case of
wait and see. Almost certainly, we have not heard the last of Old Stinker, of
the werewolf of the old canal, or of terrified witnesses encountering something
Nick Redfern is the author of many books, including his most recent Weapons of the Gods. He has appeared on more than 70 TV shows, including: Fox News; the BBC’s Out of This World; the SyFy Channel’s Proof Positive; the History Channel’s Monster Quest, America’s Book of Secrets, Ancient Aliens, and UFO Hunters; the National Geographic Channel’s Paranatural; and MSNBC’s Countdown. Nick writes regularly for UFO Magazine, Mysterious Universe, and Fate.
there anything we can do to prevent Alzheimer’s disease or dementia?
have to accept that memory loss is just part of the natural progression of
The Memory Diet introduces a powerful plant-based diet of leafy
greens, vegetables, berries, nuts, beans, and whole grains that can slow down
or even eliminate cognitive decline. The more than 150 healthy recipes—from awesome appetizers and
exceptional entrees to spectacular salads and super soups—are all free of white
sugar, processed ingredients, and gluten.
The Memory Diet’s brain-boosting recipes are
based on the Mediterranean Intervention Neurodegenerative Delay (MIND) Diet, a
diet plan that may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s by as much as 53
In addition, you will learn how to cook these foods the
correct way, as many cooking methods actually cause biochemical changes in the
food we eat that can negatively affect our brain health, accelerate the aging
process, and cause memory decline.
Here we share an excerpt from Chapter 2 on Food for Thought: The Power of Diet.
Your diet can influence not only the health
of your body, but the health of your brain as well. The standard American diet
is responsible for many serious health problems because it is filled with
processed foods, sugars, simple carbohydrates, and saturated and trans fat.
Eating a well-balanced diet that emphasizes certain foods can truly help your brain
and form a protective barrier around what we value most: a lifetime of
memories, acquired knowledge, and earned wisdom!
New research published by Martha Clare
Morris, ScD, from Rush University Medical Center, shows a plant-based diet
reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 35 percent to 50 percent, depending
on how diligently it’s followed. 1 This new approach, formally
called the Mediterranean Intervention Neurodegenerative Delay (MIND) diet, is a
hybrid of the Mediterranean Diet and the Dietary Approaches to Stop
Hypertension (DASH). This diet is associated with slower cognitive decline and
is also great for the heart. Evidence shows that foods that are good for the
heart are good for the brain. Your brain is nourished by one of your body’s
richest networks of blood vessels. Every heartbeat pumps about 20 to 25 percent
of your blood to your head, where brain cells use at least 20 percent of the
food and oxygen your blood carries.
The MIND diet is
not the only research to support the fact that a Mediterranean diet can reduce
your risk of dementia. In the July 2015 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), research was
done on 447 men and women who were approximately 67 years in age. All patients
had a series of dementia screens called neuropsychological test battery. No
patients had evidence of dementia when they started the study. They found that
memory was preserved and slightly improved in people on Mediterranean diets who
used olive oil and ate nuts compared with people who simply lowered their
dietary fat. In fact, in the non-Mediterranean diet group memory function
actually declined by 17 percent. 2
The MIND diet
consists of leafy greens, vegetables, berries, nuts, beans, and whole grains as
daily dietary staples. It also suggests eating fish and chicken in a very
limited way. It suggests not consuming red meat, butter, margarine, cheese,
sweets, pastries, and fried or fast food. These foods to avoid can more than
double your risk of cognitive decline. To keep it simple, think in terms of the
nutrition rainbow and aim to eat seven to eight colors from plant-based
sources each day.
are not only low in calories, but rich in nutrients that are an integral
part to maintaining brain health. They include antioxidants (special
vitamins and minerals) that help fight against inflammation and free radical
damage in your nervous system. Following a plant-based diet that is rich in nuts,
whole grains, extra-virgin olive oil (as well as coconut and avocado oil), and
an abundance of fresh produce is beneficial to the brain.
The tasty recipes in this
book are plant-based, dairy-free, gluten-free, and sugar-free. Gluten, a
protein found in wheat, rye, and barley, can have severe effects on the gut as
well as the brain. Many cases of neurological illness, known as
gluten-sensitive idiopathic neuropathy, can be caused or exacerbated by gluten
consumption. Dr. David Perlmutter, author of Grain Brain, claims eating foods with high glycemic
indexes, which happen to be some of the most gluten-rich foods, increases the
chances of developing neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and dementia. 3
Diets rich in gluten and dairy not only can contribute to celiac disease but can
also cause neurological responses, which include migraines and “brain fog.”
Dr. Perlmutter’s research
states the two main culprits contributing to Alzheimer’s are excessive sugar
and gluten consumption. It’s becoming increasingly clear that the same
pathological process that leads to insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes may
also hold true for your brain. If you over-indulge on sugar and gluten, your
brain becomes overwhelmed by the consistently high levels of glucose and
insulin that blunt its insulin signaling, leading to impairments in your
thinking and memory abilities that can eventually cause permanent brain damage.
Furthermore, when your
liver is busy processing fructose (which your liver turns into fat), it
severely hampers its ability to make cholesterol, and essential building block
of your brain that is crucial for optimal brain function. Mounting evidence
supports the notion that significantly reducing fructose consumption is a very
important step for preventing Alzheimer’s disease.
Preparing foods that are
fresh, local, and organic are the ideal fuel foods for the brain. It is
important to avoid processed foods because these foods are not digested well by
the body. Cooking foods can be tricky because most foods that are cooked lose
important digestive enzymes. For example, often people think that unsweetened
jelly or concentrated apple juice is healthy to use, but in reality these are
processed foods that are heated and reduced to a highly concentrated forms of
sugar with all the enzymes and vitamins destroyed by the heating process. Plus,
these processed foods are void of fiber! Processed foods turn into glucose that
can easily turn into fat and create many health problems, including memory loss.
A study completed by Icahn
School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital showed that a diet high in
glycotoxins called advanced glycation end products (AGEs), which are found in
high concentration in well-done meat, is a risk factor in developing
age-related dementia. 4 AGEs naturally form inside the body when
proteins or fats combine with sugars (glycation). This affects the normal
function of cells, making them more susceptible to damage and premature aging.
AGEs are greater in animal-derived foods that are high in fat and protein, such
as meats (especially red meats), which are prone to AGE formation through
cooking. In contrast, carbohydrate-rich foods such as vegetables, fruits, and
whole grains contain relatively few AGEs, even after cooking. Sugary foods and
highly processed and prepackaged products also are high in AGEs.
Cooking methods that use
high temperatures to brown or char foods, such as grilling, roasting, and
broiling have the highest impact on the amount of AGEs consumed. The formation
of new AGEs during cooking was prevented by the AGE inhibitory compound
aminoguanidine and significantly reduced by cooking with moist heat, like
steaming, using shorter cooking times, and cooking at lower temperatures. It’s
best to eat a plant-based diet for the brain; however, if one does cook animal
products, cook them with acidic ingredients such as lemon juice or vinegar reduces
The body naturally rids
itself of harmful AGE compounds, but it has trouble eliminating them when too
many are ingested through food. Basically, all the cells of the body cells are
affected by the accumulation of AGEs. AGEs are linked to aging and also the
development of worsening of many chronic illnesses, such as cardiovascular,
liver, and Alzheimer’s disease.
To reduce the damaging
effects of AGEs on the brain:
- Limit grilling, broiling,
frying, and microwaving foods. Substitute plant sources for protein instead of
- Reduce the cooking
temperature for baking to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
-Cut down on processed
foods. Many prepared foods have been exposed to high cooking temperatures to
lengthen their shelf life. This process causes a higher AGE content in the
-Eat an abundance of fresh
fruits and vegetables. Both are excellent for the brain! Cooked or raw, they
are naturally low in AGEs, and many contain compounds such as antioxidants that
can decrease some of the damage done by AGEs. Vegetables and fruits contain
dietary phytonutrients, which are found in the pigments of various colorful
fruits and vegetables. One type of phytonutrient in particular—iridoids, which
are found in deeply colored fruits such as blueberries—can lower AGEs in the
Brain Boosting Food Groups
These are the seven
“brain-boosting food groups” that the recipes in this book focus on.
“A New Case of
Dementia Is Diagnosed Every 4 Seconds.” 10 Facts on Dementia, World Health
Organization Website. Accessed
February 17, 2016. who.int/features/factfiles/dementia/dementia_facts/en/index2.html.
“The MIND Diet: 10 Foods That Fight Alzheimer's (and 5 to Avoid).” CBS
News Website, March 30, 2015. Accessed
February 17, 2016. www.cbsnews.com/media/mind-diet-foods-avoid-alzheimers-boost-brain-health/.
Judi and Shari Zucker—the
“Double Energy Twins”—attended the University of California, Santa Barbara
(UCSB) and earned BAs in ergonomics, the study of human physiology, physical
education, and nutrition. They became vegetarians at age 11 and wrote their
first book, How to Survive Snack Attacks—Naturally! when they were
just 16. Since then, they have written six best-selling health books. They
lecture on living a healthylife, clean
eating, and having more energy at hospitals, schools, and health and wellness
programs nationwide. They are favorite guests on many local and national
television shows, including TheToday Show and Home & Family.Judi
and Shari are both married and have five children between them.
They reside in Santa Barbara, California.